Saturday, August 30, 2008

"She's Old Enough. She's a U.S. Citizen."

From the Anchorage Daily News:
The early morning news of McCain's pick sent jaws dropping throughout Alaska, with friends waking up friends with "Oh my God, have you heard?" phone calls.

State House Speaker John Harris, a Republican from Valdez, was astonished at the news. He didn't want to get into the issue of her qualifications.

"She's old enough," Harris said. "She's a U.S. citizen."

That's a comforting endorsement. I posted a diary on Daily Kos about the article here.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


"Sen. McCain likes to talk about judgement, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush was right more than 90% of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a 10% chance on change."

The full text of Obama's extraordinary acceptance speech can be read here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his Vice Presidential nominee is a safe bet. Biden is articulate if not a little verbose, experienced, reputedly knowledgeable about a variety of affairs, Catholic, and one of the least wealthy members of the Senate, which is a plus in a campaign where elitism has become a four letter word.

But where does that leave McCain and his choice for a running mate? He's in a tough spot. Romney would bring the ticket's combined residential properties to somewhere around 15. The exact number would have to be confirmed with McCain's staff
. And many evangelical Christians are still uncomfortable with Romney's Mormon faith. Pawlenty? Seems too shallow, and wouldn't stack up well against Biden. Palin? Too green. Crist? Too gay. Lieberman? Too Democratic for conservative Republicans even though he's not Democratic enough for most Democrats. Jindal? Why would he bother now? Whitman and Fiorina? Too inexperienced, with mixed records as business leaders and both are pro-choice. Republican female U.S. Senators Snowe, Collins, Murkowski, Hutchinson, or Dole? None would bring much to the ticket.

My bet is Romney. If selected, we can expect to hear a great deal about his multiple homes.

Best Beef Stew

I've now had this dish two times thanks Dan L. and Boadwee. Have to say it's mighty tasty. But what doesn't taste good with a pound of bacon? Hat tip to Boadwee for actually having matches to burn off the cognac.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Dealing with Challenging House Guests

Polina blogged about the advice I gave her on how to deal with challenging guests. It appeared to work for her when her mother visited.

It's Like He Thinks We're Stupid

Words of caution for both Obama and McCain from Western Pennsylvania:

Mr. Obama is an Ivy League-educated lawyer campaigning in towns where an eighth-grade education and a sturdy back once purchased a good life. And he talks of soaring hope to people mistrustful of the same.

“People around here want pragmatic, practical language,” said Tina Shannon, the 49-year-old daughter of a steel-mill worker and a liberal activist. “They don’t want high-flown talk.”

This said, Mr. McCain quickens few pulses. Vietnam, where he served in the military and was held captive for more than five years, seems distant. And not all laugh at his commercials poking fun at Mr. Obama’s “celebrity” status.

Fifty yards down the gravel road from Mr. Timko’s home, Brenda Goff, 55, a pharmacy worker who describes herself as a “Hillary girl” but is fine with Mr. Obama. As for Mr. McCain?

“I don’t like his commercials — it’s like he thinks we’re stupid,” Ms. Goff said.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Got Cheese?

My friend Polina over at foodstuffs has finally made good on her promise to make cheese. Sounds and looks great. But how do you make good smelly cheese?

Paris Hilton Responds to McCain

See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die

Friday, August 1, 2008

We Are Not Children

Early in the 2008 race for the White House, John McCain had promised to run an honorable campaign that addressed the significant issues that confront all Americans, from the economy to energy policy to the seemingly endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After all, his earlier presidential ambitious were crushed during the Republican primaries in 2000 by the Bush-Rove political slime machine that spread the rumor McCain was the father of an illegitimate, mixed race child. (McCain and his wife Cindy had admirably adopted a Bangladeshi orphan, their daughter Bridget, some years earlier.) The painful memories of that experience no doubt compelled McCain to take the stand to conduct a campaign that respected the intelligence of the American people by seriously discussing the issues.

That was before the emergence of Barack Obama as the one term wunderkid Senator from Illinois, who managed the no mean feat of overcoming the formidable Clinton machine in the Democratic primaries and caucuses. But faced with a fresh and rhetorically brilliant opponent, and burdened with an unpopular Republican president and party, McCain has stepped into the gutter with his recent campaign tactics instead of taking on Obama's views, which are certainly open to challenge, in an honest dialogue. One need look no further for proof than the childish and now infamous McCain advertisement that links Obama's supposed celebrity with tabloid fodder Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

The McCain campaign's improbable conflation of Barack, Britney and Paris is just the latest in a long line of shallow but devastatingly effective Republican campaign advertisements, including the 1988 Bush spot featuring convict Willie Horton that ran against Michael Dukakis, or the outrageous attacks of the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth, who were anything but truthful, against John Kerry in 2004.
We'll know on November 4th whether the latest installment in this ignoble series will eviscerate yet another Democratic presidential nominee and completely avoid any meaningful discussion about the serious issues that confront the United States and the world today.

Two questions remain unanswered: when will McCain and the Republican party treat the American public as adults? And when will the American public demand that the Republicans and their candidates, most of all McCain, not treat them like children?