Thursday, December 07, 2006
Dennis Miller Has Advice for The Six Imams
Virginia group stays true to messageThe Republican Party engine is fueled by a socio-political set of principles (unlike the other party that is driven by slogans and an overpowering need to just win "the race") that are based upon social and fiscal conservatism. When those principles are diluted, the engine sputters to a halt - a la 2006.
By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times
Virginia conservatives say they are galvanizing their base and raising money to elect candidates who share their core principles, even if that means campaigning against Republicans.
"We're looking at good, fiscal conservative candidates for 2007 and are very excited about getting them elected to the Virginia Senate, where we believe the real leadership problems exists," said Robin DeJarnette, executive director of the Virginia Conservative Action PAC (VCAP).
Virginia's conservative campaign mirrors a national movement that ascribes the Republicans' historic losses in Congress last month to the Bush administration and national Republicans' abandonment of conservative tenets such as limited spending, lower taxes and enforcement of immigration laws. (link)
A good cleansing of all those politicians who forgot what got them to Richmond - and Washington - is in order. It's time to get that engine humming again.
Perhaps the Times has reason to suspect Mr. Mailer's creative genius - or lack thereof - but there may be a simple reason why an author would include a bibliography with a novel. When Michael Crichton, my favorite novelist (who has a new one coming out this week), was writing State of Fear, he did exhaustive research on the subject of - what might be termed - the dark underbelly of the environmentalist movement as well as on the shaky theories environmentalists espouse. His purpose in writing the book was (if I may be so bold) threefold: (1) to write another great novel, (2) expose environmentalists for what they are and (3) make a wad of cash.
At the End of the Book
New York Times editorial
Should a novel end with a bibliography? And if it does, is it pomposity or an effort to come clean about one’s sources? Norman Mailer includes a bibliography at the end of his forthcoming “The Castle in the Forest,” and when Mr. Mailer tinkers with the genre, people pay attention. But these are old questions. They were raised definitively in 1922 by T. S. Eliot, who provided end notes for his most important poem, “The Waste Land.”
No one is quite certain what Eliot meant by those notes. But he was certainly not trying to ward off possible accusations of plagiarism, which may be what some authors — though perhaps not Mr. Mailer — have in mind when they append a bibliography to a novel. (link)
Having stimulated interest in number (2), it makes good sense that he would want his readers to learn more on the subject so as to stop these people from destroying our way of life.
The Times asks: Should a novel end with a bibliography? I answer: When Michael Chrichton's doing it for the greater good ...
If that's the case, then why do a growing number of gay partners feel it necessary to get into the breeding game (if by a backdoor* method) like normal** people?
Cheney Pregnancy Stirs Debate on Gay RightsSex isn't about procreation. Sex is about (those jollies and ...) heterosexuals procreating so that homosexuals can share in the procreation process.
By Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times
Washington, Dec. 6 — Mary Cheney, a daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, is expecting a baby with her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, Mr. Cheney’s office said Wednesday.
Lea Anne McBride, a spokeswoman for Mr. Cheney, said the vice president and his wife, Lynne Cheney, were “looking forward with eager anticipation” to the baby’s birth, which is expected this spring and will bring to six the number of grandchildren the Cheneys have. (link)
Makes perfect sense.
* Disclaimer: OK, I got a few too many chuckles out of this. But the subject matter is meant to be taken seriously.
** Before you comment (sans F word), get out your dictionary (I prefer the statistical usage) and look up the definition of the words norm and normal.
A Blueprint for Iraq: Will It Work in the White House?Disengagement. A great strategy perfected by Napoleon in Russia in 1812.
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The New York Times
Washington, Dec. 6 — In 142 stark pages, the Iraq Study Group report makes an impassioned plea for bipartisan consensus on the most divisive foreign policy issue of this generation. Without President Bush, that cannot happen.
... the report confronts the president with a powerful argument that his policy in Iraq is not working and that he must move toward disengagement. (link)
I'm looking forward to reading those 142 pages of "bipartisan consensus" (Was al Qaeda part of that consensus?). I'm hoping there's a chapter in there about where we should hide our children and grandchildren after the "disengagement."
Along the same lines ...
Will It Work on the Battlefield? Options Are Based on HopeA goal that is "entirely impractical" brought about by "the absense of political will." John Kerry has taken charge after all.
By Michael R. Gordon, The New York Times
The military recommendations issued yesterday by the Iraq Study Group are based more on hope than history and run counter to assessments made by some of its own military advisers.
Ever since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States has struggled in vain to tamp down the violence in Iraq and to build up the capacity of Iraq’s security forces. Now the study group is positing that the United States can accomplish in little more than one year what it has failed to carry out in three.
Jack Keane, the retired Army chief of staff who served on the group’s panel of military advisers, described that goal as entirely impractical. “Based on where we are now we can’t get there,” General Keane said in an interview, adding that the report’s conclusions say more about “the absence of political will in Washington than the harsh realities in Iraq.” (link)
Our Commander-In-Chief would do well to ignore this plea for the bad guys to be nice to us and to keep the focus on winning this very winnable war on terror.
It's an unfortunate truth that most of America has turned against the effort. And they'll remain against it until they're once again for it - when we are victorious.
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1. Writing a soon-to-be-award-winning column for an award-winning newspaper of some considerable reputation and not having the on-line version of said column denote the author.
Update 12-08-06, 6:09 am: Never mind. It's been fixed. My name appears. My ego is less fragile this morning.