Saturday, August 4, 2007
"She wields tremendous influence over her husband's would-be presidential
campaign. But who is Jeri Thompson—and why won't the campaign discuss her?"
First of all maybe it is because she isn't the one who is running for office. In fact we don't really know if Fred is really going to run for office or not. He has been talking about it long enough, that he should have either done it. I am losing my point, lets stay focused on the candidate, or non-candidate.
Just a note, I was watching "Law and Order" the other day and I could help but laugh when I saw Fred Thompson.
"Romney: ...”Did you notice in Lebanon, what Hezbollah did? Lebanon became a
democracy some time ago and while their government was getting underway,
Hezbollah went into southern Lebanon and provided health clinics to some of the
people there, and schools. And they built their support there by having done so.
That kind of diplomacy is something that would help America become stronger
around the world and help people understand that our interest is an interest
towards modernity and goodness and freedom for all people in the world. And so,
I want to see America carry out that kind of health diplomacy...”"
Mitt has gotten a lot of bad press for this statement, much of it I don't think it fair. What is he saying here, that we would be more successful if you attempt to win the hearts and minds of the world through assistance than through warfare. It may be the wrong choice to use Hizballah as an example, but then again it might not. We think of them as being terrorists, and we think we are better than they are. If we are better than them, then why are they able to make this work for them and we have not.
"As the Military and Progressives panel came to an end, a young man in uniform
stood up to argue that the surge was working, and cutting down on Iraqi
casualties. The moderator largely freaked out. When other members of the panel
tried to answer his question, he demanded they “stand down.” He demanded the
questioner give his name, the name of his commander, and the name of his unit.
And then he closed the panel, no answer offered or allowed, and stalked off the
Wes Clark took the mic and tried to explain what had just occurred:
The argument appears to be that you’re not allowed to participate in politics
while wearing a uniform, or at least that you shouldn’t, and that the questioner was engaging in a sort of moral blackmail, not to mention a violation of the rules, by doing so.
Knowing fairly little about the army, I can’t speak to any of that. But it was
an uncomfortable few moments, and seemed fairly contrary to the spirit of the
panel to roar down the member of the military who tried to speak with a contrary
One of the strengths of our country is that we have a non-political army. It does not fight for the party like the Armies of China and the Soviet Union's. It fights for the nation, and it fights for the people of that nation. If this is what we have to do to protect that then it is worth it.
"MINNEAPOLIS - President Bush pledged Saturday to cut red tape that could delay
rebuilding a highway bridge that once arched over the Mississippi River but now
lies crumbled in muddy water concealing some victims. Bush, still dogged by his
administration's sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina, toured the site of
Wednesday's collapse, which sent dozens of cars sliding into the river from the
Minneapolis span. At least five people died and about 100 others were injured."
These kinds of visits are mandated to politicians, or the press starts to talk about how uncaring they are. This isn't a partisan issue, all the presidents are under the same pressure to make these appearances, as empty as they are. There is talk that Bush did not go to New Orleans soon enough after the flood, but Bush could have done nothing to help by being there. In fact a president can get more done in Washington, than in New Orleans or any where else. If you want to see that the president cares, the best place for the president to be is in the office working on a solution.
Then there are things that don't even involve politics, and the president has to address them, and has to make an appearance. When the death happened at Virgina Tech, it was a sad event, but do we need a comment from the president for every sad event in our nation. He went to the memorial, which I am not suggesting that he shouldn't go to these events, but what does it really mean to have him there. It is all empty grand standing. If your child had died in the shooting, what would the words of the president mean to you, or his coming to the memorial?
Maybe we should find another person to fill this role, of going to disasters and tragedies and serving as a voice of the nation. A person who could tour the damage and talk to the families, maybe this person could even attend the funerals of some of our fallen hero's. That position should not be the presidents job. The president is a politician and that makes everything he does political, it makes your disaster political, your tragedy political, your child's death. That position should not be the presidents because there are more pressing things that should be dealt with. Maybe this person could be the First Lady.
"Answer: An investigation of the allegations were conducted by the command and
found to be false. In fact, members of Thomas' platoon and company were all
interviewed and no one could substantiate his claims. As to what will happen to
him? Answer: As there is no evidence of criminal conduct, he is subject to
Administrative punishment as determined by his chain of command. Under the
various rules and regulations, administrative actions are not releasable to the
public by the military on what does or does not happen."
While this is meaningless to those who believe that President Bush personally covered up the death of Tillman, it does appear to show that the tales are false. The problem is that this stories raised concerns from the beginning and they have never been solidly shown to be accurate. While the magazine has reportedly come to a conclusion that is opposite the Army's I think that it serves the interest of the magazine to do so. Further I doubt the ability of the magazine to do the ground work and the investigative work that would be needed to get the facts.
The second problem that I have with these stories is that it doesn't seem like the way to respond to the incidents that he talks about. If these events took place, what should have taken place is that he should have reported them to someone in the chain of command to make sure that they were dealt with. What the author choose to do was go to the press (or did the press come to him) with the story. This makes me think that he cared less about righting the wrongs and more about making a political point, being a hero, getting his name in the press.
"The McConnell-Bond bill that revises and updates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support of 17 Democratic senators. It is a crucially necessary bit of legislation given that FISA is not only 30 years old, it has also been crippled by the 'secret ruling by a FISA judge earlier this year that declared surveillance of purely foreign communications that pass through a U.S. communications node illegal without a court-approved warrant -- a requirement that intelligence officials have described as unacceptably burdensome.'"
This bill is too important to be playing politics with. I think that congress has created an atmosphere where the hatred of the president is outrageous. They trust the president so little that they wouldn't allow him to hold their wallet, if it were empty. This is partly due to Bush and the way he has governed and he has to be honest about that. The truth is that it is harming America though, and some kind of solution needs to be worked out.
"One wonders what that noted hardfella Dick Cheney thinks of all this. One can only imagine the Republican wrath and utter ridicule–the Rush Limbaugh fulminations–if, say, John Kerry had proposed a similar policy: Let’s pin our Middle East hopes on the statesmanship of Hizballah and Hamas. But that is where the democratic idealism of the Bush Doctrine has led us. If the President turns out to be right–and let’s hope he is–a century’s worth of woolly-headed liberal dreamers will be vindicated. And he will surely deserve that woolliest of all peace prizes, the Nobel."
A Nobel peace prize for George W. Bush?
White House spokesman Tony Snow wrote for "vile" hate site - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth
"Bill O'Reilly has a problem with 'hate sites' like, he says, FreeRepublic.com. Then why doesn't O'Reilly call out White House spokesman Tony Snow who posted on FreeRepublic.com for years?"
Another day and another attack in the blog wars.
On a serous note I think that one of the problems that we are seeing here is that people are not used to the nature of the internet yet. For example, if I am talking about the president with a friend of mine over the phone, and I happen to be in a bad mood say "someone should do us all a favor and drown him in that bath tub Grover Norquist wants us to drown government in". Do I mean it? no. Would I actually support it? No. It is just something that went through my head when I was upset, and since it was on the phone other than my friend no one knows I said it. However when you are on the internet it is all different. Suppose you are reading this and you see what I said about the president and agree, but you want to add something to it. You leave a comment that says, "make sure you throw a toaster into the water with him". Everyone will be able to read that comment (on a side note I do not publish comments of this nature), not only will everyone be able to read it today, but tomorrow. In fact next year, when someone is going along on the internet, they may come across your comment and think - wow that guy is really hateful. Does someone mean it anymore just because it is typed, than when it is said, I don't think so. It is only more permanent.
"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday the Bush administration is waging a 'phony war' on terrorism, warning that the country is losing ground against the kind of Islamic radicals who attacked the country on Sept. 11, 2001.
A more effective approach, said Gingrich, would begin with a national energy strategy aimed at weaning the country from its reliance on imported oil and some of the regimes that petro-dollars support.
'None of you should believe we are winning this war. There is no evidence that we are winning this war,' the ex-Georgian told a group of about 300 students attending a conference for collegiate conservatives...."
Is it just me or is this someone who sounds like they are running for president?
"Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on Thursday backed a scaled-down proposal that imposes strict rules to end illegal immigration but doesn't include a path to citizenship.
The move away from a comprehensive measure is an about-face for the Arizona senator, who had been a leading GOP champion of a bill that included a guest worker program and would have legalized many of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. It failed earlier this year."
I think that the only thing worse than taking an unpopular position on an issue is to change that stand for pressure when running for office.
Bush wants us to know he cares that a bridge collapsed. Really, he's cares -- and it's not his fault. - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth
"Yeah, he should care, but he really doesn't. The infrastructure of America is collapsing under his watch. But he's been too busy giving tax breaks to the rich and spending hundreds of billions on the Iraq debacle to worry about anything as perfunctory as roads and bridges:"
Most of the information I have seen about this bridge indicates that money was not a problem, the problem was a lack of awareness that the bridge was in danger. There was money available to work on the bridge and work was being done. When things fail, there seems to be the question in the air right away, why was more money not spent on this - you can only fix problems you know about. There have been reports that the bridge needed repairs, but it was nothing that they believed would put the bridge at risk.
Christian Post: America's "pro-gay" culture affects Iraqi Christians - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth
"Western culture ('freedom' is apparently defined as 'pro-gay') is now being blamed for the persecution of Christians in Iraq, according to Rev. Canon Andrew White -- vicar of the 1,300-member St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad."
This sounds like that crap that players will tell you, yeah that kind of player. They say don't hate the player, hate the game - as if the player doesn't set the rules of the game a choose to play. In this case what they seem to be saying is, don't hate the hater, hate the people who give him his "reasons" to hate. This is insane, if they didn't hate Christians for supporting gays, they would hate Christians for something else. At the root, they believe that Christians have corrupted the word of God and they hate them for that.
"'Angie is really upset and has demanded that Brad cuts back on his work schedule. There's a lot of tension between them. They were meant to be going away as a family and had spoken about teaching the kids to fish and sail. Angie pinned a sign up in the kitchen that said, 'Success is a beast, it puts the emphasis on the wrong thing. I prefer to look within'.'"
Canceled vacation, what do you think, source of problem or sign of problem or both? While the rumors have increased that the two have been fighting and some are saying the relationship is over, is it. Others are claiming that it is as good as ever.
"NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- SoapNet, the ABC-owned cable network dedicated to soap operas, couldn't have asked for a better plot twist. Halfway through the filming of 'The Fashionista Diaries,' a reality series chronicling the lives of young Manhattan assistants in fashion and publishing, one of the show's key employers -- Conde Nast's Jane magazine -- folded, leaving the two of the show's six reality stars without a job."
For those of you who were wondering how they were able to finish the show after Jane folded.
The first one is Racheal, she is really sweet, she makes me think of Sienna Miller. She is working at Jane Mag, which must be a sad time for her. She told the editor there that she wanted to be in her shoes in ten years (don't think she meant unemployed). She has a lot of energy and is very friendly, she is getting into it more than the others I think. She is the one that I mentioned yesterday said that she was a cross between Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz and Janis Joplin.
Next comes Andrew, the only guy. He is a player, he tells everyone that he got into fashion as a way of meeting girls - or sometimes he says womyn. The girls think he is cute, I don't know that he is. He has a thing for Bridgette but also seems like he would go for Racheal if that worked out first (he might just do the first one on the show that spreads her legs). Being that he is in it for the girls he doesn't know much about what he is doing. He is working with Jane Mag, and he openly admitted he had picked up a copy or two before, but didn't read it. If he is going to score he can score with the girls, maybe more than one of them - but he can't do that and get the job so he will have to choose. He reminds me of Brody Jenner.
Nicole, is the one that is having the hardest time of the group. She came into this with not a lot of knowledge and has been spoken down to for it. On the first day they told her she was not going to be able to wear flip-flops, common girl where do you think you are. She thinks it is all fake, and that doesn't help someone, and I don't think it is going to help her. Nicole is the only one that I know for sure isn't going to make it. Fashion is either something you love, something that comes naturally to you or it isn't. As much as this is a great chance for someone, she is treating it like just a job. The person she reminds me of is Amy Winehouse.
Then there is the star of the show, Bridget. She thinks no doubt that she is the star of the show and in that Paris Hilton way where you become the star by acting like it, she is. She is comfortable with what she is doing, she has some experience and some back ground in fashion and that means a lot. Her style is a little preppy, she is the Paris Hilton of the show, and that is who she reminds me of. She even does odd things like you might expect Paris to do. When she is waiting for the other assistants to come with Nicole, she tells Nicole - "I want to spit out my gum, can you swallow my gum?" Nicole gets a tissue for her. I think that she is going to do well on the show, her and Nicole are working together at Seventh House - which is one of the problems that Nicole is going to have to deal with. (she tells Nicole, I like you, I'll help you.... sometimes)
Janjay is the most understated of all the group, but she has the best chances of success. She is smart, and she knows that it is going to take hard work to get this. She is working at Flirt Cosmetics with Tina, and during the opening when they told them how much they would have to know, she never blinked (we will talk about how Tina reacted next). I think that she is going to face every challenge with all she has, and that she is going to do very well. The person that she reminds me of is Jada Pinkett Smith. It takes a lot of strength to keep things working in a Hollywood family behind the scenes, and still look beautiful - I think Janjay has that strength.
I like Tina, she is my favorite one on the show, so it pains me to say that I don't think she is going to make it. While they were talking to her and Janjay about the cosmetics and what they would need to know, as Janjay was taking it all in - Tina was drowning. At one point she looks around the room and you can see the fear in her eyes. This just might be to much for her. That is unless she has more spirit than she has shown on the first show and that will hold her through. Her chances increase if she is willing to not give up on herself. She has formed a good friendship with Janjay, probably the only real friendship in the show. She reminds me of Lisa Kudrow, she has the same suttle beauty - but at the same time she needs to learn to be more bold.
In the first episode, there wasn't that much that had to be done. The Jane Mag workers got to go to a Red Carpet event and talk to some stars. Watching that made me understand how crazy those events must be for everyone involved. The stars have to work the line, or risk being damaged in the media. Nicole was supposed to be the gatekeeper at an event, but she was letting pretty much everyone in. They told her, if their name is not on the list tell them it is a private event, but people came and told her their name wasn't on a list and she just let them in. Tina got to run lipstick from Flirt to Jane for a photo shoot, she is going to have to learn how to hail a cab better.
There is something in this photo that speaks to me, about who Tom is and Who Katie is and hints at the nature of their relationship.
"Senators Joseph Lieberman and John Warner said their plan would focus on 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, to cut these by 70 percent below current levels by 2050, and could be used as a blueprint in the fight against global warming.
“We hope it will be a turning point,” said Lieberman, who sits as an independent Democrat in the Senate, adding that the plan could reverse US foot dragging on tackling the global threat from climate change.
“We have been slow, we are already late, but not too late,” he said."
It is early in the process, and it would be premature to judge right now, but it does sound like a strong first step. If I understand things right, good legislating is like good haggling, you start high and you work down. There will be compromise and no doubt handouts to the auto and the utility industry, which will come later. It is just a good thing that it is being discussed.
"Women’s Wear Daily reports that Kate Moss has inked a deal with Coty Beauty to develop her own fragrance."
Just in case you want to smell like a dirty old rag...
I have to warn you, I have a confessed addiction to Dita that I have no plans of resisting, how could I?
"Alleged Lindsay lovah Samantha Ronson busied herself helping the staff at Hyde manage the all-important VIP list -- while between smoke breaks. If the DJ career doesn't work out, it looks like Sam's found another way to make some dough. "
Maybe she thinks she can make friends with a new star that she call sell out to the photographers by working the door.
"CHARLIE SHEEN filed an order Friday in Los Angeles against ex-wife DENISE RICHARDS to show cause regarding a modification of child care providers and telephonic contact."
Maybe this isn't as bad as it sounds, things were appearing to be going well for the ex-couple.
This is another hot picture of Kiki if you ask me...
"'Dina's a terrific woman as far as I'm concerned... I hope everything works out for Lindsay because Lindsay's got a lot going for her in the positive sense.'"
I think Trump would say anything to get his name in the press, I bet he thinks it will help his show to do better.
Not only does her name make me think of drinking, her face makes me want to drink - of course the pictures of her falling out of clubs prevents me.
"Who is your style icon, Rachel? Think Janis Joplin meets Kate Moss meets Cameron Diaz. Not any one of them alone, but all three of them together"
So my new obsession is going to be this show The Fashionista Diaries. Yeah it is a lame reality show, but for some reason I got hooked by the ads. I was reading this intro to one of the Fasionista's and found this interesting. Kate Moss + Janis Joplin + Cameron Diaz = Sienna Miller. Right?
"When radio ads for new home developments make fun of you -- you've officially hit rock bottom -- well, that and two DUIs and twin stints in rehab!"
This is a funny ad, you have to click the link to listen to it though.
What the Funk? Mother of Britney Spears' Fired Assistant is Latest Insider to Speak Out Against Train Wreck - The Hollywood Gossip
"Seems like everyone close to the slow-moving train wreck that is Britney Spears is spouting off their opinions regarding the former pop singer.
Her mom, Lynne Spears, claims to be reaching out to the singer, but was recently seen partying in Vegas like a regular ol’ Dina Lohan."
With all the people who have opinions about Britney, you would think that someone close to her would be helping her right now. Sounds to me like our new friend here is yet another in the endless line of media whores. You wait until you see what Lindsay does to ex assistants mothers. You'll wish they had only sent Pelicano after your ass.
"Last night, we saw the Bayou beauty out on the town with cousin/fellow artist Alli Sims, when out of nowhere some anonymous fellow appeared by Britney's side. We tried not to read into it too much - after all, our suspicions have been wrong in the past - but when the pair started staring into each others' eyes and passing a blue sucker back and forth, even we had to raise an eyebrow! "
K-I-S-S-I-N-G.... Looks like Britney has a new man.
"'Americans say the media is to blame for the saturation of celebrity coverage on TV, a new survey finds. The Pew Research Center for People & the Press said Thursday that 87% of respondents said celebrity scandals get way too much ink and airtime.' Additionally, 93% are dying to know why Lindsay Lohan just can't get it together. "
While it is true that everyone talks about how they don't follow or don't like gossip, I don't buy it. I will tell you what I hear when I talk to people. People will say that they don't really follow the gossip. Then in the next breath they will be talking about how so and so was going out with so and so. In one breath they are disclaiming it, in the next they are asking about it.
"'Louis Vuitton had sent over some samples for her to wear in the shoot. Lindsay, kept shoving the clothes into her bag, and a stylist's assistant kept getting them out of the bag, only to have Lindsay keep trying to take them. She ended up walking off with a very expensive shirt and some other items - which screwed Louis Vuitton because they were set to go to Vogue, W and Harper's Bazaar for other shoots. They were furious and kept trying to get their clothes back, but . . . Lindsay walked out with them and never returned calls.'"
Sounds like Britney Spears isn't the only person who likes to make off with clothing from photo shoots.
"“There is a paparazzi festival down the street from us now,” Heidi complained to late night host Jay Leno. “You couldn’t even drive by because they were hanging out, waiting for them to leave the house.”"
I have to say that I understand, who would want to live next to such chaos. Maybe that is why they are talking about moving. There has been rumors they might move to Malibu.