Saturday, May 31, 2003

Stupid Dim Line-up


I was looking at this passage for solutions - Help me out:

In stark contrast to that fanfare, Dean stood in the rain on a Manchester, N.H., sidewalk to assail the bill, sharing his umbrella with the two reporters who showed up. He said all of Bush's tax cuts — including those passed in 2001 — must be repealed. He believes the cuts are part of a "radical plan to dismantle Social Security, Medicare and our public schools."

The former Vermont governor, like his Democratic rivals, cited the 2.7 million jobs lost during Bush's tenure in the White House and pointed to the fact that a day earlier, the president signed a bill allowing the federal government to borrow as much as $7.4 trillion, an increase in the federal debt limit.

"The president promises everything and delivers nothing," Dean said.

In signing the bill, Bush said the package — less than half the amount he initially sought — will provide tax relief to 136 million taxpayers by offering breaks to families, businesses and investors.

Jim Dyke, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said of Dean's call for a repeal: "It sounds like each day another Democratic presidential hopeful makes a commitment to the American people of a $2 trillion tax increase. That's not just a bad idea, it's bad economics."

Gephardt, who also wants to repeal Bush's 2001 tax cut and this year's reductions to pay for health care coverage, said his plan would stimulate the economy more than Bush's "misguided tax cuts."

Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina said the nation will not return to the economic growth of the 1990s unless "we as Democrats have the backbone to say we must stop this tax cut" for the wealthy.

Edwards, in a speech before the San Francisco Bar Association, said, "the president should not, today, be celebrating passage of tax cuts for the wealthiest people in the country."

These Dims are bloomin' idiots if they think that DC keeping more of our money will help us out of a depressed economic cycle. Smart Dims and Republicans alike know that you either cut taxes or spend like crazy on infrastructure, but you don't just hoard the money for another Robert Byrd museum. Carefully watch for any suggestion of a solution - There is none. And Dick's national healthcare proposal can't boost an economy, can't help our healthcare system, and won't even help the doctors and hospitals. It would just be more DC bureaucracy.

Be Very Glad You're Not in Europe


I'm sure there are some fine folks in Europe. I've been to Vienna, Germany and Switzerland, and I had a great time, but this little article made me thankful for being here in the Heartland:

A group of about 350 protesters disrupted a meeting of France's Socialist Party, tossing rocks through the windows of a conference center and accusing the party of not being radical enough.


When the Socialists aren't radical enough, you are in big trouble.

The activists divided themselves up into the two camps to show their diversity. One is the "intergalactic village" - grouping environmental, anti-nuclear or other social activists. The other is the "anti-capitalist, alternative, anti-war village."


That's the kind of diversity Jesse Jackson could bring - Why wasn't he invited? (See prior post.) With that kind of diversity, who needs common sense?

Diversity is Good but Bribing Jackson is Nuts


"NASCAR does not endorse political views,'' president Mike Helton says. "NASCAR endorses diversity.''

Dora Taylor, hired by NASCAR to head its diversity program after she helped turn Denny's from worst to first in its industry, says NASCAR remains serious about going after new markets by attracting minorities.

"It's a win-win scenario all the way around,'' she says.

Not if it involves Jackson, counters one of his most vehement critics, activist Peter Flaherty.

Flaherty is president of a tiny outfit with a pretentious title, the National Legal and Policy Center, in Falls Church, Va., which purports to promote "ethics in government'' while exposing the "hypocrisy of the left.''

To this end, Flaherty, conservative cohort Ken Boehm, and their staff of three, have been waging a campaign against NASCAR's relationship with Jackson on the Internet, radio, television and in newspapers.

They have been trying to bring down Jackson for a couple of years, alleging his nonprofit Citizenship Education Fund is crooked and that the $250,000 NASCAR has donated to it over the past two years -- among the contributions of many -- is going into his pockets.

"It's basically a slush fund for Jackson,'' Flaherty says. "One thing that is indisputable is that it has nothing to do with broadening the base of NASCAR. This is not a nonprofit, it's an entity that's run to push the financial benefit of Jesse Jackson, his friends and family, some of whom have become quite wealthy.''

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Taylor says the money NASCAR gives goes toward support of the annual conference Rainbow/Push sponsors in Chicago. This year's conference, June 21-25, features workshops on sports, the influence of the Hip Hop culture, economic and educational issues. Among the speakers are NCAA president Myles Brand and several members of Congress.

This is horse hockey. That 250K could buy a lot more diversity if spent properly. They are not interested in diversity, they are paying off a man who bribes all of corporate America to line his pockets. Jackson's criminal activity is OK because he is a minority and we are aiming for diversity. Just plain horse hockey. It sure isn't diversity for auto racing.

Time for Introspection


If Acidman quits, I'm quitting.

Friday, May 30, 2003

Oh, THAT Liberal Media


MRC hit it out of the park with coverage on the anti-taxpayer garbage from the major media outlets:

Prompted on a front page New York Times story that was little more than a press release for the left-wing Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN and NBC on Thursday night all treated as an indictment of the supposed unfairness of the income tax cut how parents earning between $10,000 and $26,000, who don't pay income taxes, won't get the increased child care credit from $600 to $1,000 against their income tax payments. But CNBC, NBC and CNN never clued viewers in on how those in that income range pay little, if any, income tax while ABC and CBS only mentioned that little fact late in their stories -- after delivering profiles of supposed victims who will not get the tax break.

All but one network story ignored how those making more than $110,000 don't get the higher child credit either and none pointed out how the tax cut bill eliminates another three million families from having to pay any income tax at all.

ABC and CBS cited the CBPP as authoritative, but failed to tag the group as liberal. See item #3 below for more on the New York Times story, including the specifics of the income earners involved in this made-up controversy who may in some cases have income taxes withheld from their paychecks, but who get more back from the federal government through the EITC and child credit than they pay in, and so are more akin to welfare recipients than taxpayers.

ABC's Peter Jennings opened the May 29 World News Tonight by lamenting how "it turns out that a whole lot of people in the country who could use the money are not going to get it." Linda Douglass misleadingly claimed, leading into a look at a victim, that "one group of taxpayers was cut out of this legislation at the last minute, and that was low-income working families with children. Rhonda Williams is an office messenger raising two children alone. She thought she would be getting some extra money from a tax cut bill. She was wrong."

"The tax cut the President just signed will not help many who need help the most," CBS Evening News anchor Jane Clayson fretted before Bill Plante profiled a woman who "earns just above the minimum wage, the kind of taxpayer the President says he wants to help. But she won't be getting that refund check the President says is in the mail. An eleventh hour change in the tax bill prevents millions of low-income working Americans...from receiving an extra $400 child tax credit." Plante picked this soundbite from the woman to feature: "I just think it's ridiculous. I can't believe that they would give money to the rich when the poor need it so much. I can't understand it."

Spoken like a member of the Washington press corps.

Like ABC, NBC made the subject its top story as Tom Brokaw led the NBC Nightly News by insisting that in what "could be an embarrassing omission in his tax cut package, families making between $10,000 and $26,000 a year come up short." CNBC anchor Brian Williams employed similar language: "We learned today there is an embarrassing omission in what is now the law of the land. Families making between $10,000 and $26,000 a year get left out while critics say many who do not need a tax cut get one anyway."

How you "need a tax cut" when you don't pay taxes was a conundrum Williams did not address.

In the subsequent story run by both NBC and CNBC Campbell Brown euphemistically referred to how "children's advocate groups, who estimate about 11.5 million kids will be denied the benefit, today voiced outrage at the administration and Congress."

Earlier, CNN's Inside Politics led with the news created by the liberal group. Judy Woodruff intoned: "We begin with an unexpected hitch in the President's campaign-friendly message about tax cuts. A day after he signed the bill into law, it is now clear that child care tax credits won't be going to as many families as some thought." Kate Snow's story, which never mentioned how few, if any, of these people pay income tax, also ran later in the evening on NewsNight with Aaron Brown.

In all of those stories, only two reporters made any reference to the reality that those in the below $26,000 low-income level with kids don't pay income taxes. ABC's Linda Douglass, late in her story, gave it a clause: "Many low-income families do not pay income taxes but are entitled to a portion of the child credit." CBS's Bill Plante got to it in the very last sentence of his distorted story: "But the White House, in addition to passing the buck to Congress, also points out that many of the families who will miss out on the $400 child tax credit already pay little or no income tax."

So, in other words, there's no story here. Or there wouldn't be for any media outlet more interested in conveying reality than in serving as advocates for a left-wing group's crusade against tax cuts.
[emphasis mine]

These crackpots are focused on redistributing income. 21st Century Robin Hoods.

UPDATE: As pointed to in comments - Check this well-done piece on the topic.

They're Saving Up for '08


It looks to me like they gave up on '04.

DNC Backs off Layoff Decision; Bush's Fault?

(CNSNews.com) - In a way, it's George W. Bush's fault that the Democratic National Committee decided to lay off 10 black staffers - a decision that drew protests and bad publicity. DNC communications strategist Jim Mulhall was quoted as saying that the DNC has a "strong commitment" to diversity. He's also backing away from reports that the DNC will lay off 10 black staffers in an effort to save money for the upcoming presidential campaign. A report in the Washington Post quoted Mulhall as saying, "As we adjust staffing levels to deal with the new political realities of facing George Bush and his immense resources, we will make sure the DNC is in the strongest position to wage an effective campaign next year." He seemed to imply that if President Bush weren't raising so much money, the layoffs on the Democratic side might not be necessary.


They should just call up MoveOn.org for help - Plenty of idiots over there...

Thursday, May 29, 2003

I am compelled to throw this out there - I am worried about the fact that Bush is travelling to Jordan. Do you want to talk about a hot bed? Some people thought it was risky to do the carrier landing in a jet rather than a helicopter, but the increased risk there was minimal in my mind compared to going to a territory where religious fanatics are teaching their people to hate and to kill.

I am sure that the Secret Service will be up to their eyeballs in threats and I do not think it is worth it. On the other hand, it shows the brave leadership that has become the calling card of this president.

I am worried about this.

Send the Arcata Politicians to Pakistan


Frank Salvato has a nice piece on the idiots who do anything to oppose the war on terrorism. The reasoning is that the Patriot Act intrudes on our civil liberties, but these people are truly cracked in the head, and they should be living in Saudi Arabia or some other place that caters to terrorists.

One town that I would probably enjoy visiting but would never want to reside in would be Arcata, California. It is probably a quiet upstanding little town. In fact when I did my research on Arcata the main punch of its city webpage was the fact that there were several farmers markets open and operating. But the people who actually run Arcata are a bit remarkable. They have imposed a fine on any city supervisor or employee that cooperates with the federal government regarding the use and implementation of The Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was enacted after the tragedy of September 11th for the sole purpose of giving the law enforcement community the tools with which to catch those who would do us harm. Their reasoning is that some elements of the act are too intrusive into the lives of individuals.

It should be stated that The Patriot Act is a controversial piece of legislation that our lawmakers are continuing to debate and refine. It was an absolute necessity directly after September 11th and many of its provisions are required today so we can avoid reliving the horrors inflicted on us that fateful day by those who hate.

[...]

That being said the issue of not cooperating with the federal government in the War on Terror is not very patriotic. Frankly, that is a kin to what some foreign nations are doing to our federal government, countries that are feeling the heat because of it too.

[...]

In the years prior to September 11th the people who flew those planes into our buildings killing thousands of us were living among us, peacefully, productively, as our neighbors, our friends and perhaps even those that sold us our produce. They were evil and bad people who played the game and killed our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. They gave no outward appearance of their sick and twisted intentions yet they delivered malevolence to our people the likes of which has never been seen before. We can never, ever forget this.

What Arcata is doing has nothing to do with civic virtue and that’s not who I want to buy my produce from!

Idiots, maybe Libertarian, but they are idiots.

No Mo MoDo


Via HobbsOnline - It's about time someone did something to slow this woman's awful destruction of journalism. (She used to be OK.)


http://www.lufkindailynews.com/

5/30/03
Maureen Dowd not wanted here
By MARC R. MASFERRER

The New York Times' considerable credibility problem is now our problem, as well.

But unlike the Times, which has been engaged in a torturous exercise of naval gazing and self-flagellation, with its accustomed arrogance, since it was revealed that one of its younger reporters had committed all sorts of journalistic sins, we are doing something about it, and fast.

Until she explains to our satisfaction her own ethical transgression — an apparently deliberate distortion of a comment by President Bush — you will not find the work of Times columnist Maureen Dowd on this page.

I wish the rest of the country were as sensible as Lufkin, but Lufkin is between the coasts, and that just may be where sensibility comes naturally.

Send MoDo out to pasture...
I don't think anyone noticed, but I have not been inspired to blog anything tonight...

Had a tough day at work and I'm just not so fired up about anything, but at least no one missed me...

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Big Thanks to The Federalist


They pointed to this from the Washington Times:

"Apart from their utter failure to educate the vast majority of their students in large urban school systems, the biggest outrage perpetrated by the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers is to charge their members exorbitant union dues, spend relatively nothing negotiating labor contracts and then pour tens of millions of surplus dues dollars into election campaigns of Democratic Party members. Once elected, Democrats return the favor by pouring billions of taxpayer dollars down the public school rathole. The victimized urban school children never manage to learn much, but lots of the public loot finds its way into the pockets of the teachers who can't, or don't, teach. ... If the NEA doesn't cease and desist, the EEOC let it be known that the matter would be pursued in court. Too bad the NEA can't be taken to court for its failure to educate millions of children." --Washington Times
Here's a Google search for you:

Someone arrived here using this:

"Believes in the Consent of the Governed"

I hope it worked out.

The Sick Left


I wish I had not visited Right Thinking from the Left Coast tonight. I would not have encountered this sick fucktard.

Of course, the name of his site describes the whole problem with the left and the Dims:

I Live in a Giant Bucket
People Suck

Dims hate the world and don't trust people.
I like seeing someone fisk Ms. Dowd, the top snot of the East Coast. I fisk every sentence in my mind when I read her, but am too lazy to write it down. Formerly, she was rational, but I have discovered that she is anti anything good. The content of the fisking is excellent, but there are some format problems.

Sentimental Business Quotes


You know, I usually don't have time to focus in on those daily quotes in my planner (yes, I'm a tard, and I still write with a pencil and keep my calendar on paper), provided by the Franklin-Covey School of Obscenely Perfect Leadership, but today's quote hammered home an attractive concept:

Success? One word. Integrity. End of story. That's it. You may not even succeed at your business but if you did it with integrity and did it to the best of your ability, that's the key.

--Cristina Carlino


This concept works perfectly for blogging, especially if you're not succeeding.

Lazy Posting - Propaganda Time
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God Bless the Tax Cut
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Seriously


I love government propaganda when it is from a Republican Administration - They don't need to slant the truth nearly as badly. I love it.

Economics is not a science, it is an art, and you could find just as many people saying the opposite of what these people are saying (Brahms is better - No, Chopin is better), so I guess the test will be in what the economy is like in 18-24 months...

Hang in there - I know there is a lot of material here, but it's worth it - The emphasis is mine (OF COURSE):

Here is what economists are saying about the
Jobs & Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003:


"The tax cut is good for the economy short run, intermediate run, and long run. The longer term positive consequences of leveling the playing field between the taxation of capital and labor are potentially enormous." Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Ohio University

  "This legislation not only will provide an important boost to the U.S. economy, it moves the tax code toward greater fairness and gives taxpayers more of their own money. The real winners are working families." Russell Lamb, North Carolina State University

  “This bill should provide significant help in re-establishing a rate of economic growth consistent with much-needed higher levels of employment. The modest tax relief provided in the bill will provide some help on the supply side of the U.S. economy, and additional cuts in marginal rates on income-producing activities will be even more beneficial in the long run.” John C. Soper, Ph.D., Boler School of Business, John Carroll University

  "The just passed tax bill is very cost effective. Americans will enjoy a higher standard of living and more job opportunities as a result of the tax package." Richard W. Rahn, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute

  “This dividend and capital gains provisions of this law represent a significant, positive step forward in making our tax system more efficient. By reducing the tax burden on equity financed corporate investment, we will reduce or eliminate a few of the many unhealthy economic distortions created by our complex tax code, and provide an environment that is more supportive of long-run economic growth.” Jeffrey R. Brown, Department of Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  “The 2003 Tax Act will benefit all Americans by improving the economy's performance in both the short and long term.” John H. Wicks, University of Montana

  “The 2003 tax cut, while not as dramatic a reduction in the tax biases against saving as the President originally proposed, is nonetheless a step in the direction of real tax reform. The accelerated rate cuts, the reduced taxes on interest and dividends, and the improved depreciation allowances will boost employment, productivity and wages across the board, and lift GDP in 2003 and 2004. The next key step is to make the tax relief for capital formation permanent.” Stephen J. Entin, President, Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation

  “An excellent law that will improve corporate governance, reduce capital market distortions, increase the rewards to work and valuable risk taking. Long term economic growth will be enhanced.” Robert Tamura, John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University

  “Now is the time to add a fiscal stimulus by speeding up the planned tax cuts through the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, rather than wait for them to be slowly phased in. Speeding up the tax cut resolves the uncertainty to whether the tax cuts will ever occur and puts much needed additional cash in taxpayer's hands. With a reduced tax rate, we increase the ability of small and medium sized firms to hire more workers.” Richard D. Marcus, Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

  “Cutting taxes is not only an important economic stimulus, it is an equally important stimulant for personal liberty.” Paul J. Zak, Claremont Graduate University

  "Many of President Bush's tax cuts, such as marginal rate reduction and dividend relief, have been in the direction of fundamental reform of the tax system that will generate sustained long-term growth." Chris Edwards, Director of Fiscal Policy, Cato Institute

  "This tax relief package will provide a solid boost to small business, the economy and job creation. Critical pro-growth measures -- such as reducing income tax rates, cutting the capital gains tax and expanding expensing levels for small business -- will enhance incentives for investing and entrepreneurship. That's exactly what the economy needs right now." Raymond J. Keating, Chief Economist, Small Business Survival Committee

  “The President's tax cut makes two important contributions. First, although the economy already shows significant improvement, the tax cuts clearly speed the recovery. Second, it increases individuals' economic freedom by allowing them to keep a larger fraction of their earnings.” John Rapp, Professor of Economics, University of Dayton

  “President Bush’s balanced tax relief plan will help individuals, families and business owners better spend, save, or invest more of their own earnings in a way that will unlock capital, enhance economic activity, and foster job creation.” Paul G. Merski, Chief Economist & Director of Federal Tax Policy, Independent Community Bankers of America

  “I strongly support the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. The Act will increase the after-tax income and cash flow of both consumers and investors, leading to greater job growth through increased consumer spending and capital accumulation.” Craig A. Stephenson, Ph.D., Babson College

  “The passage of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 represents significant tax reform by sharply reducing the double taxation of dividends. In addition, by accelerating previously enacted income tax cuts, the act should provide significant stimulus to economic growth over the next two years. When combined with the original tax cut passed in 2001, the act provides the most significant rollback in tax rates since the Reagan tax cuts.” John Ryding, Bear Stearns

  “The Bush Administration tax cut increases household disposable income, raises the after-tax returns on equity and provides incentives for business investment. Whether you rely on a demand-driven model of the economy or one that is supply-driven, the economic impact of this package is clear: it will boost growth and create jobs.” Mickey D. Levy, Chief Economist, Bank of America

  “Cuts in dividend and capital gains taxes will stimulate investment and grow the economy. The nation should be grateful that President Bush has persevered on this issue.” John Semmens, Phoenix College

  "The combination of the income tax cut and the stimulants for capital investment bode well for economic growth in our country. As people spend and businesses invest, demand for goods and services will increase, ultimately creating jobs for Americans." Dr. Rebecca A. Thacker, Ohio University

  “In the short-term, this act will stimulate the economy by providing immediate tax relief for millions of Americans. Over the long-term, it enhances economic growth by encouraging business investment and improves economic efficiency by reducing the taxation of dividends and capital gains.” William Walstad, Professor of Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln

  "Timely medicine to strengthen a struggling economy with tax relief for overburdened taxpayers and investment incentives to spur growth and create jobs. And a good step toward long-run tax reform, to boot." Dr. Michael J. Boskin, T.M. Friedman Professor of Economics and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Stanford University, former Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers

  “The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 is another positive step forward for taxpayers. Much more work remains to be done, but this legislation marks provides both qualitative and quantitative improvements in our federal tax system.” John Berthoud, Ph.D., President, National Taxpayers Union, Adjunct Lecturer, George Washington University

  “I believe the new Jobs and Growth Tax Relief law and continued easy money will do just that; create more jobs and growth, beginning in the last half of this year and through 2004. President Bush and the Congress are to be congratulated on their achievement.” Dr. Beryl Wayne Sprinkel, President, B.W. Sprinkel Economics.

  “While the economy has been growing, it can and should grow faster. This bill sets the stage for sustained economic growth. It is a down payment on a long-overdue restructuring of our tax code.” Charles Upton, Department of Economics, Kent State University

  “The President's tax cut, although less than he wanted, will still lead to an improved U.S. stock market and an improved economy. By increasing the incentive to produce goods and services it will lead to greater employment and wealth for all Americans, but will primarily benefit the working class.” Dr. Gary Wolfram, George Munson Professor of Political Economy, Hillsdale College

  “Cutting tax rates on dividends, on capital gains, and on income earners is not ‘trickle-down economics.’ It is gush-down economics. Virtually every working American will gain from the new incentives to invest and work.” David R. Henderson, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

  “President Bush's Tax Relief plan will help to create the incentives needed to boost the economy's growth rate. The fundamentals of our economy are strong and the economy is poised to grow at a healthy 3 to 4% per year under the leadership of a President who understands that the economy is composed of individuals who want to be productive and to be fairly rewarded for their effort. The improving consumer confidence figures of the last few days bears out the readiness of the economy to respond to this stimulus package now.” Sherry Jarrell, Asst Professor of Finance and Economics, Wake Forest University

  “The new tax bill is a solid boost to the economy’s long-term growth potential, and its effects will start to be felt immediately. At the same time, it’s a down-payment on fundamental and much-needed reform of the tax-code.” Donald L. Luskin, Chief Investment Officer, Trend Macrolytics

  “The President’s jobs & growth package is the best elixir for the economy’s ills. This package will place money into the hands of consumers than spend, and back into the businesses and corporations that are responsible for hiring workers and investing in new projects and equipment. There’s even relief for investors, particularly those that depend on dividend-yielding securities. And rightfully so, as these are the entities that are suffering the most.” Richard Yamarone, Director of Economic Research, Argus Research Corp.

  “Any tax relief on the double taxation of common stock dividends is more than welcome. Previous double taxation of dividends has favored debt usage by firms over issuing equity. As a result, it has encouraged firms to use more debt than otherwise, thereby increasing bankruptcy risk among American businesses. Also, double taxation has caused firms to cut back on dividends. More and more firms do not pay any dividends today. As a result, for investors at least, dividends are not useful in valuing many firms. And, many investors must take the risk of making large capital gains on their investments. With less taxation of dividends, risk-averse investors will find that buying common stocks is more attractive than otherwise. Risk-averse investors like dividends, as they are returns paid now rather than hopefully paid later in the form of capital gains. With huge declines in stock prices in recent years, investors are scared of buying stocks. Dividends will reduce investors' fears of stocks, as they can get returns paid out faster than if they had to rely almost entirely on capital gains. With more investors returning to the stock market, stock prices can be expected to be benefit from the greater demand. Thus, this change in tax policy should benefit firms, investors, and economy in general.” James W. Kolari, Chase Professor of Finance, Texas A&M University


Music to my ears.
Luskin did a formidable job on the latest Krugman package of stupid crap. Check it out.

Andrew Sullivan Plays a Good MRC


Andrew Sullivan Caught Kurtz on the liberal media deal:

WHAT LIBERAL MEDIA? An interesting exchange on Howie Kurtz's "Reliable Sources" this past weekend. The discussion was about the liberal-left leanings of most political drama on television. Why isn't there a conservative version of, say, the "West Wing?" Over to Howie:

KURTZ: One thing these programs have in common, conservatives are practically invisible. President Bartlett in The West Wing is a Democrat. Martin Sheen, in fact, made anti-war ads before the invasion of Iraq. "Mr. Sterling" is a California liberal based loosely on Jerry Brown. Why aren't there any Republicans?

O'DONNELL: You will never get that TV show. You'll never, ever get the Republican TV show. the Writers Guild of America, my union, is at a minimum, 99 percent leftist liberal and, like me, socialist. And we don't know how to write it. We don't.

Was there some irony there? Sure. But truth as well.


While you're over there, check out the carry-on post - I have to agree with Andrew, a big pet peeve...

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Be Very Glad You're Not a Shareholder


I'd be hot if I were - This guy hit the Forbes Dishonor Roll for very good reason.

Tenet's stock has fallen 70% since late October, when the first of many alleged billing and accounting improprieties surfaced at the company. Though he still holds 1.8 million shares and 6.5 million options, Barbakow cashed in on $111 million worth of his holdings in January 2002--vaulting to the top position on our Executive Pay scale.

Thanks to his cash-out, and the subsequent decline of Tenet's stock, Barbakow earned a top spot on our Dishonor Roll--a virtual pillory for chief executives who haven't lived up to their paychecks over the past six years. Barbakow is the second Dishonor Roll CEO to take a bow in 2003. Richard Kogan, former head of Schering-Plough (nyse: SGP - news - people ), jumped off the ship following that company's April 23 annual meeting.

Tenet's stock was up .78, or 5.02%, to $16.33 in midday trading Tuesday.

"As Tenet begins a new chapter in its history, I consider this step a part of my personal commitment to do anything I can to restore Tenet to its rightful place of leadership in our industry," said Barbakow in a prepared statement.

Tenet has made several changes since November to turn the company around. It has secured new financing, shaken up the board and senior management, decided to sell off assets and restructured its operating divisions. And in a move surely dear to Barbakow, Tenet now plans to expense stock options grants.


That is the lamest self-defense quote I have ever seen by one of these guys. He steals $111 after destroying more than that in the company's value, and he calls it restoring value when he quits? He should be in jail.
Rachel has a grand post on the assclowns of the highways. Makes me glad I stayed home in Kansas this weekend...

Starving the Government?


Not in any reasonable person's estimation. MRC caught the grand insanity on the Sunday show that no one watches anymore:

ABC News reporter Michel Martin, part of the Nightline corps, delivered another sermon on Sunday's This Week with George Stephanopoulos against the tax cut. During the roundtable segment on the May 25 show, she denounced it as “a yuppie tax cut bill” because it reminded her of yuppies who “deny their children everything and themselves nothing.”

As opposed to the moral high ground of selfish government spending addicts who want to take ever more money from those who earn it to redistribute it to others.

She charged that the tax cut “raises serious questions about social equity. I mean, who paves the streets that we drove here on? Who teaches the kids to read?” George Will answered: “The rich, who pay the taxes.” (See the May 23 CyberAlert for a look at how the wealthy pay nearly all the income taxes: www.mediaresearch.org )


If someone starved the government a bit, maybe the government wouldn't be throwing out all of the "food." Until the Dims attack the waste issue, starving will be the last verb I will think of when thinking about the tax cut.

Monday, May 26, 2003

Daschle Continues Trashing the Judicial System


Via How Appealing, I ran into this transcript of Frist on Fox News Sunday:

SNOW: Can you guarantee that Miguel Estrada and Priscilla Owen will get their votes on the Senate floor?

FRIST: No, I can't guarantee. I can say that it is inexcusable to have this unprecedented filibuster of these judicial nominees, unprecedented in the history of the country, and that as majority leader I will fight each and every day in order to get a simple up-or- down vote on Miguel Estrada, Priscilla Owen.

And it looks like the Democrats are going to filibuster a whole series of judges coming through. And they may be just be trying to get ready for the Supreme Court nominee. I don't know that yet.

So all I can say you got Miguel Estrada, the embodiment of the American dream, the American Bar Association gives it his highest rating, and they won't give us an up-or-down vote. It's inexcusable.

The American public needs to see and hear about this insanity, but we're not. Now that Bush has the tax cut, it's time to work on this...Make it a daily drumbeat.

Shocking - Jurors Rely on Bible


I understand the judicial concepts here, but the judge honestly expected sequestered jurors to not have access to a Bible. The judicial concept of sequestration seems a bit extreme here.

DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overturned a convicted murderer's death sentence because jurors consulted Biblical passages such as an "eye for an eye" during death-penalty deliberations.

Robert Harlan was convicted and sentenced to death in 1995 for the murder of Rhonda Maloney, a waitress who was driving home from work when Harlan forced her car off the road.

Harlan also shot and paralyzed good Samaritan Jaquie Creazzo who tried to come to the woman's aid.

While noting that Harlan's crimes "were among the most grievous, heinous and reprehensible" he had seen in 18 years on the bench, Adams County District Judge John J. Vigil said Friday that court officials failed to properly sequester the jury.

Jury members stayed in a hotel during deliberations and court officials made sure newspapers were not delivered to their rooms, but the jurors did find bibles in the rooms.

"The jury supervision performed in this case was extremely negligent and appallingly lax," Vigil wrote in his ruling. "Jury resort to biblical code has no place in a constitutional death penalty proceeding."

Wouldn't some of these jurors have had these passages partially committed to memory if they were prone to lean that way?

Memorial Day the Right Way


James Brooks writes a solid essay on Memorial Day.

For me, this Memorial Day has significance because it comes not far removed from the recent military action in Iraq. Although there weren’t heavy losses of life among coalition forces, good people both American and British made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives in the cause of bringing freedom to a people who’ve hungered for it for 3 decades. And even though we still have troops over in Iraq rebuilding the nation, what was accomplished in such a short time should give Americans a sense of pride because millions of Iraqis are now free from the stranglehold of a dictator’s heavy hand.

This vividly reminds us of what Memorial Day embodies. Answering the call of oppressed people who desire to experience the natural yearning for freedom by fighting for something that’s larger than ourselves. It’s part of the human spirit and it’s an integral part of American life.

Go check it out.

Penske Perfection


Penske runs quite an operation and despite my hopes, he took 1-2.

Two years ago, Castroneves won Indy on his first try, holding off de Ferran. This time, the order of finish was reversed but the team colors remained the same.

"One of the things I pride myself in is getting here and staying connected," Penske said. "I spent more time here than I ever did."

He wanted to manage the attention surrounding Castroneves' quest for the three-peat, while ensuring de Ferran had recovered from a March crash that left him flat on his back with broken bones in his neck and back.

As usual, the Penske plan worked to perfection.

Driving in pain, de Ferran passed his teammate and fellow Brazilian on the 170th lap and held the lead the rest of the way. He got help from three caution periods that prevented Castroneves from building up momentum to go for a pass.

"Obviously, there's a little bit of disappointment," Castroneves said. "But I guess this is part of the game."

De Ferran grimaced as he extricated himself from his car in Victory Lane. The frown quickly morphed into a smile and tears of joy as he hugged his wife and two children, then sipped from the most cherished drink in motorsports: a bottle of milk.

"In the last few laps, I was thinking, 'Is this really happening?"' de Ferran said. "The last few laps it was definitely very, very difficult to focus. I was overflowing with emotion."

I was rooting for everyone but the Penske drivers, especially for Michael Andretti on his last try at it, but I have to admit that De Ferran is quite a good character and it is hard to be unhappy about his win. Every year, I say no tears for the winner, but every year I get misty eyed.

And by the way, Ford needs to get back into the engine game and Chevy needs to fix their woes.

And on a second note, I am tired of NASCAR rainouts. I say that they either get tredded tires and wipers for that weather or they finish the next day. No more "half way is good enough."

UPDATE: Here is a solid picture of the Penske machines closing in on their dominant finish.

Sunday, May 25, 2003

World War IV


The Washington Times has a good piece by Clifford May on terrorism.


Is the war on terrorism only about terrorism?

Of course not. On a deeper level, the war on terrorism is about the ideologies that use terrorism in an attempt to end the democratic experiment that began in 1776 and that has so far spread to more than 150 countries. Most of those ideologies are "jihadist" —heirs to Nazism and communism but with an Islamist coloration. The most important of these ideologies are Khomeiniism, Wahhabism, bin Ladenism, Ba'athism and Arafatism. All seek to force "infidels" out of the Middle East and to reconquer lands that the jihadists insist have been stolen.

[...]

As I write this, intelligence sources are predicting another attack against the United States. The only question is: Where and when? Al Qaeda has not succeeded in murdering Americans on American soil since September 11. But that is still bin Laden's goal, and despite the serious efforts being undertaken — by the Justice Department, the FBI, the Pentagon and Homeland Security, among others — at some point bin Laden probably will manage to slaughter Americans again.

When will the war on terror be won?

No one knows. The first step toward getting the job done is simply to accept that we are at war. Not everyone does accept that, even now. The second step is to understand who we are fighting and what it will require to defeat them. The third step is to do what is required.


Yes, it is a real war, and the liberals do not understand this. The liberals think it is simply a matter of getting bin Laden - Everything else on the topic is abstract to them. Go read the whole essay.

Get Your Leftist Scum Satire Here


I am intrigued that someone used "Leftist Scum Satire" to find me on Google. I'm wearing it as a badge of honor, I think.

Shostakovich, the Master


An item posted by David Post on The Volokh Conspiracy [I thought they had moved off of Blogger but permalinks still don't work] about his son playing the Shostakovich 1st Piano Concerto has me yearning for the old days. The good ole days, but I should be thankful that I am gainfully employed.