Harry Reid: Most shameful fella

It's hard to pin down exactly who I dislike the most in Washington, but when I think about it, Harry Reid is the usually the first name that comes to my mind. In fact, I'm sorry to say this but what usually pops into my head is "the execrable Harry Reid."I know, I use that word too often. But in 2005 Harry Reid actually dared to tell America that an 11 year old boy had looked up to him and said he wanted to be just like him when he grew up. He has never been punished for that.Now, of … [Read more...]

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Obama has a "troop-gate" – UPDATED

UPDATE II: Here is a long and anti-climactic denouement to this whole story. Bottom line: both the press and Obama need to be taken with a grain of salt. We should know that, by now. :::Yes, yes, yes, Sen. Barack Obama really did - while on his "Behold, It's Me World Tour" - interfere with American foreign policy and troop withdrawal negotiations in Iraq:The Obama campaign spent more than five hours on Monday attempting to figure out the best refutation of the explosive New York Post … [Read more...]

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Yes, Obama tried to block troop withdrawal UPDATED

That question seems anti-intuitive, doesn't it? Barack Obama has been consistent about nothing, if not his call to "bring the troops home," for the past two years.And yet, this piece by Amir Taheri accuses Obama of trying - during his "Now I Have Foreign Policy Experience World Tour" in July - to get in the way of troop withdrawals, to hold them off until after the November elections.WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in … [Read more...]

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When conventions were fun…

Supped out last night with some friends and one of them, a political maven, greeted me with,"have you been watching the convention? It's such garbage! Remember when it used to be fun? You'd have gavel-to-gavel coverage, you'd get to watch the platform fight - the roll call - it was great fun and you really got to see these people in action. It's all so scripted and polished and safe, now."Understand, this pal is a true TV News junkie - much more so than I ever was. She has always … [Read more...]

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Nancy Pelosi Orwell: The lady likes control

What kind of "liberals" are these? What sort of "transparency" is this?Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Lady Liberty herself, who has in the past made noises about regulating free speech on the internet, has decided that her colleagues in congress have too much free speech, and they should be reined in.And California's Sen. Diane Feinstein seems to be cooking up a similar idea in the Senate.How do people, supposedly committed to the first amendment and to free speech, discuss managing … [Read more...]

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Puffery vs Substance and the US Press

So, in anticipation of Obama's All I Have Behind Me Is A Great Speech and a Loving Press/No Substance Tour of Europe, which will supply his campaign with outstanding photo-ops against historic backdrops (to dispel the sad fact that he's done nothing of real import to earn the accolades), and which will add an illusion of substance to his lighter-than-a-cheesepuff resume, the Washington Post has composed a loving featurette that focuses on Obama's spirituality.The article mentions a "long … [Read more...]

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Blogger Free Speech, Humanae Vitae – UPDATE

:::UPDATE::: A blogger who is rebuilding finds his Obama-critical posts uncached and unrecoverable. Hmmmmm...:::END UPDATE:::So, these Obama True-Believers are an insecure bunch.It seems to me if you are confident in your candidate, you don't need to run around doing all you can to silence opposition by shutting down blogs that dare to dislike your guy.When you act like a jack-booted silencer of dissent, you do your candidate no favors. You (and by extension your candidate, even if he … [Read more...]

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WaPo: Bush "substantiated by intelligence" – UPDATED

What a long, strange trip it's been, and here, some years later, we finally get someone in the press to tell it straight: Bush did not lie.There's no question that the administration, and particularly Vice President Cheney, spoke with too much certainty at times and failed to anticipate or prepare the American people for the enormous undertaking in Iraq.But dive into Rockefeller's [Intelligence Committee] report, in search of where exactly President Bush lied about what his intelligence … [Read more...]

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Chesterton & Lewis warn against tyranny

G. K. Chesterton's helpful assessment of fundamental liberty. By his measure, our liberty is indeed threatened."The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." - Broadcast talk 6-11-35Emphasis mine. Jay at STACLU has a great quote on a similar theme:“Of all tyrannies, a t … [Read more...]

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More Questions in the Blogosphere

see more crazy cat picsThe other day - for reasons I don't understand - I tripped through the blogosphere Q & A style, and people seemed to like that.So, here are some more:Q: What is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's motto for this session of Congress?A: Well, I am not privvy to the great-woman's thoughts, but it would appear to be, "Mr. President, tear down any economic advantages you might be pursuing for us, and while you're at it, please make us as vulnerable to the … [Read more...]

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