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Clintons. Meet the Clintons.

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the April 16th, 2009

Hillary’s surrogates are still soliciting contributions to get rid of her remaining campaign debt.  I cannot believe that the Clintons refuse to pony up and pay for their own involvement in politics.

The funniest part in the article has got to be:

The nation’s top diplomat has been steadily chipping away at unpaid campaign bills since suspending her White House bid in June 2008, when her debt peaked at $25.2 million. That amount covered $12 million owed to vendors, as well as the $13.2 million she loaned her campaign from personal funds.

Clinton’s campaign was unable to repay that personal loan by the time the Democratic National Convention convened in Denver, Colorado, last August, the deadline mandated by the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. The former New York senator was forced to forgive the entire loan amount.

Forced to forgive her own loan.  🙂

This is the Optimism We’ve Been Waiting For

Posted in Election 2008,U.S. by Ryan on the February 19th, 2009

The Obama/Biden show is still only beginning.  From Obama’s tax deficient nominees to the vacant senate seat, we’re in for one heck of a ride.

In his first major speech since being confirmed, the nation’s first black attorney general told an overflow crowd celebrating Black History Month at the Justice Department the nation remains “voluntarily socially segregated.”

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder declared.

Lets stop talking about race and actually just live together.  It seems everything is fine until these “racial crusaders” start talking about it.  Booker T. Washington dedicated much of his life to “putting your head down and going to work.”  Seems that a century later, many still want to talk and legislate “equality” as they see it, into the culture.

I look forward to the day when men are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.  I believe that day has arrived for many, and eludes others still stuck in the past.

Education We Can Believe In

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias by Ryan on the February 10th, 2009

So we’ve been told that Obama has assembled some of the best “brain power” we’ve seen in a long time.

Apparently the new Secretary of Education might have forgotten to terminate abusive teachers in the Chicago Public Schools he was responsible for.  At least it’s not as embarrassing as unpaid taxes.

CBS 2 informed former Chicago Public School CEO Arne Duncan of our investigative findings shortly before he was promoted to U.S. Secretary of Education.

“If someone hits a student, they are going to be fired. It’s very, very simple,” Duncan said.

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But that’s not what happened under Duncan’s watch. Of the 568 verified cases, only 24 led to termination. Records show one teacher who quote “battered students for several years” was simply given a “warning” by the Board of Education.

Hat tip: Dr. Richard Kimball

Obama’s first 100 days 20 days

Posted in Election 2008,U.S. by Ryan on the February 6th, 2009

Charles Krauthammer lays it out so well.  As always.

First about Obama’s appointments.

And so much for the promise to banish the money changers and influence peddlers from the temple. An ostentatious executive order banning lobbyists was immediately followed by the nomination of at least a dozen current or former lobbyists to high position.

Then about the “stimulus” bill.

It’s the essential fraud of rushing through a bill in which the normal rules (committee hearings, finding revenue to pay for the programs) are suspended on the grounds that a national emergency requires an immediate job-creating stimulus — and then throwing into it hundreds of billions that have nothing to do with stimulus, that Congress’ own budget office says won’t be spent until 2011 and beyond, and that are little more than the back-scratching, special-interest, lobby-driven parochialism that Obama came to Washington to abolish.

Finally about the shine wearing off.

After Obama’s miraculous 2008 presidential campaign, it was clear that at some point the magical mystery tour would have to end. The nation would rub its eyes and begin to emerge from its reverie. The hallucinatory Obama would give way to the mere mortal. The great ethical transformations promised would be seen as a fairy tale that all presidents tell — and that this president told better than anyone.

I thought the awakening would take six months. It took two and a half weeks.

Charles Krauthammer is My Hero

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias,War on Terror by Ryan on the October 29th, 2008

I absolutely love reading his columns.  His latest column is a succinct package about the state of the election and why he is voting for McCain.

The case for McCain is straightforward. The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism. An apocalyptic soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. A nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation. A rising Russia pushing the limits of revanchism. Plus the sure-to-come Falklands-like surprise popping out of nowhere.

Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who’s been cramming on these issues for the last year, who’s never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of “a world that stands as one”), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as “the tragedy of 9/11,” a term more appropriate for a bus accident?

Unbelievable. The Ayers-Obama Relationship

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias by Ryan on the October 9th, 2008

CNN has an in depth investigative report regarding Sarah Palin’s assertion that Obama associates with terrorists.  It is unbelievable how overwhelmingly it contradicts the conclusions made by the same network’s own feckless “Truth Squad” headed up by Josh Levs and unquestioned by “journalists.”

Here is the investigative report:

And here is the “Truth Squad” at different times:

Besides the fact that Josh Levs has proven himself a joke of a reporter for something called the “Truth Squad,” he wants to play the semantics game, because in his mind, that is more important than investigating the past relationship between Obama and Ayers.

The anchors can hardly hide their dismay that anyone would question the Obamessiah’s past, mentioning Obama was 7 or 8 years old at the time Ayers bombed federal buildings.    Anderson Cooper does hide his bias a bit better than the others, but maybe that is because he just sat through a damning investigative report.

If media bias were not so serious, this would be funny.  Same network, different facts.

Lipstickgate

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the September 11th, 2008

Read all about it.

While I’m not sure Obama was actually referring to Palin, I think it is clearly a gaffe worth recognizing.  Given the proximity of Palin’s very memorable “pit bull & lipstick” joke I think it odd that a candidate for President would enter such dangerous waters by even using such similar terminology.

Even though Obama, McCain and others have used the lipstick/pig thing before, its just far too awkward to be using it right now and he ought to acknowledge at least that much.   The thing that puts it over the top and where I can’t join Mike Huckabee in his “giving slack” to Obama is that he then goes, right after the pig comment, on to mention an “old fish” stinking.  With McCain’s age an obvious issue in this campaign, it is a very strange choice of words.  Blatantly pointed towards Palin & McCain?  Maybe not.  Strangely coincidental and stupid? Yes.

That’s not change. That’s just calling something the same thing something different. You know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You know you can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change, it’s still going to stink after eight years. We’ve had enough of the same old thing.

Yes Obama, it was foolish to say those things.

Anita Dunn and Obama’s Dreamy Existence

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the September 4th, 2008

Check out what Anita Dunn, Obama adviser, said about Mitt Romney’s jab at Michelle Obama:

“Barack Obama has said that families are ‘off-limits’, and we thought that John McCain agreed,” Obama adviser Anita Dunn said. “But tonight, John McCain’s handpicked attack dog, Mitt Romney, exposed the fake outrage that the Republicans have been peddling all week as the blatant hypocrisy that it is.”

“The McCain team’s disgusting attack on Barack Obama’s wife shows they would rather generate false outrage to distract from their own problems than talk about the issues facing the American people,” Dunn said. “Mitt Romney’s attack on a candidate’s wife is as pathetic as his failed presidential campaign.”

False outrage?  Is this adviser actually comparing Michelle Obama to Bristol Palin?  Her boss is running for President of the United States?

CNN.com Needs a New Photo Editor

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias by Ryan on the September 4th, 2008

Less than an hour after Palin finishes her speech, CNN.com has this image on their homepage.  Come on CNN, are you that lame?

McCainPalinAwkward

????

Looks like it has since gotten replaced.

Cambell Brown Cannot Hide Her Bias

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias by Ryan on the September 2nd, 2008

Hat tip to Matt Lewis.

I actually watched this segment on CNN and my blood got boiling as she was sitting there saying these things to the McCain spokesman:

Tucker, though, this obviously putting this young woman, Bristol Palin smack in the media spotlight at what’s already got to be a very challenging time in her life. I mean, how do you respond to people who wonder why her mother would have subjected her to this scrutiny by accepting this high-profile position?

Here is the youtube video.

This is after Obama had said to leave the Palin story alone.  Brown herself admits that such should be the case in a perfect world but then, she says, in reality this will be scrutinized.  It’s almost like she was saying, “Yeah, decent people would leave this alone but since CNN has become a sleazy and tabloidish arm of the Obama campaign, I’m going to press the point again and again.”

I’ve noticed her more than once totally twisting questions and discussions in favor of her point of view which conveniently lines up with Obama’s.  Really silly and as Matt Lewis at Townhall.com says,

This is irresponsible journalism, to say the least — and a further example of liberal bias which is permeating most cable news networks these days.

Besides the part about the pregnant daughter the spokesman was asked about Palin’s experience as David Gergen continued his assault on Palin as a Vice-Presidential pick.  McCain needs someone that can hit back instead of just answering questions through deflection.  To Cambell Brown’s credit, she asked the only admissable question and that is, “Since McCain made experience an issue, particuarly foreign policy experience, how do you defend his selection of Palin?”  I would think you’d bluntly state the fact that Palin is running for vice-president or something else…maybe about her being Governor from a state with 2 international borders and matters she handled in that regard?  Instead he mentions talking points about the Alaska National Guard and Cambell Brown presses him to say one thing she decided as head of the Alaska National Guard.  Fortunately he didn’t freeze up and say what that Obama person did a few months back but I think that hes got to be quicker on his feet.  He kind of fumbled out a couple of answers about making decisions but couldn’t actually name a specific one to silence and embarass Brown.

Other questions about Palin’s experience in general though are hilarious considering the top of the Obama/Biden ticket.  Here is a vice-presidential candidate that has not aspired to high office and you want to compare that to a first term senator who has already written his own memoirs?

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