Saturday, August 23, 2008
So Barry has picked the Gaffomatic as his running mate. The blogosphere is swarming with the news. But did you know:
- Biden has sent an Amazon gift certificate to Putin as a thank you.
- Biden won't be on the Sunday talk shows because he'll be busily pouring over transcripts of Kinnock's speeches to prepare for his big speech at the Democratic Convention. His speech will include an entire paragraph about the benefits of coal.
- Biden spent most of Friday looking for the best price on gas for that giant SUV the media had pictures of him delivering coffee from. Since he's going to be out on the campaign trail, he's loaning it to Al Gore so that he can move his boat.
- Biden has sent a gift certificate from Bath and Body Works to Obama as a thank you, with a note saying "It's so nice to be running with someone so clean and articulate."
- A key element in their negotiations was that when they're eating at the Senate cafeteria, Barry still has to sit at the junior senator's table, while Joe gets to sit with the adults.
- Hillary has deleted Joe from her Christmas card list.
- Instead of champagne, they'll be toasting the VP selection at the convention with Kool-Aid.
- John Edwards offered Joe his congratulations and the name of his hair dresser, but Joe politely declined.
- When asked about the potential for Biden to keep making gaffes, Obama wasn't aware of his history. With a rhetorical flourish, he asked reporters "Why would I care if he keeps giraffes?"
- Obama was later shocked to find out that Delaware has only 3 electoral votes.
Russia Obviously Does Not Have Civilian Control of Its Military
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Why isn't anyone talking about this when the evidence is so obvious?
- Putin was visibly shocked at the Olympics when he heard the news of the invasion of Georgia. While the invasion had obviously been planned for quite some time, why send te Czaar out of the country and then have him come right back? Answer: The civilian leadership didn't know the generals were going to pull the trigger on the invasion.
- The Russians can't seem to get a deadline together. Why would the president keep giving the international community deadlines by which Russia will withdraw and then go back on them repeatedly? Even the Russians must understand that they look foolish. Unless of course, the President isn't really calling the shots.
- A Russian general warns the Poles that they may be the target of a nuclear attack? Since when do generals make these kinds of statements? Shouldn't that sort of message be delivered by diplomats? Unless of course, it's the military now calling the shots.
- The Russian military is taking the infrastructure of the country apart. Not a good move from the standpoint of the civilian authorities. Even if the civilian authorities want to teach Georgia a lesson, it doesn't do them any good to take over the country if they can't then take advantage of their resources. But if the military is in charge, depleting the infrastructure makes good sense -- it keeps the counter attack tied down.
- The Russian military is stealing everything that isn't tied down. If the Russian President had any say in the matter, why would he risk a further confrontation with the US over 4 Humvees that get terrible gas mileage? It doesn't make any sense unless the Russian military has gone rogue and is carting away everything they can get their hands on to line their own pockets.