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Thursday, September 04, 2008

From the Twitter Stream:  Palin’s Speech

Victor Agreda Jr vagredajr In summary: if you elect the other guy the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man will kill us all. WOLVERIIIIINES!

Victor Agreda Jr vagredajr I have a record too. "Eddie Murphy: Comedian" & it has all the answers.

Victor Agreda Jr vagredajr OK, I get it Obama's plans are all terrible. WTF IS YOUR PLAN? So far I hear a lot of "they suck" not "here's how we are better." Turnips.

Jason Egan jasonegan But what can she do for special needs famalies as VP? Wrong to fish for those votes in that way.

Jason Egan jasonegan Leveraging her son again for the camera. Don't slam people for talking about your family if you're going to use them for political gain.

Jason Egan jasonegan Wow, Palin just whored out her entire family for votes.

Let's take the last couple of comments first. You see, this is what I was talking about when I said that much of what the rabid lefties say has no bearing on reality. In Jason's mind, the smears against Palin's family took place is some weird sort of time warp where they occurred after she put her family on the stage, even though in real time the attacks came three days before she spoke.


Of course, a simpler explanation, one that doesn't require bending the fabric of time and space, is that Palin brought her family up on stage as a classy way to rebuke the slime merchants who tried to make her ashamed of her family.

Imagine that.

Incidentally, another reason I led off with this is it demonstrates a meme running around in the media over the last couple of days. Anytime you hear a journalist, reporter, columnist, or pundit question Palin's commitment to her family for putting them through the excruciating hell of the media spotlight, remember exactly who is holding that spotlight. That's right, the same bastards who are asking the question. It's quite the protection racket when you think about it.

"If you run for office as a conservative, we will rip your life to shreds looking for dirt. And not only that, we'll rip your family's life to shreds as well. And if we don't find anything good, we'll condemn you for putting your family through that process."

Since when did the media become political gatekeepers? I applaud Gov. Palin and even more so her family, for having the courage to stand up to the media meat grinder and bring down the unaccountable gatekeepers of politics.

And Jason, VPs traditionally have a wide degree of latitude to pick special projects and champion their own causes. Remember Al Gore and his wheelbarrow full of government regulations he cut?

Victor's comments show again that people hear only what they want to hear. There was a lot of meat in Palin's speech. Drilling for oil. Energy independence. Strong national defense. Reducing waste and corruption. I particularly liked the analysis of Russia and Georgia, what the stakes were, and what the motivations were. She placed it into a geopolitical context, outside of "The Russians are resurrecting the Soviet Union," something no news agency I've listened to even attempted. That segment alone demonstrated how much stronger the McCain Palin team is than the O' Biden ticket. After listening to her for forty minutes, I have a good idea of what her priorities are, and how she compliments the McCain ticket.

But then again, I wasn't typing snarky posts during the speech; I was listening.

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Best lines from Rudy and Sarah

Rudy Giuliani

He worked as a community organizer......What?

Nearly 130 times, he couldn't make a decision. He couldn't figure out whether to vote "Yes" or "No." It was too tough! He voted....he voted "Present!" (Giuliani is channeling George Carlin here, a fact that would mightily piss off Carlin.)

For President of the United States, it's not good enough to be "Present." You have to make a decision.

Change is not a destination just as hope is not a strategy.

In the single biggest question in this election, Sen.McCain got it right and Barack Obama got it wrong.

I'll tell ya, if I were Joe Biden, I'd want to get that VP thing in writing.

He suggested the UN Security council could find a solution. Apparently none of his 300 foreign policy security advisors knew that Russia had a veto in the Security Council.

I have some advice for Sen. Obama. Next time, call John McCain.

Gov. Sarah Palin

What's the difference between Hockey Moms and pitbulls? Lipstick

Let me explain to them what the job (mayor) involves. I guess a small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer except that you have actual responsibilities.

We prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another in Sacramento.

Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reason...the right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than when we found it.

The luxury jet was over the top. I put it on Ebay. (I can hear Pelosi's veins bulging from here.)

The fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. (Pelosi takes it on the chin again!)

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and never use the word victory except when he's talking about his own campaign.

Victory in Iraq is within sight and he wants to forfeit.

In politics there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those like John McCain who use their careers to promote change.

They are the ones whose names are found on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners or on self designed presidential seals.

The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of self discovery.

For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words. For a life time, John McCain will inspire with his actions.

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Spot the Real Feminist

Candidate DCandidate R
Married a charismatic young law studentMarried a fisherman and raised a family
Stayed married to a womanizing lawyerJoined the PTA and raised a family
Stayed married to a womanizing governorRan for City Council and won while raising a family
Stayed married to a womanizing presidentRan for mayor and won while raising a family
Stayed married to a womanizing ex president and ran for Senate in a state she wasn't from. Ran for governor and won while raising a family
Tried to enact sweeping reform on health care and failed miserablyCleaned up corruption in her state government, while raising a family
Baked cookies once to prove she couldHunts, kills, and field dresses a moose to feed her family

That's a toughie...

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An Interesting Comparison

The last time I heard of a young man advancing so far so fast with such a light record of accomplishment, Jayson Blair was being fired from the New York Times for making stuff up.

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