Thursday, March 31, 2005

Lutherans Here!

For all my fellow Lutherans, here's a site you might get a kick out of: "A Lutheran Hymnal for Church and Home." Believe it or not, it appears to be a blog about Lutheran liturgy, songs, and doctrine. You can find anything out there...

USA Today bending the truth

The Mudville Gazzette ruthlessly beats down media distortion on mental disorders among returning soldiers. This is a must read!

Why Democrats can't win without charisma

TigerHawk has a great commentary on Bill Bradley’s strategy piece for building the Democratic Party. If you’re into the organizational aspect of politics, I highly recommend checking them both out.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Armored Humvees and Electioneering

The Hobbesian Conservative fires a zinger at the MSM while noting that the "scandal" of unarmored humvees before the elections has vanished since. Oh, and all that new armor? The rate of deaths due to rollovers has doubled due to the higher center of gravity… (Scroll to March 21)

As HC notes:

more armor does not necessarily make something better. Classically, the advantage of cavalry has been mobility. Then some genius decided to put heavy armour on the knights. Great, now the knights are armoured, but the mobility advantage of being on horseback is gone. To armour or not is a question that has plagued military planners since the first guy figured out he could throw rocks instead of fighting close in with a stick.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Can you say "Human Rights Violation"?

This is from the BBC. No comment is necessary:

The government of Niger has cancelled at the last minute a special ceremony during which at least 7,000 slaves were to be granted their freedom.

A spokesman for the government's human rights commission, which had helped to organise the event, said this was because slavery did not exist.

Hat tip: Powerline

McCain-Feingold Vs Blogs

As many of you may know, the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform bill regulates political speech during the run up to an election. This means a huge restrction on who may and may not engage in political speech during this time. And according to Professor Bainbridge, "the FEC may well be forced by judicial decisions in cases brought by McCain and Feingold to regulate a vast swath of internet activity, including blogs."

To quote him further, 'How hard is it to understand those simple words of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech...."?'

The US Contitution is being flagrantly violated by this law, and we should remember this when either McCain or Feingold try to run for office again.

And for those of you who think that I have never found fault with the President: I can't believe he signed this. This horrible piece of legislation should have been vetoed.

The End of the Rather Era

This has been done to death on blogs all over, but in case you were wondering, Dan Rather has been, shall we say biased, throughout much of his career as a newsman. Check out these greatest hits:

“The new Republican majority in Congress took a big step today on its legislative agenda to demolish or damage government aid programs, many of them designed to help children and the poor.”
— Leading off the March 16, 1995 CBS Evening News.

“Nineteen days after the presidential election, Florida’s Republican Secretary of State is about to announce the winner — as she sees it and she decrees it — of the state’s potentially decisive 25 electoral votes. Katherine Harris will officially certify the state’s election returns....The believed certification — as the Republican Secretary of State sees it — is coming just hours after a court ordered deadline.... The certification — as the Florida Secretary of State sees it and decrees it — is being signed.”
— During CBS News live coverage, November 26, 2000.

“The Republican convention opens in New York to re-nominate George W. Bush and showcase the party’s, quote, ‘moderate side.’ Will voters buy it?”
— Opening the August 30, 2004 CBS Evening News.

Bill O’Reilly: “I want to ask you flat out, do you think President Clinton’s an honest man?”
Dan Rather: “Yes, I think he’s an honest man.”
O’Reilly: “Do you, really?”
Rather: “I do.”
O’Reilly: “Even though he lied to Jim Lehrer’s face about the Lewinsky case?”
Rather: “Who among us has not lied about something?”
O’Reilly: “Well, I didn’t lie to anybody’s face on national television. I don’t think you have, have you?”
Rather: “I don’t think I ever have. I hope I never have. But, look, it’s one thing – ”
O’Reilly: “How can you say he’s an honest guy then?”
Rather: “Well, because I think he is. I think at core he’s an honest person. I know that you have a different view. I know that you consider it sort of astonishing anybody would say so, but I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.”
— Exchange on FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor, May 15, 2001

Oh, and how about these two? See if you can detect a change in tone:

“Democrats were quick to portray the ticket as, quote, ‘two Texas oilmen’ because Cheney was chief of a big Dallas-based oil supply conglomerate. They also blast Cheney’s voting record in Congress as, again quote, ‘outside the American mainstream’ because of Cheney’s votes against the Equal Rights for Women Amendment, against a woman’s right to choose abortion — against abortion as Cheney prefers to put it — and Cheney’s votes against gun control.”
— Reporting on Bush’s selection of Dick Cheney as his running mate, July 25, 2000 CBS Evening News.


“Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore officially introduced his history-making running mate today, Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut....In their first joint appearance they gave a preview of the Gore-Lieberman fight-back, comeback strategy. Their message: They represent the future, not the past, and they are the ticket of high moral standards most in tune with real mainstream America.”
— Reporting on Lieberman’s selection exactly two weeks later, August 8, 2000 CBS Evening News.

Rather's been at this for years. Don't expect him to change.