Friday, August 10, 2007

Malkin as Victim

Okay, it's Friday night and I'm really bored. I don't have cable any more, and what television I do watch has to be streaming over the Internet.

As I was looking around (when are the going to come out with the streaming video channel clicker widget?) I came across Michelle Malkin's talk at the Young America's Foundation. Evidently these are college age conservatives being trained in the propaganda of choice.

Not that I have anything against conservatives, I just haven't seen a real one in a long time. Kind of like cowboys. A lot of people dress up like cowboys, but very few live the life.

The interesting topic that Michelle kept repeating is what a victim she and the other 'conservatives', codeword for neocons, have become under the violent attacks of the moonbat left.

With her being caught in lies, giving out personal addresses and phone numbers of her enemies, and other questionable practices, is she really the best model for these young people? Give me a Bob Barr, Ron Paul, or William F. Buckley Jr. But Michelle Malkin or Ann Coulter? Please, you can do better.

Not to mention that as long as the Republicans have held the majority and the reasons they lost that position it's hard to see the conservatives as victims.

I also never thought I'd hear Joe Lieberman described as a rational Democrat.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Come join me - if you dare

"…We have people up there in Congress with the brain of a 2-year-old who don't know what they are doing, they don't experience it. I challenge the president or anyone who has us for 15 months to ride alongside me. I'll do another 15 months if he comes out here and rides alomg with me every day. I'll do 15 more months. They don't even have to pay me extra."
(Sean Smith/Guardian)

I was stationed in Turkey in the late 70's, but there the hottest day I saw was 118F. Helmet, gas mask, long sleeve fatigues and flak jacket. There were people shooting at us, but it was mostly the Kurdish PKK downtown.

Even then the politicians were pretty spineless and refused to answer out letters, because "officially" we weren't there.

Then the Iran hostage situation hit and amazingly we had bases all over Turkey.

I guess if there's one thing you can count on, it's that you can't count on politicians. Especially these Republican chickenhawks, in such a rush to go to war but afraid to go themselves.

Monday, July 02, 2007

The Real Libby Crime

There's a lot of talk about Scooter's escaping prison and Valerie Wilson. But everyone seems to miss the real crime, and threat, from a CIA operative being exposed.

Ms. Wilson (Plame) may or may not have been working undercover at the time she was revealed. But her exposure lead to the destruction of a very carefully constructed front company that was heavily involved in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and other severe threats.

This company was Brewster Jennings & Associates. Not only was the company brought to public scrutiny, but so were other CIA operatives as well as foreign nationals friendly to our cause.

Major spy networks obliterated for the selfish purposes of the Bush administration and we may never know how many lives were lost for this petty achievement. Underground weapons networks don't take kindly to spies.

In every respect the constant missteps of this administration have put us under more danger. Something that should be treated as a high crime and treason.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Pomegranate - the new Madison Avenue spin

I never much cared for pomegranates, having once lived where I had a tree in my back yard. I ate the few the birds left, but thought they were a lot of work. There's a very thick, hard skin and once you get in seeds with a thin layer of good stuff. Eat the seeds and you get an astringent taste, remove the juicy flesh and spit out the seed and it can take forever to eat a single fruit.

Now they're telling me that pomegranates are the new health food. Greater than wine or blueberries they say. Full of vitamin C, folic acid, and newly discovered antioxidants.

So I decided to try the juice and see if I could lose 20 years of hard living overnight. Going to the local store there were shelves from ceiling to floor stocked with pomegranate flavored juice.

Wait, what's this? Pomegranate flavored? Looking closer, I noticed as many as four other juices plus water.

Apple, grape, and pretty much anything that adds sweetener and is cheap. But the label shouted "POMEGRANATE" on the label.

So as always, buyer beware. And let's hope that someday all of the labeling laws will actually result in truth in labeling. It would be nice if someone were telling the truth these days.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Is it Just Me?

For some reason, since the blow up on Don Imus, I find I'm watching more Fox programs. Not that I supported what Imus said, I just didn't like his crucifixion. Don chose the wrong people to lambaste, honorable women who certainly didn't deserve it. And women without a soapbox from which to defend themselves.

Imus was like zero based budgeting, you came in with no value and had to not only stand your ground but had to take as much gorund as you could. Everyone had to. And who hasn't had a boss that wasn't exactly the same?

It wasn't that Imus was a bigot. He was just very confrontational and that's how he got the best interviews out of people. Attacked from the start people were immediately pushed off balance and didn't have time to get behind their regular speaking points wall.

Watching Sharpton was sad. Just who is it that he speaks for? Saying the black community is a single voice behind Sharpton is just as bigoted as offering chitterlings to a black person.

Gwen Ifill, someone I admire greatly, took her time on Meet the Press to work out all the anger she'd kept in since being called a Whitehouse cleaning lady. From there it went to worse as she claimed the right to decide what all Americans can and can't listen to.

MSNBC, who hasn't found a fight it can't run from since they cancelled Donahue, finally conceded and cancelled the show.

They had little choice once all of the sponsors pulled out, perhaps the one thing about this I can respect.

While the touchy feely liberals cried and held vigils, pretty much forgetting the women themselves and wailing loudly just to hear themselves, the conservatives decried the message while also rejecting the punishment. Okay they said, if you're going to limit Imus, limit everyone that says the same thing.

But no, only wasp male republicans can be excoriated for this offense. Not rappers, poets, or comedians. Er, other comedians.

So are things already tipping the other way? Have the right moved to the middle and the left to the extreme left? Are Republicans actually starting to remember that thing the Bush administration has tried so hard to strip away, civil liberties?

So goes the pendulum. So goes life.

>Save the bees.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Bolton Beats It, North Korea Comes Home

I remember years ago Ambassador John Bolton shooting off his mouth the night before talks with North Korea. The next day North Korea pulled out of the talks and went on to test nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems.

Now Johnny is gone and we hear that Christopher Hill has had a major break-through with the negotiations team.

Coincidence? I think not.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Onward to (another) War

I was listening to Senate hearings the other day. The same hearings where GOJ (Good Old Joe, Party of One) Lieberman proposed a war tax.

He started his questioning by asking General Pace if they were investigating the downing of American helicopters with what he was sure were Iranian surface to air missiles.

Now every news report has said that the helicopters were downed by small arms fire. A SAM, even a shoulder launched SAM, isn't small arms fire. Is Joey not reading the newspapers, or is he so hell bent to get us involved in another war that he's doing everything to bias news reports?

Connecticut, again I say, for shame.