Saturday, September 30

victory

The new al Qaeda leader in Iraq claims 4,000 dead terrorists since '03? Sounds like we're winning, doesn't it?

"The blood has been spilled in Iraq of more than 4,000 foreigners who came to fight," said Abu Hamza Muhajir on an audiotape posted on the web on September 28.

Terrorist recruitment is down too. Sounds like we're winning, doesn't it?

Friday, September 29

'denial'

David Sanger writes in today's NYT about Bob Woodward's third book on the Bush White House, 'State of Denial,' and my first question is how does Sanger get to buy Woodward's new book 'at retail price in advance of its official release'?

Explain that one to me.

To the book. Sanger (since he's read it) claims that 'ol Bob's making some explosive charges. He writes that...

* Bush ignored advice about sending more troops into Iraq to beat back the insurgency.

* Rumsfeld is an idiot.

* Rumsfeld hates Condi Rice.

* Bush forced Rumsfeld to return Condi's phone calls.

* Colin Powell reportedly told former Bush chief of staff Andy Card that 'if I go, Don (Rumsfeld) should go.'

...I'm not defending the Administration, but I think that, at best, all of this stuff sounds as if it was taken out of context.

'what am i wearing'?

Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned abruptly today after questions arose regarding a series of sexually suggestive email exchanges between Foley and a former Capitol page.

The emails surfaced today on the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics website after a report on ABC News.

Foley's office claims the messages have been misinterpreted. "They have taken these e-mails out of context in order to smear a good man," said Foley spokesman Jason Kello.

Wow. That's some bad spin. Let's call it what it is. It's disgusting behavior and the pervert Foley was smart to resign. He needs help and I hope he gets it fast before he hurts somebody.

But the Foley people are still claiming this matter is nothing but election year dirty tricks on the part of Foley's opponent Tim Mahoney, a Democrat.

"They've (the Democrats) been shopping this around to reporters for weeks now. They want a headline and that's it. It's a political smear campaign of the worst kind," Kello said.

Thursday, September 28

oh thank heaven

People in Texas have so much common sense. Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. has announced that it has dropped Citgo as its gasoline supplier after more than 20 years.

From the Associated Press:

'7-Eleven officials said Wednesday that the decision was partly motivated by politics.'

How do you like that, Hugo?

more dirty democrats

Remember that $875,000 the Boys & Girls Club of New York 'donated' to the now-bankrupt Liberal radio network Air America? Money that was earmarked for social programs for children and the elderly instead helped keep human trash cans Al Franken and Randi Rhodes on the radio for an extra year? Remember?

Today's NYT reluctantly reports that the charity will reimburse NYC $625,000, keeping $250,000 for operating costs.

I say reluctantly because of all the severe parsing. Writer Sewell Chan doesn't call 'donation' a donation. Rather, its money that was 'improperly lent' to Air America. Chan also low-balls the actual number that was 'improperly lent.' The Boys & Girls Club didn't give Air America $625,000, they gave $875,000. Can we get it straight? If you're going to report on the story, tell the whole story, Dude.

MORE:

"The settlement, announced yesterday by the city’s Department of Investigation, is the latest but probably not the final chapter in an investigation that began last year.

"The state attorney general’s office is continuing to look into the misuse of the funds, and the case has been transferred from its charities bureau to the criminal prosecutions bureau, two people close to the investigation said yesterday."

another dirty democrat

Few politicians are as bitter, as nasty, as hyper-partisan than NJ Senator Bob Menendez.

From today's NJ Star Ledger:

"U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's closest political adviser was secretly recorded seven years ago boasting of political power and urging a Hudson county contractor to hire somone as a favor to Menendez, according to a transcript obtained by The Star-Ledger.

"Tonight Menendez's campaign says he has severed his ties with the adviser, Donald Scarinci, after learning of the taped conversation.

"Menendez and Scarinci were childhood friends and Scarinci, a prominent attorney with extensive contracts in state and local governments, has been a key fundraiser for the senator throughout his long political career.

"Scarinci was recorded in 1999 by Oscar Sandoval, a Union City psychatrist who had contracts with the county jail and hospital in Hudson County, according to two people familiar with the tapes who requested anonymity because the recordings are evidence in a pending lawsuit.

"A transcript of the recorded telephone conversation was obtained by The Star-Ledger and verified by the two sources. In it, Scarinci urged Sandoval to hire another physician, Vincente Ruiz, telling him: "Menendez will consider that a favor."

If there is any justice in the world this news will sink the Menendez re-election campaign and send Tom Kean to the Senate.

Wednesday, September 27

pathetic

The Democrats did it again! They've glommed onto another NYT leak-inspired (think false) story meant to embarrass the Bush Administration.

The sunday Times story screams that the latest National Intelligence Estimate, "a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government," concludes that the Iraq war has resulted in the wholesale increase in worldwide terrorism.

Sadly for the Dems, the NYT, the rest of the MSM and a whole bunch of other idiots, the NIE didn't say that. Instead it said:

'United States-led counterterrorism efforts have seriously damaged the leadership of al-Qa’ida and disrupted its operations.'

It also says:

'If democratic reform efforts in Muslim majority nations progress over the next five years, political participation probably would drive a wedge between intransigent extremists and groups willing to use the political process to achieve their local objectives.'

Read the full report by clicking the headline 'Pathetic,' above.

This is nothing more than the latest (and fourth) Bush-hating leak story the New York Times has printed.

First, there was the leak that exposed the terror financial tracking program. Then there was the NSA surveillance program leak. And, then, of course, who can forget the phony Valerie Plame leak saga? And now this NIE story?

What a rag the NYT has become. Bill Keller is such a great editor. Good thing I cancelled my subscription a few months ago.

Deliberately, and demonstrably, lying to voters ahead of the midterm elections seems like really bad political strategy to me. But this is what the Democrats have been reduced to, and its pathetic.

Tuesday, September 26

'feigned indignation'

"There he was on live television, the man those who have worked for him have come to know – the angry, sarcastic, snarling, self-righteous, bombastic bully, roused to a fever pitch. The truer the accusation, the greater the feigned indignation."

--Dick Morris, describing his former boss, Bill Clinton.

to the point

President Karzai's comments this morning at the White House were compelling and right on point:

"Terrorism was hurting us way before Iraq or September 11th. These extremist forces were killing people in Afghanistan and around for years, closing schools, burning mosques, killing children, uprooting vineyards, with vine trees, grapes hanging on them, forcing populations to poverty and misery.

"They came to America on September 11th, but they were attacking you before September 11th in other parts of the world. We are a witness in Afghanistan to what they are and how they can hurt. You are a witness in New York. Do you forget people jumping off the 80th floor or 70th floor when the planes hit them? Can you imagine what it will be for a man or a woman to jump off that high? Who did that? And where are they now? And how do we fight them, how do we get rid of them, other than going after them? Should we wait for them to come and kill us again? That's why we need more action around the world, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, to get them defeated -- extremism, their allies, terrorists and the like."

setting it straight

"We were not left a comprehensive strategy (from the Clinton Administration) to fight al Qaeda."

--Secretary of State Condi Rice, September 25, 2006

Monday, September 25

'false pretenses'?

The amusing thing about the Bill Clinton interview is this idea that he got snookered or was manipulated by Fox News Channel or by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

These types of interviews are far from spontaneous. Conditions are agreed-upon by all parties involved beforehand. Clinton knew what topics would be discussed and he agreed. Very likely too is that Clinton offered conditions of his own and they were agreed to by Fox.

That said, what innocuous questions by Wallace. And what classic Clinton. How many lies did he tell, how many conspiracy theories did he suggest, how much history did he try to rewrite?

Clinton claims Republicans believed him to be 'too obsessed with Osama?' Get serious. Even Newt Gingrich came out in strong support of President Clinton. Congressional Republicans wanted Clinton to do MORE not less about bin Laden. They supported every missile Clinton ever fired into Iraq. Congressional Republicans wanted Clinton to do MORE not less about Saddam Hussein.

Clinton claims that President Bush 'didn't have a meeting about bin Laden for nine months?' Wrong. Bush was in office for eight months before 9/11. Bush has received a intelligence briefing -- 'Presidential Daily Briefing' or 'PDB') every day he has been President, including Inauguration Day.

Clinton claims that 'the military didn't want to go into Afghanistan?' as the reason he didn't do more to capture bin Laden? What does that have to do with anything? Presidents have to make tough decisions. Blaming the military won't cut it. Passing the buck doesn't cut it.

Clinton claims that the interview with Wallace was 'a Fox hit piece?' That's a lame excuse. Could it be that the other networks just lob softball questions at the former President and he's gotten used to being fawned over and treated with kid gloves by the press?

The truth is that Clinton had bin Laden. He could have gotten him at least three separate times. (1) Sudan offered to turn bin Laden over to the United States, but Clinton declined, citing jurisdictional concerns. (2) The CIA had bin Laden corned in a safe house in Pakistan, but the authorization for capturing/killing the man never came. (3) Secretary of State Albright warned the Pakistani officials of an impending missile strike, the word got out and bin Laden escaped.

I don't blame Clinton for wanting to change the subject away from his many failures. Nobody would want to be remembered as the President who seduced a fat intern. But now he's beginning to look pathetic. Six years after leaving the White House and he is still on a frantic search for a legacy.

correspondence

What's this? A personal letter from the leader of the free world?

Pretty darn cool.

interrogation

Politics, by definition, is 'the art of compromise.' So the agreement forged last week between the White House and the Senate on CIA interrogation rules makes a lot of sense.

It makes sense because officers must know just how far they can go in questioning terror suspects. For every job, there must be a job description.

It makes sense to bar detainees from challenging their detention in court. Non citizens don't have a right to habeas corpus.

It makes sense that the people in charge have wide discretion and that there are "alternative" forms of interrogation for questioning terrorists. Some methods work better than others.

Thankfully common sense -- instead of squishy political correctness -- carried the day in this debate.

Friday, September 22

46 days

Senate Races: Real Clear Politics averages:

AZ: Kyl (R) 49%, Pederson (D) 39.5%
CT: Lieberman (I) 49%, Lamont (D) 41.8%
MD: Cardin (D) 47%, Steele (R) 43.3%
MI: Stabenow (D) 52%, Bouchard (R) 38.8%
MN: Klobuchar (D) 51.7%, Kennedy (R) 36%
MO: Talent (R) 46.3%, McCaskill (D) 46.0%
MT: Tester (D) 47.3, Burns (R) 41.7%
NJ: Kean (R) 45%, Menendez (D) 41%
OH: Brown (D) 48.8%, DeWine (R) 43.5%
PA: Casey (D) 49.5%, Santorum (R) 39.3%
RI: Whitehouse (D) 45.3%, Chafee (R) 40.7%
TN: Corker (R) 45%, Ford (D) 45%
VA: Allen (R) 48%, Webb (D) 43.3%
WA: Cantwell (D) 49.7%, McGavick (R) 40.3%

Election day is November 7.

iconoclast

Tony Williams, the son of Fox News contributor and NPR talk show host Juan Williams, is running for a seat on the Washington D.C. city council. As a Republican. A black Republican.

From Newsmax.com:

"Initially, it was a surprise to everybody in our family. But the whole idea was to raise a young man who was empowered to make his own choices in life. He is a conservative person and has always been. It wasn't a surprise in that sense," says Juan Williams, an avowed Liberal Democrat.

Becoming 'uncomfortable' with extreme Liberalism while Macalester College in Minnesota, the younger Williams became a speechwriter for Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) and was a Senate page and intern for Strom Thurmond (R-SC).

In his campaign for the city council, Williams is taking a page from President Bush's 'Ownership Society,' emphasizing tax breaks for entrepreneurs, homeowners, and renters. Williams is also a strong proponent of eliminating bureaucracy, ensuring that tax dollars are available for schools, job training programs, and housing loan initiatives for city workers.

This guy gets it.

"Democrats "offer a lot of benefits to the African-American community, whereas the Republican party said well, you're not going to automatically move into the middle class. The American dream doesn't work like that, you have to work hard and take some individual responsibility," says Williams.

must see tv

Actor Michael C. Hall, David Fisher on HBO's "Six Feet Under," has a new series on Showtime, "Dexter."

Hall plays a serial killer/blood splatter expert in Miami. How's this for a cool tagline: "Taking life. Seriously."

The creepiness begins Sunday, October 1.

holy crap

I'm gonna throw up. Excuse me.

Thursday, September 21

citgo

Hugo Chavez accuses George Bush of being 'the devil,' while he keeps 85% of his own people mired in poverty. How's that for irony?

This is same guy who came to power in '98 (after a failed military coup in '92) promising to reduce poverty. Once he became President he consolidated power and immediately began restricting the business community, civil society, and rival politicians.

This is the same guy who was actually defeated at the ballot box in '04. Mary Anastasia O'Grady writes a great piece in today's WSJ, "In Chavez's Crosshairs," which rehashes the attempt to remove Chavez from power by referendum. It almost worked.

Exit polls showed that Chavez was badly defeated, yet the pro-Chavez electoral council declared him to be the winner. And then Jimmy Carter claimed that he 'observed' a free, fair and legitimate election, despite the fact that there was a spread of 40% between final balloting results and exit poll data, a statistical impossibilty.

Word is Jimma pocketed $10 million cash on this scam. Mr. 'Human Rights' enabling a dictator and winning a Nobel prize.

Fast forward. I'm hoping that the Chavez affair this week in NYC will be a wake-up call to Americans about Citgo, the wholly-owned Venezuelan oil services company that does business in the US and employs thousands.

A diverse company, Citgo also specializes in asphalt, lubricants, petrochemicals, wax, credit cards, even sports sponsorships with race car driver Milka Duno and Florida Marlins baseball player Miguel Cabrera. And Chavez controls all of it.

Liberals have turned 'Halliburton' and 'Big Oil' into pejoratives. Why aren't they criticizing a dictator-controlled Citgo?

support

'An attack on Bush is an attack on all Americans. You do not come into my country, my congressional district, and you do not condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, do not come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State.'

So said Charles Rangel, (D-NY), today in response to Hugo Chavez. Later, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called Chavez 'a thug.'

Comments I believe to be sincere. I disagree with him on almost every single political issue, but I respect Rangel. He earned a Purple Heart in Korea. Pelosi? This is the woman who talks about impeaching Bush every week. My guess is that she had a hell of a time voicing support for the President.

But sincere or not, good for them. Good for Rangel and Pelosi showing some political courage. And good for America, too. But guess what? I EXPECT members of Congress to unite with the President in condemning Chavez's comments. So where are you John Kerry? Where are you Harry Reid? Where are you Teddy Kennedy? Where are you Jack Murtha? Where are you Barbara Boxer?

Every single Congressional Democrat should publicly condemn Chavez's comments. Otherwise, they are no better than Chavez himself.

Think about this. The things Chavez said about Bush PALE in comparison to the vitriolic things Democrats say about the President on a daily basis. Democrats don't find it necessary to defend Bush when he is routinely and inaccurately portrayed as an idiot. They assail his character, they accuse him of lying about the reasons for a war. LYING ABOUT THE REASONS FOR A WAR...an OUTRAGEOUS claim. They call him 'incompetent,' his Administration 'secretive' and his political party 'corrupt,' all without merit.

Before today, the only courageous Democrat seemed to be Hillary Clinton, who was the lone Democrat who denounced -- belatedly -- the British film 'Death of a President,' which features the fictional assassination of Bush. Again, outrageous.

Leaders are often maligned. George W. Bush is the most maligned person in recent memory because he is changing the world for the better.

numbers

"President Bush's approval rating has reached its highest level since January, helping to boost the Republican Party's image across a range of domestic and national security issues just seven weeks before this year's midterm election, a new Times/Bloomberg poll has found.

"The survey spotlights a continuing array of Republican vulnerabilities, but it also offers the first evidence in months that the GOP may be gaining momentum before November's battle for control of Congress."--

The Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2006

crazy

It is a myth that California is a big 'Blue' state. If you look at the way Californians voted for president in '04 the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles voted for Kerry but the rest of the state overwhelmingly went for W.

But Democrats dominate Sacramento. Arnold's the most notable exception, most of California's statewide elected officials are complete Left wing crazies.

Case in point: State Attorney-General Bill Lockyer is suing six automakers for contributing to global warming.

Lockyer claims that GM, Ford, Toyota, DaimlerChrysler, Honda and Nissan, are liable for 'tens or hundreds of millions of dollars,' in damages because their vehicles emit environmentally harmful greenhouse gases.

A hundred bucks says Lockyer drives an SUV.

validity

Georgia State Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. ruled on Tuesday that requiring voters to provide photo identification is 'unconstitutional,' because it 'disenfranchises poor, elderly and minority voters who are less likely to have a driver's license or other valid government-issued photo ID.'

God forbid we should take voting seriously. Serious voters will be more than willing (and able) to prove their identity, whether they be poor or elderly or a member of a minority group.

But at least this wacky judge is honest enough to declare that he is opposed to valid elections. Requiring voters to prove their identity only disenfrachises unregistered voters.

I expect the Georgia State Supreme Court will overturn this ruling before November 7.

Wednesday, September 20

'unbecoming'

Twenty years ago my next door neighbor's grandson, Curt, was maybe ten years old.

He was a sweet kid, with his fat face, although his obnoxious personality did tend to get on my nerves.

Anyway, whenever I've seen the face of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez on television, print or online, I've always been reminded of someone, somebody that I knew in the past.

Today I realized who that person was. It was Curt! Chavez reminds me of Curt, with his fat face and obnoxious personality.

Tuesday, September 19

very much 'a dictator'

Here's some good news. The judge presiding over Saddam Hussein's trial has been replaced at the request of the Iraqi prime minister.

Judge Abdullah al-Amiri was replaced after declaring last week in open court that Hussein wasn't a dictator, and for allowing Hussein to 'lash out' at Kurdish witnesses.

bush @ the u.n.

In President Bush's speech to the UN's General Assembly today, he addressed all of the current 'hot spot' countries of the world and spoke to them directly.

Afghanistan: "Together, we overthrew the Taliban regime that brought misery into your lives and harbored terrorists who brought death to the citizens of many nations. Since then, we have watched you choose your leaders in free elections and build a democratic government. "

Iraq: "Nearly 12 million of you braved the car bombers and assassins last December to vote in free elections. The world saw you hold up purple ink-stained fingers, and your courage filled us with admiration. You've stood firm in the face of horrendous acts of terror and sectarian violence -- and we will not abandon you in your struggle to build a free nation. America and our coalition partners will continue to stand with the democratic government you elected."

Lebanon: "Last year, you inspired the world when you came out into the streets to demand your independence from Syrian dominance. You drove Syrian forces from your country and you reestablished democracy. Since then, you have been tested by the fighting that began with Hezbollah's unprovoked attacks on Israel. Many of you have seen your homes and communities caught in crossfire. We see your suffering, and the world is helping you to rebuild your country, and helping you deal with the armed extremists who are undermining your democracy by acting as a state within a state."

Iran: "The United States respects you; we respect your country. We admire your rich history, your vibrant culture, and your many contributions to civilization. You deserve an opportunity to determine your own future, an economy that rewards your intelligence and your talents, and a society that allows you to fulfill your tremendous potential. The greatest obstacle to this future is that your rulers have chosen to deny you liberty and to use your nation's resources to fund terrorism, and fuel extremism, and pursue nuclear weapons."

Syria: "Your land is home to a great people with a proud tradition of learning and commerce. Today your rulers have allowed your country to become a crossroad for terrorism. In your midst, Hamas and Hezbollah are working to destabilize the region, and your government is turning your country into a tool of Iran. This is increasing your country's isolation from the world. Your government must choose a better way forward by ending its support for terror, and living in peace with your neighbors, and opening the way to a better life for you and your families."

Darfur: "You have suffered unspeakable violence, and my nation has called these atrocities what they are -- genocide. For the last two years, America joined with the international community to provide emergency food aid and support for an African Union peacekeeping force. Yet your suffering continues. The world must step forward to provide additional humanitarian aid -- and we must strengthen the African Union force that has done good work, but is not strong enough to protect you. "

Bush also addressed the ongoing struggle between Israel and Palestine:

"I'm committed to a Palestinian state that has territorial integrity and will live peacefully with the Jewish state of Israel. This is the vision set forth in the road map -- and helping the parties reach this goal is one of the great objectives of my presidency. The Palestinian people have suffered from decades of corruption and violence and the daily humiliation of occupation. Israeli citizens have endured brutal acts of terrorism and constant fear of attack since the birth of their nation. Many brave men and women have made the commitment to peace. Yet extremists in the region are stirring up hatred and trying to prevent these moderate voices from prevailing.

"The world is waiting to see whether the Hamas government will follow through on its promises, or pursue an extremist agenda. And the world has sent a clear message to the leaders of Hamas: Serve the interests of the Palestinian people. Abandon terror, recognize Israel's right to exist, honor agreements, and work for peace."

Two more years of the Bush Presidency and there remains much to do.

classy guy

The New Yorker published a 23 page interview with Bill Clinton? Why? What could the guy possibly say that could take up 23 pages?

Check out these nuggets:

On Iraq: "Authorizing the war in Iraq was a mistake, and I would have made it, too."

Yeah, but you didn't. The perfect time to get Saddam was in the mid '90's, but you were too much of a chickenshit. Monday morning quarterbacking is for Democrats, err, losers.

On the Bush Administration: "I am sick of Karl Rove's bullshit."

No wonder. Rove's brilliant political strategy has engineered massive GOP election victories for six years and counting.

Monday, September 18

art

The new 7.0 version of iTunes is pretty spectacular. It even has the ability to scour the Web and find all the album art to match whatever albums or songs are in your music library.

Pretty damn cool.

five years ago

Five years ago today was the big anthrax scare. Remember? Unknown terrorists sending anthrax-laced letters to Tom Brokaw, the NY Post, and Senators Tom Daschle and Pat Leahy.

'the departed'

Early reviews say the new Martin Scorsese film, "The Departed," starring DiCaprio, Damon, Nicholson, Sheen, Baldwin and Wahlberg, ROCKS...can't wait to see it. Vera Farmiga is a great actor, too. She plays Damon's girlfriend.

'religion of peace'

Notorious Muslim extremist Anjem Choudary believes the Pope should die for his recent comments about Islam.

From ThisIsLondon:

"Whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject to capital punishment."

"[Choudary] added: "I am here have a peaceful demonstration. But there may be people in Italy or other parts of the world who would carry that out.

"I think that warning needs to be understood by all people who want to insult Islam and want to insult the prophet of Islam."

For those of you who missed what Benedict said last week in Germany. In a speech delivered at Regensburg University, the Pope quoted a remark made in the 14th century by the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus that derided Islam.

Translated from German, the pope cited the ruler's view of Islam: "He said, and I quote, 'Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.'"

These people are so unreasonable. Its another reminder of the importance of the global war on terror. It is essential that we wipe each and every one of these Muslim fanatics off the face of the planet.

Sunday, September 17

when pigs fly

California will be the fourth state banning cell phone use while driving and Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd fame) is encouraging Americans to vote for Democrats in the midterm elections.

Are pigs flying?

(1) Arnold signed Sen. Joe Simitian's (D-Palo Alto) bill into law yesterday in Oakland. After July 2008 drivers will be fined $20 unless they use a headset, speaker phone, ear bud or some other hands-freeing technology.

It might surprise you -- since I'm a screw-off-big-government-guy -- that I wholeheartedly support this bill. I witness and/or am involved in about 20 near misses a day on San Diego freeways and surface streets. My life is routinely endangered by careless motorists (of both genders and all ages) who endlessly, mindlessly prattle into their cell phones.

Not surprisingly, Republican legislators in Sacramento are opposed to this bill, calling SB1613, "nanny government."

"What's next — helmets while you're riding a horse? Airbags in the bathtub?" said Assemblyman Doug La Malfa (R-Richvale) during the Assembly floor debate last month.

For the record there is no freeway in Richvale, which is someplace south of Chico. Can you say 'BFE'? I'd imagine if Mr. La Malfa lived in, near or around a population center, he'd see the wisdom of this bill.

(2) I never cared much for Pink Floyd. Oh sure, 'Another Brick in the Wall,' and 'Run Like Hell' are cool songs, and I loved Roger Waters' solo record 'Radio KAOS,' except for the last track which criticizes President Reagan.

Now, ever so predictably, Waters, who is presently on tour across America, is a Bush hater. How unique. How bold. How convenient. How tolerant. How open-minded. If he comes to your town, do me a favor and find something else to do in place of attending his concert.

Thank you.

Friday, September 15

injudicious, part ii

And what about the bill to authorize miltary commissions?

More from Frum:

"The bill to authorize military commissions now proposed by President Bush meets every reasonable requirement. It passes the test set by the Supreme Court’s Hamdan test, by asking Congresss for authorization. It creates a trial process that experts in military justice describe as the fairest such process ever devised by a belligerent power. It provides accused terrorists and other war criminals with lawyers, with ample rights of defense, and with appeal to a federal court of appeal, the DC Circuit. It obliges the government to share with the court any exculpatory evidence the government has."

Sounds good, right? Not to according to McCain.

McCain and his lackeys are concerned that these military commissions can use 'secret' evidence against a terrorist -- evidence that the terrorist himself hasn't seen. And they also object to the notion that a terrorist would be forced to leave a courtroom when certain evidence -- like classified documents -- is presented.

And how's this for a scary scenario? There are 12 known cases of released Gitmo terrorists returning to the battlefield. Suppose that during a military commission, a defendant views classified intelligence documents and he or she is later found 'not guilty,' and that individual again takes up arms against the United States in Iraq or elsewhere. Are we really prepared for al Qaeda terrorists to use US intelligence secrets against us?

The opposition to Bush's plan led by McCainGrahamWarnerPowell leaves the door open for such a possibility.

injudicious

Add Colin Powell's name to the list of high profile Americans on the wrong side of what I call "The Interrogation Debate," joining Republican Senators John Warner, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who claim that the interrogation of terrorists must be kinder and gentler.

Fanning the flames of this debate so the MSM can get busy playing up the lack of GOP unity on a central tactic in the war on terror is unconscionable.

If we can't use tried and true interrogation techniques on al Qaeda terrorists how are we to extract actionable intelligence from them?

McCain's ambitions are well known. He's running for President, is already wildy popular with Democrats and Independents and needs an 'angle,' a point of differentiation with the Republican party. I think he's found it, first, with last year's 'McCain Amendment,' which created a new Army Field Manual, and now, second, by injecting himself again into the fray by ascribing Geneva Conventions Protections to terrorists.

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum believes that McCain's '08 prospects improve dramatically with a Democrat-controlled Congress. He writes today @ NationalReview.com 'that the worse Republicans do in 2006, the more likely they are to turn to McCain's maverick candidacy in 2008.'

Sounds plausible, doesn't it?

Graham has long been a McCain lapdog, but apparently now has a death wish and has decided that he longer wishes to serve in the US Senate. His appearance on Hugh Hewitt's radio program yesterday trying to make the case for terrorists being treated with kid gloves was one of the most incredible things I've ever heard on the radio.

Claiming that Geneva Conventions are necessary for terrorists now because 'the United States will be fighting other wars in the future' and we have to make sure -- in the future -- that our people are treated fairly is DUMB. Our people haven't been treated 'fairly' in past wars and they have been tortured and beheaded in Iraq. Does Graham not know this?

Worrying about future wars means that Graham has a lack of focus on the present conflict, which is inconceivable to me. If we don't win the current war on terror there will be no America and no Americans.

I have no idea what Warner's motivations are on the subject. He's a moderate Republican, but I usually agree with him. He's wrong here.

My antipathy for Powell goes back '02 when he convinced President Bush to waste six months' time crafting the worthless UN resolution 1441, authorizing the United States to liberate Iraq. I believe it is during this six month window when Hussein moved his WMD's out of Iraq and into neighboring countries like Syria and Jordan. Powell is a reason, if not THE reason, we haven't found the huge stockpiles of illegal weaponry we thought we would find.

Add to that Powell's cover-up of State Department deputy Richard Armitage's role as the leaker in the Valerie Plame investigation and it is logical to conclude that Powell, hardly a loyal former employee, is continuing his campaign to undermine the Bush Administration.

hollywood & smart aussies

There's an interesting piece in the LAT about Hollywood's financial support for the re-election of Governor Schwarzenegger.

Media mogul Haim Saban will be hosting Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sherry Lansing, Casey Wasserman, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, James Cameron and two dozen others at a big event at his Beverly Hills estate on September 30.

Hollywood largely abandoned Arnold's campaign for Governor during the '03 recall of Gray Davis. But not anymore. They favor his nonpartisan approach to school reform, global warming and stem cell research.

From the Times:

"They see him as taking positions that mirror those taken by the Democrats," said ultra-connected Hollywood political consultant Andy Spahn, who was instrumental in helping the Schwarzenegger campaign secure entertainment-industry support. Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver, also played a large role in winning the endorsements by calling the Hollywood Democrats herself.

"This is a very significant list of names of major Democratic donors and major entertainment-industry leaders," Spahn added. "And there are likely to be others."

So who is supporting Phil Angelides? Bill Clinton, Barbra Streisand, Larry David and Jeremy Piven.

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Sidebar story about Piven. He's the brilliant comedic actor on HBO's original series "Entourage." My buddy Reid was partying in Malibu on Labor Day @ the Malibu Inn and was treated to an impromptu concert by Kid Rock (he's a Republican, BTW) with Piven sitting in on drums.

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Anyway...so reading farther down the page of the above article and I find this fascinating little tidbit:

"Former Vice President Al Gore found himself in the middle of a political spat in Australia this week as he promoted his documentary on the dangers of global warming.

"Industry Minster Ian Macfarlane told reporters there that he had no intention of listening to Gore, who singles out Australia in the film "An Inconvenient Truth" for failing to make necessary changes to control greenhouse gases.

"There are three places I do not go for advice on climate change," Macfarlane told reporters. "One of them is to unsuccessful candidates for the U.S. presidency who cannot even convince their own people that they are right. The second place is the movie." (The third, he said, is from his political opposition.)"

(Hysterical laughter)

Thursday, September 14

'first and last'

No wonder Liberals love John McCain. From today's lead editorial in the WSJ:

"A year later we're sorry to report that last year's McCain Amendment, which established the Army Field Manual as the first and last word on Defense Department interrogations; it also banned "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment."

It should come as no surprise, then, that this Amendment is now creating obstacles to getting actionable intelligence via interrogation. "As a result, Iraqi and Afghan insurgents can expect gentler treatment than common criminals get from American police."

One technique, "Mutt & Jeff," where interrogators can take on different personalities in order to extract information from a detainee. But the Manual warns, "[intelligence] collector must be extremely careful that he does not threaten or coerce a source. Conveying a threat may be a violation of the UCMJ [Uniform Code of Military Justice]."

Threatening or coercing terrorists? That's terrible. We can't do that.

The same goes for stress positions, sleep deprivation, temperature extremes and the listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Even though all of these methods, used alone or in combination, have proven effective while questioning al Qaeda's top dogs.

Can you say "undermining the war effort"?

condemnation

What's this? Amnesty International talking about possible war crimes by Hezbollah?

From Haaretz:

"The London-based human rights group issued a call for a United Nations inquiry into war crimes possibly committed on both sides, but Thursday's report focused on the actions of the Lebanese militants during the conflict.

"The firing of rockets into urban areas in northern Israel violated international laws that call for distinction between civilian and military targets, Amnesty said.

"Targeting civilians is a war crime. There's no gray area," said Larry Cox, Amnesty's executive director in the United States."

Amazing.

Wednesday, September 13

choosing sides

The Republicans rightfully say that America and Americans are in danger because of the rise of Islamic fascism throughout the '90s.

Republicans rightfully believe that America must defend herself and her citizens by any and all means legal and necessary.

Democrats believe that George Bush is a terrorist for doing everything he has done (and continues to do) to defend America and Americans from the Islamic fascists.

Furthermore, Democrats seek to protect and defend (through words and legislation) the terrorists, the very people who are plotting to kill us.

The facts are indisputable. They oppose:

The Liberation of Iraq;
The NSA Surveilance Program;
Guantanamo Bay;
CIA Secret Prisons;
The Financial Tracking Program;
Harsh Interrogation Techniques, among others.

And propose:

American Civil Rights for Terrorists;
Full Access to the American Judicial System for Terrorists;
Legal Representation for Terrorists;
Prosecution of High Profile Terrorists in American civil courts;
Troop Withdrawal dates in Iraq;
Cut-and-run strategies in Iraq, among others.

It's only natural to ask, 'what side are the Dems on?'

the gop & african americans

Maryland's Michael Steele, it should be noted, is one of three African American Republicans on '06 midterm ballots.

There's Lynn Swann, the former Pittsburgh Steelers Hall-of-Famer trying to unseat fast Eddie Rendell as the Governor of Pennsylvania. And the Buckeye State's Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is vying to become the next Governor of Ohio.

What would the Democrats say if we won all three? That we don't have a big tent? That we're racists? That all three of these gentlemen are 'Uncle Tom's'?

cardin vs. steele

The Maryland Senate race now comes down to Democrat Ben Cardin and Republican Secretary of State Michael Steele, (pictured above) after Cardin downed Kwesi Mfume in the Democratic primary yesterday, 45%-40%.

chafee wins primary

Politics is a game and it is a game to be won, but still I mourn the victory of Republican Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island last night, 54%-46% over Steve Laffey.

Chafee didn't vote for the Iraq war, he didn't vote for Sam Alito, he didn't even vote for President Bush in '04. This guy shames our party and is unfit to hold a Senate seat.

The GOP, wisely playing the game, believes that the much better candidate, conservative Laffey, couldn't win statewide, so the party support (and money) went to Chafee.

congressional muslim?

Keith Ellison (pictured above) won the Democratic primary yesterday in Minnesota's 5th District and if he defeats moderate Republican Alan Fine in November, he'll be the first Muslim elected to Congress.

God (not Allah) help us.

bankruptcy

...or 'restructuring' if you prefer. Whatever the case, Air America can now officially be described as a failure.

Of course, 'ThingProgress.org' doesn't characterize it that way. The headline announcing the bankruptcy is 'Air America To Declare Bankruptcy, But Progressive Radio Remains Strong.'

Yeah, sure it does. If 'progressive' radio was 'strong' Air America would be making money instead of needing big monthly cash infusions from Rob Glaser and George Soros.

If 'progressive' radio was strong Air America would have gotten solid ratings nationwide, or at least in Liberal strongholds like Manhattan, Chicago and LA. They didn't.

'Progressive' radio should definitely be stronger thanks to the tremendous push in the press than Air America has received. The NYT alone has been the network's biggest cheerleader, running favorable, fawning pieces about the network itself, their personalities, their executives, to no avail. If all of this good press couldn't manufacture an audience for Air America...that must really mean nobody cares, right?

"The right wing is sure to seize on Air America’s financial woes as a sign that progressive talk radio is unpopular," writes Nico at ThinkProgress.

Yeah, pretty much.

Tuesday, September 12

democracy @ work

The Chrisitan Science Monitor writes that the Palestinians 'are turning into democrats.'

American, Israeli and EU sanctions are driving the events on the ground:

(+) The Palestinians have formed a 'unity' government between the Islamist Hamas and the secular Fatah.

(+) A majority of Palestinians says they want peaceful coexistence with Israel.

(+) Teachers, doctors, and other civil servants are demanding to be paid and are holding massive strikes.

(+) Hamas seems to be reluctant to engage in bad behavior after the Israeli/Lebanese war.

"An elected government accountable to the people, is indeed being held accountable."

wwjd?

Today's lead editorial in the WSJ asks the pertinent question: "What would Jack Bauer do?" in response to a piece in yesterday's WaPo.

It seems that the real life counterterrorism officials who interrogated al Qaeda agents Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah are signing up for a government-reimbursed insurance plan to protect them from judgments and legal costs just in case the ACLU decides to sue.

From WaPo:

"Details of the rough interrogations could come to light if trials are held for any of the approximately 100 detainees who were held in the prisons."

'Rough interrogations'? Sunday's NYT reported that interrogators were able to get Zubaydah, who is essentially al Qaeda's COO, to name names by putting him in a cold room and forcing him to listen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Partisan retribution for doing one's job AND protecting the country? A new low, courtesy of the Left. And I think we are in serious danget of losing the war on terror because of the political shenanigans of the Democrats.

240 songs

The latest iPod shuffle is 1.62" long, weighs half an ounce and costs $79.

guests

Illegals should study the example of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and follow it closely.

Arnold never expected a handout. He's worked for everything he's gotten. He assimilated, learned the language, worked hard and became a citizen legally.

The Governor writes in the LAT today:

"To the immigrant rights activists I say: Change your message. When I came to America, I wrapped myself in the flag because I wanted to be a part of the American dream. I worked hard, learned English and followed the laws. I learned the customs and culture of my new country. I spent time with English-speakers just so I could hear them talk and learn the language from them.

"Being an immigrant is like being a guest in someone's house. Your hosts go about their daily routine. You can sit on the couch and do your own thing, or you can ask, "What can I do to help? How can I be a part of this household?"

"What people see today when immigrant rights activists march in the streets carrying Mexican flags and angry signs is that you do not want to join America's house. The message that sends is that you do not want to learn our language or our culture. Unlike the message sent by the masses of Irish, Italian, German and Asian immigrants, whom Americans now proudly call our "melting pot," these images suggest that Mexican immigrants do not want to make that effort."

There is nothing worse than guests who overstay their welcome.

primary tuesday

Rhode Island: Today could be the last day of Lincoln Chafee's pathetic political career. One can only hope. Vote for Steve Laffey.

Maryland: Ben Cardin has opened up a 9 point lead over Kwasi Mfume. An Mfume loss helps Mike Steele.

Arizona: Democrat Gabrielle Giffords and Republican Randy Graf are said to be cruising to easy victories.

Illinois: Governor Rod Blagojevich has a comfortable 12 point lead over Republican Judy Baar Topinka.

Monday, September 11

9/11/06

"Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would leave us alone."

--President George W. Bush, from the Oval Office, Monday, September 11, 2006

local

Are things looking less rosy suddenly for the Dems in New York? What about in Georgia?

As we all know, the Dems can't take the House unless they win 15 seats and that is looking less and less likely, according to both the LAT and NYT.

In New York, Republican candidates, according to the NYT, who 'have been trying to shift the focus of the races away from hostility toward the Bush administration to more local concerns, like the potential loss of federal aid to their districts if they lose veteran congressmen.

Representative John E. Sweeney, one of the Republican incumbents, thinks the Democrats' strategy of using anti-Bush sentiment as a rallying point in the midterm races is a mistake. “Congressional races are local,” he said. “There can be superseding events like Watergate. But those are rare. These races really are a referendum on the people running.”

And in Georgia, Liberals Jim Marshall of Macon and John Barrow of Savannah expected a cakewalk. But they are facing stiff challenges from a pair of former Republican congressmen, Mac Collins and Max Burns, with big names and big money.

tolerant, open minded

"Path to 9/11" Part 2 will be airing on Saturday here in San Diego, not tonight, like everywhere else in the country because of the Raiders/Chargers game.

Since I'm a former hotshot, influential advertising creative director in this town I suspected that local ABC affiliate KGTV might have a contractual agreement with ESPN to do a simulcast of the game...

So I called the station today and had a nice conversation with the public affairs coordinator. Sure enough, ESPN's the fly in the ointment.

The woman I spoke with told me that she's been fielding angry, mean, nasty, threatening calls the past week from people promising boycotts of station programming and advertisers if "Path" was allowed to air.

"Sounds like the MoveOn.org nuts," I said.

"Exactly," she said. "Those people are insane."

Democrats seeking to censor free speech? Say it ain't so.

changes

Adding up to just 70 seconds worth of screen time, these are the edited scenes of "The Path to 9/11" from the AP:

(1) Richard Clarke (played by Stephen Root) shares a limousine ride with FBI agent John O'Neill [played by Harvey Keitel] and tells him: "The Republicans are going all-out for impeachment. I just don't see in that climate the president's going to take chances" and give the order to kill bin Laden.

On the final version aired Sunday Clarke says to O'Neill: "The president has assured me this [Lewinsky] won't affect his decision-making."

(2) Clarke mentioning that he didn't know what Clinton was going to do about bin Laden. "The Lewinsky thing is a noose around his neck."

That scene was cut from the film.

(3) A team of CIA operatives poised outside of bin Laden's fortress in Afghanistan, ready to attack, showed national security adviser Samuel R. Berger (actor bio missing from ABC.com) hanging up on CIA chief George Tenet (played by Dan Lauria) as Tenet sought permission to attack bin Laden.

In the final version this scene was substantially shortened from the original. Instead, pictures of the waiting Afghanistan operatives were interspersed with those of officials in Washington, who had to approve the mission, and it did not include Berger hanging up.

Left unchanged was a scene depicting the aftermath of an order by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (played by Shirley Douglas) to alert the Pakistanis ahead of time about an airstrike against bin Laden, which Tenet said let the al-Qaida leader slip away.

Clinton officials claim this, as well as the Berger-Tenet scene, didn't happen.

Sunday, September 10

intact

I'm watching "The Path to 9/11" and it seems so far that ABC left the miniseries intact, even the 'controversial' scene about Clinton/Berger/Reno chickening out on capturing/killing bin Laden when they had the chance in June '98.

Even the John O'Neill and Richard Clarke characters mock Clinton as 'pathetic' for his unwillingness to give the order take down Osama.

And...distracted by Lewinsky, Clinton/Albright/Cohen/Tenet coordinate a worthless missile strike on an aspirin factory in the Sudan, killing civilians and angering the Muslim world. The film portrays this as 'Washington trying to kill Osama.' Albright and Berger especially come off looking like bureaucratic boobs, after 'empowering bin Laden.'

I hope America is watching.

more human than human

Now that Abu Ghraib is being run by the Iraqis there are new allegations of abuse. It seems that there is now -- get this --nostalgia for the days when the Americans were in charge.

Turns out the Americans treated those prisoners humanely after all!

necessary

The violence continued today in Baghdad, with bombs exploding outside a cell phone store near Tahrir Square, a popular shopping center known for electronics, and outside a police station.

The terrorists are trying to prevent ordinary Iraqis from living their lives. They hope fear will paralyze progress. Progress in government, progress in capitalism and progress in democracy.

Going shopping, buying a new cell phone, these are things Americans take for granted. God forbid, if we're attacked again here on American soil, we will be reminded again of the stakes of the war we're currently fighting. With 9/11 five years in our nation's memory, the Democrats would have us leave Iraq, abdicating our role as the globe's only superpower, ignoring the long term peril it would cause both America and the Middle East.

Violence in Iraq is disconcerting and impossible to ignore. Bodies are left on city streets and in the Tigris River, after having been tortured and/or decapitated. Some have their hands and feet tied. Yet, this savagery underscores the need to defeat these Islamic fascists so the killing will stop and the world will be safer.

cowardly

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) says the world would be better of with Saddam Hussein in power.

"Saddam wasn't going to attack us. He would've been isolated there," says Rockefeller.

Leaving a ruthless dictator in power in the Middle East? Leaving Hussein alone, after he violated 12 years worth of UN resolutions? Leave Hussein alone after he violated the no fly zone rules for 12 years by firing on American planes? Leaving Hussein alone so that he could continue to rape, kill, torture and terrorize his own people? Leaving Hussein alone to pay the families of Palestinian suicide bombers and fund terrorist enterprises around the globe?

The Democrats are such cowards. The pacifistic Left is unqualified to lead. The status quo thinking favored by Pelosi, Reid, Clinton, Kerry, Murtha, Kennedy and Schumer went out the window on 9/11/01. Protecting America from ALL possible threats is the only smart strategery going forward.

Friday, September 8

desperation

Claire McCaskill, the Democratic candidate for Senator from Missouri, must really be in trouble.

"George Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were poor and because they were black," she said earlier this week.

Vote for Jim Talent. He's been great on the Armed Services Committee.

In Pennsylvania, Senator Rick Santorum has narrowed the 18 point lead once held by lightweight Democrat Bob Casey. Depending on the poll Santorum is down anywhere from 6%-8% with 60 days to go.

Santorum, as I've long predicted, is going to win and there's a simple reason. He stands for something. Ask him a question and you always get an answer, a unique character trait for any politician.

The same can't be said for Casey, who, like all of his fellow Democrats tend to think that good policy only involves taxing the rich, surrendering to terrorists and becoming more like Europe. Ask a Democrat a question and the answer you get will be inevitably one of the following:

(a) Bush screwed up Katrina
(b) Bush screwed up Iraq
(c) Bush screwed up the economy
(d) Bush is dumb
(e) Bush sucks

Who was it that famously said, "A list of grievances is not a plan'? Oh yeah, it was President Bush.

The GOP continues to be such a bright contrast to the dark, depressing, gloomy, no plan Democrats.

Maryland GOP Senatorial candidate Michael Steele is such a solid candidate, such a consensus builder even hard Lefty Russell Simmons, the hip hop mogul, has endorsed Steele.

Steele has an agenda for American energy independence. It calls for a 120-day moratorium on the federal gas tax and the federal diesel tax, which would result in saving consumers 18 cents-a-gallon+ on their fuel costs. And Steele wants to double the budget for biomass and bio refinery research and development, while renewing and expanding tax credits for hybrid technology, E85 fuels and alternative energy sources.

That's a much more pro-active approach than slamming a windfall profits tax on the oil companies and discouraging exploration, which is the solution proposed by the Dems.

In New Jersey, Tom Keane, Jr. is going to beat the appointed and ethically challenged Bob Menendez, who is under federal investigation for alleged improper financial dealings with a non-profit organization.

Kean supports President Bush's health savings accounts and medical malpractice reform, is for lower taxes, a strong national defense and the importance of fighting and winning the global war on terror.

*Sniff, sniff, sniff. What's the smell? Could it be? (PAUSE) Yes it is. Its desperation on the Left.

fighting

Imagine if Democrats fought terrorism as vociferously as they have been fighting ABC television over "The Path to 9/11."

Thursday, September 7

snip, snip, snip

I've enjoyed watching Bill Clinton make an ass out of himself this week over the ABC miniseries "The Path to 9/11." The former Prez is actually demanding that the network pull the miniseries. And now Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid are both threatening to pull ABC's broadcast license if they air the film this coming Sunday and Monday night.

What about freedom of speech?

The former President, Sandy Berger and Madeline Albright -- all three acknowledged liars -- are making so much noise and complaining so loudly, it gives the film even more credibility. If this film is so over the top, so scandalous, then the film will be roudly rejected by the public. Unless its true. But we can't have that now, can we?

God forbid the Democrats would tell America the truth about taxes or the environment or terrorism, or national security or the war in Iraq. There's just no way in hell the Left will ever tell Americans that Bill Clinton is solely responsible for 9/11.

In my experience gentlemen rarely need to explain themselves. And you certainly wouldn't ever need to send your former National Security Advisor into the National Archives to steal classified documentation by stuffing national secrets into your underwear.

"Many of the people who have expressed opinions about the film have yet to see it in its entirety or in its final broadcast form. We hope viewers will watch the entire broadcast before forming their own opinion," said ABC spokesman Jonathan Hogan.

P.S. I don't recall Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan or Bush launching massive media campaigns after they left office, disputing the assertions of a book or a made-for-television movie.

So much for artistic integrity.

P.S. In other "Path" news...Scholastic (the big educational publisher) announced today they are pulling the educational version of the film from schools after pressure from the Democrats, thereby guranteeing that an entire generation of young Americans will be taught that George Bush caused 9/11.

Wednesday, September 6

justice?

President Bush has announced that he's going to give 14 'high value' al Qaeda terrorists protections under the Geneva Conventions to comply with the recent Hamdam decision by the Supreme Court.

Call me crazy, but I don't think terrorists should have any rights. I say we lock the 14 in a room with the relatives of the 9/11 victims. Let them deliver the hands of justice.

do the anti-nancy

Newt Gingrich offers 11 brilliant ways for Republicans to declare that they are the anti-Nancy Pelosi, 60 days ahead of the midterm elections.

1. Make English the Official Language of Government.
2. Control the Borders.
3. Keep God in the Pledge.
4. Require a Voter ID Card.
5. Repeal the Death Tax, for Good.
6. Restore Property Rights.
7. Achieve Sustainable Energy Independence.
8. Control Spending and Balance the Budget.
9. Tie Education Funding to Teacher Accountability.
10. Defend America From the Irreconcilable Wing of Islam.
11. Focus on Iran and North Korea.

Stark contrast indeed. I'm all for it.

Tuesday, September 5

'the message remains fully intact'

From Hugh Hewitt's email box came this note from someone who appears to be a Hollywood "insider" about the cuts/non cuts made to the ABC miniseries "The Path to 9/11," which airs this coming Sunday and Monday.

"The Disney execs met all through the weekend - unheard of in this business - debating what changes would be made and what concessions should be given. Here is what looks to be the conclusion:

- There will be a handful of tweaks made to a few scenes.
- They are minor, and nuance in most cases - a line lift here, a tweak to the edit there.
- There are 900 screeners out there. When this airs this weekend, there will be a number of people who will spend their free evenings looking for these changes and will be hard pressed to identify them. They are that minor.
- The average viewer would not be able to tell the difference between the two versions.
- The message of the Clinton Admin failures remains fully intact.

The story here is the backlash that the Disney/ABC execs experienced was completely unexpected and is what caused them to question themselves and make these changes at all. Had this been the Bush Admin pressuring, they wouldn't have even taken the call. The execs and studio bosses are dyed in the wool liberals and huge supporters of Clinton and the Democratic Party in general. They had no idea any of this could happen. As I understand this, the lawyers and production team spent literally months corroborating every story point down to the sentence. The fact that they were the attacked and vilified by their "own team" took them completely by surprise; this is the first time they've been labeled right-wing, conservative conspiracists.

The scramble caused by this backlash was so all consuming that the execs spent their holiday weekend behind closed door meetings and revamped their ad campaign. But at the end of their mad scramble, they found only a handful of changes they could make and still be true to the events. The changes are done only to appease the Clinton team - to be able to say they made changes. But the blame on the Clinton team is in the DNA of the project and could not be eradicated without pulling the entire show. A $40 million investment on the part of ABC is enough to stem even Bill Clinton's influence.

An exclamation point on this event is the fact that Oliver Stone will endorse the project this week. Not known for his conservative leanings, he loves the project. Perhaps this and the fact that the production company that made Al Gore's movie, "An Inconvenient Truth" are endorsing it would underline just how far out or touch and scared the Clinton Admin is about the revelation of the facts as portrayed in this project. Is it just that Clinton is continuing to re-define his legacy? Or is it his fears for this election cycle and 2008? Or both?

Thanks for getting the word out. It's made a significant difference in getting this broadcasted as it should be."

mary peters

Mary Peters, President Bush's nominee for the vacated cabinet post of Transportation Secretary had better believe in racial profiling (unlike her predecessor) if she wants my support.

'patience and resolve'

Here are some of President Bush's timely and wise words today, delivered to the Military Officers Association of America in Washington, D.C. Read the entire speech by clicking 'Patience and Resolve' above.

On al Qaeda:

"According to al Qaeda, their strategy to defeat America has two parts: First, they're waging a campaign of terror across the world. They're targeting our forces abroad, hoping that the American people will grow tired of casualties and give up the fight. And they're targeting America's financial centers and economic infrastructure at home, hoping to terrorize us and cause our economy to collapse."

"Bin Laden calls this his "bleed-until-bankruptcy plan." And he cited the attacks of 9/11 as evidence that such a plan can succeed. With the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden says, "al Qaeda spent $500,000 on the event, while America lost -- according to the lowest estimate -- $500 billion -- meaning that every dollar of al Qaeda defeated a million dollars of America. Bin Laden concludes from this experience that "America is definitely a great power, with unbelievable military strength and a vibrant economy, but all of these have been built on a very weak and hollow foundation." He went on to say, "Therefore, it is very easy to target the flimsy base and concentrate on their weak points, and even if we're able to target one-tenth of these weak points, we will be able to crush and destroy them."

"Secondly, along with this campaign of terror, the enemy has a propaganda strategy. Osama bin Laden laid out this strategy in a letter to the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, that coalition forces uncovered in Afghanistan in 2002. In it, bin Laden says that al Qaeda intends to "launch," in his words, "a media campaign to create a wedge between the American people and their government." This media campaign, bin Laden says, will send the American people a number of messages, including "that their government will bring them more losses in finances and casualties." And he goes on to say that "they are being sacrificed to serve the big investors, especially the Jews." Bin Laden says that by delivering these messages, al Qaeda "aims at creating pressure from the American people on the American government to stop their campaign against Afghanistan."

"Bin Laden and his allies are absolutely convinced they can succeed in forcing America to retreat and causing our economic collapse. They believe our nation is weak and decadent, and lacking in patience and resolve. And they're wrong."

Actually, I think they may be right. Certainly many on the Left lack patience and resolve.

On Iraq:

"But they've made clear that the most important front in their struggle against America is Iraq -- the nation bin Laden has declared the "capital of the caliphate." Hear the words of bin Laden: "I now address the whole Islamic nation. Listen and understand. The most serious issue today for the whole world is this Third World War that is raging in Iraq." He calls it "a war of destiny between infidelity and Islam." He says, "The whole world is watching this war," and that it will end in "victory and glory, or misery and humiliation." For al Qaeda, Iraq is not a distraction from their war on America -- it is the central battlefield where the outcome of this struggle will be decided."

"Here is what al Qaeda says they will do if they succeed in driving us out of Iraq: The terrorist Zawahiri has said that al Qaeda will proceed with "several incremental goals. The first stage: Expel the Americans from Iraq. The second stage: Establish an Islamic authority or amirate, then develop it and support it until it achieves the level of caliphate. The third stage: Extend the jihad wave to the secular countries neighboring Iraq. And the fourth stage: The clash with Israel."

"These evil men know that a fundamental threat to their aspirations is a democratic Iraq that can govern itself, sustain itself, and defend itself. They know that given a choice, the Iraqi people will never choose to live in the totalitarian state the extremists hope to establish. And that is why we must not, and we will not, give the enemy victory in Iraq by deserting the Iraqi people."

On America's strategery for combating terrorism:

"First, we're determined to prevent terrorist attacks before they occur. So we're taking the fight to the enemy. The best way to protect America is to stay on the offense. Since 9/11, our coalition has captured or killed al Qaeda managers and operatives, and scores of other terrorists across the world. The enemy is living under constant pressure, and we intend to keep it that way -- and this adds to our security. When terrorists spend their days working to avoid death or capture, it's harder for them to plan and execute new attacks."

"We're also fighting the enemy here at home. We've given our law enforcement and intelligence professionals the tools they need to stop the terrorists in our midst. We passed the Patriot Act to break down the wall that prevented law enforcement and intelligence from sharing vital information. We created the Terrorist Surveillance Program to monitor the communications between al Qaeda commanders abroad and terrorist operatives within our borders. If al Qaeda is calling somebody in America, we need to know why, in order to stop attacks."

"Second, we're determined to deny weapons of mass destruction to outlaw regimes and terrorists who would use them without hesitation. Working with Great Britain and Pakistan and other nations, the United States shut down the world's most dangerous nuclear trading cartel, the AQ Khan network. This network had supplied Iran and Libya and North Korea with equipment and know-how that advanced their efforts to obtain nuclear weapons. And we launched the Proliferation Security Initiative, a coalition of more than 70 nations that is working together to stop shipments related to weapons of mass destruction on land, at sea, and in the air. The greatest threat this world faces is the danger of extremists and terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction -- and this is a threat America cannot defeat on her own. We applaud the determined efforts of many nations around the world to stop the spread of these dangerous weapons. Together, we pledge we'll continue to work together to stop the world's most dangerous men from getting their hands on the world's most dangerous weapons."

"Third, we're determined to deny terrorists the support of outlaw regimes. After September the 11th, I laid out a clear doctrine: America makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror, and those that harbor and support them, because they're equally guilty of murder. Thanks to our efforts, there are now three fewer state sponsors of terror in the world than there were on September the 11th, 2001. Afghanistan and Iraq have been transformed from terrorist states into allies in the war on terror. And the nation of Libya has renounced terrorism, and given up its weapons of mass destruction programs, and its nuclear materials and equipment. Over the past five years, we've acted to disrupt the flow of weapons and support from terrorist states to terrorist networks. And we have made clear that any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization."

"Fourth, we're determined to deny terrorist networks control of any nation, or territory within a nation. So, along with our coalition and the Iraqi government, we'll stop the terrorists from taking control of Iraq, and establishing a new safe haven from which to attack America and the free world. And we're working with friends and allies to deny the terrorists the enclaves they seek to establish in ungoverned areas across the world. By helping governments reclaim full sovereign control over their territory, we make ourselves more secure."

"Fifth, we're working to deny terrorists new recruits, by defeating their hateful ideology and spreading the hope of freedom -- by spreading the hope of freedom across the Middle East. For decades, American policy sought to achieve peace in the Middle East by pursuing stability at the expense of liberty. The lack of freedom in that region helped create conditions where anger and resentment grew, and radicalism thrived, and terrorists found willing recruits. And we saw the consequences on September the 11th, when the terrorists brought death and destruction to our country. The policy wasn't working."

"The experience of September the 11th made clear, in the long run, the only way to secure our nation is to change the course of the Middle East. So America has committed its influence in the world to advancing freedom and liberty and democracy as the great alternatives to repression and radicalism. (Applause.) We're taking the side of democratic leaders and moderates and reformers across the Middle East. We strongly support the voices of tolerance and moderation in the Muslim world. We're standing with Afghanistan's elected government against al Qaeda and the Taliban remnants that are trying to restore tyranny in that country. We're standing with Lebanon's young democracy against the foreign forces that are seeking to undermine the country's sovereignty and independence. And we're standing with the leaders of Iraq's unity government as they work to defeat the enemies of freedom, and chart a more hopeful course for their people. This is why victory is so important in Iraq. By helping freedom succeed in Iraq, we will help America, and the Middle East, and the world become more secure."

How do the Democrats plan to combat terrorism? By lacking patience and resolve, by advocating the immediate withdrawal of our troops from a chaotic war zone in Iraq, and by demonizing George Bush and Joe Lieberman.

Friday, September 1

'wooing consumers'

I used to drink Miller beer. That was back when I was young and stupid and hadn't yet tasted really good beer.

FYI, here's another great reason not to drink crappy beer: Miller Brewing paid $30,000 to sponsor a Chicago march supporting illegal immigration this weekend.

From the Chicago Tribune:

"Marchers had to duck into fast-food restaurants for water when they first took to Chicago's streets in support of illegal immigrants five months ago. At the next two marches, family-owned grocery stores offered free bottled water from trucks emblazoned with their names."

"This time, as demonstrators march from Chinatown to House Speaker Dennis Hastert's (R-Ill.) Batavia office this weekend, they will have Miller Brewing Co., as a sponsor. The brewer has paid more than $30,000 for a planning convention, materials and newspaper ads publicizing the event."

"The support of a major corporation for a controversial political cause shows how fierce the competition has become to woo the growing market of Latino consumers."

This goes far beyond 'wooing consumers.' This is an American corporation actively encouraging (and financing) others to engage in illegal behavior.

The Miller ad slogan the last few years has been 'Good call.' Approving, enabling and encouraging illegal immigration to the United States is definitely a 'bad call' in my opinion.

Hat tip to the beautiful Michelle Malkin, who also provided a comprehensive list of all the Miller brands.

Miller Lite
Miller Genuine Draft
Miller Genuine Draft Light
Miller High Life
Miller High Life Light
Sharp's non-alcohol brew
Red Dog
Icehouse 5.0
Icehouse 5.5
Icehouse Light
Southpaw Light
Leinenkugel's Original
Leinenkugel's Light
Leinenkugel's Red Lager
Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss
Leinenkugel's Apple Spice (seasonal)
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss
Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest (seasonal)
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark
Leinenkugel's Big Butt Doppelbock (seasonal)
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat
Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve
Henry Weinhard's Blue Boar Pale Ale
Henry Weinhard's Classic Dark
Henry Weinhard's Northwest Trail Blonde Lager
Henry Weinhard's Hefeweizen
Henry Weinhard's Summer Wheat

Hamm's
Hamm's Draft
Hamm's Special Light
Olde English 800 Malt Liquor
Olde English HG800
Olde English HG800 7.5
Magnum Malt Liquor
Mickey's Malt Liquor
Mickey's Ice
Milwaukee's Best
Milwaukee's Best Light
Milwaukee's Best Ice
Foster's Lager
Foster's Special Bitter
Peroni Nastro Azzurro
Pilsner Urquell
Sheaf Stout
Sparks
Sparks Light
Sparks Plus 7%
Sparks Plus 6%
Steel Reserve Triple Export 8.1%
Steel Reserve High Gravity
Steel Reserve High Gravity 6.0
Steel Six

Boycott them all.

positive reviews

I'm looking forward to seeing the six hour ABC miniseries "The Path to 9/11,' especially because it has been advertised as 'the first Hollywood production that honestly depicts' the events leading up to the worst day of terrorism in American history.

Supposedly a 'behind closed doors' look at the CIA, the FBI and the White House, "Path" stars Harvey Keitel, Donnie Wahlberg and Patricia Heaton, among others, and traces the lives of people (Richard Clarke, Condi Rice, Sandy Berger, Dick Cheney, George Tenet) and events (the global manhunt for Ramzi Yousef; FBI agent John O'Neill's search for bin Laden; Muslim informants aiding the US; even Ahmed Shah Massoud, commander of the Northern Alliance, the person feared most by bin Laden) from 1993 to 2001.

(Hey, I just hope we get to see Clinton's former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger shoving classified documents into his socks and pants during a well chronicled visit to the National Archives. I've always thought that was a moment that should be forever memorialized in film for its pure brazenness.)

Writer Cyrus Nowrasteh (the author of 'The Day Reagan Was Shot') draws material for the film from the 9/11 Commission Report as well as ABC News reporter John Miller's highgly regarded book 'The Cell,' as well as 'The Relentless Pursuit' by Samuel Katz.

The film has already premiered in DC and New York and the scuttlebutt is that Democrats are outraged by what they've seen. The Clinton Administration comes off as feckless and ineffective, and Clinton himself is said to be lobbying ABC President Bob Iger to do some 'creative editing' on the piece before it airs. That is not to say that the film is necessarily pro-Bush. But conservatives like Hugh Hewitt and David Horowitz, after seeing it, have called it 'historically accurate.'

Govindini Murty reviews "Path" for FrontPage.com and writes: "This is the first Hollywood production I’ve seen that honestly depicts how the Clinton administration repeatedly bungled the capture of Osama Bin Laden."

Murty writes about two compelling scenes from the film. The first is 'shows the CIA and the Northern Alliance surrounding Bin Laden’s house in Afghanistan. They're on the verge of capturing Bin Laden, but they need final approval from the Clinton administration in order to go ahead. They phone Clinton, but he and his senior staff refuse to give authorization for the capture of Bin Laden, for fear of political fall-out if the mission should go wrong and civilians are harmed.'

Of course, shortly after al Qaeda bombed the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, killing 225 and wounding over 4000.

The second scene shows 'the CIA has crucial information identifying some of the 9/11 hijackers in advance of 9/11, but refuses to share the information with the FBI because of the “wall” put up by certain Democrat officials to prevent information sharing between government agencies. The CIA is depicted as sitting in a meeting with the FBI (with John O’Neil present), and showing, but refusing to give, the FBI surveillance photos of terrorism suspects - some of whom will later turn out to be the 9/11 hijackers.'

This "wall" was created by Attorney General Janet Reno and Deputy Attorney General (and 9/11 Commission member) Jamie Gorelick specifically to conceal the illegal campaign contributions Clinton/Gore '96 received from China in exchange for American missile technology secrets courtesy of the Loral Corporation and big Democratic donor Bernie Schwartz.

Question # 1:

Might ABC possibly infringe on the creative vision of the filmmakers by allowing Friends of Bill into the editing bay at this late date? Only if they thought they could get away with it. And that chance is even more slim now since word of the film is all over the web.

Question # 2:

Would there be an outcry from Liberal Hollywood if the network tampered with Nowrasteh's completed work? Yes. Creatives don't want their work monkeyed with by 'The Man.' And besides, the only person who cares about the Clinton legacy now is Clinton himself.

The original cut of the film had better survive, because if its as great as advertised, it will be the first time many Americans hear the unvarnished truth about what really led us to September 11. Air date: Sunday and Monday, September 10 & 11, 8pm Eastern and Pacific.

myths & distortions

Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld has been asking some important questions lately, in a series of speeches to organizations like the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

A sampling:

• "With the growing lethality and availability of weapons, can we truly afford to believe that vicious extremists can somehow be appeased?"

• "Can we really continue to think that free countries can negotiate a separate peace with terrorists?"

• "Can we truly afford to pretend that the threats today are simply "law enforcement" problems rather than fundamentally different threats requiring fundamentally different approaches?"

• "Can we truly afford to return to the destructive view that America — not the enemy — is the real source of the world's troubles?"

I write here in this space nearly everyday that the MSM and our friends on the Left rarely are truthful about the realities facing America and the world today from the Islamic fascists. Amnesty International tells us, for example, that Guantanamo Bay is a "gulag," when, in point of fact, the Gitmo facility has a volleyball and basketball courts, a soccer field and a library, where Muslim detainees eagerly snap up the Harry Potter books.

Rumsfeld writes in today's LAT:

"With examples like these prevalent in the world media, I do worry about the lack of perspective in our national dialogue — a perspective on history and the new challenges and threats that free people face today. Those who know the truth need to speak out against the myths and distortions being told about our troops and our country. My remarks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion conventions have generated much discussion. I encourage everyone to read what I actually said at defenselink.mil/speeches."

spectacle

Last night I was sitting in my backyard and I heard this buzzing sound overhead. Looking up I saw a small meteor, red with a white tail trailing behind it. Then it vanished as quickly as it had appeared and burned away into nothing.

Both strange and cool, all at the same time. I'll remember it always.
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