Saturday, August 30, 2008

John McCain's Master Stroke

John McCain is making waves with Sarah Palin. The GOP now has an edge.

It solidifies the base and combines that with a reform image. More here.

The Democrats are baffled.

The lifelong Alaskan has weathered two political storms this year, but she has remained popular.

An Alaskan legislative panel is investigating charges that Palin fired her former public safety commissioner for refusing to can her ex brother-in-law, who is a state trooper. And, in August, a former state worker filed an ethics complaint against Palin claiming a supporter was given preferential hiring treatment.

Patti Higgins, chairwoman of the Alaskan State Democratic Party, called Palin an “extreme social right-winger” and questioned McCain’s judgment.

“Why would the Republicans choose someone who is under a cloud of suspicion, under investigation by the Legislature where the worst-case scenario is she would face impeachment?” Higgins asked.

What is it about Democrats and impeachment?

The Herald opines here.

A Cato Institute podcast.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Campaign slogan

You heard it here first (with apologies to Sen. Clinton):

No Way
No How

Would make a great T-shirt!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My take on Hillary's convention speech

Hillary's speech will go down as one of the best convention speeches from an unsuccessful candidate for President. It equals Senator Kennedy's speech in 1980.

When Joe Biden did his Joe McCarthy imitation

Flashback to the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings in 1991 where Sen Joe Biden was presiding over the high tech lynching of black conservative.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden both get a perfect 100 from the big-government liberal Americans for Democratic Action, which probably tells you all you need to know. But I remember a dramatic moment back in 1991 when Biden made his commitment to unlimited government clear and dramatic. Clarence Thomas had been nominated for the Supreme Court, and Biden, then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was questioning him. Biden bore in on the possibility that Thomas might believe in “natural law,” the idea, as Tony Mauro of USA Today summarized it, that ”everyone is born with God-given rights - referred to in the Declaration of Independence as ‘inalienable rights’ to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ - apart from what any law or the Constitution grants.” Biden singled out Cato adjunct scholar Richard Epstein and Cato author Stephen Macedo and demanded to know if Thomas agreed with them that the Constitution protects property rights. Waving Epstein’s book Takings in the air like Joe McCarthy with a list of communists, Biden demanded to know, as we very loosely paraphrased it in Cato’s 25-year Annual Report (pdf; page 14), “Are you now or have you ever been a libertarian?” As most judicial nominees do when pursued by a senator roused to defend his power like a mama bear, Thomas assured Senator Biden that he wouldn’t take the Constitution too seriously.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

BlogTalkRadio Host, Stephanie Davis, aka BostonPatriot, will cover DNC- RNC from JP's Doyle's Cafe

My very good and close friend Stephanie Davis hosts an BlogTalkRadio show named Boston Patriot Games. She'll be busy for the next few weeks, holding forth at Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain. She's be watching and listening in both the DNC in Denver (8/25 - 8/26) and then to the RNC in Minneapolis (9/1 - 9/4). Her program starts each night at 8 p.m. and runs to 10 p.m. She's bringing new meaning to the term, neighborhood politics in the world of Web 2.0. Don't miss it.

Patriot Games Radio to Cover Democratic and Republican Political Conventions

By Patriot Games Media.
Stephanie M. Davis

Dated: Aug 19, 2008

Patriot Games Radio, a Boston-based Internet Radio program announces plans to cover the upcoming Democratic and Republican national political conventions. Coverage for both conventions will air live from Jamaica Plain's renown Doyle's Cafe. on air from 8-10 PM Monday through Thursday (8/25-8/28) The RNC will take place 9/1 - 9/4.

Patriot Games Radio is a Boston-based public affairs program airing live on the BlogTalkRadio network. The host, Stephanie M. Davis (a.k.a. Boston Patriot), interviews civic, political, and business thought leaders throughout the state and country. Past guests include Ambassador John Bolton, Frances Rice, Grover Norquist, George Mitrovitch, Barbara Anderson, and Jeff Beatty. The show's New Media format ( includes a blog, a chat room, live phone call-in lines, and an archived Podcast of each segment. In keeping with its Citizen Journalism roots,

The show will be broadcast live from historic Doyle's Cafe, in the heart of Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. In keeping with its Main Street Media mission, the show has joined forces with a national network of credentialed bloggers, vloggers, and radio hosts to provide up to date coverage of convention developments.

BlogTalkRadio has been featured on ABC News, The Washington Post, Portfolio, Talkers Magazine, and The Street.Com. In July, BlogTalkRadio announced a $4.2 million dollar capital infusion from the Kraft Group, owner of the New England Patriots. The citizen broadcasting network can be found at

Monday, August 18, 2008

Obama, he's no Clarence Thomas

It proves a fool to ignore the irony. Obama, a presidential candidate with few credentials, taking aim at Justic Clarence Thomas this weekend. A classic case of he who lives in glass houses not ought to throw stones. At least Thomas stuck with his aspiration, law while Obama skipped from one stepping stone (community organizing) to state senator (without distinction) to churchgoer without a clue (Jerimiah Wright) to presidential hopeful (pure luck).

This pointed arrow from the Wall Street Journal will not draw any response from the fools who obsess about the sainted One.
Pastor Rick Warren asked each Presidential candidate which Justices he would not have nominated. Mr. McCain said, "with all due respect" the four most liberal sitting Justices because of his different judicial philosophy.
[Barack Obama]

Mr. Obama took a lower road, replying first that "that's a good one," and then adding that "I would not have nominated Clarence Thomas. I don't think that he, I don't think that he was a strong enough jurist or legal thinker at the time for that elevation. Setting aside the fact that I profoundly disagree with his interpretation of a lot of the Constitution." The Democrat added that he also wouldn't have appointed Antonin Scalia, and perhaps not John Roberts, though he assured the audience that at least they were smart enough for the job.

So let's see. By the time he was nominated, Clarence Thomas had worked in the Missouri Attorney General's office, served as an Assistant Secretary of Education, run the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and sat for a year on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation's second most prominent court. Since his "elevation" to the High Court in 1991, he has also shown himself to be a principled and scholarly jurist.

Meanwhile, as he bids to be America's Commander in Chief, Mr. Obama isn't yet four years out of the Illinois state Senate, has never held a hearing of note of his U.S. Senate subcommittee, and had an unremarkable record as both a "community organizer" and law school lecturer. Justice Thomas's judicial credentials compare favorably to Mr. Obama's Presidential résumé by any measure. And when it comes to rising from difficult circumstances, Justice Thomas's rural Georgian upbringing makes Mr. Obama's story look like easy street.
McCain is looking better each day.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

On the reading list of tomorrow....

So many books, so little time for ....God? Michael Novak's No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers. He's no slouch.

The joys of my father's garden in East Boston

Why I'd like to study with Mario Rizzo someday

Having recently read Friedrich A. Hayek brilliant essay, "The Creative Powers of a Free Civilization" I would prize a class with NYU's Mario Rizzo. The syllabus for his class on Classical Liberalism is expansive. I trust it would be free of the Marxian cant that dominated my college days.

Why artists should read Joseph Schumpeter

Album or CD cover art, a victim of progress. Or should artists embrace creative destruction and make way for new media?
Designer Peter Saville, who is responsible for pioneering sleeve designs for Roxy Music and New Order in the Eighties, fears album art has had its day.

Speaking from his studio this weekend, Mr Saville believes that cover art is dead, not just because of technology, but because the youth culture in which albums once operated has changed: "We have a social disaster on our hands," he said. "The things that pop music was there to do for us have all been done... there's nothing to rail against now.

"When I was 15, in the North-west of England.... the record cover to me was like a picture window to another world. Seeing an Andy Warhol illustration on a Velvet Underground album was a revelation.... It was the art of your generation... true pop art."

Veteran keyboard player Rick Wakeman, once of the progressive rock band Yes, and now a DJ on the Planet Rock radio station, said: "With downloads and everything... it's just killing the whole art side of music stone dead. To be quite honest, unless you have 20-20 vision it's very hard to read anything written on a CD cover. There was something very special about [vinyl] albums... it's a great shame."

Record companies set aside up to £50,000 for the design of a leading band's album sleeve. The compact disc, launched in the Eighties, offered artists a much smaller canvas. Now, with the iPod, album design has shrunk to about a square inch, and the budget for its sleeve to about £5,000.

"Why would someone with so much talent... feel the need to promote herself by offending so many people?"

Tempus fugit. Madonna turns 50. Here are 50 facts about the irrepressible Madonna, a signature for the age. In may ways, Ms. Ciccone, is a visionary. But as Warren Beatty said she rarely wants to live off-camera. Why the lack of humility? Even as she acts nobly by adopting children from far off places, it's all about her.
"She is raising £1.5m for an orphanage in Malawi because "for the last few years I have felt responsible for the children of the world".
That's some burden to bear but Madonna's vanity obscures any true sense of self-knowledge.