A fitting sendoff for the man who can easily be called the Japanese Ronald Reagan.
And speaking of stolen elections, Al Gore, appearing on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," strings together a series of self-serving observations and tendentious assertions so utterly absurd that--were they to wander off on their own and bump into the actual truth--would promptly find themselves getting bitchslapped like a band of hempstained Jamaican extras in a Steven Segal movie.
UPDATE: Captain Ed says Congress needs to correct this mistake. I'm inclined to agree, but pessimistic they have the grapes to tackle the issue.
Between the NY Times and SCOTUS, this has been a bad week for our side in the War on Terror.
MORE: Oak Leaf over at Polipundit has been documenting some reaction from our troops overseas. It's not good.
It's funny: I went to bed last night totally unaware that we had signed a treaty with al-Qaeda.
STILL MORE: Andrew Cochran says while this is a horrible decision, it's also a political gift to Bush and the GOP. Let's hope they know how to use it.
Police and prosecutors are investigating whether Rush Limbaugh broke the
law by obtaining Viagra in someone else's name. But three experts on medical
practice said Tuesday that doctors could face disciplinary action for writing
"In theory at least, that physician would be in trouble," Grossman said.
Limbaugh was detained for more than three hours Monday at Palm Beach
International Airport after a customs officer checking bags found the pills in
Then there's this:
The conservative radio-show host, 55, who was returning in his private
plane from vacation in the Dominican Republic, was not arrested, and authorities
have not disclosed the doctors' names.
Why the hell not? They had no problem telling everyone Rush had Viagra in his suitcase.
He could just be putting a brave face on things, but I suspect his attorney Roy Black has told him he's golden, but keep it on the D-L until we know for sure.
AP has this:
It is generally not illegal under Florida law for a physician to prescribe
medication in a third party's name if all parties are aware and the doctor
documents it correctly, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the state attorney
in Palm Beach County. He would not discuss specifics in the Limbaugh case
The sheriff's office was continuing its investigation and would soon turn
the case over to prosecutors, Edmondson said. The alleged violation could be a
second-degree misdemeanor if Limbaugh's doctor doesn't confirm the
Which seems unlikely. I suspected when I was reading up on this last night that the whole case would hinge on his doctors and their actions. The chances are pretty good that this will be much ado about nothing and Rush will be in the clear. In the meantime, he gets to have fun with his new reputation as a sex bomb.
UPDATE: Check out this unbelievably banal editorial from the Palm Beach Post. I'm telling you Rush, get out of Florida!
MORE: Neal Boortz agrees with me about a Florida conspiracy.
I really hope it isn't true and that Rush is in the clear. The Conservative movement needs him. He is by far its MVP. However, regardless of how this plays out, I'm starting to think it would behoove the radio host to get out of Florida, or at least West Palm Beach, taxes be damned. The fact that this happened in West Palm Beach just set off alarm bells in my head. Yes, that's where he lives, but still, I'm suspicious.
UPDATE: Limbaugh's attorney Roy Black releases a statement clearing up the matter. Meanwhile, I repeat my advice to Rush...get out of Florida.
UPDATE: The MSM is piling on, as expected. CNN's headline: "Limbaugh's latest drug run-in: Viagra." His latest...like he's Pete Doherty. Also, Google is running his mugshot from a few months ago like it's going out of style. Of course, according to Bill Keller at the New York Times, I'm just drawing more attention to the story by talking about it.
Rush may be in trouble, I don't know the law or the terms of his probation, but it seems damned odd to me that prescription drugs without your name is a problem, especially when my doctor gives me free samples on occasion. If I got pulled over on the way home would I be in trouble?
What Rush should've done when he arrived at the airport was say he was an illegal alien...then he could've gotten away without incident.
Two of the channel's hosts, Chris Matthews of "Hardball" and Keith Olbermann of "Countdown," clearly will not be affected, because MSNBC's managers consistently cite those programs as long-sought breakthroughs.To quote Will Ferrell in that mediocre comedy Zoolander: "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" What in God's name are these people talking about? Success??!! Have you seen the ratings for Olbermann and Matthews lately? Yes, they've made some strides in certain demographics, but one swallow doesn't make a summer, geniuses!
"We've just got to build on those two shows," Mr. Griffin said, sitting beside Mr. Abrams in the conference room at MSNBC. "It's critical. We have to capitalize on their success."
In short, it appears nothing is going to change at MSNBC. Roger Ailes sleeps like a baby tonight.
Okay, let's look at this calmly. The U.S. Supreme Court determined in the Pentagon Papers case that the government cannot issue a prior restraint on the press unless there is a "clear and present" danger and it is the government's burden to prove such a state of affairs. The cliche example has always been "such as publishing troops movements in a time of war." So this raises the question of whether this works with the war on terrorism when you're not fighting a government and an organized army, but a weak coalition of militias all over the world. In the case we're talking about, the New York Times published details of a government program that is able to track terrorists via financial records. Does word of this getting out qualify as a "clear and present danger?" There are good arguments to be made on both sides and ultimately, it would depend on the Supreme Court to finish the job. It's a much different court since the days of Hugo Black, but it seems unlikely it will ever come to that. The cats out of the bag and Bush never goes after his enemies.
There is another way to look at this however. Forget the argument of clear and present danger, but look at it from the point of whether it is indeed a matter of the public interest or not. Does the so-called public interest in knowing about this program outweigh the public interest of being protected and seeing terrorism defeated. This is a question for the New York Times, and they made their decision. But those of us who follow politics like groupies know that the decision wasn't based on altruistic beliefs, but was based on who resides in the White House.
MORE: And speaking of treasonous activity...
Kathryn Jean Lopez at the NRO Corner puts it best: "On the Kelo Anniversary, a Reminder of Why Elections Matter."
"The American people want to see serious debate about serious issues from serious leaders," Hagel said. "It should be taken more seriously than to simply retreat into focus-group-tested buzzwords and phrases like 'cut and run.' "
What should we call it, you walking lobotomy? How about unconditional surrender? Focus group that you McCain wannabe piece of crap!
MORE: Page A10 in the Washington Post....A-freakin'-10!
Yesterday's announcement by Santorum and Hoekstra is but the most specific
documentation of "An Inconvenient Truth": Saddam did not destroy his weapons
stockpiles, the UN inspectors were indeed inept, and the weapons may yet
fall into the hands of terrorists if American troops are prematurely withdrawn
from Iraq, as Messrs. Murtha and Kerry long to do.
EVEN MORE: Nothing in the New York Times.
STILL MORE: Protecting our "allies"? Oy!
LOT'S MORE: These are the WMD's you're looking for. Move along, move along.
YET MORE: Gateway Pundit reminds the critics they should read the Iraq War Resolution.
MORE: The good Captain is keeping tabs on the situation.
UPDATE: Well, from what I can tell this is one of those stories that has something for everybody. Us pro-war types can point to it and say, "see there were WMD's!" (not that we really have to prove it), while the anti-war types can say "Is that all there is? Big wup!" However, God knows what else Negroponte has hidden in his archives.
You can easily tell how much the MSM doesn't want this story to sprout legs. The silence is downright deafening. Austin Bay has some pretty good coverage on the whole thing.
All over the world, celebrities, world leaders (even dead ones apparently), and freedom lovers celebrate 2 years of genius.
Fortunately, we had for 8 years in the 1980's a man that was considered by the liberal elites to be nothing short of insane for wanting to develop a protective shield over the United States. For the first time in history, Reagan's dream has been activated. Like the official said, "It's good to be ready."
It's really amazing how cyclical things are with the presidency. Carter gave us the mess that is Iran, Bush is working to fix it. Clinton gave us the mess that is North Korea, Reagan (even in death) is working to fix it. So what's it going to be in 2008 America? Gonna elect Hillary or Gore or Kerry so the next Republican president has plenty to do?
Dan Rather has been pushed out of CBS News because he tried to take down the President with fake documents and he got caught, thus in turn ruining the reputation of CBS News. He represents the extreme wing of what is a very biased news media. Media bias is the worst kept secret in the country, but those that practice it (the hardcore MSMer's) will never speak its name.
UPDATE: And here we have a not-so-funny statement by Murtha where he calls both Reagan's and Clinton's biggest mistakes examples of great leadership. If I ever meet this man, it's not going to be pretty. (Word to the wise, Jackie boy...don't ever speak Reagan's name...you're not worthy.)
People who REALLY support human rights for ALL humans - as Lincoln, Wilson, FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt and JFK did - should be whole-heartedly supporting Bush and the US military's efforts in Iraq and the Iraqi's constitutionally elected democratic unity government.
I think Watergate was really the turning point for the nation. Nixon did more damage that a lot of people realize. Add that to the rise of the McGovern Democrats and you had the likes of Ron Dellums coming to Washington. From then on you had a political party that always put party first, America second, if that. Whatever Reagan wanted, they wanted the opposite, results didn't matter. After 11 years as the minority in Congress, nothing has changed. The Democrats would be all for things succeeding in Iraq if Al Gore or John Kerry had been president. You always hear them say hurriedly during one of their rants, "yes, yes, Saddam is a very bad man; yes, suicide bombs are terrible...BUT..."
We used to have what was called the "loyal opposition." You can disagree with the direction the country is going, but that doesn't mean you work against it. That doesn't mean that you try to harm the country and what it stands for...unless, like Ron Dellums, that's your MO.
"There is nothing more authentic than finding a thumbdrive in his (Zarqawi's) pocket."
In April sixty of the world's leading experts in the field asked Prime Minister Harper to order a thorough public review of the science of climate change, something that has never happened in Canada. Considering what's at stake - either the end of civilization, if you believe Gore, or a waste of billions of dollars, if you believe his opponents - it seems like a reasonable request.
So the Canadian scientific community is saying, wait a minute, this is getting out of hand...let's review. For once, it's time for America to follow Canada's lead.
UPDATE: Don Surber has some powerful analysis.
Well, tomorrow we get the first shot with our match against the Czech Republic (my homeland). Hopefully, we can make some noise. I see Iran is a little shell-shocked from their drubbing at the hands of Mexico. Heh.
MORE: It doesn't please me that Iran's team lost because I think most of the people that follow the team in Iran are on the side of peace and justice, but at least their lil' Hitler won't be able to brag about the team. The fans in Munich were there to fly the old Iranian flag and sing the old Iranian anthem, both from the days of the Shah. Very interesting. Also, as Regime Change Iran shows us, there are a lot of hot chicks in Iran.
I'm not a relativist. Most of the little boys and girls with whom I was taught in school aren't even agnostic or atheist; they're just totally indifferent toward religion. That's why I almost wish they would restore compulsory prayer in schools. It's the only thing, as in Europe, that leads to the mass production of atheism.
I think philosophy begins where religion ends. As with the discussion about Darwin, how are you going to teach it if you don't know what the other side is? I know the King James Bible pretty well. It's a fantastic document. I could not imagine my life without it. You couldn't read Paradise Lost. You couldn't read William Blake. Knowing about it is absolutely vital to me.
I get annoyed with arguments over whether they should teach creationism or evolution in the schools. The answer is simple: BOTH!
It's true. Despite the garbage on E! and MTV et al, there is a ton of excellent stuff on cable or satellite television. I stumbled on a prime example this afternoon on History International. They produced a documentary that seems tailor-made to answer critics of the Iraq War. Called "Nazi Guerrillas" it's about the group of underground, die-hard Nazis that terrorized the occupation forces in Germany after the fall of Berlin. This is the stuff you don't learn in school, especially in our pathetic public schools. The documentary knows its place in the current culture as it begins by showing footage of the war in Iraq with the narrator saying:
"Bomb attacks on America forces, suspected collaborators murdered, the struggle to root out former party members. These stories may seem ripped from today's headlines, but they're not. This is Germany in the months and years following World War II."
All the answers lie in history, you just have to take the time to look into it. Cheers to the History International channel!
Rep. John Murtha, D-PA, a former Marine and vocal critic of the military occupation of Iraq, immediately denounced "the Zarqawi massacre" and suggested that the F-16 pilot who dropped the bombs had snapped under pressure and murdered the al Qaeda leader "in cold blood."
It's hard to believe this is actually a parody.
Today, after suffering through a Kos-like caller, he came up with a new slogan for the Democratic Party: Why Not The Worst? Vote Democrat!
And there are already signs that the Democrats are going to follow this mantra as John Murtha declares his intention to run for House Majority Leader.
But don't tell anyone...it's a secret.
Tomorrow, her latest work comes out: Godless. She argues that Liberalism has become a religion, and a bad one at that. However, she takes Liberals to task for their belief in evolution, declaring Darwinism to be nonsense.
Sorry Ann, but that argument is absolute nonsense. I respect the right to practice various religions and they can make for better people (i.e., people that stay out of my way, for the most part), but we need to be rational adults here. There is enough evidence on the side of evolution to choke a horse (or whatever it was thousands of years ago!). Evidence, Ann. Evidence or Empiricism is the meat of most Conservative (or Libertarian) arguments: Capitalism, Law & Order, Peace Through Strength. These examples went from beliefs to facts by standing the test of time and proving their metal. Rush always says, "Conservatism works everytime it's tried." What does that statement mean? It means empirically, conservatism has proven it works...no blind faith required. Why give up on empiricism in the area of evolution?
This, gentle readers, is why I call myself a Libertarian.
The bookstore used to be a place where I could get away, get some solitude and expand my mind a little bit. Now, it just ruins my day.
As a sign of Russia's strategic opposition to terrorism, he said, "In some areas terrorists thought we would feed terrorism as the United States did in Afghanistan against the Soviets and as the Soviet Union did in Vietnam against the Americans." But he said, "Our relations are so mature that we are not rolling back" on the Russian partnership with the United States.
Putin said Russia was prepared to discuss domestic as well as foreign policy questions with the United States, including human rights in Russia. But noting criticism of the United States' own human rights record by Amnesty International, he suggested the U.S. was not in a position to preach to others.
"I would like to point out that we can talk as equals with the United States" on rights issues, Putin said.
Sorry Vlad, but you've got it wrong. Trying to play the moral equivalency game with us won't work. What we did in Afghanistan was try to keep your Soviet brethren from spreading death and destruction. What you tried to do in Vietnam was to spread death and destruction. You were the bad guys, we were the goodies. And while things have changed and, in some areas, "matured," we are not on equal footing...not until your maturation process comes to fruition.
The environmental activist group Greenpeace wanted to be prepared to
counter President Bush's visit last week to Pennsylvania to promote his nuclear
"This volatile and dangerous source of energy" is no answer to
the country's energy needs, shouted a Greenpeace fact sheet, decrying the
"threat" posed by the reactors Bush visited in Limerick.
But after that assertion, the Greenpeace authors were apparently stumped
while searching for the ideal menacing metaphor.
"In the twenty years since the Chernobyl tragedy, the world's worst nuclear accident, there have been nearly [FILL IN ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID HERE]," the sheet said.
The Greenpeace spokesman who issued the memo, Steve Smith, told the Web
site that a colleague was making a joke in a draft that was then mistakenly
The final version did not mention Armageddon; instead it warned of
plane crashes and reactor meltdowns.