Keep an eye on Caracas
There are some interesting regional elections going on in Venezuela today, which, following on the failed Constitutional referendum of last year, could spell serious trouble for Hugo Chavez. Daniel at Venezuela News and Views is live-blogging the day. The Carter Center could not be reached for comment.
Remembering the Rose Revolution
Some bold and stirring words from the President. The President-Elect could not be reached for comment.
State Department Rumor: Hillary to get the Kennedy Treatment?
There is an unsubstantiated rumor floating around Washington today that last night, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) called President-Elect Barack Obama and asked that Obama appoint Senator John Kerry (D-EU) Secretary of State so that Governor Deval Patrick could appoint former Congressman Joe Kennedy (D-Venezuela) to Kerry’s seat. The assumption is that then Senator Kennedy’s wife, Victoria Reggie, would be appointed to his seat should he | Read More »
Enter Rove, Stage Right
Let me be clear, I have no idea how you become Chair of the Republican National Committee. I don’t know if you write a letter or let certain people behind the scenes know you could be tempted or send up smoke signals. But it seems logical to me that one thing you might do is write a detailed proposal of how the party can come | Read More »
You. Gotta. Believe.
Way to go Phillies. Underdogs take heart.
VDH on David Brooks
As some of you may have heard, David Brooks referred to Sarah Palin as a “cancer” on conservatism at a party in honor of the redesigned *Atlantic *magazine. Victor Davis Hanson has penned a far more thoughtful response than Brooks’ startlingly cliched and shallow comments deserve, but since VDH’s point about the nature of Sarah Palin’s conservatism and how it contrasts with Obama and Biden’s | Read More »
What is the Department of State thinking?
I have to wonder if an “environmentally sustainable” new embassy on 4.5 acres of London real estate is the best use of taxpayer dollars at this moment, especially when we have a perfectly good embassy in hand?
“The heels are on and the gloves are off.”
So should we promote these as the Palin version of combat boots?
Tonight’s debate is the most fraught in my memory. The financial crisis has obscured the reality that our nation is at war, that Russia is sending out alarming signals that it is exploring the possibility of a new Cold War, and the terrorist bombing in Islamabad over the weekend suggests that we are far from a stable, friendly Middle East. So while Jim Leher will | Read More »
Buffett Busts a Move
I was among the many who took heart when the news crossed the wire last night that Berkshire Hathaway founder and CEO Warren Buffett was investing $5 billion in perpetual preferred Goldman Sachs stock. Many have been wondering where Mr. Buffett has been these last turbulent weeks. One analyst opined that he has been “‘lurking in the shadows’, looking for a deal,” which is perhaps | Read More »
Lessons to learn from last week…
…words of wisdom from Conrad Black in the National Post.
Rich Lowry Writes A Book Report!
Rich Lowry published a book report on Bob Woodward’s The War Within on NRO today. I would like to call the piece a review, but that term implies Lowry employed some critical judgement. As far as I can tell, he simply regurgitated Woodward’s talking points because as we all know Bob Woodward has an impeccible record of objectivity and factual accuracy. This reads like a | Read More »
Dedicating the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon
I was honored to attend the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon this morning. I was not in the building when it was attacked and I did not know any of the victims, but I have spent some in that unique edifice since, and with the people who lost friends and comrades, who inhaled the smoke and rescued the wounded. For them, the | Read More »
Helping with Hurricane Gustav, Day Two
I’d like to add to yesterday’s post suggesting our readers chip in to charities such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, as well as some excellent local efforts that were left in the comments, that generous giving to a good cause is a great testimony to the American spririt. It speaks to the belief that the government shouldn’t be responsible for everything–and that | Read More »
Helping with Hurricane Gustav
I know a lot of people in our community are disappointed by the disruption of events in Minneapolis-St. Paul this week but it is time for us all to focus on the potential disaster brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. History does not need to repeat itself and Louisiana is blessed to find itself in the competent hands of Governor Jindal in this crisis, who | Read More »
“He’s the Pied Piper for our family.”
So said a lady on the Ted Kennedy tribute video at the DNC tonight. I can only assume she does not know the story of the Pied Piper.
I think I know what is going on with Chet Edwards
How about this: Obama had really had planned to have John Edwards and had gotten a whole bunch of Obama/Edwards! stuff printed up and then there was all that unpleasantness and they were sitting around looking at the stuff and a lightbultb went off over some genius’ head. Makes about as much sense as anything I’ve heard today.
Dismembering the “Torture Narrative”
The “torture narrative” has taken another blow. As you may recall, Philippe Sands’ Torture Team (or perhaps more accurately the excerpts that appeared in Vanity Fair) proved so persuasive to Jerry Nadler (D-NY) that he convened a hearing of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Liberties (under Rep. John Conyers’ (D-MI) House Committee on the Judiciary) to demand the truth about the alleged | Read More »
Kobe Bryant is Cool
Our fellow citizen is doing us proud in Beijing.
Gold (and a world’s record) for the Red White and Blue
Everything you need to know about the United States and France can be found in this video. Read more here. Vive le Michael Phelps.