LIMOUSINE LIBERALS ON PARADE
Protestors in pelts; where’s PETA? And Deborah Norville thought she had to wear a cloth coat!?
THE CHARACTERS ARRIVE IN D.C.
By Cindy Adams
WASHINGTON — Wednesday, Penn Station looked like a TV station. Harry Smith, wheeling his own luggage appeared as schlubby as the rest of us. CNN's Anderson Cooper was in a crappy T-shirt. "So where are you staying Anderson? "Who knows." They're putting us up in some dump," he said. Bill Hemmer, reading the New York Post, sighed, "Fifteen minutes ago I was at La Guardia. There's a whiteout in D.C., so here I am catching a train."
Our leaders show power when it comes to Iraq, but they cower when it comes to snow. Planes here were cancelled, roads closed, schools shut, appointments delayed, vehicles abandoned — and they had one lousy inch of white stuff. I have more than that in dandruff.
Deborah Norville, "For Reagan's swearing-in I reported from a roof. Today again, it's a roof. To keep warm, I'm wearing two turtlenecks, a cloth coat because this is Washington and since views can't see my feet, old granny lace-up boots."
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Lance CPL Jonathan Ader, a member of U.S. Marines 4th platoon Bravo Company, 2nd RECON Battalion plays with Iraqi children while doing civil affairs in a remote village, part of Ramadi in western Iraq January 20, 2005. REUTERS/Erik de Castro
It occurred to me, judging the way MSM cover the war, they must be huge Monty Python fans … think Twit Race … except they never get to that “completely different” part. It’s always the same ol’ thang. MSM will refute their negative image, but Chrenkoff ran the numbers. He found only 3.8% of the stories for today are positive.
Bad news from Iraq
2,345 stories about President Bush's inauguration, in the context of the President failing to mention the word "Iraq" in his speech, or indeed discuss the war
Hat tip Lucianne!
8 BRING THE TROOPS HOME? First read before commenting ;)
YOU CAN CALL HIM AL
88 Here's some more background on that race-baiter Sharpton.
Between Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, I have to admit that I find Sharpton likeable and Jackson smarmy, although I don’t trust either of them. Sharpton was known primarily in NY City until he took up the case of that liar, Twanna Brawley back in the 80s. And there have been other such dubious moments in his “career.” He’s been trying to rehabilitate his image in recent years. Last year his run for the Democratic nomination proved to be the only refreshing moments coming from the Left. He had Rush rooting for him! For decades, Sharpton and Jackson have waged battle over who will lead their race. Between the two, Sharpton is probably the better man.
After decades as the ultimate outsider and racial bomb-thrower, Al Sharpton has either captured the New York mainstream or the mainstream has moved toward him.
But if The Rev's detractors must admit that he has become a power broker to be dealt with, Sharpton should see that his victory contains a challenge of its own: Even as he has "arrived," so too has Black America. The old ways can no longer apply.
He admitted it himself Monday: "A black woman is poised to become secretary of state." Though he disagrees with the politics of Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, Sharpton said that their success was a reflection of how far the "movement" had come: "You can't have a Colin Powell without having an Adam Clayton Powell."
If you’ve never read Ben Stein’s Diary, you’re missing a sometimes hilarious, always enjoyable treat. Ben Stein is a humble man who absolutely adores his wife and son. Too bad about his initials, though.
By Ben Stein
Thank you, God. The man who said that the paralyzed could walk if a Democrat were in the White House will not be Vice President. The man who mocked Iyad Allawi, Premier of Iraq, who risks his life every day to bring about a decent society, will not be President. The party that believes that it's perfectly cool to take a living baby from its mother's body and then pierce its skull with scissors and kill it while it screams will not be in charge of the Executive Branch (as they are of the media). Thank you, God.
Everyone's saying it's because Bush and Rove mobilized values voters. I think it's that and something else that I see wherever I speak all over America. This nation is in the midst of a great religious revival. This nation is turning its life and its will over to God. I see it in Amarillo at West Texas A & M. I see it in Dallas at a meeting of owners of Sonic restaurants. I see it in Beverly Hills at meetings of self-help groups. I see it in Brooklyn in the person of a young man who voted GOP for the first time because he could not pull the lever for a man who backs partial birth abortion. I see it in New York in the faces of men and women at the GOP convention who turned the coldest streets in America into havens of peace and love and friendship all the way up and downtown despite the hatred hurled at them. (This is literally true: New York during the convention, with GOP families in the streets, was the happiest place it has ever been, as far as I could see. The GOP literally piped light into the darkest corners.)
KITTY & THE DOGMAN?
Dr.D e-mailed me the following insight. Excellent, Dr.D, excellent!
Kitty: Have you ever thought about the parallel between th CBer's of the '70s and the bloggers of today? Think about this:
1. We all have "Handles" - now called "Screen Names"
2. The so called cultural elite dismissed them as "Red Neck Truckers". Now we are dismissed as "Red Staters from Fly Over Country"
3. They drove trucks, we have hard drives that drive CPU's.
4. They had, and we have, a language all our own,i.e.: "10-4 Good Buddy" and now "ROFLMAO"
5. They told it like it was, we still do.
6. Their's were strong blue collar conservative values. Ours still are
How long before a TV program on the order of the old "BJ and the Bear", say, Kitty and the Dog Man.......
8 Possibly the very best chicken joke ever.
Hat tip Gayle!
8 WILD BILL IS BACK!
8 2008 Watch ... Barbara Boxer?
Don’t laugh. Okay, laugh if you must. But the rumors are swirling fast and furiously that the dolorous Barbara Boxer was doing much more than simply mugging for the cameras during the past two weeks. She’s was earning votes.
8 The White Mice Take Over The Lab
If we didn't know better we'd think that "Baghdad Bob" was in charge of the "anti-war" movement that showed up at the Inaugural yesterday to spew their hate-America venom. But come to think of it, that's not such a crazy idea given that most in the anti-war movement were cheering for Saddam to win the war.
8 Take the MUZZIE QUIZ.
MEET THE EXCEPTION
HOW SECOND TERMS FAIL
By Dick Morris
PRESIDENTIAL second terms usually end in fail ure. Since 1900, only Teddy Roosevelt could boast of a second term that was as good or better than his first.
But President Bush has gotten off to a very good start in the weeks since Election Day. Palestine is lurching toward peace. North Korea seems likely to return to six-power talks. Iraq will hold an election, with turnout likely exceeding our own. Ukraine has opted for democracy. And the tsunami has kindled a global spirit of cooperation and unity unlike anything since 9/11.
But Bush has clearly signaled that he will not devote the next four years — as he has the past three — exclusively to fighting the War on Terror. While not planning to let up the pressure on our enemies, he plans to tackle the two most difficult tasks in American politics: Social Security and income-tax reform. Only Reagan succeeded in the latter; nobody has ever done both.
President Bush's hope of success in these daunting challenges depends on an absence of arrogance and hubris and a willingness to recognize the limits of power.
Congratulations President & Mrs. Bush!
DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH SLICK
A fascinating and illuminating phone on Rush’s show yesterday. This is just an excerpt, but I urge you to read it in its entirety.
1994 Whistleblower: We Lacked Arms Under Clinton, Not Bush
CALLER: … I'm the gentleman that called you back in 1994, in September, when Bill Clinton had us do Operation Just Kidding. For those of you that don't know, Operation –
RUSH: I remember this. This was Haiti!
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: It was all falling apart down there. Colin Powell was eventually dispatched, and you guys from Fort Bragg, right?
CALLER: I was with the 82nd.
RUSH: 82nd Airborne and you were sent down there to quell the disturbance, and a story leaked out that you didn't have enough live rounds, no magazines. I mean, you were going down there with dummies, basically, right?
CALLER: Well, what we had was 9mm pistols. My battalion was an armor battalion. It's no longer there. It closed under Bill Clinton, and the 82nd no longer has armor protection, but the point was is I had one magazine per pistol. Now, my troops are going to jump into a combat zone with their pistol which was their primary personal weapon with one magazine, and that only carried 15 bullets. The rest of the bullets were in baggies in their pockets.
RUSH: I remember this like it was yesterday, because you were calling out of school. I mean, there was a big controversy about this, and you took a risk in calling and sharing the details of this because some could say that this was insubordination. What you were trying to do was get the word out that your men were going in there not properly equipped and it has ramifications of Somalia written all over it.
RUSH: Okay, now, you were going to relate all this to Iraq when you called, right?
CALLER: Absolutely, because when that report about the body armor and the vehicle armor hit the scene and the national news just played a whole -- they just took it to the bank. I was livid because here my troops were going into a combat operation and they had one magazine for their 9mm pistols, and that was it, and I'm sitting here going, "Okay, I see: Different president, different time, different story, different impact." So that was what was going on here. And right now I'll be honest with you, I have contact with troops in the field, both here in the states and in Iraq and Afghanistan. They're undergoing mental torture right now by our own media, because what they're doing on the ground is not being reported in our national news media.
RUSH: Yeah, as we just detailed in that letter from LTC Tim Ryan, who was one of the leaders of the Fallujah operation.
CALLER: Yeah. You know, I remember back when I used to watch 60 Minutes, many years ago had an interview with General Giap. He was the North Vietnamese general, and after the 1968 Tet offensive, the 1968 Tet offensive was an absolute defeat for the VC and for the North Vietnamese and they were about ready to come to the table and surrender. But it was the American media portraying the Tet offensive as a defeat for the Americans, and that from then on, just gave strength, it gave resolve to our enemies and they continued to do what they were doing best.
Clinton Library Attendance Disappointing
When it opened two months ago, Bill Clinton's presidential library was supposed to draw so many visitors that the city of Little Rock would become a tourist mecca.
However, early reports claiming that over 100,000 had visited in just the first six weeks have turned out to be bogus.
The National Archives and Records Administration, which operates the facility, tells U.S. News & World Report that only 42,054 paid to enter. The rest were guests of the former president and freebies to VIPs. Despite wall-to-wall television coverage of its opening, and a deluge of favorable press, attendance figures for the $162 million compound are even less than the attendance at the Reagan and Bush 41 libraries immediately after they opened.
"I thought it would be better," a disappointed Clinton told the magazine.
CAN you picture Bill Clinton as Kofi Annan's replacement as Secretary-General of the U.N.? Insiders say the former president agreed to partner up with his predecessor, No. 41, George H.W. Bush, in the tsunami relief effort partly for the international awareness to position him for the U.N. job. Clinton, who has been relatively low-profile since leaving the White House, is said to be ready for a new challenge now that he's finished with his autobiography. Assuming that Clinton's popularity in Africa and Europe would win the approval of the Security Council, the only fly in the ointment is the complications for wife Hillary's presidential hopes in 2008. "No one in the U.N. would want the President of the United States to be married to the head of the U.N., and therefore in control of Security Council votes," said one observer. Conversely, Americans wouldn't like the idea that the U.N. would be calling the shots in the Oval Office.
THE KLAN STRIKES AGAIN
RICE PUT ON ICE
Senate Democrats handed President Bush the first insult of his second term yesterday with a surprise delay in confirming Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state.
Bush had hoped that Rice's overwhelming approval by the full Senate would be celebrated on Inauguration Day today — and he would conduct her historic swearing-in as one of the first acts of his second administration.
Republican sources identified the key holdouts as 87-year-old Robert Byrd of West Virginia, along with Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, both of Massachusetts.
Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan member, has been one of the most vocal critics of Bush. Rice would be the first black woman to serve as secretary of state.
Officials in both parties agreed Rice would eventually be approved by the full Senate, possibly next week, despite yesterday's sharp Democratic criticism of Bush's Iraq policy during two days of committee hearings, which wound up yesterday.
When Sen. John Kerry took his turns in questioning now-confirmed Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice, he wasn't using briefing notes from Democratic Foreign Relations Committee staff, or even his personal Senate staff. No, he was using old briefing notes from his failed presidential campaign.
"He's got tons of memorandums, policy papers, position talking points, everything," says a Foreign Relations staffer. "All that stuff, and his private briefings by the NSC during the campaign have him thinking he’s on top of his game."
In fact, Kerry shared some of his material with no-vote soulmate Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Are you reading about Kerry and experiencing a déjà vu? Read HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?
THE BIZARRO WORLD OF CONDI RICE
Sen. Barbara Boxer , D-Calif., questions Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice during the second day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
I’d never make it in politics; I don’t have the patience to deal with DC’s pampered poltroons. By all accounts, Condi Rice is intelligent, dedicated, hard working and well respected by all. However, as soon as she was nominated by Bush to be Secretary of State, she has been treated by the Left with flagrant contempt. I honestly do not understand the Left. Have they no shame, no respect for their party’s image? Condi was always going to be confirmed. But the Left have oozing wounds which haven’t even begun to heal since the election, so they pummel the Right at every opportunity. I seriously think that politicians must be forced to question people while in front of a mirror so they see for themselves how the rest of us see them. In the meantime, with the MSM and the Left enmeshed in an incestuous relationship, exposing their hypocrisy has been left up to the blogosphere. According to CK’s WritingPartner, somewhere a village is missing its idiot.
We Bust Buffoon Babs Boxer on Her Blatant Iraq Lie
However, in her harangue against everything about President Bush and Iraq, Boxer made a statement that was patently false. Even worse, it's easy to prove as such. And we're not talking about a lie on a little thing either. This is something you have to see, and we're sure won't be reported in the mainstream press, but hey, that's why you have people like us, right?
Maybe if Boxer actually went back and read the text of the legislation proposed on such an important issue (you will recall her patron Michael Moore complaining about just that in his fictional America-hating documentary Fahrenheit 9/11) she just might have voted for the war. Yeah right.
After all she endured, Condi can still graciously smile.
US Sen. Barbara Boxer (R), D-CA, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, talks to Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice (2nd-R) at the end of her two day confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.(AFP/Getty Images/Matthew Cavanaugh)
Senate Panel Gives Rice Confirmation Nod
Pending approval by the full Senate, Rice would be the first black woman to hold the job. She was confirmed by a 16-2 vote with Democrats John Kerry of Massachusetts and Barbara Boxer of California voting no.
Ralph Peters asks the one question which has been bothering me about the Dems’ collective response to the war on terror: Do they honestly believe that if we hadn’t gone to war, the terrorism would have stopped by now? Has the stress of their knee-jerk blind hatred for all things Bush and/or Republican brought on hysterical blindness, or have they always been so afflicted? By definition, hysterical blindness is a medical condition brought on by stress. As I understand it, the condition is temporary. In the Dems’ case, I do believe hysterical blindness is a permanent condition and not entirely involuntary.
LETTING INNOCENTS DIE
By Palph Peters
GO see the film "Hotel Rwanda." Don't wait for the DVD. See it in a theater, where you'll get the maximum impact.
Telling the story of one brave man who found unexpected resources within himself, the movie captures the bewilderment and terror of those awaiting death at the hands of their neighbors — as the world looked on and did nothing. It's as close as most of us ever will come to learning the cost of Clinton-era hypocrisy and cowardice
Only one thing troubles me about "Hotel Rwanda": Those on the left will see this film, shake their heads . . . and conclude they've done their duty by spending a couple of bucks at the multiplex. The one thing the left won't take from the film is a sense of its moral bankruptcy.
The left is blind to the suffering it condones. But every ranking member of the Clinton administration should live in shame not only at Clinton's reluctance to intervene in Rwanda, but at his outright obstruction of efforts to address the problem in the U.N. Security Council (you know you've hit a moral bottom when the United Nations looks more virtuous).
What do those protesters think would happen if our president agreed to their demand to "bring the troops home"? Do they think Atlantis would rise from the Tigris River, bringing with it a golden reign of peace? Do they want the Baathist thugs to return to power? Would they really like the terrorists to win?
My own slight involvement in our tardy military deployment to Rwanda ended on a runway apron in Italy. I had hoped to go to Kigali with my friend Col. Jim McDonough and his paratroopers, but, at the last minute, I was yanked back for a mission to Bolivia.
I heard from Jim, though. A veteran of infantry combat in Vietnam, he described his night-time arrival in Rwanda as "a scene from Hell." He had never seen anything as infernal as the streets of Kigali. And Jim landed after the Tutsi rebellion had stopped the Hutu-sponsored massacres.
* Hysterically funny definition.
I’M FEELING SNARKY
Slovenian model Melania Knauss is shown on the February cover of American Vogue magazine. She posed in the wedding gown that she will wear when she marries Donald Trump next January 22 during a ceremony in Palm Beach, Florida. EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO SALES REUTERS/Mario Testino/American Vogue/Handout
Normally I wouldn’t bother with Trump’s wedding plans, but I saw the dress on TV this morning and heard it might cost about $100,000. And that’s just for the dress! This got me to wondering that with the Dems’ knickers in a collective knot over the expense of Bush’s inauguration, which is privately funded, will they question Trump’s wedding extravaganza? I know, I know, it’s a rhetorical question.
As to that dress … Melania is a beautiful woman, but that dress makes her look like a hideously overstuffed piece of furniture. A Vera Wang design is chic and elegant and a far better choice instead of that heap of satin gaucherie.
MELANIA GOES FOR SEXY AISLE STYLE
Here comes the bride — it's sexy Melania Knauss in the sumptuous Dior gown she'll wear this weekend as she becomes Mrs. Donald Trump No. 3.
The Slovenian bombshell has broken the longstanding bridal tradition of keeping her wedding outfit secret until she walks up the aisle, by appearing on the cover of Vogue's February issue.
"This is a dress you could only wear for a wedding. It's like, 'Wow!'" Melania tells the mag.
The eye-popping gown is from the fabled fashion house of Christian Dior, now headed by designer John Galliano.
Made from 98 yards of white satin, the gown was embroidered by hand — a task that took some 550 hours of labor by seamstresses.
Just what Melania's gown is worth — and whether The Donald paid anything for it or made one of his famous barter deals — is anybody's guess, because everyone's lips are sealed.
But several wedding experts priced it from $100,000 to $200,000.
Melania’s doorknob-sized diamond was half price. And that wasn’t the only bargain. Apparently vendors are begging to work for celebrities at bargain prices.
Trump's wedding savings
When Donald Trump gets married Jan. 22, he'll benefit from the trend of celebrities getting discounts from vendors such as jewelers, photographers, florists and caterers who want to be part of high-profile nuptials, according to a published report.
The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump paid only half-price for a 15-carat diamond ring that normally goes for $1.5 million. And the discounts didn't stop there, according to the report.
The newspaper said others providing savings to Trump include Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who runs a four-star restaurant in Trump International on Columbus Circle. He will provide free filet mignon with green peppercorn sauce dinners for 500 guests, which the newspaper estimates would normally cost about $43,000.
2006 SENATE PREVIEW
Rick Santorum and Bob Casey, Jr.
Rick Santorum v. Bob Casey, Jr.
Writing Partner, at Crush(ed)Kerry, takes the most in-depth look to date (from any source) of the potential 2006 Senate matchup between Rick Santorum and Bob Casey, Jr. in Philly. Recent reports have indicated Casey is strongly considering making the run, which will be THE contest of 2006.
Crush(ed)Kerry examines, from an unbiased (yes, that's right) look at the advantages and disadvantages faced by each man in this race, which will be dream for political junkies nationwide.
CHECK THIS OUT!
I'm sure Aaron will tell us all about it! TAKE PICTURES, Aaron!
SAME CRIME, DIFFERENT CRIMINAL
MAN CHARGED IN CAR-DROWN DEATH
A man ran off, leaving his girlfriend to drown, after their car crashed upside down into a Connecticut pond, authorities said. Francisco Loaiza, 29, was charged with manslaughter with a motor vehicle in the death of the 21-year-old woman, a Russian exchange student whose name was withheld.
The 1995 Nissan skidded past a stop sign, crashed through a guardrail and ended up on its roof in Holly Pond in Stamford early Saturday, police told the Stamford Advocate. Officers caught Loaiza, soaking wet, nearby. Police said the couple has been seen at a nearby bar shortly before the accident.
"I believe alcohol and speed were factors in this crash," said Sgt. Andrew Gallagher, adding that the couple was not wearing seat belts.
Police said it was unclear if Loaiza, who is Colombian, was in the country legally
And the MSM are still shamelessly dancing the Kennedy stepping fetchit.
YOUR DAILY DENNIS QUAID FIX
Been wondering what Dennis Quaid has been up to since he nearly froze his cajones off in that hilarious enviro-wack flick, “The Day After Tomorrow”? Go on, admit it; you've been a-hankerin' for something Quaid and were afraid to ask. Well, that's what I'm here for ... at least for today. It seems he was
IF Dennis Quaid is feeling a little lighter in the wallet today, maybe it's because he left his driver's license and credit card at Scores West. Quaid and his new bride, Kimberly, enjoyed several rounds of cocktails and lap dances in the topless temple's President's Room on Wednesday night but ended up leaving the cards on the table in front of their couch. Quaid's wife wasn't immune to alcohol-induced amnesia, either — she left her purse in the ladies' room, but got it back when a stripping Samaritan fetched it for her. "We have Dennis' driver's license and credit card, but we don't know how to get in touch with him," Scores spokesman Lonnie Hanover confirmed yesterday.
If it’s not strippers, it’s fallen musicians with Dennis. And when they fall, the details are lurid. (scroll down; 3rd listing "Spade Cooley" ... you'll be tested later)
On a lighter note, movie star DENNIS QUAID once sold brushes to uninterested Houston, Texas, housewives by adopting a fake British accent.