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February 28, 2007

The Republic: A Tutorial

Many people get confused about what form of government America actually has. It is often called a democracy, but it is really a republic. Walter Williams explains:

Our founders intended for us to have a limited republican form of government where rights precede government and there is rule of law. Citizens, as well as government officials, are accountable to the same laws. Government intervenes in civil society only to protect its citizens against force and fraud but does not intervene in the cases of peaceable, voluntary exchange. By contrast, in a democracy, the majority rules either directly or through its elected representatives. The law is whatever the government deems it to be. Rights may be granted or taken away.

Read the entire thing here. Short, sweet, and educational.

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Stifling of the Press in Cuba; MSM Yawns

Newsbusters brings our attention to the expulsion of three Western reporters (one each from the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, and Mexico's El Universal) by Cuba because they upset "el presidente para la vida" Fidel Castro and his cronies.

Notes Rich Noyes,

While journalists howl at the indignity of Helen Thomas being moved about six feet, from the first row to the second row of the new White House press room, there's been relative silence about the Cuban dictatorship's expulsion of Western journalists who published stories unflattering to the communist leadership.

Be sure to read the whole thing, with the accompanying link to the full story at Investor's Business Daily.

Where's the outrage? Where's actor/foreign affairs expert Tim Robbins when we need him to talk about a real "chill wind"? Of course, when major outlets like CNN decide not to report on certain atrocities by certain governments just so they can keep a bureau there, and worldwide news agency Reuters refuses to use the word "terrorist" in its reporting in the name of appeasement, we really shouldn't be surprised about the lack of interest in this latest true stifling of the press.

Only sycophantic reporters need apply!

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Final Sentencing in CT Illegal Immigrant Driver's License Scam

In June of 2006, a handful of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles employees were arrested in a scam operation where the employees sold driver's licences to illegal immigrants through middlemen. Yesterday, the final sentence in the case was handed down:

Karin Birch, 34, of Stratford, was the sixth and final Bridgeport DMV worker to be sentenced in the scam.

The alleged ringleaders of the scheme, Venita Bines, of Bridgeport, and Tracy Stevenson-Lucas, of Stratford, are serving 7-year sentences.

Authorities said the defendants sold more than 1,500 licenses and nearly 1,000 Connecticut identification cards between June 2000 and December 2004. The state has recovered only a small portion of the licenses.

Police said DMV workers charged up to $2,000 a license and used middlemen, including members of the Hell's Angels Motor Cycle Club and exotic dancers, to sell them. The middlemen would arrange to meet buyers at restaurants and in parking lots around the city where phony licenses would be exchanged for cash.

Cases like this illustrate the growing need to put the illegal immigration controversy to bed. In addition to the toll on our social and economic resources and human traffickers making a killing smuggling people in over the border (sometimes causing deaths in the process), state employees are now tempted to make illicit money off of a group of people who, because of their fear of police, would not complain about being charged thousands for fake ID.

Secure the borders first. Then figure out what to do with the people already here.

Illegals willing to pay thousands for one


All Aboard the Illegal ID Gravy Train

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February 27, 2007

Bill to Make Anne Frank Honorary Citizen

Do our lawmakers have nothing better to do?

A US lawmaker has submitted a bill seeking honorary citizenship for Anne Frank, whose family sought in vain to secure refuge in the United States during World War II, his office said Monday.

The draft legislation, which has not drawn a great deal of enthusiasm from the family, was presented by Long Island, New York Democrat Steve Israel.

It's a little late, isn't it? How many other desperate Jewish families trying to get out of Europe before they were annihilated by the Nazis got turned away? Should they receive honorary citizenships too?

As a girl, I read Anne Frank's diary time and time again. Her story both saddened and inspired me, and still does to this day. We only know of her story because her father found her diary after the war and published it. How many other young girls had dreams and desires that were snuffed out by Hitler's "final solution?"

Our elected officials ought to be worrying more about those who would try to take up Hitler's legacy (i.e. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) than creating legislation that only serves to stroke their egos by making them look caring and compassionate.

Serve her memory by worrying about
threats against Jews today

h/t: With Malice Toward None

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Liberals Cry Over Cheney's Near-Miss

Via Ankle Biting Pundits, I learned that a Taliban suicide bomber attacked the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan, killing at least 12 (possibly more), in what the Taliban claims was an attempt to kill Vice President Dick Cheney.

B.T. wonders if "the MSM will make a bigger deal out of the fact that VP Cheneys flying around in an airplane named in honor of Strom Thurmond."

Well, I don't know about the MSM just yet, but here's what some lefty types are saying:

it seems likely that this facility has
been attacked before, and it seems just
an unfortunate coincidence that cheney
happened to be on-premisis when the blast
occured. note that if the story isn't
offered as a "whew! -- cheney's safe!" piece,
it would clearly be viewed as a "man, we have
NO idea what we're doin' in afganistan" meme. . .

which is probably close to the truth.

i detest that we, as citizens, are now forced to
decode our own administration's agit-prop. . .


T-5000 wrote on February 27, 2007 9:17 AM:
"This proves that Cheney cannot be killed through conventional means. I believe he was sent by the future to destroy. "Destroy what?", you ask? Exactly."


If at first you don't succeed wrote on February 27, 2007 8:32 AM:
"If at first you don't succeed, try - try again. But seriously, folks: I'm not an advocate for political assainations - BUT I SURE UNDERSTAND THEM! I don't want any of our leaders dead before their time... I'd love to see a bunch of them out of office before their time, though. Maybe early retirement is the answer. It seems to be a goal for everyone exept politicians. "


and finally, a sampling from the twerps at HuffPo (language alert):

So Cheney is personally responsible for the deaths of 14 innocent people...and then he waddles off to lunch!! What a piece of shit!
By: fantanfanny on February 27, 2007 at 08:15am
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They missed! Too bad.
By: DinahM on February 27, 2007 at 08:15am
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Get ready for a day of Bush/Cheney Derangement Syndrome.
By: OBSERVERMIKE on February 27, 2007 at 08:15am
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To bad they missed!!!!!!!!!!!!
By: irual on February 27, 2007 at 08:17am
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He wasn't "OK" before why would he be now?
By: robodweeb on February 27, 2007 at 08:17am
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You can't kill pure evil. Like an exorcism you have to drive a stake through it.
By: Ceaser on February 27, 2007 at 08:17am
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If at first you don't succeed ...
By: tented on February 27, 2007 at 08:17am
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(cricket chirping)
By: ChattanChick4 on February 27, 2007 at 08:17am
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Better luck next time!
By: TDB on February 27, 2007 at 08:18am
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What a different world we would be living in today if they had succeeded.
By: pakiman47 on February 27, 2007 at 08:18am
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Dr Evil escapes again...damn.
By: truthtopower01 on February 27, 2007 at 08:18am
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Sounds like a bullshit attempt. The VP is inside some sort of compound and they blow up a bomb at the front door? Christ, at least lob a few grenades INTO the compound.
By: loudobbs on February 27, 2007 at 08:19am
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They missed?? Dammit. I hope they try again before he leaves.
By: tripdc on February 27, 2007 at 08:20am
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A prime example of progressive people spouting their progressive thoughts. Nice.

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Jarheads Get Shaft at University of Illinois

Chief Illiniwek isn't the only one to get the boot from the University of Illinois...Marines who were promised MBA program scholarships were shunted aside. John Ruberry, in the first of a series of postings, has the details at Marthon Pundit.

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February 26, 2007

Trans-Fat Was Just the Beginning...

I'm telling you, they won't stop until they have control of everything you put into your mouth. The paragon of neutral news reporting, CNN, had a story today that featured Jayne Hurley of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and hardly anyone else. CSPI advocates mandatory nutritional labeling on restaurant menus.

What's next, making you take a nutritionist with you to the supermarket?

Menus like this could soon be the size of your phone book

h/t: Newsbusters

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Celebrity Look-Alike Alert

Look at Al Gore's profile carefully, then see if you don't agree that he looks like the celebrity behind Door Number One! (Thanks to Jeanette for the inspiration!)

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Former ACLU Bigwig Arrested for Hardcore Kiddie Porn

Another story that should be front-page news, but isn't:

Federal agents arrested Charles Rust-Tierney, the former president of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, Friday in Arlington for allegedly possessing child pornography.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News, Rust-Tierney allegedly used his e-mail address and credit card to subscribe to and access a child pornography website.

But wait, there's more!

The videos described in the complaint depict graphic forcible intercourse with prepubescent females. One if the girls is described in court documents as being "seen and heard crying", another is described as being "bound by rope."

As a mother and a decent person, that makes me sick to my stomach. And isn't it interesting that the ACLU supports legalizing child pornography?

No, the guy hasn't been convicted yet, so spare me the usual hyperbole. But the outrage stemming from former Rep. Mark Foley's overly-friendly e-mails with teenage interns seems a bit contrived when you read about real scum like this. Of course, the ACLU being a leftwing media darling, they just give it a quick "just the facts, ma'am" story and drop it. After all, the ACLU is fighting for your right to watch this kind of thing!

h/t: Larwyn and Moonbattery

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Hillary's Campaign Scandal: Will No One Call Her On It?

From New Media Journal:

A brief was filed on January 11, 2007, in a civil fraud case which alleges Sen. Hillary Clinton engaged in criminal misconduct, citing a violation of federal code that carries a possible five-year prison sentence.

Businessman mogul Peter Paul alleges the New York Democrat solicited and accepted his illegal contribution of more than $1 million and falsified statements to the Federal Election Commission.

Read more here. It's amazing, isn't it, that this isn't being discussed in the MSM? They dutifully reported it back when the story was hot, then dropped it as soon as they could. This should be front-page news.

But what else to expect from the Democrats' biggest cheerleading section?

h/t: learner

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Say NO To Hillary: Reason 4

She wants to make up the rules during the campaign:

With a swift response to attacks from a former supporter last week, advisers to the New York Democrat offered a glimpse of their strategy for handling one of the most awkward chapters of her biography. They declared her husband's impeachment in 1998 -- or, more accurately, the embarrassing personal behavior that led to it -- taboo, putting her rivals on notice and all but daring other Democrats to mention the ordeal again.

"In the end, voters will decide what's off-limits, but I can't imagine that the public will reward the politics of personal destruction," senior Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson said Friday, when asked whether the impeachment is fair game for Clinton's opponents. Earlier in the week, Wolfson dismissed references to President Bill Clinton's conduct as "under the belt."

The queen of smear frowns upon "politics of personal destruction"? Here's what Dick Morris has to say about her tactics:

Hillary has never been tolerant of open political debate if that means people can legitimately criticize or publicly disagree with her. Now she's become even more dogmatic, arrogantly believing that her frontrunner status is tantamount to a coronation. She seems to believe that it is an act of war for a fellow Democrat to even challenge her for the nomination. If they disagree with her, they need to be punished and sent to their room.

Do we need someone like that in the Oval Office?

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February 24, 2007

Medal of Honor Recipient Interviewed by Andrea Shea-King

Major Bruce P. Crandall will be receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Bush at the White House on Monday, February 26. He'll be talking about it with Andrea Shea-King on Friday, March 3 from 3-5 pm EST (click here) and again on Sunday, March 5 from 9-11 pm EST (click here). The chat room will be open for both shows.

Andrea has more about these exciting interviews on her blog, The Radio Patriot.

Talk about inspirational radio! Hope you can tune in!

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A is for Arrogance, B is for Baloney

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of everyone blaming American "arrogance" for all the world's ills, and I talk about it over at the American Thinker today.

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February 23, 2007

Two Good Reads for Your Friday

Jack Lacton (who blogs at Kerplunk-- Shaken, Not Stirred) gives us 10 Signs That You're a Moral Idiot, and Benjamin Duffy (writing for the Daily Collegian) gives us Making the Right Decision. Both skewer liberalism and leftism nicely.

h/t: Right Wing Nation

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First Democrat Presidential Casualty

Tom Vilsack is out of the running.


Vilsack was Iowa's governor, but left office in January to pursue the presidency. Due to the tremendous money-raising abilities of front runners like Hillary and Obama, he's throwing in the towel, saying "money and only money" is the reason.

Frankly, I'm surprised his hard luck past didn't propel his candidacy, since it's right out of the Democrat victim status handbook:

His parents were well-to-do and sent him to a private preparatory school, but his mother was an alcoholic who beat him and his father suffered trying financial reversals.

The catch here is that Vilsack's a white male, and so he's not media fawn-worthy.

It'll be fun to see who drops out next. My money's on Chris Dodd.

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Cheney Not Backing Down

This little catfight that Nancy Pelosi is trying to start with Dick Cheney is beginning to get tiresome.

Pelosi, like a spoiled child, threatened to complain directly to President Bush. She said Cheney's remarks that the Democrat plan to place restrictions on the troop surge will ultimately make al Quada and its supporters the winners in Iraq "question" her patriotism and "mischaracterize" her position on national security. Well, how long did she think she could keep trying to fool us?

Question: Why is it that every time they are criticized, the Democrats whine that their patriotism is being impugned? Answer: Because it deflects the argument away from that actual issue that they don't wish to discuss in the full light of day.

Cheney, to his credit, won't roll over and play dead.

During Friday's interview in Sydney, Cheney said, "I'm not sure what part of it is that Nancy disagreed with. She accused me of questioning her patriotism. I didn't question her patriotism. I questioned her judgment."

He also said, "I'm not backing down." Which is, of course, why I love the guy. He says what he means.

Come on, Nancy, grow up and get some spine. If you whine and cry every time someone says something unflattering about your policies, what the heck are you doing in politics? For someone who no one "messes with," you sure can't seem to handle a bit of heat from the other side of the aisle.

I suggest this sign be hung up
in every room in the House.

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First Annual Jimmah Awards - Nominations Open

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JimmahAward.jpg Blogmeister USA is pleased to announce the First Annual Jimmah Awards*, in honor of the accomplishments of our 39th president, Jimmy Carter.

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February 22, 2007

The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks

Poor Nancy Pelosi...how dare Dick Cheney question her? Bull Dog pundit takes her to task at Ankle Biting Pundits.

It would be nice if our politicians would quit whining and pointing fingers. But instead of getting down to the business of running the country, they're too busy running their mouths. Cripes, this is getting tiresome...

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When Good Intentions Go Awry

Via CNN:

A man says he broke into an apartment with a cavalry sword because he thought he heard a woman being raped, but the sound actually was from a pornographic movie his upstairs neighbor was watching.

"Now I feel stupid," said James Van Iveren, who has been charged in the case. "This really is nothing, nothing but a mistake."

Read the whole story here.

This guy's heart was in the right place. I hope he gets off with just probation, seeing as he didn't actually hurt anyone, and his intention was to stop what he thought was a violent crime happening in the apartment above.

h/t: Jeanette

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Not Just Another Peace Activist!

Remember the guy in Fredericksburg who tracked down some Republican supporters (whom he didn't even know) and attacked them in their house after getting into an argument? Michelle Malkin has the details you will NOT read anywhere else...because it makes the Left look bad. Turns out that one of those attacked was a member of the College Republicans at the University of Mary Washington, and the attacker, Andrew Stone, gained entrance to this guy's home by pretending to be a military recruiter.

His mother must be proud.

This sort of nonsense has Hollywood written all over it. Stone should be contacted to tell his story of a war protester who was so frustrated he had to try something radical to get his message across. Sean Penn can star. I can see the glint of the Oscar now...

Absolutely pathetic.


Party of Tolerance Member Not So Tolerant...

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The Buzzards are Circling

Hillary's in trouble, and we're still a year out from the primaries. Not only does Hollywood seem to be abandoning her for Barack Obama (I guess all those overnight stays in the Lincoln Bedroom have been forgotten), but ex-Senator and former Democrat Senate leader Tom Daschle has given his formal endorsement to Obama the Boy Wonder.

Daschle said Obama has a "great capacity to unify our country and inspire a new generation of young Americans, just as I was inspired by the Kennedys and Martin Luther King when I was young."

Frankly, I hardly call Obama inspiring as a leader. He has a pleasant voice and knows how to work a crowd, but so does a carnival barker. But today's media seems to prefer style over substance. Otherwise, why would they be giving credence to a man who has not really proven his leadership and gives us feel-good platitudes instead of firm policy plans?

Hillary has chosen to take the low road with Hollywood's abandonment. Her campaign has started what the NY Post calls a "mud fight" over the fact that movie gazillionaire David Geffen not only donated to Obama's campaign, but said some singularly unflattering things about Hillary. My favorite:

"Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it's troubling," he was quoted as saying.

It's too bad that it took Geffen so long to figure it out, but perhaps he's proof that not all those who were blinded by the Clintons in the '90s are beyond redemption. Now if they'd just vote Republican...

Well, it's probably too much to hope for a miracle of that magnitude.


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February 21, 2007

The Politics of the Last Five Minutes

What is it all about? Pat at Brainster can tell you.

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A World Without America

From 18 Doughty Street, h/t Right Wing Nation:


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Truer Today Than Ever Before: Quote of the Day

Think of this the next time someone tells you that the UN should be in charge of [insert issue]:

"If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last
stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people,
that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still
the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to
man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity
for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and
confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan
our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves." ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan

How I miss that man!

Thanks to Aaron for passing it on.

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The Old Clinton Chutzpah Continues

From the NY Post's Page Six (h/t Kitty):

February 21, 2007 -- NOT everyone was psyched for last night's highly anticipated fund-raiser for Barack Obama, held by DreamWorks founders David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. A source with close knowledge of the event said Obama's fellow front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Hillary Clinton, was furious at the three, who she thought were her friends, for supporting her rival. According to our source, an angry call was made to Geffen by someone in Clinton's office. "They were very angry [the movie moguls] were holding this event," our source said. "They calmed down after an assurance was made that there would still be support and money left over for [Clinton]." A rep for Clinton said, "No one spoke to [Geffen]." Clinton is having her own funder on March 24 and Spielberg has agreed to host another for her. Obama's event was so popular that it had to be moved from a restaurant that could hold 400 people to the Beverly Hilton, which can hold 600. Jennifer Aniston, Eddie Murphy, Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington shelled out $2,300 each to attend.

So instead of this temper tantrum ticking the money men off, they seek to mollify Hillary's camp with the assurance that she'll get the same star treatment. Have these people no spines? Once again, Hillary gets away with something most three-year-olds would get swatted for (or at the very least, a stern time out).

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February 20, 2007

Hannity Hammers Gore on Hypocrisy

I've been complaining about the double standards of self-proclaimed ecologist and climate expert Al Gore for a while now, but Sean Hannity, on the most recent episode of his new Sunday show Hannity's America, really lets the bloated gas bag have it. Check it out. (h/t: Newsbusters) It won't stop Ol' Gassy's bloviating, but the more people who find out about the rules for him versus the rules for us, maybe they'll think twice about his eagerness to silence the critics of his theories.

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Party of Tolerance Member Not So Tolerant...

Wow, who knew Fredericksburg was a hotbed of liberalism? Take special note of the last sentence:

A Fredericksburg man was arrested Saturday on charges he assaulted three strangers at their home during a dispute over politics, police said.

According to a Fredericksburg police report, the suspect went to a home in the 900 block of Marye Street about 5:30 p.m. after finding one of the resident's name on a Republican Web site.

The resident and his two roommates engaged in a discussion with the suspect, though none of them had ever met or had contact with him before.

The argument got heated and the suspect learned that the young residents had not enlisted in the military and "put their all" behind the Republican-led war effort in Iraq, police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.

The suspect refused to leave the home after repeatedly being asked to do so, police said. The three roommates were hit multiple times each as they attempted to get the suspect out of the door, authorities said.

The suspect continued to be aggressive and disorderly even after a city police officer arrived, the report states.

Andrew Stone, 23, was charged with three counts of assault and battery. A magistrate released Stone on his own recognizance and he was ordered to have no further contact with the victims.

It was not clear in the report what political agenda Stone was supporting.

Sure it was clear: Stone found a name on a Republican website, found out that the three guys supporting our efforts in Iraq were not enlisted in the military, and physically assaulted them because it's obvious to anyone with half a brain that this leftwing lunatic thought the Iraq supporters are chickenhawks (chickenhawks: non-military supporters of military actions whose non-military status automatically exempts their opinions from validity).

Of course, the reporter who wrote this little piece doesn't want us to judge poor Stone. Just like it doesn't want us to judge the GOP based on the actions of a donor. Riiight...

h/t: LGF

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GOP Donor With Terror Ties Means Entire GOP Tainted

What other conclusion could one come to with this headline and accompanying story?

GOP Donor Hit With Terror Charges

WASHINGTON -- A New York man accused of trying to help terrorists in Afghanistan has donated some $15,000 to the House Republicans' campaign committee over three years.


From April 2002 until August 2004, the man also known as "Michael Mixon" gave donations ranging from $500 to $5,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to Federal Election Commission reports and two campaign donor tracking Web sites, http://www.politicalmoneyline.com and http://www.opensecrets.org.

Yep. Get out the tar and feathers now.


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Multiculturalism and Liberalism Can Be Dangerous to Children

Right Wing Nation has the horrific details.

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Dodd's Poll Numbers Dismal in Home State

Via AP:

U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd may be the home state presidential candidate in 2008, but a new statewide poll released Monday shows he's far from the top choice among voters in Connecticut.

Results: Hillary Clinton 33%, Barack Obama 21%, Al Gore (who claims he's not running) 9%, Dodd 8%. The bright news for Dodd is that he places before John Edwards, who has 5% of potential Connecticut voters at this point. I guess the Breck Girl is still trying to rebound from his terrible choice of official campaign bloggers.

"If Senator Christopher Dodd can't even come close to winning a Democratic primary in his home state, that's obviously a bad sign for his presidential campaign," said Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.

Connecticut's AG Richard Blumenthal, who is Dodd's campaign chairman, said that the poll shows that people "love" having Dodd as senator and are "just beginning to focus on the possibility" of Dodd becoming president. I don't love having Dodd as senator...I wish the pollsters had contacted me! And I certainly don't relish the idea of his brand of socialism (and Castro support) being foisted upon the rest of the country either.

Schwartz (quoted above) was also quoted as saying Dodd is a "long shot." I think that's an understatement.

UPDATE (10:20 a.m.): Apparently Dodd compared the vote on a non-binding resolution against a troop surge to "asparagus." He said that he would have preferred something "real and accountable." Not quite sure where he makes the connection between the vote and asparagus, unless he means that the Senate gets mushy when overcooked... (h/t MM)



Dodd Counting on Sense of Humor
Dodd Receives Some Celebrity Support
Dodd Practically Nonexistent in Polls
Patrick Kennedy Endorses Dodd
Dodd: Hard Sell
Lieberman Not Endorsing Dodd for President...
Dodd Is In

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February 19, 2007

What Mandate?

So the Dems think November 2006 gave them a mandate to cut and run in Iraq? Think again. Investor's Business Daily shows some interesting poll results. Take special note of the percentages by party:


To quote the IBD editorial: We'd have to go back to Benedict Arnold to find Americans as eager as Murtha & Co. to see an American defeat on the battlefield.


h/t: Blue Crab Boulevard

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Say NO To Hillary: Reason 3

WASHINGTON - If Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the presidency, some top Democrats would like to see her husband, former President Bill Clinton, appointed to serve out Hillarys unexpired Senate term.


Political analysts say a Senate seat for Bill would go a long way toward solving a potentially nettlesome problem for Hillary what to do with her husband if they return to the White House. The former president currently maintains an office in Harlem and a home with his wife in Chappaqua, N.Y.

Having Hillary in the Oval Office would be bad enough. Hillary in office with Bill underfoot is worse. But Hillary in office with Bill in the Senate officially being able to help her get her socialist agenda enacted? That's simply unthinkable.

If you haven't read either Hell to Pay or Final Days, both by Barbara Olson, you should. They serve to remind us what a nightmare a Clinton White House was, and what a bigger nightmare another one would be.

The Wonder Twins want to put another
whammy on the American public

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The Disenchanted Voter

My take on American Thinker today.

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Dodd Counting on Sense of Humor

According to this Hartford Courant article, Chris Dodd (Connecticut's other senator) is counting on his sense of humor to help get him through the Democrat primary process.

He cracked jokes about President Taft. He cracked jokes about being 62 and the father of two young girls. He also compared his confidence level to that of Ronald Reagan's.

Comparing himself to a highly successful Republican president? Now that is funny!



Dodd Receives Some Celebrity Support
Dodd Practically Nonexistent in Polls
Patrick Kennedy Endorses Dodd
Dodd: Hard Sell
Lieberman Not Endorsing Dodd for President...
Dodd Is In

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February 18, 2007

Why Just Libby?

Victoria Toensing, writing for the Washington Post, makes an excellent case as to why Scooter Libby shouldn't be the only one tried in the aftermath of an investigation that has become a travesty of justice.

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February 16, 2007

WaPo Focuses on Michelle Malkin

Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post has written a piece about Michelle Malkin today.

"She's charming one moment and pugnacious the next." Makes you think of Jekyll and Hyde (surprise!). Interesting too, how he wraps up with the whole Photoshop picture at Wonkette episode, quoting someone from Wonkette as saying Malkin acts like a "psychotic," then quotes Malkin herself as saying her existence as a political blogger is "lonely."

Read it for yourself and see what you think. At least the photo is flattering!

UPDATE: Hot Air and Newsbusters weighs in, as does The Political Pit Bull.

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Emotion vs. Logic in Politics

Joe at geosciblog has a thoughtful post on the differences between emotional liberals and thoughtful conservatives. I urge you to head over there to read it.

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Dems Look To Cut Off Funding...But Won't Admit It

This AP article is entitled Dems Risk Image Woes Over Iraq War Moves. In it, we learn that Dems are trying to balance their image versus what they'd like to do in order to stick it to President Bush over Iraq.

John Murtha wants to "redirect" money and "redirect" troops. "Redirect" is code for "cut off." After all, where will the troops and money be redirected to? Is Murtha still thinking about sending them to Okinawa?

This quote says it all:

"They don't want to be a scapegoat for the Bush administration's failures," [former Rep. Martin] Frost said. "This is Bush's war, and there should be no confusion about who's war it is, and Democrats should not set themselves up to have that done to them."

Bush's war? Isn't this America's war? After all, 29 Democrat senators voted "Yea" to H.J. Resolution 114: A joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.

Some of those who voted yes are among today's most vociferous Iraq opponents: John Edwards, Harry Reid, John Kerry, Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Tom Harkin and Jay Rockefeller, just to name a few. (Note that Edwards, Biden, Clinton and Dodd are all presidential hopefuls for 2008, and are all hoping to appeal to the far left party base.) They all had the same intelligence that President Bush did. They all had an opportunity to look into the situation before they voted, but they're now saying, "If we had known then what we know now..." "Bush lied..." "Faulty intelligence..." Hindsight is not very helpful when trying to move forward. Many people thought Saddam Hussein had WMDs prior to that vote in 2002, and it's likely he did. However, the five months President Bush spent trying to get other nations and the ever anti-American U.N. on board gave Saddam plenty of time to spirit whatever he had out of the country, perhaps to Syria.

But that's the problem with today's Democrat Party, and has been the problem for the past thirty or so years. They are appeasers and apologists to whom it's more important to be liked by the rest of the world than to take care of America first, but they're afraid that the electorate will figure it out. So they come up with such brilliant schemes as "non-binding resolutions" and "redirecting money and troops," hoping that the problem will slowly go away without them having to reveal their true colors (the primary color being yellow). Working together for a common cause is not on their agenda.

And so it's come to this. Democrats say they support the troops, but hobbling President Bush and their own quest for power is more important to them than proving it. It's what happened 1975 when Congress cut off funding for our efforts in Vietnam, and they're going to try to do it again. And we can look forward to the Iraqi people being sacrificed over there so that Democrats can congratulate themselves over here.

They're not risking their image. They're confirming it.

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February 15, 2007

Dissolve Border Patrol, Put Money Toward Illegal Costs

Yet another shooting at the border by a Border Patrol agent has occurred on the Mexican border, and it's currently being "investigated." There was also a death in Arizona last month, and we have Border Patrol agents in prison for shooting a drug smuggler as he fled.

My question to the American public is: why do we have a Border Patrol at all? The Bush administration is not serious about keeping our borders secure. The proposal of $7.8 billion in this year's budget for the Border Patrol and Customs (almost a 10% increase from last year) is simply window dressing. Infected with the PC bug regarding our country's supposed discrimination against immigrants, especially those from Mexico and other countries to our south, our president, along with many in Congress, is turning a blind eye to our borders. Promising some kind of amnesty (while refusing to actually call it that) in order to possibly secure votes is a travesty. But it seems that's politics today.

My suggestion: Disband the Border Patrol, then apply that $7.8 billion toward what illegal immigrants cost our country every year. Back in 2004, a report claimed that illegals cost the U.S. over $10 billion a year. While the $7.8 billion wouldn't cover that, at least it would go a long way in offsetting it. And for once, it would be honesty in government and politics. If we're not going to be serious about controlling our borders and letting those who are supposed to guard it do their jobs, why bother?

If we're going to have an open-door policy, at least be honest about it!

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February 14, 2007

France Waking Up to Terror

On the heels of French police proving they have a few cajones left and arresting nine terror suspects, there is finally a Frenchman who smells the coffee, realizing an alliance between al Qaeda and a North African terrorist group poses a serious threat to Europe:

"The GSPC wants to carry out attacks in Europe, especially in France, Italy and Spain, and destabilize North Africa," Jean-Louis Bruguiere told The Associated Press on Tuesday night in New York.

After rating the danger as four on a scale from one to five, he modified his statement by maintaining that the increase in terrorism is directly linked to US involvement in Iraq.

Well, we have to take what we can get.

Bruguiere: Infers dangers are fault of U.S.

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PC: Incubator of Islam

This is absolutely a must-read at American Thinker today. Go now!

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Utah Shooter Muslim?

UPDATE: WND reports that Talovic was Muslim.

Sweetness and Light dares to conjecture what the MSM won't (h/t Atlas Shrugs) about the lone gunman in a Utah mall this week, who happened to be a Bosnian refugee:

And while Ill admit it is a bit of conjecture on my part to say that Mr. Talovic is a Muslim.

It is a pretty safe bet, given that his first name is reported to be Solejman, which is a variation on Suleiman.

Lest we forget, Suleiman the Magnificent is one of the greatest Muslim heroes. Not many Bosnian Christians would be naming their children Solejman.

So I think its a safe bet Mr. Talovic is a Muslim.

Didn't our former commander-in-chief Clinton send our soldiers into Bosnia to save the Muslims there from being exterminated?

The big story on the AP today is how an off-duty policeman was key in preventing more senseless deaths, and bravo to Kenneth K. Hammond for jumping in at a crucial moment. But according to the piece, investigators are still "trying to figure out" why Talovic went on his rampage.

If this guy really is a Muslim, don't expect to hear much more about it.

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February 13, 2007

Quote of the Day

"We pay you to make decisions, not comments." ~ Rudy Giuliani on the Sean Hannity show today, discussing non-binding resolutions on Iraq being proposed by Congress.

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Rep. Connie Mack Lets Joe Kennedy Have It

Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) has written a letter to Joe Kennedy regarding his oil "deal with the devil" Hugo Chavez (h/t FOX News):

Dear Congressman Kennedy:

Thank you for your prompt, albeit irrelevant response to my letter yesterday.

My point to you was simple stop airing advertisements that portray Hugo Chavez (a self-avowed Communist who governs the Venezuelan people with the iron fist of a dictator) as a decent man serving a decent purpose.

But since you believe that standing side by side with thugs like Chavez is a sound business practice, perhaps youll be willing to explain to the American people the nature of the relationship between Hugo Chavez and Citizens Energy Corporation.

What, exactly, is the financial arrangement between your organization and Hugo Chavez? How much money is being spent on your pro-Chavez advertising? Why are you using that money to promote the most dangerous man in the Western Hemisphere instead of using it to help improve the lives of the very people you purport to care so much about?

You know as well as I do that Hugo Chavez is destroying hope and opportunity in Venezuela. Hes snuffed out basic freedoms, including the freedom of dissent, speech and press. Hes formed alliances with Cuba, Iran, North Korea and others who seek to destroy the American way of life. Hes engaging in a massive military build-up that far exceeds any legitimate defensive needs, and he has made it clear time and time again that he views America as his enemy.

While you might find redeeming qualities in communist dictators like Hugo Chavez, I assure you, most Americans havent lost their common sense. They know Hugo Chavez. And they know that you should know better.

So I ask you again, why are you allowing yourself to be used as a public relations prop for the Chavez regime? Why wont you stop? And why wont you apologize to the American people for putting your self-interest above all else?

The American people and I anxiously await your answers.

This is a follow-up to another letter Mack sent, which can be viewed on his Web site here.

Bravo, Rep. Mack! But don't expect his actions to receive much play in the press, nor for them to have any effect on Kennedy's relationship with Chavez. After all, Chavez is socializing oil profits (something the left, led by Hillary, wants desperately to do) along with the rest of his country. Besides, Kennedy is just looking out for the little guy and don't you forget it! As Don Feder put it,

If you dare question Joe Kennedys partnership with the man whos turning Venezuela into a police state, you are a heartless plutocrat who doesnt give a damn for the shivering masses. How the scion of one of America's wealthiest families can get away with this shameless class-baiting is a mystery.

By the way, Feder also points out that Kennedy earns $400,000/year from Citizens for Energy. A paltry sum, considering what other libs like Nancy Pelosi make, but juicy enough to the average Joe. Pehaps a little socialization is in order here?

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Obama Apologizes for "Wasted" Remark

The man seems to be channeling John Kerry:

During his first campaign trip this weekend, the Illinois senator told a crowd in Iowa: "We now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted."

He immediately apologized on Sunday, saying the remark was "a slip of the tongue."

During an appearance Monday in Nashua, N.H., he apologized again, telling reporters he meant to criticize the civilian leadership of the war, not those serving in the military.

"Even as I said it, I realized I had misspoken," Obama said. "It is not at all what I intended to say, and I would absolutely apologize if any (military families) felt that in some ways it had diminished the enormous courage and sacrifice that they'd shown."

Just like Kerry was talking about the Bush administration with his "botched" joke.

This is eerie...

UPDATE: Here is Michelle Malkin's opinion. You know, if someone knows "right away" that he's misspoken, doesn't it make sense to set the record straight immediately, rather than wait a day or two to gauge public reaction? What a load.

Reliving 2004?

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Cuban Memorial, February 16-18

For those of you in the Miami area, I pass along the following information I received via e-mail:

The fifth Cuban Memorial will be held February 16-18 at Tamiami Park, Miami.

During three days, this symbolic cemetery will give testament to the world of the thousands of victims of the Castro dictatorship. Each documented victim will have a cross with his/her name together with the date and location of death. Almost 10,000 crosses will be planted under a larger cross symbolizing the many more victims who remain unaccounted for.

People of all ages and different nationalities -executed, assassinated, disappeared, killed in prison, lost as sea, or who gave their lives fighting for freedom in Cuba- will be honored with this sober memorial. Victims loved ones will, as in prior years, come bearing flowers to place by their cross. For many, what has become an annual ritual offers the only opportunity they have had to honor their dead. Many more visitors from the community come to pay their homage and witness this moving sight.

The field of crosses will be open to the public on Friday, 2/16, from noon to 6PM, Saturday 2/17 from 9AM to 8PM, and Sunday 2/18 from 9AM to 5PM. On Saturday and Sunday, the Cuba Archive project (www.CubaArchive.org), which provides its lists of victims for this event, will be collecting testimony from witnesses and survivors to continue its work documenting the cost in lives of the Cuban Revolution.

Tamiami Park is located at 11201 S.W. 24th St. (Coral Way and 107th Ave. / entry through 112th Ave.).

More information is available at Memorial Cubano.

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CT Legislature Mulls In-State Tuition for Illegals

It really pays to come to this country illegally. Now my home state is considering a bill that will allow illegals like Isaac Montiel who live here to receive in-state rates for our state college system:

A bill before the state legislature would allow students like Montiel, who lives in West Haven and attends Eli Whitney Regional Vocational Technical School in Hamden, to pay in-state tuition. The proposal is the focus of a hearing before the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee at 10:30 a.m. today.

A similar bill the legislature considered in 2005 came close to becoming law, making it through three legislative committees easily before being defeated in the House of Representatives by a 12-vote margin.


The Connecticut bill requires students to have attended two years of high school in state and to have graduated from an in-state school. To get in-state tuition, those students must file an affidavit with the school they will attend stating they have applied for legal immigration status or will apply if they become eligible.

The article gives us a sob story about illegal Isaac Montiel, an 18-year-old who followed his mother here three years ago, and who gets decent grades in school. According to Courant writer Mark Spencer, he's a "typical teenager" who likes BMX biking, skateboarding and wearing baseball hats. We also get quotes from members of a group called Democracy Works about how "every child deserves the chance to go to college" and how we shouldn't penalize "the children for the decisions of the parents."

Let me be the first to inform the members of Democracy Works that Montiel and his mother are not even a part of our democracy. They, among thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of others, decided that our immigration laws didn't apply to them and decided to jump to the front of the line. I realize that Mexico is not exactly a paradise, but does that mean we should be opening our arms to everyone from Mexico who wants to come here? It's our country. We, by our laws, decide who gets to come here. It's not up to them.

And now people like Montiel are about to be rewarded by getting cheap college tuition. Like I said, it really pays to come here illegally.

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February 12, 2007

New Blog on the Block: The Victory Caucus

Text from the e-mail sent by N.Z. Bear:

I am pleased to announce that we have now taken the next step in organizing those of us who feel that victory is the only option in our current global conflict. Today, we have launched a new web site: The Victory Caucus (http://victorycaucus.com).

At the site, you will find news and information on the war, discussion forums to share your views, and concrete ways to help support our troops and communicate to our leaders that victory is what we demand.

We are pleased to have assembled a serious group of serious thinkers on the war to act as our Board of Governors, including:

Dean Barnett
Austin Bay
Matthew Currier Burden (Blackfive)
Frank Gaffney
Hugh Hewitt
Ed Morrissey
'Publius' and 'Joe Gish', two formidable experts on the war whose current occupations require they remain pseudonymous

The Board is currently kicking off the first of many discussions on our group blog, taking on the most fundamental question of all: how do we define victory?

I hope you will visit the site and join us in sending a message to our leaders, our troops, and the world that America will not flinch from the fight, and that we will not settle for anything less than victory.


Check it out!

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Today is Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

Yes, before there was the generic President's Day holiday, we used to honor two of our greatest presidents separately in February: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Now, we get only one day off in which to head to the mall for those terrific specials on mattresses, La-Z-Boys and lingerie. (You'll all have to go without me, though, as my company does not give that day off.)

For those of you interested in actual history, With Malice Toward None has a great tribute post with some of Lincoln's wise words up today.

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Big Deal: Chicks Win Big at Grammys

I am not one who watches award shows. I can't get away from it, however, as all over the news this morning is how the Dixie Chicks won five Grammys at last night's awards ceremony:

The Dixie Chicks completed a defiant comeback on Sunday night, capturing five Grammy awards after being shunned by the country music establishment over the group's anti-Bush comments leading up to the Iraq invasion.

The Texas trio won all the biggest categories, including record and song of the year for the no-regrets anthem "Not Ready to Make Nice." They also won best country album, which was especially ironic considering they don't consider themselves country artists anymore.

A "defiant comeback?" It's not the general public who votes for these awards, but members of the Recording Academy (and only those with voting rights). So this is not so much a public vindication for the Chicks, but an industry one. It took the alienation of their fan base for the Dixie Chicks to be accepted by the pop music world.

The standing ovations the Chicks received Sunday illustrated how much the political climate has changed regarding the Iraq war, and even Bush.

"That's interesting," Maines crowed from the podium after the country award was handed out earlier in the night. "Well, to quote the great 'Simpsons' -- 'Heh-Heh.'

Right. Look, nothing has changed as far as our entertainment industry is concerned. They've always hated Bush and have been against our presence in Iraq since day one. The Dixie Chicks have simply become their poster children for the movement. And you can see how humbling the experience is for Maines.

As Betsy Newmark notes, it's more likely that the Chicks won due to their politics more than their music:

This is the music industry's statement to all those red state country music fans who gave up on the Dixie Chicks because they didn't want political statements along with their country songs.

The music industry has just given the big middle finger to red states. What does the opinion of flyover country really matter, anyway?

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The Real Children of War

My take over at American Thinker.

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February 11, 2007

Say NO to Hillary: Reason 2

From Final Days (copyright 2001) by Barbara Olson, chapter 14, pgs. 215-216:

No serious observer can believe that Hillary's self-image or fundamental beliefs have undergone the slightest revision. Hillary Rodham Clinton remains, in her own mind, one of the anointed, and her quest remains how best to impose her ideas, especially concerning socialized health care, on the public. She is quite willing to act outrageously, stonewall and obfuscate, then proclaim that it is time to "move on." As her presidential campaign unfolds, the public will be wise to examine her conduct and motives in light of her past, consistent history. She will never really change.


Say NO to Hillary: Reason 1

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Penn and Teller Take On...Recycling!

Okay, I admit it...we recycle as much as we can at our house. So hubby and I were a bit dismayed to see that the masters of illusion have taken on the real-life illusion that is recycling (although I have heard some of the arguments they use before). Pull up a chair, get ready to plug your ears when you hear bad words, and see what they have to say about recycling and more wool being pulled over our eyes. (h/t: LGF)

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February 09, 2007

Rudy: More Conservative Than You May Think

Mona Charen tells us why. One reason she cites may just be proof enough: Rudy declined to meet with race hustler Al Sharpton during his days as mayor of New York.

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Dodd Receives Some Celebrity Support

Chris Dodd, Connecticut's other senator, has received some celebrity support in his bid for the 2008 Democrat presidential nomination. Those on the list include:

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Chevy Chase
Jimmy Buffett
Alec Baldwin
Elisabeth Shue
Peter Duchin (orchestra leader)
Dick Ebersol and Susan St. James

There were also some producers and other behind-the-scene types who donated. In all, celebs are responsible for $3.25 million in contributions thus far, but with the exception of Newman/Woodward and (ugh) Alec Baldwin, the other people listed above are not exactly A-list folks who garner headlines when they talk about who they'd like to win. In addition, people with lots of political cash to toss around often give to more than one candidate.

I don't expect these donations will do much for Dodd's campaign.



Dodd Practically Non-Existent in Polls
Patrick Kennedy Endorses Dodd
Dodd: Hard Sell
Lieberman Not Endorsing Dodd for President...
Dodd Is In

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February 08, 2007

He Made "Bad Decisions"

A youth pastor in Texas was given the death sentence for killing a 17-year-old girl and her fetus (she was three months pregant and the child was his). A 2003 Texas law amended that "individual" be replaced with an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth." So under Texas law, Adrian Estrada killed not one, but two people.

Good. But get this:

Estrada's attorney, Suzanne Kramer, had argued that her client made bad decisions.

"It that enough to execute him? Is that enough to kill him?" she asked the jury.

I would say so. His "bad decisions" took the life of a girl whom he had also made the "bad decision" of having sex with. The girl also made a "bad decision" to have sex with him, but she didn't deserve to die for it, and neither did their unborn child.

Wonder what NOW will make of this?

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Pelosi Gets Her Plane...

...just not the big one she wanted.

The Department of Defense yesterday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that puts limits on the size of the plane she may use to travel across the country and restricts the guests she can bring, The Washington Times has learned.

A congressional source who read the letter signed by Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Wilkie said it essentially limits her to the commuter plane used by former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, which requires refueling to travel from Washington to Mrs. Pelosi's San Francisco district. A second source, in the Bush administration, confirmed the contents of the letter.

The plane will only take her from Washington D.C. to San Francisco. She may not use it for any other purpose.

In addition, non-governmental personnel (like campaign contributors) may not fly, and if her family members want a ride, they have to pay the U.S. Treasury for the privilege. Other House members may only join her if the House ethics committee gives them the green light.

There is the possibility she will be allowed use of a larger craft that will not need refueling (which is why she says she needs it) if it is available, but at the moment, she'll have to make do with the lil' ol' twelve-seater Dennis Hastert got to use.

Favorite quote (from a "congressional source"):

"Just because she's second in line to be president does not entitle her to a military taxi service around the United States."


Nancy Pelosi Is a High Flier on Our Dime
Pelosi Asks for Military Flight Rights

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February 07, 2007

Nancy Pelosi is a High Flier on Our Dime

Ye gads. This woman's gall is unbelievable. The Bush administration plans to honor her request to fly on Air Force jets as a security measure, but she is still insisting on a larger craft so that she can not only fly nonstop from Washington DC to San Francisco, but also give free rides to her staff, family, and other Democrats as she feels fit.

According to the Washington Times article linked above, Pentagon officials say that Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) accused them of sexism for not immediately granting her request. Murtha's people deny it.

After 9/11, then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert was given access to military aircraft as a security measure, as the Speaker is in next line for the presidency after the vice-president. So Pelosi's initial request is not out of line. But her wanting to travel with an entourage that rivals that of the president is not only outrageous on its face, but it shows that she's far too interested in the trappings of power than is good for us, the people she is supposed to be serving.


Pelosi Asks for Military Flight Rights

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Gore: Bush Administration Paying Scientists to Dispute Global Warming

Al Gore has really become unhinged:

During an interview with CNN affiliate Cuatro in Madrid, Gore said, "they've lost the argument and they don't want to stop dumping all this pollution into the Earth's atmosphere. The only thing they have left is cash and now they're offering cash for so-called skeptics who will try to confuse people about what the science really say. But it's unethical because now the time has come when we have to act."

"They" are the Bush administration.

Wow. Gore didn't even have the cojones to say it here in the States, but over in Madrid. He and John Kerry have a lot more in common than just losing the presidency to George Bush, as they both feel the need to say things to embarrass Bush while overseas. By the way, where's his proof? I'd love to see it.

I wonder how Gore got to Madrid? Flying coach like the rest of us? Oar-powered Roman war ship? Floating over on a shrinking iceberg? Nah, I'm sure he flew in a private jet.

Speaking of which, Sean Hannity is looking for pictures of Al Gore either boarding or getting off a private jet. If you have such a gem, head on over to Hannity's website for details on how your photo could be posted for all to see.

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Playing on your fears...

h/t: Cookiewrangler

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French Paper On Trial for Muhammed Cartoons

This is a case that we all need to be watching closely. A satirical weekly magazine, Charlie-Hebdo is defending itself for daring to run the Muhammed cartoons a year ago.

Charlie-Hebdo and the publication's director, Philippe Val, are charged with "publicly slandering a group of people because of their religion." The charge carries a possible six-month prison sentence and a fine of up to $28,530.

The Paris Mosque and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France brought the charges.


France's Charlie-Hebdo ran the drawings last February. The magazine featured a cover page showing Muhammad with his head in his hands, crying and saying: "It's hard to be loved by idiots."

In opening arguments Wednesday, Val defended the decision to run the drawings, saying they were aimed "at ideas, not men."

"If we no longer have the right to laugh at terrorists, what arms are citizens left with?" he asked, adding "How is making fun of those who commit terrorist acts throwing oil on the fire?"

The article says that "observers" don't expect French Muslims to get their knickers in a bunch if the magazine's director gets off. That's a mistake. This kind of attitude just goes to show how blind the French really are to what's happening in their country.

Remember the rioters? They'll be back.

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HillaryCare: Serious Public Policy Proposal or Power Grab?

Read James Lewis's take on it at American Thinker and see what you think.

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Worldwide Child Porn Ring Busted

When I first heard this story on the radio this morning, I honestly felt sick to my stomach. Austrian officials were key in busting it open. Sick perverts from all over the world paid money to see these monstrous videos, including at least 600 from the US.

When it comes to the well-being of children, I say harsh punishment of such offenders is needed. I don't feel sorry for any of these creeps. It's time to bring back the stocks and let the citizenry take care of these miserable excuses for humanity.

The Puritans had the right idea on punishment

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February 06, 2007

Quote of the Day

"Thankfully, "global warming" is slowly being recognized for the ginormous scam it is. It took Al Gore and then the UN to wake us up to the latest stupid leftist guilt-trip. Ironically, some were taking global warming seriously until these morons took it over as their pet issue of the decade.

As soon as Al and the others stop flying their private jets around the world to go to meetings on global warming, I'll give the issue another look. Until then, think I'll drive my SUV, with no passengers, over to the supermarket to pick up one can of soda. Or not. Maybe I'll just drive around for the fun of it. 13 MPG." ~ Commenter "Mega" on a post at Moonbattery

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Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan!

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Born 96 years ago today, his true conservative leadership is sorely missed. (Favorite Reagan quip: "I'm here from the government, and I'm here to help.")

Who will carry on his legacy? It's hard to tell in the pack of RINOs we are currently burdened with.

Andrea and Mark of Constitutional Public Radio (CPR) will be discussing the man and the legend today. Be sure to tune in to the live stream from 3-5 pm EST, and log into the chat room if you can.

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Mother of Soldier Told She Cannot Fly a Flag Outside Her Condo

Teresa Richard of East Windsor, Connecticut, is at odds with her condo association. She has both an American flag and a Blue Star flag on a pole in front of her condo, in honor of her son who is fighting in Afghanistan.

The condo association says the flags are in violation of "common areas" rules, and has given her until Labor Day to fly her flags without penalty. After Labor Day, she will be imposed with a $25/day fine if the flags remain.

In addition to contacting the East Windsor Veterans Association, who wrote a letter to the association on her behalf,

Richard is waiting for other heavy hitters to weigh in, hopefully on her side. Richard has contacted the offices of U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and state Rep. Ted Graziani, D-Ellington. They have yet to respond, she said.

"They said they'd get back to me, but I never heard from them," she said.

Another resident of the complex, Gene Doering, threatened to sue the association if it tried to make him take down his American flag, and he hasn't heard from them since.

Both Doering and Richard cited Public Law 109-243 as their legal right to display the American flag. The federal bill, passed in July 2006, prohibits a condominium association from adopting a policy that "would restrict or prevent a member of the association from displaying the flag of the United States on residential property within the association."

I understand that condominium complexes must have rules and standards about their common areas; otherwise, the complexes could become trashy and undesirable looking to both residents and prospective residents. But an American flag? A Blue Star flag? Can't the association make an exception?

What do you think?

Teresa Richard
Photo: Hartford Courant

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Obama's Multiethnic Background Makes Him Perfect for Prez

In this fawning piece by Brian Charlton for the AP, Barack Obama's "multiethnic" past is a reason why you should consider voting for him in 2008. Let's look at a few passages.

As he pursues the presidency, the chapters of Obama's unfamiliar biography are drawing greater scrutiny. The Democratic senator from Illinois was born in Honolulu 45 years ago and lived in one the country's most diverse metropolitan areas for the better part of 18 years. He spent four childhood years in Indonesia.

In his 1995 memoir, "Dreams From My Father," Obama recalls experiencing some discrimination growing up in the islands, such as when other kids laughed at his name. He also wrote about his internal struggles as black friends would accuse all white people of mistreating others -- harsh words as Obama was being raised by his white mother and grandparents.

To read this, you would think that no one grew up in bi-racial families before Obama. What a trailblazer! The article makes me think of how the press reacts when a major movie star is pregnant. It's as if no one has ever had a baby before! How will she get rid of the excess baby weight? How will she juggle her fabulous career and motherhood? What color is she having the hired help paint the nursery?

And I'll bet no one has ever had his or her name made fun of before either. Well...that's not exactly true. My last name was made fun of on a regular basis. Maybe I should run for president!

As a teenager, Obama went to parties and sometimes sought out gatherings on military bases or at the University of Hawaii that were mostly attended by blacks. He wrote in his book that he tried drugs and let his grades slip in his final years of high school.

Well at least he isn't going around saying that he "never inhaled." And it doesn't look like the press is going treat him the way they treated President Bush, who was excoriated for a cocaine arrest in his younger years.

Much of the article is full of quotes from Obama's childhood acquaintances, talking about how everyone had high hopes for him, and how he must have internalized his struggle.

We have two years ahead of us in which the press is going to talk about Obama's racial makeup and how he came to terms with it. It's much like how the press made a fuss over Bill Clinton's poor childhood and alcoholic stepfather. The idea is to make us think more about a man who has overcome, rather than pay attention to what qualifies this man to be on office, and what he will likely do if elected.

After all, isn't it more important that we feel good about a candidate rather than look at his record?

Pay no attention to the man's lack of qualifications
behind the curtain!

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February 05, 2007

Rudy Giuliani Files "Statement of Candidacy"

He's getting closer.

In a sign that he's serious about running for the White House, the two-term mayor was filing a so-called "statement of candidacy" with the Federal Election Commission. In the process, he was eliminating the phrase "testing the waters" from earlier paperwork establishing his exploratory committee, said an official close to Giuliani's campaign.

According to Dick Morris and Eileen McGann (in an automated e-mail sent to subscribers to DickMorris.com),

Conversations with conservative activists also show a remarkable openness to supporting Giuliani - a belief that he can overcome (perhaps finesse) his pro-choice, pro-gun-control, pro-gay-rights and pro-immigration positions. Feelings seem bitterer over McCain's role in Washington battles - his opposition to the Bush tax cuts and his support for "amnesty" for illegal immigrants and for campaign-finance reform.

Giuliani has developed an effective parry to charges that his pro-choice stance would undo eight years of pro-life heavy lifting by the Bush administration. He's saying he'd oppose partial-birth abortion and work to continue to curtail Medicaid funding for abortion. More, he'd appoint judges like Justices Samuel Alito and John Roberts to the Supreme Court.

John McCain's status as a "maverick" makes him a darling of Democrats and their MSM cheerleaders, but has hardly endeared him to Republicans at large. More recent polls than not show Giuliani leading McCain by a comfortable margin.

Apparently with McCain, familiarity breeds contempt. Perhaps Republicans are willing to give Giuliani a chance.

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February 04, 2007

Bullsh*t! Penn and Teller Take On Environmental Hysteria

This video is almost 30 minutes long, but well worth the time to watch Penn and Teller skewer the environmental movement. Patrick Moore, the founder of Greenpeace who left the group when he realized it had been hijacked by political concerns, is interviewed, along with a bunch of greenies who don't really know much about what they're protesting. It's a must-see! (Language alert: there are a few epithets by Penn Jillette, but nothing worse than anything you'll hear on MTV.)

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h/t: Curmudgeonly Skeptical

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Today, ThirdwaveDave celebrates his 51st birthday. You know, the best thing about Dave celebrating his 51st is that he is older than me (I am pleased to still be on the uphill side of 40). Pretty soon he'll start watching those Scooter Store ads more carefully, and he'll be able to qualify for the senior discount platter at Denny's! (I hear he loves the grilled cheese and tomato with coleslaw and an iced tea.)

Dave is a blogger who not only covers those newsworthy things that make us either say "Wow!" or "Cr@p!", but he also takes on important causes...like helping to raise money for soldiers' families in need. He's the kind of guy to send an unsolicited compliment, saying something out of the blue to make your day. And although I've never met him in person (and I certainly hope to do so someday), I am proud to say he's my friend.

So many happy returns, Dave, and may there be many more!

(Well, what are you waiting for? Head on over to his blog and wish him a happy!)

Dave's saving up for one of these babies...
I hear they do a rip-roarin' 5 mph!

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February 03, 2007

Michael Yon Gives Us "The Hands of God"

Michael Yon has the kind of stories you won't hear from the MSM, because he isn't afraid to go right to the source. He also isn't afraid to tell us about what good things are happening in Iraq.

This is a story that shows how, while there are some people with only hatred in their hearts, there are others who would willingly sacrifice themselves in order to save others. It goes to show that all may not be lost in Iraq. We need to give people like this a chance.

Please be sure to read it.

h/t: learner

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Saturday Linkage

For your Saturday browsing:

Screw Liberals
With Malice Toward None
Reflections by Kris

Don't forget to nominate your favorite "America Sucks" folks for the Jimmah Awards!

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February 02, 2007

Rush Limbaugh Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Looks like Al Gore has himself some competition. He was nominated by Mark Levin:

Limbaugh, whose daily radio show is heard by more than 20 million people on more than 600 radio stations in the United States and around the world, was nominated for the prestigious award for his "nearly two decades of tireless efforts to promote liberty, equality and opportunity for all humankind, regardless of race, creed, economic stratum or national origin. These are the only real cornerstones of just and lasting peace throughout the world," said Landmark President Mark R. Levin.

"Rush Limbaugh is the foremost advocate for freedom and democracy in the world today," explained Levin. "Everyday he gives voice to the values of democratic governance, individual opportunity and the just, equal application of the rule of law -- and it is fitting that the Nobel Committee recognize the power of these ideals to build a truly peaceful world for future generations."

Mark Levin has his own nightly talk show, and is the author of Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America.

It's unlikely Limbaugh will win, but it should make for some good entertainment as leftwingers huff and puff about the nomination.

Side by side with Al Gore in saving the world...


Gore Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Nancy Pelosi and Troop Levels: Then and Now

May 2004:

At the time of the interview, 137,000 U.S. troops were in Iraq along with roughly 25,000 international forces, according to an ongoing tally compiled by the Brookings Institution, a liberal-leaning think tank based in Washington, D.C.. That level was down from February 2005, when violence in Iraq had spiked and U.S. troop levels had increased to 160,000 10,000 more than the initial troop force when the war began.

Pelosi said at the time that it is imperative to use U.S. diplomacy "to get more foreign, international troops on the ground. And we have to truly Iraqatize internationalize and Iraqatize the situation." But she also criticized the administration, specifically then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, for dismissing the initial recommendation by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki to deploy 300,000 troops to fight the Iraq war.

"The clear and present danger facing the United States is terrorism. We have to solidify, we have to stabilize the situation in Iraq. As the [then] secretary of state [Colin Powell] has said, you break it, you own it. We have a responsibility now in Iraq there, and we have to get more troops on the ground."


"Adding more combat troops will only endanger more Americans and stretch our military to the breaking point for no strategic gain. And it would undermine our efforts to get the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wrote in a letter released Friday afternoon.

What a difference a change in George Bush's mind makes...

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February 01, 2007

Pelosi Asks for Military Flight Rights

From the Washington Times (all emphasis mine):

The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pressing the Bush administration for routine access to military aircraft for domestic flights, such as trips back to her San Francisco district, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

The sources, who include those in Congress and in the administration, said the Democrat is seeking regular military flights not only for herself and her staff, but also for relatives and for other members of the California delegation. A knowledgeable source called the request "carte blanche for an aircraft any time."

According to the article, after 9/11, the safety of the Speaker (2nd in line to the presidency after the VP) became a focus of air travel.

Mrs. Pelosi's request is not new for a speaker, who is second-in-line in presidential succession. A defense source said the speaker's regular access to a military plane began after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, who was speaker at the time, started using U.S. Air Force planes for domestic travel to and from his district for security reasons. A former Hastert aide said the congressman did not use military planes for political trips or regularly transport his family.

The defense source said Mr. Hastert requested a plane with good communications so he could conduct legislative business. The military flights increased to the point the speaker used a military plane for many, if not all, flights to his Illinois district, the former aide said.

Sources said Mrs. Pelosi's request goes beyond what Mr. Hastert received. The speaker's legal counsel is spearheading the talks.

It will be more than interesting to see if this over-the-top request is granted.

h/t: Cookiewrangler

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Holocaust Denier to Host 9/11 Accountability Conference

Yes, my headline is correct, as wacky as it seems. Pat over at Screw Loose Change has details. The Phoenix New Times is also on the story.

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Quote of the Day

On Hillary's candidacy for the presidency:

"Conservatives as well as anyone who truly cares about the safety and security of our nation should already be energized and mobilized to stop this socialist harridan from getting anywhere NEAR 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue again - even as a guest!" ~ in an e-mail from Gayle

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Gore Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

It looks like Al Gore's bloviating has finally paid off, and he was nominated for the prestigious prize by Norwegian lawmaker Boerge Brende.

"Al Gore, like no other, has put climate change on the agenda. Gore uses his position to get politicians to understand, while Sheila works from the ground up," Brende said.

Sheila is Canadian Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier, who was also nominated by Brende and Heidi Soerensen.

Gore certainly has put climate change on the agenda, but he is unwilling to entertain different theories than the one he puts forth: that man is solely responsible for what he believes is a global catastrophe. Calling anyone with a differing opinion a "global warming denier," Gore's activism seems to be more about controlling the actions of society than saving it. (It doesn't seem to count for him, though...)

And if he's lucky, he'll get rewarded for his efforts. Of course, getting the Nobel Peace Prize wouldn't be nearly as exciting as winning the Oscar for Best Documentary (which is highly likely, given Hollywood's leftist bent). But we must take our excitement where we can...

Al Gore explains global warming to Futurama's Bender

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Chirac: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

Hoo boy. Jacques Chirac said a few things to reporters on Monday, and a day later was calling those same reporters back to retract his comments, saying he should have been paying more attention to the fact that his comments were on the record.

What did he say that he didn't want published?

On Monday, Chirac said of Iran and its nuclear program: "I would say that what is dangerous about this situation is not the fact of having a nuclear bomb. Having one or perhaps a second bomb a little later, well, that's not very dangerous."

Instead, Chirac said, the danger lies in the chances of proliferation or an arms race in the Middle East should Iran build a nuclear bomb. Possessing the weapon would be useless for Iran -- whose leader has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" -- as using it would mean an instant counterattack.

"Where will it drop it, this bomb? On Israel?" Chirac asked. "It would not have gone 200 meters into the atmosphere before Tehran would be razed."

Now why on earth would he make such a ridiculous statement?

Alexander Pikayev, a Moscow-based defense analyst who is co-chairman of the Committee of Scientists for Global Security, told The Associated Press that Chirac's "incautious" remarks revealed "the mood of the French ruling elite."

"French leaders are afraid not so much of Iran's nuclearization, but that Iran will be attacked. France's tough position is not aimed against Iran becoming a nuclear power, but against the United States or Israel striking Iran," he said.

Pikayev added that France had fiercely opposed invading Iraq and now wants to avoid a similar scenario in Iran, having economic interests in that country and having a sizable Iranian and Muslim diaspora, which would not support a strike on Iran.

Perhaps France isn't worried about Iran procuring the bomb, but any other world leader with an ounce of sense is. But the French have had their heads in the sand so long that the sand is starting to work its way into their brains...so comments like this really shouldn't come as a big surprise.

It should be a relief to all that Chirac isn't expected to seek re-election, but heaven only knows who will replace him.

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