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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Juggernaut

From Variety comes this to-be-expected news:
CNN flops in February as Fox News surges
FNC only cable news network to see gains in primetime


CNN posted steep viewer losses during the month of February, slipping 21% in primetime and 16% overall, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Fox News was the only cable news network to see gains in primetime during February and beat all other cable news outlets combined for the sixth straight month.

FNC averaged 1.57 million viewers in primetime, up 18% from the same period last year, while CNN fell 21% to 637,000 viewers from the same time period.

February marked what has been a rocky three months for new CNN U.S.
prexy Jonathan Klein, who came to the network hoping to improve CNN's primetime performance, where it has been most hurt by a strong FNC lineup built around tentpole "The O'Reilly Factor."

CNN endured a thrashing by Fox during the State of the Union Address, and even lost in the key 25-54 demographic to third-place MSNBC during the speech.

Primetime tumble
CNN primetime stalwarts "Larry King Live," "Wolf Blitzer Reports," "Lou Dobbs Tonight," "Paula Zahn Now" and "Newsnight With Aaron Brown" all suffered double-digit declines, while "Anderson Cooper 360" was up slightly, by 2%.

FNC had primetime increases across the board, led by Van Susteren at 10 p.m., "Hannity & Colmes" up 19%, and "Special Report With Brit Hume" rising 20%. "O'Reilly Factor," cable news' most-watched program, with 2.4 million viewers, was up 9%.

MSNBC declined 15% overall and 14% in primetime, while financial news channel CNBC declined 23% overall and 42% in primetime. (
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Oh, Sweet Irony!

Why does it seem like every anti-gun fanatic in this country turns out to be packing serious heat? First there was columnist Carl Rowan, then Rosie O'Donnell's bodyguard, and now "Flirty" the million-mom-march organizer.
Anti-gun activist arrested after firearm found at home
By
JASON PISCIA, Springfield State Journal-Register Staff Writer

A Springfield woman who began lobbying against gun violence after her son was shot to death in 2002 was arrested last week when police allegedly found an illegal gun and drugs in her home. Annette "Flirty" Stevens, however, said Monday she's innocent, and the arrest is an attempt by police to get her to give up information about unsolved crime in the city.

The handgun, which had a scratched-off serial number, and drugs allegedly were discovered Friday morning inside Stevens' home in the 2500 block of South 15th Street. Authorities said they obtained a search warrant for the residence as part of an ongoing investigation of a recent series of drive-by shootings. No one has been hurt in the gunplay. (
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I don't deserve this kind of fun.

I came to the conclusion years ago that these liberal do-gooder types aren't ever serious. Paris Hilton goes on a get-out-the-vote crusade, before it is revealed that she has never even registered to vote herself. Ever. Ditto Cameran Diaz. Remember when Ben Affleck got political and was out campaigning for Al Gore? He had never bothered to actually vote either. Sean Penn crusades for "world peace" and then makes the headlines when several firearms are stolen from one of his cars. And then there is the constant drumbeat of pleadings from the Hollywood elite, begging us all to be more environmentally conscious; pleadings emanating from their SUV's, stretch limos, and Gulf Stream V's.

So what does Flirty have to say for herself?
... as for the gun, she admits to having it in the house. But she said it belonged to her son. She didn't find it until six or seven months after he died. Not knowing what to do with it, she wrapped it up, put it in a drawer and forgot about it.
Uh, Flirty. How about we come back tomorrow and give you more time to think up a better excuse than "my dead son owned it."

This is the kind of intellect we're up against, people. Kinda makes our job a bit easier, doesn't it?

Courage, Men!

The Democrats in the United States Senate have announced that they are going to continue to obstruct President Bush's judicial nominees. Finally, the time for Republicans to gather up a bit of courage and do battle is upon them. Let's see if they have what it takes.
Democrats to maintain filibusters on Bush nominees
By Charles Hurt, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Democrats made plain yesterday their intention to continue their filibusters against President Bush's judicial nominations -- all but assuring a dramatic parliamentary duel over long-standing Senate practice.

Their intentions became clear after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a new hearing yesterday morning for William G. Myers, whose nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was filibustered last year. (link)
I have grave doubts that the senate Republicans have the courage to oppose their Democratic counterparts. After all, they have shown, repeatedly, that they are a bunch of wienies who would rather "go along to get along." And in their usual cowardly fashion, they chose Democrat-wannabe Arlen Specter to head the judiciary committee. I fully expect him to turn on his party and help block the president's nominees.

But your country is in grave peril. So it's time to saddle up and ride, boys. Take off the aprons. Put up the dishtowel. Find that jockstrap. Try to remember how to wear it. And make us proud.

I get nervous about these jokers just reading that last paragraph.

Here's The Bad News

The Supreme Court has decided that we are no longer able to execute murderers and rapists who were under the age of eighteen when they committed their crimes. Fine.
High court bans death row for minors
By Guy Taylor, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Supreme Court yesterday declared by a 5-4 margin that it is unconstitutional to impose the death penalty on convicts who were younger than 18 when they committed their crimes.

Ruling that capital punishment for minors violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the court reversed its 1980 decision that allowed executions of convicts who were 16 or 17 at the time of their crimes.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy delivered the majority decision and was joined by Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David H. Souter and John Paul Stevens. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented. (link)
I've never been all that worked up over the death penalty issue. It bothers me that the cost of warehousing the human waste that our society produces is so high and that those who are sentenced to prison aren't experiencing "cruel and unusual punishment," as I think punishment ought to be. But the death penalty has always seemed too easy a way out for the scum of the earth.

What does bother me about this story is the makeup of the majority and that their decision reverses another decision this same court made just 25 years ago. The usual suspects - Ginsburg, Stevens, Breyer, Souter, and Kennedy - are now just making it up as they go. "We ruled differently a few years ago? Oh, well." How are the lower courts to make sense of this?

Even more frightening is the fact that these five, who now run the country and are answerable to nobody, base their decisions on ... nothing. Justice Stevens has as much as announced that he looks outside the Constitution sometimes to find "law" on which to base his decisions. At one point not long ago he cited English common law as a basis for a position he had taken. (!)

That should frighten everyone.

You Go, Girl

Condi Rice is not letting up. She talks like she is going to personally kick the Syrians' behinds. My kinda woman.
CONDI BLASTS SYRIA
By ANDY SOLTIS, New York Post


Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday there was "firm evidence" that terrorists based in Syria helped plan last week's bombing in Israel — "and the Syrians have a lot to answer for."

"We don't know the degree of Syrian involvement, but certainly what is happening on the territory of Syria, in and around Damascus, is clearly threatening to the different kind of Middle East we're trying to grow," she said.

Rice's comments came during a London conference on Palestinian reforms, a topic overshadowed by last week's terrorist bombing in Tel Aviv and the turmoil in Lebanon.

The summit participants — the Mideast "Quartet" of the United States, Russia, United Nations and European Union — called for "immediate action" by the Palestinian Authority to track down and punish the perpetrators of the bombing that killed five Israelis and broke a month-old Israeli-Palestinian truce.

Rice blamed the attack on leaders of Islamic Jihad, which is based in Syria.

"There is firm evidence that Palestinian Islamic Jihad, sitting in Damascus, not only knew about the attacks, but was involved in the planning," Rice told ABC News.

"There is evidence that Islamic Jihad, headquartered in Syria, was, in fact, involved with the planning of those attacks in Tel Aviv. And so the Syrians have a lot to answer for." (link)
I'll tell you what's most interesting about this. We aren't even making an attempt at working through the United Nations anymore. Peace On Earth? You Got It. U.N. resolution? What for? Kofi Annan is now sitting on the sidelines watching as the Bush administration shows the doddering old fool how to affect positive change in the world.

Personally, I think Kofi should go back to doing what he and his buddies in the United Nations do best: fretting over Zionism and the threat of global warming. And passing resolutions.

Let Condi do the heavy lifting.