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Palin’s 17 year old daughter Bristol is pregnant!

McCain knew this before his decision to select Palin. And even James Dobson approves…well, at least of the way the family is handling the matter.

On the other hand, Obama must think the Palins are awful parents–punishing their daughter with a baby.

From our point of view, this is another “non-event” in this campaign…except for hardcore liberals.

Here’s an excerpt from FoxNews.com (read the rest at link)…

McCain’s campaign told FOX News that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate knew about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy before he chose Palin as his running mate last Friday, and that Bristol is planning to marry the father of her child. The baby is due in late December.

“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us,” the Palins said in the statement. “Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.”

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Gerard Baker provides a side-by-side comparison of Obama’s and Palin’s experience

We can always count on Gerard Baker (U.S. Editor of the Times UK) to bring some clarity (and humor) to the muddle of American Politics and he does so today in his article in Real Clear Politics. Here’s an excerpt–read it all at RCP


Appeal

Obama: A very attractive speaker whose celebrity has been compared to that of Britney Spears and who sends thrills up Chris Matthews’ leg

Palin: A very attractive woman, much better-looking than Britney Spears who speaks rather well too. She sends thrills up the leg of Rush Limbaugh (and me).


Executive experience

Obama: Makes executive decisions every day that affect the lives of his campaign staff and a vast crowd of traveling journalists

Palin: Makes executive decisions every day that affect the lives of 500,000 people in her state, and that impact crucial issues of national economic interest such as the supply and cost of energy to the United States.

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Biden says Israel must accept nuclear Iran!

Biden has historically been a strong ally of Israel, so this comment may turn out to be apocryphal. If, however, it turns out to be true, there will be some slippage of support among voters who count themselves strong supporters of Israel.

Here’s an excerpt (read it all at Haaretz)…

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden was quoted Monday as telling senior Israeli officials behind closed doors that the Jewish state will have to reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran.


In the unsourced report, Army Radio also quoted Biden as saying that he opposed “opening a additional military and diplomatic front.”

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More Hilarity–Jon Stewart on Obama’s Acceptance Speech (video embed)

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Durable goods orders jump in July

Those poor Democrats will by crying in their white wine if the economy improves significantly before the election. Here’s a bit of good news from the WSJ (read the rest at link)…

Demand for expensive goods unexpectedly rose in July, making a second consecutive surge, while an indicator of capital spending by businesses leaped higher.

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Bobby Jindal’s phenomenal 6-month record of achievement (Newt Gingrich)

Newt does it again with his effusive (but well deserved IMO) praise for Bobby Jindal in his article in Human Events entitled “Bobby Jindal, America’s Most Transformational Governor”.

Here, according to Newt, is a partial list a Bobby’s achievements in only six months…

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* Six Major Tax Cuts worth more than $500 million, including eliminating taxes on business and capital investment and the largest personal tax cut in the history of the state – a $300 million reduction in personal income taxes, worth up to $500 for an individual and $1,000 for a family.

* Governor Jindal brought about a Transformation of Job Creation and Retraining. He completely eliminated the Department of Labor and passed a guarantee for employers that Louisiana educational institutions will train its workforce to meet their needs, and if they fail, they will retrain workers for free.

* He created $10 million in Opportunity Scholarships so 1,500 poor children in New Orleans can escape failing public schools.

* Jindal led the passage of The Health Care Consumers Right to Know Act, creating transparency of cost and quality for the first time in Louisiana’s health care system.

* Bobby Jindal expanded the number of charter schools in Louisiana from 42 to 100.

* He passed legislation cracking down on child molesters and also passed a resolution calling for the creation of involuntary civil commitment of sexually violent predators to keep them confined for treatment after they complete their prison terms.

And here’s a seventh achievement…

Louisiana’s Third Bond Rating Boost in a Week

All this, and Governor Bobby Jindal is just getting started. Just last week he vetoed $9 million dollars in pet projects and pork barrel spending in the legislature’s budget – another area in which this 37-year-old governor is showing the way to Washington.

Not coincidentally, Jindal also announced that for the third time last week, Louisiana’s bond rating had been raised by a major credit rating agency.

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Read it all…

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Obama: “All turban, no goats”

Salena Zito writes a piece today about Obama in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that asks that age old question “where’s the beef?”

Obama’s is running as a celebrity…not a person of substance.

He has no record to speak of, no experience (he started running for President just after he arrived in Washington), never held a real job (unless you consider “community agitation” a real job), never lived on the mainland U.S. until college (and then mostly at NYC and Cambridge MA)…and, last but certainly not least, what he stands for (his positions, even his “word”) shifts depending on the audience he is addressing.

As an aside, I once knew a guy who was, like Obama, always getting promoted to the next level before he could gain any real experience. He was a hot shot…a real comer. Unfortunately, knowing how to “rise up the ladder” isn’t a particularly useful skill set once one settles into a job and must actually perform.

As for the guy I knew, he was promoted all the way to CEO. And guess what…within 3 years, the company had to be liquidated (broken into pieces and sold) to prevent bankruptcy.

Obama’s rise has also been meteoric…but he has no real experience. On top of having no experience, he has shown himself to be a person of questionable character (viz. as mentioned above, changing his “word” to suit his audience).

The Presidency is arguably the most important and demanding job in the country…probably in the world. If Obama is elected, we will have a chief executive officer and commander-in-chief whose only proven skill is getting promoted.

Anyway, enough of the rant…here’s the article (excerpt and link)…

Character judgment

By Salena Zito
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, June 29, 2008

By all accounts, Barack Obama should win this election. He and his brand control the image, the message and, to a large extent, the media of this election cycle.

Yes, the media. He has enough money to buy ads every day from now to election day, glossy magazines cannot wait to put his image on their covers, Hollywood types are so smitten that they wear his image on their clothing and YouTube is bursting at the seams with homages to him.

It is definitely his to win — or to lose.

It all hinges on two things: likability and character.

Obama certainly is likable enough; no one gives “speech” better than the Illinois senator.

Yet what about character? Because of Obama’s newness and his lack of testing under difficult political circumstances, what do we know about his character?

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And just for your viewing pleasure, here’s a timeless reminder…

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