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Sixty days

By on 1.16.06 | 4:35PM

That's how long a Vermont judge gave convicted child rapist Mark Hulett for repeatedly raping a little girl. To say this is a disgrace to the legal system is to understate its importance and the injustice of it by several orders of magnitude. the judge should be removed from the bench forthwith. He is unfit for the job.

The best comment on this legal horror was made by a writer to John Gibson's show on FNC. The gent, having survived the Alito hearings, wrote last week that it seemed the sentence was shorter than a Joe Biden question. 'Tis sad, 'tis true. 'Tis true, 'tis sad.

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Indy Radio

By on 1.16.06 | 4:09PM

I'm subbing for Greg Garrison tomorrow on his WIBC show broadcast in the Indianapolis area, 9-12 EST. And not only because TAS has Indiana roots but because his story in today's NY Sun is a real grabber, RET will be one of our guests. See ya on the radio tomorrow am.

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Monologues at Catholic Colleges

By on 1.16.06 | 3:35PM

There's been much to-do at the University of Notre Dame for its allowing the presentation of the Vagina Monologues, and a Queer Film Festival. President Fr. John Jenkins will be delve into the controversy next Tuesday, January 24 in an address titled, "Academic Freedom and Catholic Character." Unless he's announcing that Notre Dame is cancelling such events in the future, this may be an empty teaching moment.

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Typical Boy Clinton

By on 1.16.06 | 2:01PM

The thing I noted about what sources told me about the Barrett Report was that this was typical Clinton. He nominates a man with a dubious record to his cabinet and then they all just obstruct justice to get him in. Cisneros lies about his sex life, about payments to his paramours, about his income, and about his taxes to the IRS -- all under oath. Then Clinton's administration assists him in his cover-up before the IRS and an Independent Counsel. They stall the Independent Counsel and complain that the IC is taking so long. Is there anything new here?

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“A Group of Liberals”

By on 1.16.06 | 1:46PM

Like it or not, that's how news radio station WMAL in D.C. is reporting Al Gore's crowd. Associating with the crowd is going to cost the conservative/libertarian allies at the event.

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Shadegg and the Spirit of 1888

By on 1.16.06 | 1:38PM

Let the balloting go on and on and on for the leadership posts in the GOP on February 2. Five ballots at least, perhaps a dozen: let the haranguing and back-stair deals climb and climb. Why? Because a secret ballot and the release of all pledges by the second ballot ensures that the best man will win out on the basis of his vision, his temper, his nerve.

Look at the example of the surprisingly spirited 1888 Republican National Convention at Chicago, long before the so-called state primary contests -- which are truly national media gabfests voted upon by a fraction of the party in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and other small states -- had made the delegates irrelevant. The 1888 delegates arrived in need of a candidate to go up against the strangely protectionist and obstuse incumbent Grover Cleveland, who had beaten the railroad machine candidate of James G. Blaine in 1884 after the infamous "Rum, Romanism and Rebellion" quote late in the contest.

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NYT Photo Props

By on 1.16.06 | 1:29PM

The New York Times is playing fast and loose (hat tip: Michelle Malkin) with photo captioning. I demand a comprehensive review of all Iraq photos in the Times since the beginning of the war!

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Re: So Far…

By on 1.16.06 | 12:56PM

Paul and Jed: I don't agree that "24" is a soap opera prime time drama. One thing I like about the show is the lack of "romance." Nonetheless, the occasional "love" subplots are compelling because they force the characters to confront moral dilemmas. For example, "Do I save my (insert word) wife, daughter, girlfriend, other family member, or do I save (insert word) the president, millions of innocent civilians, or coworkers?" Makes for interesting choices and motives throughout the show -- keeping in mind very few "24" characters are not expendable. And although Jack may get involved with a coworker (or two), he is not so "into them" to not do his job, and in the end is not above being rid of them -- permanently, if need be.

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Gore Doesn’t Know About the Internet!

By on 1.16.06 | 12:28PM

"Forty years have passed since the majority of Americans adopted television as their principal source of information. Its dominance has become so extensive that virtually all significant political communication now takes place within the confines of flickering 30-second television advertisements."

I could have sworn he took the initiative in creating something to fix that. (He must have forgotten about the "digital Brown Shirts.")

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