This week Wictory Wednesday presents Max Burns, candidate for the US Congress in the 12th District of Georgia. He is running a tight race against Democratic incumbent John Barrow.
The Israeli war in Lebanon has shown what will happen if we pull out of Iraq: the terrorists will claim victory and emerge stronger and bolder. Max Burns understands this and supports the completion of the mission of our troops.
Max Burns believes that immigration doesn't require reform; it requires actually enforcing the laws on the books. Not enforcing the law has led to contempt for it, and before any question of guest workers can be introduced, Max believes that the rule of law needs to be reasserted in the area of immigration.
Even a GOP lead Congress can waste money! That is why earmark reform and a line item veto is all the more necessary. Max Burns believes that the GOP has gotten half of the equation right in lowering taxes… now they need to cut spending. He supports a balanced budget.
Two responses. First, though most of the article is on target, my read is that Gov. Romney still has some work to do where living down his liberal past is concerned. Secondly, not being well-known at this stage of the game isn't exactly a fatal weakness. More often than not in recent years, candidates who have been virtually unknown when they hit the campaign trail here in Iowa end up winning the caucuses- and thereupon cease to be unknown.
David Yepsen's job as the political editor of Iowa's largest newspaper- the extremely liberal Des Moines Register- guarantees him a kind of expert status when it comes to the Iowa Caucuses. Usually he fills the role quite competently.
But not with this article. Doubtless Gov. Vilsack is discouraged by the evidence a recent poll provided that Iowa Democrats aren't particularly enthralled by the idea of his running for president. And Hillary Clinton's negatives in a state whose caucuses she must win- convincingly- to maintain her status as the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2008 have got to be worrisome as well.
But the fact is that Rudy Giuliani is not going to be the Republican candidate for president, and John McCain probably won't be, either. The two Republicans who pose the greatest threat to Hillary's prospects of carrying a state which leans "blue," and which she can ill afford to lose in November, aren't going to be factors.
Our radical junior United States Senator, Tom Harkin, has been well outside the political mainstream for years. Yesterday he commented on the address to the UN General Assembly by Venezuala's clownish president, Hugo Chavez, which repeatedly described President Bush as "the devil."
Sen. Harkin considered it "incendiary and not worthy of a nation's leader." We should be thankful for small favors.
It should be noted that two other prominent Democrats not noted for their affinity for centrism- Rep. Charles Rangel of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelolsi of California- responded more appropriately.
Yes, he criticized Chavez on the ground of decorum. But the bottom line remains that Harkin sided with the buffoon from Venezuala over and against his own president. Once again, he has embarassed Iowa and the nation with his extreme and irresponsible remarks. He should be ashamed of himself- and we should …
What Walden has to say also applies- and in spades- to the political and especially the theological Left. Where "right" is defined as whatever serves the will to power, nothing but moral nihilism remains.
And to somebody who thinks that it's OK to grant legitimacy to the world's leading sponsor of state terrorism by agreeing to a meeting with as much chance of producing constructive results on Iran's nuclear plans as of resulting in the reunification of the Beatles (dead ones included), it probably doesn't.
The Bears have a passing game- and an offense- to go with the best defense in the NFL. While they haven't exactly played the NFL's elite these first two weeks, at the moment they are 2-0 with sixty points for and seven against.
We are hardly getting "mauled" in Afghanistan- though our refusal to commit the necessary resources may yet snatch defeat fromt he jaws of victory. And even in Iraq, it's a lack of leadership on the part of an administration unwilling to put the case clearly and strongly to the American people, to ask us to pay the price- and to respond with the necessary levels of force that has created the hole we've dug for ourselves. Reversing these things might yet get us out of that hole.
Cohen raves about "the administration's mauling of the truth" in its "mad rush to war." The rush took twelve years- and in case Cohen doesn't read the newspapers, not only has the Wilson/Plame/Corn slander been exposed for the falsehood it is (Wilson, not Bush, lied), but Mr. Bush's claim about Saddam seeking yellowcake in Niger has been vindicated. Moreover, Saddam- for the …
I spent most of today trying to think of something profound and moving to say about 9/11.
I thought of lots of stuff I could say. Trouble was, either I or somebody else has already said it. So no heart strings will be tugged today in this space. No great rhetoric will be attempted. I'll confine myself to an observation not so much about 9/11 or its victims or its heroes as about 9/11 and us.
"For one brief, shining moment," as Alan Jay Lerner might have put it, united we stood. America had been attacked. We forgot whether we were Republicans, Democrats, or Independents. We forgot whether we had voted for Gore or for Bush. We forgot, many of us, our instinctive distaste for New York's perceived brashness and insularity and provincialism, and the obnoxious sense of superiority to the rest of the country it often seems to project. We were all New Yorkers.
Eastern, Midwestern, Southern, Southeastern, Far Western, urban, suburban, rural- none of that mattered in the least …
Dr. Auerbach's conclusion: if he hadn't pulled out the barb, he might well have lived- but without knowing the cause of death, we can't know for sure.
His tentative hypothesis: death was probably caused by the leakage of blood from the heart into the pericardium, which the stinger probably kept under control until it was pulled out. Once the pericardium- which does not stretch easily- was filled, the resulting pressure on the heart would have quickly made it impossible for it to beat.
"Marshall Field's," proclaims a British website I visited recently, "is Chicago." And in a very real sense, it was.
But no more. After a series of acquisitions by out-of-town companies beginning in 1982, its current owner- Macy's- decided to end the franchise and put its own name on the remaining Marshall Field's stores. Yesterday- Saturday, September 9, 2006- Marshall Field's faded into history.
Field's was always the real center of gravity on State Street, even though geographically Randolph is a little north of Madison. In Chicago and throughout the Midwest, it was the "classy" department store. Every Christmas, I opened many boxes with the familiar cursive logo on them; it was a good bet that my more upscale relatives would have done their Christmas shopping there, and Mom and Dad usually turned out on Christmas morning to have made a stop or two at State and Randolph themselves. Mom actually worked there for a while, when my sis…
There is a long and tawdry history of below the belt political attacks in American history. Bill Clinton, for one, was the victim of quite a few. But never before has anyone- even Ronald Reagan- been subjected to a constant and diverse torrent of childish, petulant, and just plain sick abuse as the current POTUS.
This makes a total of four- which are not proudly displayed in the right-hand column of this blog only because IE has the irritating habit of dropping everything in that column down to the bottom of the page if much more than is already there is displayed.
And whence the presumption on the part of so many non-veterans in the media that they are remotely qualified to discuss the war, if they insist that those who disagree with them must be veterans in order to do so?
Medical ethics- and debates about the propriety of killing them by withholding water and nourishment- have generally accepted as a given that "vegetative" patients have no higher cerebral function after all, and don't really respond to their surroundings other than on a very primitive level.
It's an old- and controversial- technique: inventing scenes which never literally happened in order to illustrate decisions which the individuals portrayed in the scenes did actually make. It provides an opportunity for the makers of those decisions to confuse the factuality of the scene with the factuality of the decisions, and thus get off the hook.
Purely fictional incidents should not be broadcast, even for the purpose of "dramatizing" decisions actually made and directions actually taken by the Clinton administration. As one commenter has pointed out, that was the direction …
ABC is airing a drama about the buildup to 9/11 which makes the Clinton Administration look bad.
The Democrats- including former members of that administration and some of the more partisan members of the 9/11 Commission- are whining. Some of them actually claim that the drama is actually biased in favor of the Bush Administration!
Right. That Republican bias the networks are so famous for strikes again!
ADDENDUM: Apparently- to the satisfaction of objective people with more information than I- the incident dramatized in the program never literally happened. It isn't simply a matter of a convenient denial by Berger and Albright.
The Democrats were right to complain- and ABC was right to remove the segment. But the Democrats have no right to browbeat ABC into removing story elements which rightly point to the Clinton administration's serious culpability in the events leading up to 9/11, and hopefully ABC will not let them.
TIME's Joe Klein continues to insist on the absurdities that the UN inspections in Iraq were working before the invasion (any cooperation Saddam extended Hans Blix was because of the threat of invasion- even Jacques Chirac admitted as much- and would have ebbed with that threat), and that Saddam had no WMD's (we've found quite a few- and there are indications that far more were smuggled out of the country in the weeks leading up to the war). No surprise there.
"It's not the going in that causes the damage, it's the coming out where those deep serrations kind of pull on the flesh, and you end up with a jagged tear which is quite a pronounced injury," commented Dr. Bryan Fry of the Australian Venom Research Unit.
Traditionally, aking deals with terrorists isn't supposed to be something the Israelis even consider. Certainly it rewards the practice of kidnapping Israelis. As glad as we all would be for Shalit to be safe, I wonder whether this decision is going to come back and bite the Israelis.
Mark Twain once wrote that the prospect of being hanged concentrates one's mind wonderfully.
Similarly, the possibility of being wiped off the face of the map in an act of genocide promised by its enemies for over half a century spares Israel the psychic angst of deciding whether or not to do whatever is necessary to defend itself and its people.
As a former employee of a contractor for Northrop Grumman, I would rather that they had won. But NASA announced on Thursday that it had selected Lockheed Martin as prime contractor for the new Orion spacecraft, which will both serve as a replacement for the Space Shuttle and as a successor to the Apollo craft when the time comes for us to return to the moon.
Wages aren't going up, and employers are cutting back on fringe benefits- including one of the basic necessities, health insurance. This is not a scenario which lends to a perception of prosperity. And for those of us without health insurance, it is also a scenario which attacks our quality of life in a direct, obvious, and deadly serious way: it often means going without needed medications and maybe even basic health care.
As resistant as I am to the notion of single-payer national healthcare such as Canada and Great Britain have (Canadians, for example, die waiting for routine diagnostic tests their system simply can't make widely available; every system rations health care in some way). something is going to have to be done to ensure that …