Monday, August 30, 2004

Sen. McCain cuts down the diminutive Michael Moore

In his own subtle way, Sen. John McCain, who laid all his political capital in service of the re-election of the President, devastated the increasingly vile Michael Moore. Game, set, match, McCain. Let's see how Old Media treats this passage in tomorrow's papers.
Our choice wasn’t between a benign status quo and the bloodshed of war. It was between war and a graver threat. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Not our critics abroad.Not our political opponents.And certainly not a disingenuous film maker who would have us believe that Saddam’s Iraq was an oasis of peace when in fact it was a place of indescribable cruelty, torture chambers, mass gravesand prisons that destroyed the lives of the small children held inside their walls. Whether or not Saddam possessed the terrible weapons he once had and used, freed from international pressure and the threat of military action, he would have acquired them again.The central security concern of our time is to keep such devastating weapons beyond the reach ofterrorists who can’t be dissuaded from using them by the threat of mutual destruction.We couldn’t afford the risk posed by an unconstrained Saddam in these dangerous times. By destroying his regime we gave hope to people long oppressed that if they have the courage to fightfor it, they may live in peace and freedom.

Vacations and blogging

I'm back from vacation and haven't been thinking much about blogging. This much I know after trying to get FROM THE GROUND UP established: bloggers deserve a lot of credit for getting up in the morning and putting it all on the line. I wonder if I can ever keep up with the marquee players like instapundit.com, vodkapundit and Andrew Sullivan.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

The manufacturing of a metaphoric news event

How Bush 41 got the shaft from the media.

From snopes. com

Images are easily manipulated, however, and President George Bush (father of current president George W. Bush) found himself the victim of one during his failed re-election bid in 1992. The fun began during a primary season photo opportunity on 5 February, as President Bush dropped by a National Grocers Association convention in Orlando. One of the exhibits Bush visited was a demonstration of NCR's checkout scanning technology, an event New York Times reporter Andrew Rosenthal turned into a chiding front page story about Bush's lack of familiarity with the details of ordinary life in America:

How did we ever get along without cellphones?

Apparently annoyed by the intrusive cellphone Robert Samuelson of the Washington Post questions progress. I also wonder if all that small talk you overhear on cellphone conversations are really worth the bother. If we didn't have cellphones maybe we'd all be doing something useful like reading newspapers.


Friday, August 20, 2004

Krauthammer takes on the Democrats on troop deployment

The estimable Charles Krauthammer skewers the Democrats' new-found support for keeping the troops in Germany where they can watch Al-Qaeda cells in Hamburg or in South Korea where they have becoming sitting ducks thanks to failed Clinton policies.

John Kerry claims that withdrawing troops will send "the wrong signal" in a confrontation with North Korea over its nuclear weapons. Where was he when the Clinton administration sent a signal of abject surrender to the North Koreans by offering two shiny new nuclear reactors, oil shipments and all kinds of diplomatic goodies in return for a paper promise to freeze their nuclear program -- which they now brazenly and proudly claim to have broken long ago?

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Tearing apart the latest Kerry line on U.S. troop re-deployment

Speaking before the Veterans of Foreign Wars today, Senator John Kerry attacked President George W. Bush's new plan to redeploy American troops from around the world. On Monday, the president announced a plan to withdraw 70,000 troops from Europe and South Korea.

Kerry's criticism is built on a veneer of get-tough engagement and has some traction because nuclear-capable North Korea continues to be a threat. Flushing out Kerry's position on getting the Europeans to defend the continent on their own is another matter. If the Democrats were as sincere about their aims as they claim to be about North Korea, they would have a point. However, they're more interested in scoring political points than debating the merits of the Bush plan.

Vodkapundit has a thorough "fisking" of the new party line.

Is it time for the EU to stop free riding on U.S. forces?

The Germans, docile in the face of the Iraqi threat, if not antagonistic to U.S. interests sounds a different tune when it comes to U.S. dollars. From DW-WORLD.DE

Despite substantial anger among the German populace at US actions in Iraq (photo), and protests at some bases, many Germans see the economic considerations outweighing moral ones when it comes to a continuing presence of American troops in the neighborhood. Officials have begun doing what they can to convince the Americans to stay.


US Troop Pullout To Hit Local German Economies

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

A reminder in the war on poverty, poverty won!

August 20 is the 40th anniversary of the signing of Great Society legislation by Lyndon Baines Johnson but it is a "A painful anniversary."

Thomas Sowell picks apart the Great Society as only Sowell can! Must reading!


Friday, August 13, 2004

"The French Chef", Julia Child, American Icon RIP!

You gotta love Julia Child! She wasn't a phony.

From the AP dispatch

Chipper and unpretentious, she beckoned everyone to give good food a try .

Her gourmet philosophy also included drinking. In one TV program, chef and friend Jacques Pepin asked what kind of wine she preferred with picnics -- red or white.

"I like beer," Child said enthusiastically, pulling out a cold bottle and two glasses.

On Friday, Pepin recalled a friendship that began in 1960.

"We'd go to the market, and she'd buy Wonder Bread," he said in a telephone interview. "She had no snobbism about food whatsoever. She loved iceberg lettuce."

Child also expressed a fondness for hamburgers, which she ate while recovering from 2002 knee-replacement surgery.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Globe issues a plausible denial on KranishKerryEdwards Book

The Globe says Drudge and Amazon have it all wrong on KranishKerryEdwards.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Now seriously, does this surprise you?


The inevitable Boston Globe endorsement must now be anticlimatic. Don't you think?

From the Amazom.com entry!


From the Back Cover
What kind of president could John Kerry be? Over the last four years we've seen Republican policies in action; now Americans need to know what a Democratic administration would do differently. In this comprehensive book, Kerry and Edwards reveal their plans and promises for America. They chart their strategy to roll back the Bush tax cuts and use the savings to provide funding for their health care plan, education reform, and other initiatives. Kerry/Edwards aim to improve America by: restoring jobs and rebuilding our economy; providing access to affordable health care; creating a new era for America's schools; winning the peace in Iraq; defending the American homeland; instituting a principled foreign policy; helping to create a cleaner and greener America; making college affordable for all Americans; and much more. Can the Kerry/Edwards "Real Deal" succeed? In his introduction, the Boston Globe's Michael Kranish provides keen insight into what a Kerry/Edwards administration could mean for America's future.


Does Phoenix media critic Dan Kennedy know about this?

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Belo says Dallas Morning News inflated circulation

First Newsday, now the Dallas Morning News. Is this scandal spreading?