Friday, May 30

socialism

Did you hear Barack talking about 'collective salvation' at Wesleyan University?

I'm looking through YouTube video but I don't care that much about it to sift through all of them. Trust me, he said it. The guy is a socialist.

'setbacks'

CIA chief Michael Hayden, like everyone else in the Bush Administration, gets it when it comes to terrorism, which is why America has been safe since 2001.
"The fact that we have kept [Americans] safe for pushing seven years now has got them back into the state of mind where 'safe' is normal," he said. Our view is: Safe is hard-won, every 24 hours."

"Since the start of the year, he said, al-Qaeda's global leadership has lost three senior officers, including two who succumbed "to violence," an apparent reference to Predator strikes that killed terrorist leaders Abu Laith al-Libi and Abu Sulayman al-Jazairi in Pakistan. He also cited a successful blow against "training activity" in the region but offered no details. "Those are the kinds of things that delay and disrupt al-Qaeda's planning," Hayden said."
As a result of this type of determination, the American military has inflicted, in Hayden's words, "near strategic defeat for al Qaeda in Iraq, near strategic defeat for al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia and significant setbacks for al-Qaeda globally."

Interesting and subdued sub-headline on this WaPo article: "Group Is Facing Setbacks Globally."

steve & silvio

Susan Sarandon is "vowing" to move to Canada and Italy if the conservative McCain is elected President.

Good for her. But do you think she knows that Stephen Harper and Silvio Berlusconi are both center right prime ministers?

'57 states'

My buddy John Fund catalogs the long list of Obama gaffes and notes the glaring disparities in media coverage.
"Over the years, reporters have tagged a long list of conservative public figures, from Barry Goldwater to Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, as dim and uninformed. The reputation of some of these men has improved over time. But can anyone name a leading liberal figure who has developed a similar media reputation, even though the likes of Al Gore, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have committed substantial gaffes at times? No reporter I've talked to has come up with a solid example."
Bottom line, and I write about bias all the time, the press shouldn't be cheerleading for, or giving passes to, one presidential candidate over another.

obama tv?

The Project for Excellence in Journalism found that the Fox News Channel likes Obama:

"Fox News was the harshest of the three channels on the presumptive Republican nominee. More than half (55%) of the prominent personal statements about McCain were negative, the vast majority of which (49% overall) questioned his conservatism.

"In its criticism, Fox News devoted more overall attention to McCain compared with the other cable channels, nearly the same attention it gave the two leading Democrats, 36% for McCain, 37% for Clinton and 39% for Obama. Both CNN and MSNBC, on the other hand, devoted far less of their coverage to the McCain campaign than they did to Clinton’s or Obama’s.

"Fox News was also more positive in its portrayal of Obama’s major personal narrative than either McCain or Clinton. Fully 69% of the assertions about Obama personally were positive, a number that rivals what he received on MSNBC (70%).

"Fox News did offer more positive than negative assertions about Clinton, but less so than the other channels (54% positive versus 70% on CNN and 72% on MSNBC). In particular, Fox News gave more attention to the image of Clinton as unlikable and divisive than either of the other networks, (22% versus 13% on CNN and only 4% on MSNBC)."

basra

The idiotic Nancy Pelosi still claims that "The Surge" has failed, but she credits Iran with the decreasing violence in the Iraqi city of Basra.
"Some of the success of the surge is that the goodwill of the Iranians-they decided in Basra when the fighting would end, they negotiated that cessation of hostilities-the Iranians."
What about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki? Is he chopped liver? I guess he had nothing to do with it.

gop's new star?

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is being considered as McCain's VP. Arthur Culvahouse, the chairman of the Vice Presidential search team is visiting Alaska.

The Weekly Standard profiled Palin a year ago. She supports drilling in ANWR, so I love her.

871 days

Barack Obama is supposedly a "serious" candidate for President but he won't meet with Iraq war veterans and he's only been goaded this week by Vets For Freedom and John McCain into visiting Iraq.

'white, entitled'

This is Catholic priest Michael Pfleger. He's been a friend of Barack Obama for 20 years. He preached at Obama's Trinity United church this past Sunday.

Thursday, May 29

activists

The McClellan tsunami brought the network news anchors together this morning on the Today show, all of whom claimed to be 'intimidated' into killing negative stories by the White House in the run-up to the Iraq war in '03.

Really? Curious timing on this, don't you think? Yeah, sure, they just happened to do this story this week.

The MSM is tipping its hand showing us how activist they plan to be this election year. It should be even more over-the-top than '92.

bonehead

Hearing McClellan on the Today show accusing Bush of 'leaking de-classified information" made me laugh.

How can you 'leak' something that is no longer a secret?

Wednesday, May 28

Today seems to be Customer Service Sucks Day. My bank sucks. And another somewhat serious, pressing matter has to wait until next Thursday

cheats, liars, hypocrites

We've heard the Democrats bash Iraq for failing to have political reconciliation, yet America's so-called "Democratic" party is, well, a disaster. Barack hates Hillary, Hillary jokes about a possible Barack assassination, it goes on.

We've heard the Democrats cry of the importance of "counting every vote," yet they are in the process of disenfranchising voters in Florida and Michigan.

The 30 members of the Rules and Bylaws Committee are meeting in Washington this coming Saturday to discuss ways to seat the delegates at the Denver convention, but according to a "staff analysis," seating half the delegates is "as far as it [the Committee] legally can" go.

june 12

Have you heard about "Carbon Belch Day"?

The Conservative group Grassfire.org wants to make a statement by "wasting" as much energy on June 12.

"Grassfire.org president Steve Elliott, in a statement, said such theories are off the mark. "It's time for Americans to purge ourselves of the false guilt that Al Gore and the Climate Alarmists have placed on us," Elliott said.

"Grassfire.org said it chose June 12 as the day it wants Americans to rev up their SUVs because it coincides with expected debate in Congress over a $1.2 billion carbon tax rebate program. "Carbon Belch Day will have at least as much impact on the so-called 'planetary emergency' of man-made global warming as the goofy save the earth mandates telling us to turn our lights off for an hour," said Elliott."

I'm in.

Tuesday, May 27

'on budget'

The NYT is reporting that the Democrats are "struggling to raise money for its convention in Denver (pictured above) on August 25-28."

By sharp contrast, Minnesota has opened its arms and wallets to McCain and the GOP. The Twin Cities committee has budgeted to raise $58 million -- $20 million more than they were contracted to raise. The Republicans are totally on budget.

The whining Democrats point to a bad Colorado economy as to a possible reason for their money woes. It might be worth pointing out that Colorado's governor is a Democrat. Minnesota's governor is a Republican, the possible McCain VP candidate, Tim Pawlenty.

Oh, and McCain has more cash on hand than Obama.

biggest scam, ever

Czech President Vaclav Klaus said Tuesday he is ready to debate Al Gore about global warming.
"I many times tried to talk to have a public exchange of views with him, and he's not too much willing to make such a conversation," Klaus said. "So I'm ready to do it."
Klaus' new book, Blue Planet in Green Shackles - What Is Endangered: Climate or Freedom?
"My answer is it is our freedom and, I might add, and our prosperity," Klaus said."

"It could be even true that we are now at a stage where mere facts, reason and truths are powerless in the face of the global warming propaganda," he said. Klaus alleged that the global warming was being championed by scientists and other environmentalists whose careers and funding requires selling the public on global warming."

"It is in the hands of climatologists and other related scientists who are highly motivated to look in one direction only," Klaus said."
Truer words are rarely spoken. Al Gore is a coward and he ducks debates. He's only in it for the money.

'sitting pretty well'

Nobody denies that McCain is the perfect Republican presidential candidate for the current climate. GOP strategists say that “we’re actually sitting pretty well in most states" with Senator McCain.
“The broader environment clearly favors the Democrat,” said Whit Ayers, another veteran GOP pollster. But Ayers argued that “a state-by-state analysis actually makes McCain a narrow favorite to win the Electoral College majority.”
More from the Politico:
“There are a lot of scenarios that look good for McCain, and I almost would go so far to say that there are a lot more scenarios [than for Obama],” the strategist added. “I don’t think anybody over here wants to let themselves get too excited about it. It is an eternity between now and November. But McCain looks a lot stronger than our prospects as a party.”
Remember when I told you that McCain would win New Hampshire and Pennsylvania?
“The truth about this race [is], this is the year that we shouldn’t lose, and we could lose," says Democratic pollster Paul Maslin."
President McCain.

crying uncle

Why does Obama keep saying stupid stuff like this? Is it because he lacks experience or intelligence?

Interesting paragraph from an ABC News blog:
"After several conservative bloggers and Fox News Channel pointed out that the Auchwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers, not Americans, Obama's campaign clarified the statement."
Why aren't the major news organizations delving into this? Why does it take people working from home in their pajamas and the conservative blond GOP news brigade at FNC to uncover the fact that one of the major presidential candidates lied about his own family during a memorial day speech?

important stuff

al Qaeda reportedly will post a new video online in the next 24 hours calling for use of "biological, chemical and nuclear weapons to attack the West."

grinding an ax

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has written a book slamming Bush. Hey, that's original. How much of this is nothing more than a bitter guy lashing out after getting fired from one of the highest profile jobs in the world?

In his memoirs, "What Happened," he claims the President "used propaganda" to sell the Iraq war. He says the press was too easy on Bush related to pre-war coverage. He claims Rove and Libby "mislead" him about the Valerie Plame incident. He describes the "botched federal response" to Katrina. It seems like a guy who had such amazing access would have something more unique to say about the President he served.

I'm curious to know if he also writes about his adversarial relationship with the White House press corps -- you know the people he was supposed to foster good, working relationships with? McClellan was so inept in his job and so contentious with the press that he forced them to watch Fox News Channel on Air Force One. McClellan behaved then (and still appears to be behaving) like a child.

biased reportage

The hyper-partisan Adam Nagourney writes a hit piece on the McCain campaign's reported 'disorder.'

Remember Nagourney's not a columnist. If he were, it would be okay to present us with his opinion.

cancer

I'm a big Sydney Pollack fan.

I just watched him light up the screen in Michael Clayton. A brilliant director, an eminently watchable performer. I always enjoyed him.

God bless you, Sydney.

Monday, May 26

@ the crick

The Police played 19 songs last night.

Bring On The Night
Demolition Man
Walking On The Moon
Voices Inside My Head
When The World Is Running Down
Don't Stand So Close To Me
Driven To Tears
Hole In My Life
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Wrapped Around Your Finger
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Invisible Sun
Message In A Bottle
Can't Stand Losing You
Roxanne
King Of Pain
So Lonely
Every Breath You Take
Next To You

my criticism

Twice in a week? The White House hits back against shamelessly biased and inaccurate journalism.

This NYT piece on Bush and the GI Bill is slanderous.

Why didn't the Administration do this when it mattered?

my compliments

God Bless America, the American military, past and present, and their families on this Memorial Day.

As President Bush said earlier today, "They're an awesome bunch of people."

(I'm off to the Police/Elvis Costello concert.)

Sunday, May 25

hillary

Hillary's comments about RFK say a lot. Mainly about what she's thinking.

And it reminds me of the Vince Foster situation.

Friday, May 23

victory

Scanning the headlines this morning, I don't see much about worldwide terror attacks falling 40% since 2001.

The MSM, in an election year, continues to keep the general public ignorant and uninformed. Otherwise, they'd have to admit that Bush has done a superlative job.

What does it say about American journalists that they aren't reporting that al Qaeda is on the run? What does it say about American journalism that refuses to report that the Bush Administration's foreign policy has decimated al Qaeda?

Thankfully, the IBD has an on-point op-ed about this morning about America winning the war on terror. Without question this benefits John McCain.

Wednesday, May 21

in the tank

I don't think there's much doubt anymore about the MSM being 'in the tank' for Obama.

And now, Linda Douglass, a supposed fair and objective award-winning journalist has joined the Obama campaign. This after conducting an interview just last month with Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe for National Journal.

amnesty

My senator, Dianne Feinstein, along with Idaho pervert Republican senator Larry Craig, is sponsoring a piece of crap legislation that would give amnesty to illegals.

Says she:
"This is not amnesty. It is an emergency agricultural worker bill, which will give protected status to those workers who have worked in agriculture within the last 48 months. They must work at least 100 days a year in agriculture for the next five years, and it includes a five-year sunset."
A 'five year sunset' provision means that illegals would have five years where they could legally remain in the country. How is this not amnesty?

I've expressed my views on the issue to Senator Feinstein. If you are a California resident I urge you to do the same.

Senator Dianne Feinstein

United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954

324-84

The House has voted to sue OPEC over oil prices? And by a large enough margin, 324-84, to override a Bush veto.

From Reuters:

"The White House opposes the bill, saying that targeting OPEC investment in the United States as a source for damage awards "would likely spur retaliatory action against American interests in those countries and lead to a reduction in oil available to U.S. refiners."

"The administration said less oil going to refineries would limit available gasoline supplies and raise fuel prices."

I must question the intelligence of people who pull this type of legislation and risk alienating (and retaliation) for the sake of cheap political theater.

Tuesday, May 20

turncoat

Mark McKinnon, the media guy who crafted two winning presidential campaigns for W has resigned his post in the McCain campaign because he thinks that "electing Obama "would send a great message to the country and the world."

rapid response

John McCain has always run savvy campaigns. Back in 2000 he was an early adopter of the political website. Today, his team has perfected the art of the rapid response team, as chronicled by WaPo's Howard Kurtz.

media bias

I'm glad to see that the White House is belatedly hitting back against unfair press coverage.

Presidential Counselor Ed Gillespie penned a letter to NBC News complaining about a vigorously edited interview with Bush on the subjects of appeasement and Iran.
"The network edited the interview in a way that “is clearly intended to give viewers the impression that [Bush] agreed with [correspondent Richard Engel's] characterization of his remarks when he explicitly challenged it.
From the Hill:

"Gillespie used the opportunity to also inquire whether NBC News still believes that Iraq is in the midst of a civil war. In November 2006, the network decided to label the infighting in the country a “civil war.”

“I noticed that around September of 2007, your network quietly stopped referring to conditions in Iraq as a ‘civil war,’ ” Gillespie wrote. “Is it still NBC News’s carefully deliberated opinion that Iraq is in the midst of a civil war? If not, will the network publicly declare that the civil war has ended, or that it was wrong to declare it in the first place?”

Then he challenged the network's dismal "reporting" on the economy.
“I’m sure you don’t want people to conclude that there is really no distinction between the ‘news’ as reported on NBC and the ‘opinion’ as reported on MSNBC, despite the increasing blurring of those lines,” Gillespie concluded. “I welcome your response to this letter, and hope it is one that reassures your broadcast network’s viewers that blatantly partisan talk show hosts like Christopher Matthews and Keith Olbermann at MSNBC don’t hold editorial sway over the NBC network news division.”
Had the White House communications team been more aggressive, at the direction of the President himself, against biased reportage things would have been a lot different for this President.

wtf, part ii

Animal/human embryos? Why would we ever need/want that?

Monday, May 19

wtf?

Health records now publicly available on Google?

all barack, all the time

Some 65,000-75,000 dim witted Oregonians came out to listen to Obama's drivel over the weekend.

The Magic Negro spoke about using up 25% of the global energy by driving SUV's and keeping our houses cooled at 72 degrees -- like those are bad things? -- then he drove off in an SUV.

Then, after making his wife a central figure in his presidential campaign, Barack now has the stones to say that she is off limits. "Lay off my wife," he said during an appearance this morning on GMA.

Sorry, Senator. It's too late. When Michelle is out there making speeches that offend millions of American voters, saying that "she's not proud of her country," you had better be damn sure that the GOP is going to seize on that type of stupid political rhetoric and make it an issue.

President McCain.

Sunday, May 18

beer me

sand in my toes

toes in the sand

Camping out on Mission Bay.

Friday, May 16

reaching out

McCain is proving to be a different type of politician indeed. Yesterday, he invited 'non-conservative' bloggers to participate in his regular blogger conference call.

'water's edge'

Read the entire text of Bush's Knesset speech here. I still don't believe his remarks were intended as a swipe to the Democrats, but if so, it was brilliant politics. And the dim witted Democrats took the bait.

Suddenly, they care about politics stopping at 'the water's edge,' even though Democrats have regularly and routinely gone overseas to undermine American foreign policy and to criticize and insult Bush.

Here are a few examples of this incredibly glaring hypocrisy.

Pelosi going to Syria and meeting with Assad.

Kucinich in Syria, appearing on Syrian TV ripping Bush.

McDermott, Bonior and Thompson going on a Hussein-financed junket to Iraq.

Former President Carter meeting with terrorists.

Thursday, May 15

victory

America elects optimists to be President.
"I'm not interested in partisanship that serves no other purpose than to gain a temporary advantage over our opponents. This mindless, paralyzing rancor must come to an end. We belong to different parties, not different countries," McCain said. "There is a time to campaign, and a time to govern. If I'm elected president, the era of the permanent campaign will end; the era of problem-solving will begin."
That's a great line. Although, there's nothing wrong with partisanship. Debating ideas, somebody losing and somebody winning, is what politics all about.

But this is all good stuff, no pie-in-the-sky. All of this is doable. Great speech, Mr. President.

gay polar bears

California's Supreme Court has legalized gay marriage. For now.

"In its 4-3 ruling, the Republican-dominated high court struck down state laws against same-sex marriage and said domestic partnerships that provide many of the rights and benefits of matrimony are not enough.

"In contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individual's capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation," Chief Justice Ronald George wrote for the majority in ringing language that delighted gay rights activists."

And the Bush Administration has decided to propose listing polar bears as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, which is just so incredibly stupid I can't believe they are actually serious.
"Identifying polar bears as threatened with extinction could have an enormous political and practical impact. As the world's largest bear and as an object of children's affection as well as Christmastime Coca-Cola commercials, the polar bear occupies an important place in the American psyche."
Great hard news reporting from WaPo.
"Because scientists have concluded that carbon dioxide from power-plant and vehicle emissions is helping drive climate change worldwide, putting polar bears on the endangered species list raises the legal question of whether the government would be required to compel U.S. industries to curb their carbon dioxide output."
My question is: Do we really know that? Just because a couple of scientists believe it... That doesn't necessarily prove anything. The climate change nuts are always talking about 'consensus' among the scientific community. There's no consensus.

haters

I respect Sean Penn's tremendous acting talent, but I strongly disagree with his politics. I also question his activism... Informed, engaged people don't go to Iraq to be willingly (perhaps unwittingly) used as a propaganda tool by the late Saddam Hussein.

Penn, a.k.a., Jeff Spicoli, also famously declared at the Academy Awards a few years back that "actors knew that there were no WMD" in Iraq. That's an all-time classic.

Funny too are his comments this week from Cannes about Barack Obama having a “phenomenally inhuman and unconstitutional” voting record.
”I hope that he will understand, if he is the nominee, the degree of disillusionment that will happen if he doesn't become a greater man than he will ever be,” Penn said.
I'm not even sure what that means, but it makes me laugh. And I'm not sure what Natalie Portman meant when she talked about the 2008 presidential election.
“I think it's a very exciting year for our politics, that for the first time in a while we have a choice of who we like better instead of who we hate least.”
Does that mean the lovely and talented Portman 'hated' Kerry? Did she 'hate' Gore?

'malarkey'

So President Bush goes to Israel to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Jewish state and in a speech he starts talking about appeasement and the Nazis and modern day terrorists. And the Democrats are offended.
"We have heard this foolish delusion before," Bush said. "As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."
Does that automatically translate into 'an attack' on Barack Obama? No. And it's a stretch to conclude so. It certainly does sound like Obama's own policy pronouncements of talking to terrorists. It sounds like the same old thing that every Democrat has been advocating since before I was born 41 years ago.

I took the remarks as an encouragement to the Israelis on their continuing struggle against Hamas, other homegrown and regional terrorists groups and anti-Zionist countries like Iran and Syria.

Obama, Clinton, Gore, Carter, and most of the Democrats, meanwhile, are, in fact, appeasers. Anytime a politician starts talking about 'dialogue' and 'diplomacy,' they are saying, 'I'm not going to take decisive action.'

The Democrats' opposition to the Iraq war is a great example of their coddling a dictator. Look no further.

Joe Biden: "Bush's comments were bullshit, malarkey."

John Kerry: "The political games of Karl Rove."

Harry Reid: "The engineer of the worst foreign policy in our nation’s history has fired yet another reckless and reprehensible round."

Dick Durbin: "Unfair and really unfortunate."

Acknowledging terrorists and giving them credibility. That's the foreign policy of the so called 'Democratic' party. Which is why Bush's remarks today have sparked this mini-controversy. The Democrats understand that everybody regards them as soft on terrorism, otherwise the President's comments wouldn't have even registered on the radar.

Wednesday, May 14

amiable dunce

And speaking of Democrats campaigning as conservatives, Obama has been wearing his American flag lapel pin lately. Coincidentally, it was in West Virginia and Missouri, where he said some pretty stupid stuff, like comparing the current economy to the Great Depression.

He's been saying lots of stupid stuff lately... He's visited all 57 states. He thinks Arabic is spoken in Afghanistan.



This guy is the weakest presidential candidate the Dems have put up in my lifetime. Nice guy, to be sure, but an amiable dunce. And Liberals think Bush is stupid? If a Republican made these kinds of gaffes he or she would be laughed out of the race.

McCain's gonna win in a landslide.

mississippi

Democrats are now winning primaries in longtime GOP stronghold districts, districts that President Bush easily carried in '04.

Illinois. Louisiana. And now Mississippi. Reading these tea leaves, it doesn't bode well for Republicans. Although it's always fascinated me how Democrats always seem to campaign as conservatives.

We'll keep the White House this year, but that's about it.

Monday, May 12

'fatal attraction'

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) compared Hillary to Glenn Close's character in "Fatal Attraction"? LOL.

He later apologized, but point well taken. Nobody really likes the Clinton's and they aren't scared of them anymore, either.

Sunday, May 11

hater?

I'm puzzled when I hear Michelle Obama talking about how bad things are in America today. She's just a warmer, fuzzier, feminine version of Jeremiah Wright.

BTW...The Obama's are millionaires as a result of the Bush economy.

So, either she doesn't know what she's talking about or she's engaged in shameful political pandering.

today

President McCain will win Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Saturday, May 10

gang of 14

Last night I caught about three seconds of CNN's Erica Hill talking about Jenna Bush's wedding and a reported '14 attendants.'

Hill said something to the effect of 'I've been online all day trying to find out what an attendant is...' She asked viewers to leave comments on the AC 360 blog about wedding attendants.

So, I checked that out. What a bunch of sycophantic drivel. Sabrina from LA blogged that 'attendants are the people who seat guests before the wedding and assist the wedding party with tasks.'

Wrong. 'People who seat guests' are called ushers.

Um, I'm a single guy and even I know that a wedding attendant is a bridesmaid. And I Googled 'wedding attendants' and, bam, in five seconds had hundreds of wedding-related links... So much for Erica 'being online all day' comment.

Friday, May 9

'bearings'

Obama thinks McCain is 'losing his bearings' (code: 'too old') after claiming Hamas supports Obama?

I don't blame Obama trying to spin this. He's going to be an extremely weak general election candidate and if I were him, I wouldn't want people to know that a terrorist group was supporting my candidacy, either. But it's still a cheap shot, which, of course, is precisely the type of campaign the Democrats are planning to run. That's what Democrats do, despite pledges and promises, every two and four years, to the contrary.

Clear minded people listen to McCain and know immediately that the guy is in full possession of his faculties. His breadth and depth of life experience make him a hell of a lot better qualified to be president than Obama, who doesn't have any bearings of his own.

As long as we are having a discussion on one's 'bearings,' let's ask Obama why he chose to attend an anti-American, racist church for twenty years? Why he asked an anti-American racist to officiate at his wedding? Why he allowed an anti-American racist to baptize his children? If age is a legitimate issue during a presidential campaign, then one's judgment, or lack thereof, is legitimate as well.

$126

Oil is $126 a barrel... Thank you very much rabid, nutball environmentalists and stupid Liberals.

Thursday, May 8

60 years

Israel's 60th anniversary has unfortunately been marred by the sideshow of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitting he took bribes. He says he'll only resign if indicted.

nuptials

Jenna Bush is getting married this Saturday in Crawford. The protesters are taking the day off.

That's nice of them.

slash and burn

What's this? Hillaryland playing the race card? Again?

Does Obama really need more than "eggheads and African-Americans,” to beat McCain?

Interesting question, but, notice I didn't ask.

Tuesday, May 6

the democrats

Bill Ayer's friend, Barack Obama, just won the North Carolina primary and the primary in Indiana is close because Obama leads Clinton by 65-75% in Lake County.

The chaos continues.

Oh, and this just in. Michelle Obama is full of crap.
“You start working hard and sacrificing, and you think you’re getting closer to the bar, you’re working and you’re struggling, you get right to that bar, you’re reaching out for the bar, and then what happens?

“They raise the bar. Raise the bar. Shift it to the side. Keep it just out of reach.

“And that’s just what’s been happening in this race.”
What is she talking about? This is a woman who has been a great beneficiary of racial quotas, as has her husband, the likely Democratic presidential nominee. What 'bar' is raised? And who are 'they,' exactly? What kind of racial crap is this?

Read more from Byron York.

legislation?

Congress has repeatedly voted down bills that would have made flag burning or flag desecration a crime. Freedom is always the useful, convenient rationale.

This, without remembering that freedom comes with a heavy price. A price paid by a great many Americans better and stronger and more resolved than many in our current generation.

Desecration of the flag sullies its appearance literally. And figuratively, which is worse for the country in the long run.

Legislating the desecration of the American flag leads to pigs like Barack Obama's friend, the terrorist/bomber Bill Ayers, behaving badly, as he did in the photo above, from the August 2001 issue of Chicago Magazine. Why isn't Ayers in jail for bombing the Pentagon? Why wasn't he executed for treason against his country?

Why do Liberals hate America? I've never understood. They hated America long before George W. Bush. And before Reagan. There were America haters back in FDR's day. People who opposed WWII, just like they oppose Iraq today.

I've never understood the hatred. And I don't understand why they don't move to another country. If you hate America, leave. But, few do. Most choose to criticize their country while remaining here and living comfortably in hypocrisy.

crank it

I'm not feeling very political today, so I'm perusing iTunes. The Blakes rock.

Monday, May 5

a drag

I'm in stop-n-go traffic and just heard Michelle Obama on the radio talking about how 'afraid' euerybody supposedly is. She's a liability for Barack the way Teresa was for John Kerry.

2 for 2

A couple of editorials from WaPo caught my attention this morning.

The first, by Jim Hoagland, illustrates how the incompetence of Pelosi and Reid is making President Bush look good.
"Global trade as practiced in the 21st century does inflict pain and dislocation on workers in developed countries, largely through the unequal distribution of the gains that this trade brings. A sober discussion about remedies and a plan for urgent action is needed.

"Unfortunately Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Clinton and most of their colleagues in Congress have contributed little to such a discussion. The Democrat who is nominated this summer in Denver should change that state of affairs immediately. Otherwise, Bush could wind up looking like a statesman by comparison and McCain could wind up becoming president by default."
Pelosi and Reid are the most incompetent elected officials I've witnessed in my lifetime.
"A $300 billion, five-year agricultural bill recently proposed by the Democratic leadership immediately drew a veto threat from Bush, who on this one economic topic is in touch: "America's farm economy is thriving. The value of farmland is skyrocketing. And this is the right time to reform our nation's farm policies by reducing unnecessary subsidies."
The second, by David Ignatius, highlights the American victories over al Qaeda around the globe.
"The most interesting discovery during a visit to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden planted his flag in 1996 is that al-Qaeda seems to have all but disappeared. The group is on the run, too, in Iraq, and that raises some interesting questions about how to pursue this terrorist enemy in the future.

“Al-Qaeda is not a topic of conversation here,” says Col. Mark Johnstone, the deputy commander of Task Force Bayonet, which oversees four provinces surrounding Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Pete Benchoff agrees: “We're not seeing a lot of al-Qaeda fighters. They've shifted here to facilitation and support.
"Al-Qaeda isn't a permanent bogyman; it's losing ground in Iraq and Afghanistan because of U.S. counterinsurgency tactics, especially the alliances we have built with tribal leaders and the aggressive use of Special Forces to capture or kill its operatives."
This 'alliance building' stuff in both countries has taken time, but it is now paying dividends, much to the chagrin of Democrats.

Sunday, May 4

yeah, whatever part ii

Obama thinks goverment gives people 'dignity, self worth, meaning and purpose.' How pathetic.

dnc tv?

... And both Barack and Hillary are going to appear on Fox News Channel Monday morning.

yeah, whatever

It's funny to hear Obama talk about 'the grace' of Howard Dean.

bruce lee

Coolest t-shirt ever. It's like crushed velvet.

opinions are like as...

According to Frank Rich, Jeremiah Wright is 'boring' but John Hagee is a 'bigot.'

This is a great example of selective outrage. Or, since the black guy is a Liberal and the white guy is a conservative, cut one guy slack and demagogue the other.

Hagee has apologized for his comments about gays and Hurricane Katrina. Wright reinforces his bigotry every time he opens his mouth. Black liberation theology, the crap that Wright preaches, is bigoted.

21st floor

The Red Bull air race yesterday from the roof of a buddy's office building.

boom

I was downtown last night with friends. Walking up Fifth Avenue around 1:40 AM, suddenly there was a huge explosion. The earth shook. It was a strange, eerie sensation.

Somebody bombed the Federal Courthouse a few blocks away.

Saturday, May 3

mayor boris

Boris Johnson, the 43 year old newly elected conservative mayor of London is a charismatic, self-deprecating, fascinating guy. He was born in New York and, until recently, was an American citizen.

It's amazing how many new conservative America-friendly Europeans are being elected to high office.

Not only is London finally rid of the ghastly Ken Livingstone, the Labour party suffered it's worst election results in 40 years and Conservatives are in charge of Great Britain again. As they should be.

Friday, May 2

fraud

Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken finally paid $70,000 in back taxes to the I.R.S. Good for him.

And all because of a Republican blogger named Michael Brodkorb.

"When people talk about the right wing noise machine, that's what it is," said Franken spokesman Andy Barr.

No, it's actually called 'good journalism.' I thought Liberals were advocates of free speech? Like Brodkorb is to blame for Al being a hypocritical scumbag? Nice blame-shifting.

Franken has always positioned himself as a sort of 'truthteller' and 'media watchdog.' But he was never that guy. I'd describe him as a lying, cheating, ill-informed opportunist.

hot air

Thanks to the Democrats and the hysterical environmentalists, gas at my neighborhood Mobil station is selling for $4.93 today.

The insanity of not utilizing our own natural resources, i.e., drilling offshore, in the Gulf of Mexico and in ANWR, continues.

Sign President McCain's Summer Gas Tax Holiday petition here.

go fish

Salmon fishing has been banned on the West Coast.

That ought to do wonders for the California economy.

progressive?

The pigs at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) went on strike at ports up and down the West Coast of the United States yesterday to protest the war in Iraq, and, ostensibly to leverage contract negotiations two months before the current labor agreement expires.

Leverage for contract negotiations? Fine. But interrupting and penalizing legitimate businesses to make a political point? Unacceptable.

Apparently, the point of view of the 'progressive' leadership of the ILWU is that ending the war and ceding Iraq to Iran and al Qaeda is preferable to winning. What's 'progressive' about losing?


The ILWU has a long history of this kind of anti-Americanism. Australian immigrant Harry Bridges, a driving force behind the ILWU in in the 1940's, was a communist. A Stalinist.

How else to explain this type of feckless ideology? Taking the argument to an otherwise logical conclusion, an American victory in this or any war benefits all Americans. It wouldn't surprise me in the least that enemies of America, and I include the ILWU in that group, are working to aid America's enemies.

gilder's diner

It looked more like a pancake to me, but, whatever.

Is nothing sacred? Let the man eat his food. Stop asking him tough questions.

no gloom, no doom

No way. The jobless rate fell in April?

The dollar is up? Dow, 13,000?

Renewed optimism on Wall Street?

Meanwhile, Democrats are pissed Obama and Clinton went on the Fox News Channel.

Thursday, May 1

first lady

According to Cindy McCain, her husband, and our next President, is 'not the best of drivers.' She admitted to Jay Leno last night that when they met they both lied about their ages by four years, he younger, she older.

He didn't impress her much at first, either.

"He kind of chased me around ... an hors d'oeuvre table," she said. "I was trying to get something to eat and I thought, 'You know, this guy's kind of weird.'

Whatever. I agree with him on health care.

fair and balanced

I thought Hillary did pretty well last night on O'Reilly. She put aside that ice queen persona and came across as likable and detailed in her proposals. She was even honest enough to say that she hadn't made up her mind on some policies.

And she's all about policy proposals. Copious detail after copious detail about stuff she'd do as President -- 'regulations, regulations, regulations,' -- which is a stark contrast to the pathetically lightweight Obama, who is specifically and painfully non-specific about what he'd do as President.

Say what you want about O'Reilly. I thought they had had a good back-and-forth. It was great to see a Democrat challenged by a journalist for a change, instead of the gentle, passive treatment they usually receive from the MSM, although he let her get away with a big lie about the supposed 'greatness' of the Clinton economy in the '90's by way of comparison to the supposed 'terrible' Bush economy.

Democrats would be smart to utilize the Fox News Channel more often to communicate their message... they might start winning some elections.

billions

The AP is trying to paint my guy McCain as a big spender. Wrong. Lower taxes don't mean less government revenue. Quite the opposite.

What's funny about this piece, written by Libby Quaid, fails to grasp the most simple of economic concepts: Lower taxes result in higher government revenues.

Cutting taxes makes people and businesses more productive. Being allowed to keep more, rather than less, is an incentive to work harder. Why is this so hard to understand?
"I strongly disagree with the view that just because you reduce the tax burden, just because you let people save and invest more of their money, that therefore there's less money that goes into government."
This idea that taxing corporations and individuals more will somehow spur growth is like saying 1+1=3.

It sounds like McCain gets it. He's proposing making the Bush tax cits permanent, slashing the corporate rate, eliminating the AMT and double exemptions on dependent kids.

If the politicians ever really got out of the way and stopped meddling with America's economy... if taxes were slashed to historic lows... everyone would benefit, even the government.
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