March 31, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, GOP, History, Media Bias, Military, Patriotism, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on The MSM’s Willful Ignorance of American History, More Anti-Southernism
-By Warner Todd Huston
A rather small section, one small paragraph, in a pretty straight forward story reveals the sheer absurdity and incomprehension that prevails in the Media today and serves to show the emptiness of what passes for thinking and logic about American history in what some feel are our cultural elites. It also shows the bias against things Southern in certain circles these days.
-By Michael M. Bates
Conservatives, long the backbone of the Republican Party, are dissatisfied. For many, the current crop of GOP presidential candidates is about as exciting as a Barry Manilow concert.
Leading the pack in the polls is former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Admirers view him as the gutsy guy who straightened his city out first and then held it together after the 9/11 attacks. Not everyone sees it that way, naturally, but much of his popularity is premised on the belief he’s a strong leader.
Mr. Giuliani’s biggest disadvantage is that he doesn’t subscribe to several basic Republican principles. At least in the past, he’s been pro abortion, pro gun control, pro gay rights and pro amnesty for illegal aliens. Then there’s his thorny personal life. Add to all that those pictures of him prancing in a pink dress, a blonde wig and high heels that will haunt him and I don’t how he can win the party’s nomination.
March 30, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Media Bias, Society/Culture, The Law, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Carter ALSO Fired US Attorney for ‘Political Reasons’
-By Warner Todd Huston
As the Media Research Center’s News clip Page, Newsbsuters, has proven many times (see here and here among others), the MSM’s focus on Bush’s firing of a handful of U.S. Attorneys is wonderfully empty of any balanced treatment whatsoever. Not only has the MSM ignored the Clinton story — where he fired EVERY one of them — but they have also ignored the fact that Jimmy Carter also fired a U.S. Attorney for “political reasons”. Not to be left behind, the Boston Globe today reports an uncritical story about Senator Edward Kennedy’s (D, Mass) recent statement about the issue.
In a short report by Globe Staffer, Rick Klein, the Globe finds no room for any discussion of Clinton or Carter’s firings — par for the course for this shallowly reported story.
WASHINGTON — Senator Edward M. Kennedy yesterday accused President Bush of using the Department of Justice to further his administration’s “right-wing ideology,” saying that veteran prosecutors were replaced by political operatives in key states to ensure that “reliable partisans” are in place in time for the 2008 presidential election.
The Globe quotes Kennedy as saying “at least two” of Bush’s AGs were fired because they “refused to investigate spurious claims of voter fraud that were initiated by Republicans”.
The piece also quotes Senator Patrick Leahy (D, Vt) to the effect that they will continue this witch hunt even if Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigns and Senator Chuck Schumer (D,NY) who is looking for a “smoking gun”.
The story also reports that a former chief of staff to AG Gonzales will be “grilled” about this faux scandal.
Lawmakers said they plan to grill D. Kyle Sampson, the former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, about the firings and about the involvement of Gonzales and White House officials in the decision-making.
Lots of indignation there, eh?
And not a word from the other side of the issue for balance.
Of course, we all know that the ginning up of this “scandal” is all smoke and mirrors meant solely as an attack on President Bush, to weaken him and to further destroy the GOPs chances in 2008.
We also all know that every president has the Constitutional right to fire any or all the U.S. Attorneys just like Clinton did. But, it wasn’t just Clinton, apparently. Even President Jimmy Carter fired an attorney that was making things too warm for one of the members of his party, making the action purely political in nature. And he lied about it to the people on top of it.
Human Events has a story detailing Carter’s political firing of a U.S. Attorney in 1978: “Marston: Carter ‘Lied Then, Lies Now’ on U.S. Attorneys Firing”.
Former President Jimmy Carter “lied then” about firing a U.S. attorney in 1978 investigating Democratic officials in Philadelphia and “lies now” in condemning the Bush Administration’s firing of eight U.S. attorneys and calling for Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales to go.
John Gizzi of Human Events reveals how unconcerned over this political firing a Democrat controlled Congress was in 1978.
What does Dave Marston think? “He’s trying to rewrite history,” was the response of the 64-year-old former prosecutor to the President who fired him. “Under the standard he has imposed on Gonzales, the President should have fired Atty. Gen. Griffin Bell in 1978.” Although it is so far unclear how much Gonzales knew about what the U.S. prosecutors were working on when they were forced out and what reasons were behind their exits, Marston pointed out that then-Rep. Joshua Eilberg (D.-Pa.) had actually called Carter on November 4, 1977 to demand Marston’s ouster and that the Prsident, in turn, called Bell and told him to “hurry up” in finding a new U.S. attorney in Philadelphia. Eilberg himself was the subject of a corruption probe by Marston’s office and, as Marston recalled to me, “the Justice Department was aware of this because I told Russell Baker [Bell’s top aide] that Eilberg was under investigation. And Russell Baker, who was a stand-up guy, confirmed this.”
A significant difference between his situation and those of the fired U.S. attorneys that Marston pointed out to me was that “Democrat controlled Congress in 1978 and did not investigate a Democratic President. Today, they control Congress and they will investigate the Republican Administration.”
And how president Carter lied about it… causing no furor.
In reviewing the transcript of Carter’s “Today” interview, Marston pointed out that the opening segment featured a clip of Carter from a news conference on January 12, 1978 in which he is asked about the Marston sacking and says: “I’ve not interfered at all.”
“That was on January 12th,” the former prosecutor pointed out, “and yet the evidence shows that he had called his attorney general about replacing me two months earlier.
Do you think we will see more on this story of Jimmy Carter firing a U.S. Attorney for political reasons in future stories about the Gonzales firings?
Yeah, I don’t either.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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March 30, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Frank Salvato, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, President, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, The Law, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Legislating a Terrorist Victory in Iraq
-By Frank Salvato
If anyone was under the impression that congressional Democrats actually considered their actions, with regard to the “troop withdrawal bills,” beyond achieving victory over the Bush Administration, they would be playing the part of the uninformed, Kool-Aid drinking fool. While Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of their anti-war, pro-genocide, hate-Bush contingent revel in the fact that they have succeeded in passing a bill that opposes the president, al Qaeda operatives in Iraq are preparing to set their alarm clocks for “half-past redeployment” so the slaughter of those who braved Iraq’s polling places can begin.
Upon a logical, thoughtful examination, all congressional Democrats really achieved was a guaranteed veto at the hand of the president, a veto that in all likelihood, in light of the slim margin by which the bills’ passed, will be sustained. President Bush plainly promised to veto any bill that included a timetable or withdrawal measure and he made it perfectly clear to even the most feeble-minded in Congress that would be the case. So their actions – the bloviating, the grandstanding and the headline grabbing, in reality, were a pre-determined waste of time and taxpayer dollars.
Even more disconcerting is the fact that congressional Democrats, cheered on by the mind-numbing inanity of the anti-war Left, used tactics such as bribing Blue Dog Democrats with taxpayer funded pork projects placed in an emergency supplemental bill simply to achieve a political victory over the president. Let me say that again – they bribed many who wouldn’t have normally voted for defeatist policies with taxpayer dollars for pet pork projects; remember that the next time anyone tries to say that moderate Democrats are different from Progressive-Left Democrats.
-By Thomas E. Brewton
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, a proponent of socialistic state-planning, takes a shot at Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman.
My neighbor David Lane asked for reactions to Mr. Krugman’s essay, which appeared in the February 15, 2007, edition of “The New York Review of Books.” Mr. Krugman pays tribute to the late Milton Friedman, but disagrees with some aspects of his analysis of economic cause-and-effect.
Paul Krugman is a controversial apologist for rather far-left-liberal political and economic views. He is by training and former profession an economist himself. Before joining the Times as a columnist, he was held in high regard among academic economists. Today he is seen more as a propagandist whose economic predictions, usually damning Republic moves such as tax cuts, have often been notoriously wrong.
March 29, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on NYTimes Showers Pity on Former Speaker Dennis Hastert—One Last Kick for the Speaker
-By Warner Todd Huston
The New York Times cannot make up their mind if Dennis Hastert should be despised or laughed at, apparently. Neither can they decide if he is “rumpled and weary” or if he is “healthier and more relaxed” — they confusingly say both in the very same article. But one thing is sure, their underlying sentiment toward the former Speaker of the House seems to be one of pity. And this article was simply an opportunity to kick someone they think is down.
But Dennis Hastert is neither seeking nor requiring such special attention or emotion to be wasted upon him. Furthermore, he never has. The pity party thrown for him by the Times is a pointless jab at a man who has given his life to the community. Hastert should be celebrated, not pitied. Least of all from as cynical an organization as the New York Times.
The Times starts their portrait of Hastert as bedraggled, forlorn, and down and out with the very fist paragraph of “The Entourage Is Gone. The Jet Is Gone. But for the Ex-Speaker, the Work Goes On”. Even the title seems to cast him as a man longing for lost glories.
-By Thomas E. Brewton
Art historically expressed the highest aspirations of society. In the 20th century art reversed field.
I had the pleasure today of viewing an exhibition of three-dimensional photo collages by Renee Kahn, who has an unerring eye for the artistic aspects of reality. Her subject was “Urban Dreamscapes: Stamford as a Work of Art.”
The occasion was a discussion panel (an artist, an art critic, a film historian-columnist) limning the 20th century setting of art and film as background for Renee’s work.
I was forcibly struck by recurrent themes in their presentations, some intended, some paradoxical.
A dominant theme was art, including movies, as recorder of the degeneration of life quality in the great cities.
What came across, however, was the presenters’ disdain for the source of order that historically had prevented that degeneration before the 20th century.
March 29, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, President, R. A. Hawkins, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Real Story (Media Bias)
By R. A. Hawkins
Having actually been present and having seen how the media reported the incident, I have come to the conclusion that the media is biased so far to the left that they, like the protestors, aren’t smart enough to know it. For years while Clinton was in office we heard that the reason certain things went unreported was that they needed access to the White House. Back in those halcyon days if you reported anything embarrassing to the White House you were likely to never be allowed back in again.
Maybe Bush needs to recognize that what we’re engaged in here in the US is at the moment a war of words. But a war it is. Maybe he should remember that and start tossing these leftwing skanks out on their ear when they flat out lie. When Clinton nailed people and tossed them out it was for speaking the truth. The left thought that was okay, so I’m certain that it will be okay to throw them out for lying. But who am I kidding? Even most conservatives would be upset with him for doing that. I for one would not be upset. I hate to admit it, but I would have been happy to see him fire every single one of the people in the Justice Department that Clinton replaced after firing the ones who had been there for years. I would have found it difficult to trust them. But I digress.
March 28, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Family, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on Wash.Post: Evangelicals Turning Against the War — Offers NO Proof
-By Warner Todd Huston
It is always interesting to me how a story can be published as if it is serious work, a story that almost seems plausible until you step back from it to realize that not a shred of proof to support the supposition was ever offered. After you’re done reading it you realize that all you ended up with were empty phrases like “some say” or “many are” instead of any statistics, studies or other proof.
Such is the case with the Washington Post’s story titled, “War Causing Split Among Evangelicals”. In fact, writer Julie Sullivan flat out admits that there is no proof for her supposition that “many” evangelical Christians are turning away from the war… but she postulates the premise any way.
No polling data show conclusively that opinion has shifted among conservative evangelicals.
This is only the fourth paragraph (the previous three being one sentence affairs) so you’d think she could just retire the piece right there. But, no we have to start right up with the “some say” routine.
But some national evangelical leaders say debate about — and, in some cases, opposition to — the war is breaking out among Christian conservatives whose support was key to President Bush’s election victories.
Yes and SOME Christians say that the earth is only 6,000 years old and that the end times are here right now. But that doesn’t mean either of those ideas are prevailing sentiments among Christians.
Next Sullivan gives what she imagines are the “reasons” all these evangelicals are suddenly turning against the GOP.
Warren Lee Culpepper
Every inspirational champion has it. Every genuine leader has it, too. Raw talent has less to do with it because the edge comes from confidence nurtured by two crucial factors: first, our knowing that we have prepared painstakingly for a challenge — physically and mentally; and second, our learning that a competent, respected mentor believes in us. Coddling words of a merely appointed authority figure – the kind who often avoids his obligation to confront our faults – cannot produce this trademark self-assurance.
I think of how much time I invested wrestling, working hard to be good, but never believing that I could be the best. At an Ohio high school, I had one year with a talented mentor, Coach King. The end of my junior year, he announced at an all sports banquet that he thought I was one of the better wrestlers at my weight class that year, despite my failure to achieve every wrestler’s goal to be a champion. His simple comment elevated my self-expectations for the future. His words motivated me to believe in myself and to work harder for him. Under Coach King’s leadership, I started to appreciate the meaning and to develop the qualities of the edge.
However, I moved to Virginia my senior year. Aside from my older brother (whom I saw occasionally) and my father (who was battling depression) I would not encounter another mentor who captured my admiration and confidence until my third year in college. His name was Ken Haselrig, and he was a two-time NCAA all-American. He placed second in the 1987 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Ken was a quiet leader, but he led by example. Just my wrestling against him in practice contributed to my confidence. I knew competing against someone better than I was made me tougher.
March 27, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Military, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on NYTimes: Waited Full Week to Correct Military Rape Story – One Tale a Total Fabrication
-By Warner Todd Huston
On March 18th, the New York Times published a piece titled “The Women’s War”. It was a feature of great length (18 pages on the Internet) centered around the plight of several female Veterans of the war in Iraq. It detailed the mistreatment they suffered by the US Military, sexual harassment they received at the hands of army officers, and their PTSDs (post traumatic distress disorders). A shocking expose is what the Times was going for, it is sure. These women certainly deserved better treatment and the story should be well publicized, of course. It might have had more impact but for the fact that the Times knew that one of the subjects featured in the article wasn’t even in Iraq and that her story was a complete lie.
Worse yet, the Times published the story knowing full well that one of their subjects had lied to them. Finally, a whole week after their initial story was published on the 18th, on March 25th, the Times published a mea culpa, correcting the story.
-By Frederick Meekins
To most Americans with a recollection of the Cold War, it was assumed the global superstate would be brought about through military conquest. However, in Salvaging Civilization, H.G. Wells suggests how this planetary political organization could be brought about through education and the management of public opinion.
According to Wells, the future of mankind is dependent upon the establishment of world unity in order to protect the human race from social disintegration and physical destruction. However, instead of blatantly imposing this new world order from without, Wells suggests conditioning the masses into accepting the world state through targeted forms of intellectual manipulation.
While Wells claims to have the best interests of man at heart, it is clear he does not think all that much of the common individual as in his view it is the place of such people to simply go along with the will of the elite. Wells writes, “It is often forgotten, in America, even more than in Europe, that education exists for the community, and only for the individual only so far that it makes him a sufficient member of the community. The chief end of education is to subjugate and sublimate for the collective purpose of our own kind the savage egoism we inherit (24-25).”
March 26, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on U.S. Military Has Lost the PR Battle – But they Can Turn That Around
-By Warner Todd Huston
If this war is another Vietnam fiasco in the end, it will be just as much the fault of the Public Relations arm of the US Military as it is that of the enemy or the Mainstream Media. (Called PAOs for Public Affairs Officers from here on)
It is assured that the large preponderance of the MSM is antithetical to the armed forces of the US Military and Army authorities are right to be mindful that most reporters are not out there only to cover the war but are out there with the agenda to embarrass thee military, destroy the president, and alter US policies.
But, just as one must be wary of enemies, one should cultivate allies. And for the US Military to treat all reporters as if they are no better than the enemy, well that is a horrible mistake. And that is what appears to be happening.
Either that, or the PAOs are so utterly incompetent that it is nearly criminal.
-By Thomas E. Brewton
Stalin recognized that movies in the 1930s had become the most powerful propaganda tool for influencing mass opinion. That’s why he ordered the Communist Party USA to organize Hollywood screenwriters and crafts workers into Communist dominated labor unions.
Labor Unions: Double-Edged Blade described the affinity of actor-director Tim Robbins for Communist labor unions in Hollywood of the 1930s. The message Mr. Robbins conveys in his film “Cradle Will Rock” is essentially the original Communist Party USA (CPUSA) propaganda line at the time setting of the movie.
Seeing the great success of Leni Riefenstahl’s movies in creating public approval for the Nazi regime in 1934 and 1935, Stalin directed that Hollywood be organized to propagandize for the Soviet Union and the Communist cause.
V. J. Jerome, the CPUSA cultural commissar at party headquarters in New York City, sent Stanley Lawrence to Hollywood for that purpose in 1935. The aim was to create a single, industry-wide union that could shut down any Hollywood studio that balked at filming scripts approved by the CPUSA.
Just thought I’d pass along this image…
-By Warner Todd Huston
Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia’s 4th Congressional District has decided to “explain” whey he supports the cut and run act proposed by the House last week on a New Blog he has set up.
Johnson’s blog is being hosted by the “Moderate Blog Network” and some may feel that the first term Georgia Representative fits that title well. Johnson, for those who may not know, is the candidate that beat the unstable Cynthia McKinney in the last election in the 4h District and next to her ANYONE would seem “moderate”. Johnson is nothing, though, if not a typical, far left Liberal so a political moderate he is not..
His first (and so far only) entry in this Blog is an explanation of why he voted to support the “Iraq Accountability Act”.
I am passionately opposed to the war in Iraq. I am committed to bringing our brave troops home and sickened by the prospect of prolonging this tragic and unnecessary conflict.
While Johnson claims to stand on compassion here, his support of an immediate withdraw will do nothing to further the concept of saving lives.
March 25, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Founders, Frank Salvato, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Civic Responsibility & The Blame Game
-By Frank Salvato
Our Founders believed in ownership of the Constitution. By that I mean they expected, almost took for granted, that each American citizen would stake a claim of ownership to the principles and tenants set forth in our Founding Documents. But as we watch our elected officials, in Washington DC and in our State Houses, habitually place the political well-being of themselves and their parties above good government for their constituents and our country, we must ask ourselves: Are we doing our part in making sure our government is the best it can be?
The Founding Documents, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and The Bill of Rights, serve as a covenant between the American people and our government, a contract, as it were.
One of the unwritten provisions of this covenant, this contract, was that each American would exercise a certain level of self-prescribed civic responsibility where the role of caretaker, or steward, to the Constitution was concerned. They intended for Americans to engage in the governmental process by continuously questing for the truth and then engaging their representatives in elected office – when need be – on the issues using fact-based knowledge, civil discourse and a patriotic ideology, even when in disagreement.
-By Thomas E. Brewton
Liberals see labor unions through rose-colored glasses. Reality is somewhat different.
Tuesday’s edition of the Stamford Advocate, my local newspaper, has a front-page article about actor-director Tim Robbins’s attempt to revive public interest in his 1999 film “Cradle Will Rock.” Mr. Robbins, a resident of the adjoining Westchester County town of Pound Ridge, spoke to a Stamford audience the night before at the Avon Theatre Film Center on Bedford Street.
Mr. Robbins’s movie, according to the Wikipedia:
… chronicles the process and events that surrounded the production of the original 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock by Marc Blitzstein. Tim Robbins, in his third film as director, adapts history to create this fictionalized account of the original production, bringing in other stories of the time to produce this commentary on the role of art and power in the 1930s, particularly amidst the struggles of the 1930s labor movement and the corresponding appeal of socialism and communism among many intellectuals and working class people of that time.
Mr. Robbins’s evidently identifies emotionally with labor unions of the 1930s and sees business as a source of evil.
In a speech given at an antiwar rally in New York City’s Central Park on October 6, 2002, he said:
March 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, History, Media Bias, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment
-By Warner Todd Huston
In their never ending quest to attack the Constitutional right of self defense and gun ownership, the AP has once again published an anti-gun story, this time with a twist. It’s a toy in the hands of a schoolgirl there are gravely alerting us to.
Third-Grader Suspended in Upper Darby, Pa., for Carrying Replica Gun ‘For Protection’
UPPER DARBY, Pa. Mar 21, 2007 (AP)— A child who brought a realistic replica of a gun to school told a teacher she needed it “for protection,” police said.
Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said the third-grader took the authentic-looking replica of a German Luger pistol, which she apparently thought was real, with her Monday because she knew her older brother would not be able to walk her home from the bus stop that day. Children told a teacher about the gun, leading to police being called.
It was a toy, folks. A TOY.
March 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Family, Gays, Media Bias, Religion, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on What if Homosexuality is Biological?
By Selwyn Duke
The Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., recently penned an article that has both fellow evangelicals and homosexual activists feeling none too gay. Mohler raised the ire of the former group by stating that science may very well prove there is a biological basis for homosexuality; he then sent the latter group into a tizzy by reasserting that homosexual behavior is sinful and that modern science may offer prenatal remedies for it.
That homosexuality may have a basis in biology is rejected by many on the right for the same reason it is embraced by homosexuals. The reasoning is that if such feelings are biologically induced, then homosexual behavior is neither sinful nor a choice. Thus, the genesis of same-sex attraction has become a locus of debate in the culture war. The truth is, however, that both sides have fallen victim to a misconception, one I have long wanted to dispel.
Any biological basis for homosexuality would only be relevant insofar as preventing the condition is concerned; it has no bearing on morality. This is for a very simple reason: Biology doesn’t determine morality.
March 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Besieged Bush can stop the nonsense
-By Michael M. Bates
Democrats are having a blast since taking control of Congress. A day without something new to investigate is like a day without sunshine for them.
Dismissed U.S. attorneys. Valerie Plame. Iraq. The Federal Communications Commission. Conditions at Walter Reed Hospital. The FBI looking for terrorists. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s delivery of housing grants. And the month’s not over yet.
The Washington Post reported that “In two months, Democrats have held 81 hearings on Iraq. ‘This is just the beginning,’ said Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. ‘What a difference a year makes.’”
Earlier this month, Democratic majority leader Steny Hoyer issued a fact sheet declaring there have been 106 full committee House oversight hearings on executive agencies since his party took over in January.
Much of the grilling is of dubious value. That makes no difference. It’s time to pile on George W. Bush and anyone imprudent enough to be associated with him.
March 23, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on AP: Mahdi Army Disintegration… BAD News??
-By Warner Todd Huston
Leave it to the AP to turn the disintegration of the organization of one of our enemies in Iraq into a bad thing!
That’s what we get with Wednesday’s analysis of the trouble that seems to be befalling the organization of Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia, a group that has resisted US led coalition government since day one.
BAGHDAD (AP) – The violent Shiite militia known as the Mahdi Army is breaking into splinter groups, with up to 3,000 gunmen now financed directly by Iran and no longer loyal to the firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, adding a potentially even more deadly element to Iraq’s violent mix.
What is with this “potentially even more deadly element” business? One of our enemies falls and that is bad?
Still, despite this somewhat silly premise that an enemy failing is worse news, this report DOES go on to detail ever more interference by Iran who is meddling in Iraq.
Two senior militia commanders told The Associated Press that hundreds of these fighters have crossed into Iran for training by the elite Quds force, a branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard thought to have trained Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon and Muslim fighters in Bosnia and Afghanistan.
I urge each of you interested in what is going on in the Middle East to take a look at this report. It is sobering news.
-By Warner Todd Huston
The State legislature of Nevada wants to be sure your home’s Feng Shui is smooth. New Mexico’s officials want to be sure that your “space” is well arranged. They are all about home decor. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if they have the Home Improvement channel constantly playing in all state offices so that legislators can keep up on the latest tips. They must be experts, fanatically concerned with interior decorating, after all.
Why, you ask?
Well, because they have wasted the time of the legislature and the money of the State’s treasury to make sure that there is a legal, licensed difference between an “Interior Decorator” and just those lowly, unskilled “decorators”. Worse, there is now the iron boot heel of government standing behind the supposed “professional” status of an “Interior Designer” because if you hire someone who claims to be just a “designer” and he does work of an “Interior Designer”– whatever that is supposed to be — well, the black helicopters swoop down upon you, they unleash the hell hounds to run you to ground, and you’ll end up in the deepest pit the State of Nevada can find for up to a year, not to mention fining you $1,000.
That’s right, folks. The State of Nevada wasted its time defining what interior design “means” and has developed a license and fee schedule to control it all.
March 23, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, R. A. Hawkins, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off on I’ve Seen The Enemy (Protests are Educational and Funny)
By R. A. Hawkins
My wife and I decided to go and greet the nice Sheehan/ANSWER crowd as they marched on the 17th in Washington DC. It turns out that they march every year in protest of the overthrow of any tyrants, unless of course it is a liberal that started the war. It is quite different to see it in person rather than on the Internet or to read about it, so here is my impression.
Never in my life have I seen anything more amusing. Now I have to admit I found it to be a little sad at the same time. The only reason I felt any sadness was that the peace protestors were actually sincere. Every one of them had the same level of sincerity etched on their normally blank faces as one might see on a three year old wondering if it would really hurt if he rode his tricycle down a four hundred foot flight of stone steps.
One of the sad things about being stupid or misled is that you don’t know why everyone is laughing at you. This is not much different from what the sixties were all about. They weren’t running short on drama queens. As a matter of fact they started their little freak show with one of the greatest shows of self-indulgent cowardice I’ve ever seen. The media, and I have no idea which ones they were, pointed their cameras at an angle that showed the number of protestors who were there, but also made sure they didn’t show how many of us were there to greet them. Playing for the camera, and just for the drama of it, the lame-o moon bats had some girls, and a lot of people that looked and acted like girls in some cases, protecting them. They had linked hands and wearing fluorescent yellow (the only honesty I really saw there) vests, and acted as human shields since we were obviously going to run out there and beat them up. The funny part is that those girls probably had the most nerve out of the whole stinky bunch. As slow as they were moving they are probably still marching towards the Pentagon with the speed of a snail in snow. The reason they did that was obvious. It made their small numbers look bigger. The only reason they took so long to pass was because they kept slowing down and stopping, and then grinding into movement. It was intentional. If they had walked at a normal speed they would have finished in ten minutes max.
-By Warner Todd Huston
From time to time we all hear stories that reveals the stupidity of a dreaded PCism run amok. We hear the tales, shake our heads in disbelief and go about our day without taking much more notice of it afterward. It seems, as we hear of each case, that they are isolated stories, outrageous yes, but not interrelated. Perhaps, viewed as separate incidents, they really don’t mean much. Unfortunately, such incidents culminate to far more than merely incidental occasions.
Let’s just take a few incidents of the last week as examples to reveal the utterly vacuous nature of the Politically Correct, multiculturalism that has happened in both the US and England. The following are all examples of the kind of consequences of liberalism that damages society. We have one example that even ends up with the kind of unintended consequences that would horrify the very leftists who initiated the PCism in question.
From the silly…
-By Thomas E. Brewton
The Old Testament story of David and Goliath offers guidance to living a true Christian life.
Sunday’s sermon at the Long Ridge Congregational Church (non-UCC) in North Stamford, Connecticut, was delivered by Rev. David Smith, who heads the Pivot Ministries.
Pivot Ministries reorient men out of the thralldom of drugs and alcohol by giving them the personal experience of Jesus Christ’s saving love. They do a wonderful job, guiding men of all ages and from all walks of life along an 18-month program.
Pivot’s website is http://www.pivotministries.org/ . They need contributions to carry on. Contact them and give them your support.
March 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Media Bias, Race, Religion, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on NBC Sitcom, Andy Barker, P.I., Attacks Christians? Says Americans are Reactionary, Racists?
-By Warner Todd Huston
Why is it that sitcoms always go for the cheapest gags? And why is it that those gags are always shibboleths of leftist ideas? Does Hollywood imagine that the left never does anything that can be made fun of? Apparently Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter of the new sitcom “Andy Barker, P.I.” don’t think so, anyway.
In the pilot episode for the new sitcom from NBC starring former Conan O’Brien sidekick Andy Richter, within the first few segments we get one joke that makes Christians out to be mean-spirited and another that presents Americans in general as being reactionary racists post 9/11. In fact, these two jokes are back to back.
In the pilot episode, the main character rents a storefront in a small strip mall styled complex to open his CPA business. He meets the video store Owner downstairs who takes him on a tour to give him the lay of the land of the other shops in the complex.
March 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off on First Corrupt Them, Then Control Them
-By Thomas E. Brewton
By removing the Judeo-Christian ethos of morality and personal responsibility from our culture, Liberal-Progressives have led Americans into financial ruin.
A recent New York Times editorial titled Homeowners at Risk lamented the upsurge of mortgage payment delinquencies and the likely wave of foreclosures.
In that regard, the Times editorialists opined:
Responding to the mortgage bankers’ grim report, Senator Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Banking Committee and a presidential hopeful, broached the possibility of federal help for struggling homeowners. The most plausible relief measures — detailed in a new report by the Center for American Progress, a liberal research and advocacy group — involve federal boosts to existing state and local programs. Those include counseling to help strapped families plan for rising monthly payments and renegotiate their loans, legal aid and short-term loans for eligible borrowers. One study shows that a federal grant of $25 million could replicate proven local programs in other areas now experiencing spikes in foreclosures.
Implicit in the editorial is the assumption that it should have been the Federal government’s responsibility, first, to keep borrowers from assuming debt beyond their capacities, and, second, to bail borrowers out, no questions asked.
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