The Gingrich Will Not Steal Christmas

After months of on-again, off-again speculation, and just before what was billed as a major fund raising effort, Newt has (wisely) pulled the plug on his presidential bid: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) decided Saturday morning not to run for president just as his staff was preparing to launch a website to seek $30 [...]

What A World We Live In!

Fantasy sports meets the 2008 presidential race…go ahead and sign up, you know you want to!…

Can Hillary Be Stopped?

Yes, says Tom Bevan: …[T]he growing conventional wisdom that Hillary is unstoppable is at best massively premature and at worst flat wrong. In fact, it’s altogether possible we may look back at this past week, with Hillary basking in the media’s rave reviews of her Sunday talk show PR extravaganza and the congealing CW anointing [...]

Yeah, What He Said…

I can’t excerpt this piece, because it must be read in its entirety, and I can’t add anything of value to it, so I’ll simply say: read the new George Will column.  Pronto…

Strange Bedfellows

Despite much controversy over the decision to invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia, give credit to the institution’s president for pulling no punches: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the stage at Columbia University on Monday to a blistering reception from the president of the school, who said the hard-line leader behaved like “a petty [...]

A Message To Iran

This is the third posting I’ve done on the Israeli raid on Syria, and given my reduced blogging load, that’s quite a bit, but the story has the potential to be the biggest story of the year. I use the phrase ‘has the potential’ with all deliberateness, because it’s easy to go overboard on these [...]

Israel’s Raid On Syria Becoming Less Mysterious

A number of new articles have shed light on Israel’s air raid on Syria on September 6th, and it is becoming more and more probable that it was related to nuclear trade between Syria and North Korea: Israel’s decision to attack Syria on Sept. 6, bombing a suspected nuclear site set up in apparent collaboration [...]

BRILLIANT Idea, Sherlock!

Boy, that MoveOn.org ad worked out well for the far left, didn’t it? The Senate voted Thursday to condemn an advertisement by the liberal anti-war group MoveOn.org that accused the top military commander in Iraq of betrayal. The 72-25 vote condemned the full-page ad that appeared in The New York Times last week as Gen. [...]

Egads – Am I A Conspiracy Theorist, Too?

I sure hope not – nothing bothers me more than the ability of conspiracy theorists (exhibit A: 9/11 ‘Truthers’) to grab hold of every little scrap that suits their premises, and ignore the mountains of evidence that don’t – but in this case, there is precious little evidence either way.  I’m talking about that mysterious [...]

The Times, It Ain’t A-Chargin’…

With all apologies to Bob Dylan (fresh off his poorly received closing of last weekend’s Austin City Limits Festival), the NY Times has just confirmed the long-rumored death of TimesSelect, and even opened up its archive for the last twenty years for free: The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of [...]

Checking In On The Polls…

With just a 4.8% average spread between Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson at the RealClearPolitics polling page, the GOP race is as tight as it has been since…well, maybe ever. Or is it? Thompson is, of course, benefiting from his recent announcement at the moment, and enjoying a bounce that will probably decline. He is [...]

Deep Thoughts

This is the bumper sticker I would most like to see (inspired by all the insipid drivel I’m forced to read in Austin traffic): Nothing profound has ever been written on a bumper sticker – including this one. My favorite(?) of late I spotted on the way home yesterday: Earth Citizen For Peace Now think [...]

The President Makes His Pitch

From tonight’s speech: Gen. Petraeus believes we have now reached the point where we can maintain our security gains with fewer American forces. He has recommended that we not replace about 2,200 Marines scheduled to leave Anbar province later this month. In addition, he says it will soon be possible to bring home an Army [...]

One Mystery Solved, Two More Posed

The ancient mystery revealed: If a tree falls in the woods, and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? Answer: of course, you nitwit. The production of sound waves by a falling object is a physical process independent of the physical process of the receipt of sounds waves by a [...]

The Wrong Thing To Say

Time and time again the extremist elements on the left (and occasionally on the right, as well) overestimate their reach among the rank and file and go way, way too far. This time, it was MoveOn.org: Republicans have seized on a liberal advocacy group’s print ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus and have called on Senate [...]

Showdown

The big day is tomorrow, as General Petraeus begins his testimony: The top American commander in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus, has recommended that decisions on the contentious issue of reducing the main body of the American troops in Iraq be put off for six months, American officials said Sunday. General Petraeus, whose long-awaited testimony [...]

He’s Still Alive

Though I try (not always successfully) to make it a point to wish no ill will on anyone (it’s the surest sign of a lack of decent moral fiber to take delight in the misfortune of others), surely I can be forgiven for not exactly being delighted in the continued presence on this earth of [...]

“The Lunatics Are Running The Asylum” Department

I have commented before on the absolutely disgustingly large proportion of ‘progressives’ who are infantile enough to believe that 9/11 was an inside job. Being at “Ground Zero”, so to speak, here in Austin, I see it almost daily (I’m quite serious). I think many of my readers who maybe aren’t exposed to this lunacy [...]

Yep, Another Debate…

…and yep, I missed this one, too.  Egads, I’m falling down on the job lately! Fortunately, Chuck Todd of National Journal fame caught it, and he runs down the winners and losers: Let’s start with the winners: Thompson came out a winner within the first five minutes thanks to the moderator’s opening question about the [...]

Has Thompson Missed His Moment?

No, says Jay Cost: Fred Thompson will announce his candidacy this week – but many pundits think that it is over before it started. Thompson missed his “moment” by holding out through the summer. I could not disagree with this more. Without commenting on the likelihood of Thompson being the GOP nominee, I think it [...]

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