If Mugabe doesn't put an exclamation point on the fact that Marxism doesn't work, I don't know what does.
...or so I have read.
I had the opportunity to cover the revival of the legendary off-road race, the Mint 400 which originally ran from 1968 until the closing of the Mint Hotel in 1988. The Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) brought back the race and a bit of nostalgia just south of Las Vegas near the small town of Jean, Nevada.
It was cold, it was dirty, it was loud...and it was pretty exciting. The track ran 96 miles, thus requiring four laps to complete the race. The winner was a Las Vegas team consisting of Chuck Hovey of Escondido, California, and Brian Collins of Las Vegas.
I went with my camera/camcorder, never losing sight of the primary responsibility: cover the story.
Here's a few pics:
I was expecting more babes in bikini tops, but maybe next year. I'm just sick enough to be totally confident.
"We have no intention of prosecuting Rush Limbaugh because lying through your teeth and being stupid isn't a crime," said Leo Jennings, a spokesman for Democratic Attorney General Marc Dann.
Truth be told, the dentists responsible for the state of his teeth were from the Hanoi Hilton, i.e. his POW captors knocked a lot of them out. Oops. Well, I guess McCain should be happy if this is the best they can do.
"Here's my belief, that we can't go back to some of the, you know, confiscatory rates that existed in the past that distorted sound economics.
Here Obama does something unusual for him...he flirts with the truth. High tax rates mean tax avoision.
"And I certainly would not go above what existed under Bill Clinton, which was the 28 percent.
In other words, he'll raise them to 28%.
"I would--and my guess would be it would be significantly lower than that.
"I think that we can have a capital gains rate that is higher than 15 percent. If it--and if it, you know--when I talk to people like Warren Buffet or others and I ask them, you know, what's--how much of a difference is it going to be if it's 20 or 25 percent, they say, look, if it's within that range then it's not going to distort, I think, economic decision making."
Okay, let's stop for a moment. Yeah, it may not distort Warren Buffett's decision making. He's only the richest man in the world. Now the small businessman who runs say a chain of clothing stores, he's screwed...as will be his customers. This is simple economics and the man who may be our next president doesn't have a clue.
We're in big trouble.
For all its regional rivalries, Belgium went about daily life as normal. Its famed bureaucracy chugged along under its own power. Guy Verhofstadt, the long-serving and outgoing prime minister, proved just as capable as a temporary caretaker. Social security benefits were paid and the trains ran on time.
Politicians should take note. Belgium has opened the door to an enticing possibility. Non-government has attractions. Imagine living without fear of new taxes being levied or of a daily diet of attention-grabbing policies.
Indeed. (Hat tip: UJ)
Chris...where we're you with these comments 10 years ago?
If it's a play on words, the Inquirer is being coy as the article doesn't mention Rush Limbaugh or Operation Chaos. I'm sure Rush will remedy that in his show today.
Anywho, this may be a sign that things are stabilizing, thus proving President Bush's point that the worst thing he can do is try to do too much. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is calling for Alan Greenspan and Robert Rubin to lead an "emergency working group on foreclosures." Oy!
I saw Matthews when he was in Las Vegas for the Democrat Debate a few months ago. He was standing there, holding his Starbucks coffee, I was about 3 feet from him. We stood there for about 5 minutes. Years ago I might have said, "Hey! Chris Matthews, how are ya?" It wasn't that I didn't want to talk to him, it was just that I couldn't think of a single thing I wanted to say to him. I found him so irrelevant to my life, so irrelevant to my way of thinking and the things I consider important that I simply walked away.
Life is funny.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is trying to clarify comments by former President Clinton that seemed to question Barack Obama's patriotism - comments an Obama aide likened to Joseph McCarthy.
Clinton's campaign said the comments were being misinterpreted and quickly posted a clarification on its Web site. But retired Air Force Gen. Merrill "Tony" McPeak said he was disappointed by the comments and compared them to those of McCarthy, the 1950s communist-hunting senator.
The former president made the comments while speculating about a general election between his wife and Republican John McCain.
"I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country," said Clinton, who was speaking to a group of veterans Friday in Charlotte, N.C. "And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."
Referring to a recent item in HUMAN EVENTS' "Capital Briefs" section (March 10) in which we reported how Hagel told CNN’s John King "Chuck Hagel is out of the mix [for '08"]," I asked the senator whether that meant he had not yet endorsed McCain for President.
"You heard right," Hagel replied, "John [McCain] and I have some serious disagreements on foreign policy." When I asked if this meant their very public difference of opinion on Iraq, Hagel said: "It's not just Iraq. It’s about the direction of where U.S. foreign policy is going over the next few years."
They say that the Jews that survived the Holocaust came out of it either as atheists or as true believers in G-d's plan with no in-between. With Vietnam Veterans, it seems to be a similar scenario. Some, like John McCain, came home galvanized in their belief that America is the greatest country in the world and must remain so, others, like Chuck Hagel, came home with the belief that America should never be allowed to win another war and it's foreign policy should be one of appeasement and incompetence.
If Chuck Hagel doesn't like John McCain's direction on foreign policy, I no longer need any convincing that McCain is right. Senator Hagel, thank you for your service to your country, now go home and let us never hear from you again. (Hat tip: PoliPundit)
Amazing, isn't it? Enemy Number One in Iraq admits defeat and Osama bin Laden (if it's really him) puts out a new audiotape that treats Iraq as an afterthought.
Yet, in this country we have Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid who still refuse to see anything in Galileo's telescope.
Long story short...it's been okay for McCain to get Democrats to crossover and vote for him in 2000 and 2008, but now that Republicans are turning the tables, it's being deemed criminal.
Another irony here is that Operation Chaos could in the end get John McCain elected. The Arizona Senator would be indebted to his biggest conservative critic. Could happen.
So who really profits from high gas prices? Big Oil? Wrong again! It's the Big G.
Many people wonder why if these photos are, in fact, of Davis are they just being shopped now. "Sex and the City" has been off the air for 5 years and Davis' career has focused on mainly family friendly fare such as starring in Disney's remake of "The Shaggy Dog" and the holiday movie "Deck the Halls." However, with Davis scheduled to star in the "Sex and the City" movie this May, there is bound to be some buzz.
Yeah, very well-timed buzz if you ask me. I'm not going so far as to say Davis is in on a conspiracy, but you have to wonder if this isn't yet another Hollywood created scandal for the purpose of boosting box office numbers.
What hath Paris Hilton wrought?
Gotta love New York!
However, he has an decent argument that he was technically correct, but alas perception is reality in the digital age.
MORE: James P. Lucier at the Wall Street Journal thinks McCain should pick Jindal for Veep. It's a great idea, but it's just too soon. Let the 36 year old wunderkind get at least one term under his belt before higher office beckons.
Why do I bring this up? For some reason, Lohan makes me pine for the likes of Katherine Hepburn, a Hollywood star that certainly had her share of shenanigans, but not in such a way that made you go "ew!".
A big push for Mamet came from listening to Socialist State Radio:
As a child of the '60s, I accepted as an article of faith that government is corrupt, that business is exploitative, and that people are generally good at heart. These cherished precepts had, over the years, become ingrained as increasingly impracticable prejudices. Why do I say impracticable? Because although I still held these beliefs, I no longer applied them in my life. How do I know? My wife informed me. We were riding along and listening to NPR. I felt my facial muscles tightening, and the words beginning to form in my mind: Shut the fuck up. "?" she prompted. And her terse, elegant summation, as always, awakened me to a deeper truth: I had been listening to NPR and reading various organs of national opinion for years, wonder and rage contending for pride of place. Further: I found I had been—rather charmingly, I thought—referring to myself for years as "a brain-dead liberal," and to NPR as "National Palestinian Radio."In other words, he always went with the popular Leftist notion that America and everything it stands for is evil, but the reality is we all get by despite our own greed, lust and desire and government only gets in the way.
This is, to me, the synthesis of this worldview with which I now found myself disenchanted: that everything is always wrong.
I began reading not only the economics of Thomas Sowell (our greatest contemporary philosopher) but Milton Friedman, Paul Johnson, and Shelby Steele, and a host of conservative writers, and found that I agreed with them: a free-market understanding of the world meshes more perfectly with my experience than that idealistic vision I called liberalism.
Conservatism and libertarianism are forms or naturalism, the philosophy that man is best left to his own devices even though they may be selfish. It is folly to fight human nature. Liberalism serves to fight it every step of the way and destroy free will. Mamet understands that now and his writing can only get better with the knowledge.
Ironically, he's been conservative in his work all along. Many interpret things as they want to see them, but much like the work of Larry David, Mamet's has a conservative/libertarian flair that he didn't (and David doesn't) realize. You can say Glengarry Glen Ross is an indictment of capitalism and greed, but is it really? Listen to Ricky Roma go on and tell me he isn't speaking the truth. When Shelley "The Machine" Levine talks about the feeling of making that big sale, he's talking about heroics, the desire of all men to achieve legitimacy in the world rather than being merely a slave.
I digress, but welcome aboard David. Read his whole column here.
We're in trouble.
Two things: He gets a pass from the media because of his politics and because of his race, and if he becomes president, his administration may just make Bill Clinton's look ethical.
So what's untrue about that? Face it...there's not a dime's worth of difference between what Obama stands for and what Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, et al stand for. Obama is leading not just because he's a great "orator" but because he's black and millions of Americans suffer from a syndrome known as White Guilt. Guilt over the fact that we once enslaved black people...that we segregated them, that we discriminated against them in every aspect of life for decades. For liberals, a black candidate is the ultimate release from guilt...and conservatives are not immune. Obama's success is not based on political ideology...it's a cult of personality and much of that has to do with his race.
Martin Luther King was a great man, but it's not his greatness that has led to a Martin Luther King Boulevard in every major city in the nation. It's nothing against MLK or Obama to point out the facts.
MORE: Captain Ed aptly points out that the same argument could be made for Hillary...it all comes down to identity politics.
Instapundit: "But isn't that a big part of his appeal? Isn't that what Michelle Obama meant when she said she was finally proud of America?"
It's pretty classic. The guy spends years being a "maverick" in his own party which included joining the Democrats on many issues and even included flirting with the idea of being the running-mate on a Democrat presidential ticket. Why did he do this? Because he loved the media attention he got...the fawning, the praise. Now, the Old Grey Lady, the very publication that leads the MSM and encouraged McCain in his Maverick ways the past 10 years is now trying to trip up his run for the Presidency (as a Republican) using the events that he was so lauded for in the past.
As the old saying goes...lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas. Has McCain learned anything from this?
I think this is the tone that McCain needs to take in the general election. Seriousness. Point out that at this time of terrorism, high oil prices, a weak dollar, that this isn't the time for a political novice (Obama) or a political Stalinist (Hillary). We'll see.
First off: the Ohio and Texas primaries are tomorrow for the Democrats. It's make or break for Hillary. Will the SNL appearance and the Rezko stories give Hillary the boost she needs? Right now, it's a dead-heat.
Down South, the biggest human cartoon since Mussoulini is amassing tanks on the Venezuelan border with Colombia. Hugo Chavez has officially come out of the commie closet and sided with the Leftist rebels in Colombia, accusing the government there of being an American puppet. Naturally, Oliver Stone loves the guy.
The Democrats look ready to make a deal on FISA. The Kos Kidz are gonna flip if that happens.
And over in The Netherlands, the government is trying to ban an anti-Koran film. Let freedom rein!
Last night, the opening skit was lampooning the last Democrat debate and the media's love of Obama...afterwards, the real Hillary made an appearance. I hope people in Texas and Ohio saw it so that she can make just enough of a comeback to keep it interesting. Hot Air has the video, including a short appearance from my candidate, Rudy Giuliani. *sigh* What could have been.
Kennedy said after former President Ronald Reagan abolished the Fairness Doctrine in 1988, about 80 percent of investigative reporters lost their jobs. He said investigative reporters were the only people who "connected the dots" and discovered the environmental wrongs the government was implementing on the country. Foreign news bureaus were also discontinued, Kennedy said.
"We're supposed to be leaders of the free world but we have no clue what's going on in the free world," Kennedy said. "It's a bad thing for the world and a terrible thing for democracy."
Democracy is what he hates. Anyway, I'd never heard this charge made about the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine. It's true many foreign news bureaus shut down, but that was mostly a financial decision in the MSM. As far as the investigative reporters go, anyone know anything about this?