It’s been a long journey for this PUMA.
2008 remains the worst, unforgettable and unforgivable year of nasty politics glorified by the official Democrat partee, high water marked by their premature and pompous declaration of a candidate even before the convention. Thereby, the Democrat partee proved eminently undemocratic and arrogant and unpatriotic. They shut out Hillary, and shutdown debate or even a semblance of openness. And went on to manufacture a scripted convention and a sock puppet candidate.
It was a tale too painful, but was parturition of the PUMAs.
This blog’s transition began as a disillusionment with the Democrat party’s head honchos in Washington DC, the deception and crookedness that went on during the Dem primaries, 2008, exceeded only by the shnanigans at the DNC-RBC meeting; the sloppy, lazy, fawning posturing by the New York media’s elitist world – their obsession with Obama and hatred of the Clintons on shameless display in the year 2008 was amazing – the continued open expression of contempt for all things American, politics of destruction and deception, and the unholy melding of ultra-left screed with propagandist populism practiced by the vast left wing political machinery, and the total take over the major new media platforms by the wackos of the Left, plus the frustration with the endless apologizing for American policy ideas and practices — all of this is too much even for lifetime’s worth of disappointment.
To dissent, criticize and disagree polemically is one thing, but to demonize, brainwash the young and destroy responsible discourse, as the Left has done in the last three years has driven quite a few away toward the Right. Watching Sarah Palin being destroyed from the moment she entered limelight breaks one’s heart. The disgust and cynicism engendered thereby, and suffered by the middle of the road populace seeks out amelioration, and that’s where Bill Whittle comes in.
No American should be denied the benefit of Bill Whittle and his wit and wisdom. If you do not know who Bill Whittle is it’s lucky that you are reading this before it got too late. You’ve just gone too long without.
Bill Whittle has made numerous video for Pajama Media TV. Regardless of your party affiliation, ideological bent, or stage of life, there is a Bill Whittle video that’s bound to affect you profoundly. So, get yourself over there and enjoy his videos. Until you have seen one of his wonderful, thoughtful and rousing videos in the Afterburner collection at Pajamas Media Television, you do not deserve to call yourself an American.
Yes, there is a Bill Whittle video that addresses you specifically, but everyone should see all his videos.
Recent address to the Hip Crowd of new graduates
Commonsense view of Mass Mosque
Power of the Imagery and Symbolism
A personal observation:
One of the videos that remains seared in the mind is this oratorio to the United States, in which Bill Whittle demolishes our fearless leader’s admiration for ‘the country of his birth’
“I believe in American exceptional-ism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptional-ism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptional-ism.”
(President Obama, when asked if he believed that America was “exceptional,” in world affairs.)
This is a left-handed compliment if ever there were one.
This insult to America exceeds all personal insults hurled at people.
This is more offensive than “You are likable enough, Hillary.” of the primary season debates of 2008.
This is more offensive than the ‘lipstick on a pig’ reference of the general election rally.
This is more offensive than “For the first time in my life, I am proud to be an American.” comment of his spouse, our now First Lady.
This is a thousand times more disgusting than spouting paeans to the destructive cult of Islam at Cairo, a few months back.
This is the ultimate attack on the well-grounded, self-pride of four hundred year-worth American ingenuity, inclusiveness, rectitude and idealism.
Most shameful of all, this should not have come from an American President, period. . Shouldn’t the first job of a First Citizen be at least be an American? Why should this not be an offense deserving of removal from office. Haven’t we have had enough of ‘malaise?’
Should one man’s search for his father’s dreams be allowed to become the nightmare to a nation?
When will America wake up?
George Bush’s non-leadership drove millions of Americans to Arianna’s Huffington Post since 2002. The MSM’s handling of Hillary and Sarah, and Obama during the last two years has driven other millions away from the netroots media. Some went in search of authentic conservative alternatives. Pajamas Media has become, since 2005, a bastion of conservative thought, news and information.
The author of this post has deleted all bookmarks related to HuffPo. Nowadays, Pajamas Media is all the news and opinion this PUMA needs to be informed.
And, Bill Whittle.
More enlightened insight, also via WUA, the Great Greta on the latest exercise in misogyny.
The last great human wilderness action-adventure sport is on. Nay, it’s not just human, it’s human-animal interactive, dynamic competitive race against time.
The Iditarod Race is an amazing event. Hundreds of dogs, dozens of mushers, thousands of volunteers – and a thousand mile trail along Alaska’s wildest, coldest frontier landscape. The 2012 edition of the race is underway along the so-called Northern Trail.
And speaking of ladies, let’s spend a moment about the other great lady of Alaska – Sarah Palin.
This blog wouldn’t have been drawn to this race if it weren’t for Sarah Palin. In fact, all things about Alaska are fascinating and beautiful only because of our love and esteem for Governor Sarah. The governor simply opened up a whole new world to millions around the globe. This blog finds it compelling to seek out and post amazing things about Alaska, about Alaskans and about Sarah.
Simply put, Governor Palin puts us in a state of adventure. For us Sarah Palin totally personifies Alaska. Her political philosophy is icing on this cake of discovery.
Interesting things about the race: just completing the race is a great honor, just as in a marathon race; finishing in the top half is a distinct achievement; repeat winning is an awesome result of dedication, discipline and luck. The race is a beloved tradition that seems to involve virtually every Alaskan. There is an excellent series about this race available for streaming on netflix/roku: The Toughest Race On Earth 2008.
May safety and good health accrue to all dogs, mushers, staff and volunteers involved. And may Sarah Palin prevail and grow in strength!
Posted September 16, 2011on:
Everyone knew the euphoria won’t last. The feel good moments if Undefeated release and the Indianola speech were too good to last. So, here we go again.
Stalkers of Wasilla strike with the double hurling of book and movie invective against the Governor. McGinniss with his biased biography and Broomfield with his agenda filmography.
Joe McGinniss’s book due out soon, and received tepidly in advance, dredges up old rumors, innuendo and gossip. The kind of stuff that’s more likely to render unto her actually a good deal of sympathetic support due to the nonsense cited. Todd condemned the ‘creepy obsession’ Joe has about the Governor.
Nick Broomfield (the Brit who, according to our president) might consider his country exceptional in the same way as we Americans think of America as exceptional camped at Wasilla and points afar to slant Sarah Palin from a liberal perspective.
With these blind attacks, comic strip artist Trudeau piling on, it is obvious the liberal wants to do very little to understand and acknowledge Sarah Palin as a rightful leader of people. Instead they blindly and madly attack her and her family with vitriolic twisting of each and every fact, out of fear of her popular support no doubt.
McGinniss and Broomfield have great achievements to their fame, but these two creative talents basically complete the circle of self-fulfilling prophecy. They dislike her, she distrusts them. They give her nothing to trust them, she will show them nothing that will cause them to like her. She matches their disdain with disregard, they retaliate with further disrespect, only to be dissed altogether. And so it goes. Someone in the media has to break free and start with a new regard for the Governor anew. My guess is it will come from that old standard, the print media. To the extent that it may be free standing, the writers of newspapers have generally been the voice of independent thought that blogs have become. Other media are to interested to titillate to be serious.
The media and the creative talents of this land are overwhelmingly given to an irrational liberal bent of mind, and Sarah Palin will not suffer such fools. Oh, she will indulge them once she becomes a candidate alright, but she will never trust them. For this they will continue to call her a polarizing figure, a controversial leader, and a person without gravitas etc. And all that that will achieve is gradually elevate her status across the voter spectrum. Slowly but inexorably, Governor Palin will America at large for she speaks to America’s heart!
Posted September 9, 2011on:
One of the most astute political observers in America titles the president an ‘unhappy warrior’ as the latter cobbles together a hackneyed proposal to jump start job creation out of the Zero August. And he calls the address to the joint Congress what it really is, a campaign speech!!
Michael Barone has the rare mix of experience, of having visited every congressional district in the country, of having lectured extensively, as well as of leading the American Enterprise Institute. In an article in the Washington Examiner, Barone exposes the president’s speech and its hidden flaws.
Obama assured us that this would all be paid for. But as far as I could gather, he punted that part of it to the super-committee of 12 members set up under the debt ceiling bill. He now blithely charges it with coming up with more than its current goal of $1.5 trillion in savings by Christmas’ [..]
As I read it, he’s not insisting on higher tax rates, though he apparently is not ready to agree to a tax reform that is scored as revenue-neutral, as the 1986 act was. [..]
Straw men took a terrible beating from the president. He assailed “tax loopholes” for oil companies, the chief one of which is that they are treated like other companies classified as manufacturers. The administration proposal is that the five largest oil companies shouldn’t be, because—well, because we want to get our hands on more of their money. [..]
When Barack Obama says, “This isn’t political grandstanding,” you have a pretty good clue that that is exactly what it is. Lest anyone doubt that, consider this from the third-to-last paragraph. “You should pass it. And I intend to take that message to every corner of the country.”
In other words, this was a campaign speech. It might result in passage of some of Obama’s proposals, and some of them might even do some good. [..]
Michael Barone. (Emphasis Added)
Barone analyses policy statements like no one else can. he can dissect a speech or a plan and see the hidden agendas and potential pitfalls and secret directions that the plan will engender. So then, what of the presidents job speech and its weakness?
…we didn’t see the kind of change of direction on policy that Bill Clinton made in 1995 and 1996, which enabled him to rise above his party’s 45% level of support in the 1994 elections (that’s the Democratic percentage of the House popular vote) and with 49% of the vote win reelection in 1996. [..]
I don’t think these proposals have the potential to turn around the careening economy, I don’t think many of them will become law …
And that is not good news for the nation.
Elsewhere in the press, Dana Milbank of WaPo, gives a laundry list of reactions from the GOP side of the floor and all but describes the president as a Rodney Dangerfield in the White House, he gets no respect.
The lawmakers weren’t particularly hostile toward the president — they just regarded the increasingly unpopular Obama as irrelevant…..
And such a sentiment:
… wasn’t entirely limited to the Republicans. [..]
both sides had concluded it didn’t much matter: Obama has become too weak to enact anything big enough to do much good. [..]
Milbank notes that even the press wasn’t that curious anymore:
Usually, the press gallery is standing room only; this time only 26 of 90 seats were claimed by the deadline.
Milbank thinks all this is worse than Joe Wilson shouting lie.
Now, ain’t that the truth!
Dakinikat of Skydancing blog, a personal favorite for a variety of reasons, actually believes it’s time Barack Obama pulled a Lyndon Johnson!!
Posted September 5, 2011on:
The weather was a perfect metaphor for the day. Will Sarah Palin announce her candidacy or won’t she, was nicely paralleled by the question about the Sun, will he come out or not. A low pressure system transited through the Des Moines area and Palin supporters waited under dark, drizzly skies, eagerly wishing for Sarah and the sunshine. Eventually the Sun did shine through just as it was time for her arrival.
It was as if Sarah Palin brought sunshine with her. The other question remained: will she say the magic words?
Palin continued at Indianola, Iowa what she does best, keep supporters close, but keep her cards closer. Her rousing speech to the thousands of ardent fans and the tantalized media was again demonstrative of her two-pronged strategy: keep the pressure up, keep her powder dry.
She taunted and teased; postured and promised. She did all but announce her candidacy for 2012 election.
She did in fact stop well short of being definite, but inch a wee bit forward. Her words, tenor and cadence suggested an increase in amplitude, richness of proposals, condensation of verbiage.
While paying a tribute to the spirit of the Tea Party, she hinted that curing what ails the nation is not simply replacing Obama.
So, this is why we must remember that the challenge is not simply to replace Obama in 2012. The real challenge is who and what we will replace him with. It’s not enough to just change up the uniform. If we don’t change the team and the game plan, we won’t save our country. [snip]
I want to tell you what my plan is. My plan is a bona-fide pro-working man’s plan, and it deals in reality. It deals in the way that the world really works because we must talk about what really works in order to get America back to work. [snip]
— let’s enforce the 10th Amendment and devolve powers back locally where the Founders intended them to be.
— We must repeal Obamacare!
— Third, no more run away debt. We must prioritize and cut.
— Fourth, it is time for America to become the energy superpower.
— I propose to eliminate all federal corporate income tax. And hear me out on this. This is how we create millions of high-paying jobs. .. To balance out any loss of federal revenue from this tax cut, we eliminate corporate welfare and all the loopholes and we eliminate bailouts. This is how we break the back of crony capitalism because it feeds off corporate welfare, which is just socialism for the very rich.
Transcript source: C4P
Hope versus Real Hope.
By now nearly all of America is familiar with the ‘hopey-changey’ ridicule line that Sarah Palin made her signature taunt. But here comes a more substantive gauntlet thrown. Real Hope. Hope is so 2008, and phony. Real Hope is, well real. Hope simply promises, and is offered by the one who wants to get elected. Real Hope, it springs forth from practical Americans, full of action-dreams and, ah yes, Commonsense Conservatism.
No less than a dozen times, Sarah Palin used the word real in her speech, as in Real Reform, and Real Hope. And drew a vivid contrast with the blithe spirit of 2008 that propelled so many naive voters into trusting the Democrat ticket. But bad reality collided nastily with phoney Hope.
Sarah Palin drives home the point that hopelessness wrought by the hype of Hope can now only be redressed by Real Hope.
real hope isn’t in an individual. It’s not in a politician certainly.
Folks, the truth is Barack Obama is adrift with no plan because his “fundamental transformation” is at odds with everything that made this country great. It doesn’t make sense. He doesn’t make sense.
General Election Now, Primary Later:
Candidates usually try to win over the base of party loyalists in the primary first, and then move to the center later for the general election. Nomination in hand, the candidate reaches out to the wavering, suspicious ‘other’ spectrum of the voter roll. It’s only rarely that a person can win over large swathes of both parties, and the Independents. Ronald Reagan was one such giant fixture. He got away without having to shift on the stump, the country shifted toward him! Governor Sarah Palin is planning for something similar. For the past more than two years she has been working to build a following across the political spectrum first. She rarely used skewed party rhetoric. Ideological yes, party line acquiescence no. She is not ‘wired for that’. She just speaks her mind. And the interesting effect of all this is that it feels as if Sarah Palin is running for the general election now, only to run in the party primary later. And why not indeed, after all she already won the hearts of the party faithful this day three years ago, and can do it again with ease. The 2012 primary calendar favors late season states. The real prize is in the next Fall. Her task is to have all Americans see her as being ready for the general election without the rigmarole, taint or talk of defining who she really is vis-a-vis the other candidate. Since we already know who that is why not act like it’s the general election, now!
Sarah Palin wants all voters to know who she is for real. She is in effect taking her fight straight to the street, even if the media doesn’t realize it, and even if the pundits go on about how she is not taking this step or that. So many would love to be employed by her right now!
Her speech at Indianola is addressed to all Americans, not just the so-called base. It’s aimed at both workers and owners of business. At people on the political right, left and middle. Above all it is aimed at the non-partisans. Sarah Palin just didn’t embrace Tea Party, she pretty much embodies it, hence it’s being demonized. Sarah Palin’s fate is in the hands of the independent minded voter, the pumas, the conservative working class Democrats. It’s the middle that makes the difference, after all.
A few memorable lines from her speech:
President Obama, these people – these Americans – feel that “fierce urgency of now.” But do you feel it, sir?
All aboard Obama’s bullet train to bankruptcy.
Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers.
Barack Obama has shown us cronyism on steroids.
Tip: After C4P, one of the nicer summaries of Sarah Palin’s speech can be found at The Tree of Mamre. Give them a visit.
So then, given these indications why did she not utter the magic phrase? “Today I announce … “
Three explanations quickly offer themselves:
She is saving it for New Hampshire;
She is waiting out the month of September;
She is waiting for the field to winnow itself thin.
1. She is saving it for New Hampshire. The first in the nation primary is a much more substantive, nominally correct and official event while the Iowa Caucuses are fraught with immense logistical issues. While amenable to some grassroots efforts the caucus exercise demands inordinate amounts of ground game that conflicts with Sarah Palin’s overall strategy. Winning Iowa is symbolic at best for Sarah, but it won’t be substantive for the nomination. Barack Obama proved that it takes massive, often fraudulent efforts it takes. Dr. Lynnette Long did extraordinary amount of research into the 2008 season. Even a blog exists documenting her work. DVDs have been made about it. Better to save the big moment for other the big moment. Iowa remains beloved and significant in proving the political mettle overall and will continue to dominate news. But real polling begins at NH. Caucuses should be gotten rid of anyway. Yet the Tea Party people deserved a paean and Iowans live in our hearts.
2. She is waiting out the month of September. The latest kerfuffle about the impending speech by the president puts Palin in context. The Zero August phenomenon makes it doubly tough. Why not give the president another shot at his own fantasy projects, let him speak again about how more of the same is needed. Let him notch another failure on the empty six-shooter! Most experts believe the legal deadlines begin to loom large in October. So Sarah Palin has a few more weeks to play out. Her style of campaigning, her manner of organizing, and her teams that lay dormant across the country since 2008, all of them let her do that to some extent. But once the giant awakens, watch out. It will never go back to sleep even if New York did.
3. She is waiting for the field to winnow itself some. Why deny others the limelight they deserve and enjoy. Let them bask in attention devoid of the Palin Presence that will suck the oxygen out of the air (though no fault of her, but the mindless obsession of the media mavens). Once Palin enters the race all attention will be on her. Some fell already, will Santorum, Huntsman, Paul, and Gingrich be the next ones to exit? They should be. Bachmann will be graceful and yield to Sarah, one hopes, either before or after Palin announces.
Sarah Palin will say something one way or another for sure. By her own admission she will do it sooner rather than never. The world waits with bated breath.
Meanwhile, the air over Indianola is heavy with cool, moist air, and the sun has gone out again. And left everyone wondering when will this all clear up?
What does America really need today, more stimulus, or a Restoration?
Approximately one decade after the horrid infamy of the attacks on America, to be exact on September 3rd, 2011, in Indianola, Iowa, America will begin her Restoration.
Something is being planned by the good folk of Iowa on that day. Our dear Governor Sarah Palin will be there. But what will unfold on that day precisely is unimportant in detail, but very significant overall. For that day will mark the beginning of America’s Restoration.
On September 3rd, 2011, at Indianola, Iowa, Sarah Palin might throw her ring into the hat of the 2012 presidential sweepstakes, or, she might just reaffirm her call to a patriotic recommitment to America (my bet is on the latter) which will amount to a re-statement of what she has said all along: she will serve the nation if she sees no one fit willing to stand up to serve.
Indeed, on 9-3-2011 Sarah Palin might simply proclaim a call for patriotism, the need to serve the nation, to not give up, to keep the hope up, to rise up to the challenge that we are indeed a nation of exceptional people like none other (and not just like the Brits or the Greeks in their own minds – how odd indeed that our leader should have chosen the most moribund of loser nations as allusions).
Indeed, on 9-3-2011 Sarah Palin might even announce an exploratory committee, or even a Committee to Restore America (which would amount to the same), or just simply call upon Americans to ‘never forget’.
Whatever does Sarah Palin do at Indianola, Iowa, suffice it to say, that it will be a turning point for not only America but for this impending political season, pundits be damned.
It will be an act of Governor Palin on her terms, on her timing and at her own pace. One could even justify the timing as an effort to not distract from the true solemnity of the actual anniversary of ‘Nine Eleven’.
(In my heart of hearts, I believe Governor Sarah Palin to be so noble as to not exploit the actual date of 9-11-2011 – and indeed leave that date alone for the dignified observance it deserves- and, Sarah will use a date closer to the anniversary to refer to America’s greatness and need for restoration of self-confidence and prowess. Hence the meaningfulness of the Indianola, Iowa event.)