The Arab Street Goes The Way Of Route 66

The Mighty Hitch, astute as always, points out in his latest column that you never hear the term "The Arab Street" from the liberal pundits anymore. Once a catch-all phrase for those wishing to convince us the average Arab hated what Bush is doing, is now suddenly passe.

BREAKING NEWS: Time To Take Out The Trash

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami announced the resignation of his pro-Syrian government Monday, two weeks after the assassination of his predecessor, Rafik Hariri, triggered protests in the streets and calls for Syria to withdraw thousands of troops. "I am keen that the government will not be a hurdle in front of those who want the good for this country. I declare the resignation of the government that I had the honor to head. May God preserve Lebanon," Karami said. The announcement prompted cheers from more than 25,000 flag-waving demonstrators protesting against the government and its Syrian backers outside the parliament building.


As The Screws Turn II

Syria continues to put their public relations into high-gear as they announced today that they had caught Saddam Hussein's half-brother and 29 of his Baathists cronies and turned them over to the Iraqi government. "See," says Assad and his boys, "you got us all wrong, we're nice guys. Honest."

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.

The Network Of The Long Knives

Drudge has some good stuff today. To begin with, it appears that Putin has a very warped view of the United States and its power over the media. Apparently, he was convinced that Dan Rather and his band of producers were fired by President Bush, which blew George W. away. Putin really needs to get a high-speed internet connection in his office.

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.

A Movie With A Delightful Bouquet

Tonight, on the eve of the Oscars, I saw a tremendous movie. Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne (like me, originally from Omaha, Nebraska) is the little movie about two guys who hook up with two girls in the California wine country. This is the kind of movie that renews one's faith in motion pictures, that good movies can still be made. Payne seems to have a common theme in his movies that basically says life will usually hand you a load of crap, it's gonna happen, and you just have to take it and move on and make the best of what's next. In About Schmidt, the lesson for Jack Nicholson's character, who found at retirement he'd wasted his life, was that no matter how tempted you are to expose and reverse all the wrongs you see, you can't. While it may feel good initially, it hurts the one's you love. Unfortunate, but it's often true. Sideways is in a similar vein and is really a much better film than About Schmidt. Paul Giamatti not getting an Oscar nomination is an absolute crime. His character reminded me of me on my worst days in the worst periods of my life. The casting was perfect...and I am SO in love with Virginia Madsen right now. She's not that conventional screen beauty like a Catherine Zeta-Jones, but no matter what you do, you just can't stop looking at her. Lot's of je ne sais quoi on her.

In short, best movie I've seen since Garden State.


As The Screws Turn

Hose-me Mubarrak has ordered the Egyptian Parliament to amend the "constitution" to allow a direct, multicandidate, secret ballot elections for president. Some skeptics point out that while this looks like a good sign, it could allow extreme Islamists to gain power. Perhaps, but after months of protests in the country by opposition forces with pro-democracy leanings, it appears the wind is blowing from the "west" if you get my venacular. Either way, the major event here is that things are happening. Hose-me feels the need to do something or more importantly, look like he's doing something. That's yet another step in the step-by-step process of revolution. (Hat tip: lgf)


It's Pretty, But Is It Art?

A local TV station in Boulder, Colorado cornered everybody's favorite professor, Ward Churchill, outside his office with proof that he passed off someone else's artwork as his own. Churchill became quite belligerent as the tape shows. What interest me about this is that 5 or 10 years ago, you never would have seen this report, because the story of Ward Churchill wouldn't have been a story at that time without the Blogosphere. The times, they are uh changing.(Hat tip: Little Green Footballs)


If Hillary Had Had Her Way

Great article in the San Francisco Chronicle about a little British girl who doctors said could never eat through her mouth and would have to use a feeding tube the rest of her life. But when visiting doctors at Stanford University here in the States, they found there was nothing wrong with her. Key line in the article:

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)


Harry Reid: Hypocrite and Paul Krugman Fan

Here in Las Vegas on cable channel LV1, Harry Reid sat down for an interview with political reporter Jon Ralston on his show Face to Face. He spent the first part of the show playing the victim over the "horrible treatment" he's been getting from Republicans recently, then Ralston asked him if he agreed with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman that Bush will make something happen in Iraq to distract from Social Security. Reid basically agreed with Krugman giving some long round-about spiel about the books written about Bush and his Texas shenanigans. When pressed by Ralston if he did indeed agree with Krugman, he responded:

"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.

All In All It's Just A, 'nother Brike In The Wall

Chrenkoff has an excellent roundup of the Lebanon/Syria saga, as well as a great link to Der Spiegel with an article entitled "Could George W. Bush Be Right?"

Perish the thought.

Wilford Brimley, Actor...Cock-Fighter?

It's true...you do learn something new every day. Ran across this story about the move to ban cockfighting in New Mexico...one of the last states where it is still legal. Reading it, I find out that one of the people testifying against the ban was actor Wilford "Check your blood-sugar, and check it often dammit!" Brimley. He said he moved to New Mexico because of the state's respect for individual rights. I'm not into cockfighting, but kudos to Brimley for his libertarianism.

Revolution Step By Step

There are basic steps in a revolution...first you have the protest, then you have the resignations.

The Bush Doctrine At Work

Gateway Pundit has a great story that the MSM (of course) missed, or buried. President Bush meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yushchenko. (Hat tip: Powerline)

Called It!

The Kerry Spot has a fascinating quote from a leader of the Lebanonese opposition: (Hat tip: Instapundit)

"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!

Things That Make You Go, "What the fu....!"

Paris Hilton is still feeling the fallout from her cell phone hacking. Phone numbers of celebrities, sexy IM's and naughty photos of Paris flying all over the Internet (what else is new). The best part of this article is one line:

...she (Paris) said from a beachfront hotel in Aruba where she is vacationing...



A Simple Snub From A Simple Man

So after Bush makes nice with France, lavishing praise on our "allie" and getting Jacque Chirac to tell everyone that they whole Iraq quarrel is water under the bridge, the French President snubs Bush at dinner by speaking only French, even though he speaks fluent English (Castro likes to do the same thing). Gasp! Shock! Why that little...

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!"

The Hitch Gives His Eulogy

I've been waiting for it and here's it is: the Mighty Hitch gives us the last word on Dr. Gonzo.

Lebanon v. Lebanon

Maybe I'm splitting hairs, but I hate the way print media headlines stories, like this one on Lebanon:

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!

George, We Hardly Knew Ye

It's the big man's birthday. Read the first Inauguration Speech by the first George W. (Hat tip: El Rushbo)

Don't Forget About Us

Not to be outdone by the Lebanese, Egyptians took to the streets Monday to redress their grievances to Hose-me Mubarrak. 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.


A Tribute To Themselves

James Lileks has a great obit of Dr. Gonzo that really hits home. Although I was a fan of Hunter, it was only his early work that appealed to me. Unfortunately, like a lot of writers of his era: Mailer and, I'm sorry to say, Wolfe...he did some great works early in his career but since then proved to be more of a hack than anything. Mailer steadily went downhill after The Naked and the Dead and Wolfe just hasn't had the same spark he did in the 70s and 80s (A Man In Full...Oh God that was a painful read!). Much like the Rolling Stones serve as a tribute band to themselves...these authors have ridden their fame for the past 20+ years...but when you look at their great earlier works, you have to forgive them. Hells Angels, Radical Chic, et al. That's the stuff.

A Lebanese Washington

More from Beirut:

"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."

Quote of the Day

Lebanese protesters were heard to shout today:

"Enough blood, leave us alone."

"Leave us alone." Is there any statement more libertarian than that?

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

The Sunni's are talking to the Shi'ite's and Kurds about power sharing as the process of forming a new government goes forward. One Sunni tribal leader expressed regret:

"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.

Keep Moving The Ball Down The Field

They're not done in Lebanon. Just as George W. pushes Europe to join him in calling on Syria to get out of Lebanon, the Lebanese people are protesting the Syrian occupation, one week after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. This is excellent news. The momentum is definitely going the way of Democracy U. And let me tell you something right now...this protest in Lebanon wouldn't be happening if not for the actions of George W. Bush in the Middle East emboldening the people.


Raoul Duke, R.I.P.

Hunter S. Thompson killed himself today. Despite my right-wing style, I was a big fan. I remember when I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and when I was done I was almost in tears that it was over. His finest work.

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."

Lebanon's 9/11

Chrenkoff has an excellent roundup of the news from Lebanon and how the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri may have far reaching effects on the country's future. (Hat tip: Little Green Footballs)


We Will Fight On The Chatrooms, We Will Fight On The Web Logs...

Well, the Bloggers have done such a good jobs for the Conservatives in America that the Torys on the other side of the pond are looking to amass their own internet army. Tory Leader Iain Duncan Smith maps out his case in, of all places, The Guardian. (Hat Tip: Instapundit)

Nothing Is What It Seems

The New York Times, the bastion of journalistic integrity, (yes, I'm being sarcastic) has a story about some secret recordings of conversations with George W. Bush when he was governor of Texas. The man who recorded them, Doug Wead, was an aide to President Bush 41 and a friend of George W. There are some interesting passages, including the following:

"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.



Repent! The End Is Near

If the Democratic Party does eventually implode, history will look back on the New Republic as being the one institution under the Dems umbrella that was trying to stop the collision course with oblivion. Martin Peretz has a great article in the latest edition that takes the party, and especially liberals, to task for losing their way. (Hat tip: Drudge)

It's Time

William Rehnquist is a good man and he's been a good Chief Justice serving his country well, but now that we've learned he won't be able to work as SCOTUS begins it's second session of the term, it has become clear that it's time for him retire. I strongly suspect the reason he has held on this long is a fear of death. While on the court, he is relevant and he stays busy. Once he retires, I'm sure he feels the only thing left for him to do is die. It's sad, but at the same time, he just cannot fulfill his duties anymore.


Daniel, We Hardly Knew Ye

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."

Uh huh.


"Out, damn'd spot! out, I say!"

Apologies to my readers (or reader) for the mess that was my website today. Something funny was stirring the XHTML/CSS Kool-Aid, and I spent a good part of the day fixing it. Piece by piece we'll get it back into ship-shape. Solid.

"Syria Out! Syria Out!"

Another crack in the dam as mourners in Lebanon turn the funeral for the slain former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri into a protest against Syrian occupation. Money quote:

"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.


Justice For Me, But Not For Thee

Is it me, or is it getting hot in Ratherland? The New York Observer reports that the three scapegoats in the Rathergate scandal are hiring lawyers and one of them, Executive Producer Josh Howard, is demanding a retraction of the remarks made by CBS President Leslie Mooves and that his name be cleared. Interesting. I wonder of George W. Bush will be granted the same courtesy? (Hat tip:Drudge)

Of Mice And Men

Wanna know the difference between the United States and "Old Europe" when it comes to foreign policy. Look no further:

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."

Your witness!

"Hell No, Fait Accompli!"

Today, a huge protest against the war in Iraq is planned to take place all across Great Britain including a "die-in" in front of the House of parliament in London.

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.


Some Climates Never Change

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the entry into force tomorrow of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:

"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:



Abu Ghrabi, U.N. Style

According to ABC News, some U.N. workers in the Congo have been raping and pillaging the people they were sent to help...some even going so far as to videotape the attacks. Will this be covered as much as Abu Ghrabi? You can bet the Blogosphere will be watching. (Hat tip: Newsmax)

Media Manipulation 101

Drudge broke the story this weekend about Chris Rock's Oscar bashing as he prepares to host the event despite being a heterosexual black man. Outrage, right? He'll be fired from the show, right? Wrong. According to Daily Variety, nary an Academy member has said a word about it. Surprising? No.

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.


Power To The People

The results are in for the first Iraqi elections. No big surprises as the Shi'ites took the majority with the Kurds getting not a close second, but a strong one nonetheless. And as expected, the Sunni's had a small showing, but the Shi'ites have already extended their hand. Perfect? Absolutely not, but democracy never is. It's another great day for freedom...and a bad day for Uncle Ted and The Scream.


"We're Going To California, and Texas...."

Heeeeeere's Howard! The new face and voice of the Democratic Party. I'd like to say for the record that I think he got a bad wrap for his "I have a scream" speech, but his politics are so odious that you can't help but make fun of the guy. He's like Jimmy Carter on PCP. This is gonna be fun.


Another One Bites The Dust

Mr. Rather...you have a new cellmate. Eason Jordan threw in the towel today and resigned from CNN in light of the controversy over remarks he made stating the U.S. Military was targeting journalists in Iraq for death. Hats off to Bill Roggio and the gang for their quick work (damn quick, if you ask me...I thought these would go at least another couple weeks).

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.

Rather Demented

Dan Rather told a writer for Vanity Fair that the reason Conservatives hate him so much is because he reported on Civil Rights in the 60s. That's all I'm going to say. Analysis of this would only waste valuable seconds. (Hat tip: Newsmax)

Hammering Out Peace In The Middle East

Charles "The Hammer" Krauthammer has a great column today about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and why there's reason for optimism. Only Nixon could go to China...perhaps only Sharon can bring some semblance of peace to the Middle East. (Hat tip: Little Green Footballs)


Right In Front Of Our Faces?

The guys at Faithful Few have an interesting theory on the recent Deep Throat news...William Rehnquist.

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.

Lynne Stewart Found Guilty

NEW YORK (AP) -- A veteran civil rights lawyer was convicted Thursday of crossing the line by smuggling messages of violence from one of her jailed clients -- a radical Egyptian sheik -- to his terrorist disciples on the outside. The jury has been deliberating off-and-on over the past month in the case of Lynne Stewart, 65, a firebrand, left-wing activist known for representing radicals and revolutionaries in her 30 years on the New York legal scene. The jury deliberated 13 days in all. Stewart faces up to 20 years in prison on charges of giving material support to terrorists and defrauding the U.S. government. The trial focused attention on the line between zealous advocacy and criminal behavior by a lawyer. Some defense lawyers saw the case as a government warning to attorneys to tread carefully in terrorism cases. The jury also convicted a U.S. postal worker, Ahmed Abdel Sattar, of plotting to "kill and kidnap persons in a foreign country" by publishing an edict urging the killing of Jews and their supporters. A third defendant, Arabic interpreter Mohamed Yousry, was convicted of providing material support to terrorists. Sattar could face life in prison and Yousry up to 20 years.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-02-10-05 1231PST

Palestinian Crackdown?

The new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas fired a few military commanders for some killings in Gaza. It could just be a lot of smoke and mirrors for the camera, but I will say, it's more than Arafat ever did. Here's hoping.

Democracy...Kinda, Sorta...

Saudi Arabia held its first national elections for municipal offices yesterday. This isn't like Iraq in that women are still not allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia and the vote is only for smaller local offices...but there is still reason to be optimistic. Just give people a little sip from the cup and they'll be wanting more. Plant that seed...let it grow.

Good Job Madeleine

Well, guess what? North Korea has nukes. Breaking news...shock...who woulda guessed? I mean, how can this be, after Madeleine Halfbright took care of everything during the Clinton years? I guess when she said Kim Jung Il was very charming, she was right, 'cause the charm certainly worked on her. God damn them.


Deep Throat Hiding In The "Bushes?"

Deep Throat is back! Not the movie (though that is coming back to a theater near you) but the Watergate source. John Dean (who is a proven liar, so get that grain of salt ready) says Deep Throat is gravely ill, thus we'll know who he is soon. He also says Ben Bradlee has already written the obit. And to top it off...one journalist says he believes Deep Throat was George H.W. Bush. That doesn't fly if Dean is to be believed, as we all saw the former president at the Super Bowl. Students at the University of Illinois-Urbana say it was White House Aide Fred Fielding, while the authors of Silent Coup say it was an amalgam of sources, but mostly Alexander Haig.

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.


The Future Ex-Mrs. Rose

Well, here she is, in all her glory...the GoDaddy.com girl Candice Michelle. The NFL was just too damn nervous to give America a good look at her. First they ban Las Vegas ads, now beautiful women. Paul Tagliabue had better not make beer his next target or there's gonna be big trouble. Tell me honestly...do you think she'd go for me? Never mind, don't answer that.


Tax The Rich!

You won't see this in the MSM. Thank God for Drudge:


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."


The Classics Never Get Old

No offense to the musical performers at the Super Bowl, like the Black Eyed Peas and such...but seeing Paul McCartney perform at Halftime some of the old Beatle's classics just shows that quality never goes out of style. Those songs will still be listened to 100 years from now, unlike a lot of the stuff put out today.


The CIA: Day 1

Porter Goss has cleaned house and has his team (coaching staff, if you will) in place to begin a new era for the CIA. Out with the old Carter/Clinton crap, in with the Bush people ready to work with the administration (and the country's interest) instead of against it. Tune into Jim-Rose.com in the coming years for analysis of the new regime.

A Dynasty Is Born

The New England Patriots are one of the best teams in the history of the NFL. There is no longer any question. Big props to the boys from Boston. Now, place your bets as to how long it will be before Terrell Owens goes off on his team and coaches, blaming everyone but himself for the loss. You heard it here first!

Another Pajama-Clad Jihad

It had to happen. First Ratherbiased.com...now a new blog dedicated to bringing attention to a CNN executive whose bias and outright slander of the U.S. military is of an epic proportion. A group of pajama-clad bloggers strike with the new blog, Easongate.com. I'll say it again...the revolution will be blogged.

Oh Terry Bradshaw, Where Art Thou?

Ron Rosenbaum has a great column on his love for football and the agony all fans go through in the coming months. Who knew someone like Rosenbaum was a football fan?

The Global Throng

Victor David Hanson gives the rant of the year in his latest column. Kerry, Kennedy, Europe, Michael Moore...no one is left unscathed. Brilliant stuff. (Hat tip: Rush)


Another Crack In The Dam

Democracy is contagious, but it's not a disease...it's a cure. Now that the Iraqis have proved that Arabs are capable of such acts of freedom, it's already spreading. In Egypt, there is a lot of noise being made by the opposition to "Hose-me" Mubarrak...so much so, they've taken to the streets. Also, the MSM is ignoring the fact that Saudi Arabia, of all Middle East countries, is having small elections for local offices. It's not on the grand scale of the Iraqi elections, but as Joey 'The Lips' Fagan said in The Commitments, "It's a start, Brother Rabbit, and I believe in starts." (Hat tip: Newsmax)


Apples and Oranges

The Mighty Hitch destroys the Vietnam/Iraq analogy in his latest column. While he lets Ho Chi Minh and his band of Zen off a little too easy, his prose are still like sex for the intellect.

The Problem With The Common Man Is That He's So Unbearably Common!

Here's Harry Reid on Fox News Sunday in 1999:

"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."

Now You've Done It!

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?

Look Back in Annoyance

Ann Coulter has a brilliant column today about the nay-sayers before the elections in Iraq. The best part is the beginning:

"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?


The Real Occupation

Great speech tonight by the president. The best part of the speech and by far the most brilliant was the one involving his special guest:

"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.

That's For The Courts To Decide

It's a common practice in our legal system for the courts to make law, even though it's not supposed to be that way. However, the Common Law is a big part of the American system. This will soon be the case in the debate over whether Bloggers are journalists, deserving shield law protection. Apple Computers' lawsuit against a blog that revealed inside info on new Apple products is going before a judge soon...should be interesting.


The Pope of Postmodernism

George Soros, (in a Lebanese newspaper, no less) nails it right on the head. That's not to say he's right...he's very, very wrong, which, as you'll see in a moment, is a very ironic statement for me to make. Soros gives his take on President Bush's Inaugural speech and in the process stumbles on the crux of the philosophical struggle of our age: (Hat tip: Little Green Footballs)

"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.