Deborah Gyapong: September 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Here's a heavenly ticket I would love to vote for

From the Curt Jester:

This has been a bad election year with unsatisfactory candidates. We have one candidate who supports abortion, infanticide in some cases, ESCR, cloning, euthanasia, and homosexual marriage. And the other candidate supports ESCR. So while I vote for the greatest good I was pretty happy to find that I now have another choice in this election and I totally endorse them. I will let this video make the case for me.

Sarah Palin on Hugh Hewitt's program

From the transcript:

Hewitt: Governor, let’s turn to a couple of issues that the MSM’s not going to pick up. You’re pro-life, and how much of the virulent opposition to you on the left do you attribute to your pro-life position, and maybe even to the birth of, your decision—your and Todd’s decision—to have Trig?

Palin: I think that that’s been probably the most hurtful and nonsensical slap that we’ve been taking is our position that we have taken: Pro-life, me personally, and saying that even though I knew 13 weeks along that Trig would be born with Down syndrome, and I said, “You know, he’s still going to be a most precious ingredient in this sometimes messed-up world that we live in.”

I know that my son is going to provide a lot of hope and a lot of promise in this world, and I’m so thankful of course that I’ve had the opportunity to give him life and to bring him into this world. But I think truly, that that’s been a hurtful slap that we have taken, because people just don’t understand. Ironic too, Hugh, that some would consider my position on life and trying to usher in a culture of life, respecting the sanctity of life in America, that that is seen as an extreme position when to me, an extreme position is one that Barack Obama took when he was in the Illinois State Senate, not even supporting a measure that would ban partial birth abortion, not even supporting a measure that would during, after a botched abortion and that baby’s born alive, allowing medical care to cease and allowing that baby to die. That to me is extreme. That’s so far, far left it’s certainly out of the mainstream of America. To me, that is the extreme position, not my position of just wanting that culture of life to be respected and not wanting government to sanction the idea of ending life.

Hewitt: Do you think the mainstream media and the left understands your religious faith, Governor Palin?

Palin: I think that there’s a lot of mocking of my personal faith, and my personal faith is very, very simple. I don’t belong to any church. I do have a strong belief in God, and I believe that I’m a heck of a lot better off putting my life in God’s hands, and saying hey, you know, guide me. What else do we have but guidance that we would seek from a Creator? That’s about as simple as it gets with my faith, and I think that there is a lot of mocking of that. And you know, so be it, though I do have respect for those who have differing views than I do on faith, on religion. I’m not going to mock them, and I would hope that they would kind of I guess give me the same courtesy through this of not mocking a person’s faith, but maybe perhaps even trying to understand a little bit of it.

Melanie Philips on Obama . . .

Melanie Philips writes (after providing lots of evidence for the claims she makes below):

Barack Obama appears to sit on a nexus between Marxist revolutionary activists, unrepentant former terrorists, Black Power racists, Chicago mobsters – oh, and a Saudi who is trying to buy up America. If you were to turn up at US immigration control with a background of such associates, it’s a fair bet they wouldn’t let you off the air-bridge. Yet this man may well become President of the US! If any other candidate had had merely a fleeting relationship with William Ayers, his candidacy would have been terminated before it was even articulated -- let alone what we now know about Obama’s key role in Ayers’s CAC and its funding of radical groups; let alone the fact that Obama had been mentored during his formative years by a Communist Party plant; let alone his work for organisations modelled on the seditious philosophy of Saul Alinsky; let alone his two-decade membership of a Black Power church; let alone his relationship with fraudster Tony Rezko.

And yet despite all of this, virtually no-one in the mainstream media is asking any questions. Has there ever been a more staggering, surreal and scary race to the White House?


Not in my memory. And I can remember as far back as Nixon and Kennedy.

Maybe the bail-out is NOT a good idea

This is a very compelling argument by economist Jeffrey Miron, who writes:

The fact that government bears such a huge responsibility for the current mess means any response should eliminate the conditions that created this situation in the first place, not attempt to fix bad government with more government.

The obvious alternative to a bailout is letting troubled financial institutions declare bankruptcy. Bankruptcy means that shareholders typically get wiped out and the creditors own the company.

Bankruptcy does not mean the company disappears; it is just owned by someone new (as has occurred with several airlines). Bankruptcy punishes those who took excessive risks while preserving those aspects of a businesses that remain profitable.

In contrast, a bailout transfers enormous wealth from taxpayers to those who knowingly engaged in risky subprime lending. Thus, the bailout encourages companies to take large, imprudent risks and count on getting bailed out by government. This "moral hazard" generates enormous distortions in an economy's allocation of its financial resources.

Why denial is so much easier

Bruce Bawer writes:


I think, in a perhaps not entirely conscious conviction that some truths are just too sensational to speak without sounding hysterical, too repulsive to be honest about without sounding (to some ears) vulgar and bigoted, and too challenging to face without being utterly overwhelmed by the scale and the horror of it all.
Uh huh

I imagine that those who first started sounding the alarms about trains to Nazi death camps and systematic mass murder of Jews, homosexuals, and the mentally disabled also perhaps even doubted themselves when they were characterized in the West as being hysterical, repulsive, vulgar and bigoted.

Viva Mark Steyn

Thank God he is back from his hiatus and writing about the financial shenanigans down in the United States.

He writes over at The Corner:

But isn't it the case that we're in this mess because US politicians previously subordinated "the general reason of the whole" to "local interests" and "local prejudices"? That's to say, with their usual casual destructiveness dressed up in the baby talk of "diversity", they chose to turn the mortgage industry into just another branch of the affirmative-action racket. The United States government in effect decreed credit a human right rather than a privilege judiciously granted by one independent contractor to another.

Do those legislators understand the damage they did to "the general interest"? One of my problems with the "bailout" is the way it's presented not as an emergency measure to correct the stupidity of previous political interference but as evidence of the flawed nature of the market, and thus a justification for more must-pass "emergency" measures ahead. Exhibit A - President Sarkozy rejoicing in the end of "Anglo-American capitalism":

The idea of an all-powerful market without any rules and any political intervention is mad. Self-regulation is finished. Laissez faire is finished. The all-powerful market that is always right is finished.

As a general proposition, when told by unanimous elites that a particular course of action is urgent and necessary to avoid disaster, there's a lot to be said for going fishing*. If the entire global economy is so vulnerable that only the stalwart action of Barney Frank stands between it and ten years of soup kitchens, can it, in fact, be saved? Or look at it the other way round: Given any reasonable estimate of the number of headless chickens running around, was the five per cent fall in Asian markets and seven per cent "plummet" on the Dow in reaction to the House vote really the catastrophe some of my pals round here seem to think it was? If fear of seven per cent falls is enough to justify massive unprecedented government intrusion into the private sector, we might as well cut to the chase and go for the big Soviet command economy.

Iowahawk gets an exclusive with the brains behind Obama

Hilarious. (T/p Little Green Footballs)


David Frum on Obama

As we shift from crisis management to the tough work of devising a longer-term response to the mortgage debacle, we’ll be reminded of another big fact about Obama. He is a classic big-city welfare-state politician. He has lots of ideas about how to share wealth created by others—but very few about how to ensure that wealth is created in the first place.

In attributing the mess on Wall Street to “Bush McCain” policies, Obama omits a key point: the specific policy underlying the mess is one he has enthusiastically endorsed throughout his career—the use of public loan guarantees to stimulate private home construction.

As a state legislator, Obama famously championed “public-private partnerships” to renovate slum housing. On a very small scale, he was advocating the same approach that has stuck the taxpayer with liability for uncounted tens or hundreds of billions of dollars in Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac obligations. It didn’t work any better in Chicago than it worked in Washington and New York.

This is downright creepy

This is pretty scary Utopian Maoist Obamessiah indoctrination . . .
I fear we're on the verge of a velvet coup in the United States, one that will see civil rights vanish. And the threat will come from the left. (H/t Michelle Malkin)

The disgusting bias of the CBC

A couple of years ago, a group of abortion activists held a news conference. Two of us showed up and we were not sympathetic to their whining. I don't think they got any coverage in the mainstream news media.

It's interesting though that when a similar cast of characters holds a news conference during an election, when the Liberals and the Bloc are trying to raise the spectre of a Tory hidden agenda on abortion, the CBC is all over the story, giving the pro-abortionists a big platform.

Then the only effort they make to include another voice is one to Liberal Leader Stephane Dion feeding the hidden agenda meme.

Gee, why didn't they think to ask someone, anyone from the pro-life movement about what they think? They could have at least balanced the story with the widespread disappointment all social conservatives have experienced that there IS no hidden agenda on abortion!!!!

Catholic Register editor Joe Sinasac has published a great editorial on the phantom hidden agenda. He writes:

To be very, very clear, Epp's Bill C-484 included wording that made it explicit that this law would have no impact on the legal status of abortion. Of course, this didn't stop Liberal Leader Stephane Dion and his Greek chorus (the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada) from arguing just the opposite. In that notorious public exchange, the pro-choice Dion challenged Harper to say where he stood on abortion. As he has many times before, Harper demurred.

Instead, it was left to Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to pull his government's support for Epp's bill, saying the Conservatives wouldn't "reopen the debate on abortion." Pro-lifers across Canada wailed among ourselves; our anguish was ignored by mainstream media, of course.

All that is yesterday's spilled milk, since Epp's bill died with the dissolution of Parliament. And you would think the Conservative action was pretty definitive, putting an end to the question once and for all. You would be wrong.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, never one to pass up a juicy calumny, resurrected the "secret agenda" charge again Monday, Sept. 29."They are saying the same thing as the Republicans in the United States," Duceppe told reporters. "They said they intend to reopen the debate. Everything indicates that a majority Harper government is reopening the door, wide open to recriminalizing abortion."

If only that were true. Unfortunately, "they" said no such thing. There is nary a mention of abortion in the Conservative platform, unlike the U.S. Republican platform which is unequivocally pro-life. John McCain and Sarah Palin are proudly pro-life. The Canadian Conservatives keep their pro-life MPs under lock and key.

Why rediscovering tradition is important for every generation . . .

Very interesting article by John Casey about the rediscovery of Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church. I have rediscovered it in the Traditional Anglican Communion and what a wonderful heirloom of Western Civilization our Book of Common Prayer and King James Bible is.

Casey writes (emphasis mine):

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In other words, Christianity is a culture as well as a set of beliefs. Equally, Europe should remember its Christian roots. (Cardinal Ratzinger once said that if Turkey were ever allowed to join the EU this would represent "the triumph of economics over culture.'') Catholic liturgies have to keep their Roman and European heritage, and cannot simply be adapted to local conditions, tongues and cultures. The mass in China should not be celebrated with rice and rice wine; and in America it should not express folksy inclusiveness. For Ratzinger, this special blend of Judaism, Greek philosophy and Romanitas is essential to the Church, an idea that Luther scorned. So it is almost literally unthinkable that a genuine liturgy could be fabricated, rather than grow out of immemorial tradition.

Admirers of Ratzinger insist that his traditionalism is no blinkered love of the past, no theological auto-immune disorder. As TS Eliot put it, tradition cannot be blindly inherited, but has to be re-discovered in every age, an enterprise that requires great labor. No one who reads Ratzinger can deny that he brings a very lively intelligence into his attempt to rediscover tradition. It is his critics of the ageing Vatican II generation who begin to look intellectually lazy.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Stanley Kurtz on Obama

Thank God for investigative journalists like Stanley Kurtz. He writes concerning the relationship between community organizing and the present financial crisis:

WHAT exactly does a "community organizer" do? Barack
Obama
's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here's
a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making
high-risk loans to customers with poor credit.


In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes - and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to
low-credit customers.


In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it.

Kathy Shaidle on the Obama campaign's anti-free speech tactics

Kathy Shaidle writes:

"Would people really refrain from criticizing Obama just because they fear
being, er, sent to prison for it?"That's what they're asking at HotAir.com,
the conservative news site.They're commenting on Saturday's provocative
statement by Missouri Governor Matt Blunt,
in response to "plans by U.S.
Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate
his critics."

According to a report on KMOV St Louis (video
here
) Obama's campaign is forming self-described "truth squads" to shut down
criticism of the Democratic Presidential candidate.

Worse, the "truth squads" are allegedly being helmed
by two Obama supporters
who happen to be on the City payroll: St. Louis
County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney
Jennifer Joyce.

Imagine if a conservative politician did this

The howls about a police state and freedom of speech would cause hearing damage.

And now we have law-enforcement officials forming "truth squads" to make sure no one deviates from the "truth" that Obama is a Christian who will reduce taxes?

You have to see this report to fully grasp the horror of what's going on. Imagine if Stephen Harper had prosecutors and police chiefs going out and threatening prosecution against anyone who deviated from Conservative spin about, well, anything?

Via Small Dead Animals:

Police State Politics

The CBC's pro-abortion policy?

Why do I get the impression that the CBC is schilling for anybody but the Conservatives?


Take this abortion story, for example, which gives a platform for the usual pro-abortion suspects, then adds this:

Asked by reporters about his stance, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said he
is pro-choice but added that all leaders but one have been clear on their
position on the issue.


"[Harper] has to make his view clear, because Canadians have the right to know," Dion said.

The federal election takes place on Oct. 14.


Er, where is any commentary defending Harper's position? Or any commentary from pro-life voices who feel betrayed by the Conservative government? DISGUSTING attempt to hammer home the scary religious meme, which as "scary" religious types like myself are disappointed to say just isn't true of the Tories.

This is some scary stuff . . .but open your eyes and read it

But I remember this kind of Marxist crap from my days as a would-be "revolutionary" in the early 70s, so it has the ring of plausibility.

Read this whole article. It connects the dots in a horrifying way. Read this article again. I'm quoting the conclusions here, but you HAVE to read the important explanations and set-up to this conclusion.


As a young attorney in the 1990s, Barack Obama represented ACORN in Washington in their successful efforts to expand Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) authority. In addition to making it easier for ACORN groups to force banks into making risky loans, this also paved the way for banks like Superior to package mortgages as investments, and for the Government Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to underwrite them. These changes created the conditions that ultimately lead to the current financial crisis.

Did they not know this would occur? Were these smart people, led by a Harvard graduate, unaware of the Econ 101 concept of moral hazard that would result from the government making implicit guarantees to underwrite private sector financial risk? They should have known that freeing the high-risk mortgage market of risk, calamity was sure to ensue. I think they did.

Barack Obama, the Cloward-Piven candidate, no matter how he describes himself, has been a radical activist for most of his political career. That activism has been in support of organizations and initiatives that at their heart seek to tear the pillars of this nation asunder in order to replace them with their demented socialist vision. Their influence has spread so far and so wide that despite their blatant culpability in the current financial crisis, they are able to manipulate Capital Hill politicians to cut them into $140 billion of the bailout pie!
George Soros is mentioned in this article. Small Dead Animals published an email recently that suggests the left-wing billionaire is trying to influence the Canadian election with his big bucks.

Chilling.

Oh by the way, Kate at Small Dead Animals links to this piece from 1999 warning about the risk of the Fannie Mae program. In the New York Times no less. But, funny, I doubt the paper is carrying anything like this during the election.

The Anchoress writes:

Feel like praying? If you’re watching Pelosi and Frank telling you that everything you know is wrong, and that everything her crew has ever done is unequivocally good, while everything anyone else has ever done is unequivocally bad, until you don’t know what to think anymore, welcome to diabolical disorientation. Normal routines will not help, because this is not normal stuff. This is very abnormal, but it is soon going to seem normal to many. Change your routine. Include prayer, and consider fasting.


In an earlier post she writes:


After watching the incompetence, lies, malice, spitefulness, bad faith and corrupt, self-serving buffoonism of the whole lot of them in Washington, I am horrified by what we have seen. We’re in big, big trouble, and I’m not even talking about the bailout. I trust absolutely nothing coming out of Washington this day. And I bet you don’t, either.

Follow the money . . .writes Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson at the DC Examiner has a great primer on how the financial crisis came into being (h/t Dr. Sanity).

He writes (all emphases mine):

House Banking Committee chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-MA, led off the spin effort by stating, “The private sector got us into this mess. The government has to get us out of it.”

-snip-

What Frank, Senate Banking Committee chairman Sen. Chris Dodd, D-CN, and others of their ilk are afraid of is that the public will learn the facts of this debacle. And the facts are clear.

The crisis we face is not a failure of the private sector. This crisis was conceived, manufactured, nurtured and defended by government and the horde of apologists who feed off of it.

As Deep Throat admonished a generation ago, let’s follow the money. In 1995, the Clinton Administration issued rules that required banks and lending institutions to give loans to people who could not afford them. The lending standards were essentially gutted. This was an overt act of government.



Dr. Sanity comments:


So when Obama talks about the "failed policies of the Bush Administration", or "failed Republican policies"; what he's really doing is covering up the fact that these destructive policies derive from the leftist utopian mindset, which he himself exemplifies perfectly.

When he talks about "hope and change", he really means that he intends to do much more of the same, because this is the kind of utopian fantasy that he has promulgated his entire life--both political and non-political. In truth, like any person out of touch with reality, he believes his delusions and hallucinations are real. And he invites you to enter them with him and to close your eyes and wish and hope and pray with all your heart and soul that the inconvenient reality that caused this mess for his Democratic predecessors will just go away because He--the One; the Messiah-- is sooooo special that He alone is able to change reality for us.

Under an Obama Administration (PBUH), the delusional leftist ideology that got us into this mess to begin with will only continue to expand to the outer limits of fantasy.

I hope Sarah Palin HAMMERS this home in the debates Thursday night.

I hope McCain brings all this out in the next debate he has with the One.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Damian Thompson writes:

Traditionalist blog posts are like hand grenades thrown into the headquarters of Futurechurch. Magic Circlers, having grown up in the 1960s, tend to have a romantic view of guerilla wars of liberation. Let's see how they cope with being on the receiving end of one.
..

Read the comments. Most interesting.

Obama and the freedom of speech chill

Obama operates are assaulting the First Amendment by threatening lawsuits against TV stations that run critical ads. (Funny though that the negative ads I've seen about him tend to be true, while the negative smears about Sarah Palin that some bloggers believe may be coming from people closely linked to people close to the Obama campaign are not.)Stanley Kurtz writes at National Review Online:

Can libel charges, or the threat of libel charges, be used to chill free speech? You bet they can. Barack Obama’s latest tactics are all-too-reminiscent of Britain’s libel tourism phenomenon, and of related efforts to use British libel law to censor political speech. In "Not Without a Fight," I survey the libel tourism phenomenon, link it to the Mark Steyn case (See Mark’s comments below in "Yes, we ban,) and also mention the famous British "McLibel" case, in which McDonald’s restaurant attempted to use Britain’s plaintiff-friendly libel laws to silence anti-McDonald’s protestors. (You can view a fascinating ten-minute preview of an influential documentary about this case, "McLibel: Two Worlds Collide," here. The British McDonald’s protestors are far on the left. Yet we must support their freedom as if it were our own...because ultimately, it is.

Can it happen here? Thanks to the Obama campaign, it already is happening. And don’t think American libel law, so much less plaintiff-friendly than British libel law, gives us a free pass. At the counterterrorism blog, Jeffrey Breinholt explains how even American libel laws can be used to intimidate and silence speech. As I point out in "Not Without a Fight," what really protects free speech here in the United States is the value we place upon it, and the shame we would feel handling criticism by way of law suits. When it comes to silencing critics, on the other hand, the Obama campaign appears to have no shame. That augers poorly for the culture of free exchange. As Tocqueville reminds us, habits of the heart, even more than the law itself, stand as our most important protections against tyranny. If Obama continues to break one free-speech taboo after another, the law will surely follow.

I haz uh brazlitt !!!

....too!

Evidence of Democrats defending Fannie and Freddie

The very politicians who are trying to fix the financial mess in the United States are the very people who ignored advice four years ago that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were heading into disaster.

Watch and listen and weep.

On the subject of world-class financial mismanagement, this video of a House hearing from 2004 shows Barney Frank and pals behaving badly regarding oversight.


If you want to understand what caused the housing foreclosure crisis, then you MUST SEE this video.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Binksmeister on Obamanation

Binky writes:



~ WHEN THE HISTORY of this century is written, the media-gasm over Obama– and their compliant coverup of his lies and flaws– will stand in the annals of propaganda. Reports of legal and media ‘Truth Squads’ from the Obama side, jumping on and threatening those who criticize Obama, are beyond all belief. Name an American election in which Truth Squads were out and in the open like this. These are not democratic behaviours; this is a classic fascist tactic, to threaten and shut down legitimate– or even illegitimate– public criticism and opposition. That the media is cooperating with those who would silence and control it– as long as it’s their glorious leader who’s being protected– is a sad obituary for the idea of a free press, for political and intellectual freedom.

Our HRCites would have us believe it’s all a local problem.. just a few hate-y types who need some legal therapy, and it’s a Canadian thing, and just we never trouble our pretty heads about it all. We are living in dangerous fascistical times, and our elites are not always on our side. Sometimes they just don’t see the problem; sometimes, they really feel the world would be a better place if all the dissidents would just shut up– or were made to shut up.

Where are the anti-Palin smears coming from?

Michelle Malkin has an interesting round-up of possible origins.


Bill Whittle can WRITE! You must read this

This is an awesome essay about the financial crisis at National Review Online. Read the whole thing:

All I hear is some people muttering that a few nights ago, the Angel of Death passed over the land and would have slain us all if a few priests had not, at the last minute, run out and splashed red ink around the doorways of our homes.

My dad suffered from kidney stones his whole life. When I was very young, in the mid-sixties, he would be gone for ten days and return with a scar that ran from near his navel, around almost to his spine: a nine-inch incision, a quarter-inch wide, and with little white dots marking where he had been sewn up with football laces, apparently. It was like he had been operated on with an axe. He suffered horribly. And yet, the only time I ever saw that man cry was when he talked about the Depression, and how it felt to watch your neighbors eat out of garbage cans.

I don’t want that experience. Just about any remedy, no matter how horrible, would be better than that. But I have re-negotiated my new job to include health insurance. Why today and not three years ago? Because I just came through a world of hurt. I don’t ever want to go through that again.

And this is my concern about the $700 billion kidney stone the economy is trying to pass. It seems to me that if we are going to change behaviors then the people who got us into this mess need to feel a little pain. If the hospital was handing out free Dilaudid every day my first question would be “what time do you guys open?” I’d pass 50 kidney stones a day if I could get to play with the unicorns instead of suffering for it.

Every decision we make is based on a risk/reward calculation. If we take away the consequences of risky behavior, we will see more of it. And if there’s a money-back guarantee for greedy and stupid decisions, we’re in real trouble, because there is only so much money in the bank but supplies of greed and stupidity are endless.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Awesome column by Dorothy Cummings in the Register

Dorothy Cummings writes:

Sarah Palin. Conservative women danced for joy. Liberal women went ballistic. Canadian journalist Heather Mallick became instantly notorious in the United States for saying of Palin, “She isn’t female, really.” And this did not surprise me, for Canadian feminists like CBC blogger Mallick are long used to denying that women like Palin exist. But they do exist. They exist in Canada, too, but in contemporary Canada no pro-life Christian woman with five children would ever be elected to high office.

The pro-abortion forces of Canada have managed to make belief in the right to life embarrassing, career suicide, box office poison. We can’t even get desperately wanted unborn babies protected.

Palin didn’t go to Harvard. She didn’t go to Princeton. She went to the University of Idaho. You know, like an ordinary person. She worked as a sports reporter and helped with her husband’s family business. She was a homemaker who had five kids. (Frankly, the Palins’ fruitful marriage is a refreshing sight after years and years of the Clintons’ marital horror show.)

She also showed talent in the political game as mayor of the small town of Wasilla and was eventually elected the governor of Alaska. Apparently, no one in Alaska cares where you went to university or how many kids you have. And now she might be elected the vice-president of the United States.

Must see video

The Anchoress posted this Must-See video. She writes:

Reposted from two posts down, as some readers are afraid others will miss it, or this:


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hitchens hones in on Obama's inherent weakness

It's hard not to like Obama and to love the mellifluous sound of his baritone voice. But I wonder whether there is any "there" there, because he comes across as the consummate narcissist, who depends on trying on various pleasing images for size, images conjured out of the needs of the beholder, so that the beholder can adore him.

Christopher Hitchens, who I pray one day will have a Road to Damascus experience and become the St. Paul of this generation, has, despite his atheism, the occasionaly profound insight.

Here's what he has to say about Obama over at Slate:

Why is Obama so vapid and hesitant and gutless? Why, to put it another way, does he risk going into political history as a dusky Dukakis? Well, after the self-imposed Jeremiah Wright nightmare, he can't afford any more militancy, or militant-sounding stuff, even if it might be justified. His other problems are self-inflicted or party-inflicted as well. He couldn't have picked a gifted Democratic woman as his running mate, because he couldn't have chosen a female who wasn't the ever-present Sen. Clinton, and so he handed the free gift of doing so to his Republican opponent (whose own choice has set up a screech from the liberals like nothing I have heard since the nomination of Clarence Thomas). So the unquantifiable yet important "atmospherics" of politics, with all their little X factors, belong at present to the other team.

The Dukakis comparison is, of course, a cruel one, but it raises a couple more questions that must be faced. We are told by outraged Democrats that many voters still believe, thanks to some smear job, that Sen. Obama is a Muslim. Yet who is the most famous source of this supposedly appalling libel (as if an American candidate cannot be of any religion or none)? Absent any anonymous whispering campaign, the person who did most to insinuate the idea in public—"There is nothing to base that on. As far as I know"—was Obama's fellow Democrat and the junior senator from New York. It was much the same in 1988, when Al Gore brought up the Dukakis furlough program, later to be made infamous by the name Willie Horton, against the hapless governor of Massachusetts who was then his rival for the nomination.

By the end of that grueling campaign season, a lot of us had got the idea that Dukakis actually wanted to lose—or was at the very least scared of winning. Why do I sometimes get the same idea about Obama? To put it a touch more precisely, what I suspect in his case is that he had no idea of winning this time around. He was running in Iowa and New Hampshire to seed the ground for 2012, not 2008, and then the enthusiasm of his supporters (and the weird coincidence of a strong John Edwards showing in Iowa) put him at the front of the pack. Yet, having suddenly got the leadership position, he hadn't the faintest idea what to do with it or what to do about it.

Why they hate her

A comment from Little Green Footballs on why the Left hates Sarah Palin:

I think the hatred towards Palin goes much deeper than not being able to hate McCain. Palin stands for the core principles that set's Americans apart in the world. Independent, beautiful, fearless, intelligent, and humble among others. This sends chills down the jellyblobs of Leftists who need us to be the exact opposite. The have contempt for integrity and self confidence which is contempt for the principals of America.

Why women will understand Sarah is not a man

Katy Couric tried to put Sarah Palin on the spot to give a list of times Senator McCain had supported regulation. She answered sweetly that she would find them and get back to her.

I imagine Obamacrat and Democrat and left-wing blogs are going nuts about this and so, possibly, will be some conservative blogs who have reservations about whether she is experienced and smart enough to be VP.

Over the years I have observed a difference between men and women, a generalization for sure that does not apply in all cases, that has nothing to do with innate intelligence, just certain gifts men have for remembering lists of facts and dates and so on.

Have you ever noticed that there are few women who can do what Peter Mansbridge or Don Newman do? That most pundits are men, even though journalists are 50/50 women and men? That there are fewer women who can go live and be able to confidently spout dates and facts and poll numbers, rolling with the flow, because they have a memory like a disc drive? Okay, Chantal Hebert is an obvious exception, but as someone who regularly booked guests and was under CBC pressure to balance the panels with female voices, I would tell you she has a rare talent for a woman.

I don't have this ability. I just do not retain a lot of factual information in my brain. I have to look stuff up. I have to check my facts and my dates, I cannot count on accurately conjuring them up on the spot, under pressure. But that doesn't make me stupid or less competent in other areas. It meant that I would never be a good on air person, quick on the up take, confident of my memory. Instead, I became a television producer. Over the years, in working with many top television personalities both men and women and various pundits, I have found that more men exhibit the disc-drive memory skills than women. More men tend to be policy wonks.

Hillary Clinton seems to me to have more of a men's brain for detail and policy stuff.

Now...does that mean we can only have leaders who act and think like men? What might Sarah Palin bring to the table?

One of the things I observed over the years is that on occasion the people who have the disc-drive brains become overconfident. Sometimes they retrieve information that is wrong, but since they are so often right, they are perhaps less likely to check their facts. Someone like me and I bet Sarah Palin, too, is going to be much more conscientious about checking things twice.

Another gift I think she will bring to leadership is common sense and intuition....an ability to grasp quickly whether something or someone is authentic and truthful. Some of the most articulate and policy-wonkish, fact-retrieving people are the stupidist people on earth when it comes to emotional intelligence and genuine perception.

Of course it is possible to have a disc-drive brain and also have common sense and so on, but what Sarah Palin has going for her is that there's a real person there, an authentic, genuine human being. That comes across. No, I doubt we'll ever be transcribing her spontaneous quotes and finding she speaks in articulate paragraphs bolstered with statistics, though as she gains more experience I suspect she will do a lot better.

And we are likely to see her most inarticulate efforts highlighted, just as George W. Bush's have been, but the gaffes on the part of Obama and Biden shrugged off.

Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin

H/t Little Green Footballs

It chills me to the bone . . .

to think the architects of the current financial catastrophe in Washington are leading the Democrat-side Capitol Hill to "fix" the problem, all the while blaming President Bush.

I hate to think of what America will look like if Obama wins the election.

Here's Fox News piece that shows President Bush and Senator McCain were warning about the dangers--and ignored by the same bunch who think they can solve it now---five years ago and more. (Hat tip The Anchoress)

This is a really great video. It just tells it.



Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hey! I'm mentioned in Kathy Shaidle's and Pete Vere's new book

The Western Standard is running an excerpt:

By the time the “show trial” against Mark Steyn and Maclean’s began on June 2, 2008 the case had become a cause celebre in the formidable U.S. conservative media network of blogs and talk radio. Four heavyweight pundits--Jonah Goldberg, Robert Spencer, David Harsanyi and Pat Buchanan--rebuked the censors of “Soviet Canuckistan” on the very same day.

But Canada’s liberal mainstream media more or less shrugged. Veteran journalism professor John Miller condemned the “xenophobic” Steyn in an online forum by and for professional reporters, accusing Steyn of failing to express his opinions “in food [sic] faith”, then scolding prissily that “everyone must obey the law.” This led Parliament Hill reporter Deborah Gyapong to ask the obvious question: “What if the law advocated slavery or chopping off hands?”

Ezra's book is coming out this fall, too. We can all relive the excitement and dismay of last spring in the run up to Christmas by three highly entertaining and effective writers. H/t Mark Steyn, whose website is slowly coming back to life.

My story on Cardinal George and Saint Paul U

From the Catholic Register's website. Subscribe to this paper. It does a great job of covering the Church and the important political issues such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech and life and family that the mainstream media usually ignore.

OTTAWA - Cardinal Francis George had never studied French before attending Saint Paul University as an Oblate scholastic 40 years ago, but he found the language necessary “if you wanted to eat,” he joked at a banquet Sept. 19 at the bilingual university.
Saint Paul honoured the archbishop of Chicago and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as Alumnus of the Year. More than 100 former students, including several bishops, dozens of priests and special guests, attended the glitzy event.

George said he has always been “very grateful” for the way cultural differences were “lived and discussed” at Saint Paul.

“The cultures interacted in ways to create something new,” he said. This experience helped him when he took leadership roles in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, rising to become Vicar General in Rome.

The cardinal recalled his student days, walking up the Rideau Canal to Parliament and sitting in the gallery during Question Period, watching Conservative Leader John Diefenbaker and Liberal Prime Minister Lester Pearson “argue back and forth.” The best orator was CCF leader Tommy Douglas, he said, though he was “more often anti-American than not.”

Historic call for reconciliation from First Nations national chief

The Catholic Register has posted my story from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops plenary in Cornwall, ON this week.

CORNWALL, Ont. - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine made an historic plea for reconciliation with the Catholic Church while speaking to a gathering of Catholic bishops here Sept. 22.

“What I want to talk about here is the future,” Fontaine told about 80 bishops attending the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual plenary.

Fontaine said he hoped the church could use its influence and experience to help lift First Nations out of poverty, acknowledging that in the past First Nations and the church had accomplished much good together, despite the legacy of abuse at native residential schools.

“I believe the Catholic Church has a significant role to play in helping us pave the way to something absolutely better,” he said.

“I wonder whether we can ever do enough to heal broken spirits. But that is the past.”

He described Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology for abuses at the residential schools last June as a “momentous occasion” and an “opportunity to fix what has been a terrible wrong.”

Reconciliation will require “big hearts, forgiveness, trust and confidence,” he said.

“For our people, reconciliation means the eradication of First Nations poverty,” he said, noting that doing so would require “the support and engagement of all Canadians.”

He said First Nations people did not need the Catholic Church for its money, but for its influence, experience and commitment.

“You understand us as well as anyone in this country,” he said, noting the church knows “what is important to us and where we want to take our communities.”
I gotta say....it was a powerful and moving address. Hats off to Chief Fontaine for his courage and his big-hearted spirit.

Some food for thought for health journalists

I think the whole listeria crisis has been overblown and followed a typical mainstream media narrative that big companies are almost always evil and government needs to have more oversight. I hate to say this, but often the prevailing narrative overrides facts and common sense or any interest in exploring other angles. The story's already written before the interviews and the fact-finding begins.

I remember hearing about the dangers of listeria back in the days when I drank milk straight from the cow during my days as a homesteader in Nova Scotia. This bacteria is ubiquitous and one of the reasons why milk is pasteurized. However, if you are not pregnant and do not have a compromised immune system, it's unlikely to harm you. I bet you could go into the fridges of most journalists and find listeria growing.

The other day, I met someone who nearly died from meningitis as a result of listeria. This healthy-looking, relatively young individual spent more than a week in intensive care. Obviously this person was not a typical "immune compromised" person.

Think again. This person told me that consuming lots of antacids to neutralize constant stomach pain was possibly responsible for the listeria gaining a foothold and growing out of control. Usually our stomach acid zaps these critters. "Why do you think vultures can eat carrion?" this person asked. "It's because of their stomach acid."

This reminded me of something my doctor is deeply concerned about---and that's the way rampant antacid use has compromised immune systems, making people not only more vulnerable to listeria, but bugs like C-Difficile that routinely kills people in nursing homes---but we seldom see a big news stories on this danger because it does not neatly fit the narrative of big bad companies and lack of government oversight. Though maybe they might see the drug companies pushing medication to prevent acid reflux as the villains if they ever explore this angle. But hey, why shouldn't companies try to find a quick fix for acid reflux and stomach pain if we are people addicted to quick fixes and unwilling to explore underlying causes.

Interestingly, when this individual stopped eating wheat, the stomach pain ended within a week!
My doctor is seriously concerned about the underdiagnosed Celiac disease and gluten insensitivity that is compromising immune systems. The related stomach pain symptoms common to Celiac disease also leads to the overuse of antacids that reduce healthy stomach acid and other problems.

Just some food for thought.

More on my pilgrimage to Rome

My journey to Rome

Img_1914 I just returned from my first visit to Rome where I attended the Church Up Close seminar for journalists who cover the Catholic Church. I'm not a big fan of travel just for the sake of sight-seeing and standing in line with hundreds of other tourists, so this course represented the best kind of structure for me to see and experience what is important to me about Rome not only as a journalist, but also as a Christian.

Note in the picture God's signature--a rainbow--is behind me!

Read the rest and view the pictures over at The Master's Artist.


You think the Wall St. crisis is a failure of capitalism?

Think again. Finally, a report that gets the problem. Too bad we don't have a Canadian version of Fox News, 'cause if you listen to Canadian media, it's all a problem of markets and greed that an Obama-led government is best able to fix.

If only we had media alternatives like this in Canada. And to think, the CRTC opposed Fox, but granted a license to a Canadian porn channel:

Here's Fox News via Gateway Pundit:

John McCain attempted to pass legislation to reform mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac back in 2005 but was blocked by Dems.

President Bush publicly called for GSE reform 17 times in 2008 alone and the Democratic Congress ignored him.

Now, at least there's one media outlet is not blocking the real story behind the mortgage crisis:

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Christie Blatchford on the Gerry Ritz caper

Thankfully, she shares my view of the whole thing. The media coverage, the overkill, especially that of the CBC, the BIAS, the glee, almost ruined the euphoria I experienced on returning from Rome.

Christie writes (emphasis mine):

The whole thing - Mr. Ritz's black humour and the attention it continues to receive - is the epitome of the insufferable, sanctimonious orthodoxy which now reigns in the land, and which makes me rue for my country far more than any looming world financial fiasco.

For the record, a quick summary of the facts: Mr. Ritz, the federal Agriculture Minister, late last month had a conference call with his staff and department officials in which they were discussing the listeriosis situation. At one point, Mr. Ritz noted that the crisis was causing the government a "death of a thousand cuts - or should I say cold cuts." When someone informed him that a death had occurred in Prince Edward Island, Mr. Ritz replied, "Please tell me it's [PEI Liberal MP] Wayne Easter."

Frankly, the lines are funny, and I would have thought given comfort to those who persist in seeing Stephen Harper and everyone in his government as humourless robots. This is precisely the sort of remark (minus my expletives) I make every day of my working life to my colleagues, superiors, peers and juniors.

The fact that Mr. Ritz is "in public life," which his critics now hold up as the critical difference between ordinary folk and cabinet ministers, isn't relevant. He wasn't making a public statement. He wasn't speaking publicly. He was at work, with people he works alongside or who work for him. He was having what he assumed was a private discussion with those who, like him, were dealing with an enormous and difficult problem, except one of them kept careful notes and released the minister's remarks almost a month later, in mid-campaign.

I hope that someone outs whoever took those careful notes. This individual deserves some hefty scrutiny, especially the degree to which he or she is connected to any of the campaign.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sarah Palin's prayer for U.S. troops

Gateway Pundit has a link to a hard-hitting video on Sarah Palin's prayer for U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

In this very powerful video Newt Gingrich educates the media elites on Governor Sarah Palin's prayer for the troops and American History:

Power Line video.

It is very powerful. Watch it. The contempt on Charlie's face is unbelievable. The sincerity and grace she exhibited in the Lion's Den is amazing.

Brian Lilley on the loss of character and Wall Street

As I've said before, if I were running a political campaign, the motto would be "It's character, stupid!"

Seems like Brian Lilley is thinking along the same lines in this great piece on Mercatornet.com

The sub-prime mortgage meltdown is, at its base, a failing of character. First, there was a failing of character at the companies lending money to people that could not pay and then selling the mortgages as a complex investment vehicle to investors looking for greater returns. There was a failing of character in millions of individual Americans who took out mortgages far exceeding what they could afford, some to just finally join the ranks of homeowners with a modest abode, others taking on ever greater mortgages to move up to the McMansion on the hill. In both cases, the company and the consumer were living beyond their means.

And that is where a study from the Institute for American Values comes in.

A report called "For a New Thrift: Confronting the Debt Culture" has been signed by 62 scholars from across the American political spectrum, it is a report that New York Times columnist David Brooks calls "the most important study you’ll read all year". The paper documents how American families have gone from saving a large portion of their income shortly after World War II, to saving next to nothing now; all the while charging more to their credit cards and buying on the instalment plan. This is hardly a culture that would value my friend’s excursions to the town dump as a virtuous act of thriftiness; this is a culture that values spending.

There is a downside to all of this spending, a downside now playing out as American consumers declare bankruptcy, with filings from students and seniors reaching new highs. Even for those who do not declare bankruptcy, the debt culture is leaving families strapped for cash and vulnerable to unexpected events, such as job loss, and car or home repairs that insurance might not cover.

Kirk Makin profiles Richard Warman in the Globe

Kirk is an old friend. I wish though he had interviewed someone other than Fromm in this story. It makes it seem like only the far right has a problem with what's going on at the Canadian Human Rights Commission when in fact it is a growing movement that includes people from across the political spectrum.

The comments section is pretty interesting.

Cardinal George in Ottawa



Blogging will be light because I am extremely busy upon my return from Rome. Last night, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, came to Ottawa to be feted as Saint Paul University's Alumnus of the Year. Today I attended the 25th anniversary REAL Women of Canada conference.

Tomorrow I head for Cornwall, Ontario for the annual gathering of Canada's Catholic bishops.

Here's a picture of me with Cardinal George, and a shot from the conference, which was extremely interesting and featured some top notch speakers, including the great Barbara Kay, Janice Crouse, and Don Feder from the U.S. and others.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Binks on why he includes links on jihad

A good essay here at FreeMarkSteyn. The Binksmeister writes:

It appears to this observer that the affinity between the Western Left and the Jihad (or, in previous decades, the Left & Soviet fascism) is this fundamental immaturity and raging teenaged self-pity. Both hate ‘The West’ even though all of the benefits they enjoy and take for granted come from Western technology, culture, and economies. They want to tear down, but have only the foggiest and simplistic notions of what to replace it with. Caliphate? Inclusivist Utopia? Why not Wally World or Purple Pumpkin Land?

And he makes it abundantly clear that only a minority of Muslims engage in this kind of Jihadist kind of behavior. But that minority is a problem not only for us but for the peaceful majority of Muslims who bear the brunt of their violence and repression.

Please go out and buy my book!



I just received a letter from my publisher. Sales for the past year have been dismal. If you like my blog, please go out and buy my book so it stays in print!

Canadian readers can buy it here. American readers here.

Kathy Shaidle, who you know would not say nice things just to be nice, had this to say about The Defilers (scroll down to find the comment):

PS: Deborah's debut, The Defilers, is the first fiction book I've read in years. When she sent it to me, she described it as "an airport novel", and indeed, some smart mass market paperback publisher should snap it up. This police procedural has it all: exorcisms and the occult, murder, cultish kiddie p*rn, romance -- but Deborah didn't win this year's Best New Canadian Christian Fiction Award for nothing. Believe it or not, she manages to tell this twisted mystery tale without graphic sex scenes -- or even swearing -- but this isn't "goodie goodie" tacky "Christian" fiction, either.

Each chapter is a cliff-hanger. It was a fun, yet reverent read, with lots of unexpected plot twists (and characters who aren't who you think they are...) to keep you guessing. I think most of my readers would be quite touched by the angry heroine's faltering journey back to the faith.
You could also support your local Christian book store and order The Defilers through them. Ottawa readers may be able to find a copy at Salem Storehouse, a great place to shop for Christian books. They say they have five in stock. Please....let them sell out!

And....you can also pick them up at Chapters in the Ottawa area.

You can find out more about the book at The Defilers.ca

Frank Schaeffer's memoir now in paperback

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Frank Schaeffer's warts and all memoir of his famous evangelical parents Francis and Edith Schaeffer: Crazy For God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back

Got an email from Frank this morning saying the book is now in paperback.

Even though some people might be upset by the way he portrays the so-called Christian right and his parents who have been icons for many believers, the love he has for his flawed parents comes through. In fact, I see all the more reason for exalting the couples' amazing achievements as a sign that God's grace does indeed shine forth in flawed, cracked human vessels.

BTW, like me, Frank has drifted towards a liturgical tradition. In his case, Greek Orthodox. In mine, Anglican Catholic.

Great piece by Fr. De Souza on the rape of rights

In today's National Post he writes:


Good for the OMA for not advocating some middle way between a healthy recognition of human rights and the diseased approach of the OHRC. But more aggressive confrontation of the OHRC's overreaching is necessary. It is not enough just to prevent the cancer from spreading, which is what was achieved yesterday. It needs to be eliminated.

Professional groups such as the OMA -- those representing writers and clergy, for example -- have been sounding the alarm on the human rights commissions for some time now. There needs to be a corresponding sense of urgency from Canadian governments, whose statutes sustain human rights commissions. Provincial ministers of justice have been largely silent. The federal minister of justice, Robert Nicholson, a good man who surely knows better, has been disconcertingly reserved in regard to the abuses taking place on his watch. The federal government's irresponsibly lackadaisical approach sends signals to otherwise respectable bodies, like the CPSO, that the OHRC and similar bodies are not to be challenged.

Disconcerting is an understatement.


John McCain on the Fannie Mae scandal

From The Corner at NRO, McCain is quoted saying:

Here and all across our country, people are wondering what exactly is happening on Wall Street. And with good reason, they want to know how their government will meet the crisis. Clear answers are hard to come by in Washington.

As Senator Obama's leader in Congress memorably put it the other day — and I quote — "no one knows what to do." Perhaps given that reaction, it shouldn't surprise us that the Congressional leaders of this do-nothing Congress also said that they weren't going to take action until after the election, claiming that it wasn't their fault. I am hopeful that last night's discussions are a sign they have changed their mind and will take action soon. But any action should be designed to keep people in their homes and safe guard the life savings of all Americans by protecting our financial system.

There are certainly plenty of places to point fingers, and it may be hard to pinpoint the original event that set it all in motion. But let me give you an educated guess. The financial crisis we're living through today started with the corruption and manipulation of our home mortgage system. At the center of the problem were the lobbyists, politicians, and bureaucrats who succeeded in persuading Congress and the administration to ignore the festering problems at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

These quasi-public corporations lead our housing system down a path where quick profit was placed before sound finance. They institutionalized a system that rewarded forcing mortgages on people who couldn't afford them, while turning around and selling those bad mortgages to the banks that are now going bankrupt. Using money and influence, they prevented reforms that would have curbed their power and limited their ability to damage our economy. And now, as ever, the American taxpayers are left to pay the price for Washington's failure.

Two years ago, I called for reform of this corruption at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Congress did nothing. The Administration did nothing. Senator Obama did nothing, and actually profited from this system of abuse and scandal.
In fact, read the whole speech, because it strikes me as substantive. McCain is really saying something here, rather than uttering platitudes about change and hope.

Todd Palin--a role model for American men?

Barbara Lilley sees Sarah Palin as a modern role model for women. I have a feeling that Todd Palin might just make a great role model for men, as a loving, strong, supportive yet independent-minded spouse. And I have a feeling their marriage might become a model for a modern marriage where spouses are partners, share the child-rearing, and are flexible in helping each other achieve their dreams.

Here is the first interview with Alaska's First Dude. I think he's pretty awesome.

Dr. Sanity writes:


Greta van Susteren interviewed Alaskan "first dude" the other day, and here is Day 1, Part I of that interview:



Part II:



A pretty neat fellow, I think. The rest of the interview can be found here.
Agreed! Here is a father who loves his wife and his children. I have seen pictures of him cradling his infant son Trig. The love on his face is beautiful to behold. This is what a real man looks like.

Barbara Lilley contemplates what a "real woman" looks like

At Mercatornet she writes:

As a woman born in 1968, I was raised in the late 1970s and the 1980s to believe that it is normal for young women to want to sleep with anyone and as many men as they can, to terminate unwanted pregnancies and to choose whether or not the baby I did decide to have deserved to live in the first place. In short, I was raised to believe that it was alright for me to play God with my body. Sarah Palin's decision to keep her unborn child does not signify to me that she is behind the times and less of a woman, and I fail to see how anyone could rationally take that point of view. The very essence of being a woman is our ability to bear children. As the mother of four myself, how could I look at my children and pick which one should not have lived? Should Sarah Palin now be asking that question? Does her youngest child deserve less than any other child because he was born with Down's Syndrome?

For those of us who believe that the Palins made the correct choice, Sarah Palin stands as a testimony to what a real woman looks like. One who is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, one who is ready to take on the nay-sayers and prove that she does have the strength, courage and intelligence to play with the big boys. A woman who, at the end of the day, remains completely and wholly dedicated to her role as wife and mother. In short, Sarah Palin is a role model for all of us and the kind of real woman I want to be. And I'm a Canadian, not an American!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

McCain does Streisand

This is laugh out loud, rolling on the floor funny. McCain singing Streisand songs and making the point loud and clear that she knows as much about politics as he knows about singing. But he sure knows a lot about comedy. My oh my, he`s good. Hilarious!

COLF`s latest message for families--great stuff

The Catholic Register`s Michael Swan reports:

TORONTO - The Catholic
Organization For Life and Family
wants families to discover the sexual
liberation buried in long-neglected Catholic teaching.
In its annual message
to families, COLF uses the "theology of the body" as a way of talking about
sexuality. COLF's goal is to disentangle thinking about sex from sexual
politics, commercialization, media images and pornography. "Our very body
testifies to our call to love," says the eight-page document Towards True
Sexual Liberation. "Our body is built to enter into relationship and communion
with others, and astonishingly, to give life."

Gosh could I tell tales out of school

To say I am annoyed by the judgmental tone of journalists and opposition politicians about Gerry Ritz black humor during the height of the Listeria crisis, is an understatement.

Journalists are probably the MOST likely to resort to black humor in times of high stress. The innappropriate things that have been said in newsrooms across Canada would curl your hair and probably run some of the speakers the risk of a human rights complaint.

I recall a few times making a fake buzzer sound to let people know they were crossing the line because there might have been some students from some politically correct university campus touring the building. Yeah, even at the CBC!

I know Gerry Ritz. I used to sit with him every morning during Question Period strategy for the brief time I worked in politics. He`s a good guy. A funny guy. He`s apologized. Enough already.

I think Stephen Harper said it well just now....who among us---journalists especially---has never said something in the heat of the moment during a time of high stress that perhaps was tasteless or stupid but funny to the small cadre of people also under high stress. You had to be there to get the humor. Those remarks were never meant for public consumption. It`s not as if he said those things at a news conference!

I think the person who repeated those remarks during an election campaign is a snake and a creep. If that individual had concerns he should have complained to the PMO right at the time.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Take a look at this list

Check this out and see who received the top donations from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Then go here and see what John McCain did to try to bring in a bill to reform them.

The Bill died in the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs….the Chairman of the Committee is Chris Dodd, the recipient of the largest donations from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. .

More on the Palin email hacking

Michelle Malkin has a must read report on what happened. A correspondent wrote her the following:

This afternoon, in a thread that was later deleted, an individual claiming to be the original poster gave his account of what happened. I’ve attached screencaps. Here’s the text. The original poster used the name “rubico.” The linked email address for the poster was rubico10@yahoo.com.

This is what rubico said:

rubico 09/17/08(Wed)12:57:22 No.85782652

Hello, /b/ as many of you might already know, last night sarah palin’s yahoo was “hacked” and caps were posted on /b/, i am the lurker who did it, and i would like to tell the story.

In the past couple days news had come to light about palin using a yahoo mail account, it was in news stories and such, a thread was started full of newfags trying to do something that would not get this off the ground, for the next 2 hours the acct was locked from password recovery presumably from all this bullshit spamming.

after the password recovery was reenabled, it took seriously 45 mins on wikipedia and google to find the info, Birthday? 15 seconds on wikipedia, zip code? well she had always been from wasilla, and it only has 2 zip codes (thanks online postal service!)

the second was somewhat harder, the question was “where did you meet your spouse?” did some research, and apparently she had eloped with mister palin after college, if youll look on some of the screenshits that I took and other fellow anon have so graciously put on photobucket you will see the google search for “palin eloped” or some such in one of the tabs.

I found out later though more research that they met at high school, so I did variations of that, high, high school, eventually hit on “Wasilla high” I promptly changed the password to popcorn and took a cold shower…

>> rubico 09/17/08(Wed)12:58:04 No.85782727

this is all verifiable if some anal /b/tard wants to think Im a troll, and there isn’t any hard proof to the contrary, but anyone who had followed the thread from the beginning to the 404 will know I probably am not, the picture I posted this topic with is the same one as the original thread.

I read though the emails… ALL OF THEM… before I posted, and what I concluded was anticlimactic, there was nothing there, nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped, all I saw was personal stuff, some clerical stuff from when she was governor…. And pictures of her family

I then started a topic on /b/, peeps asked for pics or gtfo and I obliged, then it started to get big

Earlier it was just some prank to me, I really wanted to get something incriminating which I was sure there would be, just like all of you anon out there that you think there was some missed opportunity of glory, well there WAS NOTHING, I read everything, every little blackberry confirmation… all the pictures, and there was nothing, and it finally set in, THIS internet was serious business, yes I was behind a proxy, only one, if this shit ever got to the FBI I was fucked, I panicked, i still wanted the stuff out there but I didn’t know how to rapidshit all that stuff, so I posted the pass on /b/, and then promptly deleted everything, and unplugged my internet and just sat there in a comatose state


And it sounds like Bill O'Reilly is angry enough about this to make sure they go after not only the hacker but the bloggers who posted private information on the web. Gateway Pundit has more:

Bill O'Reilly just ran a segment on the Palin-Hacker Scandal-- Hackergate?
He says he will call the FBI and Attorney General on the culprits who broke into her private account and the liberal bloggers who posted her private information!

Still blame Bush for Fannie Mae? Check this out

Gateway Pundit writes:

In 2005-- Senator John McCain partnered with three other Senate Republicans to reform the government’s involvement in lending, after an attempt by the Bush administration died in Congress two years earlier.
Democrats blocked the reform.

In 2005-- Barack Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus met with Fannie Mae for a "family" event. In 2005 Democrats also blocked reform of Fannie Mae:

This was before Fannie Mae started filling the pockets of Barack Obama with political donations.
The junior Illinois senator collected more money from Fannie Mae than any other Washington politician except Senator Dodd in the last decade.
Obama was able to accomplish this feat in just 3 years.

This video shows Fannie Mae CEO talking to "family" members of the Congressional Black Caucus in 2005.

Abortion---the election under-story

From a piece picked by Canadian Christianity:

OTTAWA -- Abortion remains a heated subject, despite the attempts of the Conservative Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to keep it out of the federal election.

"The Canadian public does not have any viable political option to advance its grave and serious concern to promote and protect human life in the womb," said St. Catharine's Bishop James Wingle.

Wingle said he is disappointed by Nicholson's recent undermining of Conservative MP Ken Epp's 'Unborn Victims of Crime' Bill C-484.

"The bill as it was formulated would have achieved that small recognition that what is heinous about attacking a pregnant woman is that there are two separate victims who are victims of the violence," Wingle said.

Some Obama supporters are pretty scary people

The Anchoress:

Now the Obamaphiles - the angry, crazed, hate-filled part of the left who cannot understand the right and will not play fair - has hacked into Sarah Palin’s email account. They’ve invaded her privacy and that of her family in a way so intrusive it can ONLY be perceived as threatening. People will not like that. WOMEN will not like that. Idiots.

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And excuse me, but aren’t the people on the left the ones who have been telling us - without basis - for the last 8 years that “evil nazi Bush” has been “intruding into people’s private correspondences” and that this (if it were happening) would be a bad thing? Can the hypocrisy get any thicker? First Palin is “not a woman”, and “not the mother of her baby,” and all the rest of the looney tunes stuff…now, she is not an American entitled to her privacy? Is she associating with known terrorists? Is that why she was invaded?

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If newscasters are people with children and private families, and in fact, they are, then they should be horrified by this, not gleeful. But they sometimes don’t understand that the people they cover are human beings, just like them.


When Obama jumped the shark

Charles Krauthammer nails what has happened to the Obama campaign:

The problem is that Obama began believing in his own magical powers -- the chants, the swoons, the "we are the ones" self-infatuation. Like Ronald Reagan, he was leading a movement, but one entirely driven by personality. Reagan's revolution was rooted in concrete political ideas (supply-side economics, welfare-state deregulation, national strength) that transcended one man. For Obama's movement, the man is the transcendence.

Which gave the Obama campaign a cult-like tinge. With every primary and every repetition of the high-flown, self-referential rhetoric, the campaign's insubstantiality became clear. By the time it was repeated yet again on the night of the last primary (#3), the tropes were tired and flat. To top himself, Obama had to reach. Hence his triumphal declaration that history would note that night, his victory, his ascension, as "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."

Clang. But Obama heard only the cheers of the invited crowd. Not yet seeing how the pseudo-messianism was wearing thin, he did Berlin (#4) and finally jumped the shark. That grandiloquent proclamation of universalist puffery popped the bubble. The grandiosity had become bizarre.

Obama--did he inflate his resume?

Sweetness and Light writes:

Indeed, there would seem to be an especially conspicuous absence of witnesses to the years after graduated from Columbia and before he moved to Chicago to work as a community organizer.

Well, it turns out that one of his co-workers, Dan Armstrong, has in fact written about Mr. Obama during those days. And while he is an admitted fan of Obama’s, he claims that he has inflated his resume considerably.

Others who worked with Obama at Business International have subsequently chimed in.

You think the financial crisis is Bush's fault?

Read this and see who is really responsible. Though I would also add that "It's character, stupid!" whether it comes to government, banking, or extending or taking out a mortgage.

Heed this warning from Investor's Business Daily:

And the worst is far from over. By the time it is, we'll all be paying for Clinton's social experiment, one that Obama hopes to trump with a whole new round of meddling in the housing and jobs markets. In fact, the social experiment Obama has planned could dwarf both the Great Society and New Deal in size and scope.

There's a political root cause to this mess that we ignore at our peril. If we blame the wrong culprits, we'll learn the wrong lessons. And taxpayers will be on the hook for even larger bailouts down the road.

But the government-can-do-no-wrong crowd just doesn't get it. They won't acknowledge the law of unintended consequences from well-meaning, if misguided, acts.

Obama and Democrats on the Hill think even more regulation and more interference in the market will solve the problem their policies helped cause. For now, unarmed by the historic record, conventional wisdom is buying into their blame-business-first rhetoric and bigger-government solutions.

While government arguably has a role in helping low-income folks buy a home, Clinton went overboard by strong-arming lenders with tougher and tougher regulations, which only led to lenders taking on hundreds of billions in subprime bilge.

Market failure? Hardly. Once again, this crisis has government's fingerprints all over it.

What's so bad about a tanning bed?

When I hear that Sarah Palin bought a used tanning bed for her governor's mansion, instead of thinking 'what a bimbo,' I think this woman is intuitively grounded and listening to her body. People who live in northern climes where there is less sunlight often have huge vitamin D deficiencies. She may not need it in Washington.

I know of someone who found out she was close to having rickets because her D levels were so low from merely living in Ottawa, which is a lot further south than Alaska.

Dr. Sanity also takes a look at what the media considers a scandal and contrasts the so-called tanning bed scandal with Obama's attempts at negotiations with Iraq, playing politics with the American troops there.

She links to this piece by Pete Hegseth who writes:

According to Taheri, Sen. Obama used the trip to press Iraqi leaders to delay negotiations with a “weak” and “politically confused” Bush administration. Calling the U.S. presence in Iraq “illegal,” Sen. Obama also tried to press General Petraeus & Co. for a realistic withdrawal date, to no avail.

Taheri’s column comports with second-hand reports I’ve received from those with access to top U.S. decision-makers in Iraq. Rather than use his touch-down trip to Baghdad to fact-find and consult with senior Iraqi and American officials, Sen. Obama made a concerted effort to push his postBush administration agenda, undermining — in word and deed — current diplomatic efforts in Iraq. Tuesday, the Obama campaign essentially confirmed the details of Taheri’s reporting.

Some will see this interference in foreign policy during a time of war and cry, “Treason!” While the episode truly is a scandal, I will check my emotions — as I find the overabundance of outrage in our politics tiring and toxic. I believe, rather, that the underlying naivety of Obama’s overtures is the more disturbing lesson to be distilled from this discovery.

It’s not just that Sen. Obama doesn’t believe in the mission in Iraq, it’s that he still doesn’t get it (to plagiarize from the senator himself). Fundamentally, he doesn’t understand the mission in Iraq, what it takes to win a war, or the ramifications of the outcome of this war for the U.S.’s enduring national security. He just doesn’t get it.

In Obama’s world, foreign-policy contorts to meet domestic politics, and commanding generals accommodate arbitrary political timelines. From his perspective, facts on a foreign battlefield exist to the extent they comport with his judgment, rather than his judgment comporting to facts on a foreign battlefield.