Sunday, August 24, 2008


Travel Update

We finally made it home, and Huricane Fay didn't do too much damage where we live - thank you Lord!

It did leave things a bit messy, and it's taken the better part of two days to rake up all the tree debris and stack it at the curb. We all like to be in control of our lives, but this storm proved once again that sometimes things are just out of our control. Hanging around the airport waiting for our flight was an exercise in just letting go, sitting back, and enjoying the people show going on around us. Everybody was in good humor, and the Continental Airline folks were great. And its always fun to people watch in New York

Now back to what's going on in the world.......

Sen. Obama promised “Change”. Well, so far he hasn’t quite delivered. He actually seems to be no more than the quadrennial Liberal aspirant for the Presidency who reads prepared scripts exceedingly well. But, as far as one of his major claims to differentiate himself – his decision making quality – he’s not been able to demonstrate any significant skill. In fact, just the opposite.

My parents used to say “Birds of a feather, flock together”. Others have said “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future”. The reason that these old clichés have become clichés is that they’re constantly proved true. In Obama’s case we have convicted felon, Tony Rezco; The America-hating pastor, Rev. Wright; The unrepentant Pentagon–bombing, Weather Underground terrorist, William Ayers; and now…….Sen. Joe Biden.

Sen. Biden’s 1988 presidential election problem list includes plagiarism, misrepresentation of his educational achievements, and bragging to a voter about his big, big brain: (see clip here)

Sen. Biden said that he ”went to law school on a full academic scholarship - the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship” He also said that he ”ended up in the top half” of his class and won a prize in an international moot court competition. And, he said that he was “the outstanding student in the political science department” and ”graduated with three degrees from college.”

Actually, Sen. Biden got one degree from college, a double major. He didn’t get a full scholarship to law school; he got a partial scholarship and received grants to cover the rest. He didn’t graduate in the top half of his class. In fact, Sen. Biden came in 76th in a class of 85, which isn’t even close.

As for Sen. Biden’s International expertise, the gaff’s are numerous. Ed Morrisey did a good job of detailing some of his more profound examples.

Power Line points out an example of the Biden prowess on foreign relations that
first appeared in The New Republic’s profile of Biden from October 2001. In a vignette at the end of the article, Biden ponders mightily over how the US should respond to 9/11:

At the Tuesday-morning meeting with committee staffers, Biden launches into a stream-of-consciousness monologue about what his committee should be doing, before he finally admits the obvious: “I’m groping here.” Then he hits on an idea: America needs to show the Arab world that we’re not bent on its destruction. “Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran,” Biden declares. He surveys the table with raised eyebrows, a How do ya like that? look on his face.

The staffers sit in silence. Finally somebody ventures a response: “I think they’d send it back.” Then another aide speaks up delicately: “The thing I would worry
about is that it would almost look like a publicity stunt.” Still another reminds Biden that an Iranian delegation is in Moscow that very day to discuss a $300 million arms deal with Vladimir Putin that the United States has strongly condemned. But Joe Biden is barely listening anymore. He’s already moved on to something else.

The real question is why Biden?

He’s not going to help with the anti-war group – he was an ardent initial supporter of Bush’s war with Iraq, and in general has strong neocon-like military tendencies; and he’s Pro-Choice, despite being a Catholic. Hillary supporters aren’t going to flock to him either, so that should provide ample opportunity for the Clinton’s to play some sabotage during the convention at Obama’s expense.

All that being said, Sen. Biden will probably add some much needed comic relief, and help spice up a campaign that’s gone on way too long, but still has far to go.

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