Take a look at this ad from Vets for Freedom over at Hot Air. Now ask yourself, how can Senator Obama have time for our enemies but not our troops, our veterans and our allies? As I find myself pointing out to people all the time, Senator Obama has had at least three years to practice the kind of change he talks about while in the senate and has yet to do so. What makes them think he is suddenly going to start? And what makes them think he will begin to give a rat's ass about our troops. Senator Obama may be a fool but what does that make his supporters?
In the essay linked below, Patrick Buchanan asserts that it was the fault of Poland that they were invaded by Germany in 1939. His premise is that Hitler tried to negotiate with Poland over possession of Danzig. Buchanan clearly thinks Poland should have given it to Germany. Easy for him to say. He thinks we should be negotiating with Hamas, Hezbollah and our friends in Syria and Tehran.
If Mr. Buchanan believes that merely giving up Danzig would have satisfied Hitler then he is a fool. No amount of appeasement had satisfied Hitler to that point. If not Poland, then it would have been something else. Additionally, what kind of negotiation is it if Hitler's position is "give us Danzig or will we invade"?
And if Buchanan thinks that talking to Hamas and company would make them happy, he is an even bigger fool. Only the destruction of Israel and a worldwide Caliphate will make them happy. To those agreeing with Buchanan's position in the comments, what exactly do you recommend we give up to Hamas, Hezbollah, etc? Given Buchanan's reputation for anti-Semitism, I am betting what he really means is sell out Israel. And from the comments I have read at the post, more than a few lefties and isolationists would gladly do so because they really think Islamic fascism can be appeased by giving up Israel. Fools the lot of them.
Democrats in general and the Obama campaign in particular are outraged about President Bush's "appeasement" remarks in Israel. interestingly, the President never mentioned Obama or the Democrats in his remarks yet they gladly jumped in and accepted them as criticism of their position. Stupid move on their part. but it shows that even they are aware of their weakness on security issues with the public. I guess even they recognized that the shoe fit, although in the future they may not want to race out and claim victim status on this issue.
This is a test post using TypePad Mobile on my Blackberry Curve. Early issues include: title defaults to date and first word in a new sentence is not capitalized automatically. Also, the shortcut for adding periods does not work.
Update: I discovered that in "Preferences", you can remove the date as a default title.
Your humble author was scheduled to fly from Oakland to Phoenix, via Los Angeles. I would then have a meeting in the late afternoon. As it turns out, the baggage door on the aircraft in Oakland would not close. After over an hour in a sweltering plane, it was decided to get a mechanic out and that would take time. The decision was made to have us return to the terminal. As the terminal was air conditioned, I had no problem doing just that.
Many of my fellow passengers grumbled but what were the alternatives? Risk the door coming open in flight? That could be fatal. Sit in a plane that is rapidly reaching oven-like temperatures? Flexibility is a must when traveling these days. These things happen.
The aircraft was thought to be beyond fixing on the tarmac and we were in the process of being re-booked when 45 minutes after leaving the plane, we were told it was fixed and we would re-board and be on our way. In fact, I am writing this in mid-flight.
Kudos to Delta Airlines, whom I usually do not like to fly as they tend to be overcrowded. Everyone from the gate agents to the pilot have been profusely apologetic and have done their best to get us to LAX. Delta operations has apparently been tracking our progress sothey can get us booked to our final destination.
Sure, I missed my meeting and what happens once I get to LAX is a mystery. But the meeting can be rescheduled for tomorrow morning. But it beats having problems in the air. When it comes to travel, business or otherwise, it pays to be flexible.
Update: Now at LAX. There was no gate agent waiting for us when we disembarked to rebook us on our connecting flight. At that point, I reminded myself that we were flying ExpressJet, flying as Delta Express, and it was they who were falling over themselves to assist us, not Delta. I have flown them in the past and found them to be excellent. In fairness, once I located someone from Delta that would assist me, I found that I had already been booked onto a later flight. As I said earlier, flexibility and the ability to let things slide is invaluable when traveling. Someday, I hope to have both!
Update II: Made it to Phoenix in the early evening. Meetings rescheduled for tomorrow. Wish me luck.
Regarding the polls showing Obama losing ground in NC, I would discount
them for a couple of reasons. We have early voting here in NC and Obama
was able to get a lot of people to vote before his latest Wright
explosion. Also, news stories in the Raleigh area covering the end of the early voting
showed huge lines and waits of over an hour. Each of the local Raleigh
TV stations showed these lines and they were in predominantly
African-American neighborhoods and the lines reflected that
demographic. Given Obama's overwhelming success with them, I would
say he is going to take NC going away. The latest polling information at Real Clear Politics would seem to confirm my observations.