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Re: The Fairer Sex

By on 3.8.06 | 12:23PM

So James, does that mean that the designation of March as National Women's History Month must have been a Socialist plot?

Or perhaps a presidential one: it's an opportunity for politicians to pander. In President Bush's case, he used yesterday's bully pulpit to tout the accomplishments of women in Iraq and Afghanistan. This was the right move: highlighting freedom where there was so little. But the rest just smacked of false hamming it up -- Look! I like women! I even have women friends and cabinet officers. I even married one! The Bill Clinton legacy continues...

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The Fairer Sex

By on 3.8.06 | 12:10PM

In accordance with Socialist Party tradition, today marks International Women's Day (official United Nations enthusiasm provided here). It's a fine occasion to consider the latest hip sexaholic feminist manifesto to hit bookshelves -- Sex and the Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life. Lakshmi Chaudry has hit back, from that other side of feminism you hear nothing about. I review in detail here.

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Overload?

By on 3.8.06 | 11:57AM

Well, almost. On today's Hugh Hewitt Show, there's almost too much to talk about. We'll get an Iraq update from Gen. Kimmett of CENTCOM, talk to Cong. Dan Lundgren (former California attorney general) about the expanding story of Meatheadgate (Rob Reiner's slush fund "First Five Commission"), Arizona Gov Napolitano sending national guard troops to the Mexican border, the Dubai port deal snafu, and a whole bunch more. Too bad we only have three hours. See ya on the radio.

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Re: A Conservative Budget

By on 3.8.06 | 11:04AM

The RSC budget's out. The quick synopsis: it's great, but it has the chance of a snowball in hell. It's here as a Word document. The highlights:

-It's boldly titled the "Contract for America Renewed." It apparently takes this title from its heavy reliance on a 1995 Contract for America budget, H.Con.Res. 67, which the House passed.

-Eliminate USAID, Millenium Challenge Accounts, and assistance to Egypt. That saves about $32-33 billion over five years.

-Eliminate the space shuttle and President Bush's Mars/Moon initiative. Good riddance to both. Savings: about $18 billion over five years.

-Eliminate Amtrak, the transportation bill earmarks, and the essential air service; privatize the FAA; and devolve federal highway aid. Savings: about $72 billion over five years.

-Eliminate Community Development Block Grants. $21 billion over five years.

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A Conservative Budget

By on 3.8.06 | 8:29AM

The House Republican Study Committee will release a balanced budget, in competition with the President's budget, this morning at 11 a.m. EST. We'll keep an eye out for it. Until then, read Mike Pence and Jeb Hensarling's case for it.

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Console Thyself…

By on 3.8.06 | 7:13AM

...disaffected Republicans. Democrats are quibbling at the most basic level: control of voter lists. The Clintonista wing of the party is setting up their own operation in competition with Dean's DNC.

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Forgery at the Impromptu Spelling Bee

By on 3.7.06 | 10:57PM

Via Reuters:

A Cyprus court jailed Pakistani national Fazal Ur Rehman for eight months for forgery after police spotted spelling mistakes on stamps on an Afghan passport he was carrying -- otherwise it was a near-perfect copy, the Cyprus Mail said Wednesday.

"Ministry" was spelled "Menistry" and the first "n" was missing from government, the newspaper said.

"The passport looked perfect and professionally made ... almost deemed original by forensics," a police officer told a magistrate in the Cypriot capital Nicosia.

Okay, okay. A Cyprus court? Pakistani national? Afghan passport? Huh? It sounds like it's probably a good thing this guy is such a bad speller...

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Rational Exuberance

By on 3.7.06 | 5:52PM

After Knopf publishers paid out an estimated $8.5 million advance to former prez Bill C. for his so-called memoir, and Simon & Schuster gave away an easy $8 mil to wifey Hill for details of her life, former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan has just inked what Publishers Weekly is describing as "$8 million+ deal" to tell all. Being the only Fed Chair most of us can remember, he's bound to provide lots of hot currency.

And who's the lucky publisher this go 'round? None other than, Penguin, of formerly Penguin Putnam.

Does this news signal that Andrea Mitchell will soon retire also? And how come she didn't collect as much for her recent book?

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Impeach Pro-Gay Marriage Judge?

By on 3.7.06 | 4:41PM

That's what some Maryland legislators have in mind this week. We just received an email over the transom from Delegate Don Dwyer's office reporting that he introduced an impeachment motion against the judge who overturned the state's gay marriage ban, Judge M. Brooke Murdock. Keep on eye on that situation as a key front in this nationwide battle.

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