Friday, March 31, 2006
Immigration Reform, Bonjo Style
You might expect me to write a piece stating why I agree with the Republicans in our current national immigration debate.
I haven't heard anyone on Capitol Hill talking much sense. The discussion seems to mainly revolve around the fate of the illegal immigrants who are already here.
To be sure, we must decide what to do about the 11 million+ "undocumented workers" who are currently within our borders. However, that is putting the cart before the horse.
The first priority is securing our borders.
Does the doctor put a bandage on the wound that still needs stitches? Or does the doctor first control bleeding, close the wound, then bandage the incision?
Guest worker programs, amnesty programs, gradual naturalization programs... these may all be reasonable solutions, to some degree, if implemented properly, enforced and reviewed regularly.
However, to talk about any such programs before we secure the border is just plain crazy. Note I don't say close the border, I say secure the border. It is a daunting task that will require considerable support and resources.
Those who wish to begin a new life in the United States, through legal processes and following the rules, should always be welcomed in this country.
Once the border is secured, or plans are reasonably in place to secure the border, and the constant flow of unidentified, undocumented and illegal immigrants is on its way to being controlled, we can turn our attention to the 11 million+ individuals who previously slipped into our country without proper authorization. Then, many of the debates we are hearing today will be a welcome part of our civic discourse.
With that, I return to my capitalist endeavors.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
ABCNews' "The Note" - Reporting The News They Wish Was True
Sometimes its difficult to separate fantasy from reality. One of the biggest complaints leveled at the Right Side of the Blogosphere by the Punditocracy of the MSM is the claim bloggers inject too much of their own slant into what they write where the MSM claims to "report" the "news" in an unbiased fashion.
Well, today the Political Unit of ABCNews.com decided to report the news they wish was true as a part of their daily summary known as "The Note". Today's issue of The Note rated a front page link from ABCNews.com with the teaser phrase "'The Note': Bush Biting the Tax Hike Bullet?"
Well, that caught my eye, so I followed the link and this is the summary article I found - quoted word for word from the ABCNews.com website:
MARK HALPERIN, DAVID CHALIAN, TEDDY DAVIS, KATIE HINMAN, EMILY O'DONNELL, and SARAH BAKER with DAN NECHITA and MIKE WESTLINGThis is supposed to be a top line political reference site put together by professional journalists. One broken link I can understand. Two broken links - ok, maybe the webmaster hasn't had enough caffiene yet. But all of the referenced "articles" are missing any attribution.
WASHINGTON, Mar. 29
Dictionary.com defines "shake-up" (even without any adjective such as "major" or "huge") as "A thorough, often drastic reorganization, as of the personnel in a business or government - the act of imposing a new organization; organizing differently (often involving extensive and drastic changes)."
Television coverage of Josh Bolten's planned elevation to the job of White House chief of staff tended to use the phrase "shake-up," while many of the newspaper ledes, editorial writers, and Senator Lott seemed to see less than that. But the fruits of the overnight labor of 750 redeployed Googling monkeys contain these must-read gems:
The New York Times Rick Berke reports "Republican sources close to the White House say Mr. Card's replacement by Mr. Bolten is just the beginning. In the coming days, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld will be fired, and replaced by former Colorado Senator Gary Hart, a Democrat. In addition, Mr. Bush will further reach out to the opposition by replacing his Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael O. Leavitt with California Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a long-time critic." LINK (Cordeiro's note: This link doesn't work)
The Washington Post's Ed Walsh has this: "White House aides say that on Thursday, Bush has invited the congressional leadership of both parties to a Rose Garden event at which he will announce a budget summit to commence on April 1 at the officers club at Andrews Air Force Base at which 'everything will be on the table' to reduce the deficit, according to sources who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak about the announcement. Asked if 'everything' included possible tax increases, one Administration official said, 'Bush gets it now. He knows in his heart that taxes must be raised - it's just a question of how much.'" LINK (Cordeiro's note: This link doesn't work)
Newsday's Susan Page says, "It was at a Georgetown dinner party that Mr. Bush secretly attended last week where he realized that a major shake-up was required. Guests, including the president, stayed up late into the night swapping Capitol Hill gossip and talking about the 2008 presidential campaign and the Sidwell Friends admissions process." LINK (Cordeiro's note: This link doesn't work)
Evans and Novak report, "Knowledgeable Republicans say that Mr. Rove will no longer play a role in policy decisions, but will simply coordinate the president's fall travel schedule on behalf of congressional candidates, primarily in the South, the only region in which Bush retains any of his popularity." LINK (Cordeiro's note: This link doesn't work)
Dana Hill of ABC News writes, "Mr. Bush's new spokesman will be Mike McCurry, who performed the same job for President Clinton and is close to White Houses Communications Director Nicolle Wallace." LINK (Cordeiro's note: This link doesn't work)
Could be just me, but didn't a conservative blogger get canned by the Washington Post over a four year old allegation of plagarism? What do you do to somebody who creates wishful thinking articles out of whole cloth? Yes, dear reader, I actually went searching for the referenced articles.
Guess what I found? Not one exists. Not one.
Perhaps ABCNews.com's Political Unit got their April Fools Post published prior to the actual day. Either that, or they're just publishing what they really wish was true.
Then again, the latter is what the MSM usually does on a daily basis
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Maxwell, USMC
When my son asks me questions about heroes, I intend to tell him about people like Lieutenant Colonel Tim Maxwell, USMC.
LTC Maxwell has served his country in the United States Marine Corps for over 20 years. I'm sure he has a wall full of decorations for his service during peace and war. You don't get silver oak leaves in the Corps for anything less. LTC Maxwell was seriously wounded by an explosion in Iraq two years ago this October.
His injuries are grievous - including a traumatic brain injury which necessitates him having to re-learn how to things most of us take for granted. He could be bitter, he could be angry - I'm sure somedays he is. What struck me most about his commentary was his concern for his team - the men he led in battle.
He has a can-do attitude. He refuses to let his circumstance dictate his outlook on life or hope for the future.
Semper Fi, Colonel. B-Team Marines are A-Team players anywhere in the world. We need more guys with your tenacity.
Here endeth the lesson.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Red Speck on a Blue Paper
I've watched with some interest the kerfluffle surrounding the hiring, firing, and short lived tenure of Ben Domenech at the Washington Post. Domenech is a co-founder of the RedState blog. I don't follow that particular blog, so I can't comment on Domenech's writing.
As far as I can tell, Domenech lifted (that's a nice way to say plagarized) some content for a movie review he wrote several years ago. The left side of the Blogosphere somehow got a hold of this published work - there may be other instances, but like I said, I'm not following the whole story - and laid siege to the Washington Post and subsequently demanded Domenech be kicked to the curb.
Domenech has since resigned - but that doesn't make the curb taste any better.
In addition to the cheap shots taken by the Left-Winged Moonbat Blog Caucus, there were several Right Winged Blogs that decided to pile on. Why? Hell if I know. Maybe they just wanted to look like they were balanced.
Two observations on this matter. First, it is very telling that a MSM outlet such as the Washington Post had to make such a big deal about hiring a conservative blogger for their staff. Second, the unhinged attack by the left (and some of the right) blogs for the existence of the Red America Blog is very telling. The fact that left winged liberals consider the Washington Post to be home territory in need of defending says more about their ideology than I care to write. Joe Biden has yet to comment on this issue. Anything he would say, however, would have to be independently verified as original.
So, now there is a lack of a conservative blogger at the Washington Post. There's a surprise. Well, nature abhors a vacuum, so let me suggest a person to fill the void. Me. Yes, Red and Blue Post readers, I'm humbly (well, not so humbly) submitting my services to the Washington Post. I have no plagaristic skeletons in my closet. All of my academic work was performed in the pre-digital age, so that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Be warned, however. I don't work cheap and I'm very unapologetic about what I write.
While I may wait for the Post's offer, I'm not holding my breath.
Here endeth the lesson.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Reason #17,345 why Helen Thomas doesn't work the Pentagon Beat
Because Rummy would make her look like the decrepit old fool she is. Check Ian for video of the evisceration of some guy named McIntyre.
Howie Fineman - Bush is Jack Bauer
I guess there's worse people to be compared to.
Speaking of Helen Thomas...
She accuses an American Soldier if indiscriminately gunning down an Iraqi civilian. I echo Dean's call for a footnote. When none appears, Helen should be called on her outright fabrication and finally retired to the dustbin of washed up White House correspondents. Of course that would require an archeologist to come and remove the historical monument that is her desk - a task I envy not.
Can I Get That To Go?
The Sage of Conservababes muses about a truly healthy meal involving a bottle of Jack served up with an ice cream covered steak. For me, two out of three ain't bad.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
"Peace" Activists Have No Manners
Suppose you're a "Peace Activist". You were dumb enough to enter an unstable war zone to work for peace. Next thing you know, a bunch of Islamofacist Murdering Thugs throw you in the trunk of a sedan along with three of your fellow peaceniks and cart you off to an undisclosed location for four months.
You make videos, you beg for your life. One of your fellow peaceniks is killed.
Then, acting on "actionable intelligence" gathered a few hours earlier, elements of the armed forces of the United States and Great Britain liberate you and your remaining fellow peaceniks from your captors.
How do you react? Are you grateful? Do you thank your liberators?
Not if you belong to the Chicago based Christian Peacemaker Teams. You release this statement:
We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq. The occupation must end.Not so much as a thank you to the brave men who risked their own personal safety so you could spout your tripe.
We pray that Christians throughout the world will, in the same spirit, call for justice and for respect for the human rights of the thousands of Iraqis who are being detained illegally by the U.S. and British forces occupying Iraq.
Christian Peacemaker Teams is a disgrace to the term Peacemaker. They don't stand for peace. They stand for appeasement, surrender, and weakness. If they despise so much the actions taken to free them from the Islamofacist Murdering Thugs, perhaps they should willingly return to their captors until said thugs see fit to release them - one way or the other.
Here endeth the lesson.
Hillary Channels Jesus
Hillary "We Are The President" Clinton added yet another profession to her resume yesterday. Move over Tammy Faye Baker, now you can count Televangelist among the talents of the former First Lady and current "Senior" Senator from the State of New York.
Joining advocates of illegal immigration in protest of legislation that would change illegal immigration from a civil offense to a felony, Hillary invoked scripture to bolster her position:
It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself.Ian has the Video. Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot. Over.
Criminalize Jesus? I thought that was the domain of the ACLU. From the video footage, Hillary looks about as comfortable discussing scripture as I am discussing particle physics.
Words mean things, Hillary. Illegal immigration is just that - illegal. You can call it undocumented. You can call it migrant. Call it what you will, its still illegal. Perhaps you would prefer we take the ideas floating around in Maywood, California and implement them on a national level. Yeah, that's it. Let's just stop enforcing laws which offend illegal aliens.
Principal among those "American" values you claim to support is a respect for the rule of law. This includes American citizens and those who seek to live in this great nation. Your attempt to justify your policy waffle in scriptural religiosity is just another demonstration of the lengths to which you will go to coddle votes.
I will not here debate the flaws in your scriptural argument because I refuse to have an ecclesiastical argument with an unarmed person.
Here endeth the lesson.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Picture of the Week
This picture is best described by Alex Hartley:
Based on what I saw on that car, I got to believe there is no (expletive) left in them.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
That's Gonna Leave A Mark
To newsflashes about Helen Thomas today:
1. She's still alive.
2. She finally got to vent her spleen at W. He decided, after years of wisely ignoring the decrepit Thomas in a series of press conferences, to call on Thomas.
Expose the left has the video (Part 1 and Part 2).
Thomas is exceptionally rude, even for a reporter.
Ruth Marcus - Manliness Is To Blame!
Restraint, introspection, a desire for consensus, maybe even a touch of self-doubt.At first glance, dear reader, what is the first word that comes to your mind after reading that list of "qualities"?
My guess, and I'm going to be brash and say I know I'm right, is leadership does not even make your top five. Don't tell that to Washington Post Editorial Board Member Ruth Marcus - she's boiled down the cause of the W Administration's problems (and no doubt the problems of the world in general) to one single trait:
Manliness. Machismo. Testosterone.
You see, according to Ms. Marcus, if guys would just capitulate and ask for directions, the world would be a better place.
Side note: I have never been lost. There have been a few times when I took a creative route to my destination. End of digression.
Marcus believes in the Clintonian model of endless debate, introspection, poll driven strategy, and overwhelming reluctance to do anything which could be remotely construed as manly. No, Oval Office cigar play does not count as a manly endeavor.
Consensus, Ms. Marcus, is the absence of leadership. Leadership requires a person to make tough and often unpopular decisions based on the information available at the time. Leadership, especially in time of war, does not allow for self-doubt or introspection. Those activities are best left to historians and others with little else to do, such as members of the Washington Post Editorial Board. Confidence, something so foreign to the left side of the political spectrum it is often referred to as "Swagger", is a fundamental trait of successful leaders.
Left wing pundits often decry the W Administration as a bunch of John Wayne-esque cowboys who pay scant if any attention to the unending political counsel emanating from the media, academics, and overpaid talking heads. Given the choice between a strategy based on "restraint, introspection, a desire for consensus, maybe even a touch of self-doubt", I'll take John Wayne every time.
You know what? The American people did just that in November 2004.
Here endeth the lesson.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Good luck, Godspeed, and Good Hunting.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Pelosi's "New" Strategy
Stop the presses! The Congressional Jackass Caucus has finally unveiled their 2006 Victory Strategy.
House Minority Leader Nancy "Bella" Pelosi took time out from her busy Botox schedule to give a draft version of the strategy in a speech to the Communication Workers of America. The CWA Union Thugs were evidently coached not to laugh.
Here is a summary of Pelosi's strategy:
- Support the "right of all Americans to organize" into Unions, complete with the required thugs.
- Increase the minimum wage, thereby increasing the wages of the Union Thugs and resulting in the loss of thousands of entry-level jobs.
- Guarantee access to "affordable broadband internet access" to every American within 5 years.
- Energy "independence" within 10 years.
- Health care for every American within 5 years.
- "Dignified" retirement for all Americans through Amerisave.
- Tax the hell out of wealthy Americans
Would someone please tell me where the new ideas are in this strategy?I only see the same dead horse issues the Jackasses have been beating for decades - full of promise, but empty of substance and void of anything remotely resembling a source of funding.
Nancy's audience was a bunch of unionized workers who have been fed the democratic party line since birth. If this is the long delayed Congressional Jackass Strategy, it proves the strategists of the DNC are still grasping at long failed straws.
Here endeth the lesson.
Here's Your Sign
It seems as though the Senate Jackasses, led by the heretofore unknown and obscure Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, have decided to broadcast their new campaign slogan to the world, starting with the eight people watching CSPAN2. Ian has the video.
Dangerously Incompetent. That pretty much sums up the main selling point of the Democratic Party. Thanks, Debbie. Love the color coordination.
Here's your sign.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry, USMC
Via Blackfive, a story of yet another American hero who put his fellow Marines and the Iraqi people ahead of his own safety. He was killed by an IED on Wednesday, March 8, 2006.
Gunnery Sergeant Fry was no stranger to IEDs. As an explosive ordinance disposal technician, disarming bombs was something he had done countless times during his tour of duty. He did it for his country. He did it for his Marines. He is credited with saving the lives of several children, including a mentally retarded boy who had been strapped with an explosive vest. Gunnery Sergeant Fry volunteered to disarm the bomb that killed him. He didn't have to do that duty - in fact, he was the last day of his tour.
Go read the account of Gunnery Sergeant Fry's heroism. Then ask yourself why the MSM doesn't report about the heroic acts of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the other unreported fronts in the Global War on Terror.
I believe Beth Fry, Gunnery Sergeant Fry's widow says it best:
He was so proud to be there doing what he was doing. Not just the war part . . . but the Marines and all the military people that are there have restored power, built schools, built hospitals, and they have running water. Those are the things that nobody talks about and that nobody hears about.Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13.
(The military) wanted to give him the Bronze Star for his injury, and he wouldn't accept it. He said what he was doing was what he was supposed to be doing and what everyone else was doing.
He was a person who knew exactly what he wanted to do and was willing to make the sacrifice to do it. And he realized the cost.
Gunnery Sergeant Fry is survived by his wife Beth and his three children, Kathryn (9), Gideon (7), and C.L. (2).
Godspeed, Gunnery Sergeant Fry.
Monday, March 13, 2006
On Bird Flu and the Media Circus
I just read a February 6, 2006 broadcast covering Dr. Marc Siegel's book, "Bird Flu."
What I find interesting is that Dr. Siegel is one of a minority of cautious common sense regarding the bird flu craze. His major point is that worrying about the bird flu will most likely cause more harm than the flu itself. His advice for preventing infection? Eat well and exercise. This sounds like my kind of doctor.
Siegel also points a finger at public officials who are feeding the media bird flu frenzy. Often, he claims, public officials attempt to gain support and funding for health-related projects by citing the worst-case scenarios.
Public health officials must learn a new language for communicating risk. It is crucial to learn how to correctly convey to the public that a threat over a given period of time is very small but worth taking seriously because the worst case is devastating.Good advice indeed.
Proper preparation can be accomplished without panicking the public. It should not be necessary to alarm the public as a ploy to get funding for disaster planning. This strategy frequently backfires, as money gets wasted on only the worst case and there is little left for the more likely threats. Since we can't worry or prepare for everything, we should expend our national resources rationally.
The Romney Factor
Buried in the reporting of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference's straw poll of potential 2008 White House contenders. What you'll find is headlines proclaiming Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist having won the poll, and Senator John "Squish" McCain having come in fifth place.
Not widely reported is the fact a Red Governor from a True Blue State (actually a Commonwealth) came in second place. His name is Mitt Romney and he currently governs the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
He's also a *gasp* Mormon - a nickname given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Full disclosure note - so am I.
Over at Hedgehog, Lowell does an excellent job of dissecting the reaction of some "Evangelical" Republicans to Mitt's finish in the straw poll. This excerpt pretty much sums it up:
"Obviously, there will be questions," [said one delegate]. I don't know much about the Mormon faith, but if people get ugly [about his Mormonism], especially people in the Christian community, that will be hurtful. I hope they listen to the man to see if his values line up with theirs.Let me save Mr. Magill the trouble of being "concerned" about the "Mormon thing". I will do so by quoting the 11th Article of Faith, written by Joseph Smith, the founding Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1842:
Scott Magill, a conservative Christian from Missouri, was blunter. "I need to hear more from him about the Mormon thing," he said "Evangelicals are going to have a lot of trouble with it."
We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.Personally, I am not concerned with the personal religious faith of the people who make up the Republican Party. When I show up to political events, I don't wear a neon sign proclaiming my religion. I don't care what (if any) religion you practice.
If the Evangelicals have a problem with Mormons - and I've been around long enough to know some do, a few militantly so, I suggest they get over it. Freedom of religion is a concept that pre-dates the founding of this nation. The freedom to worship the Almighty God according to the dictates of one's own conscience is what brought the pilgrims to these shores so many centuries ago.
I do not know Mitt Romney. I have not yet learned enough about him to state whether or not I believe he would make a good President. What I do know is, when it comes time to make that decision, I will make it based on what I know of Mitt Romney as a candidate, not of Brother Romney as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will expect nothing less of the "Evangelical" Republicans with whom Mormons have worked side by side for decades in pursuit of a more perfect union.
Here endeth the lesson.
Tomcats Fly Into The Sunset
Via Blackfive, check out Instapinch's photo log of the last flight of the hearlded F-14 Tomcat over the skies of Oceana Naval Air Station.
Kudos to the Top Guns of the United States Navy.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Hillary's Resume Fudging
Most members of the Congressional Jackass Caucus are doing everything they can to avoid any connection with Wal-Mart - a company known in Jackass circles as The Company Who Must Not Be Named. Why? Because the Dreamon.org crowd run by the hard left union thugs consider Wal-Mart to be only slightly less evil than W.
Hillary "We Are The President" Clinton is no exception Wal-Mart must be avoided at all costs.
The only problem is, Hillary can't outrun her past. For those of you with very short memories, Hillary hasn't always called New York home. Prior to assuming the co-presidency of the Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration, she was a resident of the State of Arkansas where she presided as First Lady. In addition to the taxing duties of that office, she also held a seat on Wal-Mart's Board of Directors from 1986-1992.
Yes, dear reader, Hillary actually lived south of the Mason-Dixon line. She held a seat on the board of a company who's sole purpose in this world is to turn a profit. Profit is a very dirty word in the world of the Jackass Caucus. Profit is not to be celebrated. Profit is to be disdained, hated, and attacked on every front.
What are the spoils of Hillary's relationship with Wal-Mart? Let's break it down in Soprano's Lingo:
18 Large for every year she served on the board.
One Large and Five Bills for each meeting she attended.
At least 100 Large in Wal-Mart Stock.
That totals out to 226 large just in cash and cash equivalents to say nothing of the 14 times Wal-Mart's private jet was made to be at her disposal.
Now Hillary seeks to distance herself from The Company Who Must Not Be Named by [drumroll] returning a Wal-Mart campaign contribution of [harder drumroll] 5 Large.
Sorry, Hillary. In for a penny, in for a pound. In for a bill, in for a large.
Here endeth the lesson.
One Picture Says Three Thousand Words
Friday Kudos to the Cox & Forkum Dynamic Duo.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Many apologies for the lack of substantive blogging. I've been overtaken by domestic and employment duties. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.
Babs Can't Spell
This isn't a big surprise to me. Not only can she not spell, she can't string two sentences together to make a coherent thought. Babs is known for her anal retentive and near neurotic attention to detail when it comes to her creative works. Evidently that attention does not extend to her political rants.
To The Pain
The Iranian Islamofacist Murdering Thug Ambassador to the IAEA, Javad Vaeidi threatened the United States with "Harm and Pain" if sanctions or other actions are taken by the international community in response to Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Big Time Cheney, having been rebuffed by the Iranians in his attempt to take them hunting, had this to say about Iran's nuclear program:
The Iranian regime needs to know that if it stays on its present course, the international community is prepared to impose meaningful consequences.And if that's not enough, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz weighed in with this declaration:
We join other nations in sending that regime a clear message: we will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.
...the state of Israel has the right give all the security that is needed to the people in Israel. We have to defend ourselves.Mr. Vaeidi might want to consult his history books, specifically those related to the 1981 destruction of Iraq's nuclear site by Israeli fighters and ask himself one simple question: Do I feel lucky?
The Three Stooges
Slate's Jacob Weisberg effectively describes the Jackass Leadership (Dusty Harry, Bella Pelosi, and Howlin' Mad Howie Dean). The gem of the article is buried in the middle of the fourth paragraph where he uses the following sentence to sum up Bella Pelosi's intellect:
A five-minute interview is usually sufficient to exhaust her knowledge on any subject.I don't know about that, Jacob. Five minutes might exhaust her knowledge on all subjects.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Who Is More Likely To Smoke Crack?
A) Spike Lee
B) Condoleeza Rice
Well, according to Spike the answer is B. Evidently Mr. Lee believes any African American person not sharing his mindset must be on crack. In the April of Stuff Magazine he blasts Condi for her actions during Hurricane Katrina. Said the eloquent Mr. Lee:
Condi, stop smoking that crack! I know you love your Ferragamo shoes, but come on. While people were drowning in New Orleans, she was going up and down Madison Ave buying Ferragamo shoes. Then she went to see 'Spamalot'.Memo to Spike Lee: Condoleeza Rice is the Secretary of State for the United States of America. The State Department is an office in the Executive Branch of the government charged with handling foreign affairs. New Orleans is a city in the state of Louisiana, which at last count, was part of the United States. I checked, and although Louisiana was a member of the Confederacy, it was readmitted to the Union following the Civil War. That makes New Orleans a domestic issue - not one falling under the jurisdiction of the US Department of State.
Unless and until you can tell me the heroic actions of the Secretaries of State of the Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration taken during the many hurricanes that hit the US during its 8 year reign, may I suggest that you, sir, put the crack pipe down and go back to making critically acclaimed, widely heralded, and highly publicized movies that nobody goes to see.
Here endeth the lesson.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Quote Of The Day
Dean Barnett of SoxBlog fame, on W's visit to Kabul:
I find it somewhat thrilling to see our president walking out in the open where only 4 Â½ years ago murderers and psychotics held the ground. Now Bush can roam freely there, and members of the old regime are forced to seek refuge in hellholes like New Haven.Justice Ginsburg? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 72, has apparently discovered a cure for insomnia. Evidentlyy, a two hour court session debating the Texas Redistricting Case was less than riveting for Justice Ginsburg, who took a 15 minute power nap during the proceedings.
Top 10 Threats Facing Islamist Civilization
Abbagav is especially irreverent this morning. No word on whether his home in Israel has been targeted for protest by the Anti-Comedy Wing of the Islamofacist Murdering Thug Caucus commonly known as Hamas.
One of the hardest economic lessons for liberals to learn is the concept of the Laffer Curve. Named for Art Laffer, the principle is pretty simple. If you tax something less, you get more of it. When W proposed a 15% tax rate on Capital Gains (the tax levied on the profit of a stock sale for those of you who slept through Econ 101) the liberals howled about the money which would never make it to the US Treasury for them to spend.
Well, facts are stubborn things. For the tax year 2004, investors realized $479 Billion in Cap-Gains - compared with the $381 Billion predicted by the Congressional Budget Office. That translated in to a $12 Billion windfall for the US Treasury. The CBO predicts a 25% increase in tax revenue from Cap-Gains in 2005.
Do the math. Tax cuts work. Putting more money in the hands of consumers results in economic growth and increased revenue to the Treasury. Go figure.
HT Larry Kudlow
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
I can neither confirm nor deny my Mustang may be responsible for the flattening of several democratic squirrels.
Kudos to the Chief
Vermont's State Attorney General William Sorrell was taken to school by SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts yesterday regarding Vermont's campaign finance limits. Here's the best part of the exchange:
Roberts: Would you describe your state as clean or corrupt?HT: Captain Ed
Sorrell: We have got a problem in Vermont.
[Author's commentary: That problem consists of Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders.]
Roberts: If voters think someone has been bought, I assume they act accordingly. (And throw the bum out at the next election)
W Goes To Kabul
W made a suprise stopover in Kabul while on his way to India. I wonder if Binny is in season.
Having learned nothing from their failed attempt to manufacture a W scandal with phony national guard documents, CBS attempted to manufacture a poll showing W's approval ratings at 34%. Problem is, they oversampled democrats to a degree that is, well, outrageous. 40% Democrats? C'mon guys. Work harder when you attempt to mislead the public.
Congressional Jackasses Unveil New Strategy
From The Onion, although it could just as well be from the Washington Post.
I echo the quote attributed to Scotch Kennedy: "Don't lose faithlessness, Democrats. The next election is ours to lose. To those who say we can't, I say: Remember Michael Dukakis. Remember Al Gore. Remember John Kerry."