Tuesday, July 31

our pal al

Want a great example of biased reportage? Check this out.

2008 online

Republican campaigns 'don't get' YouTube, but they had better bulk up on in-house New Media staff.

I was thinking it, but Patrick Ruffini wrote about it first.

vocal minority

Christopher Hitchens wonders why we are so scared of Muslims.

So do I.

I think, in large part, we remain a highly tolerant nation. And I think we are intimidated by the brash behavior of this obnoxious group of people who are suddenly standing up and demanding broad special treatment. The vocal minority.

Why is it a 'hate crime' to flush a Koran down the toilet, if, in fact, that has ever occurred? Color me skeptical.

Stanislav Shmulevich, a 23 year old Pace University student in New York was arrested last week on charges that he threw a Quran into a toilet on two occasions.


Bad manners? Yes. A crime? Not even close. He'd get a pat on the back from me, not handcuffs. The kid deserves a freaking medal.

Besides, Muslims themselves burn and desecrate things all the time. Screw them.

Hitchens writes:
"Nothing repels me more than the burning or desecration of books, and if, for example, this was a volume from a public or university library, I would hope that its mistreatment would constitute a misdemeanor at the very least. But if I choose to spit on a copy of the writings of Ayn Rand or Karl Marx or James Joyce, that is entirely my business. When I check into a hotel room and send my free and unsolicited copy of the Gideon Bible or the Book of Mormon spinning out of the window, I infringe no law, except perhaps the one concerning litter. Why do we not make this distinction in the case of the Quran? We do so simply out of fear, and because the fanatical believers in that particular holy book have proved time and again that they mean business when it comes to intimidation. Surely that should be to their discredit rather than their credit. Should not the "moderate" imams of On Faith have been asked in direct terms whether they are, or are not, negotiating with a gun on the table?"


When James Clyburn (D-SC) was asked in an interview if good news in Iraq was bad news for the Democrats he replied, "It would be a problem for us."

I've long believed this to be the official position of the Democrats, but hearing it come straight out of the mouth of a Congressman is chilling.

Clyburn should be respected for his honesty. But if winning in Iraq is bad for so-called "Democratic" politicians, what does that say about Democrats in general? Can they be trusted? Are they concerned about the good of the country? About your safety? The safety of your children? The national security of the United States? If not, do they deserve your vote?

Americans have spilled their blood and given their lives killing terrorists in Iraq so that millions of Muslims could live free of tyranny.

Americans have spilled their blood and given their lives to protect the United States from terrorism.

Americans have spilled their blood and given their lives to secure Iraq and to deny a base of operations to al Qaeda and other terror groups and that is seen as a bad thing by people like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer John Edwards and Barack Obama?

Yep. Just like I thought.

Thank God for Joe Lieberman.


Voter fraud! Voter fraud! Voter fraud!

The Democrats always cry voter fraud whenever they lose elections. Someone's gotta be punching the wrong hole on the ballot, or black people have to be disenfranchised, or people don't know the location of the polling station, right?

After the '04 election Democrats promised to look into the alleged voter fraud, but "now Liberals are accusing the Bush Administration of cooking up spurious claims of voter fraud in the '06 elections and creating what the NYT calls a "fantasy" that voter fraud is a problem."

Some "fantasy."
  • Debra Bowen, California's Secretary of State, a Democrat, reports that state approved hackers "have been able to bypass physical and software security in ever voting machine tested."
  • Florida's Secretary of State found evidence that 60 people had committed voter fraud by voting both in Palm Beach County and in New York state.
  • Reports of groups of vagrants in New Jersey being paid $10 to vote and sign petitions.
  • Illegal marked absentee ballots in Mississippi.
  • Acorn, a union-backed activist group registered 540,000 voters last year in Seattle, which officials in Washington State are now claiming to be the biggest case of voter-registration fraud in the history of the state.
  • In Kansas City, Acorn registered 35,000 votes, 60% were discovered to be bogus.
Notice just whom is cheating or attempting to cheat.

No wonder the Democrats are going after AG Gonzales with such unmerited vengeance. The eight fired US Attorneys weren't pursuing the fraudulent cases the way the White House wanted.

Monday, July 30

where is the outrage?

From the WSJ:

"What has gotten lost in all of this increasingly sordid game of political gotcha is the viability of a critical program in the war on terror. The terrorist surveillance program (TSP) was brought under the FISA court's jurisdiction this January, allegedly without impairing its effectiveness. But FISA orders are not permanent. They must be periodically reissued, and FISA judges rotate. As an editorial on the facing page of the Journal first reported Friday, well-placed sources say that today's FISA-compliant TSP is only about "one-third" as effective as the 2005 version--which, in turn, was less comprehensive than the original program. This is shocking during a summer of heightened threat warnings, and should be unacceptable to Congress and the American people.

"The problem is particularly acute because FISA's 1978 framework has been rendered dysfunctional by the evolution of technology. FISA was enacted in a world where intercepts of purely foreign communications were conducted overseas, and were entirely exempt from the statutory strictures. Only true U.S. domestic communications were intercepted on U.S. soil and these intercepts were subjected to FISA's prescriptive procedures. Yet, with today's fiber optic networks functioning as the sinews of the global communications system, entirely foreign calls--say between al Qaeda operatives overseas--often flow through U.S. facilities and can be most reliably intercepted on American soil. Subjecting these intercepts to FISA strictures is absurd."

Who outed the program? Which political party has insisted that FISA is the standard?

Keep that in mind.


WaPo's David Ignatius wants us to attack Pakistan?


Chief Justice John Roberts suffered what is being described as 'a benign seizure,' his second since 1993.

A benign seizure means that 'doctors performed an MRI and other tests to conclude there was no tumor, stroke or other explanation.'

Epilepsy, perhaps?

Whatever the case it sounds quite gruesome and harrowing. Roberts,
a seasonal resident of Hupper Island, Maine, reportedly fell 5 to 10 feet and hit his head on a dock.

FoxNews.com is reporting that the Chief Justice hit his head on a boat ramp.


From the AP:

"Cannes Film Festival director Gilles Jacob called master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman 'the last of the greats, because he proved that cinema can be as profound as literature."

Bergman, dead at 89.


Bill Walsh, the legendary 75 year old former coach of the San Francisco 49ers, died early today from leukemia.


"Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air."

I enjoyed, and always learned something whenever I watched, or listened to, the extraordinary broadcaster Tom Snyder, who died sunday at age 71 after a long bout with leukemia.


New British PM Brown digs Bush.

“America has shown by the resilience and bravery of its people from September 11 that while buildings can be destroyed, values are indestructable.

“We acknowledge the debt the world owes to the US for its leadership in this fight against international terrorism.”

opening salvo

The Democrats are about to do a 180 on Iraq.

Read this from today's NYT.

Friday, July 27

unprotecting america

US Intelligence officials are saying that the NSA's wiretapping program -- the one famously outed by the NY Times in '05 -- is currently functioning at 1/3 capacity.

The President urgently must rescind the concession he foolishly made seven months ago. And once he rescinds the concession I hope he tells the country just how willing the Democrats are to put Americans at risk in the age of global radical Muslim terrorism.

(...unless this whole thing is a smokescreen meant to draw in terrorists, which would be completely brilliant.)

Thursday, July 26


From my perspective, the only detectable brains Tuesday night at the CNN/YouTube debate belonged to Biden and Clinton.

Of course, it was widely believed that Obama won on style. He's very likable. Hell, even I like him! But I think the Magic Negro exposed himself as the new candidate of the wacky Left.

Responding to a question about diplomacy, he said he would meet with foreign leaders with the first year of his presidency.

This is crazy and naive, as Clinton noted on Wednesday.

James Taranto of OpinionJournal.com wisely points out the Democrats' serial softness on evildoers since Vietnam.


Liberals want us to believe that all the prisoners down in Gitmo are innocent.

What about this guy?

The brain dead Left don't get it.

No reasonable person should disagree with this instructive tutorial on the merits of Gitmo.

The closure of the detention center, by Bush or his predecessor, will spell national security suicide for the United States.


The Democrats believe they won a mandate last November, yet they've done virtually nothing of value.

The fact that they are 'working hard' to avoid being labeled as 'the do nothing Congress,' speaks volumes.

Wednesday, July 25


The John Doe Amendment is back in. Big love to Peter King and Joe Lieberman.

Imagine the absurdity of those on the Left who oppose legal protections for Americans acting as concerned citizens?


New York Governor Eliot Spitzer sounds like one mean bastard.

The former prosecutor is still prosecuting, rather than governing.


Present and future Presidents must have absolute executive privilege. Otherwise they'll be unable to get unvarnished advice and opinion from their staff.

Surprise, surprise. The Democrats are trying to change long held tradition, and over what? The US attorney non-scandal?

Tuesday, July 24

face of determination

Great speech this morning by the President in South Carolina.
"Less than a year ago, Anbar Province was al Qaida's base in Iraq and was written off by many as lost. Since then, U.S. and Iraqi forces have teamed with Sunni sheiks who have turned against al Qaida. Hundreds have been killed or captured. Terrorists have been driven from most of the population centers. Our troops are now working to replicate the success in Anbar in other parts of the country. Our brave men and women are taking risks, and they're showing courage, and we're making progress."
The MSM won't report that progress because they have too much invested in an American loss in Iraq.

love the doggies

The thought of being entertained by fighting dogs sickens me.

As far as I'm concerned Michael Vick is no longer welcome in pro football. He should be rotting in jail.

Monday, July 23


I couldn't blog earlier. But I heard John Edwards say that as President he would raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00.

Good shit, man.

Joe Biden was the lone adult about Iraq, too, I understand.

insulting & obstructing

For six years, the Democrats have claimed that Bush's judicial picks have been 'too conservative.' Now, suddenly Lindsey Southwick of Mississippi is white, so he's unqualified, according to Pat Leahy and the Democrats.

Like the Democrats are the 'party of the people' and they pretend to speak for blacks? President Bush nominated an African American woman, Janice Rogers Brown, to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and Democrats called her 'window dressing.'

From the WSJ: [subscription req'd]
"After six months in charge of the Senate, Democrats have approved exactly three appellate court judges. Last Tuesday, the White House announced four more appellate nominees, taking to nine the number now in a Senate holding pattern. Several circuits are in dire need of new judges to cover the work load, but Democrats are betting they can drag things out long enough so Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama get to fill these posts.

"It's important to understand how unusual this is. The Senate and White House have often been run by different parties in the last two years of a Presidency, and at least some judicial nominees have been confirmed. In the last two Reagan years, Democrats confirmed 16. And in the last two Bill Clinton years, Republicans confirmed 15.

"During the Clinton years, then-ranking minority member Patrick Leahy was the one deploring judicial vacancies. In February 2000, he lamented that "The Senate is back to a pace of confirming one judge a month. That is not acceptable, does not serve the interests of justice and does not fulfill our constitutional responsibilities." Hmmm. One a month sounds lightening-quick compared to the pace under Senator Leahy's own Judiciary Committee. And that complaint of stalling tactics came seven months closer to a Presidential election than we are today.

"The current Senate stonewall has been on particular display in the case of Mississippi State judge Leslie Southwick to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. And that's what has Mr. Specter, the ranking Republican on Judiciary, fired up. Recently he called some conservative activists into his office to disclose that after Judge Southwick was nominated in January, Mr. Specter received explicit promises from Democrats that the nominee would get an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.

"Judge Southwick's nomination was once considered a consensus choice. No one disputes his qualifications, and as a judicial moderate he had been unanimously approved by Democrats for a seat on the federal district court. But the judge has since run afoul of what appears to be a new Democratic racial litmus test for judges from the South. "Mississippi has never had an African-American on the circuit even though it has the largest African-American population of any state," Mr. Leahy remarked last month. Perhaps Mr. Bush could nominate someone more racially suitable, he suggested."

Saturday, July 21

saturday round up

From Bill Gertz:

Rowan Scarborough's new book asserts that the Bush Administration supported the aborted Dubai-ports deal in '06 for intelligence purposes.
"Dubai Ports, in essence, was going to become an agent of CIA. The arrangement is helping us detect whether any kind of terror contraband was being moved around."
Apparently some Army officers are confusing US soldiers on the Rules Of Engagement.
"They are teaching that even following ROE, while not illegal, may not be a good idea," the officer said. "They are teaching that to win the hearts and minds that we may have to take casualties through hesitations."
'Hearts and minds' will be won after we kill the terrorists.

From the WSJ: [subscription req'd]

I'm reminded yet again that the Democrats are the hindrance to all things good and decent in the world. Case in point, the FAA:
"The airspace around New York, including the flight paths for getting in and out of the area, dates back decades, when traffic was much lighter. The FAA has been trying for years to "redesign" it, in its phrase, to allow more planes more ways to get in and out. But activists in Connecticut don't want the planes going over their houses, and neither, it seems, does anyone else. So redesign becomes a political football, and the planes sit on the taxiway."
Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer is upset. Look what good work he's doing on behalf of his constituents:
"The new union contract that has Mr. Schumer so incensed allows the FAA to arrange work schedules for air-traffic controllers to -- here's a radical idea -- match periods of peak air traffic. Naturally, the Democrats in Congress want to use the FAA's reauthorization bill to roll back that contract. How requiring the FAA to set work schedules to suit controllers rather than travelers will help congestion is anybody's guess."
And I'm ashamed that I read this tripe in the WSJ: [subscription req'd]

Monica Langley's Tragedy As A Tool puff piece on Wonder Woman/Super Spouse/Campaign Prop/Martyr Elizabeth Edwards is the biggest pile of crap I've ever read.

Capitalizing on the great compassion of Americans for political gain is beyond distasteful.

"Mrs. Edwards's world these days is jam-packed with incongruous experiences.

"Between campaign stops and monitoring political blogs, she is working on a "dying letter" to her three children -- a "guide to life" she started before her diagnosis but which takes on more poignancy now. Her advice runs from balancing work and family to telling her children they should always wear solids instead of stripes or plaid -- otherwise, she warns, you'll look back at old photos and cringe at what you're wearing. She is sorting out her and her children's possessions -- clothes, papers, photographs -- and boxing them to save after her death.

"To spend time with the 58-year-old Mrs. Edwards -- on vacation with her family, at campaign stops, aboard the campaign plane -- is to witness flashes of courage and humor, awkward and exhausting moments, and an unprecedented mingling of private trauma and public policy.

"For the weekend after July 4, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards carve out time for a family vacation. Before loading up the car, she prints off and reads a memo to Mr. Edwards, which outlines factors to consider in deciding his position on new taxes of private-equity and hedge funds. In the car, she alternates the radio stations between a BBC report on oil-rich countries and a Hannah Montana song on Radio Disney.

"Still Mr. and Mrs. Edwards can't help but talk about the presidential race. They notice a magazine with Mrs. Clinton on the cover. They brainstorm about upcoming themes for Mr. Edwards.

"By Monday, the family returns home for an important medical test for Mrs. Edwards, a CT scan of her bones to determine if the cancer has spread. Mr. Edwards accompanies her, though she sends him out to get lunch and to tape some footage for campaign commercials, while she waits for the liquid drink needed for the scan to get into her system.

"When Mr. Edwards calls her (as he does each time he takes off and lands on a plane), she quizzes him about a blog posting she has seen on a Web site: "Are we on top of this?" she asks."

These people have no shame. Not only have I become convinced that the Edwards' are using Elizabeth's cancer as a political football to engender sympathy, but they have an established pattern [opportunities to mention that her 16 year old son Wade was killed in a car accident are never missed] of using death as a communication crutch.

Friday, July 20

playing games

The Democrats have been undermining American foreign policy and the American military since Vietnam. Now they are withholding critical funds from the troops in Iraq.

I was thrilled to read today that Pentagon Defense Undersecretary Eric Edelman has recently taken exception to some things Hillary Clinton has been saying.
"Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia," Edelman wrote.
The GOP is going to be very competitive in '08.

'john doe'

Yesterday, both the House and the Senate stripped out of pending legislation the 'John Doe Amendment' sponsored by Peter King (R-NY) that would have offered immunity protection to American citizens reporting on suspicious behavior in the age of terrorism.

As it stands now Muslims accused of anything can sue their accusers. Case in point: The six Imams.

My Iranian neighbors have a great many visitors each night. All of the visiting vehicles are pickup trucks carrying some type of cargo. Said cargo is then off-loaded and taken into a partitioned portion of their garage.

I find this behavior highly suspicious. Many times I've been tempted to notify the FBI, but to be candid I fear possible retribution. The John Doe Amendment would have protected me from any attempted prosecution had I alerted the authorities.

Here are the Senators who failed to protect Americans yesterday.

Akaka (D-HI)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Dodd (D-CT)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)

Not voting:

Brownback (R-KS)
Obama (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Johnson (D-SD)

My Senators failed to protect me. Barbara Boxer voted 'No' on John Doe and Dianne Feinstein was absent.

I'm disgusted that Sam Brownback didn't vote. Obama? We already know his judgment is flawed.

And how long is the incapacitated Tim Johnson going to be allowed to keep a South Dakota Senate seat for the Democrats after suffering a stroke 9 months ago? We hear nothing about this, reflecting severe cowardice from Republicans and severe Senate rules violations from Democrats.

Bottom line: Our elected Representatives are not doing their jobs. They're not looking out for the folks. No wonder Congress has 14% approval ratings.

Thursday, July 19


Apparently some journalists covering the Giuliani campaign find it 'rude' that he's often 15 minutes late to events.

Funny, but I don't recall journalists reporting how pissed off they were waiting for the chronically tardy Bill Clinton.

Wednesday, July 18

the general

I caught a portion of Hugh Hewitt's interview with the brilliant General David Petraeus this afternoon.

Read the transcript here.

My confidence in the General is total and complete. I say we give this guy as much time as he needs to maximize The Surge.


Al Qaeda's number two in Iraq, Khalid al-Mashadani, has been captured by American forces.

'petty kindergarten games'

The Democrats disgust me.

Jim Webb talks a lot about Iraq, yet he's never been there.

Last night the Senate Democrats promised to stay up all night, discussing Iraq. But all they did was take roll call each hour and take naps on couches in their offices. Most even went home for a few hours. The result was a 52-47 defeat for the games players.
"All we have achieved are remarkably similar newspaper accounts of our inflated sense of the drama of this display and our own temporary physical fatigue," said Sen. John McCain.
What brave, principled leadership exhibited by the Democrats. No wonder their poll numbers are 50% lower than Bush's.

In retaliation, Harry Reid and the crybaby Dems pulled the Defense bill, which contains language for military pay raises and improvements in military health care, from the Senate floor.

Wow. That's really supporting the troops, denying them fuel for their humvees, ammunition for their weapons and health care for their wounds.

And, speaking of kindergarten, Illinois Democrat Barack Obama advocates sex education for five year olds.


Peggy Noonan's not a big Dubya fan. She calls Bush's rhetoric 'ungracious'?

I'd say she's being rather ungracious in criticizing the President. Bush is the poster boy for graciousness. He never speaks ill of anybody. He's never deviated from his 'change the tone' graciousness.

I hate how Republicans snipe at each other. Apparently we've forgotten the 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of fellow Republicans.


The Dow hit 14,021.95 today, an all time high.

Yeah, that Bush is the worst President, ever.

And check out this report from Bloomberg, all talking down the economy: "Most U.S. Stocks Fall." Uh, no they didn't. Obviously.

Nice media bias.

Monday, July 16


This is huge news and an enormous diplomatic success for the Bush Administration: North Korea closing down its nuclear reactor.

Yet it didn't make the front pages on Sunday. It was relegated to page A21 in the Dallas Morning News.

numbers game

Economic productivity brings deficits down every time.

I'll say it again: Deficits don't matter.


Last week I heard Hillary say that if she's elected President that she will 'end the Iraq war.'

But on July 10 she told voters in Iowa that she would keep troops in Iraq for the foreseeable future because "we cannot lose sight of our very real strategic national interests in this region."

Nobody likes Bush, but he isn't two-faced. Some people call him stubborn. I say he's determined.

all time high

The Dow hit 13,950.98 today. The highest ever.

political posturing

Two brilliant pieces from the WSJ to tell you about. I'm a subscriber and I'm well aware that many aren't.

The first, by Bradley Schiller, 'Min Wage, Max Politics,' documents the lie that Democrats care about the economic well being of 'the little guy.' He writes:
"The federal minimum wage went up on July 1 and hardly anybody noticed. And why should they have? The federal minimum wage had been stuck at $5.15 since 1997, while average hourly wages had risen nearly 40%. Even entry wages at McDonald's had crept above $7 in the decade of legislative inaction. So the bump from $5.15 to $5.85 was largely a nonevent."
And the two additional minimum wage hikes will go into effect on July 1, 2008 and July 1, 2009, bringing the federal minimum wage to $7.25, will be ineffective as well, since, by that time, average hourly wages will have risen yet again.

I'm not sure what is worse. The lies of the Democrats or the economic ignorance of the Democrats.

Political posturing extends to the Iraq debate, too. Omar Fadhil, of IraqTheModel.com, writes that 'The Surge Is Working.'
"While neither Moqtada al-Sadr nor al Qaeda have been finished off, both are now forced to fight their former supporters.

"In Baghdad the results have been spectacular. The district where al Qaeda claimed to have established its Islamic emirate is exactly where al Qaeda is losing big now, and at the hands of its former allies who have turned on them and are slowing reaching out to the government."
Good news, right? Largely unreported, right?

Friday, July 13

saving the party

Dick Morris writes a compelling piece about the wisdom of planned withdrawal from Iraq and the '08 impact on both sides.

I don't disagree, but clearly Bush doesn't care about how Iraq plays politically.

Thursday, July 12


The President has always been right about Iraq, and he continues to be. His passion for success is inspiring.

I'll be blunt. I think people who don't understand what's at stake in the grand Iraq Experiment are stupid. I think that the politicians that are calling for American pullout in Iraq are cowards.

Had the country been completely united and the politicians in DC firmly behind the war effort since day one, Iraq would have been finished a long time ago. It is the opposition, and the ridiculous comments by the Democrats every day that continues to fuel the al Qaeda terrorism.

Wednesday, July 11

hanging tough

We elect Presidents to make tough decisions, not to respond to ignorant public opinion.

I applaud President Bush's commitment to seeing 'the surge' strategy in Iraq through to its logical and inevitable conclusion: A victory for the world.

senator vitter

Louisiana's Republican David Vitter has publicly announced that he cheated on his wife with a Washington DC prostitute. Shouldn't that really be the end of it?

If Vitter had a 'D' next to his name, instead of an 'R,' this wouldn't even be news. No one would care about it.

Google 'David Vitter.' You'll find 743 articles about Vitter and the hooker. Media bias.

Monday, July 9


Al Qaeda in Iraq are baking children and serving them to their parents for lunch?

Do I believe this? I'm not sure. But we do know that these radicals prefer death to life. They will stop at nothing to make their point, yet according to the Left and the MSM, somehow the American military and George Bush are the problem.

Meanwhile, the ferocity and the tenacity of the terrorists goes completely unreported. I'm sure that some journalist somewhere is undoubtedly working on another Abu Ghraib story right now. This propaganda, this anti-American bilge disgusts me.

Saturday, July 7


Today is Live Earth day and Al Gore appeared onstage in Tokyo -- as a hologram.

Cool and spooky at the same time.

But as others have already pointed out, this global concert for climate change is beyond ridiculous. If Gore had truly wanted to be a good steward of planetary resources, he would have staged virtual concerts online.

Instead of having bands travel to foreign destinations they could have simply played from wherever they already happened to be.


Ron Paul has more campaign cash than John McCain?

Friday, July 6

domestic spying

A Federal Appeals Court in Cincinnati dismissed a case that had sought to challenge President Bush's authority to implement the domestic spying program.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to vacate a 2006 ruling by a lower court in Detroit.


The strong American economy got even stronger in June with 132,000 new health care and government jobs and employment numbers were revised upward to 190,000 for May.


Were the Democrats elected last November to execute the people's agenda or were they elected to launch 300 phony investigations of the Bush Administration in their first 100 days in office?

I don't think people vote for candidates based on their plans for governmental oversight.


The real threat to civil liberties? Liberalism, so writes Victor Davis Hanson.

Thursday, July 5

mostly good

Bill Kristol makes some comparisons between 1992 and 2008.

"Today we're moody again. We are obviously fighting a difficult and, until recently, badly managed war in Iraq, whose outcome is uncertain. This accounts for much of the pessimism. It also doesn't help that the political system seems incapable of dealing with big problems like immigration, an energy policy and health care. Still, is the general feeling that everything is going to the dogs any more justified today than it was 15 years ago?

"Not really. Think of it this way: Have events in general gone better or worse than most people would have predicted on Sept. 12, 2001? There's been no successful second attack here in the U.S.--and very limited terrorist successes in Europe or even in the Middle East. We've had 5 1/2 years of robust economic growth, low unemployment and a stock-market recovery. Social indicators in the U.S. are mostly stable or improving--abortions, teenage births and teenage drug use are down and education scores are up a bit. It may well be that no other country has ever been stronger than the U.S. today--and it may well be that no other people in human history have ever had it quite so good."

No wonder the Democrats are such pessimists.


I've been telling you this for as long as I've been blogging...the Earth is cooler now than it used to be.


Check out China's new nuclear submarine, courtesy of Google Earth!

'jetting off'

Another reason to love the Arctic Monkeys.

Wednesday, July 4


On this Fourth of July I am reminded of how safe we have been from terrorism since 9/11. For that we have God and President Bush to thank.

May God continue to bless America.

Now let's piss off the terrorists. Go out and have lots of fun today.

P.S. Allah sucks.

Tuesday, July 3


John McCain has been right about Iraq. But that's all.

He's not presidential material, as evidenced by the low fund raising numbers and the latest round of campaign staffing layoffs.

the meaning of is

Britain's new Prime Minister Gordon Brown won't refer to terrorists as 'Muslims.' Instead, he calls them "criminals whose victims come from all walks of life, communities and religious backgrounds."

Apparently the British people prefer Brown's parsing over Blair's '

Whatever floats one's boat. In my mind, 'terrorist' and 'Muslim' are synonymous.

hatin' it

McDonald's has gone way overboard with their courting of Hispanics. In Southern California it has become difficult to place an order because most of the restaurants employees speak only Spanish.

Two successive weekends, same result. This past Sunday I had to go through three different people before I could find a McDonald's employee who spoke English. I am not 'lovin' it.'

In fact, I find it highly offensive. This is America, after all. When I go to Mexico, I speak Spanish. When I go to France, I speak French.

But in America there is no incentive for illegal immigrants to learn English. They sneak into the country, they find jobs, they make money and they mooch off the social services all without consequence.

Not very long ago I was sympathetic to immigration. No more. I'm boycotting McDonald's and I'm calling corporate.


Read about true evil here.

Monday, July 2

bad medicine

Doctors are turning into terrorists. What's going on here?

As if terrorism isn't sinister enough, members of a respected profession are now proving themselves unworthy of the public trust.


The Federal Government has received intelligence warning of a 'spectacular' terrorist attack in America this summer.

These warnings sound eerily similar to the warnings before 9/11.

Sunday, July 1

a good deed

The Fox News Channel is reporting that President Bush has commuted Scooter Libby's prison term.

This is the correct decision. Anyone familiar with the facts of this case knows this is a good decision. After all, Libby isn't a pedophile a drug dealer or a tax cheat. By all accounts he is a good, decent, honorable public servant. You won't see W hit Scooter up for a donation to his Presidential Library.

That being said, as it stands now, however, Libby still pays a stiff $250,000 fine and will remain on two years probation, the victim of a political witch hunt.

An outrage. Fitzgerald and the MoveOn.org crowd were hoping to get Cheney or Rove, but they got Libby instead, a guy who couldn't remember the order in which he spoke to particular reporters.

Even more outrageous is the fact that liars Joe Wilson and Richard Armitage, the guys who should have been charged in this case for outing Valerie Plame, still haven't been charged with anything.

lowest common denominator

Al Gore is a liar and the Chicago Sun Times proves it.
"Many of the assertions Gore makes in his movie, ''An Inconvenient Truth,'' have been refuted by science, both before and after he made them.

"Gore claims that Himalayan glaciers are shrinking and global warming is to blame. Yet the September 2006 issue of the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate reported, "Glaciers are growing in the Himalayan Mountains, confounding global warming alarmists who recently claimed the glaciers were shrinking and that global warming was to blame.

"Gore claims the snowcap atop Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro is shrinking and that global warming is to blame. Yet according to the November 23, 2003, issue of Nature magazine, "Although it's tempting to blame the ice loss on global warming, researchers think that deforestation of the mountain's foothills is the more likely culprit.

"Gore claims global warming is causing more tornadoes. Yet the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated in February that there has been no scientific link established between global warming and tornadoes.

"[He] claims global warming is causing more frequent and severe hurricanes. However, hurricane expert Chris Landsea published a study on May 1 documenting that hurricane activity is no higher now than in decades past. Hurricane expert William Gray reported just a few days earlier, on April 27, that the number of major hurricanes making landfall on the U.S. Atlantic coast has declined in the past 40 years.

"Gore claims global warming is causing an expansion of African deserts. However, the Sept. 16, 2002, issue of New Scientist reports, "Africa's deserts are in 'spectacular' retreat...making farming viable again in what were some of the most arid parts of Africa.'

"Gore argues Greenland is in rapid meltdown, and that this threatens to raise sea levels by 20 feet. But according to a 2005 study in the Journal of Glaciology, "the Greenland ice sheet is thinning at the margins and growing inland, with a small overall mass gain." In late 2006, researchers at the Danish Meteorological Institute reported that the past two decades were the coldest for Greenland since the 1910s.

"Gore claims the Antarctic ice sheet is melting because of global warming. Yet the Jan. 14, 2002, issue of Nature magazine reported Antarctica as a whole has been dramatically cooling for decades. More recently, scientists reported in the September 2006 issue of the British journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series A: Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences, that satellite measurements of the Antarctic ice sheet showed significant growth between 1992 and 2003. And the U.N. Climate Change panel reported in February 2007 that Antarctica is unlikely to lose any ice mass during the remainder of the century."

One would hope that Gore will just crawl back under the nearest rock, never to be heard from again.
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