Yes sir, you can depend on Rep. Henry Waxman to get to the bottom of things. The California Democrat has his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sniffing around Vice President Richard Chaney’s office for proof that liberal hatred of the man is warranted.
You all may remember Will Ferrell’s wildly popular Funny or DieLandlord sketch from a few months ago, in which he was hilariously berated by his landlord Pearl, who is played by a toddler. Well, the two are back, reprising their roles in a video called Good Cop, Baby Cop - which is equally funny. Sadly, according to the video, this will be Pearl’s “final comedic performance.”
Republican Rep. Bob Inglis’ fourth congressional district in South Carolina features a significant investment from BMW — the huge Zentrum factory in Spartanburg, where 4500 workers produce more than 100,000 BMW vehicles a year.
In 1914 the developed world exported manufactured goods to the undeveloped world (much of which the developed world had sovereignty over) and imported mostly raw materials and agricultural products in exchange. The United States by that time had become a major exporter of manufactured goods while remaining a major exporter of raw materials (such as petroleum and copper) and agricultural products (such as cotton and wheat). As has so often been the case in recent economic history, the United States had the best of both worlds. For a history of American foreign trade see here.
Like most one-note hysterics Gore Vidal, 81, spends a large part of his days in a snit. His latest hissyfit concerns a play entitled Terre Haute, which recently completed a run in England. It concerns the relationship of a homosexual writer, evidently not unlike Vidal, and a killer evidently not unlike Timothy McVeigh.
An annual accounting of Prince Charles’s households - printed on recycled paper in vegetable-based ink – finds that he has cut his annual carbon emissions by nine percent, to 3,775 tons, between April 1, 2006 and March 31 of this year. He achieved this historical feat by cutting back on helicopter jaunts and converting his Jag and Landie to run on used cooking oil, reportsThe Associated Press. The prince offset the other 91 percent of emissions created by his households - the Highgrove estate in western England, Clarence House in London and Birkhall in Scotland - by investing $60,000, in an agency that promotes tree planting and sustainable energy projects, meaning that his royal lifestyle is now “carbon-neutral.”
“It was bad that Daniel Pearl got killed, but …” So was the phrase that caught my attention like nothing else at the CAIR-sponsored screening of “A Mighty Heart,” and shaped my Los Angeles Daily News column today:
I must confess at the outset that “A Mighty Heart” was not as egregious as I imagined it would be. Considering its star and producer, I thought it would be more confused than it is about who the good and bad guys are. After all, Angelina Jolie has been a toady for the UN for several years and can’t get enough of third world outposts or their orphans. Brad Pitt, the biological and adoptive father of her assorted children, seems eager to be on board when playing the portentous game of celebrity foreign policy. Yet the movie displays a modicum of honesty regarding the matter of Daniel Pearl’s Jewishness and the ruthlessness of his killers’ intentions.
It is no secret the overwhelming majority of ordinary Americans are against the legalization of 12-20 million illegal aliens–no matter what you call it. Yet in direct defiance of that majority, Congress seems poised to thumb their noses at the electorate. Why?
With the Brownback, Giuliani and McCain campaigns in rapid succession apologizing for, and disassociating themselves from, anti-Mormon comments or talking points, The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund suggests “ground rules” for discussing Mitt Romney’s beliefs:
One definition of injustice is grossly disproportionate punishment. You don’t put people into prison for a year because they jay-walked. So what do we make of Virginia’s new “civil remedial fines” that slam ordinary motorists with thousand-dollar fines (payable in “three easy installments”) for relatively minor traffic violations?
To be an adult is to be damaged, to drag your past after you, a source of both power and weakness. True, most adults were not damaged by falling into a vat of chemicals or stepping in front of a beam of zeta energy, as were characters in Soon I Will Be Invincible, Austin Grossman’s wry debut novel of superheroes and arch villains, which artfully marries the hassle and disappointment of everyday life with the nuts-and-bolts business of trying to take over — or save — the world.
Let’s drum up support for Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Roman Catholic priest and editor of a pro-democracy publication in Vietnam who was recently sentenced to eight years in prison (and not the first time he’s sat behind bars for the cause of freedom).
Fortune Magazine says Hillary Clinton and other Democrats are scooping up early endorsements from CEOs, sending a signal to Big Business that when it comes to “Clinton Inc” and Dems in general that it’s “okay to swim here.” But for all Fortune’s writer (Nina Easton) may know about business, she doesn’t seem to know much about politics.
I’m trying to find news reports from late December, when Ahmadinejad held that Holocaust denial conference in Tehran. Specifically, I can’t seem to find any titled something like “Bosnia Condemns Iranian Holocaust Denial Meeting,” or “Albania Condemns Iranian Holocaust Denial Meeting,” or “Kosovo Condemns Holocaust Denial Meeting”. All I could come up with was this useless thing:
China last week became the world’s biggest air polluter, according to a Dutch government-funded environmental watchdog. The People’s Republic now out-belches the United States as the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases - two years ahead of predictions.
Disclosure: I figure any time I write about the presidential campaign, especially on the GOP side, I should note that my employer is on the web team for Fred Thompson’s “testing the waters” committee — and that all observations here are my own.
Defenders of print media against the onslaught of blogs frequently make this point: There would be no political or opinion-based blogs were it not for newspapers. Blogs would have nothing to write about if they couldn’t get news or targets from newspapers. A single issue of the Washington Post shows that the opposite might actually be true.
The timing of this is particularly unsettling, as we’ve all just been reminded of the Daniel Pearl kidnapping and beheading in the movie “A Mighty Heart”: After more than 100 days in captivity in Gaza, the al-Qaida linked group holding BBC correspondent Alan Johnston has released a video titled “Alan’s Appeal.” Johnston appears to be wearing a suicide bomb belt in the video:
Paris Hilton is due to be released at any time, and after her come-to-Jesus moment of twentysomething harrowing days behind bars (likely laughing at Rocky Delgadillo the whole way) she’s determined to do something positive with her life. (After she throws down at Caesar’s Palace with Jell-O shots and scantily-clad men, that is.) I thought that’s what “The Simple Life” was, but apparently she’s thinking more along the lines of helping kids with cancer or something like that. I, however, believe she could do a great service by starting a mugshot makeover service. Harvey Levin might have fewer damning pictures to run, but celebrity troublemakers everywhere would be eternally grateful:
After reading my last post on Russian dissident and former Soviet chess champion Garry Kasparov, my friend Thinking Man commented that the reality Kasparov discussed–Putin’s power grab–is “not exactly news.” What is news, however, is the extent of it, if Kasparov is to be believed. Sure, we in the West know that Putin has been throwing his weight around and violating civil liberties. But I for one was surprised to hear how far-reaching, according to Kasparov, the repression.