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1 Feb
2006
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Senate Staff Shake-up?

Somebody forgot to say to the former first lady “Uh, oh yeah, Senator Clinton?-remember: don’t look like such a God-awful, humorless witch tonight.”

31 Jan
2006
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Punting

Governor Tim Kaine will be giving the Dems response to the Prez’s address tonight. That’s right, one month in to his first term Virginian Kaine will be giving the speech seen (though I like many I imagine, don’t intend on having the sound on) by millions of Americans. Could one ask for a better depiction of the dearth of leadership on the issues most important to the American people offered by the opposition party? What will Kaine speak to? Alleviating traffic on the Beltway?One could willingly get sucked into the faux intrigue I suppose: Is this a way for Dems to highlight former Gov and ’08 wannabe Mark Warner? A slight to Hillary? to Kerry? (hey, his fax machine still works from Switzerland) What, exactly, are they up to?
Absolutely nothing. Cindy Sheehan is the face of the Democrats and even they aren’t stupid enough to give her a prime time microphone. They are adrift, a few months from being electorally slammed yet again by a second term President that is the personification of Evil one moment, and too stupid to know which fork is for what the next.
And Mr. Justice Alito will be there, seated with his colleagues on the nation’s highest court tonight. Sweet stuff.

31 Jan
2006
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On your way to SotU Watching

Sort of. If you map it a certain way.

-at the Women’s National Republican Club
3 West 51st Street
The Henrietta Wells Livermore School of Politics

INVITES YOU TO AN EVENING WITH

FRANK GAFFNEY, JR

PRESIDENT & CEO
OF THE CENTER FOR SECURITY POLICY
& AUTHOR OF
“WAR FOOTING” – 10 STEPS AMERICA
MUST TAKE TO PREVAIL IN THE WAR
FOR THE FREE WORLD

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2006
6:00 – 7:30pm

“In “War Footing” – perhaps the most important book written since 9/11 -, Frank Gaffney and his colleagues show that we are engaged in nothing less than a War for the Free World.

“War Footing not only clarifies for all Americans who the enemy is and how high the stakes are, but also exactly how America can prevail in a war that we cannot afford to lose.

“Mr. Gaffney is widely recognized as a “go-to” source for timely, informed, and articulate analysis of current defense and foreign policy developments. He is widely sought out by the media for expert analysis on the conduct of the war on terror, both at home and abroad.”

Members/Non Members – Free
Cash Bar

17 Jan
2006
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That’s What I’m Talking About

“The question is whether you trivialize the suffering that people experienced on plantations by applying that word to a different setting,” [Dartmouth College Professor Linda Fowler] said. “It’s just really a question of appropriateness – making a connection between the badly treated Democrats in the House of Representatives and people who are enslaved against their will. It just seems like a stretch.”
I’ll say.
Actually, thanks Hil. A full-court press of several months by your media allies intended to convince America of your centrism, your moderation, your ability to play well with others hits the can after 30 seconds of you opening your friggin mouth and vibrating those lovely vocal chords of yours. I know it doesn’t matter much to your supporters, they agree; or to the press, as accurately reporting on your alternatively shrill and soulless comments would require actually listening to you and doesn’t fit the template of Bold Spirited Run for ’08 by Smartest Woman in America; but to us, your sensible opposition, our resolve stiffens even as the rest of us within earshot cringes.

Unlike the Sharpton-Baron ugliness, I was fortunate enough to attend the CORE King Holiday “Living the Dream” Celebration where citizens gathered to recognise honest progress with an optimistic determination to face existing problems and better our country; booed Belafonte’s most recent loathsome comments ; and honored, among others, Ambassador Bolton, Governor Barbour and the citizens of Mississippi (BTW, the Guv currently owns Most Unabashed Accent: I love how he can get “Mississippi” done in two syllables while “flood” requires four!), and Usher (! huge with the Kids I’m told, and looks about 12 himself).

9 Jan
2006
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Heroes, past and present

Today’s quick must-reads:

Germany proving, yet again, that when War is global, she’s on the wrong side.

Our continued prayers to Matt Long and his family.

12 Dec
2005
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A Week for Strong Executives

The quality of this week will be judged by the successful executions of an election in Iraq, of the Taylor Law in NYC (Happiness is NOT reading about impending ILLEGAL transit strike while on a delayed Uptown 6), and of a convicted capital criminal in California.

7 Dec
2005
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Never Forget

Among the most annoyingly abused phrases in our lexicon, perhaps topped only by “for the children”, but it’s nice that for a couple of days a year, we fat, dumb, happy Americans can fake it.
I bet they’re asleep in New York. I bet they’re asleep all over America. And while knowing December 7, 1941 as the Day that will live in infamy, the Day the Sleeping Giant awoke IS important (despite the assertion of Floridian Brinsley Elliot, who better be hot), it is most vital that an essential lesson, aptly summarized by Prez Reagan, of course, is learned: History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

7 Dec
2005
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Proud Past Patriotic Prognostications

The idea that we’re going to win Independence from Mother England is an idea which is just plain wrong- Loyalist Jedediah Dean, June 1781, a few months before the British surrender at Yorktown.

The idea that we’re going to win this war and preserve the Union is an idea which is just plain wrong - Democrat Alexander Dean Howard, August 1864, a few weeks before the fall of Atlanta.

The idea that we’re going to win the war in Europe while simultaneously emerging victorious over Imperial Japan is an idea which is just plain wrong- Professor Andree Dean Brush, September 1944.

Yes, there will be some recrimination, but far, far less than the 200,000 a year who are murdered by the United States of America- Doctor Brush Dean, April 1971, prior to American withdrawal from Southeast Asia and subsequent Communist massacres of millions. ********

******** I kid, I kid-the last quotation is actually from the April 1971 Senate testimony of your favorite treasonous former presidential candidate and mine, Massachussetts Senator John Kerry.

11 Nov
2005
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Sure, I’m Horny-but does that make it Art?

Last night my friend Kimberly and I, on the urging of a loopy art-school friend of ours,reluctantly went to the Guggenheim museum to take in some performance art. Now that rather justly maligned term is to me another way to refer to the act of conning someone into underwriting bad pretentious entertainment or one’s excuse for inappropiate behavior that I wish I hadn’t been too drunk to employ in College. But hey, what the hell, oftentimes it’s good for a laugh. And yes, you artsy types, I get it, I get the metaphors and I even think there is often a need for your nuttiness and God bless ya, keep it up!
Anyway, last night’s performance (beware: nudity on link)- Seedbed was part of a seven night series where each night the ahem, artist “reenacts and interprets seminal performance works from her peers dating from the 60s and ’70s.” Seven Easy Pieces is dedicated to Susan Sontag. Perfect.

I can’t do it justice: (from the program) My aids are the visitors to the gallery-in my seclusion, I can have private images of them, talk to myself about them: my fantasies about them can excite me, enthuse me to sustain-to resume- my private sexual activity. [For six hours!]

My impressions? Well, going in wasn’t anticipating much, then became curious, curious,heard her voice, couldn’t make out what she was saying, got closer, could hear clearly, became intrigued, interested, interested, interested, compelled, then a bit bored, had a cigarette, thought there would be nothing else, nothing new, got closer, curious, piqued, focused, interested, interested. Finished only marginally satisfied and mostly wanting more.

9 Nov
2005
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Re:Predictions II

Item: 2005 Elections spell bad news for Bush, Right-Wing Republicans
Think of all potential combinations of results and this will be the gist of tomorrow headlines and “analyses.” They (today’s elections) in fact mean…practically nothing for the national picture.

Virginia may mean something to George Allen’s national ambitions, however. A Kilgore loss comes with a diminishment of the junior senator’s prestige. Then again, a Kaine win along with an exiting Democrat governor with high approval ratings makes Allen’s past victories all the more impressive.
(See, Professor Sabato? I can do this too.)