Archive from February, 2009
23 Feb
2009
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Mickey Rourke Should Have Won

Sean Penn won the Oscar for Best Actor and made a passionate but predictable political speech. I was really hoping to see Mickey Rourke win for the pure entertainment value. The Academy Awards would be more interesting with speeches in which actors swear uncontrollably while thanking Eric Roberts, police officers, and the wrestling community. Most of all, I was pulling for the Best Actor award to be dedicated to a dog.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look up Mickey’s speech at the Independent Spirit Awards. It is amazing (and extremely profane, so discretion is advised).

23 Feb
2009
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Abu Ghraib Reopens

The Baghdad Central Prison, formerly known as Abu Ghraib, reopened, its halls now decorated with plastic flowers, streamers, and fresh paint. The prison was turned into “something like a resort” where prisoners can find some R&R reading at the library, enhancing their gardening skills, chatting online, or building muscle.

“Now it is a place where law and justice are respected and prisoners are rehabilitated” and is sure to be a model for the new Gitmo located in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District.

23 Feb
2009
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Eric Holder’s Cowards

Attorney General Eric Holder berated America at large this week for being a “nation of cowards” about the subject of race. His high and mighty pronouncement came right about the same time that Al Sharpton and his racial bogeymen called for the firing of a New York Post cartoonist and a general boycott of the paper for a cartoon Sharpton deemed to be racist. God does indeed have a sense of humor.

Holder’s roundabout request for a dialogue about race should be taken for what it is. And Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute calls him on his comments with relish. If he wants this dialogue to happen, then we should frankly address the impact of race on the American electorate, education, crime, and other issues.

But does Holder really want a conversation about race or is this just another opportunity to spread around some good old fashioned “white guilt.” John McWhorter, also of the Manhattan Institute, explores that question and unfortunately discovers that it is the latter.

Well, Mr. Holder, your dialogue about race in America has begun. How do you like it so far?

23 Feb
2009
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North Korea Redux

Secretary of State Clinton (I can’t believe I have to type that) said this past week that we have get negotiations back on track with North Korea and their burgeoning nuclear weapons program. There really is nothing to negotiate. The North Koreans do pretty much whatever they want.

Haven’t we been to this rodeo? Several times as former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton explains in his article, Hillary Clinton’s North Korea Naivete. An apt title and a great article from one of the few people to serve in this country’s foreign service in recent memory who actually has America’s best interests in mind.

23 Feb
2009
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Speaking of GOP Senate Candidates…

…what is to become of the potential candidacy of Rep. Peter King (CD 3)? A few weeks ago, King publicly announced that he was going to run for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat in 2010. He reportedly didn’t care who Gov. David Paterson was going to appoint to be her replacement. He was going to take them on regardless. Now, not so much. It looks like money may be the reason for his trepidation. A lot of people can make that excuse nowadays for a lot of things.

I for one hope that King does run next year. We could use his experience and his integrity in the upper chamber.

23 Feb
2009
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Pataki Unlikely for 2010 Senate Bid

Almost as quickly as the rumor started that former NYS Governor George Pataki was considered a possibility to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand, it now seems highly unlikely that he will take up the task. Cynics say the rumor was deliberately trumped up to drum up business for his law practice. What’s more likely is that he is enjoying himself in the private sector and wants to make a few bucks.

Who can blame him? He’s been a small town mayor, he served in the state legislature as both an assemblyman and senator for nine years, and he was governor of the state for twelve years. It could be said that he has done his bit for king and country.

21 Feb
2009
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It’s Okay If Newspapers Die

Bruce Bartlett writes an article on Forbes.com where the central point of the piece defeats the main purpose for writing it.

Confusing right. Well I’ll explain.

Bartlett believes that it is important for newspapers to survive so that there are reputable news sources to educate the public with reliable information. He is correct in saying that blogs are not accurate news sources since bloggers are not editors and therefore post items that contain mistakes in them.

However…he misses the point of what blogs are supposed to be. The first major blog was the Drudge Report and it simply just links to stories around the web. Blogs are a social media tool where individuals find stories from around the web and share them with a like minded audience. Blogs are news communities not journalism.

However, the best part the article is when he states that newspapers should be bought up by think tanks, foundations, universities, or even political parties. This is laugh out loud funny.

What Bartlett doesn’t realize is that think tanks, foundations, universities, and political parties all have websites and make their articles and policy studies available to the public. Therefore the public can read their content…and be educated. So there is no purpose for newspapers, since these institutions are regarded my writers as reliable sources. Also, most opinion pieces in newspapers come from these institutions any way. I think it would be cool if the Heritage Foundation bought the Washington Times as Bartlett suggests, but it is not necessary.

The real way for newspapers to become relevant again and grow their subscription rates is to be more ideologically diverse and feature important investigative reporting. Nobody needs to buy the New York Times to read about President Obama buying his girls a dog. How about presenting the facts regarding his past government service and how it will affect his decision making capabilities as president. I know…what a novel idea. In order to survive, newspapers have to go back to being a watchdog of government, rather than a lapdog for liberalism.

19 Feb
2009
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Former Speakers Liaison Kerry Picket at CPac

Former NYYRC Speakers liaison Kerry Picket will be teaching a class at CPAC this year for the Leadership Institute: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/Training/?PageID=School&SchoolID=14633

So for ALL you folks heading down to CPAC, go take Kerry’s class!

18 Feb
2009
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Tedisco Race Heats Up

The Democrats aren’t going to suffer the potential loss of the 20th CD gladly. Both donkey Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have endorsed Tedisco’s opponent Scott Murphy.

The election, which RNC Chairman Michael Steele has called a “battle royale,” is set for March 31.

17 Feb
2009
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For all of you who Ordered the Obama Coin…

It’s a Sticker! That’s right, a sticker. At least they’re 50 Cent Pieces… Take 12 of them, and go buy yourself a beer (at least here in Manhattan!) and you can cry it in. Or better yet, send that ridiculous plate you bought of him back, before they claim it’s made of lead.