Monday, August 15, 2005
Although his posting was far more insightful, mine was more timely. Behan didn't download his thoughts on the subject to his weblog until 8:12 am. I had already bitchslapped Tim Kaine by 6:39 am and had moved on to Business Week Online. Shoot, I'd already had four cups of coffee by 8:12 am and was thinking about lunch.
So. The lesson to be learned here? If you want the best analysis of a breaking story, wait until the sun is about to set and John will be there for you.
If, by the same token, you want the news as it's happening and pithy criticism to go along with it, get up at 4:00 am like I do each day and rip into your very own copy of www.blogfromonhigh.blogspot.com.
Of course, if you do so, don't expect to have a life ever again.
With that understood, however, you can look forward to reading my weblog while the stars are still out and the tree toads are still yapping at each other. And to be in bed by 6.
Here's some insight from The American Spectator:
Birds of a FeatherHolman goes on to explain the linkage between Tim Kaine's tortured and convoluted stance on abortion and the work of his media consulting group.
By David Holman
The media firm that produced the controversial NARAL television ad is also responsible for producing all advertisements for Tim Kaine, the Virginia Democratic
gubernatorial candidate. The NARAL fiasco could embarrass the Kaine campaign's attempt to portray its candidate as mainstream and "personally" pro-life.
The Kaine campaign's sole media consulting firm and advertising shop, Struble Eichenbaum Communications, produced the now halted advertisement that falsely accused Judge John G. Roberts Jr. of "supporting violent fringe groups and a convicted clinic bomber."
Asked Friday if the Kaine campaign would ... condemn the ad, spokeswoman Delacey Skinner said she would later contact [The American Spectator] with a reaction. She has yet to do so. Other calls to the Kaine campaign were not returned. (link)
Kaine, the former mayor of Richmond, portrays himself in the campaign as "personally" pro-life, sometimes with Struble Eichenbaum's help. Despite his pro-abortion history, Kaine called himself "pro-life" in the July 19 gubernatorial debate against Republican Jerry Kilgore. A May radio advertisement produced by Struble Eichenbaum called "Weak" featured Kaine saying, "My Christian faith teaches life is sacred. I personally oppose abortion and the death penalty."Yes. Kaine's credibility...
If Struble Eichenbaum creates such false ads for NARAL, voters might question the sincerity and accuracy of its spots for Kaine -- and thus Kaine's own credibility.
Is this what Rod Serling had in mind when he created "The Twilight Zone"? Can the people of New Jersey make that the next ballot initiative and go ahead and just change the name of the state?
The Wall Street Journal this morning has a few comments on the matter:
Where the Wild Things AreFolks around here have developed the perfect contraception method for bears over the years, Bradley. And it is good for the environment.
New Jerseyites take pride in being the "Garden State," but even nature lovers have their limits. How far those limits will be tested now rests with a state government that is once again deciding how to deal (or not) with its out-of-control bear problem.
Full marks go to the state's Fish & Game Council, which is trying valiantly to tackle the problem. Last week it voted unanimously to hold a bear hunt in December, noting that hunts are the most effective way to control population. At least 27 bear-populated states currently permit hunting, and New Jersey itself had a successful hunt in 2003.
Standing in the way of the hunt is state environmental commissioner Bradley Campbell, who seems more interested in pleasing animal rights groups than in the well-being of his state's citizens. After the Fish & Game Council approved a hunt last year, Mr. Campbell stepped in to block it, arguing instead for an expensive contraception program and a "public awareness" campaign. Perhaps he'll consider passing out bear condoms, too. (link)
Bizarroland? Insanity West? TwilightZone, the Garden State?
- The Defense Department gained information that a terrorist cell - led by a man named Mohamed Atta - was operating within our borders.
- Lawyers for the Pentagon nixed the sharing of that information with the FBI and local law enforcement; their reason being a rule set up by the Attorney General's office, and authored by Jamie Gorelick, that specifically forbade such sharing of information.
- Mohamed Atta and his group participated in the 9/11 attacks that killed 3000 Americans.
- The 9/11 Commission was set up to investigate the terrorist attack and the failings of law enforcement; one of its members, appointed by the Democratic Party, was none other than Jamie Gorelick.
- The Commission was provided with specific and credible evidence that we knew of the terrorist cell's operation before 9/11 but chose not to - or could not - pass it on.
- The 9/11 Commission didn't just ignore the information when it drew up its final report, it buried the information.
The New York Post, in an article entitled, "The 9/11 Omission Commission," agrees:
Yes. To the people they were meant to serve, for the people whose lives were taken from us on September 11, 2001.
When [Jamie] Gorelick's order first came to light, and critics demanded she quit the commission and instead appear as a witness under oath, [Committee ChairmanTom] Kean bristled.
"People ought to stay out of our business," Kean huffed.
Now, sadly, Americans are learning the price of not having held the commission's feet to the fire.
Kean and his fellow commissioners have been barnstorming the country, arrogantly demanding more information from the White House, even though they've concluded their work and the commission has officially disbanded.
Before Kean & Co. start making demands on the White House for information, it's time they started providing some of their own information to the people they were meant to serve. (link)