2/28/2008

Why Did William F. Buckley Talk That Way?

Some possible answers.

Louisiana's Revolution

While things may be gloomy on the national side of politics, there is a conservative/libertarian revolution going on in Louisiana. While we brace for an Obama Presidency and deal with a Republicans in Congress that have refused to disavow earmarks, Bobby Jindal is taking the most corrupt state in the nation and turning it on a dime. You want real change? Check out the Louisiana Governor. (Hat tip: RedState)

Drudge Breaks Prince Harry Story

Wow. I guess you still can keep the press in line with state secrets...at least in Britain. Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II has been serving on the frontlines in Afghanistan for three months. Everyone in the British media knew it and kept it quiet...until today when Matt Drudge set them free.

Channel 4 news in Britain: 'I never thought I'd find myself saying thank God for Drudge. The infamous US blogger has broken the best kept editorial secret of recent times. Editors have been sworn to secrecy over Prince Harry being sent to fight in Afghanistan three months ago. Drudge has blown their cover. One wonders whether viewers, readers and listeners will ever want to trust media bosses again. Or perhaps this was a courageous editorial decision to protect this fine young man?'


Crazy stuff.

Freedom No One Wants?

There's a nice piece in Time Magazine by Bob Geldof on his recent trip to Africa with President Bush. The former Boomtown Rat expresses his admiration for the president and laments that his good deeds tend to be overshadowed by Iraq and other touchy issues. Geldof did his best to keep the dialogue on the subject of Africa during his time with the President and avoid the issues they disagree, Iraq, waterboarding, Guantanamo, etc. There's one paragraph in this column that begs attention:

He is also, I feel, an emotional man. But sometimes he's a sentimentalist, and that's different. He is in love with America. Not the idea of America, but rather an inchoate notion of a space - a glorious metaphysical entity. But it is clear that since its mendacious beginnings, this war has thrown up a series of abuses that disgrace the U.S.'s central proposition. In the need to find morally neutralizing euphemisms to describe torture and abuse, the language itself became tortured and abused. Rendition, waterboarding, Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib - all are codes for what America is not. America has mortally compromised its own essential values of civil liberty while imposing its own idea of freedom on others who may not want it. The Bush regime has been divisive - but not in Africa. I read it has been incompetent - but not in Africa. It has created bitterness - but not here in Africa. Here, his administration has saved millions of lives.

This notion of imposing freedom has always fascinated me, perhaps because I simply don't understand the concept. How is freedom an imposition? Freedom, by definition is the absence of impositions. Yeah, but the critics say "What business of ours is it? What if they're not ready?" To the first question, it's not our business, until the tyrants stick their noses into ours. The second question is also perplexing and self-defeating. President Bush and America are slammed for bravado, hubris, arrogance, et al. How about proclaiming that a people is not ready for freedom? How arrogant is that?

So back to the main question. Did Iraq not want "the idea of freedom." Certainly Saddam and his family didn't, and many others of his ilk, but what of the people that did? Why are their desires not valid? It's not as simple as "not imposing freedom on those that don't want it" for those that don't want it also don't want it for anyone else. They made the decision that they hate freedom and democracy and they would deny it to everyone. That's the true imposition.

2/27/2008

William F. Buckley Dies


And according to the New York Times he died with his boots on. Buckley is as much responsible for the Conservative movement as Goldwater and Reagan. He was spreading the word in the 1950s, fighting the good fight in the age of the New Deal. Hot Air has his infamous spat with Gore Vidal and, of course National Review has a roundup.


Rest in peace, and thank you for all you did.


MORE: I can't get enough of this clip:

2/26/2008

Hillary's Last Stand

I hate to say it, but after watching this clip I think I'm about ready to start agreeing with the conventional wisdom that Hillary is done. She takes forever to say nothing, while Obama flashes a smile and says "Hey, it's all cool."

You'll hear this a million times...Obama is a very good speaker, he carries himself very well. Unfortunately, the fact that he's wrong on every issue probably won't matter to a majority of voters. The only way Obama can be defeated is with a strong ideological campaign, one based on Friedman-style capitalism and Lockean theory. Or, put another way, conservatism. This is why I don't give McCain much of a chance. He pays conservatism lip-service here and there, but McCain's real ideology is McCainism. He's like the William Shatner character on "Boston Legal." McCain thinks all he has to do to win over voters is say "I'm John McCain!"

We're in trouble.

No Country And The Evil Around Us

While I've forsaken the Oscars, I was pleased to see No Country For Old Men (and the Coen Brothers) take home the trophy for Best Picture. The film is astounding and, like most great films, it has a message that resonates with stark reality. The lesson of No Country: there is evil in the world, and sometimes it's pointless to try and understand it. Some people are just plain bad, and need to be destroyed, not understood. Bridget Johnson makes this argument at Pajamas Media.

Fascism Ain't What It Used To Be

Think we've been deprived of our civil liberties for the past 7 years? Think again. We haven't a clue what it was like in the good old days of FDR and the NRA...no not the gun guys, the New Deal guys that made sure merchants who sold products for less than the "government standard" were reeducated. Read all about it in James Lilek's Daily Bleat.

Resistance In Iran

If there's one issue I would point to that says Barack Obama would be a bad president, it's his constant promise to sit down with the thug leaders of the world without conditions. To do that denies American exceptionalism and is a slap in the face to the people under the thumbs of these tyrants. In the capital city of Iran, the people are little by little rising up against the Mullah regime, using technology to get the word out. These people need support, not an American president that lends credence to their oppressors.

2/25/2008

Oscars Get Worst Ratings Ever

They're pointing to the writers' strike, the dour content of the movies up for awards and other lame excuses, but maybe, just maybe...one big reason for the low ratings is that there are a lot of people in this country who have finally had it with Hollywood's "we're better than you" culture. George Clooney, I'm looking in your direction.

MSM Says McCain Campaign "Faltering"

If you want the public to become of a certain mindset, you have to just keep pounding away the message, even if it's not true. I caught this article on Drudge about Mitt Romney's son possibly running for Congress in Utah. In it are some interesting lines:

Of course, there's always the possibility that Mitt Romney may end up on the ballot as a vice presidential candidate — or even, some suggest, the party's nominee if the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., continues to falter.


Did I miss something? McCain's campaign is faltering and continues to do so? When did this happen?

Although Mitt Romney has taken himself out of the race, McCain's campaign has been hurt by a report that implied he had an improper relationship with a female lobbyist. Political pundits have said that could lead to an opening for another candidate, especially Mitt Romney.


Who said this? What political pundits?

My G-d...the love affair between McCain and the MSM really is over and it ended worse than a Brittany Spears' marriage.

UPDATE: Okay, this is kinda weird. The Lefty blogs are getting all excited by reports that Josh Romney says his father may get back in the race. On the LA Times blog there is this paragraph:

Josh Romney, one of former Gov. Mitt Romney's five sons, says it's "possible" his father may rejoin the race for the White House, as a vice presidential candidate or as the Republican Party's standard-bearer if the campaign of Sen. John McCain falters.

If the campaign falters is a lot different from continues to falter. Plus, the line is not attributed in the LA Times to anyone with only the world "possible" in quotes. Now, if the campaign falters makes more sense as scandals or illness are always possible, but that's a big if, though factually correct. Neither story attributes the "falters" line to Josh Romney though the Times post seems to lean that way. We need some big-time clarification here.


Cuba No Place For Wide-Eyed Socialists

British Socialist Neil Clark has some words of wisdom for the Oliver Stone's of the world. Cuba ain't the utopia it's cracked up to be.

Obama's Dangerous Moral Relativism

Big news in the Blogosphere as Captain Ed Morrissey is shutting down Captain's Quarters and moving over to Michelle Malkin's Hot Air. Quite a coup for Michelle.

His first post involved the moral relativism of Barack Obama who intends to meet with our enemies and deny American exceptionalism. We're in trouble.

Desperation Hits Clinton Camp

Wake up this morning to see that the Hillary Campaign is circulating the photo of Barack Obama in Muslim dress that was recently published by the National Enquirer. Gotta love it. I still, however, refuse to count her out. I learned my lesson from the 1990's.

His name has never bothered me...it's his stand on the issues that's troubling. John McCain has me by the you-know-what's. I never thought I'd cast a vote for the Arizona Senator, but it looks like I'm gonna have to. Well played, old man, well played.

2/24/2008

How The New York Times Does Journalism

A brilliant definition from Victor Davis Hanson:

Pretty clearly they wanted to do to John McCain what they did to Rudy Giuliani—start a series of stories that required constant replies and corrections whose monotonous net effect was a thousand nicks that bled the target to death. And that has become old hat. Whether it was the ad nauseam spate of daily stories that made national news out of the absence of women at the Augusta Golf Club and the Masters controversy, or the daily running commentary on Abu Ghraib, the signature trademark of the Times now is to take a particular ideological position, and then advance its advocacy by creating "news" on the front page—each subsequent day nuancing and tweaking the theme until the reader is exhausted, sighs "OK, we agree, enough already" and the desired result is achieved. What happened this time was that national outrage nuked the lead story—at least for now.

GOP Prepares For Racism

The GOP is trying to figure out how to run against a black candidate without being called racist. Give it up! It's impossible. The Liberal Fascists killed MLK's dream.

Oscars Come And Go

Didn't watch as I stopped watching a few years ago...so tired of Hollywood's arrogance. Did read the wires and was happy to see the Coens win for No Country...an exceptional film, and interesting to see Michael Moore not win for his Sicko crockumentary. Should have stuck with the war on terror, Michael. I guess commie-loving films have become passé.

Hitler's Germany Lives On In Education Laws

In Germany, you're not even supposed to utter the name "Hitler," yet one of the dictators laws remains on the books and is enforced. It is illegal to home-school your children in Germany, and if you do, your children are taken away. Can you say, "Hitler Youth?" I hope Johan Goldberg is on top of this.

Yawn Of The Day: Nader Running For President

I suppose it's a good thing for McCain, but I don't see how he can expect to get many votes. Most on the Left blame him for Gore's loss in 2000 and hurting Kerry somewhat in 2004. I also wonder if the Dems will even let him get on many ballots. Anyway, Nader's time has passed and he's ruining what adulation he had with the Left by doing this. In short, who cares.

Libertarians For Obama? Not This One

An interesting post from Outside The Beltway on the argument that Obama might be better for libertarians due to McCain's contempt for the First Amendment, the heart of libertarianism. I would remind folks that the First Amendment is meaningless without the Second Amendment, which Obama has shown his contempt for on many occasions.

2/23/2008

You Know The NY Times Has Screwed Up...

...when the rest of the liberal media is telling them to cool it. This dust-up with McCain seems to have backfired on the Old Grey Lady and may prove to help McCain. It seems he has raised a lot of money because of it and many conservatives have rallied to his side, but I'm not convinced this alone can win over the base.

However, what could be a game changer is how McCain reacts from here on out. We know that the man has a nasty temper and holds grudges. If he treats the NY Times the same way he treated George W. Bush early in his presidency, then we might see signs of a Republican candidate worth voting for, i.e. one that directs his rage on someone who deserves it.

2/22/2008

Conspiracy Theory Of The Day: Obama In Peril

Well, this story should excite the Kos Kidz and other Left bloggers. The U.S. Secret Service stopped the screening for weapons and hour before a Barack Obama rally in, of all places, Dallas. This alarmed the Dallas Police, but the Secret Service said it was meant to speed up the long lines. So what's going on here? Is our government secretly trying to bump off the first potential black president? Keith Olbermann must be in hysterics by now.

In a related story, it seems that in a world ruled by the Socialist Messiah, weapons screening wouldn't be necessary, as the populous would have no guns...you know, like the Chinese in Tiananmen Square.

UPDATE: Told ya.

2/21/2008

Kos Kidz Thirst For Blood

Rough week for the Fifth Column.

Dems Debate In Texas, Republicans Shudder

So tonight we have the two remaining Democrats running for president debate each other on who will shift the country further to the Left. It appears to be Obama by a hair. The only thing worth noting is Hillary getting off a "Xerox" barb on Barack for his recent plagiarism of small sections of other speeches. Opinions are split, but I found the line mediocre at best and of course it was answered with yet another cliche from the man that has nothing else to offer but cliches.

We're in so much trouble.

Columnist Predicts Return Of Fairness Doctrine

Joseph Farah has a piece in WorldNetDaily this morning detailing how the Fairness Doctrine might make a comeback in 2009.

Chefs In Paradise

What does the Popinjay do for a living? Well, here's a clue...check out the front page of the Las Vegas Sun today and in the video section you'll see the backside of your's truly.

2/20/2008

NY Times Unloads On McCain

It's official, John McCain is the Republican nominee for President of the United States. No, I'm not talking about votes or the delegate count, I'm talking about the end of the long love affair the Driveby Media has had with the Arizona Senator. Many will say, 'I told you so,' but Ray Charles could have seen this coming.

The New York Times hit the stands with a story they've been working on for a while, and McCain has been trying to bury. It revolves around a female lobbyists that some say was too close to McCain, especially given his position on the Commerce Committee. Was it romantic? No one knows but the Times claims to have anonymous sources that say they were pretty convinced. Read it yourself.

Bottom line, it's the end of the affair...the MSM affair.

The Cult Of Compromise

Great Bleat from Jim Lileks today. He nicely nutshells the Obama movement:

"He will give us hope by giving us hope: for many, the appeal has the magical perfect logic of a tautology. It's a nice dream. But compromise is impossible when you have a fundamental differences about the proper way to solve a problem. I believe we can achieve a fair society by taking away your house and giving it to someone else. I disagree. It is my house. Then let us agree to give away half of your house. Compromise! But that is not a compromise. You have taken half my house. We have compromised on your behalf with those who would have taken it all. Let us not return to the politics of division. There are strangers living in my spare bedroom. Then we have truly come together. Look, this isn’t a matter on which we can compromise, because we have conflicting premises. You’re pretending matter and anti-matter have the same relationship as Coke and Pepsi. They don’t."

It occurs to me that if Obama were to become a Scientologist, there'd be no stopping him.

Reporters And Their Sources

Don Surber has a nice piece on the hypocrisy of many reporters when it comes to revealing sources.

Bush Builds Legacy

The man that Kanye West says "doesn't care about black people" is building quite a legacy for himself in, of all places, Africa. It's these kinds of things that will mean something in the history books decades from now. Everyone points to the notion that "the world hates us!" but it's tomfoolery. A real legacy involves what kind of impact you've had on changing the world...making it better (or worse) than when you first arrived.

I defy anyone to name me one big Clinton Presidency accomplishment that wasn't the result of the Republican-controlled Congress. Name one. In the future, if history is written by true scholars, these two presidencies side by side will have quite a stark contrast, and not the way the MSM wants you to think.

Really Good News From Iraq

Via ABC News and Commentary Magazine:

If you’re looking for one measure of the impact of last year’s troop surge in Iraq, look at Gen. David Petraeus as he walks through a Baghdad neighborhood, with no body armor, and no helmet. It’s been one year since the beginning of what’s known here as Operation Fardh Al Qadnoon. According to the U.S. military, violence is down 60 percent. One key to the success is reconciliation.

RTWT. Other than Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, everyone, including prominent Democrats and the MSM, is now acknowledging the situation in Iraq. The Surge has worked and continues to do so, both militarily and politically. I hate to admit it, but this may be reason enough to vote for McCain. Granted, Obama or Hillary, once in the White House, wouldn't pull out like they say, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't mismanage the situation. At least with McCain, we'd know the good things would continue.

You also have to wonder about General Petraeus. The Persian Gulf War made heroes out of Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, launching a political career for Powell. Could the same be in the works for Petraeus? What do we know about him from an ideological standpoint?

2/19/2008

Nanny York City

New York City is going to spend $800,000 to lobby for the movie industry to slap an R rating on movies with cigarettes.

It's only gonna get worse.

Obama Wins Wisconsin

*yawn* It's his ninth win in a row. It's actually getting to be old news when Obama beats Hillary. Now the question: is this the calm before the storm?

CNN Orders Staff: Be Kind To Castro

Surprise! (Hat tip: Hot Air)

Big: Supreme Court Turns Down Domestic Spying Challenge

I'm a libertarian, but being libertarian doesn't involve entering suicide pacts with people that want to kill you. The domestic spying program is one of those elements of democratic society that we wish wasn't necessary, but it is. Can this power be abused? Absolutely, that's why the burden is on us to elect men and woman of character to our government.

I'd love to ask a Hillary supporter who's against the eavesdropping on Americans who speak with terrorists how they can vote for someone who confiscated dozens of FBI files for her own political use.

Presidential Hunting Season Begins


It's a constant in all presidential elections. In order to appeal to the Red Staters, the Democrats running for president always pretend to be sportsmen, one way or another. John Kerry put on this ridiculous show in 2004 proving himself to be an incredibly phoney individual. Now we have Hillary in the mix:


"I’ve hunted. My father taught me how to hunt. I went duck hunting in Arkansas. I remember standing in that cold water, so cold, at first light. I was with a bunch of my friends, all men. The sun’s up, the ducks are flying and they are playing a trick on me. They said, 'we’re not going to shoot, you shoot.' They wanted to embarrass me. The pressure was on. So I shot, and I shot a banded duck and they were surprised as I was," Clinton said drawing laughter from the crowd.

Great...not only does she claim to have hunted, but she was really good at it and put some sexist men in their place. This was followed by several jokes about Dick Cheney.


"You know I couldn’t believe that, I really thought that I have gotten over being totally outraged by the Bush Administration." Clinton continued, "Once he (Cheney) is out of office, the Secret Service is not around to protect people from him. We better be careful about where he goes hunting. Safety protocol would be useful, don’t’ you think?"

Good Lord! I'm not a sportsmen, but this stuff is more than I can take. My sympathy to all you hunters out there.

Castro Steps Down, What Now?

We've been waiting for almost 50-years. Fidel Castro has announced that he is stepping down as dictator. Apparently, he wants to spend his last 59 years of life in retirement and get some serious "me-time."

Well, it's not as good as death, but we'll take it. They keep talking about these "reforms" that his brother Raul, who will take over, wants to implement. Like what? Casual Fridays? All political prisoners get to wear shorts during their daily beatings?

Still, I guess it's time to celebrate, but the big day will come when he finally dies. I'll have a cigar at the ready.

2/18/2008

They Tyranny Of "The Crucible"

I remember in college the Theater Arts Department performed The Crucible during my Freshman year. I also took some theater classes where we had to read, yes, The Crucible. Arthur Miller, Arthur Miller, Arthur Miller!

Now don't get me wrong, despite my Midwestern-conservative-libertarian-Hayekian philosophical views, I am a fan of the theater...but I hate The Crucible! It's a play about McCarthyism that ties the search for communists in the 1950s to the search for witches in Colonial America. It's hard for me to enjoy something when I know from the start that the premise is completely wrong, but Arthur Miller is a god in theater departments across the country.

Anyway, John J. Miller touches on this subject in a throw-back column that has significance on this day known as Presidents' Day.

Michelle Obama Steps In It

Our future First Lady made a bit of a faux pas today as she proclaimed that seeing the support of her husband's run for president marks the first time in her adult life that she's been proud of her country. I don't know that it'll matter much as most Obama supporters are of the same mind, but it does serve as a reminder of what we're facing: the most left-wing president in our history. Woodrow Wilson and FDR will seem like Ronald Reagan before it's over. We're in trouble.

MORE: Why not be proud of this?

Bolton Warns Of Dangers In Free Kosovo

The man I trust most on international affairs says an independent Kosovo could open the door to Muslim extremists in Europe. It's a door that was already ajar. (Hat tip: Gateway Pundit)

Obama Clinton War Gets Better

Well, the latest from the battle-front is that Obama used the words of the Governor of Massachusetts without attribution. So, the Clinton Machine is trying to make him out as another Joe Biden due to plagiarism. Obama says he goofed, but nobody is gonna care. I suspect he's right. How can a Messiah make the mistakes of a mortal?

The bigger story is the effort to count the delegates from Michigan and Florida. Here's hoping the Democrat Convention is a replay of 1968.

2/17/2008

Kosovo Declares Independence

Hard to say if this is a good thing or not...there are good arguments on both sides, but the fact that Vladimir Putin is pissed about it leads one to believe there's definitely an up-side.

Obama Votes "Unrecorded" In Parts Of NYC

Another reason not to "count" out the Clintons.

2/16/2008

Sitting Duck Zones

It needs to be said. College campuses, which brag that they are "Gun Free Zones," are really sitting-duck zones. A gunman knows that until the police respond, they are the only one with a gun for several minutes. How is that supposed to keep us safe?

2/15/2008

Advisers To Clinton And Obama in Syria To Meet Assad

This can only mean that democracy in Lebanon is in peril. With either Hillary or Obama in the White House, appeasement will be job one and Lebanon could pay the price.

Sarkozy Pushes Back Against French Anti-Semitism


The President of France is proposing that every 10-year old schoolchild should be "entrusted with the memory of a French child victim of the Holocaust."


Naturally, many are outraged by this proposal. One such criticism is very telling:



"The emotional burden can have negative consequences for a child who is developing," Gilles Moindrot, general secretary of the Snuipp-FSU trade union which represents most primary school teachers, said in a statement.

"One can not place on a child of 11 the responsibility for what happened back then."


Okay, how about this: Replace the word "Holocaust" with "Global Warming." Now how do you feel, child of Foucault? Heaven for fend that French children should learn about something that actually happened! Over here in America, we're bound and determined to make sure every child knows the mechanics of sexual intercourse before they earn the right to finger-paint. How dare Sarkozy try to teach them the mistakes of the past!

Rage Boy Is Back!

Catch the rage! Catch it!

"The Only Problem Was I Run Out Of Bullets."

A classic example of why a free populous is an armed populous.

A Rude Awakening Awaits

Charles Krauthammer has a nice piece today on the religious movement that is the Obama campaign.

2/14/2008

Democrats Back Code Pink

The Democrats in the Senate have taken a stand against the United States Marine Corp. Senator's Harry Reid and Jeff Bingaman have led the charge to stop the Semper Fi Act proposed by Senator Jim DeMint. Now, if you're a Marine, how are you supposed to take this as anything but a slap in the face?

This is the future of our country. It's only gonna get worse.

Who Cares About Free Speech?

I do. Johnnie B. Byrd does as well and in his Townhall column he advises the rest of us to get aboard the McCain Train or the Fairness Doctrine will be back. I agree that if we elect Obama or Hillary with a Democrat Congress we're in trouble, but I'm not 100% certain that McCain wouldn't sign such a bill himself, despite his past support for anti-Fairness Doctrine legislation. I guess we'll see.

2/13/2008

Global Warming Kills Imaginary Monster

Once in a great while, a story comes along that is so good...filled to the margins with a mixture of irony and idiocy that is so...you can't even describe it. Your emotions are conflicted. Do you laugh hysterically? Do you cry yourself into insanity and finally follow your dream of becoming the next Howard Hughes, J.D. Salinger or Syd Barrett?

Well, I'll have to mull that over, but in the meantime here's the story (via the Daily Record) of a man who has spent most of his life searching for the Loch Ness Monster, but has now come to a...conclusion: (Hat tip: The Corner)

LEGENDARY Nessie hunter Robert Rines is giving up his search for the monster after 37 years.

The 85-year-old American will make one last trip in a bid to find the elusive beast.

After almost four decades of fruitless expeditions, he admitted: "Unfortunately, I'm running out of age."

World War II veteran Robert has devoted almost half his life to scouring Loch Ness.

He started in 1971. The following year, he watched a 25ft-long hump with the texture of elephant skin gliding through the water.

His original trip was to help another monster hunter with sonar equipment and quickly identified large moving targets.

He was smitten and returned the next year, which is when, he says: "I had the misfortune of seeing one of these things with my own eyes."

Since then, he has been obsessed with tracking down the creature with a staggering array of hi-tech equipment. It was this gear that took the famous "flipper" picture that year which created a stir around the world.

Despite having hundreds of sonar contacts over the years, the trail has since gone cold and Rines believes that Nessie may be dead, a victim of global warming.

Words...they can't express my feelings right now. We can probably make the assumption that he means "man-made" global warming, er-freaking-go! what we have here is an imaginary environmental threat killing an imaginary monster.

Seclusion, here I come.

Waterboarding Ban Passes In Senate

Bush will veto it, but it gave John McCain a change to pander to conservatives by voting against it, not that it'll work. The Lefties are already giving him hell for it and, sad to say, they're right. He's being a hypocrite.

A Cure For Heartburn In Space

Coooollll! (Hat tip: Instapundit)

In Defense Of Conservative Talk Radio

Via Michelle Malkin.

Ex-Clinton Campaign Manager Backs Obama

That's gotta hurt!

How Cynical Is Julian Bond?

This cynical.

2/12/2008

So Long Polaroid Cameras


The company that made instant snapshots a part of Americana has ceased production of the camera. Like Route 66 and Telegrams...the Polaroid is no more. R.I.P.

Obama's Cult Of Personality

He's an empty suit and his supporters know it.



John Derbyshire goes apesh*t on this topic with many good questions:

What are we electing here, a faith healer? What is Obama's view of the executive power? How, exactly, does he propose to "bring us together"? Just by being half-black? What if I don't want to be "brought together" with radical socialists who want to jack up my taxes and shut down my freedoms of speech, property, and association? What will Obama do? Steve Sailer has been documenting the astonishing — for a guy with Obama's résumé — absence of any paper trail for Obama's thoughts, ideas, and opinions. There's just his autobiography, which is unreadable (I tried), and The Audacity of Hope which I guess (I didn't try — you can only ask so much of a guy) urges us all to be really audacious and hope a lot.

Is Obama just an empty suit, who never had a thought about anything, other than his own amazing wonderfulness, in his entire life? What, for example, does he think about conservatism? Modern American conservatism is a huge and various body of thought, with many mansions. Has Obama explored it? I'll lend him my Nash if he wants to make a start. Heck, I have read Kolakowski all the way through, all three volumes; has Obama read Hayek? Buckley? Kirk?

There's more. RTWT.

Harry Reid Blocks Semper Fi Act

Sides with Berkeley against the U.S. Marine Corp.

2/10/2008

Roy Scheider Dies at 75

He'll always be best known for role (and famous line) in "Jaws," but if you really want to see a great performance in a great movie, check out his Oscar nominated performance in Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz." One of my all-time Top 10 movies.

Hispanics May Hold Key To 2008 Presidential Election

I've been saying that if the race is between John McCain and Hillary Clinton it's a toss-up at best, but if it's between John McCain and Barack Obama, it's Obama in a landslide. However, there is a wild-card for the latter...the Hispanic vote. Only Mickey Kaus has the guts to tell us why.**

Democrats Try To Boost al-Qaeda's Spirits

The terrorists in Iraq are in a deep, deep funk:

Al-Qaeda in Iraq faces an “extraordinary crisis”. Last year’s mass defection of ordinary Sunnis from al-Qaeda to the US military “created panic, fear and the unwillingness to fight”. The terrorist group’s security structure suffered “total collapse”.

These are the words not of al-Qaeda’s enemies but of one of its own leaders in Anbar province — once the group’s stronghold. They were set down last summer in a 39-page letter seized during a US raid on an al-Qaeda base near Samarra in November. The US military released extracts from that letter yesterday along with a second seized in another November raid that is almost as startling.

That second document is a bitter 16-page testament written last October by a local al-Qaeda leader near Balad, north of Baghdad. “I am Abu-Tariq, emir of the al-Layin and al-Mashahdah sector,” the author begins. He goes on to describe how his force of 600 shrank to fewer than 20.


Tough times...but don't despair! There are still people in your corner:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said twice Sunday that Iraq "is a failure," adding that President Bush’s troop surge has "not produced the desired effect."


So buck up, Akmed. Your fans in America will soon be in total...control...of...the...U.S. government.


We're in big trouble.


Clinton Campaign Shakeup

Hardly a surprise given the fact that she's been running neck-and-neck against a political newcomer and got shutout in three states last night. Republicans should pay close attention. Whoever wins the Democrat nomination will decide if McCain has a snowball's chance in November.

New York Times Co. Limits Cable Television Holdings

Now that football is over for six months, I was forced to channel surf and I discovered (pardon the pun) that the Discovery Times Channel was now Investigation Discovery (or "ID"). This peaked my interests and I found that the New York Times Company sold 50 percent of its Discovery Times Channel stake, thus the change in branding for the channel. Apparently, two hedge funds that own part of the company have been pushing for a reorganization of the companies holdings and this was part of it. It must have been devastating for Pinch Sulzberger who worked for years to launch the Discovery Times channel. The mighty continue to fall.

2/09/2008

Watch Out For Bobby Jindal

On Rush Limbaugh's show this past Friday, he said that the young Republican Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, could be the next Ronald Reagan if he can avoid changing his views over time as so many conservatives before him. He's definitely one to watch out for in the future.

Feeling so hopeless about 2008, I'm already looking to the future.

Obama Takes Three More States

Obama took three states tonight and finally won a blue state (Washington). You have to wonder if some Democrats are waking up to reality: John McCain is the GOP nominee. Can he beat Hillary? Probably not, but maybe. Can he beat Obama? No. No way in hell.

Do the math and the Dems would be fools not to nominate Obama.

A Good Sign For McCain

Via Basil. (Hat tip: Don Surber)

Toledo Mayor Orders Marines Out Of City

Wizbang has a pretty good roundup on this story that's picking up steam in the Blogosphere. The 2008 race seems to be emboldening the socialist kooks.

An Ironic Fact That Won't Matter

The gang at The Corner found this article in the New York Times this morning (yes, the New York Times):

Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these “green” fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded...

Did you get that? In order to produce clean-burning fuels, we have to process them which produces greenhouse gases. In other words it's like a low-flow toilet. You get it with the desire of using less water but ultimately you have to use more water (i.e. more flushes) in order to get it to do its job (i.e. well, you know).

But what's even sadder is that these facts won't matter in today's political discourse.

A Plan To Destroy America

Michelle Malkin shares with us a speech given by former Colorado governor Richard D. Lamm (a Democrat, no less!) called "I Have A Plan To Destory America." It's tongue-in-cheek but scary at the same time because pretty much every "proposal" in the speech is today a reality. RTWT.

Also, if point 8 confuses you, here's some clarity on that.

Bolton Makes The Case For McCain

If John McCain really wants to even have a chance of getting my vote in November, he needs to have people like John Bolton, a man I hold in high regard, stumping for him. Again, the ball's in his court.

DeMint Gives Us Four Minutes Of Truth

I've said recently, "DeMint '12" partly in jest, partly in truth. Well, forget the jest. Please play the video below and listen to every word. If you're like me, it will be music to your ears. If a presidential run is overreaching, DeMint needs to at least be put in charge of recruiting for Senate elections. The GOP has to start from scratch and the Congress has some long years of fighting the new president (no matter who it is) ahead of them. DeMint needs to be up front and center.

Anyway, here's the South Carolina Senator on so-called "Stimulus Package."

2/08/2008

Liberals Fighting Liberals

MSNBC angers the Clintons. Expect an apology of epic proportions from David Shuster very soon, and plenty of McCain bashing to make up for it.

UPDATE: Told ya.

UPDATE: Man, did I call it! (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Classic Clinton: Says He's "Learned His Lesson"

And what is that lesson? Basically, that it's everyone else's fault when he creates problems for Hillary's campaign. Read this story and tell me you don't come to the same conclusion.

Later, campaigning for his wife in South Carolina, Clinton suggested an Obama victory there would be a racial one, like the Rev. Jesse Jackson's twenty years ago.

Critics accused Clinton of injecting race into the Democratic campaign.

"A lot of the things that were said were factually inaccurate," Clinton said. "I did not ever criticize Senator Obama personally in South Carolina. ... But I think whenever I defend her, I, A, risk being misquoted, and, B, risk being the story. I don't want to be the story."

Misquoted on raw videotape. Yeah, that's it.

JFK Obama Comparisons Need Reality Check

Yes, many are comparing Barack Obama to JFK due to his oratory skills, his good looks, charm and, of course, the backing of the Kennedy family. Even Ted Sorenson is getting in on the act. But lest anyone is unaware, a few basic facts need to be repeated:

-JFK was a cold-warrior. He hated communism as much as Ronald Reagan and was determined to stand up to the Soviet menace. This including instructing NASA that they must beat the Russians to the moon.

-JFK was not a fan of FDR's New Deal economics. While he would run for and serve in Congress as a "New Deal Democrat," Kennedy wrote in his diary in 1945:

"Mr. Roosevelt has contributed to the end of capitalism in our own country, although he would probably argue the point at some length. He has done this not through the laws which he sponsored or were passed during his presidency, but rather through the emphasis he put on rights rather than responsibilites."

-When Kennedy became president, he cut taxes, both corporate and personal, increased defense spending and refused to increased spending on social programs. In short, if JFK were here today, he would be a Republican. The man's biggest flaw was that he was a member of the Kennedy family.

So before you swallow all the JFK/Obama comparisons, check the record.

Bra Price Equality In The UK

I missed this story last week. Did you know that for years there has been discrimination against women with big breasts? It's true. For years Asda, the Wal-Mart owned retail chain in Britain, has been charging more for Double-D's and up(!) than the A-C's because of the extra material, but no more.

"We're putting an end once and for all to one of the last prejudices -- that of the bigger-busted woman," said brand director Fiona Lambert in a statement.

It's about time.

2/07/2008

Mr. McCain Goes To CPAC

Got a nice ovation, didn't get any negative reaction until he said the word immigration, which led to some boos and laughter which he took in stride and joked his way through. He said he respected the principled opposition to his bill and understands he got the message wrong.

All in all, he's doing okay, but I gotta say, I don't have a lot of confidence in his appeal to voters next to Obama. Hillary maybe, but what a huge risk. *sigh* I wish I could go on vacation for 9 months.

It occurs to me as I listen that McCain would have been in much better shape at this moment in time, with all his disagreements with the conservative base, if he had just been more of a gentlemen about it. Yes, some expect 100% purity, but most just want politicians to be honest with them. If he had just over the past decade not been so quick to be snide and thumb his nose at the conservative critics, he'd have been better off. If I were one of his campaign strategists, I would say, "okay, the number one thing we need to work on is your temperment with the base...you either need to change it or fake it." Assuming I didn't get thrown out a window, I'd concentrate on that. I still don't think I can vote for the man, but 9 months is a lifetime in politics. The ball is in his court.

Mitt Dropping Out Bad News For Huckabee

Rush made a good point on his show. With Mitt out of the race, Huckabee is now of no use to McCain. Hmmmmm.

Report: Romney Dropping Out

Could announce at CPAC.

UPDATE: Just watched a clip of Mitt's speech here. Pretty good and I think he'll be seen as a hero with the base for falling on the sword for the "good of the country." His message was that the war on terror was too important to allow Hillary or Obama to win. While he didn't necessarily endorse McCain, he more or less did by saying he didn't wish to "help" the Democrats win the presidency. Thus, look past McCain's problems, maintain the war on terror.

As I've had a chance to calm down since Tuesday, I'm very conflicted about what to do in November. Then I realized, wow, that's 8 months away. Lot's of time to think.

American Middle Class Myths

A great installment from Drew Carey at Reason.tv on the myth of the struggling American middle class.

2/06/2008

Don't Forget About Fred Thompson

While I think it's a pretty good theory that Mike Huckabee is trying to bribe his way into a VP spot with McCain (and could succeed), some think he may throw the Huckster overboard once he gets the nomination.

There's also a Machavellian move that could be made: Fred Thompson. He was the hope of the conservatives until he ran one of the most listless campaigns in recent memory, and despite his conservative credentials, he is good friends with McCain (he even supported "part" of McCain-Feingold). Thus, he would be the running-mate that would supposedly mollify the conservative base and his folksy style would come off as non-threatening to many moderates.

I wouldn't fall for it, but many Americans probably would.

Shepard Smith Is The Best



His defense of Fox was great, but what I really loved was how he called bullsh*t on the "babies in Iraq" line. Folks, it's a volunteer army of adults and 99% of them knew what they were getting into and are proud to serve. They are NOT babies.

Reid Frightened By McCain

It's an historical day, folks. For the first time ever, I agree with Senator Harry Reid.

Keep in mind, this is a sign on what it will be like once McCain officially gets the nomination.

Wednesday Funny: Jazz Fight

Enough of all this seriousness, let's have a laugh courtesy the classic cartoon "Home Movies."

When The Media Turns On McCain

Rosslyn Smith at the American Thinker makes a sound prediction:

Can a media narrative about a Republican candidate ever have a truly happy ending? Most Republicans doubt it. The biases have been too ingrained for too long. But I suspect the media won't suddenly rediscover faults in McCain they have previously ignored. That would be too obvious and might actually raise sympathy for him. No, theirs will be a tale full of sorrow told with great reluctance. First the stories will come out about McCain being the oldest president ever on inauguration day should he win. Then we will increasingly see photos that make McCain look every bit his his age. Film clips will be selected for the way they make it look like each year is an bearable weight upon Republican nominee's shoulders. The camera will linger on hands marked with liver spots. Stories will start to appear about him not remembering something he said, though it will of course be attributed to his talking to so many people on the hectic campaign trail. (This might already be happening. The Wall Street Journal's John Fund has stated that McCain must have forgetten what he has said about Justice Alito because he chats with so many people.) The media coverage of McCain's campaign will slowly take on an autumnal quality. In a wistful voice someone on a news panel will say if only McCain had won his party's nomination in 2000. How different the nation might be. Another one will pipe up. Better yet, imagine if he had made the primary challenge to Bush (41) in 1992 instead of Pat Buchanan. Short elegiac news segments of McCain on the stump will be sandwich between much longer ebullient stories of the history being made by the Democrat nominee, as if McCain even lacked the stamina to be the subject of an extended news story, much less shoulder the responsibility for the nation's business.

Super Tuesday, The Morning After

Well, after sleeping on it, I think I can look at the presidential race with a little more clarity. Yeah, it's disappointing that we'll probably end up with McCain as the nominee, but it won't be boring. My main desire now is that Obama win the Democrat nomination. I so don't want Hillary in the White House. Like I said last night, everything is cyclical and libertarians/conservatives are headed for a dark period, but if I've learned anything in life it's that you have to appreciate the lows. The lows are opportunities, the lows make the highs that more rewarding. The MSM is still in control, but the fight will continue and it will pay off.

It's a good life.

MORE: Michelle Malkin and Mark Levin weigh in.

Dear John

A blogger writes a "Dear John" letter to Senator McCain. (Hat tip: MM)

2/05/2008

Super Tuesday Ends; America Changes

Well, most of the results are in for Super Tuesday and it's not good. John McCain won the night for the most part. Mike Huckabee made a big showing and may have sealed up the VP post with McCain. Romney won some states, but not California and that could be fatal, but I hope he soldiers on.

Meanwhile, Hillary and Obama each held their own with Hillary getting the edge with the California win.

But there's something bigger here which I'll opine in great detail later, but it comes down to this: there's been some kind of shift in the country. The Rockefeller Republicans are emboldened and are taking the party back from the Reaganites. It also feels a lot like 1992. Many of us knew who Clinton was and what he was about, but it didn't matter to a majority of the public. We're facing a similar scenario in both parties this time around.

Alas, everything is cyclical...I say, let it come down!

It's Official: Huckabee Working For McCain

The Huckster wins the West Virginia presidential convention when all the McCain supporters shifted to Huckabee on the second ballot in order to deny Mitt Romney the victory.

Stay tuned.

With McCain, It's About Character

A brilliant point from John Hood at The Corner that echoes my earlier post:

McCain's behavior in this (Dole) episode is revealing. It demonstrates that regardless of how compelling the political case is for GOP conservatives to swallow their many issue disagreements with McCain, the biggest obstacle is the character of the senator. A leader is someone capable of inspiring confidence and articulating a shared vision. McCain's limitations as a leader are clearly illustrated by the past 24 hours. Typically, when someone tries to form and lead a coalition and can't seem to pull it off, the blame belongs to him, not to the audience he's trying to reach. By reveling in the kind of identity politics commonplace on the Left (substitute veteran status for race or sex), McCain is sabotaging his own attempts to persuade his target audience.

This is an event far more telling about one's capacity for leadership than are past efforts to pass bipartisan (bad) legislation.

Super Tuesday Dreamin'

Nevada is not one of the states in the Super Tuesday Primaries, but Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs echoes my exact sentiments if I were going to the polls today.

Limbaugh Responds To Dole Letter

It appears there's more to this than meets the eye. Dole is not supporting a candidate in this election as of yet. You can hear Rush live here.

Liberals Ban Diversity To Enhance Diversity

A great column from one of my favorites, John Leo. John is a Contributing Editor to the City Journal, my favorite magazine. Check it out here.

Rush v. McCain Continues

Howard Kurtz devotes an entire column on the war of words between John McCain and Rush Limbaugh.

Romney Tells It Like It Is On Bob Dole, Gets Slimed

If you need more proof that McCain is acting like a Democrat...look at how he twists Mitt Romney's words on Bob Dole into disrespecting the former Senator's war-time service and years in the Congress.

McCain thinks he's the next Reagan? Okay, ask yourself...would Reagan do this.

More McCain Love From Elites

Caught this clip on Hot Air of Bill Kristol talking about Rush Limbaugh's "McCain Derangment Syndrome" and shaking his head at how people can believe McCain is not conservative. He starts his reasoning with "he's strong on the war on terror."

It occurred to me that this has become Republican equivelent of abortion for the Democrats. When Clinton was using the Constitution as toilet paper in the 90's, his supporters said, "yeah, but he's kept abortion legal." It seems that McCain's support for the war on terror has become the catchall for his supporters. Yeah, he hints how he hates big business and he's an enemy to free speech and he supports open-borders, BUT he's strong on the war on terror...and hey, Tom Coburn likes him.

Give me a break.

2/04/2008

Hillary Clinton Tears Up; No One Believes Her

It really says it all about Hillary Clinton that when she tears up not even the MSM, which worships her, believes it's genuine.

Super Bowl, The Day After

A few thoughts on the game:

-How much did the whole Spygate/Senator Specter thing play into it? We'll never know for sure, but the Pat's seemed uncomfortable to me the whole game.

-I'm really happy for Tom Coughlin. I've never been a fan of his style, but in the last off-season he realized how off-putting he could be and adjusted accordingly. It takes a big man to realize and act on the fact that he needs to first make some changes within himself. It paid off.

-I think Belichick leaving before the final kneel-down is a non-issue. Besides, he's got bigger things to worry about.

-Dwight Clark, meet David Tyree.

2/03/2008

Eli's Coming Arrived, Giants Win Super Bowl!


Now that was exciting. Did Karma catch up to the Pat's?


Now an interesting off-season awaits.
















Eli named MVP. That's fine, but you can make an argument that David Tyree made the catch of the century.

Or maybe Arlen Specter deserves a few MVP votes?

Hillary Clinton's War On Individual Freedom

Best summed up with this story:

WASHINGTON - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to garnish the wages of workers who refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.

The New York senator has criticized presidential rival Barack Obama for pushing a health plan that would not require universal coverage. Clinton has not always specified the enforcement measures she would embrace, but when pressed on ABC's "This Week," she said: "I think there are a number of mechanisms" that are possible, including "going after people's wages, automatic enrollment."

Clinton said such measures would apply only to workers who can afford health coverage but refuse to buy it, which puts undue pressure on hospitals and emergency rooms. With her proposals for subsidies, she said, "it will be affordable for everyone."

Do I have to comment on this?



More On "Spygate II"

Yesterday came word that before the first Super Bowl of the Patriots' Dynasty, New England videotaped the pre-game warmup of the St. Louis Rams. The team denies it, but now we're hearing from ESPN that if such a tape can be found, Bill Belichick could be looking at a one-year suspension.

That's called a pre-game distraction, folks.

Romney 2008 = Reagan 1976?

Maybe.

2/02/2008

"Spygate II" Looms Over Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is starting to feel like your standard presidential election. Remember how in 2000, just days before the general election, there was a story released by the Democrats concerning George W. Bush's DUI in Maine when he was younger? Now, just a day before the Super Bowl, there's not only talk of the Patriots' Spygate scandal, but a new element to the story...an allegation the Pat's videotaped the Rams' warmup before Super Bowl XXXVI which marked the beginning of the Patriots' Dynasty. Even Kurt Warner, the Rams quarterback at that time, is getting in on the controversy.

Could prove to be a very interesting offseason.

2/01/2008

Senator Calls For End To Federal Funds For Berkeley

I'll say it again...DeMint in '12!

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., says the City of Berkeley, Calif., no longer deserves federal money.

DeMint was angered after learning that the Berkeley City Council voted this week to tell the U.S. Marine Corps to remove its recruiting station from the city's downtown.

"This is a slap in the face to all brave service men and women and their families," DeMint said in a prepared statement. "The First Amendment gives the City of Berkeley the right to be idiotic, but from now on they should do it with their own money."

Terrorist Attack In Baghdad Kills 98 People

The suicide homicide bomb attack was done using a mentally disabled woman who suffered from Down Syndrome.

So Senator Obama, still want to sit down and have a summit? Of course you do. Why would something like this change any Democrat's way of thinking?

And I know what some of you are thinking. You're saying this proves that while McCain may hold many positions we find troubling, we need someone like him in the White House fighting terrorism. I ask you this: if we couldn't trust him on tax cuts, campaign finance, et al, why do we assume he'll stay true to his war on terror positions? Furthermore, if for instance we caught some of the men behind the planning of this attack, what would McCain want to do with them? Why, sent them to court of course!

Scary times.

Spygate Looms In Super Bowl

So today one of the nation's worst senators, Arlen Specter, comes out with a statement that he wants the NFL to answer questions as to why the infamous Spygate tapes were destroyed. Based on everything we know, the investigation was an in-house corporate matter and destroying the tapes was similar to any corporation using the paper shredder when a matter is closed. It happens every day and it's no one's business outside the company. But we're moving into a new era folks. Unless we elect the one businessman in the presidential race, we're going to be seeing more and more of Congress and the Executive Branch trying to make businesses answer to Big Brother.

Anyway, there is an interesting nugget to all this picked up by the gang at ProFootballTalk.com. There's talk that Matt Walsh, formerly of the Patriots video department, knows something big and won't talk to anyone in the media without some kind of agreement to pay all legal fees that may arise from said interview. Bizarre. Seems like this is the kind of story that will crop up some years later in a blockbuster book and taint the Patriots legacy. Or maybe not, but, it adds another element to the game on Sunday.

"We've Beat You"

Rick Santorum gives us a very telling story about a recent meeting with a McCain insider.

Voting Guide

Doug Ross has a handy voting guide for y'all. (Hat tip: Ace)