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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.

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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.

 Complete coverage courtesy of C4P.

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.

Conclusion:

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?

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This is the mother of all crop circles.

Farmer in Texas who opposes the new health care reform efforts of the president created a message, (h/t Force of Reason)

Click image to go to Breitbart-TV

Click image to go to Breitbart-TV

The youtube clip is here

More coverage here, here, here.

We, of course, prefer looking at the Sarah Palin crop circle from Ohio.

The Follow-Up:

Readers with with serious wonkish interest in the health care debate, as well as the economic chaos, will find extremely valuable discussions in the posts of dakinikat — start here and track your way backwards.

An astonishing and eye opening post is  this page-by-page analysis of the proposal at Governor Palin 4 President

And here too, hot off the presses, the biggest lie amongst all lies in the health care debate, from The American Spectator, Illusions an Delusions about theUninsured.

And now, a PUMA lament:

When you consider the origin and history of the problem, namely the well-known but diverse experiences of the American public over the years; given that some degree of ‘conflict’ over this issue has already occurred over a decade ago; all Americans have some sort of personal stake, divergent and conflicting at times; issues of national character and pride are involved; economic interests pull in diverse directions; changes proposed are radical and inertia against change nearly insurmountable.

Given all these bitter realities:

The unpleasant PUMA truth is this: the Obama administration is selling Health Care Reform exactly the same way the Bush administration sold the Iraq War Two.

Here can be seen use of everything. Appeal to emotion, push from bully pulpit, hidden strategy, layers of canard, sleight of hand, obfuscation, suborned media, the golden lie, and a whole assortment of tricks, some more opaque than others. It’s all about selling the idea to the middle, to force the wavering, and to intimidate the willing. It all sounds so familiar to a PUMA.

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Debate on obamacare is in full swing, with a great deal of sideshow to boot. Politics, rhetoric and diatribes are everywhere, and it is very difficult to follow the discussion. I feel for the dumb congresscritters who got barely  a week to get up to speed on a thousand page bill they had to act on.

All that can be said is this: too bad Hillary Clinton is not in charge of it. The poor woman was demolished some fifteen years ago, when she came out with a well thought out plan. I bet that half the people who hate obamacare would have loved to have the Hillary plan to vote on again.

That said, this post is all about forward looking ideation.

The first thing we should all pay close attention to, on the heels of Sarah’s recent admonition, is this clip from Rep. Bachmann. (Disclaimer: I have never been a fan of her, was highly partisan and critical of her in earlier years, thought she was nutty sometimes, but on this obamacare isssue, she is right on the money!)

Deadly Doctors, New York Post.  This is the article that Bachmanntalked about in the above clip.

Many points in the article not touched by Bachmann will come as surprise to folks who read papers, for the media itself is hell bent on ‘selling’ this plan to us.  Why? Simple, it comes from the Man himself, right down from the mountain top.

Since Medicare was founded in 1965, seniors’ lives have been transformed by new medical treatments such as angioplasty, bypass surgery and hip and knee replacements. These innovations allow the elderly to lead active lives. But Emanuel criticizes Americans for being too “enamored with technology” and is determined to reduce access to it.

Americans need to know what the president’s health advisers have in mind for them. Emanuel sees even basic amenities as luxuries and says Americans expect too much: “Hospital rooms in the United States offer more privacy . . . physicians’ offices are typically more conveniently located and have parking nearby and more attractive waiting rooms” (JAMA, June 18, 2008).

No one has leveled with the public about these dangerous views. Nor have most people heard about the arm-twisting, Chicago-style tactics being used to force support. In a Nov. 16, 2008, Health Care Watch column, Emanuel explained how business should be done: “Every favor to a constituency should be linked to support for the health-care reform agenda. If the automakers want a bailout, then they and their suppliers have to agree to support and lobby for the administration’s health-reform effort.”

How Obamacare will affect your doctor, Wall Street Journal.

Physician income declines will be accompanied by regulations that will make practicing medicine more costly, creating a double whammy of lower revenue and higher practice costs, especially for primary-care doctors who generally operate busy practices and work on thinner margins

Doctors will consolidate into larger practices to spread overhead costs, and they’ll cram more patients into tight schedules to make up in volume what’s lost in margin.

Right or wrong, more doctors will close their practices to new patients, especially patients carrying lower paying insurance such as Medicaid. Some doctors will opt out of the system entirely, going “cash only.” If too many doctors take this route the government could step in — as in Canada, for example — to effectively outlaw private-only medical practice.

There are plenty of alternatives to Mr. Obama’s plan that expand coverage to the uninsured, give them the chance to buy private coverage like Congress enjoys, and limit government management over what are inherently personal transactions between doctors and patients.

Obamacare’s Fatal Flaw, TIME Magazine

People spreading ‘disinformation’ about obamacare. The Heritage Foundation. A sardonic title but very clear-cut, biting and edgy expose of the “debate about the debate”. Lots of commentary.

Media revive Clinton-era smear, dub White House health care plan obamacare. Media Matters. Extensive, and excruciating, catalog of all references to HillaryCare and obamacare. After trashing poor Hillary and sucking up to candidate Obama for a whole year, MM suddenly found a lot to be nostalgic about the Big Dawg era. The PUMA in me threw up!  This post by Media Matters has not one single argument for or against obamacare. A real mcguffin.

What now for obamacare? The Economist. A slightly dated essay, July 30th, but still chock full of information and solid arguments. Cuts through the rhetoric, and presents the clear political argument.

Why obamacare can’t work: the calculation argument.
and, The Health Czar can’t Calculate.
Both essays are by Gabriel E. Vidal or the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

This analysis argues vigorously for the  libertarian, capitalist, market place model to poke punches in the conceptual basis of obamacare mathematics. With some effort, it is easy enough for a casual reader to follow the argument being laid out. Make up your own mind.

A dangerous cure: seven obamacare health myths. Stephen L. Bloom at Cross-Walk.

Obamacare: Kiss your access goodbye. Scott Atlas of Hoover Institute details six specific ways in which your access to health care will be reduced in a major way under obamacare.

1) Fewer trained specialists;

2) Fewer state-of-the-art drugs;

3) Less advanced technologies for diagnosis, therapy;

4) Reduced choice of doctors and treatments;

5) Loss of choice of insurance coverages;

6) Fewer innovations in future health care.

Above all, do no harm!

Many of the articles linked above make, remake the same important points in different ways, but I will put it bluntly: ObamaCare is a TrojanHorse.

It’s an introduction of communism into the United States in the guise of health care reform. It will reform nothing, benefit nobody but only sate the ideological thirst of the extremists on the left who are ashamed of America, and wish to drag us down to the levels of bad British teeth, and terminal Cuban waiting lines. We are a blessed nation, we don’t need an overhaul, just a few tweaks here and there.

Obamacare will do little good, but much bad. And mostly it will be a disaster far worse than what it intends to rectify. It will change the character of America, for worse, without improving our health.

But this is what happens when a runaway ideology takes control of policy.  When one band of Americans will decide what is good for all of us. When a government exceeds it’s authority, when a leader misunderstands his mandate. A better way would be to shelve the current bill, and let a blue-ribbon panel of bipartisan, multi-stakeholder representatives come up with a plan, discuss it openly and debate it over a few months. Time is on our side.

This video page has a number of clips of coverage by the Wall Street Journal. Good information.

Happy Reading!

We observed the formality of felicitating the president in a previous post. Now we turn to the grievance. What’s up with the birth certificate?

The ether is abuzz with articles, interviews, videos, investigative pieces, hypotheses and much angst, all driven by this grievance. Is there something to this birth certificate issue.

Many have moved on, O’Reilly, Medved, Hannity, Hewitt, etc.  Others push on, Taitz, Farah, Andy Martin et al continue to tilt at the windmill.  Still others peck away from the sides, Dobbs, Liz Cheney, Savage, Geller and Levin among them. So, what is the real truth?

Here are some good resources for those who on this day, the birthday of 44, would rather ponder over the argument and the hypotheses, rather than be content with a formal greeting.

This post is for those of us who would rather celebrate the birth certificate than the birthday.

Enjoy this compilation of links, clips, and resources:

A good place to start is this Salon article by an Obama-phile Alex Koppleman Why the stories about Obama birth certificate will never die. While trying to separate the wheat from the chaf, the article falls into the typical pro-Obama trap of obfuscation, dismissing a legitmate grievance as a mere conspiracist fad.

To get a little bit more meat on your plate you need to go to the other side of the aisle, American Thinker hosts the article Why the birth certificate issue is legitimate, by Joe the Farmer, (remember Joe the Plumber?). AT article goes into extensive analysis of the Hawaiian COLB, and asks questions that are picked up and refined by others.

Renewed Debate Over Obama’s Birth Certificate – Rob Owens, Pajamas Media. This is a good recent post dealing with the COLB. Nice overview. If you thought you knew all about it, go here again, it will get your beak wet, so you can plunge right on into the next.

Go to Larry Johnson’s No Quarter, for a thorough discussion of all the issues and parameters. And great comments too. Follow all threads.

If that is not enough, next go to Pam Geller’s Atlas Shrugs for an even more exhaustive analysis, techinical discussion, and extensive references.

But, state government officials in Hawaii insisted that the COLB was issued based on legitimate facts on file, hence valid. HI Health Director put out a statement to this effect twice. First on the eve of the general election, and again two weeks ago, in anticipation of the frenzy of Obama’s first birthday in Oval office. Nice timing there, thoug, wouldn’t you say. Those HI officials sure are proud of their native son, eh?

You are now bleary eyed, worked up and worked over, ready to just rant. No problem you can do just that. Actually, we’ll  let someone else do that, namely a famous preacher.

The inimitable Pastor Manning, Show me the Birth Certificate, gives a piece of his mind in this clip.

Want more hot discussion, and some more attitude?  Follow the guests on the show with Lou Dobbs:

And now, for a change of tone and argument.

With eloquence to match, here is  Alan Keyes, he filed a suit against Obama, one of the few people who actually had a legitimate “standing” and legally tenable gripe.

What is this Kenyan birth certificate, you ask?

World Net Daily has the so-called Kenyan birth certificate that Alan Keyes alluded to in the above clip. Read here.

Now, you can’t have great mystery and controversy without the unique take of  the maniacal Michael Savage. Whatever you want, he gives you something different to think about. Here he  interviews Orly Taitz:

OK, you have not had enough. You want to go to the original sources, get the ‘raw material’.

WEB SITES TO PERUSE:

Count Us Out.  A strong NNObama website. Many clips, links and arguments. This is the motherload of BC resources.

Native and Natural Born (Obama-friendly site that keeps track, keeps score)

The Birthers (Mother of all birth certificate blogs)

Logistics Monster(All things Nobama, and lately Birth Certificate)

Obama Birth Certificate (The famous COLB can be seen here)

Texas Darlin

THE BIG PICTURE  – WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Tainting his presidency?

Prove your loyalty to the United States. Part 2. (By drKate at Texas Darlin)

Suborned in the U. S. A. Andrew McArthy’s highly regarded recent, popular piece at NRO.

This certification is not the same thing as the certificate, [sic]

….what’s been requested is a primary document that is materially more detailed than what Obama has thus far provided…. [sic]

the establishment press is deep in Obama’s tank…[sic]

While it is all well and good to belittle the birth-certificate controversy, without it we’d know only what the media and Obama himself would tell us about his multiple citizenships, which is nothing. [sic]

What is the true personal history of the man who has been sold to us based on nothing but his personal history?

The latest doyenne of the Birthers, dentist and lawyer,  Ms. Orly Taitz has filed a suit, a writ of mandamus, seeking documents from Indonesia, Pakistan etc., and citing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the person who should be instrumental in this inter-governmental exercise. Involving Hillary “in the middle” has upset at least one PUMA still4hill, read it here:

You crossed the line, Orly! Did she, you decide.

No matter what, this has been a great celebration of the 1sst amendment and of our constitution.

Above all, it’s the Internet, stupid.

A forthright, if provocative title!

This is an article by by an Indian IT professional, with a side gig as blogger journalist,  who just also happens to be an unabashed Indian patriot. His other posting s can be found here, where he calls himself  Shadow Warrior

This entire article is reproduced below. Some of Rajeev Srinivasan’s  essays appear in  India Abroad  a weekly newspaper for Indians in North America. It is  published by Rediff.

Why I am not a fan of Obama

Rajeev Srinivasan | January 19, 2009 | 17:07 IST

I have never been a fan of Barack Obama; nor am I now. But I have to acknowledge that he has been a master tactician in overcoming apparently insurmountable odds to become the US President. Trouncing Hillary Clinton first and then overcoming John McCain in fine style, he has demonstrated that his message of change and hope resonates with many in America.
It would be churlish to begrudge Obama his day in the sun, which comes on his inauguration on January 20, and there is no denying that it is an historic occasion when a black man steps into the White House, especially if you remember Jim Crow and Bull Connor and Rosa Parks, all iconic in the apartheid known as segregation. To be honest, I did not think Americans were yet ready to elect a black man or a woman as president, and I stand corrected.

But I am not as overwhelmed as many are with this fine show of egalitarianism, because humble India has long been the exemplar in recognising and emancipating the under-privileged or outsiders. With India’s record of raising various Harijans to significant posts like President and Chief Justice, a woman to the prime minister-ship, and so on, India’s record in this regard is superior to America’s. India also has an incomparable record of being the refuge of last resort for the ‘huddled masses’ of the world.

Nevertheless, Obama’s symbolic role is significant. A news magazine conducted a survey and found that its subscribers worldwide would have chosen Obama over McCain, if they could vote, by a large margin. There are expectations about Obama not only among his countrymen, but among foreigners as well: there is something, apparently, in his message of a clean break with the past that is appealing. Besides, Dubya Bush did have a knack of annoying a lot of people, and everyone wants someone — anyone — else in power.

I have personally never supported Obama for three reasons: One, that I am suspicious of the Democratic Party in the US; two, that I fear that Obama is all style and no substance; and three, that I believe his war-cry of ‘change!’ is no more than election rhetoric, because there is no way anybody is going to turn the battleship that is America except very, very slowly. I see no reason to change these views.

Not that I think the Republican Party is any great shakes: Its core constituency includes unreconstructed racists and Bible-thumping fundamentalists. But I find the Democrats more insidious because they mouth all these liberal platitudes, but at the end of the day they are dirigiste protectionists, Atlanticists, non-proliferation fundamentalists, and far too full of admiration for dictatorships, failed States, and totalitarian regimes like India’s unfortunate neighbours, who are such a joy to deal with.

I have seen no evidence that Obama is about to change the status quo ante a whole lot — consider his choices for his senior staff, led, of course, by Hillary Clinton, who must be the epitome of the establishment person. He has asked Robert Gates, the defence secretary, to stay on; which suggests that exiting Iraq in a hurry has fallen by the wayside. Many others are Washington Beltway insiders, veterans of latching onto to the mammaries of the State.

But the irony is that there is indeed a lot that needs to change. The profligacy of the Roaring Nineties — and whatever the right term is for the years 2000 onwards — exemplified by the ‘masters of the universe’ hedge fund managers who paid themselves billions, is coming back to haunt America. The big banks are in parlous state despite extraordinary public handouts. Credit is non-existent; the consumer has tightened his belt, and layoffs rise and house prices plunge regularly.

In many ways, it is ironic that Barack Obama has inherited an America this is worse-off than what greeted any of his predecessors, at least since 1929. Facing two quasi-Vietnam wars, and a Great Depression, this has to be the worst of times, and I am hard pressed to see how it could be the best of the times as well. In other words, a country that fully needs all the soaring rhetoric — Obama’s specialty — to turn into reality.

The situation is so bad that there are two possible outcomes. One is that it will be apparent soon that whatever is done, there will be no succor for at least a couple of years; which could lead to apathy and angst among the Obamistas. The other is that, because of the insane expectations, Obama will end up taking more than his fair share of the blame.

Neither case is going to be pretty. A plausible scenario is a sobered and much-diminished America, no longer the country that bankrupted the Soviet Union via an arms race it imposed on it, but one that is the largest debtor nation ever known. Just like Ireland and Iceland, to take two examples, imploded after years of rapid growth because the foundations of their economies were rotten, America too is likely to face a few years of hardship.

But then, it is a continent-sized country with immense resources and a highly resilient and imaginative people, so it will surely rebound. But Obama may not benefit, because a deep recession lasting till 2011 is hardly likely to enable him to hold on to the White House in 2012. All things considered, though, we should all wish him well because America is such an important locomotive economy for the world.

Surely, the humbled America of 2009 is a far cry from the confident America of 2007 when Obama decided to run. The fabled American self-confidence and the feeling that its system is the best have taken a beating along with the troubles of its banks, its auto-makers, and other icons. But I do hope Obama is able work some miracles. America, all things considered, is a better superpower than several others I could name who are pretenders to that throne.

There is one lesson from the Obama juggernaut that is comforting to India — that it is possible for someone with personal magnetism to electrify a cynical public. There are many examples of charismatic leaders who, through their words, inspired and rallied the people to greatness: for instance, Harihara and Bukka of the Vijayanagar Empire; the Rani of Jhansi; Mahatma Gandhi; Winston Churchill during World War II; Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War; indeed, even Steve Jobs of Apple.

India has been particularly cursed lately with a huge vacuum in leadership; this, along with endemic corruption and lack of a strategic intent of what it should aspire to, are the biggest problems facing the country. The last prime minister who showed any leadership was the laconic P V Narasimha Rao, who understood the need for a change of course, and directed it from behind the scenes. But he was an intellectual, not a magnetic leader who could sway the populace with silver-tongued oratory.

There is one such leader in India today — one with the communication skills to be the inspiration that excites the public. That is Narendra Modi. He has the advantage over Barack Obama because he also has a sterling track record of development. Despite the single-minded demonisation of Modi by the English Language Media in India, what is happening on the ground is quite obvious to anybody, especially anybody who attended the Vibrant Gujarat meet recently and heard the captains of Indian industry sing their chorus of praise. The place works.

If Barack Obama can excite America on the basis of his oratorical and organisational skills alone, surely a Narendra Modi who has those, and also has a track record of achievement and a reputation for personal integrity, could well try to get his message across — that there may yet be hope for India’s threadbare democracy. Modi may could well be the catalyst that raises India to great power status.

For those who don’t know Modi is or only know him from India’s English language media (CNN-India etc.) Rajeev may seem like overreaching. But when you consider that hundreds of major industrial and business leaders sing the praise of Modi as a transformative figure, a beacon of hope for the Indian middle class, you will understand.

The real point of this post exercise is this: this Rajeev is a PUMA!
What do you think?

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Kasai -butcher - not Kasab, Kassav or Quassab

He is Kasai -butcher - not Kasab, Kassav or Quassab

 One junior policeman involved in Iman’s early questioning described the process as a little comical. He said: “Here we were talking to the most important suspect we had ever questioned, but we couldn’t understand half of what he was saying and he couldn’t understand us!”

The Hindu a widely circulated English language  national newspaper of India  cleared up one of the confusing items in the reportage of last week’s Islamic terrorist attack. In a front page story it explains how so many different names were attributed to the only captured gunman.  More quotes from The Hindu:

Muhammad Amin Kasab, Azam Amir Kasav and Azam Amir Kasab are just some of the names that have figured on print and television reports, much to the delight of Pakistani critics, who argue that the terrorist is a fiction invented by India.

The confusion over Iman’s surname, investigators told The Hindu, stemmed from the fact that the Mumbai Police officers who first questioned him were Marathi speakers, unable to communicate with the south Punjab resident.

While recording Iman’s particulars — his name, address, family details and, in line with standard Indian practice, caste — the officers spoke to the arrested terrorist in Mumbai’s unique Hindi patois.

Iman, mumbling in pain owing to the injuries he had sustained, correctly answered the question about his caste, replying that he hailed from the Kasai (butcher) community. The Marathi-speaking Mumbai Police officers recorded this as Kasav or Kasab, a name unknown in Pakistan or, for that matter, in Maharashtra.

It was only when native Hindi and Punjabi-speaking officers interrogated Iman that the error was corrected.

(Emphasis added)

A killer by any name is still a killer  –  that photo of him taken by Sebastien D’Souza of Mumbai Mirro will for ever live in infamy. He has a lot of blood on his hands, baby face or not. Death penalty is called for.

More than any other candidate of my adult memory, that spans a dozen presidential terms, Senator John McCain of Arizona is the person most suited to be the Commander-in-Chief of this the most powerful nation on earth today.  He fought for his country his entire life, self-lessly, honestly, honorably, a bit foolish perhaps at times, but sincerely and without rancour in his heart and, with malice towards none. Like Sarah says, he is the only who fought for you!

Out of the choices I have in front of me today, it’s a no-brainer.  Obama  may be as deserving  as his little heart contends, but he is no leader. Shrewd politician and poker player that he is,  Obama is a good campaigner, great speaker when given a teleprompter,  a terrific story teller,  but he never fought for me. At best he is an effective agitator, at worst Obama stands for Obama.

Here is an example of  John McCain’s temperament:

Ah, Code Pink, God bless the kind ladies, who allowed themselves to become shills for Obama, they badgered and browbeat Hillary, demanding that she apologize for her war vote. Honor demands that our leaders act in good conscience, and stand by their vote. Not just vote present or flip-flop for political expediency, or claim postures that were never tested – all Obama traits. God Bless Hillary for standingfast and standing firm and tall in the face of evil. One hopes she triumphs eventually, in my mind she is already the winner. And the Code PInkladies? Not content with destroying Hillary’s chances, not content with pressuring Hollywood to support Obama as against Hillary, not content with bias, they went into perfidy.  They went on to dine with Iran’s Ahmedinijad.  Being liberal has never been this disgusting.

A case could be made that  Obama  had nothingto do with all this. True, but he had everything to gain from it. Like a good quiet poker player with an empty hand, he watches as others do the destruction, while he silently gains, so clever. His first conquest was the media, the liberal media, the progressives who can border on the fascist when it comes to posturing. Remember Shut the Freud Up, the gloating and the giggling barely contained in the voices of these little boy-men, the twerps masquerading as intellectuals, the pontificators so totally devoid of (sexual out let, perhaps). Watch:

Simply replace the Hillary motif with Sarah motif, the above video holds true today. One might even say that Hillary got off lightly being in limelight for 3 decades and nearly inured.

Sarah coming out of Alaska cold got buried in innumerable avalanches by the oh so sophisticated, East coast invective, repeatedly. When I vote today, yes Sarah, This one is for you!

Women, oh women, what a story they have been this election year. Long after Hillary’s campaign is forgotten, long after Code Pink antics are forgotten, what remains burned in people’s mind are two moments: Randy Rhodes calling Hillary a F****ng Whore at an Obama rally, and Sandra Bernhard exulting in the fantasy  of a gangof her black brothers raping Sarah Palin in New York. The former lady is fully artless, the latter barely artistic.

There is so much more that could be written, but that has already been written over and over these past months. Essays and posts abound on the web to give testimony against voting for Obama to day. It was said as far back as March of this year, this has been about Obama, as summarized in the post Would you buy a used car from this man? The answer is a resounding NO!

Folks make a big mistake when they think that a Democrat voting against Obama, must be a fem-nazi (you should seed the sweet ladies I know),  a hill-billee (you don’t know how many college educated ladies we have here),  an angry person (we are more the get even kind),  or just racist  (actually the accusers are more likely to be). Obama is not our candidate not because he is who he is, but how he is who he is. A fraudulent nominee, unscrupulousness, non-idealist, and given to agitation, obfuscation, slieght of hand and sheer hate.

Ironic isn’t it, after two years of hyperbole about Hope and Change, it turns out he is just another politician through and through, not just our type of a Democrat.

Ironic too, that the media favorite Maverick Mac should be so demonized by the same media this year, as they found someone better to love.

Ironic too, isn’t it, that in this year when folks fear more of Bush, the true and correct change is the Original Mavericks:

What happened to the McCain love of the last 10 years? What is so wrong with a woman wanting to ascend to high office?

No matter what happens tonight, the media in this country is dead, unbelievable, untrustworthy and dishonest-dead. I cut off my tv over a year ago, the radio a year ago. Newspapers after SuperTuesday. Truth and MSM don’t go together anymore.

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Enough said, time is arunning … 

I am about to leave the house and not come back until I have done that, vote for McCain no matter how long I have to wait in line.  

My reason today in one word:  PUMA


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