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Quote of the Day: Bill Ayers

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 12:07 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

“I don’t think violent resistance is necessarily the answer, but I do think opposition and refusal is imperative.”


Today’s Presidential Polling

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 12:03 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update finds John McCain maintaining his five-point lead versus Barack Obama among registered voters, 49% to 44%, including 5 and 6 point gains with women and men.

Since the Conventions, McCain improved 5 points with Democrats and 12 points with independents.

On the other hand, Rasmussen shows the race is a dead heat among likely voters. (Rasmussen is often less volatile than other polls.)


How Long Will this Suspicious Hiding from the Media Continue??

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:48 am

By Andrew Sullivan, that is.

Until yesterday, the man was a hysterical publisher of approximately 50 posts a day mocking Sarah Palin. Reflecting his tireless journalistic diligence, these posts mostly consisted of a long block quote — perhaps from Wikipedia, or if he was feeling particularly energetic, from Democrat opposition papers. The block quote would be accompanied by one or two breathless lines about how he was stunned, or gobsmacked — or how he found the whole thing jaw-dropping . . . or incredible. Just incredible.

Nobody could deny that the Atlantic was getting its money’s worth.

But on Sunday night, he published a paean to Sarah Palin’s courage in having Trig, linked a New York Times puff piece about her pregnancy, and has been curiously silent since — with only one post yesterday, a picture from somebody’s window.

I can’t do constant mockery without fresh material, people.

How long will this suspicious hiding from the media last?

UPDATE: Via Ace comes word that Sullivan is taking a few days off. Ace notes: “In fairness being a hysterical piece of sh[offending vowel removed by Patterico]t that spreads vicious rumors about children is tiring work.”


So a guy who has been on a relentless jihad against Palin is taking a few days off, with less than 60 days to go in the election, and Palin’s first interview just around the corner.

Nothing odd about that . . .

What Kind of Change?

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 12:57 am

This election boils down to what kind of change the American people want.

Obama and Biden will change conservative policies to left-leaning policies. It could be that this is the change the country wants. If so, they will be elected.

McCain and Palin will change corrupt government, wasteful spending, and excessive partisanship. They won’t be perfect, but they have a track record on these issues. If that is the change the country wants, they will be elected.

I honestly don’t know which kind of change the country wants: more left-leaning policies, or more reform.

But that’s the choice, pure and simple. Corrects a Few Smears About Palin

Filed under: 2008 Election — Patterico @ 12:37 am

Via Allahpundit comes a link to a piece debunking a select handful of the smears that lefties have invented about Sarah Palin. promises more; as Allah says: “Such is the volume of dirt that they can’t scrub it all at one sitting.” Here are the bullet points:

* Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.

* She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a “What if?” question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin’s first term.

* She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

* Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a “courtesy” when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

* Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska’s schools. She has said that students should be allowed to “debate both sides” of the evolution question, but she also said creationism “doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.”

Much of this will be familiar to readers of sites like this one, Hot Air, and Beldar. Still, this debunking comes with the imprimatur of, rather than those untrustworthy wingnut blogs. It deserves distribution far and wide. There’s a reason God Bill Gates fixed things so you can send links to every person in your address book. This is it.

P.S. I hit the creationism meme yesterday morning, in a post that also debunked the smear that Palin has supported “abstinence-only” education. Someone tell this cretin that the latter claim is false.

The Feds Were Told

Filed under: Crime,Deport the Criminals First,Immigration — Patterico @ 12:34 am

The Rocky Mountain News reports:

Aurora authorities alerted U.S. immigration officials in April that Francis Hernandez might be an illegal immigrant, Aurora police spokesman Bob Friel said Monday.

But the feds didn’t detain Hernandez. He remained free, despite 16 prior brushes with the law. And on Thursday, Hernandez, 23, allegedly broadsided a truck in Aurora, killing three people, including a toddler.

That’s pretty straightforward. Feds fail to do job on immigration; three people die.

Heads should roll.

Previous posts here and here.

Beldar Takes on Dahlia Lithwick and Gives His Own Advice to Joe Biden

Filed under: 2008 Election — Patterico @ 12:28 am

Beldar tells Joe Biden not to lick his own genitals. Or something like that.

It’s actually pretty good advice, the advice he gives. I hope Biden doesn’t take it.

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