Barry on Barry

Then Hillary Clinton magically appeared, like Glinda in the Wizard of Oz except wearing a pantsuit. She asked the convention to nominate Obama by acclaim, which the convention did, and the band kicked into the O’Jays’ hit song Love Train, which is about the urgent need to bring the world together in peace and harmony, and also to drink Coors Light beer.

Immediately everybody in the convention hall except Wolf Blitzer started dancing. I’ve been to every convention since 1984, and I have to say that Democratic delegates always manage to look good when they engage in group “rock-n-roll”-style dancing, in stark contrast to Republican delegates, who always look like they’re subjects in some kind of cruel mass experiment involving random-firing high-voltage buttock probes.

But the American nation does not choose its president on the basis of the musical abilities of his party’s delegates. The American nation chooses its president based on whether he exhibits certain key leadership qualities, such as height.

Dave Barry: Whatever, it’s a field goal – 08/28/2008 –

Obama is also taller than McCain. This means he’ll have more personal success in life.

An Irregular Heartbeat Away

Sorry, but I keep hearing the old cliche about CinC ticker’s, and I can’t help but amend it to make it topical for McCain and then look at his VP pick and kind of shrug.

I mean….really? That’s who you think is going to find bin laden/stand up to russia/china/europe and repair the country? I would think a responsible leader, who is of advanced age, would try and pick the best person to replace him, not someone who, at first glance, seems handpicks for campaign purposes. I’m still trying to make sense of this. I haven’t seen her speak yet, but jeez, the quotes I’m reading ain’t inspiring confidence.

Palin holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho where she also minored in politics.


I’m officially qualified to be President now. Well, in a couple years. She is old enough to be President.   That’s something.


More coverage here.


Wow….they are going directly after Hillary’s voters.  Wow…”We can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.”   Going *directly* after Hilary’s voters. 

Now you know why’s she’s there.  18,000,000 Democratic Primary voters.

Hmmm….how does that work?

Palin Not Such a Big Fan of Paleontology

The volatile issue of teaching creation science in public schools popped up in the Alaska governor’s race this week when Republican Sarah Palin said she thinks creationism should be taught alongside evolution in the state’s public classrooms.

Palin was answering a question from the moderator near the conclusion of Wednesday night’s televised debate on KAKM Channel 7 when she said, ‘Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important, and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both.’

Afarensis: Intelligent Design and the Alaska Governor’s Race.

Nice.  And she can even use McCain as a specimen (hey-yo!).

The more I look into this lady, it looks like she’s a fundy reformer.  Doing some good stuff on the corruption-side (well, one good thing).

Frankly, it seems she could do the U.S. the best work by staying in Alaska and fighting the oil companies there.


More info on this one here.

McCain Taps Miss Congeniality for VP

McCain "taps" Palin for VP


 Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, the daughter of Charles and Sally (Sheeran) Heath.[2] Her family moved to Alaska when she was an infant.[3] Charles Heath was a popular science teacher and coached track.[3] The Heaths were avid outdoors enthusiasts; Sarah and her father would sometimes wake at 3 a.m. to hunt moose before school, and the family would regularly run 5k and 10k races.[3]

Palin was the point guard and captain for the Wasilla High School Warriors, in Wasilla, Alaska, when they won the Alaska small-school basketball championship in 1982; she earned the nickname “Sarah Barracuda” because of her intense play.[3] She played the championship game despite a stress fracture in her ankle, hitting a critical free throw in the last seconds.[3] Palin, who was also the head of the school Fellowship of Christian Athletes, would lead the team in prayer before games.[3]

In 1984, Palin was second-place in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant after winning the Miss Wasilla contest earlier that year, winning a scholarship to help pay her way through college.[3] In the Wasilla pageant, she played the flute and also won Miss Congeniality.

Sarah Palin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I have to say I am completely flabbergasted by this selection. For someone who has hammered on foreign policy experience during the campaign…to pick someone that governed a state of 600,000 people….for two years….one of which was in total darkness…

I’m just blown away.

BTW….from that wikipedia article…here’s what Governor Palin did to help her people deal with the current economy.

In response to high oil and gas prices, and in response to the resulting state government budget surplus, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month energy debit cards.

Nice, eh? For some reason, I think she fits right along with McCain in his understanding how the economy works for everyone. Which is to say, not at all.