September 7, 2008 — Assigned Reading

McCain Camp ‘Rescues’ Flags From Obama Rally

(FROM: Fox News) Inevitably, after the GOP makes this news well known in an advertisement or mention at a campaign stop, we’re going to hear cries of “dissent IS patriotic” and “you can’t question his patriotism!” from the left. Obama himself was quoted on this, stating “what they’re really saying is ‘we’re going to try to scare people about Barack. So we’re going to say that you know, ‘Maybe he’s got Muslim connections or we’re going to say that, you know, he hangs out with radicals or he’s not patriotic.’” Should this stuff brought forth by Philip Berg pan out, we’ll hear the same cries. My question is — why can’t anyone question this man’s love of country? He proclaims himself a “Citizen of the World” in front of 200,000 concertgoers in Berlin, and aspires to re-create America in the image of western Europe. There’s the issue with the flag pin, with his wife’s sudden pride in the country, with his decision not to have even a private moment with injured soldiers in Germany. There’s the 20 years spent in the pews at Trinity United. There’s the bread-breaking and brainstorming with Bill Ayers. Why can’t we question his patriotism? Why can’t this election be about issues AND character? Character, after all, lends itself to competent leadership and judgment.

Bob Novak: My Brain Tumor
(FROM: Creators Syndicate) Bob Novak is one heck of a journalist and political mind, and I wish him the very best. I’m glad to see that he is back behind his typewriter. Four things crossed my mind while reading the piece: (1) Good on Teddy Kennedy and his wife for putting Novak in touch with a good doctor, (2) I wonder how much of Novak’s immediate treatment–or Kennedy’s, for that matter–would be possible with the advent of socialized medicine, (3) Valerie Plame and her husband are disgusting examples of the liberal bitterness I pondered a few months back in Conservatives are from Mars, Liberals are from Uranus, and (4) I hope Novak knocked on wood after mentioning “modification of the First Amendment,” as a Barack Obama presidency could very well mean the return of the Fairness Doctrine.

Obama: ‘I’m Not Going to Take Your Guns Away’
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Here’s what he had to say on Friday in a small Pennsylvania town:

If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it. Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress. This can’t be the reason not to vote for me. Can everyone hear me in the back? I see a couple of sportsmen back there. I’m not going to take away your guns.

Sure thing, Barry. Just like you were going to take public financing, until you didn’t. Just like you opposed offshore drilling, until you supported it. Just like you said that the government shouldn’t crack down on businesses which hire illegal immigrants, until you said they should. Just like you told Tim Russert that you would serve out your full six-year term in the Senate and put any presidential aspirations on hold until you had more experience, and look how that turned out. I trust you with the Second Amendment about as much as I trust Bill Clinton with my wife.

Is Oprah Biased? Host Won’t Interview Palin
(FROM: ABC News) Since when is Oprah a journalist? Since when is The Oprah Winfrey Show a news program? She’s Oprah Winfrey, not Katie Couric — back off! Sure, I’d love to see Sarah Palin on her program, out there for a world of voting women to see. Yes, I guarantee that Palin would be a gigantic ratings draw for Oprah’s show. Of course, I’d love for the most powerful woman on television to exhibit basic fairness. But she doesn’t have to. Her decision is her decision, and she decided to get into bed with Barack Obama; now that her bed is made–apparently with hospital corners given her rigid rejection of Palin until after November 4–she must lie in it. Honestly, with all of the yellow journalism on display during this election cycle, can’t we continue pointing out the bias on the parts of people who and programs which outwardly project the promise of objectivity?

Newt Gingrich: The Happiest Convention
(FROM: Human Events) The former speaker is absolutely right. He’s right about the consequences of Sarah Palin’s excellent performance last Wednesday night, he’s dead-on with regard to his comparison of the scrutiny on Palin and the nomination of Justice Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court and, more and more each day, I’m getting the feeling that he might just be right about November.

The Perfect Stranger
(FROM: RealClearPolitics) I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed, nearly two weeks ago, that everybody seemed to endorse but not embrace Barack Obama. I’m glad I’m not the only one startled by the lack of decent, reputable people who have emerged to shed light on Obama’s decent, reputable character. Charles Krauthammer noticed it too, and of course expressed it better than I ever could.

Girl Forced to Marry at Nine Murdered After She Sought Annulment
(FROM: Fox News) So, we hear more about “honor killings” and fundamentalist Islam at work even within an individual family. Why aren’t the women’s rights groups up in arms about this? Where are the feminists, the ones who fight for equal rights for all women?

Obama Slips up on ‘This Week’ with George Stephanopoulos
(FROM: ABC) When John McCain slips up, as all of us do, the media and the left like to remind us of his advancing age, even though his 96-year-old mother, Roberta, could likely beat up Keith Olbermann in a street-fight. When Obama has a verbal gaffe–be it the whole “57 states” thing or misstating his own religion–it’s laughed at, Republicans are chided for giving it a second look, and then we all move on. Regardless, here it is for your viewing pleasure:

Now, I don’t know that Obama is a Muslim. In fact, I certainly doubt it just like I doubt he believes there are 57 states in the U.S. of A, and people must remember that these campaigns are long and tiresome. Still, it makes for good television, and I cannot help but chuckle that Stephanopoulos had to correct him.

And, come on, all of us–politicians are not immune–have moments that they’d rather not see repeated for everyone to notice. One of my personal favorites was when President Bush was facing a particularly hostile crowd of reporters in China and, after being told that he seemed “off his game,” he tried to make a hasty exit:



  1. callmike2 says:

    Jeff, this just released by newsmax:
    Iran’s leadership has expressed “great pleasure” at the prospect of a Barack Obama victory in November, according to Menashe Amir, the Iranian-born head of Radio Israel’s Persian language service.

    But Iranian President Ahmadinejad has said he doubts that the American establishment “will allow” Obama to win.

    “One of the Iranian religious leaders said if Obama will enter the White House, then Islam will conquer the heart of the American nation,” Amir told

    The Iranian leadership likes Obama “mainly because he is a Muslim,” according to Amir. His first name, Barack, comes from “al-baraq,” which is the name of the horse that Muslims believe Muhammad rode on his way to paradise.

    His middle name Hussein is also a Muslim name, and he was “born in a Muslim family,” said Amir.

    What I don’t understand is how do the media think they’re going to fare in a muslim country, or at best a socialist/marxist country?

    The media folk must really be attracted to the Obama kool-aid.

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