Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Alton Foley and Riley, Not O'Reilly are leading the refrain.
They have a point. It's one thing for bloggers to fling invective but it's another for a politician's hired hand to act like a hired gunslinger paid, it would appear, to spew hate.
Friedman wants 10,000 troops at borderIf that doesn't bring a few votes to "The Texas Jew Boy," Kinky's policy position on crime and his plan for combatting it should:
By Michael Graczy, Associated Press Writer
HOUSTON -- Kinky Friedman, the proudly politically incorrect entertainer running for governor, said Wednesday he wouldn't put just 1,500 National Guard troops on the Texas-Mexico border, he'd send 10,000.
"We've waited 153 years for the feds to help us," Friedman said. "They haven't yet. We have our own army. I want 10,000 Texas National Guard troops on the border and I want them now." (link)
Today the statehouse, tomorrow the White House?
Friedman said Hurricane Katrina evacuees who relocated to [Houston] and break the law or refuse to find jobs should be sent back to Louisiana.
"I'm just kind of stunned other politicians are not talking about this stuff and are not doing anything," Friedman said.
Kinky and his band, The Texas Jewboys, by the way, are legendary for such hits as "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns In The Bed," "Cotton-Eyed Joe," and "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore."
Romney bars state security for Iranian's Harvard visitI can imagine how upset with Romney all the Harvard leftists are going to be.
Cites unacceptable use of funds on 'a terrorist'
By Farah Stockman and Scott Helman, Boston Globe Staff
Governor Mitt Romney declared yesterday he would not allow any state resources to be used to protect a former Iranian president during his visit to the Boston area this weekend, and he sharply criticized Harvard University for inviting Mohammed Khatami to speak on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"There are people in this state who have suffered from terrorism, and taking even a dollar of their money to support a terrorist is unacceptable," Romney, a potential candidate for the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nomination, said in a telephone interview yesterday. (link)
But any politician who goes against the elitist grain and says to scum like Khatami, "Peddle your sick worldview elsewhere, freak!" gets my vote.
Romney, at least until he proves to be just like the other Republicans out there, gets just that.
No News Not the Best News For Katie Couric's DebutI reached a point several years ago where I would turn to the evening news (there was no FoxNews back then) and would calculate the amount of time that elapsed before the show jumped to non-news about breast implants or pollution in a creek in Guatemala or the latest hair transplant technique. I never went more than seven minutes before I turned the station.
By Tom Shales, The Washington Post
A title change would seem to be in order. Maybe "The CBS Evening No-News." Or "The CBS Evening Magazine." Or "30 Minutes."
Yesterday ... was apparently a no-news day in the opinion of Executive Producer Rome Hartman, the staff and [Katie] Couric herself, since ... (link)
It appears that the more things change the more they stay the same.
For what it's worth, I didn't catch Katie's coronation. I was watching the news on Fox.
God help us.
Democrats say U.S. less safe since 9/11To prove they have figured out this terrorism stuff, the Democrats sent President Bush a letter reiterating their really heart-felt belief that we should redeploy our troops that are fighting the terrorists in Iraq to a more effective staging area where they can fight ... Wal-Mart presumably, although Wal-Mart hasn't yet opened a store on the island of Okinawa. That's the implication anyway. Make that an unequivocal explication.
By Amy Fagan and Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
Democrats are going toe to toe with Republicans on national security in the final months before November's elections, calling for the ouster of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and claiming that America is less safe today than before the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"Under the Bush administration and this Republican Congress, America is less safe, facing greater threats and unprepared for the dangerous world in which we live," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said yesterday. (link)
Uh, I think I'll trust the adults when it comes to the security of our children and grandchildren, Harry.
Big Oil Find Is Reported Deep in GulfGreat news for our energy-starved world.
By Clifford Krauss, The New York Times
An announcement yesterday by three oil companies of a successful production test in the Gulf of Mexico — potentially the largest American oil find in a generation — was seen by experts as ushering in a new era in ultra-deepwater offshore drilling.
Chevron, Devon Energy and Statoil ASA, the Norwegian oil giant, reported that they had found 3 billion to 15 billion barrels in several fields 175 miles offshore, 30,000 feet below the gulf’s surface, among formations of rock and salt hundreds of feet thick. (link)
One of us was right. Non-Washington Republicans are finding the opposite to be true:
In Bellwether District, G.O.P. Runs on ImmigrationRepublicans can take a liberal Republican's advice and find meaningless common ground with liberal Democrats, ground we've already been over that resulted in the invasion of 12 million illegals, or we can hold off for now and fight for serious border control - the core issue - another day.
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times
... while Congress is unlikely to enact major immigration legislation before November, inaction does not make the issue any less potent in campaigning. In fact, many Republicans, on the defensive here and around the country over the war in Iraq, say they are finding that a hard-line immigration stance resonates not just with conservatives, who have been disheartened on other fronts this year, but also with a wide swath of voters in districts where control of the House could be decided.
“Immigration is an issue that is really popping, “ said Dan Allen, a Republican strategist. “It is an issue that independents are paying attention to as well. It gets us talking about security and law and order.” (link)
Take a stand! and the people will stand with you.