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Colts versus Giants. Manning versus Manning. And Eli as the winning QB and game MVP.
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Colts versus Giants. Manning versus Manning. And Eli as the winning QB and game MVP.
Over the next couple of months, there will be extended discussions of COPE INDIA, the annual exercise between the U.S Air Force and its Indian counterpart.
The Beltway Set spent most of 2005 fixated on the Valerie Plame affair, and the question of whether White House aides broke the law by divulging her status as a CIA operative.
You've got to love The New York Times, and their eternal search for dark lining in every silver cloud when a Republican is in the White House.
California Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham resigned from Congress this afternoon, after pleading guity to accepting more than $2 million in bribes from a defense contractor and other conspirators.
From California, there's word that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to hear the clemency appeal of convicted murderer (and Crips gang founder) Stanley, "Tookie" Williams. Entertaining Williams's appeal is bad enough; to my knowledge, the gang leader has never formally apologized for the murders who landed him on death row, and his organization remains a viable (and vicious) criminal enterprise. Making matters worse, Schwarzenegger reportedly based his decision (in part) on the lobbying efforts of rapper Snoop Dogg.
The "Summer of Cindy" is apparently morphing into a Winter of Discontent for the nation's most famous anti-war activist. Fresh from her recent appearance at the National Press Club (where less tha a dozen journalists showed up), Ms. Sheehan launched her book tour in Crawford, Texas over the weekend. Once again, the response was underwhelming.
When a flashing "X" appeared over Vice-President Cheney's face on CNN last week, the network quickly dismissed it as a technical error. Like many in the blogosphere, I had my doubts and encouraged CNN to conduct an outside inquiry.
As the U.S. tries to finalize an agreement on North Korea's nuclear program, there is a grim reminder that we need to engage the DPRK on other matters as well.
Jim Dunnigan at Strategy Page has an interesting item on the Serb air defense commander who shot down a U.S. F-117 during Operation Allied Force. As he notes, the initiative of an individual commander, coupled with the right tactics, came sometimes overcome an opponent's technological superiority.
While some U.S. officials are downplaying the possibility that terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed over the weekend, that possibility hasn't been ruled out. It appears that Army forensic experts have been busy scraping body fragments from that house in Mosul (where sevreal terrorists blew themselves up), collecting DNA for comparison with Zarqawi family members in Jordan. You may recall that the Zarqawi family officially "disowned" their most infamous member after ther recent homicide bombings in Jordan. If Zarqawi is, in fact, among the dead, I'm guessing that there won't be much sorrow among his relatives.
CNN has reportedly launched an internal inquiry into how a flashing "X" appeared over Vice President Cheney's face during a televised speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Monday. The X appeared only on CNN, and clearly originated in the network's control room
From Vienna comes the disturbing news that the U.S. and its European allies have decided against referring Iran (and its nuclear development program) to the U.N. Security Council, at least for now.
It's been a while, and an alert reader noticed that I haven't passed out any "Idiot of the Day" awards in some time. I certainly didn't forget about the awards, and there hasn't been a shortage of potential recipients. Between the MSM and Democratic politicians, there is a veritable cornucopia of possibly candidates. However, the blog has been focused on other matters, leaving the idiots to their own devices. Until now.
Ralph Peters made his reputation as one of the most original thinkers in the U.S. Army. Predictably, some of his ideas aggravated the brass, so he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Today, Peters is an author and a military analyst for the New York Post. In a column published today,Peters looks at the Democrats "surrender" strategy and its deadly consequences.
...And courtesy of the Washington Post, not Burger King. According to the WaPo, two former detainees claim that U.S. troops used wild beasts as part of a process of torture and degredation.
According to the AP, Iran now has its first spy satellite. Officially, the Sina-1 satellite was supposedly designed for peaceful purposes. But only a month after it was launched--and weeks after Iran's president said Israel should be wiped off the map--the head of Tehran's space program said Sina-1 is capable of spying on the Jewish state.
You've heard it countless times before, in newspaper editorials and on Sunday morning TV talk shows: the poor and uneducated are over- represented in the U.S. miltary, and have suffered most of the casualties in Iraq. You might have also noticed that liberal pundits never offer any data to back up those assertions.
I'm on the road again this week, so my blogging opportunities are limited. Here are a few headlines that have caught my eye over the past couple of days.
..by Reuel Marc Gerecht, in the WSJ's Opinion Journal section. A former CIA case officer, Mr. Gerecht notes that the agency has always been dangerously sloppy in providing cover for its agents overseas. In fact, "The Company" is so bad that most agents are identified within weeks of their arrival, with sometimes deadly consequences for the locals they recruit as spies.
Earlier this week, Congressional Republicans demanded an investigation into the recent leak of classified information about secret CIA terrorist jails around the world. Now, according to The Hill, the GOP's public call for an inquiry was almost derailed by a premature leak.
Disgraced CBS News producer Mary Mapes is slithering around the country, trying to sell copies of her account of the Rathergate scandal. As we noted previously, Ms. Mapes still stands by her forgery...er, reporting. In recent TV interviews she tries make the case that the memos on President Bush's ANG service "meshed" with other accounts of that period.
Michael Barone--for my money, the nation's best political pundit--has been analyzing results of Tuesday's elections around the country. He calls the Virginia and New Jersey governors races a wash, and I tend to agree. The victorious Democratic candidates in each state (Tim Kaine in Virginia, Jon Corzine in New Jersey) won about the same percentage of votes as their predecessors in 2001. However, Barone sees some troubling results in Northern Virginia and Richmond-area suburbs (once solidly Republican or leaning toward the GOP) that fell into the Kaine column on Tuesday.
After almost two weeks of rioting and unrest that has spread across his country, French President Jacques Chirac has hit upon a solution--curfews! According to the AP, Chirac has finally declared a national State of Emergency, paving the way for local officials to implement curfews in affected areas for the next 12 days.
It's always interesting to watch themes develop in media coverage of any breaking news event. Last night's deadly tornado that swept across Southwest Indiana is no exception. During the hours that followed the killer storm, most major media outlets (including our friends at Reuters) reported that the tornado was unexpected, and struck with very little warning.
The blogosphere can be best divided into the "big blogs" (those with a large audience), and "little blogs" (including this one), that are still carving out their niche. Powerline definitely falls into the former category; with its coverage of the Rathergate scandal (and designation of "Blog of the Year" by Time magazine), the efforts of John Hinderaker, Scott Johnson and Paul Mirengoff have made them superstars of the blogosphere.
Lest we forget (and apparently, many of us have), today is the 25th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's victory over Jimmy Carter in the 1980 Presidential Election. Reagan's victory marked the start of the modern conservative revolution that triggered (among other things), the largest peace time economic expansion in our nation's history and the end of the Soviet Union.
The White House has released the annual list of recipients for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. This year's honorees will recieve their awards next Wednesday, in a ceremony at the White House. Among those being recognized for their achievements are Jack Nicklaus, Carol Burnett, Muhammad Ali, retired Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, radio newscaster Paul Harvey and Andy Griffith.
I doubt that Francis Fukuyama would describe himself as a prophet. However, he has few peers as an observer of the international scene, and the underlying political, social and economic factors that shape world events.
That's the question that Newsweek's Jonathan Alter asks breathlessly in his latest column.
It's always tempting (and a bit ironic), to refer to the radical left as Nazis. But if you examine their information management technqiues, you'll see that the Moonbat Brigade are skilled practitioners of the "Big Lie," the propaganda method perfected by Hitler's mouthpiece, Dr. Joseph Goebbels. According to the Big Lie theory, a falsehood repeated often enough is eventually accepted as the truth.
Bin Laden's operatives in Iraq are claiming credit for the recent downing of a Marine Corps Super Cobra attack helicopter in Ramadi, which killed the two-man crew.
In some respects, the Valerie Plame affair is really just a skirmish in a long-running war between the Bush Administration and the CIA. Elements within the agency, long-opposed to White House policies in the War on Terror, have waged a guerilla campaign of anonmyous criticism and carefully designed leaks, all intended to embarass the administration, and cast doubts on our policies in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.
...from the "Opinion Journal" section of today's WSJ:
In today's Los Angeles Times, Max Boot does a workman-like job of highlighting the real liar in the Valerie Plame affair--and he doesn't work for the Bush White House. Unfortunately, Boot is an op-ed columnist for the paper; you'll never see the same sort of coverage of Joe Wilson--and his lies--in the news section of the Times, or any other MSM outlet.
Veteran actor Lloyd Bochner died earlier this week at his home in California, after a battle with cancer. He was 81.
At one time, disgraced journalists generally fell into one of two categories. Some, like Janet Cooke of the Washington Post, faded quickly into obscurity, and were effectively barred from the profession. At one point in the mid-1990s, Ms. Cooke was working as a minimum-wage sales clerk in a department store in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Some reporters viewed her meager existence as fitting punishment for a woman whose fabricated story of an 8-year-old heroin addict forced the Post the return a Pulitzer in 1981.
Those are the words of Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, in describing the responsibility Americans have to prepare themselves--and their families--for a natural disaster. Chertoff made the comment Monday, in an interview with the Associated Press.