Saturday, September 06, 2008

Go read

LawDog asked a question that lead me back to this piece of his. It. Is. The. Best. Thing. On. The. Internet.

Period.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Republican workers saved 12,000 US flags from the trash generated bt the DNC's "green" convention. Saved by a vendor at Invesco Field, they were delivered to the McCain campaign. They plan to reuse them at their own rally.

Obama has faced questions about his patriotism since the beginning of the Democratic primary, and has set up a Web site specifically designed to fight such charges.

Um-m-m...might want to update that web site, Sparky.

The US government is going to get a lot larger soon

Not that this is a surprise, mind you.

Treasury Plans to Take Control of Fannie, Freddie

Of course, we could have fixed them a few years ago, without resorting to this, if we'd only been willing to do so. But as usual, we have to wait until something's an emergency before acting.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Noonan on Palin

(Via Kim du Toit)

In today's Opinion Journal, Peggy Noonan spends some time considering the subject of Sarah Palin. Go read it first, and then come back--I have a few thoughts. (Yes, that usually means trouble. Sorry.)

Because she jumbles up so many cultural categories, because she is a feminist not in the Yale Gender Studies sense but the How Do I Reload This Thang way, because she is a woman who in style, history, moxie and femininity is exactly like a normal American feminist and not an Abstract Theory feminist; because she wears makeup and heels and eats mooseburgers and is Alaska Tough, as Time magazine put it; because she is conservative, and pro-2nd Amendment and pro-life; and because conservatives can smell this sort of thing -- who is really one of them and who is not -- and will fight to the death for one of their beleaguered own; because of all of this she is a real and present danger to the American left, and to the Obama candidacy.

Indeed she is a danger, and one that the Obama campaign could have never foreseen. Was this an inspired decision by John McCain or just one of those accidents of which history is made? Time will tell.

And Peggy is also correct about conservatives defending Palin. Conservatives know their own, and she's one of us. Hit the conservative-leaning blogs and commentary sites. The herd has circled and the horns are all facing OUT. If you're a lefty, attacking Sarah Palin is costing your Messiah votes. Most Americans have a sense of fair play that's at odds with your tactics. Piss them off and you're going to loose them. Every time another attack article hits, every time another far-out rumor surfaces, potential Obama supporters--people who aren't hard core conservative but who simply lean conservative--are deciding to vote for Palin.

And that's an important point--people will be voting for Palin. Sure, John McCain is a genuine war hero and has sacrificed much for his country. However, that doesn't get him an automatic pass on his voting record, even with conservatives. Face it, as a conservative, McCain's cred is weak. Sarah Palin is the one conservatives love. If it means they have to vote for McCain to get Palin, well, they're good with that. They're looking ahead to the next cycle, or the one after that. They want President Palin, and they're willing to suffer President McCain to get her.

The one thing where I'll part company with Ms. Noonan is on the subject of Palin's toughness. She makes a valid point that being "Alaska Tough" is a very different thing than being tough enough to mix it up on a daily basis with media hacks, political operatives, self interested staffers and the like.

Me, I don't think they going to know what hit them.

"Lipstick"

"What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?"

"Lipstick."

I'm still amused by Sarah Palin's speech to the GOP convention last night. I think she struck a good balance between confronting and rebuking her attackers, selling McCain, selling herself, and skewering her opponents.

The remark about the styrofoam Greek columns was pretty tasty, too. Lightweight but impressively imposing--sort of like a certain senator we all have heard from recently.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Sarah Palin--Space Alien?

I hope that "space alien" thing was bizarre enough to get your attention. Given the number and quality of rumors swirling around Gov. Palin's since her selection as McCain's veep, it's kind of hard to come up with something so far-fetched that it automatically registers as an attention-getting device.

I'm astounded and amazed, but not at all surprised at the sound and fury (so far signifying nothing) that has surrounded her. She is almost the antithesis of what the left thinks a "successful" woman should be. Coupled with her beliefs and how she lives her life, she's guaranteed to both spike a leftist's blood pressure while causing their head to spin like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. I'm amazed that some areas of the country, such as Bezerkley, CA, have not become depopulated as the left's collective heads explode.

Is she perfect? Not hardly. But I have to admire her actions since her selection. I suspect that I would not have dealt so gracefully with the various and sundry jerks she has encountered both in person and via the media. I definitely would have ran out of places to hide the bodies by now. "Oh, don't worry about the lumps under the sofa cushions. That old thing is just worn out!"

I'm going to be interested to see her speech tonight. Some think she's going to slam her critics, and if she does, it's understandable. However, I suspect that any slamming will be done in an understated method that will leave them scratching their heads in confusion, as they try to figure out just whether or not she's insulted them.

If nothing else, we're in for an entertaining couple of months.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

One crappy thing about getting older...

Is the fact that the adults you grew up with will pass on.

Jerry Reed has died at 71.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Your Sunday Firepower Video

In honor of dove season, which starts tomorrow here in NC, we're going to do a different kind of firepower this week.



Squab--it's what's for dinner.

Appeal filed for Olufson

David Olufson, recently convicted of transferring a broken gun illegal machine gun has filed an appeal. The Smallest Minority has a link to the original post on War On Guns plus his thoughts. Perhaps our criminal justice system will have a breakdown and justice will actually be served.

Hurricane evacuation radio

This in from an Intertubes correspondent...WWL radio is streaming coverage of Hurricane Gustav. Very interesting, especially the phone calls from folks in the evacuation stream. Every potential problem of a mass evacuation ever discussed on preparedness boards--traffic jams, no gas and so on--is getting told by these folks.

Take away: If you're going to evacuate, do it before the masses decide to leave.

In a related thought, for those of you who subscribe to Rawles's "Golden Horde" theory, I don't think the Horde will be driving. From the sounds of things, if this was a real societal breakdown--no police, no tow trucks and so on--the roads would be completely impassible by now. The Golden Horde would have to travel by foot. Given the average physical condition of most Americans these days, I don't think they're going to make it far.

You're kidding, me, right?

(Via the Conservative Scalawag)

It would seem that the militarization of our police has just developed its very own arms race--the Richland County South Carolina Sheriff's Department has obtained their very own armored vehicle complete with a turret-mounted M2 machine gun.

What in the name of Pete is going on in Columbia these days? Do I need to make sure to avoid the place?