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Just to be safe, the cached Sarah Palin wiki entry

Posted in culture, current events, politics on August 29, 2008 by mrbitterness

Now that she’s been announced as the Republican nominee for vice president, I imagine the moonbat “editors” at Wikipedia will begin scrubbing anything positive out of her entry. So here’s a link to the cached version, via Google. 

Sarah Palin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Vice President Sarah Palin: I like this lady already

Posted in culture, current events, politics on August 29, 2008 by mrbitterness

From her Wiki entry, we learn that Gov. Sarah Palin:

  • was a 1984 runner-up in the Miss Alaska pageant
  • Was the point guard and captain for the Wasilla High School Warriors, in Wasilla, Alaska. Palin led Wasilla Warriors to the Alaska small-school basketball championship in 1982, playing the championship game with a stress fracture in her ankle and hitting a critical free throw in the last seconds.
  • She received a scholarship to attend the University of Idaho, where she received a journalism degree. 
  • She briefly worked as a sports reporter at an Anchorage television station

So she’s a former almost-beauty queen; I’ve observed the runner-up is usually the best selection at pageants (winners are apple polishers, which the runners-up are too proud to do everything it takes to win, or too pretty for jealous female judges to validate). 

She wasn’t simply an athlete in high school. She was a super-bad, play-through-pain leader on a state championship basketball team. 

She attended University of Idaho, which means a McCain win will let the entire nation get “Vandalized!”

And she’s a former sports reporter! I was already pretty likely to choose McCain. But by adding Palin to the ticket, Maverick just earned my undying loyalty and respect.

I was going to hold my nose and pull the lever for him; now, I’m in love.

honesty in campaign 2008

Posted in culture, politics with tags , , , on March 10, 2008 by mrbitterness

Not that there’s actually any honesty going on. But if Obama actually had approved the use of this bumper sticker, we would be smelling that sweet aroma of truth.

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The dude at IMAO (not Frank J.; the other one, I guess) hit upon something that’s been bouncing around my head since the Democratic race started heating up. Everyone’s so fired up for “change,” but they never say what exactly they want to change, or what exactly they’d like to change into.

For instance, I’m not always satisfied with the drab, humanoid body with which I was born. Change, I sometimes think, would be nice.

But that doesn’t mean I’d like to be a werewolf. Or ManBearPig, or Bat Boy.

Spider-man I could tolerate (web-swinging always looked like a hoot).

Now there are some things I wouldn’t mind seeing changed in this nation — income taxes and the designated hitter spring to mind. But that doesn’t mean I’ll vote for the guy that uses a vague, six-letter word the most times per speech. Because I don’t think Barry will push the types of change I have in mind.

In fact, I’m pretty sure that Obama’s brand of change, while it would be different than what was before, wouldn’t necessarily be my idea of progress.

Regression, like retreat, constitutes “change.” That does not make it a good thing.

though well-meaning, government usually makes things worse

Posted in politics with tags , , , on March 10, 2008 by mrbitterness

The Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby uses the examples of ethanol and sub-prime mortgages to drive home the point which drove my retreat to conservatism: More often than not, government’s efforts to “do something” about a problem usually makes it worse. Plus, it often creates problems no one even thought about.

Trapped in a no-win situation entirely of the government’s making, lenders could only hope that home prices would continue to rise, staving off the inevitable collapse. But once the housing bubble burst, there was no escape. Mortgage lenders have been bankrupted, thousands of subprime homeowners have been foreclosed on, and countless would-be borrowers can no longer get credit. The financial fallout has hurt investors around the world. And all of it thanks to the government, which was sure it understood the credit industry better than the free market did, and confidently created the conditions that made disaster unavoidable.

Congress and the president’s decision to sextuple the ethanol requirements for oil actually has been found to increase CO2 emissions, as well as jacking up the price of corn and, consequently, grocery bills.

Reasoning that if a little ethanol is good, a lot must be better, Congress and the Bush administration recently mandated a sextupling of ethanol production, from the 6 billion gallons produced last year to 36 billion by 2022.But now comes word that expanding ethanol use is likely to mean not less CO2 in the atmosphere, but more. Instead of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline by 20 percent – the estimate Congress relied on in requiring the huge increase in production – ethanol use will cause such emissions to nearly double over the next 30 years.

He closes with a quote from Mark Twain, one of my favorite philosophers. If we’d listened more to him, we could have avoided many of the biggest problems our nation faces.

“No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe,” warned Mark Twain, “while Congress is in session.”

Mark Twain was a humorist, but that was no joke.

The Esteemed Maverick of the Opposition

Posted in current events, politics with tags on February 1, 2008 by mrbitterness

I just don’t think I want to support a candidate who craps on his supposed allies – conservatives – and sends flowers and fellatios to the In-the-Bag Media and democrats. Karl at Protein Wisdom sums up my McCain dichotomy of respect vs.  irritation.

McCain Derangement Syndrome: A reply to Roger L. Simon [Karl]
On one level, I cannot help but respect McCain for not wanting to change his positions to align himself with the conservative base. It is undoubtedly the same defiant streak that got him through the hell of the Hanoi Hilton. On the other hand, many people wish that he would at least reserve his most harsh, sneering, morally arrogant and childish rhetoric for liberals, Democrats and their subset in the media, rather than for those with whom he purports to agree with most of the time.

Rush Does Not Concede, Vows to Fight On

Posted in politics with tags on January 31, 2008 by mrbitterness

I’ve never seriously considered a celebrity write-in for a major office — well, not since I voted Peter Parker in my 11th grade Spanish club election (there were so few in the club, Spider-man’s alter ego was in a three way tie for the presidency).

But Rush Limbaugh would be a legit write-in vote in my opinion. And there’s enough Dittoheads out there for a noticeable ripple, at least, if not an electoral splash.

Rush Does Not Concede, Vows to Fight On

We did not win. But we did not and we have not lost. I know of all these reports of campaign irregularities. It has been revealed and documented, ladies and gentlemen. My name was left off the ballots in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, Broward County. (boos) My name was not to be found on the ballots in Orlando, Jacksonville, in Tampa, St. Pete. (boos) No, no, no, no. Elections are what they are, and one thing we know is there will always be another. This election might have been stolen from us, ladies and gentlemen, but let me assure you we will not — I repeat — we will not. We will not pull an Algore and sue anybody. (applause) We will not look at hanging chads, nor lawyers, no lawsuits. Thank you

Not that many people have noticed, but we Alabamians vote on Super Duper Terrific Tsunami Tuesday too (that was self-indulgent … forgive me).

Now all the candidates I could get behind have been left behind.

The Legislature did the hip thing last summer and moved up our primary “so Alabama’s vote would matter again.”

Maybe I’ll write in Rush Limbaugh, just for the conservative thrill of “throwing away” the first consequential primary vote of my life.

donkey fight!

Posted in culture, politics with tags on January 27, 2008 by mrbitterness

As my favorite band from college, the ska-punk maestros Pain, said:

“Nothing but a fight can break the ice and make the whole night better. Everybody love to fight, FIGHT! Everybody loves to fight.”

And it’s even more delicious when its a bunch of dishonest Dems tearing each other limb from limb.

Via Michelle: Clintons try to change delegate rules; lefties outraged

A sample:

all these particulars are secondary to the principle, which is that you don’t change the rules in midstream to favor one candidate or another. This is no more than a replay, with different factual particulars, of the attempt to outlaw the at-large caucuses in Nevada after the Culinary Union endorsement made it appear they would help Barack Obama.

Perhaps there’s some detail of this question that I’m not aware of. And if there is I’ll revise my opinion accordingly. But based on what I know now this is pretty clear-cut.

Hillary can muscle for every advantage she wants. Good for her. She’s a fighter. But everyone else should see this for what it is and say No.