Sarah Palin Defends Experience, Takes Hard Line Approach on National Security

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=5778018&page=1

Notice the sponsor of ABC”s report The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.  Hugo Chaves

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Obama covers his tracks

Obama covers his tracks

Ed Lasky
Barack Obama apparently wishes his two autobiographies to be the definitive record of his past. He has blocked efforts by others who wish to independently examine his past.

He won’t allow his transcript from his undergraduate days at Columbia University to be released.

 

He “lost” his thesis on Soviet nuclear policy (see “Where in the World is Obama’s Missing Thesis” which might provide insight regarding his seeming lack of knowledge about Soviet policy during the Kennedy years).

 

He won’t answer questions about his days at Harvard Law School.

 

He “lost” his Illinois Senate records.

 

He will only release a simple one-page letter from his doctor on his medical condition.

 

He won’t release his application to the state bar, which, as National Review’s Jim Geraghty notes raises questions about whether he told the truth about parking tickets and drug use, among other issues.

 

He won’t disclose list of his clients from his law firm days or the nature of the work he did for them as a lawyer (his clients include the indicted political fixer Tony Rezko).

 

He walks away from uncomfortable questions about Rezko at a news conference. 

 

His cultists try to shut down inquiry into his stewardship of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge by sliming a journalist investigating his days at the helm of that group, which blew through $100 million dollars with no discernible benefit for the schools and students that it was putatively designed to help  (what does the constitutional law lecturer say to the chilling of free speech by his acolytes?).

 

He tries to muddle his long-standing ties with Pastor Wright by producing a version of his attendance record at Trinity Church that is sharply at variance with previous versions he has given (“Obama Re-invents his Trinity Church History“).

 

The Wall Street Journal joins the battle over Obama’s past in today’s editorial (“Obama’s Lost Years“):

 

The Columbia years are a hole in the sprawling Obama hagiography. In his two published memoirs, the 47-year-old Democratic nominee barely mentions his experience there. He refuses to answer questions about Columbia and New York — which, in this media age, serves only to raise more of them. Why not release his Columbia transcript? Why has his senior essay gone missing? [....]
Voters and the media are now exercising due diligence before Election Day, and they are meeting resistance from Mr. Obama in checking his past. Earlier this year, the AP tracked down Mr. Obama’s New York-era roommate, “Sadik,” in Seattle after the campaign refused to reveal his name. Sohale Siddiqi, his real name, confirmed Mr. Obama’s account that he turned serious in New York and “stopped getting high.” “We were both very lost,” Mr. Siddiqi said. “We were both alienated, although he might not put it that way. He arrived disheveled and without a place to stay.” For some reason the Obama camp wanted this to stay out of public view.
What can be said with some certainty is that Mr. Obama lived off campus while at Columbia in 1981-83 and made few friends. Fox News contacted some 400 of his classmates and found no one who remembered him.

 

Barack Obama is the least-examined Presidential candidate in American history. Partly this may be due to the fact that he has a paper-thin resume and few accomplishments. However, he does have a record and past (he is, after all, approaching 50 years old). An informed electorate is the foundation of American democracy — a principle which Senator Obama has ignored. The mainstream media — with a few courageous exceptions (the pages of National Review, Weekly Standard, ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper) — have aided and abetted Barack Obama’s quest to change history retroactively by immunizing him from any serious examination. Meanwhile they send the journalistic equivalent of the dogs of war to create their own history of Governor Sarah Palin (notably by pulling journalists off the terrorism “beat” to cover Palin’s record in Alaska).

 

He accuses people who scrutiny his record of being engaged in distractions or pulls the race card out and slurs them as racists. At times, he has all but accused people who inquire about his record as being stupid. He imperiously declares some areas of his life as being “off limits”.

 

For a man who constantly trumpeted the importance of transparency he seems to be adverse from applying that principle to his own life. He owes the voters a clear accounting of his past.
Why have journalists allowed Barack Obama to avoid scrutiny? The media has been called the Fourth Estate for its crucial role in ensuring that democracy thrives. When journalists abdicate their role, we all suffer.  What is Barack Obama afraid of regarding his past? What do journalist fear to find?

 

When they rely on Barack Obama’s version of his life to become their stories they become nothing more than campaign workers laboring away for free.

 

Come to think of it, this does not seem so far from the truth.

Sarah’s Choice

Sarah’s Choice

William D. Zeranski
The great and present danger now concerning the Canadian medical establishment apparently is not the cost of health care, but how Sara Palin’s choice not to abort a Down syndrome baby will affect Canadian abortions.

U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s loving and highly-publicized acceptance of her Down’s syndrome child Trig has some Canadian doctors worried that her example may lead to mothers shunning abortion after diagnosis of Down syndrome.

 

Dr. Andre Lalonde, executive vice-president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), told the Globe and Mail yesterday, “Palin’s decision to keep her baby, knowing he would be born with the condition, may inadvertently influence other women who may lack the necessary emotional and financial support to do the same.”
Considering we are talking about Canada with the greatest health care, and presumably the best mental health care, in the North American Hemisphere, why can’t the Canadian government shell out a few bucks to the financially distressed?   

 

Okay, it is to too easy to be sarcastic, but just the same, in Canada as well as the US, choice is considered a problem, and Dr. Andre Lalonde continues:

 

“The worry is that this will have an implication for abortion issues in Canada,” he said.

Under the facade of “freedom to choose”, Lalonde said that “popular messages” [...] “could have detrimental effects on women and their families.”

 

So, sometimes “freedom to choose” is actually bad, even in Canada.  But what is worse for abortion proponents is that fact that Palin’s inconvenient choice forces Canadian physicians to address the issue of Eugenic Abortion, which is the aborting of a baby because of possible fetal defects.  The operative word here is possible, not probable.

 

We can move beyond predicting fetal defects by simply stating, a Eugenic Abortion is the procedure of choice after determine the baby has the wrong sex organs, that is mommy and daddy want a boy first.  The list of other genetic implications grows in leaps and bounds and should make everyone cringe. 

 

Sara Palin’s choice, and John McCain’s choice of her as VP, appears to have dragged something nasty into the public light.  Something that many in other nations wished would’ve stayed hidden behind the clinic doors. 

Newly Found Tape Shows McCain Freed From Hanoi Prison

This man makes me proud to be an American

The Democrats have the audacity to Run thier Hoax of a candidate SHAME on them

http://patdollard.com/2008/09/newly-found-tape-shows-mccain-freed-from-hanoi-prison/

Watch this video…this is why Obama can not be in office!

Greeley’s JBS Swift & Co. Fires 100 Muslim Workers Over Ramadan Tensions – With Video

Rove: Obama can’t win against Palin

Rove: Obama can’t win against Palin

Rick Moran

Why in heaven’s name is Barack Obama going after Sarah Palin in the first place? Shouldn’t he be targeting John McCain and George Bush instead?

Karl Rove thinks that Obama is making a huge tactical error in paying attention to Sarah Palin at all:

 

It’s a matchup he’ll lose. If Mr. Obama wants to win, he needs to remember he’s running against John McCain for president, not Mrs. Palin for vice president.
Michael Dukakis spent the last months of the 1988 campaign calling his opponent’s running mate, Dan Quayle, a risky choice and even ran a TV ad blasting Mr. Quayle. The Bush/Quayle ticket carried 40 states.
Adlai Stevenson spent the fall of 1952 bashing Dwight Eisenhower’s running mate, Richard Nixon, calling him “the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, and then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.” The Republican ticket carried 39 of 48 states.
If Mr. Obama keeps attacking Mrs. Palin, he could suffer the fate of his Democratic predecessors. These assaults highlight his own tissue-thin résumé, waste precious time better spent reassuring voters he is up for the job, and diminish him — not her.

Rove isn’t the only analyst talking about this blunder. Many Democratic strategists are saying exactly the same thing and are worried that the Obama campaign has lost focus and is sliding into oblivion.

I don’t think Obama is in that much trouble. Watch as the media tries to destroy Palin following her first interview with ABC News on friday night. Any little stumble she makes – and even if she doesn’t make a gaffe, one will be invented – will receive headlines as big as the pregnancy of her daughter. The media is desperate to bring Obama back up and will no doubt oblige him with manufacturing a controversy over something Palin says.

As Palin continues to expose herself to the media, the Democrats and the press will seek to tear her down from her pedestal. When that happens, you will probably see a few Palin fans melt away and the race become very close once again.

Once her novelty wears off, the media sharks will begin to circle. No doubt she is tough enough to stand the gaff but there will be some damage. The key will be to prevent the media from trumpeting the meme that she is some kind of liability to the campaign. That is their ultimate goal and, barring some huge mistake by Palin, they probably will not succeed.

Obama’s well-heeled friends beneficiaries of earmarks

Obama’s well-heeled friends beneficiaries of

 earmarks

Ed Lasky

Barack Obama has a long and expensive history of earmarking. He has used them to benefit political allies in Chicago (Pastor Wright, Father Pfleger, Reverend Meeks). He has also used them to benefit financial donors (the slumlords and newly minted felon Tony Rezko).

Now a new one comes to light-courtesy of the Washington Times. Senator Obama tried to direct a 3 million dollar earmark to a museum that has as its chairman one of Obama’s largest fundraisers.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama tried to direct more than $3 million in taxpayer funds to a Chicago museum whose chairman is one of the Illinois senator’s largest campaign fundraisers.
Mr. Obama has twice since fiscal 2006 sought to have taxpayers foot the bill for a new theater projector and other equipment at the Adler Planetarium on the Lake Michigan waterfront. Neither of the requests, which totaled $3.3 million, was approved by Congress, the museum said.
The planetarium’s chairman, then and still, is Frank Clark, chief executive of ComEd, a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Energy. He has pledged to raise more than $200,000 for Mr. Obama’s run for the White House.
Moreover, the Adler Planetarium is represented by the lobbying firm National Group LLP, co-founded by William Oldaker, who helped launch Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s political action committee in 2005. Mr. Oldaker, a partner with the Delaware Democrat’s son in another Washington lobbying and law firm, is no longer involved with Mr. Biden’s PAC, Unite Our States.

Frank Clark is chief executive of Com Ed, a unit of Exelon Energy. Those two names ring bells. Bill Ayers is one of Obama’s radical friends and a man who launched Obama’s political career with a fundraiser at his home. Bill Ayers father once headed Commonwealth Edison – the precursor of Com Ed.

What also might be striking is that David Axelrod, Obama’s campaigns strategist, runs a lobbying firm that benefited greatly from running a phony “grassroots campaign” for ComEd in that utility’s quest to charge higher rates to Illinois consumers.

Those are the little people Obama is supposed to be fighting for, right?

Islamobil: Mosque on Wheels by Amil Imani

Remembering the Unforgettable

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