Condolences to the family of Win Rockefeller, the Lt. Governor of Arkansas, who died Sunday way too young, at 57, of a blood disorder. I worked 14 months in Little Rock, and by ALL accounts -- I mean every single time I heard his name, from any source -- Win Rockefeller was praised as a gentleman, a man of principle, and a great philanthropist. And he was a solid Republican. May his family know the Lord's love, and may Mr. Rockefeller rest in God's peace.
The Spectacle Blog
Is this thing on? Yes, Mr. President. Right on:
"See, the irony is what they really need to do is to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this (expletive)," Bush told Blair in a discussion before the Group of Eight leaders began their lunch.
May I extend, in kind, a few unvarnished propositions about the Zombie Regime in Damascus.
1. The fighting in Lebanon is the opening to the September-October attack by Iran. (See War Warning Parts 1-4)
2. The United Nations Security Council is divided along continental lines. Russia and China refuse to endorse Chapter 7 for North Korea. Russia and China refuse to endorse Chapter 7 for Iran. North Korea is an agent of Iran.
3. Iran knows that Jerusalem is the weak point in the US defense. Iran will attack Jerusalem.
4. The Gulf States have been told that they will burn if they assist the US. The Gulf States will assist the US. They will burn.
5. Iran wants the US attack on its facilities to begin by November. Iran knows the winter months of cloud cover are poor for tactical air strikes because it will make it hard to avoid civilian casualties.
6. Iran knows the price of oil is panic. At $100-110 per barrel, the US economy will stagger.
7. The end game is a grand bargain in which the US will quit Iraq in defeat and Iran will assert itself as the regional hegemon.
8. More soon.
Via Reason's Dave Weigel we learn of this Madison Record story which begins thusly: "To spiff up its image, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America is considering changing its name to the American Association for Justice."
One respnse to the potentially triumphant new name:
"If a shark called itself a kitten fish I would still not put my daughter in to play with it," said Victor Schwartz, president of the American Tort Reform Association.
Sharks, apparently, need a new PR agency. When you're being compared to trial lawyers, it's fair to say the image has taken a bit of a hit. Conversely, I also believe kitten fish should stop whining and learn to snag their own multi-million dollar settlements.
As the story in today's WSJ by the excellent David Rogers notes, the just-passed House bill extending certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act doesn't MERELY extend provisions; it actually adds to the old law. (Passed, it must be noted, after Speaker Dennis Hastert came down like a ton of bricks against conservatives of his own party, as is becoming increasingly his habit.) And what it adds makes things even worse. For one thing, the bill tries to effectively make an end-run against the Georgia v Ashcroft decision that helped put limits on the enforced racial segregation of voting districts. What the House bill does is re-establish a form of electoral apartheid, and tries to guarantee election outcomes by assuming that all minority voters have readily identifiable "preffered candidates of choice." The "right" to elect said candidates is then assumed to be sacrosanct. The great conservative lawyer Ted Olson has criticized this new provision, and Rep.
The CMS this week reported that the cost of the Medicare Drug benefit is
now projected to be $34 billion lower over 5 years (2006-2010) than in the President's Budget, and $110 billion lower than in the Mid-Session Review one year ago. The average Part D premium is almost 40 percent lower than had been projected a year ago as a result of strong competition.Now, before everyone pummels me for supporting Part D, understand that I'm not. Rather, I'm pointing out that government programs that rely on the market to operate work better than those that do not, as the Medicare Drug benefit.
Byron York today reports on the economic incentives possibly motivating the Wilson-Plame gang, particularly now that Valerie's book deal has gone kaput.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post's in the tank coverage of the Wilson-Plame press conference this morning makes much of the possibility that discovery in any court case could embarrass Administration figures -- without citing a word about the possibility that discovery could be hugely embarrassing to the Wilsons themselves.
Wlady: Hauteur is ok in someone who can back it up. Like The Babe said, it ain't bragging if you can do it. Other than make cheese and wines (and you need to rethink your defense of French wine which, for the second time in as many tries, was soundly thrashed by American wines judged by Brits and French in a blind tasting) just what do they do that makes them worth putting up with their unsupportable arrogance? Hmmm?