Archive for the ‘Compare and Contrast’ Category

So by now, if you have been following political talk for the last few weeks, you’ve heard about the “bridge to nowhere.”

Who would have thought an unconstructed bridge going to a place called nowhere would be such a big deal.

Well, it is.

On a day the Obama campaign said McCain and Palin were “lying about their records,” we also read how Palin is a hypocrite about earmarks and spending.

Naturally, the Obama camp does not let the facts get in the way of their attacks.

Townhall.com has a great article with a Palin quote- that’s right, an actual quote- about the “bridge to nowhere.”  That’s serious journalism you know.

Here’s the article. And the quote:

Yes, Palin did indicate some support for a Ketchikan “link” (which could be a bridge or a ferry) while campaigning to become Governor. Her exact quote the Obama campaign is using against her is from a 2006 article in the Ketchikan Daily News. Palin is quoted saying:

“The money that’s been appropriated for the project, it should remain available for a link, an access process as we continue to evaluate the scope and just how best to just get this done. This link is a commitment to help Ketchikan expand its access, to help this community prosper.”

What a stunning quote.

This is probably why she does not have a 95 percent approval rating.  It’s only 80 percent.

What was Congress’ approval rating?  Lower than George W. Bush and in the teens?  I thought so.

The article continues:

“Link” is the operative word. That can mean bridge, ferry or anything else that gets people from one location to another. She also said the “scope” should be considered, which can mean size and cost. Regardless, as Governor, when it really counted, she opposed the bridge flat-out. Meanwhile, in the US Senate, Obama VOTED FOR the $400 million Bridge to Nowhere.

So Obama voted for the pork. How about some grits with that bacon? Palin was trying to help the people, but realized it was a big mess. Especially when she realized this:

If the bridge were built, the family of Sen. Lisa Murkowski would benefit. Murkowski’s mother Nancy, wife of former Gov. Frank Murkowski, is co-owner with her three siblings of a 35-acre parcel of land on Gravina Island.

That’s the same incumbent governor Sarah Palin defeated.  What irony.

And, to top all of this off, I found the last quote from an old website run by Democrats criticizing Republics. It’s been taken down from their website, however, Google had a snapshot of it.  Here is the page:

Remember, Obama voted for this!  The Dems could have made this page:


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More coverage on this from Sweetness & Light.

Fox News has the breaking story today:

McCain Camp to Chastise Dems for Discarding American Flags

John McCain’s campaign prepared to accuse Democrats on Saturday of leaving behind 12,000 miniature American flags after Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech last Thursday in Denver.

Boy Scouts have arrived with 84 trash bags full of bundles of flags at the site of a McCain rally scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. local time in Colorado Springs.

The campaign says the flags were recovered from Invesco Field after the Democrats concluded their convention there, and they are going to be used as part of the warm-up ceremonies before McCain takes the stage for the rally.

Don’t forget, he forgets to raise his right arm during the National Anthem.  It’s all above his pay grade.


Let’s not forget these images and how they relate to McCain, Obama, and this great country:

– Photo of the discarded flags after “The One’s” Invesco Field speech

– Obama’s friend, fellow board member, neighbor, and host of his political ‘coming out party’, Bill Ayers, with flag under foot:

– Obama NOT putting his hand over his heart during the National Anthem:

And finally, a REAL AMERICAN HERO AND PATRIOT, Senator John S. McCain’s remarks during the 1988 RNC:

As part of the change in treatment, the Vietnamese allowed some prisoners to receive packages from home. In some of these packages were handkerchiefs, scarves and other items of clothing. Mike got himself a piece of white cloth and a piece of red cloth and fashioned himself a bamboo needle. Over a period of a couple of months, he sewed the American flag on the inside of his shirt.

Every afternoon, before we had a bowl of soup, we would hang Mike’s shirt on the wall of our cell, and say the Pledge of Allegiance. I know that saying the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most important or meaningful part of our day now. But I can assure you that — for those men in that stark prison cell — it was indeed the most important and meaningful event of our day.

One day, the Vietnamese searched our cell and discovered Mike’s shirt with the flag sewn inside, and removed it. That evening they returned, opened the door of the cell, called for Mike Christian to come out, closed the door of the cell, and for the benefit of all of us, beat Mike Christian severely for the next couple of hours.

Then they opened the door of the cell and threw him back inside. He was not in good shape. We tried to comfort and take care of him as well as we could. The cell in which we lived had a concrete slab in the middle on which we slept. Four naked light bulbs hung in each corner of the room.

After things quieted down, I went to lie down to go to sleep. As I did, I happened to look in the corner of the room. Sitting there beneath that dim light bulb, with a piece of white cloth, a piece of red cloth, another shirt and his bamboo needle, was my friend mike Christian. Sitting there, with his eyes almost shut from his beating , making another American flag. He was not making that flag because it made Mike Christian feel better. He was making that flag because he knew how important it was for us to be able to pledge our allegiance to our flag and our country.

Duty, Honor, Country. We must never forget those thousands of Americans who, with their courage, with their sacrifice, and with their lives, made those words live for all of us.

Click here for the entire speech.

He’s McSame all right- the same patriot and lover of his country in the Hanoi Hilton and today.

Any questions?

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Yet another “compare and contrast” moment from the campaign.

The McCain/Palin campaign is touring Mississippi’s emergency management agency today.  What’s Obama up to?  Not sure, but I’m sure he’ll release a statement or do something.

McCain is following through with the main message of his campaign- country first.

From CNN:

A senior McCain source said Saturday that officials were considering turning the convention into a massive telethon to raise money for the Red Cross and other agencies to help with hurricane aid.

“He wants to do something service oriented if and when the storm hits and it’s as bad as it’s expected to be now,” the McCain source said.

So what are other Democrats up to?  How about thanking God for the timing of Gustav!

Here’s a video clip from the former DNC chairman, Don Fowler, and a Democratic congressman laughing about the potential of Gustav hitting Louisiana during the RNC (via Red State):

On a plane from Denver to Charlotte following the Democrats’ convention, I found myself seated behind former National Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Don Fowler and Congressman John Spratt of South Carolina. Their conversation was interesting to say the least.

For example, they made fun of Sarah Palin for several minutes, Fowler calling her “Dan Quayle” on steroids and Spratt creatively describing her as “just terrible.” They both agreed that, “Other than the simple fact that she’s a female,” she has nothing to offer.

Then there was this gem of a moment from Fowler:

More classy liberal thinking about the hurricane from Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann:


Click here to read Michell Malkin on this story.

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How quickly we forget details of the “Ich bin ein Beginner” Barack Obama tour of Germany.

Let’s rewind to the end of July, 2008.  Obama was on his world tour photo op with network news anchors hanging on his every word.

Obama finally made it to Germany.

When Obama found out he could not bring reporters for a wounded troop photo op, he pulled out.  Obama could have visited the soliders without fanfare- just a Senator supporting the troops.

But he did not.

But Governor and now VP candidate Palin did!

Palin versus Obama at Landstuhl (BeldarBlog)

In July 2007, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) traveled to a U.S. military base in Kuwait to visit Alaska National Guard soldiers who provide logistical support for our operations in Iraq. On her return trip, she stopped to visit wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Obama didn’t have time for the wounded troops in Landstuhl- but he did have time to play basketball.

Please compare and contrast. BeldarBlog continues:

As far as I know, although Gov. Palin helped lead her high school basketball team to the state championship, she did not attempt a three-point basketball shot on her trip to the Middle East and Germany. Nor did she presume to solicit support from the citizens of Berlin.

Great pictures of VP nominee Palin with the soldiers after the link.

Remember, Barack Obama’s patriotism is above reproach.

McCain’s team put this into proper perspective:

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