Friday, 23 May 2008
CHUCK SCHUMER'S MEDIA FREE PASS
Chuck Schumer, the Democratic senator from New York, has a media free
Want proof? Read this excerpt from Noel Sheppard at www.newsbusters.org (read the entire piece
Media Miss Schumer's OPEC Oil
Production Versus ANWR Drilling Gaffe
As the oil
executives hearings on Capitol Hill received great media attention given
soaring gasoline prices, supposedly impartial press members missed a classic
gaffe by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as it pertains to the benefits of OPEC
raising production quotas versus America drilling in the Arctic National
On Wednesday, Schumer once again claimed "if
[Saudi Arabia] did a million barrels of oil a day increase from today, it
would go down about -- the translation to gasoline would be about $.50 a
gallon, maybe $.62."
Yet, on May 7, Schumer felt a likely similar
increase from drilling in ANWR would "reduce the price of oil by a
As Marc Sheppard over at the American Thinker
out Thursday, in Schumer's odd calculus, only increases in foreign oil
production will bring down the price
So, Schumer was chastising these executives
for wanting to explore for more oil while getting them to admit an additional
million barrels available per day would bring prices down significantly even
though he believes the extra production if it came from ANWR would be totally
Why weren't media all over this glaring
Yes, that's a rhetorical
Can you imagine the media outcry if John McCain had said the reverse of that
(i.e. that ANWR would give us a 62 reduction but an identical amount of Saudi
oil would give us just 1)? You'd never hear the end of it.
And what if President Bush said it? Or Rush Limbaugh? Or
any of the other media bogeymen?
This, friends, is what you get when a politician is handed a free pass.
And Mr. Schumer revels in it.
STEALTH SUCCESS IN IRAQ
Here is a short, sweet, superb analysis of how well we are doing in Iraq. It comes complete with a headline that implies
Democrats would be most likely to reverse our success,
presumably for political gain (with the copious help of a great many in the mainstream
media). It is written by Paul Mirengoff of www.powerlineblog.com:
that probably only the Democrats can reverse
Yesterday, we noted how
the Iraqi army has taken control, for now, of Sadr City. This accomplishment
follows a campaign in Basra that even the New York Times has acknowledged was
And the good news doesn't stop here. Max Boot
points out that in Mosul, considered the last stronghold of Al Qaeda in Iraq.
the number of daily attacks has dropped at least 85 percent since U.S.-Iraqi
forces began an offensive against Sunni insurgents in the city earlier this
month. This according to Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of Multi-National
More generally, the rope continues to tighten
around the neck of al-Qaeda. While acknowledging that it remains a threat to
stability, Army Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, interim head U.S. Central Command,
finds that al Qaeda is in its weakest state since it gained an initial foothold
in the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion five years ago. Simply put, these
terrorists are running out of places where local Iraqis will accommodate their
extremist ideology. And when al Qaeda does find a foothold somewhere, as in
Mosul, U.S.-Iraqi forces can deliver a drubbing.
This means, as Peter Wehner
puts it, that "the debate has shifted from what the right strategy is to one of
national will." In other words, "Will our nation, weary of this long and costly
war, continue along the path which has brought about indisputable, and in some
cases breathtaking, progress?" If so, "there will be honor in our effortsand,
its now reasonable to say, success as well."
We are experiencing succeess in Iraq. Major
success. Success that should be blaring on the front page of every
newspaper and should be a, if not the, major story on every network news
Is it? And if it isn't (which it isn't), then why not?
Is it because to succeed in Iraq means blowing away the
story line media have been feeding us for years? Is it because the Democratic party has put itself in a position where it is
damaged politically if the news from Iraq is good, so its media friends
are cooperating by attempting to keep voters ignorant of the good news in this election
You tell me.
HILLARY'S ASSASSINATION RATIONALE
Hillary Clinton has every right to stay
in the presidential race. Despite my dislike of her, I strongly
believe Democrats would be far better off if she were the candidate.
But I can't believe she framed her reason
for staying in the way she did. Here it is, courtesy of www.nypost.com. If you happen to be fond
of incredibly tasteless comments, this is a true classic:
HILLARY RAISES ASSASSINATION
By GEOFF EARLE
Clinton today brought up the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy while
defending her decision to stay in the race against Barack
"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he
won theCalifornia primary
somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was
assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it," she said,
dismissing calls to drop out.
Watch a video of the editorial board meeting
camp immediately fired back.
Clinton's statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and
has no place in this campaign," Obama campaign spokesman said in a
made her comments at a meeting with the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader's editorial
board while campaigning in South Dakota, where she complained that, "People have
been trying to push me out of this ever since
the first African-American to advance so far in the race for the White House,
has faced threats, sources have said.
Has Ms. Clinton taken leave of her senses? Can she possibly be
telling voters that her rationale for staying in is just in case Barack Obama is
I would prefer to think she didn't mean it the way it came out and that this
was just an unbelievably grotesque case of misspeaking. But she isn't
making it easy. So far she hasn't backtracked from it even one little
What an awful thing to say. And how foolish to leave it as is.
Comments like this are not just going to put her out of the race in 2008.
They can permanently damage her - presidentially AND in the
UPDATE: Ms. Clinton just apologized, saying that "if it
was in any way offensive...I had no intention of that".
AN ARGUMENT FOR PAWLENTY AS MCCAIN'S VP CANDIDATE
Here are excerpts from a piece by Nicole Russell, writing for American
Spectator (www.spectator.org). In it, she details how
Minnesota Tim Pawlenty, faced with a lemon of monumental proportions, made as
much lemonade out of it as he could. In my opinion,it is a
chapter-and-verse argument for bringing him on board as John McCain's running
You can read the entire article by clicking here:
By Nicole Russell
Published 5/23/2008 12:07:52 AM
Before the clock struck midnight last Sunday and their
carriage transformed into a pumpkin, Minnesota legislators and
Governor Tim Pawlenty reached a deal with local
representatives worth more than just Cinderella's glass
slipper and a starstruck prince.
Faced with a
legislature that conjured up a veto-proof majority to override
Pawlenty's veto of a recent $6.6 billion transportation bill,
Pawlenty reached across the aisle to save Minnesotans money.
Other politicians should take note: It is possible to get
things done, even when you're outnumbered.
Minnesotans are happy with the Governor's negotiations. To
some conservatives, the end-of-session deals only
demonstrates, on a local level, what many Republican
politicians are doing on a national level:
To be sure, the 2008 legislative session
was anything but a model of small-government conservatism. It
included bills that require enormous amounts of money,
including $70 million to fund the Central Corridor light rail
project between Minneapolis and St. Paul and $20 million to
develop land for a new state park on Lake Vermillion. The
legislature also passed plenty of additional regulations -- on
business, health care, diesel fuel, and so much
WHILE IT'S HARD to defend such money-sucking
projects, the flip side of the coin offers some hope to
Minnesota taxpayers. Minnesota's $935 million projected state
budget deficit was erased and the budget for this next fiscal
year was balanced without raising taxes.
legislature passed a Tax Bill that caps property taxes for
three years (with some exceptions) and includes permanent
property tax relief. This bill is a slice of heaven compared
to the tax bill proposed by the Democrat house last year which
guaranteed a tax increase and didn't guarantee property tax
So even if Minnesota taxpayers "lost" in some
areas, they avoided $5 billion worth of proposed tax increases
by the Democrats, thanks to Governor Pawlenty and the
Republicans in the House.
With legislature and the
Governor cheering and some conservatives pouting in the
corner, it begs the question of Pawlenty and other politicians
in his position: What else could he have done with a
Democrat-controlled legislature (and veto-proof
The results of this session are proof
positive that Republican leaders shouldn't give up trying to
accomplish conservative reforms with their liberal
counterparts. If they can do well with limited resources and
few allies, they'll know exactly what to do when they're dealt
Consider Mr. Pawlenty. He is young (47 years old), dynamic,
conservative, obviously capable of working effectively with Democrats as the
article shows, and has been elected Governor of a purple-leaning-blue swing
state two times.
How does that fit John McCain's Vice Presidential needs? Like a
JOHN MCCAIN'S HEALTH
For months John McCain has had to endure a series of attacks, some of them
extremely vicious and personal, about his age (he is 71).
The single most disgusting of them was keith olbermann's "joke" that he might
Any on-air host who said that would
immediately be reprimanded or, more appropriately, suspended --- assuming his network had at least
the integrity of a sun-dried dog turd. Since olbermann is on MSNBC, it
will therefore probably not surprise you to learn that nothing happened to him at
In any event, Mr. McCain has released his comprehensive
medical records. Here, via excerpts from the
Associated Press article
, is what
FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz.
(AP) - Three-time melanoma survivor
John McCain appears cancer-free, has a strong heart and is in otherwise general
good health, according to eight years of medical records reviewed by The
The Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting
remains at risk for developing new skin cancers, and
gets a thorough check by a Mayo Clinic dermatologist every few months.
"I do not see any worrisome lesions," Dr. Suzanne
Connolly concluded after McCain's most recent exam, on May 12.
The details of McCain's health are contained in
1,173 pages of medical documents spanning 2000 to 2008 that his campaign made
available to the AP to make the case that he's healthy enough to serve as
president, as well as to counter the notion that he's too old. The Arizona
senator will turn 72 in August and would be the oldest elected first-term
Like many aging Americans, McCain takes medicine
to keep his cholesterol in check.
But Mayo internist Dr. John Eckstein, his longtime
personal physician, lauded McCain's performance on a heart stress testsweating
it out for 10 minutes when Eckstein routinely sees patients decades younger quit
at five or seven minutes.
"I think physiologically he is considerably
younger than his chronologic age based on his cardiovascular fitness," Eckstein
said in an interview Thursday. "I got a call from the cardiologist who said that
he had not seen anyone that age exercise for that long in a long time."
His likely Democratic rival, Barack Obama, will be
47 in August. Obama, lean and agile and a frequent basketball player, says he
has quit smoking. Neither he nor Democratic opponent Hillary Rodham Clinton has
released health records.
"We don't have a crystal ball, but we have no way
to say anything at the present time would preclude him from running for office,"
said dermatologist Connolly.
Early on in the primaries, a number of voters said
McCain's age was a problem, but recent surveys suggest it may not be as big an
issue. An ABC News-Washington Post poll conducted in April found 70 percent
saying McCain's age would not make any difference to their vote. Other recent
polls found similar results, with two-thirds or more saying his age doesn't
McCain has shrugged off the issue by highlighting
his stamina and strong genes. He has recalled his "rim-to-rim" Grand Canyon hike
in he has campaigned with his energetic mother, age 96. He was a two-pack-a-day
smoker until quitting in 1980.
During his first presidential run, eight years
ago, McCain disclosed hundreds of pages of records to reporters as he sought
then to counter what aides called a "whisper campaign" questioning his mental
fitness. In those records, medical personnel concluded that his years in prison,
including solitary confinement, left him with no psychological wounds. Aides
said McCain has had no mental evaluations in the past eight years and none was
included in the documents.
Well, there it is. Essentially Mr. McCain is the picture of
health. In fact, this news is so good that it could put the McCain
hating olbermann in the hospital himself.
Will it happen? Depends.....
AMAZING VIDEO OF AN AMAZING MAN
How do you feel about people who are truly amazing - not hyped-up
amazing but the real kind?
Tell you what: Click on this link, which comes to us from my California
buddy Russ, and see amazing in all its glory. I guarantee that you
will be mesmerized.
OBAMA VERSUS MCCAIN ON THE VETERANS' BILL
If this exchange is any indication of how a campaign between Barack Obama and
John McCain would go, Mr. Obama had better learn from it. Because Mr.
McCain literally pinned his ears back and made him look like a child.
Yesterday, the senate passed a veterans' bill sponsored by Senator Webb. The
vote was very strong: 75-22. President Bush opposed the bill because
it contains a number of individual elements he wanted removed, and has threatened to veto
it. Senator McCain supports the President's position.
Senator Obama made one of his rare appearances in the senate chamber and
voted for the bill. Senator McCain was not there to vote.
Seeing this as an opportunity to make points with the military and people who
support the military, Mr. Obama made the following statement:
"I respect Sen. John McCain's service to our
country. He is one of those heroes of which I speak. But I
can't understand why he would line up behind the president in opposition to
this GI Bill. I can't believe why he believes it is too generous to our
veterans. I could not disagree with him and the president more on this
At this point I would like to remind you that Mr.
McCain has said he wants to run a fair, respectful campaign. Some people
might take that to mean he would not hit back hard on a given issue, even if he
is attacked. Well, read Mr. McCain's response to the Obama attack and see
if you still think so. Here it is, in its entirety:
"It is typical, but
no less offensive that Senator Obama uses the Senate floor to take cheap shots
at an opponent and easy advantage of an issue he has less than zero
understanding of. Let me say first in response to Senator Obama, running for
President is different than serving as President. The office comes with
responsibilities so serious that the occupant can't always take the
politically easy route without hurting the country he is sworn to defend.
Unlike Senator Obama, my admiration, respect and deep gratitude for America's
veterans is something more than a convenient campaign pledge. I think I have
earned the right to make that claim.
"When I was five years old, a car
pulled up in front of our house in New London, Connecticut, and a Navy officer
rolled down the window, and shouted at my father that the Japanese had bombed
Pearl Harbor. My father immediately left for the submarine base where he was
stationed. I rarely saw him again for four years. My grandfather, who
commanded the fast carrier task force under Admiral Halsey, came home from the
war exhausted from the burdens he had borne, and died the next day. I grew up
in the Navy; served for twenty-two years as a naval officer; and, like Senator
Webb, personally experienced the terrible costs war imposes on the veteran.
The friendships I formed in war remain among the closest relationships in my
life. The Navy is still the world I know best and love most. In Vietnam, where
I formed the closest friendships of my life, some of those friends never came
home to the country they loved so well.
"But I am running for the
office of Commander-in-Chief. That is the highest privilege in this country,
and it imposes the greatest responsibilities. It would be easier politically
for me to have joined Senator Webb in offering his legislation. More
importantly, I feel just as he does, that we owe veterans the respect and
generosity of a great nation because no matter how generously we show our
gratitude it will never compensate them fully for all the sacrifices they have
borne on our behalf.
"Senators Graham, Burr and I have offered
legislation that would provide veterans with a substantial increase in
educational benefits. The bill we have sponsored would increase monthly
education benefits to $1500; eliminate the $1200 enrollment fee; and offer a
$1000 annually for books and supplies. Importantly, we would allow veterans to
transfer those benefits to their spouses or dependent children or use a part
of them to pay down existing student loans. We also increase benefits to the
Guard and Reserve, and even more generously to those who serve in the Selected
"I know that my friend and fellow veteran, Senator Jim Webb,
an honorable man who takes his responsibility to veterans very seriously, has
offered legislation with very generous benefits. I respect and admire his
position, and I would never suggest that he has anything other than the best
of intentions to honor the service of deserving veterans. Both Senator Webb
and I are united in our deep appreciation for the men and women who risk their
lives so that the rest of us may be secure in our freedom. And I take a
backseat to no one in my affection, respect and devotion to veterans. And I
will not accept from Senator Obama, who did not feel it was his responsibility
to serve our country in uniform, any lectures on my regard for those who did.
"The most important difference between our two approaches is that
Senator Webb offers veterans who served one enlistment the same benefits as
those offered veterans who have re-enlisted several times. Our bill has a
sliding scale that offers generous benefits to all veterans, but increases
those benefits according to the veteran's length of service. I think it is
important to do that because, otherwise, we will encourage more people to
leave the military after they have completed one enlistment. At a time when
the United States military is fighting in two wars, and as we finally are
beginning the long overdue and very urgent necessity of increasing the size of
the Army and Marine Corps, one study estimates that Senator Webb's bill will
reduce retention rates by 16%.
"Most worrying to me, is that by
hurting retention we will reduce the numbers of men and women who we train to
become the backbone of all the services, the noncommissioned officer. In my
life, I have learned more from noncommissioned officers I have known and
served with than anyone else outside my family. And in combat, no one is more
important to their soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen, and to the officers
who command them, than the sergeant and petty officer. They are very hard to
replace. Encouraging people not to choose to become noncommissioned officers
would hurt the military and our country very badly. As I said, the office of
President, which I am seeking, is a great honor, indeed, but it imposes
serious responsibilities. How faithfully the President discharges those
responsibilities will determine whether he or she deserves the honor. I can
only tell you I intend to deserve the honor if I am fo rtunate to receive it,
even if it means I must take politically unpopular positions at times and
disagree with people for whom I have the highest respect and affection.
"Perhaps, if Senator Obama would take the time and trouble to
understand this issue he would learn to debate an honest disagreement
respectfully. But, as he always does, he prefers impugning the motives of his
opponent, and exploiting a thoughtful difference of opinion to advance his own
ambitions. If that is how he would behave as President, the country would
regret his election."
Talk about a direct hit!
Simply stated, Mr. McCain reamed Mr. Obama. Completely.
If Barack Obama thinks he's going to win a rhetorical battle with John McCain
by playing politics with a military issue, he learned a major lesson here.
I wonder if his smugness and arrogance will allow it to seep
MAXINE WATERS. DUUUHHH
There is dumb. There is dumber. There is dumbest. And
there is Maxine Waters.
Please read the blog below, which is from www.hotair.com. Then watch the video
Pay special attention to the people around Ms. Waters, as they try, not quite
successfully, to suppress their laughter:
Video: Maxine Waters threatens to nationalize
Americas oil industry
posted at 9:26 pm on May 22, 2008 by
Befitting the catastrophic stupidity of this idea,
she doesnt even know what the proper term for it is. Im sitting here telling
myself that Shep and the Foxies must have taken this out of context somehow
since it would seem rather newsworthy and yet theres not a single
article about it on the wires that I can find. Go figure. But here you go, one
of the most alarming collectivist ad libs by a mainstream American politician
since the last creepy thing Hillary said,whatever that may be. Viva