I Want My Gore TV!

Tomorrow is the first day of Al Gore's new TV network...you know, the one that was gonna finally give us a liberal voice on television, but then was gonna be neutral. Which one will it be!! Oh my God, I can't wait!

Meanwhile, Rusty Shackleford has some predictions.

The Opium Of The People

If it's one thing politicians hope and pray for, it's an ignorant public. And nobody relies on ignorance more than Howard Dean. Power Line has the scoop on a speech given by the good Doctor recently in which he blames the Kelo decision on the "conservative court." For those of you in the ignorant wing of my fan-base, the Kelo decision was handed down by a vote of 5-4 with the liberal wing of the court representing the majority. The minority consisted of O'Connor, Rehnquist, Thomas and Scalia. But sadly, I'm sure many in Dean's audience took his words at face value...why keep up with the news when someone with the DNC can do it for you.


Jayson over at PoliPundit has a roundup of the George W. Bush's accomplishments over the first 180 days of his second term. Like him or not, he gets the job done...and NOT by a razor think margin.

Thank You, Lauren!

Finally somebody says it...somebody with some clout, so it's gotta hurt. Lauren Bacall tells Time Magazine Tom Cruise can't act!! If no one will listen to me, maybe they'll listen to her and finally stop giving this ass-clown the legitimacy he doesn't deserve!


Frist Sets The Stage For A Private Life

Lot's of fur flying this weekend over Bill Frist and his decision to go against the President on stem-cell research. First, I'm for stem-cell research. I don't have a moral or philosophical problem with the notion of using stem-cells, however, I also don't like it when Hollywood celebrities make it sound like just a little research and every disease will be cured in a matter of days. What interest me more here is the politics at hand. Frist is said to be running for president in '08 and many pundits are scratching their heads at this move wondering why a man with presidential ambitions in the Republican Party would do something to alienate his base. Does he have "Beltway-itis", as the boys at Ankle Biting Pundits think? I'm not so sure. This, to more, has more the feel of when Nixon ran for Governor of California in '62. He didn't want to, but he thought it the only way to avoid having to get beat by Kennedy again in '64. Maybe, just maybe, Frist doesn't want to be president and is doing what he can to avoid having to be in the thick of the race for the long haul. Instead, he can lose in the primaries and then ride off into the sunset, a medical hero. It's all guesswork, but that's why I'm here.

Hot Muslim Chicks!

Our good friend Rusty Shackleford seems to have developed "Desert Fever" as far as the ladies are concerned...and from the looks of things, I can't blame him.

The Hitch On Root Causes

The Political Teen has a clip of Christopher Hitchen son Fox News Channel talking about the Europe's new role in the war on terror.


The All-New Day-O Song

I wish I had more free time to come up with something brilliant like this. (Hat tip: Volokh)

My comedy writing career is never going take off if I have to keep going to my stupid job every day.

Egypt's Presidential Race Already A Fiasco

Yeah, this election is gonna be free and fair. On the first day to register as a candidate for the presidency, it appears that Hose-me Mubarrak may have even rigged that process in order to get the rights to the Islamic symbol to use in his campaign.

Publius Pundit has a rundown on the whole election season.

The Second Coming Of Au-H2O?

Don Goldwater, the nephew of the late, great Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater has announced he is throwing his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination for Governor. I know nothing about DG except for what I've just written. Hopefully, he is in the mold of my hero Barry...a libertarian-conservative with a shoot-from-the-hip style. I wasn't around in 1964, but in my heart, I know he was right. Now we'll see what his nephew has to offer.

Where's The Recession

The economy grew at a rate of 3.4% last quarter, giving us two straight years of strong growth. But Oliver Stone said the economy is in the tank? I'm so confused.

American Influence On The IRA?

The IRA has, for the first time, agreed to disarm after nearly a century of armed conflict with the UK. When I heard this, it made me wonder if American influence wasn't the straw that broke the camels back. The last time Gerry Adams came to Washington, he was treated like a pariah. Bush wouldn't meet with him and even Ted Kennedy, who usually wined and dined him, wouldn't go anywhere near the Sinn Fein leader. You lose America, you lose your war. The IRA was out of options and apparently couldn't look to America for some kind of legitimacy the way the Palestinian Authority is able to (unfortunately).


Helen Thomas Enters Final Stages Of Madness

From the Drudge Report, Helen Thomas says the day Dick Cheney says he will run for president is the day she kills herself. This raises the question: why wait?

More Chickens Come Home To Roost

Due to weak ad sales, Newsweak is forced to cut back on the number of issues it puts out by one. I wonder why?

The Byrd Is The Word

Don Surber has it on good authority that the GOP will soon start running anti-Byrd ads for the first time since George W. Bush was in short pants.


The Patriot Act And The London Police

Very interesting column today from former New York Mayor Ed Koch on the new struggle the London Police face in dealing with suicide bombers. There is a lot to think about on this subject, and I have to admit, I'm still sorting it all out in my head. Read the whole thing.

Terrorism Defined

Don Surber (his blogging hiatus lasted about an hour) found this interesting nugget from al-Jazeera about how the League of Arab States has endorsed a new definition of terrorism not too popular with many Arab states. This is more proof that we're in the midst of a dramatic shift in the war on terror.

Tony Blair: Warrior

McQ found this quote from Tony Blair that is just more proof that he "gets it":

"September 11 for me was a wake up call. Do you know what I think the problem is? That a lot of the world woke up for a short time and then turned over and went back to sleep again," he said."We are not going to deal with this problem, with the roots as deep as they are, until we confront these people at every single level. And not just their methods but their ideas," Blair said.

Sometimes I just don't understand how this guy can belong to the Labour Party.

Pataki Steps Aside

Just off the wires...New York Governor George Pataki has decided not to run for a 4th term next year. There has been speculation that he will make a run for the presidency in '08. He deserves serious consideration. He's been a great governor, turning around the state after the horrible legacy of Mario Cuomo and rising to the occasion (along with Giuliani) after the 9/11 attacks. However, it seems pretty unlikely that he'd have much of a change getting the Republican nomination with his very liberal stances on social issues.

But now, the governor's race in New York gets interesting as former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, who moved back to his home state of New York some years ago, says he will now consider a run for governor. Weld is one of my old favorites..a Republican with a very pronounced libertarian streak. I don't know if anyone has ever been the governor of two different states, I suspect that would be a first. Anyway, the GOP has got to get somebody to beat Spitzer or they're going to lose a lot of ground that Pataki gained.

Fighting Terror, Phase 3?

The White House is changing the slogan "War on Terror" to "Struggle Against Terror" to make it clear that it is more than a battlefield war but an ideological struggle. Interesting. (Hat tip: Drudge)


Ghetto Madness

From WPLG: Miami city leaders are apologizing for a news release that invited summer campers to a ''Ghetto Style Talent Show'' and ''Watermelon Eating Contest.''

The release said that children participating in the summer camp who "know the meaning of ghetto style" would have a chance to "prove just how ghetto they are.''

Members of the black community expressed outrage at the wording of the invitation to the talent show. The show will be part of the grand finale picnic for the city's summer camp program to be held Friday at Hadley Park.

[Ed. - This is why you should always have somebody proof-read your work.]

Van Gogh Murderer Sentenced

Muhammad Bouyeri was sentenced by a Dutch court to life in prison today for the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. It is said that life-sentences are extremely rare in the Netherlands, but fortunately, they went against tradition in this case.

And you know what, Mr. Bouyeri? I feel nothing for you.

Fighting Terror, Phase 2

McQ has the scoop on a US New & World Report story about how the federal government is working out a new plan for fighting terrorism which expands the focus to not just al-Qaeda but all "Islamist Extremists." Read the whole thing...some very good information in there. At first glance, it looks like a good plan to me. This, I think, goes to the heart of the matter:

The new strategy, for the first time, formally directs military commanders to go after a list of eight pressure points at which terrorist groups could be vulnerable: ideological support, weapons, funds, communications and movement, safe havens, foot soldiers, access to targets, and leadership. Each U.S. geographic command is to follow a systematic approach, first collecting intelligence on any of the two dozen target groups that are operating in its area of responsibility and then developing a plan to attack all eight nodes for each of those groups.

Now we're cookin' with gas.

Way Unlame

Check out Will Franklin's Carnival of Classiness for this week. Some interesting observations on Karl Rove, truth in comedy and the handy art of "quoting."

The Democrats Huddle

The Right Place has an excellent spoof of the Democrats meeting to decide how to destroy John Roberts. Sadly, it's not that far from reality. (Hat tip: PoliPundit)

Bolton Recess Appointment?

The White House is floating a trial balloon that Bush may make a recess appointment of John Bolton as early as Friday, right after the Senate adjourns for it's August break. Enough talk, just do it. (Hat tip: Drudge)

MORE: RedState chimes in.


Website Color Scheme

I've been doing some experimenting with the background color of my website. Gonna try the deep blue for now. My uncle said the white text on the black background was hard to read...I never noticed, don't know if this is better. If anyone has an thoughts, please leave them in "comments". I would appreciate it.

CNN Won't Be Swayed

Roger L. Simon is none to happy with CNN's coverage of the latest London bombing and the mistaken shooting of a Brazilian man by the London police. I'm sure if I ever watched CNN, I'd be inclined to agree.

The Teamsters Walk

What would Jimmy Hoffa think? I suspect he's say, "what to go, son!" James P. Hoffa announced today that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was leaving the AFL-CIO. Money quote:
"We have been disappointed over the last 10 years with the decline in membership. The AFL-CIO idea is to keep throwing money at politicians. We say no," Teamsters president James Hoffa said. "We are going to do something new."

Too true...along with the NAACP, the AFL-CIO is the spends 99% of its time and effort funneling money to liberal Democratic politicians and doing little else. The dam seems to have burst. We'll see just what kind of impact it will have politically and economically (which are the same thing).

Sweatin' To The Oldies

Jane Fonda is getting back to her roots of anti-American campaigning during wartime. She will soon be taking a tour of Iraq in a bus powered by vegetable oil. Oh my.


Union Unrest

This is one of those stories that is bigger than its headline and has just sent a cold chill running up the backs of every liberal Democrat politician in the nation. The largest union in the country has quit the AFL-CIO with 3 other unions threatening similar action. John Sweeney just doesn't know when to go.

The Perfect Candidate

Edward Jay Epstein surprises us with a post on his blog. He presents even more evidence that Mark Felt is only one facet of the amalgam that is Deep Throat...one of the biggest lies in Journalistic history. (Hat tip: Power Line)

Welcome To Londonistan

An excellent column in the London Sunday Times by Michael Portillo about the recent London bombings and Britain's failure to recognize the threats that reside on their own soil. He also raises an interesting point that Labour MP (and Prime Minister in the waiting) Gordon Brown may have seen his stock fall in light of recent events. Brown is more in the tradition of "Old Labour", i.e. anti-war and thus weak on defense at home and abroad.

Hillary Continues To Indulge The Creamy Center

Drudge is reporting that Hillary Clinton has told close confidants that she will support Supreme Court Justice nominee John Roberts barring any "unforeseen development." Put another way, this means she is going to shun the ultra-left wing of the party (i.e. Kennedy and Schumer) to appeal to the center for her presidential run in '08. It's going to be interesting to see how frick and frak handles things from here on out.

MORE: Bill Kristol is predicting there will be an 11th hour smear against Judge Roberts in the New York Times, planted by special interest groups. That sounds about right to me.

A Severe Lack Of Originality

Wizbang has a photo that shows just how few original ideas are left in Hollywood.


An Unfair Fight: The Hitch v. "Red Ken"

The Political Teen has video of Christopher Hitchens on "Heartland with Jon Kasich" taking London Mayor "Red Ken" Livingstone to task for blaming the Brits for the London attacks.

Reporter Sacked

A pro-terrorists reporter for the UK Guardian has been fired thanks to the work of the blog, Daily Ablution.

Taking A Step Back

Don Surber is feeling a little remorse for a recent post on Robert Byrd (linked by Jim-Rose.com) in which (he feels) he took a pot-shot at the West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd. He is also taking a month off from Blogging to concentrate on the editorial page of the Charleston Daily Mail. A link to which I have added to the "Honor Roll."

Don, I think you're being a bit hard on yourself, but I understand what you're saying and greatly admire your self-discipline. You've given us a lot to think about. But you worry me. I hope you aren't entertaining thoughts of giving up blogging on a regular basis. I agree that the Blogosphere needs to do more of its own research, but another key function we serve is to find the stories that a majority of people can't find themselves due to time and access restraints. I think this, more than anything, has been the ultimate service of the Drudge Report. How many people have 16 hours a day to surf the news wires and Lexis-Nexis? The story of the day in the MSM was usually seen on the Drudge Report three days before. But I digress.

You're one of the good guys Don. I wait anxiously for your return.

Quotational Therapy

Will Franklin has some "Quotational Therapy" from the brilliant F.A. Hayek. Read what this man say about the First Amendment and remember it. It's gold for any freedom of speech argument.

Agenda Setting And The Supreme Court

This is the kind of stuff that just fascinates me. The Bush White House (as I've came to realize a while ago) is masterful at controlling the movement of the public debate. It's no wonder the Democrats are trying so hard to get rid of Rove. Since President Bush announced John Roberts as his pick for the Supreme Court, they have done an incredible job of swaying public opinion to a belief that Roberts is more than worthy of sitting on the court and should be confirmed without too much trouble. They've even managed to sway the "conscience" of the racist wing of the Senate, Robert Byrd, to get on the Roberts bandwagon. So now you've put Kennedy and Schumer into a position where they will have to slime Roberts in the face of popular public opinion. It's not looking goof for them right now and it will be interesting to see just how far they are willing to go. Many pundits believe that they will do whatever they can. It should prove an interesting case study.


John Kerry Digs Deeper

Today John Kerry showed the country that he has absolutely no concept of irony as he called on Judge John Roberts to release all his records. PoliPundit revels.

Protest In Iran Sunday

Regime Change Iran has more on the planned protest at Tehran University this Sunday.

Pro-War Libertarians

Fascinating post by Jon Henke over at QandO about the split among libertarians. Lew Rockwell, one of the most militant libertarians (does that make sense?) out there, calls guys like me "Regime Libertarians" which is kind of another way of saying "Pro-War Libertarian." I define it as a person who ingest a steady diet of Hayek and Friedman and possesses a strong desire to kill our enemies. Say it loud and say it proud.

It's A Jungle Out There

Don Surber has the scoop on passage in Robert Byrd's book about his desire during the Nixon years for conservative Supreme Court justices and his feeling that some places in America are worst than "deepest Africa." Pretty, pretty, pretty...

The Folly Of Polls

Will Franklin has a nice piece this morning on the how political polling is out of control.


Goldberg v. The World

Bernie Goldberg, in his quest to publicize his latest book, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, subjected himself to an appearance on the Donny Deutsch Show on CNBC the other night. Basically, it ended up being a 5 on 1 bash-fest that, if it had occurred at Camp Gitmo, would have drawn the ire of Amensty International. But I digress...Political Teen has the video. Watch it and judge for yourself.

Legoland Gitmo

Oh man! I so want one of these!

John Howard: Warrior, Part II

John Howard does it again as he takes a British reporter to school on the war on terrorism. This is the guy that should be Secretary General of the U.N.

UPDATE: Trey Jackson has the video of Howard's masterful performance. (Hat tip: lgf)

First, The Wife

RedState has the latest on how the LA Times has fired the first shot across the bow in the war to defeat John Roberts.

Neo-Conservatism Finds Its Way

Charles Krauthammer has a very long, but excellent column today on the evolution of Neo-Conservative Foreign Policy. I strongly advise you all to read the whole thing. It's an excellent history lesson on foreign policy and shows us just how important it will be for us in 2008 to elect a new President that stays true to the Bush Doctrine.

Deja Vous In London

Terrorists bombers attack London once again with four blasts reported. I'm watching Tony Blair and John Howard speak right now. Seems like wherever John Howard goes, big news happens. It's time for Britain to take a good hard look at the people its allowing to immigrate. It's also time to the people to rise up and get rid of "Red Ken." Giuliani, he ain't.


Do They Love Me In Belgium?

Recently, I added Neocounter to my website which you can view at the bottom-right of this page. It puts up little flags to show me how many visitors I get from their respective countries. I've been a little surprised to see that I'm getting quite a few hits from Belgium. This makes me wonder, is my website popular with a few folks there or are they just running into me after doing a Google search for the Jim Rose Sideshow Circus?

Constitutional Mockery

The boys at Power Line find a new talking point amongst the MSM: "so-called Constitution in exile." The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is rapidly becoming the evil sidekick of the New York Times.

Coming Soon...Dumbass II: Return Of The Dumbass

How could I have forgotten this? Trey Jackson brings to our attention an inadvertent legacy acquired by Judge John Roberts. It was during his confirmation hearings for his nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court that Orrin Hatch stated on the record that Chuck Schumer was asking "dumbass" questions. Could there be a sequel featuring more dumbass questions? Count on it.

Would-Be Bush Assassin Surrounded

Georgian police (the country, not the state) are said to have the man who threw a grenade at President Bush surrounded. They've already lost one officer in a shootout.

The View Of Roberts From The Right

Ann Coulter doesn't seem to happy about Bush's pick for the Supreme Court, John Roberts...or is this a smoke-screen?

Smart readers of Jim-Rose.com know that nothing is accidental or incidental when it comes to the sin city of Washington, D.C. Coulter says we know nothing of Roberts and the fact that he has taken the anti-Roe position for clients doesn't mean that this is how he feels, pointing out that he has noted that positions argued for clients do not necessarily represent his views. The White House is sure he's golden, but she points out, they thought that about Souter (who is becoming the Republican's legal equivalent to Vietnam). However, this could be a red-herring on Coulter's part. Kennedy and Schumer are going to slime Roberts to the best of their ability...but those to the right of these two (which is just about everyone else) may be comforted by the fact that some on the right are uncomfortable with Roberts (or so it seems).

Call me a conspiracy theorist if you will, but I'll say it again: nothing is accidental or what it seems in Washington. Everything is done for a reason and for the purpose of causing a very particular effect.


Let's Get It On!

Well, it looks like Bush has decided to do what he does best: take on conventional wisdom. The White House has confirmed that Bush has selected D.C. Circuit court judge John C. Roberts, who from all that we can ascertain, is conservative enough to put Ted Kennedy and his gang of nutjobs into a frenzy.

MORE: Drudge is declaring there will be a war over Abortion due to this pick. He may be right. My cards on the table...I'm pretty indifferent to the abortion issue. Is abortion killing? Sure it is. Should it be illegal? I don't think so. Is Roe v. Wade bad law? Yes, absolutely. Do I want to see abortion made illegal? Absolutely not. Got it? Anyway, my concern is that we get a strict constructionists (or originalists, whatever) on the court. My dream candidate is Janice Rogers Brown. Short of her, Roberts sounds pretty good so far, we'll have to see. But I'm so glad to see Bush pick someone he wants, a true conservative and not some consensus pick. That's why I voted for him and that's why (or should be why) we have leaders...to lead!

MORE: First thoughts. Very well spoken man, very smooth, seems very genuine. Has those middle-aged good looks. Will be hard for the Dems to trash.

MORE: Another thing we have to take into consideration. Bush can't assume that Rehnquist will retire soon or that anyone else isn't prepared to wait him out. This could be Bush's only Supreme Court pick...he's got to make the most of. If he gets more picks later, then he can fudge it a little, but not now.

UPDATE: Leahy just spoke. I got through it without throwing up. Now Schumer is talking about how we don't know enough about Roberts' personal views. And now the bashing begins.

MORE: Jayson over at PoliPundit nails it.

Avoidance Leads To Terror

Caleb Carr gets it right, via Instapundit.

Ebonics As A Second Language

The San Bernardino school district in California is looking to make Ebonics a "second-language" to help black students who are falling behind. D.C. Thornton has some analysis.

Battle Of The Ediths

Washington and the Blogosphere are on full-scale alert over rumors that Bush could announce his Supreme Court pick as early as today. Right now it seems that two New Orleans area judges, both named Edith, are the frontrunners. Edith Clement is the odd-on favorite right now...she is known as a conservative and strict-originalist who hasn't dealt with issues of abortion and gay rights very much making arguments over those subjects somewhat mute. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: RedState has an exhaustive writeup on Clement.

Gore TV

Al Gore says his new cable channel "Current," set to start next month will not be partisan. Am I missing something? I thought the whole point of this was to be a counterpart to the "radical right-winged" Fox News Channel? I guess that was too honest an approach. It's easier to live a lie.

"They're Still Doing That? Really?"

The mighty Chrenkoff develops a color-coded alert system for Kofi Annan and the U.N. (Hat tip: Instapundit)


Iranian Dissident Continues His Fight

Reports out of Iran that jailed dissident Akbar Ganji is near death from his hunger strike. Get more at Regime Change Iran. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Carnival Of Revolutions

Boxing Alcibiades has this week's "Carnival of Revolutions."

U.N. Vaccinating Iraqi Children

It took a while, but Don Surber was able to find something good the U.N. has brought to Iraq.

More History Revision From The MSM

Seixon shows us all how President Bush has not changed his stance on leaks in the White House.

Merkel Heads To France

Just how done is Gerhard Schroder in Germany? So done that France is starting to suck up to German opposition leader Angela Merkel. According to the Financial Times (rapidly becoming the real paper of record), Merkel is heading to France to meet with Jacque Chirac and talk turkey about Franco-German relations. While these two have little in common, pundits are looking forward to her meeting with Nicolas Sarkozy, interior minister and president of the ruling UMP party in France. Though they belong to the same party, Sarkozy and Chirac are rivals and Sarkozy is the early favorite to take the presidency in 2007, which would be good news as he's about as seems to be about as pro-American as any Frenchman is capable of being. Hopefully the meeting of Sarkozy and Merkel is a preview of the future. Meanwhile, Gerhard Schroder clings to his final days in power and a rather pathetic legacy.

Here's a fascinating story about Sarkozy from a few years ago. It has some good background...don't miss his comments about Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sometimes Terrorism Works

Reports out of Spain that computer files used by the perpetrators of the 3/11 attack on Madrid show that the major goal of the terrorists in the attack was to get rid of the Aznar government. Unfortunately, it worked. (Hat tip: Instapundit)


UK Guardian Refuses To Fire Enemy Among Them

The Bloggers do it again. This time it's Scott Burgess at The Daily Ablution. It has been revealed that the UK Guardian newspaper employs a staff reporter that is a member of one of Britain's most extreme Islamist groups. However, the Guardian refuses to fire him, preferring to keep the matter in house and making sure they are sensitive to "minority voices." Sounds good to me. Let him stay on staff and give us the anti-civilization point of view. (Hat tip: Free Thoughts & Regime Change Iran)

What Did Joe Know, And When Did He Know It?

Seixon has an interesting theory on the Joe Wilson/Karl Rove insanity.

The Dangers Of Fashionable Multiculturalism

As is my wont every Sunday evening, I'm watching this weeks "Prime Minister's Questions" on C-Span. Obviously, the main subject this week is the 7/7 attacks on London. Perhaps not surprisingly, Blair and opposition leader Michael Howard are falling all over themselves pointing out that the terrorists do not represent the "peaceful" religion of Islam and that the Muslim community in Britain should not be blamed for the attacks and etc. Certainly I don't argue with these points as such, but it's another example of our penchant to appear so enlightened and multicultural as to risk ignoring the root-causes of the problem.

The first question to the Prime Minister came from a Labour MP who asked the usual leading question of "does the Prime Minister agree...blah, blah, blah" that the Muslim community is not to be blamed for this incident and how Britain's "multicultural society is the envy of the world." This got my dander up. The envy of the world? The Brits are rapidly losing their culture to immigration, not just from Muslims, but from other Euros who have come to Britain to reap the benefits of the biggest welfare state in the EU. I have a friend from Britain who's family moved here some years ago because of the societal breakdown in England. They wanted to live in the relative safety of America which, they tell me, "just has a better quality of life."

These guys can spend all their time fighting over who's the most sensitive to the Muslim community or they can face some hard realities and prevent something like this from ever happening again. Is it the fault of the Muslim community, as such? No, but they are not entirely blameless. There are psychopaths out their committing crimes and atrocities in their name. At some point they need to stand up and do something about it, for the sake of Islam and their adopted country. Is Islam a peaceful religion? In some respect, yes, but it is at a crossroads similar to that which the Catholic Church faced during the Spanish Inquisition. All of the major religions has have their dark times...and now is a very dark time for Islam, but it can recover. It's going to take action from the faithful to bring it back from the brink, and it's going to take a more realistic attitude from well-meaning civilized Christians to move this process along.

MORE: Case in point.

Let The Games Begin

The Financial Times reports on the first formal charges against Saddam Hussein. The trial should be ready to go before long. Meanwhile, this week we heard that the Constitution is very nearly done.

A bad week for Ted Kennedy.

What Media Bias? Part 59

A CNN producer is caught showing the world just where the news network stands.

Deep Throat Book

Christopher Hitchens has a review of Bob Woodward's book on Deep Throat, now known as Mark Felt. While I have some quibbles with his analysis, it's still a good think piece.

The Rove Story: Day One-Million (It Seems Like)

Power Line has a nice roundup of the latest on the Rove story, including a look at Matt Cooper's appearance on Meet The Depressed this morning.

Anzar On Fighting Terrorism

Little Green Footballs has a translation of a recent piece on fighting terrorism from former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Aznar. Read it all.


The Supreme Court Battle

According to a new Fox poll, most Americans feel that Bush has the right to pick whoever he wants for the Supreme Court. Too bad the vox populi doesn't matter in the Beltway.

Harry Potter And The Magic Newspaper

Simple amazing. Fujitsu has announced they are developing a bendable electronic paper that can best be described as similar to the newspapers they read in Harry Potter where the pictures in the paper move. Check it out. It makes you wonder if flying broomsticks are next. (Hat tip: Jeff Jarvis)

Corn And The Chickens

Seixon has some thoughts on The Nation's David Corn and his role in the Karl Rove leak affair.

The Religion Of Karl Rove

Great column from the American Thinker on the Democrats obsession with Karl Rove.

Paul Begala: Bottom Of The Barrel

Short version: Paul Begala gives a speech to a group of young liberals...tells them the Republicans want to kill him and his family; tax cuts are evil; Saddam Hussein was no threat; people who inherit money should pay brutal taxes; etc.

No surprises here (insert generic outrage).

Now, let's focus on what's important here. Paul Begala is a political analyst on CNN and MSNBC (not Fox, 'cause I'm sure he considers them evil). What does it say about these news organizations that they use a man so far (to use a Democratic term) "out of the mainstream" as a political expert?

UPDATE: Bill Quick's take.


"I'm Through Playing This Charade!"

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?Saw this on Power Line (which they got from Hugh Hewitt). After taking the "Which Family Guy Character Are You?" test a few weeks ago (I was Stewie), I took this test: "Which Science-Fiction Character Are You?"

Make it so.

Don't Go Messin' With A Country Boy

In case you haven't seen it yet...don't miss Don Surber's Carnival of Hillbillies!

Rove-ing Along

It's morning again at Jim-Rose.com. I went a little psycho last night in my analysis of the story. Now, I've had a good night's sleep, time to cool down, and...I still hate this story!!

Anyway, one of the better comments I've seen today comes from Ken McCracken:

Absent a conviction, firing Rove would be an admission, not of wrongdoing, but that the sheer decibel level on an issue can determine its outcome. And what a perverse incentive to ratchet up still more decibels that would create.


MORE: ...from Radioblogger.


Saddam And Osama Working Together

Roger L. Simon does us all a great service by posting a link from the radio show The War Room With Quinn And Rose in which they play an ABC News report from 1999 on the connection between Osama bin Laden and Iraq. Information that was conveniently forgotten on January 20th, 2001. You must listen to this.

Journalism Is Dead

Okay, it's official. I hate this story. I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate HATE this story! Nothing but stupid people, saying stupid things based on absolutely nothing! Dammit!

*sigh* So, the New York Times puts out their latest story on the CIA Leak/Rove thing (in hopes of squeezing a few more days out of the story, which they will). The story is based on...wait for it...a leak from the special prosecutors office. This leak (I'm guessing he's a hero to Chuck Schumer, at least for now) says that Novak got the information about Valerie Plame from a source (which he doesn't name to the Times), Novak then called Rove, told him what he'd heard and Rove said, "I heard that too," (or "Oh, you heard that." depending on who's testimony you use).

Oh! That's it! Off with his head!!

However, the Times editor forgot to erase this small passage in the story:

The person who provided the information about Mr. Rove's conversation with Mr. Novak declined to be identified, citing requests by Mr. Fitzgerald that no one discuss the case. The person discussed the matter in the belief that Mr. Rove was truthful in saying that he had not disclosed Ms. Wilson's identity.

This is so stupid! They have absolutely nothing! This story is the biggest nothing in the history of journalism. Yet, it doesn't matter, it's still a story to these lying bastards! Joe Wilson was out there today, telling the same lies he's been telling for 2 years as though there isn't documentation that has proven him to be a liar. It's as though we're all supposed to pretend that there's a tiger in the room when there's not. The room is empty. Everyone's insane. I hate this story.

MORE: Dale Franks ask, "What's the point?"

MORE: Lorie Byrd ask: "Why isn't this a bombshell revelation vindicating Rove?"

NEWSMAX: Kerry outed covert CIA agent.

MORE: Roger L. Simon: The Plame Rove Affair is One of the Biggest Wastes of Time of My Lifetime...

John Howard: Warrior

Prime Minister John Howard takes the Australian Press to school: (Hat tip: Instapundit)

MAXINE McKEW: Prime Minister, if as you say you can't rule out that possibility that we could have potential bombers right here in Australia, what if today's announcement, this redeployment to Afghanistan and our continued presence in Iraq is all the provocation they need?

JOHN HOWARD: Maxine, these people are opposed to what we believe in and what we stand for, far more than what we do. If you imagine that you can buy immunity from fanatics by curling yourself in a ball, apologizing for the world - to the world - for who you are and what you stand for and what you believe in, not only is that morally bankrupt, but it's also ineffective. Because fanatics despise a lot of things and the things they despise most is weakness and timidity. There has been plenty of evidence through history that fanatics attack weakness and retreating people even more savagely than they do defiant people.

That's the stuff.

Uncle Ben The Moderate

Conservative Democrat Senator Ben Nelson (who, when I was in Nebraska, we always called "Uncle Ben") unwittingly gave us the textbook definition of a "political moderate." The Ankle Biting Pundits have the scoop:

"The last thing anybody in this group (the gang of 14) wants is to even have to decide whether to go to a filibuster, or have to decide whether they're going to vote for the nuclear option," said Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, who will be the host of Thursday's breakfast. "We're in the game of avoidance."


Bush Doesn't Follow The Process

From the Financial Times:

US President George W. Bush looks set to accept the Senate Democratic leadership's preferred candidates to fill the party's two seats on the Securities and Exchange Commission.
After weeks of uncertainty, the White House is poised to nominate Annette Nazareth and renominate Roel Campos to the chief US financial regulator, according to people close to the Bush administration.

Mr. President! That's not how it works! You're supposed to talk to the media and explain to them how the nominees are extremists and way out of the political mainstream and how they won't follow the rule of law and just shape policy according to their ideology, etc. etc. Isn't that how the nomination process works?

We're Not Idiots

The gang over at Samizdata has an urgent request for the political classes in Britain.

Protest In Iraq

Another example of why the MSM is biased and irresponsible. Turns out there was a large anti-terrorism protest in Iraq on July 5th. Anybody hear about this last week? No? Outrageous. (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin)


MSM's Lawyers Blow MSM's Cover

Dale Franks over at QandO did some research into the Valerie Plame case and found something very interesting.

Pink Floyd Gives Way To Opera

Roger Waters is set to release his first go at an opera. Ca Ira (There Is Hope), an opera about the French revolution, will be released in September. Waters says he is expecting a lot of flack from opera purists, but it goes with the territory.

While doing press for his latest work, the former Pink Floyd frontman talked briefly about the reunion at Live 8:

"The chances of further developing with the Pink Floyd reunion are very slight," he said. "The Live 8 reunion couldn't have been better, it was terrific, I was really glad it happened, we got along famously and it was absolutely fine, but (guitarist) Dave (Gilmour) and I do have major musical, philosophical, political and artistic differences," he said with a laugh. "So for us to reconvene would probably not be the most brilliant idea."

As the French would say: c'est la vie.

MORE: David Gilmour spoke to a trade publication in Britain:

Talking of the concert, David said: "It was pretty surprising I must say to find ourselves in that position [back on stage] after all our years of grumpiness," adding that he and Waters are now on "pretty amicable terms. We've communicated a couple of times via email since the concert and he headed back to the States where he lives these days. It's a very nice thank you and goodbye. It wouldn't be absolutely impossible for a similar thing to happen again on a one-off basis, but that's it for me - I've moved on in the last 20 years."

And I Mean It!

Ryan Sager over at Tech Central Station has a brilliant idea for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It would never pass in Massachusetts, though.

Bush Backs Ganji

One day after several protests in Iran, President Bush does what needs to be done and lends his air of legitimacy and authority to the calls to free journalist Akbar Ganji. Ganji has been on a hunger strike for 31 days and is reminding many of the great Vaclav Havel.

For The Love Of God, Somebody Call A Plumber!

If you haven't had enough of Karl Rove, get a load of this from the Financial Times:

A senior Republican politician will ask the Central Intelligence Agency to investigate whether a former agent endangered US national security by allegedly leaking the identity of an Iranian dissident to journalists.
Curt Weldon, vice-chairman of the House armed services committee, told the FT he wants the CIA to investigate whether Bill Murray, a former CIA Paris station chief, disclosed the identity of “Ali,” the alias used by a Paris-based Iranian dissident which he says was classified.

Almost makes you pine for the good ol' days of the Nixon/Clinton administrations when leaks were just part of the deal. Legal, smegal.

Maybe CIA Agent Bill Murray can just claim his leak was "lost in translation."

I know. Lame.

The BBC Bites Back

Smarting from criticism for their removal of the word "terrorism" to describe the recent bombings in London, the BBC does what any leftist organization would do...attack the attacker. In this case, Fox News Channel. Gateway Pundit has the story.

In Case You Missed It...

From the WSJ...Karl Rove, Whistleblower.

P.S. A brilliant spin move by the Republicans. I'm actually impressed.

MORE from DaybyDay:

UPDATE: Don Surber chimes in.


The Super-Size Con

McQ has the scoop on a single-mother of two in North Carolina that blows the lid off Morgan Spurlock's mockumentary.

More Protests In Iran

Publius Pundit has coverage of ongoing protest in Iran calling for the release of all political prisoners. The "election" of a thug as president is only going to embolden the freedom fighters. Bad move, Mullahs. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Harry Reid's Worst Nightmare

Alex McClure at PoliPundit raises a good point. With the budget deficit down 25% due to President Bush's "irresponsible" tax cuts, we're treading dangerously close to having a budget surplus in a few years. A Republican president with a surplus? I guess anything is possible.

Forgotten Favorites

Now for something on the lighter side...if you're a fanatic about old records like myself you should find this amusing. Blogcritic has the Top 20 Most Underrated Rock Albums. Couldn't agree more with a lot of them (like Pink Floyd's "Animals") and I haven't listened to Pete Townsend's "White City" in years. Looks like I've got some record shopping to do.

The New York Times v. Rove

The good Captain continues to take the lead on the Karl Rove story. Check out his latest entry.

UPDATE: Bill Quick is extremely frustrated with Bush and Rove over this story. He and I (and several others) have been arguing back and forth on the issue.

UPDATE: NRO: Cooper "burned" Rove.

UPDATE: I came home tonight all primed to do a big write-up on the Karl Rove story and explain my position as succinctly as possible, but then I ran across this entry on Radioblogger. He has a transcript of Hugh Hewitt and Wonkette on MSNBC talking about the story. To my surprise, they both put it better than I ever could. Read the whole thing and see what I mean.

MORE: The Lifelike Pundits bitch-slap Joe Wilson.


It's Not Easy Being Green

A very interesting article in Newsweek International about the fall of the Green Party in Germany. My favorite part:

As if overnight, the Greens have turned from the darlings of the German establishment to emblems of what ails the country. goodbye eco-freaks, the Financial Times Deutschland headlined last week, predicting the advent of a long conservative era. With their neglect of hard-hitting economic issues, the Greens have turned themselves into "the feel-good party of the urban academic milieu," sneered even Berlin's Tageszeitung, a historically leftist paper. Critics see Fischer's visa scandal as the embodiment of what's wrong with the Greens: do-good policies—in this case, opening Germany's borders in the name of "multiculturalism"—paired with an arrogant disregard for the cost to the country. A similarly high-minded policy to subsidize wind power has drawn protests from citizens angry about thousands of giant wind turbines that now sully once pristine landscapes. Even Schroder has lashed out at his erstwhile political allies, suggesting in a recent interview in the weekly Die Zeit that sharing power might have been a mistake.

Heh. Anymore chickens come home to roost, they're gonna have to call the ghost of Colonel Sanders to clean house.

When The Truth Is Irrelevant

Another lesson for readers of Jim-Rose.com. Here we have the Karl Rove story. Did he leak the name of a covert CIA agent to the press? Based on everything we know so far, he didn't. Thus, we've reached the point where the evidence has become inconvenient to a good story and a good scandal against an man unpopular with the MSM. So, from here on out, the fact that there's no evidence of any illegal activity on the part of Rove will ignored. We will now be overwhelmed with stories of Karl Rove's "illegal activity" and calls from the Democrats and the MSM for his resignation. So-called respected journalists: Peter Jennings, Brian Williams, Aaron Brown, Terry Moran, John Roberts, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, etc. will report stories of alleged illegal acts by Rove as fact, knowing full well the evidence doesn't support such claims. And who will know? Who's gonna question their absolute authority? The Blogs? Fox News? Well, yes, but will that be enough? Hard to say. If this were 10 years ago, Karl Rove would be gone tomorrow. In this day and age, he has a fighting chance. And it doesn't matter if the charges turn out to be true. Right now, there's no basis to convict the man in the press...the evidence doesn't support it. Isn't Journalism about evidence?

UPDATE: Seixon can't get over how moronic the reporters working this story can be.

MORE: Newsmax has more evidence that Rove is in the clear legally.

BBC Betrayal

From the London Telegraph:

The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London Underground and bus bombings to avoid labelling the perpetrators as "terrorists", it was disclosed yesterday. Early reporting of the attacks on the BBC's website spoke of terrorists but the same coverage was changed to describe the attackers simply as "bombers". The BBC's guidelines state that its credibility is undermined by the "careless use of words which carry emotional or value judgments". Consequently, "the word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding" and its use should be "avoided", the guidelines say. Rod Liddle, a former editor of the Today programme, has accused the BBC of "institutionalised political correctness" in its coverage of British Muslims. A BBC spokesman said last night: "The word terrorist is not banned from the BBC."

Do I have to comment?

Janice Rogers Brown For The Supreme Court

Jim-Rose.com is officially calling for President Bush to nominate Judge Janice Rogers Brown for the current vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court. The more I read about JRB, the more I wish we had 8 more of her. With a lot of help from Cassandra, I've been able to piece together much of her philosophy over the past few months. Surprisingly, (but maybe not) the People for the American Way, Norman Lear's neo-Marxist, political activists group, have posted "her own words" on their website thinking it shows why she should never serve on a high court. It has the opposite effect for me:

"I have argued that collectivism was (and is) fundamentally incompatible with the vision that undergirded this country’s founding. The New Deal, however, inoculated the federal Constitution with a kind of underground collectivist mentality. The Constitution itself was transmuted into a significantly different document...1937...marks the triumph of our own socialist revolution...Politically, the belief in human perfectibility is another way of asserting that differences between the few and the many can, over time, be erased. That creed is a critical philosophical proposition underlying the New Deal. What is extraordinary is the way that thesis infiltrated and effected American constitutionalism over the next three-quarters of a century. Its effect was not simply to repudiate, both philosophically and in legal doctrine, the framers’ conception of humanity, but to cut away the very ground on which the Constitution rests... In the New Deal/Great Society era, a rule that was the polar opposite of the classical era of American law reigned [Federalist speech at 8, 10, 11, 12]

[W]e no longer find slavery abhorrent. We embrace it. We demand more. Big government is not just the opiate of the masses. It is the opiate. The drug of choice for multinational corporations and single moms; for regulated industries and rugged Midwestern farmers and militant senior citizens. [IFJ speech at 3-4]

In the last 100 years – and particularly the last 30 – the Constitution, once the fixed chart of our aspirations, has been demoted to the status of a bad chain novel."
[IFJ speech at2]

Good stuff.

UPDATE: Aaron over at Lifelike Pundits agrees.

London Security Compromised By Report?

This is interesting...according to the Evening Standard in London, their report on random immigration checks on Tube travelers several months ago led to a banning of the practice. (Hat tip: lgf)

8 Simple Rules For Winning An Argument

A big thanks to Erin Winking for this link: Debunking 8 Anti-War Myths About The Conflict In Iraq. If you're tired of always having this argument, here's all the evidence you need to finish the argument.

If You Want To Make An Omelet...

Tech Central Station has an interesting little write-up on the death of Great Britain's "Spy Granny" who spied for the Soviets most of her life. My favorite line in the piece is her quote, "You didn't have to agree with everything that was being done in Russia." It's these kind of rationalizations that have always fascinated me.


Karl Rove: Source Of Common Knowledge

For those of you following the CIA leak story and Karl Rove involvement...the good Captain puts it all in perspective.

UPDATE: Don Surber puts it in perspective: It is in the realm of possibility but beyond the realm of probability that the New York Times and Time magazine went to such great expense to protect Karl Rove from criminal charges.

Maybe hatred really does rob one of the power to reason.

Bill Clinton: Kerry Soft On National Security

Even Bill Clinton gets it when it comes to John Kerry. According to Newsmax, in a recent speech, the former president says that Kerry most likely lost the presidential race because he appeared soft on national security. I doubt that's the only reason, but it's certainly a big part of it.

Thuggery in San Francisco

Will Franklin has the details on the anti-capitalists terrorists in San Francisco and their attack on a police officer.


Another British Memo

Drudge has a flash on news out of London that yet another British memo has been leaked, this one saying that British troops could be withdrawn from Iraq within 3 months.

First things first, we'll be looking at and hearing about what's true and what isn't true in this memo in the days to come, but this issue right now is the fact that if this is a legitimate government memo that has been leaked, it's been leaked by someone in the British government that wants to do harm to the government and its efforts in Iraq. This memo contains troops movements. Movements off the battlefield are truth movements all the same. In this country, there are prior restraints on that kind of thing. I don't know about Great Britain in this regard, but somebody is out to derail its Iraq policy and they need to be found and dealt with.

UPDATE: Rob Port conquers.

The Hitch v. Reagan (Jr. That Is)

The Political Teen has the video of Christopher Hitchens absolutely decimating Ron Reagan, Jr. on MSNBC. The debate was Iraq and terrorism, with Hitch asking Reagan what we've all been asking, "why is someone like you hosting a show like this?"

True Libertarianism

McQ has some excellent thoughts on libertarianism and the perversions of its meaning.


Rehnquist Reports

Michelle Malkin has a rundown on all the reports that William Rehnquist will retire today.

A False Premise From The Get-Go

The latest news out of the G8 is that the other 7 leaders appeared to "bow to pressure" from the United States on climate change. While the eco-nuts continue to blast Bush and America for our refusal to sign Kyoto, keep in mind that Europe isn't pulling its own weight on the environment as shown here.

It's time for the "other 7" to get real.

We Will Never Surrender

The Mighty Hitch has a brilliant column today in the UK Mirror on British resolve. Here's a great passage on exactly what the "grievances" of the jihadists are:

"The grievance of seeing unveiled women. The grievance of the existence, not of the State of Israel, but of the Jewish people. The grievance of the heresy of democracy, which impedes the imposition of sharia law. The grievance of a work of fiction written by an Indian living in London. The grievance of the existence of black African Muslim farmers, who won't abandon lands in Darfur. The grievance of the existence of homosexuals. The grievance of music, and of most representational art. The grievance of the existence of Hinduism. The grievance of East Timor's liberation from Indonesian rule. All of these have been proclaimed as a licence to kill infidels or apostates, or anyone who just gets in the way."

I'm starting to think Bush should hire Hitchens to be his main speech writer.


London Attacked

UPDATE: George Galloway becomes the first to blame the British government for the attacks. MORE: Wizbang's take and Power Line's take.

UPDATE: The Mighty Hitch was prepared for the likes of Galloway. Read his defense of UK/USA/Iraq. (Hat tip: MM)

MORE: The good Captain: "We Are All Britons Today."

BUSH GETS IT: Here are President Bush's words on the terror attack in London:

"The contrast between what we've seen on the TV screens here, what's taken place in London and what's taking place here is incredibly vivid to me. On the one hand, we have people here who are working to alleviate poverty, to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS, working on ways to have a clean environment. And on the other hand, you've got people killing innocent people. And the contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who kill -- those who have got such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks."

Translation from between the lines: "While we, the most powerful men in the world, are sitting here in fantasy land talking about utter nonsense like 'Global Warming,' there are terrorists out there taking shots at us! That's what should be on the top of the G8 agenda! That should be the whole agenda!"


Harry Reid Pushing Gonzales

Dale Franks over at QandO has the story of Nevada's own embarrassment Harry Reid slyly pushing for Alberto Gonzales for the Supreme Court, no doubt due to his more moderate conservative ideology.

Dale translates for the Senator:

"Please send us Gonzales! We'll confirm him! Just don't make us consider Luttig or McConnell! Or Alito! Cripes, not Alito! Sure, we'll fuss about Gonzalez, because, after all, we can't just roll over like weasels and expose our softest parts. But we're begging you, please don't push us into a corner here!"


Time Reporter To Testify

Matthew Cooper was freed from his obligation to protect a source in a story about CIA Agent Valerie Plame by the source himself today in a somewhat dramatic phone-call. This story keeps getting weirder...and this development sure doesn't sound like the work of Karl Rove.

MORE: Cooper just had a news conference. He says he'll only talk about the name of the source to the Grand Jury and not the press, but he squirmed a little by saying "right now," i.e. he plans to write about it himself. In the meantime, I guess we'll just have to wait for a leak about the leak.

L. Patrick Gray Dies at 88

Just weeks after finding out his former assistant at the FBI was Deep Throat, the man that succeeded J. Edgar Hoover as FBI Director is dead. L. Patrick Gray, once a suspect himself in the search for Deep Throat broke his silence on the matter saying he was completely shocked, but felt that Felt most likely did it out of revenge for not getting Hoover's job.

MORE: Gray died of pancreatic cancer. Could this be the "imminent death of Deep Throat" that John Dean was talking about a year or so ago? If so, he's lucky he didn't run with the story, he would have looked like an even bigger loser than he already is.

Iran's Vaclav Havel

I should have said something yesterday. I was reading a story about an Iranian dissident journalist on a hunger strike in jail and I thought, "he seems like an Iranian Vaclav Havel." Well, the New York Sun beat me to it.


I won this weeks caption contest over at WILLisms. Even though there were very few entries and I took the low-road with my suggestion, a win is a win dammit!

Schumer Declares War Over Supreme Court

Drudge has an exclusive about an intercepted cell phone call between New York Senator Chuck Schumer and a friend in which the New York liberal declares they (the Democrats) are going to go to war over the next Supreme Court nominee.

Senator Law & Order To Help Find SCOTUS Justice

President Bush announced today he is going to use the services of former Senator and actor Fred Thompson to search for a nominee for the Supreme Court and help guide the nominee through the confirmation process. You have to wonder if Thompson hasn't had thoughts about the fact that Dick Cheney was in charge of finding a Vice President.

Will The French Athletes Eat Bland British Food?

Well, the IOS has chosen the site for the 2012 Olympic Games. The bad news is, it's not New York. The Good news is, it's not Paris either. London won the plum assignment. Congratulation to our British brethren.

UPDATE: McQ weighs in.

MORE: Chirac devastated. Heh.


Goldberg Is Back!

Bernard Goldberg, author of Bias, is back with a new book called 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken Is #37). The good Captain has a preview and later will have an interview with Goldberg.

Floyd To Share Profits

David Gilmour has announced that Pink Floyd will donate royalties earned as a result of Live 8 to charity. After their reunion performance, sales for "Echoes," the band's best of box set shot up 1343%. (Hat tip: raz)

Just checked out the Amazon Top Sellers in music. PF has 5 albums in the Top 100:

#43 - The Wall
#45 - Wish You Were Here
#55 - Dark Side of the Moon
#74 - Echoes - Best of Pink Floyd
#98 - Dark Side of the Moon - Super Audio Edition

Wow! Those charities are gonna be really happy.

REPORT: Pink Floyd offered 100-million pounds (that's roughly 175 million dollars!) to do an American tour. Gilmour calls the idea "completely mad."

The Waters' quote: "It's actually quite emotional standing up here with these 3 guys after all these years. Standing to be counted with th rest of you. Anyway, we're doing this for anyone who's not here. Particularly Syd."


The Three Stooges Of Diplomacy

The G8 Summit is facing a crisis...over food. Unbeknownst to Jacque Chirac, Gerhard Schroder and Vladimir Putin, some journalists were listening to their recent discussion in which the French President said the only thing the British have given to European agriculture is Mad Cow Disease. He added for good measure, you can't trust the British since they make such horrible food. I like how Putin tried to impugn America by saying, "what about hamburgers?"

Ah, the 3 Stooges of Diplomacy. (Hat tip: Drudge)

Pink Floyd Will Not Continue Reunion

Early reports say Pink Floyd's reunion performance at Live 8 was their final performance. Thus far, Nick Mason and David Gilmour have said it was a one-off event, even hinting they're too old for another tour.

While I strongly question that opinion, in light of their performance Saturday, it may in fact be better this way. One last performance for the ages.

UPDATE: Brad Kava is feeling sweet vindication...as am I.

UPDATE: Brain-Damage has a nice wrap-up of all the coverage including links to audio interviews with David Gilmour and Nick Mason.

al-Qaida Arrests

Jawa Report has the all the pertinent info on the arrests of two al-Qaida leaders in Iraq. So much for losing the war.

We Call It Ride The Gravy Train

Live 8 may or may not help the poverty stricken in Africa, but it's certainly helped the artists who performed. Record sales for the Live 8 bands shot through the roof Sunday with Pink Floyd leading the way. Their Best of album, "Echoes" saw sales in Britain go up 1343%! Have a cigar, boys...you're gonna go far.

The Declaration Of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levey war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

John Adams, Samuel Adams, Josiah Bartlett, Carter Braxton, Charles Carroll, Samuel Chase, Abraham Clark, George Clymer, William Ellery, William Floyd, Benjamin Franklin, Elbridge Gerry, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, John Hancock, Benjamin Harrison, John Hart, Joseph Hewes or Howes, Thomas Heyward, Jr., William Hooper, Stephen Hopkins, Francis Hopkinson, Samuel Huntington, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lewis, Philip Livingston, Thomas Lynch, Jr., Thomas McKean, Arthur Middleton, Lewis Morris, Robert Morris, John Morton, Thomas Nelson, Jr., William Paca, Robert Treat Paine, John Penn, George Read, Caesar Rodney, George Ross, Benjamin Rush, Edward Rutledge, Roger Sherman, James Smith, Richard Stockton, Thomas Stone, George Taylor, Matthew Thornton, George Walton, William Whipple, William Williams, James Wilson, John Witherspoon, Oliver Wolcott, George Wythe


Oops! Ricky Gervais Annoys Live 8 Organizers

Comic genius Ricky Gervais of "The Office" got in some trouble with the organizers of Live 8 when he made a joke about poverty on the London stage. Hey, he said he would do satire if they invited him, what's the trouble? David Brent would be proud.

Bush Should Call Biden's Bluff

Newsmax has the scoop on Senator Joe Biden's comment on Face The Nation this morning in which he stated that if President Bush nominated Janice Rogers Brown for the Supreme Court, the Democrats would filibuster. This is yet another example of a media trial balloon and also shot across the bow to the White House.

For this reason, I say Bush should call Biden's bluff and nominate Rogers Brown for the Supreme Court. The confirmation fight for any justice is going to be rough and dirty, so why not make it worthwhile. Since you're going to have a dirty fight on your hands no matter what, might as well fight for the best nominee possible.

Another point that interested me is this quote from Biden:

"[The Supreme Court] is a totally different ball game. ... A circuit court judge is bound by stare decisis. They don't get to make new law. They have to abide by [legal precedent]."

Now before we get a case of the jerky-knees, let's look at the facts. Yes, the Supreme Court does make law...it's called Common Law which is a system of law that is derived by judges' decisions. Thus, when you see lawyers arguing before a judge, "in the case of you v. me, the Supreme Court said, yadda yadda," they are citing precedent and the interpretation of existing laws by high court judges that in turn give them guidelines on how to interpret and enforce said laws. But while Biden may cite this as his reasoning for such a statement, deep-down that's not what he meant. He meant it just like it sounds. The Supreme Court, for the past 50+ years has taken it upon itself not to just make common law, but to make law in a legislative form. And that is exactly what men like Biden want the court to continue to do in a "liberal" way. Janice Rogers Brown is the antithesis of this, and he knows it.

Call his bluff, Mr. President, call his bluff.

The Global Warming Con

The Financial Times has a report that the leaders of the G8 Summit have struck an accord to curb greenhouse gas emissions in their respective countries and put pressure on China and India to do the same. I sure hope Bush knows what he's doing here. The belief that man can substantially alter the Earth's climate is bases on theory, not fact.

Student Uprising Anniversary

As the anniversary of the student uprising in Iran approaches (July 9th), the regime is stepping up efforts to put a damper on any efforts toward a reprise.

38 Nations, 38 Different Problems

Don Surber continues to do a yeoman's work on his website as he has a list of the problems affecting each of the African nations, raising the point that while a rock concert is a nice endeavor, it's gonna take a lot more than that to put a dent in these problems. Be sure to read the last line of his post...priceless.

Bill Gates, Rock Star?

So I've been reading the articles about yesterday's Live 8 concert and I've run across a small passage that intrigued me:

Geldof appeared onstage to introduce Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist Gates, whom the crowd greeted with a rock star's roar.

"A rock star's roar?" Isn't this the despised richest-man in the world? Aren't people around the world supposed to hate him for his wealth? Maybe, the people in this London crowd realize that Gates has not only brought wealth to himself but to millions around the world who feel the effects of wealth generated by his company. Maybe this London crowd realizes that Gates have given billions (that's billions with "b") to causes all over the world. Maybe, just maybe, we've finally found a situation where the Euros can teach the Americans something.


Watch Out For McCain

The Ankle Biters make an excellent point about how John McCain could pose a problem for the confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice.

Karl "Bete Noir" Rove In The Clear?

The good Captain says the hullabaloo about Karl Rove and the leak of a CIA agent's name is much ado about nothing. He makes a strong case. Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Seixon agrees.

Poverty Relief = Democracy

Stefania over at Free Thoughts has a great column on how the world and the G8 can really help the poverty stricken in Africa.

Last Throes Revisited

Don Surber has the scoop on how Dick Cheney's "last throes" comment may not be as off the mark as many people believe.

How I Wish, How I Wish I Was There

How do you top that? Pink Floyd reunites for Live 8 in London's Hyde Park. They sounded great and they looked like they were having fun, especially Waters who was all smiles. It's been a huge day for fans of the band who for nearly 25 years have been holding out hope for a heart-felt reunion of some kind. It seems a strange thing to say, but seeing these four old men (no disrespect, these guys are up there) getting together, putting bitterness aside and playing as good as they've ever played, is awe-inspiring. In a small way, it makes you realize that anything is possible.

And also, a big thanks to the Pink Floyd fan site, Brain Damage, which has been an invaluable source in keeping all of us up to date on the band's reunion.

UPDATE: The folks at Brain Damage give their initial thoughts on the performance.


How About "The Only Two Things A Cowboy Needs?"

Jawa Report is having a caption contest that I just can't get enough of.

You Can't Out-McCain McCain

Hard Starboard is as annoyed with Chuck Hagel as I am...maybe more so.

The Happiest Days Of Their Lives (oof!)

According to the UK Mirror, the reunion of Pink Floyd is going even better than expected. Gilmour and Waters, who barely spoke for 18 years, have reportedly been joking around during rehearsals and it's been like old times.

Live 8 will be carried on MTV and VH1. It's about helping the people suffering in Africa, but for many, it's all about the Floyd.

O'Connor Retirement?

Fox News is reporting that sources say Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement is imminent. This would be, by far, the more interesting vacancy in the high court. While she is a conservative, she is also a swing-vote at times. If she is replaced by a Scalia or Thomas type of judge, it would be small shift to the right.

Let the games begin!

UPDATE: WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced her retirement Friday.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Let's get it on!

MORE: Here's a list of some of the possibilities. (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin)

UPDATE: RedState has some interesting information on the possibility of Texas Senator John Cornyn being Bush's pick for the high court.

EVEN MORE: Don Surber isn't too sad to see Sandy go. He has a nice list of her swing-vote cases, or "flip-flops."

STILL MORE: RealClearPolitics has a nice detailed short-list.

A LITTLE MORE: John Hinderaker over at Power Line has an interesting plan for getting Janice Rogers Brown on the high court.