Archive for August, 2006

Promoting the General Welfare

Friday, August 25th, 2006

It’s been a decade since welfare reform became the law of the land. The Wall Street Journal looks at out successful welfare reform has been, and reminds us of the liberal critics who claimed that it would signal the apocalypse.

Ch-Ch-Changes, Part II

Friday, August 25th, 2006

So I’ve changed the blog…. New title, faster loading heading, no more left sidebar. Hopefully, this will make the blog load much faster. If anyone has trouble, please let me know.

Praying for Centanni and Wig

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Fox News reporter Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig are currently being held hostage in Gaza. My thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families, and I wish them a safe and speedy return.

UPDATE: Centanni and Wiig have been released unharmed. This is definitely great news.


Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

This blog needs some changes. I’m getting tired of the template – it’s pretty and all, but takes far to long to load. So I’m thinking I might switch to a more simple one. We shall see.

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Pat Buchanan cashes in on the hysteria.

UPDATE: Linda Chavez debunks one of Buchanan’s primary factoids.

Moderate Muslim Speaks Out

Monday, August 21st, 2006

First off, yes I have been away for a while, but I promise to get back to more regularly updating.

Second, John Burgess directs us to this editorial by British MP and moderate Muslim Shahid Malik which is succinctly titled “If you want sharia law, you should go and live in Saudi.” It’s a very good read!

50 Years of WBIR

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

WBIR is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary. In my book, WBIR is the best local news affiliate in Knoxville, with folks like Bill Williams, Robin Wilhoit, Russel Biven, Beth Haynes, Bill Landry, and Ken Schwall making their news broadcasts worth watching.

Attacks Thwarted

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

British police have thwarted a terror plot:

British police have disrupted what they believe was a major terrorist plot to blow up aircraft in flight, likely between the United Kingdom and the United States, a statement from Scotland Yard said Thursday.

“It is believed that the aim was to detonate explosive devices smuggled on board the aircraft in hand luggage. It is believed that the attacks would have been particularly targeted at flights from the UK to the USA,” the statement said.

Word is that this attack could have been bigger than 9/11. Although many Americans seem to have forgotten, the war against terrorism is still being waged. That this attack was prevented is a major victory for Britain and for America, but vigilance is still necessary. It has become obvious, especially since 9/11, that the UK has a serious problem with Al Qeada and their sympathizers. America has been very lucky to have a friend as reliable as Britain, and we should support our British friends in any way we can in their efforts to root out terrorism.

Lieberman’s Loss

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Joe Lieberman, as you’ve heard by now, lost the Connecticut Democratic primary to Ned Lamont. Lieberman is widely expected to continue his campaign as an Independent, and polls show he can hold his seat as such. Should be interesting.

Ron Huddleston wonders:

The real fun would be if Lieberman won the General Election with support from both Democrats and Republicans. How would Independent Lieberman vote? Would he possibly switch parties after the election and join the Republicans if they supported him, coming out in force to beat back Lamont when it really mattered?

Good question. Here’s an interesting scenario that might play out come November: Say the Democrats pick up some seats, but not enough for an outright majority. Instead, their total reaches 49. In this case the Republicans would also control 49 seats, and there would be two Independents: Vermont’s Democratic-leaning Jim Jeffords, and, you guessed it, Joe Lieberman. Thus, control of the Senate would be in Lieberman’s hands. If he caucuses with the Democrats, they control the Senate. If he caucuses with the Republicans, it becomes a tie with Dick Cheney breaking it to the GOP’s favor.

The chances of this playing out aren’t great, but it could happen. And, if it does, it’s a safe bet Lieberman would be chairing a committee. But the question is, which party would Lieberman choose? Right now, I’d say the Democrats, since he remains a liberal on most issues. But if the national party gets behind Lamont too much… who knows?

It’s Miller Time

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Dennis Miller is returning to the airwaves, as a contributor on Hannity & Colmes. I may have to start watching H&C again…