September 27, 2008 — Assigned Reading

“You can’t be as old as I am without waking up with a surprised look on your face every morning: ‘Holy Christ, whaddya know – I’m still around!’ It’s absolutely amazing that I survived all the booze and smoking and the cars and the career.
Paul Newman 1925 – 2008
R.I.P.

Round One
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) I don’t completely share the Journal’s perspective on the first presidential debate. Overall, I give it to Obama because McCain failed to even swing for the fences nonetheless hit a home run. I thought McCain did well when it came to Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia and beyond–his fire was fantastic–but even on those issues Obama did better than I thought he would. On domestic economic issues, McCain looked befuddled, panicked, and as though he had been broadsided by Obama. McCain could have hit hard on the mortgage crisis, but refused to get past the spending and earmark issues to explain the root of the problem. Now, I realize that for political purposes he could not have simply stated, for all to hear that “homeownership is not a right” and placed blame squarely where it belongs–one does not win independent voters by throwing political correctness out the window–but McCain could have done more on the domestic front and did not. All in all, Barack Obama exceeded my expectations, even if it was plainly apparent that he was delivering memorized lines in a professor-like fashion, and for me his lack of utter failure made this a draw — and a draw was a win for Obama.

Clowns in the Cockpit
(FROM: American Thinker) An interesting read, providing a metaphorical nexus between the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the financial crisis of today. Still, I personally don’t believe that the link needs to be clouded in or obscured by metaphor. It’s about political correctness. It’s about a dangerous lack of testicular fortitude. We allowed both of these tragedies to occur by, on one, failing to recognize evil for what it is and treating it as such, and for the other, allowing the fear of being labeled a racist to trump common sense and fiscal responsibility. Unless we address our penchant for kowtowing to the altar of political correctness, the next time we kneel before it, we may once again lose our wallet — if not our head.

Re-Seeding the Housing Mess
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) We’ve got to watch this thing like a hawk. I don’t trust, for a second, that people on either side of the aisle will just let this bailout–in whatever form–simply be a bailout. The mere fact that some of the money could end up in the coffers of ACORN, a corrupt and uber-liberal housing and community activist group who not only contributes to voter fraud but also by and large lobbied for the “social justice” that got us in this predicament in the first place, just makes me want to scream. This whole thing is a bad, bad idea — like giving a former car thief a job as a valet parking attendant.

Video: Obama’s Camp Wants Crackdown on Anti-Obama Advertisements
(FROM: kmov.com) A little more than ten days ago, Obama’s flunkies attempted to organize a grassroots effort to prevent Chicago radio station WGN-AM from airing an interview with Human Events.com contributor David Freddoso, who recently penned a book criticizing the Illinois senator, pointing out his flip-flops, and providing deep insight into his controversial associations from formative years gone by. Similar efforts were taken to prevent media access for National Review’s Stanley Kurtz, author of several enlightening articles about Obama (see below for a few), at the same radio station and others. This, my friends, should be a painfully obvious harbinger of an Obama administration’s attitude toward conservative talk radio and the Fairness Doctrine. While Obama has previously come out against the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, he also said he’d take public financing and that he was against offshore drilling too, remember? Furthermore, democrats on Capitol Hill have been frothing at the mouth for the chance to spit on the First Amendment and once again limit political speech. For years, they’ve tried everything they could to silence the right on the radio and beyond — with Obama, they’ll have their best chance yet.

ALSO SEE:
Stanley Kurtz: Inside Obama’s ACORN (National Review)
Stanley Kurtz: Barack Obama’s Lost Years (Weekly Standard)
Fred Thompson: Fairness Doctrine Makes No Sense in Today’s World (FredPAC)

Update: Now Obama wants NRA advertisements banned in Pennsylvania!!

Conservative Judges Fault Scalia Opinion on Guns
(FROM: TownHall) They accused Justice Antonin Scalia of engaging in judicial activism in Heller? If anything, when I read the opinion, I thought Scalia was showing off — he even used Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s own arguments from a 924(c) guns-and-drugs opinion to support his opinion that carrying a firearm falls under the Second Amendment as our founders intended it. One of these days coming up, when I can’t think of anything else to include, I’ll post my list of quotes from our founders on the Second Amendment. Until then, re-read the first portion of Scalia’s opinion and let me know what you think.

BBC Investigated After Peer Says Climate Change Programme was Biased ‘One-Sided Polemic’
(FROM: Daily Mail, UK) Even in recent memory, this is not the first time that the BBC has been caught red-faced with their hands in their britches, gratifying themselves in the name of global socialism and for the benefit of Al Gore’s fiefdom of the rarely-showered. Even within the pages of America’s Right, I distinctly remember a BBC-related story from earlier this year. The bias and the “this debate is oh-verrr” mentality can last only as long as the mainstream press maintains its stranglehold over the masses. Maybe this investigation is a sign that it’s happening. Polls already show that less and less people believe the hype, and recent headlines–“Al Gore Calls for ‘Civil Disobedience’ to Stop Construction of New Coal-Fired Power Plants”–seem to suggest that even the Greenest of the Green is starting to feel a little blue. Perhaps with the constant bombardment of images of economic turmoil in the past weeks and near future, the curtain shielding the fiscal realities of the great and powerful green movement will slowly fall on its own, and the rest of us can click our heels and return to the land of common sense and capitalism.

Ben & Jerry’s Rejects PETA’s Call to Use Breastmilk in Ice Cream
(FROM: CNSNews) If they decided that PETA was right on, imagine the new flavors … Boobalicious Berry … Udderly Vanilla … Caramel Nipple … the possibilities are endless.

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  1. Me says:

    If Obama becomes President, is this what we can expect? We’ll get the Freedom of Choice Act and lose Freedom of Speech? This is truly frightening. Who is this guy? It is scary to think he is just a Senator and has this kind of power. What will he do as President?

    http://governor.mo.gov/cgi-bin…l=newsitem

  2. Me says:

    My link worked when I posted it a few minutes ago, but now it does not. This keeps happening to me, I post a link to something that doesn’t agree with Obama and then it stops working. I’m beginning to find that a bit scary. I have read that Obama and his followers are getting sites shut down say anything that disagrees with him. That sounds a bit nutty, but the fact remains that my links keep failing. Since my link above no longer works (and I cannot even get the Missouri Gov site up at all anymore), I’ll post the news release below. Sorry for the length:

    Gov. Blunt Statement on Obama Campaign’s Abusive Use of Missouri Law Enforcement

    JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed plans by U.S. Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics.

    “St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.

    “What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.

    “This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.

    “Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts – not a free society.”

  3. Me says:

    Okay, I did manage to get a link to work again, but what is going on? Is anyone else having this type of difficulty? I feel a bit nutty and paranoid, but it is happening repeatedly to me, so it is odd.

  4. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Hey “me,”

    I wish I could help you on the link thing. So long as it’s there and people can copy-paste into their browser, though, I think that’s pretty good.

    –Jeff

  5. alalper says:

    Great picture of Gore!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I actually didn’t think Obama did that well in the debate. I can clearly see he has no love for our Country. He pronounces “Pakistan” like a native, called Senator McCain, “Tom” twice, had to look down at the bracelet to reveal the deceased soldiers name on it, and said on more than one occasion to Senator McCain, “Your President” when speaking of our nation’s current president. I’m pretty sure if he is a citizen of the US it is also his (Obama’s president). But there in lies the problem.

  7. Jeff Schreiber says:

    I DID notice the way he pronounced “Pakistan.” There was another word, too … I just can’t think of it now.

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