Josh Brage

Sarah Rocks

Sarah Palin rocked it tonight! First off, let me outline my responses and then I will share the best of the texts and twitters that I received all night…

We must remember that this debate was solely about Sarah. All eyes were on her. We know Biden. We know who he is. This debate was her’s to lose or to win. While I do not have an opinion on who won, she definitely won her end of the debate. What I mean by that is that she did not lose. She stayed calm, let her charisma shine, had straightforward and consistent answers and most importantly did not freeze. She did not make any mistakes. She did not lose her composure. Most importantly, I believe that she showed America that she is ready for this job.

She seemed to start out nervously, but I was extremely surprised at how quickly she gained her composure. his smugness made me want to punch him. I was simply waiting for the eyeroll – it never came. She consistently talked about what she had done, what she believed, how she will act. That allowed her to appear confident and ready to lead. He stayed with the strategy of defending Obama (she was critical most of the time) and attacking McCain. She proved herself to a lot of people tonight. She solidified herself to me. It also seemed to be that she was holding herself back at times, this chick is sure one heck of a fighter!

My favorite part of this debate was the same place where Sarah seemed to gain her confidence and accelerated the momentum in her way – during the foreign policy portion. She stayed on the offense, did not allow Joe to skirt issues and most importanty declared the McCain position the we are going to finish the war in the correct way.

Here is a sampling of the reactions I was receiving on my Blackberry throughout the debate:

flowerdust – “seriously, can’t look at Palin now without thinking “Tina Fey”
denverintranslation – “If I hear Biden (or Obama for that matter) say the phrase “fundamental difference” one more time I might just explode.”
me – “GREAT answer on foreign policy!!”
denverintranslation – “
It’s funny how all politicians move to the Right in these debates. All of a sudden it’s “tax cuts for everyone.”
tbone – “doing well, better than I thought. an hour to go.”
tbone – “unless someone gets caught up in something I don’t see much coming from this thing one way or another.”
me – “
Drill baby drill!!! Go get em sarah!”
denverintranslation – “
Such poise! Go Sarah.”
denverintranslation – “
Slow Joe Biden living up to his name. He’s flustered now!”
denverintranslation – “
Biden looks like a Muppet…The eagle guy!”
me – “Sarah is gaining some serious ground in the foreign policy issues! She is gaining confidence.”
flowerdust – “
I wish Biden would throw out a little wink. That would rock!”
denverintranslation – “
Biden: “Me sleeeepy….need Wheel Of Fortune and footbath.””
denverintranslation – “
Not looking forward to Tom Bwohcaw officiating the next debates.”
Shelley – “Woohoo for the vp debate! Palin did great! Incredible debator!!”
hugh – “
The one great line of the debate: “It is so obvious that I am a Washington outsider,” Palin says, “someone not used to the way you guys operate” as she points out Joe Biden’s attempt to doubletalk his way to Obama’s position.”

Overall, again I feel that it was a GREAT night for her. She stuck to the areas where she is comfortable.


Wow. This is All Fun

Tons of integrity from the Dems today.,2933,431204,00.html

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid her husband’s real estate and investment firm nearly $100,000 from her political action committee over the past decade, a practice that she voted to ban last year and that her party condemned as part of the “culture of corruption” when Republicans did it.

The moderator of tomorrow’s vice-presidential debate is writing a book to come out on the day the next president takes the oath of office that aims to “shed new light” on Democratic candidate Barack Obama and other “emerging young African American politicians” who are “forging a bold new path to political power.”

Sounds like she will be fair and balanced, straightforward and honest. Really it does.

Palin in Golden
September 15, 2008, 12:21 pm
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Here are some pics. Response to come. .


Energized? – Yeah, You Could Say That
September 15, 2008, 5:20 am
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I am fired up for McCain and the GOP this year! We need to win this election. Period. It is historically critical. When John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, I went from wanting to vote for him to wanting to fight for him. We have 8 weeks to go in this extremely close election.

This morning, I woke up at 5am and I am off to see Gov. Palin speak at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. There will be a line. I will need some coffee. Updates will come after. But I wanted to put this up here as an example of my energy and hope in this party and the candidates that it has chosen. Good morning!

I Need a Timeline Here Folks. . .
September 5, 2008, 12:11 am
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I call for an immediate timeline for the withdrawal of Police Officers in Chicago…

An estimated 123 people were shot and killed over the summer. That’s nearly double the number of soldiers killed in Iraq over the same time period.

In May, began tracking city shootings and posting them on Google maps. Information compiled from our reporters, wire service reports and the Chicago Police Major Incidents log indicated that 123 people were shot and killed throughout the city between the start of Memorial Day weekend on May 26, and the end of Labor Day on Sept. 1.

According to the Defense Department, 65 soldiers were killed in combat in Iraq. About the same number were killed in Afghanistan over that same period.

In the same time period, an estimated 245 people were shot and wounded in the city.

(link: CBS2Chicago ht: Instapundit)

This is a problem and something needs to be done about it. Call in Rudy or something to figure it out. But it sure does offer some perspective doesn’t it? We are handling a major strategic conflict, not simply for the peace of our country, but for the peace of the world and the minuscule number of causalities is completely unacceptable. However, on our own turf, in one of our major cities we are content with allowing 123 people to be shot and killed. This is unacceptable. Casualties are extremely unpleasant – one is too many – however sometimes there is a greater cause that our men and women fight for.

Oh and wait just a minute, isn’t there someone in leadership from Illinois who thinks he can lead our troops and solve our problems in Iraq.

Well, I Once Ran for Student Body President . . .
September 2, 2008, 2:02 pm
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From Ankle Biting Pundits
(Also heard this morning on Laura Ingraham)

“My understanding is that Gov. Palin’s town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year – we have a budget of about three times that just for the month,” Obama responded.

Our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the past couple of years and certainly in terms of the legislation I’ve passed in the past couple of years, post-Katrina.”

“Apparently simply running for president is comporable to actually being president.”
– Laura (paraphrased)

“First of all you dope, she has been a Governor for almost 2 years, and there are tens of thousands of state workers and about a ten billion dollar budget.” – Bull Dog Pundit

Also, I think it is becoming far more obvious day after day that McCain is a genius, she was the right pick. It is amazing that Obama is now in the game of comparing his experience to the person we have selected as our vice presidential candidate’s experience.

Obama you are clearly not ready for this position. You are at best a number two guy, who talks large, but has completely no ability.

Why Some Kids Aren’t Heading to School Today

It is not often that I talk about homeschooling on here. I do not know why, I probably need to change that. I was homeschooled and I am far better off because of it. This article from Pajamas Media’s Tony Woodlief lays out some pretty decent reasons why he and his wife homeschool their families. I wanted to share this today to showcase an article that I think displays the beliefs of many, many homeschool families. This is extremely relevant in helping us all better understand what “Middle America” thinks, feels and believes. Their vote is what will win this political election for John McCain/Sarah Palin this fall. Plus, it will just help you understand homeschoolers in a little bit better way! Here are a couple of my favorite paragraphs.

We believe everything you need to know about parenting can be gleaned from Little House on the Prairie. Growing up in wildly dysfunctional households, we both learned that you can do much worse than the Ingalls family. We decided when we got married that our home would be better than what we knew as children. The foundation is love, order, and relentless application of rules like: Eat all your vegetables, and Mind your manners, and Don’t push your brother’s head into the toilet.

So we frown on radicalism. Yet we have embarked on one of the most radical endeavors families can undertake: home-schooling. Given preconceptions about this practice, I should note that we are not anti-government wingnuts living on a compound. We like literature, and nice wines, and Celeste would stab me in the heart with a spoon if I gave her one of those head bonnets the Amish women wear….

The secret of home-schooling, however, is that you don’t have to be a master teacher to do it well. Energy, dedication, and good materials are what you need. Your competition, meanwhile, is a system that by design and necessity seeks the median. Public (and many private) school students have to move along in all subjects at a similar pace, and in the same order. Outliers — the talkative, the energetic, the gifted, the struggling — are labeled and interventions (counseling, special classrooms, tutoring, medication) prescribed. The goal is not a full realization of the child’s potential, but rather the system’s smooth functioning.

While it’s nice to imagine ourselves living a counter-cultural lifestyle, the reality is that in Wichita, Kansas, home-schooling is widespread. Home-schoolers have baseball teams and soccer leagues. Teaching support groups. There’s even a Boy-Scout troop. Local private schools, meanwhile, offer science and other equipment-intensive courses. Churches provide facilities for home-school association meetings, and even study halls so home-school parents can join Bible studies. If a home-schooling mother falls ill or dies, there is often another home-schooling family who takes on responsibility for teaching her children.