Via the comments, this “Conservapedia” entry on Obama is pretty priceless. The start of the entry:

Barack Hussein Obama, II (allegedly born in Honolulu,[1][2] August 4, 1961)

Yes, to “conservatives,” whether or not he was even born is suspect. But they are just warming up. Under “Obama and Islam,” this:

Obama is likely to be Muslim because:

* Obama’s background and education are Muslim
* Obama’s middle name remains Muslim, meaning “descendant of Muhammad,” which most Christians would not retain[8]
* Obama recently referred to his “Muslim faith”[9]
* Obama uses the Muslim Pakistani pronunciation for “Pakistan” rather than the common American one[10]
* Obama, in his autobiography “Dreams from My Father” (1995), descibes Muslim Malcolm X as his favorite black leader
* Obama’s claims of conversion to Christianity arose after he became politically ambitious, lacking a date of conversion or baptism.[11]

Who needs the Onion with these guys around?

Ignorance is Bliss

This headline at Drudge made me laugh out loud:

Please do not let Drudge see this. The Chinese financing of Oliver Stone’s “W” pales in comparison to the Chinese financing of the real George W. Bush (and the rest of us, for that matter).

Famous People <3 Palin

So much for the celebrity meme, as we learn that famous people loved Sarah Palin’s performance last night:

As it appeared in the Washington Post.

As it appeared in the Washington Post.

Apparently one of the crazy Kossacks took a screen shot of that at the WaPo this morning, where they had forgotten to insert an actual person’s name as the origin of the quote. Later on, they learned that the “famous person” was supposed to be Peggy Noonan, who offered us this steaming pile of nonsense today.

The Mighty Wurlitzer misses a note here and there, but the beat goes on.

Paging John Derbyshire- Cleanup In the Gushing Fanboi Aisle

This, from NRO’s Rich Lowry, is just spectacular:

Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.

Rainbowbrite may lite up the screen, but does she shoot starbursts and sparkle like Palin? I think not!

By now you have all seen that Lowry quote (I have seen it at least five places), but as an amateur historian of sorts as a blogger, I felt it was necessary to add to the archives for posterity. I guarantee that Derbyshire poured four fingers of Maker’s Mark into his coffee when he read that baby this morning.

The final word on this goes to Mr. Wolcott:

Good thing Palin didn’t blow a kiss at the camera or Lowry might have fucking fainted. I’m not a licensed psychotherapist but when you think the people on TV are addressing you personally and directly it’s often a sign of incipient dementia.

I confess to being immune to Palin’s contrived charms. Everything about her strikes me as phony–she possesses about as much depth as aluminum siding. And I wasn’t surprised to read that Gwen Ifill was a dud as a moderator–her vaunted reputation is one of those Beltway myths, like David Broder’s mantle of judiciousness.

That Will Leave a Mark

This piece on the debates at the Politico was pretty brutal, which means of course that I loved it:

Millions of Americans were watching Thursday night’s vice presidential debate, waiting for a demolition derby moment — another crash by GOP running mate Sarah Palin, another serving of raw material for the writers at “Saturday Night Live.”

By that standard, she got out alive, though there were white-knuckle moments along the way: questions that were answered with painfully obvious talking points that betrayed scant knowledge of the issue at hand and sometimes little relevance to the question that had been asked.


To the contrary, it is hard to count any objective measures by which Biden did not clearly win the encounter. She looked like she was trying to get people to take her seriously. He looked like he was running for vice president. His answers were more responsive to the questions, far more detailed and less rhetorical.

On at least 10 occasions, Palin gave answers that were nonspecific, completely generic, pivoted away from the question at hand, or simply ignored it: on global warming, an Iraq exit strategy, Iran and Pakistan, Iranian diplomacy, Israel-Palestine (and a follow-up), the nuclear trigger, interventionism, Cheney’s vice presidency and her own greatest weakness.

Asked which is a greater threat, a nuclear Pakistan or a nuclear Iran, Palin seemed to be stalling, or writing a term paper, when she said: “An armed, nuclear armed especially Iran is so extremely dangerous to consider.”