Archive for March, 2005

She’s a good actress…

March 31, 2005

…but I really could care less what her politics are. I am speaking of Gwyneth Paltrow (who’s finest work was probably in View From the Top, where she described the skirts worn by her and Christine Applegate as glorified belts…). She along with Vernon Jordan, a ficture of the Clinton White House best known for finding Monica Lewinski a job in order to keep her quiet, will be guest “bloggers” on Arianna Huffington’s upcoming web magazine. This is according to today’s Washington Times Inside the Beltway column.

A sure sign of the coming Apocalypse…

March 31, 2005

No, not the latest CD by Shatner, it’s the mind boggling concept that Jessie Jackson and Sean Hannity agree on an issue.

Weird SciFi Post of the Day…

March 30, 2005

If you’re enough of a geek, like me, to have picked up William Shatner’s new CD Has Been (pretty good actually), you are probably nerdy enough to take a look at Leonard Nimoy’s music video of the ‘Ballad of Bilbo Baggins’.

Examing the bottom line of MemoGate Part 2

March 30, 2005

Hindrocket takes the issue down the basics:

So: An anonymous Democratic Senator tells us that an anonymous Republican Senator gave the document to an anonymous Democratic Congressman, who passed it on to anonymous Democratic aides, who gave it to reporters. That certainly clears up any doubts about the memo! And, oh, by the way, where did the Repuublican Senator supposedly get the memo? From a Democratic staffer? A reporter? A lobbyist? Who knows?

Kurtz notes, but does not pursue, some of the reasons we have advanced suggesting that the document is a fake. No one he interviewed explained how or why the memo was revised to eliminate four typographical errors after it was first reported by ABC, but before it was leaked by Democrats on Capitol Hill to a liberal web site. And no one he interviewed explained why Republicans would either create or circulate a document suggesting that the party was seeking political gain from the Schaivo case–a claim that is a Democratic talking point, but certainly not a Republican one.

As I said to Howard Kurtz, “The content of the memo tells me it wasn’t prepared to benefit the Republican Party, it was prepared to benefit the Democratic Party.”

This is sounding more and more like the left making shit up and repeating the lie over and over again.
Read the whole thing, there is a fair amount of MSM and democrat weasling going on.

The .50 Caliber Boogyman

March 30, 2005

The Liberty Snake has a good article on the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) campaign being carried out by anti-Civil Rights Victim Disarmament groups.
Here are some highlights:

First, what gun was loveline’s “political savant” refering to? As you’ve probably guessed from my title, the 50 caliber bmg. It’s a rifle with usually a single shot, five shot, or ten shot capacity that shoots 1/2 inch diameter rounds. The extreme range of such a gun is approximately 1.5 miles (that means unless you are a skilled sniper, good luck hitting anything that far away). I believe the average accurate range of the gun is about 1000 yards. Now in order to shoot down an airliner, how far would the gun have to shoot? Airliners usually fly at about 30,000 feet, which is about 5 1/2 miles up. The fifty caliber rifle on a good day would fall 4 miles short.

The reality of it is you can’t shoot down an airliner with a 50 caliber rifle. It only happens in movies, if that. Incidentally, one of the greatest fighters in the history, the F-86 Sabre, was armed with six 50 caliber machine guns, and most of it’s pilots considered to be lacking in the firepower department. In fact, many pilots ended up shooting all eighteen hundred rounds of ammunition on board at a single target without scoring a kill. Now if eighteen hundred rounds of 50 caliber ammunition has trouble taking down a Mig-15 (much smaller than a 747), how do you think someone armed with ten 50 caliber rounds is going to fare against an airliner? Only a liberal would be stupid enough to think they have a chance.

Now, as the educated reader knows, spreading lies and fear is that standard tactic of the gun-grabber.
They have even put their plans in writing:

“… many Americans do believe that handguns are effective weapons for home-defense and the majority of Americans …believe the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms. Yet, many who support the individual’s right to own a handgun have second thoughts when the issue comes down to assault weapons. Assault weapons are often viewed the same way as machine guns and `plastic’ firearms — a weapon that poses such a grave risk that it’s worth compromising a perceived constitutional right.” — “Assault Weapons: Analysis, New Research and Legislation” Josh Sugarmann, March 1989

“Assault weapons… are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons — anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun — can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.” — “Assault Weapons: Analysis, New Research and Legislation” Josh Sugarmann, March 1989

They also often flat out just lie out of ignorance and hate, as David Kopel points out:

In Fort Collins last August, the “Million” Mom group advertised a “public” meeting, so a small group of civil arms activists, led by Bob Glass, showed up to take notes. Million Mom member Cherie Trine described Glass’s group to Boulder Weekly columnist Wayne Laugesen as “a neo-Nazi group that wants to terrorize the whole community. They’re very anti-Semitic, anti-gay, racist people. They might as well be wearing KKK caps. They’re like the people who hate government and want to bomb federal buildings.”
In fact, Glass is a Jew who advocates civil rights for everyone and denounces acts of violence.

Interesting data on the 2000 election is still popping up.

March 30, 2005

The nice folks over at Red dug up this an interesting article from the Washington Post.
The key data from the article is:

Polidata’s Clark Bensen said that Bush carried 255 congressional districts on his way to winning reelection last November, while Kerry won 180. The president captured 214 districts held by congressional Republicans and 41 districts that were won by Democratic House candidates. Just 18 of the districts that Kerry won are in GOP hands.

Doverspa of continues with more analysis of the political makeup of the country:

This is the first time in 60+ years that Republicans are as numerous as Democrats. Furthermore, since there are still more crossover Democrats (11% voted for Bush while 6% of Republicans voted for Kerry) and crossover Democratic Congressional Districts (41 Democratic CDs voted for Bush, 18 Republican CDs voted for Kerry), Republicans have a slight edge probably similar to the 51%-48% Presidential result.

This is good stuff. Stop by and read the whole thing.

Even more on Memogate Part 2

March 30, 2005

Michelle Malkin joins the fray.
She gets to the heart of the matter:

…the two key questions at issue–namely, (1) who wrote the memo and (2) who distributed the memo to Republican senators.

Bottom line: We still don’t know who wrote the memo. We still don’t know who distributed it. still hasn’t retracted its unsubstantiated characterization of the memo as “GOP Talking Points.” ABC still has not acknowledged that Kate Snow misspoke. The Post still hasn’t acknowledged that it wrongly implied that the memo was written and/or distributed by Republicans.

And all the other editorial writers, columnists, and pundits, from Chris Matthews to Cynthia Tucker to the Boston Globe editorial board, who stated explicitly that Republicans distributed the memo, still have not noted that the two news outlets that broke the story–ABC News and the Post–no longer say the memo was circulated by Republicans.

On a lighter note…

March 30, 2005

Not coming out of Hollywood, the 2005 Official Star Wars Fan Film awards.

HT to Slashdot.

What you won’t see coming out of Hollywood.

March 30, 2005

Bridget Johnson writes about Hollywood’s love affair with communism. It’s worth reading the whole thing. In this snippet, she points out what you won’t see in any Hollywood movie about the communist murdering thug (redundent, I know) Ernesto “Che” Guevara:

Che Guevara, whose legacy includes both ordering and conducting executions and founding forced labor camps. “Guevara . . . quickly gain[ed] a reputation for ruthlessness; a child in his guerrilla unit who had stolen a little food was immediately shot without trial,” writes Pascal Fontaine in “The Black Book.” Guevara also wrote in his diary about executing peasant Eutimio Guerra, a suspected informant, with a single .32-caliber shot to the head. Guevara, in his will, praised the “extremely useful hatred that turns men into effective, violent, merciless, and cold killing machines.” He tried to spread the havoc caused by the Cuban revolution in other countries from Africa to South America, rallying for “two, three, many Vietnams!”

Guevara oversaw executions at La Cabana prison; some of those executed were his former comrades who wouldn’t relinquish their democratic beliefs. “To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary,” he said. He didn’t assuage his barbarity by being a brilliant statesman, either, helping drive the economy to ruin as head of Cuba’s central bank and minister of industries. “Though claiming to despise money,” writes Fontaine, “he lived in one of the rich, private areas of Havana.”

Why let reality get in the way?

March 30, 2005

The Washington Times Inside Politics column notes:

As evidence grows that a supposed Republican Party “talking-points memo” on the Terri Schiavo case was a hoax, the mainstream press continues to act as if the document’s authenticity is not in question.
Noam Scheiber, a senior editor at the New Republic, wrote yesterday in an op-ed piece in the New York Times: “According to a now-infamous memo circulated among Republican senators, the Terri Schiavo case is a ‘great political issue’ for their party.”

For more details on Memogate Part 2, look here, here, and here