Saturday, May 17, 2003

This Gentleman Really Needs to Blog


Acidman pointed to this gentleman who is thinking about doing a blog. 'smilingdave8.' I don't know what the 8 is for. I think he needs a blog and after you read these missives, you'll agree.

fish gotta swim,
bird gotta fly.
I got no blog yet,
but I still gotta lie.


I cannot quite fathom the sense of outrage among bloggers about the NY Times Jason Blair episode. One gets the feeling that many of them feel personally betrayed by such a breach of journalistic integrity. My inclination is to tell these wounded bloggers to GROW UP! A bunch of cynical scoffers like those who run the more pungent blogs (the kind I read most) ought to know better than to pin their faith on paid journalists.

Maybe it's just that I'm older (61 on Monday, but I've kicked around enough to have lived twice as long), but - in every instance where I have been party to or have witnessed a reported occurrence (and there have been many) - it has been misreported or malreported by the print and/or broadcast media. I have long since ceased to trust anything a journalist or the medium which employs that journalist puts out.

See, I don't believe that Mr. Blair was the occasional rotten apple. When I read a paper or watch televised news - especially if it's a news network - I expect to be fed exaggerations, omissions, bias, innuendo, half truths and outright lies. I am seldom disappointed. All the hullabaloo regarding the scandalous coverage of the war in Iraq, the Democrat a--wipes, the a--wipes of the Republican party ( and especially our President's little coterie of a--wipes), the silly, venal morons who populate Capitol Hill ( and the a--wipes who hang on their every word) is about as meaningful as commentary on the weather.

It would probably help ease the shock of discovering shabby journalistic ethics if people would stop thinking of reporters (and papers, and networks) as if they were PROFESSIONS. Think of them as vocations, and as vocations which are not much more demanding or ethical than automobile sales or advertising or documentary film making. The Fourth Estate has always been shabby and ill-tended. Do not be stunned to discover weeds growing on it.

Where I live, the local newspaper (There's only one, of course.) costs $3.50 per week. Over the past twenty years, I have saved roughly $4,550.00 by not giving it a dime of my hard earned money, yet I feel that I am as much abreast of current events as any, and more so than most. No sense of betrayal here, when the press shovels out its load of fertilizer. I've never expected any more professionalism from them than I would expect from a termite inspector.

Further, I don't think they have much more impact on how Americans feel about things, or how things are percieved (in what the snotnoses call "flyover country") than does National Public Radio or Public Access television. In brief, if you can't trust the newshawks, WHO CARES? Join the rest of us, and concentrate more on important stuff, such as whether Jerry Springer will run for elected office again, or how you came out in the latest Quizilla questionnaire.

He's not done yet...

I like this - Good talent here...

Bring Me the Head of Nancy Pelosi


On aging gracefully (I know a bit less about this than do some others.) I'm an older guy, lately given to sloth and gone to fat. I have bifocals, dentures, flat
feet and hemorrhoids. I think I'm beginning to become a mouthbreather, and I KNOW I'm getting dandruff. I've always been told that I snore, and have recently seen signs that I drool copiously when I sleep. These days, anytime I exert myself, it brings on a prodigious flatulence which defies all efforts to stifle it.

I am still turned on by women with honest smiles and laughing eyes, but ?if I make eye contact with one ? her smile fades and in her eyes I observe a reflection of Jabba the Hut. Lately, when I encounter a dog, I can see it calculating what risk to itself might ensue, were it to come over and urinate on my shoe. A weaker man might become despondent, but I was raised better than that, those many years ago. I waddle onward, undismayed, because I know the truth?

WHEN YA GOT YER HEALTH, YA GOT JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING!
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Looking for a business opportunity? Contact me about getting BELOW WHOLESALE PRICES on pre-owned dentures. With my funeral parlor contacts, I can get them for a song, and you can get them from me with only a tiny markup, (Acidman told me he thought it was a good idea.)

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I note that, in some blogs, it is fashionable to type out the lyrics to some popular tune, that one's tender feelings for another can be conveyed without undue effort or thought. I am nothing, if not trendy, so?

Mairzy doats an doats eedoats
An liddoo lams eed eyevee.
A diddle eed eyevee doo,
Wooden you?

(You know who you are?..)

smilingdave8

Add comments - Tell Dave that you agree with me - He should be blogging...

Stop the Giveaways


Here is some common sense on why we should stop blank check handouts of OUR tax money to states that mismanage THEIR budgets.

'It appears the two Senators from Maine successfully held the President’s economic package hostage to a bailout," said Chris Atkins, Director of Tax and Fiscal Policy for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). "The House ought to oppose the Senate’s $20 billion ‘blank check’ to the states and put economic recovery before inter-governmental politics."

A federal cash bailout would only encourage more profligate government spending by states --- deepening budget deficits. In fact, a recent ALEC study revealed that each additional dollar of federal assistance leads to a 62-cent increase in state deficits.

"A federal cash bailout of the states will hurt our nation’s economic recovery," said Atkins. "If state governments would like to be a partner in our nation’s economic recovery they can begin today by responsibly managing their spending. This radical idea has been embraced already by millions of American families for over two centuries."

Throughout the prosperous 1990s and into this decade, state and local government spending rose sharply - faster even than rapidly rising personal incomes.


I do not want my tax dollars saving Gray Davis' California Bacon. OK, now I promise, I am done with the tax issue and off to the garden...

Install an Electric Fence and Arm the Border


Here is judicial insanity at its absolute worst.

14 illegal immigrants died in the desert just east of Yuma almost 2 years ago. The group of Mexican men-ages 16 to 40 years old-died from heat exposure. Their families now want to be compensated for pain, suffering, grief and expenses.

The victims paid a smuggler 14-hundred dollars each to lead them through the Arizona desert to a highway where they would be picked up and taken to Phoenix. Instead, they were found dead after the smuggler abandoned them. Now, each family is asking for 3-million dollars.

The lawsuit says the deaths could have been prevented if a humanitarian group had been allowed to install water stations in the desert. It also says the crackdown in urban areas along the U-S/Mexico border forced immigrants to risk crossing the desert in remote, dangerous areas.

It usually is risky to break the law, but who should receive the burden of that risk?

If the federal government spent some money enforcing immigration laws, that would be good spending, and it would prevent these creeps from having a way to abuse our judicial system, which is quite easily abused.

Now, Quotation of the Day from a Dim



"It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise revenues in the long run is to cut rates now. The experience of a number of European countries has borne this out. This country's own experience with tax reduction has borne this out. The reason is that only full employment can balance the budget and tax reduction can pave the way to full employment. The purpose of cutting taxes is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which will bring a budget surplus."

--John F. Kennedy, December 1962


This paradoxical truth needs to be pushed to the mainstream.

OK, it's time to get off taxes and get back to the garden.

Oliver North Takes on Sean Penn


This is too good to miss. North has a way with words in a couple parts.

It's an ironclad rule of American politics that being liberal means never having to admit you're wrong. It doesn't matter whether the issue is, unilateral disarmament, a philandering, perjuring president or lawsuits against Oreo cookies. Liberals are never wrong, and it's just plain "mean-spirited" to suggest otherwise.

Actor-turned-political-activist Sean Penn is brazenly taking this principle to new levels of absurdity by claiming in court that his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq has made him a "blacklist" victim. And Judge Irving Feffer of the Los Angeles County Superior Court just may agree with him.

According to Penn's legal brief, the plot goes like this: Last year, Hollywood producer Steve Bing contracted with Penn to star in a film titled, "Why Women Shouldn't Marry." Having achieved fame as the pot-smoking surfer Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and his brief gig as Madonna's husband, the ever-charming Penn was certain to bring a unique perspective to such a film.

[...]

Bing also allegedly made a personal plea that Penn stop damaging the film's chances of success with his diatribe. When that didn't happen, he exercised his own constitutional right to free association and dismissed Penn from the "Why Women Shouldn't Marry" project. Penn retaliated by filing a $10 million breach of contract suit and decrying a return to "the dark era of Hollywood blacklisting."

In a scenario worthy of Judge Wapner's courtroom, Bing has now counter-sued for $15 million, castigating Penn as "an irrational and irresponsible actor" making "an extraordinary extortion attempt." According to Bing, Penn attempted a "shakedown" in which he threatened to cry "blacklist" if Bing fired him. Tune in for the next installment on June 18, when the two litigants return to court for some more role-playing.


Sure the blacklist allegation is an easy target but North handles it quite well.

90% are Crap, Part Sept


(Or is it Part huit?) You can feel that we are in a strange transition when generally, the blogosphere seems to be half about the blogging, delinking and linking, that kind of stuff. I guess there is not enough to rant about otherwise.

Now mine may be part of the crap crew, but I am here to tell you that the links on my blogroll are 98% good stuff - Best of the Web material.

Dumb History Books Killing Society


Mr. Joyner works hard so I don't have to, and he had a solid post on Mr. McCullough's thoughts about teaching history from an article in the Washington Times.

The highlight for me was a bit different - It began with a discussion of Ms. Ravitch's thoughts:

Mr. McCullough said he agreed with a critical assessment of current history textbooks by New York University education-research professor Diane Ravitch, in her just-published book, "The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Children Learn."

Mrs. Ravitch wrote: "The once-traditional emphasis in textbooks on the growth of democratic institutions has nearly vanished. Glencoe's 'World History: The Human Experience' is typical, with its upbeat descriptions of 'flowering civilizations' in every part of the world.

"Students who learn about the world from these texts are unlikely to understand why some civilized nations flourished and others languished, or why people vote with their feet to leave some places and go to others. ... Nor will they have any deep knowledge of the great ideological, political, economic, and military struggles between democratic nations and their totalitarian adversaries in the 20th century," Mrs. Ravitch wrote.

"Nor will they perceive the critical importance of freedom, democracy, and human rights in the successful functioning of multiethnic, multireligious societies. Nor will they have any insight into the historic struggle to protect religious freedom and to separate religion from the state."

Mr. McCullough said: "It's all true. History is a story, cause and effect. And if you're going to teach just segments of history ? women's issues ? these youngsters have almost no sense of cause and effect.

"They have no sense of what followed what and why, that everything has antecedents and everything has consequences. And they might begin to think that's true of life, too."

I listen carefully to Mr. McCullough's thoughts mostly because I have a great admiration for his work. His Truman biography is extraordinary but difficult at times. His real hit for me is the work on John Adams. If you ever want to contemplate who is right in the modern political world, you should go read McCullough's "John Adams," and if you don't sit on the Republican side of the coin after that, I will doubt you read the book. The book is not biased at all, but by shining light on the history involved with the founding of our country, one can gain a much better understanding of the best solutions for today's problems.

Go buy the damn book, OK?

Friday, May 16, 2003

The Press is as Stupid as the Texan Dims


MRC demonstrates the awful press coverage on the Texas Dim walkout.

Morton concluded by holding only DeLay, not the Democrats which shut down a legislative body, accountable for partisanship: "In Washington, in Austin, the partisans rule. Tom DeLay's nickname is 'the Hammer.' He's earned it. Bruce Morton, CNN, Washington."


Check the article on Stephy ruining the ratings for ABC's This Week. That was predictable. He's a Dim.

Thursday, May 15, 2003

OT? What Are they Producing?


Unions are fine and everything (well, usually they are full of shit), and I might be slanted on this because I am on the exempt side of the world, but we should get to the bottom of this.

"Millions of workers depend on overtime pay in their checks to meet their regular needs like mortgages and rent, and tuitions and day care. This will mean a dramatic decrease in income to those people - it is, in effect, a pay cut," says Nick Clark, senior assistant general counsel for the United Food and Commercial Workers. He predicts about 25,000 of his union members could be reclassified under the new rules.

"Even department heads in retail stores would be reclassified as executives," says Clark. "The impact of all these changes is dramatic."

Mike Leibig, general counsel for the International Union of Police Associations, says nearly half the nation’s police forces could be negatively affected by the changes. "This has changed the definition of a professional," he says.

Even if the number affected turns out to be lower than he expects, he says the changes would have a ripple effect as supervisors would be more inclined to give overtime assignments to officers who are exempt from overtime pay so the department could save money on overtime costs. That means that even those who would continue to qualify for overtime pay might be offered less work.

I'm thinking if millions of workers are dependent on OT pay, that is thousands of managers who are screwing up. Why are managers consistently managing to higher costs by paying OT rather than hiring enough people to handle the work in an effective manner? OT can be an effective expense but if workers are counting on consistent OT, managers are fouling up on the planning, are burning out employees and decreasing efficiency. Should we bring up the fact that a person on OT is often less effective than an added person on the part-time rolls? And I am not union-bashing, but most of these OT mongers in the union are sitting around shooting the crap for most of the time that they are "working" over 40. This isn't for the government - Management needs to pay good wages for a solid 40 but not waste money on OT.

Oh well, this is why I am not in management. I am too stupid for that...

Would You Call these Texas Dims Heroes?


Some Texans are...I'm beginning to wonder if the state has SARS.

These guys have a good top ten list but the numbers aren't reversed:

Since we of course wouldn't want to be accused of analogizing the two deposed regimes that may both now be in hiding, we decided to focus on the differences:

1) Saddam concealed his weapons of mass destruction. Texas Fugitive Dems are concealing their weapons of mass obstruction.
2) Saddam granted a prime-time hour-long interview with Dan Rather right before the war. Texas Fugitive Dems refuse to talk with media except in a choreographed news conference.
3) Saddam ran an oil for food program. Texas Fugitive Dems are running a blackmail for quorum program.
4) Saddam hates President Bush. Texas Fugitive Dems despise him.
5) Saddam was targeted by GPS. Texas Fugitive Dems are targeted by DPS.
6) Tom Franks from Midland Led Operation Iraqi Freedom, Tom Craddick from Midland leads "Operation Yellow Dog Roundup."
7) Saddam allowed U.N. inspectors in. Texas Fugitive Dems are meeting in secret and will not allow outside observers.
8) Texas Democrat Party Chairman Molly Beth Malcolm said of the fugitives, "The Republicans will attempt to call them obstructionists. They are heroes." Saddam's spokesman Iraqi Information Minister Al-Sahhaf said, "Concerning the fighting waged by the heroes of the Arab Socialist Baath Party yesterday, one amazing thing really is the cowardice of the American soldiers."
9) Iraqi Information Minister Al-Sahhaf was regularly available to take questions from journalists. Texas Fugitive Dems at their Oklahoma outpost have not designated a representative to regularly field questions from journalists.
10) Saddam had numerous body doubles that looked alike. Texas Fugitive Dems have name doubles Joe and Pete Moreno who look nothing alike.

I'm thinking the Governor should declare an emergency and change the quorum rules. Screw these idiots who can't play the game by the rules.

The Dims Getting Dimmer


I really can't stand this anymore. Why are they sending money to bail out Davis' mismanagement in California. Federal taxes are already used too much for redistribution, but redistributing my tax dollars to save complete fucktard management in California is pathetic.

Senate Democrats hope to double the amount of money added to the president's tax cut bill for bailing states out of their budget messes. And while the Democrats insist such a bailout would pump new life into the economy, conservative and libertarian groups say it would unfairly punish states that have kept a lid on spending and reward states that have failed to do so.

The Senate Finance Committee has already inserted $20 billion in state aid to help plug the gaping holes in state budgets, which are expected to run a projected net $80-90 billion deficit over this year and next.

But Democrats want $40 billion for the states, with half of that slated for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The other half would go to the states without strings attached.

"State lawmakers have already had to cut vital public services to balance their budgets," said Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference on Wednesday.
[emphasis mine.]

Bush better draw a line on this stuff or insist on $20 billion in cuts to offset the giveaways. This is so difficult to watch.


Wednesday, May 14, 2003

The Pope Can't Wear a "Hat" in our Courtroom


While perusing Mr. Bashman in relation to the previous citation, I found this wonderful post on a crazy case where the defendant claimed the court could not use his name without a contract.

It seems the court did have to enforce a few rules:

THE COURT: I note there are quite a few people here. As a matter of respect for the Court, the dignity of the Court does not allow any head-dresses, so individuals wearing any type of headdresses will be asked to leave now or remove them. Also, no hats, no skull caps, nothing like that is permitted. Did you folks hear me in the back?

UNIDENTIFIED SPEAKER: This is my national headdress and also a part of my religion.

THE COURT: Ma’am, that is not allowed in this courtroom. You are welcome without it, so please leave until you can take it off.

UNIDENTIFIED SPEAKER: If Jews were to come in here?

THE COURT: Jews will not wear yarmulkes. I am Catholic and the Pope would not wear a miter. Please leave, take it off and come back in, or do not come back in, the choice is yours.

Read the whole thing to see some of the wasteful activity that happens in our legal system, but the head-dress thing was too funny - Wish I had been there...

Pro-Murder Stance of the Left


Mr. Bashman has an interesting post on how the left does not think that fetuses that are viable should be counted as a murder in the Oklahoma City bombing. They use the idea of convicting Nichols for murdering viable featuses for inspiration on asking their Senators to continue the filibuster on judges. If the left had their way, we would have no justice system, we'd have a moral-relativism system defined by queen Hillary, which would include only handouts and no punishments, and a rampant increase in murder rates.

5 Days to Decide this???


I'm not one of those gun rights bloggers. I like the Second Amendment but I don't have much personal interest since I don't think I'll ever own a gun, but today was certainly gun day, and the anti- Second Amendment people are thankfully losing the war. What was so tough about this case? I suppose it was tough because the liberal plaintiffs went jurisdiction-shopping and found an area where people always blame everyone else for their problems, but it didn't work this time, despite the jurisdiction.

After five days of deliberation, a jury in Brooklyn, N.Y., found on Wednesday that 45 gun makers and distributors were not to blame for rising violence in minority communities.

The verdict was the result of a lawsuit brought by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) against 68 defendants - including Smith & Wesson Corp., Glock, Inc., and other major gun makers and distributors - alleging that these companies knew corrupt dealers were supplying their products to criminals in minority communities and did nothing to stop it.

And then there is the case of the Dim filibuster of the lawsuit protection bill. Personally, I don't understand why the legislature should get into telling the courts what they can and cannot hear, but then when you start getting the facts on the bill, there is nothing to filibuster about this at all:

"The lawsuits that would be barred by this bill include product liability and unsafe gun design cases, negligent distribution and deceptive marketing," Feinstein added.

Supporters of the bill merely point to its language in response.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act specifically lists the types of lawsuits that would not be prohibited, including those for:

...physical injuries or property damage resulting directly from a design or manufacturing defect of the gun [product liability], when used as intended;

...negligence, including negligently distributing a gun to someone the seller knew or should have known was likely to and did use the gun "in a manner involving unreasonable risk of physical injury;" and

...willfully violating state or federal law regulating the sale or marketing of a gun, if that violation was the cause of the injury for which relief is sought.

In fact, the only lawsuits not allowed by the legislation are those "brought by any person against a manufacturer or seller of a [gun], or a trade association, for damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of a [gun]" by the recipient or any third party. [Emphasis added.]

Ted Novin, spokesman for the National Rifle Association, is not surprised by what he called the senators' "misrepresentation" of the bill.

"The senators have either not read the proposed legislation, or they are intentionally misleading the American people about this common sense measure," Novin said. "Given Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer's disdain for the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans, I'm inclined to believe it's the latter."

Politics is persuasion, but this kind of deception is a typical Dim strategy that should be debunked.

Stupid Dims Continue the Texas Battle


I am astounded by this.

Texas' lead law enforcement agency has asked for the public's help in the event that any of 53 wanted Texas Democratic legislators re-enter the state.

The lawmakers left Austin after failing to defeat a Republican-sponsored political redistricting plan. They are currently staying in Oklahoma, absent from the state House of Representatives in violation of that body's rules. House warrants have been posted for their arrest.

"The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking the public for assistance in locating 53 Texas legislators who have disappeared. Anyone who has information regarding the current whereabouts of the legislators listed below is asked to call 1-800-525-5555," the posting states.

[...]

"These legislators have been elected and paid to come to work by hardworking Texans," he said. "They are asked to work for 140 days every two years, not to hide out because they don't like the way the debate is going."

Craddick warned Democrats that, if they do not return to complete unfinished business before the mandatory end of the regular session, a special session of the legislature will be called. Such a session could cost Texas taxpayers millions of dollars.

Bob Richter, Craddick's press secretary, told CNSNews.com Tuesday afternoon that the Democrats are costing the state more than just the salaries they are collecting for not showing up to work.

"The problem now is that some of the bills that are dying as a result of the Democrats leaving total up to about $650 million of revenue," Richter explained. "Having lost that revenue, we're going to have to make even deeper cuts in the budget.

"If we can't come up with a balanced budget, then we're going to have to be called into special session," he added, "and that would be immediately after this session ends on June 2nd."

Although the state may suffer financially, Richter said the Democrats who left the state to avoid arrest will not. Their pay is guaranteed by the state constitution whether they show up for work or not.

I am trying to figure out why they pay these clowns anything at all - 140 days every 2 years? This is a complete joke.

I have always thought that Texans could be reasonable when necessary, but this is crazy...I am thinking the insanity comes from the Dim party and not from the fact that they are Texans.

Dowd Thinks Life Is So Simple


This wicked witch needs to write about something she understands.

Bob Graham, the Florida senator running for president, said at the Capitol yesterday that Iraq had been a diversion: "We essentially ended the war on terror about a year ago. And since that time, Al Qaeda has been allowed to regenerate."

Doing a buddy routine with Rummy yesterday in Washington, as the defense secretary accepted an award, Vice President Dick Cheney was as implacable as ever. "The only way to deal with this threat ultimately is to destroy it," he said.

So destroy it.

And Bob Graham is an idiot who was missing all of the anti-terrorism while the war was on - The U.S. was able to do two things - Wow! The world is not perfect, and Graham needs to campaign on something thoughtful, not some phony construct whereby he will save the defense of our nation if he is elected. Total fucktard.

No Bump Day at Indy?


Bums me out - Why does the bad economy have to hit motor sports?

Various factors, foremost the slumping economy, have put the 33-car streak in jeopardy. It is not cheap to race a car of any kind. Barnhart said it costs at least $4 million to field a highly competitive car for the 16-race I.R.L. season.

The I.R.L., formed by the speedway's president, Tony George, after a contentious split with CART in 1996, had already decided to implement new rules for engines, chassis and gearboxes for the 2003 season to make the cars safer.

Such changes to the rules are mandated every three years, but this year's were more widespread. Even if the old cars were allowed, simply to fill the field, Barnhart said, they would be much slower and more dangerous than the new cars.

With the new I.R.L. rules in effect next year, lower-profile car owners will be able to purchase used equipment from the higher-profile teams to race, Barnhart said. But that is next year. "We don't have a second-hand market for used equipment that exists yet,'' Barnhart said.

I.R.L. officials had expected owners to field fewer cars this year, but the poor economy led to less money from corporate sponsors and an additional drop in the amount of teams that were able to race. "The difference between having 33 cars and 43 qualifying for the race,'' Barnhart said, "is the economy.''

Although open-wheel racers are faster and more exotic than stock cars, Indy-car racing has also been hit hard by the surge in popularity of the Nascar Winston Cup Series. Tickets for the Indianapolis 500 have become relatively easy to come by.

IRL needs to expand their season - If they are spending 4 million to sponsor a car, more races in more venues would not add substantially to that.

And the surge in NASCAR popularity and the new track in Kansas is what got me into it, but I am here to tell you, when you are there live, both types of racing are incredibly fun to watch live, but IRL kicks NASCAR's ass - Greater speed, greater agility, more reliance on driver skills, more passing, more excitemnt, but I still love NASCAR...

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Typical Picture of the Dims


This is the Dim's strategy in Texas. Idiots.

Cavuto Rips Krugman


I like seeing a strong defense and this was a strong defense. Check out Luskin's post on the topic.

Check out Cavuto's article.

He writes:

"Neil Cavuto of FOX News is an anchor, not a commentator. Yet after Baghdad's fall he told ‘those who opposed the liberation of Iraq’ -- a large minority -- that ‘you were sickening then; you are sickening now.’"

First off, Mr. Krugman, let me correct you: I'm a host and a commentator, just like you no doubt call yourself a journalist and a columnist. So my sharing my opinions is a bad thing, but you spouting off yours is not?

Exactly who's the hypocrite, Mr. Krugman? Me, for expressing my views in a designated segment at the end of the show? Or you, for not so cleverly masking your own biases against the war in a cheaply written column?

You're as phony as you are unprofessional. And you have the nerve to criticize me, or FOX News, and by extension, News Corporation?

Look, I'd much rather put my cards on the table and let people know where I stand in a clear editorial, than insidiously imply it in what's supposed to be a straight news story. And by the way, you sanctimonious twit, no one -- no one -- tells me what to say. I say it. And I write it. And no one lectures me on it. Save you, you pretentious charlatan.

Let me see if I have this right, Mr. Krugman. Journalists who opposed this war are okay. Those who support it are not. Says who? You?

I'm less of a journalist because I was in favor of this war, but you're more of a journalist because you were not? You imply that by being in favor of this war, I'm pandering, and by extension, my company is pandering to the White House.

Nowhere does it ever occur to you, one can legitimately not agree with you. That doesn't make me less of a journalist. But, Mr. Krugman, it does make you more of an ass. Here's the difference: You insinuated it, I just said it.

Now make I suggest you take your column and shove it?

That's what I say everytime I read it, so I am not reading it anymore...Krugman is a complete ass and he is smearing the reputation of the NY Crimes, even though there is not much left to smear...

This Is Not Disney, Or Is It?


Do these folks have any guiding principles??? Hello???

Gary Bauer sums it up nicely in today's End of Day Report:

Mickey Mouse vs. George Bush

Miramax films, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, is planning to bankroll a new attack film by leftwing agitator Michael Moore. Purely by coincidence I'm sure, the release of the film is set to coincide with the 2004 elections. Sources say the so-called "documentary", dubbed Fahrenheit 911, is a "hit piece" on President Bush containing incendiary charges about the President allegedly exploiting the September 11th terrorist attacks. Walt Disney would be crushed to learn that the family entertainment empire he built has sunk to this.

This is a lesson in how to wreck your brand in one easy contract. Their brand was not perfect in my mind before this, but it is trash in my mind today...

TK Blasts the Carrier Landing Critics


TK sent this excerpt from Brit Hume's Grapevine:

Dealing With Democrats
Democrats are continuing to grouse about President Bush's decision last week to use a Viking jet to land on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln (search). Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe (search) has issued this statement, "Considering the expense to the American taxpayer and use of American military men and women as 'extras' for this media stunt, the president should pledge that his landing not appear in any presidential campaign commercials and videos." McAuliffe also called Bush's choice "indefensible." The White House is about as likely to issue such a statement as Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., (search) is to stop mentioning his service in Vietnam. And in fact, the White House is throwing the profligacy charge back at Democrats. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer claimed yesterday that the president actually saved taxpayers money. Fleisher said the Viking jet costs just $7 more to operate each hour than does a helicopter. Said Fleischer: "Given the fact that it actually takes a Viking less time to travel than a helicopter, you can do the math."


And he adds this comment: "McAuliffe would better serve his party if he could get the President to pledge not to use any video of any Dims from the last two years in any campaign commercial or video."

I love it.

MRC carries Letterman's
"Top Ten Signs Something is Wrong at the New York Times"



10. When anything bad happens, front page asks, "Where are you, Spider-Man?"

9. Answer to every clue in Sunday crossword puzzle: Taffy

8. New policy: "We'll print your name in any story for $49.95"

7. Everyone in photographs looks like the publisher in a wig

6. Most stories involve the reporter ending up drunk at a strip club

5. They just endorsed Dukakis

4. Motto "All The News That's Fit To Print" replaced by more trendy "Don't Go There, Girlfriend"

3. Its journalistic integrity is questioned by Geraldo Rivera

2. They believe President Bush's tax cut is a good idea

1. Sports page reports Mets in first place

#2 would be a sure sign, but something that will never happen.


Winners? Doubtful But We're Having Fun


I know I'm late on the scene - I just giggled at first, but the irony is more and more fascinating. Funny that the writer thinks the irony is wrong, I think it is right.

One has ordered his forces into battle more times than any other postwar British leader. The other threatens military action against "evil" nations and keeps a scorecard of dead al-Qaida leaders, marking each fatality with an X.
Now, Tony Blair and George Bush have received international recognition for their unswerving willingness to use force: a nomination for the 2002 Nobel peace prize.

The prime minister and US president have been jointly nominated for the accolade by a rightwing Norwegian politician who believes their military campaign against terrorism meets Alfred Nobel's criteria that the winner "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".

Harald Tom Nesvik, who represents the Party of Progress in the Norwegian parliament, said yesterday: "The background for my nomination is their decisive action against terrorism, something I believe in the future will be the greatest threat to peace. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to use force to secure peace."

The enemies of the so-called (I love using that phrase in the way that the NY Crimes or NPR does) peace movement win the peace prize. They won't win, but I love the nomination.

My New Home Page


Town Hall's Budget and Tax Issues page is a new favorite of mine. Go check out the excellent array of articles there. OK, maybe I am a governmental affairs geek...

Where Are the Patriot Act Abuses?


The headline, "No Patriot Act excess, but critics unpersuaded," but I sure am. I know some of the folks working on terrorism financing, and believe me, they don't have time to violate the rights of innocent citizens.

"Part of what we are trying to deal with is the fact the government has been given vast new powers. It simply means the government is taking away more and more of our freedoms and privacy and doing it legally."

This may be partly true, but I don't see the violations, and one of the big things for the government to do is to keep us relatively safe.

What I'd Call a Good Start



A conservative group trying to sway senators to back President Bush's plan to cut taxes has added an unlikely target to its campaign: Democratic Leader Tom Daschle.

"This is a state that should have two votes in the Senate for the Bush plan and instead we're going to get, potentially, zero," said Stephen Moore, president of Club for Growth, which has budgeted $50,000 for a South Dakota television ad campaign.

The Washington group's commercial draws a parallel between income-tax cuts made during the Kennedy and Reagan administrations to Bush's proposal. "Tell Tom Daschle to support the Kennedy-Reagan-Bush tax policy that will bring jobs back to South Dakota," it says.

And here is another good reason for educating voters in that state:

Not every one of a president's judicial nominees has the right to a straight up-or-down vote in the Senate, Democratic leader Tom Daschle said Sunday.

Democrats have held up votes on two of President Bush's picks, leading majority Republicans to propose last week a change in Senate rules to restrict the use of delaying tactics to block nominations.

In theory and practice, senators should have the chance to cast a direct vote on all nominees for the federal bench, said Daschle, D-S.D.

"That should be the rule but sometimes there are ... exceptions to the rule," he said. "There are extreme cases when extreme judges deserve no more than a cloture vote and these two cases fit that category."

Dasshole is running a tyranny on behalf of a small minority and that is not the way the Constitution intended it to be. I must say that I am questioning the good people of South Dakota for sending this guy to DC in his attempt to wreck the country.

Keep the Tax Cut Tune Going


He still needs your help:

"Oh, you'll hear the talk about how this plans only helps the rich people. That's just typical Washington, D.C., political rhetoric," Mr. Bush told an audience at a manufacturing plant outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr. Bush lost the state to Democrat Al Gore by just 366 votes in the 2000 election.

He urged workers and business owners at MCT Industries to pressure the Senate to enact a larger tax cut bill than the one now pending. And he took issue with those who say big tax cuts will balloon the deficit.

"Yeah, I'm worried about the deficit, but I'm more worried about the fellow looking for work. I'm worried about the deficit, but I'm more worried about the single mom," Mr. Bush said.

I know that is sincere, but there are some who will rage against the common American.

Don't Ignore the War


Virginia Postrel points to the bad part of ignoring the war, which as she points out, is still going strong.

Monday, May 12, 2003

Duller Blogging


The Dullest Blog in the World strikes again:

Looking at my watch May 12

I was busy doing some things and began to wonder how much time had elapsed. I glanced at my watch and saw the time displayed, thus providing an answer to my question.

Sunday, May 11, 2003

True Majority Is at it Again - The Ice Cream Boys



President Bush is undermining the respect, decency, and fairness that are at the heart of greatness in any person or nation. And we are all paying the price. But together we can stop him.


Sick bastards from Ben & Jerry's - They should stick to ice cream. Bush is actually doing the opposite - He is restoring all of the values that are cited, and I hope Ben & Jerry's is paying the price. Commies.

You have the power to help. You can send more of our federal tax dollars home to our state to protect health care for working families. Please stop any federal Medicaid cuts and make sure this year's final Congressional Budget Resolution includes state fiscal relief to put families first.

What that is saying is that they want to continue to steal your tax dollars for the causes in their states. If it is money that is needed in their states, why don't they voluntarily send their own money to their states rather than hijacking my money?

I'll send my money to my state, but I am not up for sending more to DC so that these ice cream guys can hijack it for their high-cost, far-left, redistribution establishments.

The Carrier Landing - The Last Word?


Pejmanesque has an interesting post on FDR's usage of naval ships. Pejman is calling for an investigation, wink, wink. I'm sure Byrd was in the Senate in 1934 - Why didn't he investigate this?

The Xenophobia of NASCAR Fans


I caught this via NRO's John Miller, who points out that NASCAR fans should pay more attention to the bribe money paid to Jesse Jackson, Inc. than they should to the Japanese vehicles entering NASCAR.

The announcement in February that Toyota would become the first foreign automaker to compete in NASCAR's top ranks was trumpeted as stunning evidence of stock-car racing's far-reaching appeal and another example of the 21st century's global economy.

With it, a pillar of the NASCAR rulebook -- that races are open to "American-made" vehicles only -- was finessed to permit the Japanese manufacturer in the Craftsman Truck Series, in which Detroit's Big Three do battle in the form of hopped-up Ford F-150s, Chevrolet Silverados and Dodge Rams.

But now come rumblings of a backlash against Toyota even though its Tundra pickup is made entirely in the United States -- the essential caveat that cleared its entry into NASCAR.

"You've got Yao Ming in the NBA, and Hideo Nomo in baseball, which is fine. But leave ONE American pastime an American sport!" says Charles Walker, a columnist for the racing Web site Catchfence.com. "When you start including Toyota -- and now there are rumors of Nissan -- where do you stop?"

It's not only the notion of a Japanese nameplate in truck racing that has hard-core fans upset. More alarming in their eyes is the prospect, now considered inevitable, of Toyota entering its Camry sedan in NASCAR's Winston Cup series, the most hallowed division of stock-car racing.

"Camry is too sissy of a name for an 800-horsepower, roaring monster of a NASCAR racecar," wrote Bill Lawrence in a recent column posted on Stockcarcity.com.

As Walker explains: "Nobody wants to go to work on Monday and say, 'The guy in the Toyota beat [Dale] Earnhardt Jr. yesterday.' America is the home of the muscle cars. And who wants to say, 'Our American hot-rod got whipped by a rice-rocket!' "

[...]

A level playing field has been central to NASCAR since it was founded in 1948 under a rulebook designed to keep the competition close, affordable and restricted to "American-made passenger car production sedans." That language was inserted by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., who had both pragmatism and marketing in mind.

In NASCAR's formative years most drivers salvaged their racecars from junkyards. Restricting the field to the late-model castoffs that littered the South in the 1950s and '60s kept costs low enough so lots of drivers could compete. France also believed fans could relate to the sport better if the drivers raced the same cars that sat in American driveways.

[...]

The sport has outgrown its Southeastern confines and now draws crowds of 140,000 in markets like Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. But its core audience has remained true to the values held dear in the South: Pride in an honest day's work, and love of God and country.

I don't know what to make of this, but I do know that it would be nearly impossible for me to root for a driver who is in a Camry, makes think of driving a daisy...Maybe a Tundra, but a Camry???


President Bush Needs Your Help


I caught this transcript via JURIST's Paper Chase:

Exactly two years ago, I announced my first 11 nominees to the federal appeals court. I chose men and women of talent and integrity, highly qualified nominees who represent the mainstream of American law and American values. Eight of them waited more than a year without an up-or-down vote in the United States Senate. As of today, three of that original group have waited two years. Their treatment by a group of senators is a disgrace.

Overall, I have sent to the Senate 42 superb nominees for federal courts of appeal. Eighteen of them are still waiting for a vote in the Senate; and eight of those 18 have been waiting more than a year. More appeals court nominees have had to wait over a year for a hearing in my presidency than in the last 50 years combined. This is not just business as usual; this is an abdication of constitutional responsibility, and it is hurting our country. (Applause.)

As President, I have the constitutional responsibility to nominate excellent judges. And I take that responsibility seriously. The men and women I have nominated are an historically diverse group, whose character and credentials are impeccable.

[...]

Six months ago, I proposed a plan to end the vacancy crisis and make the process work again. This plan would apply no matter who lives in the White House or no matter which party controls the United States Senate. Here's how it works: Judges on the federal appellate and district courts would notify the President of their intentions to retire at least a year in advance whenever that is possible. The President would then submit a nomination to the U.S. Senate within 180 days of receiving notice of a vacancy or intended retirement. The Senate Judiciary Committee would hold a hearing within 90 days of receiving a nomination. And the full Senate would vote on a nominee no longer than 180 days after the nomination is submitted. The goal is to have a new judge ready to take the bench on the same day the sitting judge retires.

Since I announced this plan, the Judicial Conference has done its part by strongly urging judges to give a one-year advance notice of retirement. I've done my part with an executive order issued today formalizing my commitment to submit nominations within 180 days after notification of a vacancy. And now we're waiting for the Senate to do its duty and ensure timely up-or-down votes for every single nominee. (Applause.)

[...}

I believe a fresh start is possible. And we will stand with these senators to bring needed reform on behalf of the American people. And I ask for your help -- I ask for your help to make sure our judiciary functions in a way that will make the people proud. I ask for your help in talking to senators as we convince them that obstructionist policies harm the American people. It hurts the justice system that makes us the envy of the world. I know we can move forward. I look forward to the day when a good nominee gets a vote -- up or down, in timely fashion -- on the floor of the United States Senate. Thank you all for coming. And God bless. (Applause.) Thank you all for coming. (Applause.)

[emphasis mine.]

Please, friends, help him out.
Update on the Carrier Landing

I like Acidman's view on the topic, plus the $100K quote from the Attaboy post.

I am looking forward to the campaign commercials.

UPDATE: Check out Vikingpundit's post on the topic. [Permalinks stink so find the post titled, "Misfiring at Top Gun."]

Of Pianos, Not Taxes


Off topic here, but I found an inspiring article in the NY Times today, a fascinating story about the Steinway operation. It's quite long as are my excerpts, but it's worth checking out.

The contest was between a giant sandwich of wood ? 18 strips of maple, each about half as long as a city bus ? and half a dozen workers with muscles, a pneumatic wrench and a time-conscious foreman. The workers were supposed to bend and shove those 18 strips into a familiar-looking shape, and beat the clock. "We're allotted 20 minutes," the foreman, Joseph Gurrado, muttered.

After 14 minutes of pushing and pulling and flexing and grunting that another boss standing nearby called "the Fred Flintstone part of the operation," the wood was forced into a curve. And, in the too-warm basement of a gritty factory that opened when Ulysses S. Grant was president, piano No. K0862 was born.

Like other newborns, it came with hopes for greatness and fears that it might not measure up despite a distinguished family name, Steinway.

[...]

Someone walking through the factory, following the progress of No. K0862, could forget a basic fact about what goes on there: Every Steinway is made the same way from the same materials by the same workers. Yet every Steinway ends up being different from every other ? not in appearance, perhaps, but in ways that are not easily put into words: colorations of sound, nuances of strength or delicacy, what some pianists call personality. Some Steinways end up sounding small or mellow, fine for chamber music. Some are so percussive a full-strength orchestra cannot drown them out. On some, the keys move with little effort. On others, the pianist's hands and arms get a workout.

Why? No one at Steinway can really say.

Perhaps it is the wood. No matter how carefully Steinway selects or prepares each batch, some trees get more sunlight than others in the forest, and some get more water. Certain piano technicians say uncontrollable factors make the difference.

Perhaps, in a plant where everyone is an expert craftsman, some are great, others merely good.

Someday, if its personality turns out to be extroverted but not strident, if its key action turns out to be loose but not mushy, No. K0862 may be pounded or caressed in public by someone like Alfred Brendel or Maurizio Pollini at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center. First, though, No. K0862 will be pounded and caressed in the factory by woodworkers with tattoos on their burly arms, by technicians known as bellymen, by tuners confident that they can improve it, no matter how good it sounds at first.

[...]

Mr. Acosta says this is all the exercise he needs, or gets: "I build pianos. That's my workout." The lever in his hands weighs 80 pounds. The clamps ? "posts," the crew calls them ? are 65 pounds each.

At 10:10, with a whack from Mr. Acosta, the rim is done. "Fourteen minutes," Mr. Gurrado says.

The time allotted for bending a rim is 20 to 25 minutes. As he explains, "We're working against the glue." It begins to set that fast.

The rim spends its first 24 hours clamped in place. "Wood has a memory," Mr. Gurrado says. The day in the clamps is deprogramming time, so the wood will forget its past and not pop out of its new shape.

After three days across the workroom from where it was bent ? Mr. Gurrado does not want to shock it by moving it out of a by-now-familiar environment too quickly ? it goes to a room that looks like a wine cellar but is warm and dry and on an upper floor in the factory. It will spend about 60 days there, with 500 other rims that are awaiting sounding boards, plates and keys.

"It's going to be whatever it's going to be, good or whatever," Mr. Stavrianos says after parking it there. "There's nothing you can do now but wait. It's out of our hands."

Old age craftsmanship in the 21st Century. The author remarks that this piano will be worth around $93K, as much as the most expensive Mercedes coupes, but I'd say its value will be quite superior to that of any automobile.

Sorry to go off topic, I think I'll head back to the garden now.

One Thing I Do Not Like About New York


Maureen Dowd. You knew the carrier landing and speech would be too much for her. It got under her skin, but I am here to say she gets under my skin. I like that, I try to make sure and read her columns so that I can see how badly bitter she is this time, and I am never disappointed.

Still, it's funny that Wal-Mart decided to censor laddie magazines the very same week the Bush administration soared with laddie politics.

The fabulously successful British glossies were inspired by the American "guy culture" of "Top Gun," "Animal House" and "Cheers."

The hormonal graphics and absence of erudition were designed to appeal to what one media expert called "high-tech cave men."

The May Maxim offers a "Wingman Training Manual" for "trolling for the ladies": "What kind of friend are you? Would you lie like a rug, fight like a man, and willingly take home a clock-stopper for the sake of a pal?"

The magazines represent the most extraordinary collection of testosterone, of crank-it-up, raging-rhinoceros attitude ever ? with the exception of when Rummy dines alone.

The Republicans have been exuding that self-satisfied air of masculine conquest, that Maxim bravado of "If it doesn't come with a side of meat, it ain't breakfast," and "Drinking a diet soda doesn't make you gay, but it does make you look gay."

And the Democrats have been flailing against it, harping on the cost of President Maverick's "Op Gun" moment that forced an aircraft carrier to make lazy circles so the California coastline wouldn't pop up behind his head.

The White House admitted that its original stated reason for using the Viking jet instead of the presidential helicopter ? that the ship was too far offshore ? was bogus.

The real reason for the stunt was that the president wanted to have fun and film a campaign ad.

The real outcome is that we have a president who is actually leading the country rather than throwing out excuses like trial opinion poll water baloons.