Wednesday, December 31, 2003Tax-dodging, pot smoking, Willie Nelson has hitched on to the powerful freight train that is the Kucinich campaign by penning the new smash hit "What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth?" Besides being a poorly written "a b rhyme" song, it is very naive in it's nature. Allow me to engage Mr. Nelson.
There's so many things going on in the world
Astute observation. Neither thing is new.
How much oil is one human life worth
And what ever happened to peace on earth
When was there peace on Earth?
We believe everything that they tell us
What have you been reading? Do you mean to say that this administration goes uncontested?
They're gonna' kill us
So we gotta' kill them first
Do you disagree?
But I remember a commandment
Thou shall not kill
The proper translation is "Thou shall not murder". Killing is not murder if it is just.
How much is that soldiers life worth
A soldiers life is as important as the freedom they protect, and the reasons they fight. So in this case, our soldiers are worth more than we can imagine, theirs, not so much. I hope Willie doesn't mean to say that the worth of a solder's life is diminished when they die in combat. I would say it increases, as long as that death was not in vein. History will decide whether or not this particular war was in vain.
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we've been told from our birth
The bewildered herd? He must be watching the democratic debates.
Hell they won't lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth
So I guess it's just
Do unto others before they do it to you
Let's just kill em' all and let God sort em' out
Is this what God wants us to do
Actually, Yes. I believe that is what God wants us to do.
Now you probably won't hear this on your radio
Unless you listen to NPR.
Probably not on your local TV
Local, no. CNN, yes.
But if there's a time, and if you're ever so inclined
You can always hear it from me
Good to know
But don't confuse caring for weakness
You can't put that label on me
The truth is my weapon of mass protection
And I believe truth sets you free
What truths does Willie's song reveal? If he knows the secret, then why doesn't he share it with the "bewildered herd"?
Tuesday, December 30, 2003A few quotables via AZCentral:
"If we had strong leadership in the Democratic Party, they would be calling those other candidates and saying, 'Hey look, somebody's going to have to win here.'"
- Howard Dean to The New York Times
"That struck me as outrageous coming from Howard Dean, who launched the first negative ads of the campaign who has repeatedly and divisively attacked the Democratic Party, other Democratic candidates and the Democratic leadership."
- Sen. Joseph Lieberman, responding to Dean
"They are beginning to really gouge this guy. Look at Howard Dean and, as a Republican, think about the advertising we're going to run."
- Republican pollster Bill McInturff on Democrats' attacks on Howard Dean
"Our Western intellectuals are sheltered orchids who are naïve about the world beyond their upscale hothouses."
- Victor Davis Hanson in National Review
Not that anyone asked, but here are my predictions:
-Lileks is offered a syndicated radio show, taking over most of Hugh's stations and leaving the old man doomed to low-signal, pre-recorded overnights.
-Frater's will secure it's rightful spot among the blogosphere elite.
-My readership will grow to two.
-Arizona will give illegal immigrants drivers licenses. They will still fail to buy insurance and continue to wreck cars and get off scott-free.
-Fox will unleash Simple Life 2, featuring Bill and Hillary Clinton. They will be forced to be around normal people for a week...wearing lie detectors...no make-up...the cameras don't get turned off...no script...they have to do real work...no stealing...and when the week's over, they can't blame their replacements for the dirt found swept under the carpet.
-960 The Patriot in Phoenix will finally have ratings success(providing that my first prediction comes true).
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger announces his intention to run for California governor on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." It says everything about the incestuous alliance between politics and entertainment that something this staged would become a worldwide event, launch a candidacy and, ultimately, result in triumph.
What I find more incestuous is the relationship between journalism and entertainment. It contributes to the dumbing down of America(Fox News is a guilty as anyone), which contrary to popular opinion benefits democrats more than it does republicans. Read today's bleat. The dumber Americans gets, the easier it is to convince them they are smart, convince them that they are educated. Then democrats can stir the pot saying outrageous things that appeal to man's natural tendency to think the worst. Lies are then passed on as fact. Which equals more donations for Dean.
6. Under pressure, CBS decides to bag the miniseries "The Reagans." Oh sure, it must have been purely a creative decision, because the film went on to air on Showtime and wound up landing a pair of Golden Globe nominations. Not a sterling moment in the annals of artistic freedom.
Artistic freedom? Artistic freedom is Hillary Clinton's airbrushed photo on the front of Living History. Artistic freedom applies to art. Artistic freedom is an artistic representation of the truth. Artistic expression is not an assault on common sense. Artistic expression is not slanderously making one of the most loved and respected men of our time look like a homophobic, racist, evil, bumbling idiot.
Monday, December 29, 2003I just got done reading a column from USA Today's Ken Barnes rating this years ten worst and ten best songs. You would think that this would be a pretty hard topic to inject liberal bias into. Wrong.
From the best list:
5. R.E.M., "Bad Day." Resembles "It's the End of the World as We Know It", but Stipe and Co. are far from feeling fine, venting some spleen about the current administration.
9. Black Eyed Peas, "Where Is the Love." Where R.E.M.'s message was restricted to marginal radio formats, the Peas earn points for putting their politics on pop stations, hitting No. 1 with a song that disses the CIA in the first verse.
From the worst list:
3. Darryl Worley, "Have You Forgotten." Hard to forget a song that asserts the Iraq war was a logical reaction to 911. Country jingoism at its most dangerously moronic.
Now, I'm no fan of Darryl Worley's music, but I agree wholeheartedly with his sentiments. Mr. Barnes obviously isn't against political music, he is just against politics he doesn't agree with in music. Lyrics like "Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends/Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother/A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover/The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug" are okay, but Worley's representation of the majority's view is "dangerously moronic"???
Judge for yourself.
Where is the Love?-Black Eyed Peas
Bad Day-R.E.M. (If you can understand it)
Have You Forgotten?-Darryl Worley
"Startling new Army statistics show that strife-torn Baghdad - considered the most dangerous city in the world - now has a lower murder rate than New York."
And to make it clear for Mr. Franken, THIS IS PER CAPITA. So, not only is Iraq a relatively safe place for our soldiers, but it is vastly more safe for Iraqis than it has been in our lifetime.
Friday, December 26, 2003"I've resisted pronouncing a sentence before guilt is found," (Howard) Dean said. "I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials. So I'm sure that is the correct sentiment of most Americans, but I do think if you're running for president, or if you are president, it's best to say that the full range of penalties should be available. But it's not so great to prejudge the judicial system."-Concord Monitor
It's done. He's a nut. What a kick in the stomach to Americans, a slap in the face to those who lost someone on 9/11, a big load of flu-infested snot spat upon the graves of those who were murdered by cowards, admittedly on the orders of one of the biggest cowards of our time, Osama Bin Laden.
We are living in a society that is quicker to damn Michael Jackson and Kobe Bryant than they are to condemn vicious murderers. Let's get this "old-fashioned" trial going, I'm a witness, as is everyone with a TV who has the images of 9/11 engraved in their heads permanently. If the defendant doesn't want to show up for trial--screw him--we have his comments. It would be a lot more efficient. We find him. Last meal. Aim for the center of the uni-brow. Dead. Done.
Dean is dangerous, Osama is guilty. Plain. Simple.
This is neither here nor there, but I thought it was interesting that at the WWE Christmas in Baghdad(I don't usually watch wrestling, I promise) a lot of the troops had pro-bush signs. The WWE may be biased, but I didn't see any pro-Dean, pro-Kerry, pro-dem signs. I saw "Osama is next" signs, but no "bring us home" signs. Interesting.
Monday, December 22, 2003The Boston Globe has some good points regarding General Clark's credibility.
"I'll beat the sh** out of them."
- Gen. Wesley Clark to a reporter when asked what he'd do if his opponents attacked his patriotism
"This administration didn't have the heart to put the effort and the innovation and the ingenuity into fighting terror," Clark said. Clark said he "wouldn't have been afraid to try" to kill Al Qaeda's leader, Bin Laden, had he been President in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.
-New York Daily News
Friday, December 19, 2003Not really a watcher of daytime television, I found myself at home in the middle of the day with nothing to do. So, I turn on the TV to see that Good Day Live has Hillary Clinton as a guest. It was the most awkward thing ever. She was sitting on some sort of a thrown with nine female, teenage foster children standing perfectly around her. It was like a big liberal Christmas card. At the appropriate time, one of the girls thanked Mrs. Clinton and handed her a bouquet of beautiful roses with a card that read something to the effect of "here is a bouquet, as diverse as all of us."
Her highness went on to say that there should be a country wide 311 number, so you could just dial 311 and say "give me a foster kid." As if looking in the phone book is too hard. When asked about her political aspirations she said "all that matters is that we retire this president." Please tell me this lady will never be president. I have too much faith in this country for that.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003Must see.
Tuesday, December 16, 2003IF MARIO Cuomo ruled the world, even Saddam Hussein would be spared the death penalty. He told WVOX radio's William O'Shaughnessy yesterday: "Either you believe in taking the life of someone who is a killer and who by every human instinct and propensity deserves to lose his life because he took so many lives . . . either you share that instinct or you don't. I don't believe in that." The ex-Gov went on, "There would be no exception to the rule whether the person was a Saddam Hussein or an Adolf Hitler."-Page Six
The so called "hornet's nest" we were warned about two years ago turned out to be a hive of honey bees, small stings here and there. America has not been attacked on our soil since 9/11. Iraq has been liberated. The rape-rooms are no more. The left has lost a generation.
Valley talk show host Tom Liddy(G. Gordon's son) has the right idea and is thinking about the future, not muddying the waters of thought with dishonest rhetoric.
Monday, December 15, 2003I thought Lileks was taking a break? It walks like a bleat, talks like a bleat...must be a bleat.
- Jennifer Loven, the Associated Press
Nothing has silenced democratic rivals yet. Why should we have expected this to do it?
"Let me be clear: My position on the war has not changed.
The difficulties and tragedies we have faced in Iraq show that the administration launched the war in the wrong way, at the wrong time, with inadequate planning, insufficient help, and at unbelievable cost. An administration prepared to work with others in true partnership might have been able, if it found no alternative to Saddam's ouster, to then rebuild Iraq with far less cost and risk."
(Saddam's arrest)is all the more reason this war should come to an immediate end"
Blah blah blah blah "I hope President Bush will use this opportunity to chart a course in Iraq that will bring in our allies in a meaningful way to achieve a democratic and peaceful Iraq." Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.
Joe Lieberman and Dick Gephardt said the only things I've heard from a democratic candidate that makes sense:
"If Howard Dean had his way, Saddam Hussein would still be in power today, not in prison, and the world would be a more dangerous place. I consistently supported Saddam's removal for the past decade, and am prepared to do what it takes to win the war on terrorism at home and abroad."
Sorry for being Mr. Obvious, but a lot more people seem to be for the war now that there is a clear winner.
- The Guardian
Then why the hell didn't we kill him?
I'm waiting for the NBC TV Movie about the capture, to be followed by Saddam's auto-biography. He'll probably get off with some sort of probation, move to France, go on book tours through Germany with Michael Moore, and unseat Castro as the left's best friend. Stranger things have happened.
Friday, December 12, 2003It's funny that Hugh has a post about how radio works, when for about twenty minutes yesterday it didn't.
Thursday, December 11, 2003I made a big mistake this morning. I accidentally stumbled over a Ricardo O. Pimental Article? What was Ricky up to today? Defending the public use of the F word by a presidential candidate.
Oh, grow up. Let ye who have not cursed, f-word or not, cast the first stone.
Grown ups can express they're opinions about something without resorting to crassness.
1. It will be worth your while to read the entire interview. 2. It's more than a bit hypocritical to damn a guy (oops, is damn a curse word?) who uses a word in public that is so prevalently used in private. 3. Truth is a defense.
Essentially, every interview is part of one big job application process. Candidates want to be hired by the American public. No matter how much I say the F word in private, I would not say it in a job interview. Prager makes a good comparison, I urinate in private and it is perfectly normal, I think it might get a little bit of a reaction if I urinated in public.
Yes, there is a line we generally shouldn't cross. Popular culture is crass enough without contributing to it.
It's just that we're way past the point where anyone should get too excited about that word slipping into speech these days, accidentally or on purpose. In any case, I suspect the word is not unknown to the readers of Rolling Stone.
Taking the cant beat 'em join 'em approach isn't the way to deal with the lack of class in pop culture. There is no defense for a presidential candidate cursing in an interview.
In his head Pimental knows he's full of it. He just thinks he's smart enough to convince everyone else that he isn't. His arrogance shines through with every word he types. He's so dedicated to the far left, that he is blind to the kind of self-evaluation and soul-searching that makes a political party, and a person for that matter, able to remain sane.
Wednesday, December 10, 2003Hey, who's been going through my cd's?
Liberals have always claimed that America went to war for profit, whether for oil companies or for Haliburton, but now true colors are showing and who is it that wants to profit off of the war? The EU and their friends in Canada.
You fought not for the freedom of an opressed people, but for the freedom of evil, you cowered in the face of danger. You get NOTHING. Good day...I SAID GOOD-DAY.
Mr. Hewitt has three very valuable hours of airtime a day. With an election year on the horizon, and (dripping sarcasm to follow) the very formidable opposition readying for an attack, the importance of the media in the coming years can't be stressed enough. If Hugh passed the torch to a younger, hipper conservative voice we could secure the election and wouldn't have to worry about long-shot democratic candidates. Hugh, it's been a good run, but for the sake of your pride, and the future of your country, I beg you, step aside.
Tuesday, December 09, 2003These nutty ideas brought to you by Dean For America.
The irresponsibility we have been seeing in the press is unbelievable. From the "# killed since the end of war" comments to the riots--against Saddam NOT the USA--that were blown out of proportion, it is sickening. How about highlighting some of the lives that were saved? Or for some real tragedy TV, why not take an in-depth look into the lives of some of the 300,000 victims who are buried in mass graves in Iraq. Find out what their crimes were. Talk to their children, who were left as orphans at the hands of a tyrannical bastard.
Monday, December 08, 2003Who would have known there are actually Hugh Hewitt zealots? The following is a not-so-random sampling of comments I have received since joining the Coalition of the Swilling:
"Hugh Hewitt must be stopped? You sound like the Libs...er...."Progressives", who seem to think that because there is one news channel (Fox) that makes them uncomfortable, that it amounts to domination of the media."
"I almost got carried away and resorted to name calling by referring to you as a weasel, but that would be an insult to a very clever and nasty animal that fends for itself."
"Suggestion: go get some backbone and compete!"
"Hugh Hewitt is the most refreshing voice on the radio today. If he does half as much for the blogosphere as he has done for radio, you're better off with him in control."
"Although he(Hugh) has very little intelligence when it comes to sports, he could take you and all the rest of them in a battle of wits ANYTIME."
These poor souls have been sold a lie. Join up and fight the good fight, because who knows? Someday these comments could be coming from someone you love, I pray it doesn't come to that.
Yo Yo J-A-Y, I flow sick
F*** all y'all haters blow d***
I spits the game for those that throw bricks
Money cash hoes money cash chicks what
Sex murder and mayhem romance for the street
Only wife of mines is a life of crime
And since, life's a bitch in mini-skirts and big chests
Russell Simmons, who makes millions off of sex, drugs, and violence and calls it art, also weighed in saying, "What you have to realize is that it's a cultural step, not only a political step. It's in style to be at the rallies." See that? He's admitting that it is in style to be at rallies! The people who attend are there to see Jay-Z, not because they're concerned with the war or the environment.
I think it is a musician's right to make whatever music they want, but if they are going to glorify crime, why should their opinions matter? They don't. I agree that everyone in America should have a voice, but they sold their voices for platinum sales. Stick to party anthems and leave politics to people who care about issues, not just find them "in style".
I can't even count the irresponsible things said in this article, including the insinuation that the death of Mario Madrigal was police brutality, despite the fact that a thorough investigation has been conducted and this theory has been proven wrong beyond a shadow of a doubt. Not only did all the "journalists" who cryed foul not apologize for running with the Madrgals' lies, they continue to perpetuate them. I'm sure the student who wrote this will be a perfect fit at The Republic someday.
Sunday, December 07, 2003Last night, I rushed home from seeing Elf to try and catch the last couple minutes of SNL with guest host Al Sharpton. I have two observations; 1.Pink--the musical guest--scares me. 2. Al Sharpton must be a truth-telling man because he sure can' t act. Okay, one more observation; Sharpton can never be funnier than when he's denying that it was him on that video buying crack.
In other very important news, I am now a member of W.A.S.B.. I guess I should probably be sour about that, but it got me a link.
1. She's hot.
2. She has an imaginary Boston Terrier named Snuggles.
3. When idiot classmates at ASU talk Kucinich like about Bush's environtmental plan, her respone is, "maybe it's 'cause spotted owls can't live in a ball flames.
Friday, December 05, 2003Prager Warned Us.
An editorial in The Republic today that starts off innocently enough--women should respect themselves, less sexual exploitation, etc.--but the column takes a turn for the worse when breast-feeding is brought into the picture. This particular article goes beyond the obligatory "breast is best" talk, it goes so far as to say that Hugh Hefner created the sexuality of breasts. How does something like this belong in a major newspaper?
Thursday, December 04, 2003Throwing Down the Gauntlet
Long ago, two years to be exact, I gained the right to vote. To prepare myself for this duty, I turned to the radio for some education. I was guided though the world of politics by a seemingly nice, intelligent, quick-witted talk show host. It was a great time in my life. I left my childish views of entitlement and pacifism behind and drank from the cup of conservatism. However, the talk show host I once looked upon as a role-model, Hugh Hewitt, has revealed himself to be nothing less than a tyrant.
Over the last few months I have witnessed an enormous change in the Blogosphere. Hewitt is drunk with power, blinded by senility, and needs to be stopped. Just as we are dealing with un-elected judges in the supreme court, so are we under a tyrannical rule at the hands of the Lord High Chamberlin of the Blogosphere, Hugh Hewitt. Although being in Arizona I am outside of his jurisdiction, I fear he will soon find a way to take other territories into his control. I for one will not stand idly by and let one man ruin the freest form of expression in our time, blogging.
I am asking my fellow bloggers, from the avant-garde(Fraters), to the novice, please stand strong at this important time in history. The freedom of our forum is at stake. If California can get rid of their Grey menace, surely we can get rid of our gray-haired pest.
Tuesday, December 02, 2003Hating George Bush, and loving it.
By Wesley Pruden
Gen. Clark will be welcome change
Dec. 2, 2003 12:00 AM
Bill Lambert of Phoenix has it all wrong ("If Clark is elected, duck," Letters, Saturday).
If retired Gen. Wesley Clark is elected, we will soon see what a great country America again will become. We will regain the trust and respect that the world once had for us.
Kosovo shows us that Clark is not only a great diplomat, but knows how to win a war with no American lives lost. And now, because of Clark's actions, a horrible dictator is being tried for the crimes he committed against his own people.
I welcome Gen. Clark as my next president. - Maryanne Bickford, Sun City
Your kidding, right?
Speech clearly not written by Bush
Dec. 2, 2003 12:00 AM
The "greatest speech of the George W. Bush presidency," reprinted in Sunday's Viewpoints section, was obviously not written by the president. It contains at least two complete, grammatically correct sentences in a row.
The greatest speech of his presidency will occur next year when he says, "I concede the election." - Douglas Durant, Phoenix
I can appreciate a dreamer. I think some pretty nutty things myself sometimes. I tend to keep my fantasies along the lines of the standard "I'm going to be a kick-ass rock star" variety. This guy is just plain crazy. He may just hear that Bush concession speech, from his optimism for a dem winning in '04 you kinda get the feeling he hears all kind of things that don't really happen. STOP THE VOICES!