September 30, 2005

Diane Lane Photo of the Week

You lucky dogs! Because I'm away, you get yer Diane Lane pic a day early!

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Me And Mrs. Ex-Donkey Get Some Well-Deserved "Alone" Time

For her birthday, I'm taking the wife on a surprise overnight trip to Vermont. We'll be staying at a lovely inn in Wilmington. We stayed here once thirteen years ago when we were still a-courting.

36 Hours away from the youngins will do her (and me) much good.

As such the blog will be going to sleep until Saturday Night at the earliest. Feel free to poke around at the archives. For a laugh, here's some Tolkien parody stuff I posted about a few weeks ago.

Y'all have a nice weekend!

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September 29, 2005

Preferred SCOTUS Nominee Quiz Says...

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, appointed by
G.H.W. Bush, 54 years old
Lots of recent buzz for Judge Williams, known best
in constitutional law circles for writing the
opinion that said the Miranda warnings are not
constitutional requirements. The Supreme Court
reversed her. If you can't beat em, join em!

New World Man presents: My favorite candidate for the Supreme Court
brought to you by Quizilla

Hmm. Easy on the eyes as well. Come to think of it, I had a crush on a Karen in Eighth Grade once. What the hell!

Thanks for the tip! to: K-Lo at NRO via the Llama Butchers

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Tolkien Geek Update

There be some Blogger SNAFUs about, so the link is for the homepage itself - for the time being.

Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter Three is posted.

Oh, and did I mention that BLOGGER SUCKS ASS?!?
UPDATE: Links are fixed. Blogger still sucks.

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Star Wars Party Supplies Available

My buddy, Groovy Vic, - excellent mom that she is - overplanned a birthday party for one of her kids.

As it stands, she has some un-opened Episode III party stuff - Plates, Napkins, Stickers, etc. still in the shrink-wrap. Anyone with kids who are Star Wars freaks and looking for a birthday theme should give her a buzz.

And while you're there, check out her blog. It's one of my personal favorites!

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Big Day Today For SCOTUS

Today, the new Dread Pirate Roberts Chief Justice Roberts will be confirmed by the full Senate. A vote is expect sometime later this morning. FoxNews is reporting that by their count they expect as many as 78 "yea" votes, at which point Roberts will become the youngest Chief Justice...ever. And he will be there in the center seat come Monday!

Today is also the day when just about everybody expects that President Bush will announce his next nominee. Don't be surprised if a "head-fake" leak comes out of the White House or other highly placed source and Drudge splashes a photo of that particular stalking horse all day.

The board is set, the pieces are moving. I will be adding updates to this particular post most of the day as they come in. So keep scrolling down...

On a side note: If you happen to have a TV in your office (and you know who you are) - don't hesitate to shoot me an email with anything that breaks on the newschannels.
UPDATE I: 10:45am
Well, that didn't take long. Drudge is running a photo of White House counsel Harriet Miers - linking to the NY Times. Wisely, he uses a question mark.

Roberts vote set for 11:30. Harry Reid is now telling the Senate body that he likes Roberts so much that he is voting against him. What a strange little man.
UPDATE II: 12:00pm
Roberts is confirmed, 78-22. Michelle Malkin has the list of Dem Senators who caved to the moonbats.
UPDATE III: 3:00pm
Drudge is hedging his bets, three photos: Miers, Clement and Brown, all names culled from the NY Times article by Elisabeth Bumiller. Other than the fact that they're all women, there isn't anything surprising here.

My guess is that there is not yet one name that is generating any buzz, although maybe there is and everyone is still smarting from last time around. If you hear of Left-wing interest groups talking up one particular nominee, that's an indication of a diversion.

Now that Roberts is confirmed and the votes counted, the announcement could come literally at any minute.
The LAST UPDATE: 8:45pm

Uh, Oh. Looks like "the Bushy" might make 'em sweat it out. And US too. Grrrrrrr.

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Ronnie Earle: Political Hack has some background on Ronnie Earle, the prosecuter who has been dogging Tom DeLay for so long:

Mr. Earle had indicted three other DeLay associates in the same case in September 2004, just six weeks before the last election. Followers of the case have speculated that, as he saw his legal bills mount, one of those three may have decided to testify against Mr. DeLay.

The Majority Leader also deserves the presumption of innocence because of Mr. Earle's guilty past. A liberal Democrat, he has a history of indicting political enemies, Democrat and Republican, on flimsy evidence that didn't hold up in court. In the mid-1980s, he indicted Attorney General Jim Mattox, a rival of his ally Ann Richards, on bribery charges. Mr. Mattox was acquitted and won re-election.

In 1993, he indicted Kay Bailey Hutchison, who'd just been elected to the U.S. Senate, on charges of misconduct and records tampering. Mr. Earle was forced to drop the case even before it went to trial. Earlier this year, the prosecutor delivered a widely criticized speech at a Democratic fund-raiser in which he compared his prosecutorial targets to "Mussolini and his fascists" and all but declared that he had Mr. DeLay in his sights.

Some legal minds on the Right - including "the Great One" Mark Levin - have observed that this particular indictment doesn't list any specific charges against DeLay, but rather includes him on a guilt-by-association basis with no rationale as to why. Expect that the strength (or lack thereof) of this case will be scrutinized by the Pajamahadeen.

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Victory At Ground Zero!

Al-RIGHT! That stupid-assed, politically-correct, America-bashing BS "freedom museum" earmarked for space in the 9/11 memorial in NY has...been...eliminated!

The memorial has been taken back!

Now, as Llama-Butcher Steve says, let's get rid of that insulting crescent-thingy in PA!

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September 28, 2005

And The Piling-On Begins

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is being indicted in a Campaign Finance Probe. Now an indictment, mind you, means a trial. But of course, the Dems and the MSM won't wait for that. As far as they're concerned he's dead guilty right now. "String him up!" they'll say - and much, much worse at the DU and MoveOn websites. It's sure to cause a feeding frenzy. And of course now they will also consider the integrity of EVERY Republican to be "fair game" because of guilt by association.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying whether he's guilty or not. I haven't seen any evidence. Nor has anyone else outside of the indictment, either. And all those hypocritical Dems who defended Bill Clinton up and down over charges of perjury and obstruction of justice won't be giving DeLay that same benefit of the doubt.

I know most of those on the Right considered Clinton guilty as sin and weren't shy about saying so. I'm not defending that either (and by the way, I was a Democrat back then, so spare me the ad hominem charges of "hypocrisy"). And I don't think I need to point out that he was, in fact, found guilty of those charges. So it's not hypocritical to rip him a new one now.

Here's my point: if Democrats want to be the party that champions the cause of those charged with a crime before they get a fair trial, then you'd think they'd try to be consistent about it, wouldn't you?

But then why should they start now?

Update: Michelle Malkin has a thorough round-up.

Update II: It didn't take Mad Howard very long, and yes he's painting with a broad stroke as he always does:

Tom DeLay is neither the beginning nor the end of the Washington Republicans' ethical problems."
The part where he says he hates those rich, white Republican Christians must not have made the final edit.

h/t: The Corner

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McCain Meets With Cindy, Who Calls Him A "Warmonger" Anyway

Sen. John McCain probably doesn't know if he wants to laugh or cry at this point. Last week, I saw a report that he would be meeting with Cindy Sheehan and thought it odd considering the effect that Vietnam war protesters had on him during his stay in Hanoi.

Well, sure enough McCain did have a meeting with her, during which she allegedly insulted his service in Vietnam:

Sheehan said Tuesday that McCain told her then that her son's death was "like his buddies in Vietnam" and that he feared their deaths were "for nothing." McCain, however, denied he made such a statement.
On top of that, she called him a "warmonger" in an interview afterwards. McCain went on to tell reporters that the only reason he agreed to meet with her is that he was "misled" into thinking some of his Arizona constituents would be part of her delegation.

Captain Ed weighes in:

Does anyone believe that? McCain's entire career shows him as a rank opportunist, and with his recent moves to establish himself for a run at the 2008 Presidential nomination, he figured he could score a twofer: he could embarrass George Bush and make himself a media darling by getting some friendly face time with Sheehan. Instead, she winds up, predictably, talking about him in shrill tones while he mumbles some excuse about thinking that he would meet an Arizona representative among her staff. In the end, he proved Bush's wisdom in declining a second meeting with the poster woman for the radical Left.

If CQ readers want to see how badly this worked out for John McCain, by the way, read through the print editions of the Washington Post and New York Times. Neither one of them carried a word about this meeting, despite the meeting taking place well before deadline. This AP report appears on the web editions of both newspapers as a wire-service story, which means that McCain's office waited a long time before talking about this meeting to reporters. How ... convenient.

I have mixed feelings about McCain. While he is the primary reason I registered as a Republican five years ago, he consistently says and does things that really piss me off. This little stunt is just one more on that list.

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More Katrina Lies

Looks like 99% of the reports out of the Superdome were 100% bullshit. That's right. None of the killing, raping, or other horrific stories that came out of the Superdome- and were reported by the media - are true.

"I've got a report of 200 bodies in the Dome," [Louisiana National Guard Col. Thomas] Beron recalls the doctor saying.

The real total was six, Beron said.

Of those, four died of natural causes, one overdosed and another jumped to his death in an apparent suicide, said Beron, who personally oversaw the turning over of bodies from a Dome freezer, where they lay atop melting bags of ice. State health department officials in charge of body recovery put the official death count at the Dome at 10, but Beron said the other four bodies were found in the street near the Dome, not inside it. Both sources said no one had been killed inside.

Dean Esmay is losing his mind over this. And rightly so.

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Mother Nature Has A Sense Of Humor

nature wood.jpg

Now that's what I call "sportin' wood"!

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The International Star Registry Scam

People, PLEASE use the brains that God gave you and do NOT fall for this garbage. You know what I'm talking about. That radio commercial featuring a guy named Rocky Mosele who tries to persuade you to name a star after a friend or loved one where it will be recorded in an "official" star registry - all for only $50.

First of all, any claim made by a guy named "Rocky" immediately makes it suspect. But here's the deal. It may sound like an interesting idea for there to be a star up in the sky named after your Aunt Connie, but this outfit has made millions off gullible people for the last twenty-five years. more...

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September 27, 2005

An Ode To Cindy

Pam Meister has penned (or typed, rather) a poem for the oh so controversial - not- Cindy Sheehan.

Pretty darn clever. Check it out here.

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Tolkien Geek Update

Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter Two is posted.

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Who DOESN'T Have A Blog Nowadays?

The American Spectator Online has a new blog - AmSpec Blog. No doubt another good source of scuttlebutt for the next Scotus nominee, courtesy of the guys at the Washington Prowler.

Thanks to ABP for the tip!

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The "Big Lie" Of Katrina

Ben Stein cuts to the chase on the MSM's bogus assertion that racism was a factor in the events that followed Hurricane Katrina:

Here's the truth. Many black people were harmed by Katrina because of where they lived relative to the path of the hurricane and the location of their neighborhoods below sea level and their refusal or inability to obey the mandatory evacuation orders for New Orleans. This is not racism. This is a matter of geography, weather patterns, and poverty or confusion. It has nothing to do with purposeful mistreatment of blacks by whites. Poverty and confusion, certainly big factors here, were in no sense caused by white mistreatment of blacks unless it was white mistreatment of blacks that ended many decades ago.

As soon as the rescue effort started -- and although it was tardy, it was just as tardy for whites and Hispanics as it was for blacks -- the main story was whites by the thousands hurrying to New Orleans to rescue blacks from rooftops, from evacuation centers, from hospitals, from old folks' homes. The rescue effort was totally and utterly colorblind. The idea that blacks in New Orleans were left to suffer while whites in Mississippi or Alabama were treated royally is simply fantasy. Whites suffered too, and yes, they were often helped by blacks.

In this country, you come to expect such race-baiting from certain so-called "leaders" in the African-American community such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. But the biggest revelation of this non-story is that it shows just how far the mainstream media is willing to go to distort the news with their own beliefs and attitudes.

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My New Cyber-Pet Hedgehog

adopt your own virtual pet!

Mouse over him and he'll follow your cursor!

h/t to Phin, posting at Llama Butchers

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One Order For 72 Virgins, Coming Up...

FoxNews reports the number two Al Quaeda leader in Iraq has gone on to paradise, courtesy of U.S. Special Forces. Abu Azzam, believed to have been in charge of the financing of terrorist cells in the war-torn country, is reportedly the Lieutenant of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Bill Rogio weighes in:

Azzam was no small player in jihad in Iraq. He was an experienced and ruthless killer, who as a native Iraqi understood the culture and context of Iraq greater than the foreign jihadis in country. His contacts are likely to be top notch. He will need to be replaced, and his replacement will have less influence and experience than his predecessor. Destroying al Qaeda in Iraq is a laborious process, but one that can be accelerated by taking out vital leaders and middle managers.
And the downsizing continues...

h/t: Memeorandum

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Will It Be Owens? Scotus Rumors Flying is saying that their sources are telling them that Priscilla Owen is in the lead to replace O'Connor:

Word in legal circles is that Priscilla Owen is set to become the next justice appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Unfortunately, I have received reliable information late this afternoon that Karl Rove, among others, is making a last minute push for the President to consider Alberto Gonzales, despite previous assurances from inside the White House, Justice Department, and Senate that Gonzales was not being considered.
Personally, I think this is a deflection based on the last go-around. They also report that an announcement will likely come Thursday. This seems about right, although I would be more specific in saying that it will come at about 8:30pm Thursday night (the White House always seems to like to preempt "Will & Grace", just for the fun of it).

The sequence of events should go like this: First, a full Senate vote on Roberts, who will be confirmed either today or tomorrow. My gut tells me that the White House has an "over/under" for the Dem vote count in mind and depending on what side of the line that number ends up, one of two people will be nominated. If by Thursday morning Roberts has already been confirmed, expect the rumor mill to swirl wildly with another "head-fake" splashed on Drudge and other sites. By the end of the evening, they will finally announce a name that wasn't on anyone's anticipated list.

This going to be fun. :-)

Hat Tip to Conservative Grapevine

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