Tuesday, May 31

Too Much Freedom?

I'm all for freedom of the press, but the attached link begs this question. Is there such a thing as too much freedom?

Take a piece from today's NYT that introduces a charter jet company, Aero Contractors of Smithfield, North Carolina. Depending on your perspective, the following quote is an example of good reporting or giving away a national security secret.

"While posing as a private charter outfit - "aircraft rental with pilot" is the listing in Dun and Bradstreet - Aero Contractors is in fact a major domestic hub of the Central Intelligence Agency's secret air service. The company was founded in 1979 by a legendary C.I.A. officer and chief pilot for Air America, the agency's Vietnam-era air company, and it appears to be controlled by the agency, according to former employees.

Behind a surprisingly thin cover of rural hideaways, front companies and shell corporations that share officers who appear to exist only on paper, the C.I.A. has rapidly expanded its air operations since 2001 as it has pursued and questioned terrorism suspects around the world."

Can we agree that the NYT has exposed Aero and has potentially put the company, their pilots, and all future missions into needless jeopardy. Missions which could very well result in the death of members of the American military.

Am I exaggerating? I don't think so, especially given the fact that this is the New York Times. I'd almost be willing to give the benefit of the doubt to almost any other paper, but the track record of the Times is so atrocious, so terrible, I just automatically question the veracity of anything I read from the Times.

Even the headline offends me. "CIA Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights," as if the CIA, by extension the Federal Government and by extension George Bush is doing something illegal, sneaky and underhanded.

No, what's happening actually is that the Federal Government via the Central Intelligence Agency at the direct orders of President Bush is doing things differently from the way they might have been done before. I think that alone, is a good thing. I think it is a great thing that the White House is enlisting the help of private enterprise to assist in fighting the War On Terror.

It's a rather sinister development when the American press attempts to tell America's enemies what Americans are doing to neutralize the enemy threat. Report all you want, do the story your editor wants you and assigns you to do, but keep in mind that you are a journalist second and an American first. It seems that distinction has been ignored or lost in the zeal to be 'the first,' to report a particular story or to advance a particular agenda.

I have never before seen the type of anti-American, anti-military bias that I've seen in the press in the days and weeks after the US invaded Afghanistan in late '01. The MSM will deny it, but the fact is the American press hopes and wants America to lose the war on terror. Why? Because an unknown percentage of the MSM thinks America is the root of most evils around the globe.

"Secrecy Is Difficult"

That's the sub-head for the last four paragraphs of the story. Secrecy is difficult. It sure is. Especially when the NYT runs a story that outs your company. Aero might have been a secret before this story ran today, but not anymore.

So I ask again. Does the press have too much freedom when they potentially compromise national security? You know where I stand.

Crafting Policy


Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for the assist on this amazing piece in Sunday LAT.

Last week Condi Rice and other senior State Department officials met with two dozen influential black religious leaders, many of them harsh critics of the Bush Administration, in an effort to expand the dialogue to craft policy on Africa.

Andrew Young, former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador, surprised many by praising Secretary of State Rice. Young spoke how it was once unthinkable, during the clashes during the civil rights years, that the daughter of a black preacher from the South would one day become the nation's top diplomat.

In attendance were luminaries Bishop TD Jakes, Rev. Donnie McClurkin, Rev. Eugene Rivers, Bishop Eddie Long, the Rev. William Shaw, Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, among others.

Democrats, worried about losing support among a key constituency, are accusing the White House of playing politics with religion. What's new about that?

Rather it appears that the Democrats, the party of the poor and the working class, have some work to do to catch up with the GOP. Harry Reid has hired some new staff to research faith based groups.

And then there's Hillary Clinton, suddenly concerned about the same faith based initiatives that President Bush has been advocating for five years. Wow. What a visionary leader. I guess there were some poll results that she just couldn't ignore.

A 'Non' Vote


As expected, French voters on Sunday rejected the Constitution of the European Union.

In the short term this means a massive restructuring of the government of Jacques Chirac. The egg on his face is substantial. But apparently retrospection in the aftermath of a stinging defeat has been lost on our pal Jacques. Note the new French Prime Minister is none other than Dominique de Villepin.

The longer term, I think, will mean more of the same for Europe: Sitting on the sidelines and watching America lead the world, combating international terrorism and spreading Democracy throughout the Middle East.

Next up is a vote in the Netherlands which is, as noted in this space last week, another likely No vote regarding acceptance of the EU Constitution. New Dutch polls show opposition to the Constitution is growing, 55% are planning to vote No, up four percentage points in just two days, while 38% are planning to vote to ratify the EU Constitution.

Meanwhile, Sunday's election badly wounds Chirac's credibility. He now is essentially a lame duck. The French press is hammering him, calling the current state of affairs "the disastrous end" of Mr. Chirac's political career.

It is apparent to me that Chirac, one of the more arrogant and corupt politicians in the world, has badly overplayed his hand. His desire to be a world leader has failed. He is no statesman. His strategy to delay the Liberation of Iraq failed. His attempts to embarass the United States have failed and as it has happened, his true nature has come to light. As such, Chirac will be unable to run for office again in '07.

Chirac really is nothing more than the French version of Bill Clinton, a man blessed with style and blind ambition but totally lacking in substance.

"This is a critical moment in Europe's history," said Jean-Luc Dehaene, a former Belgian prime minister and one of the architects of the EU constitution, in a telephone interview. "It is clear that the French no [vote] brings Europe to a kind of standstill." The French, he said, "are completely without orientation and in a period of complete uncertainty."

Perhaps that overstates the situation. But it is instructive to note how ineffective leadership can impact the perception of a nation's stature around the world.

Again, I compare Chirac to Clinton. From 1993 to 2000 the world perceived America to be a 'paper tiger,' unable or unwilling to protect itself from a myriad of enemies. Think back to the unanswered attacks on American interests around the world. Ineffective leadership from the Clinton White House directly resulted in 9/11.

Ineffective leadership can de deadly.

Friday, May 27

Get This Man A Drink

What is wrong with George Voinovich? The guy starts crying because of his concern over John Bolton going to the UN?

Thanks to Radioblogger for the audio.

F-Bomb

Filibuster.

It took all of three days for the Democrats to find an 'extraordinary circumstance' to trigger yet another filibuster--this time it's John Bolton. Now they are demanding State Department documents from '03 regarding Syria's supposed WMD and a classified list of secret operatives.

Again with the WMD argument. Iraq didn't have them, even though the Bush Administration said they did, so Syria doesn't have them either, the Democrats might argue. So Bolton is a complete boob and by extension, so is George Bush and we can't allow these two idiots to screw up such a wonderful, robust human rights organization like the United Nations.

Or perhaps if the Left can leak the names of some CIA agents, get them killed or compromise the security of the United States, the Democrats might just be able to sink Bolton's nomination as UN envoy! Hey, wouldn't that be great?

I think this nicely illustrates why a good many number of conservatives were angry about the Gang Of 14 deal on Monday. The most obvious question then was knowing the inevitabililty of the Minority finding an 'extraordinary circumstance' over which to engage additional filibusters.

To the Democrats, an 'extraordinary circumstance' is the United States having a Republican President. To the Democrats the fact that the Republicans are in the Majority is itself an 'extraordinary circumstance.'

The real tragedy of the Seven GOP Senators becoming traitors this past Monday is that it gave Harry Reid and his gang of bi-polar lunatics the ability to dictate the rules of the game. No matter what the Democrats do they win, either in public opinion polls because most Americans are so disengaged or by continued Senate obstructionism, which keeps grinding the Bush agenda to a halt.

Krauthammer writes brilliantly about this today.

Thursday, May 26

EU Chaos

Shame on me. I didn't realize until this morning that only eight european nations had thus far been ratified into the proposed 25 nation European Union.

I did know that the Netherlands is about to vote on EU membership and that polling indicates the measure is going down to defeat. This reality is largely due to an anti-Muslim attitude and the tireless work of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who currently makes a secure prison his residence due to the legion of death threats he's received from Islamic extremists because he dared to have the temerity to call them "Islamo-fascist thugs."

The truth is always refreshing, isn't it?

What I did not know was that France is not yet an official EU nation and that there is an anti-EU sentiment growing among the French people. Given the well known inclination of the French to be fiercely independent, perhaps this shouldn't surprise.

Oh well. I'm still surprised mainly because many of the architects of the proposed EU Constitution are French. And Jacques Chirac is a solid proponent of EU membership. {How sweet would that be if France voted not to join the EU. The egg on the face of Chirac would be priceless!}

Wednesday, May 25

International Stupidity

The 'Gulag' of our time? According to Amnesty International, the radical human rights group, the United States' detention of terrorists at Guantanamo Bay is a 'failure,' and 'the gulag of our time.'

A sizeable portion of the world's Liberals, radicals and America haters have been extremely critical of Gitmo since '01. They somehow find reason to champion the rights of terrorists while simultaneously ignoring the threat the terrorists pose to free democratic nations around the globe. Deep thinkers? Not really.

This is really not a difficult concept to master: There are a number of religious zealots who believe that killing civilians will yield them honors and rewards in the afterlife so they kill and terrorize with abandon.

Smart nations crack down on these criminals. Smart governments, like the Bush Administration, identify the threat and formulate an action plan to protect their countries and their citizens from the enemy. It would be foolish not to do so.

It would be nice if everyone followed the rules. Law abiding citizens follow the rules of society, criminals DON'T which is why they are a threat to the rest of us. Treating terrorists with dignity and respect doesn't make them hate us less. In fact, it only makes them hate us more. In the eyes of crazy people, normal people seem strange.

Amnesty International, based in Great Britain, wasn't attacked on 9/11/01 and yet they have just released a 308 page report taking us to task for the way we treat our enemies. The United States was attacked on 9/11/01. We are in the midst of responding to that attack and there is much in the way of good news to report on the war on terror.

So be careful that you don't piss off my President. He might decide to invade your country next.

Runaway Felon?

Perhaps there is justice in this world after all.

I called for Jennifer Wilbanks to be charged with a crime in the wake of her phony 'disappearance' in April. I was one of many who was outraged by the fraud she willingly perpetrated on her family, the authorities and the country and strongly believe that she be severely punished for her crime.

"We believe this is a reasonable next step in the case. We believe the grand jury made the right decision," said District Attorney Danny Porter. "At some point you just can't lie to the police."

I agree. Extremely reasonable.

Federal Judge Owen, 55-43

Four years later, Priscilla Owen has finally been confirmed by the Senate.

Tuesday, May 24

Hello Seven

Mike DeWine, Ohio (202) 224-2315
Susan Collins, Maine (202) 224-2523
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina (202) 224-5972
Lincoln Chaffee, Rhode Island (202) 224-2921
John McCain, Arizona (202) 224-2235
John Warner, Virginia (202) 224-2023
Olympia Snowe, Maine (202) 224-5344

Voice your displeasure about the above seven Republicans who betrayed the GOP on filibusters.

Pull This

Big corporations are getting really testy about criticism. First Morgan Stanley yanked all their advertising from the Los Angeles Times. Now global energy giant BP has warned publications that they will pull ads out of magazines that the company believes contain "objectionable editorial coverage."

Additionally, magazines that carry BP ads, according to BP's demands, must provide BP advance notice of any news, text or graphics that the magazine plans to publish regarding BP, a competiting energy company or the energy industry as a whole.

Full disclosure. I used to work in advertising. This is a pretty outrageous position for any company to assume. Magazines should refuse to accept BP's advertising and they had better make it clear that journalistic integrity (sorry, that IS funny, isn't it?) will be defended at all costs, even if it costs the bottom line.

That might be tough considering that BP spent $96 million in measured media in '04.

Just Emulate John

Why can't more Democrats be like John Kerry? The country would just be such a better place. Bring It On!!!

I just posted my thoughts below about the smart political gamemanship employed by Harry Reid and the Democrats who have just been killing Republicans on the filibuster debate to date.

And today our friend, the inept, the clueless, the seemingly brain dead former Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry finally released his military records. Well, he has, 'sort of,' released his military records according to Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe.

Leave it to Kerry to evade something he shouldn't need to evade. Leave it to Kerry to confuse and confound. Leave it to Kerry to act, look and talk like a bonehead. Leave it to Kerry to turn an otherwise normal photo-op into a painful, awkward disaster, so much so that Kerry flack David Wade had to...well, just read below.

''I have signed it," Kerry said. Then, he added that his staff was ''still going through it" and ''very, very shortly, you will have a chance to see it."

The devil is usually in the details. With Kerry, it's also in the dodges and digressions. After the interview, Kerry's communications director, David Wade, was asked to clarify when Kerry signed SF 180 and when public access would be granted. Kerry drifted over to join the conversation, immediately raising the confusion level. He did not answer the question of when he signed the form or when the entire record will be made public.

Several e-mails later, Wade conveyed the following information: On Friday, May 20, Kerry obtained a copy of Form 180 and signed it. ''The next step is to send it to the Navy, which will happen in the next few days. The Navy will then send out the records," e-mailed Wade. Kerry first said he would sign Form 180 when pressed by Tim Russert during a Jan. 30 appearance on ''Meet the Press."

Okay, that's not too complicated. Kerry signed it after he said he would sign it. But then he signed it and the records still aren't public yet because the Navy has to send out the records. So if that's the case why didn't Kerry just sign the SF 180, not say anything publicly about having signed the form, then hold a press conference once the Navy released the records? Wouldn't that be the normal way to do that? It would certainly make more sense.

But that's too complicated. No instead, give some interviews to announce that you've signed the SF 180 and tell the press that the records are available. Then tell the press that your staff is still 'going' through the records, as if Kerry just signed the form without knowing exactly what he was signing. Then tell the press that the records aren't available just yet.

If Reid, Leahy, Corzine, Clinton, Pelosi, Boxer, et. al, acted like this the Republicans might actually be able to convince America that they are indeed the Majority Party.

Sssshh. Don't wake me. I'm dreaming.

An 'Extraordinary' Waste Of Time

I wrote awhile back in this space that if the Republicans were going to do what they were elected to do (to lead) that they should start leading. The compromise reached yesterday in the Senate was inevitable due to the failure of Majority Leader Bill Frist to seize the momentum early. It was due to a failure to lead. I like Frist. He's a good guy, but he's all talk and not much action. He's showing himself not to be much of a leader.

Why didn't Frist force a vote on the Bush nominees in February? If he had, the GOP, fresh off a big election victory, could have gotten everything it wanted. At that point the Democrats were stunned, in disaray. They were losers and acted like losers.

Instead, Frist negotiated and waited and negotiated and waited some more. And while he was doing all this negotiating and waiting, Harry Reid and the Democrats were mobilizing, pushing the 'Republicans want to re-write the rules of the Senate' mantra and viola! Three months later, all the wrangling, the electioneering, the rhetoric, the lies, the campaigning, and bam...the Minority Party essentially is setting the rules of the Senate and the Majority is too weak to lead or even protest.

By the way, for those of you scoring at home, anytime you give your enemy three months to organize, plan and prepare you are going to lose. This is true in all things.

Let's hand it to them. The Democrats have just achieved a huge victory. Think about it. They find themselves in the Minority by ten seats and yet they control the agenda because the Republicans are so meek. Hell, even the WSJ's Jeanne Cummings has been reporting that the GOP 'wanted to re-write the Senate rules,' the last three weeks. The Democrats clearly won this war, in the air and on the ground.

Now whenever Republicans want to vote on anything, just watch for the Democrats to claim 'extraordinary circumstances,' on everything from the energy bill or Supreme Court nominations. Next, Frist and the Republicans will be asking for lunch money, hall passes and keys to the bathroom.

Believe This

Amazingly, the NYT did a pretty good piece on Rick Santorum on Sunday. No big insults, no major fabrications. All in all, Santorum came off as the Times' new favorite Republican. Quite surprising.

I've long admired Santorum for his commitment to social programs and helping the poor and disadvantaged, even though he doesn't get any credit for his efforts in PA's. When it comes time to vote, African Americans just vote 'D' every time without thinking.

Maybe this endorsement will aid the Senator in his '06 re-election bid against Robert Casey. And God knows our boy Rick is going to need a lot of things to go his way next year if he's going to keep his seat. Democrats are already frothing at the mouth like wild dogs at the prospect of defeating him.

Here's one thing I did find a bit odd: In the NYT piece there was mention of a family tragedy a few years ago. When the Santorum's lost a baby son, Gabriel, the Senator and his wife slept with the dead child between them and then the next morning took him home to meet his brothers and sisters. I'm not a parent, so I cannot possibly understand what it is like to lose a child, but does anyone find this strange?

Then there was this one blatant attempt to stir controversy: The Santorum's own two houses, one in PA and one in VA, which is their primary residence. They home school their kids and have to date received $70K from PA. The Times piece sought to portray this in a sinister light, as if the $70,000 was undeserved or possibly illegal. Either way it smacked of a cheap shot and I'm surprised the MSM hasn't tried to turn this into a story.

I love this guy, Santorum. He's a good man and I think he'd make a great national candidate one day.

Friday, May 20

Crazy & Stupid

George Bush must be doing something right because the Left wing crazies are completely off the hizzy!

First, Pepsi exec Indra Nooyi, in her commencement address at Columbia on May 15 compared the world's continents to a human hand. In her analogy, the middle finger was America.

Her comments:

"First, let’s consider our little finger. Think of this finger as Africa. Africa is the little finger not because of Africa’s size, but because of its place on the world’s stage. From an economic standpoint, Africa has yet to catch up with her sister continents. And yet, when our little finger hurts, it affects the whole hand.

Our thumb is Asia: strong, powerful, and ready to assert herself as a major player on the world’s economic stage.

Our index, or pointer finger, is Europe. Europe is the cradle of democracy and pointed the way for western civilization and the laws we use in conducting global business.

The ring finger is South America, including Latin America. Is this appropriate, or what? The ring finger symbolizes love and commitment to another person. Both Latin and South America are hot, passionate, and filled with the sensuous beats of the mambo, samba, and tango: three dances that – if done right – can almost guarantee you and your partner will be buying furniture together.

This analogy of the five fingers as the five major continents leaves the long, middle finger for North America, and, in particular, The United States. As the longest of the fingers, it really stands out. The middle finger anchors every function that the hand performs and is the key to all of the fingers working together efficiently and effectively. This is a really good thing, and has given the U.S. a leg-up in global business since the end of World War I.

However, if used inappropriately –just like the U.S. itself -- the middle finger can convey a negative message and get us in trouble. You know what I’m talking about. In fact, I suspect you’re hoping that I’ll demonstrate what I mean. And trust me, I’m not looking for volunteers to model.

Discretion being the better part of valor ... I think I’ll pass.

What is most crucial to my analogy of the five fingers as the five major continents, is that each of us in the U.S. – the long middle finger – must be careful that when we extend our arm in either a business or political sense, we take pains to assure we are giving a hand ... not the finger. Sometimes this is very difficult. Because the U.S. – the middle finger – sticks out so much, we can send the wrong message unintentionally.

Unfortunately, I think this is how the rest of the world looks at the U.S. right now. Not as part of the hand – giving strength and purpose to the rest of the fingers – but, instead, scratching our nose and sending a far different signal.

I’d challenge each of you to think about how critically important it is for every finger on your hand to rise and bend together. You cannot simply “allow” the other four fingers to rise only when you want them to. If you’ve ever even tried to do that, you know how clumsy and uncoordinated it is.

My point here is that it’s not enough just to understand that the other fingers co-exist. We’ve got to consciously and actively ensure that every one of them stands tall together, or that they bend together when needed.

Today, as each of you ends one chapter in your young lives and begins another, I want you to consider how you will conduct your business careers so that the other continents see you extending a hand ... not the finger. Graduates ... it’s not that hard. You can change and shape the attitudes and opinions of the other fingers – the other continents and their peoples – by simply ascribing positive intent to all your international business transactions. If you fail, or if you are careless, here’s a perfect example of what can happen:

A U.S. businesswoman was recently in Beijing, China, on an international training assignment for a luxury hotel chain. The chain was rebranding an older Beijing hotel. As such, the toilets in the hotel had yet to be upgraded. There were no porcelain commodes, just holes in the floor. Until recently, this was the standard procedure in China.

Now, eight-thousand-miles removed from the scene, you and I – and most Americans – can shake our heads and giggle at the physical contortions and delicate motor skills necessary to make the best of this situation. We’re simply not used to it. But to loudly and insultingly verbalize these feelings on site – in front of the employees and guests of the host country is bush league. And, yet, that’s exactly what this woman observed.

In the hotel’s bar, the woman overheard a group of five American businessmen loudly making fun of the hotel’s lavatory facilities. As the drinks flowed, the crass and vulgar comments grew louder, and actually took on an angry, jingoistic tone. While these Americans couldn’t speak a word of Chinese, their Chinese hosts spoke English very well ... and understood every word the men were saying.

And we wonder why the world views many Americans as boorish and culturally insensitive. This incident should make it abundantly clear. These men were not giving China a hand. They were giving China the finger. This finger was red, white and blue and had “the United States” stamped all over it."

Not a mention of the extreme good that the US does around the globe. Not a mention of the fact that America is a beacon of hope, freedom and opportunity to the rest of the world. Not a single comment about the liberation of two Muslim nations, the election of a democratically elected government in Iraq, the rights of long-oppressed women being restored, the elimination of rape rooms and tortue chambers. No mention that America FEEDS the world. Provides medical care to the world. Nothing. Just that America forces it's will on everyone else, that we are arrogant and selfish and we believe everyone else should just f*** off.

Here's an idea. Don't buy any more Pepsi products. Click the above link for all list of all the Pepsi brands.

Then there's the case of Linda Foley, the President of the Newspaper Guild. Foley, speaking at an assembly of Left wing loons last weekend in St Louis, said the following:

“Journalists, by the way, are not just being targeted verbally or … ah, or … ah, politically. They are also being targeted for real, um … in places like Iraq. What outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there’s not more outrage about the number, and the brutality, and the cavalier nature of the U.S. military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq.”

Foley continued, “They target and kill journalists … uh, from other countries, particularly Arab countries like Al -, like Arab news services like al-Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios with impunity…”

That's a pretty fair and balanced presentation of the current state of affairs in the smaller and ever-shrinking world of ultra-Left wing politics.

Either Foley is an idiot or is mentally retarded. Either way, she should either present evidence to substantiate her outrageous claims about the US military or she should resign her post immediately.

Supreme Short List

God help us. If you think the Dysfunctional Democrats are in a tizzy now, we ain't seen nothing yet. Just wait until there's a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Excellent piece today in the WashTimes by Joseph Curl about the the short list of possible names being bandied about in Conservative circles.

'The same four of five or six names keep coming up,' according to one top Republican figure with close ties to the White House.

McConnell, Jones and Alito. These are names that you may be hearing more of very soon.

Dems Rebuild, GOP Expands

So the Democrats are unhappy with new Chairman Howard Dean? It seems that the Dems can't compete with the Republicans in fundraising. Boo hoo for the wackos.

Is it really that surprising that the DNC is having a difficult time raising cash? They are such losers after all. They are the 'Party of No.' The obstructionist party, the party of negativity, the idea-less party. The party of Boxer, Reid, Daschle, Clinton, Gore, Kennedy, Kerry, Edwards, Byrd, Biden and Schumer, sour pusses all.

This current crop of Democrats is about the most unlikeable group of people I've ever seen. They are all so incredibly hateful, evil and mean. Who can support that? Do you want to really send your hard earned money to a bunch of cry babies?

Meanwhile, the Republican Party has no problem attracting admiration and donations because of the energy, the optimism, the vitality, the enthusiasm for the country and the world of the GOP and party leaders like President Bush.

People like positive messages. They respond to positive things, positive ideas, positive proposals, positive visions, positive plans. People do not respond to negativity.

So how exactly does Dean plan to rebuild the DNC? By calling Republicans 'brain dead, corrupt and mean.' Hey, that's a good start. Dean says also has recently said that Conservatives 'are not nice people.' And he believes Tom DeLay should 'move back to Houston and start serving his jail sentence.'

Way to create enthusiasm, Howie. Instead of shoring up new support by speaking to the GOP's base, which is the only way that the Democrats can hope to grow their constituency, Dean speaks only to his party's traditional base. Not a good thing, according to Republican strategist Matthew Dowd.

"A party trying to win elections and expand the electorate would much prefer to be speaking to the other side's base than its own base," said Dowd.

Which is what the GOP is doing. President Bush received more support from African Americans and Latinos in '04 than he did in 2000. All the electoral trends favor the Republicans nationally.

More bad news for the 'Party of No.'

New Military Rule: No Cameras Allowed

Again with the photographs. This time, former dictator Saddam Hussein in his jockey shorts.

Did we learn nothing from Abu Ghraib? No bloody pictures, please!

Wednesday, May 18

'Intellectual Vigor'

I enjoyed this piece about Secretary of State Condi Rice from the Washington Times.

"There is more intellectual vigor here than ever before," said a senior career State Department official.

Latino Landslide

Antonio Villaraigosa is the new Mayor of Los Angeles.

'Re-Writing The Rules?'

Every morning for the past ten years or so I've read the WSJ cover to cover. I've enjoyed the paper's coverage of finance, entertainment, sports, music, technology, business and politics.

Lately I've noticed that the WSJ that I've known, loved and used as a resource has dropped off a bit in quality. The articles don't hold my attention, the writing lacks the pop and punch it once had, the features don't jump off the page and the political coverage has gotten decidedly more Left leaning.

The filibuster controversy currently raging in DC is big news, rightfully so. I would advance the opinion that the Democrats, and their allies in the press, are winning the public relations battle thus far. How else to explain the fact that even Republicans are now parroting the line, the lie, that 'Republicans are trying to re-write' the rules of the Senate?

That's an exact quote from a piece written by Jeanne Cummings in yesterday's WSJ.

Jeanne, the Republicans ARE NOT TRYING TO REWRITE THE RULES OF THE SENATE. THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO UPHOLD THE RULES, THE TRADITIONS OF THE SENATE. IT IS THE DEMOCRATS THAT ARE CHANGING THE RULES BY NOT VOTING UP OR DOWN ON AN ENTIRE CADRE OF NOMINEES. THE TACTICS OF THE DEMOCRATS ARE UNPRECEDENTED AND ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL.

Got it?

Tuesday, May 17

America's Enemies

For some reason I continue to be amazed at the reaction of the mainstream press to this Newsweek disaster.

In the aftermath of the RatherGate matter last year, you'd tend to think that the press would be a bit more cautious, more careful to dot the I's and cross the T's. But instead, in the wake of the enormous discrediting of CBS an American newsmagazine creates a false story, gets caught in the subterfuge and then BLAMES the Bush Administration.

Yeah, Matt Lauer on the Today Show this morning asked one of his guests if the White House was 'piling on' Newsweek. PILING ON? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

NBC Nightly News last reported that the Muslim world wasn't a bit surprised by the Newsweek story and that 'rumors' of similar activity is taken as the gospel truth.

The press with all of it's inbred Liberal bias actually believes that America is the bad guy. America mistreats Muslims, just look at Abu Ghraib. There's the proof! Abu Ghraib, Abu Ghraib, Abu Ghraib.

In fact, Daniel Klaidman, NEWSWEEK's Washington bureau chief, on CBS this morning spoke about the magazine's aggressive reporting on Abu Ghraib, as if it is an ongoing matter, an open investigation! They can't get past this non story! They are obsessed.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? That's been over for how long? How minor was Abu Ghraib? Something like three soldiers were abusing terrorists? Who cares?

I'll tell you who cares. The mainstream press. They care because they believe continually hyping the Abu Ghraib non story is a vehicle to help them to push their agenda.

The agenda since 2000 has been, in large measure, to discredit and take down George Bush. Even today, with Bush sworn into his second term nearly four months ago, the press is continually attempts to torch the President's reputation. That's how deep, how severe the Media Establishment's hatred of conservatives happens to be.

And it enrages the Left all the more that Bush seems to be untouchable, so they go another route, take another road, anything to make Bush look bad. This is just the latest hair-brained idea of some moronic assignment editor in DC or New York. 'Hey, let's blame Bush for Newsweek's incompetent reporting and if we can get the Muslim world all riled up just a bit more, maybe America will lose Iraq. Just what we always wanted!'

You'd think that Liberals would care--you know how much the Left supposedly 'cares' about the poor and the weak and the victims among us--about the fact the the manufactured Newsweek story resulted in the death of 17 people wouldn't you? But they don't.

Newsweek has even refused the resignation of one of the writers of the bogus story, Michael Isikoff. Dan Rather didn't kill anybody but he was fired for making up stories. Isikoff and John Barry killed 17 people and caused the injuries of untold others and sullied America's reputation across the world and at least one of them will be allowed to keep his job?

Those Liberal elites...such team players. But the good news for common sense Americans is that the Left wing team in America is losing and the proof is everywhere around us.

Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic Party yesterday said that Tom DeLay should go to Texas and begin serving his jail sentence. Nevermind the fact that DeLay has yet to be charged with doing anything wrong.

Judicial activism continues to be rampant from coast to coast.

Democrats in Washington DC are unhinged in their hatred of Bush and all things good and decent. The more shrill and out of control they become, the better it is for America.

Just watch and see.

Monday, May 16

Hybrid Headaches

Stalling or shutting down at high speeds? Yeah, that might be a problem.

Dirty Democrats

It appears that our friend, the pugnacious and ethically challenged Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid has enlisted the help of a former aid in securing financial records of President Bush's judicial nominees.

The Oakland, California political consulting firm Varoga & Rice have requested, and continue to seek, financial information on 30 judges, nine of which have been mentioned as possible Supreme Court candidates.

It turns out that Craig Varoga is a former aid to Reid and Rice is an opposition research expert. And guess who's footing the bill for the eventual judicial mudslinging? NARAL.

Fascinating column from Bob Novak.

More Bias

Ken Starr is telling people that a recent interview with CBS' Gloria Borger (one of the most angry and biased reporters on network television) has been manipulated to reflect that network's well known Left wing bias.

Apparently the segment, that aired last week, had Starr saying 'on record' that he supported the efforts by Democrats to filibuster judicial nominees.

From Starr:

"Our friends are way off base in assuming that the CBS snippets, as used, represent (a) my views or (b) what I in fact said."

'We're Not Retracting Anything'

The above words are a direct quote from Mark Whitaker, editor of Newsweek. Seems oddly similar to the initial reaction of CBS News in the early stages of RatherGate, doesn't it?

That's it Mark. Dig in your heels. We'll just have to blog you right out a job. It's only a matter of time.

Newsweek Lied, People Died

See how dangerous an out of control, hate mongering Left wing press corps can be?

How much more dangrous could it possibly be when an American newsmagazine intentionally reports false information?

This is outrageous. Last week when I first heard about the alleged desecration of the Koran I immediately rejected it out of hand because of the extraordinary measures the American military has taken, from special meals, pray rugs provided and new copies of the Koran distributed to inmates, just to name a few examples, to make detainees comfortable in Cuba.

There's no problem with the press having an opinion. That's great. Voice your opinions on the op-ed page. But when it comes to reporting hard news, injecting a personal avarice for the topic and outright lying is wrong and is extremely reckless.

I predict Newsweek is about to go the way of CBS News. And writers Michael Isikoff and John Barry must be held personally responsible for the death of 16 people because of their shabby reporting.

Friday, May 13

Nuke Them

Do the American people realize what the Democrats are doing with their filibusters?

They are changing the rules of the Senate, an institution they claim to love. The Democrats are bastardizing the process by disallowing up or down votes to be taken on nominees. They are imposing new rules on the body ignoring the Constitution. They have shattered the principle of advise and consent, they are spitting on Senate tradition.

It is time, Senator Frist, to go nuclear. You cannot allow the Democrats to continue to engage in this charade another day or delay the nation's business another minute.

Resign, Harry, Resign

Our pal Harry outed the contents of the classified FBI file of Henry Saad, one of the President's judicial nominees.

Based on the rules of the Senate, Reid should resign immediately.

Jane

Gossip columnist Liz Smith conducted a fascinating interview with Jane Fonda.

A Boxer's 'Hold'

My Senator, Barbara Boxer has placed a 'hold' on the nomination of John Bolton.

The brain dead Boxer, one of the least intelligent of our elected officials, is one of the most blatant party hacks. Truth very rarely comes out of her mouth.

If you live in California and believe that John Bolton should be the next envoy to the UN, call Boxer's office @ (202) 224-3553 and voice your opinion.

I just did. Sent an email too.

Thursday, May 12

'The Perspiring President'

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post is one of the more vitriolic reporters covering Bush. He makes no bones about his hatred of my boy Dubya.

Yesterday Dana (what a manly name, huh?) wrote a piece entitled "On a Bicycle in Beltsville, Blissfully Unaware." Apparently while the Capitol and the White House were evacuating because a small plane had entered DC airspace, the President was bike riding somewhere in Maryland, as he is wont to do.

Milbank, blissfully unaware that his parents were hoping for a girl, goes on to explain how 'this was not the first time a crisis has focused uninvited attention on the Bush fitness routine. On a weekday morning in February 2001, when a gun-wielding man was shot outside the White House, it quickly emerged that Vice President Cheney was working in his office, while Bush was exercising in his residence.'

That's some pretty snappy reporting, Girlfriend, I mean, Dana.

I tend to think of men who hold Liberal views as pretty girly anyway due to the fact that Liberals are all complete emotional wrecks and tend to decide matters of great import based upon the incredibly unimportant and irrelevant way they happen to 'feel' at any given moment.

(chuckles)

Bolton Vote To Senate

A member of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, former Ohio Governor and all around asshole George Voinovich decided that the Committee 'owed an up or down vote' to Bolton but then voted for confirmation only as long as the Foreign Relations Committee 'agreed not to recommend' to the Senate that Bolton become the next US Ambassador to the United Nations.

"I have come to the determination that the United States can do better than John Bolton" at the United Nations, Voinovich told the committee," because of 'testimony' offered by and totally based on hearsay and otherwise flimsy and unprovable allegations.

Voinovich went on to say how Bolton 'was the poster boy of what the UN doesn't need.'

What a gentleman. I would say that Voinovich is the poster boy for what we don't need in the US Senate or in the Republican party--a two faced, cowardly, game playing pussy.

George Pataki, Loser

Broken record time: I've been saying the same thing for 3 1/2 years. Rebuild the World Trade Center exactly the way it was. Same height. Same number of floors. Same retail complex. Same parking structures and subway configerations. Do it exactly the way that it was, put it back just the same way. It's the only logical, sensible thing to do.

John Podhoretz makes the case that NY Governor Pataki is to blame for the mess that Ground Zero has become. He writes:

"Through a poisonous combination of arrogance, indolence, cowardice and foolishness, Pataki has made sure that the crater created by al Qaeda will remain unfilled for at least nine years.

Rather than seizing the initiative, Pataki checked out. He delegated the job of recreating Ground Zero to a ludicrous academic competition that spat out a series of hideous designs. Faced with these unpalatable choices, the governor then championed a spectacularly silly design by an architect of questionable talent and non-existent engineering skills."

Ouch.

I'm not sure I would say that this entire episode is Pataki's fault alone. Anytime you leave the ultimate decision of what the final project would look like, it's that old saying, 'Too many cooks in the kitchen.' The people in charge of rebuilding the WTC site had to listen to family members, city and state officials and countless others, all of whom had opinions. You cannot possibly satisfy everyone.

You cannot be democratic in rebuilding the World Trade Center. Someone needed to rule with an iron fist. Someone had to take control, seize the power and make the tough decisions very early on. And that just didn't happen.

Where Pataki failed, it seems to me, was in ascertaining whether or not architect Daniel Libeskind's design was 'doable.' We now know that it wasn't. Once the plan was approved, most of the design elements went out the window anyway, so as Podhoretz writes in his piece why not 'wait a couple more days or weeks' to make sure? Seems prudent.

Hindsight, blah, blah, blah.

More Bolton

So George Voinovich is going to vote for the confirmation of John Bolton but he's concerned about 'the message we're sending to the world community.'

What a bunch of crap. The message we're sending the world community Senator is that President Bush is committed to reforming the United Nations. The UN is a highly dysfunctional organization. Some big changes need to happen there in order for it to have any credibility at all in the months and years ahead.

That being said Bush has nominated a guy, Bolton, who is both a hard core reformer and a fan of the United Nations based upon it's founding principles. Opponents of Bush have attempted to tag, with some success, Bolton as anti-UN, which is completely inaccurate. They've tried to portray Bolton as an angry, mean, white guy. A short-tempered cad who berates his employees.

Let's just vote and get on with it. We've got the votes, 55-45. The Dems made their points, irrelevant as they always are. It's beyond time to move on.

Pro Gun Condi

How refreshing. An senior government official who actually BELIEVES in the Constitution AS IT IS WRITTEN. Amazing.

Wednesday, May 11

It's The Border, Stupid

Hillary Clinton believes she has found a paved road back to the White House. Let's call it 'Border Security Parkway,' a brand new, smoothly paved highway on which Clinton finds herself, cruising along in the fast lane, comfortably alone.

Not that anyone believes a word she says. I certainly don't. But I will tell you this is another example of a classic Clintonian campaign strategy. Stake out and seize on an issue, hammer it home and then hammer it home some more.

Bush and the Republicans apparently think two wide open American borders are not much of a problem. They don't appear to be at all concerned about the fact that any terrorist has the ability to walk right into the United States, welcomed with open arms, to inflict harm and destruction.

Clinton, the biggest phony and most untruthful politician currently serving in Washington DC cannot be trusted on any issue, large or small. But the genius of the border issue is simple. A common sense problem like border security is one that will certainly resonate with the average Joe and Joanne. It will resonate just enough, Hillary hopes, that red-state America might actually take a good, hard look at the junior Senator from New York in '08.

God help us. So I urge the GOP to trot out a candidate, anyone, George Allen, Chuck Hagel, Bill Frist, McCain, my buddy JD Hayworth, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, Rudy, Santorum, to begin speaking about border security, it's importance and the completely obvious connection to national security. Let's have a national debate on the topic. And if the country believes Hillary is the better person to enact a 'border plan,' so be it.

Regardless of what happens in '08, the GOP has got to make clear that it clearly conveys to the American public that it, the Republican Party, understands that border security is a major and potentially deadly problem. Actually, it is an inevitably deadly problem. Sadly, it is only a matter of time before an attack is hatched on the US as a direct result of our porous borders.

Am I the only person who remembers the big moving van that returned furniture back to the White House after the Clinton's left on 1/20/01? Yes, Bill and Hillary STOLE furniture from the White House. It's true. They got caught and then they were forced to return all the stuff. Such Arkansas trailor trash.

Anyway, Hillary knew she'd be back. Maybe we should have just let her keep all that stuff?

Au Revoir, Mr. Miller

CNBC just buried The Dennis Miller Show.

Farewell and thank you Dennis for a job well done.

You are one far-out, wacky, intellectual freak!

Where The Hell Is Tom Daschle?

I sure as hell never thought I'd miss Tom Daschle, but I'm experiencing some nostaglia for the former Senate Minority Leader.

Let's remember the first thing a newly re-elected President Bush did the morning after the election: He called Harry Reid to congratulate him on being the new Minority Leader.

Yeah, the 'Loser' called Leader Reid. That Bush, he's such a 'loser.'

What kind of pressure must Reid be under from the wacko Left? Pelosi, Schumer, Clinton, Leahy, Kennedy, Boxer, all the crazies must be nagging poor Harry to death about 'taking it to Bush and the Republicans.'

Harry looks as if he's aged about twenty years in six shorts months.

Maybe we'll all get lucky and Reid will just drop dead. That would be cause for celebration.

DID I JUST SAY THAT? Sorry. Not very 'bi-partisan' of me, is it?

Waste Of Energy, Time

Surprise, surprise. A court ruled that Vice President Cheney does not have to reveal his secret energy task force.

Makes sense given the fact that the entire affair was 'priviliged communication.' Without that privilege no private sector citizen would ever consent to advising a government official.

The clueless Democrats strike out again. Isn't it fun to see them spin their wheels and waste their own time? But then again, they also waste a hell of a lot of taxpayer money, too.

Thieving bastards.

Tuesday, May 10

I'm Too Old For This Crap

I'm a Microsoft shareholder so I'm rooting for the success of the new Xbox 360, due to be unveiled late this week by Bill Gates, no less, on MTV!

But wait. I'm also a Sony shareholder. For whom to cheer?

I really should dust off my PS2 and finally finish Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, shouldn't I?

'Come Here Often?'

The Mayor of Spokane Washington is under investigation for using City Hall computers to solicit sex from gay online chat rooms.

Jim West, A REPUBLICAN no less, 'met' what he believed to be an 18 year old gay man but in actuality was a computer tech hired by the local newspaper as part of a sting operation.

SNEAKY BASTARDS!

You know those Washingtonians are a bit strange. All that rain rots the brain...

Now there's a chorus of people demanding West resign. Wait a minute. After all, if the Mayor is gay he is merely expressing his sexual preference, right? Why the homophobic reaction? Could this be because he is a Republican? Mmm...

If this guy were a Democrat we would hear pleas of tolerance from all the gay groups for 'his courage to come out of the closet,' or some other equally stupid Liberal crap.

Double standard, double standard!

Hysterical Rhetoric

Did you hear Vermont Senator Pat Leahy compare Priscilla Owen to a 'radical Jihadist?'

The Democrats are just completely out of control and I love it.

Comparing Owen, a Texas Supreme Court Justice, to the criminals who killed 3,000 innocent civilians on 9/11 is like calling Bill Clinton a 'statesman.' The description is just all wrong.

The reason that Democrats have their sights set on Owen is that she supports parental notification for teenage abortions. Wow. What an outrage! The nerve! What an outrageous position, alerting a young girls' parents that she is considering killing an unborn human being.

THE SHOCK, THE HORROR! That's just terrible.

Democrats continue to show their true colors. They are crazy, loopy, Left wing kooks on the lunatic fringe.

'Freedom Fighter'

The President spoke in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia today and received a hero's welcome from an estimated 300,000 people, many of whom consider him a 'freedom fighter.'

Monday, May 9

Arianna Huffington: Loser

Arianna Huffington is a LOSER.

No one, not David Geffen, not Laurie David, not Norman Lear, not Ari Emanuel, not even Pulp Fiction producer Larry Bender (LARRY BENDER!!!) wants to contribute to her new blog.

What a pisser!

Tough break, kid. Now go away. No one likes you very much.

Harry Reid, Coolest Dude, Ever

Democrats have been in the minority in Congress since 1994. They lost the Senate in 1998. They've lost two straight Presidential elections. And the Senate's top Dem, Minority Leader Harry Reid, thinks that two term Republican President George W. Bush is a 'loser'?

That's hot.

Didn't the Democrats spend most of the campaign last year telling us how they had the youth vote all locked up? Oh, that's right. In '04 over 55% of the electorate, ages 18-25 voted for the President! Oh yeah, but Bush is a LOSER! He got two million more votes than the other guy. He sucks.

Meet Harry Reid, intellectual giant. President Bush is a LOSER! How old is Reid? 17? What a LOSER!!! He was speaking to a group of high school students and was trying, pathetically, to relate to his young audience. How does one do that? Call the President of the United States a LOSER!!! Yeah, way to get those kids eating out of your hand, Harry.

Way to relate!"You're so f---ing cool, Senator Reid. You kick ASS. You got any 'E,' Harry? You ROCK, Dude!"

"Hey, HR. Will you burn the new Nine Inch Nails CD for me? Right on. You're the shit!!!"

"Boxers or briefs, Harry?"

"Mormons are so cool. Harry Reid is such a stud. He RULES."

"Harry, ya wanna get IRIE after third period?"

Being British

Last week's British election tells me that all future British leaders are going to lack the bold decision making and leadership qualities that Blair has shown on Iraq since 2001.

I'm very pleased that Bill Kristol agrees with me.

European 'Liberty'

I was flipping through the April 25 issue of Forbes and ran across this fascinating piece by Dan Seligman about freedoms enjoyed by Europeans afforded to them by the EU.

The striking thing is that at first blush it would seem that our neighbors across the Atlantic share identical rights to those of us here in America. There are protected 'rights' to marry, for the advancement of women, minorities and the disabled. There are provisions for those convicted of murder to have the 'right' not to be a victim of capital punishment and there are privacy rights, education rights and expression rights.

But when you get down to the bottom of all these rights at the end of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, there's one more right afforded to all citizens of the European Union. No one individual or group has a right to complain about any of the above rights. There is no right to oppose, no ability to protest.

The exact quote:

"Nothing in this Charter shall be interpreted as implying any right to engage in any activity … aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms recognized in this Charter or at their limitation."

Still think Europe is so great?

My Own Personal Lockbox

I almost always agree with my buddy John Fund and today's piece on OpinionJournal.com is right on the money.

Only brain dead Democrats could be against each individual American having their own personal stash of retirement cash.

This must become the law of the land. Do you hear me Republican Legislators? Get this done.

Kill, Kill, Kill

The only applicable rule in warfare: Kill the enemy before he kills you.

The Senate's New Deal?

From what I understand a possible deal is brewing in the US Senate this morning. Republican Trent Lott and Democrat Ben Nelson are attempting to broker a compromise that will essentially give the Democrats the upper hand as to whether or not President Bush's judicial nominees will be confirmed as well as 'rules' going forward on filibusters.

Apparently CA Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, an African American and the daughter of poor sharecroppers, will be the first casualty of this deal.

Excuse me, but there already are rules in place for confirming judicial nominees and holding filibusters. The rulebook is the US Constitution. What gives Lott and Nelson the idea that they can amend the Constitution?

No Way!

Remember Joe Klein? The 'anonymous' author of 'Primary Colors,' the behind the scenes expose of Bill Clinton's '92 presidential campaign?

Nobody knows the Clintons better than Klein. Now he's saying a Hillary Presidency would be a 'disaster.'

Thursday, May 5

'He May Not Be There At Christmas'

If the exit polling in Britain holds, Tony Blair has won a tight re-election battle, but he has suffered what some are warning could be the end of his political career since his Labour Party now holds only a 66 seat majority in Parliament.

Anything under a 100 seat majority is seen as tenuous for an incumbent Prime Minister.

RINO'S Hurting GOP

I'm about at my wit's end with the John Bolton 'controversy.' Of course, there's no controversy, except for the fact that Democrats are again playing politics, acting like spoiled children and being obstructionists to real, meaning reform at the United Nations.

In the words of President Bush, 'John Bolton is a blunt guy.' Bluntness is a fantastic quality and indeed a rare one in today's world. And it is a quality that will go a long way in healing the broken, pathetic 'human rights' organization.

The opposition to all things Bush is understandable from the Liberal point of view. They obstruct because they can. But I don't understand the treacherous behavior of Republicans like Chuck Hagel and George Voinovich. Questions about Bolton? What possible questions could there be? This is guy that the President wants. What's the problem?

People are attempting with some success to paint Bolton as a short-tempered, mean guy who doesn't work very well with others, but so what? I'd love to be a fly on the wall in Hagel's office to observe whether or not he berates his staff. I'd love to spy on Voinovich. Do you think he's ever lost his temper with a subordinate?

But that doesn't count now, does it?

The RINO's (Republicans In Name Only) are badly hurting the effort. I hear all the time from Democrats that they aren't as united as the Republicans. What a bunch of crap! From my perspective Democrats are always united! That's a big reason that are having the success they are currently having holding up Bolton and a large number of Bush's judicial nominations.

It's the GOP that is not united. How else can you explain Hagel wanting more information on Bolton? How else to explain Voinovich talking about the 'importance of interpersonal skills' with regard to Bolton?

Hopefully some of you out there are paying attention to this fact. That the GOP is a big party, with lots of differing points of view. We're not robots, even though sometimes I almost wish we were. At least we could stand firm and get stuff done.

The Capture Of al-Libbi

I was remiss yesterday in not blogging about the latest victory in the War On Terror. The capture of Abu Farraj al-Libbi in Parkistan is a big victory because he's al Qaeda's # three in command.

Remember, this is the guy who twice tried to whack Pervez Musharraf in '03, so I bet the Pakistani intelligence agents aren't allowing themselves to be restricted by the bullshit Geneva Conventions.

Apparently the questioning is yielding fruit because 11 other terrorists have been rounded up since al-Libbi's capture.

It is truly amazing to me the relentless and consistent resolve shown by the United States in hunting, finding and capturing these killers. It would not be happening without Bush, I can tell you. Those most surprised by our tenacity are most certainly the radicals themselves. Do you think it ever occurs to them that Allah isn't protecting them? Do you think it could be sinking in to these al Qaeda bastards that they are losing and that 'The Great Satan,' America, is winning?

Tuesday, May 3

'The World Closed It's Eyes'

If you need to be reminded just how irrelevant and worthless the United Nations is, go to your local videostore and rent 'Hotel Rwanda.' It is an important film.

It is an amazing film, primarily because of Don Cheadle, one of my favorite actors. He's brilliant.

I was also really curious about the way the filmakers would portray the hapless Bill Clinton's non-reaction to the murder of nearly a million innocent Rwandans.

Here's what they did. They downplayed it. The only mention of Clinton or his administration came in two sound bytes, one from the man himself (insert best Clinton imitation here) 'we're doing everything we can,' and Dee Dee Myers' taking some pointed questions at a White House press gaggle.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that 'Hotel Rwanda' gives short shrift to the notion that Clinton and the UN did anything on the Rwanda issue. Clinton, in his typical chicken shit cowardly Liberal style, simply passed the buck. And the UN, that great humanitarian organization, pulled the career diplomats out of Rwanda, leaving those innocent people to be chopped to pieces by machetes and gunned down by submachine guns.

One particularly poignant moment came when the UN's top commander in Rwanda, played by Nick Nolte, ordered his troops NOT to fire at Rwandan killers, illustrating yet again the serial impotence of the United Nations.

Perhaps this film will educate some people as to the dangers of Liberalism, the urgent need to be aggressive in fighting radical Islam on a global scale, the need for reform at the United Nations and the importance of electing world leaders with character and integrity, to ensure that we don't have another Rwanda.

Monday, May 2

'Republicans With A Plan'

Michael Barone is a genius political observer, having over thirty years' experience covering the goings on in our nation's capitol. I've always gotten the distinct impression whenever I've heard Barone that he knows exactly what he's talking about.

Today's piece from Real Clear Politics is brilliant. It's incredibly easy to forget just how remarkable Bush's victory last November actually was. For the first time ever, for example, an identical percentage of the electorate identified themselves as both Democrat and Republican. For as long as I've been roaming Planet Earth, Democrats have held a huge advantage. So this fact is historic.

I laugh whenever I hear, or read, how bad things suddenly have become for the GOP. What exactly is so bad? That we just rammed an energy bill through the Senate? Oh yeah, that's just terrible. Bankruptcy, class action legislation, tax cuts and oil drilling in the tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Great, great, awesome and (more) fantastic news. Or that the President is telling the truth about Social Security and the urgent need to reform it? Oh yeah, how awful. Is it bad for the Republicans that they are standing firm and not making compromises with the obstructionist Democrats on Up or Down votes on Bush's judicial nominees? No way.

And yet, day and day, night after night, the press makes it seem as if the Democrats have completely stalled all things Bush and Republican. Articles in the WP and the NYT shout 'Not A Mandate,' as if press coverage slanted to the Left has erased the results of a historic American election. They haven't.

I saw NPR's Juan Williams on 'Special Report With Brit Hume' one night last week. Juan is no conservative. Hume asked him what he thought of Bush's success with Congress and I was surprised to hear an honest answer. Williams responded that Bush has had an extraordinarily successful with Congress and then he went on to list in rapid fire manner all the legislation Bush has gotten through Congress. And then he said, 'We only hear about the Bolton controversy and Bush's out-of-the-mainstream judicial picks.'

Barone is convinced that obstructionism is going to continue to hurt the Democrats at the ballot box. I'm not as sure. But what I do know is that as long as the Left has no ideas of their own, they will continue to lose elections badly. Case(s) in point: This past weekend on the Sunday shows Dem-witted Senator Pat Leahy (on Fox News Sunday) and even dumber House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on George Stephanopoulos, made themselves (and their irrelevant party) look even worse by not knowing what the hell they were talking about. No plans, no ideas, no resolutions, just the Republicans are bad and Bush is a liar, cheating the middle class.

Or as Barone puts it, in '02 and '04, "Republicans who had a plan beat Democrats whose plan was a blank piece of paper."

The Runaway Bride

I sincerely hope that the police departments of Duluth, GA and Albuquerque, NM bills Jennifer Wilbanks for their time and expenses during her 'disappearance.'

"Blair's WMD"

British PM Tony Blair apparently is a shoo-in for re-election this week. Opinion polls have the Labour Party with anywhere from a 3%-13% point lead over all opponents.

I just came across this piece from the UK Independent, which blasts Blair for his "secret" plan to replace the United Kingdom's aging Trident missile defense system with a new generation nuclear missile system. Some critics have labeled this new arsenal "Blair's WMD." Others have claimed this is yet another example of Blair's "deception."

Wow. And I thought American Liberals were dense. Imagine NOT WANTING TO BE DEFENDED? Do Blair's critics HAVE A DEATHWISH?

I say the only defense is a good offense.
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