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June 29, 2007

Corn Crops on the Rise

Due to the increasing popularity of corn as a base for the fuel ethanol, as well as its continuing demand as food, corn crop plantings are being increased by 19%, according to this AP article.

[It's a] boom has been fueled by sky high corn prices, a result largely attributed to rising production of corn-based ethanol. Corn futures in electronic trading on the Chicago Board of Trade was trending higher, with corn for July delivery up 8 cents to $3.48 a bushel.

Obviously there's a lot of money to be made.

While the popularity of ethanol is in response to concerns about Middle Eastern oil supplies, it's not necessarily all it's cracked up to be. This Business Week article points out the problems with ethanol, including its inefficiency when compared with oil, and its propensity for pollution.

My question to you: when will corn farms start being labeled as "greedy corporate interests" in the same way that oil companies are now?

Amber waves of...fuel?

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Peggy Noonan: Letting Go

In one of her finest columns to date, Noonan discusses a major difference between the immigrants to America today and the immigrants of yesterday. A snippet:

A problem with newer immigrants now is that for some it's no longer necessary to make The Decision. They don't always have to cast their lot. There are so many ways not to let go of the old country now, from choosing to believe that America is only about money, to technology that encourages you to stay in constant touch with the land you left, to TV stations that broadcast in the old language. If you're an immigrant now, you don't have to let go. Which means you don't have to fully join, to enmesh. Your psychic investment in America doesn't have to be full. It can be provisional, temporary. Or underdeveloped, or not developed at all.

And this may have implications down the road, and I suspect people whose families have been here a long time are concerned about it. It's one of the reasons so many Americans want a pause, a stopping of the flow, a time for the new ones to settle down and settle in. It's why they oppose the mischief of the Masters of the Universe, as they're being called, in Washington, who make believe they cannot close our borders while they claim they can competently micromanage all other aspects of immigration.

Read it all.

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June 28, 2007

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The SS Amnesty is scuttled! Will Ted Kennedy go down with the ship?
Wait, I hear him: "You go first, George! I'm right behind you!"

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Arlen Specter: A**

This video clip of Sen. Arlen Specter (RINO-PA) speaking about the "silent majority" who must obviously be in favor of the amnesty bill, which failed cloture earlier today. You people who faxed, e-mailed, and phoned your senators about your displeasure? A minority, obviously.

Allahpundit's headline says it all: The people at my gym told me they liked the bill, says Specter

I'm sorry I missed you at the gym the other day, Senator; I was probably at work.

What a repulsive elitist. And Congress wonders why its approval ratings are in the toilet? Wyatt, this man is YOUR senator!!!

Elitism rears its ugly head...again

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We did it, America! Michelle Malkin has details, details, details.

Where will this amnesty grab go from here? Not sure. Keep your eyes on your government, folks!

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House Seeks PAY RAISE???

gall (n): impudence, effrontery.

AP story via Breitbart:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite low approval ratings and hard feelings from last year's elections, Democrats and Republicans in the House are reaching out for an approximately $4,400 pay raise that would increase their salaries to almost $170,000.

The cost-of-living raise endorsed Wednesday evening gets lawmakers back on track for automatic pay raises after a fight between the parties last year and again in January killed the pay increase due this year. That was the first interruption of the annual congressional pay boost in seven years.

They have the crummiest job rating ever, and they're asking to get their automatic pay raise reinstated?

This part is rich:

Most members support the pay raise as a means of retaining experienced lawmakers and of making sure that Congress is not simply dominated by wealthy people. Many lawmakers maintain homes both in the expensive Washington housing market and back in their districts. On most days, they meet with lobbyists making far more than they do.

Take a look at these congressional perks and tell me if you think these guys are suffering.

If I do a rotten job at work, I don't get a raise. In fact, I may get fired. If Congress does a rotten job, they can still vote themselves a pay raise. Something's wrong here.

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Flash! Bush Actually Worse than Hitler!

That's the title of my FamilySecurityMatters.org column today.

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June 27, 2007

Snark: Hannity Shows Voinovich Up in Amnesty Debate

(Scroll down for update...)

On today's radio show, Sean Hannity caused Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) to get hot under the collar. The man who made sure we all knew he's been in the business of legislating for "40 years!" wouldn't answer many of Hannity's questions directly, pretty much accused him of being a bully, and ended up hanging up in a huff. Hot Air helpfully provides the audio.

As Aaron said in an e-mail, it's embarrassing. The man didn't even seem to have a full handle on what he'll be voting on! And I know not everyone is a fan of Hannity's style, but if Voinovich couldn't handle himself without shouting accusations and evading questions, then what does that say about his debating points? Hannity was prepared with questions based on the bill's facts, and Voinovich essentially ran away. Not impressive behavior from an elder statesman.

Since Voinovich is the media's new darling, along with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), because of his recent calls for the US to start pulling out of Iraq, don't be surprised if he gets sympathetic treatment from the usual suspects during tomorrow's news cycle for having been "jumped on" by Hannity.

Forty years, eh? Maybe it's time for the good senator to think about hitting the golf course -- permanently.

AMNESTY UPDATE: Via Bloomberg (h/t Drudge):

The fate of U.S. immigration legislation was cast into doubt when at least six senators who helped revive the proposed overhaul said they either oppose or are leaning against a move to permit a vote on final passage.

The measure is in more jeopardy ``than I thought a few hours ago,'' said Senator Christopher Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat.

The supporters' strategy of disposing of amendments that threatened the legislation's bipartisan support hit a procedural snag late in the day, adding to the uncertainty. The Senate refused to set aside an amendment by Montana Democrats Max Baucus and Jon Tester that would dilute requirements employers verify the identity of new workers.

Under Senate rules, Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, now can't move to consider other provisions without getting the consent of all 100 senators.

``I think this hurts'' the measure, said Texas Republican John Cornyn, an opponent.

I'm surprised Dodd, who's busy running a pathetic presidential campaign, was even around long enough to have any idea! Sorry, had to get that dig in.

Retirement might be a good option...

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Farewell, Tony Blair

Tony Blair is now the former Prime Minister of Britain. He made a final speech before the House of Commons this morning. His successor, Treasury chief Gordon Brown, takes control of the reins as of today.

While he is known for his unfortunate social liberalism (he has helped usher in Britain's ever-growing nanny state status), Blair has been a steadfast friend to the US during difficult times. Not once has he backed down from his decision to ally with us in Afghanistan and Iraq. In fact, he used this morning's speech to confirm that:

Blair also used the session to say he was sorry for the perils faced by British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he gave no apology for his decisions to back the United States in taking military action.

Blair expressed condolences to the families of the fallen, this week including two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

"I am truly sorry about the dangers that they face today in Iraq and Afghanistan," Blair said.

"I know some may think that they face these dangers in vain; I don't and I never will. I believe they are fighting for the security of this country and the wider world against people who would destroy our way of life," he said.

"Whatever view people take of my decisions, I think there is only way view to take of them: they are the bravest and the best," Blair added.

I know I wish Tony Blair only the best in the years to come. He stuck by us through thick and thin. Whether Gordon Brown will, or whether he will choose to let this unique trans-Atlantic friendship wither on the vine, remains to be seen.

Thanks for everything, Tony! (AP photo/Tom Hevezi)

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Gov. Rell Vetos Illegal Alien Tuition Bill

I knew there was a reason I voted for Gov. Rell:

A bill that would have allowed the children of illegal immigrants living in Connecticut to pay the same in-state tuition fees as residents may have died with Gov. M. Jodi Rell's veto Tuesday.

"This bill does not address the underlying problem that these students face that they are not legal residents of the United States," the governor said. "The requirement that students file an application to legalize their status would, in essence, be notification to the government that they are here illegally and it would greatly increase the likelihood of their deportation."


"I understand that these students are not responsible for their undocumented status, having come to the United States with their parents," the governor said. "The fact remains that these students and their parents are here illegally and neither sympathy nor good intentions can ameliorate that fact."

Rell said the most prudent step is to "wait for resolution at the federal level" as to issues involving illegal immigration.

Rell does have some liberal social tendencies, hence her worry that applying for a tuition break would cause the students to be deported. But she did the right thing regardless, and I'm very pleased.

There is a chance the veto could be overridden. A two-thirds majority vote is needed. But this won't go away even if the veto holds, as Rep. Felipe Reinoso, D-Bridgeport, said he will reintroduce it in that case.

Reinoso is a naturalized citizen from Peru. I'm rather surprised that someone who followed the rules would be looking for breaks for those who didn't...


Connecticut House Approves Illegal Alien Tuition Bill
Connecticut Legislature Mulls In-State Tuition for Illegals

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June 26, 2007

Quote of the Day

"After five years of opposing most assertions of government power to fight terrorism, these liberals are ready to wield it to fight conservative talk radio. After maintaining that the First Amendment protects nude dancing, they are ready to argue that it doesn't quite apply to people broadcasting conservative views over the airwaves." ~ Rich Lowry on leftwing proposals to re-establish the Fairness Doctrine.

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Shamnesty Cloture Vote Up Today in the Senate

UPDATE: Michelle reports that cloture has passed, 64-35. Damn.

Michelle Malkin is keeping a close eye on this one. Check out her site for the latest updates.

Norm Coleman is one of the senators whose vote we need against cloture to kill this bill. If he's your senator, contact his office!

Norm Coleman (R., Minn.)
Ph. 202-224-5641 Fax 202-224-1152
Alternate phones:

It's not looking good, and as Michelle says, "Republican leaders will have to answer for this." They're the ones who hopped on to this disgraceful bill, and we need to make sure they pay for it come election time.

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John Gibson Pwns Peter Mehlman

John Gibson rakes Peter "At Least Stalin and Hitler Meant Well" Mehlman over the coals. Hot Air has the audio, and it's worth the listen to hear Mehlman "um" and "er" as Gibson rips his so-called reasoning to shreds.

Mehlman, who coined "yada yada yada" (the phrase made famous on Seinfeld) may want to stick to that comedy writing thing and leave foreign policy critiques to the adults.

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Fred 27%, Rudy 23%!

Fred has pulled ahead of Rudy in the latest Rasmussen poll (h/t Hot Air):

Thompson, preparing to formally announce his candidacy, leads the pack in the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey with 27% support. That gives him a four-point advantage over former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who is currently preferred by 23% of Likely Primary Voters. A week ago, it was Thompson 28% and Giuliani 27%. Two weeks ago, they were tied at 24%. Prior to that time, Giuliani had been on top in every weekly Rasmussen Reports poll for five months

Thompson leads Giuliani by 13 percentage points among conservative primary voters while Giuliani leads among moderates.

Among Republicans, 74% now have a favorable opinion of Giuliani. Thats down from 82% in late May. Twenty-three percent (23%) of Republican voters have an unfavorable opinion of the former Mayor. Thompsons numbers among the GOP faithful have been moving in the opposite direction. Sixty-six percent (66%) of GOP voters have a favorable opinion of the actor while just 18% have an unfavorable view.

Among those with more strongly held opinions, Thompson currently has an edge --21% of Republicans have a Very Favorable opinion of him while 14% have a Very Unfavorable opinion. For Giuliani, those numbers are 18% Very Favorable opinion and 19% Very Unfavorable.

I still like Rudy and would support him wholeheartedly if he were to be nominated, but Fred is looking more and more like the man for me in the primaries. No wonder the Democrats aren't pulling any punches with a man who has yet to formally announce his candidacy!

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June 25, 2007

Clooney: My Being Here Makes It Popular

It seems George Clooney's ego knows no bounds. He attributes an increase in tourism, along with a plan to build parking lots and a promenade on the beach in Laglio, Italy (off Lake Como), to his owning a villa there.

"My concern is that this village that has stood for hundreds of years would be destroyed simply because I happened to have lived there for the last six years. I told my neighbors that I would do what they wanted. And it seemed that they didn't want to demolish the harbor where all the local fishermen keep their boats," Clooney said.

He's participating in a protest against the project. If he really thinks his presence is contributing to the unpopular development, why doesn't he sell the villa and stop spending time in Laglio?

But then, that would require sacrifice on Clooney's part...something many pampered celebs aren't particularly good at.

Mr. Popularity!

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British Schools to Dump Traditional Lessons

Public secondary schools in Britain will be told to stop teaching traditional lessons and replace them with "month-long interdisciplinary projects on topics such as global warming." Forget the basics. Let's do projects instead!

This comes on the heels of some British schools dropping Holocaust studies for fear of offending Muslim students.

I shudder to think how prepared for the world British students will be. And I shudder to think that our schools might latch on to this ridiculous trend.

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States Fed Up with Illegal Aliens

The states are becoming more and more frustrated with the federal government's inability or refusal to deal with the problem of illegal aliens, and according to this WaPo article, there are a number of them willing to do something about it. Among those states considering or enacting legislation:

*Oklahoma passed a law restricting illegals' access to all forms of official ID, barring them from receiving public assistance, and is handing out fines to employers who hire them. Nebraska and Idaho are considering similar legislation.

*Michigan lawmakers have considered taking away health and welfare benefits from illegals.

*In Arizona, a proposal is on the table that would allow police to ask people they arrest about their citizenship status, and if they cannot produce documentation, seize them and hold them until they can be deported.

*Virginia approved a proposal to strip charities and other organizations of state and local funding if the money is used to provide services to illegals.

*Maryland legislators defeated a proposal that would have allowed illegals to pay in-state college tuition, and they are currently considering putting a 5% surcharge on wire money transfers to Mexico.

Meanwhile, our federal government hasn't figured out that the majority of Americans are sick and tired of their gross mishandling of the illegal alien problem. They live in a bubble in Washington DC. I'm looking forward to the day when that bubble pops.

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June 24, 2007

Lifelike Pundits Radio

I joined Aaron for Lifelike Pundits Radio on BlogTalk Radio today. We blabbed for an hour about the CAP report, journalists who give to political candidates and causes, and the fact that I am now a contributing writer for Newsbusters.org. Paul was supposed to call in to chat about The Sopranos, but he must have slept in.

Click here to listen if you'd like to hear us!

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June 22, 2007

Worldview: How Bad is Anti-Americanism and Anti-Europeanism?

Has George W. Bush provoked the current anti-American sentiment so prevalent in Europe these days? And what about anti-European sentiments here? The show Worldview, showcased on 18 Doughty Street, takes on that question. Here's a five-minute clip:

The entire show can be viewed here.

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They Support the Troops...er, Which Ones?

Nancy Pelosi and her staff support the troops. Really! But which troops? Liberty Dog found a photo of a soldier and a doctor on Pelosi's website, accompanying a headline touting better healthcare for our military. Can you see what's wrong with it?

h/t: Two Dogs

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Hillary "Smoking Gun" Video Released

Peter Franklin Paul, who has launched a civil fraud suit against Hillary and Bill Clinton, released a tape to World Net Daily. On the tape, we hear Hillary's unmistakable nasal tones on speaker phone thanking Paul, Stan Lee, and others for their work on her behalf for a Hollywood gala that was intended to raise money for Clinton's first Senate run.

Refresher on the suit:

Paul's complaint charges President Clinton destroyed his entertainment company to get out of a $17 million deal in which Clinton promised to promote the firm in exchange for stock, cash options and massive contributions to his wife's 2000 campaign. Paul contends he was directed by the Clintons and Democratic Party leaders to foot the bill for the Hollywood event.

For the past six years, Hillary has been denying any involvement in the planning, because any such involvement would mean Paul's donations were a direct contribution to her Senate campaign, a violation of federal statutes regarding "hard money" contributions.

Click here to see the WND story and the video.

I'm looking forward to the spin the Clinton camp puts on this latest development.

Hillary and Peter Paul in better days

h/t: Aaron

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Dodd Campaign Enlists Musical Backup

When a presidential candidate receives 1% (or less) in various polls, he needs to do something -- anything -- to get voters to notice him. And so Chris Dodd has enlisted the aid of Paul Simon to help entertain voters when he heads to Iowa in early July.

Why Paul Simon, famous for his '60s music-making with Art Garfunkle (Bridge Over Troubled Water) and later solo works (Kodachrome and You Can Call Me Al)?

"Paul is a long time friend," [Dodd] said, "and one of the most important voices in American music, and he has been tireless in his service to the greater good of people throughout our country and the world."

I doubt even Simon's musical talents will breathe new life into this sinking campaign, but you can't blame Dodd for trying just about anything. Any port in a storm, as the saying goes. And if voters find Dodd a bit dull, at least they can enjoy the music.

He's hoping Paul Simon will excite the voters...
best of luck!

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June 21, 2007

House Republican Moves to Rein In Pelosi's Travel to Terror-Sponsoring Nations


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will not be permitted to use State Department funds to travel to nations that are known to have sponsored terrorism if a Republican amendment to appropriations legislation passes the House on Thursday.

The amendment to the $34 billion State and Foreign Operations bill, offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), prohibits funds to be used to travel to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.

King believes Pelosi violated

the Logan Act, a 1799 law signed by President John Adams that prohibits unauthorized U.S. citizens from interfering with relations between the United States and foreign governments.

Will it pass? Who knows? But I'm glad someone decided to take some action.

h/t: Drudge

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Green Weddings

I guess it's a new trend among today's yuppies.

Deskiewicz and Castro say they do not think of green weddings as a fad and wanted to incorporate only elements that reflect sustainability in a responsible way. Instead of toss-aside party favors, they are giving departing guests small jars of honey from Ritchie's Honey Farm in Manassas. The caterer will set up a recycling station on-site. Organic fair-trade coffee will be served. Leftover food will be donated to a homeless shelter.

But there are limits: "I did go ahead with a regular dress," Deskiewicz says. She chose a silk wedding gown rather than one made of hemp (though those are indeed available, for $329, at http://www.rawganique.com).

Ah, the pretentiousness of it all...

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The Environment has Rights, Too

We've been hearing a lot lately about the rights of animals. A couple of out-there examples include Knut, the polar bear in a German zoo had his rights "abused" because the zoo decided to have a human raise him when his mother rejected him; and since chimpanzees share 97% of our genetic makeup, they therefore deserve the same rights humans enjoy.

Now, a group called Earthjustice has submitted a paper to the UN Human Rights Council that essentially says the environment has rights too.

The 2007 Environmental Rights Report reviews recent developments and case studies demonstrating the connection between the environment and human rights at the international, regional, and domestic levels. The report also provides a comprehensive list of national constitutional provisions protecting environmental rights.

"We are happy to report that 118 national constitutions across the globe now recognize the right to a clean and healthy environment," said Rosaleen O'Gara of Earthjustice. "Unfortunately, violations of environmental rights continue to mount for millions of people. The disruptions caused by global warming are just the latest example of such violations. With this report we hope all international, regional, and national institutions will understand that 'the right to life, liberty and security of person' and other rights established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights often depend on a healthy environment."

The entire report can be seen here.

Don't get me wrong. I'm all for promoting a clean and healthy environment whenever possible. But I do question the idea of environmental "rights," as that opens up a nasty can of worms just right for the Al Gore crowd. When the rights of a tree become just as, if not more than, important than the rights of a human, where to we go next?

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Appeasement is Always a Mistake

My FamilySecurityMatters.org article today.

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June 20, 2007

Sign the Petition

No Amnesty Petition

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Quote of the Day

Why are Westerners so insecure about everything that is so wonderful about the West: political freedom, free press, freedom of expression, equal rights for women and men and gays and heterosexuals, critical thinking, and the great strength of scrutinizing ideas - and especially faith? ... If we do not understand the differences between Islam and the West - why one is so great and the other so low - and we don't fight back and win this battle of ideas in order to preserve our civilization, in my view there is no point to your profession [journalism] or mine." ~ Ayaan Hirsi Ali, advocate for women's rights in Islamic cultures

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Taliban "Graduation" Leader Swapped for Italian Hostage

ABCNews.com's The Blotter has an update on their exclusive story of the recent Taliban "graduation ceremony":

The Taliban military commander [Mansoor Dadullah] who led the "graduation ceremony" for 300 suicide bombers was one of five men released from an Afghanistan prison earlier this year in exchange for a kidnapped Italian journalist.


Journalist Daniel Mastrogiacomo was kidnapped along with his interpreter and driver by Taliban fighters in early March.

A hostage trade was negotiated, in part by an Italian-run hospital organization, for his release in exchange for the release of five senior Taliban commanders that were in the custody of the Afghan federal government.

As Noel Sheppard noted, this story has gotten short shrift from the rest of the mainstream media.

Meanwhile, there continues to be plenty of coverage of the unfortunate deaths of seven children in Afghanistan during a US-led airstrike aimed at killing al-Qaeda operatives.

Cross-posted to Newsbusters

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An Open Letter to George Bush, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, et al

My blogging friend Reverse Vampyr wrote an open letter to our Republican leaders who are backing the amnesty bill. Brilliant:

Stop with the ridiculous posturing and harumphing. ENFORCE THE LAWS WE ALREADY HAVE before you dare to ask us for 4.4 BILLION DOLLARS to fund new laws you know you'll never enforce.

It's disgusting enough that the Republican party has been asleep at the wheel when it comes to illegal immigration. But it turns my stomach to watch as you get in bed with the likes of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Ted Kennedy as you attempt to transmogrify 20 million lawbreakers into legal voters.

Read the whole thing here. He tells it like it is.

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Via Military Motivator

h/t Tim B.

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June 19, 2007

Living Free Not an Option in Europe?

The upcoming Die Hard movie starring Bruce Willis entitled Live Free or Die Hard is being hyped both here at home and abroad. The Brussels Journal located both the US movie poster and the European one, and they ask you if you can find the differences between the two.

The first 50 readers to correctly identify the differences get a "get out of shari'a free" card. (Okay, I made that part up.)

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What's the Deal with Fred Thompson?

Former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson is seriously considering entering the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. (An official announcement is expected in early July.) Within the past several months, weve seen public sentiment on the right go from Fred who? to Run, Fred, run! While leftwing bigwigs scoff at the notion of another conservative actor/politician with down home appeal, more and more people on the right are becoming intrigued by the idea of casting a vote that could very well put Thompson in the White House. FredMania is taking conservatives by storm. What exactly is it that makes his potential candidacy so tempting?

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South of the Border Illegals Set Fires to Avoid Detection

Illegal aliens, including drug smugglers, are setting wildfires so that they can cross the border undetected while the fires are being dealt with.

At least five fires were set below a Border Patrol observation post during the operation in an effort to burn the agents out, according to a Forest Service report. The fires were extinguished, and no one was arrested.

Wildfires are being set by alien and drug smugglers, authorities said, to create a diversion in an attempt to gain undetected access across the border. The fires correspond to a dramatic rise in assaults against Border Patrol agents -- up more than 100 percent over last year.

Thanks to Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean being sentenced to federal prison for shooting a drug smuggler in the rear end, we now have a rise in assaults against agents, as well as destruction to nature and a corresponding waste in manpower and other resources to fight the fires. Nice.

But they're just a bunch of hardworking people who really, really want to be part and parcel of America, right?

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June 18, 2007

Monday Quick Takes

Just a few blatherings on today's headlines...

The latest Gallup/USA Today poll ties Fred Thompson with John McCain for the Republican nomination, with Rudy Giuliani still on top. Awesome!

One of the publicly humiliated Duke lacrosse players is planning on filing a civil suit against recently disbarred, former Durham district attorney Mike Nifong. Nifong's statements during his hearing last week that he still feels "something happened in that bathroom" at that infamous party made it "difficult" for Reade Seligmann to feel any kind of sympathy for him. Good. The big question is, however, will Seligmann be able to collect if he wins? With his profession stripped from him, Nifong will be hard pressed to make a living, let alone pay a civil settlement. Ah well, if you play with fire, prepare to get burned. (I hear McDonald's may be hiring.)

Al Gore is upset that Paris Hilton is getting more press than global warming fears. "The planet is in distress and all of the attention is on Paris Hilton. We have to ask ourselves what is going on here? Translation: "Paris Hilton is getting more attention than me. What is going on here?" Look, I find all Paris, all the time news cycles annoying as well, and lament that more people know about what's going on with her than in Gaza, for example. However, I will make the exception in that anything which takes away some of the ill-deserved spotlight from hypocrite Al Gore's proclamations that we must all make sacrifices (except him and his celebrity friends) to "save" the earth is a good thing. Go Paris!

CNN is reporting that conservative bloggers are in "full revolt" over the "comprehensive immigration reform" bill that is being brought back from the dead like Frankenstein's monster. (h/t Tim B.) Well, duh! The nutshell version of our complaint is secure the border and get a handle on the visa system first; we can worry about who's here afterward. But I have to wonder if it's such a good thing that the left-leaning MSM is now on to the fact that we're unhappy with President Bush and Republican leadership in general...

Finally, in case you're suffering for the latest news on Paris Hilton, she gave her father a homemade Father's Day card, crafted with love behind bars. Poor Rick Hilton, unable to hug Paris because she's behind glass during his visits. Geraldo Rivera was all over it like sauce on pasta yesterday. Neil Boortz put it best:

Yes .. yesterday was Father's day. Just how many sons and daughters had to spend the day thinking about their fathers serving in harm's way in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of these children will never see their fathers again ... and Craig Rivera is worried about how tough it is on the Hilton family to have their twit child in jail on Father's Day.

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BBC Report Finds Bias Within

The BBC biased? Say it ain't so! An internal report says the BBC is biased regarding its coverage on "single-issue political causes" like man-made global warming and poverty in Africa, although the report finds day-to-day coverage on politics and world events continues to be impartial.

Excuse me while I laugh over that last bit.

Money quote:

It warns that celebrities must not be pandered to and allowed to hijack the BBC schedule.

This references the slew of slanted coverage given to Live 8 back in 2005, coverage which included not only showing the concerts on all of its channels, but also anti-poverty story lines in some popular BBC television shows at the same time.


The report concludes BBC staff must be more willing to challenge their own beliefs.

It reads: There is a tendency to 'group think with too many staff inhabiting a shared space and comfort zone.

A staff impartiality seminar held last year is also documented in the report, at which executives admitted they would broadcast images of the Bible being thrown away but not the Koran, in case Muslims were offended.

During the seminar a senior BBC reporter criticised the corporation for being anti-American.

The report was jointly commissioned by BBC managers and the board of governors and will be published by the BBC Trust, which has since replaced the governors.

Deliberately offending Christians and Americans but bending over backward to suck up to Muslims? Check.

I don't expect this report to change things much, however. Nor do I expect any such report to be done by any of our major media outlets. But I suppose the report is a step in the right direction.

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June 17, 2007

Television Viewing Habits Shed Light on Immigration Debate

That's the name of this very interesting post by Aaron over at Lifelike Pundits. As we all know, Mexicans and other illegal aliens are dying to assimilate into American culture. Take a look at what they're watching to see just how much.

After all, we're all Americans...

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LifelikePundits Radio

Today I joined Aaron and Pat for an edition of LifelikePundits Radio on Blogtalk Radio. Our topics today were debunking the 9/11 Truth movement (Pat's specialty on his Screw Loose Change blog) and how some conservatives like Linda Chavez think that conservatives who oppose the current "immigration reform" bill are closet racists. I wrote an article about this issue over at FamilySecurityMatters.org last week.

Click here to listen the show (the audio link is on the upper right hand corner of the page). It's 30 minutes long.

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June 16, 2007

Remember Me

I had heard about this video all week, but the first chance I had to view it was over at Reverse_Vampyr's blog today. It's a wonderful tribute to our soldiers by 15-year-old Lizzie Palmer. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, please take a few minutes out to watch. Be sure to have a tissue box nearby.

And then, as RV suggests, send a care package to our soldiers if you can.

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June 15, 2007

My Day at the Museum

The fact that I managed to sleep for most of the ride home on a bus filled with hyper 11-year-olds shows how tiring it can be to make sure your group of kiddies doesn't get lost in a very large museum.

The entire fifth grade of my younger daughter's school went to the Museum of Natural History in New York today. It had been close to twenty years since I've been there, and I'll have to go again, because the kids just whizzed by everything. Since I was a kid, I have been the kind of person who actually likes to read the small signs next to every exhibit, but that certainly didn't happen today.

It was amusing, however, to see the reactions to the lifelike wax figures of American Indians, etc., in the buff as they lived all those years ago.

The best part was the planetarium show, about how collisions in space likely formed the Earth, moon, and so on. Planetarium shows have certainly changed since I was a kid, where the host would sit in the middle of the room with the big projector and point to the large pictures of the constellations and planets. Today's shows are amazing! Too bad they also have to be narrated by big stars like commie Robert Redford. It annoys me that big movie stars have mooched in on doing narrations and other voice work, something that actors specializing in voice work used to do.

Anyway, something else that has changed is the fact that you no longer have to go on bumpy old school buses, but comfy coach buses with bathrooms and a DVD player with screens throughout. Unfortunately, the movie we watched on the way to the museum was Happy Feet, which was supposedly about a penguin who danced instead of singing, but was ultimately about the evils of humans who overfished and were starving the penguins.

Of course, we had to make a stop at the gift shop, and I saw a wonderful item called a "Global Warming" mug. " I found one online here. The box screams, "See our coastlines disappear!" All for $14.95 plus tax.

What a great day...

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I'm Goin' On a Field Trip!

Yes, I am a masochist...I signed up to chaperone my fifth grader's field trip to the Museum of Natural History today...so I'll be spending my day trying to keep hyped-up kids from wreaking havoc wherever they go. (I dread the bus ride.)

While I'm away, may I suggest the following?

The Strong Conservative
Support Your Local Gunfighter
Lifelike Pundits

See you on the flip side!

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June 14, 2007

Bill Clinton's Blabbing Lines Family Pockets with Big Bucks

Via Breitbart:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Clinton made more than $10 million in paid speeches last year, according to new filings that show he and his presidential- candidate wife have at least $10 million in the bank, and may have closer to $50 million.

According to financial disclosure forms made public Thursday, Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton hold two accounts, each valued at somewhere between $5 and $25 million. One is an old-fashioned bank account; the other is a blind trust.

The reports indicate that when it comes to family wealth, Clinton is the wealthiest of the members of Congress running for president. Of all the presidential candidates, only Mitt Romney, whose assets are between $190 million and $250 million, may lay claim to being more affluent.

More details about the other top candidates can be found in the article.

I wonder how much Hillary is willing to have taken away from her for the common good?

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My Top 25 Favorite Columnists Right Now

No, I couldn't list myself, heh heh...but here they are. (Inspiration from John Hawkins.)

25. Kathleen Parker
24. Michelle Malkin
23. Mona Charen
22. Dennis Prager
21. Charles Krauthammer
20. Debra J. Saunders
19. Burt Prelutsky
18. Peggy Noonan
17. Larry Elder
16. Star Parker
15. Ben Shapiro
14. Suzanne Fields
13. David Limbaugh
12. Emmett Tyrell
11. John Stossel
10. Mark Steyn
9. Victor David Hanson
8. Mike Adams
7. Rich Lowry
6. Myrna Blyth
5. Dick Morris/Eileen Gann
4. Walter E. Williams
3. Jonah Goldberg
2. Ann Coulter
1. Thomas Sowell

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Today is Flag Day

Yes, the American Flag. We haven't been taken over by anyone else yet (although the Left keeps trying to let it happen).

Wave it proudly.


(Thanks to Wyatt for reminding me. I also stole his flag.)

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Angelina Jolie Not a Fan of a Free Press

Angelina Jolie must take her cues from the Democrats.

How else to explain her attempt to ban FOX News channel and all FOX affiliates from covering the premiere of her upcoming flick "A Mighty Heart"? Or her insistence of making interviewers sign an agreement to avoid certain questions (like those about her relationships) and that if violated, she would be free to terminate the interview and confiscate the tape?

Quoting an AP reporter who canceled a scheduled interview,

"I wouldn't sign it. Who does she think she is?"

Who indeed? Perhaps she equates herself with wannabe royalty. While she was in Namibia last year with Brad Pitt, they wouldn't allow any journalists other than those from Namibia to be present at their reception with Sam Nujoma, who has been Namibia's "president" for the last 25 years. Oh, I forgot to mention he's also the minister of information and broadcasting. He must have given them a few good tips on dealing with the media.

How ironic that in the upcoming movie, Jolie is portraying the wife of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and brutally beheaded by Islamist terrorist thugs as he investigated the case of shoe bomber Richard Reid and ties between al-Qaeda and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence.

But actors and actresses don't need to learn life lessons from the parts they play. Collecting a nice fat paycheck and looking down on the unwashed masses who fork over money to see them on the silver screen is good enough.

UPDATE: Newsbusters blogger Warner Todd Huston wonders (typos in original corrected):

Do none of these Hollyweird people have even the tiniest ability at introspection? Or are they so absolutely sure of own god-like status that the fallibility of ordinary man is beyond their ken in their minds? Are they so focused on their ultimate goals that the path to them is immaterial? Is integrity such an unknown concept out on the left coast?

No. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Better than the rest of us...and then some

h/t: Cookiewrangler

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Thank God for Paris Hilton

My regular column at Family Security Matters this week extolls the virtues of the nonstop coverage of Paris Hilton's incarceration. Yes folks, there is a silver lining.

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June 13, 2007

Fred Thompson Blog Now Online

Part of the I'm With Fred site, the Fred File is now up and running. He actually writes some of the posts himself, and comments are open.

My blog is not on the blogroll...*sob*...but considering those that are, I shouldn't be surprised that my insignificant rantings are not included. However, I am pleased to say that American Thinker made the cut, a site I am fortunate enough to contribute to from time to time. I'll have to be content with that. ;-)

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The Vanity of Vanity Fair Shines Through

Vanity Fair wants you to be concerned about the plight of the poor and sick in Africa. Their July "Africa" issue has 20 different covers, each with two famous and/or popular people (depending on your political views) on it. And if that's not enough to convince you to cough up the $4.50 cover price, it's been guest-edited by Bono. I'm sure he did it all by his lonesome, too, considering his vast expertise in editing and the magazine industry and all that. Ahem.

RadarOnline points out that while VF will magnanimously donate $5 from each online subscription during the month of June to the Global Fund, there are some facts about "doing all we can" for those poor folks in Africa that Hollywood and its sycophants would rather gloss over.


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Trying to Poke Holes in Fred

Of course it was bound to happen. As Fred Thompson's popularity grows, his rivals will do what they can to poke holes in his political persona. This is politics, folks, and it's what happens when you run for office. According to Politico (h/t Cookiewrangler), the key problem areas for Thompson include:

*His lobbyist past
*His career as a trial lawyer
*He backed McCain-Feingold
*He can be a centrist
*He believes abortion should be regulated by the states

*As a lobbyist, Thompson made $1.3 million over two decades. That breaks down to what, $65K per year? Not exactly big bucks when you compare it to what other lobbyists make. And the money was earned legally, even if you don't approve of lobbyists. Mountain, meet molehill.

*So, he was a trial lawyer. Most of our representatives in the House and Senate are lawyers of one kind or another by trade. If we began "outing" all of the lawyers, there would barely be anyone left in Washington! (Say, that's not a half-bad idea...) Seriously, though, most of the major candidates on both sides (Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama) were either active lawyers at one point or at least attained a law degree. Trial lawyers as a group may have a lousy reputation, but it doesn't follow that all trial lawyers are lousy. Thompson also served as an assistant U.S. attorney, Watergate congressional counsel, and helped uncover a payoff scheme that put a Tennessee governor behind bars. He doesn't sound much greedier than your average lawyer to me.

*He backed McCain-Feingold. Well, I'm not a fan of the legislation, and it's too bad that he voted yes. But I am not the kind of voter who is so unyielding that I will refuse to forgive a candidate for disappointing me now and then. Don't forget who signed that legislation...

*The charge of centrist stems mainly from Thompson's split vote on Clinton's impeachment. Thompson's statement about why he voted the way he did can be seen here. But his conclusion boils down why he voted the way he did:

Is removal appropriate when the President lied to the grand jury that he denied to his aides that he had engaged in sex only as he had defined it, when in fact he had denied engaging in oral sex? Is removal warranted because the President stated that his relationship began as a friendship in the wrong year and actually encompassed more telephone encounters than could truthfully be described as `occasional'? To ask the question is to answer it. In my opinion, these statements, while wrong and perhaps indictable after the President leaves office, do not justify removal of the President from office.

He didn't believe the punishment fit the crime. And if he stands by his vote, you have to respect it, even if you don't agree with it. Honestly? This is water under the bridge. Bill Clinton's behavior with women while in the White House is an unattractive blot on our history to be sure, but let's put that particular incident behind us. (We should worry, though, if his partner in "crime" Hillary were to be elected.)

*Thompson's stance on abortion matches mine: I believe it should be a state issue, not a Supreme Court issue. Abortion on demand bothers me, but frankly it is not the defining issue for me. National security is number one in my book. Everything else is gravy.

Thompson was on the Tonight Show last night. I was too pooped to stay up, so I caught the highlights on Hot Air. It's the first time he actually admitted he wants to be president, even though he hasn't been dreaming of it all of his life. And the audience seemed to like him. He even made Leno laugh.

The left has started piling on Thompson for being too "folksy" and another "dumb" actor. Camille Paglia, whom I sometimes agree with, sometimes not (although I always find her work enjoyable to read), said

Right now, the Democrats best hope may be for the Republicans to veer right and nominate an erratic aging boy like the seedy Newt Gingrich or a Hollywood caricature of vintage 1910 American small-town life like the phlegmatically pithy Fred Thompson, whose homespun act feels tired and looks tired.

Small-town life. You can hear Paglia shuddering from here. Her response to Thompson's appeal is sadly typical of many liberals, who believe their sophistication is too much for red state rubes to handle. Oh, to be as worthy of adulation as they are!

Once Thompson officially announces, he can take part in debates. We'll then get a better idea of who he is, what he stands for, and what he has to offer. In the meantime, keep reading his columns on TownHall.com and elsewhere to start your education on Thompson. Will he hold up? Only time will tell.

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Cabbies Must Serve Everyone

UPDATE: LGF effectively picks apart the whitewashed Reuters article itself.

You know, this business about Muslim cab drivers in Minneapolis getting into a snit because they're being told they cannot discriminate against passengers who are carrying alcohol really burns my toast. Here's why.

Here in America, if you choose a profession where you are obliged to serve the general public, you don't get to pick and choose who you serve and who you don't serve. According to the article linked above, the former commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Human Rights is in the corner with the Muslim cab drivers.

"Five or six times a month, somebody will get the second or third cab, rather than the first cab," [Stephen] Cooper said. "That seems pretty minor."

Sure it's a minor incovenience. But there are pharmacists who are getting fired because they refuse to dispense the "morning after" pill in accordance with their religious beliefs. Just as an alcohol-carrying passenger can catch another cab, surely a woman can go to a different pharmacy.

And can you imagine the uproar if an emergency room doctor refused to treat someone based on religious beliefs?

See what I mean? We can't have it both ways. In America, there are some people who claim that religous beliefs have no place in public life whatsoever. I don't necessarily believe that's true. But if we make concessions for one religion because it's the cause du jour, then we need to start making concessions for other religions. And see where opening that can of worms will get you.

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Responding to Linda Chavez

I've written an extra article for Family Security Matters this week, and it's in response to Linda Chavez blaming racism for the backlash against illegal immigration. You can read it here.

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June 12, 2007

Fred Thompson to appear on Tonight Show

As you likely know, Fred Thompson caught up to Rudy Giuliani amongst Republicans in the latest Rasmussen poll. He'll also be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight (11:30 pm ET). If you're interested in finding out more about Fred!, you might want to tune in.

h/t: Draft Fred Thompson

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Congressional Approval Very Low

"There's a new Congress in town." Yes, Nancy. But this new Congress doesn't seem to be doing much better than the last one. In fact this Congress, which is controlled by the Democrats, is at its lowest approval rating in a decade.

A new LA Times/Bloomberg poll indicates that congressional approval ratings have gone from 36% in January to 27% today. 63% go so far as to say the way this Congress operates is "business as usual."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not faring well in comparison with one of her predecessors, Newt Gingrich. 46% of respondents in this poll said they approved of Gingrich when he headed the Republican majority in 1994, as opposed to only 36% approving of Pelosi now. As Gingrich prepares for a possible run for president, this kind of news is not likely welcome in certain circles. Get ready for a flurry of old Gingrich scandals to be rehashed in the weeks to come.

Could pork barrel spending, wasting time on non-binding resolutions and no-confidence votes, announcing premature defeat in Iraq, pushing an illegal immigrant amnesty bill, and a recent House indictment on bribery have anything to do with it?


Keep bailing Nancy...that swamp ain't drained yet!

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Newt Gingrich put under AP Microscope

The media is beginning to look at Newt Gingrich as a possible candidate for the presidency. This AP article by Libby Quaid is entitled A look at Gingrich's business empire, and discusses the ways in which Gingrich has made his living since leaving the House nine years ago. My media bias alert system is in full swing.

The first clue is the article's title. Newt Gingrich has a "business empire?" He is paid for making speeches, writing books, giving television and radio commentary, and for consulting. He also has a political action committee that pays for some of his travel, and which will be his starting point should he decide to jump into the race.

We are duly informed that Gingrich and his aides will not disclose how much he makes from his writing and his speeches. So what? He's a private citizen, and as such, is not required to disclose his income. (Would Libby Quaid like to share her W2s with the rest of us? If I thought you all wouldn't die laughing, I might let you know how much I get paid too.) Should Gingrich officially enter the race, then he'll have to fill out an income disclosure form. But he's under no obligation to do so now. Meanwhile, we get the impression of yet another Republican fat cat who is pulling down big bucks.

You know, I can think of another prominent politician who has re-entered private life and makes money by writing, consulting, and making speeches. His name is Bill Clinton, and he rakes in millions from his activities. In speechmaking alone since he left the White House, he has made nearly $40 million. That doesn't take into account consulting fees for various companies and the advance he received for his biography. The only reason we have any idea as to what he makes is because his wife is a senator who is also running for president. Therefore, his income must be made public along with hers. Would Clinton's activities be called a "business empire" too? Somehow, I doubt it.

Articles like this are only the tip of the iceberg. Let the muckraking begin!

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June 11, 2007

My Top 10 Favorite Blogs Right Now

John Hawkins over at Right Wing News has done his quarterly ranking of his top 40 favorite blogs. I thought I'd get on the bandwagon with my (much smaller) list of top 10 favorites. These are blogs that I visit regularly and comment and/or link frequently.

*A caveat: I made a conscious decision NOT to include any blogs by my blog friends (those I correspond with regularly), because I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. ("Hey, why didn't she include me?")*

10. Ankle Biting Pundits
9. Little Green Footballs
8. Davids Medienkritik
7. Right Wing News
6. Dissecting Leftism
5. Newsbusters
4. Michelle Malkin
3. American Thinker*
2. Moonbattery
1. Hot Air

*Regular readers know that I contribute on occasion to American Thinker...however, as I am not in charge of content, I felt it was not a problem to include it. Hey, I'm not getting paid for any of this!

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Lieberman: Take On Iran Now

When it comes to certain social policies, I rarely see eye to eye with my senator, Joe Lieberman. (For example, he supported last week's failed amnesty bill.) However, when it comes to national security and our military, he and I are on the same page.

Lieberman, who recently returned from his seventh or eighth trip to Iraq, proposes a pre-emptive strike against Iran, whose meddling in Iraq and elsewhere is no secret.

"We've said so publicly that the Iranians have a base in Iran at which they are training Iraqis who are coming in and killing Americans. By some estimates, they have killed as many as 200 American soldiers," Lieberman said. "Well, we can tell them we want them to stop that. But if there's any hope of the Iranians living according to the international rule of law and stopping, for instance, their nuclear weapons development, we can't just talk to them."

He added, "If they don't play by the rules, we've got to use our force, and to me, that would include taking military action to stop them from doing what they're doing."

Lieberman said much of the action could probably be done by air, although he would leave the strategy to the generals in charge. "I want to make clear I'm not talking about a massive ground invasion of Iran," Lieberman said.

In stark contrast, Democrat presidential candidate Bill Richardson recommends first talking to Iran, and then threatening them with sanctions. It's a tactic similar to warning your child that you're going to send him to bed without supper if he doesn't stop misbehaving. While it might work on a four-year-old, it isn't likely to work on the likes of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This is a man who wishes to wipe Israel off the map, and has said that, "Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury." Yeah, he sounds really reasonable.

About as reasonable as the now-dead Saddam Hussein.

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Impeached Judge is Co-Chair of Hillary's Campaign

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) has been named as co-chair of the Clinton presidential campaign. To refresh your memory, Hastings is a former federal judge who was impeached on corruption and perjury, and removed from office in 1989.

Nancy Pelosi, drainer of corrupt swamps, was all set to name Hastings as chair of the House Intelligence Committee earlier this year, but it turns out people remembered she had been among those voting for Hastings' impeachment. Oops!

How fitting that Hastings should be such a large player in Mrs. Bill Clinton's campaign! Let's take a trip down memory lane to see what another Clinton presidency could be like:

- The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance

- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates

- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation

- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify

- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly

- First president sued for sexual harassment.

- First president accused of rape.

- First first lady to come under criminal investigation

- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case

- First president to establish a legal defense fund.

- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions

- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad

Remember, the Clinton years of the '90s were a two-for-one special! Anyone for a second helping?

h/t: Moonbattery

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Dennis Miller Rips Harry Reid a New One

Video over at Hot Air. Go there. NOW!

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Late GOP Entries Could Change the Race

Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and John McCain are the current GOP frontrunners in the race for the White House. But a couple of possible late entries could change everything. (If you follow politics even part of the time, you'll know what I'm talking about.) My pal Jonathan Strong, aka The Strong Conservative, writes about these possibilities for the Sarasota HeraldTribune today.

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June 08, 2007

How Jim DeMint Defeated the Amnesty Bill

Right Wing News has the scoop on how Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) put a stick in the spokes of the "comprehensive immigration reform" bicycle wheel long enough to allow other opponents to draft some amendments to the bill, which contributed to the ultimate vote against cloture last night. Nice job, Jim.

I guess relations between him and Lindsay "We're going to tell the bigots to shut up" Graham will be somewhat chilly for a while.

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Chris Dodd Shows He Knows Diddly

Chris Dodd, (sadly) one of my elected representatives in the Senate, is running for president. If you didn't know, it's because he's near the bottom of the heap of Democrat Oval Office wannabes. "Dodd who?" is a common refrain among nationwide voters.

Dodd, who has a barely-used law degree because he's been in either the House or Senate for the last 30 plus years, has declared that the Constitutional rights of terrorist detainees have been violated. And he wants you to care! Here's the e-mail I received from his campaign yesterday...it made me want to vomit. (Apparently his views are over at HuffPo as well):

America doesn't start wars - we end them.

We don't turn away from the world - we lead it.

And we don't commit torture - we condemn it.

All of this was true until the current administration, and we shouldn't wait until we elect a new President before we stand up to the mistakes made by this one.

There is no doubt that we live in dangerous times and that America has real enemies, but the actions of this Administration have made us more vulnerable as nation, not less.

That is why I intend to do everything within my power to bring a bill I introduced earlier this year, the "Restoring the Constitution Act," to a vote in the United States Senate.

But today I need your help. Watch my video discussing the bill and upload your own explaining why you believe America is most secure when we draw strength from our highest ideals, not our worst fears.


During last weekend's debate, I was asked what a top priority for the Dodd Administration would be during my first 100 days in office. My answer was clear, "I would try to restore the Constitutional rights in this country" and I wouldn't need one hundred days to do it.

Indeed, we must restore habeas corpus, but to regain our moral standing in the world requires more than that alone.

That is why the "Restoring the Constitution Act" would also prevent the use of evidence in court gained through the unreliable and immoral practices of torture and coercion, limit the authority of the President to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions and make that authority subject to congressional and judicial oversight, and narrow the definition of unlawful enemy combatant to individuals who directly participate in a zone of active combat against the United States, and individuals who participated in attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.

Watch the video explaining the "Restoring the Constitution Act," upload your own, and sign on as a citizen co-sponsor.


In removing habeas corpus protections, the Military Commissions Act affirmed vengeance as a tool in fighting terrorism discarding sixty years of precedent and respect for the rule of law.

The subjugation of habeas and the use of torture make us weaker as a nation, not stronger. It's time we stand up and say once and for all that the choice between vengeance and security is a false choice that American leadership ought to draw strength from not our worst fears but our highest ideals.

Please take a moment to learn about the "Restoring the Constitution Act" and get involved in its passage.


Justice Jackson said of the Nuremberg Trials, "To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our own lips as well."

If we fail to rise to this moment, I fear we will be drinking from that chalice for many years to come. In the end, by restoring our fundamental principles we serve not only the interest of justice, but also the long term interests of the United States.

Now I'm not a lawyer, but even I could see that this man is blowing more smoke out of his rear end than a Mack truck. But my pals Aaron and Charles over at Lifelike Pundits have given this nonsense the smackdown it deserves. Aaron is not a lawyer, but Charles is...he was just admitted to the Illinois bar earlier this year and, unlike Dodd, plans to use his law degree. Please click here to see why Chris Dodd is so full of hot air that if he were a conservative, the Goracle would try to have him condemned for single-handedly turning our planet into a sauna.


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June 07, 2007


America, you did good.

The amnesty, er, I mean comprehensive immigration reform bill, didn't make the cloture vote again tonight, which means that it will be removed from the Senate floor. This means there is little chance that it will be revived this year.

The vote was 45-50 against limiting debate on the bill, 15 short of the 60 that the bill's supporters needed to prevail. Most Republicans voted to block Democrats' efforts to bring the bill to a final vote.

The legislation, which had been endorsed by President Bush, would tighten borders, institute a new system to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers in addition to giving up to 12 million illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status.

As Larwyn said in an e-mail, "Americans won...La Raza lost."

Michelle Malkin has been covering this extensively over this past week; she has up-to-the-minute coverage here.

Harry Reid, who was among those trying to cram this down our throats and called illegal aliens "undocumented Americans" is now doing damage control, saying that removing the bill from the floor would let such important talk as regulating gas prices (price controls are never a good idea, BTW) and trying to give Alberto Gonzalez the boot. Let the finger pointing and political spin begin. As is expected, of course.

If Congress would work on enforcing the laws we have before spending time making new ones, perhaps they'd get more popular support. A FOX News poll said 58% of Americans want to see enforcement of existing laws first.

Why our elected representatives haven't figured that out yet is beyond me.

To those of you who contacted your senators and/or blogged about this to get the word out, pat yourselves on the back. We elect these people to represent us, not illegal aliens who shouldn't be here, much less demand the rights we enjoy. We need to remind Congress more often that they serve at our pleasure.

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Patterico: Why Flight 327 Was a Dry Run

Patterico has a must-read post today. He asks three air marshals (one retired) if they think the Syrians on NorthWest Airlines Flight 327 back in 2004 was a dry run and if so, why?

In addition to what you might expect to hear, there's a bit about illegal immigrants that shouldn't be ignored.

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Frank Luntz on McCain and Thompson

Frank Luntz was on Sean Hannity's radio show yesterday afternoon (I caught part of that), and he was also on Hannity and Colmes last night. Luntz is a political analyst who uses focus groups to see where a candidate is standing and from what he says, John McCain's prospects are sinking fast, while Fred Thompson's are rising just as quickly.

The biggest problem for McCain is his support of the amnesty bill. They can call it comprehensive immigration reform, but what it boils down to is amnesty, conditional though it may be. The problem with too many politicians is that they forget that the voters have eyes, ears, and minds with which to process what they see and hear. And the voters are angry. As for Thompson, it's not just star appeal. There's a lot more to his attraction than that.

Hot Air has a portion of Luntz's appearance on H&C last night. Take a look...it's highly informative. Meanwhile, Ace points out why these citizens-in-waiting will not "more than pay for themselves" with the taxes collected on their earnings.

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Nagin Seeking Higher Office?

I shudder to think that this man might inflict his particular brand of leadership -- or is that non-leadership? -- on the rest of the country. Rep. Ray Nagin? And to what purpose? Getting off the sinking ship that is New Orleans in order to save his own sorry tookus? Read the article and see what you think.

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June 06, 2007

Holy Shamoly, Batman! $220K in 18 Hours!

According to Patrick Ruffini, Fred Thompson's new website I'm With Fred has raised a whopping $220 thousand in an 18-hour period. He also tells us that people signing up as "Friends of Fred" (including yours truly) have been doing so at the rate of 1,500 per hour.

Commenters on the above post are not impressed, but for a guy who hasn't offically announced his candidacy, I'd say it's not too shabby.


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Harry Reid: "Undocumented Americans"

Yes, he said it, and he put it on his website. Hot Air also has the video in case Reid's people pull it.

According to one of the most powerful elected officials in our nation, these are not illegal aliens, they are "undocumented Americans." To borrow a phrase from the global warming crowd, "the debate is over" in the mind of Reid and his likeminded cronies.

Us "documented" Americans can just to to Hades.

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NBC Jumps on Live Earth Bandwagon with Free Air Time

From Newsmax, we learn that NBC Universal (NBC, CNBC, Bravo, etc.) plans to devote 75 hours of free air time to Al Gore's "Live Earth" concerts.

How noble!

If the Fairness Doctrine were to be brought back as the Democrats ask, would this fall under it?

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Today's Must-Read: Walter Williams

Walter Williams, along with Thomas Sowell, are two of the brightest and most thoughtful minds in America today. In Williams' column on Town Hall today, he picks up on a theme of recent articles by Thomas Sowell about the "war of words" and parlays it into a simple lesson on economics.

Liberals often denounce free markets as immoral. The reality is exactly the opposite. Free markets, characterized by peaceable, voluntary exchange, with respect for property rights and the rule of law, are more moral than any other system of resource allocation. Let's examine just one reason for the superior morality of free markets.

Read it all.

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Official Fred Thompson Site Up

The official Fred Thompson campaign site is up. Called I'm With Fred, there currently isn't much to see on it, but there is a "donate" button, along with a place to sign up to be a "friend of Fred."

Check it out!

h/t: Draft Fred Thompson

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June 05, 2007

Casting Call for Extras in the Next Indiana Jones Movie

Consider the following to be a public service announcement from Blogmeister USA:

Do you live in Connecticut? Have you always dreamed of being an extra in a movie? Then read on...the following information was sent to me by an acquaintance:

The production is holding an open casting call for extras to appear in a sequence where Indy tears through campus on a motorcycle (along Chapel Street in New Haven). The call, organized by Billy Dowd Casting, will be held on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12 at the Omni Hotel at Yale between 1 p.m.-9 p.m. both days.

You must be 18 years or older, and you must bring a headshot with you to the casting call. (Photos will not be returned, so make sure that it's not your only copy.) Filming of the New Haven sequence will take place between June 28 and July 7.

No, I'm not going...but if you do and you are chosen, let me know! After all, it may be your last chance to see an aging Harrison Ford in a live action scene, LOL!

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Pelosi's Son Employed by InfoUSA

The company that has paid Bill Clinton over $2 million in consulting fees (with more on the way) since leaving the White House, and has ferried Mrs. Bill Clinton around on its corporate jet to the tune of nearly $1 million, is now employing Nancy Pelosi's son Paul.

Paul Pelosi Jr. was hired as a senior vice president at InfoUSA about a month after his mother became speaker. He also holds another full-time job as a home loan officer. Neither company seems to mind that he works for the other.

The only thing I can think of is that CEO Vinod Gupta likes having connections to powerful people. You never know when you might need them...especially now that InfoUSA's practice of renting or selling mailing lists to people who defraud old people has become known. Also, Gupta is being sued by shareholders for squandering the company's money on what they say is personal use and political projects.

According to the NewsMax article:

A person familiar with the arrangement says Gupta treats Pelosi as a "trophy" and has the Speaker's son accompany him at high profile meetings around the country.

Pelosi denied the suggestion he is being used because of his family ties.

"I don't think that's really what happens," he said.

Nor does he "think" his hiring was related to his mother becoming speaker, he said. But he acknowledged the timing raises a "good question."

Of course he denied it. Would you like to even think that you might have been hired because one of your parents is a powerful politician and not because you're such a great catch? Of course, he may well be a great addition to the company. But I wouldn't want to think that a company approached me just because they thought my connection to people in high places might come in handy.

Just sayin'...

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June 04, 2007

Blogmeister on KGAB's Morning Zone Tomorrow

I'll be featured on AM 650 KGAB Cheyenne (Wyoming) tomorrow morning right after the 7:30 am Mountain (9:30 am Eastern) news block in my guise as a FamilySecurityMatters.org contributing editor. Morning hosts Dave and Amy will be talking to me about the piece I wrote for FSM last week entitled Saying Goodbye to Cindy Sheehan.

If you're interested in tuning in, KGAB has a live stream available here.

UPDATE 6/5/07: Just got off the phone with Dave, whom I enjoyed speaking with. Unfortunately the only caller was someone who wanted to talk about the replacement for the Wyoming Republican senator who just died last night, and he started kvetching that it would be Dick Cheney's doing if a Republican was chosen to replace Sen. Thomas. Sheesh, the man hasn't even been buried yet! Other than that, the discussion went swimmingly!

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William Jefferson To Be Indicted

It's been a long time in coming, but Rep. William J. "Cold Cash" Jefferson (D-LA) is set to be charged in an ongoing corruption case later today, with the dossier of evidence said to be over an inch thick. If convicted, an anonymous source says he could spend up to 200 years in prison.

Background: Nearly two years ago, approximately $90,000 in cash was found stashed in Jefferson's freezer. A former aide, Brett Pfeffer, admitted to soliciting bribes on Jefferson's behalf. Vernon Jackson, a telecommunications executive, 'fessed up to paying up to $1 million in bribes to Jefferson in exchange for help in overseas business deals. Both men agreed to cooperate with officials in exchange for plea bargains. (They were sentenced to eight and seven years in prison, respectively.) Jefferson is also said to have been videotaped taking a $100,000 bribe, the bulk of which was found in his freezer.

In an unrelated incident, Jefferson used National Guardsmen to check on his property and retrieve personal items in the aftermath of Katrina. There's nothing like putting your power to good use...

In spite of the cloud hanging around Jefferson's head, he was re-elected last year. Perhaps the sludgy water of the hurricane's wake had something to do with the state of mind of the voters. Or maybe they like having someone with the taint of corruption as their representative in Congress.

At the time of the raid, House leaders on both sides complained that the feds overstepped their bounds when they raided Jefferson's home, saying it was unconstitutional. That debate continues...and Congress wonders why it has such a low approval rating.

Well, Nancy? Is it time to drain the swamp yet? And will the press give this as much coverage as they did to Randy "Duke" Cunningham?

h/t: Jeanette

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Okay for Me, but Not for Thee

Typifying the attitude of today's liberal, former hippies are not thrilled at the idea of their property values declining in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco due to loitering street punk drug addicts and panhandlers, as noted in this LA Times article from last week pointed out by Michelle Malkin.

I had to laugh at this bit:

John Grima, a program director at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, founded in the 1960s, says his agency provides "nonjudgmental" services for homeless youths. "Still, there's this assumption of a free ride," he said.

Grima said a teen asked him for change on Haight Street. Grima offered him slices of pepperoni pizza. The young man refused, saying he was vegetarian.

"I said, 'OK, then don't eat it,' then I got mad," Grima said. "I said, 'Wait a minute, I don't owe you anything. I'm happy to help you, but I don't owe you a thing.' "

"I don't owe you anything." Grima had better watch out...someone might confuse him with a conservative.

What a bunch of whiners. Former hippies who revolted against polite society and whose motto was "turn on, tune in and drop out" are now annoyed by the next generation of kids who want to "stick it to the man?" I have no sympathy.

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Al Gore's Skill Set Not Appreciated by Average Americans

Following up on the smartest guy in the room meme, Al Gore is now inferring that he's above all the chicanery that is part and parcel of politics:

"It may be easier to fix it from the outside," he said. "Again, I haven't ruled out for all time thinking about politics again. It's just that the way it works now, I don't think that the skills I have are the ones that are most likely to be rewarded within this system. It's like a washing machine that is permanently set on the spin cycle. It doesn't stop spinning. That creates real problems for a politics based on reason."

Friends have urged him to run for president again, but he wants to see a "transformation of this conversation of democracy" that de-emphasizes imagery and spin-doctoring.

"I expect it will take a lot more time," Gore said. "I'm grateful for those who have a good opinion of me, to the point where they think I ought to run again, but I am not convinced myself that's the best way for me to serve."

"I don't think the skills I have are the ones that are most likely to be rewarded in this system." Translation: I wasn't good enough for you then, so I'm going to pout for a while more before deciding if I should grace you with my presence this time around. Those sour grapes from the 2000 election have left a lingering bitter aftertaste. Perhaps some Listerine would help?

And what skills would those be anyway? Talking out of both sides of your mouth? Believing yourself to be above everyone else? Preaching one philosophy while practicing another? Being the one who decides what's best for everyone else? Sounds like he'd be a perfect fit for the Democrat Party of today.

Keep on spinning, Al, because no matter how much you deny it, you are the master of the spin cycle. "Transformation of this conversation of democracy" indeed.

h/t: Ann Althouse

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June 01, 2007

Do Global Warming Alarmists Really Believe Their Own Hype?

I'm a regular reader of Moonbattery, where Van Helsing discusses the latest news of the day with not only a conservative viewpoint, but a refreshingly amusing writing style. I am also a frequent commenter, and enjoy reading the comments of regulars like V the K, Nance and Archonix, among others.

A recent post about the incredible brainpower of Al Gore really got the comments going from both sides. Part of the thread went off on an "is there really a God?" tangent, but that's not what I'd like to discuss here. Jay Guevara (real name? pseudonym?) had some excellent points to make on the current fad regarding global warming caused by man, something the Goracle seems to be firmly convinced of. The following is an excerpt from one of his comments, which was part of a back-and-forth between him and a couple of believers:

Here's the news: no one really believes in global warming. No one. Laurie David claims to believes in it, but jets around the country. Would she do that if she really thought it was dooming her and everyone else? If she thought jet travel caused breast cancer, would she indulge in that regardless of the risk? Of course not. Conclusion: she doesn't really believe it either.

Global warming advocacy is an opportunity for galloping narcissists to attract attention by striking a fashionable pose, a new wrinkle on the Hollywood award shows. Nothing more. ("I'm not an overindulged superannuated adolescent! I'm a concerned human being! Look at me, emulate me, adulate me, I'm cool! Really! All the cool people say so!") Anyone who actually believed our survival hung in the balance would be agitating to ban, inter alia, all rock concerts, television, film, vacation travel, and other frivolous wastes of energy and build nuclear power plants. Ain't gonna happen. Pigs will have an Air Force before then.

Anthropogenic global warming is an exercise in psychology, not science. The hysteria of those propounding it is by itself a dead giveaway. Those of us of a certain age (ahem) have seen so many doomsday scares come and go that it's hard to keep a straight face on hearing the most recent one. (As Abraham Lincoln said, "No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens." And somehow despite all the doomsday scenarios, the freeways become more and more crowded.) I'm old enough to remember when global cooling (caused by aerosol deodorants) was going to kill us all, and the polar bears were going to march down over the ice sheets and eat everyone in Miami. Now these maritime bears that can swim 60 miles out to sea are drowning. Teach 'em to mess with us!

Much like Wall Street touts, global warming poses the moral hazard that there's no downside to being an alarmist, because everyone will forget erroneous predictions. Only if the predictions are borne out, or appear as if they might be, will those making them point them out to all and sundry. A case in point: last year NOAA predicted a "very active" hurricane year, with four to six category 3 or higher storms, yada yada. Outcome: bupkis. Oops.

We should make the prediction business interesting. If a climatologist makes a public prediction that's substantially wrong, he should be fired and banned from getting federal funding. Now - he was saying?

Face it - global warming is a fad. Nothing more. Cynics are manipulating the cognitively disenfranchised (subtext: "vote for liberals, or we're all doomed, doomed I tell you!" Women are especially susceptible to the "It's for the children!" nonsense. It establishes their bona fides as mothers, or hopeful mothers-to-be.). In five years' time, global warming will join Y2K, heterosexual AIDS, killer bees, the ozone hole (now worse than ever, btw), and shark summer as the punchline of a joke. And you'll be telling people that you always had your doubts about it, and never really believed it. (I know: I tell people I never wore bell bottoms.) The grownups will nod gravely, and shoot bemused sidelong glances at each other, too polite to guffaw out loud.

You heard it here first.

Brilliant! I thought you'd enjoy it as much as I did!

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WSJ Journal Editorial from 1984 Called for Open Borders

Anyone wondering if the Wall Street Journal's stance on the current "comprehensive immigration reform" bill being debated in the Senate (they support it) is a new phenomenon from this traditionally conservative paper can wonder no more.

It's not.

BizzyBlog has reproduced a WSJ editorial from July 3, 1984 entitled "In Praise of Huddled Masses." In it, the WSJ editorial board welcomes the idea of open borders, and labels those who would control our borders as "nativist patriots." (I guess that's better than calling us "scaremongering bigots.") The editorial also likens a border wall to keep illegals out to the former Berlin Wall, which was designed to keep miserable people in. Not much of a comparison, when you think about it.

I encourage you to head on over and read it in its entirety. As much as I am for capitalism and free enterprise, I bristle at the idea of America's corporate power players deciding that their desire for cheap labor is more important than not only our national security, but our national sovereignty.

h/t: Hot Air

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Mitt Slaps Hillary's Socialism

On the campaign trail yesterday, Republican nominee contender Mitt Romney called Mrs. Bill Clinton's plans for bigger government and more social programs a "European caricature."

"Her view is the old, classic, European caricature that we describe of big government, big taxation, welfare state...She gave a speech a couple of days ago and laid out her vision for America. And as I listened to her I figured her platform wouldn't even get her elected in France."

I laughed when I read that, and apparently the jibe received real laughs in Sioux City, Iowa, where he made the speech.

Romney's right, of course. Just last month, France rejected socialism when they elected Nicolas Sarkozy, a conservative who wants to lessen the intrusion of government into industry and create a freer market that would in turn create more jobs in a country with double digit unemployment, highest among young adults.

Romney also brought up the successful statewide health plan he implemented when he was governor of Massachusetts. I don't know enough about it to comment, but I know I wouldn't be bragging about that to people in the Midwest, who tend to be more mistrustful of big government planning than the Socialist Commonwealth of Massachusetts, home of Teddy Kennedy and John Kerry, both of whom never met a socialist program they didn't like.

Check out this paragraph from the AP story:

In recent French elections, conservative Nicolas Sarkozy captured the presidency, defeating Segolene Royal in her bid to become France's first female president.

Notice that Sarkozy is labeled as a conservative (true), but Royal's status as a socialist is left out? Reading between the lines, one might think Royal was defeated because she was a woman, not because she wanted to keep France's failing socialism intact. You can bet that if Mrs. Bill Clinton is either not nominated or is nominated and loses the election that the press will be playing the sexist card, not admitting that her policies could possibly have anything to do with her defeat.

I like Romney and although he's not my first choice, we could certainly do worse for a president. I'm not worried so much about his good looks as his policies, unlike out-of-work actor Ben Affleck, whose complaints about Romney on Real Time with Bill Maher last week included his being "all clean cut and he looks like a Ken doll." But then that ends up being a compliment, even Romney's being a Mormon, as Affleck went on to say Rudy Giuliani is "crazy" and John McCain is "completely insane."

This is how the great political minds in Hollywood think. Thank goodness "actor/activists" like Affleck aren't really running anything but their mouths.

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