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Hot Air » Blog Archive » Disaster: GOP may bail on September CNN YouTube debate; Update: Ruffini responds to Hewitt

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Disaster: GOP may bail on September CNN YouTube debate; Update: Ruffini responds to Hewitt:

"The debate Monday night was no worse than the three previous ones and even if
it hadn’t been, having to endure two hours of talking snowmen is worth it given
the endless mileage the Democrats would get from them skipping out. “The GOP
can’t face the people, the GOP can’t handle unorthodox questions, the GOP has no
sense no fun” — it’s a PR disaster in the making. Although I’m not surprised
it’s Rudy who’s leading the way. Formats that don’t lend themselves to pat
answers aren’t his strong suit."

While the format of the YouTube debate may have been over played in terms of how new and revolutionary it was, it does give a voice to the public that it hasn't had in the past. I think that it would be a sad mistake for the republicans to skip this debate, it would be bad for the republicans and it would be bad for America. For the Democratic debate, over 3000 questions were submitted, and only about 30 were shown during the debate. Either you don't trust that 30 questions will be found that can make it a fair debate, or you don't trust CNN to select them.

I think the point is well made about the Democrats not appearing for the Fox debate, it showed a weakness on their part. If the Republicans do not appear for the CNN/YouTube debate it will show a similar weakness on their part.

Back-Talk #2 DOJ Scandal and Impeachment

Daily Kos: Thompson, GOP savior, has only raised about $3 million?

Daily Kos: Thompson, GOP savior, has only raised about $3 million?:

"Sources close to the presumptive campaign tell NBC News that Fred Thompson's
fundraising is down 'markedly.' One claimed it has 'slowed down big-time.' The
pace is described as a consequence of the delayed announcement to enter the
'The Friends of Fred, Inc.' will report to the IRS its revenue by July
31st. Sources reveal to NBC News that number will be in the range of about $3
million. Five million dollars had been the talked-about June goal. Sources
describe an early burst of donations in June and say the summer fundraising has
fallen off. While additional fundraisers are planned, sources say the scheduling
of fundraisers was 'frozen' for a time while the team was going through some
internal strains. "

There are a number of things that might explain the low funding. One could be that he hasn't joined the race yet and maybe people are not sure he will. The funding could increase when and if he joins.

On the other hand I think that the truth is that with a few exceptions the shine is rubbing off and people are starting to see that he is not the outsider that he has tried show Americans. He is a lobbyist who was close to Libby and Nixon among others, he has few news ideas that would make him stand out from the other candidates that are already in the race.

I would rather see Thompson drop out of the race he hasn't even joined and McCain to be given a boost as a result.

O'Reilly shuts off Jane Hall's mic

Feingold: Dems Must Do More Than Criticize Bush

Captain's Quarters

Captain's Quarters: John Doe Protection Restored?

"A last-minute press by Republicans in a conference committee may have
restored protection for national-security tipsters against litigation, according
to the Associated Press. The conference report for the stalled security bill has
not yet been released, but it appears to have been salvaged for political
expediency, as Democrats have despaired of getting anything accomplished this

I think this is going to make America stronger, and will embolden people to speak up when they see something that they think would be a threat to our country.

Lindsay Lohan Arrested for Coke! Britney Spears is not

Countdown: Worst Person July 26, 2007

New Life For Mideast Peace Process?

Captain's Quarters: New Life For Mideast Peace Process?

"Arab League envoys paid a historic visit to Israel on Wednesday to present a
plan calling for a comprehensive regional settlement, saying they were extending
'a hand of peace' on behalf of the Arab world.
The one-day visit by the foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan marked the first time the 22-member group has sent representatives to Israel. The Arab League peace plan envisions full recognition of Israel in return for an Israeli withdrawal from lands captured in
the 1967 Middle East war.
The visit highlights a dramatic change of direction for the Arab body, which actively pursued Israel's destruction after the Jewish state was created in 1948. The league refused to recognize Israel for decades afterward and suspended Egypt in 1979 for a decade after it become the first Arab state to make peace."

This sounds like a good move forward in the process. I don't know if Israel is going to be willing to give up land that it feels is important for its security though. In the long term I think that the trade will help Israel more than it will hurt it. The weapons of today and tomorrow are not going to be fired from the Golan Heights, but from hundreds of miles away. The weapons that Israel is and will be facing more of in the future are weapons of mass destruction. If giving back land can undermine the power of the groups that lie on its borders Israel wins. More so, the enemies of the state of Israel are not on its borders as much as they used to be. It would be better to focus on Iran, and allow Hamas to take Gaza, than to not be able to focus on Iran because of a war with Hamas.

Countdown: Gonzo-Gate July 26, 2007

American Thinker: Proud to be an American

American Thinker: Proud to be an American:

"Historian Howard Zinn, writing recently in The Progressive, said that this past
Independence Day, Americans

'...would have done well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.' His column was an argument against the basic idea that we should consider
ourselves Americans, and instead advocated an 'allegiance to the human race,' as
if the two were somehow incompatible."

I don't think that nations are inherently bad, any more than religions are inherently bad. While it is true that many religions have been used for the abuse of power, that doesn't make it wrong. Religion has served as a form of community that has given people strength and courage and helped them to over come great difficulties. The same thing could be said about nations, I think that there have been actions that have been taken that have helped all of humynkind, but were done out of patriotism. The easiest example is the moon landing. People thrive on unity with a group that they can understand, we have formed these groups from the beginning of time, and they do not mean we cannot act as humyns while acting as Americans.

Democracy Now Headlines- Thurs. July 26, 2007 "If [Hillary] wins... my guns are loaded" - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth "If [Hillary] wins... my guns are loaded" - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth

This nature of language makes me sad, but the truth is that this is not a problem only of how the right talks about the left or the left talks about the right. The problem cuts across party lines, and it isn't even a matter of language, language only reveals what is the deeper problem. The deeper problem is that we are losing the ability to disagree with someone and still respect them. This is bad news for the conversation of America, and it is bad news for our democracy which depends on that conversation.

Defining Patriotism Down - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth

Defining Patriotism Down - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth:

"So there you have it. Michelle Malkin supports our troops. Unless they
are liberal and disagree with her views on the war. Then they become a
'pretentious ass with issues.' Has there ever been a group of people more
intellectually dishonest than this group of conservative pundits?"

The only people who can compare in this field is liberal pundits, I think they are running a dead even in the race to the bottom of the political well.

Cheney For President? | Air America Radio

Cheney For President? Air America Radio:

"Ira Stoll, the editor of the New York Sun believes that Cheney’s book is
an effort to help gain support for a possible run for the White House. Stoll
writes: “The book quotes Senator McCain as saying, “Dick doesn’t like
campaigning.” Nothing in the Hayes book suggests that Mr. Cheney is about to do
it — except for that the vice president spent nearly 30 hours cooperating with
the author and apparently gave the okay for many of his friends and colleagues
to grant similar access."

I think everyone who takes a few seconds to think about this would know that he is not going to win the White House. Americans are upset about the war, which he was a strong supporter of, people are upset about Scooter Libby, who worked for Cheney. People are upset with Cheney in general, he doesn't have the energy, the presence that Americans want from their presidents. On the other hand, that is just my opinion and I was surprised when Bush was elected in 2000 and 2004.

Bush Forgets Vet’s Name | Air America Radio

Bush Forgets Vet’s Name Air America Radio:

"After a long jog with two injured vets yesterday, President Bush said to the
news cameras, 'I've been running with Max and Allen.' Neil quickly reminded the
President of his name. 'I mean Neil,' said Bush."

This is stupid, I forget peoples names three seconds after they tell them to me. Does that make me an idiot or suggest that I don't care about them. Often it is the case that I would rather remember their names, you know the hot girls, but it still blanks out.

Put the silly attacks and name calling aside, and talk about the issues.

Fire in the Fox News newsroom!

Mike Gravel Responds to Campaign Finance Question

Lohan -- The Hysterical 911 Tape -

Lohan -- The Hysterical 911 Tape -

"The woman (not Lohan) who made the call was hysterical, telling the 911
operator that a white GMC was following her."

The audio is not very clear, she never says who is following her, and at one point talks like it is a man who is chasing her. She does talk about it being a GMC White Truck though.

Stop Hanging Out In Cheap Hotels |

Stop Hanging Out In Cheap Hotels :

"Willis, 18, was one of four people in the room at the La Quinta hotel, located
in Aberdeen, where she is shooting the independent film From Within.
Willis reportedly was not arrested. However, another individual was taken into custody
on charges of marijuana possession, authorities tell Access."

Take this as a notice for all Hollywood stars. Do not hang out with people who use or have drugs. It doesn't look good when you are present when the police bust in and arrest your buddy. It doesn't look good when you put your a friends pants on and find drugs in them.

Spears Baby Rumors And It’s Not Britney!

I’m Not Obsessed: Spears Baby Rumors And It’s Not Britney!

"The National Enquirer is reporting that Britney Spears’ 16-year-old sister
Jamie Lynn Spears, is pregnant. It’s like a soap opera and just when you think
it cannot get worse, the baby sister gets pregnant. I am really, really, really
hoping this rumor isn’t true. "

Can the trash around this family get any deeper? Does Jamie dream of being a real womyn like her older sister. At least Britney waited till she was an adult and was married. While this is just a rumor, it is coming from the Enquirer which is a fairly solid source. They better have something because saying something like this without foundation could land you in court.

Gabby Babble: Claudia Schiffer Strips Down And Bares All

Gabby Babble: Claudia Schiffer Strips Down And Bares All:

"Claudia Schiffer apparently stripped down for the new issue of Vogue Paris and
bared it all. She looks amazing, doesn't she?"

No doubt...

Prince Douche Left Naked And Handcuffed To His Steering Wheel | Dlisted

Prince Douche Left Naked And Handcuffed To His Steering Wheel Dlisted:

"He says he was driving down Bellagio Road off of Sunset Blvd. early this
morning when 3 women forced him off the road then robbed him at gunpoint.

The women took everything from him including his clothes. He was left
naked and handcuffed to his steering wheel."

Interesting. This story is so good, it is hard to know what to say about it. This is the same "stud" who claimed to be the father of Anna Nicole Simpson's child. I don't know how Zsa Zsa can stay with a man slut like this.

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Fight in Public | Allie Is Wired - The Entertainment Blog

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Fight in Public Allie Is Wired - The Entertainment Blog:

"The fiery-tempered rocker exploded in rage at Nicole during a tour stop in
Maryland in July. As Joel unleashed a very public, very brutal tirade —
including the F-word — Nicole just stood there in stunned, submissive silence, a
source reports. Now, insiders are concerned that this may be just the tip of an
angry iceberg that could sink their eight-month relationship, leaving Nicole
adrift and frightened. “I don’t see this lasting,” a friend of the couple tells
Star. “And Nicole couldn’t handle being alone and a single mom. It would be too
hard for her.”"

A big fight has people chatting that Richie and Madden could be headed for a split. The pregnant Nicole would then be forced to be a single mother, of course she wouldn't have to be a mother to Joel anymore. I don't think that they are going to split up. Joel needs her to keep his name in the news, and she needs him to make herself look respectful in front of the court.

Best Week Ever » Blog Archive » MEMO TO ALI LOHAN: Sweetie, We Need to Talk

Best Week Ever » Blog Archive » MEMO TO ALI LOHAN: Sweetie, We Need to Talk:

"i think that the whole reason why my sister is upset with her self and not
as cofident, is
because of my dad not being around, and always staying out late and not coming
home for days, he would come back home never himself, he was always was making
excuses for his bad behavior . And would always blame my mother. "

You know what is sad about this, everyone connected to Lindsay has been making excuses for her. Her lawyer said that she is sick, that addiction is a disease. Then they try and tell us that they were both being chased by another car, one that they have so little information on they can't describe it. Wait, those drugs in her pants weren't hers, she was wearing someone else's pants. She had only just started drinking a couple hours before she chased her assistants mom. Not that she was driving, she may not have been driving. Now this note from her sister, where she says that Lohan's problems, the staying out late and lack of self esteem are her fathers fault.

What no one is doing is saying that Lindsay made a mistake. She made a mistake when she drank, addiction is an illness that can be overcome. She made a mistake when she allowed herself to be found with cocaine on her person. Which means that even if the cocaine wasn't hers, she made a mistake when she choose to hang out with friends who were drinking and using drugs. I think Lindsay is great, but if she is going to get better, she needs to accept the responsibility for her choices and her actions. Sartre said the greatest freedom in the world is totally accepting the consequences of your actions. It sounds like the people are her, are supporting her, by allowing her to believe that it isn't her fault.

Amy Winehouse Update | Allie Is Wired - The Entertainment Blog

Amy Winehouse Update Allie Is Wired - The Entertainment Blog:

"Here is an update on absolute trainwreck Amy Winehouse. Winehouse has been
backing out of a lot of concerts lately, mostly because she has opted to drink
instead. Her lifestyle is starting to catch up with her as she looks like a real
life bobble-head."

So Amy Winehouse is getting a lot of press lately, which I don't understand because even on her good days I think she looks like a cracked out Barbie doll. She is even worse of a train wreck than both Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, who have solid chances of success if they can get well. Winehouse has a solid chance of standing up straight if she can take less drugs.

Lohan's Uncle Enables

A Socialite's Life: Lohan's Uncle Enables

"'She [Lindsay] may well have not been driving the car. This girl and
her mother are letting Lindsay take the fall, but hopefully the truth will come
out! That would get rid of most of the charges.' "

Look's like the Lohan family has put everyone to work on spin control. This new detail combined with the fact that another witness said that there were a number of people at the scene is interesting. According to the police, the two were engaged in an argument when they arrived, and they determined that Lohan had been driving under the influence. It is possible that she wasn't driving, which begs the question why it has taken so long for that to come out, and what made the police think that she was.

Intelligence Officials Reveal NIE Report Is Misleading

The Facts About Guantanamo Bay

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The Daily Left

Peter King celebrates victory on

Gabby Babble: Bon Jovi Threatens to Sue over Mijovi

Gabby Babble: Bon Jovi Threatens to Sue over Mijovi:

"Jon Bon Jovi is reportedly threating a lawsuit against Mijovi drink makers
because he says the name is too similar to his own name. Apparently Marcos
Carrington launched the coffee drink in 2004 and says he was inspired to name
the drink Mijovi after his girlfriend Jovita."

What the hell is he talking about, if it weren't for this lawsuit I don't think anyone would even remember Jon Bon Jovi. Wasn't he a part of the Back Street Boys, or something like that?

Does Gingrich Want To Be President Of All Of America?

celebrity nation: Maggie talks Batman

celebrity nation: Maggie talks Batman:

"Maggie Gyllenhaal has firmly put to rest any speculation that her role in the
upcoming Batman sequel is meant to fill the shoes of Katie Holmes. 'I'm not
walking into Katie Holmes's performance,' the Sherrybaby actress says. 'I'm
thinking of it as an opportunity to play somebody who's alive and smart. Chris
[Nolan] asked me to do this because he wanted me, not because he wants some
generic lady in a dress.'"

This is great news, I think of course that Maggie is a beautiful womyn and look forward to seeing more of her in her new projects.

The Strata-Sphere » Blog Archive » Poll Shows Muslims Rejecting Suicide Bombings, Therefore al-Qaeda’s Strategy

The Strata-Sphere » Blog Archive » Poll Shows Muslims Rejecting Suicide Bombings, Therefore al-Qaeda’s Strategy:

"Most notably, the survey finds large and growing number of Muslims in the
Middle East and elsewhere rejecting Islamic extremism. Ten mainly Muslim
countries were surveyed along with the Palestinian territories, as well as five
African nations with large Muslim populations."

I think the hard thing that we are going to face is how do we prevent ourselves from becoming the hatred, or remaining the hatred of the Muslim world as terror becomes a less powerful tool. It should be pointed out that a decline in the opinion of Al Qaeda does not mean a rise in the opinion of America. Communities and people can hate both at the same time, and they may feel for the same reasons.

If we are going to win this war on terror in the long run, we need not only kill their leaders, we need to become leaders. We are not going to become global leaders by violating the very ideas that we proclaim to be supporting. Those ideas are the ideas of personal freedom, the dignity of the individual and the rule of law. Bush has done a poor job upholding these ideas in America and around the world. I have long felt that if we defeat terror by laying these ideas aside, we will become defeated as well.

It was our ideas that made America a powerful leader in the world, when we lose our ideas, we will lose that power to lead. - Trouble in Fred Thompson's 'Non-Campaign' - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum - Trouble in Fred Thompson's 'Non-Campaign' - Politics Republican Party Democratic Party Political Spectrum:

"Thompson's wife Jeri is a hard-nosed former Republican party operative and a
long time political professional with a strong will. Insiders have long
speculated that her personality would play a big role in the narrative of
Thompson's candidacy."

Sounds like if you want to play in the Thompson sandbox, you got to learn how to play nice with the boss's wife.

Paula Abdul

Katie and Tom

Best Week Ever » Blog Archive » Best Night Ever for Tuesday, July 24th!

Best Week Ever » Blog Archive » Best Night Ever for Tuesday, July 24th!

Paris Hilton Cast In Movie Musical | Pop Crunch

Paris Hilton Cast In Movie Musical Pop Crunch:

"Paris Hilton has landed an acting gig. The hotel heiress revealed that she’s
been cast in a movie musical at Tuesday night’s Save the World fundraiser for
the Eating Disorders Information Network at Parc nightclub in Hollywood. "

A great new project for Paris, it will be fun to see how it works out for her. If she works hard on this she can make it work.

Matt Damon Gets His Star | POPSUGAR - Celebrity Gossip & News.

Matt Damon Gets His Star POPSUGAR - Celebrity Gossip & News.:

"Conveniently timed, Matt Damon received the 2,343th Star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame today as he kicks off his promotional tour for the latest
and most likely last Bourne movie. Damon even got a new suit for the occasion!
He usually goes for the greyish look like when he left his mark with his Ocean's
boys but today tan was his color of choice. Too bad the adorable actor couldn't
get new shoes to match."

Congrats to Matt, I understand that it doesn't mean that much, but I am sure that it feels good to have your name there with the other stars. Even if it is only to push his new movie.

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