9/30/2007

Christian Leaders Look To Third Party If Rudy Gets GOP Nod

You know what? Screw James Dobson. There, I said it. Screw him. Screw him and these all-or-nothing evangelicals that are bound and determined to see the country destroyed.

Chess Master To Run For Russian Presidency

Garry Kasparov, possibly the greatest chess player that's ever lived, will be running as an opposition candidate in the race for the Russian Presidency. He's been a thorn in the side of Stalin Jr. (a.k.a. Vladimir Putin) since getting into politics and now he will challenge Putin's successor or maybe Putin himself if he rips up the constitution. I recently read David Remnick's piece on Kasparov in The New Yorker...well, I read as much as I could. Remnick makes so many idiotic assumptions on the state of foreign affairs, it gets annoying. Nevertheless, the point of the piece was that Kasparov was trying to find a good candidate to run, but the opposition is so divided, it looked early on like he would have to be the candidate himself. Seems unlikely he could win as Putin has corrupted the system so much it can barely be called a democratic election, but Rome wasn't built in a day. If he can make a good showing it could put them on the road to overcoming what can now only be called a Mafia State.

Thomas Friedman Continues To Annoy

His latest elitist take is that 9/11 has made Americans stupid. *sigh* Don Surber has a wrap-up of the responses.

Friedman gets it in other areas like outsourcing and the global economy, but on the subject of foreign affairs, he's still in a New York state of mind. I have a friend who tells me I don't have a full understanding of America's place in the world because I haven't been overseas, but in the same breath he tells me he will never visit or having anything to do with the part of America located between Las Vegas and New York City. I suspect Friedman has a similar philosophy.

What he needs to is to take a hiatus and live in the Midwest for about six months to a year. Yes, he's been to Europe, Africa, South America, etc., but I doubt he's ever actually been to his own country...the United States.

9/29/2007

Where Have All The Charlie Wilson's Gone?

Just a matter of days ago, Charlie Wilson received a heart-transplant. Never hear of him? Here's a hint: he was a U.S. Congressman from Texas that served from 1973 to 1997. Still doesn't ring a bell? Allow me to explain.

Charlie Wilson was known in Congress as the "liberal from Lufkin." During his time in the House, he championed many liberal causes from Medicaid to minimum-wage, regulations on business, abortion rights and even the Equal Rights Amendment. Wilson also had a reputation as a partier. He loved the drink, he loved women and he loved Las Vegas, hence his nickname "Good Time Charlie."

Sounds like a Kennedy or a Clinton, doesn't he? Well, there was one important difference. Wilson was a hawk. Unlike many of his party brethren (especially today), he understood that the United States and freedom itself had enemies and that these enemies had to be dealt with. This belief came to a head one fateful day in Las Vegas when Goodtime Charlie was sitting in his hotel room in Las Vegas watching a "60 Minutes" report on Afghan rebels fighting the Soviets. A plan was hatched and Wilson, along with a rogue CIA agent, were able to covertly secure funding for the rebels that allowed them to beat back the Soviets. This story will soon be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks. (Interesting that this covert operation to beat communists is worthy of a heroic movie but not, say, Oliver North's story. You never know with Hollywood).

Speaking of Iran-Contra, Charlie Wilson has a key roll in the funding of the Contras as well. President Reagan faced a key vote on the issue in the House and called Wilson expressing his need for his support. Wilson was gravely ill at a military hospital in Germany, but he made the trip back and was brought onto the House floor in hospital pajamas and an IV drip to cast his vote. It was the stuff of legend. The legend also says that two liberal colleagues threatened to pull out his IV unless he voted no. He told the "pinkos" to buzz off, and voted yes.

My questions to the Democrat Party of 2007: where have all the Charlie Wilson's gone?

Sounds like a Paula Cole song, doesn't it?

The Difference Between Talk Show Hosts

I have a friend who has a great take on the difference between Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage. The thing with Savage, while you agree with a lot of what he says (and disagree with some of the more extreme views), when you listen to him you end up feeling kind of down. The world is hopeless, we're losing, etc., is the feeling you get. Then you listen to Rush and you feel optimistic, you're proud to be conservative (or libertarian) and you're ready to take on the world.

Then there's Mark Levin, who I call the conservative guilty pleasure. If you're feeling really pissed off about the state of affairs in this country and need to blow off some steam by hearing someone that's as pissed about it as you are...Mark's your man. Case in point, his take on Media Matters.

Why I'll Never Be Thin Again

Glenn Reynolds has a link to a recipe for fried ravioli. Thanks a lot, Glenn!

9/28/2007

Another Day, Another Design

It's been a crazy week for me in the world of blogging. First, I was unable to blog for about three days due to a Blogger-to-FTP problem that Google was having. Just when I was ready to kick Blogger to the curb, they saved my ass by rescuing my blog from the ash-heap after I accidentally erased it from my dashboard. So, now that I'm back in business, I have a new, updated design courtesy the good folks at Gecko & Fly. I'll be making more little tweaks to the page this weekend.

9/27/2007

Bush Imposes Sactions Against Myanmar's Government

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration imposed economic sanctions against senior officials of Myanmar on Thursday, condemning the military-run government's crackdown on protesters.

The Treasury Department announced the sanctions against 14 senior officials of Myanmar, also known as Burma.

[...]

Among those targeted for the sanctions are the junta leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, and the No. 2 man in the military regime, Deputy Senior Gen. Maung Aye.

The action by Treasury will freeze any assets that the individuals targeted have in U.S. banks or other financial institutions under U.S. jurisdiction. The order also prohibits any U.S. citizens from doing business with the designated individuals.

"The president has made it clear that we will not stand by as the regime tries to silence the voices of the Burmese people through repression and intimidation," said Adam Szubin, director of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control.



Okay, I have a question...why are we doing this now and not 19 years ago when these thugs came to power? We're supposed to be the United States of America, the beacon of freedom and democracy...the shining city on the hill. You're telling me these guys have been allowed to keep money in U.S. banks and to do business with U.S. companies for two decades? Why????

I know why. It has many names, but my preference is the word postmodernism...the sick, twisted philosophy that all cultures are to be respected, that there is no right and wrong, only perspective, and that the United States has no right to interfere in any way with the oppression committed by foreign governments. What are these so-called "sanctions" supposed to tell these people fighting for their freedom in Burma? The government stepped over the line this time but everything they did before was hunky-dory? Oh, that's right...I'm sure we have been in "talks" with the junta for many years...being nice and pleading with them to put a smiley face on their regime.

Then there's this:

As the Treasury Department announced details of the sanctions, the White House called on the junta to allow a U.N. special envoy full access to all relevant parties, including those jailed by the junta and religious leaders, while he is in Myanmar, beginning Friday.

Yeah, that'll work. I wonder what kind of bribe we'll offer them to "play nice?"

Sick.

Journalism Is Dead And Jon Stewart Killed It

Via Tim Blair.

Bill Kristol Optimistic

Great piece today in the Weekly Standard:

Last night, for the first time this election cycle, I watched a Democratic presidential debate. It was appalling. But it was also, in a way, encouraging. Before last night, I thought it was 50-50 that the Republican nominee would win in November 2008.

Now I think it's 2 to 1. And if the Democrat is anyone but Hillary, it's 4 to 1.
Here, judging from the debate, is what the 2008 Democratic nominee is likely to be for. Abroad: ensuring defeat in Iraq and permitting a nuclear Iran. At home: more illegal immigration, higher taxes, more government control of health care, and more aggressive prosecution of the war on smoking than of the war on terror. And this is only a bit of an exaggeration. Going into last night, I had no great expectations of the Democratic field. But the level of routine irresponsibility demonstrated throughout the debate was jaw-dropping. Bush may remain unpopular, and the Republican "brand" unattractive. But I believe the toughness of Giuliani, the sobriety of Thompson, the gravitas of McCain--any of these would be very difficult for the Democratic nominee to overcome.

Great minds think alike, I had very similar thoughts on this last night. I think you can boil down the race for the Democrat Party nomination for president on one simple question: who wants to roll back our freedoms the most? That seems to be the competition among the candidates. Any time one of them ups the ante, the rest follow. It's a question that should be asked of all the candidates from all of the political parties: Are you going to roll back freedom or maximize freedom?

9/26/2007

The Movement To Destroy Bill O'Reilly

The Radio Equalizer has a nice roundup of the recent smear campaign by the MSM on Bill O'Reilly.

If this story proves anything, it's that there will never be an open dialogue on race in this country...the MSM simply won't allow it.

MORE: Tammy Bruce: "A Gestapo has emerged in America."

Vincent Van Gogh Was A Genius!

The painter's advice for producing good work: "you have to eat well, be well housed, have a screw from time to time, smoke your pipe and drink your coffee in peace."

If there's better advice out there, I haven't heard it! (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Marching For Freedom In Burma

Once in a while, you see something that just takes your breath away:


While we in America are working to limit our own freedom day after day, those that really know what it's like when the government "crushes dissent" are risking their lives for freedom.

Dan Rather's Vendetta Against The Bush Family

I'm talkin' about friendship. I'm talkin' about character. I'm talkin' about - hell, Leo, I ain't embarrassed to use the word - I'm talkin' about ethics.

-From the movie Miller's Crossing

It's becoming clear that at least a good part of the motivation behind Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS is his desire to harm the Bush Family.

When asked by Carol Joynt, host of the "Q&A Café" held at Nathans restaurant who worked with Rather at CBS in the 1970s, whether "he'd like to" call President Bush as a witness in the trial, Rather said "I'd like not to answer the question," leaving both Joynt and audience members wondering whether the newsman has Bush in his sights." Joynt later told Yeas & Nays, "From the look in his eye -- and he gave me a definite Ratheresque look -- I got the impression he will call the president as a witness. Possibly both of them: 41 and 43. He implied the suit is not against them, but what the suit is about stems directly from his antagonistic relationship with them."

Really stunning. Many of us remember the rude interview he conducted with then Vice President Bush over the Iran-Contra scandal. He finished off his career pushing a story that he hoped would unseat President George W. Bush. He really, really hates the Bushes and it looks like he's willing to do whatever he can to harass them.

Now, there's a part of this story I want to explore. Rather has stated many times that while the documents may have been fake (and he's not willing to concede that they are), they still have the story right. His most recent statement: "we got the truth, but we left ourselves vulnerable." Rather is so convinced of Bush's guilt that he can't let it go. It is possible that Rather is right and Bush got out of completing his military service thanks to daddy, but Rather didn't have the evidence...and that was the point of the fallout. I'm sure there are dozens if not hundreds of reporters who know things...really bad things, but they don't have evidence so they don't report it. It's a matter of ethics, remember those?

In this recent interview, Rather was asked if he thought President Bush hated him. Wouldn't a more apropos question be whether Rather hated Bush? He would deny it, of course, but it sure looks that way. This is what we on the Right side of the political spectrum are talking about when we cry liberal-bias in the media. It's that ingrained belief that one side is right and the other is wrong and it's their job, as journalists, to fight for their people and fight against their perceived enemies. Sure, everyone has their own personal biases, but Rather took it one step further. He abandoned the ethics of his profession in order to harm someone he sees as an adversary, and it looks like he isn't finished.

Ethics.

9/25/2007

Okay...We're Back

Three-day blackout thanks to Blogger. I'll have more after I finish reading up on Movable Type.

9/24/2007

Ahmadinejad Irony

It must be National Irony Day with this report from Michelle Malkin. Apparently, by sheer coincidence, an alumnus of Columbia University who was being held in an Iranian prison has been released. This happened just days before Iran's President Mahmoud Amadinejad speech at the University. Also of note, this alum, Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh, works for George Soro's Open Society Institute. Thus, he works for an organization that is fighting the United States, yet he gets thrown in an Iranian prison for allegedly "conspiring against Iran's national security."

My head hurts.

9/23/2007

Islam And Marxism

A great post from Dr. Sanity.

Rush Limbaugh On Family Guy

I blogged about this a few months ago when I first heard the news. Rush Limbaugh made an appearance on Family Guy tonight. The creator Seth MacFarlane, said that Bill O'Reilly turned them down so they asked Rush. His bit was as a radio host on Tatooine Radio who talked about the fallacy of global warming on the planet and how Lando got his job through affirmative action. MacFarlane called this bit "neutral" but it was obviously meant to poke fun at conservatives, but Rush, I doubt, really cares. And how predictable is this show becoming with its liberal politics? At the beginning as the Imperial ship was flying off, I said to myself "There's gonna be a Bush-Cheney bumper-sticker." Called it! Family Guy is a good show, but they need to back off the constant Moveon.org-style politicking and just stick to pop culture satire.

Lovin' The Haters

If you need a perfect amalgam of the logic and ideology behind the Democrat Party, look no further than this post in the Daily Kos. The blogger, or "diarist" is a Jewish lesbian who admits that if Ahmadinejad had his way, she'd be dead. Despite this, she can't help but have a crush on the little madman because he just hates Bush and the United States so much! The mind boggles.

9/22/2007

Columbia U. Would Invite Hitler

Quite the university they've got there in the Big Apple, but let's not lose site of reality here. This Coatsworth fellow is making the standard "latent libertarian" argument that they're just a bunch of free thinkers and believe that everyone deserves to state their case in the marketplace of ideas, after all, isn't that what freedom is all about?

But it's all a lie. They don't believe in a free marketplace of ideas. It's easy to say you would allow a Nazi dictator who's been dead for 60 years to speak at the University...if you had a time-machine. No, they have a soft-spot for anyone who is willing to thumb his nose at the evil-empire known as the United States. The administration at Columbia are Stalinist who believe that what's bad for America is good for their side. Don't be fooled by hollow arguments.

9/21/2007

Giuliani Sees The Light On Gun-Control

A few of my friends, and my father, have expressed to me their concerns about Rudy Giuliani as president due to his previous stances on gun-control. Today, Rudy tried to put the NRA's mind at ease by saying that his has evolved his position and thanks to events like 9/11 he is a believer in gun-rights. Whether he has actually seen the light or not, the bottom line is that Rudy's a smart politician and he knows what's a winning issue and what's a losing issue. He's smart enough to know that nationally, gun-control is a losing issue. This is why his gun-control actions as Mayor of New York (one of the most liberal cities in the nation) don't concern me. Maybe I'm being naive, but I've followed this guys career for a long time...he's no doorknob.

9/18/2007

Dementia Live On MSNBC

It's good to know that as crazy as I sometimes get, I'll never be as demented as Joe Conason.

Mangini Black-Balled?

This Patriots videotaping scandal is getting weirder by the day. Now it appears that many in the NFL and the sports media are casting Eric Mangini as the Linda Tripp of this scandal while Belichick is playing the role of Bill Clinton. Translation: yes, Belichick is an ego maniacal jerk, but we love him while Mangini is a "traitor" a "double-crosser" and even "toxic." Geesh! (Hat tip: ProFootballTalk.com)

FREDeralism?

Yes, FREDeralism! (Hat tip: Johnny Sac)

The Irrational Exuberance Of The Bush-Bashers

Jonah Goldberg has a great piece this morning on the hullabaloo over Alan Greenspan's comments about our "War for Oil" in Iraq. By now you've heard that what Greenspan meant was not that the Bush Administration went to war for oil, but that Greenspan himself supported the war because he long saw Saddam Hussein as a threat to the oil markets.

That's all well and good, but there's a classic assumption here that isn't being addressed. What's wrong with going to war for oil? "No blood for oil" is the common mantra of the anti-war types, but to them I say, what better reason to go to war? Oil is what keeps America going. It allows me to get to work, to go on trips, to enjoy my life. It gives me the freedom to move about as I wish. Without it, our economy would grind to a halt and we'd never realize our full potential. Oil puts food on the table. What better reason for our soldiers to go to war than to protect our ability to keep the American engine running? This is not a radical position, or at least it shouldn't be.

9/17/2007

NFL Week 2 Quick Hits

Well, this is why the NFL is so entertaining. You never know week to week what's going to happen. Who, for instance, knew that the Browns would become an offensive juggernaut once they put Charlie Frye on a plane heading west?

Some thoughts:

-The Patriots and the Colts are so far and away better than the rest of the teams in the league, it's scary.

-John Kitna is giving the Detroit Lions reason to get up in the morning.

-49ers are 2-0. Better days seem to be close for this once unstoppable franchise.

-Not so for the Dolphins.

-Very significant win for the Cardinals. For this team to come back and upset Seattle after losing a heartbreaker the week before is very un-Cardinal like...and that's a good thing.

HillaryCare Rises From The Grave; Rudy Ready For Battle

Hillary Clinton is proposing socialized medicine once again. This new plan would cost $110 billion a year and require every American to have health insurance, whether they want it or not. I wish I could say that I'm confident it will die a horrible death like it did in 1993, but I'm not. If she's in the White House with a Democrat Congress...the only thing that could save us would be Blue Dog Democrats and I doubt there will be enough of them to do it.

On a related note, Philip Klein over at The American Spectator makes the case for Rudy Giuliani as the best hope for beating Hillary. One very big reason for this is the fact that Rudy is willing to take on Hillary himself and not rely on his lackeys or his wife like many other candidates have been doing. Certainly the MSM will eventually play the "wounded female card" the way they did against Rick Lazio in 2000, but don't expect Rudy to waver. As Klein says, "This looks like a battle Giuliani was born to fight."

UPDATE: And what about HillaryCare for illegals? Take a guess.

9/16/2007

More Than Gestures

The Washington Post gets it right...gestures should not be enough to charge a person with a crime. Larry Craig was wrong to plead guilty, but so are police in charging people with lewd conduct for supposed gestures (like foot-tapping) that supposedly imply solicitation of sex. That's just too much police power and it needs to be changed.

Patriots Scandal Not Over

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has ordered the Pats to turn over all videotapes, files and note involved in the videotaping incident during last week's Jets game. If they find anything amiss or if the Pats aren't forthcoming with the materials, more fines could be on the way.

Only In Las Vegas: O.J. In Trouble

Only my town, Las Vegas, could give new life to the O.J. Simpson saga. Did he commit or at least take part in an armed robbery of sports memorabilia? The story keeps twisting and turning as the days go by. Now, an arrest of one man has been made by Las Vegas police and it's still possible that O.J. could be joining him in lockup. Drudge is all over the story.

UPDATE: Holy Crap! O.J. arrested!

9/15/2007

Huskers Fall To USC

Well, I didn't expect my Huskers to beat USC, but I wanted them to play a good game. For the most part, they did. They gave the Trojans trouble for most of the first half, but in the end, Pete Caroll's team is just too loaded with talent.

However, unlike some Husker teams before Coach Callahan arrived, this team shows no quit. They played a full 60 minutes even though they knew it wouldn't be enough. That's the kind of fight they'll need to win the Big 12 North.

9/13/2007

Goodell Hands Down Decision On Patriots

Turns out Roger Goodell handed down his ruling a day early. The NFL Commissioner fined Head Coach Bill Belichick (a.k.a Bill Beli-cheat and Bill Beli-check-the-tape) the maximum monetary fine in the league: $500,000. The Patriots organization will have to fork over $250,000.

They also lose a draft pick or picks. If they make the playoffs this year, they forfeit their first round pick in '08. If they don't make the playoffs, they will forfeit their second and third round picks. Belichick, however, will not be suspended nor will they have to forfeit their victory over the Jets.

My take...I would have at least suspended Belichick or stripped them of their victory. These guys swim in money, so I don't see how that's much punishment. Draft picks? Eh...about 1/3 of draft picks are a washout anyway...what's one pick to a team that's already loaded? However, I'm just a guy in the stands and I have no reason to doubt Goodell's judgement. The other factor to look at is how this plays in the court of public opinion.

I wonder when the Pats will be in Philadelphia...that should be fun.

Patriots Scandal Growing

Dr. Z of Sports Illustrated has a great column with lots of interesting little nuggets on the New England Patriots scandal. Sounds like faulty headsets at inopportune times are a common thing at Foxboro.

The New York Times "Family Discount"

Via Hot Air.

NFL Reacts to "Belicheat"

NFL.com's website has a really good montage video of reaction to the Patriots cheating scandal from players and coaches. Pay special attention to Tony Dungy's comments.

This is one hell of a story.

Your Own Personal Jesus Jihad

A little Depeche Mode reference there.

Rusty Shackleford has the scoop on the Michigan Shia blogger that's on his own personal jihad. At least he was before he got caught.

Health Zoning

Sieg Heil!

Raping Free Speech?

Don Surber on the loose!

9/12/2007

Laundry Libertarianism

The logic behind low-flow toilets has infected the washing machine industry thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy. Protein Wisdom has the details. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Belichick Apologizes

Who would have ever thought that the Michael Vick dog-fighting scandal would be the second biggest story in the NFL this year? If I were a sports journalist, I'd be licking my chops right now. This Patriots fiasco is one hell of a story.

9/11/2007

NFL To Punish Patriots For Videotaping Jets' Signals

This is a weird story. A videographer for the New England Patriots was caught by NFL security shooting video of the defensive signals from the New York Jets' coaches. Apparently, the Pats have been caught doing this before in their game last year against Green Bay.

Goodell is considering severe sanctions, including the possibility of docking the Patriots "multiple draft picks" because it is the competitive violation in the wake of a stern warning to all teams since he became commissioner, the sources said. The Patriots have been suspected in previous incidents.

It's just odd. This is the best NFL franchise this decade, with three Super Bowl trophies. It's hard to believe that videotaping defensive signals would have such a benefit as to propell the team to the heights they've reached the past six years, and that the payoff would be worth the risk. It's also odd that they've been caught once before but continued to do it anyway when it seemed to be common knowledge among other teams that they did this kind of thing. The boys at ProFootballTalk.com has some more thoughts.

9/11 Six Years On

I can't believe it's been six years since the 9/11 attacks. I'm one of the few people in the country that still remembers the event (or at least isn't pretending it never happened). I had been living in Las Vegas for about 5 months and was working a night shift at a local television station. My phone rang early that morning. I don't remember the exact time, but it was much too early for anyone that knew my schedule. I picked it up and it was my mother. I was just about to lecture her for the umpteenth time about how the country is split into time zones and mine was far different from hers when she said, "Turn on the TV, they're flying planes into the World Trade Center!"

??? They? Who are they? Planes? Surely you mean little crop-duster type planes, right?

I watch the coverage for about an hour. I couldn't get my head around the fact that something like this was happening in the United States. I saw one of the towers collapse...still numb in disbelief. What am I seeing? Realization came slow.

I went to work for what would be a very long work week. The Las Vegas Strip was empty. What now?

Anyway, it's funny how the big events stick with you. This was the JFK assassination for my generation, and unfortunately, it's proved to be just as politically divisive.

Zombies In San Francisco

Brains!

9/10/2007

Jane Wyman Dies

The actress best known both for her role on prime-time soap Falcon Crest and as Ronald Reagan's ex-wife has died. I was reading her obit and this section struck me:

After Reagan became governor of California and then president of the United States, Wyman kept a decorous silence about her ex-husband, who had married actress Nancy Davis. In a 1968 newspaper interview, Wyman explained the reason:

"It's not because I'm bitter or because I don't agree with him politically. I've always been a registered Republican. But it's bad taste to talk about ex-husbands and ex-wives, that's all. Also, I don't know a damn thing about politics."

A few days after Reagan died on June 5, 2004, Wyman broke her silence, saying: "America has lost a great president and a great, kind and gentle man."

I don't think anything can put a finer point on the fact that the likes of Reagan and Wyman are from a different era, a different time. I very much doubt that Donna Hanover is going to give Rudy Giuliani the same courtesy once he's in the White House (yes, I'm being confident).

9/09/2007

Lou Dobbs Destroys Amnesty Shill

This is what we need more of (and this is why Bill O'Reilly is so popular). Lou Dobbs has the guts to actually question a guest when he talks nonsense instead of letting him spin his web of lies. Take notes MSNBC.

9/08/2007

Hagel To Retire From Senate

Thank G-d! The nation's worst Republican Senator has decided not to run for reelection in the U.S. Senate (where he would have been trounced in the primary) and apparently he will not make a Lyndon LaRouche-style run for the presidency either. This is a good decision Chuck, just retire and finally get the psychological help you desperately need.

And you folks in Nebraska...don't be fooled by Bob Kerrey again!

9/07/2007

Bin Laden Apparently Running For Democrat Party Nomination...

...and Noam Chomsky is on top of his VP list! Look out, Dennis Kucinich!

More at the ABC News blog.

Giuliani Comments On Illegal Immigration Create Frenzy

There's a frenzy building in the blogosphere over comments made by Rudy Giuliani about illegal immigration on the Glenn Beck radio show. Here's the pertinent passage:

GLENN: Right. But isn't illegal immigration a crime in and of itself?

GIULIANI: No.

GLENN: Aren't you saying --

GIULIANI: Glenn --

GLENN: You're protecting criminals by saying that being treated as a criminal is unfair.

GIULIANI: Glenn, it's not a crime. I know that's very hard for people to understand, but it's not a federal crime.

GLENN: It's a misdemeanor but if you've been nailed, it is a crime. If you've been nailed, ship back and come back, it is a crime.

GIULIANI: Glenn, being an illegal immigrant, the 400,000 were not prosecuted for crimes by the federal government, nor could they be. I was U.S. attorney in the southern district of New York. So believe me, I know this. In fact, when you throw an immigrant out of the country, it's not a criminal proceeding. It's a civil proceeding.

GLENN: Is it --

GIULIANI: One of the things that congress wanted to do a year ago is to make it a crime, which indicates that it isn't.

GLENN: Should it be?

GIULIANI: Should it be? No, it shouldn't be because the government wouldn't be able to prosecute it. We couldn't prosecute 12 million people. We have only 2 million people in jail right now for all the crimes that are committed in the country, 2.5 million. If you were to make it a crime, you would have to take the resources of the criminal justice system and increase it by about 6. In other words, you'd have to take all the 800,000 police, and who knows how many police we would have to have.

GLENN: So what's your solution?

GIULIANI: My solution is close the border to illegal immigration.

GLENN: How do you do that?

GIULIANI: You do that by building a fence, a physical fence and a technological fence, and the technological fence is more important than the physical fence. The technological fence would alert you to illegals approaching the border well in advance so the border patrol can get there and stop them. You deploy the border patrol every 50 miles along the border. I've already outlined this on a map. I did this in detail about two weeks ago. And then you have the border patrol stop people from coming in, literally stop them from coming in. If you did that for a year or two, you would end it. You also have a tamperproof ID card that every person from a foreign country should have that comes into the United States. The goal has to be, yes, you're allowed to come to the United States but you have to identify yourself before we let you in, and we have to be sure you're a safe person. And then if you come in, you'll be in the computer base, you'll be able to work, you will have to pay your fair share, you'll have to pay taxes but we have to end it right at the border by having the resources to stop people from just walking into this country and not identifying themselves. Only the federal government can do this. If the federal government doesn't do this, there is no way that the local governments in this country can handle it other than in a practical way. If you make people that are just going to be here for the next 20 years, if you put them in a situation of danger and risk, you're going to have more crime in your communities.


Okay, I'm no lawyer (and I'm hoping Glenn Reynolds or the boys at Volokh chime in) but it seems like what he's saying is that talking about immigration laws is a waste of time because we couldn't possible enforce them all with open borders...so we need to first close the borders with a physical and technological fence and then go from there. That may be a generous take and I admit to being a Rudy guy, but it seems to me that elements of the conservative base are just looking for a reason to scuttle Rudy. They're mad he's not saying in a booming voice, "no more illegal immigration!" and instead is hitting us with legal facts. Is he right on the law?

UPDATE: American Pundit seems to agree my position on this.

Culture Of Corruption, Just The Wrong Party

Via Hot Air.

"This Is What Happens When You Lend Money To Poor People"

Heh. Sad but true.

Aliens In The White House

Awesome. (Hat tip: Hot Air)

9/06/2007

NFL Season Begins: Colts Dominate

What can you say about the Colts' performance tonight? Just completely dominant in every facet of the game. Take notes Ben Roethlisberger...this is how you play after winning a Super Bowl, without a hint of complacency. The Colts defense, which has usually been their weak spot and improved in the playoffs last season, looked better than they have ever been...comparable to the offense. Wow.

Ben Franklin's Bad Advice

Heh.

Plus...110 year old woman credits longevity to salt!

Kathleen Willey Claims Clintons Stole Book

Cassy Fiano over at Wizbang really has the best perspective on this story:

Honestly, who knows what to believe here? I wouldn't put it past the Clintons to do something like this, but come on. It seems a little suspicious to me that she's in the news, whining about this manuscript being stolen, a few months before the book comes up. Drumming up publicity, perhaps?

But, like I said, who knows what the truth is? The book probably is damaging to the Clintons' reputation, a feat that isn't entirely difficult. However, it isn't exactly the first negative book to be published about the Clintons. What information could Kathleen Willey have that previous authors did not, information scandalous enough that the Clintons would feel the need to hire some goon to keep her quiet? It isn't that I wouldn't believe it of them, but this particular story seems a little unlikely to me.

Malkin Battles Geraldo's Hate Speech

So Geraldo Rivera says of Michelle Malkin "I'd spit on her if I saw her." Not surprising as Geraldo can get pretty animated on certain issues. I've seen him and O'Reilly have huge shouting matches on The Factor, and Michelle's stand on illegal immigration/amnesty has been enough to send hot-head Rivera into hysterics. His statement...made about a woman of minority decent, meets the Left's definition of hate-speech but the MSM is either ignoring it or applauding it because Michelle is on the "wrong" side of the issue and associates herself with conservatives. Much like the racist cartoons of Condoleezza Rice, there is a level or racism and hate that is condoned in this country, and it's gotta stop. I'm not saying Geraldo should lose his job. I'm a free speech absolutist, thus I don't believe in punishing speech of any kind. What I'm dealing with here is the double-standard of the MSM. If Geraldo had made this statement about another commentator, say a Kristin Powers...he'd be in heap big trouble.

9/05/2007

Apple Has The Touch

Well, as was probably expected, Apple has rolled out a new version of the iPod with touch-screen technology. The iPod touch is basically the iPhone without the phone capability. It plays music, videos and has wi-fi access to the Interet and iTunes.

That's all well and good, but what I'm really waiting for is a touch-screen laptop computer. That would be awesome.

DRUDGE: Hsu On The Run?

Hillary's big donor fails to appear in court. Developing...

MORE: Good stuff at Hot Air.

USA Most Heavily Armed Civilian Population

Good news! New figures show that the U.S. has 90 guns for every 100 people! Thus, per-capita, we are the most heavily armed nation in the world. Funny how we're also the freest nation in the world, isn't it? Wonder if there's a correlation?

Britain's Brave New World

A British judge says that every British citizen and visitor to the island nation should be added to the national DNA database.

Sedley said he was aware his idea would be viewed as a dangerous breach of civil liberties.

"It is authoritarian measure to the extent that it demands people depart with some further measure of their autonomy and privacy and it has to be justified," he added.

Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said there were no plans to make the database compulsory for all residents and visitors for the foreseeable future.

"But no-one ever says never," he told BBC radio.

Super. More at Samizdata.

Jerry Lewis Apologizes For Gay Slur

Personally, I don't care what Jerry Lewis said during the 18th hour of his MDA Telethon. I'm not a believer in the idea that there are words you can't or shouldn't say. That practice just feeds the notion of victimhood. Say what you will about the black community and rap music...they managed to take the "N-word" and make it their own, thus curtailing the power of those that wish to slight them...or at least, that was the plan. The Justice Brothers of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are making sure the First Amendment doesn't apply to white folks.

Anyway, the reason I write about this Jerry Lewis thing is that I find it interesting how the level of outrage depends not on what word was said but on the standing of the person that said it. Don Imus lost his job for saying "nappy-head hoes" and there was quite a bit of media-created outrage over the incident. Meanwhile, Jerry Lewis uses the word "faggot" and the response is tepid at best. Yes, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation fired off a press release, but that was about it. Could this lack of outrage mean that Jerry has a huge amount of moral authority because at the time of saying the gay slur he was hosting a telethon for sick children? If so, where is the line? Is it possible to be so full of "moral authority" that you can say anything with no repercussions? Like Noam Chomsky?

9/04/2007

Quote Of The Day

What In The Hell Has Happened To The Tories?

Thatcher betrayed.

Hillary Clinton Embraces Inner Marxist

Since she hit the national political scene in 1992, Hillary Clinton has served as a bete noir for conservatives. Her stand on most political issues can certainly be called socialist, but many have gone so far as to call her a communist and a Marxist. You can even buy t-shirts with pictures of Hillary that tie her to communism or use the hammer and sickle.

My thoughts on this: silly; overzealous paranoia; one toke over the line.

But then Hillary has to come along and say things like this:

"This (Social Security) is the most successful domestic program in the history of the United States," Clinton said to applause from seniors gathered in Washington to push their policy agenda. "When I'm president, privatization is off the table because it's not the answer to anything."


I don't see how Marx or Lenin could disagree.

Potemkim Journalism

Jules Crittenden looks at how the story line is always clear with the MSM. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

The New War

Don Surber has the proof that we're winning the war in Iraq: the Left is moving it's attention to "the next war": Iran. A move worthy of Citizen Kane himself.

9/03/2007

Jerry Lewis In Big, Big Trouble

Telethon legend doesn't quite stop himself before slur slips out.

UPDATE: Word is spreading about the "illiterate fag" remark. TV Squad opines.

Bush In Iraq

President Bush makes a surprise visit to the Anbar province in Iraq, something that would have been unthinkable a year ago...which I'm sure is the point. Stop The ACLU has a roundup.

Happy Union Thuggery Day!

Via WILLisms.

Liberal Bloggers Blackout On Hillary/Hsu

I've gone on record saying that the Hillary Clinton fundraising scandal bores me because nothing will ever come of it...the MSM will cover it up and the Justice Department will ignore it. However, that doesn't make it unimportant. Now it appears the liberal bloggers are concerned...they're ignoring the story. Now I'm getting interested.

John Edwards Proposes Health Care Dictatorship

TIPTON, Iowa - Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

"It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care," he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. "If you are going to be in the system, you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK."


Am I the only one that finds this insane?

It gets better with this guy...

Edwards, who has been criticized by some for calling on Americans to be willing to give up their SUVs while driving one, acknowledged Sunday that he owns a Ford Escape hybrid SUV, purchased within the year, and a Chrysler Pacificia, which he said he has had for years.

"I think all of us have to move, have to make progress," he said. "I'm not holyier-than-thou about this. ... I'm like a lot of Americans, I see how serious this issue is and I want to address it myself and I want to help lead the nation in the right direction."

He said he would not buy another SUV in the future.

Be afraid.

UPDATE: Ann Althouse: "Why does he not even realize how bad that sounds?" (Hat tip: Instapundit)

MORE: Not surprisingly, Edwards has the support of the Steel and Mine workers unions.

9/01/2007

Cornhuskers Get "Lucky"

My Nebraska Cornhuskers are starting to look like something I can be proud of. The big news in the off-season was acquiring Quarterback Sam Keller who transferred from Arizona State after losing the starting job there. Other than an interception which was run back for a touchdown and some early game jitters, Keller looked like the quarterback Husker fans have been dreaming of as he finished with 14-of-25 passes for 193 yards in Nebraska's 52-10 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack.

The big story, however, was Nebraska's run game led by Marlon Lucky's 233 yards and three touchdowns. West Coast offense or not, the running game has been and always will be the bread-and-butter of Nebraska football. Lucky and Quentin Castille look to be a nifty two-man running attack for the Huskers this year.

Wake Forest is up next...


...and USC looms.

Larry Craig And The "What Ifs"

Classical Values has some good perspective on the whole Larry Craig debacle. One important lesson...always get a lawyer when accused of a crime. In a country where "If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you at no cost," there's no excuse. No doubt Senator Craig didn't want to bring any one's attention to the incident and thought his clout could cover it up. That will go down as one of the biggest political blunders in history.

But more importantly, there is a big civil rights issue here that needs to be addressed. This officer is my opinion is entrapping people and that's an abuse of power. There may be many in the gay political community happy to see a conservative Republican driven out of office, but they should not be heartened by this incident, they should be outraged.

Michigan Upset By Appalachian State

One of the biggest upsets in college football history. Between this and Boise State's defeat of Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl you have to wonder if college football is starting to even out much like the NFL has the past 10 years. Time to get rid of the subdivision, formerly known at Division 1-AA, and just let everyone go at it? Worth thinking about.