Tuesday, August 31, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

I would give the speech an “A”.

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By Steven L. Taylor

The Governator Speaks:

  • Nice start–amusing and patriotic.
  • As my wife just noted: the Republicans do patriotic better than the Democrats do.
  • I wonder when the last time Nixon was mentioned from the podium at a Republican convention?
  • You have to love the optimism.
  • He is certainly quite enthusiastic.
  • The “If…then you are a Republican” but is quite clever.
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By Steven L. Taylor

George Will is rightly continuing to criticize the current state of campaign finance “reform” and the way politicians seem to look at it:

But the political class wants them silenced — “outlawed,” Bush says — because it considers the political process its private property. And Bush, adopting the cringing posture so prevalent in today’s scramble to be seen as a victim, says, “I understand how Senator Kerry feels — I’ve been attacked by 527s too.” Oh, well, then.


Few voters care about questions of political process. That is why the political class feels free to act with scandalous impunity, as in this Bush-Kerry collaboration to silence what the political class persistently calls “outside groups.” A question: Outside of what?


Hat tip: Robert Tagorda.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Robert Tagorda ponders Turmoil at Camp Kerry?.

This isn’t the first time Kerry has retooled–of course, last time I thought it meant he was done, so I shan’t make that mistake this time. Regardless, it isn’t good to be doing this kind of thing right before Labor Day.

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NFL – Calico sprains both knees on one play

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No Sharona — Actress Exits USA’s ‘Monk’

The hit USA Network series “Monk” is losing Bitty Schram, the Golden Globe-nominated sidekick to series star Tony Shalhoub.

Schram will not return as Sharona, nurse and assistant to Shalhoub’s obsessive-compulsive detective, when the show resumes the second half of its third season in January.

“‘Monk’ has decided to go in a different creative direction with some of its characters,” a USA spokesman said. “Bitty will not continue with the cast and we thank her for her notable contributions and wish her the very best.”

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20 Arrested in Anti-GOP Demonstrations

Protesters in pig snouts grunted and rolled in bogus $100 bills featuring a sneering Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday as part of a day of civil disobedience aimed at deflating Republicans in town to celebrate their party’s presidential ticket.

Outside the hotel where Texas Republicans were staying, about two dozen protesters calling themselves employees of “Hallibacon” chanted: “We love money. We love war. We love Cheney even more.”

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By Steven L. Taylor

Largely in response to a set of comments in this post, I provide the following from Sunday’s MTP (Russert is addressig Senator Clinton, btw):

MR. RUSSERT: There’s a lot of discussion about John Kerry and flip-flops. Rudy Giuliani in August said this about Senator Kerry on Iraq: “I don’t know what [Kerry's] position is on Iraq. Of course, it changes all the time. There hasn’t been a consistent position. He voted for the war. Then he voted against funding the war. Then he said that he voted both for the funding and against the funding. So there have been so many different positions. Honestly, again, I mean this in the most respectful way. I don’t know Senator Kerry’s current position on Iraq.”

And what he’s pointing to, Senator, is you both voted for authority for the president to go to war, but you voted for the $87 million to support the troops. Senator Kerry voted against it. Joe Biden, a fellow Democrat, said this: “The truth is, [Kerry] usually spends more time talking about the politics of a vote … and that was certainly the case on the $87 billion.” And then this: “As one of [Kerry's] advisers put it … `Off the record, he [voted against the $87 billion] because of Howard Dean. On the record, he has an elaborate explanation.’”

And then Biden again: “Biden himself ultimately voted for the [$87 billion], and he confirmed that Kerry’s decision not to was `tactical,’ and attempt `to prove to Dean’s guys I’m not a warmonger.’”

In short: I am far from the only one who sees politics in Kerry’s vote on this issue. To pretend like the $87 billion vote and the whole voting for one version and then voting against the final version was some principled stance is to allow partisan filters to overcome the obvious.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Glenn Reynolds’ piece at Tech Central Station is definitely worth reading.

While I by no means see blogs overtaking Big Media, there is little doubt that they are affecting their behavior–often in major ways.

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Matt of Overtaken by Events was quite impressed wth Rudy’s speech and highlights the Mayor’s criticism of the continent.

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