Rudy: "Take Care Of Yourself"

My main man!

Campaigning in this first primary state, Giuliani said his goal is to give individuals more control over their health care. The former New York mayor said as more people buy plans, insurers will drop their prices, making insurance affordable to those who lack it now.

"Government cannot take care of you. You've got to take care of yourself," he said. "As more of us do that, the cheaper it will become and the higher in quality it becomes."


"We've got to solve our health care problem with American principles, not the principles of socialism," he said. "I know Democrats will say this is unfair, I know they'll squeal... But I'm a realist. I face reality, which is: if you take more people and have government cover it, it's called socialized medicine."

I love this guy.

The Daily Drudge, 7/31/07

Something weird about the Drudge Report this morning...it's full of good news!

-GM posted a profit, which hasn't happened in ages;
-Consumer Confidence is at a 6-year high;
-Rupert Murdoch looks like he'll be able to take over Dow Jones, which will have the New York Times in a tizzy;
-Joe Lieberman is standing firm against the defeatists in his party;
-Chief Justice John Roberts will live to overturn more precedents;
-We might finally be able to get rid of the GOP King of Pork;
-and, the death toll in Iraq is the lowest in 8 months.

Factor in yesterday's news of UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown supporting President Bush and the war effort, and the Brookings Institute coming around to supporting the war, you have to wonder what the hell is going on here? I guess I should just enjoy the good news and not be so paranoid, but it's weird, you know? The worm seems to have turned.


Democrat Actually Admits Party In Trouble If Surge Works

Don Surber, a former Democrat, has the goods.

MSM Turns On A Dime With Iraq

Hey you crazy cats, have you heard the news? We're winning the war in Iraq! Seriously, it's true...the New York Times told me so.

Okay, what's going on here?

Take The Hate Crime Quiz

Which of these is a Hate Crime in America?

MORE FROM THE HITCH: "This has to stop, and it has to stop right now."

Big Day For Obits

Those of you that believe deaths come in three's get to crow today as we've gotten word of three deaths starting with legendary film director Ingmar Bergman as mentioned below. We also have word of the passing of former talk show host Tom Snyder who had been suffering from leukemia and the passing of legendary NFL football coach Bill Walsh who also died of leukemia. Walsh was the perfecter of the so-called "West Coast Offense" that changed the way football is played from the professional ranks down to Pop Warner.

One, two, three.

Ingmar Bergman Dead At 89

From the AP:

"He was one of the world's biggest personalities. There were (Japanese film director Akira) Kurosawa, (Italy's Federico) Fellini and then Bergman. Now he is also gone," Danish director Bille August told The Associated Press.

When Woody Allen dies, his last thought to himself will be, "I never came close to Bergman."


Busy Weekend

Not much posting this weekend as I was on the road all day yesterday and I am currently trying to acclimate two kittens to their new home (my apartment). More later.

UPDATE: Here they are by request. They're the best shots I could get for now.


Friday Night Funny: The Kids In The Hall

Daddy Drank!

The Purpose Of The State

"Consequently, the state now exists purely to maintain itself and to serve abstract, Utopian principles."

The Curious Blend Of Tribalism And Individualism

Via The Chicago Boyz.

A New Conspiracy Is Born

Remember this moment folks. You can tell your kids years from now you remember the approximate moment the legend of Pat Tillman's "murder" was born.

Schumer Targets Supreme Court

New York Senator Chuck Schumer is one of the repugnant members of the United States Senate. He is, in fact, an Authoritarian, if not a Stalinists. He would be very happy if we had a form of government where we could get rid of elections and the people are governed by a ruling elite...the kind of government Plato and Marx wrote about.

Schumer is angry that the new conservative members of the Supreme Court have made some decisions that have gone against precedent. In fact, one of the court's liberal members, Stephen Breyer, is actually lobbying members of Congress to look at the recent decisions. Naturally, he was able to persuade the Senate's biggest eunuch, Arlen Specter.

Breyer has publicly raised concerns that conservative justices were violating stare decisis, the legal doctrine that, for the sake of stability, courts should generally leave precedents undisturbed.

"It is not often in the law that so few have so quickly changed so much," Breyer said, reading his dissent from the bench in June to a 5-4 ruling that overturned school desegregation policies in two cities.

Okay, so the court shouldn't ever go against precedent. What is established now is absolutely, Constitutionally correct and not even debatable. What is this, Global Warming? I'd like to ask Justice Breyer if how he feels about the precedent of the Dred Scott decision. "Oh well, that's was an obvious mistake," he'll say. So what? It's precedent, isn't it?

Anyway, back to the point at hand. Chuck Schumer has declared that Bush will not be allowed to put another conservative on the Supreme Court. Well, democracy was fun while it lasted, wasn't it?

There's another story out today about how Daily Kos and Moveon.org are going to start targeting advertisers on Fox News. Their argument:

"We're not trying to silence anybody," Green said. "Rush Limbaugh has a right to be on the air—he admits his point of view. Fox doesn't."

Okay, I'm making a similar call to the Democrat Party. Admit who you really are.


The Amazing Death Cat

This story is one of those that makes you second-guess everything you think you know about animals. His name is Oscar and he's a two-year old cat that lives at a nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island. Oscar makes his daily rounds of all the rooms like a regular human nurse, but has the uncanny ability of knowing who is hours away from death.

Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill.

She was convinced of Oscar's talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said she noticed the woman was not eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.

Oscar would not stay inside the room though, so Teno thought his streak was broken. Instead, it turned out the doctor's prediction was roughly 10 hours too early. Sure enough, during the patient's final two hours, nurses told Teno that Oscar joined the woman at her bedside.

Before you wonder if patients are panicing when they see Oscar in his room, fear not. Few, if any of the people that have died at the home are in a condition to know that he's even there.

Still, one weird story.


Obama Living In Fantasy Land

Via Drudge, Barack Obama is either lying or he's completely demented:

Media/showbiz crowd flock to hear Obama at TIME WARNER Center in NYC Tuesday evening. The Dem fundraising frontrunner told moderator, TW Chair Dick Parsons, in strict 'off the record' session: 'I am the most qualified candidate, in
either party, on foreign policy'...

Wow. This guy is so clearly not ready for prime time...he proved it during the YouTube debate, but he's a good-looking, liberal black guy which is such a popular flavor with the weak-minded that Ben & Jerry are probably gonna make it an ice cream flavor.


Question Of The Day

In light of last night's Democrat debate on CNN, should the Republican candidates for President band together and pull-out of their YouTube debate set for September 17th?

Rudy Speaks Truth To Power And Blast Democrats

My main man! Rudy is getting a little more forceful with his rhetoric and letting the Democrats have it. In a speech in the People's Republic of San Francisco, Rudy let it fly. This is why I love the guy. (By the way, read the whole article by Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle...she makes it painfully obvious she doesn't care for Giuliani)

On the Democrats running for President:

"They do not understand a capitalist economy. They think it's bad. They think it's bad to make money. They think it's bad to be rich," Giuliani said. "I'm a little kid that grew up in Brooklyn. I think it's great to be rich."

Thanks you! Finally someone telling it like it is. Being rich is not a sin (I don't care what the bible says about the Camel and the eye of the needle). I would, however, have refined his statement a little bit and said "They think it's bad for other people to make money."

"At no time during these debates have (Democrats) ever uttered the words, 'Islamic terrorist,' '' Giuliani said. But "if they do, I'll take credit for it."

Tell it, preacher!

Giuliani also charged that the Democrats are "certainly are not good about reducing the size of government."

"The only thing they're good about is reducing the military," he said.


Regarding the effort to confront terrorists, Giuliani said, "the Democrats want to take us back on defense."

He said that "in order to lead, you have to face reality. No matter how much wishing you do, no matter how much you put your head in the sand, (terrorism) is not going to go away."

Rudy/Fred '08


Democrats Scared To Death Surge Could Work

Don Surber has the goods.

Vick Can't Find A Hotshot Lawyer

This is interesting. ProFootballTalk.com (the best NFL website in the land) has this little nugget on their Rumor Mill page:

An industry source tells us that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is encountering difficulty in identifying big-name lawyers who are interested in representing him.

Said the source, "They don't want their offices picketed by PETA."

O.J. Simpson had the best (if not sleaziest) lawyers in the country, Johnny Cochran, F. Lee Bailey, Alan Dershowitz, all working to get him off on charges of butchering two innocent human beings. Now you have a guy accused of dog-fighting and treating dogs in a manner that would make even O.J. winch, yet no one wants to represent him?

I'm not being a moralist here or saying that this is wrong or right, I just find it damned interesting that there are lawyers out there who would defend murders all day but find that their reputations would suffer too much if they defended an alleged dog killer.

It adds credence to my theory that this whole Michael Vick affair is going to be looked back on as a watershed moment for the animal rights movement. Most people love animals and this story has really put the issue of animal abuse on the front-burner. Very interesting.

UPDATE: Got one! It's not hard to find the type of lawyer he needs in Washington, D.C.

Democrats' YouTube Debate Much Ado About Nothing

NewsBusters and Rush are essentially on the same page on this. It doesn't matter what medium they're doing it in, the Democrat (and Republican) debates are still being run by the same idiot MSM-types with their incredibly idiotic questions. There aren't any more "lively" debates in this country. Everything is carefully controlled and scripted and the highlights are always those that come from the few and far between moments that scripting fails, or someone gets off a good zinger that their joke writer wrote for them. Don't waste my time.


Tammy Faye Messner Dies

Turns out the interview Tammy Faye Messner (formerly Baker) gave to Larry King on Thursday night was her last act on earth. According to King, she died the very next morning from cancer at the age of 65. Her physical appearance was shocking as she had shrunk to 65 pounds, unable to swallow food. Kind of puts a few things in perspective: 1) cancer is something we all have to watch out for, and 2) what kind of life is it where you're last act in this world is an interview on CNN. I hope when my time comes, it's a little more dignified. But I guess death is death.

More Fairness Doctrine Madness

I've always though Tucker Carlson to be a bit of a dweeb and a lightweight, but he did himself proud in this interview with one of the dumbest Congressmen in Washington, Maurice Hinchey over his plan to impose the Fairness Doctrine.

Advice For Hillary

Senator Clinton, if you really want to win the general election for President, you need to distance yourself from this big time.


The Case For Mitch McConnell

While he's made the conservative base nervous at times, you have to understand that a Senate Leader has to play chess 24/7. Hugh Hewitt has an extensive rundown on how McConnell is proving to be a chess grandmaster, especially with an opponent like the incompetent Harry Reid. RTWT. (Hat tip: Don Surber)

New Republic May Be At It Again

Uh oh. The political mag that gave us Stephen Glass may just be up to it's old tricks if the suspicions running rampant in the Blogosphere are found to be correct. Read it and judge for yourself.

Michael J. Totten Arrives In Baghdad

The revolution will be blogged. Michael J. Totten is the Ernie Pyle of the War on Terror. I insist you read his latest dispatch on his long-winding trip to the Green Zone of Baghdad. I always wanted to be a foreign correspondent, but after following the journeys of Totten, I'm not sure I'd be able to do it.


It's Over; Judge Dismisses Plame's Lawsuit

The dumbest story of my generation is coming to a close. A federal judge has dismissed Valeria Plame's lawsuit against members of the Bush administration. We now return you to your regularly schedule Manhattan cocktail party.

Dems Try To Kill John Doe Amendment

See something suspicious that might be a threat to national security? If you report it, the Democrats think you deserve to be sued.

UPDATE: G-d damn them.


Leftist Blogs Target Jim DeMint

It's frustrating in this day and age how politicians are constantly feeding us a barrage of carefully-crafted soundbites and meaningless platitudes. You wish that we could have someone like Barry Goldwater or Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman who isn't afraid to shoot from the hip and tell it like it is.

Well, one of the problems with this is the fact that if a Senator or Congressman or President gets just one word out of place, his political enemies do whatever they can to make him pay.

Take for instance the recent comments of Republican Senator Jim DeMint, who has become a superstar with the Conservative base. In response to a question about his colleague, Senator David Vitter and Vitter's admission of being a customer of the D.C. Madam:

"All of us have to look at it and say that we could be next. We all think that we're not vulnerable to something like that happening, but the fact is this can be a very lonely and isolating place."

Well, this has the nutroots ready to pee their pants. "Ooooo, is DeMint next? What does he know? Did he get a hooker? I hope it's him!"

I doubt Jim DeMint is the hooker type, but regardless, I guess this is an example of why you have to choose your words carefully.

The BBC Does It Again

New rule: never believe anything the BBC says.

Bush At 40% Approval?

And Congress as low as 14%.

The Media Mythbusters

Move over Adam and Jamie...meet the Media Mythbusters!

Hagel In Battle For Senate Seat

Good news from Nebraska as the nation's worst Republican Senator is in a battle with an up-and-comer for his Senate seat. Attorney General Jon Bruning has raised almost twice as much money as Hagel in the second quarter.

"I am humbled by the fact that so many Nebraskans have made an investment in my campaign," said Bruning. "Their confidence and trust has given me the momentum I need to win."

The finance reports show additional advantages for Bruning, who declared his candidacy for the seat held by Hagel on June 7 of this year. The Bruning Campaign received more than twice the money from individual contributors, bringing in $723,000 to Hagel’s $322,000. Bruning also has significantly more cash-on-hand than Hagel, $620,000 to $483,000 respectively.

"For a challenger to hold such an early advantage is unprecedented," said Bruning Campaign Manager Jordan McGrain. "We are in an incredibly strong position at this stage of the race."

Make the change, Nebraska, make the change.

Harry Reid Folds Like A Deck Chair

Quite possibly the worst Senate Leader in modern history. Captain Ed has the goods.

MORE: Joe Lieberman needs to become a Republican. I don't care how liberal he is on other issues...on the main issue he is right as rain, and right now, that's what matters. Watch his impassioned plea for Iraq over at Gateway Pundit. McCain is redeeming himself as well.


Spitting On Freedom...

...like only a man born with freedom can. This guy Avi Lewis may just be worse than Keith Olbermann and Michael Moore combined.

Whoa! Vick Indicted For Dog Fighting

It happened. Michael Vick has been indicted by the Feds on charges related to illegal dog-fighting. ProFootballTalk.com has been all over the story from the beginning while ESPN has pretty much blown it. Stay tuned.

Lawyer Gives Biased Interpretation Of Harry Potter

A legal expert in England believes many of the Harry Potter books contain hidden criticisms of the UK government's (and presumably the United States') handling of the war on terror. Take it from someone who has studied media/communication theory for years...this is a classic example of interpreting a work of media to fit with your own belief system.

Let's look at my interpretation of The Goblet of Fire. The Ministry of Magic (the government in the magic world) will not tolerate any talk of Voldemort having returned. Only one man, Dumbledore dares to tell the people what they don't want to hear. The Ministry...the House of Commons; Voldemort...Germany; Dumbledore...Churchill.

Am I right? Perhaps, but certainly my beliefs and knowledge of history play a part in my interpretation. Only J.K. Rowling knows for sure.

WWE's Statement On Chris Benoit's Steroid Use

The toxicology is back on Chris Benoit and it shows he had steroids in his system at the time of his murder-suicide. The WWE released a statement saying that he passed his recent drug test for the sports organization in April. That may be so, but I think there may be hard times ahead for Mr. McMahon.

Good Ol' Boys Upset With DeMint

The new leader of the Senate Conservatives is drawing the ire of the good ol' boys in the Senate's aristocracy. The likes of Trent Lott and Mitch McConnell are warning (or perhaps threatening) the first-term Senator from South Carolina not to overplay his hand after he spearheaded the defeat of the Amnesty bill and proceeded to declare war on Harry Reid over earmarks reform. It's a very interesting case study of how our Legislative branch works and the various factions that exist there. PoliPundit has more.


30 Ethiopian Opposition Leaders Jailed For Life

Their crime? Protesting the 2005 elections...the one's that Jimmy Carter said were okay even before the ballots were counted. The government cracked-down on the crowd in a mini-Tienanmen Square killing at least 37 people. Remember that? Of course you don't...wasn't news to the MSM then, and it isn't now. Thankfully, we have Gateway Pundit.


More Proof Osama Probably Dead

A new tape of Osama bin Laden has been released, but simple analysis shows it's from before 9/11. This, to me, is just more evidence that Osama is probably dead and has been for a long time. If he were alive, it would behoove him and his useful idiots in the West to prove it. He hasn't done so, leading me to believe he can't. Dead men tell no tales.

And We Are Back

A few days out of state and out of mind, but we're back and ready to hit you with the good stuff. I see Lindsey Graham and Jim Webb had a little throw-down on Meet The Depressed this morning. It was no contest...they're both losers.


What's Left? Tyranny

OxBlog has some analysis on how The Left (like the pigs in Animal Farm) has become what it's supposed to hate.

Weekend Travel

Just a heads up...posting may be light this weekend as I'll be traveling out of state.


Flynt Joins D.C. Madame Scandal

Well, Larry Flynt is taking the reins of the D.C. Madam scandal and waxing nostalgic for his heyday of 1998 when he exposed Republican sex scandals as cover for Bill Clinton. His investigative partner Dan Moldea is going over the phone records and was the one who exposed Louisiana Senator David Vitter. As this is Flynt and Moldea, they've all but admitted they will expose Republicans on the list but cover-up the Democrats on the list.

Moldea now is plowing through the rest. So far, he said, he has identified lots of average Joes, or Johns, whose names he doesn't intend to reveal. "They are safe," he said. The guys with the bull's-eyes on their backs are politicians who preach one thing and practice another.

It's gonna be an ugly decade coming up.

MORE: Glenn Reynolds says we should just legalize prostitution. I wholeheartedly agree.


McCain's Iraq Stance Worth Much Praise

I don't care much for John McCain for reasons that are obvious to even a casual reader of this blog. His presidential campaign is going down in flames, but it is nothing more than a bald-faced lie by the media that he's struggling because of his support for the Iraq War. He's struggling because of Amnesty, McCain-Feingold and his past behavior toward the conservative base.

His stance on Iraq, however, deserve much praise. His debate on the Senate floor this afternoon with Barbara Boxer shows that (similar to Darth Vader) there is still some good in him.

Remember Cambodia.

UPDATE: Apparently, after this Senate floor debate, McCain got into a good ol' fashioned throwdown with the Senate's dumbest member, Ian McKellen look-a-like George Voinovich.

This is why you were put on earth, Senator McCain. Forget campaign-finance and higher office. You're a mean son-of-a-bitch that has no tolerance for idiots who are ready to sell out the country for a ham sandwich and a box of pretzels. This is your calling.

Anywho, back to McKellen and Voinovich...which is which??


Rudy's Brilliant Move

A little bit of a hit for Rudy as one of his boosters, Louisiana Senator David Vitter, is caught up in the D.C. Madam saga. However, Rudy counters this with a stroke of genius by making a move that irritates the The Left to no end: bringing Norm Podhoretz into his inner-circle. Could it be the birth of Rudy Derangement Syndrome?

MORE: Oooo, they're pissed! The Leftists over at Reason Magazine (yes, that's what I said) are headlining it "Rudy the Neocon." For those of you unfamiliar, "Neocon" is a racial slur that means "Jew lover," i.e. a conservative who doesn't want to see Israel wiped off the map. Thus Rudy is now a Neocon by associating with Podhoretz, one of the more prominent Jewish Conservatives in the nation who favors bombing Iran before it's too late.

Here's a link to his column from a month ago calling for the bombing of Iran.

NY Newsday: The Jews are coming! The Jews are coming!

Josh Marshall's take on the situation is utterly textbook. There were never WMD's, the idea that they could have been moved to Syria is impossible, not even worth considering for a nano-second and anyone who thinks Iran should be stopped from developing the mother of all WMD's is a crackpot. Awesome. If things continue as they are, this mindset is what awaits us in '09. I can't wait for the car-bombs that will be going off on the Las Vegas Strip in the next decade. Every day will feel like...Gaza...or Detroit. Whichever.

The 45 Million Uninsured Lie

Via JunkYardBlog.

McCain's Last Stand?

Bottom line, the man will never be president. Thank G-d.

Red Mosque Leader Dead

Kick ass!


Boeing Company The Real Environmentalist

With the introduction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Boeing Company (and two other companies - see below) has done more for the environment on 7/8/07 than Al Gore did on 7/7/07 or on any date previous.

Apart from its swept back, upward tilting wings, the plane did not look radically new on the outside. But beneath the just-dried paint the structure is made up of 50 percent carbon composite materials and another 15 percent titanium, making it much lighter and fuel efficient than existing jetliners of the same size.

The use of fatigue-resistant and rust-free composite materials means air in the cabin can be more humid, leaving passengers less dried out and jetlagged after a long flight.

The lighter weight and newly designed engines made by General Electric Co. (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Rolls-Royce Plc (RR.L: Quote, Profile, Research) mean air carriers will save about 20 percent on fuel costs.

Lighter planes with better engines equal less fuel, which equals less pollution. That's real environmental progress, and it's a product of smart business practice (i.e. capitalism), not stupid-ass rock concerts, high taxes or screwy light-bulbs.

Sarkozy Bucks Tradition

Rush Limbaugh has always said that someday he'd like to see a U.S. President buck the stupid Thanksgiving tradition of pardoning a turkey and instead cook it and eat it. Well, the President of France has done Rush one better:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has refused to pardon prisoners on Bastille Day - breaking with a traditional gesture on the 14 July holiday.

Mr Sarkozy told French media he objected to using his powers of pardon as a way to relieve overcrowded jails.


"There will be no mass pardon," he told the Journal du Dimanche.

"Since when has the right to a pardon been used as a way of managing prisons?"

This makes up for fawning over Barbra Streisand.

Nice catch by Don Surber.

Cindy Sheehan Threatening To Run Against Pelosi

I really, really, really hope she means it this time. (Hat tip: Drudge)

Health Nazi Priorities

A rock singer is in trouble for smoking a cigarette on stage despite a law saying he cannot do so in an enclosed space. What's interesting about this: the singer in question is Pete Doherty.

For those of you not familiar with Pete Doherty, this is a guy who on a near daily basis is one hit away from an OD. This is a guy that injected drugs into the pass-outed body of his then-girlfriend Kate Moss. Now I'm not saying that we should be hounding Doherty for his drug-use. I'm a libertarian and my thought is he can kill himself however he wishes, but the fact that he's being harassed for smoking...that's just messed up.


Media Uses Nixon To Attack Fred Thompson

It's funny how when a Republican is really the popular with a large section of the public the MSM suddenly remembers how to use the Lexis-Nexis. The latest hit piece on Fred Thompson is that Nixon called him "dumb as hell" when he was hired Senator Baker for the Watergate Committee. Yeah, Richard Nixon was a great judge of character in 1973 when he was in the grips of psychotic paranoia.

Word to the wise, geniuses...if you insist on using the same playbook on Fred that you used on Reagan, expect the same result.

Harry Potter Mania On The Way

Just a couple more weeks and the Harry Potter saga will come to a close, at least in book form. Daniel Radcliffe, who has played Potter in the movies, says he thinks Harry will die in the final book. This wouldn't be surprising as Rowling is an author who goes against convention. However, this may all be a red-herring to make the buildup to the final book a little more interesting. However, it could just be a red-herring to generate more publicity. We'll see.


What To Do When The Bad Guys Win

It's tough reading the news lately. Michael Yon has stories of al-Qaeda atrocities, yet no one, least of all the MSM, cares. President Bush does the right thing by commuting Scooter Libby's sentence and now polls say 45% of the public thinks he should be impeached. Meanwhile, Al Gore is holding a huge concert for a problem that doesn't exist and he's a hero.

But I guess I shouldn't get too down. I'm always quick to point out that you need to weather the bad times and, in fact, relish them, for they make the good times even sweeter. This is a rough patch for us libertarian/conservative types, but everything is cyclical. Keep up the good fight. Chin up.


Criminalizing Life

Mark Steyn was in Chicago covering the Conrad Black trial last week and he gives us this brilliant little nugget:

Well, yes. Patrick Fitzgerald is a power-mad, office-abusing attorney, and, yes, what’s going on in this courtroom is a criminalization of business analogous to the criminalization of politics that was at the heart of Fitzgerald’s last big case, against Scooter Libby. If you don’t like the Bush-Cheney war machine, toss ‘em out on election day. If you don’t like Conrad Black, vote him off the board or clobber him at shareholder meetings. But turning political decisions and business judgments into criminal acts strikes at two of the pillars of civilized society. And, instead of boasting of their 95% conviction rate (or 97, or 98, or whatever it’s up to by now), the US Attorney’s office ought to realize that – like Kim Jong-Il’s 99% victory margin in the last North Korean election – that figure is something any self-respecting “justice” system should be appalled by: in the Northern District of Illinois, as in Pyongyang, it testifies mainly to the muscle the government can apply.

National Review: Fairness Doctrine, R.I.P.

Or is it?

RFK Would Be Proud

Looks like New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been spying on his main political opponent and then blaming another political opponent for making him do it. Good stuff! Unless of course, you're a member of the Left Blogosphere and are currently singing "la la la" with your fingers in your ears.

How Long For Kurt Loder

I've been getting a lot of hits recently from people putting in the search term "Kurt Loder" and "Michael Moore" as word spreads of Loder's stinging review of Moore's latest Fu*kumentary "Sicko," which I blogged about here. This means there's a lot of talk about this review and, not without reason, a lot of surprise that a guy employed by the extremely liberal network MTV would write anything negative about Moore.

So place your bets...how long before Loder is either forced to (or of his own volition does something to) make "amends?"

Khamenei Proves Religion Is Nonsense

Sorry folks, but I can't come to any other conclusion after reading this:

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has signalled a willingness to reinterpret Islamic law in favour of women's rights, but not following Western convention, his official website and state-run television reported yesterday.

"A willingness to reinterpret Islamic law?" So what's it's said all this time isn't really what it says?

The Ayatollah's comments come amid criticism of Iran by international human rights groups for persecuting women's rights activists.

"Some issues about women, which exist in religious jurisprudence, are not the final say. It is possible to interpret new points through research by a skillful jurist," the website quoted Ayatollah Khamenei as saying during a speech to commemorate national women's day. The Supreme Leader has final say over all state matters.

It's possible to interpret new points with some skillful research, huh? So what have you guys been doing all this time? Why have Iranians been subjected to sloppy Islamic reasoning for 30 years?

In other words, the religious text of Islam are not grounded in belief but instead are shaped by the political necessities of the day. What a joke.

The Myth Of The Downtrodden Terrorist

Ron Rosenbaum gives us his take on the recent Angelina Jolie movie about Daniel Pearl. Scratch that...very little of the movie is about Daniel Pearl, it's more of a sentimentalist wet-dream about Pearl's wife and her supposed belief that the only way to stop events such as her husbands beheading is to "overcome misery."

There are two assumptions here: that misery was the motive of the people who killed Daniel Pearl. And that ending misery—however noble a goal—is going to end religious fanaticism, which is really what killed Daniel Pearl.

Amen. This argument that terrorism is a by-product of poor economic conditions that is somehow caused by "American Imperialism" has always been a joke, but yet it still gets traction from Gramsci types. Whatever it takes to defeat America, I guess.

The Hitch Celebrates America

Richard Miniter of Pajamas Media did a short video interview with new U.S. citizen Christopher Hitchens to talk about America, Thomas Jefferson, and God. His latest book, "God Is Not Great" is selling well and the Hitch discusses the general Christian reaction in this interview. Listen closely, it's very telling when you compare Hitchens and the Christians versus Salmon Rushdie and the Muslims.


The MSM Is A Special Interest Group

Michael Yon is the Edward R. Murrow of the War on Terror. Murrow, during the London Blitz in World War II put himself in harm's way to inform the American public what was happening in Europe. He did it on a fairly new form of media: radio.

Today, Michael Yon, along with Bill Roggio and a handful of others are following Murrows path as they send reports from Iraq and Afghanistan via the Blogosphere. Recently, Yon reported news of the massacre of a small village near Baqubah by al-Qaeda forces. He has pictures....brace yourself.

The reaction from the MSM/Driveby Media has been one of near complete silence. Why? One can easily speculate that it's their standard liberal/anti-Bush bias that is wont to play up any wrongdoings by American forces, but quick to downplay terrorists' atrocities. However, it appears there's more to it than that.

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit recently got an email from a member of the MSM who wishes to remain anonymous, but according to Glenn is someone "whose name you'd recognize." Once again I say, brace yourself:

Yon's story doesn't get attention because it is humiliating.

It is humiliating because it is obvious that we media – and our allies in the state department, the legal trade, the NGOs, the Democratic Party, the UN, etc., - can’t do squat about such determined use of force.

Our words, images, arguments and skills can’t stop the killing. Only the rough soldiers and their guns can solve the problem, and we won’t admit that fact because the admission would weaken our influence and our claim to social status.

So we pretend Yon’s massacre – and the North Korean killing fields, the Arab treatment of women, the Arab hatred of Israel, etc. - doesn’t exist, and instead focus our emotions and attention on the somewhat-bad domestic things that we can ‘fix’ with our DC-based allies. Things such as Abu Ghraib, wiretapping, etc. When we ‘fix’ them, then we get status, applause, power, new jobs, ego, etc.

Please don’t be surprised. We media are an interest group not much different from the automakers, the unions, and the farmers.

Journalism is dead. It only exist in a few places: smaller newspapers, occasionally on Fox News and in certain sections of the Blogosphere. As this country enters into its 232 year, we as a nation must face the fact that our Fourth Estate has become, like the anonymous emailer says, an interest group concerned only with status and power. The truth, the First Amendment and all other tenets that the MSM claims to represent no longer matter to them. Without Glenn's "Army of Davids," journalism has little hope.

UPDATE: Here's a great example.

John Adams The Prophet

Via Michael Medved. (Note: It was at first thought July 2nd would be the anniversary date as that was the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted, but it was changed to the 4th, the day it was approved by Congress)

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.

You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these states. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not…

It may be the will of Heaven that America will suffer calamities still more wasting, and distress yet more dreadful. If this is to be the case, it will have this good effect at least. It will inspire us with many virtues which we have not, and correct many errors, follies and vices which threaten to disturb, dishonor and destroy us. The furnace of affliction produces refinement, in States as well as individuals...But I must submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence, in which, unfashionable as the faith may be, I firmly believe.

Al Gore's Son Arrested For Speeding, Drugs

I almost didn't blog about this as it seemed just a little mean and lots of people and politicians have family that makes them blush, but it's the fact that he was pulled over in a hybrid car that I think speaks volumes about the situation and the priorities in the Gore household. Think about it.

Bill Clinton Scolds Bush For Pardons

On this day of America's Independence, we're reminded of what's great about our country and what's simply awful about our country. Fulfilling the latter, former President Bill Clinton who (of course) has the gall to blast President Bush for pardoning Scooter Libby and pretending that his pardons for cash were no big deal.

Bryan at Hot Air puts it best:

Just let the record show that Mr. Clinton is a perjurer who had his license to practice before the Supreme Court taken away. Let the record show that he sold pardons to his rich friends. Let the record show that he’s still a brazen liar. And let the record show that it was his pal Sandy Berger who stole sensitive documents from the National Archives, hid them under a trailer, then took them home and destroyed them to cover up something that the Clintonistas didn’t want going public, and remember that Berger’s actions made the 9-11 Commission’s work incomplete, and we’ll never know what he covered up. And let the country remember the missing Rose law firm billing records that mysteriously turned up in the Clintons’ White House residence, and all the rest of that sordid mess that the Clintons drag around with them like a trailer park full of skeletons wherever they go.

What's great about America? The fact that we can have a man completely devoid of morals, decency and ethics lead our country for eight years and still the country stands strong in the year 2007.


Irony Alert! Moveon.org Mad About "President Above The Law"

If you know your history, you know that Moveon.org was founded on the belief that President Bill Clinton is above the law.

The Next Nicaragua: Dems Shut Out Colombia

Read this post from Gateway Pundit and see if it doesn't give you flashbacks to the 1980s and the Democrats refusal to help the Contras and their embracing of Daniel Ortega.

Pelosi will meet with Bashar Assad, but a pro-West South American leader? Hell no!

She's a disgrace.


Bush Commutes Libby's Sentence

Scooter Libby will not have to go to jail for perjury (or having a bad memory) in the investigation of a crime that never occurred. He will still have to pay a fine and go on probation.

Conservatives are happy, while the party of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Sandy Berger, Mike Espy, Henry Cisneros, Hazel O'Leary, et al are outraged!

What's to blog? I'm bored...thank you and good night.

DON SURBER: "He deserves a pardon. Fox News reports the president will commute his sentence. This was a witch trial. America should be ashamed that it allowed this “special” prosecutor to ignore his mission — finding out who blabbed to Bob Novak that Joe Wilson’s wife was CIA — and instead the prosecutor went after Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. Richard Armitage, who actually leaked the information, walked. Disgusting."

And don't forget the melonhead prick that's responsible for all this:

Musharraf To Let U.S. Troops Into Pakistan?

Caught this on Hot Air. If the story is true, it's huge news and could be a watershed point in the War on Terror.

What Islamic Terrorism Is All About

Great post from David Horowitz this morning on what drives Islamic terrorism:

So the Glasgow bomber who set out to massacre innocent men, women and children at random is a medical doctor who was committing these heinous crimes for Allah. What does that tell you about the Islamic crusade against the West? It is not about desperation; it is not about oppression; it is not about land in the Middle East. This war is a global war; it is not about Israel. It is not about the war in Iraq. It is not about George Bush or Tony Blair. Why do they hate us? Because they are religious fanatics on a mission to carry out the 1,500 year dream of Mohammed to force the entire world to submit to his religion. Fundamentalist Islam is a totalitarian political system whose prophet preaches death to infidels -- men, women and children. The apologists, shills and enablers for these monsters from Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan to the BBC and the New York Times, draw on a tradition that is only 250 years old, but no less dangerous in the context of this war. Ever since the French Revolution the political left has been at war with the democracies of the West. The only real political question we face is how many bombings, how many atrocities it is going to take for the majorities in the democracies wake up.

Kurt Loder Puts "Sicko" In Perspective

I blogged about this last week, but it's so good it bears repeating. Kurt Loder of MTV released a scathing review of Michael Moore's latest F*ckyoumentary, "Sicko" about how great Cuba's health care system is compared to our free-market system. Loder is a music/movie writer who's done some good work in the past, but always makes one wonder why he is working at a place like MTV. As the parody on South Park goes, "What am I still doing here? I must be the oldest person at this network by at least 50 years." I was also a little surprised at his behavior on the network after Kurt Cobain committed suicide. It was almost like he and the network wanted the teens of America to commit mass suicide.

However, Loder seems to have redeemed himself with this review. Even Moore's most astute critics couldn't have put it better. NewsBusters has more.

UPDATE: Iranian Media reports Moore will attend Tehran Film Festival featuring "Sicko."


The Debate Over Why They Hate Us

Caught this video clip of Christopher Hitchens on Hot Air. He was talking about the London attacks and mentioned how in the planned 2004 attack on the night club Ministry of Sound (whose albums are great, by the way), the terrorists mentioned how much they wanted to hurt the women in the club because they were "sluts," "whores," etc. This reminded me of what I heard the other day (not three years ago, Senator Inhofe, really the other day) on the Michael Savage radio show. I don't really care for his show, but I catch bits of it if I'm in the car at the right time to see how this wing of the proverbial Right Wing is thinking these days. Savage posited the theory that much of the hatred coming Muslims in the Middle East is the fault of Israel...not because they're Jews but because of their moral decay, allowing women to dress slutty, dabble in prostitution, condoning homosexuality, etc. The average Muslim, said Savage, is bound and determined not to allow his daughter to become like the average Jewish girl.

This is similar to the theory put forth by conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza in his book The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11. I said at the time this was crap, but it seems to be a an idea held by a small section of the Right Wing, i.e. Michael Savage, D'Souza and Pat Robertson. It's stupid, but we need to be aware of it. Much like the criticism from The Left, who say it's out fault for being in the Middle East and living free, both arguments have the same basic premise: we deserve their hatred.


A Timetable For The Fence

Michael Chertoff this morning on Fox News Sunday:

"Well what we’ve done is we’re working on - and we’ll complete by September - up to 140-150 miles of fencing."

Okay, he's on record. On September 30th, let's see how much of the fence is complete.

Oliver Stone Hates America

Tell me I'm wrong.