Ronald Reagan Slasher Flick

There's a new movie coming out next month called "Tripper" about a Ronald Reagan obsessed serial killer (Cartman?) that goes around putting the axe to hippies. It's directed by David Arquette, who's biggest claim to fame is starring in the Scary Movie movies, being married to Courtney Cox and being an idiot.

Now, the movie bashes Reagan quite a bit, blaming him for everything under the sun from his days as Governor of California to his days as President. However, Conservatives need to fight the temptation to bash the film and call for some kind of restitution. That's just what the "hippies" want them to do. Just let the movie run its course, which will be a short stay in theaters and then reruns on basic cable. In the meantime, enjoy seeing hippies die.


Evan Sayet On The Mind Of The Liberal

If you haven't seen this yet, watch it now. Comedian Evan Sayet, a former writer for Bill Maher in the "Politically Incorrect" era is basically Dennis Miller, except you may not have heard of him. Like Miller, he was changed by 9/11 and is taking his message to the masses with a speech called "Regurgitating the Apple: How Modern Liberals 'Think.'" It's brilliant.

By the way, did you know that Dwight Schultz, the guy who played "Howling Mad Murdock" on The A-Team is a conservative radio talk show host on the Internet? I found the Sayet link on his website. What a crazy, yet wonderful world.

Democrats Propose Huge Tax Hike, Increased Spending

Stop me if you've heard this before from the Democrats. Captain Ed has the goods.

Carter Fired U.S. Attorney For Political Reasons in 1978

John Gizzi at Human Events (Hat tip: NewsBusters) has done a little bit of good ol' fashioned journalism (remember when the MSM did that?) and uncovered an interesting nugget. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter removed a Philadelphia based U.S. Attorney and the evidence is plentiful that it was indeed politically motivated. As I'm sure you've guested, no investigation took place.

Expect this to be the first and last time you hear about it.

Diane Feinstein The New Duke Cunningham

Via The Jawa Report.

MORE: Find an article online that's not from a conservative blog about Diane Feinstein's resignation from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. Go on, try it.

And they ask, "What Liberal media?" Don't make me laugh.


Iran Hostage Incident Is Textbook Stuff

This incident involving British Sailors being taken hostage by the Iranians is such a textbook case of a diplomatic chess game between the good guys and the bad guys, you almost have to wonder if it's real.

First the sailors are captured and accused of entering Iranian waters, which they may have by accident, the line between Iranian and Iraqi waters in the Persian Gulf is very, pardon the pun, fluid. Be that as it may, the script goes exactly as one would expect. Iran takes them hostage; Britain says, hey, give them back; Iran say, no, this was an act of aggression; Britain says, nuh uh!; Iran says, okay, we'll release the inferior female, but we're going to have them confess on television; Britain threatens to "escalate"; Iran says, okay, just admit you did wrong and we'll return them; and so on.

In other words, Iran is having fun poking the West in the eye and in the meantime buying time until they get their nukes. It's a story that played out over and over again in the 20th Century, but it seems that we've learned nothing. If we don't take the Mullahs and their nuke program out, we're going to see the Middle East slip further into darkness.

Great Britain hasn't been preparing for this moment in history as Fred Thompson shows us.

Steve Forbes On Board With Rudy Presidential Campaign

I think this is a big plus for Rudy.

Fire All The U.S. Attorneys

I have a radical idea for President Bush: fire all 93 U.S. Attorneys. Bush is completely within his rights to fire any of the U.S. Attorneys at any time. They are political appointees! So, what he should do is say "There's a lot of controversy over the firing of 8 U.S. Attorneys, so in the interest of clearing up the matter, I'm firing all 93 U.S. Attorneys and we'll start from scratch."

The MSM and the Democrats would be furious, but it would be a strong shot across the bow and send a strong message to everyone that the president has executive powers and is granted the right to use them by the U.S. Constitution. The Democrats are going to investigate every single action the President takes from here to 2009. Bush should take a bold stand to protect the Office of the Presidency. I guarantee you that his approval numbers would go up if he made a decisive move.

The Swagger Is Gone

It's not been a very good second term for George W. Bush and it's mostly his own fault. Today's decision to withdraw the ambassadorial nomination of a Missouri businessman who donated money to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth is just a classic example of how the President has lost his so-called Texas swagger.

Fox was Bush's campaign chief in Missouri in 2004 and was listed as a "Ranger'" by the president's re-election campaign, meaning he raised at least $200,000. He also donated $50,000 to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a political group that produced and ran advertising questioning Kerry's war record in Vietnam.

Kerry, who earned a Bronze Star, a Silver Star and three Purple Hearts as a Navy officer in Vietnam, said Bush made the right decision to withdraw Fox's nomination.

"Sam Fox had every opportunity to disavow the politics of personal destruction and to embrace the truth," Kerry said in a statement. "He chose not to."

Total crap. The Swift Boat Veterans outed John Kerry as the fraud that he is, and his crying shouldn't be enough for Bush, the guy who actually won the presidency, to withdraw nomination one. If the George W. Bush I voted for were here, he'd say something to the effect of, "I won and you lost, chumley. Therefore I get to appoint who I want, and if you don't like it, we'll play hardball."

Even worse, Bush's withdrawal of the nomination is essentially a stamp of approval to all the criticism that the Swift Boat Veterans got and continue to get from those that wish to silence their political speech, and it just aids those who are trying to criminalize the executive powers of a Republican president. Very bad move.

James Dobson Says Fred Thompson Not Christian Enough

"Everyone knows he's conservative and has come out strongly for the things that the pro-family movement stands for," Dobson said of Thompson. "[But] I don't think he's a Christian; at least that's my impression," Dobson added, saying that such an impression would make it difficult for Thompson to connect with the Republican Party's conservative Christian base and win the GOP nomination.

Okay, even though I'm not one of them, I've often defended the so-called Christian Right from the frequent attacks they get from the Left and the MSM, but this sort of thing makes much of that criticism valid. When you have a religious leader telling the media, a man isn't Christian enough for a political base to lend it's support, it smacks of when certain parties on the political Left say that Barack Obama "isn't black enough." Dobson, Falwell, Roberts, all these guys who claim to speak for the conservative base are no better than Jesse Jackson claiming to speak for all blacks when they spout this kind of rubbish. They're perfectly within their right to support or not support someone based on their religious convictions, but when you start acting like you are the official kingmaker, you out yourself as a egomaniacal joke.

As the gang at Free Republic point out, it also plays right into the hands of the MSM, who seek to drive a wedge between the various factions of the GOP. (Hat tip: Hot Air)


Pork And Politics In Wartime

Fred Thompson is back with another radio commentary, this time he looks at the latest war-funding bill.

Katie Couric And The Cowardice Of The MSM

Headline on Drudge is the "grilling" that John and Elizabeth Edwards got from Katie Couric on 60 Minutes last night. What a load! It's not a grilling when you get questions like this:

"Some people wonder if you are in denial."

"Some have suggested that you're capitalizing on this."

What a coward Couric is. This is a typical ploy used by members of the MSM. Anytime you hear the word "some" in a question, you know that the question is being used to either let the politician slam his critics: "Well, these people are out of touch extremists." or it's a way of saying what the reporter thinks but putting the charge in the mouths of "some people." This wasn't a grilling, this was Couric pretending to do a hard-hitting piece when in fact she was taking what is obvious - that Edwards is using his wife's cancer for political gain - and softening it up by making it seem like she doesn't think that, it's just other people.

If I were a politician, especially a Republican politician, I would cut off any reporter that asked a question with the words "some" or "critics."

"Mr. President, some say..."

"Who says?"

"Well, your critics..."

"What critics?"

"Some Democrats..."

"Give me names!"

UPDATE: Well, I guess you could say the Popinjay is on the "cutting edge of societal evolution." I posted the above at 8:47am Pacific...15 minutes before Rush Limbaugh began his radio program. Today Rush said the following:

Her question was, "I guess some people would say that there's some --" by the way, I made this point at the beginning of the program, and I know a lot of people are going, "Hey, you know what? She really hit them with tough questions." Yes, but every tough question was prefaced with, "Some people are saying, some people say." If I were Edwards, I would say, "Well, who? Who's saying it? You're saying it, aren't you, Katie? You're the one asking me the question. Why don't you have the guts to put it in your voice instead of blaming it on these other people. Who are these people?" That's how I deal with it. I get this question all the time, "Some people say that you're X." I always say, well, who? Who are they? Anyway, you find out the journalist is not talking about anybody else, they're just talking about themselves. Anyway, Katie's question, "I guess some people would say that there's some middle ground. You don't have to necessarily stay at home and feel sorry for yourself and do nothing, but if given a possibly finite period of time on the planet, being on the campaign trail away from my children a lot of time and sort of pursuing this goal, it's not necessarily what I would do."

Now, I'm not gonna claim 100% credit for this. I might have heard Rush or someone else say something like this in the past and filed it in my subconscious, I don't know, but regardless Maha Rushie and I seem to be on the same wavelength, and we couldn't be more right.

UPDATE II: Liberal mad at Katie. What a complete load!


"Diplomacy" Takes Hold In Iran Hostage Crisis

Despite some tough talk by Tony Blair, the diplomats are on the job trying to downplay the issue and make it look like the UK's fault.


McCain In Trouble

Don Surber sums up the GOP race for President so far:

McCain-Feingold was the last straw for McCain and conservatives just don’t trust Mitt. Rudy gets away with lefty positions in the past because he is a proven leader. He busted the Mob. He cleaned up NYC. He led on 9/11.

That pretty much says it all.

Calvert DeForest And What Makes Things Funny

This week we lost a comedy legend. Calvert DeForest, a.k.a. Larry "Bud" Melman died at the age of 85. Formally a drug counselor and pharmaceutical worker, his real career began in his 60s when he was discovered by the writers of Late Night with David Letterman. It was a dream come true for Calvert and he seemed to enjoy every minute of it.

But why was he so funny? There are a lot of reason for this. I've taken improv classes and study comedy as a hobby. I'm always intrigued by what makes something funny or not funny. In the case of Calvert, it came down to three things: Truth, Innocence and the power of David Letterman's credibility as the king of irony.

When Calvert first appeared on Late Night with the stage name Larry "Bud" Melman, he was an instant hit. I've watched the clip of him handing out hot towels at the New York port authority on YouTube about a dozen times this week. Each time I'm in hysterics. Calvert reads the cue-cards with horrible timing and he doesn't have a clue how to handle the microphone and conduct an interview properly, but this isn't an act. That's what so important about it. He's honestly doing his best and he's so innocent and ignorant to how it should be done that it makes him hilarious. It reminds me of Mrs. Slocombe on Are You Being Served?. The running joke on the show was her calling her pet cat her "pussy." It always got a laugh, but the reason for this was the fact that Mrs. Slocombe was so innocent that it would never occur to her that was she was saying was a double-entendre. If we even remotely got the notion that she might realize what she was saying, it would cease to be funny.

The other aspect you have to look at is the power David Letterman had as the host of a late night talk show that was a sort of anti-host. He was constantly mocking that which he was presenting, and he could do this because Late Night offered the public the alternative side of the entertainment industry. It wasn't Tom Cruise pushing a movie, it was Captain Beefheart incoherently pushing his latest album.

Writer Ken Cancelosi puts it beautifully:

The pairing was as perfect as it was bizarre. Even as Letterman delighted in his creation in those early days, we were baffled. Here was a man so untalented, so utterly devoid of performing skills, you just had to stare at him in wonder. But the character aligned nicely with Letterman's style as a performer and a host, which centered on satirizing, even attacking, the very idea of being a performer or a host. In Letterman's numerous cooking segments, for instance, the point seemed to be to destroy the very idea of a cooking segment; it was nearly impossible for the audience to learn anything because the focal point was always Letterman's (a) incompetence and (b) utter disinterest in whatever process was being demonstrated. Letterman almost never played characters in the way that Carson did; he usually played David Letterman not even trying to play a character.

Melman took Letterman's strategy a step further without even trying. He was already was a character, so performing was beside the point. Their kinship was highlighted when Letterman "acted" opposite Melman, whose utter inability to disappear into a role made the sketch into an anti-sketch. Here, and even more so in the bits where Melman went on location and spoke to Dave in the studio via satellite, the humor was born out of watching Melman stew on national television. All he could do was bark one or two lines over and over again.

And this takes us to why David Letterman has been such a failure at CBS, in my opinion. Letterman was perfect in his role as the "anti-host" on Late Night, but he wasn't able to accept his limitations. His goal in life, his whole reason for living, was to try and be the next Johnny Carson. He worshiped Johnny so, and wanted more than anything in the world to be him. When Johnny retired, the battle was on, and when NBC wouldn't meet his demands, he went to CBS to host an 11:30pm (ET/PT) show. Gone was the studio with it's industrial look (i.e. exit doors near the desk, cheap looking backdrops, etc.), now he had a fancy set at the Ed Sullivan Theater, he wears fancy suits and has almost nothing but A-list guest. But Dave is Dave. While he tries to be Johnny, his iconoclastic manner still rears his head. It's pretty obvious which guests he likes and doesn't like. I'm sure Johnny had guests he didn't like either, but you never knew it. Johnny's golden rule was "make the guests look good." Do that, and in turn, you look good. Letterman doesn't have it in him to do this. Instead, he's often rude and flippant to certain guests, and in the time slot and studio setting of the CBS Late Show, it looks tacky, not edgy. He never should have made the move he did in 1994, but his ego wouldn't allow him not to.

Fortunately, Calvert DeForest made the move with him and made the show better with every appearance, but it made you want to hearken back to the days when he and Dave did edgy comedy, late at night on NBC. The little war Dave was always having with the notoriously cheap NBC added something to their brand of comedy, but I guess those d
ays are gone.


Tony Snow To Undergo Surgery

More bad news on the cancer front as White House Spokesman Tony Snow is going back under the knife to remove a growth in his abdomen. It's not known if the growth is cancerous or benign but Snow has decided to err on the side of caution. Unlike the thugs at Huffington Post that wish him dead, I wish Tony Snow well and hope he makes a full recovery.

Taken For A Liberal, And A Fool

For those of you that don't understand why many Democrats see no liberal bias in the media...look not further than Eric Alterman, columnists in The Nation magazine and author of the ridiculous book "What Liberal Media?" In his recent piece, he calls Chris Matthews a centrist and says Keith Olbermann is only "taken for a liberal."

I highly suspect this is a ruse by Alterman. Call me crazy, but I really don't believe that anyone who writes for a reputable (or in the case of The Nation, semi-reputable) publication could be this stupid. Therefore, I think he's having us on. After all, there are really stupid people out there who believe everything they read. Like Goebbels said, tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth. That's Alterman's hope.

Fairness Doctrine: Censoring The Internet

Thomas Lifson has some information on the effort to filter out conservative websites in certain public places.


Calvert DeForest a.k.a. Larry "Bud Melman Dies

One of the best parts of the Letterman shows on NBC and CBS was always the fat, little old man with the horn-rimmed glasses. Calvert DeForest died today at the age of 85. He was the first person to appear on Late Night with David Letterman going by the stage name Larry "Bud" Melman. After the move to CBS he started using his real name as NBC claimed the rights to the the character name. It's too bad. Letterman used to be a funny, fringe comedian during his days at NBC, and DeForest was a big part of that. Now, thanks to his obsession to be like Johnny Carson, he's a dud, and without Calvert, even more so.

This, for instance, is classic comedy:

Fred Thompson Takes On Global Warming

The hits just keep on coming from Fred Thompson as he fills in for Paul Harvey. This morning's commentary took on the "fever" our planet is said to suffer. Turns out it's contagious across the solar system. If you're a conservative, prepare to orgasm.

Elizabeth Edwards Cancer Returns

Terrible, terrible news. I hope she can beat this thing a second time. John Edwards will continue his campaign for President. That's fine. You can't let this disease stop you from living your life and striving for goals. My best to the Edwards family.

Harry Smith Lays Into Tony Snow

What liberal bias? I wouldn't make that statement if just once Harry was an ass to a Democrat, but until that day comes, Harry Smith will remain a hack, not a journalist.


Another Day In America

Had a busy day at work and was completely out of the news loop. Now as I check out Drudge and other sites, I see that my ignorance could have been bliss.

-Al Gore went before Congress today with his Global Warming tales. One Democrat called him a prophet, while a Republican dared call him "totally wrong." He was quickly tarred and feathered by CNN.

-The author of the brilliant Hillary "1984" Internet campaign video has been unmasked; a staffer for an Obama consultant. He's been fired, but his work will live on.

-Rush Limbaugh and Governor Schwarzenegger talked it out on Rush's show today. They reached a compromise: Rush agreed to keep smoking cigars with the Governor and Arnold agreed to keeping selling out.

-At an anti-War (or pro-terrorists) rally in Portland, Oregon, a U.S. soldier doll was burned in effigy....and the country yawned. Nary a word from CAIR of the DNC. Couple this with recent vandalism on a Congressional office and a Wisconsin recruiting office and you have to wonder if the Weather Underground is making a comeback.

Granted, I wasn't around in the '60s, but doesn't it feel like we're on the cusp of another 1968?


Fred Thompson The Next Reagan?

That's the question that some have been asking the past couple of weeks as the lawyer turned actor turned Senator turned actor has been floating the idea of a run for the presidency in 2008. This comparison is starting to look more and more like reality as the days go by.

Not many are aware that from 1975 to 1979, Ronald Reagan penned and broadcast over 1,000 radio commentaries on the political issues of the day. It was these editorials that helped Reagan lay the groundwork for his plans to transform the nation in the 1980s. They also show us the vast intellect how the actor turned politician that many thought a dim bulb. He was, in fact, an ideological genius (and in one of the radio commentaries even called for the legalization of marijuana on libertarian grounds!).

Perhaps taking a page out of Reagan's playbook, former Senator Fred Thompson has been a frequent guest-host for radio icon Paul Harvey. It's even been speculated that he would take over for Harvey when he passes on, but I think he may have bigger plans in the hopper.

These radio commentaries by Thompson have been available at National Review Online and linked by the gang at Hot Air. I've been listening to them and let's just say, if Thompson is planning to run for President (or VP), he's saying all the right things. Allahpundit says of these radio gems, "In no slaughterhouse, in no butcher shop, shall there be found meat as red as this." He's right. Listen to this one where he takes the Mexican President to task for his criticism of our immigration policies.

The new Reagan? A little early to make that call, but he's definitely on the right track.

Kathleen Blanco Out As Louisiana Governor

Finally, at long last some Katrina justice as Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco is set to announce that she will not seek a second term.

Bryan at Hot Air puts it best:

Though President Bush and then FEMA head Michael Brown took most of the criticism in the wake of Hurricane Katrina (much of it justified), the real villain in that storm was Gov. Kathleen Babineau Blanco. She was indecisive. She brought in Clintonistas to help her cover for her deficiencies and politicize the storm. She kept the Red Cross from doing all it could to help the people left behind in New Orleans. Her performance during the Katrina crisis should stand in the annals of time as one of the worst executive performances in US history. Alongside “Chocolate City” Mayor Ray Nagin, no doubt.

And how!

Animal Rights Activists Sink To New Low

So there's this zoo in Germany that has this baby polar bear cub that was abandoned by its mother. The zoo officials decided to raise the cub themselves...feeding it with a bottle, playing with it, cuddling it, taking care of it. However, some sick "animal rights" activists are not happy and say the cub should be killed rather than have to suffer the "humiliation of being raised by humans."

There is so much to be learned from this story. First, it shows just what so-called animal rights' activists are all about: self-loathing. They hate mankind and anything to do with mankind. It's not about the animals.

Second, it shows just how compassionate mankind can be. They could have easily let the animal die or put it to sleep, but instead, they take care of it, love it, treat it...humanely. There's a reason the root of that word is "human."

Bush Warns Dems, No Show Trials

WASHINGTON (AP) - A defiant President Bush warned Democrats Tuesday to accept his offer to have top aides testify about the firings of federal prosecutors only privately and not under oath or risk a constitutional showdown from which he would not back down.

I'd really like to believe the President this time when he says he won't back down. I really, really hope he means it.


U.S. Attorneys Firing "Scandal" Just Created Truth

Heard a little bit of Rush in the car this morning and he was talking about how this U.S. Attorneys firing scandal isn't a scandal at all. It's true...President Bush can fire who he wants and his actions are hardly unprecedented. Bill Clinton after all fired all the U.S. Attorneys (93) when he first came into office. It was his right and even back then, I didn't blame him. We elect presidents for a reason: to lead. It's not out of line to want to bring in your own like-minded people, hell, I would think it's to be expected. Bush's failure to do so himself will probably go down as the biggest mistake of his presidency. He tried so hard to make his "new tone" work, and to wit he held onto a lot of Clinton people in the Executive Branch. The DOJ should have been cleaned out top to bottom, as well as the CIA and the State Department. But no, Bush let the stay and they continued to do their best to undermine his policies at every turn. I should have seen it coming when the White House tried to cover-up the vandalism left by the Clinton thugs (remember the graffitied walls and missing W's on the keyboards?).

No fight...no fight at all.

Now with this U.S. Attorney thing, Chuck Schumer says, 'well, yeah, Clinton fired all of them in '93 but Bush fired U.S. Attorneys that were investigating cases detrimental to him or not investigating cases that were beneficial to him.' However, no one seems to know what these cases are. This mountain of evidence seems to be for Chuck's eyes only, but even if there is evidence, it's still the president's prerogative.

Bottom line, we have a Stalinist movement to make it a crime for a sitting Republican president to exercise his executive powers. How is this able to happen? One, our President refuses to fight back. Two, few people in the general public even know what U.S. Attorneys are and how they fit into our system of government. This in turn makes point three possible: We have an Orwellian up-is-down, black-is-white argument coming from the Democrats. The MSM reports it, doesn't question it and it becomes common knowledge that 'Bush illegally fired U.S. Attorneys.' That's all it takes in today's society.

It often reminds me of that scene in Last Temptation of Christ where Jesus (who is dreaming of what life would have been like if he hadn't been crucified) confront Paul who is telling his story. He tells him to stop spreading these lies or he'll tell everyone the truth. Paul tells him he doesn't care if it's the truth or not; "I created the truth out of what people needed and what they believed." Created the truth. It's always been the case, but I don't think it's going out on a limb to say that this practice is now more prevalent than it has ever been in the United States. Germans know what it's like to have their leaders create the truth, as do the Russians and the Poles and the Czechs. In America, we have a political movement and media organizations whose purpose from sunrise to sunset is to create the truth.

Bush lied, people died. The media has a conservative bias and needs "fairness." Global Warming is fact and a contrary opinion should be punishable. These are just a few examples of what happens when a people allows its leaders to "create the truth." This is gonna be a tough fight. My natural inclination is to be pessimistic, but this country has a way of coming around when the time is right.

What time is it?

Fairness Doctrine: RFK, Jr. And Global Warming

Great stuff from Cliff Kincaid at The National Ledger on how Global Warming and the Fairness Doctrine are two Leftist issues with the same goal in mind: Stalinism.


Gore Gets Rich Off Tennessee Mine, Scarred Land

I'm starting to wonder of Al Gore is just toying with us. I wonder if he's saying to himself, "I'm Al Gore. I've been able to convince half the world that I actually won Florida in 2000. Now I'm gonna to pretend to be the world's leading environmentalist while at the same get rich off of businesses that harm the environment. And who's gonna say anything? The Blogs? Pfui! The MSM loves me! Hollywood loves me! I was just given an Oscar for spinning lies and yet here I am, highly respected, fat, rich and happy! F-you, America!"

UPDATE: Drudge:


Temperatures are predicted to reach a high of only 43-degrees on Wednesday in Washington, but look for high-heat to come out of Al Gore's schedule appearances on The Hill!

Gore is set to solo before Rep. John Dingell's [D-MI] all powerful Energy and Commerce Committee in the morning and Sen. Barbara Boxer's [D-CA] Environment and Public Works Committee in the afternoon.

Both are expected to have overflow seating, and protesters, both for and against Gore.

Gore will get a 30 minute opening and then Boxer and her republican counterpart, Sen. Inhofe, each get 15 minutes each of questioning in addition to their opening statements. Other senators will only get 5 min of Q & A.

"Democrat Dingell is a big global warming skeptic, so do not expect him to go too lightly on Gore," predicts a congressional source.

Yeah, and I'm Buck Rogers. This is just gonna be another Oscars party filled with adulation and swooning over this fraud. What a mess this country is turning into.

Neal Gabler Bashes Fox News On Fox News

But don't expect him to lose his job. Wizbang has more.

And We're Back

Okay, not sure why, but my site was down for most of the day yesterday. Whatever it was, it seems to be over now.


FBI File Links Kennedy To Monroe's Death

Not surprising as there have always been suspicions that RFK had something to do with it. Would he have ordered a murder? Yes, probably. He was a fraud from the get-go and wouldn't have allowed anyone to deny him the presidency. Couldn't stop a bullet, though.

Bad News For The Democrats: Iraqis Happy

Tease from Drudge:

IRAQIS - LIFE IS GETTING BETTER: Most Iraqis believe life is better for them now than it was under Saddam Hussein, according to poll published Sunday... MORE...

Gotta love that.


A Textbook Definition

ass - hole

n. Vulgar Slang
  1. The anus.
  2. A thoroughly contemptible, detestable person.
  3. The most miserable or undesirable place in a particular area.
  4. Henry Waxman

Richard Armitage: The Invisible Man

As we see a continuation of the dumbest story/scandal of this political era, we find that the man responsible for it all is nearly invisible to the MSM.

Today, the Democrats put on a show as they called Valerie Plame Wilson to testify before Congress. They were very careful to not mention the name Richard Armitage and the AP followed suit as best they could. After doing a Google News search, you can find the AP story all over the place in which Armitage is mentioned in the 11th paragraph in the shorter version and in the 22nd paragraph in the longer version. The BBC at least had it in the 7th paragraph.

It's really, really scary what can be accomplished in today's media culture. I'm really surprised and ashamed at the lack of fight from the Bush White House on this and the U.S. Attorneys story. We joke about Republicanism being outlawed (see below), but I'm starting to think it could happen.

A New 10-Point Plan For The Democrats

As the nutroots take over the whole party, this looks about par for the course.
10-Point Plan for Rebuilding the United States after Bush's Destruction

Bush has blown up the world. Now the onus is on Democrats to say how they would put it back together. Nice move. I say, resist and tell it like it is. The war and the domestic crisis are the messes that Georgie made. Here are the steps I suggest to remedy this terrible situation.

1. Tell the people that George Bush and his friends are killers, liars, and thieves and that not only shouldn't they listen to him and them, but that they all belong in jail.
2. Get George and his friends out of the way -impeach, or if no time, wait till election-then put them in prison where they belong. No more reason to be afraid of what they say, calling opposition 'cut-and-run' Democrats. Let them say it from prison and see if they can 'cut-and-run' from behind bars.
3. Get the people he deployed to the disaster out of the disaster.
4. Rebuild the US first. Rebuild the schools, roads, infrastructure, housing, education system, medical insurance and other needs neglected by the Republicans over the last eight years, as they went on their killing spree and spent all of our money.
5. After cooling the Republicans by arresting most of them and shutting their stupid mouths forever, start working on reversing Global Warming.
6. Revoke all the tax cuts made by the criminal Bush clan.
7. Remove all the "Justices" put in place by the Bush clan, including on the Supreme Court.
8. Abolish all the bullshit programs put in place by Bush clan, including Medicaid "reform" and the provisions attached to the 'no-child-left-behind' scam. Surely Bush was left behind.
9. Consider the possibility that the Republican ideology contravenes the Constitution because its policies and beliefs endanger the well-being of the people. Consider making the Republican Party illegal.
10. Start a party that opposes the Democratic Party from the left of the Democratic Party and makes the Republican Party a detestable relic of the past akin to the slave-holding Southern rebels.
Dr. Rec, The Rec Report Michael D. Rectenwald, Ph.D.
I love how he proposes several unconstitutional practices, then on point nine says the Republican Party "contravenes the Constitution." Good stuff. (Hat tip: Hot Air)


Fred Thompson Is On Fire

Fred Thompson is definitely off to a good start in his run for President (or Vice President) with this column on National Review Online. There's also a link to a previous radio commentary he did on Ghandi which the column is based on. Allahpundit says it would be great if this were the kind of stuff we heard on the President's Weekly Radio Address. Listen and you'll agree.

The Generals Or The Janitors?

Ann Coulter looks at the real problems at Walter Reed.


Drudge Gets Death Threats Over Troop Surge Story

Via Rush Limbaugh:

Only 17 members of the US military in Iraq have been killed since February 14 till March 13, compared to 42 from January 13 to February 13; the rate was on the decline during the first month of the security crackdown,” called the surge. So the bottom line here is the surge is working. I hope I'm not speaking out of school, but Matt Drudge sent me an e-mail this morning. After he posted this story he started getting death threats and hate mail from kooks accusing him of lying and putting out this kind of news. Drudge said, “You know, it wasn't until I started getting all these that I actually realized that you are right, they do want to lose.”


Buckets Of Bile

The latest Salon column from Camille Paglia is one of the best I've read in a long time. Her take on the Fox News/Democrats dust-up is straight-up genius:

What is this morbid obsession that liberals have with Fox? It's as if Democrats, pampered and spoiled by so many decades of the mainstream media trumpeting the liberal agenda, are so shaky in their convictions that they cannot risk an encounter with opposing views. Democrats have ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time and 98 percent of American humanities professors to do their bidding. But no, that's not enough -- every spark of dissent has to be extinguished with buckets of bile.

That's one of the best paragraphs written in years. "Buckets of bile," I'm gonna use that one a lot.

However, Paglia has some harsh words for Conservative rabble-rouser Ann Coulter. Some of it is well deserved:

Coulter is a smart woman with formidable energy, and whether liberals like it or not, she is a high-profile feminist role model in her appetite for aggressive debate. But Coulter seems to be regressing rather than growing intellectually and sharpening her analytic skills. She evidently leaves no room in her life for study and reflection. I take books seriously (which is why I left the scene for five years to write "Break, Blow, Burn") and thus hold against Coulter the part she has played in the debasement of that medium. Her books may rake in millions but won't last because they are shoddily constructed. Coulter should be using her syndicated column for her topical opinions but her books for more considered contributions. "Godless," for example, which intriguingly postulates the quasi-religiosity of contemporary liberalism, should have stimulated wide discussion but was so thrown together and full of holes that it was easy to dismiss and went unread outside her core audience.

Amen. However, I found something further down that raised a red flag. Paglia was talking about how she recently witnessed dock workers unloading bags of cocoa beans:

I was full of admiration at this demonstration of the beauty and efficiency of the modern distribution system, which I extolled in the first chapter of "Sexual Personae" as a male-created artifact of civilization. It is one of the many gifts of capitalism that are invisible to academic leftists, who nevertheless expect the light switch to work, their cars to start, and the grocery store to be constantly stocked with fresh milk, orange juice and produce.

Ann Coulter wrote this in her March 1st column:

They think they can live in a world of only Malibu and East Hampton – with no Trentons or Detroits. It does not occur to them that someone has to manufacture the tiles and steel and glass and solar panels that go into those "eco-friendly" mansions, and someone has to truck it all to their beachfront properties, and someone else has to transport all the workers there to build it. (And then someone has to drive the fleets of trucks delivering the pachysandra and bottled water every day.)

I'm not saying Paglia stole this from Coulter...that would be way out of character for her...I'm just making the point on Ann's behalf that great minds do indeed think alike.

I don't agree with Paglia on everything, but there's a lot of common ground there and I'd love to break bread with her and see what it's like to talk to a smart liberal.

Thompson's Future A Mystery, Or Is It?

Mark Davis has an interesting column this morning on the recent talk of Fred Thompson running for President. He brings up a wrinkle in the story that I was unaware of; that Thompson may be in line to replace Paul Harvey when he passes on. I don't know that you can really replace Paul Harvey...he does what he does and anyone else doing it would seem to me like someone trying to be Johnny Carson (David Letterman, I'm looking at you).

Anyway, Davis is usually pretty swift, so it surprises me that he hasn't looked at my theory, that Thompson is setting himself up to be a ready-made Vice Presidential pick. It makes so much sense, and under Dick Cheney the job has certainly become a lot more than just casting a tie-breaking vote. I agree with Davis that the GOP race will probably come down to Giuliani and Romney, but whoever wins out I think may give a long hard look at Thompson for a running mate. Mark my words.


So Ends The Stardust

Sorry for the lack of posting. I'm still recovering from covering the Stardust Hotel implosion this past morning (at 2:30am!). I also got covered in the dust from head to toe. You could say I'll always carry a bit of the Stardust with me...in my lungs.


Fairness Doctrine: Hinchey Says Sunday Shows Still "Unbalanced"


Representative Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) is complaining that network Sunday morning public affairs programs are still dominated by Republican and conservative voices even after a mid-term election that saw the Democrats take over the House and Senate.

Hinchey said he was calling on the networks "to do the right thing and provide equal opportunities for Democrats, who control both chambers of Congress."

Hinchey suggested the networks have an affirmative obligation to be fair. "The American people are the owners of the public airwaves," he said in a statement announcing his March 13 press conference, "and the networks have an obligation and responsibility to use those airwaves to offer a balanced presentation of ideas and perspectives from Democrats and Republicans alike."

His thinking defies explanation.

"300" Draws Iranian Government's Ire

First a Slate.com columnist labeled "300" as basically pro-American Nazism, and now the Iranians are mad about it. We have got to see this movie, dude!


Dennis Kucinich Blast Party For Debate Pullouts

Like a broken clock, even Dennis Kucinich can be right once in a blue moon.

Other candidates were trying to sidestep the Nevada debate because they claimed that the sponsoring television network, Fox News Channel, was conservatively biased.

“If you want to be the President of the United States, you can’t be afraid to deal with people with whom you disagree politically,” Kucinich said. “No one is further removed from Fox’s political philosophy than I am, but fear should not dictate decisions that affect hundreds of millions of Americans and billions of others around the world who are starving for real leadership.”

Obviously his thinking is flawed, but the point he makes is valid and correct.

Reasons For Optimism In Iraq

Forgive me as I play catchup on the news of the week after a six-day week at work. In case you haven't seen it yet, here is the Robert Kagan piece in the Washington Post that says the surge in Iraq is working. Couple this with the recent press conference held by the Democrats that turned into a comedy skit, and there seems to be reasons for optimism for those of us that don't hate America.

Another Example Of Immediate Withdrawal

Via The Texas Rainmaker.

Martin Durkin Fights Back

The director of the "controversial" film The Great Global Warming Swindle is (not surprisingly) under attack from the media and the Left for daring to question the Global Warming cult. One of the attacks on him is bringing up the fact that he has a Marxist past. His reply:

‘Shock, horror’, he says. ‘Exposing that a journalist has a Marxist background is like exposing that he wears trousers.’


Iran Says Hello To Stagflation

This is what happens when you take Jimmy Carter's advice.

Fred Thompson Entering The Race?

Interesting news this week that Fred Thompson is looking to enter the presidential race. I like him and think he's a good man. I do have a few reservations, namely one of his votes on impeachment, how easily he was duped during the Clinton investigations and his backing of McCain for president (and in turn, McCain-Feingold,).

However, he has been working on his conservative bona fides, he has great name recognition (being an actor) and he is from a semi-Southern state (Tennessee). His appearance on Fox News Sunday this morning was a good one where he seemed to say all the right things (give or take), at least as far as the Conservative Base is concerned. I also like the way he directly answers the questions (a rarity these days). He didn't hedge on any of the answers and pretty much said yes or no when asked. He also has a nice, folksy way with words. My favorite: "[Armitage] evidently wasn't a designated bad-guy, so they passed right over that."

Allahpundit points out that despite how amazing the notion is, he is late to the game. I suspect he knows this and is setting himself up as the picture-perfect, ready-made Vice Presidential candidate. I have to say, I'm buying it. I think he might just have everything the GOP is looking for in a number two. He's Southern, well-known, experienced as hell, smart, witty, and Conservative. He and Giuliani would be a dream ticket in my book.

And hey, they would definitely win the bald vote!

MORE: Don Surber's take.


John Inman Remembered

In honor of the late John Inman, here's a techno take on the "Are You Being Served?" theme song.

Democrats v. Fox News Channel

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has an excellent editorial on the idiotic boycott of the Fox News Channel by the Democrats over the previously scheduled Democrat Presidential Debate:

The approach of outfits such as MoveOn.org is so juvenile it's laughable. Imagine if every political organization created litmus tests for news organizations before agreeing to appear on their programming. Republicans would have boycotted PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, National Public Radio and The Associated Press decades ago.

Spot on.


Vaclav Klaus Does It Again!

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- Environmentalism is a religion that is based more on political ambitions than science, the president of the Czech Republic warned Friday.

Speaking at the Cato Institute, a public policy think-tank, President Vaclav Klaus said that environmentalists who clamor for policy change to combat global warming "only pretend" to be promoting environmental protection, and are actually being driven by a political agenda.

"Environmentalism should belong in the social sciences," much like the idea of communism or other "-isms" such as feminism, Klaus said, adding that "environmentalism is a religion" that seeks to reorganize the world order as well as social behavior and value systems worldwide.

Can this man run for President of the United States? I'm serious.

Nevada Democrats And Fox News Go To War

I've seen the Democrat Party do dumb things over my short 34 years, but this is just plain stupid. The pressure of the nutroots in the party is leading to a possible complete pullout by the Nevada Democratic Party of a presidential debate on the Fox News Channel, throwing out their usual lame charges that the network is a Republican shill. Even if they were right about that, doesn't a missionary need to go where the sinners reside? This is so dumb I can feel the intelligence being sucked out of my brain.

MORE: A great take from Protein Wisdom:

I’m sure the idea of registering journalists makes people like Harry Reid feel a tingle in the unmentionable places. Don’t answer the tough questions, don’t respond to people who disagree with you ... just shut them up by whatever means necessary. Campus speech codes, theatening broadcast licenses, pushing to get the “Fairness” Doctrine reinstated ... at every turn, contemporary American “liberals” are proving that “Progressive” is the new “fascist.”


John "Mr. Humphries" Inman Dies

Sad news for fans of British Comedy around the world as John Inman has died at the age of 71. He'll forever be known as Mr. Humphries, the effeminate menswear salesman at Grace Brothers on "Are You Being Served?" He had been suffering from Hepatitis A for the past few years and succumbed to the disease this morning.

One of the best fansites of the show: Are You Being Served? Forever has a roundup of the coverage. (Hat tip: dcthornton)

Chopper Ride

Hello all. Had a long day at work and it ended with a helicopter ride over the city shooting aerial footage of the Las Vegas Strip. Lot's of fun, but I'm a little nauseous from the ride and still recovering. More blogging later.


Rick Kaplan Takes Over CBS Evening News

Geesh! Rick Kaplan, who drove CNN and MSNBC into the ground during his presidencies at each news network, is now going to be taking over as the producer of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. We all knew that Katie was in the tank for Hillary and now her producer is an infamous "Friend of Bill." Sorry Barack, CBS is Clinton Country.

Oh, and by the way, the CBS Evening News is still in 3rd place, even after the news room was talking about "how much ass they were gonna kick" during Katie's first week. So now they bring in a proven loser to try and fix things.

They will never, ever learn.

Libby Juror Supports A Pardon

Drudge Flash featuring partial transcript from Hardball with Chris Matthews:

MSNBC host Chris Matthews spoke with Libby juror Ann Redington on HARDBALL. Juror [#10] says she would support a Bush pardon for Libby.


Chris: You're for a pardon out of sympathy for the defendant.

Ann: Yeah, I think in the big picture, um, it kind of bothers me that there was this whole big crime being investigated and he got caught up in the investigation as opposed to in the actual crime that was supposedly committed.

Chris: Which is the leaking of a CIA agents name.

Ann: Exactly.

Uuuggghhh!! I swear to G-d I'm going to have a stroke! There was no crime committed!!! Valerie Plame was NOT covert!! and even if she was, it was the beloved Richard Armitage that outed her!!!!

MORE: Ann Coulter: "This makes it official: It's illegal to be Republican."

Chuck Hagel Madness

This man is the perfect example of everything that is wrong with the United States Senate. If I still lived in Nebraska, I'd run against him.


Things That Make You Go "What?!"

Apparently this has been common knowledge for some time, yet I've only just learned it...

Dennis Hopper is a Republican????

Obama's Dirty Deals Won't Matter

Recent Drudge Flash:

Less than two months after ascending to the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama bought more than $50,000 worth of stock in two speculative companies whose major investors included some of his biggest political donors, the NYT will splash on Wednesday Page Ones.
The paper claims, according to newsroom sources: One of the companies was a biotech concern that was starting to develop a drug to treat avian flu. In March 2005, two weeks after buying about $5,000 of its shares, Obama took the lead in a legislative push for more federal spending to battle the disease.
The paper's Mike McIntire and Chris Drew get front placement [side by side with Libby Coverage] for details of Obama's most recent financial disclosure:
It shows that he bought more than $50,000 in stock in a satellite communications business whose principal backers include four friends and donors who had raised more than $150,000 for his political committees.
A spokesman for Obama says the senator did not know that he had invested in either company.
Impacting late...

Two ways to look at this. 1) This could be a product of the Clinton Machine which I'm sure still holds a lot of sway with the Pathetic Old Grey Lady. 2) This could be the POGL's way of getting an Obama scandal out of the way early in order to help the new Messiah. Factor in the fact that nothing is likely to come of this, and I'm more inclined to go with the second choice, believe it or not.

Look, these real estate or investment scandals never amount to anything when Democrats are involved. We've got Scooter Libby convicted of lying to investigators who were investigating a crime that never happened while we've got Harry Reid making all kinds of shady deals in Nevada and William Jefferson (D-La) storing dirty money in his freezer with not a whiff of outrage.

Bottom line, you could find proof that Obama is serial killer and it wouldn't matter a hill of beans.

France Bans Citizen Journalism

Now, if you see any violence on French streets and you shoot it with your camera-phone, you are a criminal and can be prosecuted. Tech Dirt points out that this law was passed on the anniversary of the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles. Nice.

Of course, it's America that's the fascist state, right?

Scooter Libby Convicted, Will Appeal

I have no idea whether Scooter Libby is a “good man” or a partisan hack, but I certainly hope he has a Bush pardon in his pocket or in his shoes I’d be making a break for the border. I never feel more foreign than when observing contemporary American justice, which seems to the outsider to have absolutely no sense of proportion. Mr Libby has been convicted of lying about his recollection of a conversation. The lies about who leaked Mrs Wilson’s name, the lies about what her husband was told in Niger and what he reported back to the CIA and how he got the job in the first place, all these are still out there. And in particular the leaker Armitage – who remained silent as the drip-drip-drip of speculation corroded the Administration’s integrity month in month out – remains a beloved figure on the social scene, full of delightful asides and amusing gossip. Only the peripheral lie about the minor lie arising from major lies is to be punished.

The Bush Administration can be faulted on several grounds for its conduct here, but one of its earliest errors was apologizing for the notorious “16 words” in the SOTU that started this thing:

''The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

The British government stands by that statement. So does Lord Butler, in his investigation. In stepping back from the statement, the Administration showed an astonishing political ineptness, and in effect legitimized Wilson’s core grievance.

Three years on, meanwhile, MI6, the French and others still know far more about what’s happening on the ground in Africa. The real scandal has always been that the world’s most lavishly endowed intelligence agency’s idea of an investigation is flying in a politically-motivated tourist for a long weekend.


George Bush 41: Read My Lips, I Didn't Goose Teri Hatcher

I bet Barbara freaked out on him.

Vote Different?

The always over-sensitive Allahpundit thinks this video is heavy-handed and off-putting. I think it's actually quite brilliant.

Edwards: Jesus Would Be 'Apalled'

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards says Jesus would be appalled at how the United States has ignored the plight of the suffering, and that he believes children should have private time to pray at school.

Edwards, in an interview with the Web site Beliefnet.com, said Jesus would be most upset with the selfishness of Americans and the country's willingness to go to war "when it's not necessary."

"I think that Jesus would be disappointed in our ignoring the plight of those around us who are suffering and our focus on our own selfish short-term needs," Edwards told the site. "I think he would be appalled, actually."

I'm sure if Jesus saw the Edwards' house, he'd be outraged, but hypocrisy aside, I'm getting real tired of this Paul Wellstone Redux shtick that Edwards is trying to pull. First off, America is the most generous country on Earth, bar none, so this talk that we're selfish is not only a crock, it's insulting. Second, a trial lawyer from North Carolina is not gonna fly as the next Bobby Kennedy (who was a fraud himself). John, this campaign is your 14th minute.


Obama Lies Through His Teeth In Selma

Via Hot Air.

What To Do With The Lost Tomb Of Jesus

Watched a little bit of the Discovery Channel special The Lost Tomb of Jesus. Shows like this put me in an awkward position. As I've said many times, I'm an Agnostic (something that my brother seems oddly obsessed with) and while I don't believe in higher beings without some hard scientific evidence, I find the search for such evidence fascinating. Archeology is probably the career I would choose if I could "do it all over again," however, being on the right side of the political spectrum, I'm well aware of the various movements to destroy Christianity. The reason for this has been well documented by my colleagues at The Astute Bloggers. It's known as the Gramsci Effect: the effort to bring down America by slowly and systematically destroying all of the beliefs, values and institutions that make up America...Christianity being a bedrock foundation of our country.

Now, this could be the driving force behind this documentary, or these guys could just be intellectually curious. My view is to believe the latter, but keep a sharp eye out for the former.

New Documentary Calls Global Warming Claims "Lies"

It's a pretty safe bet that this film won't be winning an Oscar: (Hat tip: Drudge)

Accepted theories about man causing global warming are "lies" claims a controversial new TV documentary.

‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ - backed by eminent scientists - is set to rock the accepted consensus that climate change is being driven by humans.

The programme, to be screened on Channel 4 on Thursday March 8, will see a series of respected scientists attack the "propaganda" that they claim is killing the world’s poor.

Even the co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, is shown, claiming African countries should be encouraged to burn more CO2.

Nobody in the documentary defends the greenhouse effect theory, as it claims that climate change is natural, has been occurring for years, and ice falling from glaciers is just the spring break-up and as normal as leaves falling in autumn.

A source at Channel 4 said: "It is essentially a polemic and we are expecting it to cause trouble, but this is the controversial programming that Channel 4 is renowned for."

Controversial director Martin Durkin said: "You can see the problems with the science of global warming, but people just don’t believe you – it’s taken ten years to get this commissioned.

"I think it will go down in history as the first chapter in a new era of the relationship between scientists and society. Legitimate scientists – people with qualifications – are the bad guys.

"It is a big story that is going to cause controversy.

"It’s very rare that a film changes history, but I think this is a turning point and in five years the idea that the greenhouse effect is the main reason behind global warming will be seen as total bollocks.

"Al Gore might have won an Oscar for ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, but the film is very misleading and he has got the relationship between CO2 and climate change the wrong way round."

Did you see in there how many times the world "controversy" was used? Not surprising as most views that are contrary to religious dogma are labeled controversial, even when they're based on solid fact. This Durkin guy better keep looking over his shoulder when he walks down the street, his life is about to get very difficult.

Iraqi Security Forces: al-Qaeda Leader Detained

Tikrit (eCanadaNow) - A suspected leader of the group Islamic State in Iraq, which has ties to the al-Qaeda terrorist network, was detained in northern Iraq on Sunday, Iraqi security forces reported.

Muharib Mohammed Abdullah, aka Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, was arrested in a joint raid by Iraqi and US soldiers in the city of Duluiya.

“This is a great success for the Iraqi security forces, comparable to the killing of Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi,” the Salaheddin provincial administration in the town of Tikrit said in a statement.

Good news if true.

Are NPR Salaries Too High?

Glenn Reynolds and Bill Quick debate that question.

Ex-Senator, VP Candidate Eagleton Dies

A longtime Senator from Missouri, Thomas Eagleton is probably best known as George McGovern's first running mate who dropped out when it was revealed he had once been hospitalized for depression and had twice undergone electroshock therapy. I prefer to remember him as the author of the Eagleton Amendment that cut off funding for the bombing of Cambodia which led to the end of our involvement in the region and millions of deaths. Oh well, as long as it makes good copy, right?


The Violence Of The Lambs

You have got to be kidding me. (Hat tip: Hot Air)

Harry Potter "Uncut"

The actor best known as Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe has let it all hang out in his latest stage play. Here it he is in all his European glory. Ew! Will someone please think of the horses and what they have to go through for the theater?

Antonella Barba Makes It Another Week: Career Assured

The future ex-Mrs. Popinjay has made it another week on America Idol despite Simon Cowell's misgivings. Wendy Wayrad can't believe she compared herself to Jennifer Hudson, but I think it was a smart move. The combination of sexy photos and sassy talk is enough to ensure her something of a career even if she doesn't win the competition. That's my girl!

A Political Truman Show

Here's an idea...take out all the surveillance cameras on roadways that watch for speeders and put them into the halls of government, in every room, every nook and cranny and make each camera available on the Internet. Who knows, going Big Brother on Big Brother could make quite a difference. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Free Speech Madness Sweeps The Nation

First we have Ann Coulter call John Edwards a "faggot", then (I guess fearing the lack of attention) we have Bill Maher show remorse that Dick Cheney wasn't killed in Afghanistan. Let them both be, I say. They don't need to apologize, we just need to let the public treat them as they will from here on out. Let the free market of ideas have its say.

Bin Laden In Our Sights?

There's a report from ABC News that a major offensive is underway in Afghanistan with a "high value" al-Qaeda commander being the target.

I'm pessimistic, but if we should catch bin Laden, Robert Gates is gonna be the most popular man in the country.


Sleep Time

So I worked a 12 hour day yesterday, drove to Laughlin, NV, slept for three hours, got up at 1am and helped coordinate live shots from the UFO Congress for 6 hours, drove back to Vegas and worked on a video project for another 6 hours. I'll be going to sleep now...more tomorrow.


Balance As Bias

Al "Marie Antoinette" Gore has given us a new media term: Balance As Bias.

Speaking to a Media Ethics forum (my penchant for sardonic witticisms put into overdrive with that idea), Gore had these outrageous statements:

"I believe that is one of the principal reasons why political leaders around the world have not yet taken action," Gore said. "There are many reasons, but one of the principal reasons in my view is more than half of the mainstream media have rejected the scientific consensus implicitly — and I say 'rejected,' perhaps it's the wrong word. They have failed to report that it is the consensus and instead have chosen … balance as bias.

He's either completely insane or one of the biggest con-men of our time.

Global Warming: Rage Against Mankind

Ann Coulter just nails it in her latest column:
They think they can live in a world of only Malibu and East Hampton – with no Trentons or Detroits. It does not occur to them that someone has to manufacture the tiles and steel and glass and solar panels that go into those "eco-friendly" mansions, and someone has to truck it all to their beachfront properties, and someone else has to transport all the workers there to build it. (And then someone has to drive the fleets of trucks delivering the pachysandra and bottled water every day.)
Liberals have always had a thing about eliminating humans. Stalin wanted to eliminate the kulaks and Ukrainians, vegetarian atheist Adolf Hitler wanted to eliminate the Jews, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger wanted to eliminate poor blacks, DDT opponent Rachel Carson wanted to eliminate Africans (introduction to her book "Silent Spring" written by ... Al Gore!), and population-control guru Paul Ehrlich wants to eliminate all humans.
But global warming is the most insane, psychotic idea liberals have ever concocted to kill off "useless eaters." If we have to live in a pure "natural" environment like the Indians, then our entire transcontinental nation can only support about 1 million human beings. Sorry, fellas – 299 million of you are going to have to go.
Good stuff.

Big Test For Giuliani

Yes, it's way too early to be talking about the Presidential race, but you'll have to forgive me. I've been a fan of Rudy Giuliani for a long time and was calling for him to run for the presidency in the late 90s, well before his hero status. Tomorrow, the former New York Mayor has a big test as he faces head-on the leaders of the Christian Conservative base at the CPAC Conference. While Rudy is polling well with the conservative base, the leaders of the movement, the James Dobson types, are still repulsed by the man who's willing to appear in drag for a birthday party or a Saturday Night Live skit. (C'mon guys, lighten up!) Anyway, tomorrow could answer a lot of questions as Ryan Sager writes in the New York Sun:

The reception Mr. Giuliani gets at CPAC tomorrow will be telling. Two years ago, even a year ago, he could have gotten a hero's welcome — a thank you for his service on September 11 and little scrutiny otherwise, with the presidential contest so far away. Not so here in early 2007. By the time this crowd meets again, the primary could be all but decided. Tomorrow will be a time for sizing up, a time for kicking the tires, a time for some tough questions from a room filled with people who could hardly have imagined a former mayor of New York City being the frontrunner for the Republican nomination just a few years ago.