Archive for December, 2005

Why A Republican

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Sarah Moore:

I am a Republican. I like tax cuts, military spending, strong limits on welfare progams, school choice, laws against abortion, hiring and school admissions based on talent and not race or gender, the acceptance of God in the public square, a strong hand in foreign affairs and the dissolution of outdated unions (amongst many other Republican agenda items). I know that you can never agree with your Party all of the time (unless you are one of those Kool-Aid drinkers who exist on both sides of the aisle) and I’m certainly much more aligned with the Republicans than the Democrats (the idea of President Kerry still makes me shudder). But, certain issues have been irritaing me recently and I then realized… hey, I have a blog. Vent through the written word! And, so, I have done just that. I feel a little better now.

I agree. Read the four examples of Republican problems she cites. I couldn’t agree more.

Go Away DeLay

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

Many conservatives want Tom DeLay to return to his post as House Majority Leader, which he resigned from following his indictment. Not me. The second I heard about DeLay’s infamous “no pork in the federal budget” quip, my respect for him was destroyed. Either the man is a total idiot, or he thinks the American people are. Either way, he doesn’t deserve to regain his post.

That alone is enough to banish him to the political wilderness. But then there’s this (via Drudge:

As Tom DeLay became a king of campaign fundraising, he lived like one too. He visited cliff-top Caribbean resorts, golf courses designed by PGA champions and four-star restaurants _ all courtesy of donors who bankrolled his political money empire. Over the past six years, the former House majority leader and his associates have visited places of luxury most Americans have never seen, often getting there aboard corporate jets arranged by lobbyists and other special interests.

Nice. The Democrats are pouring tons of money into the canididacy of Nick Lampson, who is challenging DeLay for his seat in Congress. For once, I wouldn’t mind seeing them win. DeLay should immediately drop out of the race, and allow a Republican with some integrity to run in his place.

Bush on the Move

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

This would seem to indicate that Bush should give more speeches and press conferences, although I think Bush’s problems are more a result of his failure to govern as a conservative than Iraq.

Top 10 East Tennesseans

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Readers of the News-Sentinel voted their top 10 East Tennesseans. The list goes something like this:

1. Dolly Parton – Country music legend, actress, businesswoman.
2. Sgt. Alvin C. York – World War I hero.
3. David Crockett – Frontiersman, Congressman, hero and martyr of the Alamo.
4. Pat Summitt – Lady Vol basketball head coach, six time national champion, Olympic gold medalist, basketball legend.
5. Sam Houston – Indian rights activist, governor of Tennessee, governor of Texas.
6. Howard Baker, Jr. – Senator, Senate Majority Leader, ambassador.
7. Alex Haley – Author of Roots, Pulitzer prize winner.
8. Cordell Hull – Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize winner, father of the United Nations.
9. Andrew Johnson – Seventeenth U.S. President, only one to be impeached until Clinton.
10. Sequoyah – Inventor of the Cherokee alphabet.

Good list… but where is Gen. Robert Neyland?

Media Bias is Real

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

A new study confirms what we have known for years:

While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper’s news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.

These are just a few of the surprising findings from a UCLA-led study, which is believed to be the first successful attempt at objectively quantifying bias in a range of media outlets and ranking them accordingly.

“I suspected that many media outlets would tilt to the left because surveys have shown that reporters tend to vote more Democrat than Republican,” said Tim Groseclose, a UCLA political scientist and the study’s lead author. “But I was surprised at just how pronounced the distinctions are.”

“Overall, the major media outlets are quite moderate compared to members of Congress, but even so, there is a quantifiable and significant bias in that nearly all of them lean to the left,” said co-author Jeffrey Milyo, University of Missouri economist and public policy scholar.

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Of the 20 major media outlets studied, 18 scored left of center, with CBS’ “Evening News,” The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times ranking second, third and fourth most liberal behind the news pages of The Wall Street Journal.

Only Fox News’ “Special Report With Brit Hume” and The Washington Times scored right of the average U.S. voter.

The most centrist outlet proved to be the “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.” CNN’s “NewsNight With Aaron Brown” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” were a close second and third.

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The fourth most centrist outlet was “Special Report With Brit Hume” on Fox News, which often is cited by liberals as an egregious example of a right-wing outlet. While this news program proved to be right of center, the study found ABC’s “World News Tonight” and NBC’s “Nightly News” to be left of center. All three outlets were approximately equidistant from the center, the report found.

Tennessee Downs Texas

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

The good sports news just keeps pouring in! Last night, Appalachian State won the national title. Today, the Tennessee Vols shocked #7 Texas in Austin. The Vols improve to 7-0, and may just crack the top 25!

App State Is On Top of the World!

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Both literally and figuratively. The Appalachian State Mountaineers won the 2005 1-AA National Championship! Congrats to the coaches and team, and thanks for bringing the trophy home to Boone!

Iraq Vote Roundup

Friday, December 16th, 2005

A brief roundup of the recent elections in Iraq from the Iraqi blogosphere:

Sunshine:

There were different opinions between the neighbors , about the candidates, but I think the most important thing that they went & VOTED , no matter for whom…

If I could vote , I would vote for Allawy (731), but this is my OWN opinion , some people may agree with me , & some may disagree , I think that Allway is an educated & courageous man , & that what we need ….again this is my opinion & I might be wrong !

Alaa:

Today was a tremendous moment of our history, a turning point and a real milestone. Say what you like; things are not perfect; there are countless problems; the “insurgency” is not going to disappear; the reconstruction effort is in shambles; there is corruption and thieving everywhere; errors and mistakes in everything. Yet despite all that, the political process is proceeding like a dream and the tree of freedom is taking roots, and that tree will continue to grow and grow and grow. The Iraqis are again confounding all the “pundits” and “experts”. But some just cannot understand the true soul of a people. That this most profound revolution initiated by an act of liberation, by the daring praxis of the Americans, driven by some mysterious hand of the Providence, has touched the innermost womb of a nation, and that the present agonies of this nation are those of giving birth and new life. Oh no, that they cannot understand. Well then, let them witness surprise after nasty surprise that will confound their logic and demolish their arguments. But the word mongers will always find something to say, as wild dogs are always wont to bark all the more hysterically as they are irked.

Mohammed:

Yesterday Iraqis successfully passed another chapter of the democratic transformation of their country.
We’re not sure if we put the right choice on the ballot paper put I’m 100% sure that Iraqis made the right choice by resorting to the ballot boxes to the solve their problems.

Inb Alrafidain:

Well, thank you Mr. President for these nice words; allow me to say without the help of the US people and their brave men & women in uniform, nothing of this would have been achieved.

More on Tookie

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Jonah Goldberg has a great column on about the execution of Tookie Williams and anti-death penalty advocates. No block quotes here – read the whole thing! Those opposed to the death penalty would do well to heed Goldberg’s advice if they want to be taken seriously, and win others for their cause.

First Civil Union Splits

Friday, December 16th, 2005

The nation’s first civil union is ending:

A lesbian couple who entered into the nation’s first same-sex civil union are splitting up amid allegations of violent behavior. Carolyn Conrad, 35, asked a court in October to end her relationship with Kathleen Peterson, 46.

A civil union ending in divorce? Maybe they aren’t so different from traditional marriage after all…