Welcome, dear reader, to the most intense nightly read in the ‘sphere… The Nightly Ramble….
A new week. A new Monday. And a few surprises over the weekend. Let’s get to it.
- Sam Youngman  at The Hill reports that Sarah Palin gives more to chairty than Joe Biden. Well, heck, Sam, I could have told you that without looking at the records. In fact, I’ll tell you that even I gave more to charity than Biden did, again without looking. How do I know? A Democrat thinks charity is the work of government. We’ve addressed this  before .
- And of COURSE they’re going to say Palin is being racist . Forget that it’s the biggest non sequitur in known history. Pure race baiting. But the sorry part is, it works. I’m telling you, gang… Obama gets in office… ANY objection to his policies are going to labeled as being racist.
- Will someone please explain to me how anyone can question that the Dinosaur media is obviously  biased left? 
- As I said over the weekend at OTB  If there’s any indication that the American strikes in Pakistan are justified, it’s the Taliban’s reaction. 
- Been doing a it of YouTube linking over the weekend, as you doubtless see. Some of it, frankly, is playing their their embedding code, which I now have working well in this CSS. It didn’t work in the old one.(Guys… just switch to HTML mode and drop the embed code in, then switch back to the visual editor. No need to use the plugin code I gave you anymore, unless you really want to.) The other reason though, of course is as a reinformcement for the points I’ve been making about this meltdown, and who is to blame. Sometimes the point is best made in their own words.
- So, they dragged Kin Jong-Il out  for the first time in nearly two months. I’m reminded of the line you will invariably hear at funerals if there’s an open casket involved… ‘Didn’t he look like himself?’ If he guy isn’treported as TU in a year I’ll be amazed, between the mental isues, the rather obvious physical issues and the number of enemies he’s made, inclduing the Chi-Coms…. yikes!
- Whatever might be said of ‘Dear Leader’, and his brainwashed followers, might also be said of The Chosen One, and HIS followers. MichaleW over at Q&O  has a few thoughts… I find the similarity between Obama’s followers and Kims’ are striking… and disturbing. I note for example this morning via Drudge a story about how large numbers of black youth have pledged aligience to Obama . When it comes down to a choice between the country or Obama, I wonder which they’d choose? Well, actually, no, I really don’t wonder. I’ll say it again, arguing against Obama cannot occur on logical ground, since the devotion to the man is itself not based on logic. The similarity between Obama and other socialist leaders on that score should be scaring the poop out of you.
-  A federal judge ruled recently that a student in Pennsylvania cannot wear a t-shirt with gun pictures on it  to his government school. I’ll bet kids can wear the ones pictured here, without causing any concern on the part of government paid school offiicals, however. Telling, that. And yes, I think it fairly clear given the story above, that one pretty much equals the other.
- Jeff Goldstein  has broken the code:
Solution? Have the “objective” media turn an empirical fact â€” William Ayers is not only a terrorist, but a proudly unrepentant one â€” into a “coded” message of racism.
Bingo. Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding! Is there anyone who doesn’t understand the racist ploy Obama and his supporters, including Douglas Daniel, are employing here? This one of Jeff’s is a must read. And Hey, Barry: This is not a distraction. As Boortz puts it this monring;
The Obama campaign has chalked Palin comment to a “smear campaign.” Obama says that the Republicans are using “smears” in order to distract the voters from real problems. A presidential candidate who befriends or is befriended by an unrepentant terrorist is a real problem in my eye … though perhaps not in the eyes of those who hate America.
Exactly so. This stuff has been on record for a long time. I said it this monring, this is going to cost Obama, and he knows it. How MUCH it costs him depends on how hard the Republicans hit it. Or, a little closer, it’ll cost him if the Republicans, McCain in particular, have the courage to hit it hard enough.
- Add to that the number of questions  about  where Obama’s money  is coming from… and you have a less than desireable picture.
- Since the review of “An American Carol” is posted over at RWN and does about as good a job as I would have, I’ll link to it. 
- Botox, hel l… Biden had so much facial work done, he looks like he’s turning Japanese, just like he’s turning Japanese, I really think so. 
- We’ve confirmed reservations at Lake Erie SP, as I told you, for next weekend. Long term forecast is showing nice weather for the days we’ll be there. Of course, that means I’ll be a little out of pocket for that couple days. LESP is where my older boy took this fabulous sunset shot a few years ago. No, no touchups on it, either. The place has some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen… and assuming the weather forecasts hold, (70 in the daytimes, 40’s at night) we’ll be in great shape.
- Gas for the trip to the campsite will be cheaper. Oil’s down below $90 and still falling. Most of that on the strength of the dollar. 
- Meanwhile, the Telegraph is saying:
We face extreme danger . Unless there is immediate intervention on every front by all the major powers acting in concert, we risk a disintegration of global finance within days.
I remain unconvinced it’s that bad, but there’s no question that folks are getting hurt out there. All because the Demorats decided to push something for nothing .
- Which brings up a bit fromTapscott,  who looks at Rasmussen polling this morning and says:
I refuse to accept the notion that the fundamental conservative message about individual freedom, limited government, a strong national defense and a recognition of the special role of America as the shining city on a hill is no longer relevant. To the contrary, I believe it is even more relevant and important to political success than ever. All it needs is a party that is faithful to its tenants and unfailingly tenacious in its application.By the way, Rasmussen provides the entire quote from Reagan, who, it is important to recall, delivered it in a time of economic distress that in some respects was more severe than our present crisis:
“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people.
“Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.”
The emphasized sentence is the fundamental conservative principle – we will each either be governed by ourselves or we will be ruled by others by force, which is the essence of government.
And so it is. Which would seem to cover the destruction of a world banking system for the benefit of one minority group , for example.
- Interesting note from Radio buddy Scott Fybush over at NERW : The Rev John Norris has passed away. Norris was the complainant in the Red Lion case… which is a case that all those pushing for a reinstatement of the ‘Fairness Doctrine” should study. As Scott points up the case dragged on for decades.
- Scott also mentions Rt81 Broadcasting is having it’s financial problems, closing it’s biggest station. These are long term probelms as Scott mentions, (And thereby really has nothing to do with the current credit crunch) but this can’t be good for 1350/WCBA in Corning, which I used to work at in the 80’s, and is now owned by Rt81. (And now you know why I even bother to mention it at all)