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October 2007

Xenu ‘08?—Maybe Not

by McGehee • [Brain Donors ] [Election 2008 ] • Backtalk: 0
6:37 pm Tuesday, 16 October 2007
74°F. and partly cloudy in Coweta County, GA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Al Gore’s Xenu’s Nobel Peace Prize hasn’t translated into an increase in support for a presidential bid, a poll found Tuesday.

Asked if they would like to see the former vice president run for president in 2008, people said no by a 54 percent to 41 percent margin, according to a Gallup Poll. That was about the same as last March, when people opposed his running 57 percent to 38 percent.

Even among Democrats there was no visible surge of interest in Gore Xenu. In the new survey, 48 percent said they would like him to run and 43 percent said they would not. Last March, Democrats were in favor of him entering the race 54 percent to 41 percent—statistically the same as the new poll.


Poll: No Spike in Interest for Gore Xenu Bid

‘Tis a pity. If we don’t make him our president, how will he start spreading the fear of clowns?

What Kind of Idiot Would APPROVE That Sale?

by McGehee • [Brain Donors ] [War ] • Backtalk: 0
10:15 am Tuesday, 16 October 2007
66°F. and cloudy in Coweta County, GA

House Republicans have introduced legislation calling for the Bush administration to block the merger of a U.S. computer-security equipment company and a Chinese firm with close ties to Beijing’s military and a history of illicit exports and industrial espionage.

Sen. Christopher S. Bond, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, meanwhile, said yesterday he favors the Treasury Department review of the merger, but does not want Congress to pre-empt the administration’s national-security investigation of the deal.

The senator’s remarks and the legislation came in response to the announcement last month of the planned $2.2 billion purchase of 3Com, which sells hacker-prevention hardware to the Pentagon, by the investment company Bain Capital Partners and China’s Huawei Technology.


Bush urged to block merger


The Shape of Things to Come—if She Is Elected

by McGehee • [Election 2008 ] • Backtalk: 0
10:01 am Tuesday, 16 October 2007
66°F. and cloudy in Coweta County, GA

...second in what may prove to be an ongoing series.

“The tape contained discussions of another woman who might surface with allegations about an affair with Bill,” Gerth and Van Natta wrote in reference to Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton. “Bill’s supporters monitored frequencies used by cell phones, and the tape was made during one of those monitoring sessions.”


GOP targeting Clinton on phone-call snooping

The MoveOn types are all up in arms over the wartime use of NSA capabilities to identify enemy plotters. What do they think about this kind of thing—political domestic spying being done by one of their own?

Some pro-war people have expressed reservations about the NSA program on the reasoning that if “one of our own” can do it, someone like Hillary Clinton could do this—to which I’ve already responded repeatedly that the Clintonistas have been doing it all along, with or without legal authority. It's almost like using concentrated aloe vera juice to help a sunburn.

The thing to do to keep people like the Clintons from abusing power is to keep them from having power to abuse.

Three Questions I Would Ignore from the Press

by McGehee • [Humor? ] [Media Ochre ] • Backtalk: 0
8:07 pm Monday, 15 October 2007
73°F. and cloudy in Coweta County, GA

Inspired by the question posed here:

  1. “Were you acquainted with the man who committed this senseless act?”
  2. “Did you ever suspect him of being mentally unstable?”
  3. “I’ve burst into flames—would you piss on me to put out the fire?”

As for serious answers, I go with this one.

Ron Paul

by McGehee • [Election 2008 ] [Politics ] • Backtalk: 0
1:20 pm Sunday, 14 October 2007
75°F. and fair in Coweta County, GA

Yeah, right.

Condolences to Chris Muir and Family

by McGehee • [Turn the Page ] • Backtalk: 0
10:59 am Sunday, 14 October 2007
64°F. and sunny in Coweta County, GA

A few days ago Chris Muir took a break from his “Day By Day” comic strip due to a family emergency. Today we learn the outcome of that emergency.

Mike Huckabee

by McGehee • [Election 2008 ] [Politics ] • Backtalk: 2
10:53 am Sunday, 14 October 2007
64°F. and sunny in Coweta County, GA

When Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, he resigned as governor of Arkansas, at which time fellow Democrat Jim Guy Tucker succeeded him in the gubnorship. When Tucker was brought down by his involvement in Clinton’s scandals, he was in turn succeeded by a Republican named Mike Huckabee. At the time I sent Huckabee an email congratulating him on breaking the Democrats’ hold on that office.

It says something about how times have changed since those relatively spam-free days, that I actually received a reply from Huckabee himself, thanking me for my email and appreciating a turn of phrase I had used. And as recently as last January I was defending Huckabee against Democrat attempts to tarnish his name politically.

In recent months, though, I’ve heard disturbing things about Huckabee that suggest he has a little too much in common with Nanny Bloomberg. On the other hand, there’s a hint of a whiff of a rumor that Mike Huckabee may be a little stronger on support for the FairTax than other Republican candidates.

Which, if I were inclined to be a single-issue candidate about something other than winning a war that happens to be going on (it’s in all the papers, except when it’s going well), could conceivably convince me to overlook the nanny-ness and the “compassionate conservatism.”

It’s extremely unlikely, in my estimation, that Huckabee will be the Republican nominee, and I won’t support him for the nomination. If he were to get there, though ... well, he hasn’t abridged the First Amendment, he isn’t over 70, and he actually does have executive experience—so he isn’t John McCain. I wouldn’t be able to support him wholeheartedly (much as I might want to, for the sake of the FairTax and in recognition of his reply to that long-ago email)…

But I’d vote for him in November.

Coming Distractions

by McGehee • [Election 2008 ] [Humor? ] [Politics ] [Wackadoodle ] • Backtalk: 0
11:04 pm Saturday, 13 October 2007
51°F. and clear in Coweta County, GA

From No Pasaran by way of Dan Collins at PW:

He’s coming to save the universe!

Mitt Romney

by McGehee • [Election 2008 ] [Politics ] • Backtalk: 2
5:08 pm Saturday, 13 October 2007
74°F. and sunny in Coweta County, GA

I’m quite a bit less familiar with Mitt Romney’s candidacy than with the others I’ve discussed so far, and I’m trying to avoid having these posts be term papers if I’m not going to get course credit for them. Here’s what I do know about him:

He’s a Mormon. Big whoop. So’s Harry Reid.

He was governor of Massachusetts. This, I think, probably explains the pains he’s taken until recently to stake out more conservative positions—the perception is that no one, least of all a Republican, can get elected to high office in Massachusetts by being very far to the right of, say, Nelson Rockefeller or Lincoln Chafee. Nor is that an entirely unjustified perception. I’ve also read that Romney has recently been caught backing away from some of those conservative positions, which will undoubtedly raise questions about his integrity: does he stand for anything except pleasing as many voters as it takes to get elected?

He has better hair than John Edwards. As long as he doesn’t end up on YouTube primping for several minutes this won’t quite be fatal to his chances, but it could add to the perception of an overly slick politician who is long on packaging and short on substance. Like his Mormonism, his pretty-boy looks raise the bar he must get over, to convince people he has what it takes to be leader of the free world.

If I were advising Romney, I’d tell him that he needs to be up-front about what he stands for, and talk about what he did as governor and why it recommends him for the presidency. When you have the liabilities he has, you can’t survive unless you showcase the substance and don’t leave room for innuendo.

To get my full support (as opposed to merely my vote) in the event he were to win the nomination, this is what he needs to do—not merely so that I have a better grasp of what kind of president he’d make, but so that I have confidence that I’m supporting someone who can win against—worst-case scenario—the patented Politics of Personal Destruction™ attack machine housed in the Clinton War Room.

As it is right now, Mitt Romney looks like cannon fodder.

John McCain

by McGehee • [Election 2008 ] [Politics ] • Backtalk: 0
11:17 am Saturday, 13 October 2007
44°F. and fair in Coweta County, GA

John McCain is a bona fide war hero. As a U.S. Navy fighter pilot in Vietnam he was shot down over enemy territory, captured by the North Vietnamese, and held as a prisoner of war for five and a half years even though the Hanoi regime offered to send him home because of his father’s senior command position in the war—he refused to go unless all the others captured before him were also released. He demonstrated resolve and stuck to principle even though it cost him dearly.

What went wrong?

I have no doubt Senator John McCain believes he is every bit as resolute and devoted to principle as was Lieutenant Commander John McCain—but his relentless courting of media attention and approval over the years has caused him to take positions and pull stunts that have damaged our political system and abridged the one kind of speech, political speech, that the First Amendment was intended to protect.

Even if I didn’t object to him on issues—and I do, this hardly being the first occasion—the man is 71 years old, and will be 72 by the time the 2008 fall campaign begins. The last time we nominated a septuagenarian Senator for president—Bob Dole—it ended very, very badly.

I’ve said that if John McCain is the nominee I would refrain from voting for any presidential candidate in November 2008. Unlike some people, I’ve made it clear for years just what line I would refuse to cross in the alleged interest of party loyalty, especially in support of a man who has shown so little of it himself. And unlike other people, you can be sure that when I say “never” I mean never.

The fact I’m saying it about a bona fide war hero is sad—but life is full of small tragedies.

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Xenu ‘08?—Maybe Not

What Kind of Idiot Would APPROVE That Sale?

The Shape of Things to Come—if She Is Elected

Three Questions I Would Ignore from the Press

Ron Paul

Condolences to Chris Muir and Family

Mike Huckabee

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