2007 – the year of no predictions – UPDATED

In 2005 Buster made his predictions, and they were so-so.in 2006, I made mine. They were stinkers. Clearly I am no sage or prophet! Although I did get numbers 7,8, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 21 mostly right. Of course...pretty much everyone would have predicted the same, so I'm no good at this game!2007...no predictions. The world is too crazed. Anything can happen.Ambivablog notes we still don't know what to call this decade, although her suggestion at the end has merit.Hang on tight, … [Read more...]

A new low in broadcast journalism? – UPDATED

Ed Morrissey has the tape and the right response.We've known for a while that journalists have lost the ability to make fine distinctions. Now, some of them can't make broad one's either?Someone wrote to me last night that Anderson Cooper had done a really good job - that he was forceful in reminding viewers that without coalition troops Saddam would still be in power. The writer gave props to Cooper saying (I'm paraphrasing, from memory) "this execution and what it means for Iraq is … [Read more...]

Saddam Dead – Dearborn Dances

I would have illustrated this with a photo of it, but I can't find any. Apparently the Iraqi-American community is dancing in Dearborn. UPDATE: Clarity and Resolve has found a picture. CNN links to video here.Dave Alwatan wore an Iraqi flag around his shoulders and flashed a peace sign to everyone he passed at the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in this suburb of Detroit, a city that has one of the nation's largest concentrations of people with roots in the Middle East."Peace," he … [Read more...]

The Execution of Saddam Hussein – UPDATES!

I've never been able to rest easy on the question of the death penalty in the US - or the matter of state-sanctioned execution. As a pro-life Catholic, I have issues with it...but on the other hand, I know that there are times it can be considered the better choice. I basically subscribe to JPII's idea, that one misses a chance for conversion when one's life is taken unnaturally...but on the other hand, if you know you're going to die, you do have a chance to convert your heart and mind and … [Read more...]

Tim Robbins’ “chill wind” blows via Pelosi et al

"We are all going to have to rethink how we deal with this, because there are all these competing values ... Without any kind of editing function or gatekeeping function, what does it mean to have the right to defend your reputation?" she said.Hillary Clinton, circa 1998 continued:"I don't have any clue about what we're going to do legally, regulatorily, technologically -- I don't have a clue. But I do think we always have to keep competing interests in balance. I'm a big pro-balance person. … [Read more...]

Two superb books by John Allen

Okay, so I lied and that wasn't my last book recommendation for 2006. These are!For Doubleday, acquiring the publication rights for the first book by Joseph Ratzinger since his ascension to the papacy is a very big "get", especially since the prolific and very readable Benedict XVI's books routinely make the bestseller's lists.In anticipation of Benedict's book, Jesus of Nazareth, it's not a bad idea to take a look at two recent Doubleday/Image releases by the also "prolific and very … [Read more...]

Hellacious stomach flu fells family

It always happens near Christmas. All that kissing and shaking hands...somebody brings in a stomach flu and it makes the rounds.Blogging light. … [Read more...]

My Last Bryn post for 2006

So, I'm driving today with the windows half open. I'd gotten tired of Buster's mixes and found the Under the Stars album - a collection of Broadway tunes done by Renee Fleming and Bryn Terfel.Track number 6 - Stars, from Les Miz. Freaking magnificent.At a long stoplight I've got it blasting pretty good, and the woman in the next car beeps me. I lower the music, assuming it's rudely intruding on her, but she's hollering something, so finally I shut it down completely and give give her the … [Read more...]

Doesn’t this shame the press, even a little?

Doug Ross imagines how the press would have reacted if Condi Rice had played the Sandy Berger role in these reprehensible shennanigans.I'd say he gets it about right. But as he notes, Sandy Berger and the Clinton Administration are an whole 'nother kettle of fish to the press than are Condi Rice (or anyone) and the Bush Administration.Roger L. Simon has lost sleep over this. Perhaps more of us need to. This story will be lost come the holidays, and you know the Dem houses will never look … [Read more...]

Talk like Jack Bauer Day!

I'm up for this.How to act on Talk Like Jack Bauer Day -Make sure to yell very simple requests. -Take a helicopter to work. -Issue threats that involve family members and/or body parts. -Always mention that you're running out of time. -Carry a manpurse. Wear aviators. Don't do drugs. -Start each conversation with "I'm federal agent (your name), and today is the longest day of my life".Read it all. … [Read more...]

Some links to make you happy

While I am off baking. If you're nosy and want to know what I'm busy at, I'm makingAnna's German Butter Cookies andmy brother's Pignoli Cookies and my Italian Rainbow Cookies.Okay, so AlQaeda is now telling the Democrats that credit for the defeat of the GOP belongs to Al Qaeda. Ace predicts little to no coverage of this message by the press.And those sneaky, secretive Bushies have complied with an order to reveal old classified info.Ed Driscoll spots fun with language.You know, … [Read more...]

Hillary, Obama and the nat’l psyche – UPDATED

I meant to link yesterday to an interesting piece by Dick Meyer over at CBS News, in which he muses on the emotional projections of the voters and wonders what it can mean for the Democrats. As ever, with Meyer, his stuff gets you thinking.I sense most voters who don't have books by Herbert Marcuse, Michael Moore and Al Franken on their shelves feel profoundly conflicted about choosing either Hillary or Barack to be president. [...] Sen. Clinton's psychological quest is just too obvious and … [Read more...]

Comments, trackbacks and spam

My apologies to those of you who have been leaving comments or trackbacks and have wondered why they have not appeared.While the site is moderated, I still have not seen fit to "disallow" any comment. Unfortunately, I seem to be getting spam-bombed and my filters for some reason are calling almost everything "spam" at this point - including your comments and trackbacks. I am trying to keep up with it and release comments and trackbacks as I find them, but obviously I haven't the time to sit … [Read more...]

“Begging the question” Correction

My post, Sir, that is not quite what I said, contains an error in usage of which two readers have kindly informed me. It seems "begging the question" does not mean what I (and I think many others) have long-believed it to mean.I wrote:For all Boehlert’s angry writing, this fact remains: The AP has reported that multiple mosques were burned down and multiple human beings were burned alive. Within the report, they quoted a source they’ve used often - so often that a blogger noticed and said, “ … [Read more...]