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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Obama needs to get back to community agitating organizing

It would seem that Barry's formative experience as a community agitator organizer needs to be put to use again in Chicago.

The US Post Office has stopped delivery to Harvey, IL - located in the same region of Chicago that Barry was so influential in. If your community sucks (ie, your toilets are backed up, you've got asbestos in your building (thanks to slum lord developers taking money from the Federal government), and the "youths" have run amock, it's time to call a community organizer, right? I mean, you don't call a plumber, you don't get a real builder who follows code, you don't call the police. You call in your local socialist community organizer to do the job.

From CBS News in Chicago:

Most Dangerous Block In U.S.? Mail Delivery Halted
Post Office Requests Police Escort After Violence Stops Service For Two Weeks
Dana Kozlov
HARVEY, Ill. (CBS) ― Dozens of mailboxes remain empty after the post office suspends service in one south suburban neighborhood. Some people get angry when their mail is late. But in Harvey, people have been waiting for days and days. They're not getting any mail at all. CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports that one mail carrier in Harvey feels threatened.

The U.S. Post Office seems to think that this is one of the most dangerous blocks in the country. People who live on it say they haven't gotten any mail delivered to their homes in almost two weeks.

Venus Jones is one of them.

"Between robberies and shootings and delayed police response, several things going on, that would make it unsafe," said Harvey resident Venus Jones.

One of those shootings on the morning of October 10th reportedly happened yards away from the mail carrier. That's when the mail stopped on Marshfield between 151st and 152nd streets, but the post office didn't tell anyone.

"Some of the people didn't even know that it was being held at the post office," Jones said.

Now Jones, who says her own home has been broken into three times in 30 days is talking to her neighbors about the mail problem and what should happen next.

Jones says someone from the post office told her they were going to put a cluster box for mail at the corner of 152nd and Marshfield. But she says that's not a good idea.

"We have a lot of elderly people, a lot of older people that's working, and for us to have to go to that corner to pick up our mail, that's unsafe for us," Jones said.

But Harvey spokesperson Sandra Alvarado says just today the postal service requested a police officer meet a mail carrier tomorrow. But lots of residents say the bigger issue here is a lax police department.

"It's something that we will look into. We take every complaint very seriously," Alvarado said. "We want to make sure that our residents feel safe."

I can't wait until we get similar results nationwide... WOOOOT!!!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Tax Tipping Point

Excellent Op-Ed in the WSJ today:

Obama and the Tax Tipping Point
How long before taxpayers are pushed too far?

What happens when the voter in the exact middle of the earnings spectrum receives more in benefits from Washington than he pays in taxes? Economists Allan Meltzer and Scott Richard posed this question 27 years ago. We may soon enough know the answer.

Barack Obama is offering voters strong incentives to support higher taxes and bigger government. This could be the magic income-redistribution formula Democrats have long sought.

Sen. Obama is promising $500 and $1,000 gift-wrapped packets of money in the form of refundable tax credits. These will shift the tax demographics to the tipping point where half of all voters will receive a cash windfall from Washington and an overwhelming majority will gain from tax hikes and more government spending.

In 2006, the latest year for which we have Census data, 220 million Americans were eligible to vote and 89 million -- 40% -- paid no income taxes. According to the Tax Policy Center (a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute), this will jump to 49% when Mr. Obama's cash credits remove 18 million more voters from the tax rolls. What's more, there are an additional 24 million taxpayers (11% of the electorate) who will pay a minimal amount of income taxes -- less than 5% of their income and less than $1,000 annually.

In all, three out of every five voters will pay little or nothing in income taxes under Mr. Obama's plans and gain when taxes rise on the 40% that already pays 95% of income tax revenues.
Calculating how far society's top earners can be pushed before they stop (or cut back on) producing is difficult. But the incentives are easy to see. Voters who benefit from government programs will push for higher tax rates on higher earners -- at least until those who power the economy and create jobs and wealth stop working, stop investing, or move out of the country.

Other nations have tried the ideology of fairness in the place of incentives and found that reward without work is a recipe for decline. In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher took on the unions and slashed taxes to restore growth and jobs in Great Britain. In Germany a few years ago, Social Democrat Gerhard Schroeder defied his party's dogma and loosened labor's grip on the economy to end stagnation. And more recently in France, Nicolas Sarkozy was swept to power on a platform of restoring flexibility to the economy.

The sequence is always the same. High-tax, big-spending policies force the economy to lose momentum. Then growth in government spending outstrips revenues. Fiscal and trade deficits soar. Public debt, excessive taxation and unemployment follow. The central bank tries to solve the problem by printing money. International competitiveness is lost and the currency depreciates. The system stagnates. And then a frightened electorate returns conservatives to power.

The economic tides will not stand still while Washington experiments with European-type social democracy, even though the dollar's role as the global reserve currency will buy some time. Our trademark competitive advantage will be lost, and once lost, it will be hard to regain. There are too many emerging economies focused on prosperity and not redistribution for the U.S. to easily recapture its role of global economic leader.

Tomorrow's children may come to question why their parents sold their birthright for a mess of "fairness" -- whatever that will signify when jobs are scarce and American opportunity is no longer the envy of the world.

The reason I like this Op-Ed so much is because we have seen this before. What the Obamessiah is proposing isn't anything new - it's been tried numerous times throughout history. And the results are predictable.

We truly are walking a fine line with our historical competitive advantage. We've been lucky that the rest of the world has already made the mistake to a larger degree than what we have ever attempted. But, we're about to double-down on a failed economic strategy, and once implemented, it is difficult to reverse. And, even if we do, other economies will be further along in innovation and progress than we are.

There will be no going back. I predict that at some point, we will see an emigration from the US to other, more productive economies. Capital - especially human capital - goes to where it is appreciated most.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Iowa Hawk on the Latest Biden Verbal Disaster

The Hawkman with his usual pizzaz nails Biden:

Biden: Obama Ready for Armageddon Showdown He Will Provoke
Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden promised a group of supporters
Sunday that running mate Barack Obama "will
absolutely 100% trigger a nuclear Armageddon kinda thing
" within the first
20 minutes of his presidency, but added that "Barack Obama is looking forward to
this apocalyptic opportunity to test his mettle, because he totally aced his

"Mark my words," Biden promised at the Seattle fundraiser Sunday.
"There will be an international crisis. The world will be looking. They'll say,
hey, here is this handsome, clean, ar-ti-cu-late young president, not unlike a
very, very tanned John Fitzgerald Kennedy, dancing at his inaugural ball with
his beautiful wife who is not unlike a very very very extremely tanned Jackie.
And our enemies will think, 'ba ha ha, look at how thees seely new Amerikanski
preseedent dances so! Such skeels can only be from many years in zee dancing
school, where theys do not teaching the toughness! Launch zee meesiles!'
But these enemies are in for a big surprise. America's foes must never confuse
Barack Obama's terrific dance floor moves with weakness -- because as an
Afro-American African, Barack is a natural dancer."

"Listen, I can sit here all day and give you at least sixty or seventy
scenarios from where it might originate," Biden said. "Iran, Russia, definitely
France. India is a possibility because they have sleeper cells in all the 7-11s,
and the Koreans with all their toxic dry cleaning chemicals. I wouldn't be
surprised if Spain or Portugal started thinking, hey, ese, let's do a driveby
and recolonize the New World. ..."

You've got to read the rest!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Just Plain Creepy - "Prepare Your Mind to Embrace the Change"

Where have we seen cults of personality before?

I really dislike alarmist stuff, particularly right before an election, but this Obama thing is out of hand. People were kidding about the Obamassiah, now it is becoming a reality. People really believe this nonsense. It is undemocratic and borders on dangerous.

Update: Did they just take this video down? Perhaps the site is just overloaded, but if it is indeed gone, what does that mean?

*** UPDATE - St Wendeler ***
LiveLeak has the video

Also, BeliefNet has the transcript and the lyrics of the song, and asks the question whether Barack Obama is your sanctuary:

The video, from, used the worship song "Sanctuary" as a soundtrack to dozens of people saying the name, "Barak Obama," with the following copy scrolling across the screen (thanks to P.J. Gladnick at for the transcription):
Between now and November 4...
Let's spend one minute a day...
Envisioning Barack Obama...
As our President...
Prepare your heart to fill with hope...
Prepare your mind to embrace the change...
Envision Barack victorious on election night...
...Taking the oath of office...
On Inauguration Day...
Believe that this great moment in American history is already a reality...
Say the words to yourself...
To your family...
To your friends and neighbors...
Say it to the world...
Your vision is a sacred trust...
You are a sanctuary of a sacred vision for a renewed America...
Envision it...
Say it...
Feel it...
Believe it...
Make it our reality...
Manifest Obama, America!

It's not just that they use the worship song "Sanctuary" in a political promo that bothers me. It's that they makers of the video have declared Obama as that sanctuary! In fact, it's some kind of New Age thing.

You've got to be joking.

The song is a worship song sung to God, asking for our hearts to be a sanctuary for worship to the Almighty - not a song for Barak Obama. Here are the lyrics to the song "Sanctuary":
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I'll be a living
Sanctuary for You

It is you, Lord
Who came to save
The heart and soul
Of every man
It is you Lord
who knows my weakness
Who gives me strength,
With thine own hand.

Lead Me on Lord
From temptation
Purify me
From within
Fill my heart with
You holy spirit
Take away all my sin

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Eli at Firedoglake - Sit Down and Accept Your Fate, Peasant!!!

Joe Wurzelbach should've never dared to ask a question of the Obamessiah. Eli over at Firedoglake provides this wonderful insight into the mind of the moonbats regarding the serfs on the plantation - get used to it and accept your fate:

It's not that Not-Joe The Not-Plumber isn't making $250,000 a year, it's that he thinks he will be, and he doesn't want those damn socialist commie "spread-the-wealth" liberals taking his Rich Big Shot future self's hard-imagined money away.

Not-Joe is the archetype for millions of other middle-class, blue-collar and low-income Republicans out there harboring the Ralph Kramden dream that they're one big score away from the big time, or even that they're already there. They're all voting their aspirations, not their situations, and they want keep their future money.

The cold hard truth is that most of us never get that big score, unless we're well-connected, crooked, exceptional, or just plain lucky, but that's not exactly a winning political message. [...]

And Obama will take his experience in Chicago politics and make sure that you don't have to be well-connected, crooked, or just plain lucky to succeed in life...

what's that?

Chicago doesn't work that way?

You mean it's a rotten, corrupt, political machine there, where community organizers are needed to make sure people's toilets actually work?

If only Obama had met Joe back when he was a community organizer, perhaps those poor folks would've been able to flush their toilets!

One of my favorite books is called the Road to Serfdom and I'd recommend it to any progressive moonbat nutjobs out there, although I know you don't like big words - here's the wiki entry, but that's cheating.

We're definitely on the Road and unfortunately don't happen to see any exit signs.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Twinkie-meister: First Amendement for Obama Opponents = Bull Connor

Oliver "The Twinkie-Meister" Willis compares these Obama Opponents to Bull Connor / George Wallace. (Nevermind the harsh truth that both were Democrats; facts are to be ignored.)

Check out the video on his post and you'll see individuals respecting the laws regarding the distance they must stay away from a polling place, voicing their opinions in accordance with the First Amendment.

One of the things you'll notice is an Obama supporter also standing in the throng of people voicing their opinions. I wonder if he's Bull Connor, too? (It's also interesting that he says he's voting for Obama because Obama is a veteran. There's your informed Obama voter for you!)

They aren't blocking the doors... they aren't imposing Democrat Party poll taxes or reading tests. They're just shouting their opinions and it's unlikely that any of their shouting will change anyone's mind.

What are they so upset about? Well, the fact that the Obama campaign convinced the local election board to open the polling place on a day when they are not normally open. Why did they do it? Because the Obamessiah was in town for a rally and they didn't want people to lose that "thrill in their leg" and forget who to vote for.

Is it really an "emergency" that Obama was in town and they wanted to get those attending the rally into the voting booth immediately? Ummmm, no.

I wonder if polling places throughout the state were opened at the same time. I doubt it, but the question of equal access to the polling place is an interesting one to pose to the FEC. (Not that it will matter, since keeping the polls open late in St Louis city is a common practice to ensure that the Dems can find enough votes each and every election.)

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Yet Another Inconvenient Truth, Parth 1,778

Previous Inconvenient Truths here.

Excellent column
in Canada's National Post on the Global Warming crisis that isn't:

Lorne Gunter: Thirty years of warmer temperatures go poof
Posted: October 20, 2008, 10:26 AM by Kelly McParland
Lorne Gunter, Ful Comment

In early September, I began noticing a string of news stories about scientists rejecting the orthodoxy on global warming. Actually, it was more like a string of guest columns and long letters to the editor since it is hard for skeptical scientists to get published in the cabal of climate journals now controlled by the Great Sanhedrin of the environmental movement.

Still, the number of climate change skeptics is growing rapidly. Because a funny thing is happening to global temperatures -- they're going down, not up.
Dr. Hackbart also pointed out that periods of solar inactivity known as "solar minimums" magnify cold spells on his continent. So, given that August was the first month since 1913 in which no sunspot activity was recorded -- none -- and during which solar winds were at a 50-year low, he was not surprised that Brazilians were suffering (for them) a brutal cold snap. "This is no coincidence," he said as he scoffed at the notion that manmade carbon emissions had more impact than the sun and oceans on global climate.

Also in September, American Craig Loehle, a scientist who conducts computer modelling on global climate change, confirmed his earlier findings that the so-called Medieval Warm Period (MWP) of about 1,000 years ago did in fact exist and was even warmer than 20th-century temperatures.

Prior to the past decade of climate hysteria and Kyoto hype, the MWP was a given in the scientific community. Several hundred studies of tree rings, lake and ocean floor sediment, ice cores and early written records of weather -- even harvest totals and censuses --confirmed that the period from 800 AD to 1300 AD was unusually warm, particularly in Northern Europe.

But in order to prove the climate scaremongers' claim that 20th-century warming had been dangerous and unprecedented -- a result of human, not natural factors -- the MWP had to be made to disappear. So studies such as Michael Mann's "hockey stick," in which there is no MWP and global temperatures rise gradually until they jump up in the industrial age, have been adopted by the UN as proof that recent climate change necessitates a reordering of human economies and societies.

Click the links for more info on the Hockey Stick propaganda and the smackdown that it received.
Dr. Loehle's work helps end this deception.

Don Easterbrook, a geologist at Western Washington University, says, "It's practically a slam dunk that we are in for about 30 years of global cooling," as the sun enters a particularly inactive phase. His examination of warming and cooling trends over the past four centuries shows an "almost exact correlation" between climate fluctuations and solar energy received on Earth, while showing almost "no correlation at all with CO2."

An analytical chemist who works in spectroscopy and atmospheric sensing, Michael J. Myers of Hilton Head, S. C., declared, "Man-made global warming is junk science," explaining that worldwide manmade CO2 emission each year "equals about 0.0168% of the atmosphere's CO2 concentration ... This results in a 0.00064% increase in the absorption of the sun's radiation. This is an insignificantly small number."

Other international scientists have called the manmade warming theory a "hoax," a "fraud" and simply "not credible."

While not stooping to such name-calling, weather-satellite scientists David Douglass of the University of Rochester and John Christy of the University of Alabama at Huntsville nonetheless dealt the True Believers a devastating blow last month.

Wait!! TIME OUT!!! I have to interrupt this story to make the requisite moonbat claim that all of the scientists referenced in this article are funded by the Coal, oil, and natural gas lobby. And they voted for Chimpy W. McBushitler in 2000 and 2004. While none of this can be backed up by any facts, I am required to make this ridiculous assertion in order to protect our savior and his Nobel prize for a @#%ing laughable movie...

You may proceed.
For nearly 30 years, Professor Christy has been in charge of NASA's eight weather satellites that take more than 300,000 temperature readings daily around the globe. In a paper co-written with Dr. Douglass, he concludes that while manmade emissions may be having a slight impact, "variations in global temperatures since 1978 ... cannot be attributed to carbon dioxide."

Moreover, while the chart below was not produced by Douglass and Christy, it was produced using their data and it clearly shows that in the past four years -- the period corresponding to reduced solar activity -- all of the rise in global temperatures since 1979 has disappeared.

It may be that more global warming doubters are surfacing because there just isn't any global warming.

Let's just hope for our sake that:
  1. McCain / Palin win November 4th
  2. Palin is put in charge of global warming and the cap-&-trade economic-redistribution-and-you-"Others"-keep-yourselves-in-the-Stone-Age plan that McCain, Obama, and Biden love is trashed.

Here is the chart to which Lorne refers... Click to see a larger version.

no doubt Algore has pissed his pants.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Monday, October 20, 2008

Your Daily Joe

A couple of interesting topics about the "Joes" of the world. First, it would seem that the McCain campaign has jumped on the opportunity to point out that Joe the Plumber issue isn't about Joe the Plumber himself, but all of the great Americans who believe in the American Dream and someday hope to strike it big - aka the engines of this economy.

I received this via email from the McCain campaign today:

In that brief exchange, the American people got to see what this campaign is all about ... a choice between honoring the hard work of everyday Americans like "Joe the Plumber" and increasing taxes to "spread the wealth." In these tough economic times, there is no doubt that John McCain and Sarah Palin stand firmly on the side of hardworking "everyday Joes" who understand the value of honest work and the American Dream.

That's why we want to hear from you and share your story with the American public. It's simple ... make an ad telling us why you are "Joe the Plumber" in 30 seconds and your video could end up on the air as a TV ad. Share your story of living the American Dream, working hard, or owning a small business to tell America why you're standing with John McCain and Sarah Palin.
This is something that Brian called for... as we knew Obama and his comrades in the MSM would tear down anyone who had the audacity to question the Obamessiah's, it's important to point out that this isn't about Joe Wurzelbach the individual, but all of the Joes around the country who aspire to be better and earn a better living for themselves, their families, and their employees.

Next up, Byron York at National Review Online has this excellent column about some average Joes that are fed up with the media and Obama's condescending view of voters:
John McCain and an Army of Joes
The real anger at McCain’s rallies.

By Byron York

Woodbridge, Va. — Tito Munoz was ready to rock when John McCain showed here up at the Connaughton Community Plaza in Woodbridge, Virginia Saturday afternoon. Dressed in a yellow hard hat covered with McCain-Palin stickers, wearing an orange high-visibility vest, Munoz carried a hand-lettered sign that said CONSTRUCTION WORKER FOR McCAIN. He got a coveted spot in the bleachers directly behind McCain, where he could be seen in the camera shot along with the guy holding the sign that said PHIL THE BRICK LAYER and the woman with the ROSE THE TEACHER banner. He cheered a lot.
The crowd laughed and cheered. But for them, Joe the Plumber is much more than a zinger in McCain’s stump speech. In recent days, the Joe the Plumber phenomenon has taken on a deeper meaning for McCain’s audiences, for two reasons. First, he is a symbol of their belief that Barack Obama is going to raise their taxes, regardless of what Obama says about hitting up only those taxpayers who make more than $250,000 a year. They know Wurzelbacher doesn’t make that much, and they know they don’t make that much. And they’re not suspicious because they believe that someday they will make $250,000, and thus face higher taxes. No, they just don’t believe Obama right now. If he’s elected, they say, he’ll eventually come looking for taxpayers who make well below a quarter-million dollars, and that will include them.

The second reason Joe the Plumber resonates with the crowds is what his experience says about the media. Everybody here seems acutely aware of the once-over Wurzelbacher received from the press after his chance encounter with Obama was reported, first on Fox News, and then mentioned by McCain at last week’s presidential debate. Wurzelbacher found himself splashed across newspapers and cable shows, many of which reported that he didn’t have a plumber’s license, that he wasn’t a member of the plumbers’ union, that he had a lien against him for $1,182 in state taxes, and that he failed to comprehend what many commentators apparently felt was the indisputable fact that Barack Obama would lower his taxes, not raise them. As the people here in Woodbridge saw it, Joe was a guy who asked Barack Obama an inconvenient question — and for his troubles suddenly found himself under investigation by the media.

In the audience Saturday, there were plenty of people who were mad about it. There was real anger at this rally, but it wasn’t, as some erroneous press reports from other McCain rallies have suggested, aimed at Obama. It was aimed at the press. And that’s where Tito Munoz came in.
The scene turned into a mini-fracas when David Corn, of Mother Jones, defended press coverage. Munoz was having none of it. Why, he asked, would the press whack Joe the Plumber when it didn’t want to report on Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, the former Weather Underground bomber? “How come that’s not in the news all the time?” Munoz said. “How come Joe the Plumber is every second? I’m talking about NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN.”A black woman with a strong Caribbean accent jumped in the fray. “Tell me,” she said to Corn, “why is it you can go and find out about Joe the Plumber’s tax lien and when he divorced his wife and you can’t tell me when Barack Obama met with William Ayers? Why? Why could you not tell us that? Joe the Plumber is me!”

I am Joe the Plumber!” Munoz chimed in. “You’re attacking me.”

“Wait a second,” Corn said. “Do you pay your taxes?”

“Yes, I pay my taxes,” the woman said.

“Then you’re better than Joe the Plumber,” Corn said.

That set off a general free-for-all. “I’m going to tell you something,” Munoz yelled at Corn. “I’m better than Obama. Why? Because I’m not associated with terrorists!”

And so it went. I walked away for a few minutes to strike up a conversation with the woman who had jumped into the debate. Her name was Connie, and she said she had been born and raised in Antigua, in the West Indies. “I immigrated to the United States over 20 years ago,” she told me. “It’s my home. America has become my home. I came here freely of my own free will because I loved it, and I loved what it had to offer, and I don’t want to see it ruined.”

I asked her whether it was difficult, as a black person, to support McCain at a time when probably 90 to 95 percent of black voters support Obama. “I have always been a conservative,” she told me. “I’m mad. I was extremely upset to see the way the media went after Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. . . . To see the drive-by media and the Obama campaign attack two ordinary Americans simply because one of them managed to get Barack Obama to tell the truth, it was shameful and disgraceful.”

Meanwhile, the great debate was continuing, with Tito the Construction Worker and David the Journalist trading points. Much of it wasn’t terribly informative, but there was one lovely moment when a shouting match turned into a lesson on the fundamental meaning of American constitutional rights — and the immigrant was the teacher.

“Let me talk,” Munoz said to Corn. “I know the Constitution, and I know my First Amendment — ”

“I’m not the state,” Corn said. “I can’t take that right away from you.”

“No, no,” Munoz shot back. “Even the state, the state cannot take that right away.”

“Right, right,” Corn quickly agreed.

“Nobody can take that away,” Munoz said.

And indeed they can’t.
And the last little Joe the Plumber tidbit comes from this hilarious post over at the Brutally Honest blog:
The lowdown on Joe the plumber

As many of you know, Joe the plumber has become an appendage of the McCain campaign, wailing away at Barack Obama like a kid on a piƱata. In fact, since Joe's arrival on the political scene, McCain has seen his poll numbers rise.

Thankfully, the media is investigating this phenom and the more we learn about Joe the plumber, the less credible he's becoming. Discrediting items our friends in the press have revealed thus far include the following tid-bits:
  • His membership in a radically racist church for more than 20 years, a membership he's since renounced.
  • His friendship with that church's racist pastor, a friendship that inspired Joe to write a book called "The Audacity of Pipe (Cutters)".
  • His first home was funded in part by a friend currently under federal indictment for an illegal kickback scheme.
  • His girlfriend had a pretty radical history and has only recently revealed her pride in America now that Joe is a celebrity. Sources also reveal that her senior year thesis is racially tinged and rooted in identity politics.
  • Persistent rumors detail his relationship with an unrepentant domestic terrorist, a person whose backed up toilet launched Joe's plumbing career.
  • He has a 'lost' brother who lives in a shack in West Virginia that lacks indoor plumbing.
  • His ties to the fraudulent and scandal ridden Association of Plumbing Organizations for Reform Now (APORN).
  • He raised plumbing fees 94 times in the last two years.
This is but a small part of why Joe the plumber should be dismissed out of hand and why John McCain's embrace of the man should disqualify him from being the next President of the United Sates.
If the media provided 10% of the coverage and investigation of Barry "The One" Obama that they have of Sarah "Breeder" Palin and Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbach, this election wouldn't even be close.

Evan Thomas previously pegged bias from the news media as a 15 point advantage in 2004 and I think the media, disappointed in their poor showing back then, is making up for it twofold.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Aristocracy of Pull - Schumer

More evidence of the coming Aristocracy of Pull in yesterday's WSJ. Apparently Schumer's ridiculously timed attack on IndyMac (forcing a run on the bank) had some significance - getting Democratic donors some cheap assets:

Schumer Ripped IndyMac as Democratic Donors Probed Books

New York Sen. Charles Schumer's public criticism of IndyMac Bancorp last summer, which critics say helped spark a run on deposits that took under the troubled thrift, came while IndyMac's assets were being eyed by investors who are major donors to the Democratic Senate campaign committee the senator chairs.

Sen. Schumer, chairman of a Senate banking subcommittee, was criticized at the time for publicly raising questions about the bank's solvency and regulators' oversight of it. What wasn't known then was that a group of potential investors, led by Los Angeles-based Oaktree Capital Management LP, had been inside the bank looking over its books. They had already decided not to invest in the bank, but were scouting assets that might become available if the bank failed and was taken over by the government.

Sen. Schumer's office said recently he didn't know anything about Oaktree's possible interest in IndyMac until after the bank failed. Oaktree Chairman Howard Marks said he never talked to the senator about IndyMac.

The bank's demise in June now is almost a footnote in the financial-sector problems that have exploded in succeeding months. Still, Sen. Schumer's fund-raising involvement with investors looking over the bank underscores how Democrats' entanglements with the financial industry will make it hard for them to score political points over the market upheavals in the remaining weeks of the election.
But Democrats themselves have close ties to the financial industry, as well as to the mortgage industry. Indeed, figures from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics indicate that more than half the campaign contributions that the securities and investment industry has made in the past two years have gone to Democrats -- more than $61 million.

Speaking of ties to the financial industry and its meltdown, I would also like to point out that Dick Fuld, CEO of Lehman Brothers, is a significant Democratic contributor:

(Click image to see the list of donations from Dick Fuld to Democratic legislators who regulated his industry and were running for president.)

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Powell on Obama - A Recent Decision???

Powell characterized his decision to endorse Barry Obama as something that he arrived at after careful consideration, especially after the performance of Obama over the past few weeks during the economic crisis. (What Barry's performance was in regard to the crisis, I could't guess - it seemed like he spent more time calling McCain erratic than he did laying out policy prescriptions.)

Not 5 minutes after endorsing Obama and making the claim that it was something he decided a few days ago, Brokaw asked him if the decision was based on race. Powell responds that if that was the case, he could've made the decision 6-10 months ago and then said that he made the decision one or two months ago.

WHICH IS IT?!?! I have a feeling that Powell was more candid in his response to the second question.

That Brokaw didn't catch this discrepancy is not surprising.

*** UPDATE ***
It would seem that Powell was being truthful when he said that he made the decision one or two months ago, about the time that Bill Kristol reported that Powell would endorse Obama.

BTW, our opinion on Colin Powell can be seen throughout our posts about Fitzmas (the Plame/Wilson/Scooter kerfluffle which turned out to be complete bull.) As followers of the issue would know, it was someone on Colin Powell's staff that blew Plame's covert cover. That he didn't notify the authorities or the President of this breech and allowed the partisan prosecution to continue provides some measure of his true character.

*** UPDATE ***
Powell describes the Obama-Ayers relationship as "Casual" and immaterial. That's incorrect as there apparently was a very close relationship between the two which cannot be characterized as casual. (I don't think any of my casual relationships have endorsed any of my books, shared an office with me, selected me to disburse funds to radical, left-wing organizations like ACORN, etc.)... and the point is that the philosophy espoused by Ayers, Obama's pastor, his political mentors, etc are all consistent in their left-wing, anti-American, socialist views.

And, let's get to the specifics of an Obama administration. Most intelligent people would recognize that Obama is the most left-wing member of the Senate and has a history of pushing for Left wing policies. Not for nothing was Hillary!TM seen as the conservative Democrat in the primaries.

That nominal conservatives would endorse the most left wing candidate in the history of our Republic is amazing. Perhaps the Obamessiah "sent a thrill up Powell's leg" during his acceptance speech in Denver.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler