This stops, at least temporarily, the momentum he [Obama] was building.It does?
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, a lawyer and actor who currently plays District Attorney Arthur Branch on Law & Order, is now doing radio commentary on the Paul Harvey show...He quotes from a recent commentary by Thompson, that hits a chord that resonates with my view on the situation in Iraq:
Might Thompson be prepping for a presidential run? He says he isn't running, but perhaps he is, unconventionally, courting Republican conservatives in case that when the field clears later this year it becomes obvious that, of the three likely to still be in the race, neither Arizona Sen. John McCain nor former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has a chance at the conservative vote, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's support among social conservatives is brittle and based less on Romney than on their distaste for the other two. In that scenario, a late entry by Thompson could rapidly erode Romney's support and likely take down McCain as well as Thompson does well with moderates and independents.
Is it really in our country’s best interest to signal to the enemy that they probably only have to wait us out a little longer because congressional determination to defeat them is crumbling? Doesn’t such a resolution further diminish our chances for success at the very time our soldiers are preparing to go into battle?Yes, it does, and not just for the coming battles in this war, but it further diminishes our chances for success for any future wars in which we end up engaged. I believe this is one goal of the most ardent anti-war advocates; they are more than comfortable with the idea of contributing to our defeat if it causes us to avoid war at all costs in the future. To be honest, part of me understands that view. War should be avoided-- but not at all costs. Rather, it should be avoided as much as is practical. All costs includes costs that are too great to bear. It was too high a cost to allow Saddam to continue to defy the U.N. resolutions. Maybe he did not have WMD (and maybe he did and they ended up in Syria or elsewhere), but he was required to prove to the U.N. that he had destroyed what he had previously had and he refused to do this. It was too high a cost to bear to hope for the best. Now, he is gone. It is too high a cost to bear to hope that all turns out for the best if we leave Iraq for the Sunnis and Shi'ites to battle over, with Al-Qaeda and Iran meddling and gaining traction as well. We have to win, and steps that make it harder for us to win are a tremendous mistake.
Anyone want to bet if one of his decrees will be to extend the 18 months?
The American left loves to point fingers at the right and tell all of us moderates that the danger to the American way of life comes from those fanatics. Yet, time and again, ruthless thugs come to power in other countries riding a wave of leftist populism.
I am not asking the American left to change their views. I am asking them to be just as vigilant about the totalitarians on their side as they fancy themselves as being with totalitarians on the right.
Added- Joe Gandelman snarks, "It’s sort of like watching the old TV show “Bewitched,” as another actor assumed the part of Darrin," as Chavez slips into Castro's role on the world stage. It is a good line, but the implications are more dire than the replacement of one Dick with another. But the real value in Joe's post is the excerpt he posts from Edward Ellis, writing in the Buffalo News:
It is obvious to anyone watching closely that Chavez is not a dictator. He is, however, bombastic and his recent announcement that the government plans to nationalize private companies must be understood within this context. Despite the bluster, history and common sense show there will be no expropriation of private companies in Venezuela without fair remuneration.With words like these, it is any wonder why so many of us have grown to literally fear the blinders that the left puts on when convenient?
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Holy flip. Lest we think that the title is just some misguided hyperbole, D'Souza makes sure we do not:
"In this book I make a claim that will seem startling at the outset. The cultural left in this country is responsible for causing 9/11."In a nutshell, we do things culturally that offend Muslims, and this is why they (at least the radical ones who lead many terrorist groups and many middle eastern countries) want to kill us. They fear our influence on their culture.
Except we have been having problems with Islam's militance for a long, long time.
But even if it was true, so the heck what? It would be something we should thank the "cultural left" about-- showing the nature of those who would kill us to keep us from upsetting their sensibilities.
Don't get me wrong. There is plenty in our culture which disgusts me, and I firmly believe we should work on some of our excesses. But blaming the cultural left for 9/11 shows a clear misunderstanding of who the enemy is, and comes from the mindset of a coward-- if we only submit to their norms, maybe they'll show mercy on us infidels.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
By running for president Obama will show plenty of audacity and hope. A serious country would not take his candidacy seriously. This country will.In other words, this country is not a serious country. At least, not as serious as Paul Mirengoff.
I have to tell ya-- that is just a recipe for getting people to tell ya to pound sand. One can think that attributes other than experience are qualifying, and even necessary. One can think that a candidate offers so much in other areas that are needed at this time. And if one does not take seriously voters who do not share their own opinions on how to judge candidate qualifications, one is not likely to be persuasive to voters.
"Fear has been used to paralyze people's intellects," said Jhally. "If they can scare people, almost anything becomes possible. When people are afraid their brains shut off and it makes you confused and want easy solutions."Here is the context. Sut Jhally is speaking about 24, a show that he dislikes terribly. As ABC phrases it, he "believes Hollywood's fascination with terrorism can have serious political consequences."
Sut Jhally, co-producer and co-director of the film "Hijacking Catastrophe," says the dramatic action in the show creates a dangerous climate in which the public loses some of its perspective on what's real and what's not. Of course that may be a minority opinion given the show's enormous popularity.Oddly, Sut did not really have much to say about films like "The Day After Tomorrow."
I do agree with the first quote I gave here, though. I do think that fear has been used to paralyze people's intellects, and that when one is afraid, one does tend to not think clearly and tends to look for easy solutions. That is exactly on what terrorists count.
This is why despite agreeing with the words, I disagree completely with Jhally's meaning. He thinks the problem is shows depicting terrorism. I think the problem is with terrorism. I agree that fear is a paralyzing influence. I think that shows that get us talking about the issues are very much a constructive influence. They get us to think about things in the abstract, before we are put in a position of real terror where our ability to think is compromised. "The Day After Tomorrow" is a positive influence because it gets people to think about the issues and start the debates we need to have. "24" is the same way.
By the way, I wonder why ABC did not give the full title to Jhally's movie. It is not just "Hijacking Catastrophe." It is "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire." That extra bit of information certainly would be useful to readers in evaluating from where Mr. Jhally is coming, don't you think? Regardless, Mr. Jhally does not seem to be shy about using scare tactics to get people to fear the big, bad Bush administration.
Here is what the Detroit Free Press reports:
The ruling grows out of a case in which a Charlevoix man accused of trading Oxycontin pills for the sexual favors of a cocktail waitress was charged under an obscure provision of Michigan's criminal law. The provision decrees that a person is guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct whenever "sexual penetration occurs under circumstances involving the commission of any other felony."Fair enough. The law seems to be aimed at making it that rape is bad, but rape during the commission of another felony is worse. I am guessing the intent is to make it that the penalty for, as an example, rape during a robbery to be greater than the penalties for a rape and a robbery added together. Personally, I think the better answer is to get judges who consistently impose lenient sentences off the bench, but I can understand the impetus for the law.
In this case, the felony was the sale of drugs. There was no rape, however. The drugs were being exchanged for sex. I doubt that this was the intent of the law, but it does fit in the language of the law. The court correctly, according to my read of the law, decided that the charges were valid. The court questioned, as I did above, if this was the intent of the law, with Judge William Murphy writing "We cannot help but question whether the Legislature actually intended the result we reach here today, but we are curtailed by the language of the statute from reaching any other conclusion."
Fair enough. The legislature, if it is so inclined, can revisit the law and modify it if it deems the language to be overly broad.
However, Judge Murphy goes much further, and engages in what sounds like some serious hyperbole.
"Technically," he added, "any time a person engages in sexual penetration in an adulterous relationship, he or she is guilty of CSC I," the most serious sexual assault charge in Michigan's criminal code.Huh? Why is this?
The judges said they recognized their ruling could have sweeping consequences, "considering the voluminous number of felonious acts that can be found in the penal code." Among the many crimes Michigan still recognizes as felonies, they noted pointedly, is adultery -- although the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan notes that no one has been convicted of that offense since 1971.See the problem?
This is not a problem with the new law. This is not a problem with an overzealous prosecutor taking the drug war too far. This is a problem with a puritan and antiquated law remaining on the books. The solution is simple-- get the law that makes adultery a felony repealed. End of problem.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
But back to the meat of this post. Sharpton -- and others -- must be profoundly jealous and resentful -- and with good reason. In a political culture in which the media have long consulted them and preserved a place for them in the debate, now it seems that Obama will be given that place, and Obama is likely to say things that are far more mellow and conciliatory to the majority of Americans. They have to be asking -- and we should ask too -- whether that is why Americans like Obama so much.I can only speak for myself, but when I survey the Democrat candidates for 2008, Obama appeals to me the most. I know with a Democrat, I am going to get something ranging from moderately liberal to significantly liberal. We just are not going to get a leftist (and if we did, it would be a one-termer who would sink the party for a long, long time).
When it comes to choosing between them, I know that any will yank us out of Iraq if things are still going poorly, and any will finish the job if things are going well. Domestically, we will just get variations on the same old Democratic themes we have been hearing for decades.
Therefore, the only differentiator between them to me is the way they conduct themselves. Integrity, and demeanor. Barring any scandals, the former will be a wash. That just leaves demeanor. I am sick and tired of the rank partisanship. I am not so naive to believe that Senator Obama is truly a post-partisan candidate. However, I do believe he represents a significant rollback in the rancor embraced by much of the Democratic party.
I have not yet decided upon my preferred candidate on the Republican side, and my choice on the Democratic side may change. But right now, I have penciled in Obama.
Because some idjit working in a movie rental store decided it would be just fun as all hell to post that a certain customer, who happens to be a conservative pundit on TV with a poor sense of fashion and two left feet, had just opened an account at his store, and he just might post what the dude was renting.
Gandelman decided that the person in the wrong here is Tucker Carlson, not the idjit rental counter worker. He even added the idjit to his blogroll.
Sorry, Joe. The guy deserved to get fired. He had no right to violate the confidentiality of the store's customers (which he did by mentioning that Carlson had even opened an account there). He had no right to, even in jest, threaten to expose what Carlson had been renting. Believe it or not, even wingnuts should be able to live their lives without moonbats salivating over the opportunity to embarrass them at every opportunity, and without faux-centrists piling on.
Nice self-portrait photo in the post, though, Joe.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
The antiwar base of the Democrats reasserted itself over the past several years, reminding their like-minded politicos that there is no song that goes "All we are saying, is give war a chance."
Look, what happens when one starts from an endpoint (oppose Bush) is that one looks continually for arguments to make the case, and minimizes arguments in the other direction. Even if one started from the cynical, political position of reflexive opposition, eventually one is persuaded to really believe by one's own one-sided arguments.
I believe that many opponents of the war now truly believe that we cannot win, at least if President Bush is President. I believe that the process of how many, if not most, of them came to this view is how I described above.
I'm as outraged as anyone at Harry Reid's apparent move to protect secret earmarks. I have a call into his office, and I'm told that there were some negotiations going on that suggest that Reid's work isn't as bad as it's being reported. I tend to trust Josh Marshall on this, but my general reaction is less annoyance at this specific fight and more frustration at the avoidance of the real issue at hand by various parties involved in the ethics and corruption field.'I am as outraged as anyone over Harry Reid's move on earmarks. Except I don't think earmarks are the problem.' He is outraged, but not over the same thing, except he wants his outrage to count as the same thing, so that he can start from a position of agreement, even though he does not agree.
Think I am being unfair? Two paragraphs later, he writes "These reforms do not and never have worked and I'm tired of liberal groups focusing on them as some sort of panacea." Funny, I do not recall Stoller ever saying he was tired of liberal groups focusing on ethics reforms when Republicans were in power. But that snide little swipe from humble old me aside, if we take Stoller's points quoted here together, we have that he is outraged as anyone at Reid's move to protect secret earmarks, even though he believes that reforms in this area do not and never have worked and he's sick and tired of liberals focusing on them.
I am being too harsh though. I actually agree with this:
Let's be honest - quasi-corrupt practices such as secret earmarks are not the result just of bad people in politics, they are the result of structural factors that encourage the legalized bribery of our governing class. If you restrict secret earmarks without changing any other incentives, you'll simply push the quasi-corruption into another legal vehicle designed to bilk the public and hide the costs.I totally disagree with him over his answer, which is public financing of campaigns. Everything with these guys seems to have the same answer-- have the government run it, and have everyone in the world (except the poor) pay for it. Whenever there is a monopoly, as there would be in this case-- the monopoly being over the control of campaign cash, who gets it and what hoops they must jump through-- then the result is corruption and abuse. You can bet whichever party is in power would tailor the rules to benefit that party. Take it to the bank. Moving from one corrupt system to another corrupt system is not a good idea. At all.
Do you want reform? I have an idea-- vote out those who abuse the system. If those who abuse the system are not in your voting area, then do not support them with your words or your money. Do not support their party if the party supports them. Stoller wants to say that the problem is not Senator Byrd or Senator Stevens (well, knowing Stoller, he probably would prefer to say it is not Byrd but is Stevens), but a corrupt system that taints them all. But there is no perfect system. There is only the people being accountable.
If there was an opponent to challenge Sen. Byrd, would Stoller have suggested to vote for that opponent? Heck no, even if it was a relatively unknown Democrat, who somehow managed to get advertising. If that opponent was a Republican, Stoller would have reflexively opposed him. If it was a relatively unknown Democrat, Stoller would not have wanted to put the seat at risk, knowing that Byrd is an institution to himself. Even with public financing, that calculation would be unchanged. Incumbents could bribe their voters with earmarks, shamelessly naming buildings and roads so developed after themselves (drive through West Virginia some day). A publicly financed campaign system would entrench porkers even more, not less.
The answer is for people to hold the candidates and the parties accountable. We are accountable for the government we elect. If it sucks, then we have sucked in our job as voters. When voters start punishing Democrats for Senators acting like Byrd, Republicans for Senators like Stevens, Democrats for giving a home to Representatives like William Jefferson or District Attorneys like Mike Nifong, Republicans for Representatives like Duke Cunningham, etc., then the system will start being cleaner.
Hey, we got one! Maybe there is hope for us voters yet!
Come on, gal! Buck up! If you are going to resign in protest, resign in protest! Don't just knock off some committees, where you probably hated the meetings anyway. If you are so troubled by the actions of the University, resign. I sincerely mean it when I say-- you don't belong there!
Update-- Either that professor is the dumbest professor in America, or the most racist. No wonder the AP did not mention her name, despite highlighting her (insert either "stupidity" or "abject hatred of white guys."
Even if you do not agree with this specific point, I hope that you are becoming aware of the fact that the high level of partisanship of this era is not healthy. To which I ask-- is it worth it? Is it really worth the cost for you to hold on to your partisanship?
Even those of you who are stuck in the middle (with me), but are partisan about it?
Friday, January 12, 2007
Now it is the Senate's turn. In the Senate, the rules won't allow one party to deny the other party debate or the ability to offer amendments. So not at all satisfied with the Democratic Senate version of the bill (Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007 (S. 1) which had very weak earmark reform rules, Republican Senator Jim DeMint, a strong advocate of earmark reform, introduced an amendment (amendment 11) which essentially offered the Pelosi reforms from the House version of the bill...So why do I only give props to DeMint on the GOP side? Because they were in the majority for a long time and did not do this then. It is very easy to believe that the primary concern of most of the Republicans voting here was not reform, but to embarrass the Democrats politically. DeMint has been pushing stuff like this since his first day, so he gets called out. There may be a few others deserving of kudos, but for the most part they did nothing.
UPDATE (4:29pm): It should be noted that Senate Democratic freshmen, Jim Webb and Jon Tester, voted with Republicans to not kill the proposal. Will Reid successfully whip them into changing their vote?
Update Sen. Obama was also on the correct side of this vote. Sen. Clinton was not.
[Stephen] Rademaker, until recently an assistant secretary of state for destroying international institutions, blames the International Criminal Court for the genocide. Seriously!Seriously? No way! Way? Let's look at the source.
If this is where we end up in Darfur -- or if the genocide continues unabated because peacekeepers cannot be deployed -- there will be three culprits to blame: the bloodthirsty regime in Khartoum, the oil-thirsty government in Beijing and the U.N. Security Council's shortsighted decision to bring in the ICC.This looks to me to be far from blaming the ICC for genocide. Instead, the op-ed makes a strong case that the blame goes to, in order, Khartoum's regime for conducting the genocide, China for not wanting to lose a vital trading partner in Khartoum, and the Security Council for not realizing what China would do.
Oh, and the title of Ackerman's post? "When Genocidaires Talk, The Right Listens." Cute. Except for the fact that the article names President Bush for his part in bringing in the ICC.
The Bush administration supported bringing in the ICC, not least because the perpetrators of the Darfur genocide are so richly deserving of prosecution.The difference here is between idealism and pragmatism in the conduct of foreign affairs. It used to be that this difference was a primary one between the left and right, with the idealists on the left and the realists on the right. The tables have turned, and now there are more idealists on the right and more realists on the left.
But arguing against the drug war because of its affect on the asparagus industry, as Jeralyn Merritt does, is really reaching.
Congress has decimated the U.S. asparagus industry by waiving tariffs for Peruvian asparagus. It's a backwards attempt to buffer coca eradication with crop substitution.
Anyhow, just a random thought on a Thursday afternoon. I’m sure that Iran will prove perfectly pliable to American intimidation, especially if we throw in a bombing raid or two. If that doesn’t work, well, bygones.'Anyhow, just a random thought on a Friday morning. I'm sure that America will prove perfectly pliable to Iranian intimidation, especially if we throw in a hostage situation at their embassy, and maybe some support for the people killing their soldiers just over our border. If that doesn't work, well, bygones.'
Don't despair, Shaun. After all, you have the same views as the best and the brightest. Heck, you are one of the best and the brightest. You know you are. Give yourself a hug.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
because the truth of the matter is, if people end poverty, many of them would marry and work 40 hours a week, they would be out of poverty.Something tells me that it might be a little bit more complicated than that.
Don't get me wrong. Divorce and kids growing up without both parents certainly contribute to the problems of poverty.
But simply getting hitched is not going to do the trick.
Added thought--- Unless the couple gets some really kick-butt wedding presents from A-list people.
Kagen then reportedly greeted the president's wife, Laura Bush, by intentionally using the first name of the president's mother, Barbara, instead.The White House denies this occurred. Either way, there is something seriously wrong with the guy. "heh heh, I was intentionally as mean as I possibly could be. heh heh. I dissed his wife. heh heh" Dude, if you did that, you are not speaking truth to power. You are being an ass. And if you didn't do it and just made it up, then that's just deranged.
"I did that because I learned on the campaign trail that the meanest thing you can say to another gentleman is, 'He's a fine fellow.' And then you refer to his spouse by a different name," Kagen is reported to have told a local peace activist group who visited his Appleton campaign office Dec. 19.
The fun part is, you just know that the 'local peace activists' got off on hearing about someone reveling in being as mean as he possibly could be. What group was this? The "Peace Activists For a Meaner Tomorrow?"
Although, I wonder if he realizes that he just called President Bush a gentleman. The only problem, for it to be to "another gentleman", Kagen would have to be one himself. He is not. He is either a boor, or a lying boor wannabe.
The central and most glaring contradiction is the implied threat to walk away... Yoked to the ringing declaration that, of course, we can't walk away. We seem to be saying to the Maliki govt.: "Hey, you guys better step up to your responsibilites, or else we're outa here." This, a few sentences after saying that we can't leave the place without a victory. So-o-o-o:
—-We can't leave Iraq without a victory.
—-Unless Maliki & Co. get their act together, we can't achieve victory.
—-If Maliki & Co. don't get their act together, we'll leave.
It's been a while since I studied classical logic, but it seems to me that this syllogism leaks like a sieve.
The rust is showing. "We can't leave Iraq without a victory." This is my view, and apparently the view of the Bush administration. So far, so good. "Unless Maliki & Co. get their act together, we can't achieve victory." That is an assertion by the Bush administration. It strikes me as true. "If Maliki & Co. don't get their act together, we'll leave." That also sounds correct in my view.
What Derbyshire is missing is a pretty obvious point. If "Maliki & Co. don't get their act together," then this latest effort by the Bush administration will fail (as asserted in the second point). The Bush administration will end, and will under such a scenario almost certainly be replaced by an administration that does not believe in the first point. People who, like me, believe we should try everything we can to win before deciding we have lost, will start to think that there is nothing we can do to win; there is some evidence that this is already happening.
In other words, the three points that Derbyshire believes are logically inconsistent are only so because they leave out an obvious point or two. Let me rectify this.
--- The Bush administration believes we can't leave without a victory.
--- Unless Maliki & Co. get their act together, we can't achieve victory.
--- If Maliki & Co. don't get their act together, the Bush administration will not be followed by one that shares the belief that we can't leave without a victory.
--- Therefore, if Maliki & Co. don't get their act together, we'll leave.
I am shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover that politicians change their views!
Could it be for political expedience? You betcha. Could it be that he simply changed his mind? You betcha.
We've spent how many months beating up Mr. Bush because he was too stubborn to admit mistakes (read: change his mind). I cannot get too worked up over a guy changing his positions over a few years on some issues.
Now, if I am a single-issue voter, flip-floppiness would concern me greatly, especially if my issue is one which has been flipped and flopped. Also, if a candidate seems to try to have it both ways on every single issue that comes down the pike (and I am looking at you, Senator Kerry), that would concern me greatly.
The blogger who is enigmatic to the core's hand slowly raises. Nah, it raises with confidence.
Let's take any major division in the United States. Republicans vs. Democrats. Conservatives vs. Liberals. Yankees fans vs. Red Sox fans. Rosie vs. The Donald. We do not run around killing each other.
Meanwhile, the Shi'ites and Sunnis run around like they are the Bloods and the Crips. ("Warriors, come out to plaaaaaayyyyyy!") The issue in gang wars is not gang vs. gang. The issue is gang mentality and the refusal to live within the bounds of a lawful, civilized society. The problem is not Shi'ite against Sunni, but the fact that Shi'ites and Sunnis in Iraq are conducting their conflict in the court of violence, rather than through the peaceful mechanisms that we associate with Democracy. The issue really is the culture that accepts and fosters terror vs. the culture that does not. We do not have to find the happy medium between Shi'ites and Sunnis, if such a thing exists. We have to get them to stop killing each other, stop killing us, stop killing 'the infidels', stop wanting to exterminate the Jews, stop using the Kurds as their bitches.
So to speak.
No! I would never have imagined such a thing! Democrats seem to be so easygoing!
Oh, wait. There's more. "Democrats are upset, among other things, at Bush's lack of consultation with them over the plan. By the time he met with them, the plan was a fait accompli."
Oh, wah. Seriously, all one has to do is peruse the blogs and forums that have, as their audience, the Democratic base voter. All of them treat Mr. Bush as the enemy, and have for as long as he has been on the scene.
Uh, oh. Here come the calls of "He started it!" "He did it first!" "Did you see what he did?" "Mom, he's touching me. He's looking at me! Daaaaad!!!"
Don't make me come back there. If I have to stop this blog...
Democrats have a vested interest in Mr. Bush failing. He would be the fool the left makes him out to be if he sat down with his political enemies to come up with a plan that would, among other things, save his political skin. Maybe that is it- they are upset that he did not act like the fool they think he is.
It would be very nice if Democrats and Republicans could sit down and work together on matters of national and international security, setting partisanship aside. Sounds like a plan to me. It would work! Why? "Because it has to!"
UPDATE: I found the sheets. Got my pillow. I am good to go for tonight.
He put it far more bluntly when leaders of Congress visited the White House earlier on Wednesday. “I said to Maliki this has to work or you’re out,” the president told the Congressional leaders, according to two officials who were in the room. Pressed on why he thought this strategy would succeed where previous efforts had failed, Mr. Bush shot back: “Because it has to.”
I think I will go to buy $1,000 worth of lottery tickets with the money that is earmarked for our bills. When my wife asks me why on earth I think that this will work when we haven't won jack-diddly in the lottery before, I'll shoot back: "Because it has to."
UPDATE: Does anyone know where we store the sheets? I'll probably need a set for the couch tonight.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I'll spot her the missing "the" and give my answer.
The role of bloggers on the left will be to help Democrats launder campaign cash while pulling the party towards unelectable positions. The role of bloggers on the right will be to basically be impotent beyond helping divide the Republican base even further.
But, mainly, it will just be people expressing themselves. In and of itself, that is a good thing with value.
who should be disqualified merely on the basis that they are so oblivious to reality that they cannot see that their candidacy has no chance and will have no effect on anything.
But it will be a waste of time.
I do not recall our political scene ever being quite this rigid, with so few undecideds, so few willing to see what happens, so few giving the benefit of the doubt, so few willing to change their minds, so willing to consider what the other side is saying.
My mind is made up. Your mind is made up. As with Gregory House last night, nothing's changed.
Somewhere, there is someone who will find value in tonight's speech. There has to be someone, doesn't there? I bet his name is Herb.
If Dick Morris thinks there are 10 people in this country who would choose their vote in 2008, with the war on the table and with taxes on the table and with all that is going on in the world, over the fact that Rudy Guiliani did not get into a pissing match with the New York City Council over hosting Boy Scout meetings, then he is even crazier than I thought.
And if he happens to be correct, and I am just being naive about 'righties', then the crazy is on them. They would deserve to have their candidate lose.**
**Note that I am not saying that it is crazy for someone on the right to oppose Guiliani. However, if one bases his opposition on that, then one's priorities are seriously whacked.
Up next: "All Those Years Ago" by George Harrison.
Deep in the darkest night
I send out a prayer to you
Now in the world of light
Where the spirit free of the lies
And all else that we despised
They made up their mindsOh, hi, it's me, I'm back. The Central Scrutinizer. Wheaton continues, "The call for increasing troops marks the first time that Mr. Bush has acted counter to the advice of his top military brass."
And they started packing
They left before the sun came up that day
An exit to eternal summer slacking
But where were they going without ever knowing the way?
She says that like it is a bad thing. It being the Times I am sure it is meant as if it is a bad thing. But here's my thing-- if the war effort to date has been a fluster cuck, and to date Mr. Bush has never acted counter to the advice of his top military brass, then Mr. Bush deciding to act counter to the advice of his top military brass sounds like one heck of an idea to me.
The children woke up
And they couldnt find em
They left before the sun came up that day
They just drove off
And left it all behind em
But where were they going without ever knowing the way?
Sandy did make the entire Clinton administration look bad. However, his crime has bigger recriminations than just that.
He made the entire Clinton administration look bad, by making it look like there was something extremely detrimental that they were desperate to hide from us.
He made the entire Kerry campaign look bad, because Kerry was looking at him being a top-tier appointee, and was using him as as senior advisor.
He made the entire Bush administration look bad, by making it look like they were willing to overlook someone obstructing with the 9/11 commission's investigation, for God only knows what reason.
And he made us, fellow Americans, look bad. He showed that we still, to this day, put partisanship ahead of the truly important stuff, and that we lack the will to punish those who screw around with our national interests and security. This man should be in jail for the rest of our lives, and we look like fools for not caring that he won't only avoid such a penalty, but can actually get a security clearance in the future. Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, without a doubt.
Frankly, I don't give a damn what word is used to describe it. My support is not going to be decided on nomenclature.
I want a simple war policy for America, with two prongs.
I want us to go to war only as a nearly last resort. We do not have to try everything else first, but we have to try nearly everything else first.
I am satisfied that we, as a country, did this with Iraq. Sanctions were tried, for years, spanning administrations of both parties. We had worked through the United Nations. We tried a limited war in the First Gulf War. We tried talking tough. Spare me the "Bush lied" nonsense. He said nothing that had not been said by politicians from both sides of the aisle for well over a decade. My support is not going to be decided on partisan hackery. I supported our decision to go to war.
I want us to fail in war only as a last resort. We have to try our damnedest, once engaged in war, to win it. We can withdraw and lose the war, or we can win the war and withdraw. Both options involve withdrawing. The primary difference is winning and losing. Winning requires more effort, and more cost in concrete terms of dollars and lives directly harmed or lost. Losing, however, is not without costs, both in dollars and in lives directly harmed or lost. This is so obvious that I am alienated, immediately, by those who act as if there is no cost to losing.
I am greatly dissatisfied with the way the war effort has gone to date. I believe that mistakes have been made, and not corrected with sufficient speed or diligence. However, I do not think that we have tried everything, and as such I am not with those who want us to withdraw immediately. I am interested in seeing what General David Petraeus will do. I hope, for all of our sakes, that his plan will be effective.
A Godsend? People who had little lost everything. Lives were lost. The best that can be said is that there are some opportunities to fix some broken areas, and that hardly outweighs the tragedy wrought by Katrina.
Basically, Katrina should be viewed as a Godsend. An excuse to save the few historic and chaming places in the city and bulldoze the rest.
I am not sure what kind of mind would look at Katrina as a Godsend. I am not sure what kind of mind would take such a note and file it in the agreement folder. I am sure that they are not of my kind of mind.
The biggest problem National Review has with Derbyshire is that the others do not take him on regarding his nonsense often enough. They probably get tired of doing so, but the silence at times is awfully easy to take as tolerance for intolerable perspectives.
This is backwards**. The standard for "welfare reform" should not be to solve poverty. Instead, it should be to save taxpayer money without harming efforts to alleviate poverty. Evidence of improvement in the culture of ghetto poverty would be welcomed gravy, but for welfare reform to have been a success, all it needs to do is save money without making things worse.
Making things better regarding poverty is the job of welfare, not of welfare reform. One of the reasons that welfare reform was supported by people like me is because there was little evidence that welfare itself was improving the culture of ghetto poverty.
'Opponents of welfare reform have seen caseloads drop dramatically and a rise in employment, but we are still looking for unmistakable signs of a dramatic degradation in the culture of ghetto poverty, especially for black men.' That puts the correct standards in place.
** In fact, Mick is not saying there has been no progress. He goes on to give evidence that there may be improvement in the culture of poverty. Keep in mind the adages of correlation and causation, however.
*** I like the way Mick uses these asterisk-laden post-scripts. Sincere form of flattery and all that.