This is why my child does not attend a public school.
It's a wonder that our kids learn anything.... I wouldn't damn any child to get an education from this woman. No doubt she's teach of the year in her school.
ARC: St Wendeler
Friday, November 07, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Almost lost in the hoopla over the election of Obama is the passage of Proposition 8 in that bluest of the blue states, California. Prop 8 is an amendment to the state constitution that states that marriage is between a man and a woman. This comes on the heels of a 4-3 state supreme court decision striking down previous legislation to that effect. It passed on the strength of black and hispanic votes.
Conservatives need to take a close look at what happened here.
Addendum - 3 million uncounted votes out there - fat lady may not have sung afterall. News at 11!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
While I am hugely disappointed in the election results tonight, especially in what I see as the "Eurofication" of this great country, I am immensely pleased, and even proud, to see our first African American president. It says something profound to ourselves and the world. We are free of our past, free at last. It is a wonderful thing.
At the same time, I oppose Barack Obama on almost every issue. I will continue to oppose him and what he stands for. But for tonight, I am proud to be an American.
During this campaign some ugly things were said and implied about those of us who opposed Obama. It was said that if the United States did not elect Obama, that we were a racist country. It was further implied, by a person I thought to be a friend, ironically a Frenchman, that I was a racist for supporting McCain. There are not words to express how angry that made me.
I opposed Obama then for the same reason that I oppose him now, his ideas and his agenda.
But for tonight, lets us celebrate what has happened here. It is the Year of Jubilee, thanks be to God!
And tomorrow the fight begins anew.
Addendum: I am listening to McCain's concession and am pleased beyond words how he so eloquently voiced my feelings. Well done, John McCain. God bless you and keep you.
From the David Kahane of the NRO staff at The Corner:
Why O Why O Why [NRO Staff]
from David Kahane's amanuensis:
1) We got this the old-fashioned way: we earned it. The other side took the fight to us, and we never took the fight to the other side, except coyly and obliquely. That's not a mistake we should make the next time. "Honorable campaigns" are for losers. Next time, call 'em as they really are, not as you wish to see 'em.
2) Where was Bush? Once again, and right to the bitter end, he let his passion for "loyalty" supersede what was stragetically right for the party, not to mention what was best for the country. I think his reputation has nowhere to go but down; yes, he got one big thing right,
but he got everything else wrong. Enough of this family in our
3) Good riddance to Liddy Dole, the woman who gave us the national drinking age of 21 and a host of sozzled underage college students. She won't be missed.
4) Hillary comes out smelling like a rose, plus unbloodied. She and Bill are already scoping out 2012.
5) Time to clean house. McCain should have been president in 2000, not in 2008. No more "it's my turn" for the last loser. We need to be looking for our candidates in the ranks of returning war vets — think Eisenhower in '52 as the model — and let the Dem's shifty lawyers run the country for a couple of years. Then hit them across the board with people who know how to lead. Gen. Petraeus might be a good place to start. Lots of junior officers, too.
6) You know what? McCain never did sell himself as a leader. He sold himself as a maverick.
7) One upside: McCain/Feingold is now dead, as is public financing. Talk about being hoist with your own petard!
8) That Gang of 14 thing really worked out well, didn't it? Say good-bye to the courts. And we were so close...
9) Joe Lieberman was worse than useless. When he could have made a difference, he didn't cross the aisle to caucus with the Republicans.
Now, it doesn't matter. Thanks, Joe.
10) Age matters. McCain ran an "honorable campaign" because he never really understood in his heart that the other guy had no intention of doing so; he didn't "get" Obama's generation, or Axelrod's.. Obama would lie about public financing, "oppose" gay marriage but also oppose Prop. 8 and never see it as morally contradictory. The world that McCain understood and operated in is vanishing, and tonight is visible evidence.
11) Unlike the Democrats, let's show some class in defeat. That doesn't mean lie down and roll over: it means fighting for what we believe in, doubly so now. But their sneering childishness is not for us; and now that they've won, they won't be able to control it even in victory. This is an unlovely party filled with unlovely people, as America's about to find out once the Obama pixie dust wears off.
12) Understand, once and for all, that the old media is part of the Democratic Party now. Ignore it. Never send Michele Bachmann onto Hardball again. Never send Sarah to play nice with Katie. We need to develop and create our own work-arounds — Fox, talk radio, NRO, etc. — and use them. Don't play by their rules: make our own.
So here we are, the culmination of 2 years of campaigning.
Fox News just called VT for Obama and KY for McCain. GA, VA and IN(!) too close to call. I only have to say that if its close in Indiana at the end of the night... Gary, IN will bring it in for Obama, there always the last to report it seems. So close to Chicago too. I wonder how many busses are going across the skyway as we speak.
Follow along in the comments.
No worries!!!! Andrew Sullivan is still on the case of Sarah Palin's hoo-ha! Writes Sullivan:
04 Nov 2008 12:47 am
We have been given no actual records of the last pregnancy, or any reccords at all, although we are told by the elusive Dr. Catherine Baldwin-Johnson that labor was at 35 weeks - not as premature as previously believed (if you research the average weight of full term DS babies, you find, by the way, that Trig was not underweight). There is no time for any reporters to ask any questions, of course, or any time for the questions raised by the pregnancy to be aired in the press. I doubt Baldwin-Johnson will respond to further queries. Obama gave Palin a precedent for this kind of letter as a replacement for records with his equally secretive and brief doctor's note. But at least he did so well ahead of time, and has no serious questions pending about his own health history.
The timing of the release should also surely be interpreted as a giant finger to the press. Releasing this letter one hour before polling day begins and refusing to provide any actual documentation is not an answer. We need documentation to verify the last pregnancy: the amniocentesis results with Sarah Palin's name on them, for example, would be readily available and easy to disseminate, and would help raise awareness of Down Syndrome. So why not give us something? All we have in this literally last minute letter is Baldwin-Johnson's name. We had that already.
Andrew Sullivan will not be stopped in his quest to figure out whether Trig Palin was actually the baby of Bristol Palin!!!!
He is an absolute tool. I can't believe this guy actually gets paid for this crap.
Perhaps he has some incriminating photos or something...
*** UPDATE ***
I agree with Jeff on this one (NSFW).
ARC: St Wendeler
Monday, November 03, 2008
Welcome Instapundit readers (and thanks, Glenn)! Throw in your two cents in the comments.
My fellow co-conspirators and I sat down recently and submitted our electoral projections on the Obamessiah / McCain election. (Is it just me or does "electoral projection" sound like some sort of sexual innuendo used by guys like Chuck Todd as a pickup line?)
Here, in no particular order are our predictions:
First, MontereyJohn says that The Obamessiah's ability to turn back the tides will not help him with the electorate. I'd like to point out that this prediction has McCain doing better than Bush '00, but slightly worse than Bush '04.
Here's MontereyJohn's commentary on his prediction:
This is just "informed gut," but I just am not believing these polls, and I think the Joe the Plumber economy has real life. I think the Obama infomercial was a fiasco last night and did more harm than good. It appealed to his base, but regular folks are not going to like it. I could be just as wrong as can be, but this is how I see it.
just maybe ... Pennsylvania, Iowa and Maine!
Yes, I know some of these are tossup or even leaning
Obama, but this is what my old gut is telling me this morning.
All I have to say is "Bully for being bold!"
Now, on to Brian, who's been stockpiling ammunition with Penelope for the past few months.
Here are his results:
Indiana is supposedly the first to report results at 7:30ET, so we'll know pretty early if its going to be even worse for McCain than I predicted. Ditto for the next states of NC, VA, PA. If Obama wins any 2 of those, its over.Finally, here is the prediction from Saint Wendeler (patron saint of country people and herdsmen - or a cheap German beer that you could only stomach if you already had a few - you be the judge):
FL will be in the list of what to watch for next. I expect that Obama will lose that, but by a close margin. If he wins that.. it's over.
OH I have falling to Obama despite the effective use of the Joe the Plumber issue, mostly due to the voter registration issues that have been brought to light. 600k registrations will translate into SOME votes. And Mickey Mouse doesn't get polled etiher.
Finally, I have MO as a loser for McCain as well. I'd like for him to win it very much, especially since I live in the state and would hope that I can help to bring McCain over the finish line. I expect, however, that St. Louis and Kansas City, to be the last to report (again) on election night, as the votes are "found" to bring Obama in as the winner.
Finally, I will add, that although my prediction is rather downbeat for McCain fans, its not, it appears, as bad as the Architect's. Suffice it to say, that I'm always wrong on these predictions, and I'd admit my mistake, if McCain can pull out a win tomorrow.
I actually think Colorado could flip to red in my map, meaning that the electoral score would be 269-269 and the days following the election will be filled with lawsuits, etc. and with Nancy Pelosi handing Obama the Presidency.
It's highly unlikely that McCain will be able to pull it out, not with the ground game that Obama has put together, the voter fraud, the 15-points that the media has given him by not finding out anything about the man (other than he's dreamy and has a calm voice...), and the idiotic belief by the electorate that our troubles are due to too much unfettered capitalism.
McCain will pull out Ohio, but Pennsylvania is a bridge too far. Obama's convention in Denver and the demographic shift in the Mountain West is what will sink McCain.
Instead of "Florida Florida Florida!!!", the mantra in 2008 should've been Colorado, Colorado, Colorado!!!
Before we go, I thought I'd also provide you with my prediction on how the MSM will portray the election results from 11:00 am EST to November 6th, 2012.
Here you go:
NBC will be eager to call Virginia and Pennsylvania early on Tuesday, and will cite exit polls throughout the day to give the impression that all is lost. They'll couch their statements with the following:
"We're not going to call the state until the polls close at x:xx pm, but it certainly looks like this is going to be a good night for Obama."prepare for it....
Watch for it...
ignore it and get to the polls.
*** UPDATE ***
H/T to the Anchoress
It would seem that some networks are already stating that they'll be using the language I provided above. From tomorrow's NYTimes:
“Given what we know about the results, or the projected results in various states, it’s beginning to look like it will be very difficult for John McCain to put together enough votes to win this election.”
In 2004, early exit poll data suggested that Mr. Kerry was ahead began circulating within newsrooms — and leaking out on Web sites, including Slate’s — early in the afternoon on Election Day. This year, the consortium of six news organizations gathering the exit poll data — NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and The Associated Press — have agreed to keep the information under quarantine until 5 p.m.
Representatives of those news organizations will begin analyzing that information at a secret location beginning in late morning, but will have to surrender all electronic devices at the door; even restroom visits will be supervised. There were already signs on Monday that the additional security was paying off.
“We won’t call off exit polls,” Mr. Plotz said, “in part because we don’t expect to get them leaked to us much before the first results.”
ARC: St Wendeler