Tuesday, January 31, 2006

State Of The Union Address

State Of The Union Address

I was pleased on a number of different points.  I am glad to hear President Bush reiterate his steadfast resolve for Iraq.  I am relieved to hear him repeat his pledge not to support Hamas, and to curb the radical growth in Iran.   When the president reminded Congress about earmark reform, I shouted at him to ‘remember to veto any outrageous spending bills!’, and then I stood and applauded his call for a line-item veto.

I listened intently to the Opposition Party response, a relative newcomer to our Political System, instituted in the 1960s, wherein the Party out of office gets to speak after the President.  It’s not with any of the fan-fare of the President, but then, the speaker isn’t the President.  And it is done minutes after the President finishes speaking, so points are not deducted due to the hasty preparation and the like.

I think it was last year’s address that had two DNC pols taking turns speaking; whatever year it was, it was miserable.  This year, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine gave the response, and he did an admirable job.  There was a recurring theme, as nearly any pol’s speech will have, and that was ‘we can do better’, and I thought to myself that I had heard that line repeated somewhere before.

Thankfully, Britt Hume of Fox News gave me the answer I sought.  Candidate Bill McKay used that same theme in his campaign speech.  Who is Bill McKay?  He was played by Robert Redford in 1972’s  The Candidate. Far be it for me to suggest Gov. Kaine was having a Sen, Joe Biden moment; I’ll just chalk it up to a really good hook in a speech and leave it at that.

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Effects of winning elections


Today marks several notable points in history. By specific direction of the Constitution, the president will tonight deliver his State of the Union Address to the Joint Session of Congress. Historically, this was a letter sent to the Legislature, but modern communication has led to the photo op event, and a time when a considerable number of Americans will sit in front of a radio, television, or web stream and listen to the nation’s leader speak.
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This, I predict, will be another in a series of speeches that will be memorable for President Bush. Many will criticize him for his awkwardness in off-the-cuff discussions. This is clear especially when the topics in policy matters. I believe this is because so many people are looking for subtleties and nuances in every word he speaks, he feels especially put upon to speak carefully. Late last week, during a press conference, a piece of media lighting broke loose of its harness on the ceiling. While some tech in a control room tried to regain control, everyone’s attention was split between the swinging light and the President’s reaction. He made a small joke and went on to answer the reporter’s question, not missing a beat in the cohesiveness of the response. Part of that is any politician’s well-rehearsed preparation for a press briefing, but the larger part is that the seemingly endless claims that the President is stupid is simply not so.

It will be memorable because all SOTU addresses are, because they have evolved into a vehicle for presenting the wherefores and whereas’ of the State, and a roadmap for the year to come. And in that manner become a hallmark for us to say ‘you said X last year, so what of it this year?’ Here is another example of the rewards for winning elections.

The economy is certainly continuing to grow; look no further than the Stock Market indices if you distrust me. Two weeks ago we broke a high-mark that wasn’t seen since before September 11, 2001. 10 days later a big sell-off occurred, and CNN and MSNBC exclaimed ‘the Dow Jones lost all of the gains for the year!’ as if to say 2 weeks was a huge period of time (note to CNN/MSNBC: all of those ‘losses’ have been regained). Critics will point to the GMs and Fords of the world, who are planning on cutting their work force and closing factories. This naysayer’s fail to point out why these companies are retracting (for one, an unrelenting union that won’t consider negotiating on benefits), nor will they point out the domestic factories of foreign manufacturers are humming along nicely.


The war in Iraq is going as well as can be expected, if not better. Critics will point to people like Sen. John Kerry or presumed senatorial candidate Cindy Sheehan as evidence to the contrary; these people besmirch the good name of fighting brothers and sisters, yet they get a center stage for what is right with war? Something there makes no sense.

The minority party of the US Senate makes little sense, also. Late last week it was clear the majority would vote to confirm Samuel Alito as the newest Supreme Court Justice. They dragged their feet, and delayed the cloture vote until yesterday, even when it was clear their attempts at a non-constitutional filibuster would not stand. So instead of the confirmation happening last week, and the SOTU address happening this week, both happen the same day, enabling the president to rightly crow that the Senate finally came to their senses. Once again, the benefits of winning elections are clear.

The president will have to reassert the Conservative values he ran on 18 months ago. There will have to be promises of vetoes if spending bills are too plump. There will have to be a serious plan for securing our borders. And there will have to be an address to both houses of Congress, but especially the Republicans, about the influence of lobbyists. The Republican’s are the party of reform, so they know the road back well.

For 40 years, the Republican Party was in the minority in the House. Led by Newt Gingrich in 1994, they promised a house cleaning and they delivered. How things have changed in just 12 years! But the answer is not to switch control back to those who abused their power for 4 decades! I say to the voters of the country: hold your Rep’s feet to the fire: clean up their act or run challengers in the Primaries who will do if for them! Considerable gains and improvements have been made in the last 12 years, and the run-away spending can be partly blamed on President Bush’s lack of vetoes. But the house cleaning in the House has to start tomorrow.



I wish I had time to link to the absurdities that came forth from the senior senator of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For all the insults President Bush must suffer for his alleged stupidity, Sen. Kennedy’s own words speak for themselves.

Tonight is another hour of grunt, sweat and ache (a.k.a.: Tae Kwon Do), but I’ll be home in time to listen to the speech.

I hope you will listen, also. It is, afterall, yet another result of an election.


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Monday, January 30, 2006

What's in a name?

Just saw a commercial for the upcoming release of BAMBI II, straight to video. This recalled a question I had raised back in my days of high school:

If, in the movie, Bambi is a boy (and we know this well, just from considering the last reel which shows his impressive rack of antlers), how is it the name 'Bambi' is considered female?

Side Note:Lest there be any doubt as to the name being assumed female, I provide exhibit A.
My Italian heritage makes it easy for me to discern the origin of Bambi as Bambino, which leads us to recall a baseball legend's nickname: 'The Great Bambino.' I seriously doubt, however, anyone would dare call Babe Ruth effeminate in his time.

In my younger days I knew a gal whose name was Charlene, but that everyone called Charlie. She was certainly not a person that would easily be mistaken for a male (I am tempted here to make a reference to her impressive rack... but I won't).

A buddy suggested I ought not try to date her, because a Charlie dating a Charlie would have been just too weird (this was about 24 years ago, afterall). As luck would have it, the notion that I would ever be her date was just a little too weird for her to accept, irrespective of my name. However, thinking back, if we had dated and eventually married, just consider how much money would have been saved on monogramed towels and the like.

Of course, no discussion of Bambi is complete without tipping a hat to that 1969 classic, BAMBI MEETS GODZILLA, or its sequel, SON OF BAMBI MEETS GODZILLA.

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Open forum

Here's a question to the readers:

I used to work for a company based in Virginia. The Senior VP was my local boss' boss. Norris was a great boss, and a great guy. I have corresponded with him several times in the days since I left the company; his advice and encouragement was valuable.

I used passed1 past tense, not just because I no longer work for him, but because Norris died in the summer. Unfortunately, he wrecked his car. Reading the news feeds, they said the 'police suspect alcohol and speed contributed to the accident.' Having known Norris, I am not at all surprised.

Question of the day: When do I delete Norris' entry in my address book?



1Thanks to KW for alerting me to the typo. Maybe I can hire her to be my proof reader...

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Who would have thought it would have lasted?



Any person who has read this blog knows I don't toot my own horn much; its mostly humorous observation and politics. But there is an occasion for which I will bend this rule.

I've been so busy, I missed this Blogs anniversary. On Jan 16 '02 this Blog was born. It ran for about four months and went dormant for about 8 more months, then came back to life in December of that year. So if you count the break in the posting (due to lack of a usable host), the Blog's third anniversary was last month. Third or fourth. Whatever.

So happy anniversary to YOU, the readers. If not for the repeated hit-counts, comments and e-mail, this place would be no different than the front seat of my car on my daily 2 hour commute: me ranting to myself.

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20 years ago, and 3 years ago

Today is the anniversary of the final flight of STS-51L, the Challenger Shuttle. And next week is the third anniversary of the end of STS_107, the Columbia Shuttle.

Where I was 20 years ago is seen here. Where was I 3 years ago? Well, I managed to make a post from my cell-phone when I heard the news, but I was tending to my much-better-half and new born son that day. With all that was going on, it's a wonder I even pulled that off.

Other memories:

So where were you?


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Friday, January 27, 2006

Headline of the Day

I've read WIRED magazine (both online and in print) for many years, being the near-Geek I am, so I am familiar with their columns on the broad category of culture.

But this headline definitely caught my eye:


The article is about a sensitive topic, and the title certainly entices one to read it. While clicking above will bring you to a safe site, some of the links within the article are definitely NSFW.


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Monday, January 23, 2006

Yeah... but what else does it do?

Yesterday I ventured out to make a purchase of a piece of protective gear for my study of Tae Kwon Do. Anyone who has ever done any contact sport will recognize the term 'cup', including women (altho I know of no women that use one). Mine has severed well these 2-1/2 years, but its elastic band has lost its use, so its time to be replaced.

I ventured to my neighborhood Dick's Sporting Goods (yes, yes, I realize the irony and/or obvious euphemism). On the rack there were two varieties: one priced at $12.99, the other at $24.99. I studied both packages carefully; this is one form of a protection that you ought not to skimp on (not unlike generic condoms). Yet, I don't want to waste my money on frivolities.

Both were of similar design, both were sized for Adults. For the life of me I couldn't discern any enhanced safety or other special qualities that would warrant nearly double-the-price.

Thinking out loud, I mumbled 'What would make this one worth twice the price?'

A female store clerk standing nearby offered 'perhaps it lights up??'

If I ever decide to spar in the dark, maybe I'll go back and buy it... of course, that would make me more of a target.



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Friday, January 20, 2006

25 years; how fast time flies


25 years ago, I remember sitting in awe, watching TV, watching history in the making. A new President making his Inaugural Address:

We are a nation that has a government--not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.

It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government.

Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it work--work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.
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A man whose critics underestimated him, who called him 'stupid' and other slights, but who later spawned the modern Conservative Movement.
It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We are not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope.

We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we are in a time when there are no heroes just don't know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the world beyond. You meet heroes across a counter--and they are on both sides of that counter. There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity. They are individuals and families whose taxes support the Government and whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art, and education. Their patriotism is quiet but deep. Their values sustain our national life.

I have used the words "they" and "their" in speaking of these heroes. I could say "you" and "your" because I am addressing the heroes of whom I speak--you, the citizens of this blessed land. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the goals of this administration, so help me God.
A man who challenged all of us to be better than we believed. A man who took on the greatest military threat of our time, stared it straight in the eye, unblinking, and walked away the victor.
On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, President of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, "Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of.... On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves."

Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children and our children's children.

And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.

To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale.

As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it--now or ever.

Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.

A man who took an economy that was best described by using a Misery Index, and with tax cuts led it to longest peace time expansion ever seen in history of the nation.
Can we solve the problems confronting us? Well, the answer is an unequivocal and emphatic "yes." To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest economy.

In the days ahead I will propose removing the roadblocks that have slowed our economy and reduced productivity. Steps will be taken aimed at restoring the balance between the various levels of government. Progress may be slow--measured in inches and feet, not miles--but we will progress. Is it time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles, there will be no compromise.

I was fortunate enough to have had the privilege of casting my first Presidential vote for this man's re-election, which he won in a resounding landslide (49/50 states). It was during his first term I finally understood the values my father was teaching me all my life could finally be realized in government, and I am proud to acknowledge his wisdom.

25 years ago today Ronald Wilson Reagan took his first Oath of Office as the 40th President of the United States.

Long before there were blogs, Brett Kottman ran a Yahoo! Groups discussion board dedicated to the greatest President of the 20th Century. The above quotes are from The President Reagan Information Page, where many other speeches are archived for viewing. For remembering. And for learning. It is my hope that many in today's Republican Party look back on those speeches and writings, so that they recall the wisdom and honor of that great man, and apply it to today.

Brett's own writings can be found at one of my favorite blogs, The Reality Hammer.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Felix Unger's son, busted ... again!

AP: Seventies teen idol Leif Garrett was being held without bail after authorities said he was suspected of carrying narcotics and not having a subway ticket.

So why the title of this post? Don't you recall one of his earliest roles was that of Felix's son?

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...but one of these things just doesn't belong here..

On my way home last night I thought about all the controversy about various speeches heard on Monday. And it dawned on me, that it is so simple a child could even figure it out. See if you agree:

Two of these things belong together,
two of these things are kind of the same
But one of these things just doesn't belong here
Now it's time to play my game:

  1. "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. "
    - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
  2. "[The House of Representatives] has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about. " - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, former First Lady. Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem 16-Jan-2006
  3. "It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans _ the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans. This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. You can't have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn't be New Orleans." - New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, 16-Jan-2006


Which one doesn't belong? The answer is simple: 2 of these racist (or at the very least, racially pandering) comments ought not share the same page with the words of Dr. King. Yet the others were spoken at tributes to Dr. King. Once again, a double standard exists.

If you're a Republican, you don't dare utter words that might be considered racially untoward, else you would lose your leadership position (like Trent Lott). On the other hand, a Democratic Party Senator can praise a former Ku Klux Klansman -- who happens to be a sitting Senator -- and say he would have been on the "right side" during the Civil War, and no apology is necessary.

And yet the Democrats will still claim theirs is the party for minorities; how pathetic.



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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Best wishes for President Ford

Hard to imagine President Ford is 92!

At his age, pneumonia is hard to beat.. but I do hope he recovers quickly.





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Bob Casey: Tap Dancer

Background: Robert P. Casey, Jr, Pennsylvania Treasuer, is challenging Rick Santorum for his seat in the US Senate.

PittsburghLive.com

You heard it here first, folks. Here's the long-awaited, definitive position of Robert P. Casey Jr., the Pennsylvania treasurer and Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate, on Sam Alito: "Bob Casey will reserve judgment until after the confirmation hearings," said spokesman Larry Smar.

WOW! Is that not an example of confidence? THIS, boys and girls, is the true definition of a Moderate. He won't take a stand until he knows how the majority thinks, and then he'll speak out! Sometimes a candidate/pol has to take a stand that may be unpleasant. Mr. Casey, however, would rather not work that hard.

Here's why:

Here's the pickle: If Casey supports Alito, he alienates his liberal base, which he needs for money and organization in the "collar counties" of Philadelphia. If he sides with the Democrats, he cuts his claim to being a moderate-to-conservative Democrat and hurts his support among Catholic voters.

Santorum has to vote on Alito's nomination. Casey needs to say how he would vote if he held the office for which he thinks he's better-suited than Santorum.

The voters of the Commonwealth are waiting, Mr. Casey.

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Monday, January 16, 2006

"Nobody asked me, but..." origin

Today is an almost non-work day. The company I work for provides 8 Holidays and 2 Floating Days, probably to permit flexibility in personal scheduling. Working today, for me, was a catch-up day, since my client (Military Sites) have the day off. Instead of posting during lunch or the like, I am making a quick post now before I leave for home early (what a change!).

So I'm dipping into the mail bag to answer a reader's question.

Russ in Raleigh writes in and asks:

Do you know where your catch phrase came from?

Well I thought I did! As I explained in my return mail to Russ, I've been told I've swiped it from former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, who was said to have penned a local newspaper column under the same title. Generally, whenever I've joined in on water-cooler conversations, I've prefixed them with that phrase.

Turns out, Russ had another origin in mind. Excerpting from Russ' reply to me:

One of the three greatest sports writers who ever lived often used that phrase as a lead in his column. Jimmy Cannon would then enumerate some thoughts that were as close to editorializing as to be found in the sports section. Jimmy once wrote that “Joe Louis is a credit to his race; the human race.” It is also the title of a biography of sorts, a compilation of his best columns, assembled by his brothers, Tom and Jack.

Jimmy died in 1973 and just last year was awarded the Associated Press Sports Editors award. I got to know Tom (Sr) quite well as he palled around with one of my aunts for years. Tom’s son Tom Jr. accepted the award for his uncle. If you can get your hands on the book, it makes great reading although the subject matter is quite dated. Jimmy was a master wordsmith and is a great example to those of us who write for a living.

Well my hat is off to Russ for educating me. And while I never knowingly read any of Mr. Cannon's work, I see that it would be a treat, to be sure. I never meant to hone in on Jimmy Cannon's work, and it is far be it for me to suggest that I am among those 'wordsmiths' who write for a living... hell, I'd have starved years ago if I tried to make it on my writing!

I thought about making an open thread for a sort of Q&A session, but I am not quite certain I am interested in answering just anybody's questions. Time will tell...


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Friday, January 13, 2006

Who ya gonna call?

Iran Threatens to Block UN Inspections

WaPo:
"Iran threatened on Friday to block U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities and end all voluntary cooperation with the nuclear watchdog if it is referred to the U.N. Security Council as the long confrontation over Iran's nuclear program moved closer to crisis level."

So tell me: when (not if, but when) Iran finally bolts from common sense and takes an aggressive stand against all of the U.N. inspections and any Security Council Resolutions, who will be expected to enforce them?

The U.S.? And suffer the slings and arrows from our 'allies' and those on our own shores that claim we're 'violating the will of the UN?'




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Coffee Conundrum

She: Gee Charlie, the first pot of coffee is always so much better than the rest. What's your secret?

Me: Now if I told you, it wouldn't be a secret, would it? You'll have to come in by 7 and find out.

She: I guess it'll remain a secret then!

My big secret? Two bags of grinds. I know: it isn't exactly a well-guarded recipie. While I drink a lot of coffee, I don't often make pots after the first of the day. Unless I can find the way to persuade Purchasing to pay a few cents more per bag, I'll have to find my own work-around.

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Maryland lawmakers vote for less jobs

Tax the rich
Feed the poor
'Til there are no
Rich no more

Alvin Lee will, indeed, live forever, but if some Legistaltures have their way, another 'giant' will take it in the chops.

Reported all over, Maryland lawmakers overrode the Governor's veto of a targeted bill designed to force a private company to either pay for health-care coverage or layoff workers. Guess which is more feasible?

Donald Luskin has a coherent analysis of the issue at The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid, and it is recommended reading for all.

From The Seattle Times:

"We don't want to kill this giant. We want this giant to behave itself," said Anne Healey, a Democrat and the lead sponsor in the House.

How much do you want to bet Ms. Healey never ran a business?



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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Best. Blonde Joke. Ever. EVER

Since my much-better-half is blonde, I tread lightly with such humor. But this is the best blonde joke ever!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

How to Bork the Senate

In 1987, a new age of 'dirty politics' was introduced to the voters. We saw sanctimonious members of the Senate besmirch and assault the character of a man whose judicial record was and still is worthy of respect. The new age was led by that standard bearer of all things moral, Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Well, Robert Bork went on to other pursuits, not the least of which was writing. But Sen. Kennedy still sits in his office, and tries as he might to dethrone other judicial candidates who, like Bork, stand only accused of having a different philosophy than he. In the fall, like today, Sen. Kennedy continues to show what little class he really has, when he continues to whine and stamp his feet repeatedly. But as John Roberts demonstrated, and Samuel Alito repeated today, holding your cool under these baseless assaults only enrages the accuser.



Closer to home, I've noted that unlike Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Senatorial Candidate Bob Casey has yet voice any opinion on Judge Alito's nomination. One wonders who he's afraid of enraging if he did speak out.




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of Senate Confirmation Hearings and 'Airplane! The Movie'

Quote of the day, courtey of Dave Barry:

Instead of a live human being, the Senate Judiciary Committee should have an inflatable doll sitting in the witness chair while the senators ask their 37-minute-long questions. On those rare occasions when they need an actual answer, staff people could go fetch the actual nominee from the golf course or wherever.







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Roller-coaster

What a difference a few days make:

I take a few days off from posting due to work load at the office, and the effect is obvious.

Truth be told, I've often thought my 'life status' with regard to 'unique links' to have been frequently overstated...




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Samuel Alito's Confirmation rolls on

To date, none of the Senate challengers to Judge Alito's confirmation have been able to lay a glove on him. Which begs the following questions:

  • Are the senior members of the Senate Judiciary panel now out of touch with their constituency? Why is it that Sens. Biden and Schummer seem to drone on with few, actual questions to the Nominee, if not for their lacking any legitimate challenge for him? Could it be their time for retirement is at hand?
  • Much of the talk on the Left focuses on Roe v. Wade, and what effect a Justice Alito would have on that case. Why is it that people think Abortion would be outlawed in this country, should such a case come before SCOTUS? (Hint: it won't be)
  • President Bush won election ... twice; he is entitled to his nomination of a SCOTUS Justice, and the Senate need only 'advise and consent,' but that never meant 'rake over the coals' before Robert Bork's nomination.

    Both houses of Congress have a majority that is decidedly Right-leaning. Most of the Statehouses in the nation are Right-leaning. Does anyone seriously doubt that the mainstream of the nation is Right-leaning?

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Judge Alito's Confirmation Hearings begin

Readers of this blog have long known my dislike of polls, other than on election day. While the week is still young and the Confirmation Hearings but an hour old, anything can happen. Still, some people live and die by polls, in spite of the often misleading or inaccurate samples.

That being said, Kevin at Wizbang points out that for those who do follow the polls, the trend is clearly in favor of Judge Alito winning confirmation. Quoting from the ABC NEWS/WASHINGTON POST survey:

Fifty-three percent of Americans want the Senate to confirm Alito to the Supreme
Court, 27 percent oppose his confirmation, and 20 percent are undecided.

And since the Senators follow polls very carefully (too carefully, if you ask me), then it stands to reason that outcome will be true.

Time will tell, but it looks like President Bush will indeed get his choice for Supreme Court Justice, as well he should.

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year to all

Let this serve as my wish for all:

Welcome 2006. May she be a damn site better than 2005.


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