Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hot heads in the clouds mean trouble

Richard Stallman, the theoretician and founder of the Free Software Foundation, says watch out when you're tethered to computers in the cloud.

Cloud computing – where IT power is delivered over the internet as you need it, rather than drawn from a desktop computer – has gained currency in recent years. Large internet and technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Amazon are pushing forward their plans to deliver information and software over the net.

But Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the computer operating system GNU, said that cloud computing was simply a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that would cost them more and more over time.

"It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign," he told The Guardian.

"Somebody is saying this is inevitable – and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it's very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true."

The 55-year-old New Yorker said that computer users should be keen to keep their information in their own hands, rather than hand it over to a third party.

His comments echo those made last week by Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, who criticised the rash of cloud computing announcements as "fashion-driven" and "complete gibberish".

Stallman, always interesting.

Man and his achievement!

Blue Beauty indeed!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Isn't that the truth

Ralph Peters in the New York Post:
"Yes, there's been plenty of news here at home. But the triumph-over-adversity saga playing out in Iraq should teach us a timely lesson: As I've pointed out repeatedly in these pages, Iraq's parliament has achieved far more in the last two years than has our own feckless Congress."

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Anyone worried about free expression?

The end of freedom in Western Europe. You cannot say the intellectuals did not see this coming; after all, they are complicit in their endorsement of multiculturalism and group think. And as the late Orianna Fallaci noted, they will pay for it.
Police arrested three men on Saturday in connection with a fire at the offices of the publisher of a book about the Prophet Mohammed and his child bride.

The men, aged 22, 30 and 40, were arrested in north London under anti-terrorism legislation after the fire on Saturday morning at Gibson Square's offices. Police were also searching four addresses in east London.

Britain's domestic Press Association news agency said some residents, whom it did not identify, reported that the incident may have involved a petrol bomb being pushed through the firm's letterbox.

Gibson Square is responsible for the publication of "The Jewel of Medina" -- a fictional account of the Prophet's relationship with his youngest bride Aisha -- by American author Sherry Jones.

Random House announced last month it had cancelled publication of the book in the United States because of fears of violence.

"The Jewel of Medina" was re-released in Serbia earlier this month after being withdrawn in August under pressure from Islamic leaders.

Martin Rynja, publishing director at Gibson Square, earlier this month defended the decision to publish the book, saying that in "an open society there has to be open access to literary works, regardless of fear."

"As an independent publishing company, we feel strongly that we should not be afraid of the consequences of debate," he added.

Gibson Square could not be immediately contacted for comment on Saturday's fire and subsequent arrests.

The firm is known for having published other controversial books such as "Blowing Up Russia" by former KGB agent turned Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko.

Litvinenko died in a London hospital in 2006 from radiation poisoning which it is thought he ingested through a cup of tea. Russia has refused to extradite lawmaker and ex-KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi to face charges in Britain.

Todd Gitlin, Obama apologist, gets the Keller treatment

In the heated competition for the most turgid, dishonest analysis of the race for president, this LA Times op-ed piece by a deep Columbia University thinker named Todd Gitlin is an early leader in the clubhouse.

It took a Herculean effort read on past this unenticing lead, but I did: "This election campaign is about more than its issues, slogans, proposals, strategies, tactics, attacks or counterattacks. Like most presidential elections, it represents a collision of myths."

These myths are then sketched out in crayon that would be spiked by any editor or teacher at a reputable university, which Columbia once was:

"McCain, the known quantity, the maverick turned lawman, fiery when called on to fight, an icon of the old known American story of standing tall, holding firm, protecting God's country against the stealthy foe. Obama is the new kid on the block, the immigrant's child, the recruit, fervent but still preternaturally calm, embodying some complicated future that we haven't yet mapped, let alone experienced. He is impure -- the walking, talking melting pot in person. In his person, the next America is still taking shape."

Here is both execrable writing (extraneous repetition of the word "known" within a single sentence, for instance) and brain-dead analysis, riddled with cliche and unexplained bursts of rhetorical flatulence. McCain the "maverick turned lawman"? Nonsense. He went straight from the military to Congress, a life spent enforcing and shaping US policy; a context for his claims of being a rebel to be analyzed by those with the energy and intellect to weigh them. Obama "the recruit"? By whom? For what purpose?

In this pitiful "climax" to his piece, the author's preference is clear. Who wouldn't prefer the "melting pot" embodiment of "the next America" to a moldy old "icon" of some God-crazed America of the past? Still, this bias in a piece that purports to be analysis rather than advocacy might come as less of a surprise to some readers if Gitlin had bothered to disclose his prior public endorsement of Obama.

How can we miss you if you don't go away?

Elliot Spitzer, the man who would not go away.

Readings in politics, scholarship and economics

Rummaging through some readings on my desk:

Schumpeter: "On the Concept of Social Value."

Rudy Giuliani's RNC Keynote Speech.

Commentary on Palin's speech.

Seneca's Letter LXXXVIII.

And, of course the most recent issue of the Old Farmer's Almanac 2009.

In Massachusetts no bad deed goes punished

Jeffy Jacoby calls out the very glib Barney Frank (D-Fannie Mac/Freddie Mac) on the financial meltdown. In Massachusetts such incompetence is rewarded. Frank, a favorite of the Boston media would never win re-election in most states. In the Bay State he's called "smart."
As long as housing prices kept rising, the illusion that all this was good public policy could be sustained. But it didn't take a financial whiz to recognize that a day of reckoning would come. "What does it mean when Boston banks start making many more loans to minorities?" I asked in this space in 1995. "Most likely, that they are knowingly approving risky loans in order to get the feds and the activists off their backs . . . When the coming wave of foreclosures rolls through the inner city, which of today's self-congratulating bankers, politicians, and regulators plans to take the credit?"

Frank doesn't. But his fingerprints are all over this fiasco. Time and time again, Frank insisted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in good shape. Five years ago, for example, when the Bush administration proposed much tighter regulation of the two companies, Frank was adamant that "these two entities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not facing any kind of financial crisis." When the White House warned of "systemic risk for our financial system" unless the mortgage giants were curbed, Frank complained that the administration was more concerned about financial safety than about housing.

Now that the bubble has burst and the "systemic risk" is apparent to all, Frank blithely declares: "The private sector got us into this mess." Well, give the congressman points for gall. Wall Street and private lenders have plenty to answer for, but it was Washington and the political class that derailed this train. If Frank is looking for a culprit to blame, he'll find one suspect in the nearest mirror.
Read the whole piece here.

Telegraphing this message to the GOP

Where the media will place blame if their bailout exercise in liberal corporatism doesn't work:
"Rebel Republicans - who see Paulson’s proposals as socialism by the back door - were warned they will be responsible for causing an “amazing catastrophe” if they continue to oppose the plans, which would see taxpayers buy up the bad debts of failing banks. Instead they want an insurance scheme for banks, which would spread the cost to private enterprise."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

When it comes to heart, Troy Brown was one of the best Patriots to wear the uniform

Number 80 retires. Troy Brown was a great athlete not because of his records and talent but because of his restless enobling heart. In announcing his retirement, Brown worn that heart on his Patriot sleeve. A necessary debate should take place on whether the franchise molded the wide receiver or he molded the team that would eventually capture three world championships.
Drafted in the eighth round out of Marshall in 1993, Brown was often the embodiment of the unselfish, team player during his career. While emerging as a go-to receiver by catching 281 passes from 2000-2002, he made the Pro Bowl in 2001. He returned punts and kickoffs. He also bailed the Patriots out on defense by playing cornerback while the team went on to win three Super Bowl titles in a four-year period. He had three interceptions in 2004.
His talent will be missed but his example should be seared into the memory of any authetic football fan.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Quote of the day

Alan Reynolds:
"...all the giant financial conglomerates now face oversight and regulation by the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Innocents who seek security in regulation need to recall, however, that not one of those august agencies exhibited timely foresight or concern about the default risk among even prime mortgages in some locations, or about any lack of transparency with respect to bundling mortgages into securities. People do not become wiser, more selfless or more omniscient simply because they work for government agencies."

But will people really understand it?

The Angry Economist, an Austrian School (free market) economist, explains the financial ruin engulfing us all. He blames Bernanke. All central bank generated booms must come to a bust in part because central bankers screw around with the price signals of the market by stoking or restraining inflation. This is sound economic logic that people don't want to hear. Instead they blame capitalism and empower politicians who created the mess in the first place.

More from Donald Luskin.

There's a growing backlash against the bailout.

Mass. high-tech exports on a bumpy road!

The slowdown impinges upon key Bay State sectors. Certainly this is something to watch.
The technology trade association AeA has released Trade in the Cyberstates 2008, its annual national and state trend report on global trade of high-tech products.

Compared to other states, Massachusetts ranks fifth in most high-tech exports in 2007, bringing in $8.7 billion — an almost 10 percent decrease from the $9.6 billion in high-tech exports the state gained in 2006. Leading the export sectors were industrial electronics, in which Massachusetts ranked third in the nation, and electromedical equipment, which the state is ranked fourth in the country. The report also found that Massachusetts high-tech exports added 30,300 jobs to the state.

The state’s $8.7 billion represents 35 percent of the state’s total tech exports. The leading destinations for state exports are Japan, Germany and Canada.

On a national basis, high-tech goods exported had decreased three percent in 2007, which marks 18 percent of the nation’s total exports. High-tech imports to the U.S. had increased 3 percent in 2007.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Bravo Professor V.D. Hanson, the man with callous hands!

My crude version of this Victory Davis Hanson piece is as follows: The smarter they are they dumber they are. Booksmarts can complement street smarts. Palin has both; Obama has only one.To obtain a bit of wisdom read the whole thing

Only in Massachusetts

Creeps run free in Massachusetts. Why aren't authorities listening to Mr. Curley!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Nixon's revenge

Can we question their patriotism now? Rosenberg a commie spy. In Cambridge, Berkeley and Port Huron, they are all besides themselves.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

How can this be?

White Demorats have a race problem? Who knew?

The paleo-conservatives unhinged

Pat Buchanan on the march, exposing the atavistic side of Bush Derangement Syndrome.
As the trade deficits began inexorably to rise to 6 percent of GDP, we began vast borrowing from abroad to continue buying from abroad.

At home, propelled by tax cuts, war in Iraq and an explosion in social spending, surpluses vanished and deficits reappeared and began to rise. The dollar began to sink, and gold began to soar.

Yet, still, the promises of the politicians come. Barack Obama will give us national health insurance and tax cuts for all but that 2 percent of the nation that already carries 50 percent of the federal income tax load.

John McCain is going to cut taxes, expand the military, move NATO into Georgia and Ukraine, confront Russia and force Iran to stop enriching uranium or “bomb, bomb, bomb,” with Joe Lieberman as wartime consigliere.

Who are we kidding?

What we are witnessing today is how empires end.

The Last Superpower is unable to defend its borders, protect its currency, win its wars or balance its budget. Medicare and Social Security are headed for the cliff with unfunded liabilities in the tens of trillions of dollars.

What we are witnessing today is nothing less than a Katrina-like failure of government, of our political class, and of democracy itself, casting a cloud over the viability and longevity of the system.

Notice who is managing the crisis. Not our elected leaders. Nancy Pelosi says she had nothing to do with it. Congress is paralyzed and heading home. President Bush is nowhere to be seen.

Hank Paulson of Goldman Sachs and Ben Bernanke of the Fed chose to bail out Bear Sterns but let Lehman go under. They decided to nationalize Fannie and Freddie at a cost to taxpayers of hundreds of billions, putting the U.S. government behind $5 trillion in mortgages. They decided to buy AIG with $85 billion rather than see the insurance giant sink beneath the waves.

An unelected financial elite is now entrusted with the assignment of getting us out of a disaster into which an unelected financial elite plunged the nation. We are just spectators.

What the Greatest Generation handed down to us—the richest, most powerful, most self-sufficient republic in history, with the highest standard of living any nation had ever achieved—the baby boomers, oblivious and self-indulgent to the end, have frittered away.

Another Democratic hypocrite: Other people's money

In calling taxation a form of patriotism, Sen. Joe Biden plays a silly game. Two can play this game. If it's patriotic to pay taxes why isn't patriotic to get a job and stop being a leech on society like a welfare king? Speaking of which here's Charlie Rangel, tax scofflaw, shooting his mouth off again. Forget about Palin, why isn't there any pressure to remove him from his chairmanship? You know the answer.

He's a Democrat and a minority. It may be racist to call him into account.

How is this possible?

Dick Morris thinks McCain is ahead. I guess the "third Bush term" mantra isn't doing so well even after this week's turmoil on Wall Street.

Then maybe it's because Obama with his 143 days of Senate experience keeps voting "present" on the issues of the day.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Maybe we should blame the Fed and its low interest rates

Economists Brian Wesbury and Bob Stein:
"As in the 1980s and 1990s, the roots of our current financial market problems reach back to a period of absurdly low interest rates. In the 1970s, when the Fed held interest rates too low for too long, banks made similar mistakes with their balance sheets--borrowing at short-term rates to make longer-term loans in inflation-sensitive assets.

In this decade, by cutting interest rates to 1%, the Fed caused investment banks to overuse leverage-based strategies. Borrowing short and lending long turned so lucrative that many financial market players could not help themselves. Wall Street based its business model on leveraging up the most leveraged asset on Main Street--housing.

When the Fed pushes interest rates below their 'natural' level, mal-investment always occurs. And in the current case, the mal-investment was a double whammy. Not only did Main Street gorge on real estate, but Wall Street ate it up too. This double set of leverage has blown up because the housing market became overbuilt and housing prices stopped rising.

Mark-to-market accounting exaggerated this process by allowing firms to mark up assets above true fundamental value when the market was strong but is now forcing firms to mark down assets, to below true fundamental economic value."

And now for a little bit of bile

Don't tell socialist Joe Conason, kin of I.F. Stone, that free markets deliver the goods. The idea is just Republican hogwash even though Fannie and Freddie were Gummit Sponsored Enterprises created by politicians to game the mortgage marketHey Joe, are you kidding me?

Another Hollywood star speaks up for Obama

Sex pervert Woody Allen not only says he supports Obama but says his defeat would look bad. I'm so surprised.

Meanwhile, Hollywood continues to celebrate the child molester. It's no wonder I've given up movies in favor of books and the radio.

Liberal Hollywood’s intolerance of smoking (well, smoking that which is legal), anything or anyone conservative, and George W. Bush is absolute, and yet they always manage to somehow find the nuance in society’s monsters — the sympathetic side of terrorists and child molesters.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A libertarian economist reviews Stiglitz's book on the cost of the Iraq War

Fred Foldvary, libertarian economist has a few kind words for Joseph Stiglitz's The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict. Here's a telling passage:
Another factor distracting the public away from understanding the direct cost of the war is that the military operations have been almost entirely funded via a series of “emergency” supplemental spending bills totaling in the hundreds of billions. This budget gimmick makes it possible to avoid painful budget choices since “emergency spending” is exempt from the budget caps designed to set an upper limit on government spending.

The professional budget staff in Congress is therefore unable to do its usual thorough review of the numbers, and there has been little Congressional oversight, since emergency spending takes place mainly outside of the regular budget process. Congress is not blameless in this process, as it has used the war to attach special and local interest spending to war bills with minimal scrutiny, despite the legal requirement to separate war spending from regular defense appropriations. The corruption is spread throughout the government.

Wish you were still here

One of the great keyboardists of my time has passed away. Pink Floyd's Richard Wright lost his battle with cancer over the weekend. The thrust of his melodious work still rings in my ears from my first rock concert at the Boston Garden in the early seventies. He will be missed. But his signature lives on. More here

The next disaster

Robert Higgs: Social(ist) Security is next!

We should be worried about the solvency of Social Security. Yet many people are ignoring this timebomb.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Dinner Jacket Ahmadinejad is coming to New York

He's back. I'm sure this will be an opportunity for the Sainted One to stare down Dinner Jacket and tell him to behave over there in Iran. I'm sure Dinner Jacket will listen as he plans to wipe Israel off the map.

SNL Funny

Tina Fey's Got Game! What a year! First Hillary now Sarah!

More panic

Maybe Obama's problem is that he doesn't listen
Obama will lose because with less than two months remaining voters won’t be able to get comfortable with him. He can’t stay on message and he can’t avoid sending signals that interfere with the message when he does.

McCain, on the other hand, has been superb going back at least to Obama’s European tour. Mainstream America is comfortable with him and, with Palin’s selection, conservatives who had their doubts are onboard. The GOP is energized and suddenly an unwinnable election is reversed.

Oh if this were only true

The Sainted One stumbles. The Democrats are panicking. Should they be?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Progress! UNICEF: child mortality down 27 percent since 1990

Good news: UNICEF says child mortality down 27 percent since 1990

At least he admits it

Fred Kaplan, admitted sexist, doesn't like Sarah's first interview. Some of the criticism is valid. She should probably have known all of the variants of the Bush Doctrine and so should have here interviewer Charles Gibson. However, it's clear that Palin's religious beliefs make Kaplan uncomfortable.
The other spine-chilling moment came when Gibson asked about her recent comment, in a speech at her church, that the war in Iraq is "a task that is from God." (ABC then showed a YouTube clip of the speech.) Palin tried to finesse the question, saying that her remarks were only "a repeat of Abraham Lincoln's words" that we should pray not that God is on our side but that we are on God's side. Gibson didn't back down, noting that she had in fact gone on to say, "There is a plan, and it is God's plan." To this, Palin replied:
I believe that there is a plan for this world and that plan for this world is for good. I believe that there is great hope and great potential for every country to be able to live and be protected with inalienable rights that I believe are God-given, Charlie, and I believe that these are the rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That in my worldview is a grand—the grand plan.
Two things came to mind upon hearing her say these words. First, they sound like the earnest answer given by a contestant in a beauty pageant when the M.C. asks her about world peace. (Sorry to seem sexist, but it's true; read it again.)
That's OK Fred just go on making sexist remarks, I'm sure it helps your cause.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Ex-Clinton Aide: Media Tougher On Palin, Political Players: Former Clinton Chief Strategist Mark Penn Argues The Press Has Lost Its Credibility - CBS

Notable and Quotable:
Mark Penn: Well, no, I think the people themselves saw unfair media coverage of Senator Clinton. I think if you go back, the polls reflected very clearly what "Saturday Night Live" crystallized in one of their mock debates about what was happening with the press.

I think here the media is on very dangerous ground. I think that when you see them going through every single expense report that Governor Palin ever filed, if they don't do that for all four of the candidates, they're on very dangerous ground. I think the media so far has been the biggest loser in this race. And they continue to have growing credibility problems.

And I think that that's a real problem growing out of this election. The media now, all of the media — not just Fox News, that was perceived as highly partisan — but all of the media is now being viewed as partisan in one way or another. And that is an unfortunate development.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Late stage BDS

What the late stage of Bush Derangement Syndrome sounds like.

Andrew Sullivan needs a timeout

Andrew Sullivan, smear-leading the charge against Sarah Palin finds egg on his face. Ace of Spaces puts the little Obama-booster in place.

More on the smear campaign here.

He's such a bottom! That's a not-so-South End way of saying: "He's such an ass!"

Gumming up the rumor mill

Sliming Palin

Meanwhile, Hurricane Camille, Obama supporter, lavishes praise on Sarah Palin.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Safire's back and he's great

I'd wish he step out of retirement and return to that sluggish excuse of a newspaper, the New York Times. Safire would be worth the price of that fishwrap!

Part II: The Messiah v. Bush's Third Term

Make of this what you will. It's still early but wasn't this race all about Obama, hope and change?
UTICA, New York - Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin left St. Paul, Minnesota, with a smallish bounce overall and some energy in key demographic groups, as the race for the presidency enters a key stage and voters begin to tune in to the contest, the latest Zogby Interactive poll finds.

The McCain/Palin ticket wins 49.7% support, compared to 45.9% backing for the Obama/Biden ticket, this latest online survey shows. Another 4.4% either favored someone else or were unsure

Oh yes, the Mediacrat Party at it again, or not!

Biden's adult son is a Washington, D.C., lobbyist for credit card companies, and Biden sponsored a massive rewrite of the federal bankruptcy code that drastically changed the law to the benefit of credit card companies. The issue has received some attention; nobody could call that coverage obsessive.
In this respect Obama is a class act refusing to play along with his reliable media allies. The over-rated, too-glib-for-his-own-good Barney Frank, meanwhile, is taking the low road. Isn't he smart?

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Sarah Palin: Not for the faint of heart!

Gerard Baker of the London Times:
The best line I heard about Sarah Palin during the frenzied orgy of chauvinist condescension and gutter-crawling journalistic intrusion that greeted her nomination for vice-president a week ago came from a correspondent who knows a thing or two about Alaska.

“What's the difference between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama?”

“One is a well turned-out, good-looking, and let's be honest, pretty sexy piece of eye-candy.

“The other kills her own food.”
Who needs eye-candy anyhow?

Friday, September 05, 2008

The passing of a great American, wrestler Killer Kowalski

R.I.P. Killer Kowalski
"In the ring he cursed at old women and scared little kids. In private, he wrote poetry and was religious; he practiced vegetarianism and listened to Mozart."

Gerald Baker sees the pattern of history

It never ceases to amaze me how the Left falls again and again into the old trap of underestimating politicians whom they don't understand. From Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to George Bush and Mrs Palin, they do it every time. Because these characters talk a bit funny and have ridiculously antiquated views about faith, family and nation, because they haven't spent time bending the knee to the intellectual metropolitan elites, they can't be taken seriously.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Sarah Palin gets the spiteful Margaret Thatcher treatment - Telegraph

Sarah and Margaret. A very good comparison. Again, blessed with the same lame media critics.

You have seen the future and her name is Sarah Palin

The 21st century Margaret Thatcher, blessed with the same small minded media critics.
Sarah Palin's Address to the RNC

The Democratic left unhinged, madly

Don't expect Honest Joe Lieberman to show up to an editorial board meeting of The Progressive. It really would be a waste of his time.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Recently read: James Buchanan, Nobel Laureate in Economic Science (1986)

Worth reading: James Buchanan's essay "Socialism Is Dead but Leviathan Lives On" from Volume 1, The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty.

Notable and quotable:
"The death throes of socialism should not be allowed to distract attention from the continuting necessity to prevent the over-reaching of the state-as-Leviathan, which becomes all the more dangerous because it does not depend on an ideology to give it focus. Ideas, and the institutions that emerge as these ideas are put into practice, can be killed off and replaced by other ideas and other institutions."
Think Putin, I suppose.

Leland Yeager's review of the volume is here.

Palin's no hypocrite!

The latest rap on Sarah Palin is that she can't manage her family. Well, for most of her political career, Hillary Clinton couldn't manage Bill's infidelity. That was chalked up to experience, a standout bullet on the HRC resume. Conservatives of course are held to a different standard.

Still, Sarah Palin walks the walk. Only liberals see pregnancy as punishment. Sure, the easy option would be to make a visit to Planned Parenthood, pursue a career, and live in regret.* But young Palin won't make that choice out of respect, I suspect, for her upbringing. Unlike some women, Bristol is going to marry the father, which is the right thing to do by their count and a response that ought to be emulated more. Apparently, the father of Palin's grandchild is accepted as part of the family, not shunned nor condemned but called upon to act responsibly for his actions.

So while I was impressed with how Palin has decided to handle this delicate situation, I was appalled at some of the response. On the Jim Braude show this afternoon I was struck by public television maven Emily Rooney criticism of the young Palin for her decision to marry the father of her child. Rooney clearly believes that pregnancy is a punishment.

In the final analysis, this is all water off the duck's back for Palin. Yet liberals should stop digging themselves a hole since they're doing a good job of looking like hypocrites. What every happened the zone of privacy afforded wandering Bill Clinton?
“This is the pro-life choice. The fact that people will criticize her for this shows the astounding extent to which the secular critics of the pro-life movement just don’t get it. Those who criticize the Palin family don’t understand that we don’t see babies as a punishment but as a blessing. Barack Obama said that if one of his daughters made a mistake and got pregnant out of wedlock he wouldn’t want her to be punished with a child. Pro lifers don’t see a child as punishment.”
And let's not forget how the story broke. Leftist bloggers, which may or may not be associated with the Obama campaign, were smearing Palin's own pregnancy.

(*I write as a qualified supporter of Roe v. Wade and an opponent of partial-birth abortion. Call me a moderate on this issue.)