Schaffer vs Udall: it's getting hot out there

This was sent to me by reader Lynda under the header This Debate is OverI expect the debate will never be over while the evil genius moron Bush lives, and I don't know if I totally buy Red State's take on it (I see no liberals laughing) but it's worth seeing, anyway. … [Read more...]

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Heroic Benavidez, big-hearted McCains

"All Americans can be proud that Roy Benavidez was one of us."I'd never heard the astonishing story of this Vietnam-era Medal of Honor winner, Roy Benavidez, until today. You hear the story - of his almost unbelievable heroism in war, and his spirit of volunteerism in civilian life - and ponder his attitude of service, and you wonder...why doesn't Hollywood tell this story?It sounds like it could be very inspirational. Nothing wrong with being inspired by substance.We've just seen an … [Read more...]

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Kosovo, Clinton and binladensa (continued)

Last week, in linking to Michael Totten's piece on Kosovo and its affection for Bill & Hillary Clinton, there were some questions about whether Clinton's legacy there was really a good thing, given the abuse the Orthodox Christians have suffered there (see comments section at that link).Totten begins to answer those questions in this first installment of a two-parter that continues looking at the region - and the religion question - The Bin Ladens of the Balkans, Part I:Kosovo’s war, t … [Read more...]

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Bill Clinton's other best legacy

Photo Credit: Michael TottenA while back I wrote a piece praising Bill Clinton for having the gumption to reform welfare and called it, "his best legacy."I wasn't exactly wrong. But I was ignorant of something excellent which goes unnoticed and should be added to Clinton's legacy. I know better now, thanks to Michael Totten, who spent a few weeks in Kosovo and filed this report: An Abominable Blood-Logged PlainStrange country, Kosovo.It’s European, but it isn’t Christian. It’s major … [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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I thought the GOP was the dumb party

I know that Democrats and members of the left are supposed to be our intellectual betters, and that those of us center or center-right are all "knuckledragging neanderthals" (Ted Kennedy, circa 2002) but the Dems seem to be making some very dumb unforced errors, heading into the Fourth of July Weekend and their National Convention:1) Only Fox News reported positive news from Iraq. Because God forbid we should hear it (and think well of our troops) as we head into Fourth of July! The … [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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"Abandoning Iraq" is now "good policy?"

Ed Morrissey has an excellent post up over at Hot Air, in which he warns that the Iraqis are watching us closely, and with good reason. He quotes Vet for Freedom Michael Hunnicutt:I was on the ground in Iraq for 16 months, and in that time I talked to hundreds of Iraqis. Some didn't like us; some wanted us to leave, but most did not. What they wanted was for America to live up to its word. They wanted us to rid the country of terrorists and militias so that they could live in peace.They … [Read more...]

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Is Limbaugh subverting a sacred trust?

Cobb is saying Rush Limbaugh has crossed a line with Operation Chaos, and he even has a cartoon up about it.My take on "Operation Chaos" is that Rush is doing several things, here - he's demonstrating his sway, he's enjoying making mischief (and hoping that when the press talks about "Hillary winning and demonstrating momentum" they'll mention his "Operation,") and he's getting a feel for just how strong may be the desire of conservatives to -- not now, but in coming years -- jump the GOP ship … [Read more...]

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Freedom Never Cries

Found via Ace, who got it off John Miller at the Corner, Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik gives us a chance to decide what kind of world we want and he gives us this video to help us decide. It's very moving. Apparently the old man in the pawn shop is a medal of honor winner - one of our our everlasting heroesYou'll want to go watch it, and while you do, remember that - media narratives aside - Iran is at work against Democracy in the Middle East, and oh yeah, it seems Saddam did have ties … [Read more...]

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