“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Sarah Palin Has MSM Slime Merchants on DEFCON 2

Twenty-Two Reasons To Vote Against Obama
By: Herb Denenberg, The Bulletin

The mainstream media continue to deteriorate into a world of slime and sleaze with their assault on Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president. They are picking up on lies manufactured in the blogosphere by hate groups such as the Daily Kos, and are transmuting rumors, speculations and outright lies into front-page smears disguised as hard news. As usual, the New York Times (September 2, 2008) has led the way with two front page storie s and a third on a full-page inside. The journalism of the New York Times now makes the supermarket tabloids look good by comparison.

Yes, the biased, slime merchants at the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the rest of the mainstream media have spent more time vetting and investigating the 17-year old pregnant daughter of Sarah Palin then they have investigating Sen. Barack Obama, a candidate for president. They have spent more time investigating a 22-year old DUI incident of Mrs. Palin's husband than they have spent investigating Sen. Obama's illegal use of cocaine and his admitted boozing and his long-time association with terrorists and racists. They give Obama a free pass but look at Palin's daughter as if the daughter is on the ticket.

Former Sen. Fred Thompson was right on target when he said the mainstream media and its partner, the Democratic Party, are so in fear of defeat after the announcement of the McCain/Palin ticket that they are going ever deeper into the journalistic sewer to discredit Gov. Palin. I keep saying the mainstream media has hit rock bottom, but it conti nues to sink lower into the journalistic sewer. They are now clearly so devoid of journalistic principles, honesty and fairness that they will do anything. They are at bottom and can't sink lower.

Now here's 22 reasons to vote against Mr. Obama and for McCain/Palin.

  1. Sen. Obama gives flowery speeches on change and hope. But he's part of one of the most corrupt political machines of all time. And instead of fighting and trying to reform the corrupt Chicago Cook County political machine, he used it to rise to power. When reformers tried to fight it, Mr. Obama refused to help them and actually was instrumental in defeating the reform movement. He preaches a new kind of politics but supports and uses one of the worst political machines in the U.S.
  2. He led the battle in the Illinois legislature to assure that born-alive infants would not be treated as persons and would not be entitled to medical care. Instead, if Sen. Obama had his way, such babies born alive after a botched abortion would be left to die, thus legalizing what apears to be infanticide and murder.
  3. When he first responded to Russia's invasion of Georgia, he said that aggression was wrong, but the U.S. would be in a better position if we set a good example. Thus he made it clear he was drawing a moral equivalence between Russia's aggression and the U.S.'s liberation of Iraq, which had violated 17 United Nations resolutions. This reaction alone, suggests not merely bad judgment but apparently no judgment at all. Then after giving it more thought, his second response was turning the matter over to the United Nations. That of course was a stupid idea as Russia has a veto in the Security Council.
  4. He sat in the pews of the Trinity Church in Chicago, listening to a notorious racist, bigot and anti-American, Rev. Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright, without a peep of protest. He did not leave the church until Rev. Wright said Obama is just another politician who says what he has to say. And that move was dictated by political considerations, not any moral outrage.
  5. He started his political career in a fund-raiser in the home of William Ayers, an unrepentant terrorist and anti-American. He still hasn't denounced him but says Mr. Ayers is now a member of the Chicago Democratic mainstream. He still maintains a friendly relationship with him, has served on a board with him, and has participated in speaking panels with him.
  6. He refused to wear a flag on his lapel, claiming he viewed it as a symbol of false patriotism employed after 9/11. He started wearing the flag only when he was embarrassed into doing so under political pressure. At that time he suddenly started ending his speeches with the words "God Bless America."
  7. He got an earmark appropriation from Congress for his wife's employer, the University of Chicago Medical Center. When questioned on the appearance of conflict of interest, he said there was nothing improper about that but he should have gone to his fellow Illinois Sen. Dick Durban, to put the appropriation through. In other words, if there is an appearance of conflict of interest, you should hide it somehow instead of avoiding what creates such appearance. This is a pattern: saying one thing and doing the opposite. When he started to run for the presidency, he stopped putting in earmarks. As is his usual pattern, he started doing the right thing for election purposes only. So judge him by his record, not moves that are merely campaign calculation.
  8. He favors increasing the capital gains tax, even though he admitted it will not raise tax revenue, but cut it instead. He justifies such an irrational move, out of what he calls a sense of fairness. That would mean less tax revenue, higher deficits and less incentive for saving, investment, capital formation, economic growth, and creation.
  9. He called for negotiations without preconditions with the Ahmadinejad of Iran, Chavez of Venzuela, and Castro of Cuba. Even Senator Obama recognized the folly of this idea, so he backed off of it after an explosion of criticism. He thinks sweet talk solves all problems, and when a problem calls for something beyond sweet talk, he 's stumped. He speaks loudly and often, but carries a toothpick-size stick which he is afraid to use. Another example of Mr. Obama's naiveté was his comment that Iran is a small country not to be feared.
  10. He opposed the surge, said it would fail, and even after it was almost universally acclaimed to be a success, he refuses to admit the surge succeed ed.
  11. He called for withdrawal from Iraq, in effect, calling for retreat and defeat, which would have turned over the Middle East and much of the world's oil supplies to terrorists and their supporters in Iran.
  12. He associated with and made a land deal with convicted felon, Tony Rezko, even knowing he was under serious investigation. He admitted this was what he called a boneheaded mistake. Mr. Obama seems incapable of judging his associates, as his close and friendly encounters with the hate-America and terrorist crowd suggests. Even an otherwise friendly biographer, said he is at home with the hate-America types.
  13. He claims he will bring all sides together but he has never shown any signs or symptoms of bipartisanship. His record is that of a far-left liberal, the most liberal of any member of the U.S. Senate. He goes down the party line, and never reaches across the aisle.
  14. He claims he will bring change to Washington, but picks a long-term Washington insider, Sen. Joe Biden, who has been in the Senate for decades, and is rated the third most liberal in the U.S. Senate. He claims he'll be the agent of change, but in his acceptance speech he catalogs the tired left-wing Democratic agenda, that has been regurgitated every four years for decades. He talks change but dishes up only the old liberal dishes, which have been rejected by voters many times from McGovern to Carter, and which have failed when implementation was attempted. If Mr. Obama wins the White House, he is likely to have a veto proof Congress, which mean all of his left-loony proposals would probably become law. Electoral history suggests Americans don't go for such unrestrained power. Beware of an Obama/Pelosi/Reid triumvirate that would bring us radical liberalism in its worst form.
  15. He says he wants to bring us energy independence but refuses to drill and extract our huge reserves, greater than those of Saudi Arabia. He wants us to check our tire pressure instead of drilling. Give me a break! He also advises everyone to tune-up their cars, even though most cars no longer need tune-ups.
  16. He never sticks with a job. For example, when he became senator he started writing his book. Then within two years of becoming a senator, he started running for president. It is not surprising that he has no legislative accomplishments. This has been the pattern of his entire career. He never sticks with anything long enough to chalk up significant achievements. That's why when asked about his accomplishments, his supporters seem to be stumped. Dean Barnett, in an article in the Weekly Standard (Sept. 1, 2008), entitled "Would You Hire Barack Obama? The resume of a chronic underachiever," writes, "You'd have to conclude that Obama's failure to commit himself to any career sufficiently to excel at it suggests some unexplained restlessness." I'd say it suggests he's a dilitante, who flits from one project to another, but never stays long enough to deliver a satisfactory end product.
  17. As talk show host Michael Medved has pointed out, the people vouching for him at the Democratic National Convention were mainly relatives, such as his wife and brother-in-law. There were not major figures vouching for him, because they could not vouch for a classic empty-suit. Even Hillary Clinton, in her convention endorsement speech, said Democrats must support him, but in no way vouched for his character or judgment. Contrast that with the people at the Republican National Convention who vouched for Sen. McCain - Sen. Joe Lieberman and former Sen. Fred Thompson.
  18. To bolster his foreign policy credentials, he picked Sen. Joe Biden as vice president. Sen. Biden voted for the war in Iraq, which vote Sen. Obama views as the symbol of bad judgment. So even Sen. Obama admits Sen. Biden ha bad judgment. Sen. Biden also comes up with wacky ideas of his own such as splitting Iraq, a sovereign nation, into three parts for the Kurds, Shias, and Sunnis. He also voted against the first Gulf War, even after Iraq had invaded Kuwait and threatened Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East. I'd think most would consider that the height of bad judgment. He opposed the surge. He opposed Reagan's build-up to fight international communism, so his bad record is long and unbroken. Biden has judgment bad enough to match that of Sen. Obama's.
  19. He flip-flops on matters that suggest he has no principles except the old Chicago machine principle of do anything you have to do to get elected. He promised to take public financing, something that the great reformer and change artist claimed to be committed to. Then when he saw it was to his political advantage to stay with totally private contributions, as that would bring in more money, he went back on his promise and rejected public funding. He said that his wide array of contributors to his campaign made his approach into public financing, one of his more nonsensical pieces of logic. He think if he uses sufficient oratorical powers he can make two and two equal ten, or private financing equal public financing.
  20. He constantly uses such expressions as, "I would be glad to debate my opponent on that issue anytime, anywhere." But that is just for oratorical effect. In practice, he refused Sen. McCain's offer of a town meeting every week to debate the issues. He is clearly afraid of unscripted sessions. If he is not smart enough to go off the teleprompter and script, he is not smart enough to be president. When he participated in the Saddleback debate with Pastor Rick Warren, he demonstrated again he doesn't make sense when confronted with tough questions without the answers on a script. When asked when does life begin, he said that was above his pay-grade. If that question is above his pay grade so is the presidency of the United States.
  21. He would like voters to view him as a man of great political courage, but he has a documented record of political cowardice. For example, when in the Illinois legislature, he voted "present" over 100 times and was well known for taking that route, of neither a yes or no vote. Present is a classic sitting on the fence and waiting to find out which way the wind will blow. As William Kristol of the Weekly Standard (Sept. 1, 2008) has pointed out, " Has he shunned the easy path or broken with the conventional liberal pieties of those around him? Has he taken on his own party on a major issue? Nope."
  22. Mr. Obama bases his campaign on his superior judgment, and that in turn is based on his speech against the war in Iraq. Of course, he never made a vote against the war, as at the time he was in the Illinois legislature, not the U.S. Senate. He gave the speech at an anti-war rally in the liberal Hyde Park section in Chicago. But votes are more important than speeches. And since he's been in the Senate, he's been wrong on every issue related to Iraq. These mistaken positions were summed up in an article by Emery in the Weekly Standard (Sept.1, 2008) entitled "Misfortunes of War: Success in Iraq Confounds the Democrats." It isn't easy to be wrong on every vote and pronouncement on Iraq, but don't underestimate Sen. Obama's ineptness in the foreign policy area. Mr. Emery writes: "He claimed that the Anbar Awakening took place as a result of Democrats' congressional victories, but it began in September 2006, two months before before the voting took place. He opposed not only the troop surge, but also the strategic changes that took place along with it, that did so much to enable the victory. He said the American military had noting to do with the Anbar Awakening or with the retreat of the Sadr militia, something denied by the Iraqi military and by the Iraqi Sunnis themselves. He was also wrong in his predictions that none of this would occur."

Sen. Obama not only has judgment bad enough to make him wrong on every foreign policy question, but he also has the knack of picking advisors and close associates who have a strong record of being wrong. For example, his choice for vice president, Sen. Biden, and one of the senators that accompanied him on his trip to Iraq, Sen. Chuck Hagel, introduced a resolution in opposition to the buildup that was the surge that turned the tide in Iraq.

Sen. Obama's inexperience in foreign policy is perhaps his most dangerous deficiency. But don't underestimate his ability to wreck our economy, destroy the incentives for entrepreneurs to take risks and build jobs, and to wreck our health care delivery system.

Herb Denenberg is a former Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner, and professor at the Wharton School. He is a longtime Philadelphia journalist and consumer advocate. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of the Sciences. His column appears daily in The Bulletin. You can reach him at


  1. The selection of Mrs Palin certainly has certainly polarized the discussion.

    My wife is all excited. The idea of folks wanting a chance to "make history" is not to be discounted, not now. People will vote for Vice President, if it is historic and culturally based.

    Kay S. Hymowitz
    Red-State Feminism
    Beware of underestimating Palinsanity.

    But the crucial point here is that Palin never wanted to be part of Steinem’s club, and in that respect she speaks for many of her sex. The large majority of women—surveys have put the number at somewhere around 75 percent—shy away from calling themselves feminists, even while supporting some movement goals like equal pay. The primary reason for their coyness: feminism’s ambivalence at best, and hostility at worst, toward motherhood and marriage.


    Palin represents a red-state version of feminism that completely deconstructs this framework. Sure, part of the red staters’ identification with Palin is a matter of lifestyle. Blue-state feminists live in big cities and suburbs; Palin lives in South Podunk. Blue staters’ kids play soccer; Palin’s play hockey. They have WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER bumper stickers; she’s a member of the NRA. They dine on sushi; she eats salmon that she caught and gutted. If you’re an Iowa toll collector married to a refrigerator repairman, Palin may well be your gal by reason of her origin and leisure activities alone.

    But central to Palin’s red-state appeal is her earthy embrace of motherhood. She differs from mainstream feminists in that her sexuality and fecundity are not in tension with her achievement and power. If anything, they rise out of them. Instead of holding her back, her five children embody her energy, competence, authority, and optimism. Maybe she’s annoyed at the way the First Dude, as her husband calls himself, forgets to fold the laundry or call the pediatrician, but she’s not going to make a federal case—make that an Alaskan state case—out of it. “She’s a real woman, she’s a real feminist but she’s not strident—she’s like us,” Cheryl Hauswirth, a middle-aged mother from Wisconsin, told Politico writer Jonathan Martin. “She’s strong, powerful and opinionated, all the things a woman should be, while still retaining her femininity, her womanhood.”

    The contrast with Hillary Clinton couldn’t be starker.

  2. Herb Denenberg does provide 22 reasons not to vote for Obama/Biden.

    He fails though when he says
    ...and for McCain/Palin.

    Not a single reason to vote FOR McCain/Palin, just 22 hits on Obama.

  3. i'll give you 22 if you need them.

  4. Speaking of Slime and Warthogs:

    Son met an ex A-10 Pilot @ work.

    Very impressed, natch.

    Guy was later busted as a Child Molester!

  5. fedya:
    "…which is to say that “Libertarians” are utter F****ing asses."

    "Be informed that Libertarian Vin Suprynowicz of the Las Vegas Review Journal has announced that this year he will be voting—————-Republican!

    Sarah. Sarah Palin
    Baptizing Infidels Too.

    Reading your post above I was reminded of Hanson’s dissertation on the comparative freedom of Redcoats versus that of Zulus.
    The substance was considerably different from some currently popular assumptions."

  6. "McCain won the nomination w/o the base.

    And now he's got the base because of Palin.

    ...a Catholic guy on Prager.

  7. Actually Obama is a jackass and as a demonstration of his judgement check this out:

    "Obama: 'Lipstick on a pig'
    Amie Parnes reports from Lebanon, VA:

    Obama poked fun of McCain and Palin's new "change" mantra.

    "You can put lipstick on a pig," he said as the crowd cheered. "It's still a pig."

    "You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still gonna stink."

    "We've had enough of the same old thing."

    The crowd apparently took the "lipstick" line as a reference to Palin, who described the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull in a single word: "lipstick."

  8. "Librairians" should ALWAYS be bracketed by "".

  9. OBAMA:
    "Me and Rambo woulda joined the Army together, but there was no active combat going down, so I chose not to serve."

  10. Fighter pilots are a breed unto themselves, but they are heroic. I was always in awe of the pilots in the Victor Alert areas that were locked and loaded for a one way trip to the USSR with a nuke strapped to their ass.

  11. Big ffnn deal: Biden's son is going to Iraq as a JAG.

  12. Kid's getting serious about this beautiful Mexican Gal.
    (I saw her in a previous job.)

    Wifey and I getting excited about Mexican Catholic overcoming Dumbass Greenie Indoctrinated WASP and his 2 kids assumption.

    Take back the AMERICAS with smart-ass Mexican-Americans!

    ....Doug's contribution to humanity.

  13. JAG's always had a very high casualty rate.

  14. Once you go Latin, you never go skandinavian or worse yet english.

  15. (after the nooner, of course)

  16. Given that a good part of the voting public votes "against" a candidate as opposed to voting "for" a candidate, I say Mr. Denenberg does a fine job making his point. Those 22 indictments are enough for me.

    Obama has about as much credibility as the guys who recently tried to prove they shot Yeti.

  17. The One Meal the English Get Right
    Gawd I'd love a greasy meal and some good Ale right nowQ

  18. Driving home, I hear on the Lars Larsen show--that's not Buddy Larsen, deceased--that Obama said something about 'you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig--a cut at Our Lady Palin.

    Add to your list being uncouth towards the fairer sex.

  19. Bring it On!
    Pubs for Palin backers of Blowback!

  20. And I see it's hard to beat deuce to the draw.

  21. Unfortunately, Gag,
    Bob claims 20 Yeti Sightings and one field-dressing w/Palin!

  22. Drudge has got the pig quote.

    Way to go
    Obama, that will endear you to the working women of America.


    "Bros before Hoes!"

    Obama T-Shirt slogan.

    Wash Obama's mouth out with soap.

  23. You know longer have credibility on this thread, BOB.
    I Know.

  24. Talk Radio was playing his glowing endorsement of the Mayor of Detroit a couple of days ago.
    ...Before he got sent to the Big House.

  25. I guess one can say:

    "You can have a Negro run for President but he is still a Negro."

  26. Palin and I eat the Abominable Snowmen we jointly slay, right down to the bones.

    That's why no one ever finds any real evidence of 'em.

  27. This thread is in serious danger of becoming un-PC.

  28. I wish the Obama campaign would let Michelle off the lease right about now.

  29. You can take Barry out of the country, but.
    You can't take the Muslim out of Bar-ry!

  30. She was unleashed @ the begining.
    I was praying every day they'd let her stay that way.
    w/o coaching even.
    We shoulda known then they'd never make it.
    (I hope)

  31. You can Put a Harvard Education on a SOB, but he's still an SOB.

  32. Commie Bitch Whore, at that.
    A Muslim Lover.

  33. Obama is hanging on to a 1 or 2 point lead in Michigan. If he lost Michigan, Colorado, Nevada wouldn't matter.

  34. 2164 - Once you go Latin, you never go skandinavian or worse yet english.

    AMEN to that, bro!

  35. How's Virginie goin, al-Bob?

  36. The wife and I have decided to get back to Ohio, now that it's cooler, and I only have a couple more things to do, in time to register and vote back there. She's already registered, she thinks. All I got to do is show up 30 days before the election and get to the courthouse.

  37. Palin/McCain look to be up 1 or 2 points in Virginia.

  38. How do you keep a house in Ideehoe warm w/space heaters?
    Super insulated?

  39. (speaking of Hoes)


  40. ...we pay twice as much for 1/4 the electricity!
    The Price o'Paradise.

  41. Apparently, neither Obama nor his surrogates (including the MSM) understand the concept of backlash. I fully believe that every demeaning comment about Palin (and McCain) delivers or solidifies another vote or thousand for the McCain-Palin ticket...and they (including Obama) are letting forth demeaning comments by the minute.

  42. RCP now has Palin/McCain a light shade of red in North Carolina on its map.

  43. That lipstick on a pig comment--that's going to hurt him.

  44. Didn't see your comment jwillie but I wholeheartedly agree. Dumbest thing they could do in the circumstances. Right when everybody is fired up about her too. Terrible comment, just as terrible timing.

  45. I always thought the idea was to try and talk yourself into office, not out of it.

  46. You're not down W/The Program,
    If you were,
    you'd be al-Hussein.

  47. Anybody ever seen the Metroprotectional Back Fender on a Bike Before?
    Safe Biking!

  48. Looks like his tyres are underinflated too.
    Who wants to give him a blow-job?

  49. :) ahshit, I usually look at pictures carefully, but didn't notice the tires. Hell, you'd have to work 20% harder to pedal that baby along.

    And, what the hell is that conptraption on the back?

    Metroprotectional Back Fender???

    hardeharhar--That'll stop those 30,000# city delivery vans cold!

  50. bobal - I always thought the idea was to try and talk yourself into office, not out of it.

    Me too. I just can't believe Obama and the Dems are as stupid as they appear to be in making all these attacks. I guess they are truly unhinged and out of touch, more so than I would have imagined possible. It's great for McCain-Palin, but still borderline incomprehensible in its stupidity and arrogance.

  51. Rasmussen Reports

    Election 2008: Ohio Presidential Election

    Ohio: McCain Continues Upward Swing in Key State

    Monday, September 08, 2008

    The latest Fox News/Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Ohio, finds John McCain out in front of Barack Obama 51% to 44% (crosstabs available for Premium Members).

    The latest numbers, which are the first to be released since the conclusion of both parties’ conventions, mark an improvement for the Republican nominee. In August, McCain had a slightly more modest advantage over the Democrat. In fact, the GOP hopeful has held a modest lead since July in the swing state that finally decided the 2004 election.

    McCain is viewed favorably by 63% of Ohio voters and unfavorably by 35%. Obama’s ratings are 50% favorable, 48% unfavorable.

    Rasmussen Reports and Fox News Channel will jointly release a series battleground state polls every Monday night at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. See overview of all polling released this week.

    Rasmussen Reports will release other state polling on the Presidential race weeknights at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll, follows the race on a national basis and is updated every morning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern

    This month, McCain enjoys a solid 58% to 32% among unaffiliated voters in Ohio. That is a major improvement from the five-point deficit the Republican received from this demographic a month ago. Among men, McCain leads 59% to 36%, but the Republican trails among women 50% to 45%.

  52. Campaigns Pick Up the Pace to Meet Tight Schedule

    Senators John McCain and Barack Obama are facing a shortened general election season, the product of late nominating conventions and a boom in early voting.
    The Caucus: Shades of Lipstick Tint a Race

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  54. Maybe McCain's temper will finally come out of hiding when he calls him a
    Dumb F...... N..... and wins in a landslide!

  55. Sounds to me that black preacher I posted the other day saying 'boycott, boycott, boycott the media!' might be on to something.

    On the other hand, it might be better to let 'em run, cause they are blowing their own brains out now.

  56. Like they say, yajustcan'tmakethisshitup!

  57. Long video on the same page as the lipstick link.
    32 min long, I'm betting the page will meta refresh way before that.

  58. I can't wait for the sight we see every four years about October, the dorks on the Dem ticket get all dressed up and pretend to go hunting, and swear they slept right next to their rifle every night when they was growing up.

  59. Willie Brown:
    We'll REALLY be in trouble.
    ...but WE will really be in trouble if the Bridge to NoWhere Lying Commercial catches on.

  60. Hope our side brings back Biden Trashing Thomas and his White Wife.

  61. Mat talked about Biden's oxygen deprived brain.

    I think I remember hearing he had a stroke long ago.

  62. "Look, I know when it begins for me. It's a personal and private issue. For me, as a Roman Catholic, I am prepared to accept the teachings in my church"


  63. "Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic
    National Convention was great. As I write, he hasn't given it
    yet, but these are my favorite parts:
    "General Secretary
    Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the
    Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization:
    Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr.
    Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
    - Coulter

  64. My single sparkplug didn't fire on the stinking fish reference, but, by golly, there it is, stinking to high heaven, right there.

    American Thinker

    September 09, 2008
    Obama Trash Talk Alert - 9/9/08
    Lee Cary

    Barack Obama's proclivity to use trash talk when under stress, noted earlier on the American Thinker, continues.

    In this posting on Politico today, Ben Smith reports that:

    Amie Parnes reports from Lebanon, VA: Obama poked fun of McCain and Palin's new "change" mantra. "You can put lipstick on a pig," he said as the crowd cheered. "It's still a pig." "You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still gonna stink." "We've had enough of the same old thing." The crowd apparently took the "lipstick" line as a reference to Palin, who described the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull in a single word: "lipstick."

    Obama could claim he was merely borrowing from what the late Governor Anne Richards (D) of Texas said about Bush 41, "You can put lipstick and earrings on a hog and call it Monique, but it's still a pig." But that will ring as incredible denial with many. Palin has used the "lipstick on a pit bull" analogy, and her husband is a commercial fisherman, so we know who Obama was trash talking about.

    Meanwhile, today FOX News Elections HQ reported that,

    "FLINT, Mich. Sept., 9 - Barack Obama broadly accused his Republican rivals of dishonesty Monday, citing former lobbyists working for John McCain, Sarah Palin's shifting stance on the "Bridge to Nowhere" and their promise to change Washington. {snip}
    Obama wouldn't go so far as to say McCain and Palin are lying, even when the audience tried to goad him into it, but he began showing an ad Monday that did. "Politicians lying about their records?" an announcer asks over a shot of McCain and Palin boarding a plane. "You don't call that maverick. You call it more of the same."

    How soon before he chants, "Liar, liar, pants on fire?"

    The Obama Campaign swinging its big bus down onto the low road will not be a pretty sight -- to anyone.
    Posted at 07:55 PM | Email | Permalink

    The folks at the Hillary Clinton Forum are not pleased with another set of questionably sexist comments, the type that Candidate Obama "periodically" utilizes when he decides to condescend to his female opponents.

    I'm wondering who told him this was going to be a good way to appeal to women voters? Or doesn't he care anymore?

    Posted by: Nan Sequitur | September 9, 2008 08:31 PM

    If you're not an elitist, it's clear, Obama does not want your vote.
    And if you're a woman it's for sure he doesn't want your vote either.
    Way to go Hussein Obama.
    Just hope the Republicans don't lower themselves to this level.

    Posted by: Va. | September 9, 2008 08:37 PM

    Is this guy the dumbest politician in ages? I think so. Man, he absolutely has NO grace under fire. I read somewhere that a portable teleprompter would be the only way he could sucessfully navigate the political waters in front of him. What is so amazing to me is how out of touch these people are with the regular 9-5 folks that represent so much of America. I could never have predicted such nonsense coming from supposedly politically savvy people. Whether he meant it or not he has now further alienated himself from many many Americans both republican and democrat. But in hindsight when I think of the statements he made in SF as he thought he was in safe harbor from the media is it a surprise he says such things?

    Posted by: Mark R. | September 9, 2008 08:45 PM

  65. I read somewhere that a portable teleprompter would be the only way he could sucessfully navigate the political waters in front of him.


  66. Great young spokesman for McCain on that video.

  67. Lipstick on a pig? And here I thought Obama wanted to change the tone in Washington away from the politics of personal destruction. I'm not mad, just...disappointed.

  68. "His plan comes up short -- it is not enough troops, and not enough resources, with not enough urgency"


  69. Video is pretty balanced.
    The New MSNBC is getting smarter.

  70. Willie Brown - By the way, there's a new dining tip for people going out in Oakland.

    Be sure to order soup.

    That way when the robbery starts, you can slip off your jewelry and drop it into soup so the robbers won't see it.

    Would that fall into the "takes one to know one (or what to do when you encounter one)" category?

  71. Last guy an old fart NY Times guy that's full-on lying liberal.

  72. And the Biden half of the Dignified Duo orates onwards as well--

    Biden Gaffe Machine Rolls On
    Rick Moran

    Senator Joe Biden may be one of the McCain campaigns biggest assets. Almost every time he opens his mouth, you can bet that he will blurt out something that will end up getting him in trouble.

    Just recently, Biden said that if McCain-Palin were elected, it would be a "backward step for women." No mention of the fact that electing Biden would be a backward step in human evolution. But that's beside the point. With his slur of women fresh out of his mouth, comes this gem:

    "I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have ... the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability," said Biden.... "Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?"

    Biden tried to continue but found it impossible to speak with his foot jammed halfway down his throat.

    This is revealing of the same mindset that is criticizing Palin for not aborting her baby. And, of course, we're talking about embryonic stem cell research not studying adult stem cells which everyone agrees is ethical and good. But Biden is so eager to smear Palin by bringing her baby into a political arguement that the facts just don't matter.

    Obama must be pulling his hair out over Biden at this point. I bet he wishes he had taken Hillary.


  73. (the old-fart lying grey lady guy)

  74. Bidden is FUNNY!
    ...except that some people are dumb enough to Buy Biden.

  75. "But Biden is so eager to smear Palin by bringing her baby into a political arguement"
    Like Edwards/Kerry did multiple times w/Darth's Gay Daughter.

  76. Biden's a gas, especially when he's been drinking.

    "Hhii, Immm Joe BIDen, an this sher iss MiiCHELLE!!!"

    as per the video of some days ago.

  77. But the only semi-bald man seeking the nation's highest office, Sen. Joe Biden, got himself un-balded. (He hasn't spoken about it, but clearly he is less bald than he used to be; people on the Web love to compare "before" and "after" pictures of Biden).

    Apparently, says Jones, American voters now welcome all kinds of different-looking candidates — but they still won't embrace a bald man (since this is a testosterone condition, women generally don't go bald). Alas, we have a "Baldness Barrier."

    Unless, that is, Libertarian candidate (and losing-it-in-front) Ron Paul suddenly becomes a front-runner.

    Cold War Analysis

  78. Mat, fact check this for the Bar, OK?

    Everyone says spinach is good for your eyes...

    And spinach does contain the nutrient lutein, which helps prevent macular degeneration.

    But you could eat more spinach than Popeye and go blind as a bat, unless you cook it in...


    Surprised? But it's basic biology. You see, the eye-saving nutrients in spinach are fat-soluble. That means you can't absorb them without fat. The same goes for roughly half of all the nutrients your body needs. And bacon grease is among the healthiest of all fats to cook with...

    ...course you're prejudiced about Pigs!

  79. The one thing I might have against Palin, is, if she supports turning over the Natinal Forests in Alaska to the State of Alaska.

    I'm not sure what her thoughts are on this, but I know it's been a big deal up there, for the obvious, though short sighted, reasons.

    We've had the same debate here, though it went no where at all.

    I'm all for strong state's rights in many things, but not for this. Those forests belong to us all.

    It'll never happen, because what other congressinal delegations than a few out west would support it? But, every once in a while the idea pops its ugly head up.

    It's kinda like Ash worrying that abortion might be made illegal. Ain't gonna happen.

    If it were to happen, which it won't, but if it were, the people of Alaska would watch as the people's land got sold off to the rich, the RICH, and the SUPER RICH.

    So it's foolish for a politician to get into that topic, as the whole US Congress wouldn't let it happen.

    I hope.

  80. That's why Palin and I have such fine eyesight, Doug. You don't need swine fat. Those Abomidable Snowmen, and Snowomen, have layers of lardy fat, for those cold Alaskan winters.

    Their hairy hides make fine coats too, better than Buffalo coats.

  81. Bobal: If it were to happen, which it won't, but if it were, the people of Alaska would watch as the people's land got sold off to the rich, the RICH, and the SUPER RICH.

    Well look what happens to the "people's land" now. Here's a big chunk of the Gifford Pinchot between Mt St Helens and Mt Adams. so-called National so-called Forest. All the little blotches are clear cuts.

  82. Frankenstein Wins!

    Well why not, we may need a full time jester in the Senate. Could keep Robert Byrd entertained, keep him awake an hour more during the day. Ted Stevens might benefit too, though he might be asleep in jail.

  83. Yeah, I know Teresita, but those practices are phased out now. Or phasing out. It was a mess, I know.

    If you've seen the movie "Sometimes A Great Notion", you'll recall the first scenes, the beautiful forests, then the clearcut.

  84. It was mis-managed under both Republican and Democratic leadership. Now it's under Sierra Club leadership, being mis-managed still.

  85. I don't know what I'm talking about, but the article says particles passing through Higgs acquire treacle, in the sence of molasses, or mass. Are we back to the old idea of an all pervading ether of some kind?

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  88. John Fund: Obama sends a mini-army of lawyers to Alaska to go after Palin

    Knucklehead said...
    "This whole Palin thing is just getting to be good fun!

    BTW, My Better Two-Thirds really didn't know who Biden was prior to Obama picking him. She's been paying some attention since. Her take? "He's going to say something really stupid and insulting to women when he debates her. You can just see it on his face - he's in love with himself." I can't 'splain his self-love logically leads to saying something stupid and insulting to women in a debate with Palin, but heh, she's been correct far too often, despite what appears to me to be lack of logical connection, to argue with."

  89. Hey, Ash, here's a heretic that actually thinks Palin has the better idea on Sex Ed For Kids

    Says all the trouble comes from old Zoologist Alfred Kinsey, who thought evidently we ought to imitate the behavior of the bonobos.

    Sexual intercourse plays a major role in Bonobo society, being used as a greeting, a means of conflict resolution and post-conflict reconciliation. With the exception of a pair of Congoese gorillas observed doing so[16], Bonobos were thought to be the only non-human apes to have been observed engaging in all of the following sexual activities: face-to-face genital sex (most frequently female-female, then male-female and male-male), tongue kissing, and oral sex.[17] In scientific literature, the female-female sex is often referred to as GG rubbing or genital-genital rubbing.

    Sexual activity happens within the immediate family as well as outside it, and often involves adults and children, even infants.[18] Bonobos do not form permanent relationships with individual partners. They also do not seem to discriminate in their sexual behavior by gender or age, with the possible exception of sexual intercourse between mothers and their adult sons; some observers believe these pairings are taboo. When Bonobos come upon a new food source or feeding ground, the increased excitement will usually lead to communal sexual activity, presumably decreasing tension and allowing for peaceful feeding.[19]

    Bonobo males frequently engage in various forms of male-male genital sex (frot).[20][21] One form has two males hang from a tree limb face-to-face while "penis fencing"[22][23]. Frot may also occur where two males rub their penises together while in missionary position. A special form of frot called "rump rubbing" occurs to express reconciliation between two males after a conflict, where they stand back-to-back and rub their scrotal sacs together.

    Bonobo females also engage in female-female genital sex (tribadism) to socially bond with each other, thus forming a female nucleus of Bonobo society.


  90. What's the difference between the presidential campaign before and after the national political conventions? Lipstick.

    The colorful cosmetic has become a political buzzword, thanks to Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's joke in her acceptance speech that lipstick is the only thing that separates a hockey mom like her from a pit bull. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama told an audience Tuesday that GOP presidential nominee John McCain says he'll change Washington, but he's just like President Bush.


  91. North Korea experts in Seoul cautioned that Kim had often disappeared from public view for extended periods.

    "The nuclear talks are in a stalemate," said Kim Keun-sik, a North Korea expert at Kyungnam University in South Korea. "Tensions with the United States are deepening.

    Kim knew that the world was watching whether he would show up today. For him, this may be a perfect chance to bring world attention to him."

    Very Ill

  92. Setting aside the disparity between the coverage of Palina nd Obama, it is eerily true that we know very little of Palin's views on any number of issues. What little we do know took place in the context of Alaskan, as opposed to national politics. Nor do we know how she'll shift once she's invested in a McCain administration looking to pass, among its least favorable ambitions, global warming legislation and the "comprehensive" fraud.

    With all this in mind, I'd keep perspective and not fall for the latest personality cult, as many Republicans, desperate for anything to be enthusiastic about, seem to be doing hook, line, and sinker. McCain did not choose her because he thought she was going to side-track his own personal agenda, good or bad as it may be.

    Certainly, she seems thus far a positive development for the future of the Republican Party, but the heart of our difficulties are not in Washington, but in America. And it is a mistake and sign of potential laziness to look for one white knight to turn that around. That requires change from the ground up, politics in Washington being to a large extent a function of the voters, albeit often a caricature of them.

  93. And for the record, McCain was not a fighter pilot. He flew A-4 Skyhawks and A-7 Corsairs. Both are attack aircraft, i.e. relatively fast light/medium bombers. Does it matter all that much? No. But it illustrates how myths and memes proliferate. Decades of media coverage and they can't even get the basics down.

  94. All true Sinless, but if D.C. is a desert, Palin certainly looks like an oasis. Particularily when she's making the difference in the election right now. When the caravan is safely parked in the oasis, having fought off the bedouin, we can think about the next step of the journey.

    We're All Ethiopians Right From The First

    The mythical Kingdom of Prester John, knight riding to the rescue, in old imagination. These days the tables are turned, they long for us.

  95. Regarding the two letters yesterday denigrating Gov. Palin’s experience qualifying her as a vice presidential candidate: Please keep these kind of letters coming — delightful irony, considering Barack Obama’s comparable extremely thin resume.


    The lefties are beside themselves: Sarah Palin fits their template of a modern woman … bright, assertive, successful. But egad, she’s a conservative, and, gasp, Republican.


    The letter writer who is “Insulted by McCain’s reach for female VP candidate” asserted that Sarah Palin is unqualified because she has “only two years of legislative experience.” Actually, she has zero. She does, however, have many years of executive experience.


  96. Did the Maverick line up with Bush, in trying to get some control over Freddie and Fannie back in 2002, or was he one of the Republicans and Democrats who thwarted the President's efforts.

    Freddie and Fannie aren't the fault of Bush.

  97. Lehman’s shares fell after a newswire report cited an unnamed Korean government official as saying that Korea Development Bank, a state-run lender, had decided not to invest in Lehman.

    Korea’s financial watchdog later denied the report, but bankers close to the situation said Lehman was unlikely to clinch a deal to sell a large stake to KDB before reporting third-quarter results. The two sides have been at loggerheads over the price to be paid for the stake, with KDB balking at the valuation demanded by Dick Fuld, Lehman’s chief executive, according to people close to the talks.

    Lehman declined to comment, but people close to the situation said that even if the KDB deal did not materialise, the bank had other options to raise capital.

    Shares fall 45%

  98. Mat, fact check this for the Bar, OK?
    What for? I'm the living proof.