Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Let's see if the Chicago papers respect his "right to privacy" any more than did that of Republican senate hopeful Jack Ryan.
Isn't all fair in love, war, politics, and divorce cases?
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino unloaded a searing attack on fellow Democrat John F. Kerry [related, bio] yesterday, calling his presidential campaign ``small-minded'' and ``incompetent'' - laying bare a years-old rift weeks before the city plays host to Kerry's FleetCenter coronation. This is from today's Boston Herald.
Mayor Menio, a democrat, goes on to point out that the liberal democrat Senator Kerry has learned the ways of Clintonism well when he said, "Maybe they should use some of their energies to get their message across to the American people instead of trying to destroy the integrity of someone who is on their team, to try to discredit someone on their team."
"Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy." -- John Derbyshire
Also from one year ago today, Useful Idiots by the Hunter. It's worth revisiting..
"Five years after international armed intervention and UN administration, Kosovo doesn't even have an effective police force, and no one wants to speculate on its 'final status.' This past March, as ethnic violence flared up again and Albanians attacked Serb homes, businesses and churches (a reversal of 1999's violence), UN 'peacekeeping' forces essentially stood by and allowed mobs to continue their destruction. "
- tip of the hat to Mr. Reynolds for this one.
VICE PRESIDENT HILLARY; SPECULATION INTENSIFIES IN WASHINGTON
This would be much better for HRC than it would be for Kerry.
With HRC as VP, he'll always be overshadowed by her (and the presence of Billy Jeff).
Maybe he should check with the Senior Senator from NY, Chuck Schumer first....
Blackfive points out that journalists are making fools of themselves via their ignorance of things military:
The military is not calling back discharged and retired individual soldiers. They are dipping into the Individual Ready Reserve. There is a big difference between calling up IRR soldiers and recalling retired or discharged soldiers.
When you sign a contract to enlist or get a commission, it is generally for EIGHT years. You perform four years of Active Duy, then you have four left in the Reserves or National Guard.
As Mr. Reynolds points out: He dissects a number of stories that get it wrong. You know, this kind of thing might have been excusable before, but we've been at war for going on three years. You'd think somebody would have bothered to learn this stuff.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Professional Skeptic James Randi debunks Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine by showing some of the techniques Moore uses.
I’m now convinced Moore deliberately and dishonestly misrepresented these two events to present a very different version from what actually transpired. I’ve checked many sources on this
the speech Heston is shown giving, is actually a mix of two speeches, namely the one given in Denver, and another given a year later in Charlotte. In addition, the Denver speech is aggressively edited to remove conciliatory references and to make it sound like Heston didn’t care about the shooting. Editing tricks cover the joins. The effect is to change the meaning of Heston’s speech.
the NRA rally in Flint, that Moore strongly and deliberately leads you to believe took place within 48 hours of the shooting, actually took place at an unrelated election rally eight months later.
Moore ends with Heston’s closing remarks from a different speech he made at the end of the day. All the joins are hidden with clever editing - cutting to other scenes and back to the speech again, and so on - with Moore’s commentary as misdirection. It is clearly deliberate.
Someone said this is not important since Moore is only a comedian, a bit like Jon Stewart on The Daily Show (although less funny), where everyone knows it’s made up. The trouble is, Moore pretends it’s not made up, and people believe him. And I also believe he has some useful points to make, but you don’t know when he’s telling the truth and when he isn’t. This goes beyond hyperbole and exaggeration. This is just dishonesty. Lying, actually. And I find this particularly hypocritical coming from someone who made a speech at the Oscars complaining about living in fictitious times and going to war for fictitious reasons. This film is fictitious. And it’s not the first time Moore has lied or misrepresented data. In fact, Moore admits that he does not have to be accurate in what he reports.
Read the whole thing...
Monday, June 28, 2004
Andrew Sullivan on 911 Pounds, the movie:
Well, I broke down and went to see the Michael Moore movie. I was expecting to be outraged, offended, maddened, etc etc. No one told me I'd be bored. The devices were so tired, the analysis worthy of something by an intern in the Nation online, the sad attempts to blame everything on Bush so strained and over-wrought even the most credulous of conspiracists would have a hard time giving them the time of day. This won the top Cannes prize? Only hatred of America can explain that.
Ralph Nader is publicly calling for an intervention regarding Michael Moore's weight:
I've been at him for years, saying 'you've got to lose weight,' " Nader said in the phone interview. "Now, he's doubled. Private exhortations aren't working. It's extremely serious. He's over 300 pounds. He's like a giant beach ball."
From today's Inside the Beltway Column:
What with all the froth swirling around Bill Clinton and his 957-page life these days, veteran Washington writer Cynthia Grenier's memory threw up one particular encounter with the former president while covering the Alfalfa Club dinner.
Afterwards, guests and press were permitted to file by and shake the presidential hand, introducing themselves to Mr. Clinton. Smiling pleasantly, Mrs. Grenier introduced herself as "part of that vast right-wing conspiracy" (The "conspiracy" dreamed up by Hillary Rodham Clinton had just hit the news within the previous week).
"The president went all pink," Mrs. Grenier recalls, and stumbled out: "Ah, no, that was a mistake ... um, a mistake. There was no conspiracy. My office said so. It was a mistake."
"I've rarely seen a public figure get so flustered and embarrassed," she tells this column. "I gently patted him on the arm, saying, 'That's all right, Mr. President,' and moved on."
It so happened that Bob Bartley, editorial-page editor of the Wall Street Journal, was directly behind Mrs. Grenier in line. When the scribes had all passed out of earshot into the next room, Mr. Bartley burst out laughing.
"I can't believe what Clinton just said to you," he said, calling out to the other people in the room, "Did you hear what Clinton just said to Cynthia?" then repeating the exchange verbatim.
"Bill Clinton's embarrassment was so broad and so obvious, you really couldn't help but feel sorry for the man," Mrs. Grenier says.
McGruder is throwing read meat to the "black helicopter" left again by repeating the lie that Algore won the 2000 election (it was his to loose and that's what he proceeded to do. I mean come on! He couldn't even carry his "home" state of Tennesse!).
Just how many of those people Huey is prattling on about even bothered to vote? I mean legally, as in the person on the rolls actually showing up instead of a leftist ringer in the finest Daley Chicago fashion...
I like the Boondocks comic, its funny stuff. However, in yesterdays comic, Mr. McGruder once it again got it completely wrong. Hardly surprising for a ultra-extremist leftist.
Mr. McGruder attempts to explain conservative logic. Given that he's looking from a viewpoint to the left of Castro and Mao, it's hardly surprising that he can't do it. It's not that conservatives think Kerry supports terrorists.
The sad truth is that it's the terrorists who support Kerry.
OK, so they really were serious Deaniacs, but even they understood that he was never really electable...
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Imagine of a Conservative Republican had said this:
While about 8 percent, or about 530, of Harvard's undergraduates were black, Lani Guinier, a Harvard law professor, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., the chairman of Harvard's African and African-American studies department, pointed out that the majority of them--perhaps as many as two-thirds--were West Indian and African immigrants or their children, or to a lesser extent, children of biracial couples.
They said that only about a third of the students were from families in which all four grandparents were born in this country, descendants of slaves. Many argue that it was students like these, disadvantaged by the legacy of Jim Crow laws, segregation and decades of racism, poverty and inferior schools, who were intended as principal beneficiaries of affirmative action in university admissions.
What concerned the two professors, they said, was that in the high-stakes world of admissions to the most selective colleges--and with it, entry into the country's inner circles of power, wealth and influence--African-American students whose families have been in America for generations were being left behind.
Tip of the to the Wall Street Journal for this gem.
Hillary gave an ideological edge to Clinton's general fuzziness when he got to the White House. She also stuck a feminist finger in appointment pies, especially of women, sometimes with embarrassing, indeed hilarious, results. Thus Tara O'Toole, nominated assistant secretary of energy, turned out to be a member of a Marxist women's reading circle. Roberta Achtenberg, assistant secretary for fair housing, revealed herself as a militant lesbian who persecuted the Boy Scouts for not allowing homosexuals as scoutmasters. Joycelyn Elders, made surgeon general, after many public rows, had to go when she advocated masturbation.
On February 17, 1998, President Clinton, speaking at the Pentagon, warned of the "reckless acts of outlaw nations and an unholy axis of terrorists, drug traffickers and organized international criminals." These "predators of the twenty-first century," he said, these enemies of America, "will be all the more lethal if we allow them to build arsenals of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and missiles to deliver them. We simply cannot allow that to happen. There is no more clear example of this threat than Saddam Hussein's Iraq."
Richard Clarke, a former counterterrorism official under both Clinton and Bush, confirmed this in an interview with the Washington Post on January 23, 1999. Clarke said the U.S. government was "sure" Iraq was behind the VX precursor produced at the factory. The story continued, "Clarke said U.S. intelligence does not know how much of the substance was produced at al Shifa or what happened to it. But he said that intelligence exists linking bin Laden to al Shifa's current and past operators, the Iraqi nerve gas experts, and the National Islamic Front in Sudan."
More recently, former Clinton defense secretary William Cohen affirmed the Baghdad-Khartoum connection in testimony before the September 11 Commission on March 23, 2004. Cohen told the panel that an executive from al Shifa had "traveled to Baghdad to meet with the father of the VX program."
Saturday, June 26, 2004
I will generally go see anything. I even sat through "The Passion of the Christ." But I cannot bring myself to go to this piece of vile, hateful propaganda. I walked out of "Roger and Me" years ago, before Michael Moore was Michael Moore. I know who he is. I refuse to sit in a theater and subject myself to lies and hate.
"They dare not admit the truth lest they look like complete fools for launching our country into a reckless, discretionary war against a nation that posed no immediate threat to us whatsoever." Al Gore - June 24, 2004
“Even if we give first priority to the destruction of terrorist networks, and even if we succeed, there are still governments that could bring us great harm. And there is a clear case that one of these governments in particular represents a virulent threat in a class by itself: Iraq. As far as I am concerned, a final reckoning with that government should be on the table." - Al Gore, Remarks To The U.S. Council On Foreign Relations, Washington, DC, February 12, 2002.
-- Tim Perry has more.
Ann Althouse says:
Quite aside from the general inadvisability of calling your political opponents fascists, you'd think that if Al Gore wanted to call someone a fascist, the last synonym he'd pick from the thesaurus would be "brownshirt," considering that he was famous for literally wearing a brown shirt. I'm just distracted into thinking about that whole Naomi Wolf/alpha male business again. He's lost control of his imagery in more ways than one.
JOSH CHAFETZ says that the Kerry Campaign is sending out an "incredibly dishonest" email. "I'm not sure whether this is malice or incompetence on the part of the Kerry Campaign -- and I suspect the answer is incompetence -- but it doesn't bode well for them either way."
Friday, June 25, 2004
If I had a nickel for every tofu-fed liberal who promised to leave the U.S. because they hated it so much, Michael Moore would probably make a documentary about my ties to the Bin Laden family.
Ok, so I slipped in a few new links...
Bill Clinton's "My Life" was only hours past its official release, and Harvard professor Roger Porter was already getting nastygrams by e-mail yesterday. "Shame," said one person who'd read Clinton's version of a warning supposedly given by Porter, a policy aide in George H.W. Bush's White House, if Clinton were unwise enough to seek the presidency in 1992.
Porter's alleged quote: "The press has to have somebody in every election, and we're going to give them you. . . . We'll spend whatever we have to spend to get whoever we have to get to say whatever they have to say to take you out."
A mild-mannered presidential scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Porter says there's one problem with Clinton's account of the conversation. "It never happened," he told The Washington Post's John Harris yesterday. "I will attest to you and swear on a stack of Bibles that I never had a conversation with him like that. He's making up the story."
Melissa Schwartz on Fahrenheit 911Pounds:
I finally put my finger on why, exactly, Moore bothers me so much: he is not smarter than me (and I think it's safe to identify myself as being a typical American), though he thinks that he is. . . .
Instead, he's full of either obvious-isms or underdeveloped (and often conveniently edited), emotionally-driven thought. I get the feeling that F9/11 is a bunch of factoids culled together to poke fun and make a vague point (but as long as the rage is there, it's okay!)
Thursday, June 24, 2004
The following was posted to a mailing list I'm on by a British gentleman I like to think of as a friend, even though we have never met face to face.
One year ago today, six British MPs were murdered in Iraq. I taught one of them in school.
He was one of the good guys. I was always on his case about taking that damned cap off indoors. Guess he finally found a hat I approved of.
Amid all this sickening 'patriotism' from people waving England Football Team Flags (how many of these 'patiorts' were flying those flags on our national day???), I'm just taking a moment to remember a real patriot.
Thank whatever you believe in that there are still some like him...
Asked to comment on the Vice President's interview, Senator Ted Kennedy muttered something about Abu Ghraib, then got his rather bulbous head caught in the doorway to a Senate bathroom stall, where it was later found eating a rack of barbecued spare ribs.
Crooow Blog has transcripts from and interview between Joe Scarborough and Christopher Hitchens. Here is a money quote:
HITCHENS: If you can follow the mad convolutions of this, you will probably enjoy a really stupid and nutbag film, in which it‘s said that Saddam Hussein never threatened, and says it roundly, in so many words, Saddam Hussein never threatened or hurt or threatened to hurt or kill any American.
Now, you want me to draw you a picture about that, of how wrong you can be, how many Americans were killed in the first Gulf War enforcing a U.N. resolution in Iraq, how Abu Nidal was the house guest of Saddam Hussein when he was the most wanted man in the world, how the murderer of Leon Klinghoffer was housed in Baghdad, how the man most wanted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was housed and kept in a safe house in Baghdad? I could go on. Well, this is a world to which to Moore does not exist.
Read the whole thing.
"I have not yet read Mr. Clinton's book, but you can bet that my Judicial Watch attorneys will. I have learned that Bill Clinton has repeated his lies about me, and I am sickened by his continued disregard for the truth. Bill Clinton pretends to be contrite, but he continues to bear false witness against his neighbor. He is a national disgrace." - Gennifer Flowers, Bill Clinton's former long-term mistress.
-- One of Andrew Sullivan's Quotes for the Day.
RatherBiased.com has received official confirmation from an ad executive at CBSNews.com that the network's Web site is a business partner with Amazon.com.
In an interview, CBSNews.com sales director David Ghiraldini verified the existence of the relationship but declined to discuss the partnership or the ethical ramifications of a news organization profiting from the sale of controversial (and predominately liberal) political books.
Read the whole thing...
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Clinton claims, for example, that conservatives decided to target him in lieu of the Soviet Union after the Cold War ended and conservatives needed a new villain. In other words, Clinton is equating himself, in scale and importance, to the Soviet Union, the global communist conspiracy and the Marxist-Leninist Revolution. Nope, no ego problem there. ("My Life" was Clinton's second choice title, after the publisher balked at naming the book "I Am God, and You Are All My Subjects.")
On the plus side, all the attention paid to Impeached President is press that John Kerry doesn't get.
From the Washington Times:
The company distributing filmmaker Michael Moore's Bush-bashing movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" says it won't reject an offer of help from Middle East terrorist organization Hezbollah, WorldNetDaily.com reports.
"Michael Moore dismisses Americans who are upset with his film and the impact it has in undermining support for the war against terrorism," said Melanie Morgan, vice chairman of Move America Forward. "At the same time, his distribution companies are concerned about offending the sensibilities of terrorists. That certainly gives rise to asking the question: Whose side are you on?"
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability.
A film that bases itself on a big lie and a big misrepresentation can only sustain itself by a dizzying succession of smaller falsehoods, beefed up by wilder and (if possible) yet more-contradictory claims.
Moore has announced that he won't even appear on TV shows where he might face hostile questioning. I notice from the New York Times of June 20 that he has pompously established a rapid response team, and a fact-checking staff, and some tough lawyers, to bulwark himself against attack. He'll sue, Moore says, if anyone insults him or his pet.
However, I think we can agree that the film is so flat-out phony that "fact-checking" is beside the point. And as for the scary lawyers—get a life, or maybe see me in court.
If Michael Moore had had his way, Slobodan Milosevic would still be the big man in a starved and tyrannical Serbia. Bosnia and Kosovo would have been cleansed and annexed. If Michael Moore had been listened to, Afghanistan would still be under Taliban rule, and Kuwait would have remained part of Iraq. And Iraq itself would still be the personal property of a psychopathic crime family, bargaining covertly with the slave state of North Korea for WMD. You might hope that a retrospective awareness of this kind would induce a little modesty. To the contrary, it is employed to pump air into one of the great sagging blimps of our sorry, mediocre, celeb-rotten culture. Rock the vote, indeed.
Read the whole thing. It's worth it.
"...the reason it was not paying its bills was that the original owners appear to have . . . er . . . creatively misdescribed the state of their finances when they were raising money and starting operations. To wit, it is alleged that they claimed to have raised $30 million, enough to operate for several years, rather than the $6 million they actually had raised, which they blew threw by the first couple of weeks on the air."
The threat of a terrorist attack using nuclear weapons is "real and imminent", the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog said today.
Mohammed al Baradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said it was a "race against time" to prevent terrorists from obtaining nuclear materials.
Of course, Goldstein has some killer comments. Go read them.
Mr. Harris points out that Senator Kerry, the liberal Massachusetts democrat, broke mold and actually voted in the Senate today. One of his votes was for a tenfold increase in FCC fines for "indecent" broadcasters.
I too am waiting for Howard Stern to retract his endorsement of Senator Kerry.
it appears that the Post and ABC conducted a poll for a specific result, trying to drive the story they want to write. Their results differ wildly from other polling from more reliable samples, which show Bush ahead by a thin margin (Pew) or more substantial (the somewhat-suspect Harris Poll). Once again, we have news organizations more interested in making the news up rather than reporting reality.
The commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks has received new information indicating that a senior officer in an elite unit of the security services of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein may have been a member of al-Qaida involved in the planning of the suicide hijackings, panel members said Sunday.
John F. Lehman, a Reagan-era GOP defense official told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that documents captured in Iraq “indicate that there is at least one officer of Saddam’s Fedayeen, a lieutenant colonel, who was a very prominent member of al Qaida."
-- Tip of the hat to Boots & Sabers for this link
Shooting for sport is becoming more and more popular across the country.
Along with Pilates and windsurfing, clay target shooting and handgun target shooting are some of America’s fastest growing sports. Some 20 million Americans participate in recreational gun activities.
Those who shoot clays call it “golf with guns."
Monday, June 21, 2004
MOJAVE, California (CNN) -- SpaceShipOne left the Earth behind on Monday morning and made its indelible entry in the history books as the first private spacecraft to carry humans into space. It touched down safely at Mojave Airport at 11:15 ET.
Robert Heinlein is smiling...
Yet another reason not to vote for the liberal democrat Senator John Kerry.
Check out the URL...it will tell you something about what drives Wonkette's politics.
This really points out the raw hatred that has overtaken the left, replacing the concern they once had for the American people.
James Likeks: "I ask my Democrat friends what they’d rather see happen – Bush reelected and bin Laden caught, or Bush defeated and bin Laden still in the wind. They’re all honest: they’d rather see Bush defeated."
Tip of the hat to Mr. Reynolds for finding the money quote.
Guess no one at the Democratic National Committee took a close look at the calendar: That July 26 salute to Teddy just happens to coincide with . . . the 35th anniversary of Chappaquiddick.
It was on July 25, 1969, that the senator appeared before a Massachusetts district court judge and, in a proceeding that lasted all of seven minutes, pleaded guilty to one count of failing to report the accident that resulted in the death of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne.
No jail time was imposed; the only official sanction Kennedy ever suffered was the temporary loss of his driver's license.
Sunday, June 20, 2004
The book, which weighs in at more than 950 pages, is sloppy, self-indulgent and often eye-crossingly dull — the sound of one man prattling away, not for the reader, but for himself and some distant recording angel of history.
Friday, June 18, 2004
Even politics attracts its share of optimistic, likeable men, and most of them leave no trace – like Britain’s “Sunny Jim” Callaghan, a perfect example of the defeatism of western leadership in the 1970s. It was the era of “détente”, a word barely remembered now, which is just as well, as it reflects poorly on us: the Presidents and Prime Ministers of the free world had decided that the unfree world was not a prison ruled by a murderous ideology that had to be defeated but merely an alternative lifestyle that had to be accommodated. Under cover of “détente”, the Soviets gobbled up more and more real estate across the planet, from Ethiopia to Grenada. Nonetheless, it wasn’t just the usual suspects who subscribed to this grubby evasion – Helmut Schmidt, Pierre Trudeau, Francois Mitterand – but most of the so-called “conservatives”, too – Ted Heath, Giscard d’Estaing, Gerald Ford.
Unlike these men, unlike most other senior Republicans, Ronald Reagan saw Soviet Communism for what it was: a great evil. Millions of Europeans across half a continent from Poland to Bulgaria, Slovenia to Latvia live in freedom today because he acknowledged that simple truth when the rest of the political class was tying itself in knots trying to pretend otherwise. That’s what counts. He brought down the “evil empire”, and all the rest is fine print.
Russian intelligence services warned Washington several times that Saddam Hussein's regime planned terrorist attacks against the United States, President Vladimir Putin has said.
The warnings were provided after September 11, 2001 and before the start of the Iraqi war, Putin said Friday, according to the Interfax news agency.
Thursday, June 17, 2004
President Bush builds an impressive grass roots political organization.
Senator Kerry goes after the big donor, soft money cash.
Who says it's impressive? How about former Algore Campaign Manager Donna Brazile.
"I think they're organized down to the block level."
June 16, 2004 -- WASHINGTON — The United Nations was rocked by a new scandal yesterday when reports surfaced that the diplomat in charge of rooting out corruption in the world body is himself facing allegiations about unethical conduct.
Fox News reported yesterday that Dileep Nair, the undersecretary general in charge of the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight, has been accused of demanding kickbacks and sexual favors in return for promotions inside his office. Nair, a native of Singapore, also has been accused of attempting to thwart the probe into the Iraq oil-for-food scandal, although his role in that probe remains unclear
Al Qaeda has changed drastically since the Sept. 11 attacks but it will keep trying to strike in the United States to inflict mass casualties, the panel investigating the 2001 hijackings said on Wednesday.
"We cannot fight communism all over the world and I think we should have learned that lesson by now." -- John Kerry testifying ot Congress in 1971
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." -- President Ronald Reagan, 1987
"I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon." -- President George W. Bush, addressing rescue workers at the World Trade Center after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
I'd recommend that you look directly at Staff Statement No. 15 when discussing the Iraq-al Qaeda issue, specifically regarding the Commissions' hearing today. Note that the paragraph in question is on page 5 of the attached statement. I'd point out that it is but one paragraph in a 12-page statement. The AP and others have picked up on one sentence, which was carefully worded: "We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States."
The rest of the paragraph concisely summarizes the cases where we can identify cooperation and other connections where they exist.
The other relevant information is included on page 8 of Staff Statement No. 16. In the statement, which exhaustively discusses the 9-11 plot, we address the movements of the hijackers in the years leading up to the attacks. This paragraph addresses reports that Mohammed Atta met with an Iraqi intelligence agency in Prague on April 9, 2001.
Mr. Reynolds supplies a link to the staff statements in question.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Senator Kerry has missed 64 percent of roll call votes last year and 87 percent this year.
Instead of wasting the taxpayers money, he should just resign from the Senate and focus on his campaign.
What Media Bias (From the Washington Times):
Sen. John Kerry "had the best press of any nominee we've ever tracked — 81 percent positive," the nonpartisan Center for Media and Public Affairs said in announcing a content analysis of network evening newscasts in January and February.
The organization also found that "Democratic primary candidates have gotten 60 percent good press since 1988, compared to 45 percent for Republicans."
"The numbers, from the group founded and headed by Dr. S. Robert Lichter, were featured in the March/April issue of the group's newsletter, Media Monitor, an issue just mailed at the end of last week," another news watchdog group, the Media Research Center (www.mediaresearch.org), said yesterday.
As of yesterday, the Center for Media and Public Affairs had yet to post the results on its Web site (www.cmpa.com).
Meanwhile, the latest report from Media Tenor (www.mediatenor.com), an independent media analysis institute, found that "since April, the networks have practically abandoned coverage of President Bush's economic policy — even as the economy and labor market have shown signs of significant improvement."
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
I was listening to NPR's talk show "On Point" on the way home tonight. They were discussing the ongoing genocide in Sudan (which is currently on the UN Human Rights commission, go figure).
I found it interesting that this left wing talk radio show was not only saying that UN wasn't doing a thing about it, but was questioning the ability of the UN to actually do anything about it.
One of the callers grew up in Africa and survived a similar situation as a child in the 70's. He was very clear in his opinion that Kofi Annan wasn't going to do a damn thing based on his power base in Africa.
Many U.N. employees fear reprisals from their bosses if they step forward with information on the Iraq oil-for-food scandal or report other allegations of corruption, according to a shocking internal survey released yesterday.
The General Accounting Office estimated that Saddam Hussein stole $10.1 billion through oil smuggling and kickbacks from suppliers of humanitarian goods.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is also facing questions after revelations that his son was hired by a Swiss company that received a U.N. contract.
Ahh...the Bush Economy...Ever wonder why you haven't heard that term in the mainstream media lately?
At the beginning of the year, Bush's economic policies overshadowed all other issues in news coverage. However, since April, the networks have practically abandoned coverage of his economic policy - even as the economy and labor market have shown signs of significant improvement.
Far Left Liberals Extremists study illegal tactics to disrupt the GOP Convention.
Keeping the traditions of their Soviet trained and funded role models, like the SDS & the Weather Underground, alive.
Monday, June 14, 2004
Sunday, June 13, 2004
I've got less than 200 pages left in Quicksilver (out of 926).
That I'm saving for when I have a couple of uninterrupted hours.
Upstairs I have "Broken Angels", the follow up to the brilliant "Altered Carbon."
I started that and it looks like I'm going to digging into it with the same gusto as Altered Carbon.
I just got a copy of John Ringo's Hero, which looks quite good.
S.M. Stirling's Conquistador is out in my car, tempting me. I've liked his alternate history work so far...
The Shadow of Saganami isn't due out until October thankfully...
No date on Cally's War yet, so hopefully, I'll be able to dig throught this pile (and Emerald Sea) before it comes out.
I was eyeing the latest John Ringo novel, "Hero", at the bookstore the other day.
It looked good, but not $25 good at the time. It's freshly out in hardcover, and I wasn't sure I could wait until it came out in softcover.
Then I remembered the advice of my friend Leonard and scampered over to the Baen website, and checked the elibrary. There it was! $5 later, I was downloaded Hero in RTF, HTML & .prc format. I've been reading books on my PDA for years, so I know this is a good fit. When I bought John Ringo's book "There Will Be Dragons" (in hardcover), it contained the one of the Baen CD library discs. That book was included. I read it on my Palm. I only opened the book to take out the CD and to put it back when I mailed the dead tree version to my brother.
After the cost of publishing and distributing hardcovers, it is pretty much certain that Baen made more money off my download than if I had purchased the hardcover at B&N. Since the formats I got for my $5 are unencrypted and not "copy protected" in anyway, I can back them up with the rest of my data with no problems, and I can read it on any of my computers.
Air America has quitely abandoned their failed business model.:
Two months after its ballyhooed launch, Air America finally has some encouraging ratings to show but no tested business plan. Almost all of the top executives have left or been pushed out. The network has developed programs but failed to find stations to air them. Promises of imminent replacement affiliates were quietly dropped. Now, those few executives who remain from the start-up have done an about-face. Rather than lease airtime on stations and keep ad money for themselves, Air America Radio is adopting the traditional approach to the business: soliciting deals with station groups to carry shows in exchange for shared advertising revenue. The switch has put the management team in the awkward position of courting the industry, the same people who think that Air America shunned them at the beginning.
A measure of Islamic fundamentalists' success in controlling society is the depth and totality with which they suppress the freedom and rights of women. In Iran for 25 years, the ruling mullahs have enforced humiliating and sadistic rules and punishments on women and girls, enslaving them in a gender apartheid system of segregation, forced veiling, second-class status, lashing and stoning to death
Saturday, June 12, 2004
This one is from our friends at The Smallest Minority, VodkaPundit cuts to the chase on a poll on News audience attitues:
For all intents and purposes, more than half of the populace (everybody except partisan Democrats, and even their numbers for credibility are nothing for most of the press to brag about) has written off the vast majority of the national press. And they're doing so because they believe that the press has written them off.
Things have gotten to the point where the President of the United States sees no reason not to ignore the networks and the New York Times. If the coin of your realm is trust, and influence is what you buy with that coin, what do today's viewership realities say about the state of the realm?
RTWT. And the comments.
The nice man at Protein Wisdom gives us: An exchange that might have taken place on ABC's "The View" today (had I bothered to watch the show, and had the show been live, or even on)
Sophisticates unwittingly paid Reagan a compliment by calling him a cowboy, by which they meant gunslinger, instead of in the more accurate sense of a man able to see nature without blinders; to know things for what they were. Although Ronald Reagan has left the nation a huge legacy of achievement still it would be incomplete and his bequest to posterity less final if we forget that his greatest strength was to think for himself and dare to do the same.
Friday, June 11, 2004
Thatcher on Reagan. Read the whole thing.
In his lifetime, Ronald Reagan was such a cheerful and invigorating presence that it was easy to forget what daunting historic tasks he set himself. He sought to mend America's wounded spirit, to restore the strength of the free world and to free the slaves of communism. These were causes hard to accomplish and heavy with risk.
Yet they were pursued with almost a lightness of spirit. For Ronald Reagan also embodied another great cause -- what Arnold Bennett once called 'the great cause of cheering us all up.' His politics had a freshness and optimism that won converts from every class and every nation -- and ultimately from the very heart of the evil empire
Others prophesied the decline of the West; he inspired America and its allies with renewed faith in their mission of freedom.
Others saw only limits to growth; he transformed a stagnant economy into an engine of opportunity.
Others hoped, at best, for an uneasy cohabitation with the Soviet Union; he won the Cold War -- not only without firing a shot, but also by inviting enemies out of their fortress and turning them into friends.
Thursday, June 10, 2004
I got an email from a former co-worker the other day. His father is very ill and has been receiving a good deal of blood products as part of his treatment. Mike (the co-worker in discussion) remembered that I was a regular donor of whole blood and platelets. He wanted to thank me for doing so.
Damn...I've been giving blood since I was 17. It's a habit I picked up from my father. I've never considered it an in inconvenience and I consider myself lucky that I'm healthy enough to do it. I have friends who are not.
Mike's email reminded me that it is something that does save lives on a daily basis. I know that when I donate platelets, that they are already scheduled for a patient before the donation is done. If you can donate, please do.
Oh ya, one thing I've learned, is that no matter how much they may want to, they won't sneak out a second pint when they find out your blood type is O-. :-)
The Daily Pundit speaks True Words when he says:
"Republicans have denounced the film as unfair"
Funny, I thought that they were calling it lies, baseless conjecture and innuendo with just enough in the way of inconsequential fact to give the whole conspiratorial mess the imprimatur of truth.
Just like the rest of Moore's work.
The folks over at the Smallest Minority read this blog.
I read The Smallest Minority every day.
In the words of Joe-Bob Briggs, Check It Out.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
"Reagan bolstered the U.S. military might to ruin the Soviet economy, and he achieved his goal," said Gennady Gerasimov, who was the top spokesman for the Soviet Foreign Ministry during the 1980s.
Former Soviet republics and other ex-East Bloc nations remembered Reagan as the American president who stared down Moscow and won, clearing the way for their independence and the 1991 Soviet collapse.
"President Ronald Reagan will be remembered in the hearts of all Latvians as a fighter for freedom, liberty and justice worldwide," Latvian Pesident Vaira Vike-Freiberga said.
Even Bin Laden says he never received support from the CIA.
The loopy left will continue to insist otherwise...
I'd say Reagan does extremely well. How was it that a man who could out-debate Kennedy was soon to be described as a moron?
Another Pro-Israel WASP speaks out:
My background is Presbyterian and my ancestry is wholly from the British Isles. I am as WASPish as you can get and make no apologies for it. And I am not pro-Israel because I am pro-Jewish. I am pro-Jewish because I am pro-Israel. I think Israel is a wonder and a great triumph of the human spirit.
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
A Republican candidate was traveling through farm country when he spots a farmer. He stops and introduces himself. The farmer is so amazed to see his first Republican that he runs to the house, grabs his wife, and drags her back.
"Wow, a real Republican!" says the farmer's wife.
"We've never seen a real Republican before," says the farmer. "Can you give us a speech?"
The Republican candidate agrees, and looks round for something to stand on. The only thing he can find is a stack of "cow patties", so he steps up on top of the manure pile and gives an impassioned speech. When it's over, he gets down and shakes hands with the farmer and the farmer's wife.
"Right pretty speech, son" Says the farmer. "We'll be sure to vote Republican."
"You betcha," says the farmer's wife. "You gave an amazing speech!"
"Want to know what's even more amazing? That I convinced you to vote Republican while standing on a purely Democratic platform!"
"In 1983, I was confined to an eight-by-ten-foot prison cell on the border of Siberia. My Soviet jailers gave me the privilege of reading the latest copy of Pravda. Splashed across the front page was a condemnation of President Ronald Reagan for having the temerity to call the Soviet Union an "evil empire." Tapping on walls and talking through toilets, word of Reagan's "provocation" quickly spread throughout the prison. We dissidents were ecstatic. Finally, the leader of the free world had spoken the truth - a truth that burned inside the heart of each and every one of us." - Natan Sharansky, in the Jersualem Post.
Tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan for this.
Monday, June 07, 2004
An interesting article by a NYC author who personally thinks that his policial foes "should be exterminated before they cause any more harm."
In a further fit of "enlighted liberal" thought, he comes up with this statement, "should have been sterilized three generations ago." I'm sure Himmer is smiling, where ever he is, that his lessons have be learned and are being carried on.
Senator Edward Kennedy (d-MA), last of the Liberal Lions of the Senate on the Late President Reagan:
"I'm saddened by President Reagan's death. We often disagreed on issues of the day, but I had immense respect and admiration for his leadership and his extraordinary ability to inspire the nation to live up to its high ideals. The warmth of his personality always shown through, and his infectious optimism gave us all the feeling that it really was `morning in America.' On foreign policy he will be honored as the President who won the Cold War, and his `Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall' will be linked forever with President Kennedy's `Ich bin ein Berliner.' President Reagan and Nancy were always very gracious to the Kennedy family and they are both very much in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time."
Link via Croooow Blog. I agree with his comments on this.
Sunday, June 06, 2004
Andrew Sullivan on President Reagan:
He was the greatest president since FDR, a man who did more than restore America's self-confidence and defeat the great lie of Communism. He re-conjured our understanding of the central, animating role of liberty in human affairs. He saw that what was strangling America was the suffocation of big government and high taxation; he paid respect to religion but never turned Republicanism into what it is today - a repository for sectarian scolding; he saw that the use of military force was sometimes necessary to defeat tyranny; and that the greatest weapon against the creeping march of cynicism was self-confidence and optimism. With Margaret Thatcher and Karol Wojtyla, he changed the course of world history for the better. He was the towering figure of my adolescence, a beacon of hope in what was a brutally debilitating time. I'll be lucky if I live to see another political leader of his stature, grace or fortitude. May he rest in the peace he brought to so many others, and in the joy he so richly deserves.
Former President Ronald Reagan died yesterday at age 93. For the last ten years of his life, he suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher summed up one of his greatest achievements: "Ronald Reagan had a higher claim than any other leader to have won the Cold War for liberty and he did it without a shot being fired."
Saturday, June 05, 2004
"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude." -- Alexis De Tocqueville
"Democracy and liberty are not the same. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual." -- Walter Williams
Friday, June 04, 2004
We fight wars not to have peace, but to have a peace worth having. Slavery is peace. Tyranny is peace. For that matter, genocide is peace when you get right down to it. The historical consequences of a philosophy predicated on the notion of "no war at any cost" are families flying to the Super Bowl accompanied by three or four trusted slaves and a Europe devoid of a single living Jew.
It would be nice if there were a way around this. History, not merely my opinion, shows us that there is not. If all you are willing to do is think happy thoughts, then those are the consequences. If you want justice, and freedom, and safety, and prosperity, then sometimes you have to fight for them.
Enter the humble blogger. True, the percentage of Internet users who report they view blogs regularly is still low. But even then, we're talking some 31 million regular blog viewers. Admittedly, some blogs are about knitting, snow-boarding, or origami. Others are authored by navel-gazing college students, polyamorists, vegan anarchists, or self-declared alcoholics detailing each wretched night's debauch. But watch out for many of the rest. Their reach grows.
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Contains a large selection of links, and the largest selection of RKBA related quotes that WTA has found on the Internet. Mark Urbin, will amaze you with all of the tidbits that he has published at this site for our information.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
One year ago today, I was discussing Senator Schumer (far left liberal democrat NY).
The points are still valid.
This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
- Henry V, IV.3