A Day That Will Live In Journalistic Infamy

"I found myself really coming to the conclusion that once the Supreme Court has spoken in a case involving national security and a grand jury, we are not above the law and we have to behave the way ordinary citizens do."

These words will be debated in Journalism schools (and the Blogosphere) for generations. They are the words of Time Editor in Chief Norman Pearlstine, as he today made the fateful decision to hand over note from a reporter facing jail time for refusing to reveal a source that identified an undercover CIA agent.

Forgetting for a moment the details of this case (Robert Novak; political hack Joe Wilson), the decision by Time to turn over the names of their sources is huge. The Supreme Court ruled in New York Times v. Nixon that a clear and present danger to the country was reason enough to subvert the First Amendment by allowing the government to issue prior restraints on journalists. Is the outing of Valerie Plame a clear and present danger?

I'm conflicted. I pride myself as a First Amendment absolutist, or more accurately what First Amendment scholar Rodney Smolla calls a Qualified Absolutist, believing that free speech is can only be curbed in extreme cases such as clear and present danger to the country. The press in this country is free, but not free from any and all restrictions.

As Johnny Casper said in the great film Miller's Crossing, "An interesting ethical question."

MORE: William Safire is none too happy about the whole situation.

Sticky Fingers Putin

There's some discrepancy over whether New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft gave his Super Bowl ring to Russian President Vladimir Putin or whether it was mistakenly accepted as a gift. Newsmax has the roundup of the scuttlebutt.

If it's true that Putin mistakenly thought he was being given the ring, it kinda makes you wonder about this guy and his personality.

Reid And Santorum Dust-Up

Harry Reid and Rick Santorum had a little tiff today on the Senate floor. Reid went so far as to accuse Santorum of disrespecting veterans. It's funny how Reid has gone from the friendly-grandfatherly type to an old crank. (Hat tip: ABP's)

Moveon.org Republican

Will Franklin is guest-blogging over at Wizbang Blog and he's got a nice write-up on Chuck Hagel's career suicide.

New Iranian President A Hostage Taker?

In case you missed it, here's the story and pictures from Gateway Pundit on the possibility that new Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the American hostage takers in 1979.


Last Throes Or The Last Battle?

I was thinking about President Bush's speech and I realized there is one part of it not getting a lot of attention. In talking about the terrorists in Iraq, the President stated the following:

They fight because they know that the survival of their hateful ideology is at stake. They know that as freedom takes root in Iraq, it will inspire millions across the Middle East to claim their liberty, as well. And when the Middle East grows in democracy and prosperity and hope, the terrorists will lose their sponsors, lose their recruits, and lose their hopes for turning that region into a base for attacks on America and our allies around the world.

Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate. Hear the words of Osama Bin Laden: "This Third World War is raging" in Iraq. "The whole world is watching this war." He says it will end in "victory and glory, or misery and humiliation."

The terrorists know that the outcome will leave them emboldened, or defeated. So they are waging a campaign of murder and destruction. And there is no limit to the innocent lives they are willing to take.

While I'm not trying to make excuses for Dick Cheney and his "last throes" comment, I have to wonder if this isn't more along the lines of what the Vice President meant. Iraq is the decisive battle. If the terrorists lose there (and they will), it's all over but the shouting. There will still be pockets of resistance and terrorists attacks, but none with any legitimacy. From their perspective, if Iraq is lost, the Middle East is lost. If the Middle East is lost, the world is lost...and America wins.

Galloway Bashes Bush

British Saddamite MP George Galloway is, not surprisingly, bashing President Bush's speech last night. There's really not much to say about his remarks, but what catches my eye in these stories is the way Galloway is described.

British legislator George Galloway, who was expelled from the Labour party over his criticism of the Iraq war, responded to Bush's speech with scorn.

Talk about sloppy journalism. If an MP could be kicked out of Labour for simply being against the Iraq war, Blair would have lost half his party. Galloway was thrown out of Labour for being found guilty of four charges of bringing the party into disrepute, which included encouraging Arabs to fight British soldiers in Iraq and urging British troops not to obey "illegal orders." This goes well beyond "criticism."

WILLisms Caption Contest

I came so close, but second place isn't bad.

Anger Builds In China

There are reports of a riot in Bejing in which the local police took quite a beating. Apparently, the poor aren't so crazy about their lot in life and are getting a little antsy. Good stuff. (Hat tip: Drudge)


Chuck Hagel Gets Fleas

Damn I'm good! Just 8 days ago, I warned Chuck Hagel about laying down with dogs. Now, the Nebraska Senator's skin is getting a little itchy. Tonight, Moveon.org starts airing new commercials calling for a pullout in Iraq and the spots use quotes from the presidential hopeful, and he seems a little distraught:

"This ad is dishonest," Hagel said in a statement. "I have never supported immediate removal of American troops from Iraq ... I have said that to withdraw from Iraq now would have catastrophic consequences that would ripple across a generation of Americans, Iraqis and the entire Middle East."

Awwwwwww! Poor Chucky! Are your words getting all twisted?

Should've taken my advice. Idiot.

Bush v. Moveon.org

Nice speech. To those of us on the side of the war, it's nothing we didn't already know. For the MSM, the bashing will begin immediately.

Meanwhile, Moveon.org, the brain-trust of the Democratic Party, will begin running ads tonight that call for pulling troops out of Iraq. They will except nothing but total defeat.

UPDATE: Here's a link to the website the President spoke about tonight.

The Chickens Come Home To Roost

Jawa Report has this nifty little item on how Supreme Court Justice David Souter may have gotten more than he bargained for in Kelo v. New London.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has some good links.

UPDATE: The Iconic Midwesterner takes Michael Kinsley down a peg.

The End Of A Political Career

Harold Ford, the media-popular Congressman from Tennessee has pretty much ruined what was once a very promising political career. After deciding to give up his Congressional seat to run for the soon to be open Senate seat of Bill Frist in the very Republican state, Ford announces that he supports the Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. New London.

Harry, we hardly knew ye. (Hat tip: QandO)

Karl Rove Is Right

I missed a lot of the bloodletting over Karl Rove's speech in New York, but Don Surber has a nice rundown of just why Karl Rove is right.

John Walton Dies

John Walton, one of three sons of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton died today in a plane crash in Wyoming. He was flying a homemade, experimental aircraft.

Here's my question: How long before the Kos Kidz start celebrating and talking about divine intervention? Am I being too harsh? I don't think so.

Back To Business

Alrighty! I'm back home in Vegas and ready to get back to my daily routine (if only that didn't include work). A lot of news the past 5 days, and with President Bush giving a speech tonight, I've got some catching up to do.


Vacation Update From Lincoln

Hi ho! My vacation back home in the Cornhusker state has gone well. Lot's of good food and family time. Right now, coming to you from a computer station at the Student Union of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Here to meet with my graduate advisor to get back on track towards my Master's Degree in Journalism. Getting close, but I gotta get that thesis topic worked out soon.

Anyway, a lot has happened in the past few days. My reaction was mixed on the Iranian elections. With the hard-line candidate winning, I guess it proves to the world that their system of "democracy" is a joke and hopefully the kids are in the mood for a full and final revolt. I believe they had a 49% turnout in the runoff election and Ahmadinejad won with something like 60% of the vote...so in actuality, he has the support of 30% of the population. Not exactly a mandate from the people.

I also see the Supreme Court is the top of the news today. The media are circling the building like vultures waiting for someone to retire and then, in turn, trash whoever Bush nominates. The unfortunate part is that those wanting to retire are the conservatives. Not much can change until the Fab 5 on the left side of the bench start dropping out.

Well, I'll be returning to Vegas tomorrow morning and I'll get back to my regular schedule. Until then...


Time For A Vacation

Well gang, blogging may be a little light for the next three or four days as I'll be taking a short vacation to Nebraska to see the family and partake in some corn-fed steak. I'll try and get to a computer when I can. It's been a good week. A big thanks to Bill Quick for his link on Daily Pundit to my open letter to Andrew Sullivan that led to over a hundred visits. I'm now a Slithering Reptile in the TTLB Ecosystem. Tell your friends, visit Jim-Rose.com today!

Durbin Fine, Rove Wrong?

Nary a peep out of the Democrats over Dick Durbin's idiotic statements comparing Gitmo to Gulags, but when Karl Rove slams the Dems for their tepid response to 9/11..."we demand an apology!" Pathetic.

UPDATE: As I think this over it occurs to me that if Rove is the genius that people think he is, this may be a trap that the Democrats walked right into. They'll condemn a slight on them but not a slight on our troops at Gitmo.

MORE: Michelle Malkin is on this story like stink on a monkey.

MUST READ: Wizbang's take.

Mark Levin Is Right

The Supreme Court is out of control. Today in a 5-4 ruling, the court decided that governments can take away privately owned land and give it to developers. Scalia, Rehnquist, Thomas and O'Connor dissented. When Bush gets to choose a new justice, this is gonna be a big part of the debate.

UPDATE: Dale Franks has an excellent analysis. And for those of you that are always saying that Conservatives and Republicans only care about the interests of the rich and powerful, I'll point out to you again that the dissenting judges in this case were O'Connor, Rehnquist, Thomas and Scalia...the Limbaugh wing of the court.

The Pain Of Being A Socialist

The boys at QandO have a story of a man in Arizona who apparently died because of people like me. I take politics and the state of our nation seriously, but not that seriously. No one should.

More Speech, Not Less

Much to my surprise, the entire Nevada Congressional Delegation in the House voted for the Flag Burning Amendment. Our delegation is two Republicans and one Democrat.

Despite the fact that I usually vote Republican, I think I've made it plain on this website that I am first, a libertarian. I love our flag and if I should ever be in the presence of someone dishonoring it, chances are, there will be a confrontation. But, I strongly believe in a person's right to do so. My golden rule is more speech, not less. I do not support a flag burning amendment or any law that bans speech. That is not what America is about.

However, it's much ado about nothing. Amending the Constitution is a tough process, as it should be. The chances of a flag burning amendment are extremely slim.


Saddam The Neat Freak

From the Omaha World Herald:

(Hat tip: UJ)

Hostage Praises War Effort

Bill Quick has the story of the Australian hostage recently freed by Iraqi forces. He actually issued an apology to President Bush and Prime Minister Howard for the things he said under duress. He also praised the war effort and the training of Iraqi military and police forces that were able to secure his release.

Sir, I think I speak for President Bush and most Americans when I say, no apology necessary. You are a good man. Thank you for your service in the war effort.

Downing Street Memo Fantasy

The mighty Hitch takes care of the Downing Street Memo conspiracy in short order.


Durbin's Fake Apology

I'm not going to do a lot of analysis here, there's no point. All I'll can say, to quote the immortal words of George Constanza, is "you can stuff your sorrys in a sack!"

MORE: Bill Quick seconds that emotion.

EVEN MORE: The Power Line boys don't buy the sophistry.

STILL MORE: The good Captain weighs in.

You Don't Know What You've Got

I was checking the hit referrals on my webpage and found something quite interesting. If you put the words media that gives us a warped view of living into Google Search, the first thing to come up is Jim-Rose.com.

How ironic.

Daley Chastises Durbin

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley Jr. is coming down on Illinois Senator for his American soldiers are Nazis comparison. No doubt Daley is now a drone in the Republican Media Machine.

Senate Gives Up On Bolton

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says he will not bring another vote for cloture on the debate over U.N. Ambassador nominee to the floor this session. No doubt this was done at the behest of the White House, which means it's a pretty good bet that a recess appointment is on the way.

UPDATE: Or is it?

The Kerry Papers

In case anyone wants to have a look, Power Line has procured copies of John Kerry's Form-180 documents.

Romney States The Obvious

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is acknowledging that he is testing the waters for a presidential run. Meanwhile, Howard Dean is already trying to damage the Republican candidate.


The Heart's A Lonely Hunter

Do you ever just sit alone in your living room, the lights off, smoking a cigar, and think to yourself, "does the Absinthe & Cookies girl even know that I'm alive?"

Is it just me?

An Open Letter To Andrew Sullivan


You are a personal hero of mine and I'll always respect and admire you for what you've done for journalism with your blog. It is for this reason that I'm extremely saddened to see how you've lost you way in what was once an uncanny ability to see through the dreck in everyday political sport.

I understand your concern for the what is (or is not) going on at Gitmo Prison. Unlike me, you've been able to see America through a different set of eyes, expatriate eyes. I understand how much you love the United States and how you (rightfully so) have high standards for this country you now call home. But it appears that love is indeed blind.

In short, Andy, there have been some wrongs committed at Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, many of which have been dealt with with court martials, reprimands and other military disciplines. But let us not quibble over the punishment fitting the crime. Let's assume that what you say is correct, that there is unforgivable tortures going on at Gitmo. What we would need is serious criticism and debate over this issue in order to do what is necessary to correct these wrongs. But from Senator Durbin, a cogent argument is not on the agenda. Instead, we are given a laundry list of moral equivalencies: Gitmo is compared to Soviet Gulags, the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the gas ovens of Auschwitz, and of course, Saddam Hussein's rein of terror itself. One could make the argument, as Amnesty International has proudly, that you have to stir up the hornets nest if you want to get their attention (i.e. TV interviews), but what has been the result of such a strategy? Are we debating the real problems at Gitmo, or are we once again going down the road of defending the United States against an argument that would make this nation comparable to some of the worst regimes in the world? Not only is it counterproductive, it's an insult to the millions of people that have been tortured and killed by said regimes in the dark days of the 20th Century. A country like America, in which you Andy, expect so much, should not only fight the war on terror with honor, but it should have men, in its government and in its media, that also exercise their duties with honor.

This is not the way, Andy.

With Regards,

Jim Rose

UPDATE: No reply from Andy, but Bill Quick thinks it's a lost cause.

Bolton Bash Continues

As is my wont, on controversial issues like this I always take a look at the roll call vote and see who crossed party lines. The vote for cloture on the debate over U.N. Ambassador nominee John Bolton was pretty typical.

Three Blue Dogs voted yes:
Landrieu (D-LA)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)

One snivling RINO voted no: (drum roll)
Voinovich (R-OH)

Now the debate moves to whether or not Bush should keep fighting for Bolton or make him a recess appointment. I say stick it them and make the recess appointment. The Democrats don't have two legs to stand on. Their objections to Bolton are laughable and the U.N. needs a good ass-kicking sooner rather than later. Bring it on!

UPDATE: Jayson over at PoliPundit agrees.

Hagel Finds A New Home

Looks like Senator Hagel got his wish...he's now being lionized by the Kos Kidz.

Just a word to the wise, Chuck. You lay down with dogs...

Carnival Of Revolutions

Speaking of Lebanon, check out Siberian Light, which is hosting this week's Carnival of Revolutions, a roundup of Democracy on the march.

Lebanon Does It!

It's all over. The elections have wrapped up and the anti-Syrian forces appear to have won all 28 northern Lebanon seats in the parliament. Now it's a matter of how things will shake out between the different factions. Certainly, Aoun's strong showing will make things interesting, but this is not the time for nit-picking. The Lebanese people have taken back their country without firing a shot. They are a role-model for people around the world.

Light Day Blogging

Blogging will be light during the daytime hours on Jim-Rose.com for a while. I-S guys here at work are putting some kind of draconian virus blocker on the system soon. They did a test run this morning and we couldn't even get onto our own company pages!

But fear not my loyal readers, it just means there will be more blogging in the evening hours, and (in emergencies) over the lunch hour if I can find a decent cyber-cafe.


Nebraska's Embarrassment

I've finally figured out what's wrong with Chuck Hagel: He has no understanding of agenda-setting effects. Recently, Hagel said the White House "...is completely disconnected from reality. It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq." This is backed up by recent polls that say only 41% of Americans support Bush's handling of the war.

Smart readers of Jim-Rose.com know that political polls are a reflection of news reports in the MSM. The so-called support of Bush's handling of the war is down because the news on Iraq has been mostly negative. The only positive stories you can find on Iraq (and there are many) are in the Blogosphere. Meanwhile, stories like this one about Hagel bashing the White House get lots of play in the anti-Bush MSM which are the organizations that do the polling! The more Hagel bashes the White House, and the more he tries to be popular with the upper-East side of Manhattan, the more we'll see stories like this and polls that seem to bear bad news.

Also, he seems to have no concept of the fact that everything Bush, Cheney and the war team say is listened to not just by us, but by our enemies. They're not about to do anything to embolden the terrorists...Hagel's concerns are of little importance. His lack of intelligence continues to amaze me. If he's seriously considering a run for the White House, then he's proving himself not mentally fit to even hold a seat in the Senate.

Then What?

Wizbang asks the questions that nobody is asking Dick Durbin and his cabal. Let's say we release the prisoners and shut down Gitmo...then what?

The Last Laff

This post is for UJ back in Omaha who was the first person to teach me about the Laffer Curve. It would seem that Arthur Laffer was more right than any of us expected. (Hat tip: PoliPundit)

Clinton Joins Durbin

Bill Clinton, the darling of the E.U....uh, wait, that's right...the E.U. is dead. Okay then. Bill Clinton, the darling of the former European Union continues to hone his anti-American credentials as he comes out in favor of either closing-down or "cleaning-up" Gitmo Prison in an interview with the Financial Times.

This is why so many of us didn't trust this man in the matter of foreign affairs. When he bombed Serbia from a distance, we were worried, because anyone that thinks as he does could easy botch things for the country he supposedly serves. Remember just recently that Bill Clinton said he had no real problem with the Iranian government. He is a dangerous man. We were very lucky that his 8 years in the White House did as little damage as was done, but we have to be very careful of his influence in the backwards countries of the world.

The Next Supreme Court Justice

McQ at QandO has the list of possible Supreme Court nominees according to the AP. He picks apart the theories in quick order.

Byrd's Long Despicable Legacy

Michelle Malkin points out this lengthy piece in the Washington Post about Robert Byrd's continued effort to try and explain his past KKK affiliation. It's a good piece, read it all.

Here's the thing about this whole Byrd/Klan thing. Can a person be forgiven for having been in the Klan in his youth? Yes, he can. Anyone can do something stupid and change their ways. If we make it unforgivable, we completely eliminate the notion that people can change.

The next question goes to sincerity. If one renounces his racist past, how can we be sure he means it. With Byrd, it's been sketchy. He voted against Thurgood Marshall for the Supreme Court and he fought against Civil Rights legislation. Now, there are legitimate reasons to be against Marshall and the Civil Rights Act, but his past gives his votes the taint of racism.

But where the real gripe lies is in the fact that Byrd can have this kind of past and be forgiven, while others with no record of racism can be accused of it on a daily basis simply for the fact that they favor things like tax-cuts or military spending. It's the utter hypocrisy that rubs those of us on the libertarian-Right the wrong way. Byrd's legacy started with racism...then moved onto pork-barrel spending and eventually the conscience of Senatorial obstruction.

No matter how you slice it, he has a lot of explaining to do.

UPDATE: In light of the notion of redeeming one's past, here's a great column on the rethinking of Richard Nixon and other presidents of the past.

MORE: Jayson over at Polipundit will have none of it. He makes a good point about Byrd's recent voting record online racial lines.

Downing Street Memo Fake?

Wizbang Blog has a roundup of the recent news that the Downing Street Memo may be fake or at least partially embellished. Read it over and decide for yourself.

UPDATE: The good Captain seems to be taking the lead on this story.

Romney Blasts Durbin

Radioblogger has a transcript of a short interview with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on the Hugh Hewitt Show. Romney was asked about Senator Dick Durbin's comments comparing Gitmo to the Gulags and so on. Radioblogger points out that Romney didn't hem or haw on the subject and, unlike Bill Frist, forcefully blasted Durbin for his idiocy.

There's been a lot of talk lately about Governor Romney's presidential aspirations and what his next move should be. The more I've thought about it, the more I think he should just go for it. It's debatable whether he should run for a second term for governor and then run for President or just concentrate on the presidency. I think he should just be honest about his ambitions and in turn will earn respect from the public for being honest about his desire to be president.

Yesterday, I read a story about how Romney went to a political dinner in Orange County, California and impressed the hell out of the people there. Orange County is still one of the most Republican counties in the California and the faithful there are always leery to trust a Northeastern Republican who they figure will follow the Rockefeller tradition. Romney is wisely taking the time to go inside the belly of the beasts and show these people what he's made of. So far, everyone has been very impressed. Watch for him to be taking a tour of the South next and show the boys in Dixie that he's on their side.

Iranian Election Rigged

Regime Change Iran has more on the presidential election in Iran this week and reports that the election was rigged by the Mullah regime. Even the New York Times, often blind to the crimes of tyrannical regimes, cannot help but see.

MORE: Condi Rice calls the election bullshit...though not in those terms, of course. (Hat tip: Free Thoughts)

Geldof Defends Bush

You gotta give Bob Geldof credit...he's no dumb musician trying to play politics, he understands what's going on. In an interview in Time Magazine he says he often has to defend George W. Bush in France because of their anti-Bush ideology and states that Bush has done more for Africa than any other American President. Even Bono, despite the friction it's causing between him and his band-mates and other "gits" like Sinead O'Connor, seems to get it. (Hat tip: Drudge)


The Good Ol' Days

It looks like the old French-British rivalry is returning...courtesy the E.U.:

At the summit, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac argued vehemently over Britain's budgetary refund and France's generous agricultural subsidies.

But at the heart of the dispute was a fundamental difference of vision: Britain believes in an American-style free-market system and is fighting to reform the bloc's spending system. France remains intent on preserving time-honored social protections.

Ah yes, time-honored social protections. How true...the only thing honorable about these social protections is their longevity. As John Huston said in Chinatown: "Ugly buildings and whores all get respectable if they last long enough."

Amnesty International Digs Its Grave

Big story in the blogosphere today is this column in the Washington Post from a survivor of the Soviet Gulags on how Amnesty International tried to get him to help them in the quest for moral equivalence on Guantanamo Bay.

A.I. has taken decades of work and credibility in fighting for human rights and thrown it all away. Really sad when you think about it.

Iranian Runoff

Initial results are in and Iran will have its first presidential runoff election ever next Friday. Despite calls by those in the reform movement to boycott the vote, the so-called reform candidate Mahdi Karroubi did pretty well, keeping up with the tell-you-want-you-want-to-hear candidate Hashemi Rafsanjani.

What does the student movement do now? What should be their next move?

UPDATE: WILL Franklin does some good old fashioned journalism and catches part of the shame election taking place right here in the land of the free.

AND: Stefania has some reports from Iran on how the regime is trying to pull the wool over our eyes.

MORE: Publis Pundit blows the lid off an Iranian polling place in Tucson, Arizona.


The Letters Of Dick Durbin

The Iowa Hawk scores a big coup for himself...hired to be the editor of Dick Durbin's Letters.

Wanna See Something Weird?

This was sent to me today by a colleague of mine:

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Dman,...oops! I mean, damn!

The Uzbekistan Problem

Gateway Pundit has the latest on how the government of Uzbekistan is turning the screws on the Pentagon after the U.S. government offered criticism of the crackdown on protesters in the former Soviet Republic some weeks ago. The U.S. has been using an air base in Uzbekistan to fly in relief supplies to nearby Afghanistan.

I gotta call it like it is, we need to either fish or cut-bait on this issue. Granted, the use of the base is an important part of our efforts in Afghanistan, but we're being hypocritical by not being more vocal about the crackdowns and continuing to do business with the Uzbekistan government. Words mean nothing unless they're backed up with action. While losing the use of the air base would hurt, there are always other options, you just have to be willing to look for them.

French "Intellectuals"

In light of the elections in Iran and the recent visit of "journalist" Sean Penn to Tehran, the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler has a little history lesson for us from back in 1978 when French Intellectual Michael Foucault visited Iran and it's burgeoning Islamic Revolution. Quite educational.

Buffoon Of The Week

In a runaway victory, Illinois Senator Dick Durban has won the Judge Smails "Buffoon of the Week" award over at Ankle Biting Pundits. An award well deserved. Kudos!

Election Day In Iran

Much to my surprise, the New York Times published a pretty good editorial today on the Iranian presidential elections that were held today. The Times rightly rejects recent claims that Rafsanjani is a reformed-hardliner who is Iran's best chance for moving forward towards democracy and striking a deal with the West to halt his country's nuclear ambitions.

However, the Times feels that the people should not boycott the election and vote as "this election is the best tool available to the Iranian people to indicate which way they want their troubled country to head over the next four years."

It's hardly a mystery where the Iranian people stand. Voting in large numbers would only serve to legitimize the system that the Mullahs have set up. But, admittedly, it is debatable.
Early reports say the turnout has been relatively high, but still not enough to give any candidate more than 50% of the vote. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Apparently, Iranians living in America can vote in today's elections, much like the Iraqi's did. My man WILL went to check it out in Houston and nearly went tete-a-tete with the Iranian regime.

Durbingate Rolls On

Michelle Malkin has a roundup of the comments (or lack thereof) from the editorial pages on Dick Durbin's recent insanity.

UPDATE: McQ picks apart Durbin's unapology.


The Non-Smoking Gun

John Henke over at QandO dissects the Downing Street Memo.

George Pataki's Future

There's speculation that New York Governor George Pataki will not run for the office again next year and instead gear up for a presidential run in '08.

First thoughts on this: he may try and run, but he'd never get the nomination. The only Northeastern Republican with a shot is Mitt Romney, and Romney has been boning up on his conservative credentials for the past year...Pataki would have a long way to go to win over the GOP base. However, Pataki could be a viable VP nomination for balance if a strong conservative like George Allen is the nominee. But even that, I think, is a longshot.

This is not necessarily how I'd like to see it, I'm just giving the realistic angle. I like Pataki's libertarian side, but when a Republican is too liberal on social issues it can sometimes bleed over to the economic/foreign policy side of their ideology, thus I'm always weary of the guys from New England.

Headline Of The Day

"US school district goes barfing mad"

This concerns the student that vomited on his teacher in Olathe, Kansas and was subsequently charged with battery and expelled.

Media Bias And The Iranian Elections

On the subject of media bias, you have to remember one thing: media bias isn't always about what a news organization reports, but what they don't report. Regime Change Iran has a great example of this as CNN sits down for an interview with Iranian presidential candidate Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Questions that CNN failed to ask:

-the recent demonstrations in Iran over women's right?
-the imprisonment and hunger strike of its political dissidents?
-about the coming boycott of the election?
-about the fact the real power in Iran is with the Supreme Leader making the election a mere how for the western media?
-and the many hard questions about Iran's nuclear program?

Perhaps CNN had to agree not to ask these questions in order to get the interview. If so, then what's the point of the interview? Oh, that's right...this is the news organization that covered up Saddam's crimes in order to get "better access." Criminal.

Durbin Refuses To Apologize

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is taking some heat for likening the treatment of prisoners at Gitmo to Russian Gulags, Nazi camps and Pol Pot's...well, entire country of Cambodia in the late '70s. So far, he refuses to apologize.

You know what? Good. I'm glad he's not apologizing. Why should he? It would be a fake apology. What good is an apology unless it's genuine? I'm glad he's sticking to his guns and he's willing to put himself out there as a friend of our enemies. There's no grey area here...we know where Dick Durbin stands, and it's not with America.

UPDATE: Neal Boortz agrees. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

UPDATE: White House blasts Durbin. (Hat tip: Drudge) The article finishes with this paragraph:

Human-rights groups and other congressional Democrats have accused the administration of unjustly detaining suspects at Guantanamo. Amnesty International recently called the prison ``the gulag of our time'' and some Republicans have questioned whether it should remain open.

It's things like this that seperate the men from the boys in the GOP. Those weak in the knees will fret over the fact that the New York Times and the International Community are mad and want to find a way to make everyone happy. That's a waste of time and it's the wrong thing to do.


An Academic Surprise

I was shocked to read this statement from the President of Texas A&M University concerning comments made by professor-emeritus and former Bush administration official Morgan Reynolds about a possible government conspiracy being behind the 9/11 attacks:

Dr. Morgan Reynolds is retired from Texas A&M University, but holds the title of Professor Emeritus-an honorary title bestowed upon select tenured faculty, who have retired with ten or more years of service. Additionally, contrary to some written reports, while some faculty emeriti are allocated office space at Texas A&M, Dr. Reynolds does not have an office on the Texas A&M campus. Any statements made by Dr. Reynolds are in his capacity as a private citizen and do not represent the views of Texas A&M University. Below is a statement released yesterday by Dr. Robert M. Gates, President of Texas A&M University:

"The American people know what they saw with their own eyes on September 11, 2001. To suggest any kind of government conspiracy in the events of that day goes beyond the pale."

Do my eyes deceive me? Are my cognitive abilities on the blink? Has the whole world gone topsy-turvy, or am I seeing a university professor (or in this case, a retired one) being taken to task for left-winged lunacy?

Another horseman and we'll have an apocalypse on our hands.

One Of These Days...

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason gives his first comments on the upcoming reunion of the band over at Brain Damage. He has also announced that he will be writing a new chapter on the reunion for his book Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd in a special paperback edition coming out in October.

A Sign Of The Times In Las Vegas

The end of an era in Las Vegas, as the afternoon paper the Las Vegas Sun will fold as an afternoon newspaper and become an insert in the morning paper the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The two rags already had a joint-operating agreement which has now been amended in light of the Sun's poor performance. But more importantly (as far as the government is concerned), we'll continue to have the moderate-conservative opinion page in the RJ and the liberal opinion page of the Sun insert, because God knows we have to have diverse opinions in the local newspapers lest the citizens of Clark County forget to think for themselves.

Hagel The Hardass

Bird of Paradise has a rendition of what it would be like if Senator Chuck Hagel was an interrogator at Gitmo prison. (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin)


DRUDGE: Reuters Shows Bush Giving Nazi Salute

Drudge caught a photo from Reuters of Bush at a Republican fundraiser this evening that makes it look like he's giving the Nazi "Heil" salute. Here's a link...you tell me.

My opinion...they had to know. It's too obvious to not do a double-take when you see it.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin notices that despite being dead for 60 years, Hitler seems to be everywhere.

The Death Of Fear In Iran

Please check out my recent column on The Blogger News Network about the upcoming elections in Iran. I was reading a wire story about the candidates today and I was struck by one particular quote:

Says student activist Sajjad Qoroqi: "The middle class doesn't believe in this strict view of religion anymore."

Right on.

Carnival Of Classiness

Jim-Rose.com makes an appearance in the recent edition of WILLisms "Carnival of Classiness."

Story O' The Day

AP-Vomit-Battery Teen charged with battery for vomiting on Spanish teacher
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas high school student who vomited on his Spanish teacher has been charged with battery against a school official.
The misdemeanor charge was filed Monday against the Olathe (oh-LAY'-thuh) Northwest High School student. The 17-year-old was charged as a juvenile and his name was not released.
Prosecutors said the vomiting was intentional. The teacher, David Young, called the act "outrageous."
The student's father says his son told him he did not mean to throw up on the teacher, but had been made uncontrollably ill by the stress of final exams.
The father says the district expelled his son and recommended he enroll in an alternative school in the fall.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
APTV-06-14-05 1424PDT

Ed. - Heh.

The "Classless" New York Times

Dale Franks over at QandO dissects the New York Times series on "class" in America. A must-read.

Former Bush Official Joins Conspiracy Theorists

UPI is reporting that Morgan Reynolds, who served in the U.S. Labor Department during Dubya Bush's first term is saying that the two World Trade Center towers were probably brought down by a "controlled demolition," i.e. planted explosives, and not the airplanes that slammed into them. Thus, he feels, it was probably an inside job by the U.S. government. Oy vay!

UPDATE: Little Green Footballs chimes in.

How We've Lost The Language

Politically, America and the world, has lost the language. This article in the Financial Times this morning on the upcoming presidential election in Iran is a good example. They refer to the ruling Mullahs as the "right-wing." A faction, the article explains, that prefers to call themselves, "principle-ists" or "fundamentalists."

The fact that these clowns would be called "right-winged" or even "left-winged" shows that we've lost the ability to describe people in political terms. In America, our "right-wingers" are Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, et al. These guys are hardly fundamentalists as they have fought to change many things about our system of government be it domestic or foreign policy. Even the label "conservative" that is widely used today is inappropriate, much as "liberal" is a ridiculous term to use to describe American socialists.

I think the first step to rectify this would be to stop using the terms "left-wing" and "right-wing." But there again, it's hard to not to use these terms when your peers and colleagues use them in abundance. Perhaps another way is to work to change their meaning. Either way, we've got to get the language back.

Susan B. Anthony In Kuwait

The times, they are uh changin'. The Kuwaiti government recently announced the appoint of their first-ever female cabinet member, Massouma al-Mubarak (who, by the way, is U.S. educated). Not surprisingly, the boys club in Kuwait is rather upset and trying to stop it, but just the fact that they're having this battle shows that things are changing for the better.

Who Is Michael Aoun?

WILL delves into the mystery of Michael Aoun, the former Lebanese-Christian General who returned from exile to win a seat in the Lebanese Parliament. Is he pro-Syrian or anti-Syrian? Is he the Lebanese George W. Bush or the Lebanese John McCain? Muddled indeed.


Come In Here, Dear Boy, Have A Cigar

Brain Damage has the first comments from Roger Waters on the upcoming reunion of Pink Floyd for Live 8.


This is my first and last statement on the Michael Jackson trial. A simple rule of law to always remember: famous people don't go to jail for major crimes. Drugs, assault, disorderly conduct, sure...but murder, molestation, perjury or witness tampering, never. It's never happened before in the post-World War II era and I don't expect it to ever happen in the future.

The Anti-Gitmo Gang

Michelle Malkin has a post this morning decrying the talk of possibly closing the prison on Guantanamo Bay. President Bush floated the possibility last week, but since then Rumsfeld and Cheney seem to have tried to shut the door on such a notion. Meanwhile, Mel Martinez and Chuck Hagel are two Republicans that have come forward to say closing the prison might be a good idea.

I agree with Michelle on principle, but I still believe that this is a media trial balloon. Bush floats the idea, his underlings reject it...meanwhile the weaker elements of the GOP show themselves for what they are and the media (both MSM And BLOG) have a field day, thus helping to reveal which way the wind is blowing amongst the public. Simple. Easy. Textbook.

Senator Hagel No Genius

Lawrence Kaplan over at The New Republic has a column this morning that picks apart Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel's so-called "brilliance" at foreign policy much like my uncle does the Thanksgiving turkey. Ba-zing!

UPDATE: Courtesy my uncle...here's what it means to be from Nebraska, in verse.

Right-Wing Bloggers Show Their True Colors

Recently, I posted my thoughts on the differences between the Right and the Left on their hatred for certain politicians. Everyone has someone they "hate", but whether their concerns about said politician deserve to be taken seriously comes down to their level of intellectual honesty on the issue.

Now, with a new book about Hillary Clinton hitting the shelves, many "right-wing" bloggers are turning their backs on the author, Ed Klein, for what appears to be shoddy reporting, even though these said bloggers are no fans of the Senator from New York.

Start with Ankle Biting Pundits and go from there. In the ongoing political wars, they're showing just who has the credibility.

UPDATE: More evidence from the boys at QandO.


Sean Penn Digging For "Truth" In Iran

Check out the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler for the best coverage I've seen so far on Sean Penn's visit to Iran. I've never seen some many new dirty words invented for one man. Heh.

Yes Laddy, You Shall Have Pudding! (Meat Notwithstanding)

Big news today with the announcement Pink Floyd and Roger Waters will reunite for Live 8. Not coincidentally, reports are that Bob Geldof (who played "Pink" in the movie, "The Wall") was the guiding force behind convincing Waters to come to the table and talk to Gilmour about it. Naturally, after the concert there will be a lot of talk about them touring together, but that seems unlikely, unless things just go unbelievably well.

Happening on the heels of the four-day Cream reunion at the Royal Albert Hall this past Spring, this could prove to be the last hurrah for one of the best and most popular rock bands in history. Pink Floyd cannot be compared to any other band or genre...The Floyd is in a class all its own.

In the meantime, I hope that Syd Barrett is doing well at his home in Cambridge and living in peace, but who knows, maybe he'll take the time to watch it on the tele.

Downing Street Memo, R.I.P.

Leftist Michael Kinsley surprises the media with an honest assessment of the Downing Street Memo: it's no smoking-gun.

Fight For Freedom In Iran

Free Thoughts has several pictures of a protest in Tehran by Iranian woman demanding equal rights. And WILL, it looks like we have a babe or two that fit into your theory of revolution.

Face it Mullahs...your days are numbered.

UPDATE: There seems to be trouble brewing in southern Iran.

UPDATE: Publius Pundit gives us his take.

Now We've Gone Too Far

Time Magazine reports that one of the interrogation (or "torture") methods used at Guantanamo Bay is to force the inmates to listen to Christine Aguilera. Forget about the Koran getting wet...now we've gone too far!! (Hat tip: Drudge)

Pink Floyd Is Back

Hell freezes over, and I'm not talking about the Eagles. Pink Floyd and Roger Waters struck a deal to reunite and perform at Live 8. Waters has hinted for the past few years that he might rejoin the band for a one-time gig if it involved some kind of benefit, now it's reality. Although they have a warped view of how America helps starving nations, the fact that they're reuniting will give Live 8 the shot in the arm it needs after all this "too white" stuff that Geldof has been beat over the head with.

Live 8 will now the hottest ticket of the century, so far.


German Elections On Hold?

The Financial Times reports that German Chancellor Blowhard Schroder may be backtracking on his promise to hold parliamentary elections in September.

Harry Reid Getting The Hang Of Hypocrisy

The boys at QandO say Harry Reid is getting more hypocritical than usual.

Where Is The U.N.?

Red State has a good writeup on how Mugabe is turning Zimbabwe into a killing fields reminiscent of Pol Pot.

Here's the question I pose...isn't this why we have a U.N., to stop this kind of thing? What is the U.N. for if not to put an end to despotic regimes like Mugabe's? I guess not...just ask Rwanda.

I'll say it again for my new friend, Josh. Kofi Annan is an idiot.

Rangel Takes It Up A Notch

After Abe Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, called on Charles Rangel to apologize for comparing the invasion of Iraq to the Holocaust...Rangel decided to match his volley by saying that Foxman is always going after people of color.

A few days ago, I offered some praise for former Senate Republican Jesse Helms. While I applaud Helms for his work in defeating the test ban treaty, I always waited for the day when Helms and his backwards views on race relations would retire and we could move on to more updated thinking on the Southern Right. Unfortunately for the Democrats, they still have their own version of Jesse Helms in the Congress...Charles Rangel...a man that constantly flirts with racism much like the former Senator from North Carolina. How much longer will we have to put up with him?

Anti-Semitism At Huffington's Place

Roger L. Simon has the scoop on the anti-Semitism being used over at the Huffington Post to stir up some web hits. Rather than play into their hands, just check out Roger L. and Volokh to get the story.

It All Boils Down To One Thing

What really is the difference between those of us on the Right (or more specifically, in my case, the libertarian-Right) and those of the Left? In my online reading the past few days, I've found some great examples of the answer to this question. Power Line had some analysis today on the New York Times Book Review article of the latest book on President Clinton, ''The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House." The review began thusly:

"Millions of Americans despise Bill Clinton. They have done so since he became a presence in national politics in the early 1990's, and they continue to do so today, more than four years after his retirement from public office.
The passion of the Clinton haters is a phenomenon without equal in recent American politics. It is not based on any specific policies that Clinton promoted or implemented during his years in office. It is almost entirely personal. In its persistence and intensity, it goes far beyond anything that comparable numbers of people have felt about Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan or either of the presidents Bush. It surpasses even the liberals' longstanding detestation of Richard Nixon. The only political obsession comparable to it in the past century is the hatred that a significant minority of Americans felt for Franklin Delano Roosevelt."

So I thought to myself, "is he right?" Only partially. Millions of Americans do hate Bill Clinton. Putting aside quibbles over the word "hate," you can count me as one of them. "A phenomenon without equal?" This is where it gets dicey. I think most would agree that Nixon, by far, was the most hated Republican President of the modern era and Clinton the most hated Democratic President, though he had less competition (Carter is so pathetic, it's hard to hate him). Some would argue that hatred of George W. is overtaking Nixon. It's a tough call, but I know how we can find out.

My test in this rather insane competition boils down to intellectual honesty. Why does one hate a politician? Most of the time it boils down to their views. In 1992, I didn't like Bill Clinton because of his political views and thus, I didn't vote for him. But, I didn't hate him. At that point, I had no real reason to. As time went on, Clinton lied, broke the law, and covered up his crimes. This was reason enough for me to grow to hate him. He was dishonest, deceitful, and damaged our country.

Many on the Left hated Richard Nixon, and some for good reason. My reasons for hating Clinton can easily be applied to Nixon...he did all of those things. However, I don't hate Nixon as much as Clinton. Is it political bias? Well, yes, in a way. Nixon at least tried to use his office to do some good for the world, and the schananigans that went on during his time as President were mostly about National Security instead of his penis. Much of the hatred on the Left for Nixon had to do with the fact that he exposed New Dealer Alger Hiss as a spy. He exposed one of their own as a "bad guy." Most of the hatred for Clinton had to do with the fact that he was breaking the law to save his own ass, not to protect any government institutions.

I don't fault those that hate George W. Bush if they have a good reason. They say he lied about the war, but there's no proof of that, except for the fact that they believe it. They say he stole both elections. Again, the proof is quite the opposite, but they believe it. I don't just believe that Bill Clinton committed perjury, I have proof that he committed perjury from the Starr Report.

Newsweak recently helped firmly establish the George Constanza philosophy, "It's not a lie if you believe it," with their Koran desecration story. With George W. Bush, hatred is based on belief. With Bill Clinton, it's based on fact. Show me the documented fact, then we'll talk.

Reporter And Communist Spy

Ben Stein has a blistering review of a recent piece in the New Yorker about a former Time Magazine correspondent on the Vietnam War that was, in fact, a spy for the Viet Cong. The man's name is Pham Xuan An, and he currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City. I am surprised I've never heard of this man or his story. To me it smacks of Walter Duranty of the New York Times/Stalin fame. Is there any legendary American news organization that doesn't have a history of someone in their newsroom working for tyrants?

Filibuster Deal, Win Or Loss?

Two opinions on the filibuster deal in light of the confirmation of 5 Bush judicial nominations...both make persuasive arguments.:

Fred Barnes thinks it proves the Republicans got the better end of the deal...Rush Limbaugh thinks it's much ado about nothing.

Rathergate Anniversary, Almost

Cassandra celebrates the anniversary of Rathergate a little early...but why not?


Charles Rangel's Love For Castro

Nat Hentoff has an excellent piece about New York Congressman Charles Rangel and his love for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Rangel has fought for human rights in the past, but for Castro, he doesn't care...even when a former follower of Martin Luther King (someone I'm sure Rangel admired) sits in a Cuban prison for the "high-crime" of hanging a Cuban flag upside down. Hentoff says he can't find any of Rangel's friends and colleagues that can offer an explanation as to why. I, on the other hand, can. It would take pages to fully explain it, but the short version is that Rangel has brainwashed himself over the years with his socialists ideology to the point that he is sympathetic to anyone who has an anti-American bent. Castro is an enemy to cold-warriors and pro-American types all over the world. And Cuba's communist system offers the weak-minded an easy answer to the sometimes unbearable pain of being human. A bit abstract, I admit, but there'll be more time and more posts in the future to discuss my thesis. For now, praise Zeus!

For Once, Greenpeace Is The Victim Of Stupidity

McQ over at QandO has this post about how Greenpeace is the first international organization to be charged with violating anti-terror laws for a protest they held two years ago. It's crap like this that should make it plain to everyone why the United States rightfully refused to join the world court.

Education For Teachers

The Iconic Midwesterner thinks he's a raving lunatic, but I think he's making more sense than, well...you finish the analogy.

The Brilliance Of Kofi Annan

(AP) -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan is sending a U.N. team back to Lebanon to check reports that Syrian intelligence officials may still be operating in the country, a U.N. official said Friday.
U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said Annan told members of the Security Council "that he intends to send a verification team back to Lebanon, but at this point no date has been set."

Ed. - Nice. Don't give the Syrian agents any time to get out of the country or anything. Idiot.

UPDATE: Steve1848 over at Free Republic made this brilliant observation:

"So the UN team will stand on the corner of Assad St. and Hariri Ave. in downtown Beirut with a sign that says "Honk if you are a Syrian intelligence agent"?

Sounds like it will work. I'm sure the Democrats are already authoring a bill to authorize additional taxes to pay for the initiative."

The Debate Over Judges

Charles Krauthammer has an excellent piece today on what the debate of judges should be about.

Assad Put On Notice

The good Captain has some analysis on what he calls Bush's "shot across the bow" to Bashar Assad, warning him not to interfere in the affairs of Lebanon.

Busy Day

Busy day for me today...blogging will be light...more later.


CAFTA In Trouble

The Central America Free Trade Agreement (Cafta) is in big trouble...because Jimmy Carter approves:

The White House received a boost on Thursday when Jimmy Carter, a former Democratic president, endorsed the agreement. In a message aimed at liberal Democrats for whom Mr Carter remains a strong moral voice, he called the deal a "progressive move"? and warned that a defeat in Congress would "undercut these fragile democracies [and] compel them to retreat into protectionism".

Given Carter's near perfect record of being wrong about absolutely everything, this just can't bode well for President or the trade agreement.

Deutch The Dunce

Former Clinton CIA Director John Deutch recently showed a group of students at Harvard why he is considered one of the dumbest men to ever head the spy agency.

Now The Interesting Part

Judge William Pryor is confirmed by the Senate. That means the 3 judges that the Dems agreed to let pass are in and the interesting part is about to begin.

Jesse Helms, American Hero

News today on the release of Jesse Helms' memoirs of his life in the U.S. Senate. The headlines cover the fact that he admits to being wrong in certain respects about the problem of AIDS, but doesn't back down from his segregationist past saying essentially that it shouldn't have been forced on the South, but allowed to develop naturally.

The thing you have to remember about a man like Helms is that he is from a different time, with different experiences and different values. That sounds very trite, but despite all the advancements we've made in race relations, you can only teach an old dog so many tricks. I don't think Helms was racist in the way the KKK is racist, but nevertheless, he comes from an era of disrespect for blacks and while you can change the culture, you often can't change the man.

Helms, however, did change in some ways, as his stance on AIDS shows. His friendship with Bono proved to be one of the oddest pairings in political history. Bono helped convince the old man that AIDS didn't just affect homosexuals in bath-houses. And the rocker even got Helms to take his grandchildren to a U2 concert. Helms later stated he had to turn off his hearing aid, the music was so loud, but that he enjoyed it, nonetheless.

But despite all this rancor over race and rock-and-roll, Jesse Helms did one thing in his Senate career that outweighs what dozens of other Senators did over their careers combines: Helms almost singlehandedly defeated the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The treaty would have seriously undermined America's military power and influence around the world and Helms would have none of it. The Democrats and Clinton thought they had the votes, but Jesse worked for years to make sure it didn't pass and stunned the world in October of 1999 when it went down to defeat by a vote of 51-48. This alone, to me, makes Jesse Helms an American hero. I never liked him that much, but for this, I respect the hell out of him. It doesn't make up for a segregationist past, but it was an important contribution to his country.The National Review has a great play-by-play article on how the treaty went down.

Today On Holocaust Talk

McQ and John Henke have a lot more analysis over at The Neolibertarian on Charles Rangel's "Holocaust" talk.

Crackdown In Iran

The Mullahs are none too happy about the jubilation in the streets of Iran after the soccer team qualified to play in the World Cup. Crackdowns are happening all over the country where celebrations turned into anti-government demonstrations of sorts. Many chants of "Down With Dictatorship" could be heard.

It's a bad time for the Mullah's. First they have the upcoming elections which will prove to be a shame...then if Iran goes far in the World Cup next year, the celebration and the emboldening of the democratic forces could peak. The next year could be a watershed for the country.

Look At That Balloon Fly

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The United States would rather have detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp imprisoned by their home countries, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday.
Rumsfeld spoke a day after saying he was unaware of anyone in the Bush administration discussing closing the prison in Cuba. Hours later, President Bush refused to rule out shutting the facility, saying his administration was "exploring all alternatives" for detaining the prisoners.

Ed. - Smart readers of Jim-Rose.com know exactly what this is...a trial balloon. Remember class, big decisions are always tested out in the arena of public opinion before they're implemented. I doubt Bush is seriously leaning toward closing the GB jail, but regardless, he's gonna try and find out how we feel about it. Now is the time, whether you're for it or against it, to make your opinion heard by the White House.

Ann Coulter On Deep Throat

The Republican vixen delves into the world of Deep Throat, which, as expected, is an exercise in fiction.

The Evils Of Socialized Medicine

TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Quebec law that banned private insurance for services covered under Medicare, a landmark decision that could affect the country's universal health-care system.
The justices have taken a year to rule on a case that began in 1997, when George Zeliotis, an elderly Montreal men, tried to pay for hip replacement surgery rather than wait nearly a year for treatment at a public hospital.
Zeliotis told the high court that he suffered pain and became addicted to painkillers during the yearlong wait for hip replacement surgery, and he should have been allowed to pay for faster service with private insurance.
Opponents of changes to Medicare claimed it could force Canada into a two-tiered health care system in which those who have deeper pockets get faster, better service from doctors who opt out of the public health-care program.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Ed. - This is one of those stories that just makes your head spin. This wonderful system of socialized medicine where a man in chronic pain has to wait a year for treatment??? He decides to take care of it himself and the Socialists say, "oh no you don't!" Downright criminal.

UPDATE: Another example of the criminal system courtesy Power Line.


Newsweak Sets The Trends

Islamic militants are making claims that Israeli soldiers desecrated the Koran. I wonder where they got that idea. (Hat tip: Drudge)

Bye Bye Byrdy?

Dick Morris thinks Robert Byrd is in trouble when he runs for re-election in 2006. Don Surber is a little more realistic.

Rangel Makes Holocaust Comparison

New York Socialist Congressman Charles Rangel made comments today that ambiguously equated our invasion of Iraq to the Holocaust. Here's my question: will Bill Richardson, Joe Biden and John Edwards come out and distance themselves from these comments and point out that Charles Rangel is not a spokesman for the Democratic Party? If not, why? Why isn't it okay for Howard Dean to say stupid things, but it's okay for Rangel?

Iran 1, Mullahs 0

The Iranian Soccer Team has qualified to play for the World Cup next year. Publius Pundit has a rundown on how the celebration turned into and anti-government rally. Oy!!

TSA v. The Hitch

Now the TSA has done it...they've annoyed The Hitch.

Janice Brown Approved

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Wednesday confirmed California judge Janice Rogers Brown for the federal appeals court, ending a two-year battle filled with accusations of racism and sexism and shadowed by a dispute over Democratic blocking tactics.

Ed. - This is a great addition to the Federal Court...more later on why.

UPDATE: Rush Limbaugh hit it on the head today about Judge Brown and the forces of socialism that tried to stop her. Listen to it if you can, if not read the transcript...it says it all.

ALSO: The boys at Power Line put on a nice exclamation point.

Crooked Elections For Galloway? Go Figure

Looks like the spirit of Washington State has found its way over to jolly ol' England. Gorgeous George is now facing allegations that there were some irregularities in his recent election to parliament. (Hat tip:lgf)


Carter Calls For Guantanamo Bay To Be Closed

Now I know for certain that the Guantanamo Bay prison should stay open.

Clarence Thomas' Finest Hour

The Agitator has some glowing praise for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in light of his dissenting decision on the medical marijuana case yesterday.(Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan)

Dear Mr. Solzhenitsyn

Former Russian dissident (though with the way Putin has been acting lately, you may be able to leave off the "former") Alexander Solzhenitsyn said recently in a rare interview that America is mistaken in its belief that it can export democracy.

In response, Arthur Chrenkoff makes the case for America's defense. His letter to Alexander Solzhenitsyn is required reading.

Another Slander?

There's a lot of chatter in the Blogosphere about comments made by Ceci Connelly yesterday on the Fox News Channel charging that American soliders have "murdered" 100 prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq. Michelle Malkin has a pretty good roundup.

Galloway: Capitalism Worse Than Hitler

...but not worse than Stalin, apparently:

"Bush, and Blair, and the prime minister of Japan, and Berlusconi, these people are criminals, and they are responsible for mass murder in the world, for the war, and for the occupation, through their support for Israel, and through their support for a globalized capitalist economic system, which is the biggest killer the world has ever known. It has killed far more people than Adolph Hitler. It has killed far more people than George Bush. The economic system which these people support, which leaves most of the people in the world hungry, and without clean water to drink. So we're going to put them on trial, the leaders, when they come. They think they're coming for a holiday in a beautiful country called Scotland; in fact, they're coming to their trial."

Hmmm...Stalin had somewhere around 10-million, but I think Mao holds the number record with maybe 12-million. However, let's not forget Pol Pot...as percentages go, he takes the prize with about 25% of his people murdered. So if capitalism is the biggest killer ever, it's got to have killed over 12-million at least. I wonder how I missed that.

Aznar Tells It Like It Is

Former Spainish Prime Minister Jose Aznar in a recent speech told Israel to forget about Europe because it's a continent of apeasers. I knew I liked this guy for a reason. (Hat tip: lgf)

UPDATE: Check out the thread I started over at Free Republic.

North Korea Is Back

WASHINGTON (AP) -- North Korea has informed Washington it is willing to resume six-party negotiations on its nuclear program, a State Department spokesman says.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Ed. - Let me guess...it's because Bush called Kim Jong-Il "Mr." What. Ever.

Bolivian Unrest

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Riot police have clashed with demonstrators in the Bolivian capital as street protests spread.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

T-Shirt Hell Is Back!

Las Vegas' own "T-Shirt Hell" is bringing back their "Worse Than Hell" politically incorrect t-shirts after about a month off due to death threats against the proprietor. Politically incorrect doesn't even begin to describe these shirts, but this is America, is it not?

Ground Zero Perversion

Michelle Malkin has the scoop on a plan by George Soros and other's of his ilk who are trying to turn Ground Zero into a hate-America monument.

The Case Against George Galloway

Seixon has a nice summary of his case against George Galloway.

Kerry Records Released, Sort Of

PoliPundit...the guiding force behind the drive to get John Kerry to release his military records has his take on the release of at least some of them.

Also, records from Yale University show that Kerry's academic standing was on par with that of a certain George W. Bush.


Iranian Students Silenced

The Iranian Student Movement website has been shut down under suspicious circumstances. (Hat tip: Free Thoughts)

Federal Power Grab

Forget about marijuana. It really had little to do with what the Supreme Court decided today in the case of Gonzales v. Raich, No. 03-1454. The gang of 9 decided that the government could prosecute people who possess marijuana in states where it is legal for medical purposes. Justice Thomas explained it best:

"If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything, and the federal government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers."


Nat Hentoff says Castro is feeling a chill going up his spine.

The Rocker Seems To Know His Stuff

Bob Geldof impresses the hell out of John Hinderaker...and, in turn, me.

UPDATE: Charles Johnson agrees.

Leave Howard Dean Alone

A couple of thoughts on Howard Dean. First, there's all this talk about the crazy things he's been saying about Republicans, calling them evil, slackers, etc. Why is it that all the insults Dean spews become headline news, but when Ted Kennedy or Charles Rangel says the same things or worse, it's no big deal?

Second, there's a lot of concern over the lack of money Dean has been able to raise for the party. Here's a scary thought for the Dems...what if it's not because of him?

The Woodward Syndrome

An interesting take on the Deep Throat story from a British journalist, courtesy Chrenkoff.


Mitt Romney, Future President

I don't swoon very often, and I'm not in this case, but I am surprised at my reaction to Mitt Romney. I'm currently watching a replay of his speech to a group of New Hampshire Women Voters. As is the style of C-Span, they show some of the pleasantries before the speech and I have never seen a politician work a room like that. Granted, I don't get out much, but Romney charmed every person in that room to the point where they were ready to follow him to hell if he had asked them to. It doesn't hurt either that he's a good-looking bloke (and I say that with an unblemished record of heterosexuality). The little old ladies were the one's swooning, I can tell you that.

President? I don't know, but I think he's just too good to be an also-ran if he indeed does run for President in '08. He's amassing an impressive resume and he's got the charisma, however, he is a northeastern, which makes it hard to win the White House. It's going to be very interesting to see how far he goes.

Deep Throat: Looking Back

It's been about five days since the Deep Throat revelation, giving me time to let it incubate in my little grey cells. I think this case is like any other in the respect that you had a man who became a whistle-blower for reasons that were both altruistic and selfish. He was a Hoover-man at the FBI. He wanted the Director position, he didn't get it. He got his revenge, but at the same time, he could convince himself that he did good, which in a way he did. Nixon's men were breaking the law, and in exposing this to Woodward, Felt broke the law. Two wrongs make a right?

I was just watching C-Span and they played an episode of Face The Nation from 1976 when Felt was on the verge of being indicted for authorizing break-ins on the PLO and The Weather Underground, was asked if he was Deep Throat. His response:

"No, no, I am not Deep Throat, and the only thing I can say is that I wouldn't be ashamed to be, because I think whoever helped Woodward helped the country, no question about it."

What? I've been reading all week that he was saying for years that Deep Throat was a disgrace. Confused? Well, it just goes with territory when you try to have it both ways, and that's how Mark Felt has had it for 30 years.

Live Aid Band Aid

Chrenkoff hits the nail on the head about the new Live Aid:

"It's so much easier though to have a concert or an appeal for aid or debt forgiveness rather than for political and economic liberty. It's difficult to imagine Robbie Williams and U2 playing for regime change in country X, or Madonna and Sting performing on stage for economic reform in country Y and international trade liberalization. But these are the things that actually matter. And so our boys from the 42nd Infantry Division are now doing more for the cause of solving world's problems, than our boys from REM strutting the stage."

The Mighty Hitch Slams Interviewer

Labor Friends of Iraq has a transcript of a BBC Radio interview with Christopher Hitchens on the rebuilding of Iraq. The interviewer learned a valuable lesson: Don't screw with The Hitch. (Hat tip: USS Neverdock)

Kissinger's Defense

Henry Kissinger's latest defense of "Realist" Foreign Policy is linked above. It's long-winded, as usual, but to me it shows just why we need guys like Kissinger around. I'm am an affirmed "Idealist" in the realm of Foreign Policy, but it's very easy to get overzealous. While I disagree with a lot of what Kissinger says, I am glad he's there to offer some pragmatism.

Ignorance International

A spokesman for Amnesty International says they really don't know if any of their charges against the Unites States are true or not.


UPDATE: Jack Kemp has a nice column over at The American Thinker.


Let's Get Serious

Stefania over at Free Thoughts says it's time to get serious about the propaganda war with the terrorists:

"I'm waiting to hear public apologies from the Muslim leaders for the ongoing persecution of religious minorities, and the burning ( yes, burning ) of the Bibles and the Torahs in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other fundamentalist countries."

She also has the a tribute to the freedom fighters from Tiananmen Square on the 16th Anniversary of the massacre.

One Bourbon, One Scotch, And Yes, One Beer

Pat Sajak resurrects the "PUB Theory" well in advance of the 2008 presidential election. Hilarious.

Poster Boy For Freedom

So look at this picture (courtesy Gateway Pundit) and explain to me again how other countries don't want America meddling in their affairs and how George W. Bush has increased anti-Americanism around the world...'cause I'm a little confused.

Blair Throws In The Towel On The EU

The London Telegraph reports that Tony Blair has decided the EU dream is dead, at least as far as his tenure as Prime Minister is concerned. That's gonna dishearten a lot of Euros. Heh. (Hat tip: Drudge)

UPDATE: Instapundit picked up this quote from the Downing Street source: "Africa is worth fighting for. Europe, in its present form, is not."


Ape Philosophy

The Iconic Midwesterner has a very clever piece on the recent comment by a SUNY professor who called religious people "moral retards."

Pope Kafka

Daily Pundit wonders how Pope John Paul II's secretary's refusal to burn the late Pope's personal papers, as he will demanded, should be viewed. To me, it sounds kind of fishy, much like when Kafka asked his friend Max Brod to burn all his manuscripts after his death. Brod didn't and had it all published, but many literary historians feel that there was a bit of a wink and a nod between Kafka and Brod that he would state for the record he wanted the manuscripts destroyed, but in reality, he wanted Brod to publish them. Hard to say, but I get the feeling that may be the kind of thing at play here.

Neoconservative or Neolibertarian?

Maybe a little of both. But right now, Jim-Rose.com is a member of The Neolibertarian Blogosphere.

A Political Suicide Trend

I'm starting to see a trend here. After Al Gore lost one of the closest presidential elections in history in 2000, he still had some legitimacy as a candidate. If Bush were to have a rough first term, or even if he didn't, Gore, having come so close, was still a legitimate candidate to run again, much as Nixon was after his 1960 defeat. However, Gore decided instead to slowly commit political suicide over the next four years. First he gained a lot of weight and grew a beard, not that there's anything wrong with that per se, but it was a little Howard Hughes-strange. Then he proceeds to use fiery, hateful rhetoric against Bush at every opportunity, even flirting with the conspiracy-nut fringe of his party (i.e. Howard Dean) and their crazed ideas. So, the damage being done, (and Bush being too popular) he chose not to run in 2004.

Then, we come to the election of 2004. President Bush beats Senator John Kerry by a comfortable margin and receives more votes than any candidate in American history. However, John Kerry, though losing, still got more votes than most presidents in the recent past (including Bill Clinton). So as we look ahead to 2008, it can be argued that Kerry has some legitimacy to claim he would deserve another shot. But now, he seems to prefer to follow in the footsteps of the last loser, Al Gore.

Senator Kerry is swooning over what has been dubbed, "The Downing Street Memo." The memo was drafted by a Blair aide, Matthew Rycroft, and it is alleged that the memo contains minutes of a meeting with Blair in which he admits Bush falsified intelligence reports to create a rationale for the war on Iraq. However, according to Newsmax, there are no direct quotes in the memo and the evidence is flimsy. But that hasn't stopped John Kerry from saying he is very interested in the memo and is going to bring up the subject in Congress. Meanwhile, Ralph Nader is throwing around the "I" word...yes, impeachment. Will John Kerry go down this road? Is he that demented? Stay tuned.

Polipundit has a poll on their site concerning Kerry's mental capacity. All good choices.

UPDATE: Tim Russert joins the fray.

Midwestern Values?

The good Captain has the story of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin's latest bashing of American Christians. Harkin continues to boggle the minds of people around the country as to how a Midwestern state could elect such a socialist swine.

It's All About Legitimacy, Again

Publius Pundit hits it right on the head. A nationwide survey in Iran shows that only about 8% of the populous plan to vote in the upcoming elections. Thus, the Mullahs move closer to being a absolute tyranny...and President Bush's notion of the axis of evil gets even stronger.

Garment On Deep Throat

Former Nixon Counsel Leonard Garment gives his take on the revelation of Deep Throat.

Koran Kick

The Pentagon confirms....no, the Koran was not flushed down the toilet, but it was kicked, splashed with water and some urine. So, I guess in a way it's a moral victory for Newsweak. But before we get ourselves all worked up about how the Kos Kids are gonna be dancing the streets, let's have a reality check. I defy anyone to find me an average American that is going to give a rat's ass. Some may say, "that's a shame," but that's about it. After all, getting your holy book wet seems to pale in comparison to seeing loved ones perish in a building collapse. I yield the floor.

Deep Throat: The Movie

No, not that movie. I'm saying it's prediction time. How long will it take for a movie to be made about Mark Felt? Who will make it? (Oliver Stone? Michael Moore?) And, who will play Felt? Hal Holbrook? (He's still alive, right?) Or maybe Russell Crowe...he played that tobacco whistle-blower from 60 Minutes.

Anywho, let me know if you have any thoughts.


Matt Drudge: Las Vegas The City Of The 21st Century

Tonight at Sean Hannity's appearance in Las Vegas, he had Matt Drudge as a special guest. Drudge offered the most interesting observation of the evening when he stated that he believes Las Vegas to be the city of the 21st century, citing all the expansion and the way we do business. He went so far as to call New York and Boston, "moldy" and said Washington, D.C. is the real "sin city." He rarely makes these kinds of public appearances but he said he does for Vegas. Hopefully, he'll expand on this point in the future.

An Evening With Sean Hannity: Politics As Sports

A few weeks ago, I saw Tom Friedman speak at UNLV. It was an excellent speech and overall an enjoyable evening. The crowd was mostly older and the whole affair was what you expect from a university lecture series.

Tonight, at the Orleans Arena here in Las Vegas, I saw Sean Hannity from the Fox News Channel and radio fame. It was a wild affair. For the first time I witnesses a political event that was very much like a sporting event. Rowdy fans shouting terms of endearment, cheers and jeers at the mention of liberals and...this is the part that fascinated me...people watching a political speech while eating popcorn and drinking beer. The dynamic still leaves me in awe.

Nevertheless, a fun evening. Hannity talked about the usual subject: war on terror, Hillary Clinton, etc. Then, he brought out his in-house comedian that does 1000 voices, including an absolutely hilarious Susan Estrich. Matt Drudge joined him and talked about Las Vegas and the political landscape, and the hosts from the local radio station KXNT bantered on for a while (at times, to the chagrin of the crowd).

Hannity has a lot of loyal fans, but I really have to command him for being such a class act and mentioning his main radio competition, Rush Limbaugh, and pointing out how he and Drudge owe a huge debt to the Maha Rushie.

It's a new world, and politics has become a big part of...dare I say it?...Pop Culture.

Byrd On A Wire

Don Surber has the latest on some big trouble for West Virginia's own Bobby Byrd.

Obscene Moral Parallels

Nice piece this morning from David Bosco in The New Republic on Amnesty International's cheap shot.


Just One Calorie, Not Evil Enough

Alex McClure has his thoughts on Karl Rove's pursuit of world domination.

C'est Fini!

Everyone who keeps going on about Bush's "low" polls numbers (popularity hovering around 50%) should take a look at dead-man walking Jacque Chirac....24%.

That's Nixon-during-the-height-of-Watergate low. WILL says it's all over for the French President.

What The Deuce?

I decided to have a little fun and take the advice of my Blog friend Erin Winking and take the "Which Family Guy Character Are You?" Test. Not surprisingly, I'm Stewie. I'll see you all in hell!!

Which Family Guy character are you?

By the way...this deep, dark secret isn't that I'm gay. Not that's there's anything wrong with that.

What Is A President To Do?

I was reading this item on Newsmax about some of the Nixon tapes where he talks with H.R. Halderman about the leaks coming out of the FBI and how they knew Mark Felt is leaking stuff. Apparently, Nixon had a "source" inside the FBI that let him know Felt was the source of the leaks. Because of this (and the fact that he was a "Jew") Nixon passed him over and went with L. Patrick Grey as interim FBI Director after Hoover died. Halderman suggested they not retaliate for the leaks because he could really damage them. However, passing him over for FBI Director seemed to be the straw that broke the camels back, as it were, and Felt became (though I still have reservations about the simplicity of this) Deep Throat.

It's made me think...what is a president to do? If you pass over somebody for a high-level job, how do you know he won't sell you out? A simple response to this is that if you haven't done anything illegal (as President) then you'd have nothing to worry about. But alas, Washington is not that simple an environment. Anything can be made to look damaging, if it's spun just right. It makes me wonder if Bush and Karl Rove won't be thinking about this a little more each time they make an appointment.

Anti-Syrian Journalist Murdered

Syria (or at least Syrian sympathizers) have done it again...this time assassinating an anti-Syrian journalist. You'd think they would have learned their lesson after they killed Hariri, but now they've pretty much assured the Lebanese opposition a huge victory at the polls.

UPDATE: The New York Sun echoes my sentiments.

Anti-American International

TOKYO (AP) -- The head of Amnesty International says if the U-S wants to challenge abuse allegations at its detention centers, it needs to open them up to human rights investigators.
Last week the group released a report comparing the camps to Soviet-era gulags. It has also urged Washington to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The U-S has dismissed the report. But Amnesty International's Irene Khan said today in Tokyo that "transparency is the best antidote to misinformation or incorrect facts."
She also defended the tough wording in the group's report last week. She says it was needed because the camps "are actually undermining human rights in a very dramatic way."

Meanwhile, turns out the big-wigs at Amnesty International emptied their pockets for one John Kerry.

Michael Moore Jr.?

Robert Greenwald, the producer of the documentary, Outfoxed, which bashes the Fox News Channel, is now setting his sights on Walmart with a new documentary about the "evil" corporation. Maybe next he can do a piece on the "evil" Founding Fathers.