Tuesday, May 31, 2005

OH CANADA!

Miss Universe is crowned...Miss Canada wins it.

And the beat goes on...

The media continues its undying desire to totally trash the US military by continually reporting uncorroborated stories of alleged abuse at Gitmo and other US facilities.

One Guantanamo prisoner told a military panel that American troops beat him so badly he wets his pants now. Another detainee claimed U.S. troops stripped prisoners in Afghanistan and intimidated them with dogs so they would admit to militant activity.


GOOD!

The first paragraph of the AP's report. I know, why don't we just let them all go as long as they promise never to kill any American again. Ok?

It really does become annoying after a while..

Friday, May 27, 2005

Come on, is anyone really surprised?

So the much touted "Memorandum of Understanding" that the so-called Gang of 14 concocted has already broken down with the Dems now blocking a vote on John Bolton's nomination as US Ambassador to the UN. Is anybody really surprised? When are the Republicans going to learn that you cannot trust the Dems. When are they going to starting acting like the majority party. There was a cloture vote yesterday that was 56-42, 4 votes shy of the 60 required to end debate and move to the final vote. Sen. Harry Reid actually said:
"We're not here to filibuster Bolton, we're here to get information on Bolton," Reid said.

I guess that they don't want to use the "F" word. They did reach an understanding a few days ago on filibusters, didn't they? So much for the new era of bipartisanship that Reid predicted. hey want more information? They guy has been in public service for over 20 years. He was confirmed by the Senate in 2001 as the Undersecretary Of State For Arms Control and International Security by a vote of 57-43, 50 Republicans and 7 Dems voted for him then. He was alright then he obviously has the votes now. Sen Bill Frist needs to step up and stop the madness now.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Sid-iot as the NY papers refer to him...

Living in the NY metro area I get to listen to Sid Rosenberg on WFAN in NY, and so does the rest of the country get to see him on MSNBC on weekday mornings. Sid knows his sports, he is a die-hard Met fan but he finally went to far with this ridicules comment about Kylie Minogue's breast cancer diagnosis that I actually heard live when he said it, I cringed and knew it was not good...

"She won't look so pretty when she's bald with one t--"


He also has in the past said some other stupid things about Serena and Venus Willians, tennis players and more...

Hey Burt, you should have hit him harder!

This is pretty funny and obviously he wasn't really mad, any idiot can see that. Channel 2 News is trying to make a story out of nothing...

Judge Priscilla Owen confirmed 56-43

After a cloture vote of 81-18, a vote to end debate and move on to the confirmation vote, Judge Priscilla Owen was confirmed by a 56-43 vote. Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid on May 19th said;

In case after case, Justice Owen's record marks her as a judge willing to make law from the bench rather than follow the language and intent of the legislature or judicial precedent.


If she makes law from the bench the Dems should love her. Two Dems did vote for her while 1 Republican voted against. The outcome really is no surprise, she always had the votes even before this filibuster fiasco. An interesting note is the Sen Robert Byrd voted for Owen along with Sen. Mary Landreau. Sen Lincoln Chafee voted with the Dems, as he usually does.

The real fun begins now. Sen Bill Frist has brought John Bolton's nomination to the floor for a vote. Reid has theatened a filibuster against Bolton in which he will probably claim that the agreent by the "Gang of 14" only applied to judges. Well if they filibuster Bolton, and even if they don't, Frist should bring to the floor one of the judges who was not involved in the deal and force the The Nitwit Seven (credit to Rush) to vote either with the Dems or with their party. It should be very interesting to see what happens.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Oh sure, sure, we'll pray....

So al-Zarqawi is injured...so says Iran Qaeda.

The Republicans are in the majority, aren't they?

Then why don't they act like it. A total of 14 moderate ( read squeamish ) Senators have reached a compromise that avoids a vote on the Constitutional option that would have guaranteed a yes/no vote on all of President Bush's judicial nominees. Now really, why do you think the Dems wanted this? Of course, because they know that ALL, not some, all of the Presidents nominees would be confirmed by a up/down vote as mandated by the Constitution. Now only 3 of the nominees will get a vote and others will not and the rest are in limbo. Plus the filbuster is preserved. Oh joy! What a great deal guys. I am sure you will all hear from your constituents on this one. The Dems promise ( oh goodie ) that they will not filibuster any judicial nominees except in, now get this, "extraordinary circumstances." So that means the next time a conservative is nominated. When are the going to learn.

It really is shocking how limp-wristed and stupid the Republicans are. They had them right where they wanted them and let them get away. They deserve whatever happens to them now. All they have done is emboldened the Dems.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Outrage? More like revulsion...

Ok, I know that the MSM is looking for ways to divert our attention away from the Newsweek mess so of course we have the NY Times and their Afgahn prisoner abuse story, we have Newsweek themselves and another Qu'ran story. Now the Washington Post has resurrected the tragic story of Corporal Pat Tillman with unexpected story angle that the military lied about the circumstances surrounding his death.

But the mother of all outrages occurred last week. Was it more prisoner abuse stories? No. Was it that the government lied to us? Well I am sure there is some story somewhere, but thats not it either. No, the outrage should be at an all-time high over this! Prepare yourselves...

Friday, May 20, 2005

ABC News rewrites history and then sorta corrects it...

Very interesting catch over at Transterrestrial Musings on ABC News rewriting history related to filibusters and the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The MS never wants to tell you that the Civil Rights Act would never have passed without Republican support since Southern Democrats were opposed to the legislation. Add to that the fine fact checking done by ABC news, they take lessons from Newsweek I suppose...

One more for the road...

Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)

"The Constitution is clear that only individuals acceptable to both the President and the Senate should be confirmed. The President and the Senate do not always agree. But we should resolve these disagreements by voting on these nominees--yes or no." (Congressional Record, Jan. 28, 1998)

"But what has not ended is the resolution and the determination of the members of the United States Senate to continue to resist any Neanderthal that is nominated by this President of the United States for any . . . federal court in the United States." (CNN's "Inside Politics," Nov. 14, 2003)

Chucky can't seem to make up his mind either...

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

"I also plead with my colleagues to move judges with alacrity--vote them up or down. But this delay makes a mockery of the Constitution, makes a mockery of the fact that we are here working, and makes a mockery of the lives of very sincere people who have put themselves forward to be judges and then they hang out there in limbo." (Congressional Record, March 7, 2000)


"We will invoke every rule in the Senate that we can, without standing in the way of vitally needed programs, to show the people who put it in power that they cannot just by fiat undo 200 years of American history." (Fox News' "Special Report," April 21, 2005)

Can someone splain this?

Who said this about filibusters and when?

"According to the U.S. Constitution, the President nominates, and the Senate shall provide advice and consent. It is not the role of the Senate to obstruct the process and prevent numbers of highly qualified nominees from even being given the opportunity for a vote on the Senate floor."


It's the same person that said this;

"So we're saying we think you ought to get nine votes over the 51 required. That isn't too much to ask for such a super important position. There ought to be a super vote. Don't you think so?"


The first was in 1997 and the second was this year. It was said by Senator Barbara Boxer. Unbelievable, but not surprising.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Of course its Bush's fault, isn't everything?

Margaret Carlson in the LA Times on the Newsweek retraction:

OK, so the retraction should have come quicker. But now the administration should stop trying to shift blame for the deadly protests to a magazine. It has yet to explain why the Defense Department passed up the chance to correct the source's assertion when the magazine took the unusual step of submitting the report for review prior to publication. The reporter took silence as confirmation
.

Oh, I get it. The reporter screws up and interprets silence is golden, goes with the story, it turns out to be bogus because the one source backs away, 17 people die. Sounds like the Pentagon's fault to me.

No one excuses Newsweek. But in its long adventure in the Arab world, the administration has hatched few strategies as hollow as holding a magazine responsible for its own failings.


Well it certainly sounds like you are Ms. Carlson, after all if the Pentagon had done the reporters job none of this would have happened. Right? Of course Newsweek can't be blamed, they had the courage to run a story that turned out to be a lie and resulted in 17 people being killed and hundreds being injured.

Good thing it just grazed him...



Read Drudge's account of what happened to Nick Denton, founder of Wonkette.com

Just like his show is...

From the AP:

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - The judge in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial ruled Thursday against allowing CNN host Larry King to testify for the defense, saying his testimony would be irrelevant.

Monday, May 16, 2005

So if its not really a retraction, is it still fake but accurate?

From tomorrow's NY Times;

In the interview, Mr. Whitaker contrasted his action with that of CBS News when it refused to back down immediately last year from a report that raised questions about President Bush's National Guard service.

"Clearly it became a problem for CBS because people thought they weren't acknowledging that they screwed up," Mr. Whitaker said.

He continued: "Unlike CBS, we felt we were being extremely forthcoming by publishing all the details and publishing the Pentagon's denials and saying we committed an error. But then it seemed that people felt like we weren't apologizing. In order for people to understand we had made an error, we had to say 'retraction' because that's the word they were looking for."


So I suppose to make everyone stop bothering them over at Newswreck they decided to use the word that everyone wanted them to use, the "R" word. RECTRACTION. So now will all you people just let Newswreck get back to ruining the US reputation all over the world, after all they are really good at that.

And for some heartwarming news from the world of sports...

Nate Newton, ex-Dallas Cowboy and recently released from jail, details his drug use with some interesting things to say about how he fancied himself;

"I've always been competitive, I've always been in sports," said Newton, a six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman who retired after the 2000 season. "I couldn't see myself not being the biggest dope man."

The biggest dope man? Holy crap!

In another story, former Raider Lincoln Kennedy has just become a grandfather, at age 34.

And finally this from the Minneapolis Star Tribune;

The Vikings, meanwhile, are powerless. They can neither punish Smith, per the league's interpretation of the collective bargaining agreement with the players' association, nor hide from the humiliation of being the butt of jokes about Smith and the device he was caught with, called "The Original Whizzinator."


For the uninformed, the device Onterrio Smith was caught with , The Original Whizzantor, is used to foil drug testing used in the NFL. More troubling to me is naming your child after a Canadian province.

UPDATE: Couldn't resist this one, the title of the article is classic, Police seize Viagra-fueled horses.

Another "fake but accurate" story...

Well Newsweek has admitted that their huge cover story from last week that contained among other things allegations that interrogators at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay desecrated the Quran by flushing it down the toilet "contained some errors." Fifteen people have died as a result of protests sparked by their report in the Periscope section of the magazine which "contained some errors." Newsweek claims that they "showed the story by writers Michael Isikoff and John Barry to two Defense Department officials. One declined to respond, and the other challenged another part of the story but did not dispute the Quran charge, Whitaker said." So I guess the standard is if there is no response that must mean its true. Since then the military has said "a top Pentagon spokesman told the magazine that a review of the military’s investigation concluded it was never meant to look into charges of Quran desecration. The spokesman also said the Pentagon had investigated other desecration charges by detainees and found them not credible." The information pertaining to the flushing of the Quran apparently came from one anonymous source, someone that Newsweek has used in the past, but the sources information could not be validated on this aspect of the story. So of course Newsweek goes with the story. Makes you wonder about the other stories that Newsweek has run using this same anonymous source's information.

Its unbelievable that Newsweek would go with an element of the story that they could not validate and which they had to have known would cause an uproar in the Muslim world, not to mention put US soldiers at risk. Of course Newsweek and the rest of the MSM could care less what happens to US soldiers as long as they make the Bush administration and the US military look bad.

At some point the MSM has to stop and ask themselves "who side are we on?"

UPDATE: See here for Howard Kurtz's front page story on the Newsweek fiasco. And here for Evan Thomas's attempt at the "fake but accurate" angle on the story. Moonbat Central has more here.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Now wait a minute, didn't they apologize? Are they wrong? Or are they too damn arrogant to admit that they are wrong? This is beginning to sound like CBS News and Dan Rather. This from the NY Times;

But Mr. Whitaker said in an interview later: "We're not retracting anything. We don't know what the ultimate facts are."


UPDATE 3: Reuters now gets into the act and continues to fan the flames with a little help from their partner MSNBC with this headline; Muslims Skepitcal on Quran Apology, Many believe Newsweek reacted to US pressure.

UPDATE 4:
Jonathan Alter: "Now you say, 'Why are you doing this kind of reporting?' And I guess my answer to that is, that there's really only about eight or ten news organizations in the entire world who do any real digging and everybody else kind of re-chooses what these eight or ten news organizations dig up. I understand why people are very upset about this, we're upset about it as well, but I think the larger question that people have to ask is, do they want news organizations out there trying to dig or do they want to take all their information from the government? And, we are still you know, pretty determined, very determined, to be out there digging."


How about a news organization that reports accurate stories and not made up crap! How about that John? He makes it sound like we should be applauding Newsweek because they reported what turns out to be not true and caused the death of 15 people. Give me a break!

Final Update, maybe; Newsweek has finally officially retracted its fake but accurate and finally fake toilet flushing story.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Haven't we heard this before...

A UK film at the Cannes Film Festival implies that the Bush administration is exaggerating the terrorist threat in order to hold on to power. This argument worked real well for Michael Moore and his film so I don't expect anything different from this one.

Friday, May 13, 2005

They just never learn, do they?

CBS News is at it again. When someones quotes don't fit your news story change them! Powerline has the details...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

We're not hiding, you just can't find us...

This is just too damn funny...

Thanks Sen. Voinovich, I think...

In keeping with his wish to be everything to everyone, Sen. George Voinovich has decided to vote against John Bolton, but in order to not totally throw away his political career has agreed to send the nomination to the Senate, where he will fight for his defeat. Well if you are going to fight for his defeat in the Senate why didn't you just take care of it in committee? Because he does not want to be the sole reason for Bolton's defeat. This way he can say he supported the President and at the same time let the Senate do his dirty work.

Well nice try Georgie, but John Bolton will be confirmed by the Senate anyway. What a limp-wristed decision.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Extreme Makeover: Hillary Edition continues...

Well what do you know about that, Hillary Clinton is really a nice person and really is willing to work with those nasty Republicans after all. Imagine that! And her interest in politics comes from, whatelse, her faith. Wow! Did you know that she once taught an adult Sunday school class? I didn't. I am so glad that I read Anna Quindlen's complete makeover, I mean, profile of Hillary that now I know for sure that I will never EVER vote for her.

Also, check out Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo from May 9, he is right on with his comments on the MSM and how most Americans really feel about Hillary and other things.

Could be interesting...

Trial to Start for Ex-Clinton Ex-Staffer...and surprisingly the NY Times has picked it up. Not surprisingly the New York Sun had it first back on April 21st and the New York Post continued the next day.

In the "its about time" category...

Finally the military is taking action against the flood of insurgents coming over the Syrian border.

Finally Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist is growing a spine on the filibustering of President Bush's judicial nominees. Looks like Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen will be the nominee that Frist invokes the stupidly labeled "nuclear option".

Friday, May 06, 2005

AP reports Bolton endorsement, but ya gotta dig for the facts...

Check out this post over at Jackson's Junction on how the AP is trying not to report the endorsement of John Bolton for UN Ambassador by Colin Powell's Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

Jobs, jobs and more jobs...

Since the MSM is so obsessed with its bodycount scorecard and the war in Iraq I am sure you probably missed this important tidbit. April jobs surged with 274,000 new jobs added to the US market. The April jobs number was far ahead of the so-called "experts" predictions of 170,000. And to make it even better, the government revised the February and March job numbers upwards by 93,000 more jobs. Unemployment remained steady at 5.2%.

Why do we constantly rely on these "experts" when they are wrong so often.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

A tough one to take, but please read this...

You may have seen the photo that accompanies this blog entry by photographer Michael Yon who took the picture. But I encourage you to read this and if you still doubt our soldiers total commitment to why we are in Iraq then I can't help you.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Associated Press, of course! or Reuters, same difference.

It's gotten to the point now that I can read the first paragraph of a story and tell you if its AP or Reuters based on the tone the first several paragraphs. Sometimes even the headline is the tip off.

Iraqi Gov't Sworn in Amid Wave of Violence - example number one, an historic event occurs in Iraq with the first democratically elected government sworm in and all the AP can say is that it occurred before a half-empty parliament.

Alleged Al-Zarqawi Letter Shows Low Morale - this one tried to trick me by sounding very pro-America in the first paragraph. Then in the second the usual content started creeping in and by the third it was back to the usual bodycount scorecard.

Even if Labour Wins, Blair Faces Battle - even the UK does not escape the AP's slanted reporting, check out the first three paragraphs in this article which clearly spells out all of the possible negatives of the almost certain Blair victory in the election on Thursday.

A Daily Look at Military Deaths in Iraq - the headline says it all! They actually do have a body count scorecard, un-@#$%%-believable!

Monday, May 02, 2005

Is Paula the next to go?

Drudge has a "siren" about Paula Abdul...Check it out.

When is an increase a cut, just read the AP to find out...

The AP has found a new way to turn an increase in Medicaid spending into a cut in spending...

The budget would shave automatically increasing benefit programs by $35 billion over five years while also cutting taxes by as much as $106 billion over the same period.


Ok, so lets see, we were going to increase the Medicaid budget by 30.5 billion dollars per year but instead we are going to only increase it by 27.5 billion dollars per year. Hmmm.. Yep, sounds like a cut in benefits to me.