Friday, August 31

fictional

Director Brian DePalma, talks about his new film, 'Redacted.'
"When I read about the Mahmudiyah incident in Iraq 2006 - five US soldiers raped a local girl, killed her and her family and later tried to disguise it as an insurgent attack - I knew I had a story."
Yeah, but what if it isn't true? Look at all the other 'stories' about 'abuse' that turned out not to be exaggerated, like Abu Ghraib? Or totally untrue, like Haditha?

Tim Robbins thinks we've killed 400,000 Iraqis. That's not true, either. But does Hollywood care?

The presumption by the far Left that American troops are baby killers, rapists and mass murderers is disturbing. And Anti-American.

hey look

The economy did some big time growing this spring -- the most in a year.

Thursday, August 30

stormy politics

It just kills me whenever I hear the myth repeated and repeated. 'The Federal Government's anemic response to Hurricane Katrina...'

Or as the AP frames it:
"The performance by the president and the Federal Government in the immediate aftermath of the storm—and some residents' lingering sense of abandonment since—severely dented Bush's image as a take-charge leader."
I've said it before and I'm screaming it again now: What the hell did Louisiana Democrats do to prepare for Katrina? The answer? Not a damn thing.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin didn't evacuate the poor, lower-lying areas of the city and Governor Kathleen Blanco was too busy taking a nap to talk to then Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff when he called to suggest mandatory evacuations. Then, later she refused 'Bush Aid.' Then she became 'overwhelmed.'

Not only are the Democrats responsible for the epic disaster Katrina became, they are also responsible for most of what hasn't been rebuilt in New Orleans, due to rampant corruption and mismanagement.

I lived in Louisiana in the 1980's. The Feds sent billions of dollars to the state to upgrade the levees, but corrupt Democrats like Edwin Edwards, among others, lined their pockets with the cash and diverted it to other 'projects.'

Nagin's people skills got him re-elected, (Above, see Hizzoner charming the President) but the bungling Blanco chose not to seek re-election. She'll be remembered for sticking the taxpayers with a $1.2 million bill to renovate the Governor's and Lt. Governor's mansions.

Meanwhile, Mississippi, also severely damaged by Katrina is fully recovered. I wonder how that happened? Could it possibly be because Republicans are in charge?

Tuesday, August 28

corruption, part ii

Here's a story you'll not hear much about in the MSM either.

From the WSJ:
"One of the biggest sources of political donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton is a tiny, lime-green bungalow that lies under the flight path from San Francisco International Airport.

"Six members of the Paw family, each listing the house at 41 Shelbourne Ave. as their residence, have donated a combined $45,000 to the Democratic senator from New York since 2005, for her presidential campaign, her Senate re-election last year and her political action committee. In all, the six Paws have donated a total of $200,000 to Democratic candidates since 2005, election records show.

"It isn't obvious how the Paw family is able to afford such political largess. Records show they own a gift shop and live in a 1,280-square-foot house that they recently refinanced for $270,000. William Paw, the 64-year-old head of the household, is a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service who earns about $49,000 a year, according to a union representative. Alice Paw, also 64, is a homemaker.

"The Paws' political donations closely track donations made by Norman Hsu, a wealthy New York businessman in the apparel industry who once listed the Paw home as his address, according to public records. Mr. Hsu is one of the top fund-raisers for Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign. He has hosted or co-hosted some of her most prominent money-raising events."

corruption

This Larry Craig thing sickens me.

Just like the Duke Cunningham thing sickened me.

Just like the Mark Foley thing sickened me.

Just like the Rick Rienzi thing sickens me.

Some Republicans have forgotten why they went to Washington.

I want corrupt Republicans gone, each and every one.

But I also want corrupt Democrats to get the same coverage in the MSM as the GOP gets.

This link, from ABC News, doesn't even have a photo of Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, who was indicted on federal charges of racketeering in June. Instead a picture of US Attorney Chuck Rosenberg appears.

quelle différence

Nicolas Sarkozy's foreign policy is a welcome change post Chirac.

France's new President had a lot to say today. He criticized Russia for 'being brutal.' He criticized China's 'management' of its currency. He's open to talking to Syria in order to solve the crisis in Lebanon and rightly deems as 'unacceptable,' a nuclear-armed Iran.

From YNetNews.com:

"Major powers should continue their policy of incrementally increasing sanctions against Tehran while being open to talks if Iran suspended nuclear activities.

"This initiative is the only one that can enable us to escape an alternative that I say is catastrophic: the Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran," Sarkozy said, adding that it was the worst crisis currently facing the world."

Monday, August 27

adios

The resignation of AG Alberto Gonzalez is very disappointing for several reasons...

How many times do we have to remind the wacko Left that Clinton fired all 93 US Attorneys? That was unprecedented. It had never happened. And nobody cared.

Bush instructs Gonzales to fire eight US Attorneys and, somehow, it becomes a scandal?

Those US Attorneys (I say this again, for the umpteeth time) 'serve at the pleasure of the President,' as do each and every member of the President's cabinet. If the President wants somebody gone, all he has to do is snap his fingers and they are gone. No questions asked.

The Gonzalez resignation screams 'wrongdoing,' and since Leahy, Schumer and Reid, all paragons of virtue, have presented no actual evidence of wrongdoing here, I'll go out on a limb and say Gonzales did nothing wrong.

And as was the case with Rumsfeld last year, the timing of the Gonzalez departure seems strange. If he planned to leave all along he should have just resigned last year when the controversy first broke. That way, he could have saved us from having to listen to all the bullcrap we've endured these past nine months.

This is just another example of the extreme nature of the Left's brand of character assassination. If Rice and Gonzalez were Democrats, the press would hold them up as modern examples of Liberalism done good. Rice would be a model for young blacks everywhere and Gonzalez would be the poster boy for legal immigration.

Instead, because they are conservatives, Rice has been dismissed as an 'Uncle Tom' and Gonzalez is just a 'crony' from Texas, because the Democrats live in constant fear that the majority of Americans will discover that the true party of progress and opportunity is the Republican party.

Friday, August 24

bubba

Why are we still talking about the legacy of Bill Clinton?

Clinton's legacy was cemented in stone on the morning of 9/11/01. His failed, inept, feckless and reckless presidency, along with the failed, inept and feckless presidency of Jimma Carter are the reasons why we cannot ever afford to elect another so-called 'Democratic' president again.

It's not complicated.

1.2%

Liberals hate tax cuts. To them, cutting taxes benefits only 'the rich,' and 'big corporations,.'

Untrue. As is the assertion that the Bush tax cuts have caused historic budget deficits.

What is true about the 2003 tax cuts is that 'rather than creating a budget deficit, are fueling economic growth that is swelling federal revenues and shrinking the deficit.'

And, FYI, Presidential power does not include the ability to decrease, or increase, taxes. Under Article I of the US Constitution, the power to tax lies solely with Congress.

So, the next time you hear a Democrat bemoaning 'Bush's tax cuts,' you'll remember that, in fact, Congress (Republicans AND Democrats) voted to decrease taxes four years ago.

In other words, the Democrats were for it, until they became against it.

Taxing the wealthy and corporations don't benefit the economy or the average American. Quite the contrary. Raising taxes causes corporations to do one, two, or three things.

First, corporations raise the prices of their products/services; Second, corporations cut jobs; Three, corporations pay smaller dividends to investors.

The indisputable fact is that raising taxes is bad for all Americans and it is bad for the economy.

Indisputable, too, is that the federal budget deficit has now fallen to $158 billion, down from $413 billion just three years ago. The current number, although it might sound enormously staggering, is actually insignificant. It's so insignificant it only amounts to 1.2% of GDP.

Thursday, August 23

disloyalty


Republican Senator John Warner wants the President to bring the troops home before Christmas.

(Sigh.)

That's like serving dinner before the meal is fully prepared. What a bonehead.

I love how the AP plays this, too, describing Warner as being 'known for his party loyalty.'

Uh huh.

good stuff

Christiane Amanpour has been remarkably 'fair and balanced' (so far) in her presentation of "God's Warriors." Amazingly, she presented both sides on extreme Jewish and Muslim religiosity without inserting her own opinion, and everything! Just like journalists are supposed to!

Are we finally getting somewhere?

The reward for CNN is that they managed, at long last, to give O'Reilly a run for his money in the ratings. Last night's installment of "God's Warriors" beat "The Factor" at 10 PM.

The third and final installment, on God's Christian warriors, is tonight. I wonder if she'll be able to avoid comparing the President to the 'weirdo red state Christians'?

Wednesday, August 22

'revealing details'

Why is National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell talking publicly about classified details of government surveillance?

Can you imagine the insanity of an judge -- ostensibly, an American judge, at that -- ruling that a warrant was required if the government was monitoring communications between foreigners on a US communications network?

That's like rooting against the home team, which is this case is your own country. How despicable is that?

Maybe the publicity will prompt citizens to mobilize, to contact their elected representatives and put pressure on Congress to make the job of killing terrorists/foiling terrorist plots easier, not tougher.

even more vfw

I keep reading and re-reading Bush's dazzling VFW speech, and the historical perspective outlined by the President (compared/contrasted with today's anti-war zealots) is beyond striking.

Americans who oppose the war in Iraq are ignorant of history.

Today's Liberals proclaim democracy won't work in Iraq because of the cultural and traditions of the Middle East. Liberals said the very same thing about Japan and Korea and Vietnam.

They got it wrong then and they are wrong now. In fact, Democrats have been making fools of themselves since 1993.

"You know, the experts sometimes get it wrong," Bush said.

It's hard to say the surge has been a failure and the war is lost, as many Democrats are on record as saying, when 12,000+ terrorists have been captured or killed since January.

"At the outset of World War II there were only two democracies in the Far East -- Australia and New Zealand. Today most of the nations in Asia are free, and its democracies reflect the diversity of the region. Some of these nations have constitutional monarchies, some have parliaments, and some have presidents. Some are Christian, some are Muslim, some are Hindu, and some are Buddhist. Yet for all the differences, the free nations of Asia all share one thing in common: Their governments derive their authority from the consent of the governed, and they desire to live in peace with their neighbors.

"Along the way to this freer and more hopeful Asia, there were a lot of doubters. Many times in the decades that followed World War II, American policy in Asia was dismissed as hopeless and naive. And when we listen to criticism of the difficult work our generation is undertaking in the Middle East today, we can hear the echoes of the same arguments made about the Far East years ago.

"In the aftermath of Japan's surrender, many thought it naive to help the Japanese transform themselves into a democracy. Then as now, the critics argued that some people were simply not fit for freedom.

"Critics also complained when America intervened to save South Korea from communist invasion. Then as now, the critics argued that the war was futile, that we should never have sent our troops in, or they argued that America's intervention was divisive here at home.

"Many in the press agreed. One columnist in The Washington Post said, "The fact is that the conduct of the Korean War has been shot through with errors great and small." A colleague wrote that "Korea is an open wound. It's bleeding and there's no cure for it in sight." He said that the American people could not understand "why Americans are doing about 95 percent of the fighting in Korea."

"Many of these criticisms were offered as reasons for abandoning our commitments in Korea. And while it's true the Korean War had its share of challenges, the United States never broke its word.

"Today, we see the result of a sacrifice of people in this room in the stark contrast of life on the Korean Peninsula. Without Americans' intervention during the war and our willingness to stick with the South Koreans after the war, millions of South Koreans would now be living under a brutal and repressive regime. The Soviets and Chinese communists would have learned the lesson that aggression pays. The world would be facing a more dangerous situation. The world would be less peaceful.

"Instead, South Korea is a strong, democratic ally of the United States of America. South Korean troops are serving side-by-side with American forces in Afghanistan and in Iraq. And America can count on the free people of South Korea to be lasting partners in the ideological struggle we're facing in the beginning of the 21st century.

"Finally, there's Vietnam. This is a complex and painful subject for many Americans. The tragedy of Vietnam is too large to be contained in one speech. So I'm going to limit myself to one argument that has particular significance today. Then as now, people argued the real problem was America's presence and that if we would just withdraw, the killing would end.

"The argument that America's presence in Indochina was dangerous had a long pedigree. In 1955, long before the United States had entered the war, Graham Greene wrote a novel called, "The Quiet American." It was set in Saigon, and the main character was a young government agent named Alden Pyle. He was a symbol of American purpose and patriotism -- and dangerous naivete. Another character describes Alden this way: "I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused."

"After America entered the Vietnam War, the Graham Greene argument gathered some steam. As a matter of fact, many argued that if we pulled out there would be no consequences for the Vietnamese people.

"In 1972, one antiwar senator put it this way: "What earthly difference does it make to nomadic tribes or uneducated subsistence farmers in Vietnam or Cambodia or Laos, whether they have a military dictator, a royal prince or a socialist commissar in some distant capital that they've never seen and may never heard of?" A columnist for The New York Times wrote in a similar vein in 1975, just as Cambodia and Vietnam were falling to the communists: "It's difficult to imagine," he said, "how their lives could be anything but better with the Americans gone." A headline on that story, date Phnom Penh, summed up the argument: "Indochina without Americans: For Most a Better Life."

"The world would learn just how costly these mis-impressions would be. In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge began a murderous rule in which hundreds of thousands of Cambodians died by starvation and torture and execution. In Vietnam, former allies of the United States and government workers and intellectuals and businessmen were sent off to prison camps, where tens of thousands perished. Hundreds of thousands more fled the country on rickety boats, many of them going to their graves in the South China Sea.

"Three decades later, there is a legitimate debate about how we got into the Vietnam War and how we left. There's no debate in my mind that the veterans from Vietnam deserve the high praise of the United States of America. Whatever your position is on that debate, one unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of America's withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like "boat people," "re-education camps," and "killing fields."

"There was another price to our withdrawal from Vietnam, and we can hear it in the words of the enemy we face in today's struggle -- those who came to our soil and killed thousands of citizens on September the 11th, 2001. In an interview with a Pakistani newspaper after the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden declared that "the American people had risen against their government's war in Vietnam. And they must do the same today."

"His number two man, Zawahiri, has also invoked Vietnam. In a letter to al Qaeda's chief of operations in Iraq, Zawahiri pointed to "the aftermath of the collapse of the American power in Vietnam and how they ran and left their agents."

"Zawahiri later returned to this theme, declaring that the Americans "know better than others that there is no hope in victory. The Vietnam specter is closing every outlet." Here at home, some can argue our withdrawal from Vietnam carried no price to American credibility -- but the terrorists see it differently.

"We must remember the words of the enemy. We must listen to what they say. Bin Laden has declared that "the war [in Iraq] is for you or us to win. If we win it, it means your disgrace and defeat forever." Iraq is one of several fronts in the war on terror -- but it's the central front -- it's the central front for the enemy that attacked us and wants to attack us again. And it's the central front for the United States and to withdraw without getting the job done would be devastating.

"If we were to abandon the Iraqi people, the terrorists would be emboldened, and use their victory to gain new recruits. As we saw on September the 11th, a terrorist safe haven on the other side of the world can bring death and destruction to the streets of our own cities. Unlike in Vietnam, if we withdraw before the job is done, this enemy will follow us home. And that is why, for the security of the United States of America, we must defeat them overseas so we do not face them in the United States of America. "
Virtually every criticism of President Bush from the Left since 2001 has been illegitimate.

suppression

We're still waiting on the Barrett Report, but major parts of it have been 'redacted pursuant to court order.'

In other words, Hillary Clinton's lawyer David Kendall has filed over 140 motions to suppress certain information in the report and Senate Democrats have done a masterful job at burying Barrett's findings.

What's the big secret?

more vfw

I'm always hearing people say 'I don't understand why we're in Iraq.'

President Bush put it very succinctly today:
"We fight for the possibility that decent men and women across the broader Middle East can realize their destiny -- and raise up societies based on freedom and justice and personal dignity."
All good Liberals should support the cause. Otherwise I'd accuse them of being hypocrites.

Bush also hit back at the suggestion by some Democrats that Iraqi PM Maliki should resign.
"Prime Minister Maliki is a good guy, a good man with a difficult job, and I support him. And it's not up to politicians in Washington, D.C. to say whether he will remain in his position -- that is up to the Iraqi people who now live in a democracy, and not a dictatorship."
Exactly. American soldiers died, and still are dying, bringing the opportunity for democracy in Iraq.

Tuesday, August 21

old school




I love those old throwback football uniforms...The Steelers and the Eagles will both be kicking it old school this season.

And the Chargers' new uni's look kinda retro, too.

new fronts?

Iran entering Iraq's Kurdish North?

Syria?

raising arizona

February 5, 2008, not February 26, is the date of the new Arizona presidential primary, joining some 19 other states with primaries or caucuses on the same day.

oui

The French are back in Iraq.

Viva Sarkozy! Said France's foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner:

"I believe this is the moment. Everyone knows the Americans will not be able to get this country out of difficulty alone," Kouchner told the French radio station RTL on Tuesday before returning to Paris. "I really believe that depending on what happens here it will change the world."

"This is about having an opinion and knowing what positive things one can do and what role France can play in this region," he said, adding that Iraq was "expecting something" from France."

advance vfw remarks

The President will deliver remarks to the VFW convention tomorrow in Kansas City.

Some excerpts:

"Many argued that if we pulled out, there would be no consequences for the Vietnamese people," he was to say. "The world would learn just how costly these misimpressions would be."

"In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge began a murderous rule in which hundreds of thousands of Cambodians died by starvation, torture, or execution. In Vietnam, former American allies, government workers, intellectuals, and businessmen were sent off to prison camps, where tens of thousands perished," he was to say.

"Hundreds of thousands more fled the country on rickety boats, many of them going to their graves in the South China Sea," said Bush, who pleaded for patience with the US-led security crackdown in Iraq.

US troops there "are carrying out a surge that is helping bring former Sunni insurgents into the fight against Al Qaeda, clearing the terrorists out of population centers, and giving families in liberated Iraqi cities their first look at decent and normal life" Bush said in his prepared remarks.

"As they take the initiative from the enemy, they have a question: Will their elected leaders in Washington pull the rug out from under them just as they are gaining momentum and changing the dynamic on the ground in Iraq?" he said.

"My answer is clear: We will support our troops, we will support our commanders, and we will give them everything they need to succeed," said Bush, who linked the painful US defeat in Vietnam to the situation in Iraq.

"Three decades later, there is a legitimate debate about how we got into the Vietnam War and how we left," he said.

"Whatever your position in that debate, one unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of Americas withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like 'boat people,' 're-education camps,' and 'killing fields,'" he said."

:)

What can I say? I've always been a breast man.

Okay. I was bored and busted out the Photoshop.

Who cares?

'missed chances,' part ii

It's unfortunate, but our politicians and elected leaders have been asleep at the switch for far too long. Some of the problem is gridlock between the two political parties, but a big part, probably a much larger part of the problem, is the total lack of political will on the part of the politicos to do anything other than line their respective pockets with earmarks.

Greed, corruption and laziness run rampant in Washington DC. I think the system is so corrupt that good people invariably fall victim to the machine that is the federal government. The system is a huge, out of control, unmanageable bureaucracy that is such a failure on so many levels...it boggles the mind.

And it is this 'asleep at the switch' mentality that is to blame for the situation America finds herself today after some 40+ years of inaction.

We've compromised our national security by not securing our borders. We've refused to take advantage of our own natural resources to become energy independent. We've allowed the teachers unions to screw up public education and out of control trial lawyers sue everybody and drive up the costs of health care. We're allowing hysteria to dictate environmental policy and God knows we can't fix social security because half the population of Florida would revolt.

It is more important than ever that America elects a strong President in 2008. Democrats need not apply.

'missed chances,' part i

A CIA watchdog executive summary report finds that "the agency and its officers did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner," with regard to the run-up to 9/11/01.

Some highlights from AP:

"—U.S. spy agencies, which were overseen by Tenet, lacked a comprehensive strategic plan to counter Osama bin Laden prior to 9/11. The inspector general concluded that Tenet "by virtue of his position, bears ultimate responsibility for the fact that no such strategic plan was ever created.

"—The CIA's analysis of al-Qaida before Sept. 2001 was lacking. No comprehensive report focusing on bin Laden was written after 1993, and no comprehensive report laying out the threats of 2001 was assembled. "A number of important issues were covered insufficiently or not at all," the report found.

"—The CIA and the National Security Agency tussled over their responsibilities in dealing with al-Qaida well into 2001. Only Tenet's personal involvement could have led to a timely resolution, the report concluded.

"—The CIA station charged with monitoring bin Laden—code-named Alec Station—was overworked, lacked operational experience, expertise and training. The report recommended forming accountability boards for the CIA Counterterror Center chiefs from 1998 to 2001, including Black.

"—Although 50 to 60 people read at least one CIA cable about two of the hijackers, the information wasn't shared with the proper offices and agencies. "That so many individuals failed to act in this case reflects a systemic breakdown.... Basically, there was no coherent, functioning watch-listing program," the report said. The report again called for further review of Black and his predecessor.

"While blame is heaped on Tenet and his deputies, the report also says that Tenet was forcefully engaged in counterterrorism efforts and personally sounded the alarm before Congress, the military and policymakers. In a now well-known 1998 memo, he declared, "We are at war."

"The trouble, the report said, was follow-up."

And that's just it. There was no follow up. And if George Tenet was incompetent, then what does that say about the Clinton Administration?

global cooling

The high in Manhattan today was 59 degrees.

Where's Al Gore?

78%

If Nancy Pelosi wants to do yard work, she should come over to my house. I'll put her ass to work.

assault and battery

There's not a bigger creep in Congress than San Diego's own snakeoil salesman Bob Filner.

Anyway, yesterday he had his 'Cynthia McKinney' Moment.

explosion

The BBC has changed the plot of an upcoming television program because they were concerned about offending Muslims.

pigs at the trough

All that outrage over the collapse of American infrastructure should be channeled toward the politicians who diverted the funds in favor of member earmarks "Bike/Walk Trails," bus services and a commuter rail line.

From the WSJ:
"Minnesota's transportation auditors warned as long as 1990 that there was a "backlog of bridges that are classified as having structural deficiencies." In 1999 engineers declared that cracks found in the (I-35) bridge that collapsed were "a major concern." Bike paths were deemed a higher priority by Congress, however, including its powerful Minnesota Representatives.

"As recently as July 25, James Oberstar, Minnesota's Democratic Congressman, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, sent out a press release boasting that he had "secured more than $12 million in funding" for his state in a recent federal transportation and housing bill. But $10 million of that was dedicated to a commuter rail line, $250,000 for the "Isanti Bike/Walk Trail," $200,000 to bus services in Duluth and $150,000 for the Mesabi Academy of Kidspeace in Buhl. None of (the money) went for bridge repair."

Monday, August 20

stating the obvious

Hillary Clinton, the only smart Democrat on the war, told the VFW that she believes the surge in Iraq "is working."

What else can she say?

send them home

Good. This is a no brainer.

watching over us

Expanded use of spy satellites for domestic purposes? Cool.

I like the fact that they can take what is called 'multidimensional' looks at ports and other locations from space to 'identify vulnerabilities.'

Friday, August 17

'mandate'

Alexander Cockburn writes "How the Democrats Blew It in Only 8 Months," in the Nation.
"A war people hate, Gitmo, Bush's police-state executive orders of July 17--the Democrats have signed the White House dance card on all of them. And guess what? Just as their poll numbers are going down, Bush's are going up, by five points in Gallup from early July. People are beginning to think the surge is working, courtesy of the New York Times. So are we better or worse off since the Democrats won back Congress?"
Nice 'mandate.' Those 'smart' Democrats always overplay their hand.

2nd tier

Is it any wonder the Edwards campaign is going nowhere? His core support comes from the irrelevant loony Left and his campaign manager is Joe Trippi, the guy who ran Howard Dean into the ground.

(Well, actually, Dean ran himself into the ground.)

Thursday, August 16

jose padilla


Guilty of providing support, supplies, money and recruits to Muslim extremists.

guilty

Jose Padilla, an American citizen, has been convicted of providing support, supplies, money and recruits to Muslim extremists.

'objectivity'

The Seattle Times newsroom 'broke into applause when Karl Rove resigned'?

MSNBC staffers booed the President's SOTU address?

The Associated Press reported as fact that 'Karl Rove was identified' as leaking the name of 'a covert CIA officer.'

I'm glad American reporters are so objective.

Tuesday, August 14

obfuscation

Hillary Clinton's archived records from Bill Clinton's presidency won't be released until 'after 2008.'

How convenient for her presidential campaign.
"Those files -- that's the mother lode of opposition research," said Ray McNally, a Republican political consultant in Sacramento. "Opposition researchers would be very hungry to see what's there."

"Asked how long it might be before Hillary Clinton's records are released, the library's chief archivist said it could take years.

"We're processing as fast as we can," Melissa Walker said."
Uh huh. She means they are shredding all those old health care reform documents as fast as they can.

Imagine Guiliani, Romney, McCain, Thompson -- ANY REPUBLICAN -- attempting to 'wait' to release documents? The press would raise holy hell about it! What an incredible double standard!

It will be interesting to see how the Judicial Watch lawsuit over the release of the documents turns out.

Monday, August 13

unqualified

Barack Obama continues to prove that he doesn't know jack about Iraq.

Today, at a town hall discussion in Nashua, New Hampshire, responding to a question about how he would 'refocus troops out of Iraq to better fight terrorism,' -- great 'objective' reporting from the AP's Philip Elliott -- he said the following:
"We've got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there."
Huh? "Air-raiding villages'? 'Killing civilians'? That's stuff Hussein did to his own people. The United States military is protecting Iraqi civilians from terrorists. American troops are helping Iraqi civilians.

And what's he talking about 'more troops'? 'Enough troops'? Obama wanted ALL American troops out of Iraq 104 days ago.

I'm glad to see Mitt Romney taking exception to Obama's scurrilous comments.

66%

Some 66% of the population has returned to New Orleans...

two good guys

Karl Rove and President Bush are good, decent, God-fearing public servants. Rarities indeed.

No wonder the Left has been busy sliming them the past six and a half years.

iowa

Romney and Huckabee were the big winners of perception Saturday at the Iowa Straw Poll.

Saturday, August 11

dead at 82

Merv Griffin was a broadcasting pioneer, a business genius and an all-around good guy.

May God rest his soul.

Friday, August 10

happy meal

Stu Bykofsky is onto something. Another 9/11 would recalibrate American politics.

"Iraq has fractured the U.S. into jigsaw pieces of competing interests that encourage our enemies. We are deeply divided and division is weakness.

"Most Americans today believe Iraq was a mistake. Why?

"Americans are impatient. We like fast food and fast war.

"America's fabric is pulling apart like a cheap sweater.

"What would sew us back together?

"Another 9/11 attack.

"The Golden Gate Bridge. Mount Rushmore. Chicago's Wrigley Field. The Philadelphia subway system. The U.S. is a target-rich environment for al Qaeda.

"Is there any doubt they are planning to hit us again?

"If it is to be, then let it be. It will take another attack on the homeland to quell the chattering of chipmunks and to restore America's righteous rage and singular purpose to prevail.

"The unity brought by such an attack sadly won't last forever.

"The first 9/11 proved that."

no nukes

Oh, please. Say it isn't so. Hillary Clinton contradicted herself? No way!

From WaPo:
"Clinton, who has tried to cast her rival (Barack Obama) as too inexperienced for the job of commander in chief, said of Obama's stance on Pakistan: "I don't believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or non-use of nuclear weapons."

"But that's exactly what she did in an interview with Bloomberg Television in April 2006. The New York senator, a member of the Armed Services committee, was asked about reports that the Bush administration was considering military intervention _ possibly even a nuclear strike _ to prevent Iran from escalating its nuclear program.

"I have said publicly no option should be off the table, but I would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table," Clinton said. "This administration has been very willing to talk about using nuclear weapons in a way we haven't seen since the dawn of a nuclear age. I think that's a terrible mistake."

lgbt

Did you catch The Melissa Etheridge Show last night?

Interesting perspective on the proceedings from The Nation.

The GOP candidates should do an event with the Log Cabin Republicans.

Thursday, August 9

military law

Charges have been dropped against Marine Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt, 22, who had been accused of killing three Iraqi brothers in response to a roadside bomb attack in 2005.

Lt. Gen. James Mattis, who, as the commanding general has 'total jurisdiction' in the case under military law, wrote that "The evidence does not support a referral to a court-martial."

Said 'evidence' included 'unreliable witness accounts, poor forensic evidence and questionable legal theories.'

Good news. But I wonder how were these scurrilous charges brought in the first place? This is a war. This type of legalistic BS has to be bad for troop morale.

snip, snip, snip

President Bush wants to cut taxes on American corporations.

Imagine the huge run-up in the stock market if/when that happens!

Go Dubya, go!
"(Bush) said yesterday that he is considering a fresh plan to cut tax rates for U.S. corporations to make them more competitive around the world, an initiative that could further inflame a battle with the Democratic Congress over spending and taxes and help define the remainder of his tenure.

"Advisers presented (the President) with a series of ideas to restructure corporate taxes, possibly eliminating narrowly targeted breaks to pay for a broader, across-the-board rate cut. In an interview with a small group of journalists afterward, Bush said he was "inclined" to send a corporate tax package to Congress, although he expressed uncertainty about its political viability."

Wednesday, August 8

four months

South Carolina is planning to move its primary ahead of Florida to maintain its claim on the 'First in the South' title.

Which then means that Nevada, New Hampshire will move their primaries ahead to early January. Which then means that Iowa will vote for their '08 presidential candidate in mid December of this year.

That's four months away.

bomb iran

The NYT is reporting today that more Iranian bombs are responsible for killing more American soldiers in Iraq. Why aren't we dropping bombs?

It concerns me to see the US returning to the 'paper tiger' mentality that eventually resulted in 9/11.

madness

From today's lead editorial in the WSJ:
"It's important to understand for the (surveillance) debate ahead why all of this has become so ferociously controversial. Opposition from the Democratic left to this intelligence program isn't merely part of the partisan blood feud against a weak President near the end of his term. It is part of a far larger ideological campaign to erode Presidential war powers. Goaded by the ACLU and much of the press corps, many Democrats want to use the courts and lawsuits to restrict Mr. Bush and future Presidents in their ability to gather intelligence in the war on terror."
Dangerous stuff in dangerous times.

And look what the Democrats are demanding now.

union label

Last night each of the Dim witted Dems claimed to be biggest Union whore.

They fielded a bunch of typically scripted, softball questions, like the one from the guy who started crying. (He's been out of work for five years? In this economy?)

Then there was the great idea floated by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson last night at the so-called 'Democratic' debate in Chicago...More money to schools, less money to war.

Allowing terrorists to detonate nuclear bombs while our children are getting even crappier public educations. Pure original genius.

Yes, lots of brainpower up on that stage last night. And Keith Olbermann moderated, so obviously it was fair, balanced and totally objective.

The pathologically pathetically pandering Democrats offer nothing but a series of meaningless soundbytes, which automatically appeals to the ignorant 47%-49% of the American electorate.

cats and dogs

Major weather in NYC.

Thunderstorms, flooding, and a confirmed F2 tornado in Brooklyn, a first.

Mayhem.

yuch

How nice. One piece of human debris praising another piece of human debris.

Tuesday, August 7

'dezinformatsiya'

Former KGB agent, now American citizen, Ion Mihai Pacepa beautifully articulates the dangers posed by American Liberals.
"As some who escaped from communist Romania--with two death sentences on his head--in order to become a citizen of this great country, I have a hard time understanding why some of our top political leaders can dare in a time of war to call our commander in chief a "liar," a "deceiver" and a "fraud."

"During the Vietnam War we (the KGB) spread vitriolic stories around the world, pretending that America's presidents sent Genghis Khan-style barbarian soldiers to Vietnam who raped at random, taped electrical wires to human genitals, cut off limbs, blew up bodies and razed entire villages. Those weren't facts. They were our tales, but some seven million Americans became convinced their own president, not communism, was the enemy.

"The final goal of our anti-American offensive was to discourage the US from protecting the world against communist terrorism and expansion. Sadly, we succeeded. After US forces precipitously pulled out of Vietnam, the victorious communists massacred some two million people in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Another million tried to escape but many died in the attempt. This tragedy also created a credibility gap between America and the rest of the world, damaged the cohesion of American foreign policy and poisoned domestic debate in the US.

"Unfortunately, partisans today have taken a page from the old Soviet playbook."
This is why many of us on the Right consider many on the Left to be 'anti-American.'

Because they are.

left wing rag

The New Republic's "Baghdad Diarist" has completely recanted.

Michael Goldfarb has been following this from the start:
"According to the military source, Beauchamp's recantation was volunteered on the first day of the military's investigation. So as Beauchamp was in Iraq signing an affidavit denying the truth of his stories, the New Republic was publishing a statement from him on its website on July 26, in which Beauchamp said, "I'm willing to stand by the entirety of my articles for the New Republic using my real name.

"Now that the military investigation has concluded, the great unanswered question in the affair is this: Did Scott Thomas Beauchamp lie under oath to U.S. Army investigators, or did he lie to his editors at the New Republic? Beauchamp has recanted under oath. Does the New Republic still stand by his stories?"

Monday, August 6

8/9/06

ABC News did an exclusive interview with Homeland Security chief Mike Chertoff where he spoke broadly for the first time about last year's foiled London/US liquid bombing terror plot.

"You had to change literally thousands of people's behavior in the course of about 12 hours. We had to train them. We had to get everybody to understand what the new rules were going to be. And you had to communicate to the public in a very short period of time.

"And so, we spent literally the entire night bringing in not only the TSA senior leadership, but also talking on the phone to the airline leadership, so that everybody would understand what needed to happen at 6 a.m. the following day," he said."

Think about how tough that was. And how stressful it was. But guess what? I know all this. And the reason that I already knew this stuff is not because somebody told me about it or that I read it online or at the supermarket. I knew this stuff because I thought about it. But apparently very few other people are thinking about it because they need to be spoon fed this information.

Click on the above link and you see on the upper right a video link. It's good stuff, but again, has nobody thought about this stuff? Liquid explosives on a plane could be 'potentially dangerous'? Really?

Chertoff and his people deserve big, sloppy wet kisses from each and every American for the job they do protecting us from Allah.

working

Public opinion on Iraq is changing for the better.

wtf?

A GOP presidential debate at 10.30 on a Sunday morning? George Stephanopoulos interrupting, I mean, moderating? What kind of parallel universe are we living in?

Why don't Matthews and Blitzer don't constantly interrupt the Democrats? And the guys from Politico.com don't ask Clinton and Obama questions like this:
"Is this Republican dogma against taxes now precluding the ability of you and your party to come up with the revenues that the country needs to fix its bridges?"
David Yepsen, a politcal reporter for the Des Moines asked this outrageous question. Rudy hit it out of the park:

GIULIANI: David, there’s an assumption in your question that is not necessarily correct, sort of the Democratic, liberal assumption: “I need money; I raise taxes.”

YEPSEN: Then what are you going to cut, sir?

GIULIANI: But wait, wait, wait. Let me explain it.

YEPSEN: What do you cut?

GIULIANI: The way to do it sometimes is to reduce taxes and raise more money. For example...

(APPLAUSE) ... I ran the city -- I ran a city with 759 bridges; probably the most used bridges in the nation, some of the most used in the world. I was able to acquire more money to fund capital programs. I reduced the number of poor bridges from 5 percent to 1.7 percent. I was able to raise more money to fix those bridges by lowering taxes. I lowered income taxes by 25 percent. I was collecting 40 percent more from the lower income tax than from the higher income tax. Or, I’ll give you another example. Senator Edwards last week recommended increasing the capital gains tax from 15 percent to 28 percent because he wants more money.

GIULIANI: Now, Senator Edwards hasn’t had much executive experience because the reality is the last time -- the last time we raised the capital gains tax, and you can go back and check it, from 20 to 28 percent, we lost $45 billion. There is a liberal Democratic assumption that if you raise taxes, you raise money. We should put more money into infrastructure. We should have a good program for doing it. But the kneejerk liberal Democratic reaction -- raise taxes to get money -- very often is a very big mistake.

Romney and Giuliani remain the class of the group. Either one of these guys would make a good president.

Sunday, August 5

time for bed

My weekend:

Friday.
Horse racing at Del Mar.
Saw the Violent Femmes in concert.
Yogi's for drinks and babes.
My car got towed.
I got it back without paying $350.00.
Carne Asada burritos at Filiberto's in Encinitas.
Got home at 4.30 AM.

Saturday.
More horses at Del Mar.
Saw The Cult in concert.
Sometime during 'Sun King' or 'She Sells Sanctuary' I got a text from Lisa telling me that Mr. Steroid 'broke' the home run record.
Unfortunately for Barry Bonds, cheaters don't count.
Stingaree.
I didn't drive. Thankfully.
Crappy veggie burrito at Del Taco.
Got home at 4.00 AM.

I'm tired.

As good as my weekend was, this is even better.

Friday, August 3

stealing votes

A Congressional computer glitch caused chaos and havoc last night, allowing Democrats to essentially steal a vote on procedural grounds.

GOP members wanted to ensure that certain benefits for illegal aliens didn't go into an agriculture spending bill and they appeared to have a 215-213 victory during open voting.

Instead, the vote was abruptly gaveled to a close by New York Democrat Mike McNulty.

Changing the rules of voting in the middle of the vote? Yeah, that sounds like what Democrats do.

From the AP:

"Democrats changed House rules in January to disallow the practice of holding votes open to affect the outcome. The new rule came after Republicans routinely held open votes to twist arms, including a 2003 episode on the Medicare prescription drug bill in which Republicans held a vote open for three hours until finally prevailing.

"Never once did we in the majority attempt to steal a vote," Rep. Eric Cantor, R-VA."

Minority Whip Roy Blunt is 'ashamed.'

oink

John Murtha ('Mr. Abscam') continues to be the biggest, fattest pig rolling around in the earmark trough -- $150 million in pork in the '08 military spending bill.

Nice reform.

$800,000

Is there a bigger phony in politics than John Edwards?

I don't really think so.

Thursday, August 2

games

Oooh. The Dem-witted presidential candidates skipped the Democratic Leadership Council Convention in Nashville last weekend. So what?

The hard Left is driving the agenda at the moment for the '08 candidates, no wonder the more moderate DLC is 'radioactive.'

I love it all of this, but, unfortunately, it won't last. Sure they'll all go pander to the crazy slugs at the annual Daily Kos Convention this weekend but, by next summer, Hillary, Obama and a straggler or two will be the happiest, most earnest DLC-ers ever.

Guaranteed.

in the river


I feel for those people in Minnesota. What a terrible tragedy.

The bridge had already been deemed to be 'deficient,' among some 70,000 + other deficient bridges across America, and the process of repairing/updating it began two months ago.

Obviously it's Bush's fault.

Wednesday, August 1

'being fair'

Slate's Phillip Carter disparages everything O'Hanlon and Pollack said in their Monday NYT piece on progress in Iraq, calling it 'irrelevant.'

But then, conveniently enough for him, Carter seizes onto the one potential conflict they mention by saying 'To be fair the duo finds huge hurdles on the political front...'

Being 'fair' would be taking at face value what O'Hanlon and Pollack found in Iraq, not dismissing it. The only 'irrelevant' thing here is Carter's opinion.

roger, rupert and rudy

The Dow Jones/News Corp deal just got done and already the NYT is prepping a big story on the ties between Rudy Giuliani and Roger Ailes.

I can already hear the narrative: 'Rudy gets favorable coverage on Fox News.'

Funny, but I don't recall any big media expose on the cozy relationship enjoyed between Time Warner executives and Barack Obama, which recently hosted a confab for the Illinois Senator.

Funny, Democrats get favorable coverage on every other network and virtually every daily newspaper in the country, and nobody cares.

There's no look of partiality on the face of Richard Parsons, above. No. The Dems can be buddies with all the journalists that cover them and all the corporate execs that bankroll their campaigns and it's no big deal.

Clearly there is a double standard between journalists and America's two major political parties. Which is exactly why I was against Murdoch buying Dow Jones.

The Left has already successfully branded Fox News as GOP TV. What will the man on the street think of the Wall Street Journal, America's best newspaper, in six months?

pork projects

Earmarks, earmarks, earmarks. And Harry Reid gets to sign off on all of them! Isn't reform great?

From the WSJ: [sub. req'd]
"Democrats did well last year campaigning to end the earmark status quo. The public embarrassment also allowed Republican Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn to shame Majority Leader Harry Reid into agreeing to meaningful reform in January. Yet when the final reform emerged from Congressional backrooms last week, any serious reform had vanished. Mr. Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proceeded to bring the bill to the floor in a fast-track procedure that has avoided most public scrutiny and limited the ability of reformers to offer amendments to restore the cuts.

"What remains is a sham of a reform. A prohibition on allowing Members to trade earmarks for votes? Gone. A restriction on allowing Members and their staff from promoting earmarks from which they or their families would receive a direct financial benefit? All but gone. The original reform required earmarks to be listed on the Internet and searchable 48 hours before consideration of legislation; the new bill says this is only required if it is "technically feasible." Here's betting Congress finds other urgent uses for its tech staff during Appropriations season.

"Under the previous Senate reform, the Senate parliamentarian would have determined whether a bill complied with earmark disclosure rules. Under Mr. Reid's new version, the current Majority Leader, that is Mr. Reid himself, will decide if a bill is in compliance."

So much for that once vaunted 'mandate' in '06 to end 'the culture of corruption.'

'irresponsible and naive'

The irresponsible and naive Barack Obama says he'd send American troops into Pakistan.

A nuclear Pakistan.
"If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets [inside Pakistan] and President Musharraf won't act, we will," says Obama."
Nice saber rattling. Undermining a major ally on the G.W.O.T.? How diplomatic.

Democrats have been bashing Bush since '02 for inflaming Muslim hatred against America. It isn't true, of course, but let's say that it is true for the purpose of this post. Does Obama not think that an American invasion of a nuclear Pakistan would result in serious consequences?

Could we really fight al Qaeda better in the treacherous mountains of Pakistan better than on the flat desert plains of Iraq? Why the hell would any intelligent US military planner leave a friendly geographic theater for a dramatically less advantageous theater?

This is just stupid. As is the notion about sending additional troops to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.

Doesn't Obama know that the US is already fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan?

Hillary said Obama's foreign policy ramblings were 'irresponsible and naive.' She's right.
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