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August 2008

Palin vs. Obama

Have you noticed how the arguments are starting to develop, how the liberals are trying to slam Palin, a VP candidate, despite the fact that she is more politically experienced than Barack Obama, a Presidential candidate?

It's amazing how liberals refuse to acknowledge that reality.

Here's the reality:

Palin Obama
Executive experience: Yes No
Experience with military Yes No
Foreign policy experience Yes No
Record of government reform Yes No
Friends with a convicted felon No Yes*
Friends with a terrorist No Yes**
* Obama is friends with Tony Rezko
** Obama is friends with Bill Ayers


Iowa Looks Good in Football Opener

Hawkeye_footballDefeating Maine 46-3, Iowa dominated play on both sides of the ball in their seasonal opener.

Overall, the team looked pretty sharp, especially so in considering the team is coming off an implosive 6 - 6 season last year, as well as a rash of off-season, off-the-field problems affecting a number of players.

Starting quarterback Jake Christensen finished 9-of-15 for 122 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.  To the liking of the crowd, backup quarterback Ricky Stanzi was 9-of-14 for 90 yards.  Running back Shonn Greene rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown.  True Freshman running back Jewel Hampton scored a touchdown on his first collegiate carry, finishing with 68 yards and two touchdowns.  Iowa's defense looked stout, holding the Maine "kind of a cupcake" Black Bears to just three points.


Obama Campaign Diminishes Palin's Accomplishments

After Barack Obama made his nomination acceptance speech, John McCain aired a nicely done, class act congratulatory ad. 

"Senator Obama, this is truly a good day for America," McCain says, looking directly into the camera. "Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed. So I wanted to stop and say, congratulations."

"How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day," McCain says, referring to the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" address in Washington. "Tomorrow, we'll be back at it. But tonight senator, job well done."

So how does the Obama campaign react to the news that John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his VP?

The Obama camp could not stay on the high road and say something like, "Congratulations, Governor Palin, we look forward to a spirited race."  No, the first thing the Obama team did was go low road with baseless attacks.  Obama's campaign for example, is blasting McCain for putting "the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency."

See the attempted misinformation and spin folks?  Yes, Palin has been a mayor, but Sarah Palin is now the governor of Alaska.  The Obama people couldn't bring themselves to call Governor Palin by her proper and deserved title, who by the way works with Canada and Russia on energy and economic issues.  Governor Palin, the GOP Vice Presidential nominee, has quite a bit more experience than Barack Obama, a man with absolutely no executive experience who wants your vote to become President.  Obama is the one with zero foreign policy experience, "a heartbeat away from the presidency."  Obama has never run a business, he's never been a mayor, let alone a governor.  He's only been a U.S. Senator since 2005 and he's been plotting/running for President since 2006.  He's spent more time campaigning, than being a Senator.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton also criticized Palin as a vice presidential pick for her support of drilling for oil in Alaska's North Shore, implying she is in bed with *Big Oil*.

Again, spin by the Democrats.  Yes, Palin is a big proponent of drill here, drill now, pay less.  She wants the U.S. to become energy independent and get away from dependency on foreign sources of oil, especially when we have so much here at home to drill.  But is she in bed with oil companies?  Not just no, but hell no. 

Palin was the Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she served from 2003 to 2004.  She resigned in protest over the lack of ethics in the administration of the time.  Former Governor Murkowski, a Republican, ignored Palin's whistleblowing complaints of legal violations and conflicts of interest.  After Palin resigned and at the risk of her political career, she exposed members of her own party and lobbyists for wrongdoing.  Her formal complaints lead to the resignation of top officials.  She later took Murkowski's job.

The Democrats are scrambling to gather responses to the selection of Palin as VP.  The inexperienced Obama team instantly defaulted to old school politics.  They went into attack mode, they misinformed, they attempted to diminish the political record of woman with integrity.

The Obama camp's response to Sarah Palin getting picked as the GOP VP - are the politics of change? 


McCain picks Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his VP

Sarah_palinIn a surprise move, GOP presidential nominee John McCain has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

In her early 40's, Palin is a first term governor and a fiscal conservative.

"At a time when many Republicans are still clinging to pork-barrel politics, Governor Palin has quickly become a leader on this issue," said Pat Toomey, president of the fiscal watchdog group Club For Growth.  "She is a principled reformer who understands how badly wasteful spending has marred the Republican brand," he said.

Palin is also strongly pro-life and brings a fresh face to the national arena of politics.  Many within the Republican base feared that McCain might pick a pro-choice candidate like Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) or former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.

In the first days of her administration as Alaska's Governor, Palin followed through on a campaign promise to sell a jet purchased on a state government credit card by the previous administration.  The state put the jet up for sale on eBay and was sold for $2.1 million.


Quick Hits

Iowa City Council Smoking Ban Proposal:  The council wants to ban smoking in the Ped Mall.  C'mon folks, this isn't about *saving* us from the *evils* of smoking (tobacco is a legal product by the way), this is about the government wanting more and more control over our lives.  AS IF the council's action is truly going to save somebody's life?  Please.  Certain individuals are pushing how they wish to live their lives on others.  It's an action of intolerance, it's an action that is nothing short of a blatant power play and a waste of taxpayer money.  Government telling us how to live our lives in yet ANOTHER aspect of our lives?  Where does it stop?  If Ben Franklin were around I'd like to see Mayor Bailey tell him he couldn't light up his pipe while sitting on a bench in the Ped Mall.  Folks should be pissed at the council.

Hillary Clinton's Convention Speech:  Nicely delivered, she fed the crowd some red meat, got big cheers with a couple of good lines, but the speech was lacking in one very significant way.  Sure, she gave an obligatory endorsement for Obama, but it wasn't an "Obama will be a great leader" kind of endorsement.  It was a more like a "The Democrats should vote Democrat" endorsement.  It was wet noodle in that respect and this leaves the door open for her in 2012.  Have you noticed that with exception to Michelle Obama's speech on Monday, this Convention has pretty much been about the Clintons?

Obama picking Joe Biden as his VP:  What an excellent pick for the GOP!  Biden's record, his attacks against Obama and how Barack is not ready to be president will get A LOT of air time.  And what about Obama's campaign theme of change?  Biden is 3+ decade Washington insider.  That's change?  No, it's politics as usual.  WAKE UP DEMOCRATS, you've been fed another line of crap.


Donovan McNabb vs. Barack Obama? Media guilty of hype

Donovan_mcnabb_2In a 2003 appearance on ESPN's Sunday Countdown (an NFL pregame show), Rush Limbaugh offered the opinion that Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Donovan McNabb wasn't as good as the media reported him to be.

"I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well,'' Limbaugh said. "There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

Donovan McNabb is a good quarterback, but it can be easily argued that the media hyped up McNabb far beyond his actual playing ability.  For stating his accurate opinion, Rush came under fire from the likes of Al Sharpton and Howard Dean.  That started a liberal frenzy of unwarranted racism complaints and Rush resigned from his position on ESPN, not wanting to be a distraction to ESPN or the crew on NFL Sunday Countdown. 

Rush's comments were directed at the media and were not racially motivated.  The comments were accurate, the defense did carry the team.  McNabb has put up some very solid numbers over his nine year career, but he is not of the Hall of Fame caliber the media would have you believe.

So is the media guilty of the very same thing in reference to Barack Obama?

Paraphrasing Rush's comments, what we've had here is a little social concern in the American media.  The media has been very desirous that a black politician do well in this election cycle.  There is a little hope invested in Obama, and he got a lot of credit for his campaign performance that he didn't deserve. The media carried Obama in his *run* for the nomination. 

Obama_footballThe mainstream media has had a love affair with Barack Obama.  According to a Media Research Center report, Obama has received nearly seven times more good press than bad.  The report also shows that the big three networks only referred to Obama as "liberal" 14 times in four years, despite the fact that he is the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate.  Basically, the networks paved the way for Obama's presidential run with 100% positive stories as Obama broke onto the scene.  Hillary never had a chance.

Barack Obama is a very green and inexperienced leader.  But you wouldn't really know that, because the liberal media hasn't really touched on that.  He has only been a U.S. Senator for 3 years and 7 months.  He's been actively campaigning for President since announcing in February 2007.  Obama has accomplished little in his political career and it can be easily argued that the media has hyped up Obama far beyond his actual political ability.  He has been annointed by the liberal media as some kind of savior, yet he has nothing in his record that demonstrates he deserves such a rating.

For posting this accurate McNabb/Obama contrast/comparison and media love affair, this publication will probably come under fire.  Just as the liberal media hyped up Donavan McNabb to the football audience, it appears that the liberal media has hyped up Obama to the political audience.  The media has given Barack Obama his margin of victory, they propped him up.

A little tongue-in-cheek.....It should be noted that Barack Obama will be giving his nomination acceptance speech in a football stadium on Thursday - coincidence?


Why you shouldn't believe in global warming hype

More and more studies are coming out demonstrating how global warming computer models are seriously flawed.  Contrary what Al Gore says, the science has NOT been settled on human caused global warming.  The Heartland Institute has a good article on the issue of flawed computer models.

The fact is, global temperatures ceased to rise after 1998. That was NOT predicted by any of those *officially-sponsored* computer models global warming zealots love so much.

In other words, global warming zealots don't know what they're doing! They keep making mistakes and when those mistakes are pointed out (these folks don't correct mistakes voluntarily ladies and gentlemen), then they make *corrections*.  So why should we believe anything that is said by human caused global warming zealots?

REALITY: The discrepancy between their predictions and observable data becomes more glaring with every month that passes.  Here's an interesting piece by skepticsglobalwarming.com.


Nancy Pelosi Says Obama is a Gift From God

At a fundraiser event held Sunday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called Barack Obama, "a leader that God has blessed us with at this time."

My oh my, how arrogant!  My goodness, how wrong could she be?  Goodness gracious, how flippant could she be telling us what God has blessed?

How could Obama have been given the blessing of God, since Obama claims to be a Christian, but is a Pro Choice candidate?   


Underperforming school district "In Need of Assistance"

According to a report in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, three Iowa City Community School District elementary schools have been placed on the "schools in need of assistance" list.

Under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act, that means sanctions will be levied against the elementary schools as a result of underperforming students.  The schools affected were Kirkwood, Mark Twain, and Lucas.  Causes for being placed on the list were cited as underperformance in reading at Kirkwood and Twain, underperformance in math at Lucas.  The school district will have to provide *free* (taxpayer funded) tutoring to students if Kirkwood, Mark Twain and Lucas are still on the list next year.

Other area schools on a federal watch list or "schools in need of assistance" are City High, West High, Northwest Junior High and South East Junior High.

For failing to meet state-established goals under a federal education law, all this underperformance has resulted in the entire Iowa City Community School District being designated a "district in need of assistance."

Editor's Note:  With students in poverty being blamed as the problem, the list of area schools going on federal watch lists seems to be growing, not shrinking.  Now the whole district is "in need of assistance."  Superintendent Lane Plugge is doing a *fine* job isn't he?  Isn't all that money of yours he's thrown into his pet project family resource centers concept and other programs supposed to prevent this very thing?  It's obviously not working!  Are we throwing money down a proverbial toilet?  It's a Superintendent's job to make sure his schools are performing up to standard and under his watch, numerous schools in the district have gone on watch lists, some repeatedlyThis isn't new news, we hear this story every year.  Aren't you tired of it?  What are we paying Plugge to do, spend our money without results?

Give Lane Plugge your two cents:  Lane.Plugge@iccsd.k12.ia.us


UI ranked 26th best U.S. public national university

The University of Iowa is the 26th best public national university in the country, according to the latest rankings published by the magazine U.S.News & World Report. The ranking places the UI in a tie with Purdue University, Miami University of Ohio and the University of Connecticut.

The UI's placement in the 2009 edition of the magazine's influential "The Top 50 Public National Universities" compares to a ranking of 24th in the 2008 edition and 25th in 2007. The UI currently is ranked 66th in the "Best National Universities" category, which contains 262 U.S. universities (164 public and 98 private).

In addition, the UI is one of 23 institutions -- including Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities -- appearing in the 2009 U.S.News listing titled "Writing In The Disciplines," which recognizes institutions that "typically make writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum." Colleges in the listing are unranked and appear in alphabetical order.

Commenting on the rankings, UI President Sally Mason said, "I am proud that the University of Iowa remains one of the nation's most highly ranked public universities and that it remains the university of choice for thousands of undergraduate students from our state and from across the country and the world.

"The excellence of our academic programs is the most important marker of our institutional quality and the most important factor in students choosing the UI for their higher education," she said. "I am pleased that so many of our colleges, departments, and programs are nationally recognized, and I thank the dedicated and talented faculty, staff, and students of our University community for making them so."

The magazine also ranked undergraduate programs in business and engineering. The UI's Henry B. Tippie College of Business is ranked 21st among publics for 2009, tying with two other public universities, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Tippie's ranking was 20th for 2008, and 21st among publics for 2007. Among all public and private universities, Tippie is ranked 35th, after ranking 33rd last year and 35th in 2007.

The College of Engineering is ranked 34th among public universities for 2009, tying with several other public universities: Colorado State University, Kansas State University, SUNY-Stony Brook, the University at Buffalo-SUNY and the University of Illinois-Chicago. The College of Engineering was ranked 34th among publics in 2008 and 30th in 2007. Among all public and private universities, the College of Engineering is ranked 61st, compared to 57th in 2008 and 53rd in 2007.

The U.S.News & World Report rankings are based on reputational data obtained from questionnaires filled out by administrators at more than 1,400 universities and colleges and from objective data submitted to a national data archive. The collected data are scored on 15 indicators of academic quality in such categories as: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

The annual U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" guide is scheduled for publication in the magazine's Sept. 1 issue, on newsstands Monday, Aug. 25, and available online at http://www.usnews.com/colleges beginning today.