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This is bone-chilling (hat tip: California Conservative via SoCalLaw blog): NORTHRIDGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 28, 2005--As unbelievable as it seems, O.J. Simpson and his good friend and former teammate Al (A.C.) Cowlings will both make a public appearance in Los Angeles this weekend at the NecroComicon in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, Calif. Simpson will... Read More
I've noticed a recent spate of unfathomable stories like this one. Apparently, the "choking game" is now a youth fad. See also here and here. (I'm sure there will be readers writing in to tell me it's been around for ages and I have nothing to worry about--been there, done that.) What I want to... Read More
Patrick Ruffini will be closing his September straw poll soon. Head on over and cast your real and "fantasy" ballots if you haven't already.
***1130am EDT update: Results! The moonbat has quit...details below*** Just when you think things are getting better in New York City, politically correct insanity rears its monstrous head again. Tom Bevan at Real Clear Politics flags today's Newsday story about the new Islamist-sympathizing, nutball Muslim chaplain hired by none other than the New York Fire... Read More
So, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has a new blog called "Give 'Em Hell, Harry." You can leave comments here. I'd suggest asking Sen. Reid about this story in one of his hometown newspapers, the Las Vegas Review Journal: The money that led to the indictment this week of two Las Vegas pastors and... Read More
John Fund demonstrates why I rarely tune in to network prime-time TV anymore: The libs are using the airwaves to "soften up the country for Hillary."
Via Editor and Publisher: The Inquirer piece requires registration. Here's an excerpt:
You know those New Orleans cops caught looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? Well, according to a New Orleans police spokesman, they weren't looting. They were, well, let's let him explain: Snort. *** Previous: The New Orleans police meltdown Katrina: Can law and order be retored? Katrina: "You loot, I shoot"
***updated*** Brian Maloney and I have been hearing rumblings about various Air America departures. Another one is now official. (VP of finance Sinohe Terrero resigned earlier this month.) Via the Air America blog this morning:
Via The Brussels Journal: First Trio "Married" in The Netherlands
***315pm EDT updated below*** John Roberts has been confirmed. The vote (via Confirm Them): Final vote was 78-22. 55 Republicans and 23 Dems voted yes. 22 Dems voted no. How the Dems voted below the fold. Democrats voting Yes: Max Baucus of Montana Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico Robert Byrd of West Virginia Kent Conrad... Read More
Q: What do you get when you wrap the anti-Bush race card in tinfoil? A: Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee blaming the botched Hurricane Katrina response on "minority votes being suppressed." Seriously. Marc Morano has details.
...for Kathleen Blanco. Why? Because she asked them. The Anchoress is fuming. So is Laura Lee Donoho. Ditto that. *** More: The Therapist is not laughing.
***scroll for updates*** After a valiant, hard-fought battle, 9/11 family member Debra Burlingame and countless other Americans who joined her have won the battle to protect Ground Zero from the Blame America crowd. For now. Kudos to everyone who wrote, called, and blogged their outrage since Burlingame blew the whistle in June and refused to... Read More
***scroll down for updates...statement from Earle's conference details...Dreier recommended as replacement...Smear attack on Dreier...NRCC analysis and background on Earle...235pmEDT blogging the Earle press conference...Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: "This is a ham sandwich without the ham..." It's Blunt, not Dreier...820pmEDT update: DeLay must travel to Austin to be fingerprinted/photographed...more Texas reax...*** Via the Austin American Statesman:... Read More
This morning, Washington will be engaged in more finger-pointing sessions between the feds and La. Gov. Kathleen Blanco. But keep your eye on New Orleans and the unfolding debacle over the meltdown of the local police. As noted yesterday, superintendent Eddie Compass abruptly resigned. If he and mayor Ray Nagin think that will end scrutiny... Read More
My latest column on the Democratic dumpster diving campaign by two of Sen. Chuck Schumer's former opposition research staffers, who abused Maryland GOP Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's Social Security number to obtain his private credit report, is up. (Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for coining the scandal name.) Excerpt: The New York Times has yet to... Read More
I'm scheduled to appear on Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor tonight with my investigative blog partner Brian Maloney to talk about our reporting on Air America. It'll be old hat for readers of our blogs, but we're glad for the opportunity to bring the story into the mainstream. Update: Video at The Political Teen. ***... Read More
Couple of items: 1) The New Orleans superintendent of police is resigning in advance of planned tribunals to investigate the alleged mass desertion of hundreds of cops in Katrina's wake. It's about time we saw some local heads roll. Nagin should be next. 2) Michael Brown's testimony before Congress is receiving some rave reviews. Some... Read More
Here's a fun lunchtime diversion, if you're into this kind of thing: Patrick Ruffini has a new September straw poll up and running--with nifty added features to see how each referring blog's readers are trending. Take the poll here. Here are last month's results. Okay, don't disappoint me. ;) *** Click here to see how... Read More
Some sufferers of Bush Derangement Syndrome have grown tired of Fourth Reich analogies. They've Moved On to embracing NY Rep. Charlie Rangel's comparison of President Bush to Bull Connor. (Audio at The Political Teen in case you missed it last week.) Fellow Democrats have done nothing to distance themselves from Rangel's insane remarks. In today's... Read More
Never take the words they print at face value. Ever. You've probably already been doing that for a long time. But now you have the Times' own editors affirming that even they don't take their writers' words as factual assertions--but instead read them as "figurative references." Check out the Editor's Note today explaning away a... Read More
There's lots of buzz about last night's CBS News report on former/not-so-former FEMA director Michael Brown's status: Also significant are Brown's reported admissions of screwing up the federal response: Brown also said Monday he should have sought faster help from the Pentagon after Hurricane Katrina hit, and accused state and local officials of constant infighting... Read More
There's one photo I took at Saturday's anti-war rally that I wanted to highlight separately. Take a look: This Working Assets-sponsored billboard truck, emblazoned with a quote attributed to GOP strategist Grover Norquist, was parked off of Constitution Ave. As raving moonbats passed by, they gasped and booed at the horrific budget-slashing sentiments of the... Read More
***updated with Sheehan arrest, Pentagon Sheehan arrest video, AP rewrites...*** 230pm EDT. Grieving anti-war mom Cindy Sheehan carted away from the White House. Via Reuters/Yahoo: Video at Bare Knuckle Politics. *** I've posted the second round of my photos from Saturday's Sheehanapalooza in Washington at my Flickr site. (Round one is here.) What a... Read More
Remember all those rapes and murders that supposedly took place in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? By and large, according to a new report, they didn't happen. (Original report at NOLA. com) According to Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan, "authorities have only confirmed four murders in the entire city in the... Read More
Here's the latest. This report is less sanguine: Rita leaves a $6 billion mess. Recap here. Houston's returning to normal. Gas prices are going down, according to one survey. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is pushing for reopening the city again. From local bloggers: Jim at Smoke on The Water, who lives on a boat... Read More
John Fund reports on the swamp of corruption in Louisiana. An excerpt: One of Louisiana's finest, Aaron Broussard, made a repeat appearance on Tim Russert's Meet the Press--and this time Russert was ready for him. Transcript
Just read it. (Hat tip: Tony in Boulder.)
You've no doubt heard or read of the scurrilous tabloid allegations being made by anonymous attackers about President Bush. Unhinged Bush haters are gleefully embracing the National Enquirer story and trashing the president. That is to be expected. It comes with the territory. But what Bill Maher did to exploit the smear story on Friday... Read More
I spent the afternoon at Sheehanapalooza in D.C. under overcast skies, in a haze of hemp-scented paranoia, steeped with fetid Bush hatred. Am uploading a bunch of photos of moonbats in action at my Flickr site. Here's a sample: The face of the anti-war movement: YEARRRGH! A stylish member of Code Pink Grieving anti-war mom... Read More
**scroll down for updates** Landfall came around 3:30amEDT last night. Latest from Bloomberg here: Texas is assessing the damage: State officials began assessing the damage from
**scroll down for updates** Credit: AP Galveston, nearly empty, is reporting three large fires engulfing historic buildings. Via Reuters: More at
And so it begins. KHOU reporting... Amazed? Not really. (Hat tip: Shawn Wasson of John Little blogging in Houston has more (and be sure to see his photo): Well I just found out why the media was in my parking garage. Looters struck last night and trashed 12 cars. We usually have very tight... Read More
You're going to love this. This morning, I posted a follow-up item on DemCreditScam, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's dirty trick against Maryland GOP Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. (Send your suggestions for naming the scandal to Hugh Hewitt). I wondered why the NYTimes has failed to print a single article about the scandal, engineered by... Read More
Lots of readers have been e-mailing me about Dyn-O-Gel, an absorbent material that can apparently be used to slow down hurricanes. I thought it was a joke. But apparently, it is real and is just one in an entire line of "environmental absorbent products." Who knew? Background on Dyn-O-Gel's limitations here.
Pork Jerky, Alaska-style Glenn Reynolds, N.Z. Bear and the rest of the pork-busting blogosphere are doing a fabulous job shedding light on all the dripping fat in Washington. I think Alaska GOP Rep. Don Young deserves a targeted blog pressure campaign all his own. Via the liberal website Think Progress, Young continues to squeal about... Read More
Via AP: More from CNN: Meanwhile,
Via Tax Prof Blog, Al Franken--talk show host on the foundering Air America radio network--will be lecturing today at Yale Law School. The Business School laughed him off. If you happen to be in the area, please stop by and ask Franken how the Air America panhandling is going, whether he plans to donate any... Read More
Via WFAA in Dallas, a bus carrying elderly Rita evacuees exploded early this morning and has killed an estimated 20 passengers. Just awful: According to AP, the fire may have been tied to evacuees' oxygen tanks: Something for disaster preparedness officials to think about in planning mass evacuations involving patients with medical equipment. Is there... Read More
Via Paul Mirengoff at Power Line, more bad news: Paul points to an excellent and depressing column on Jones and other woeful Bush decisions by the Washington Times' Diana West:
The Washington Post editorializes about the Dems' dirty trick against Maryland GOP Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. The editorial board can't bring itself to just condemn the act on its own without also mentioning that Republicans do bad things, too. But at least the paper has weighed in on the matter: Meanwhile, the Washington Times reports... Read More
**scroll down for updates** Hurricane Rita has weakened a bit--downgraded to Category 4. Latest National Hurricane Center assessment is here. Weather people are testing a new computer model for predicting the intensity of the hurricane. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will use spy imaging to record the storm. Meanwhile, bloggers and readers report some glitches in... Read More
This just in. Hat tip to Dave Logan: *** Previous: Jihadi arrests in Lodi
Patterico explains. *** Update: Paul Mirengoff at Power Line dissents. *** Related: Hillary, McCain to Meet with Cindy Sheehan (Hat tip: Lorie Byrd)
The editors of National Review come out against the Julie Myers nomination. Excerpts: Your move, White House. *** The 9/11 Families for a Secure A
Have you heard what Democrats working for Sen. Charles Schumer at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee tried to do here in my home state of Maryland to bring down Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele? Steele, a rising star in the party, is considering a Senate bid. Two of Schumer's staffers, including a former researcher for... Read More
Stuff it with cash, please! Al Franken's liberal radio network, Air America, is now scraping the bottom of the barrel for investors. Having taxed the patience of deep-pocketed liberal sugar daddies, Air America execs have cooked up a new campaign to hit up their own listeners for cash donations. My investigative blog partner Brian Maloney... Read More
Lt. Gen. Russel Honore has inspired the Stuck on Stupid blog, which its founder says will be devoted to covering MSM reporters who deserve Honore-type lashings. His blog motto: "Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege." Sounds promising. *** California Conservative reports that Honore's retort has inspired the state Republican Party.... Read More
The passengers on that crippled Jet Blue flight found out about the plane's problems by watching MSNBC on their personal Direct TV screens. Mccannta reflects on the totally post-post-modern moment.