PDS Brigade: Gov. Palin cheated!

Well, HuffPo wondered aloud last night whether or not she’d be wired, and their mirror images at Reuters actually asked the Debate Commission to check the ear canals of each candidate, so it was only a matter of time before more far left geniuses followed up today by exclaiming that Gov. Palin was working off a “cheat sheet” of sorts at last night’s debate. Taking his cue from the McPalin-hating NYT, “Faiz” at Think Progress gurgles:

For Sarah Palin, last night’s debate was an open-book exam. She spent much of the evening methodically reading and rehearsing answers from “carefully scripted talking points.” Palin’s notes were largely hidden from plain view, resting behind the lectern where she stood.

Because the cable and network television stations did not show a split screen of the debate, most viewers could not see that, during Joe Biden’s answers, Palin spent almost all her time looking down and studiously reading her notes. But viewers did see that when Palin delivered her answers, she would repeatedly glance down to check her talking points.

ThinkProgress has compiled a video documenting some of the instances where it was clear to the audience that Palin was propped up by written responses. Watch a video compilation:

Read the rest of the post if you need an education as to what PDS does to people.

be torn down, her accomplishments and responsibilities must be denigrated, and her looks must be demeaned and used for sick purposes.

I wish I could say I was surprised but, sadly, this is all too common in the world of the far left today. I shudder to think just how much lower they will sink in their attempts to try and destroy her.

Via Memeorandum.

The ST blog: 5 years strong … and still growing

Hard to believe it, but today’s my 5th blogiversary, and what I said on my 4th blogiversary holds true today. I sincerely, sincerely appreciate the support of longtime readers, commenters, and emailers who send me encouragement, tips, and write to me both in email and on the blog about their views. It’s safe to say that we all learn and grow when we’re willing to listen and learn to and from each other. Over the years this blog has taken on a family-like atmosphere, since so many have gotten to know each other from regular commenting.

I’d also like to say thanks and welcome to new readers to this blog. The summer months have seen a steady increase in traffic here that has not let up, and hopefully you have liked what you’ve seen and read – not just from me but the commenters here as well – and have decided to stick around.

Whatever happens next month, whether Obama is elected in no small part with the help of the MSM or McCain pulls off a miracle, I’ll still be here, blogging daily and trying to help get the truth out there. I look forward to doing so, and also look forward to having many wonderful readers alongside me at the same time, as we travel on similar journeys.

PS: And a special shout-out goes to my favorite blogger, Ed Morrissey, who also celebrates his 5th blogiversary today.

Did the Democrats play a significant role in the current financial crisis?

It’s been well-documented, mostly by conservative writers, about how Democrats repeatedly hindered efforts by Republicans including John McCain at trying for a regulatory overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The evidence exists in print and video that while the Bush admininstration and Republican members of the House and Senate were saying “we’ve got to do something about this,” Democrats like Rep. Barney Frank, House Financial Services Committee Chair, and Senator Chris Dodd, Senate Banking Committee Chair, were saying there were “no” problems with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Unfortunately, you wouldn’t know that by reading the pages of the New York Times, the self-proclaimed “newspaper of record” that has, to date, failed to shed any light on the facts mentioned above – and of course we know why. Today they’ve published a piece that blames the SEC … and Bush, for the blow up of our economy, without noting the promiment Democrats in the House and Senate who routinely downplayed what Republicans and regulators were saying was happening with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac until both institutions imploded a few weeks ago. Now, these same Democrats are “demanding answers” of the administration when in reality they only have themselves to blame. Again, you wouldn’t know this if your sole source for news was the NYT.

While the NYT does its part in aiding the Obama campaign by blaming Bush, UK opinion writer Dominic Lawson hits the nail squarely on the head:

Yet when I see such senior Democrats as Barney Frank, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Christopher Dodd, Chairman of the Senate’s Banking Committee, play the part of avenging angels – well, I can only stand in silent awe at the sheer tight-bottomed nerve of it. These are men with sphincters of steel.

What is the proximate cause of the collapse of confidence in the world’s banks? Millions of improvident loans to American housebuyers. Which organisations were on their own responsible for guaranteeing half of this $12 trillion market? Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the so-called Government Sponsored Enterprises which last month were formally nationalised to prevent their immediate and catastrophic collapse. Now, who do you think were among the leading figures blocking all the earlier attempts by President Bush – and other Republicans – to bring these lending behemoths under greater regulatory control? Step forward, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.


It’s true that the improvident lending was not initiated by Fannie and Freddie: their role in this was to buy these loans and sell them on – but then the music stopped. Cynical students of the American political system will note that the biggest recipient of campaign contributions from the munificent duo of Fannie and Freddie over the past 20 years was one Christopher Dodd, Democrat Chairman of the Senate’s Banking Committee.

Rather surprisingly, given that he has only been in the Senate for four of those years, the second biggest beneficiary was Barack Obama. In August the Washington Post reported that Obama’s presidential campaign team had sought the advice of Franklin Raines “on mortgage and housing policy matters”. Perhaps Mr Obama’s team just wanted to know where all the bodies are buried – there are rather a lot of them.

The saddest outcome of all this within America – apart from the crippling cost to the nation’s taxpayers – is that the very people the Democrats had intended to help will be the biggest victims: for many years to come banks will demand the most stringent terms for mortgages to the least well off.

In the meantime, let us praise Senator Artur Davis of Alabama, who confessed this week: “Like a lot of my Democrat colleagues I was too slow to appreciate the recklessness of Fannie and Freddie when in retrospect I should have heeded the concerns raised. I wish my Democrat colleagues would admit that we were wrong.” I fear Senator Davis will not go far with this attitude – but at least he will be able to look at himself in the mirror.

A lot of conservatives have wanted McCain-Palin to drive this point home about how Democrats stymied Republican efforts at reform and greater oversight, and McCain released an ad earlier this week that touched on that point but without naming names. Gov. Palin touched on it last night as well, but did not name Democrat names. It’s been incredibly frustrating for a lot of us that the campaign has not hammered home this point, which many see would be a homerun in terms of getting worried and frustrated people to see exactly who it was who was trying to stop the blow up and exactly who it was who turned a blind eye to the issue. However, I was thinking about this morning and came to the conclusion that McCain-Palin are not yet naming names because they are waiting for the bailout bill to pass both houses in Congress and is signed off on by the Prez. Once that happens, perhaps they’ll unleash this attack. Blogger Ace of Spades speculates this is what will happen as well:

John McCain is waiting until the bill passes.

And then he will unleash the dogs of war.

And he will say, “I stayed away from making these partisan attacks, even though you lied ridiculously about me and your own attempts at ‘reform.’ I held back, because partisan attacks — even truthful ones — would harm our country and reduce the chances of getting a vital bill passed.

“Well, the bill is now passed. I put country first. You didn’t, and you lied on top of that. And now — only now that this crisis has been dealt with, to the extent we can — I’m going to give you a bit of straight-talk about Fannie, Freddie, my attempts to reform it, and your attempts to block reform on behalf of your big donors and friends in ACORN.”

I hope he’s right.