1/31/2009

Global Warming At Davos

As the leaders of the West gather for the annual America-bashing festival in Davos, one of the few good guys, Czech President Vaclav Klaus had this to say:

When it comes to the climate, "there are competing theories. I am sorry that people like Al Gore are not ready to listen to competing theories. I listen to what they have to say."




1/30/2009

New RNC Chair: Michael Steele

Overall, I think it's a good choice. Let's face it, in this era of identity politics, it can't hurt the GOP to have a well-spoken, good-looking black man as the face of the party. That seems to be the trend these days. Anyway, some have reservations about some moderate stances Steele has taken, but the party chairman is essentially a glorified press secretary and fundraiser. If he can concentrate on that while the state chairmen work on recruiting new candidates, they could be on the road to rebuilding.

It's also kind of interesting to note that when Steele ran for a U.S. Senate seat in the blue state of Maryland, his campaign motto was "Are you ready for change?" Food for thought.


So Hard To Be A Rock Star

Nick Gillespie lays down some cold, hard truth on "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen and the tragedy that awaits the world during the Super Bowl Halftime Show.


1/29/2009

Blagojevich Removed From Office

The Illinois Senate pulled the trigger and voted 59-0 to remove Governor Rod Blagojevich from office. As much as it pains me to say it, this sociopath has a point when he says it's wrong for a governor to be removed from office when no criminal charges against him have been proven.

1/28/2009

GOP Finally Does Something Right

Every single house Republican voted against Barack Obama's trillion dollar boondoggle. It's all on Obama now, though I doubt it'll be a GOP shutout in the Senate where cojones are in short supply.


1/27/2009

You've Got To Be Kidding: DNC Goes To War With Rush

What the hell's happened? We have a new Democrat President and his biggest enemy is a radio talk-show host, and the opposition party hates the talk-show host too? Am I living in some bad sitcom?



Rooney Comments Undermine Rooney Rule

From ProFootballTalk.com:


Meeting with the media during Tuesday's annual pre-Super Bowl clusterfudge known as "Media Day," Steelers owner Dan Rooney pointed out that current coach Mike Tomlin wasn't a Rooney Rule candidate.

The Rooney Rule requires at least one minority coach to be interviewed for each head-coaching vacancy.

"Let me say this, Mike Tomlin was not part of the Rooney Rule," Rooney said. "We had already interviewed [Bears defensive coordinator] Ron Rivera, and so that fulfilled the obligation. We went on, had heard about Mike, called him in and talked to him. He was very impressive. We got him back and talked to him on the phone often and he just showed that he was going to be a terrific coach, which I think is coming to bear. But, he was not part of the Rooney Rule."

Rooney wasn't asked about the rumor/legend that offensive line coach Russ Grimm had been verbally offered the job, and that the offer was rescinded after Commissioner Roger Goodell advised Rooney that Tomlin needed to be hired in order to give credibility to the Rooney Rule.

So let me get this straight: Tomlin didn't need the help of the "Rooney Rule" because he was an impressive candidate. Isn't that the way it's supposed to work? Would you hire a black coach if he didn't impress you? The argument is that because of subconscious racism, a black candidate wouldn't get the same opportunities for interviews that white candidates would. Well, that wasn't the case in Pittsburgh and it apparently wasn't the case with Tony Dungy, Lovie Smith, Marvin Lewis, Romeo Crennel, Herm Edwards, and that kid in Tampa (forgot his name). In other words, even if the rule was needed, which I would dispute, it's definitely not needed now and is more of an insult than anything else. Why else would Rooney go out of his way to point out Tomlin didn't get the job because of the Rooney Rule, as though it's some kind of taint? Because it is.

Blacks can coach, and why would any of them want to work for someone that thinks otherwise? It's time to ditch the Rooney Rule.



John Updike Dies

Novelists, man of letters, and good for a long article in Playboy or Vanity Fair on subjects like sex, the martini or other pursuits of the sophisticated gentleman, John Updike, has died.

And it occurs to me that I've never read any of his work minus the occasional article. I'll have to rectify that at some point. Hard to define the post-WWII literary world in America without Updike.


The Truth About Che Too Much For Some

With a new biopic on Communist Revolutionary "Che" headed to theaters, the star of the movie, Benicio del Toro, is a little uncomfortable with the truth about his hero. It's astonishing how the Hollywood Left simply picks out what they want to see and ignores that which they don't. It's not surprising anymore, but still interesting to see total and complete ignorance.


1/26/2009

Pelosi's Contraception Comments Very Telling

A big bugaboo over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying that adding contraception funding to the stimulus package would help alleviate costs to the state and federal governments. I don't look at this from an abortion standpoint, but as a sign of things to come when we eventually nationalize health care. When you put a select few in government in charge of making health care decisions, how long before your turn for heart surgery is up and the government says, "you're just too expensive."?


1/25/2009

Weird: Insanity Ran In The Booth Family

Turns out the father of Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth threatened the life of President Andrew Jackson. Never trust actors.


Full Court Press Against Rush Limbaugh

Now that President Obama has launched a shot across the bow of the USS Limbaugh, his cult followers are following suit.

Former Congressman Mickey Edwards:

The Republican Party that is in such disrepute today is not the party of Reagan. It is the party of Rush Limbaugh, of Ann Coulter, of Newt Gingrich, of George W. Bush, of Karl Rove. It is not a conservative party, it is a party built on the blind and narrow pursuit of power.

Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald:

"I hope he fails."

Do you ever say that about your president if you are an American who loves your country? Would you say it about George W. Bush, who was disastrous; about Bill Clinton, who was slimy; about Jimmy Carter, who was inept; about Richard Nixon, who was crooked? You may think he's going to fail, yes. You may warn he's going to fail, yes.

But do you ever hope he fails? Knowing his failure is the country's failure? Isn't that, well . . . disloyal?


Meanwhile, on Rush's website:

Rush to Announce a Bipartisan Plan to Resolve the Fight Over the Stimulus Package on Monday's Show

Let's stop the acrimony. Let's start solving our problems... together. Why wait another day?


Monday is gonna be epic.


1/24/2009

Milton Friedman And The Pencil

Our good friend, D.C. Thornton, reminds us of a famous video essay from Milton Friedman on the power of the capitalists system. It's rather poignant at this point in time when you consider that Friedman is no doubt rolling over in his grave with the election of Barack Obama, but as long as we never forget the truth, there is still hope.

1/23/2009

It's On: Obama Takes Shot At Main Rival, Rush Limbaugh

From the New York Post, via Drudge:

WASHINGTON -- President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.

"There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats," the official said. "We shouldn't let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done."

That wasn't Obama's only jab at Republicans today.

While discussing the stimulus package with top lawmakers in the White House's Roosevelt Room, President Obama shot down a critic with a simple message.

"I won," he said, according to aides who were briefed on the meeting. "I will trump you on that."

Rush often says when things like this happen that he wished his parents were alive to see it. Well, Rush is now the last man standing in the battle of socialism v. freedom. Just three days in office and Obama's arrogance is coming to the fore. This should be an interesting, and scary, decade.

UPDATE: Rush responds.


Quote Of The Day



Medical Leave

Hey folks, posting may be light for a few days as I am recovering from nasal surgery. If I have the energy I will get back into the swing of it, but trying to take it easy right now.


1/21/2009

Headline Of The Day Century

Former French President Chirac hospitalised after mauling by his clinically depressed poodle

Words...there are no words. (Hat tip: Don Surber)


And Then There Were Two

Conservatives, these are dark times for you. There are only two left in the United States Senate: Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and David Vitter (R-LA).


Obama Shows Some Class With Roberts

Credit where it's due: President Obama has handled the bungled oath of office by Chief Justice John Roberts with a lot of class:

"We're up there, we've got a lot of stuff on our mind, and he actually, I think, helped me out on a couple of stanzas there. So overall, I think it went relatively smoothly, and I’m very grateful to him," the president told ABC News Tuesday night.

Good job.


Free Speech Under Attack In Europe

The saga of Geert Wilders continues as the Freedom Party leader and filmmaker is charged with hate speech. Ed Morrissey has details.


1/20/2009

Many Reasons To Be Proud

While I fear the presidency of Barack Obama, I will grant you that it is an historic day and a testament to the great American experiment that a black man has risen to our highest elective office. I look forward to the day when people won't give it a second thought.

Yes, reason to be proud of our country, but I am at a loss to understand how people can say they're proud of their country for the first time. There's so much good that our country has done over the span of 232 years. For example, liberating over 50 million people.


An Ugly Inauguration

Geesh! Not the prettiest of presidential inaugurations:

  1. The oath gets flubbed.
  2. Bush gets booed.
  3. Obama delivers listless speech (though MSM still loves it).
  4. Senators Cornyn and Clinton get into a tiff.
  5. A racist benediction.
  6. Jimmy Carter snubs the Clintons.
  7. Ted Kennedy has seizure.
  8. Robert Byrd needs to leave luncheon when overcome with emotion over Kennedy.

And the Obama Presidency is only 3+ hours old.


Prediction: Impeach Justice Roberts Movement Coming

This morning, Chief Justice John Roberts slightly changed the order of the wording of the oath of office causing President Obama to flub the oath. Watch out in the coming hours for a movement on the Left to impeach Roberts for ruining Obama's shinning moment. You heard it here first.


Inauguration Day In America




1/19/2009

D'oh! Biden Gaffes Run In The Family

A little schadenfreude during the Obama love-fest. The wife of the Vice President-elect Joe Biden let slip on the Oprah Winfrey Show that Biden was offered his choice of the Vice Presidency or Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton's staff has been put on full ashtray alert!


Bush Pardons Border Patrol Agents

There is some news for anti-amnesty conservatives as President Bush has commuted the sentences of two border patrol agents for shooting a Mexican drug runner. No word on any sort of pardon for Scooter Libby and I suspect there won't be as his sentence was already commuted by Bush. If I were him, I'd issued pardons for Chuck Schumer and Joe Wilson just to annoy people, but that's me.

UPDATE: "Spikey" Isikoff at Newsweak says it's a definite no on Libby.


Over The Top Coverage Of Obama's Immaculation

As the kids say, OMG! I was stuck in a doctor's office today having some medical test done and the TV in the waiting room was on MSNBC. Not since Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph Of The Will" have I seen anything like the coverage of tomorrow's inauguration. Minute by minute coverage of the festivities with live break-ins of every brush-stroke Obama made at a Habitat for Humanity house. Yes, yes, we've heard it all before about liberal media bias and I'm not going to rehash that here, but it still surprises me at how blatant the MSM is of late. Gone are the days of even trying to convince us they're fair-minded. This is a idolatry of the highest order and it is an enemy of democracy.



1/18/2009

Heh! Dalai Lama Declares Love For George W. Bush

A declaration made amidst gasps.


Super Bowl XLIII, a.k.a. The Whisenhunt Bowl




The match is set for Super Bowl XLIII: the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Arizona Cardinals. There's already a big storyline for this game. Both head coaches are in only their second year with their respective teams. However, Ken Whisenhunt was the Offensive Coordinator for the Steelers and was denied the head coaching job in favor of Mike Tomlin. Whisenhunt takes the job in Arizona and now here we all are. Revenge? Nah. Turns out both teams made the right hiring decision, but now on February 1st, one will get the ultimate bragging rights.


Let The Apocalypse Come Down: Cardinals Going To Super Bowl


Never thought I'd see it.



Quote Of The Day

A terrible indictment of today's youth:

"I hope that the war resolves. Whether we win or lose or whatever, it doesn't matter."


1/17/2009

NFL Coaching Becoming A Young Man's Game

Just saw an interesting press conference from Tampa, Florida where the Glazer Family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired their coach and GM on Friday and hired a new coach and GM on Saturday. The coach in question is Raheem Morris, a 32 year old kid (I can say that, I'm 36) who has worked under Monte Kiffin for many years. At the press conference he was like a kid who just won one of the golden tickets to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. He was downright giddy and his style seemed to make an impression on the Glazer's. It's a very interesting move by them, deciding there was no need to do a search, they had the guy they needed right inside the house and even though his experience is minimal, "he bleeds Tampa Bay Buccaneers." Makes for yet another interesting NFL storyline in 2009.

As far as Jon Gruden goes, sounds like he became a victim of the ol' employee evaluations. The Glazers asked players and staff what they thought of him, and well, it wasn't good.


Obama Lays Out Plans For American Gestapo

Is that post title over the top? Maybe, but read this from Ace of Spades and feel free to give me your view on the matter.


1/16/2009

Pilot's Landing Not A Miracle, But A Matter Of Skill

I don't mind that people are calling the water landing of a US Airways plane yesterday a miracle, but the truth of the matter is, the landing was a product of skill and hard work. We need to give kudos to this pilot, Chesley B. Sullenberger III, who made what experts are calling an absolutely perfect landing where he did everything right, keeping the plane completely level and pulling the nose up just as it hit the water. The lighter-than-water fuel kept the plane floating for enough time that all passengers and crew got out before it sunk below the surface.

We need to honor the captain for all the hours he trained, working in a flight simulator and keeping up on his skills.

We need to honor the flight crew, which didn't panic and got everyone out of the plane.

We need to honor the passengers, who didn't seem to panic any more than one might expect and kept their wits about them long enough to get out of the plane and onto the wings.

We need to honor the crews of the many boats in the Hudson River who rushed to the plane to save the passengers.

We need to honor the engineers and builders of the airplane, who constructed it so that it might make such a landing where everyone can survive.

All of this made for a situation where no lives were lost. We can debate miracles, but we must not forget the actions of mortal men and women. It's a lesson for the children. Work hard, study, hone your skills in whatever you decide to do with your life. At some point, you may save the day.


1/15/2009

The Age Of Cultural Para-Stimuli

Ever heard that term before? Neither have I, until today. Rush read a column on his show this morning from Andrew Klavan over at Andrew Breitbart's tremendous blog, "Big Hollywood". Here's a taste:

This is by way of a friendly response to the estimable Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor at the likewise estimable National Review. Jay wrote a strong column yesterday openly saying what I've been hearing many conservatives express tacitly ever since the election. Reflecting on the media's disgraceful distortion of the characters of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin, he wrote:

"It seems to me that the Left has won: utterly and decisively. What I mean is, the Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher mentality has prevailed. They decide what a person's image is, and those images stick. They are the ones who say that Cheney's a monster, W.'s stupid, and Palin's a bimbo. And the country, apparently,
follows."

I've been hearing and reading prominent conservatives and Republicans say nearly as much on television, in print and in private conversation ever since the election. They say Sarah Palin can never make a comeback. They say the fight for small government has been lost. They say we can't have immigration reform that protects our borders. They say we have to distance ourselves from "embarrassing" commentators like Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter.

No, no, no, no. What the right is experiencing at the moment is a phenomenon called "cultural para-stimuli." You can read all about it in Tom Wolfe's wonderful novel I Am Charlotte Simmons. It's sort of like peer pressure on steroids. It was discovered by Nobel Laureate Victor Ransome Starling, who found that when he surrounded normal cats with cats whose behavior had been bizarrely altered by brain surgery, the normal cats began acting like the crazy cats all around them.

That's us-surrounded by the mainstream media. So steeped are we now in their lies about our representatives, their ridicule of our commentators, their demonizing dismissal of the causes we know are just, that we've begun to adopt their attitudes toward ourselves! And perhaps chief among the lies they've sold us is the lie that they've won, that the media are theirs for good and all, and that Americans are going to be hoodwinked and brainwashed by their constant barrage of misinformation forever.

Well, only if we let them. And only if we in the media surrender first.
Yowza! Good stuff, and very simple. Yes, Jon Stewart and the gang have won, but we let them.




Link: Limbaugh Reads Andrew Klavan's Big Hollywood Masterpiece

FISA Court Rules Warrantless Surveillance Legal

A bottom of the ninth win for George W. Bush.


1/14/2009

A Prisoner No More: Patrick McGoohan Dies

A very sad day for fans of Sci-Fi as we have lost two legends: Patrick McGoohan and Richardo Montalban. The latter is of course remembered as the white-suit wearing Mr. Rourke on TV's "Fantasy Island" and as the best Star Trek villain there ever was: KHANNNNNNN!!!

But for me, my Sci-Fi hero (if you want to call it that) was The Prisoner, or if you will, Number 6. Whereas James Bond conquered the world of spy movies, McGoohan was the top secret agent on television in the 1960s with the adventures of John Drake, known in America as "Secret Agent Man" and the former spy known only as Number 6 on "The Prisoner." The later series has a cult following like no other with it's Kafkaesque themes of tyranny, paranoia and the fight for individual freedom. An intensely private man who refused to play the games of Hollywood, his career never reached the heights it was capable of. McGoohan turned down many roles from James Bond to Dumbledore and Gandalf preferring the smaller projects like various turns in the "Columbo" detective series.

For many of his fans, it would have been a thrill to see him get more heavily in the game, but you have to respect his principles and his preference to stay under the radar. Rest in Peace...and, be seeing you.

Rush Limbaugh Has Stare-Down With Colin Powell In White House

That's a bit of an exaggeration, but the story Rush told in his opening monologue today is sure to get some play. Stay tuned.


Yes Virginia, There Is Such A Thing As A Humble Wide Receiver

Really nice story in the Arizona Republic this morning about Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald, an exceptional Wide Receiver who is actually modest. T.O., are you hearing this?


1/13/2009

Rush Limbaugh Meeting Barack Obama?

Rumors are abound that Rush Limbaugh is part of a sit-down with Barack Obama tonight in Washington, D.C. Hot Air has the details. Smart move by The Messiah, if true. Tune in tomorrow, I guess.


Is Time Rooting For Israel's Defeat?

You bet your tokhes!


Obama's Personality Fails To Woo Mullahs

They're burning pictures of Barack Obama in Iran. Looks like the hardliners there have yet to be swayed by the cult of personality that is The Messiah. Of course, there is an upside...maybe now the American Left will finally see the Mullahs as bad guys.


1/12/2009

Journalist Writes Own Obituary

If I were a Journalism professor, I would make this column required reading. The editor of the newspaper The Sunday Leader in Sri Lanka was assassinated last Friday. He knew it was going to happen eventually, so he wrote his own obituary in which he talks about the struggle of journalists and other freedom-fighters in the war-torn country. No American journalists can hold a candle to Lasantha Wickrematunge. Read the whole thing when you have a chance. (Hat tip: Hot Air)


Mickey Rourke Blows Chance At Oscar

How? By defending George W. Bush.


Webpage Updates

Sorry if the page looks a little off-kilter to some of you today. I made some tweaks over the weekend that looked fine on my iMac and Firefox, but this morning when I saw it on Windows/Explorer, it was all messed up. Did a quick fix, but will have to attend to it later tonight.


1/11/2009

NFL Heads To Championship Weekend

I don't mind that people bet on the NFL. I have nothing against it. Hell, I live in Vegas, so I encourage it, but I just don't understand how anyone can make any significant money doing it. The Arizona Cardinals looked like the worst playoff team in history at the end of the regular season. Now, they're a game away from the Super Bowl with home-field advantage against the Eagles. And folks, the Eagles beat the Giants today, but they look very beatable. If Arizona can beat Atlanta and Carolina, they can beat the Philadelphia. Not predicting that, just saying.

Meanwhile, the AFC matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers has been dubbed World War III by the gang at ProFootballTalk.com. I think that's an understatement. This game may prove to be better than the eventual Super Bowl.



Time For Kasich To Get Back In The Game

Word is spreading that Ohio Senator George Voinovich is going to retire when his term ends next year. With a seat open in a key battleground state that went with Obama in '08, it's time for longtime Ohio political fixture John Kasich to get back in the game. He has name recognition and a folksy demeanor that may be just what the GOP needs at this juncture.


The New Animal Farm

Victor Davis Hanson lays out the whole year of 2009, lock, stock and barrel. (Hat tip: Gateway Pundit)

All the campaign talk of the Great Depression, a Vietnam-like war, and our shredded Constitution will now thankfully subside as the Obama administration assumes office and solves problems with conciliation, dialogue, and multilateral wisdom, rather than shrillness, unilateralism, preemption, and my-way-or-the-highway dogmatism. We will hear that, by historical levels, unemployment is still not that bad, that GDP growth is not historically all that low, and that deficits, inflation, interest rates, and housing starts are all within manageable parameters. "Depression" will transmogrify into "recession" which in turn by July will be a "downturn" and by year next an "upswing" on its way to boom times.

RTWT.


1/10/2009

Now That's Football: Ravens Beat Titans In Brutal Match

There's a reason I'm a fan of the AFC North Division. It's one of the places where you can still see some good ol' fashioned smash-mouth football. The Baltimore-Tennessee game had a little bit of everything: hard hits, high drama, big plays. Ravens fans are now wacco for Flacco who they call Joe Cool. The rookie quarterback made some big throws and continues to be all business. He doesn't have the flash or personality that wins awards, but his work ethic could win him the biggest award of all come February 1. The Ravens against Pittsburgh for the AFC Title would be epic.



Sunstein Takes Regulatory Role In Obama Administration

Corinthians 11:14--"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness."

Cass Sunstein is a renowned legal scholar who has taught at the Law Schools of the University of Chicago and Harvard. He has written many books including Republic.com, The Second Bill of Rights, and Nudge. People who have met Sunstein call him one of the nicest and most non-threatening individuals you could ever meet. It is for this reason that many are blind to what he truly believes. Even Thomas Firey at the Cato Institute goes so far as to call him "a strong supporter of liberty."

Now, Sunstein is going to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the new Obama Administration. David Gordon at the Mises Institute sheds some light on Sunstein's true world view:
The distinguished philosopher Thomas Nagel gives us reason to doubt Firey's verdict. In a review of Sunstein's Republic.com, he said that Sunstein had difficulty suppressing "the impulse to exercise centralised control" and that he distrusted consumer sovereignty. Nagel noted with disfavor Sunstein's proposal to compel Internet sites to link to political sites that opposed their own views. Sunstein, Nagel says, "underrates the pure importance of individual freedom."
In another book, The Second Bill of Rights, Sunstein praised Franklin Roosevelt's call for an economic Bill of Rights and urged that welfare rights be given a constitutional guarantee. In yet another book, Nudge, written with the behavioral economist Richard Thaler, Sunstein defended "libertarian paternalism".
In a review in The Mises Review, I endeavored to show that these authors want the government to guide "irrational" consumers to what we really want.
The prolific Sunstein has also written, this time with the political theorist Stephen Holmes, The Cost of Rights, that explains why we need taxes. If Mr. Firey considers this record to be one of support for liberty, so be it.
I wouldn't be so kind. It may be a little over the top for me to use a Biblical verse and compare Sunstein to the devil, but I do so to prove a point. A argument we often hear is how "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." Sunstein is just the kind of man that offers up solutions to societal problems that give everyone that warm, fuzzy feeling even though the reality is that in the end they lead to the destruction of freedom and liberty. Now that we have a "messiah" as our president, Sunstein is the just the type of man to push ideas for a "new political age." And take this to the bank: this post in the OIRA is just a seat warmer until the first Supreme Court retirement and the beginning of the "Second Bill of Rights."

The Fall Of Henry Rollins

He was once the cool punk, the guy with a neck the size of Hulk Hogan's biceps who could who could yell at the top of his lungs and help young college head-bangers burn off their excess aggression. Then he got into doing so-called "spoken-word" acts and it was all downhill from there. Greg Gutfeld over at Big Hollywood has more on how Rollins has sunk to the depths of having as much edge as Elton John.


The Battle Over Bauer

The popular Fox series "24" has been one of the bright spots on television for conservatives. You have a hero in Jack Bauer who does whatever it takes to defend his country, fighting off bureaucrats and beating terrorists into telling him where the bomb or whatever is located, but now as it enters its seventh seasons, there is a furor over this line from Bauer:

"We've done so many things in the name of protecting this country, we've created two worlds. Ours and the people's we've promised to protect. They deserve to hear the truth and decide how far they want to let us go."

Many conservatives see this as a sign the show's producers are bowing to the pressure of the current political climate where Barack Obama is a new messiah and the liberal worldview is the only view. Perhaps, but conservatives need to be realistic about this. It's only a matter of time before any conservative elements in Hollywood get watered down by the pressures of pop culture. Look at Schwarzenegger.

Rush Limbaugh
however says that the new season is excellent. I'm sure he'll comment on this particular line in the near future.



1/09/2009

Dishonest Filmmaker To Vet Surgeon General

It's come to this. The possible nomination of CNN Medical Reporter Sanjay Gupta could be derailed by mockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore due to the fact Gupta slammed his film "Sicko" which lionized the Canadian and Cuban health care systems. This is gonna be a looooong eight years.


1/08/2009

Florida Victory Puts Exclamation Point On Pivotal Season

Florida defeated Oklahoma tonight for the BCS National Championship in College Football. There's a lot to take away from this season, here are but a few bullet points:

-Urban Meyer is probably the best coach in college football. Only Pete Carroll can compare. Meyer has won two titles at Florida in the toughest conference in the sport.

-Bob Stoops is a great coach, but now I think it would be fair to say that except for the national title win in 2000, Stoops cannot win the big one. I don't like saying that because I put up with hearing this about Tom Osborne for years growing up in Nebraska, but they were right about Osborne until the mid-90s. Stoops builds the teams that can win it all, but come the big day, it all goes south.

-Utah, USC and Texas has a point. Why not us? This gets to the heart of what's going on in college football today. It's always been very subjective when it comes to picking a national champion, but now it's getting dangerously close to figure skating. We know that the geography has changed over the years. Notre Dame, my Huskers and other schools in less than tropical climes don't rule the sport the way they once did. Players now want to live in Florida, or Texas, or California. Tradition doesn't have the same lure it did for previous generations. So, with this in mind, the sportswriters and pundits tell us the best teams are in the south, in the SEC or Big 12 South or Pac-10 and they're right, but there's a reason they play the game.

Few noticed at the time when Boise State defeat of Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl a few years back that it was a sign of things to come. How could a school like Boise State win a game like that? Next thing you know you have Appalachian State beating Michigan and you have Utah with an undefeated season. Yes, maybe on paper these teams don't match up to Florida, but again, that's why they play the game.

It's never going to be perfect, but it is time for some kind of change, some kind of playoff. We can say tonight that there's no way Utah would beat Florida, but how do we know that for sure? Who predicted they could beat Alabama? In short, we can just go along with the conventional wisdom that the southeast rules the roost, or we can make them prove it. We can say that Nebraska can't compete in this day and age they way it did in the late 20th century, but how do we know that for sure if the end of the season is akin to crowning the Homecoming King and Queen in High School? Popularity contests don't give you champions and they leave the fans very unsatisfied.


Obama: The Man With A Plan

Rush Limbaugh, however, thinks it may be the worst plan ever:

This plan, if it happens, has been designed by Obama, is Jimmy Carter times a trillion. This is basically printing as much money as humanly possible. Because, folks, we don't have the value to back up the money that we are spending, we're not borrowing as much as we're going to spend. The ChiComs have sent out little warning notices saying, "Hey, you know, we may not continue to purchase your debt anymore," and it's a bunch of foreign nations that have been purchasing our debt, T-bills and all that. We're having to print this money, and we are unloading it. We're going to unload this printed money on favored industries and unions and populations to promote left-wing policies and entities, such as the green movement, Democrat mayors. We're going to hand out massive welfare payments to nontaxpayers, and we're going to call it a middle-class tax cut. Jimmy Carter times a trillion. If this happens, as envisioned by Obama, this is gonna go down as the biggest economic blunder in American history.



Divorce Battle Over Kidney

It doesn't get any better than this. Man donates kidney to wife, couple later decides to get divorced, man wants kidney back.

A Long Island surgeon embroiled in a nearly four-year divorce proceeding wants his estranged wife to return the kidney he donated to her, although he says he'll settle for $1.5 million in compensation.

Dr. Richard Batista, a surgeon at Nassau University Medical Center, told reporters at his lawyer's Long Island office Wednesday that he decided to go public with his demand for kidney compensation because he has grown frustrated with the negotiations with his estranged wife.

He said he gave his kidney to Dawnell Batista, now 44, in June 2001. She filed for divorce in July 2005, although he claims she began having an extramarital affair 18 months to two years after receiving the kidney transplant, his attorney, Dominick Barbara said.
Takes all kinds.


1/07/2009

Jack Kemp Diagnosed With Cancer

BUFFALO, N.Y.-- Jack Kemp, the former housing secretary, congressman and Buffalo Bills quarterback, has been diagnosed with cancer, his office said Wednesday.

A statement issued in Washington said Kemp was undergoing tests to assess the origin of the disease and the treatment.

The statement did not disclose the type of cancer.

G-d speed.


Blago Wins; Harry Reid Folds

Gotta hand it to Rod Blagojevich. He stared down the entire United States Senate and won. He played the race card like a pro. Somewhere Johnny Cochran is smiling. Don Surber has the lowdown on how Harry Reid folded like a deck chair.


1/06/2009

Andrew Breitbart Takes On "Big Hollywood"

Andrew Breitbart is one of the hardest working men on the Internet. After working with Matt Drudge, he helped set up the Huffington Post, followed by setting up his own empire with Breitbart.com and Breitbart.tv. Now, he faces his biggest challenge as he takes on "Big Hollywood" with his new blog of the same name. Much like the Huffington Post, it features many contributors but unlike HP, none of them are in need of a lobotomy. Can Hollywood be reformed by a digital army? Log on and find out.


It Makes Perfect Sense

Two headlines from Drudge:

CNN Doc for Surgeon General?

EX-TIMEWARNER BOSS Dick Parsons to Commerce?


Members of the MSM working in the Obama Administration? What could make more sense than that?

MORE: Apparently Gupta might not be all that bad. (Hat tip: Ed Driscoll)



1/05/2009

It's Official: The USA Is A Banana Republic

According to Wikipedia (I know, but it's not like I'm writing my thesis here), a Banana Republic is a small country that is politically unstable, dependent on limited agriculture (e.g. bananas), and ruled by a small, self-elected, wealthy, and corrupt clique.

Today we have two Senators coming to the U.S. Senate that aren't welcome by opposing factions. We have Al Franken winning a Senate seat in Minnesota by a few hundred votes. Strangely, some precincts ended up having more cast ballots than voters who signed in. Go figure. Meanwhile in Illinois, the indicted governor selects a black man to fill the open Senate seat but the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, doesn't want him there and is willing to stop him from entering the Senate by force if necessary. And finally, in New York, we have an open Senate seat which many want filled by the daughter of a martyred president even though she's got the communication skills of most of my ex-girlfriends. We have the Obama's, Clinton's, Kennedy's and, to be fair, Bushes, running our government. If one goes down, it's expected that another be picked to replace them.

What the hell happened?


Obama's CIA Choice Speaks Volumes

President-Elect Obama has tapped former Clinton hack Leon Panetta to be the next CIA Director. This says to me that every nook and cranny of the Executive Branch is going to be political. I suppose that's been true for many years, but Panetta has zero intelligence experience, none. Yeah, he's a number cruncher which is a lot of the job, but for an agency that's been suffering from mismanagement for years, this can't be good. Of course, the point is that Obama looks good for the next eight years, and I guess he's going to cover every base. Lord knows George W. Bush was constantly undermined by life-long bureaucrats in the CIA and other departments so Obama probably wants to make sure he doesn't suffer the same fate.


Quote Of The Day

Via a Drudge exclusive:

"We are just not interested in anyone so highly critical of President-elect Obama, right now," a TODAY insider reveals. "It's such a downer. It's just not the time, and it's not what our audience wants, either."


1/04/2009

Frank Zappa: Visionary?

An honorary member of Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution, Zappa also foresaw the advent of iTunes. (Hat tip: Ed Driscoll)

Harry Reid Lies On 'Meet The Press'

I shouldn't be surprised by anything that comes out of Harry Reid's mouth, but his performance today on Meet The Press Depressed just takes the cake. Surprisingly, David Gregory grills the Senator on his "This war is lost," statement from 2007. Gateway Pundit has the video.


"School" Too Negative In Sheffield

Cultural Marxism, more popularly known as political correctness, has reached a zenith in the Sheffield, England where officials at a primary school have decided that the word "school" is too negative and will instead call the facility a "place of learning."

"We decided from an early stage we didn't want to use the word 'school'," she told local newspaper the Sheffield Star.

"This is Watercliffe Meadow, a place for learning. One reason was many of the parents of the children here had very negative connotations of school.

"Instead we want this to a be a place for family learning, where anyone can come.

"We were able to start from scratch and create a new type of learning experience. There are no whistles or bells or locked doors. We wanted to de-institutionalise the place and bring the school closer to real life."

Local MP Richard Caborn questioned the decision to drop the word school from Watercliffe Meadow's title. "I'm always open to new ideas but the reality is education is about preparing young people to live in the real world," he said.

"I just don't think the case has been made to drop the word school to a place of learning. I don't know why they have done it."

Have I said today already that you can't make this stuff up?



Habitat For Humanity Sued

Expect to hear this story on Rush Limbaugh's next show. If you want an example of how liberalism not only doesn't work, but actually makes things worse when it tries to "solve" problems, look no further than the latest cock-up from Jimmy Carter.

RESIDENTS of a model housing estate bankrolled by Hollywood celebrities and hand-built by Jimmy Carter, the former US president, are complaining that it is falling apart.

Fairway Oaks was built on northern Florida wasteland by 10,000 volunteers, including Carter, in a record 17-day "blitz" organised by the charity Habitat for Humanity.

Eight years later it is better known for cockroaches, mildew and mysterious skin rashes.

A forthcoming legal battle over Fairway Oaks threatens the reputation of a charity envied for the calibre of its celebrity supporters, who range from Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt to Colin Firth, Christian Bale and Helena Bonham Carter.

The case could challenge the bedrock philosophy behind Habitat for Humanity, claiming that using volunteers, rather than professional builders, is causing as many problems as it solves.

April Charney, a lawyer representing many of the 85 homeowners in Fairway Oaks, said she had no problems taking on Habitat for Humanity, despite its status as a "darling of liberal social activists". She said the charity should have told people that part of the estate had been built on a rubbish dump.

One man pulled up his floorboards to find rubbish 5ft deep under his kitchen. Other complaints include cracking walls and rotting door frames that let in rats and ants. Many residents have complained of mildew and mysterious skin rashes.


You can't make this stuff up.



1/03/2009

Pepsi Sells Its Soul To Obamania

Just saw the latest Pepsi Cola commercial while watching the Falcons-Cardinals playoff game. It doesn't take a genius to realize that their new logo ball is strikingly similar to the Barack Obama logo from the campaign. I guess you can't blame Pepsi, but it still kinda bugs me.


Harry Reid Flubbing Senate Appointment Battle

Give Rod Blagojevich credit, he knows politics. His back is to the wall, so he pulls out a big ol' race card and appoints a black man to the open Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. This puts the Senate and its leader Harry Reid in the position of having to deny a black man a Senate seat. Add on Bobby Rush saying that to do so would be akin to George Wallace. Awesome.

Now we find out that Harry Reid was doing some lobbying of his own with the corrupt governor, pushing two candidates for the seats, two white candidates.

This is what happens when you make identity politics job one. Lucky for Dingy Harry he's a Democrat and he'll get away with it.


1/02/2009

Let The Coronation Commence

Word on the street is that New York Governor David Paterson is about to appoint Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg to the open Senate seat. You have to wonder how much longer we'll keep holding elections in the United States as the American people seem content with a few families wielding all political power. Kinda hearkens back to the pre-Copernican days.


Quote Of The Day

Via Politico:

"What better way to mark the Obama Inauguration (and his millions of adoring fans that will be in D.C.) than to get out of town to fabulous Las Vegas!"


1/01/2009

Huskers Win Gator Bowl!

Despite many mistakes, the Nebraska Cornhuskers were able to come back and win the Gator Bowl defeating Clemson 26-21. Perhaps more importantly, Bo Pelini is able to deliver a 9-win season, something that Tom Osborne never failed to do in 25 years as head coach. The Huskers were down 14-3 but were able to keep their poise and come back which says a lot about the mental conditioning done by Pelini. Now, onto to more recruiting, and I have one word for the coaching staff as they hit the road: speed.


A Record Month

Happy New Year to all of you out there in Internet land and a big thanks from the Libertarian Popinjay for making December the biggest month in this blog's history. According to Sitemeter, we received 10,643 page views with 7,602 unique visitors. Now granted, a lot of those were due to my analysis of Tara Reid's boob job that went awry, but I'm not going to be the screen door on my own submarine and let that dampen the good news that the site is growing at a steady pace. Tell your friends and neighbors to read Jim-Rose.com everyday and maybe in about ten years I can actually make some money.


Environmental Minister Slams Man-Made Global Warming

Looks like Vaclav Klaus has an ally in Europe as the Environmental Minister of Northern Ireland, Sammy Wilson, calls man-made global warming a con.

"Most of the people who shout about climate change have not read one article about it.

"I think in 20 years' time we will look back at this whole climate change debate and ask ourselves how on earth were we ever conned into spending the billions of pounds which are going into this without any kind of rigorous examination of the background, the science, the implications of it all. Because there is now a degree of hysteria about it, fairly unformed hysteria I've got to say as well.

"I mean I get it in the Assembly all the time and most of the people who shout about climate change have not read one article about climate change, not read one book about climate change, if you asked them to explain how they believe there's a connection between CO2 emission and the effects which they claim there's going to be, if you ask them to explain the thought process or the modelling that is required and the assumptions behind that and how tenuous all the connections are, they wouldn't have a clue.

"They simply get letters about it from all these lobby groups, it's popular and therefore they go along with the flow - and that would be ok if there were no implications for it, but the implications are immense."