September 30, 2008
From little ACORNs and Obama
comes the current subprime mess. What happens when banks are forced/prodded/required by law to lend to uncredit worthy people?
(h/t Jeff Goldstein
Pelosi Reid Obama - Party and Power before Country
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the number two House Democrat in authority (behind only Speaker Nancy Pelosi), in defending his party from responsibility for the defeat of the financial stability bill today, delivered the all-time lamest excuse I’ve ever heard (my transcription from video on the PBS NewsHour; boldface mine):
“No Democrat that we could get to vote for the bill didn’t vote for the bill.”
Behind that tortured double-negative is a tautology. This is empty double-talk — delivered by the dishonest, intended for the gullible.
Pelosi, sometime over the weekend, decided that letting the economy tank for Obama’s campaign was the best thing to do. And her hysterical partisan rant right before the vote was just part of it.
And the MSM continues to be nothing but A Democrat Party organ.
Bolshevism at its finest. Somewhere in hell, Saul Alinsky is smiling.
September 29, 2008
Obama, Ayers, Alinsky - The Dots
While America Pravda (aka MSM) refuses to even begin to seriously explore any of Barry Obama's past, just obsesses about McCain's age or Palin's vagina, this iswhat they don't want you to see:
America waits with bated breath while Washington struggles to bring the U.S. economy back from the brink of disaster. But many of those same politicians caused the crisis, and if left to their own devices will do so again.The article also explores Barry's ACORN connection and how ACORN is one of the parties directly responsible for the subprime mortgage meltdown
Despite the mass media news blackout, a series of books, talk radio and the blogosphere have managed to expose Barack Obama's connections to his radical mentors -- Weather Underground bombers William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis and others. David Horowitz and his Discover the Networks.org have also contributed a wealth of information and have noted Obama's radical connections since the beginning.
Yet, no one to my knowledge has yet connected all the dots between Barack Obama and the Radical Left. When seen together, the influences on Obama's life comprise a who's who of the radical leftist movement, and it becomes painfully apparent that not only is Obama a willing participant in that movement, he has spent most of his adult life deeply immersed in it.
But even this doesn't fully describe the extreme nature of this candidate. He can be tied directly to a malevolent overarching strategy that has motivated many, if not all, of the most destructive radical leftist organizations in the United States since the 1960s.
ACORN showed its colors again in 1991, by taking over the House Banking Committee room for two days to protest efforts to scale back the CRA. Obama represented ACORN in the Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Fed. Sav. Bank, 1994 suit against redlining. Most significant of all, ACORN was the driving force behind a 1995 regulatory revision pushed through by the Clinton Administration that greatly expanded the CRA and laid the groundwork for the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac borne financial crisis we now confront. Barack Obama was the attorney representing ACORN in this effort. With this new authority, ACORN used its subsidiary, ACORN Housing, to promote subprime loans more aggressively.Barry is out this weekend with baldfaced lies about his role in the bailout - taking CREDIT for it - and saying McCain "did nothing." Baldfaced lie.
It's Party First for Barry and changing America into something radical enough for Michelle to be proud of.
(thanks to SarahW)
September 28, 2008
House Republicans hold ...
... and get the concessions they said had to be done to the bail out before they would sign off.
House and Senate negotiators from both parties emerged with Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. at 12:30 a.m. from a marathon session in the Capitol to announce that they had reached a tentative agreement on a proposal to give Paulson broad authority to organize one of the biggest government interventions in the private sector since the Great Depression.Full details of the plan were not immediately available. Lawmakers said their staffs would be working through the night to assemble the package and post it on the Internet. [...]
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Ohio), who represented House Republicans, the group that had raised the most serious objections to the plan, said he was pleased with the progress made but that he had to take the proposal back to his caucus before committing his support for it. "I look forward to what we're going to see on paper and presenting these ideas to my colleagues and getting their reaction," Blunt said.
A senior administration official, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the plan, said both sides had made significant concessions to achieve compromise. The Bush administration has agreed to accept a number of Democratic demands, including:
· The money would be dispersed in segments, with Paulson receiving $250 billion immediately, $100 billion upon White House certification of its necessity and the final $350 billion only after Congress has been given 15 days to object.
· Firms participating in the bailout would be required to grant the government warrants to obtain nonvoting shares of stock, so taxpayers can benefit if the companies return to profitability.
· Firms taking advantage of the bailout would be required to limit compensation for senior executives, with especially severe limits on "golden parachutes" at failing firms. The compensation limits will be enacted primarily, but not solely, through the tax code by reducing tax deductions for firms that pay executives more than $400,000 a year. [...]
Democrats also made a number of concessions, abandoning demands that bankruptcy judges be empowered to modify home mortgages on primary residences for people in foreclosure. They also agreed not to dedicate a portion of any profits from the bailout program to an affordable housing fund that Republicans claimed would primarily assist social service organizations that support the Democratic Party, the official said.
Meanwhile, House Republicans won a major victory, persuading negotiators to include a provision that would require the Treasury Department to create a federal insurance program that would guarantee banks and other firms against loss from any troubled asset, the official said.
It was John McCain that brought the House Republicans to the table, enraging the excreble Harry Reid who only wanted McCain back to do the Democrats bidding and causing serious enough problems with Nancy's botox she squealed that the Republicans were "unpatriotic" and she wanted to sue 'em to cover her plastic surgeon bills.
Those two haven't paid attention to Country First, but when have they ever?
September 27, 2008
Gov. Blunt to ratf**king Obama **UPDATED**
“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.Update
“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.
“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.
“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts - not a free society.”
Progressives' idea of 'unity'
Feel the tolerance:
Ratf**king Democrats, don't you ...
...ever again try to blame the subprime meltdown on "free market excesses" or "Republican deregulation." You lie and you know it.
Maxine Waters (D-CA) at .48
Mr. Chairman we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac and particularly at Fannie Mae under the outstanding leadership of Frank Raines
Lacy Clay (D-MO)at 2.22 declares
This hearing about the political lynching of Franklin Raines.
Barney Frank (D-MA) at 5.00
I don't see anything in this report that raises safety and soundness problems.
Watch the whole thing and be amazed.
(h/t Gateway Pundit)
You'll never guess!
Paul Newman - RIP
Paul Newman passed away Friday of cancer. He was 83.
Newman's filmography is incredible.
Another movie legend I grew up with is gone.
September 26, 2008
McCain is right
Poison Pill: Democrats' fraud in the bailout bill
House Republicans refused to support the Henry Paulson/Chris Dodd compromise bailout plan yesterday afternoon, even after the New York Times reported that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson got down on one knee to beg Nancy Pelosi to compromise. One of the sticking points, as Senator Lindsey Graham explained later, wasn’t a lack of begging but a poison pill that would push 20% of all profits from the bailout into the Housing Trust Fund — a boondoggle that Democrats in Congress has used to fund political-action groups like ACORN and the National Council of La Raza:Obama and the Democrats engage in thug operations to shut down dissenting speech from The One's critics, The Dems want to strip workers of their right to secret ballots at the work place and with Dems controlling all three branches of Government they look to immediately return the anti-First Amendment Fairness Doctrine.
And in the bailout bill they want to fund their criminally-tainted political allies with taxpayer money.
How wonderfully Soviet!
September 25, 2008
Cuz, y'know, hunters and bitter gun clingers are THIS CLOSE to being Nazis
Alcee Hastings, compassionate, honest, non-Jewbaiting Democrat to Jews:
“If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention [...]
Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through."
Jews who actually are interested in the survival of Jews should like, ignore a Democrat Party that puts its own Party interests ahead of Jews.
Democrats treat blacks the same way, so what else is new?
McCain leads, Prince Feckless **Updated**
is reduced to stammering about how his staff can handle the details, what a big plane he has, and this is just an "iffy" situation anyways...
It's not like John McCain hasn't been here before.
For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs--and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO's report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO's report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.Hello? That bill was introduced in January 2005 and was blocked by Democrats. That's not the only time Democrats have screamed Don't You Dare Touch Fannie and Freddie! You big MEANIE RETHUGLICANS! You don't want poor people to have the house of their dreams! Meanies!
I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.
''These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis,'' said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ''The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.''Barney Wormtongue Frank mewling about financial crisis mongering then; a man who was literally in bed with a Fannie Mae executive, and is now complaining that McCain should just shut up and let Barney handle it.
Because, yeah, Barney and the Dems have handled the growing Fannie/Freddie debacle so well these past five years.
Meanwhile, Prince Feckless, who was loudly crowing about his qualification to be President as a "leader" who "brings people together" (never citing one instance in which he actually did that) is reduced to having to be actually coaxed by to DC.
**UPDATE** Belying Wormtongue, Feckless and Dems claims that McCain went to DC "uninvited" or as "a stunt"--
BOB SCHIEFFER: I am told, Maggie, that the way McCain got involved in this in the first place, the Treasury Secretary was briefing Republicans in the House yesterday, the Republican conference, asked how many were ready to support the bailout plan. Only four of them held up their hands. Paulson then called, according to my sources, Senator Lindsey Graham, who is very close to John McCain, and told him: you've got to get the people in the McCain campaign, you've got to convince John McCain to give these Republicans some political cover. If you don't do that, this whole bailout plan is going to fail. So that's how, McCain, apparently, became involved.
September 23, 2008
The Obama Ayers connection
Stanley Kurtz, subjected to Obama thugs, still comes through
Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.Read the whole thing and forward it to ten friends.
The CAC was the brainchild of Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s. Among other feats, Mr. Ayers and his cohorts bombed the Pentagon, and he has never expressed regret for his actions. Barack Obama's first run for the Illinois State Senate was launched at a 1995 gathering at Mr. Ayers's home.
The Obama campaign has struggled to downplay that association. Last April, Sen. Obama dismissed Mr. Ayers as just "a guy who lives in my neighborhood," and "not somebody who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis." Yet documents in the CAC archives make clear that Mr. Ayers and Mr. Obama were partners in the CAC. Those archives are housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago and I've recently spent days looking through them.
(h/t Dan Collins)
Accomplishments? I don't need no stinkin' accomplishments!
Barry and his accolytes are hard-pressed to come up with any of his real or substantial accomplishments. They usually are reduced to things like saying "Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate was a governor". So count me as one whose ears perk up with the phrase "I have a track record" slips from Obamessiah. The MSM refuses to vet him and Obama's thug machine goes after any attempt to criticize him or seriously examine his past, so we tend to be alert to any stray crumb that falls from the Hallowed Lips of our future Lord and Master
Kroft: Senator McCain made some of the same noises this week, blaming Wall Street greed, promising reform and oversight, and new regulations to protect investors. What's the difference between the two of you?
Obama: Well, the difference is, I think, that I've got a track record of actually believing in this stuff.
His track record is his BELIEFS. McCain actually did something in 2005, that was blocked by Democrats,; but, no, Barry's beliefs trump either McCain's actions or Barry's own inaction.
September 22, 2008
And it's, of course, all a coincidence.
BREAKING NEWS: Dem Congress ends hard day of work on the Finance and Oil crises with the following accomplishments:
*And because of the above, by the most ethical Congress evah, the Market closed 372 pts down and Oil spiked up $25/barrel. Good job, guys! Obama is sending over a fruitbasket.
Is a PR firm behind an 'Anti-Palin' video? How much is Obama involved? UPDATED
Dr. Rusty Shackleford makes the case
We believe that the case has been made that the Palin smear video was produced by the Publicis Groupe's Winner & Associates. We believe the evidence to this effect is compelling.
We also believe that the evidence shows that W&A tried to spread the lies about Palin in such a way as to catch the attention of the leftwing netroot supporters of Barack Obama. We think it is unlikely that one of the largest PR firms in the world would do this for free. That they would pay for video production out of their own pockets, hire a well known voice actress, or that its employees would work together in their free time to help the video go viral.
So, if we're right, who paid them? As of this writing we cannot answer that question. Our initial reaction was that this campaign had all the hallmarks of the Soros funded Moveon.org, but given David Axelrod's known predilection to these type of stealth campaigns it would not surprise us in the least if the Obama campaign itself was orchestrating it.
Time for the FEC to be called.
UPDATE: In a grand move that confirms everything that Rusty has reported, the cover up begins with "eswinner" closing his account and attempting to toss the videos down the memory hole -- WITHIN AN HOUR of the posting.
September 21, 2008
Protesting Iran and Ahmadinejad
On Thursday, Sept 25, at 6pm in New York City at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, The American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee, Quaker UN Office, Religions for Peace, and the World Council of Churches-UN Liaison Office will be “honoring” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at an Iftar (dinner to break the day’s Ramadan fast). Other organizations, political leaders and media have also been invited. [...]
These religious leaders are about to betray their brethren across all religions, parties, and countries by “honoring” the tyrannical regime of Ahmadinejad and the Iranian mullahs of this terrorist state.
At the same time, Women United, the Jewish Action Alliance, Stand With Us, Center for Security Policy, the Catholic League, the Traditional Values Coalition, the Alliance of Iranian Women and over 20 other organizations of all faiths and political affiliations will hold an interfaith rally to counter this BETRAYAL, to protest Ahmadinejad’s presence at the United Nations, and to oppose Iran’s nuclear weapons program and outrageous threats against the USA and America’s ally, Israel. See the full list of participating organizations HERE, updated daily.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been invited to speak along with many other civic and religious leaders and politicians, both Democrats and Republicans.
'Are we fighting a holy war?'
September 20, 2008
Democrats to Jews: 'Nice non-profit you got there, it would be a shame if anything were to happen to it."
Just how a Democrat sweep of Congress and the White House would
rule govern the United States is illustrated by how they approached the anti-Iran rally and its organizers
Hillary Clinton won't be speaking at Monday's anti-Iran rally at the United Nations -- and neither will Republican Sarah Palin or any other politicians for that matter.The reason? A heated behind the scenes tug-of-war.
Sources tell CBS 2 HD that a decision to disinvite Palin from the high profile rally after Clinton pulled out in a huff came as the result of intense pressure from Democrats.
"This is insulting. This is embarrassing, especially to Gov. Palin, to me and I think it should be to every single New Yorker," Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-Brooklyn, told CBS 2 HD. [...]
The groups sponsoring the rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at the UN were reportedly told, "it could jeopardize their tax exempt status" if they had Palin and not Clinton or Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden on hand.
So all politicians were disinvited, most prominently, Palin.
"It's an absolute shame that this has happened," Hikind said. "To threaten organizations … to threaten the Conference of Presidents that if you don't withdraw the invitation to Gov. Palin we're going to look into your tax exempt status … that's McCarthyism."
Another Jewish group tried to step into the breach by inviting Palin to a different protest a day earlier.
"I'm absolutely appalled at the behavior of the Democrats," said Bob Kunst of Defenders.net. "I'm a Democrat and for the first time in my life I'm going to vote Republican. I can't take it anymore."
(h/t Meryl Yourish)
September 19, 2008
OMG!! Did you know they were black??!!! Get me my race card.
As panic sets in among the Obamabots, the transparency of so-called journalists determined to steal the election for The One continues to present itself. As it is again a virtual tie between the camps, the sexist slams against Gov. Palin continue apace and the reliance upon the race card gets throttled up.
Karen Tumulty, Times so-called "National Political Correspondent", will have none of any criticism of The One's ties to the infamous Franklin D Raines, former Fannie Mae chief executive who cooked the books and got away with little consequence. Tumulty doesn't dispute the ties, she just claims that because the McCain campaign decides to run an ad about them, They Are Teh RACIST!!!1!!!!!!Eleventy!!1!1
Consider McCain's new ad, which the campaign says it will be airing nationally:
This is hardly subtle: Sinister images of two black men, followed by one of a vulnerable-looking elderly white woman.
Kathy sees that image and declares it "sinister".
Exactly, who is the racist now?
(h/t WLS @ Patterico)
September 17, 2008
Stop lying, Obama.
On the mortgage crisis: three words Community Redevelopment Act
On - why is O in Malibu and engaging in resume inflation? Has Biden's tendency to plagarism rubbed off?
September 16, 2008
And Barry's answer...?
September 15, 2008
Why does Obama hate our troops?
Or maybe it's just that Barry puts ambition before country,
WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.
According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.
"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.
Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops - and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."
In the interest of "both sides"? Goodness, the Chicago mentality of "Nice store you got here, shame if anything were to happen to it" is certainly evident.
While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date." They declined. [...]
Iraqi leaders are divided over the US election. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (whose party is a member of the Socialist International) sees Obama as "a man of the Left" - who, once elected, might change his opposition to Iraq's liberation. Indeed, say Talabani's advisers, a President Obama might be tempted to appropriate the victory that America has already won in Iraq by claiming that his intervention transformed failure into success.
Maliki's advisers have persuaded him that Obama will win - but the prime minister worries about the senator's "political debt to the anti-war lobby" - which is determined to transform Iraq into a disaster to prove that toppling Saddam Hussein was "the biggest strategic blunder in US history."
Other prominent Iraqi leaders, such as Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi and Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani, believe that Sen. John McCain would show "a more realistic approach to Iraqi issues."
Obama has given Iraqis the impression that he doesn't want Iraq to appear anything like a success, let alone a victory, for America.
No! Say it ain't so! Barry putting politics above country? Why ever would anyone think a man who has shown such restraint in not stooping to mocking the disability of someone who can't use a keyboard (what? oh....) would ever start emulating the Jimmy Carter Doctrine of undermining the foreign policy sitting a President of the opposition party? Not like Barry would be the only Democrat who has taken cues from Jimmy.
:::::cough::::: Logan Act :::::cough:::::
September 14, 2008
Sunday afternoon musical interlude
Richard Milhouse Obama?
There is a secret group in the Obama-Biden campaign tasked with shutting off any leaks from the record that links Barack Obama to his longtime adviser and mentor Bill Ayers, professor of education at the University of Illinois and unrepentant Weatherman terrorist and fugitive from the 1970s.
This surprising fact has been developed by Chicago-born and Ralph Nader-supporting Professor Steve Diamond of Santa Clara University Law School, who maintains the Global Labor and Politics blog and has pieced together over many months the unusual surreptitious activity around the public records of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) grant now housed at the University of Illinois and Brown University.
Since the spring, Diamond has led the investigation into the intimate working relationship between Obama and Ayers that dates back at least to the beginning of 1995 and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge Grants. Diamond believes this group is not harmless. "It's a 'Plumbers' unit. You know, we are old enough to recall the Plumbers in Richard Nixon's White House. This is like that. The job is to stop anyone trying to use the (Chicago) Annenberg (Challenge) papers to figure out how Ayers and Obama worked together on education."
Of course, the Obama-sotted MSM will have nothing of "interrogating" Barry. That Palin, as a new administrator, got rid of the political appointees of the previous administration and brought in her own team is scandal, SCANDAL, I tell you! That.is.just.not.done. Hharrumph. Hharrumph.
September 13, 2008
Play it LOUD!
September 12, 2008
Well, there goes the plastic slut vote
Shame on ABC, props to Gov. Palin UPDATED
Being on the westcoast, I had already started reading the partial transcript of the Gibson/Palin interview.
Then I saw the "scrubbed" version when it aired at 6:30 PDT.
This is the next morning and I'm still angry at Gibson's hamhanded sexism and ABC's perfidy.
Jeff Goldstein says it better.
The Lamestream media is openly working for Camp Obama. They have decided who you should be electing President and no little female outside their exclusive club is going to spoil it.
UPDATE: It's official ... ABC went out of their way to distort Palin's interview with outregeous cuts that transform her answers. Here.
September 11, 2008
Never forget, never forgive.
September 10, 2008
Get out the hankies
Many happy tears.
Why does Sarah Palin scare Leftists?
During this past week, Hugh Hewitt has taken calls only from first-time women callers and asked of them one question - Why are you excited about Gov. Palin?
Camile Paglia, an Obama supporter, knows
Sarah Palin is like Annie Oakley, a brash ambassador from America's pioneer past. She immediately reminded me of the frontier women of the Western states, which first granted women the right to vote after the Civil War -- long before the federal amendment guaranteeing universal woman suffrage was passed in 1919. Frontier women faced the same harsh challenges and had to tackle the same chores as men did -- which is why men could regard them as equals, unlike the genteel, corseted ladies of the Eastern seaboard, which fought granting women the vote right to the bitter end. [...]This is every caller to Hewitt -- Sarah is one of us. Sarah isn't from the rather incestuous, self-annointed Beautiful People of DC/NYC/LA/Frisco, who all dine together, swap spouses and lovers, dish on each others fashion sense, share vacations and servants, while deciding which of their group will take up the reins next of
Perhaps Palin seemed perfectly normal to me because she resembles so many women I grew up around in the snow belt of upstate New York. For example, there were the robust and hearty farm women of Oxford, a charming village where my father taught high school when I was a child. We first lived in an apartment on the top floor of a farmhouse on a working dairy farm. Our landlady, who was as physically imposing as her husband, was another version of the Italian immigrant women of my grandmother's generation -- agrarian powerhouses who could do anything and whose trumpetlike voices could pierce stone walls.
Here's one episode. My father and his visiting brother, a dapper barber by trade, were standing outside having a smoke when a great noise came from the nearby barn. A calf had escaped. Our landlady yelled, "Stop her!" as the calf came careening at full speed toward my father and uncle, who both instinctively stepped back as the calf galloped through the mud between them. Irate, our landlady trudged past them to the upper pasture, cornered the calf, and carried that massive animal back to the barn in her arms. As she walked by my father and uncle, she exclaimed in amused disgust, "Men!"
Now that's the Sarah Palin brand of can-do, no-excuses, moose-hunting feminism -- a world away from the whining, sniping, wearily ironic mode of the establishment feminism represented by Gloria Steinem, a Hillary Clinton supporter whose shameless Democratic partisanship over the past four decades has severely limited American feminism and not allowed it to become the big tent it can and should be. Sarah Palin, if her reputation survives the punishing next two months, may be breaking down those barriers. Feminism, which should be about equal rights and equal opportunity, should not be a closed club requiring an ideological litmus test for membership.
And Sarah has challenged the powers, of her own local party too, AND WON. She didn't get to be Gov. by appointment or on the coattails of her husband, but because she earned it.
She IS the embodiment of classic feminism. A woman who has pursued her talents, taken on entrenched sexism head on and never compromised on her own beliefs and life as woman/wife/mom.
And she does everything with such gusto!
Sarah Palin is an afront to contemporary feminism, the "closed club" Paglia refers to. And that "club" is a wholely-owned subsidiary of the American Left. The Left cannot let Palin win, either as VP or as a viable future politician on the national stage. That is why the lies and smears are so eagerly invented and passed around.
Even women who don't agree with every one of Palin's beliefs understand both that Palin has never crafted any policy according to her beliefs and that should she be destroyed, no other woman who isn't part of the "In" club will dare run for office.
The Left's thuggery towards Palin, and the Obama campaigns support and encouragement of that thuggery, underscores their basic contempt of women as anything more than tools; window-dressing for promotion of Left political ideology.
And conservatives are the ones trying to impose "back to the kitchen, woman"? Yeah, right.
September 07, 2008
My interview at Skewz.com
I was interviewed on August 8th and the podcast is now up ...
Since the start of the Democrat "You are a VICTIM" telethon that ended in the faux-Parthenon, I've been receiving one to two emails a day from the Obama campaign. Usually mixtures of bullet point claims of what motivates dastardly Rethuglicans to hurt you and promises of how saintly Dems are going to save you but always with a pitch of "Hey, can you send $5, $10, $25? You know, so we can help Fight the Negativity!!!1!1!!1".
One realizes how much McCain campaign has Obamessiah worried and on the defensive after Gov. Palin's electrifying speech from the lastest email recruiting for Deputy Field Organizers
(email over the jump, plus the Camp Obama graphic)
Dear Friend --
I wanted to get in touch with you again about the upcoming Camp Obama sessions we're holding in California.
As you might have heard, John McCain and his Republican surrogates used their convention to attack Barack and disparage his work as a community organizer.
What they don't get is that ordinary people working together built this movement for change and will lead our campaign to victory in November.
That's why we've had such an amazing response to our Camp Obama sessions so far.
Supporters of all ages and backgrounds, some new to politics and some seasoned veterans, have expressed tremendous enthusiasm for the opportunity to learn the basic organizing principles of this movement and become Deputy Field Organizers in battleground states.
We can't do this without you, and there is still time to sign up. Learn more and apply for a Camp Obama session now.
Deputy Campaign Manager
Obama for America
From: Jon Carson
Subject: Sign up for Camp Obama in California
I want to tell you about an exciting program we're launching in California. It's called Camp Obama.
During this two-day session, people like you will be taking their support for this movement to the next level by learning the organizing principles that this campaign and our movement for change are built on.
Camp Obama attendees will receive real world organizing experience that will have a direct impact on this election. Graduates of Camp Obama will go on to become Deputy Field Organizers who will lead this campaign to victory in crucial battleground states around the country.
Find out more about this exciting opportunity to take a leadership role in this movement for change.
By participating in Camp Obama, you'll get the kind of experience that Barack got as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he learned that real change happens from the bottom up.
That experience transformed Barack's life and made him who he is today.
Camp Obama is your chance to put those very same principles into action - to win this election and to strengthen democracy in communities around the country.
After completing the program, you'll be required to work as a Deputy Field Organizer in a battleground state where you'll be organizing supporters and helping lead our grassroots Get Out The Vote operation.
Apply for a spot at a Camp Obama near you and become a leader in our movement for change:
This campaign relies on the passion and enthusiasm of ordinary supporters, but it needs leaders who can organize those supporters and turn their enthusiasm into votes on Election Day.
Camp Obama is your chance to step up and become a leader in this movement.
National Field Director
Obama for America
September 06, 2008
Video: Dear Mr. Obama
Stay until the end ... goosebumps at approximately 1:20.
The One's "logic" is that he has more executive experience by running for president than Palin has by being mayor (and ignoring her governorship). Yeah, that's the ticket!
September 05, 2008
Someone's business manager didn't make a call ...
... and save the Wilson sisters a little embarrassment. I mean, they are screeching all over about the McCain campaign "stealing" their song Barracuda
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The rock group Heart, angry that its '70s hit "Barracuda" is being used as the unofficial theme song for Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, is taking aim at the Alaska governor. [...]
Heart singers Ann and Nancy Wilson said a "cease-and-desist" letter has been sent to the Republicans asking them not to use the song.
"The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission," according to a statement issued late on Thursday on behalf of the sisters.
Poor babies! They feel so..so..violated
"Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image." [...]Their wishes were not honored, as after John McCain’s RNC-ending speech last night, Palin joined him onstage to the sound of “Barracuda.” This set off Nancy Wilson, who told EW.com “I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented. I feel completely fucked over.”
Nancy actually fucked herself over. Maybe she thought those deposits in her bank account came from The Bank Account Fairy or Obama's Magic Socialist Account, rather than ASCAP
The McCain campaign said it had obtained the appropriate licenses to play the song."
The McCain campaign respects intellectual property rights," spokesman Brian Rogers said. "Accordingly, prior to using 'Barracuda' at any events, we paid for and obtained all necessary licenses." [...]
Copyright law may not be on the Wilsons' side as the song is licensed for public performance under a blanket fee paid by the venue to ASCAP, the firm that collects royalties on behalf of composers and copyright owners.
When will the Republicans and the McCain campaign begin respecting artists and copyright laws? How many artists have to threaten and/or sue them before they stop ripping off their work?
Respect? Ripping off? Oh my look who's talking.
September 04, 2008
Excitable Andy was raised in a barn
I didn't think anyone suffered Palin Derangement Syndrome as much as Keithy Slobberman, but Excitable Andy proves me wrong.
10.49 pm. Piper is poking Trig in the eye!
Would someone please emain the nitwit and tell him we all say Piper smoothing down Trig's hair?
10.40 pm. We've just seen a picture of a seven year old cradling and stroking the hair of a Down Syndrome infant. This, apparently, is relevant to deciding who should be the next vice-president of the United States.
Excitable Andy should take that up with whomever was in the control box directing the cameras. Unless he thinks Sarah was moving the cameras with her terrible telekinetic powers.
10.39 pm. I'm just slack-jawed that, so far, the entire speech has been basically about her family. She seems as if she just won a reality show and is introducing her folks. And they have passed the baby now to four different people - including another child. Slack-jawed.
Take that last and couple it with this just under it, under the title "Parading the Baby"
Did I just see Cindy holding Trig? I mean: can we have it one way or the other? Either the family is out of bounds or it is in the spotlight. Brandishing a Down Syndrome child as a campaign statement is daring the press to ask questions about him. And if you are going to hold the baby in front of the cameras, how can you say that the details of his birth cannot even be discussed?
Excitable Andy doesn't have much exposure to families. And I guess babies might make him feel a bit squeamish, seeing how they are made. But I know from my own brood and loads of friends with medium to large families that the kids go everywhere with . When we all gather for important stuff - graduations, weddings, holidays, the babies are there too.
And everyone wants to hold the babies! Babies are always getting passed around among aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends. It's just something done among the wild denizens of life outside of Manhattan Penthouses.
Or maybe Excitable Andy is just old-fashioned and believes such an embarrassment of a Mongoloid creature should be locked away in the attic.
Now I recall, during the Democrat "You are all VICTIMS" telethon, Obama was on live via satellite, talking to his daughters in front of a huge audience.
Michelle Obama gave the headlining speech tonight at the Democratic Convention. Barack joined the crowd via satellite after she was finished and praised his wife. Obama's daughters were thrilled to see him, and frequently, and adorably, interrupted their father with shrieks of "Hi Daddy!". Obama also mentioned two different cities for his location, first saying "Hello from Kansas City," and then saying he watched the speech with a family in St. Louis. One of Obama's daughters corrected him, asking, "What city are you in, Daddy?"
Funny, but Excitable Andy has nothing to say about Obamas' "Parading the daughters." How about it, Andy? Why didn't you demand an examination of Michelle's vagina? Or question Barry's fitness as a father seeing as he is spending so much time away from them? Or maybe, not to say it is true or anything, but musing that maybe he's not with them that much and passing them off to other family members because he really isn't their father? How about demanding some DNA tests, just to put those rumors to rest?
How about it Excitable Andy? Where's that "true conservative" pluckishness and fair play?
September 03, 2008
Husband is not really into politics. So we sat and watched the speeches tonight together. Rudy rocked and Sarah brought down the house.
The Dems and their PR wing, the Lamestream Media, are only going to doubledown on the smear campaign; because they are scared. Sh*tless.
Obama's MSNBC 'reporter' left speechless
Republicans don't have to compete just the official Obama campaign, but they are also running against a transparently partisan Lamestream Media.
But in their hubris and Obamessiah worship, in their sexist efforts to destroy Gov. Sarah Palin, they interview the wrong guy:
(h/t Jawa Report)
September 02, 2008
Ok, we get it
When a child stumbles and makes a mistake, the parent obviously hasn't spent enough time at home. The parent is obviously UNFIT and unworthy to work outside the home and damned unfit to hold any elected office. I mean, look at how the Washington Post's first page is obsessed with the vaginas in the Palin family
Pretty impressive for a frontpage, eh? But you know what you won't find on the frontpage? About another parent now unfit for public office because of the mistake of their offspring? Tucked away on page nine is this
A son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.Oh, Joe! Where were you when your son should have been learning the proper values and morals? Didn't you ever tell him "thou shalt not steal"?
:::ahem::: didn't Obama vet Biden?
September 01, 2008
Bristol Palin pregnant: Left nutroots to go to eleven
Because, not only is Bristol Palin pregnant, but she is going to keep the baby and marry the father.
ST. PAUL (Reuters) - The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin's five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, McCain aides said.
"We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us," the Palins' statement said.
"Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support," the Palins said.
The Palins asked the news media to respect the young couple's privacy.
"Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media, respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates," the statement concluded.
What a class act.
Countdown to Left meltdown in 3...2...1
Fake-feminist (aka Vagina Warriors) one-note harangue
Oh, color me surprised that the crones at N.O.W. come out with a cuntilicious denouncement of Gov. Sarah Palin
Sadly, she is a woman who opposes women's rights, just like John McCain. [...]
The fact that Palin is a mother of five who has a 4-month-old baby, a woman who is juggling work and family responsibilities, will speak to many women. But will Palin speak FOR women? Based on her record and her stated positions, the answer is clearly No. [...]
We recognize the importance of having women's rights supporters at every level but, like Sarah Palin, not every woman supports women's rights.
See, to be an authentic womyn, there will be no speaking Truth to Power, when that Power is held by radical "proggressive" females, self-annointed to define Womyn Rights. Unironically, those "rights" are really just one "right": the "right" of womyn, of any age, to kill their unborn child at any time during the pregnancy for any reason, to force someone to do the deed and to force someone other than the womyn to pay for it. Deviate from template and N.O.W. wants to Kelo your vulva.
Palin is a colluder. Forget Palin's unprivileged upbringing, forget that , unlike Hillary, she earned her elected offices on her own, not because of her husband. Forget that, unlike Obama, she earned her office bucking the machine, not joining it. Sarah Palin is pro-life, and that makes her AGAINST WOMYNs!!1!1!
I'm tired of fake-feminists. Females who claim they want "equality" but in actuality demand female supremacy. From free abortions to free contraception to a different set of law and punishment where it concerns "Violence against Women" (as if a woman raped is hurt more than when a man is raped), these are females less interested in equal opportunity than in superior outcomes. No where is this more evident then in the hysterical reaction to Gov. Sarah Palin. Gov. Palin is rancid to the core. Even in a rather thoughtful self-confessional to sexist attacks against Palin, there is measure of "well, she deserves it" because Palin is "full of support for policy positions that hurt ordinary Americans", while perpetuating the "She's a creationist!" lie. Palin doesn't have beliefs, she has "adopt[ed] political positions".
And in the end, for Leftists and the Female Supremacist wing, that is the essense of their view of The Other. The dissenters, the disagreers, the people, male and female, who look to their own lives, talents, wants, needs and figure out their own choices, don't do so from any real belief system. "Belief systems" belong to the Left. Non-leftists "adopt political world views" for cynical or nefarious motives. If non-leftists choose to engage in any activity, or hold any belief, that doesn't conform to Left cult ideology, that belief or activity isn't mistaken, the person holding it is illegitimate and deserves no consideration of good faith argument or good motives.
Even believing that capitalism is the best system of economic opportunity brands one as a supporter of the"myths of individuality and freedom" and No Real Feminist(tm) supports ....
Well, fill in that last with whatever unexamined "want" translated into "right" that the juvenile Left is peddling today. It gets tiring that the adults in the room make their tinny squawkings possible and we just get pissed on for the effort.