Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Monday, September 29, 2003
Willis [singing]: Respect yourself...
Iraqi prisoner: Please, stop!
Willis: ...Respect yourself...
Iraqi prisoner: Oooh! The sheer agony of it!
Willis: ...If you don't respect yourself...
Iraqi prisoner: I can't take anymore of this!
Willis: ...Ain't nobody gonna give a good...
Iraqi prisoner: Noooooooo!
Willis: ...Ca-hoot na na na oh oh...
Iraqi prisoner: AAAAAAh! PLEASE! No more! Please, in the name of Allah the Most Merciful, please quit! I'll tell you everything you want to know!
Willis: ...Respect yourself...
Iraqi prisoner: I'll tell where Saddam is! I'll tell you where the WMD's are. But, please, PLEASE, stop that unbearable singing!
I'll post a link to C-SPAN's video of it as soon as it becomes available.
And I'm sure that Marshall Ramsey will have a cartoon tomorrow morning condemning both candidates for their performance.
Ruled by bureaucracy
Controlled by civil servants
And people dressed in grey
Got no privacy got no liberty
Cos the twentieth century people
Took it all away from me.
From The Kinks' song, 20th Century Man
Sunday, September 28, 2003
According to a new Gallup poll, 63% of probable voters surveyed said that they will vote "yes" on the recall to boot Gray Davis. When asked of whom they would vote for to replace Senor Davis, 40% opted for Schwarzenegger, 25% for Cruz "Radio Announcer Voice" Bustamante, 18% for Tom McClintock, 5% for Peter Camejo, and 2% for
Compu-Net Enterprises, which was/is the ISP that my folks and I have/had for dial-up connections, said that it was discontinuing a spam filtering service it offered, according to the Washington Post website.
Bill Larson, network administrator for Compu-Net, said that his company received 10 times the amount of spam it usually gets over the weekend, slowing its ability to serve its customers. He also said that spammers were sending forged e-mails that appeared to have been issued from the company.We now use BellSouth DSL for the Internet, but we (as in, my dad) still pay for Compu-Net dial-up. Dad, who has a fledging computer services company, actually knows Mr. Larson and has had lunch with him a time or two. That's all I really wanted to say. But I will say that I can't largely object to Compu-Net's handling of this.
Larson said his company decided it could not risk running the anti-spam list because of the risk of losing its paying customers.
Lew Rockwell, put this in your pipe and smoke it: "The Neoconservative Cabal" by Joshua Muravchik utterly shreds the idea that foreign policy has been hijacked by a band of nefarious neocons who are influenced by both Leo Strauss and Leon Trotsky.
Happy New Year (5764) to my Jewish friends!
Mississippi's Charles Pickering, who's nomination to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was shot down in committee when Democrats controlled the Senate in 2001, was renominated by Pres. Bush back in January. Pickering can now count on the support of 4 Mississippi Democrat statewide officials: Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, AG Mike Moore, Sec. of State Eric Clark, and Ag. Commissioner Lester Spell.
Why I love Mississippi: You can get ribs at a gas station.
Dennis Miller vs. Barbara Boxer? That's what some Republican strategists are hoping for. Now, I'll pay money to see that campaign.
If you've been to the Homestar Runner website, you are truly missing out.
The Hollywood Investigator has an engrossing interview with Ben Stein. It's too good to quote. Read the whole thing, as they say.
Friday, September 26, 2003
"And I'm very glad we've got the great team in office, men like Colin Powell, Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice... people I know very well - our president George W. Bush. We need them there."Very interesting, indeed. At Thursday's Presidential debate, Gen. Clark has asked by Brian Williams about those very comments, and here's his response along with my comments:
"We were really helped when President Ronald Reagan came in. I remember non-commissioned officers who were going to retire and they re-enlisted because they believed in President Reagan."
Clark continued: "That's the kind of President Ronald Reagan was. He helped our country win the Cold War. He put it behind us in a way no one ever believed would be possible. He was truly a great American leader. And those of us in the Armed Forces loved him, respected him, and tremendously admired him for his great leadership."
"President George Bush had the courage and the vision... and we will always be grateful to President George Bush for that tremendous leadership and statesmanship."
"Do you ever ask why it is that these people in these other countries can't solve their own problems without the United States sending its troops over there? And do you ever ask why it is the Europeans, the people that make the Mercedes and the BMW's that got so much money can't put some of that money in their own defense programs and they need us to do their defense for them?"
"And I'll tell you what I've learned from Europe is that are a lot of people out in the world who really, really love and admire the United States. Don't you ever believe it when you hear foreign leaders making nasty comments about us. That's them playing to their domestic politics as they misread it. Because when you talk to the people out there, they love us. They love our values. They love what we stand for in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights."
"I think it's been an incredible journey for me and for this country since early 2001. We elected a president we thought was a compassionate conservative. Instead we got neither conservatism or compassion."...we got neither conservatism or compassion" He's mad that Bush hasn't been more conservative? Quite an odd position for a Democrat to take these days, especially for one angling for the presidential nomination.
We got a man who recklessly cut taxes.Bush pushed for those tax cuts in his campaign, he pushed for them after he was sworn in, and Congress was in the midst of passing them during May at the same time Clark was giving his speech praising GWB to the hilt. (BTW, I think both houses had passed their own versions of the tax cut, sending it to conference committee).
We got a man who recklessly took us into war with Iraq.Reckless? It seemed like Bush took his time: several months carefully amassing troops and many endless months haggling with the UN to get its rear in gear to enforce its own resolutions.
I was never partisan in the military. I served under Democratic presidents, I served under Republican presidents.Clark appeared to be pretty partial to Reagan back in May 2001.
But as I looked at this country and looked which way we were headed, I knew that I needed to speak out. And when I needed to speak out, there was only one party to come to.
I am pro-choice, I am pro-affirmative action, I'm pro-environment, pro-health.Finally! Somebody to stand up to the anti-environment and anti-health lobbies!
I believe the United States should engage with allies.We did. The UK, Australia, Poland, and dozens of others joined with us in battling Hussein. But to a lot of Leftists, these just don't count. And we engaged with the French and German for several months, but they decided not to particpate, to say the least.
We should be a good player in the international community. And we should use force only as a last resort. That's why I'm proud to be a Democrat."Again, let me remind the general that we spent 14 blanketly-blank blank blank months at the UN before we smacked Hussein last March. My goodness, this is the guy that Democrats are fawning over now? Sheesh...
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Of course, Mr. Kennedy is characteristically tight-lipped about any potential White House bid.
"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," he said yesterday. "I'm not going to dive into that question at a time when the federal government is drowning in a sea of red ink, and the president appears intoxicated with power."
And yet the rumors continue to float, driven by the desire of many Democrats to see a Kennedy at the wheel again.
The adminstration said it shut down the sale after 45 minute because a crowd had gathered and a shouting match had begun. Yet, "David C. Rushing, 23, a law student and chairman of Young Conservatives of Texas at SMU and for the state, said the event didn't get out of hand. At most, a dozen students gathered around the table of cookies and Rice Krispies treats, he said."
And here's the obligatory idiotarian quote:
Matt Houston, a 19-year-old sophomore, called the group's price list offensive.
"My reaction was disgust because of the ignorance of some SMU students," said Houston, who is black. "They were arguing that affirmative action was solely based on race. It's not based on race. It's based on bringing a diverse community to a certain organization."
I think Jawsblog said it best, "Uh...doesn't a 'diverse community' depend on race as a factor in that "diversity"?"
According to the ACLJ, the state launched a fund-raiser to build a playground at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore, Wash. Members of the public were encouraged to pay $100 for the privilege of placing an inscribed paver in the playground.Later in the article:
However, the state flatly rejected the Buchanans' proposed message: "Thank you Jesus, Daria & Evan Buchanan."
In a letter to the Buchanans in August, the ACLJ says, the coordinator of the playground program, Colleen Ponto, said, "Because the Saint Edward State Park Playground is located on public land, our intent and unwritten policy for all of the 511 bricks sold was to engrave only non-religious requests in order to uphold the separation of church and state as dictated by our state constitution."
Um, didn't Ms. Ponto notice that the park was called Saint Edward State Park Playground? As for the separation of church and state nonsense, the ACLJ counsel points out, "If a state permits a wide variety of messages to be posted in a public area, the state cannot reject a message because it contains a religious reference. ..."
Arianna Huffington came off as pretty rude. She spent a lot of her time haranguing AS, fiercely jabbing at Bustamante one time, attacking Pres. Bush, and usually going off the topic of the questions posed to her. Absolutely puerile.
Schwarzenegger performed decently, nothing absolutely spectacular except when he tangled a few times with Arianna. For example, AS told Arianna after she went on spiel about him, "I just realized that I have a perfect part for you in Terminator 4." Substance-wise, he said the CA gov't needed to reduce spending and end or seriously curb many of its regulations on businesses. Not bad, but I think McClintock outshone him on policy, though.
Tom McClintock is The Man. He went through detailed plans to curb regulation and spending and for cutting taxes, like he always does. That's why I prefer him over Schwarzenegger; McClintock knows what to do already while the Austrian Oak calls up committees to help him figure out what specifically needs fixing in the budget. Plus, McClintock has a quiet intensity about him; a real solid determination. He's definitely the most qualified of the bunch. And it's interesting to note that neither AS nor TM attacked each other.
Cruz Bustamante played it cool as a cucumber. He laid out his plan, dubbing it "Though Love" which called for an increase on cigarette and alcohol taxes and for increasing income taxes on the top 4% of income earners to get CA's budget out of the red. Yeah, that'll work, especially when a lot of those high income earners, like small business owners, are already leaving because of the high taxes slapped on them.
Peter Camejo needs to be smacked a few times upside the head with a Milton Friedman book. The Green Party fellow denied that taxes or regulation are out of control, even calling the notion "a myth." He ladled out the usual far-leftist dreck of how evil the coporations are, how CA needs a socialized healthcare system, how evil corporations are, how the rich need to be screwed over more, and, let's not forget just really how evil those corporations are.
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
And check Wednesday's strip about Wesley Clark.
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Howard Dean: Waffle Powered Howard
Howard Dean: DeanFacts.com (made by Gephardt's campaign)
Howard Dean: Gov. Howard Dean: A Satire (you know you're the front runner when you have more negative sites -Ed. )
Dick Gephardt: A Complete Disgrace (hat tip to The Sophorist)
Dennis Kucinich: Kucinich.com "Dennis Kucinich for President? Yeah, right!"
Joe Lieberman: Joseph2004.org (though, this one's from a Lefty perspective -Ed. )
Al Sharpton: Republcans for Sharpton
And there's always the RNC Research HQ
"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away."
"Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny."
"We don't need more politicians insisting we have deficits because you're not taxed enough. Those deficits ballooned from an economy that didn't grow enough and from 50 years of government spending too much."
"I think the best possible social program is a job"
"Are you entitled to the fruits of your labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?"
"Man is not free unless government is limited.... As government expands, liberty contracts."
"It would seem that not only is religion lacking in the schools -- so is common sense. I wonder what a teacher is supposed to say if a kid asks about those four words on a dime -- 'In God We Trust.' Or maybe that's why they aren't being taught how to read these days."
"We developed at the local school district level probably the best public school system in the world. Or it was until the Federal government added Federal interference to Federal financial aid and eroded educational quality in the process."
"But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime."
"By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others."
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field (served 1863 to 1897)
"Here I close my opinion. I could not say less in view of questions of such gravity that go down to the very foundations of the government. If the provisions of the Constitution can be set aside by an Act of Congress, where is the course of usurpation to end? The present assault upon capital is but the beginning. It will be but the stepping-stone to others, larger and more sweeping, till our political contests will become a war of the poor against the rich; a war growing in intensity and bitterness."
Friedrich von Hayek
"The system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not."
"All political theories assume, of course, that most individuals are very ignorant. Those who plead for liberty differ from the rest in that they include among the ignorant themselves as well as the wisest."
"To be controlled in our economic pursuits means to be controlled in everything."
"Any politician who starts shouting election-year demagoguery about the rich and the poor should be asked, 'What about the other 90 percent of the people?'"
"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have... a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers."
"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence."
"We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."
John Quincy Adams
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected, in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
This means you are highly intelligent and have picked up an impressive and unique collection of facts and figures over the years. You've got a remarkable vocabulary and exceptional math skills — which puts you in the same class as brainiacs like Bill Gates.I wouldn't say that I have natural "exceptional math skills"; math was always my worse subject in school. But, I did always work hard at it. The rest of the description, I have to say, is pretty accurate.
During the roundtable on the September 22 FNC program, Liasson pointed out positive feedback for Braun from NPR listeners: "We get a lot of responses from listeners at NPR talking about how well she does in debates, 'she has a lovely demeanor, she says sensible things.' She definitely adds to those conversations."
Monday, September 22, 2003
Saturday, September 20, 2003
Gary Ackerman (NY-5th)
Jim McDermott (WA-7th)
Pete Stark (CA-13th)
Barney Frank (MA-4th)
Jerrold Nadler (NY-8th)
Mike Honda (CA-15th)
Bobby Scott (VA-3rd)
Jimmy Carter says he sees a little of himself in insurgent Democratic White House candidate Howard Dean.If I were Dean, I wouldn't want a former President who had a rather dismal administration going around saying that I remind him a little of himself. The association wouldn't be helpful, to say the least.
In an appearance taped to air Friday night on CNN's "Larry King Live," Carter says former Vermont Gov. Dean visited his home in Georgia last year to ask the former president about his campaign 28 years ago.
Like Dean, Carter entered the presidential race as an ex-governor considered a long shot for the nomination. Carter said Dean asked him and his wife what they did to get a victory in New Hampshire, among other things.
"He claims, at least to me, to have had in part of his campaign technique about what worked for me in those ancient days in 1976," Carter said. "The only difference is that I didn't have any money and he's today used the Internet in a wonderful fashion."
To my mind, the most important thing about Clark is that he was a Rhodes Scholar. Almost to a man and woman, they are mega-losers, curriculum-vitae fetishists, with huge ambition and no concept of what to do with it.
Friday, September 19, 2003
Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark backtracked from a day-old statement that he probably would have voted for the congressional resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq, saying Friday he "would never have voted for this war."
From "probably would have" to "never" in less that 24 hours, quite impressive. But it gets better:
"Let's make one thing real clear, I would never have voted for this war," Clark said before a speech at the University of Iowa. "I've gotten a very consistent record on this. There was no imminent threat. This was not a case of pre-emptive war. I would have voted for the right kind of leverage to get a diplomatic solution, an international solution to the challenge of Saddam Hussein.""Consistent record" my foot. What imminent threat did Serbia pose to the US in 1998? Hmmm Mr. Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (or somethin' like that)? And what the #$@! does "right kind of leverage to a diplomatic solution" mean? Would this leverage have been in the form of increased glowers from US State Dept. officals at Iraqi diplomats? <sarcasm>Man, Clark just fills me with confidence.</sarcasm>
Thursday, September 18, 2003
Found via Josh Claybourn
Mr. Bush's personality grates on some. On many. He is accused of machismo, belligerence, cowboyism. For Europeans, in particular--and for European-like Americans--he is the very model of the swaggering, heedless, vulgar right-winger. He said he wanted bin Laden "dead or alive." About Saddam holdouts in Iraq, he declared, "Bring 'em on"--meaning, our boys are ready to confront them. This prompted a hue and cry among Mr. Bush's critics. As the Washington Post's Dana Milbank commented, "It's the sort of thing that sounds pretty shocking," although "often this sort of Old West rhetoric appeals to the American people."
I have a message for my liberal friends, relatives, and colleagues: If you think Republicans play dirty and Democrats don't, open your other eye.Read the whole thing, as they say.
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
UPDATE: Nevermind. The Sophorist now says that he misread the article and that the vote was over condemning the Ninth Circuit's decision on the Pledge of Allegiance.
Monday, September 15, 2003
"I think the press was muzzled, and I think the press self-muzzled. I'm sorry to say, but certainly television and, perhaps, to a certain extent, my station was intimidated by the administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News. And it did, in fact, put a climate of fear and self-censorship, in my view, in terms of the kind of broadcast work we did."Ms. Brown then asked if there was any story that they couldn't report on. Amanpour responded:
It's not a question of couldn't do it, it's a question of tone," Amanpour said. "It's a question of being rigorous. It's really a question of really asking the questions. All of the entire body politic in my view, whether it's the administration, the intelligence, the journalists, whoever, did not ask enough questions, for instance, about weapons of mass destruction. I mean, it looks like this was disinformation at the highest levels."Note that she doesn't provide any actual proof for intimidation, say like Dick Cheney calling her in the middle of the night threatening to bust her kneecaps if she reports on Haliburton's post-war contacts, but instead offers just a statement of her feelings. Yes, Christiane, you have competition now with Fox News around so you are just going to have to make your peace with that.
And I have to say I love Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti's response:
Given the choice, it's better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than a spokeswoman for al-Qaeda.
UPDATE: CNN news chief Jim Walton has reportedly had a "private conversation" with Ms. Amanpour.
So think hard and guess what it could be, and please leave your answers in the comments. The only thing you'll win is respect from me and your friends. If you want to know the answer, just e-mail at jpcarver80 -at- hotmail -dot- com. So here it is:
There’s a cooper, a baker, a carter
A whole slew of millers and smiths
And even a tanner and a porter
But only one buyer
Who can find a good deal
And get a decent price
There's a ballance that can be struck
A bass that can be caught
A crane that can lift
A bell that can't be rung
And graves that can't be dug
Two bishops, two kings
No queens, knights, or pawns
Not a rook, but only a castle
On most days there'll be a slaughter
But nobody flees to the hill
Nor to the safely of the camp
There's often a delay
In getting things done
But there is a rush.
One is meek and one is kind
Some others are blunt and frank
On a cold day there is frost
On a hot day there be burns
There's a fellow in that's English
Even all of Israel can be found there
Some people there are brown, some green
Some are young, but only one is goode
One man is quite the flake
Another is really stark
A wolf roams this hallowed place
Not wary of the hunter
Within this great and hallowed house, there be
Whole towns located near angry waters
A cannon sits here
But not in the hall
You can get a berry without pitts
And you may get moore, if you desire
A man there is a definitely a payne
But many are very fond of him
You don't need religion
To talk to the pastor
There is one piece of clay
And it cannot be shaped.
And this place even has a Honda!
(Though, it doesn't drive farr)
Can you tell me where I can find these under one roof?
Sunday, September 14, 2003
NASA plans to crash the 14 year-old Galileo space probe (which ceased operation last February) into Jupiter's atomosphere. According to the article, "The choreographed crash is meant to prevent the robotic explorer from contaminating Jupiter's icy moon Europa with earthly bacteria." I guess that's a lot cheaper than launching a giant can of Lysol to that satellite of Jupiter.
"Tehran condemns Israel for decision to remove Arafat" Terrorists of a feather...
China is deploying 150,000 troops along its border with North Korea to, ahem, persuade Kim "Everyday is a bad hair day" Jong-Il that persuing a nuclear weapons program might not be in his best interest.
Keith Burgess-Jackson explains why liberals think conservatives are stupid.
Way to go, Joe. Sen. Lieberman announces that he'll support the DC school voucher plan when it comes to the Senate. It's good to see him moving back toward a more centrist stance, which he adbanoned while he was Algore's Veep pick.
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Now, my main reason for opposing the whole change is that Athletic Director Pete Boone took it upon himself to change the mascot without asking the students and alumni whether they wanted a change or not. That just rubs me the wrong way. I'm surprised that it doesn't seem bother Chris at all. He's a self-declared libertarian and has advocated voting systems for elected offices that he believes would better reflect the citizenry's political preferences (read here). I would figure that he would call for a method that sought to gather input from the students, alumni, faculty members, and administration members on a decision about a symbol that represents the entire school. Instead, he seems to back a rather authoritarian move on the administration's part that achieves a result that he approves of. In order words, the ends justify the means.
Chris, understand that I still respect you and I don't intend any of this to be taken personally, but please, at least consider the points that I've made.
UPDATE: Chris gives a well thought out update to his post. And I apologize for the "buck-tooth.." remark. Though, I reserve the right to use that phrase against any Mississippi State fan/student/alumnus/alumna.
Friday, September 12, 2003
Thursday, September 11, 2003
Remembering and honoring the victims of September 11 is therefore not remotely sufficient. We must engrave their faces and tragically shortened histories on our hearts and in our souls. We must commit ourselves to the only goal that is worthy of their memories: to eradicate the disease that killed them, wherever it is and however long is takes. Their suffering and deaths must fuel our dedication to stamp out this cancer, and, in doing so, save those we love, and those who come after us, from future September elevens and the pain, loneliness and helplessness we experienced on that day two years ago and have lived with every day since then.Later he quotes Faulkner:
Man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
Regal cloud and somber sky, like gods, remain
Downcast searchers of the space below,
Where two towers, united by freedom’s reign,
Testament to triumph, bane to iniquitous foe,
Once proudly stood. Therein yet cling
Heroic spirits braving hell for the stranger’s cry,
Heartless fate against them; above, on stolen wing
Iblis and his craven demons fly;
Below the fallen reprise their tragic role,
Staged without end for a grief-stricken nation,
Whose liberty, imposing itself upon the soul,
Rejects America’s defeat or abdication.
Thus, this haunted ground reveals a silhouette,
Two towers standing tall lest men forget.
A vigil, sponsored by the UM Activist Coalition, will also be at 6:15 p.m. on the porch of the Croft Institute for International Studies building. “It will mostly be a silent-type vigil,” Greg Johnson, member of the coalition and blues curator, said.
"It's just in honor of all those who died on Sept. 11 and all those who died in resulting policies that have occurred."
Following the vigil, a panel discussion, co-hosted by UMAC and the Croft Institute, will explore "September 11: Two Years Later. What has Changed – where do we go from here?"
Moderated by executive director of the Croft Institute, Michael Metcalf, the panel discussion will include Nirit Ben-Ari, an Israeli peace activist, Omar Bada, a Palestinian peace activist and UM economics professor Katsuaki Terasawa.
I share Chris' intense sense of furious annoyance at these people. "[A]nd all those who died in resulting policies that have occurred"? Mercy! Would somebody please give these people some money so that they can buy a clue? Those "resulting policies" are going to do more to prevent the lost of life than anything these jokers are serving up. And yes, Chris, what do those Israeli and Palestinean peace activists have anything to with 9/11? As I recall, Mr. Bada's colleagues were dancing in the streets of Ramallah upon hearing the news on the plane crashes.
"Robert Byrd, this guy stands there and lectures Bush in the well of the Senate. He was in the Ku Klux Klan! He's demented. You know this guy's burning the cross at both ends! And you know something, if Robert Byrd were your grandfather and he came to Thanksgiving dinner and went off one of these demented screeds, everybody would sit there smiling at him, and as soon as he left the room, somebody'd say, 'Hey, what the hell are we gonna do about grandpa?'"
Dean said an "enormous number" of Israeli settlements must go to make progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "It's not our place to take sides," he said.Democrat Howard Berman wrote a letter signed by a few dozen other Democrats criticizing Dean:
This is not a time to be sending mixed messages. On the contrary, in these difficult times we must reaffirm our unyielding commitment to Israel's survival and raise our voices against all forms of terrorism and incitement.Of course, these Democrats are supporters of other Dem candidates. Jerrold "No Fat Jokes, Please" Nadler, who is Jewish and a Dean supporter said that the fomer Vermont govenor had since clarified his remarks to the his satisfaction.
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Alabamans reject Gov. Riley's $1.2 billion tax package by 2 to 1. Bama's tax system may need reform, but raising a heap of taxes doesn't sound like the best way to do it.
A study commissioned by the Republican Jewish Coalition shows that more Jews are moving toward the GOP. Shalom, y'all!
Neophyte Pundit isn't too impressed with Howie Dean's lambast that the GOP is trying to steal the CA governor's office by using the recall.
Someone needs to remind the Dimocrats that the Recall is part of the LAW of California, it's not new. To say that the Republicans are trying to steal an election is Clintonian at best. The Republicans haven't gone to the Courts and activist, leftist judges to have the law rewritten.Does Howie remember the 2002 NJ Senate race? You know the won where incumbent Dem. Robert Torricelli dropped out because of a campaign finance scandal severely hurting his chances against the Republican candidate? He did so after the deadline to register for a candidate, so the Dems went to court to allow themselves to select a new candidate. Of course, the liberal judges granted the request and in doing so, completely rode roughshod over NJ election laws.
Can somebody please tell me what planet Paul Craig Roberts lives on?
In Tuesday's debate, the Nine Dwarfs were asked to name their favorite songs. John Kerry's was "No Surrender" by Bruce Springsteen. That's a rather odd choice for a French-looking candidate.
And finally, the Cato Institute is having an online symposium on globalization pitting Cato and A World Connected against The Nation and The American Prospect.
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
He is a great film star. But I find his idea to run for governor absolutely insane.Now, personally I'm a McClintock supporter, but good grief. What really bugs me about this is that the DCs seem to prefer making political statements over in Europe rather than in the US. If they don't like Ahnold, fine; they need to the have the courage to say it here in the US, too.
Also, in the article she says:
America should be governed by people who have a clue. I hope he doesn't win.
People who have a clue, eh? I guess that disqualifies the Dixie Chicks...
President Bush was in Nashville Monday afternoon, delivering a speech at an elementary school touting how the No Child Left Behind Act is benefiting struggling students. I listened to live coverage of the event on talk radio station WLAC and the Pres. offered up a solid speech that pointed out specific examples of children who were helped with the NCLB Act. However, I still don't think that the federal government should be in the education business. I've yet to see just where in the Constitution the feds are authorized to meddle in education. Do anybody remember the 10th Amendment? Apparently not.
Palestinean PM Abu Abbas has resigned and parliament speaker Ahmed Qurei is likely to suceed him. Does anybody else have the feeling that Palestine is going to go through as many prime ministers as middle aged women go through Kleenexes while watching the lastest Lifetime originial movie?
Thangs ain't lookin' none too purty for the Democrats in the 2004 Senatorial races in the South. Popular GA Sen. Zell Miller is retiring (he's about to have a new book out), as well as South Carolina Sen.
Sunday, September 07, 2003
Saturday, September 06, 2003
...the Democrats treated Estrada differently than non-minority nominees. In the D.C. Circuit, for example, John Roberts, a white applicant, was confirmed without fanfare, while Estrada was filibustered. But aside from ethnicity, there are few substantive differences between the candidates: Both were voted unanimously well-qualified by the American Bar Association; both went to prestigious law schools; both clerked for the Supreme Court; both worked at the Justice Department; and both went on to prestigious law firms where they argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court. And yet John Roberts was asked relatively few questions during his confirmation hearing, while Estrada was pummeled with over 200. Roberts, nominated the same day as Estrada, was confirmed by the Senate on a voice vote, while Estrada was denied the opportunity to even have a vote.
Well, I have a little tip for those farmers: If your cost of producing a product is higher than the price you receive for it, then… stop producing it! It's ludicrous to ask, "Well, then, what else are they supposed to do?" After all, if they are losing money on every sale, then doing nothing at least stops the losses. Even relaxing in a hammock all day would be a better financial move for them than continuing to grow coffee.
Friday, September 05, 2003
BIG GOVERNMENT BUSH: More evidence of the runaway federal government under Bush. The sheer profligacy of this administration continues to astound. If you're a fiscal conservative, Howard Dean is beginning to look attractive.
I believe Mr. Sullivan is forgetting Dean's whole promise to rescind the Bush tax cuts and his lack of a promise to reduce federal spending on social programs. That's a pretty queer [pun intended? I'll let you decide] definition of "fiscal conservatism."
As calm, relaxed, and removed from life as they come, you're just so
chilled out, it hurts people to see you. Everyone aspires to be where you are, but
most of them just can't put their stress away. Little do they know that even you
sometimes have inner turmoil and struggles! For the most part, though, it's sun and
fun for you, and that's the way you like it. It's just sort of hard to get things
done with all that partying.
the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid
via Regions of Mind
Thursday, September 04, 2003
If Peter Ueberroth were a flavor of yogurt he would be extra-plain. I just didn't notice any detectable signs of energy or vigor.
Nobody brought up Cruz Bustamante's refusal to condemn his connection to the racist Hispanic student organization La MeChA, which has the motto: "For the race, everything; Outside the race, nothing". Hadn't heard of that story? Howard Owens explains it for you.
Bustamante's line throughout the evening was how those evil Texas power companies were ripping off Californians, and, con la ayuda de Dios, he was going to do something about it.
Tom McClintock was earnest, straight-forward, and answered the questions head on. Though, a piece of advice , Tommy: it wouldn't kill you to crack a smile every now and then.
There was Peter Camejo, the Green Party candidate who also ran in 2002 who made a rather "interesting" statement. When asked a question about illegal immigration (I can't remember the specifics), he made a side comment that Europeans had illegally immigrated to America centuries ago and proceeded to his main point. So, Pete, what to you suggest we white encroachers do? Move back to Europe?
Arianna Huffington was there in all of her glory, if you can call it that. She seemed to have a hard time grasping the concept that when your time alloted to speak runs out, you then stop speaking. Bustamante did get in a good line concerning her. After she was through haranguing him on an issue, the Lt. Gov. quipped, "Next time, tell me what you really think."
I also caught a few snipets of Gray Davis answering questions before the debate. He's basic theme: "It's not my fault the state is in such bad fiscal shape. It's anybody else's fault, but not mine; how dare you peasants question my authority!"
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
UPDATE: My SoCon compadre, Nathan, links to this story explaining what the good Senator has been up to.
Here's a question, are any of the Democrats who criticized Bush's landing on the aircraft a few months ago planning to chew Kerry out of using this aircraft carrier for his politicial purposes? I think we all know the answer to that.
Tuesday, September 02, 2003
Monday, September 01, 2003
Parents who bring squalling brats to R-rated movies
Circle I Limbo
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow
Circle IV Rolling Weights
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled
Circle VI Buried for Eternity
Circle VII Burning Sands
Qusay Hussein, Uday Hussein
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement
Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden
Circle IX Frozen in Ice