As we revealed Wednesday, the publisher of former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s Bush-bashing book has close ties to George Soros.
At American Thinker, William Tate observes that other publishers approached by McClellan don’t even recognize it as the same book.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Now the headline at CNN.com:
Barack Obama has resigned as a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, his campaign says.
He’s doing it on a Saturday afternoon to try to avoid as much media frenzy as possible.
UPDATE at 5/31/08 3:58:19 pm:
Why isn’t this the leading story on the cable channels? Is “Sex and the City” more important — or is it the DNC meeting?
UPDATE at 5/31/08 4:05:42 pm:
Fox News has their bidirectional scrolling yellow emergency! banner going now.
THE TELEGRAPH ON AMERICAN ACTIONS and European anti-Americanism. Europeans have been anti-American pretty consistently since America began, except for brief intervals where they needed us enough to (mostly) pretend otherwise. While politics and state-controlled media certainly play a role, it's mostly about moral preening and justification for low defense spending. Ultimately, this kind of thinking hurts Europe far more than America -- and will hurt Europe even more if America responds with isolationism.
The Association of European Chambers of Commerce in Brussels warned that the transatlantic gap had widened yet further in the past five years by all key measures, despite the pledge by EU leaders at the 2000 Lisbon summit to transform Europe into the world's "most dynamic knowledge-based economy" by the end of the decade.
The EU-wide umbrella group, known asEurochambres said the EU's overall employment rate was still stuck at levels attained by the United States in 1978, chiefly due to an incentive structure that discourages women from working and prompts early retirement by those in their fifties.
Friday, May 30, 2008
What’s funny about his sacrifice is that when Obama took this job, $14,000 was about the average salary for somebody getting out of college. Of course, Obama wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill college graduate; he was an Ivy-Leaguer, who graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. A corporate career would almost certainly have been more lucrative – for a while. Last year, his family income was about $4,200,000. I don’t have the data, but I bet that compares reasonably favorably with the average household income of 1983 Columbia political science and 1991 Harvard Law School graduates. Nonetheless, Obama did sacrifice some of his expected credential-based wage premium for a number of years.
I’m pretty far from being a John McCain booster, but does Obama not get that he’s running against a guy who spent the directly analogous years of his life in a fetid jungle prison being hung upside down and beaten with sticks until his bones broke?
And I said yes. Cry me a river, pal.
"One sign someone has become a hero to the angry left when he appears on the MSNBC show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Tonight, former White House Press Secretary will be the guest of the former sportscaster.
Scott McClellan is the new hero of the angry left. Not for saying anything bold, original, wise or wonderful, but quite the contrary for repeating what they “know” to be true that our current president is a horrible, no good, very bad man.
The left has now anointed a man who, if he is currently speaking honestly, defines himself as I noted previously as both a coward and conscious collaborator."
Manifest evidence that Iran is in difficulty will decisively undermine the assumptions underpinning Pelosi's strategy. Developments in the next few months will clarify the situation for all to see. If Iran begins to break down then it will be abundantly clear that Pelosi's -- and indeed Obama's -- diplomatic strategy in the region is fundamentally flawed. There is no point to going, hat in hand, to a regime that is itself on the way out. It would be like dealing with a corpse. Moreover, if Spengler's prediction that Iran has no way out but to continue it's "imperial adventure" -- "In fact, Iran is engaged in such an adventure, funding and arming Shi'ite allies from Basra to Beirut, and creating clients selectively among such Sunnis as Hamas in Palestine," then the Pelosi-Obama strategy of rapidly abandoning Iraq before an imploding, yet expanding radical Islamic state will be the worst of all possible worlds.
But there is a silver lining to Teheran's mismanagement of affairs. It creates the possibility that regime change will occur without any direct military intervention in Iran. It may simply be sufficient to hold the line and keep up the pressure against Iranian proxies in Southern Iraq and Lebanon to make Teheran blow a gasket. I've argued before that the greatest danger that the relatively liberal, Shi'ite democracy in Iraq poses to Teheran is that it creates an alternative political model within the Shi'ite Crescent.
Keith Olbermann joins fellow comedian Al Franken on the list of prominent liberals who love to raise YOUR taxes but do everything in the power to avoid paying their own. Franken, running for the Democratic nomination for Senate in Minnesota was nailed two months ago for failing to pay his taxes. That report let to further investigations which turned up numerous examples of Franken skipping out on tax bills across 19 states for an amount totaling over $70,000. Franken was also fined $25,000 for failure to pay into state Workers Compensation fund. Minnesota Democrats Exposed has all the goods on Franken here.
NOTE TO READERS: The Franken case initially involved one tax lien in one state but quickly mushroomed to cover 19 states. Any help we can get in searching local tax warrant databases in other states is appreciated. Send along any other tax liens against Olbermann or his front companies and we will add them here.
"I know how he feels: I consider myself an advocate of the environment, but I think the best way to preserve it is to do more genetic engineering rather than less. Better crops will mean that we don’t have to plow up more land to feed everyone, and we won’t have to dump as many insecticides and herbicides on that land we’re using. That means that I also think the best way to preserve unspoiled spaces is to do less organic farming, and not more: organic farming, particularly the hard-core varieties, uses too much land to generate too little food, and it does so mainly to give people in wealthy countries a chance to feel good about themselves.
And I think the best way to preserve wild areas and biodiversity is to have more free trade and economic development, not to slow it down. Richer countries have lower birth rates, for one thing. I actually think that the planet would be better off with fewer people on it, but I’m not willing to achieve that goal by killing off a few billion of us ."
Exxon Mobil's CEO says his energy company's "corporate social responsibility" is to produce more energy. While Congress wants to tax oil profits, he wants to spend them to find more oil. What a concept.
More oil seems good to me. And somebody needs to pin down the critics on just what sources of energy are acceptable, given that they don't like oil, don't want nuclear, oppose gas drilling, are limiting oil shale, and even get in the way of wind power.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Using the term "hippie bus" makes the author seem like an idiot; but the entire premise is as over-used as could be. Perhaps what they should be doing is erecting a monument to remind us of just how self-absorbed we were at the time ("Don't eat the brown acid!"), and how quickly the party devolved into mayhem - remember that Altamont was just a short while down the road......
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
"What we’re up against is not primarily defined by what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those are still essentially military campaigns and we’re good at those. ... it might be truer to say that this is a Cold Civil War – by which I mean a war within the west. The real war is a domestic war: the key terrain is not the Sunni Triangle but every major city within the western world. ...
Even if there were no battles in Iraq and Afghanistan, even if no one was flying planes into tall buildings in New York, even if no one were blowing up trains and buses and nightclubs in Madrid and London and Bali, even without all that, we would still be in danger of losing this thing – without a shot being fired."
Read the whole thing and the comments. Then read the book.....
It may sound silly to those who know me, but I could look at this picture for hours on end. My son got married last weekend, the ceremony was performed by an old, dear friend, and Babs and I got to have one of those seminal parental moments surrounded by friends and family.
These two "kids" are hardworking, independent and unpretentious soulmates. They choreographed their own ceremony and reception.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
As always, Megan has something rather intelligent to say on the subject; but, after some consideration, you have to wonder just where all this is heading and whether Huxley was a good deal more prescient on this than any of us (except maybe Jonah Goldberg) could ever have thought.
"But I m one Hillary hater who is repulsed by the New York senator for reasons that haven t anything to do with sexism.
It seems to me that those of us who ve long suspected she is power hungry to the point of derangement -- I started thinking that way when it occurred to me that, knowing her husband is a philanderer, she nevertheless joined a campaign to vilify the young women he exploited as sluts and liars -- have been vindicated by events."
A group in Santa Fe says the city is discriminating against them because they say that they're allergic to the wireless Internet signal. And now they want Wi-Fi banned from public buildings.
Arthur Firstenberg says he is highly sensitive to certain types of electric fields, including wireless Internet and cell phones.
And my wife is allergic to cats - so let's have them banned and killed!!!!
Glad I missed that....
"That's my opinion. Take into account that: 1. I voted for Gore and rooted for Gore throughout the recount, 2. I accepted the Supreme Court's determination from the beginning (and continue to accept it after writing about it in depth and teaching it in detail numerous times), and 3. I didn't want Bush to become President, but I never hated him, and I voted for him in 2004."
"Under the UN system of carbon trading, it seems that most of the projects that receive money for reducing carbon emissions would have been built anyway. Thus, most payments do not actually reduce emissions. At least that is the conclusion of two recent studies."