Bob Barker Retiring

Bob Barker, host of "The Price Is Right" has decided to retire after 35 years on the show. That's gonna change the face of daytime television forever. He's been hosting the show since a few months before I was born. Yikes!

John Kerry's Political Suicide

Harold Ford, Jr. may be shooting himself in the foot on a regular basis in his race for the Senate in Tennessee, but he's strickly minor league compared to the king of dumb statements: John Kerry. It's scary to think how close this guy came to becoming president.

UPDATE: An anonymous Democratic Congressman gives us the best line of the week:

"I guess Kerry wasn't content blowing 2004, now he wants to blow 2006, too."


MORE: Don Surber's take is excellent.


Harold Ford Running Out Of Toes To Shoot

Glenn Reynolds makes a good point about Harold Ford, Jr.'s comment that Republicans fear God but don't love Him:

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.

Ignorant Like A Fox

Michael J. Fox admits to ABC that he doesn't know the first thing about the Missouri Cloning Amendment and is just being a political hack. Okay, he made it sound less damning, but you know what I mean.

Studio 60 To Be Cancelled, Viewers To Be Blamed

Reading Roger Friedman's latest column this morning and he had this interesting passage about the imminent cancellation of the latest Aaron Sorkin show "Studio 60":

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.


Lynn Cheney Gives Wolf Blitzer The Business

Via Hot Air.

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.

Paul Krugman And The Socialists

Via The American Thinker.

Is Castro Dead?

It's sure looking like it.

More Good News For Steele

John Hinderaker over at Power Line is pretty convinced that Michael Steele is going to win the Senate race in Maryland. I'm starting to lean that way too.


Allen Turns The Tables On Webb

I don't know about you, but this Senate race in Virginia makes me just want to hide under bed until November 8th.

Steele-Cardin Race Could Be The Whole Election

A recent debate between Ben Cardin and Michael Steele got a little feisty and confirmed this Senate race as one of the most interesting in the country. It also could be the make or break race for both parties. If Steele is able to pull this one out, Senate hopes for the Democrats could be over before the clock strikes midnight election night. Let's hope.


Romney Gives Media Civics Lesson


I still think Giuliani is gonna be the GOP nominee for president, but Mitt Romney is a definite wild-card in the race and could surprise us all.

The Kennedy-KGB Connection

This story might just have some legs.

Has Tom Kean, Jr. Helped Or Hurt His Chances?

Caught a little bit of Mr. Limbaugh in the car during lunch today. He is fuming mad at New Jersey Senate Republican candidate Tom Kean, Jr. for issuing a press release yesterday blasting the radio host for his comments on Michael J. Fox. Limbaugh sarcastically replied that he hopes Kean wins the race, "We need another Linc Chafee."

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.


Leaders Tell You What You Don't Want To Hear

Mark Kennedy is a good man and Minnesota should strongly consider sending him to the U.S. Senate. They need leaders.

Michael J. Fox Ad Lights A Fire

This whole brouhaha over the Michael J. Fox ads in Missouri and Maryland is starting to push even Mark Foley off the front page. Now, according to Drudge, Jim "Jesus" Caviezel and some Missouri sports celebrities are appearing in an ad about the ballot question that has been at the center of the debate between Jim Talent and Claire McCaskill.

Fourteen more days!

Schlesinger Shouts Down Lieberman Heckler

As Allahpundit put it: Leave it to the Republican to take charge.

The Daily Drudge, 10/24/06

Headlines from the Drudge Report:

-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.


McNabb And The "Critical" Media

I'm getting really tired of the media coddling of Donovan McNabb...and I blame Rush Limbaugh. Don't get me wrong, I thought Rush was right when he said on ESPN a few years ago that the sports media doesn't criticize McNabb very much because they want a black quarterback to do well, but unfortunately by making that statement, Rush not only proved the point but made the practice even worse.

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.



Fascism In Omaha

The biggest city in Nebraska bans public smoking and city officials urge people to call 911 if they spot someone lighting up. Maybe we should just take all the smokers and put them in their own ghetto. (Hat tip: Drudge)


Bernie Sanders Blasts Bush In Debate

And gets booed, much to my surprise. (Hat tip: Drudge)

Nebraska Cornhuskers Getting Better

Well, the Huskers came up short in their big game against Texas. When you're playing a team like the Longhorns, you have to play mistake free football, and while the Huskers played valiantly, they just made too many mistakes. However, they're a year away from being a really good team and they've definitely proved they can stand toe-to-toe with the big boys. Bill Callahan definitely deserves praise for bring the Huskers back to form.

House Chairman Calls For CNN's Ouster

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 Legs Of Diplomacy

I doubt the Chinese have the same reaction to the likes of Henry Kissinger or Madeleine Albright.

Harold Ford Crashes Corker Press Conference


Driveby Journalism Personified

The gang over at NewsBusters has a text-book example of what Driveby Journalism is all about.

Pelosi In Trouble? Don't Buy It

The Washington Times is reporting that Nancy Pelosi may not be a shoo-in for Speaker of the House if the Democrats win the House in November. Don't buy it. This is a well-time trial balloon being floated by the DNC for undecided voters to try and convince them that if the Dems win the House, they'll be "moderate."


A History Of the Tet Offensive

The MSM is making hay over the fact that President Bush compared Iraq to Vietnam and the Tet Offensive. He's right, but not for the reasons the MSM is playing up. To get a better idea of just what happened just after Tet, I urge you to read this interview from Front Page Magazine back in the Spring of 2004 with a former North Vietnamese Colonel. It will open your eyes.

The terrorists are not fools. They read the newspapers, they know the drill. Propaganda is the key.

Scandal Hits Nevada Governor's Race

Is it the case of a predatory Republican or a Democrat dirty-trick? You be the judge.

Dissent Crushed In France

It is now illegal in France to expose false reporting. Little Green Footballs has the story.


Charles Rangel And "So-Called Terrorists"

It's downright scary to think Charles Rangel could be the Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee or any committee. He is completely out to lunch, completely delusional. And cheers to Bill O'Reilly. This interview is why he's the ratings king, because he asks tough questions and calls bullsh-t when he sees it.

CBS Reporter Christopher Glenn Dies

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.

James Baker Never Disappoints

Here's a question: Why didn't President Bush just send Jack Murtha to Iraq and have him give an assessment?


Insanity In The Arizona Desert

The new definition of "robbery" in the Webster's Dictionary will now be the Chicago-Arizona football game, 10/16/06. The Bears offense did everything they could to lose the game, but the Cardinals refused to win.

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.

NFL Week 6 Thoughts

My quick thoughts on what we saw in the 6th week of the NFL season, other than the fact I took a bath in my football pool:

-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.

Holy Cow! Pinella To Manage The Chicago Cubs

ESPN is reporting that Lou Pinella has agreed to a 3-year deal to manage the Chicago Cubs. This could be the best hope the Cubs have had in countless years to break the curse and get to a World Series. Interest in the Cubs will also skyrocket. Pinella is a winner and if he can get the Cubs to the big dance, he'll be a baseball God.

Harry Reid Hot Seat Watch


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.

Resign. Now.


Las Vegas Rocker Defends America

Brandon Flowers, frontman for the Las Vegas rock band, The Killers, has some criticism for the band Green Day and their recent album "American Idiot."

Cowboys Scapegoat Coach For T.O.

To paraphrase that scumbag John Dean; there is a cancer on the Dallas Cowboys, and we all know it's Terrell Owens. He's celebrating today as he caught three touchdown passes to beat the, *ahem*, Texans (brav-o!), but what really makes him happy is that the Wide Receivers' Coach is being disciplined for bawling out T.O. for being late to practice.

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.

Bolton Nails North Korea's Ambassador

This is why John Bolton is a great U.N. Ambassador and why the Democrat Party hates him.

Chomsky Inspiration For Arizona 9/11 Memorial

Via Little Green Footballs.

Bush And Rove Upbeat

Karl Rove is floating a story in the media that he and Bush are upbeat about the November elections in order to get the base upbeat. I think there is some truth to the optimism however. The Democrats would have to basically run the table to take over the House and Senate. The GOP just needs a couple of key victories in order to hang on, then it's on to '08 and Giuliani!


Detroit Tigers Prove Money Isn't Everything

The Detroit Tigers have won the America League Pennant. It's this kind of victory that can save the game of baseball that has been severly damaged in the past few decades by steroid-mad players and greedy owners that feel the championships should go to the highest bidder.

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.

Gerry Studds Dies

The man who was Mark Foley before Mark Foley was Mark Foley (!) has died. Former Congressman Gerry Studds was the first openly gay man elected to Congress and faced controversy when it was found he had sex with a 17-year old male page. He however fought back the against the scrutiny and set the trend for Democrats getting away with whatever they please. Quite a legacy.

North Korean Lights (Or Lack Thereof)

Caught this on Drudge earlier in the week. I'm surprised no one has tried to investigate what that one light is. Could it be Kim Jong-Il's house? A nuclear laboratory? Um, well, I'm out of ideas.

U.N. Adopts Resolution Against North Korea


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.


Jim Kolbe: Scout Master?

Remember when the New York Times was going ape-sh*t over the fact that the Boy Scouts of America were trying to ban openly gay scout masters from the organization? It seems the Left has had a change of heart on the issue of camping with minors when the GOP is involved.

The Sound Of Silencing

A nice piece from Peggy Noonan this morning on the recent behavior of the Left. A taste:

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.


Still Liberal After All These Years

NewsBusters has the story on how CBS with Katie Couric hasn't changed much and as a result, it's ratings are still in the cellar. They need to either clean house or accept their fate.


Tara Reid To Fixed Botched Breasts

Actress Tara Reid, whose botched breast surgery made her a Hollywood laughingstock two years ago, underwent additional surgery to repair the damage, according to a report in Us Weekly.

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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DRUDGE: Sheehan Finalist For Nobel Peace Prize

It's official; the Nobel Peace Prize is now one step below "World's Greatest Grandpa" on the list of meaningless awards.

UPDATE: Newsmax: How does she know?

The Media Scandal: Harry Reid v. Dennis Hastert

For those of you that still cling to the belief that there's no liberal/Democratic bias in the media, you'd better take a good long look through Galileo's telescope right about now. While the MSM continues to call for Dennis Hastert's head, it is pretty much ignoring the Harry Reid land deal story. Jed Babbin at Real Clear Politics chimes in:

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.

Mark Warner Bows Out Of Presidential Run

Thing that make you go, hmmmm. Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, seen as the one great hope for Democratic Moderates (remember them?) in the race for president in '08 has decided not to run. The first question that comes to mind is why so early? Usually candidates wait until after midterm elections before they even acknowledge they're thinking about running. The second question is what's going on behind the scenes? He says he wants "a real life." If so, why did he go into politics in the first place? Something's not right here.


Jim Baker On The Daily Show

Did anyone see former Secretary of State James Baker on the Daily Show tonight? I normally don't watch the show, but when I flipped by I saw Baker so I watched it for a while. I just don't understand why George W. is using this man. I guess the family friendship runs deep, but you had Jon Stewart as usual making vague, snide comments about the President and Baker just laughing it off or claiming to be "non-political."

I give up.

By The Way, Saddam Trial Continues

Oh, those of you that still cling to your "Iraq was better off with Saddam" talk need to read this post from Don Surber.

DRUDGE: Republicans Pass On David Zucker Ad

In a word, this ad is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. And don't be fooled, folks. This is a rather ingenious ploy by the GOP. Yes, they take the supposed "high road" by turning the ad down and cover their asses, but they know damn well it will spread like wildfire on the Internet. There are no accidents in politics. This is a brilliant political move. We need more of them.

Mexico Wants U.N. To Block Fence

This is actually kinda funny. Mexico wants to take the border fence authorized by Congress to the U.N. to see if the world body can stop us from building it. It's not gonna be built anyway, but it's funny that Mexico expects the U.N. to stop anything except Israel killing terrorists. If I were an American diplomat, I'd tell Mexico, "Sure, give it a try. Knock yourself out."

Democratic Foleygate Source Revealed?

Via Gateway Pundit.

MORE: The Strata-Sphere really lays it down:

The Liberal smear campaign is hitting its ugly peak. Mike Rogers has supposedly
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.

Choose Wisely Missouri

Via Wizbang.

The Battle Against The Veil

Via Michelle Malkin.

Entertainment And The '60s Mentality

What really caught my eye in this story about Barbara Streisand and the jeers she received for mocking President Bush was this quote:

"The artist's role is to disturb,"

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!"

MORE: Even the New York Times agrees. (Hat tip: Drudge)


Popinjay Echo Chamber

On September 13th, two days after the 5th anniversary of 9/11, I wrote the following:

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.

Google Buys YouTube

Well, YouTube was fun while it lasted, but now that it's been bought by Google, no doubt what happened to Michelle Malkin recently will serve as a sign of things to come.

The Conservative Road To Damascus

Congressman Jim McDermott is one of the most liberal members of Congress. That statement is ridiculous. McDermott is no liberal, he's an authoritarian. A man who sides with America's enemies and does whatever he can to make this country worse off. He's in a pretty safe seat from Seattle, but his challenger this year has an interesting story to tell.

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.

A Return To A "Realist" Foreign Policy?

I've been a supporter of George W. Bush for 6 years now and I've stuck with him through the hard times, but I'm really getting worried about the direction he's taking lately with his foreign policy. The Mighty Hitch has a writeup on the President's recent dealings with Henry Kissinger, the king of the status quo. Obviously, Hitchens is no fan of the former Secretary of State, but he's right on the key points:

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.

I'm worried.

North Korea Nukes A Karl Rove Plot

You just knew it would come to this.


REPORT: North Korea Conducts Nuke Test

Just breaking on Drudge.

The Left's Definition Of Censorship: A Primer

Okay class, in the news today we have an excellent example of something that is going to be skewed into a free-speech debate this week. The movie that proved to be a sensation at the Toronto Film Festival is about to make its way across the border. "Death of a President" is a film that looks at what could happen in the War on Terrorism if President George W. Bush is assassinated. To drive this point home, there is a scene created by modern digital editing technology that shows George W. Bush being shot after leaving a speaking engagement. However, its debut in America is running into problems as some major movie theater chains are refusing to show it:

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."

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."

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.

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.

Democrats' Photo Goof Speaks Volumes

A soldier from the wrong country, eh hosers?

Nancy Pelosi Marched With Pedophilia Advocate

Yeah, she cares about Mark Foley's "victims."

Mass Venezuela Opposition Rally

Looks like there's some sympathy for the "devil" in Venezuela after all. Too bad Chavez has the lower classes completely brainwashed or this Rosales guy might have a chance.


Don't Forget North Korea

There's a million reasons to keep the Democrats out of power. Easily placing in the top 5 would be North Korea. You remember, that Asian country where the people are starving and their leader is a fat madman with nukes thanks to Maddy Albright? Yes, that one.

Emails v. IM's: A Primer

Via Texas Rainmaker.

MLB Playoffs Very Emotional

Well, it's October so that means Major League Baseball playoffs. Being from Nebraska, where football is king, I'm not much of a baseball fan and don't have a team I follow, but I understand that emotions run deep for those that do. Don Surber explains what it's like to have a team that is a perennial loser, but with nurturing and patience comes around and makes a city proud. Fans of big market teams can't appreciate what the smaller markets have to go through to reap rewards. Those are the teams I tend to root for from the sidelines. I've kind of been pulling for Detroit since they've been down for so long. As long as it isn't New York or L.A., I'll be content.


George Bush 41: Hugo Chavez Is An Ass

The first vote I ever cast was for George Bush back in 1992. I was frustrated with him at the time, but I knew he was a good man and much better than the two alternatives. In the 13 years he's been out of office, my estimation of the man has only increased and I think by far he is our best ex-President. On Larry King Live, he was asked how he felt about Hugo Chavez calling his son the devil. After being goaded by King, Bush replied, "Well, he's an ass." That's the tell-it-like-it-is moxie I knew he had in him.

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.

Did The Democrats Cover Up Foley Misdeeds?

Power Line looks at the possibility.


Hollywood's Greatest Conservative

Radar Online has a great interview with the greatest conservative in Hollywood...actor R. Lee Ermey. He talks about the war in Iraq, the "Communists News Network," his new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie and he gives us a startling revelation about his late friend, director Stanley Kubrick.

DRUDGE: IM's Were A Prank

The hits just keep on coming.

The Bogus Blog Behind Foley's Fall

If you haven't read this already, do it now.

I sometimes wonder, as I do my daily blogging, if we'll ever win this war...

George Allen Storms Back

If the polls are to be believed, the attacks on George Allen have backfired in a huge way.

What Liberal Bias?

Check this email sent to the Republican National Committee from someone at CBS News.

Lebanese Peace Sham Continues

Turkey is sending "peacekeeping" troops to southern Lebanon, but Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised his people that if they're asked to disarm Hezbollah, he'll withdraw the troops.

Why even go? What a joke, the U.N./E.U.

Free Speech Crushed At Columbia University

The new Berkeley.

Brent Scowcroft Says Woodward Made Up Quotes

I had a comments argument with a liberal blogger recently about Bob Woodward's new book. He kept telling me, "read the book, read the book" saying I shouldn't bash something I haven't read. Why, pray tell, should I read a book by a man who each and every time he writes a book has a bunch of people say they were either misquoted or their supposed quotes were simply made up. It happens with every single Woodward book. Every. Single. Time. Why would I waste my time with that?

I said it once, and I'll say it again: credibility.

UPDATE: The boys at Power Line agree.

Hastert Fights Back

Baltimore Sun:

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.


Bernanke Takes A Huge Risk

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke:

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)

Fox News Celebrates 10 Years

Fox News Channel is celebrating 10 years on the air this week. Brian C. Anderson has a nice salute to the news network that helped break the MSM monopoly. However, the next 10 years are going to be tough years, especially if the Democrats get back into power.

Foley Scandal Runs Deep

The evidence is just piling up that this whole Mark Foley scandal was a coordinated effort by the Democrats and radical gay activists. Gateway Pundit has a complete rundown.


John Howard Slams The Left

Australian Prime Minister John Howard continues to prove himself to be one of the smartest politicians in the Western world.

Senator Inhofe On CNN

As the self-proclaimed King of Sarcasm, I must tip my hat to Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe:

"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."


Clueless In Minneapolis

If the polls are to be believed, Minnesota is going to send the the next Barbara Boxer to the Senate this November.

Did Democrats Page Mark Foley?

A really good editorial from Investor's Business Daily on the Mark Foley flap. Here's just a bit:

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."

Three Years Of The Good Captain

And hopefully many, many more.

The Media's Propaganda War Rolls On

Folks, we are about to face an election that will be like none anyone has ever seen. Well, maybe that's incorrect. The newspapers in the early days of our Republic were very partisan and did what they could to sway public opinion, but we now live in a technological age where information is ubiquitous and immediate. And make no mistake, the media has dropped almost all pretense of impartiality. This election a month from now is going to show just how powerful the media is today. Yes, inroads have been made to break up the MSM monopoly, but they remain a powerful force and they are doing everything they can to bring the Left back into power. Will it work? That's the big question.


Media Bias Lesson

Drudge is reporting that the Washington Times in its Tuesday edition will call for the resignation of Dennis Hastert as Speaker of the House. Ask yourself...if the rolls were reversed and it was Speaker Pelosi dealing with a Democratic Party version of Mark Foley, would the New York Times or Washington Post do the same thing?

That's the difference between the conservative media and the liberal media.

UPDATE: And here it is. Pretty powerful.

Foley Emails Shopped Around

The evidence is piling up that the Mark Foley emails were shopped around to the media for at least a year.

Stanley Fish Tackles Diplomacy

Sometimes I read things in the Blogosphere and I just wonder, why do I do it? Stanley Fish is suggesting that President Bush make a "Nixon goes to China" move with Iran. It's hardly a groundbreaking suggestion from those on the Left, but it really gets to the heart of the difference between the two schools of foreign policy thought. How do you negotiate with evil? To get some perspective on this, I strongly suggest reading Romeo Dallaire's book Shake Hands With The Devil, which tells the story of the Canadian General's attempts to stop the genocide in Rwanda. He can tell you just what it's like to face pure evil.

Haynesworth Suspended For Unprecedented Five Games

Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been suspended 5 games for kicking Andre Gurode of the Cowboys in the head.

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.

Just Another Day In Election Year Paradise

The purpose of this blog is to opine about subjects that interest me. Usually, it's something to do with politics, foreign affairs, media, etc. Today, however, I really can't find much that I give a rat's ass about. The Mark Foley thing is what it is. One question that comes to mind is who had these emails/IM's for this long and waited to release them now? Ah, the October before an election. The real damage that I see is the fact that this sad story will just justify the feelings of many in the GOP that gays aren't to be trusted and should be kept out of the party. I think that would be a big mistake. There's has to be a home for men and women who are gay (and don't proposition teenagers) but still believe in low taxes, limited government and a strong defense, and the Democratic Party ain't it.

DRUDGE FLASHBACK: Clinton pardoned Congressman who had an affair with an underage campaign worker.


NFL Week 4 Retrospect

Well, I really took a bath in my NFL pool this week. The Patriots screwed me again, only this time by winning. What, was last week's performance in Denver just a mirage? Bastards.

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.

-Da Bears!

Thatcherism A Distant Memory

There's not much love for David Cameron on the right side of the Blogosphere as it appears Thatcherism is pretty much dead. RedState and Samizdata tell it like it is.

Is Rafsanjani Trying To Tell Us Something?

James Lewis thinks former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani is trying to warn the West that Khomeini has given Ahmadinejad the green light to build and use nukes. He makes a decent case.

Yet Another Reason I've Stopped Reading Andrew Sullivan

Via Tim Blair.

A Job Undone

(Hat tip: Jack)