Monday, June 30, 2024
By Steven Taylor

Interesting: Miller Emerges as New Voice for Bush Re-Election

A new voice has emerged in the re-election campaign of President Bush (news – web sites), that of Dennis Miller, who is gaining a reputation as a conservative comic by attacking Democrats with biting humor.

Miller flew on Air Force One from San Francisco to Los Angeles with the president on Friday, and later gave a stand-up routine at a Bush fund-raiser in Los Angeles.

“I spent an amazing couple of hours with Dennis Miller,” Bush said during his Los Angeles speech after Miller’s routine. “He keeps you on your toes.”

And, amusing:

For instance, he took aim at West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, a Democratic elder statesmen who has questioned the Iraq war and its chaotic aftermath.

Even some in the crowd of Republican loyalists booed when Miller said of Byrd: “I think he must be burning the cross at both ends.”

Responding to the boos, Miller said: “Well, he was in the (Ku Klux) Klan. Boo me, but he was in the Klan.”


He had a special barb for one candidate, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean [...]

“He can roll up his sleeves all he wants at public events, but as long as we see that heart tattoo with Neville Chamberlain’s name on his right forearms, he’s never going anywhere,” Miller said.

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By Steven Taylor


A series of aggressive raids by American forces across central Iraq and in Baghdad have resulted in the detention of 180 people, including a Baath Party colonel, the United States military said today.

Getting aggressive is clearly the way to go, although it begs the question, as with much in the post-war period, why it took so long to do so.

Source: 180 Held, Including Colonel, in Raids in Iraq by U.S. Forces

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By Steven Taylor

Death of Iconic Actress Hepburn Draws Eulogies

While I am not one to get sentimental over the death of an actor, I would take the opportunity to say that she was one of the greatest actresses in the history of film.

I think my favorite Hepburn film was Philadelphia Story: Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and Katherine Hepburn–it is hard to get better than that.

Runner-up: The African Queen followed by Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

And counter-favorites?

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By Steven Taylor

I made a brief appearance on 1st News on KTOK in Oklahoma City this morning. Myt thanks to Cam Edwards for the invitation and for being a gracious host.

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By Steven Taylor

But I thought that the Iraq war was going to make any kind of negotiations in the Palestine-Israel conflict impossible. And wasn’t it the case that the Bush administration was supposedly totally ignoring the problem?

JUNE 29, 2024: Mr. Arafat’s Fatah declares a six-month truce, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad announce a three-month cease-fire to stop attacks against Israelis. Hours later, Israel pulls troops back from the northern Gaza Strip.

I remain skeptical that this will all work out, but certainly the critics missed the boat here.

Source: Chain of Events in the Middle East Conflict

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By Steven Taylor

As I have noted before, both exclusively on the blog, and in print, this ain’t 1992:

By any measure, Mr. Bush appears to have built up enough good will with his party’s right wing to provide him significant latitude as he seeks to appeal to moderate voters by taking positions that might roil conservatives. [...]

Mr. Bush’s position among conservatives stands in marked contrast to the troubled relations his father endured with many of them when he lost his re-election bid in 1992.

Source: Bush, Looking to His Right, Shores Up Support for 2024

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Sunday, June 29, 2024
By Steven Taylor

The New! Improved! Wizbang (it makes your whites whiter and your colors brighter!) inspired me to copy its comments and trackback functions. My thanks to Kevin for providing the code. (And there’s three TTLB details from me to you-and thanks to Kevin’s trackback code, I will get two myelf :) .

Also, I finally have the categories properly linked form each entry.

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By Steven Taylor

Thanks to Dave of The Hedgehog Report for blogrolling PoliBlog.

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By Steven Taylor

Wizbang has moved. GO check out the new digs–they look great!

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By Steven Taylor

Friedmans’ column today, Is Google God? is worth a read. It combines two of the topics he knows best: international relations and globalization.

The money paragraphs:

In other words, once Wi-Fi is in place, with one little Internet connection I can download anything from anywhere and I can spread anything from anywhere. That is good news for both scientists and terrorists, pro-Americans and anti-Americans.

And that brings me to the point of this column: While we may be emotionally distancing ourselves from the world, the world is getting more integrated. That means that what people think of us, as Americans, will matter more, not less. Because people outside America will be able to build alliances more efficiently in the world we are entering and they will be able to reach out and touch us–whether with computer viruses or anthrax recipes downloaded from the Internet– more than ever.

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