Thursday, June 30, 2005

Patterico on Pundit Review Radio

You can't say we haven't been warned,
This appears to be the Pundit Review guys’ first significant lapse in judgment.
-Patterico

When: Sunday 9pm est

Where: Stream the show live at WRKO and reach us toll free at 877-469-4322

Why: Because his blog, Patterico's Pontifications is terrific. He smartly covers issues we care about, like media bias, legal issues, and general national political issues. Check out the beating he gives the LA Times, for starters.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

But she did sleep at a Holiday Inn last night...

Via PoliPundit,
While being interviewed by a local talk radio station about that whole
Guantanamo Bay meme (and de facto lefty fund raising device), spaced-out San
Francisco Bay Area Demo-Congresswoman, Ellen Tauscher
, had this to say:

You know, look, I didn’t go to law school but I have watched Law &
Order for ten years, and I do believe we have the rule of law that we are not
only, uh, adhering to in the United States as a very strong principle, but we’re
also trying to, by the way, interject it around the world. And we need to stand
for it. And not only because it’s morally right but because we have our own
people at risk if they were captured ….


If you don't believe that Congresswoman Tauscher really said something so stupid, listen for yourself.

As PoliPundit said,
And people wonder why the Democrat Party has lost nearly 70 net U.S. House seats
over a 15-year period, despite the unions, the urban corpse bloc, and the FDR bloc, eh?

Saturday, June 25, 2005

LaShawn Barber on Pundit Review Radio

LaShawn Barber is our guest on Pundit Review Radio this Sunday evening at 9pm est.

"Her independence of thought and self-evident sense of mission immediately made her a favorite."
- The American Thinker

"We've become big fans of blogger La Shawn Barber..."
--- Power Line

"She's a rising star of the blogosphere..."
- Hugh Hewitt

"One of my favorite bloggers in the universe..."
- David Limbaugh

You can stream the show live at WRKO and call us toll free at 877.469.4322

Blog resources for legal issues

Blogs can be a great resource to learn about current events. For example, the recent Supreme Court decision on property rights. For those who are not constitutional scholars (hello!), there are a number of resources to hear arguements on both sides of the issue. If the few paragraphs from AP in your local paper has you feeling a little less than fully informed, check out these great blogs that bring a fresh perspective to constitutional and legal issues,

Volokh Conspiracy
A collaborative weblog providing analysis of developments in the US legal system and courts, as well as of recent legal news and events.


SCOTUSblog
Another collaborative blog that provides opinions and analysis on both sides of the issue. They are a sister site to The Supreme Court Nomination Blog.

Hugh Hewitt
Uber blogger, author of the best selling book blog, and a Professor of Law at Chapman University Law School, where he teaches Constitutional Law

Glenn Reynolds
Better known as Instapundit, he is a libertarian leaning constitutional law professor at Univ. of Tennessee

Professor Bainbridge
Stephen Bainbridge is a professor of law at UCLA, where he currently teaches Business Associations, Unincorporated Business Associations, and Advanced Corporation Law. He also has a cool wine blog.

Bill Hobbs
A blogger who has interviewed politicians about the property rights case. He has posted their reaction to the decision on his blog.

Arguing with Signposts
A blog that has compiled a huge round-up of blogger reaction to the decision

Friday, June 24, 2005

Property Rights Trampled By Supreme Court Liberals

So liberals on the Supreme Court side with private business, make that big business (Pfizer in this case) over the rights of homeowners. The ruling tramples the little guy, the working person with dreams of home ownership. Will the liberals be outraged by this erosion of property rights at the expense of big business? Imagine if the conservatives on the Court voted for this instead? We wouldn't hear the end of it.

Don Luskin on the SICK DECISION,

Let's be clear about where populist liberals really stand when they seem to be supporting "the public" and "the community."
A Supreme Court decision today, with all the liberals voting in favor, has cleared the way for government to condemn private property under eminent domain for commercial redevelopment. That means, simply, that individual families can have their homes seized against their will so that rich developers can put up shopping malls and office parks -- so long as some government entity makes a case that it's for "the public good." So who's the "public" here? Obviously, it's whoever has more power to influence government decisions.

Arguing With Signposts has a huge link round-up for blog reaction
.
(HatTip, Wizbang)

Justices Rule Cities Can Take Property for Private Development

Who's responsible for this decision?

Justices John Paul Stevens David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, and Anthony M. Kennedy joined the majority opinion in Kelo v. City of New London, No. 04-108. Justice Kennedy also wrote a separate concurring opinion to emphasize that while there was no suggestion in this instance that the plan was designed to favor any individual developer, "a court confronted with a plausible accusation of impermissible favoritism to private parties should treat the objection as a serious one and review the record to see it if has merit."

Who dissented?

Justice O'Connor's dissenting opinion was joined by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and by Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. She emphasized that rather than adhering to its precedents, the court had strayed from them by endorsing economic development as an appropriate public use.

"Who among us can say she already makes the most productive or attractive use of her property?" Justice O'Connor asked.

She added: "The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory."







Thursday, June 23, 2005

LaShawn Barber on Pundit Review Radio


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We are very pleased to announce that this Sunday evening, June 26, at 9pm EST our guest will be LaShawn Barber.

Hugh Hewitt says LaShawn is "a rising star of the blogsphere"

We agree.

You can stream the show live at WRKO and you can call in and ask LaShawn a question toll free at 877-469-4322.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Durbin apologizes, Pelosi pulls back the curtain

Trey Jackson has video of that Dick in the Senate apologizing. Please watch it. What do you think? I'm glad he apologized yet I believe his true feelings were revealed in his original statement. For a differnt take, Dean Esmay diasgrees.

Durbin's comments aren't outrage enough for him to lose his leadership position in the Democrat party, just enough to have to eeek out an unconvincing apology. I wonder what Trent Lott thinks of that? He eeeked out and unconvincing apology and had to give up his leadership position! Bummer.

What a day for Nancy Pelosi. First, she defends Durbin while he is on the other side of the Capitol apologizing,

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California had earlier on Tuesday described Republican criticism of Durbin as an attempt to divert attention from sinking public support for the Iraq war.Yet Durbin decided to try to end the controversy, saying, "I offer my apology for those offended by my words."

Then she unintentionally reveals the liberal strategy,
When a reporter asked Pelosi Tuesday whether the House would some day get to a point where it would vote to cut off funding for military operations in Iraq, she replied, “The public will get there first. Their approval of this war is down to 37 percent in today’s poll; in March, it was 47 percent to 47 percent."

She wasn't done.

“How can they defend this war?” she asked.

I ask, how can she say that and claim to support the troops?

And finally, she proved herself, and her party, woefully unprepared to protect this country,
"These questions are important because the safety of our country depends on our reputation and how we are viewed, especially in the Muslim world," she said.

Our reputation keeps us safe? If only we hadn't been so mean to these savages during the past few years, we would be safe today? If it wasn't for Bush and his Iraq war our reputation would be great. What ignorance.

How was our reputation when the Islamo fascists stormed our embassy in Iran twenty six years ago?

Or when they bombed the barracks in Lebanon.
Or Pan Am Flight 103.
Or the Khobar Towers.
Or the embassy bombing in Kenya.
Or the embassy bombing in Tanzania.
Or the attack on the USS Cole.
Oh yeah, that thing that happened in 2001, they did that too.

This is your modern day Democrat party. Worrying about how people feel who have been killing us for a quarter century. If she and her fellow liberal Demiocrats are so worried about our reputation, why are they so ready and willing to slander our troops?

Their true colors are plain to see. They cannot protect us. God help us if they get back in power.


Do we have the will to win?

Remember how you felt on September 12, 13, 14 in 2001? Pretty awful. The next attack was going to happen at any moment. Here we are four years later and there have been no attacks on US soil. What we are doing is working, we have our foot on the terrorists throats and the liberals in this country want to take it off, pick them up, give them a warm blanket. I hate to say it, but I think we need to be whacked again here at home because so many people in this country have forgotten what we are up against.

Blogger Austin Bay served in Iraq and has now gone back one year later as a journalist. He finds the changes, make that progress, striking. He's also wondering if we have the will to win back in the states...

This return visit to Iraq, however, spurs thoughts of America -- to be
specific, thoughts about America's will to pursue victory. I don't mean the will
of U.S. forces in the field. Wander around with a bunch of Marines for a half
hour, spend 15 minutes with National Guardsmen from Idaho, and you will have no
doubts about American military capabilities or the troops' will to win.

But our weakness is back home, in front of the TV, on the cable squawk shows, on the editorial page of The New York Times, in the political gotcha games of Washington, D.C.

It seems America wants to get on with its Electra-Glide life, that Sept. 10
sense of freedom and security, without finishing the job. The military is
fighting, the Iraqi people are fighting, but where is the U.S. political class?
The Bush administration has yet to ask the American people -- correction, has
yet to demand of the American people -- the sustained, shared sacrifice it takes
to win this long, intricate war of bullets, ballots and bricks.


I could not agree more with this assessment. Bush needs to get out there, get aggressive about defending what we are doing, why it is so crucial to our future and why the American people need to prepare for a generation long struggle against these savages. He has dropped the ball and the "hurry up and lose" crowd now has the momentum here in the states. Get out there Mr. President before it is too late!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Right out of the playbook

This whole Dick Durbin episode has been a case study as to why blogs matter and why the MSM can't stand them. It took five days of constant pressure from the new media, (blogs/talk radio/cable), to force the MSM to break their silence on the issue. They ignore and protect and then they characterize things like this.

LA Times headline: Sen. Durbin's Regret for Remarks Not Enough for GOP

This is so classic, right out of the MSM playbook. It's laughable at this point. Then again, we are talking about the LA Times.

Here is Patterico, the go to guy for LA Times bias busting,

Sen. Durbin’s Regret.” That’s a hell of an interesting headline for a guy who had this to say in a radio interview conducted on Friday morning:

Q: No regrets on the statements you made?

Durbin: No, I don’t, and I’ll tell you why. I went to the floor and read a memo from the FBI. This isn’t something I made up.

Do you think that it would have helped L.A. Times readers to understand GOP outrage if they had been told that, earlier that same morning, Durbin had maintained that he had no regrets for the statements? I do. But that is nowhere mentioned in the article. Instead, we hear that the guy has apologized, but that the rotten stinkin’ GOP won’t accept the heartfelt apology:

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the assistant minority leader, subsequently said he regretted that his comments were misunderstood as criticism of U.S. troops. But Republicans have continued to call for a more forthright apology.

. . . .

“I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood,” he said in a written statement. “I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings: Our soldiers around the world and their families at home deserve our respect, admiration and total support.”

But that language, Republicans said, was not enough. On Saturday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called on the Senate to censure Durbin because his statement of regret did not retract the comparison.

The closest the article comes to alerting readers to Durbin’s hypocrisy is to say that he “initially seemed unrepentant.” Initially? What about on Friday morning, when he said he had no regrets? The paper skips over that and says: “By Friday, however, he relented.”

No. On Friday morning, he seemed unrepentant. On Friday afternoon, he “relented” to the extent of being sorry that others were too thick to understand what he was really saying.

If Durbin were a Republican making a ridiculous statement about policies of a Democratic administration, his Friday morning remarks would have been the focus of the story.

Instead we get a headline talking about “Sen. Durbin’s Regret.” Nice.





Friday, June 17, 2005

Pundit Review Radio: This week's guest is Dan Kennedy

This Sunday evening at 9pm EST, our guest on Pundit Review Radio will be Dan Kennedy, the media writer from the Boston Phoenix.

Dan is a pretty liberal guy so we should have an interesting discussion about that Dick in the Senate, Durbin, the war on terror, the current state of the media and the impact of blogs. We are also going to discuss our governor, Mitt Romney, and his increasingly obvious plans for a presidential run.

I hope that you can join us by listening live online at www.wrko.com. If you would like to participate in the show, you can call us toll free at 877-469-4322.

Pundit Review Radio
Guest: Dan Kennedy
9PM EST on Sunday, June 19

Now that's a fisking

RadioBlogger unloads on Dick Durbin. Ouch, that must hurt.

What liberal media?

Hugh Hewitt notes that, "Not one editorial word from the big newspapers" on Dick Durbin's comments. He is wondering,
Has the elite MSM grown so craven and so protective of the Democratic Party that it will refuse to comment on the Durbin slander?

I think the answer is YES.

From the Media Research Center,
But while the networks kept their spotlight on the U.S. military's conduct, none of last night's broadcasts bothered to note a Tuesday speech by Minority Whip Dick Durbin — the second highest ranking Democrat in the Senate. Describing the treatment of al-Qaeda terrorists at the Guantanamo prison — including allegations that inmates are kept too hot or too cold, or forced to stay awake — Durbin wildly charged that "you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime, Pol Pot or others, that had no concern for human beings."

The comparison could not be more absurd. As reporter Rowan Scarborough noted in Thursday's Washington Times, "About 9 million persons, including 6 million Jews, died in Hitler's death camps, 2.7 million persons died in Stalin's gulags and 1.7 million Cambodians died in Pol Pot's scourge of his country. No prisoners have died at Guantanamo...."

Thursday, June 16, 2005

So what are lefty bloggers saying about that Dick, Durbin?

Democrat senator Dick Durbin's outrageous remarks about US troops behaving like Nazi's, the KGB and PolPot will unite the left and right, just as folks on both sides were outraged by Edward Klein's reckless charge that Bill raped Hillary and conceived Chelsea, right? Uh, maybe not. It seems that the left is entirely comfortable with the comparison. Some in fact, think Durbin didn't go far enough.

The largest most widely read blog on the Internet is The Daily Kos. Here is his take,


To the pea brains on the Right, incapable of reading the English language in its most basic, unuanced form, they claim Durbin is calling our troops Nazis. The Wingnutosphere is making that claim. Rush is making that claim. Hannity is making that claim. Drudge is making that claim. Look to Fox News to jump on the bandwagon tomorrow. Of course, what Durbin is saying is that such torture -- undisputed, by the way, and read from an FBI report -- is more at home in a place like Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany than in a modern Democracy. And that's the truth. Plain and simple.

The torture that was so bad under Saddam, is equally bad under U.S.
command. And Dick Durbin had the balls to say it so on the Senate floor.

Well, that's just one guy. That can't be representative of all lefty bloggers, can it?

Steve Gillard,


But the larger point is this: America is supposed to have higher standards than the Nazis or Stalin, not embrace them or use them as a defense. There is no reason that we should have a gulag in the sun or be accused of torture. We should have jailed and tried these people legally. Not acted like the people we're supposed to be fighting.

John Aravosis


Apparently, the Republicans who dominate the party today, on the radio, online, and in the halls of Congress, think that the only good American is a Stalinist, a Nazi, a fascist, or any other brand of totalitarian thug who beats the crap out of innocents because he can, because we're Amurrikans, God damn it, and if we want to throw you in jail for an eternity, with no lawyer and no charges, and torture you until your head explodes and you go absolutely insane, that's our right because, well, because FUCK YOU.

Steve Soto


If you consider torture legal and acceptable (even if innocent people are tortured), then Dear Leader's main post-hoc justification of the Iraq invasion it itself illegal, because Saddam Hussein would have been doing something that was legal (in your eyes - for he was only torturing "his enemies"). So, if you have a problem with torture being highlighted and publicized, then maybe it's time for you to become Saddam Hussein's lawyer. That is a more appropriate role for those who seek to condone, ignore, minimize or support torture.

Is there a single lefty blogger out there repudiating Dick Durbin's remarks?? If you find one, let me know please.


UPDATE: We've found one. Dan Kennedy of the Boston Phoenix and the MediaLog blog. Ironically, Dan is our guest this weekend on Pundit Rveiew Radio on WRKO. Dan will be on at 9:20pm EST and you can stream the show live here or give us a call toll free at 877-469-4322.




Can we put the 'tax cuts casue deficits' debate to rest?

The impact of across the board tax cuts are clear to everyone...well, almost everyone.

Tony Crescenzi is the chief bond market strategist at Miller Tabak + Co., LLC, and advises many of the nation's top institutional investors on issues related to the bond market, the economy and other macro-related issues. Here is his take on the budget deficit, from RealMoney.com,

The outlook for the U.S. budget deficit has brightened considerably, with the deficit for the current fiscal year likely to be substantially lower than what was expected at the start of the year. The improvement is the result of a surge in tax receipts, a development that in many eyes reinforces the notion that tax cuts eventually broaden the tax base, thus boosting tax revenue.

Driving the improvement in the U.S. budget situation is the surge in income tax receipts. In May, individual income tax receipts were $57.61 billion, an 87.8% increase over the same month a year earlier. In the fiscal year to date, individual income tax receipts are up $103 billion, or 20.5% vs. the same period a year ago. Corporate income tax receipts were up 37.1% in May compared to a year earlier, and for the fiscal year, receipts are up $45 billion, or 47.2% compared to a year ago.

A continuation of the recent trend would put the deficit for next year at $250
billion to $275 billion, which would represent a near-halving of the deficit as a percentage of the gross domestic product. Reaching such a target would give a
lift to President Bush, who has pledged to cut the deficit in half by 2009.

The budget news provides new fodder for those who say that tax cuts can
actually lead to higher tax revenue. Such has been the case for 25 years, one
can reasonably argue. Nevertheless, given the large deficits of the past few
years, the debate over the impact of tax cuts on the U.S. budget deficit goes
on. Whatever the case, the data sure give President Bush and Treasury Secretary
Snow reasons to cheer.

Let's remember who said what...

Jeff Jacoby writing in the Boston Globe, March 5, 2001

""Voodoo redux," sniffs Bob Herbert in The New York Times. "There will be pain," intones Terry Moran of ABC mournfully. At Time.com, Jessica Reaves finds the Democrats' dire predictions "more realistic than the goofily optimistic tone Bush likes to set." Al Hunt, The Wall Street Journal's house lefty, labels the president's tax pitch "a sham." On CBS, Dan Rather assures viewers that Democrats are backed by "independent economists" in pronouncing the tax cuts
"risky business" - but makes no mention of CBS's own poll showing that a
whopping 67 percent of the public likes Bush's plan."

And a few select quotes from the champions of the working man,

'Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you,' Sen. Hillary 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.'

In a Jan. 16 speech at the National Press Club in Washington, Sen. Kennedy joined Sen. Clinton in calling for a "postponement" of $350 billion in scheduled tax cuts already approved, arguing of course that the cuts will benefit primarily "the rich," since Democrats define "the rich" as virtually anyone who pays taxes, rather than a net recipient of government handouts.

"The disturbing thing about the Bush forecast is that we are not just looking at the cyclical downturn -- a return to budget deficits because the economy is down," Rep. John Spratt, D-South Carolina, said on "Fox News Sunday."

Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, said elements like the dividend tax cut largely ignore the poor and middle class. "We should do something to take care of people who work for corporations, not help the corporations necessarily," he told NBC's Meet the Press.

“I’m running for president to roll back George Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy so that we can invest in education and health care,” proclaims John Kerry in his typical stump speech.

Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., a 2004 presidential hopeful, said on ABC's This Week that "if this is what (Mr. Bush) thinks is going to help regular people in times of an economic downturn, it just shows how out of touch he is."

Rep. Rob Andrews, a New Jersey Democrat, criticized the president's call to accelerate implementation of the tax cuts passed in 2001 to spur the economy now. "This is trickle-down, the sequel," Andrews said. "It didn't work the first time, and it's not going to work this time."

Former Democrat representative Dick Gephardt, "knee-jerk tax cuts that do nothing but pay off George Bush's wealthy campaign contributors while killing economic growth."

More on that Dick in the Senate

Democrat Senator Dick Durbin, who compared US troops to Nazi's, PolPot and the KGB on the Senate floor yesterday, refuses to apologize. How much of this are we going to take?
CHICAGO Illinois- Senator Dick Durbin says he won't apologize for comments
comparing American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Nazis and
Soviet gulags.News of the Democrat's comparison created a buzz around the
Internet today, fueled by sound bites of yesterday's Senate floor speech on
radio talk shows. By this afternoon, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy
McKenna asked Durbin to apologize.

Durbin says the Bush administration should apologize for abandoning the Geneva Conventions.

Dick and his fellow Democrats are woefully unprepared to deal with the war on terror if they are still hoping to give Geneva protections to those who clearly don't deserve them. This has gone from dissent to disgrace. Democrats wonder why people don't trust them on national security? Please.

And who is this guy who we so brutally tortured, according to Durbin? He was the 20th hijacker from the September 11 plot. Our crimes, according to Dick, we turned down the AC and made him shiver. I wish I was kidding. Here is the account of prisoner abuse that has a Democrat Senator comparing our troops to Nazi's,
On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking
with cold. ..... On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.

That's it folks, your US Nazi's at work, fiddling with the AC.

As Indiana Republican Congressman Steve Buyer, a decorated Gulf War veteran, said on WRKO this morning, Dick Durbin, Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy represent the "hug a thug" crowd. I wish more people in positions of power would call Dick's like Durbin on the reckless use of language. Hell, I wish EVERYONE would call him on it. I know I will by dialing his office at (202) 224-2152.

Recent guest on Pundit Review Radio, James Taranto of OpinionJournal's Best of the Web, had this to say about Dick Durbin,
We are fighting an enemy that murdered 3,000 innocent people on American
soil 3 1/2 years ago and would murder millions more if given the
chance--and according to Dick Durbin, our soldiers are the Nazis.

Al Qaeda finds useful idiots in large supply in US Senate

The Al Qaeda training manual is the terrorist bible, not the Koran. Rule #18

Lesson 18 of that manual, whose authenticity has not been questioned,
emphatically states, under the heading "Prison and Detention Centres", that,
when arrested, members of al-Qa'eda "must insist on proving that torture was
inflicted on them by state security investigators. [They must] complain to the
court of mistreatment while in prison".

It is truly sad that so many US Democrat politicians, and a few weak Republicans, are accepting at face value the claims of terrorists at GITMO over the words, and evidence, of our own military. It is pathetic and infuriating at the same time. One should expect this from alleged "human rights" groups like Amnesty and Human Rights Watch, but for US political leaders to so quickly, easily and thoughlessly join the chorus, it is disheartening. These people wonder why the US has a bad reputation overseas. Look in the mirror.

As John Hinderaker said on Powerline,

The mildness with which terrorist detainees have been treated stands as an
imperishable monument to the greatness of the American spirit and the moderation
of the Bush administration.

US politicans calling for the closing of GITMO are useful idiots, they are useful to AlQaeda in that they are buying into their planned, deliberate cries of torture and they are idots because they defame the US military unnecessarily, make their job more difficult and bring legitimacy to an obvious red herring.

Powerline has more on this today,


The Senate hearing on Gitmo that C-SPAN has been re-broadcasting tonight stands as a monument to the wisdom of al Qaeda, which advises its terrorists to complain, if captured, about torture and mistreatment in order, presumably, to take advantage of folks like many members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Democratic members, and several Republicans as well, can't seem to accept the notion that detainees captured while fighting Americans during our campaign against al Qaeda and the Taliban deserve anything less than the full blown due process we accord our citizens, including access to federal court. Never mind that ordinary prisoners of war captured by us on the battle field during, say, World War II, never received such "due process." Why should we be more solicitous of unlawful combatants than we were of legitimate soldiers who abided by the rules of war?

Perhaps the argument is not that our treatment of detainees hurts us with potential terrorists, but rather that it hurts our image with friends and potential friends. It is true that if no one ever criticized the way we treat detainees, our image would be better. But I'm aware of no evidence that our image short-fall is causing us any difficulties in fighting terrorism. Governments still cooperate with us, or not, for the usual reason -- self interest. Moreover, granting prisoners access to federal court won't mitigate our the image problems resulting from detaining prisioners at Gitmo and elsewhere. Most foreigners likely find it as absurd as al Qaeda does that we would consider providing gold-plated legal process to captured terrorists. The image problem stems from claims of torture. Those claims, and the eagerness of elements of the MSM and the American left to advance them, won't end regardless of what we do. Al Qaeda's playbook, and the history of the past few months, tell us so.

Is idiot too strong? Ah, no it isn't.

From Little Green Footballs,

Last night on the Senate floor during a debate on the Energy Bill, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) suddenly launched into a bizarre rant comparing the American military to Nazis, the Soviet KGB, and Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. (Hat tip: Right Wing Conspirator.)

"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing
what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly
believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad
regime—Pol Pot or others—that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is
not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their
prisoners."

What actions exactly? What could we have done to have a Democrat US Senator comparing our military to Nazi's, the KGB and PolPot?
On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the
temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking
with cold. ..... On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off,
making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The
detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him.
He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On
another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely
loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before,
with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.

Dick Durbin, Democrat Senator, disgracing himself, our military and the Senate all at once. An idiot indeed.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The email scandal list grows...

It looks like Kofi Annan's is going to join the list of high profile people brought down thanks to an email. Am I missing anyone?

Kofi Annan, UN

AP -- The committee probing the U.N. oil-for-food program announced Tuesday it will again investigate Secretary-General Kofi Annan after two e-mails suggested he may have known more than he claimed about a multimillion-dollar U.N. contract awarded to the company that employed his son.

One e-mail described an encounter between Annan and officials from Cotecna Inspections S.A. in late 1998 during which the Swiss company's bid for the contract was raised. The second from the same Cotecna executive expressed his confidence that the company would get the bid because of "effective but quiet lobbying" in New York diplomatic circles.

Hank Greenberg, Former CEO of insurance giant AIG

In a statement, New York Attorney General Spitzer said AIG, led by its former chief executive and financial chief, "resorted to deception and fraud in an apparent effort to improve the company's financial results."

The complaint quoted from emails and interviews with current AIG employees that suggested both AIG CEO Greenberg and former CFO Smith were aware of, and had approved, the transactions at issue.

Jim Kilts, Gillette CEO

BOSTON (MarketWatch) -- Gillette Co. (G) was ordered Thursday to provide Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin with copies of its email communications with its investment bankers sent during the run-up to the company's proposed merger with Procter & Gamble Co. (PG).

Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Allan van Gestel ruled that Gillette's two investment bankers, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and UBS AG (UBS), must turn over emails sent to seven Gillette executives, including Chief Executive James Kilts, relative to their "fairness opinion" on Procter & Gamble's offer for Gillette, according to court documents.

Henry Blodget, Merrill Lynch telecom analyst

(PugetSound Biz Journal) While Blodget was privately badmouthing InfoSpace's chief executive (Arun Sarin, at that point) and deriding the company as "a piece of junk," he was publicly recommending the stock to unsuspecting customers. InfoSpace enjoyed Merrill's highest stock rating and held a spot on the firm's "Favored 15" list at a time when Blodget's insider e-mails fretted that "this stock is a powder keg, given how aggressive we were on it earlier this year and given the 'bad smell' comments that so many institutions are bringing up."

Other stocks got equally brutal private assessments while officially blessed with Merrill's top ratings of buy or accumulate. Excite@Home was "such a piece of crap." Internet Capital Group provided "nothing positive to say." Two others were each assessed as "a piece of s--t."


Jack Grubman, Salomon Smith Barney

DOW JONES, NEW YORK -- Former Salomon Smith Barney telecom analyst Jack Grubman said email messages written by him in 2001 alleging he received outside pressure related to his rating on AT&T Corp. (T) were fabrications.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that in Jan. 2001, Grubman sent emails to an analyst at a money-management firm indicating that Citigroup Inc. (C) Chief Executive Sanford Weill pushed him to review his rating of AT&T. The emails say that Weill's alleged pressuring of Grubman was done to gain the support of AT&T Chief Executive C. Michael Armstrong, a key Citigroup board member, in a power struggle between Weill and Citigroup's former co-chairman, John Reed, in early 2000.

Here's a list from the ePolicyInstitute,

  1. Using email to send sensitive personal information and comments. The Enron Corporation used its email system to send sensitive employee information, such as Social Security numbers, wage packages, performance evaluations and other personnel information. Employees also sent revealing messages about office romances, affairs and other personal comment. When the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seized Enron's email records in an investigation, it posted them online, creating embarrassment or dangerous security breaches.
  2. Deleting email messages during a legal investigation. Investment banker Frank Quattrone's email urging members of his technology-sector banking group at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) to "clean up" their files during a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation led to his being charged with obstructing federal grand-jury and SEC investigations.
  3. Issuing potentially negative confidential internal memos. Two Merrill Lynch senior executives faced a barrage of negative publicity after someone leaked their confidential internal memo warning 50,000 employees to be careful with email content to the business media.
  4. Not monitoring employee email use, and using company email to receive illegal or embarrassing messages. An American Family Insurance employee the FBI suspected was receiving child-pornography emails at work was prevented from suppressing that evidence because his company repeatedly reminded users that it could monitor or search their computers. However, the employee's activity didn't surface until the FBI's investigation into the email source, a Yahoo! discussion group.
  5. Not controlling instant-messaging use. More than half of the regional stock brokerage firm Stifel Nicolas had downloaded free IM software and were using it without management knowledge or approval and without oversight from its compliance division, which makes sure all messages meet strict SEC and stock-exchange regulations. "Instant Messaging is a form of turbocharged email that creates a written business record that can be subpoenaed and used as evidence in litigation or regulatory investigations," Clearswift and the ePolicy Institute said.

How do we top this?

From Hugh Hewitt,
I was on PunditReview Radio last night, which has moved over to Boston's WRKO --a great, great radio station. If there's a smart radio entrepreneur in Boston, he or she will start putting a syndication deal for these guys on Sunday nights across the
country, as bloggers would love to listen to a program devoted to new media.

Thank you Hugh for your generous comments and for coming back on Pundit Review Radio! Hugh's first appearence was last fall when he was promoting his book If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat. You can listen to that interview here.

This weekend we discussed his new book Blog, and the impact of the new media on journalism, politics, pop culture and even American business.

We hope that you will be able to check our show out each Sunday evening at 9pm EST on Boston's talk station, WRKO. You can stream the show live online here. If you want to call in, you can reach us at 877-469-4322.

This Sunday evening our guest will be liberal media writer Dan Kennedy of the Boston Phoenix.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Happy 1st Birthday To Conservative & Right blog


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Grace Marzioli's Converative & Right blog has just celebrated its first anniversary. Congratulations.

We have had Grace in our blogroll for a long time, she has an interesting take on the issues we all care about and she is doing some incredible things with her life that are truly inspirational. Check her out.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Edward Klein over the line


DRUDGE FLASH: BILL RAPED HILLARY

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton turned furious and considered legal
action after learning bestselling author Ed Klein would allege in a new book:
Bill Clinton raped her -- resulting in the conception of daughter Chelsea
Clinton!"[Author] Klein is going to rot in hell for this," a well-placed source
close to Hillary said over the weekend.


1. You don't have to drive around with a Hillary 08' bumper sticker to see that this is over the line, disgusting garbage.

2. This crushes everything else in this book, true or not. It doesn't matter now.

3. MSM will say her critics are crazy people. Substantive Hillary critics are hurt by association. This is bad news.

4. This is net positive for Hillary the Prez candidate.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Pundit Review Radio Update: Hugh Hewitt this Sunday

This Sunday evening at 9pm EST our guest will be Hugh Hewitt. We will be speaking with Hugh about his great new book Blog and other issues involving the rise of the new media.

You can listen to the show live online at WRKO. You can call in with questions for Hugh toll free at 877-469-4322.

This will be Hugh Hewittt's second appearence on Pundit Review. To listen to our previous interview with him, click here.

June 19th: Dan Kennedy

We are also pleased to announce that on June 19, our guest will be Dan Kennedy, media writer for the Boston Phoenix. Dan is one of the most influencial and widely read liberal media writers around and we will get his take on the rise of the blogs and their impact on the media. Is the media as overwhelmingly biased as we say?

After 10 years, Dan is leaving the Phoenix at the end of the month to teach journalism at Northeastern Univ. We also want to hear how he thinks blogs will impact the next generation of reporters.

It should be an interesting discussion.

Quote of the Day

from Andrew Sullivan's blog,
"Does anyone in America doubt that Kerry has a higher IQ than Bush? I'm sure the candidates' SATs and college transcripts would put Kerry far ahead." - Howell Raines, former executive editor of the New York Times, last August. Heh.

Yale grades portray Kerry as a lackluster student
By Michael Kranish, Globe Staff June 7, 2005

WASHINGTON -- During last year's presidential campaign, John F. Kerry was the candidate often portrayed as intellectual and complex, while George W. Bush was the populist who mangled his sentences.

But newly released records show that Bush and Kerry had a virtually identical grade average at Yale University four decades ago.

In 1999, The New Yorker published a transcript indicating that Bush had received a cumulative score of 77 for his first three years at Yale and a roughly similar average under a non-numerical rating system during his senior year.

Kerry, who graduated two years before Bush, got a cumulative 76 for his four years, according to a transcript that Kerry sent to the Navy when he was applying for officer training school. He received four D's in his freshman year out of 10 courses, but improved his average in later years.

The grade transcript, which Kerry has always declined to release, was included in his Navy record. During the campaign the Globe sought Kerry's naval records, but he refused to waive privacy restrictions for the full file. Late last month, Kerry gave the Navy permission to send the documents to the Globe.

War on Terror Update: One cell at a time

Two terror suspects arrested in California
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI has arrested two California men after one of
them admitted he attended an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan, Justice
Department officials said on Wednesday.

Hamid Hayat, 23, and his father, Umer, of Lodi, California, east of San
Francisco, were taken into custody over the weekend. Both men are being held on
charges of lying to federal authorities.

Two other men were arrested in Lodi for violating terms of their visas,
said Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Dean Boyd.


Bush urges Congress to renew Patriot Act

WASHINGTON - President Bush is pressuring Congress to renew the Patriot Act
by highlighting the arrest of a man accused of plotting attacks on the Brooklyn
Bridge and an Ohio shopping mall.

Portions of the Patriot Act - signed into law six weeks after the Sept.
11, 2001, attacks to catch other terrorists - are set to expire at the end of
the year. The law bolstered FBI surveillance and law-enforcement powers in
terror cases, increased use of material witness warrants to hold suspects
incommunicado for months and allowed secret proceedings in immigration
cases.

Civil liberties groups and privacy advocates say the law undermines
freedom. But Bush calls the act vital to tracking terrorists and disrupting
their plans.

Democrat Rhetoric Stays Over The Top

From Art Chernkoff,

Top House Democrat Charles Rangel complained on Monday that the Bush administration's decision to concoct a "fraudulent" war in Iraq was as bad as "the Holocaust."
"It's the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country,"
Rangel told WWRL Radio's Steve Malzberg and Karen Hunter. "This is just as bad
as six million Jews being killed. The whole world knew it and they were quiet
about it, because it wasn't their ox that was being gored."It's not actually
quite as bad as it seems:

Asked to clarify his Holocaust comparison, Rangel told Malzberg: "I am
saying that people's silence when they know terrible things are happening is the
same thing as the Holocaust, where everyone would have me believe that no one
knew those Jews were killed over there."

Initially I though, this is not as bad as it seems; Rangel is not making a grossly offensive comparison of the liberation of 26 million people from tyranny with the killing of 6 million Jews. What a relief. He's merely making a stupid, inaccurate, and hysterical comparison of the public reactions to both events. Stupid, inaccurate, and hysterical, because after all, Iraq, in all its aspects and from all the perspectives, is the most talked about issue in the world today.

The Howard Dean Gift That Keeps On Giving,

"the GOP is a "white Christian party''

"A lot of them never made an honest living in their lives," said Howard
Dean on June 2 at a conference hosted by Take Back America.

"I think Tom Delay ought to go back to Houston, where he can serve his jail
sentence!"

"Thanks to their pale skin, round eyes and khaki trousers, Republicans just blend in," said Mr. Dean. "So they vote, get in the back of the line and vote again. And because they've never made an honest living in their lives, they could do that all day long."

"The Republicans are not very friendly to different kinds of people. We’re more welcoming to different folks, because that’s the kind of people we are."

Friday, June 03, 2005

Scott Johnson of Powerline on Pundit Review Radio

Don't miss Scott Johnson from Powerline this Sunday evening, June 5th at 9pm EST on
Pundit Review Radio, heard exclusively on Boston's talk leader WRKO.

You can stream the show live at WRKO.

We are looking forward to talking with Scott, one of the true leaders in the new media. He will be giving us his unique perspective on this week's revelation of Deep Throat, how he feels about Mark Felt: is he a hero or villian, how Watergate changed the establishment media and how it has led to many of their problems today.

If you have a question for Scott, give us a call Sunday evening at 877-469-4322.

If you can't listen, you can email a question to us at punditreview @ hotmail.com

Pundit Review Radio Flashback...

To listen to Scott's previous appearence on Pundit Review Radio, click here. Scott gave us a detailed breakdown of how the Dan Rather phony document story unfolded. This interview was conducted in October, 2004.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Do you think these two are related?

Howard Dean, unhinged on the stump, again,

You think people can work all day and then pick up their kids at child care or wherever and get home and still manage to sandwich in an eight-hour vote? Well Republicans, I guess can do that. Because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.

Hugh Hewitt says,

"Dean is certainly making even Terry McAuliffe look like a diplomat and a thoughtful man."

Don't miss Hugh on Pundit Review Radio on Sunday June 12 at 9pm EST.
This Sunday, June 5 we will be speaking with Scott Johnson from Powerline. You can stream both live at WRKO.


Howard Dean's Raised Voice Isn't Raising Cash

One hundred days into his tenure as the high-energy, higher-decibel chairman of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean is in trouble with party moneybags. The former Vermont governor seems to be doing a better job flaying the Republicans than bridging the cash chasm between the parties. Given Dean's 2004 run as a populist crusader, moderates were never wild about his takeover of the Democratic National Committee. So some big donors are sitting on their wallets.

Dean wowed the faithful in '04 with his Web-based fund-raising magic. But major business donors still count, and in his new role as party honcho, the feisty doctor seems to be struggling to connect. After achieving money parity with the GOP in 2004, Democrats have fallen far behind. According to the Federal Election Commission, the DNC raised $14.1 million in the first quarter of 2005, vs. the Republican National Committee's $32.3 million. Dean drew about 20,000 new donors, while his rivals picked up 68,200. The bottom line: Republicans have $26.2 million in the bank vs. $7.2 million for the Dems.