Meanwhile, Instapundit has links to elections going on in a couple of the -stan's just south of Russia. You better believe they read the news.
This is gonna be an historic year.
And finally, now that Rather is just about out the door, the long knives are coming out amongst the CBS Aristocracy...Hewitt, Cronkite, et al pointing out that they don't even watch his newscast anymore. Ah the rats...see how they run.
In short, best movie I've seen since Garden State.
After all, England is not exactly a backward nation when it comes to medicine. Tilly had several cases of severe pneumonia as a baby, and her mother said that doctors in the socialized British system clung to the palsy diagnosis.
Ah socialized medicine...the answer to all our prayers.(Hat tip: Drudge)
"I have great respect for Paul Krugman."
Here's a video stream of that portion of the interview. It's slow as hell, but you get it eventually.
"It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq," explains Jumblatt. "I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, 8 million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world." Jumblatt says this spark of democratic revolt is spreading. "The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it."
And on Jim-Rose.com just yesterday:
"This is a bit optimistic, but what's going on in the Middle East the past month or so reminds me of Eastern Europe in 1989. Here's hoping."
Man, I'm tired of being right!
...she (Paris) said from a beachfront hotel in Aruba where she is vacationing...
Question. VACATIONING FROM WHAT??!!
You know what? It's a simple little ploy from a petty, little man. If that's all he's got, I say, let him have his fun. Because tonight, when he lays his pretentious head on his pretentious pillow to go to sleep, the last thought in his head before he drifts off will be, "That bastard! If only I had the clout he has!"
Lebanon dismisses call for immediate Syrian withdrawal
Okay, granted the article explains everything pretty well, but the headline makes it seem like the entire country, it's government and it's people, are dismissing the call. The ones making the dismissal are the ruling majority in the government, which is Syrian backed...or put more simply, the Syrian government. Of course they dismiss it!
"It is my civic duty as a Lebanese to take part in this uprising," said Youssef Mukhtar, a 47-year-old engineer. "Enough bloodshed and disasters. It is the 21st century, and people should be able to govern themselves. The situation has become unbearable and we have to regain our country."
"We made a big mistake when we didn't vote," said Sheik Hathal Younis Yahiya, 49, a representative from northern Nineveh. "Our votes were very important."
Indeed. But it's not too late Sheik my man. Get what you can in this government and be ready for the next election. The more you drink from the cup of democracy, the more you'll like it.
I don't know why he took this way out, though I know he has had really bad back problems for years. Maybe it was the pain. But as Dr. Johnson said:
"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."
"Preparing to meet Christian leaders in September 1998, Mr. Bush told Mr. Wead: "As you said, there are some code words. There are some proper ways to say things, and some improper ways." He added, "I am going to say that I've accepted Christ into my life. And that's a true statement." But Mr. Bush also repeatedly worried that prominent evangelical Christians would not like his refusal "to kick gays."(emphasis mine) At the same time, he was wary of unnerving secular voters by meeting publicly with evangelical leaders. When he thought his aides had agreed to such a meeting, Mr. Bush complained to Karl Rove, his political strategist, "What the hell is this about?"
Read the rest of the quotes in the article and you should understand the point I've been making for a long time and will continue to make until the end of my days. Do not assume that things happen by chance. Here we have an article about a man who recorded conversations with George W. Bush and then apparently betrayed him by releasing them to the media. But if you look at the quotes you'll see that they can prove to be quite politically expedient for the President: softening his stand on gays and religion, thus appearing more moderate, while at the same time praising John Ashcroft, a darling of the Christians.
CBS will air a prime-time special the night of Dan Rather's last day (March 9th) in the anchor chair of the house that Murrow built. My favorite quote from the story is from the show's Executive Producer, Susan Zirinsky:
"I think what this will show is the breadth of a man and his commitment to truth."
"We want to say the truth, we don't want Syria," the mourners had shouted. "Syria out, Syria out."
Little by little, step by step, the Middle Easterners' desire for freedom will increase, and the consequences for the tyrants will be fatal.
Dateline WASHINGTON - "The United States pulled its ambassador from Syria on Tuesday, expressing "profound outrage" over the assassination of a Lebanese leader who had protested Syrian influence in his country."
Dateline BRUSSELS - "European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Tuesday he sees no immediate need to change EU relations with Syria over the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri."
People...IT'S OVER! The war in Iraq is over. Yes, there's still some violence, but Saddam Hussein is out of power! They've had an election! Remember? They're talking about who's gonna be Prime Minister and President for God's sake!! Meanwhile, you guys are out there protesting a fait accompli.
"When the Kyoto Protocol enters into force tomorrow, the world will take a significant and long-awaited first step toward stemming global warming. Instead of stepping forward as the world leader on climate change, however, the Bush Administration is clinging to the role of world obstructionist."
Read the rest
Senate vote in 1997 on a resolution declaring the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol to, or other agreement regarding, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, at negotiations in Kyoto:
This is a classic example of how a story is planted in the media to raise controversy, and in turn, ratings. Award shows are often a dud with Nielsen, so why not stir up a little controversy to get people to tune in to see "if Rock will say anything about it. Will he make a joke? Will he bash the Academy members to their faces?" It's classic media manipulation and it happens all the time.
But folks, let us not forget the first, and I believe most heinous crime, committed by Eason Jordan. Let us not forget the column Jordan wrote for the New York Times in April 2003 where he confessed that CNN had covered up many of Saddam Hussein's crimes in the 1990s in order to keep a news bureau in Baghdad. The sick irony of this should be obvious to smart Jim-Rose.com readers...and it is for this reason that I never turn to CNN, not even for a second.
The problem with this whole Deep Throat business is that the study of Watergate is about as convoluted as the JFK Assassination. Bob Woodward and John Dean are proven liars, so going off of their information is tenuous at best. I still maintain that Deep Throat was an amalgam, with some sources being more valuable than others. But if a guy had the moxie to meet the reporters in a parking garage, I guess he deserves the title.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-02-10-05 1231PST
Okay, now is the time for some savy journalist (or dare I say it, savy Blogger) to start researching who from the Nixon years is sick. It's as simple as that. I really can't see George Bush the father sneaking around in a parking garage. Really not his style, even if he was CIA.
BUSH BUDGET DIRECTOR BRAGS OF SHIFTING TAX BURDEN TO RICH
Mon Feb 07 2005 15:42:56 ET
The White House budget director Josh Bolten on Monday bragged to reporters how the nation most-wealthy will see an increase in tax burden under Bush's new budget."If you look at the president's tax cuts as a totality, the income tax, those at the upper end of the spectrum are now paying a larger share of the income tax than they were before," Bolten explained. "An example, the top 5 percent in income in this country -- that's people making above about $140,000 -- without the president's tax cuts that top 5 percent would be paying about less than 52 percent of our total income tax revenue. "After the president's tax cut that group is paying more than 54 percent of our total tax revenue. So the notion that the president's tax cuts have somehow made the code less progressive is wrong. The president's tax cuts have made the tax code more progressive."
"Most of us have no problem with taking a small amount of the social security proceeds and putting it into the private sector."
What a tangled web we weave. And, not surprisingly, the MSM has completely forgotten how Bill Clinton talked for 8 years about a social security crisis (but of course, never had a plan).
Now, with a Republican in the White House, the lefties are deathly afraid of the idea that us idiots might get some of our Social Security money to invest in private accounts. It all comes down to their hatred of the public and their belief that only they are wise enough to know what to do for all of us. Joseph C. Phillips has a great column about the "new liberalism."
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A senior U.N. official says Secretary-General Kofi Annan will discipline the head of the U.N. oil-for-food program.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Let me guess...no more caviar with lunch?
"In one of the grandest events in the history of the world, millions of Iraqis risked death on Sunday to vote in a free, democratic election. There were more than 100 attacks on polling stations by the "insurgents" (or "Islamic fascists," as authentic Americans call them). But the Iraqis voted – Shia, Sunnis, women, and an estimated 2,000 dead felons in Washington state."
Meanwhile, President Carter and the rest of his ilk said the elections would never happen. Will any of them have the guts to admit they were wrong?
"One of Iraq's leading democracy and human rights advocates is Safia Taleb al-Suhail. She says of her country, 'we were occupied for 35 years by Saddam Hussein. That was the real occupation. ... Thank you to the American people who paid the cost ... but most of all to the soldiers.' Eleven years ago, Safia's father was assassinated by Saddam's intelligence service. Three days ago in Baghdad, Safia was finally able to vote for the leaders of her country -- and we are honored that she is with us tonight."
And that point she proceeded to stand and show her purple finger as she flashed the peace (or, if you will, victory) sign. "That was the real occupation..." Now, Nancy Pelosi has to go on air and say, "We all know that the United States cannot stay in Iraq indefinitely and continue to be viewed as an occupying force." Or will she?
I almost feel sorry for Pelosi, Reid, Boxer and Uncle Ted. They're on the wrong side of history at an extremely important period. Idiots.
"The concept of open society is based on recognition that nobody possesses the ultimate truth, that one may be wrong."
And there you have it. It's just like Lord Voldemort told Harry Potter in The Saucerer's Stone: "There is no good, there is no evil, there is only power." The postmodernists believe that we are morally equal to the terrorists, that we cannot claim to be right and say they are wrong...no one is right, there is no truth. This is the school of thought that I have dedicated my life to fighting, and will to my dying day.