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March 31, 2007

The Democrats and Iraq: Then and Now

Mrs. Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Evan Bayh, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Jay Rockefeller, John Edwards, Howard Dean: all of these politicians who are now saying going into Iraq was a mistake didn't think so a few years back. Here they are in their own words. (This little film, sponsored by GOP.com, takes a few minutes to load, and is less than four minutes in length.)

Facts can sometimes be an inconvenient thing. Especially for a certain presidential candidate who now says things like, "If I had been president in October of 2002, I would not have started this war." Back then, she said, I can support the president, I can suport an action against Saddam Hussein because I think it's in the long-term interests of our national security." This piece is loaded with that and other tasty little tidbits.

h/t: Kitty

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Pelosi Ignores Brit Sailor Plight

You know, for a leader (the highest-ranking woman in the US, we are constantly reminded), Nancy Pelosi sure has a lot to learn. She and her hand-selected companions (including the token Republican) left for the Middle East yesterday, with nary a word on the plight of the 15 British sailors and Marines being held hostage in Iran.

"I am very disappointed that the speaker chose not to act," said Rep. Charles Dent, R-Pa.

"I believe it's important for us as Americans to show our solidarity with the Britons," he added in a phone interview Friday. "The British are our closest allies, and I think we have to stand next to them in a moment like this."

Agreed. Since we got over our differences over 200 years ago, Britain has been our staunchest ally. Even if we can't actually do anything about the situation in Iran until (1) the British act first and (2) they ask us, a show of support and solidarity from our elected leaders is the very least we should offer at this juncture.

But Pelosi & Co. obviously don't see things that way. That the priority is to travel to the Middle East to speak to the president of Syria (against the wishes of this administration) in a blatant affront to President Bush speaks volumes. Britain's situation is just a minor detail.

Obviously, Britain needs to step up to the plate first. Their dithering is making the situation even worse. Iran is doing its best to show other Middle Eastern countries that the West is all bluff and bluster. Continued attempts at diplomacy in a situation where diplomacy is a joke simply bolster Iran's position amongst its neighbors.

No doubt the recent Congressional vote to pull out of Iraq on a specified date is contributing to Iran's renewed beligerence. But power here at home is more important than international consequences.

Democrats worry more about the good opinion of countries like France and Germany, even though France and Germany do everything they can to jam a stick in our foreign policy spokes, and ignore Britain when she needs us. We should all feel embarrassed on their behalf, since they obviously aren't.

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March 30, 2007

Guess What Item of Dennis Quaid's is on eBay?

Absolutely ridiculous.

Some guy in Winnipeg claims to have a cigarette butt from Dennis Quaid, who apparently is in Winnipeg making a movie.

His proof? "This is a Marlboro Light and you cannot buy these cigarettes here."

It's a good thing this guy wasn't on the woodchipper murder case...otherwise Richard Crafts might still be running loose.

I think eBay is an amazing thing. But some of the stuff that goes up for sale is absolutely ludicrous.

Will someone waste money on this piece of trash?

On a tip from Jeanette!

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How Fiscally Responsible is Rudy Giuliani?

Pat over at Brainster has a lengthy piece about Rudy Giuliani's fiscal record as New York's mayor. From what Pat has discovered, Rudy has some explaining to do as far as his views on taxes and responsible spending.

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The Depths to Which They Sink...

You don't have to like Tony Snow's politics. Heck, you don't have to like him at all. But to mock a man who is dealing with life-threatening cancer and to sell a t-shirt about it, says more about your lack of character than any decent person would care to know about.

On a tip from Kitty.

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HR 1401

I've written about this on American Thinker today. However, let me point out an error in my own writing here (I've informed the editor at AT about it, and hope he will run the correction).

The link I provided for HR 1401 says that Republicans cast the "nay" votes, while the text in my article says that Democrats voted "nay." Embarrassed? You bet. I definitely regret the error. But my criticism that anyone would object to the provisional language that passengers reporting suspicious behavior be protected from lawsuits still stands.

This is what's great about the Internet. My goof was pointed out to me by a reader, and for that I am appreciative.

UPDATE: Donald W., the reader who pointed out the error, wrote again with more clarification. Here's the text of his e-mail:

I don't see this as a goof. Your point was correct, but it seems the
link or the source you cited possibly had an error.

At a different site (http://michellemalkin.com/archives/007189.htm)
there is enough information provided to track down the details at
cspan.org and find the relevant text:


find the appropriate place in the text.

A bit farther into the text indicates that a Mr. King demanded a
recorded vote on the motion to recommit (Roll No. 200
), and in this case the
noes were all votes by Democrats.

The goof seems to be on the part of the www.govtrack.us site. I see the
AT editor has corrected the page, but it appears to be an edit, as
opposed to what I would call a noted correction (i.e., this was
incorrect, this is the correction).

I sure feel better, and I appreciate the time Donald took to write me!

UPDATE II: AT has the correct link up now. It goes to show that it's important to check and double-check so that the correct information goes out!

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March 29, 2007

Spiegel Online: Evil Americans, Poor Mullahs

Here's an article from Spiegel Online (the English translation) that is an absolute must-read if you are at all concerned about the rash of anti-Americanism in Europe, specifically in Germany. Don't think it exists? With today's technology allowing us to hear and read news from all over the world, if you don't know about it, you must be too busy watching Dancing With the Stars. Teaser:

[German] Anti-Americanism is hypocrisy at its finest. You can spend your evening catching the latest episode of "24" and then complain about Guantanamo the next morning. You can claim that the Americans have themselves to blame for terrorism, while at the same time calling for tougher restrictions on Muslim immigration to Germany. You can call the American president a mass murderer and book a flight to New York the next day. You can lament the average American's supposed lack of culture and savvy and meanwhile send off for the documents for the Green Card lottery.

Not a day passes in Germany when someone isn't making the wildest claims, hurling the vilest insults or spreading the most outlandish conspiracy theories about the United States. But there's no risk involved and it all serves mainly to boost the German feeling of self-righteousness.

It goes on to discuss how America is the guy in the black hat, while Iran and other Muslim countries wear the white one. Read the rest here.

David's Medienkritik, the German blog devoted to exposing the never-ending anti-American sentitment in German media, has an important point to make:

MAJOR PROBLEM: Neither Malzahn nor Gloger address the key role German media, particularly SPIEGEL and Stern, have played in drastically raising the level of anti-Americanism in Germany over the past several years. In that sense they and their colleagues remain - (Thomas Kleine Brockhoff comes to mind) - in a deep "state of denial." Introspection and self-criticism are painful - but to ignore the horrific malpractice and anti-Americanism in German media over the past several years is, in a sense, to play the audience for fools.

Emphasis mine.

This reminds me of the problems in our own media, where the major outlets are in a state of denial regarding their liberal slant when covering the news. Journalists, constantly looking for ways to expose shoddy practices in business and government, shy away from going so far as to expose their own shoddy practices.

It's a token article, surely. But one that is welcome nonetheless.

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Thursday Links

I've got a full plate at work today, so posting will be light. In the meantime, please check out the blogs in my sidebar, along with the following, for news and commentary in general:

With Malice Toward None

And You Thought You Were Cranky?


And check out Marathon Pundit for news on Mrs. Bill Clinton's endorsement by NOW.

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March 28, 2007

The ERA Back From the Dead?

"They're heeere..." (cue Poltergeist music)

Pat from Brainster has details about the return of the ERA, now known as the WEA. As he says,

[O]ne of the problems liberals have is that they refuse to learn from the lessons of the past, and hence they seem to be steaming full speed ahead into the same shoals that wrecked them 35 years ago.

Ship ahoy! Get out the salvage vessels...

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Morristown NJ Looks to Halt Illegal Immigration

Via the Star-Ledger:

As hundreds of people protested and others turned out in support, Morristown's council last night endorsed the mayor's effort to have the town's police deputized as federal immigration officers.

"We are looking for lawbreakers and that is it," said Councilman Dick Tighe. "We're trying to take criminals off the streets, we're trying to take criminals out of the country."

Mayor Donald Cresitello has asked the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement to train and deputize up to 10 police officers so they can charge suspects with immigration violations and order them to appear in federal court, which could ultimately lead to deportation.

The mayor's action did not require the council's consent, but the panel approved his move in a 6-1 vote.

Morristown's police stand to be among the nation's first municipal forces to gain such powers. Only 10 law enforcement agencies now participate in the federal program: Florida and Alabama state police, and eight correctional institutions. About 20 municipalities have applied, according to ICE.

More here.

Of course it's being called a "racist" and "non-tolerant" move by Hispanics. These terms usually pop up when a community does something to combat illegal immigrants. The idea is to take the focus away from what's really happening (people entering and living in the United States illegally) and create a phony human rights crisis. Meanwhile, communities like Morristown have to deal with rises in crime, as well as having to provide services like healthcare and education to non-citizens, which can be crippling to their economies.

I hope you noticed that the writer of this article was sure to mention how there were "hundreds" of protestors, but failed to give an estimate of how many supporters showed up.

The majority of Americans welcome legal immigrants and wish them well. After all, we all have immigrant pasts. But like any other nation, America has rules about how to enter our country if you want to live here. It's not a free-for-all. Those who don't abide by our rules should be tossed out on their bums. Not only are we tired of those who take advantage, we are tired of those who defend them using tired terms like "racism."

Best of luck to Morristown. I hope other cities and towns take their lead.

On a tip from Jeanette.

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Blair Turns Up Heat on Iran

Tony Blair may be squishy when it comes to social policies in Britain, but he's no squish when it comes to Britain's national security and military. He's now saying that if the 15 sailors and Marines Iran has detained are not released through diplomacy, a "different phase" could begin.

His words, immediately condemned by Iran as provocative, came as the US Navy began its biggest show of force in the Gulf since the invasion of Iraq four years ago, with manoeuvres involving two aircraft carriers, a dozen warships and more than 100 aircraft.

Who's being provacative? Iran grabbed British sailors who they say were in Iranian waters -- a claim that is being disputed by Britain, with Iraqi backing. And, as the US Navy is on hand giving demonstrations, I'm glad to see that if it comes down to it, we will not leave Britain in the lurch.

Commander [Kevin] Aandahl said that it was for regional stability and security. He added: If theres a destabilising effect, its Irans behaviour.

Exactly. Iran started it. We'll see who finishes it.

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March 27, 2007

Senate Passes Iraq Spending Bill Calling for Scheduled Pullout

Details here.

However, do not despair. Listening to Rush today, he said he thinks the Republicans figured it would be best to get the bill through the Senate as quickly as possible so that President Bush could wield his as-yet-unused veto pen. And with the vote this close, getting enough votes to override the veto will be extremely difficult.

I'm keeping the faith...how about you?

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Is Pinch Sulzberger Worth $4.4 Million?

Marathon Pundit tells us that the New York Times, whose magazine recently reported on a woman who said she served in Iraq (but now it turns out she did not), pays its publisher Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger Jr. earns $4.4 million in salary and compensation. This, even though stocks and earnings are down.

So much for quality.

It's funny. Newspapers like the Times are usually hot on the trail of CEOs who make big bucks even when their companies are not doing well, yet its own chief continues to rake in the cash while the Times is sinking faster than the Titanic.

Do as I say...

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Congress: Supporting the Troops...As Long As Pet Projects Get Funded

It's no wonder Congress has dismal approval ratings. It seems as though the only way we can get funding for our troops overseas in Iraq is to attach pork projects. Just look at some of the attachments to the recent war funding bill that squeaked through the House:

$4.2 billion in disaster aid for farmers hurt by drought, floods and other disasters in recent years.

$6.7 billion in additional federal efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, including housing aid, public infrastructure funding and aid to Gulf Coast fishermen.

$3.1 billion to implement a 2005 round of military base closures, which helps local communities affected by military base closings paves the way for redeployment of 12,000 troops stationed in Germany and South Korea to domestic bases.

$2 billion for national security efforts such as port security, explosives detection for airline baggage and rail and mass transit security grants.

$747 million to ease a shortfall in the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health care to children from low-income families.

$640 million in heating subsidies for the poor and elderly.

$500 million to combat Western wildfires.

What does any of that have to do with funding operations in Iraq? Democrats who voted "yes" claim they weren't bought, but that's kind of hard to believe when you look at the add-ons and consider that they total $21 billion.

"Wartime funding should be not used as a gravy train," said Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire.

Absolutely. Unfortunately, it's how Congress has behaved for years. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) says, "I think we also have to make sure that we don't lose sight of what we have to do here at home."

What we need to be doing at home is cutting government pork, not increasing it. But then, it's easy to spend money when it's not yours.

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March 26, 2007

Why I Think France Sucks

Over the weekend, I received an e-mail from someone named Maxime Phillip, asking me to tell her why I think France sucks. Since I haven't posted on France's suckiness in some time, I figure she must have seen this post of mine that had a "France Sucks" graphic on it.

I was happy to oblige, and thought I might share what I wrote to her with my readers. Enjoy!

While it purports to be a US ally, France does everything it can to stymie US interests. The last time France really helped the US was when the US was fighting for independence from the British...and even that was because France was more interested in poking a stick in rival Britain's eye.

The French press and self-anointed elite take every opportunity to blame everything bad that happens in the world on the US. These days, they specifically blame George Bush, although even when Bush is out of office in 2009, America-bashing will likely remain in vogue.(This is by no means a French-only phenomenon, however.)

France's commitment to socialism means that unemployment is high and economic development is slow. Those hardest hit by this are young people, and more importantly, Muslim immigrants. By giving the immigrants a reason to be angry, France gives radical Muslims a foothold that the French government is unbelievably blind to. The government is signing France's death warrant, both economically and in the fact that Islam will likely become dominant.

France's commitment to the EU has nothing to do with making individual countries stronger, but to create an unelected body that makes laws that affect all Europeans, with France and co-conspirator Germany at the top of the bureaucratic heap.

The French government is, and has been for many years, cowardly, preferring to give in to would-be conquerers rather than fight for sovereignty.

France is whiny. For example, rather than accept that French is no longer the language of business and diplomacy, they complain about it, conducting studies on how to make French more influential. Aren't there more important things for the French government to be worrying about, like the unemployment and slow economic growth noted above?

While baselessly calling the US an imperialistic country, France ignores its own imperialist and colonial past, refusing to admit its role in the mess that is now Rwanda, among others.

Aaron added the following:

They name their streets after convicted cop killers (Mumia).

They coddle and celebrate child molesters cum movie directors (Roman Polanski).

And the always funny Wyatt Earp couldn't resist:

They smell badly. It's called deodorant, kids. It's not expensive.

They think Jerry Lewis is a motion picture icon.

They rolled over and surrendered themselves for the Nazis quicker than Paris Hilton does for stray men.

Needless to say, Mademoiselle Phillip has not replied.

UPDATE: A commenter, Lauriane, has told me that Maxime is a man's name. I stand corrected. As for the "fake rivalry" Lauriane mentioned, it's difficult to think that French people think America is great, when most of what we read and hear from their media and government is how rotten America and its culture is. I'm happy that Lauriane is enjoying her (his?...don't want to get caught in that trap again) life here in America, and if we were to meet, I'm sure she/he would actually find me to be a pleasant person. And believe it or not, the majority of Americans (including me) welcome immigrants from all countries with open arms, as long as they're here legally. But when it comes to France, I calls 'em as I sees 'em. Am I wrong about why I think France sucks? Possibly. But I'm not holding my breath to hear the French who love to vilify America admit that maybe they can be wrong too.

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Bloomberg in 2008?

Rumor has it that New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is considering entering the race for the presidency in 2008 as an independent. (Bloomberg was a Democrat, then turned Republican when it was clear that he had a better shot at getting elected mayor as a Republican at the time.)

Bloomberg, 65, has told confidants that he will not decide until early next year, when it has become clear whom Democrats and Republicans will nominate.

If he runs for president as a self-financed independent, New York could find itself home to a trio of presidential candidates, an oddity for a state and city often portrayed as far outside the mainstream of American political and social life.

While Bloomberg is a good mayor with respect to fiscal responsibility and keeping New York clean and crime-free, he's also a major lib when it comes to social issues: for example, he wants strict gun control laws, he was behind the strict smoking laws in New York, and he was on board with the banning of trans-fats in restaurants.

Could he win as an independent? It's hard to tell. He's a billionaire, and so can afford to finance his own campaign (as he did during his two runs for mayor). But as much as people whine about wanting more choices, they pretty much stick with the two major parties.

The question would be, then, would Bloomberg be draining votes from the Republican or Democrat candidate?

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March 24, 2007

Cinnamon Stillwell Appointed N. California Rep of Campus Watch

Congrats to Cinnamon Stillwell! From her e-mail:

Having spent the last five years as a political columnist and more recently, a blogger, I've now decided to further my involvement in the battle of ideas. In particular, the one raging on American college campuses and most especially, Mideast studies. At this critical juncture in history, it's imperative that the next generation receive an accurate, unbiased education in this most crucial of subjects.

To that end, I'm happy to announce that starting April 1, I'll be the Northern California Representative for Campus Watch. Campus Watch is a program of the Middle East Forum, a think tank that aims to improve Middle East studies at North American universities through research and writing. Founded by Mideast scholar Daniel Pipes and based in Philadelphia, Campus Watch will be developing a presence on the West Coast and I'll be assisting those efforts.

As far as columns go, I'll be writing for Campus Watch and continuing to write for SFGate.com (once a month on a freelance basis) and FamilySecurityMatters.org. Along with contributing to the Campus Watch blog, I plan on continuing to maintain my own blog.

Here's her blog post about it.

From the press release:

Philadelphia The Middle East Forum has appointed R. John Matthies to be assistant director of Islamist Watch and Cinnamon Stillwell to be Northern California representative of Campus Watch.

Mr. Matthies is currently assistant professor of French literature at Brigham Young University. He holds a Ph.D. in romance languages and literatures from the University of Washington (Seattle), where he has also taught, and has a special interest in Islam in France and French imperialism in North Africa. His linguistic expertise includes knowledge of Arabic and Hebrew.

Islamist Watch, a new project of the Middle East Forum, combats the ideas and institutions of nonviolent, radical Islam in the United States and other Western countries.

Ms Stillwell is a contributing political columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle online and a contributing editor to FamilySecurityMatters.org. Her articles have appeared in many other publications, plus she maintains a weblog and writes for other internet sources. She has written about Yale for Campus Watch and about Duke, and UC Berkeley for other publications.

Campus Watch, a program of the Middle East Forum, aims to improve Middle East studies at North American universities through research and writing.

It's a well-deserved honor. I'm sure she'll be keeping everyone on his toes!

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"La Cucha Gotcha"

The Jersey Guys, afternoon drive hosts on WKXW in Trenton, New Jersey, have begun an online listener participation game that encourages people to turn in illegal immigrants or report anyone suspicious. The game is set to wrap up on May 5th, Cinco de Mayo.

Of course, Hispanic activists are angry.

At a news conference Thursday, Hispanic elected officials and others condemned the campaign as dehumanizing, poisonous and idiotic, threatening boycotts of the shows advertisers unless the Jersey Guys apologize.

Scapegoating and stereotyping Latinos does nothing but give bigoted individuals a platform to make ethnic slurs and racist comments, said Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo of Newark, calling the campaign a publicity stunt that could incite violence against Hispanics.


But anyone expecting an apology was sorely disappointed when Mr. Carton and Mr. Rossi held an on-air news conference a few hours after Mr. Caraballos comments. Seeking to profit from the recently ignited firestorm, the Jersey Guys gathered a corps of journalists, most of them Hispanic, in their Trenton studios and gleefully refused to back down. They insisted that the campaign was not anti-Hispanic and that the phrase La Cucha Gotcha was inoffensive, likening the song La Cucaracha to a lullaby or a patriotic standard like Yankee Doodle Dandy.

After calling Assemblyman Caraballo a pathetic liar, Mr. Carton repeated his call to deport every illegal immigrant in the country. If youre here illegally, you are breaking the law no better, no worse than the guy who robs the liquor store or the guy who waits to case your house out and robs you of your belongings, he said. You are a criminal.

He went on to blame illegal immigrants for the states high property taxes, problems with uninsured drivers and violent crime. He also hinted that illegal immigrants were more likely to become terrorists. Our country is at war right now, and its very important that we protect our kids, and one of the ways you can protect them is to not let undocumented immigrants into this country, he said.

Exactly. Illegals are not just from south of the border, they can be from anywhere...although Hispanic illegals seem to make up the bulk of the group. And apparently, many New Jerseyans agree with the Jersey Guys, as they have gotten a slew of supporting phone calls.

By making opposition to illegals a "racist" issue, apologists for illegals are trying to take attention away from the facts...that these people are here illegally and therefore breaking federal law...by getting people all riled up about perceived racism. Perhaps the argument is beginning to lose its luster.

To be honest, though, I'm surprised the radio station is allowing the game to go forward. It'll be intersting to see if they cave to special interests or stand firm.

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U of Florida Says "No" to Jeb Bush Honorary Degree

This is interesting:

University of Florida President Bernie Machen says he was "tremendously disappointed" with the school's Faculty Senate vote to deny former Gov. Jeb Bush an honorary degree.

The Senate voted 38-28 Thursday against giving the honorary degree to Bush, who left office in January.

Some say the reason is because Bush was not really a "friend" to the university. His "One Florida" initiative also comes up. "One Florida" would end race-based admissions to Florida state universities.

I think that last bit is key. It would be interesting to see how many U of Florida faculty are Democrats and how many are Republicans, especially when you consider this:

University officials said they could not recall any precedent for the Senate rejecting the nominees put forth by the Faculty Senate's Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus Awards and Memorials Committee. The committee determines whether nominees deserve consideration according to standards that include "eminent distinction in scholarship or high distinction in public service."

"The committee endorsed him," Machen said. "It is unheard of that a faculty committee would look at candidates, make recommendations and then (those candidates) be overturned by the Senate."

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March 23, 2007

Evan Sayet: How Modern Liberals Think

This brilliant speech by Evan Sayet at the Heritage Foundation earlier this month is a must-see. It's nearly 50 minutes, so make sure you have enough time to watch it in its entirety. Quotable quote: "It's not that they're [liberals] not aware of all the things we're aware of, it's that they need to reject them in order to remain in this five-year-old utopia that they've been told is the only hope for mankind."

Great stuff!

h/t: American Thinker

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Best Comment I've Read in a Long Time

While reading this opinion column in the Telegraph, where Con Coughlin hopes the US will intervene in Zimbabwe to remove the tyrant Robert Mugabe, I came across this gem in the comments section:

Kosovo, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Congo, Rwanda, etc: The number of european leadership failures of are legion. From the US perspective dear friends in England, "WE'RE BUSY"!!! Take care of your own business.......do it yourselves. We Yanks know what the Brits and other Europeans think of us; stupid, foolish, immature, brutish, etc. We read your papers, listen to your politicians. We see the Germans compare us to Nazi killers, and the French go out of their way to discredit and obstruct us in every manner possible. Dear friends; it's time to conclude the great divorce. I for one am more than willing to pull the US from NATO, tear up the GATT, ignore DOHA, and turn the defense of Europe over to the good graces of the French and the Germans. WE DON'T NEED YOU, AND WE ARE TIRED OF ALL OF YOU. I know the feelings are mutual. We needn't think badly of each other; we needn't think of each other at all.
Posted by Dave on March 23, 2007 4:12 AM


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Remaining Charges Against Duke Lacrosse Players Likely to be Dropped

From FOX News:

Inside Lacrosse Magazine writer Paul Caulfield told FOX News on Thursday that several sources have revealed to him that the assault and attempted kidnapping charges still pending against Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y.; Dave Evans, 23, of Bethesda, Md.; and Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Falls, N.J., will soon be dropped.

Caulfield said his sources include more than just attorneys for the defense.

"There is no case here and they will be hearing a dismissal in the coming days," Caulfield told FOX News.

Meanwhile, Durham's DA Mike Nifong is dealing with his own problems: ethics charges from the state bar association stemming from the case, including the accusation that he held back exculpatory evidence that could have helped the defendants prove their innocence.

There have been rumors that the families of Finnerty, Seligmann and Evans may be considering civil lawsuits against Nifong, Duke or the state if it turns out the accuser's story doesn't pan out and Nifong is found to be guilty of mishandling the case.

Normally I don't go for "gotcha" litigation, but in this case, I believe such lawsuits would be justified. These young men were publically humiliated on a national scale, both by the press and the school they attended. "Concerned faculty" who care more about their ideas of social justice than real justice were quick to publish a public statement that essentially branded the students as guilty before the case even got to court. And Nifong, in a tight race for re-election, decided that courting the black vote at the expense of "privileged white guys" was an acceptable tradeoff. Not only do I hope he's sued, but I hope the North Carolina bar decides to strip him of his credentials. He's a disgrace to the legal profession.

The accuser was called in yesterday for one last discussion about the case with prosecutors. Ace says,

It's to give the "victim" a diginity and courtesy she doesn't deserve -- first notice of the case being dropped, and an overly kind explanation for the state's decision.

Because they just don't have the onions to say what we all have known for a half year: She's a half-crazy drugged-out hooker and a God-damned liar. (And I choose my words carefully. Mean every one of them.)

Harsh? Perhaps. But as her identity has been kept secret all this time while the Duke students have had their names dragged through the mud on trumped-up charges, a little harshness is in order.


Duke Invites Two Lacrosse Players Back

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March 22, 2007

Wishing Elizabeth Edwards Well

As much as I cannot abide John Edwards the presidential candidate, I do wish his wife Elizabeth (and him, as her husband) only the best as she battles the recurrence of a cancer she thought had been eradicated. It's tempting to criticize Edwards for continuing his campaign, but I would assume that his wife supports his decision to do so, and therefore it's not my place to say anything but "play ball!"

BTW, none of the conservative blogs I've read regarding Elizabeth Edwards' cancer have had anything but kind words for the couple as they deal with this medical crisis. Compare that to those on the left who are always so quick to wish for the death of any conservative who faces serious health problems. Just something to think about...

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Trailer: Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean 3

Break out the grog!

h/t: Reverse_Vampyr

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Mandate Schmandate

If the Democrat Party won a mandate back in November, why are they so divided on the issue of Iraq?

Democratic Party leaders are facing a caucus deeply divided on the issue and hold only a narrow majority in Congress. With their hands tied if just a few members stray, Democratic leaders are finding it tough to pass legislation that would require Bush to start bringing troops home.

If the Dems think that voters wanted to see more backbiting and less cooperation in Congress than ever, then they'd better think again. According to a Gallup poll taken just last week, the approval rating for Congress is at 28%, with 64% of respondents disapproving. President Bush had better ratings in the same week, although the media would rather you not find that out.

Stunts like Barbara Boxer's rudeness toward Republican committee members during televised hearings may amuse the folks over at CNN, but average Americans are getting tired of this kind of behavior.

It's time for the Dems to either put up or shut up...and please, start acting like grownups!

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March 20, 2007

One Small Complaint About Georgia

As you know, I'm currently in the Atlanta area, taking a software training course for work. While I'm enjoying the temperatures in the 70s (I heard it snowed back in Connecticut last night...hah!) and loved going to Waffle House for breakfast this morning, I have one complaint: hardly anyone I've spoken to here has a Southern accent.

From my course instructor (I think he has an Italian accent) to people at the store to the people in the hotel, only a few I've spoken to have that lovely Southern drawl. Listening to the radio and watching local TV is even more annoying, as everyone on air has the same type of "radio" voice. WTF?

I realize that our mobile society means that people don't necessarily stay in the same town or area all their lives. I also realize that our entertainment is becoming less localized and more nationalized. Still, I'm disappointed. We expect Bostonians to sound like Ted Kennedy (without the slurring), and we expect Mainers to sound like the guy in the old Pepperidge Farm commercials (ay-yep, Pepperidge Fahm remembahs!)...is it too much to expect Southerners to sound Southern?


*One person did not disappoint...I spoke to Joe from Geosciblog on the phone. He lives in the area, and we're planning a quick get-together tomorrow evening before I go home on Thursday. He sounds like a good ol' Southern boy. Phew!

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John Edwards Touts New Home's Ecological Advantages

Just because he built a huge house doesn't mean tha John Edwards doesn't care about the environment...his house is "a model of energy efficiency."

The house was built from the beginning, both in its location for passive solar and the use of active solar, to help provide some of the energy for the house," Edwards said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It doesn't provide all of the energy, but it provides some."

He says he is also committed to making the house "carbon neutral," which is moonbatese for "being rich enough to use money to assuage self-inflicted liberal guilt."

Basically, Edwards is trying to deflect criticism that he, who constantly harps about "two Americas," lives in the "America" that he is fond of criticizing. What he doesn't seem to understand is that people are tired of his lecturing us on what we should be doing with our money, not the fact that he can afford to live in a 28,000 foot home.

That, and he's trying to jump on Al Gore's foundering global warming bandwagon, as he tries to resuscitate his barely-in-the-double digits campaign.

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March 19, 2007

Chinese Web Editor Jailed for Subversion

While leftwingers here break out into cries of "censorship" anytime they are criticized, real censorship is taking place elsewhere, with unpalatable results:

THE former editor-in-chief of a Chinese Website has been given a six-year prison term for subversion, the Ningbo Intermediate People's Court in east China's Zhejiang Province said.

The court ruled yesterday that Zhang Jianhong, former editor-in-chief of a Website named "Aiqinhai," or "Aegean Sea," had written articles which defamed the Chinese government and amounted to agitation aimed at toppling the government.

After his Website was shut down and he was punished for illegal practices, Zhang had published more than 110 articles under the pseudonym "Lihong" on overseas Websites from May to September 2006, the court said.

A court statement said that in more than 60 articles, Zhang had slandered the government and China's social system to vent his discontent with the government.

The court also deprived Zhang of his political rights for one year.

The statement said the court had showed leniency in the trial as Zhang showed remorse after his arrest. Zhang was unemployed after his Website was closed.

Six years in jail for criticizing the government online is lenient? I'm afraid to find out what Zhang would have been subject to if the judge was having a bad day.

Just one more thing to be grateful for here in America...

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Not All Liberals Love Al Franken

Just read this to find out why...ouch!

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Light Posting This Week...

I'm on a business trip in the warm, sunny suburbs of Atlanta! I'll be posting, but not as much as usual...in the meantime, please do check out the blogs on my sidebar!

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March 17, 2007

Today's Gathering of Eagles: The Answer to ANSWER


Aaron and I just got back from The Mall in Washington DC, where we joined the Gathering of Eagles at the Vietnam Memorial. It was a cold and bitter day. I brought no gloves, but bought a cheap pair from one of those carts that sells t-shirts and all sorts of other goodies to the tourists. Good thing...I definitely needed them. Here are my impressions and photos...be sure to go to Lifelike Pundits to get Aaron's reflections and the video he shot with his trusty little PDA. If nothing else, check it out to see yours truly on video...
(Note: I neglected to bring a notebook, so I can't give as much detail about names, etc., that I'd like to.)

We arrived around 9:30. The gathering began at 7, but both Aaron and I were tired, and couldn't manage to get our butts out of bed early enough to get there first thing. So by the time we had arrived, a nice group of people had already shown up.

Here's Aaron, ready to face whatever comes his way. (Note from Aaron: Now, Pam, you have to tell people that while I'm a brawny guy, that picture makes me look fatty fat. I was wearing t-shirt, dress shirt, a jacket, a coat with a side bag, sign and flag draped all over me. Gay men are only allowed to look that bad in drag.)

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Here's a distance shot of the main gathering at that time.

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Another view of the crowd, close up.

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The grassy area where the Move America Forward folks had set up their platforms was nasty and muddy from yesterday's rain and sleet. The wet ground meant that the microphone from the main platform shorted out several times, but fortunately they had a bullhorn to take up some of the slack. Here's Melanie Morgan from Move America Forward. She served as co-MC, revving up the crowd and helping to introduce various speakers from the Move America Forward caravan. The "USA!" chant was encouraged in between speakers. (The man you see on the left corner of the platform is a sign interpreter.) Sorry about the angle; I didn't get a prime spot...but was glad to get as close to the platform as I did.

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One thing that set us apart from the "Hate America First" crowd was that our program started off with the Pledge of Allegiance, a beautiful live rendition of the National Anthem, and a prayer by Rev. Ed Anthony, a Vietnam veteran. It was very moving. We also had Gold and Blue Star parents speaking to us about the service of their sons and daughters in Iraq, and how much they honored that service and how much they appreciated the support of the "silent majority."

This woman, whose son is currently serving in Iraq, sang a beautiful song that she had written in honor of those who lay their lives on the line in service to our country.

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Interesting...as I write this, I find this early AP article that focuses on the anti-war rally sponsored by ANSWER, Code Pink, MoveOn.org and so on, giving short shrift to those of us who were there in support of our troops. Around 11:30, we heard an unofficial tally that said there were 3,000 pro-troop folks compared to 2,000 anti-troop folks. You won't hear that from AP!

I really liked the message that Marianne from Cincinnati had on her back and in her hands. She said she "came to support the troops."

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Another favorite sign:

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More shots of the crowd enjoying the program:

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A wider shot:

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There were a lot of veterans at this gathering. Obviously, they're tired of having the military that they served in proudly having its name dragged in the mud by folks like Jane Fonda and Medea Benjamin.

After a while, Aaron and I wandered over to the area on Constitution Avenue where the Gathering of Eagles folks were also standing to "guard" the entrance to the Vietnam Memorial.

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This was an area where many leftwingers had to pass to get to the anti-America group down the road. Many of them seemed a bit bewildered having to walk by proud Americans waving Old Glory in their faces, and quite a few simply walked by as quickly as they could to get it over with.

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DC cops getting paid to stand in the cold to make sure the crowds didn't get out of control. Very competent and professional...thanks guys!

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Here's an ANSWER sign in an appropriate spot. (No, I didn't put it there!)

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There were some harsh words exchanged between some of the Eagles and the lefties, but no physical altercations took place, at least not while we were there. But most of the comments included ones like, "Thank a veteran!" and "We support the troops!" Aaron enjoyed shouting slogans like, "Soap...shampoo" and "Drum circles were so '90s!" when silly folks walked by banging drums being dragged on wagons. I'm not the "in your face" type, so I just enjoyed standing there and alternating my signs for all to see.

More moonbats on their way. A few of them tried hanging around to counter our presence, but the loud chanting of "USA!" eventually drove them away. Patriotism: the most effective moonbat repellent.

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It's interesting to see the "two Americas" at work. There are the Americans who drove or flew into DC in order to support the troops and their mission, waving unadulterated flags and taking pride in their country. Then there are the Americans who rode in on buses (provided by who, I wonder?) who couldn't wait to condemn the very people they should be thanking for standing up for their right to protest, some sporting ghoulish, tasteless masks and signs. I wonder what John Edwards would have to say about that?

The Gathering of Eagles began breaking up around 2:00, as most of the lefties had passed by then. As Aaron and I drove away, we went by the ANSWER site. I snapped this picture from the car...how very nice of them to leave so much garbage behind.

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We had a great time, and were glad to do our part to show our troops how much we support them AND there mission. After all, it's the jihad, stupid! The left may have the MSM behind them, but the troops have the silent majority behind them...a majority that is beginning to speak out.

P.S. Thanks to Aaron for having me! Now it's time to put my slippers on and warm my feet up...

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin was there...I had hoped to be lucky enough to run into her, but no dice. Here's her post with her photos and commentary.

UPDATE 2: Apparently comments are not working...if you'd like to comment, please send me and e-mail and I'll be happy to post it.

UPDATE 3: Aaron was interviewed by WAVY-TV, and he was featured in their story. Click here for the online article, which also has a link to the video (click on the first video link embedded in the story entitled "Iraq war protestors march on Washington.") My sign makes a cameo appearance as well!

UPDATE 4: Park Service personnel estimate that there were 30,000 of us protesting the protesters. See Gathering of Eagles for details.

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March 16, 2007

In Maryland...

I was MIA today due to my traveling to Maryland, where I am Aaron's guest. I was very lucky to get out of Connecticut, as the snow was falling thick and furious. I think my flight may have been one of the last to get out this afternoon.

We went to see 300 tonight (highly recommended), and one of our fellow audience members was none other than Michael Steele! Aaron saw him as we were walking into the theater, introduced himself and me, and Steele shook our hands and thanked us for our support. He was very kind and gracious. I was disappointed that he didn't win his bid for Maryland senator, but I hope the future holds better things for him.

Tomorrow, Aaron and I are off to the Vietnam Memorial, where we will stand against the leftwing hordes who have descended upon Washington DC once again. I'll have a full report with photos, so stay tuned.

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March 15, 2007

Rosie Sympathizes With Al Qaeda's Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

Hold on to your stomachs: Hot Air has video segments from today's episode of The View, ABC's version of "smart" women discussing the issues of the day. You can see Rosie O'Donnell sympathizing with Khalid Sahikh Mohammed, who has just confessed to a myriad of terrorism crimes, including the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl. Of course, the well-trained audience laughs and claps along. That Rosie is just so darn entertaining!

Rosie bemoans the fact that KSM was kept in captivity for three years, with his "humanity" denied him, treated like an "animal." Poor guy. Perhaps she'd like to offer her hospitality? She could even hire another bodyguard just for him.

That this woman feels more sympathy for a man who has implicated himself in numerous heinous crimes against humanity, a man whose interpretation of his religion means that she would either be hanged or stoned to death just for being who she is, says more about her inability to think and reason than any standardized test could. I no longer question her patriotism, as it's difficult to discuss something that obviously does not exist.

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Dems Predict Passage of Iraq Bill

They may be predicting, but it ain't over until the last vote is counted. This MyDD post lists Congressional Blue Dog Dems who are not yet on board to vote "yes."

Here's the list. If your rep is among them, give a jingle and let him/her know why voting "yes" would not be in our country's best interest...nor chances for re-election next year.

Michael Arcuri (NY-24)

John Barrow (GA-12)

Melissa Bean (IL-08)

Dan Boren (OK-02)

Jim Cooper (TN-05)

Bud Cramer (AL-02)

Lincoln Davis (TN-04)

Joe Donnelly (IN-02)

Brad Ellsworth (IN-08)

Bob Ethridge (NC-02)

Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20)

Baron Hill (IN-09)

Tim Mahoney (FL-16)

Jim Marshall (GA-08)

Mike McIntyre (NC-07)

Collin Peterson (MN-07)

John Salazar (CO-03)

Joe Sestak (PA-07)

Heath Shuler (NC-11)

Gene Taylor (MS-04)

Thanks to Dan Riehl for the e-mail!

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March 14, 2007

The Idol Disappoints


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Gonzalez Flap: Double-Dealing Dems


If you haven't been questioning the Dems' attack on Alberto Gonzalez firing eight US attorneys yet, it's time to get your head out from under that rock. One of the most obvious "crock alert" soundings is that Janet Reno, of the Clinton administration, fired all 93 US attorneys in a "joint decision" with the White House. All 93? That's a whole lot of pink slips. If nothing else, environmentalists should have jumped on them for wasting paper on all the paperwork involved with such a huge sweep.

Then, there's the possibility that ongoing investigations will put Dems in a bad light (h/t Kitty).

But the clincher that screams "political expediency" is this: Hillary Clinton's campaign is sending out an e-mail asking supporters to "join" her in asking Gonzalez to resign. (Thanks to The Man for passing it on. If anyone else would like to see it, I'd be happy to forward it.) This passage jumped out at me:

Why should Gonzales resign? Because he is at the center of a widening scandal over the firing of several U.S. attorneys -- firings we now know to be political. These attacks on the impartiality of the federal government's prosecutors are a genuine threat to the foundations of our justice system.

It's so bad that one U.S. attorney in Arkansas was fired to make room for a former aide to Karl Rove.

One US attorney was fired to make room for a Rove crony? Does Hillary conveniently forget that the entire staff of the White House Travel Office was fired to make room for her political cronies Darnell Martens and Harry Thomason? Claiming that there was "misconduct" in the Travel Office, seven longtime employees were hustled out, forced to leave the White House grounds on the floor in the back of a van. The FBI was called in, and reputations were viciously and callously smeared in the quest to make the ouster look legitimate. (Billy Dale, the Travel Office head, was eventually tried for fraud but the jury acquitted him.) For a Travelgate refresher, click here.

Clinton supporters contend that the firings of the 93 US attorneys and the seven Travel Office employees were the right of the Clinton administration because anyone appointed to such positions serves at the pleasure of the president. This is true. It is also true that the eight US attorneys fired by Gonzalez served at the pleasure of the current president.

That the Democrats choose to start this obvious battle is very telling indeed.

*Gayle gives us her two cents.

UPDATE: Reverse_Vampyr lays it out for us:

News flash: the US attorney are "at will" employees who operate at the pleasure of the President. If they're not enacting administration policy, he is completely within the President's Constitutional powers to remove them. The Bush administration is doing the same thing the Clinton administration did, arguably however, in not such partisan fashion. But even if that were so, this so-called scandal is nothing more than more Democrat hypocrisy. And Hillary's demagoguing with the phrase "the politicization of our prosecutorial system" is about as pot-meet-kettle as it gets.

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Open Letter to Immigrants

Vasko Kohlmeyer makes many excellent points on American Thinker today. Here's one:

Being an immigrant myself let me say something that needs to be said, but which Americans - the genial hosts that they are - are reluctant to do: If you do not like it here, you should seriously think about going back to where you came from. Ultimately such a move may prove to be the best thing for you, because living in a country you dislike is probably more damaging to you than you realize. For one thing, in the long run this kind of festering dissatisfaction tends to embitter the heart, a condition which should always be a matter for concern.

Read it all.

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McGreevey Seeks Custody and Child Support

The gall of this man is simply unbelievable:

ELIZABETH, N.J. Former Gov. James McGreevey, who resigned from office after revealing that he was gay and had an affair with a male staffer, is seeking custody of his 5-year-old daughter and child support from his estranged wife.


McGreevey's wife, Dina Matos, has 35 days to respond to the revised filing.

Matos had to deal with having been married to a duplicitous man who could not come to terms with his homosexuality. She also had to endure the humiliation of being dumped on live television. Now, her ex, who is living with his wealthy Australian partner Mark O'Donnell, is asking not only for custody of their child, but that she give him support! Now I ask you, does this seem fair to you? McGreevey calls this home:


And here is where Matos is now living:


McGreevey's book, which debuted well, quickly fell off the best seller list. I guess he has to find some way to stay in the news that doesn't include the real reason why he resigned as New Jersey's governor: putting his unqualified lover in a high-profile position responsible for the safety of New Jerseyans.

What a maroon.

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Questions to Ponder on a Wednesday

Why is it that:

...it's considered a problem when a non-emasculated man is in the White House?
...the more enlightened and progressive we think we are as a society, the more we focus on sex, one of the most basic of functions?
...the hurt feelings of a small group of people trumps common sense when it comes to public safety?
...it's more important to cater to the self-esteem of convicted criminals than their victims (and potential victims)?
...when leftwingers make offensive comments it is called free speech, but when conservatives make offensive comments it is called hate speech?

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March 13, 2007

The More Things Change


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Gore: Put it Where the Sun Don't Shine

This is my first attempt at a political cartoon. I have so many ideas, but I am not a great artist, as you can see. (I also apologize for the not-so-great scanning job I did.) Let me know what you think!


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USS Cole Families Get Their Day in Court

After six long years, the families of the victims of the bombing of the USS Cole get the chance to stick it to Sudan:

NORFOLK, Va. - More than six years after terrorists bombed the USS Cole, the families of the 17 sailors killed in the blast headed to court Tuesday to try to prove the attack could not have happened without the government of Sudan's help.

The families' lawsuit against the African nation was to go to trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, where the now-repaired Navy destroyer is based.

"Sudan's material support ... including continuous flow of funding, money, weapons, logistical support, diplomatic passports and religious blessing, was crucial in enabling the attack on the USS Cole," lawyers for the families said in court papers outlining their case.


The families' lawyers intend to prove that Sudan has given safe haven to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network since 1991 long before Yemeni operatives blasted a 40-foot-hole in the side of the Cole in Yemen's port of Aden on Oct. 12, 2000.

They also hope to show that: the operatives were trained at camps Sudan permitted al-Qaida to operate within its borders; Sudan's military provided al-Qaida with at least four crates of weapons and explosives for terrorist activities in Yemen; bin Laden and Sudan's government owned businesses that provided cover for the procurement of explosives, weapons and chemicals; and Sudan gave al-Qaida diplomatic pouches to ship explosives and weapons internationally without being searched.

Sudan has been on the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring countries since 1993.

I checked several major lefty sites, and this is not yet being covered on any of them. I'm kind of surprised, since the left advocates taking terrorists and their sponsors to court rather than taking military action against them. And they care about the soldiers and their families, right?

As much as I am pulling for the families, I don't expect that a win for them will do anything to deter terrorists. It's not about the money; it's about their skewed world view. But it's always possible.

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March 12, 2007

Fred Thompson in 2008?

As many of you might have heard, actor Fred Thompson may enter the race for the Repbublican 2008 nomination. He's a lawyer who was involved in the Watergate investigation, and he was to the Senate in 1994 to fill Al Gore's unexpired seat. Here's where he stands on some of today's major issues:

*Is "pro-life," and believes federal judges should overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision as "bad law and bad medical science."

*Opposes gay marriage, but would let states decide whether to allow civil unions. "Marriage is between a man and a woman, and judges shouldn't be allowed to change that."

*Opposes gun control, and praised last week's 2-1 federal appeals decision overturning a long-standing handgun ban. "The court basically said the Constitution means what it says."

*Supports President Bush's decision to increase troops in Iraq. "Wars are full of mistakes. You rectify them. I think we are doing that now," he said. "We've got to give it a chance to work."

*Would pardon former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice now, rather than waiting until all his appeals are exhausted.

Libby is "bearing the political brunt of something that should've never come about," Thompson said, noting that "practically every witness at trial had inconsistent statements."

I have no problem with any of that, just as I have no problem with an actor turning politician. I appreciate an actor who will put his money where his mouth is, rather than just spout off from the sidelines.

Thompson is waiting until summer to make up his mind. I'm looking forward to his potential candidacy!

He's got presidential potential

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Operation Military Support

You may already know about this, but I didn't until my good friend Jeanette told me about it. It's Operation Military Support, and not only does this group tell you how to donate items to our military overseas, but they will also hook you up with someone who does not get a lot of mail from back home. I just signed up and received my soldier pen pal. How about you?

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March 09, 2007

Gathering of Eagles: Let Them Know You're Coming!


As I've mentioned before, I'm attending the Gathering of Eagles next Saturday, March 17th, at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC, along with Aaron.

If you're planning to go, please do the organizers a favor and sign this petition...they need to have an idea as to how many people to expect. Since conservatives don't hire people to staff their rallies (we prefer to have people who believe in the cause more than a paycheck), it's important that as many people who can attend, do.

If you can't, please do your part by passing the petition to others who may be able to attend, and if you have a blog, please publicize the rally as much as you can. Our military needs our support!

See you there!

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Don't Vote: Quiz

Some people believe that uninformed voters are voters who best serve the nation by staying home on election day. Don'tVote.org is of that belief:

DontVote.org's mission is to combat the "Get out the Vote" movement that is pushed by organizations that would like to increase the number of uneducated voters to help their cause. DontVote.org encourages people to Vote, but only AFTER they have educated themselves on the policies and individuals for which they are voting. Voting should be considered a privilege and exercised with responsibility and discretion. Just like a final exam, responsible voting requires self-education and thought. When the time comes to cast your ballot, if you don't know for what or whom you're voting, then DON'T VOTE.

How savvy are you? Do you know who the important players are in today's worldwide political arena? Click the icon below to take the quiz to find out!


My score?

A+, with 100% correct. "Not only should you vote, you should consider a career in politics." Heh.

h/t: With Malice Toward None

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TV Journalists Play Second Fiddle to Internet

Michelle Malkin points out an interesting Pew Research Center survey on how Americans got their news then, and how they get their news now. Check out the graphics below:




Read it and weep, guys. But here's a brain teaser for you: If Katie Couric is the favorite, most-admired journalist, why is CBS at the bottom of the network ratings tank?

(And for those of you who wonder why Katie's producer got the chop, just remember that $15 million that CBS has invested in its "star." They won't give her the heave-ho until there are no more scapegoats to fry.)

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Joe Wilson Admits He Leaked First

Last night, Mark Simone was filling in for the Great One, Mark Levin. Mark Levin is one of my absolute favorites, but when he's not there, Mark Simone (who has a regular show on WABC on the weekend) always does a great job. Simone replayed bits of an interview he did with Joe "No Yellowcake" Wilson, where Wilson admitted to several things:

*He was the first to leak the story
*He believed Saddam Hussein had WMDs
*He approved of George Bush gaining the go-ahead to use force
*His mission to Niger was not covert, although he wrote about it as a "leak"

Well, Dan Riehl was listening too, and went one step further: he has a link to the Mark Levin site, and has edited the audio so that you hear the relevant parts.

Kind of puts thing in a new perspective, doesn't it?

Thanks to Kitty for the tip about Riehl's post.

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March 08, 2007

Rudy in 2008? Why One Conservative Says "No"

Regular readers will know that I am an early supporter of Rudy Giuliani as the Republican nominee for 2008, but my endorsement is not official, as it's much too early to be making such decisions. Much can happen between now and the primaries.

I admire Rudy's strength, commitment to national security and fiscal responsibility, and his willingness to get the job done. However...

John G. sent me this piece, which explains the thoughts of one conservative about Rudy. The writer finds much to admire, but there are strong reservations, and those have to do with tradition. Here's his main point:

[...] Rudy Giuliani has a philosophy in his personal life that is antithetical to the American tradition. Giuliani has secular-elite morality . . . more libertine than conservative. Can traditionalists trust his basic impulses?

What do I mean? Nobody can anticipate the challenges a President will face . . . remember 9/11 and George Bush. Gay marriage was not the issue it became in 2000. How will a man react to new challenges? His personal life philosophy is a good measure.

Rudy Giulianis personal life indicates that in any new challenge his deepest predispositions will be hostile to traditionalists.

When he does not need our votes, he will forget us utterly. He has no friends in our camp or memories that can stir him to sympathy with our point of view.

My mind is definitely staying open. Every candidate has baggage. The question is, how will that baggage affect his ability to govern?

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Hassan Abujihaad, Former Sailor, Arrested on Terror Charges

From AP:

WASHINGTON -- A former Navy sailor is accused of supporting terrorism by disclosing secret information about the location of Navy ships and the best ways to attack them.

The secrets wound up with a suspected terrorism financier, investigators say.

During an initial appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, Ariz., Hassan Abujihaad, 31, accepted removal to Connecticut, where he is charged with supporting terrorism with intent to kill U.S. citizens and transmitting classified information to unauthorized people.

He apparently was working as a delivery man in Phoenix.

Abujihaad apparently planned to use his former Navy knowledge and contacts in this endeavor. His arrest is connected with the case of Babar Ahmad, the British computer specialist who was arrested in 2004 for allegedly running websites that raised money for jihad. Abujihaad is also a former roommate of Derrick Shareef of Genoa, Illinois, who was accused of planning grenade attacks at a mall against Christmas shoppers.

He sure gets around, doesn't he?

This story is getting short shrift in the MSM. A glance at the home pages of both the Washington Post and New York Times today didn't turn up any mention of it. (If I missed it, let me know.) Can you guess why?

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March 07, 2007

Clarifying Coulter

I've avoided the Ann Coulter flap thus far because I've been thinking it over. I very often jump on a topic the moment it's hot because I want to get my two cents in along with the rest of the crowd, but this time, I've decided to mull it over longer than usual because there's more than just a slur involved.

Read More "Clarifying Coulter"

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Libby: I'm Leaving It to the Experts

Since I'm not a law expert, and I have not followed the case closely, I really don't feel I should comment on the Scooter Libby case, except to say that from what I do know, I don't think the case should have even gone to trial.

More from better minds than mine:

Mark Levin
Clarice Feldman
John Hawkins
Jules Crittenden
Michelle Malkin

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March 06, 2007

Hope For College Students Yet

Rightwing Prof directed me to this inane commentary in the Western Kentucky University College Heights Herald (free registration required), written by Brandon Wilson, a senior who is a journalism major. Some highlights:

I was in a sociology class not long ago and noticed that an off-duty Bowling Green police officer was in the room. He was in his full uniform, including his utility belt, gun in holster.

Just thinking about it now, I am still in shock. A gun in a classroom! This is by far the dumbest thing I have seen as a Western student. There is no excuse for this. I do not care that he is an officer.

I was discussing this with some of my classmates and I am convinced that there is no logical reasoning for this officer to have his gun.

First of all, lets say he doesn't get out of class until 30 minutes before he is supposed to be at work. I don't care. If he can't find a place to lock his gun up until he is on duty, then he should reschedule his classes so that he gives himself more time.

Someone even argued that if something happened he could provide protection. Well, what if it happened to him? Now there is a gun in the room and anyone has access to it. If it were someone with a knife, then now the situation has become much more dangerous. God forbid it was a person with another gun, because now that person has more ammo.

This is a school. Have we all forgotten about what happens with guns in classrooms? I cannot think of one good thing that has happened with a gun in that environment, but a number of tragedies do come to mind.

The least of my concerns about this is that a gun in a classroom does not create the type of relaxed atmosphere that students desire in the classroom. There is no way that a gun will ever comfort me while I am trying to learn about Karl Marx's views on society.

This is a senior in WKU's journalism program? And we wonder at the state of our MSM today. And no, I'm not just talking about his point of view, but the childish writing style. I'm sure, however, the AP will find a place for him.

Not only does he have an irrational fear of guns, but is opposed to an off-duty police officer having one while taking classes, supposedly to better himself. He suggests that the officer reschedule his classes so he, Wilson, won't have to be subjected to seeing a *gasp* gun as he studies Karl Marx's theories. (Marx, what a surprise.) The same officer who would not hesitate to put his own life in jeopardy in order to save Wilson's thin-skinned, arrogant hide.

Now I know the title of this post says there's hope for college students yet, and so now I come to that point: the comments.

As of this writing, there are 47 comments. Each and every one, without exception, calls Wilson on the carpet either for his disrespect toward the officer, his disrespect for the Constitution, or his sounding like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum because something happened that he didn't like and had no control over. Here's a sampling:

This is the worst thing I have ever read!
Mr. Wilson apparently you don't keep up with the news around the country. Just a couple of weeks ago there was a young man who walked into a mall and started killing people. The first person to respond to the incident was an OFF DUTY POLICE OFFICER!! Not only was he off duty, he was eating dinner with his PREGNANT wife!!!
You have no class Mr.Wilson. And you sure have no business writing for a college news paper!
Grow Up!


It sounds like you just have a problem with police in general. I would much rather have an officer in every class in my University than have 1 student carry one in class. The odds are better that the officer will protect you with the gun than get it taken away from him. I'd like to see you try and take the gun away from him without getting yourself killed or seriously hurt.

And I also have to agree with the rest of the posters on here that say you sound like a whiny 12 year old with nothing to do but bitch.


Wow, Hysteria is alive and well on our college campi. You have the right to be uncomfortable. You even have the right to wet yourself at the site of a gun. You however, have no right to impose your beliefs on others.

That officer and other CCW carriers are law abiding people and have no childish sense of firearms as you seem to. They don't have the "Mommy, make them stop or ill hold my breath till I turn blue" mentality. They see the firearm as a tool, neither evil or good. It is used in self defense, in defense of person, property and country. It is a tool. Get over your childish sense of entitlement and please, for the love of god, don't go into journalism. You are far to involved with yourself to be an objective journalist.

Absolutely delicious. Read them all if you have a few minutes. Bless the students of WKU who had the sense to see through this nonsense.

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Edwards: America Selfish, Jesus Would Be "Appalled"

John Edwards invokes the old "What would Jesus do?" question popular among the left:

Edwards, in an interview with the Web site Beliefnet.com, said Jesus would be most upset with the selfishness of Americans and the country's willingness to go to war "when it's not necessary."

"I think that Jesus would be disappointed in our ignoring the plight of those around us who are suffering and our focus on our own selfish short-term needs," Edwards told the site. "I think he would be appalled, actually."

Edwards also said he was against teacher-led prayers in public schools, but he added that "allowing time for children to pray for themselves, to themselves, I think is not only OK, I think it's a good thing."

(Note to AP editors: When referring to Jesus, it's customary to capitalize the pronoun "He." But then, that might violate the "no respect" clause for Christianity in the AP Style Guide.)

Is John Edwards trying to suck up to the very people he offended during the short-lived careers of his anti-Christian campaign bloggers? Look, Edwards may consider himself to be a religious man, and that's fine by me. But his party's politics generally run against what conservative Christians believe in, and Edwards has proven himself to be a party line kind of guy (and I'm not talking about the conga line). On abortion issues alone, see how Edwards voted while he was a senator for North Carolina:

*Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
*Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
*Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
*Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
*Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)

Abortion is a huge issue with the conservative Christian community. Saying that kids should be allowed private time during the school day to pray or meditate silently isn't likely to white out that voting record.

And sure, Edwards can go around talking about how selfish Americans are, but from where I sit, he seems to be a bit more selfish than most. This 2004 CNN report says Edwards and his wife gave 8.6% of their income between 1994 and 2004, or about $3.3 million. Now $3.3 million is certainly nothing to sneeze at. I wish I could afford to give that much! But in just one year, Dick Cheney and his wife gave away nearly $7 million to various charities. (Of course, the media jumped all over the fact that he got a refund that year, but what else to expect?) Yet who is considered to be the greedy one and who's the righteous one in the media?

By the way, how's the house coming along, John?

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A Gathering of Eagles...Countdown Mode


I'm planning on being in Washington D.C. on March 17th for The Gathering of Eagles, along with my friend Aaron (and possibly some of his friends and relatives) and a camera. If you're in the area, do try to be there. If you can't, rest assured that those of us who can will do our best to tell you what the MSM won't. Oh, they'll cover the anti-war folks, for sure. But The Gathering of Eagles? We'll see.

Michelle Malkin will be there too, of course.

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NBC: Iraqis Want Us to Stay; Terrorists Want Us Out

Shocking but true: NBC, a charter member of what Rush Limbaugh likes to call the "drive by media," has actually broadcast what conservatives have known all along from sources like Michael Yon and others.

Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News anchor, reporting from Iraq for MSNBC.com:

"They do not want us to leave. They want to see the police come through," says U.S. Army Col. John Charlton.

"The people here are very glad to see us very hesitant for us to go. They want us to stay and to keep beating down the insurgents," U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Ferry says.

Brian Williams (to Col. Charlton): You just said, They don't want us to leave. That's the 10th time today I've heard that. I've got to go back to the States and do a newscast that every night has another politician or 12 of them saying, We have got to get out of that godforsaken place.

NewsBusters has more from the actual television broadcast, regarding the view taken by terrorists. Reporter Richard Engel:

"Some say they are just waiting to see how long the U.S. will stay and how long this surge will continue. It was obvious, the U.S. announced surge, they said where the U.S. troops were going and the militia decided they fought the U.S. two-and-a-half years ago, didn't have a lot of success. They decided this time they're going to wait it out, see if political pressure in the U.S. can help them win this time."

Hear that Nancy? Harry? Hillary? Obama? All other naysayers?

While this is encouraging, I have come to expect so little from the MSM that I am afraid this may only be a blip on the radar. Still, credit must be given to Williams for going against the rip tide. In today's media groupthink, any deviation from the norm is welcome.

h/t: Scott Malensek

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March 05, 2007

Bill Maher Given Honorary al-Qaeda Membership

Well-known American commentator Bill Maher, who has his own weekly show on HBO, has been made an honorary member of al Qaeda. Al Qaeda's number two man, Ayman al Zawahiri, made the announcement on respected news channel al Jazeera over the weekend.

"On behalf of Osama bin Laden, who couldn't be here tonight, I am pleased to welcome Bill Maher into the al Qaeda family as an honorary member. Maher has done much to forward the cause of al Qaeda and its partner, the Taliban, against the evil Bush administration and the Great Satan that is known as America. I send him this keffiyeh, worn by the late, great, Abu Musab al Zarqawi (peace be upon him) as a symbol of our brotherhood. In the name of Allah and those who serve him faithfully, Maher is hereby exempt from the scourge of dhimmitude on the day that Islam conquers the world."

Asked what prompted this generous gesture, al Zawahiri answered promptly that it was Maher's comments on his show Real Time with Bill Maher regarding his disappointment that Vice President Dick Cheney was not killed when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a military base in Afghanistan:

"But I have zero doubt that if Dick Cheney was not in power, people would not be dying needlessly tomorrow...I'm just saying if he did die, other people, more people, would live. That's a fact."

Maher's publicist declined to comment, other than to say that Maher was "deeply touched" by al Zawahiri's gesture, and that he would consider with great care an offer by al Qaeda to travel to an undisclosed location to meet with al Zawahiri to further discuss their association.

HBO president Chris Albrecht declared the announcement to be a "victory" for free speech. "It just goes to show that al Qaeda isn't as archaic as its critics claim it to be. Heck, if they're watching HBO, home of provacative programming like Real Time with Bill Maher, The Sopranos and Rome, as well as lots of comedy specials, how bad can they be? We're proud to be the premium cable channel of choice for this influential worldwide organization."

When asked for comment, Dick Cheney responded with a question: "Bill who?"

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Bias in Journalism: Hartford Courant Supports Annulment of 2002 War Vote

Why do I say they support it? Just read the opening to this article by David Lightman:

WASHINGTON -- Sgt. Richard Ford's sister wasn't home, so John Larson left a message.

The congressman sat alone in his second-floor Main Street office in downtown Hartford on Thursday and talked to Vanessa Migliore's message machine.

It was a difficult call. It had to be. The 1st District Democrat tried to express his sorrow, anger and discomfort over the death of Ford, the Connecticut National Guard soldier who died Feb. 20 of combat injuries in Baghdad.

"You and your family are in my prayers," he told her. "Thank you so much for all the sacrifice." He talked about the importance of "duty and service," and said Sgt. Ford had served in a "patriotic and honorable" way.

And he assured the family that a flag would fly over the U.S. Capitol in Sgt. Ford's honor, and that the flag would be delivered to their East Hartford home. Ford is to be buried today at Arlington National Cemetery.

Larson hung up and sat for a few minutes. He knew these were not times to think about matters like politics and legislation, but he couldn't help it.

Larson, of course, is the man who introduced legislation in the House to repeal the 2002 vote giving President Bush authority to wage war in Iraq.

The opening to this article is a classic emotional hook. Rather than simply recite the facts about Larson's plan to "annul" the 2002 vote, Lightman uses the death of a Connecticut National Guardsman to suck the reader in. After all, no one with a beating heart could ignore his family's pain. And, after reading about the difficult call Larson made, and how he seems to be such a decent guy, doesn't that make you think that perhaps his legislation has merit?

This type of reporting is called "narrative journalism," and it's used not only to make a story more interesting, but is often used to mold the reader's perception of an issue:

Hardboiled reporters don't routinely seek to engineer the sequential emotional responses of readers. They don't mess much with their readers at all. Storytellers do. The two roles are in conflict.

What's the big deal, you ask? Why is there a problem with making a story more palatable to the average reader? The Jawa Report begs the question:

[D]oes narrative focus lead to bias? I would say yes, in those cases when the profession itself has a strong set of political leanings. In that kind of environment when editors and reporters are looking to pick out the point of interest and refine the gripping details that breathe life into otherwise "hardboiled" reporting, they only have one reliable metrick to work with -- whether or not they themselves are interested in the story. Does a given presentation of data outrage, move one to tears, or cause a sense of warm satisfaction? Well, that would depend on the people reading the story. And, in the case of journalists, the people making the first call on whether or not a story gets written, and if it does, how it is presented, would be the people who will be (at least at the national level) overwhelmingly left-leaning.

Think about it: Lightman could have called Ford's family too, but he didn't. Now, I have no idea how Ford's family feels about Iraq. But it's interesting that Lightman "plays it safe" by focusing on Larson's difficult phone call and Larson's point of view, giving the reader the perception that the grieving family likely has similar feelings about Iraq making a mistake. If you're going for accuracy, wouldn't it be a good idea to get both sides?

But that's the idea: present one side using the emotional hook, maximizing the potential of swaying the reader to agree with a particular point of view. And that's what journalistic bias is all about. No longer is it "just the facts, ma'am," but gripping stories that aim to sway you.

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How Gore's massive energy consumption saves the world

Yesterday, the incomparable Mark Steyn discussed the Rev. Al Gore and how his overconsumption of energy will be the salvation of us all:

Al's massive energy consumption is due entirely to his concern about the way we're depleting the Earth's resources. When I say "we," I don't mean Al, of course. I mean you -- yes, you, Earl Schlub, in the basement apartment at 29 Elm St. You're irresponsibly depleting the Earth's resources by using that electric washer when you could be down by the river with the native women beating your loin cloth dry on the rock while singing traditional village work chants all morning long. But up at the Gore mansion -- the Nashville Electric Service's own personal gold mine, the shining Cathedral of St. Al, Tennessee's very own Palace of Versal -- the Reverend Al is being far more environmentally responsible. As his spokesperson attempted to argue, his high energy usage derives from his brave calls for low energy usage. He's burning up all that electricity by sending out faxes every couple of minutes urging you to use less electricity.

Brilliant as usual! Read it all here.

h/t: Larwyn

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March 04, 2007

Happy Birthday Pat!

Please join me in wishing Pat of Brainster a happy birthday today. Pat is a fan of the television show The Amazing Race, which is suitable in that Pat is supporting John McCain in the Republican primaries. (Just teasing, Pat!)

Pat's a great blogger and a great guy. Go on over to his site and wish him a happy!


Others with birthday wishes:

Lorie Bird

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March 02, 2007

Angelina Jolie Looking to Adopt Another Foreign Baby

Via Newsmax:

HANOI, Vietnam -- Angelina Jolie has filed papers to adopt a Vietnamese child, the country's top adoption official said Friday.

A U.S. adoption agency representing the 31-year-old actress filed the papers at Vietnam's International Adoption Agency, said Vu Duc Long, the agency's director.

As is well known, she already has adopted children from Cambodia and Ethiopia.

The slew of adoptions by Jolie, which has been emulated by aging pop tart Madonna in her adoption of a Malawian toddler, makes me think of the Beanie Baby craze a few years back...true fanatics just couldn't stop until they had one of each kind.

While I generally have no problem with Americans adopting children from overseas (I know several people personally who have done so), Jolie's actions to the untrained eye seem to border on obsession. Is it for publicity reasons? Is she trying to fill a void in her life? I hate being cynical when needy children are involved, but the whole thing is beginning to creep me out.

Be the first on your block to collect the whole set!

Wyatt Earp has a few thoughts on Jolie as well.

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Warner Bros. Working on Plame Movie

Isn't their 15 minutes up yet?

h/t: Cookiewrangler

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Al Gore Skips Airport Security

On a tip from Reverse_Vampyr:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. An airline employee led former Vice President Al Gore and two associates around airport security lines before police spotted the breach and required them to be screened, an airport spokeswoman said Thursday.

The American Airlines employee led the three down to the lower baggage level Wednesday and swiped each of them through a secure turnstile with her security badge, Nashville International Airport spokeswoman Lynne Lowrance said. She declined to identify the employee.

An airport officer assigned to escort Gore to his gate was to meet him at the security checkpoint, but Gore never came through, Lowrance said. The officer found Gore, his communications director Kalee Kreider and another staffer waiting at the gate for their flight.

The officer asked them if they went through security, and when they said they hadn't, they were taken back and fully screened. Gore did not complain and cooperated fully, Lowrance said.

"Everyone goes through security," she said of the employee's action. "It showed bad judgment. They were trying to be helpful, maybe too helpful."

Okay, bonus points for not complaining when getting caught receiving preferential treatment, but why didn't Gore insist on doing the right thing in the first place? The guy isn't a god (although his eco-followers think he is), nor is he VP any longer. He's a private citizen like the rest of us, and as such, has to follow the rules, as inconvenient as they may be.

Flashback to 2002:

Traveling to Wisconsin, the former vice president was pulled aside for random security screening at Reagan National Airport before boarding the 7:15 p.m. flight to Milwaukee on Friday.

Passengers sharing Flight 406 were startled to hear Gore being told, "Sorry, sir, you have to go through extra screening," and to witness security personnel rifling through his briefcase and suitcase, a witness said.

"You're looking out and seeing Al Gore's unmentionables in his big, carry-on suitcase," said Mark Graul of Green Bay. "You could tell he was thinking, 'This is not happening to me.'

"He did not have a happy look on his face. Basically the whole plane boarded before they got through looking through his stuff.

"He patiently went through it and then took a seat in the front row with, I assume, an aide," Graul said.

Perhaps any chance Gore can avoid having his organic cotton briefs and Tom's of Maine natural deodorant being flung about in front of the plebes, he'll take it.

And perhaps maybe he'll start a corporation that offers "airport security offsets" to people rich enough and important enough to pay for them?

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AP's Weeklong Paris Hilton Blackout

Did you even notice Paris's absence from the news? I didn't. It just goes to show how important this faux celebrity really is.

On a tip from Jeanette.

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Without George, Who's to Blame?

An excellent op-ed piece by Gerard Baker in today's Times UK Online discusses that question:

Its been a great ride for the past six years, hasnt it? George Bush and Dick Cheney and all those pantomime villains that succour him the gay-bashing foot soldiers of the religious Right, the forktailed neoconservatives with their devotion to Israel, the dark titans of American corporate boardrooms spewing their carbon emissions above the pristine European skies. Having those guys around for so long provided a comfortable substitute for thinking hard about global challenges, a kind of intellectual escapism.


Some day soon, though, this escapism will run into the dead end of reality. In fact, the most compelling case for the American people to elect a Democrat as president next year is that, in the US, leadership in a time of war requires the inclusion of both political parties, and in the rest of the world, people will have to start thinking about what is really the cause of all our woes.

Well, I don't know as I'd go so far as to think that electing a Democrat in 2008 is vital. After all, I don't want to find out when it's too late what will happen if the official Appeasement Party manages to worm its way into the Oval Office in these uncertain times. But Baker is indeed correct: who will become the scapegoat during "smart dinner-party conversation?"

It's so easy to say that George Bush occupying the White House is the reason Islamofascists have it in for us. Of course, it's convenient to forget all of the terrorist acts that happened before the 2000 election, especially those that happened on the Democrats' favorite rogue's watch (USS Cole, Khobar Towers, World Trade Towers 1993, etc.).

But radical Islamists hate the West. No matter how much we want to say we understand them, how much we want to "talk," they will hate us and continue to hate us until they either destroy us or we destroy them.

Writing for the American Thinker today, Ken Boyette describes an encounter he had with some young men in South Lebanon back in 1985, when he was working as a contract producer for Middle East Television:

[A]s we were preparing to leave two young men that tailed us for some time finally approached. One spoke English well and said he had something to say. I offered to put him on camera but he refused. Suddenly, he launched into a diatribe and made a blood chilling promise.

"We are holy warriors chosen of God. We are coming to America to kill Americans. You cannot stop us. You'll see."

"Are you Hezbollah?" I asked.

"Yes," he replied. "Some day we will make you pay for all the evil you have done. We'll come to America. You'll see!" With that he and his companion congratulated each other and walked quickly away.

1985? W's dad was vice president to Ronald Reagan, while W himself was dabbling in business interests at that time. He didn't even become governor of Texas until 1994. If Islamofascists today hate America because of George W. Bush, why did these two young men hate America then? Boyette continues (emphasis mine):

Did the two Hezbollah recruits in Bent Jbeil keep their promise? You bet. Last I checked they mayor [sic] of Bent Jbeil, Lebanon is from Dearborn, Michigan. And the Hezbollah stronghold has sent thousands of its residents to the US. I'm no genius, but with where I've been and what I've seen, I can connect the dots. They're here, waiting.

But what drove them to our shores is another matter. In Islam there are four enemies, two of which qualify for a holy war. Those two are the unbelievers and the apostate. Of the four enemies of Islam the apostate is the worst. In the case of the apostate all those who leave the faith and those who persuaded them are to be put to death. By their very existence apostates betray all Muslims.

According to the Iranian Shiite Revolution, the modern state of Israel is an apostate government in the heart of Islam, and America is viewed as the supporting resource, the persuader of the apostasy. So the Ayatollahs call America the Great Satan and Israel the Little Satan and Hezbollah chants; "Death to America. Death to Israel".

I fear the left will never be done with Bush. Vile invective will continue to be poured on his head until the day he dies, because when hatred runs that deep, it's hard to let go. Being able to point the righteous finger of blame at someone else is comforting. But when that person is no longer around, some uncomfortable facts will need to be faced.

I'm not looking forward to that day, because it'll mean we're in much hotter water than we are now.

Others blogging: Dr. Sanity, Betsy's Page

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Al Gore: Mr. Green Schemes

By now, many of you following the Al Gore Environmental Circus have heard that the "carbon offsets" Gore purchases from Generation Investment Management are really purchases from himself, as he is one of the founders and serves as chair. As blogger Bill Hobbs notes, he's buying stocks, not offsets. Saving the planet? The only green thing Al Gore seems interested in comes in tens, twenties and fifties. (Can you say "tax dodge" boys and girls?)

James Taranto sums it up nicely for us:

Here we have a major American politician who is calling for policies that would impose huge costs on society but appears to be profiting handsomely himself; who is leading an extravagant lifestyle while demanding sacrifices from ordinary people; and who is calling on the media to suppress the views of those with whom he disagrees, while at the same time urging more government regulation in the name of "fairness" to his partisan and ideological allies.

Why is it left to think tanks and bloggers to investigate and expose all this? Why aren't the mainstream media all over the story? Could it be . . . bias?

Mr. Green Schemes strikes again!

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March 01, 2007

Soros Walks But Money Talks

George Soros is a Bush-hater extraordinaire and sugar daddy of many leftwing causes. He gave heavily to MoveOn.org and other "soft money" enterprises during the 2004 election in order to oust George Bush from the White House, and has been a harsh critic of the war in Iraq.

However, it turns out that Soros is businessman first, peacenik socialist second:

According to papers filed with the SEC, in the fourth quarter of 2006 Soros purchased nearly 2 million shares of ... hold your breath ... Halliburton. The Halliburton shares reportedly went for an average purchase price of $31.30 a share. That puts Soros' total investment in Halliburton at around $62.6 million, or about 2 percent of his total portfolio.

Only two percent of his portfolio? I wouldn't mind being able to spend $62.6 million...would you?

Halliburton? The evil corporation that survives much like a vampire does, by sucking the life out of victims (in this case soldiers)? Halliburton, once headed by Dick Cheney, who is only "out-evilled" by his boss Bush?

Don't expect principles to get in the way of accepting Soros' next big donation toward a leftwing cause, however. No matter how much they talk about the evils of money, they don't want to give up their share.

h/t: American Thinker

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A Quick and Painless Way to Assuage Your Eco-Guilt

IowaHawk has the details on this low-cost, high-esteem program.

My favorite slogan:


h/t: LGF

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Today is National Pig Day!

Start frying up some bacon and dig into those BBQ ribs! National Pig Day is upon us.

When will CAIR demand that it be rescinded?

It's Wilbur-licious!

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Early Support for Rudy in NJ

In a poll taken in New Jersey by Quinnipiac University, Rudy Giuliani is enjoying a wave of early support from voters overall:

Giuliani, a Republican, would defeat Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., 50 percent to 41 percent, based on a survey of New Jersey voters by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

In January, the poll gave Giuliani a 48-41 edge over the wife of former President Bill Clinton. She is the top choice of New Jersey Democrats.

Giuliani, the top choice among New Jersey Republicans, also would defeat Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat, 50-39.

Giuliani also extended his advantage over other GOP hopefuls. The poll found he had a 58-15 lead in New Jersey against Sen. John McCain of Arizona, his nearest contender, compared to a 39-21 edge in January.

This early in the race, we can't say this poll is definitive, but as New Jersey usually leans Democrat, this is interesting news indeed. Note the increase in percentage points between him and Hillary!

At the moment Rudy is my top choice. However, I am well away from actually deciding who to vote for in the primaries. There's a long way to go yet!

Garden State voters like Rudy

On a tip from Jeanette.

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Innuit Blame U.S. For Thinning Arctic Ice

Al Gore and Sheila Watt-Cloutier have more in common than being nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize: both hold the U.S. to blame for global warming and its perceived effects in the Arctic.

The Inuits of Northern Canada and beyond are taking their case against the United States on Thursday to an international human rights commission. They have scant chance of a breakthrough but still hope to score moral and political points against the U.S. and its carbon spewers.

Ah yes, the ever-important "moral and political points against the U.S." Anything to make America out to be the bad guy about something, even though nothing has been definitively proven about man's role in the gradual warming of our planet.

That's right. Even though Al Gore claims the debate is "over," it's not. Scientific consensus does not exist. Saying the sky is purple does not make it so, no matter how many times one proclaims it from one's self-constructed pedestal. Writing for the Cato Institute in a lengthy essay that discusses the greenhouse effect, scientific issues behind it and other pertinent topics, has this to say about "global warming consensus":

Why, one might wonder, is there such insistence on scientific unanimity on the warming issue? After all, unanimity in science is virtually nonexistent on far less complex matters. Unanimity on an issue as uncertain as "global warming'' would be surprising and suspicious. Moreover, why are the opinions of scientists sought regardless of their field of expertise? Biologists and physicians are rarely asked to endorse some theory in high energy physics. Apparently, when one comes to "global warming,'' any scientist's agreement will do.

The answer almost certainly lies in politics. For example, at the Earth Summit in Rio, attempts were made to negotiate international carbon emission agreements. The potential costs and implications of such agreements are likely to be profound for both industrial and developing countries. Under the circumstances, it would be very risky for politicians to undertake such agreements unless scientists "insisted.'' Nevertheless, the situation is probably a good deal more complicated than that example suggests.

Lindzen, by the way, is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, so in my opinion, he has a lot more credibility than Al Gore, who has a BA in government and a law degree. However, in Gore's educational favor, the University of Michigan might be giving him an honorary doctorate. They've also given honorary doctorates to new age singer Yanni and cartoonist Charles Schulz...but I digress.

Writing for the Times of India, S. Anklesaria Aiyar cuts to the chase:

In the media, disaster is news, and its absence is not. This principle has been exploited so skillfully by ecological scare-mongers that it is now regarded as politically incorrect, even unscientific, to denounce global warming hysteria as unproven speculation.

This "human rights" case being brought by Watt-Cloutier and the Inuit will simply be touted as more proof that whatever global warming there is can be blamed on man, and more specifically, on the U.S. With the bloated bureaucracy of unelected officials called the U.N. calling for a global temperature ceiling and a carbon tax, doesn't it make you wonder why global warming, and not the global cooling scare from thirty years ago, is now the cause du jour?

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