Saturday, June 30

creative

Two guys crashing a burning SUV into the entrance of the Glascow, Scotland airport?

Cool bumper sticker.

Friday, June 29

dubya's done?

Sure, President Bush is now officially a lame duck. But done? So says a hyper negative JPod, who is all too quick to lump the immigration bill with Dubai and Harriet Miers.

I disagree. Don't discount the veto pen. Obviously Iraq isn't finished. Work must be completed on the AMT and making the tax cuts permanent. There's much more to do regarding Israel and the Palestinians, Lebanon, Syria and Iran.

As a practical matter, the notion that the Bush presidency is over is rather silly. I respect disagreements on policy but I loathe this sophomoric piling on. There is a big difference.

undermining black america

Juan Williams, a Democrat, sees through the charges of bigotry, political correctness and racism emanating from the Left.

gas and nails

Those who practice 'the religion of peace' are at it again.

This time, a thwarted car bomb in London's Piccadilly Circus -- the bustling nightclub and theatre district -- that would have caused 'significant injury or loss of life.'

People everywhere should be observant and vigilant. Noticing might save lives. Don't be like thirty two year old
Londoner Ian Hiskos.

"Sure, it's disturbing, and obviously it reminds everyone of 7/7. I try not to think about these things."

In other words, don't be a Democrat and stick your head in the sand hoping the problem of global fanatical radical Islamic terrorism will just go away.

Thursday, June 28

ruse?

I'm not quite sure the Democrats ever really wanted a vote on the immigration bill. President Bush, however, did want it. He was serious about it. He's been courting the Hispanic vote for 14 years.

Dick Morris is talking about how this entire affair was just a ruse by Ted Kennedy and the Democrats to position themselves to lock up a higher percentage of the Hispanic vote ahead of '08.

In 2000, Gore won 30% of the Hispanic vote. In 2004, Kerry got 10%. That 20% difference kept W in the White House.

Throughout the debate Bush, key Republicans and the Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal voiced concerns about the GOP being left out in the political wilderness if this bill went down to defeat.

We'll see soon enough.

from the right

Two interesting pieces on MSNBC.com well worth your time and attention.

Click here to read about Nebraska's 38 year old Attorney General Jim Bruning who is challenging the re-election of Senator Chuck Hagel next year.

Shameless ambition has inflicted Hagel. His leftward lurch (along with Oregon's Smith, South Carolina's Graham and Ohio's Voinovich) is completely unacceptable. If I have anything to say about it, Hagel, and the other bastards, will not be re-elected.
“Nebraska is more conservative than the nation as a whole,” said Bruning. “Senator Hagel, however, has become more liberal. And for some reason he has an anger to George Bush that is not particularly productive.”
Click here to go backstage with Fred Thompson.
"Fred Thompson isn’t officially a candidate for president, but he might as well be. The pomp and circumstance accompanying his highly publicized visit to South Carolina on Wednesday—home of the “first-in-the-South” presidential primary—followed just the script you’d expect from a onetime Hollywood actor turned White House hopeful."
As much as I'm looking forward to Fred in the race, I'm already sick to death of the MSM's obligatory 'He's An Actor' slug line. There's excitement surrounding Thompson both from the GOP base but also from the national press corps hungry for a new subject to cover and a new victim to devour.

I've changed my mind about Thompson running, too. I was concerned the Guiliani campaign would suffer as a result, but now I think a person of Fred's caliber would be a great addition to the field and would only enhance the dialogue on both sides.

46-53

Conservative talk radio really is powerful. No wonder Democrats are afraid of it and want to kill it.

'racial classifications'

I've been saying for years that the true racists are the people who talk about it all the time.

The Julian Bond/Jesse Jackson/Sheila Jackson Lee/Cynthia McKinney/Al Sharpton/ Maxine Waters crowd who use race to strike some type of imagined societal balance, extract a type of justice or otherwise reward undeserving behavior are despicable, divisive blemishes on society.

So I applaud today's 5-4 Supreme Court decision that rejected plans for 'racial classifications' by schools in Kentucky and Washington State. Let's hope the decision has broad implications.

Using race to determine where a child attends school is textbook big government, out-of-control, insane Liberalism gone amok.

history

The Petraeus strategy in Iraq is working, contrary to what the short-sighted, anti American Democrats are saying.

Frederick Kagan wisely opines in the Weekly Standard:
"Great commanders in history have understood two critical truths: the situation in war is constantly changing, and decisions must take that change into account -- and, therefore, that it is best to delay decisions until the last possible moment to ensure that they are made on the basis of the most recent and accurate understanding of the situation, rather than on preconceptions formed in different circumstances."

Wednesday, June 27

immigration

Today's lead editorial in the WSJ decries the 'pandering' of Congressional Republicans to the GOP base.

They liken the knee jerk reaction among elected Republicans to the proposed immigration bill to the knee jerk pandering the Democrats have done to their base on national security issues.

The logical conclusion? Generational Minority status.

dead horses

I find it amusing that Pat Leahy (D-VT), a man who leaked national security secrets has the gall to subpoena the White House over anything.

Of course, this is merely the Democrats keeping themselves busy by conducting a series of unwarranted and baseless revenge investigations on Republicans.

We have now officially entered Dead Horse territory. The Dems have far exceeded the level of Republican investigations into Bill 'Sleezebag' Clinton.

delayed victory

Tom DeLay won in court today but the Democrats won the bigger battle. They took DeLay down with a media frenzy by charging that he had violated campaign finance laws that didn't even exist.

equal time?

Democrats again are trying to rehabilitate the Fairness Doctrine, which would re-regulate American broadcast airwaves, which would then kill talk radio and prohibit free speech.

Conservative talk radio is informative and fun. Liberal talk radio is dogma, conspiracy and negativity. No wonder it doesn't get ratings.

You'd think Democrats would be happy with their present ownership of media. The Liberal point of view can be heard daily on the broadcast news networks, on entertainment programs, in feature films, in popular music. Left wing doctrine is available as a veritable feast for the eyes in virtually every major city daily newspaper from coast to coast. Satisfied?

They aren't. They believe some an 'imbalance' must be corrected. And since the Left can't compete in the talk radio arena, so they want to change the rules to stifle the competition. What's fair about that?

Tuesday, June 26

squishy moderates

Indiana's Republican Senator Richard Lugar is now coming out against the war effort in Iraq. Why? Because he actually believes Iraq isn't working or because he's 75 and is scared of being voted out of office?

Ohio Republican Senator George Voinovich wrote recently in a letter to the President that "we must not abandon our mission in Iraq, but we must begin a transition where the Iraqi government and its neighbors play a larger role in stabilizing Iraq."

Neighbors like Iran? Syria? Saudi Arabia? Voinovich is a dreamer. Remember, this is the guy who believed that John Bolton's appointment to the UN somehow endangered his grandchildren.

Other Republican Senators breaking ranks with Bush over Iraq? Virginia's John Warner, Oregon's Gordon Smith, Maine's Olympia Snowe and Nebraska's Chuck Hagel. Arlen Specter is frequently included in this group, as was former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee. Squishy moderates, all.

Consider the sources.

free speech

I'm pleased that the Supreme Court ruled, by a 5-4 margin, that John McCain's precious -- and unconstitutional -- campaign finance reform needed to be 'loosened.'
"Discussion of issues cannot be suppressed simply because the issues may also be pertinent in an election," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. "Where the First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker, not the censor."

fake news

You know how much I hate media bias. Even more I detest the complete fabrication of stories.

Last week's declaration by the Associated Press that President Bush wants to close down Guantanamo Bay is just the latest example of fake news.

Fox News reported it.

World News Australia reported it.

Yahoo news reported it.

Houston Chronicle.

San Diego Union-Tribune.

Guess what? It wasn't true. The AP made it up.

The press is out of control. If I wanted fake news I'd read The Onion or watch Jon Stewart.

64-35

The extremely flawed immigration bill now moves forward in the Senate after a successful cloture vote.

House GOP to vote this afternoon to block the effort.

kool aid

WaPo's uber Liberal columnist Richard Cohen writes about how the GOP could win in '08.

Monday, June 25

el policía

Harlan, Scott, Kevin and I had an amazing Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

"Message in a Bottle"
"Synchronicity II"
"Walking on the Moon"
"Voices Inside My Head"
"When the World is Running Down"
"Don't Stand So Close"
"Driven to Tears"
"The Bed's Too Big Without You"
"Truth Hits Everybody"
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
"Wrapped Around Your Finger"
"De Do Do Do De Da Da Da"
"Invisible Sun"
"Walking In Your Footsteps"
"Can't Stand Losing You"
"Roxanne"
"King of Pain"
"So Lonely"
"Every Breath You Take"
"Next To You"

Set list and super cool photo I wish I'd taken courtesy of Amateur Chemist.

Friday, June 22

cloture?

Texas Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn have announced that they are going to vote against reviving the immigration bill next week. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is said to be 'wavering' on the bill.
"Passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill has been, and remains, one of my top priorities in the Senate. It has become clear however, that I and many others will not be able to introduce amendments to fix key areas of this very complex bill," said Cornyn.
Sixty votes are necessary for cloture, a.k.a. ending debate.
"I think we're going to get it [cloture]," Republican Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-MS) said. "But senators have a way of changing their minds and things tend to slide one way or the other."

"The bill on the merits is a mixed bag," said McConnell, who had brushed aside reporter's questions on immigration Tuesday and Wednesday. "I'm not uniformly enthusiastic about it."

misunderestimating

Retired Army General John Abizaid warns all of us not to underestimate al Qaeda.

“We’ve got an educational problem about the enemy,” he said, noting that people in some western states — Abizaid now lives in Nevada — regard Sept. 11 “as a natural disaster” rather than a wartime act.

“My concern about the press,” he said, “is that the press hasn’t really looked at [the fact] that there’s an enemy out there.”

“Bin Ladenism as an ideological threat to the nation should not be underestimated."

oh, no she didn't

A Hillary Presidency would hand the GOP a huge Congressional Majority, further divide Red and Blue, result in paparazzi-style coverage of Bill Clinton's every move and force me to move to France.

So says Larry Sabato.

Thursday, June 21

i love you, dad

The best man I've ever known, my father, died ten years ago today.

now playing

9 to 1

According to MSNBC, 90% of American journalists are Democrats and donate money to Left leaning candidates, causes and organizations.

Really?

dropping charges

Remember that supposed 'massacre' of 'civilians' by United States Marines in Haditha, Iraq?

Didn't happen.

It was a myth created by an out of control, Left wing, anti-American, military-hating, truth averse press corps. Specifically, it was, first, the Washington Post and then, later, Time Magazine, which relied on videotaped 'evidence' from a terrorist.

Prison guards flushing a Koran down the toilet?

Didn't happen. But what did happen as a result of the Newsweek story? Seven people died.

In Haditha the Marines had intelligence that warned them of an upcoming attack. Fortunately, they were prepared. And now the charges have been dropped.

Dishonest journalism is just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than terrorism.

new deal

Nancy Pelosi calls Iraq 'a grotesque mistake,' just as the top Iraqi politicians agree on an oil sharing plan.

National reconciliation?

Tuesday, June 19

hubris

Here's the question of the day: Should I get a BlackBerry and upgrade T-Mobile to the 'My Faves' plan? I've been thinking about it for a really long time.

But it only has just recently become Mac-compatible and I always avoid 1st generation stuff. Too many kinks.

One things for sure, I'm ditching my piece of crap Razor. Do you hear me Motorola? I sold my stock and I'm done with you.

Of course, like everyone else, I'm jonesin' for an iPhone. (Reality check.) There's no way in hell I'm paying $600. Besides, AT&T/Cingular blows.

What to do?

wango tango

Ted Nugent is one of the smartest people in America.

I completely misjudged him 30 years ago.

the beeb

The BBC is 'out of touch with large swatches of the public and is guilty of self-censoring subjects that the corporation find unpalatable,' according to what is being described as 'an official report.'

The controller of editorial policy for the Beeb, who was part of the report's research, admitted that the BBC was biased by 'omission' for not covering alternate views.

Viewers are said to be 'frustrated' by the Beeb's political correctness.

This isn't a secret. The BBC is completely slanted hard left. Even their print reporting is difficult to wade through.

the 'surge'

Ten thousand (10,000) American troops entered the Iraqi town of Baqouba, northeast of Baghdad, early this morning.

Monday, June 18

jolly good

Fred Thompson is in London where he'll give a speech emphasizing the importance of the Transatlantic alliance.

He's also going to hang out with former Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher and new Conservative Leader David Cameron.

gaza

I'm hearing that Israel is planning to take back Gaza. I hope they don't. Instead, I hope they cut off the electricity.

America, Israel and Europe are always quick to respond. They shouldn't. The Palestinian people deserve violence and unrest after voting Hamas into positions of governmental power. They do not deserve more international aid.

Why do we insist upon continually rewarding what can only be described as bad behavior?

disarmament

"A good, positive first step," is how the State Department is describing reports today that North Korean leaders will meet next week with representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to discuss how best to verify the promised closure of Pyongyang's nuclear reactor.

Persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear program was hamstrung for months because of a dispute with the United States over $25 million of frozen North Korean assets.

"Clearly, we've made a turn over the weekend," said US nuclear negotiator Christopher Hill.

And, unlike Madeleine Albright, Condi Rice didn't get snookered by Kim Jong Il.

inevitable?

ABC News' Brian Ross is reporting that Al Qaeda suicide bombers are en route to the United States and Europe following an Al Qaeda/Taliban 'graduation' ceremony in Pakistan on June 9.

Sunday, June 17

i need a publicist

Saturday night my buddy Scott and I were surrounded by a bevy of beauties in the VIP lounge on the rooftop bar of San Diego's newest "It" spot, The Ivy.

We had a great time, or I should say we were having a great time until we had to give up our seats for Diddy.

(San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith was there too. I should have hit him up for some tix.)

Saturday, June 16

euro stuff

The Daily Express is reporting that Tony Blair, Angela Merkel and other European Union leaders are secretly planning to rename the proposed EU 'Constitution' an 'amending treaty,' which wouldn't require voter approval.

Alarming, if true. But, strange as it might sound, I think I can partly understand the perspective of the politicians.

Conversant in all of the relevant facts regarding Subject X, whether it be the EU Constitution in Britain or the illegal immigration debate here in America, elected leaders look down in disdain at the electorate because said electorate is largely ignorant.

Seventy percent of American don't even bother to vote. Who cares what they think or want?

Meanwhile, the new French leader Sarkozy is pitching Blair as President of the EU.

Friday, June 15

leak

I've actually been looking forward to seeing "Sicko," the new Michael Moore screed against the health care industry.

Thankfully now we can all see it for free, thanks to some industrious thief, who pirated the master print and put it online.

Ain't the Internet grand?

joe

Joe Lieberman just returned from Iraq. He noticed big differences in security.

"When I returned to Anbar on this trip, however, the security environment had undergone a dramatic reversal. Attacks on U.S. troops there have dropped from an average of 30 to 35 a day a few months ago to less than one a day now, according to Col. John Charlton, commander of the 1st Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, headquartered in Ramadi. Whereas six months ago only half of Ramadi's 23 tribes were cooperating with the coalition, all have now been persuaded to join an anti-al Qaeda alliance. One of Ramadi's leading sheikhs told me: "A rifle pointed at an American soldier is a rifle pointed at an Iraqi."

"The recent U.S. experience in Anbar also rebuts the bromide that the new security plan is doomed to fail because there is no "military" solution for Iraq. In fact, no one believes there is a purely "military" solution for Iraq. But the presence of U.S. forces is critical not just to ensuring basic security, but to a much broader spectrum of diplomatic, political and economic missions--which are being carried out today in Iraq under Gen. Petraeus's counterinsurgency strategy."

There apparently are big differences in Iraqi attitudes, too. It just kills me that this stuff is not more widely reported.

Thursday, June 14

powder keg

Look at what Iran is doing in Israel with Hamas. Look what they've done in Syria and Lebanon with Hezbollah. Look what they're currently doing in Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, North Korea and Russia are helping the Iranians test missiles and obtain nuclear fuel.

All of this is happening in real time. It's not a bumper sticker.

Wednesday, June 13

attempting to cheat

Has anyone bothered to ask why the Democrats so stridently oppose election reform?

This is the underlying theme of the so-called 'scandal' behind the eight fired US Attorneys. The Justice Department, at the urging of the White House, fired eight people for not sufficiently doing their jobs. And what, exactly, were the jobs they were tasked with? What was their focus to be? They were instructed to aggressively pursue cases involving...

Election reform.

And we all know that the Democrats can't have election reform because then it would harder for them to cheat, and if they can't cheat successfully, God knows they won't win any elections. Isn't that right "Gov." Gregoire? Isn't that right Vice President Gore? Isn't that right Senator Kerry?

Stuffing ballot boxes, dead people voting, claiming racial discrimination and intimidation, this is what the Left does every election cycle to make the case for their candidates. So weakening the credibility of the Bush Justice Department ahead of the '08 election is just what the DNC ordered.

That's why the GOP's blocking of the no-confidence vote on AG Alberto Gonzales was so important. Of course the Dems don't have 'confidence' in Gonzales. His firing, along wiht ensuing chaos at the Justice Department, is central to their election plans next year.

congress

The Economist writes about what, exactly, the Democrats have done since sweeping back into power half a year ago.

"Symbolism has had to suffice." In other words, nothing.

finally

Tony Blair shares my concern about media bias.
"News is rarely news unless it generates heat as much as or more than light. Second, attacking motive is far more potent than attacking judgement. It is not enough for someone to make an error. It has to be venal. Conspiratorial.

"The reality is that the viewers or readers have no objective yardstick to measure what they are being told. In every other walk of life in our society that exercises power, there are external forms of accountability, not least through the media itself."

Tuesday, June 12

wearing thin

The Washington Times reports that membership in the racist, hate-filled, radical organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has fallen 90% since 2001.

Monday, June 11

backbone

GOP Senators blocked an effort by Democrats to hold a no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Are the Republicans finally getting some freaking backbone?

The President has full discretion about hiring and firing US Attorneys. Gonzales shouldn't lose his job for following orders.

hit 'em

Senator Joe Lieberman is urging a strike against Iran. I agree. And I think it should have been done a long time ago.

The Iranians are a big time contributor to the violence in Iraq, killing American soldiers. And they obviously have no intention of suspending their uranium enrichment efforts.

pakistan

Could Pakistan, not Iran, be the biggest threat facing America?

They do already have nukes...

culture of corruption

Check out these interesting articles about a company called info USA and the Democrats, here and here.

The Clinton's are rich. Why can't they pay for their own airfare?

Sunday, June 10

'the sopranos'

I'm extremely disappointed in tonight's finale. I mean, what was that? I thought my ultra shitty Time Warner cable had gone out again.

But from the perspectives of HBO honchos and 'Sopranos' series creator David Chase, ending the show without a resolution is pure genius.

If HBO and Chase decide to green-light a 'Sopranos' movie in a couple of years, BAM! Automatic story-line. The script writes itself.

If not, no big deal. The show will continue to live on in infamy and saps like me will be left to imagine their own endings to the best cable television show in American history.

i see dumb people

George Will describes the Democrats perfectly: They are hypochondriacs. They 'see sickness where it is not.'

21 gun salute

President Bush received a hero's welcome in Albania today.

From the AP:
"People waiting on the sidewalks behind yellow police tape gave him a boisterous welcome, shouting “Bushie, Bushie.” He was practically manhandled as he shook hands along the line. Albanians reached out and embraced him, grabbing at his arms, shoulders and head, mussing his hair as Secret Service agents held him by the waist from behind."
That is how President Bush should be treated.

Saturday, June 9

going wide

The JFK terror probe is said to be 'widening.' The four defendants, already identified last week, was 'just a piece of it,' according to law enforcement officials. (Above, fuel tanks at JFK)

For those of you keeping score, this is the third known foiled terrorist plot since August '06, along with blowing up jets en route to the US and the Fort Dix incident. There are scores and scores of other plots that we'll most likely never know about.

This global war on terror seems like way more than just a bumper sticker slogan to me. Anyone who doesn't believe that there are a number of radical Muslims who are actively engaged in trying to kill as many Americans as possible is just dumb as a rock.

Friday, June 8

friday round up

The bi-partisan immigration bill collapsed under the weight of its own mediocrity. I say we enforce the current immigration laws and deny illegals social services. They'll stop coming.

"Where's The Fence?"

Four year old Bush climate change policy has just become lingua franca of the G-8.

Paris Hilton is even more pathetic than I thought, crying "Mom!" when the judge told her she was going back to jail.

Without Giuliani and McCain (and most likely Fred Thompson) in the Iowa straw poll an expected Romney victory is meaningless. This is a victory for the Second Tier candidates like Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback.

And what was Thompson's appearance on Hannity & Colmes worth? Approximately $220,000. Within 18 hours ImWithFred.com had gotten 25,000 hits.

Meanwhile, the view from Britain is that the Democrats will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as they try to win back the White House next year.

According to Bob Novak, McCain can't raise any money...Ed Gillespie (if asked) will become the new White House communications director, replacing the departing Dan Bartlett...and longtime GOP hand Ken Khachigian has signed up with the Fred Thompson campaign.

Will Tony get whacked on Sunday night? 'The Sopranos' series finale looks to be exciting, and will be 'controversial,' according to Steven Van Zant, who plays consiglieri Silvio Dante on the series.

A hundred bucks says Tony, Carmella, AJ, Meadow, Janice, Uncle Junior and Paulie Walnuts survive.

Thursday, June 7

'catastrophe'

Bob Novak on John Edwards:
"Edwards must rely on true believers who will brave the bitter Iowa cold in the dark of night to attend caucuses. That's the kind of voter impressed by Edwards lashing out at Obama and especially Clinton on the war. Iowa Democrats in 2004 pulled back from catastrophe at the 11th hour and abandoned Howard Dean when they contemplated the impact of a Dean victory. Party leaders hope Iowans will take a similarly hard look at John Edwards."

judging quality

The Boston Herald's Michael Graham calls the GOP presidential field 'tough and talented.'
"Take John McCain, for example. He’s a war hero, he won the New Hampshire primary in 2000, he’s one of the most prominent members of the U.S. Senate, he gets more TV time than Paris Hilton and he’s in fourth place in the most recent Rasmussen poll of likely GOP voters.

"Then there’s Giuliani.
"Set aside Rudy’s two wins in liberal New York City. Set aside his inspiring performance as mayor on and after 9/11. Set aside the fact that he’s literally on a first-name basis with every voter in America.
"Set all that aside, and still this fact remains: If there is another serious, successful terrorist attack between now and the national conventions, the only question about 2008 will be whether the Democrats nominate Giuliani, too.
"Again and again Tuesday night, Rudy Giuliani showed that on the big issues (not the “creation/abortion” obsessions of Wolf Blitzer), he “gets it.” He knows that America’s top three issues are national security, national security and national security, followed by illegal immigration, which is also a national security issue.

"Meanwhile Mitt Romney - a member of both the Republican Party and a religious group best known for its history of polygamy - was elected governor of the bluest state in America.

"
If the George W. Bush of 2000 had to run as a candidate today, he’d be fighting Jim Gilmore and Sam Brownback for top spot in the second tier."

proven irrelevance

Have you heard of Leslie Southwick? He served in Iraq. And Democrats don't like him.

From the WSJ:

"Move over, Roe v. Wade. The latest liberal judicial litmus test is whether the nominee is willing to repudiate the phrase "homosexual lifestyle." Believe it or not, that's one of the two raps against Leslie Southwick, whose nomination for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals comes before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

"After more than five months of Democratic control, Ralph Neas, Nan Aron and other liberal activists are so desperate to prove their relevance that they will grasp at any allegation to put another trophy kill over their mantel. What happens to Judge Southwick's nomination may well preview the fate of other appeals-court nominees in the rest of President Bush's term.

"[Southwick] is no Priscilla Owen or Janice Rogers Brown--prominent conservative jurists whose appellate nominations were filibustered by Democrats in previous Congresses. Judge Southwick has been a member of the Mississippi Court of Appeals since 1994, with time out for a military leave from 2004 to 2006, when he served in Iraq. His record is so uncontroversial that last fall the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved him for a district court judgeship. The year ended before the full Senate could vote on that nomination. But when Michael Wallace withdrew for the Fifth Circuit after Democratic objections, the White House nominated Judge Southwick as an act of bipartisan good faith.

"So much for that. His nomination looked safe enough until two weeks ago, when liberal critics, having scoured his 7,000-plus rulings on the Mississippi appeals bench, uncovered two allegedly hanging offenses. Both were about words that the judge himself never uttered but were contained in decisions he joined--one involving homosexuals, the other race."

A political party that is forced to 'prove their relevance' isn't having much legislative success. Nice 'mandate.'

home

It's cheaper for the city of Los Angeles to keep Paris Hilton under house arrest than it was to provide security for her in jail.

Wednesday, June 6

retention

Republican candidates are more substantiative than 'Democratic' candidates. I'm convinced we'll retain the White House in '08.

Read the transcript of the GOP debate here.

CNN did a crappy job on production and I think that was by design. I've heard some criticism of the questions posed by Wolf Blitzer. I think he did okay. Some questions, specifically about gays in the military and the theories of creation/evolution, were time wasters and irrelevant.

And I don't recall any technical difficulties Sunday night during the Democrat confab. By comparison every GOP candidate on Tuesday seemed to experience audio problems. And then there was that repetitive buzzing sound that was incredibly intrusive. Blitzer said it was 'lightning.' Uh huh.

I thought former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore scored the best line of the night, perfectly describing the mission in Iraq:
"One of the central problems of the Middle East is the desire for Iran to dominate that portion of the world because of what they are doing. And that is why I believe that they are seeking this kind of nuclear capacity.

"That is one of the reasons why we are, in fact, in Iraq. And that’s why our soldiers, when they fight and die there, are, in fact, serving the interests of the United States. Nobody ought to have any doubt about that."

Romney was great. Rudy was awesome. Duncan Hunter was good. Huckabee was funny. Brownback is very likable. All of these guys would make good Presidents. Fred Thompson would make a great President.

It's time for Tommy Thompson, Tom Tancredo and Ron Paul show themselves the door before the next debate in July. No offense, but it's silly to waste valuable air time on guys that can't win. How many freaking questions did CNN ask Paul?

another era

Imagine hearing the President give this type of speech on the radio or on television today, the prayer offered by Franklin D. Rooselvelt on the evening of June 6, 1944, D-Day.

"My Fellow Americans:

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation.

It has come to pass with success thus far.
And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.


Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces.

Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.
They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest -- until the victory is won.

The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.
For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people.

They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them -- help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.


Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.


Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.
And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keeness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment -- let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.


With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace -- a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.


Thy will be done, Almighty God.


Amen."

It could never happen. The ACLU would sue the President for violating the separation between church and state and the Muslims would be offended.

How far has the once great and mighty Democratic Party fallen into the control of kooks and wackos.

'iraq plus'

Dan Senor wants the Democrats to listen to what the experts are saying about Iraq.

We should all listen, and think, very carefully.

Tuesday, June 5

losing their edge

From ABC News:

"The Democrats in Congress have lost much of the leadership edge they carried out of the 2006 midterm election, with the lack of progress in Iraq being the leading cause. Their only solace: President Bush and the Republicans aren't doing any better.

"Six weeks ago the Democrats held a 24-point lead over Bush as the stronger leadership force in Washington; today that's collapsed to a dead heat. The Democrats' overall job approval rating likewise has dropped, from a 54 percent majority to 44 percent now -- with the decline occurring almost exclusively among strong opponents of the Iraq War."

sarko

France has immigration quotas. Sarkozy's goal is the expulsion of 25,000 illegals this year.

raw deal

Two and a half years in prison. Talk about injustice.

Dick Armitage, where are you?

If Bush wants to fire up the Conservatives he'll pardon Scooter Libby now.

Monday, June 4

sandy & scooter

The press covered the Scooter Libby non-story with aplomb, but they've done close to zero reporting on the Sandy Berger docs-in-socks (and underwear and pockets) affair.

Libby was convicted of lying to a grand jury because he couldn't recall dates and times he spoke to certain reporters, a complete travesty of justice. I'm hoping that Judge Reggie Walton uses common sense with Libby's sentence, which might come as early as tomorrow.

Berger stole and destroyed Clinton Administration-era national security documents. These documents were the official record of how Clinton and his team dealt with terrorism before 9/11. Inexplicably, the Bush Administration's Justice Department gave him a plea deal in 2003. Berger was able to avoid jail by having his national security clearance suspended for four years and paying a small fine. But he was able to keep his law license.

On May 17 Berger willingly gave up his law license. Apparently the Board of the DC Bar has been sniffing around, asking questions. Giving up his license means he doesn't have to answer any questions.

Here's where the part about media bias comes in. The MSM hates George W. Bush but they still love Bill Clinton. The press jumps on any hint of scandal if they think it will sully the Bush name. We're treated to never-ending stories about Karl Rove and his diminished role in the White House, or this Libby garbage, or the Cheney hunting accident, or the eight fired US Attorneys, or FEMA's shortcomings, etc.

Sandy Berger destroyed original documents that told the story of what Bill Clinton did and didn't do to protect America from Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda from 1993 to 2000 and the press doesn't think it is important.

My strong belief is that these destroyed documents would have exposed just how inept the Clinton Presidency was when it came to foreign policy. I believe that, once and for all, the world would believe what I've been saying since 9/12/01: That the Clinton Administration is completely and totally responsible for 9/11.

But that story doesn't fit into the MSM's well-established narrative that Bush is the worst American President since Jimmy Carter, so the entire Berger affair continues to go unreported.

culture of corruption

You remember William Jefferson, Democrat of Louisiana? The guy hiding $90K in his fridge? At long has he has been indicted.

Notice how Nancy Pelosi has been particularly silent about the rampant corruption in her caucus?

House Minority Leader Boehner is moving quickly on the expulsion of Jefferson from Congress.

(Note how House Republicans always move quickly to police their own members caught in all matters of wrongdoing...Just one in a long list of ways the GOP is more responsible than the other side.)

the dems

Hillary Clinton sounded presidential to me last night to a point, but she totally undercut her credibility when she said that Bush 'lied about Iraq.' Everyone with a brain knows that isn't true.

I'm beginning to believe, however, that she would be very aggressive in waging the war on terror. She understands that it isn't a bumper sticker slogan. And she honestly admitted last night that 'we are safer' than we were before 9/11.

Barack Obama sounded and looked presidential to me last night, especially when he chided John Edwards about 'being four and a half years late' on Iraq. He really seems like a decent guy. I almost fell off the couch when he said that there are some things Bush has done well. Classy. I'd trust him to drive my girlfriend or my Mother home, but I don't think he's qualified to be president.

I liked Joe Biden saying that he, in good conscience, cannot vote not to fund the troops. He's not a total bastard.

John Edwards said he'd give Iran nuclear fuel. Ironically, John Kerry said the same thing. Loser.

Kudos to Mike Gravel for being the only candidate last night to suggest that English should be the official language of the United States. Everyone else is opposed.

I still don't understand why Chris Dodd is running.

Bill Richardson's ethnicity might make him an attractive VP candidate next year.

And as always, Dennis Kucinich is pure entertainment gold.

Sunday, June 3

reportage

The Caracas rioting this week? Very little coverage.

Hugo Chavez, that brave and principled leader, shut down a popular television station because it aired material that was critical of his corrupt administration.

It would seem that a Liberal press would eschew any attempt to silence a journalistic voice. Just like it would seem that a Liberal press should have been telling the overwhelmingly positive stories coming out of the Middle East the past three and four years, a direct result of America's foreign policy.

Terrorism is a danger facing us, as are the dangerous Democrats. But I'm becoming just as concerned about bad journalism, agenda-driven journalism that leaves out the salient facts of stories when said facts don't happen to correspond to a particular editorial opinions.

trade off

BAD: Kobe Bryant is an immature baby. He wants to be traded. He doesn't want to be traded. Punk.

GOOD: Time Warner Cable finally pulled their heads out of their asses and decided to offer ESPN 2 in high def. (Is the NFL Network too much to hope for?)

Saturday, June 2

jfk

The FBI is saying this plot 'could have been worse than 9/11.'

One of these terrorists, Russell Defreitas, an American citizen, worked at JFK. Reportedly, he's hated America for ten years because he believes we've enabled Israel to kill Muslims.

So, since last August, Defreitas and three other Muslims, one of which happened to be an FBI informant, have been planning to ignite a jet fuel artery that lies beneath crowded New York City neighborhoods.

I'm grateful that we have a Republican government in place that understands the threats America faces, because the war on terror is not just three words on a bumper sticker.
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