I have been uber busy the last few days. I finally completed my apartment move (I have a BED!!- No more futon), and now I am moving into my new office and getting things ready for the fall semester. I should resume daily posting, and not the sporadic weirdness (nothing for four days, then 35 posts, nothing for two days) in a week or so.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00John Colehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgJohn Cole2002-07-15 19:21:152002-07-15 19:21:15I have been uber busy
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00John Colehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgJohn Cole2002-07-15 19:19:262002-07-15 19:19:26The Libertarian Samizdata has moved
George Michael says he’s nervous to return to his home in the United States because of the criticism he’s received for his new song and video, “Shoot the Dog.”
I have not seen this, nor will I. I do not recall ever listening or watching anything by this simpering idiot except for some video with a bunch of hot models in various stages of undress. However, the coverage of this ‘political statement’ appears to unanimously agree that it is something akin to a Michael Moore statement with a drum beat.
“It’s been very heavily inferred that I was actually an al-Qaida sympathizer, that somehow I thought that there was something not horrific and shocking and undeserved about the attacks on September the 11th,” he said. “Americans are very reactionary right now, and I — because of that article — cannot return to America, even though my partner lives there.”
I just inferred that you were an idiot, if that helps to clear the air. Come on back, as we have plenty of room for idiots in the U.S. In fact, we adore them. How else can you explain Congress, the NY Times, Bud Selig, and all of Hollywood?
“I don’t think that there’s any real connection between what I’m saying (in the video) and the fact that I’m a gay man. But there’s a lot of connection in the press as to those two things,” Michael said.
No connection- except in the PRESS. Idiot or not?
“For some reason I don’t have a right to talk about anything because I got caught four years ago … in a Los Angeles toilet,” he said. “Somehow that eradicates all possibility that what I’m saying might be for the best, or is worthy of being discussed. I can’t fight that kind of homophobia.”
Michael was charged with lewd conduct in a Los Angeles public toilet in 1998. Soon after, he said publicly for the first time that he’s gay.
Since there is no connect to his homosexuality and his political opinions, Michael must now create one. Idiot. And puhhhleaze! A public bathroom? That is just gross- I don’t even touch public bathroom handles when avoidable, let alone being handled in a public bathroom.
Later, his career rebounded with the single and video “Outside,”
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John Fund on the true-blue conservative and American Hero John McCain: President Bush is making the Democratic Senate’s refusal to vote on many of his judicial nominees a major campaign issue this fall. Eminently qualified nominees such as Miguel Estrada and Mike McConnell were nominated 14 months ago and have yet to receive even a hearing. But a fellow Republican is undermining Mr. Bush’s effort to showcase vacancies that the Judicial Conference of the United States calls “judicial emergencies.” Sen. John McCain of Arizona is blocking action on even those few nominees the Democrats are willing to confirm.
Mr. McCain has placed a “personal privilege” hold on all Bush nominees–executive as well as judicial. He says he’ll lift his hold only if Mr. Bush appoints Ellen Weintraub, an election lawyer, to a Democratic vacancy on the bipartisan Federal Election Commission. Mr. McCain is furious at the FEC for a series of 4-2 votes that he feels improperly interpret the McCain-Feingold law by giving candidates more “flexibility.” Democrat Karl Sandstrom, whose term has expired, sided with the three Republican appointees against two Democratic commissioners. Ever since those votes Mr. McCain has joined Democrats in mau-mauing the commission, going so far as to threaten to introduce legislation abolishing it.
Self-centered, self-aggrandizing, immature, childish, back-stabbing, hot-tempered, ill-mannered, prick. My Words. Fund is more eloquent:
It’s understandable that Sen. McCain is protective of his campaign finance legislation. And it’s hardly surprising that he’d try to exert his influence on the FEC. But Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, says it is flat-out wrong for him to be “punishing the judicial branch of government for the sins of one FEC commissioner.” For him to hijack the presidential nominating process when several vacancies have been unfilled for over a year, and at a time when the federal government needs all hands on deck to fight a war on terrorism, carries traditional senatorial pique to new heights of self-aggrandizement.
Oops. Did I say self-aggrandizing yesterday and again today? So did Fund. I guess we agree.
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Opinion Journal yesterday, and now Rush Limbaugh (god it hurts quoting him- everyone will imediately dismiss it) today, both point out how the media has ‘mainstreamed’ Larry Klayman and Judicial Watch. It is true that Klayman has always descrbied himself and his group as conservative, but why the disparity in the media descriptions. Why is he now just a member of a watchdog group, when before when he attacked anything Democrats did he was a Clinton Hater, etc?
Ideology: Now You See It, Now You Don’t In May 2000, the Associated Press published a dispatch about a Judicial Watch lawsuit against Bill Clinton. The dispatch twice referred to Judicial Watch as a “conservative group.”
Yesterday the AP published a dispatch on a threatened Judicial Watch lawsuit against Dick Cheney. The dispatch makes no reference to the group’s ideology, calling it only “a Washington-based watchdog group.”
Klayman heads a group called Judicial Watch, and all through the nineties he constantly sued the Clinton administration. We did some research, and just to give you a sample, check out the way AP has described Klayman’s group in the past:
November 28th, 2000 – “Larry Klayman, chairman and general counsel for Judicial Watch Inc., said the conservative legal firm…”
October 28th, 1998 – “Larry Klayman of the conservative group Judicial Watch…”
December 4th, 1997 – “Larry Klayman, head of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch…”
September 14th, 1996 -Headline: “Conservative Group Sues First Lady in FBI Files Controversy.”
Now, let’s get back to his suit against the vice president. Note this AP headline and excerpt from Wednesday:
July 11, 2002 – Group Called Judicial Watch Sues Vice President Cheney.
“Judicial Watch, which describes itself as a nonpartisan group, has also sued for access to records of the Cheney-led energy task force…”
Now folks, every time Klayman’s name came up in the nineties, Judicial Watch was described as a conservative watchdog group.
Limbaugh Haters- He is right on this one. He goes on:
Just to prove my point further, I went to the Judicial Watch web site and found the following press release from this past February.
For immediate release: Judicial Watch Investigating Democratic National Committee Chair’s Link To Bankrupt Global Crossing. DNC’s Terry McAuliffe turned $100,000 investment into $18 million. (Company’s accounting practices questioned)
Did Peter Jennings, Robin Roberts, Judy Woodruff, or any of the others report this? No! They didn’t report it, and had they, they would have called this a conservative watchdog extremist group in Washington. But Klayman sues Cheney and all of a sudden he’s legit. Go figure.
The World Wildlife Fund used to be one of the more sensible environmental advocacy groups, with a guiding philosophy of “Please don’t hurt the cute little panda babies.” Now they’ve turned lunatic. Let’s see how they compare with that other crazy WWF, the World Wrestling Federation:
World Wrestling Federation: Appeal based on comically threatening entities named the Undertaker, the Rock, Latino Heat.
World Wildlife Fund: Appeal based on comically threatening entities named the Greenhouse Effect, Global Warming, Overpopulation, Kyoto Protocol.
World Wrestling Federation: Supporters mainly young, under-educated and gullible.
World Wildlife Fund: Supporters mainly young, over-educated and gullible.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00John Colehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgJohn Cole2002-07-11 20:12:402002-07-11 20:12:40Check out this hysterical story
Bush tosses a pebble in the water and the ripples spread across the lake; the EU drops a huge rock of conventional wisdom and it sinks without trace. I’ve said before that, if America is Coke, the world could use a Pepsi. If the EU doesn’t have the will to fulfil that role militarily, it could at least try to do it intellectually, with a bit of fresh creative thinking about some of these issues. But instead it clings to 1970s terrorists, 1970s missile treaties and 1970s environmental doom-mongering. Poor old Europe: never mind walking the walk, it can’t even talk the talk.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00John Colehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgJohn Cole2002-07-11 19:59:242002-07-11 19:59:24Mark Steyn on fire again:
I will not apologize to McCain- I was uncharitable about his military record, this much is true- he is a hero. That is as far as I will backtrack, however. McCain has spent the last two decades accomplishing nothing as a legislator except embroiling himself in the Keating Five and the god-awful McCain-Feingold bill. On second thought, now that I have seen some of the stuff he has sponsored and co-sponored, I should be glad he has accomplished little. He is nothing more than the token Republican for every one of Kennedy’s and Leahy’s and Dodd’s bad ideas, and has been nothing but a pompous, self-promoting, ankle-biting thorn in Bush’s side since the year 2000. And probably before.
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Anyone who has their panties in a bunch over Bush and Harken (which amounted to nothing according to the SEC- but hell, this being an election season, let’s ignore them and tar and feather those people too) but has failed to once mention Global Crossing and Terry McAuliffe. You bloggers know we can check your archives, and we do know who you are.
Anyone who thought the assault on Microsoft was anything more than Clinton-era trash politics and ‘hate-the-rich’ populism. At least their earning statements are real, you prick bastards.
Hypocrite Democrats who are now attacking corporate America for defrauding investors. Are they pissed because this means fewer tax incomes because of the insidious capital gains tax? Or because this might mean less money in the even worse estate tax revenue? Or maybe it is because…. Hey- Why are they defending investors all-of-a-sudden? I thought they are the party of the poor, and according to their progressive tax strategies, anyone who makes 50k and has a moderate 401k plan is RICH. Oh yeah. This is an election year.
Anyone who claims cheerleading and figure skating are sports. No, I can not cheerlead or figure skate- but that doesn’t mean they are a sport. I can’t lay an egg or swallow a sword, either, but no one is claiming they are sports.
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https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00John Colehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgJohn Cole2002-07-10 20:07:412002-07-10 20:07:41Finally, Something for Major League
Posting will be light this week (as if you did not already know this from the absence of posts), as I am out of town teaching and have very little time to post (plus I hat this 56k connection). One general thought:
The Democrats really saved us some time today. Since they attacked the President’s speech on corporate responsibility BEFORE he gave it, it should be clear to everyone that they have already made their minds up about every issue and every thing the President stands for or might in the future stand for- they oppose it.
It was a refreshing bit of honesty and openness on their parts. Now we can really dismiss anything they say as pure partisan politics. Let’s try it and see how well we can predict future Democratic reactions.
Future Bush Energy Policy:
Bush is in bed with big busiiness, he wants to put arsenic in water, we can not drill our way into a surplus of energy, there are not enough tax cuts for alternative energy programs, Bush is in bed with Detroit and will not raise CAFE standards.
Bush Judicial Nominees
This person is an arch conservative. He cuts holes into all of his white pillow cases. He gassed the truck that dragged James Byrd. If he is elected, women and minorities will lose the right to vote, and he will allow legislation to stand as constitutional that would require the jack-hammering of all handicap accessible ramps. He wants to execute retarded jaywalkers. He is against abortion even in the case of pregnancies brought on by a gang rape perpetrated by HIV infected men.
See- It is easy. Just take any position or idea Bush might have, and then insert the most ridiculous, vile, and offensive arguments you can muster or the Democrats have mustered in the past, and you have their argument before they present it. Then, when they actually present their argument, you have a humorous checklist to cross reference.
This is McAuliffe’s winning strategy for November? Perhaps I can help them with a slogan-
Democrats 2002- We Oppose!
One more thing: Why is it that anytime I hear a Senator say “Democrats and Republicans both support this legislation but the President opposes it,” I know that what the person means is “50 Democrats and John McCain support this.” Why is he even in the party anymore, and why does the press adore him? Other than his association with the Keating Five, almost failing out of the Naval Academy, smashing several government jets and being unfortunate enough to be a POW, and the HIDEOUS attempt at curtailing free-speech that was disguised as Campaign Finance, what has this man accomplished? Try to think of one piece of meaningful legislation. Yeah, I thought so. Maybe they like him for his semi-annual melanoma awareness. Shrug.
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https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00John Colehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgJohn Cole2002-07-04 19:00:402002-07-04 19:00:40Will Warren has his own
Lileks has a wonderful bleat up about grocery stores and how we are just the best damn country in the world.
Steve Den Beste has a touching and disturbing photo montage from September 11th.
When I finally go outside and brave the god awful heat, I will be treated to flags hanging everywhere, pudgy people in tight red white and blue t-shirts, fireworks, parades, and all sorts of other displays. What a country.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00John Colehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgJohn Cole2002-07-04 13:13:042002-07-04 13:13:04One of the things I