Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Happiness Gap

David Brooks has an insightful piece in the NYT today. He describes (with a fair degree of accuracy) the treacherous political landscape for 2008 candidates.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Media Gets it Wrong...Again

Here's a shock for you: the media has been perpetuating a racially charged story based on myths. I admit to not following the "Jena 6" story very closely but the man who wrote this story has. It is completely outrageous that the media continually gets away with this kind of shoddy reporting or outright lying.

Edwards Vows to End All Bad Things By 2011

This is NOT a real news story. It is from the fake news source, The Onion. And it is hilarious.

Clinton Voted "Scariest Costume Choice"

...and Giuliani was the second-scariest costume choice! Check it out here.

Friday, October 26, 2007

And the flames go higher...

Yet another article cautioning against Huckabee. Not to pile on, or anything.

As for me, I will never support Huckabee in the primary (although in the general election or as vice-president, I'm not sure) and I can tell you why in two words:

Wayne Dumond

What was wrong for Michael Dukakis is wrong for Mike Huckabee, even if the situations are slightly different. Maybe a Pastor has to show forgiveness but a Governor/President doesn't.

I haven't been exactly thrilled with Fred Thompson's performance so far but he still has my vote. At this point, if Thompson dropped out, I'd probably vote for McCain before Huckabee or Romney. As for Giuliani: ain't gonna happen.

More Gas on the Fire

Here is another article on Huckabee--from the opposite viewpoint (since we are so fair-and-balanced here)... I actually haven't completely written him off. He is definitely right on the moral issues, but there is more to being the president than holding the line on moral issues... Feel free to battle it out... :)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Huckabee's FRC Values Voter Summit speech

One of my coworkers, Warren Smith, went to the FRC Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, and he came back a Mike Huckabee fanatic. I was a little skeptical--after watching his performance in the Michigan debate, I'd become generally unimpressed with Mr. Huckabee.

However, you really must see the speech he delivered at the Values Voter Summit.

Electability may be a concern, but Huckabee is gaining significant ground in the polls. Warren writes:

There is very little chance the Republicans will have a candidate by March, despite the fact that some activists are saying we should put our differences aside and start running against Hillary. Of course, in a few months, after the first round of primaries, there will be some winners and losers. At least one of the front runners will have to drop out of the race. Right now, my money is on McCain to make an early exit. I also predict that Duncan Hunter will drop out. He's simply not getting traction because the issues he hoped would differentiate him are being carried ably by others. Ron Paul is in for the duration. He's raising enough money to stay in, and he seems to be enjoying the notoriety. And though he can't win, he will carry enough supporters late into the process - perhaps all the way to the convention - to play spoiler or convention broker.

Huckabee could be a major beneficiary of all of this, especially of any early re-alignments. As Huckabee starts to appear more electable, he will pick up more of the undecided voters, which right now stand at about 15 to 20 percent of the likely primary voters. They won't all break for Huckabee, of course, but he'll likely get more than his fair share. Also, many of those who have decided will change their minds. A former Southern Baptist leader in South Carolina who had supported Romney has already withdrawn his endorsement. Indeed, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council estimates that about 25 percent of evangelicals are supporting Giuliani, but he also said that support is "squishy." If just a few of those evangelicals move away from Giuliani, he's no longer the front runner. If they moved en masse to Huckabee, then Huckabee is suddenly a "top-tier" candidate.

I hope he's right.

Edit: Here's Warren's article in full.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Thompson to Announce Immigration Policy

This story was linked from NRO today. It looks like Thompson is taking a sane position of the illegal immigration question: enforce the current laws.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Rush's Letter Brings Over $2MIL on eBay!

For those not following the story: Check Yahoo.

P.S. - We've been cooling our heels in the Atlantic this week. :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Thompson Holds His Own

This little snippet from the debate does Thompson some credit. The general consensus seems to be that Giuliani and Thompson did the best. Hopefully, Thompson can do something to challenge the "celebrity factor" Giuliani enjoys. Thompson is exceedingly likable (and electable) once people figure out who he is and, more importantly, what he stands for. Giuliani is simply not a conservative, and Romney is a loser. The other guys don't have a prayer. Thompson is the man.

Inconvenient Truths for Gore

And in another brilliant post (here's the first I mentioned) from National Review: Iain Murray discusses the British government report requiring students viewing An Inconvenient Truth to be informed of eleven inconsistencies or inaccuracies. And here I thought the debate, at least according to Mr. Gore, was "over".

The Great One Speaks

Mark Levin has an excellent post on The Corner this morning (some observations about Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani). Read it. Read National Review and all their blogs - there is no better place for conservative thought on the web or in print, even if I don't always agree with them.

Bloomberg: Moths Blanket Sydney Skyscrapers as Winds Blow Bugs Off Course

Swarms of moths are invading Sydney's business district, cloaking skyscrapers and infesting hotels as they succumb to the bright lights of Australia's biggest city.
I couldn't resist posting the last quote from this story released by Bloomberg today about Sydney's Bogong moth problem:

While some Bogong connoisseurs prepare omelets, Robinson said he prefers to pluck them off walls, remove the furry wings and eat them raw.

``They have a nut-like taste, but mostly they just taste like moth,'' he said.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Michigan Republican Debate

Having watched a dozen or so snippets of today's debate in Michigan, I am unimpressed. Entering late into the debate series, Fred Thompson seemed to be on the defensive. While successfully navigating televised debates doesn't necessarily correlate with great leadership, I was disappointed by Mr. Thompson's lack of eloquence. Sadly, his performance this afternoon just didn't inspire confidence--at least for me.

After today's debate, I would hesitate to put Mike Huckabee in charge of a large high school. This is irrelevant since he has no chance of winning the nomination.

Who sounded the most presidential? Mr. Romney and Mr. Giuliani came off well, I thought.

Of course, there's no need to analyze the actual content of the debate. If I want to know where a candidate stands on an issue, I have many far superior sources at my disposal. Presidential debates in the information age represent little more than theatrical obstacle courses.

It would be nice if Mr. Thompson could project a better image in future appearances, but it's of little consequence to my nomination decision. He's right on the issues, and his stated principles are backed up by his record in the U.S. Senate. He has a good shot at winning the election. He will have my support.

Trick or Treat

Just a little Halloween warm-up for you!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Hillary Adds Sandy Berger to Staff

In a stunning show of audacity (or plain foolishness), Hillary has hired the criminal, Sandy Berger, to "advise" her on foreign policy matters. This choice only makes sense if you consider Berger's real talent--stealing embarrassing documents and then destroying them (possibly adding or replacing existing documents). I can imagine Ms. Clinton would have ample need of such services...

Friday, October 5, 2007

WSJ/NBC Republican Candidate Poll

A recent poll by The Wall Street Journal/NBC has some interesting demographics.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

WSJ: Failures of the News Media

Two articles in today's WSJ highlight important problems in today's international news media:

Britney Spears, 'Breaking News'
by Jake Halpern

The problem is not US Weekly, People, "Entertainment Tonight," "Access Hollywood" or any of the shows and publications that have always billed themselves as entertainment venues. The problem is when TV shows and entire networks, which Americans rely upon to get the news, allow real news stories to be pushed aside again and again and again in deference to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

Modern Heroes
by Robert D. Kaplan

Rather than hated, like during Vietnam, now the troops are "loved." But the best units don't want love; they want respect. The dilemma is that the safer the administration keeps us at home, the more disconnected the citizenry is from its own military posted abroad. An army at war and a nation at the mall do not encounter each other except through the refractive medium of news and entertainment.

That medium is refractive because while the U.S. still has a national military, it no longer has a national media to quite the same extent. The media is increasingly representative of an international society, whose loyalty to a particular territory is more and more diluted. That international society has ideas to defend -- ideas of universal justice -- but little actual ground. And without ground to defend, it has little need of heroes. Thus, future news cycles will also be dominated by victims.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Another Miracle Baby

This story from The U.K Daily Mail should give pause to anyone who thinks that abortion is "o.k" in the first two trimesters. This tiny sweetheart was born at 25 weeks gestation -15 weeks premature! The Daily Mail calls her a "10 oz bundle of defiance". She is that and then some - a living testimony to why abortion is murder.

Do you look at those early pictures of Kimberly Mueller and see a "fetus"? Let's cut the euphemisms already. Those people who are so eager for choice need to man up and call a baby a baby. You may be for "choice" but you are for choosing to destroy a human being, not a cancer like mass of tissue.

Sometimes I think God is allowing such marvelous scientific advancements so that the so-called wise of this world will continue to be confounded. Grow strong, Baby Kimberly!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Mood Change

Karen found this excellent op-ed on NRO. It describes how the French president's recent speech at the U.N. illustrates a change of mood on the Iraq war, based on real successes on the ground. Take note, Iran: Bush isn't a lame duck yet!