Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hurricane Ike, Experience and Sleep

Looks like a rough weekend for Continental and American Airlines with Ike coming in near Houston and tracking north over Dallas by Sunday. Hopefully there will be no Katrina comparisons and recovery will be rapid. With oil down near $100 a barrel, it will be nice to put hurricane season behind us and let the oil markets settle back down. Perhaps a chance for $3.00 gas??

A tip of the hat to my daughter for sending me this timely article on Sarah Palin experience issues, particularly related to military and foreign intelligence.

Don't dismiss the fact that Sarah Palin is Commander of the Alaska National Guard --- consider this.

Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It's on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden's and certainly by far exceeds Obama's.

She's also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security's counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country's defense. Given Alaska's proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don't even know about.

According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets. She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.

Her Charles Gibson ABC news interview is to be played in Prime Time...another "Evil Knievel jump" for her. As poorly as Obama has been doing lately and with Biden stating Hillary would have been a better choice than him, this is the time for Mccain/Palin to make some noise about some specifics and each show their strengths. Some new talking points are needed beyond those from the convention. Palin is wisely going after Obama, while Biden is foolishly going after Palin. Mccain needs some degree of separation from Palin or risk being seen as a Palin/Mccain ticket or Palin being Mccain's nursemaid or Mccain seen being a remora on "Sarahcuda". I am STILL waiting some word on Mccain/Palin immigration enforcement plans....!!

Sleep, perchance to dream....It's that time of the year when I change shifts and go from nights to days....from going to bed at 12:30am to getting up at 3:45am....
My "Friday" is here and it actually is a Friday for a change. A couple afternoon naps this week has helped with the sleep deficit.

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