August 2008

McCain has surged and Obama has seen his lead slip away. His continued opposition to the surge, his Berlin speech, his poor performance at the Saddleback forum, his weak response on Russia’s invasion of Georgia, and the increased scrutiny of the man himself, have all contributed to his fall. It seems increasingly likely that Obama cannot win against McCain.

It would seem that the stage is set for the Clintons to stage a comeback at the Democratic convention. But the Democratic party cannot afford to let that happen. The African-American vote is going 90% for Obama. African-Americans will never forgive the Democrats if they steal the nomination from their man. Come election day, they’ll simply stay home, and Democrats across the board, who depend on African-American votes for their majorities, will also lose.

Call it the OJ effect.


Gateway Pundit has busted the Chinese for using underage gymnasts and altering the records to hide the fact. One of his screen shots from the Olympic broadcast shows a caption stating that YANG YILIN is “Age 15 “. Her birth date is given as Aug 26 1992 on the official Olympics site. That makes her 15 for a few more days.

While watching the uneven bars exercises last night we noticed that a couple of the gymnasts were captioned as “Age 15”. One of them was probably Ukraine’s Anastasiia Koval whose birth date is given as “Nov 6 1992”. That makes her 15. The other was Russia’s Ksenia Semenova whose birth date is given as “Oct 20 1992”.

It turns out the age limit rule is interpreted as “turns 16 in the year of the Games”.

Adam Brinkley at the blog “Draft sarah Palin for Vice President” sheds light on this pseudo scandal.

Meanwhile, in a completely useless online poll at Instapundit, Palin is the leading VP choice.

Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou and and People’s Liberation Army choreographer Zhang Jigang created a dazzling show to open the 2008 Olympics.It communicated Chinese history and culture to the world on a grand scale.

This was not the work of submissive underlings kowtowing to the ruling elite’s ideas on culture and artistic expression. It was utterly unlike anything that could have come out of Mao’s China. We didn’t see hordes of workers and peasants dressed in drab waving red flags and singing about the glories of Communism. Instead, we saw an utterly modern show that was also uniquely Chinese.

The two Zhangs must have had almost complete control over the project for it to come together with such clarity of artistic vision. And therein lies a lesson that China’s rulers may be learning; free people can create far more than enslaved people.

The party may also have learned another lesson. If you want to present a new face to the world, then make it a clean one. The one element marring the games is the extraordinary levels of air pollution China today.