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Re: Tired of Wallowing

By on 10.11.06 | 7:01PM

Hunter: BETTER than the A-Team? Impossible. Yes, Banacek was very good, but didn't come close to Columbo. And better than Hannibal Smith? Not a prayer, sir. Not a prayer.

Tired of Wallowing in Temporary GOP Misery?

By on 10.11.06 | 3:50PM

Then I invite you my friends to take time out and ponder something truly sublime.

I am referring, of course, to the old NBC Movie Mystery Wheel and George Peppard in his prime. No, not The A-Team. Better, much better. Banacek, the solver of impossible crimes and the greatest Polish television character of all time.

After a great deal of pestering from me, occasional TAS contributor and full-time senior editor at the Heartland Institute S.T. Karnick, has finally written a blog post about Banacek and the Movie Mystery Wheel of which it was part.

In his Indianapolis home, Karnick guards his own full-run of the series on VHS from the potential threat of drainpipe climbers and other ne'er-do-wells who might wish to deprive a good man of his innocent pleasures.

I Am a Naked American

By on 10.11.06 | 2:04PM

The AP reports that Scott Blauvelt, a Hamilton, Ohio city prosecutor, was caught on camera walking naked around a government building after business hours.

Blauvelt's lawyer, Michael Gmoser, said in a statement Tuesday that his client was seriously injured in a 2005 car accident, suffers from mental illness and is on medication for seizures.

"Scott Blauvelt is an American with a disability," he said.

Glad he cleared that up, or undoubtedly his naked a-- would have been issued a letter ordering him to show up for a deportation hearing.

Sorry, couldn't resist...

Carter Speaks

By on 10.11.06 | 12:54PM

The former President writes in today's NY Times that all was swell in North Korea after he negotiated with the regime:

But beginning in 2002, the United States branded North Korea as part of an axis of evil, threatened military action, ended the shipments of fuel oil and the construction of nuclear power plants and refused to consider further bilateral talks. In their discussions with me at this time, North Korean spokesmen seemed convinced that the American positions posed a serious danger to their country and to its political regime.

 

Khatami? Khatam you!

By on 10.11.06 | 11:31AM

Responses to my AmSpec piece on Khatami's visit to Harvard have slowed to a trickle, but they're still coming in. Here's one from yesterday:

It would have been better if someone had told Katami that the American Dream, which it seems he admires, was perverted by the Hamiltonians into a trick to thieve the Nation's wealth for the Rich. The World needs to be aware of the maggot that has eaten the heart out of America and brought us all to the verge of final extinction.

Okay, sir, point taken. But does this mean you won't be supporting George W. Bush for a third term?

Onion Layers

By on 10.11.06 | 10:38AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin's comments on the gangland slaying of journalist Anna Politkovskaya are sort of telling in a funny/sad way, methinks:

"We have information, and it is trustworthy, that there are people hiding from Russian justice and nurturing plans to sacrifice someone as a victim to create a wave of anti-Russian sentiments worldwide," he said through an interpreter. "(Politkovskaya) had minimal influence on political life in Russia. This murder does much more harm to Russia and Chechnya than any of her publications."

Duh, world! Look at the evidence! Politkovskaya wasn't important enough to kill!

The Population Blurb

By on 10.11.06 | 10:22AM

Today's New York Times editorial on America's imminent 300 millionth person spends a good deal of its word count refuting claims in the recent Pat Buchanan book by insisting, "if you take the longer view of our nation, you will see that it has been fed and nourished by immigrants, and has an iron stomach for seemingly undigestible newcomers."

I'm closer to the Wall Street Journal than Pat Buchanan on immigration, certainly, but if the New York Times is going to argue effectively in favor of immigration liberalization, shouldn't they try to couch their descriptions of immigrants in more, um, digestible language than seemingly undigestible newcomers? "You're going to need an IRON STOMACH in the New America!" isn't exactly the most tantalizing pro-immigration argument I've seen.

Cafferty Addendum

By on 10.10.06 | 5:23PM

UNBELIEVABLE. Cafferty just did a mail call, reading e-mails sent to CNN in response to his earlier commentary. ALL FIVE e-mails he read were harshly critical of Allen. Not a single one said anything positive. So not only did Cafferty get to shoot his angry load at Allen, but he got to reinforce it with five more loads of the same sort.

Mr. Cafferty: You are a louse. At long last, sir, have you no decency?

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