Welcome, dear reader, to the most intense nightly read in the ‘sphere… The Nightly Ramble….
Another weekend is here, but we’ve got lots to cover before we get there. So, let’s get to it.
- Personaly, I think Palin won on a number of points, last night. It is as I pointed out after thoe wto interviews she suppsoedly did so badly on…it should come as no shock to anyone that she does far better when there no Dinosaur media filter between her and the people. (Note the comments here , too.) Indeed, as Jen Ruben  points out, ?
“In short, she entirely and completely beat the spread. Her performance, given how poorly she has fared recently, was nothing short of stunning. And Biden knew it.”
Yeah, that’s pretty much the impression I got, too. Andhe knew it before word one was spoken, I think. He knew he was working without the media filter as a net. Which of itself suggests even that grand idiot Biden knows the fix is in so far as the Dinosaur media goes. There’s only one way to account for the difference in performance… that being the media filter in the cases other than last night. But as I told you earlier today , I have my doubts we’re going to see any results on this in the polling for a few days. Remember, the first presidential debate took several days to show up reliably in the numbers, and I think this will be more of the same… with the added mud in the water being that the 2nd presidential debate is going to come along before those numbers stabilize. Anything between now and then, however, is spin, I think.
- That said, one of the lies as I mentioned this morning, is most strongly reacted to by Totten  who I quote all too infrequently here;
In Thursday night’s vice presidential debate between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin, Biden said the strangest and most ill-informed thing I have ever heard about Lebanon in my life. . . . Nobody – nobody – has ever kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon. Not the United States. Nor France. Not Israel. And not the Lebanese. Nobody.Joe Biden has literally no idea what he’s talking about.
It’s too bad debate moderator Gwen Ifill didn’t catch him and ask a follow up question: When did the United States and France kick Hezbollah out of Lebanon? . . .
Yeah, well, given her demonstrated tilt , you really didn’t expect her to ask questions like that did you really? You see? A case in point of my argument that bias doesn’t need to be overt to throw an election. Oh, and of course there was far more in the way of situations where Biden simply didn’t know what he was talking about. Like the Constitution , for example. How can someone with all that experience not know this stuff?
- One more point about the debates last night; Neither one of them wanted to place the blame for our current situation on government. It’s easy to blame Wall Street, I suppsoe, but that’s not where the fault lies. It seems to me, as I’ve related to you many times, the fault for our current situation isn’t that there isn’t enough regulation on private concerns, and companies, but that there wasn’t enough oversight at Fannie and Freddie, and as I think I’ve demonstrated, a willing lack of it on the part of Democrats. Allow me to give you the scope of the issue; Fannie and Freddie, between them, hold 70% of the mortgage paper in this country. So, scandal after scandal piles up there and the place eventually blows up, taking down private concerns with it. What do the government types blame? Wall Street. the result of this problem misidentification is increased regulations and bigger government at the exact time we don’t need it. What is needed is a massive overhaul of how we deal with housing financials in this country. I point to Tom Coburn, on the floor of the Senate the other day:
We have a patient with cancer, and they have secondary pneumonia because of the cancer and we’re going to treat the pneumonia. But we’re not going to fix the cancer. We’re gonna ignore the cancer. Let me tell you what the cancer is. The cancer is Congresses for years upon years have totally ignored the Constitution of the United States and taken to us areas where we have no business being. There is no way you can justify in the US Constitution that the country ought to be the source of mortgages for homeowners in this country, and yet Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac control 70% of the mortgages in this country.
If anybody in America is mad about this situation, there’s only one place they need to direct their anger, and it’s right in the Congress of the United States. What we’re going to do is we’re going to continue to treat the symptoms rather than directly go after the cause that has created the greatest financial risk and peril this country has ever seen. We’re not going after the cause. The cause is get back within the bounds of the Constitution that very specifically says where we have business working and where we don’t. We decided that we would ignore the wisdom of our founders and create systems that are outside the enumerated powers that were given to us because we know better, we know better. We don’t know better, it is obvious.
This body continues to spend more, authorize more, and create bigger and more intrusive government, limiting the power of the great American experiment to in fact supply an increased standard of living. We’re in tough times, but they’re going to get tougher until the American people hold this body accountable to live within the rules set out in a very wise, a very providential way that served this country well. We ignore this book, this Constitution at our peril, we are reaping exactly what we have sown.
I have my problems with Coburn, but this isn’t one of them. He’s right on the money here. But it goes deeper than even he’s letting on. As demonstrated by Frank Raines Jaime Gorelick and a number of others, the place has become a hotbed of corruption. Even leaving aside the highly questionable practice of passing out bad loans with government money based on some wild scheme supposedly intended to help minorities, what can be expected when you try to run such a scheme through a place that has demonstrably been as corrupted as F&F have been?
I see McCain’s pulled out of Michigan. News flash to Michigan: You are in the situation you’re in because of the Democrats you keep sending to office. And you’re going to do it again? Last person out of the state, turn the lights out. I had a wonderful job offer there, years ago, outside Detroit… Of course I said ‘no’. Actually, I think I said “hell, no”. I have family that still live in the state… so does my wife Donna. Adn while my memories are mostly of the northern end of the state, I did frequently visit Detroit, most recently a few years ago. The place breaks my heart. It’s really sad to see what liberalism has done to the place. And while the rest of the state is relatively peaceful and well-kept, it’s also true that the development of the rest of the state is lacking because the people there are so busy dealing with the drain that Detroit has become.
- Interesting post from Glenn,  particularly here:
UPDATE: Chris Fountain: “Call me a cynic, but it occurs to me that these Dem’s have a vested interest in a ruined economy for the election and are doing their damndest to achieve it.”ANOTHER UPDATE: A hedge-fund reader emails: “Reid, Schumer, and Pelosi are widely assumed to be stoking a financial Reichstag fire that would be a win-win for the permanent government. Conventional wisdom holds that economic chaos benefits the “out” presidential party, of course. Destruction of private wealth increases dependency on the central government. And a humbled private sector makes spinning the regulatory ratchet that much easier. Cynical, shameless, and in plain sight.”
They’re playing with fire, if so. And however you spin it, Reid is being shockingly irresponsible.
You know, I’ve been rapidly coming to that conclusion myself over the past several days. In reality, there is no other logical explaination for what these criminals are doing. Even idiots get it right once in a while, but these people have taken the wrong path every time. THere’s only one way to read the data anymore, and I think Reynolds has caught onto it, and with him, apparently, his readers.
- Next weekend for the camping, looks like. This weekend, we’re going to see “An American Carol”  Oughta be great. Always liked the Zuckers in any event.