Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Modern classics...

"The 100 Greatest Hits of YouTube"

Another day older...and deeper in debt

For shame...

(ht: David Sessions/PoliticsDaily)

From the AP: NEW YORK — Red and yellow lights shone from the top of the Empire State Building at dusk Wednesday, a tribute to communist China's 60th anniversary that protesters labeled "blatant approval" of totalitarianism and criticized as inappropriate for an icon in the land of the free.

Other anniversaries and appropriate lighting W&H Properties (which owns the building) might consider:
  • Hitler's birthday: red and black.
  • The USSR's occupation of Eastern Europe: blood red.
  • The Plague: black.
  • The founding of the KKK: white.
  • Bernie Madoff's birthday: green.

Of course, I'm sure we can all come up with many more horrible anniversaries to commemorate with a ceremonial lighting of one of America's greatest structures.

I'm sure Mao is laughing at us right now. Wherever he is...

If it's October, it must mean we're in the playoffs

This blog doesn't do much in the way of sports, but we're talking religion here.

Once again, as we head into October, the Boston Red Sox are in the playoffs.

Next stop: Anaheim...or is it Los Angeles of Anaheim?

See you at Fenway!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Who has "suffered enough?"

Polanski "On the Lam?" - not any more

Normally, I don't think I'd be venturing into the area(s) of celebrity/crime coverage, but the circus surrounding the arrest and possible extradition of child rapist/sodomizer/drugger & bail jumper Roman Polanski begs for comment...

Well, that and the fact I've done two radio shows (the John Batchelor Show and the Dave Congalton Show - the podcast from the Batchelor show is here) where the hosts, fellow panelists, callers and I discussed Polanski's crimes.

The best piece I've read to date is from American Thinker by Rick Moran. There's just nothing to add to this excellent piece.

The bottom line is Polanski, regardless of his life story or the circumstances surrounding his failed plea deal back in the '70s, needs to be brought back to face a judge.

It wasn't just the rape victim who was "injured" by the assault and his flight from justice, it was all of us.

Monday, September 28, 2009

An army for one...

There's no getting around it, but the "job" of First Lady is important - and necessary. When we elect our presidents, we also - for better or worse - elected their spouses. First Ladies have their own platforms ("soft bully pulpits") from which they can rally the citizenry to any number of causes. Think Jackie Kennedy rehabilitating the White House; Lady Bird Johnson's highway beautification efforts; and Barbara Bush's work on behalf of literacy. Frankly, we owe most First Ladies a debt of gratitude they never ask for - we take their spouses, privacy and lives away for a period of time; they are always open to criticism, fair or unfair; and they don't receive a dime for their troubles.

Still, it is remarkable to see what our newest First Lady has done just since January. "In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much," she's said. "That's why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service." Right now, her cause - health care - doesn't seem all that different from her husband's. Fine. No one said it had to be different, but it seems that this cause is more about politics than it is about service.

Furthermore, it's interesting to see - particularly during this time of "belt-tightening" all over the land - that the First Lady seems to be a tad tone deaf when it comes to her operation. According to the Canada Free, she has hired "an unprecedented number of staffers" to help her carry out her (unassigned) duties as First Lady. Read the list and then decide if it is all necessary or just too much.

(Of course, how much is too much for someone who makes a major production out of a farmers' market shopping trip...?)

Salary Staff Member

1. $172,200 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)

2. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)

3. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)

4. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)

5. $100,000 - Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

6. $90,000 - Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

7. $84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)

8. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)

9. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)

10. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

11. $64,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

12. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)

13. $60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)

14. $57,500 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)

15. $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)

16. $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)

17. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)

18. $43,000 - Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)

19. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

20. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)

21. $35,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)

22. $35,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

Unclear on the concept...again

NYT won't reveal name of 'social media' editor

"Doesn't this seem just a wee bit of a contradiction? You assign someone to follow a group of people, or movement, whose fundamental plank is transparency, but then you won't be transparent as to who that is? Keller declined to identify the editor, saying he wanted to spare that person 'a bombardment of e-mails and excoriation in the blogosphere.' You mean like say um, oh, the Sports Editor? Or the Opinion Page Editor? Or the author of the above piece, the Public Editor? I've never heard of a newspaper having a Private Editor.It all just makes my head hurt." (hat tip: KnoxNews.Com's "No Silence Here" blog)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Radio, radio...

It's Sunday night, so that means another appearance on the John Batchelor Show. I'll be on the weekly roundtable beginning at 8:15 p.m. (Pacific time).

You can tune in at KFI-AM 640 (Los Angeles), KSFO-AM 560 (Bay Area/San Francisco), WABC-AM 77 (New York), or WMAL-AM 630 (Washington, DC). If you're outside the listening areas, you can listen online (live) thru any of the stations' websites.


Joe Biden...a surprise to no one least to anyone who paid attention to his speeches and antics.

And to think that W. was ridiculed by him and his friends for so long. Bush 43 did the English language no favors, but this guy is supposed to be among the elite.


"Keeping your current doctor in the ObamaCare system proposed by Max Baucus (D-MT) and Democrats in the Senate"

(Major league hat tip: HOT AIR.)

Friday, September 25, 2009

"Earn Big $$$ the NEA Way!"

A huge tip o' the hat to Iowahawk for this beauty!

See the rest of this awesome, awesome post here... the crosshairs

Photo: President Ahmadinejad tours Iran's first uranium enrichment plant in Natanz. Credit: AFP/Getty
(LA Times)

Chickens Roosting (Shared via AddThis)

Late add: This just in from Mark Knoller at CBS News: "US officials say Obama first told of Iran secret nuclear plant during the transition - as President-elect." (9/25 10:28 A.M.)

And this: I wonder if she's saying, "I told you so" ...?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Democracy" means never having to say you're czar-y

(HT: An Old Broad's Ramblings)

For those of you trying to score at home (and you'd better make sure mom & dad don't catch you!), here's the list of all the "czars" the current administration employs (we'll tell you more about them later):

  • Afghanistan Czar: Richard Holbrooke

  • AIDS Czar: Jeffrey Crowley

  • Auto recovery Czar: Ed Montgomery

  • Border Czar: Alan Bersin

  • Water Czar: David J. Hayes

  • Car Czar: Ron Bloom

  • Central Region Czar: Dennis Ross

  • Domestic Violence Czar: Lynn Rosenthal

  • Drug Czar: Gil Kerlikows

  • Economic Czar: Paul Volcker

  • Energy and Environment Czar: Carol Brower

  • Faith-Based Czar: Joshua DuBois

  • Great Lakes Czar: Cameron Davis

  • Green Jobs Czar: Van Jones- (since resigned)

  • Guantanamo Closure Czar: Daniel Fried

  • Health Czar: Nancy-Ann DeParle

  • Information Czar: Vivek Kundra

  • International Climate Czar: Todd Stern

  • Intelligence Czar: Dennis Blair

  • Mideast Peace Czar: George Mitchell

  • Pay Czar: Kenneth Feinberg

  • Regulatory Czar: Cass Sunstein

  • Science Czar: John Holdren

  • Stimulus Accountability Czar: Earl Devaney

  • Sudan Czar: J. Scott Gration

  • TARP Czar: Herb Allison

  • Terrorism Czar: John Brennan

  • Technology Czar: Aneesh Chopra

  • Urban Affairs Czar: Adolfo Carrion Jr

  • Weapons Czar: Ashton Carter

  • WMD Policy Czar: Gary Samore

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

He's Gaffe-tastic!

Joe Biden: He's the gift that keeps on giving...

Time waits for no man...

...nor does it wait for blogs.

I've been attending to other things during the past (almost entire) year. Thanks for all the calls, emails, cards, letters and presidential proclamations.

We're back in business and you can expect this site to be more informative and robust than before.

Thank you,

The Management