UPDATE: An anonymous Democratic Congressman gives us the best line of the week:
MORE: Don Surber's take is excellent.
REPUBLICANS DON'T LOVE THE LORD? If a Republican said something like that about Democrats, it would be a national scandal. We're seeing a lot of unforced errors from Harold Ford all of a sudden. I think he and his campaign could use a good night's sleep.
Sorkin and friends will argue that NBC has done something wrong, or that the audience isn’t smart enough. Alas, in this case, neither is true. 'Studio 60'—as I wrote on August 7th after viewing the pilot—is just a bad show. There’s nothing wrong with the acting, directing, or dialogue writing. But the premise is faulty. No one cares whether a bunch of over caffeinated, well off yuppies, some with expensive drug habits, put on a weekly comedy sketch show from Los Angeles.
Yes, "what's wrong with Kansas?" That's what Sorkin and his boys ask themselves every day. Idiots.
MORE: Don Surber:
His reply, "This is reporting the news. Which is what we do, we are not partisan," is ridiculous. The tape from the terrorists was aimed at terrorizing the nation. CNN -- which never reported the atrocities of Saddam Hussein -- has no business pretending otherwise.
New Jersey is a blue state. Was it a smart move by Kean or a dumb one? I'm thinking it's the latter.
MORE: Mark "F. Lee" Levin thinks Kean's not worth it.
Fourteen more days!
-GOP holds narrow lead in key Senate races. I think the Repubs need to really concentrate on Missouri and Tennessee and try and see if they can snatch New Jersey or Maryland.
-Commander sets 12-18 month timeframe for Iraq. I say we move troops to the borders and don't let anyone in or out.
-Republican Senator says Iraq is near chaos. Oh wait, it's not a Republican Senator, it's Lindsey Graham.
-U-TURN: Bush to hold public signing ceremony for border fence bill. A good move. The bill finally made it to his desk and he's gonna sign it out in the open. That should bring out the base with a little more fervor.
-Plame and Wilson ready to leave D.C. Don't let the door hit your asses on the way out!
-Newsweak says it erred in iceage prediction in the 1970s, but global warming is a lock. Yeah, just like the Cowboys last night.
Philadelphia lost that game in Tampa Bay yesterday not because of a 62-yard field goal, but because McNabb made some dumb mistakes much to the delight of Ronde Barber. There are a few columnists that say, "come on Donovan, that was dumb, you're better than that," but for the most part he is free of the skewering that most QB's get for such a performance. This article in the Philadelphia Daily News just floored me. Titled, "McNabb Will Stomach More Criticism" the article doesn't criticize McNabb as much as it laments that because of his mistakes in the game and the fact that he threw up during a drive just like in the Super Bowl a few years back he will get more criticism from those that "enjoy criticizing him."
Every critic who revels in every McNabb incompletion will now have enough symbolic ammunition for a long winter.
Such is the life of this player, even as his teammates talked of their admiration for McNabb's ability to stick with it, despite everything.
Awww! Such are the trials and tribulations of this great man.
Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against McNabb and I think he's a great quarterback. It's the media I have a problem with. McNabb is not God! He makes mistakes like anyone else in his position and doesn't need to be mollycoddled by a media that suffers from white guilt.
The article ends on this note:
In the end, the Eagles lost and McNabb couldn't catch his breath again and threw up in the huddle - and that is all anybody will remember when the story is told in the future. That it was not a meaningful incident should be obvious, but that it will add to this quarterback's ongoing burden should be just as plain.
SAN DIEGO -- CNN has become "the publicist for an enemy propaganda film" by broadcasting a video showing an insurgent sniper in Iraq apparently killing an American soldier, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said here Friday.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) called for the Pentagon to oust any CNN reporter embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq.
"I think Americans like to think we're all in this together," Hunter said. "The average American Marine or soldier has concluded after seeing that film that CNN is not on their side."
CNN said it broadcast the brief video to show the threat that insurgent snipers posed to U.S. troops.
"Whether or not you agree with us in this case, our goal, as always, is to present the unvarnished truth as best we can," CNN producer David Doss wrote in a blog on the network's website.
Unvarnished truth. How about showing the Twin Towers falling to their death? That's pretty unvarnished, isn't it? Oh, that's right, that might get Americans mad and behind the president. We wouldn't want that.
CNN is the reason we have Fox News, Matt Drudge and the Blogosphere. The MSM is not on America's side. It is siding with our enemies...the enemies of freedom, justice, and dare I say, a free press. How ironic.
The terrorists are not fools. They read the newspapers, they know the drill. Propaganda is the key.
Christopher Glenn, a longtime CBS news correspondent who anchored coverage of the space shuttle Challenger explosion and was the voice of the children's program "In the News" in 1970s and 80s, has died. He was 68.
I'm really sad to hear this news. I remember watching "In the News" as I watched my Saturday morning cartoons when I was a kid. It was my first introduction to news and his voice was burned on my brain. Every time I heard him on the radio I thought about those Saturday mornings. It's those little memories that stick with you.
Leinart, however, looks like he could bring this franchise to glory, if they would just get an offensive line for the love of Christ! As for the Bears, until the end of time, it will always be about defense.
-Yes, everyone loooooves Peyton and Donovan, but my vote for MVP so far is Drew Brees; Mr. Fourth Quarter.
-The Bills and the Lions are both showing promise, but are a few years away. The Lions first need to get rid of Matt Millan and then they'll be onto something.
-In Tampa Bay, the Bengals lose due to the stupid protect the quarterback rule. Madness. Also, I don't expect to see Chris Simms back in Tampa as quarterback. Gruden loves his new kid and is never shy about making changes...look at Brad Johnson.
-What is wrong with the Atlanta Falcons? They've screwed me for the last time.
-And so have the Giants. The team hates their coach, yet they come out and play like they're playing for Knute Rockney? Dammit!
-Seahawks are dangerous, with or without Alexander.
-Chiefs D...you just got served.
-San De-egg-o, Super Chargers!
-Tonight the Cardinals play...the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. Parental discretion is advised.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to file amended ethics reports over land deal highlighted by Associated Press story, his office says...
He needs to resign his leadership seat now.
UPDATE: Used campaign donations to pay staff bonuses: (Hat tip: Drudge)
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has been using campaign donations instead of his personal money to pay Christmas bonuses for the support staff at the Ritz-Carlton where he lives in an upscale condominium. Federal election law bars candidates from converting political donations for personal use.
Owens said on his radio show Friday that his relationship with Haley was ruined by a blowup this week. It began when Owens missed the start of Wednesday's practice because of an upset stomach, and Haley berated him for being late. Owens held his tongue then, but they later argued during a meeting.
The story getting out seems to bother Owens the most because Haley vowed since training camp that all internal matters would stay behind closed doors. Owens spoke with reporters for 45 minutes Wednesday without ever mentioning any problems with Haley. But the incident was reported by several media outlets Friday before Owens gave his side of the story later on his weekly show.
From now on, T.O. said, "there will be nothing else, no other dialogue" between him and Haley.
Classic behavior of a bully. Anything you do is okay, but when someone wrongs you it's the crime of the century. It's only a matter of time Cowboy fans. The cancer is spreading.
The NFL has become the undisputed king of sports by embracing competition. The league quite wisely introduced a salary-caps and profit sharing among the teams thus allowing the likes of a Green Bay and a Pittsburgh team to win Super Bowls instead of it just coming down to teams in the major markets. This keeps the game interesting, keeps the fans watching, keeps the money rolling into every football market.
Idiots like George Steinbrenner think the World Series should just go to whoever spends the most and their should be no limit to how much they can spend. So when the New York Yankees won 4 world series last decade it was the way things were supposed to be. You can hardly blame Steinbrenner for being mad they haven't won one since. He spent more money than anybody, they should, shouldn't they? Well, sometimes money can't buy you everything, and that's what makes life more exciting.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose punishing sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test, declaring that its action posed "a clear threat to international peace and security."
The vote came after the United States, Britain and France overcame last-minute differences with Russia and China.
The resolution demands North Korea eliminate all its nuclear weapons but expressly rules out military action against the country - a demand by the Russians and Chinese. The Americans also eliminated a complete ban on the sale of conventional weapons; instead, the resolution limits the embargo to major hardware such as tanks, warships, combat aircraft and missiles.
Problem solved! No more worries! Everything is under control!
MORE: The good Captain has less sarcastic analysis.
Let us be more pointed. Students, stars, media movers, academics: They are always saying they want debate, but they don't. They want their vision imposed. They want to win. And if the win doesn't come quickly, they'll rush the stage, curse you out, attempt to intimidate.
In an interview released on Wednesday, the "American Pie" actress told the magazine she had surgery last month to reduce the scarring on her breasts and to even out her stomach after cosmetic surgery in 2004.
Reid unwittingly exposed the disastrous results when she posed for pictures at a November 2004 party and her dress strap fell down.
"I was on Web sites as having the ugliest boob job in the world. I was devastated," Reid, 30, told the magazine. Reid said the surgery hurt her professionally and personally.
"Guys I was dating would be like, 'What's wrong with them? They look really bad. You know, you should really get them fixed.' So embarrassing, I mean, you definitely had to turn off the lights."
I can see why.
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Just imagine if this were Bill Frist, not Harry Reid. Calls for his resignation from Senate leadership (probably the Senate itself) would be loud and long, the Senate Ethics Committee would have already convened an investigation, the FBI would have been called in to verify the deeds and signatures and the 527 Media carrion crows would be in full cry. There would be front-page stories about connections to organized crime and lead items on the evening news about how this will sink the Dems' chances in November. But it isn't Frist, or any other Republican. It's Reid, on the verge of what the media hope is his tenure as Senate Majority Leader. So there's no reason to cover the story, right? The media culture says that's so.
Every talk show host should be booking the editors of the NYT, WaPo and LA Times, the news directors of CBS, ABC and NBC to ask why they aren't covering this story. Every columnist should be calling them for interviews. Just ask, "why aren't you covering this story?"
Why not, indeed.
I give up.
MORE: The Strata-Sphere really lays it down:
The Liberal smear campaign is hitting its ugly peak. Mike Rogers has supposedly
identified two gay men who work (or in this case worked) in the House. This
sexual McCarthyism is a clear sign of how the nation will operate under Democrats. People will live in fear of being outted as a closetted gay, closetted lesbian, etc. The rule of law will be destroyed as the media becomes the new legal authority regarding who is right and who is wrong. Rogers is illustrating the power Goebbels and his ilk wielded in Nazi Germany - to use the public square to ridicule and harrass and to blackmail. This is what we can expect more of if the Democrats win in November, because a Democrat win will be seen as an affirmation that McCarthy-like tactics work. We are on the brink of losing what America has represented to mankind for 200 years. This is not a time to sit back and let it happen. Rogers is probably reacting to the fact he may be part of the investigation and he is doing using his gutter mentality to try and distract from his deeds and get the FBI off his back. Clearly, this person will do just about anything to gain power and notoriety.
God help me, but I hate this 1960's mentality that some entertainers carry around. Especially comedians who feel like if they're not pissing off the establishment, they're not doing their job. Just sing! Just make us laugh! If you want to change the world, run for office, otherwise, to quote Barbra, "Shut the (expletive) up!"
"The artist's role is to disturb,"
MORE: Even the New York Times agrees. (Hat tip: Drudge)
As the War on Terror has rolled on since 9/11/01, a question has loomed in the back of my mind. Is it really possible for America to ever win another war outright? By that I mean, have we backed ourselves into such a corner that our rules of engagement simply don't mesh with the realities of achieving total victory? Certainly the Path to 9/11 showed us the consequences of "The Wall" (and I don't mean Pink Floyd).
Today, Rush Limbaugh went on a rant during his radio show that I think really hit the nail on the head:
We refuse to project our power anymore. We are not the same United States. We are a paper tiger. We are not what we used to be. Political correctness rules today. We are a nation of letters and resolutions and condemnations but that's all. We have Republicans who are more afraid of the media and Democrats in Washington than they are afraid of our real enemies. We have Democrats who don't recognize any enemies except Republicans and conservatives. This is what happens when you get bogged down by what people think of you rather than serving your own priorities. We're going to bring the Clinton people out to comment on this! The people that gave us the problem are going to be brought out to blame Bush: Clinton, Albright, you name it -- and we will hear that John Bolton caused this, because he's too provocative with his mustache at the United Nations.
"You just don't see people with mustaches at the UN, and he insists on going there looking threatening and looking provocative, and it's leading to problems." They are going to say that we provoked the United Nations by our Middle East and Iraq policy and the United Nations could have stopped this North Korea test but since we refused to work with the United Nations, since we go it alone, since we're unilateralist cowboys, the UN isn't going to help us here. In the old days Gary, we would have taken care of business in both Iraq and Iran and North Korea, and we wouldn't have used talks. We would have taken care of business to protect national security and our priorities, but we are paralyzed now. We're paralyzed because we are concerned about what other people around the world think of us. We're paralyzed because Republicans are concerned what the media is going to say about them. Republicans are paralyzed because they can't think that anything's going on other than Foley and Denny Hastert! Republicans are so scared they're going on television over the weekend and admitting that they might lose the House, that it looks so horrible. So eager are they to curry favor with their enemies that they go on television and act like they are in a two-seat minority rather than in a majority in both houses.
They don't act like winners. They don't act like the majority. They act scared. They act like they're going to lose everything, and they want to curry favor for whatever the hell reason I can't understand. Meanwhile, our nation remains fixated with literal dingbats like Paris Hilton and P. Diddy. Our nation remains fixated with a pop culture that is as redeeming as the bottom of a sewer. You can even throw some baking soda on it to try to clean up the aroma, and it wouldn't help. Iran's going to get nukes, too, folks. Nothing will be done. Iran's watching all of this. They have been watching all this for the last few years. But Japan needs offensive nuke capability now, and guess what? The world will come together to say, "No, no, that would destabilize. The Japanese are not going to get offensive nukes. That would destabilize the situation. The Chinese won't allow that. The Chinese will go to mat over that. Okay. We don't want to upset Hu Jintao, and we don't want to be provoke this little dog eating pot-bellied dictator in North Korea any more than he already was."
Meanwhile, while all this is going on, the headline in the LA Times is: "Sex with Ex-Page When He Was 21," meaning Mark Foley. Well, hell's bells! Bill Clinton had sex with an intern when she was 21, and he had phone sex to boot. We need a conservative president, folks, and I don't know that there's one out there. It's going to come from the governorships if one is out there at all.
Rush added that he was purposely being negative, but nevertheless, his words ring true.
Steve Beren is unlike any Republican you've ever seen. True, Ronald Reagan used to be a New Deal Democrat, but his journey to Conservativism was a short trip compared to that of Beren, a former Marxist, former atheist, and former antiwar activists. Today, he's a hawk, a patriot, a Christian, a Congressional candidate. One of my favorite bloggers, Neo-Neocon, has an interview with Beren about his journey from the Left to the Right.
In the best book on this subject, James Mann's Rise of the Vulcans (which remains much more enlightening than any of Woodward's three improvised and contradictory efforts), there is a good discussion of the disagreement between many so-called neocons and the tradition of Kissinger's realism. This was especially strong in one case, as Mann phrases it:More than any other single figure in the Republican foreign policy
hierarchy, Wolfowitz viewed himself as Kissinger's opposite, his adversary in the realm of ideas.
Simply put, the Wolfowitz line was that, though instability was morally preferable to totalitarianism, the choice between the two did not really exist. Dictatorship, if tolerated or indulged by the United States, would also bring instability. The risks of change were great but not as great as the danger posed by the status quo.
Yet, Bush is taking the advice of Kissinger, it seems. Not to be outdone, James Baker is in the mix and floating ideas of breaking up Iraq into three autonomous states. Baker can hardly be called a Reaganite.
But the country's largest theater chain, Regal Entertainment Group, has passed on playing the film, citing the subject matter as the primary reason. "We would not be inclined to program this film," Regal Entertainment Group CEO Mike Campbell said. "We feel it is inappropriate to portray the future assassination of a sitting president, regardless of political affiliation."The next sound you hear will be the political left crying censorship. Is it censorship? Well, one can make that argument, but he would show an incredible amount of ignorance. If George W. Bush or the Congress were to tell the major theaters not to carry the film or face some sort of punishment, that would indeed be censorship. In this case, you have private businesses making business decisions. In a free, capitalist society, they have that right. If someone doesn't like their decisions, the system allows them to do something about it: boycott the theaters (i.e. vote with their dollars), or start their own theater chain. And besides, in this age of technology it's almost impossible to keep anything under wraps. The movie can be sold over the Internet or sent straight to DVD.
Texas-based Cinemark USA also has declined to play the indie film, corporate spokesman Terrell Falk said. The circuit, which recently completed its acquisition of northern California-based Century Theatres, will not allow the regional player to book the film either. "We're not playing it on any of our screens," Falk said. "It's a subject matter we don't wish to play. We decided to pass on the film."
However, this won't be good enough for the Left and they will cry fascism to anyone that will listen. Bottom line, they don't believe in the capitalist system, or democracy. They want their message available to all, and the ideas they hate suppressed. In short, they want what they accuse the Right of doing: censorship.
However, this reminded me of the 1992 campaign in which one of Bill Clinton's big arguments was that George Bush coddled dictators and he would put an end to that. Thirteen years later, we know how well that worked out. If you think about it, one of the major reasons that we have dictators in the world is because of the United Nations. They have been working for years protecting and, dare I say, "coddling" dictators and making sure they weren't harmed by the evil United States. George Bush 41 did everything he could to work with the U.N. and try to find diplomatic solutions to world problems. Is it me, or is this a stark contradiction? Republican's are criticized for their criticism of the U.N., but at the same time they used to get accused of coddling dictators, a U.N. habit. The world has changed dramatically since 1992 and now everything America does is wrong according to the world community. There really aren't dictators anymore in the postmodern world. Everyone has their own culture and we need to leave it alone, they say. Who are we to decide what's good for, say, the Iraqis. Hell, things were better under "dictator" Saddam anyway, right?
Postmodernism is killing us.
I said it once, and I'll say it again: credibility.
UPDATE: The boys at Power Line agree.
When asked about a groundswell of discontent among the GOP's conservative base over his handling of the issue, Hastert said: "I think the base has to realize after a while, 'Who knew about it? Who knew what, when?' When the base finds out who's feeding this monster, they're not going to be happy. The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros."
Let's hope the base is listening.
Unless Social Security and Medicare are revamped, the massive burden from retiring baby boomers will place major strains on the nation's budget and the economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday.
"Reform of our unsustainable entitlement programs" should be a priority, he said in prepared remarks to the Economics Club of Washington. "The imperative to undertake reform earlier rather than later is great," Bernanke added.
Wow. I think Bernanke just signed his death warrant with the DNC/MSM. (Hat tip: Drudge)
"Well, Miles, it's nice to be with you. I know you don't believe it, but it is nice to be with you....You know why? You always smile. So many of these extremists out there, they are mad all the time. But you're not; you smile. In fact, when you're cutting my guts out for two minutes last week, you smiled all the way through it. And I appreciate that."
If anything, the episode reveals the Democrats' hypocrisy about their own behavior. The fact that Foley resigned virtually within minutes of being told that ABC News had copies of his salacious e-mails and text messages indicates he at least felt shame for his actions. Can the same be said for Democrats?
Hint: The answer is "no."
That's the difference between the conservative media and the liberal media.
UPDATE: And here it is. Pretty powerful.
That length of suspension represents the biggest on-field disciplinary action in league history. Charles Martin held the previous high for a suspension, sitting two games for his bodyslam of Bears quarterback Jim McMahon on Nov. 23, 1986.
I remember watching that game. Bodyslam is not an overstatement.
"This is an unprecedented suspension," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "I feel like his actions on the field were also unprecented."
I don't know about that. I'm sure it's happened before during the old school days, but now we live under constant video surveillance. Nevertheless, he deserves the suspension.
DRUDGE FLASHBACK: Clinton pardoned Congressman who had an affair with an underage campaign worker.
Anyway, here are some quick thoughts:
-Bengals' D...you've just been exposed.
-It's Leinart time in Arizona.
-Parcells is doing a helluva job holding the ship steady in Dallas.
-J-E-T-S...wow. The Jets have got to be the surprise team so far this season. Pennington looks good and they're playing some sound football for a team everyone expected to be mediocre at best.
-What the hell is wrong with Miami?
-Do you get the feeling that when Steve McNair walks into the lockerroom, everyone stops talking and stands at attention?
-Redskins are slowly getting it together.