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September 14, 2008



Yeah, well, good morning!

I started with an entry on the last thread and will spare you the double post. :-)


It's not Palin, but the SF Chronicle has a relatively balanced* piece on Obama.

Of course, somehow they've managed to miss his charitable work with CAC and Woods, but newsprint is expensive these days. You can't include everything.

* By that I mean 'not a complete' hagiography'. Compared to other pieces, it could be considered a hit piece for mentioning that those he organized in the community are even now somewhat disorganized and that he has not been consistent in his portrayal of himself to others.

And he smoked pot. A lot. Of course, in SF that could be considered practically an endorsement.


What makes people vote Republican?


Thomas Collins

This election reminds me of the 1988 Bush-Dukakis contest. Bush in September and October wiped out Dukakis' summer lead, and Dukakis was left appealing to the Dem base. Bush won a solid victory, but not a landslide. I think the McCain-Obama contest is going to have a similar result.

One clear difference in the two races is that Palin helps McCain, and Quayle may have hurt Bush a little (although I doubt that a significant number of folks who otherwise would have voted for Bush turned against him due to Quayle).

I think the hubbub over Palin will simmer down after her debate with Biden. She will do fine. On Election Day, enough Reagan Democrats will vote for McCain (in significant part because of her) that Ohio will go to McCain, McCain will have a clear albeit not overwhelming margin in the Electoral College, and the MSM talking heads reporting on the results will have a dazed look in their eyes caused by amazement that we yokels didn't recognize the higher level of being to which The Great Zero would have taken us. The highlight of the evening will be an interview with the Palin family in which Piper is seen spit polishing Trig once again!

Now for the really important stuff. Cassel will do fine today and the Patriots will prevail over the Jets by a score of 23-13.

M. Simon


I have some words for you on the previous thread.


re: pot. Alaska has the most liberal pot laws in the nation. Their problems with it are no worse than those in the other 49.

BTW it is not pot that makes San Francisco people crazy. They started out that way. In fact drugs may help damp down the insanity. After all pot is an anti-depressant no different in its effects than other anti-depressants except that it is cheaper and safer.

M. Simon


I'm predicting 350+ in the EC.

California is starting to come into play. NJ is within the MOE. Florida is almost out of reach for ∅.

And we have the debates and 50+ more days to go.


Obama down to 45.8 on intrade, the lowest I've seen yet and down a few points for the day. The 45.8 means that one "unit" costs $4.58 and returns $10.00 if Obama wins. This proposition had been priced, steadily, at over %6.00 until a couple of weeks ago. It took until a couple of days after the GOP convention for it to finally break 50 on the downside.

M. Simon


You will notice that the article and the comments leave out economics. A VERY BIG HOLE in understanding politics. They take as a given that economics is a zero sum game and thus do not understand why there isn't more class envy.

Those boys need more cross discipline training.

I was going to blog it but it was so bad in its analysis that i didn't have the stomach. However, I will admit it was OK as far as it went.



If only Palin's "hit pieces" were that hitty. I came away with he's a chameleon, no inner core, nothing but how do I help Obama. I'm not sure others will see it the same way.


Posted this on the other thread:

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has the race tied in MN, 45-45.

Dead even in MN. From the hopelessly blinkered liberal Strib! It is too precious. Wish I could be a fly on the wall for the clothes rending and hair pulling in the newsroom that this is going to produce.

Dan S

Jennifer Rubin's PJM post is a nice compilation of what we do know of Obama's Chicago years:


Oh happy day! Rasmussen has McCain at 50% for the first time:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows John McCain reaching the 50% level of support for the first time since Barack Obama wrapped up the Democratic Presidential Nomination. McCain retains a three-point advantage for the third straight day, 50% to 47% (see recent daily results).

M. Simon

"Barack is still defining himself as he moves forward," said longtime mentor Gerald "Jerry" Kellman. "It's one of his great strengths. Right now, he's defining himself as who he is internationally; tomorrow it will be something else.

"It's a challenge, but he's very skilled at it. He can handle it. It's who he is."

He is a chameleon. And that is a ringing endorsement?

IOW what you see is not what you get.

Dan S


Just saw a comment on that Star-Trib poll:

Star-Trib polls are notorious for erring 4-6 points in the Dem's favor. There's lots of history to show that. So if they show it tied, it's probably edging out of the margin of error in Mac's favor.


There are many news articles today about Obama's plan to get tougher on McCain and ignore Palin. The NYT quotes BO in NH yesterday:

“John McCain likes to rail against the Washington herd, but the truth is when it comes to issues that really matter in your lives, he’s been running in that herd for 26 years.” ..."“From where he and George Bush sit, maybe they just can’t see,” Mr. Obama said. “Maybe they are just that out of touch, but you know the truth and so do I.”..."“I’m glad that the debate now is all about change, and we are going to spend a lot of time talking about who can actually deliver change in Washington,” Mr. Obama said. "

Given the MSM, can Obama avoid specifics about his plans for "change" all the way to November? The fact that he's still not putting meat on those bones says something.

M. Simon


The R rising on a weekend? Things must be much worse out there than anyone imagines.


Well, M, Simon. I, too, found the analysis pretty shallow. I also found the last part where he's trying to explain how liberals can do the same things as conservatives without the religious baggage kind of silly.


Spit my coffee out....

Chuck Schumer just said Joe Biden is a modest guy on MTP. LOL

Dan S


He meant compared to himself! :)

M. Simon


An atheist could do it with faith in America. It is not belief in any particular god that unites us. It is a wanting to improve a very good work in progress.

Chim Chim

Rasmussen also changed their party weightings today. It was approximately a 7 point gap before, now it's 5. Otherwise, McCain would have hit 50% earlier. Ras will now be updating the party weightings weekly.

But the 5 seems more reasonable.


Dan S,

I saw that and I think it's true from my recollection of Strib polling (I used to live in Mpls and worked right next to the Strib printing plant). The article tries to spin away the Palin effect, but please - what else could be creating that kind of bounce?

In 2004 Bush had hopes of picking off MN and spent some time in the Twin Cities exurbs in the latter days of the campaign. Would love to see what McCain and Palin could pull off out there. I would imagine Palin would appeal hugely to the MN hockey mom population, though the poll didn't seem to indicate that.

M. Simon,

Crazy huh? Saturday polling spikes for the R - never seen the like.

Dan S

David Frum vs Lynn Sweet

Sweet: No, the Obama camp isn't desperate.


Aha, thanks Chim Chim. For some reason I thought the party ID weightings weren't going to be changed until Oct 1.


“John McCain likes to rail against the Washington herd, but the truth is when it comes to issues that really matter in your lives, he’s been running in that herd for 26 years.”

A herd that Obama is a member of and will, no doubt, be a member of until they carry him out in a box.

Dan S

And some good news on refineries (linked from Instapundit). Less damage than expected to them. That should help with this gas price spike resulting from supply interruptions and fears of longer production interruptions.


Jennifer Rubin has more on Obama and the Woods and CAC handouts to anti-Israeli and leftist ops.



M.Simon, Pofarmer,

Yes, that article kind of gets it: that there is a wide variety of values important to conservatism, unlike the fetishizing of a few values found in liberalism. John Kekes goes into detail in his books (for example, here.) But when small government and economic liberty and prosperity not front-and-center in the picture, it's not yet a good portrait of conservatism.

Still, the article has its finger on something. Santayana said you need to know history so you aren't doomed to repeat it. But you also need to learn history if you don't already understand you know the array of values we need for creating good lives and which are fragile and in need of protection - civilization as luxury. I think there are many conservatives who don't know much about history but intuitively know that such protection is needed. They also just know without having taken economics, that economic liberty and widespread prosperity are the right goal, not state control. They see this clearly without book-learning because they don't envy. This makes them keener than some of the Ph.D's commenting on that article over there.


I tend to be kinda iffy about Jack Cashill, but he does raise a good point re Obama’s grades at Columbia had to be less than stellar for him to graduate ‘without honors’. He also raises somthing I hadn't considered--the racial protests at Harvard that year got him the HLR presidency.
Recall Ryan Lizza’s article quoting that Obama convinced the conservatives that it would “protect their interests” to vote for him. (that phrase puzzled me when I read Lizza’s piece a while back, but now I see the light, given the racial tension on campus that year,--of course he could appeal to “their best interests”).

Why Obama is mum about Harvard
Obama's timing, however, was better than his writing. In the same spring 1990 term that he would stand for the presidency of the HLR, the Harvard Law School found itself embroiled in an explosive racial brouhaha
Black firebrand law professor Derrick Bell was demanding that the Harvard Law School appoint a black woman to the law faculty.

This protest would culminate in vigils and protests by the racially sensitive student body, in the course of which Obama would compare the increasingly absurd Bell to Rosa Parks.

Feeling the pressure, HLR editors wanted to elect their first African-American president. Obama had an advantage. Spared the legacy of slavery and segregation, and having grown up in a white household, he lacked the hard edge of many of his black colleagues.

"Obama cast himself as an eager listener," the New York Times reported, "sometimes giving warring classmates the impression that he agreed with all of them at once."
In February 1990, after an ideologically charged all-day affair, Obama's fellow editors elected him president from among 19 candidates. As it happened, Obama prevailed only after the HLR's small conservative faction threw him its support.

Curiously, once elected, Obama contributed not one signed word to the HLR or any other law journal. As Matthew Franck has pointed out in National Review Online, "A search of the HeinOnline database of law journals turns up exactly nothing credited to Obama in any law review anywhere at any time."


Dan S

"A herd that Obama is a member of and will, no doubt, be a member of until they carry him out in a box.

Posted by: PeterUK | September 14, 2008 at 10:52 AM"

Expected response from the Obama campaign:

Yes, but Obama is LEADING the herd, not merely following... oh, wait, I mispoke... um...


As counterpoint at the NYT printing all the Obama attack lines and no criticism of him, here's how the AP covered Palin's first solo speech in NV yesterday. After leaving out all her remarks about lowering taxes, reform, and energy independence, AP devotes the last third to her critics.

M. Simon

Take a look at This graph from 538.

It is called "Super Tracker" if the link is bad. What do you call a market trend where it starts spiking with no level off in sight? A change in sentiment?

M. Simon


Aha, thanks Chim Chim. For some reason I thought the party ID weightings weren't going to be changed until Oct 1.

My guess is that the #s were so out of whack that waiting another 2 weeks would just make them look totally stupid.

5% is still a likely overestimate. My reading of the situation is that it is more like 2 or 3%.

M. Simon

They see this clearly without book-learning because they don't envy. This makes them keener than some of the Ph.D's commenting on that article over there.

Posted by: Jim | September 14, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Yep. That is the key. Funny the Ds can't imagine people who are mostly free of envy. Without envy their whole model of politics falls.


There are many news articles today about Obama's plan to get tougher on McCain and ignore Palin

What are the intrade odds that he can actually accomplish that?

~~~he's got her, under his skin~~~


L.S.: With all respect, I don't think the historical data points matter that much. Obama presented a generational, aspirational, Net-rooted, grassrooted campaign. What they never saw coming was a Palin — another charismatic with a compelling personal narrative.

But Palin's narrative supports her past policy efforts, while Obama's narrative obscures his.

Dan S

Via Belmont Club on the Obama-Pakistani connection in his Columbia days . Still reading it myself:

Dan S

Belmont Club commentary on article above.


why "iffy" swarren?


I know that once it is explained it will be obvious and I will wonder why I did not figure it out by myself; but what does LUN mean?

M. Simon

Looking at the graph at 538, I'd estimate the political lag in America at 1 day maybe 2.

If Obama tries a tactic and it is not working within 2 or 3 days he needs to try something else. It also means that he needs to start retooling if nothing is seen within 2 days.

That gives you the cycle time of an effective OODA loop. Note that McCain tries things and if they don't work he has a new direction out in 3 days and his turnaround time to take advantage of targets of opportunity is hours.

∅ still has his "computer" ad up. I posted it as part of an article and so it is still hurting him. Without the video my article would be much less effective.

BTW how did I figure the 1 day number? From my work in control theory. The key is looking at the "dead time". Control theory is very under appreciated. Ceptin' for McCain. It is something he probably would have learned flying jets. It is critical for knowing your aircraft's "envelope".


LUN means link under name. People who don't want to write HTML put URLs under their names.

M. Simon

LUN: Laughing Until Numb.

Or Link Under Name.

Pick one or both.



Paste link in URL when you post a comment.


My all time favorite guess was "Laughing Until Numb."

Which, with the way The One's campaign is going, happens a lot!!!!

bio mom

If I read the country's mood correctly, they are very anti-
Washington, not just anti-Republicans. So the new Democrat strategy to use Shumer and Emmanuel as the new attack dogs is strange to say the least. Who are bigger representatives of Washington insiders?


Change, hope and sleaze

McCaskill said she stood by her remarks that she's "uncomfortable with anyone, regardless of gender, that is going to be vice president to one of the oldest presidents we've ever had that has never met a world leader."

When Stephanopoulos asked her it was fair to raise McCain's age, McCaskill doubled-down and mentioned his past skin cancer, saying, "I think what we're talking about is a reality. Other people talk about his melanoma. We're talking about a reality here that we have to face. This is someone who's going to be one heartbeat away from the presidency. All of us know it. I just think that it's the facts, George, and that's something that we need to start focusing on, are the facts, instead of distortions and lies."



So Obama had a Pakistani roommate at Occidental, a different one at Columbia, and generally an "electic"-"international" group of friends at both. That, added to his Indonesian/Hawaiian upbringing, does underscore his exotic, not-wholly American persona. And partly explains his attraction to Wright's view of the USA..


Heh, my first reaction to the fact that she has never met a world leader was 'Well, let's give her an opportunity to meet a world leader'.

It seems like a small point, as if meeting a world leader suddenly makes you a foreign policy expert, and I think it strikes all those Americans who've never met a world leader the same way. Condescending, irrelevant, snarky. MSM at its best.


It's supposed to convey a sense of naivete, but all it does convey is that the MSM is no longer a world leader of opinion. And that they are the ones who are naive.


McCaskill said she stood by her remarks that she's "uncomfortable with anyone, regardless of gender, that is going to be vice president to one of the oldest presidents we've ever had that has never met a world leader."

Good grief, how many world leaders had Obama "met" before his week-long European tour two months ago?

Charlie (Colorado)

Folks, I've been so busy that I haven't really had time to keep up. So first of all, let me just say that I really appreciate all the kind things you've said, not just recently but in the past.

Sorry to bring out the list in the last thread, but I get so tired of the "illiterate engineer" trope. Not so much with Leo --- he's clearly just striking out blindly as he watches his dreams slip away, again --- but elsewhere. Particularly in engineering schools: there is no reason in the world that engineers can't be taught basic competence in english and some basic cultural literacy --- except that E schools aren't doing it. But later in life a lot of engineers to become educated.

bio mom

Obama has very little foreign policy cred. He chose Biden who supposedly does to prop him up. Biden had an aneurysm in his not so distant medical history. So should we go on national press and say he could pop another one any time like poor Congresswoman Tubbs? Then he would not be there. They would
answer that he could appoint another vp. Well, so could Sarah if McCain died. This is very sad on the Democrats' part.


ts--what did she say about John Edwards as a veep? Unless those world leaders were witnesses in his ambulance chasing days, he never met them either.


She should have said something like the leaders of the energy companies she dealt with are more powerful than a lot of 'world leaders'. Well, maybe not.


how does one get into Harvard Law without being an honors student?

How does a candidate "vanish" his 2 years at Columbia?

how does a candidate disappear his time with the CAC on his resume?

how does a candidate not have any discernable position on many major issues?

And how does a free and fair media not investigate any of this?


Here in bold is the part of Palin's "world leader" answer ABC edited out:

GIBSON: Have you ever met a foreign head of state?

PALIN: There in the state of Alaska, our international trade activities bring in many leaders of other countries.

GIBSON: And all governors deal with trade delegations.

PALIN: Right.

GIBSON: Who act at the behest of their governments.

PALIN: Right, right.

GIBSON: I’m talking about somebody who’s a head of state, who can negotiate for that country. Ever met one?

PALIN: I have not,...


Rielle is not a world leader? She sure led Edwards around.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Palin enjoys an 86% approval rating in Alaska which includes 75% of Democrats, yet the media can only find Sarah detractors to interview. Seems you have to turn over alot of rocks.

Also, looks like Chris Wallace is doing a hit piece on Palin. His source, her former opponent Tony Knowles, her Dem. gubernatorial rival and former gov. himself.

So much for Fox being "fair and balanced."


The Biden-Lugar plan, the Reconstruction Opportunity Zones programme and the Fata social development plan

15 billion for what? We can raid the border more and kill Bin Laden? CIA was right, we should just bomb them.

Rick Ballard

"If I read the country's mood correctly, they are very anti-Washington"

It may be a bit deeper. I lean toward a polloi v aristoi division rather than anti-DC sentiment. McCain's problem is that he lands on the aristoi side of the divide and I really don't know if his gynormous ego will allow Palin (definitely the heroine of hoi polloi) to remain at center stage.

I believe that Team McCain understands the desirability of keeping McCain under wraps - who gets to tell him to sit down and shut up? If they can keep him quiet, then I believe that hoi polloi will oil up the axles on the tumbrils and give Obama/Biden the ride that they've earned on election day.


there is no reason in the world that engineers can't be taught basic competence in english and some basic cultural literacy --- except that E schools aren't doing it.

That's not my experience. When I was an undergrad Engineers were required to take more humanities than scientists. We had to take two full years of English Literature/Rhetoric and economics also was required. The rub was that there were few open slots for electives owing to the large number of required courses. Still, I had a better liberal education than most of the scientists I knew there.


Interesting, Deb, and they cut out a pertinent point in order highlight a silly one. Bah.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

This is one of those posts you want to keep as a future reference. Incredibly documented.

Did President Bush Link Saddam Hussein to 9/11?


I wonder how many world leaders McCaskill knows since she was on Obama's short list. Is that the best they can do? Yes it is!
She sounded really pathetic next to Carly, who I continue to appreciate.

∅ still has his "computer" ad up.

Ike pretty well took displaced that controversy. Steph didn't even mention it. Krystal did. You would have thought Obama would have taken that opportunity to take it down.

OTOH, Obama raised $66 million last month. I really think those numbers have to be fudged in some fashion.


Does anyone know what the official McCain response has been to the "McCain can't email" ad? I don't recall seeing anything. Maybe he is being deliberately quiet about it and/or he has something in the works.


Hmmm... I guess putting two links in a post gets you flagged as a spammer by typepad. I've had two posts blocked in the last two days since I did it.


"ts--what did she say about John Edwards as a veep? Unless those world leaders were witnesses in his ambulance chasing days, he never met them either.

Well Edwards obviously shared a hairstylist with Dominique de Villepin.


Porchlight, I haven't seen any push back on the ad from McCain, either. Hmmmm.

Jane, I read somewhere this morning (Byron York?) that The One is also claiming "half a million" new contributors. snort! Wonder what countries these 500,000 or so new donors are coming from?


OTOH, Obama raised $66 million last month. I really think those numbers have to be fudged in some fashion.

Posted by: Jane | September 14, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Yes, but according to Cpt. Ed at Hot Air, he spent $55M last month, so he started September with only $77M on hand. That is $7M less than McCain has from federal funds and the RNC was way, way ahead of the DNC in cash on hand over the summer. Plus I'm not sure money is going to matter as much this election cycle. Obama out spent Hillary 3:1 in PA and still lost by 10% IIRC.


ACORN up to its old tricks:
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/09/more_acorn_fraud_what_else_is.html>Vote Fraud is US

I think all states should pass legislation prohibiting organizations from paying those scouting for registrations by the piece.It's how ACORn avoids criminal liability--by paying these lowlifes by the number of registrations they turn in and deliberating offering no supervision or oversight of their work.
Free these poor saps from the economic shackles of piece work!


**and deliberately offering no**


Rasmussen also changed their party weightings today. It was approximately a 7 point gap before, now it's 5. Otherwise, McCain would have hit 50% earlier. Ras will now be updating the party weightings weekly.

5.1% actually. He shorted the period of lag from 12 weeks to six. But when you factor in that he measured 5.8% for the month of August what must the Party ID gap be for the first two weeks of August? Funny you should ask. I happen to have my calculator right here.

That means the last two weeks have measured out at a 3.8% Party ID gap.

My own gut says that the phenomenon of a rising star and a falling star happening at the same time when voters are paying attention, means that barring some external change, this trend will continue if not accelerate a bit. If we get to a 1.6% gap, I think that is 2004 historical.


"You will notice that the article and the comments leave out economics. A VERY BIG HOLE in understanding politics."

A little like the BIG BLACK HOLE known as McCain who admits he knows nothing about economics.

"It's the economy, stupid.", and BUSH III
(McCain/Palin) will continue to astound the
econ-pundits like Greenspan saying the crisis with the country's financial institutions was as dire as he had ever seen in his long career, and predicting that one or more of those institutions would likely collapse in the near future.

"Oh, by far," Greenspan said, when asked if the situation was the worst he had seen in his career. "There's no question that this is in the process of outstripping anything I've seen and it still is not resolved and still has a way to go and, indeed, it will continue to be a corrosive force until the price of homes in the United States stabilizes. That will induce a series of events around the globe which will stabilize the system."

Oh, Yes, Yes, Yes. Let us not tax or regulate the Enrons, Bear Stearns and Countrywides who have contributed so much to the state of our economy.

Thanks BUSH I, II and III (in advance)


"Obama raised $66 million last month."

Jane not if Soros and friends are funneling the money in. I've tried to find out how they keep track of who sent money in via the internet. With all the scams out there I'm sure there is a way for a person of Soros's means to get around the donation maximum.


For those who wonder where the Obama Presidential Campaign came from:

"Barack Obama is the Democratic Party candidate for the US presidency largely because of the support of two Marxist organisations-Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) [See Obama-file 7 Barack Obama and the Democratic Socialists of America] and the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) [See Why Do The Communists Back Barack?, June 17, 2007].

Together these two groups have strong ties to the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) [See Mark My Words Readers, This is the Most Socialist US Government in Decades, November 11, 2006], at 70 strong, the largest power bloc inside the US Congress.

Many CPC members are supporters of Obama including Rep. John Conyers [See S.I.C.O.S 3 John Conyers, January 3, 2007] and caucus co-chair rep. Barbara Lee [See Obama-file 6 Bolshevik Barbara Bolsters Obama]. Both Conyers and Lee have longstanding ties to DSA and CPUSA."

That quote comes from an article posted on the new zeal blog and reposted www.therealbarackobama.wordpress.com website.

Want to see more on the Progressive Caucus:

"The Progressive Caucus is an organization of Members of Congress founded in 1991 by newly-elected House Representative Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont), the former mayor of Burlington and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which describes itself as "the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International."

"Until 1999 the Progressive Caucus worked in open partnership with Democratic Socialists of America. After the press reported on this link, the connections suddenly vanished from both organizations' websites. "

IMO, When one looks at the member of the Progressive Caucus, one sees many of the names of those who have consistently sent messages that America cannot win in Iraq, include Rep Pelosi.

LUN - Link under Name, is many times faster for the poster IMO. Has no drawbacks for the reader as far as I can see, and Typepad doesn't seem to reject it near as often as it does HTML. I much prefer to use LUN, both as a poster and a reader.



that was from today's THIS WEEK.


Semi conscious do a bit of research... you'll find that with Enron and especially Countrywide it was Democrats at the wheel!

So please send your thank to Chris Dodd


Obama has no foreign policy experience? he has a bill that will tax GDP and give it away to poor countries. Biden was his money. He's all foreign aid cash. Foreign aid is going away, we can't afford it and the 'loans' Biden forgives every year add up to like 80 billion. If it's all added up since 1996, we could pay all the foreign banks that bought the mortgages and those Americns would own their homes.

We're going broke and Russia is mad coming back to our western hemisphere. We bankrupted ourselves buying all these countries and it's going away in a day.


RNC cash advantage per Ben Smith at Politico:

"DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney says the party raised more than $17 million, and has $17.5 million on hand, having spend more than $28 million last month, largely on the Democrats' ground game.

That cash figure is a fraction of the $110 a Republican official says it has, which includes transfers of money McCain is no longer allowed to spend and money from state fundraising vehicles."


"A little like the BIG BLACK HOLE known as McCain who admits he knows nothing about economics."

Where did you get the idea that presidents,or most politicians know anything about economics? That is why they have economic advisers.


So, Leo, Greenspan comes out in support of McCain. How inconvenient.


Comparison pics of camera angles chosen when Gibson interviewed Obama and Hillary v. Palin.


Help me here..Has anyone compared the hardback first edition (1995) of Obama's "Dreams From My Father" with the 2004 paperback reissue for missing text? I went looking for the rich NY girlfriend reference ("I pushed her away," he wrote) and it wasn't in the 2004 version. References to his Pakistani friends from that period also seemed pared down...I suspect the first edition has been thoroughly scrubbed throughout.


Remember this from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayhill-fowler/obama-says-no-to-foreign_b_95357.html>Obama:

"It's ironic because this is supposedly the place where experience is most needed to be Commander-in-Chief. Experience in Washington is not knowledge of the world. This I know. When Senator Clinton brags 'I've met leaders from eighty countries'--I know what those trips are like! I've been on them. You go from the airport to the embassy. There's a group of children who do native dance. You meet with the CIA station chief and the embassy and they give you a briefing. You go take a tour of a plant that [with] the assistance of USAID has started something. And then--you go."

"You do that in eighty countries--you don't know those eighty countries. So when I speak about having lived in Indonesia for four years, having family that is impoverished in small villages in Africa--knowing the leaders is not important--what I know is the people. . . ."

"I traveled to Pakistan when I was in college--I knew what Sunni and Shia was [sic] before I joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. . . ."

"Nobody is entirely prepared for being Commander-in-Chief. The question is when the 3 AM phone call comes do you have somebody who has the judgment, the temperament to ask the right questions, to weigh the costs and benefits of military action, who insists on good intelligence, who is not going to be swayed by the short-term politics. By most criteria, I've passed those tests and my two opponents have not."

expiration date: August 29, 2008


I know that you've all done this before, but could someone explain the OODA loop again?

Thank you.


Here you go Semi... would help if you read a business article not written by Krugdman... ya know that consultant to Enron



A great parody on the Obama Media at Newsbusters:

"The Lying King."

Link under name!

Sara (Pal2Pal)

NYT's Palin Panic: Four Hit Pieces On Alaska Gov in One Day

JM Hanes

Greenspan retired just in time, didn't he? Smart man.

M. Simon:

"California is starting to come into play. NJ is within the MOE. Florida is almost out of reach for ∅."

Looks like McCain has got his MOE-JO going, doesn't it?



Michael Barone had a column yesterday that explained it really well. LUN

Maybee, from what I can tell, the only thing BO did in Pak-ee-stan is drugs.

M. Simon

Ranger et al,

I did a post on fund raising by ∅ and it said that he figured he had to raise $100 mil a month for himself and $50 mil a month for the DNC Cong. races. A total of $450 mil in 3 months. If he only got $66 mil he and the DNC are in a world of hurt. Which is why he is now calling on 527s. But it is a little late for 527s to get up and running and build a functioning organization. You have to get space. Hire a staff. Shake it down. Get rid of ineffectives. All in about 60 days. Good luck with that.


Sorry a bit rusty!



Oh hi, Semanticleo! You disappeared so quickly last night! But now that you have rejoined us, I am still waiting for your source indicating where Palin herself lied about having gone to Iraq.


Maybee, that quote certainly puts to rest the importance of meeting world leaders, at least in BO's mind. I wonder how long it took for HuffPo to realize BO told that same audience about the poor, ignorant Pa bitter-clingers?

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Thank you! That article was very helpful and leaves me with a great deal of (((dare I say it))) hope. The McCain/Palin kind of hope.


Way out here in rural Arizona, I have a muslim neighbor, who used to work for Jerry Torricelli's campaign in NJ, and who brags that she birthed and raised a son for a NJ Black Panther (he dropped her as soon as his son was born), and who currently lives off of welfare from Arizona's tax-payers. This gal has tagged herself repeatedly in conversations as an avid enemy of my country.

Furthermore, the county I live in, Coconino County, is ripe for a split, and, with Arizona being a "battleground state," I suspect the Democrats have a plan to gerrymander the new county into their wholly owned subsidiary.

..Anyway, I just heard that she got a job "signing-up" voters in the Flagstaff area.

In short, if I was ACORN, I'd be out here! I guess what I'm getting at is, all signs are, the parasites have already arrived and are getting busy.

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