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John McCain: Heroic In More Ways Than One

Posted by Mike on April 30, 2008

One thing I learned about war heroes when I was a child is that not many of them like to talk about their experiences. As I became interested in politics, I noticed that this tendency held true, which was surprising since politicians are supposed to enjoy talking about themselves. One politician in particular, Bob Dole, was a walking example of the true hero who did not frequently speak of his noble sacrifices. People like Dole and those other war heroes deserve that accolade not only for the immeasurable sacrifices they made for their country during wartime, but also for the dignity with which they carry themselves when they refuse to talk about those sacrifices despite clearly earning the right to do so.

John McCain is a walking example of this model. Obviously he speaks of his P.O.W. experience to some degree. As a Presidential candidate, he is expected to provide some biographical information and questions about his sacrifices are bound to come up. Like the war heroes who came before him however, McCain carries himself with dignity, which also displays strength of character. Despite following politics extremely closely for half of my life young? life now, I never heard this story about John McCain despite the Senator having countless opportunities to tell everyone about it.

I don’t agree with everything John McCain stands for, but I am delighted that America has its first opportunity in 12 years to elect a war hero to the Presidency. Hopefully we’ll do it this time.

AP photo via the WSJ link

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Conspiracy Theory Put To Bed, Maybe

Posted by Mike on April 30, 2008

The first conspiracy theory I heard regarding the last Russian tsar’s family was that Princess Anastasia escaped execution by the Bolsheviks and was living somewhere in Europe. Leonard Nimoy (or whatever that dude who played Spock is called, help me out Ryan) even hosted spooky shows about it. That is, until 1991 when the Princesses remains were recovered along with most of the other Romanovs who were murdered by the Communists.

Today, DNA tests have confirmed that Russian Orthodox Saints Czarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria, the last of the Romanovs did not survive. Conspiracy theory over. Actually, I can’t back that up. You never know with those kind of people.

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Obama Takes a Stand on Wright

Posted by Ryan on April 29, 2008

NEWSFLASH: It only took Barack Obama 20 years to notice that his Reverend is crazy.  That’s the kind of man I think we need to bring “hope” and “change” to the White House and America!  Obama calls Wright’s statements over the weekend as, among other things, “a bunch of rants that aren’t grounded in truth.” 

True.

However, what about all the crazy things Wright said before and after 9/11?  Back then, at least until last month, Obama could “no more disown him than [he] can disown the black community.”  Sounds like a flip-flop.

This episode has illustrated one major thing about Obama: he’s a politician just like every other politician, except even worse in some regards.  Of course, he needed to do this politically, but it also showed himself to be a hypocrite who’s willing to dump those he’s closest to if that means scoring political points — and doing so in the most public of ways. 

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Hey Voter, Show Me Your ID!

Posted by Ryan on April 28, 2008

The Roberts Court ruled today that Indiana’s Voter ID law is constitutional in a 6-3 decision by amply justifying that IDs  serve “the valid interest in protecting ‘the integrity and reliability of the electoral process,'” according to the majority.

I’ll let you guess which three were in the minority…

Give up? 

Stephen “International Law” Breyer, Ruth “Biddy” Ginsburg, and David “Don’t Tax My View” Souter, of course!

I totally agree with this decision.  Unlike Indiana, New Jersey does not require photo IDs at the polling station.  Yet, when I do vote I always make sure to take out my ID and politely ask a loud question, “Do you need to see my ID?” so that everyone can hear.  I get kudos every time.  The Decision does not make states require ID verification, but it allows them to choose.  I guess this is one “pro-choice” decision the Libs won’t like!

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Obama Talks to Chris Wallace

Posted by Ryan on April 27, 2008

Until this morning, Obama has ducked Fox News for the entire campaign and WOW! was my B.S.-o-meter on overdrive!

On Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Barack Obama showed himself to be an articulate, yet condescending liberal elitist trying to sound human who revealed that he knows nothing about the challenges of globalization, tax policy, or foreign policy.  Chris Wallace did an OK job trying to bring up important issues like Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, being “bi-partisan,” the problems with real blue collar folks, etc., but didn’t push specifics out of him enough (which will bite Obama in the general).

One can see his appeal as an articulate person who seems to believe what he says, it’s just what he says that makes no sense to anyone who either lived through or has read about the Carter Administration.  He offers nothing new, just old school class warfare and ignorant foreign policy, reminiscent of Jimmah’s tenure.  It’s kind of scary that so many young skulls-full-of-mush are buying into this old school failed bilge.

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VH1 ’80s Countdown Timesuck

Posted by Ryan on April 26, 2008

I love them.  I hate them. 

Despite the socio-political leanings of the music networks, I applaud VH1 for keeping pop culture over the last three decades alive for those who either don’t remember the formative years of Gen X or for those who just love to immerse themselves in the nostalgia.  I am mostly the latter (being a kid in elementary school during the mid-1980s).  “I Love the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s” are all great trips back into yesteryear (though the “I Love the ’90s” show was made a little too soon).

Anyway, I had a busy day and wanted to veg out in front of the TV for a while, before doing more odds and ends.  While I was flipping through the stations I noticed VH1 was having a marathon — an ’80s “The Greatest” Pop Songs Countdown! 

I couldn’t stop. 

One hour became two, then three!  This timesuck was a vortex too tempting to resist.  I had things to do!

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Don’t Stop the NCGOP Ad!

Posted by Ryan on April 25, 2008

I know I’m going to disagree with John McCain more times than my conscience will like, but he needs to back off this one. The North Carolina Republican Party is trying to paint a Barack Obama out of touch with mainstream North Carolinians by citing Obama’s close relationship to the crazy Reverend Wright.

Here’s the ad which is causing all sorts of stress for the GOP right now:

John McCain calls the NCGOP as “out of touch” for airing such an ad.  It’s not out of touch, it’s a decent ad which highlights real voter concerns in a local election.  For McCain to come out before the MSM to condemn this ad, he’s adding unnecessary friction within the GOP at a time when we need to sit back and enjoy the other side’s breakdown.  Obama’s people are already painting this as McCain’s inability to control his own peeps.  Unfortunately, I’m sure this will not be the last time parts of the GOP clash with McCain this year in such a fashion. 

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LA Times Plays Age, Disability Card on McCain

Posted by Ryan on April 24, 2008

While the Democrats are in a locked Pyrrhic duel to the political death, the MSM (represented this time by the LA Times) has run this bigoted hit-piece on John McCain.  It’s really sad that they’ve gone this low, yet it’s hypocritical at the same time.

The crux of the argument infers that McCain’s too old, sick and disabled to be President because of McCain’s tax-free disability pension he receives from the government.

Upon entering the Oval Office Ronald Reagan was already old, John Kennedy was already very sick, and Franklin D. Roosevelt was already disabled.  Should none of these folks have been President because “questions have been raised” about their health status? 

This is the second time the MSM have tried to outright disqualify John McCain from this race in an attempt to guarantee the Dems a victory in pure “gotcha” mold:  remember the ridiculous questions about his birth eligibility?  That’s what makes this both hypocritical and a little bit funny: should someones age or health demographic disqualify them if they’re Constitutionally eligible to become President?  If we follow that logic then how about one’s race or gender, LA Times

No, something tells me that I don’t think that’s a problem for the folks in that Left Coast newspaper’s editorial room.  Nor should it be!  I hope aged-Americans are paying attention to the media’s bias here.  It’s not the first or the last time these questions will be raised before November.

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The Morning After, Obama Still has Friends

Posted by Ryan on April 23, 2008

I thought this post at Michelle Malkin’s blog yesterday was telling about which party is the one our enemies are rooting for this November. 

As if you didn’t know!

With fewer friends nowadays after his tough double-digit loss last night Barack Obama can feel a bit better counting on solidarity from Hamas and FARC.  She Who Must Not be Named, on the other hand can add the FALN (the radical Puerto Rican nationalist/terrorist organization) into her camp because of her husband’s pardons.  However, both share the respect of the Weather Underground! 

No word on which domestic terrorist organizations or anti-American third world, human-rights abusing, drug-dealing, tinpot dictators or bloody international terrorist organizations support the McCain candidacy thus far.  We’ll bring any new information in that regard to you post-haste!

 

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She Who Must Not Be Named Wins Pennsylvania Primary

Posted by Mike on April 22, 2008

We don’t know her margin of victory; we don’t know how many delegates she will win; but we do know that She Who Must Not Be Named has won the Pennsylvania primary. The Democrat primary will continue and Operation Chaos continues.

Many conservatives are happy about tonight’s result precisely because of the chaos it is causing. I understand this point of view because I’m also enjoying it. However, we need to remember the big picture. Every day Operation Chaos continues is another day SWMNBN’s political career survives. Not only that, the closer this primary becomes, the stronger her case for 2012 becomes.

Let’s face it, Barack Obama has an uphill climb in November, and 2012 is the witch’s last shot. Keeping her in the game now keeps her in the game for 2012. Let’s be careful what we wish for.

Reuters photo

UPDATE (10:19 P.M.) At this point, she is up by 8 points. The worst she can do tonight is to win Pennsylvania, comfortably.

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How To Defend The Culture of Death: Call It Art

Posted by Mike on April 22, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI was 100 percent correct when he recently stood up for the sanctity of every human life, born and unborn, during the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium.  Any society that can cavalierly destroy God’s precious gift is contrary to our nature, and as such, a society that fails to respect human life is a sick society.

Fortunately, the strength of America’s pro-life movement, as evidenced by the spontaneous applause Benedict received at Yankee Stadium after defending the unborn as well as the success of pro-life candidates at the national level, gives me hope that all is not lost for our country.  That said, much work needs to be done.  Western Civilization is ill in terms of respecting life.

At a time when western civilization devalues life, this act of cruelty exhibited by Guillermo Vargas in his now-infamous “art” exhibit is hardly surprising.  In fact, it is symptomatic of a sick culture.  For those of you unfamiliar with what this scumbag did, Vargas tethered a dog, Natividad, to a wall and starved it to death while a bunch of voyeuristic freaks oohed and aahed.  Nicaraguan authorities, rather than being outraged, classified the cruelty as “art.”

Indefensible acts are often described as art.  In this sense, Vargas’ cruelty is nothing new.  However, this is an example that some in the art world are regressing from offensive to evil.  When hearing about incidents like this one, I am outraged, but I’m also glad that we have had popes like John Paul II and Benedict XVI.  In fact, I’m hopeful that they arrived just in the nick of time.

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Pennsylvania Mania!

Posted by Ryan on April 22, 2008

So the day has finally arrived!

After all the talk, punditry, ads, speculation, name-calling, race-baiting, and truth-telling the people are finally going to decide the fate of the Democrat race for President!

I hope “Operation Chaos” comes through today because if She Who Must Not Be Named wins by a decent enough margin, that will harm Obama big-time: he has spent six weeks and millions of dollars trying to get women and white men to vote for him in PA, a swing state.  Even if he loses by a little bit, it will be very telling about his prospects for the Fall campaign.  He should be kicking SWMNBN to the curb, but it’s not happening, even amongst Dems!  Where’s the MSM on that one?

Nonetheless, the polls only opened at 7am, so there’s still all day to speculate.  I’m pushing for “Operation Chaos” success and a prolonged Democrat Primary going all the way to the Convention!

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Why Rick Santorum Wants You to Vote For McCain

Posted by Ryan on April 21, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer posted this editorial by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum which articulates as well as I’ve heard thus far the reasons why Conservatives should come out to vote for McCain. 

Of course, true conservatives have some reservations about John McCain because of his stands on some of the issues and his obstruction over the last seven years.  Santorum argues that the primaries are when one needs to be honest about philosophy and direction, and the people got a chance to vote — and they voted for McCain.  Plus, he notes the Reagan Axiom that “someone you agree with 80% of the time is still your friend.”  Conservatives lost the battle for a pure-blood at the top of the ticket, but things will be a lot worse if either She Who Must Not Be named or Obama get into the White House. 

Plus, with the potential that idealistic, yet ignorant, young people show up in droves to vote for someone they know nothing about past “Change” and “Hope” means that the base needs to show up to prevent a potential electoral and demographic disaster.

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Pope Benedict at Ground Zero

Posted by Ryan on April 20, 2008

The Pope visited Ground Zero this morning to say a prayer, light a candle and meet with some of the victim’s families.  Later, Benedict will be giving a much anticipated mass at Yankee Stadium at around 2:30pm EDT. 

One could tell that this gesture was deeply felt by Benedict and others with whom he met that were affected by this act of hate 6 1/2 years ago.  I used to be pretty neutral on the Pope — I liked his conservatism and direct approach to Islam, but I didn’t feel connected to him.  JP II had been there so long (most of my life) that saying “Pope Benedict” is still kind of weird, but definitely getting less so. 

So, I’ve been glued to coverage of the Papal visit.  I like that the Roman Catholic Church has been getting positive press and that millions of people who are not Catholics are seeing the enthusiasm, the verve and excitement that the Pontiff brings with him. 

AP photo.

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Boxer Hits the Pope

Posted by Ryan on April 18, 2008

Barbara Boxer is a complete b-tch!

Here Pope Benedict XVI, leader of over 1 billion Roman Catholics around the world and 65 million in the USA alone, has come to the United States for the first time in his Papacy bringing good will and reconciliation to all, when Ned Flanders himself Senator Sam Brownback wanted to pass a resolution hailing his visit for good will purposes. 

Simple right?  Not in this Democrat Congress! 

In steps the b-tch.

Apparently, the unabashedly pro-life Pontiff just couldn’t have the US Senate pass a resolution simply cheering his visit containing the phrase:

“Whereas Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out for the weak and vulnerable, witnessing to the value of each and every human life.”

without Boxer threatening to sink the resolution! 

Brownback still wanted this thing to fly through while the Pope’s still here so he agreed to take the last clause out, cutting the part about “witnessing to the value of each and every human life.”  Despicable for Boxer; weak-kneed on Brownback’s part. 

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A Nadir for a Macabre Pro-Choice Society

Posted by Ryan on April 18, 2008

This story is scary crazy.

I’m not going to post any pictures regarding Yale University’s Aliza Shvarts’ macabre “art project” where after artificially inseminating herself and inducing a miscarriage numerous times, she used the byproduct as part in each of her “art” works.

That is about as sick and twisted a thing as I’ve heard come from our university system, or anywhere else since Nick Berg.  Her own description of her project reveals a person so desperate to get noticed making a truly and deeply macabre point that it is less a struggling artist’s manifesto and more evidence that this woman is in need of serious therapy, Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors or anti-depressants, not monthly abortifacients nor a national audience. 

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Debating the Debate in Philly

Posted by Ryan on April 17, 2008

The Democrat debate last night in Philadelphia was the closest the Dems will ever get to the kinds of questions Fox News would have given them in this election cycle  — addressing issues of character, history, and other vetting issues.  Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopolous are feeling the pain for going against the MSM’s Leftist talking-points by taking it to Obama in a way no MSM venue has — directly, forcefully and persistently. 

Some pundits are cheering ABC, some are panning them.  I’d like the candidates to have a time-keeper and just let the candidates have a dialogue for an hour on whatever comes up.

Anyway, I didn’t watch the debate, I’m a “Ghost Hunters” fan on Wednesdays, so the 468th Dem debate lost to a spooky EVP caught at Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH.  Nonetheless, I’ve seen the highlights, I’ve heard the spin, I’ve read the meat and potatoes and have come to the conclusion that both of the Dems had a weak night and are beatable in the Fall.  Obama has character/issue/experience fallibilities and reacts too slow, and She Who Must Not Be Named has made too many gaffes that the Republicans will exploit with glee and there would be no greater fundraising device for Republicans than a SWMNBN general-election candidacy. 

At the end of the day, I don’t think the polls will change and the cards will fall as they were apt to anyway.  Like many things with the Dems there was a lot of empty talk, a bit of mudslinging, plenty of promises and nothing changes.

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Rev. Wright Still “Stuck on Stupid”

Posted by Ryan on April 17, 2008

I know this story’s a little bit old, however, while cheering the Dem Debate last night, I heard Imus this morning picking on Fox News, specifically O’Reilly and Hannity, using the recent phrase uttered by Obama’s reverend, Jeremiah Wright, at one of Wright’s friend’s funeral that O’Reilly and Hannity were both “forever stuck on stupid.” 

Nice try, Reverend Wright, but give credit where credit’s due!

We all know “stuck on stupid” was a brilliant quip uttered by the straight-talking General Russel Honore in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, knocking the MSM for asking ridiculous questions:

Note to friends: please don’t knock Fox News at my funeral service — it’s kind of tacky and inappropriate.

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One Can Dream: The Democrats’ Brokered Convention

Posted by Mike on April 16, 2008

Lawrence O’Donnell, yes that Lawrence O’Donnell, has written a pretty interesting fictional account about the upcoming Democrat National Convention. It reads as the scenario Rush is hoping to create with Operation Chaos and is something you actually wouldn’t put past these people.  The Democrat primary almost certainly won’t end the way O’Donnell imagines, but one can always dream.  In any event, O’Donnell’s account is probably an accurate description of what is currently happening behind the scenes so I say grab the popcorn anyway.

For the record, I still oppose Operation Chaos because She Who Must Not Be Named’s White House dream needs to end. That said, it is fun to watch.

HT: Ann Coulter

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Global Warming’s Fried President Bush

Posted by Ryan on April 16, 2008

The Global Warming alarmists have finally worn down the GOP passed the weak-kneed crowd, and into the Bush-crowd (which is increasingly looking like only Dubya himself).  Only the open-minded, conservative-wing remains as the firewall against an economic cataclysm based on ever-changing scientific data. 

It goes to show how all Libs need to do is find an issue where they can make Republicans look “mean” and the GOP will fold as fast as they can in order to avoid this label without fighting back.  

I believe a lot of this has to do with a second-term Presidential “legacy” hunt: Bush has decided that getting on the record about climate change and global warming will somehow help him in the annals of history.  He’s not going to get anything through Congress, only suggest some horrible economic policies based on bad science because it’s politically correct nowadays.  

I voted for Dubya in 2004: he was great on Iraq, the War on Terror, taxes, life, judges, etc. (plus look at his opponent!  Did you know John Kerry was in Vietnam?  He was, really!).  This second term has been a nightmare:  amnesty, the Iraq malaise until Petraeus, Harriet Myers, out-of-control spending, getting the knee-pads out for China, etc., now catering to the global warming crowd right when scientists are starting to take another look at it!  Ugh. 

Alas, McCain wouldn’t be any better, and those other two clowns would be much worse.  Going “green” is one thing (a fad mostly — however, once something’s a fad, it’ll eventually go out of style), but the potential for government interference without end, attacking the roots of our capitalist system based on maleable science is scary!  Who does Bush think we are, Europe?

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Papa Bene!

Posted by Ryan on April 15, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States began today at Andrew’s Air Force Base in Maryland.  He met President Bush, Laura and Jenna along with a throng of cheering crowds and fanfare.  He also clearly denounced the pedophilia scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church over the last decade or so. 

Great start to his visit to America by setting the tone and addressing issues that many American Catholics and non-Catholics have.  There’s more to come, I’m sure!  I like this Pope– among many other positive things, he’s not asking Catholics to call God “Allah“, nor is he asking any government to adopt sharia law.  Nice!

AP photo.

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Berlusconi’s Back!

Posted by Ryan on April 14, 2008

Take that Lefties!  Former Italian Prime Minister and supporter of winning the War on Terror, Silvio Berlusconi saw his “People of Liberty Party” recently win both houses of Italy’s Parliament, making the former Prime Minister the new incoming Prime Minister

France, Germany and now Italy all have center-right governments… maybe we’ll get one later this year too!

AP photo.

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Harman vs. Hague: Pre-Thatcher Talking Point Thirty Years Too Late

Posted by Mike on April 13, 2008

One classic line of attack from the liberal playbook is the false charge that conservatives are threatened by powerful women. You’d think conservative admiration for powerful women such as Margaret Thatcher, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, and Condoleezza Rice would have dispelled this notion, but facts never got in the way of a good liberal talking point before so why start now?

This two-week old clip from Prime Minister’s Questions is worth watching for two reasons. First, it shows that left-wing leaders (in this case, Harriet Harman) never hesitate to parrot the false and outdated idea that conservatives oppose powerful women, even here when the lefty was reminded just seconds before that her pioneering moment was about thirty years too late. Second, Hague was just funny.

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The Candidates on American Idol

Posted by Ryan on April 13, 2008

Last week, American Idol decided to give back to the community by using their press and viewership to spearhead a volunteer drive called “Idol Gives Back.” Great idea! But, being an election year, American Idol decided to get the three remaining candidates to say a few things about the effort.

See for yourself how She Who Must Not Be Named, John McCain, and Obama did:

My take, in sum:

SWMNBN: support these groups because I’ve worked with them too, and it’s me who’s really the awesomest.

McCain: we all can help, but while I’m here, let me poke at the election for a sec.

Obama: (the only one who got an audible applause by the way) you plebs can help too! Hope! Hope! Hope!

Disclaimer: No “Jesus”‘s were omitted in this broadcast

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Despite Outcry, Jimmah Set to Visit Hamas Leader

Posted by Ryan on April 12, 2008

By now most of you have heard that Jimmah Carter is going to Syria next week, where he’s most likely going to meet up with an exiled Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal.  Jimmah, who has called Israel “an apartheid state” in the past and continues to be predictably on the wrong side of history, becomes the first significant American figure to meet with leadership of this terrorist group since (ready for this) Jesse Jackson two years ago!  Jimmah and Jesse in the same sentence.

The Carter Center is being vague and dodgy on the specifics of his trip, which should tell one everything they need to know.  The State Department, including Condoleezza Rice, has publicly asked that Carter not do this, but Carter is adamant about promoting “human rights” in the region. 

So, let me get this straight: American policy and interventionism in the historically volatile Mideast is bad, but planning and actually blowing up and shooting Jews is OK, plus Saddam should have continued filling mass graves with Shi’ite civilians and dissidents because it’s America that poses the biggest danger to world peace?  Right.

And how did this clown ever become President?

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American Idol Distances Itself from Jesus

Posted by Ryan on April 11, 2008

Last night, American Idol had their contestants close with a song called “Shout to the Lord.”  Yet, in a song about Jesus, they replaced “Jesus” with “Shepherd!”  Wow.  The anti-Christian bias in the media is well-known and documented, but editing “Jesus” in a song about Jesus?!?  Why choose the song in the first place? 

It sounds like American Idol catering half-heartedly to letters and requests from Christian groups to get Christian Rock songs on the show while trying to avoid any unwelcome labels from secular critics.  I’m very disappointed in the show for this.  I personally don’t listen to Christian Rock so I didn’t understand the issue initially, but knowing that they omitted the word “Jesus” from a song about Jesus seems like a politically correct slap in the face.

Malkin’s got great coverage of the show with commentary.

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Obama: Classic Lib

Posted by Ryan on April 11, 2008

In case you were wondering, Drudge linked to a post by the Politico’s Ben Smith that demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that Obama is a classic Lib, with typical condescension towards people they claim to represent and connect with. 

Here’s Barry!

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them…And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

And he wants to win Pennsylvania?  That rhetoric might play to limosine liberals and urban-elite pinky-extended types, but the down-home people of “Pennsyltucky” probably won’t appreciate being denegrated as such.  We’ll see though — this year’s been pretty crazy.

AP photo.

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Economy Then and Now; Democrats Then and Now

Posted by Mike on April 10, 2008

The fact that The Corner’s David Freddoso can report economic data from 2008 compared to economic data from 1996 and juxtapose the statistics with Democrat quotes all in about a minute and half is proof positive of the media’s laziness, dishonesty, or both.

UPDATE: The Anchoress has a great roundup of this one, complete with cartoon.

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The Fifth Anniversary of the Fall of Baghdad

Posted by Ryan on April 9, 2008

Five years ago, the wall-to-wall Iraq War coverage had a breaking news bulletin where cameras showed us the sights from Baghdad. 

I was at lunch duty at school (that’s when teachers watch students eat and confiscate cell phones) when pictures of US Marines in the center of Baghdad wrapped a US flag over the head of a Saddam statue.  While I had no problem with that, they promptly took it down and set up a crane to help knock down Saddam’s statue.

I remember that day well.  Only 21 days at war and the regime ran into hiding, Iraqi’s were in the streets celebrating with American troops.  Good times for America, Iraq, and the region! 

Then, you know, stuff happened and things got complicated and messy fast.  But April 9, 2003, was still a great and historic day.

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Petraeus and Crocker Surge Update: ’08 Version

Posted by Ryan on April 8, 2008

General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker entered a hostile-fire zone once again on Capitol Hill, and once again came out looking like the adults in the room!  By later this evening, all three Presidential contenders will have gotten a chance to question the General about the continued effectiveness of the Surge strategy.  I’d like to see how they all come across, especially She Who Must Not be Named, who I’m sure had to maneuver through cover fire to even enter the room, and Obama, who has more experience in understanding foreign policy affairs than both McCain or SWMNBN.  Wow, I didn’t know that.

Here’s an up-to-the-minute update on the goings on up there on the Hill. 

Personally, I watched about 30 minutes altogether today and was able to catch Susan Collins meandering her way through a question with one of my classes.  Not very exciting.  

However, earlier I caught Ted [hiccup] Kennedy reading his petty liberal talking points mostly in a coherent manner — I watched him speak before one of his notorious liquid lunches.  It only took about a minute of watching before the predictable Code Pink jerks chanted “Bring them Home!” during the testimony [Note: for more fun, read up a little on the Black Shirts for a quick refresher on fascist tactics when confronting speakers with whom they disagree]. 

So, we’ll see how this Update will play out, surely with election-year drama that will put a few if not all of the candidates on the record for good or for bad.  Unfortunately, being lost in all this political theater is Petraeus’ message that we’re on the right track and still need the intestinal fortitude to see this thing through.

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