Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Bleg for Katrina Relief

Hugh Hewitt wrote yesterday, "perhaps the bloggers could agree to set a day for a unified blog beg"

Instapundit took him up on it.

So tomorrow blogs everywhere will be asking readers to contribute to some reputable charity of their choice.

NZBear has set up a Hurricane Katrina: Blog for Relief Day page with links to bloggers recommended charities and information on how to contact them.

Leadership vs. Political Opportunists

When I heard news that the Bush administration was releasing the Strategic Petroleum Reserves I had a couple of different reactions. The first was, good. Now is the time when it is needed most. Suppy has been disrupted heavily in the Gulf and this is a prudent decision all the way around.

The other thing I thought of was how all the political opportunists in the Democrat Party have been calling for use of the Strategic Reserves since oil rose above $34 per barrel. Releasing the reserves at that point would only be strategic for their political ambitions. The security of the country is a mere afterthought to these people.

They were predicting economic catastrophe to the American consumer with $40/barrel oil. What does it say about their understanding of the economy when we have a GDP growth rate just under 4%, the best in the industrialized world? And this is during the time when oil has risen from $40 to $70 per barrel. They are either clueless, political opportunists, or both.

The Strategic Reserves are simply a political weapon to Democrats. Has been for a long time.

Flash back to the 2000 election,

Al Gore, September 21, 2000 (Cost of a barrel of oil, $34)
"We ought to start with several releases of five million barrels each, and assuming that is successful, we should continue with these swaps in an effort to stabilize the price of oil at lower levels and help consumers."

Bush's reply,
The reserve, Bush said, "is an insurance policy meant for sudden disruptions of the oil supply or for war. It should not be used for short-term political gain ... at the expense of national security."

How prescient is that? That is the difference between leadership and political opportunists.

May,2004 (Cost of a gallon of gas, $2.00)
"These out-of-control prices are burning a hole in Americans' wallets," said Senator Schumer. "They are putting at risk the economic recovery and the administration insists on throwing fuel on the fire [making the situation worse]. So what are we doing? We are calling on the president to use our one ace in the hole [perfect solution]. The one way we can stop OPEC [Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries] and big oil from raising prices through the roof and that is by releasing some oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve."

May 2004 (Cost of a barrel, $42)
Half a dozen Senate Democrats plan to call on Bush today to begin releasing as many as 60 million barrels of oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
These people cannot be trusted to leadership positions in government. Their first priority is to achieve power. They have demonstrated time and again that they cannot make tough, unpopular decisions. They just don't have the stomach (ie: courage) to go against short-term public opinion.

Where would we be if they got their wish?

Monday, August 29, 2005

Jay Fitzgerald of the Boston Herald In Studio

Jay Fitzgerald of Boston Herald joined us in-studio for a lively discussion about blogs, media bias and the coverage of the war. It was great to hear from an "old media" veteran, especially when he talked about Michael Yon and the reporting he has been doing from Mosul.

Jay is a blogger himself. He has maintained a favorite of ours, HubBlog, for more than three years now. He also runs the Herald's Econoblog.


Michael Yon Live From Mosul

We enjoyed a special double feature on Pundit Review Radio this weekend. Boston Herald business reporter Jay Fitzgerald joined us live in studio. Here is what Jay had to say on his personal blog, HubBlog,

Michael Yon rules the blogoshere -- and airwaves: Local blogger sensation Michael Yon will be tentatively on WRKO tomorrow night along with yours truly, 9 p.m.. He gets to talk about his incredible blogging from Iraq. I get to talk about, er, my blogging from Beacon Hill. Hmmm. ... I'm psyched just to talk to the guy.

He was psyched and so were we. Last time Michael was on the show people lined-up to say thank you.

This week we focused on the issues at hand.
  • Where are we in Iraq?
  • Are our strategies and tactics working?
  • What is the state of the Iraqi Security Forces and the insurgency?
  • How are we treated by the Iraqi's?
  • What do the troops think of the anti-war left as represented by the crowd in Crawford?
You don't want to miss Michael's audible reaction when he heard a quote from Cindy Sheehan!

You wont find this kind of analysis anywhere else.

Pundit Review Radio
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Sunday's 9pm
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Saturday, August 27, 2005

The business of blogs

Sunday night at 9pm est on Pundit Review Radio we will take a look at the impact blogs are having on corporate America. You can stream the show live.

Our guest for the first half hour will be Jay Fitgerald, business writer for the Boston Herald and the man behind the Herlad's business blog, Econoblog. Jay also maintains a personal blog at HubBlog.

How are companies using blogs to communicate with consumers? And how are consumers using blogs to communicate with corporations.

Here are a few corporate blogging resources...
The Corporate Blog List

CEO's who blog

Information Week
Look Who's Blogging: How five executives got blog religion and are using it to their professional and personal advantage.

Of course, we'll also talk about the impact that blogs are having on the media and politics.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Michael Yon Brings It...again

I know you have heard alot about Michael Yon on this blog lately. The reason is simple. The Iraq War is at a critical juncture, especially when it comes to support here at home. Michael is the single best source of information about what is actually happening on the ground.

Please take a minute and read his latest dispatch. Check out the amazing, riveting, scary combat photos of our soldiers in action.

Words cannot do justice to the kind of first hand, life-threatening reporting Michael Yon is doing in Iraq. Please read his blog and support his work by clicking on the Support The Dispatches button.

Pundit Review Radio Update
Once again we will be speaking to Michael Yon on Sunday evening at 9pm EST on Pundit Review Radio. You can stream the show live and call us toll free at 877-469-4322. If you missed his previous visit with us, you can listen to it here.

We will continue to bring Michael Yon to your radio because people need to hear what he has to say. It's that simple.

In a special double feature, we will also be speaking with Boston Herald business writer Jay Fitzgerald. Jay is an old media guy who "gets it". He runs the Herald's business blog, Econoblog and also maintains a personal blog, Hubblog.

Check it out, Sunday night at 9pm est!

Is anyone happy with The New York Times?

Could the 'paper of record' actually be worse under editor Bill Keller than it was under Jayson Blair enabler Howell Raines? It sure seems like it lately.

We all know by now that when it comes to opinion editorials, the New York Times has ZERO credibility. After all, they continue to publish Paul Krugman's distortions and outright lies. Check out his latest, one his most blatent yet,
Two different news media consortiums reviewed Florida's ballots; both found
that a full manual recount would have given the election to Mr. Gore.

This one is so easily debunked, it makes you wonder if Krugman is getting lazy, or simply losing his mind. Our go-to-guy for all things Krugman, Don Luskin, had this to say in a post titled, The Truth Counts,
Krugman's lie was especially loathsome considering that his own newspaper
-- the New York Times -- was a member of one of the media consortiums to review
the election results. But will the Times run a correction, at least concerning
Krugman's blatant factual misrepresentations about the Miami Herald/USA Today
consortium's results? As of this writing, I've heard nothing in response to my
query about it to "public editor" Byron Calame. I'm not holding my breath.
There's no way the New York Times is going to interrupt its most effective
evangelist when he's in the middle of a fire-and-brimstone sermon about the
Angry Left's cherished creation-myth.

Luskin also points us to this open letter from Instutional Shareholder Services head John Connolly. His gripe with the New York Times? It's business page and the unfair, innaccurate reporting of Gretchen Morgenson.

And now Mark Cuban, the brash billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks is complaining about another Times business reporter. Cuban lays it all out, including his e-mail exchange with the Times reporter, on his excellent blog, Blog Maverick.

Anatomy of a New York Times Article
I responded to what I hoped would be an interesting discussion about the merits
of a company based on a referral from someone I respected, from a newspaper I
respected.Instead, the article was more a personal attack than a representation
of our email exchange. Furthermore, even after the above exchange, the author
preferred to quote the press release saying why I wouldn’t vote for the deal
rather than our email exchange.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Too little too late?

Bush Strengthens Defense of Iraq Policy in Latest Speech

NAMPA, Idaho, Aug. 24 - President Bush told thousands of National Guard members and their families today that an immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and the broader Middle East would only embolden terrorists and make the United States and its allies more vulnerable to attack.

Defending his administration's military stance for the third day in a row, he presented another tough, if implicit, rebuttal to war critics like Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier slain in Iraq who has demanded to see the president in a monthlong protest outside his Texas ranch. Mr. Bush said that "as long as I'm the president, we will stay, we will fight and we will win the war on terror."

The president said that withdrawing troops now from Iraq and the Middle East, "as some have called for," would "only embolden the terrorists and create a staging ground to launch more attacks against America and free nations." Ms. Sheehan and her supporters have called only for a withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, not the Middle East generally.

Is it too little too late? Given the momentum in the media, and the low threshold for success that the terrorists have, I'm not optimistic about turning public opinion around. It is truly mind boggling that allegedly serious people are actually talking about withdrawal in the middle of the fight. We couldn't possibly do anything worse.

Our current situation is infuriating, especially when put in perspective with what we have accomplished and where we are today in Iraq. Sure, the MSM has to take some blame for their agenda driven, relentlessly slanted and negative coverage. But President Bush deserves the lion's share of blame for letting it get to this point. He has the ability to go over their heads and communicate directly with the peeps, but he hasn't done it forcefully, or often enough.

So here we are today with public support crumbling while the situation on the ground is far better than people realize. When I hear talk of withdrawal, one has to wonder if people truly understand the consequences of success?

David Frum has some good advice,
...alternatively, the president could have skipped the good news and delivered a blood, sweat, toils, and tears speech: Yes things are hard, harder in fact than expected, but the stakes remain enormous - and here is why we must win, and why I am determined to fight this thing through to victory. That would be powerful too.

Michael Barone read Frum's piece,

This is a direct slap not only at the president, but also at his speechwriters, and from a former colleague who served in the speechwriting office in 2001 and 2002. Frum argues that Bush makes the same case over and over again, and does not flesh it out with arresting details and enlightening narrative.

Then he educates on FDR's fireside chats. Awesome stuff.

Yes, Bush has done a terrible job of communicating with the public about the war. People want to support it but it is difficult when all they hear is negative. What happened to the guy with the bullhorn? And it is not just the executive branch that is losing the information war. Michael Yon tells of the military's difficulty communicating their success.

Given all of these challenges, will the American public stay the course?

Monday, August 22, 2005

Pundit Review Radio: What is going on with Air America?

Last night on Pundit Review Radio we did a little compare and contrast. We took a look at two stories that are related only by their place on the MSM's agenda.

One story fits the agenda perfectly, so they cover it relentlessly. In this case we are talking about Cindy Sheheen. The second story doesn't fit the MSM agenda so they choose to ignore it. We are of course speaking about the Air America financial scandal that has been kept alive only by the outstanding blog journalism of The Radio Equalizer Brian Maloney and Michelle Malkin.

While discussing Sheehen, we talked at length about Patterico's LA Times Op-Ed that was publsihed on Sunday. In it, Patterico described the litanty of ways in which the Times has misled their readers on this story.

While discussing Air America, we went to the man himself, Brian Maloney and got the details directly from him. A special bonus, Brian was able to break the news on our show that Michael Graham of ABC Radio in Washington DC was fired for alleged anti-Islamic comments.

If you've been wondering what is going on with Air America, here is your chance to find out.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Information Wars

One thing has become clear in the month of August. While we continue to win on the ground in Iraq, we are losing the information war at home. On Pundit Review Radio last weekend, the incomparable Michael Yon's told us that the troops in Mosul have better morale than those of us here in the states. That is so scary, so sad, so dangerous.

Yon expalins what is happening...

Proximity Delays

For example, our soldiers capture or kill top terror figures in Mosul routinely. Sometimes in stunning operations that display split-second timing. The "higher ups" often say, almost reflexively, that they don't want the enemy to know about these kills or captures.

Sounds reasonable. But whether soldiers sleek through dark allies with silenced weapons, slipping over walls with padded ladders, snatching sleeping terrorists from their beds before they can fully waken; or, whether they engage in a gunfight at a busy intersection and drag terrorists from behind the wheels of their cars--these are not anonymous men. Families notice when daddy's gone missing.

If we aren't keeping it secret from the enemy--and we can't keep it secret from them--who do we protect by keeping quiet? These are not illegal operations. These are examples of the effectiveness of our forces. In Mosul alone there are daily events where the Coalition gets things right, that I never write about.

The "proximity delay" seems to be bi-directional. The higher-ups also seem to have a disconnect with what the media eventually does with Coalition successes. I kept silent for days on the Zarqawi-letter dispatch, ready to post what was probably the single most important piece of insider information to drop into our hands in quite some time. I requested clearance several times per day, each time being asked to hold back. I complied.

But then, without even giving the leaders at Deuce Four a head's up, a typically entralling military press release went out to major, mainstream, media outlets. We all learned of it on CNN. The Zarqawi-letter story was almost unrecognizable. Because, in the hands of a network that hasn't had a body in the field in Mosul long enough to get their bearings, the best the media could do is paraphrase the military press release. So what should have been a front page banner headline story ended up buried on page 6.

A major reason for the feeling around here that the public is turning against this war has been the Cindy Sheehan phenomenon in Crawford. Patterico, another recent guest on Pundit Review Radio, has an Op-Ed in today's LA Times taking a look at the paper's coverage. It shows once agan how MSM organizations can omit information central to the story and distort everything that follows. It also shows how woefully uninformed people can be if they rely on only the agenda driven MSM for news. Good for Patterico for calling them on it (again), and good for the LA Times for puplishing a beatdown of themselves in their paper.

Peacenik paper fawns over antiwar mom

in its apparent zeal to portray Sheehan as the Rosa Parks of the antiwar movement, the Los Angeles Times has omitted facts and perspectives that might undercut her message or explain the president's reluctance to meet with her again.

For example, The Times uncritically reported Sheehan's claim that the president had behaved callously in a June 2004 meeting with her and her husband, refusing to look at pictures of Casey or listen to stories about him. The Times claimed without qualification that Sheehan "came away from that meeting dissatisfied and angry."

But the article failed to mention that Sheehan had previously described Bush as sincere and sympathetic in the meeting.

Of that trip, Sheehan said: "That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together." In the 11 articles and columns about Sheehan that The Times had run on its news pages as of Friday, there is no hint of her previous praise for the president.

Nor would you learn that Casey Sheehan reenlisted after the war started. And only The Times' April 2004 obituary for the 24-year-old Army specialist noted that he bravely volunteered for the rescue mission in which he was killed by terrorists.

Rational people can disagree whether the war in Iraq is justified. But a newspaper's job is to report all relevant facts and present different perspectives, not just those that suit one particular viewpoint.

By that measure, The Times has woefully failed its readers with its one-sided coverage of the Cindy Sheehan story.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

RadioEqualizer Brian Maloney on Pundit Review Radio

Originally uploaded by punditreview.
Brian Maloney, the man behind one of the most popular blogs on the Internet, The Radio Equalizer, will be our guest Sunday evening at 9pm est on Pundit Review Radio.

You can listen live at WRKO and call us toll free at 877-469-4322.

Brian has been breaking news on a regular basis on the Air America financial scandal, demonstrating once again how blogs can keep a story alive and drive coverage of it in the MSM. We'll talk about that, and lots of other things like the media obsession with Cindy Sheehan and popular support for the war in Iraq. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Newsflash to clueless liberals: We already knew this

Mike McNaughton
Originally uploaded by punditreview.

So I head to The Huffington Post to see what the Hollywood crazies are up to. What I found was shocking, completely unexpected. It was a level headed, balanced analysis of President Bush and his treatment of our soldiers.

The Consoling President

When the White House called my wife, they said she wasn't allowed to tell even my other son or daughter that we were invited to meet the President. They didn't want the press to know, and said the President didn't want the press to know. If it would have leaked out, we would not have had the meeting."

Which is telling. It belies the complaints of those who think the President has somehow politicized the situation regarding those who have died in Iraq.

It may be 'telling' to a liberal elitist but to those of us who rely on the new media and milblogs for information about this war, the fact the President Bush truly cares about the troops is anything but news. WE HAVE KNOWN THIS FOR YEARS. Liberals like to repeat cute slogans, regardless of their veracity, until they become a mantra.

"He lied us into war"
"It's a war for oil"
"He uses the troops as props"

There are dozens of these lazy, intellectually dishonest slogans that are treated as gospel by the left. So a few are waking up slowly to the fact that one of their core beliefs about this president is demonstrably false. I suppose that is progress, but it is still quite pathetic.

Most certainly, the author doesn't read milblogs like Blackfive. Otherwise, he would have known about this.

Obviously, he has never seen this picture or heard this story,

While recuperating at Walter Reed, Sgt. McNaughton was honored to receive a
visit from President Bush. One of the subjects of common interest they discussed
was running, and the President extended an invitation to Sgt. McNaughton to come
running with him once he was up and about. The President's invitation posed
something of a dilemma for Sgt. McNaughton: "He said give him a call and we'll
go running. How are you supposed to just call the president?" Fortunately, Sgt.
McNaughton's doctor at Walter Reed was also a doctor for the President, and the
two men were able to keep in touch through her. In April 2004, Sgt. McNaughton
and his family made the trip to Washington, and — true to his word — the
President went for a run with him.

And he most certainy never saw this story,

Lynn Faulkner, his daughter, Ashley, and their neighbor, Linda Prince, eagerly waited to shake the president's hand Tuesday at the Golden Lamb Inn. He worked the line at a steady campaign pace, smiling, nodding and signing autographs until Prince spoke:

"This girl lost her mom in the World Trade Center on 9-11." Bush stopped and turned back.

"He changed from being the leader of the free world to being a father, a husband and a man," Faulkner said. "He looked right at her and said, 'How are you doing?' He reached out with his hand and pulled her into his chest."

"I could hear her say, 'I'm OK,' " he said. "That's more emotion than she has shown in 21/2 years. Then he said, 'I can see you have a father who loves you very much.' "

"And I said, 'I do, Mr. President, but I miss her mother every day.' It was a special moment."

Click here to see an amazing photo of this special moment.

Maybe this elitist still reads Newsweak, even they have begun to 'get it'

It is too bad that these liberal know it alls are so ignorant of the facts, relating to President Bush, his genuine concern for the troops and the overall situation in Iraq. It makes me angry, even if they are starting to see the truth.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Michael Yon Interview

America lined up to thank Michael Yon last night on Pundit Review Radio. What an outpouring of support for the great work he does, bringing us vivid, well-written and compelling reporting from his base in Mosul.

We heard from fathers and wives of servicemen serving in Michael's unit, and we heard from regular people who just wanted to say thank you to Michael for his brave and always balanced reporting. The respect and admiration for Michael was real and it was very moving.

Hopefully, people were moved enough to financially support his work, as we are all the beneficiaries of it. Visit his blog and hit the Support The Dispatches button, if you are able.

We took calls from Hawaii, Alaska, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, Alabama, Washington and California. Not bad for a Boston-based show! Simply put, word got out and America lined up to say thank you to this generation's Ernie Pyle.

We were glad to help make that happen. Michael will be back with us from Mosul in the very near future.

Remember, you can check out Kevin & Gregg on Pundit Review Radio every Sunday evening at 9pm at WRKO where we will be giving voice to the new media. Each week we will bring you interiews with leaders in the citizen journalist movement, people like Michael Yon who you will hear no where else but Pundit Review Radio. Thanks.

Friday, August 12, 2005

More Michael Yon on Pundit Review Radio

Michael Yon's reporting is THE most compelling coming out of Iraq and it is our honor to bring his fresh insight and analysis to WRKO.

People here in the US are woefully ignorant of the situation in Iraq and Michael will bring it to us, the good, the bad and the ugly. We are not looking for Pollyanna BS saying everything is great. We just want perspective in our coverage. Nobody provides that like Michael Yon.

Michael will be on live from Mosul, Iraq this Sunday evening at 9pm EST. You can stream the show live at WRKO and you can call us toll-free with questions at 877-469-4322.

Check our post on Michael titled Revaluing The Yon

About Pundit Review Radio

Pundit Review Radio is where the old media meets the new. Each week we highlight the work of the most influencial bloggers and citizen journalists on Boston's talk leader, WRKO. Recent guests have included Jeff Jarvis of Buzz Machine, Don Luskin of PoorandStupid, James Taranto, Hugh Hewitt, Scott Johnson from Powerline, LaShawn Barber, Patterico, Blackfive and Matt Margolis from Blogs for Bush. Let your readers know about our show and check us out!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Patterico on Pundit Review Radio

Patterico joined us recently on Pundit Review Radio to discuss his excellent blog, Patterico's Pontifications, as well as some issues near and dear to his heart, like his favorite newspaper, the LA Times. We also discussed the SCOTUS nomination, media bias and other new media issues. Check it out!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Blackfive on Pundit Review Radio

Milblogger Blackfive joined us recently on Pundit Review Radio to discuss milblogs, Iraq, the media and the general war on terror. Do listen to this one, you won't want to miss the story that drove Matt to start Blackfive!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Jeff Jarvis on Pundit Review Radio

Jeff Jarvis of Buzz Machine joined us recently on Pundit Review Radio to discuss a variety of blogging, new media/old media issues.

Don Luskin on Pundit Review Radio

Old friend Don Luskin of Poor and Stupid joined us recently on Pundit Review Radio to discuss a variety of political and economic issues.

Matt Margolis on Pundit Review Radio

We are babystepping our way towards full podcasts after each show.

Thanks for your patience.

Here is our interview with Blogs for Bush founder Matt Margolis.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Michael Yon on Pundit Review Radio this Sunday

What an honor to have milblogger Michael Yon on Pundit Review Radio this Sunday evening at 9pm EST. He will be joining us live from Mosul, Iraq.

You can stream the show live at WRKO and you can call us toll-free with questions at 877-469-4322.

Have you been reading Michael's dispatches from Iraq?

You should be. Michael Yon is a former Special Forces soldier who is now over in Iraq, on his own dime, as a journalist. He is living in Mosul and doing some of the most amazing reporting of anyone covering the war. As milblogger Blackfive told us recently on Pundit Review Radio, Michael's reporting brings the good, the bad and the ugly, as it is happening.

Check our post on Michael titled Revaluing The Yon

Please check out us out Sunday evening to get a unique, first person perspective as to what is really going on in Iraq.

About Pundit Review Radio
Pundit Review Radio is where the old media meets the new. We give voice to the new media. Each week we highlight the work of the most influencial bloggers and citizen journalists on Boston's largest talk station, WRKO. Recent guests have included Jeff Jarvis of Buzz Machine, Don Luskin of PoorandStupid, James Taranto, Hugh Hewitt, Scott Johnson from Powerline, LaShawn Barber, Patterico, Blackfive and Matt Margolis from Blogs for Bush. Let your readers know about our show and check us out!

New York Slimes and their liberal friends

When it comes to Chelsea Clinton, it was hands off for the New York Slimes,

New York Slimes, December 3, 2000

From the beginning, Bill and Hillary Clinton made it clear that they wanted their only child to enjoy as normal an upbringing as possible. And to an extraordinary degree, journalists and the general public conformed with their wishes.

For years, this peculiar arrangement made sense. When her father took office, Chelsea was 12 years old, frizzy-haired, freckled and with a mouthful of braces. She looked vulnerable and was treated accordingly.

When reporters requested interviews with her, or even information about her, says Neel Lattimore, the first lady's former press secretary, "I had the feeling they were kind of sheepish about it, kind of apologetic, like, 'My editor asked me to do this, and I know the answer is no.' "(Which it always was.) Indeed, so solid was the consensus on leaving Chelsea alone that when People magazine published a highly complimentary cover article about how gracefully she seemed to be weathering the impeachment scandal, Geraldo Rivera was among the chorus of indignant voices. "I'm glad it's their story," he harrumphed, "not mine."

The consensus on Chelsea has held for both virtuous and less virtuous reasons. After all, nearly everybody who has kept her secrets found some sort of pride or self-satisfaction in doing so. Washington reporters, for example, are still patting themselves on the back for shielding Chelsea. But they have done so not only out of a decent inclination to protect a young person who never asked to be famous but also out of the sense that self-restraint might earn them something: access to her parents, perhaps.

When it comes to SCOTUS nominee John Roberts, his adopted kids, who are 5 and 4, they are fair game?,

The TIMES has investigative reporter Glen Justice hot on the case to investigate the status of adoption records of Judge Roberts two young children, Josie age 5 and Jack age 4, a top source reveals. Judge Roberts and his wife Jane adopted the children when they each were infants. Both children were adopted from Latin America.

A TIMES insider claims the look into the adoption papers are part of the paper's "standard background check."

Previously the WASHINGTON POST Style section had published a story criticizing the outfits Mrs. Roberts had them wear at the announcement ceremony.

One top Washington official with knowledge of the NEW YORK TIMES action
declared: "Trying to pry into the lives of the Roberts? family like this is despicable. Children's lives should be off limits. The TIMES is putting politics over fundamental decency.? One top Republican official when told of the situation was incredulous. "This can't possibly be true?"

The vile left should stick with insinuating that Roberts is a closeted gay because he did pro bono work on a case supporting gay rights. I thought liberals are in favor of gay rights? Why don't they applaud Roberst for this work? Because they can use it to smear him, that's why. They use it to insinuate that he is gay, in a cheap, tawdry and transparent effort to rile the conservative base. It is the same slimy tactic used by both John Edwards and John Kerry in the past campaign with regard to Dick Cheney's daughter, who IS gay. At least Roberts is an adult and can defend himself from these vile scum.

Roberts Donated Help To Gay Rights Case

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. worked behind the
scenes for gay rights activists, and his legal expertise helped them persuade the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation.
Liberal blog BlueMassGroup,

What to make of this? Is Roberts a clandestine agent of the dreaded
"homosexual agenda"? Is he, in fact, secretly gay? (Perhaps that would explain his son's controversial pastel clothing?)

I suppose the refreshing thing about this is how unashamed some liberals are about sliming a good and decent man. Indepundit linked to this, a poster named Geso on The Daily Kos, who sure is proud of himself,
That's my justification for conducting a one man smear campaign on a conservative justice- besides, spreading the rumor that he's gay wouldn't piss off anyone I respect, which makes the rumor that much more entertaining.

I need to go take a shower now.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Thanking the drug companies

If you follow blogs, you know that Instapundit and Andrew Sullivan have agreed on very little lately. It took the wonderdul people from Pfizer and Bristol Myers to bring them together. Can peace in the middle east be far behind?

Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit
August 2

INSTAWIFE UPDATE: The Insta-Wife saw her cardiologist today, and they did an EKG and downloaded the information from her ICD, which records its own EKG readings whenever her heart rhythms are funny. Turns out there wasn't much recorded, because her heart rhythms are much, much better. That didn't surprise me, because she's been feeling much better, too. That's not because of the ICD. It will shock her heart out of a dangerous rhythm, or pace it out of one before shocking if it can, which is great, but that's only after things go wrong. It's because of the Tikosyn -- a powerful and hard-to-prescribe anti-arrhythmic -- which is dangerous enough in some people that you have to be hospitalized when you start it, but which has worked wonderfully for her, and without noticeable side effects after the first couple of weeks. The drug has been a godsend for her, and I want to thank the folks at Pfizer for coming up with it. People are always bashing drug companies, but as I've written before, they do a lot more to improve people's lives than most of the critics have ever done, or ever will do.
Glenn Reynolds, MSNBC
August 4

Color me unimpressed with the claims of this critic of the pharmaceutical industry. I'm supposed to be shocked that drug companies use celebrity spokespeople, or that they make drugs to improve the function of people who aren't deathly ill? That's not a problem, that's progress.

The pharmaceutical industry isn't beyond criticism, of course. But I find most of the criticism rather strained, and all of the critics far too slow to give the industry the credit it deserves for the tremendous good it does.
Andrew Sullivan, Daily Dish
July 1

Got new data this week about my virus. You may recall that I went back on meds
because my viral load, after three years of stability at around 20,000 copies
per mililiter of my blood, went to 60,000 and then 140,000. After ten days of
medication, it came down to 1,500. By now, it should be zero. The drugs are
amazing and I barely notice them at all any more the side effects are so minor.
I guess I should add that these not atypical results show that although basic
scientific research must be funded by government, the "evil" pharmaceutical
companies are, in fact, among the most beneficent organizations in the history
of mankind and their research in the last couple of decades will one day be
recognized as the revolution it truly is. Yes, they're motivated by profits.
Duh. That's the genius of capitalism - to harness human improvement to the
always-reliable yoke of human greed. Long may those companies prosper. I owe
them literally my life.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Teddy K. Bashes Bush, JFK (again)

By sidestepping the Senate and naming controversial nuclear-arms diplomat John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations during a congressional recess, President Bush has thrilled the Republican Party's right while stymieing moderates of both parties holding out for a more conciliatory choice.

The appointment ends nearly five months of political battling and stalemate over a nomination that the president insisted was "the right man at the right time" for the key diplomatic post. By appointing Mr. Bolton, Mr. Bush sends to the UN a longtime stinging critic of the international organization just as the United States is pressing for significant reforms in how the UN works.

Leading Domestic Insurgent Ted Kennedy had this to say in a statement,

The abuse of power and the cloak of secrecy from the White House continues. It's bad enough that the administration stonewalled the Senate by refusing to disclose documents highly relevant to the Bolton nomination. It's even worse for the administration to abuse the recess appointment power by making the appointment while Congress is in this five-week recess. It's a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent and only further darkens the cloud over Mr. Bolton's credibility at the U.N.

Once again, more over-the-top, fact-free rhetoric from that paragon of virtue, Ted Kennedy. This penchent for partisan flamethrowing often leaves Teddy at odds with his late brother JFK. After all, JFK rightly used recess appointments when he was president,
President John F. Kennedy appointed Thurgood Marshall to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in October 1961, getting around opposition from Southern senators. Their resistance had weakened by the following September, and the Senate approved him 54-16.

So did Bill Clinton, 140 times. Strange, but I couldn't find a single quote from Teddy denouncing him.

JFK was also wise enough to understand that tax cuts created an environment for economic growth. Teddy screams with all his might that tax cuts are for the rich at the expense of the poor.

W. James Antle of Enter Stage Right reminds us,
While President Kennedy is an icon of modern American liberalism on a par with Franklin D. Roosevelt, he did not always take positions that would endear him with today's Ben and Jerry-munching left. He was a proponent of increased defense spending and an aggressive anti-communist stance during the Cold War. His friends in the Senate included Joe McCarthy, who he did not vote to censure, and Barry Goldwater. And he proposed what was at the time the biggest tax cut in history.

What was his tax policy? Bruce Bartlett explains,
President Kennedy's Taxation Task Force... This was a group of outside economists and tax experts recruited by Kennedy aide Theodore Sorenson after the 1960 election. It was this group that first suggested that Kennedy support creation of an Investment Tax Credit, which he did in 1962, and an across the board reduction in tax rates, which he did in 1963. The proposal Kennedy put forward on January 24, 1963 would have cut the top individual income tax rate from 91 percent to 65 percent, and reduced the maximum capital gains tax from 25 percent to 19.5 percent.