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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Blog Fog

I've been following the back and forth with regard to the upcoming Democratic Senate primary between Harris Miller and James Webb over at Virginia Political Blogs for the last several weeks. What has struck me as noteworthy as I've sifted through the many, many blog posts on the subject is the fact that there is so rarely anything of substance posted by anyone.

Webb supporters - a whole lot of them - seem driven to denigrate Harris Miller and all those in Miller's camp, while Miller partisans - what there are of them - respond in kind. All the bytes spent on analyzing the contest boil down to personal insults, personal attacks, and predictions of a trouncing by one or the other. And there's the occasional slap at George Allen.

And then there is all the cheerleading. And lists of endorsements by politicians who few Virginians have ever heard of outside the hallowed halls of the Tower of Babble over in Richmond.

And then there is the stupefying number of press releases masked as blog posts. Miller is going to be kissing babies here. Webb is to make a BIG speech to veterans there.

When it comes to learning what either of these guys thinks or plans to accomplish, when it comes to providing solid background information, you'll be sorely disappointed if you turn to the blogosphere for insight.

I learn more from Norm Leahy over at
One Man's Trash - and he has no dog in the fight and hasn't focused, particularly, on this contest.

I get the impression, though, that the bloggers who are following the primary and are blogging on the race are not targeting an audience of inquisitive voters. I think they write for each other. Tit for tat and all that.

Too bad. There may be a candidate lurking out there who may be worth our notice.

Laugh And The World Laughs With You

J.C. Wilmore over at The Richmond Democrat made me (almost) spew my lunch when I read this:
Donald Rumsfeld was briefing George Bush in the Oval Office. He finished up with some bad news ". . . and finally sir, three Brazilian soldiers were killed in Iraq today."

Bush went pale, his jaw hanging open in stunned disbelief.

He buries his face in his hands, muttering "My God...My God!".

"Mr. President," says Vice President Cheney, "we lose soldiers all the time, and it's terrible. But I've never seen you so upset. What's the matter?"

Bush looks up and says: "How many is a 'brazillion'?"
That's funny. Thanks, J.C.

Quote of the Day

Last year's meltdown in the Chocolate City has doomed us to a future of constant and shrill warnings regarding that phenomenon we used to call weather.

... a degree of gullible stupidity is what the media presume of their consumers in order to keep them perpetually fearful. Proving it's never too early to start worrying about things over which you have little control, they have, with great gusto, been trumpeting the arrival of hurricane season.

This season they have a new pitch in their arsenal. In the perfect propaganda storm, a strong surge of liberal media has merged with a high pressure global warming front to reach the conclusion that the coming Sturm und Drang and its accompanying misery will be of our own making; that is, we greedy, SUV-driving, Kyoto-hating, CO2-exhaling Republicans will be responsible for sending forth tempests unseen since Prospero. (link)

Lisa Fabrizio, "'Tis The Season," The American Spectator.

Always Listen To The Experts

As inevitable as the sunrise:
Expert says offshore drilling in Virginia is inevitable
By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot

VIRGINIA BEACH — Milton Copulos did not mince words Monday at a VIP forum on possible drilling for natural gas and oil off Virginia’s coast. “Sooner or later, we are going to have to do it,” said Copulos, president of The National Defense Foundation, a Washington think tank. The government, he said, can either start the drilling process now, with environmental protections in place, “or when people are shooting each other in gas lines.”

At that desperate point, Copulos said, “We’ll have to say, 'Sorry, tree-huggers, but we’ve got to get busy.’” (
Crazy Al Gore is flying around the world, throwing millions of gallons of spent fossil fuels into the atmosphere, telling us lesser beings that we need to move away from fossil fuels. He has that luxury.


Remember Who Started This Fight

Those of us who believe the institution of marriage - as battered and bruised as it is - should be preserved are considered by many on the "enlightened" left of being bigots and homophobes (whatever that means). I read recently that, because we believe the idea that homosexuals should be allowed to wed is an outrage, we are trying to turn back the clock. As if we are trying to upset the fundamental nature of the universe.

Well, my message to all of you is this: We didn't start this:
Justice Kennedy's Culture War
Wall Street Journal editorial

The Supreme Court is busy this week, but Justice Anthony Kennedy should take a moment to tune into the Senate debate on gay marriage. As the man who enabled this latest front in the culture wars, it's the least he can do.

... the amendment vote can't be understood outside of the anxiety created by activist courts. Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 2003 Lawrence case that banned state anti-sodomy laws. So sweeping was his "privacy right" language that it took only a few months for the Massachusetts Supreme Court to use Lawrence to justify its decision to impose a right to gay marriage there. Politicians in New York and San Francisco began issuing gay marriage licenses, never mind state law. (
We didn't start this. Justice Kennedy and his ilk did. But we are more than willing to join the fray.

It's All Bush's Fault

When he was in office, President Clinton faced, arguably, only one major foreign policy crisis. That occurred in Somalia in 1993 when 18 American soldiers were killed in a street battle with the local militia and news footage was televised across the world of one American's body being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu.

Clinton's reaction to the crisis was to cut and run. To retreat. We pulled our troops out of Somalia - never to return.

Into that void came al Qaeda. Today, Islamist followers of Osama bin Ladin have ostensibly taken charge of Mogadishu - if only temporarily.

And some would have you believe this occurred because Bush allowed it to happen:
Our Failure in Somalia
U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Empowering Islamist Militias
By John Prendergast, The Washington Post

The statelessness in Somalia has ... been allowing al-Qaeda and other destructive forces to operate there. The president of a neighboring country told me recently that the "governance vacuum is growing
larger, with very negative implications for Somalia. It increases the potential for international terrorists to use the structures that are filling the vacuum for safe haven and logistical purposes."

The continuation of Washington's current approach in Somalia would ensure that U.S. interests and those of other countries in the region remain dangerously vulnerable to terrorist attacks from this collapsed state. Continued fighting between Islamist elements and the U.S.-backed warlord alliance will breed resentment, attract recruits to the extremist cause and provide a training ground for new militants. (
Bush is allowing all this to occur, you see.

By the way, the author of this article worked for the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.

It takes a lot of chutzpah. But then that's a common trait of Clinton's gang of feckless failures.

Always the Bridesmaid

There has been a great deal of chatter in the left-leaning blogosphere in recent weeks about the fact that Republicans were going to get their heads handed to them in the special election in San Diego to fill disgraced Representative Duke Cunningham's Congressional seat and that this was a portent of things to come. Well, there'll be tears in their beers this morning:
Republican Wins Bellwether House Race
By Robert Tanner, AP National Writer

A former Republican congressman narrowly beat his Democratic rival early Wednesday for the right to fill the House seat once held by jailed Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a race closely watched as a possible early barometer of next fall's vote.

Republican Brian Bilbray emerged victorious after a costly and contentious special election race against Democrat Francine Busby, a local school board member who ran against Cunningham in 2004. (
There will be those who will claim vote fraud and voter intimidation, I'm sure. And the left-leaning blogosphere will whine about WMD and Abu Ghraib. About Karl Rove.

But all for naught. They are losers. Again.