2/28/2006

Port Deal Flap Created By Lobbyists

Turns out the "political groundswell" of Democrats and some Republicans in Congress was not the result of national security, but in fact the almighty dollar. The Miami port operator Eller & Co. has filed a lawsuit to try and stop the UAE buyout of P&O fearing it would "endanger" their operations. Thus, Eller sent a team of lobbyist to D.C. to turn the screws. The MSM got it wrong yet again. (Hat tip: UJ)

UPDATE: Thanks to the Astute Blogger for the link.

2/27/2006

Iraqis Demonstrate Against Violence

Not to be found in the MSM...Gateway Pundit has highlights of several Iraqi demonstrations against recent sectarian violence. I'm getting a really good feeling about things in Iraq right now. (Hat tip: QandO)

A New Mardi Gras Drinking Game

It could lead to alcohol poisoning.

Trial Balloon 101

This article in Insight Magazine about the possibility of Dick Cheney retiring after the '06 elections is a textbook example of a trial balloon. It claims there is a divide between Bush and Cheney. Two problems with this: First, it's nonsense...Bush is incredibly loyal to "his man Cheney." Second, Bush isn't running for anything anymore and, frankly, he doesn't care about perception.

Then we have the fact that this is in a conservative publication, thus, it's much easier to plant the story. And interestingly, when touching on the subject of leaking classified secrets, the one person the article quotes is Senator George Allen. Two balloons for the price of one.

Bottom line, the Bush White House or GOP operatives are testing out all the possibilities for the next two years.

2/26/2006

Rove Wants Hillary In '08

Drudge has a sneak-peak at Bill Sammon's new book Strategery in which he quotes Karl Rove as saying Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic Party nomination for president but lose in the general election.

So what does this really mean. It means that Rove (and thusly, the movers and shakers behind the GOP) is chomping at the bit for Hillary to be the nominee in 2008. Many on the Right fear her because of her media popularity, but the MSM doesn't have the power it once had. Hillary can't win the South, and she can't win Middle America...and without that, she's done. And let's face it, a lot of men in this country are not going to vote for a woman, especially a liberal, authoritarian, cold and nasty woman like Hillary Clinton. It's a dream opponent for any GOP candidate (even Condi) as long as they don't allow themselves to be intimidated.

Roe v. Wade Must Be Overturned

Steven Den Beste over at RedState echoes my thoughts on Roe v. Wade exactly.

"Death To Fascism!"

The demonstration of solidarity outside the Danish Embassy on Friday in Washington, D.C. turned out to be a great success. Expose The Left has video of a speech given by The Might Hitch.

Dad From "A Christmas Story" Dies

Another celebrity death this weekend, as Darren McGavin, who played the grouchy father in the classic comedy "A Christmas Story," died at the age of 83. Lorie Byrd has some perspective.

2/25/2006

Barney, We Hardly Knew Ye

America has lost one of its icons. Standing among the pantheon of celebrity greats like Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean, there is...Barney Fife.

Don Knotts had a long career in which he made being a nerd cool. Best known as the bumbling deputy Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show, he also starred alongside the late John Ritter as the, again, bumbling character in the form of landlord Ralph Furley. But as Jim Carrey has pointed out, Knotts also made a series of movies that can be considered the forerunners of the "family film" that appeals to kids and adults alike.

So long, Don. Be sure to tell God to "nip it in the bud."

UPDATE: Don Surber has a nice tribute to his fellow West Virginian.

al-Qaeda Getting Desperate

Call me a cock-eyed optimist is you will, but given al-Qaeda's recent strikes against a Sunni mosque and an oil well in Saudi Arabia, coupled with Osama bin Laden's declaration that he will never be taken alive, it really seems like the terrorists are on the ropes, or at least not feeling too good about the future...and they're getting desperate. Like Victor Davis Hanson, I really think we've reached a key moment in this fight, and we have to have the resolve and patience to see it through just a little bit further. If we can do that, there's nothing stopping us from victory.

2/24/2006

An Evening With LeRoy Neiman

Tonight, I had the pleasure of meeting renowned American artist LeRoy Neiman at the Stardust Hotel and Casino here in Las Vegas. Neiman was commissioned by the resort to create a painting to celebrate the history of the Stardust which will close its doors later this year and then be rebuilt becoming the mega-resort Echelon Place.

Neiman is best known for his paintings of professional sports and the Olympics, but he has done several paintings for Las Vegas over time and has enjoyed the city and all it has to offer for decades. It was a great honor to interview him and talk about his career and his latest work. He's very proud of this new painting and says when you're doing a piece for Las Vegas, always use a showgirl.

Clinton's Legacy

Bill Clinton wasn't allowed on an Australian golf course recently because it was already too crowded. The golf club wouldn't make an exception for the former president...that's the headline in the papers, but here's a quote from a member that says it all:

"We can't deprive the paying members of their golf, even for an ex-president," said 62-year-old member Wendy Alley. "But it would have been a buzz for the ladies. There's no Monica Lewinsky here -- we're better."

Eight years as President of the United States and this is the first thing people think of when they think of Bill Clinton. That's some legacy you've carved out for yourself there, Mr. President.

Iraqis Taking Control

Call me crazy, but I really like what I'm hearing from Iraq's religious leaders following the sectarian strife. I think there's a lot of reason to be optimistic about the future of our Middle Eastern allie.

Just two days ago I said we need to be patient with Iraq...now after reading Victor Davis Hanson's column, I'm vindicated.

2/23/2006

Hugo The Predictable

The South American Psycho now says he's considering changing the Constitution to allow him to serve a third term and perhaps longer.

Anyone not see this coming?

Hillary Clinton's Vouchers Gaffe

Hillary Clinton's recent comments on school vouchers really drive home the point that we shouldn't be calling her a "liberal." Call her what she really is...an authoritarian.

Another Glass Of "Port"

The Astute Blogger dug up some facts on the port issue and has come down on the side of Bush and the UAE. I'm inclined to agree.

George Soros And Air America

The Radio Equalizer has the results of his investigation into the funny money behind Air America.

The End Of Roe?

Finally! At long last I've found an article that explains why the overturning of Roe would not mean the end of abortion, and would actually allow government to operate as it was intended: the legislatures would make law.

2/22/2006

Talk About A Motley Crue

Here are the major names siding with President Bush on the Dubai port issue: Rush Limbaugh, Jimmy Carter, John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Tommy Franks.

Throw in "the Professor and Mary Ann" and you've got a good time my friend.

A Defense Of Ali al-Sistani

After a blast destroyed the dome of a Shi'ite mosque in Iraq, many have expressed worry that Iraq may indeed be headed toward civil war. The leader of the Shi'ites, Ali al-Sistani has called for restraint and a seven-day morning period. Meanwhile, al-Sadr has his thugs ready to attack the Sunnis at a moments notice. I did some research and the role of these two is rather fascinating. This is very bare-bones, but here goes:

The difference between the Shi'ites and the Sunnis is similar to Catholics and Protestants. They both worship the same God, but in slightly different ways. I think many people confused this as an ethnic difference, but it's not. In the Shi'ite camp, there are two basic schools of though. Sadr, (the fat bastard) is of the school of Iran's Ayatollah Khomeni, that being that the clerics should be the government and rule by strict Islamic law. Sistani is of the school of thought known (rather quaintly) as Quietism. In this school, Islamic law should rule one's personal life and should be the source of governmental law, but not necessary control the government. Democracy, free elections are fine as long as they don't greatly conflict with Islamic law.

In short, if we have to pick a horse in this race, it's Sistani. Many like to point out that he's hardly an American democrat (small "d"), and that's true...I wouldn't want him as my Congressman, but as far as Iraq goes, he's just fine. He's been saying all the right things, today being a good example and as far as a leader of the Shi'ites goes, he's the best we could hope for. Sadr, however, is bad news and has tried to challenge Sistani for the "heart and soul" of the people. Some have said Sistani is handling this in "the old ways," (or, if you will, "old-school") that being he's letting Sadr hurt himself with his own rhetoric (sounds familiar). I hope it works, or else our not killing Sadr when we had the chance will become the biggest mistake of the war.

And you know what else? Ali al-Sistani has his own website. He's got a staff...PR, the works. Smart readers of Jim-Rose.com know this is a very good sign.

Things are going to be tough in Iraq for the next decade, but we can't get skitish. In little ways, we're exporting our culture to the Middle Eastern country. For every Sadr that shoots his mouth off to the David Gregory's of the world, there's a dozen other Iraqis being ignored by the Goodbye Lenin Media that would like to have a coke, surf the Internet (maybe to Sistani's site) and watch King Kong on DVD. It's the same thing with China...just keep pumping capitalism down the pipeline and democracy will follow.

The Golden Rule: Follow The Money

Rush Limbaugh is standing out in the crowd over this issue of the UAE overseeing American ports. Maha Rushie is a strong proponent of the UAE takeover and on his show today, he revealed that the reason a lot of Northeast Liberals like Schumer and Clinton are so dead-set against it is because of the concerns of unions which are the main funders of the Democratic Party. This riled one union member.

I think Rush is correct on this issue and a lot of it comes down to accepting the realities of the global market. The long and short of it is, there aren't many companies left that do this kind of work, and even so, we live in a global economy and not everything can be "American-made." It's similar to these arguments we have when a politician complains of all the "outsourcing" American corporations are doing. It's a part of the system, and there's no going back.

MORE: Don Surber is on board.

2/21/2006

Nobody Expects The Spanish Inquisition!

A great line from Pat Buchanan in his column today:
The D.C. press corps is to liberalism what the Inquisition was to Catholicism: the defender of orthodoxy and scourge of heretics.
Nice.

The Hitch Backs Denmark

Attention all of you that live on the East Coast: The Mighty Hitch is looking for some volunteers to peacefully assemble with him at the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C. to show our support since our State Department refuses to do so. His most recent column has his email address listed for those that are interested. I'd do it if I didn't live on the other end of the country.

Bush Threatens Veto

When was the last time you saw that headline? Answer: never. One of my biggest gripes with President Bush is he never saw a bill he wouldn't sign. Five years in office and he's never vetoed a bill. He didn't want to sign the McCain-Feingold bill, but he didn't want the fight, so he passed the buck to SCOTUS. But now it looks like he might seriously do it if Congress send over a bill to stop the port deal. It's very interesting that all of the sudden Bush looks like the best friend of the Arab-man. Once I get a chance to wrap my brain around this, I'll opine.

UPDATE: Well, from what I can tell, it's UAE or nothing. There aren't any American companies to speak of that do this sort of thing anymore, unless we get Halliburton to do it. ;-) I think this is really a fascinating case-study. Bush has been fighting terrorism like a bulldog and has been accused by his critics of creating more terrorism and being anti-Muslim/Arab...now all his critics are saying no Arab company can run our ports. No matter how concerned many politicians may be (and many of them are serious, like Peter King), this smacks of racism. It may not be racism, but it definitely has the taint. That aside, what we have is a case of the Justice Department and DHS saying they vetted UAE thoroughly, while governors and Congressmen in the port states say, no not nearly enough. Somebody's right and somebody's wrong. This is the perfect opportunity for a real investigative journalist to make the First Amendment proud. It won't happen inside the Beltway, hopefully somebody from the New York Sun can do something. If I didn't have a job to go to everyday, I'd do it myself.

Oh No! Carter Supports Port Deal

I haven't had a chance to carefully study this whole issue of an Arab company taking control of commercial operations at six U.S. seaports. Being a Bush-man, my first reaction is that the President probably knows what he's doing by supporting it, so no worries. Now I find out that Jimmy Carter is backing the President on this issue. Yikes! That's an almost 100% guarentee that the decision is wrong!

However, my instints tell me there's more to this whole thing than meets the eye. More later.

2/20/2006

Julian Sands Joins The Cast Of "24"

He's the main villain, of course. Very cool. I've always like Julian Sands...and this is his kind of role. The show is really diving into the philosophical question of real politik...one character even used the term. Ironic, as I happen to be reading Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent which deals with a man trying to stir up anti-Anarchists dissent by committing a crime in their name. Interesting...

Offline For Unknown Reasons

Geesh! What was that? I couldn't get onto my website all night until just recently. I don't know what was causing it or if it was my computer. Anyway, I was kinda out of the news-loop today anyway, but from what I can tell, the major political headline is that the Washington Press Corps is completely insane.

2/19/2006

Al Gore...I mean, Osama bin Laden Releases New Tape

Via Reuters. (Hat tip: Drudge)

Iraq In NATO?

I don't get it...how can a country like Iraq, that's been ruined by President Bush, a totally lost cause, be thinking about joining NATO. Is there something they're not telling us?

Disingenuous Outrage

The good Captain nails it on the topic of Cheney v. The MSM.

UPDATE: "Like a sparrow belch in a typhoon."

Hagel's Snide Comment

Turns out I'm not the only one that thinks Chuck Hagel needs to watch his mouth.

Russia Moved WMD's

Kenneth R. Timmerman reports for Newsmax that there is evidence that Russian Special Ops went into Iraq in 2003 and moved the WMD's out of the country and eliminated all evidence of their existence in Iraq. Not surprising, if true. Russia is still being run by the thugocracy and it will be a while before the likes of Gary Kasparov can change things.

MSM Declares War On Cheney

The MSM has been made to look the fool by the Vice President. Now, they're going to pull out all the stops with another week of overwhelming coverage of the hunting incident. It's all in the public's hands now...they decide who wins.

Bush Hangs With Crichton

Caught this on Drudge...environmentalists are in a tizzy over the fact that President Bush met with author Michael Crichton and they are both in agreement that global warming is a load of nonsense. I wonder if Crichton's Hollywood career is over.

Bill Clinton Stands Against Free Speech

In a move that should surprise no one, former President Bill Clinton has called on European governments to convict newspaper publishers for running pictures of the Muhammad cartoons in their respective newspapers. Still, it amazes me the extent to which our last two Democratic presidents don't believe in freedom and democracy and look for any excuse to aid our enemies.

UPDATE: McQ has evidence that President Clinton may have been misquote...seriously.

2/18/2006

"Swiftboating" Being Defined By The Losers

I was reading this piece on Power Line about a pro-war ad that sparked controversy in the Twin Cities and it got me to thinking. The Democratic Party in Minnesota has been calling on stations not to run the ad saying it's another example of "swiftboating." Scott Johnson opines:
And, by the way, does anyone have any idea what "Swiftboating" is supposed to mean? Is that when a veteran says something that liberals disagree with? Is it when a serviceman publicly describes events that he participated in and witnessed with his own eyes? I'm not sure just what the criteria are, but it seems clear that only veterans and servicemen can be guilty of the dreaded crime of "Swiftboating."
What's clear is the political losers (i.e. John Kerry and the gang) are doing their best to rewrite recent political history. Their goal is to make people believe that John Kerry was a victim of lies in an 11th hour political maneuver by the Swiftboat Veterans...it was neither a lie nor and 11th hour tactic. It was only in the 11th hour that John Kerry started responding to it.

If we allow them to get away with it for much longer, "Swiftboating" will take it's place in the lexicon right next to "McCarthyism," and it will be too late for us to do anything about it.

How CNN Blew The Story

Wizbang explains how the former leader in cable news messed up the Cheney hunting story.

Oslo Finally Dies

The Peace Process in Israel is over...The Astute Blogger explains.

An '06 Primer

Jayson over at PoliPundit doesn't see much concern for the GOP in this year's elections.

2/17/2006

Le Pen's New Plan

Weird. French politics tend to leave me nonplussed. The New York Sun has an interesting, if not confusing, article about a move by France's resident Neofascist Jean-Marie Le Pen to strike a political deal with Muslim immigrants. (Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs)

MSM Getting Desperate

Seixon caught an hillarious headline on CNN's webpage about the Cheney shooting story.

Absolutely classic.

Oh No! Man Shot By Cheney Released From Hospital, Doing Well

A collective expletive was shouted across MSM newsrooms today as Harry Whittington was released from the hospital and told the press he was deeple sorry for what Cheney has had to go through.

How The Media Sets The Agenda

An excellent piece today from Daniel Henninger on media agenda-setting.

Chuck Hagel Takes Cheap Shot At Cheney

The nation's worst Republican Senator continues to earn that title with a recent story in the Omaha World Herald. His constant need to earn "maverick street-cred" by bashing Bush and Cheney is so obviously disengenuous it's laughable. It would be one thing if he actually had serious qualms with the direction of the country, but the real motivation here is to be McCain-light. Hell, even McCain hasn't been playing "McCain" lately.

You folks in Nebraska... I'm still waiting for an explanation.

UPDATE: As is McQ.

Just A Little Bit O' History Repeating

It's easy for us to compare Iranian President Ahmadinejad to Adolph Hitler, but only Victor Davis Hanson could make such a compelling, intelligent case.

2/16/2006

Bernanke Goes To "War"?

Reuters had a headline that caught my eye this morning: "Fed's Bernanke to play the hawk on Capitol Hill." I also saw other stories from Reuters saying he is "hawkish" on inflation. Maybe Bernanke said this himself or they picked it up from some so-called expert, but it just struck me as interesting that they use a war term to describe the new Fed Chairman who has an optimistic outlook on the Bush economy.

2/15/2006

Hillary The Hypocrite

I didn't think she'd be dumb enough to get into this whole Cheney hunting mess considering her background, but sure enough. Cassandra takes Hillary Clinton down a peg.

The Folly Of Multiculturalism

Joshua Trevino over at The Brussels Journal takes multiculturalism apart piece by piece.

The "F-Word" Network

CNN, the unbiased, ethical bastion of cable news seems a little upset that Dick Cheney sat down for an exclusive interview with Fox News. I guess the Vice President decided to appear on a channel that actually has viewers, eh Jack.

Full Unconditional Surrender

As usual, Ed Koch gets it: the MSM has surrendered to the terrorists.

2/14/2006

Will Scooter Libby Get The Message?

The Raleigh News & Observer has cracked the conspiracy: The Cheney hunting accident was no accident at all, but was in reality a message sent to Scooter Libby..."testify and you're next!" (Hat tip: Maha Rushie)

FDR Lied, Euros Died

Will Franklin discovers that FDR lied about WMD's and let us to war based on the lie. Can he be impeached posthumously?

The NEW Worst Story Of The Century

On this blog I've flown off the handle a number of times over the Valerie Plame story and how it could possibly be the dumbest story of my lifetime. Now, this whole Cheney hunting accident story is making a strong challenge for that title. Drudge is reporting that the New York Times is reporting (don't you love the Internet!) that if Cheney's hunting companion should die, there would be a grand jury investigation.

Where to start with this one. First, can you imagine being Harry Whittington lying in his hospital bed and reading this story? Whatever happened to a get-well card? How obvious has it become that the MSM would love it if this man died?

You know, I hate to make a "there's children starving in Africa" type of argument, but THERE'S CHILDREN STARVING IN AFRICA FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S HOLY!! Not to mention the fact that there's a madman (and men) in Iran threatening to wipe out Israel, terrorists working day and night to destroy America and an ex-Vice President slandering his own country in foreign lands.

I know, me and my silly priorities.

Raising OCBDS Awareness

"Dr." Seixon has the diagnosis of a new disease: Obsessive Compulsive Bush Derangement Syndrome (OCBDS)

Two Views Of The Cheney "Scandal"

Marlin Fitzwater, a former White House Press Secretary is pissed off, while Mark Steyn is unimpressed with the media's call for the public's right to know.

This raises an interesting hypothetical question: What if Cheney had gone hunting with Muhammad and the Muslim prophet accidentally got his cheeks grazed by shot pellets....would the MSM AS put him on TV?

2/13/2006

Holy Crap! Secret Saddam Tapes!

Why is the New York Sun the only newspaper doing investigative journalism? Read this story about hours of Saddam audio tapes being studied by Congress and tell me why this wasn't today's lead story. (Hat tip: Rush)

Washington Post Report Represents The Media

Did somebody say classy?

UPDATE: RedState's take.

A Henry Wallace For The 21st Century

The Astute Blogger analyzes Al Gore's Saudi Arabia performance.

MORE: McQ compares Gore and Ann Coulter.

MORE: America's Crazy Aunt?

2/12/2006

Al Gore Continues His Jihad

Remember when Pat Buchanan was running for president the last couple of times and many pundits (not the Paul Begala types, but serious pundits) said that some of his ideas "flirted with fascism?" Well, the behavior of Al Gore recently isn't treason, but he sure as hell is flirting with it. There's just something so unseemly about former presidents and vice presidents on foreign soil trashing the United States.

Jim And Sarah Brady Show True Colors

Following politics like I do, I'm rarely surprised by anything, but the comments made by Jim and Sarah Brady over a hunting accident involving Dick Cheney made my jaw drop. It's no wonder the Democratic Party has abandoned gun-control as a campaign issue when these two pathetic individuals are its face. (Hat tip: Drudge)

MORE: The Digital Brownshirt, Intellectual Intercourse, and It's A Paul World chime in.

All Hail The Prime Minister

Jayson at Polipundit has the latest Iraq news that's not fit for the NY Times to print.

David Irving Faces The Music

Neo-neocon has the latest on the trial of famed Holocaust Denier David Irving.

Howard Dean Steps In It

After wrongly saying Scooter Libby has been indicted for leaking information (he's been indicted for allegedly giving false testimony) DNC Chairman Howard Dean said on "Face The Nation" this morning that if the reports are true that Dick Cheney told Libby to leak classified information he should step down. Perhaps so, but I'm sure the wiser political animals in his party, especially those running for President, are absolutely terrified of such a thought. No one really wants to face a Vice President Rice, Giuliani or Allen in '08.

Showdown In Philly

Atlas Shrugs has plenty of information and analysis of the protests outside of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her comments raise an interesting point in my mind...what would the MSM AS do if there was a picture of Muhammad floating dead in the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina?

The Day Lincoln Was Born

As we celebrate the birthday of possibly the greatest American that ever lived, Andrew Sumereau at The American Thinker gives us a look at the world on the day Abraham Lincoln was born.

Listen And Remember

Don Surber has a quote from ultra-ultra-liberal Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau about the Muslim Cartoon fiasco:
"Just because a society has almost unlimited freedom of expression doesn't mean we should ever stop thinking about its consequences in the real world. If The New York Times had commissioned a dozen vicious, anti-Semitic cartoons, would we be having a comparable debate? I don't think so."
Garry Trudeau, Feb. 11, 2006
Don says he agrees with this sentiment. Okay, I'll go along with this on one condition: This quote from Trudeau needs to be remembered and scrutinized the next time ACLU or the NEA complains about "censorship" from the "Christian-right" over mere complaints about the next round of anti-Christian art. I want to hear Trudeau and his ilk talk about the consequences of Kanye West with a crown of thorns and then I'll question the consequences of free speech. Until then...keep those cartoons coming.

UPDATE: "...like blaming the woman who wears a short skirt for being raped."

Exactly.

Mary Mapes Is Deranged

She thinks the Blogosphere has been viciously attacking her, but when she continues to make ludicrous claims it's becomes harder and harder to handle the situation with kid gloves. Her latest foolishness was picked up by Newsmax:
"What happened to me, I think, and to all of us at CBS, was that the perception of truth became that these documents were not real; that there were flaws in the typeface and all kinds of sort of dry and extremely dull details about proportional spacing and superscript and all that."
Dear Lord! What's really scary is that this woman could easily get a job teaching journalism at some university if she were so inclined. Kids, journalism...true journalism often comes down to "extremely dull details." I think Mary Mapes be an ironic case of someone who grew up watching too much television.

2/10/2006

Michael Brown And His Band Of Renown

Here's a riddle: How do you go from being the bete-noir and become the king of the county? Simple...bash Bush.

Smelling Is Believing

Somebody call John Waters. Japanese researchers think they may be able to develop a 3-D television complete with Odorama! Let's see...by 2020 I'll be pushing 50 years old. Just think what TV will be like by the time I retire...I'll be able to interact with Colonel Hogan and the gang and drive Sgt. Shultz crazy. (Hat tip: Odd Universe)

Belief In Free Speech

I can't remember ever saying this, but Michael Kinsley has an excellent column in the Washington Post today on the Muhammad cartoon.

2/09/2006

The Folly Of Easy Answers

I've put myself through a lot this evening. I started by reading this article I caught on Drudge about George Clooney. The highlights are supposed to be that he said he doesn't care for Michael Moore's heavy-handed style and he admits that a lot of what he does is out of liberal (or catholic) guilt. But this little passage got to me:
"I was at a party the other night and it was all these hardcore Republicans and these guys are like, 'Why do you hate your country?' I said, 'I love my country.' They said, 'Why, at a time of war, would you criticize it then?' And I said, 'My country right or wrong means women don't vote, black people sit in the back of buses and we're still in Vietnam. My country right or wrong means we don't have the New Deal.' I mean, what, are you crazy? My country, right or wrong? It's not your right, it's your duty. And then I said, 'Where was I wrong, schmuck?' In 2003 I was saying, where are the ties [between Iraq] and al-Qaida? Where are the ties to 9/11? I knew it; where the fuck were these Democrats who said, 'We were misled'? That's the kind of thing that drives me crazy: 'We were misled.' Fuck you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."
I followed this up by watching IFC when they were talking about the latest "independent" films like Clooney's "Good Night and Good Luck" where he makes up facts about Edward R. Murrow's battle with Joe McCarthy (i.e. that Murrow was responsible for his downfall..not true). Then they talked about a new documentary about "American imperialism" and how we've fallen into the trap Eisenhower warned us about, i.e. the Industrial Military Complex.

So what's the common thread to all of this? The answer is, ironically, easy: easy answers. George Clooney doesn't hate his country, he's just not smart enough to look the boring parts of life that if part of a movie would be on the cutting room floor. Those boring tidbits of information about Abu Nidal having an office in Baghdad, the minor filler details of what the world would be like and how many people would live under tyranny if America didn't have military bases around the world. None of this matters when "all you need is love." People like Clooney aren't unpatriotic, they're sentimentalists. They either can't or won't accept the naturalistic parts of life, the parts of life that force us to realize that sometimes violence does solve problems, that sometimes there are differences that can't be tolerated, that sometimes things are black and white.

I shouldn't let it get to me, but sometimes I slip and I do. But then I smoke a cigar and do my best to forget.

"And We're Rioting Over Some Cartoons"

This is the most ingenious thing I've seen in a long time. I may have to break out the guitar and get the band back together for this cover. (Hat tip: Our Man in Byrdland)

NFL Trade Season Starts Early

These NFL trades just get stranger and stranger. NBC agreed to give ESPN the rights to Friday coverage of the Ryder Cup, more rights to Olympic highlights and gave back to Walt Disney the rights to 1920s silent cartoon character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in exchange for annoucer Al Michaels. Michaels will join the Peacock Network and call Sunday Night Football with his recent partner John Madden and much of the old Monday Night Football production crew.
"Oswald is definitely worth more than a fourth-round draft choice," Michaels said, referring to what the Kansas City Chiefs gave the New York Jets as compensation for releasing coach Herm Edwards from his contract. "I'm going to be a trivia answer someday."
If Disney decides to start animating Oswald again, they should have Michaels do the voice. In the meantime, if NBC is smart they'll get Michaels on a plane to Torino and have him call the Olympic hockey games. "YES!"

Rattlesnakes During Wartime

Expose The Left has video of Keith Olbermann questioning whether Bush was using his announcement on a thwarted terrorist attack on L.A. for political gain. My answer to this: If he isn't, he should be. The arguments that people like Olbermann make are crushed by simply opening a history book. What President of the United States, or presidential candidate hasn't campaigned on the issue of protection against enemies foreign and domestic? Yes, McGovern and his ilk...but serious candidates know that is the most important issue, just ahead of "will he keep the trains running on time." It's the same for the political parties. The GOP should campaign on this issue, just like Karl Rove suggest. This ain't no party and this ain't no disco.

A few historical notes in the form of campaign slogans:
1864, Abraham Lincoln: "Don't swap horses in the middle of the stream."
1896, William McKinley: "Patriotism, Protection, and Prosperity."
And while not a slogan, FDR told American during one of his fireside chats: "When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck before you crush him."

The heros of the Democratic Party...FDR, Truman, JFK...they were warriors. They knew the what was important. I can't speak for the dead, but I highly doubt they would recognize their party if they were here today.

All Hail Free Speech!

This is what it means to live in a free, democratic society. There's religion and humor mixed together, and no one gets hurt. Long live freedom!

Iraqi Security

Iraqi security forces are taking control of the country at a pretty good rate. Don't expect to see this in the MSM AS, of course.

A Bad Track Record

D.J. Drummond proves what I've known for a long time. Political scientist Larry Sabato is rarely, if ever, right.

The Koran: A Living Document

Ann Coulter has an excellent piece on the cartoon riots.

2/08/2006

Support For The Danes

The following is a guest post:

I have always been proud of my Danish heritage and I gladly wear a lapel pin of the American and Danish flags together (a pin that, before Thanksgiving, I purchased online from the website of a Danish store in Elkhorn, Iowa), on my trench coat, and recently, more even so.

As mentioned recently in a few places online, the Danes saved the Jews from the Germans in the second world war. Denmark was also the first country to legalize pornography and in 1989 was also the first country to offer domestic partnership registrations for its homosexual citizens. Even the Danish church (a Lutheran church, but like the Anglican church in England, it is a national church in a country with freedom of religion) can opt to bless those in such partnerships (although not the partnerships themselves, because according to the Church of Denmark, "the church does not bless institutions"--while that might sound close to cowardly, the statement appears to affirm that such partnerships are considered "institutions").

Last year, Denmark's Queen, Margarethe II, said that Danes needed to examine their tradition of tolerance and determine whether it was based on principle or laziness. I hope the Danish citizens took heed to their wise monarch (who is also an accomplished artist and, amusingly, a defiant chain smoker, as well as only the latest sovereign in what is Europe's oldest monarchy). It is an insightful questions for not only Europeans to ponder, but also for Americans.

Denmark, like the other Nordic kingdoms of Norway and Sweden, is a welfare state, but in recent years, there has been a trend towards privatization. While the cost of living in Denmark remains extremely high (as in the rest of Scandinavia), it is considered one of the best places in the world to live.

Such appeal no doubt lured Muslim immigrants. Like the Netherlands and other European countries, there has been resistance to these new additions in society, and even if some of it has been based on ethnic prejudice, there seems to be some value to that resistance (the late Pim was prophetic, was he not?). Unlike the Jewish people who apparently readily assimilated into Danish society, the recent Muslim immigrants did not. I find it very telling that these cartoons were originally printed in September 2005, but the violence in the Middle East erupted in January 2006. What's the connection? What's the delay? The Muslim troublemakers in Denmark, when they found out they could get no satisfaction from Danish authorities, went to the Middle East and stirred up trouble (using fake versions of the original cartoons)--they had to "go home" and get their "big brothers" into the action and used false cartoons to get results. Clearly, these people had little intention to be become members of Danish society and seem to be intent on destroying it. (Hmmm...was it because the Danes saved their Jews?)

Denmark has been an ally to the United States. In Rebild in northern Jutland, for almost a century, Danes and Danish-Americans celebrate the Fourth of July--the American Independence Day--and the festivities are often attended by the Danish royal family and members of the government. Although neutral in the first world war and invaded by Germany in the second one, Denmark became a member of NATO and the present Danish prime minister provided the United States with the support of troops in the Middle East.

Denmark has also been an ally to the United Kingdom. It refrained from joining the ECC until 1973, when the UK was finally allowed to join. (Not surprisingly, France played a sinister role in that story--de Gaulle prevented Britain's admittance to the Community in the 1960's but would have allowed Denmark to join--the Danes, in protest, refused to join until Britain could.) Denmark is now member of the EU, but like Britain (and Sweden), does not use the euro.

When not portrayed as dimwitted blondes (e.g., Betty White's Rose Nyland on "The Golden Girls"), Scandinavians are generally shown to be violent Viking raiders. That is only partially true, as many Vikings were also farmers and tradesmen. Furthermore, the trial-by-jury system of English common law that exists in the United States and other former British colonies, that came not from the Greeks or Romans or even the Jews but from the Danelaw, the territory of England that the Danish Vikings controlled over a thousand years ago. Even when they were "savages", the Danes were civilized enough to see the justice in a jury of one's peers.

Out of a strip of land north of Germany and islands dotting the Baltic and North Seas, the Danes carved for themselves a nation-state noted for its social tolerance. With its constitutional monarchy (again, Europe's oldest, and with a Queen so respected that even Denmark's Socialist Party removed the "abolition of the monarchy" clause from its manifesto); national church (one that can bless the members of a same-sex domestic partnership); advanced modern economy; free speech and freedom of the press (according to the Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2004, Denmark ranked 1 out of 166 countries in an 8-way tie); as well as its unionized workforce and state welfare measures, Denmark has achieved a balance of conservative and liberal values.

It deserves better support than what it has gotten from the United States so far, so I'm heading to the grocery store to buy two tins of Danish cookies and some Danish cheese.

Phil Nielsen
Lincoln, Nebraska

I've Authored A New Joke

"So I went to a Democratic Party rally the other day and a funeral broke out."

Please credit Jim-Rose.com :)

2/07/2006

Russ Feingold Digging A Hole

The Astute Blogger gives Russ Feingold a royal Fisking over his recent behavior during the NSA hearings.

Realists v. Idealists Clarified

After reading this article on Newsmax it occured to me that we need some clarity on the difference between Foreign Policy Realists and Idealists. The article quotes the Wall Street Journal as saying that in Bush's second term, the realists are gaining influence while the neocons' influence is on the wane:

Meanwhile a group of what the Journal calls "neorealists" has been gaining power.

These neorealists share the neocons' conviction that the U.S. needs to foster the spread of democracy, but don't believe that America can act alone to that end and favor working more closely with allies and the U.N.

This seems to be a misconception that is spread by lazy reporting. We all want to work with allies if we can get them on board and commit to doing what needs to be done. It's not a matter of whether America can act alone. Whether we can or not, we have to do what we have to do. The Islamofascist declared war on us...we have to fight back to the last man. What other option do we have? To not fight? To let 9/11's become as common as car bombs in Jerusalem?

Bush's first-term strategists instead adopted hard-line policies, expressed distrust of international bodies and sought to promote democracy unilaterally and with military force if necessary.

Now Bush's second-term foreign policy "is more in line with the old realist approach," according to the Journal.

Apples and oranges. Who were we dealing with in Bush's first term? Chirac, Schroeder, Martin, Putin. Now we have friendly governments in Canada and Germany to go along with our strongest allies of Britain and Australia. Oh, and we also have a Jacques Chirac who has become so emasculated as to be a non-factor...so much so that now he's threating to nuke any terrorists that come within two feet of the Champs-Elysees. And we have a European community that is slowly waking up to what multiculturalism has wrought.

But ultimately, people can think what they like. Bush may want people to think he's gone "realist," but what seperates the men from the Jimmy Carters is resolve, the will to win. George W. Bush knows his number one job is to defend this country and work to spread democracy around the world. We're not looking for permission from Europe or the U.N. to do what's right, we're looking for partners in the cause. If a realists facade is what it takes, so be it.

"Germany's Back!"

Angela Merkel wowed the U.S. Delegation at the Munich Conference of Security Policy.

2/06/2006

Muhammad In The Supreme Court

Looks like Ted Kennedy is the least of Samuel Alito's worries. He may want to make sure he and the other justices have body guards when they walk the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Election Season Heats Up

Completely brilliant. AJStrata has devised a campaign theme for the Democrats for the '06 Congressional elections: The 2006 Congressional Democrat Contract With Al Qaeda.

That's the stuff.

It's Official: The Bush Wiretaps Are Legal

Why? Because Jimmy Carter says their illegal...and history has shown us time and again, if Jimmy Carter says something, always bet the other way.

Senator Durbin Gets Punk'd!...I Mean Gets PJ-ed!

Paul Mirengoff of Power Line scored an impressive coup today as he questioned Senators Ted Kennedy and Dick Durbin on the Senate hearings concerning surveillance of phone calls to al-Qaeda. After flustering Kennedy, Mirengoff moved on to Senator "Turbin" who wasn't familiar with Pajamas Media. He is now.

McCain Goes Off On Obama

One thing is certain: John McCain is running for president in '08 and he's doing his damnedest to win back support from the GOP base that he went out of his way to alienate in 2000. This letter to Barack Obama is a good start. It's an absolute masterpiece of biting sarcasm. I hate to say it, but as one of the most sarcastic bastards this side of the Mississippi, my hat goes off to John McCain.

Waking Up In Europe

Victor Davis Hanson has an excellent column (as usual) on a topic I touched on a few days ago: Europe waking up to Islamofascism.

2/05/2006

Brit Hume Tells It Like It Is

One of the reasons that Fox News is the top news channel and is constantly defeating CNN is because you can at least get some level-headed analysis from their talking heads. Today, Brit Hume nailed the subject of the riots in the Middle East and elsewhere over a Dutch cartoon. Meanwhile, CNN won't even show the cartoon. You do the math.

One For The Thumb

Congrats to the Pittsburgh Steelers for winning their 5th Super Bowl in franchise history. It's the first for the team since the '70s and allows Bill Cowher to get a big monkey off his back. Not the prettiest Super Bowl we've seen in a while...kinda ugly when you get down to it. Roethlisberger didn't have a stellar game, but he made the big plays when he needed to. The trick play that served them well in the playoffs ultimately allowed them to put it away. Look for Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhut to be a hot property next off-season (if he doesn't take the Raiders job tomorrow). And the Bus, Jerome Bettis went ahead and said, yes, this is it, I'm going out a champion.

The Houston Texans are now on the clock.

So Who Do You Like?

Last I saw, the spread here in Vegas is still 4 points at most of the books and the over-under is about 47 1/2. I like that over-under, I think it's gonna be higher than that, but I'm not much of a gambler...that's why I'm able to live here.

Anyway, I guess like most I have to go with the Steelers, though Seattle really showed me something in the NFC Championship Game. Like most games, it will come down to mistakes. Whoever turns it over, will lose. That's where Troy Palamala....Palamol...Pal...whatever his name is, you know, the guy with the hair...that's where he becomes a factor. If his ankle slows him up, it could be a game changer. We'll see.

2/04/2006

Gorgeous George Gets The Middle East Treatment

George Galloway, fresh off his woeful appearance on reality TV ran into a little trouble on his way to a mock impeachment trial of Bush and Blair being held in Egypt. Once he got their, Egyptian authorities thought it best to hold him in a cell for 15 hours. It appears it has to do with his criticism of Hose-me Mubarak...one of the few Middle Eastern dictators Galloway doesn't like. Talk about no "Respect."

Buy Danish

There's a movement in the Blogosphere to support the Danes by buying Danish products. Here's a list of some you can find. Fortunately, I already own two pair of Ecco shoes. (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin)

An Adolph Hitler Comparison That Works

Excellent post from Don Surber on Angela Merkel's stance on Iran and what needs to be done.

MORE: Meanwhile, Cindy Sheehan's boyfriend continues to do whatever he can to be the center of attention. Sorry Hugo...it's gonna take a nuke for you be even be on Bush's radar.

Cartoon Violence: Something To Consider

In reading the news about the riots and protest over the Danish Mohammad cartoon, there's something that stands out to me: I notice that the degree of violence seems to coincide with the type of government the people live under in the Middle East. The violence has been pretty bad in the Palestinian territories and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, in Lebanon, a fairly democratic country (by Middle Eastern standards), the people march with a donkey draped with a Danish flag. Clever...and harmless.

Just something to think about.

Europe At A Crossroads

In 2001, George W. Bush became President of the United States. He was scorned as a dumb, rich-kid cowboy who didn't know foreign policy from Adam. After 9/11, Bush went to work fighting the enemies of the United States expressing the battle in very "modernist" terms like "good and evil." The U.S. took out the Taliban and then prepared to move into Iraq to take out Saddam. This was too much for the Left and the elites of Europe. Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schroeder led the fight to try and stop the United States and Britain from invading Iraq and at the very least would make it known to the world that they would have no part of such an endeavor, France going so far as to say that even if Saddam had WMD's up the wazzu, military action would never be an option.

Time passed, Saddam was captured, elections were held. The cleanup and preparation of the Iraqis to run the story on their own has been molded into a "disastrous civil war" by John Murtha and the MSM AS, while attention begins to move to the madmen in Iran.

Meanwhile, France went through a period of riots by Muslim immigrants in the fall over a death that wasn't in reality the fault of French police. The government hemmed and hawed for a while, Jacques Chirac not even appearing until days into the violence. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy took grief for his tough talk about the rioters, but as things progressed the ultra-right-winged politician Jean Marie Le Pen was starting to receive an audience to his anti-immigration rhetoric. Le Pen shocked the world by coming in second in the Presidential race in 2002, and many wondered if he was right all along.

Now, we come to present-day and Muslims all over the world are rioting over the fact that a Danish newspaper ran cartoon pictures of Mohammad that were less-than respectful caricatures. Are Europeans prepared to wake up to what's going on around them? Have we finally reached the point where they're prepared to see the dire need for peace, civility and democracy in the Middle East?

It's About Time For Dr. Katz

One of my favorite shows of all time is finally coming out on DVD. Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist was a cartoon that ran on Comedy Central in the mid-late '90s. It starred comedians Jonathan Katz and H. Jon Benjamin as a psychiatrist father and ne'er-do-well son. The two of them have such a good comic chemistry they're like a modern-day Abbott and Costello. It went off the air in 1999 and there haven't been any reruns so this is a long-time coming. If you like dry humor, check it out.

Leave It To Us

Rusty Shackleford says it's not the President's or the State Department's job to take the Muslim extremist to task for their rioting over free speech...it's ours.

MORE: QandO talks about the double standard.

2/03/2006

Cartoon Violence



We'll show it here...

Donovan Digs A Hole

Donovan McNabb dug a hole for himself in Super Bowl XXXIX, and with the antics of Terrell Owens this past season, things just got worse. But instead of rising above it all, McNabb has decided to dig even deeper with his "black-on-black crime" spiel on ESPN. And all this time I thought Owens was the stupid one.

It's The Ideology, Stupid!

Daniel Henninger has a thought-provoking piece on Ideology in politics. Great read.

2/02/2006

A Party No More

Tuesday, I wrote:
It really is sad that the only ammo the Democratic Party has against the President is a standing ovation when he says they killed Social Security reform and inviting anti-American Cindy Sheehan to the gallery with a plan to disrupt the speech. I'm being serious when I say it really saddens me that this party, once a party of great men (FDR, Truman, Humphrey, even JFK) has sunk to this.
Springboarding off an excellent column by Tony Blankley, Dale Franks echoes my sentiments.

Respect For Mohammad, While Jesus Can Take A Powder

While Europe and the Middle East are going ape-shit over a controversial cartoon (with some papers in Europe even reprinted the cartoon to make a point), our media, the MSM AM, is refusing to show the cartoon out of "respect" for Islam. Do I really need to opine?

Bolton "Chafes" Security Council

You gotta love it. John Bolton, who now leads the U.N. Security Council as it's America's turn to be president of the council, tried to gavel a 10am meeting of the council to order today...at 10am, but he was the only one in the room. Bolton is now trying to introduce some helpful measures to get them to meetings on time. The gall!

Somewhere in D.C. right now George Voinovich is crying a river of tears for these diplomats who are being so severely persecuted. (/sarcasm)

It's Boehner

John Boehner (with help from John Shadegg) has won the vote to become the new House Majority Leader. Good. I've always liked Boehner since his days fight for control of the House with Newt. It also can't hurt the Republicans to have a high profile leader from swing-state Ohio.

What Now For The Palestinians?

Natan Sharansky has an excellent piece today on the plight of the Palestinians and how we in the West keep taking the wrong approach.

Our leaders need to listen to this man.

2/01/2006

Alito Breaks With Conservatives On First Vote

Judge Alito voted to extend the stay of execution for a Missouri inmate while Thomas, Scalia and Roberts voted against it. Big deal. All this proves is that Ted Kennedy is a sack of crap. Unfortunately for Alito, every vote he makes for the next year or so is going to be scrutinized until I'm bored to death.

There Really Is A Difference Between The Political Parties

Via Polipundit.

Ol' Blood And Guts Mubarak

It's really sad when Hose-me Mubarak talks tougher on terrorism than one of our own Presidents.

Torture TV

I wasn't much in the mood last night to sit through the Democrat response to the SOTU. Boy did I make the wrong decision. From everything I've heard today, Governor Kaine of Virginia was a combination of good humor and Jack Bauer-like torture. Expose The Left confirms it.

MORE: If they make a movie about Kaine, Eugene Levy's eyebrows should get him the part.