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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Go home, Cindy

Reuters reports that President Bush got his first glimpse of the Cindy Sheehan and her un-merry band of unemployed kooksters as his motorcade passed by them on Friday:

When Bush's black sport utility vehicle carried him past the site to a Republican fund-raiser, the protest leader, Cindy Sheehan, whose son was one of the nearly 1,850 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, held up a sign that said: "Why do you make time for donors and not for me?"

Other signs said: "Iraq is Arabic for Vietnam," "Bring Them Home Now" and "Meet With Cindy."

The protest vigil began last Saturday and is being led by Sheehan, who has been demanding a meeting with Bush to discuss her opposition to the Iraq war.



I've noticed that a lot of conservative commentators when talking about Sneehan feel the need to qualify what they are about to say by making it clear that they sympathize with what she is going through. I'm not going to do that here. She may have experienced genuine grief after her son first died but it has now been replaced with a hollow imitation of itself that is, in a word, monstrous.

Spare us the melodrama and go home, Mrs. Sheehan. You remind me of a child who sits in the middle of the floor crying and then peeks up periodically to make sure everyone is watching. You have done immeasurable harm to the morale of the men and women serving overseas and now your own family has made it publicly known that you are harming them as well. But above all, you are harming the legacy of your son who is among the many thousands of men in our nation's history who have died, ironically, to protect your right to do what you are doing now.

Incidentally, Reuters failed to mention that there is also a counter-protest being held near the site of this vigil, made up of people who support Bush and the war efforts. I guess there just wasn't enough room in the story for that.

Patently Patriotic Post of the Day (8/13/05)


Freedom Is Not Free

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze,
A young Marine saluted it, and then
He stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert.
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil? How many mother's tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea? How many foxholes were soldiers graves?
No, freedom is not free.

I heard the sound of taps one night.
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That taps had meant "Amen"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.

NO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

Cadet Major Kelly Strong

Friday, August 12, 2005

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Someone saw my minutes... I feel so cheap

A security flaw recently discovered in the Verizon customer service website allowed users to peek at the calling data of other users.

Verizon Wireless customers who signed up for online billing services were able to peek at some details of others' accounts due to a Web site programming error that was caught by a customer and fixed this week, a company spokesman said Thursday.

The flaw allowed customers who punched in another user's phone number to see how many airtime minutes that person had used, as well as the number of free minutes they had remaining for the month, spokesman Tom Pica said. Snoopers could also learn what cell phone model a customer used.



I'm trying to figure out why I should care about this. I'm not annoyed or anything -- just indifferent. I guess the fact that it involves a communications giant makes it a little juicy. But no bank-account numbers were involved nor was there anything about this data that would make me feel violated if prying eyes fell upon it.

I thought if I blogged about it, the significance of it all would come bubbling to the surface. But... no bubbles. Oh well, I'll just do like Drudge always does to give his stories more drama:

Developing...

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Cutting your own financial path

Money magazine has an interesting article that will likely appeal to any of us who are tired of slugging away in the workforce every day. It details the three paths that can be taken to achieve financial independence through real-life stories of people who have made the transition. As one who runs his own business I can tell you there is nothing like it in the world. Scary at times but exhilarating -- and worth the work involved:

Life without a paycheck

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State governments out of cigarette money

NewsMax cites an Investor's Business Daily retrospective on the "great tobacco rush" of the mid-90's. Apparently the settlement money that all the states were so eager to get their hands on did not quite make it through it's proper channels.

The $246 billion settlement between tobacco companies and the states was supposed to go for anti-smoking education and to treat tobacco-related illnesses but a mere 3 percent has actually been spent on prevention.

Much of the money has gone instead to help states plug budget deficits, according to Investor's Business Daily.



Those who pay attention to how governments operate could have told everybody this...and they tried. But so consumed was this country in their righteous indignation to the sneaky marketing of Big Tobacco that they were blinded by Big Government's shameful exploitation of the situation. We were so busy cheering at the states sticking it to the tobacco companies that we failed to notice they were also sticking it to us.

Now that the reservoir has dried up, the IBD has some ideas of what the next targets will likely be:

"The grubbers are probably done with the tobacco industry. That cow's been milked about dry. The next victims will probably come from the ranks of fast-food chains, meat producers or gun makers (which some in Congress are trying to shield from voracious liability lawyers).


Hide those Happy Meals, the clown is next.



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Bubba's guess is as good as ours

NewsMax reports that Former President Bill Clinton has weighed in with his take on THE WIFE's White House aspirations:

Responding to attacks by just-announced Republican Senate hopeful Jeanine Pirro, who warns that Hillary plans to abandon New York to run for president, Bill Clinton said in a televised interview that his wife "is not a candidate for the White House," adding, "I don't know that she will be.

[...]"We have a rule in our family that I always followed and now she does: Don't look past the next election or you might not get past the next election.

"So I'm convinced in my own mind that she hasn't decided on that. I believe I would know if she had."



Convinced in his own mind? So he's left to figure it out just like everybody else? I guess there's not much pillow-talk going on in that household these days.

Full story:


Bill Clinton: Hillary May Not Run for President


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Two more bail out in Air America financial flap

In the latest round of casualties in the Air America scandal, WorldnetDaily reports that two more staffers at the Gloria Wise Boy's & Girl's club have resigned:

Sources told the New York Post that acting executive director Lorraine Corva will be leaving her job Aug. 26, and that assistant executive director Jeff Aulenback also quit, effective immediately.

While a club spokesman refused to say why the two were leaving, sources told the paper the departures are "tied to the ongoing fallout from the highly unusual and possibly improper loan to Air America, as well as other dubious fiscal practices."


Ironically Air America -- noted for the comedians that compose it's left-leaning line-up -- is having a difficult time parting with this funny money:

"The [city] Department of Investigation advised Air America to repay $875,000 into an escrow account from which no money can be disbursed without our approval," DOI spokeswoman Emily Gest told the Post. "Air America has not followed that recommendation."


A likely conclusion that one might reach is that the funds from the loans have been depleted leaving the organization strapped for cash. This suspicion might be further supported by the fact that Air America was recently unable to... er... pay it's employees:

According to the Radio Equalizer, a blog published by broadcasting analyst Brian Maloney, an internal memo indicates Air America employees faced late paychecks in late July.

"They were apparently stunned to receive a last-minute notice sent at 5:09 p.m. Thursday, July 28th, indicating direct deposits would not be made Friday, as expected," Maloney states. "Written by company Vice President/Finance Sinohe Terrero, it implied the payroll processing company was to blame:

We have been advised by ADP that Direct Deposit will probably not post until Monday. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cost (sic). If you have any questions please feel free to call me.

Sinohe Terrero


Maloney as you might expect is rather dubious about this explanation:


"Was it really a foul-up at ADP, the nation's largest payroll processing company? Have you ever known ADP to delay direct deposits, due to its own negligence? I thought not."


Get out your inflatable vests, passengers -- this flight is going down.




I'm good enough,
I'm smart enough,
I'm broke.



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NARAL aborts controversial John Roberts ad

NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced that it is pulling it's attack ad on Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts, just a few days after it began airing. The ad aroused a firestorm due to it's graphic attempts to associate John Roberts with the 1998 abortion clinic bombings in Birmingham, a claim which was handily debunked by the non-partisan watchdog group FactCheck.org.

NARAL condescendingly issued the predictable non-apology apology:

"We regret that many people have misconstrued our recent advertisement about Mr. Roberts' record," NARAL President Nancy Keenan said.


Translation: "We regret that you people are so stupid as to not realize our good intentions". Actually NARAL, the fact that so many people did understand the ad is the reason you are in such hot water at the moment.

"Unfortunately, the debate over that advertisement has become a distraction from the serious discussion we hoped to have with the American public," she said in a letter Thursday to Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who earlier in the day had urged the group to withdraw the ad.

Translation: "Yeah sure we lied -- but this man is a threat to Roe vs. Wade if he gets on the bench so we have to do whatever it takes to get controversy swirling around him." By the way, if it is serious discussion you want, a good first step would be to tell the truth.

Keenan's response said the group would replace the ad with one that "examines Mr. Roberts' record on several points, including his advocacy for overturning Roe v. Wade, his statement questioning the right to privacy, and his arguments against using a federal civil rights law to protect women and their doctors and nurses from those who use blockades and intimidation."


One thing struck me about the original ad as I watched it: pro-abortion groups have always cried foul whenever grisly images of aborted fetuses were displayed during pro-life demonstrations and in advertisements. Why then is it okay for NARAL to roll out footage of a bloody-faced Emily Lyons in an attempt to smear the reputation of a well-respected judge?



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Patently Patriotic Post of the Day (8/12/05)

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.

In an air combat role, the F-16's maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly to enter air combat, stay, fight and return) exceed that of all potential threat fighter aircraft. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter. In an air-to-surface role, the F-16 can fly more than 500 miles (860 kilometers), deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft and return to its starting point. An all-weather capability allows it to accurately deliver ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.

Information from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds website

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Baa, baa, black sheep

Very interesting if true. Leftist publicity hound Cindy Sheehan's family has apparently spoken out in an email to Drudge:

The family of American soldier Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, has broken its silence and spoken out against his mother Cindy Sheehan's anti-war vigil against George Bush held outside the president's Crawford, Texas ranch.

The following email was received by the DRUDGE REPORT from Casey's aunt and godmother:

Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish.

Thanks, Cherie

In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheehan/Crawford Texas issue: Sheehan Family Statement:

The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.

Sincerely,

Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.



Cindy Sheehan reflects during a
moment of quiet solitude


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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Tears falling to the left

Andrew Walden from Moonbat Central has some interesting info on Cindy "see me grieving and be sure to get my good side" Sheehan. In addition to the contradictory accounts of her first meeting with President Bush, it turns out that Mrs. Sheehan is affiliated with the leftist anti-war group Solano Peace and Justice:

"One other piece of news I need to pass along to you comes from Cindy Sheehan. Both she and her husband Pat have ‘done time’ on our vigil line in the past and many of you have gotten the chance to meet them. Well, she has been BUSY this past several months. Boy, has she been busy. Speaking engagements all across this country of ours … bringing her story to as wide an audience as she can manage. But a wider audience is needed.

Thank God for the blogosphere:

Bush-Bashing Mother Longtime Leftist


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Roberts insensitive to amphibian rights

From The National Review we learn that the Sierra Club has uncovered a shocking new revelation about Judge John Roberts that may threaten his confirmation hopes -- the man hates toads. At least that's the word going around in environmental circles where groups claim that Roberts “strongly implied that Congress does not have the Constitutional authority to protect certain species under the Endangered Species Act”. This is in reference to a minority opinion Roberts issued in a case called Rancho Viejo v. Norton:

Rancho Viejo v. Norton really shouldn’t rate high in propaganda value for Roberts’s opponents. The 2003 case concerned a land developer, Rancho Viejo, whose plans to build residential housing near San Diego were thwarted because they threatened the habitat of the Southwestern Arroyo Toad, a species protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Contrary to the Sierra Club, Judge Roberts never said Congress had no power to “protect certain species.” Rather, because the Constitution permits Congress to regulate interstate commerce, Roberts questioned whether Congress has the authority to regulate a species of toad that lives only in California.

Hearing the phrase "regulate a species of toad" tells me that congress needs far more vacation time than it has.

Get the full commentary below:

Endangered Roberts?

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Blair to extremists: buh bye

Wasting little time since last week's announcement, Prime Minister Tony Blair has begun implementing his promised terror smackdown. British authorities have now detained 10 foreigners including the Palestinian cleric Omar Mahmoud Abu Omar, better known as Abu Qatada (and known to his friends as "Qattie" which in Arabic means "silly-looking beard"). The controversial Qatada has long been thought to be Osama bin Laden's "spiritual ambassador in Europe" and has generated much controversy for his public praise of terrorist activities.

The 10 foreigners detained have been served with a "notice of intention to deport" which if not heeded will result in a further "notice of intention to place a swift combat boot into your hindquarters".

In Lebanon, security officials also arrested radical cleric Omar Bakri (which in Arabic means "silly-looking glasses") who was in exile from London after having lived there 20 years. Bakri was the founder of the Islamic al-Muhajiroun which fell under suspicion in Britain after it's members praised the Sept. 11 attacks.

FoxNews has the full story:

British Plan to Deport 10 Foreigners




"These glasses mean I am intelligent and distinguished."


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We're always right... except for the times we're wrong

During a panel discussion of the American Bar Association this week, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer admitted that his critics are getting to him and that sometimes... the Supreme Court makes the wrong decision:

"There is a natural tension between the branches [of government] – the separation of powers, the fact that we do pass on congressional legislation, the fact that we are meant to be insulated from public opinion, and the fact that not all our decisions are right, to tell you the truth. We don't have some great special insight. We do our best, but not surprisingly a lot of those decisions create a lot of strong feeling in the country."

Is this a Supreme Court Justice talking or a baseball umpire? I'm glad to hear that you do your best, Justice Breyer, but the fact is the Constitution is actually a fairly straight-forward document. It does not contain any nuances that would require any "special insight".

During the conference, Breyer also defended the increasing practice of the U.S. Supreme Court examining laws and rulings in foreign nations to help come to conclusions here, admitting, "It has hit a political nerve."

"We're not bound by any foreign law," Breyer said, "but this is a world in which more and more countries have come to have democratic systems of government with documents like our Constitution that protect things like free expression. And there are judges, and the judges have a job somewhat similar to mine, and so why not sometimes, on unusual occasions probably, look and see what they said if it's relevant. Maybe we can learn something. I mean they're human beings, too."

This is not only outrageous, it is borderline treason. Justice Breyer, your job description is simple -- interpret the words in the Constitution and defend it against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Don't try to see things in the empty spaces on the parchment that aren't there. Don't appeal to a decision made by a court in Zimbabwe if the matter before you is not clearly addressed in our Constitution.

If these remarks prove nothing else, they show us that we have at least one pure liberal sitting behind the bench. Peek under that black robe of his and you are guaranteed to find tie-dye (you're also guaranteed to get arrested so try to contain your curiosity).


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"Able Danger" not able to warn about danger

The "Able Danger" fallout is getting more interesting to watch. WorldNetDaily reports that the 9/11 commission staff is beginning to feel the heat for ignoring information that would have been potentially embarrassing for panel-member Jamie Gorelick:

Online commentators are taking aim at the 9/11 commission for its failure to include in its report that intelligence officials reportedly ID'd hijack ringleader Mohamed Atta as part of an al-Qaida cell in the U.S. over a year before the September 11 tragedy but no action was taken against him, saying the panel was acting politically instead of factually.

One commentator specifically points his finger at former Clinton staffer Jamie Gorelick, a member of the panel who has been accused in the past of acting to protect her ex-boss from any political fallout of the commission's work.

More here:

9/11 panel hammered for ignoring Atta intel

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Now we've gone and made them mad

Recently a video tape of an Al Qaeda-produced documentary magically appeared in front of an executive at Al-Arabiya and he decided to air it over the weekend. It shows terrorists training for attacks against the United States and troops in Afghanistan:

In the tape, terrorists are seen in classroom settings, planning attacks, building bombs and training for ambushes. It’s subtitled in Arabic but carries interviews in English, French, Pashtu, Urdu and Arabic spoken with Yemeni, Saudi and Iraqi accents. English-speaking members address people in the West directly.

A British- or Australian-accented man wearing a black robe, AK-47 and military-style vest, warns Westerners of "the lies of Blair and Bush."

"The Muslim world is not your backyard," he yells. "The honorable sons of Islam will not let you kill our sons. It is time for us to be equals. As you kill, you will be killed. As you bomb, you will be bombed."

The honorable sons of the U.S. are shaking... with laughter.

The documentary is expected to open for an enthusiastic crowd at the Cannes next year and has already been nominated for 2 Golden Globes.





A faceless coward taunting the U.S.




The U.S. preparing their response
to the faceless coward





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Love is blind, but not too bright

Didn't these people know they weren't going to last a day?

SWAT Team Nabs Fugitive Couple

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Patently Patriotic Post of the Day (8/11/05)

Gen. George S. Patton

As the Allies advanced into Germany at the end of World War II, General Patton received a message from headquarters ordering him to by-pass the city of Triers as it would take four divisions to capture. By the time the message arrived, however, the city had already fallen. Patton promptly sent a reply: "Have taken Triers with two divisions," he explained. "Do you want me to give it back?"

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Justice is blind... and fickle

This one is a must read. A former Justice who served with David Souter on the New Hampshire Supreme Court reflects on a case very similar to the recent Kelo vs. London eminent domain case -- and paints a picture of a very different David Souter.

Chuck Douglas: 'New' Justice Souter is not the one I remember

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Three deaths today, great work guys

Mark Yost is the St. Paul Pioneer Press associate editorial page editor who recently wrote a contoversial (to his co-workers at least) piece called Why they hate us. In a Powerline post titled "THE VINDICATION OF MARK YOST", we read a very telling internal email from one of Yost's colleagues, senior news editor John Welsh:

I'm following up on a conversation during this morning's editors meeting. I feel we could be doing a better job covering the Iraq War on the home front. Like most newspapers, we do a good job of covering the extremes, such as the deaths of Minnesotans in this war. But we often fall short in covering the daily stress and drama that the war produces in our community. I don't necessarily think we need to have a reporter assigned to this but I think the paper and our readers would benefit if all of us looked for interesting war angles on our beats. Examples: How are schools covering the war in the classroom? Are recruiters more or less welcome these days? Junior ROTC more or less popular? Do families with loved ones abroad have special financial considerations that a biz story could explore? Are returning soldiers finding it difficult going back to office jobs? Are returning soldiers joining local VFW's? Is the reaction returning soldiers different from those received by Persian Gulf vets?

We've done good work. The coverage of the three Minnesota deaths in one day was superb. So was Jeremy's story on soldiers recovering from brain injuries at the VA. The soldier surprising mom at school made a terrific photo and was a great slice of life. I'm just wondering if there is more we can do.

If you have home front story ideas, discuss them with your editor. If you have broader ideas about how the paper should approach this story, feel free to respond through an ALL NEWS email.

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A bad case of gas

Oil prices reached a new peak today. It's a good thing I hop to work:

Oil Prices Rise to Record $65 a Barrel

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Congress takes us for a ride on their hog

Car horns became silent and traffic jams across the USA became a thing of the past today as President Bush signed a $286 billion transportation bill into law. The President signed the bill in front of the Caterpillar Plant in Montgomery, IL. I was unable to find a picture of the Caterpillar plant, so here instead is a caterpillar on a plant:




The bill introduces 6,000 new pet projects that we are told we couldn't do without. This includes $231 million for a new bridge in House Transportation Committee Chairman Don Young's district to be called -- appropriately --"Don Young's Way". Several other things went Don Young's way today as well, with his state of Alaska receiving a total of $941 million to improve it's massive highway infrastructure. Did I mention he was House Transportation Committee Chairman?

In all, some $24 billion worth of pork was included in this bill. Now I sometimes like to put these things in layman's terms for my readers as a service to them. So to make this thing crystal clear let us use a pig analogy. Let's say you have some pigs... a whole bunch of pigs... really fat dirty sloppy ones... and lets say each one of those little oinkers is worth about $3 billion. Following this so far? Now, if you took 8 billion of those pigs and laid them side by side........ well.... you would have way too much time on your hands and a lot of angry pigs.

But that aside, my congressman assures me this was a much needed bill and I, for one, would happily forgo my tax cut to free up the money for a few more of these honey-baked hams in the coming years. Oh, and did I forget to mention that Don Young is House Transportation Committee Chairman?


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Libs seek to trip up Pentagon's "Freedom Walk"

What an excellent idea from the Defense Department:

The Pentagon will hold a massive march and country music concert to mark the fourth anniversary of 9/11, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an unusual announcement tucked into an Iraq war briefing yesterday.

"This year the Department of Defense will initiate an America Supports You Freedom Walk," Rumsfeld said, adding that the march would remind people of "the sacrifices of this generation and of each previous generation."

The march will start at the Pentagon, where nearly 200 people died on 9/11, and end at the National Mall with a show by country star Clint Black.

Believe it or not, even this is coming under fire.

Word of the event startled some observers. "I've never heard of such a thing," said John Pike, who has been a defense analyst in Washington for 25 years and runs GlobalSecurity.org.

The news also reignited debate and anger over linking Sept. 11 with the war in Iraq.

"That piece of it is disturbing since we all know now there was no connection," said Paul Rieckhoff, an Iraq veteran who heads Operation Truth, an anti-administration military booster.

We've found a winner for "oxymoron of the day".

Okay libs. You say you support the troops. It's time to back it up. Is it possible that you could just lay aside your cynicism and suspicion and your hatred for Rummie for just one day and participate in something that will give our soldiers a much-needed boost? C`mon, just one day of concrete support -- something that the soldiers can see and hear and take to heart. You may resume playing with your Rummie dart-board on the 12th.



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Watergate icon speaks to Aspen audience

Journalist Bob Woodward, famous for helping to uncover the Watergate scandal that brought down Nixon in the 70's, spoke to a packed crowd at Paepcke Auditorium Tuesday night as part of the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series. As the Aspen Times reports, in some ways the speech was notable for what he left out of it:

Not once did he mention Mark Felt, the former FBI assistant director nicknamed "Deep Throat" who was Woodward's key anonymous source in uncovering the Watergate scandal.

"Yeah, but what has he done for me lately?"

He went on to give his audience numerous {yawn} anecdotes about his experiences as a journalist:

Interviewing President George W. Bush for his book "Plan of Attack" was "not typical," said Woodward, who is assistant managing editor at the Washington Post. Answering 500 questions, the president was very direct and used weighty words like "duty" and "zeal" to describe "liberating people." Woodward spoke of Bush's intense belief that what he is doing is right and how overcoming obstacles made him even more determined.

"It was almost a mind trip on how he looks at things and what he values," Woodward said.

Yes, convictions really do seem to throw you guys for a loop, don't they?


Woodward's half-hour talk, punctuated several times by well-received jokes, was followed by 11 questions from the audience. He theorized that Hillary Clinton would earn the Democratic nomination in 2008 and would run against Dick Cheney,[...]

Cheney? Don't get me wrong, he is qualified and has all the makings of an excellent President. However with his health problems I'm not sure his heart would be in it. My money's going on Condi.

Woodward went on to wax philosophical on a number of other issues, but I won't highlight them here for fear of losing consciousness.

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Deciphering the Robertspeak

In a 2000 television interview on the Dallas station WFAA, Judge John Roberts provided insight into what his political leanings may be:
In the interview Roberts, then working as a private practice attorney, seemed to suggest that he would favor prayer in school settings as long as it was student-led. He also called the court's Boy Scouts of America v. Dale ruling -- which allowed the Scouts to prohibit homosexual leaders -- an "important" First Amendment victory for conservatives. But Roberts did not explicitly outline his personal views in either case. He also never referred to the conservative movement as "we," even though he was on the panel supposedly to represent the conservative viewpoint.

As a former attorney, Roberts does employ a lot of "lawyer-speak" when dealing with these issues. But the fact that he chooses to highlight conservative victories (and defeats) in the courts seems to indicate that he follows these matters with keen interest:

Asked to analyze the 2000 court session, Roberts said, "[T]aking this term as a whole, I think the most important thing it did was make a compelling case that we do not have a very conservative Supreme Court. Take the three biggest headline cases -- Miranda, school prayer, abortion. [The] conservative view lost in each of them."

In those cases, the court reaffirmed its 1966 "Miranda rights" decision, ruled that prayer was not allowed at a Texas high school football game and overturned a Nebraska law that had banned partial-birth abortion.

On the issue of school prayer, he added:

"I think the argument about government-sponsored, government-initiated prayer in schools is over," Roberts said in response to a question. "But that's not necessarily all that we're talking about. The test, as I see it, is, if the prayer is genuinely student-initiated, student-led and does not look like something the government -- the school district -- is sponsoring, then it's going to be alright. But if the government is involved either in initiating it or sponsoring it, then you run into trouble."

So it at least sounds to those on both sides of the political spectrum like Roberts may indeed lean to the right. How far right remains to be seen.

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Stay the course

Foxnews asked it's readers if the US should "stay the course" in Iraq and got some very interesting responses from active and retired U.S. military personnel. The first respondent in particular does an excellent job of explaining the situation:

"I think I can honestly give this the attention it deserves. I feel that we should stay the course and finish what we started. I know the American people might not agree, due to the violence and loss of life, but America has backed down from terrorism for long enough and it's time to show every country that we will not back down, leave something unfinished, or tolerate it anymore. The only way to deal with terrorists is to kill them, arrest them and let the court deal with them, or keep them running and hiding. If the troops were to pull out now it would only boost the confidence of the insurgents and destroy everything the fallen soldiers have fought for thus far. I see it every day on Iraqis faces, their happiness to be free. I have spoken to several locals and they all are appreciative of our efforts. I only hope that President Bush stands his ground, since no one else has in the past against terrorism, and that he finishes the job, no matter how long it takes. If the media would portray the whole picture here, not just the death and violence, then the American public would be better informed and less in a haste to bring the troops home. Only a fair and balanced view should be shown from Iraq, not a one-sided one." — Andy (Scout Medic, Camp Bernstein, Iraq)

That is everything we need to know about this war in a nutshell. Of course, not all of the responses were in the same vein as this one. Some were more pessimistic and at least one was anti-Bush. But the majority of them did agree that we need to stay the course and there seems to be a general consensus that the media, politicians and bureaucrats are the primary problem:

"What we need to stop doing is playing politics in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East and do what needs to be done to stabilize the region. This war could quickly become like Vietnam if we let the bureaucrats and power seekers dictate policy. The lesson from the Vietnam War is that you cannot play by 'rules' and expect to win the conflict. I say quit playing around and get into those areas where we know we have enemies and crush them." — Katie (U.S. Army, Iraq)

For the other responses:

America's Military Personnel Speak Out!

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But does it have a crossword puzzle?

From MEMRI we get the news that the Great East Islamic Raiders Front is publishing a new magazine called Kaide (Turkish for Al-Qaeda). The fun-filled weekly keeps it's loyal readers up to date on the latest beheadings, suicide bombings, and other heroic exploits along with the latest gossip on jihad legends such as bin Laden and Zarqawi. More info:

The Turkish weekly Tempo interviewed Kaide executive Ali Osman Zor in Kaide' s offices in the Kasimpasa neighborhood of Istanbul. Following are excerpts: [3]

"[…] Even the plain fact that Al-Qaeda has an office in Kasimpasa, in the middle of Istanbul, where they publish this [Kaide] magazine, is frightening. Despite the publishers' claim that they only have 'emotional ties' with Al-Qaeda, the entire Kaide magazine is formatted like an Al-Qaeda bulletin. On the London attacks, their headline read 'Al-Qaeda is Liberating the World,' and many pages are dedicated to statements by Al-Qaeda. The Kaide magazine boasts of the beheadings in Afghanistan and Iraq by saying 'the jihad fighters continue to behead!' and all its pages are filled with frightening statements and threats. Kaide also shows the ties between IBDA-C […] and Al-Qaeda.

"IBDA-C leader Salih Mirzabeyoglu [Salih Izzet Erdis] is serving a life sentence which is a commutation of a death sentence. The staff of the Kaide magazine is made up of convicts who served long prison terms for their affiliation with IBDA-C, and were released under the government's 'general pardon.'

"[…] Ali Osman Zor speaks of Osama bin Laden and Zarqawi as 'heroes,' saying that the London attacks that killed over 50 people were 'acts of revenge for Allah,' and claims that former ANAP MP Mehmet Kececiler has met with bin Laden. [4]

I'd just love to see the classified section. Here is the first question from the interview:

Tempo: "Does Kaide magazine have relations with the Al-Qaeda organization?"

Kaide: "Even if we had ties with Al-Qaeda, given the present legal structure, I don't think you would expect from us such a declaration. But Allah has declared in the Koran that all Muslims are brothers. You can include in this circle of brotherhood, our Al-Qaeda brothers, our Hamas brothers and all our brothers who are with Zarqawi, the legendary fighter in Iraq. The people in the Kaide magazine are members of the IBDA thought and action movement. Our leader Salih Mirzabeyoglu is being held in a three-meter cell. Our souls are tied with Al-Qaeda. We do not deny this tie. We are honored to have this tie."


The rest can be found at the link below:

‘Kaide’ (‘Al-Qaeda’) Magazine Published Openly in Turkey

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Patently Patriotic Post of the Day (8/10/05)

GENEROSITY OF JOHN HANCOCK

During the siege at Boston, General Washington consulted Congress upon the propriety of bombarding the town of Boston. Mr. Hancock was then President of Congress. After General Washington's letter was read, a solemn silence ensued. This was broken by a member making a motion that the House should resolve itself into a committee of the whole, in order that Mr. Hancock might give his opinion upon the important subject, as he was deeply interested from having all his estate in Boston. After he left the chair, he addressed the chairman of the committee of the whole, in the following words. "It is true, sir, nearly all the property I have in the world is in house and other real estate in the town of Boston; but if the expulsion of the British army from it, and the liberties of our country require their being burnt to ashes --issue the order for that purpose immediately!"

Taken from "THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, INCLUDING ALSO THE BEAUTIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY"(1859)

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NASA Hails 'Outstanding Success' of Shuttle Mission

(CNSNews.com) - The Space Shuttle Discovery made an early-morning landing, without incident, at Edwards Air Force Base in California Tuesday morning, to the relief of NASA and Americans who watched the much-anticipated descent live on television.

Touchdown happened at 8:12 a.m. EDT. The shuttle's heat shield, damaged by falling foam at liftoff, did not cause any problems.

It was great to watch that this morning and I'm relieved that all went well. CNSNews has the rest:

NASA Hails 'Outstanding Success' of Shuttle Mission

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It's a girl...from 6000 miles away

Thanks to the generosity of a West Virginia hospital, Sgt. William Hamrick II was able to witness the birth of his daughter on Monday -- all the way from Iraq.

When doctors induced labor Monday morning at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg, Hamrick was virtually at his wife's side via live Internet video and satellite audio link.

The 25-year-old soldier could see and hear everything as it happened in the hospital room. The satellite audio link let him talk his wife through the contractions. And at 4:04 p.m. in West Virginia, just after midnight in Baghdad, he was able to watch as Elaina Jo Hamrick came into the world.

Angela Hamrick could only hear her husband, but she had a framed photo of him at her bedside.

So how did all ofthis come about?

His wife back home in Parkersburg had asked the hospital if there was some way he could see pictures of his daughter's birth.

"I didn't know it was going to go this far," she said.

Hospital information specialists put the system together at no cost to the family and talked to the Army to set everything up, said hospital spokesman Greg Smith.

What an awesome thing to do. Excellent work, Camden-Clark.

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Jamie Gorelick's "The Wall"

Well it looks like the administration had advance knowledge of the September 11 hijackers after all. The Clinton administration that is. NewsMax has the story:

Clinton Admin. Knew of 9/11 Hijackers

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A great Mallard Filmore cartoon

This pretty much nails it!


U.N. to Iran: Please stop making those nukes

USA Today reports that the U.N. is alarmed by recent activity in Iran:

The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency held an emergency meeting Tuesday to assess Iran's resumption of uranium conversion, while an Iranian dissident said Tehran has manufactured about 4,000 centrifuges capable of enriching uranium to weapons grade.

Okay, so now we have established that the U.N. is hot on the case. It only takes a few short paragraphs to find what we expect to find in this article -- the typical U.N. solution:

Meanwhile, diplomats in Vienna said the IAEA's board of governors was likely to issue a resolution by Thursday urging Tehran to again suspend its nuclear activities.

Got that, mullahs? You have until Thursday before the U.N. unleashes it's most potent weapon on you -- a piece of paper. They're shaking in their turbans.

Now whenever you're ready United Nations, the number to call is 1-800-USA-RULES.

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Biblical Pool of Siloam Is Uncovered in Jerusalem

This is a cool story from Drudge. I can't wait to see the pictures when they excavate it:

Workers repairing a sewage pipe in the old city of Jerusalem have discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam, a freshwater reservoir that was a major gathering place for ancient Jews making religious pilgrimages to the city and the reputed site where Jesus cured a man blind from birth, the LOS ANGELES TIMES reports.

The pool was fed by the now famous Hezekiah's Tunnel and is ``a much grander affair'' than archeologists previously believed, with three tiers of stone stairs allowing easy access to the water, according to Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archeology Review, which reported the find Monday.

``Scholars have said that there wasn't a Pool of Siloam and that John was using a religious conceit'' to illustrate a point, said New Testament scholar James H. Charlesworth of the Princeton Theological Seminary. ``Now we have found the Pool of Siloam ... exactly where John said it was.''

A gospel that was thought to be ``pure theology is now shown to be grounded in history,'' he said.

Why couldn't scholars just take John at his word? We're not talking about the "Isle of the Harpies" here. Just a locale that was obviously known to contemporaries of John at the time, therefore negating his need to explain more about it.

The discovery puts a new spotlight on what is called the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, a trip that religious law required ancient Jews to make at least once a year, said archeologist Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa, who excavated the pool.

``Jesus was just another pilgrim coming to Jerusalem,'' he said. ``It would be natural to find him there.''

The newly discovered pool is less than 200 yards from another Pool of Siloam, this one a reconstruction built between A.D. 400 and 460 by the empress Eudocia of Byzantium, who oversaw the rebuilding of several Biblical sites.

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And now from the "shut-up and sing" dept.

Drudge gives us the latest Bush-bashing exploit coming from a celebrity rocker-icon with a big mouth (and I mean big):

JAGGER ROCKS BUSH, RICE: 'HOW COME YOU'RE SO WRONG, MY SWEET NEO-CON'

"You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite/ You call yourself a patriot. Well, I think your are full of sh*t!... How come you're so wrong, my sweet neo-con."

Ready to drop in the coming weeks, a new Bush-bashing tune from the ROLLING STONES: "Sweet Neo Con."

"It is direct," Mick Jagger says with a laugh to fresh editions of NEWSWEEK.

"Keith [Richards] said, 'It's not really metaphorical.' I think he's a bit worried because he lives in the U.S." Jagger explains. "But I don't."

The full lyric also mocks National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.

News about the song surfaced a few weeks ago with many expecting that it would not make the finally cut on the new CD, A BIGGER BANG.

Jagger once vowed not to comment on the political process in the United States.

"I feel very much at home in America. I've spent half my adult life here. I have many personal feelings. But I'm from the school that considers it impolite to comment on other people's elections. Now if I had the vote - and I should have, as I pay so much in taxes - I would have a lot to say."

Now with the elections long over, the tongue is unleashed!

The band kicks off its world tour in Boston on Aug. 21.

Aaah, Sir. Mick. Senility hath finally found thee.

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Roberts hearing may focus on government work

The Dems are hopping mad because the Bush administration is refusing to give them the ammo they need against John Roberts:

John Roberts has handled thousands of cases as a lawyer and judge, but his Supreme Court confirmation hearing probably will focus on just a fraction of them.

While most come from Roberts' service as deputy solicitor general under the first President Bush, a case involving gay rights is drawing attention to his work in private practice.

For a Republican administration, Roberts handled issues such as abortion, affirmative action, school prayer and capital punishment.

The White House has refused Democrats' request for Roberts' writings on the cases he handled for the government, saying they are protected by attorney-client privilege.

Democrats, including members of the Senate committee that will hold hearings on the nomination beginning September 6, are not so sure. Because Roberts is not speaking publicly ahead of his confirmation hearings, they believe the documents can provide insight into the legal philosophy of the 50-year-old appellate judge and whether his appointment might shift the high court significantly to the right.

So what's the big deal you say? What harm could be done by releasing some of the documents you say?

At least some solicitor general communications have been released to senators in the past, during the failed nomination of Robert Bork by President Reagan. Democrats seized on the extensive paper trail and used it to help scuttle Bork's appointment.

Never try to appease the enemy.

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Katherine Harris begins Senate campaign

The AP reports that Katherine Harris has officially kicked off her Senate campaign.

In her formal announcement, Harris offered a glance at several issues she said she will target, including taxes, homeland security, health care and hurricane assistance.

"After an extended listening tour which begins today, I will fully outline my agenda for Florida — a road map for change that remains heavy on security and light on taxes; strong on defense but even stronger for those who man our defense; for health care not limited by cost or availability; and relief for those in trouble that bridges every storm while harboring no excuse for delay," Harris said.

The Florida Representative is most famous for her role in the 2000 presidential recount where as then-secretary of state she made the highly controversial decision to keep her oath of office and uphold Florida election laws.

Harris is expected to win her Senate bid handily and without a single hanging-chad.

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Fed Likely to Raise Rates a Quarter-Point

Get that new house soon. Interest rates are coming up again:

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and his colleagues are meeting Tuesday to discuss what to do with interest rates.

There was a widespread expectation that the Fed will raise interest rates by a quarter-point. That would be the 10th consecutive increase in the Fed's target for the federal funds rate, the interest that banks charge each other.

The move would push the rate to 3.5 percent, the highest level since August 2001 and more than triple the 46-year low of 1 percent that was in effect before the Fed started raising rates in June 2004.

Although economists once expected the Fed to pause for awhile in its rate hikes, many now believe the central bank will keep pushing rates higher at each of the remaining three meetings this year, leaving the funds rate at 4.25 percent by year's end.

Even with today's expected bump, we are still enjoying some temptingly low rates for those interested in buying a house or refinancing the one they have. This is an enviable time we live in -- where the economy is doing well enough to warrant a rate-hike and yet those rates are still low enough to grab some bargain loans.

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Bush works out his future economic strategy

From the AP:

President Bush, upbeat about reports showing steady economic growth, is mapping out a fall agenda that includes reviving the debate over Social Security and pushing to overhaul the nation's tax code.

Yeah baby! Read the rest of the story here:

Bush, Economic Team Gather at Texas Ranch




The President demonstrates the size of our next
tax-cut




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Planned Parenthood superhero terminates Christian protesters

Quick... set your phasers to "rubber".

WorldNetDaily reports how Planned Parenthood's San Francisco chapter has produced a colorful new cartoon video for teens that, incidentally, reveals their true colors.

The eight-minute "A Superhero for Choice," posted on the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate website, has a bespectacled black woman in San Francisco morphing into a red-suited flying enforcer, bent on making the world safe for the organization's values.

Viewers see three teenagers talking with an ugly green-faced man sporting a top hat and bow tie who tries to tell the kids abstinence is the only sure way to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. The teen girl rebuts the man, naming several birth-control methods.

Retorts the little green man: "Those are instruments from the devil's toolbox!"

The superhero arrives in time to fill a trash can with water and dump the pro-abstinence character into it, slamming the cover down. After the man's muffled voice eventually dies off, the superhero tosses the teens a "safe sex kit," reminding the kids: "Safe is sexy!"

Yes kiddies, if those evil Fascist Fundies start assaulting you with all that responsibility stuff, you can always just drown them in a trashcan. Congratulations PP, you have managed to go below the zero level of low. Down under the soil with all the worm slime and other icky stuff.

But wait... the adventures continue:

The "Superhero for Choice," dubbed Dianisis, next confronts a group of protesters in front of a Planned Parenthood facility. They, too, are ugly and have green faces, carrying signs that say, "Pray for thy sins."

The superhero character uses a "condom gun" that catches each protester in a prophylactic bubble, which subsequently explodes. Though she admits the protesters have a First Amendment right to picket, she glories in the fact that people can now visit the Planned Parenthood facility unimpeded.


The flying superhero then travels to Washington, D.C., where she puts a giant condom on the Washington Monument and confronts a Southern senator who is stricken with "misinformed conservatism."

I guess they should know misinformation when they see it. And of course the Senator always has to be Southern.

The woman's final stop is a village in Africa, where she talks to a doctor working to stem HIV/AIDS and to make sure "every child is a wanted child." The superhero remarks before leaving: "I have an appointment with the Rev. Jerry Falwell – that schmuck."

Take heart, Teletubbies, your avenger is here.

Thus, in the time it takes to say "Bugs Bunny", Planned Parenthood has managed to lay bare all of the venom, prejudice, political bias, hatred for Christians and violent thoughts that they have have been simmering in their little liberal hearts for decades. Our "hero's" message is clear -- embrace safe-sex and abortion or be blown to smithereens.

Some choice.



Evil green Christians are zapped by the condom gun

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Patently Patriotic Post of the Day (8/9/05)

Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight,And the choice goes by forever, ’twixt that darkness and that light.

Then to side with truth is noble, when we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and ’tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue of the faith they had denied.

By the light of burning martyrs, Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track,
Toiling up new Calv’ries ever with the cross that turns not back;
New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.

Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.

James Russell Lowell, "Once to Every Man and Nation"

Daylight come and me want you to go away

CNSNews had the opportunity to interview some of the prominent civil rights leaders at last Saturday's march in Atlanta commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The results were interesting to say the least.

First, when asked about Condoleeza Rica and Colin Powell, Harry "Day-O" Bellefonte demonstrated his usual grace and restraint:

"Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich. Color does not necessarily denote quality, content or value,"

Defying all probability, he goes on to make even less sense.

"[If] a black is a tyrant, he is first and foremost a tyrant, then he incidentally is black. Bush is a tyrant and if he gathers around him black tyrants, they all have to be treated as they are being treated," he added.

When asked specifically who was a "black tyrant" in the Bush administration, Belafonte responded to this reporter, "You." When this reporter noted that he was a Caucasian and attempted to ask another question, Belafonte abruptly ended the interview by saying, "That's it."

Mind like a steel trap, that Harry. Civil rights activist Dick Gregory had this to add:

"They (black conservatives) have a right to exist, but why would I want to walk around with a swastika on my shirt after the way Hitler done messed it (the swastika symbol) up?"

Yes Hitler sure did done mess that thing up.

If you listen to just two words from Ms. Rice or Mr. Powell you immediately realize that they tower above these clowns. There is an ever-so-subtle shift to the right of center occurring among the black population and the Jesse Jackson ideology of racism and class warfare is not working anymore. It is slowly giving way to the Bill Cosby ideology of "get off your butt, learn to speak properly and do something with yourself." These guys realize this and their response is to get louder and more hysterical because for the first time they find themselves having to run against the tide.

All I can say is It's about darn time.


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Property Rights Protestors 'Auction' Congressman's Office

We need more of this kind of stuff;):

Anger over a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision involving the use of eminent domain is now affecting how some constituents in Virginia's 8th congressional district treat their incumbent House member.

A small group of Virginians Friday held a mock auction to sell the office of Democratic U.S. Rep. James Moran after Moran refused to denounce the Supreme Court's Kelo vs. New London verdict, which affirmed the right of a municipality to seize private property for commercial use.

The staged auction as it was acted out was pretty creative and inspiring:

Property Rights Protestors 'Auction' Congressman's Office

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Monday, August 08, 2005

High Court Asked to Take Guantanamo Case

Promising news from the AP on how John Roberts will come down on at least one issue. Chalk one up in the "conservative" column:

Lawyers for a Guantanamo detainee asked the Supreme Court on Monday to consider blocking military tribunals for terror suspects, and overturn what they called an extreme ruling by high-court nominee John Roberts.

Roberts was on a three-judge federal appeals court panel that last month ruled against Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni who once was al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's driver.

Osama's driver = military tribunal. The math is pretty simple on that one.

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Hillary gets in touch with her inner farmer

The Los Angeles Times reports that Hillary Clinton has been dancing around rural New York to the tune of "I'm a Little Bit Country" in recent weeks.

It looked like a traditional event for a rural politician: A member of Congress, standing before a sweltering summer crowd, had come to toast a local Farm Bureau official.

But the star here last week was Hillary Rodham Clinton, better known as a national liberal symbol than a hero to the traditionally Republican farming community.

In a sparsely populated part of Long Island, amid vineyards and a zinnia patch, the Democratic senator from New York boasted of raising the visibility of the state's agricultural sector among her Washington colleagues.

"They didn't know we grew anything in New York except tall buildings," she quipped.

Aw shucks.

But her twin worlds of local and national politics have something in common. In New York, where she is running for reelection in 2006, and in the Senate, where she is shaping her national persona, Clinton is moving to shed the partisan image she acquired as first lady.

Oh, she aquired it long before that.

She has taken up causes such as economic development and military overhaul that are nonpartisan or more centrist than her work in championing a national healthcare plan while her husband was president. She is teaming with local Republican officials and with some of the Senate's most conservative members.

Those efforts are beginning to pay off in New York. Her approval ratings have jumped significantly since she was elected in 2000 — even among Republicans. It is a sign that Clinton, one of the most polarizing political figures in America, has found a way to get a second look from New York voters.

What was that old saying about the leopard?

You can find the rest of this piece in all it's puffiness below.

Clinton is Cultivating an Image as a Centrist



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Jennings' Death Ushers in Uncertain Era

Does Peter Jennings' tragic death also signal the death of evening news? The AP has a story on the future of the medium and what may need to happen if nightly news is to remain a viable player in the digital age.

For more than 20 years, many American television viewers learned the day's news at the dinner hour from either Jennings, NBC's Tom Brokaw and CBS's Dan Rather — covering the Reagan era, communism's fall, O.J. Simpson and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The triumvirate held steady as the world of news changed around them, driven by the spread of cable and the Internet. Today, people can get news headlines simply by flipping open their cell phones.

Brokaw, 65, retired from the "Nightly News" in November, and Rather, 73, signed off in March. With Jennings gone, the days of name-brand anchors serving as the public face of their news networks may be disappearing as well.

I personally think the medium was dealt the final blow late last year with Dan Rather's false-document debacle that tried and failed to bring down a president. With that one stubbornly defended coup, the nightly news drifted quickly into irrelevancy.

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Iraqi news agency launches

This Guardian headline excited me. A new independent news agency in Iraq! Finally, the Iraqi people will have a voice and we won't have to rely on the cynical reports coming out of the MSM. Finally we will get a more accurate picture of some of the constructive things that are happening in this fledgling new nation.

Then I read the first sentence:

Iraq is to get its first independent news agency run and staffed by Iraqi journalists and backed by Reuters and the United Nations.

And my hopes were dashed. With the backing of Reuters and the UN what we are essentially getting is Al Jazeera's snobby little cousin. Oh well, Iraq ostensibly is a free nation now. Maybe Fox can stake out some territory over there.

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Former Oil-For-Food Chief Sevan Resigns

NewsMax reports that Benon Sevan, former chief of the Iraq oil-for-food program resigned Sunday, a day before the anticipated Volker report implicating him in the scandal was to be released. He had some rather choice words for his pal Kofi in the resignation letter:

"As I predicted, a high-profile investigative body invested with absolute power would feel compelled to target someone and that someone turned out to be me," Sevan wrote in the letter. "The charges are false, and you, who have known me for all these years, should know that they are false."

Looking at the evidence, the former chief did seem to benefit from the program in rather unsavory ways. However, Sevan also knows about the other oily fingerprints that are on this scandal and that he is about to become what we call here in America "the fall guy". His ensuing ordeal is sure to be a very lonely one.

Kofi, on the other hand, will put Scott Hamilton to shame as he skates lithely away to the tune of "Freebird".

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Jeanine Pirro to Challenge Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2006

NewsMax reports that Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro will challenge Hillary Clinton in the 2006 U.S. Senate race.

"I am running against Hillary Clinton because New York state deserves a senator who will give her all to the people of New York for a full term, who will not miss votes to campaign in (presidential) primaries," Pirro said in a statement.

This, of course, is in reference to the likelihood that Hillary's precious adopted New York children will become "latch-key-kids" once her presidential run begins.

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New tactic likely in Alaska oil-drilling fight

As the President signs the new energy bill today, many of you may be wondering what the heck happened to the whole ANWR thing. It turns out that Republicans intentionally left this provision out of this bill because it would most certainly have resulted in a filibuster. However, there is another sinister plan up the GOP's sleeve which will be unveiled in September according to Republican Senator Pete Domenici:

Domenici said he will include a provision authorizing ANWR drilling as part of the budget process. Unlike other legislation, budget bills are not subject to filibuster, so only 51 votes would be needed in the Senate for the ANWR provision to clear Congress and be signed into law.

Just such a tactic was used a decade ago when Congress approved ANWR drilling as part of the budget process, only to see the measure vetoed by President Clinton.

But now there's a new sheriff in town. And he's gunning for less dependency on Arabian oil. So buck up animal lovers, and take comfort in the fact that Alaskan caribou will soon have a nice warm pipeline to snuggle up to.



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NASA Delays Shuttle Landing One Day

The Space Shuttle landing scheduled for this morning turned out to be a "no-go" (a little NASA lingo there) due to bad weather. It has been re-scheduled for Tuesday at 5:07 am EDT or 6:43 am EDT.

NASA Delays Shuttle Landing One Day


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GOP, Dems argue over beer money

This one's pretty funny. And typical of the Democrats.

GOP, Dems argue over beer money

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Peter Jennings dies at 67

Peter Jennings, one of the most well known faces in network news broadcasting, died yesterday in his New York City home. This was somewhat shocking only in that it happened so quickly after his cancer diagnosis. Regardless of what those of us on the right may have thought of his personal views, we still ought to admire what he achieved in his career. To go from high-school dropout to evening news anchor on one of the "big 3" networks is a pretty amazing feat. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends.

Peter Jennings Dies at 67

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Patently Patriotic Post of the Day (8/8/05)

"The evidence of [the] natural right [of expatriation], like that of our right to life, liberty, the use of our faculties, the pursuit of happiness, is not left to the feeble and sophistical investigations of reason, but is impressed on the sense of every man. We do not claim these under the charters of kings or legislators, but under the King of Kings." --Thomas Jefferson to John Manners, 1817. ME 15:124