Friday, September 29, 2006
Contrary To Left Leaning Opinion, The World Has Not Ended
For those of you wondering what has caused the incredibly shrill cries of faux pain emanating from the left leaning side of the political spectrum, you've obviously missed the news that Congress passed a bill allowing for Military tribunals to be used in the prosecution of terrorists.
You may have forgotten, as has much of the MSM, that the people currently residing at Club G'itmo are actually terrorists. A few months ago, SCOTUS ruled W's plan for dealing with them fell into the dreaded Unconstitutional territory. Part of SCOTUS' opinion dictated that the Congress needed to set up a system to deal with the terrorist scumbags residing at Gitmo.
Surprise, Congress actually did something about it.
In the Constitution of the United States, the power and authority to wage war is given to the Executive and Legislative branches of Government. Congress has the right, power, and authority to Declare War. The President, acting under his constitutional authority, has the power to wage war.
For those of you who may have forgotten - though how I'm not quite sure - this nation is at war. Congress authorized it. W is waging it.
Conspicuously absent from any constitutional mention in regards to war is the Judicial branch. Look it up if you don't believe me. I guess after 217 years, SCOTUS decided to inject itself into the war business. I guess they didn't have enough to do.
Now that Congress has passed the bill, which by all accounts W will sign, the left has gotten their collective thong in a tightly bunched knot about the bills provisions. Here are some of their complaints:
Included in the bill, passed by Republican majorities in the Senate yesterday and the House on Wednesday, are unique rules that bar terrorism suspects from challenging their detention or treatment through traditional habeas corpus petitions. They allow prosecutors, under certain conditions, to use evidence collected through hearsay or coercion to seek criminal convictions.I'm not a lawyer, I'm not going to play one here. What I will tell you is this is not the first time military tribunals have been used to prosecute prisoners of war. Its been done in the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and most recently in World War II.
The bill rejects the right to a speedy trial and limits the traditional right to self-representation by requiring that defendants accept military defense attorneys. Panels of military officers need not reach unanimous agreement to win convictions, except in death penalty cases, and appeals must go through a second military panel before reaching a federal civilian court.
By writing into law for the first time the definition of an "unlawful enemy combatant," the bill empowers the executive branch to detain indefinitely anyone it determines to have "purposefully and materially" supported anti-U.S. hostilities. Only foreign nationals among those detainees can be tried by the military commissions, as they are known, and sentenced to decades in jail or put to death.
At the same time, the bill immunizes U.S. officials from prosecution for cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees who the military and the CIA captured before the end of last year. It gives the president a dominant but not exclusive role in setting the rules for future interrogations of terrorism suspects. (Emphasis Added)
Remember that the people standing before these tribunals were apprehended on a battlefield. The definition of battlefield has been greatly broadened in this conflict - not by the United States but by those who chose to wage war against her. They will be tried under something resembling the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). This is the same system under which we try our own military personnel. The terrorist scumbags believe themselves to be soldiers of Allah. Guess what? Now they get to be treated like soldiers.
Again, this nation is at war. I'm tired of hearing the whining about the treatment of terrorist scumbags. We treat them far better than they treat Americans. Case and point - Danny Pearl. I emphasized the fact that no US citizen would be subject to the military tribunals and would have the rights currently being denied to foreign terrorist scumbags. Well, I guess there are some benefits to being a US Citizen.
The Global War on Terror is not an intellectual exercise. Its not a moot court proceeding where all that is at stake is a grade nobody will ever see and a mind numbing opinion paper even fewer will read. This is a war which must be won. Its time people started acting accordingly.
Here endeth the lesson.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Pelosi's Golden Rule Moment
Nancy "Bella" Pelosi, the would be Speaker of the House, is very concerned about the welfare and well being of US troops fighting the Global War on Terror. So concerned, in fact, she has devised a policy which will ensure the safety of US troops, CIA agents, or other personnel should they ever be captured by the enemy.
What, you ask, is this ground breaking new policy? How does she plan to ensure fair treatment of US citizens?
By deliberately requiring US personnel to adhere to the vague and undefined requirements of Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention as it relates to treatment and interrogation of prisoners of war. Says Bella:
This is a time when the Golden Rule really should be in affect. Do not do unto others, what you would not have them do unto your troops, your CIA agents, your people in the field.Would someone please tell me where I can find the signatures of Al Qadea's representatives on the Geneva Convention Treaties? Anyone care to detail for me the Geneva Convention rights honored by the Islamofacist Murdering Thugs in regards to US troops captured in battle? Were the rights of Habeas Corpus honored in Somalia? In Kabul? In Fallujah?
Democrats have proposed amendments on these issues: habeas corpus, the Geneva Conventions, the appeals process.
The people Pelosi wants to impress with her bloviations do not hesitate to behead, disfigure, torture, and otherwise mutilate people with whom they have a disagreement. They are evil. Maybe they missed the Golden Rule class at their local madrassa. I don't really care.
The best way to go about protecting US troops is to kill those who seek to do them harm. That, Congresswoman Pelosi, is the way wars are waged and won.
Here endeth the lesson.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
7-11 Sends Hugo Chavez A Parting Gift
Venezuela's "Progressive" President Hugo "Wannabe Thug" Chavez is about learn a very tough lesson in economics.
Pissing off the client is a bad thing to do.
I salute 7-11 and the Southland Corporation for having the guts to tell Citgo (and by proxy Hugo) what they can do with their gasoline.
Gas is a valuable commodity, so market forces dictate someone will buy it. However, another middleman will be introduced into the equation which will increase the cost of the transaction thereby decreasing the profit margin for Hugo and Citgo. With the dramatic decrease in the price of oil in the past month, Hugo will have a lot less money with which he can fund his leftward lurches.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go patronize my local 7-11.
Thoughts On George Allen
I’ve been hesitant to write much about the Virginia senate race lately simply because so much of the controversy making headlines about the race is so juvenile I can hardly attach the “silly” moniker to it. Very little of substance is exchanged between the two camps and in such serious times such pettiness might pass muster on a grade-school playground, but it should not be tolerated in a race for a seat in the United States Senate.
George Allen is, as far as I can tell, a good and decent man and a fairly good politician. I say “fairly good” because he has a tendency to chew shoe leather every now and then and also continues to talk long after the point has been made.
Case and point: The gaffe heard round the Commonwealth centered on Allen’s picking on his opponent’s staffer during a campaign rally. He called the staffer “macaca”. After a frenzied search of what exactly that meant and discovering that some cultures might find it offensive, Allen was branded a racist and a bigot. The (less than) esteemed Washington Post did its level best to keep the story on the front page – or at least the lead section of the political page – for as long as possible.
Then came the Geneology hit. During a debate between Allen and his opponent, Jim Webb, WUSA-TV (DC CBS Affiliate) Newsbabe Peggy Fox asked Allen a question. Mind you, the country is at war, most people are concerned about their physical and economic security. Ms. Fox could’ve asked any number of important and poignant questions. Here was her best shot:
It has been reported your grandfather Felix, whom you were given your middle name for, was Jewish. Could you please tell us whether your forebears include Jews and, if so, at which point Jewish identity might have ended?Would somebody please tell me what the hell a grandfather’s religion has to do with Virginia politics? The answer is, of course, it was a calculated cheap shot to drum up what ever anti-Jewish sentiment there may be among Allen’s supporters. Peggy Fox couldn’t have been more transparent if she were dressed in Saran Wrap.
And finally enter Ken Shelton. Shelton was a receiver on UVa’s football team when Allen was the quarterback in the early 1970’s. Evidently he wasn’t Allen’s favorite target. Maybe Allen hit him too hard on the practice field. Maybe Allen led him with high fast balls over the middle. Whatever the reason, Shelton seems to have a Virtual Memory that rivals Bill Clinton. In a whacked attempt to add fuel to the racist fire, Shelton claims he and Allen drove around late one night and stuffed a severed deer’s head in the mailbox of an African-American family. He is backed up by (surprise) nobody. In an interesting side note, Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics claimed to have first hand knowledge of Allen’s use of racial slurs whilst at UVa. Sabato has since made use of the “revise and extend” journalistic clause and, via email stated:
I didn't personally hear GFA (Allen's initials) say the n-word. My conclusion is based on the very credible testimony I have heard for weeks, mainly from people I personally know and knew in the '70s.Sounds like the 70’s weren’t kind to Sabato. His claims of Allen’s slur use is refuted by three teammates and a coach from that era.
As you can see, little that has been thrown at Allen during this campaign has anything to do with the serious matters confronting this nation. George Allen was a good governor and has been a good Senator for the Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s why I support his candidacy.
And now a few words as to why I won’t vote for his opponent, Jim Webb. Webb’s singular claim to fame is having been selected as Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV). You’ll hear this trumpeted by the MSM to no end – a Reagan guy running as a democrat in Virginia.
Here’s something they won’t tell you. Webb served as SECNAV for 10 months. 10 months out of an eight year presidency. That means there were ships that left their home port under Webb’s predecessor and returned home under Webb’s successor most likely having no knowledge they’d been at sea and missed SECNAV Webb all together. He resigned his SECNAV post because he didn’t get his way and was unwilling to take orders from the Commander-In-Chief.
20 years later, Webb resurrected the Gipper via video and made him the star of his campaign commercial. Nancy Reagan heard this and respectfully requested Webb to pull the ad. Whatever her reasons are, she has the right to dictate how her husband’s likeness and legacy will and will not be used. Has Jim Webb been a gentleman and pulled the ad at the request of the Gipper’s widow?
Short answer – No.
That, dear reader is why he won’t get my vote.
Here endeth the lesson.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Hear Bubba Whine
I'm usually not much into the Sunday Morning talk shows where self-centered politicians parade before the MSM review stand hoping to say something that might get them a mention in the Monday morning papers. Usually I have more important things to do - chasing my two kids around the house takes up most of my Sunday mornings.
I did, however manage to catch most of Bill Clinton's tirade on Fox News Sunday. The phrase "Methinks Bubba doth protest far too much" doesn't even begin to describe the rant Bubba put forth. The Drudge headline "Purple Faced Rage" was clearly appropriate.
Bill Clinton clearly suffers from a bad corrupted virtual memory. He wants to believe he did all he could to kill or capture Binny Laden when all evidence indicates contradictory facts. War was being waged on American and her interests almost from the very moment Clinton assumed the mantle of the Presidency. Instead of choosing to wage actual war against Binny Laden and his merry band of Islamofacist Thugs, Clinton chose to treat terrorism as a law-enforcement issue.
He chose poorly.
Clinton is clearly concerned about the legacy of his (Sorry Excuse For) Administration. He would have the American people remember the economic boom and the "peace" brought on by the end of the Cold War. He would have us long for a return the days of playing Soak The Rich and Hide The Intern. Perhaps Bill can live in a hermetically sealed world surrounded by cronies who share his Virtual Memories. The rest of us, however, have to live in reality.
I have previously summed up The Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration's foreign policy is a simple four letter word. PUNT. They did just enough foreign policy work to win a short photo-op and push the issue down the field for someone else to deal with. The problem with this policy is the ball never makes it as far down the field as you would want it to go. Eventually somebody has to deal with real issues. Clinton managed to punt the terrorism issue just far enough to outlive his presidency by about eight-months.
Bill and Company can attempt to obfuscate and obscure the issues surrounding his failure to effectively deal with terrorism and his refusal to apprehend Binny Laden on at least three separate occasions. The problem is, they no longer control the media. Chris Wallace threw some hard fastballs at Clinton - a man obviously used to softball practice served up by his cronies. His purple faced rage betrayed the anger of a man who knew the questions were getting a little too close to something he doesn't want to face.
Here endeth the lesson.
Friday, September 22, 2006
My travels this week have left little time for blogging, therefore I'll sum up what I would've written here.
A Liberal Sees The Light - Partially
If I had seen Sam Harris' book on the shelf, I would've most likely passed it without a second glance. His Op-Ed in Monday's Los Angeles Times might just give me a reason to check out his upcoming book. Today I'll give him the "Read The Whole Thing" award right of the bat if for no other reason than this quote:
On questions of national security, I am now as wary of my fellow liberals as I am of the religious demagogues on the Christian right.Harris' liberal bona-fides are beyond reproach. Like I said, read the whole thing.
This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that "liberals are soft on terrorism." It is, and they are.
Blackfive Eats Shoe Leather
Matt, buddy, next time you travel bring valium.
Harkin Batting Cleanup For Chavez
Venezuelan Head Thug Hugo Chavez took some shots at W that even upset most of the Congressional Jackasses. His comments were denounced by "Bella" Pelosi, and Charlie Rangel. Evidently these two thought Chavez was poaching on their turf. I don't much care what prompted them to chastise Chavez for his ill-educated display of a lack of manners and tact. I'll give kudos where they are deserved.
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin evidently didn't get the memo. He beat a path to the nearest microphone and defended the right of a left winged thug from Venezuela to come to Manhattan and take cheap shots at the President of the United States. Said Harkin:
Let me put it this way, I can understand the frustration, ah, and the anger of certain people around the world because of George Bush's policies.Audio is here.
Somebody needs to check Harkin's campaign donation records for evidence of money funneled to him from Citgo.
And finally, via Wuzzadem, I bring you the Muslim Rage-ometer. Seems that anything from a Danish cartoon series to a Papal citation of a medieval emperor's diary can fan Muslim rage. Evidently Islam is so easily insulted and offended that the Muslim populations spend most of their time in riotous protests. What are they protesting? Depends on their current rage level.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Don't Blame the Pope for Doing His Job
Pope Benedict XVI has a job to do: lead the nearly innumerable members of the Catholic faith. His is not an enviable position.
The Pope calls for peace. He calls for understanding. And he does not waffle when it comes to calling good good and evil evil. The Pope correctly believes that violence in the name of religion is evil.
So his comment this week should not come as a surprise to anyone. In the words of Angela Merkel, Benedict XVI was seeking "a decisive and uncompromising rejection of all use of violence in the name of religion."
And how do "peaceful" Muslims respond to the media's sound bites--which give the notion that Islam is a religion prone to violence? By:
- Comparing the pope to Hitler.
- Rioting and threatening violence. What better way to show you support peace?
- Marching with signs that say, "Jihad is Our Way":
- And, last but not least, burning the pope in effigy:
Muslims as well as Christians must learn to enter into dialogue without crying 'foul'.To which I say: Amen.
We live in perilous times and we must not only separate religion from violence but also not give religious legitimacy to violence in any shape or form.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Dusty Harry's Ideas For Homeland Security
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few months, summer is over, football season has begun, and mid-term elections are less than two months away.
In his never ending and often pointless crusade to make the Congressional Jackass Caucus look like they are competent to oversee the legislative branch of the government, Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry (D-Circus Circus) has made a point to insert himself into the national security debate. One of the ways he's done this is to offer an amendment to a Port Security bill recently passed by the house. If you want to navigate the actual bill, its under H.R. 4954.
Here are some of the things Dusty Harry wants to include in the "New Direction" he and Nancy "Bella" Pelosi desire to impose on the American people:
- $64 Million (yes Million) for "health professions diversity programs". Would somebody please tell me how a diversity program is going to improve the national security posture?
- $24 million for sugar beet producers. Yes, dear reader, Dusty Harry considers sugar beets to be a vital security issue.
- $2 million for "bovine tuberculosis herd indemnification". Yep, the threat from cows must be met.
- And, to top off his big plans, Dusty Harry wants to cut funding for terrorist surveillance programs.
When I first read about this, I almost laughed. Dusty Harry hopes to become Majority Leader in the next congressional session. The above listed items are only a few of the laughable issues he wants to spend money on in the name of improving national security. Thankfully, 57 senators saw fit to toss Dusty Harry's ideas in the overflowing dustbin.
Not content to leave it in the trash can unmolested, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) offered this option for Dusty Harry's security ideas:
This bill is about real Monday morning quarterbacking. It is about tying the hands of our homeland security and intelligence professionals as they attempt to protect this Nation.Well said, Senator Roberts.
The only way this amendment would make the nation safer is if we made copies of all the reports it requires and carpet bombed Osama bin Laden. I am certain he would suffocate.
Here endeth the lesson.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
SOTR Exclusive: Excerpt of Governor McCreepey's Oprah Appearance
Once again SOTR delivers the news Americans want! We have activated our extensive network of media contacts and have received a video excerpt of former NJ Governor Jim McCreepey's appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
We're unable to provide the video feed on our website, but we did manage to sneak a still frame for our loyal readership:
It's so absurd, you'd almost think we're making this stuff up. Despite the New York Daily News' assessment of the "icy" audience reaction to McCreepey's appearance, we think this is memorable television.
Market Forces v. Air America
Market forces are very stubborn things. If you have a product people want, market forces will find a way to obtain that product. In radio, market forces are measured by ratings. If people listen to a program, it gets ratings and the program makes money.
If nobody listens, the program dies. Sometimes the death is quick. Sometimes it is a prolonged, nasty, and painful death.
Such is the death of Air America Radio. Think Progress reports today that Air America will announce a "major restructuring" on Friday. Think Progress tries to put the best possible spin on this news by adding this:
The right wing is sure to seize on Air America’s financial woes as a sign that progressive talk radio is unpopular. In fact, Air America succeeded at creating something that didn’t exist: the progressive talk radio format.Memo to Think Progress: The format isn't the problem. The content is. If the ratings could have been expressed in negative numbers, they would have been. Few people listened to "Cheap Shot" Al Franken and Company. Those that did didn't support what few sponsors existed. Its simple economics.
I guess Cheap Shot Al will have to go back to doing what he's best at - tackling critics at political rallies.
Here endeth the lesson.
Tucker Carlson - Not Quite The Lord Of The Dance
Tucker Carlson, the kinda/sorta/not really conservative MSNBC talk show host has decided to stretch his entertainment career just a bit and appear on ABC's Dancing With The Stars.
I've gotta hand it to the guy. I married a very talented dancer and she's spent well over a decade attempting to teach me to dance. Despite her best efforts, I don't dance. It's not pretty. I don't want to discuss it.
I'm afraid Tucker shares my talent for dancing. I'll give him kudos for putting stretching his talents, but that's about it. His first performance was with Elena Grinenko - a professional dancer who wore a bright red outfit that makes the Girl from Ipanema look like a nun in comparison. Newsbusters has the video. See for yourself.
My one encounter with Tucker was a near collision in Times Square during the 2004 RNC in New York. Personally, I hope his ratings improve on MSNBC because I'd hate to see him try and make a living as a dancer.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
A Clash For Civilization
Yesterday was a difficult day for me, as I’m sure it was for most Americans with a pulse and the ability to feel. I was proud to have been able to honor Laura Rockefeller here as a part of the 2,996 project headed up by DC Roe. I understand he got so much traffic to that site yesterday his hosting server fried. Laura was # 1,158 on the list and I didn’t see much traffic to her memorial post. I’ve thus decided to permalink it on the SOTR sidebar. It’ll stay there until I feel like taking it down which means it’ll be up there for a very long time.
I did manage to watch most of The Path To 9/11. I’m not going to write a review. Some parts were good. Some parts were bad. All of it was painful to watch. People will remember 9/11 the way they want to. What’s important is that the events of that Tuesday morning in September – and more importantly the people – are remembered.
W came on last night and delivered what I believe to be a very good speech. He reminded us that we are, in fact, at war. Some have declared the Global War On Terror to be a clash of civilizations. Last night, W defined the war in better descriptive terms as a struggle for civilization.
That description pretty much sums up the differences over which this war is waged. Radical Islam seeks to tear down the western world and replace it with a religion, ideology, and concepts which have been fossilized since the late 4th century. The Islamofacists do not seek a peaceful co-existence and an enlightened sharing of ideas with the outside world. They seek, through murder and mayhem, to turn the clock back to a time more suitable for their extremist beliefs and lifestyles. That, dear reader, is the bottom line.
In war, as in life, there are winners and losers. Nobody likes war – especially those who have to wage it. Everybody wants this latest war to be over. Despite what you may read in the Bush Derangement Syndrome Fever Swamp commonly known as the Leftist Blogosphere and to a slightly lesser extent (though not by much) the Main Stream Media, W wants this war over as much as you do. Said W:
We face an enemy determined to bring death and suffering into our homes. America did not ask for this war, and every American wishes it were over. So do I. But the war is not over -- and it will not be over until either we or the extremists emerge victorious. (Emphasis Added)Are we winning this war? Yes. Victory, however, is not a guarantee. In order to win this war we must let the people fighting it do their jobs in the consummate professional manner of which they are quite capable.
There are those who believe we are not, cannot, and will not win this war. One of these people is Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen. Mr. Cohen is an intellectual cul-de-sac whose tinny, out of tune, one note samba has about been played to death. In his Bizarro World, Binny Laden has already won. Cohen’s logic, if you can call it that, is fatally flawed and his reasoning makes sense only to him and possibly the Bush Derangement Syndrome infected Daily Kos readers. Cohen isn’t interested in winning. He just wants the French to invite him to their chateau’s for lunch. These are serious times. Cohen is obviously not a serious man.
There is an ongoing debate, especially this time of year, as to whether or not we as a nation are safer today than we were five years ago. Safety, from a purely definitional standpoint, implies avoiding accidental harm. The actions of Binny Laden’s 19 thugs five years ago was no accident. It was a declaration of an already started war on American and all she stands for.
I’m not worried about being safe. I’m worried about winning the war.
Here endeth the lesson.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Remembering Laura Rockefeller
New York City is often referred as the City That Never Sleeps. Everyone seems to have two or three lives they are living while most of the rest of us struggle to keep up with the one we have.
Laura Rockefeller was the consummate New Yorker.
By day she worked for Risk Waters Group as a USA Freelance Delegate Coordinator. She hosted activities for Risk Waters all over New York City. On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, she was in the famous Windows On The World Restaurant, located on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower.
What she did by day was not what she loved to do. Her life’s passion was found on the stage – or rather behind it.
New York City is home to one of the world’s largest theater districts. The Great White Way is the place where performers, producers, stage hands, and other people who make the crowds cheer night after night come to make their mark. All try. Some succeed. Some fail.
Laura wasn’t to be found in the spotlight taking bows twice a night. She managed the Jewish Repertory Theater. For every man or woman who basks in the glow of the theater lights, there are countless people working behind, under, and over the stage to make the production happen. Linda was one of those people. Having done a little bit of back stage work in a previous life, I understand a little of what she did. She made the stars shine a little brighter than they would if she wasn’t working her magic behind the curtains.
She funded her drama activities with her day job. That to me shows how much passion and devotion she had to the theater.
Laura was one of the 2,996 people lost to this country on that Tuesday morning in September. She had friends, family, co-workers, and fellow theater buffs who knew and loved her for all she did.
The lights of New York’s theaters are a little dimmer without Laura.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Dusty Harry & Company Concerned About Disney's Bottom Line
ABC/Disney's Path to 9/11 has caused a near-panic on the part of former members of the Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration. This panic has resulted in uncontrolled whining which at this moment is rising in pitch and shaking windows from Chappaqua to Little Rock.
The panic induced whining has now spread to the leadership of the Senate Jackass Caucus. Senators Dusty Harry, Dick Durbin, "Do Nothing" Debbie Stabenow, "Helmet Head" Byron Dorgan, and last but not least, the Junior Senator from New York, Chuck Shumer dispatched a letter to Disney's CEO Robert Iger. The letter begins with a veiled threat couched in a reminder of Disney's
free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest. Nowhere is this public interest obligation more apparent than in the duty of broadcasters to serve the civic needs of a democracy by promoting an open and accurate discussion of political ideas and events.After citing third hand media reports of the upcoming mini-series, the Senate Jackass Leadership ventures into territory previously unknown to liberals. They express concern about Disney's bottom line - in other words - profit.
Profit is an evil term to leftist liberals. Profit is to be shunned, taxed, and if all else fails, those who manage to make a post-tax profit are to be made to feel guilty for having done so.
You see, evidently The Path To 9/11 is going to run sans commercials. While on the surface this may seem to be a money losing deal for Disney, it also deprives leftists of any opportunity to demand boycotts of show sponsors. Dusty Harry and Company had this to say about Disney's plans to broadcast the show commercial free:
Finally, that Disney plans to air commercial-free a program that reportedly cost it $40 million to produce serves to add fuel to these concerns.I'm making a note here for future reference. Senate Democrats have, for the first time that I'm aware of, expressed serious concerns about the bottom line of a major US corporate entity.
Memo to Robert Iger: There is but one response you can give Dusty Harry & Company. Their arrogance and obvious panic in response to this show cannot result in the show being pulled, edited, or otherwise modified to appease their misguided sensibilities. You must simply tell them to pound sand. Anything less would be capitulation.
Here endeth the lesson.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
The Path To 9/11 Methinks The Clintonistas Doth Protest Far Too Much
How can you tell when a fictionalized dramatization of events based on history hit a little too close to the truth? The people being dramatized start to protest - or in the case of Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration, they start to whine.
They did this during the entire eight-year Clinton (Sorry Excuse For)Administration. Whenever they were criticized - wrongly or rightly - they would start to whine about ad-hominem attacks and the politics of personal destruction, which by the way was a concept they pioneered.
So, here we are in 2006 approaching the 5th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. ABC has spent some $40 Million on a six hour mini series which dramatizes the months and years leading up to the events of that Tuesday morning. Some events are fictionalized, dramatic license has obviously been taken in several areas. That, folks, is television.
Never the less, the Clintonistas - led by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright (yes, the same one who clinked glasses with North Korea's Kim Jong "Mentally" Il), former National Security Advisor Sandy "Top Secret Socks" Berger, and Bruce Lindsey have begun a whining chorus which just might end up shattering windows from Chappaqua to Little Rock.
I'm not going to get into what is fact and what is fiction about this mini-series. If I have time next week, I might do a review of it post-airing. Somehow my advance copy must have gotten lost by FedEx.
What the Clintonistas don't like to discuss about their sorry excuse for an attempt to run the country is anything related to the facts of what resulted from Clinton's foreign policy.
Clinton didn't like to make waves or rock the boat - in a metaphorical sense (don't let your mind slip into the gutter) where foreign policy was concerned. His foreign policy can be summed up in one four letter word - PUNT. Some examples:
When given the challenge of dealing with North Korea's nuclear ambitions, he punted the ball down the field for someone else to deal with. The result? Kim Jong "Mentally" Il may have waited for Albright's plane to clear North Korean airspace before starting up the nukes again. Just maybe.
When faced with Saddam Hussein's Iraq and the continual violation of the cease fire that effectively ended the first Gulf War, Clinton maintained the status-quo by effectively doing nothing. Again, he punted the ball down the field for someone else to deal with. Evidently he was occupied in the Oval Office by more important matters that I will not here describe. This is, after all, a PG blog.
Did the threat of terrorism exist during the Clinton years? Damn straight it did. American, her military, and her embassies were attacked on several occasions by forces directly related to Usama Binny Laden. Lets review each attack and the response by the United States:
October 1993 - Somalia. 19 Army Rangers are killed in an attempt to apprehend the warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. US Reponse? Withdraw.
August 1998 - Tanzania and Kenya. 257 people were killed and over 4,000 wounded in simultaneous car bomb explosions at the US Embassies in the aforementioned countries. US Response? None.
October 2000 - Yemen. 17 US Sailors are killed when a suicide bomb boat masquerading as a supply ship blows a hole in the Cole's side and nearly sinks her. US response? None.
Facts, as Ronald Reagan was fond of saying, are stubborn things. The fact, dear reader, is Clinton punted so often on issues directly relating to the national security of the United States that the world, and al Qaeda began to believe us to be little more than a paper tiger.
Another fact which the Clintonistas will shrilly whine to obscure is this: Usama "Binny" Laden was offered to the United States not only once, but on three separate occasions during the Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration. Would his apprehension have prevented the events of that Tuesday morning in September 2001? Maybe. Maybe not.
One thing is for certain. We'll never know because, true to form, when faced with choice of whether or not to take decisive action against an enemy of the United States, Clinton punted the ball down the field for someone else to deal with at a later date.
Sadly, that day of reckoning came much sooner than anyone was prepared for.
Here endeth the lesson.
UPDATE: Bubba now has his thong in a bunch.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tony Snow vs. David Gregory - Game, Set, Match
I'm really beginning to like the Tony Snow Show. I didn't listen to Tony's radio program when he still had that gig, mostly because I couldn't receive the broadcast station where I work.
That said, Tony's gig as White House Press Secretary has greatly livened up the daily Press Gaggle. As someone who has already cut his teeth on the other side of the microphone, Tony knows how the game is played, and he plays it pretty well for someone who has to be exposed to the White House Press Corps on a daily basis. Thus far it seems Helen Thomas' wraith like life force sucking powers have been ineffective.
David Gregory, on the other hand, plays the game poorly. His "questions" are little more than thinly veiled rants against all things W and Republican. He seems to have forgotten the rule that questions should be short and have something resembling a point to them. To describe Gregory's questions as rambling would be to describe the Grand Canyon as a little ditch in Arizona.
Yesterday, in yet another rematch of Snow v. Gregory, Gregory got a little testy with Tony, and Tony handed him the professional equivalent of a smack down. Read for yourself:
Q Okay. There's so much emphasis by the President on his resolve and on the consequences of failure, which seems to dovetail to the political strategy of casting the vote as not a referendum on his leadership or his conduct in the war on terror, leading the war on terror, but on a choice between two parties and their visions. And I'm curious whether, in this document, there's any reflection on the fact that this White House, this administration failed to anticipate a violent terrorist-based insurgency in Iraq, and also failed to adapt once it learned of its presence? And shouldn't that be put before the voters this fall?Is there a question here? I wasn't aware the White House Press Briefing was a place for liberals to make speeches. I digress.
MR. SNOW: I think you've admirably expressed the Democratic point of view, but I don't think --David Gregory wouldn't know a fact if it came up and kicked him in the teeth. Yet again, I digress.
Q Actually, Tony, I don't think that's fair, if you look at the facts. If you look at the facts.
MR. SNOW: Well, I do, because -- no, because, for instance --Ok, David. You're not being rude. You're being a jackass. Tony is a much nicer guy than I am. Again, I digress.
Q No, no, no. No, I don't think you should be able to just wipe that, kind of dismiss the question --
MR. SNOW: Well, let me --
Q It's not a Democratic argument, Tony.
MR. SNOW: Let me answer the question, David.
Q But hold on, let's not let you get away with saying that's a Democratic argument.
MR. SNOW: Okay, let me -- let's not let you get away with being rude. Let me just answer the question, and you can come back at me.
Q Excuse me. Don't point your finger at me. I'm not being rude.
MR. SNOW: Yes, you are.That, David, is what is known as a "fact".
Q Don't try to dismiss me as making a Democratic argument, Tony, when I'm speaking fact.
MR. SNOW: Well, okay -- well, no --
Q You can do that to the Democrats; don't do it to me.
MR. SNOW: No, I'm doing it to you because the second part was factually tendentious, okay? Now, when you were talking about the fact that it failed to adapt, that's just flat wrong. And you will be -- there has been -- there have been repeated attempts to try to adapt to military realities, to diplomatic realities, to development of new weapons and tools on the part of al Qaeda, including the very creative use of the Internet. So the idea that somehow we're staying the course is just wrong. It is absolutely wrong.
So that's why -- I apologize for interrupting, but I think it's important to challenge that presumption. Now, did we fully anticipate --
Q If you want to challenge that presumption -- no, no, wait a second. If you want to challenge that presumption, why don't you describe in some detail how you accurately anticipated the insurgency, and what was done to deal with it at the time.
MR. SNOW: I was just about to go back to that part.
MR. SNOW: See, there were two assumptions. I was taking --
Q No, you described me as rude in making a Democratic argument and said --
MR. SNOW: Well, that's because I kept trying to answer the question, and you kept jumping in. We need to come to an accommodation, because I'm perfectly happy to take on both sides.If anyone ever wonders why David Gregory will rise now higher in the media world than his current station, all you need to do is watch Tony slice and dice him to understand. Its fun watching a professional at work.
Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Al Qaeda's Missionary Video
Well, it looks like Al Qaeda has finally seen the folly of releasing propaganda videos aimed at America filled with raging bearded hate mongers spewing forth vitriol which is intended to make the viewers blood run cold. Their folly? They rant, scream, and otherwise spew their venom in Arabic - a language spoken by few Americans and understood by fewer.
Well, someone finally got that point across to Al Qaeda's PR firm. Now they have their very own 21st Century version of Lord Haw Haw personified by Adam Gadahn AKA Azzam The American.
If you're wondering who Lord Haw Haw was, Captain Ed has a good primer on that subject.
Adam and Al Qaeda's #2, Ayman al-Zawahri, appeared in what can only be billed as a Missionary Video for Al Qaeda's Short and Simple Plan for Global Islamic Conversion. Their well thought out marketing plan is extremely simple: Convert or Die. Should you doubt me, I quote directly from Adam:
It is time for the unbelievers to discard these incoherent and illogical beliefs. Isn't it the time for the Christians, Jews, Buddhists and atheists to cast off the cloak of the spiritual darkness which enshrouds them and emerge into the light of Islam?Short translation: Convert to our version of Islam or prepare to have your head forcibly separated from your body with a dull rusty knife in a fashion similar to Danny Pearl.
[Christianity is a] hollow shell of a religion, whose followers cling to an empty faith and a false conviction in their own salvation. It is time for the unbelievers to discard these incoherent and illogical beliefs.
To Americans and the rest of Christendom we say, either repent (your) misguided ways and enter into the light of truth or keep your poison to yourself and suffer the consequences in this world and the next.
Anyone want to tell me how these guys figure into the whole Relgion of Peace thing?
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has no response to this video even though its been out for three days now. CAIR is probably too busy protesting over alleged racial/ethnic profiling.
Memo to Adam: You're a punk. Even the Star Trek Klingons in the Original Series had better glued on beards than you - and they looked fiercer than you ever will. Your side show quality video is good for little more than comic relief. Al Qaeda uses you because you speak my language - that's all the use they have for you.
But seriously, if you'd like to discuss religion, I'm open to a face to face debate with you any day of the week. Are you up to the challenge, Punk? If so, please contact my good friends at The US Central Command. They'll be sure to set up a meeting for you.
Here endeth the lesson.
Friday, September 01, 2006
John Mayer's Slacker Song
I'm not much of a music critic. Some music I like. Some music I don't. Some music I just can't stand. I admire musicians who write their own stuff and are able to perform it live without the benefit of technology that can make Pee Wee Herman sound like Pavorotti.
So, when it comes to John Mayer, I've been fairly impressed with the stuff he's put out since he came on the music scene in 2003. He's won two Grammys, justifiably, for Your Body Is A Wonderland and Daughters. Both songs are top notch and well done.
His latest release, Waiting On The World To Change, is cut from the same cloth as his previous work. I've heard it played on most of the Top 40 stations I'm exposed to. Unlike most people (in my experience anyway) I pay attention to lyrics. After listening to Waiting On The World To Change I came to the conclusion this song was about the Slacker Generation. Here's a sample of what Mayer sings about:
It's hard to beat the systemI purposely didn't quote the political references in the song - that's not what my post is about - today anyway. My point is pretty simple: People who sit around waiting for the world to change are usually passed up by people who are changing the world.
when we're standing at a distance
so we keep waiting
waiting on the world to change.
It's not that we don't care,
we just know that the fight ain't fair
so we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change
and we're still waiting
waiting on the world to change
we keep on waiting waiting on the world to change
one day our generation
is gonna rule the population
so we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change
Memo to John: Life isn't fair. There is no such thing as a level playing field. One would think after a few years in the cut-throat business world that is pop music, you would have learned that by now. The world doesn't reward mediocrity in the same way the public school system does. If, as you say, you and all your friends keep waiting on the world to change hoping it will offer you better opportunities than you currently see, I'm afraid your generation's chance to "rule the population" will come and go with you not in a position to Carpe Diem. Sorry if you're a little light on your Latin. Go look it up.
I'm not much older than John Mayer, but I'm definitely not going to watch the world go by hoping I get an opportunity to make a difference. Attitude creates opportunity.
Here endeth the lesson.