The FBI and IRS have searched the home of Republican Sen. Ted Stevens in a ski resort in Alaska as part of an investigation into his links with an oil-services company, officials said on Monday.
“The FBI and IRS are conducting a court-authorized search warrant in Girdwood, Alaska,” an FBI spokesman said in Washington, but gave no further details.
Stevens is the subject of a grand-jury investigation into his links with managers of VECO Corp., the state’s largest oil-services company, as well as numerous unrelated fisheries matters.
In May, Bill Allen, then the chief executive of VECO, along with a vice president, Rick Smith, pleaded guilty to several federal corruption charges. The two admitted paying over $400,000 to bribe Alaska lawmakers.
Allen had been a financial supporter of Stevens’ campaigns and a partner with him on a race horse. He also oversaw the a project to remodel Stevens’ Girdwood home in 2000, vetting bills and construction work.
The Anchorage Daily News has reported that contractors who worked on the remodeling of Stevens’ home had their records subpoenaed by the federal grand jury.
Don’t get so giddy, Dems. Your side’s hands aren’t exactly clean these days, either:
From Jack Murtha’s lips to God’s ear. Take your pick: Tom Coburn’s snazzy multicolored chart or N.Z. Bear’s bullet points of death. Despite the unusually bipartisan blogospheric coverage of the secret hold last year, despite the numerous unflattering stories since about Democrats not doing enough to trim pork, despite Murtha’s embarrassing threat against Mike Rogers and the subsequent “lost earmark,” despite all the windage about their allegedly exacting ethical standards, despite a public approval rating that’s in the toilet and circling the drain, they felt comfortable enough to take one of their few genuine legislative accomplishments and tear it to pieces. Why? Because this isn’t a “sexy” issue and they know the public won’t pay attention to it, blog and (cursory) media coverage notwithstanding. Same as with the bankruptcy bill last year.
Just in case they want to escape scrutiny should they ever decide to do what Stevens did?
UPDATE (7/31/2007 – 6:14 P.M. EST): Rush asks an excellent question, in light of the Ted Stevens raid:
The only thing I’m waiting for out there is, when is the raid on Searchlight, Nevada? There’s a prominent US Senator that lives there, and there have been countless stories in the Los Angeles Times about shady land deals with his sons who are lobbyists and so forth. We are speaking here, of course, of the exalted Dingy Harry. So while they’re raiding Ted Stevens, where’s the raid in Searchlight, Nevada?
Actually, more like “euphemism of the day”, from the Washington Times:
Mexico is calling on the United States to alter a plan to expand border fences designed to stem illegal immigration, saying the barriers would threaten migratory species accustomed to roaming freely across the frontier.
Such “migratory species accustomed to roaming freely across the frontier” include birds, insects, bears…and illegal aliens! But I’m just sure that our amigos to the South are only looking at it from an environmental standpoint, right?
As much as the politicians are bellyaching about “windfall profits”, perhaps they should look at GM for “gouging”, huh? From Motown:
General Motors Corp., the largest U.S. automaker, reported an $891-million profit for the second quarter of the year, driven by strong sales in emerging global markets and reduced costs from its restructuring efforts.
“We again saw improved results in sales, income and cash flow this quarter, driven by the continued successful implementation of our business strategies,” said Rick Wagoner, GM chairman and chief executive officer.
Nonsense! This is clearly a case of gouging the little guy, and we should teach these greedy b#stards a lesson: success in America will NOT be tolerated, and the proper remedy is confiscatory taxes. Get Durbin the Turban on this, pronto.
For those of you on the left, the above was sarcasm.
Club Gitmo is so much of a torturous hellhole that…a jihadist is suing to stay there! From FNC:
An inmate of Guantanamo Bay who spends 22 hours each day in an isolation cell is fighting for the right to stay in the notorious internment camp.
Ahmed Belbacha fears that he will be tortured or killed if the United States goes ahead with plans to return him to his native Algeria.
The London Times reported that Belbacha, who lived in Britain for three years, has filed an emergency motion at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., asking for his transfer out of Guantanamo to be halted. He was cleared for release from Camp Delta in February and his lawyers believe that his return to Algerian custody is imminent.
Belbacha says that if he returns to Algeria, he faces the threat of torture by security services and murder by Islamist terrorists.
“Ahmed is being held in camp six, the harshest part of Guantanamo,” he said. “His cell is all steel, there are no windows, he is not allowed to communicate with other prisoners and he gets just two hours exercise each day in a metal cage.
“He says his cell in Guantanamo is like a grave and that, although it sounds crazy, he would rather stay in those conditions than go back to Algeria. The fact is that he is really, really scared about what might happen to him in Algeria.”
I imagine that the lemon-pepper orange roughy with dates and honey that he gets at Club Gitmo aren’t everyday fare on the mean streets of Algiers, though.
Here’s your obligatory “Feel free to question their patriotism” disclaimer. From the Washington comPost:
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive report on progress on Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party’s efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.
Clyburn, in an interview with the washingtonpost.com video program PostTalk, said Democrats might be wise to wait for the Petraeus report, scheduled to be delivered in September, before charting next steps in their year-long struggle with President Bush over the direction of U.S. strategy.
Clyburn noted that Petraeus carries significant weight among the 47 members of the Blue Dog caucus in the House, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats. Without their support, he said, Democratic leaders would find it virtually impossible to pass legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal.
Many Democrats have anticipated that, at best, Petraeus and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker would present a mixed analysis of the success of the current troop surge strategy, given continued violence in Baghdad. But of late there have been signs that the commander of U.S. forces might be preparing something more generally positive. Clyburn said that would be “a real big problem for us.”
There you have it, from the jackass’ mouth: Success in Iraq is “a real big problem for” Democrats. But hey…they “support the troops”, right?
Un-freakin’-believable! From Moonbattery:
Incredible. The libs at the Los Angeles Times are actually demanding that John Walker Lindh, aka Johnny Taliban, be let out of jail:
According to La Times, Scooter Libby did not deserve to have his sentence commuted — but the American Taliban does, on the grounds that he joined the Taliban “to fight the Northern Alliance, not the United States” and because:
He never engaged in terrorism; indeed, his commitment to Islam leads him to oppose the targeting of civilians.
Funny, Islam doesn’t seem to have that effect on other Muslims taking part in their terror war against the entire civilized world, with the tacit if not explicit support of pretty much all of Dar al Islam.
In case you forgot why this spoilt Marin County moonbat belongs in jail (since it appears a firing squad is too much to ask for), here are a few excerpts from the Grand Jury’s indictment:
In or about late May or June 2001, LINDH agreed to attend an al-Qaeda training camp for additional and extensive military training, knowing that America and its citizens were the enemies of Bin Laden and al-Qaeda and that a principal purpose of al-Qaeda was to fight and kill Americans.
In or about June and July 2001, LINDH remained at the al-Farooq camp and participated fully in its training activities, after having been told early in his stay at the camp that Bin Laden had sent forth some fifty people to carry out twenty suicide terrorist operations against the United States and Israel.
In or about June or July 2001, LINDH met personally with Bin Laden, who thanked him and other trainees for taking part in jihad.
After learning about the terrorist attacks against the United States on or about September 11, 2001, LINDH remained with his fighting group. LINDH did so despite having been told that Bin Laden had ordered the attacks, that additional terrorist attacks were planned, and that additional al Qaeda personnel were being sent from the training camps to the front lines to protect Bin Laden and defend against an anticipated military response from the United States.
From in or about October through early December 2001, LINDH remained with his fighting group after learning that United States military forces and United States nationals had become directly engaged in support of the Northern Alliance in its military conflict with Taliban and al Qaeda forces.
Johnny Taliban also participated in a prison uprising that resulted in the death of CIA agent Johnny Michael Spann. Even a merciful execution is really more than Lindh deserves, but our MSM weeps over his unfortunate fate and wants him set free. Apparently it sees a kindred spirit.
Perjury wasn’t that big of a deal when a Democrat president was accused of it, but all of a sudden, it’s even worse than fighting alongside the enemy and abetting the murder of a CIA agent. Idiots.
Here’s your quasi-nonpolitical post of the day:
Faith Hill would prefer it if you left her husband’s nether regions alone!
At her Soul2Soul tour stop in Lafayette, LA on Saturday night, one fan got a little grabby with Faith’s better half, Tim McGraw — and Faith ain’t havin’ none o’ that!
“Somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend,” Faith scolded the fan. “You don’t go grabbin’ somebody else’s — somebody’s husband’s balls, you understand me? That’s very disrespectful.”
Stand by your man’s … balls.
It is rumored that Congressman Frank apologized for his act of exuberance to Ms. Hill, though we here at CLOWNS cannot presently confirm that. Anywho, you know what they say: “You can pick your friends, and you can pick your balls, but…”
“Guardian UK: Brits Refused To Cooperate With US To Capture Bin Laden Because Bush Administration Wouldn’t Promise Not To Torture Him”
It’s all Bush’s fault! Well, um,…:
The report criticises the Bush administration’s approval of practices which would be illegal if carried out by British agents. It shows that in 1998, the year Bin Laden was indicted in the US, Britain insisted that the policy of treating prisoners humanely should include him. But the CIA never gave the assurances.
Damn George Bush and the shortsighted, unconstitutional torture shop he was running from Austin, Texas as Governor of Texas and, if the Guardian’s understanding of the US scheme of government is correct, Director of Central Intelligence and Commander in Chief of the United States of America. It’s a rotating title — that year the Governor of Texas had it, in 1999, it was the Kentucky Secretary of Commerce. I think currently the job is held by the Boca Raton Comptroller.
Clinton apparently just handled the domestic stuff — school uniforms, raising taxes, putting objects into interns.
Bu$hitler is such a moron that he was able to bend the time-space continuum and become president in 1998 (while the rest of us could have sworn he was the governor of Texas)! Un-freakin’-believable!
I have always maintained that so-called “hate crimes” are nothing more than the criminalizing of thoughts. This incident strengthens my point to unassailability. Via Michelle Malkin:
A pictorial pop quiz for you. Which of these is a hate crime in America?
A) Submerging a crucifix in a jar of urine.
B) Burning the American flag.
C) Putting a Koran in a toilet.
Each is offensive and tasteless in its own way. But only one is a hate crime in the eyes of the law — C) — and 23-year-old Stanislav Shmulevich of Brooklyn faces jail time for it. He’s a Pace University student arrested on Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Koran in a toilet at Pace University on two separate occasions, according to police.
Charles Johnson at LGF has been in contact with Shmulevich. He reports that the student has been charged with two felonies, criminal mischief and aggravated harassment. Allahpundit has a thorough legal review.
Mark Steyn muses about the flushed Koran: “Obviously Mr Shmulevich should have submerged it in his own urine, applied for an NEA grant and offered it to the Whitney Biennial.”
Actually, no. The NEA would have turned Shmulevich in to the police, too. Now, if he had submerged a Bible in urine or coated a Torah in cow dung and submitted it for a federal grant, he’d be sitting pretty–and facing rave New York Times editorials instead of time behind bars.
Considering this is the same college that forbade Jewish student organization Hillel from showing the film Obsession because it offended Muslim sensibilities, this should come as no surprise. However, as Andrew Bostom observes about the Koran:
What role do Koranic injunctions themselves—eternal and beyond criticism (least of all by non-Muslims)—play in inciting “criminal mischief and aggravated mischief”, and much more heinous crimes against humanity, including jihad genocide, and the destruction of non-Muslim religious, cultural, and political institutions?
In other words, why is it that flushing a Koran in a toilet is considered inciting “criminal and aggravated mischief”, but the Koran being used to incite Muslim violence against non-Muslims doesn’t constitute the same thing or worse? Answer: suicidal political correctness.
Sen. Charles Schumer plays the “dupe” card. Yes, you can question his competency now. He admits it–he’s an idiot:
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito “duped” the U.S. Senate into confirming them, a top Democratic lawmaker charged on Friday, days after a key Republican questioned if they had lived up to their promises.
Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, a member of the Judiciary Committee that held hearings on the two, said they staked out moderate positions in congressional testimony but became part of a conservative bloc that issued restrictive rulings on issues from free speech to civil rights.
Schumer, in a speech to the American Constitution Society, talked about the confirmation of Roberts and Alito in 2005 and 2006, respectively.
“Were we duped?” he asked.
“Were we too easily impressed by the charm of nominee Roberts and the erudition of nominee Alito?” Schumer asked. “Did we mistakenly vote our hopes when our fears were more than justified by the ultraconservative records of these two men?”
“Yes,” he said.
As penance for the Democrats’ self-admitted stupidity, Schumer is now threatening to snuff any new confirmations of Bush high court nominees. Via Politico:
New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a powerful member of the Democratic leadership, said Friday the Senate should not confirm another U.S. Supreme Court nominee under President Bush “except in extraordinary circumstances.”
“We should reverse the presumption of confirmation,” Schumer told the American Constitution Society convention in Washington. “The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice Stevens replaced by another Roberts, or Justice Ginsburg by another Alito.”
Yeah, that whole “President gets to pick his court nominees” can be a real b#tch, huh, Schmuck Schumer?
Exit question: If Bush is as much of a moron as the left says he is, then exactly what does it say about the intelligence of Democrats that they were “duped” by him on Iraq, judges, etc.?
MSNBC’s little watched Keith Blabbermouth feels like Pat Tillman, the NFL player who retired so he could serve his country in Afghanistan, was whacked by Bu$hitler McRummyburton for…supporting Kerry? As Hot Air’s Allahpundit notes:
Would the president have had one of his own men murdered to prevent a meeting with Noam Chomsky? That’s a given in Olbyworld. But would he have sent the military to do it knowing that the revelation of this murderous order from on high by any of the co-conspirators along the chain of command would have meant his certain impeachment and possible/entirely justifiable trial for murder? But of course. To prevent a Pat Tillman/Waffles photo op? If Bush could pull off 9/11, how hard could something like this be?
Anything for ratings, I guess…which means efforts like this are failing, since he still has no ratings.
From the admittedly biased Beeb:
Cuban athletes have made a hurried departure from the Pan-American games in Brazil, apparently amid fears of possible mass defections.
The delegation was rushed at short notice to Rio de Janeiro’s airport, leaving the men’s volleyball team no time to collect their bronze medals.
The athletes were said to have been ordered to leave the games before the finishing ceremony on Sunday.
It follows the defection of four Cuban athletes earlier in the tournament.
Cuba’s President, Fidel Castro, has already made clear his irritation over earlier defections, accusing athletes of betraying their country for money.
“Betrayal for money is one of the favourite weapons of the United States to destroy Cuba’s resistance,” he said.
Here’s guessing that these ungrateful hombres didn’t go see Moore’s new mockumentary Sicko. Don’t these ingrates know how good they have it down in that socialist worker’s “paradise”?
(Sidebar: Notice that there are always tons of Cubans risking life and limb to get out of Cuba…but you never see any kind of migration into Cuba? I’m sure that doesn’t mean anything, though.)
No thanks to our MSM, I’m sure. Anywho, an excellent column by Michael Barone via RCP:
Not all is gloom out there. That’s the dominant message from the most recent Pew Global Attitudes Project’s poll of 47 nations. Pew found that there is rising or constantly high contentment all over the globe with one’s quality of life and family income. Satisfaction tends to be highest in the United States and Canada, but not far behind are Western Europe and Latin America. Even in Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America, about one-third are highly satisfied with their quality of life and income.
As the Pew Global analysts point out, there is a high correlation here with economic growth — and the world is producing economic growth at rates that may be the highest in history. Between 2002 and 2007, the per-capita gross domestic product increased 11 percent in the United States, 6 percent in Western Europe, and between 17 percent and 36 percent in Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. In that period, contentment has risen roughly in tandem with the economy.
But can money buy you love? Not necessarily. Although majorities in most of the 47 countries think their economies are in good shape, majorities in most say that they are not satisfied with the way things are going in their country. It’s not uncommon for people to express more negative feelings about national trends than about their personal lives, and the question invites respondents with any complaint about politics or culture to answer in the negative. And in most of the countries, opinion on the direction of the nation is more positive than it was five years ago.
Most strikingly, only 25 percent of Americans are positive about the direction of the nation, down from 41 percent in 2002. In only a handful of the 47 nations are there declines of similar magnitude — Uganda, the Czech Republic, France, Canada and Italy. Obviously, one factor here is the decline in the job rating of George W. Bush and of Congress (and the response in other countries to squabbling politicians in Prague, Paris, Ottawa and Rome).
It’s partly a partisan response: Almost all Democrats are negative about the nation’s future. But when one considers that America has not suffered another Sept. 11, and that it has enjoyed a surging and prosperous economy, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that citizens of this most blessed country are registering a verdict that is in tension with reality.
That’s my reaction as well to the finding that by a two-to-one margin Americans say their children will be worse off than we are. There’s a similar response in Canada, Britain and Brazil. The even more negative verdicts in Western Europe and Japan can be explained as a cool assessment of the combination of low birthrates and overgenerous welfare states.
But what basis do Americans have to suppose that, for the first time in history, a younger generation will be worse off than their parents? Perhaps it’s just a feeling that things cannot possibly get any better. In any case, we seem to be in a pronounced national funk.
We might take some comfort in some of the trends of opinion in the rest of the world. In China and India, large majorities think the next generation will be better off — a vote of confidence in their surging economies, which are providing cheaper products for us and are growing as markets for American goods and services. In Latin America, most believe that people are better off with free markets. (The highest percentage was in Hugo Chavez’s socialist Venezuela!) In Africa, most express great optimism in the future — a sign that the world’s most troubled continent may be at last turning around.
Perhaps most importantly, the Pew Global survey showed sharply reduced numbers of Muslims saying that suicide bombings are often or sometimes justified as compared with 2002. That’s still the view of 70 percent in the Palestinian territories. But that percentage has declined from 74 percent to 34 percent in Lebanon, from 43 percent to 23 percent in Jordan, and from 33 percent to 9 percent in Pakistan.
We’ve been instructed by many sages that the rest of the world hates us and does not want to follow our example. The Pew Global numbers tell us something different.
People around the world may oppose American intervention in Iraq, but they also want many of the things we do. Perhaps we should take a cue from the optimism of the developing world and appreciate what we have — and get out of our national funk.
My favorite part of this column: it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that citizens of this most blessed country are registering a verdict that is in tension with reality. Sure, this country has its share of problems, but what country doesn’t? However, in this land, the most prosperous and free country in the history of the world, we have always overcome obstacles, from poor leadership to global war. I cannot help but think that will never change.
From…who else? Silky Pone-Pone:
MyDD* flags an intense minute and a half from John Edwards in Creston, Iowa, yesterday in which he heatedly tells an audience that the attention to trivia (I assume the reference here is to his haircuts) is “not an accident” and that “they want to shut me up” to silence his message about ending the war and universalizing health care.
Oh, quite the contrary, Silk: we want you to continue to flap your moonbattery-laced lips as often as possible! The more your fashion faux pas police statements and your $1200 well coiffed ‘do are experienced by normal America, the better.
You gotta love that Silky Pony! From the Des Moines Register:
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards squeezed into a pair of Spandex bike shorts today and pedaled on the RAGBRAI route with champion cyclist Lance Armstrong.
“This is actually not hard, this is fun,” Edwards said as he climbed a hill on County Road T16 on a black Trek road bike he borrowed for the day. “The biggest problem is my butt hurts. Is that normal?”
Haloscan sucks. Period. If you leave a comment, you may get a message telling you “The service is unavailable” or something to that effect. It’s been happening a lot lately (along with other problems from a moderator’s view) that are just unacceptable. So, I’ve finally had it.
I will be spending some time reviewing other commenting mechanisms before settling on one. I may even move this blog to WordPress, and kill two birds with one stone (Blogger and Haloscan). Either way, I’m fed up with this. It’s often frustrating enough to make me want to give this blogging thing up altogether.
UPDATE (11:04 A.M. EST): I am sooooooooo at WordPress! Once I figure out how to import the Haloscan comments to WordPress, then Blogger will go the way of the Whig Party. Once that happens, I’ll put a redirect at Blogger so you won’t have to immediately update your bookmarks.
UPDATE (9:04 P.M. EST): I am here at last! If you have any problems with commenting or anything, then leave me a message at the old blog via a Haloscan comment, or shoot me an e-mail if you have my e-mail address. If you want my e-mail address, just ask! 😀
Posting may be light over the next day or two because I’ve got strep throat, so I’ll be in bed quite a bit. I’ll moderate comments as often as I can, so please, keep the comments coming.
The question posed on the cover of the Esquire magazine that tabbed Silky Pony as “Sexiest Woman Alive” is this: “Can a white man still be elected president?”
Let me think about that. Total white men elected president thus far: 43. Total who don’t fall into the “white man” category elected president thus far: 0.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that the answer to such a patently absurd question is “Yeah!”
The 2007 hurricane season may be less severe than forecast due to cooler-than-expected water temperatures in the tropical Atlantic, private forecaster WSI Corp said on Tuesday.
The season will bring 14 named storms, of which six will become hurricanes and three will become major hurricanes, WSI said in its revised outlook. WSI had previously expected 15 named storms of which eight would become hurricanes and four would become major hurricanes.
“Because the ocean temperatures have not yet rebounded from the significant drop in late spring, we have decided to reduce our forecast numbers slightly,” said Todd Crawford, a WSI seasonal forecaster.
Despite the downgraded forecast, WSI still expects the 2007 season to be more active than last year, and added that storm-weary parts of the Gulf Coast could still be hit.
“We feel the general threat to the western Gulf is reduced slightly, with a corresponding increase in the threat to the eastern Gulf and Florida,” Crawford said.
Let’s see: after a busy 2005 hurricane season (blamed by various nutbars, including the Goreacle, on global “warming”), we were told 2006 would be just as busy as 2005. We got nothing, especially here in Florida. Then we were told that 2007 would be busy, and now we’re being told that due to (** snicker **) colder than expected temperatures, 2007 is being revised downward.
Three exit questions: (1) At what point can we stop referring to these people as “experts”? (2) How have these shysters managed to convince people to keep paying them for their chronically wrong forecasts? (3) Considering that this has been an unseasonably cool year (some might say it’s a cool cycle?), can we please get off the Chicken Littleism that the treehuggers have been spewing our way?
From Hot Air:
U of C’s president recommended that they fire him — for plagiarism and fabricating data, remember, not for his politics — back on May 30 so it’s a fait accompli that the axe will fall. In so doing, the university rids itself of a PR disaster and “Chutch” finally gets the role he was born to play, that of the truth-speaking “brown person” whose dissent the man just can’t handle. Win/win.
Update: The school president and head of the board of regents went out of their way afterwards to emphasize that it was his ethical lapses that sunk him, not his political views. The AP headline: “Professor fired for 9/11-Nazi comparison.”
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Spurning the “centrist” (in name, anyway) Democratic Leadership Council that her hubby was a part of, Her Highness is aligning herself with the Kos kooks by going to their annual tinfoil fest. From Michelle Malkin:
Hillary is worried about her left flank. How worried? She has made a decision to allow her communications director to go on The O’Reilly Factor tonight to defend Hillary’s upcoming appearance at the Yearly Kos convention.
Live by the nutroots, die by the nutroots. Hillary has proved a dumb investor before. Cattle futures, anyone?
It’s only a matter of time before she discovers how unwise her netroots investment is. Tinfoil, anyone?
From the ’06 Kostards konvention. You just can’t make this up!
I wasn’t kidding when I said that Silky Pony is a cornucopia of material. If it’s not a $1200 ‘do or the cover of Esquire as “Sexiest Woman Alive” (or at least, close enough to the label to warrant a double-take), it’s stuff like this:
At the CNN/YouTube Democratic debate Monday night, each candidate had to turn and say something about the man or woman to his or her left. Former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) had this to say about the woman who spent eight years in the White House: “I admire what Sen. Clinton has done for America, what her husband did for America,” he said, facing Hillary Rodham Clinton. And then came the potshot: “Um, I’m not sure about that coat.”
Because salmon instead of coral is sooooooooooo “fashion faux pas”!
Fortunately, Rosie O’Qaeda wasn’t chosen to replace Bob Barker. However, it looks like Drew Carey is going to be the guy. Bob Barker is said to be pleased with the choice, so if it’s good enough for Bob AND it’s not Rosie O, then it’s good enough for me.
Isn’t that sort of like wanting to meet with Ted Kennedy on sobriety? Anywho, from the Old Gray Hag:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, have asked for a meeting with President Bush to see if they can work out an agreement on spending bills for the fiscal year that begins in 10 weeks. But lawmakers from both parties said they saw no obvious way to overcome the current stalemate with the White House.
The House has passed 8 of the 12 regular appropriations bills for 2008, and Mr. Bush threatened to veto 5 of them, on the ground that they called for “an irresponsible and excessive level of spending.”
James P. Manley, a spokesman for Mr. Reid, said, “The president is playing to his conservative base, trying to pick a fight with Congress over spending policies.”
It’s a darned shame that Bush didn’t have that same commitment to fiscal discipline when his party was running the show. Who knows? They may still have power today if it weren’t for their “drunken sailor” spending ways.
BEVERAGE ALERT! Put down your drink, lest it project from ye nostrils. From NewsBusters:
Sometimes when you see NPR’s Juan Williams on Fox News, you are left scratching your head wondering what planet he lives on, and what the color of the sky is there.
Such questions must certainly have been raised in the minds of right-thinking “Fox News Sunday” viewers this morning when Williams suggested that the liberal blog Daily Kos “is now center.”
I kid you not.
What precipitated this extraordinary lapse of reason on Williams’ part was a rather accurate observation made by the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol concerning Democrat presidential candidates attending the upcoming YearlyKos convention.
Every Democratic presidential nominee is going to the Daily Kos convention. That’s the left-wing blogger who was not respectable three or four years ago. The Howard Dean kind of sponsor. Now the whole party is going to pay court to him and to left wing blogs. Not a single one is going to the Democratic Leadership Council meeting in a couple of weeks. That’s the organization that Bill Clinton was head of in the early ’90s – that was supposed to be the new, more moderate Democratic Party. The Democratic Party has gone left and it will hurt them in 2008.
Makes sense, right? After all, the DLC was indeed crucial for Clinton’s success in the ’90s. Yet, the past two Democrat presidential candidates have shied away from this group, and its tenets, moving further to the left, and not winning their respective elections.
With this in mind, it seems quite reasonable to suggest that Democrat presidential candidates who follow Al Gore and John Kerry’s leftist playbook rather than the successful, though disingenuous, moderate campaign of Bill Clinton will have a hard time winning in the general election.
Not so surprisingly, Williams saw things differently:
What you described as left is now center. The majority of the American people, 70 percent, want us out of Iraq. In fact, if you asked Iraqis, 60 some percent of Iraqis say we’re doing more harm than good in Iraq. There’s a center here and I think what you’re saying is they’re playing somehow to the left.
Even if the only issue on voters’ minds was Iraq, Williams’ point would be way off base.
In fact, CBSNews.com’s article on this poll stated that “Sixty-one percent of Americans surveyed think the war should be funded only if there’s a timetable for withdrawal…while 8 percent think all funding for the war should be blocked, no matter what.”
The Kossacks are part of that 8 percent who want funding blocked now no matter what.
Therefore, even on this one issue, it is specious of Williams to suggest that the folks at Daily Kos are either in the center or representative of the majority view.
Nice try, Juan.
The Kostards…centrists? In other related news, Hell freezes over.
A federal appeals court has ordered Shell Oil to stop its exploratory drilling program off the north coast of Alaska at least until a hearing in August.
The order, issued Thursday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, comes after the federal Minerals Management Service in February approved Shell’s offshore exploration plan for the Beaufort Sea.
“Vessels currently located in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas shall cease all operations performed in furtherance of that program, but need not depart the area,” the order said.
Opponents contend that the Minerals Management Service approved Shell’s plan without fully considering that a large spill would harm marine mammals, including bowhead and beluga whales. They say polar bears could also be harmed, and they question whether cleaning up a sizable spill would even be possible in the icy waters.
As Van Helsing notes:
A hearing is planned for mid August in San Francisco to decided if Shell can go forward and provide us with some oil, after bidding $39 million for the offshore leases, and blowing who knows how much on court costs.
If not, no problem: we can just keep paying through the nose to buy oil from Arabs, who will spend the proceeds on madrasahs and weapons programs. Hopefully the polar bears and beluga whales will appreciate it.
Spring Valley, Mayor George Darden won’t be facing state civil or criminal charges for hiring illegal aliens to work on an urban revitalization project in his village, but Department of Labor officials informed him yesterday that the $10 an hour he paid 10 men doesn’t comply with the state’s prevailing wage law and taxpayers will have to pay the illegals the difference of about $30 an hour.
Darden has been under fire this week since the White Plains Journal News reported a village employee from the Department of Public Works Tuesday using a village truck to pick up two day laborers from a popular roadside hiring site and driving them back to Main Street to clean out a building slated for demolition. The village employee said he was “following orders” when he transported the illegal aliens.
Darden acknowledged paying the men in cash. At a Tuesday news conference, he did not say whether taxes were withheld on their wages.
“To pay $10 an hour,” said Sandoval, was “a lot of work for little money.”
Now, thanks to New York’s prevailing wage law, Sandoval and his fellow illegal aliens will be paid $40 an hour – including taxes – for their work.
Darden won’t face prosecution for violating the state’s wage law, said Chris Perham of the Department of Labor.
“This is a first offense and in such cases we explained the laws,” Perham said. “After that first chance, we will hold you accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
Too bad they won’t hold the criminal aliens accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
The sense of entitlement in D.C. is clearly a bipartisan one. From Politico:
On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) got into a loud, angry dispute with a U.S. Capitol Police officer at the security checkpoint inside the entrance of the West Side of the Capitol. On Friday, Shays, a veteran lawmaker, offered a public apology for the incident and said that he wants to meet with the officer personally to reiterate how sorry he is.
Shays reportedly grabbed the officer during the dispute over whether the officer should allow a group of tourists to enter the building, said several sources. Tourists are not allowed to use the West Front entrance, but Shays was trying to bring the group through that entrance anyway. The officer refused to allow them in, and Shays then “yelled and screamed” at the officer, including using profanity, the sources said.
Freakin’ wonderful…Shays is turning into the GOP’s Cynthia McKinney! Hey, Shays, I’ve got a response for you in a language that you can understand: You, sir, are an a$$h0le!
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