23 September 2008

Tuesday 23SEP08

41 days to go.....(why, yes! I am being proactive. It's a long story.)

so anyway, following up on a previous post, it looks like young Master Kernell is in fairly deep siht:

D'oh! Palin's Email Hack Traced Directly to David Kernell's Apartment. Sucks to be you, kid.

McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt "serves" the New York Times over at National Review Online:

But let's be clear and be honest with each other about something fundamental to this race, which is this: Whatever the New York Times once was, it is today not by any standard a journalistic organization. It is a pro-Obama advocacy organization that every day attacks the McCain campaign, attacks Sen. McCain, attacks Gov. Palin, and excuses Sen. Obama. There is no level of public vetting with regard to Sen. Obama's record, his background, his past statements. There is no level of outrage directed at his deceitful ads. This is an organization that is completely, totally, 150 percent in the tank for the Democratic candidate, which is their prerogative to be, but let's not be dishonest and call it something other than what it is. Everything that is read in the New York Times that attacks this campaign should be evaluated by the American people from that perspective, that it is an organization that has made a decision to cast aside its journalistic integrity and tradition to advocate for the defeat of one candidate, in this case John McCain, and advocate for the election of the other candidate, Barack Obama.
Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom fame quotes Kevin Hassett of Bloomberg fame on the current Wall Street meltdown:
Why did Bear Stearns fail, and how does that relate to AIG? It all seems so complex.

But really, it isn't. Enough cards on this table have been turned over that the story is now clear. The economic history books will describe this episode in simple and understandable terms: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exploded, and many bystanders were injured in the blast, some fatally.

Fannie and Freddie did this by becoming a key enabler of the mortgage crisis. They fueled Wall Street's efforts to securitize subprime loans by becoming the primary customer of all AAA-rated subprime-mortgage pools. In addition, they held an enormous portfolio of mortgages themselves.
October (BOOM) Surprise? Q and O brings us a sobering poll, prefaced by this:

"The intel system has been hearing rumblings of a desire by al-Qaeda to influence the US elections in November as it managed to do in Spain a few years ago."

Do go look and participate, it's a three question poll.

Anti-Palin Astroturfing Traced Directly to Obama-Connected PR Firm
UPDATE: LIKE CLOCKWORK, VIDEOS TAKEN DOWN!!!


Click and scroll, people. Click and f'n scroll.

Speaking of Q and O, McQ poses a snarky question:

"How is is we can bailout 700 billion worth of financial institutions in 2 days on 3 pieces of paper but it takes 18 months to build one mile of border fence?"

Elsewhere, Kim du Toit takes a little target practice (don't bother clicking at work, the net nanny will block Kim 'cause he speaks of those evil guns). Said net nanny will allow this:
Gun control has suddenly emerged as the toxic issue of the 2008 presidential campaign, endangering Barack Obama's appeal among Democratic blue-collar and labor union households.

The freshman Illinois senator has a long record of favoring gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and a raft of other gun control bills that are anathema to gun owners, hunters and sportsmen alike.

He insists now he supports Second Amendment gun rights to keep and bear arms that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld when it struck down the D.C. gun ban in June. But he refused to join 77 of his colleagues who signed a friend of the court brief to end the weapons ban and remains sympathetic to a broad range of gun ban statutes.

Yet the Obama campaign has been running ads in key states with large populations of gun owners and hunters, insisting he supports the right to own a gun. He cannot run away from his record.
Cold, dead fingers, and all that siht.

Steve H. Graham weighs in on the "astroturfing" issue:

This ranks right up there with the Dan Rather phony memo thing, but it's more complex. Get a fresh mug of coffee and turn off your phone's ringer before you read it.....

.....What is it with Sarah Palin? Why do people hate her so much? I shudder to say this, but PDS makes BDS seem insignificant. It's like I keep saying: Obama is running against Palin, not McCain. She scares the hell out of the opposition.


more soon

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