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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Quote Of The Day

From James Taranto, "Best of the Web Today":

"'Democrat John Edwards said Tuesday that he worked for a hedge fund between presidential campaigns to learn about financial markets and their relationship to poverty,' the Associated Press reports. You almost have to admire someone who says something so patently untrue and is so brazen about it..."

"Trimming The Hedges," May 9, 2007

Now There's a Good source

I'll bet the boys over at the Roanoke Times thought this made sense:
Talking point

"If we don't see a light at the end of the tunnel, September is going to be a very bleak month for this administration."

-- Virginia's Democratic Rep. James Moran Jr., discussing the growing impatience among Republicans over the lack of progress in Iraq. (link)
Democrat (and major beanbrain) Jim Moran is used as an authority on Republican impatience, or lack thereof.

Now there's a powerful argument.

Bad News

John Warner may run for reelection after all.

Which party he'll represent isn't made clear:
Sen. Warner leans toward running again
By Dale Eisman, The Roanoke Times

Washington -- Even as his chief of staff prepared to take a job in private industry, U.S. Sen. John Warner edged closer Tuesday to a bid for a sixth term next year.

He has not made a decision and won't until late summer, the Republican told reporters, but "I'm very interested in staying." (
link)
It speaks volumes that this story emanates from Washington. That, after all, is where Warner's favored constituency resides.

As for those of us back here in Virginia not-Washington, well, we are but a faded, distant memory.


I hope the man reconsiders. There are some great Republicans here who can represent the commonwealth well and make us all proud.

A Pitifully Weak Argument

The Washington Post argues this morning ("A Good Fight") that one of the most lawless cities in America - Washington D.C. - should take its gun ban case to the Supreme Court, maintaining, despite the nation's capital having horrendous murder and violent crime rates that have not improved since layers upon layers of gun laws have been instituted over recent decades, that things could have been "much worse."

Tell it to the tens of thousands who have been murdered. Tell it to the hundreds of thousands who have fled the city in terror. Tell it to the million who cower in their homes in fear.

Could have been much worse. It can't get worse.

Where Hatred Thrives

No, it ain't Selma, Alabama.

Two stories this morning highlight the fact that New York City harbors the most hate-filled and intolerant people in America.

First, there's this:

Romney Rips 'Bigoted' Al
By Ian Bishop, The New York Post

May 10, 2007 -- Washington - GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney yesterday slapped the Rev. Al Sharpton for making "a bigoted comment" about his Mormon faith.

During a debate Monday, Sharpton said of Romney, "as for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don't worry about that - that's a temporary situation."

Romney said: "It shows that bigotry still exists in some corners. It was a most unfortunate comment to make." (link)

And this:

Racial Pol Fight Hits The Streets
By Frankie Edozien, The New York Post

May 10, 2007 -- Several black city lawmakers yesterday accused their white colleagues of telling African Americans whom they can honor as the battle over naming a street for the late controversial activist Sonny Carson hit the City Council floor.

"How does it look to this city . . . that the three white male members of the City Council . . . tell an entire black community no, and then say it's not racial?" said Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn). (link)


Barron and Sharpton are both the worst kind of bigot, the kind who will climb aboard a bus bound for Corinth, Mississippi to stage a protest there against hate ... and spew hate-filled invective the whole way down and back.

And one of them was a Democratic candidate for president.

Remind me to put New York City on my list of places to visit.

Like I Said

The New York Post has the same reaction this morning to the shameful antics of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius that I had yesterday. After beating up on Barack Obama for saying there were 10,000 deaths resulting from the tornado that ripped through the town of Greensburg the other day (he's so vulnerable to heaping piles of scorn over this that I feel sorry for him, almost), the Post has this:

Kansas: The Real Shame
editorial

... tornadoes happen in Kansas - if you doubt it, rent "The Wizard of Oz."

So it would be reasonable for Kansans to expect their state government to be prepared for such an event.

Instead, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been complaining for years of a "looming crisis" traceable to the fact that a lot of Kansas National Guard heavy equipment had been deployed to Iraq.

Complaining is always easier than discharging the responsibilities of office. (link)


There's a lesson to be learned here. Beware of governors named Kathleen.

There Are Things Best Left a Mystery

I don't watch a whole lot of TV any more, so many of the "big" names, hit shows, and big screen extravaganzas in Hollywood are foreign to me.

And I think that may be a good thing.

Here's the first sentence of a movie review ("Georgia Rule") by Reed Tucker in this morning's New York Post:

"Even in America, where the definition of a 'star' has now been stretched far enough to include someone who poops herself on 'Flavor of Love,' Lindsay Lohan is pushing it."

I don't even want to know ...

Goodbye, Rudy

Well, it was grand while you were with us. But now that we're parting ways: Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

Rudy Giuliani has decided he can win the presidency by wooing the Democrat vote in the Republican primaries.

Now I'm not all that bright but ...
Giuliani to Support Abortion Rights
By Adam Nagourney and Marc Santora, The New York Times


After months of conflicting signals on abortion, Rudolph W. Giuliani is planning to offer a forthright affirmation of his support for abortion rights in public forums, television appearances and interviews in the coming days, despite the potential for bad consequences among some conservative voters already wary of his views, aides said yesterday.

At the same time, Mr. Giuliani’s campaign — seeking to accomplish the unusual task of persuading Republicans to nominate an abortion rights supporter — is eyeing a path to the nomination that would try to de-emphasize the early states in which abortion opponents wield a great deal of influence. Instead ... (link)
Who's this guy's campaign strategist? Paris Hilton? Cindy Sheehan? Al Sharpton? Screamin' Howie?

The Daily Briefing From Congress To Osama bin Ladin

From: Moderate Congressional Republicans
To: Osama bin Ladin
Via: The New York Times
Date: May 10, 2007

Moderates in G.O.P. Warn Bush on Iraq
By Carl Hulse and Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times

Washington, May 9 — Moderate Republicans gave President Bush a blunt warning on his Iraq policy at a private White House meeting this week, telling the president that conditions needed to improve markedly by fall or more Republicans would desert him on the war.

The White House session demonstrated the grave unease many Republicans are feeling about the war, even as they ... (
link)
Hold out till fall, Osama. It'll all be handed to you then.
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Or, as the Washington Times puts it, "War debate cited as aiding al Qaeda"

This Should Help Him Lose a Few Pounds

Michael Moore in prison garb. Being chased around his 6 by 10 foot cell by a very large, bald, neoNazi. Let me savor the imagery for a moment.
Michael Moore Faces U.S. Treasury Probe
By David Germain, Associated Press


Los Angeles - Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health-care documentary "Sicko," The Associated Press has learned.

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control notified Moore in a letter dated May 2 that it was conducting a civil investigation for possible violations of the U.S. trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba. (link)
So it's off to the slammer for the Democrats' favorite mouthpiece. Don't you fellas hurt him. Too much.

How About This For a Tortured Headline

From this morning's New York Times:

Gonzales Is Said to Seem Confident He Will Stay

"... is said to seem." What on Earth is that?