June 30, 2004
Official Washington and the entire press corps will be rocked when Hillary Rodham Clinton is picked as Kerry's VP and a massive love fest will begin!I got pooh-poohed before when I tossed the shrill one's name out there as VP material, but what about now?
So predicts a top Washington insider, who spoke to the DRUDGE REPORT on condition he not be named.
"All the signs point in her direction," said the insider, one of the most influential and well-placed in the nation's capital. "It is the solution to every Kerry problem."
"There are three issues that this campaign will be decided on-- national security, health care, and the economy, not necessarily in that order."
"Kerry believes that no one is better on national security than he is, he served in Vietnam after all, so he has that covered and the suggestion that he needs to strengthen the ticket with someone who has national security credentials is dismissed as foolish."
The insider continues: "The Democrats feel like health care is the domestic issue. But how to make it the dominant topic of conversation-- break through war and terrorism? Hillary Clinton."
If the pantsuited ice queen makes the ticket, Teresa Kerry might want to up the amount of life insurance she has on Ketchup Boy, lest an Arkancide catch her unawares.
After all, she does want to "take things away from you on behalf of the greater good."
Alan Colmes was the lead host; Sean Hannity's out on vacation this week. Oliver North was sitting in for Sean.
For those that know me, you know that the media (both "new" and "old") is in my blood. I've worked in the broadcast realm (mostly in radio) off and on for more than twenty years. And while I insist that I have a "face for radio," I keep stirring the stick around in the embers of television from time to time.
Fox's news studio is in a relatively small office space in the Georgia Public Broadcasting center in Midtown Atlanta, near Georgia Tech. I pulled into the garage and aftering being passed through security, came on into the office.
Jack, the producer who was there for my last FNC appearance a couple of months ago, remembered me, so we ended up chatting while I got miked up and all.
The studio is a tape archive room, with a painted "Fox Atlanta" mural in a frame on one wall. This serves as the backdrop for anyone on camera. The camera is a robotic affair, controlled from FNC in New York. High-powered lights are also controlled from the New York studios.
Once I got situated, there was more small talk, this time with the folks in New York, so they could get a mike check on me.
Then it was time to wait.
At about 20 after or so, I heard Alan intro me and the in-studio guest, Ron Daniels. I still have no idea what he looks like -- the monitors in the studio were turned away from me so that I wouldn't be tempted to look at them and away from the camera.
Back and forth the conversaation went, certainly longer than the last time I was on Hannity & Colmes.
Predictably, co-host Alan Colmes, along with Daniels tried to drag Iraq into the conversation. But unlike last time, I didn't allow myself to have my cage rattled, and I didn't allow them to drag me into the deep waters of somewhere that I was unprepared to go.
"That is immaterial to the conversation at hand," I retorted.
And with that, I brought the conversation back on point: whether or not Kerry truly enjoys support from black America.
My counterpoint? That black America hates George Bush so much that they'd vote for the local dog catcher, just as long as he wasn't George W. Bush. And that John Kerry is simply the dog catcher of the moment.
The point I didn't get to make was that much of black America does not care about John Kerry, let alone know anything of him. If anything, Kerry is the pandering white guy of the moment, passing through black churches and smiling as if that would be anything special. Black America hates George Bush far more than it likes John Kerry. This is underscored by the lack of support Kerry received from blacks during Primary season. Most blacks supported Wesley Clark, Dick Gephardt and Howard "The Scream" Dean.
One thing I could agree with Daniels on is that there is a realistic possibility of many blacks becoming so disgusted with BOTH sides that they may not come out to vote at all.
If the Democratic party has fooled themselves into believing that Kerry enjoys this broad-based support from black America, they're fooling themselves, and ultimately, it'll come back and bite them in the ass. Just not with George W. Bush.
Anyhow, far too quickly, the segment was over. I got some verbal jabs in ("What about personal responsibility?"), but remained at a disadvantage by being in a remote studio in Atlanta as opposed to sitting in place with the other guest and the hosts.
I hope I came across well.
Sharpton will host SpikeTV's I Hate My Job, due to premiere this fall on the cable network.
"I like the concept of trying to have people discover their purpose in life, and not have the world define them or settle for less than who they want to be just to pay their bills," Sharpton said Tuesday.Crazy Al will be one of two "life counselors" who will give the eight male contestants advice and weekly assignments. The other "life counselor" is California psychologist Stephanie Raye.
"I'm the working man's (Donald) Trump," Sharpton said. "He brings people into the penthouse. We bring them into the house."
Since leaving the Presidential race, Sharpton has entertained a number of offers, including a possible talk show, as well as accepting an offer to become a commentator for CNBC. Sharpton cut his television chops with a guest host spot for NBC's Saturday Night Live earlier this year.
June 29, 2004
I'm set to be on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes tonight in the 9:15 segment. The subject this time around is Ketchup Boy's "lack of diversity."
Darryl Fears has a piece in this morning's Washington Post where he discusses "concerns" among black America with John Kerry's lack of outreach among blacks in America.
"You pick up the paper . . . and you see a picture where he's surrounded by all whites," Ronald Walters, a University of Maryland political scientist who helped run two presidential campaigns, said of Kerry. "That's sensitive to black Democrats. It raises questions about the lack of blacks and Hispanics in his inner circle."There is a tangible, visceral hatred for Republicans in general and for George W. Bush in particular among many blacks. With that element in play, most of the black support for Kerry (and it is considerable at this stage) is not so much a ringing endorsement for the presumptive nominee, but a stingingly vocal denoucement of George W. Bush.
"What [Democrats] usually do is wait until the last minute and try to stir up interest in the black community, which would be a serious mistake," said the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta and current chairman of the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda. "They tend to take us for granted."
There is a fundamental perception that conservatives not only hate minorities, but are actively seeking to do away with them. This perception is fostered by half-truths, innuendo and outright lies by those on the left, and the simple fact that the right has neglected to counter those stories and lies.
And of course a lie told enough times becomes truth in effect if not in fact.
Historically, all truth, wisdom and knowledge in black society came from the pulpit. One's minister was (and still is) held in highest regard among the black community. By extension, every and anyone who is invited to speak in that same pulpit is accorded the same measure and level of respect. Because of that, many of the "civil rights professionals" and black intelligensia who have pushed their views on blacks in America, have done so and been able to do so from the pulpit, lessening the chances that their statements, whether true or not, would be challenged.
Conservatives in general and the GOP in particular has ignored those statements and speakers. And when combined with historic missteps during the Civil Rights era, a picture has been created that paints conservatives as an evil "boogieman" who would rather turn back the clock on black progress than to extend a hand of friendship.
When someone like myself shows up, who can see beyond the veil of the half-truths and innuendo painted by the man in the pulpit, we are derided as heretics and heathens. Names like "uncle tom" and "lawn jockey" are hurled our way. It's easy when using the power of raw emotion to not only imply that there is a hatred of blacks on the part of conservative blacks (it ain't true), but then to use that emotion to create a hatred of conservative blacks who have supposedly "sold out" their souls to the "white devils" in exchange for "a few pieces of silver."
But I digress. There's plenty more time for that conversation. Just not right now.
I am supposed to be on opposite Ron Daniels, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Daniels says that while Kerry is not quite doing enough, blacks are supported by the Democratic party far more than the Republicans do or would. [shrug] So what else is new. New day, different mouthpiece.
I'm just hoping that I don't get beat up again by Alan Colmes like I did last time. I'm supposed to be at their Midtown Atlanta studio tonight at around 8:45 for the 9:15 appearance.
Anyhow, that's on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes, tonight.
I'll have a debrief online here after the fact (don't I always?). I'll see you then...
Yesterday, in San Francisco, while Bill Clinton signed books at the Book Passage bookstore, Hillary Clinton headlined an appearance of woman Senators for US Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who is up for reelection this year.
The "pant-suited one" told the crowd, who had just ponied up $10,000 a head to attend that the tax cuts of the Bus Administration would be a thing of the past under the Democrats.
"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."Translation? "You don't get to keep your money. I don't know who you think you are that you should in the first place. When we get back in power, we're gonna take that back from you, so don't get used to it."
June 28, 2004
Al-Jazeera aired a video showing a blindfolded man sitting on the ground, identified as Maupin by a statement issued with the footage. Al-Jazeera said that in the next scene, gunmen shoot the man in the back of the head, in front of a hole dug in the ground. The station did not broadcast the killing.WCPO-TV/DT Cincinnati reported earlier today that they had received word of Maupin's murder from ABC News sources.
Last I checked, you could only be legally registered in one place to vote.
"I am an Independent," the filmmaker told reporters. "I'm not a member of the Democratic party."So, which is it, Fatass? Contrary to your waistline, you can't have your cake and eat it too...
Which is not exactly correct.
New York City Board of Elections records show that Moore, 50, registered to vote in Gotham in 1992, checking off "Democratic" as his party affiliation (below you'll find a copy of his original registration form). He listed his address as the swanky Upper West Side building where he owns a multimillion dollar condominium (Moore's office is on West 57th Street). The filmmaker's New York registration remains active, though he has not voted since an October 2001 Democratic runoff election.
Now here's the good part: Moore is simultaneously registered to vote in Michigan, where registrants aren't even given the option of party affiliation (so he's not an Independent there either). According to Antrim County records, Moore registered last April from his lakefront spread in northern Michigan, where he reportedly splits his time (he transferred his drivers license to Michigan from New York around the same time, though Moore has a Volkswagen Beetle registered from his Manhattan home).
RealistPowell & Ike? Not bad company to be in. How's about you? Where do you rank?
Historical realist: President Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Are guided more by practical considerations than ideological vision
- Believe US power is crucial to successful diplomacy - and vice versa
- Don't want US policy options unduly limited by world opinion or ethical considerations
- Believe strong alliances are important to US interests
- Weigh the political costs of foreign action
- Believe foreign intervention must be dictated by compelling national interest
Modern realist: Secretary of State Colin Powell
9News heard nothing about the status of Pfc. Matt Maupin, 20, since this videotape a released a week after Maupin was taken hostage.This is a battle with methods and means not seen before in the annals of western warfare. The US keeps trying to play by Queensbury rules. But everyone needs to realize that the bad guys tossed the rule book out when this whole mess started more than 30 years ago.
Then, just after 5 a.m. Monday, 9News received a phone call from ABC News saying Maupin had been executed. At this hour, the military-family spokesperson said he has no official confirmation on Maupin's status.
ABC News employees told 9News there is a videotape of Maupin being shot in the back of the head, but 9News has not seen that videotape.
That's right. This is only playing out what started when Islamic terrorists kidnapped and murdered Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. And they want nothing short of the extermination of the Western way of life.
Unfortunately, there are too many people who are putting their collective heads in the sand and denying the evil that these cretins represent.
It's time to drop the leash and let the dogs of war loose. It's time to battle the uncivilized world with means that they appear to understand.
"I've come to chew bubble gum and kick ass....and I'm all out of bubble gum."
That quote was a tongue in cheek bit from the John Carpenter cult classic They Live. It's time to employ that mindset in reality.
The Gypsy prefers the mob-rule style of government where the presidential election is conducted in a fashion not unlike the vote for the next American Idol.
"We need an amendment ... to make sure every American has a right to vote individually and directly for the president, not through the Electoral College," Jackson said. "The idea of an Electoral College is an aristocratic idea that you can't trust the people."Last I checked, the Electoral College was put in place by Founding Fathers as a part of the overall checks and balances system of governmental rule for the United States. The original intent was that the people would elect members of the House of Representatives directly, the state governors would elect members of the US Senate, and the state legislators (or their designees, i.e., the Electoral College) would elect the President.
The general idea was that all power would not be consolidated in the hands of any one person or group of persons. In time, the nomination of those electors shifted (by default) from the state legislators to the populace.
Obviously Jackson, along with everyone else who continues to bitch about the 2000 vote in Florida flunked their high school US History course. I won't even get into those idiots ("AlGore," he said under his breath) who are supposed to be Constitutional scholars, who in turn completely ignore the intent of the founders or the language of the law.
I realize that The Gypsy needs some "face time" but perhaps he could go back to getting in good with Ketchup Boy. After all, Kerry seems to still need some guidance in the "spiritual edification" department.
As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.Yes, I'm shameless. I know.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.
June 27, 2004
The U.S. military could not immediately confirm that a Marine had been abducted, but the video shown on the Al-Jazeera network showed a card identifying the man by a Pakistani name and as an "active duty" Marine. The man had a trimmed mustache and his eyes were covered with a white blindfold.Of course, the US won't acceed to threats like this; presumably neither will Pakistan.
Al-Jazeera said the militants demanded the release of all Iraqis "in occupation jails" or the man would be killed. The group claimed it infiltrated a Marine outpost, lured the man outside and abducted him.
The U.S. military confirmed that a Marine named Wassef Ali Hassoun had been missing from his unit for nearly a week. It said it was unclear if he had been taken hostage, but Hassoun's name was on a Marine "active duty" identification card shown by militants in the videotape aired by the Al-Jazeera network.
Time to turn the Marines loose. Just take the chains off. Screw the PC hand-wringers...
June 26, 2004
The kidnapping victims were seen in a video shown this afternoon on Al Jazeera, crouching before three gunmen.
This crap is getting old. Patience among all for this crap is wearing thin.
The report of the abduction came hours before President Bush was to arrive in Turkey for a NATO summit, which will focus on winning the alliance's help in establishing security in Iraq.
(Call your local newspaper. Get Day By Day running daily! Damon'll thank you for it. In his own way...)
June 25, 2004
The speech will be on Wednesday night of that week, and come 12 years after delivering the keynote speech at the 1992 Democratic National Convention that nominated Bill Clinton for his first term in office.
The announcement of Miller's speech at the GOP convention brought a sharp rebuke from fellow Democrats, including US House member John Lewis (D-GA).
"I think he has sold his soul for a mess of pottage," Lewis said, a reference to a speech Miller gave 40 years ago in which he argued that President Johnson was abandoning his Southern roots by pushing some civil rights issues. Pottage is defined as a thick soup or stew of vegetables.Miller has stepped away from the vindictive partisan politics that has characterized the attitude that the Democratic party has held toward the Bush Administration. Miller has also stood staunchly behind the President on matters relating to the war on terror.
Bobby Kahn, the chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, said he wasn't surprised.
"Maybe I'll switch to the Republican Party so I can speak at the Democratic Convention and bash Bush," Kahn said. "It makes about as much sense."
Kahn was a top aide to Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes, who appointed Miller to the Senate following the death of Miller's predecessor, Republican Sen. Paul Coverdell.
"I advocated his appointment," Kahn said of Miller. "He said he would be independent and he was for a while, but he hasn't been lately. He's been in lockstep with the Republicans and I don't know what's happened to him. It's really kind of sad."
Miller, who is retiring in January, has voted with Republicans more often than his own party and has been a key sponsor of many of Bush's top legislative priorities, including the Republican's tax cuts and education plan.An offical annoucement of Miller's speech will come from the Bush-Cheney camp later today.
In May, Miller spoke at the Georgia Republican convention and criticized Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry as an "out-of-touch, ultraliberal from Taxachusetts" whose foreign and domestic policies would seriously weaken the country.
"I'm afraid that my old Democratic 'ties that bind' have become unraveled," Miller said.
Miller's recent book, "A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat," is now a national best-seller. In it, he assails members of his own party, including Clinton.
June 24, 2004
Some names are changed (St. Peter becomes "Rocky," Mary Magdeline becomes "Maggie," Aaron becomes "Ron," Andronicus becomes "Andy" and Barabbas becomes "Barry"), as are Biblical concepts (to baptize becomes "to dip," salvation becomes "healing" or "completeness" and Heaven becomes "the world beyond time and space" and the Son of Man, as Jesus describes Himself in scripture, becomes "the Complete Person").
But what is more disturbing is the change in conceptual meaning that results from some of the wholesale changes.
Here, according to the London Times, are a few sample passages:Now, I'm all for bringing the Word to the masses, and making the Word more understandable and accessable to the multitudes. There are certainly plenty of ways to bring more to the flock for the greater good of the Almighty.
Authorized version: "John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins."
New: "John, nicknamed 'The Dipper,' was 'The Voice.' He was in the desert, inviting people to be dipped, to show they were determined to change their ways and wanted to be forgiven."
Authorized version: "And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him. And there came a voice from the heaven saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
New: "As he was climbing up the bank again, the sun shone through a gap in the clouds. At the same time a pigeon flew down and perched on him. Jesus took this as a sign that God's spirit was with him. A voice from overhead was heard saying, 'That's my boy! You're doing fine!'"
Authorized version: "Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, 'Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.' But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest."
New: "Meanwhile Rocky was still sitting in the courtyard. A woman came up to him and said: 'Haven't I seen you with Jesus, the hero from Galilee?" Rocky shook his head and said: 'I don't know what the hell you're talking about!'"
1 Corinthians 7:1-2
KJV: "Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband."
New: "Some of you think the best way to cope with sex is for men and women to keep right away from each other. That is more likely to lead to sexual offences. My advice is for everyone to have a regular partner."
1 Corinthians 7:8-7
KJV: "I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn."
New: "If you know you have strong needs, get yourself a partner. Better than being frustrated."
But there's something inherently and fundamentally wrong with making these kinds of wholesale changes to the Bible.
All I could imagine when hearing of "Rocky" was Sylvester Stallone screaming "AAAAADRIENNEEEE!!!!!"
I'll stick with my New International Version, thank you very much...
In the war against terrorism, weÂ’ve given the terrorists a cause and created more terrorism. Even though Saddam is gone, the majority of the Iraqi people want us gone. We have proven ourselves Â“infidels.Â” With more than 800 GIs killed, 5,000 maimed for life and a cost of $200 billion, come now the generals in command, both Richard Myers and John Abizaid, saying we canÂ’t win.Here's one of our lawmakers. Here's a man that citizens of this nation are supposed to look to for leadership, and for encouragement when times are low. Here's a man who is supposed to be an encouragement to our soldiers when they have questions in their minds. A man who is supposed to support our fighting men and women unconditionally. He's certainly supposed to provide leadership for those soldiers without allowing partisan concerns to get in the way.
Heretofore, the world looked to the United States to do the right thing. No more. The United States has lost its moral authority.
Instead, here's a man who doesn't care about those same fighting forces. He's more concerend with fostering his hatred for George W. Bush and the Administration. So much for "leadership" from one of the senior members of the Senate.
While using profanity on the floor of the Senate when it is in session is against the rules of the Senate, technically, the body was not in session. Today was the day for the "class photo," when all of the members of the Senate are assembled for a group photograph.
The story, which was recounted by several sources, goes like this:Leahy is an ass. He deserved it.
Cheney, who as president of the Senate was present for the picture day, turned to Leahy and scolded the senator over his recent criticism of the vice president for Halliburton's alleged war profiteering.
Cheney is the former CEO of Halliburton, and Democrats have suggested that while serving in the Bush administration he helped win lucrative contracts for his former firm, including a no-bid contract to rebuild Iraq.
Cheney's office has said repeatedly that the vice president has no role in government contracting and has severed all financial ties with the Texas-based oil services conglomerate.
Responding to Cheney's comment, Leahy reminded him of an earlier statement the vice president had made about him. Cheney then replied with profanity.
Nader & Cummings before yesterday's meeting
Nader stormed out of a Capitol Hill meeting in which members of the Congressional Black Caucus told him to abandon his bid for the White House. The chairman of the group, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), refused to apologize for a meeting that Nader publicly described yesterday as abusive.Or to translate Cummings' words from bureaucratic-speak into English, "We hate George Bush so bad, and our candidate sucks so much that you'll (Nader) cost us the election, so sit your butt down now!"
"Some of them used very abusive language," Nader told National Public Radio host Tavis Smiley during his morning program. "Congressman [Melvin] Watt of North Carolina used such abusive language until I could hardly believe what he was saying."
"We could understand his right to run, but we were just convinced after the meeting that this was just about Nader," Cummings said. "First of all, he can't win, but he can be an aider and abettor of four more years of President Bush's regressive leadership."
It's pretty pathetic when a grown man begs, ain't it?
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