Archive for September, 2006

Man, this guy is relentless

September 28, 2006

Yikes, I knew he was tough to interview, but honestly.

see the real interview and read some great commentary on what he said (1,2)

Morning Round Up 9-28

September 28, 2006

Woops. Busy morning yesterday, but here is what is going on in the blogosphere this morning:

There still seems to be a significant amount of talk concerning Clinton’s interview flare up. The right seems to taking the opportunity to deconstruct some of his claims and do some fact checking. Clinton is showing up a lot in the blogosphere this morning. (more links below)

Focus on the Allen-Webb race is still on the usage of the “n” word, but lately the tables have turned on Mr. Webb. The polls are showing signs of support for Allen which is a bit of a surprise to some.

Leftists in the sphere have been quick to post about recent polls showing Iraqi displeasure with the U.S. presence. And my DD has had a ton to say about torture (1,2,3).

Here are some links for more information:

Rice Responds to Clinton’s Comments

September 26, 2006

From the Washington Post:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice challenged former President Clinton’s claim that he did more than many of his conservative critics to pursue Osama bin Laden, and she accused President Bush’s predecessor of leaving no comprehensive plan to fight al-Qaida.

“What we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years,” Rice said Monday during a meeting with editors and reporters at the New York Post.

Morning Round Up 9-26

September 26, 2006

The blogosphere seems to be quite obsessive over the Clinton “flare-up” during the Chris Wallace interview. Both yesterday and this morning, conservative bloggers seem to be fact-checking the former President and writing about Condoleeza Rice’s response to his interview. Apparently she called him out on a few things. Also, Keith Olbermann is continuing to get blasted over his apparently left-leaning journalistic perspective.

The more liberal blogs are concerned with reporting anything they can about George Allen, most recently the controversy over whether or not he uses or has used the “n” word. Apparently, some of his former teammates are speaking out against him.

MORE in the blogosphere:

Congressman Tom Tancredo Speaks on Immigration at the Heritage Foundation

September 21, 2006

“It’s time to try enforcement without amnesty,” said Congressman Tom Tancredo this afternoon in at The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Tancredo spoke to the crowd and differentiated his enforcement-only policy from other immigration reform policies. He argued that border security was the first and only way to stop the maleffects of current immigration policy.

Tancredo took some time to define the term “immigrant”, pointing out the misuse of the word and noting that most of the people that are being called immigrants are not immigrants at all, but illegal immigrants. Two quite different groups, according to Tancredo.

Tancredo worried that history has shown that a bill that has border control and amnesty written in it will be ultimately ineffective. Amnesty will most certainly occur while enforcement of border security will not. That is why he claims that enforcement-only will solve the nation’s illegal immigration policy.

By taking away the incentive (jobs) for illegal immigrants to stay in the United States, they will voluntarily leave the country and lessen the need for deportation, which would likely occur slowly over time under Tancredo’s legislation. He mentions taking away jobs as a way for a sort of voluntary emigration. These jobs will be taken away because of legislation barring illegal immigrants to work in the U.S. and likely penalizing organizations that hire these folks.

If Federal help on this issue does not come, Tancredo seemed to say that he and others would take to the fifty states in an effort to enact local and statewide laws on the issue.

For more information on current immigration issues.

Ahmadinejad Holds Press Conference

September 21, 2006

UNITED NATIONS — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that his nation would negotiate suspending its nuclear enrichment “under fair and just conditions,” but declined to give a timeframe on when that might happen.

“If they recognize that we too as a nation have rights and that they too recognize international law, well then, many things are possible,” Ahmadinejad said.

Speaking at a hastily called press conference at the United Nations, Ahmadinejad insisted his country had cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency and that the nation’s nuclear program was so transparent, even farmers and students could visit the nuclear facilities. He challenged the United States to do the same.

His statements were, of course, filled with the obvious political rhetoric and jockying that is expected. This doesn’t seem like much, but it at least shows a continued move towards diplomacy from both sides. However, this “negotiation” for suspension of nuclear enrichment will likely be pretty loaded and I doubt the U.S. will be willing to budge very much considering suspension of nuclear enrichment is their prerequisite for talks. And by the way Ahmadinejad, no thank you, I’ll have to pass on visiting any of your nuclear facilities anytime soon.

Love is in the Air

September 21, 2006

Danny Glover and Hugo Chavez… dancing?

Is it springtime already? Cause things sure seem to be heating up in Harlem (cue in-studio audience howwwwwl).

The answer is actually: no, it’s not springtime. But let’s just say… that i won’t say… that this couple won’t be showing up on “Dancing with the Stars/Third World Dictators”. Oh you haven’t heard of it. It’s a brand new show on one of the network stations.  Yeah it’s all the rage. Tune-in next week for a fantastic little number by Howie Mandell and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I hope they win!

Morning Round-up 9-21

September 21, 2006

It seems like a good amount of the blogosphere is still talking about George Allen’s most recent controversial mess-up. Both sides of the coin are getting their two-cents in on this one. Another story that seems to be getting some attention is the global warming lawsuit being filed against six automobile makers. The conservative blogosphere had some interesting things to point out about a demonstration outside of the UN that didn’t get much MSM attention. Of course Hugo Chavez’s comments got a lot of attention, considering he is crazy. The liberal blogosphere seems to be blogging about the treatment of detainees as well as some of the conservative blogosphere (C.B.), but in differnet ways. This interview has been a major talking point of a lot of the C.B.

Here are a few blogs to check out:

Señor Hugo?

Chavey Loves Georgie

September 20, 2006

Daaaaang, Hugo. Well, ‘Ol Chavez had a heck of a lot to say about President Bush today at the United Nations General Assembly.

Hugo Chavez at UN Today

Hugo Chavez at the UN Today

Here are some highlights (or lowlights?) from a NYTimes article:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took his verbal battle with the United States to the floor of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, calling President Bush ”the devil.”

The impassioned speech by the leftist leader came a day after Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparred over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program but managed to avoid a personal encounter.

”The devil came here yesterday,” Chavez said, referring to Bush’s address on Tuesday and making the sign of the cross. ”He came here talking as if he were the owner of the world.”

And maybe just a bit more from another source:

The United States will soon lose its place as leader of the world, and the United Nations is a broken organization that is beyond repair, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday.

“The United States empire is on its way down and it will be finished in the near future, inshallah,” Chavez told reporters, ending the statement with the Arabic phrase for “God willing.”

Here is a video of that speech.

And here is some seriously informed commentary on the ‘axis of evil’.

Bush Speaks to the UN General Assembly and Sees ‘eye to eye’ with Chirac

September 20, 2006

Bush at UN General Assembly

President Bush’s speech to the United Nations on Tuesday seemed to signal a bit of a shift towards diplomacy and away from the more hardline rhetoric of the past few months. But maybe even more suprising was the cooperation between Bush and Jacques “I’m French and you’re not” Chirac. Check out the excerpt from this ABC news article:

Bush said that Iran must first suspend uranium enrichment “in which case the U.S. will come to the table.”

But he also stressed that he and Chirac “share the same objective and we’re going to continue to strategize together.”

“Time is of the essence,” the president said. “Now is the time for the Iranians to come to the table.”

Both Bush and Chirac stressed they are working together, and the French president said twice that they see “eye to eye.”

With this in mind, the Independant reported this information this morning:

President Ahmadinejad, arriving in New York, hinted at his anger at the campaign to force Iran to suspend uranium enrichment. “Everyone is upset because of the atmosphere of threat, tension, confrontation, arrogance, hatred. These things cannot lead the world to calmness and sustainable peace,” he told reporters.

Iran’s leader was missing from a list of leaders invited to a reception hosted last night by President Bush. “I’m not going to meet with him,” Mr Bush said.

It seems like it is simply a matter of time to see who will give in first. Either President Ahmadinejad will cease production and talks will occur or he will face the possibility of the wrath of U.N. sanctions.

Here is a video from CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” featuring The Heritage Foundation’s Brett Schaefer and offering some insight into the current relationship between the U.S. and the Middle East.

Some blog sites to check out for more information: