Why Sarah Palin was wrong for America

November 18th, 2008 Urban Conservative

My problem with Palin is a cultural one, and the GOP would be wise to take heed.

Barack Obama did not win the presidency because he’s an extraordinary candidate, but because he ran against an extraordinarily weak opponent who had an even weaker running mate in Sarah Palin. John McCain’s selfish, reckless decision to put Palin one heartbeat away from the presidency marked the beginning of the end of his presidential ambitions, and proved once and for all that John McCain did not put country first. Though he was a war hero, John McCain is not the man he used to be.

Explain as the pundits might, the McCain camp was not attempting to rally the social conservatives with the Palin stunt. Had the intent been to rally the base, the selection of the more experienced Mark Sanford or Rick Perry from the south and their ilk would have been more likely. The McCain camp chose Palin for two reasons: 1) They were so arrogant to think they could secure the women voters Hillary Clinton left behind by replacing one woman with another-this was evident with Palin’s call to women to “shatter the glass ceiling once and for all” in her first speech. 2) They wanted to win over Independents by touting Palin’s “reformer” and “maverick” image. McCain wasn’t aiming to rally the base of social conservatives, but simply to not alienate them. The pick of Palin was a huge miscalculation because women and Independents were largely repulsed by her, while her rallying of social conservatives was largely inadvertent.

As a registered Independent and a woman, I fall squarely into both demographics of voters McCain was aiming for. So, pundits, step aside. Republicans, if you’d like to win back the White House in 2012, take heed.

My problem with Palin is not an intellectual one. I don’t believe she lacks capacity; rather, she lacks knowledge and experience. She’s simply very inexperienced and not ready for the national stage. Twenty months of “executive experience” as governor, while significant, is not enough for presidential office. I, along with others I know, have had years of “executive experience” running companies; it doesn’t render us qualified to run the country. George W. Bush had years of executive experience as governor prior to taking office. His “execution” of the Iraq war strategy, the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, and a host of domestic initiatives were disastrous by all performance metrics. To be qualified for presidential office, one must possess a unique blend of depth and breadth of knowledge, along with vision, experience, intelligence, and problem-solving propensities and facilities. In time, however, Palin may prove capable.

While consumed with demographics, the McCain camp ignored the equally important quality of psychographics. My problem with Palin is a cultural one. For one, her playing to the “Joe six-packs” was disturbing. No, I do not desire my president to be another “Joe six-pack”. I do not care to see my president pounding beers or moose hunting. I do not want my president to be “just like me”, like a next-door neighbor. The office of the presidency should be aspirational, not relatable.

I found troubling Palin’s political ambitions, given that she had four children plus an infant Down syndrome fifth. No, the media was not unfair to ask how she might balance family and career at the same time. In every society, without exception, the mother is the primary care provider of children, so this was a perfectly fair question to ask. I also know, from personal experience with a close friend, that a Down syndrome child demands a great amount of care. My friend was valedictorian of her engineering class in college, yet she quit her engineering career after giving birth due to the demands of attending to her Down syndrome child (she has only one child). True, many women successfully balance the demands of family and career, but few modern women have five children, let alone a special-needs child, and certainly no woman has had to balance that with a career as VP or President of the United States. While it’s not impossible to balance both, it’s not conceivable to be great at both.

Call me old-fashioned, but I was ill at ease with Bristol Palin’s pregnancy. Yes, people make mistakes and yes, sometimes people should not be harshly judged, but pregnancy before marriage is not a conservative value by any stretch. There’s a dignity, decency, and exemplary quality that comes with the Oval Office, and to put Palin’s family in the limelight is to send a permissive message to young girls of this and future generations that it’s okay if they encountered the same fate as Bristol Palin. After all, if it’s acceptable for the VP’s daughter, why isn’t it acceptable for all girls? While I sympathize with Bristol Palin’s predicament, our country would be better served to idolize an exemplary family who got it right. Parents have it hard enough trying to discipline children swimming in a cultural cesspool of filth; the portrait of permissiveness the Palin-family predicament would paint would only augment this burden.

I was also very disturbed by the “Mr. Mom” image Todd Palin represented. As if the modern man isn’t confused enough about his role these days, we must shove down the public’s throat a “Mr. Mom” playing domestics in the White House? I’m all for female empowerment, but an approach that embraces the contributions and strengths of men, not one that diminishes. Without alienating their strengths, a man should embrace masculinity as a woman should embrace femininity. Todd Palin, by the campaign’s admission, was a full-time stay-at-home dad. Nothing would be odd about this if there were a bit of balance between Sarah and Todd’s roles and credentials. Say, Todd is more educated while Sarah is more powerful as a public official. Or maybe Todd is more prominent and respected in his career while Sarah makes more money. But when your wife is more educated, more powerful, more prominent, AND brings home the bacon, it doesn’t boast well for you as a man. Call me crazy, but there’s something very backwards and regressive about a man who’s been so emasculated.

The constant whining by Sarah Palin about the “sexist media” was dishonest and annoying. As a woman, she must admit that her gender has helped her at least as much as it’s hurt. Being attractive makes this even more probable. Any woman who does not acknowledge this is not intellectually honest. Case in point: If she weren’t a woman, she would not have received the VP nomination. To whine about the media is simply weak and unbecoming of a leader. We’ve come a long way from the days of sexual discrimination: We women have the ability to vote, to be educated, to have equal rights, and, as I’ve learned first-hand, have just as great of opportunities in the workforce when we’re as committed, talented, intelligent, and hardworking as our male counterparts. Sometimes, we even have a few additional perks, such as having our doors opened or meals paid for on dates. It’s time to stop pushing a feminist agenda; we’ve reached equilibrium. It’s time for women to be able to achieve based on our merits, not by falling back on excuses like Sarah Palin, or riding our husbands’ coattails like Hillary Clinton and Jeri Thompson, or calling largely upon our family’s wealth like Cindy McCain. Perhaps the media isn’t that sexist after all. Perhaps merit matters.

Let me be clear: I don’t discount any of the above women’s accomplishments, but the office or respect they seek should be commensurate with their qualifications and merit.

As an aside, it’s interesting that no one discussed the sexist treatment Mitt Romney encountered during the primaries, what with talks about his looks, his hair, his plasticity, and his Ken-doll attributes. For that matter, hardly anyone cared to discuss his being a victim of religious bigotry. Whining is not in a true leader’s DNA, and as such, Mitt Romney soldiered on. By whining, Sarah Palin displayed an opportunistic pettiness ill suited for a leader.

Some pundits and Republican partisans tried to explain the McCain loss by arguing he should have unleashed Palin and let her engage with the press more often. “Let Palin be Palin”, they said. Obviously, if Palin hadn’t botched the initial Katie Couric and Charles Gibson interviews, the McCain camp would have used her more often. Understandably, they kept her restricted because she performed embarrassingly. Stubborn GOP strategists insisted that Palin’s selection didn’t hurt the ticket, but the economy did, and they cited the jump in poll numbers prior to 9/15 as evidence. This theory is flawed. The public was excited about Palin initially because she gave a great speech crafted by a talented writer, and it was curiosity about an unknown that kept voters tuned in. Once the curiosity factor subsided and voters learned the facts about Palin, she crashed and burned, and would have encountered the same fate regardless of the status of the economy.

The downward economy was every bit an opportunity for candidates to showcase their prowess as it was a crutch. John McCain proved incapable and erratic as the focus of the election turned to the economy, and subsequently, voters had a hard time pulling the lever for an incompetent 72 year-old who might just expire shortly into his first term, leaving an unqualified, culturally undesirable, and overextended woman at the helm.

While I hope the GOP learned a lesson after this election cycle, I won’t hold my breath.


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  • ML Smith
    I heard somewhere that people do quit their jobs because:

    1. They didn't like the job
    2. They were depressed
    3. Their underwear was too tight
    4. Constipation
    5. Flatulence
    6. Involuntary trouser dropping

    For more, Google it.
  • Rick Garner
    With Palin's resignation as Governor of Alaska, the feeding frenzy is on of news organizations clamoring to be the first to announce all the details. After all, if one quits their job they either couldn't handle the pressure or were up to no good, right?

    http://richardtgarner.blogspot.com/2009/07/pali...
  • Daniel
    I know I'll probably hear it for this, but I'll say it anyways...How can the author even call herself a conservative??  The interviews were edited to make Palin look like an idiot; I read a blog yesterday that included a link to the full transcript of the interview, and they edited a LOT out that would have made Palin look a lot better than she did.
    No, the media is not "sexist", just anti-Palin.  But the author's whole bit about it being a fair question to ask how she would balance her life when she has a perfectly capable husband IS a sexist assumption.
    Even the Bush bashing? OK, I'm not his greatest fan, but isn't his term over, anyways?? I think my computer is screwed up...it says "Urban Conservative" at the top, not "Daily Kos".
  • ML Smith
    Bud Mullins #161

    You posed an interesting question. "What's wrong with America today?" Do you know the answer? For whatever it's worth, I don't think there is anything wrong with America. I think there are some bad apples souring the pie, but America...well; what I see are everyday Americans busting their asses to make ends meet, which they have been doing for hundreds of years, (there was nothing wrong with that then and there isn't now) and I see them trying their damndest to do the right thing.

    I think you are an intelligent man, but you've gotten yourself stuck on the #9 Local to nowhere. Sarah Palin is not the answer. By your own words, she isn't even the question. So what gives, Bud?
  • davidwwalters
    Bud.....
    "What is wrong with Sarah Palin?"
    -She's an idiot......we can see the results of having an idiot run the country
    (Bush Jr.).
    Your assessment that "liberal media" has somehow duped Americans is kind of silly (unless you did n't see the Couric interview).....
    -anyone could see for themselves what an utter fool she really is.
  • Bud Mullins
    The questions are:

    1.  What's wrong with America today?
    2.  How can we fix it?

    Identify the problem and seek a solution.  The problem is "what's is broke in America!"  We need to identify that and get into a solution.  Sarah Palin or people who think and act like her can be part of the solutions.

    PALIN:

    First off, some 86 to 90% of the population in America "say" they are affiliated with some sort of religion.  That would make them the majority...  Gotta agree on that.  Sarah Palin stepped into the light as a perfect image of what that group of people need as a Nation's Leader.  SHE WAS WHAT THAT GROUP WANTED AND NEEDED.  Maybe the timing was wrong.

    Again, here's what happened.  There is a Liberal Media out there that can twist a lemon and get orange juice.  That media, "The Mainstrean Liberals Media" realized immediately what a threat Sarah Palin was to the Special Interest groups and took immediate action.  (You know the groups that the Main Steam Media flows with!)  The only real weapon they had against her would be to smear her name in anyway possible.  They are still scared and still trying their smear tactics.

    Here is what is going on and if you follow change - you could see some of this to.  The special interest will not admit this but it is happening in a big way.  Large corporations that fund special interest groups are taking a hit from the majority because they are fighting back by not buying those products.  A lot of big corporations took a hit and are suffering from the actions they took to fund these organizations.

    The lobbyist in Washington are taking a hit.  All the special interest groups ran out and voted for Obama and now he is going to fight "Pork Barrell Spending" in washington, DC.  Well, who beiefits from the "PORK?"  Special interest groups through Lobbyiest.  That is going to slim down tremendously in the next four years.

    Here's what I see happening.  As the majority makes it's presence known, (which is happening more and more each day.) these organizations will dry up.  IT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!  How many of you would have thought Obama would have selected Rich Warren for the Invocation at the White House?

    I am part of the majority and I am proud of it.
  • ML Smith
    #159 Mr. Mullins,

    How can I argue with you when you are right...the country is changing - in a big way. I mean BIG WAY! Your last paragraph said it all.

    Sorry if I offended you, but you kind of slipped off the track back there. This has nothing to do with Sarah Palin and you know it. Also, I am not affiliated with with any of the "loud" and "angrier" groups you mentioned. Try to pay attention to what you read on the Internet. Think about it. Who is telling the truth and who is lying? Most importantly, KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE.

    That, Mr. Mullins, is all the difference - you will need to make a choice very soon. The options will limited. Either go with the ones who make you feel happy sometimes, or go with the ones that cause you to feel depressed and in conflict almost all of the time. You know them...lately they seem to have lost their sense of humor. Strange, don't you think? Yeah, they don't do much of a job at entertaining, but they know what's going on and they never lie. So, which way do you go, Mullins?

    One thing is for sure. Those miserable bastards could really use someone of your instincts and talents. Too bad that you don't trust your instincts. They are right on the money, Mullins. Do the right thing.
  • Bud Mullins
    Smith,

    I am 70 years old, not looking for another bride.  However, I am reflecting on my many years of experience in watching change in American an who's trying to change it...  Let it be known that some so called minority and special interest groups are slowly loosing their say in public agenda.  So, the few just get louder and angrier...  I'm assuming you are right in the middle of one of those groups because is sure rubbed a raw place on you when you read my words.

    It is changing, it will change and it don't matter at all what you and I say or do in the matter.  It's bigger than the lot of us here on our little computers.  You should get to know something about someone before you spew angry stuff at them.
  • ML Smith
    GEE IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME...

    MR. MULLINS?

    DON'T YOU THINK YOU ARE GETTING A BIT CARRIED AWAY WITH THIS SARAH PALIN BUSINESS?
     

    DO YOU REALLY THINK SHE IS THE ANSWER, OR ARE YOU SIMPLY FANTASIZING ABOUT WHAT IT MIGHT FEEL LIKE TO...ASK FOR HER HAND IN MARRIAGE? IMAGINE - TALK TO THE HAND, BECAUSE THAT IS ABOUT AS CLOSE AS YOU WILL GET TO...

    ...DO HER LAUNDRY, WHICH I THINK YOU WOULD HAVE LITTLE PROBLEM WITH, OTHER THAN THE CLIMB, SINCE YOU HAVE PLACED HER ON A PEDESTAL THAT MAKES THE PYRAMIDS LOOK LIKE MINIATURE TOYS.

    SARAH PALIN IS NOT THE ANSWER. HOW CAN SHE BE? WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE QUESTION IS! 

    RESPECTFULLY YOURS,
    ML SMITH
  • Bud Mullins
    Why Sarah Palin was wrong for America...  WRONG!  If I let anything make me mad, it is this statement.  Sarah Palin was and is right for America but not the special interest groups.  THAT'S ALL!
    The caption should be "What part of America was wrong for Sarah Palin?"  The greatest thing that Sarah Palin had against her is that her public image jumped down the throats of gay and abortion groups.  The main stream media saw a story and ratings, they jumped on it.  SARAH PALIN IS RIGHT FOR AMERICA!  Americans just have to come back in full support of her in 2012.  I believe that will happen.

    Look at all the changes that are taking place in the America today.  WE ARE SLOWLY GETTING BACK ON TRACK...  Sorry, but it's true.
  • ML Smith
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  • ML Smith
    AM I OFF MY MEDS, DORA?

    NO, I'M SORRY TO SAY, BUT IS THAT REALLY YOUR BUSINESS?

    EVEN A MAN AS INSANE AS I AM CAN LAY THE HATCHET DOWN.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!
  • Dora
    ML:

    Are you currently off your meds?  You seem to be rambling quite a bit these days.
     
    Oh...and would you like a list of how many conservatives fit your OBSERVABLE CHARACTERISTICS?
    I have names.
    Let's stop with the insipid generalizations, shall we?  It's a useless exercise and a waste of time which serves only to create division- something we really don't need right now- or ever.
     
    There are no typical liberals just as there are no typical conservatives.  We all approach ideas and circumstances based upon our own personal experiences and individual upbringing.  This site and the administrator has always undertaken a route to ridicule and marginalize individuals, groups, political parties or persons or anything else that put a wrinkle in his undies .  For what purpose?  What good does this serve?
    What constructive actions has he taken.  What about you, ML?  Is your only talent to bitch and moan also?
    Seek out the weakest among us and send them to the slaughter?  That seems to be what many here would wish to do.  Gays, atheists, liberals, slackers, welfare recipients, the poor, the homeless, the sick, the elderly.
    What a bunch of nice people live here.
    NOT.
  • ML Smith
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    THE GENE THAT PUT LIBERALS ON THE MAP
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    SOCIAL: MALADJUSTED/OPPOSITIONAL [7CAF8S965A3A]
    PERSONALITY PROFILE: EGOCENTRIC w/ OPPOSITIONAL RESPONSE TO AUTHORITY [7CAF865A3B]
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  • Harriet Blyleven
    I READ ALL 151 COMMENTS. THERE WERE MANY INSIGHTFUL COMMENTS, BUT MR. ML SMITH APPEARS TO BE SLIGHTLY DERANGED, THOUGH HE IS ENTERTAINING AND I FIND MYSELF LOOKING FOR HIS LATEST COMMENT. PRESUMABLY, SUNDAY IS NOT GOOD FOR THIS SITE. SO I WILL WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW TO WRITE MY COMMENT ABOUT THE LIBERAL INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY.
    AS SO APTLY PUT BY ML SMITH:
    CONSERVATIVES UNITE!
    HARRIET BLYLEVEN
  • ML Smith
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  • ML Smith
    GOOD MORNING UC! I AM SO HAPPY THIS MORNING, AS I ALWAYS AM WHEN I GET A CHANCE TO PLAY IN UC'S SANDBOX. FAITH SPURS ME ON AS I ATTEMPT TO INJECT NEW DIALOGUE INTO WHAT IS ALREADY THE MOST CHAOTIC BLOGJACULATION I HAVE SEEN IN QUITE SOME TIME. UC IS TO BE COMMENDED FOR ITS TOLERANCE.   

    SO, SHALL WE BEGIN? GOOD.


    Orgasm at the Opera

    Welcome to Great Moments at the Opera. This afternoon, we have the classic performance of “De L’essence Emmerdant Les Enfants du Mort.”

    This is getting mighty interesting. Just when I thought the opera was winding down, enter Moribund Malvey, spewing forth some of the most ridiculous drivel I have seen...ever. Why, by golly, he even called me a “prig!” Has the man gone mad?
    White spittle collects at the corners of his mouth. I watch as Harriet (Ozzie’s wife) enters stage left, of course, and launches a blistering round of obscenity laden phraseside bombs at Malvey. The woman is ruthless.
     
    Fascinating word, isn’t it? Ruthless. The absence of Ruth. No wonder her name is Harriet.
    Somehow, I have gotten myself caught on the wrong side of Malvey’s tracks. I wonder. Does he boot that shit? Perhaps I should never have accused George Bush as I did. De l’essence emmerdant les enfants du mort is a serious Federal offense. I can’t prove he did it, but no one here can disprove it, either. Who knows what the man does in his spare time? I have often wondered. Does he construct model airplanes? That might explain the dopey expression. Check it out sometime - take a good look at his eyes; you’ll see a small blinking sign that says “Vacancy.” Maybe he dresses in women’s lingerie and cavorts about the White House at 3:00 am with Michael Jackson. Would it be inconceivable that he engages in wild sex with Sarah Palin? Maybe she makes him lick her feet. Maybe...
    “Oh George, please, do it!”
    “Do what, Sarah?”
    “You know...it.”
    “Oh, you mean that. I don’t think I have any pork and beans left.”
    “Idiot. Here. Use this.”
    “A flashlight?”
    “It will do for now. Hurry, George, before the battery runs down.”
    “You mean you need the light? Okay, I‘ll try.”
    “Yes. Yes, follow the light, Carol Anne, follow the light! Yes! Yes!! Oh God, yes!!! Don’t stop, George...don’t stop...yes! Yes!! Yes!!! Tell me you love me!"
    “Sarah, I’m married.”
    “Not anymore. I slit her throat this morning.”
    “Why...that’s illegal. It’s murder. You’ll go to jail, for life. Where‘s the body? I‘ll have Dick-”
    “You never have any dick, you pussy whipped, limp dick lump of shit. Can’t you do anything?”
    “Well, I suppose I could use the flashlight again. Oh...look. The battery went dead.”
    “Well, use that thing you have there. Maybe it will get bigger.”
    “I don’t think it works, Sarah. I haven’t used it in years.”
    “Bullshit, George. You’ve been fucking the country for eight years. Up the ass, I might add.”
    According to recent medical studies, 98 percent of the population has hemorrhoids.
     
  • Harriet Blyleven
    MR. MALVEY,
    LISTEN, YOU MAGGOT INFESTED, SNOT DRIBBLING BUSH ASS KISSER; I REALLY DON’T GIVE A FLYING FUCKING SHIT ABOUT ANY OF THIS, BUT IT IS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT MR. SMITH WAS RIGHT ON THE MONEY. GEORGE BUSH IS A SOCIOPATH. I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT YOU ARE NOT OFFENDED IN ANY WAY BY MY REMARKS. THIS IS NOT PERSONAL. JUST BECAUSE I CALL YOU AN ASSHOLE DOESN’T MEAN YOU ARE ONE...DOES IT? NOW THAT WE HAVE THAT CLEARED UP, WHY DON’T YOU CHANGE YOUR DIAPER? IT’S BEGINNING TO SMELL PRETTY AWFUL HERE. DON’T FORGET TO SAVE YOUR DIRTY DIAPER. I HEAR THAT YOUR FRIEND, GEORGE, WANTS US ALL TO EAT AS MUCH SHIT AS WE CAN. WHEW. FRANKLY, I’M STUFFED. WHAT’S FOR DESERT?
  • ML Smith
    OH! MR. MALVEN,

    I FORGOT A FEW THINGS.

    HE'S A REGISTERED PEDOPHILE.
    HE EATS EAR WAX.
    HE GIVES HIMSELF AN ENEMA EVERY DAY.
    HE SUCKS FARTS FROM DEAD BABIES TUSHIES.
    HE LOVES ME
    WE'RE GOING TO GET MARRIED.

    HE'S NOT REALLY SUCH A BAD GUY AFTER ALL.
  • ML Smith
    I AM WORSE THAN A LITTLE CHILD. I AM A CHILD! YOU MEAN AND NASTY MAN...YOU. i'M GOING TO TELL MY MOMMY ON YOU. THAT'S RIGHT! AND WAIT TILL MY UNCLE DINGBAT HEARS ABOUT THIS. WHY, HE'LL PUT YOU IN HIS FAMOUS DOUBLE TWIST WITH A LEMON HALF FULL NELSON.

    CHILD ABUSER!
  • Will Malven
    Ah! Another diseased soul suffering from BDS...I pity you.

    As to your rant:

    1: As to his advisors, like most Presidents, he had some good and some bad.  There were a few duds, like Colin Powell at State and Norm Minetta at Transportation.

    2: The decision to go to Iraq was, as you say ill-informed, but not necessarily a mistake...only time can tell us if freeing the Iraqi people from one of the most repressive and murderous leaders in the history of the world was a mistake...my guess is that it was a good thing, a virtuous thing to do.

    3:  We know who the enemy is in this ongoing war against terrorism, it is radical Islam.  It is a war against an ideology and it cannot be won either quickly or with arms alone, but it can be subdued...as it has been now for some considerable time. With the establishment of a stable, self-sustaining, democratic Iraq, we go a long way towards winning a war against terrorism.

    4: Your number two negates your number four.  It cannot be a lie if it is uninformed.  Therefore, like all Liberals, you are incapable of intellectual honesty or consistency.  Which is it? An ill-informed decision, or a lie?

    5: Correct. The $700 Billion bailout was bad and whatever good might have come from injecting that much fiat money was squandered in the poor execution and complete lack of oversight.  Of course the source of all of this financial chaos is directly traceable to the Community Reinvestment Act and the Democrat Party pandering to their constituents.  If you force banks and mortgage institutions to make bad loans at the point of a Congressional gun for political gain, don't expect those organizations to show any greater responsibility that the Congress which mandated them.

    6: You do like to believe whatever you are told by your Liberal friends, don't you? Try doing a little research on your own...don't just adopt the talking points of those who give you your marching orders without investigating.  The VA budget has nearly doubled under President George Bush from $45.5 Million in 2000 under Billy Blue Dress, to its present estimated $86.3 Million in 2008.  You know, if you keep telling lies like this, it will eventually affect your credability.

    7: Now this is truly absurd. To what corruption and greed are you referring?  Governor Blagojavich's attempt to sell Obama's senate seat maybe?  Or perhaps you are referring to Al Sharptons growing list of scandal and theft?  Oh, maybe you mean Congressman William Jefferson's Cold hard cash...actually frozen cash. 

    You really are an absurd little child.  Corruption is not a manifestation of any one individuals administration or of any political party, but it it was, the Democrats still take the prize.

    8:  Another Liberal lie and propaganda talking point unworthy of response except to say, " you do go on a bit don't you?"  Talk about hyperbole.  You obviously know little or nothing about Nuremberg, nothing about Nazi warcrimes and for you to make the comparison is to minimalize the exceptional evil nature of the holocaust, you little self-righteous uninformed prig.

    9: Jimmy Carter said "nuk-yer" and he attended at least some classes in nuclear engineering, then later after much coaching managed to alter that to nucular.  Bill Clinton says it, Walter Mondale said it, Dwight Eisenhower said it, Evan Bayh says it.  The difficulty with casting such aspersions as this is that you paint so many unintended with the same brush.

    The phenomenon is called "metathesis" a term coined by William Safire referring to the tendency of some people to slip into more familiar phenomes when reading a word, hence nucular rather than nuclear.  It occurs because some phenomes like "cular" are far more common than the "uclear."

    10: More uninformed opinion from one of the least informed, most opinionated Liberal idiots across whom I have come.

    At least I can say that you as a sufferer from BDS have not failed to confirm my opinion of the limited intellect of those so afflicted.
  • ML Smith
    WILL MAVEN # 144

    INTERESTING. YOU MAKE SOME GOOD POINTS. CERTAINLY WE CANNOT BLAME GEORGE BUSH FOR THE KATRINA DEBACLE. HOWEVER, WE CAN BLAME HIM FOR THE FOLLOWING:
    1. SURROUNDING HIMSELF WITH LOUSY ADVISORS.
    2. MAKING AN ILL INFORMED DECISION TO DECLARE WAR AGAINST THE WRONG COUNTRY. 
    3. COMPOUNDING THE MISTAKE BY LAUNCHING A "WAR AGAINST TERRORISM" WITHOUT KNOWING WHO THE ENEMY WAS.
    4. BLATANTLY LYING TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC
    5. ATTEMPTING TO PUSH THROUGH A $700 BILLION DOLLAR BUYOUT OF ILLIQUID AND TOXIC DEBT, INCLUDING A MANDATE THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED ANY MONITORING WHATSOEVER OF THE DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF THAT NON-EXISTENT MONEY. MR. BUSH ALSO ADVOCATED STONGLY FOR FINANCIAL REWARDS TO THOSE WHO KNOWINGLY USED THE DERIVATIVES MARKET TO PRIVATIZE MONEY - A SCAM THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES.
    6. REFUSING TO CARE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FOUGHT HIS WAR, DENYING ASSISTANCE TO SOLDIERS RETURNING WITH PTSD. 

    7. ALLOWING CORRUPTION AND GREED TO FLOURISH WITHOUT MAKING ANY ATTEMPTS TO STOP IT.

    8. AUTHORIZING WAR CRIMES, SOME OF WHICH IF TRIED BY TRIBUNAL WOULD MAKE NUREMBURG LOOK LIKE A TRAFFIC COURT.

    9. DESPITE THOUSANDS OF LETTERS TELLING HIM THAT THE WORD IS NOT "NOOKULAR," MR. BUSH CONTINUES TO MAKE A MALAPROP CLOWN OF HIMSELF. 

    10. BEING JUST PLAIN STUPID.

    GEORGE W. BUSH WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE WORST PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD. NO OTHER PRESIDENT HAS SUCCEEDED IN RANSACKING A NATION'S ECONOMY, ALLOWING ITS INFRASTRUCTURE TO DECAY, AND INITIATING A BAD WAR AGAINST THE WRONG PEOPLE. IN SHORT, BUSH IS THE SUPREME ASSHOLE. 

    I CAN THINK PAST KATRINA. YOU, MR. MAVEN, ARE STUCK THERE, IN A BLACK HOLE OF IGNORANCE. 

    WAKE THE FUCK UP!
  • Will Malven
    What a ludacrous screed.  I only managed to get to the paragraph in which the writer blames President Bush for the Katrina debacle before I quit.

    Katrina is my touchstone for intellectual integrity and knowledge. For an individual to assign blame to President Bush and his administration for what was essentially a Democrat state failure informs my opinion of that individual's character and sources of information.

    For one to fail to know the underpinnings of what occurred in New Orleans, for one to fail to acknowledge the facts about what occurred-Nagin's abandonment of his citizens, Nagin's failure to execute the emergency plan already in his hands, Nagin's inability to do what a 17 year old boy thought to do, use a school bus to evacuate the city, Blanco's failure to recognize the dangers involved and activate the National Guard, the diversion for decades of monies allocated to reinforce and upgrade the levee system to projects such as construction of casino's, the entire Corps of Engineers efforts to prevent the Mississippi River from diverting (as it has done for millenia) down the Atchafalaya basin and thus replenish the salt marshes which have been disappearing at an ever increasing rate, etc. etc. all of these and more came into play in a state which is the perfect test case for Democrat policy and proved the Democrat lie.

    Blaming President Bush and his administration for Katrina is like blaming Whte Star Line for the Sinking of the Titanic...certainly some liability rests there, but the failures were, in the main, far more local.

    If you can't think past Democrat Dogma any further than "Katrina was Bush's failure," then you don't deserve any respect.
  • ML Smith
    WHAT IS THIS?
    DAVID,

    IF THE FIT IS A SHOE, THE SHOE FITS.
  • davidwwalters
    Mort....
    i'll bookmark it!

    So tell me, friend, what is it that you want? Surely it must be more than what you have. How badly do you want it? Are you willing to take the risk; to abandon what your heart tells you is right for the thing you want most? Are you willing to consider the realities? Please - allow me to enlighten you.
    YOU MAY HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT
    THERE ARE CHILDREN WHO WILL NEVER BE LOVED
    TAKE WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU WISH
    THINK NOTHING OF THOSE WHO SUFFER
    REVEL IN THE PLEASURE OF YOUR PURSUITS
    A FATHER WATCHED AS HIS CHILDREN WERE THROWN IN A DITCH AND KILLED.
    THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER
    ONLY ONE MAN CAN SPOIL YOUR PARTY
    HE WROTE THIS:
    Each day I suffer.
    Pain.
    Heartbreak.
    Loneliness.
    Fear.
    Dread.
    Each day brings with it a new torture of mind and body.
    Each day I remember those who judged me.
    Each day I thank those who cut me loose and sent me to the forest of my nightmares.
    Each day I walk through that forest, now without fear.
    Each day I grow stronger.
    Chaos is my playground.
  • ML Smith
    Dave #140


    CONSERVATIVE IDEALS ALWAYS BEAT LIBERAL IDEAS....
    AND YOU KNOW THERE ARE PLENTY OF EMPTY HEADED LIBERALS WITH IDEAS. 


    (Psst...Dave, this is just a cover; otherwise they won't print me anymore) 


    Interested in sharing this website? We could definitely do some damage...literary, of course.


    http://ml-Smith.blogspot.com
    Look for 200mgs Is Not Enough
    Scoll - there are at least three or four things there...I'm re-upping the site this week with new stuff. There should be something from you.


    Oh well. 


    ALL HAIL THE CONSERVATIVE
  • davidwwalters
    Mort 138.........
    <>

    -I am concerned, and yes, it scares me too!
  • davidwwalters
    ML Smith 138.........
    -Nice post!
    <<
    By association, the implication is that God himself approved. To put it as bluntly as I can, we ran with it...pushed it to the extreme - God is on our side.>>
    -The idea that God shows his omnipotence by favoring some at the expense of others is an ancient idea....God approved of Israel at the expense of the Philistines until that same God became pissed at them and they were conquered by Babylon.  Roman Imperial theology was accepted by so many because they believed this nonsense that it was somehow God's will that Rome should rule.  Wasn't Caesar the son of God?
    Too many share this antiqued notion that our nation  is God's favored nation, and that our leaders can do NO wrong as long as they are doing this God's bidding.
    And this collection of fellow American citizens are wooed by the Republican party, and are being used by this same party.  How often did Ronald Reagan attend church?  Maybe he was to busy doing "God's work"
    to attend that often.  The point is, Sarah Palin is but another example of using this religious based notion to capture a bloc of voters in a cynical way.
  • ML Smith
    No goofing around in this one. I worked like a dog. Now it is simply a matter of random mathematical principle.
    ML Smith

    Who Killed the Constitution...

    ...or the Ten Commandments, for that matter? Both documents are strikingly similar in intent and you can find thousands of comparable versions - look no further than the closet you use to store your board games. “Life is but a game.” Shakespeare? Try to imagine a game of Monopoly played with no regard for the rules. Who would win? I suggest that it would be the player quickest to put his hand in the money box and claim “This is mine.” That was precisely the kind of behavior going on when God summoned Moses to the top of that mountain; the same behavior that the writers of the Constitution sought to prevent. Unfortunately, neither they nor Moses understood the realities of “possession” and “winning.” Life is a game and it always will be. The rules are followed only to the extent that they guard against chaos, a state of being that makes it impossible to play the game.
    The problem inherent in all of this is one of omission. None of our revered documents address the object of the game and no one asks until it is time to die. “Yes, I was happy, but did I win the game?” Humans must decide for themselves what the object is. Some define it in material terms. Some view it in spiritual context - the game has only begun. Others, though there are few, see the object as an affirmation that they did the right thing in the face of temptation to do wrong. These are the same people who play Monopoly by the written rules and refuse to compromise. “Here, these are the rules, see? You cannot put hotels on Boardwalk and Park Place without paying for them.” Perhaps it all boils down to this - what do you want written on your headstone? I would like mine to say “He was the banker that refused to take ill gotten money for hotels on Park Place and Boardwalk. He did the right thing.” Only I will know the truth of it - that my best friend offered me $5000 (under the table) to ease my conscience.
    “Thou shalt not kill.” Number One on the biblical hit parade, the mandate is addressed in Constitutional law and subsequently modified by various amendments that have changed it from law to very ambiguous rule of thumb. Had the commandment been amended, it would have said, “Thou shalt not kill except under certain mitigating circumstances.” Our constitutional version of the commandments reflects a biblical amendment that may have been considered but was never enacted.

    Exceptions:
    in self defense, war, capital punishment, executive mandate, (assassination) and insanity. That some of the exceptions are insane is not addressed. Mass genocide is a valid exception as a consequence of war. We proved that on August 6, 1945, but the exception only applies to us. The Pope had nothing to say about Fat Man and Little Boy. By association, the implication is that God himself approved. To put it as bluntly as I can, we ran with it...pushed it to the extreme - God is on our side. Again, there has been no objection from the Vatican.
    Notwithstanding the Constitution and the Ten Commandments, we also have sins - seven of them to be exact. For all practical purposes, they are little more than folklore. No one pays any attention to them and some of them are actually revered, although the names have been changed to protect the guilty. Greed? No problem - it is Ambition, fundamental to capitalism. Sloth? A sin attributed to the poor. A wealthy man may be as lazy as he wishes - sloth is his privilege, earned by way of greed. (Ambition) If you take the time to read through the list of deadly sins, you will see that all of them are subject to interpretation; viewed as rules, some are deadlier than the acts specified and most, thank God, are either invalid or at most controversial in today’s society. You may commit some of these “sins” without fear of punishment or retribution of any kind. Although biblical references imply severe punishment in the hereafter, you can wipe the slate clean through the simple act of “confession,” which requires only a verbal admission of remorse.
    Thus, a man with blood on his hands and a history of greed and sloth can evade punishment and be absolved in a minute. The man needs a good lawyer and a priest. That is all.
    So tell me, friend, what is it that you want? Surely it must be more than what you have. How badly do you want it? Are you willing to take the risk; to abandon what your heart tells you is right for the thing you want most? Are you willing to consider the realities? Please - allow me to enlighten you.
    YOU MAY HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT
    THERE ARE CHILDREN WHO WILL NEVER BE LOVED
    TAKE WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU WISH
    THINK NOTHING OF THOSE WHO SUFFER
    REVEL IN THE PLEASURE OF YOUR PURSUITS
    A FATHER WATCHED AS HIS CHILDREN WERE THROWN IN A DITCH AND KILLED.
    THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER
    ONLY ONE MAN CAN SPOIL YOUR PARTY
    HE WROTE THIS:
     

    Each day I suffer.
    Pain.
    Heartbreak.
    Loneliness.
    Fear.
    Dread.
     
    Each day brings with it a new torture of mind and body.
    Each day I remember those who judged me.
    Each day I thank those who cut me loose and sent me to the forest of my nightmares.
    Each day I walk through that forest, now without fear.
    Each day I grow stronger.
     
    Chaos is my playground.

    What rules do we fall back on to protect us from chaos? So far, we have been lucky. The wheels of justice continue to turn, but they are corroded. The products of our judicial assembly line are unpredictable and corrupt. We see the results as an acceptable mutilation of values and beliefs that provided the glue necessary to hold our society together. We would never knowingly allow an auto mechanic to use Elmer’s to seal a head gasket, yet we have no quarrel with societal binding that has about as much holding power as scotch tape purchased at a dollar store.
    I do not know that anyone is particularly concerned about this. I’m not even sure that anyone is aware of the problem. It scares the hell out of me. Ø
  • ML Smith
    NO! YOU ANSWER THE CHALLENGE, DUFUS.

    Litmus Test for Conservatives

    All questions are multiple choice or True/False. There are 3 (THREE) sections to the test. You have 5 (Five) years to complete each section. If you complete a section early, you must wait for the test administrator to announce the beginning of the next section. Cheating is strictly prohibited for unregistered conservatives. Registered conservatives may cheat as long as they do not get caught.

    START TIME FOR SECTION 1 BEGINS IN

     

     

     
    10_9_8_7_6_5_4_3_2_1_START
    SECTION 1

    PERCEPTIONS

    1. YOUR SON, WHO IS 14, MUST WRITE A BOOK REPORT FOR SCHOOL. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING BOOKS SHOULD HE READ?
     Lady Chatterly’s Lover
    ’ Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
     Das Kapital
    ˜ The Scarlet Pimp
    – Washington D.C. Telephone Directory

    2. In 1973, illegal drugs valued at $7 billion were imported to south Florida by which of the following organizations: [you may check all that apply]
    ’ DEA
    — FBI
    œ CIA
    š All of the above
    — None of the above

    3. What percentage of all U.S. currency is held in the United States?
    • 90%
    ‘ 70%
    ’ 33%
    ‘ 100%
    “ Random Select (a Rhesus monkey will select the correct answer)

    4. The President of the United States has the power to do which of the following: [you may check all that apply]
    – Go to the bathroom without permission
    – Issue a declaration of war
    — Issue a declaration of war against the wrong country
    • Pardon himself in advance of any war crime tribunal
    “ Sanction acts of genocide without any knowledge of such sanctions

    5. If a major act of terrorism occurred in America prior to inauguration of a new President, the incumbent President can do which of the following: [you may check all that apply]
    ’ Declare a state of national emergency
    – Extend his term in office indefinitely
    ” Engage in sexual intercourse with your wife and/or Dick Cheney
    œ Appoint Jesse Jackson as Secretary of Defense
    • leave the toilet seat up

    6. A devout conservative may have liberal friends as long as they are:
    — Catholic and pro-life
    œ Dead
    ™ Wealthy mongoloids
    ™ Willing to do his/her laundry
    • Able to give good head

    7. A liberal can be identified by which of the following characteristics:
    š Size and shape of nose
    ™ Erectile dysfunction
    ž First name David, Mort, Max
    ™ Uses words with more than one syllable
    • Shamelessly lies, uses sarcasm, writes incoherent blogs

    END OF PART ONE

     

    SELECT, COPY AND PASTE COMPLETED TEST TO

     

     
    [email protected]

  • ML Smith
    A Conservative's Guide to Liberal Mentality
    cont. from #135

    Day 3 on the unit
     

    Liberals Linked to Drug Seeking Behavior


    Where the hell did they ever get that idea?
    “Nurse Gibbons?”
    “What is it, Smith?”
    “I don’t think that shot worked. Can I get some Versed?”
    “No.”
    “Fentanyl?”
    “No.”
    “Thorazine? Please. I’m sorry I tried to strangle you to death. But I’m feeling the urge again.”
    “Martin! Vest him. Now!”
    I tried. You can’t blame a guy for trying. It’s capitalism.

    Things were a little blurry, but I could still read the headline in the local newspaper.
  • ML Smith
    Love and Lunacy - a Conservative’s Guide to the Liberal Mentality

    Chantilly
    Nice bar, but I had to get rid of the jerk from EquiSave. The guy wouldn’t shut up.
    “Speed kills, you know.”
    “Bullshit. Speed is the
    only thing that matters.”
    “You Form people are all the same. I’ll bet you’re still clocking yearlings.”
    “Nah. We stopped that years ago.”
    “So what do you think of Obama?”
    “I think he’s President.”
    “Yeah, great...a liberal faygela.”
    “Really? Okay. Speaking of speed, answer this question for me. How fast can you tell a love story? Six days? Chantilly runs for only six days each year. How about three seconds? A flicker in time? Think about it.”
    “I wouldn’t know where to start.”
    “Think about it all you want. A love story can’t be told in three seconds, six days or even 16 years. Not if it’s a real love story. I would know.”
    “You sound like one of those liberal crybabies. Love. Give me a break. How would you know?”
    “You mean am I qualified to make such a statement? Absolutely not. I spent 8 of the last 16 years in an insane asylum. But don’t let that fact influence your judgment of me. Since my release, I have done nothing to improve on my lowly status as a degenerate windbag pumped full of lunatic spittle. I wallow in my maggot infested pit of insanity, but I prosper. I rise above the proletariat! Do you hear me? I rise above!”
    “You’re nuts, you know that?” Thank God. Christina finally arrived. She sat next to me and smiled at Mr. EquiSave. He looked frightened. Christina had that effect on both men and women. I was never sure what it meant, but I had some good ideas that I wanted to try out.
    “Say, you haven‘t seen Uma Thurman anywhere, have you?”
    “Don’t be ridiculous.”
    “Hey, could you do me a favor?”
    “What?”
    “Get lost.”

    To be continued
  • ML Smith
    Davide Volters,

    With no spell chicken, I cannutt right...nutt even left. Vary embarrassink. 
    So, with the Wellbutrink, bomb woot detonate immediate...you are complitly screwt.

    They vill nutt let me in today - most be sick and tirink of my babblink, so you vill nutt see this. Who cares? Nutt me. I kipp on writink for the hail off it. Oh, mine Got! Listen to diss. There iss new ratink systemk for compare like Uma to Elizabeth. On Web at http://staretimenoblinkfallinkinluff/ratings/elapsedtime.com/29/ 
    Do not click this.
    Uma rated at 1min.38sec.
    Elizabeth at :58sec.

    Others  
    Martin Landau: 13 years, 11 days, 5 hours, 23 sec.
    I forgot names.
  • davidwwalters
    Mort.....
    <<
    Has this become the Walters/Smith Report? >>
    -We did have AK Kelli&Titus here for a while, but the superior force of truth has prevailed!
    Sarah Palin was wrong, and LA Conservative should write more on this Blog...
    -she's hot, smart......maybe she could make it in the republican party and run for prez one day.
    There is one particular side effect of wellbutrin (.....that transcends viagra.....)
  • ML Smith
    David Walters

    Yeah, Uma Thurman would work.

    David, have you looked at the last ten or twenty entries here? Has this become the Walters/Smith Report? 

    Thank God for Zyprexa! Dextroamphetamine SA. Klonopin. Restoril. Cymbalta. Still they don't control the textual spillage and obvious insanity of my comments, although occasionally I get past it. 

    Thanks for the company. Thought I had scared them all away, but apparently you are immune to my mental malfunctions.
  • davidwwalters
    Mort 130.......
    -So what about someone who answers?  I would conclude they may be even crazier......
    ............................................one Elizabeth Shue type ?
    -why not an Uma Thurman type
    Thank got for wellbutrin!
  • ML Smith
    Mumtaz Begum

    On the list of terrorist organizations operating within the US? Hardly. A password, used in variations of the name, to obtain e-mail accounts, Web sites, etc? Definitely. There is even one variation, Mumtaz Begone, that is frequently used. 

    Who is Mumtaz Begum?
    Dam to Nearco, she produced Nasrullah. Nasrullah and Miss Disco produced Bold Ruler. Princequillo and Imperatrice produced Somethingroyal, who conceived a son of Bold Ruler named Secretariat.
    With sinister names like Nasrullah and Mumtaz Begum, it is not hard to imagine a anti-terrorist wild goose chase that leads to the greatest thoroughbred to ever set foot on a racetrack.
    What should conservatives do about this?
    The debate rages. It should not become a part of these discussions, however, since it has nothing whatsoever to do with anything. Only a madman would awaken at 2:00 am to write this. Only a complete lunatic would allow it to be printed here.
  • ML Smith
    ML SMITH #1397
    I’m not talking loud so you don’t have to worry. I’m not getting out of hand. Sshhh. Listen, Michael, I have an idea. I can’t tell you what it is now, because I forgot. But I know this - it is important.


    Oh. Yes. It seems that I am writing a one character play. David is my imaginary friend.

    Right now, I’m offline due to ice storm. I’m going to write a reply in advance, as if I knew what the topic or issue would be. Like this:

    UC HOLE PUNCHER

    Why so critical of UC? You have nothing to say of any consequence about anything, yet you come here to lambaste the editor? Have you nothing to say to me? I am your wife, for God’s sakes. If you don’t talk to me, who do you talk to? That hussy from Townhall?
    I want you out of here. Pack up your panty hose and get lost.

    Mike, don’t you think there’s compelling dialogue here and there for a play called Growing Old and Senile - the Angina Monologues?


    Whatever you do, don’t print this one. If you do, I’ll write the play myself. You’ll be crying in your beer as my show opens at the Belasco Theater to rave reviews.
    “Smith is a genius.” NEW YORK TIMES THEATER REVIEW
    “Real person. Real dialogue. Fascinating.” The New Yorker
    “ML Smith has elevated theater to new heights.” Irma Bombeck




     

    Insanity Up Close and Personal.” Edgar Tilly
  • ML Smith
    Ah, David Walters,

    I know sometimes my English iss not so good, but I try. Typing makes it a helluva lot easier.

    Now, on this subject of punishment I think you are starting to make me laugh. Your stuff is way bettter, and funnier, too!

    Listen, (don't let Michael hear) how about this? A firing squad, one Elizabeth Shue type female and your dick is strapped to a very sensitive trigger device of a nice little bomb. You know...nothing very big - as long as it stays that way. 

    Oh, shit, c'mon, Mike...just this one more time. I will promise you that I shall never do this again. Okay? Okay. Please. Ya' gotta' do it for me, just for this...what? Never mind that - print this. Please!
  • davidwwalters
    ML Smith 123.....
    <<Now I'm not saying I know who the latest war crime hero is, but let the punishment fit the crimes, not the idiot individual. In the case described, I think life imprisonment and a pre-frontal lobotomy are mandatory minimums. No plea bargaining. Sound okay? >>

    -i favor a firing squad with no blind fold.
  • ML Smith
    Good morning UC!

    Ah...a new day. New comments...maybe. I think this comment line died sometime last week. Nobody comes here anymore. Is that my fault?

    Well, maybe this will get some response.

    1. TO ALL YOU CONSERVATIVE ASSHOLES OUT THERE, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING!
    2. ABORTION IS GOOD.
    3. PARENTS THAT NEGLECT CHILDREN ARE SAINTS.
    4. SARAH PALIN IS A PROSTITUTE IN DISGUISE.
    5. HITLER WAS CHARLES LINDBERGH'S FRIEND.
    6. GEORGE BUSH WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE WORST PRESIDENT WE EVER HAD.
    7. WE NEED MORE GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION.
    8. THE RICH SHOULD BE TAXED AT A RATE OF 90%.
    9. GUNS SHOULD ONLY BE LEGAL WHEN USED FOR TARGET PRACTICE WITH CONSRVATIVE DUMMIES.
    10. COMMUNISM IS GOOD.
    11. JEWS ARE GOOD.
    12. ALL JEWS ARE LIBERALS WHICH IS GOOD.
    13. ALL LIBERALS ARE COMMUNISTS WHICH IS GOOD.
    14. WE DO NOT LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY
    15. YOU ARE BEING WATCHED
    16. SO AM I
    17. ALL PEOPLE OF MIDDLE EASTERN DESCENT OR APPEARANCE SHOULD BE DETAINED AT AIRPORTS AND SHIPPED TO GITMO.
    18. AL QAEDA IS NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - THEY ARE AN AGRARIAN SOCIETY TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR POPPY FIELDS FROM INTERVENTION BY EXXON/MOBIL, A CORPORATION THAT HAS BEEN STEALING POPPY FARMS, BUILDING HEROIN REFINERIES AND DISTRIBUTING HEROIN TO YOUR CHILDREN.

    TRY AND ARGUE THAT!
  • ML Smith
    The suspense is getting to me. You know I will try to get away with as much as I can...but how much longer will it be before the final solution. Extermination. Four little words will do it. Oh, the blessed words, the anguish of banishment - the sandwich. (Pastrami of course) Then bedtime. 

    I feel like Ruffian did. Oh God, the pain! Please do it. Now. Please. 

    Are you old enough to remember, Michael? Was she not the most beautiful racehorse you ever saw? They ran the first half in 44 flat and Ruffian was pulling away from Foolish Pleasure...going too fast. Snap. Still trying to run. Snap. Eyes wild with pain; shock - blood...tears. A guy behind me yelled "Good for the bitch! Ya' see that? 44 and she splinters like a twig." I wanted to kill the bastard. 

    Okay. I'm ready. Good night, and thanks for listening.
  • ML Smith
    Alright. This isn't working. Where's the bile? An opinion? A thought? You know what I mean, Michael.

    "Punishment of corrupt politicians is a good thing." Even that would help. But you know what will happen? Someone will start back on Sarah Palin again, or on child rearing.

    Here is my response in advance.

    Sarah Palin doesn't use dental floss.
    Parents who neglect their children should be given medals for staying out of their way.

    Try and punch a hole there.
  • ML Smith
    David Walters

    Long sentences is right...make them paragraphs at the minmum. Blagojevic should get a 7000 word novel, which should take him about 30 years to write...maybe more considering the fact that his grammar, punctuation and spelling must be perfect.

    War crimes, eh? Now you're talking big league; the Majors. Let's see...what should the punishment be for gross negligence of leadership in decisions involving war; i.e. illegal declarations of war based on information so bad that you could smell it in the next state; covert authorization to commit genocide; "accidentally" engaging the wrong enemy; allowing the supply of arms to the enemy during war and finally, the greatest war crime of all; - as a leader, refusing to care for your own casualties.

    Now I'm not saying I know who the latest war crime hero is, but let the punishment fit the crimes, not the idiot individual. In the case described, I think life imprisonment and a pre-frontal lobotomy are mandatory minimums. No plea bargaining. Sound okay?
  • davidwwalters
    ML Smith.....
    Long jail sentences are the only way to deal with corruption and abuse of power.....
    "Pay to Play" as well as war Crimes should be punished with long stints in jail.
  • ML Smith
    Say, don't you think this is getting old? How about starting a new thread? You know, something we can really sink our teeth in? I don't mind being the liberal punching bag for awhile. This should do it.


    Integrity for Sale

    ML Smith
    After Monday’s disclosure that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar (It must be an awfully large jar, given the number of hands it can accommodate at one time) conspiring to sell President Obama’s Senate Seat, I reacted like most Americans do these days. “Oh. Hey, did you see what Philly did to the Giants yesterday?” Honestly, what’s the big deal? It’s not like he was trying to sell the seat to the Pope. Realistically, I don’t see the Pope interested in that job anyhow...he has enough to do. When God is your immediate supervisor, it’s not a good idea to start moonlighting as a Senator.
    Nice catch by the FBI though, huh? Well no, actually - the catch was routine and Special Agent Terrell Owens wasn’t using sharpies to sign depositions. I wouldn’t be impressed if Webster himself was the Special Agent in charge of this one. How difficult can it be to reel one in from a tank overcrowded with huge, brightly colored fish? I can see SA Webster now. “Which one should I pick? Let’s see...there’s bribery in the corner; sleaze bottom feeding as usual; fraud hiding under that shell; and isn’t that arrogance swimming with duplicity?”
    Nonetheless, a catch is a catch and the Special Agents responsible hauled in a big Blagojevich. As it turns out, the Blagojevich needed a larger tank - one that could hold $500,000 as payment for the Senate seat.
    Good old Rod. What a guy. At 51 and serving in his second term, the sleazebag refers to himself as a “reformer.” He has done one hell of a job reforming guidelines arguably followed by other governors saddled with similar responsibilities. For all we know, Rod might not be guilty of anything other than a desire to follow in the footsteps of his brilliant predecessor, George Ryan. Ryan distinguished himself as a reformer by bringing racketeering back to the Governor’s office where it belonged. Convicted in 2006, Ryan is still in prison - a remarkable feat by any standard. Maybe he didn’t have enough cash to buy an early release.
    There are always questions. One of them fascinates me. In the New York Times article by Monica Davey and Jack Healy printed December 9, 2008, they described the affidavit against Blagojevich as “a vivid picture of influence peddling and bare-knuckle politics in the Blagojevich administration, evoking the heyday of Chicago’s political machine.” Davey and Healy are journalists? For the New York Times? Where have they been for the last 20 years - sitting at home watching gangster flicks on TCM? Heck, I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but even I know that contemporary political flim flam extends far beyond the confines of the windy city. Political chicanery like this happens everyday...everywhere.
    Oddly, it is the politicians themselves that seem to know least about these things. I find that mighty strange. Are we to believe that there is no gossip in the Senate? Outrageous! These guys drink, don’t they?
    Obama said he knew nothing about the Blagojevich business or anything else for that matter since he didn’t mention any other improprieties in “bare-knuckle land USA.” I am not ashamed to admit that I find all of this a bit reminiscent of Schultz in Hogan’s Heroes. “I saw noth-ing.” Would I be out of line to suggest that a lot more than apple strudel buys silence in American brass-knuckle politics?
    Rod Blagojevich. A name that will be remembered for a few weeks, perhaps; until the next arrogant and stupid “reformer” gets caught with his pants down...oops, bad metaphor. Ah, so what? Does anyone remember Elliot Spitzer? (No! Not the kid that won all those gold medals swimming in the Olympics!) You remember Elliot, don’t you? What do you suppose happened to that “black book?” I haven’t heard a word about it since Elliot tucked in his shirt. Did someone accidentally lose it? Impossible - nobody could be stupid enough to lose something like that. I wonder what it would bring at auction. I imagine the bidding would be fast and furious.

    “Sold...to the man with the fish hook in his mouth!”

    Well, that’s politics for ya’ buddy. Say, whaddya’ think of those Knicks? §
  • davidwwalters
    Titus states in 116:
    <<parents also leave it up to cities and neighborhoods to watch after their children because they don't want to pay for daycare or some other form of care while the parents are away or just don't give a damn.>>
    -Is it that they don't want to pay, or are unable to pay?   As a child, my dad was able to support the family with his paycheck alone, mom stayed at home caring for the kids.  Today's society has many single parents struggling to meet the demands of work and child rearing simultaneously.
    Oh, i know......you'll add:  ".....it's a choice....."
    It was a choice i found myself in at one time.   I left for work at 6am, unable to see my 12 yr old off to school, or to monitor his activities when he got home from school until one day i came home early.......
    -Perhaps some money could come to help single moms&dads (instead of pay for F-22 fighters.......)with day care and more structured after school activities.
    Society places parents into many situations they have little control over.  Parents need help, yet government has been unable to assist for many reasons......yet in the end government pays the price in the justice&penal systems.  And when these young citizens are incarcerated, not only do we pay for their incarceration.......they also are unable to increase the tax base.
  • ML Smith
    Titus Hunt,

    Thank you. The compliment was uneccessary, but deeply appreciated nonetheless.
  • Titus Hunt
    M L Smith--just like a liberal to judge someone you don't know.  laugh and joke at a serious subject that results in children's suffering!  that is the selfishness that plaques our country today.  it is important that people understand the plight of children and the hate they feel when parents don't parent!  there is no stupidity here just facts.  it is hard for some folks to comprehend what they don't understand.  you would know how stupid you were if you only knew my religious beliefs, which i will not share on this blog.  you are just too funny for words.
  • ML Smith
    Titus,

    Pardon me, sir, for I hath offended thee. By God's grace, may I rot in hell for eternity! Your highness...no, wait a minute; no one could be higher than I am right now - may it please the royal court that I may re-phrase my indescretion. Your lowness, I grow weary of your lectures and must therefore take leave of your hospitality. 

    By the way, do you know Humpty Dumpty? 

    Goodmorrow to you sir, and may the spirits of stupidity remain with you.
  • Titus Hunt
    ML Smith--i started not to answer you because your comments are dumb but i'll take the time to educate you.  we have a major crisis in this country because parents are not taking care of their children.  this filters into the school system and hinders everyone from learning!  the abuse is so prevalent that children are dying in the hands of a parent.  parents also leave it up to cities and neighborhoods to watch after their children because they don't want to pay for daycare or some other form of care while the parents are away or just don't give a damn.  ask any police officer of a big city.  the foster care system is screwed up and does not have the best interests of these kids in mind.  the kids are continually put back into abusive homes to "give the parents one more chance" and guess what?  children are so emotionally scarred when they are finally removed permanently (a lot are around age 8 or 9) that they are robbed of their youth and have to have extensive counseling, which sometimes works and sometimes does not.  the kids act out because of the hatred of their parents for the emotional/physical abuse.  so who is a fault now?  if parents are not abiding by the law and taking care of and feeding their kids, handcuffing the kid and parent together for a week will ensure the parent and child understand their roles.  after the embarrassment is over with maybe there would be parental responsibility.  so you think abusive parents should not spend the rest of his/her life in jail when they rob their children of their lives?  parents should only have one shot at parenting because they decided to have children and should take care of them.  free lunch and breakfast should not be options at school.  that is the parents' job.  the foster care system is full of children who are permanently and emotionally scarred, and adoptive parents really struggle to ensure the child gets the proper counseling/care that he/she needs.  a lot of these children are on specialized educational programs.  some children have been exposed to alcohol and/or drugs in the womb and will have to be on medication and may not ever be able to lead normal lives.  so you are part of the problem in not wanting to be tough on parents!  there are plenty of you out there and that is why the laws are not protecting children and parents are getting away with this in the first place.  the so-called experts keep putting these precious children back into the hands of the parents that keeping abusing them until someone finally wises up and pulls the kids out.  if the experts knew what they were doing, they would understand that one incidence of abuse is too many and should be stopped!  so if putting children before criminals is hate then call me the devil.  i don't care!  i guess you are for pedophiles living near children too, huh?  there is no difference!  do you think they can be healed and should be given a chance when no one can say for sure they won't commit a sexual crime against children again?  should they be given the opportunity to hurt a child after they have done it once?  so i'm just soooooooo harsh on these poor irresponsible parents who choose to ruin their childrens' lives!  obviously you are left-winged liberal selfish nut!
  • ML Smith
    Titus Hunt #113

    You have some very impressive ideas there. Did you really think of these things yourself? Send the parents to jail for life? Handcuff them to their children? Is that all you can come up with. Why not this?

    Euthanize the parents. Handcuff the kids to Social Workers. Send them to National Conservative Schools. Teach them how to lie, cheat, steal, kill, and hate...quietly. Then they can all be just like you.
  • davidwwalters
    ML Smith 112:
    <<Although biblical references imply severe punishment in the hereafter, you can wipe the slate clean through the simple act of “confession,” which requires only a verbal admission of remorse.
    >>
    -you forgot to add the verbal acceptance of christian theology.....by simply saying the words ".....I believe.....", one is saved.

    Titus 113:
    <<the police have had it with the liberal views of the government and
    have limited abilities.>>
    -i suppose that's why cops love the taser so much;  perhaps that is their way of making a statement.  (i have a pathological hatred of cops myself, so i am no the least bit objective in "cop matters" ).
    .....kids are anti-social .......i wonder why?  Is it purely parental neglect, or is it something more?
    -Perhaps the kids detect some hypocrisy in our society?
  • Titus Hunt
    David-- child rearing classes i agree with.  that kind of charity is what republicans will buy into because it is getting to the route of the problems and helping people help themselves.  handing people checks or taking care of their kids is not the answer.  however, i can tell you that is not all that needs to happen.  i have talked to several police officers in Charlotte.  they tell me the same stories about taking kids who are breaking the law in some form back to their parents.  they talk to the parents and the parents say they are not interested and for the police to take them because they don't care about them.  that happens more often than not when police have to get involved in these types of situations.  the parents allow the children to stay out after dark and commit crimes and really don't care.  the police have had it with the liberal views of the government and have limited abilities.  juvenille homes are maxed out and there is no more room.  the parents need to be held accountable and sent to jail.  however, the first thing that needs to happen is the parents need to be handcuffed to the children for a week at a time until they are willing to take charge.  if their jobs are in jeopardy, maybe they will do something about it.  of course, if abuse occurs they are locked up for life with no parole.  examples have to be made of these deadbeat parents but the liberal views in government will not allow it.  it is ridiculous.  everytime our mayor goes to Raleigh about this problem, he is shot down because the liberals will not touch this problem.  the mayor is frustrated and i don't blame him!  if he had become governor, this would have been one of his top priorities!
  • ML Smith
    David Walters 111

    I agree"...humans are greedy." But...


    Greed? No problem - it is ambition, fundamental to capitalism. Sloth? Only a sin if committed by the poor. A wealthy man may be as lazy as he wishes - sloth is his privilege, earned by way of greed. (ambition) If you take the time to read through the entire list of deadly sins, you will see that all of them are invalid in today’s society. You may commit any of these “sins” without fear of punishment or retribution of any kind. Although biblical references imply severe punishment in the hereafter, you can wipe the slate clean through the simple act of “confession,” which requires only a verbal admission of remorse.
    Thus, a man with murder on his hands and a history of greed and sloth can be absolved in a minute. Running a red light will not be absolved by the DMV no matter how remorseful you may be. The points go on your license, you are fined and your insurance rates go up as added punishment. While you still may have God and the hereafter to contend with, it is unlikely that you will confess to a priest that you ran a red light. Why waste his time or God’s? Neither care much about red lights.

    So, when all is said and done, greed is really no big deal.
  • davidwwalters
    Titus 109.......
    <>
    -hold them responsible yes.....with a bit of training perhaps.  Child rearing classes.  OJT for child rearing can be a recipe for disaster.

    ML Smith 110.........
    And as human beings, i think we all have a it of greed within us.  Some more than others, but nevertheless, humans are greedy.
  • ML Smith
    David Walters!

    Great comment! Greed. The heart and soul of it all. I constantly worry about the world my grandchild will inherit. What will be left for her? Why did we allow this to happen?
  • Titus Hunt
    David--i agree.  however, i think the local governments need to start holding parents responsible even if it takes $ from the feds.  in the long run it would be a lot cheaper than what we have now.  right now we are giving these irresponsible parents money for them and their kids to continue to be irresponsible.  at one point, we need to cut off their funds as hard as they may be!  the future generations would be much better for it!
  • davidwwalters
    Titus;
    You are right about bad parents.....maybe there should be a federal program for parenting (.....just kidding).  A person's impact on the world is important for one to be aware of.  I think we can agree it is a crazy world, we just differ on corrective measures, huh?
    Our young will succeed us, and i worry we have given them crap.  It's not a political party's fault, that's  a symptom, not a cause.  The cause is greed.
    We see greed in our society from top down....i can't fix that, i can only comment on it.
  • Titus Hunt
    David--  that is what i like about you.  even though we disagree, we can discuss any issue.  (now i didn't say i agree all of the time. ha!)  i agree with what you are saying about corporate citizens and i'll go one further.  last week the CEO of a major corp. announced they will lay off 30k people as a result of an acquisition.  in a stockholders' meeting yesterday or the day before (not sure), one person stood up and demanded that the CEO take a $1/yr salary because of this.  he refused.  keep in mind that the stock price has fallen more than half.  that is a perfect example.  now in a good economy 30k people MAY have a shot at finding a job but now................  of course not!  It will further hurt our country.  now i understand in a situation like that it is normal for layoffs but the CEO himself should take a hit and save as many as possible even if they are suffled around to other areas.  However, people like him and all of those folks who only have their own interests in mind are all wrong and are hurting this country.  throughout the years people have forgotten about folks who suffered during the depression and lost their lives for our freedoms for some reason (i don't know why).  neighbors helping neighbors isn't the norm any longer.  this is a critical time in our nation, and we need to not be so accepting of anyone who puts their own self interests first!  that is the problem!  this country has become accepting of everything and there are no limits.  the more we accept the worse this country becomes.  a good example is the school system.  a lot of kids are not taught respect at home and they are not being cared for.  parents are not held accountable for parenting their kids.  we as taxpayers should not be feeding children year after year just because their parents are irresponsible!  so the educators are trying to work with children and money is being poured into schools to no avail.  it is because the educators are not going after the root cause--the parents.  it has become acceptable in this society for people not to be held accountable!  until people start acting like Americans again, our country will continue this spiral downward path!  that is why i'm a proud conservative and instill those values to my son and will instill the same values in our adopted child!  as a result, my son is respectful of others and thinks about his impact on the world!  he is a great guy and i'm proud of him!  however, if he chooses to follow a immoral or wrong path, his mother will ensure he gets in the right direction again!  other people should follow suit.
  • davidwwalters
    Titus;
    <<...........they don't care about the well being of our country and what the issues are unless they affect them directly and they receive money!
    .............he made promises on everything just to get votes and now he is backing down from them!>>
    The broad assertion that the majority of Americans somehow don't care about anything except selfish interests may be true.  I've often thought how the national interest isn't served by the corporate citizens of America......they give large sums of money to elected officials and lobby for laws that create an atmosphere of maximum profits for their  companies.  It's the American way.  .....who paid for John McCain's 1st senate campaign?                           -Wasn't it a guy named Charles H. Keating, Jr.?
  • Titus Hunt
    David--Americans may have agreed but not for the reasons you might think.  i'll be willing to bet (i don't place bets unless i'm 100% going to win) that a lot of those votes were placed because they saw obama as giving them something (a check).  that is what this country has turned into and i meet people like that everyday and hear that everyday!  that is why they say they voted for him and it is evident in the interviews from the people on election day!  they expect him to pay their mortgage and bills in return for voting for him.  that is what they say and it is selfish.  they don't care about the wellbeing of our country and what the issues are unless they affect them directly and they receive money!  it is unfortunate!  so if you took those people out of the equation and those who voted for him because of his color (i know some folks like that too and have admitted it), how many people would be left?  i don't know the answer but would say that obama would have a lot less votes!  so there is a huge chunk of voters that voted for selfish reasons!  surprise, surprise!  they didn't vote for him because they thought he would save this country!  he made promises on everything just to get votes and now he is backing down from them!  so much for a great guy!
  • davidwwalters
    Ecclesiastes 3
    A Time for Everything
    1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 
    4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    -i don't know whether i should laugh or cry........
    <<But the only way you can claim the Alaska National Guard is not a missile interceptor defense unit is to completely ignore the facts>>
    -as if Sarah Palin having missiles in Alaska somehow gives her military acumen.  Hell, the governor of North Carolina could claim to be an expert in Special Operations based on that logic!
    And the so called "Common Sense" she possesses?  What will these missiles do to make America safer from terrorists?  No, that is not the kind of "common sense" America needs......and 2/3 of Americans agreed on election day.
  • AK Kelli
    Hello again Mr. Walters I hope you're well. You can stand by your statement which was: “There is NO "first-line of missile interceptor defense" in the Alaskan national Guard or any other National Guard unit.....PERIOD! -The Bullshit Detector has spoken.”
    But it doesn’t make you any less wrong.
    The 49th Missile Defense Battalion is not a “support service” for the technicians who man the hardware. Those National Guard personal that are accepted into the program go through extensive air defense training at Ft. Bliss plus a Ground Missile Defense course and unit training in Colorado Springs. Then they must pass a certification test to be a GMD operator.
    They man the fire direction center, meaning if given the order they would fire an interceptor at an incoming missile. They are the heart of the Ground-Based Missile Defense program designed to protect the U.S. from a ballistic missile attack at midcourse phase.
    Of course Governor Palin is “in command”, it is her duty. Does she oversee operations? Of course not and I never suggested such. I stated she is the “commander-in-chief” of the ONLY National Guard that is on permanent active duty whose mission is critical to our nations security .  As such, Sarah has a higher classified security rating than other governors. Just as the “presidential commander-in-chief” has commanders, generals, commissioners and secretaries overseeing military operations which report to him, Sarah Palin entrusts daily operations to the experts in those positions within our state. She of course, however, is briefed.


    I am not unwisely misdirecting people. First of all, I am somewhat abreast of what goes on in my state so when I speak of the Alaska National Guard’s 49th Missile Defense Battalion being a first-line of interceptor defense I know full well that they are actually tasked with the importance of protecting our homeland.  Secondly, I am confident in my governor. She won’t be pushed around, she isn’t easily intimidated and she takes her duties seriously, including her duties as commander-in-chief of the only National Guard on permanent active duty.

    You don’t have to like her or even agree that she does her job well if you choose to. But the only way you can claim the Alaska National Guard is not a missile interceptor defense unit is to completely ignore the facts.
  • Titus Hunt
    That "idiot" as you call Bush has done a lot to keep us safe in the last eight years.  I am thankful for that.  he has dealt with something no other President in history ever has--terriorism in our own county on a huge scale!  We were attacked and were vulnerable thanks to clinton cutting out a lot of our overseas intelligience.  we didn't even have enough translators because clinton cut the budget.  Bush has made his share of mistakes but i respect him for protecting our country in the midst of the terriorist planning more attacks!  for that and other accomplishments, he has my respect!  it is comical that you say McCain/Palin is not the change we needed because obama has resorted to using their ideas on the economy and it really wasn't their ideas exactly; it was common sense.  of course, their plan was the right one.  so, yes McCain/Palin is what we needed!
  • davidwwalters
    Titus (100):
    <<
    Sarah Palin has common sense and that is something that is lacking right now in the Whitehouse. >>
    -Wow!
    While i disagree that Mrs. Palin actually has any common sense, i do wholeheartedly agree that common sense is indeed lacking presently in the White House!
    << Sarah Palin would have been perfect for the job!  However, we have a bunch of idiots who can't see that and voted for obama.>>
    -The one idiot in America that counts is soon to vacate the Oval Office.....
    I remember "W" telling America 8 years ago that he was bringing change to Washington; the electorate judged that the change that McCain/Palin were espousing was not the kind of change we actually needed.
  • Titus Hunt
    BrianR--you are so right!  Sarah Palin has common sense and that is something that is lacking right now in the Whitehouse.  She understands the plight of normal hardworking Americans.  obama understands how to increase welfare and give benefits to those who choose to live at a low level, who will never pay taxes.  his record proves it!  I know so many people who choose to live at or below proverty.  i have tried time and time again to help them by teaching them how to gain new skills and education to get better jobs.  this would be free to them but they don't won't the put forth the EFFORT.  EFFORT has become a dirty word.  they bitch about their life but when i actually get them to admit the real problem under all of their excuses, they get angry.  they admit they want to continue to live the same ole unsuccessful life as they are living now but want help from the government or someone else to pay them for it!  they have a sense of entitlement and refuse to make any strides to better themselves.  they resent the fact they have to make an EFFORT and say it is not fair.  i ask them why isn't it fair and why i've had to work several jobs as a single parent just to make ends meet then i decided to go back to school.  i worked 60 to 70 hours a week while going to school full time and have now completed my MBA after finishing my undergraduate.  they think it is ok for me to kill myself but they don't think they should have to make any sacrifices at all for the money they feel they are entitled to.  obama caters to that type of philosophy.  so yes, Sarah Palin would have been perfect for the job!  However, we have a bunch of idiots who can't see that and voted for obama.  so now we are left with obama, pelosi, reid, dodd and frank!  now that is a group that will be intent on further damaging our country if we let them!  obama's own economic team has finally talked sense into him and disagree on his plan of raising taxes on corporations and those who make a little money during a bad economy.  i knew he would back down from his campaign rhetoric and that he was lying all along.  i predicted this on these very blogs and he is now backing now as i said he would.  however, i have to give him credit for saying everything idiots wanted to hear just to get votes to win.  however, i am blaming the idiots for voting for him for not seeing that he was full of BS, admitting it and not getting angry!  of course, i could come to the conclusion that he was voted into office by selfish people who want handouts!  hmmmmm!  it is a shame!
  • BrianR
    I suppose Biden was right for America?  The man plagiarizes speeches, cheats on collage tests, doesn't know who the President was during the stock market crash of the  20's nor does he realize that the President didn't go on Television back then as Television didn't yet exist at that time (this shows that the guy will just make stuff up off the top of his head!).
     
    No, I'd rather have President Palin any day over President Biden thank you!

    Also, let us not forget that President Elect Obama campaigned in 57 STATES!  If Sara Palin had said that we would not have heard the end of it!
  • davidwwalters
    AK Kelli  ......97
    -You would have a reader to understand that Sarah Palin is somehow "in command" of a strategic missile defense site.  Nothing could be further from the truth.   It would not be wise to mislead people in this way.
    <<........provide operational control and security over ground-based interceptors...........>>
    -What this means is that these guys are essentially guards and some support elements.  Does the 49th Missile Defense Battalion actually service the equipment stationed at the base, or do they merely provide support for the technicians who man the hardware?
    <<t is part of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade and is fully integrated with both NORTHCOM and STRATCOM operational plans for Homeland Security and Global Missile Defense plans.>>
    -Providing security
    and providing support for  technicians could be construed as a major component of National Security, yet i think those that are actually involved would laugh at the idea that Sarah Palin somehow has Nation Security Credentials.
    I stand by my statement Kelli.
  • AK Kelli
    I think your bullshit detector is off davidwwalters and sorry ML Smith, you’re both incorrect. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion was activated in January 2004, the first of it's kind, located at Fort Greely in Alaska, manned by AK National Guard Soldiers who provide operational control and security over ground-based interceptors. The Alaskan Missile Fields are a vital component in protecting the U.S. from ballistic missile attacks. It is part of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade and is fully integrated with both NORTHCOM and STRATCOM operational plans for Homeland Security and Global Missile Defense plans.  
     
    Governor Palin is briefed on highly classified issues as the commander-in-chief of the ONLY National Guard on permanent active duty because of this missile defense system, not as a VP Candidate.
     
    And yes, ML Smith, Sarah slung fish alongside Todd. The business was established well before Sarah was governor, mayor or even a city councilmember. Not sure what laws you’re referring to that she “circumvented to suit her needs” so I can’t respond to that.
  • blueskyboris
    Well written, well thought out. Just want to add that McCain's divorce to move up the ladder was not a conservative act either.
  • ML Smith
    Now, back to Todd's fishing business, AK Kelli. Can you tell us how Sarah helped him with the business? Did she sling salmon, or whatever it is that he nets, or was it something else. Fishing industry licensing in Alaska is complex, restrictive and costly. Let's see now...how could a Governor help her husband with the business?

    We already know that she is a liar and that she circumvents laws to suit her needs. 

    This is a legitimate question, UC. How many times do you intend to block it?
  • ML Smith
    I said "may," David. Yes, it is Thanksgiving, which doesn't mean I can't be semantically vague. You know damned well what I meant.

    Happy Thanksgiving.
  • davidwwalters
    ML Smith....
    <<While Sarah Palin may be quite knowledgable and competent,..........>>
    -Come on Mort!  Competent?  are you just being nice because it's Thanksgiving?
    Please don't use the word competent and Palin in the same sentence....
    -unless you're talking of Michael Palin, maybe.
  • ML Smith
    Mr. Walters is correct.

    We have three phases of missile defense in the United States: Boost Phase, Mid Course Phase, and Terminal Phase; each using different technology and warheads, with varying capabilities.

    While Alaska offers logistical and strategic advantages because of proximity, the first line of defense is determined by the nature of the threat, its velocity, trajectory and projected payload.

    The Alaska National Guard actually plays a minor role in missile defense, which is primarily the province of Naval and Strategic Air Defense systems operational throughout the country and at sea.

    While Sarah Palin may be quite knowledgable and competent, I seriously doubt that she has a comprehensive understanding of our missile defense systems. Few people do...for very good reason. A candidate for VP would not be on that list.

    ML Smith
  • davidwwalters
    <<Being the commander-in-chief of the only National Guard on permanent active duty as America’s first-line of missile interceptor defense which protects the entire U.S. with a higher classified security rating who is routinely briefed on highly classified issues (military, homeland security, counter terrorism, etc.) alone makes her vastly more qualified to run the country than any other candidate that was running.>>


    There is NO "first-line of missile interceptor defense" in the Alaskan national Guard or any other National Guard unit.....PERIOD!
    -The Bullshit Detector has spoken.
  • AK Kelli
    I found this to be the greatest display of nonsensical trash talking of Sarah Palin by a “conservative” to date. Next time put a little research into who Sarah Palin is prior to writing so irrationally about her in the future.
     
    Being the commander-in-chief of the only National Guard on permanent active duty as America’s first-line of missile interceptor defense which protects the entire U.S. with a higher classified security rating who is routinely briefed on highly classified issues (military, homeland security, counter terrorism, etc.) alone makes her vastly more qualified to run the country than any other candidate that was running.
     
    Your poor excuse of a comparison to yourself as “running companies” all the while whining about Mitt Romney not being the nominee is laughable. Wasn’t that his mantra? “He hasn’t run a city, he hasn’t run a state, he hasn’t run a company…”  (no offense to Mitt). Not only has Sarah run a city AND a state, she has helped her husband run their commercial fishing business.
     
    Which leads me to Todd. “A man who’s been so emasculated”? I couldn’t stop laughing! First, he isn’t a full-time stay-at-home dad. He not only has a seasonal commercial fishing business, he has a job on the North Slope which takes him away from home anywhere from 1-3 weeks at a time (how DOES Sarah do it without him… hmm…). They considered Todd would quit his job if the McCain/Palin ticket won, but that is a 4-8 year stint, not a permanent vacation for him.
     
    Next, take a trip to Alaska LA Conservative. I think you’ll find a lot of women much like Sarah – tough but beautiful, independent yet classy. I also dare you to call an Alaskan man like Todd “emasculated” to his face. Most Alaskan men have a high regard toward women being independent and successful and enjoy being their equal partner as opposed to whatever twisted view you have of how a marriage should be.    
     
    I could go on about how your article disturbs me such as Bristol being pregnant and Sarah can’t be both a good public servant AND a good mother (ugh, I almost puked). But why waste my time refuting what you meant as an effort to appear as an intellectual with a valid opinion is really just a backhanded slap at Sarah because you’re spitefully jealous at her success? Millions of Sarah supporters invalidate every one of your lame arguments.  
     
    And to you davidwwalters, everyone isn’t perfect in every venue – Obama st-st-stutters his way without a speech or teleprompter. So Sarah didn’t do well in gotcha interviews, that doesn’t make her inadequate as a leader. And the $1200 IS different than her predecessor. Alaskans get a yearly permanent fund dividend, the $1200 was IN ADDITION to that and it was because she renegotiated inferior royalty contracts with the oil companies who were taking advantage of the State by using the economic limit factor to manipulate the production taxes they were paying.  That's how Sarah helped us with our oil.
  • ML Smith
    Spam filter? Why would I want to contact the blog Administrator? And by the way, who the heck is Harriet?

    I'll stay away...I don't have time for these games. Stop sending me your updates. I can't respond, so what's the point?
  • davidwwalters
    Bob Campbell 87.....
    -just curious as to a definition of a Real American?
  • Bob Campbell
    A total load here.  This author is a moderate.  A moderate is like a dog in heat waiting to get laid by a liberal.
    Sarah Palin is a wonderful example of a REAL American.  She would have done just fine as the VP..  I am not so sure about McCain, but spilt milk.
    There is NOTHING exceptional about Obama.  He is not a warm or sincere person, bery cold and calculating.  It is the Obama show now.  We will see in 2 to 3 years just how high the misery index gets.
    Again, LA CONSERVATIVE.. there is nothing "conservative" about the way you wrote this article.  Just a bunch of whining and complaining.. from a man's standpoint, I only read a lot of woman bashing going on here.. quite common these days.
  • ML Smith
    Sarah Palin Revisited

    This is a woman who took the blame for McCain‘s loss, yet she has also been referred to as the “real” Republican candidate for President. I cannot recall a Vice Presidential candidate that has stirred so much controversy. You might have expected some, given the gender issue, but in an election year when we had an African American candidate for President, she literally stole the limelight. Interestingly, the Obama camp did nothing in response to this phenomenon. I am convinced that this was a brilliantly conceived strategy that took the focus away from Obama’s weaknesses and gave center stage to the McCain/Palin ticket controversy. When voters stepped into the booths, they did not decide based on issues - they chose quiet harmony over noise; a natural and psychologically predictable response. Yet now that the game is over and both teams have retired to their respective locker rooms, Palin is still in the limelight.

    Is this a reflection of the public’s insatiable craving for gossip and “inside information?” No. It was not a factor in the voting booths, and it is not the reason now. Sarah Palin will not fade away. There is a plan in place. Flaws will be excised. Strengths will be used as building blocks for a re-tooled version of Sarah Palin. Much can be accomplished in four years.

    If you ask me, I do not think the Republican Party wanted to win this election. Why buy a massive can of worms now that will only weaken its owner? The GOP will wait this one out and pounce in 2012. Sarah Palin will become the prototype…a meticulously trained and ruthless proponent of the party’s master plan - another dynasty with a new face. Barrack Obama will be remembered as “The Little Engine that Couldn’t.” §
  • Dora
    I'm not either.
  • ML Smith
    I tried to tell you that I was by your side, but you didn't listen.
    All apologies accepted.
    I am not worried about Dora.
  • oops ml smith, I reffered wais
    Oops I'm really sorry ml smith, I mistaken you for dwalters (hey, dora theopportunist is wining over your ammount of... text), and I fast blog, no time even for checkspell, I don't like libgrammarpolice ehome.
  • I write for conservatives, won
    Yes, yes mlsmith I can, but here is 2ndBluestarmom kitchen, I cannot overglow her, but yes... I reffer some ideas to libs on the ordinary dayly globalpropaganda (I'm talking about mind possitions on massess of people) assymetricly taken by lib$) daylycyber waronterror.
    I salute Venezuelan's, for they earned yesterday's voting 45% and launching cuba's venezuela oil worsen worst than the rest of the bush kind of capitalism)
    opposition, fighting under former UN$adam secretary wellcome (my son...) machines was the international sales activity for chavez have magicaly, massively desappeared...
    here in TheUSA libbubbles are literaly as u$$r kind, self-destroying, mega((((((WE DID IT AGAIN)))))))) autoimlosion$, u$$r scrumbling down, same org$ selfestructure.
    So... opposition in Venezuela, St.Maria Leonsia Jara's north mountains lands won all the big key country governatures once, and clearer presidential loose for comunism, right now rusia, iran and venezuela oil are falling after libeconomic global bubble$, all same modus operandi than enron "90's economy was real", first bubble (and before 9-11, just before 9-11, terrorists swearing ayatola kind of threatening "bringing America to her knees".
    You libbloggers are the mayority ammount of text here and anycyberwhere (our supposedly "cyberhome")...
    frack!!
  • davidwwalters
    Empty libs comments please, ....
    <<But having more lib comments than conservatives (you are THE idiot, and look like imbecile is unveiling), and accept any crazy libcomment, looks like an extension of lib "propaganda" machine$ (here's THE imbecile part).>>

    -isn't your job to try to refute what i may comment on....(if you can)
  • ML Smith
    #78 and #79:

    I cannot help but agree with everything said. You definitely have great insight and with my new Gobbledigook decoder (I got it from a box of crackerjacks) I am able to decipher any message. 

    Thank you for enlightening me.

    Lost but not found,
    Smith
  • I've being cybertalking to Bus
    If I ever said "God have talked to me" "my" "personal" pursuers waiting for anything I would do to point me as 'crazy' would help the local terrorhelper authority logistics.
    I know libland political "opportunism" and terrorists 'knowing all' dangers.  ml smit you are lucky you can even write down you heard "God's" voice.
    Rush legaly can because he's a known radioentertainer, and talkradio host.
    Vi säs,  hasta la vista, next batchannel, same battime, Galactica over and out, see you...
    anyname
  • Empty libs comments please, le
    Want to make conservatives cybertalk? block libcomments, They already have intranets instead internet sites, you know, the "bia$ institutionalization", their "image" can not tolerate "negative people things"...

    I can add 2+2, but you should complain on me with a better idea, computer technic things instead adding 2+2, because strategicwriters studied at list highschool, and I have more than 40 TV-Radio-Print adds (storyboards, not me as a model, or a friend "hired me", most of them freelancing immediately got graduated on Advertising. 
    Also I'm sick&tired grammar police, the message is clearer) to "masses" by a not articulated language. 
    Comments start to appear, but I'm waiting for my main comment, you know (on war on cyberterror?), the "attack inside the attack". 
    On 'theory 8 or 7'th statement, I offered you to help uc ratings if you don't block comments, but a week with only 2 (lib) comments?, the delay you could say was beacause of last cyberattack to Pentagon.
    But having more lib comments than conservatives (you are THE idiot, and look like imbecile is unveiling), and accept any crazy libcomment, looks like an extension of lib "propaganda" machine$ (here's THE imbecile part).
    We can not even blog on libland, you look like libcongress on war and economy, on (these darkness at the doorway) times at war?
    ah! dora the opportunis is overthroning dwalters, they even move "tendencies" at uc.
    The cyberattack to Pentagon, please,
    ah!, talkradio haves lib programs too, and as God opportunities, you choose.
    I also offered new president cyberhelp, as usual, ad honorem.
  • ML Smith
    God Speaks Through Me

    Let’s get this question settled once and for all. Whatever it may be that God wants, he tells me. It is therefore my job to disseminate his messages to you. As of 4:00 pm today, his most recent hourly report, there is nothing to report. God asked me to tell you not to worry about that.
    “This happens sometimes,” he told me, “there are times when no news is good news.” Where have I heard that before?
    I expect that the 5:00 pm report will be short, as is always the case. God told me one day that dinner time with family is more important than anything he might wish to say. Unless, of course, there is some kind of emergency. He didn’t care much about dinner time on 9/11. He even asked me to speak to President Bush. I tried…I tell you I did everything I could, but he was insistent on saying that God had already made his decision. Sometimes I wonder if Bush thinks he is God’s messenger.
    “Listen,” God told me, “Let Bush know to hold on. Better to wait on more information. Don’t do or say anything provocative - remember, information first, well-planned action later.” I don’t need to tell you his reaction to all of that. You know that saying about “don’t kill the messenger,” don’t you? Things weren’t much better when he heard about the McCain/Palin ticket. That was when he went straight to George and told him to disappear. I have never seen God so angry. I heard him tell someone, “If he says or does anything, pull him.” That sounded pretty scary. When God has someone pulled, it’s not like taking a pitcher out in the 7th inning. If it was, you’d never see that pitcher again…ever.
    I hope Obama gets it right.
  • ML Smith
    Okay. Shut me down. It was long overdue anyway.

    And the Lord said unto them, "Thou shalt dwell in the land of Sodom and Gomorrah." To think, he actually knew about Sodom Hussein and named the town after him. Preposterous!

    I don't care - I know I failed the challenge. You need the space for all the comments you're getting.
  • ML Smith
    David Walters re: #65

    Yes, it counts. I was ejected from Sunday School at the tender age of 11. Really, it was an innocent mistake.

    Rabbi: "What does 'Tance mit de Torah' mean?"
    Me: "Uh...I know this...uh...dance...dance with..."
    Rabbi: "Yes, finish."
    Me: "Uh, okay - Dance with the toilet?"

    The experience was only slightly mortifying. The note from the Rabbi said only "Do not send him back." I told my father that the Rabbi had determined that I was too far advanced for Sunday School. Little did I know then that I would be branded...a liberal! Truth be told, I am an ultra-conservative orthodox liberal with an extensive psychiatric history.

    Where are all the "real" conservatives? This Obama thing has caused me to jump ship. How do I become a conservative? Is there an application? I am ready!
  • davidwwalters
    "Woe to those who make unjust laws,
    to those who issue oppressive decrees,
    to deprive the poor of their rights,
    and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people"
    - Isaiah 10:1
  • davidwwalters
    ML Smith 72:
    <<
    7. Liberals are to be limited to comments that do not exceed ten characters and must include proof that they attended at least one Bible Study class.>>
    -uh, The "Durham Rescue Mission kicked me out of their bible study group(as well as being kicked out of the Mission).....Does that count?
  • ML Smith
    New Rules Needed

    I propose that the following Ten Commandments be adopted for this blog:
    1. Every entry must be prefaced with a quote from the scriptures.
    2. No “liders” allowed.
    3. All comments must be written in >strong<HTML>strong<winner of the Blue Grass>strong<cyber-steroid language.
    4. The challenge question is to be changed to the final running time of the 1973 Belmont Stakes.
    5. Correct sepelling is not allowed.
    6. All comments must include gun registration number.
    7. Liberals are to be limited to comments that do not exceed ten characters and must include proof that they attended at least one Bible Study class.
    8. David Walters must comment in English, not Cyrillian text.
    9. Comments from proponents of ethnic cleansing are to be automatically included.
    10. Moderators must use obscenities when commenting.
  • davidwwalters
    ML Smith  68:
    -as a liberal, i'd like not see a repeat of '76-'78 when there was no effective 2 party system.....actually i'd like to see the American people have some intelligent choices.  A ticket with Sarah Palin on it left my conservative brothers&sisters with a poor choice in that.
  • davidwwalters
    ML Smith 64:
    <<That is what I see you all doing here. If you took all of the stereotyping out of the comments on these pages, there would be very little left to read.
    ML Smith>>
    - Perhaps if SarahPalin would read more than
    than she appears to have read, judging by her interviews, we could do more than stereotype her.
    65:
    -Sorry about the useless information, and the commie leanings.....it must be 'cause of the guilt of killing some.  Oh, and the percocet has helped my gait, if not fogged my brain!
  • davidwwalters
    having fun davidwalters?, hey Harrod 46, 75% Media prefference on lib$ (+megabias, flipflop,etc.), and lib-giga-prepared cri$i$, destroy any campaign 61:
    -Well Yes.....i am having fun
    <<75% media prefference for lib$,.....> -So, what you are saying is that No One in America is able to think for themselves?  And that somehow Acorn threw the election?  Nice try!
    -And sorry to have bored you! (Depechemode is not one of my favorite 80's groups......maybe Soundgarden)
  • ML Smith
    The Over-Magnification of Sarah Palin
    What is this, a think tank on the brain of Sarah Palin? The election is over. How much more analysis can you do? Don’t you ever get sick and tired of re-hashing the same stuff over and over and over and over and over…when will it stop! Jesus, she’s a woman, she has her strengths, and she has her weaknesses. She is flawed but she is compelling nonetheless. She uses Charmin. She wears sunglasses. What else? You might as well do an autopsy on her now. There haven’t been too many things you haven’t dissected, but here is a short list:
    Does she suppress her sneezes?
    Will she elope with George Bush?
    Has she ever had an enema enemy?
    Did she ever lie about voting for a bill to ban ant farms in Alaska?
    Is she an advocate for gum control and does she blow bubbles?
    When she smoked pot, did she inhale? (I’m sure somebody will vehemently deny that she ever smoked pot)
    As a child, did she cheat at hopscotch?
    What is her voting record on hermaphrodite marriage?
    Does she get off wearing women’s lingerie purchased at dollar stores?
    Would she post bail for her husband if he was arrested for driving a back loader on the Beltway?
    What brand of dish detergent does she use?
    Is she a closet drag Queen?
    When was her last bowel movement?
    Has she killed an insect without provocation?
    Oh…what about the suppressed tapes of her clandestine meeting with a psychiatrist?
    “Do you slip at night?”
    “Sometimes, when I’m very tired?
    “Do you have blackintolly stool?”
    “Heavens no.”
    “When was last time you had election?”
    “C’mon, doc, I’m a woman.”
    “Oh. You have claustrophobia?”
    “I don’t believe in Santa Claus.”
    “Ah. Time is up. That will be $200.”
    “What? That was only five minutes.”
    “Really? Well, you know what Einstein say?
    “No.”
    “Time is relative.”
    “Not in Wasilla it isn‘t.”
    What more do we need to know?
  • True Conservative
    The choice of Palin was just one of many decisions that doomed the GOP ticket.


    Let's face it, we didn't bring our "A" game to this election. We barely brought our "C" game. 


    I do agree that she was entirely unfit for the office of Vice President. If they wanted a woman on the ticket, there were far more intelligent options.
  • LAConservative
    To DS:
    I attempted to respond to all noteworthy and respectful comments, including yours, but it appears this site has a quota on # of responses from each IP.  I emailed the admininstrator last night.

    Prior to this post (which may or may not go through), I wrote a response to you but it, again, did not go through, even though I waited a day to make a new post.  When I get a response from the administrator, I will be back to post some more.
  • ML Smith
    My goodness. The whole page is different. What happened. David Walters, are you responsible for this displacement of useless information?

    You know, David, I am getting tired of your "lefty" opinions and communist leanings. Why don't you get up off your sorry back and get a real job, instead of cluttering this page with your pseudo-articulate, hyper-demonstrative impersonations of Hopalong Cassidy. I'll bet you watched Howdy Doody when you were a kid, right? Now there's a flaming libber if I ever saw one. 

    Hey, if they're blocking comments, why did they let #61 get through? I have never seen anything like it. Maybe it's an encoded message from Uranus?

    I wish I had more to say, but I don't know anything about the discussion here. Has this become an intellectual forum for polymorphic bipartisan anachronisms? Oh. Sorry. I thought I was somewhere else.
  • ML Smith
    Why all the stereotyping? It appears that many of you are attempting to negate the fact of your humanity. Women cannot be categorized, even if they chose to attempt to strip away their individuality. Like men, they are human beings, with all of the flaws and unique qualities that make them unique.
    You can label yourself or someone else a feminist, or attach any other label you chose, but the label only serves to stereotype and separate you from others. There is nothing wrong with disagreement. Thank God we do not agree on things; we would have an awfully boring and robotic world.
    Yes, I am the one that frequently lashes out and calls people “idiots.” This is not who I am as a person, however; though you may chose to believe that. Deeply flawed and haunted by all sorts of demons, I use words to distance myself from others…always fearing that they might see through the façade. In those rare moments of clarity, when I can see beyond the walls of my fears, I know with absolute certainty that people cannot be categorized. That fact alone is the basis for our humanity.
    Sarah Palin? I do not know her. I do not know what demons haunt her, or what it must feel like to be her. I only know that she is human. I can predict her actions based upon her past actions, but I can’t categorize her like some insect. That is what I see you all doing here. If you took all of the stereotyping out of the comments on these pages, there would be very little left to read.
    ML Smith
  • attention, they started blocki
    they just started blocking coments here, so, change to another site, do you want that urban conservative?
    I'll enjoy to watch your site without "my" kind of coments go down on "ratings"
  • harrysmom
    LAConservative- it's not entirely fair to base large scale judgments on the personal experiences of your girlfriends- even if there are A LOT of them  :)


    The statistics and research that I present are based on large scale, nationwide data that does reflect that women are forced to leave the workforce due to the cultural and structural marginalization due to their expected role in the family.  Where does this leave single women in the scheme of things?  Moreover, where does this leave single mothers in the scheme of things?  


    You really do expose your traditional gender role stereotypes in your assessment of Todd Palin as a- well- I guess you called him kind of a pussy.  And this lies at the heart of the problem with women and work.  


    Yes, women have been socialized to view hierarchies from a relational standpoint as opposed to a rational perspective, which is the dominant paradigm in a traditional business model.  However, women do and can participate in the economic and political spheres if the structural and dominant models of success are altered.  


    Do women take their work and careers less seriously because they believe in the importance of time with their families?  NO.  Do men take their work and careers more seriously because they have the cultural convenience of partners who do the lion's share of the carework their families require?  NO.  The truth is, women who don't want a bigger piece of the pie are lazy, it's just that the pie itself is rotten.  


    End of feminist rant.  thanks for listening.
  • having fun davidwalters?, hey
    hey dwalters, 75% media prefference for lib$, acorn kind of organization ("$ucce$full", "proffe$ional"), and as you say 8 mills votes more to lib$?, Bush made 4 mills more than a smaller flipflop sKerry, with no acorn or the most expensive campaign EVER!.
    And, a giga-mega-libprepared (to earn even on" bankcurrupt") global bubble cri$i$, "coincidentaly" by the election?
    And you still boring here on this NOT LIB SITE?, go blog on  a libsite, nobody will disturb your "intelligence" with conservative God "things"
    hey, this is NOT A LIB PLACE, here you HAVE TO LEARN ON GOD and conservative things, like no "liders", articulated or not.
    didn't you hear "personal Jesus" from depechemode?
    you seem to go after this life paling with terrorists, atheist, lib, left, procomunist, etc. to re-evolve into a caveman from an ape instead Eden, 'good journey', WE THE PEOPLE ARE WELLCOME THERE, and you libs, will company your beloved terrorists "discovering fire" with no bonu$ or program$...
    Maybe then you won't be willing to give terrorists legal rights instead abortion survivor God's littlebabies...
    Did you understand?
    naaaaa
  • DS
    LAConservative,
    I would like you to respond to my post #12.  Then I will be satisfied. Thank you.
  • Rich
    There are already too many responses to this post, but I just wanted to add a big "Wow."  Just WOW.

    If feminism wasn't dead before, Sarah Palin (and to much lesser extent this post) have clearly killed it.

    After listing off every reason that a woman cannot have both a family and a carreer of any import - especially if it makes her, God forbid, the primary breadwinner - you get this gem:

    "It’s time for women to be able to achieve based on our merits, not by falling back on excuses like Sarah Palin, or riding our husbands’ coattails like Hillary Clinton and Jeri Thompson, or calling largely upon our family’s wealth like Cindy McCain."

    However, this post has already precluded any merit.  Apparently, a woman of "merit" cannot delegate primary responsibility for her family to her husband, be more successful than her husband, challenge the media over what she believes to be sexism (true or not), leverage the success of anyone around her in order to achieve success for herself.  By this estimation, the only sort of woman who can acheive your definition of "merit" is one who is childless, either unmarried or married to a man exactly as successful as she, unattractive, and who has been rasied, educated, hired,  promoted, and voted for entirely by women.  (Lest you fear that this fictional character might be tempted by the dark side, your logic also precludes assistance from lesbians, who might have helped her along for the non-meritous reasons.)

    I'm not sure how you (the author) have achieved any success in your own life while ascribing to this philosophy.  But best of luck breaking the incredible glass ceiling you've constructed for yourself!
  • LAConservative
    To JarrodM:
    "LANONconservative, your article is nothing more then another hit job on a great person. You would never get close to being qualified to fill her highheels."

    Getting personal, are we?  Fine that she may have done good things for Alaska, but you may want to address the CULTURAL issues I raised.  After that, you might consider a brain scan--seems the left brain, which houses logic, isn't working too well for you.
  • LAConservative
    To SeattleGuy:
    "But Barack was, in fact, an extra-ordinary candidate in that he reach out and touch the hearts and minds of millions of people who had otherwise been told for 8 years that they and there concerns were less than feces."

    The reason I say he is not "extraordinary" is this: His ability to reach out and inspire was extraordinary--I agree.  However, his experience and track record was abysmal.  In balancing his negatives and positives, I conclude that he's "ordinary".
  • LAConservative
    To Rob Howard;
    "Still, the problem here is that once again we are not dealing with issues, which is ultimately how I judge any candidate. Your analysis on Palin was ultimately superficial, because it failed to address any weakness as a conservative, on the issues.  Palin would not have been my first choice. But, I enthusiastically supported her. Because she agrees with me on the issues. .."

    If I told you I agreed with you 100% on the issues, and I wanted to run for President, would you support me enthusiastically?  I would hope not, because for one, I am not qualified.  Agreement on the issues is a START, not the be-all end-all.  It does not guarantee the candidate is qualified, prepared, nor culturally acceptable. 
    "Unfortunately LA Conservative, the evidence just doesn't back you up on your claim that Palin spelled the end of the ticket."

    Her favorability ratings dropped 15 points from her debut to election day--one must conclude that as the public got to know Palin, rightly or wrongly, they liked her less.  Sixty percent of Americans felt she was not qualified.  I contend that this was the year where the VP selection mattered.  For one, there's never been a 72 year-old nominee who's had previous bouts of cancer, and who could not raise his arms.  This was powerful imagery, so I believe the VP choice was critical this year for McCain.  
    Thanks for the respectful disagreement.
  • davidwwalters
    Rob Howard 50....
    <<"McCain in fact had a bounce following Palin, and had a slight lead overall (both nationally and in important battleground states like Ohio and Florida)......"     
    "...To be sure, the Gibson and especially the Couric interviews were disasterous . Yet a careful viewing of them saw a candidate struggling to toe the line of a very confused John McCain ticket. That's on McCain, I'm afraid, when you have Palin uttering nonsense about "Maverick" every two seconds.....">>
    -Many people were attracted to the seemingly talented  attractive,  Gov. Palin.  Yet the interviews exposed her to being totally deficient.  2/3's of American voters, when polled, responded that Palin in no way would likely be ready to lead.....
  • LAConservative
    To Harrysmom:

    "It was sexist to call into question her ability to serve her job and her family!  If you haven't noticed, domestic help is available in Washington!"
    I don't believe that it was sexist, and clearly outlined my reasons why.  All the reasons made it a LEGITIMATE question to ask.

    "As of 2006, college educated women earned 89 cents to every dollar earned by men with comparative education and credentials."  

    While the statistical facts about women earning less than men are true, I'd like to be more honest than most in my assessment, and it may not always be  "music" to people's ears.  In my experience, as an employee from entry to managerial level, as someone who's run human resources, as someone who's run my own company, and as someone who has A LOT of girlfriends, I contend that the reason women earn less (IN GENERAL), is because women aren't as committed to their careers as men.  There are exceptions, and I am one of them, but this has been my general experience.  Women have valued their relationships much more than they have their careers, more women leave the work force after marriage, and to be quite honest, many women I know are just down right lazy--they don't enjoy working .  Many women spend years hoping to marry someone well-off so they won't have to work.  Men generally don't have that option.  So across the board, I can see why women are less valued in the workplace.  While I can't prove my thesis, I know as FACT those women who have been capable and committed to their careers have been very successful and experienced no barriers. 

    My view is, instead of playing the blame game, women's attitudes toward work must, on a genuine basis, change.

    BTW, thank you for disagreeing respectfully.
  • Rob Howard
    interesting take on Palin. I am glad to see it is largely free from the ridiculous attacks coming from the likes of Kathleen Parker and David Brooks. As such, it actually has credibility.

    Still, the problem here is that once again we are not dealing with issues, which is ultimately how I judge any candidate. Your analysis on Palin was ultimately superficial, because it failed to address any weakness as a conservative, on the issues. You will find on my blog (and Patrick Britton's Daily Conservative) that we both heartily endorsed and supported Mitt Romney (over and above the populist Huckabee), and we are both serious Christians. Not all of us were bigoted toward Mitt.

    Palin would not have been my first choice. But, I enthusiastically supported her. Because she agrees with me on the issues. From every ounce of evidence I can glean, this is someone who believes in keeping taxes low, government small, and supports human life. In other words, she is a conservative.

    Unfortunately LA Conservative, the evidence just doesn't back you up on your claim that Palin spelled the end of the ticket. McCain in fact had a bounce following Palin, and had a slight lead overall (both nationally and in important battleground states like Ohio and Florida). Independents, Hillary voters and Reagan democrats voted Obama mainly because of the incoherence of the McCain message. Exit poll data (such as it is) ranked social issues low, and economic issues high, so it is hard to see how Palin scared anyone away on this account. However, it is quite provable that Palin got many more conservatives to vote for the ticket. I'll bet a few percentage points of Bob Barr voters moved to the Republicans when she was selected.

    To be sure, the Gibson and especially the Couric interviews were disasterous . Yet a careful viewing of them saw a candidate struggling to toe the line of a very confused John McCain ticket. That's on McCain, I'm afraid, when you have Palin uttering nonsense about "Maverick" every two seconds.

    Barack Obama, on the other hand, did not engage in anything that could be considered an even remotely hostile interview environment until at best some of the last couple of debates, and not anything after that until the Bill O'Reilly interview (and that certainly smacked of careful orchestration). The truth is, Barack avoided tough questioning while Palin was thrown right into it. That is the fault of the campaign. Saying this was a reflection of Palin's intelligence is playing into the premises of the left.

    But again, despite my objections, I do appreciate the hyperbole free criticism.
  • davidwwalters
    41(marketing the me$$age only gave libs HALF "POPULAR" votes)
    .....uh, what this Half Popular votes stuff?  Wasn't there an 8 million vote difference(7%)?  Looks like a mandate for a change, huh?

    <<they "programed believe" guides them away from God, to  c h a n g e...>>
    -so, we should have god guide us in our political decisions?  How will god voice his/her/it's will?  Through a designated person?  Hummm....sounds kinda funky.
    We could end up with some delusional person who explains they are only doing god's will....
    46 Jarrod:
    <<
    No the issue was that the media destroyed this woman
    >>
    -
    No Jarrod, she destroyed herself on the media.
  • Vassar Bushmills
    Oops, that should be HarrysMom. Figures. Poor Harry.
  • Vassar Bushmills
    Oh, to Jarrod M. John McCain has a long history of never needing anyone else to make an ass of him. He is quite the independent on that account.
  • Vassar Bushmills
    Excuse me, but is davidwwalters a conservative? Of for that matter, most of you? ( a few noteworthy exceptions.) Is this an avatar conservative site?
    In the 1960s what then were were called "liberals" (in their early 20's) mostly defined themselves by who they were not, i.e., part of the common herd, the banal, the ordinary, the common. And that included the common man, who, last I checked, this whole experiment in republican democracy was all about. It is his liberty, not the liberty of the clever and uncommon the thing was written in the first place. (That's for those of you who read.)
    The Left then always defined themselves by what they hated, and, when they came to that existential crossroads, as one always must, where they had to decide between what they hated viscerally, or what they said they hated...statism, socialism, etc, they opted for their gut.
    It seems many of you young conservatives are cut from the same cloth.
    Let me make this clear...if you believe the Constitution favors a ruling elite...right or left, and that you should be apart of that ruling elite, and that's what it's all really about, you are no better than than the self-delude marxists who just ascended the steps of power in Washington.
    Oh, thou shite-ing bovines!
    VB
  • harrysmom
    Jarrod, then you, and the other 12 people who like her, can go ahead and vote for her.  Hey- let's hope that she does run and becomes the right wing Ralph Nader.  


    As much as you would like to fool yourself, the evidence is overwhelming.  She ruined herself.  And she made an ass of herself in the process.  She made an ass of John McCain- and now she's making an ass of you.  You poor dear.
  • JarrodM
    Wow I ever never read so much dribble in my life. Are you sure you did not get this article from Toe?

    No the issue was that the media destroyed this woman. Forget all the interviews, the articles, jokes, the family. Look at what this woman has done for the State of Alaska. I know most of you have a hard time recalling what all that was since the media blitz to destroy her.

    She had set things up so that the people of her state where getting money back from the state. Rather then the state asking for more and more, she was giving back. She told the Oil companies that the state was not going to roll over for them. She told the corupted republicans in her own state that she was not going to have it.

    LANONconservative, your article is nothing more then another hit job on a great person. You would never get close to being qualified to fill her highheels.

    I hated voting for the nonconservative John McCain, but I would have voted for Palin in a sec if she was running for president.
  • dora theoportunist, why don't
    your desperation to battle conservative ideas, on our own site, proves libs are only what their drivebymedia "publi$he$", they progre$$ively try to replace the nature of society with libcapitali$m, the a$$ymetric mega "power" that ruined u$$r itself, while reagan kind of "liders" (just ordinary people like you, me) intellectually battled (of course, with starwars defense system) to keep comunism unveiled...
    keep fighting Palin kind of new liders, ah!, they don't even desperate need to 'get the WH', Palin can even just as Romney and the vets, be the logistics for the conservative movements, accepted even beyond the isle, even over enemy lines...
    no money, no mind programing,
    not "just words", God's word...
    we are 'not the moral things defenders costumes', I'm not perfect, nor a saint, but after this life, you go to where you believed you go, to a homo sapiens without even dental care, or... to Eden...
    As God ("limitations" some say) warns: you elect, you decide, "to believe... or not to believe"...
    Understood hostile invader well organized anti-conservative propaganda"bloggers"? (many even pursue their "enemy" using gov resources and personnel, even got used to acorn, fannie, freddy, program$, paralegals, parafamily, paradocs, parauthority...)
    But, you can read here if you want, maybe our purpose to help save everybody helps you to don't try to erase God from History and Nature of the soul...
  • harrysmom
    LA Conservative- you had me until the whole bit about women having reached equality.  In fact, the only thing that I liked about the Palin candidacy was her unapologetic woman power!  It was sexist to call into question her ability to serve her job and her family!  If you haven't noticed, domestic help is available in Washington!  The fact that she lacked the intellectual sophistication to even know that she wasn't qualified was what I found horrifying about her.  She lacked enough understanding of the country (not to mention the world) to understand that we are not a pack of homogenous "joe-fill-in-the-blanks."


    As of 2006, college educated women earned 89 cents to every dollar earned by men with comparative education and credentials. More egregious, Black college educated women earn the same as white high school educated men.  Equality-eschmality.  "Post-feminist" women, like yourself, only serve to undo what we have achieved, and what we have left to achieve.  
    While I wholeheartedly agree that Palin was the final nail in the McCain presidential bid coffin (and it was a slow and embarrassing death), I think that your assessment of the gendered nuances of the failures of the right are misguided.
  • ML Smith
    Dora,

    I couldn't agree more. You are absolutely correct.

    ML Smith
  • patriots (white, black, red, y
    No, na, na, na, Mr. seattleguy, nad the rest of the most text here on this site, you see, anybody who enters a blog and find hostile text for the reazon of the blog is a... just another ordinary a$$ymetric ("profe$$ional") job for the budget$ from libland... their a$$imetric is decades years old, and as anybody "outside the machine", democrat, independent or of course republican campaigns, they even "battle invi$ible"...  ad honorem "the few" civilian activists, alone, unprotected, mostly oppositors, now known by "the name of bloggers", having inva%ion$ on their sites,
    tell me seattleguy, why lib blogs are so caotic, so unGod, so sodomic, criminal impunity "spirit", what's the matter on being friendly with hte enemy, in times of what war?, peace and love while the enemy assimetric coyotes invade, was USoil  reserved for... an emergency... like NOW??, the rest of the planet is drilling, globalbubblecri$i$' "creators" as seanhannity says: free as a bird, not regreating bombing New York police HQ...
    but pursuing me for say this, using gov resources, isn't a prove the "system exists"?, I mean, the already proved spies&agents of the enemy insitu, many enemies, impunity and invisibility to the remaining ones?
    eternaly?
    NANANA
  • opportunist dora, marketing th
    hey dora, you, and most of the people blogging here are just lib or lib"conservatives" propaganda blog stocklers, just blog and blog, as you say, 'get tired of the problems'...
    cheap marketing old treak, alqaeda started testing the new president, as usual on danger from terror, insulting him and America as "slaveland"...
    and you don't believe on conserv God at His USA Constitution?
    hey, God's punishment to terror (and their helpers) is the worst on History, that's why THE ENEMY DON'T LIKE OUR GOD...
    they "programed believe" guides them away from God, to  c h a n g e...
    and replace, for example, islam over God on America and the world, intranet instead internet, drivebymedia over talkradio, hiphoprap at schools over God's creation to develop creative imagination and God "things" to the kids, the "future man" on "the future $ocietie$", on the "future planet", billions of years created by... God to... whomever believes on "it" or him, her, whatever, God is an idea, that becomes energy of life, at the uterus of time gets prigned on the mind, and gives birth for the treasures on the heart...
    Now I understand why Natura and Celes (nature and stars) 'lose control' somethimes, like dino-times, or "Noah's" flood, tsunamis, meteoric rains... remember, even God's own Son was illegally pursued here...
  • SeattleGuy
    "Barack Obama did not win the presidency because he’s an extraordinary candidate, but because he ran against an extraordinarily weak opponent who had an even weaker running mate in Sarah Palin."

    That is really only half true.  Yes, John McCain was a horrible offering from the Radical Right; yes, Sarah Palin was worse than John and neither had any idea how to calm the fears of the voters.

    But Barack was, in fact, an extra-ordinary candidate in that he reach out and touch the hearts and minds of millions of people who had otherwise been told for 8 years that they and there concerns were less than feces.

    Barack brought hope to the common man, something the Republican party has never known how to do.

    In the same manner as unions and the American Whig party, the time of Republicans is waning.  RIP
  • Dora
    ML Smith:
     
    Exactly what is your personal stake in this and why the personal attacks?  This particular thread deals with one individual's personal thoughts on why Palin helped doom the GOP ticket.  Some here take issue with her premise- clinging to the fact that Palin "rallied the base".  Yes, she did.  She had every single bible thumper in the palm of her hand- all 12 of you. Her problem was that she turned away more than she gained for the republicans.  Why? Because people that actually think with their brain instead of with their bible or their zipper took one look at her lack of ability and knowledge and said "thanks but no thanks".  These same individuals - you know, the thinking ones, realized that the office of VP requires more than the ability to wink and pose, gosh darn it.  These same thinking people put together the connection that McCain ok'd the selection of Palin and the much needed judgment required to be President and found McCain lacking- not just judgment, but the willingness for him to jump right into the GOP's usual style of going for the quick fix  for immediate gain instead of reasoned attention
    and a thoughtful path to achieve positive long term results.
     
    I'm sorry that you are stuck in a hole.  One major problem in being in a deep hole is that you cannot see anything but your immediate walls-with meals consisting of sour grapes and bitter melon.
     
    You can call me an idiot if that makes you feel better.  No one is nananana-ing you.  You think you have been wronged- and you have. You bought into a failure.  The failure to recognize a global economy and the role that we play in this.  The failure that the notion of might makes right.  The failure of the notion that the end justifies the means.  The utter failure to see that one leads by example.  The failure to realize that respect is not automatic, it's earned.
    Who's the fool here?
     
    You are a bitter man, ML- and that's too bad.  Don't blame me for how disappointed you are.  I am only one person.  One of millions and millions and millions  who happen to disagree with you, the GOP, Palin, McCain, and the tactics employed throughout this past election.  We registered our disagreement with you all on Nov. 4th. 
    What are you taking away from all of this?   Sour grapes and bitter melon. 
    You want to place blame, call me an idiot, and cling to a flawed ideology which has brought us to the brink of a deep depression.   Enjoy your sour life, ML.  The rest of us are trying to get along.
  • Vassar Bushmills
    That was more a screed than an analysis. At the Sands Institute we never liked McCain but loved Palin, and apparently for all the reasons you didn't. One, the Constitution, unlike an engineering company, has very few qualifications for the job. That's for a reason. Moreover, while Palin pales side-by-side to Gov Bush in exceutive experience, she is absolutely sunlit next to either Obama or Biden. In fact, she has a security clearence neither had, and Obama except as Presideent nevr could get.
    We look at the Constitution, not pop culture, as the basis jor judging qualities and competence to lead. Conservatives seem to be split right now as to whether the Constituion is for the common man and woman, protected by uncommon men and women, or for uncommon men and women, and to hell with common people. That has always been the position of the Left...and seems to be where you're coming from.
    Singee
  • ML Smith
    Postcript to my last comment
    I am an idiot too. I recognize that. My flaws are limitless. I lie, use foul language, judge others when I should judge myself, incite by sarcasm and outright nastiness, exploit the flaws of others to my advantage...in short, I come awfully close to meeting the clinical requirements for sociopath.
    Worst of all, I get up at 6:30 am and the first thing I do is assault Dora, simply because she criticized me. I am not a nice person. I am wrong about most things. So what?
    I am what I am. I don't revel in it, but at least I am self-aware and able to admit that when it comes right down to the core, I don't have a clue.
    Gee, when I think about it, I am a lot like the people I criticize. 
    This being said, Dora is still an idiot.
     
    ML Smith
  • ML Smith
    Dora:

    Dora
    Answer to your first question: everything
    Answer to your second question: everything
    Answer to your third question: I have no problem with the truth. If you had even an inkling of what is true and what is not, I might need to revise my estimation of you, but judging from your last little essay, you live in child's world.
    "You lost...." Nananana na. Don't you understand that we are are all in this together? We don't gloat over "losers," especially when we still don't know if we wave won. Wouldn't it be nice if everybody won? Even those who disagree with you? 

    So...you are not an idiot, okay. Put a sign around your neck that says "I am not an idiot." Believe me, you'll need it.

    ML Smith
  • Dora
    ML Smith- what part of what I said makes me an "idiot"?
    What did I say that was not true?
    Or- is it that you just can't handle the truth?
    I suspect the later- especially since you gave your kudos to Lizzie here who seems to think that Sarah Palin was actually qualified for anything beyond winking and fashion display.
    Give me a break.
    She abused her power as Governor.  She is a walking display of why her version of birth control and sex education is a bust.  Her son was given a choice: go to jail or join the military.  Her husband was a member of an  anti-America group and would probably not have been able to pass security to get into the White House.  Her looney-tune ideas of what the duties of the Vice President are were terribly evident.  Her closet where she was kept to keep the media from asking her anything not written on a teleprompter was evidence that even the McCain staff could not allow her from her short leash.  Palin  was the primary reason given as to why every newspaper that endorsed Obama selected Obama over McCain.  No on Palin because she was not VP material.  No on McCain for the bad judgment of selecting her.

    Just one question for you teary eyed conservatives:  how long before you open your eyes and admit it.  You lost because of what you represented and how you presented it.   
    You will continue to lose because you cannot understand that you have not a "tent"- you have a thimble- with no room for anyone outside of your prejudices and me, me, me attitudes.

    Too bad. So sad.
  • ML Smith
    You Make Me Sick

    Thank you. You have put me in my place...completely humiliated me, in public. I deserved it and I am genuinely remorseful. Please understand, however, that my statement was not meant to say that you make me sick. If it had, I would have placed a properly punctuated comma between ..."sick" and "you." You know, it is quite difficult to address someone with a name like "You Make Me Sick."

    Anyway, I guess I should say that it was not very nice of you to humiliate me so. I am already weak of mind, and easily susceptible to emotional trauma. Often, these things cause me to have enraged fits of uncontrolled
    verbal fury.

    So lash me again, YMMS...because I am recommending you for the Miss Mindless USA award for Best Impersonation of a Moron.

    ML Smith
  • ML Smith
    To: "Mesaioid" Islamic terror fighter
    Thank the Kingdom of Jesus for your insigt. I wish there were more like you here. You are true to yourself, the Almighty, and to the values true conservatives fight for. 
    I am right there with you, sir. I have some suggestions, but I shan't put them out here. Can you meet me tonight at the Klan meeting?
    ML Smith
  • You Make Me Sick!
    M L Smith.  I'm Glad. I couldn't wish for more.  Also, should be makes me sick.  If you can't get the little things right then what hope...?

    LIZ   Right on!!!
  • davidwwalters
    You Make Me Sick!  26.....
    <<Palin represented the core values of the base.....>>
    Let's see, ignorance, covert racism, ........what else?
  • ML Smith
    Jason,

    You are making too much of it. Who do you vote for, the person or the family? Good father, bad father...what difference does it make. You never really know, anyway. Or are your concerns more about the time it takes to keep bailing your 42 year-old son out of jail? That's not a President's concern. Special Presidential staffers handle those things...carefully, and there are always plenty of damage control specialists on the staff as well.

    I mean, Jason, c'mon, what do you think this is, Father Knows Best? God, there would have been some hilarious scenes if it had been McCain and Palin.

    "Honey, I'm home."
    "John, hurry up and get your sagging ass to the police station. My husband just got arrested for driving his tractor on the Beltway."
    "Sarah, I'm not your husband, you know."
    "Yes, but you're the President."
    "I am."

    ML Smith
  • Liz
    Oops, excuse me, I thought this was a conservative blog. I must have accidentally stumbled on democRAT site.  Lady, you are a loser. Why don't you jump back to the leftnutroots where you came from. You're arguments re senseless, feminist self-loathing, probably based on your maniacal desire to kill your own babies before their born. That's what all the hogwash you wrote boils down to. Infanticide.
  • Jason
    I don't know if Romney has a perfect famly or not, but I do think he would have been the best running mate for McCain.  


    I'm still having a hard time with the idea that running mates should be disqualified for what their might be going on in their family.  If we hold a VP candidate acountable for what their willful 17 year-old does, what about 18  year-olds, 20 year-olds or 30-year olds.  Where do we draw the line on that? If we draw the line at 18, 20 or 30 years, isn't that arbitrary?  This is a difficult question.
  • ML Smith
    You make me sick make me sick.

    ML Smith
  • You Make Me Sick!
    This is one of the first Conservative Blogs I have bothered to read.  It may have well been a male enhancement pitch as the chic blather that I was subjected to and would have had more insight.  What kind of 24 flavor conservative are we?  Conservative is nothing but the latest buzzword to field whatever social phiosophy Republicrats or Democrans choose to spew.
    Palin represented the core values of the base and brought McLame about 30 million more votes than he would have gotten without her.  The elite's  giving us Bob Dole, George W and H and now McLame is nothing short of herding the masses (unlike lemmings that follow )systematiclly  into the New World Order totally scripted and coordinated with the left.  Hope and change as we see the the Clintonistas re-embedded.  LA Conservative, tell us what spice you use on serving tofu.  It will be as meaningful as your assessment of experience or any other measures.
  • ML Smith
    I knew it.

    Dora, you are an idiot.

    Mr. "lider", you are certifiable.


    ML Smith
  • Dora
    You conservatives crack me up- you still don't get it.
    Obama won because America did not want your message.
     
    You can sit and cry over the mainstream media's bias for Obama all you want- you 'll still be wrong.
    The media- both right and left talking heads assumed Hillary was going to win the nomination long into the primary process.  Obama was sliced and diced constantly with constant questions about his religion, his birth, his ideology, his family background, his schooling, his early jobs, his acquaintances, vetted constantly and thoroughly.
    For all of your feeble efforts in sending along ignorant emails and constantly inserting his middle name in caps and your foolishness about marxist this and socialist that, you lost. 
     
    Sarah Palin helped you lose. A bald, clueless non-plumber helped you lose.  McCain helped you lose. Reagan helped you lose. Bush helped you lose. Cheney helped you lose.  What did all of these people have in common?  Your ideology.  Your ideology lost.  End of story. Republicans don't have god on their side. Republicans are not the moral majority. Republicans brought us eight years of misery, failure, corruption, deceit, loss of constitutional rights, a wrong war, over 4,000 dead Americans, a dismal economy, war profiteers, and cronyism.
    You still wondering why you lost?

    Now we have to clean up your mess.
    Again.
  • tracy, tell me where you read
    don't you understand?, 75% of the Media propagand BO???
    pluss mega globalbubble crisis made in libland
    all that megapower, no match for "cyberprophets ad honorems"...
    and only half voting popular?
    God over even Californicans?
  • davidwwalters
    tracy 19......
    <<You forgot that McCain/Palin were ahead of Obama until the financial debacle occurred. >>
    -You forgot that as soon as Mrs Palin
    (......sorry Michael Palin, she's the funniest Palin now!)
    began to be prompted by interviewers, the poll numbers began to decline.......don't delude yourself!
    16......
    <<.......there you'll be loved.>>
    -not lookin' for love, i hate love!
    17......
    -But one thing is for sure, Palin sure remade Couric's career!
  • again anonimous, conservatives
    Ah!, anonimous, I as a cyberprophet... magicaly make you understand (even if for this seconds only) why God 'has a problem with libs', the "lider" thing...
    anonimous, we conservatives have no liders because of the God at school thing, a new political lidership of Palin, Romney, remeber lib machinery magnitude?, 51% voted BO, 49% Mcain, republicans, my friends, wheren't battling enough against 75% Media preference on BO easy 25% Mcain, not even Hillary, or a real American heroe even with a ("bottled") genie, a cyberstrategist prophet "where enough"...
    but anonimous "don't understand what he reads here"?...
  • tracy
    Maybe you would do better writing about the hypocrisy of the gays and prop 8.

    You obviously are not a conservative -- your info about Palin is wrong,, any conservative knows better.
  • tracy
    You could not be more wrong! Stop kidding yourself! You forgot that McCain/Palin were ahead of Obama until the financial debacle occurred. That is the only reason Obama won. McCain should have gone against the bailout,,, they would have won in a landslide! It really has NOTHING to do with Sarah, she is the only reason McCain did so well. Some of us are smart....we see what you are trying to do and it is wrong!
  • "my" anonimous cyberpursuer, o
    so, this anonimous "blogger" just text some stuff, "crazy" whoever "thinks on angels, wars, paradises...
    surely, this "blogger" will 'be important" if intranet replaces internet,
    be creative dude, that's a lib mayor deformation of Liberty reazoning,
    hey, if you can match the text on your genes or... at list on your mind, why don't you try on a lib blog?, no celestial (specially under terror threat)?, no God 'things' ah?
    just "surrender and adopt the new changes", read bloggers like this anonimous
  • Anonymous
    Man, what's up with this incoherent jibberish? What's clear to me is that Palin's aspirations for national office are probably over, rightly or wrongly. I don't think one ever recovers from just one the infamous Couric interviews, let alone countless others.
  • You are on the wrong site davi
    2ndBluestarmom will time you out
    oh, no, I remember, before intranet replace internet, blog on castro's toiletpaper grandma, there you'll be loved.
  • LA "conservative"?, write on G
    A conservative needs to be related to God and evolution, the oldest coupple of million y/o African bones don't mean humans are just a coupple of millions years old.
    As the bible talks about "the round Earth", Adam was made at the pure begining, and "appeared" just about 16,000 years, 6,000 before "Noah's" flood",
    as God's creatures lived along man, "we know about eternity"... and good... and evil... and war... and peace, we make history, we don't change history...
  • davidwwalters
    13....
    <<Why don't you just write on what happens to any gay on iran?,....>>
    -What would be the purpose?
    DS  12...
    <<..... They wouldn't let Sarah be Sarah!  >>
    -It was impossible to just allow Sarah to be Sarah......she couldn't interview on any intelligent level.  Oh, but she could stir up racist sentiment.
  • davidwwalters
    Tao ask rhetorically in 11:
    <Let me get this straight, Sarah Palin - who has been mayor and governor of one of the largest states - is unfit?>
    -Yes, it's obvious by listening to her answers in the limited number of interviews she was in.  Think of it as a job interview.....she was totally inadequate. That Alaskans elected her governor is of little consequences....they almost re-elected Ted Stevens, in spite of how many felony convictions?
    <<She gives a 1200 check to every family member of every family
    in Alaska.
    >>
    -Is this different from her predecessor? 
    The check that Alaskans get was coming each month prior
    to her election.
    <<She has cleaned up corruption and helped Alaska with their oil...>>
    -Has she cleaned up corruption, or just replaced it with new faces?
    How exactly did she help Alaska with their oil?
    Tao, we have just spent 8 years with an idiot in the White House.....it's time to try someone that is a bit more cerebral.
  • Sara palin weak?, hey the plan
    So, "smart" "strategist" who needs to "be recognized". 
    Palin weak?
    Palin was the surprice  GAMECHANGE to the plan: what plan? mmmmm.... an 80% BO against 20% CONSRVATIVE REPUBLICAN, "tecnical electoral elimination", absolute senate, gaymarriage model for kids, no God, no islam? or... only islam, intranet instead internet for "magical lib power imperial born to rule $y$tem"?... kind of plan.  But instead popular vote is half/half, even with lib machinery...
    Palin weak?
    Why don't you just write on what happens to any gay on iran?, to a black opositor Bisett on cuba? women under terror states?...
    USA gives rights for 'blacks, yellow, green, ok, but white and white hispanics have rights too? do we have to become gay, or simply "willingly adopt black culture inside us and "just forget about our souls and world"?, what about abortion survivor God's littlebabies right to legal rights?, why don't you write down against the alqaeda who just insulted BHO?... hey terrorist, BLACKS (AND ANY RACE ARE ACCEPTED) ON JESUS KINGDOM, SO DIFFERENT TO YOUR "ISLAMOID ONLY LIKE THE REST AND OTHER KINDS OF DICATORSHIPS (political rule, religious rule, anarchy, socialism, comunism, actual "American" liberal "capitalism" rulers,
    I have a couple of ideas on who fight terror propaganda, who by the way, is already testing the new president, progressively, patiently awaited for the "opportunity target of electoral distractions"...
    If you are not writing on this things, you better write down on fashion or use your training program to help people find easy symple jobs, instead acorn org$, why don't you write down on acorn, or the rest of the planned lib a$$ymetric economic/policy/management/$ocial "thing$" org$ weaponry?
    What on freddy, fannie?, housing and the rest of the planned global bubble$?
    and they still pursuing us for not adopting their "view on all",
    for don't forget to remember... who we are?
  • DS
    LA Conservative,
    I'm wondering just how conservative you are.  I also voted for Mitt Romney in the primary because I thought he was the most well rounded candidate.  I don't think Mitt Romney would support your conclusions at all.  If so, I would not vote for him again.  

    It seems to me that all you have done is to regurgitate all of the liberal and MSM garbage that was used during the campaign.  I can list several reasons why the Dems won this election, none of which really had anything to do with Sarah Palin's qualifications to be VP.  Of course, this is MY opinion.  And that's the problem isn't it?  Everyone has an opinion.  None of this can really be proven without speaking personally with a large enough sample of people, and we know that ain't happening.  At any rate here goes MY list of reasons BHO won.  (not necessarily in priority oder)

    1) BHO was NOT vetted properly by the MSM!!   BHO was their candidate!
    2) The MSM didn't vett McCain/Palin fairly.  A lot of lies and half-truths!
    3) THE ECONOMY!!!   It wasn't Palin's fault that there "just happened" to be an economic meltdown the "last month" of the campaign!  Very interesting timing eh? 
    4) THE ECONOMY!!!  The way McCain handled it was terrible!  His campaign slogan was that he was a maverick, yet he caved in when it was time to do the right thing and vote against the bailout!!  And the way he "put his campaign on hold", yet added nothing to the equation.  That really cost him with his own party, as well as the libs and MSM.
    5) They wouldn't let Sarah be Sarah!   Sarah Palin, warts and all, brought a lot of energy and excitement to the campaign.  I don't care if she can't answer ALL of the idiotic questions (traps) asked by the MSM.  She was at least honest!  That was a very refreshing thing that we haven't seen in a long time in politics! 
    6) McCain "refused" to fight!  Mr. "nice guy" blew it for himself!  Remember the guy in one of his town hall meetings who stood up and "begged" McCain to START FIGHTING for us?  Well, he didn't!!!  Especially in politics, nice guys usually come in last!   He shouldn't have ran if he wasn't willing to fight for it! 
    7) ACORN!!!   Still to be legally resolved, but anyone who really believes that ACORN's strategies and tactics are honest and above ground needs to find something better to smoke!!  (Hi David)  ;-}
    8) BHO had a better campaign strategy and worked it flawlessly!   Of course, it doesn't hurt to have the MSM on your side!
    9) BHO was able to get a large % of new, young voters to the polls EARLY!  I don't know how much he paid them, or how he got them there, but he did it.  And he "made sure" that they voted early!!  He couldn't take the chance that they would decide to just stay home and watch MTV, drink and/or smoke and/or snort all day on Nov. 4th.  This was a BIG deal!!  Has everyone watched the YouTube video HowObamaGotElected.com?
    http://www.howobamagotelected.com/
    Now, someone tell me that their proud of our election process, and the fact that our nation's welfare might just be in the hands of people like this!!
    10) The country decided that character didn't matter!  Most of this was due to the MSM not vetting him properly, but, there was enough out there for people to see what he was really like, and they chose to ignore it!
    11) Just over 50% of the people decided that they didn't want the Republican to win this time!  The anti-Bush message, along with the everyday pounding of President Bush for the last 8 years made it almost impossible for any Republican to win. 

    I could probably list a few more reasons, but I'll stop here.  And as you can see, NONE of them were because of Sarah Palin!  I's sick and tired of the "same old politics", which is what we're going to get with BHO.  Already, he has chosen over 30 Clinton retreads to serve on his cabinet.  I'm afraid things aren't going to be different, just WORSE!  I am still hoping and praying that BHO will be a great president, and I'll wait to see how he handles the economy, war on terror, and taxes.  Will he cave in to the far left?  Will he "repay" them for helping get elected?  Will his "true" beliefs finally emerge?  Time will tell.....

    So, let's let Sarah be Sarah....and get back to our true conservative principles!  They will work because our country is still center-right whether the libs want to admit it or not.
  • Tao
    Let me get this straight, Sarah Palin - who has been mayor and governor of one of the largest states - is unfit? She is the commander and chief of the Alaskan National Guard who is on active duty 24/7 and she is privvy to highly classified national security that even Obama is not. She gives a 1200 check to every family member of every family in Alaska. She has cleaned up corruption and helped Alaska with their oil... and she's not qualified? Your two picks, how are they more qualified? Because one was a Lt. Gov. as well as Governor? Because the other spent six years in the House? I hate to break this to you, but one of our great presidents was only a Governor. So that can't be true! This whole idea that we need someone with foreign policy experience is absurd. If that were the case, then Obama wouldn't have won, shouldn't have won! 


    And honestly, let's be honest, you're jealous. Just like millions of other women who refuse to vote for a woman. It's sad and trouble. And how do I know this? Your statement of "her political ambitions are trouble having four children and another with down syndrome." So Sarah must stay at home and do nothing but take care of her children? She cannot have a career? She can not do more for everyone by being in politics? Is this the 21st century or the 18th? Because from where I stand, it is the 18th. Sadly it seems the bumpy road is not whether Sarah is "smart enough" or "conservative enough" or whatever label people want to put on her, but whether she can stop making women jealous for one damn second and realize she has experience, that she doesn't have to stay at home to be a mom, and that she has the right ideas. 


    Perhaps before you give an opinion you could base it on actual fact. None of it as on fact, just opinion and the lack of knowledge about what an Alaskan governor actually knows. This is absolutely pathetic. You should be ashamed to be a woman.
  • newrepublican
    Many young Republicans (and even some Democrats) have been discussing whether Palin was unappealing due to her populist appeal.

    Steven
    The New Republican - young Americans "reinventing" the Republican party
    http://thenewrepublicans.net
  • davidwwalters
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    Kathleen Parker had this to say about the demise of the republicans-
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/ar...
    "So it has been for the Grand Old Party since the 1980s or so, as it has become increasingly beholden to an element that used to be relegated to wooden crates on street corners.....
    Which is to say, the GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows. In the process, the party has alienated its non-base constituents, including other people of faith (those who prefer a more private approach to worship), as well as secularists and conservative-leaning Democrats who otherwise might be tempted to cross the aisle."

    -Sarah P. was an attempt to cater to the religious right of the GOP.
  • davidwwalters
    Jason 2.....
    <<But Palin, #2 on her ticket was being compared unfavorably to Obama #1 on his ticket.  And Palin had more experience than Obama.>>
    -Jason, it was clear from just a couple of interviews that, experience notwithstanding, she did NOT grasp the knowledge to make informed decisions, which contrasted to Obama's ability to convey a sense of knowledge and judgment on the many issues a president will encounter.
  • John Gillmartin
    What you had to say took too long to say; what you had to say was worth saying, though I'm not sure many will hear it!

    You seem to be an urban elitist. You claim to want an aspirational and not a relational leader and yet the qualities you covet in a leader are specifically relatable to your personal urban/intellectual worldview and sadly dismissive of the worldviews of others.

    Apparently the advent of the hockey mom from Wasilla confronted people on both sides of the aisle with the existence of a vast population of rural "Joe Six-packs," "next-door" neighbors, game hunters, outdoorsmen, gun owners, and people "just like" them.

    Were I to transport myself back two and a quarter centuries to jolly ol' England, in the days of King George, I can imagine this commentary appearing in the Times, penned by a  Londoner about the distasteful and uncouth leaders of the rebellion in the colonies.

    I often wonder at what point in this country's history we begin to exclude certain "types" of people from running for public office at any level. Seems to me we fought several wars to stop excluding people from life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
  • simonesdad2008
    The delicious irony of the Palin fiasco is that she was undone by Rove and Atwater.  They are the fathers of modern attack politics.  They said make an opponents strength their weakness.  They did not have to contend with today's rapid news cycles though.   She was also undone by the right's ownership of so-called family values.  Mrs. Palin herself became pregnant before quickly getting married (do the math), so when Bristol and her long time boyfriend were expecting, it was a result of role modeling.  When Bristol took up with a man who is less educated than herself (even at her young age), it was a result of role modeling.  I'm of the opinion that no previous specific experience prepares you to be POTUS.  It's a rich mix of many experiences in and out of government.  I contend that Palin was unprepared as opposed to inexperienced.  If you can't hold your own in a pretty benign interview, if you got your first passport ever in 2006, if you have not ever met or conferenced with your own party's leadership, if you are not intellectually curious in the least bit, you are unprepared for the rigors of a national campaign let alone actually holding national office.  Palin's true test will how she parlays her run this year.  Many in her own party who vouched for her during election season have or will turn on her.  Can she hold her own?  Can she build support outside of her very narrow appeal zone?  For all of you who want Palin in 2012 or are wondering who will emerge from the republican rubble, keep this in mind, no one was talking about (or had even heard of) Barack Obama in the wake of Kerry's 2004 defeat.  Your answer is out there.  Palin is not it although I hope you put her out there anyway.
  • davidwwalters
    LA Conservative
    -A thoughtful article.  As a liberal, some may say i am "afraid" of Sarah Palin.
    Yet this country operates on a 2 party system and i do see the bad that would come from the demise of one of them.
    "By whining, Sarah Palin displayed an opportunistic pettiness ill suited for a leader."
    -Opportunistic is exactly how i see that woman.
  • LAConservative
    To Jason:

    On point #1, both Obama and Palin are unprepared to lead (in the capacity of VP/POTUS).  No contrasts need be drawn--and this is exactly the point.  You don't attack someone for months on their lack of experience, and then choose as your running mate someone as equally inexperienced, turning the debate into who's the LEAST experienced.  This is the type of twisted logic that got the McCain camp in trouble.

    Regarding point #2, "If we hold our breath waiting for a candidate who can't be embarrassed, and who doesn't have some splainin' to do at some point, we're going to turn blue in the face.", look no further...We had Mitt Romney.
  • Jason
    On the issue of conservative family values: I agree (in theory) that the first family should be a shining example, but it's going to be extremely difficult to find a perfect conservative candidate who also has a perfect family and zero skeletons in their closets.  The MSM will gloss over the imperfections of the leftist liberal candidates and, if necessary, invent imperfections for the conservative candidates (remember the McCain non-affair non-scandal invented by the NY Times?)  We can't let that guide our decisions about our leaders. 

    If we hold our breath waiting for a candidate who can't be embarrassed, and who doesn't have some splainin' to do at some point, we're going to turn blue in the face.

    http://rightklik.blogspot.com/
  • Jason
    I agree that the Sarah Palin pick was a miscalculation.  I wonder if McCain did much research.  Did he simply go on instinct?   However, I disagree with many other points in this piece.  The experience issue is a big one.  Yes, Palin diminished McCain's ability to play the experience card.  But Palin, #2 on her ticket was being compared unfavorably to Obama #1 on his ticket.  And Palin had more experience than Obama.  Perhaps Obama created the illusion of being an experienced politician by being on the campaign trail forever and a day, but he WAS and IS a very inexperienced president-elect.  Or maybe it's a gender thing.  Does a woman need twice as much experience to get half as much credit?
    http://rightklik.blogspot.com/
  • Nunu
    "While consumed with demographics, the McCain camp ignored the equally important quality of psychographics. My problem with Palin is a cultural one. For one, her playing to the “Joe six-packs” was disturbing. No, I do not desire my president to be another “Joe six-pack”. I do not care to see my president pounding beers or moose hunting. I do not want my president to be “just like me”, like a next-door neighbor. The office of the presidency should be aspirational, not relatable."

    One of the things that non-Americans find hard to understand about American politics is the preference of most voters (or at least the ones we see for a candidate with the 'guy-next-door' image.  I mean, sure an actor, or a plumber is able to relate to the 'average american" but as I see it isn't qualified  for the job of running what is (for good or bad) still the most powerful nation on earth, ever. To weild the immense power of the American presidency, which affects me in a country with less people than a major city in the US, requires so much more than a nice smile or small town charm.

    We recently voted a suave former currency trader millionaire, whose only claim to relation with the bulk of us is the fact he grew up in a state house to be our 38th Prime Minister. Yes, at times he may be less charismatic than a robot but I think the country is safer in his hands than those of Uncle Helen
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