Monthly Archives: June 2007

A symbolic visit to a Wahhabi outpost

On Bill Bennett’s Morning in America this morning, Steve Emerson added a personal note concerning the mosque at which President Bush spoke today: “I’ve gotten ten copies [of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion] there over the years,” he said. Here is the audio clip of Emerson’s interview concerning the underreported story of the President’s visit to the Islamic Center of Washington. The president spoke there in honor of »

“Fairness,” liberal Democrat style

This Examiner editorial wonders why, at a time when every conceivable political opinion can be (and is) aired, Democrats like Dianne Feinstein are trying to revive the “fairness doctrine.” The Examiner offers two potent explanations. First, many more people are listening to conservative talk radio than to its liberal counterpart. Second, liberals possess an irresistible urge to have bureaucrats make decisions for the rest of us. I suspect that the »

The Latest from the Candidates

In the Candidates’ Forum, the Republican Presidential candidates are continuing to take their cases to the on-line community. A lot of pundits have been pronouncing the McCain campaign dead, but that’s highly premature. In the McCain Forum, the Senator’s campaign is pointing out new polls that show McCain in a virtual dead heat with Rudy Giuliani on a national basis. These polls are important, I think, because they count both »

What About the House?

All eyes are on the immigration bill that may be working its way through the Senate, but what about the House? It is not clear that any comprehensive immigration reform proposal can clear that body. Yesterday, Peter Hoekstra introduced a resolution before the House Republican caucus which simply said, »

Is the fix in on the immigration bill?

Virtually everything important that is happening with respect to the immigration bill seems to be happening under the surface, away from the eyes of prying journalists and concerned citizens. The procedural maneuvering is incomprehensible. The substance of the amendments before the Senate is extraordinarily difficult if not overwhelming given the limited time allowed for their consideration. I have only my intuition to go on. My intuition tells me that it »

A doctrinal battle shapes up

Today’s Hill carries Alexander Bolton’s story on Republican preparation to do battle against the reimposition of the Fairness Doctrine. Bolton quotes media critic Dick Durbin, who seems to be unaware of news media other than radio: Democratic leaders say that government has a compelling interest to ensure that listeners are properly informed. »

Intelligence failures

Our friends at the Claremont Institute and the Claremont Review of Books have once again afforded us the privilege of rolling out a few pieces from the new (Summer) issue, which has just been mailed out to subscribers. The CRB is the flagship publication of the Claremont Institute and is my favorite magazine. The mission of the CRB, consistent with the mission of the Claremont Institute itself, is to lay »

Save the last dance for me

Today is the anniversary of the birth of the great pop songwriter Doc Pomus (Jerome Felder). Doc was one of the true characters of the Brill Building era of pop songwriting. Together with his partner Mort Shuman, he wrote hit songs for a long list of artists including Elvis, Ray Charles, Dion and the Belmonts, and the Drifters. The Doc Pomus site includes a good biography and list of song »

Rising to the occasion, Part Three

Today, the Washington Post ran the third installment of its four-part series on Vice President Cheney. This one concerns his role in domestic policy. Here, Cheney’s judgments and positions were even more on target (if less heroic) than those pertaining to fighting terrorism. Of course, many of his domestic positions involved “set piece” issues, so it was easier to be correct and more difficult to be heroic. In any case, »

Mad as hell and hoping not to take it

Senator James Inhofe has an online petition which states: Members of the United State Senate, I am one of the millions of Americans who believes our first priority as a nation should be to secure our borders by enforcing existing laws. Amnesty is not the solution. I urge you to vote against the immigration reform bill currently being considered in the Senate and to oppose any future effort that undermines »

A “Yes” Vote Explains

As Scott noted earlier, Minnesota’s Senator Norm Coleman voted “yes” on cloture on the immigration bill today. A little while ago, he explained his thinking on the vote: The cloture motion I supported today was to move ahead with the debate on the immigration bill. This is the first of many votes that we will take on this bill. I did so because the immigration crisis facing our country is »

Fashions for the Ignorant Celebrity

I didn’t have much to say about Paris Hilton, and I wouldn’t have commented on Cameron Diaz’s fashion faux pas–for which, by the way, she apologized very graciously–except that it was the occasion for this cartoon by Michael Ramirez; click to enlarge: This, though, is beyond ignorance and beyond fashion. Rosie O’Donnell posted this video, in which she apparently uses her daughter to make a dumb political point. Via Drudge. »

A Nefarious Plot by Harry Reid?

Well, it’s a plausible suggestion. Richard Miniter says that the Democrats may be using an “unprecedented combination of legislative procedures” to push the immigration bill through the Senate–this afternoon! I haven’t seen this anywhere else and have no idea whether Richard is right or not, but it’s worth a look. UPDATE: It sounds like Miniter was right. This is from a press release by Senator Jim DeMint: Senator Reid has »

Putting a Face to a Name

Yesterday, we wrote about an Associated Press article on Fred Thompson’s career as a lobbyist. The article was factually accurate, as far as I know, but it took a decidedly anti-Thompson bent, as is evident from the opening paragraphs: Republican Fred Thompson, who likes to cast himself in the role of Washington outsider, has a long history as a political insider who earned more than $1 million lobbying the federal »

Senate invokes cloture

By a vote of 64-35, the Senate has invoked cloture on the immigration reform legislation. 60 votes were needed. This vote means that the legislation will be brought back to the Senate floor. There will be another cloture vote later in the week after a series of amendments have been voted on. If there are sixty votes for cloture at that stage, then the Senate surely will pass the legislation »

My Thoughts on Paris Hilton Leaving Jail


Next Up: U.S. Out of Afghanistan!

The Hill reports on the growing number of Congressional Democrats who are willing to say out loud that they want to abandon Afghanistan to the terrorists: When they won control of Congress in November, Democrats pressed their case to withdraw troops from Iraq and refocus on Afghanistan, but some are growing impatient with U.S. operations in Afghanistan as well. A few congressional Democrats go so far as suggesting that the »