Tuesday, November 30, 2004


Hitchens on Lateline

Hitchens was on Lateline on 11/3, and it is a must see. Of course, I say that of all of his appearances that I have seen.


What Else Might You Call a Mo Rocca Lecture?

First of all, until recently, I did not even know there was such a thing as Mo Rocca giving a lecture. He does, however, bestow his brain trust on unsuspecting liberals. You might call this a gathering of those that do not know how to remove the Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers off of their Land Rovers. Many of those sitting around me were against hairspray and deodorant in an effort to save the environment. Toes chilly? Birkenstocks were not meant for thirty degree weather. I am not playing off of stereotypes here, merely reporting it as I saw it.
Mo was quite entertaining. He wore mustard yellow pants that even he, in his oft three decade old style felt that he may need to comment on to assuage the many wrinkled brows in the audience. He hit all of this crowds g-spots: Fox News sucks (except that he is on it occasionally), war is bad, bad, bad, and there is no liberal bias in the New York Times. Those morsels were well worth the price of admission for most of the audience. One might imagine that my face contorted, head shook, brow wrinkled, and came close to convulsions on more than one occasion. He did make me happy when he made mention of the Atlantic Monthly, as it must mean that he has a chance of getting real nourishment from Hitchens’ articles. He probably skips them. Someone tried to goad him into saying that Katie Couric was egotistical, but he did not take the bait. He knew the rest of the room might have rioted like the Las Vegas crowd at the Linda Ronstadt show.
The man was entertaining. He has a brilliant memory and a strong handle on comedic timing. When I asked whether or not he thought having Harvard on his resume was helpful, he handled the somewhat cumbersome question brilliantly. He said that people made notice of it early on, but as his career progressed, it became more about his experience and less about his education. I gave him points for authenticity and lack of pretension.
I often think that the young have so little to say, and that to pay them to talk for two hours is like paying a newborn to sing the National Anthem. To be able to speak to the crowd about interesting things and keep their interest for two hours is difficult and even more so if you have little life experience. First, Mo must be older than I thought. Second, he is a very, very entertaining man. While he normally might just make me smile (not laugh out loud), I laughed and even clapped on several occasions (Remember that I am a conservative, but I also have a strange, yet delightful, fascination with liberals, so that probably explains it). There is also something about being live for comedy too, but he is very talented. Also, he has actually done some interesting things. As a lover of history, he has traveled to graves and home places of US Presidents all over the country. While this may seem a bit strange (and quite possibly morbid), it seems perfectly normal when he recounts the experience. He even shows pictures of himself in front of headstones, and I didn’t make note of its absurdity until now. Although he does do a great bit on how one of his red jackets looks striking next to the grey headstone.
Overall, I would say it was well worth the two dollars I paid to get in.


Death Management, As It Were

My Way News: "'As things are, people are doing this secretly and that's wrong,' said Eduard Verhagen, head of Groningen's children's clinic. 'In the Netherlands we want to expose everything, to let everything be subjected to vetting.'"

While it sounds vile, I would like more time to think about it before I comment on the merits of each argument. I will say, however, that to expose this to the world took a great deal of courage and should be applauded regardless of which side of the battle you champion.


Why is THIS Racial?

'Brawl' game score - The Washington Times: Commentary - November 30, 2004: " As a black American who takes pride in the way historical black sports heroes like Jackie Robinson or Michael Jordan helped ease social barriers and racial tensions, I feel not only outraged but downright wounded by the sight of black players who call themselves 'professionals' losing their cool in a fracas with a mostly-white crowd of overweight, out-of-shape sports fans, even when the fans' seats that cost more than I can afford. "

I really like Clarence, but why wouldn't he be wounded if it were white players? There would be an uproar starting with the word racist if a white person were to discuss race in this context, but no one cares that Clarence does it, even when race has nothing to do with the event itself. This is a matter of a lack of class that can and does happen in most all races. Clarence rightfully points out that Rush Limbaugh took his commentary too far, but I think Clarence is just as guilty of going too far.


Huh, The Sky is Not Falling After All

FOXNews.com - Business - GDP Grows at 3.9 Percent Rate on Spending: "Robust consumer spending on cars, furniture and food helped power U.S. economic growth forward in the third quarter at a faster pace than previously thought, the government said on Tuesday, while underlying inflation was the tamest in decades. "


Cuckoo Cuckoo

DRUDGE REPORT 2005�: " Rather: I Talk to Ed Murrow's Ghost... From HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Tuesday, Dan Rather at CBS: 'Ed Murrow's ghost is here. I've seen him and talked to him on the third floor of this building many times late at night. And I can tell you that he's watching over us'..."

Monday, November 29, 2004


Giving the World (as a Spectator) Very Little Credit

FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Annan 'Very Disappointed' With Son: "Annan 'Very Disappointed' With Son"

Is this even a serious comment? Are we collectively to believe that he didn't know about any of this? Isn't it reasonable for the world community to say that either he was a star player in one of the biggest financial scandals of all time, or even more egregiously had the biggest financial scandal going on under his nose without even a whiff of despicable behavior? Either way, I cannot yet imagine what rationalizations we will be fed about why this man should keep his post. It seems from this vantage point that Kofi and his team should take the Dan Rather model. Another issue is who would succeed him. I say we reserve judgement. We should be looking for a pro-American, pro-democracy, ethically strong person who likely would not be an American. To have an American at the helm gets everyone yelling that we run the world. We, instead, should just encourage a leader who will judiciously oversee the organization, and holds similar values to that of most Americans. Maybe an Israeli or a Brit or an Aussie, etc. Annan out, ethics in!

Saturday, November 27, 2004


Wish Granted

Ask and you shall receive. A good friend of mine kindly sent the Trivial Pursuit game listed on my Amazon Wishlist. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Priorities Unaligned

Newsday.com: Pope Concerned About U.S. Priest Shortage: "Pope Concerned About U.S. Priest Shortage"

Maybe if the Pope had been half as concerned with the abuse scandal, men would look more nobly at the profession. Instead, men deciding whether they would like to turn their lives over to God in this way, know that the public will view them, at the very least, as possible pedophiles. The damage has been done. Now, he will just have to wait for memories to fade, and hope for no more lawsuits to reopen the wounds.

Friday, November 26, 2004


If You Pray, Pray for Them

New York Post Online Edition: news: "Another friend said, 'For 18 months, she's been getting more and more depressed. It's like seeing someone falling off a cliff. "

The Shelley Long overdose story is a sad one, but why did this friend just watch her dip further and further away? I realize that it can be frightening as a friend to meddle to the point of calling for help, but better that than to wait until they are dead. When you see someone in bed for tens of hours at a time, giving away posessions, saying they have little to live for, call and ask a doctor what can be done. Often getting someone to talk to and life-saving anti-depressants can make all the difference. Mrs. Long has a 19 year old daughter.

Thursday, November 25, 2004


Imagine...WMD in Iraq, Of All Places

Yahoo! News - Iraq Troops Find Chemical Lab in Fallujah: "Iraq Troops Find Chemical Lab in Fallujah "

Isn't this the kind of thing that the Kerry campaign and others said that people like me were idiots for believing might just be there? No, this isn't stockpiles, but it is proof that this country was a grave danger to enemies, neighbors and citizens alike.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004


Hit The Nail on the Head

Althouse: "A woman slumping in a chair near mine was reading 'The Bush Survival Bible.' She looked very glum. I tried not to let my get-over-it-already reaction show. The Democrats need to win new converts. How do they expect to do that as the Party of Deep Depression? And why mire yourself in books about your own oversensitive psyche? I thought the point of being on the left was your deep concern about other people. Sigh."


What Goes on in D.C. When They are Not Being Watched

Taxpayers For Common Sense: Statement on the Omnibus bill: "Our analysis of the Omnibus spending bill found that the bill contains 11,772 earmarks at a cost of $15,780,533,623. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 202-546-8500 x 110. Here is a brief statement from Keith Ashdown, Vice President of Programs at Taxpayers for Common Sense:

'Here they go again. With the fat lady singing on the 108th Congress, lawmakers have just passed a massive spending bill that virtually no one has read, and no one knows much about. Despite this, hardly anyone seems to care. We heard a lot about how this bill is fiscally responsible. However, the facts speak for themselves. This bill is the fattest legislative hog that we have ever seen and despite record deficits, lawmakers are much more concerned with feathering the nests of their favorite parochial interests. If this bill is an indicator of what's to come, we will be swimming up a river of red ink for quite some time.'
Below are 20 of the most egregious earmarks in the bill:
1. $25,000: Curriculum development for the study of mariachi music, Clark County School Distinct, NV, Labor-HHS.
2. $25,000: Banana Factory for an arts and technology after school program, Bethlehem, PA, Labor-HHS.
3. $45,000: A+ for Abstinence for abstinence education and related services, Waynesboro, PA, Labor-HHS.
4. $300,000: CyberSeniors, Inc. - Experience Senior Power Program, Detroit, MI, Labor-HHS.
5. $225,000: National Wild Turkey Federation, SC, Agriculture.
6. $250,000: Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, TN, VA/HUD.
7. $1,000,000: Missouri Pork Producers Federation: converting animal waste into energy, MO, VA/ HUD.
8. $75,000: Renovations of the Merry Go Round Pla"


Terror war seen hurting U.S. in Muslim world

MSNBC - Terror war seen hurting U.S. in Muslim world: "Terror war seen hurting U.S. in Muslim world"

Yes, well, 9/11 hurt the Muslim World in the US.


Hollywood Out of Touch? You Don't Say...

OpinionJournal - Extra: "One would think that in the name of artistic freedom, the creative community would take a stand against filmmakers being sent into hiding � la Salman Rushdie, or left bleeding in the street. Yet we've heard nary a peep from Hollywood about the van Gogh slaying. Indeed Hollywood has long walked on eggshells regarding the topic of Islamic fundamentalism. The film version of Tom Clancy's 'The Sum of All Fears' changed Palestinian terrorists to neo-Nazis out of a desire to avoid offending Arabs or Muslims. The war on terror is a Tinsel Town taboo, even though a Hollywood Reporter poll showed that roughly two-thirds of filmgoers surveyed would pay to see a film on the topic.
In a recent conversation with a struggling liberal screenwriter, I brought up the Clancy film as an example of Hollywood shying away from what really affects filmgoers--namely, the al Qaeda threat vs. the neo-Nazi threat. He vehemently defended the script switch. 'It's an easy target,' he said of Arab terrorism, repeating this like a parrot, then adding, 'It's a cheap shot.' How many American moviegoers would think that scripting Arab terrorists as the enemy in a fiction film is a 'cheap shot'? In fact, it's realism; it's what touches lives world-wide. It's this disconnect with filmgoers that has left the Hollywood box office bleeding by the side of the road."

Cheap shots are okay, even celebrated, when it is our own President, but too cheap when it is our enemies? Living in their own fantasyland, Hollywood has forgotten who the real black hats are.


An Ounce of Common Sense in the Catholic Priest Sex Abuse Scandal

The Kentucky Post: "A special judge has ruled that several priests and former priests may not refuse to answer all questions in depositions from lawyers alleging a decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Covington. "

Finally, judges are saying that these sick pedophiles can't hide behind their collars, but rather must at least answer questions in a depo. This is a baby step, but clearly moving in the right direction. I wish more people would see this whole situation for what it is...unlawful.


Whatever Keeps Them Off The Air

channelcincinnati.com - Entertainment - Brokaw Invites Rather To Share Park Bench Like 'Old Fogies': "Brokaw joked that he was thinking about inviting Rather to join him at a park bench so they could 'sit like two old fogies every morning in Central Park and talk about the world.' "


So True, So True

Intelligent Intelligence Reform: "ANY FEARS that an expanded Republican majority on Capitol Hill would simply become a larger tool for the Bush administration have already been put to rest in the lame-duck session of the past week. Most notably, Reps. Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and James Sensenbrenner, head of the Judiciary Committee, have exerted their independence in blocking the headlong rush to intelligence 'reform' legislation that puts current military operation in Iraq and Afghanistan at risk. For their pains and their real political courage in calling conventional wisdom into question, the two congressmen have been reviled as knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. The imperial Senate and the New York Times editorial page agree: No compromise! No quarter! The time for reasoned argument has past!"

Is this enough dissent for ya?
This just makes me like Duncann Hunter all the more. He is a practical conservative from California, unassuming (unlike Dreier) and fights doggedly when he feels it prudent. He seems to be doing the right thing here, and should be getting more kudos for it!


Keep Talkin', I Like What You're Saying

NR Editors on United Nations on National Review Online: "U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan should either resign, if he is honorable, or be removed, if he is not. The mild-mannered Annan may not himself be corrupt. But he has presided over no less than the largest corruption scandal in the history of the world, Oil for Food. Never has the U.N. been more disrespectable or useless. Moreover, Annan's response to the scandal has been inadequate to the point of disgrace. That he still holds his post is testament to the culture of impunity that pervades the organization.

Annan's apparently congenital reluctance to move forcefully when necessity requires stems partly from his corporatist background: He has worked for the U.N. almost continuously since 1962. He is the original Organization Man, the first of the seven secretaries general to ascend to the top of the greasy pole from entirely within the U.N. He lacks the drive, and the desire, to tame the beast he inherited. Annan is a man willingly in thrall to his employer's unaccountable and inefficient bureaucracy, and a servant of its patronage machine."

I was no fan of Annan's prior to the revelation of Oil-For-Food, so frankly, I would take joy in his resignation for any reason. It doesn't hurt, though, that his exit, whether now or in '06, will be under a cloud of obvious corruption and ill-management.
I find interesting that liberals seem to be supporting him (mainstream media-msm) not reporting on it and all. This scandal is a direct human rights violation all unto itself. By letting Saddam skim the billions, they practically ensured a mal-nutritioned and sickly Iraqi population. In fact, by not stopping the massive-scale pilfering, they are just as guilty of starving those people as Saddam.
So few of those that appeared as if they were taking the moral high road by opposing the war in Iraq have any morals at all, or ethics at the very least. Here is Kofi Annan allowing Saddam and his son to steal from this humanitarian effort. Chirac, Shroeder, and Putin were doing business, regardless of sanctions, with Saddam. Most of the anti-war here in America would've supported the war if it were initiated by a Democrat, but political opportunism got the better of them too.
It's not that I dismiss all anti-war folks as merely just anti-Bush. There are some that just do not believe in war. I can appreciate that. They need to recognized separately from those that clearly just took this opportunity to denigrate the Bush Administration for purely political purposes.


Buy Rummy a Pen

'With deepest sympathy' - The Washington Times: Commentary - November 24, 2004: "Two Pentagon-based colonels, who've both insisted on anonymity to protect their careers, have indignantly reported that the SecDef has relinquished this sacred duty to a signature device rather than signing the sad documents himself. "

While the rest of this commentary is bitter drivel, this part caught my eye. As someone who reads the obituaries from my hometown everyday, and sends notes or flowers to friends whose loved ones have passed, I can assure you that there are few times in one's life that they appreciate a small bit of genuine care like they do a a passing. A friend of mine sent flowers to my grandfather's funeral, and it made me think that this was a great way to let people know you truly care (tend to be self-centered and cranky, they might not know I like 'em). A penned signature is not too much to ask.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004


Supporting The Troops In His Own Way

Philadelphia Inquirer | 11/23/2004 | An artsy way to give a hand to the troops: "Now Kenny O'Donnell, 57, the passerby in question, is literally lending his hand to the artist's canvas. Using the oil pastels that Wislotski has provided, the Center City resident traces his palm and fingers onto the material and then colors them in with red and blue.
The unwieldy easel, made of scrap wood and screws, is about the size of a twin bed, with hotel sheets donated by the Holiday Inn stapled to each side. Wislotski, a Florida taxi driver who discovered his spiritual calling (he's a devout Christian) in high school and his inner artist at a Woodstock reunion, has been carrying the easel from city to city since June, inviting people to make art peaces for the troops."

This is a good reminder that nearly anyone can try to be helpful.


Too Dumb To Be Cranky...Happy Thanksgiving! Posted by Hello


Why Shouldn't Rumsfeld Lobby For Practical and Safe Legislation?

MSNBC - Rumsfeld denies working against intel changes: "Rumsfeld denies working against intel changes"

Why wouldn't we support him wanting to make sure his men and women were supported and protected by direct access to intelligence? He maintains that he was not trying to influence Congress, but I would hope that it would be more than just Duncan Hunter and a couple of others that seem to get that to add layers of bureaucracy in the name of appearing to answer the 9/11 family's call is reckless. Changes that are made should be well thought-out, and frankly, should be passed by the Secretary, as he is the foremost authority on such things. Because our press has such disdain for these people, we are prone to forgetting just how smart these people are. Rumsfeld has been working in official capacities at the highest levels of government for an extremely long time. Maybe we should at least request his opinion, if not yield to it.


How Can We Possibly Support You When You Say Things Like That?

Israel: Caterpillar Should Suspend Bulldozer Sales (Human Rights Watch, 22-11-2004): "Caterpillar Inc., the U.S.-based heavy-equipment company, should immediately suspend sales of its powerful D9 bulldozer to the Israeli army, Human Rights Watch said today. As Human Rights Watch documented in a recent report, the Israeli military uses the D9 as its primary weapon to raze Palestinian homes, destroy agriculture and shred roads in violation of the laws of war."

When I first heard years ago that there was an organization that fought for human rights all over the globe, I was enthralled. I wanted to be a part of that at all costs. I had been learning about injustices, and any group that brought attention to those obviously important issues deserved my support...until I started to look at what Human Rights Watch stood for.
In this press release from today, they are suggesting that Caterpillar should not sell bulldozers to Israel, because they are used to tear down suicide bomber's and terrorist's homes in the Palestinian Territory. Why instead aren't we asking those rogue states in cahoots with the PA to stop selling the materials for suicide bomb vests? If I were to compare the two, a suicide bomber is a much bigger threat to human rights than a bulldozer taking down a house.
This writing is actually an appeal to my readers. I would like to find a human rights organization that is less liberal, utilizes common sense in their approach and support that is a national organization. I would be pleased to research any referrals.


Yee Haw!

channelcincinnati.com - News - Dan Rather Stepping Down From Anchorman Job: "Dan Rather Stepping Down From Anchorman Job"


Oh Really?

Now You Don't Tell Us: "Scheuer's 2002 book, Through Our Enemies' Eyes offered startling conclusions regarding Saddam Hussein's willingness to assist al Qaeda's effort to obtain nuclear weapons. 'In pursuing tactical nuclear weapons, bin Laden has focused on the FSU [Former Soviet Union] states and has sought and received help from Iraq,' wrote Scheuer. In fact, bin Laden's 'first moves in this direction were made in cooperation with NIF [Sudan's National Islamic Front] leaders, Iraq's intelligence service, and Iraqi CBRN [chemical-biological-radiological-nuclear] scientists and technicians.'
Through Our Enemies' Eyes pointed to evidence indicating a relationship between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda beginning in the early 1990s. And 'there is information,' Scheuer wrote, 'showing that in the 1993-1994 period bin Laden began work with Sudan and Iraq to acquire a CBRN capability for al Qaeda.' "


Rich Lowry on George W. Bush & Media on National Review Online

Rich Lowry on George W. Bush & Media on National Review Online: "This is how the media would write the story of George Bush's second term if they had their way:

Washington, D.C. � President Bush announced that former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle would be his new White House counsel, in a move interpreted as part of an effort to reach out to Democrats. The Bush team has abandoned its euphoria over a victory that had the president winning a higher percentage of the popular vote than the last three Democrats elected to the White House, and instead reconciled itself to the reality that in a polarized political environment, elevating partisan enemies and encouraging internal critics is the only way to govern effectively."

Finally, someone has put together the idiotic calls from the press and liberal pundits. Nearly all of it directly clashes with common sense, and there is no one better to wrap it up, put a bow on top, than Rich Lowry.



FresnoBee.com: Metro: "Imagine if California wanted its own Olympic team, separate from the United States."

Monday, November 22, 2004


Let Common Sense Reign

MSNBC - Prosecutor: No charges imminent in brawl: "Prosecutor: No charges imminent in brawl"

If one of those players had pulled a gun and shot the spectator in the leg, we would be talking about charges. Why, then, after more than one player throws multiple punches would we not file charges. These are very big men in peak physical condition. It is not that they can't feel threatened, just that a cup of water being thrown at them shouldn't threaten them. We should let common sense reign here and encourage legal punishment in addition to game suspension.


What Side Are You On?

My Way News: "In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said his government was determined to hold the election as scheduled. He described those calling for a boycott as 'the eventual losers' and 'a small minority.'"

It seems to me that the sooner the elections happen, the sooner that the terrorists learn how futile their disruptions are. People that want to postpone elections seem to be saying to give the terrorists a win. Allow them to think that they have an impact on the future of this country. What America and Allawi seem to be saying is, no, they do not have a role to play in this country's history, but rather, we will succeed despite their attempts to derail us. We, as a peace-loving people, should be rooting for elections in Iraq as soon as possible. It will be a victory for the people of Iraq, and a major defeat to the terrorists.


Stop Whining

The Kentucky Post: "In a conservative climate in which Republican candidates almost always win -- and win big -- and in which the region's Democrats find themselves a shrinking part of the political landscape, it would be easy for Northern Kentucky's Democrats just to give up. "

Pardon me, but up until this very Governor, the state was led by Democrats for a solid thirty years. So "almost always win" is a very new concept.


Silent Reality

What Cosby Should Say (washingtonpost.com): "Cosby's chastisement places the responsibility much nearer home. And it engenders a fear that his words will reduce the white guilt that many think is necessary to enact and fund programs to help blacks move toward racial parity. "

It is not that white folk did not realize this all along, but rather, that political correctness and polite society kept them from discussing it. What Cosby has done, in reality, regardless of who was in the room with him when he said it, is open the national floor for discussion. Thank God! It is long overdue for all of us, black and white, to converse without fear of being called racist or worse. Everyone has a stake in economically disadvantaged whites and blacks pulling themselves out of the awful predicaments they find themselves in to a better life. Now maybe, we can stop the charade and just talk. Chances are, the funding will come regardless.


Liberal Campaign Rhetoric Exposed

Saudis, Arabs Funneled Millions to President Clinton's Library - November 22, 2004 - The New York Sun: "Saudis, Arabs Funneled Millions to President Clinton's Library"

The very same people putting together commercials and writing books decrying the Bush family's relationship with the Saudi's knew and encouraged Saudi donations to the Clinton Library. They absolutely knew they were disseminating lies, and yet no one seems to be talking about it at all. Shame on the press for not exposing such obvious campaign sleaze.

Sunday, November 21, 2004


Now They Want Our Help?

FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Palestinians Look to Americans to Secure Elections: "Palestinians Look to Americans to Secure Elections"

Didn't they dance in the streets on 9/11? Thank goodness we have professional dipolmats to handle things like this, because I would have a hard time not letting their track record of hating us affect my willingness to help.

Saturday, November 20, 2004


Best Line of the Day

lgf: The President We Need: "Bush clanks when he walks. "


Second Yahoo Headline Today That is a Matter of Opinion

Yahoo! News - Iraqis, GIs Share Uneasy Relationship: "Iraqis, GIs Share Uneasy Relationship "

Maybe they should just call Yahoo headlines a blog/commentary.


The Case Against Caustic Adjectives in Journalism

Yahoo! News - Rebellious Republicans Derail 9/11 Reform: "Rebellious Republicans Derail 9/11 Reform "

What editor approved this headline? Isn't rebellious a matter for the reader to decide after reading the article. To lead the reader in this way supposes an ignorance that should offend.


You Can't Buy Class at Macy's

I find myself a bit upset by the NBA Battle of the Idiots. While we are all clear that money and class do not go hand in hand, this is beyond the pale. Apparently Artest was consistently warned to watch his temper. Oops! He was trying to beat up the guy that threw a drink on him, but beat up the wrong guy. Oops! One of his teammates thought this an attack on his friend and jumped in to help. Oops!
Others seemed to just take this as a chance to throw a punch for no reason. To top the ignorance off, the public is supposed to be calmed by indefinite suspensions. Normally, I would not support making examples out of people in situations like this, but this situation seems particularly egregious. We just plain cannot allow professional players get away with beating up, randomly, on spectators. Make a statement with this to let other NBA players, other professional sports stars, spectators, and children who look up to them that this is absolutely inappropriate.

Friday, November 19, 2004


If You Pray, Pray for Her

FOXNews.com - Politics - Rice Undergoes Uterine Surgery: "Rice Undergoes Uterine Surgery"


Excuses, Excuses

FOXNews.com - Politics - Exclusive: Kerry Says UBL Tape Cost Him Election: "John Kerry (search) believes he lost to President Bush because of the video from Usama bin Laden (search) that surfaced just days before the Nov. 2 presidential election. "

So Senator, it couldn't have been that your voters just weren't passionate about you? It wasn't UBL, John, it was you.


UN staff ready historic no-confidence vote in Annan

Yahoo! News - UN staff ready historic no-confidence vote in Annan: "UN staff ready historic no-confidence vote in Annan"

This alone should start to restore our faith in the UN.

Thursday, November 18, 2004


I Like This Story

Yahoo! News - Linda Ronstadt, hummin' an outraged tune: "Now we've got a new bunch of Hitlers."

Linda, Keep on talking, just like that. Republicans will have no trouble maintaining what edge they have with people like you saying things like that. And Yahoo, keep covering it.


Stop Asking. The Answer Hasn't Changed

MSNBC - No Way Out?: "Iraq can�t defend itself if U.S. troops leave. That�s why no one should believe White House promises to bring the soldiers home soon"

What White House promises is Dickey referring to? All I have heard the White House say for a year and a half now is that American soldiers will come home when and only when Iraq is stable, peaceful and can defend herself. Over and over, we hear the media asking when American soldiers can come home like children on a long distance trip, are we there yet? Kids should get that if the motor is still running, they have not yet arrived. Similarly, journalists should actually listen to the answer that has been given approximately 450,000 times. Our men and women can come home when that country no longer needs us for security. That may be a long road, but it will be just as annoying as a long distance car ride if these journalists don't listen to the White House's answer.


Another Dumb Yahoo Headline

Yahoo! News Full Coverage - U.S. - Clinton Library Opens in Little Rock: "Former Presidents Pay Tribute to Clinton "

For those that do not follow news closely or click on these headlines, it would seem that our current President was not in attendance.


Are We Supposed to Take This Guy Seriously?

MSNBC -: "A UC Berkeley sociology professor, director of his school�s Survey Research Center, is scheduled to conduct a news conference at 1 p.m. ET today at which his �research team� will report that �irregularities associated with electronic voting machines may have awarded 130,000-260,000 or more excess votes� to President Bush in Florida."

Berkeley and Sociology in the same sentence says moron to me. Unfortunately, NBC is trying to give this guy legitimacy, which I am certain, will only chip away at their own legitimacy. Shame, Shame!
If there was anything to find, one might think that the 10,000 Kerry lawyers might have found it before this one guy out in California. People like this have become so accustomed to the conspiracy theories that they feel like they need to have them even when common sense would normally prohibit it. Maybe the shrinks that all of the Kerry supporters are going to see can help them with this psychological problem.


This from Drudge

DRUDGE REPORT 2004�: "Nearly a third of the fundraising 'pioneers' who helped put President Bush in the White House were appointed to positions in his first term, an ASSOCIATED PRESS review finds. Contributors received ambassadorships in Europe and seats on policy-setting boards; spouses won presidential appointments; many were rewarded with stays at Camp David and trips with U.S. delegations to events like the Olympics... DEVELOPING... "

I love Drudge. In fact, I go there a few times a day, but this is weird. If I were one of the President's best fundraisers, I think I would want a thank you. If this is somehow disallowed by the FEC, then clearly, it is wrong. Otherwise, it does not seem to have an unethical smell.


Couldn't Have Been Convinced

News | canada.com network: "Renegade Liberal MP Carolyn Parrish has once again enraged members of the opposition and her own caucus after tossing a George W. Bush doll on the floor and grinding it under her heel on a satirical television show.
Incensed Conservative MPs demanded that Ms. Parrish -- who last year referred to Americans as 'bastards' and more recently likened the U.S. war effort in Iraq to 'a coalition of the idiots' -- be banished from the Liberal caucus for her anti-American outburst."

Are these the idiots that the liberals are mad that we didn't wait for? Was this woman ever going to evangelize the American cause, or is it more likely that she has had a consistent dislike of what we stand for, much like the enemy themselves?


Great Way to Help The Homeless (and the City, too)

FresnoBee.com: Metro: "Tuff Shed employee Ray Simmerson paints one of the 22 Tuff Sheds constructed at the Poverello House on Wednesday afternoon. The Poverello House's sheds will house 44 people, replacing the weather-worn tent city erected last year. "

Other cities could learn a lot from this model. This would be an inexpensive way to work on the negative aesthetic effect of having a large homeless population. It would also gather much of that population making law enforcement easier.


A Bit More of the Truth

MSNBC - Clarke: CIA had low-level spies inside al-Qaida: "Several times in the 1990s the Pentagon was asked to �snatch� terrorism suspects overseas, but the main message to the White House from uniformed military leadership was that they did not want to do this, Clarke said."

Doesn't it sound like, even from a slanted MSNBC piece, that the Clinton Administration was scared of facing our enemies? Isn't it also interesting that Clinton is never referred to by name, nor Albright, who was a vocal dove throughout her tenure (and to this day)?
It is nice to know that we had at least some operatives inside Al Quaeda, at any level. There should be some insight from those agents. It also gives me faith that the system wasn't as screwed up as it seemed, although the CIA clearly needs to be cleaned up. Goss seems to be upsetting just enough people to prove to me that he is cleaning house.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004


Vinnie's Personal Political MeloDrama

Yahoo! News - Actor Vincent D'Onofrio Back in Hospital: "Vincent D'Onofrio, star of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' was back in a hospital Tuesday after fainting for the second time in a week. "

This moron sort of charms me. Because it was said that the first fainting spell was a bad reaction to the election, his second fainting spell is making news. First of all, most Americans could care less if this guy faints twice or two thousand times. Secondly, it must be one hell of a slow news day to have this as a Yahoo news headline. Lastly, if this is about his bad reaction to the election, apparently there are psychologists in Florida who can cure him in one visit. Oh, and someone, get this man a fainting couch.


How Newsweek Really Feels

MSNBC - It's Over, But Can We Forgive and Forget?: "It's Over, But Can We Forgive and Forget?"

This is quite possibly the dumbest and most telling headlines I have ever read.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004


Hitchens' Cryptonite: Proposed British Smoking Ban

Britain is going the way of the 'wasca-wy wepub-wicans' in New York. CH cursed the Mayor, and now he'll have to curse the damned Brits too. Who should be expecting that column, Atlantic Monthly or VF?


So You Don't Like That He's Loyal?

Since when is loyalty a bad thing? Why is it that liberals feel comfortable calling this President to the carpet for such an obviously good quality? I heard Jonathon Alter say today that the President will be hurt by not having dissension at the State Department. If the tables were turned, the Democrats would be getting rid of any conservative voices too. He is reasonably trying to get rid of obstructionists so he can get his agenda through. It will make us look more together to foreigners, and that, of all things, should please the Democrats.
The loyalty that the President is showing those people who have shown it in return is a quality that will go down in history as one of his greatest strengths. It would be unwise to listen to this administration's constant detractors when it comes to effective team-building. Taking first-term White House aides and granting them cabinet posts shows proper and effective leadership, and that is coming from someone who knows a little something about building teams. I hope that the liberals learn the lesson to not ridicule this President for universally beloved qualities. That will inevitably come back and bite them.


Matthews Gone Mad

I made the utter mistake today of tuning into Chris Matthews. He is spending his opening segment on this soldier who killed the "prisoner". He is absolutely trying to fry this soldier, and it is making my stomach hurt. What nerve it takes for this upper-crust Washington pundit, who went to the Peace Corp, not war, to try to judge this young man while at war for the country that Matthews so loves. I miss when Chris made good sense, but those days are long gone.


Sharon May See Possibility for Peaceful Future

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "'I intend to continue with disengagement, and if over time we see that there is a Palestinian leadership that acts against terror, perhaps then we can coordinate a transfer of the territory to them,' Sharon said. "

Isn't Sharon showing himself to be the better man with this strategy? He could reasonably say, out of fear or opportunity, that all concessionary actions will cease until new leadership is selected. In fact, I think most of us would have understood, and maybe even approved. Instead, he is saying that it is in the world's collective best interest to march on toward peace and an eventual Palestinian state. This should be bigger news, shouldn't it?


Hillary Loves Jesus...(In Front of Reporters)

Rob Long on Churches and Hillary Clinton on National Review Online: "As you know, I consider myself an evangelical Christian, really a Christian conservative, if you want to know the truth, so it's nice to be 'home' again in the South, which I really consider my quote-unquote home even though I live in New York most of the time. Well, Washington, D.C., most of the time, actually, but if I'm not there I'm in New York, of course, but always thinking about being here, in the South, my spiritual home, where I shared so many wonderful evangelical . . . moments and . . . events."

This is such obvious political opportunism as to make one's head spin. Does she assume that the American public who has had her in their living rooms for a decade plus don't find it strange that they have never heard her say such things before? Does she realize how blatant pandering looks to the American public? It's disgusting. Then the question becomes, what do her fans think of this? Normally, they would say to do what she needed to do to get elected. This time, however, she is breaching the unbreachable. Liberals, overall, do not have patience for religion. One need only see some of the post-election writings/rants to see that religion and the south are cryptonite to liberals. Could Hillary's snuggling churchy's annoy her faithful followers? This is likely all academic, because I am sure that was polled before she arrived at Sunday School.

Monday, November 15, 2004


A Request, Mr. President?

While you are making all of these changes to your cabinet, could you do me one favor? Could you please replace McClellan? Unlike Ari, Scott is boring. Maybe you want him to be so that the presidential briefing does not so often end up on the 11 o'clock news, but you couldn't have picked a blander briefer.


I Don't Like Nicholas Lemann

Nicholas Lemann, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Dean, was just on Kudlow and Cramer. He said that what Condi Rice wrote in 2000 as a framework for her foreign policy strategy was a 180 from her actual strategy. I am always shocked when people say things like that as if there wasn't an absolutely monumental event that caused a great deal of us to change how we see foreign policy, not the least of which a brand new NSA. A bit of common sense would do Mr. Lemann good.


Just As I Suspected

I just watched the report done by Fox News on their website about the shooting of the unarmed prisoner. By the way, prisoner is a big word considering that they had, according to Sites, just taken control of that mosque right before the incident. Fox, however, is reporting that the terrorists are booby trapping dead bodies with IED's and posing as wounded and then opening fire as US soldiers approach to help. One can better understand a soldier's jumpiness when they are being faced with such a ruthless and anything-goes enemy.


Note to Insurgents: Don't Play Dead

Yahoo! News - NBC Says Marine Shot Dead Wounded Iraqi Prisoner: "NBC Says Marine Shot Dead Wounded Iraqi Prisoner"

This story is awful, but my initial reaction to it was rooting for the American. This idiot had been shooting at our guys from a mosque, and then faked being dead so he wouldn't be killed. If someone had been trying to kill me, it would be hard for me to turn off that adrenaline and become a humanitarian a few minutes later. One could also wonder whether the soldier thought this guy might get up, grab a gun and take a few of the Americans in the room out. It is on tape, but violent enough that NBC can't show it. I understand that if the tables were turned, I would be appalled that someone would kill an American soldier in cold blood after being taken into cutody, but I also realize that I am just as capable as anyone else to have conflicted feelings when it comes to war. I can only imagine the rush of adrenaline and fear that these guys have to try to control day after day. I applaud them for even wanting to go into the service to begin with. With all of the reporters over there, we are clear that this is uncommon, and I would like for us to leave it alone.
Another quick note: Kevin Sites, the reporter who was there and reported on it, is a former CNN guy, and is pretty consistently liberal. I only mention it, because one might think him to be eager to report on US misdeeds to feed the anti-war crowd back home.


Woo Hoo!

ABC News: Condoleezza Rice to Be Named Secretary of State: "National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, one of President Bush's closest counselors, will be nominated to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state, ABC News has learned. "

CB loves Condi, and is pleased to hear of her new post. Congrats!


What a Blessed Woman

BocaNews.com: "A post-therapy John Kerry supporter spoke out about her trauma treatment for the first time this weekend"

It occurs to me that if she had so little going on in her life that this could affect her so profoundly, she is a very blessed woman. Other people have dying relatives, health issues, loved ones far from home, homes burnt down or not enough food to eat. She has none of that, because if she did, she would be better able to prioritize her grief.


Charles Krauthammer on Arafat-Another CB of the Year Candidate

Arafat's Legacy (washingtonpost.com): "Arafat's cause became sustaining the struggle -- the revolution -- indefinitely, almost as an end in itself. "

CK is another CB of the Year Candidate, because he is another hero of mine.


A Mellowing Carville

Yahoo! News - CARVILLE CRACKS UP ON 'PRESS': "THE yolk's on Clinton political guru James Carville � who shocked everyone on 'Meet the Press' yesterday morning by smashing a raw egg on his head. "

Carville has impressed me since the election. He is a message guy (and frankly, as much as I like her, his wife is a message woman), but since 11/2, he has been uncharacteristically practical about the loss. He is not complaining, but rather talking about what the party's next steps should be in order to avoid the next loss. As outlandish as he can get (ie smashing a raw egg on his face), he has been rather grounded in his reaction.


Come Back, Come Back

My Way News: "Secretary of State Colin Powell and three other Cabinet members submitted their resignations"

I am very sad to see him go. He is a true diplomat in style and class. He stuck next to the President when there was immense pressure to speak ill of the war decision-making. I hope we see him in public life again soon.

Sunday, November 14, 2004


Questioning Common Sense is the Pasttime of Fools

Newsday.com: CIA plans to purge its agency: "The White House has ordered the new CIA director, Porter Goss, to purge the agency of officers believed to have been disloyal to President George W. Bush or of leaking damaging information to the media about the conduct of the Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to knowledgeable sources."

Conspiracy theorists aside, most people understand that having people that are trying to thwart your every step toward advancement is not helpful. Similarly, they get that if you have them at all levels of an ineffective organization, it is the responsibility of leadership to purge them and rebuild anew.


Dumb Yahoo Headlines

Yahoo! News - Losing Its Middlemen, Senate Shifts to Right: "Losing Its Middlemen, Senate Shifts to Right"

I find myself flummoxed as to what Yahoo calls news. The above headline and the following story are not news. It is merely a restatement of events from over ten days ago. So often, too, I find that these no-news stories are slanted. I enjoy those quick view headlines on Yahoo, but I think that they should stick to actual news.


Another Candidate for CB of the Year: Pat Caddell

I just respect him immensely. He is wound just a bit too tight, but it is so fun to watch him shake with conviction. Most people mellow as they age, but if that is true for Pat, one is fearful of imagining him during his youth. He was recently talking about how divided the nation is politically. He recalled how his strong beliefs about Vietnam caused he and his parents not to speak for two years. "What I would give, now that they are gone, to have that time back", he said. Pat is not the kind to get mushy, but that moment was priceless.
Aside from his obvious crankiness, he is also brilliant. It should come as no surprise that I don't agree with him all of the time. With Pat, though, you always know he is giving it to you straight. There is never political wordplay, and it would be a waste of time to send Pat talking points. As a news junkie, these are qualities I want to encourage.


Possible Breakthrough for Addiction Affliction

Yahoo! News - Anti-Obesity Pill Might Fight Drug Abuse: "Rimonabant blocks the effect of the natural endocannabinoids by keeping them from latching onto the brain cells they normally stimulate, he said. In smokers, for example, that seems to restore the natural balance of the brain reward circuitry, he said. "

Kudos to any company that takes on this very overlooked set of troubles. We understand that addicts of various stripes are generally not wealthy which makes them a less attractive consumer, but that makes what Sanofi-Aventis is doing all the more remarkable.



FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Presbyterians Threatened Over Mideast Policy: "Van Marter said the church has received thousands of letters, e-mails and phone calls since the church's General Assembly decided in June to begin the process of selective divestment from corporations supporting the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank."

This is a sick way to make a point. When discussing investments, it is the decision of those that commit the money to decide where it will be invested. I disagree with their views too, but it is their money and their right to reinvest their money.



TIME.com: Bordering On Nukes? -- Nov. 22, 2004: "And another episode has some senior U.S. officials worried: the theft of a crop-duster aircraft south of San Diego, apparently by three men from southern Mexico who assaulted a watchman and then flew off in a southerly direction."

So it happened two weeks ago, and we are just now hearing about it? Just because they flew off in a southerly direction does not mean that their destination was actually south of there. Without public knowledge, they could have landed in Kansas without getting any special attention. When second-guessing authorities, I generally defer to the experts, but this one I do not understand.

Saturday, November 13, 2004


CB Review: A&E Biography on Chirac

Annoying! They spent the first ten or fifteen minutes filling the viewer in on what was most obvious: his stance on Iraq. I wanted to know how he grew up, how he rose to power, and I was too annoyed by the time they got there to care. Shame on A&E for using this opportunity to praise him for disagreeing with the US.


Glad he's feeling better Posted by Hello


A Rocky Start is Not a Failure

Deputy Chief Resigns From CIA (washingtonpost.com): "John E. McLaughlin, a 32-year CIA veteran who was acting director for two months this summer until Goss took over, resigned after warning Goss that his top aide, former Capitol Hill staff member Patrick Murray, was treating senior officials disrespectfully and risked widespread resignations, the officials said. "

Goss hasn't been in this new position for long enough to conclude his failure. WaPo is funny that way. They must know that this is inappropriate, but there is just a drive that they cannot control, almost an affliction. I have an affinity for WaPo, because of the late Kate Graham, Donald's mother. (Read her memoir.) I also, however, have misgivings about its politics. It has a history this way, so this is not a misgiving that I just realized last week. My deep respect of Katherine Graham, and my similar deep dislike of WaPo's slant make for an interesting fan of the paper.


If You Pray, Pray For Them

MSNBC - Cheney experiences shortness of breath: "Cheney experiences shortness of breath Vice president headed to hospital for tests"

Given his history, put in a particularly good thought for him and his family.


Racial Medicine Cabinet

A drug close to the heart - The Washington Times: Commentary - November 13, 2004: "Even so, you don't have to be a medical ethicist to be troubled to see any drug associated directly with a standard as imprecise as race. "

Clarence hits the nail on the head here. Do we really want to open this can of worms? Would it have been okay if it were a white-ony drug or would it just be a great photo op for leaders at the NAACP? Interestingly, I don't think there would be any issue at all if it were an Asians-only drug, but, of course, they don't have any big-money lobbying groups. I can assure you that I only take politically correct medications, but one cannot foresee the future.


Put the Papers Down...Step Away From the Papers


CBS and its documents, part two.

Friday, November 12, 2004


It's Almost Over

MSNBC - MSNBC Front Page: "A verdict, at last"

To make this weird, sleazy man, Scott Peterson, a household name means that we collectively need hobbies. I didn't know how the jury would come back, but it seemed rather obvious that he killed her. I just hoped that the prosecutor didn't make the story so convoluted that the defense's argument was just easier and therefore the one they chose. That certainly seemed to be Gerragos' strategy. Only a couple more weeks and we can then take on a new captivating murder mystery.


Listen to Pat, You'll Learn Someting

WorldNetDaily: The left still doesn't get it: "...the shocking night of Nov. 2-3 appears to have unhinged much of the American Left. "

Unhinged puts it lightly, at least when it comes to those most vocal. Pat Buchanan does a great job in this piece of arguing the point for the conservatives, but some conservatives have eyed him with a wrinkled brow as of late. Pat rubbed some of us wrong with his book, his calls for unabashed protectionism, and his near daily appearance on Chris Matthew's show as their token conservative as he agreed with all of the liberals. He is further proof that this party has an absolutely colossal tent. But the more important point is that we want him in our party, even with the views that so worry me and others. Why? Pat Buchanan is a truly brilliant man. There are few people that have had so much face time with so many presidents and can say that they were ring-side for some of history's greatest events. He is a historical and political genius, and we should not be too quick to cast him aside, but rather listen intently as he shares his experiences and his more quirky beliefs all the same.


Hey Popey, Mop Your Own Floor

Yahoo! News - Pope Decries 'Grave Crisis' of Values: "Pope John Paul II praised Portugal's visiting president Friday for his nation's conservative Catholicism, saying it could inspire hope amid a 'grave crisis' in modern values. "

Why do we constantly have to read the Pope's releases about the morality of the West? Please stop your own from raping children and protecting those that do, and then call on others to raise their moral standards. The gravest crisis of values may be in your very own ranks. Taking a lecture from a man leading those people feels naive.


Now He Has Permission to Kill Us

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2004�: "Even if bin Laden had a nuclear weapon, he probably wouldn't have used it for a lack of proper religious authority - authority he has now. '[Bin Laden] secured from a Saudi sheik...a rather long treatise on the possibility of using nuclear weapons against the Americans,' says Scheuer. '[The treatise] found that he was perfectly within his rights to use them. Muslims argue that the United States is responsible for millions of dead Muslims around the world, so reciprocity would mean you could kill millions of Americans,' Scheuer tells Kroft.
Scheuer says bin Laden was criticized by some Muslims for the 9/11 attack because he killed so many people without enough warning and before offering to help convert them to Islam. But now bin Laden has addressed the American people and given fair warning. 'They're intention is to end the war as soon as they can and to ratchet up the pain for the Americans until we get out of their region....If they acquire the weapon, they will use it, whether it's chemical, biological or some sort of nuclear weapon,' says Scheuer."

What an odd set of folks they are. A Saudi sheik has given OBL the authority to use nukes against America under the theory that they have done all they can to convert us to Islam, and given us plenty of warning that they want us dead. Note to OBL: When trying to convert me to Islam, you will be unsuccessful by flying planes into buildings. Note to Saudi sheik who approves: If it weren't for American oil consumption, you might just be living in a mud hut. I can't wait for a latex gloved man to be searching these idiots for lice on national television.


Bad, Bad Bystanders

Apparent Abduction in Corona: "Police this week released a grainy, parking-lot security video that apparently shows the kidnapping taking place in a mall lot Sunday.
The woman, who may be a Latina and in her late teens or early 20s, is seen walking from the parking lot to a sidewalk outside the Corona Discount Mall when a black, hatchback coupe races up behind her. She looks over her shoulder, apparently recognizes the car's occupants and flees.
The two men are shown getting out of the car and chasing the woman. One catches up to her, tosses her over his shoulder and shoves her into the trunk of the car. The woman yelled to nearby shoppers to call police. Bystanders apparently did nothing to stop the abduction, which occurred about 6 p.m."

If you see this tape, take notice of all of the bystanders that do absolutely nothing for this poor young girl. Nothing. The police were called by none of them. With all of the cell phones out there, can you think of a better use of them? I realize that Corona has gangs, and that people reasonably do not want to get involved with that, but how can you watch a woman get chased down, caught and thrown in a trunk of a car without at least dialing 911?


Put it Down

Nine people were hit by random gunfire at Arafat's chaotic funeral. I would love to just chalk it up to "those" people, but, unfortunately random gunfire on holidays and the like is not abnormal in America, both the cities and rural areas. Using a gun to either mourn or celebrate is just simply a bad, dangerous idea. My request: The next time you need to mourn, cry, and the next time you need to celebrate, call a friend.


Dershy's Take

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "Arafat was the inspiration for Osama bin Laden, because he proved to his eager student that terrorism works and that terrorists can be praised and rewarded by a craven world, as Arafat was by so many for so long.
Arafat was not one of those leaders who could, a la Nelson Mandela, make the transition from terrorist to peacemaker. He never learned how to take 'yes' for an answer and he never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. "

Thursday, November 11, 2004


Insight Into the Shuttlesworth Story

Cincinnati Black Blog: "A hugh issue within the organization was the issue of gay rights. On one side is Rev. Shuttlesworth who is against equating gay rights with civil rights. On the other side is Mrs. King who is for linking the two movements. (I talked to Mrs. King's personal assistant a few weeks ago and he was smearing Rev. Shuttlesworth and his position on gay rights.) You can't raise money among Christians, white or Black, while advocating gay rights - which is seen as anti-Biblical.
But it wasn't just finances, dysfunctional leadership, and ideological differences with Mrs. King that did Rev. Shuttlesworth in, it was the issue of political involvement and dedication to organizing mass movements.
Rev. Shuttlesworth is a big-time Democrat. (When John Edwards came to Cincinnati, he stood on the stage with him.) As the cited Post story above says, Rev. Shuttlesworth was 'displeased' with the SCLC's lack of action after the 2000 Presidential election. I know Rev. Shuttlesworth and I can tell you, at 82, this man has more spirit and energy than most people half his age. "


How I Would Prefer Not to Think of America

VANITY FAIR : ROUNDTABLE : CONTENT: "... If I add that Henry Kissinger was offered the chairmanship of the 9/11 commission, and declined the honor only when he realized that he would have to disclose his unsavory client list at Kissinger Associates, you might start wondering which country is the real banana republic. While we ponder this solemn issue, the citizens of neighboring democracies petition us for simple justice and are contemptuously turned away, and we earn the distinction of harboring a man who does not travel anywhere outside the United States without legal advice, and who now fears even to set foot in the countries he so recently desolated and profaned. "


MoveOn Needs to Move On

MoveOn.org: Democracy in Action: "If people were wrongly prevented from voting, or if legitimate votes were mis-counted or not counted at all, we need to know so the wrongdoers can be held accountable, and so we can prevent this from happening again.

Members of Congress are demanding an investigation to answer this question. The decision on whether or not there will be an investigation could come as soon as Monday. "


Billy, You Finally Made Me Laugh

Bill Maher Hit With Palimony Suit - November 11, 2004: "Comedian Bill Maher was slapped yesterday with a $9 million palimony suit by an ex-girlfriend who alleges that the HBO star subjected her to physical and verbal abuse, including 'insulting, humiliating and degrading racial comments.' "


Dancing the Peace Jig

MSN Money - Market Summary -- MSN Money Investing: "Dow 10,470.21 +84.73 | Nasdaq 2,061.26 +26.70 | S&P 1,173.57 +10.66 "

Could it be that the market is a bit giddy about the possibilities for mideast peace now that Arafat is dead?


A Little Coverage

FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Southern Christian Leadership Council Prez Resigns: "Southern Christian Leadership Council Prez Resigns"

The real question is whether any news organization will have this civil rights hero on to find out what is going on in these organizations. Probably not.


CB's Not Allowed at the State Department...For Good Reason


So the US will have representation of some kind at the Arafat funeral. Even though it feels like bathing in a toilet, I defer to the diplomacy experts.



Happy Veteran's Day. With 18 service people having been killed in just the Fallujah battles of the past couple of days and over a thousand total dead in Iraq, there is no more appropriate time to pay tribute. My great-uncle Tip was a Navy man, Lt. Commander, on the USS Mingo (sub) among others in the 40's. In his brief life story, he notes how time after time, he was spared his life by normal curious turns of events. You get a sense that he has pondered this frequently, that he has wondered why he was allowed to live. One answer may be that he became one of the most generous philanthropists in Lexington, Ky. His work for years and years at Shriners, Lion's Club, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and other charities give us some clue as to his drive to make his life worthwhile. For Uncle Tip and the millions of others that have served the country, thank you, thank you, thank you!


LA Times as Drama Queen

Gonzales Is a Disastrous Choice: "Gonzales Is a Disastrous Choice"


Can We Stop Taking Him Seriously Now?

Yahoo! News - Former US President Jimmy Carter calls Arafat a "powerful human symbol": "Former US President Jimmy Carter called Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) 'a powerful human symbol and forceful advocate' who united Palestinians in their pursuit of a homeland. "

Wednesday, November 10, 2004


Crass, Cranky Memo

The Truth Laid Bear: "But now, it's time to get your asses back to work. You might not expect me to be saying this, but here's the bulletin: this country needs you. "


Arafat, Yasir on Encyclopedia.com/Bio

Arafat, Yasir on Encyclopedia.com: "(y�ser� �r��f�t; -ser) , 1929-, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the coordinating body for Palestinian organizations, and head of Al Fatah, the largest group in the PLO. He was born in Jerusalem. After smuggling arms to Arab forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Arafat entered Cairo Univ., where he became chairman of the Palestine Student Federation. He served in the Egyptian army during the Suez campaign (1956) and the following year moved to Kuwait, where he trained Palestinian commandos and edited Our Palestine magazine. Arafat joined the Al Fatah commando group and in 1965 returned to Egypt to head Al Assifa, the military arm of Al Fatah. He went on to become leader of Al Fatah, and when the group gained control of the PLO (1969), Arafat was named the larger body's chairman. The PLO won wide support among Palestinians and third-world nations during the 1970s and 80s, although it was weakened by internal divisions. In 1983, after an Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the PLO was forced to move its headquarters to Tunisia. "


Here Here

Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Arafat the monster: "It would take an encyclopedia to catalog all of the evil Arafat committed. But that is no excuse for not trying to recall at least some of it."

The Boston Globe has allowed the truth to be told from its pages. There is much more to be seen of it, so please link to it. It reminds me of another issue that has been bothering me, and that is whether the US will send a diplomat of any level to show respects at Arafat's Egyptian funeral services. I would not pretend to understand diplomacy, so it may just be a norm that must be met, but it makes me queasy. That sour stomach comes from the idea that, by attending a person's funeral, you are indeed "paying your respects". Given our newfound understanding of terrorism, do we really want to collectively show any respect for this man? Answer with a resounding no and understand my dilemma. This could be and very well may be the naivete of someone who has never been in the diplomatic world, but it is still my secret hope.


Dry eyes

FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Spokane Diocese Files for Bankruptcy: "Spokane Diocese Files for Bankruptcy"

Everybody else is expected to be punished for their wrongs, and the Catholic Church seems to have gotten off without too much punishment. This is the least that CB promotes being done to this corrupt organization that has sheltered their sick from civil punishment. If not legal justice, then maybe god or karma, depending on whether you believe anymore.


Yasser Arafat Dies...finally

channelcincinnati.com - News - Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Dies: "Under Palestinian law, the Parliament speaker, Rauhi Fattouh, is to become caretaker president until elections are held in 60 days. He's a virtual unknown."

His death marks what may be a very violent time for them as they have to figure out how to fill the power vacuum, and deal with what could be an impending peace settlement if they collectively choose well. The next sixty days will certainly be interesting.


Shuttlesworth Taking His Bus Out

Shuttlesworth Leaving Civil Rights Group Over Management Disputes: "Shuttlesworth Leaving Civil Rights Group Over Management Disputes "

We should keep our eye on this. Shuttlesworth is an icon of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference which is very closely tied to the NAACP. To edge someone like him out must mean that there is some real discontent in the ranks. I am not suggesting the end of civil rights groups or anything, but this is a big story that is not getting any attention.


Not Purely Partisan

This is another reason why I am such a fan of Larry Kudlow's. Today, Kudlow and Cramer had on John Thune, Senator-Elect from South Dakota. He is viewed as the Republican darling, much like Barack Obama for the other side. In Thune's case, he is all the more popular, because he was David to Daschle's Goliath. Anyway, Cramer asked Thune about his views on drug reimportation. Thune was candid about his belief that this (somehow) is good for competition among pharmas, and good for the consumer. After his description of his belief, Larry, often seen as a pure partisan, respectfully disagreed. He and Thune both grinned that okay, okay, let's move on grin, and on they moved. I just thought it prudent to note, because it is moments like these that people do not pay enough attention to when they describe conservatives. We don't all agree, yet we are patient with our differences and can generally move beyond them to find common ground.


Applebee's Is Great Food, But Not Answer to Winning in '08

MSNBC - Is Democrats� solution on the menu at Applebee�s?: "�The leadership of our party has a cultural disconnect,� Sosnik said. �Our leaders � particularly Washington, D.C.-based � don�t really have the same life, day to day, as all those people out there in those red states. We don�t eat at the same restaurants. I don�t know how many politicians in town that are leaders of our party who voluntarily go to Applebee�s, unless it�s for work. You look at the swing voters out there, what their sporting events are, the music they listen to, the celebrities, the television programs, it�s just not what the East Coast leadership (watches) � it�s not quite where we are.�
'Talk about Applebee's, we don't even go to the Cracker Barrels and the Denny�s as well,' added Donna Brazile, who served as Al Gore's campaign manager in 2000.
Sosnik said, �We can�t figure out a better way to sell to those people � we�ve got to be more like them.� Being �more like them� requires finding Democratic leaders from small-town and rural America. "

I realize that liberals are crying aloud in their sleep, why, why, why. I understand that they think they are smarter than everyone, and many of them are very, very smart. While this man's concept was in the right direction, I would like to hone his thought. He is trying to say that they need someone that normal folk can relate to, but they really need someone who actually is relateable.
He wants someone who has normal friends who are not Washington insiders. They should have had buffalo wings and a beer at a local restaurant like Applebee's with friends from high school. They should have volunteered at the local schools or hospitals or interned for a county judge. Democrats are often big city people, and it seems obvious that, at least for the time being, they may want a liberal redneck. As someone who worked for Applebee's in college in fly-over country, I understand his point and would remind him that it is not about getting someone to go to Applebee's, but rather someone who was genuinely that type before.


Now The Liberals Are Mad About Taxes Being Used For Those That Need Them

Blue states buzz over secession - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - November 09, 2004: "Mr. O'Donnell raised the subject of secession on 'The McLaughlin Group' during the weekend. 'Ninety percent of the red states are welfare-client states of the federal government,' said Mr. O'Donnell, who was an aide to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, New York Democrat.
In a telephone interview, Mr. O'Donnell said the red states that went to Mr. Bush 'collect more from the federal government than they send in. New York and California, Connecticut � the states that are blue are all the states that are paying for the bulk of everything this government does, from ... Social Security to everything else, and the people in those states don't like what this government is doing.' "

The Democrats are after all the ones that said we needed "One America", and that they would work hard for the farmers and middle class workers. Now, they are showing true colors by saying that if these middle class folks don't like their candidate, they can just rot. They are saying that they really don't want to help people out of poverty, raise the standard of education and healthcare, or any of the things that matter to middle America, but rather merely wanted power. I am certainly not supporting the notion that Bush is utterly selfless and thinks nothing of his power, but, as an observer, I can see the Clinton followers' disenfranchisement with the Democrats now.


Brief Bio, New AG:AG

Justice Alberto Gonzales was commissioned as Counsel to the President this past January. Prior to his service in the White House, Justice Gonzales sat on the Supreme Court of Texas. Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Gonzales served as the 100th Secretary of the State of Texas. Prior to his appointment as Secretary of State, Justice Gonzales served as General Counsel to then Governor Bush for three years, and prior to that he was a partner with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas.
Justice Gonzales was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised in Houston. He is a graduate of Rice University and Harvard Law School. Justice Gonzales is an Air Force veteran, and he attended the United States Air Force Academy.
Among his many professional and civic activities, Justice Gonzales served as a board director for the State Bar of Texas. Justice Gonzales also served as President of the Houston Hispanic Bar Association and President of Leadership Houston. He was chosen one of the Five Outstanding Young Texans by the Texas Jaycees in 1994 and outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas by the Texas Young Lawyers Association in 1992.

(This was cut and pasted from a hispanic organization's website who had AG in for a speech at a luncheon. Apologies for the lack of appropriate citing of source.)


Peace Cat

Yahoo! News Full Coverage - Entertainment - Cat Stevens Gets Peace Award in Rome: "Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev presented singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, with a peace prize, two months after he was refused entry to the United States on 'national security grounds'. The 'Man for Peace 2004' prize was presented at a ceremony in Rome city hall marking the opening of the Fifth World Nobel Summit, an annual gathering here of Nobel peace laureates led by Gorbachev, who won the prize in 1990."

Sing "Peace Train", get a plane grounded and get granted a Roman peace prize. Shouldn't there be higher standards for such awards?


Kudlow Has Made Me a Laffer Fan Over the Last Few Years Too

Larry Kudlow on George W. Bush Tax Reform. Glenn Hubbard, Arthur Laffer, & John Snow on NRO Financial: "According to people close to the White House, current CEA chairman Greg Mankiw will be returning to his teaching post at Harvard come January. This leaves a key slot open in the Bush economic high command. The president would be well served by appointing Art Laffer to that post. Formerly a close advisor to President Reagan, Laffer has been a senior advisor to businesses and financial institutions for more than three decades. His hands-on real-world experience would greatly benefit the White House staff as they tackle tough questions on tax and Social Security reform. Laffer would also serve as a key liaison to Wall Street, where he is highly regarded as a prescient forecaster and strong communicator. "


Love Frummy

David Frum's Diary on National Review Online: "Remember how John Kerry slighted Iraqi prime minister Iyad Alawi? ('[Y]ou can almost see the hand underneath the shirt today moving the lips ....') Three members of the Iraqi interim prime minister's family have just been kidnapped
� and threatened with a horrible fate in retribution for the battle in Fallujah. These are the kinds of risks America�s allies in Iraq are braving. It makes you proud that the American people would reject any presidential candidate who could belittle such sacrifices."


Ding Ding Ding

WSJ.com - Dear Kofi...: "interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has replied to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's letter objecting to coalition efforts in Fallujah."

Is Allawi a Texan too?


Caricatures Duelling

New York Post Online Edition: gossip: "SEN. Zell Miller (D- Ga.) laced into New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd yesterday on the 'Imus in the Morning' radio show, saying, 'The more Maureen Loud [sic] gets on 'Meet the Press' and writes those col umns, the redder these states get. I mean, they don't want some high brow hussy from New York City explaining to them that they're id iots and telling them that they're stupid.' Miller also suggested 'that red-headed woman at the New York Times' should not mock anyone's religion: 'You can see horns just sprouting up through that Technicolor hair.' Dowd responds: 'I'm not a highbrow hussy from New York. I'm a highbrow hussy from Washington. Senator, pistols or swords?' "

These two are both merely caricatures of themselves, so watching them hash it out is more theatre than reasoned discourse. Zell did lose his cool with Matthews, although I understood why. Dowd does, indeed say things that I always feel sure she knows better than to believe. We should likely take both of them with a grain of seasoned salt.


Taken Too Long

Yahoo! News - No shock here: Interns' long hours cause medical errors: "Two new studies reported in The New England Journal of Medicine (news - web sites) now confirm that sleep-deprived interns make substantially more serious medical mistakes when they work shifts of 24 hours or more than when they work shorter shifts."

After all these years of this testosterone ridden initiation, it is about time someone pulled the leash on this behavior. The doctors who promote this practice should be ashamed of themselves for not ending this tradition years ago.


Clinton's Common Sense

Yahoo! News - Clinton to Democrats: Discuss Convictions: "Clinton to Democrats: Discuss Convictions "

Finally, someone said it. Know your convictions, and don't be embarassed to talk about them. This puts the Democrats on the mend and past the angst.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004


Funny You Should Say That

Bush's Secularist Triumph - The left apologizes for religious fanatics. The president fights them. By Christopher�Hitchens: "If this is liberal secularism, I'll take a modest, God-fearing, deer-hunting Baptist from Kentucky every time, as long as he didn't want to impose his principles on me (which our Constitution forbids him to do). "

This is from the same article as below, but a funny comment. I was christened Methodist in Tennessee as a baby, raised slightly religious in Kentucky. While I don't hunt, I am related to those that do, and would suggest to those that Christopher is speaking to with this article, that they might want to get to know some of these religious southerners. They might "learn" ya a thing or two.


Why Hitchens is a Hero

Bush's Secularist Triumph - The left apologizes for religious fanatics. The president fights them. By Christopher�Hitchens: "So here is what I want to say on the absolutely crucial matter of secularism. Only one faction in American politics has found itself able to make excuses for the kind of religious fanaticism that immediately menaces us in the here and now. And that faction, I am sorry and furious to say, is the left. "


Seizing a Stable Majority (washingtonpost.com)

Seizing a Stable Majority (washingtonpost.com): "If Republicans implement these three principles, historians will look back on 2004 as a great victory that launched a generation of center-right governance led by Republicans. But this will be a high-water mark if Republicans allow it to be. "

Newt's three keys to keeping Republicans in office generally consist of working for all groups, both the right and the left constituencies. He suggests doing what was promised in the campaign. This will be done, but CB does not believe that Republicans will or can go on an FDR-like reign. Maybe we shouldn't even want one. I certainly lean that way, but then I wonder where the great scandals like Lewinsky will come from. Okay, okay, it's really that I wonder if, as a more centrist audience, I should want my more liberal social priorities promoted. It is unlikely that Bush will be championing liberal social issues, and I don't really want him to, as it would be merely political if he did. On the other hand, there are tons of people like me that want a voice when it comes to these things. The problem is that we find terrorism to be the world's biggest issue, and these other little worries just don't count. There is no one I like better to handle terror than Bush. Other things will just have to wait.


Reasons for Sharon to Mourn

WSJ.com - Reasons for Sharon to Mourn: "Reasons for Sharon to Mourn

This piece gives an interesting take on the Israeli/Palestinian/American relationship. CB does not endorse its view, rather suggests that it is worth reading.

Monday, November 08, 2004


F the South is not a Good '08 Campaign Slogan

The Dems should probably not use this in their '08 campaign. (Warning: The material is course and may offend.)


Wrong Reich

Robert Reich was just on O'Reilly and said that the Democrats need to craft a moral message. Robert, too, is wrong. They need to find someone who could lead American that ACTUALLY shares the values of the majority of Americans. That does not, however, mean that they should be evangelical Christians specifically. They merely should just live by an obvious moral code of some respected kind.
Tony Snow is following up on that thought that Democrats should not hate Christianity. They should not be anti-religion.
I have certainly gone through my anti-religion phase. I now understand that they should have that right, just as I have the right to be less religious. The left should, in my opinion, find someone who can be genuine and can still get 51% of the vote, but "crafting a moral message" will not pass for morals by any of the electorate.


NCAA Pre-Season Standings

FOXSports.com - Standings: "Southeastern Conference OVERALL
South Carolina

Why is it that every year the whole of the NCAA underestimates Kentucky? While I have often thought of a number one pre-season ranking as a curse of sorts, I still wonder just how obtuse the voters must be to forget how good Tubby is.


Planning, My Dear, Not Mapping

This map is being passed around liberal circles. It shows the red/blue map based on the 18-29 vote. While this age group may be very important to advertisers, we should probably pay as much attention to our older, wiser citizens when it comes to who leads our country. I can't help but think that the mourning Democrats should stop drawing maps, and start truly planning how they are going to put up a good fight in the next election. I guess, as someone who cheered Bush's win, I don't mind the Democrat's lack of common sense on the matter. As a fan and student of politics, however, I enjoy a campaign of two really strong sides.


Admitting You're Wrong. (Okay, Okay, Admitting I Was Wrong)

It seems that CB (Note: When admitting error, always refer to oneself in third person. It just feels better.) was wrong. Arafat is clearly not dead yet, or at the very least wasn’t when I thought he was, because the 72 hours has expired.


If you pray, pray for them

Dean's Daughter, 20, Treated in SUV Rollover: "The daughter of former Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean and four other young women were sent to a hospital after their sport utility vehicle rolled over on Interstate 91, state police said. "

Throw the Dean daughter and Mrs. Edwards in you prayer list. We wish them well.


A Practical Matter

WSJ.com - A Letter to America: "Because of all the things that connect us, I'm concerned about the campaigns against my country, and the recent surge of 'French-bashing.' There's a paradox here, since France is actually among your best friends in the fight against terrorism. Our intelligence experts work hand in hand and French special forces fight by your side in Afghanistan. Likewise, France is one of your most solid partners within the Atlantic Alliance. It heads NATO's operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan. It is the second-largest contributor to the NATO Reaction Force. In the end, the most inaccurate clich�s are obscuring the most obvious truths. It is time to put a stop to it."

This is a good letter. I have had my moments with the French too, but he reminds us that they are not completely abandoning their international duties. Furthermore, we should never find harm in democratic governments reaching out to us for cooperation. I encourage people to take this in the spirit it was written, and apply their angst to better targets.


Public Show of Affection

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "Senior editors at the BBC are understood to have remonstrated with their correspondent, Barbara Plett, over her 'misjudgment' in revealing on air that she had cried when Yasser Arafat's Jordanian helicopter carried him away from Ramallah en route to hospital in France.
The BBC has received some 500 complaints about Plett's broadcast, which was broadcast on its Radio 4 program, 'From Our Own Correspondent.'
In her report, Plett said: 'When the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry . . . without warning.'
She went on to reflect that, 'in quieter moments since I have asked myself, why the sudden surge of emotion? I suppose there was a pathos about the strong contrast between this and other journeys Yasser Arafat has made.' "

Did she forget that he was a man that encouraged young boys and girls to strap bombs to their bodies and then blow themselves up? He encouraged families of mentally and physically deficient kids to put their children out to slaughter. This is a man who has thumbed his nose at human rights for half a century. I encourage this woman to look for more noble heroes.


...And These People Made Fun of Campassionate Conservatism

Yahoo! News - San Francisco in No Mood for Tolerance After Bush Win: "Peace and tolerance have long been the words to live by in San Francisco, known for its large gay community, broad ethnic mix and frequent anti-war protests. But days after the election, many residents said they were so worried about an erosion of civil rights, environmental standards and the escalating violence in the Middle East, that they did not know how they could tolerate the Bush administration, or Americans who voted to re-elect him.
'I have family in Idaho, but I told my wife we're not going to visit them now. It's all Republicans there,' said Ron Schmidt, a public relations executive. 'We have family in Indiana and I don't want to go there either.'"

Sunday, November 07, 2004


Nominations For Another Office-CB of the Year

Since I have named the blog Cranky Bastard and fancy myself one, as you might assume, I consider it a term of endearment. It became fodder for a headline when I was trying to find the words to describe my dream boat. Mensa style intelligence and dry wit, frankly, Hitchens-style crankiness. So I thought it might be fun to open the floor up to reader’s favorite cranky bastards. I will begin by nominating Christopher Hitchens who was the model for the namesake. If you feel capable, feel free to try to teach me of the land of cranky, although I think I have it mastered.

Saturday, November 06, 2004


Political Suicide

FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Man Kills Self at Ground Zero: "The man, Andrew Veal (search), of Athens, Ga., was found atop the structure housing the 1 and 9 subway lines after a hotel worker spotted what he believed was somebody sleeping inside the site around 8 a.m., said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. A shotgun was found near the body, Coleman said. No suicide note was found, he said.
Veal apparently was distraught over President Bush's (search) re-election, Newsday reported Saturday on its Web site edition, citing an unnamed police source. The newspaper also said the man was a registered Democrat who opposed the war in Iraq."

Uh, are you freakin' kidding me? I am certain that the Dem's will love this guy for giving his life in the name of Anti-Bush philosophies. What a dope!


Ahh, Honesty

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today: "Salon's Farhad Manjoo weighs in with some words of cheer:
Like many liberals I'm betting on the Armageddon theory of politics. Bush and the GOP majorities in the House and Senate will make things so bad in the next four years that the country will never elect a Republican ever again. So here's hoping things get much, much worse!"

At least now they can be honest about their hopes for America.


The Snobbery That Got Them There

Those Who Voted for Bush May Be In for a Big Surprise: "Now Bush is preparing to repay your efforts by moving immediately on your highest priorities: a flat tax and privatizing Social Security. Oh, wait. You didn't particularly hanker for those things, did you? "

What this writer fails to get is that those voters, many of them, did want tax and Social Security reform. This guy is now under the very popular liberal belief that all heartland voters are stupid. While the vast majority did not graduate from top twenty b-schools, many of them do understand that government is too big and that it shouldn't be so difficult to pay taxes. Some of these folks may also understand that Congress cannot continue to use Social Security savings as a piggy bank forever, and that individuals may rather invest that money in the stock market than gamble it away in Washington. Give these people more credit. They may just actually deserve it.


Read All About It

FOXNews.com - Politics - Textbook Publishers Define Marriage to Appease Texas Board: "The State Board of Education approved health textbooks for Texas (search) high school and middle school students on Friday, after publishers changed the wording in some of the approved textbooks to reflect marriage as being between a man and a woman. "

While CB does not approve of judging anyone on the basis of how they have sex, or whether or not they have it, local schools should be able to pick textbooks that reflect the community in which they teach. Isn't it easier to have the publisher change a bit of wording than to have a major uproar in the middle of the school year when parents get a hold of the book with the possibly divisive language. Trying to save the kids from that may not be such a bad thing.


Rape Allegations Are Serious, Just Not This One

FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Docs: Kobe Accuser Discussed Award Money: "A month after a woman accused NBA star Kobe Bryant (search) of rape, she told friends she was considering suing him in civil court and wanted to buy breast augmentation surgery and a koala bear with any award money, "

To not believe this young woman does not mean we don't believe any alleged rape victims. In this particular case, it seems he was a good romp in the hay and a piggy bank. Two birds with one stone.


Adult Tantrums

Yahoo! News - Front Page: "On Election Day, 36% of John Kerry's supporters told exit pollsters that they weren't so much voting for their guy as voting against President Bush. In contrast, only about 14% of Bush's backers said the same of Kerry."

Adult tantrums of "We don't like him" were not enough. You have to have more going for you than the utter dislike of your opponent. It might've helped if Kerry actually knew how to put into words his core beliefs. There were times in this campaign that I didn't think he had any core beliefs. Another problem was that he just simply was not genuine about much at all. I got a response on a listserv from a faithful of his after the concession speech saying they wished he had been that real on the trail. It was the first time he looked truly himself. I was glad to see a follower of his notice that, because I certainly did. It was Bob Dole all over again as far as I was concerned.


Those Rascally Republicans

Yahoo! News - Clooney to Try 'Luck' at McCarthy-Era Pic: "George Clooney (news) will direct and star in the McCarthy-era drama 'Goodnight, and Good Luck.'"

It's really not that shocking that Clooney wants a big screen to denigrate conservatives.

Friday, November 05, 2004


Oh Kofi, Not Again

Yahoo! News - Annan Warns Falluja Assault Could Spoil Elections: "Annan Warns Falluja Assault Could Spoil Elections"

Under what order is he serving this warning? What is the point of the warning, and to whom is it aimed? What authority does he have?


Real and Right or Real and Wrong, But Please Be Real

Robert Barosage, of the Institute for America's Future (liberal org.), while speaking at the National Press Club today said something like, "...before we get to the next election, our next set of candidates are going to have to brush up on the language of faith". What I think they should have learned is that instead of just trying to airbrush the candidates with what they think the American people want, they should find someone who stands for something, believes in something, and can be genuine about it. Don't brush up on the language, be faithful.

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