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Sign Me Up for Mindless Voting

By on 10.12.06 | 8:51AM

It's the time of year when lots of fellow conservatives will make the case that we should vote for a third party and send a message via Howard Phillips, Pat Buchanan, or the libertarians.

Put me down for voting in the GOP, dissatisfying as it is.

When I worked as public policy director for a conservative advocacy group in Georgia, the state legislature was still controlled by Democrats. In a parliamentary body, it is extremely simple to bury the other sides issues at the committee level, particularly if the petitioners don't have the media on their side. I saw that dynamic up close.

If you register a protest vote and help the Democrats get elected, the entire conservative slate of issues will go underwater and exist in committee and sub-committee purgatory until another change of power occurs.

I'm not in the conservative lobbyist business anymore, but I sure don't wish that frustration on the guys and gals that are. So, I'll just keep pulling the lever for the Elephants.

A-Team v. Banacek

By on 10.11.06 | 10:31PM

Jed, I'm tempted to defer to you in this battle over classic TV, but I just can't.

The A-Team was one of the most intriguing shows I had ever seen when it premiered after the Super Bowl so many years ago, BUT . . .

If I ever have to watch an elite squad of deadly fellows weld a bunch of scrap iron into armor and rig up non-lethal projectile weapons in order to drive a group of bullies out of a small town ONE MORE TIME, it'll be one time more too many!

However, I DO agree with you that Columbo was the class act of the Movie Mystery Wheel. I've got seasons 1-5 sitting on the shelf to be consumed one by one with the bride on select nights after we put the kiddies to bed.

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!