Saturday, August 30, 2008

It's A Girl!!!

It's a girl!

I was so surprised and happy yesterday when John McCain picked Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska to be his running mate!!!! I had to quickly do searches on her to find out more information about her, which apparently everyone else was also doing, because a lot of websites were down.

I watched the speech she gave yesterday in Dayton and thought, though she looked a little nervous (and who wouldn't be?), that she did a fantastic job! I liked her immediately. She is a woman who has been married to her high school sweetheart for 20 years (their anniversary was yesterday!), she has 5 children (the oldest is in the Army, about to be deployed to Iraq; her youngest born just this past April and has Downs Syndrome), she likes to hunt, fish, hike. She is a lifetime member of the NRA and very Pro-Life! She is pro government reform, pro cutting taxes, pro drilling in ANWR, pro Iraq war and she is not afraid to fight for what she believes in.

I am proud that she is a woman (although I have no political office aspirations of my own). I am proud that she is of my generation(5 yrs older than me). I am proud that she is from Alaska (never been, but always wanted to visit) and that she is a Washington outsider!!!

I was very surprised that she was McCain's choice, but glad that she was and that she accepted. Now, its time to get down to work and get this McCain-Palin ticket elected as the next President and Vice-President of the United States!


Friday, August 29, 2008

The Perfect Stanger by Charles Krauthammer

The Perfect Stranger
By Charles Krauthammer

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is an immensely talented man whose talents have been largely devoted to crafting, and chronicling, his own life. Not things. Not ideas. Not institutions. But himself.

Nothing wrong or even terribly odd about that, except that he is laying claim to the job of crafting the coming history of the United States. A leap of such audacity isodd. The air of unease at the Democratic convention this week was not just a result of the Clinton psychodrama. The deeper anxiety was that the party was nominating a man of many gifts but precious few accomplishments -- bearing even fewer witnesses.

When John Kerry was introduced at his convention four years ago, an honor guard of a dozen mates from his Vietnam days surrounded him on the podium attesting to his character and readiness to lead. Such personal testimonials are the norm. The roster of fellow soldiers or fellow senators who could from personal experience vouch for John McCain is rather long. At a less partisan date in the calendar, that roster might even include Democrats Russ Feingold and Edward Kennedy, with whom John McCain has worked to fashion important legislation.

Eerily missing at the Democratic convention this year were people of stature who were seriously involved at some point in Obama's life standing up to say: I know Barack Obama. I've been with Barack Obama. We've toiled/endured together. You can trust him. I do.

Hillary Clinton could have said something like that. She and Obama had, after all, engaged in a historic, utterly compelling contest for the nomination. During her convention speech, you kept waiting for her to offer just one line of testimony: I have come to know this man, to admire this man, to see his character, his courage, his wisdom, his judgment. Whatever. Anything.

Instead, nothing. She of course endorsed him. But the endorsement was entirely programmatic: We're all Democrats. He's a Democrat. He believes what you believe. So we must elect him -- I am currently unavailable -- to get Democratic things done. God bless America.

Clinton's withholding the “I've come to know this man” was vindictive and supremely self-serving -- but jarring, too, because you realize that if she didn't do it, no one else would. Not because of any inherent deficiency in Obama's character. But simply as a reflection of a young life with a biography remarkably thin by the standard of presidential candidates.

Who was there to speak about the real Barack Obama? His wife. She could tell you about Barack the father, the husband, the family man in a winning and perfectly sincere way. But that only takes you so far. It doesn't take you to the public man, the national leader.

Who is to testify to that? Hillary's husband on night three did aver that Obama is “ready to lead." However, he offered not a shred of evidence, let alone personal experience with Obama. And although he pulled it off charmingly, everyone knew that, having been suggesting precisely the opposite for months, he meant not a word of it.

Obama's vice presidential selection, Joe Biden, naturally advertised his patron's virtues, such as the fact that he had “reached across party lines to ... keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists." But securing loose nukes is as bipartisan as motherhood and as uncontroversial as apple pie. The measure was so minimal that it passed by voice vote and received near zero media coverage.

Thought experiment. Assume John McCain had retired from politics. Would he have testified to Obama's political courage in reaching across the aisle to work with him on ethics reform, a collaboration Obama boasted about in the Saddleback debate? “In fact," reports the Annenberg Political Fact Check, “the two worked together for barely a week, after which McCain accused Obama of ‘partisan posturing'" -- and launched a volcanic missive charging him with double cross.

So where are the colleagues? The buddies? The political or spiritual soul mates? His most important spiritual adviser and mentor was Jeremiah Wright. But he's out. Then there's William Ayers, with whom he served on a board. He's out. Where are the others?

The oddity of this convention is that its central figure is the ultimate self-made man, a dazzling mysterious Gatsby. The palpable apprehension is that the anointed is a stranger -- a deeply engaging, elegant, brilliant stranger with whom the Democrats had a torrid affair. Having slowly woken up, they see the ring and wonder who exactly they married last night.

© 2008, The Washington Post Writers Group

Charles covers it all perfectly well. Obama is the perfect stranger. I don't trust perfect strangers, do you?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

2008 Election

So, here we are, 68 days til Election Day. I am and have been really worried about all aspects of this election. Local, State, and Federal. They are all vitally important this year. Possibly more important than they've ever been before.

So, I have been very vocal on this blog about this election, specifically the Presidential one. I am honestly concerned and worried like I have never been before about this one. There are so many ways that make it probably the most important thus far in my voting life (21 years). I have worked, prayed, blogged, spread the word any way I can.

But the last couple of Sundays at my church, we've been singing this song, "God of This City", and it smacks me like a ton of bricks. Yes, I need to pray, worry and work for what I believe in this election. BUT, no matter what happens, GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. He is still the "God of this City", of this nation, of this world. I needed to be reminded of that. And maybe you need to be reminded too. So, here is the link for the song:

May God Bless this great country! May God Bless each of you as you make your decisions this fall for the elections.

Thanks ya'll. Have a great one.

PS. This doesn't mean I will stop campaigning, working towards what I believe is the best choice or being vocal about it on this blog. Just wanted to give some reassurance to ya'll. I know I needed to hear it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's Official

Its official. Obama is the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States. It happened about 645pm this evening. May God have mercy on this country and this election!

If you're interested, go to and click on politics to see a story about the Greek-like temple that Obama had built in the stadium where he will give his acceptance speech tomorrow evening. I am astounded at the audacity and elitism of this man! I think everyone who is going to tomorrow nights events there in Denver should wear togas in keeping with the Greek themed evening.

God Bless America.

Vote for McCain.

The Blues

Hey ya'll. Here are some good blues for a cool, rainy Wednesday. Enjoy.

Now, we'll finish off with some Pink Floyd....comfortably numb.