Here's more on the trouble Ron Paul (speaking of conservatism's extremist fringe) is having with the Tea Party Movement, which- as previously reported here- wants him defeated in the Republican primary.
Conservatism became a respectable political movement back when William F. Buckley led a (excuse the expression) reaction against the John Birch Society and other extremist elements back in the 'Sixties and Seventies.
Not surprising, politicians having strong survival instincts, that somebody was found to run against Culver. Whethr Narcisse can beat him in a primary remains to be seen. So does whether Narcisse would do much better than Culver against Terry Branstad in November. I have my doubts. But can you imagine Iowa having an African American governor?HT: The Beanwalker
Cristobal Huet lost his role as the Blackhawks' starting goalie to rookie Antti Niemi before the Olympic break. Rumors have been flying ever since that the Hawks- a solid Stanley Cup threat whose only real weakness is a lack of experience in goal- might be about to make a deal.
One possibility has Huet going back to the Montreal Canadians for young Jaraslav Halek, a future star who unfortunately lacks the playoff experience the Hawks are looking for. But I'm not sure that I can think of anybody who has had such depth in the crease as Halek and Niemi would give the Blackhawks since they themselves briefly had Eddie Belfour and Dominic Hasek back in the 'Nineties. Huet- not a French Canadian, but a French Frenchman, actually born in France- would nonetheless fit in well in a city where Gallic names come naturally.
The Dallas Stars are reportedly trying to move Marty Turco. Don't go there, Mr. Bowman.
I was following the game on the live blog over at the Vancouver Canucks' site. Looks like Slovakia gave them all they could handle, and had Canada pretty much on the ropes there at the end. Roberto Luongo in goal bailed them out.
Canada and the United States playing for the gold is absolutely great for hockey. Whatever happened Sunday night- or today- I still see Canada as the favorite. I'm hoping, of course, for a U.S. victory, but if we have to lose, I'm glad it will be to the Canadians.
This is fun in itself, simply for the point it makes about Keith Olbermann's hypocrisy. But for an additional hoot, try following his logic in the included rant on how the Tea Party folks must be racists because there aren't enough African Americans among them.
I do think Keith's conscience needs to hire a spell checker, though...
In 2008, businessman Bob Vanderplaats was one of Mike Huckabee's major supporters here in Iowa. Now Vanderplaats is running for governor- and Huckabee is repaying that loyalty, having endorsed Vanderplaats for the job and campaigning for him here.
Huck's recent visit to the state that ignited his 2008 presidential bid has, however, raised two problems for his hopes for a repeat victory in the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. First, Vanderplaats is probably going to lose the primary to former Gov. Terry Branstad, who will almost certainly go on to defeat unpopular incumbent Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in November (the polls currently show Branstad leading Culver by anywhere from 16 to 20 points; Vanderplaats also leads Culver, though his lead is within most polls' margin of error).
One wonders whether Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid et al are listening. HT: Drudge Meanwhile, in a seperate poll by Fox News and Opinion Research on a related subject, the American people say that they would rather have a smaller government providing fewer services than a larger government providing more.
There's a new Daily Kospoll out on the Senate and gubernatorial races in Illinois- both thought to be up for grabs in that deep blue state- that is good news for the nationally-besieged Democratic party, and bad news for Republicans Mark Kirk, Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady.
In the race for President Obama's old Senate seat, Democratic State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias leads Congressman Kirk 43-36. Meanwhile, Democratic Governor Pat Quinn(who succeeded to the office upon the impeachment and conviction of his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich), leads in his race for election in his own right over State Senator Dillard by 46-35, and over State Senator Brady by 47-32. The Republican primary race was so close that the winner is not yet known for certain; on election night, Brady led Dillard by a mere 400 votes.
Yes, the far Left blog Daily Kos is responsible for the poll -and yes, none of these leads are unsurmountable. But at a moment when Illinois' once-proud GOP has been basking i…
The mindlessly anti- Muslim mood which has infected many in the West recently manifested itself in an incredible display of religious bigotry by- of all people- the Swiss.
Switzerland voted to ban the construction of new minarets in the country. The function of these towers, customarily attached to mosques, is to call the faithful to prayer. The logic behind the ban, which was adopted in a national referendum, was simple: discourage Islam.
Citizens of a nation such as ours, which takes it for granted that people have a right even to religious beliefs with which we may disagree and that the State ought he not to take sides among the various religions practiced by a country's people, under ordinary circumstances would disapprove of the kind of religious bigotry displayed by the Swiss. But in the wake of 9/11, even Americans are forgetting their own values and making Islam an exception to the rule that the religious beliefs of others ought to be tolerated even if we disagree with them.
I detect a note of resignation in the statements quoted in the story linked to above. Resignation is the last thing we need- or can afford. The notions that history is on the side of collectivism and totalitarianism, and that America's hour has passed, are both simply unsupportable.
The forces which bring about our fear of China's continued rise and America's continued decline are very real. They constitute a greater threat to everything we hold dear than we faced in World War II or the Cold War. This needs to be America's finest hour- and the hour in which we refuse to accept taking second place on the world stage to a country ruled by the most evil regime this planet has ever known.
Every once in a while Leftist German publication Der Speigel sees an issue with a clarity which its sometimes distorted view of the United States, its aspirations, its values, and its works ill-prepares us for. A good example is its look at the arrogance of what I would argue is the greatest economic and military threat the West has ever faced- far greater than that posed by either Hitler or the Soviet Union in the past, and even by Islamic radicalism today: an increasingly wealthy, powerful, influential, unspeakably repressive, and very cocky China.
J.D. Hayworth may be an ideological true believer, but he's not worthy to carry John McCain's briefcase.
McCain may not fit all the litmus tests Rush would confront him with. But he's something worth having around in American politics: a genuine conservative in the British sense, who is about tradition, honor, and country first, and ideology second.
"What's going on" is a subject far larger than the current standards of Right-wing orthodoxy. Among the things that are "going on" in America right now is a crying need for people just like John McCain, who can transcend ideology and seek common ground with those outside the conservative fold. Only with the help of John McCain and his ilk can the polarization which may well be the greatest single long-term threat to our democracy be blunted, and Americans begin once more to think less in terms of red or blue than of red, white and blue.
John McCain is an American first, and an ideologue secon…
This morning I was thinking, for some reason, of the Florida Supreme Court's bizarre decision in the Bush v. Gore case- the one in which it decided, among other things: 1) that the legal test for the intent of the voter, for which Florida law provided a very specific test (at least two corners of the chad had to be punched out), the intent of the voter- was actually... well, the intent of the voter, with no particular test employed; and 2) which authorized a process notoriously both less reliable and more susceptible to fraud and manipulation- the manual recount- as the remedy for questions of about the integrity of an automated count supervised by the very people who had done the first count, and would also do the second.
These were intelligent men and women, trained in the law and demonstrably more capable than the average bear of logical thought. Yet their bias in the case was so pervasive- and doubtless so unconscious- that the…
According to Dr. Brian Williams of the South African Center for Epidemiological Modeling and Analysis, checking everyone for AIDS vigorously administering anti-retroviral treatment (ART) tho those found to be infected with HIV could eliminate the disease within 40 years.
Ron Paul and his anti-Semitic legions aside, here's a brief account of the facts concerning another chronic embarrassment to conservatives: the lunatic fringe group known as "birthers," who are the the Right's equivalent to the "Truther" nut jobs who claim that George W. Bush was responsible for 9/11.
I'm proud of our guys, but I take no pleasure in Canada losing. This has got to be a really tough loss to take. In fact, I doubt that many Americans realize just how tough.
While the U.S. has won its pool, and gets a bye in the first elimination round, Canada is not out of the tournament. The Canadians simply have to win the rest of their games. I would not be surprised to see these two teams play each other again. Nor would I be surprised if Canada still ended up winning the gold. Talent-wise, they're a better team than ours, and they will certainly be motivated in any re-match. The US has to hope that there isn't one.
Assists for Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks on two of the Canadian goals.
And once again, the NBC management- authors of the Conan O'Brien-Jay Leno fiasco- end up with egg all over their faces for the incredibly dumb decision to bump this game from their network and relegate it to MSNBC.
One of the joys of my stay in the Washington, D.C. area a few years ago was working the night shift at a site which allowed me such access to the fauna of Northern Virginia.
The Independence Center of Northrop-Grumman/TASC in Chantilly is on the edge of the metropolitan area. Manassas and the Bull Run battle sites are nearby. So is the Annex to the National Air and Space Museum, and Dulles Airport a short distance beyond that. But museums and airports aside,the area is not exactly what you'd call urban. And sitting in my chair in the lobby of the glass building, it was quite common for foxes, deer, and other critters usually somewhat shy of humans to come so close that I could almost touch them, without their ever knowing that I was there.
One night I was surrounded by a family of no less than seven deer- a buck with nice, big antlers, a couple of does, and four fawns. At one point they congregated right in front of me, no more than ten or fifteen yards away, on a slight rise in fro…
This is an excellent argument for not taking anything that happens at the conference seriously. It is also an excellent argument for not taking at least 31% of the people who are attending the conference seriously.
If there were a snowball's chance in Tartarus of Paul actually being elected president, that would constitute a threat to our national security beside which al Quaeda would look like the American Legion.
Rep. Paul may or may not be a native of Planet Earth. Most of his supporters clearly are not. But even if he meets constitutional requirement that our Chief Executive be a native-born American (which would seem to imply also being a native-born Terran), neither Paul nor his supporters live on the same planet with the rest of us.
Today- the First Sunday in Lent- is called Invocavit on the traditional Lutheran calendar, from the introit for the day, taken from Psalm 91:15. Since "v" can look like a "b" in some Old English scripts (the kind that often get used in bulletins and even lectionaries) it is sometimes misspelled "Invocabit."
Or not. I believe "v" and "b" in Latin also bear something of the same relationship as "v" and "w" bear in German and many Slavic languages. If it's spelled one way, it's probably pronounced the other. This, too, can account for the variation in spellings. I hope if Dr. Eric Phillips, who has helped me on previous occasions with my Latin, reads this entry, he'll set me straight once again.
In any case, "Invocabit" struck me as amusing when I was growing up, since it conjured up clearly inappropriate images of the pastor looking at his watch before making the Sign of the Cross and speaking the…
Here is a picture of the Dalai Lama being hustled out the back door of the White House- past the Obama's garbage. The bullies in Bejing, you see regard the very act of President Obama meeting with him as interference in China's internal affairs.
Reporters were kept away from the event. Could this administration's foreign policy be any more craven?
Any way you look at the new PPP poll in North Carolina, the preferences of the state's voters at this early stage of the 2012 Republican presidential sweepstakes can be summed up in two words: Mike Huckabee.
China, of course, occupies Tibet, and the exiled Buddhist leader is a nationalist symbol there. That being the case, any acknowledgment of the Dalai Lama at all upsets the tyrants in Bejing, poor dears. And we can't have that, can we?
After all, if the President of the United States were to publicly embrace the leader of a nation occupied by bloodthirsty foreigners, he might give the impression that Americans were in favor of freedom, or something.
While I'd caution against making too much of this- Reagan's numbers weren't that great at this point in his first term, and he won re-election in a landslide- this is one more sign that BHO is a great deal more vulnerable than anybody could have imagined in the orgy of media sycophancy which surrounded his election and inauguration.
One thing seems certain: if he couldn't get his agenda through with the current Congress, he's unlikely to make much more progress with the next one. That being the case, it will be hard for him to make a case that he should be re-elected in 2012 even to his ideological soul-mates on the Left, who are already showing signs of strong dissatisfaction.
Here's an excellent column by Charles Krauthammer in which he points out that in abandoning the Constellation spacecraft/booster system, President Obama has not only given Russia a monopoly in manned space flight (until the Chinese join them in dominating a field we once led, but now have abandoned), but- Administration rhetoric to the contrary- has effectively cut the ground out from under any attempt by NASA to put together a viable program to send humans to Mars in the future.
The job of taking over manned space flight, as Krauthammer points out,is simply beyond the capabilities of the private sector. But the public sector in Russia, China and India will undoubtedly do quite well in taking their nations far beyond us in space, thanks to the stunning short-sightedness of the current administration.
Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy challenged us to go to the moon, "not because (it was) easy, but because (it was) hard." Barack Obama has now made going to Mars impossible. W…
Charles Krauthammer- as usual- hits the nail on the head, this time as regards President Obama's decision to effectively withdraw the United States from manned spaceflight and grant the Russians a monopoly in space- that is, until the Chinese and the Indians join them.
Notable quotes: "Of course, the administration presents the abdication as a great leap forward: Launching humans will be turned over to the private sector, while NASA's efforts will be directed toward landing on Mars.
"This is nonsense. It would be swell for private companies to take over launching astronauts. But they cannot do it. It's too expensive. It's too experimental. And the safety standards for getting people up and down reliably are just unreachably high.
"Sure, decades from now there will be a robust private space-travel industry. But that is a long time. In the interim, space will be owned by Russia and then China. The president waxes seriously nationalist at the thought of China …
With the possible exception of Ronald Reagan- who merits no more than a mention- none of the people mentioned in this Presidents' Day poll deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Abraham Lincoln.
Well, maybe FDR and LBJ and Harry Truman and Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington and Tom Jefferson also deserve a mention. But no more than that. And to even mention John Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter or George W. Bush as one's all-time favorite president would bespeak very low standards indeed.
Any way you look at it, this poll is bad news. That anybody- much less the percentages of the American people indicated- prefer Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, or even Ronald Reagan to our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, is a joke.
Clinton was no more than a reasonably competent jerk. Jack Kennedy was a flashy mediocrity who accomplished nothing- and as big a jerk as Clinton. Obama shows every indication of being a failure as president. Of the alternatives mentioned in the poll, only Washington and Reagan and FDR and maybe Truman and Jefferson are fit to be even mentioned in the same breath as Lincoln. And even they don't really come close.
Apparently we are a people remarkable either for our historical ignorance, or for our bad taste in presidents.
I've always had a high opinion of former Sen. Birch Bayh, the father of Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) During the elder Bayh's career in the Senate, he was known as a man of genuine integrity- so much so that when producer David Levinson was looking for real-life senators upon which to model Hal Holbrook's idealistic, honest Sen. Hays Stowe for the old TV series The Bold Ones, he was one of a handful of senators upon whom the character was based. Interestingly, in the series Sen. Stowe was himself the son of a senator from an unnamed Midwestern state
While I disagree with him on certain issues, the current Sen. Bayh- who was briefly rumored as President Obama's running mate in 2008, and surely would have been a better choice than Joe Biden- has always struck me as cut from the same cloth. Today he made a very Hays Stowe-like move. In fact, it was the very move Stowe made in the pilot for the series, A Clear and Present Danger (not to be confused with the movie based on the Tom…
Professor Phil Jones, the former director of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, also admits there are serious doubts as to whether the pattern of warming claimed by climate alarmists is unprecedented after all.
Moreover, about two thirds of Iowans say that Culver doesn't deserve another term.
With the popular Sen. Chuck Grassley heading the ticket and Culver facing what will be to say the least an uphill battle for re-election (especially if his opponent is the popular Branstad, as I strongly expect), it looks like a Republican year in what has in recent years tended to be a Democratic state.
We don't know whether St. Valentine's Day celebrates St. Valentine, or another saint of the same name.That is to say, there are several saints named "Valentine" bouncing around in church history. Valentine the Presbyter, whose feast day we celebrate on February 14 in the West (his feast day in the East is July 6), is so poorly attested that he hasn't been officially on the Roman Catholic calendar since 1969.
The legend, though, is that when the warlike Emperor Claudius II forbade marriage among the young men of Rome due to his difficulty in attracting new recruits, Valentine defied him and continued to perform weddings. Marriage, after all, is a divine institution, and society's most basic, as well as a necessary remedy to sexual concupiscence. He simply could not in good conscience honor the imperial edict.
Valentine was arrested and imprisoned. According to the legend, his jailer had a daughter who was intelligent, but blind. Her name was Julia, and her fath…
For members of the MSM to be in denial about its own behavior is pretty much the normal state of affairs. But sometimes the denial is so outrageous that it's hard to tell from the outside whether it's denial, or just outright lying.
Of course the media hate Sarah Palin. Their snarkiness where she is concerned couldn't possibly be more... well, snarky. Nor could their denial of that fact be more transparently dishonest, whether consciously or not.
There are those who maintain that the increasing military power and profile of the most bloodthirsty regime in human history- that of China, which has murdered over one hundred million of its own people, and makes Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany both look bush league in comparison- are benign, and nothing in particular to worry about.
Thank you for explaining that to us, Mr. Vice-President. Otherwise nobody would have realized it.
Nobody on this planet, anyway.
BTW, Joe... what planet are you from?
Meanwhile, watch White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs try to justify Biden's remarks... bearing in mind that every single "accomplishment" he attributes to Barack Obama actually was accomplished by George W. Bush:
It seems that there's a billboard outside Wyoming, Minnesota bearing a likeness of former President George W. Bush and the caption, "Miss me yet?"
This story gives me a chuckle. So does the awkward attempt of this entry on the NPR blog to find an explanation for the billboard- however implausible- that would make the people responsible intend to criticize Bush rather than President Obama
I did a double take this morning while reading the Des Moines Register- not, as usual, while scanning the editorial page, but while perusing the news section.
One of the articles on the second page was headed, 'CHINCHILLA EXPECTED TO WIN PRESIDENCY.' I instantly smelled a rat. At first, I assumed that I'd misread the headline. But no. It read the same the second time as the first.
Then I assumed that it reported some frat boy joke somewhere, though I couldn't imagine why a student government election deserved such prominent coverage. When I actually read the article, however, I learned that Laura Chinchilla was leading in her race to become Costa Rica's first female president- a race she eventually won.