CFR Fall-Out

My ire at those who grand-standed about the need for the god-awful McCain-Feingold CFR bill is well documented- it was and is a bad bill, and any restriction on political speech is hideous. I guess the usual suspects are finally getting to reap what they have sown:

Michael Moore may be prevented from advertising his controversial new movie, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” on television or radio after July 30 if the Federal Election Commission (FEC) today accepts the legal advice of its general counsel.

At the same time, a Republican-allied 527 soft-money group is preparing to file a complaint against Moore’s film with the FEC for violating campaign-finance law.

In a draft advisory opinion placed on the FEC’s agenda for today’s meeting, the agency’s general counsel states that political documentary filmmakers may not air television or radio ads referring to federal candidates within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election.

The opinion is generated under the new McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law, which prohibits corporate-funded ads that identify a federal candidate before a primary or general election.

The proscription is broadly defined. Section 100.29 of the federal election regulations defines restricted corporate-funded ads as those that identify a candidate by his “name, nickname, photograph or drawing” or make it “otherwise apparent through an unambiguous reference.”

IS this the worst piece of legislation ever passed? And must add how furious I still am at Bush for signing this damned bill, cynically expecting the Supremes to strike it down.

(via TalkLeft)








Coming to A Neighborhood Near You

This is just idiotic:

A Democratic group crucial to John Kerry’s presidential campaign has paid felons – some convicted of sex offenses, assault and burglary – to conduct door-to-door voter registration drives in at least three election swing states.

America Coming Together, contending that convicted criminals deserve a second chance in society, employs felons as voter canvassers in major metropolitan areas in Missouri, Florida, Ohio and perhaps in other states among the 17 it is targeting in its drive. Some lived in halfway houses, and at least four returned to prison.

ACT canvassers ask residents which issues are important to them and, if they are not registered, sign them up as voters. They gather telephone numbers and other personal information, such as driver’s license numbers or partial Social Security numbers, depending on what a state requires for voter registration.

Felons on probation or parole are ineligible to vote in many states. Doug Lewis, executive director of the Election Center, which represents election officials, said he is unaware of any laws against felons registering others to vote.

A review of federal campaign finance and state criminal records by The Associated Press revealed that the names and hometowns of dozens of ACT employees in Missouri, Florida and Ohio matched those of people convicted of crimes such as burglary, forgery, drug dealing, assault and sex offenses.

Dear Mr. Lewis,

While it may be legal to have felons registering others to vote, do you consider it wise to send robbers and sex offenders door to door on an unsuspecting public?








Bloggers on the Inside

This Tacitus post is a must read.








Stupid Court cases

This court case was all about Henry Wasman and company having an opportunity to have the words “Cheney Sued” in print for several years, so this is no surprise:

The Supreme Court refused Thursday to order the Bush administration to make public secret details of Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force, but kept the case alive by sending it back to a lower court.

Justices said 7-2 that a lower court should consider whether a federal open government law could be used to get documents of the task force.

rather than look at the energy bill and decide what is objectionable about it that way, the Democrats have upped the ante, and are trying to set a precedent- it doesn’t matter what is in the legisltion, it is only important who talked to the Vice-President before legislation was constructed. Weird, hunh? Not when slander and attack-dog politics is your forte. This shit just has to end, too:

The issues in the case have been overshadowed by conflict-of-interest questions about Justice Antonin Scalia.

Scalia had defiantly refused to step down from hearing the case involving Cheney, despite criticism that his impartiality has been brought into question because of a hunting vacation that he took with Cheney while the court was considering the vice president’s appeal.

A.) He didn’t take the trip “with” Cheney. Cheney happened to be there.

B.) Withouth Scalia, the vote is 6-2.

I am so tired of these antics from the Democrats.

If you thought this was anything but an opportunity to smear and a fishing expedition, check out the Washington Monthly:

The Supreme Court has ruled that Dick Cheney doesn’t have to turn over the records of his energy task force meetings. Bummer. For an unvarnished look at what Republican administrations care about and what they don’t, this probably would have been unbeatable.

And just what is it about energy policy that the White House thinks ought to be kept secret, anyway? After all, it’s not like national security or military policy was part of the discussion, right?

It doesn’t matter what ‘they’ really care about. It is what they did- or tried to do. Go read the damned Energy bill, because that IS THE ENERGY POLICY.








Jack Ryan

If the reports are true, this guy is a little off base:

Jeri Ryan said her then-husband took her on three “surprise trips” in the spring of 1998 to New Orleans, New York and Paris, during which he took her to sex clubs. She said she refused to go in the first and went into the second at his insistence.

“It was a bizarre club with cages, whips and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling,” she said in the court document, adding that her husband “wanted me to have sex with him there, with another couple watching. I refused.”

Of course, it is mildly amusing to see certain people commenting about this. Apparently it is not Senatorial to have sex with your wife in public, but it is Presidential to stick cigars in interns, and the only time you shold be on your hands and knees in Paris is when you are getting it politically from Chirac and the Eurotrash.








The Media and The Words They Use

I have a real problem with the way the media is reporting the beheading of Nick Berg and the most recent victim, Kim Sun-il.

According to this AP report:

An Iraqi militant group has beheaded its South Korean hostage, Al-Jazeera television reported Tuesday.

The pan-Arab station said it had received a videotape showing that Kim Sun-il had been executed.

The Beeb reports it as such (looks like a slightly modified AP filing):

Islamic militants in Iraq have beheaded a South Korean man they were holding hostage, al-Jazeera television reports.
The Arabic satellite channel said it had received a video tape saying Kim Sun-il, 33, had been executed.

Kim Sun-il was not executed. He was murdered. This is not a stupid nitpicking like the ‘suicide-bombing’ v. ‘homicide bombing’ nonsense. When the term execute is used, it brings with it the implication that the sentence waslawful.

This was not- this was cold-blooded murder by a bunch of cretinous thugs. Hell- this wasn’t even in accordance to any version of Islamic law.

So stop using the term executed in these cases. They were murdered, and they are victims.

*** Update ***

BTW- The Back Country Conservative reminds us that these savages may have ten other captives.








Birthday

It’s my birthday- so probably not much more blogging from me.

You might like to check out these lovely gift items.








Ante Up

Congrats, Mr. Affleck:

If his movie career fizzles, Ben Affleck may have a fallback that pays pretty well.

He’s won more than 356-thousand dollars playing poker in California.

The actor outlasted a field of 90 players at the three-day tournament in Commerce that ended Sunday. Fellow actor Tobey Maguire went out on the first day.

Affleck’s win also earns him a 25-thousand dollar seat at the World Poker Tour Championship next April in Las Vegas.

If poker is your thing, make sureyou hit the Fat Guy’s and check out his long list of Poker Bloggers.








The Krugman Lies Keep Rolling

Discuss:

And we needn’t imagine that Mr. Ashcroft was deeply concerned about protecting the public’s privacy. After all, a few months ago he took the unprecedented step of subpoenaing the hospital records of women who have had late-term abortions.

Otherwise, Krugman had valid points- and why wasn’t the Noonday plot bigger news. But then he goes and shits the bed with this out and out lie.








Thanks, Grey Lady

When I say the lies and distortions from the NY times and her cronies are less than helpful, I am not exaggerating. Now the Chicoms are seizing on the election year politicking of the Times and the Democrats:

The United States should face the truth instead of playing around with the reality over the issue ofIraqi war, said China’s English-language newspaper China Daily in a signed article Friday.

“The United States would do itself and the world a huge favor by establishing a closer relationship with reality rather than wrestling with its own version of the truth, as the international credibility of American military intelligence is simply of zero value,” said the article.

“The truth is the United States used the threat of Iraqi WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and a connection to al-Qaida as justification for launching the war against the regime of Saddam Hussein,” it stressed.

According to a report Wednesday by a US commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, no credible evidence has been found that former Iraqi President Saddam Husseinaided al-Qaida attempts to target the United States.

“We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaida cooperatedon attacks against the United States,” said the report, issued by the bipartisan commission after two days of public hearings into the Sept. 11 attacks.

Meanwhile, the Bush administration so far still could not collect enough evidence that Saddam Hussein would give whatever WMD he possessed to terrorists, although it treated as a proven fact, said the article.

As the US government did not get support from the report for waging war in Iraq, “it is likely the Bush team will face more backlash both at home and abroad,” the article added.

Thanks.








Lies and More Lies

The NY Times continues spinning, without even flinching.








Hitchens On Moore

Go read the whole thing, in all of its savage glory, as Hitchens destroys Michael Moore:

I leave you with this tasty morsel:

If Michael Moore had had his way, Slobodan Milosevic would still be the big man in a starved and tyrannical Serbia. Bosnia and Kosovo would have been cleansed and annexed. If Michael Moore had been listened to, Afghanistan would still be under Taliban rule, and Kuwait would have remained part of Iraq. And Iraq itself would still be the personal property of a psychopathic crime family, bargaining covertly with the slave state of North Korea for WMD. You might hope that a retrospective awareness of this kind would induce a little modesty. To the contrary, it is employed to pump air into one of the great sagging blimps of our sorry, mediocre, celeb-rotten culture. Rock the vote, indeed.








Most Popular President Ever

Can’t wait to see the spin from Atrios on this one:

Most Americans say that Ronald Reagan, who died this month, will be remembered as a better president than Bill Clinton, who is trying to improve his image with a new autobiography, according to an Associated Press poll.

Seven in 10 say history will judge Reagan superior, based on the survey conducted one week after the Republican icon’s state funeral and nonstop media coverage focused not only on the ceremonies marking his death at age 93 but a lifetime of achievements from Hollywood to the White House.

Out of office just 3 1/2 years, Clinton recently returned to the limelight with a primetime interview to publicize his memoir, “My Life,” which goes on sale Tuesday. The expectation long before the 957-page book reached the stores was a tome that would provide insights into the sexual scandal with a White House intern and impeachment the nadir of the Clinton presidency.

“I think Reagan will be remembered as the better president, just because of the kind of man he was,” said Judy Humphrey, a 66-year-old retiree from Palmyra, N.Y. “I didn’t have a lot of respect for Clinton because of his personal life, though he may have done some good things.”

Some 83 percent of those questioned said they have a favorable view of Reagan as a person, according to the poll conducted for the AP by Ipsos-Public Affairs. The former president completed his two terms in office in 1988.

A majority of 53 percent said they have an unfavorable view of Clinton while 41 percent rated him favorably. In January, people were about evenly divided in their view of Clinton as a person.

Although stocks soared and the deficit fell during Clinton’s tenure, many Americans associate the Democrat with the marital infidelity that nearly toppled his presidency, impeachment by the House and the Senate vote that saved him. Women were slightly more likely than men to have an unfavorable view.

“People give Clinton credit for the economy, but what happened in the White House was so morally reprehensible that people hold his personal behavior against him,” said Robert Shapiro, a political science professor at Columbia University. “When people make the comparison, they see a big difference between the two men.”

Reagan often gets credit for the end of the Cold War, even though former President George H.W. Bush was in office when the Soviet Union collapsed. The military buildup during Reagan’s eight years and pressure on the Soviets are cited as contributing factors in the demise of the superpower.

By a 2-to-1 margin, those surveyed said Reagan was more effective at communicating his ideas to the American people than Clinton. “Reagan has certain ideals and principles and he conveyed those ideas clearly,” said Vid Kondratas, a 33-year-old, Springfield, Va., computer programmer who considers himself an independent. “People knew what Reagan stood for and what his principles were.”

Not a bad legacy for the Least Popular Modern President ever, right, Atrios?








Name Change for Liberal Radio?

Professor Bainbridge says Air America is having troubles:

If the facts turn out to be as the article reports, there is a very high probability that investors will be able to sue Cohen and Sorensen for securities fraud. But let’s set that issue aside.

I propose a name change from Air America to:

Air Enron.








Just Plain Evil

I am with Oliver. How anyone can make fun of or question that poor Korean man is just beyond me.

Shame on you, Laurence.