The Other Bracelet
Yeah, that one.
Apparently, the family of Sgt. Ryan Jopek has asked Obama to stop wearing it as a campaign prop. Original story here.
Obviously, Obama has not honored that request, instead using that bracelet, and the memory of a dead soldier to campaign against the very thing that soldier died defending.
Words fail me on this one.
Both men have bracelets.
Can we get back to serious issues now please?
A Sense of Proportion
Barack on Guns. The Final Answer
Obama's campaign is threatening civil and criminal actions against TV and radio stations that air the NRA's latest ad that paint him as anything but a friend of the Second Amendment. To back up his contention that the ad is false and misleading, Obama points to a FactCheck.org piece that isn't very flattering towards the NRA ad.
Well, the FactCheck.org post has been rather thoroughly fisked and debunked, and the sources cited in the NRA ad hold up under scrutiny, but the coolest thing is that we have Barack himself admitting that he wants to ban all semi automatic guns.
Here's the ad:
Here's the story that covers Obama's campaign attempt to get the law involved:
And here is Obama's response to a Political Courage Survey when he was an Illinois State Senator.
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Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
X a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
X b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
X g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
Obama said he would support banning the sale and transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons. My little Ruger 10-22 is a semi auto, as are both of my hand guns, a Walther P-22 and a SA XD .40. This isn't just scary looking guns, this is nearly every rifle and a large chunk of hand guns.
The Great Debate.
Conservative pundits are saying that McCain clearly showed a better grasp of the compexities of foreign policy, while Obama struggled without the help of a teleprompter. McCain projected an air of competency while Obama revealed a surprising amount of naivete that would surely hurt him when trying to carry on tough negotiations. The conservative will finish with a statement that even when Obama sounded confident, and spoke with eloquence, he was simply trying to cover up the dearth of real ideas with a cloud of rhetoric.
Liberal pundits are saying that Obama's performance was more than adequate to demonstrate his mastery of foreign policy, while McCain looked like he had rubber hair. And besides, Sarah Palin lives in Alaska and that doesn't make her a foreign policy expert. And don't forget McCain's impulsive "no debate, yes debate" wobble. He's old and can't be trusted.
So, how did I do?
What Would You Do?
What do you do?
You fire the guy.
Let's turn the situation around. You're the guy looking for a new job, and you've jiggered your schedule around so that you have a significant amount of time available to pursue your new job, and your colleagues are able to handle your work as well as there own.
Then there's a major order that comes in and your colleagues call you back in, saying they need your help to handle the order. You reluctantly come back to work, but you realize that you can't be effective anymore because of all of the effort you've put into your new job search.
What do you do?
You resign, and let your co-workers find somebody who can help them over the hump.
Yesterday, Obama said:
Here’s my observation and I think this may have been confirmed at the meeting today — when you inject presidential politics into delicate negotiations, sometimes it’s not helpful. The cameras change things.
In essense, Obama is saying that it is impossible to perform his role as Senator because of the publicity surrounding his campaign, and the campaign of John McCain. He's not alone in that assessment. Much has been made over the past couple of days about how many votes McCain, Obama, Biden, and Clinton have missed while out on the campaign trail.
But what can be done about it?
Well, a few years back, Bob Dole found an honerable solutions. Recognizing that it is impossible to campaign for President while effective discharging his duties as a Senator, Dole resigned from the Senate.
Now that Obama has come to the same realization, I look forward to him following Dole's lead and doing the honorable thing.
Of course, I'm not gonna hold my breath on that one.
Obama Says “Cameras Change Things.” Apparently So Does the Lack of Cameras.
“Here’s my observation and I think this may have been confirmed at the meeting today — when you inject presidential politics into delicate negotiations, sometimes it’s not helpful. The cameras change things,” Obama told FOX News after the meeting ended. “It’s not clear to me that having presidential candidates in a high-profile way in the negotiating process is useful.”
Let's break this rather amazing statement down a bit because there's a lot going on here. Wasn't it just yesterday that Obama was criticizing McCain for withdrawing from the debate, claiming that now more than ever, the American people needed to see and hear from their candidates? Did he think there were no cameras in the assembly hall?
How quickly the tune changes.
Even more puzzling is why he thinks the camera changes things. I'm sure that is true in Chicago style politics, but Obama has told us he is above all of that. He's the candidate of honest, open, and accessible government, right? He should have no problems voicing his opinion in the open light of the Senate floor.
Or maybe that was all just hype.
Of course, the most important thing about his statement is also the most obvious:
There weren't any cameras in the meeting! It was behind closed doors, and reports came from those inside. There were no reporters, cameras or microphones, so how could the cameras have changed things?
The guy is a master of spin, mainly because he feels no obligation to deal with messy little things like facts, truth and honesty.
McCain Was Asked to Come To Washington
BOB SCHIEFFER: I am told, Maggie, that the way McCain got involved in this in the first place, the Treasury Secretary was briefing Republicans in the House yesterday, the Republican conference, asked how many were ready to support the bailout plan. Only four of them held up their hands. Paulson then called, according to my sources, Senator Lindsey Graham, who is very close to John McCain, and told him: you've got to get the people in the McCain campaign, you've got to convince John McCain to give these Republicans some political cover. If you don't do that, this whole bailout plan is going to fail. So that's how, McCain, apparently, became involved.
Hat tip to Lorie Byrd of Wizbang
Yep. McCain was called and he answered the call, just like he has always done. That's the kind of man we need as President.
The Good Old Days
Now even that's apparently too much to ask for the busy candidate.
A Post in Which I Formally Endorse John McCain
While his opponent is happy to play politics with what may be the most serious financial crisis America has ever seen, McCain stepped up, and declared that his current job as Senator was more important than his campaign for his next job, President of the United States.
While I disagree with the candidate for some of his politics, I can't help but admire the man for his integrity and strength of character. And when I look at his opponent, an opportunistic product of the Chicago political machine, a cipher in a business suit, well the choice becomes clear.
No, there's no real practical difference in what I'm doing. Before I was voting against Obama; now I'm voting for McCain. It's still only one vote, but I'm always happier voting for a candidate instead of against one.
Leaders Lead; Followers Follow, and Obama Stays on the Campaign Trail
This reveals clearer than anything else to date what each candidate considers their top priorities.
McCain believes that the good of the nation is more important than his campaign. Obama believes that staying on the campaign is more important.
McCain believes that the crisis is real, and deserves the complete attention of the Senate. Obama believes he can devote only a portion of his time to the issue.
McCain believes you have to lead, follow or get out of the way. Obama believes you must get in the way.
McCain values country over politics. Obama values himself over country.
As President, we can expect John McCain to give his full attention to any crisis that arises while he's on duty. As President, we can't even expect Obama to be present during a crisis.
Do we really want a President who thinks he can just phone it in?
Barack “Milli Vanilli” Obama: Lip Syncing his Way to the Presidency
Obama doesn't work like that. When something happens, Obama consults his advisors. They craft a position and a policy, and the means of implementing that policy, then he presents it to his constituency as his.
It's bad enough when "musicians" do it, but do we really want our national policy crafted and implemented by a bunch of guys we don't know and didn't elect?
Obama Lied: The Infanticide Story.
Being the generous sort of person I am, I'm more than happy to provide all the context as it amply demonstrates the content of Sen Obama's character.
First the background.
In 2001, the Federal government, based on testimony before Congress that told horror stories of babies who survived abortion attempts being left in closets to die, enacted the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which in its amended form, required treatment for infant abortion survivors, while containing language that isolated this law from having any impact on abortion rights. The bill was worded strongly enough that even NARAL did not object to it.
In 2003, a similar bill was introduced into the Illinois Congress, where it was opposed by then State Senator Obama. Hie says that his reason for opposing the bill, which only applied to babies that were born alive, was that it didn't contain the federal language which insulated abortion rights from the bill's provisions.
The Health and Human Services Committee, chaired by Obama, passed an amendment that added the federal language to the bill. Obama voted for the amendment, and it passed, 10-0. He then voted against the bill, even though it contained the federal language he wanted, and it died, 4-6 on a party line vote.
His excuse that he would have voted for the Federal bill if he'd been in the US Senate at the time is another lie.
This post relies almost exclusively on facts and time-lines available from the National Right to Life Committee. Their collection of source documents makes it perfectly clear that Obama is lying.
Whether you consider Obama's actions against this bill as supporting infanticide or not is irrelevant. The truth is that he voted against a bill that passed the US Congress without a single dissenting vote, and without the objection of NARAL. For a man who voted present 130+ times, that makes his stand here even more remarkable. He has since lied repeatedly about his reasons for doing so, and by inference has lied about his willingness to support the Federal version of the legislation.
That is the context, and when you view the McCain ad and the Obama response from that context, it is clear that Obama is the one that's factually deficient.
But then again, he only promised us change and hope, not truth and honesty.