Even John McCain can't stay silent anymore.
MORE: John Ray: The moment of truth for the Left has arrived.
Hmmm...the 15-year old daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus a.k.a. Hannah Montana, has posed for Vanity Fair with only a bed-sheet wrapped around her statutory breasts and now she says she's "embarrassed" by the photos.
Sorry, not buying it. The exploitation of young girls has gone mainstream in the past decade as has the totalitarianism of marketing. I can believe that this girl made a mistake or I can believe it's a publicity stunt of epic proportion. I chose the latter.
Another interesting pick was Green Bay taking Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm. Poor Aaron Rodgers. Finally he's rid of Brett Favre and the job is his, but oh wait! the team just drafted a guy that many say could be ready to be an NFL starter from the get-go. Despite the hit on Rodgers ego, it's a smart move by the Pack. They lose one of the greatest QB's to ever play the game, but now they have two good quarterbacks that can compete for the job. Well done. Same thing for Miami getting Chad Henne to compliment John Beck.
And Jerry Jones continues his rein as the NFL's biggest bottom-feeder by acquiring Pacman Jones in a trade with the Titans. Everything in its right place.
I really hate this man, and the fact that I'm gonna have to vote for him makes me madder than I've ever been in any election year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. presidential candidate John McCain accused North Carolina's Republican Party of being "out of touch with reality" over its refusal to pull an advertisement criticizing Democrat Barack Obama.
In an NBC interview aired on Friday, the Arizona senator said he has done all he can to persuade the state party to cancel the television ad that criticizes Obama as "too extreme" because of controversial remarks made by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
"They're not listening to me because they're out of touch with reality and the Republican Party. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and this kind of campaigning is unacceptable," McCain told NBC's "Today" Show.
Both Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson are left-wing. Washington contributed the max to Barack Obama, and Harrelson is a lefty activist with no end of weird ideas. Washington, at least, supports a presidential candidate who has vowed to raise his own taxes and those of Wesley Snipes. It fascinates me, therefore, that these and other almost certainly "progressive" Hollywood types publicly argue for leniency for a rich man who evaded his taxes.
It's a little thing called "elitism."
The election campaign itself was the most rigorously fought in Italy since its liberation from Fascist rule in 1944. Berlusconi, often portrayed by the media as something of a clown if not a conjurer of tricks, put the case for a market-based capitalist and democratic system in simple but powerful terms.
His rival, former Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, leader of the new Democratic Party, succeeded in putting forward the case for a social-democratic system, with the state playing the central role as a distributor of wealth and welfare.
Berlusconi spoke of discipline, family values, hard work and individual generosity. Veltroni countered with his talk of solidarity, sharing and collective compassion.
On foreign policy, Berlusconi advocated a strategy of peace based on strength with a tough message against "all enemies of democracy across the globe." Veltroni offered a policy of "dialogue and accommodation."
Berlusconi's message was unabashedly pro-American, promising to strengthen transatlantic relations, especially in the context of the global War on Terror.
Veltroni urged greater European solidarity and made most of the usual anti-American noises.
For the first time in decades, Italian voters had a clear choice - and they liked it.
I'd like it too, if only. This argument about America's supposed "damaged reputation" around the world just doesn't hold water. Italy: pro-American leader. Germany: pro-American leader. France: pro-America leader. Great Britain: Labour Prime Minister who talks pro-American. And what's more, some of these leaders talk more pro-American than the candidates running for the Presidency of the United States! Can you imagine Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama giving the speech President Sarkozy gave to the U.S. Congress last November? Or even Pope Benedict XVI?
Are you getting this Senator McCain?
The winner of this debate? John McCain. Both Democrats came out of this diminished, but Obama got destroyed in this exchange. If superdelegates had begun to reconsider their support of Obama after Crackerquiddick, they’re speed-dialing Hillary after watching Gibson dismember Obama on national TV tonight.
And kudos to ABC News for taking on both candidates fearlessly. John McCain has to feel grateful not to be included.
Crackerquiddick? I hadn't heard that either, but apparently it's a word invented by Captain Ed concerning Obama's recent insult to small town America which I'm starting to think may be his biggest mistake. Most people don't know who the Weather Underground were and Rezko is too complicated and common in the age of Jack Abramoff for people to take much notice.
It should also be noted that hard-left TV critic Tom Shales is raging mad at ABC for their "treatment" of the candidates. That tells you that they had a rough night and came off pretty bad.
Meanwhile, McCain can just sit back and watch the carnage. He may end up being the luckiest man that ever lived.
MORE: The Left and Free Speech.
UPDATE: Huge ratings for debate...which ironically could be bad news for the Dems.
MORE: Probably the most despicable thing Obama said last night was comparing a Weather Underground terrorist to pro-life Senator Tom Coburn.
MORE: Charlie Gibson's finest hour? Yep.
"In a democracy, I realize you don't need to talk to the top leader to know how the country feels. When I go to a dictatorship, I only have to talk to one person and that's the dictator, because he speaks for all the people."
FDR's political interests were deeply tied to continuing economic misery. His class-warfare rhetoric became self-fulfilling. The more the government failed, the more the people resented Big Business, and wanted Roosevelt to punish the "economic royalists." The longer the economy remained depressed, the more justifiable seemed the New Deal's permanent welfare state and its abandonment of federalism and other constitutional restraints on the federal establishment.
Think about it.
Tune in tomorrow where we'll probably find out that getting a good night's sleep is actually bad for you.
Well, I was close. Now it turns out (according to a study) that taking Vitamins A, C and E are a "waste of time" and could even shorten your life.
After reviewing 67 studies involving more than 230,000 men and women, the experts say there is no convincing evidence that taking supplements of the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E can make you healthier.
The alarming findings, published today, will shock Britons who spend £333million a year on supplements.
Forty per cent of women and 30 per cent of men take a vitamin pill each day.
The review involved trials on beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium. It says in-depth analysis of the different trials does not support the idea that vitamins extend lifespan.
The lesson here is that we just don't know anything for certain when it comes to good health. Look at that 101 year old guy that's running a marathon. His health advice: fags and pints of bitter.
"If I finish, I’ll do what I always do and have a pint and a fag," he said. "People ask what is my secret but I haven’t got one. They say fags and booze are bad for you—but I’m still here, aren't I?"
[Editors note: For those of you in Louisville, Nebraska..."fag" is the British term for "cigarette."]
Obama is also part of a long tradition on the left of being for the working class in the abstract, or as people potentially useful for the purposes of the left, but having disdain or contempt for them as human beings.
He has to be defeated. As painful as it is for me, I'm gonna have to vote for John McCain. Damn you, cruel fate!
And then what happened?
Today we have Mandela cozying up to every dictator under the Sun and the current president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, visiting Zimbabwe and telling the world that there is no crisis in the country and we should trust the ruthless dictator Robert Mugabe.
It was a good thing that Apartheid ended, but all that has happened since is one authoritarian regime has replaced another, and because this current one is dominated by black men, no one says a word.
"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them...And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these
communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
"And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Yep, we're (us small town folk) all a bunch of religious nuts with guns who only want to be with our own kind. Wait a minute...wasn't this country colonized by religious nuts with guns?
Think about this for a second. Come this November, we may for the first time in history (as far as we know) elect a president that hates the country and a majority of its people.
For some time now the modern wisdom that has brought young malcontents on to the streets of London, Paris and San Francisco has held the US and its dependable ally Britain to be the root of all evil. Governments from Beijing to Caracas could trample their citizens into the ground and you wouldn't fill a telephone box with people upset about it. But call for the heads of the warmongers Bush and Blair and a million pairs of brave feet would take to the streets to support you.
What happened? It's pretty straightforward. Journalism was always something of an outsiders' profession. The great war correspondents of the past - Ernie Pyle, Richard Tregaskis, Edward R. Murrow, Bill Mauldin and their like - either came up from the same tough streets or small towns as the soldiers they covered or at least knew the kind of folks who served in the ranks.
Not these days, pardner. Today, big-media journalism is a white-collar, insiders' profession that grows more elitist by the year.
The change began in Vietnam, when ambitious young men (and some women) looking for kicks after college went slumming amid the carnage. Some had big talents; all had big egos.
That's when journalists began casting themselves as the heroes of their stories, as the courageous fighters for truth, as the saviors of the nation and all humanity.
Then came Watergate, when two young reporters brought down a presidency and were rewarded by successive bestsellers and a film in which two real-life nebbishes were played by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.
Journalism faculties boomed. Journalism began to be written for other journalists, for prizes, not for the people.
I majored in Broadcast Journalism in college after seeing CNN's coverage of the Gulf War, specifically the three men in the hotel room, but these Ernie Pyle type stories have become a rarity and are now more commonplace in the Blogosphere where there are few if any awards, which ultimately is a good thing. While the MSM goes the way of Keith Olbermann, it's the true citizen journalists that have picked up the mantle of the Fourth Estate and given it a glimmer of hope.
Artie Lange seems to be a John Belushi in waiting. Maybe that's why a Las Vegas television station got duped a few years ago into believing he had died in a casino-hotel.
A band of American leftists is denouncing the Olympics-related protests against China as a plot to undermine Beijing's Communist government and divert attention from the American-led war in Iraq.
"We're here because we're opposed to the United States's attempts to colonize China," a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Paul Greenberg of San Francisco, said. "They're trying to break off Tibet from China in order to allow the U.S. to occupy it. ... Tibet has been part of China since before any Western countries even existed."
Yep, oppression is okay when it's done by the right people, and if it goes a little, uh, overboard, then it must be America's invisible hands at work.
MORE: AJ Strata on how the media is trying to bury the story. He warns, however, there's only one source for this so far.
UPDATE: He said, he said.
CBS is today denying the report, but to show just how bad their news operation has become, I'm actually inclined to believe the New York Times before I believe CBS. The Murrow Network, is dead. Dan Rather killed it with numerous accomplices.
The event will be open to everyone, said Mayor Gavin Newsom, including "those who want to see this as an opportunity to raise the flag of concern about issues of disagreement with the Chinese government. That is something that is sacrosanct to us." But that opportunity will be limited in ways uncommon for the city that hosts myriad rallies and protests. Protesters will be restricted to "areas set up for First Amendment rights issues," according to Sgt. Neville Gittens, spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department.
Hmmm...a city that allows unrestricted protest of U.S. military recruitment stations or conservative speakers and supports impeachment of President Bush is limiting protests in this case? I wonder why? Oh, that's right! The Chinese government is a Communist government... much like that of San Francisco.
Thank you and good night.
"Don't get me wrong. I have absolutely nothing against rich people. As a matter of fact my husband, much to my surprise, has made a lot of money since he left the White House. Doing what he loves doing most –- talking to people. But we didn't ask for George Bush's tax cuts. We didn't want them. We didn't need them."
No word yet whether it was Bush that made the Clintons donate only to the Clinton Foundation or if Bush is responsible for the $18 million that's unaccounted for.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Clinton report nearly $109.2 million in income for seven years in newly released tax data.
Nice work if you can get it. Now I'm not passing judgement. Unlike the Democrats, Liberals, "Progressives," et al, I believe the more money you're able to make, the better...more power to you.
How about this? How about we have a Congressional Committee bring in the Clintons and ask them who they think they are making so much money? Oh right, that's just for the oil companies...you know, the people that actually make America run. My bad.
Ventura then explored how it was possible that all three buildings could rapidly collapse at almost free fall speed.
"How could those buildings fall at the speed of gravity - if you put a stopwatch on them both of those World Trade Center buildings were on the ground in ten seconds - how can that be?" asked Ventura.
"If you took a billiard ball and dropped it from the height of the World Trade Center in a vacuum it would hit the ground in 9.3 seconds and if you took that same billiard ball and dropped it 10 stories at a time and merely stopped it and started it it would take 30 seconds - if you dropped it every floor of the World Trade Center to the ground, simply stopping and starting it on gravity it would take over 100 seconds to reach the ground," he surmised.
So if I read this correctly, he's saying that our government (i.e. George W. Bush) is not only responsible for the collapse of the WTC Towers, but managed to change the laws of physics in the process? Wow! No wonder the Left fears Bush so. Funny he can alter the powers of the Universe but can't seem to control his opinion polls, gas prices or the value of the dollar.
Just read the Popular Mechanics article and get on with your life.
Keep fighting guys!
That's the conclusion I've reached. Today we get a headline that just boggles the mind:
In fact, it's not just wrong according to this new study, but it qualifies as a myth. That meaning, they have no idea where this popular bit of health advice started.
Specialists in kidney conditions in America reviewed research on claims eight 8oz glasses of water help flush toxins from the body, preventing weight gain and improving skin tone.
Dr Dan Negoianu and Dr Stanley Goldfarb, of the Renal, Electrolyte and hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania, said no single study indicated average healthy people needed to drink this amount of water - a total of 3.3 pints - each day.
"Indeed, it is unclear where this recommendation came from," they say in a review in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
The researchers did find some evidence that individuals in hot, dry climates, as well as athletes, need to increase the amount of water they drink. Studies have also shown that drinking lots of water helps the body to clear salt and urea.
But no studies have found any benefit to the organs of increased water intake.
Tune in tomorrow where we'll probably find out that getting a good night's sleep is actually bad for you.
A woman at a town hall asked the Illinois senator if elected president would he consider tapping the former vice president for his Cabinet, or an even higher level office, to address global warming.
"I would," Obama said. "Not only will I, but I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this problem. He's somebody I talk to on a regular basis. I'm already consulting with him in terms of these issues, but climate change is real. It is something we have to deal with now, not 10 years from now, not 20 years from now."
Let's be clear. If Obama becomes president and Al Gore is "at the table," we are going to see the biggest expansion of government in our history. The New Deal will seem like Reaganomics if these guys get in the White House. Be afraid.
The Cardinals' quarterback is in a bit of hot water this week after pictures surfaced on the Internet of the former USC star partying at his Phoenix-area home. One of the pictures shows Leinart in what appears to be a hot tub with four young women. Another shows him holding a beer bong, with a girl crouching at the other end.
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said Tuesday that he was "disappointed" in the quarterback, according to a report on the Web site of the East Valley Tribune.
"Matt called me Monday morning and we spoke for a while," Whisenhunt said in a statement, according to the Tribune. "I reiterated to him the type of behavior that we expect at all times from our players. He understands that as well as the level of scrutiny that he's under because of who he is. It's being handled internally.
"I was disappointed but at the same time have no doubts about his commitment to this football team or his ability to lead it."
To quote Pink Floyd, wots...uh, the deal? An NFL star partying like an NFL star? I know the league is cracking down on players breaking the law, and rightfully so, but unless these girls are underage, I fail to see the story here. I'm a man with some sense of morals and I rarely partake in the guzzling of beer through plastic tubes, but I suspect if I had his money, looks and career I might spend some of my free time with a young girl or two (or 12). Isn't that the American Dream?
It's obvious that the Bill Clinton is feeling like Saddam while he was on the run in Iraq. The end of his political dynasty may be near.
MORE: Richardson slaps Carville in newspaper column.
According to a book Hitchens' cites, Bill was dissuaded from intervening in the Balkans early in his administration because Hillary viewed the situation as "a Vietnam that would compromise health-care reform." Two-hundred-fifty thousands deaths later (and a new Republican Congress) and they finally decided to get into the game.