Limbaugh, Jeb Bush & Reagan

Was moving around this morning and picking up Rush Limbaugh in the car. He had some interesting things to say. In talking about Obama's notion of what constitutes "sacrifice," Limbaugh intoned, (I am paraphrasing) "sacrifice is only sacrifice when it is voluntary. Otherwise it is compulsion."I've been saying that for a long time.There is an enormous difference between a few dozen people voluntarily giving up their worldly goods for communal living, and forcing people to participate in … [Read more...]

Staggering bigotry of Kathleen Parker – UPDATED

After reading this execrable bit of bigotry and preening martyrdom by Kathleen Parker - who apparently has discovered that the magic formula for "instant media love" is "going maverick on your own tribe," - I am considering adding her to my list of Media Whores and Sad She-Clowns who - in excessive spurts of spirit brought on by sudden media praise - cross lines and go way too far.Parker, who had her right-wing, "Christianist" Conservative moments until she found her Smart-Kid-Inclusion sword … [Read more...]

Bush, Obama, & Ghosts of Hate – UPDATED

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” Lincoln’s Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.I would love nothing better than to be able to stop writing about "left" and "right." I wish we had a better vocabulary to describe our distinctions, because these … [Read more...]

Obama thoughts, links and reactions…UPDATED

Some must reads for today - Updated, scroll down for new:You know who you are: But I don't. Two people have generously donated to the site and left me no way to send a personal thank you. Please know I appreciate it more than I can express. You help keep the site running.H/T Lynda: NY Times suddenly discovers "nuance" in Gitmo issues that used to be all about Bushhitler. That didn't take long. Watch the double-standards begin to fly!The Daily Show makes a similar discovery: "There’s l … [Read more...]

Election Day Anecdotes – Updated continuously

Buster says: Don't be afraid! Go vote!PJTV: Will be airing at 8PM with a stellar lineup, so check it out. Also, Stephen Green is Drunkblogging election night and has already called Ohio for McCain, just because he wants to. 7:21 PMJames Pethokoukis: In any event, not an Obama blowout, but he says the McCain camp is still cautiously optimistic and waiting to see the actual vote counts:Here is the latest from inside Team McCain: Florida looks good. Ohio, Penn., Virginia and NC are too close … [Read more...]

How did your voting go? – UPDATED

Polling, by William Hogarth Via Cat at Brits at their Best who writes:Polling (1754) by William Hogarth. Long lines then, too, even though not all men and no women could vote. Voting is the only reliable poll - unless voters have been pressured or votes have been stolen.In 1872, PM William Gladstone introduced the secret ballot. Previously men had to mount a platform in full view of their neighbours and announce their choice of candidate to the officer who recorded it in the poll book. … [Read more...]

Remember the Panhandle!

In 2000, the press declared the Florida polling places closed an hour before the precincts in the Panhandle - which runs at Central, not Eastern time - had closed.Thanks to that error - made over, and over, by every news outlet (hard to believe none of them understood about the panhandle, but seems they did not) - thousands of people, thinking the polls closed, may not have voted. Had they voted, the margin of victory in Florida might not have been so slim (and yes, it was a victory for Bush, … [Read more...]

Obama, Coal & looming disaster

How does this lady think Obama is going to pay for her gasoline and her mortgage, and whatever else, when he is planning to bankrupt industries and make energy costs "skyrocket," thus burdening business and consumers, raising unemployment and - necessarily - lowering tax revenues?No, we can't talk enough about how destructive Barack Obama's energy plans will be for the country.Neo-neocon looks at Obama's lump of coal and sounds an alarm:Another blast from the Obama past has been dropped, … [Read more...]

Obama's Middle Finger – UPDATED

As I have said before, The middle finger is the first refuge of the 14 year old. Or the maturity-challenged perpetual adolescents.When he was caught flipping off Hillary Clinton, Obama's camp said the idea that he was using his middle finger to do anything but scratch an itch was "absurd and untrue."Okay. Once might be absurd and untrue. Twice - under similar circumstances - begins to seem like an immature and passive-aggressive habit.What a statesman! What a leader! What a uniter! … [Read more...]

Obama, Abortion, Life & Reason – UPDATED

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20a, New American Bible)The issue of Obama and Life will likely be written about a great deal today. As I come across thoughtful posts on the issue, I'll link to them.My Blogfather Ed Morrissey, whose old Captain's Quarters … [Read more...]