Monday, January 30, 2006
For a list Sheehan issues and more information on getting Cindy Sheehan elected to the Senate please visit Gateway Pundit. Cindy thanks you for your support.
The Screen Actors Guild took an interesting turn last night and gave their Best Ensemble Cast award not to favorite "Brokeback Mountain," but to "Crash," the only 2005 movie with a true ensemble.
Is this a blow to Oscar ambitions of "Brokeback?" Maybe. Also over the weekend, Ang Lee won Best Director for "Brokeback." Suddenly the Oscar race — which will crystallize tomorrow morning — is looking a bit clearer.
"Brokeback" will still be nominated for Best Picture, along with "Walk the Line" and "Capote." I do think that three films are vying for the two remaining spots, though: "Munich," "Crash," and "Good Night, and Good Luck."
After last night, the latter suddenly seems the most vulnerable. George Clooney losing the SAG vote to Paul Giamatti is one sign. The "Crash" win is another. SAG membership was blanketed with "Crash" DVDs, and SAG voting is the most accurate precursor of Oscars.
Tomorrow morning, when the titles are read alphabetically, there will be held breaths after "Brokeback" is announced. "Capote" will be next. And then? If you hear "Crash," then either
"Good Night" or "Munich" is in. If "Good Night" is in, then say goodbye to "Munich." Of course, if "Crash" was overlooked by the entire Academy, then "Good Night" and "Munich" are in.
How convenient for them so support something they know is doomed for failure. Of course this is all to satisfy the lunatic fringe of the left so they can say "well, we tried."
We are still waiting with baited breath for Sen. Schumer to decide which way the wind is blowing before he decides if he will support the filibuster.
Friday, January 27, 2006
Matt Lauer: "We went to the Center for Responsive Politics and technically Howard Dean
may be correct but while 66% of the money in this situation went to Republicans, 34% of the money not from Abramoff but from associates and clients went to Democrats."
Lauer asked Russert whether Dems can turn this into strictly a Republican scandal and "wash their hands of this?" Russert's response was unequivocal, and not good news for the DNC: "No. The issue is broad and wide."
Not a smart move on Dean's part (does he make any?) to make this statement on the top-rated morning show with abouy 5 million viewers.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
This is a -- I repeat to you, even though you hear words, "domestic spying," these are not phone calls within the United States. It's a phone call of an al Qaeda, known al Qaeda suspect, making a phone call into the United States. I'm mindful of your civil liberties, and so I had all kinds of lawyers review the process. We briefed members of the United States Congress, one of whom was Senator Pat Roberts, about this program. You know, it's amazing, when people say to me, well, he was just breaking the law -- if I wanted to break the law, why was I briefing Congress? (Laughter and applause.)
Friday, January 20, 2006
USING a mobile phone does not increase the risk of a deadly brain cancer, the biggest study so far has indicated.
Although it is impossible to say that there is no risk at all, the authors say that the data they have gathered so far provide no evidence of one.
Fears about mobile phones have not discouraged the public from buying and using them, but have encouraged a wave of research and reports from advisory bodies. Little good scientific evidence exists to show that they are a threat.
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Commander in Chief" is losing its grip on power.
The new ABC drama series, which earned star Geena Davis a Golden Globe Award this week for her role as the first female U.S. president, seems to be sinking into the same midterm malaise affecting the approval ratings of President Bush ; "Commander‘s" ratings have been declining steadily since bowing to big numbers in September.
More on CiC's ratings;
"Idol" was especially tough on ABC's struggling "Commander in Chief," which, despite a Golden Globe win Monday for star Geena Davis, sank to its lowest ratings yet.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Laura Bush criticized Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday
for suggesting that the Republican-controlled House is run like a plantation
where dissenting voices are ignored.
"It think it's ridiculous _ it's a ridiculous comment," Mrs. Bush told reporters when asked about the remark during a return flight to Washington following her four-day swing through West
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
In fact gay-themed movies led the way;
It was a triumphant night for films dealing with homosexuality and transsexuality. Along with the victories for "Brokeback Mountain," acting honors went to Felicity Huffman in a gender-bending role as a man preparing for sex-change surgery in "Transamerica" and Philip Seymour Hoffman as gay author Truman Capote in "Capote."
The only winning film that could be described as mainstream was the Johnny Cash movie "I Walk The Line."
Monday, January 16, 2006
Nagin also promised that New Orleans will be a "chocolate" city again. Many of the city's black neighborhoods were heavily damaged by Katrina.
"It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans _ the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans," the mayor said. "This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans."
Absolutely mind-boggling! And this guy is the mayor of New Orleans.
A few other nuggets from this fool, he apparently has a hot line to the almighty.
Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.
"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day.
"Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves."
Ah yes, being the good democrat he can't seem to get through a speech without the obligatory "Bush lied" rant. Unreal. All of this as the "recall Blanco" initiative is in full swing. How soon before we see "Recall Nagin" unless of course he loses the scheduled mayoral election in February, it may be delayed up to 8 months.
Check out Michelle Malkin for the scoop but basically this is faked photo to make us all cry for the poor people of Pakistan, you know, the ones who welcome in with open arms (usually at gunpoint) the friendly neighborhood "freedom fighters" (terrorists). It just simply mind boggling that the NY Times continually is caught doing this kind of thing. How much time would it have taken to actually looked at the photo and asked themselves "what type of shell is that?" Upon further investigation of probably 30 minutes they would have discovered that it was a staged photo
Since they had in their grubby little fingers what they thought was a was another way to trash the US and the President they just could not help themselves and ran with it.
For more discussion on the what exactly that is those poor Pakistani people are standing next to see here, here and here.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Police Report Identifies Terror Links
The Midland, Texas, arrest report police also identified the individuals as linked to a terror cell:
"Evasive responses provided by the subjects, coupled with actions observed by officers at the onset of the contact prompted the notification of local FBI officials to assist in the investigation," the report said. "Upon the arrival of special agents, and as a result of subsequent interviews, it was discovered that members of the group were linked to suspected terrorist cells stationed within the Metroplex.
Law enforcement officials have not elaborated on the information in the report or specified which terrorist group the individuals were allegedly linked to.
In addition, special agents reported that similar incidents centering on the large-scale purchases of tracfones had been reported throughout the nation -- identifying individuals of Middle-Eastern descent as the purchasers."
ABC News is working to confirm the details in the police report.
"Upon conclusion of the initial investigation, three of the suspects were taken into custody on immigration violations, with one individual arrested for possession of marijuana -- the drug having been discovered during the search of the group's vehicle. Also found within the green 2002 Kia van were additional cell phones, the total believed to be approximately 60."
FBI officials told ABC News that while the cases may wind up in the hands of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the FBI would benefit from any intelligence gleaned and would take the lead if a solid terrorist connection emerged.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
At the hearing, Graham told Alito, nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, that he had already decided in Alito's favor. "I don't know what kind of vote you're going to get, but you'll make it through. It's possible you could talk me out of voting for you, but I doubt it. So I won't even try to challenge you along those lines."
That certainly ought to be the case. Graham is one of a group of Republicans who have been coaching Alito behind the scenes. The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire reported before the hearings began:
"On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the 'gang of 14' who sits on Judiciary, joined a so-called moot court session at the White House.''
The coaching session for Alito has raised a few eyebrows.
What the Village Voice fails to mention in its reporting is this series of questions from Sen. Feingold and the smackdown he received from Judge Alito;
Finally, late in the afternoon, Feingold got his chance. The Democrat from Wisconsin started by asking about the president's power and the FISA court, but moved on to suggest that the White House had coached Alito to say just what it wanted about presidential authority.
"Who was present at these practice sessions where these questions were discussed?" Feingold asked. "And who gave you feedback or suggestions or made any comment whatsoever on the answers you gave?"
"Nobody at these sessions or at any of the sessions that I had has ever told me what to say in response to any question," Alito answered. "The advice that I've received has gone generally to familiarizing me with the format of this hearing...But nobody has told me what to say. Everything that I've said is an expression of my own ideas."
"I don't question that, Judge," said Feingold, who then went on to question precisely that. "Have you received any other advice or suggestions directly or indirectly from anyone in the administration on how you should answer these questions?"
"Not as to the substance of the question. No, Senator."
"Only as to the style?"
"That's correct; as to the format. Not as to what I should say I think about any of these questions. Absolutely not. I've been a judge for 15 years. And I've made up my own mind during all of that time."
Ledger said he was not surprised a Utah cinema had banned Brokeback Mountain, which depicts a lifelong love affair between two Montana cowboys.
"I heard a while ago that West Virginia was going to ban it. But that's a state that was lynching people only 25 years ago, so that's to be expected," Ledger said.
"Personally, I don't think the movie is (controversial) but I think maybe the Mormons in Utah do. I think it's hilarious and very immature of a society.
Wonder if West Virginia and Utah will change their minds after reading Ledger's comments. I think not.
Funny how he bashes Utah and West Virginia for not running "Brokeback Moutain" because of its gay love affair, and yet he shows up at the premiere of the movie holding hands with Michele Williams, the actress who plays his betrayed wife in the film. Shouldn't he have been holding hands with Jake Gyllenhaal, his gay lover in the film? Wonder why he didn't do that. I guess because apparently he and Michelle Williams are now a couple, at least until the film finishes its run.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Thats just wonderful!
ABC News gets to that minor detail in the last paragraph of the article, of course mentioning in a way to further discredit the NSA;
The NSA revoked Tice's security clearance in May of last year based on what it called psychological concerns and later dismissed him. Tice calls that bunk and says that's the way the NSA deals with troublemakers and whistleblowers. Today the NSA said it had "no information to provide."
Earlier in the piece Tice says his conscience is a-ok! I am so glad that he can sleep at night knowing that his actions have alerted terrorists all over the world that we were snooping in on their conversations, learning of the plans to kill as many Americans as they can, that is until December 16th. Thanks a lot Russell!
The same day The New York Times broke the story of the NSA eavesdropping without warrants, Tice surfaced as a whistleblower in the agency. He told ABC News that he was a source for the Times' reporters. But Tice maintains that his conscience is clear.
"As far as I'm concerned, as long as I don't say anything that's classified, I'm not worried," he said. "We need to clean up the intelligence community. We've had abuses, and they need to be addressed."
UPDATE: American Spectator says that Tice is "a" source but not the source and that this is just a political tactic to torpedo the upcoming vote on the Patriot Act.
Monday, January 09, 2006
BLITZER: Should Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, who has now pleaded guilty to bribery charges, among other charges, a Republican lobbyist in Washington, should the Democrat who took money from him give that money to charity or give it back?
DEAN: There are no Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, not one, not one single Democrat. Every person named in this scandal is a Republican. Every person under investigation is a Republican. Every person indicted is a Republican. This is a Republican finance scandal. There is no evidence that Jack Abramoff ever gave any Democrat any money. And we've looked through all of those FEC reports to make sure that's true.
BLITZER: But through various Abramoff-related organizations and outfits, a bunch of Democrats did take money that presumably originated with Jack Abramoff.
DEAN: That's not true either. There's no evidence for that either. There is no evidence...
BLITZER: What about Senator Byron Dorgan?
DEAN: Senator Byron Dorgan and some others took money from Indian tribes. They're not agents of Jack Abramoff. There's no evidence that I've seen that Jack Abramoff directed any contributions to Democrats. I know the Republican National Committee would like to get the Democrats involved in this. They're scared. They should be scared. They haven't told the truth. They have misled the American people. And now it appears they're stealing from Indian tribes. The Democrats are not involved in this.
REGISTERED VOTERS/ PARTY AFFILIATION
1. Are you currently registered to
vote at this address, or
No .................................................... 18
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2a. Do you consider yourself a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent
(IF “DEMOCRAT” TO Q.2a, Q.2b ASKED. IF “REPUBLICAN” TO Q.2a, Q.2c
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Friday, January 06, 2006
Four months after Hurricane Katrina, analyses of data suggest that some widely reported assumptions about the storm's victims were incorrect.
For example, a comparison of locations where 874 bodies were recovered with U.S. census tract data indicates that the victims weren't disproportionately poor. Another database of 486 Katrina victims from Orleans and St. Bernard parishes, compiled by Knight Ridder, suggests they also weren't disproportionately African American.
How many times did we have to hear that the majority of the people who died were poor and African American and those were the reasons they were left to die;
The one group that was disproportionately affected by the storm appears to have been older adults. People 60 and older account for only about 15 percent of the population in the New Orleans area, but the Knight Ridder database found that 74 percent of the dead were 60 or older. Nearly half were older than 75. Many of those were at nursing homes and hospitals, where nearly 20 percent of the victims were recovered.
Lack of transportation was assumed to be a key reason that many people stayed behind and died, but at many addresses where the dead were found, their cars remained in their driveways, flood-ruined symbols of fatal miscalculation.
Read the rest here.
I blame George W. Bush !
Reuters can't contain themselves!
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a smaller-than-expected 108,000 new jobs in December but that followed a much stronger wave of hiring than previously thought in November when rebuilding after hurricanes was getting under way, a government report on Friday showed.
In its monthly report on employment, the Labor Department said the unemployment rate fell in December to 4.9 percent from 5 percent in November.
UPDATE: The AP's Jeannine Aversa is doing cartwheels too!
WASHINGTON Jan 6, 2006 — Job growth slowed in December following a big hiring spurt in November with employers expanding payrolls by just 108,000, underscoring the sometimes choppy path traveled by job seekers.
The Labor Department's fresh snapshot of the nation's jobs climate, released Friday, also showed that the unemployment rate dipped from 5 percent in November to 4.9 percent in December, as some people left the labor market for any number of reasons.
Yeah, like maybe they got a job!
The 108,000 gain in payrolls registered in December followed a big pickup of 305,000 jobs added in November, according to revised figures released Friday. That was the most since April 2004 and was even stronger than the 215,000 job gains first estimated for November a month ago.
Geez, she can barely contain herself!
But October's payrolls turned out to be a bit weaker showing an increase of 25,000, versus 44,000 previously reported. Still, given that was a month where the lingering effects of the devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes were still being felt, the lackluster performance could be explained.Ah, that's more like it, negative, negative and more negative. Thats what expect from the AP. I'd someone to point me to something that shows when the "experts" were actually right about their job forecast. Anything will do.
December's gain of 108,000 jobs was about half of what economists were expecting. Before the release of the report, they were forecasting employers to add around 200,000 positions during the month.
The future's so bright I gotta wear shades!
TiVo has announced the HD TiVo Series 3 Digital Media Recorder at the CES in Las Vegas. Should be available later this year.
In a nutshell here is what it can do;
- Records HD content from cable TV
- 6 Tuners consisting of 2 cable, 2 ASTC and 2 NSTC
- Records two channels at the same time
- CableCard 2.0 (and 1.0) support
- External SATA harddrive support
- Ethernet port
- 2 USB ports
- 300 hours of recording capacity
- Front panel displays title of program currently recording
For more information and pictures;
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Lately, however, he is beginning to sound more and more like a lunatic lefty. As evidence I submit his interview with Bill O'Reilly from his Tuesday night show. You can see the video of the appearance here. Notice how when presented with facts Letterman changes the subject and answers a question with completely irrelevant question. Typical of someone on the left. It's unbelievable how someone can be so ill-informed on the facts during an interview with someone like O'Reilly. Here you can find a transcript of the interview.
Some of the low-lights of the interview;
O'REILLY: Yes, you weren't aware of the big, giant controversy over Christmas? You didn't hear that?
LETTERMAN: Well, it doesn't really affect me. I go ahead and do what I want to do. And you know - I mean, but isn't this the kind of thing where like once or twice every 20 years, somebody gets outraged and says, oh, by God, we got to put diapers on horses. Isn't it just about - is this like so what, let it go, it'll take care of itself?
O'REILLY: No. There is a movement in this country by politically correct people to erode traditions.
LETTERMAN: I don't think this is an actual threat. I think that this is something that happened here and it happened there. And so people like you are trying to make us think that it's a threat.
Memphis, Tennessee, Bible belt, library, they have a little display where you can — say you are in a duck hunting club. You can bring in a dead duck and put it there and advertise your duck hunting club.
There was a church that wanted to advertise a Christmas pageant. So they brought in the manger scene. And the library said you can have the manger scene in Memphis, Tennessee, but you can't have the baby Jesus, Joseph, or Mary, or the wise men. We're not sure about the shepherds. That was the big debate. Now how stupid and crazy is this?
LETTERMAN: Yes, I don't believe you.
O'REILLY: It's true!
Presented with facts Letterman's only response is "I don't believe you." Good come back Dave!
LETTERMAN: I just don't believe you. Let's talk about your friends in the Bush administration. Things seem to be darker now.
O'REILLY: It's pretty rough, you know, but they're not my friends in the Bush administration. I mean, they're not kicking the door down to be on my show.
In fact, you have an easier time getting President Bush to come on here than I have in getting him on "“The Factor”." But I think that the Iraq thing has been full of unintended consequences.
The simplistic stuff about it, hating Bush or he lied and all this stuff does the country no good at all. Our philosophy is we call it as we see it. Sometimes you agree. Sometimes you don't. Robust debate is good.
But we believe that the United States, particularly the military, are doing a noble thing.
O'REILLY: A noble thing. The soldiers and Marines are noble. They're not terrorists. And when people call them that, like Cindy Sheehan called the insurgents freedom fighters, we don't like that.
It is a vitally important time in American history. And we should all take it very seriously, and be very careful with what we say.
LETTERMAN: Well, and you should be very careful with what you say also.
LETTERMAN: Have you lost family members in armed conflict?
O'REILLY: No, I have not.
LETTERMAN: Well, then you can hardly speak for her, can you?
Again, change the subject and go for the cheap applause line. The point O'Reilly was making was that Sheehan has called the terrorists "freedom fighters" and Letterman had no response for that whatsoever. Cindy Sheehan takes it upon herself to speak for the American people every change she gets. And if somone like Bill O'Reilly wants to challenge her on her statements than I say Bravo! She has shown herself to be completely incapable of handling a tough interview by repeatedly either walking out, hanging up or not showing up at all for them.
O'REILLY: Well, I'm not speaking for her.
All right, let me ask you this question.
LETTERMAN: Let's go back to your little red and green story.
O'REILLY: Wait, wait, wait, this is important. This is important. Cindy Sheehan lost a son, a professional soldier in Iraq, correct? She has a right to grieve any way she wants. She has a right to say whatever she wants.
When she says to the public that the insurgents and terrorists are freedom fighters, how do you think, David Letterman, that makes people who lost loved ones by these people blowing the hell out of them, how do you think they feel? What about their feelings, sir?
LETTERMAN: So why are we there in the first place? I agree to you — with you that we have to support the troops. They are there. They are the best and the brightest of this country.
There's no doubt about that.
And I also agree that now we're in it, it's going to take a long, long time. People don't expect it to be solved and wrapped up in a couple of years. Unrealistic. It's not going to happen.
I'm very concerned about people like yourself who don't have nothing but endless sympathy for a woman like Cindy Sheehan, honest to Christ.
O'REILLY: No, I'm sorry. No way a terrorist who blows up women and children is going to be called a freedom fighter on my program.
Ah, thats why Letterman doesn't try and argue the facts because when he does he gets bitch-slapped back! Good job Bill O'Reilly! And notice the typical "we support the troops" line followed up by the "but why are we there" meme. If you don't know why we are there by now than you are beyond hope.
LETTERMAN: I'm not smart enough to debate you point to point on this, but I have the feeling — I have the feeling about.
O'REILLY: You (INAUDIBLE).
LETTERMAN: I have the feeling about 60 percent of what you say is crap, but I don't know that for a fact.
LETTERMAN: Did I 60 percent? 60 percent, that's just — I'm just spit balling here now.
O'REILLY: Listen, I respect your opinion. You should respect mine.
LETTERMAN: Well, I — I - yes, OK.
But I think you're.
O'REILLY: Our analysis is based on the best evidence we can get.
LETTERMAN: Yes, but I think there's something — this fair and balanced, I'm not sure that it's — I don't think that you represent an objective viewpoint.
O'REILLY: But you have to give me an example if you're going to make those statements.
LETTERMAN: Well, I don't watch your show, so that would be impossible.
O'REILLY: Then why would you come to that conclusion if you don't watch the program?
LETTERMAN: Because of things that I have read, things that I know.
Give me a break. He thinks 60% of what O'Reilly says is crap but he then admits he can't debate him point by point because he doesn't watch the show. WHAT? He has formed his opinion based on what he as read about O'Reilly.
The Rev. Daniel Webster is a man of God -- with more than a few worldly problems.
In the new and engaging NBC series ``The Book of Daniel,'' which makes its debut Friday with back-to-back episodes (9 p.m., Chs. 8, 11), the Episcopal priest has a thing for Vicodin. His brother-in-law is on the lam with $3.2 million in funds for a new parish school, and Webster has to turn to a Catholic priest (and the mob) for help.
On the family front, his teenage daughter sells pot, his 23-year-old gay son is still mourning the death of his twin brother, and an adopted son is a hound dog when it comes to girls. His sister-in-law is having an affair with her husband's secretary. His wife is feeling the pressures of raising three kids and has a taste for martinis.
A train-wreck waiting to happening...
At least they got this right..........NOT!
Political figures from both parties have long defended and profited from ties to the coal industry. Whether or not that was a factor in the Sago mine's history, the Bush administration's cramming of important posts in the Department of the Interior with biased operatives from the coal, oil and gas industry is not reassuring about general safety in the mines. Steven Griles, a mining lobbyist before being appointed deputy secretary of the interior, devoted four years to rolling back mine regulations and then went back to lobbying for the industry.
Oh, ok, I see. If they evil Bush administration had not rolled back mining regulations the explosion that occurred in the abandoned section of the mine, the cause of which has not been determined as of yet, than those 12 miners would probably still be with us. Absolutely disgusting of the NY Times.
So excuse me NY Times but, how do you 'splain this? This chart comes from the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration Coal Mine Fatalities page, easily found and reported on unless you are trying to blame Bush for this tragedy (via BizzyBlog);
Coal Mine Fatalities, 1995 -2005