Hitchens Lays Into Tenet

The Mighty Hitch isn't too impressed with George Tenet's take on history. One of the biggest mistakes of the Bush presidency was the president's refusal to purge the Executive Branch of all Clintonites.

Jon Corzine Speeds Down The Road To Recovery

He hasn't learned a thing.


Fred Thompson On The NFL Draft

Missed this yesterday...everyone's favorite non-declared candidate for President has some advice for NFL teams for the 2007 NFL Draft.

Cards Reliever Hancock Killed In Car Crash

Just a tragedy. Even though he experienced what it's like being a World Series Champion, he was only 29. Whatever you do in life, 29 still isn't a full life, not even half of one these days. Very sad.

It also sounded really familiar to me. Haven't the Cards been here before? Sure enough.

Hancock's death is the second of a Cardinals player in less than five years. Pitcher Darryl Kile was found dead in a Chicago hotel room in June 2002. The 33-year-old Kile died of a coronary artery blockage.

That's just too much to take. If you're religious, please pray for the Cardinals.

Raiders Trade Moss To Patriots

An excellent move on both sides. If Randy Moss can't play like he's capable of playing under the Patriot's system, then he can't do it anywhere. And it's an even bigger move for the Raiders as they get rid of a player with a negative attitude and prevent him from doing any damage to their new players, especially JaMarcus Russell. I really like what the Raiders have done in this draft...old man Davis may still have a little bit left in the tank.


NFL Draft Recap

Well, there was some good drama in this year's NFL Draft...and it began and ended with Brady Quinn. I actually feel sorry for the guy because you could make arguments for either side of the issue. We're told he's a talented young quarterback, but he got rattled in big games, he knows the pro-style of football, but he's overrated because he played for Notre Dame, etc., etc,. Ultimately, anyone who says they know for sure that picking him is a good move or not is just guessing. I always remind people, Tom Brady was a 6th round pick.

Anyway, I think the Cleveland Browns hit the jackpot. They got the best O-Lineman in the draft and what could be a really good quarterback. Yes, they traded next year's number one pick to Dallas to get Quinn, but it won't matter in the long run. If these two new guys along with Jamal Lewis can turn around that offense, they'll be sitting pretty. Quinn's gonna be pissed he was picked so low (though he really wanted to go to Cleveland), but from the Browns organization's standpoint, it couldn't have gone better.

I also really liked what Oakland did. They got a franchise quarterback and they got a veteran QB in Chad McNown and also WR Mike Williams from Detroit. Some say those two are washed up, but there is some talent there and the Raiders need new blood desperately. Plus, Williams is a USC guy who played well under Lane Kiffin. Meanwhile, McNown can hold the fort until JaMarcus Russell is ready to go. Now they just need to unload Randy Moss and they could win as many as 8 games (with luck).

The two interesting side-issues of the draft are 1) Miami not taking Quinn and taking BYU quarterback John Beck instead. Games between Miami and Cleveland will finally be interesting. 2) Philadelphia taking a quarterback, Kevin Kolb of Houston, in the second round, and getting that second round pick by trading their first round pick to division foe Dallas. It's gonna be ugly for quite a while in the city of Ben Franklin.


Man Who Sang "Monster Mash" Dies

Big props to Brick Parker over at Odd Universe for catching this story. Bobby “Boris” Pickett, who wrote and sang the "Monster Mash" died this week of leukemia at the age of 69. The Monster Mash was released in 1962 and was a number one hit. While considered a one-hit wonder, Pickett's little ditty became the unofficial song of Halloween and a permanent piece of pop culture across generations. It was indeed a graveyard smash.

Rest Today, NFL Draft and Bikers Tomorrow

Hey gang, yet another long week with family and friends in town and lots of video production to do. Resting up tonight so I can get up early and watch the first round of the NFL Draft. Some good drama this year as we wait to see who the Raiders will take at Number 1 and whether anyone will trade up to get that "star player." Looks like one of my Huskers, Adam Carriker, is gonna get picked in the first round. After that I have to head to Laughlin and get some video of all the bikers attending the Laughlin River Run. Pray I come back in one piece. ;-)


It's Official: Jon Voight Is My New Favorite Actor

"We have a real enemy."

Biden Steals The Show

For once in his life, Joe Biden says the right thing.

Curt Schilling/Gary Thorne Controversy Born On A Blog

By now many of you have heard how sportscaster Gary Thorne said during a broadcast that Curt Schilling used paint on his sock during the 2004 postseason to make it look like his ankle was bleeding. Schilling has denied this charge and the story has been all over sports talk radio.

Guess how Thorne's comments got the MSM's attention? The whole thing started when it was picked up by a blog.

Barack Obama: Shockingly Unfit For High Office

This is the man that people are so enamored with...that brings "hope." This is what he had to say about the recently passed war funding bill:

"We are one signature away from ending the Iraq War. President Bush must listen
to the will of the American people and sign this bill so that our troops can come home."

This speaks volumes. For a man to break it down into such simplistic terms as this is not only dumb, but downright scary. "One signature away from ending the Iraq War," he says. Don't ever count on Obama to help you when you're in a jam. If this is his policy, I would like to ask him one question. Do you think it was right for us to leave Southeast Asia in the mid-70s and allow the slaughter of millions of people? When the going gets tough, we should get going?

This is serious stuff. This man is riding a wave of media adoration, and if it spirals out of control, we could see a president even more ill-equipped to lead than Jimmy Carter.

David Broder: New Member Of The VRWC

Welcome aboard!

Lieberman: One Choice In Iraq

Without mentioning names, Senator Joe Lieberman delivered a rebuttal in the pages of the Washington Post this morning to his Democrat colleagues in the Senate. It's time for the Senator from Connecticut to do what must be done...caucus with the Republicans.

Many will compare this to the Jim Jeffords defection, but they couldn't be more different. Jeffords was never a Republican in his heart and his turn was an effort to get more power in the Senate and bring home the bacon to his state. It also led to much fawning by the MSM, which far too many Republicans covet. That's not to say Lieberman is a saint, but his reasoning, should he defect, would be of much importance than Goddamned dairy subsidies. No one is expecting Joe to suddenly vote like Jesse Helms on all issues, he's still a liberal and we all know it. But on this one important issue, the most important issue, he's on the money. It's time to do the right thing and stop this madness in it's track.

One-Day Individual Tax Haul Breaks Record

Okay, explain this to me. George W. Bush was elected president and was able to get an across-the-board tax cut passed in 2001. As usual, the Democrats said it benefited the wealthy (which is technically true, they pay most of the taxes) and that we were headed for economic ruin. Now we find out that on April 25, 2007, the government took in $48.7 billion dollars in tax receipts from individuals, a new record. How can this be?

Could it be that Milton Friedman and Ronald Reagan have been right all along? It sure seems like we have proof of that, yet proof will not matter when we enter the primary season. The Democrats will tell everyone that the opposite is true, even though we have proof that tax cuts bring in more money to the Treasury. The only people that will call them on it will be the blogs and talk radio. The Republicans, just like Ayn Rand said, will spend more time apologizing for capitalism than they do defending them.

But the truth is all around us.


Virginia Tech And Postmodernism

Some incredibly astute analysis from The Post-Postmodernist and Mark Steyn on the Virginia Tech massacre.

Rudy Impresses Rush

Much like myself, Rush Limbaugh was rather impressed with Rudy Giuliani's comments on the Democrats and terrorism. If he keeps it up, he might get the coveted Rush endorsement. As I predicted, the Dems cried and whined about it all day and some Republicans saw Giuliani's comments as a sign of "desperation" in a need to suck up to the right-wing. What-the-#$&@-ever! If these Republicans would take a page from Giuliani's book and actually fight, they might have a chance to get the Congress back. But I guess that wouldn't make for good copy in the New York Times would it?

Rosie And ABC Play Us For Fools

Normally, I wouldn't touch the saga of Rosie with a ten-foot poll, but if you're looking for an example of pure, grade-a bullshit, then look no further than today's announcement that Rosie O'Donnell is leaving The View because she and ABC could not reach a contract agreement. To quote Buddy Cole, I may have been born yesterday, but I still went shopping.

Anyone who believes this story, please send me an email with your address and phone number so me and my colleagues at Glengarry Glen Ross can talk to you about some exciting land opportunities. ABC had to get rid of Rosie, but the last thing they wanted to do was make Tom Delay, the Blogosphere and the rest of the political Right look like they were right. So, instead we get this cock and bull story about not being able to agree on a contract and, conveniently, everyone gets to save face...and Barbara Walters can finally get her blood pressure down to a safe level.



Rudy Tells It Like It Is

There's going to be a lot of hand-wringing tomorrow when word spreads of Rudy Giuliani's recent statements about the Democrats and terrorism.

"I listen a little to the Democrats and if one of them gets elected, we are going on defense," Giuliani continued. "We will wave the white flag on Iraq. We will cut back on the Patriot Act, electronic surveillance, interrogation and we will be back to our pre-Sept. 11 attitude of defense."

He added that we'll be okay if any of the Republican candidates win, but he would be the best choice, of course.

Hey, he's 100% correct, we all know it. But it's a very blunt assertion and you know how the MSM hates hearing those. The thing is, we're going to hear all kinds of crying from the Left, "how dare you say that!" and so on and I will bet you dollar to donuts that even one of the RINO's will say Giuliani's comments are "beyond the pale."

Rudy's my man!

UPDATE: Called it!
OBAMA: Giuliani today has taken the politics of fear to a new low.

Cheney Blast Reid And Visa-Versa

Via National Review.


David Broder Calls Harry Reid "Bumbling Embarrassment"

Bad news for Scary Harry. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Humanitarian Footprints

Just a great piece of blogging from Don Surber on the battle over our role in Iraq. Read and learn.

Katie Couric Out At CBS?

Rumors are flying and many inside the news organization see the Katie experiment as a failure. While the executives are denying it all, stories like this mean that it's only a matter of time.

In fairness, it's not all on Katie. What CBS will never realize is that it's not the anchor on the desk that matters...the whole organization is sick at heart. After trying to destroy President Bush and years of neglect mired in gross liberal bias, the network of Murrow is beyond repair. I quote for you, 60's radical Mario Savio:

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious -- makes you so sick at heart that you cannot take part. You cannot even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies on the gears and upon the wheels and levers, upon all of the apparatus and you have to make it stop and you have got to indicate to the people who run and own it, that unless you are free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.

Okay, a little over the top, but I'm feeling lucky!

The Greatest Russian, Boris Yeltsin, Dies

The man who brought democracy and hope to Russia and dismantled the evil empire has died. The AP:

Yeltsin's greatest moments came in bursts. He stood atop a tank to resist an attempted coup in August 1991, and spearheaded the peaceful end of the Soviet state on Dec. 25 of that year. Ill with heart problems, and facing possible defeat by a Communist challenger in his 1996 re-election bid, he marshaled his energy and sprinted through the final weeks of the campaign. The challenge transformed the shaky convalescent into the spry, dancing candidate.

I'll always remember seeing that speech atop the tank (and that crazy dance). Once a generation, a man comes along that defies the odds and becomes an unlikely hero. Yeltsin was that man for Russia.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet president, summed up the complexity of Yeltsin's in a condolence statement minutes after the death was announced. He referred to Yeltsin as one "on whose shoulders are both great deeds for the country and serious errors," according to the news agency Interfax.

F*&k Gorbachev. Yes, Yeltsin wasn't a saint, but the last person that should criticize him is history's greatest loser, the man who tried to save Communism. Thank G-d Yeltsin was there to stop him. Yes, Russia is a mess under Putin, but the country still has a chance to realize the democratic dream, and that's thanks to Yeltsin.

Rest in peace, Boris, and have another vodka for me.


France: Left v. Right

The first round of the presidential elections in France are over, and the last two standing are centre-right candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal. It's looking pretty good for Sarkozy, and he may be France's last chance to be saved from itself. This paragraph from BBC News had me in stitches:

Mr. Sarkozy is hated by the left as a reformer who many fear would change the French way of life by making the nation work harder and longer and by cutting back on its generous welfare state.

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

Should Harry Reid Resign?

You make the call.

The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking The Fairness Doctrine

(A little Roger Waters reference there). The Kansas City Star dedicated a piece of their editorial page to the pros and cons of the Fairness Doctrine. New York Representative Maurice Hinchey wrote a "pro" piece while the Arizona Republic wrote a "con" piece. Both are very short and don't give a novice much to go on, but I think what's more important is the fact that they're writing about it at all. It shows us that the movement to suppress free speech is gaining momentum. Keep it here for updates.


HuffPo On Alec Baldwin's Verbal Abuse

Let me repeat again: words matter. They can hurt you in deep ways. They can foreshadow actions to come. But not always. Sometimes, a word is more steam than steel. Steam that evaporates quickly and is soon forgotten. It takes understanding to know the difference. Something that we, as outsiders, with so little to go on, lack.

Good freakin's Lord. These people will twist themselves in pretzels in order to have it both ways. Imus is scum, Baldwin is simply misunderstood...."but not always." They protect their own, no question. (Though Imus was one of their own). (Hat tip: Post-Postmodernist)

To quote Eric Cartman, "I hate you guyz!"

Fred Thompson And Gertrude Stein

Fred Thompson, the wild card candidate for the GOP Presidential nomination, has a great column in the National Review today concerning the Virginia Tech Massacre and wrongheaded policies that create "Gun-free Zones." While reading this, it occurred to me why Thompson has led many on the political Right to swoon over him. It comes down to a simple use of the language.

So Virginians asked their legislators to change the university's "concealed carry" policy to exempt people 21 years of age or older who have passed background checks and taken training classes. The university, however, lobbied against that bill, and a top administrator subsequently praised the legislature for blocking the measure.

The logic behind this attitude baffles me, but I suspect it has to do with a basic difference in worldviews. Some people think that power should exist only at the top, and everybody else should rely on "the authorities" for protection.

Look at that sentence in bold: "The logic behind this attitude baffles me." I guarantee you that 99 out of 100 politicians would have worded that sentence as "The logic behind this attitude is baffling." By added the personal pronoun "me" Thompson reminds us all that he is in fact a human being that has beliefs, morals, ethics, etc. He's not just made up of a bunch of focus-group created bullet points but in fact has a view of his own. To paraphrase Gertrude Stein, with Fred Thompson, there is a there there.

You may see this as a stretch, but it's the little things in communication that mean a lot. A simple thing like using "I" and "me" statements instead of disingenuous "we" and "Americans" shows a human side to a man trying to succeed in a political world where they are very few real men left. Deep psychological stuff, I know, but it's my take and I stand by it, and I will accept history's verdict.

Helping Police Bad For Business

Caught this story on Drudge yesterday about the rapper that will be appearing on 60 Minutes this Sunday who says that in the black community, helping the police is bad for business and against the code of ethics for rappers and those of the street culture.

I was hesitant to post on this because it all feels so obvious, but for those of you keeping score...this is what is really wrong in the black community...not freakin' Don Imus! If Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would work on this problem, they would actually be worth a damn, but they don't. They don't because, 1) there's no money in it, and 2) it's a battle they don't think they can win.

It occurred to me the other day that Jackson and Sharpton are really black, modern-day versions of J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover was a corrupt Director of the FBI who lined his pockets over his 50 years at the Bureau and only fought battles he felt he could win...i.e. going after anarchists and Reds. He never went after the mafia and union corruption because he didn't feel he could win that battle and get any good press for the Bureau. Plus, his heart just wasn't in it. He was indifferent to gangsters, but he hated Communists and went after them with fervor (which he should have), but other problems (the mafia) were ignored along the way. And all the while, he blackmailed people and got rich. Think about it, draw the comparisons and tell me I'm wrong.

A Global Shift Away From Kyoto?

The Iconic Midwesterner has the details.


Harry Reid: Iraq War Lost

Nevada's shame.

Harry Reid Denounces SCOTUS Decision To Uphold Federal Statue He Voted For

You heard me. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Guts In Tennessee

A state House panel in Tennessee repeals a law that forbid the carrying of handguns on property and buildings owned by the state, county and city governments. There is some sensible government in the Republic after all. Let's face it, a "gun-free zone" is just another way of saying, "come on over and kill me!"


Was Virginia Tech Shooter A Left-Winged Socialist?

...or a religious nut? (or both?)

Among the materials are 23 QuickTime video files showing Cho talking directly to the camera, Capus said. He does not name anyone specifically, but he mentions “hedonism” and Christianity, and he talks at length about his hatred of the wealthy.

Uh oh.

Anthony Kennedy Uninvited To Cocktail Party

The reason: for one day, he stopped "growing in office."


Yesterday's Cable News Numbers

From Drudge:

MON., APRIL 16, 2007

CNN LARRY KING 2,574,000
CNN COOPER 2,535,000
FNC GRETA 2,349,000
CNN ZAHN 2,014,000


FNC 1,636,000
CNN 1,267,000
MSNBC 525,000

Seems to me it's time for MSNBC to close up shop. They keep pretending they're making strides with Keith Douchebag Olbermann, but his numbers are pathetic, as are the entire network's. It's a failure.

Tale Of A Brave Israeli

An Engineering professor at Virginia Tech gave his life to save his class. His name was Liviu Librescu, an Israeli citizen and a Holocaust survivor. He was a man who understood terror, and apparently, wasn't afraid to face it head on.

The next time I hear an anti-Semitic comment, someone is gonna get punched.

MORE: TigerHawk: "Wow. Just wow."

Who's To Blame!

Naturally, that's the question that always arises during a shooting incident of large proportion. And who's to blame according to Keith Olbermann? President Bush, of course!

It's a terrible tragedy, but folks, it's truth time. In a free society, things like this are going to happen once in a while. It doesn't matter what the gun laws are, how violent TV and video games are, or how tight security is. We live in the most free society on the planet. If anything, it's a credit to the American culture that with so much freedom this kind of thing doesn't happen all the time. People will look at this through their ideological prisms accordingly, but those of us that are truly honest will call it like it is. A nutjob shot and killed a bunch of people. We do our best to prevent it, but it's gonna happen from time to time...and we should NOT give up our freedom for a pipe-dream of total security.

UPDATE: Speaking of Keith Olbermann...if he took his "Worst Person in the World" segment seriously, he would name Michael Daly of the New York Daily News as today's worst person. He won't, of course. I'm sure it'll be George W. (Hat tip: Rush)

MORE: Well, I guess I won't be watching NBC Sunday Night Football anymore.


Virginia Tech Massacre

Hey gang...had to work all day Sunday and had a 13 hour day today shooting some aerial footage, so I've been out of the loop. I did hear bits and pieces about the Virginia Tech shooting rampage. Amazing. Frankly, I'm a little surprised it doesn't happen more often. What I really have to say on the matter is not the kind of stuff you say day-of. We'll cross that bridge later, right now, if you are religious, pray for the families.


Bernard Goldberg Is Back!

The man who exposed the liberal-bias of Dan Rather, CBS and the rest of the MSM with his book Bias is back with another book hitting the shelves on Tuesday: Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right: How One Side Lost Its Mind and the Other Lost Its Nerve. If the rest of the book is as spot-on as the title, it should be a tremendous read. More here.

That Was The Week That Was

It was quite a week. We lost Kurt Vonnegut, though he felt like he didn't belong in this country anyway. I guess no matter where he went, he's in a better place from his perspective. Old hippies never really die, they just get dumber.

It was also a week of lynching as Don Imus was destroyed by The Justice Brothers. But there was one hero in all of this: Jason Whitlock.

But it wasn't a slam-dunk week for the Justice Brothers, the Duke Lacrosse players were set free by the North Carolina Attorney General and declared innocent. However, the MSM isn't going to take it lying down as ABC reporter Terry Moran tells us we shouldn't feel sorry for Duke kids because after all, they are rich white kids, probably Republicans. Screw 'em. Kos must be proud.

300,000 Protest Mounting Islamic Threat in Turkey

Shhh! Don't tell anyone.

Fred Watch

The Weekly Standard has a profile on Fred Thompson that paints him as perhaps the most genuine person in (or almost in) the presidential race. Ironic, since he is the only professional actor in the race.

Meanwhile, Bob Novak says Thompson's recent cancer announcement says it all:

There was no reason for Thompson to make the cancer revelation if he did not plan to run for president, and this indicates he intends to join the race. However, prominent Republicans are delaying an endorsement until he actually announces his candidacy.

Jewish Republicans Hit Back At Pelosi

The Jewish Republican coalition isn't taking Nancy Pelosi's love affair with terrorists lying down. Lifelike Pundits have the video of their latest political ad.

Granted, I'm not Jewish, but it boggles my mind how any American Jew in this day and age can support the Democrat Party (unless you're a self-hating Jew, a la Woody Allen and George Soros).

Russians Take To The Streets, Putin Rounds Them Up

Chess legend Garry Kasparov was among those leading Russians to the streets to protest the authoritarianism that has plagued the government the last few years. Many, including Kasparov were arrested.

The Other Russia -- ranging from pro-Western liberals to radical leftists -- dubbed its protest Saturday the "March of Dissent." Another, similar march is planned in the northern city of Saint Petersburg on Sunday.

"We are pushing for change through elections. But we want real, free elections, not imitations, in our country," Kasyanov told supporters.

The demonstration comes after one of Putin's most outspoken critics, multi-millionaire Boris Berezovsky, said he was planning a "revolution" from his exile in London.

G-d speed.

MORE: H.E Mart Helme points out in The Brussels Journal that there's more going on in Russia than just upcoming elections.

MORE: The debate over dictatorship and economy.


Bathrobes For Brian!

Coming soon. (Hat tip: Don Surber)

Colin Cowherd Takes Huge Risk With Jason Whitlock

In response to the whole Don Imus affair, Kansas City Star sports columnist Jason Whitlock had this to say in his recent column: (Hat tip: dcthornton)

Thank you, Don Imus. You’ve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.

You’ve given Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson another opportunity to pretend that the old fight, which is now the safe and lucrative fight, is still the most important fight in our push for true economic and social equality.

You’ve given Vivian Stringer and Rutgers the chance to hold a nationally televised recruiting celebration expertly disguised as a news conference to respond to your poor attempt at humor.

Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like it’s 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.

The bigots win again.

While we’re fixated on a bad joke cracked by an irrelevant, bad shock jock, I’m sure at least one of the marvelous young women on the Rutgers basketball team is somewhere snapping her fingers to the beat of 50 Cent’s or Snoop Dogg’s or Young Jeezy’s latest ode glorifying nappy-headed pimps and hos.

Strong stuff. And as you might have guessed, Jason Whitlock is black, but there's more to the story. Whitlock used to be a commentator on ESPN, appearing on The Sports Reporters and PTI. However, he was fired from the network for insulting sportwriters Mike Lupica and Scoop Jackson. Despite being essentially banned from the ESPN networks, ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd (who I've admired for a long time) took a big career risk today by preempting his usual "spanning the globe" segment and having Jason Whitlock on the show to discuss the Don Imus situation. No transcript is available, but Whitlock unloaded on Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and chastised people in the black community who allow themselves to be affected by people like Don Imus who should have no effect on their lives whatsoever. It was great radio and it was stuff that needed to be said to a mass audience. Here's hoping Colin Cowherd doesn't get into too much trouble with the ESPN brass.

MORE: The SCSU Scholars have more on the interview.

UPDATE: Whitlock has even more in his latest AOL column. Good stuff.


Does Get-Imus Movement Foretell Fairness Doctrine Reinstatement?

Dan Riehl over at NewsBusters ask this chilling question. Look for Fairness Doctrine talk to heat up.

CBS Fires Don Imus

A media feeding frenzy...told through quotes:

"It is our feeling that this is only the beginning. We must have a broad discussion on what is permitted and not permitted in terms of the airwaves."

"There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society."

“[Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We’re talking about ho’s that’s in the ‘hood that ain’t doing sh–, that’s trying to get a n—a for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain’t no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them mutha—-as say we in the same league as him.”

"I'm not saying 'I can say nigger because I'm liberal.' There is a certain aspect of that that I'm starting to get grossed out by. 'Oh, we're not racist. We can say it.'"


Rush Limbaugh Meets Peter Griffin

I've been meaning to post something about the Fox animated sitcom, "Family Guy" for some time. The show ran on Fox at the turn of the decade until it was cancelled after a few season. Then, due to reruns on the Cartoon Network and DVD sales, it became the first show in history to be cancelled and then brought back years later in its original form. The show is very funny and known for cramming more pop culture references in the span of 30 minutes than seems possible. It's been parodied by The Simpsons as a ripoff of that show and more recently was the subject of an episode of South Park where they revealed the "writers" of Family Guy to be manatees who simply shuffled "idea balls."

It's creator, writer and predominate voice talent of the show is Seth MacFarlane, who is an interesting case-study in and of himself. When Family Guy delves into politics, it cuts both ways some of the time, but mostly it comes off as very liberal, especially where the family dog Brian is concerned. MacFarlane himself is very liberal and a strong critic of everything George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. Somewhat ironic for the fact that MacFarlane was very nearly killed on 9/11. He was supposed to be on one of the planes that crashed but was late and missed the flight. Despite this, he has said on the record that he sees the War on Terror in light of 9/11 as an "overreaction."

But we can forgive him due to the fact that if it weren't for liberals, we'd have no entertainment industry whatsoever, and the show is still funny despite any political quips. However, I had noticed lately that the show had really been lacking in laughs as it tried to make politics more of a central focus. The recent episode where Lois slept with Bill Clinton was very lame, and despite the fact that it portrayed Clinton as a sex-crazed dog, it still made him out to be the best president in history. The problem was, very few laughs. I started to worry that maybe the show had seen its best days.

Then something strange happened today. I caught the very end of Rush Limbaugh's radio show and he said that he had to catch a flight to meet with the producers of Family Guy so he could record a guest spot as himself on the show. I guess it shouldn't be surprising as Family Guy has had a slew of guest voices that easily rivals that of The Simpsons, some for merely one line, but upon hearing that Rush would be on the show (and presumably in a reasonable positive light) it got my attention. We'll have to see what it will be like when Rush Limbaugh meets Peter Griffin.

Imus Cut From MSNBC

Well, it's looking more and more like the career of Don Imus is just about over. MSNBC just announced they will no longer simulcast his morning radio show. While I'm not a big fan of Imus, his lynching just feels very wrong to me. I'm not a fan of racist speech (or whatever you call what he said), but it's still free speech, at least it used to be. What's next?

MORE: Wait, I know what's next. Before long, broadcasting careers will be destroyed for saying "I don't believe in man-made global warming."

Is Louisiana Ready For Change

RedState has the scoop on a recent Louisiana poll (though admittedly, it is a small sample) that shows Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bobby Jindal handily beating former Democratic U.S. Senator John Breaux. While the MSM wants to think it's just anti-Blanco feelings or the displacement of Democratic voters due to Hurricane Katrina, some think Louisiana may finally be ready to get make a change from the Old Boys Network of the Democratic Party that has raped the state of so much over the years. Here's hoping.

Shep Smith Goes Ape-Excrement Over Nifong

Great stuff.

Fred Thompson's Cancer

Fred Thompson dropped a semi-bombshell this morning with the news that he has lymphoma, but it is in remission and he has suffered no ill-effects. While health is certainly an important issue when choosing a presidential candidate, I think this case is a non-issue. As long as his prognosis is good, he should have the same opportunity as anyone else. Dick Cheney has a bad ticker, but it hasn't slowed him down in his role as Vice President. Here's hoping Fred has continued good health.


Duke Lacrosse Rape Case Dropped


An Historic Day For The NFL

Just a huge, watershed moment for the National Football League today as Commissioner Roger Goodell unveiled a new Personal Conduct Policy, and in doing so he wasted no time putting it into practice by suspending Tennessee Titan Pacman Jones for the entire 2007 season and Cincinnati Bengal Chris Henry for 1/2 of the 2007 season. This move is huge and may just save the NFL from becoming the thug-infested cesspool that is the NBA. The boys at ProFootballTalk.com put it best:

"We must protect the integrity of the NFL," Goodell said. "The highest standards of conduct must be met by everyone in the NFL because it is a privilege to represent the NFL, not a right. These players, and all members of our league, have to make the right choices and decisions in their conduct on a consistent basis."

We thank Goodell for taking real steps to safeguard the sport that we love. The Commish's decision to smack down two former West Virginia Mountaineers, who played college ball just up the road from PFT headquarters, is a watershed moment (in our view) for the modern NFL.

Those who would dishonor themselves, their teams, and their league are now on notice. If you screw around, you will be sitting around.

Great job, Mr. Goodell. Pete Rozelle would be proud.


Howard Stern Right About Imus

I haven't agreed with Howard Stern much in the past 10 years, but he's right about Imus.

"He's apologizing like a guy who got his first broadcasting job," said Stern. "He should have said, 'F--k you, it's a joke.'"

Absolutely right. What's worse is he fell for the oldest race-baiting trick in the book by saying "you people" on Sharpton's radio show.

Bottom line, this racial double-standard that has been forced into our culture has got to stop. Until rap artist stop using words like "nigger" or "ho" you can't tell me that certain people can use such words and certain people can't, but this is gonna continue until people stop giving racists like Sharpton and Jesse Jackson legitimacy.

MORE: Are you down?


The Venture Brothers

I'm getting a little burned out on blogging about the latest political atrocity day after day and I need to mix it up a little. So, I'm gonna try and add a little bit of my favorite pop culture once in a while, with some help from YouTube.

To wit, The Venture Brothers. This is a cartoon on the Cartoon Networks' Adult Swim block of animation. There have been many parodies of the old time super hero comics but none come close to the genius of this show. Based on Johnny Quest, it's about a so-so genius scientists, his two boys and his bodyguard. However, like most stories of the genre, it's the villains that steal the show. Case in point on The Venture Brothers...The Monarch:

Obama Joins Anti-Fox News Movement

Well, Barry Obama has dropped out of the Democratic Presidential Debate sponsored by Fox News and the Congressional Black Caucus. And since, he's the black candidate, his dropping out has made it okay for the rest to follow suit and appease the Nutroots. But remember folks, the Nutroots are just a fringe of the Democrat Party, it's still run by the moderates.

And I'm Buck Rogers.

It's stupid move and I hope the Democrats keep doing it. Don't talk to Fox News at all, I say. Completely ignore the most watched cable news network and see what happens.

Imus In The Morning, Nonsense In The Afternoon

I really don't want to blog about this, but I guess it's the path I've chosen. There's so much wrong with this Imus story your brain goes into overload. First off, why do people keep legitimizing Al Sharpton? What kind of screwed up world do we live in where you have to run to him to get forgiveness from the black community? If anything, it's a huge insult to all African-Americans, as though kissing the feet of a racial demagogue is enough to make anything up to them. Second, Imus is such a joke as a "shock-jock." He's been doing his "edgy" shtick for years, but every time someone cries foul, he folds like a deck-chair. Some edge. I'm not saying what he said was okay, but if he's so shocking he would have told everyone to F-off. Instead we get this stupid-ass dog and pony show where a hack radio host has to apologize for making a racial remark to one of America's most renowned racist. I barely know what nappy-headed means anyway, and I'm willing to bet a lot of people are in the same boat.

The devil take this ridiculous culture we've created.

Love They Neighbor? Not Elizabeth Edwards

It's almost like they're taunting us. Horrible news about Elizabeth Edwards' cancer returning, yet she and her husband use it to raise money. John Edwards claims to be the new populist, friend of the poor, yet he and his wife seem to hate their Republican neighbor because his property isn't immaculate like theirs and he (gasp) owns a gun and isn't afraid to use it!

Edwards views Johnson as a "rabid, rabid Republican" who refuses to clean up his "slummy" property just to spite her family, whose lavish 28,000-square-foot estate is nearby on 102 wooded acres.

Johnson, 55, acknowledges his Republican roots. But he takes offense to the suggestion he has purposefully left his property, including an old garage he leases for use as a car shop, in dilapidated condition.

Johnson said he has lived his entire life on the property, which he said his family purchased before the Great Depression. He said he's spent a lot of money to try and fix up the 42-acre tract.

"I have to budget. I have to live within my means," Johnson said. "I don't have millions of dollars to fix the place."

Johnson, who has posted a "Go Rudy Giuliani 2008" sign on a fence just 100 feet from the entrance to the Edwards' driveway, has criticized Edwards for the scale of their nearby home.

The property and home, which includes an indoor basketball court, an indoor handball court and an indoor pool, is valued at $5.3 million.

The Edwardses are still putting the final touches on the property, which they purchased in 2003.

"I thought he was supposed to be for the poor people," Johnson said. "But does he ever socialize with any poor people? He doesn't speak to me."

Johnson said he has put his property on the market, in part blaming the high property taxes for his decision to leave. He also wants to move for another reason.

"I don't want to live somewhere where someone's always complaining about me," he said.

If hypocrisy were people, the John and Liz Edwards would be China.

The Onion: Democrats Demand Inquiry Into How They're Doing

It's funny because it's true. (Hat tip: Hot Air)


The Post-Postmodernist

Once in a while, I find a site that blows me away. The latest find is a little blog called The Post-Postmodernist. (Damn, I wish I'd thought of that title!). Every day there's something interesting on the site, either pithy commentary or a cool video. Check it out.

It's The Reagan Economy, Stupid!

The Washington Examiner has a story on how the Bush White House and former thugs from the Clinton Administration are bickering over whose economy was/is stronger. Larry Kudlow rightly points out that they both should chill out...it really Reagan's economy that were enjoying. That man really saved this country.

Race Day In Vegas

Hey gang...I'm back from covering the Las Vegas Grand Prix which was held in the streets of downtown. I'm burnt to a crisp and my feet hurt. In other words, not really sure what's going on in the world today. We'll get back in the swing late tonight or tomorrow. Until then.


Fred Thompson Joins The Blogosphere

For a guy who's not yet running for president, Fred Thompson is making all the right moves. His commentaries on the Paul Harvey Radio Show have been golden, and now he's joining the Blogosphere as he makes contributions to RedState.com. Enjoy!


Bad Government, Thy Name Is Michigan

If you want a textbook example of how bad government can wreck a state, look no further than Michigan. The Detroit News has an editorial on a Democrat Party proposal to buy every school kid an mp3 player, that is one of the best (and funniest) I've seen in a long time. Here's a taste:

We have come to the conclusion that the crisis Michigan faces is not a shortage of revenue, but an excess of idiocy. Facing a budget deficit that has passed the $1 billion mark, House Democrats Thursday offered a spending plan that would buy a MP3 player or iPod for every school child in Michigan.

No cost estimate was attached to their hare-brained idea to "invest" in education. Details, we are promised, will follow.

The Democrats, led by their increasingly erratic speaker Andy Dillon of Redford Township, also pledge $100 million to make better downtowns.

Their plan goes beyond cluelessness. Democrats are either entirely indifferent to the idea that extreme hard times demand extreme belt tightening, or they are bone stupid. We lean toward the latter.

Ow! That's gotta hurt!

Britain's Military At Its Worst

Wow. If these guys are an example of Great Britain's best and brightest, we'd better now count on them in the WOT. It's a great example of just how low Western Europe has sunk culturally.


Harry Reid Confronted On Troop Funding

Gateway Pundit continues to do G-d's work as he caught something the MSM tried to bury. Harry Reid, at an appearance in Reno, Nevada today was confronted by a veteran about his call to stop funding the troops in Iraq and using them as a political football. Reid denied the charge, i.e. he lied. The video and the proof are here. I've met Harry Reid several times and he was always very nice and cordial...then he became Senate Minority Leader and soon after, Senate Majority Leader and something changed...or maybe it was always there and it just stopped hiding. Regardless, his shameful behavior is a blight on this great state.

Giuliani's Gamble Could Pay Off

"If that's real important to you, if that's the most important thing, I'm comfortable with the fact that you won't vote for me."

That's Rudy Giuliani responding to concerns from social conservatives on his stand on federal funding for some abortions, and his stand on abortion in general. I find this interesting because with Rudy and Mitt Romney you have two very different approaches. Both are Republicans with strong leadership credentials and, for the most part, good track records as far as economic issues are concerned. However, both have been social moderates throughout their political careers. Romney decided that the best approach in running for President is to change many of his positions with the claim that he has changed his mind, or "seen the light" as it were. (And don't get me wrong, I like Mitt a lot). Giuliani on the other hand has taken the approach of standing by his moderate beliefs and trying to find common ground with social conservatives. This statement made today tells me that he's standing firm with this approach. Now we have to see which approach works.

I'll state upfront that I am a Rudy man and I might be seeing things through rose colored glasses, but I would be willing to bet that Rudy's approach is going to pay off in the long run. I'm really hesitant to believe that Rudy can kiss states like South Carolina goodbye due to his abortion stand. I am a believer in the idea that strength and conviction is what wins people over, moreso with conservatives. I believe this because I've seen it happen time and time again. The best example is Ronald Reagan. He talked a good game on the social issues, but ultimately, he wasn't as "conservative" as the likes of Pat Robertson, James Dobson and others that consider themselves the popes of conservatism. Despite this, Reagan was and is revered by the conservative base, and that's because of his conviction. Reagan came to town with two main goals: beat the Communists and slash taxes. He accomplished both and never wavered from what he believed in. He didn't try to be all things to all people or change his positions to fit some elitist framework. The same can be said, at least partially, for George W. Bush. Many pondered if he was the right man for the GOP nomination, but once he took the presidency, he went about doing what he said he would do: cutting taxes, beefing up the military, and restoring some dignity to the office that had been disgraced by his predecessor.

Rudy is following Reagan's lead. Will America follow him? I'm predicting here and now that despite his moderate stand on abortion and other issues, the GOP will and he will win the presidential nomination and become the 44th President of the United States.

Washington Post Slams Pelosi

While no friend of President Bush, the Washington Post isn't afraid to tell it like it is once in a while:

"We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace," Ms. Pelosi grandly declared.

Never mind that that statement is ludicrous: As any diplomat with knowledge of the region could have told Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Assad is a corrupt thug whose overriding priority at the moment is not peace with Israel but heading off U.N. charges that he orchestrated the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri. The really striking development here is the attempt by a Democratic congressional leader to substitute her own foreign policy for that of a sitting Republican president. Two weeks ago Ms. Pelosi rammed legislation through the House of Representatives that would strip Mr. Bush of his authority as commander in chief to manage troop movements in Iraq. Now she is attempting to introduce a new Middle East policy that directly conflicts with that of the president. We have found much to criticize in Mr. Bush's military strategy and regional diplomacy. But Ms. Pelosi's attempt to establish a shadow presidency is not only counterproductive, it is foolish.

Right. On.


Rudy Stands By Abortion Stance

Some are acting like they're surprised that Rudy Giuliani is standing by his pro-choice view of abortion and his call in 1989 for public funding of abortion. It's not surprising at all. Rudy doesn't change his views (very much) to fit with a certain audience. This, I think, has been his major strength and the reason he's the front runner. You earns peoples' respect when stand by what you believe in rather than trying to please everyone by turning around on a dime (think Lieberman in 2000, Romney today). The Conservative base is going to have to make a decision in '08. Are they going to be one issue voters and let the country be damned or are they going to show a little intelligence and realize that, for now, we have to do what we have to do?

Admittedly, Rudy hedges when talking about whether Roe v. Wade should be overturned. He says it's up to the judges. That's certainly true, but it wouldn't be two-faced to pronounce the case as bad law, which it is. I'm pro-choice, but I believe it should be overturned and left up to the states. If he really means it when he says he wants only strict-constructionists on the court, then that would have to be his stand.

I'm sorry, but abortion just can't be a make or break issue in '08. We just can't afford that. I understand that many see it as murder and that every day that it goes on, more lives are lost. It's debatable and I'm not totally unsympathetic, but in this next election we're looking at having to decide whether we're going to fight terrorism oversees or become a much larger version of Israel, with car bombs and terror attacks occurring in U.S. cities...and occurring to the point that we become used to it. That's what we're facing, and that's why Rudy is my guy.

Giuliani/Thompson 2008!

UPDATE: Captain Ed is not impressed and has a much different take. I respect the Good Captain, but I really hope he's wrong on this one.

Pelosi Diplomacy

I saw this one coming a mile away:

Damascus, Syria (AP) - Syria played a key role in resolving the standoff over the 15 British sailors and marines held by Iran, two government officials said Wednesday.

"Syrian efforts and the Iranian willingness culminated with the release of the British sailors," said Information Minister Mohsen Bilal.

He said Syria had been asked "to help positively in the issue of British" crew members since their March 23 seizure by Iran in the Persian Gulf.

He did not elaborate.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told reporters that "Syria exercised a sort of quiet diplomacy to solve this problem and encourage dialogue" between Britain and Iran.

Al-Moallem, who also did not give any details on the Syrian mediation, spoke at Damascus international airport before the departure of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for Saudi Arabia.

Assad is no fool. He knows that by saying this the American media will try to make it sound like Pelosi brokered a deal, which makes George W. Bush look bad and in turn hurts the country, since Pelosi is working to defeat the United States in the WOT. I knew they'd pull something like this.

MORE: Kenneth Timmerman: Pelosi? No, the USS Nimitz.


A Lesson In Fascism And Free Speech

When Democrats do this...

COLLEGE PROTESTORS HURL OBJECTS AT KARL ROVE... WRC, the NBC affiliate in Washington D.C. reports that George Bush's key White House advisor went to speak to College Republicans at American University tonight, but when he was done, more than a dozen students began throwing things at him and his car. The students then got on the ground and laid down in front of his car. Students report security officials then picked them up and carried them away so Rove could leave. Nobody was arrested.

...it's called Free Speech.

When Republicans bang on a few doors after getting thrown out of a Florida presidential election recount...

...it's called a "whiff of Fascism."

Any questions?

McCain Rumors Bumped Up A Notch

The recent stories about John McCain begging to be John Kerry's running mate 2004 and looking at leaving the Republican Party in 2001 just got a boost today from the Massachusetts Senator himself in an interview with MyDD.com.

John Kerry: I don't know all the details of it. I know that Tom, from a conversation with him, was in conversation with a number of Republicans back then. It doesn't surprise me completely because his people similarly approached me to engage in a discussion about his potentially being on the ticket as Vice President. So his people were active -- let's put it that way.

Singer: Okay. And just to confirm, you said it, but this is something they approached you rather than...

Kerry: Absolutely correct. John Weaver of his shop... [JK aswers phone]

Now first off, to believe this we would have to assume that John Kerry is being honest. We learned in '04 he's a liar of the highest order, so a heavy grain of salt should be mixed in the batter. However, this added to the other stories we've heard in the past few weeks, true or not, may just be enough to sink the political career of the worst thing to come out of Arizona since Jake Plummer.

Chances are this is a smear campaign by the Democrats that sprain from a grain of truth. Washington, D.C. at its finest.

Captain Ed has some good analysis.

Keith Richards Snorts Father's Ashes (With Cocaine, Of Course)

And who's really surprised. I kinda figured most rock stars did something along those lines. Frankly, I was surprised that Hunter S. Thompson didn't have little green bags full of his incinerated bones passed around at his funeral instead of that cannon thing he did. Whatever!


SCOTUS: EPA Must Limit Greenhouse Emissions

I didn't have to read further to know that the vote was 5-4. No bonus points if you can guess which judges were on which side.

This is bad news. This decision, Massachusetts v. EPA, will no doubt become the Global Warming version of Roe v. Wade.

G-d help us.


Long Weekend

Sorry for the lack of posts the past two days...had to work all weekend. Baseball game on Saturday and Rodeo in Laughlin on Sunday, and it's back to the office tomorrow. Busy boy.