Hint to Rolling Stone
You're showing your irrelevance.
Strutting and fretting in an insane world.
You're showing your irrelevance.
Here it's BYU against the University of Utah. BYU is playing pretty well, but Utah is just better coached. They don't make the mental mistakes that BYU seems to, although BYU has picked off Alex Smith twice. Even though my team is losing by 17 in the fourth quarter, I won't feel too badly about losing to Utah, which will break the BCS lockout of the smaller conferences. The Mountain West Conference and the WAC play good football, but the BCS system reserves the big bucks for the big audiences, not necessarily for the best teams. It isn't the size of the players or the budget of the athletics program. BYU and Utah have been playing against each other for over 100 years, so it isn't the tradition. Coaches like LaVell Edwards, whose offensive coordinator Norm Chow is now calling plays for USC, Urban Meyer and Dan Hawkins have proven that they can play with the best in the country, which is more impressive since they don't have the recruiting power that teams in the BCS do.
Herbert E. Meyer politely asks the Old World, "Are you nuts?"
We believe that rights must be balanced by responsibilities, that personal freedom is a privilege we must be careful not to abuse, and that the rule of law cannot be set aside when it becomes inconvenient.. . .
We recognize that other people see things differently, and we are tolerant of their views. But we believe that our country is worth defending, and if anyone decides that killing us is an okay thing to do we will go after them with everything we�ve got.. . .
It is your abandonment of these beliefs that has created the gap between Europe and the United States. You have ceased to be a Judeo-Christian culture . . ..
Your rate of marriage is at an all-time low, and the number of abortions in Europe is at an all-time high. Indeed, your birth rates are so far below replacement levels that in 30 years or so there will be 70 million fewer Europeans alive than are alive today. Europe is literally dying. And of the children you do manage to produce, all too few will be raised in stable, two-parent households.
Your economy is stagnant because your government regulators make it just about impossible for your entrepreneurs to succeed . . ..
And your armed forces are a joke. With the notable exception of Great Britain, you no longer have the military strength to defend yourselves. Alas, you no longer have the will to defend yourselves.
What worries me even more than all this is your willful blindness.. . .
Dave Barry explains why not. Most newspaper articles on blogs are hatchet jobs like the one Barry links to, but journalists who care about the quality of their work should welcome the criticism they get from blogs. They constantly tell us that we need freedom of the press to keep the government honest. By that argument, wouldn't the same thing be true of bloggers keeping a skeptical eye on the press itself? I think so, and the fury of journalists being challenged suggests that this is long overdue.
It's starting appear that the Democrats' lock on the MSM will hurt it in re-establishing a connection with Red State majorities. Jim Geraghty, back posting at Kerry Spot, is rounding up every tantrum posted by liberal writers and they aren't helping their cause. It seems that they prefer feeling superior and wallowing in it to winning elections. It pretty well confirms all negative stereotypes of liberals as arrogant scolds who don't live up to their own avowed ideals. Not only that, but they're crybabies and whiners. If this is the result of New Deal thinking, we're much better off without it. This exhibition should be a warning to everyone who thinks these people are more enlightened, intellectual or intelligent that the rest of us. They really do think they're better and more entitled. Remember that before you vote for another Democrat.
isn't worth the time it takes to read his childish rants. Vanity Fair is no longer an ironic name for his magazine.
I just saw clips from this interview of Bill Clinton by Peter Jennings. It just reminded me of how fortunate we are to have George W. Bush in the White House. Clinton feels sorry for himself, even as he maintains with a bitter sneer that "he doesn't care about what his detractors think about him." When Jennings contradicted him, his eyes narrowed,
You don't want to go here, Peter. You don't want to go here. Not after what you people did and the way you, your network, what you did with Kenneth Starr. The way your people repeated every, little sleazy thing he leaked. No one has any idea what that's like.It's hard to feel sorry for a guy who doesn't seem to get the fact that he embarrassed every parent in America because he couldn't keep his pants up in the Oval Office. Is that really too much to ask of the man at the head of the country (No pun intended.)?
The WaPo is in dutch with its black employees for promoting a white man to its number 2 editorial post. It's also announced measures it hopes will stop its declining circulation.
Downie told staffers that the paper has made strides to increase newsroom diversity in recent years, and said that of the paper's 30 to 40 top editors, "white males are in the minority." But he said the paper needs to hire more minorities and to improve its coverage of the area's increasingly diverse population.I could give them a hint, but if they don't know how Fox News became No. 1 in cable news and sometimes beating CBS in the ratings, nothing I can say would help. I would be more likely to read the Washinton Post if I thought there might be more than a predictable liberal spin in its reporting. Apparently, diversity doesn't include political diversity.
This column should be required reading for all conservatives. John Podhoretz is pointing out a disturbing phenomenon that could cost Republicans their hard won gains.
In an effort to avoid offending grinches, the school district of South Orange and Maplewood, NJ has ruled out students performing any music related to a religious holiday. This is what passes for diversity, today. I'm sure it will help students understand and respect other religious traditions.
Not being a hypocrite counts. Roger L. Simon has a case in point, of liberals turning racist in their criticisms of Condoleeza Rice. Be sure to read the comments. Roger's blog is as valuable for the high quality of his commenters as for his own posts.
Is Rick Santorum qualified to represent PA? Apparently his family resided in Leesburg, Virginia. His home in PA, which is where he is registered to vote, is rented by someone else.
Jonathan Chait (rhymes with "hate") calls Bush "a demonstrably failed president." What does that make Al Gore and John Kerry?
After suitable humiliation, including reading a written pledge not to block conservative measures he may disagree with, Specter gets his chairmanship. I'm being sarcastic. I don't think this sideshow was necessary, and it may still come back to bite conservatives.
The new copyright law may make it illegal to skip commercials.
If I'd been asked about the case of the Marine shown shooting an apparently disabled, apparent insurgent in Fallujah, I'd have called attention to the fact that other Marines have been blown up and killed in similar circumstances, and added, "Are you nuts?"
The Final Solution was a bust, but post-war prosperity and political correctness are doing a number on the Germans themselves.
Bush plans tax code overhaul. Gee, I think I heard this during the convention. The real question is whether it will get anywhere. Congress is built on such a scaffolding of corporate welfare that I doubt that anybody can really do much in simplifying the IRS Code if it would cost big business and rich people their favorite tax loopholes. Democrats get a lot of money from big business, especially when you include big labor and the special interest lobbies as just another type of business. P. J. O'Rourke had it right when he called Congress a Parliament of Whores. I think we have to accept that, and quit allowing politicians to shine us on with silly campaign finance reforms that don't really reduce the influence of big donors. Or has it been too long since the last campaign? The lucky ones were we in the "safe" states, because the big 527 organizations and national campaigns spent all their money in the "battleground" states. And Kerry still wound up with $22,000,000 in his accounts.
I'm with James Lileks on this one. No one has shown me any evidence that the Salvation Army has been damaged because it won't be allowed to have it's Santa Clauses outside of Target Stores. I'm not exactly a Target partisan, since there isn't a Target within 100 miles of where I live. I just think that crusades like this one are pointless and bullying. I thought conservatives believed in property rights.
The belongings of Wassef Ali Hassoun, the Marine who went missing in June, /have been discovered by troops in Fallujah. Hassoun later turned up in Lebanon.
Kerry's campaign ended up with fifteen million bucks in the bank, plus another $7 million for legal and compliance expenses. Apparently, some Democrats are upset that he didn't spend it all or donate it to other Democrats. Some think he's saving it for 2008. I think he should donate it to buy more armor for the troops in Iraq, but, in any case, confusion to him and his party!
There's a woman singer by that name whose song, "The Blue Train," I really like. But I'm really regretting ever spending money on her albums. She's as airheaded and silly as the lyrics of her first hit, Different Drum. I don't think I'll be buying her latest. I just don't think I'd enjoy it, knowing what an idiot she is. She's as dumb now as she was in the sixties.
(Via Roger L. Simon): The payments for Palestinian suicide killers' families were coming from the Oil for Food Fund. Kofi must go. In fact, the U.N. must go. It's a contamination.
Hard times for terrorists, but you have to go overseas to read it. This won't be in the NYTimes or the LATimes.
Lileks: "If Patton were alive today he�d be slapping civilians."
Bill Gertz reports that outside investigators hired by the U.N. to assist its look into the Oil For Food scandal are frustrated by the U.N. unwillingness to follow leads they have given the board conducting the review. Annan should go, fast.
when you keep peddling unserious ideas? Here are more candidates for the B-Ark (check the entry for Golgafrincham). Here's a goal for NASA: build some really big B-Arks and start launching them regularly.
If you're fretting over the photo of the Marine smoking a cigarette, here's a reality check. I'm glad to say I'm normal (I think)
Apparently, when you buy an X-Box game unit, you still don't own it. At least, if you've modified it to run any other software, like Linux, you'll be booted off Microsoft's online gaming site.
It's resignation season, but the DOT secretary isn't leaving? He should be fired for his insistence on searching children and old ladies while imposing fines if the airlines question more than 2 young Arab-appearing men.
Apparently, guerillas tend to avoid direct confrontations with our military. It seems that they prefer to melt into the background and re-emerge elsewhere. Thanks to Reuters for this analysis.
Atlantis has been discovered again.
Finally, a protestor does something to raise the level of debate.
John Kerry may not have received an honorable discharge, after all. "The 'honorable discharge' on the Kerry Web site appears to be a Carter administration substitute for an original action expunged from Mr. Kerry's record,. . .." My faith has been shattered. This should have come out back in February.
James Carville: "The only politician in America I know with a mandate is Jim McGreevey."--James Carville, Meet the Press, Nov. 14
David von Drehle writes:
Half a century after the triumph of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark desegregation case, reliance on constitutional lawsuits to achieve policy goals has become a wasting addiction among American progressives.He's right, and that could be the ultimate key to the whole "values voter" issue. American's expect democracy, not court-imposed dictates overruling it.
This is the best advice I've seen for Democrats on how to deal with "values voters." I expect it will be ignored, because it would cause too many defections.
when they cast doubt on the election results. Of course, they probably don't care for the ones who point out their stupidity. Harumphing about making the election system reliable is just another one of those CYA memos we've heard about lately, a way to give support to the unsupportable with plausible deniability. There have been "irregularities" in elections since they began. People screw up their ballots. Some get miscounted. Some fraud occurs in spots. Republicans don't do corruption very well, as Watergate demonstrated. To really steal an election you need Democrats.
Bush is said to be cleansing the CIA of people who have been trying to sabotage his policies. Better late than never. If there's one agency the president must be able to trust it's the CIA. Without trustworthy information, he can't make policy. The Pentagon can resist but it has a different culture--one in which you take orders or you don't get promoted. It can't be driven by political vendettas, it must not be used as a PR tool, but it must serve the president by supplying correct and current information and analysis. If CIA people start leaking to the media, they lose the president's confidence and they become ineffective. I'm sure a lot of the current crew came in during the Clinton era, and have no love for Bush. If they can't be professional, they should leave. It's like war. The officers who are in place when the fight begins may be good in a peacetime army, but if they can't fight the enemy, they get by-passed, or should, in favor of people like Grant, Sherman and Patton.
I think that Mitt Romney might make a run for president in 2008. If so, the first thing you'll read about him is that he's a "teetotaling Mormon." The link is about Harry Reid, who is LDS and now Senate Minority Leader. I guess it is possible to be a good Mormon and a Democrat, Utah politics notwithstanding. So is this now a Mormon cabal to control the government? It'll probably be painted that way at some point. There's an old prophecy attributed to Joseph Smith, but of uncertain provenance, that someday the Constitution will be preserved by the elders of the church when it is hanging by a thread. I don't think this is it. I've never been too fond of Senator Hatch, who is a reliable water-carrier for the Republicans, but not much else. I vote for him only because the Democrats here keep nominating welfare state liberals.
someone responsible is in charge when the big guy goes down temporarily.
Democrats suffer from projection. Those now talking about secession and leaving the country are the same ones who demanded freedom of speech in the 1960s but when they got authority proceeded to deny it to students and faculty under their thumb.
Chris McDonald in a letter to the editor observes that a lot of the same people who were indignant that anyone would impugn their patriotism are now talking about seceding or leaving the country. Makes you wonder what they though patriotism means.