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April 27, 2005

Song of the Day

Even though he sounds like he has a cold but decided to record the song anyway, I’m really loving the song ‘Start from Scratch’ by The Game.

By the way, I started this feature to share good music that I’ve been hearing so if you’re listening to something you think others would like, go on and leave a comment.

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How quickly things change

A Marist poll shows a sharp reversal of fortunes in New York City, with Mayor Bloomberg leading Freddy Ferrer by double digits.

Via The Note.

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Quote of the Day

“I don’t know how to respond to something that never happened. And the last thing I want to do is get into a fight with a powerful celebrity who has a blog read by tens of people.”

-’The Late Show with David Letterman’ executive producer Rob Burnett’s response to Rosie O’Donnell’s accusation on her blog that he yelled at her several years ago.

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The future

I was reading the NY Sun on the subway yesterday morning and flipped it over to the back and saw Claudio’s face looking at me. For those that don’t know, Claudio is a fabulous, brilliant, adorable young man who, along with his fabulous, brilliant, adorable co-host Pat, runs the blog ‘The (vast) Right Wing Conspiracy’. Mr. Claudio has won a Truman Fellowship. Look for great things from him in the future. The joke is that he’ll be a Karl Rove, but I see no reason why he couldn’t become a Ronald Reagan. Congrats, Claudio.

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Stories that move me further to the right

Ahmed Ressam, who planned to bomb Los Angeles International airport in 2000 is being sentenced today.

The Algerian national was caught smuggling explosives into the United States through Port Angeles in December 1999. He was convicted in April 2001 of nine charges, including terrorist conspiracy. Facing up to 130 years in prison, he began to talk.

So, what penalty is the government now seeking for Mr. Ressam? Life? No, thirty years. Is that normal? Thirty years for plotting to murder innocent Americans? His lawyers are seeking twelve and a half years because he cooperated with the authorities. However, he stopped cooperating some time ago. A terrorist who helps authorities should be spared the death penalty (an argument in itself for having the death penalty, an issue that conflicts me) but should still get life in prison. We have financial criminals facing life in prison. Potential terrorists who plot mass death should easily receive the same.

The final detail in this story is a lesson on illegal immigration:

Ressam, one of seven children from a poor family in Algeria, bounced around North Africa and France before arriving in Canada with a fake French passport. He was not immediately deported, however, and began engaging in petty crime before falling in with a group of extremist Muslims. His new friends helped him travel to Afghanistan in 1998 and 1999, where he attended three terror camps before returning to Montreal, court documents said.

Imagine if Canada actually enforced their own immigration laws. Imagine if we did.

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April 26, 2005

Song of the Day

‘(David Bowie I love you) since I was six’ by the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

You can listen to a clip here or download it from your preferred service. It’s beautiful. Thanks, Peter.

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The L-Word (by guest blogger Dorian Davis)

The six phases of liberal rejection in national elections.

1) SHOCK–The initial response to rejection in a national election is shock, complete surprise and dismay for the losers, who are often so insulated within a bubble of favorable media coverage that they have convinced themselves they are going to be victorious. This process, begun in 2000, started anew on Election Day, in 2004, when the vice-presidential candidate, John Edwards, was thoroughly broadsided by the defeat in Ohio, and actually refused to lose, withholding a concession speech, pending the pointless, unnecessary count of every single, solitary ballot in the state: “We’ve waited four years for this victory,” he said. “We can wait one more night.”

2) RATIONALIZATION–This sets in after the initial shock of the defeat has worn off, as the losers pine for explanations of how, exactly, they failed to win over the public, when their agenda was user-friendly. How, they think, could we possibly lose? This translates, for the Democrats, into the conclusion that the election was stolen. The “I was robbed” mentality of the 2000 race was echoed again in November, when liberals fumed about voter fraud–after they, themselves, had registered Dick Tracy and Mary Poppins in Ohio–and John Kerry complained that “too many who tried to vote were intimidated.”

3) DEPRESSION–Depression is the inevitable follow-up to Rationalization, after the questions and recriminations fall by the wayside, and the liberals are left with the simple fact that they are out of power. They become frustrated, apathetic and, eventually, give up. This stage set in like a thick miasma over the Democratic Party, with liberal journalists such as David Broder, at The Washington Post, capitulating in the filibuster battle over judicial appointees with the explanation that the Republicans won, and “elections matter.”

4) RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION–After a period of absolute apathy and inertia, the liberal defense mechanisms kick in, and they vilify the people who hurt them: They don’t love us? They must be nuts! The standard-bearers for this indignation were Democrats in the Senate, who believed that they were entitled to make policy; to block, obstruct and veto the president’s judicial nominees in a parliamentary coup d’état, despite a no-confidence vote from the public in 2000, 2002, and again in 2004.

5) ANALYSIS–As they approach the healing process, liberals are beginning to realize that their strategy has gone far beyond perseverance, and bordered on a psychological disorder, a failure to understand failure. They realize that people don’t want a mystical, elastic Constitution, that can be perverted for any reason, especially to filibuster judges. They realize that people like the Constitution, and that people don’t particularly like the Democratic legal motto, “Do You Believe In Magic?”

6) ACCEPTANCE–The losers accept the defeat, and offer up a newly-packaged version of the party, with a new message, and a new vision for the future. It’s been 5 years since Florida 2000, and–just as the liberals scaled one six-step ladder of Acceptance–came another presidential election, and another Election Day. So: will Democrats climb that ladder, high enough to pull out of the miasma and become a voice in the future, or buckle under the weight of their own denial, and remain a voice in the dark? That remains to be seen.

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Boys and Girls

Two good dating posts, both from men in Brooklyn:

Ken Wheaton on saying the ‘L’ word too early and Matzoh Cojones on Jews dating Jews.

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Sorry about another exclusively-interesting-to-New Yorkers post, but tomorrow night Peter and Mike will be hosting The Archives Listening Project, their monthly obscure music listening party, and you’re invited. It starts at 9pm at 12″ which is on Houston+Essex. More info here.

Jessica, Ari and I (and maybe Ms.Lisa if we can get her to cut class) will be going to eat beforehand (probably to Mama’s Food Shop on E. Third+Avenue B), so let me know if you’d like to join us.

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She can’t be wrong all the time.

If you’re one of those people who thinks ‘really, what does she see in that lefty wacko’ every time I link to Dawn Summers, this post is for you.

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April 25, 2005

NYC Events

Last year, I went to the Friends of the NRA dinner alone. I was one of the few women and also one of the few people who doesn’t own a gun. I was asked twice whether I was a liberal reporter covering the event. So, this year, I want to get a few people together to come with me. It’s May 18th and tickets are $50. Count on me to remind you a couple of times before then but for now I just want to gauge interest.

Also, tomorrow night Dinesh D’Souza will be debating at Columbia. It’s at 8pm. All the details are over at my blog. I’m not positive that I can make it but I’m going to try because Dinesh is one of my favorites. Anyone want to go?

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Just wondering

How is it that my baby brother turning 23 today makes me feel so much older than my turning 28 last week?

Update: And how is it that despite the fact that I will forever see him as a little kid, I still want to marry him off to Jessica?

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And most importantly, I’ll be there.

My latest advertiser, The Personal Democracy Forum, is offering a $70 discount to ‘Alarming News’ readers to attend the Personal Democracy Conference on May 16th in NYC. Use the code an225 when registering.

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Someone explain the big deal.

I finally saw ‘Napolean Dynamite’ this weekend and while it wasn’t so bad that I’d demand my money back, I have to admit that I don’t get it. Why the raves and cult status?

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Quote of the Day

“A lot of Russian girls ask you straight up what you drive,” he said. “It’s the beginning of the process.”

-From a good article in the Times about the community I’m from in Brooklyn.

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April 24, 2005

The BBC is a disgrace and the Conservative party makes me sad

Regardless of what I think of CNN or CBS or ABC, and regardless of what you think of Fox, we really don’t know about hack journalism until we look at the BBC. The BBC planted hecklers at a Conservative party event, supposedly because they were filming a story about the history of heckling. Put aside that that is one of the more retarded story ideas I’ve heard, it is a telling story about the difference between the Conservatives in Britain and the Republicans in America.

The Conservatives have called for an apology and an assurance that no such incident will occur again. It has also demanded that the BBC promises never to broadcast the footage. The corporation said it would investigate “very fully”. It and other broadcasters have a statutory duty to remain impartial during election campaigns. The corporation’s guidelines for producers state: “Our audiences rightly expect the highest editorial and ethical standards from the BBC.”

An apology? Oh swell. If my tax dollars were being used to equip hecklers to interfere with my party’s political gatherings, while screaming fawning things like “You can only trust Tony Blair”, I’d be demanding a hell of a lot more than an apology. I’d want firings. I’d want the end of the BBC. If you can’t handle the responsibility of even semi-responsible journalism, then you’ve gotta go. The big, bad, sad thing about the Conservatives is that they’re a bunch of wusses who don’t seem to understand politics. Apart from the fact that I have no idea what they stand for or what they believe, now they are mealymouthed and weak when faced with this egregious situation. Where is their Karl Rove or Dick Morris? Hell, where is their Bob Shrum? But more importantly, where are their cajones and how long do they plan to exist without them?

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