Archive for September, 2006

This is Weird

Friday, September 29th, 2006

I’m not exactly sure what to make of the whole Mark Foley situation, although it looks as though the former congressman is very strange at best, or criminal at worst. It will be interesting (or disturbing) to see how this plays out. Politically, it can’t be good for Republicans.

Armey Declares War

Friday, September 29th, 2006

I’ve always liked Dick Armey, and now he’s given me even more reason to like him:

Armey, who is chairman of a Washington-based grass-roots organization called FreedomWorks, was a leading architect of the Republican takeover of the House in 1994 and remains a prominent and outspoken advocate for conservative causes.

But when it comes to the immigration debate that’s raged in Congress for much of the past two years, he takes an almost polar-opposite position from many of his former Republican House colleagues, who are pressing for tough border security measures, including a 700-mile fence along the Southwest border.

“This has been rallied up by a lot of people that are very visible, make a lot of noise and have never been guilty of any deep thinking,” Armey told reporters Tuesday after an appearance with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., co-sponsors of a proposed immigration compromise that includes a privately managed guest-worker program.

Unabashedly naming names, Armey described Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., as the “cheerleader of jerkiness in the immigration debate” and said conservative commentator Pat Buchanan “is content to be a rock star” for “10 percent of the most militant voters in America.”

Tancredo proves Armey correct with his response:

“Someone should remind him that the jerks he is speaking of happen to be the heart and soul of the Republican Party.”

Nice ego massaging there, Tommy.

Via Tancredo Watch.

Football Picks

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Last week I went 11-5, and my overall record is now 49-14. This week I hope to do even better…

Auburn over South Carolina
Rutgers over South Florida
Tennessee over Memphis
Virginia over Duke
LSU over Mississippi State
Missouri over Colorado
Air Force over New Mexico
Notre Dame over Purdue
Boise State over Utah
Florida over Alabama
Virginia Tech over Georgia Tech
Oregon over Arizona State
Texas A&M over Texas Tech
California over Oregon State
Nebraska over Kansas
Ohio State over Iowa
Georgia over Mississippi

Chomsky’s Cheap Talk

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Roger Scruton offers a profile of Hugo Chavez’s favorite intellectual, Noam Chomsky:

Prof. Chomsky is an intelligent man. Not everything he says by way of criticizing his country is wrong. However, he is not valued for his truths but for his rage, which stokes the rage of his admirers. He feeds the self-righteousness of America’s enemies, who feed the self-righteousness of Prof. Chomsky. And in the ensuing blaze everything is sacrificed, including the constructive criticism that America so much needs, and that America–unlike its enemies, Prof. Chomsky included–is prepared to listen to.

Growth of a Nation

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Michael Barone looks at American growth and immigration.

UPDATE (09/26/06): Rebecca Knapp makes the free market case for increased immigration. I don’t agree with her completly, but I do find it rather illuminating to see conservatives refuse to defend capitalism and property rights when it produces a result they dislike.

Appalachian Ape-Men

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

A paranormal group says there might be Sasquatches living in the High Country.

Rangel Blasts Chavez

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

You’ve probably heard about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s visit to New York, where he referred to President Bush as “el diablo” (”the devil”), endorsed a Noam Chomsky book, and praised Fidel Castro.

I was pleasantly surprised that Charlie Rangel, one of the most liberal members of Congress, had this to say about Chavez:

“You don’t come into my country, you don’t come into my congressional district and criticize my president, ” Rangel said from Capitol Hill.

He added that “it would be crazy to think that Americans do not feel offended” by Chavez’s remarks.

It’s good to see that, at least in some cases, politics still end at the water’s edge.

UPDATE: This is rather amusing:

[Chavez later] told a news conference that one of his greatest regrets was not getting to meet Mr. Chomsky before he died. (Mr. Chomsky, 77, is still alive.)

UPDATE II: Nancy Pelosi also weighs in against Chavez.

UPDATE III: Unfortunately, Tom Harkin did not continue this trend.

Football Picks

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Last week I went 8-7, and my overall record is now 38-9. This week I hope to do better…

Georgia Tech over Virginia
Tennessee over Marshall
Clemson over North Carolina
Minnesota over Purdue
Wake Forest over Mississippi
California over Arizona State
Ohio State over Penn State
Arkansas over Alabama
UCLA over Washington
Washington State over Stanford
UTEP over New Mexico
UAB over Mississippi State
Boston College over NC State
Utah over San Diego State
Boise State over Hawaii*
Oregon State over Idaho

* I intended to pick Boise, but typed Hawaii by mistake.

Bredesen Panders

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Is Gov. Bredesen practicing affirmative action in selecting the next judge for the Tennessee Supreme Court? ACK thinks so.

A Republican Rebound?

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

The numbers are looking better for Republicans:

* Bush’s approval rating is now at 44%, the highest it has been in over a year. He now has a 86% approval rating among Republicans, up from 70% in May.

* Likely voters are evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans, at 48% each.

* Voters are now split at 49% each among those who feel the Iraq war was a mistake and those who do not.

Not sure if this trend will continue, but if it does, Republicans should be able to hold Congress.