Friday, October 03, 2008

Take the Money and Run, Baywatch, -and- Don't Feed the Animals

Take the Money and Run - armored-car robber escapes on inner tube
Baywatch - bikini warns women when sun's rays are too strong
Don't Feed the Animals - 7-year-old boy breaks into zoo, goes on killing spree

On this day in history: October 3, 1995 - A jury of his "peers" finds Orenthal James Simpson not guilty. Later, OJ resumes his golfing career while hunting for The Real Killers.

Born on this day in history: October 3, 1941 - Chubby Checker 1941-) Born Ernest Evans in Spring Gulley, South Carolina, son of a tobacco farmer, singer Chubby Checker began performing in churches and on the streets of Philadelphia. His recording of "The Twist" hit No. 1 in 1961, and revolutionized popular culture by letting couples break apart on the dance floor.

Scripture of the Day: Moses then said to Aaron, "This is what the LORD spoke of when he said: 'Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.'" Aaron remained silent. — Leviticus 10:3

Video of the Day: Full Palin vs. Biden Vice Presidential Debate

"Say it ain't so, Joe!"

Those of you who read my blog yesterday will recall that I predicted John McCain would choose Sarah Palin for his running mate at a time when most people had never heard of Sarah Palin and long before John McCain announced his choice.

Readers of yesterday’s blog will also recall that I predicted that Sarah Palin would assuage her supporters and astound her detractors and that she would win the debate. Sarah Palin did this easily—virtually romping through the first half of the debate with an energy that made her opponent, Joe Biden, seem positively geriatric. She answered questions directly, in a language that was easily understood by the average viewer. She was graceful, sincere, happy, down-to-earth, energetic, and credible—in direct opposition to her dour opponent, who seemed pained by the process and by the end of the debate was visibly haggard and in dire need of a "good night’s sleep"—something he appeared not to have enjoyed in a good while.

Sarah Palin quickly, adroitly, and very successfully positioned herself as an articulate, honest, caring "average American" whose goal was to effectuate change in the political structure of Washington D.C. and eliminate the gross, wanton spending and lack of restraint that had ushered in the current financial crisis. She positioned herself as diametrically opposed to the entrenched structure of Washington D.C.—typified by Joe Biden and endorsed by Barak Obama.

The most outstanding and memorable sound bite of the evening is undoubtedly when Palin said, "Say it ain't so, Joe, there you go again pointing backward. Now, doggone it, let's look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future."

By the mid-point of the debate, it was obvious that Sarah Palin would be victorious. This was certainly apparent to Sarah, since the energy, enthusiasm, and glowing smiles that she had displayed through this point—strong though they all had been—increased dramatically. She veritably pranced, like a thoroughbred, through the second half of the debate, and the effect upon Joe Biden—who had already displayed a nearly total lack of enthusiasm and energy—since he began to slump, speak in a near monotone, and take on a defeated expression.

Joe Biden’s sole opposition to a McCain-Palin administration seemed to be the tired rhetoric that it would be a continuation of the policies of the current administration. Sarah Palin quickly dispatched this concept as completely flawed and without substance early in the debate. Biden, however, returned to it several times, and Palin reminded him (and the audience) each time that he was doing so. She gracefully and very successfully demonstrated that Biden and Obama had little substantive platform—other than the continuance of the tired mantra of "four more years of the same." Palin demonstrated that she and McCain would bring real change to Washington D.C.—something that the average voter enthusiastically demands. She enumerated the changes she had made in the politics of Alaska—often reaching across party lines to effectuate changes that reduced government spending, lowered—and, in many cases, eliminated—taxes, and elevated the voters’ confidence in government.

I predicted that Sarah Palin would assuage her supporters and astound her detractors. She did that very successfully by the mid-point of the debate. She also accomplished something else: She captured the attention of independent and undecided voters and—in many cases, I am certain—won their hearts and minds.

My predictions have, thus far, been correct. I shall now make another prediction: John McCain and Sarah Palin shall be victorious on November 4!