Rush Limbaugh: Anatomy of a Smear
Our junior senator, James Webb, comes into the conversation. He swallowed the left-wing/media Kool Aid and embarrassed himself. Again.
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For a Democrat, Options in Iraq Could Be FewDo you get the impression that these nitwits will still be massaging their position on the war long after it is won?
Hopefuls Seen as Unlikely To Effect Rapid Change
By Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post Staff Writer
In their debate Wednesday night in Hanover, N.H., none of the three top Democratic presidential candidates would promise to have the U.S. military out of Iraq by January 2013 -- more than five years from now. (link)
Defense amendment glides through SenateHarry F. Byrd move over.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times
U.S. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia and fellow freshman Democrats won unanimous approval Thursday night for a measure creating an independent commission to investigate U.S. wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The amendment creates a bipartisan panel similar to one created by Harry Truman to examine ... (link)
Boxer Amdt. No. 2947; To reaffirm strong support for all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and to strongly condemn attacks on the honor, integrity, and patriotism of any individual who is serving or has served honorably in the United States Armed Forces, by any person or organization.Her amendment was rejected 50 to 47 (a 3/5th majority was required for passage).
Taiwan Plans Missiles Able to Hit ChinaMilitary confrontation is a certainty. And the United States over the years has pledged to come to Taiwan's defense, should the communist Chinese invade.
By David Lague, The New York Times
Taipei, Taiwan — Faced with a threatening military buildup by China, an increasingly outgunned Taiwan is quietly pushing ahead with plans to develop missiles that could strike the mainland, defense and security experts say.
Taiwan successfully tested its first cruise missile with that kind of range this year, one that could send a nearly 900-pound warhead more than 600 miles, to targets as distant as Shanghai, military analysts said.
Some Taiwanese military specialists have argued for decades that Taiwan should develop offensive weapons, including missiles, as a deterrent to the mainland, which has threatened to attack the self-governing island if it moves toward formal independence. The Pentagon estimates that China has deployed 900 missiles across from Taiwan. (link)
As Prices Soar, U.S. Food Aid Buys LessI have unwavering faith that the law of supply and demand will rectify the imbalance that has suddenly been created between the need for grain foods and the inadequate supplies that exist, as a result of so much corn and soy bean production going to the ethanol plants (though it's that same law that has created this mess).
By Celia W. Dugger, The New York Times
Soaring food prices, driven in part by demand for ethanol made from corn, have helped slash the amount of food aid the government buys to its lowest level in a decade, possibly resulting in more hungry people around the world this year.
The United States, the world’s dominant donor, has purchased less than half the amount of food aid this year that it did in 2000, according to new data from the Department of Agriculture.
“The people who are starving and have to rely on food aid, they will suffer,” Jean Ziegler, who reports to the United Nations on hunger and food issues, said in an interview this week. (link)
Chemists poke holes in ozone theoryRead the whole thing. And learn.
As the world marks 20 years since the introduction of the Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer, Nature has learned of experimental data that threaten to shatter established theories of ozone chemistry. If the data are right, scientists will have to rethink their understanding of how ozone holes are formed and how that relates to climate change. (link)
Where's My Free Wi-Fi?Read the whole thing. Then decide how much you're willing to pay for the convenience of wireless internet. It's a great concept. Almost as wonderful as this. But "great" never comes cheap. We now await the actual price tag.
Why municipal wireless networks have been such a flop.
It's hard to dislike the idea of free municipal wireless Internet access. Imagine your town as an oversized Internet cafe, with invisible packets floating everywhere as free as the air we breathe. That fanciful vision inspired many cities to announce the creation of free wireless networks in recent years. This summer, reality hit—one city after another has either canceled deployments or offered a product that's hardly up to the hype. What happened—was the idea all wrong?
Not quite. The basic idea of offering Internet access as a public service is sound. The problem is that cities haven't thought of the Internet as a form of public infrastructure that—like subway lines, sewers, or roads—must be paid for. Instead, cities have labored under the illusion that, somehow, everything could be built easily and for free by private parties. That illusion has run straight into the ancient economics of infrastructure and natural monopoly. The bottom line: City dwellers won't be able to get
high-quality wireless Internet access for free. If they want it, collectively, they'll have to pay for it.
In liberal Hollywood -- just like in the mainstream media and academia -- the decks are stacked against conservatives and Republicans. We know it.Narrow-minded bigots have existed throughout my lifetime. When I was young, they included a lot of the virulent anti-communist right among us. Today they're the Hollywood left.
My father-in-law, Orson Bean, an author, comedian and actor, was once blacklisted as a Communist back in the '50s. Ed Sullivan called him to say he could no longer book him on the show. Fifty years later, and after a sharp ideological metamorphosis, Orson says it's harder now to be an open conservative on a Hollywood set than it was back then to be a Communist.
When the rape charges arose, [Duke University president Richard] Brodhead's options were to appease Duke's leftist faculty or to grant Duke students the presumption of innocence. The faculty made it clear to Brodhead that he could not do both. At an emergency meeting of the Academic Council on March 30, 2006, Brodhead urged caution and asked faculty to wait for the facts to come out. But the assembled professors, around 10 percent of the arts and sciences faculty, responded with vitriolic attacks against the team.This gets to be really frightening. These people are that dangerous.
Knowing that Harvard president Larry Summers had recently lost a faculty no-confidence vote at Harvard, Brodhead made his choice. Shortly after the March 30 meeting with the faculty "lynch mob," Brodhead cancelled the lacrosse season and appointed a “Campus Culture Initiative” to explore issues raised by the case. Three of the four subcommittees were chaired by gang of 88 members. And one of the four student members had sent a nasty and arguably threatening email to the Duke lacrosse coach, a fact known to Brodhead. Thus, Brodhead "got out of jail" with his faculty by, in effect, throwing overboard three student athletes who faced the possibility of 30 years in jail, along with the rest of the lacrosse team and its coach.
Asked about what he could do about "inner-city kids partaking in violence" at the MTV/MySpace Forum yesterday, Democratic candidate John Edwards offered an apocalyptic prediction for young black males:It's no wonder liberals like John Edwards want to hand black Americans money and provide them with food, clothing and shelter. They don't think black males are anything other than potential losers (and criminals) in this society and will never amount to anything.
“We cannot build enough prisons to solve this problem. And the idea that we can keep incarcerating and keep incarcerating — pretty soon we’re not going to have a young African-American male population in America. They’re all going to be in prison or dead. One of the two.”
Clinton: $5,000 for Every U.S. BabyShe did not offer an estimate of the cost or how she would pay for it.* In fact, she wouldn't be paying for it. We would. Our children would. Our grandchildren would. Our great grandchildren ...
By Devlin Barrett, Associated Press Writer
Washington (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 "baby bond" from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home.
Clinton, her party's front-runner in the 2008 race, made the suggestion during a forum hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus.
"I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so that when that young person turns 18 if they have finished high school they will be able to access it to go to college or maybe they will be able to make that downpayment on their first home," she said.
The New York senator did not offer any estimate of the total cost of such a program or how she would pay for it. Approximately 4 million babies are born each year in the United States. (link)
Baby On BoardUnbelievable. And goofballs like Stephanie Tubbs Jones are running things.
"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 'baby bond,' from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home," the Associated Press reports. Mrs. Clinton drew applause from at least one lawmaker:
"I think it's a wonderful idea," said Rep. Stephanie Stubbs [sic] Jones, an Ohio Democrat who attended the event and has already endorsed Clinton. "Every child born in the United States today owes $27,000 on the national debt, why not let them come get $5,000 to grow until their [sic] 18?"
Uhh, maybe so they won't owe $32,000 on the national debt?