TOO LATE: Prof Lovelock claims any attempts to tackle climate change will not be able to solve the problem...
So I guess we should live it up!
Dem Sen. Schumer: Reaganism Is Dead...
The huge inflow of money into the U.S. Treasury after the Bush tax cut notwithstanding.
Mystery illness hits former Russian PM...
Funny how since the Democrats came back into power, the thugs of the world seem a lot more brass and emboldened.
FRIST WON'T RUN FOR PRESIDENT...
That sound you hear is nobody caring.
Sniffer bees set to snare suicide bombers...
Starring John Carradine.
JUDGE: PAPER MONEY UNFAIR TO BLIND...
Libertarian Popinjay: Lack of money in my bank account unfair to me!
The Stalinists are getting gutsy since the Democrats took over the Congress. We need to be careful not to just laugh this kind of stuff off. Words mean things but we also have the power to make them meaningless. Trying to punish people for certain forms of speech is wrong and downright evil. These people need to be stopped.
The Atlanta Falcons are a mess. I don't have clever analogy for them, they're just a damned mess. I never would have expected to see the day when the fans turned on Michael Vick...and visa-versa.
Vince Young is starting to show us something.
I said it before and I'll say it again...why didn't Brian Bilick take over the offensive 5 years ago? Oh, right. No quarterback.
Could Jerome Bettis and Antwaan Randle-El really have been that big a part of the Steelers championship team?
-Alec Baldwin on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, December 11, 1998
"Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass. You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now motherf**ker. Throw his ass out. He's a nigger! He's a nigger! He's a nigger! A nigger, look, there's a nigger!"
-Michael "Kramer" Richards at The Laugh Factory, November 17, 2006
Pop quiz. Whose career is over and whose career is thriving? Now explain it to me.
"And Europeans won't even need to re-write "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" with an Islamist theme - real Muslims zealots provide Europe's bigots with all the propaganda they need. Al Qaeda and its wannabe fans are the worst thing that could have happened to Europe's Muslims. Europe hasn't broken free of its historical addictions - we're going to see Europe's history reprised on meth."
Heh! Good stuff! Seriously, Ralph has a good point, but I think it may be a bit simplistic. Granted, I am pretty cynical about Europe, but I just don't see them solving their Muslim problem by either extreme or moderate means. While it's a mistake to dismiss the possible return of good ol' fashioned European ethnic cleansing, I think we're equally mistaken if we dismiss Europe's Cultural Marxism (i.e. political correctness) as a passing phase.
UPDATE: Much more here.
UPDATE: Great headline (hat tip: Power Line) from the always "impartial" AP:
MORE: Seinfeld "sick over this."
STILL MORE: Paula Mooney: "Why, Cosmo? Why?
UPDATE: An apology on Letterman with Seinfeld present.
AND FINALLY: Well, if there's one thing I take away from this it's that Jerry Seinfeld is a really good friend. He was like Tony Blair on 9/11...there when Richards needed somebody, and that's pretty cool. Richards looked like a man who's on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I didn't realize until today that he really hasn't worked in 6 years. Sure he's done stand-up, but if you check IMDB, his last credit is David Copperfield in 2000. I knew he was typecast as Kramer, but I didn't realize it was this bad. I hope he gets some therapy and gets through this. "Kramer" is someone I will be watching on DVD until the day I die.
One more thing. It's more than just a man who's down about his career. Just like with Mel Gibson, you don't say things like that unless there's something there inside of you that believes what you're saying. I'm not afraid to say that there's probably something inside of me that I wouldn't be proud of if it reared it's ugly head. I'm not a hypocrite. Mankind has a lot to answer for and he has a lot of prejudice ingrained in him from years of cultural norms and dogma, but as man grows and evolves over time, we learn.
I remember a man from my hometown in Nebraska saying proudly, "I'm a nigger!" He was a white man. When asked how he could say that, he would respond, "I do menial work for a living that doesn't involve any intellectual thought. That makes me a nigger. It doesn't matter what color my skin is." For many in his generation, this was sound reasoning. For my generation, it was less than compelling. We need a dialog on race in this country, a real dialog, not the Clintonesque "hold a town hall meeting where everybody takes the liberal line" kind of dialog, but a full-on discussion laying it out, no holds barred. We, all of us, have much to learn.
Along with the Chargers, win or lose the Bengals put on the best show in football every week. Ocho Cinco is back.
It looks like Tony Romo is the real thing. Dallas just looks energized, as does the Tuna in subtle ways.
Why didn't Brian Billick start calling the offensive plays 5 years ago?
Loved Mike Nolan's suit. I'd like to see head coaches get back to the days of Tom Landry and Mike Ditka and dress like gentlemen. Hooded sweatshirts be damned!
Stat that blew me away: the San Francisco 49ers are 5-5.
Watching the Giants-Jax game right now. They're not exactly putting on an offensive clinic. Eli seems out of sorts and the Jacksonville receivers couldn't catch a cold.
UPDATE: Much more at The Astute Bloggers.
It's not about issues, it's about power...getting it and holding onto it. Issue are just a vehicle.
Don Surber: He's gone but his ideas remain.
Michelle Malkin: A profound impact.
Wizbang: One of the greatest minds in the world.
Hot Air: Libertarian flags at half-mast.
Jon Henke: He improved the world.
Margaret Thatcher: "Milton Friedman revived the economics of liberty when it had been all but forgotten. He was an intellectual freedom fighter. Never was there a less dismal practitioner of a dismal science.
"I shall greatly miss my old friend's lucid wisdom and mordant humour."
We have two factions of media in Boston. On the one hand, we have the Hillary-loving, Ted Kennedy apologists. And on the other, we have the liberals.
He's either a very witty guy or he has really good joke writers.
MORE: Like Newt Gingrich with sex appeal.
Oh, come on. Among the "cultural learnings of America for make benefit glorious nation of Kazakhstan" is the discovery that Americans are almost pedantic in their hospitality and politesse. At a formal dinner in Birmingham, Ala., the guests discuss Borat while he's out of the room—filling a bag with ordure in order to bring it back to the table, as it happens—and agree what a nice young American he might make. And this is after he has called one guest a retard and grossly insulted the wife of another (and remember, it's "Americana" that is "crass"). The tony hostess even takes him and his bag of shit upstairs and demonstrates the uses not just of the water closet but also of the toilet paper. The arrival of a mountainous black hooker does admittedly put an end to the evening, but if a swarthy stranger had pulled any of the foregoing at a liberal dinner party in England, I wouldn't give much for his chances.
Bush will not get another judge appointed in his last two years in office. Period. But there is a problem here for the Democrats.
Now I want to make clear that I'm not wishing for anyone's death. Not my style. However, if any of the liberal judges on the U.S. Supreme Court were to die in the next two years (or beyond while there is a Republican in office), John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, or David Souter, the Dems would be put in quite a position. They've said they wouldn't allow an Alito type nominee to get on the court. Okay, so what? Then you'd have a court of 4 Conservatives, 3 Liberals and one swing for the unforeseen future. Advantage Conservatives. Would Schumer allow the court to be smaller but with a Conservative advantage or allow a new judge on the court and hope he turns out to be another Souter?
Just a thought.
Best. Endorsement. Ever.
John Murtha is looking to take over the Congress. Here's hoping. Nothing will give the electorate buyers remorse like that coward. Yeah, I said coward. What are you gonna do about it?
I'll see you on the morrow.
Rudy's my man until Romney or Gingrich give me a reason to think otherwise.
Okay, jokes aside, I don't think he's going to beat Steny Hoyer for the position. Most of the Democrats know Murtha is a walking-lobotomy and in the long run would be a detriment. Also, this endorsement of Pelosi's smacks of her backing a man she knows is going to lose but sending a signal to the nutroots base that her sympathies lie with them. But who knows, maybe Jack can pull the upset and get our troops to Okinawa where they belong.
In a strange way though, it may be the best thing to happen to Rummy from a PR standpoint. He's on his way to becoming the a martyr for the cause.
MORE: Someone let me know if they start a legal defense fund for Rummy. I'll gladly donate.
George McGovern, the former senator and Democratic presidential candidate, said Thursday that he will meet with more than 60 members of Congress next week to recommend a strategy to remove U.S. troops from Iraq by June.
If Democrats don't take steps to end the war in Iraq soon, they won't be in power very long, McGovern told reporters before a speech at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
"I think the Democratic leadership is wise enough to know that if they're going to follow the message that election sent, they're going to have to take steps to bring the war to a conclusion," he said.
"The best way to reduce this insurgency is to get the American forces out of there," McGovern said. "That's what's driving this insurgency."
McGovern told the audience Thursday that the Iraq and Vietnam wars were equally "foolish enterprises" and that the current threat of terrorism developed because _ not before _ the United States went into Iraq.
McGovern's plan _ as written in his new book, "Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now" _ also calls for the United States to remove hired mercenaries from the region, push for the removal of British troops and establish a temporary transitional force, similar to police, made up of Muslims from the region.
"I've talked with a lot of senior officers _ generals and admirals _ in preparation for this book, that say this war can't be won, that the problems now are not military problems," McGovern told reporters. "There isn't going to be any decisive victory in Iraq."
This is so asinine I think it gave me cancer!
I'll see you on the battlefield on the morrow!
MORE: The Next Battle Over Big Media.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A divided Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Las Vegas ordinance defining what strippers can and can't do during lap dances is constitutional.
The high court's 5-2 decision overturns Clark County District Judge Sally Loehrer's ruling, in a case involving 14 Las Vegas dancers who faced misdemeanor charges, that a city code dealing with lap dancers was unconstitutionally vague and unenforceable.
The Supreme Court's majority opinion, written by Justice Nancy Becker, upholds an ordinance that states no erotic dancer "shall fondle or caress any patron, and no patron shall fondle or caress any dancer."
Even if the erotic dancers' message "is slightly less effective without caressing and fondling, their message is not significantly impaired," Justice Becker wrote.
This was a great country once, but I'm starting to fear that the dream is indeed dead.
MORE: Man, these Washington Post readers just HATE Michael Steele. How dare he be black and Republican!
I think what has happened will be bad for the country, but the Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. And admittedly, I myself am to blame as well. Ronald Reagan came to Washington in 1981 saying government wasn't the solution to our problem, government is the problem. This was the guiding principle for Republicans for two decades, but somewhere along the way, it fell to the wayside. This happened for many reasons: the love of power and the desire to keep it, the unattainable quest to get the MSM to like us, and so on. I myself turned a blind-eye to the growth of government under Republican rule due to the war on terror. So sure I have been (and still am) that President Bush and the Republicans are the only ones that will fight our enemies and feel that our country is indeed worth fighting for that I've taken the position that you have to take the good with the bad. This may have been a mistake. We have to get back to demanding the party run on Reaganesque principles: reduced government; low taxes; low spending; strong defense. Many fatalists are saying the dream is dead and that it'll be generations before we can hope to turn the tide. Not so. Nothing is impossible if you can imagine it and if you're willing to work your butt off to achieve it.
The MSM and the Democrats have won this day, but I ask you to remember 1992. Bill Clinton had what many thought an unprobable victory and came to power with a Democratic Congress. We were very alone with no voice on our behalf, except for one very well-known radio talk-show host. Now we have an army of bloggers and inroads are being made to break the monopoly on the flow of information. We're still very much David to the MSM's Goliath and this election has taught us we haven't struck that fatal blow just yet, but that day will come, as long as we keep fighting.
Cheer up! It's great day...there's much to be done.
Reagan said government is not the solution to our problem, it is the problem. Until Republicans embrace this creed again...
Alert! The Washington Post has withdrawn its prediction that Democrat Ben Cardin has defeated Republican Michael Steele in Maryland, and Michael Steele has refused to concede. Fox has flashed the numbers and currently, Steele is still ahead of Cardin 51% - 47% with 45% of the votes are in.
The good news is...Linc Chafee has been defeated. Yes, it's a Republican loss, in theory, but as far as I'm concerned, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out Linc!
UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds makes a good point.
MORE: Michelle agrees on Linc.
I agree that we shouldn't get overly optimistic, but I stand by my prediction that the GOP will hold onto both Houses by a slim margin. I would guess 51-49 in the Senate and 220-215 in the House, and if I'm wrong, I'll admit it. If I'm right, I'll be downright annoying.
A good primer on this whole business can be found at Power Line.
MORE: They're making a final push. I just got a phone call from President Bush urging me to vote for GOP candidates.
Many critics have dismissed the trial as a form of victors' justice, given the close attention the US has paid to it.Ramsey Clark will always side with the enemies of freedom.
Before the sentencing session began, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark was ejected from the courtroom after handing the judge a note in which he called the trial a "travesty".
Saddam Hussein's defence team have also accused the government of interfering in the proceedings - a complaint backed by US group Human Rights Watch.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has more on the mockery that is Ramsey Clark.
MORE: LGF has the scoop on the outrage within the Democratic Party over the verdict.
I’d just like to say “thank you” to President Bush and to the men and women of the US military, who—by the New York Times’ own admission—took out a terror-sponsoring regime in Iraq that could have constructed a nuclear weapon within months, as soon as sanctions were lifted enough for them to obtain sufficient fissile material.
Two words come to mind: Ditto and Heh.