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…from the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The Times-Picayune is one of the nations best papers and won numerous awards for its heroic Katrina coverage.

H/T to WeatherNerd who has the best links.

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This post was written by bobsikes on August 31, 2008

Hypocrisy: Thyne Party is Called Democrat

I feel it was unfair to trash John Spratt and Don Fowler on the comments captured on U-Tube. Two friends were together on a plane sharing a little irreverant humor. Neither Spratt nor Fowler have any sort of views witch might find comfort in the horrible tragedy that Louisiana faces over the next hours.

But is their indignation justified?

As Just One Minute commentor, Debin NC says:

I wonder if Fowler castigated the FL Dem couple in 1996 who taped the private cell phone conversation between Newt Gingrich and John Boehner? Or reprimanded Jim McDermott for giving it to the NYT?

I doubt it.

Democrats can’t handle getting a dose of their own conduct. Lets point to New Orleans US Congressman WilliaM Jefferson in another comment by another JOM contributor, Charlie of Colorado. He was addressing the evidence of actual democrats who have favored reform within their own party:

I was asking who you would recommend to add to my list of reform-minded politicians with a record of going after corruption in their own party, chosen from the D side of the aisle.

When I thought about it, I recalled that D rules don’t even require a member indicted for a crime to resign their leadership position, whereas the R rules do.

This represents another demonstration of just how dangerous the Democrat party is for America. With Jefferson as always, party before country. Why do you think Joe Lieberman and Zell Miller were so vocal in their support of President Bush?

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This post was written by bobsikes on August 31, 2008

Camille Paglia Weighs in on Sarah Palin

And noted feminist and extremely talented writer, Camille Paglia made these comments about Sarah Paglia:

“We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling,” said Camille Paglia, the cultural critic. “That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails.”

Hat tip to Lisa Schiffren at The Corner who said this of Paglia:

Camille Paglia is an unorthodox feminist. She is capable of disliking and liking women based on who knows what set of principles. But she didn’t like Hillary

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This post was written by bobsikes on August 31, 2008

The Politico Hit Piece on Sarah Palin (but the headline doesn’t match the story)

Two Politico reporters, Fred Barbash and David Marsh, posted a story last night that quoted four presidential historians on Sarah Palin’s choice as Jon McCain’s running mate. The piece’s headline, “Scholars question Palin’s credentials,” leads one to believe that the historians were critical of the choice. But only one was actually critical, Dr. Matthew Dalleck of Virginia Tech University.

Says Dalleck:

“I think she is the most inexperienced person on a major-party ticket in modern history,” “It would be one thing if she had only been governor for a year and a half, but prior to that she had not had major experience in public life,” Dallek said of Palin. “The fact that he would have to go to somebody who is clearly unqualified to be president makes Obama look like an elder statesman.”

In history, huh? Well Dallek shows his partisan side with this whopper:

“It would be one thing if she had only been governor for a year and a half, but prior to that she had not had major experience in public life,” Dallek said of Palin. “The fact that he would have to go to somebody who is clearly unqualified to be president makes Obama look like an elder statesman.”

It’s likely Dallek is a Democrat as he wrote speeches for Dick Gephart. A skilled historian and on faculty at Virginia Tech its alarming that he would be so narrow in his criticism that’s both misleading and inaccurate.

But Dallek was the only one who was so pointed in his comments. Two other respected historians, both donors to Democrats were more measured and scholarly in their comments.

David Kennedy merely said that Palin is a wild card. And Doris Kearns-Goodwin said that if Palin had been around two teram as a govenor it would have been an incredible choice. This is hardly critical.

So why the misleading headline? Its unlikely that Barash and Marsh wrote it and it was done by editors at Politico and does indeed indicate that a number of presidential historians were giving a thumbs down to the Palin pick and it wasn’t the case.

So not only did Politico editors mislead readers, they cut their reporters off at the knees. Barash and Marsh did some solid reporting by getting the thoughts of noteworthy presidential historians for an article that sought to put Palin’s selection in the perspective of history. But their editors used their clearly professioanl work to generate a hit piece on Sarah Palin.

Mission accomplished by the partisan hacks at Politico though. Over 100 Google links exists that follow the false narrative.

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This post was written by bobsikes on August 31, 2008

A Star is Born

And her name is Sarah Palin.

One read of her Wikipedia biography easily leads one to dismiss criticism of her political inexperience. She’s served at what can only be seen as a variety of levels of government which included city council and state commissions. She’s had to lead and make tough choices as both a mayor and govenor. Unlike Obama, she visited the wounded at Landstuhl in July of 2007 lond before she was mentioned as a VP candidate.

She has tremendous approval ratings as govenor from voters yet not so from reporters and legislators.

According to Gregg Erickson of the Alaska Daily News, Palin’s approval rating among reporters and legislators would be “in the teens or twenties


Bage of honor in my book, almost as much as getting an Olbermann worst person in the world award.

Ed Morrissey has more that dispells the criticism of Palin. Morrissey runs some of the numbers here:

….Obama is a US Senator of three years experience, and Palin is a governor of 20 months’ experience. Only Barack Obama has spent two of those three years not in the Senate doing his job but running for President. Before starting his bid, he had a grand total of less than 150 days in session in the Senate. Palin, on the other hand, has run her state for more than triple that time.

Fox liberal commentator Kirsten Powers adds this:

I can’t help wondering if this is a trap. The McCain camp watched and learned as Obama supporters offended Hillary supporters by their treatment of her. The McCainiacs had to know that this group is incapable of behaving, that Palin would bring out their worst instincts

Powers, a former member of the Clinton administration, was and remains critical of the Obama campaign.

Obama’s argument thus far has been that experience isn’t what counts; it’s judgment. By attacking the Republican woman relentlessly on this issue, Democrats are undermining their own man.

The McCain campaign have played their cards brilliantly with both the timing and intrigue of the Palin selection stunned the Democrats and stole the oxygen from Obama’s Thursday night exstravaganza. What’s been even more critical has been the increasing reality that Palin is the real deal and an extroidinary candidate. One commentor said that Palin may prove to be Maddie Hayes to McCain’ s Rooster Cogburn.

A McCain-Palin win nine weeks from Tuesday will vault Palin to the front of the discussion as the Republican Party’s future presidential candidate and one that will prove quite a problem for Hillary Clinton whom Palin saluted in her remarkable speech yesterday.

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This post was written by bobsikes on August 30, 2008

METS: Its Called Resolve – and the Mets Have It

After Tuesday’s night’s total meltdown, most expected the same last night. They didn’t and the bullpen held.

Pay no attention to the doomsayers who keep advancing how much of a tragedy it is that the Mets couldn’t win it for Johan Santana. Only Brandon Webb has been a better starter than Santana this season and he has been the ace they wanted when they acquired him. There’s little debate that the Mets wouldn’t be where they are this morning without him.

But it was Dan Murphy again with a big hit last night. Murphy’s debut has been the most stunning debut of any rookie, surpasing Gregg Jefferries 1988 August call-up. Unlike Jefferries, Murphy was unheralded. The 1988 Mets were facing no September challanges as are the current club. Murphy’s playing out of position and is delivering game-winning hits during a pennant race.

You cannot say enough about Carlos Delgado’s post-Randolph surge. There were many who contemplated his outright release at one point. He’s one of the reasons why the Mets have been able to win.

So they’re back in first this morning, and they’re nold folding. The bitterness of last season’s collapse still familar, a special kind of resolve to win has emerged. No matter how bad a loss, the Mets are showing up the next day apparently having washed a previous night’s debacle off in the shower. They won’t be folding this season.

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This post was written by bobsikes on August 28, 2008

Fact-Checking the Denver Dems

Rheotical mantras have always been the centerpiece of Dem talking points, and there should come as no surprise that FactCheck was busy last night.

Lets focus on Pennsylvania Govenor Ed Rendell who while was busy calling John McCain a fraud couldn’t help but let loose a classic Dem whopper:

PENNSYLVANIA GOV. ED RENDELL: “And guess who voted with President Bush 90 percent of the time? Sen. John McCain.”

Well not exactly, Ed. From FactCheck:

McCain voted with President Bush 90 percent of the time from January 20, 2001, to when Congress left Washington on its annual August recess, according to a study by Congressional Quarterly. But McCain wasn’t always a staunch Bush backer. In 2005, his support for Bush’s position on legislation reached a low of 77 percent; last year, when he launched his latest bid for the GOP presidential nomination, he voted with Bush 95 percent of the time.

That’s not too bad, Ed. You can probably get awy with that one OK. You guys really have to try and tie McCain to President Bush as you need to hide your own disasterous plans for the country. But lets look at another one of your attempts to mislead folks.

” the fact that top McCain advisers have lobbied for oil and gas companies “explains why he wants to give another $4 billion tax break to oil companies.”Wow.

Ed, you’ve not gotten the memo. Folks aren’t buying the old demonization of the oil companies just so you guys can keep that environmental lobby cash coming to Dem coffers. Anyway, here’s the actual truth, Ed.

The $4 billion in tax breaks for oil companies is part of McCain’s plan to reduce corporate taxes overall and does not represent an additional tax benefit for these companies. The corporate reduction McCain has proposed would apply to all corporations, including oil companies.

Keep depending on an uninformed public, Ed. The conserivaive blogospere can handle it.

H/T: The Washington Times and

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This post was written by bobsikes on August 27, 2008

Obama and Ayers Steered Annenberg Money to ACORN

According to Stanley Kurtz, this is indeed the case:

Charitable foundations often move far to the left of the intentions of their original donors. The community activist groups that got money from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, like ACORN and the Developing Communities Project (part of the Gamaliel Foundation), were very radical indeed, and the personal views of Walter Annenberg don’t change that fact one iota.

Today is the day that Kurtz will be able to view the Annenberg Challenge files that the Daley Library of U of I – Chicago initially balked allowing him to see.

Its curious that while the Obama campaign is trying to suppress a Republican 527 from airing an Ayers ad, they used Ayers in their own ads. A collective, “you’ve got to be kidding me,” is coming from the conservative blogosphere. Here’s numerous links from Just One Minute.

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This post was written by bobsikes on August 26, 2008