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July 7, 2009

Wizbang Blue - That's a wrap!

After over two years of posts Wizbang Blue is going on permanent hiatus. It was a great experiment, probably ahead of its time, but the time has come for us to focus on other areas.

For fans of Paul Hooson, you can now find him at Wizbang Pop!

Thanks to Lee, Paul, Steve, Larkin and everyone else who posted here over the years!

July 4, 2009

Sarah Palin is Unfit for Public Office

This is so pathetic, to see a "leader" -- someone who aspired to the office of the Vice-President of the United States and would have been one 72 year-old's heartbeat away from the Presidency -- acting like a wounded little child.

In her "I quit" speech yesterday, Sarah Palin shows just how weak-kneed she is.

And this from someone who asked for our votes and pretended that she could lead this country through difficult times. She can't even manage her own family affairs, and now acknowledges that she's inadequate in the job as Alaska's governor.

After listing a number of things she's accomplished (and I should note that she failed to list "Protecting America from Russian invasion" - so that's the good news) Palin goes on to blame others for the choices she makes:

But you don't hear much of the good stuff in the press anymore, do you?

Poor, poor Sarah. Right off the bat Sarah Palin blames the press for forcing her to resign. But it's not just the press, it's also those evil Americans who dared challenge Palin's integrity. In fact, she was found guilty of ethics violations last year.

Some say things changed for me on August 29th last year - the day John McCain tapped me to be his running-mate - I say others changed.

Let me speak to that for a minute.

Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. Over the past nine months I've been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations - such as holding a fish in a photograph, wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters' questions.

Every one - all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We've won! But it hasn't been cheap - the State has wasted THOUSANDS of hours of YOUR time and shelled out some two million of YOUR dollars to respond to "opposition research" - that's money NOT going to fund teachers or troopers - or safer roads. And this political absurdity, the "politics of personal destruction" ... Todd and I are looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn't cost them a dime so they're not going to stop draining public resources - spending other peoples' money in their game.

It's pretty insane - my staff and I spend most of our day dealing with THIS instead of progressing our state now. I know I promised no more "politics as usual," but THIS isn't what anyone had in mind for ALASKA.

Does Sarah Palin seriously want us to believe that she spend "most of her day" dealing with these issues?

That's an incredible bit of mis-information. She herself goes on to tell us that she has a staff and a team of lawyers to deal with these issues -- staff and lawyers who are, according to Palin a few paragraphs ago, working "THOUSANDS of hours of YOUR time" and being paid "some two million of YOUR dollars."

And she wants us to believe that she personally is spending hundred of hours working on these issues?

It's a flat out lie. But Sarah Palin "the professional victim" wants you to believe how severely crippled she is - how it isn't her fault that she has to quit -- etc.

If I have learned one thing: LIFE is about choices!

And one chooses how to react to circumstances. You can choose to engage in things that tear down, or build up. I choose to work very hard on a path for fruitfulness and productivity. I choose NOT to tear down and waste precious time; but to build UP this state and our country, and her industrious, generous, patriotic, free people!

Life is too short to compromise time and resources... it may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: "Sit down and shut up", but that's the worthless, easy path; that's a quitter's way out. And a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just hunker down and "go with the flow".

Nah, only dead fish "go with the flow".

No. Productive, fulfilled people determine where to put their efforts, choosing to wisely utilize precious time... to BUILD UP.

And there is such a need to BUILD up and FIGHT for our state and our country. I choose to FIGHT for it! And I'll work hard for others who still believe in free enterprise and smaller government; strong national security for our country and support for our troops; energy independence; and for those who will protect freedom and equality and LIFE... I'll work for and campaign for those PROUD to be American, and those who are INSPIRED by our ideals and won't deride them.

And she won't work hard for her constituents who have reason to disagree with her?

That's right, Sarah Palin said " I'll work hard for others who still believe in free enterprise and smaller government; strong national security for our country and support for our troops; energy independence; and for those who will protect freedom and equality and LIFE..."

As governor of Alaska, her job duties were to work for all Alaskans, even thouse who don't believe in "small government" and those who disagree with Palin's anti-abortion stance.

But in that one paragraph Sarah Palin has declared that she will no longer work for ALL Americans, but only those who share her ideological beliefs.

And THAT's what makes Sarah Palin unfit for the office of Vice-President of the United States or any post in government anywhere.

Leading America isn't about being in power and being in a position to force your personal ideological beliefs down the throats of those in our democracy who disagree with your party's platform or political beliefs.

That's not why this country was founded, and here - on the 4th of July - America's Independence Day - we have Sarah Palin declaring that she is not the kind of leader who will work for all Americans.

She's starting her new path in life by declaring that she will no longer be working for all Alaskans, only those who agree with her political ideology - and so she's therefore quitting the job as their governor.

I wonder if ALL Alaskans realize just how lucky they are.

June 3, 2009

Ban Suspension at Wizbang Blue

In an effort to increase the diversity of voices heard in the comment threads at Wizbang Blue the bans which were in effect which blocked some commenters have been temporarily lifted.

This is not a change in the comment policy at Wizbang Blue. Comment threads will be moderated and commenters will be banned under the same policy as was previously enforced.

Choose your words wisely. Words have consequences.

November 12, 2008

Republican Governors Initiate GOP Power Struggle

Republican governors meeting in Miami, Florida today have declared themselves to be the powers to be reckoned with in the reformation of the Republican Party.

Pawlenty, Palin, Jindal - the whole cabal have decided that it's them and not the Washington Republicans who will take over the party and move it forward from this point on:

Republican governors, down and out after the party's devastating Election Day losses, said Wednesday that the future of the GOP rests with their ranks and not Washington politicians.

"Republican governors are the only people who can propose and implement Republican policies," said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. "For America to see that Republican policies work, they're going to see it in states with Republican governors. That's always the way it is when you're the minority and the other party has the White House."

I guess the reported power struggle between McCain and Palin (the same one that Palin denied vehemently) is now complete. Palin and her pals have declared themselves the winners.

Update from The Washington Post:

Republican governors were the brightest spot in an otherwise dispiriting election last week for the GOP, but the chief executives gathered here Wednesday provided a gloomy assessment of their party's failures and a dark forecast for the future.

The Republican Party is ill situated to serve a changing America, they said. Members make excuses for corruption. The Bush administration and congressional leaders are fiscally irresponsible and have ceded the tax issue -- of all issues -- to the Democrats. Large swaths of the country are off limits to GOP candidates. Republicans have lost the technology advantage, and if they were part of a corporation, "heads would roll." It's going to be worse in 2010.

The Republican Governors Association, meeting at a sleek hotel on Biscayne Bay to survey the damage, itself is a thinned version of what it was in the heyday of GOP dominance of national politics. There will be 21 GOP governors come January, a loss of one, and only 16 of them made the trip.

They are convinced that their counterparts in Washington are incapable of finding a formula for resurgence and that the answer lies in the states.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty -- passed over by Sen. John McCain for the No. 2 spot on the presidential ticket and one of nine GOP governors who preside over states won by Barack Obama -- offered a summary of his party's predicament at the governors' opening lunch.

"We cannot be a majority governing party when we essentially cannot compete in the Northeast, we are losing our ability to compete in Great Lakes states, we cannot compete on the West Coast, we are increasingly in danger of competing in the mid-Atlantic states, and the Democrats are now winning some of the Western states," Pawlenty said. "That is not a formula for being a majority governing party in this nation."

As if that weren't enough, he ticked off a few more challenges.

"Similarly we cannot compete, and prevail, as a majority governing party if we have a significant deficit, as we do, with women, where we have a large deficit with Hispanics, where we have a large deficit with African American voters, where we have a large deficit with people of modest incomes and modest financial circumstances. Those are not factors that make up a formula for success going forward."

October 19, 2008

Fox News Sets the Record Straight with McCain on Joe the Plumber Smears

Just two days ago, and no doubt more recently as well, John McCain lied to the American people by claiming that Barack Obama smeared "Joe the Plumber" and in the process made poor Joe's life a living hell.

It was a lie when McCain first said it, it's a lie now, and Chris Wallace of Fox News called McCain on that lie this morning.

Here's the transcript of the the Chris Wallace, John McCain interview this morning on "Fox News Sunday" (emphasis mine):

MCCAIN: And Joe the Plumber -- of course, Joe the Plumber is the average citizen, and Joe the Plumber is now speaking for me and small business people all over America. And they're becoming aware that spreading -- that we need to spread the wealth around -- it's not what small business people want.

And before we go into this business of, "Well, they wouldn't be taxed," et cetera, 50 percent of small business income would be taxed under Senator Obama's plan. That's 16 million small business jobs in America. And that's what Joe the Plumber's figured out.

And finally, could I just say, where are we in America, where a candidate for president comes to a person's driveway, he asks him a question, doesn't like the answer, and all of a sudden he's savaged by the candidate's people -- I mean, savaged by them?

I mean, here's a guy who's a private citizen. What's that all about?

WALLACE: Well, Senator, I mean, I wasn't even going to get into that.

MCCAIN: Yeah. Sure.

WALLACE: But the fact is you brought up Joe the Plumber 21 times in the debate.

MCCAIN: Sure.

WALLACE: Is it the candidate? I don't know that Obama has savaged him. It really has been the media...

MCCAIN: Of course they have.

WALLACE: ... that looked into...

MCCAIN: Of course it's...

WALLACE: ... that looked into Joe the Plumber's history.

MCCAIN: Joe -- Senator Joe Biden attacked him the next day.

WALLACE: Well, he just said, "Give me a break, a plumber who makes..."

MCCAIN: No, no, he attacked...

WALLACE: "... more than $50,000..."

MCCAIN: No, no, he attacked him the next day. We'll -- we could -- you could probably run the clips. You could probably run the clips.

You know what? American citizens ought to be able today to ask a president -- candidate in their driveway a question and not have their whole life and everything...

WALLACE: I think the media did that.

Anyway, I want to ask you about something else.

Damn right it was the media -- and it was only after John McCain mentioned Joe the Plumber 21 times in the debate the media looked into Joe the Plumber and uncovered quite a lot of information about him. The media camped out in Joe the Plumber's front yard within hours of the end of the debate.

John McCain himself thrust Joe the Plumber into the spotlight, and wants to blame Obama for smearing Joe, when it was McCain's emphasis on Joe the Plumber's plight that caused the media to investigate further.

John McCain is not only so obviously ethically challenged that he cannot take responsibility for his own mistake, he goes on Fox News and lies in an attempt to smear his opponent with that mistake instead.

It's time to chase these liars out of Washington. John McCain is a partisan liar, and his claim of being a maverick who can cross party lines is blown to shreds as he sits there on national television making false accusations and claims about his Democratic opponent.

September 14, 2008

The Three Questions Sarah Palin Needs to Answer

Senator Chuck Shumer (D-NY), appearing on this morning's MEET THE PRESS in support of Barack Obama's candidacy, outlines the three questions that Sarah Palin should (but won't) address as part of the vetting process.

"She talks the talk but so far she hasn't walked the walk. There was an article in today's newspaper that said that part of the Bush Doctrine that she believes in is cronyism -- because she filled the Alaska government with old pals. It's a little reminiscent of "Brownie and FEMA"...

"But there are three other questions I think that she has to answer if she's wants to be the reform candidate. First, is she going to support Senator Stevens(R-AK) is this election campaign? Senator Stevens is the "King of earmarks". Supposedly the McCain/Palin team hates earmarks, and yet... he's the 'King of earmarks.' He was indicted for involvement with lobbyists. If it's politics as usual... she's supporting Stevens. Is she a new broom that sweeps clean?"

"Second, there's an investigation about abuse of power, that she wanted to fire a state trooper because he was in a bitter divorce with her sister. And she has ordered all Alaska employees not to talk to this bipartisan investigation that was set up before she was Vice-President."

[Looking directly into the camera] "I want to ask Governor Palin. Will you... if you're "new politics," you should certainly let the employees of the state of Alaska talk to the investigators. Stonewalling is not new politics."

"And finally... will she release her tax returns? Joe Biden has, Barack Obama has. There are some questions there because she was given per diem payments while staying at home. $17,000. Are those on her tax returns?"

"How can you be "reform and sweep clean" -- you've can't just talk the talk, you've got to walk the walk."

The McCain/Palin campaign will create phony controversies over the next 7 weeks -- anything to avoid openly discussing the issues -- as they continue to lie to the American public about their platform of 'change'.

McCain/Palin is four more years of Bush.

September 3, 2008

Palin Qualified? No, They Went for this Political Bullshit About Narratives...

Woohoo - the truth, caught on tape. News Corp's Peggy Noonan, conservative columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and her compatriots tell the truth about the Palin pick, and what a huge, monumental mistake it was for McCain, not knowing that their mics were still open.

Chuck Todd: Mike Murphy, lots of free advice, we'll see if Steve Schmidt and the boys were watching. We'll find out on your blackberry. Tonight voters will get their chance to hear from Sarah Palin and she will get the chance to show voters she's the right woman for the job Up next, one man who's already convinced and he'll us why Gov. Jon Huntsman.

(cut away)

Peggy Noonan: Yeah.

Mike Murphy: You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor world: Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. I mean, these guys -- this is how you win a Texas race, just run it up. And it's not gonna work. And -

PN: It's over.

MM: Still McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good.

CT: I also think the Palin pick is insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too.

PN: Saw Kay this morning.

CT: Yeah, she's never looked comfortable about this -

MM: They're all bummed out.

CT: Yeah, I mean is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?

PN: The most qualified? No! I think they went for this -- excuse me- political bull**** about narratives -

CT: Yeah they went to a narrative.

MM: I totally agree.

PN: Every time the Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at, they blow it.

MM: You know what's really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.

CT: This is cynical, and as you called it, gimmicky.

MM: Yeah.

It was a big mistake, John McCain -- and it's not too late to fix it...

Update: Will it Matter?

Here at the Republican Convention in St. Paul, you can't walk from one side of the street to the other without overhearing a loyal party member robotically repeat the key talking point about Sarah Palin: that she's finally "energized" a GOP "base" that was wary, until recently, of John McCain. "It's beyond anything I've seen in politics," South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham gushed in an interview yesterday with NEWSWEEK. "Home run. Whatever intensity problem we had is now gone." I've talked to dozens of Republicans who are pumped for Palin, so there's obviously something to this. But the spin ignores a rather inconvenient truth: the pre-Palin base was already behind its nominee.

For months now, McCain has typically polled better among Republicans (about 85 percent, on average) than Obama has polled among Democrats (about 75 to 80 percent, on average). The problem is, McCain is currently trailing Obama by about six points in the national horse race. Why? Because the Democrats enjoy a six-to-10-point advantage in party identification. In other words, it doesn't really matter how excited right-wing Republicans are about Palin--there aren't enough of them out there to win on Election Day.

The "Palin effect" so far - about nil, according to this CBS poll:

Even after Sen. John McCain named her as his running mate on Friday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin remained an unknown quantity to most Americans. Sixty-six percent had no opinion of her in a CBS News poll conducted over the weekend. In polling completed on Monday and Tuesday, sixty percent still had no opinion about her.

But of those who did have opinions, 26 percent of the most recently polled were favorable, while only 13 percent were not favorable.

More than one in four voters said that the vice presidential choices will matter this year, but few voters say that having Palin on the Republican ticket will change their vote. Just 14 percent said they are more likely to vote for McCain as a result of having Palin on the ticket, while 13 percent said they are less likely to do so. Sixty-eight percent said it won't make a difference in their vote.

There are still a lot of undecideds out there to whom this may end up mattering a little, or not at all, or a great deal.

A lot can change, beginning tonight with Palin's speech.

August 7, 2008

Florida Racist Arrested After Threatening to Kill Obama

The racists are definitely coming out of the woodwork as the election draws closer.

A man who authorities said was keeping weapons and military-style gear in his hotel room and car appeared in court Thursday on charges he threatened to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Raymond Hunter Geisel, 22, was arrested by the Secret Service on Saturday in Miami and was ordered held at Miami's downtown detention center without bail Thursday by a federal magistrate.

A Secret Service affidavit charges that Geisel made the threat during a training class for bail bondsmen in Miami in late July. According to someone else in the 48-member class, Geisel allegedly referred to Obama with a racial epithet and continued, "If he gets elected, I'll assassinate him myself."[...]

Another person in the class quoted Geisel as saying that "he hated George W. Bush and that he wanted to put a bullet in the president's head," according to the Secret Service.

This guy was more than just talk, he was equipped.

In the interview with a Secret Service agent, Geisel said "if he wanted to kill Senator Obama he simply would shoot him with a sniper rifle, but then he claimed that he was just joking," according to court documents.

A search of Geisel's 1998 Ford Explorer and hotel room in Miami uncovered a loaded 9mm handgun, knives, dozens of rounds of ammunition including armor-piercing types, body armor, military-style fatigues and a machete. The SUV, which has Maine license plates, was wired with flashing red and yellow emergency lights.

Update: Geisel's girlfriend says he wouldn't have hurt anyone:

Two people closest to a man charged with threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday he has no violent tendencies and would never have seriously threatened violence against anyone.

In fact, they say, Raymond Hunter Geisel came to Florida from Maine earlier this year in hopes that taking a bail bondsman training course would put him on a pathway to a law enforcement career or some other vocation in which he could help people.

"He'd never hurt a person. It would be completely against his character," said Geisel's girlfriend, 35-year-old Susanne Kynast, in a telephone interview from the sailboat home they share in the Florida Keys. "He is so much for life. It's absolutely horrifying."

A mentor and Catholic Charities caseworker who took Geisel into his home in Hampden, Maine, four years ago made similar comments, noting that Geisel was just emerging from an severely abusive home environment to make his way in the world.

"He's basically a 22-year-old who's a teenager. He says things that are inappropriate," Richard Peer, 58, said in a separate telephone interview. "In my heart, I know he didn't mean it. He would be more likely to save a life than do to the other."

this peaks volumes ot the lax gun laws in our nation -- remember that Geisel had "a loaded 9mm handgun, knives, dozens of rounds of ammunition including armor-piercing types, body armor, military-style fatigues and a machete."

Suggesting that he wouldn't hurt anyone begs the question -- what was he doing with these loaded weapons in his car and motel room?

January 23, 2008

No More Larkin

The purpose of this post is to announce the end of my career as a writer for Wizbang Blue. While I have immensely enjoyed the opportunity to write here I feel I can no longer associate with this site given the fact that one of the authors insists on pursuing this story. I strongly feel that Wizbang Blue should not be in the business of promoting the salacious accusations of some unknown idiot who happens to have a webcam. We should have higher standards than that. The fact that the post described the claims as "farcical" doesn't obscure the fact that this clown has been given publicity he doesn't deserve.

It is certainly not my place however to censor this sort of content. I'm sure there are plenty of blogs that are promoting this story and if Wizbang chooses to be one of them then so be it. In a group blog like this I believe every author's reputation is indirectly connected to everyone else's reputation. My only recourse is to withdraw my own participation in the site. I'd rather focus my attention and energies on a higher level of discourse.

Good luck and best wishes to the entire Wizbang crew. I've certainly enjoyed jousting with all of you for the past year. You may find me reappearing as a lefty troll on Wizbang time and again. I will also be posting on my own blog, The Infinite Truth.

January 1, 2008

Bible History and Intro to Jesus

Since God appears to be running for the Republican nomination (in the vessel of Mike Huckabee) perhaps a little Bible History is called for -- courtesy of The Professor Brothers. Enjoy! (Warning - mature language and themes - NSFW)

Stop laughing, this is serious stuff. Now hurry up, you're going to be late for Intro to Jesus.

The God I know has a sense of humor. I hope yours does too.

Happy New Year from Wizbang Blue - Your Source for Quality Infotainment Since 2007.

October 6, 2007

Comment Threads on Wizbang Blue Are Reopened

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Commenting capabilities on this site have been closed while this is being investigated. Your patience is appreciated and we apologize to those commenters whose comments have disappeared. They will be restored if at all possible.

September 15, 2007

We're Back Up Again

There was a major server disk failure last night, and we've been serving up fresh, hot 404 errors all day, but Wizbang Blue publisher Kevin Aylward and the cracked team of Wizbang tech support gurus slaved away at it - and now we're back up again.

Huzzah! We're Americans. There's no holding us down!

July 30, 2007

Two Bits of Site News

First, Larkin is back from a week-long hiatus. You can catch his latest effort here.

And on a sad note, our colleague Paul Hooson will be taking some time off from blogging. Paul's father passed away last Tuesday following an extended illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with him in this very sad time.

Paul has posted a touching tribute to his father on his Progressive Values website, linked here.

On Tuesday at about 1pm at our home, I faced something that I hoped I would never witness, the death of my father from an apparent severe stroke. After months of illness for unrelated colon illness, my father simply became very weak in the last few days and got up out of bed and died in the bathroom. Life has been very difficult caring for him recently due to all of his health needs which were nothing like his strong and hardworking nature all through his life. There was never a lazy bone in his body.

June 4, 2007

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May 11, 2007

New Writers Joining Wizbang Blue

We're very happy to announce that two bright and talented folks are joining the Wizbang Blue writing staff -- names you may recognize from the comment threads here on Wizbang Blue or from our sister site Wizbang!.

Steve Crickmore and Paul Hooson are coming on-board to add their considerable talents to the pages of our site. They're both articulate and interesting writers, and we're extremely happy to have them joining us.

Watch for their posts to appear in the coming days!

February 11, 2007

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