UPDATE: Thanks to the Astute Blogger for the link.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Just two days ago I said we need to be patient with Iraq...now after reading Victor Davis Hanson's column, I'm vindicated.
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.
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.
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.
However, my instints tell me there's more to this whole thing than meets the eye. More later.
UPDATE: McQ has evidence that President Clinton may have been misquote...seriously.
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.
You folks in Nebraska... I'm still waiting for an explanation.
UPDATE: As is McQ.
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.
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
MORE: The Digital Brownshirt, Intellectual Intercourse, and It's A Paul World chime in.
"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."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.Garry Trudeau, Feb. 11, 2006
UPDATE: "...like blaming the woman who wears a short skirt for being raped."
"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.
"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.
"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!"
A few historical notes in the form of campaign slogans:
1864, Abraham Lincoln: "Don't swap horses in the middle of the stream."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."
1896, William McKinley: "Patriotism, Protection, and Prosperity."
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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
That's the stuff.
The Houston Texans are now on the clock.
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.
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.
Just something to think about.
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
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 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.
Somewhere in D.C. right now George Voinovich is crying a river of tears for these diplomats who are being so severely persecuted. (/sarcasm)
MORE: If they make a movie about Kaine, Eugene Levy's eyebrows should get him the part.