November 2008


11 Nov 2008 01:21 am

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The Greta van Susteren interview with Sarah Palin on Fox News tonight was rich with revelations, the kind that come as you think about it later. I watched as Sarah answered Greta’s questions honestly and openly, without guile. I thought to myself, Sarah is strong, she will do well out from under all the Republican handlers, out from under the McCain strait jacket.

Sarah Palin is a leader. She belongs on top of a ticket.

After a whirlwind campaign alongside Sen. John McCain, Sarah Palin is defending herself against criticism stemming from the tens of thousands of dollars spent on her wardrobe as well as several reported foreign affairs missteps.

“When I arrived at the convention, there were clothes waiting for me, and clothes being ordered for me and the family, for eight of us,” the Alaska governor told FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren, in an interview scheduled to air Monday night. “And ever since then, those clothes, knowing that they didn’t belong to me … we boxed them all up, sent them back to the rightful owners, the Republican National Committee, and that’s the story on the clothes.”

There’s more here.

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Another interview with a local Alaskan channel is here. It’s worth seeing because Piper as always, is nearby her Mom and had a notepad ready in order to take orders for drinks for the guests.

Greta has more photos here.

You can watch part one of Greta’s interview with Gov. Sarah Palin here.

09 Nov 2008 04:43 pm

The thoughts below might seem cranky, yes. A little over the top, yes. One might think the proprietor of Wide Awake Cafe has succumbed to Obama Derangement Syndrome.

But perhaps not.

Neo Neocon writes in Pajamas Media:

First some definitions. When we talk about ODS, or Obama Derangement Syndrome, we are obviously referencing its precursor, BDS — Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Neither phenomenon consists of mere dislike of the policies of the person in question. That’s allowed. One can even distrust the person or think he is lying, if there is evidence for it.

Neo Neocon continues:

That’s the important part: evidence from behavior in the present. Although we are all emotionally driven in our lives — and there’s nothing wrong with that; who would want to be surrounded by Star Trekian Spocks? — at certain times and places there’s a need to put emotions on the back burner and attempt to evaluate things in the cold harsh light of reason.

Yes, there are reasons to fear that Obama has a far left agenda, based on his history, some of his own statements, and his associations. There are even reasons to believe that whether he does or doesn’t have such an agenda himself, he will lack the inclination (or perhaps the backbone) to stop the far left agenda of those with the power to pass bills — in other words, the hugely Democratic Congress and its leaders Reid and Pelosi.

This is an uncertain time. One now sees the news media second guessing themselves as they digest the election and the fact that their favorite, Barack Obama was indeed, elected.

Now they are discussing how little is really known about Barack Obama and what is really going to shake out with the economy and taxes and Wall Street.

The fact that so little is known about Barack Obama is of course, due to the lack of curiosity of that very same media.

It’s still quite apparent that to the media, their man, Barack Obama can and will do no wrong.

During the unending presidential campaign one item that stood out in plain sight but was never questioned by any American reporter was the fact that the daughters of Barack Obama were not given Christmas gifts by their parents.

Not one gift.

Does that mean there was no tree in the home of Barack and Michelle Obama? After all, one would think that if there were a tree in the home that it would have been incredibly cruel to the children if there were not at least two gifts under the tree on Christmas morn for the daughters.

No stockings at least? No lumps of coal?

What does this portend for our nations’ celebration of Christmas?

Will Christmas still be a National Holiday?

Will the next four years be an era of four seasons but never Christmas?

Although People Magazine let slip the news about the Obama’s cultural lifestyle in their lovingly portrayed puff piece the national news media ignored it.

Politico’s Mike Allen delivered a soft pat on the back to Obama.

However, the Brits noticed and ran with it.

In a magazine interview Obama and his wife Michelle revealed that one of their steadfast house rules is not giving Christmas or birthday presents to Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven.

The couple explained that they spend “hundreds” on birthday slumber parties and want to “teach some limits”. Santa Claus is still permitted to deliver seasonal gifts however.

The girls are also given an allowance of just $1 (50p) a week for performing household chores, according to People magazine. Those chores include making their own bed, setting and clearing the dinner table and putting themselves to bed by 8.30pm.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

So Santa is still in the mix. Gives us some hope I suppose. But only seasonally. Not at Christmas.

Still unsettling, given the slip of the tongue a nervous Obama had in a George Stephanopoulos interview earlier this summer while speaking about his “Muslim faith.” The ever helpful George immediately corrected him and of course, everyone in the media gave Obama a pass.

So, yes, Virginia there may still be some hope. But not so for many of the adults in this country who could see beyond the slogans of hope and change.

But God is still in His Heaven. (Just don’t tell Christopher)

One Hitchens brother sees through the swooning of the 53% and the media.

Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernise Heaven and Hell – or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.

The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.

I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.

The very sober conclusion to Peter Hitchen’s article needs to be read over and over by those who still love our country and want it to remain free.

I was in Washington DC the night of the election. America’s beautiful capital has a sad secret. It is perhaps the most racially divided city in the world, with 15th Street – which runs due north from the White House – the unofficial frontier between black and white. But, like so much of America, it also now has a new division, and one which is in many ways much more important. I had attended an election-night party in a smart and liberal white area, but was staying the night less than a mile away on the edge of a suburb where Spanish is spoken as much as English, plus a smattering of tongues from such places as Ethiopia, Somalia and Afghanistan.

As I walked, I crossed another of Washington’s secret frontiers. There had been a few white people blowing car horns and shouting, as the result became clear. But among the Mexicans, Salvadorans and the other Third World nationalities, there was something like ecstasy.

They grasped the real significance of this moment. They knew it meant that America had finally switched sides in a global cultural war. Forget the Cold War, or even the Iraq War. The United States, having for the most part a deeply conservative people, had until now just about stood out against many of the mistakes which have ruined so much of the rest of the world.

Suspicious of welfare addiction, feeble justice and high taxes, totally committed to preserving its own national sovereignty, unabashedly Christian in a world part secular and part Muslim, suspicious of the Great Global Warming panic, it was unique.

These strengths had been fading for some time, mainly due to poorly controlled mass immigration and to the march of political correctness. They had also been weakened by the failure of America’s conservative party – the Republicans – to fight on the cultural and moral fronts.

They preferred to posture on the world stage. Scared of confronting Left-wing teachers and sexual revolutionaries at home, they could order soldiers to be brave on their behalf in far-off deserts. And now the US, like Britain before it, has begun the long slow descent into the Third World. How sad. Where now is our last best hope on Earth?

The question remains, is it already too late? Will we, the conservative Republicans, the 46%, after all the disappointments of the 2008 campaign and the ups and downs of the past eight years make the decision to give up and go the way of the Whigs?

Will we forget Sarah Palin, and let the smearers of the left in the Republican Party have their way? Will we start to rebuild our party with solid, conservative economic and social Reagan principles? Or will we merely attempt to ugh, rebrand ourselves?

Or will we simply go to sleep?

Or, worse, than that, will this be the replacement for Christmas?

If so, the Third World will be our destiny. Christmas will never be the same.

06 Nov 2008 07:55 pm

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Before the last ballots had been counted and John McCain had conceded to President Elect, Barack Obama, the attacks had already begun on Sarah Palin, but not by the Democrats, by her own campaign aides. How far the Republicans have strayed from the conservative days of Reagan. No wonder the milk toast moderates of the Republican Party want to drop the policies of Reagan down the memory hole, they don’t want his ethics either.

Sarah Palin’s performance in the past sixty eight days of the Presidential campaign roused the Republican base, stirred up hope, something few Republicans had after the frenzied months of Obama mania. Palin brought excitement to John McCain’s campaign and carried herself with dignity, energy and tremendous grace.

Not so with those whose job it was to support her in her endeavors to help John McCain win the election. Sarah Palin carried John McCain on her shoulders throughout the U.S. during the frenetic last weeks of the campaign. Her debate with Joe Biden will always stand out as a classic.

I was supporting John McCain chiefly because I opposed Barack Obama but after the selection of Sarah Palin as Veep I went all in for McCain, supporting him with my money and my time.

That John McCain has not yet renounced the aides who are leaking this absolute crap about Sarah Palin in order to blame the defeat on her and quash her political viability for the future is pathetic and completely disappointing.

I am totally disgusted.

Surprised?

Sadly, no.

When Democrats are defeated they blame Republicans.

When Republicans are defeated they blame Republicans.

Now a new one.

When Republican males are defeated, the female running mate is blamed.

I remember in the days just after President Reagan’s term ended books started emerging from former White House officials who had worked closely with President Reagan and the long knives were out after Nancy Reagan. The media had always been critical of Nancy Reagan during Ronald Reagan’s Presidency and I’m sure a little criticism of Nancy was a selling point to a publisher. I’m figuring this may be an angle the unprincipled gossips are after - they may want to sell a tell-all book that will rule out a future for Sarah Palin.

Red State has a list of people from the McCain campaign who have been smearing Gov. Palin.

These people need to be exposed as the losers, whiners, and incompetents they most certainly are.

In Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention she said, “There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you.”

She continued to say this about John McCain in every rally throughout the campaign.

It’s a shame that now the election is all over John McCain will not fight for Sarah Palin.

05 Nov 2008 10:41 pm

“The longest wet kiss in American history.”

That’s how Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour described the media’s coverage of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign yesterday on Fox News. About a year into the two year long presidential campaign it became apparent that one time media favorite, Hillary Clinton had lost her annointment with the press. The media had a new crush and the dropping of Hillary by the media became a slow motion divorce.

I remembered Barbour’s words late last night as I watched the pundits literally jumping with joy over Obama’s victory.

I’ve been going through the national and individual state vote data and have discovered something interesting. Contrary to what some are asserting, although John McCain lost almost seven million voters from 2004 he didn’t lose them in the southern states he won.

The remnant states of the Old South resisted Obama and the state of Arkansas grew redder in yesterday’s election.

John McCain beat Barack Obama 59% to 38% yesterday in Arkansas.

In 2004 President Bush defeated John Kerry 54% to 45%.

A record number of Arkansans voted in yesterday’s election, up some 22,585 from 2004.

Checking out the map of the counties in my own state of Arkansas was interesting. My own county, Sebastian, voted for McCain 66% to 31% for Obama. Just north of Sebastian County, Crawford County voted for McCain 72% to 25% for Obama.

Obama’s stronghold, if you can call it that, was in Pulaski County and it includes Little Rock where he beat John McCain 55% to 43%. Phillips County, which borders Mississippi in Southeastern, Arkansas brought Obama his highest percentage of the vote in all of Arkansas’s counties, 64% to 34%. Phillips County borders Tunica County, Mississippi on the East, home to casinos but Phillips County itself is one of the poorest counties in Arkansas.

Pulaski County, Arkansas, home to the state capital, Little Rock was virtually surrounded by counties that grew much redder in 2008 in comparison to the presidential election of 2004. Lonoke County, on the eastern border on Pulaski County went for McCain to the tune of, 73% to Obama’s 25%. White County, just north of Lonoke County voted for McCain 72% to Obama 24%.

Traditionally, the Northwest region of Arkansas has been a Republican stronghold. While McCain won all of the Northwest region with sixty percentage points or more, seventy percent or more of the vote went to John McCain in the central counties of Arkansas. This was a big rejection of Barack Obama. President Bush did not garner as much support in the central counties of Arkansas in 2004. As a result of the election yesterday, Arkansas is much redder.

Could race have been an influence in the vote? Possibly but more likely it was the result of the rejection of Hillary Clinton by Barack Obama. People have a collective memory here.

The citizens of Arkansas are a traditional, church going, flag saluting people and even the Democrats here are more conservative than many Northeastern Republicans, which explains why most people supported Mark Pryor’s re-election to the Senate. It’s sad to note that there are now no Republicans representing New England in the House of Representatives.

It’s difficult to discern what is wrong with the people of John Murtha’s district. He can insult them, call them racists, rednecks, ignoramuses, etc, and like battered women they will still vote him back into Congress.

They don’t seem to mind the insults as long as they keep getting the checks.

Sad.

That’s just not the way things are done down here.

It seems that Haley Barbour got it right. The media throughout the presidential campaign did give Obama a big smacker and more. They turned their heads away every time news broke that didn’t paint Obama in a good light.

The Southern states, while more rural and with smaller state budgets, have already gone through a Civil War, and have a collective memory handed down from their ancestors of the carpetbaggers from the North promising forty acres and a mule to the freed slaves and then breaking that promise as the Reconstructionists forced their punitive government on the blacks and the whites.

We’ve been there and done that. We know damn yankees when we see em.

The story that is not being told in this election is of how the South made a stand last night, resisting Senator Government’s sweep through the country.

That Florida, North Carolina and Virginia wouldn’t stand with the the rest of the South is not surprising as the states’ demographics have become more East Coastal than southern.

The South still respects heroes and there can be no more authentic American hero than Senator John McCain.

Obama seems to be more of an invention of the media, a hollow man with a slogan.

We’ll see how he will govern but we don’t have much confidence that we will see an Obama administration that is centrist.

Or even left of center.

Or even left of left.

Or left of left of left.

04 Nov 2008 08:22 pm

I grow less courageous with every election it seems. The one that nearly broke my heart was Bush-Gore in 2000. We were living in Germany and the fact we were seven hours ahead and had only NBC or CNN International reporting the election returns made the waiting miserable. Having access to the internet and Hugh Hewitt’s radio show was a lifesaver.

My husband and I decided to turn off all news reports tonight and put on reruns of NCIS. That is how we are getting through the election returns.

When we know, we will know.

But I will allow myself occasionally to sneak a peak every once in a while and I checked out this Corner post.

Not much really but I like the subdued crowd line.

I’ve been to Grant Park and Hyde Park before, on visits to Chicago to see my cousin, Peggy Sue. She knows all the ins and outs of Chicago. Once when we were at a red light she pointed out that Phil Jackson, then coach of the Chicago Bulls was driving through the intersection on his Harley.

During that visit Peggy took my daughters and me to her yacht club which was located near the Navy Pier. While Peggy was taking me on a tour of the club my daughters were in the lounge/bar with their cousin, Jamie, meeting and greeting people. They struck up a conversation with a man in thick black glasses who was really nice. He asked them if they were in town for the Democratic National Convention. (it was 1996) They said, no they had just come to visit. I found out later that they had been conversing with the late, great, Harry Caray.

I knew him. Didn’t get to meet him.

They met him. Didn’t know who he was. I reminded them he was the announcer for the Chicago Cubs in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off .

We never ran into Barack Obama.

I guess I will check the election returns again.

UPDATE:

I just now checked the returns and Senator McCain has conceded to President Elect Obama.

I didn’t watch, I didn’t have the heart but that noble man deserved much better from the American people.

As for Barack Obama, I’m sorry. I’m not going to be a hypocrite. He was elected President by a majority of the American people but I believe the man will be very bad news for our country. For the sake of my country though, I wish Barack Obama and his family well.

04 Nov 2008 08:42 am

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My daughter created this scene for her nine month old son. The things you do (gladly) for your children.

Awaiting the end of this day.

May it be a good one for this country.

04 Nov 2008 12:04 am

This political season brings to mind the years (1999-2002) we lived in Heidelberg, Germany and had the grand Armed Forces Network cable channel which included: the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America and that other network. (can’t think of the name) AFN ran the Today Show and The View twice daily. For entertainment there were a lot of down market sitcoms that I found boring.

Even though Fox News had been on the air for quite some time we were still in the Clinton years and there were no media outlets that were not approved by the Clinton administration except for one hour of Rush on the radio network.

Then there was CNN International. It was beyond awful.

I chose to watch the Sky News Network. (I enjoyed Sunday Live with Adam Boulton) Then there was a funny little British channel I enjoyed watching. I think it was the BBC, and during the day there were interesting shows about gardening. When I wasn’t perusing the news on the internet down in the basement of the house, I watched the gardening show. One day, for some reason, the host was talking about fertilizer and suddenly the screen froze on some very fresh looking, manure, i.e. stable dung. I tried to change the channel but it wouldn’t change.

I shrugged my shoulders and went outside for a walk. (this was my year of freedom, traveling, shopping and fun)

When I came back inside, the television screen was still frozen. I did some laundry and read a book. Later I checked Fox News on the internet and read my email. My daughters were coming to visit us soon for their college break and I was excited.

Late that evening, when my husband came home, I pointed to the television screen. He looked at the stable dung and turned the television off. He turned it back on. It was still there. He tried to change the channel and couldn’t. We had no other television in Germany and didn’t want to buy another one over there.

My husband put in a DVD of Horatio Hornblower and we watched it.

I remember, I made steak, baked potatoes, dilled salad and steamed broccoli.

After we turned it off he put the television screen back on.

The stable dung was there again.

So it stayed. It became familiar. I noticed that our cat, Captain would watch it sometimes, then yawn, turn around and lick himself.

When the girls were due to arrive I drove to Frankfurt to pick them up. This was their first trip to Germany since they were babies. I was excited to show off our house to them. We had big plans to travel that summer.

After the girls checked out their rooms and the house and had settled down into the living room one of them glanced at the television and took a second look.

“Mom.” Charlotte said, “Is there something wrong with the T.V.?”

I looked up at the television and then back at Charlotte and said, “Oh no. There’s nothing wrong.”

Charlotte said, “Well, there’s poop on the screen!”

“That’s the gardening channel.” I said.

Charlotte made an attempt to change the channel and couldn’t do it either.

We spent so much time traveling that summer it didn’t matter that our television had a screen load of manure. Not when we had been to Paris, London, Dublin, Kilkenny, Zurich, Salzburg, and Rothenberg.

When I think about that television screen of dung I see the out-of-their-minds, Keith Olbermann, and Chris Matthews, and all of the rest of the supposedly, objective news reporters on the three networks, MSNBC and CNN. These people are just as frozen in their idealogies as that German television screen and many Americans have bought into their sales pitches.

One day when we turned on the television the manure was gone, we could change the channel and the girls enjoyed watching South Park in German.

Today the military and their families in Europe and elsewhere enjoy much more freedom of choice in their entertainment and news selections.

Hopefully, the American people will see through the dung of the polls, the press, the execrable exit polls and that Charlatan, Barack Obama and get out and vote for John McCain tomorrow.

UPDATE:

Man Parks Manure Near Democrats’ Campaign Office to Protest Obama.

That is a true headline.

Terry Reed, who owns a construction and excavation company in Whitehall, parked the trailer near the office on Saturday. He also posted a sign in the manure mocking Obama’s “change we can believe in” slogan as “a load of crap.”

“I think Obama’s plan is just one big old poop sandwich and we’re all going to have to take a bite,” he said.

I’m sorry, but this makes me smile.

03 Nov 2008 05:49 pm

On the way to work this morning at a very busy intersection, two sixty-something women were standing at the edge of the roadway with amateur homemade signs stating, “Christians for Obama.” On the other side of the intersection an African American was also holding a sign that said the same thing. The thing is, these people looked really down on their luck. No one was paying them much notice because the traffic was so heavy, people were trying to get to work and the sign wavers were more of a distraction than anything else. Plus, they were putting themselves in danger.

I found this article in our local paper explaining what was going on. The Democrats must be pretty desperate to put volunteers out on the roads, looking more like crazed protesters than anything else.

The Sebastian County Democratic Party is working to garner support for Obama with visibility campaigning, which involves placing volunteers holding pro-Obama signs on the corners of high-traffic areas, such as the intersection of Rogers and Greenwood avenues, according to Eve Gordon, visibility coordinator for Sebastian County Democrats. As volunteers display their signs, motorists are encouraged to honk to show support.

“Most people have been pretty nice, (but) we’ve been getting racial slurs,” Democratic volunteer Sharyn Floyd said.

By capturing more primary delegates than New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Obama became the first person of African-American heritage to capture a presidential nomination in U.S. history.

Floyd carried a large sign proclaiming “Christians for Obama” while campaigning in front of Apple Market at the intersection of Spradling Avenue and North Sixth Street Wednesday afternoon. She said although considerable progress has been made in the U.S. toward racial harmony, prejudice persists.

“I don’t see how you can be Christian and yell out racial slurs against Obama,” Floyd said. “We were all made by the same creator. He doesn’t discriminate.”

Floyd said she has been volunteering for Democratic campaigns since 1974. She said she supported Clinton in the primaries, but had been impressed by Obama since his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Although she has volunteered in several presidential campaigns, Floyd said, the enthusiasm she has seen for Obama is unprecedented.

“We have been swamped with people coming in buying T-shirts and buttons,” she said. “It’s more energized than any campaign I’ve been in.”

Floyd said she has met unlikely Obama supporters, including a white couple in their 80s who have not voted in 50 years but are excited to vote for Obama.

A white couple in their 80s who have not voted in 50 years? Odd.

Here’s a story about another Obama supporter who closed a California highway for hours.

Oh yeah. I didn’t hear any honking.

You know what? I initially felt like giving the people a thumbs down. I had to sit at a red light and watch them struggling in the wind, waving the signs around but I could see their discomfort. I thought better of it. I didn’t honk. I did nothing. I just felt sorry for those poor people, down on their luck, volunteering for a charlatan.

But what did the O-Mighty One do today?

Obama gave more than a thumbs down to Senator John McCain today. He flipped him off.

When Obama did this to Senator Hillary Clinton at the end of the primary season he was supposedly commending her on running a tough race and in his defense his campaign staff explained that he was just scratching an itch.

I find it strange that Obama gets itchy every time he commends an opponent on running a tough race.

Nice.

What does that portend for an Obama foreign policy?

02 Nov 2008 03:10 pm

Why is it that Barack Obama retreats to the blanket of his childhood when he is hit with hard questions? When asked about Bill Ayres, the founder of The Weathermen, the domestic terror group of the sixties and a cog in the wheel of the Chicago machine to which Obama made his initial act of obeisance when starting out in politics, Obama’s first response was he was only eight years old when Bill Ayers was committing his acts of terror.

Obama purposely misses the point when he grouses about Sarah Palin and running mate John McCain’s criticisms of his “sharing the wealth comments.” Boy did that get under his collar.

Obama’s response was to ridicule the charges of Joe the Plumber and John McCain and Sarah Palin’s comments on the campaign trail about his policies of tax redistribution by returning back even further in time to his years in kindergarten. He claimed that he shared his toys and his peanut butter sandwiches.

Then he went on to claim that the McCain-Palin tax plan makes a virtue out of selfishness.

Still, many Americans are getting the message about Obama’s socialist plans.

An interesting letter to the editor published in our local paper:

Church Venue for charity

I heard that some elementary schools have tried this out. At the first of the year, kids are given a list of items they will need for school. The wealthier families and the families that put a higher priority on what their kids took to school brought very nice backpacks, pencil, pen sets, markers, rulers and so on. The families that could not afford the nicer things or just had different priorities sent their kids to school with the minimum and the cheapest-quality items.

Here comes the socialism: The teachers had all of the students turn all of their school supplies in and then they were redistributed to the class. All of the items were handed out at random. (This is like “spreading the wealth around.”) The kids who brought nice things ended up with some junk, some OK things and maybe one nice item.

The next year parents found out that the school supplies would be taken up and redistributed. So they didn’t go and buy the nicer items. They all started buying cheaper goods because they would not be able to keep them anyway. The lower-income kids didn’t turn out to have better school supplies. Instead they all had to use cheap school supplies. They also ran short on supplies because everyone started bringing the bare minimum.

That is the same way that it works in any economy. If you do this enough, the hard-working people will give up and start joining the ranks of the people getting the handouts. I believe in charity, but charity belongs to the church. Giving to someone in need from a compassionate heart is charity. But when government forces you to give up your money, then gives it to others who did not work for it, that is socialism.

Steve Craine

I had this situation come up when I was teaching first grade for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany in 2001. Being new to the school, the other first grade teachers told me that when the kids came in with their school supplies, since the desks didn’t have enough room to hold them, I was to just take the supplies and put them together and organize them to use as needed.

Boy, was that a mistake.

One of my students, Lizette, began to cry. In fact, she cried all day. I was finally able to discover that she loved art very much and had brought with her a sixty four box of crayola crayons and although I searched throughout the container in which I had put them, she could not identify her own box (they had already been opened and passed out and used) and would not be satisfied that her own box had been returned to her. She wanted her own box of 64 crayons with her, in her own desk. She knew each color and she was convinced that one particular color was missing. She would not be comforted.

I decided then and there that my own misgivings when told that the students own belongings had to be put in a class pot had been right and that the students deserved to learn about caring for their own things within an educational setting. I found a way to arrange all of the students’ supplies in their desks.

When I noticed that their crayons were starting to show wear and tear a few months later, I went to the PX and purchased boxes of 64 crayons and before school began, placed them on all of the student’s desks and then sprinkled some glitter around them. The crayon fairy had made her first appearance at Patch Barracks Elementary School but not the last!

And, that Lizette! What a tremendously talented and quick learner she was!

Socialism stifles not only human ingenuity, and innovation, but also creativity. But Obama wouldn’t understand that. What a sour, stiff person he is, really. He seems to care little about the human touches, the creative sides of life, the babies born who were intended to die, and even, his very own aunt who has recently been discovered living in a Boston slum on public assistance - illegally. He hasn’t bothered to dig into his own deep pockets to share his own wealth with his own family but turned away, forcing Americans, by way of taxation, to pay their own hard earned money to support his aunt.

Obama claims not to know his own aunt’s status.

Yes, his political operatives are trying to shield him with their complaints of dirty politics but what it says to me is that Barack Obama is really a cold, unfeeling, hateful man.

A man who can’t take care of his own family cannot be trusted to take on the leadership of this great country.

But it turns out it wasn’t dirty politics after all, just good journalistic foot leather carried out by our British cousins. I recall reading that when Edward, the Prince of Wales was carrying on with That Woman, Wallis Simpson, the British media kept a zipped upper lip, refusing to publish anything at all about the royal affair.

It was left to the American press to inform the Brits about what was going on under their noses. It turns out that the leftist media in this day and time have their noses so deeply implanted….. well, you know where I am going. So, it’s nice that the Brits are helping out.

An interesting development has occurred in the hills of Northwest Arkansas. Obama’s not getting all the youth vote in Arkansas. Prairie Grove High School students have handed Obama a resounding defeat in a presidential mock election, voting for McCain 319 votes to 150 votes for Obama. Read about it here.

Obama might want to get his favorite blanket ready for Tuesday night.

UPDATE #1 Someone Obama wouldn’t want to meet but maybe should. The Anchoress. I’ve been waiting for her to weigh in. It’s been worth the wait.

UPDATE #2 Sissy Willis reminds us that this election, with all its ups and downs in the polls, is still not over, and God, as well as the undecideds, moves in mysterious ways.

01 Nov 2008 05:56 pm

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Run away. Run away.

Barack Obama cannot close.

He never did actually beat Senator Hillary Clinton in the primaries. The Democrat super delegates abandoned her and went over to Obama. In the last days before the primaries in several states although his polls promised a lot, he just couldn’t quite seal the deal.

Now McCain’s ahead of Obama according to the Friday Zogby one day poll. Perhaps that’s why Obama got so testy with the press last night when he was taking one of his daughters out trick or treating. They were going to a friend’s house. Apparently he didn’t want the press to know who exactly this particular friend was.

Could it be that he’s really bummed out by his drop in the polls?

I recall in an interview Obama’s wife, Michelle stating that Obama’s really a messy guy at home. I think that’s one reason why he can’t close. He probably never closes the bureau drawers either. There are probably socks all over his bedroom floor.

Does Obama ever close his mind to radical anti-Americans? Not likely.

But he certainly has a closed mind to all those bitter clingers out there in Pennsylvania.

Obama does have plans to close or maybe even confiscate most taxpaying American’s wallets.

Everytime an Obama surrogate speaks, middle class American’s taxes go up.

Obama closes the door on those who would blaspheme him.

Obama refuses to disclose the names of his small-dollar donors although, according to Slate, he could very easily, but that might reveal that some of his donors were, uh hmm, not really who they said they were.

Obama’s handler’s have had to put him back on the tele-prompter again for fear he might wade into the crowd and tell another embarrassing truth to another Joe the plumber.

One close secret the media has strived mightily to keep from the American people in order to secure an Obama win is, who is he really? Who are his associates? What is his philosophy? What is his genesis? Thanks to this Pajamas Media post we begin to understand Obama is not a man of hope but he will certainly be a man of change. Radical change most Americans will find startling and appalling.

Most important, Barack Obama has never come close to ever speaking this word…..VICTORY, unless it pertains to his winning the election. He’s not interested in winning the war.

I find it curious that of all the government officials who have been named that will be in Obama’s cabinet if he should (God forbid) win, the pentagon has not been mentioned. But what is happening already is pretty chilling. Just days after Obama banned newspapers which endorsed Senator McCain for President from his plane “FCC Probe Signals Democratic Attack Machine”: Hat tip: Protein Wisdom

A Federal Communications Commission investigation of on-air military analysts is providing a glimpse of what Democrats and an Obama administration will do to critics once they capture Washington.

The FCC has sent letters to some of the nation’s most prominent military analysts — some of them pro-President Bush and pro-war — suggesting they may have broken the law when they appeared on television stations to comment on and explain the war on terrorism.

The FCC investigation raises the question of whether a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House next year will investigate — and perhaps criminalize — all sorts of actions taken by the Bush administration. Obama is leading in all presidential polls, while Democrats are set to greatly increase their hold on the House and Senate.

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John McCain, throughout his life has made the hard decisions, the wise decisions and in this election, in his brilliant choice of Sarah Palin for his veep, he made the one bold decision that united the Republican base, thus paving the way for a future Republican era and as Don Surber wrote in this brilliant post, removed from the Republican party the sticky entanglements, and the unneeded advice of the hangers-on, and the Peggy Noonans.

John McCain still sees America as a land worth fighting for, a land of opportunity.

Obama sees America as a land of too much freedom.

As my dear sister in thought, Sissy Willis writes,

The sometimes too sober Fred Barnes says McCain will win; the ever clueless Mort Kondrake says Obama. Fred cites “duty, honor and country,” McCain’s core values as explicated in a superb WSJ editorial this morning. Johnny’s core values were the very thing that finally allowed us to ‘learn to stop worrying and love John McCain” back last February. Our sister, our dear blogfriend Miss Kelly and our own gut are chanting “Landslide.”

John McCain is a Closer.

Obama has never been able to close his own back door.

Someone who has had a good gut reaction to how elections will go had his epiphany the other day. This is worth the hundreds of polls run in October, 2008 alone.

I had my epiphany the other day when I found out that my son and daughter-in-law are going to have a little girl. I thought, it’s going to be the year of the girl.

The year of Sarah Palin.

Sarah is helping John close.

Take that and smoke it Peggy.

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