Urbin Report

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

How it works...

Found on Say Anything:

1. Someone leaks potential Republican damaging issue to Press.

2. Press runs story endlessly with just enough fact to make it look bad.

3. Public opinion polls are conducted with the majority of people only getting information from 30 second sound bites.

4. Opinion polls look bad for administration so they become part of the story.

5. Enraged public forgets about issue to find out who's winning on American Idol.

6. Issue is vetted, to the satisfaction of most but for the lunatic fringe.

7. Rinse.

8. Repeat.

9. If need be, release old story as new news.


NR's Media Blog shows how to create an "Instant Scandal" out of pretty much damn near anything...

Mr Bergstrom sums it up...

...with this aptly named cartoon, Hollywood lubes up for another circle-jerk

Monday, February 27, 2006

A couple of quick movie reviews

I watched Doom last night. I was not impressed. If you want to see a good movie with Mr. Johnson in it, watch The Rundown. He gives a very good performance with Sean William Scott and Christopher Walken.

One the plus side, I saw a nice Korean action movie over the weekend 2009: Lost Memories. It could have had a good five minutes edited out, but over all it was a good action flick. Not as good as Shiri, but that was a damn good movie.
It's an alternate history movie, so there is a slice of SciFi in it.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

U.S. Marine Ambushed!

Ambushed by none other than the DNC. Before you start on how this is another Right Wing attack job, take a look at the source article. Mother Jones News, an independent and extremely Left Wing publication.

Marine Corps Major Paul Hackett wanted to run for the US Senate as a democrat in Ohio. The problem was that the DNC wants seven-term Akron Democrat Rep. Sherrod Brown to run against the incumbent Republican Senator. According the Mother Jones News, weapons used to take Hackett out of the primary race "included economic sabotage, whisper campaigns, and threats."
Here are some highlights from the article:

Hackett, an Iraq War combat veteran, was hailed last summer as just the kind of “fighting Democrat” the party needed to reinvigorate its base and end its years in the congressional wilderness.
...
A whisper campaign started: Hackett committed war crimes in Iraq—and there were photos. “The first rumor that I heard was probably a month and a half ago,” Dave Lane, chair of the Clermont County Democratic Party, told me the day after Hackett pulled out of the race. “I heard it more than once that someone was distributing photos of Paul in Iraq with Iraqi war casualties with captions or suggestions that Paul had committed some sort of atrocities.
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In late November, Hackett got a call from Sen. Harry Reid. “I hear there’s a photo of you mistreating bodies in Iraq. Is it true?” demanded the Senate minority leader.
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Sen. Schumer was also reported to be trying to turn off Hackett’s cash spigots. No one would confirm this to me on the record. But veteran political activist David Mixner, who described himself as “a fanatically strong supporter” of Hackett and who helped sponsor a New York fundraiser, confirmed that he “received calls from a couple people in Congress urging Paul Hackett to withdraw or not to contribute money to his campaign.
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Hackett was infuriated by the subterfuge. “I felt like I got fucked by the Democratic Party because they enticed me in and then they pulled the rug out from beneath me."

Air America bailout...

The failing liberal talk radio network is getting a cash bailout from wealthy liberal fat cats so they can keep on the air.

The view on the ground in Iraq

Captain Ed points out what's actually going on in Iraq, and what isn't, despite the desperate wishes of the DNC & MSM.

Despite the best attempt so far by outside provocateurs, the bombing of the Askariya shrine in Samarra has not resulted in a civil war. Iraqi bloggers such as Iraq the Model and Healing Iraq report that violence continues, but that the Sunnis have not risen up at all; they have not taken advantage of this supposed opening by launching their anticipated attack on the central government. Imams of both sects have called for a stop to the violence and unity in the face of foreign attacks by Zarqawi terrorists.

Civil war remains a distinct possibility, but it has not yet happened. It hasn't happened in Ireland or in Northern Ireland, despite the kind of hatreds that have existed for centuries in those places as well. Not all violence is war, and not all violence means defeat. Insurgents and provocateurs sometimes succeed in their aims, but it is still too early to declare them the victors in Iraq as it is in Dublin.


Update: Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq make peace. According to The Australian News:
"THE movement of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, alleged to have played a role in the anti-Sunni violence over the last few days, publicly made peace with political and religious Sunni leaders overnight.

Four sheikhs from the Sadr movement made a "pact of honour" with the conservative Sunni Muslim Scholars Association, and called for an end to attacks on places of worship, the shedding of blood and condemning any act leading to sedition."


HT to RW Sparkle for the update material. She has some interesting and on target commentary on the subject.

Watch out Howard!

Is Opra going for Howard Stern's audience? Ok, it's not Anal Ring Toss, but according to this post by Matt Drudge, Opra does get down and dirty with some guests on her show.

Oprah interviewed a woman on Thursday who had engaged in sex with more than 90 men during her life and who was keeping an ongoing list and a video diary about these encounters!

Not to be confused with Howard Stern, Oprah asked: "So you've had men ejaculate in your face?"

MORE

The February Sweeps sex special from the nation's top talkshow host, titled "Guests discuss their sex addictions," raised eyebrows with industry watchers.

"You've had, you know, men ejaculating in your face who you don't even know who they are," asked daytime Winfrey.


Ok, first off, Stern has played clips from Opra on his show before, asking why she doesn't get grief from the FCC for discussing, in detail, salad tossing and Rainbow Parties.
Second, didn't Kevin Smith cover the sexual video diary thing in Mall Rats aready?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

American Bikers to the rescue!

CNN reports about a group of motorcyclists who travel the country cheering respectuflly at military funerals to block the anti-gay protests held by Fred Phelps and his band of pseudo-Christians.

The bikers shield the families of dead soldiers from the protesters, and overshadow the jeers with patriotic chants and a sea of red, white and blue flags.

"The most important thing we can do is let families know that the nation cares," said Don Woodrick, the group's Kentucky captain. "When a total stranger gets on a motorcycle in the middle of winter and drives 300 miles to hold a flag, that makes a powerful statement."

To Mr. Woodrick's group and the Patriot Guard, I say Thank You.

Proof Positive...

...that President Bush is wrong about selling control of US ports to companies based in the UAE.

Jimmy Carter supports it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

This is cool...

John Ringo's Ghost won the Romance Novel Award!

Check out his acceptance speech!

I personally am looking forward to a particularly messy red shirt style death...

Monday, February 20, 2006

How democrats "support" our troops...

...Scott at Powerline points out that that they call them "un-American" and try to deny their First Amendment rights.

The liberal answer to some of the strictest victim disarmament laws in the country...

...is of course to punish the law abiding even more. While we're at it, let us go on the record as stating that Boston's attempts to disarm the law abiding of their legal and moral right to self-defense has resulted in a record murder rate, with an arrest record on those murders that can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Bruce at mAss Backwards has the details.

This is just cool...

Dick Cheney I Brake For Birds
Dick Cheney I Brake For Birds,
originally uploaded by markinmexico.
Mark in Mexico lists this as "Hilarious Lefty Photoshop-of-the-Week"

I thinks it's just way damn funny. Vice-President Cheney hunts animals.
Animals hunt former democrat President Jimmy Carter.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Sunday morning Political Quotes

From my political sig quote collection

"The shot that Harry Whittington got in the face from VP Cheney in a hunting accident will probably be less politically damaging than the shot Monica Lewinski got in the face from Bill Clinton." -- Mark Urbin

The major winner overall in the War of 1812 has to have been the US Federal government, as it gained considerable power at the states' expense.

"I voted for the Democrats because I didn't like the way the Republicans were running the country. Which is turning out to be like shooting yourself in the head to stop your headache." -- Jack Mayberry

"It is perfect, delicious irony that Dan Rather, scourge of Dick Nixon, is now spending his winter years pacing around muttering to himself about dark conspiracies against him." -- Ace

The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel: ultra-left class warrior, defender of the inheritance tax -- and trust-fund heiress who fought the IRS all the way to the Supreme Court to avoid paying $2 million in estate taxes.

"Bean-counting government bureaucrats are free to take race, ethnicity and gender into account when doling out public funds to non-white-male contractors. But God help law enforcement officers, air marshals and border agents who try to use those same factors to combat terrorism and protect American lives." -- Michelle Malkin

"To translate it into UNIX system administration terms ... the post-modern, politically correct atheists were like people who had suddenly found themselves in charge of a big and unfathomably complex computer system (viz. society) with no documentation or instructions of any kind, and so whose only way to keep the thing running was to invent and enforce certain rules with a kind of neo-Puritanical rigor, because they were at a loss to deal with any deviations from what they saw as the norm. Whereas people who were wired into a church were like UNIX system administrators who, while they might not understand everything, at least had some documentation, some FAQs and How-tos and README files, providing some guidance on what to do when things got out of whack. They were, in other words, capable of displaying adaptability." -- Cryptonomicon

"What would be the difference if we retreated and let the French and Germans make decisions for the world? We tried that twice in the last century. Isolationsim, refusing to accept our role in the world, and delaying our response to evildoers ultimately cost fifty-three million lives in World War 2 alone. The preemption policy of the Bush administration, taking the war to the enemy and exporting democracy and freedom, has liberated fifty million." -- Tammy Bruce

"If we have to use force, it is because we are American. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future." -- Madeleine Albright in 1998, when she was Bill Clinton's Secretary of State.

"There isn't a lot of distance between the Political Religious Right fanatics and the Secular Leftists/LibDem fanatics."

"I can't say I'm surprised: the "grassroots" antiwar movement keeps turning out to be MoveOn/A.N.S.W.E.R. astroturf." -- Glenn Reynolds

A sure sign the economy is doing well...

...the MSM isn't calling it the "Bush Economy."
Meg Kreikemeirer writes about this:

In fact, the lack of headlines prompted a search of the Lexis Nexis database to compare magazine articles written about the topic of economic recovery for President Clinton in 1993 and 1994 and for President Bush in 2004 and 2005; years when the economy began to show significant improvements for both presidents.

The search turned up 320 articles for President Clinton and 260 for President Bush. The searches produced articles published by well-known news magazines, financial publications as well as trade publications.

A review of the magazines revealed that far more articles were written about President Clinton in the weekly news magazines whereas the bulk of the articles written about President Bush were found in financial and trade magazines and in right-of-center publications like The National Review and The Weekly Standard.

Most glaring was the disparity in coverage by both US News and World Report and Time Magazine.

Not only did US News and World Report and Time Magazine publish significantly more articles about Clinton, but the tone of the articles was very different, as well.

Kofi's new Sugar Daddy

With Saddam in jail, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan retirement fund hasn't been getting the steady inflow of bribes it used to.
Never fear, Claudia Rosetts reports in the Weekly Standard that Kofi has found a new Sugar Daddy!

Earlier this month, Annan accepted from the ruler of Dubai an environmental prize of $500,000--a fat sum that represents the latest in a long series of glaring conflicts of interest. Call this one Cash-for-Kofi.
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So entwined were Annan's own U.N. colleagues in the process that selected him for this award that it's tempting to relabel the entire affair as one of the U.N.'s biggest back-scratching contests. Chairing the jury panel, which voted unanimously for Annan, was the executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, Klaus Toepfer, and among the jurors was the U.N. undersecretary-general for Economic and Social Affairs, José Antonio Ocampo. Both men owe their current jobs to Annan. Serving as an "observer" of the jury panel was Pakistan's ambassador to the U.N., Munir Akram, who just finished a term as president of the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council, which works closely with Annan. On the website for the Zayed prize, the public relations contacts include a U.N. staffer, Nick Nuttall, listed complete with his U.N. email account and phone number at the Nairobi headquarters of the U.N. Environment Program.

More Church burnings...

Not in the American South, but in Nigeria as Muslims attacked Christians and burned churches, kiling at least 15 people.
According to the AP report, "mobs of Muslim protesters swarm through the city center with machetes, sticks and iron rods. One group threw a tire around a man, poured gas on him and set him ablaze" and "protesters attacked and looted shops owned by minority Christians, most of them with origins in the country's south. Most of the dead were Christians beaten to death on the streets by the rioters; Witnesses said three children and a priest were among those killed."

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Friday, February 17, 2006

Note to reporters, they don't like you either...

Gateway Pundit has the story on a female reporter stoned for not wearing a headscarf at an Islamic protest.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Stormtrooper Elvis


,
originally uploaded by steevil.
This just too cool! Elvis Saves!
Even in a Galaxy far, far away...

Just in case you haven't had your dose of surrealism today...

Firing up the Wayback Machine again...

...for a short hop back to 1999/2000. William Tate points out:

So, during the Clinton Administration, evidence existed (all of the information used in this article was available at the time) that:

-an invasive, extensive domestic eavesdropping program was aimed at every U.S. citizen;

-intelligence agencies were using allies to circumvent constitutional restrictions;

-and the administration was selling at least some secret intelligence for political donations.

These revelations were met by the New York Times and others in the mainstream media by the sound of one hand clapping. Now, reports that the Bush Administration approved electronic eavesdropping, strictly limited to international communications, of a relative handful of suspected terrorists have created a media frenzy in the Times and elsewhere.


Read the whole thing.

Stopping Terrorism just isn't a big deal to the MSM

NewsBusters points out how the NY Times and the Washington Post bury a story on foiled Al Qaeda attacks.

President Bush gave some details Thursday concerning foiled plots by al Qaeda to attack America, including one plan to fly a plane into the tallest building on the West Coast that was successfully averted. Unfortunately, those that rely on either The New York Times or The Washington Post for their news might have missed these revelations, for this story was curiously not placed on the front page of either of these papers.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I Blame Bush too!

The New England Republican blames those Bush Tax Cuts for the$21 Billion budget Surplus! So do I!

The federal government ran a $21 billion budget surplus last month, the best January showing in four years, as both spending and tax receipts set records for the month.

The Treasury Department said the government spent $209 billion last month, a record amount for January and up 7.9 percent from January 2005. Government tax receipts, however, also set a record for the month of $230 billion, up 13.7 percent from January 2005.

The faster growth in receipts than in spending pushed the suplus for the month to $21 billion, more than double the $8.6 billion surplus the government recorded in January 2005. It was the biggest January surplus since $43.7 billion in 2002.

For the first four months of the budget year that began on Oct. 1, the deficit totals $98.3 billion, an improvement of 10.2 percent from last year's pace when the deficit totaled $319 billion.

That's harsh...

...completely true, but still harsh...

In today's Day by Day Cartoon, one of the characters calls it correctly:

Democrats. The party that instituted Jim Crow, whose members in the Senate now include a fomer KKK 'Kleagle'. A party where the people who have been appointed to real power in the party structure are 100% White.


This is followed up by more true words:
Bush has appointed more women & minorities to high-level positions in his administration than any other President.

Time to check for flying pigs...

NPR's Juan Williams just not only agreed with Bill Kristol, but he stated he actively supported him.
The scene, Fox News Sunday's panelist segment, which is typically rather heated, since it's well balanced between left and right.
The topic in question, The Weekly Standard, which Kristol is the editor, published the Danish cartoons that have Islamofacists rioting around the globe.
Kudos to Kristol for maintaining standards of Journalist integrity, and kudos to Williams for upholding the standards more liberals should, but aren't.

Somebody is gonna get burned...

Google has a project codenamed "trogdor". Fans of Strong Bad will recognize this as the name of the "Burnanator".

Let's set the wayback machine to 1977...

...and we find then President Jimmy Carter authorizing Wireless Intercepts

[A]t Mrs. King's high-profile funeral, Mr. Carter evoked a comparison to the Bush policy when referring to the "secret government wiretapping" of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

But in 1977, Mr. Carter and his attorney general, Griffin B. Bell, authorized warrantless electronic surveillance used in the conviction of two men for spying on behalf of Vietnam.

The men, Truong Dinh Hung and Ronald Louis Humphrey, challenged their espionage convictions to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which unanimously ruled that the warrantless searches did not violate the men's rights.

In its opinion, the court said the executive branch has the "inherent authority" to wiretap enemies such as terror plotters and is excused from obtaining warrants when surveillance is "conducted 'primarily' for foreign intelligence reasons."

That description, some Republicans say, perfectly fits the Bush administration's program to monitor calls from terror-linked people to the U.S.


HT to Ace.

National Security leaks investigated

The NY Times is giving some coverage on this:

Federal agents have interviewed officials at several of the country's law enforcement and national security agencies in a rapidly expanding criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding a New York Times article published in December that disclosed the existence of a highly classified domestic eavesdropping program, according to government officials.

The investigation, which appears to cover the case from 2004, when the newspaper began reporting the story, is being closely coordinated with criminal prosecutors at the Justice Department, the officials said. People who have been interviewed and others in the government who have been briefed on the interviews said the investigation seems to lay the groundwork for a grand jury inquiry that could lead to criminal charges.

The inquiry is progressing as a debate about the eavesdropping rages in Congress and elsewhere. President Bush has condemned the leak as a "shameful act." Others, like Porter J. Goss, the C.I.A. director, have expressed the hope that reporters would be summoned before a grand jury and asked to reveal the identities of those who provided them classified information.

Mr. Goss, speaking at a Senate intelligence committee hearing on Feb. 2, said, "It is my aim, and it is my hope that we will witness a grand jury investigation with reporters present being asked to reveal who is leaking this information. I believe the safety of this nation and the people this country deserve nothing less."


HT to Ace

Meanwhile at the UN...

More procurement scandels coming to light at the UN.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Let us not forget the Communist Chinese...

According to this CNN article:

...Ko-Suen Moo of Taipei, is charged with being a covert Chinese agent, and working with a Frenchman to try to ship sophisticated high-tech military equipment from the United States to China.

Moo and Serge Voros of Paris have been indicted in Miami, Florida with attempting to export an F-16 aircraft engine, Black Hawk helicopter engines, cruise missiles, and air-to-air missiles to China, according to a statement released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities.

It's hard to get a refund when the salesman is humping your leg and baying at the moon.

Insanity is a barrier to rational discussion.

For example, when someone compares the Boy Scouts of America to Hamas, it's bloody fornicating obvious that they don't share the same reality with the rational members of humanity. Further attempts at rational discussion are at this point, moot.

It helps to know your literary history...

Alice in Tree
Alice in Tree,
originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics.
This picture is from a trip to Disneyworld taken years ago..
A well educated young Englishwoman was playing Alice in Epcot.
I was standing next to her shortly after I took this photo and there were no small children around. I quietly said that it was a shame that the Rev. Dodgson didn't wait until she was older to take those pictures.
She looked up at me and said with a playful smile, "This is Disney, we don't talk about those."

For the Geek who needs yet another computer related conversation piece...

Recycle your empty Whiskey bottle into a computer case.

Friday, February 10, 2006

AP repeats Wilson lies

Transterrestrial Musings covers it.

Ambramoff ties to democrat Senator Harry Reid

An AP Story shows multiple ties between Jack Ambramoff and democrat Reid, Senator from Nevada.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid wrote at least four letters helpful to Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff, and the senator's staff regularly had contact with the disgraced lobbyist's team about legislation affecting other clients.

The activities _ detailed in billing records and correspondence obtained by The Associated Press _ are far more extensive than previously disclosed. They occurred over three years as Reid collected nearly $68,000 in donations from Abramoff's firm, lobbying partners and clients.
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Reid, D-Nev., has led the Democratic Party's attacks portraying Abramoff's lobbying and fundraising as a Republican scandal.

But Abramoff's records show his lobbying partners billed for nearly two dozen phone contacts or meetings with Reid's office in 2001 alone.
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Reid also intervened on government matters at least five times in ways helpful to Abramoff's tribal clients, once opposing legislation on the Senate floor and four times sending letters pressing the Bush administration on tribal issues. Reid collected donations around the time of each action.

Ethics rules require senators to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest in collecting contributions around the times they take official acts benefiting donors.

Abramoff's firm also hired one of Reid's top legislative aides as a lobbyist. The aide later helped throw a fundraiser for Reid at Abramoff's firm that raised donations from several of his lobbying partners.

And Reid's longtime chief of staff accepted a free trip to Malaysia arranged by a consulting firm connected to Abramoff that recently has gained attention in the influence-peddling investigation that has gripped the Capitol.

Abramoff has pleaded guilty in a fraud and bribery case and is now helping prosecutors investigate the conduct of lawmakers, congressional aides and administration officials his team used to lobby.
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

He doesn't get it...

Someone from the UAE currently living the good life in California wrote:

There is a limit for everything in this world. Freedom doesn't allow you to attack people or hurt them, neither physically, nor by words, or anything else.


Wrong. Freedom does mean you can say and do what you want, and that you are responsible for your actions.
I don't like Ted Rall, but I'm not burning down the Idiotarian Embassy over his really badly drawn cartoons.
The actions of many, not all, Muslims in response to cartoons published last year in Denmark, show that Freedom works best with civilized people.
The governments in the Arab world boycotting Danish products is more civilized than the riots and attacks on Danish Embassies.
Personally, I'll be contacting my Congressmen and urging them to join President Bush in supporting Denmark in this matter.

And I'll bet we can find many leftist in American who want to give them more money...

The Austrian News reports:

"At least $US700 million in funds from the Palestinian Authority's coffers have been squandered or stolen by officials over the past few years, an internal investigation revealed yesterday. Palestinian Attorney-General Ahmed al-Moghani cited 50 cases of "financial and administrative corruption" and said 25 officials had been arrested so far. He said 10 officials had fled abroad but the authority was seeking their extradition. "The amount of money that was squandered and stolen is more than $US700 million," Mr Moghani told reporters. "Some of these millions were transferred into personal accounts here and abroad".


HT to Dr. Ray at Dissecting Leftism

I Support Denmark

I Support Denmark
I Support Denmark,
originally uploaded by Alexandra F.
For a good round up of the extremist reactions to the cartoons in question, stop by Michelle Malkin's site.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Even McGruder can get it right sometimes...

He's a far left extremist wacko, but he's spot on in today's cartoon about the sad state of the so-called "leadership" in the Black community...

Muir gets it too...

Nature and capitalism abhor a vacuum.

That's a quote by Evan Coyn Maloney over at Brain Terminal, and he's correct summing up the current box office issues that Hollywood has.

Yep. Increasingly, Hollywood is making films that Hollywood wants to consume, not necessarily what the rest of America does. Hollywood needs to decide whether it wants to be a political party or whether it wants to entertain. They can continue to entertain themselves, but then they will continue to lose audience. There are simply too many other options vying for the attention of the people that Hollywood shuns


It's a good article. Go read the whole thing.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

I don't recall seeing this in the Boston Globe...

Brendan Loy asks were the outrage is from Julian Bond's racist remarks.

Okay, here's a question for you. If the chairman of the NAACP were to equate Republicans with Nazis, compare conservative judges to the Taliban, and call Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell "tokens," that would be pretty newsworthy, don't you think?

Now, what would you say if I told you that it happened, during a speech Wednesday by Julian Bond at Fayetteville State University, and yet the "journalists" who covered the event for the Fayetteville Observer and News 14 Carolina apparently felt his incendiary remarks weren't worthy of mention in their stories about the event?! Instead, they wrote blandly positive puff pieces about Bond's speech, discussing such earth-shattering breaking news as the importance of Black History Month and how "the fight for equal rights is not over."

Pretty incredible, huh? My expectations of the MSM are fairly low these days, but the lack of news judgment here is really astounding.

Go read the rest.

The far left attacks democrats moving toward the center

The Washington Post has an article on far left extremist blogs attacking democrat politicians who dared moved toward the center.

Democrats are getting an early glimpse of an intraparty rift that could complicate efforts to win back the White House: fiery liberals raising their voices on Web sites and in interest groups vs. elected officials trying to appeal to a much broader audience.

These activists -- spearheaded by battle-ready bloggers and making their influence felt through relentless e-mail campaigns -- have denounced what they regard as a flaccid Democratic response to the Supreme Court fight, President Bush's upcoming State of the Union address and the Iraq war. In every case, they have portrayed party leaders as gutless sellouts. . . .

"The bloggers and online donors represent an important resource for the party, but they are not representative of the majority you need to win elections," said Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic lobbyist who advised Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. "The trick will be to harness their energy and their money without looking like you are a captive of the activist left."

HT to Mr. Reynolds

When in doubt, make shit up...

Senator Kerry, who still hasn't stopped running for President after his loss in 2004, was on the Today Show throwing out random numbers and the friendly interviewer didn't call him on it.

Sen. John Kerry claimed this morning on NBC TODAY that
53% of America's children do not graduate from high
school -- a claim that raised eyebrows in the NBC
control room, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
Kerry made the comments after host Katie Couric asked
the former presidential candidate about Bush's State
of the Union call to train 70,000 additional teachers
in math and science.
COURIC: He wanted to train 70,000 additional teachers
in math and science.
KERRY: That's terrific. But 53 percent of our children
don't graduate from high school. Kids don't have
after-school programs... He didn't ask America to
sacrifice anything to achieve great goals and the
biggest example is making the tax cut permanent for
the wealthiest people in America. The average American
struggles to find time to take carry of families,
working two or three jobs... It's a disgrace. He did
not tell the real state of the union.

Kerry's 53% claim conflicts with a recent press
release from the U.S. Census Bureau: "High School
Graduation Rates Reach All-Time High"
And the Census Bureau's own website states: 85.9
Percent Of Americans Aged 20-24 Are High School
Graduates. (U.S. Census Bureau Website, www.census.gov, Accessed 2/1/06)

The return of the .45

...and about time too! This article from the Straegy Page points out why the US military is returning to the .45 ACP as the standard pistol round.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

An essay on "voting irregularities"

Michael Z. Williamson has a few words on voting and who's mucking with the numbers.

Now, 13 years of working the polls in IL and IN has taught me that if there is cheating, it is a Dem doing it, and there will almost always be cheating. Your mileage may vary, but I speak from experience.

To hear them claim that CHICAGO and YOUNGSTOWN had Republican cheats is just so boggling I can't respond. The Dems have stolen every election in Chicago since the 1930s. That they would probably win honestly doesn't stop them.
...
Look, Bush won a very narrow victory in 2000 (Oh, yes he did, you paranoid loons) against an entrenched incumbent veep during a still mostly good economy that hadn't yet quite reached the crash point.

Conventional wisdom said he should have catered to the "middle" to pick up more votes.

Bush stuck to his guns, and picked up more people who agreed with him, some who didn't but thought him the lesser evil, some who didn't but respected him for taking a stand. Right or wrong, he acted like an EXECUTIVE, which is what the job IS, and what's been lacking for three previous terms.

From a POLITICAL VIEWPOINT ONLY, it was brave and genius and it swung a lot of people.
...
Summary:

So, whether you agree with them and him or not, most people voted, and voted for Bush, because he had a POSITION, and a MORALITY, and a PLATFORM of what he intends to do. REPEAT: WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH SAID POSITION OR NOT, OR THINK THEY MISSED A LOT OF WHAT WENT ON BEHIND THE SCENES, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED.

And it's a good thing.

It means if the Dems run HONEST candidates within those criteria (hey, first time for anything, right?), they are very likely to start winning elections.

It would help to stop being worse fascists than the big gov't Republicans they hate, too. But one step at a time...

That's just some of the highlights. Go read the whole thing and get off the the SoreLoserman bandwagon. It's not pretty, it's not honest and it's not winning votes.

Oh ya, and how many of you picked up that Mr. Williamson is not a big fan of President Bush (41)?

So Anyway

It appears that Mark is a bit busy so I'm going to post something today.

You can sign a petition to support the Danish newspaper JYLLANDS POSTEN:

On the 30th of September, the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten published 12 cartoons in its edition, representing the Prophet Mohammed. However, in Islamic culture it is forbidden to show any drawing of Mohammed. So it isn't unreasonable that there would follow a reaction towards the cartoonists from the Muslim World.

But in a democratic society, such as our Western World, it's unacceptable that two of those cartoonists had to go into hiding after some calls in which they were threatened by dead. Some Islamic countries, such as Saoudi-Arabia, have already declared that they would boycot Danish wares and goods because of the cartoons. The Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen was asked by a number of ambassadors of Islamic countries to undertake measures against Jyllands Posten. Fortunately Rasmussen declared that Denmark is a country in which the freedom of press is a high-valued good. And in the city of Gaza (Palestinia), a number of 15 armed men attacked the office of European Union-embassy. These are all facts that cannot be accepted as a legitime reaction against the cartoons.

Because our Western society, to which Denmark also belongs to, is in danger after those threats of an agressive anti-democratic group of Muslims; this petition has been started to show the sympathy and empathy towards Jyllands Posten and the Danish society in general. The democracy thanks you in advance to sign this petition.



I'm signature number 3327.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

democrat Attorney lieutenant governor candidate is a tax cheat

Hardly surprising given the track record of democrat legistlators here in the Commonweath...
According to this Boston Globe story, State Representative Marie P. St. Fleur has had three delinquent tax debts in the last four years, and owes $40,000 in delinquent federally backed student loans.

Remember that democrat St. Fleur was one of the backers of a bill to further fleece the taxpayers of Massachusetts by giving legal resident state college tutitions to illegal immigrant aliens.

Update: Less than 24 hours after Reily's announcement, tax cheat St. Fleur has withdrawn from the race for Lt. Gov.
mASS Backwards points out that this serial tax cheat is the Vice-Chairperson of the House Ways and means Committee!
That's right, she on the committee that considers tax laws here in the Peoples Commonwealth...

Let's see if Mr. Reily can live up to his own words:

"Every citizen who enjoys all that this state has to offer is obligated to pay taxes,” Reilly said in an April 14, 2005, statement. "My office will continue to investigate and prosecute those who choose to avoid the law and their responsibilities to pay taxes."