Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin on Taking Risks

". . . I didn't get into government to
do the safe and easy things.
A ship in harbor is safe,
but that's not why the ship is built."

Sarah Palin ~ From her speech accepting VP candidacy.
August 29, 2008


In the interest of accuracy, I find it necessary to note that at least part of the above quote is not original to Sarah. According to Wikiquote and The Quotations Page, John August Shedd's 1928 book, Salt from My Attic, contained the line:

"A ship in harbor is safe,
but that is not what ships are built for."

In my brief internet search, I found other attributions and variations. However, the attributions to John A. Shedd were the only ones which had detailed information (i.e. title of source material, date published).

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THAT'S the Ticket!

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Pawlenty Out, Palin In?

Another political prognostication by the Impudent One ends up on the dust heap of history. It sounds like Pawlenty is not likely to be McCain's pick. I am not making another prediction here, but today's buzz that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will get the nod sounds better all the time. She is likely to appeal to women who want to see a woman in the White House. She will definitely appeal to the superficial-male vote...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My McCain VP Prediction

I have made this prediction in conversations, but have not committed it to paper...I mean, electrons. Since it has been reported that McCain has finally decided on his running mate, I thought the time was right to put myself out on a limb. (As a side note, I predicted Obama would pick Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, which turned out to be oh, so wrong when he announced "Slow Joe" Biden at three o'clock in the morning. Thus far, I'm not doing very well in the area of prophetic utterances - subcategory: VP selections.)

There have been essentially three prominent names bouncing around the last week or so:  Mitt Romney, Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Joe Lieberman, the erstwhile running mate of Al "Carbon Credit" Gore.

Although Lieberman and McCain may be good friends, I would be shocked if he got the nod. The obvious negative for Lieberman is that, aside from being a national defense hawk, he is a Liberal. That's with a capital "L". McCain cannot afford to alienate the Conservatives any more than he already has. Perhaps the less obvious problem with Lieberman is that any voters he might draw would already be inclined to support McCain.

Romney, has a lot of positives. He has been a governor in a very Liberal state, successfully salvaged the Los Angeles Olympics, has lots of his own money and, as far as we know, is scandal-free. However, given the recent so-called gaffe regarding the number of homes McCain and (primarily) his wife own, having another wealthy guy on the ticket could play right into the Dems "class envy" strategy for demonizing Republicans.

Tim Pawlenty would be a good choice for several reasons. He is young, but not too young. He is a two-term governor with plenty of political and leadership experience. (This is a nice contrast with Obama's youth and inexperience.) He has a blue-collar background, is smart and articulate, is very charming and personable (all in contrast to Joe Biden). Pawlenty is fiscally conservative, pro-Second Amendment and pro-Life. Pawlenty is a bit thin when it comes to foreign policy. Minnesota governors do a lot of foreign travel to promote trade between Minnesota and other countries, which is the main reason I used the word "thin" instead of "non-existent". In my view, this isn't a major problem since McCain has plenty of foreign policy experience. 

An area that really bothers me about Pawlenty, may actually work in his favor as VP.  A long time ago, in an Iowa far, far away John McCain very famously spoke out very firmly against farm subsidies for ethanol production. McCain has continued to repeat his opposition to ethanol subsidies as recently as this month. Pawlenty, on the other hand, has been a big advocate for ethanol fuel. Although this is what drives me nuts about Pawlenty, it might help McCain in Iowa, Minnesota and other corn producing states to have him on the ticket.

Well, on Friday John McCain will announce his running mate and I'll find out if my powers of prediction are as good as a coin toss.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More Brandi Carlile on YouTube

I'll be going to see Brandi Carlile perform at the Minnesota State Fair this evening. Here are a few live performances by Brandi for those who can't be there. Enjoy!

Turpentine - Live

Wasted - Live with Special Guest

The Story - Live

Folsom Prison Blues - Live

Have You Ever - Live

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Republican Dream Team

Well, it's official.  Barak H. Obama has selected the gaffe-prone, self-admitted plagiarist Senator Joe Biden.  Like Obama, Biden is also an "articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy".  Also, like Obama, he is both arrogant and clueless when it comes to foreign policy. On one ticket, we have the only US politician who still refuses to accept that the Surge in Iraq has been successful paired with the main proponent for imposing segregation in Iraq by partitioning the country based on ethnicity. Just think about it. These guys could end up running our foreign policy. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Swedish Whine?

Anti-definition:  Sportsmanship

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Spanish Athretes Orympic Brunder

Oh, those crazy Spaniards.  Apparently no one told them that they are supposed to be nervously looking over their shoulders out of fear that they might offend someone.  Instead, they foolishly spent a little of their free time between Olympic events goofing off and having fun. What were they thinking?

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