Shhh! Anti-Government Demonstrations In Iran

Via Will Franklin. Mums the word. Shhhhhhh....

Do As I Say, Etc., Etc.

Life for Harry Reid is simple: If he does it, it's okay.

Wal-Mart To Sell Ethanol

Wal-Mart is close to deciding to sell Ethanol fuel at their stores. This makes for a delicious quandary for the Left: A place selling an alternative fuel that will most likely be cheaper than regular gas, thus helping out the working class, but...it's WALMART! What to do, what to do...

Kyoto's Hidden Purpose

Why is it so important for the environmentalists to pass measures like the Kyoto? To create specious reasoning, of course.

CNN And Haditha

I've been pretty busy this week with several projects so I haven't said much on Haditha, but Don Surber seems to have all you need on the story. Who would have thought CNN would ever serve as a witness for the military.


There's A New Sheriff In Town

There's a new sheriff in town. That is to say, there's a new blog that will serve as your one-stop-shop for all things political. Lorie Byrd and Alex McClure have joined the gang from Wizbang to form a new blog called Wizbang Politics. Bookmark it now!

Galloway's Latest Fatwa

The Mighty Hitch, as usual, makes mincemeat out of George Galloway after his latest episode of depravity. A taste:

So, here is what it comes down to. George Galloway says that the murder of an elected prime minister would be "morally justifiable." He is not brave enough to call for it, but he does preapprove it. He finds room for criticism of the murder only because it might occasion a backlash. And he then tries to hide behind the skirts of a woman who he has just told us ought in all justice to be a widow! That he does this by deliberately misquoting her is a mere coda to an almost incredible catalog of indecency.

Gore Nonsense

Drudge has a headline, "Gore Unleashed: Calls Bush Renegade Rightwing Extremist." Whoop-dee-shit! Takes a lot of rocks in the head to call anyone names when your raison d'etre is to use junk science in an attempt to destroy capitalism and win the presidency. He's doing what he has to do...appeal to the anti-American base of the Democratic Party in hopes of beating Hillary. He doesn't have a chance in hell...so what he's really doing could be called the anti-Nixon. Instead of rehabilitating himself as a great statesman, he's building a reputation as one most unworthy men to run for president since George McGovern. He is an absolute fool.

MORE: Kim at Wizbang raises a good point. If only Gore were right about Bush.


A Little Literary Flair

Another brilliant post from Seixon on how the New York Times continues to cover for John Kerry and his Christmas in Cambodia '68.

Forget Iraq, Let's Pull Out Of Washington, D.C.

Think it's dangerous being a civilian in Iraq? Turns out you're better off there than in several major America cities. Republican (of course) Congressman Steve King of Iowa did some research and found that more people are killed in Detroit, D.C., Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Louis and New Orleans (pre-Katrina) than in Iraq. Newsmax has the story...The New York Times, does not.


Murtha Out Of Control

This is going to insult some people, but so be it. I really don't know that you can trust a politician if he served in Vietnam. John Kerry, John McCain, John Murtha. They all came back from service in Southeast Asia with a mission: hurt America. John Murtha apparently will not rest until he destroys the U.S. Military. It doesn't matter if our military committed "war atrocities" (which is a misnomer anyway) or not...he will say they did and do what he can to slander the men and women serving the country. Having him in the Congress is no different than having Ramsey Clark or Tom Hayden in the Congress. The goal is always to fight against America. How can we defend our country against foreign enemies when we have so many in our own government?

Let It Rot

Senate Democrats and their flunkies (McCain, Hagel, Graham, et al) say that if the House Bill on Immigration doesn't include citizenship for illegals then the bill will never see the light of day in the Senate. Bill Quick says good, let it rot. Amen.

The L.A. Times Jumps The Shark

The good Captain has analysis of an uproarious editorial from the L.A. Times that calls for Hillary Clinton to abandon her presidential run in '08 so Bill Clinton can take over as Secretary General of the U.N., thus saving the organization and the world. Somebody pass the Advil.


Bush Does It Again

Once again President Bush gives a speech that makes many of us ask, "Why can't he talk like this all the time?"

Iran Bothering The Neighbors

The Astute Blogger sees reason for optimism in the Middle East as Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey seem to be getting more and more annoyed with their neighbors Iran and Syria. I'm not quite as optimistic about the whole thing, but I agree that it's a good sign and will be helpful in the grand scheme.

I have little doubt in my mind that eventually, Iran's and Syria's government will fall and be replaced by much better, more democratic governments. However, it's going to take some time and a lot more patience. It's clear to me that Tony Blair is holding on to power just as long as he can to ensure that Britain plays a role in securing a new Middle East. Hell, he might even be waiting until the Tories are powerful enough under David Cameron to take back control of the Commons and keep Gordon Brown's rein as short as possible. I'm going out on a limb there, but nothing surprises me anymore.

Bush should really go for broke and bomb Iran this summer. Iran has thrown out the idea of direct talks with America which shows they are trying to buy time. This means it's time for a strategic bombing of all of Iran's nuclear capabilities and a few strategic missiles fired right at the Ayatollah's palace. After that, Iran could fall if the Iranian youth have the nerve. It's a crap shoot. Regardless, Syria will be very much alone and Lebanon will get a lot more macho with its neighbor.

We need time. We need to hold off the Left-wing and U.N. and give the true leaders (Bush and Blair) time to make things happen. Rome was neither built nor toppled in a day.


Reagan Or Ford, Goldwater Or Rockefeller

What John McCain and his band of Rockefeller Republicans are doing with immigration is beyond insane. The Democrats want to create a new dependent class and grow the federal government while the Rockefeller Republicans want to destroy the Reaganites. McCain, meanwhile, just wants to piss everyone off and destroy the Republican Party, but ultimately get enough new voters to win the presidency.

I think the Conservative base, spurred to action by Rush Limbaugh, is going make some kind of statement this November. Expect the GOP to not only hold onto the House, but increase their number of seats. In the Senate, expect some tradeoffs, but perhaps a GOP loss of a few seats...just enough to give the media plenty of spin.


Galloway Goes Deeper Still

You almost have to give ol' George Galloway credit...he is truly hard-core. In a recent interview, he stated, unequivocally, that it would be justified to kill Tony Blair with a suicide bombing. There you have it folks, the voice of the anti-war movement. (Hat tip: Drudge)

The System Seems To Work

As much griping as the Left has done about Enron (and in turn, capitalism), in the end, Lay and Skilling got what they deserved.

MORE: Don Surber compiles the evidence and embarrasses the New York Daily News.

Dixie Chicks Can't Handle Free Speech

Let me put the whole Dixie Chicks thing in perspective. I have no problem with them going to a foreign country and saying they're embarrassed about President Bush. Yes, we're in a time of war, etc. etc., but they're just musicians. They hardly are a threat to national security. Tasteless? Yes. Dangerous? No.

It's what happened afterwards that gets me. They make this comment in London which leads to many of their fans abandoning them. So the Chicks cry foul acting like they're being censored. Sorry girls...you practice free speech you have to be willing to pay the price that comes with it. People vote with their dollars (yes, Senator McCain, spending money is a form of speech, you stupid git!). So they start crying to Rolling Stone and Time that they're victims, and they make it worse by insulting country music fans for being hicks and saying they don't want them buying their records. But hey, what's better than being a victim in America? Free speech for me, but not for thee.

Let The Good Times Roll

Where the hell is this bad economy I keep hearing about? Oh, that's right...we have a Republican president.


Cowards' Paradise

An excellent post from Don Surber concerning a gathering of American cowards in Canada. They will indeed die 1,000 deaths.


Lloyd Bentsen Dies

Isn't it amazing that a man can work his whole life, serve in the Congress, run for Vice President and serve as Treasury Secretary and yet, when it all comes down to it, he'll forever be known for a one snide remark.


"24" Ends With An Incredible Twist

I gotta give the producers of "24" credit, I fell for that twist hook, line and sinker (the second twist I kinda saw coming because of the sparse room where the phone was). That's also the first time I ever saw Bill Buchanan smile. I like it when shows are unpredictable. I really didn't think they would arrest the president, I figured they'd just go the standard cover-up route.

An absolutely incredible show. The series will probably go down as one of the best American shows ever produced (though it'll never top any lists in Hollywood due to its right-winged tone). Screw 'em.

Your One Stop Shop

The Astute Blogger continues to make impressive run at becoming my favorite blog. Everyday I get all the War on Terror/Foreign Policy news that matters at his excellent site. I advise the readers of Jim-Rose.com (all 20 or so *sigh*) to check him out daily.

The "New" Al Gore

Dick Morris thinks that Al Gore might be the man to defeat Hillary for the Democratic Nomination for President in '08. Maybe. Gore seems to be following the Nixon template for coming back to win the presidency 8 years after losing it in a close race while Vice President. However, I really have to question his game-plan. While he'll try to present himself as a "New Gore" of sorts by being more comical and less stiff, I fail to see how Global Warming is going to serve as his ticket to ride. Most people see it for what it is...crap (i.e. Manbearpig). He's maintaining the Democratic Party credo that national security is a sin, thus any Democratic nominee will have trouble winning. The only time in recent memory no one was worried about NS was in 1992, and we know what happened then. It doesn't look like that'll be the case in '08 unless we've killed Osama and Khomeni by then (Bush biding his time?).

But as Republicans (or in my case, Libertarian-Naturalists), the first thing we need to worry about is making sure McCain doesn't win the GOP nomination, otherwise, it won't matter who wins the Democratic nomination.

Madeleine Halfbright Sounds Off

Reading these comments from the former Secretary of State just astounds me. How can someone so educated on the history of foreign policy be so pedestrian and pedantic in her thinking? She's just plain stupid...amazingly so.


Election Season Getting Close

Rush Limbaugh has said the last few weeks that as we get closer to November the Republicans who are up for reelection will get more and more conservative. Case in point, Nevada's own John Ensign. Some nice red-meat rhetoric from the former veterinarian.

Howard Dean Keeps Up The Good Work

What do you call the opposite of the Midas Touch? The Dean Touch?

Tony Snow And CNN

Drudge is teasing a story that new White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, formerly of Fox News, watches CNN on Air Force One. I understand why Drudge is keen to sensationalize this point, but in fact it makes perfect sense.

As Sun Tzu taught us:

"Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster."


Ray Nagin Re-elected

To the people of New Orleans, let me just say this: The next time you're in trouble and need help...sod off!

CNN's Howard Beale

Don Surber has an excellent column today on why CNN has become of the WB of cable news.

The King Of Beers? Nein!

Some controversy in Deutschland as Budweiser, the self-proclaimed King of Beers in America will be a sponsor of this year's World Cup Soccer Tournament. The good Captain comments on the situation with a lesson in brewing.

Time To Amend The 14th?

The Astute Blogger thinks it's time to amend the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that says anyone born in this country is a citizen and make it so you have to be born to a legal citizen to get citizenship. It makes sense and would probably get majority support in the nation, but the GOP and the Dems are too anxious to get more voters, especially the Democrats who have run out of political constituencies among the original Americans.


Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Fidel Castro's doctor says the Cuban Tyrant will live to be 140 years old. To him I say, "Wanna make it interesting?"

The U.S. Senate Is A Disgrace

Maha Rushie has the details.

Please Bomb Us

Not to be out done by Hugo Chavez, the Iranian Parliament is looking into requiring Jews and Christians in Iran to wear badges similar to the stars Jews wore for a time in Nazi Germany. You almost have to wonder if the hardliners in Iran have been infiltrated by pro-Westerners in disguise who are doing whatever they can to get America to attack the country and kill the Mullahs. It's hard to believe the Ayatollah's followers could be this stupid.


Still Plugging Away

I'm still knee-deep in video shoots for National Tourism Week. I just got home from a 13 hour day, but the end of the week is close. Give me another day and I'll be back to blogging at the standard rate.


Journalism Lost

The USA Today story about how George W. Bush is spying on my recent phone conversation with my mother in which we talked about the disgrace that is Chuck Hagel is quickly unraveling. Don Surber has the details.

Handling Helen

Tony Snow has taken the reins of the White House Press Corps and seems to be holding his own. The first thing any White House Press Secretary has to deal with is Helen Thomas. My good friend Don Surber says Helen deserves respect for having been in the White House Press Corps for so long, but as John Huston said in Chinatown, "Ugly buildings and whores all get respectable if they last long enough." Thomas is nothing more than a crabby old woman on a personal vendetta. Age and experience mean nothing if they aren't combined with class and civility.

UPDATE: Will Franklin thinks Tony Snow is doing a good job. I'm inclined to agree. I don't want to dump on Scott McClellen, he's a good man who had a hard job, but he always had an air about him that made him seem like a hostage who feared for his life.


Long Day

A very long day for me...14 hours, in fact. I didn't get to see the Prez's speech, but I'll read up on it from some trusted sources. More tomorrow.


Killing Two Birds...

The Astute One has an ingenious plan for solving our immigration problem and the EU's culture problem.

Back In Town, Here To Stay

Sorry for the lack of posts this weekend. I was out of town visiting a friend, but I'm back in Las Vegas and it's 96-degrees! I love this town! More tomorrow as I get back in the swing.


Neil Young: The Ultimate Undecided Voter

I'm way overdue to write a little blurb about the recent work of Neil Young. As one of his biggest fans, I think I'm pretty qualified to put him in perspective.

Neil has had a very strange political journey throughout his music career. Unlike most of the 60s rockers who are in lockstep with the Liberal Democratic (or Socialist) ways, (i.e. Crosby, Stills and, you guessed it, Nash) Young seems to have taken the road less traveled. Has it indeed made all the difference?

He stood out amongst his rocker brethren by being 100% about the music. When Crosby became more interested in getting high than making music, he split. He infamously sent bandmate Danny Whitten packing because he was deep into a heroin addiction and not able to give his all to the music (and thus the song, "The Needle And The Damage Done" was born). But Neil was still the hippie rocker, writing a lament for those killed at Kent State, titled "Ohio":

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Then along came the year 1980 and Neil did something unthinkable in the world of Rock and Roll: he supported Ronald Reagan (though a lot of this had to do with disgust for Jimmy Carter). He liked Reagan's self-reliance philosophy. But at the end of the '80s, he wrote perhaps his most famous song, "Rockin' In The Free World":

We got a thousand points of light For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler, Machine gun hand
We got department stores and toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people, says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn, got roads to drive.

Sounds like a commentary on George Bush 41 to me.

Then, 9/11 hit and Neil Young, the Canadian, was one of the fiercest supporters of the United States. He headlined benefit concerts, he supported the Patriot Act and he wrote a song based on the heroes of Flight 93, "Let's Roll":

Let's roll for freedom, Let's roll for love,
We're going after satan, On the wings of a dove,
Let's roll for justice, Let's roll for truth,
Let's not let our children, Grow up fearful in there youth.

Now, three years after invading Iraq, Neil Young feels George W. Bush has done a terrible job as president and needs to be impeached. His new album is a testament to this belief.

What to make of the man from Winnipeg. It's simple, really. Neil Young is the ultimate undecided voter. If you look at the evidence I've compiled and follow the timeline, you see that Neil rolls with public opinion. The country was frustrated in 1970 with the some of the government's harsh treatment of hippies: Neil followed along. Ten years later, Ronald Reagan captured a nation's imagination: Neil followed along. Ten years later, the Reagan Revolution was on the wane in the Bush years: Neil followed along. Ten years later (see the trend?), the nation was attacked, and thusly united: Neil followed along. Now, as the MSM convinces a lazy public that all is lost in Iraq, Neil, it turns out, has taken the road most traveled...and that has made no difference whatsoever.

The Strange Case Of David Shuster

I remember in that foul year of our Lord, 1998, when for months the only story on cable news was Clinton-Lewinsky, there was a reporter on the Fox News Channel named David Shuster. I was (and I guess still am) a news junky and I watched the coverage on CNN, Fox and MSNBC nearly around the clock. I remember Shuster doing a pretty job on the Blue Dress beat. Then, he left Fox News and later showed up on MSNBC. I didn't think much of it at the time until the past year when Shuster became a regular on Chris Matthews Hardball and a semi-regular on Keith Olbermann's, uh, show. (Is a show a "show" if no one watches it?)

Anyway, Shuster says he left Fox because they were extremely biased in favor of George W. Bush and while they liked his tough reporting on Clinton, the producers at Fox didn't like it with Bush. He accused his former employer of making up facts, omitting facts and turning a blind-eye in the Republican's favor. Okay, I wasn't there...maybe that's all true, but how does it explain Shuster's reporting today?

One of the best investigative bloggers out there, Seixon, has done careful studies of Shuster's, at best sloppy, at worst unethical, reporting in the past year. Ian over at Expose The Left also does a near-daily rundown of Shuster's out-and-out lies on the least-watched news channel. Does Shuster realize that he's undermining his argument against Fox News with this kind of reporting?

Well, according to Bernard Goldberg, no. Speaking about the MSM in general, the former CBS newsman has stated: "These people live in a bubble, they live in a bubble with like-minded people who think the same way they do about all the big important social issues of our time. Not talking about politics, I'm talking about feminism, gay rights, race, you know, affirmative action, abortion. All the big issues of our time. And because they're in this bubble, it would be incredible if they didn't come out as biased as they are."

In Shuster's comments on his former employer, the Fox News Channel, in the Bloomington Herald Times, there's this passage:

He acknowledged that likely never would have happened at Fox, a network that neither his father, Arnold Shuster, nor his mother, Susan Klein, supported. "My parents always wondered why it took me so long to get out of there," he said. "I wonder, too."

But so what? Yes, he's a Liberal Democrat like his parents. Most people grow up with some sort of political ideology, but many (David Brinkley comes to mind) don't let it affect their work. To paraphrase Obi-Wan, "The bias is strong in this one." Is Bernard Goldberg's theory the answer, or is it something else? Does he think we don't see the hypocracy, or does he simply not care? Does he even know what he's doing? I continue to wonder.

A.M. "Abe" Rosenthal Dies

The New York Times has an excellent obit for one of the last good guys to head The Times (I'm sorry, but it's true). Abe Rosenthal was a titan whose integrity will be sorely missed.

Record Tax Receipts

Explain it to me again, "Speaker" Pelosi...why do we need to raise taxes?


Is Kos Capable Of Telling The Truth?

If you guessed, "no" then you're absolutely correct!

Who's Keeping Score?

The terrorists say they're losing in Iraq while the MSM says the terrorists are winning in Iraq. Confused? Annoyed? I wonder what FDR would have thought of all this.

Some Stunning Revelations From Iran's Psycho-In-Chief

I know I'm a little late on this, but the letter from Iranian President Ahmadinejad has some interesting bits that I just can't pass up. Even Juan Cole, fresh off an intellectual drubbing by The Mighty Hitch, admits that the letter is either badly translated or shows the thoughts of a not-so-great intellect. Think Mein Kampf for the 21st Century. Anyway...there are a few passages that caught my eye:

At what price? (The Iraq War) Hundreds of billions of dollars spent from
the treasury of one country and certain other countries and tens of thousands of
young men and women – as occupation troops – put in harms way, taken away from
family and love ones, their hands stained with the blood of others, subjected to
so much psychological pressure that everyday some commit suicide and those
returning home suffer depression, become sickly and grapple with all sorts of
aliments; while some are killed and their bodies handed of their families.

This guy should work for the DNC. He couldn't have captured their talking points better. But then, he makes a startling admission:

Of course Saddam was a murderous dictator. But the war was not waged to
topple him, the announced goal of the war was to find and destroy weapons of
mass destruction. He was toppled along the way towards another goal,
nevertheless the people of the region are happy about it. I point out that
throughout the many years of the … war on Iran Saddam was supported by the

Whoops! Never mind about that job at the DNC...he's just wandered off the reservation. You mean Saddam was a murderous dictator? People are happy he's gone? Does CNN know about this?

Bonds Gets Some Brotherly Love

I just knew when Barry Bonds went to Philadelphia he would get a little of bit of the city's usual hospitality. Classic.

His Eyes Uncovered

It took Richard Cohen about 38 years, but he seems to finally be wising up to the ways of the political Left.


"24" In The Home Stretch

Well, Jack Bauer keeps adding more amazing feats to his resume. Landing a plane on a highway under an overpass should stand out amongst "fully proficient on Microsoft Word and PowerPoint."

President Logan and Martha almost had an Adolph and Eva moment there, but alas Miles (I knew he was a weasel) saved the day.

And a prediction: the shadowy figures Logan is working with will be revealed to be Oil Barons or the producers will never reveal their identities and leave it a mystery a la the X-Files. Probably the latter.

The New York Times Is Working Against America

If you have any lingering shred of doubt that the New York Times is hell-bent against American interests in the war on terror, please read this and then come talk to me.

Saturating The Media Landscape

You have to give the MSM/DNC credit...they know what they're doing. Not a day goes by when you don't see a news story or a column on Real Clear Politics titled something along the lines: "Will The Democrats Capture The Congress?" Every single day the idea of the Democrats winning back the Legislative branch in the '06 elections is put in the public's head until (they hope) it becomes all but a certainty to the electorate...and most people want to be on the winning team. Sadly, too many pundits play into the deception. It's time to stop for a moment and look around you.


Terrorists Play Politics

Give al-Qaeda credit for one thing...they know how to play into the hands of the Western world's useful idiots.

Fighting War The Wrong Way

Yet another brilliant piece from Mark Steyn on how fighting the war on terror in the courtroom is a no-win.

The Bolton Blackout

Forget Stephen Colbert...the real MSM blackout is on John Bolton as the boys at RedState prove.

Is Hayden Nomination A Rove Setup?

The Astute Blogger is back and he has a different take on Bush's nomination of General Hayden as the new Chief Spook. He may have a point as putting national security issues in the forefront is always better for the GOP and bad for the Dems. I hope he's right. Some GOP types are already causing trouble.

What Goes In New Jersey, Stays In New Jersey?

It's gonna take a lot more than a new slogan to change what is America's junkyard.

Fake Media Blackouts

There seems to be a coordinated effort lately by the Left to pretend that the MSM is not covering news that is detrimental to Bush and the Republicans. It started with the accusations over Stephen Colbert and has now moved on to a claim of a lack of reportage on Porter Goss' resignation. I guess it's the ol' Hitler adage that if you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth. It's the Left's only hope.


CIA Fiasco

Early reports point to there being more to Porter Goss' resignation than meets the eye. Poker, cigars, hookers and Duke Cunningham all seem to have a hand in it. What a Goddamned mess the CIA is. Goss may have been able to do some cleanup, but it looks like it's gonna take a lot more to get the job done. Hopefully this General Hayden and Negroponte can get it done. Sadly, their greatest enemies are not in the Middle East, but in Washington, D.C.


Patrick Kennedy: Pills And Privilege

Look, if Patrick Kennedy is indeed addicted to pain-killers, than I sympathize and wish him the best. And if he indeed was given special treatment by law-enforcement due to the fact that he's a Kennedy, I condemn the action. It would appear...and with his family's legacy, we have to assume it as such, that he is dodging accountability. And it's pretty obvious he will not get the West Palm Beach treatment, not that anyone deserves that. I hope he can kick his addiction, but at the same time, the people of Rhode Island and the rest of the nation have got to kick their addiction to charlatans.

UPDATE: Rush's take.

Time For A Bold Move From Bush

Drudge is reporting that CIA Director Porter Goss is resigning. From everything I've heard over the past year, Goss has done a fantastic job of weeding out the deadwood at CIA, i.e. the Clinton types, but with his resignation Bush has a chance to do something bold and make a big mark on the agency.

A few options: First, he could make Cheney CIA Director and put Condi in as Veep. This would give Cheney...a proven leader/tough guy, a chance to shake up the CIA like it hasn't been since John McCone took over in the 1960s or William Casey in the '80s. This would also be a huge bump for Condi's presidential hopes.

Another option is to put someone like Rudy Giuliani in the CIA post...someone who has a record of turning around corrupt institutions (i.e. New York City) and lay a groundwork for a CIA that works for America and not just the Democratic Party-type shadow government.

However, a third option is more likely...some unknown intelligence wonk. *sigh*

UPDATE: Allah Pundit is all over the story.


The Apple Never Falls Far From The Tree

If Patrick Kennedy has a drinking problem, then I feel for him. But when there are efforts to cover up his actions and subvert justice because of who he is, that's unforgivable. It happened with his father (at the expense of justice for a woman's life) and it may be happening again with the son. At least this time it was only a barricade that was killed.

Merkel "Too Busy" For Hillary

Way to go Angie!

A Little Patience And A Lot Of Rope

Victor Davis Hanson has a prescription for taking care of the Iran question in an excellent piece over at Real Clear.


The Hitch v. The Cole

The recent snit between The Mighty Hitch and U. of Michigan's Juan Cole has been a hot topic in the sphere the past few days. It's sad because there really isn't that much to discuss. Cole is basically telling us up is down and black is white...Hitchens says that's ridiculous and yet, we feel the need to debate the issue. Oh well, it's fun anyway...especially when we can listen to Hitchens on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

Nixon's Sandwich Lives On

Richard Nixon never ceases to amaze me. He came storming out of the gate at the beginning of his political career by nailing Alger Hiss. He lost one of the closest presidential elections in history and then the governor's race in California and was finished...but bounced back to win the presidency, nearly get impeached, resign in disgrace, then rebuild his image as one of the great statesmen in history. His left this world in 1994, but you can't keep a good man down...or a good man's sandwich! (Hat tip: Odd Universe)

"America, You Lost!"

I have to give Zacarias Moussaoui credit...he told it like it is.

Al Gore's Sweetheart Deal For Russia (And Iran!)

Don't let Al Gore's environmental activism (also known as the fight against Manbearpig) fool you...the man is a crook and he made deals with crooks while Vice President. Newmax has the details.

Secretary Of State Clooney

If you look at what's going on in Sudan, you'll see that it's almost a carbon-copy to what went on in Iraq during Saddam's regime. Yet, Sudan's cause has been embraced by the Hollywood-Left while the invasion of Iraq is and will always be considered a mistake by those that know best. What does this prove? That men like George Clooney have no business dealing in world affairs. His only interest is making sure that people see him the way he wants to be seen...as a compassionate liberal who protects his friends and smites his enemies...reason be damned. Austin Bay has some pithy analysis.

AH HA! MSM Price Gouging!

This is CNN. (Hat tip: Drudge)


Louis Rukeyser Dies

Louis Rukeyser, the longtime host of PBS's weekly financial show Wall Street Week has died after a long battle with cancer. His wry wit made him one of the most popular financial pundits in history and no doubt taught many a novice the ways of capitalism. In his prime, his opening monologue got more laughs than Johnny Carson and for a long time, the Dow Jones always dropped sharply when he went on vacation. I remember my parents watching his show every Friday night followed by Milton Friedman's "Free to Choose." Yes, it was a good libertarian household, my childhood home.

MORE: The gang at Free Republic pay tribute to a great man.

EVEN MORE: Michelle Malkin remember the theme tune.

Abuse Of Power

An excellent post from Don Surber on two cases of prosecutorial abuse.

They say money corrupts politics, but in fact the real corruption comes from politicians trying to buy votes with programs and posturing.

Time's 100 People Is No Surprise

Time Magazine has chosen its 100 "People Who Shape Our World," and as expected, the magazine that once named Mikhail Gorbachev as man of the decade for the 1980s analyzes this lot with it's usual MO... gush on those they love, make snide, cutting remarks about those they hate. This one about Matt Drudge says it all.

McCain A Danger To Constitutional Government

John McCain has no respect for the Constitution of the United States and therefore would be a dangerous man to put in the White House. The Washington Examiner puts it nicely. (Hat tip: Powerline)


"24" Flies The Friendly Skies

Well, Jack Bauer does it again. He's got the recording back, now all he has to do is figure out how to keep some fighter jets from shooting down his plane. Child's play!

A Career Ends

Andy Garcia's career is over. Once at the top of his game as a Hollywood actor, the good-looking Cuban-American was living the American Dream. Then, he made a movie that depicted two murderous tyrants for what they were/are: Che Guevera and Fidel Castro...two men that are to Hollywood what St. Peter and St. Paul are to the Catholic Church. Andy Garcia stuck by his principles and took a stand for the truth...now, he unfortunately will pay a price. What a world.

No Rally In My Life

Well, I guess I must be out of touch because I spent the whole day at work, came home, cooked up some dinner, watched a little TV, and cruised the Internet. My life wasn't affected one iota from the illegal-immigrants march today. Where did I go wrong?

UPDATE: Uncle Ted strays off the reservation ever so briefly.

MORE: Don Surber and Basil point out that those who were affected by illegals not showing up to work today probably deserved it.