Archive for June, 2007

That’s got hurt…

June 29, 2007

MTV, yes that MTV, hardly a tool of Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, nails Michael Moore for what he really is:

Unfortunately, Moore is also a con man of a very brazen sort, and never more so than in this film. His cherry-picked facts, manipulative interviews (with lingering close-ups of distraught people breaking down in tears) and blithe assertions (how does he know 18 million people will die this year because they have no health insurance?) are so stacked that you can feel his whole argument sliding sideways as the picture unspools.

HT to Rob at Say Anything.

Make sure to read the whole thing, it’s full of tidbits like this:

Moore’s most ardent enthusiasm is reserved for the French health care system, which he portrays as the crowning glory of a Gallic lifestyle far superior to our own. The French! They work only 35 hours a week, by law. They get at least five weeks’ vacation every year. Their health care is free, and they can take an unlimited number of sick days. It is here that Moore shoots himself in the foot. He introduces us to a young man who’s reached the end of three months of paid sick leave and is asked by his doctor if he’s finally ready to return to work. No, not yet, he says. So the doctor gives him another three months of paid leave — and the young man immediately decamps for the South of France, where we see him lounging on the sunny Riviera, chatting up babes and generally enjoying what would be for most people a very expensive vacation. Moore apparently expects us to witness this dumbfounding spectacle and ask why we can’t have such a great health care system, too. I think a more common response would be, how can any country afford such economic insanity?

Pointing out the BIG point they are obviously missing

June 29, 2007

From the Washington Times:

At yesterday’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Islamic extremism in Europe, a dozen anti-war Code Pink activists were in attendance.

When the hearing broke for a Senate floor vote, the leader of the group signaled for the others to begin shouting in unison: “Senator Collins, stop funding the war.” Meanwhile, two of the activists frantically searched through their congressional directory, trying to figure out what state the senator represented. One announced, “M.E.,” at which point the other said brightly, “That stands for Maine.”

By the end of the hearing, the group leader once again motioned to her comrades, and immediately they began shouting: “Senator Lieberman, stop funding the war.”

At which point a woman sitting beside the protesters stood up to leave, but on her way out she issued this oral warning to one of the protesters: “If the jihadis win, you’ll be wearing a burqa and it won’t be pink.”

Perhaps it is because the “Code Pink” fanatics are so focused on making sure that America loses, they can not see the obvious results of the enemies of Freedom winning.

Free !="Fair"

June 29, 2007

“The Constitution protects free speech, not equal speech. Congress is to make no law abridging the freedom of speech whether we like the speech or not. It’s simple, speech is to be free, not fair. Fair is too subjective a word. Our grandfathers guaranteed us free speech, not fair speech, and there is a big difference.” — Former judge-turned-Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican.

Not Gonna Happen…

June 29, 2007

MRC President Brent Bozell makes a damn good point:

But Ann Coulter is owed an apology from those outlets, including NBC’s ‘Nightly News,’ The Washington Post and CNN’s ‘American Morning,’ which have misreported her comments. And conservatives, take note: Today it’s Coulter, tomorrow it may be you. The left has demonstrated that it will stop at nothing, including flat-out dishonesty, to undermine our leaders.”

In the words of Dana Carvey, that apology “ain’t gonna happen.”

Here the detail from the Washington Times:

MRC President Brent Bozell issued the following statement:

“When I first heard the sound-bite of Ann Coulter’s remarks calling for the assassination of John Edwards, I was appalled. Then I read the entire quote, and was doubly appalled — at the media themselves. I have never seen a person’s words so blatantly, and dishonestly distorted. When one reads, or listens to Ann’s entire statement, it is immediately apparent that she was wishing for no such thing.”

Here is the quote being run by some of the top media:

Miss Coulter: “If I’m gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.” (ABC, Good Morning America, Monday.)

Here is the entire quote:

Miss Coulter: “But about the same time, you know, Bill Maher was not joking and saying he wished Dick Cheney had been killed in a terrorist attack. So, I’ve learned my lesson. If I’m gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”

Said Mr. Bozell: “Ann Coulter was making the point that (a) a leftist like Bill Maher made the serious statement that it might be a positive thing to have Vice President Dick Cheney killed by terrorists, and (b) it received no condemnation from the national press; and therefore (c) she would escape negative media scrutiny in the future were she to take that line against John Edwards.

“It is an inescapable truth that Ann Coulter was dripping with sarcasm when she made her remark. It is also an inescapable truth that every TV, radio and print outlet that has run the shortened version of her remarks is distorting her words — deliberately. Some have run the full quote, such as the morning shows on CBS, ABC and NBC. Good for them.”

Update: Tammy Bruce points out who the real slime balls are.

During the past few days it’s amazing how the Edwards’ suddenly decided to go after Ann Coulter. One has to ask, Why? Considering Ann isn’t running for president, why are Edwardses so obsessed with her. The answer, of course, is money. Once an ambulance chaser, always an ambulance chaser.

Here’s the deal: the 2nd quarter fund-raiser date is here. This is the point where candidates have to reveal how much money they’ve raised. This announcement can make or break a campaign. As a matter of fact, days before the Edwards attack on Ann, it was revealed that Edwards’ fundraising for the 2nd quarter has plunged. Other people will draw conclusions, good or bad, on therelevancy of your campaign based on the money you have. Complaining about Coulter has been Edwards best fundraising vehicle, so they needed her again.

As a matter of fact, the night Elizabeth Edwards called into Hardball to sandbag Ann, the Edwards campaign dropped a fundraising email about the confrontation. It included a note from Elizabeth urging donations.

And they accuse Ann of ‘lowering the debate’ and cynicism. The Edwards, IMHO, are the sleaziest people in this campaign. Sleazier than even Hillary. We don’t like Hillary’s ideas, but at least she has some. Edwards is a homophobe who is now apparently using his cancer-striken wife with the hope that people will be less inclined to question her motives or confront her. Remember, cancer doesn’t elevate or transform the moral foundation of a person, especially when they’re as opportunist as the Edwardses.

Update 2: Varmit nails the Elizabeth Edwards lame ass strategy:

Chris Mathews tried to blindside Ann Coulter. didn’t really work out that well. All Mrs. Edwards could do was demand she stop being so mean and talk about real issues. So coulter brought up a few of the real ethical deficiencies of Mr. Edwards. It soon became clear that any fact Elizabeth Edwards would rather not talk about was “mean.”

This is why I don’t often let myself be drawn into arguments with liberals. It’s more productive to just make fun of them.

A real grass roots movement

June 28, 2007

Not liberal “astroturf”, but real people making a difference.

For a second time this week, a large cache consisting of improvised explosive device-making material and mortar rounds was turned over to Coalition Forces by the “Neighborhood Watch” in Taji, Iraq.

The Taji neighborhood watch contacted Coalition Forces June 25, after the driver of a truck fled the scene when the volunteers stopped a suspicious vehicle moving through the rural village of Abd Allah al Jasim. The vehicle contained 24 mortar rounds, two rockets, spare machine gun barrels, small arms ammunition and other IED-making material.

“This grassroots movement of reconciliation by the volunteers is taking off all around us. The tribes that had once actively or passively supported al-Qaeda in Iraq now want them out,” said Lt. Col. Peter Andrysiak, the deputy commander of the 1st “Ironhorse” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

The neighborhood watch is made up of a group of 500 volunteers, from a number of tribes in the area, who want reconciliation with the Coalition Forces and the Iraqi government. The volunteers are currently being vetted for possible future selection for training as Iraqi Police or some other organization within the Iraqi Security Forces.

HT to Confederate Yankee

Running true to form

June 28, 2007

Hillary Rodham Clinton is preparing negative attack ads, and of course, seeing what the poll numbers would be on them.

Leo is not looking happy!

June 28, 2007

For those who are very technical, the guy who was in front of the line is Leo LePorte, formerly of Tech TV.

Slam It, Shoot It, Smoke It!

June 27, 2007

But not in that order, by way of Mary Katharine Ham comes news about the Fifth Annual Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Party. It’s put on by Colorado’s free-market think tank, The Independence Institute and sound way cool.

Breck Boy is getting desperate

June 27, 2007

From Wizbang Politics, Edwards is losing the funding race:

Maybe the “other America” poor people John Edwards targets are short of cash. Maybe Democrats are tired of giving money to a guy who spends it on haircuts and spa treatments. For whatever reason, the money isn’t coming in to the Edwards campaign

As Patrick notes, 2/3 of $9 mil is only $6 million raised for the quarter, which ends in nine days. As recently as 2004, that would have been a respectable number, but in this cycle it is the sort of pocket change only a second-tier candidate could accept. With Hillary and Obama both projected to raise at or over $25 million AGAIN in the 2nd quarter, this could spell the effective end of the Edwards campaign. If they have been careful with their money – watch those haircuts, John, the tips alone will kill ya! – they may be able to continue, but no one can take them seriously any longer.

You can survive low poll numbers with great fundraising. You can survive weak fundraising with great poll numbers. You cannot survive low polls and weak fundraising with great haircuts alone.

Why Air America Tanked…

June 27, 2007

From a comment thread on HotAir:

My wife listens to Stephanie Miller in the morning. (Yes, I am in a mixed marriage.) SM sounds like she is trying to be Laura Ingraham, but without the talent and guests. I have never heard anyone substantial on her show. But, this is a paraphrase of one of her quotes regarding the immigration issue:

‘I don’t like to refer to them as “illegal immigrants.” Thats so dehumanizing. It’s not like they committed a crime and killed someone.’

You can’t make this stuff up.

My Comment:
The sad part is that Stephanie Miller was one of the better hosts on Err America. I used to listen to her for laughs before the format was pulled for not being able to draw enough listeners in the Boston area.

Originally posted on No Moss Here.