Thursday, June 30

Terrorist, Er, President-Elect


I'm glad people are paying attention to something I told you about two days ago...the new 'hardline' President of Iran is a terrorist and he was one of the primary planners behind the seizure of the American hostages that were held for 444 days back in 1979.

This guy will now be running the country and will no doubt make 'hardline' decisions regarding Iran's possession of nuclear weapons. Bad news for the free world, indeed.

73 Out Of 74

President Bush has ordered the FBI to consolidate under John Negroponte, the Director of National Intelligence, which will eliminate the barrier between the CIA and the FBI that existed prior to 9/11.

The White House adopted every recommendation made by a nine member Presidential Commission led by former Senator Chuck Robb and Laurence Silberman, except for one, which would have given the Pentagon an expanded role in planning some covert operations.

"The F.B.I. will not get ahead of the terrorist threat if it doesn't have a fully dedicated intelligence service, and now it will," said Jane Harman, of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said in an interview.

Dean & Matthews

Did anyone catch Howard Dean on 'Hardball' last night?

What a treat it is to hear Chris Matthews spread leftist propaganda, like 'Bush perpetrating the myth that Iraq' had anything to do with 9/11, to which Dean responded 'yeah.'

Then, to hear the stupidity of what passes for a Democratic policy position on terrorism-Dean criticizing Bush for installing terrorist fighters in Iraq-would the Left prefer we shift the war to middle America? Rather than Mosul, let's move the battle to Topeka.

We don't have a two party political system anymore. We have a Majority party that behaves like a Minority party and another juvenile group of zealots so fractured by ignorance, incomptence and indecision that they have become totally irrelevant.

Wednesday, June 29

'As They Stand Up, We Will Stand Down'


In a speech filled with relevance, here are my thoughts:

There is only one course of action and that is to defeat the enemy abroad or deal with it when it comes to us. The President told us in the wake of 9/11 that we, as a nation, would not wait again to be attacked. Rather, we would take the fight to the enemy anywhere, anytime the Administration deemed the threats to be sufficient.

The domestic enemy, the Democrats, have been insisting lately that Bush set a date for troop withdrawal from Iraq, a ridiculous demand. Bush explained last night the three reasons why naming a date would be a mistake.

One, it would send the wrong message to the Iraqi people, that the US would leave prematurely.

Two, it would send the wrong message to our troops, that we were leaving without properly finishing the job.

Third, it would allow our enemy to simply wait us out.

He's absolutely correct. Imagine anyone advocating what the Democrats are advising.

One of the many poignant moments in the speech last night was when the President quoted Osama bin Laden. The terrorists understand the importance of what is going on in Iraq.

"This third world war is raging in Iraq and the whole world is watching."

That's true. The world is watching and if the terrorists are allowed to win, or to achieve anything resembling a victory, they will become emboldened and then free nations everywhere [first and foremost the United States] will be targets for Islamic radicals. We cannot allow our enemies at home and abroad.

When defeated, the terrorists will have no home, no recruiting pool and no sponsors. Nation after nation in the region will take the Iraqi lesson and demand freedom. Citizens of Iran, Jordan, Syria, maybe even Saudi Arabia, will stand up and take their countries back from oppressive regimes.

That's the goal. That's what we're doing in Iraq, that's the wisdom behind our mission.

Viva Bush.

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Tuesday, June 28

What Happened?

Talk to any school age kid and it becomes rapidly apparent that history is no longer being taught in public schools. Just try asking any kid you know a couple of history questions. You are guaranteed to get some wrong answers.

Hell, a lot of high school grads can't even tell you the name of the Vice President.

My buddy John Fund writes a column today that I'm making required reading for all you RFL regulars. In it, he makes an important point that President Reagan, when he left office in 1989, warned about failing to teach history in the nation's schools.

Here's some words of wisdom from '40.'

"We've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion, but what's important," he said. "If we forget what we did, we won't know who we are. I am warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit."

Greta's # 1?


As John Kerry would say: 'What the f---?'

I cannot believe this. I know it's yesterday's news, but I was hoping it would just go away.

The world's most boring cable news show, the program that presumes to assume that the audience is only intelligent enough to handle ONE TOPIC PER SHOW, is now the number one rated show on cable television.

The apocalypse surely must be upon us now if this is the case.

I can watch anything on FNC. Cavuto. Hume. Shep Smith. Okay, I hate Hannity & Colmes too, but not as much as Van Susteren.

What's a four letter word for predictable?

Y-a-w-n.

Trouble

The President-elect of Iran, called a 'hardliner' is a flaming radical extremist.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a key figure in the seizing of the US Embassy back during the feckless Carter Administration. For those of you old enough to remember, that was the crisis that lasted 444 days that led to Jimmy Carter becoming the worst President in American history and the landslide election victory of Ronald Reagan.

I had high hopes for the future of Iran, as well as some key concerns. The concerns were of a certain nuclear pursuasion muted by the idea that the country was on the verge of electing a moderate reformer, not a 'hardliner' like Ahmadinejad. His election is indeed very, very bad news for the region and for the United States.

Terrible Lies


John F-ing Kerry writes in an op-ed in today's NYT that 'the Bush Administration is courting disaster in Iraq.'

Apparently our old buddy 'Lurch' still hasn't extricated his head from his ass.

'Disaster in Iraq'?

The reality is quite the opposite in that Iraqi's now have a Democratically elected government, citizens are free to pursue capitalism, oil production levels are higher than ever before, in short, there are a great many more positive things occurring on the ground everyday in Iraq than negative. And that's a fact.

The facts, as I have explained to you in copious detail time and time again, are things with which Democrats are not familiar. Kerry and his ilk are far more absorbed with advancing lies in the hope of scoring political points, an unconscionable thing to do in wartime.

Kerry also writes that 'the United States [should] insist that the Iraqis establish a truly inclusive political process.' We're already doing that. In the runup to the elections in January, the Sunni's announced that they were boycotting the election. Since that time, the US has worked tirelessly to include them in the process. How could we possibly be any more 'inclusive'?

Why doesn't Kerry talk about that? No, instead he talks about how the 'Iraq's Sunni neighbors, who complain they are left out.' Senator, they were 'left out' because they declined to participate.

John Kerry is nothing more than an ignorant boob and one of the least intelligent people in Washington.

'The administration must immediately draw up a detailed plan with clear milestones and deadlines for the transfer of military and police responsibilities to Iraqis after the December elections. The plan should be shared with Congress.'

Okay, so not only does Kerry want Bush to announce plans for troop withdrawal to Congress, but he wants this information to made known to the entire world so that the terrorists can plan accordingly. Yeah, that makes sense.

Read this absurd article and enjoy the stupidity. Anyone with even the slightest knowledge of war will see the fallacy of each and every assertion Kerry attempts to make.

Certainly I have my own problems with Bush of late. He has not clearly communicated what is happening in Iraq, all the good developments, all the positives, instead he and the Republicans have allowed the Democrats to frame the debate.

Republicans don't understand advertising and marketing the way Democrats do. The Republican message [or talking points] don't resonate with the public, even though the policies devised by the GOP are working abroad and domestically.

Tonight Bush needs to be his warm, folksy self and explain the need for Gitmo, the importance of Liberty in the Middle East, the democracy that has already swept across Iraq, the withering insurgency and as much of the battle plan going forward as he can afford to share.

Most of all, he must show the resolve, compassion, intelligence and vision that he possesses and the Democrats so sorely lack.

Thursday, June 23

Rove & Durbin


So the Democrats want Karl Rove to resign because of comments he made last night in NYC about liberals and their 'motives.'

Funny, but I didn't hear Democrats demanding that their colleague from Illinois resign after he compared members of the American military to the Nazi's.

What's worse, an elected official making obscene and unverifiable comments or an appointed official making a controversial but realistic statement?

You know where I stand. Don't you just love the reaction of the Democrats, I mean the Liberals? Rove must have really struck a nerve because the Libs are like a pack of screaming pigs. They are outraged to have been outted.

The truth really does hurt, doesn't it?

The Left Keeps Getting It Wrong

Rick Moran over @ Right Wing Nut House writes this brilliant piece. Read every word.

True That, Brother

"Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals."

--Karl Rove, New York City, June 22, 2005.

Wednesday, June 22

V.I.P.


Listening to talk radio this morning would lead one to assume that Dick Durbin is the most important man in America. Wall to wall coverage on every show just because he 'apologized' for comparing American soliders to Nazi's and the detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to the Soviet gulags.

First, I heard Durbin's comments on June 14 and I really didn't think they were that outrageous. He was expressing his opinion, and the apparent Democratic party line, which is that the Iraq war was illegal and immoral, that we should coddle our enemies and give them full access to the American judicial system and that Republicans are basically worse than Hussein, Bin Laden, Pol Pot, Stalin and Hitler combined.

But for this big deal to made this morning about Durbin crying on the Senate floor and expressing regret for hurting people's feelings-I mean, how stupid. What a colossal waste of everyone's time!

Durbin did not apologize by the way. He did not retract his remarks of last week. He just said he was sorry if anything he said was taken the wrong way or offended anyone. That's not an apology. Let's get it straight, shall we?

But then there's this: The Republican reaction. John McCain essentially siding with Durbin and saying 'who among us hasn't said something we regret?' Bill Frist talking this morning about he 'was looking forward to working with' Durbin. Yeah, lots of work is sure to get done between the Republican Majority and the Obstructionist Minority. Mitch McConnell declined to state an opinion about whether or not Durbin should lose his leadership post in the Senate. 'That's up for the Democratic Conference to decide,' he said.

Does anyone remember Trent Lott? He was forced out of his leadership position in the Senate because of something he said at Strom Thurmond's birthday party! He was not on the Senate floor as Durbin was when he made disparaging remarks. Lott went on an 'Atonement Tour,' to smooth things over. He went on BET, all the cable channels and attempted to apologize all to the disinterest of host after host and reporter after reporter.

The Lott story was front page news for weeks. The press simply would not let the issue go. And then the White House piled on, forcing Lott out in favor of Frist. Why isn't Durbin being made to resign his position? There is no question he should give up his leadership role in the Senate in the wake of this controversy if for no other reason than for the sake of consistency.

Durbin, since he's from Illinois, is fond of quoting Abraham Lincoln (whom he also disparaged a few weeks ago by saying he must have been Jewish because his first name was Abraham and how he was shot in a temple, but nobody noticed) and in his 'apology speech' last night quoted a passage that read something like (and I paraphrase) 'let nothing I say or do overshadow the good deeds that I do,' or some self serving crap like that. Way to go, Dick.

Instead Durbin should mention something else Lincoln said, and again I paraphrase, 'anyone who makes disparaging remarks about the American military from the floor of the United States Senate should be expelled, evicted or executed.'

I really like this quote from Lincoln too: 'Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed. He who molds opinion is greater than he who enacts laws.'

The Democrats understand this principle and practice it, day after day, election after election. I only wish the Republicans were smart enough to get this.

But instead, Republicans continually get bogged down attempting to glean positive press coverage by appearing bipartisan and friendly with the Democrats. Frist, in his comments this morning perfectly illustrates this. He's 'looking forward to working with the Senator from Illinois.' What gives Frist the impression that Durbin or any other Democrats are going to work toward the goals the Republican leadership has in mind for the Senate? What could Frist have used as a metric for the level of cooperation and participation the Dems have engaged in thus far to assist the GOP, the move the agenda forward, to pass legislation, or vote up and down on Bush's nominees? There is very little to use as examples of bipartisanship from the Democrats.

Personally, I hate bipartisanship. Bipartisanship is highly over-rated. This is politics and it should be rough and tumble. It should be a brutal, knock down, violent fight. This is the arena of ideas, after all, where one idea triumphs over another idea and, hopefully, at the end of the day or the end of the term, the nation is a better place because of the brawl.

As I wrote yesterday in 'Methodology,' I believe the pussy footing the GOP has been engaged in since December is simply a Bush/Rove inspired smoke screen as they lay the ground work for complete and total GOP dominance by wooing Democratic constituents like blacks, latinos and women. I hope they are continuing to be smart about this, anyway. Of course I could be wrong. But I want some fighting Republicans, not just the mealy mouthed wimps we constantly seeing and hearing. That's not what the nation wants or needs.

Tuesday, June 21

Methodology


The GOP sure seems rudder-less, leader-less, agenda-less, lately, doesn't it?

From the outside it appears the Minority party, the Democrats, are winning.

It was just eight short months ago that the Republicans crushed the opposition at the ballot box. The future seemed so bright and the DNC was in disarray.

I think there's a method to the madness. Let's call it 'planning for the future.'

Bush and Rove are in the middle of realigning the two political parties in such a way that will benefit the Republicans for a long, long time. Think about the inroads made in African American, Latino and Female voting blocks by Bush in '04. No Republican has done as well.

Doesn't it make sense that they are tirelessly working behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for '06 and '08?

Mmm. Yeah. I think it does.

More on this later...

Monday, June 20

Bob Geldof Defends Bush


Interesting to me that rockers like Bono and Bob Geldof are old enough to be reasonable in their politics. Both of these guys do good charity work, Geldof on the Live Aid concerts in the '80s and Bono today on forgiving debt of the world's poorest nations.

It seems that, with age, one becomes more intelligent.

A good buddy of mine, Mike H., is a disc jockey and hard core Leftist. He's also friends with Geldof. I hope he reads this:

'I had to defend the Bush Administration in France again today. They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American President for Africa. But it's empirically so.'

Bob Geldof, Time Magazine, June 27, 2005

Gitmo


What else can I possibly say about Guantanamo Bay?

Mmm...lemme think. Oh, I could say that I think it's better to have detainees down in Cuba than it would be to have them someplace in the US.

Since these al Qaeda thugs don't wear the uniform of an organized army and they target civilians, they are automatically ineligible for the Geneva Conventions. End of story. If you don't agree with this, you simply don't understand the subject and therefore you should stop trying to argue something you know nothing about.

Let's also remember that America hasn't suffered another 9/11 type attack since, well, since 9/11 and while there may be lots of different reasons why we haven't, I would say that the existence of Gitmo might very well possibly be one of the reasons. Maybe not, but maybe, just maybe. Do we really want to see what happens if we close Gitmo down due to supposed pressure to 'improve America's image' overseas? That's a big risk that seems totally unnecessary to me.

No, actually it seems stupid to me. Equally stupid are all the absurd claims by those on the Left claiming that detainees are being 'tortured.' The next time you hear someone spout this claim remember that the detainees that have been released from Gitmo left heavier (thanks to a healthy diet of chicken and rice pilaf) and healthier (due to medical care) than when they arrived.

Understand that one of the big rules in the terrorist handbook-after beheading as many infidels as they can and constantly praising Allah-is cry torture. The terrorists are smart, very smart. They study our culture and understand that the American people are a tolerant, caring group. Our democratic system affords us to care, sometimes too much about others.

That being said, our enemies know that if they claim to have been mistreated a certain percentage of bleeding heart Liberals and pointy headed intellectual types will have temper tantrums attempting to defend people who wouldn't think twice about killing them, us and everyone else in the world with whom they disagree.

This entire 'torture' thing is nothing more than a ruse and the stupid Democrats, anti-American zealots that they are, are more than happy to assist in advancing the propanganda.

Friday, June 17

Dump Durbin

The fact that this bonehead won't resign tells you just about all you need to know about the current leadership of the Democratic Party. What an embarrassment these people are to the country.

But to the Dems, Durbin is some sort of hero, a messiah. They aren't ashamed of him or the assinine comments he's made over the past week. No, they're using him as a fund raising draw!

'Enough'

Finally. Less American money will go to the UN.

Thank you Congressman Hyde (R-IL) for authoring this legislation.

Wednesday, June 15

Return To Laker Land

How did I know that this was going to happen? Gee, let me think.

I remember sitting at Staples Center back in April saying to myself, 'Dude, the next time you're here Phil's going have his ass back on that bench down there.'

Welcome back Maestro. You Zenheaded, Buddha loving, egg white omelet eating, six championship ring wearing, Sun Tzu quoting, soul patch sporting freak.

Annan Out, Bolton In

Today's featured op-ed on OpinionJournal.com is called 'The UN's Tipping Point.' I read it this morning with my coffee and it is brilliant.

While the Democrats continue to obstruct by hijacking the nomination of John Bolton to be Ambassador to the UN, real work is being done by Republicans (and former Democratic Senate Leader George Mitchell) to advance the notion of reform at Turtle Bay.

The bipartisan Gingrich-Mitchell report on the UN concludes that 'until and unless it changes dramatically, the United Nations will remain an uncertain instrument, both for the governments that comprise it and for those who look to it for salvation.'

It boggles the mind that anyone would consider the UN to be 'an instrument of salvation.' Certainly no one in Rhwanda.

Then there's Congressman Henry Hyde, the chairman of the House International Relations Committee, which has introduced legislation that seeks to curb America's dues to the UN if reforms are not met. The US pays about $500 million to the UN each year in dues, which comprises 22% of the total operating budget of the globe's most dysfunctional body.

That makes me sick.

The piece then goes on to say that with each passing day it appears more and more likely that Kofi Annan lied to Paul Volker's Independent Inquiry that is charged with digging into the UN's Oil For Food scandal and the involvement of Annan's son Kojo in the entire affair.

Apparently the senior Annan has told Volker he doesn't recall certain meetings he attended and certain contracts that were granted. Annan's words from past and present don't jibe to Volker's satisfaction.

Come on. Anyone here surprised? Kofi Annan is a liar. Is that a shock to discover? Not in the least.

As the WSJ piece correctly concludes, the only real chance the UN has for reform is when Annan leaves and Bolton arrives.

Bush Rips Dems (Finally)

I wish the President would do more of these types of speeches and not always in the friendly confines of GOP fund raisers.

"If leaders of the other party have innovative ideas, let's hear them. But if they have no ideas or policies except obstruction, they should step aside and let others lead," Bush said.

"Political parties that choose the path of obstruction will not gain the trust of the American people. There are two approaches. One approach is to lead, to focus on the people's business, to take on the tough problems, and that is exactly what our party is doing. The other approach is to simply do nothing, to delay solutions, obstruct progress, refuse to take responsibility. Members of the other party have worked with us to achieve important reforms on some issues, yet too often, their leadership prefers to block the ideas of others."

Truer words have never been spoken and all on a night, the 2005 President's Dinner, where $23 million was raised for House and Senate Republican candidates.

Monday, June 13

Not Such A Bad Guy After All...

As it turns out new World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz isn't quite the bastard the world made him out to be. I've always like Wolfowitz. It's just that in his new position, Europe and the rest of the global Left wing press can't pigeonhole the man as a warmonger anymore.

Why, he actually CARES about people, per his plan to alleviate African poverty. British officials are discovering Wolfowitz might actually become an ALLY FOR BLAIR. Really? An ally?

He's even attending the G8 Summit to press American officials for more aid for Africa. More aid for Africa? Can it be?

What is he? NeoCon Hawk/War Advocate or Peacenik? Who can tell these days, since Wolfowitz and Bono speak by telephone.

Paulie, don't let this stuff go to your head, okay buddy?

P Is For Peggy

One of the most brilliantly written columns I've read in a long, long time. I wish I'd written it.

Read and enjoy. Peggy Noonan is a beautiful, warm and wise woman.

Lynching Is Wrong

Is it really?

We must be coming up fast on an election year when Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and George Allen (R-VA) are co-sponsoring a bill that apologizes for the Chamber's inability to not outlaw lynching between 1882 to now.

Although non-binding (which means that it is completely meaningless) the bill apologizes for this failure and expresses the "most solemn regrets of the Senate to the descendants of victims of lynching."

Landrieu is a blatant partisan so this doesn't surprise me. Allen, on the other hand does surprise me, although he is running for President and will badly need the African American vote.

I wonder what brave soul is going to vote against this bill?

Ah, politics. What a clean, pure, selfless business.

Not Guilty

I thought so. Maybe I've just gotten extremely cynical in my old age, but I always believed (and hoped, prayed I was wrong) that the prosecution would be unable to prove their case.

As I told people over the weekend and today, it's just not realistic to expect low salaried public servants like DA Tom Sneddon to go toe to toe with high priced trial attorneys. The DA makes what he makes because of his skill level as a litigator and the defense attorneys make what they make commensurate with their experience.

Damn it.

After all the posturing and the 'celebrating' the prosecution did last week, they failed in their attempt to convince a jury that Michael Jackson, one of the sickest and most perverted people ever to walk the planet, molested little boys.

Can you imagine being one of those people brave enough to admit to being an MJ fan? That really takes balls.

Speaking of balls...Nevermind. This is a family blog.

Imagine being one of those people who actually, truly believe Jackson to be innocent? We should lock them up because they are really disturbed.

I think Sicko Freako is going to have a lot of time on his hands. He's absolute poison from here on out. No American record deal, no concerts. He's done. They do love him in Europe though. Don't forget that. Or maybe he and OJ can hang out.

My buddy Andre S. disagrees. 'He's going to make millions in Vegas,' sez 'Dre.

Send me some comments please. I love comments.

Ineligible

With more Republicans urging the Administration to close Guantanamo Bay, VP Cheney is out on the offensive, making the President's case (and a good case it is) for the need, the value of Gitmo in the war on terror.

Let's see. We give the prisoners copies of the Koran. We give them prayer rugs. We feed them healthy food. We allow them to exercise. They live on ocean front property. No wonder the United States is considered the Great Satan by the Muslim world. What terrible treatment!

The new issue of Time features an article that attempts to make the case for prisoner abuse of Mohammed al-Qahtani, a man the Feds believe was meant to be the '20th hijacker' on 9/11. What do they do to this guy? How do they torture him? How do they treat him? They make him stand for long periods of time and force him to wear pictures of scantily clad women around his neck.

WHAT BRUTAL PUNISHMENT!

Liberals keep referring to the fact that Gitmo prisoners are not being treated under the Geneva Convention. No, they receive BETTER treatment, as outlined above.

I'll explain it to you again. The reason Gitmo detainees aren't eligible for Geneva protections is that they don't wear a particular uniform signifying their membership in a particular army. That alone prohibits them from the protection. Furthermore, they also target civilians. In short, the men being held @ Gitmo DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE GENEVA ACCORDS. End of story.

More damaging to the credibility of those on the Left seeking the release of these terrorists is this: Some Gitmo prisoners that have been released have been re-captured by the US after they rejoined fighting 'on the other side.'

"Given the nature of the conflict that we're involved in, there would need to be some kind of facility that would allow you to detain people who are enemy combatants, in effect, who if you put them back on the street will do their level best to return back to the battlefield and complete their mission of trying to kill Americans," said Cheney.

'Given the facts,' about Guantanamo Bay, 'our policy is the correct one.'

Wishful Thinking: Guilty

I hope the jury finds Jacko guilty. Let's send this freak away so he can't scar any more kids.

Extrasolar

Earth's bigger cousin? Seven and a half times as massive and twice as wide as Earth? Fascinating stuff indeed.

But then when I remember that most of these scientists believe in the stupidly ridiculous theory of evolution, I find it hard to take them, or anything that they say, seriously.

'Maybe His Mother Loves Him'

Vice President Cheney cracks me up. I love his dry sense of humor.

What does he think of DNC Chair Howard Dean?

"I've never been able to understand his appeal. Maybe his mother loved him, but I've never met anybody who does. He's never won anything, as best I can tell," Cheney said.

"So far, I think he's probably helped us more than he has them. That's not the kind of individual you want to have representing your political party."

The vice president added: "I really think Howard Dean's over the top. And more important ... I think many of his fellow Democrats feel the same way."

Nice Measurements

Everybody hates Clear Channel Communications and it's not just the anti-corporate zealots either. I hate them too for what they've done to my favorite radio station.

There's just no personality to local radio anymore. The playlists are blurry and very limited. You'll hear about twenty songs over and over again. Two stations with similar formats, like rock and alternative for example, will often play the same song. There's very little innovative programming today. Every station in the 'alternative' genre, for example, has "Loveline." It's boring. As a radio listener I think that CC has ruined radio.

It might surprise you to learn that I'm a Clear Channel shareholder. I'm a shareholder because of the company's vast reach into advertising AND broadcasting. Their business model makes sense and it is profitable, which over the long run should make it a smart investment. (you can't see me but I'm crossing my fingers)

Clear Channel has changed radio nationwide. They have pioneered the multiple market model where your local DJ does his or her show in your city, but they they also record their show to be broadcast later nationwide in selected markets. This way, CC can employ fewer DJ's and use them on more stations. CC also owns a number of advertising and promotion companies and they bundle all of their services in one package: radio, concert signage, billboard advertising, etc. And they are about to do something else completely different. Create a new way to measure radio ratings.

Arbitron measures radio ratings by publishing diaries turned in by radio listeners. Those results are made available to subscribing stations one month later. Radio execs have long been critical of this practice. As a former advertising guy, I've long been skeptical of Arbitron's numbers because they are four weeks old. Given today's technology, that's pretty dumb or 'crazy' as John Hogan, head of CC's radio division, put it.

CC is inviting technology companies, including Arbitron, to submit proposals for inventing new a measuring system driven by current technology and based upon real time statistics. Makes sense, doesn't it? I like Arbitron's new ppm (portable people meters) idea. A person is asked to wear an iPod-size device on their waistband and it measures all the media that person absorbs in real time. We're talking music heard on the radio, billboards seen, magazine ads perused, all by the existence of an inaudible and invisible digital tag implanted in all the above media.

Liar, Moron, Part II

Talkers Magazine honored Al Franken with an award over the weekend and when he got up to accept it, he gave a nearly 30 minute speech!

Liar, moron, ego maniac.

Nice ratings, by the way, Al. Something to be proud of.

Parallel

The highest court in Canada has ruled that a Quebec law outlawing private health insurance is unconstitutional. Eureka!

Democrats, particularly Kerry, Clinton and Kennedy, have long been advocating the adoption of the identical health care system here in America and conservatives have thankfully resisted.

'HillaryCare' anybody?

People are beginning to realize that socialism, and by extension liberalism, is a failure. It took long enough, didn't it?

Friday, June 10

Blocked!

I'm confident that government officials were working hard (and are working ever harder today) to decode the myriad of threats and disjointed pieces of intelligence in the years leading up to 9/11. I just have to wonder why the national security of the United States was seemingly given little, or no, credence during the Clinton years.

This remains one of the great legacies of the Clinton Justice Department, under the direction of Janet Reno and her deputy, Jamie Gorelick, who erected a 'wall' between the CIA and the FBI that prevented the timely sharing of information between the two intelligence agencies.

Had these two agencies been able to easily share intelligence, a 9/11 attack on the United States would have been a much more difficult operation to organize and execute and it very likely would not have happened at all.

Thursday, June 9

More WS

With apologies, I've really been catching up on my reading today and came across more brilliance from the Weekly Standard, this time from Irwin M. Stelzer about what Bush and Blair are cooking up now for New Europe.

Africa and climate change? Are you serious?

Yeah, he's serious. First Blair wants America to offer an alternative plan to the much flawed Kyoto Protocol. Don't just reject the plan and go home, says the PM, but toss out a few ideas of your own.

Next is the mission of what Stelzer calls the 'change of governance' of African nations and their well chronicled history of war and poverty.

A fascinating read. Enjoy.

Two Chairs

The always brilliant Hugh Hewitt writes a great piece today in the Weekly Standard about the DNC's Dean and the RNC's Mehlman and why the press loves one and is bored by the other.

And it's not a big secret why this is so. Dean spoon feeds the press stories they don't otherwise have to take the time to research or write.

Leave It Alone

Key provisions of the Patriot Act expire at the end of '05 and President Bush was on the road again today in Columbus, Ohio pressing his case for the Act. As usual Dubya immediately cut through the crap and got right to the point:

"My message to Congress is clear: The terrorist threats against us will not expire at the end of the year and neither should the protections of the Patriot Act," he said.

Then there's this bit of stupidity from Senator Dick Durbin (IL):

"We do not want to end the Patriot Act. We want to mend the Patriot Act," Durbin said.

Liberals want to 'mend' it because constituency groups like the ACLU believe the Act gives police too much power, such as being allowed to search properrty without permission, reviewing reading lists of books suspects reference at bookstores and libraries and unfair search and seizure laws.

It might surprise you, but I agree in theory with the ACLU. In the wrong hands, the Patriot Act could very well be a dangerous thing. Like if Hillary Clinton were to become President. But I am confident of the Act being used and applied correctly in the best interest of the country under the care and feeding of 43.

Contrary to the unproven criticisms of the ACLU (the organization claims that some 7,000 people have 'complained' about being subjected to federal searches) we do have actual proof that the Patriot Act IS working and continues to protect America and Americans.

More Bush from Ohio this morning:

"Federal, state and local law enforcement had used the Patriot Act to break up terror cells in New York and Oregon and Virginia and in Florida. We prosecuted terrorist operatives and supporters in California, in Texas, in New Jersey, in Illinois and North Carolina and Ohio," Bush said.

"These efforts have not always made the headlines, but they've made communities safer."

Tuesday, June 7

A Proud Member

Howard Dean continues to step in it. The leader of the 'Party of No,' now he's been quoted as saying the GOP is 'a white, Christian party.'

Listen to the audio by clicking the headline above.

And yes, I'm a proud member of the superior party, the Big Tent Party. The Party of Big Ideas. The inclusive Party. The Party with no litmus tests.

The Republican Party.

Keep up the great work, Mr. Chairman.

Bloomin' Idiot

And speaking of appeasers. The Appeaser-in-chief, Jimma Carter wants the United States to close Guantanamo Bay to show 'America's commitment to human rights.'

Um, is this the same Carter who completely ignored the human rights violations of the Chavez regime in Venezuela?

Is this the same Jimma who has ignored (and continues to ignore) the immense human suffering in Cuba under Castro?

I've written many, many times in this space about the total, complete and unmitigated digust I feel that Carter was/is

[1] President of the United States

[2] A so-called 'human rights activist'

[3] A Nobel Prize winner

[4] Respected by even one single person on the face of the planet

[5] Alive, consuming air and taking up space that might otherwise be used by a better, more deserving person

When Bill Clinton was elected in '92 I told my father that the happiest person in the world at that moment was Jimmy Carter because he was no longer going to be remembered as the worst President in American history. Boy was I wrong.

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Europe

Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar writes a smart piece in today's Jerusalem Post, where he admonishes Israel to just forget Europe.

Good advice as Europe becomes more irrelevant with each passing day.

Like I've always said: Appeasers are losers.

Janice Rogers Brown: Thumbs Up

Can you say the word FINALLY? Two years late, but FINALLY.

'Intellectual Snobbery'

George W. sure is dumb. He's an idiot. A puppet. He's not very smart. He got better grades than John Kerry @ Yale. But apparently he's not that smart. Moron. The President of the United States is stupid.

How smart is Kerry? Here's how the NYT described him in '04:

"An intellectual who grasps the subtleties of issues, inhabits their nuances and revels in the deliberative process."

Doesn't that just give you goose bumps?

Braindead Liberals

The featured article in today's WSJ examines Amnesty International's recent record of supporting the rights of criminals and terrorists. Sorry no link here because I'm not an online subscriber.

From my feeble memory:

An Iraqi national named Shakir was in Jordanian custody until Amnesty International and the former regime of Saddam Hussein began to lobby for his release. Details aren't clear, except for the fact that he was in fact released and has not been seen since.

Keep in mind that Shakir was found in possession of phone numbers of several 9/11 hijackers, not that that means anything. Maybe he found them somewhere. Total coincidence I'm sure.

Shakir apparently is the link between Iraq and 9/11. This seems to be what the Federal Government is asserting. And Amnesty International, the global 'human rights' organization took the side of a brutal dictator in this case two short months after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in history.

William Schultz, CEO of AI USA (mentioned in this space last week as a Kerry supporter) appeared on Fox News Sunday and backed off claims made by Amnesty International that Guantanamo Bay was a 'gulag' and that Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld is a 'war criminal.'

Responding to sharp questioning by Chris Wallace, Schultz downplayed the 'gulag' comments as something 'not to be taken literally' and when asked about specific crimes committed by Rumsfeld replied, 'I have no idea.'

Rioting @ Abu Ghraib

Good. Let the terrorist bastards kill each other. And the next time one of these extremists tries to escape, shoot first and ask questions later.

Who Is Going To Elect Her President?

"There has never been an administration, I don't believe, in our history more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda."

--Hillary Clinton, 6/7/05

What balls this woman has. In slandering the Bush Administration she describes perfectly the eight years of oppression that was the Clinton Regime. After initially promising to be the 'most ethical administration in history,' the Clinton Presidency was marred by innumerable scandals, death, cover-up, illegal activity, lawsuits and impeachment. Never before in our nation's history has a President been so overtly corrupt.

History is in the process of being rewritten and since the American electorate is so uninformed, a good percentage of voters will believe Hillary's words to be true.

Friday, June 3

Dan Blather

I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't heard it myself.

This Dan Rather guy is delusional and he illustrated it yet again on Larry King last night.

"KING: Are you saying the [Bush Texas Air National Guard] story might be correct?
RATHER: Well, I'm saying a prudent person might take that view.
KING: Do you have that view?
RATHER: Well, I'm saying a prudent person might take that view."

Apparently Rather still hasn't gotten down off his high horse and therefore has yet to realize that his story, and the bogus National Guard documents obtained from erroneous sources, were discredited long ago.

Read the entire transcript by clicking on 'Dan Blather' above.

'The A.G.'

More Abu Ghraib? Are you kdding me? This time, even new and improved, with video and hundreds more photographs!

Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled that the 144 pictures and videos must be turned over by the Government, in redacted form (to protect the victims' identities) within thirty days.

Wait. What about the Geneva Conventions? Aren't Liberals all frothing at the mouth with concern that the Bush Administration has been violating the Geneva Conventions since late '01 with their treatment of various Muslim radicals?

Never mind the fact that prisoners of war, as defined by the Geneva accords, dictates that detainees must wear uniforms and be members of a defined fighting force. Nah, Libs don't care about the facts.

One of the central tenents of the Geneva Conventions, and this is was the primary government rationale argued in front of Judge Hellerstein, was that releasing the photos and videos would subject the detainees to further humilation.

Here's an idea. Since we just can't seem to let this entire story go, why not pitch a new reality show to Hollywood? Call it 'The A.G.' The Abu Ghraib. The stars of the new series would be rogue soldiers--stupid, white males from the south, hicks from Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi and Louisiana, many of them missing teeth. That fits in nicely with the Liberal stereotype of the US military, right?

A sample promo: 'Tonight, on 'The A.G.' Private Sanders shaves the testicles of Mohammed al Ramradi and forces him to watch as pages of his Koran are torn and flushed down the toilet!'

Thursday, June 2

George Mikan, 1924-2005

Mikan was the first superstar of professional basketball. Before Wilt, before Kareem, Magic and Michael, there was George. And he only made $12,000 a year.

I remember my Dad telling me about how dominant a player Mikan was back in the day. He just was so much better than everyone else on the court, opposing teams just didn't have a chance against him.

Mikan played his college ball at DePaul University and professionally with the the National Basketball League's Chicago American Gears and Minneapolis Lakers. The Lakers would become one of four teams to join the new Basketball Association of America which then became the NBA.

He was so dominant that the rules of the game were changed because of him. He's the reason that there's a shot clock. Teams would indefinitely hold the ball just to keep it out of Mikan's hands. He's also the reason goaltending was deemed to be illegal because he would stand under the basket when the other team had the ball and just 'tap it out.'

Deep Throat

I first became interested in politics during the Nixon-Watergate years. As a little boy I begged my Mom to take me to see "All The President's Men." And like everyone else these past thirty years, I've been extremely curious about the identity of the source nicknamed 'Deep Throat.'

Now that we know it's Mark Felt, formerly the number two guy at the the FBI and I could care less. My lack of interest in the story surprises me. Perhaps I don't care because it's a guy I've never heard of before. Felt is hardly a marquee name. He's not a Colson or a Dean or a Kissinger. Mark Felt? Who's that?

I just returned from lunch with a friend. She asked me about Felt. We talked about how, like everything else, it's red versus blue. Democrats are praising Felt, Republicans are talking treason.

Bottom line, Felt spilled his beans to Woodward and Bernstein because he was angry about being passed over for the top post at the FBI. Felt hated Nixon for promoting Hoover and he offered up some incredibly damaging information that eventually forced the resignation of a President.

All things considered, I think Mark 'Deep Throat' Felt was a crybaby thirty years ago and now he's an opportunist, out-ing himself for a lucrative book deal.

Poster Boy

Poor Howard Dean. He talks 90 MPH without saying anything of substance. He travels the country badmouthing Republicans. He wear cheap suits and takes taxi's. But he can't raise any money for the DNC.

Could it possibly be that he is alienating the very electorate that the Democrats need in order to again become competitive in national elections? Could it be that Dean, the arrogant and know-it-all doctor isn't really a leader? Could it be that Dean, the bomb-throwing, angry, combustible former Governor of Vermont is a big detriment as the public face of the Democratic National Committee as many of us predicted he would be?

Cool.

Howard Dean. The poster boy for an irrelevant, once great political party. Like Lee Majors was the "Six Million Dollar Man." Dean is "The Democrat." The perfect embodiment of all things Liberal. Dean's a dud, as are the Democrats.

I happen to believe that you get what you pay for, or in this case, you get what you deserve. I supported Dean for DNC Chair last year because I thought he was the perfect representative for the Democrats. He's a shallow, delusional, liar with absolutely no concept, no clue about the world and America's place as the only remaining SuperPower.

If Dean and the Democrats can't generate enthusiasm for their own party in Liberal enclave NYC, they are in real trouble.

Love ya, Howie. Keep up the great work.

Partisans

According to the Amnesty International website the organization is "independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government."

Really?

Why then did Bill Schultz, AI USA's Executive Director donate money to the Kerry Campaign in '04? And why did Joe Pitts, board chairman of AI USA give money to the Kerry Campaign in '04?

Why would a non-partisan organization take a partisan stand? It seems that an organization that strives to be taken seriously, as Amnesty obviously does, behave in such a hypocritical manner? Especially given the blistering report released last week comparing Guantanamo Bay to a 'gulag?'

Speaking of the 'gulag' allegations, I love what Don Rumsfeld said yesterday:

"No force in the world has done more to liberate people that they have never met than the men and women of the United States military," Mr. Rumsfeld said at the Pentagon press conference. "That's why the recent allegation that the U.S. military is running a gulag at Guantanamo Bay is so reprehensible. Most would define a gulag as where the Soviet Union kept millions in forced labor concentration camps. ... To compare the United States and Guantanamo Bay to such atrocities cannot be excused."

Wednesday, June 1

Internet Radio

I've discovered internet radio because of my Mac and iTunes.

When I work, write, whatever, I need music. I'm one of those people who prefers chaos and noise to quiet, serene surroundings. I do my best thinking, my best stuff when the decibel level is at an unhealthy level.

I invite you to check out Radio IO. Nineteen stations, from country to jazz, 70's, 80's and 90's, boogie, blues and classical, to pop, rock and world. I've been an everyday listener of Radioio Rock for two years and I'm hooked. I predict that you'll be hooked, too.

And wouldn't you know it? They started broadcasting advertising today. Just today!

Perfection can't last forever.

$3 Billion, $6 Billion, What's The Difference?

Democrats in Sacramento are pushing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to raise taxes on the rich to fund education programs by an additional $3 billion.

From the SacBee:

"Schwarzenegger's $115.7 billion budget proposal would increase school funding almost $3 billion from the current fiscal year. But education officials and legislative Democrats are asking for $3 billion more that they said the governor promised under an agreement last year but did not include in his current budget plans."

So what the Democrats propose is giving public schools $6 billion, not $3 billion.

This is not a revenue problem. It's a spending problem. The Democratic Assembly spends without regard to priorities. Waste is the order of the day. Waste is the big reason that California recalled our previous Governor and replaced him with Schwarzenegger.

Arnold was elected with a mandate to fix the state's fiscal problems and the Democrats are standing in the way of progress.

"Assembly budget Vice Chairman Rick Keene, R-Chico, said there is "no chance" Republicans will accept a tax increase."

We'll see about that.

Gulag?

Amnesty International thinks Gitmo is a 'gulag?'

Read this enlightening post via Michelle Malkin.

Breaking Up Made Easy

Break up the European Monetary Union? Let us hope!

The spin begins:

Alan Ruskin, research director at 4Cast, suggested Asian central bank diversification from the dollar into the euro, a key factor in the rise of the shared currency in the past three years, could now be questioned.

“The average speculative player may not worry about the breakdown in the euro in the next five years, but for those central banks thinking in decades and readily raising their ratio of euro reserve assets, these are extremely relevant questions,”said Ruskin."

And then there's this nugget:

"The fresh selling [of the euro by investors] was prompted by a report claiming that Hans Eichel, the German finance minister, and Axel Weber, the president of the Bundesbank, were present at a meeting at which the possible break-up of European Monetary Union was discussed.

The German Bundestag is also said to have commissioned a report on the legal repercussions of a country wishing to leave the EMU.

Germany’s finance ministry labelled the talk “absurd”, while Mr Eichel and Mr Weber issued a statement saying the euro was a “unique success story”. But the damage had been done."

The euro is a 'unique success story?'

Are you listening Laura Ingraham? a 'unique success story?' That's the lie of the day!

Two Blowhards

I respect Limbaugh and Sharpton makes me laugh. They'll probably hit it off famously, as long as they can fit both egos into the studio.

Just Say No (again)

Maybe this EU Constitution wasn't such a good idea after all...The smart folks in Brussels must be scratching their heads, wondering just how exactly this has all unfolded.

I'll tell you how and why it's happened. People in countries like France and the Netherlands actually DO believe in nationalism. Nationalism? What's that, you ask? Nationalism, the belief in one's nation to be a sovereign, independent country, like the United States.

The assumption was that European nations would gladly part with their identities and join a 25 member coalition with a common currency and constitution...it all sounded good a few years ago, didn't it? Well, it never sounded that appealing to me, but those Europeans are strange people. After all the Dutch did ditch their guilders for the euro in '02.

I like to think of it as a type of buyer's remorse. The euro was supposed to improve European economies. That hasn't happened and instead of unity we're not witnessing the beginnings of a mutiny, a revolt. I think it's a good thing.

The Dutch and the French rejection of the EU Constitution is a pleasant surprise to me. Perhaps I underestimated the intelligence of many Europeans. And the rejection has been overwhelming. The vote in the Netherlands was 63%-37% with 62% turnout. Very high.

How great would it be if that many Americans voted?
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