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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Talking Counterpoint

From this morning's Roanoke Times:
Talking point

"I am extremely doubtful about it. He's had quite a bit of time now. He's known exactly what he's had to do. He hasn't done it. His rhetoric is pretty good. His performance is pretty bad."

-- Former Rep. Lee Hamilton, co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, expressing doubts about Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's claim that his government can handle the nation's security without American troops. (link)
Talking Counterpoint:
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Lee Hamilton is a Democrat. Well, he was a Democrat before he retired from Congress back before most people had indoor plumbing. And he's 93 years old. He wouldn't recognize Iraq on a map any longer if someone rolled his wheelchair in front of it and pointed.

Ban Bans Bands

I can just imagine the number of copy editors out there who are itching to use that header.

It came to me when I read this:

Ban presses U.S. to use 'caution' in leaving Iraq
By Betsy Pisik, The Washington Times


New York — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged U.S. policy-makers yesterday to exercise "great caution" in considering any rapid withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq.

"It is not my place to inject myself into this discussion taking place between the American people, government and Congress," said Mr. Ban ..." (link)
Uh, Mr. Ban. You're right. It is not your place. So butt out. Before we ban you.

American People Ban Ban

Whipping Poverty Is Only The First Battle

From the Onion:
John Edwards Vows To End All Bad Things By 2011

Ames, IA—In an effort to jump-start a presidential campaign that still has not broken into the top Democratic tier, former Sen. John Edwards made his most ambitious policy announcement yet at a campaign event in Iowa Monday: a promise to eliminate all unpleasant, disagreeable, or otherwise bad things from all aspects of American life by the end of his second year in office.

"Many bad things are not just bad—they're terrible," said a beaming Edwards, whose "Only the Good Things" proposal builds upon previous efforts to end poverty, outlaw startlingly loud noises, and offer tax breaks to those who smile frequently. "Other candidates have plans that would reduce some of the bad things, but I want all of them gone completely." (link)
You laugh. Shame on you. He's trying to do good. You should encourage him. If for no other reason than it keeps him from reverting to his sinful and dastardly trial lawyer ways.

O, To Be Emperor

I should probably take a moment and explain Senator Jim Webb. He is a megalomaniac ("one who is debilitated by a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur"). That will help you understand what's going through his mind ("a terrible thing to waste") when he makes foolish statements like the following:
Webb lauds freshman power
By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times


Sen. James H. Webb Jr. says a new political power emerged in the Senate during the immigration debate: a group of freshman Democrats who bucked the chamber's leaders and sided with American workers, and who now turn their attention to bringing accountability to the war in Iraq.

"On the immigration bill, that was where the first clear announcement of independence occurred, sitting there talking among ourselves about what had happened out in the campaign trail ..." (link)
In reality ("the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be") Webb has accomplished nothing in his first year in the senate. Zip.

As for that amendment that he proposed (and thinks shook the planet), his colleagues swatted it away in a heartbeat without a second thought.

But don't bother trying to tell Jim. You'll not get through to him.

Webb is off winning the peace in Palestine. And curing bird flu. And parting the Red Sea. And boldly going where no man has gone before. And ...

Makes Sense To Me

If intelligence isn't a criterion for getting into and graduating from a particular college, then why bother with such things as SAT scores and tests? So what if the alumni end up with degrees in advanced nuclear physics and can't read the menu at the McDonald's where they begin their careers?

So it is at a whole mess of America's colleges today:
Test-optional colleges won't require SATs
By Amy Fagan, The Washington Times


With the traditional focus on taking the SATs and ACTs, it may be surprising to learn that some colleges allow prospective students to omit these scores from their applications.

About 739 accredited bachelor-degree-granting colleges have adopted "test-optional" policies — several of them recently, including George Mason University last year. While many are specialty institutions, like art and music schools, the list includes a growing number of liberal arts colleges as well ... (link)
Art and music schools. This bit of illumination goes a long way toward explaining that which passes for art and music in this year of our Lord 2007.

There's More Similarity Than They'll Admit

Barack Obama doesn't like being compared to Howard Dean. I wonder why.

The news:
Obama Faces the Test Dean Failed: Broadening Support
By Anne E. Kornblut and Perry Bacon Jr., Washington Post Staff Writers


He raises tens of millions of dollars over a few months. His supporters are passionate, almost fanatical. And his grass-roots movement threatens a more established rival.

A description of Howard Dean in 2003 or Sen. Barack Obama today?

Obama campaign advisers -- many of them campaign veterans who watched Dean's slow rise and rapid descent at close range -- reject the comparison, arguing that their candidate and organization won't repeat the mistakes of the former Vermont governor. (link)
Mistake number one, of course, being the fact that Dean let it get out that he is a raving maniac. And number two - he ended up losing every primary but one.

But there is an undeniable similarity to these two Democrats. And, with regard Obama, current polls are reflecting it. Neither Dean in 2004 nor Obama today had/have a message. They simply spout slogans.

In Dean's case, it was: "We must get out of Iraq now."

In Obama's case, it's "Up with the audacity of hope."

The mainstream media eat this kind of thing up, of course (check out this John Edwards ass kiss in today's Washington Post). But in both cases, they offer nothing more. They are empty suits - with great press.

The American people came to realize it early on in the 2004 Democratic primary (don't forget - Dean didn't even get to the point of being rejected by the general populace). The same is occurring with "the half-black dude from Hope."

In neither case is there a there there.

Ah, The Party Of Roosevelt & Truman & Kennedy & ...

... public schooled half-wits:

Fuhrer Furor In Dem's W. Blitz
Muslim Compares Prez To Hitler In 9/11 Rip
By Geoff Earle, New York Post Correspondent


Washington - Rep. Keith Ellison, the nation's first Muslim congressman, provoked outrage yesterday by comparing President Bush to Hitler and hinting the administration orchestrated the 9/11 attacks for political gain.

The controversy started when Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat who is serving his first term, parroted a comparison made by 9/11 conspiracy groups when he likened Sept. 11 to the burning of the German Reichstag during Hitler's rise to power.

"It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that ..." (link)
It kinda does?

There are one billion three hundred million Muslims in this world.

1,300,000,000.

There is one in Congress.

...................... 1

Is this moron the best you got?

Once And For All

News comes to us this morning that the liberal Democrats in Washington D.C. are doing us a huge favor. They are going to bring about an end to the debate over the right of the American people to keep and bear arms. Forever:

City to appeal overturning of handgun ban
By David C. Lipscomb, The Washington Times


D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced yesterday he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal court ruling against the city's 30-year-old handgun ban.

"We want to have strict handgun laws in the District of Columbia," said Mr. Fenty, a Democrat, outside the Metropolitan Police Department headquarters. "The response we've heard from the residents has been overwhelming to fight this to the Supreme Court, and that's exactly what we're doing." (link)
Of course, that's a total lie, and everyone knows it.

And leave it to a Democrat to propose that we support or reject the Bill of Rights based on opinion polls.

But to the point: The decision by a three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found the city's ban on handguns to be unconstitutional specifically because it violated the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. In taking the case, the U.S. Supreme Court will have to either invalidate the 2nd Amendment, support the bizarre notion that every entry in the Bill of Rights that contains the phrase "the right of the people" in fact refers to some collective right and not to rights guaranteed individual American citizens, or support the words as written ...

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

So it is written. So shall it be.

Thanks, liberal Democrats.

Now Who Will The Media Turn To?

John McCain's campaign is on life support:


Key Aides Abandon McC's Sinking Ship
AP


July 17, 2007 -- Washington - Sen. John McCain's top communications aides and several staffers in Iowa and South Carolina quit yesterday, the latest departures to hit the Arizona Republican as he struggles to rebound from financial and political woes.

Brian Jones, McCain's communications director, and his two deputies, Matt David and Danny Diaz, stepped down but plan to stay on through the week.

Also yesterday, Iowa Republican Party officials said they had been told McCain was closing his campaign in the state. But officials at McCain's campaign headquarters in suburban Washington disputed that, saying ... (link)
With Obama going nowhere in the polls and John Edwards out chasing his tail, the media have no one left to promote.

Except, that is, the sweet and loveable senator from New York ...

Doing What Republicans Do Best

Apologizing. Over and over and over and over ...
Senator Apologizes Again for Link to Prostitution Inquiry
By Adam Nossiter, The New York Times


Metairie, La., July 16 — Speaking for the first time since he acknowledged a connection to the so-called D.C. Madam a week ago, Senator David Vitter of Louisiana appeared briefly before reporters here Monday to apologize again and attack “political enemies” he said had spread falsehoods about him. (link)
I haven't a clue what "falsehoods" this guy's political enemies could be spreading about him that could be worse than what he's already apologized for. And continues to apologize for.

Had the nitwit just kept it in his pants in the first place ...

Reason To Be Optimistic?

Can we all agree that we want the conflict in Iraq to end soon?

Good.

According to those most knowledgeable, we may be heading in that direction - finally:

Pace Declares `sea Change' in Iraq
By The Associated Press


Ramadi, Iraq (AP) -- In his most optimistic remarks since the U.S. troop buildup began, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday that Iraq has undergone a ''sea change'' in security in recent months, and that this will influence his recommendation to President Bush on how long to continue the current strategy.

He was asked whether this would inform his thinking about whether to continue the current strategy, with extra U.S. troops battling to security Baghdad and Anbar province.

''It will because what I'm hearing now is a sea change that is taking place in many places here,'' he replied. ''It's no longer a matter of pushing al-Qaida out of Ramadi, for example, but rather -- now that they have been pushed out -- helping the local police and the local army have a chance to get their feet on the ground and set up their systems.'' (link)


We are going to be victorious. Despite the best efforts of the news media and the anti-American left. And when we win, watch them howl with disgust brought on by bitter disappointment.

And America will be stronger for it.

Palestine Is Beyond My Ability To Comprehend

This has never made sense to me:
Bush to Bolster Abbas and Seek Peace Talks
By Helene Cooper, The New York Times


Washington, July 16 — President Bush announced an initiative on Monday to shore up the Palestinian president and to begin building a Palestinian state, signaling that his administration will use its remaining months to make a major push for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Mr. Bush called for a regional peace conference this fall to be led by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that would include high-level Arab envoys and their counterparts from Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. He exhorted Israel’s Arab neighbors to open talks with Israel and ... (link)
I know that everyone in Washington and in U.N. circles thinks this is a swell idea - getting the two sides to the negotiating table. Which we've been doing for 50 years. Bill Clinton still receives plaudits from around the globe for having ... well, actually he accomplished squat. But he got the two sides to the negotiating table and ...

This never made a difference. Palestine is in worse shape than it was in 1950.
This won't make a difference. Until the Palestinian people decide they want to join the human race, the deterioration will continue.

So they'll talk. Hold your breath.