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Sarah Palin Roundup (Updated)

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 1:48 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Rightwingprof has a Sarah Palin roundup that addresses why her gender wasn’t the point, how she’s the best complement to John McCain, and includes thoughts from Bill Whittle and Mark Steyn.

ONGOING UPDATES: More from Jeff G. at Protein Wisdom. H/T Daleyrocks.

Mike K adds responses reported in the UK Times from Camille Paglia and Rush Limbaugh. It also states that Palin’s husband is part Eskimo. I didn’t know that. Beldar says I did know that. Now I know it twice.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air says the Palin pick wasn’t a last-minute choice, linking a Washington Post article that, in Morrissey’s words, “McCain favored Palin for months, and that it reflects a deliberate focus on reform and change.” From the Washington Post:

“Starting last spring, the inner circle met regularly with McCain to review and discuss an initial list of about three dozen possible choices. “He and several of us had multiple meetings,” one adviser said. “Discussions, strengths and weaknesses of all the candidates. He asked a lot of questions and listened — didn’t tip his hand to too many of us. He was very insistent that this process often wounds people, and we were to stay very quiet.”

Maureen Dowd: “Enthusiastic Republicans don’t see the choice of Palin as affirmative action, despite her thin résumé and gaping absence of foreign policy knowledge, because they expect Republicans to put an underqualified ‘babe,’ as Rush Limbaugh calls her, on the ticket.”
H/T Dana.

The Anchoress addresses the irony that liberal Democrats would use the “Bad Mother, Bad Woman” meme to slur Palin. H/T daleyrocks.
(Note: The Anchoress includes at least a dozen excellent links about halfway down the linked post.)


Olympic Medalist Nastia Liukin Honored

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 1:21 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

I’m in the sporting mood today after watching college football this weekend. Feel free to talk football but my topic is US gymnast Anastasia “Nastia” Liukin who won five medals at the Olympics in Beijing, including a gold in the all-around competition and a silver in the team competition.

Nastia and her family live in Parker, Texas, a small town located near Dallas. Her father Valeri Liukin was an Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast from Kazakhstan and her mother Anna was a rhythmic gymnast. Both competed for the Soviet Union but after its fall, Valeri, Anna, and Nastia emigrated to the Dallas area.

Yesterday Nastia’s hometown honored her with a welcome-home parade that was the town’s first-ever parade:

“Organizers of the parade, which moved to the beat of the 200-strong Plano East Marching Band, had to turn away some would-be [parade] participants because there wasn’t enough space in the line.

“For a little town to have a parade that big was amazing,” said Joe Cordina, mayor of Parker, which has about 3,300 residents and is 19 miles northeast of Dallas. Cordina said the town’s first parade went “incredibly smooth.”

The mile-long event included U.S. marshals on horseback, an antique fire engine, a rock band playing “My Girl” and flatbed trucks filled with local scout troops. Most people waved American flags, peacock feathers or congratulatory signs for Liukin.

There were chants of “Way to go Nastia, way to go!” and some aspiring future champions back-flipped and cartwheeled down the middle of the parade route.”

The parade was followed by a reception at the Southfork Ranch popularized in the TV show Dallas. One participant was surprised at Nastia’s small stature (she’s 5’3″), noting that on TV she seemed to tower over the other gymnasts.

Meanwhile, the Epoch Times reported last week that two of the members of China’s gold medal-winning team are 14 years old.


Introducing No. 85, Ocho-Cinco

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 12:30 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

You think you have problems with your employees and co-workers? Be glad you aren’t an NFL football coach like Cincinnati Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis. His latest headache is wide receiver Chad Johnson’s name change to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco that became official this week:

Two years ago, Johnson gave himself the moniker — a reference in Spanish to his No. 85 — and put it on the back of his uniform before a game. Quarterback Carson Palmer ripped it off before the kickoff. After the season, coach Marvin Lewis — who dislikes Johnson’s attention-getting stunts — referred to the receiver as Ocho Psycho.

Asked to explain the name change, Ocho Cinco responded, “Have I ever had a reason for why I do what I do? I’m having fun.


Hurricane Gustav

Filed under: Environment,Government — DRJ @ 12:16 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Category 3 Hurricane Gustav is moving toward the Gulf Coast and expected to make landfall in Louisiana sometime Monday morning. The “good” news is it’s weakening and moving comparatively quickly but it’s still a dangerous storm.

It’s also encouraging to see how well the Louisiana and other border state authorities have responded to Hurricane Gustav. I was especially impressed with Louisiana Governor Jindal’s implementation of a State-wide effort, as well as his ability to articulate what’s been done so far and what needs to be done in the next hours.


EXTRA! Partisan Democrats Dislike McCain’s VP Pick; Politico Deems Them “Scholars”

Filed under: 2008 Election — Patterico @ 12:40 am

This Politico post is too much.

John McCain was aiming to make history with his pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and historians say he succeeded.

Presidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era.

Who are the “presidential scholars”? It turns out they are — surprise! partisan Democrats. At the verrrrrry end of the post we see this:

UPDATE: After reading this article, the McCain campaign issued the following statement: “The authors quote four scholars attacking Gov. Palin’s fitness for the office of vice president. Among them, David Kennedy is a maxed-out Obama donor, Joel Goldstein is also an Obama donor, and Doris Kearns Goodwin has donated exclusively to Democrats this cycle. Finally, Matthew Dallek is a former speech writer for Dick Gephardt. This is not a story about scholars questioning Gov. Palin’s credentials so much as partisan Democrats who would find a reason to disqualify or discount any nominee put forward by Sen. McCain.”

In other words:

UPDATE: Our whole article was crap.

Nice catch by the McCain campaign.

Thanks to Apogee.

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