“Critics of the Bush administration’s conduct of the war in Iraq have long demanded that he admit his mistakes. But they have not admitted their own past mistakes, much less admit the potentially catastrophic mistake they will make in the future if they make it impossible to sustain military operations there.” —Thomas Sowell
Archives for February 2007
Okay, I’ve had enough. I know the empty-vessel Shill Media struggle for something, anything to talk about, this being the lot of those intellectually and philosophically bankrupt. But Rudolph Giuliani for president? Please. There’s more chance I’ll simultaneously be made head of NOW and the NAACP and be invited to George Soros’ next soiree.
I know a little something about Giuliani. Although my politics, faith, appearance, gun case and, well, most everything about me say otherwise, I was raised in New York City. And one of my last acts before departing the Den of Iniquity for suburbia was to cast a vote for America’s Mayor. Don’t hold it against me; he was running against David Dinkins, a man who made Forrest Gump look smart.
Unlike the piece I wrote about the now listing U.S.S. Mitt Romney, I’m not herein trying to sound the alarm. Rather, I simply point out that Giuliani is a ship that only floats in New York Harbor. He is far too liberal to get the Republican nomination.
I’ve never witnessed a more laughable game of collective “Let’s pretend” than the media’s Giuliani coverage. Even Dick Morris, the erstwhile Clinton propaganda minister who fancies himself the Niccolo Machiavelli of the third millennium, has called Giuliani the man to beat.
He’s more like the man who will be beaten – and by more than one candidate, mind you.
The media love to point out how Giuliani is the poll-leader for the Republican nomination, a fact which means absolutely nothing. All many people in middle America know about him is that he didn’t pull a Ray Nagin on 9/11 – he stoically shepherded his city through that dark hour – and that he rendered a captivating, earthy speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention. And on his list of credits I’ll add that after ferociously battling the mafia as a United States Attorney, he followed suit as mayor and cleaned up NYC, reducing crime and improving quality of life.
This is all well and good but, unfortunately, Giuliani only looks palatable when viewed through the narrow prism of these few events. And sometime very soon the average Republican voter will learn something: Liberal NY Republicans are different from liberal NY Democrats. They have an “R” next to their names.
As mayor, Giuliani never missed a chance to march in the “Gay Pride” parade. He actively supported “gay rights” and said he was “proud” of his domestic partnership initiative (a step toward anti-marriage). Most egregiously, he once opined that homosexuality is “good and normal.”
Giuliani also favored government funding for abortion and said that the type of infanticide known as “partial-birth abortion” should not be outlawed in NY. And while he now says he is “personally opposed to abortion,” he also once asserted, “I’d give my daughter the money for it [an abortion].” I guess he thinks his kids should have the right to choose and receive Big Daddy funding.
Giuliani has also been an advocate of abridging Second Amendment rights and, more odious still, showed his end-justifies-the-means lawyer colors, exercising his mayoral power to the end of filing suit against the gun industry. He has supported the type of invidious discrimination known as affirmative action and has opposed school prayer and tuition tax credits. He at one time said he endeavors to resurrect the spirit of Rockefeller Republicanism and that he would consider endorsing Bill Clinton, stating “most of Clinton’s policies are very similar to most of mine.” Then, he did in fact endorse ultra-liberal NY governor Mario Cuomo in 1994. And, as damnable as anything else, Giuliani upheld policies that make NYC a sanctuary city for illegal aliens. Anyway, enough about that. You get the idea.
My point is that Giuliani’s golfer son, Andrew, has more of a chance of winning the Masters (he is a phenomenal player) than father does of capturing the Republican nomination. Allow me to lend this some perspective.
The hate-America-first crowd likes to say, perhaps when pondering the political prospects of Lady Macbeth and Brokeback Obama, that no woman or black person could be elected president. And given the nature of these two individuals, it may be lamentable that this is not so. But now let’s talk about something unprecedented that actually is impossible.
To the best of my knowledge:
– No pro-abortion candidate has ever won the Republican nomination.
– Nobody who has been in bed with the homosexual lobby has ever won the Republican nomination.
– Nobody who has opposed Second Amendment rights has ever won the Republican nomination.
And some think a man saddled with all three negatives will do so in 2008?
What I find truly amazing is that this reality escapes Giuliani. What is this man thinking? Does he fancy that the average Republican voter is a Times Echo? Talk about believing your own press clippings.
The only interesting aspect of the Giuliani coverage is why the media would press forward, seemingly oblivious to the man’s inviability. The obvious answer is that it’s an alluring story, as Giuliani has a marquee name and a scintillating, romantic persona. It’s also possible some in the Shill Media wish to secure a Hillary versus Rudy match-up, thereby ensuring that a liberal will take the oath of office in 2009. Then there’s the fact that press lunkheads live such an insular existence, surrounded by so many fellow travelers, that they start to view themselves as the true center. They then come to believe they represent a fair cross-section of America. My guess, though, is that the coverage is probably attributable to all of the above.
Anyway, I don’t know what Giuliani’s presidential “exploratory committee” told him a while back, but I could have provided the truth at a tenth the cost. Mr. Mayor, you’d stand a better chance running as an independent; then you might at least be able to make a respectable showing. But, really, you’d be best off devoting your resources to any PGA Tour ambitions your son may be nursing. You miss left far too much to be a contender.Rudolph Giuliani for president, NAACP, Mitt Romney, Dick Morris, 9/11, Giuliani, Second Amendment, Bill Clinton, pro-abortion, homosexual lobby, PGA Tour
I’ve been watching with interest to see where this Mandated Gardasil Vaccine debate was headed. Texas Governor Perry has met with opposition from his state legislature. There are a number of factors that should cause concern for Americans interested in their own health and the health of their children, girls specifically in this case. One would BE our medical freedom of which there seems to be precipitously little left and our present and future personal freedom in general. Our medical freedoms are being eroded daily, by, I’m sure well meaning in most cases, but confused nanny-care politicians and lobbyists.
Governor Rich Perry has been rebuffed by a state legislative committee vote of 6 to 3 to rescind his executive decision for Mandated Gardasil Vaccinations for girls starting sixth grade…that’s eleven year old girls. If this vaccine, originally developed specifically as a preventive for genital warts was so effective then why weren’t eleven year old boys included in this mandated vaccine? When did the vaccine become so gender specific? Not that this would make a difference in the principle of the opposition, but it seems a valid question. Which leads me to speculate on why and how it was presented to the members of Women in Government whom i might add will not provide information on the amount of persuasiveness supplied by Merck.
There are other troubling elements. Merck has successfully influenced the right people in the right places. Some observers can show that Perry has clear connections to Merck. I’m still idealistic enough that this disturbs me. Additionally, there is little information on the potential for side effects. Immediate side effects are dizziness and fainting. One possible long term effect mentioned is Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The actual data on long term effects will ultimately be provided by our little daughters who stand in for the guinea pigs. Lately, experts have stated that the vaccine MAY be effective for about 3 to 5 years. This means that at age eleven, our daughters must submit to a series of 3 gardasil vaccinations every 3 to 5 years costing $360. Is eleven an appropriate age to begin this treatment? Medical statistics say that four out of 100 of the HPV linked cancers have the potential to be affected. We all want to see the end of cancer. We ALL want to see cures. But it just doesn’t make sense to expose a certain demographic of the population to unforeseen, unknown, potential health risks in order to MAYBE prevent 1/100th of 1 percent of cervical cancer deaths in the female population when current procedures appear to provide at least that amount of diagnostic screening.
GOOD that Merck has developed a vaccine that begins to address the problem. STILL, it is the parents’ choice whether their girl children should take the vaccine. We need drug companies. I’m sure. I guess. At this time, Merck is still facing lawsuits for the side effects of the drugs Vioxx AND of Fosamax which causes jaw decay…i don’t mean like tooth decay…i mean Jaw DEATH. Also, I might mention the Swine Flu Vaccine from a number of years ago. So all this makes me just a little leery at this point in giving Merck or our state governments carte blanche on Mandatory Gardasil Vaccines. Maybe again the potential cure might be worse than the condition. Regardless, Governor Perry’s action certainly does nothing to protect the sovereignty of the family.
SideBear: Carolyn first brought the Gardasil controversy to our attention a month ago and for that all parents owe her a thank you and it can be read here.
Related Links to this….
No new HPV drug warnings ordered
At issue is Gardasil, a three-dose vaccine by Merck & Co. approved by the government in June for females ages 9 to 26. The vaccine protects against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers and genital warts.
What might parents consider regarding the HPV vaccine? There were 3,700 fatalities in 2006 from this disease, which, as The Washington Times points out, is less than 1/100th of 1 percent of the U.S. population of women over age 18.Gardasil Vaccine, Governor Rich Perry, genital warts, Merck, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, HPV linked cancers, Vioxx, Fosamax
Mrs. Clinton’s biggest problem may be voters’ unease with dynastic politics.
Hollywood mogul David Geffen, a supporter of Barack Obama, knew he was setting the Democratic nomination contest ablaze when, in an interview with Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, he characterized his once-close friends Bill and Hillary Clinton as liars. For good measure he added that the former president was “reckless” and can’t be expected to change his behavior while the New York senator has been overprogrammed by advisers “who are covering every base.”
Mrs. Clinton’s surrogates went into full attack mode to discredit Mr. Geffen, who during the 1990s helped raise some $18 million for various Clinton causes. They demanded–and didn’t get–an apology from Mr. Obama, who pointed out that Mr. Geffen holds no formal position with his campaign.
Team Clinton’s overreaction came from its conviction that any discussion of the scandals that swirled around Bill Clinton’s eight years in office are completely off-limits during Hillary’s own run for the White House. When a Newsweek reporter broached the subject of future Clinton scandals last December in an interview with a Hillary adviser, the reaction was quick and cutting. “If that’s what you want to talk about, I’m hanging up right now.”
A strategy of avoidance may be effective in squelching doubts and questions in the short run, but it carries the danger of eroding Mrs. Clinton’s carefully cultivated image of moderation and reasonableness during a campaign that still has almost a year to run before the first primaries. Observes blogger Mickey Kaus:
Does Hillary realize that this taboo-enforcement strategy plays into the worst aspect of her public image–the dogmatic PC enforcer whose loyal aides seem, at least in public, to live in zombie-like fear that too much candor could incur her wrath? . . . Your fellow Democrats are tolerant, but they wonder what the deal (with your husband) is. That isn’t the “politics of personal destruction.” It’s due diligence. Attempting to repress this discussion only assures that it will quickly come to the surface.
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SideBear: The idea that the Clinton’s believe that they can control and/or mandate what we speak about gives us insight to the tyrannical rule awaiting us should there be a Hildabeast Presidency. What a set of chestnuts this woman has!David Geffen, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton
Douglas MacKinnon was press secretary for former Senator Bob Dole presents a very realistic scenario “he finds it more and more plausible to believe that Al Qaeda or its imitators, will inflict catastrophic and lasting damage upon our republic. The evidence is everywhere, but most of us choose to ignore that which enables the evil intent on killing us all.”
MacKinnon concludes that in three different examples how Washington is for sale to the highest bidder and/or for political gain.
From his article ….
As my former director of the FBI says to the president when he comes to the White House to state their terms, “…Rome was lucky, Mr. President. It only had one Nero to stand by and fiddle as the city and the culture burned to the ground. We in the United States, have 535.”
(Editors Note: The 535 Neroites the author is referring to is 100 members of the Senate and 435 members of the House of Representatives.)
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SideBear: Anyone for TERM LIMITS ?Senator Bob Dole, Al Qaeda, FBI, Nero, Senate, House of Representatives