Archive for August, 2007

AOL Makes a Funny

Friday, August 31st, 2007

The headline for AOL news reads “Arrest Tape Made Public: Cops Probe GOP Senator.”

The North American Interplanetary Union

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Forget illegal aliens. It’s space aliens we need to be afraid of:

Extraterrestrial researchers in the field of “Exopolitics” like Dr. Michael Salla, have suggested that human minions are being influenced by Manipulative Extraterrestrials that seek to control Earth for its resources.

It is therefore plausible, that Earth is now being subjugated by such an Extraterrestrial group that is seeking to operate with maximized secrecy away from the probing enquires of humans like Mr. Carter, and with humans that are under the tutelage and “spell” of such Manipulative Extraterrestrials.

The secretive fora in which the SPP is being executed, would provide a positive environment for further alleged collaborations between an Earthbound elites (that prevail over a political-military-industrial complex) and the constituency of Manipulative Extraterrestrials (ETs) identified by Dr. Michael Salla.

I’ve always made fun of North American Union conspiracy theorists because they’re, well, nutcases. But now I think they’re on to something. That NAFTA superhighway isn’t just going to Mexico and Canada. Oh no, it’s going to be a superhighway to Mars! Forget illegal aliens.. it’s the space aliens (and their out-of-touch elite handlers) we need to deport.

Meanwhile, Jerome Corsi’s movement continues to garner mainstream credibility!

Giving Dayton a Bad Name

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Maybe I’m late to the party, but I just stumbled on the website of June Griffin, who is, to put it nicely, something of a crazy old bat (see examples here, here, here, and here; thanks to 10,000 Monkeys & a Camera). Lots of humor here, but the funniest part is her posing with a painting of Thomas Paine on the front page. Umm, didn’t Paine have a thing or two to say about mixing politics and religion?

Gays, Mexicans, and Darwinists beware! June Griffin is coming FOR YOU!

Quote of the Day

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Steven Taylor:

What do you call a policy that spends billions of dollars, makes the problem that the policy is designed to address worse, and yet everyone involved in making that policy wants to expand it? You call it the “War on Drugs.”

Bizarre

Monday, August 20th, 2007

This is the most disturbing advertising campaign I have ever seen.

Adios Republicanos

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Fred Barnes has some solid advice for Republicans:

AS EVERY REPUBLICAN knows, Democrats are short-sighted in their views on national security, pursuing antiwar arguments that are bound to come back and haunt them politically. This was the case with the clamor among Democrats to pull out of Vietnam and may be the case now as well with their calls for American troops to flee Iraq. The result of this antiwar noisemaking is a reputation for weakness on national security.

Yet Republicans are doing the same thing on another issue, trading away long-term gain for the immediate joy of pleasing voters who may (or may not) decide the winner of the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. That issue is immigration.

By dwelling, often emotionally, on the problem of illegal immigration as a paramount issue and as if nothing is being done to deal with it, Republicans are alienating Hispanic Americans, the fastest growing voting bloc in the country. What’s worse is many Republicans are oblivious to this or insist that losing Hispanic voters doesn’t really matter because they’ll never be reliable Republican voters anyway. These Republicans buy the notion that a sizable majority of Hispanics are and always will be Democrats.

Barnes goes on to explain why the defeatist attitude among many Republicans when it comes to winning Hispanic votes is wrongheaded. Republicans would be wise to listen, but immigration concerns have become a source of fear mongering on the right.

Via Cyberhillbilly

Rudy/McCain?

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Some are suggesting we might be seeing hints of a possible Giuliani/McCain ticket:

Meanwhile, some suggest that Giuliani is showing his veep cards in his praise of ‘08 rival John McCain. Given that McCain’s campaign is nearing life-support status, Rudy could simply be buttering the senator up, hoping to win his endorsement once the Arizonan departs from the race. Still, if anyone knows how to reach out to disaffected independents, it’s McCain. Considering that the the center, and not the base, will decide the coming election, a Giuliani/McCain ticket, while once unthinkable, may become a reality. And conservatives will just have to man up and take their medicine, or allow the election of Hillary Rodham.

It’s an interesting idea, to be sure. The base would have a fit, but ultimately would have to accept it unless they want another President Clinton. Still, I think Rudy would be more likely to name McCain Secretary of Defense than VP, and I think he’d pick someone like Huckabee or Brownback as his running mate.

Of course, we’re getting ahead of ourselves by even thinking about who Rudy would pick. All things being equal, he is the likely GOP nominee, but all things aren’t going to be equal. Fred Thompson’s official entry into the race as well as Huckabee’s recent surge could change everything.

Smiles = Guilt?!?!?!

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Steve Gill thinks the FBI is wrong to say that those two South Carolina students arrested for allegedly having pipe bombs might not be guilty of anything:

Then why didn’t they know where they were going, where they were and why they had pipe bombs in their trunk when the police first stopped them? Now, they may NOT be terrorists, but they may also be playing at it. They were facing pretty serious charges, yet they smiled in their mug shots like they were posing for Facebook?!?!?!

Now I have no idea if these men are guilty of anything, but I tend to trust the FBI’s judgment far more than Steve Gill’s. Especially since Gill’s strongest evidence against these men are their facial expressions in their mug shots.

Hastert to Retire

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Former GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert is leaving Congress:

Hastert served as speaker from 1999 to 2007. The longest serving speaker was Democrat Sam Rayburn of Texas, who held the post for over 17 years. In mid-2006, Hastert became the longest serving Republican speaker, surpassing fellow Illinoisan Joseph “Uncle Joe” Cannon, who ruled the House from November 1903 until the Democrats regained the majority in March 1911.

Hastert took over as Speaker following the fall of Newt Gingrich, but unfortunately backed away from many of Gingrich’s policies. Under Hastert leadership, the House passed massive budget after massive budget, and government grew at an unprecedented rate. Fiscal conservatism went MIA. He also presided over a time of increased government meddling in private lives. His legacy will also suffer due to his handling of the Mark Foley situation and Republican losses in the 2006 midterm elections that ultimately cost him his speakership.

In spite of all this, I get the impression that he is a genuinely nice guy. Hastert served as the Gerald Ford to Gingrich’s Richard Nixon: a mild mannered, unassuming leader who was far more difficult to demonize than his predecessor. But unfortunately, it seems he stayed in power for too long.

Walking the Walk

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Joe Biden, despite not agreeing with him on much of anything politically, is one of the few Democratic presidential candidates whom I have a great deal of respect for. Here’s one reason why.