I’m happy to carry on the Round One losing tradition of a proud Orangeman!
By the way, kudos to Matt and Robbie for a very creative contest!
I’m happy to carry on the Round One losing tradition of a proud Orangeman!
By the way, kudos to Matt and Robbie for a very creative contest!
Outstanding news from Washington, DC this week. Finally, the silent majority of patriotic Americans have stood up to the terrorist-supporting, pro-socialist Leftists that have been at the root of all of the anti-war protests since 9/11/2001.
Michelle Malkin has a great roundup here.
It was a breath-taking, historic, and emotional day in Washington, D.C. You won’t know it if you tune in to the usual MSM channels. But new media–bloggers, conservative documentarians, Internet activists, FReepers (giant thread here), citizen journalists, photojournalists, and talk radio hosts–turned out in full force to participate and cover the Gathering of Eagles counter-protest.
Thousands upon thousands turned out despite freezing temperatures and hairy travel conditions. We met bikers who drove up all night from Huntsville, Alabama; a retired NYC firefighter who arrived here at 2am; college students who traveled from Massachusetts; a Vietnam veteran’s wife who bought plane tickets at the last minute from San Francisco; and countless participants who arrived as part of Move America Forward’s cross-country caravan.
And here is the HotAir video report from the “Gathering of Eagles” pro-American rally.
But even more basic than that was a desire to challenge the moral primacy of the “Blame America First” lobby whose unfettered access to and sympathy from the media these many years has made it seem as if passion and commitment were the sole province of the left and those that believe that America is usually on the side of the angels were condemned to silently endure the lies, the distortions, the outright calumnies emanating from the dirty necked galoots who fill up the streets in protest on a regular basis.
As much as it can be said that anti-war protests give aid and comfort to the enemy, the reverse should be true; that by coming out in such huge numbers, the pro troops demonstration should give heart to the Iraqi people and cause the insurgents a bit of discomfort.
It is about time that those who love our country stood up and take it back from the thugs of the Left who have taken over our national media outlets.
I’ll make it a point to go to the next “Gathering of Eagles” !!
(h/t – The Corner)
Republican Presidential Nomination Time 03/09 – 03/12 631 RV Giuliani 40% , McCain 20% Giuliani +20.0%
It will be very interesting to see how nasty McCain becomes if this trend on the GOP side continues. By the way, even though the MSM has ignored it, Rudy has been the GOP frontrunner for the better part of a year now.
15 Minute Fame Clock still ticking…..
Jim To Dina: I Want Custody – The Pot & The Kettle
Former Gov. James E. McGreevey has revised his divorce lawsuit against his estranged wife and is now seeking sole custody of the couple’s 5-year-old daughter — and child support.
The new documents make no mention of a “matrimonial settlement agreement” that McGreevey’s original divorce filing said had resolved all issues of custody and support.
So why the change? Maybe it has to do with the fact that Jim has said that he and his partner, Mark O’Donnell, “plan to enter into a civil union after the divorce is finalized.”
I’m sure “The Pot” will keep us informed of any new details in the life of the most famous, self-declared “gay American” of our generation. Thanks, Pot!
**UPDATE** — March 19: WSJ notes that the media is catching up to Al Gore’s environmental hypocrisy. Better late than never, right? (h/t – Michigan-Matt)
Al Gore Jr. received more than $500,000 in royalties from the owners of zinc mines who held mineral leases on his farm near Carthage, Tenn. Now the mines have a new owner and are scheduled to reopen later this year.
Before the mines closed in 2003, they emitted thousands of pounds of toxic substances and several times, the water discharged from the mines into nearby rivers had levels of toxins above what was legal.
State environmental officials say the mine has had a good environmental record and there is no evidence of unusual health problems in the area. [GP Ed. Note – I’d hate to see a bad environmental record!]
But the mine’s reopening again raises concerns about threats to the environment.
And if you want to read a great and intelligent smackdown of the Gore Environmental Hypocrisy — check out Charles Krauthammer’s column in TIME Magazine this week.
Remember the Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Gore global-warming pitch at the Academy Awards? Before they spoke, the screen at the back of the stage flashed not-so-subliminal messages about how to save the planet. My personal favorite was “Ride mass transit.” This to a conclave of Hollywood plutocrats who have not seen the inside of a subway since the moon landing and for whom mass transit means a stretch limo seating no fewer than 10.
Leo and Al then portentously announced that for the first time ever, the Academy Awards ceremony had gone green. What did that mean? Solar panels in the designer gowns? It turns out that the Academy neutralized the evening’s “carbon footprint” by buying carbon credits. That means it sent money to a “carbon broker,” who promised, after taking his cut, to reduce carbon emissions somewhere on the planet equivalent to what the stars spewed into the atmosphere while flying in on their private planes.
In other words, the rich reduce their carbon output by not one ounce. But drawing on the hundreds of millions of net worth in the Kodak Theatre, they pull out lunch money to buy ecological indulgences. The last time the selling of pardons was prevalent–in a predecessor religion to environmentalism called Christianity–Martin Luther lost his temper and launched the Reformation.
Gore buys absolution, however. He spends pocket change on carbon credits, which then allow him to pollute conscience-free.
What is wrong with this scam? First, purchasing carbon credits is an incentive to burn even more fossil fuels, since now it is done under the illusion that it’s really cost-free to the atmosphere.
Second, it is a way for the rich to export the real costs and sacrifices of pollution control to the poorer segments of humanity in the Third World. (Apparently, Hollywood’s plan is to make up for that by adopting every last one of their children.)
Al Gore: Using his private jet to fly to a city near you to lecture you on never doing the things he can do.
This morning, AOL headlines its top news with the line, “E-mails Show Rove Involved in Firings,” but when you click on that link, you learn only of one line in an e-mail where Kyle Sampson, the op aide to Alberto Gonzalez, wrote about firing all the U.S. attorneys that “if Karl thinks there would be political will to do it, then so do I.”
Note the conditional here. This statement says nothing about what Karl Rove thinks, but instead offers insight into how Sampson would react if Rove thought there was political will to replace the attorneys. In a January 6 e-mail, Colin Newman, roughly quoting a conversation he had with Rove, writes that he asked “how we planned to proceed regarding US Attorneys, whether we were going to allow all to stay, request resignations from all and accept only some of them, or selectively replace them, etc.” Note that Rove asked how they were planning to proceed, thus indicating that he was aware of plans to replace some or all of the U.S. Attorneys.
That does confirm that the White House was involved. Only 8 of the attorneys were replaced — and long after the e-mails were written (one was fired last summer, the remaining seven in December).
It doesn’t seem that Rove himself did anything wrong. To be sure, Newsweek‘s
Michael Isikoff is correct to write that the president’s top political aide “had a greater level of involvement in the dismissal of the prosecutors than the White House has previously acknowledged.” But, a greater involvement than previously disclosed doesn’t amount to scandal.
Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY concludes that “Karl Rove was in the middle of this mess from the beginning.” Yeah, he was involved. But, given what Sampson wrote about political will, it seems that if anything Rove encouraged his colleagues to proceed more cautiously. Let me repeat only 8 U.S. Attorneys (fewer than 10%) were fired — and long after this e-mail exchange.
Given that the U.S. Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president, it makes sense that his top political aides would offer advice on whether to replace them. The Administration should have been more forthcoming about the reasons for the firing. Once again, poor public relations skills lead to the perception of a scandal.
And once again, the MSM seems convinced that Karl Rove had been involved in some kind of scandal. Given that Rove never misrepresented his role in the firings of the U.S. Attorneys, the issue is not his misdeeds, but why other Administration officials were not as forthcoming as they should have been about the President exercising his prerogative to dismiss appointees who serve at his pleasure.
To me, this appears more clumsy than scandalous. And the latest headlines combined with the overblown rhetoric of Democrats like Schumer shows how the MSM and the Democrats are ever eager to paint Karl Rove in a negative light.
Why is it that so many on the left are so opposed to President Bush that they can’t acknowledge any of his accomplishments? It is as if they believe he is only capable of failure. And while we (just like most conservatives) have acknowledged his mistakes — and failures, his ideological adversaries refuse to admit that he has gotten a few things right, content are they to blather on about how he’s the worst president in U.S. history while twisting his record to fit their rhetoric.
Although the stock market has slipped in recent days, it is still considerably higher than it was when Bush took office. The economy continues to hum along, growing annually and creating new jobs while inflation remains relatively low. And we have captured or killed a number of leading terrorists, thwarting numerous plots to kill innocent civilians.
In the news this week, we learn of the role of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (long in U.S. Custody) in plotting the 9/11 attacks, in beheading “American journalist Daniel Pearl and [playing] a central role in 30 other attacks and plots in the U.S. and worldwide.” This terrorist’s confession is clearly a sign of success in the war on terror (or as our man Rudy puts it, terror’s war on us).
Yet, some on the left are so caught up in their hatred of President Bush that they show sympathy for a man who boasts of decapitating an American journalist, refusing to acknowledge that, under his leadership, we were able to work with our allies to capture this fiend and get him to admit to his involvement in numerous terrorist plots, many of which may well have been thwarted “as a result of his capture.”
Despite this man’s clear involvement in plots which killed (or planned to kill) innocent Americans, as 2006 blogress diva nominee Debbie Schlussel (via NewsBusters via reader Peter Hughes), Rosie O’Donnell is worried we will rob this creep “‘of all humanity’ because we call him a ‘terrorist.’” She suggests that he has been tortured at Guantanamo without any evidence to buttress her claims. Not only that, she notes that, after nearly four years in captivity, this thug finally confesses his sins, apparently unaware that he had been suspected of such involvement long before his 2003 capture.
Senator Simpson was always a political hero of mine as a kid. I admired his bluntness and his smart wit. But it is only as a gay adult that I have truly appreciated Simpson’s compassion and true (“small c”) conservativeness.
As a lifelong Republican who served in the Army in Germany, I believe it is critical that we review — and overturn — the ban on gay service in the military. I voted for “don’t ask, don’t tell.” But much has changed since 1993.
My thinking shifted when I read that the military was firing translators because they are gay. According to the Government Accountability Office, more than 300 language experts have been fired under “don’t ask, don’t tell,” including more than 50 who are fluent in Arabic. This when even Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently acknowledged the nation’s “foreign language deficit” and how much our government needs Farsi and Arabic speakers. Is there a “straight” way to translate Arabic? Is there a “gay” Farsi? My God, we’d better start talking sense before it is too late. We need every able-bodied, smart patriot to help us win this war.
Since 1993, I have had the rich satisfaction of knowing and working with many openly gay and lesbian Americans, and I have come to realize that “gay” is an artificial category when it comes to measuring a man or woman’s on-the-job performance or commitment to shared goals. It says little about the person. Our differences and prejudices pale next to our historic challenge.
In a relevant side note, my personal crusade against the Hypocritical Rights Campaign began the night of the HRC’s alleged Capitol Hill “vigil” following the murder of Matthew Shepard in Sen. Simpson’s home state of Wyoming. Simpson was booed by the gay-dominated crowd when he was introduced to speak at the “vigil”. (I put “vigil” in quotes because it immediately turned into an HRC-sponsored pep rally for Democrat Congressional Candidates on the steps of the US Capitol).
I was disgusted that people would treat Sen. Simpson with such disrespect when he spoke from the heart about the murder of Shepard in his backyard. Simpson was a rare Republican lawmaker speaking out on behalf of the gay community — and the gay community treated him like crap. So much for reaching out and broadening our coalition of supporters, right?
Finally, that evening crystallized my disdain with the HRC when… in the middle of the solemn “vigil”… someone was passing out pamphlets for a fundraiser at a DC bar immediately following the
DCCC rally Shepard vigil. It was a night of complete disgust for me that cemented my place as a fighting gay conservative.
PS — THANK YOU, SENATOR SIMPSON!
My only consolation that this isn’t one of the seven signs of the apocolypse is that it is going straight to DVD.