Posted: 23 Jul 2008 12:10 PM CDT
Joe Klein thinks that statement from John McCain sounds desperate but in reality it is brilliant because it is the absolute truth.
This is a clear choice that the American people have. I had the courage and the judgment to say I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war. It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.
Here it is on YouTube, good for McCain!!!
Klein also says: The reality is that neither Barack Obama nor Nouri al-Maliki nor most anybody else believes that the Iraq war can be "lost" at this point.
Perhaps we should ask Mr. "The war is lost" Reid? Or maybe get Pelosi to actually say the words "the surge worked", or Murtha, or Kerry and the list goes on.
The problem Klein is showing is he doesn't like hearing John McCain state the truth publicly.
This Washington Post editorial makes some good points as well.
Yet Mr. Obama's account of his strategic vision remains eccentric. He insists that Afghanistan is "the central front" for the United States, along with the border areas of Pakistan. But there are no known al-Qaeda bases in Afghanistan, and any additional U.S. forces sent there would not be able to operate in the Pakistani territories where Osama bin Laden is headquartered. While the United States has an interest in preventing the resurgence of the Afghan Taliban, the country's strategic importance pales beside that of Iraq, which lies at the geopolitical center of the Middle East and contains some of the world's largest oil reserves. If Mr. Obama's antiwar stance has blinded him to those realities, that could prove far more debilitating to him as president than any particular timetable.
Obama does care more about the election than he does the country and John McCain would do well to remember that and use it as often as possible.
Althouse tears Klein a new one.
If Klein wants to get all outraged about something, he should get outraged retrospectively about how Obama and many Democrats were ready and even eager to embrace defeat. If Klein wants to worry about who is unsuited for the presidency, he ought to recognize that if Obama had been President two years ago, we would have suffered a humiliating defeat in Iraq that would have repercussions for decades.
Couldn't have said it better myself, but she rips him more, so please go check it out.
The left is having a hissy fit that John McCain dared speak the truth, so I hope he continues to pound home on that. America needs to know exactly how invested in defeat Barack Obama truly is.
Posted: 23 Jul 2008 10:04 AM CDT
You all know that Obama is on a "fact finding" tour right now. You would think (if you buy into Obamamania) that he would be meeting and talking with our boots on the ground; you know, the experts. Not so fast. Over at Blackfive is this:
There is more, of course. It must suck, some days, to be Obama.. Go read the rest here.
Posted: 23 Jul 2008 07:55 AM CDT
I am sure you all remember my most recent column on Murtha. You know, the one I titled
Michelle Malkin has a column up on Family Security Matters, which addresses this contender.:
Go here and read it all! Mooooooooooove on out, Murtha! You are so OVER!
*Cross posting in all the usual places!
Posted: 23 Jul 2008 01:56 AM CDT
Cross posted from Radarsite
We all have them, these little civil wars. These almost always very civil little civil wars. All you have to do is leave the house. Some poor souls don't even have to leave the house; they can have them right there in their own kitchens. Generally, they start off innocently enough. You can get into one by just talking to someone about something as innocuous as the weather. I got into one today, when I went to the local optometrist to replace a broken nose pad on my glasses.
The woman ahead of me -- an attractive, middle-aged, gray-haired lady -- was having her glasses adjusted and I was waiting my turn. When the optometrist left the room for a few minutes, she turned to me and smiled and started up the conversation. It went something like this:
The woman, and her absent husband -- both teachers, both getting ready to retire -- were from North Carolina, and were up here visiting their son. We talked about teaching and about what a difficult profession it is, and about how much it had changed over the years, about how so many things had changed. And I guess that's how it got started, talking about changes. About how the whole world had changed. Then at some point she said the word "Bush".
Now, I don't know about you, but I've developed a special set of antennae over these last few years that react to that particular word "Bush". Especially when it's said that special way, like a challenge and an indictment all rolled into one. Maybe black people have learned to react to that N-word this same way: The word's been said and now you know the war's begun.
She just smiled, one of those clever little subtle smiles that says she doesn't believe a word I've just said. We'd reached that point of mutual recognition: we were on opposite sides. I talked for a while about the Koran and the Islamists; but I knew it wasn't doing any good, it wasn't going to change anything. Nothing I could possible say would change anything. She knew it and I knew it. It has gone too far. We are too far apart. The only thing we have in common anymore is our politeness, our civility. But how much longer would that last?
"Sometimes, I think this country's headed for another Civil War," she said, rather matter-of-factly, as though it wasn't all that big a deal, as though she was talking about the possibility of another recession.
My glasses were fixed and it was time to leave; I said goodbye and headed for the door.
"Well, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree," she said.
"I guess so," I said.
Now, dammit, I had just written something the day before about how I would no longer just agree to disagree with these people, about how these people were the enemy, perhaps a more dangerous enemy than al Qaeda. And here I was 'agreeing to disagree' with them again. It was that damn politeness. That damn civility of this civil civil war.
Well, we both had our glasses fixed now. We could both see clearly once again. But what do we see? How differently do we see this world around us? And how much longer will these little civil wars remain so civil? How much longer will that inate civility still hold us all together?
God bless America.
Posted: 22 Jul 2008 08:05 PM CDT
Disclaimer- I have never particularly trusted stories in the NATIONAL ENQUIRER but once in a while they do get things right and there is so much detail to this story that it should be easy to prove or disprove.
So, with a grain of salt added, here is the run down.
The NATIONAL ENQUIRER got wind of a meeting that was going to occur, watched Edwards enter the Beverly Hilton hotel where blonde divorcée Rielle Hunter was staying on July 21, 2008,then saw the couple leave, return, and the reporters waited for Edwards to depart and greeted him.
They say he actually hid in the bathroom until hotel security helped escort him out.
They produce pictures and there will be no way he can get out of this one.
The NATIONAL ENQUIRER learned ahead of time that one such meeting was set for yesterday.
They have more, read it for yourself.
I am waiting for picture proof or witnesses to speak up, but if this can be proven, or if they have photo evidence, then that rumor that he is on the Obama VP short list, just blew up and that list just got shorter.
Pajamas Media says they also had wind of the story but didn't have proof enough to publish, then they make this point.
Oh, one last thing, for those of you who says it's The National Enquirer, how do we know it's true? I suggest you Google the "National Enquirer and OJ Simpson." They broke most of the important stories on that case. In general, these days they're vastly more reliable than The New York Times.
That is a good point.
The Corner also notes that it was the Enquirer that broke the Limbaugh story long ago.
[Update] I delve more into the story and ask some questions in a more detailed piece I wrote at DJ, found here.
Posted: 22 Jul 2008 06:48 PM CDT
Calling all Eagles!!!!!!!
A call to action by the Gathering of Eagles for a show of solidarity with an Air National Guard member, Master Sgt. Denise James, who is being sued by her condo association because on Memorial Day she put up small American flags in her yard to honor past and present veterans.
Because her yard is considered a common area and she refused to take down the flags, which as you can see from the photo, are very small, the McKenzie Place Condominium Association is suing her for $1,000 plus court costs.
James said she was given a way out last week when the association offered to settle the matter if she removed the flags and paid a $250 fine. She refused that, too.
I received an email from The Gathering of Eagles and they are asking that patriots, Eagles, veterans, active military and friends and family show up and support James.
So, how about those close enough to attend, do so and those not close enough, write to the McKenzie Place Condominiums Association and let know that this is America and an American flag flown to show respect to our troops, past and present, is more than appropriate and their actions, are not.
Posted: 22 Jul 2008 06:37 PM CDT
Monster Government Solutions is a division of Monster Worldwide, Inc., which is a company that markets online employment services to employers and job seekers.
In a new plan to help veterans obtain employment the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with Monster Government Solutions to help veterans gain employment.
They will partner with the VA to provide veteran-owned small businesses with opportunity to list job openings for veterans, which will include service-disabled veterans. These businesses will be given a large discount and Monster will list these jobs for twice as long as they do for other employers.
According to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. James B. Peake, "This government-corporate partnership represents the best kind of effort to help those who gave up time in their lives to serve their country and return to an economic community that may not recognize their skills. The program should make it easier for employers to find qualified job candidates as well as veteran suppliers and service contractors."
Veteran business owners must be listed in the VA's online Vendor Information Pages, found at http://www.vetbiz.gov/.
This partnership between the VA and Monster Government Solutions will initially be for two years and provides for extensions. The VetBiz Registry is a service of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Center for Veterans Enterprise.
Source- PRNewswire (Must have membership)
Posted: 22 Jul 2008 04:24 PM CDT
The two biographical comic books will go on sale October 1, 2008 in comic book stores around the nation and will be available at nationwide, and will be available at presidentialcomics.com.
IDW Publishing will be publishing two comic books, 28 pages each, showing the biography of both presumptive presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama.
The one featuring the history of John McCain will be written by Mr. Helfer who is a veteran writer and editor for the comic book industry and he says he has to figure out a way to sum up John McCain's career in 28 pages, so he states, "To get the amount of information that's covered in the McCain comic, you have to read at least two of his books. It's the fastest way to get an understanding of who he is."
The comic book featuring the life of Barack Obama will be written by Jeff Mariotte who is a novelist of supernatural thrillers and has written for previous comics as well as television and he states that he started reading everything he could get his hands on and his computer to and concludes by saying, "I just read everything I could find that looked authentic. I kept away from the crazy sites."
Both covers were drawn by J. Scott Campbell.
IDW Publishing has put out little teasers from each of the upcoming comic books.
From the Presidential Material, John McCain book:
From the Presidential Material, Barack Obama book:
Senator Barack Obama's meteoric rise to the top of the Democratic Party is the stuff of political legend. His epic battle with Senator Hilary Clinton to be their party's nominee has ensured, regardless of outcome, a historic campaign in November. With Obama's ascension to the top of the Democratic heap, in just his first foray as a candidate for the highest office in the land, he is now poised to vie against Senator John McCain for the Presidency of the United States.
IDW Publishing was formed in 2000, after initial success of their full-service graphic design, production and publishing company for comic books, graphic novels, and related products.
In 2002 they came out with their first comic book miniseries, which many might recognize the name of, 30 Days of Night, which then became subject to a bidding war between Dreamworks, MGM and Senator International, with the latter winning and producing the recently released 30 Days of Night movie.
Posted: 22 Jul 2008 02:18 PM CDT
All things created equal, Vanity Fair decided to show some solidarity with The New Yorker after they went through such criticisms from the left about their satirical cover of Obama and his wife.
The New Yorker Cover:
The Vanity Fair spoof satire about John McCain:
I doubt conservatives will show the level of manufactured outrage over this that the liberals did with the Obama cover.
On a related note, Stop the ACLU has a very good question about all those so outraged over the Obama satire.
Where was there outrage over this image from the Rolling Stones weeks ago:
If anyone saw any outrage from the left over this photo, please leave the URL in the comment sections.
If not, then it goes to show the type of hypocrisy they are practicing.
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