Evening links

Posted by: ST on August 14, 2008 at 7:30 pm

It was another hectic day at the office, and there’s a lot to catch up on.  The following is a list of links to what the blogosphere is talking about today:

—- The big headline currently at the top of the Memeorandum page reads, “Troops Deployed Abroad Give 6:1 To Obama.”  I found that to be a head-scratcher, to say the least, until I read Jay Tea’s post giving the percentage of US troops this represents:

Percentage of US troops deployed overseas donating at least $200 to presidential campaigns this year: 0.079%. Or, in simpler terms, less than one in ten thousand. Or, roughly, one in 12,500.

Hear that sound? It’s the sound of the big balloon the left’s been floating around about this story today, popping.

—– Obama apologist Andrew Sullivan sets up a military defense spending boogeyman, and Heritage knocks it down.  Awesome.

—– David Flumenbaum at The Huffington Post reveals strong evidence about what anyone who watched the women’s gymnastics competition at the Olympics already knows: the Chinese team broke the rules by allowing underage girls to participate.  You’re supposed to be 16 the year of the Olympics in order to be able to compete.  About half the Chinese team looked at least 12 or less.

—– The Politico reports that Team Obama is snubbing Rep. Charlie Rangel, a Clinton supporter, by denying him a speaking role at the convention, even though Rangel “played a crucial part in prodding Clinton to abandon her presidential bid in June.”  Meanwhile, according to the NYT Caucus blog, Hillary Clinton’s name will be placed into the roll call during the DNC:

For Democrats inside the convention center in Denver, as well as the television audience at home, it could create some interesting moments. After the state-by-state roll is tallied, Mrs. Clinton is expected to turn over her cache of delegates to Senator Barack Obama.

Can’t wait to see it ;)  Marc Ambinder has more.

—– A judge today decided that the embattled, lawbreaking mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick will be allowed to attend the Democrat National Convention.  The Obama campaign has made it clear they don’t want him there.  It’s easy to understand why, especially once you take a look at his rap sheet.

—– Is Obama leaning towards selecting Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) as his veep pick?

—– Speaking of Obama VP possibilities, the Nutroots are loudly pushing for Indiana Senator Evan Bayh to be taken off the “short list” because supposedly he’s a … “neocon.”

—– To make things more intriguing, CNN’s Political Ticker notes that both Bayh and Biden have prime-time speaking slots the night Obama’s VP pick will make his (or her?) speech (the 27th).  NM Gov. Bill Richardson, also mentioned as a contender for the veep position, is slated to speak that night as well.  Hmmm.

—– Another reason it’s wise not to govern by the polls: 47% Favor Government Mandated Political Balance on Radio, TV.

—– Regarding the Georgia/Russia conflict, here are some of the top headlines:

—– Julia Child? A spy?

—– Last but not least, Jules Crittenden’s better half has a new book out that looks pretty interesting.  If you want to learn more about it, click here.

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12 Responses to “Evening links”


  1. Tango says:

    I always liked Julia Child – there was just something about her personality. So why not Julia as a spy?

    Wild Bill Donovan attracted legions of people who would not only survive the Nazis, but go on to enjoy great success and acclaim in later years. b-)

  2. Lorica says:

    republicans have made America weaker, and everybody knows it….

    Actually, if President Bush has done anything, he has exposed the irrelevancy of the UN and our Eurpean “Allies”. The wake up call was Sept. 11th, and all of our allies had an opportunity to join us in combatting the evil that is presently running rampid thru this world. Do you honestly believe that if the countries that make up the EU had any serious standing military, and was willing to use it, that Russia would be able to destroy Georgia. If anyone has made us weak it has been the do nothing, CYA, spineless, seditious Democrats who virtually all decided to change their vote once all the evidence came in. You know who really made us weaker… People who continued to vote for these flip floppers and opportunists instead of making an example of them. If you want to thank someone for making us weaker, thank a Dem voter. – Lorica

  3. Lorica says:

    I thought it was common knowledge that she worked for OSS. As far as being a spy, I seriously doubt that. – Lorica

  4. NC Cop says:

    but the republicans have demonstrated weak leadership and poor judgment in all matters foreign and domestic.

    Well, they have made some mistakes, but to say they have demonstrated weak leadership in all matters seems a little broad. Perhaps you could be a little more specific with some examples, hmm?

    i mean, just look at Dubya….. people can barely stand listening to him, especially as he stands weak and helpless and the Russians trounce our close ally, Georgia.

    Not sure about the “can’t stand listening to him” dribble is about, but as far as standing by while the Russians trounce our ally, it seems to me that if Obama’s response is any indication of what the democratic foreign policy would be under him, God help us all.

    The dems blasted McCain’s “aggressive” response to Russia’s attack, yet you seem to have no comment on that.

    What should we do? Should we launch an attack on Russia? Launch some missiles?

  5. Hi all – sorry about that post from “Ghost Dansing.” I banned he/she/it ages ago, and I’m not sure how they slipped back through, unless they’re operating from another ISP. I think I’ve fixed the prob.

  6. NC Cop says:

    Awww, we could have had fun with him…….:d

  7. Great White Rat says:

    NC Cop says:

    if Obama’s response is any indication of what the democratic foreign policy would be under him, God help us all.

    You can say that again. The Obama response shows he has no idea how to handle an international crisis.

    Right out of the gate, he started by finding no difference between the invader and the invaded:

    Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint, and to avoid an escalation to full scale war.

    Nice bit of moral equivalence there, at the same time as Putin was using the “But she was asking for it” defense to explain the attack.

    We’re used to moral bankruptcy from the left. Expect so much more of the same from an Obama administation.

    But then, realizing this wishy-washy nonsense was winning him no friends, he calls for – you guessed it – the U.N. to step in. Is Obama so completely ignorant that he doesn’t know Russia has a Security Council veto? Really, that’s a serious question. Does this fool think he can make Russia vote to stop its own invasion? How…by dragging in his teleprompter and reciting a speech that will give the Russian UN ambassador a thrill down his leg??

    Better yet, why doesn’t Obama just will a stop to the violence? I mean, if he can make the oceans stop rising by his force of personality, he should be able to make bombs stop falling.

  8. Lorica says:

    Ohhh well, he was nothing more than a partisan mouth piece for the Dems. Such foolish thinking is so easy to defeat, it wasn’t even sport. – Lorica

  9. Severian says:

    With respect to the OSS, I have a book to recommend. “You’re Stepping On My Cloak And Dagger” by Lt. Roger Hall. It’s a hysterically funny look at the OSS by a man who got involved with them in WWII. A comic but true look at his experiences, but he never fails to recognize the true dangerous and important nature of the OSS’s work. The book starts out with this gem:

    My orders were concise, with hygienic overtones: “Report to OSS Headquarters. Wash.”

    So, with the immortal words of my commander ringing in my ears “Never mind what I told you to do, you do what I tell you to do” I set off.

    Unfortunately I think the book is out of print, I managed to get a used one years ago, but your local library might have one. If you can find a copy, you’ll be treated to a fascinating look into a overlooked corner of WWII and a boatload of belly laughs at the same time.

  10. Lorica says:

    Sev, Amazon shows that book was reprinted in 2004, and is still available. – Lorica

  11. Severian says:

    Cool Lorica! It’s one of those books that deserves to be in print.

  12. Lorica says:

    … Record low maximum temperature set in

    Denver for August 16th…

    The high temperature at Denver International Airport today was 58

    This 58 degree reading will replace the previous low maximum
    temperature record for August 16th which was 63 degrees set 118
    years ago in 1890.


    This of course will change to a record warming trend next week. Once the Dem blowhards fly into Denver I expect this to change. We all know that the sun is going to shine on BO 24/7 the whole of the Dem convention too, so I expect that the cooling trend that has gripped the entire Mid-West will reverse. =)) – Lorica