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Archive for January 27th, 2006

You can’t make this stuff up!

Posted by Ryan on January 27, 2006

This is something you’d expect to see on Saturday Night Live. Janet Reno, at a recent fundraiser, performed onstage singing “Respect”. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!

See the video here

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The good sense of the American People

Posted by Sal on January 27, 2006

Two polls today show some welcome news about the sense of the American public. The first is a poll taken by the New York Times in regards to wiretapping and monitoring of emails, phone calls, etc. The poll found that 53% of the American People approved of the practice against terrorists (the NYTimes called it a “striking finding”). The NY Times/CBS however, try to say that the people are against it (50% against) if the word “terrorist” is dropped from the question. This gives them their headline “Poll Shows Ambivalence on Wiretaps.” This is absurd, as the premise of the question is all wrong. The President is only monitoring terrorists, and those receiving phone calls from terrorists.

In another poll, 57% of the American Public support war in Iran if it comes to that. I’m glad the American People still have the will to go to war, even with public sentiment against Iraq (if only because of the scandal of the reporting on Iraq). I’m glad to see the American People recognize the need to face this threat, as it is a dangerous one, and we need to be vigilant about it.

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Another Reason Why They Lose

Posted by Ryan on January 27, 2006

Harry Reid demonstrated yet again why liberals and Democrats have been having a hard time over the last 30 years. Reid asserts that George W. Bush is the reason why America’s cities are in such bad shape. Fifty years of liberal social engineering and money dumping has NOTHING to do with it, of course! People know; Dems don’t.

Name me a major city in this country with an entrenched Republican political machine. How about a Republican mayor who has served more than two terms in a major city? How about a member of the Bush Administration who has directly and negatively contributed to the plight of inner cities over the last 30 years? How many times have the major cities voted for a Republican president since Calvin Coolidge?

Very few, my friends, very few. Reid knows he is deceiving people– people that his party has done little to make better educated or more wealthy over the last half-century. People who unfortunately have come to BELIEVE that the government should step in to control their success. When that success doesn’t come, it’s always someone else’s fault. That is one Democratic success that I wish would never have happened. It’s a reason why I hope in 2006 that they continue to lose.

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Freedom of Speech abridged

Posted by Sal on January 27, 2006

Some of you may be aware of recent stories regarding companies like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft reaching agreements with the Chinese communist government to censor their internet and software content anywhere within the country of China. The U.S. Government is fighting back by bringing in the above-mentioned companies to a conference on the subject, with the possibility of regulation in the future.

The Cold War may be over, but the Chinese government remains a real National Security threat to the United States. The Internet boom in China over the past ten years has given rise to many of the free-market reforms seen in China. By censoring the Internet content, China is attempting to stave off the inevitable collapse of their system of government in favor of a more modern Democracy. The U.S. needs to take a firm stand, much as it did with the U.S.S.R. and Radio Free Europe, and push information into the hands of the Chinese citizenry. This will lead to the eventual collapse of China’s communist party, just as the Soviet Union collapsed 15 years ago.

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John Paul the Great by Peggy Noonan

Posted by Mike on January 27, 2006

From time to time I like to recommend books I believe our readers will enjoy. With that in mind, I enthusiastically recommend John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father by Peggy Noonan. Those familiar with Noonan know that her words can at times seem magical. This book is no exception.

In John Paul the Great, Noonan provides an overview of the life of John Paul II and explains how John Paul II inspired millions around the world through his greatness and goodness. That alone would make reading this book worthwhile. What I found particularly moving was the exploration of the impact John Paul II had on her own spiritual journey. Many of her fans may be surprised by Peggy’s description of her own life before the Pope helped her rediscover her faith. I certainly was.

If you are a fan of John Paul II, history, church history, theology or simply want an enjoyable read, you will not go wrong with John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father.

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There’s Something About Stephen (Harper)

Posted by Mike on January 27, 2006

Foreign conservatives are often a different breed than the conservatives we know and love here at home. The British conservatives led by David Cameron are a perfect example. Even Jacques Chirac is considered a center-right politician in France. Although usually preferable to their left-wing counterparts, many major conservative parties abroad fall short of conservative ideals. This does not appear to be the case in Canada. Something is different with our friends to the north.

One of readers recently wondered what brand of conservatism could we expect from the next prime Minister of Canada? Well, today Al Gore directed his irrational fury toward the incoming conservative government. Stephen Harper must be doing something right.

(Link via Drudge)

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Haleigh Poutre Update

Posted by Sal on January 27, 2006

The idea of persistent vegetative state is slowly being debunked by the continuing story of Haleigh Poutre. A week ago, she was on life support, and the SJC declared that DSS had the power to pull the plug. Then, she started breathing again on her own. Now, she is being moved out of intensive care into a Rehab facility because she picked up a Curious George stuffed toy and a yellow duck on command. Some idiots, however, are arguing that this increases the need to remove her from life support!

Some neurologists say Haleigh’s actions suggest she may have moved into a ”minimally conscious state,” in which patients are aware of their surroundings and can respond to commands.

That condition could sometimes strengthen arguments to withdraw life support, because such patients can feel pain, some medical ethicists said. Patients in a egetative state, on the other hand, are oblivious to the agony that is part of their life.

This is absurd! Here’s a young 11-year old girl, vastly improving in her condition in the space of a week, and people are still arguing to kill her. Where has the idea of the Sanctity of Life gone in this country? The way people are treating her life is immoral, criminal, and just plain sick.

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Kerry calls for Filibuster

Posted by Sal on January 27, 2006

In a move sure to increase his chances for nomination among the kook fringe of the Democratic party in 2008, Sen. John Kerry (D-PRMA), along with Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-PRMA), called for a Filibuster on Sam Alito’s nomination. According to news reports, it is unlikely they will sustain it, but I believe it presents a no-win situation for the Democrats. If Kerry establishes himself as the liberal darling, he could provide serious opposition to “She who must not be named” in ’08, and his general election chances will be non-existent. If the Democrats do filibuster, the nuclear option will be employed successfully. Either way, Sam Alito gets confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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Szczerbiak is a Celtic

Posted by Mike on January 27, 2006

The Boston Celtics have acquired Timberwolves forward Wally Szczerbiak. The Celtics now have two good players. After decades of mediocrity, the Celtics will now be decent. The long return to glory begins today.

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