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Please Live Somewhere Else

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the March 26th, 2008

Kicking recruiters out of public schools is one thing.

This is ridiculous.

I would tell these whining and ungrateful parents to please live somewhere else than the United States of America.

Michigan and Florida

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the March 12th, 2008

This is a great article by Roland Martin at CNN.com on the Michigan and Florida “issue.”

But the DNC should protect the integrity of its rules process. If it acquiesces, how many states will pull the same trick in four years? The precedent would have been set, and anyone else could make the same argument: Please, please, give us another chance, even though we brought this on ourselves.

No. Enough. Let’s end this madness and tell Florida and Michigan that they had their shot. They blew it. It’s time to move on and let the people who know how to play by the rules get on with this process. They made their bed. Now sleep in it.

I have personally phrased it as follows, “Michigan and Florida played chicken with the DNC and lost.  End of story.”

Huckabee Finally Leaves Race

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the March 5th, 2008

Huckabee has finally left the race, but not without a final drop of hypocrisy.

“We kept the faith,” he told his end-of-the-road rally Tuesday after John McCain clinched the nomination. “I’d rather lose an election than lose the principles that got me into politics in the first place.”

This is a fine tradition for Mike Huckabee.

Act the part but do the opposite.

Again and again:

HUCKABEE: I’m just saying I won’t have to fake it at all. Senator McCain knows I have nothing but the highest respect for him. I think he does for me. Our relationship has been cordial.

I don’t have to go and, behind the scenes, apologize or hope nothing gets brought up that’s been said in the past. We have a good, clean record. And I see no reason not to keep it that way.

CAVUTO: You don’t like Governor Romney, do you?

HUCKABEE: It’s not a matter of not liking him. I was disappointed in the way that he ran his campaign, where he attacked Senator McCain, he attacked Rudy Giuliani, he attacked me.

Let’s see, Romney pointed out that, as Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee RAISED taxes $500 million, increased spending more than 50%, charged Mexico $1.00 per year for rent on the consulate office there, and fought to give illegal immigrants in-state scholarships and tuition breaks. Since all those things are true of Huckabee’s record, how is that an attack? And was it really necessary to, once again, personally attack Romney by implying his support of McCain is phony? The man’s not even in the race anymore and Huckaphony still can’t stop attacking him.

Its the Clinton & Obama Show!

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the March 1st, 2008

Seen the the 2 “sleeping children” ads that both Clinton and Obama have released?

Here is Clinton’s:

And then Obama’s response:

And here are John Dickerson’s thoughts over at Slate.com about Clinton’s ad:

The ad asks which candidate has faced the extended pressure of a crisis that might prepare him or her for the far larger pressures and crises he or she will face as president. I love this question and am glad the Clinton team raised it. The problem is that they’re not so great at answering.

The most interesting and telling part of it is the link to a telephone conversation the author had with the Clinton camp. The conversation was so very revealing about how inflated Clinton’s “experienced” image is.

More obvious to a critical viewer is how they cherry pick “credible experience.” There is this aura of experience that surrounds Clinton due to her time in the Senate and before that the White House. “Day one” anyone? However, despite a few years in the Senate, indeed on the Arms Services Committee, I think the White House claim is, as Obama points out, hard to follow. The Clinton camp attributes her time there as “credible experience.” Yet on things like NAFTA, that isn’t the argument, rather, she was not a part of the administration nor its policies. A very gaping double standard.

Obama at the same time is still struggling to define what would justify military action in the future while neglecting those same justifications in the present.

I actually think that McCain has a fair chance against either of them this fall.