In a manner of speaking - I didn't go anywhere over the Memorial Day weekend, but I tried (and made some progress at) catching up on blogging. That, however, made keeping up with current headlines problematic (a euphemism for "bloody impossible").
It appears I didn't miss very much, but there were some nuggets of interest.
***We're not doing anything to change the regimes in Pyongyang and Tehran, but the U.S. is building SDI-like anti-ICBM shields on the West Coast and in Central Europe
to guard against Iranian and/or North Korean nuclear attack. Rather like seeing a big spider on your front step and going inside, closing and locking the door behind you, instead of just stepping on the damn thing.
***Al Gore is trying to lure evangelicals into his Chicken Little flick using religious rhetoric
and imagery, which is altogether appropriate since environmental extremism is far more of a religion than Christianity could ever be.
***Of course, when those who live in glass houses seek publicity, the stones they throw get a lot of attention. Like Fat Albert's toxic waste dump
. I guess some "polluters" are dirtier than others.
***The Senate passed Bushigration, and shadow-POTUS Vincente Fox wasted no time in tauntingly celebrating
. You could almost wonder whether he is secretly on James Sensenbrenner
***The Extreme Media's "Haditha Massacre" meme is slowly and steadily falling apart
under a fusillade of facts (aka the side of the story the EM refuses to tell). I especially enjoyed Duncan Hunter and Senator John Warner
all but publicly declaring that Jack Murtha is full of shit
. I'd say we're getting quite an education about the American Fifth Column-for-hire, except that anybody who doesn't know this stuff by now is either autistic or one of them.
***Everybody in the Democrat Party is afraid of Hillary Clinton
except three of the four losers on the last two Donk national tickets. This isn't news, but it is interesting actually seeing it mentioned in the press. On the other hand, New York Times
columnist Frank Rich is cheerleading for Fat Albert
anyway, for reasons that, well, "frankly" escape me. Isn't there anybody in that party who can "move on" and turn the page to a fresh face, like ex-Virginia governor Mark Warner, who could actually stand a chance of winning honestly and without Mafia help in 2008?
***The Bush Administration is invoking Executive Privilege on national security grounds
against a number of seditious lawsuits designed to completely expose all state secrets (whatever ones still remain) regarding the NSA terrorist surveillance program. That'll doubtless stimulate a bunch more Nixon parallels, but it's not like they have much choice - nor any doubt as to on whose side of the GWOT the American Soviet Socialist Union and the Center for Terrorist Rights truly are.
***Looks like Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist isn't ready to follow his House counterparts
over the public relations cliff on the Jefferson Raid. On the other hand, he's retiring after this year anyway, so he can afford to let the scales of Beltway myopia fall from his eyes a little early.
It also looks like Speaker Hastert and his boys have backed away from the brink
- but it took Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller threating to quit in protest if the White House capitulated to congressional demands for a de facto legislative oligarchy to force it.
As to taking the focus off the gift-wrapped PR bonanza of a Donk Congressman offered up on a corruption platter, all I can say is thank God for Harry Reid
***Ali Dickbar al-Durbini is demanding that the House leave untouched
a Bushigration provision "slipped into the bill at the last minute" by Senator Chris Dodd giving Mexico a veto over the building of any new border fencing. Which is really, really stupid because it only focuses public scrutiny on something that is a poison pill if ever there was one. Unless, of course, the Donks' idea is that the death of this Mexifying turkey will be more politically damaging to the GOP than its intact passage. Which would just show that the political acumen inside the psychodelic bubble is as tone-deaf as it ever was
***Well, here is an "About Damn Time" development
President Bush, marking Memorial Day with a speech paying tribute to fighting men and women lost in war, signed into law Monday a bill (the Respect For America's Fallen Heroes Act) that keeps demonstrators from disrupting military funerals....The new law bars protests within 300 feet of the entrance of a national cemetery and within 150 feet of a road into the cemetery. This restriction applies an hour before until an hour after a funeral. Those violating the act would face up to a $100,000 fine and up to a year in prison.
I love seeing the ACLU take it up the ass for a change, don't you?
***Speaking of knee-slappers, I just love this next tidbit
Despite media coverage purporting to show that escalating violence in Iraq has the country spiraling out of control, civilian death statistics complied by Representative Steve King, R-IA, indicate that Iraq actually has a lower civilian violent death rate than Washington, D.C.
Appearing with Westwood One radio host Monica Crowley on Saturday, King said that the incessantly negative coverage of the Iraq war prompted him to research the actual death numbers.
"I began to ask myself the question, if you were a civilian in Iraq, how could you tolerate that level of violence," he said. "What really is the level of violence?"
A question that the Extreme Media should have asked from day one instead of aping al-Jazeera
The Iraqi civilian death rate, BTW, is 27.1 per hundred thousand - lower than such American cities as Washington, D.C., Detroit, Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Louis, and (pre-Katrina) New Orleans. And they're all run by....Democrats. The same numbnuts who can't wait to abandon Iraq to Zarqawi and Ahmadinejad.
Gee, wonder what THAT would do to the Iraqi civilian death rate?
UPDATE 5/31: Brother Hinderaker has another intriguing factoid
A total of 2,471 servicemembers have died in Iraq from 2003 to the present,
a period of a little over three years. That total is almost exactly one third of the number of military personnel who died on active duty from 1980 to 1982, a comparable time period when no wars were being fought. Until very recently, our armed forces lost servicemen at a greater rate than we have experienced in Iraq, due solely to accidental death.
Do you recall that during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s there was any suggestion, from anyone, that our military policies were somehow disastrous due to fatalities among our servicemen - fatalities that nearly always exceeded those we are now experiencing in Iraq? No, neither do I.
To modify a famous rap tune
, "It's all about the politics, baby..."
***Speaking of neoAdolph, the mullahs' frontman urged Germans to let go of their shame over the Holocaust and instead embrace it as a historic accomplishment. Well, okay, he told them not to sweat it since "it never happened."
But six of one, half a dozen of the other.
***X-Men III: The Last Stand demolished all its competition
, most especially the heretical piece of blasphemous garbage The Da Vinci Code,
over the weekend. So naturally when I went to see the former yesterday at the local decaplex, there was one screen devoted to X-Men III
and three showing Da Vinci.
I guess we know where Regal Cinemas