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Archive for September 4th, 2008

McCain Convention Speech: Serious, Methodical, Real…”I Won’t Let You Down”

Posted by iusbvision on September 4, 2008

I just finished watching John McCain’s speech to the convention and the country.

It wasn’t pretty or slick or fancy or Hollywood.

It was serious, methodical in explanation and policy, it was personal, real, ambitious, optimistic. He did not mince words. Lots of promises made by other politicians are platitudinous and unspecific. McCain’s promises were direct and specific. When promises are unspecific, as they are with so many politicians, it allows them to duck accountability. This was not the case with McCain. He was specific and direct about what he plans to do and how he intends to do it. McCain has set himself up to be held accountable if he doesn’t deliver and it seems McCain wouldn’t have it any other way.

McCain talked about how both parties have lost the public trust, how too many put self first and country second, it is time to change that now. He trashed the parties for their behavior and to be honest rank and file voters of both parties feel the same way.

McCain said that when Congress tries to send him pork laden bills and violate the public trust I will use my VETO pen and I will make them famous because I will name names (to the politics as usual crowd I think it is fair to say that was a threat to straighten up or else).

“I don’t work for parties. I don’t work for special interests. I work for you.”

Brit Hume: A meat and potatoes speech of what he is going to do.

Bill Kristol: The fighter, the reformer, the patriot.

NPR’s Juan Williams – I loved what he said about schools, that it is the civil rights issue of our time. That is the straight talk that I have come to appreciate about McCain. When McCain said he bears the scars of bipartisanship he spoke the truth. John McCain was as real as I have ever seen him.

Karl Rove: McCain connected with ‘kitchen table’ issues.

Charles Krauthammer – McCain is going after independent minded voters and he was successful tonight.

Nina Easton: If this ticket wins, we will have a moose hunting vice president and Cindy McCain, the First Lady who builds race cars.

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Foreign Press Slams Sexist Media Bias Against Palin

Posted by iusbvision on September 4, 2008

As the press starts to claim that they are not biased at all against Palin, the evidence on this blog proves otherwise. I was gratified when I ran across this story from Brit Hume:

A column in London’s Daily Telegraph says, “Like Margaret Thatcher before her, Mrs. Palin is coming in for both barrels of left-wing contempt: misogyny and snobbery.”

A column in the Sydney Morning Herald says that what Palin has faced “just goes to show that establishment feminists are only champions of women who subscribe to a narrow set of left-wing positions.”

An editorial in The Australian newspaper took aim at the reporting of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy, saying, “Newspapers forgot their progressive embrace of different lifestyles and resorted to reactionary intolerance.”

A new Rasmussen poll indicates that a majority of Americans agree. Fifty-one percent think that reporters are trying to hurt Palin with their news coverage. Just five percent say the media are actually trying to help the Alaska governor.,2933,417081,00.html

UPDATE: But Wait There is MORE (actually there is a ton more than I could ever hope to link to):

Times of London

Sarah Palin: it’s go west, towards the future of conservatism

Her thrilling convention speech showed that the Governor of Alaska is a force to reckoned with. But she might be more than that.

Gerard Baker,  September 5, 2008

The best line I heard about Sarah Palin during the frenzied orgy of chauvinist condescension and gutter-crawling journalistic intrusion that greeted her nomination for vice-president a week ago came from a correspondent who knows a thing or two about Alaska.

“What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama?”

“One is a well turned-out, good-looking, and let’s be honest, pretty sexy piece of eye-candy.

“The other kills her own food.”

Now we know, thanks to her triumphant debut at the Republican convention on Wednesday, that Mrs Palin not only slaughters her prey. She impales its head on a stick and parades it around for her followers to jeer at. For half an hour she eviscerated Mr Obama in that hall and did it all without dropping her sweet schoolmarm smile, as if she were handing out chocolates at the end of a history lesson.

UPDATE II: OK This One Is Fun! – The Sun UK

Palin Shows Us How It’s Done!

in St Paul, Minnesota

Published: 05 Sep 2008

WHY, why, why can’t WE have a Sarah Palin?

That was the question churning in my mind as I witnessed this astonishing American presidential race.

A week ago few in Britain had heard of Palin.

Today, the moose-huntin’ mom is the most talked-about woman in the world. And with good reason.

Her sensational performance at the Republican convention may turn out to be the moment the White House slipped from Barack Obama’s grasp.

She was an electrifying mix of passion, energy, optimism and plain speaking. The exact opposite of the slippery, two-faced, depressing bunch of third-raters who parade on our Westminster stage.

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National Security Sarah?

Posted by iusbvision on September 4, 2008

The American Power Blog has an interesting post about Sarah Palin’s national security experience as governor. While all governor’s have national security responsibilities, Palin has more because Alaska strategic location up north to watch the North Pole where most ICBM’s would fly if there were an attack on the United States, on the ocean, and its proximity to Russia, North Korea and Japan. During the Cold War Alaska had great offensive strategic capability as well, but I am not sure how much of that capability remains.

Here is what American Power Blog had to say:

Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden’s.

She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country’s defense. Given Alaska’s proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don’t even know about.

According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets.

She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.

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Michael Reagan: Welcome Back Dad!

Posted by iusbvision on September 4, 2008

During my live blog post yesterday I said, “Ronald Reagan is back, and she’s the Governor of Alaska!”

The foreign press chimed in with similar thoughts. But the opinion that means even more to me is a man who I have come to admire greatly. The son of Ronald Reagan, Michael, whose books and nationally syndicated radio show has inspired millions, including me.

Today Michael Reagan posted a column today that warmed my heart and made me as happy for Michael as I am for our country and the status of women:

Welcome Back Dad

By Michael Reagan

September 4, 2008

I’ve been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we’d never see his like again because he was one of a kind.

I was wrong!

Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he’s a she.

And what a she!

In one blockbuster of a speech, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resurrected my Dad’s indomitable spirit and sent it soaring above the convention center, shooting shock waves through the cynical media’s assigned spaces and electrifying the huge audience with the kind of inspiring rhetoric we haven’t heard since my Dad left the scene.

This was Ronald Reagan at his best — the same Ronald Reagan who made the address known now solely as “The Speech,” which during the Goldwater campaign set the tone and the agenda for the rebirth of the traditional conservative movement that later sent him to the White House for eight years and revived the moribund GOP.

Last night was an extraordinary event. Widely seen beforehand as a make-or-break effort — either an opportunity for Sarah Palin to show that she was the happy warrior that John McCain assured us she was, or a disaster that would dash McCain’s presidential hopes and send her back to Alaska, sadder but wiser.

Obviously un-intimidated by either the savage onslaught to which the left-leaning media had subjected her, or the incredible challenge she faced — and oozing with confidence — she strode defiantly to the podium and proved she was everything and even more than John McCain told us.

Read the rest here –

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The Speeches: Palin, Giuliani, Huckabee, Thompson, Lieberman

Posted by iusbvision on September 4, 2008

Palin 41.1 million viewers!! 37,244,000 PBS’s 3.9 MILLION numbers were not added to this number – viewers – Biden 24,000,000 – Obama 38.4 million

CBS Poll: McCain – Obama Tied

More Foreign Press Chimes In:

UK Telegraph: Sarah Palin is ‘the new Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan’

By Toby Harnden in St Paul
Last Updated: 10:51PM BST 04 Sep 2008

“A star is born. She stuck the knife in with a big smile, a kind of ‘Make my day’ look,” said Michael Barone, conservative columnist and editor of “The Almanac of American Politics”.

“Forty-four years ago, an actor named Ronald Reagan gave a speech supporting Barry Goldwater and launching his own political career that was known ever after, by his ever increasing group of followers, simply as ‘The Speech’, wrote Richard Starr in the conservative Weekly Standard.

“If the McCain-Palin team pulls off an upset in two months, the performance we just saw by Governor Sarah Palin will be talked about in the same hushed and reverential tones.”

Sarah Palin (Follow this link for the CNN transcript)

Sarah Palin’s Bio Video (Hat Tip Ms. Underestimated)

Rudy Giuliani

Mike Huckabee

Fred Thompson

Joe Lieberman

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Obama Openly Lying About Palin’s Speech Already….

Posted by iusbvision on September 4, 2008

Senator Barack Obama said today that there was not one word in Sarah Palin’s speech about alternative energy. Well read what Palin said for yourself. Really the media should be going nuts with this stuff and the fact that they aren’t doing basic fact checking is a real problem. Sean Hannity says that 2008 is the year journalism died. It is hard to argue with him when we find stuff like this.

UPDATE: Just now at 7:24 PM Eastern time one of Obama’s campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs, who appeared on The Fox Report with Shepard Smith, said that Palin said nothing about how she will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Why is the press not blowing them out of the water?

Here is a portion of  her speech addressing energy policy. The transcript from CNN.

And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way that they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources. As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people.

I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.

That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are open, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart.

The stakes for our nation could not be higher. When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we’re forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And families cannot throw more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil.

With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.

To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of the world’s energy supplies, or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia, or that Venezuela might shut off its oil discoveries and its deliveries of that source, Americans, we need to produce more of our own oil and gas. And…

And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: We’ve got lots of both.

Our opponents say again and again that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems, as if we didn’t know that already.

But the fact that drilling, though, won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.

Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines, and build more nuclear plants, and create jobs with clean coal, and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need…

We need American sources of resources. We need American energy brought to you by American ingenuity and produced by American workers.

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