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October 31, 2006


Lame duck governor George Pataki’s office has still got it:

“The Clintons moved here to capitalize on lower taxes, a better economy, and an open Senate seat,” said David Catalfamo, the governor’s spokesman. “When they actually do anything to improve the economy of upstate New York, it will be news.”

-on Bill Clinton’s comment that Pataki does nothing and Hillary’s office has become the de facto governor’s office.

I support the troops, I just think they’re stupid and lazy.

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” – John Kerry

Michelle Malkin and Hot Air are all over this story.

Peter’s brother is in Iraq right now. He is a smart, educated guy who made a choice to join the Navy after 9/11, knowing that he would likely be sent to the Middle East, wanting to fight for his country.

On his behalf, and on the behalf of his brothers serving with him, risking their lives while John Kerry is for the Iraq war (pre-election 2004), then against the Iraq war (primary 2004), then for the Iraq war again (general election 2004) and against it again (now) and plays politics with the war’s funding (voted for it before he voted against it, don’tya know), I’m appalled that this man could’ve been president. His comments are vile and should be spread far and wide, so that our military men and women know what the last Democratic candidate for president really thinks of them.

UPDATE: John McCain makes an excellent demand for an apology:

“Senator Kerry owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country’s call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education. Americans from all backgrounds, well off and less fortunate, with high school diplomas and graduate degrees, take seriously their duty to our country, and risk their lives today to defend the rest of us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. They all deserve our respect and deepest gratitude for their service. The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn’t live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.”

UPDATE: Kerry is completely losing the plot. Claims rightwing is lying about him…except it’s on video, jackass.

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Communism is bad, mmmmkay?

J.B. Spins checks out the new Charlize Theron produced documentary on Cuba, “East of Havana”, which “follows three young Cuban Hip-Hop artists who have formed their own musicians union, El Cartel, outside of the state music system.” It sounds like a pretty cool flick and kudos to Theron for not making the usual Hollywood love letter to Castro.

Spend your pounds elsewhere

The United Kingdom has hired Al Gore to sell the environment thing to us American rubes. Which is funny, because he’s been selling that story to us for years, for free.

And, while it’s cute that Britain is trying to impose their ideas on us, their choice of messenger is actually a little odd: short of the far left, who are likely to have already swallowed the whole ‘the world is ending and it’s all your fault’ scenario peddled by Gore, the rest of Americans are unlikely to pay him much mind. This is the guy who lost election from the incumbent party, in peacetime with a good economy–we don’t exactly hang on his every word.

Via Ben Smith.

October 30, 2006

All Hallow’s Eve

One of the guys from the fabulous film site Cinema Strikes Back hosted a horror movie night at his place last night.
I was able to attend for the last two, “Nightmare on Elm Street, Part I” and “Friday the 13th, Part I”. I found Nightmare to be a better movie–the girl was hotter, Johnny Depp wore a belly shirt and it was just campy and fun. However, I found Friday the 13th to be much scarier, mostly because it’s more realistic than some dead guy killing teenagers in their dreams (although, when you find out the killer at Camp Blood is a middle aged woman, the fear factor decreases by a lot).
My brother, who is 5-years younger than me, used to be terrified of Freddy and was unable to sleep for months after watching Nightmare. And one of the guys watching the films last night said that the last scene in Friday the 13th, the one with Jason in the water, haunted him for a long time when he was a kid.
So, audience participation: Which of these two did it for you when your parents were down the hall and you knew Freddy or Jason was coming to get ya?

Another post of odds and ends

*Ace makes football posts funny.

*Jonah Goldberg has often written about doing nothing as a government policy. Looks like the Czech Republic has taken that idea to heart.

*Dorian Davis has redone the “Republican Spectacular”, an online magazine for gay Republicans, and it looks fly.

*The NY Times discovers that sometimes it’s awkward when Republicans and Democrats are friends. Personally, no matter how passionate I am about politics, and how happy I am to meet fellow conservatives, I think political beliefs shouldn’t rank too highly on the list of qualities in a friend. And I save special scorn for the woman in the article who cuts off her mom for a month because her mother is the only person she knows that supports Bush. Lo-ser.


I didn’t know my comments were down this weekend, I just thought y’all were sick of me.

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October 29, 2006

Lazy Weekend

*I definitely get SAD in the Fall.

*My boyfriend 50 Cent is not guilty of plagiarism. So there.

*Get out of cities, return to the trees: DC residents have shortest life spans.

*Dawn sums up a bunch of conversations she had over the weekend. I like being featured in this one:

Me: I think Mr. Pearatty was mad that I told the people at the party that he was a Republican because he thought that people wouldn’t talk to him.

Karol: I’m totally the opposite. I use it to weed out the riff raff. I’m all “I’m a Republican! Now who’s left?”

Me: For the record, I don’t think I got that disclaimer.

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October 27, 2006

It’s Friday and I’ve had a busy week

So here’s a random celebrity post:

*Oh man, British newspapers don’t mess around. Via Perez.

*Unintentionally funny comment by a celebrity: “With each birth, ‘it gets less and less stressful. It’s just time to get my stuff down while they’re young. so I can sit back and watch them grow up.’” -Kevin Federline.

*And, on a different note, I know so many people that despise Paris Hilton. Why is she famous/she does nothing/if she wasn’t a beautiful gazillionaire she’d be washing dishes somewhere, etc. But why no similar scorn at Paris’s co-star Nicole Ritchie? Paris is a rocket scientist compared to Nicole and Nicole seems to have no particular ambitions besides scaring the public with her dramatic weight loss and trying to get over her break-up with DJ AM. I’m not saying Paris should be some kind of role model, obviously, I’m just saying there are worse people like, say, Nicole.

Bloggers are fun (and really cute)

Robert George, Dan Freedman, Tom Elliott, James Taranto
Dorian Davis+K

Flip Pidot and Scott Sala

Andrew, Karol, James Taranto

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Flipping the Upper East Side

I had a blogger gathering for blogger and State Senate candidate Philip “Flip” Pidot yesterday. Bloggers in attendance (though, yes James, you write a blog in column form):

Dan Freedman
Dorian Davis
James Taranto
Robert George
Scott Sala
Tom Elliott

Ben Smith, Azi Paybarah, Pretty Numbers and Emma are all dead to me for not attending. Just kidding. Um, mostly.

Flip is a terrific candidate, with some serious pro-growth ideas for New York. He’s impressive on the issues and a really cool guy on top of that. The fact that he’s running in my district is a bonus and the fact that he’s a blogger makes him extra cool. If you live on the upper east side of Manhattan, I strongly urge you to check Flip out and vote for him on election day.

Pics from the event are here.

Dan at the NY Sun’s “It Shines For All” blog writes up the event here.

I’ll link other write-ups as they are posted.


Allah issues the Hot Air endorsement. Really, what more do you need to know?

Urban Elephants writes up the gathering.

Quote of the Day

Put simply: There are no grown-ups in the Democrat Party.

Maybe this is what a prematurely giddy Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meant when she told the Los Angeles Times this week: “The gavel of the speaker of the House is in the hands of special interests, and now it will be in the hands of America’s children.”

Yep. Put the gavel in the hands of Pelosi and the Democrats, and you will put the gavel in the hands of children. Couldn’t put it better myself.

-Michelle Malkin in the Washington Times.

Hat-tip Jim M.

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October 26, 2006

Someone remind me, and Hillary, which co-presidents enacted “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Gay City News (via Drudge):

No other issue raised during the gathering garnered the heat that marriage did. Clinton spoke passionately against what she said was the injustice, waste, and stupidity of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that has led to 10,000 discharges in the past 13 years, including some involving personnel with specialized skills such as language translation.

We like MK

Mary Katharine is funny:

This candidate for Senate is praying to the Lord with his staffers. Is that even legal? I’m sure it’s not. Only a backwoods, Jesus-freak Republican would sink so low, with his anti-science, voo-doo, Duby-lovin’ beliefs…Oh, wait. What? That’s Democrat Harold Ford? Oh, how refreshing and genuine. He’s not your daddy’s Democrat. I’ve heard that. Very charismatic, they say. Where’s my checkbook?

And also totally adorable.

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Biased much?

Washington Post:

President George W. Bush signed legislation on Thursday to build 700 miles of fencing along the US-Mexican border, an election-year move against illegal immigration aimed at helping Republicans.

Emphasis mine.

October 25, 2006

Welcome to NY

My little New York blogger crew (mostly consisting of Dawn Summers, Pretty Numbers and Ari) is pretty good at entertaining visiting bloggers.


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