October 26, 2005
Back on the 14th I believed that a withdrawal would be an unmitigated disaster. Since then it has become an even bigger disaster. During that time we've become familiar with things that Harriet Miers has written, statements she has made, organizations to which she has belonged and scrutinized everything she has done over the last twenty years or so. Senators who have interviewed her (including some of the President's biggest supporters) are thus far unimpressed.
I would only support this nomination if I can be assured that Miers is a solid pick. Considering what we know at this point, I can't imagine what kind of answers to even the most intelligent and fair questions that she could give at a judiciary hearing that would convince me to support her. I'm sure she's a swell gal and Bush trusts her as much as anyone. But that's not enough.
My sentiments echo those of Edward Whelen today in NRO's The Corner:
I have tried hard to give the White House and Harriet Miers the benefit of the doubt on her nomination and to withhold judgment. But I can no longer do so. The damage from this disastrous selection has gotten worse and worse every day, and there is every reason to think that it will continue to compound.Mr. President, please swallow your pride and withdraw her name. This needs to end now.
Though I've resisted thus far, I will go on record over at N.Z. Bear.
I oppose the Miers nomination.
Google New Hits for "Iraq Constitution Ratified": 1,120
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, director of the armed force's combined press center, is requesting that the media show some restraint for the sake of the families of the men and women currently serving in Iraq. He reminds them that "The 2,000 service members killed in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom is not a milestone. It is an artificial mark on the wall set by individuals or groups with specific agendas and ulterior motives."
Malkin weighes in:
Indeed. These are people, remember, who liken Iraqi terrorists to America's Minutemen during the Revolutionary War.These people are disgusting. Trapped in some kind of Vietnam-era time warp, these people live every day hoping and praying for failure and death so they can make political hay.
Who oppose not only the war in Iraq, but also the invasion of Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Who believe the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and at Shanksville, Pa., were a Bush conspiracy with Israel and/or Saudi Arabia.
Who applaud when left-wing professor Ward Churchill gloats about "chickens coming home to roost" and suggests that the peace movement should support the fragging of American troops.
Who use the names and images of dead American soldiers against their families' wishes to propagate anti-Bush hatred.
Who believe Saddam Hussein should be freed and Guantanamo Bay emptied.
Who carry around banners that proclaim "WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS WHEN THEY SHOOT THEIR OFFICERS."
There's your "peace" movement.
God bless the troops, fighting for the freedoms of their fellow Americans - even these selfish, ungrateful pricks. "Peace, Love, Dope"...you douchebags.
October 25, 2005
A football "Giant" passed away today at his home in Rye, NY. Wellington "Duke" Mara, co-owner of the New York Football Giants, now passes into legend.
You'd be hard pressed to find anyone with a harsh word for this guy. Mara was a pioneer in professional football and the last of the "founding fathers" of the NFL. He was 89.
Boy, that's catchy isn't it? Unfortunately for them they don't fully seem to understand the concept that they're a political party, not a laundry detergent.
Democratic leaders from an array of constituencies, including the House, Senate, Democratic National Committee, governors and mayors, have been working for months on a project designed to convey Democratic ideas and views to the public in a better way.That's the point, guys. America has heard loud and clear where you're coming from and they ain't buyin'.
"There's this sense that people don't know where we stand or what our ideas are," a House Democratic leadership aide said. "Messaging has been the problem. Â… People should know where we stand. We've made our views clear on every issue that has come to the floor."
Among the rejected slogans:
"Help Us Help You."
"America Can Hardly Do Worse."
"The Democratic Party - You Don't Know What Your Missing!"
"The Democratic Party - The Best 'Ass' You'll Ever Have."
and my personal favorite
"America, Let's Make People Like Us Again."
"And in the end, an armed insurgency ended up watching helplessly as millions of Iraqis repudiated them and marched bravely to the polling stations to take ownership of their own government. That is the largest victory of all, and the kind that will win the war on terror in the long run."Amen.
Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for finding this. It's streaming video so it may take time to load.
October 24, 2005
Larry Kudlow's reaction is "good choice" though I get the impression that he's not doing cartwheels. Check his site for updates.
For what it's worth, the market shot up as soon as this information came out.
These Olsen-twin wannabees have every right to sell their garbage, but anyone who owns a copy of their CD deserves a kick in the ass.
And then, when you get a poll that actually uses a legitimate methodology and samples "likely voters" (i.e. people who are paying attention to the news and taking the time to not only register to vote, but to actually got out and vote) like this one and it shows Bush's approval rating higher than the others, you have to go to a Canadian website to find it? Anyone else see this today?
As I've said before, it doesn't really matter what Bush's approval rating is. He's not running for President anymore. Or anything for the matter...ever. But it's ridiculous the "pack" mentality that the MSM has on this subject. Basically, if it's good news, ignore it. But if it's bad news - regardless of the quality of the poll - run with it. What a bunch of shit. I know the bias is there, but it never ceases to amaze me just how blatant it is, like they're not even trying to hide it.
Hey, this is a real campaign here:
And what movie themes for subsequent Hurricane seasons? I'll leave that up to you, Katrina Campers. Maybe Lord of the Rings? Or The Godfather? With your help, we may yet see Hurricane Fredo Corleone churning on a Fox News weather graphic.The text for an email is located in the post. So why not email the useless bureaucrats at Turtle Bay today? The worst you could do is annoy them. And that, in and of itself, would make it worthwhile.
So what do you need to do to help make this dream a reality? ItÂ’s simple. Just send a quick email to the World Meteorological Organization at email@example.com telling them about your support for this campaign. You can write your own, or copy and paste the sample below.
October 23, 2005
Aw Crap!! Giants win 24-23. So why am I pissed? Because I had dinner late tonight and I forgot to stick a tape in for the fourth quarter of the game. And I missed Big Blue come back from a 23-10 deficit and score two touchdowns - the last one with only :05 remaining!!
Dallas goes from First to Last by choking in the 4th quarter against Seattle - now their record is 4-3. Bet they wish they had the bye! And there's a three way tie for first between the Giants, Redskins and Eagles: each at 4-2.
That'll change one way or another next week when New York hosts the Foreskins who are flying high off the 52-17 ass-whuppin' they put on San Fran today.
Okay, I am NOT looking forward to this game. When your defense is ranked 32 (out of, oh, 32) in defense on third down conversions and you're opponent has such a strong running game, you know you're in trouble.
I have no doubt that the Giants can score in this game, especially being at home. My concern is that the Broncos will score a LOT more and control the ball as well. Unless the Giants "D" can turn it up a notch from they way they've been playing lately, I don't give them much of a chance in this match-up.
I'm preparing for the worst. :-(
Some, had undergone a bit of a transformation because of...ahem..."hard livin'". One woman I had known pretty well back in school looked like she hadn't aged a day while another reminded me of one of my great aunts. Strange. It's also funny how after twenty years you can find so much more in common with some one than you did when you were younger (marriage, kids, job, mortgages, etc.)
But the most interesting part of the evening is below the fold... more...
October 22, 2005
The "Perfect Storm", indeed.
October 21, 2005
Problem is, he wrote the note on one of his pay stubs. He figured that since he crossed off his name and address with a marker, he was OK. However, unlike this idiot, the authorities actually used some common sense and tracked him down.
"It wasn't a huge forensic undertaking," Steven Moran, Bensalem director of public safety, said Wednesday. "We just put it under a light."Congratulations, moron. You're the "Asshat of the week"!
I canÂ’t believe everybody is missing the real story here. Bush doesnÂ’t want Harriett Miers on the Supreme Court Â– he wants McConnell or Luttig. But he knew that, after Roberts, he couldnÂ’t just send up another white guy, especially for OÂ’ConnorÂ’s seat. So he sends up an obviously unqualified woman, knowing that sheÂ’ll generate intense opposition from both sides. And hereÂ’s where the subtlety kicks in Â– because her lack of qualifications are so apparent, he knows that the attack against her will be something like, Â“This is THE SUPREME COURT weÂ’re talking about!!! Quality is what matters! Look at Roberts, he could recite from memory every constitutional case since Marbury v. Madison, and has probably written law review articles about the frigginÂ’ THIRD amendment. How can we settle for anyone less?Â” So after Miers is forced to withdraw or voted down, Bush comes back with McConnell or Luttig, and says, Â“OK, you convinced me. I tried the quota thing, but you said it was too important. So IÂ’ve decided just to go with the most qualified person out there.Â” And for good measure, he might throw in something like, Â“IÂ’d like to thank my good buddies Chuck Schumer and Pat Leahy for pointing out my error. I couldnÂ’t have done it without you fellas.Â”So it seems I'm not the only lunatic who's considered something like this. Ah, if only.
Geez, the man is brilliant.
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