The message: Cubans would be worse off if Fidel dies (not that they have it bad, Cuba is a paradise after all), so we should hope for his recovery. God help me, I hate the MSM.
UPDATE: Called it! Rush is making this very point on his show (8/1).
These people are dangerous.
I'm inclined to believe the governor, for it wasn't until a few years ago that I found out that the term "Cake Walk" also has a racial connotation. Apparently, in the age of burlesque (and slavery), black people would dance for cake, or so I'm told. Did you know that? I hear the term used all the time. Are these people racist?
It's time to take back the language.
REPORT: A 25-year-old law student has bought the NEW YORK OBSERVER... MORE...
Jared Kushner, son of Charles Kushner, a once prominent but now disgraced New Jersey real estate developer, has bought the paper...
Kushner is independently wealthy, paid under $10 million for the salmon-colored sheet... Developing...
Hmmm...a rich, 25-year old buying a struggling newspaper? Could it be the second coming of Charles Foster Kane?
I do have to give Hezbollah credit though, they are working the media quite effectively, and with the useful idiots all over the world and the U.N., they're buying some time. Fortunately, it doesn't seem like Bush, Blair or Olmert are ready to give up just yet. I also take solace in the fact that there's much we don't know about Israel's successes. Here's hoping.
Real diplomacy should be about lasting peace, not delaying what must be achieved for the sake of good press.
UPDATE: Mel Gibson has released a statement about the incident in which he says he has struggled with alcoholism for years and had a relapse. He also apologized for his behavior with the police, but the key line in the statements:
"I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said."
He doesn't specify what those statement were, i.e. whether he went off on the Jews, but it doesn't really matter. It's a part of pop culture now. It would seem he has some views hidden in the unconscious that come to the surface when he's inebriated. Time to take a look in the mirror, Mel.
MORE: Pamela at Atlas Shrugs rightly points out that Mel's lucky his tirade wasn't directed against Muslims or he'd be in real trouble.
EVEN MORE: Don Surber rightly points out that this kind of rhetoric can be heard on a daily basis from a sober Ramsey Clark.
Never in history has there been a mother who enjoyed the fruits of her son's death more than Cindy Sheehan. Now she exploits the Katrina tragedy for personal gain. There is no limit to her depravity.
"It's a big mistake for us to grant any validation to international law, even when it may seem in our short-term interests to do so—because, over the long term, the goal of those who think that international law really means anything are those who want to constrain the United States."
Well Fred, that's pretty much the gist of it. Every international law on the books has been sown from the seeds of hatred for the West (and Israel). Ever been to Belgium, Freddie? Ask Bush about International law there. Or ask Israel.
Where Kaplan's piece gets interesting is his kvetching over Bolton's answers to the root causes of terrorism:
It was Chafee who asked today's most pressing questions, and they concerned the most pressing issue—the expanding war between Israel and Hezbollah. Noting the Bush administration's position that a cease-fire shouldn't be imposed without a "sustained" peace that addresses the conflict's "root causes," Chafee asked Bolton just what were those root causes.
Bolton muttered a few sentences about terrorism. Chafee, earnest in tone, interrupted: "Can't you go deeper? This isn't just terrorism. … You are not answering my questions. What are the root problems? What do we have to do to
get a permanent peace?" The administration talks about "shaping the Middle East"
as the goal of any new diplomacy, but what, he asked, would this new Middle East
Finally, Bolton answered. What the administration has in mind, he said, is a region where nations stop supporting terrorism, stop importing weapons from China and North Korea, and where Lebanon has security institutions that can function independently of outside influence.
They're all nice wishes, but does anyone believe that they can be fulfilled
soon? Bolton's words don't always reflect those of the administration (that's
one of the problems his critics cite), but are they in accord here? Do Bush and
his secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, believe there's no point in pressing for a cease-fire without these conditions?
Wow. You really don't see what's going on here, Fred? Let me explain. The answer to the question of a sustained peace is that we (the good guys) have to emerge victorious by defeating our enemy, not by holding a fake cease fire so they can rearm with bigger and better weapons for the next go-around. Bolton knows this...practically everyone knows this (except for Kaplan and Chafee). But Bolton is a diplomat who can't "go deeper" and say, "we'll have peace when Hezbollah is no more," even though it's the truth. Plain spoken as Bolton is, he can't lay it out that plainly. What he can do however, is work for the interests of a free society, chipping away, little by little, at the corruption and terror that has a stranglehold on an organization that once had great promise. Some people at the U.N. don't like him? Good! What kind of job would he be doing if Iran, Syria, Russia, France and North Korea all loved him to death? Oh, that's right, I'm sorry, there are no good guys or bad guys...it's all about your perspective.
Wouldn't it be amazing and wonderful if men like Kaplan cared as much about corruption at the U.N. as they did about corruption at Enron? (Hat tip: RealClear)
MORE: Speaking of "cease fires" and the like, Victor Davis Hanson has some MSM definitions to help you follow along.UPDATE: How strange...Hezbollah doesn't seem to be following international law.
Tomorrow, John Bolton goes before a Senate Committee to determine if he may continue as U.N. Ambassador. Watch these proceedings closely. It will be interesting to see who sides with the most corrupt organization on the planet.
MORE: Canada's Prime Minister isn't falling for Kofi's antics. Finally some common sense thinking from the government up north.
MORE: Not surprisingly, Maliki's appearance is about the only thing that can get the Democrats on Israel's side in the WOT.
"The truth is _ let me say this clearly _ we didn't even expect (this) response.... that (Israel) would exploit this operation for this big war against us," said Komati. (Hezbollah's deputy chief)
He said Hezbollah had expected "the usual, limited response" from Israel to the July 12 cross-border raid, in which three Israelis were killed.
You get that? The words are extremely important here. The usual, limited response. They were ready for it...they wanted it! They knew the usual, limited response was meaningless. And they knew it would lead to a ceasefire where Israel stood down and Hezbollah could rearm. In short, Israel went off script, the bastards!
MORE: Shimon Peres: Once a dove...now a hawk!
UPDATE: Reliapundit thinks it's all a lie.
How does Dodd expect the people in flyover country, who've been brainwashed by Rush Limbaugh and Fox News Channel to hate the U.N., to react to this news? Are the Dems really ready to go into the November elections aligning themselves with the most corrupt organization in the world?
Nevermind, I already know the answer.
First off, avoiding the obvious semantic red-herrings, Bush is indeed not a true conservative. Much like Ronald Reagan, he is a radical. Reagan came to Washington not to serve the status quo but to change it. Bush has worked under this same modus operandi though more so due to a nudge from history in the form of 9/11. When Bush made his second inaugural speech in 2005 and said "So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world," it was indeed enough to give one pause.
This is strong stuff...this is radical stuff. This is indeed, the most lofty of goals. Many don't have the stomach for it or feel it possible. It may not be possible, but the fight is a noble one and one that must be fought if we are to maintain democracy at home. I respect Buckley's opinion on the matter, but the 20th century stands as a testament to the folly of detente and diplomacy without end. Robert Taft Conservatism is woefully out of date, but many aren't prepared to let it go.
Nihilism, indeed. Kantian? An argument without end can be made on either side. Kant started out trying to come up with an answer to David Hume's nihilism. According to people that I trust in these areas, he failed miserably and doesn't deserve his standing next to Aristotle and Plato. It's interesting though that Kant has so many defenders amongst the postmodernists. I'd love to see someone tackle this issue in greater depth.
My comment is for Dan Abrams: Is this what you want
MORE: Rush aptly points out that the Lebanese government is scared. No question. If they do fight against Hezbollah, the Prime Minister would most likely be assassinated.
Yes, we finally have a veto...the veto we should have had for McCain-Feingold!
Of course, sometimes this new digital cultural war can yield sexy results! Hats off to the gang at Wizbang for being on top of both stories.
As for Helen Thomas, I really think the time has come for President Bush (and Snow) to do something unprecedented and pull her White House press pass. Yes, the MSM would have a field day, but look: it's one thing for a White House correspondent to be tough, that's there job, to put the administration's feet to the fire in the interest of keeping the public informed and the government honest. However, you have to know what you're talking about and you have to be fair. Thomas is neither. She showed herself today to be completely ignorant of the subject at hand, motivated only by her hatred of the president and a desire to make him look bad. Enough is enough. If you aren't willing to do your job, that you don't belong in the White House press room. (Hat tip: Stop The ACLU)
UPDATE: This is most likely what Helen was alluding to, which just shows how obtuse and pedestrian her thinking is.
Looking over the transcript, this line caught my eye:
Blair: "Well it's only or if she's gonna or if she needs the ground prepared as it were. See, if she goes out she's got to succeed as it were, where as I can just go out and talk."
Let's just be brutally honest here: Blair gets it. He understands America's place in the world, and that place is el supremo numero uno. The Secretary of State of the United States of America doesn't go around begging people to be nice, that's European work. The SoS hits the ground when things are in place and a diplomatic breakthrough is imminent. You can look at this analysis and call it arrogant...you can dismiss it as the bile of an "ugly American" if you wish, but you would only be fooling yourself. You don't have to like, but you do have to face it. In any society, whether it be human, animal or insect, there's always an alpha dog. We're the alpha...and Blair knows it.
In 1987 there was a panel discussion featuring MSM elites on PBS called Ethics in America which dealt with war coverage. The program became infamous when Mike Wallace stated that he would not warn U.S. troops of an impending ambush if he had prior knowledge. When pressed whether he had a higher calling as an American he didn't budge: "No, you don't have higher duty...you're a reporter."
In other words, Wallace subscribes to a sort of postmodern existentialism in which he rejects the idea that there is a clear black-and-white, right-and-wrong approach to his profession except in the case of his adhering to this belief, which in his mind is absolutely the right thing to do. Wrap your brain around that one for a while.
Admittedly, the issue isn't so simple. While I find Wallace's view repugnant, if a reporter does help U.S. troops he puts himself in harm's way, and it's also hard for him to be objective when and if a real war crime is committed. It's definitely a quandary, but what the New York Times is doing can't be the answer.
Now Matt and Trey know how the weather must feel. I wrote recently that the MSM and Al Gore are working to make sure that Global Warming is going to be reported in a news story, one way or another, ever single day. I was just reading that retiring Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords (the former Republican who became the darling of the Democrats by becoming an 'Independent' and giving the Democrats the majority in the Senate until the people rightly corrected this coup d'etat in November '04) is looking for support for his 'legacy' bill, a bill that would require American industry to cut greenhouse gases and carbon emissions by 80% over the next 50 years.
Let's look at this calmly: Is it a good idea to cut greenhouse/carbon emissions? Absolutely. Any way that American industry can do it and still maintain a profitable business is good. Unfortunately, this kind of rational outlook is not what's behind much of the movement to fight for a cleaner environment. The people on the forefront: Greenpeace, Sierra Club, et al are working toward an ultimate goal of destroying capitalism. Meanwhile, men like Al Gore are using this rabble-rousers as a pathway to power. I doubt Jim Jeffords wants to destroy capitalism or necessarily hurt American business. He believes what he believes they way a devout Christian believes the stories of the Bible are literal in every sense. What better way to secure a legacy than with a bill that has the engine of partisan politics roaring behind it.
The weather carries the stink of this movement. From this day forward, every meteorological event will be tied to global warming in the MSM. No longer will tornadoes just be a part of life in Texas or Nebraska, they will be because of Global Warming. No longer will hurricanes be a part of life on any of the coasts, they will be the direct result of Global Warming. I'm still waiting for earthquakes to be tied in some way to Al Gore's prophecies.
Is the earth warming? Very possibly. It warms and cools a lot over time and did so numerous times before we crawled out of the water. Any way we can avoid pushing it one way or another without destroying our way of life would be prudent, but a rational conversation that would endeavor us to find means to that end doesn't seem to be forthcoming or even possible in today's political (pardon the pun) climate.
UPDATE: Bolton's "girlfriend" Pamela is quite proud of her boy.
"I saw some, I call it 'sorry celebrities.' They'll go down there and hook
up with the people to take a photo-op. I said, 'How disgusting.' If you're not
going to go down there with a check and a hammer and a nail to help the people,
don't go down there."
I pity the fools.
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MORE: The boys at Power Line have a nice roundup.
UPDATE: Byron York says it's also about selling books. (Hat tip: Powerline)
US President George W. Bush blamed "terrorists who want to stop the advance of
peace", while fellow UN Security Council members Russia and France condemned
"disproportionate" use of force.
Russia, France, Britain and Italy criticised Israel for its "disproportionate" use of force.AND...
"One cannot justify the continued destruction by Israel of the civilian infrastructure in Lebanon and in Palestinian territory, involving the disproportionate use of force in which the civilian population suffers," the Russian foreign ministry said.AND STILL...
In Paris, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy described the Israeli army strikes on Lebanon as a "disproportionate act of war", warning one consequence could be to plunge Lebanon "back into the worst years of war".
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman, when asked specifically about
Israel's military response to the abductions, said: "The British government hopes that actions will be proportionate."
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS CRAP! Is the U.N. handing out talking points now? Israel is a democracy for cripes sake! One of the golden rules of combat...you hit us, we'll hit you back even harder, 10-fold! Oh, that's right, I'm sorry. I forgot all about the concept limited warfare that good ol' Harry Truman cursed us with starting in the Korean War. What a bunch of Goddamned nonsense!
UPDATE: Shout "Disproportionate" all you like, but never say the "T-word" at the BBC.
What's interesting to me is how Lebanon is reacting. They are a bit of a hodgepodge these days. After throwing Syria out a few years ago, they have a prime minister and a cabinet that is mostly anti-Syrian and somewhat democratic, but they also have cabinet members that are pro-Syrian, i.e. Hizbullah, i.e. terrorists. So the prime minister says, no we didn't know this was going to happen and we don't think it should have happened, but we don't think you should attack us either. Meanwhile, they recalled their Ambassador to the U.S. for saying the government supported Hizbullah's action.
Meanwhile, the leader of Lebanese Forces had the most interesting things to say:
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea described Hizbullah's abduction of two
Israeli soldiers in an early morning cross-border raid as "dangerous" and called
for "the Cabinet to be the only institution to make the country's critical
decisions from now on."
"Only when decisions are made within Cabinet or Parliament can these be
regarded as the choice of the Lebanese people," Geagea said in an interview with
"We have dozens of detainees in Syrian jails," Geagea added. Why don't we
carry out a similar action against Syria?"
Why not, indeed!
It's time for Hariri and other democratic forces in Lebanon to make another push for more freedom.
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Remember now...Keith Olbermann is the man that's gonna save MSNBC. Roger Ailes sleeps like a baby tonight!
Nevertheless, Syd was Pink Floyd. Despite only being with the band 3 years, everything that was and is Pink Floyd can directly be attributed to Syd. He was a musical genius that burned out too soon and was abandoned by those he inspired. Yet, he survived and lived a quiet life of seclusion, relatively happy it seems. It's a shame he didn't get more recognition through his life, but then, that's the opinion an outsider would have. Maybe it's best to fade away.
It's funny...I thought about Syd this past weekend, wondering if he had died. I don't know why, but the thought just entered my head. Strange.
MORE: The Steel Deal has some nice artwork.
UPDATE: David Bowie and others pay tribute. Also, YouTube is awash with video of Syd and as well as tributes.
Perhaps silence is the best option if the most Mr. Bush has to offer are weak expressions of concern and remarks about his personal relationship with Mr.
Putin. President Ronald Reagan's hard public line on the Soviet Union let us know that someone out there was aware of our predicament and was fighting for us. Now his American president seems to be saying that Iraqis and Afghans are deserving of democracy, but Russians are not.
Natan Sharansky couldn't have said it better.
UPDATE: In fact, Sharansky has said as much. We need to listen to both of these men.
At this point, Rudy Giuliani has the support of this website for a presidential run (for what that's worth). His stand on social issues doesn't bother me as I'm very much a libertarian. Gun control is a losing issue. The Democrats learned that in the 1990s. Almost nobody talks about it anymore and I'm sure Giuliani is smart enough to do the same. Abortion? Well, the ball is really in the court of the states and the Supreme Court. As long as Giuliani backs the right of states to do as they see fit (either pro- or anti-), he's good. Gays? *sigh* I'm sorry, but it's an issue that gets too much attention on all sides.
I've been a fan of Giuliani since the early days of his rein as Mayor of New York. This is a man that gets things done and is a proven leader. I knew this before 9/11. He would make an outstanding president and I think it would behoove the religious right-wing of the Republican Party to accept half a loaf in order to keep the government in Republican hands. However, the big, big question is what kind of Justice would Giuliani pick for the Supreme Court. This is a huge issue for us party faithful. The Conservatives, i.e. the textualist are just one justice away from a majority. It would be devastating to let this chance slip away. I think for Conservatives, there really have to be two issues for their next candidate: Will you fight the war on terror and will you pick a Conservative judge for the Supreme Court? That has to be the bottom line, and my support for Giuliani would hinge on these two points.
MORE: Roger L. Simon's take.
UPDATE: Oak Leaf over at Polipundit proves my point.
MORE: And the laughs just keep on coming.
Lieberman was a bit brusk with Lamont in the debate, but he had to be...he's fighting for his political life, but Lamont looks like the political novice that he is. I think Lieberman may have sealed his victory with the line (paraphrased): "he's saying voting with the Democratic Caucus 90% of the time isn't good enough, it needs to be 100%. How are we gonna win back the majority and Presidency with that mentality?"
Though, I have to admit, I'd like to see Lamont win the primary and push the Dems even further to the Left, but I don't think it's gonna happen.
What we had here is a man looking for support for a presidential bid. He runs into a supporter who's an Indian American and immediately, Biden doesn't see him as a just a guy, just a constituent, a Delaware resident. No...this guy is representative of a group. It's all about groups to men like Biden. He hears he's Indian-American and immediately Biden launches into a stump speech about how Delaware has one of the largest Indian-American populations and it's growing, and he's got a lot of support from them...blah, blah, blah. He's not a man, he's a group. A group to be pandered to. In Biden's rush to pander, he tripped all over his words as he tried to make the point that Delaware has a lot of Indian-Americans. And, in fact, he did end up making the point...in the most ass way possible.
And this guy thinks he should be president. God help us.
MORE: Michelle Malkin agrees...not much here.
CORRECTION: Oops. Delaware, not Vermont. Six of one.
Here's the deal: Global Warming is to our current age what homelessness was in the 80s. Look for the MSM to run a global warming story every day from now until November 2008. If a Democrat wins the presidential election in '08, the GW stories will stop, if a Repub wins, they'll regroup and begin anew. And they're going to keep pounding and pounding until every American says at the very least, "Well, I guess we should do something about global warming. It's in the news all the time, so it must be a serious problem."
Marxism rises from the ashes (wildfire ashes?) like a phoenix.
If I were a Republican running for Congress this year, I would hit hard the fact that the Supreme Court is going out of its way to extend constitutional rights to members of al-Qaeda and to hamper the efforts of the Commander in Chief to fight al-Qaeda and the powers the Supreme Court will allow the president to fight terror will be reported by the New York Times so the terrorists have a better chance of averting capture. Sounds like a job for Superman. Oh wait, Hollywood rescinded his American citizenship...nevermind.
Hamdan, The New York Times and Superman are the three issues that will allow the GOP to hold on to, if not add to, the Congress this fall. That's my prediction and I'm sticking to it.
UPDATE: Some Democrats are inclined to agree.
"As always the England fans have been fantastic. They have been let down by the team and let down by people earning GBP125,000 a week.
Okay, two point: One, the England fans nearly drank Germany dry, and Germany is a country that makes beer round the clock. Two, he says they were let down by people who make 125,000 pounds a week. Excuse me Reg, but that's what you spend on your near daily shopping sprees. You need to shut up now.
UPDATE: Oops! That didn't work so well.
MORE: The good Captain is keeping tabs on the story.
Lieberman said he will remain a Democrat even if loses his party's primary. He said he plans to remain a part of the Senate's Democratic caucus if re-elected. "I will stay a Democrat, whether I am the Democratic Party's nominee or a petitioning Democratic candidate on the November ballot," he said.
Snifffff, snifff. Hmmm...that smells like fish 3-days old, i.e. I'm not buying it. This sounds more to me like a man still campaigning for the Democratic nomination for Senate, which I think he'll still probably win. Certainly this Lamont guy is getting a lot of good press, but that doesn't always translate to victory (see Paul Hackett). This could also be the words of a man talking directly to Bill Frist, saying "so which Committee Chairmanship are you gonna offer up so that I caucus GOP?"
Or Lieberman could be so dense that he's willing to caucus with a political party that's turned its back on him. That would be truly lame.
MORE: The boys at Powerline uncovered this little gem from former conservative president (yes, I said that...he ain't liberal by today's standards) JFK. (Hat tip: Reliapundit)
You can infer from Lopez Obrador's and Calderon's statements between 11:00
and midnight that Lopez Obrador thought he probably lost and Calderon though he
And how could you tell? Lopez Obrador was crying voter fraud. (There's your legacy, Al Gore: setting the trend for socialist candidates to cry fraud whenever they lose). It's almost a guarantee there was some, but one can hardly claim it was all on one side. Thus, Mexico is experiencing its version of our 2000 election, but right now it doesn't look like it'll be as long or dramatic.
The right-of-center PAN also won most of the Congressional elections. Red State has some statistics on that. Adam C. makes a good point:
If nothing else, this election solidifies the end of one-party dominance in
Mexico which is a positive development in its own right.
MORE: The Lefties in Bolivia got a bit of a reality-check yesterday as well.