Ted Kennedy Must Resign

Great article by a former reporter from the New York Times who breaks his silence about the time that Ted Kennedy yelled at him. Thus, under the logic of those dismissing John Bolton for yelling at a woman in the hallway, Kennedy must step down as he obviously is not qualified to hold such a high office with such an abrasive personality. (Hat tip: rls)

Cedric The Entertainer

Just watched Cedric The Entertainer do his bit at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. He was pretty good, but I have to say my favorite part was when he was talking about having barbeques at the White House, telling the Bush's they should have some brothas over, they'll park their cars on the front lawn, etc. Right as he's doing this bit, C-Span does a general cutaway of people in the audience and we see this middle-aged white woman, who, the odds are good is pretty liberal since she's with the press corps in some way, is looking at her table companions with a face that says, "what is he saying, I don't understand." It struck me as someone confused by a black comedian making stereotypical black references. Kinda funny.

Surprise! Italian Communist Lied

Well look at you CBS News...you did something right for once. CBS is reporting that satellite imagry shows that the car carrying the rescued Italian Communist reporter Giuliana Sgrena was indeed speeding through the checkpoint in Iraq, thus Sgrena was lying. Even in that situation, she hates us that much that she makes things up to make us look bad. Incredible.

Shhh! More Mass Graves Found In Iraq

Keep it under you hat...the good Captain has the story of more mass graves found in Iraq of Kurdish woman and children. Whatever you do, don't let the American people hear about this. It's on the QT and very hush, hush.

Go Big Red!

Nebraska Congressman and former football coach Tom Osbourne has decided to give up his seat to run for governor of the state. (I'd put a link up here, but the idiotic paper in Omaha is now subscribers only...good move guys, enjoy oblivion.) Anyway, some are disappointed he isn't running against conservative Democrat Ben Nelson for his Senate seat, but this would be a bad move. Better to have a DINO that backs Bush than a RINO who backs his opponents. What I'd really like to see is Osbourne run against McCain-Republican Chuck Hagel in when his reelection comes up, which is still possible next time around. Hagel, after all, endorsed the current governor before realizing that Osbourne wanted the job...or maybe he knew already. He's just that stupid.


Campaign Finance Tyranny

The New York Sun has a blistering editorial about the latest incarnation of campaign-finance reform. We can only hope that the Supremes will have the wisdom to overturn the Valeo decision. But due to some of their recent decision, I'm not feeling very confident.

XML/RSS Feed Is Born

Loyal readers (or reader), Jim-Rose.com now has an RSS feed (page down and look left). It's taken me some time, but I've finally arrived in the 21st Century.

What Dingy Harry Really Said

Radioblogger has a rundown of Harry Reid's response to Bill Frist's compromise proposal on judicial filibusters. Reid has really let this new post get the better of him. What class he once had seems to be missing.

Now It's On To The Ballot Box

It's really happening. In exactly one month, on May 29th, Lebanon will hold elections to elect a new parliament. This announcement comes just one day after the final Syrian troops left the country, thus giving the Lebanese the opportunity to be a free country. The Opposition has worked very hard since mid-February. Now is their chance to make it all worthwhile.


The Lawlessness Of War And The Iron Lady's Last Stand

I have to say that I just don't get this whole problem with Tony Blair and the advice he got from his Attorney General concerning the "legality" of the Iraq invasion. Where I come from, war is war. The only legalities you worry about are the one's you get nailed for if you lose a war...just ask Hermann Goering. This is one of the many flaws of the United Nations and the Strobe Talbot-like Globalists who have made people believe that going to war is like passing a bill into law. In the democratic-free world, you go to war if you think it's your only option...you shouldn't try and get permission, nor should you feel the need. The permission comes from yourself and your credibility as a country of freedom and justice. And you certainly shouldn't worry about legalities...unless you lose. If you lose, chances are you were wrong in the first place, thus you've just received your punishment.

Meanwhile, Lady Thatcher has had it with the Tories and is taking a vacation in Vienna. It's really a sad time for the Iron Lady as she lives her twilight years. The party of Disraeli and Churchill has lost it's nerve. Akin to what the Democratic Party in America is doing, the Tories have little to offer except "the other guys suck" and their ideas, while on the right side (i.e. more laissez-faire than any other party in Great Britain) are still lukewarm and uninspired.

Alas, there is nothing more the Iron Lady can do. She can glean some satisfaction that she brought Britain back from the doldrums and stood beside Ronald Reagan in bringing freedom to millions, but as they say, all good things...

All We Need Now Is Guts

Didn't see the press conference tonight..had a commitment, but I caught some of it on the radio. All in all, Bush handles himself really well in press conferences, but without any gutsy GOP Senators, I don't see how anything can change. An energy bill, judges, Social Security...it can all be a reality, but Bush can't do it alone.

We Admit It...We're Irrelevant

President Bush is holding a prime-time press conference tonight at 8:30pm Eastern Daylight Time. So far, according to my sources, CBS and NBC have decided not to carry the press conference with ABC leaning toward carrying it, but it's still up in the air.

Thus, two out of the three big (old-media) networks are basically admitting that their news operations are irrelevant. As a friend of mine put it..."they're making themselves irrelevant." Forget about the Fox News Channel and Internet Blogs. This is a decision they're making themselves. They are digging their own graves, we, the new media, are just there ready to pile the dirt on top.

UPDATE: The White House just moved the presser up to 8:00pm Eastern. This leads me to believe they really want the network to carry it. Bush may have some big stuff to lay on us or he just wants to start turning the political tide.

UPDATE: CBS will now carry the press conference live. Called it!

Take It Or Leave It

Bill Frist offered another deal to the Democrats on judicial nominations, but it still means judges would still get an up-or-down vote so naturally, the Democrats say no deal.

So we move on to tonight when the President will have his first prime-time press conference in a year. The GOP (i.e. Deborah Orin at the NY Post) wants him to take the gloves off on all the issues: Social Security, Filibusters, Bolton, etc. Here's hoping. (Hat tip: Drudge)

The Saddam Tapes

Another piece of news you'll never see in the MSM. Newsmax has a report on a survey team that found secret audio recordings of Saddam Hussein made during meetings with his staff. There's a chance the tapes could prove once and for all whether he had WMDs.

I sure hope there isn't a tape with an 18 minute gap.


Papa's Got A Brand New Outlook

CNS News has a report that George Voinovich has a "new outlook" on John Bolton and may now support his nomination as U.N. Ambassador. The political action group, Move America Forward, has suspended their radio ads for the time being.

Praise the Lord, he has seen the light! Can I get an amen?

Remember Me For The Bad Things

Former Vice President algore says the Republican's plan to change the rules of filibuster amount to "heresy." I can't recall seeing anyone more determined to ruin their reputation than the near-President algore.

Will Canada Finally Split?

The good Captain has a nice roundup of the debate on the fallout from the scandals of the Liberal Party in Canada and what the long-term effects will be. After seven years of moving away from the idea of separation, Quebec is starting to catch the fever once again, though few think it likely.

U.N. Blindness

An incredibly idiotic column in the New York Times today from their foreign policy guru Tom Friedman about the United Nations' Ambassador post. After taking some pot-shots at John Bolton, labeling him as "unqualified" for the job, he hits us with his grand suggestion: appoint George H.W. Bush as U.N. Ambassador. Hey, this sounds good, right? I mean, former President Bush was already a U.N. Ambassador under Richard Nixon. He was Ambassador to China and the chief spook of the CIA. He's well respected in diplomatic circles and the fact that he's a former president just adds more heft to his resume.

This is an asinine suggestion. First problem, Bush 41 is a president, thus, by tradition, he will have to live up to a certain level of decorum. Ex-presidents, even current presidents are not built for back-room wrangling. There will be no blunt talk when an ex-president is involved. Second problem, he's the presidents father, for God's sake! The MSM will be on a 24/7 watch to see if the two presidents disagree on anything and prop up the idea of a "Bush Dynasty" running the world.

Here's my favorite passage in the column:

"Sorry, but we don't need a management consultant as our U.N. ambassador. What we need is someone who can get the most out of what the U.N. does offer to America. There is no secret about the U.N. - at its worst it is a talking shop, where a lot of people don't speak English and where they occasionally do ridiculous things, like appoint Libya to oversee human rights, and even mendacious things, like declaring Zionism to be racism.
But at its best, the U.N. has been, and still can be, a useful amplifier of American power, helping us to accomplish important global tasks that we deem to be in our own interest."

A talking shop, at it's worst? Tom, have you seen any news the past few months? Do the words "Oil for Food" ring a bell? And would you leave your kids alone with U.N. peacekeepers?

Sides are being chosen, and Friedman has apparently decided to side with the a U.N. that is Anti-American, Anti-Semitic and so corrupt it makes Enron look like a pillar of ethics.


The Tipping Point

Excellent column from Glenn Reynolds (aka Instapundit) on Tech Central Station about the decline of the MSM not just in eyeballs but in marketshare. Jeff Jarvis over at Buzz Machine first floated this theory. We're hardly at a point where we can declare victory, however.


Fish Or Cut Bait

Bill Frist turned down a deal from Dingy Harry to allow some judges through while dropping others. Frist says, "No deal!" Alright then, get on with it man! Pull the trigger! Take the vote and get to work!

Happy Abu Ghraib Day!

Ted Kennedy is celebrating the first anniversary of the Abu Ghraib "Scandal" with an incredibly long press release. Drudge has the text of this joyous day for the Democrats.


Justifying Your Existence

This is the kind of stuff that makes life in the Blogosphere worth living. James Taranto has a list of funny headlines on The Best of the Web today and this one had me on the floor:

"Study: Research Worth the Money"


The Politics Of Faith And Folly

Andrew Sullivan has a big write-up in the latest edition of The New Republic on what he sees as the religious split in the Republican Party. It deserves to be read. He makes some very good point on the Rovian approach that is using big government to accomplish some conservative ideals, mostly those of a moral vein. However, as is sometimes all too typical of Andrew, he is letting his hopes cloud his analysis. A telling passage:

"This doesn't mean purging Christians from the GOP. It means filtering religious faith through the skeptical and moderate strands of conservative thought. It means replacing zeal with religious humility; it means accepting that trading compromise of religious principles for political compromise is an ineluctable and vital democratic task. It means a lower temperature within conservative circles on issues like abortion, stem-cell research, and gay rights. And it means a renewed commitment to restraining government from its democratic instinct to act too often, too quickly, and too expensively."

As a South Park Republican, I agree with some of this. But wouldn't it be nice if everyone saw things my way? Fact of the matter is, they don't. The other side of the coin is that Andrew's theory proves to be a bit chicken-little in it's approach when you consider the fact that the Republicans have made nothing but gains since 1994. Who would have thought after Clinton's election in 1992 that the Republicans would be where they are today. The only setbacks they've had the last 10 years have been when they've tried to moderate to please the New York Times. I hate the way Bush is spending money like water and expanding government, but I love the way he is fighting our enemies and changing the face of foreign policy. I hate the New Deal, but FDR saved this country and the world with his handling of World War II. Is it wrong for me to take the good with the bad?

Another passage:

"I'm not saying that Republicanism is headed for an institutional crack-up. What I am saying is that, unless the religious presence within Republicanism becomes less dogmatic and fundamentalist, the conservative coalition as we have known it cannot long endure."

You're contradicting yourself Andrew. You're not saying Republicans are headed for an institutional crack-up, but you are saying on their present course they can't endure. ???????

Again, I would love it if Barry Goldwater's reincarnation was running the Republican Party...but, call me a fool if you will, I'm just too realistic.

Bono Gives Canada Hell

Newsmax has a report on rock superstar Bono giving Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin hell for Canada's lack of foreign aid to needy countries:

"We were looking for Canada to lead rather than be a laggard," adding that it felt like "business as usual."

We're all looking for something from Canada, Bono. Believe me.


Assault Weapons Not So Chic

Big surprise! Turns out the lapse of the ban on assault-weapons last September has had little or no effect. No one has rushed out to get them, street crime involving assault-rifles hasn't increased...and this from the New York Times! If they admit it, it's gotta be true.

Land Of The Publishing Free

It's an amazing world we're living in. Not only have the Internet and Blogs liberated Journalism from the iron grip of the elites, but now perspective authors don't have to get approval from a high-powered New York publishing company to get a book printed. Roger L. Simon spotted this story in today's New York Times Book Review about companies that will print manuscripts for small-time authors for as little as $459. The books are just printed as they are ordered and you can design the cover and you get an ISBN number. The biggest of these companies is based in my adopted home town of Lincoln, Nebraska: iUniverse.

An amazing world.

Corporation For Public Yawning

Jeff Jarvis over at Buzz Machine has an interesting excerpt of an interview with the new CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. If the Democrats in the Senate had seen this, they might have called for hearings and tried to "Bolton" him.

And That's The Way It Isn't

George Will has a column today on the technological revolution in the media. If only there had been blogs during the Vietnam War.

You Have The Right To Remain Silent...

More bad news for the anti-war crowd as coalition forces arrest four more terrorists involved in shooting down a helicopter last week, murdering 11 people.

Mayor Goodman To Work For Playboy

He's done it again. After starting a media frenzy by telling a class of fourth graders that if he were stranded on a desert island the one thing he would want is a bottle of gin, the World's Happiest Mayor is now going to be a guest photographer for Playboy Magazine. Norm Clarke has the scoop in his latest "Vegas Confidential."

I have to say, despite being a Libertarian/Republican, I love the Democratic Mayor Oscar Goodman. He's a politician that isn't afraid of any anything or anybody. There's a lesson here for Senator Voinovich.

In Defense Of John Bolton

Former Secretary of State Laurence Eagleburger (worked under Bush 41 for those who don't know) has a defense of U.N. Ambassador nominee John Bolton in a Washington Post column this morning. As is his wont, Burger gets right to the point in the first paragraph.

"President Bush's nomination of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has generated a bad case of dyspepsia among a number of senators, who keep putting off a confirmation vote. That hesitation is now portrayed as a consequence of Bolton's purported "mistreatment" of several State Department intelligence analysts. But this is a smoke screen. The real reasons Bolton's opponents want to derail his nomination are his oft-repeated criticism of the United Nations and other international organizations, his rejection of the arguments of those who ignore or excuse the inexcusable (i.e., the election of Sudan to the U.N. Human Rights Commission) and his willingness to express himself with the bark off."


A Secret No More

Drudge has the scoop on Time Magazine's upcoming report on the Vatican Conclave that elected Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI. This so-called realm of secrecy isn't holding up too well in the information age if this report is correct. Sources tell time the finally tally had Ratzinger receiving 95 of the 115 votes.


So Much For Michael Moore's Minutemen

The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler has an excellent update on the capture of 6 terrorists responsible for shooting down a civilian aircraft killing 11 people. Vietnam this ain't.

Don't Be Such A Voinovich!

Ohio Senator George Voinovich says he's surprised at the furor over his objections to John Bolton. He goes on to say he's comfortable with his position because it's what his conscience was telling him. Perhaps these words are all just a snowjob on the media, but either way, it makes him look like an idiot. The fact that he thinks this is a good idea is what's sad and pathetic.

Day by Day has a good take on what it is to be a "Voinovich":

Update: The AnkleBitingPundits have named George Voinovich the Judge Smail's Buffon of the Week.

Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish

Powerline has the latest on the last of the Syrian troops (we hope) to leave Lebanon. As the boys at the Northern Alliance point out, the so-called "Neocons" deserve a lot of credit for this.

The question I pose is what this will mean as far as the WMDs go. A lot of theorists, including myself, have speculated that Saddam's weapons were moved to the Bekka valley that runs through Lebanon's east side. If the Syrians do indeed get out, what of the weapons? Will the Lebanese find them and suck up to Bush by handing them over, or have the Syrians moved them already? Maybe I'm wrong about WMDs being there, but as usual, I doubt it.

"He Stinks Of Wine!"

Hilarious article in the latest issue of "Wired" about the popularity of blogs in France. Known as a people who love to argue, no matter how wrong they tend to be, blogs offer yet another place to argue other than the coffee shop on the Left Bank.

Vive la Revolution!

Sunni Rather Than Later

Chrenkoff has the latest on how the Sunnis are kicking themselves for boycotting the elections in Iraq and definitely want to be a part of the new government. My advice is to let them in. Get them used to how democracy works, but make them work...no free rides. Then when the big election comes later in the year, with a little luck, we'll have the Shiites, the Sunnis and the Kurds as one big happy democratic family. Here's hoping.

What Media Bias?

Those crazy cats at the BBC have done it again. This time, they've planted hecklers, (with microphones no less) at a Tory Party rally in order to disrupt the speech of conservative leader Michael Howard. Hey, what did you expect them to do, cover the elections impartially? (Hat tip: Drudge)

Newspapers, R.I.P.

Rupert Murdoch gave a speech in Washington, D.C. to the American Society of Newspaper Editors on the 13th of this month in which he warned them that their ignorance of new technologies and the power of the Internet and Blogs is serving to sew the seeds of their own destruction. Here's a passage:

"What is happening right before us is, in short, a revolution in the way young people are accessing news. They don’t want to rely on the morning paper for their up-to-date information. They don’t want to rely on a God-like figure from above to tell them what’s important. And to carry the religion analogy a bit further, they certainly don’t want news presented as gospel.
Instead, they want their news on demand, when it works for them. They want control over their media, instead of being controlled by it. They want to question, to probe, to offer a different angle."

Jeff Jarvis over at Buzz Machine seems to have been the first to characterize this as a watershed moment, one that will be looked back on as the tipping point from the domination of the Old Media to the New Media. Jeff was backed up just recently by The Economist, followed quickly by Instapundit.

A lot of us knew this already, but it takes someone with clout and a vast amount of legitimacy like Rupert Murdoch to have the historical effect.

This speech comes just as we hear reports that the Dallas Morning News is suffering from a circulation plunge among other troubles. And of course, our good friend Sam Donaldson pulled a Murdoch here in Las Vegas at the NAB convention, pronouncing Network News dead.


Chili Fingers For All

The woman who found a human finger in her chili ended up getting more fingers than she bargained for. Anna Ayala was arrested here in Las Vegas last night for grand larceny (for a crime that's not related to the finger incident) and attempted grand larceny for the business Wendy's lost due to the incident as San Jose police feel that she is not telling the truth. Wendy's was quick to rev up the PR machine as they claimed their vindication and practically begged people to come back, even offering up free frosties.

I did my part...tonight I had a classic double with cheese and a medium frosty.

I'm Sorry But I Don't Care For That Sorry

Why all of the sudden does Japan feel like it has to apologize all over the place for WWII? And to the Chinese? Seems like we'd be in line for one, but I wouldn't want it.

This nonsense that has become fashionable the past 10-20 years or so where everyone feels like they have to apologize for the mistakes of past generations. It's ridiculous, they weren't there. I don't want an apology from the Germans or the Japanese or the Italians. It's not necessary and it's practically meaningless anyway as they didn't commit the crimes and I wasn't around to see it!

Apologies mean nothing. It's what you do with the future that matters.

@#!& The U.N.!

IMAO has an ingenious "transcript" of the John Bolton hearings in the Senate. It's funny because it seems so true.

Just Give Me The Case And I'll Be On My Way

Elaine Benes has to be dancing in the streets tonight. The female form of contraception known as "the sponge" is back on the market after a 10 year hiatus. Extremely popular with women in the early 90s, their removal from market in 1995 was immortalized by the Seinfeld episode that introduced pop culture to the term "spongeworthy."

Thank God they're back. That screening process is hell!


It's Just Like Old Times

This appears to be the story of the day from the scrappy New York Sun. Hillary Clinton is gonna have much tougher time running for President in '08 than her husband did in '92. The New Media is here.

Working For The Poor, Very Poorly

The people of Ecuador keep doing what they do best...oust Presidents. When I first saw the stories about the President of the small South American country being forced out of office, I had the knee-jerk reaction that this was another possible "revolution." However, having read further, I think that's a little optimistic. According to this article in the Taipai Times, of the 7 presidents Ecuador has had since 1996, three have been ousted, so it appears to be business as usual. Lucio Gutierrez, as you would expect, ran on a populist platform of "working for the nation's poor." Here's a simple rule: Be very suspicious of any candidate running for any office in any country that says he's going to work for the poor.

Catholics Being Catholic

Sidney Blumenthal, one of the most loyal Clintonites there ever was, has a column on Salon.com today in which he lays out his conspiracy theory that Cardinal Ratzinger (now the Pope) tipped the election to Bush by subtly saying to American Bishops that John Kerry should be denied Communion because of his pro-choice stance.

Let's assume this is all true. So what? Pope Benedict XVI is a devout Catholic. His job under Pope John Paul II was to be the equivalent of a Senate Majority Whip and keep the faithful from swaying away from the party line. It would have been hypocritical for Ratzinger not to take this stance. And if he did it in order to help Bush win election, well, that's his prerogative. Just like it's my prerogative to give money to candidates, convince my friends to vote for my guy, wear shirts, display signs, etc. You don't have to like it, but the power of the pulpit is a fact of life.

To Be Or Not To Be

(AP) -- Authorities in the art world say one of the best-known portraits of William Shakespeare is a fraud. The picture has been widely reproduced and is often printed on the covers of Shakespeare plays. The work shows the Bard gazing out at an angle and wearing a wide white collar. Experts at Britain's National Portrait Gallery now say the likeness was painted about 200 years after Shakespeare's death. A museum curator said chrome yellow paint from about the year 1814 was found embedded deeply in the picture. Many art authorities had long suspected that the painting -- known as the "Flower" portrait -- was done much more recently than the 1609 date on the image. The work is similar to another Shakespeare image, which appeared with the very first folio publication of his works.

Ed. - Wherefore art thou, Billy?

Dignity, Smignity

God bless Howard Dean. If any conspiracy theorist wants to float the idea that he is really a Republican operative sent to do damage to the Democrat Party, I'd have to take their argument seriously. After doing a "drug-snorting" impression of Rush Limbaugh at a speech in Minneapolis, he conceded: "I'm not very dignified," he said. "But I'm not running for president anymore."

Too true.


Is The Pope Catholic?

James Lilek's has an excellent Bleat today on various subjects, predominantly on the new Pope. Like me, he wonders how people can be shocked that the Catholic Church picks a very devout Catholic to be Pope. Money passage:

"To those who want profound change, consider an outsider’s perspective: the Catholic Church is the National Review of religion. You may live long enough to see it become the Weekly Standard. In your dreams it might become the New Republic. But it’s never going to be the Nation. And if ever it does, it will have roughly the same subscriber base."


Jumpin' Jim Jumps Ship

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that Vermont Sen. James Jeffords will not seek re-election next year.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Ed. - Thank God.


Hitler, Hitler, Hitler!

Gateway Pundit (with a little help from Victor David Hanson) has a great write-up about the recent onslaught of Hitler comparisons to world leaders on the center-right of the political spectrum. Not only is it incredible unfair and stupid to call people like George W. and Tony Blair "Hitler," it serves to belittle the suffering of those who felt the wrath of Hitler's madness.

Hagel Abandons Nebraska

So Chuck Hagel, Republican Senator from my birth state of Nebraska has decided not to support John Bolton. Along with his fellow coward from Ohio, John Voinovich, Hagel talked Committee Chairman Dick Lugar out of holding a committee vote on the U.N. Ambassador nominee.

I talked with some friends back in Nebraska about Senator Hagel and just what he's up to. The general consensus, they tell me, is that Hagel is off his rocker. He seems to want to run for president and feels he needs to do these sorts of things to get attention from the media. He also made a colossal goof and endorsed the interim Governor of Nebraska in his run for the office before realizing that Tom Osborne wants to run for governor. That's like going against God in Nebraska.

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson is actually more popular in the very conservative state. He has supported Bush for the most part and his decisions seem to be principled, not idiotic.

It's just like Rush said recently...the Senate is broken. Something needs to be done about the McCain wing of the Republican Party that seems to be there only to sabotage progress.

What Am I Supposed To Think Again?

(AP) -- A new poll finds most Americans saying they're worried about the amount of sex and violence in entertainment -- and that they want something done about it.
About six in ten call themselves "very concerned" about what children see and hear in music lyrics, television and movies. The number rises to 73 percent for Internet content.
The poll was done by the Pew Center for the People and the Press.
Majorities want broadcasters to pay stiffer fines for indecency, and for cable programmers to be held to the same standards as broadcast television. But there are conflicting attitudes.
More people -- 48-to-41 percent -- worry more about government interference than about harmful entertainment. And four out of five said parents, not producers are to blame when children are exposed to inappropriate material.

Ed. - What's the lesson here? Is this poll true? Yes, for the most part. But what are all polls a reflection of? A: The news cycle. The subject of broadcast indecency has been in the news since Janet Jackson's tit seen 'round the world...so naturally, when people are polled on the subject, they answer they way they feel they're supposed to answer.

Network News, R.I.P.

Sam Donaldson says what I (and many others) have been saying all along...network news is dead.

If Air America Fails, It's Fairness Doctrine Redux

I'm currently reading Brian C. Anderson's book, South Park Conservatives (notice my display at the bottom of the page). Good stuff, so far. I will probably post a review when I'm done with it. Anderson has an article in the LA Times that touches on some points made in the book, looking at the failure of Air America and the Democrats plan to try and revive the Fairness Doctrine. God help us. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

The First Media Elected Pope

Well, sort of. Cardinal Ratzinger was the odds on favorite to be elected pope according to media reports. The media was right. The lesson here is that there is no such thing as secrecy anymore. The Vatican is now a part of the information age.

Ditch The Internet Tax...Permanently

From the Office of Senator John Ensign, (R), Nevada:
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, April 19, U.S. Senators George Allen (R-Va.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) will be in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery to unveil bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will make permanent the protections of the Internet Tax Freedom Act authored by Cox and Wyden in 1998. Allen joined efforts to extend the Act in 2003. The law is set to expire in November 2007.

The new legislation would permanently extend the ban on three types of taxes that unfairly single out the Internet, including taxes on Internet access, double taxation (for example, by two or more states) of a product or service bought over the Internet, and discriminatory taxes that treat Internet purchases differently from other types of sales.

Ed. - Good work boys.


Howard Dean And The Party Of Death

I get a kick out of this story. Howard Dean says the Democrats will use the Terri Schiavo case against the Republicans in the next two elections. Money quote:

"This is going to be an issue in 2006, and its going to be an issue in 2008 because we're going to have an ad with a picture of (House Majority Leader) Tom DeLay saying, 'Do you want this guy to decide whether you die or not? Or is that going to be up to your loved ones?'" Dean said in West Hollywood, California.

Question: Is getting voters to think about their own personal demise really a way to "rally grass-roots support?" I don't foresee an energize electorate with this message. Sounds like the GOP will have plenty of ammo if they want to label the Dems as the "Party of Death."

Are You Ready For Some Football

The end of an era...sort of. One more season on ABC, then the mega-franchise Monday Night Football moves to ESPN. Prestigious MNF may be, ABC apparently has been hemorrhaging money for years producing the show. So, to sister station ESPN it goes, but the cable sports legend will lose Sunday Night Football in the deal to NBC. The Peacock finally gets some relief from the XFL debacle.

The Second Renaissance

Researchers have figured out a way to read a bunch of illegible text from the masters of Greek and Roman literature. Apparently, it's a new photographic technique that's a kind of offspring of satellite imagery that will allow them to recover much of the writings. Literary experts say the finds could totally rewrite Greek and Roman history as we know it. (Hat tip: Oxblog)


Bob Kerrey Loves NY

Former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey is considering a run for Mayor of New York City. Kerrey left behind the people he didn't represent in Nebraska after his retirement from the Senate to take the job as president of CUNY in the Big Apple, now he says Bloomberg isn't doing a good job.

If there's anyone in New York City who's slighty to the right of Ralph Nader reading this blog, take some advice from a former Nebraskan...don't so much as elect this man Mayor of 42nd Street...he was Bill Clinton before Bill Clinton was Bill Clinton. (Hat tip: Drudge)

Go Huskers!

FDR, Churchill And The U.S.-British Alliance

By far the most interesting nugget in tonight's first part of the new miniseries on FDR on the History Channel was the clandestine communication between President Roosevelt and then British Naval Secretary Winston Churchill. Churchill had made his hawkess, scratch that, realistic views on German aggression well-known. So, FDR wrote a private letter to Churchill where he spoke candidly to Churchill telling him that all his talk of isolationism was false and he was really an internationalists and that America and Great Britain should form a partnership in international affairs. The date of this letter: September 11th, 1939. I find it very telling that on September 11th, 2001, Tony Blair echoed this very sentiment.

FDR In The Dark

I'm just about done watching the first part of the new History Channel miniseries, "FDR: A Presidency Revealed." All in all, it's been about what I expected. What I felt severely lacking was debate over the New Deal economic policies. The program did take Roosevelt to task for one of the most outrageous attempted power-grabs in presidential history when he tried to make the Supreme Court a 12 seat institution that he could pack. It was a humiliating defeat in Congress and the country and made him look absolutely terrible. But yet, very little mention of the success or failures of New Deal policies. Near the end of the first two-part installment, as they moved to his decision on whether to run for a third term, they did point out that with huge tax hikes and unemployment still at 20% (it was 25% at the beginning of the Great Depression), he could hardly run on his domestic record. Granted, some of the New Deal helped bring America into the 20th Century, improving working conditions and the like, but it sure sounds like 8 years of these socialistic policies did more to slow the recovery from the Great Depression than they did to abet it.

I'd love to hear some comments on this subject.

A Dark Anniversary

Nice article in the Boston Globe about the 30th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge massacre of millions of people in Cambodia. Will there ever be justice? Not if the U.N. is in charge. And I can't help but wonder how Sidney Schamberg can sleep at night know he's such an ignorant fraud. Anyway, for a short look at the development of the evil mind of Pol Pot, check out this classic article by David Kopel. (Hat tip: RealClearPolitics)

The First Media Elected Pope?

Drudge has a link to an interesting article in the New York Times that claims to have gathered information (it actually comes form the Italian media) that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has sewn up 50 of the 115 votes for Pope. The article also cites Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan as the main adversary to Ratzinger. What's interesting here is whether this turns out to be true and either Cardinal Ratzinger or Cardinal Tettamanzi emerge as the next Pope. If so, it would show that even the secrecy of the Conclave is not immune to the information age.

"You Put Your Hands On Your Hips..."

Article of the Day in the Blogosphere is this one from Mark Steyn discussing the Democrats' problems with the hip, cool John Bolton. It sounds to me like Bolton likes to do the "Time Warp." Tell me I'm wrong.



Garry Kasparov got his first taste of hard-ball politics as he was attacked by one of Putin's thugs. Kasparov's entrance into Russian politics is gonna make the next presidential election all the more interesting. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Living In The Past, Ignoring The Present

Victor David Hanson is one of the best political writers of this or any age. His latest column is no exception and has been posted on most of the major blogs this week. Hanson looks at the so-called experts of our past and how they are desperately clinging to the status quo.

Boston Globe Says, "Oops, Our Bad"

Michelle Malkin has a rundown on the fake seal clubbing story from the Boston Globe and a list of other such "lapses in judgment" from the MSM.


LBJ's Biggest Mistake Unbound

Today I was able to catch a report from Dan Abrams on MSNBC. He talked to former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, the left-wing lawyer and "civil rights" activist, who is a driving force behind the political activists group ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). Clark is known for his extreme move leftward after leaving the LBJ administration and has spent the past 35 years or so defending the worst kinds of dictators throughout the world all the while blaming America for everything from death and suffering to high-fat yogurt. Now, he's joined the defense team for Saddam Hussein. To get into the mind of someone like Clark is what fascinates me, and this interview didn't disappoint in that regard. I want to analyze a few excerpts of the interview to prove this point.

ABRAMS: But isn't there a moral choice also? I mean you've given me strictly sort of a legal answer, which is that he deserves as does everyone a fair trial and that you want to make sure that happens. But isn't there also a moral choice to say "He needs somebody but I don't want to be that person based on what I know he's done in his past"?

CLARK: That thought doesn't occur to me because that's me being a judge. A lawyer is not the judge.

ABRAMS: But you reached out to him.

CLARK: I reached out to him--

ABRAMS: To be fair.

CLARK: Because I could see what a crisis it was for human rights. And what's happening right now. I mean his human rights are violated every moment. He has not seen a lawyer; he has not seen his family. He's kept completely incommunicado. And it's imperative that you in a crisis like this and cases of most importance that you fight hardest for human rights. But the idea that you don't represent someone because they're awful, if they are, is contrary to the idea of the right to council. Now can-- if the United States committed the supreme international crime, a war of aggression against Iraq, can it stand above the law and not be charged with that while Saddam Hussein is demonized and charged with other crimes?

Okay, granted everyone deserves judicial representation. I seem to remember John Adams believed in this right so much that he defended British war criminals and American traitors in court. What's interesting here is how he words his response. He says Saddam has been demonized, as though he is a victim of bad P.R. Abrams continues...

ABRAMS: But this would ignore some arguably Saddam's most severe crimes.

CLARK: Well, I'm not going to presume his guilt. But in terms of the effect on the people of Iraq what has happened since March the 19th of 2003 is far more severe than what happened in those other periods under the worst allegations of them.

Excuse me? What has happened in Iraq is far more severe than anything that happened in any other period? I would love to see Clark ask the average Iraqi Kurd or Shiite their opinion on this stance.

ABRAMS: It sounds like when you talk about Saddam Hussein you presume he's innocent. And--

CLARK: Of course I do.

This is fine. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It's a lawyer's duty to follow this edict.

You have to give Abrams credit for this next line of questioning.

ABRAMS: And yet when it comes to the U.S. it seems you presume them guilty. Whenever you talk about the--

CLARK: I don't know why you say that. But--

ABRAMS: Really. Every time you talk about the U.S. it sounds like you are indicting them. And when you talk about Saddam Hussein you restate the presumption of innocence.
CLARK: An indictment is based on probable cause not an assumption of guilt, you know. We don't deny "shock and awe" do we?

Nice try, but Abrams is ready.

ABRAMS: But do we deny the gassing of the Kurds?
Now Abrams has got him, so Clark has to weasel his way around the question, but simply not answering it.

CLARK: I'm here to say he's entitled to a fair trial. I will tell you that he's been so thoroughly demonized that it's almost impossible to hope for a fair trial. He's been demonized for years and years. He's been demonized by the media of the United States and by the government of the United States overwhelmingly. But above all you go with the rule of law. And you have to have a court that is duly constituted, that is legal, that is competent, that is independent and that is impartial. And you're not going to get one in Iraq.

Again, Saddam has been demonized. Demonized for years and years. Never once does Clark say, "well, he's done a lot of awful things but he still deserves a fair trial." That's a huge understatement, but it's at least palatable.

Now Clark looks down on the Iraqi people:

ABRAMS: How about crimes he committed against their people? I mean Saddam Hussein committing crimes against the Iraqi people. Why shouldn't the Iraqi people be able to--(put him on trial themselves)

CLARK: Well, we can let them decide but they don't even have a Constitution or a government yet, you know. What you've got is a U.S. chosen system, judges. Certainly the Iraqi people have a vast interest in this. But their greater interest is peace. Their greater interest is reconciliation. They're living under the most miserable conditions of many miserable periods of time in their lives. Right now there's violence everywhere. It's the worst time they've had in-- in my experience there, including during the bombing in it Gulf War.

ABRAMS: Some would say this is the best time that they've ever had as a free people. They've just had their first elections, etc.
CLARK: Well, the only people that would say that are people who just made a million bucks or something on some contract. There are very few that believe it's the best time. If you don't stick your head out the front door, what kind of freedom is that?

Don't listen to the Iraqi people, don't believe the reports you've heard on the news or in the Blogosphere. The Iraqi people are miserable. The fact that they turned out in huge numbers for their first free election and kissed pictures of George W. Bush means nothing. They're miserable dammit!

Through the entire interview, Clark never once admits to any wrongdoing by Hussein; presumes nothing but wrong-doing by America and scoffs at the Iraqi people as stupid victims who don't know enough to be unable with their freedom.

The strange thing about Ramsey Clark: I don't think he's an evil man; I don't think he's a calculating small-time despot. I think Clark really believes what he says. I think something happened to him in his life, whether it be something from childhood or something during his career, that changed him and made him so demented that he literally believes in the Orwellian notions that "freedom is slavery" and "ignorance is strength." However, he's altered the phrase "war is peace" into peace is defending murderous dictators and fighting for their right to enslave and murder their own people.

On To The Polls!

This story confuses me somewhat. Lebanese President Emile Lahoud named Najib Mikati as Prime Minister today. Mikati is described as "opposition-backed," but also as a "pro-Syrian moderate." I guess what this means is that he's a compromise between the two sides of the debate. No matter what Mikati is, this is good news. With a new government in place, they can have elections on May 31st as planned and the opposition can kick some Syrian ass at the polls.

Reid's Office Tells Bolton Suporter Off

Harry Reid's office doesn't have a lot of patience with private citizens trying to sway his opinion, especially when it comes to John Bolton. Check out my thread on Free Republic for more.


An Indecent Proposal

Bob Barr gives us a smooth shot of nicely aged libertarianism in his latest blog entry. While some of the more uptight Republicans in Congress want to increase indecency restrictions and fines in broadcasting, the former Georgia Congressman enlightens us on why this is just a bad idea. Barr continues to impress me more and more. I'd really like to see him back in Washington.

McCain's Business As Usual Useless

The good Captain has a nice rundown on the continued treachery of John McCain to his own party. As CQ says, his political career has been nothing more than selling-out and grandstanding. Now, he has decided to abandon the Republicans on the fight for judicial nominees. As I stated in my last post, I'd be happier with the liberal media if they would just admit their bias. In the case of McCain, you just wish he would stop pretending he's a loyal Republican and that he doesn't hate George W. Just come clean already.

Harry Reid Brings Home The Bacon

Rush was on a roll today as he unearthed the financial windfall that Nevada's own Senate Minority leader Harry Reid has brought to his family. Newsmax has a synopsis of the various Reid family members and their spoils.

However, the point here is not to play an endless game of political gotcha. From my standpoint, this is about the laziness and ineptitude of the MSM. The New York Times and its followers are so determined to get Tom Delay, yet they ignore these kinds of stories about Congressional Democrats. And still they want to claim there is not liberal bias in the media...only conservative bias over at Fox News Channel. I'm not even saying that all media bias should be eliminated. Let's take it one step at a time. First, just admit your bias, then we can go from there. I would respect the likes of Peter Jennings or Judy Woodruff if they would just come on TV and say, "Good evening, I'm so-and-so and here's the news as I see it." Then we can decide what's real and what's a load of bullshit.

Pull The Trigger!

Powerful monologue from Rush Limbaugh today about the cowards in the U.S. Senate. They're so afraid to pull the trigger on the so-called "nuclear option" that they're actually letting Harry Reid win the P.R. war...Harry Reid for God's sake! Here's a taste:

"Folks, the Senate of the United States is broken. It is controlled by the likes of Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid and John McCain, and unless the Senate is reformed, it will continue to be little more than a stage for grandstanding and undermining the proper functioning of certain legitimate government functions like national security, border security, and the confirmation process."

Now there's a report that Bill Frist will push for a ban on filibusters in the next few weeks. Why wait? Do it now, do it tonight. Do your job and get it done.

Southwest Airlines Triples Profits

When are the other airlines going to learn to be more like Southwest. Just get me where I want to go. I don't need a fancy meal or fancy drinks, just a soda is fine. Get with it United, Delta, American, et al!


Tom Delay Makes A Big Mistake

Tom Delay broke one of the first rules of politics...never apologize. Today, he said that comments he made about the judges in the Schiavo case were "inartful" and he apologized for putting them in such a manner. While it's a weak apology at best, it's still an apology and that can destroy a politicians career.

Cases in point: Newt Gingrich once apologized during his tenure as Speaker of the House for his sometimes "inartful" manner of conducting business. After that apology, it was all downhill until he resigned after the '98 elections. Then, in the opposite direction, you have George W. Bush whose political enemies were bellowing over the fact that he would never admit that he was wrong about anything. I remember Andrew Sullivan going ape-shit over this very fact. Then in November of last year, he gets more vote than any president in American history.

Coincidence? I think not.

There's Something Rotten In The State Of Vermont

It seems there's a newspaper in this country that still does investigative journalism: the Bennington Banner in Vermont. The Banner did some digging and found that "Independent" Congressman Bernie Sanders, the only man in Congress that admits he's a socialists, has done some of the same things Tom Delay has done, i.e. used campaign donations to pay his wife and daughter. Let's see if this gets any play in the MSM. (Hat tip: Drudge)


Congress Sets Up Bipartisan Commission To Investigate White House "Unvitation"

In case you missed it, here's my most recent (and satirical) column from the Blogger News Network:

Following a week of questions and allegations, Congress has set up a bipartisan commission to determine if the White House did in fact invite President Carter to be a part of the Presidential entourage to Pope John Paul II’s funeral in Rome.

"The public fury and the ongoing discussion in the Blogosphere has shown us which way the wind is blowing," said House Speaker Dennis Hastert, "and my face is suffering from a severe wind burn."

Appointed to chair the commission is comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who has postponed his recent stand-up tour to take on his new duties. Seinfeld was chosen for his expertise in the area of personal relationship and the peccadilloes that go along with them. He has also been given free-reign to chose a panel to assist him and to schedule hearings for next month. In a news conference held on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Seinfeld explained to the media how he intends to carry out his new appointment…eventually:

"When you're walking around Washington, D.C., you can't help but notice how everything is made of marble. Everywhere marble, a marble Lincoln, a marble Jefferson, huge stairs made of marble. Can you imagine how many kids can't play with marbles because they had to build this city?" the comedian observed.

Fortunately, Speaker Hastert's office distributed a release to the media with the details. However, the press was distracted for a time when they discovered attached to the press release was a memo that appeared to be talking-points on how the Republicans could turn the hearings to their political advantage. Speaker Hastert has yet to comment.

According to the release, Seinfeld has filled the committee with personal friends of his including Elaine Benes, who Seinfeld cites as an expert in such areas: "Elaine discovered the concept of the 'Unvitation,' when someone invites you to a gathering in such a way as to make it impossible to accept," said Seinfeld. He also appointed his best friend George Costanza to the commission. Apparently, Costanza has some expertise in the area of invitations that Seinfeld was leery to elaborate on.

Other commission members include: Cosmo Kramer, CEO of Kramerica Industries; Tim Watley, prominent New York dentist; Joe Mayo, professional party host; and a man known only as "The Drake."

Hearings are scheduled to begin on May 2nd. President Carter's testimony is expected to take up most of the first day, with White House Chief of Staff Andy Card next on the list. Other experts expected to testify include Sue-Ellen Mishkie, heiress to the O'Henry candy bar fortune and Bob Sacamano, Kramerica Industries Consultant.

Wearing Your Hate On Your Sleeve.

Michelle Malkin has the goods on the latest Hate Bush merchandise for sale. I'd be very surprised if Cafe Press doesn't get a call from the Secret Service pretty soon.

Thatcher Visits Strip Club

This story isn't quite as good as it sounds, but it's still in the running for story of the day.

Hillary Unleashed

Radioblogger has a good rundown of "Hillary The Centrist" and her speech to the Minnesota DFL. Hubert Humphrey has to be rolling over in his grave. He was a liberal, but he at least had some shame.


We're On The Eve Of Destruction

Ariel Sharon sent the world abuzzing with his comment today that Israel appears to be on the "eve of a civil war". I'm not sure what to make of this. He could be giving an honest assessment. The settlers in the West Bank are not going to go quietly and the Israeli right wing is sure to be pissed. However, he might be saying this to illicit a defensive reaction from the different sides of the conflict thus cornering them into a position where they have to seem more moderate lest they appear crazy.

A side note: Sharon hasn't ruled out pulling a Menachem Begin and launching a strike on Iran if need be.

Two Years Later

Our boy Chrenkoff has Part 25 of the "Good News In Iraq" series looking at Iraq two years after the liberation...and there's no short supply of good news. Great line from an Iraqi Kurd:

"Today Jalal Talabani made it to the seat of power, while Saddam Hussein is sitting in jail... Who would have thought."

Answer...George W. Bush.

What, Me Worry?

The Washington Post can't figure out why circulation is down...so they've appointed a panel to investigate. Do I even have to elaborate on this?

Rockin' Good News

(AP) -- Hundreds of U.S. and Iraqi forces launched their biggest Baghdad raid in recent weeks, moving on foot Monday through a central neighborhood and rounding up dozens of suspected insurgents, the military said.
About 500 members of Iraq's police and army and a "couple hundred" American soldiers swept through buildings in the Rashid neighborhood, detaining 65 suspected militants, said Lt. Col. Clifford Kent of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division.


Fellow Idiots, Rise Up And Fight For Your, uh, Something

John Kerry is still crying over his defeat in November, actually saying that despite a record turnout, many, many people were denied the right to vote. In fact, he even points out this little nugget:

"Leaflets are handed out [in Ohio] saying Democrats vote on Wednesday, Republicans vote on Tuesday. People are told in telephone calls that if you've ever had a parking ticket, you're not allowed to vote," he said.

Okay, here's the thing. Even if this is true, would you really want to admit that your supporters are so stupid as to believe that they only vote on Wednesday and are the equivelent of convicted felons for having an expired parking meter?

We really dodged a bullet last November. Big time. (Hat tip:Gateway Pundit)

Harry Reid And His Glass House

BizBlogger has a good breakdown comparing Harry Reid and Tom Delay in the ethics catagory. To borrow from Fox...he reports, you decide. (Hat tip: Polipundit)

Keeping Us In Touch With The Ignorance Of The MSM

This article is about a week old, but it's chock full of good analysis on the MSM's fear of the Blosophere. The LA Times seems to be on a quest to outdo the NY Times in the Moonbat Media Olympics.

Move Over Abortion, Here Comes Immigration

As President Bush would say, "make no mistake," the next big campaign issue will be immigration. In Arizona is it thee issue and when both parties vie for the open presidency in '08, it will be a huge issue on a national scale as well. Not only do we have border patrol militiamen, now we have the Sierra Club once again facing internal strife over the issue of immigration and the environment. You really can't dispute the notion that less population in the United States can lead to less pollution. The question is how much less. That's debatable. Regardless, the leadership of the Sierra Club is nervous about taking such a stance that flies in the face of the usual liberal-socialist litmus test. Gotta love that noise.

Bolton For The U.N.

Latest reports say that Rhode Island "Republican" Senator Lincoln Chafee is now "inclined" to vote for John Bolton's confirmation as Ambassador to the U.N. Bolton's confirmation will be another watershed moment for the Bush administration as the president slowly works to change the culture of the U.S. government's burocracy. Porter Goss's house cleaning of the CIA will have long-term effects. Bolton's appointment could do just the same. Let's hope that Condi Rice is prepared to deep-six some of the career diplomatics in the State Department and finish the hat trick.

Meanwhile, Liberals are chomping at the bit at the possibility of getting rid of Tom Delay. I still think this is wishful thinking, especially after reading Michelle Cottle's latest piece.

The Unvitation Heard 'Round The World

Check out my latest column on the Blogger News Nework that takes a satirical look at the Carter "unvitation" to the Pope's funeral. It's not as far-fetched as you might think in this age of bipartisan commissions.


Bush And Clinton v. The Democrats

Drudge is headlining a story about President Bush asking Bill Clinton for foreign policy advice. Right. Bush hardly needs advice in this area, especially from the man that was advised by Sandy Berger. This was just an excuse to broach the subject of social security:

The president also praised one of Mr. Clinton's domestic policies -- trying to reform Social Security. Both men have proposed personal savings accounts as part of the solution, an idea that is vociferously opposed by congressional Democrats.
'I was telling President Clinton I remember watching one of his town hall meetings in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on this very subject,' Mr. Bush said just hours after bidding farewell to his predecessor at the Rome airport.
'And I thought it was a very impressive presentation,' he added. 'By the way, a lot of the language happens to be pretty close to some of the town hall meetings we've had.'

Genius. Using the words of the patron saint of the Democrat Party to strengthen your position. Clinton is a bit stuck in that he can't defend his brethren in the Congress because of what he said about Social Security reform in the 90s. But unlike Clinton, Bush actually means what he says.


I Didn't See Nuthin'!

Here's yet another reason I don't expect the U.N. to find anything in their investigation of the assassination of Lebanese PM Hariri: they can't even see what's right in front of them. (Hat tip: rls)

The Latest Scandal Seems To Have Been Delayed

Michelle Cottle of The New Republic has an excellent piece on why the latest Tom Delay "scandal" is nothing of the sort. You have to give The New Republic credit. They're liberal, but they don't live in a dream-world. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Straighten Up And Fly Right

The new Prime Minister of Iraq is so far talking the talk. Today, he announced he expects to have his cabinet in place within two weeks and is looking for men and women with a "clean history." All in all, a pretty lofty goal if you think about it. His aides say they expect the cabinet to be about one-quarter women. Let's hope they can let their hair flow like the Lebanese protest babes.


And Here's A Little Something For Your Trouble

The U.N. Security Council is going to get to the bottom of who killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri. Uh huh. That is, unless, Bashar Assad is prepared to grease a few palms. I think Kojo Annan is looking for some consulting work.

Let's just hope the John Bolton gets there in time to make sure the evil-doers get their asses kicked.

Must See TV

He ran from building to building avoiding the bombs and the U.S. troops that were on his tail. He lost his two sons and had to hide in a hole in a last ditch effort to escape. But today was by far the worst of Saddam Hussein's life.

As he watched television, killing time before his trial, he saw something that made his blood run cold: Kurdish rebel leader Jalal Talabani was sworn in as the new President of Iraq. For the past 20 years, the only way Talabani could have found himself in Baghdad was if he was dead and in a box. Now, he is a member of a Kurdish-Shiite-Sunni coalition. Meanwhile, the man that gassed the Kurdish people in an act that would have greatly impressed Hitler, could only sit and watch this great moment in history, uniterrupted and commerical free.

Votes For The Ages

It's going to be an interesting year in the Middle East as Iraq continues its new-found democracy. Meanwhile, Lebanon is set to (hopefully) hold parliamentary elections at the end of May and Egypt has parliamentary and presidential elections in the fall. Both elections come with tremendous consequences.


Sorry Jimmy, The Plane's Full

So the story rolls on. Jimmy Carter says everything is cool, but the MSM will have none of it. Stories are flying all over the place that he wasn't invited, that he was uninvited, that he was told no ex-presidents were going when in fact they were, and so on.

This is a case where I think President Bush could liberate millions of people in the country from little those annoying social norms and just admit that they didn't want Carter to come along. He's annoying and he's an embarassment. Enough is enough.

Yeah, I'm a dreamer.


Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Kodos

Absolutely classic. The London Times reports that the Labour Party in Great Britain has been accused of stealing a campaign slogan from The Simpsons for their own use in the upcoming Parliamentary elections. It doesn't get any better than this. (Hat tip: Samizdata)

Limit One Disgraced Ex-President Per Plane

Drudge has his siren going with a hot story that former President Jimmy "Iraq isn't ready for an election" Carter's request to bum a ride with President Bush to the Pope's funeral was denied. The White House line is that they are only taking 5 people so as not to tax the security detail. I suspect the real story is that Carter is a disgrace. Yes, so is Clinton, but Carter has been making the most of his ex-presidency by being wrong on every level and he hasn't had one nice thing to say about W. Clinton at least knows how to talk the talk.

A Chicken In Every Pot...

So it begins in the old country. Tony Blair and the Queen dissolved parliament and new elections will be held in Great Britain on May 5th. I can't believe I'm actually rooting for a European Labour Party, but I've got no choice. Tony Blair had our back and he's the only one in London with any guts. I don't know what will happen to the UK when he's gone.


Media Bias Top 10, Here We Go....

It's been all the rage on the Blogosphere for the past couple of days, so here it is you crazy kids. Cassandra has the Top 10 (actually 20) Catagories of DNC/MSM Media Bias. They're all excellent, but if I have to pick a favorite:

3. Ventriloquist journalism. A common tactic of the MSM/DNC is to get others to do its dirty work. Let it appear as if someone else is doing the talking so that "media bias" won't be so obvious. [Update] MSM/DNC often uses phrases like "critics say" "some say" "experts say" "sources have told CBS news" . . . .

"Sources tell" Jim-Rose.com, that Cassandra kicks ass!

I Want My Gore TV!

My latest editorial is up and running on the Blogger News Network. Al Gore's new cable network could prove quite entertaining...for all the wrong reasons.

Out Of Africa

(AP) -- Many Africans think it's time for an African pope. They say having a black at the top would anchor the Roman Catholic Church among the world's poor -- signaling that the Vatican aims to lead the fight against inequality and disease, offering a hope of salvation in this world as well as the next. And, they add, it would recognize that the church is gravitating away from the ailing parishes and empty pews of Europe to focus on vibrant congregations to the south.

Ed. - I think this is a good idea, but for somewhat different reason. No continent is as backwards as Africa, with totalitarian despots like Mugabe and health and education systems that are almost non-existent. A Pope that could do for Africa what John Paul II did for Eastern Europe would be a wonderful thing. But it has to start at the top. Silly programs from the United Nations like free condoms and other non-sense will never make a dent. They need a vision, not packets of rubber. The African people need someone to give them the strength to rise up against evil (like Mugabe) and join the rest of us in the 21st century. And this is coming from an Agnostic.

News Roundup 4/4/05

Lot's of stuff going on today. As I write this, the Pope's body has been laid in state at St. Peter's Basilica. Meanwhile, at the White House, President Bush welcomes Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko who faces a delicate balancing act of beginning a new friendship with the United States while trying not to alienate Russia. Elections in Moldova...check out Gateway Pundit for an update. Also, Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev finally faced the music and resigned.


Sin City In Sin City

Greetings friends. Still recovering from the kidney stone episode of Thursday night. Feeling a lot better, but not exactly bursting with energy. Just went with some friends to see the movie Sin City. I liked it quite a bit, but you have to be aware of what you're getting. It's a comic book put to film. There's a lot of violence, though it's cartoonish and lots of good hard-boiled dialogue. One of my favorites: "I felt like a palsey victim trying to perform brain surgery with a pipe wrench." Ew!

Anyway, Drudge is making some hay about the fact that there is a cannibalistic bishop in the movie and it's number one at the box office the same weekend the Pope passes away. What to make of it? As a Byron-scholar friend of mine once said, "I leave it a problem, as all things."


These Times They Are Uh Changin'

Drudge caught this article which has a very important paragraph:

"In contrast to the church's ancient traditions, Navarro-Valls announced the death in an e-mail to journalists: "The Holy Father died this evening at 9:37 p.m. (2:37 p.m. EST) in his private apartment." The spokesman said church officials were following instructions that John Paul had written for them on Feb. 22, 1996."

E-mail. The world has changed. The world is smaller and everyone can be connected if they have the desire. Amazing.

Pope John Paul II, 1920-2005



Ow, Ow, and Ow Again

Greetings folks...Jim here with some health news. Spent the last night in the hospital with a kidney stone. It's the first time I've had one and let me tell you, they hurt like a son-of-a-gun. It passed and I'm home now with some lortab and feeling a lot better, but still a little immobile. More posts coming this weekend.