Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Wednesday digest

- The screw-you element of the Democratic party doesn't even try to hide its contempt for America's fighting men and women. Meanwhile, amputees back from Iraq want to go jogging with the President.

I'm just sayin'.

- The NYT continues to dig itself deeper into a hole.

First, they say that details about the terrorist financing scheme have already been in the public eye for four years and so they suggest that revealing its existence is no big deal. I would ask, then why even publish it, especially now? It couldn't be because it would help raise more suspicions regarding civil liberties six months after the wiretap story, would it? Nor could it be because it would help take the wind out of the sails of increasingly favourable public opinion on Iraq after the elimination of Zarqawi, I suppose?

Then, they say that the program is a political red herring for the Administration, but in the next breath suggest that its very existence is a sign of increasing centralization of power in the White House without acknowledging the fact that it was approved by Congress. So they downplay its importance but then raise suspicions about it? What is it that the NYT is reporting here, exactly? Something irrelevant and redundant with little political impact or a danger to the freedoms of Americans? I thought the job of the press was to report the news, not create it. Sounds like the NYT hasn't decided one way or the other on that one.

Methinks they doth protest too much. The more they try to rationalize their decision, the more their vendetta against the Bush White House comes into plain view.

- Anyways, here's some real news that we'd hear more about in the liberal mainstream media if the cue-giving NYT would get over their fascination with fully legal anti-terrorist programs.

- Greed is good.

- A shadow of her former hotness, indeed. Now that she's admitted that she's country, can we expect her to do an adaptation of "I Ain't As Good As I Once Was" with the word "hot" substituted for "good"?

(Dixie Chicks "fans", you won't get that one.)


At 4:43 PM, Blogger Skeelo said...

Somewhere Gordon Gekko is smiling!

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Cubá libre said...

Hammer check out : http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/darkside/

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Thanks Cuba ... I'll watch ... but not convinced that a PBS doc on Cheney winning bureaucratic turf wars justifies the NYT's flimsy excuses on the terror financing story.

They were trying to politically undermine the Administration, plain and simple.

I always thought Steven Keaton was a good dad, though.

At 11:29 PM, Blogger Saj said...

If you think that "W" jogging with a war vet was anything more than a PR stunt, I've got some prime swamp land in Florida for sale...

This is what irks me about politics, actions are always done in the best interest of public opinion. I just don't see any sincerity behind this. If Bush's approval rating were higher, would he still be doing this??? Maybe I'm just getting cynical in my old age.

I'm watching the Daily Show right now and Al Gore is on promoting is factually inaccurate (from what I've read anyway) film The Inconvenient Truth. Tell me, is this someone who really cares about the environment or is he just positioning himself for the '08 election. Hmmm...I wonder...

At 7:06 AM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

So the whole thing with the amputee was what, staged?

You're damn straight that if the approval ratings for any politician were in the toilet and a veteran of the war came knockin' that the politican would want it caught on film. I don't see anything wrong with that.

I also think he would still jog with the guy even if his approval ratings were in the 80s. It seems that this administration is the only friend the troops have in today's America at times. The fact that a guy who lost two legs wants to go jogging with the Pres is demonstrative of that in my opinion.

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous chip wagon said...

Saj, Al Gore will not be a candidate in 2008. I would bet big, big bucks on it. You're talking about a guy who in 1991, when he had presidential ambitions, called the internal combustion engine "mankind's greatest enemy". Anyone who needs to win Michigan, West Virginia, Ohio and the rest of the rust belt would not say that unless he meant it. Gore has the courage of his convictions, which is hard to recognize in this day and age.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Saj said...

I don't think that there was anything wrong with Bush jogging with an amputee. It's all part of the "rules of engagement". I just feel we need to see acts like these for what they are...politcally motivated.

Media has always been presented with some sort of bias. But the U.S. media has now taken this to the ultimate extreme. The NYT leaking classified information reached a new low and watching Fox News sometimes feels like attending a Rupublican convention. If this trend continues, where do we turn for credible news reporting?

Speaking of Fox News, E.D. Hill made some subtle comments this morning insinuating that if we don't support the war in Iraq then we don't support the war against terrorism. I find this seriously offensive. There are those out there that fully support anti-terrorist efforts but maybe feel that invading Iraq may not have been the best way to carry this out.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Sure it was politically motivated.

The soldier was motivated to jog with a politician.


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