State Of The Union Live Blog
9:01 - ABCNews has reported Cindy Sheehan has been detained by Capitol Police - taken out of the gallery - just prior to the SOTU. Evidently she was attempting to unfurl some sort of banner. Damn. That would have been entertaining.
9:02 - Yes, Jackass Caucus, that's Justice Alito.
9:06 - Still waiting on W.
9:08 - Hail to the Chief.
9:10 - Sheila Jackson Lee (D) - mugging with W in one frame, sprinting to the cameras to slam him in the next. Also - more Botox for Bella Pelosi?
9:13 - Leading vs hiding, isolationism etc. Leadership is the answer.
9:17 - "Radical Islam" - CAIR's undies just wadded into a large bunch.
The robed, turbaned Arab in the gallery was not impressed. Tough, pal. This is our turf.
9:19 - We will never retreat from the world. We will never surrender to Evil.
9:22 - Plan for Victory vs. Plan for Withdrawl (Surrender). Tell me, dear reader, why is it the Jackass side of the aisle sits on their hands when this is spoken of. Do they fear Victory?
"Hindsight is not wisdom. Second guessing is not strategy." Might be the line of the night.
9:26 - Parents and sister of SSgt. Clay, USMC are introduced. Godspeed Sergeant. Thank you.
9:28 - Hamas, are you listening?
9:30 - "Liberty is the right and hope of all humanity."
9:30 - Iran, are you listening?
9:32 - "Superb professionals" in law enforcement, intelligence, and homeland security. They deserve our thanks. You're welcome, sir.
9:33 - PATRIOT ACT - again, silence from the left. Big surprise there.
9:34 - NSA international intercepts - let the whining and seething begin. "We will not sit back and wait to be hit again!" Amen to that. Runner up for line of the night.
9:37 - More jobs created than Japan and EU combined. Stand by for French whining.
9:39 - Make the tax cuts permanent. Cheers from the right, silence from the left. Typical.
9:40 - Cut "poor performing" programs. I love the sound of capitalism.
9:41 - Pass the line-item veto. Most cool.
9:42 - "This year two of my dad's favorite people will enter the baby-boom years. Myself, and President Clinton." Hillary's face nearly cracked.
The costs of entitlments are not going away.
9:46 - Pass Medical Liability Reform this year. Maybe with Breck Girl Edwards out of the Senate this can gain traction.
9:47 - Advance Energy Initiative. Nuclear power is revived. Sierra Club, call your office.
9:49 - Would someone please tell Carl Levin the "Combover" look went out of style a few hundred years ago?
9:52 - "A More Hopeful Nation"
9:55 - Roberts and Alito introduced. Sharp stick to the eye of Scotch Kennedy.
Human life is a gift from our Creator. It should never be discarded, devalued, or put up for sale.
9:58 - Laura, the Personification of Class.
9:59 - We must deal with issues in the Gulf Coast (New Orleans) which were present before the storm hit. Yes, Bubblehead Landrieiu, that means you.
10:01 - Will we turn back, or finish well?
On the whole, a pretty good speech as SOTU addresses go. 51 minutes long. 62 interruptions for applause.
Well stated and delievered, Mr. President. Thank you, and goodnight.
The Jackass Response
From now on, the Governor of the Commonwealth Virginia shall hereafter be known as Tim "The Eyebrow" Kaine.
Before W takes to the SOTU stage, here's a re-cap of today's noteworthy items:
Dude, Where's Our Cash?
Its the question the Capitol Hill Jackass Caucus is asking Howlin' Mad Howie "I Have A Scream" Dean. The Jackass account has about $5.5 million in it, compared to the $34 million in the Republican coffers.
Even with Dem math, that is a big deficit.
That's Justice Alito, thank you very much
Samuel Alito was confirmed as the nation's 110th SCOTUS Justice, much to the chagrin of the Senate Jackass Caucus, the Daily Kos, and Scotch Kennedy. Kos congratulates his troops on their efforts that led up to the defeat.
His rallying cry? More Senate Jackasses.
Yeah, we need more people like Scotch Kennedy in the Senate. His drunken rambling was so incoherent, it bore striking resemblance to his campaign speech of 1996 - which audio specialists have never been able to decipher.
And finally, on a more serious note, Coretta Scott King, widow of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died today. Godspeed, Coretta.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
In the aftermath of the Hamas victory in the recent Palestinian "elections", my dear friend Cinnabari poses the question which is currently dominating the field of international politics.
What do you do when terrorists are actually elected by the will of the people?
It’s a good and valid question – I’m not sure anyone has the complete answer.
The Will of the People is a very dangerous thing. The collective Mind of the People can be influenced by many things – promises, pledges, and outright bribes come to mind. The American Founders, knowing how the general population can be buffeted by the seas of popular opinion, insulated the national government from the people – for the most part. The Federal Judiciary never faces an election. The Executive Branch faces the people once every four years. Senators face the people every six years. The only part of government perpetually exposed to the will of the people is the House of Representatives – not exactly a bastion of stability.
The Palestinian people have chosen to hang (some would say quite literally) their future under the green banner of Hamas.
Let’s get one thing perfectly clear – Hamas is a bunch of Islamofascist Murdering Thugs. Their idea of a redress of grievances is strapping a hundred or so pounds of plastic explosives to an idealistic religious zealot, sending him/her into a crowded marketplace, and blowing them up with as many Israelis as possible. The suicide bomb explosives are packed with shrapnel – most of which has been coated with rat poison to ensure those wounded with the fragments bleed as much as possible.
Yeah, these are people Israel can "negotiate" with.
I understand Fatah was and is corrupt. The political choices on the ballot given to the Palestinians aren’t exactly the best opportunity for peace with anyone. That said, sending Hamas to the negotiating table is about as wise as sending a wolf to broker a deal with a colony of rabbits.
If Hamas were wise, it would renounce violence and accept the fact that Palestinians must co-exist with Israel. An unlikely outcome, as the Hamas charter specifically calls for the destruction of Israel. In the aftermath of their electoral victory, Hamas is even considering creating an army to do just that. That doesn’t leave much room for negotiation now does it?
The Palestinian people have elected Hamas to represent them. So be it. However, if Hamas wants a seat at the table, they should first take off the C-4 vest, put on a suit and tie and join the civilized world.
Short of that – no deal.
Here endeth the lesson.
A Senate Race To Watch
Cindy Sheehan is considering running against Diane Feinstein for a seat in the United States Senate.
I don't know about you, but that debate would be one for the record books.
Run, Cindy, run!
Challenger 51-L January 28, 1986
We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them - as they slipped the surly bonds of earth and touched the face of God. - Ronald Reagan
Godspeed to the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger - Mission 51-L.
Jackasses On Parade
I'm beginning to believe the Democratic Party is stuck in a time warp in which they believe they still control a limited media which, on the whole, does their bidding and enables them to make outrageous statements without fear of their actions being recorded and made available to the general public.
Let's review a sampling of this weeks Jackass Hit Parade.
First and foremost is Algore. The former VP of the Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration had two forays into the limelight he so desperately craves. He started off in Park City, Utah to premier his latest Environmentally Whacked Mockumentary "An Inconvenient Truth". Truth, sadly, is a subject with which Algore is wholly unfamiliar. The New York Observer's Ben Smith's title says all we need to know about the MSM's hopeful joy about Algore - Gore Is Bigger Than Ever!.
Not to be outdone by himself, Algore entered the international fray by denouncing Canadian Prime Minister (Designate) Stephen Harper even before Harper has had time pick up a gavel. Why did, in Algore "informed" opinion, Harper's party win the latest Canadian election? Big Oil, of course.
My apologies to the SOTR's Canadian readers. Despite appearances to the contrary, Algore really is a washed up wanna-be - Park City ovations not withstanding.
Next we travel to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where both of her Senators are pushing an uphill battle to filibuster the confirmation of SCOTUS nominee Samuel Alito. "Scotch" Kennedy and Lurch Kerry have each, in their own way, demanded blockage of Alito's nomination. Scotch issued a statement from his satellite office located in a Boston Pub. Lurch phoned in his demand from a location where he is most at ease - Switzerland.
And finally (at least for this post) one cannot ignore the rantings of Howlin' Mad Howie "I Have A Scream" Dean. In an interview with NBC's Katie Couric, Howie was in classic combative form - which means he looked and sounded like a second rate court jester.
Video available from Michelle Malkin. Transcript and analysis can be found at Newsbusters.
Memo to the MSM: Please give this guy more air time.
The Duke Takes the Dems to School
The Washington Post's Richard Cohen pens a column in the New York Daily News that is worth the price of the bandwidth it takes up. Here's an excerpt:
You can scan the length and breadth of the Democratic Party and not find any breadth, and no Wayne figure either.There's an understatement.
Scott McClellan vs. Helen Thomas
Anyone who has to put up with Helen the Decaying Gasbag needs a raise.
Rummy's Press Smackdown
I love watching this guy take the MSM apart. Most likely, the MSM Pentagon Corps puts in for combat pay after the press conference.
W's Opening Salvo
W took on the White House Press Corps today. The Press agenda? NSA and Abramoff.
Blackfive is old
Well, older. Happy Birthday Matt!
Joel Stein Plumbs The Depths
Just when you think the LA Times can sink no further into the depths of obscure irrelevance, Joel Stein seeks and (in less than 700 words) finds a new low.
I'm not really surprised. The LA Times is not exactly a top tier news outlet anymore.
Joel Stein is, by his own definition, desperate for attention. So desperate that he will defame those men and women whose choice it is to serve this nation during time of war. By so doing, he brings disgrace not to them, but to himself.
So far his claims to fame include guest appearances on such hit television shows as VH1's "I Love the Decade You Tell Me I Love," HBO's "Phoning It In," Comedy Central's "Reel Comedy" and E! Entertainment's "101 Hottest Hot Hotties' Hotness." Unsatisfied with this exposure, his quest for attention comes complete with a pathetic (yeah, Joel, I said pathetic) attempt to slime a group of people whose boots he's not fit to be trampled under.
The response to his writing was as expected. Stein's response is, like his writing, predictable.
The one dim ray of light in his sorry excuse for an attempt at legible prose comes near the end of his piece:
I know this is all easy to say for a guy who grew up with money, did well in school and hasn't so much as served on jury duty for his country. But it's really not that easy to say because anyone remotely affiliated with the military could easily beat me up, and I'm listed in the phone book.Don't get your hopes up, Joel. Most people remotely affiliated with the military enjoy challenges. You, sir, are not a challenge.
That said, I'd avoid dark alleys for the foreseeable future. Some 85-year-old veteran of this nations wars might see fit to demonstrate his close quarter combat skills on you.
Here endeth the lesson.
UPDATE: Blogfather Hugh effectively eviscerates Joel Stein - audio available from Generalissimo Duane.
Let me take just a moment to drown my depression over Denver's loss the heathens of Pittsburgh.
Ok. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog reading.
Live From New York, its Ray, Jesse, and Hillary!
Ian provides the opening teaser from Saturday Night Live - a spoof of CNN's Anderson Cooper. The SNL audience most likely dwarfed the numbers CNN normally gets.
Work all night, drink rum, then give speech at the Arts Presenters Members Conference in New York.
Children's Books With Moonbat Fairytales
Now that both of our teams have been banished from the playoffs, we can resume normal linking. Don't miss Dean Barnett's review of "Why Mommy Is A Moonbat". Some artistic license may have been taken in his translation of the book title, but not too much in my opinion.
Dean is also the filter through which I read Kos. While I won't link to Kos, Dean does. Check out #7. Lurch does Kos. I kid you not. He says he, and the Ketchup Queen, read blogs. C'mon over Lurch. You might learn something.
Greyhawk at Mudville has an interesting take on Lurch's guest spot on Kos.
Washington Post Blog Shuts Down Comments
One of the first decisions any blogger must make is whether or not to allow comments to be posted as a response to said bloggers posts. Some bloggers do, some don't. Captain Ed, for example, is one of those high traffic bloggers that includes the option of comments. The Blogfather Hugh does not include comments on his blog.
We here at SOTR have internally debated whether or not to allow comments. We don't get a whole lot of them, so the debate only surfaces when we run into the problem recently faced by the Washington Post's Blog.
The Post is a left leaning media outlet - about that there can be little debate. That said, Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell recently pointed out that the Abramoff Scandal is a bipartisan affair.
For this, she was pilloried by comments attacking her personally for doing what the press is supposed to do - report facts. Evidently, the comments were so viscerally offensive the Post decided to disable the comment feature until further notice. The comments made on Howell's article are typical of the left side of the blogosphere - the prime example of which is the Daily Kos - fully of sound, fury, ad-homonym attacks, and rage which in the end signify less than nothing.
What does it say about a political ideology whose followers - confronted with stubborn facts - can do little else but scream profanities at the messenger?
Here endeth the lesson.
Binny Laden - I'm Not Dead!
Direct - well, via al-Jazzera, and not quite live from his hiding place - hopefully someplace where he can hear and feel air strikes above him - Usama Binny Laden has sent yet more audio proof that he is still sucking up valuable oxygen from the Earth's surface.
**Author's note** The video was sent to al-Jazzera. Drudge will link to that Islamofascist Thug Media Outlet, but I won't. If al-Jazzera wants to air Binny's crap, let them. I won't be used in that fashion.
Binny warns of future attacks, claiming increased security, counter-terrorism, and military measures are not the reasons no attacks have been made on US soil since September 11, 2001.
Evidently, Binny's media and intelligence gathering ability must be limited to reading the Daily Kos and watching al-Jazzera.
**I won't link to Kos for the same reasons I won't link to al-Jazzera.
Binny also raised the possibility of a "long-term truce" with "fair conditions that we (Islamofascist Murdering Thugs)adhere to".
Memo to Binny: You sent this audio tape from the deep dark recesses of someplace you're not even willing to show us on video - yet you believe yourself in a position to dictate the terms of a "truce"?
Here's the deal. You show up at a time and place of our choosing, and representatives of the United States Government will be there to negotiate. The negotiations will most likely be which weapon and what caliber will be used to vaporize your bullet ridden corpse, but hell, negotiations are negotiations.
Here endeth the lesson.
Long Weekend Roundup
Algore - Unhinged, Unmedicated, Unintelligible
Just when you thought Albert Arnold "Algore" Gore had drifted off into obscurity, he reappears and - surprise - gives his take on current events. His target? The W Administration.
Drudge has a transcript of his diatribe yesterday at Constitution Hall in Washington DC. Political Teen has the video. In the rant, Algore makes many references to the need to restore respect for the Rule of Law.
This from a guy whose tenure in the Vice-Presidency (did you forget he was Clinton's VP?) was highlighted by his hiding behind the "No Controlling Legal Authority" visage as he raised illegal campaign cash.
Memo to Algore: You lost, now get lost.
Hillary on the Plantation
Hillary "We Are The President" Clinton, apparently attempting to lay claim to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made the following statement at an MLK Day rally yesterday in response to the question "I need you to tell us what distinguishes Democrats from Republicans right now.":
When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation and you know what I'm talking about...Yes, Hillary, we know what you're talking about. We (well, Ian actually) have video of your race baiting remarks. Then again, I guess the former First Lady of one of the most backwater states in the union would know how a plantation is run.
New Orleans Ray Claims Divine Revelation
The Non-Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, now claims to be the Almighty's Oracle where the Crescent City is concerned. Declaring that:
Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country.Deciding he's also an expert on world affairs, he then continued:
Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves.And finally, in a statement that would have gotten any white, conservative republican politician run out of town on a rail, he said:
It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans. This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans.For the record, Ray Nagin has about as much understanding of the will of God as he has of particle physics or how to evacuate a city facing a Force 5 Hurricane like Katrina.
Video from Ian
And, in the midst of all this, the Golden Globes were given out last night. Zzzzzzz....
MSM Corruption Coverage Gap
Today you will no doubt read much about Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH) stepping aside as chairman of the House Administration Committee while the Abramoff scandal works its way through the system. Ney's actions are predictable and, dare I say, necessary.
What you will not read much about is the guilty plea of Brett M. Pfeffer, aide to Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-LA) on charges of "conspiracy to commit bribery of a public official and aiding and abetting the bribery of a public official".
Double Standard anyone? Bueller?
Mile High Stadium can now be known as where Beantown playoff dreams go do die. Yes, Dean, there is always next season, but this season isn't finished yet. Will Pittsburgh triumph in the thin mountain air this weekend? Methinks not.
Be Careful Who You Invite To Dinner
Four Terrorists, Extra Crispy.
Governor (for one more day) Mark Warner (D-Va)
Two highlights for the outgoing governor:
1 - Sorry, Mark, he really was guilty as sin.
2 - As one of his last acts as Governor of the Commonwealth, Warner restored the voting rights of 3,414 convicted felons. We've got a long memory here in the Virginian Blogosphere, Mark. Add this to your huge tax increase despite running a budget surplus and you've given us several torpedoes to use on your 2008 campaign. Thanks Gov. Enjoy Williamsburg.
HT Powerline's Hindrocket.
Murtha Gets An Earful
Political Teen has the video of a town hall meeting where Congressman John Murtha is unloaded on by Sergeant Mark Seavey - recently returned from Afghanistan. Murtha ignores the veteran - completely. Very respectful, there Mr. Murtha. Well said Sergeant Seavy.
Maryland Legislates Health Care At The Expense Of Walmart
Reason #7,234 why I don't live in Maryland.
Here's a short lesson in Capitalistic Market Forces. If a state increases the cost of doing business, prices will rise. If prices rise, consumers look elsewhere and buy less from local stores. If the revenues of a store decrease, it is able to employ less people. Less employed people means a higher dependence on state social services.
I'll only give you one guess as to the party behind the effort to singularly tax Wal-Mart. Go figure.
Dean Barnett's Patriot Dreams
"Does anyone think they'll (the Patriots) will lose Saturday Night?"
Yeah, Dean. I do. Go Broncos!!
The Islamofascist Thug President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to resume his country's pursuit of a nuclear arsenal.
I need not, at least I shouldn't have to, remind anyone about the dangers a nuclear Iran would pose to the Middle East specifically, and the world in general. The Cold War was largely mitigated by the fact the US and USSR knew what would result if a nuclear exchange took place. Say what you want about either side, but the desire to live in a fallout free world trumped the desire to kill the enemy.
The Islamofascist way of looking at life is very different from the Cold War mentality. These are people who don't think twice about walking into a crowded market and blowing themselves and the crowd into tiny bits. Take that mentality, and add to it a nuclear weapon, and you have a scenario only a Mullah could love.
The International Atomic Energy Association is concerned. The United Nations is concerned. Condi Rice has warned Iran "strongly". Personally, I put more weight with Condi than the IAEA and UN put together. Waiting for those organizations to act would be tantamount to getting hotdogs and marshmallows to roast over the impact crater.
Iran cannot be allowed to go obtain, create, or otherwise posses nuclear weapons. It is that simple, and nothing short of that outcome - whether arrived at through diplomatic or military means - can be acceptable.
Here endeth the lesson.
Alito - The Line In The Sand
The Senate Jackass Caucus crossed a bright red line in the sand today as Day 3 of the Alito SCOTUS hearings drew to a close.
For a recap of today's speeches masquerading as questions and answer session, I invite you to check out Captain Ed, The Political Teen, and Blogs for Bush. They were there and have good analysis.
The left bent Jackasses waged a relentless attack - again homing in on Alito's membership in the Concerned Alumni for Princeton some 30 years ago. Scotch Kennedy, in a rare showing of actual thought and discernible speech, evidently had delusions of being in charge. He demanded a subpoena of writings - not Alito's, but a CAP founder. I don't much care for Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter, but he put Scotch in his place - forcibly so.
According to Drudge, Mrs. Alito - after three days of relentless Jackass attacks on her husband's character, honesty, and personality - left the Senate chamber in tears.
Now, dear reader, there are many forgivable trespasses when it comes to the political arena. I commend Judge Samuel Alito for his restraint because, in my way of thinking, making my bride, the Ravishing Mrs. Cordeiro, cry is simply unforgivable. Those who have been guilty of this trespass have been seriously dealt with.
Scotch Kennedy, SlowJoe Biden, Babs Boxer, Leaky Leahy, and the rest of the Senate Judiciary Jackasses owe Judge and Mrs. Alito an apology. There is such a thing as civil civic discourse - but I guess that goes by the wayside when the last bastion of leftist power is at stake.
Here endeth the lesson.
To add insult (or should I say more insult) to injury the front page of USAToday has this picture - super sized and above the fold. The LA Times carries the same photo:
It's bad enough for the Senate Judiciary Jackasses to cause this woman's pain. It is quite another for the MSM to amplify it. Steer clear of dark alleys, MSM photo editors. After all, remember Alito is of Italian Ancestry.
Robin Givhan, staff writer for the Washington Post piles on the MSM Alito Bandwagon. Normally, I wouldn't give this a second look, except for the fact that Ms. Givhan is a fashion reporter for the Post.
Memo to Ms. Givhan: The fashion choices of a SCOTUS Nominee, much less those of his wife Are. Not. News.
Are you ready for your Perp Walk, Mr. Tice?
Russell Tice, a disgruntled, dismissed, and defrocked former NSA insider has taken to the ABCNews Stage to blow his horn. He has admitted to being James Risen's source for his New York Times exposé on the NSA eavesdropping program. Memo to Mr. Tice: It may take a long time, but your world will soon be limited to a 6x9 concrete box with iron bars.
Heath, buddy, while the reasoning behind the theater's decision (to you anyway) not to show your movie may be predicated on their dislike for the subject matter, they are more than justified in pulling your film because they can make more money showing Gigli.
Alito - Day 2
Some highlights from Day 2 of the Alito SCOTUS hearings.
We've learned that Scotch Kennedy has problems with Italian last names. That, or he was slurring his words when he addressed Alito as Alioto.
The Junior Senator from New York got a lesson in Constitutional Verbiage.
Slow Joe Biden got flowers from the Blogfather.
The Bloviation Analysis by AnkleBitingPundits shows these hearings to be little more than a Senate Jackass Spleen Venting Session.
Sam Alito looks like he’d rather have unmedicated dental surgery than answer the speeches masquerading as questions posed by the Senate Judiciary Jackasses. Mrs. Alito is doing her best to keep from falling off her seat in hysterical fits of uncontrolled laughter during Leahy’s diatribe.
This sure beats the normal daytime TV lineup.
Quote of the Day
I dust off my blogger hat, put it back on for the day, and share the following quote from John Quincy Adams:
"Posterity--you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."With that I return to my adventures in capitalism.
The Circus Is In Town
If you're in the mood to see Senate Jackasses thoroughly eviscerated by a SCOTUS nominee, tune into CSPAN. So far, the Junior Senator from New York, Chuck Schumer has accused Alito of spewing forth "empty platitudes" - and of all people, Chuck would know. Scotch Kennedy is "deeply troubled" by Alito's writings. I take comfort in Scotch's troubles.
The Senate Jackasses are backed up by staff and reams of paper holding their Moveon.org talking points and George Soros' thesis on how to alienate all of America. Alito sits there very calmly - without notes - and makes short work of their attempts to slime him. Go figure.
Ian the Political Teen has promised live blogging.
New Jersey Freezes Capital Punishment
New Jersey politicians, in a bipartisan attempt to show how compassionate and caring they are toward the worst criminal offenders in a state that has more criminals per capita than any other, passed a measure suspending capital punishment in the state. It will be signed by a lame duck governor personified by Richard Codey.
Before you go thinking these pols have gone and done something phenomenal, here are some interesting details
- New Jersey's Death Row houses 10 inmates. To put that in perspective, Texas usually executes that many inmates in any given year.
- While capital punishment was reinstated in 1982 by the SCOTUS, New Jersey's last execution took place in 1963.
So, dear reader, how can anyone put a moratorium on something that hasn't happened in 42 years?
Hillary Holds A Grudge
Hedgehog has an interesting post about Hillary's efforts to stonewall the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Federal Bench. Kavanaugh crime? He worked for Ken Starr. You'd think the smartest woman in the world would've learned the dangers of playing political "gotcha". You don't own the media anymore, Senator. Your fingerprints are all over this and it will come back to haunt you.
Binny Laden Dead - Again?
Greyhawk at Mudville has the details.
Family Keeps Corpse In Front of TV for 2 1/2 Years
A morbid story, but I have to ask the question: Did she still get her voter registration renewed?
Never let it be said I am unwilling to criticize those who are (or at least claim to be) on the right end of the political spectrum. Pat Robertson yesterday alluded to the possibility that the sudden health crisis of Ariel Sharon may be Divine Retribution - in other words, God is punishing Sharon for his attempts to bring peace to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
For the record, Pat Robertson has about as much understanding of God's will as he does particle physics.
Exit stage right, Pat. Now.
Kennedy Admits Drinking Problem
No, its not an admission by Scotch Kennedy, lest I be accused of false advertising.
I'll have a good stiff Diet Coke, thank you.
Dems seek to delay defeat
Evidently Scotch Kennedy and the rest of the Judiciary Jackasses need a little more time to recover from the Holiday Season.
Stupid Questions, Supersonic Answers
From Blackfive, humor courtesy of your friendly neighborhood B-1 Bomber.
The Gipper Takes To The Sea
Fair winds and following seas - wishes for the Ronald Reagan Strike Group. Good luck, Godspeed, and Good Hunting.
This morning when you got up, stumbled across the room and flipped the light switch, your room was illuminated - unless you a) didn't pay the bill, or b) need to change the bulb.
Well, next time you do that, remember that a good chunk of America's electric generation comes from coal fired power plants. In order to fuel these plants, miners descend every day into the depths of the bowels of Mother Earth to bring coal out so your lights go on.
While remembering this, remember also that 12 men who chose to mine coal for a living descended into the depths of a West Virginia coal mine and did not return.
Newsweak Continues Spin Into Irrelevance
How much power should the Chief Executive have? If I may be so bold as to paraphrase some advice given by now Chief Justice of the SCOTUS John Roberts, I would invite the editors of Newsweak in general, and columnists Evan Thomas and Daniel Klaidman specifically to review the report issued by the 1787 Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia. Said report contains all the answers they need, in a far more concise and articulate form than the Newsweak article which bears the aforementioned author's collective byline.
Here endeth the lesson.
Freedom Fighters or Terrorists?
I thought about using "Leakers or Whistleblowers?" as a title for this post, but that title isn't nearly as interesting. If I had an editor, I'm sure he or she would make me change it. Oh wait, I forgot - according to the MSM, I write this stuff in my pajamas.
Much has and will be made about those sources cited by New York Times columnist James Risen in his deliberate unmasking of a classified intelligence gather operation being managed by the National Security Agency under the direction of the President of the United States. In an effort to plug the book associated with his NYT column, he went on NBC's Today Show. Video available here.
In this interview, he refers to his "sources" as "truly American patriots" and "whistleblowers". Who grants unto Mr. Risen the authority to define his anonymous sources as "patriots" and "whistleblowers"? Why, Mr. Risen does, of course.
The Washington DC media establishment lives and feeds off leaks. It has since this nation was formed. Reporters who live and die by the front page byline require information leaks more than they require food and water. Sadly for the MSM, especially those in the Washington Press Corps, the W Administration has been largely devoid of unauthorized leaks. Mr. Risen's sources, operating on their own volition, provided him information on a classified national security program - the revelation of which has damaged the program by bringing it out from the shadows where it was most effective.
The MSM considers these "sources" to be the epitome of patriots because they have undermined the dreaded W Administration. This assumption, like many made by the MSM, is wrong. The leaking of classified information to people and entities who a) do not have a security clearance and b) do not have a need to know is a crime.
You don't have to take my word for it. Unlike the MSM, the Senate Jackass Caucus, and Kos, I cite sources when I make statements. If you'd like to look up the law on this subject, you'll find it at U.S. Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 37, Section 798. No allowance for personal feelings, creeds, or political leanings are made here. Cox and Forkum say more than a thousand words with this cartoon.
Time Magazine, in a review of Risen's book, states:
Risen's reporting isn't bulletproof. Like most intelligence reporters, he relies heavily on anonymous sources, and several anecdotes in State of War are attributed to a lone leaker. That makes some of the book's claims difficult to verify, while leaving Risen open to charges that he is being used by partisan ax grinders.The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into this leak. The New York Times has already let one reporter sit in an Alexandria jail cell to protect her sources in a case that, in the end, dealt more with political gotcha than national security.
There is a difference between Freedom Fighters and Terrorists - that difference is the fact the Freedom Fighters win and thus write the history. The difference between Leakers and Whistleblowers is much the same, except for the fact James Risen is not the sole judge of who falls into which category.
One has to wonder if James Risen, or his co-author Eric Lichtblau, are willing to go to prison to protect their sources (or source as the case most likely is). Personally I think a few days in Sing Sing or Riker's Island may change their minds.
Here endeth the lesson.
To The Best Of My Ability
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. - United States Constitution, Article II Section IWhat exactly does it mean to faithfully execute an office the best of one's ability? Each US President has sworn this oath (upon a Bible) at the beginning of each term and then taken his place as the leader of this nation - and indeed the free world - with this duty and responsibility.
Some have "faithfully" executed the Office of the President of the United States more effectively than have others. For better, or worse, the people place this power in the hands of one man and have expected him to follow through with his promise.
In attempting to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution - and this nation - it should be understood that the President should be expected to use any and all resources at his disposal irrespective of whether or not said resources are found among the popular and politically correct methods.
Frankly, dear reader, to do otherwise and put self-imposed limits on the abilities inherent in the Office of the President would be tantamount to giving the enemy a capability he would not posses otherwise. In my humble opinion, doing so would violate the oath this President, and all those before him, swore to fulfill - so help him God.
In the coming days, investigations will be launched, Dusty Harry and the Jackass Caucus will primp and preen before the cameras, and much sound and fury will be produced. The bottom line will turn out to be one the Jackass Caucus will not like very much. The power W authorized the NSA to wield is constitutionally vested in the Office of the President. The ability to use that power does not require congressional approval. It has been used before - and barring an appeasing capitulation by W - will be used again.
The American people expect the President to use any and all resources at his disposal to protect and defend this nation and her citizens. The enemy works in shadows and lurks in secret. The American people should take solace and comfort in knowing this nation's shadow warriors are in the same places.
Here endeth the lesson.
Elder Morgan W. Young
Elder Morgan W. Young, a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was shot and killed by an unknown assailiant late Monday afternoon. He was serving as a member of the Richmond, Virginia Mission along with his companion, Elder Joshua Heidbrink. Elder Heidbrink was also shot and remains hospitalized as of this writing.
Every missionary mother's nightmare just came true for the parents of Elder Young. Godspeed to him, and may the Lord watch over those who have been given cause to mourn in this new year.
UPDATE: Chesapeake Police have arrested and charged James R. Boughton with first-degee murder, malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding and three counts of using a gun during the commission of a felony in connection with the death of Elder Young and the wounding of Elder Heidbrink.
Evidently the Elders were witnesses to a crime. Wrong place, wrong time. No word on "special circumstances" being attached to the first degree murder charge.