House Defies Bush and Passes Insurance BillKeep pushing, fellas. Keep pushing.
By Robert Pear, The New York Times
Washington, Oct. 25 — Once again defying a veto threat from President Bush, the House on Thursday passed a bill to provide health insurance for 10 million children. But supporters did not have enough votes to override the promised veto.
The bill was approved by a vote of 265 to 142, less than the two-thirds needed to override a veto.
Of the Republicans who voted against the bill last week, none voted for the new version. And one Republican who supported the old bill, Representative Vernon J. Ehlers of Michigan, voted against the new one, citing concerns that the measure had been brought up on short notice, without enough input from Republicans. (link)
Friday, October 26, 2007
Warner, Gilmore likely to face offVirginia becoming the land of limp-wristed pantywaists? Let's put it to the test.
Davis' choice not to run for Senate sets up battle between ex-governors
By Tyler Whitley, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
A matchup between two former governors appears likely after 11th District Rep. Thomas M. Davis III withdrew his name yesterday from the 2008 U.S. Senate race.
While former Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore did not formally announce his candidacy yesterday, aides indicated he would do so after the Nov. 6 General Assembly elections.
Former Gov. Mark R. Warner, a Democrat who succeeded Gilmore in the Executive Mansion, already has announced.
The winner of the Senate race will succeed retiring Sen. John W. Warner, a Republican who has called Northern Virginia his home since first winning election in 1978. The two Warners are not related. (link)
"We must end the silence on this legacy of terror, or that wall of mistrust will never be dismantled."
Up to this point in time I just assumed that the silence had to do with the fact that America had moved on to a happier place. Perhaps not.
Anyway, we now come across some disturbing news out of that den of iniquity - Jena, Mississippi. Disturbing because, if it proves to be true, there is no reason for that Times-Dispatch columnist to have his undies abunch:
The reporter goes on to list and expound upon a total of 12 media myths relating to this incident. All as flagrant as these two.
Media myths about the Jena 6
A local journalist tells the story you haven't heard.
By Craig Franklin, Christian Science Monitor
Jena, La. - By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they've all heard the story of the "Jena 6." White students hanging nooses barely punished, a schoolyard fight, excessive punishment for the six black attackers, racist local officials, public outrage and protests – the outside media made sure everyone knew the basics.
There's just one problem: The media got most of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing but false narrative of racial injustice.
Myth 1: The Whites-Only Tree. There has never been a "whites-only" tree at Jena High School. Students of all races sat underneath this tree.
Myth 2: Nooses a Signal to Black Students. According to the expulsion committee, the crudely constructed nooses were not aimed at black students. Instead, they were understood to be a prank by three white students aimed at their fellow white friends, members of the school rodeo team. (link)
You'd do well to read the whole thing. It's yet again an example of how poorly those in the mainstream media do their jobs.
This of course won't stop our modern-day slave traders - Sharpton, Jackson, Times-Dispatch columnists - from plying that trade, finding dire implications in the most discrepant of places. They'll continue to see a noose hanging from a doorknob or from a tree limb - in a fruit salad - and set out to indict 300 million people for its existence.
But most of us now know what's going on. And, as that columnist made clear above, we'll remain silent. By choice. We all have better things to worry about.
And soon after, I took it back down. Out of disgust.
You see, I found out what the people behind it - behind Google* - really think of guys like me. For example, see this jaw-dropping weblog post describing an exchange between a blogger and "The Google AdSense Team." The blogger was notified that he was being dropped by Google because his weblog was deemed to be in violation of the company's policy. His crime? He devoted space to the discussion of firearms.
Then there is this instance where Greg of BVBL fame ran afoul - apparently - of Google for having tried to edit the ad content flow on his own blog (though it's permissible to filter the type of ads that appear, he did the impermissible - he filtered out Barack Obama ads). This, admittedly, happened long after I parted company with Google AdSense but the internet is rife with such examples.
So, just how politically motivated are these people who make the decisions at Google?
This should give you pause:
New questions raised on Google, MoveOn.org relationshipRead the whole thing.
By Robert Cox, The Examiner
Washington - Internal documents obtained by The Examiner shine new light on MoveOn.org’s “General Betray Us” ad and raise fresh questions about the far-left advocacy group’s misleading statements on the issue and its relationship with Google, a major donor to its political action committee.
The documents show how MoveOn.org used dubious claims of trademark infringement and threats of litigation to silence critics of its recent controversial full-page ad in The New York Times attacking Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. general in Iraq, which appeared the day he was testifying before Congress on the war effort. Among those critics was Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who is seeking a third term.
After The Examiner exclusively reported Oct. 11 that Google had banned four anti-MoveOn.org ads placed by the Collins campaign, Google and MoveOn.org each sought to portray the ban as unrelated to the Petraeus ad controversy. The documents obtained by The Examiner, however, show a direct link between the two events. (link)
What caught my eye was that "... Google, a major donor to [MoveOn.org's] political action committee." Google appears to be in cahoots with one of the most radically leftist smear campaigns operating within our borders today.
What can we do about it? Well, nothing really. Just file it in the memory banks. Know and understand who we're up against here. We have powerful enemies. The leadership at Google has decided to be one of them.
* A disclaimer: This website is powered by Blogger, which was purchased by Google back in 2003.
From a soldier being sent out on another tour of duty into the combat zone yesterday:
We arrived in Atlanta with only about a half an hour before my report time to the USO for processing for my flight to Shannon, Ireland and then Kuwait. I had to get a quick nicotine fix and find something to eat. They formed us into a line upstairs at the USO, probably 200 or more of us, and took us downstairs in two long lines. Soldiers and Marines paired two by two in a long line snaked through the airport towards the Army Personnel Command desk to do our formalities. As we wove through the airport, the throngs of travelers began to applaud. (link)America, you rock.
But she has the machine. And she has the powerbrokers. And she has a good chunk of Hollywood. So ...
Analysis: It's Clinton's Race to Lose...A suggestion to Obama's handlers: It's not too late. Start the drumbeat. There has never been, in the history of this great nation, a phenomenon to develop like this:
By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer
Washington (AP) - Memo to the Democratic presidential candidates: You can still beat Hillary Rodham Clinton, but you better act fast.
The former first lady looks more likely to win the nomination every day, showing strength in polling, fundraising and setting the campaign agenda.
She's so strong, in fact, that the race has become about her. And Democratic operatives from presidential campaigns past and present say the only way for any other candidate to win the nomination is to make an even stronger case against her. (link)
Poll: Half say they would never vote for Hillary for presidentThat's an astounding number. It should give Democratic strategists pause. And Republican strategists the warm & fuzzies.
While she is winning wide support in nationwide samples among Democrats in the race for their party’s presidential nomination, half of likely voters nationwide said they would never vote for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows.
The online survey of 9,718 likely voters nationwide showed that 50 percent said Clinton would never get their presidential vote. (link)
It's not too late ...