Reaching back through the weekend to today, here are some notables:
- A pastor receives criminal charges for spanking his son. Germany? Sweden? Of course not. Wisconsin. More here.
- Palin-haters won't think about a word of it for longer than a second, but Fred Barnes makes yet another series of good points in defense of Governor Palin. In an odd way, it took my mind back to the hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, when the Democrats attempted their "high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas" (to quote Justice Thomas). My life-situation was such that I was able to watch almost all the hearings. What struck me at the time: all of Anita Hill's defenders knew only her; Thomas' defenders knew both of them. Now we see an attempted national high-tech lynching of an uppity woman who (unlike Senator Obama) has shown real excellence in achievement, but challenges liberal feminist orthodoxy, and East Coast elitism.
- On that subject, Gerard Baker of the London Times observed that Governor Palin "has been the victim of one of the nastiest, most sustained and comprehensive slime-jobs ever performed by a hyper-partisan national and global media." He further notes that Palin "has achieved more of substance [in Alaska] than Barack Obama has in Washington." This is, beyond dispute, true. Yet even here and in my email inbox, folks who have no excuse for not knowing better have parroted the media's meme about Governor Palin. Sad.
- To anyone still feigning blinking-eyed astonishment at our observations of leftward MSM bias, did you know that "the Obama website had intentionally disabled all the basic credit-card-processing security checks and thereby enabled multiple contributions from donors with fake names"? No? Imagine that. Of course, had it been the McCain site, it would have dominated the news all weekend. The indispensable Mark Steyn discuss it here, and here, and here, and here, and here.
- L, I B. In a similar vein, it's amazing that ABC News allowed Michael Malone to admit that he's ashamed to admit he's a journalist. Why? Because he admits the obvious, which some of our drive-bys bogglingly still try to deny: his peers are in the tank for Obama. Among his good observations and questions are these: "Why, for example to quote the lawyer for Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., haven't we seen an interview with Sen. Obama's grad school drug dealer -- when we know all about Mrs. McCain's addiction? Are Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko that hard to interview? All those phony voter registrations that hard to scrutinize? And why are Sen. Biden's endless gaffes almost always covered up, or rationalized, by the traditional media?" Why, indeed. But still, I think he's too easy on them, and his answer only goes so far. Here's one more money-quote: "If the current polls are correct, we are about to elect as president of the United States a man who is essentially a cipher, who has left almost no paper trail, seems to have few friends (that at least will talk) and has entire years missing out of his biography. ...[I]t is the traditional media's fault, for it alone (unlike the alternative media) has had the resources to cover this story properly, and has systematically refused to do so. "
- Even Dan Rather admits media bias. Imagine that.
- Over at Hugh Hewitt's page, Beldar tries to appeal to the conscience of good Democrats on this issue. I (A) wish him luck, and (B) predict he'll be hearing a lot of crickets. (Actually, more mockings than crickets; check the liberal trolls in the meta, if you don't mind despairing for America.)
- As to the above, I say that anyone who is okay with Obama's pro-infanticide extremism hasn't much of a conscience to which appeal may be made.
- Steven M. Warshawsky lays out what he thinks are Signs Pointing To A McCain Victory. Hope to God he's right.
- Your tax dollars at work. PBS has had a poll up about whether Governor Palin, who is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama, is fit to be Vice President. My question: where is their Biden poll?
- On the subject of Sarah Palin, don't you hate how inaccessible she is to the media? I think it's really... oh, wait. Did I say "Sarah Palin"? I should have said "Barack Obama." Certainly not Palin. My bad.
- But truly on the subject of Palin, behold more liberal love and peacefulness: