DRUM ROLL PLEASE, BUT QUIETLY
The Moment We Have All Been Waiting for......
SIDE ORDER OF MAYO
An extra helping.
Yup, the Kennedy machine is running full throttle.
Patrick, no doubt in a drug-induced state of honesty, was able to provide details of his activities in his written statement.
THURSDAY: “Following the last series of votes on Wednesday evening, I returned to my home on Capitol Hill and took the prescribed amount of Phenergan and Ambien, . . .Some time around 2:45 a.m., I drove the few blocks to the Capitol complex believing I needed to vote. Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication. At that time, I was involved in a one-car incident in which my car hit the security barrier at the corner of 1st and C St., SE.”Then the clean-up crew rushed in to save that great and glorious name of Kennedy. No neckbrace for Patrick, unlike father Ted. No, we must get Patrick off to rehab -- again -- out of the public spotlight. We'll stay behind and clean up. Which is why Patrick now claims:
“At the time of the accident, I was instructed to park my car and was driven home by the United States Capitol Police. At no time did I ask for any special consideration, I simply complied with what the officers asked me to do.”
FRIDAY: “I simply do not remember getting out of bed, being pulled over by the police or being cited for three driving infractions. That’s not how I want to live my life. And that’s not how I want to represent the people of Rhode Island.”That same Boston Herald article did clear up a question I had:
Police are investigating whether U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s bizarre crash-scene story about being late for a 2:45 a.m. vote was a desperate attempt to escape an OUI bust by invoking a law that prevents members of Congress from being arrested while en route to formal sessions, authorities said.
Kennedy, who yesterday admitted an addiction to prescription pain medication, told officers upon emerging from his Mustang convertible Thursday morning that he was “late for a vote,” even though formal business had ended hours earlier, according to a police statement.
(Capitol police officer) Killough said police are careful to observe a provision contained in the U.S. Constitution that protects members of Congress against arrest while traveling to and from formal sessions.
The constitutional provision includes exceptions for “felony or breach of peace” - which could apply to Kennedy’s actions, depending on what investigators find - but Killough said cops typically use restraint when Congress is in session.
Then again, we are talking about a Kennedy: [U]nnamed superiors forbade the cops on the scene from giving Kennedy a sobriety test - so it's too late to know just what he'd ingested. Instead, the cops were told to give the congressman a courtesy lift home.
8 Mark Levin is angry about the double standards and wants to know: If Patrick Kennedy, who is not a first offender, is addicted to painkillers, from where did he get them? And there are news reports that he had been drinking earlier at a Capitol Hill bar and alcohol was later smelled on his breath. So, why was the officer on the scene prevented by more senior police officers from performing a routine sobriety test?
8 Rush, who knows about addiction and recovery, believes there is a cover-up going on. He said there's a double standard, too, citing how Cythinia McKinney is being treated much differently than Patrick Kennedy. But above all, Rush hopes Patrick gets the help he needs: I'm not excusing his behavior and I'm not making fun of his behavior. I'm saying the guy needs help. He's not getting it. There is great help out there. I've been through it. I'd recommend it for people that don't have an addiction problem. I think it's one of the most -- my experience, at a place called The Meadows, was one of the most valuable experiences of my life, certainly in the top five. And he's not getting it because there are people on his team more concerned about the electoral fallout of this incident that he's involved in than they are about him.
8 Riehl World says Kennedy should resign: [I]t's a tremendous disservice to addicts everywhere to presume an active or recently recovering one belongs anywhere near the making of public policy in that regard. In fact, it's downright obscene. … [T]he notion that he will be anything like fit to perform in government for at least a couple of years is simply a myth. Were it the private sector, I'd feel differently. But we've no business putting the public trust into addicts who've yet to string together any significant recovery.
8 Daily Kos agrees, but not for the same reasons: [I]f he can't remember even getting into his car, if he was in rehab over Christmas, if there's an allegation he'd been drinking before the accident -- well maybe he needs to resign.
Why? Not because it’s what Kennedy needs, as Rush said, but because it’s for the good of the Democratic Party ! (duh!): The Democratic Party needs to show it's different, that it's not a club of the elite taking care of the elite. Much as I feel for Congressman Kennedy, it's time for him for his own good and for the good of the Party, to resign with dignity.
h/t Michelle Malkin
8 Clearly, this is just another Rovian Conspiracy...
8 High Court May Replace Miranda with Kennedy Rights
ARE THEY REALLY ABOVE THE LAW?
Twice now today I've heard on the news that congressmen and senators can not be arrested for traffic violations while enroute to a vote. No wonder Patrick Kennedy said he was on his way to vote -- at 2:45 in the morning.
I wanted to verify this, so I did a search. I have yet to find confirmation, but I did come across this piece.
All men are created equal, unless they are Congressmen
"Do as I say, not as I do," was probably first uttered by a member of Congress. The same people who restrict our freedoms and put us in danger of arrest for drinking alcohol are pretty much immune from the laws that they pass:
The following excerpt was researched and written by the staff
of Capitol Hill Blue.
In the 1998 Congressional session, 84 Representatives and Senators were stopped for drunken driving and released after they claimed Congressional immunity. It should be noted, however, that there is a big difference between being stopped for "suspicion" of DUI and actually being charged with the offense. More than one police officer, however, told Capitol Hill Blue they are not allowed to charge members of Congress.
"I've stopped Senators who were so drunk they couldn't remember their own name," says one Fairfax County police officer. "And I was ordered to let them drive home."
During late-night Congressional sessions, Representatives and Senators often spend time between votes in the private Republican and Democratic clubs or any of a dozen other Capitol Hill watering holes. One Capitol Hill police officer says he has had to jump out of the way more than once to avoid being run down by a drunken member of Congress roaring out of a House office garage.
"But there's not a damn thing I can do about it," he says, "Not if I want to keep my job."
Sgt. Joe Gentile of the D.C. police admits city police do not issue traffic tickets to senators and representatives while Congress is in session. Alexandria and Montgomery County claim members of Congress receive no special treatment for traffic violations, but records show 47 members were released without tickets last year. Arlington and Prince George's county refuse to reveal their policies, but records show members are routinely released without charge in both counties.
Members of Congress feel no compulsion to obey the law. District of Columbia police issued 2,912 parking tickets to cars owned by members of Congress in 1998. None were paid. The financially strapped District, which actively pursues and "boots" cars belonging to ordinary citizens, does not go after members of Congress.
NOTE: The referenced Capitol Hill Blue article is no longer available. The article is dated 08/21/1999, and their archives date back only to 2000.
Can anyone verify the claims in the article?
The US should consider the UK's "loser pays" system for filing lawsuits. Grumpy Old Bookman: Da Vinci disaster: Baigent and Leigh can't pay
A SEPTEMBER 10th VERDICT
Clancy Prevost may not be a household name, yet his initial suspicions resulted in the conviction of Moussaoui, "the 20th hijacker." Clancy Prevost was Moussaoui's flight instructor. It was Clancy who reported that, "All he wanted to do was ‘lark' the airplane. The premise was that he wanted to do this for a lark, to fly across the Atlantic on the North Atlantic Track System from London to Kennedy (airport) just to say he had done it. " And that "he didn't need the type of school he had contracted to get, which was a systems ground school."
Moussaoui should have been senteced to die, no matter how long it took, regardless of what other countries and/or the terrorists thought. Who cares what France may think? I agree with Mark Levin, who believes that the Moussaoui sentence has a bad outcome, that Moussaoui will be a "living martyr."
Clancy Prevost, on the other hand, backs the verdict. He admits that he's against the death penalty, and he admitted that he even liked Moussaoui. I was a bit shaken by that at first, but it's understandable, considering that the two spent a lot of time together. (Apparently, Moussaoui was not a quick study.) Besides, Prevost did report his suspicians. I wonder if Moussaoui liked Prevost. Somehow, I doubt that it would matter to him. After all, friendships are irrelevant when you're on a mission from Allah.
And then, Prevost seems to contradict himself .
Tiers witness backs Moussaoui verdict
"First of all, I'm not a death penalty guy," said Prevost, 68, who flew jets for Northwest Airlines for nearly 25 years. "You can't feel good by hurting somebody else. And the other thing is, he had a real peripheral involvement in 9/11. He was in jail when the thing happened. Yes, I think it was the right verdict. I don't have an agenda. However it went would have been all right with me."
Prevost notified supervisors at the Pan Am Flight School in Eagan, Minn., after he realized Moussaoui had virtually no flying experience and no legitimate purpose for wanting to learn to fly the world's biggest jet airliner. He even liked Moussaoui.
"We got along fine, Prevost said. We spent long hours at lunch because I had difficulty trying to impart a very technical subject to someone who had no background in it."
I hope Clancy watches "United 93. "
'United 93' and the 20th Hijacker: What fades from memory over time is the intense, active loathing that the Islamic hijackers had for their victims that day (though one guesses there is not a waking moment that the U.S. soldiers serving daily in Afghanistan or Iraq fail to hold in mind the nature of their terrorist opposition). "United 93" brings this and much else back to the surface.
KENNEDYS CIRCLING THE WAGONS ONCE AGAIN
Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) was in another car accident and was observed to be "staggering" by the police who witnessed the accident. But guess what?
Baird wrote that Capitol Police Patrol Division units, who are trained in driving under the influence cases, were not allowed to perform basic field sobriety tests on the Congressman. Instead, two sergeants, who also responded to the accident, proceeded to confer with the Capitol Police watch commander on duty and then “ordered all of the Patrol Division Units to leave the scene and that they were taking over.”
Now that it's too late for a sobriety test: "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake."
Now for his excuse: Rep. Kennedy blames crash on sleep medicine
Brian Maloney has a posted a rundown (no pun intended) of Patrick Kennedy’s “major recent flaps.”
"Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?"
- Senator Ted Kennedy, 1973 -
Friday, May 5th
8 AND THEY'RE OFF!
The media, that is, as well they should be. Remember the days when any whiff of Kennedy scandal was an automatic blackout in the news? How many people refused to believe that Jack Kennedy did *IT* with anyone other than Jackie, and especially not with that Marilyn "Happy Birthday Mr. President" Monroe! Of course, Teddy wasn't quite as lucky, but he did avoid prison for killing Mary Jo Kopechne. For a primer on how the Kennedy klan deal with scandal, read the excellent Season In Purgatory by Dominick Dunne.
The blogosphere is abuzz with this story. Michelle Malkin has a comprehensive post on it, including an interesting link about Kennedy's handwriting. h/t Lorie (& thanks for the link!)
8 John Hinderaker, at Power Line, asks The Generic Kennedy Question specifically about Patrick: What possesses people in his Rhode Island district--does he have some connection with Rhode Island?--to vote for him? Can the people of Rhode Island possibly be proud of being represented by a slow-witted, uninformed young man with admitted psychiatric and drug problems?
I couldn't resist posting today's NY Post front page, especially with the bit about the Kentucky Derby on top. It cracked me up.
WAS THERE EVER ANY DOUBT SHE WAS RUNNING?
I won't presume to know just when she decided, but let's just say that Her Royal C has been running for president for a long time. Was there ever any doubt? Yet, the MSM still ask will-she-or-won't-she? in order to keep the idea foremost in the voters' minds in hopes that we'll gradually get accustomed to the idea.
I live near Corning in Upstate NY. Corning is home to the now retired (!!!) RINO (Repub in name only) Rep. Amo Houghton. Corning Inc. is the Houghtons' business. The company enjoyed a very cozy relationship with the Clintons ever since 1992's election. When Amo was in Congress, he not only voted against impeaching Bill Clinton, he voted against the Iraq War and threw a lavish fund raiser for Hillary in his home here in Corning.
When Hillary first ran back in 2000, she paid Corning a visit. At that time, the community's rancor towards her was palatable; home made anti-Hillary signs were everywhere. Since then, she has visited the many times with pocket$ full of money. Of course, that money used to be ours, and our return on our dollar is piss poor, but this doesn't seem to sink into some peoples' minds. Upstate NY is not the Republican stronghold as some believe. The most conservative NYS Republican politician is nothing more than a RINO, trust me.
Will Her Royal C win the Democratic nomination? Dunno, but most likely she will if the Dems feel she is their only hope. Besides, they love the money the Clintons can generate. Can she be elected president? Hard to say. She's not spreading our tax dollars all over the country like she does in NYS, but I wouldn't underestimate her.
8 'Draft Hillary' push will launch in Nashville: The group, called Hillarynow.com, thinks she can appeal to the country-music and NASCAR-loving crowd associated with Southern towns such as Nashville, said Bob Kunst, the Miami Beach-based organizer.
8 John Podhoretz warns HILLARY WILL BE PRESIDENT IF GOP DOESN'T WISE UP TO CHALLENGE: To face down the most dangerous and evil men in the world, as presidents must, the first female president of the United States will have “to be a bitch. And Hillary is a bitch.”
So says John Podhoretz in a chapter of his explosive new book, CAN SHE BE STOPPED?.
Republicans and conservatives are deluding themselves if they think she can’t win it all. She’s going to, Podhoretz says, unless they rise to the challenge and take her on in the right ways.
The shocking conclusion of the conservative NEW YORK POST columnist:
* “The qualities that made Hillary Clinton such a problematic presidential spouse may also make her just the kind of woman people feel they can trust with the presidency. Namely, she has created an image of herself as unfeminine, an image that connects her to the successful female chief executives in other countries” like Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher.
8 :~) ABC Assassinates First Female President
IN THE ARTS TODAY
Posted on Gawker Stalker was this sighting of The Donald and his wife at the Broadway play Three Days of Rain, starring Julia Roberts. Did they disappear after the first act because it was that bad? I had heard that Roberts' performance was “savaged by critics.”
8 HOW OPAL MEHTA BECAME A COLLECTOR’S ITEM
Publisher cancels Harvard author’s book deal: More charges of plagiarism emerging for Viswanathan and ‘Opal Mehta’ … Little, Brown, which had initially said the book would be revised, declined to comment on whether Viswanathan would have to return her reported six-figure advance. … The novel had modest sales initially, but interest in used editions of the book remains strong enough that it was the No. 58 seller on Amazon.com on Tuesday afternoon.
Check out these prices!
8 Congratulations to Rodger Jacobs: 8763 Wonderland Goes To College!
WHO LET THE LOONIES OUT?
Deport 12 million republicans? Then who will support everyone else? Which reminds me of this bumper sticker.
8 Rush believes that The Jump-the-Shark moment has occurred. Everybody has their tipping point, and yours has been reached. … I think what's happening to [the caller] is happening all over the country to people, and has been for a while. You're one of the late arrivals, but everybody has the breaking point on this, and in Peggy's case, it's the Yellow Pages phone book all in Spanish.
8 More proof Rush is right, Labor Site Backlash Felt at Polls In Herndon: Herndon voters yesterday unseated the mayor and two Town Council members who supported a bitterly debated day-labor center for immigrant workers in a contest that emerged as a mini-referendum on the turbulent national issue of illegal immigration.
8 Wizbang proposes A FAIR TRADE: I propose that for every illegal alien deported to their home country, one applicant currently going through the legal process is chosen at random for expedited processing.
Btw, need a gift for a grad?
boy recommends The Anti-Chomsky Reader: Makes a great gift for the deeply confused College Student, who is desperate to 'raise awareness'...
It’s co-authored by David Horowitz who delighted everyone with Slap Hillary!
LADIES, START YOUR ENGINES!
While surfing the lit blogs recently, I read that NASCAR, Harlequin gear up for love stories. "It's a partnership between two extremely brand-loyal groups," says Kerry Tharp of NASCAR. "We're trying to reach out and do more to appeal to our female fan base."
NASCAR fans buy $2 billion in licensed products annually. Harlequin devotees bought 130 million books last year.
This morning I was checking out Evil Editor, an editor who critiques writers' query letters. Like Miss Snark, who recommended the site, Evil Editor is primarily instructive yet snarky, too. Lo and behold, there's a query letter from a writer who has written one of the NASCAR Harlequin romances!
Here's a taste of it ...
Indy racecar driver Jessica Drake lives to win. When her father is violently killed, Jessica finds out that he led a secret criminal life. This earth-shattering deception thrusts her into a race for her life [A race with whom?] and makes her question everything she knows [a possible exaggeration.] – including her own motivations for racing. Not used to needing others, and especially not used to asking for help from big, strong men, [On the rare occasions she's asked for help, it's always been from 98-pound weaklings.] Jessica must turn to a hunky mechanic for protection. [No wonder I can never find a mechanic on duty; they're all off moonlighting as bodyguards.] [What does she need protection from?] Along the way, she learns how to trust again and discovers that she doesn't have to win to find love. [Win what? Indy-car races? She thought she had to win Indy-car races to find love? Guess it's just a matter of degree; Evil Editor used to think he had to pick up the dinner tab to find love.]
I wonder what Chris, over at Lucky Dawg News, thinks of this? How 'bout his wife?
WHAT'S WRONG WITH 1985?
I have a friend who occasionally critiques my writing. I ask him because he's brutally honest, which I'm convinced he enjoys immensely. So last year when I hauled out a script, which I had begun in 1985, I asked B if he would give me his opinion. He said sure, so I warned him that it was 62 pages, longer than anything I had ever sent him before. Go ahead and send it, was the reply. So I did, and this time I added $40 -- all I had in cash at the time -- because something told me he would need a lot of incentive to muddle through.
About a week later my SASE arrived with my unfinished script and B's assessments scrawled everywhere. He began by saying, "Well, I've earned my 40 bucks," and summed it up by saying I had written 62 pages of "horseshit."
I wasn't surprised. Those 62 pages were just the beginning of a novel still in the raw stage. But I needed to know if it was worth anymore of my time and effort. I read through, and even laughed over, B's scribblings -- in red ink no less. My spelling, grammer and punctuation were fine, he said, yet he found plenty of problems.
Page 5: "Speed it up. This same stuff is boring. What's the point?"
Page 6: "Still boring."
Page 7: "And what's with the drama dialgue device?"
Page 10: "So far carefully written. No compositional boo-boos. But I'm still bored."
Besides being bored, he was bothered by the script's time period of 1985. I included bit's'n'pieces of 1985, which elicited this comment: "I don't get these cultural refs." At one point he wrote, "You're going to have to start using footnotes." He concluded that I'd have to rewrite it in the present if I had any hopes of selling it. I could understand and accept his other points but not this one. An endless supply of time period novels are cranked out every year -- historical, historical romance, fantasy -- all set in different times. So what's the big deal with one set in 1985?
Then last week I attempted to read my first Roger Simon novel, California Roll, a murder mystery set in Silicon Valley published in 1985. I didn't read more than a chapter or two before I closed the book for good. It bored me to distraction. Part of the problem was the dust jacket (shown above) picturing outdated hardware; it definitely set the mood. The 80s were a big part of Simon's book. I won't try to analyze why the book bored me other than to say that, in 2006, 1985 seems to be stuck in a time period limbo: too old to be hip, too young to be historical. Like that hunk of lumbering hardware on the book's cover, California Roll seemed pathetically obsolete.
It was then that I realized why B said I'd have to rewrite the script. However, B did enjoy the sexual references, like the couple who was caught flagrante dilecto, which, I'm told, still happens in 2006.
B ended his critique with this: “As usual, take all this with a grain of salt. What the hell do I know?”
LEARY TO RESCUE ME TUESDAY NIGHTS
When I checked Gawker Stalker this morning and saw this, I was reminded that Rescue Me will be back May 3oth: "Rescue Me" will have plenty of material to chew on in its new season. Last year's finale found New York firefighter Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) a shattered man after the death of his son and several other members of his crew dealing with personal crises as well.
The season also ended with the Chief (Jack McGee) having to make a decision on care for his Alzheimer's-stricken wife, Franco (Daniel Sunjata) reeling from his breakup with Laura (Diane Farr, now on CBS' "Numb3rs") and Sean (Steven Pasquale) questioning his faith in the wake of Tommy's tragedy.
ART IMITATING LIFE IMITATING ARTIE ...
Ain't nut'in. Boys will be boys. Y'know whadda I mean? Fuhgeddaboudit.
'ARTIE'S' GOOSE IS 'COKED': He plays a chef on "The Sopranos," but John Ventimiglia cooked himself a recipe for disaster when he was busted for drunken driving and cocaine possession yesterday about a block away from his Brooklyn home.
Ventimiglia is the latest of a slew of the mobster serial's stars to find himself on the wrong side of the law.
Lillo Brancato Jr., who played Matt Bevilaqua, was charged with murder after he and an accomplice gunned down a cop after he interrupted them robbing a home for drugs.
Tony Sirico, who plays Paulie Walnuts, was arrested 28 times before becoming an actor.
Robert Iler, who plays Anthony Soprano Jr., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny in April 2002 after cops arrested him and three other teens for stealing $40 from two victims on a Manhattan street.
Vincent Pastore, who played Sal "Big Pussy" Bompensiero in the show, pleaded guilty to punching his former girlfriend last April and was sentenced to 70 hours of community service.
TONY'S 'MUSCLE' ARRESTED IN QUEENS BREAK-IN: Louis Gross - who appears as Perry Annunziata, a k a Muscles Marinara, on the mob drama - was busted Sunday for allegedly bashing in the front door of a home in St. Albans, Queens, and walking off with $2,700 in property.
The arrest was not the first for the actor. He was busted on Feb. 3 for allegedly stealing a shirt from Michael K, a trendy SoHo men's shop, and then beating the store manager and a security guard when they confronted him, law enforcement sources said.
THANK HEAVENS FOR LITTLE BOYS
You've probably heard that Don Johnson and wife have had a baby boy. Unless the AP got the stats wrong, it sounds more like Mrs. J delivered a piece of linguini!
And speaking of baby boys ... Awaiting news of Baby Parker’s birth and am praying all goes well.
STATE ATTORNEY ADMITTED HE HAD "NO IDEA"
Lawyers Andrew C. McCarthy & Mark R. Levin weigh in with
Rush’s Long Nightmare Is Over
He took real responsibility.
He didn’t pretend to be a victim. He didn’t blame anyone or anything—not even the pain. Instead, he forthrightly acknowledged what he regarded as a personal failing, although most of us would aptly see it as a common trap for those with painful medical conditions. Equally important, he didn’t just talk about his problem. He dealt with it, continues dealing with it, and is overcoming it.
[R]ather than quietly dropping this embarrassment of an investigation, the state attorney, Barry Krischer—a politically active liberal Democrat—has insisted on filing a charge which he well knows will never be tried. Insisting, that is, on further media churning of an allegation of doctor-shopping that he’ll never prove.
Rush is entering a plea of not guilty. The case will be dismissed in 18 months, when Rush completes the treatment he undertook on his own. There is no reason to file a charge that is without foundation and will never result in a judgment of conviction. But, under Florida procedures, this means a person is “processed.” That is, by this petty maneuver, Krischer has arranged for a mug shot of Rush Limbaugh.
How many people do we know of—and how many celebrities can we name in sports, entertainment, politics, etc.—who develop substance-abuse problems? And in most instances the abuse is recreational, not an unintended fallout from treatment for real medical problems. Yet our society does not pursue these folks as criminals. They are treated with compassion. When they seek treatment, they win our admiration. And rightly so.
The truth is that Krischer never had a case. In November 2005, the assistant state attorney handling the investigation stood up in open court and made the mind-blowing admission that he had “no idea” whether Rush had committed a crime—after pursuing Rush, and crawling through every aspect of his private life, for over two years.
**This was supposed to have been posted Monday, but blogger was down.**
Rush was ebullient today. In his own words ...
It's Over: The Operative Words are "Not Guilty"
From my point of view, the end result will be as if I had gone to court and won, but the matter is concluded much sooner, and at much less expense for both me and for the public. I have spent thousands of hours and millions of dollars with lawyers over the past 2.7 months [I think he meant years] fighting this at every stage. We finally got a favorable ruling from the last judge to hear a ruling, rule on a motion in this case, in which he basically told the government that, "Well, you can talk to Mr. Limbaugh's doctors but you can't ask them anything that'll help you unless he waves his privacy privilege, and I don't think Mr. Limbaugh is going to do that."
There was no arrest; there was no handcuffs. There was no perp walk; there was no charge. I have not relapsed. I am as healthy and happy as I have ever been, ladies and gentlemen. A lot of that is due to you and your continuing loyalty here. You've stuck. We haven't lost one radio station. We haven't lost one advertiser. We have not lost one business associate through all of this, and we haven't lost any audience. We've gained audience, and, you know, I'm in awe of it.
As to the random drug tests: I have been undergoing random drug testing for two years and seven months. I never know when they're going to happen. I have not failed one yet. Folks, I haven't even craved a pain pill since I got out of rehab.
Rush likes the Newsweek story: [I]t's amazing. It's straightforward and it's fair.
First the honest, if not friendly, Newsweek article on Rush. And now, as Mark Finkelstein points out, Lordy! Lauer Recognizing Rush is Right?: If Lauer did not explicitly endorse Rush's take, he came close, certainly recognizing that Rush's point merited a response.
Not everyone finds justice ...
8 Just ask Dave about the bastard who might go free on a technicality!
8 In case you didn’t catch this elsewhere – Lucianne posted it – you can at Lucky Dawg News: Mayor Won't Give Dead Marine's Money Back
To let your feelings be known ...
Bostick Funeral Home
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Phone: (303) 857-2290
WHERE'S BOISE B?
No, not another "Milk Carton" Mary.
Just an e-mail friend who moves around.
If you're reading this, B, drop me a line.
Or better yet, get a free e-mail account.
If you've lost my e-mail address,
I have a hotmail one (upper right corner).
I hope no news means good news!
STILL HURT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
Not new, in fact it's gettin' kinda old, are the Gore family's hurt feelings dating back to 2000: Karenna (Gore Schiff) told Avenue that during the Florida recount in 2000, "the rancor was overwhelming at times . . . There was this horrible mob outside the vice president's house that was recruited by political operatives. They just kept yelling, 'Get out of [Dick] Cheney's house.' That was really painful and rude." Considering how her side treats the president, this is pretty childish of her.
RODHAM & HER RINOS
8 JUST CALL HER SAN JUAN HILL: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed on to a measure that could set Puerto Rico on the path to statehood. Clinton earlier had single-handedly pushed through a tax refund for the island's residents, who pay no federal income tax.
8 Lindsey Graham sings Her Royal C’s praises: "In a short time, this blue-state senator with a blue-state perspective has managed to build unusual political alliances on a variety of issues with Republicans Bill Frist, Sam Brownback, Elizabeth Dole, Rick Santorum and other conservatives," he wrote.
8 Laura Lee agrees with John Podhoretz on which Repub can beat Her Royal C.
8 And speaking of RINOs, machiavel has a video clip of that RINO McCain actually saying "Clean Government" More Important Than 1st Amendment! McCain is a disease.
God, how I love The Sopranos! AJ tries to off Uncle Jun, the old neighborhood is being gentrified, and Gay Vito and Johnny Cakes got all syrupy in last night’s episode. The only part that disappointed me was Tony, whowasthisclose to scoring with the new character Julianna (ER's Julianna Margulies), developed a conscience at the very last possible nano-second. Damn! This monogamy thing he’s got going with Carm is just not right, but I do understand it. It fits a normal progression of the show and of life. Things don't remain in limbo.
The best line of the whole episode came in the very beginning when [Patsy Parisi] and an associate, representing the self-styled North Ward Merchants Protective Cooperative, had tried to strong-arm the manager of a newly opened Starbucks-style coffee shop, only to learn that the Seattle-based corporation was too big to be strong-armed by local hoods.
"It's over for the little guy," observed Patsy as they left the shop.
8 Also in the NEW Department: Where Boners Go To Die ;~) *Joseph wanted me to add the disclaimer that his Boners blog is a work in progress*
WAR: REEL & REAL
I haven't concerned myself with the movie United 93, although I've noticed other bloggers have. In time I will see it. Until then, it's only on the periphery of my radar screen.
Last night, however, as I surfed through the channels to find something to watch, I found Flight 93 playing on A&E. At first I confused it with United 93; both are 2006 movies. However, it became apparent that this was made for TV.
How was it? It was okay. The actors who played the passengers did a great job. From what I've read, I won't be disappointed with United 93.
8 For Laura Lee, who's had interesting takes on other subjects, it was like Watching United 93 in a September 10th Theater.
8 Rick Moran took exception with a reviewer: If Stevens didn’t like U-93 that is her right. But to turn a movie review into a diatribe against the Bush Administration only makes her look like an idiot who doesn’t know what she’s talking about.
8 Rush interviewed the writer/director of United 93, Paul Greengrass, and he played excerpts on his show this past week. Notice that Greengrass can not be described as a conservative.
Here is how it begins:
“GREENGRASS: I’ll tell you one of the most chilling things that I have learned from my experience of looking at terrorism. About 20 years ago the IRA bombed the hotel where the prime minister, Prime Minister Thatcher, and her cabinet were, and about ten people were killed, and Prime Minister Thatcher—who I never agreed with politically in the entirety of her career, but she was our prime minister, and I don’t agree with blowing her up. Luckily she escaped. Later that night, the IRA issued a statement. They said, “Tonight you were lucky. You have to be lucky every time. We only have to be lucky once,” and in that expression is the heart of the mind of the terrorist operation.
“We only have to be lucky once. You have to be lucky every time,” and the truth is we can’t always be lucky.” [emphasis mine]
Rush has posted both interviews—written and audio—on his website: PART I and PART II.
While we're on the subject of terrorism ...
8 Once again, Mark Steyn nails the left's SOP: Celebrate tolerance, or you're dead: if you threaten to kill people often enough, it will be seen as part of your vibrant cultural tradition.
8 Listen to Lech Walesa, who lived with terrorism up close and personal. RAVES FOR LECH'S ROASTING OF THE REDS: THE Reds were on the run at the Metropolitan Club when Lech Walesa addressed members of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation the other night. The former president of Poland drew cheers when he said, "We encouraged [Mikhail] Gorbachev to try to reform Soviet Communism. We were certain that if he pulled one brick out, the structure would collapse. The Communists in Poland were like radishes - red on the outside." The charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner, speaking in Polish, remembered that when Pope John Paul II first visited Poland, "even the commissars and secret police were making the Sign of the Cross. They didn't know the proper wording, so they just counted, 'One, two, three, four ... " The foundation is raising $750,000 to build a monument in Washington to the 100 million victims of Communism and hopes to break ground this summer.
8 Compare the graphics of WW II with today's war.
8 In the meantime, the admitted CIA leaker, Dr. Mary McCarthy (Mary who?), is old news, while that other CIA bitch was celebrating: VALERIE THE TOAST OF TRIBECA.
8 If only more of Hollywood could be like Gary Sinise: Following his second USO tour to Iraq, where he visited with school children, Sinise co-founded Operation Iraqi Children, which provides educational materials to students in Iraq through the generosity of the American people.