Remembering Tiananmen Square

Gateway Pundit has an outstanding write-up/look back at the massacre at Tiananmen Square, which happened 18 years ago today.

McQ sums things up:

China seems to have come a long way in these 18 years, but you should remember that just below that veneer of freedom and progress they like to show the rest of the world lurks the same monster which crushed those seeking freedom on that heady June day in 1989. Until the communists fall from power, real freedom and liberty will always be an illusion. Take a moment today and remember those who died for it that day.

Hat tip: Blog For All

CBS Public Eye: JFK airport plot was “serious” …. but overhyped – media engaged in ‘scaremongering’

Sigh. Here we go again.

More: Read Keith Olbermann’s thoughts on the thwarted JFK terror plot. Predictable.

Update: What does the Daily Kos blog have to say about the news that this terror plot was busted open by the feds? Find out here. Ian Schwartz notes other liberal blog reactions here.

Prior:

Joe Scarborough and the “pole” remark

Palmetto Scoop calls recent comments made by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough about soon-to-be Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson’s wife a possible “Imus moment” for Scarborough. View the video here:

Transcript (via Palmetto):

SCARBOROUGH: Have you seen Fred Thompson’s wife?
CRAWFORD: Oh, yeah.
SCARBOROUGH: You think she thinks she works the pole?
CRAWFORD: That’s what a Hollywood career will do for you, I guess.
SCARBOROUGH: What do you mean?
CRAWFORD: You get wives like that.
SCARBOROUGH: I mean, look at that guy. God bless him, I love his voice. But I mean, you know. He ain’t Robert Redford in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
CRAWFORD: Well I would like to see him back into politics because I think he’s a lousy actor.

For the record, here’s Fred Thompson and his wife:


Photo courtesy: AP/Kevin Wolf

The USA Today “On Politics” blog has a lengthy link round-up of blogger reactions and MSNBC’s response to it, in which MSNBC tries to put the remark in context. I say in context or out, it was out of line, but I long ago stopped caring about what Joe Scarborough had to say so his comment really doesn’t move me one way or the other. I’m sure he’ll try to ‘clarify’ it on tonight’s show, in any event.

A comment I do take issue with, however, is one made by one of the bloggers mentioned in that USA Today blog piece – liberal feminist blogger Taylor Marsh, a HuffPo favorite – who is using this occassion to point out how this “sure does tell the story of what Republicans think of women.”

Riiiiight. I mean, like we know for sure that liberal men would never ever say anything derogatory about women. Heck, for that matter, we know that liberal men respect women too much to cheat on their them by having a woman under half their age perform sexual favors on them in the Oral – oops, Oval Office, and they certainly wouldn’t dare sexually harass other women while governor of a state in our dear union, would they?

Just what does that say about “liberal men,” I wonder? In fact, what does that say about the liberal women who want to forget those little inconvienient facts? :-?

Read more blogger reax to this story here.

On a much more pleasant note, here’s Fred Thompson “On The Issues.”

Something I wasn’t aware of: He supported McCain-Feingold “campaign finance reform.”

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton: “Something has to be taken away from some people”

More Socialistic preachings from she who wants to be president:

Transcript (via “dollarsandsense” at YouTube):

“[B]ecause an uninsured person who goes to the hospital is more likely to die than an insured person. i mean, that is a fact. so what do we do? we have to build a political consensus. and that requires people giving up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground. the same with energy. you know, we can’t keep talking about our dependence on foreign oil and the need to deal with global warming and the challenge that it poses to our climate and to god’s creation and just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”

This was broadcast on CNN tonight as part of a presidential candidates ‘faith forum’ of sorts, as described by CNN:

Special programming note: Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, CNN will serve as the exclusive broadcaster of a presidential candidate forum on faith, values and politics during the Sojourners “Pentecost 2007″ conference in Washington, D.C.

The Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, author of the best selling book “God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It,” has invited Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama to share their ideas and proposals about pressing social issues with a special emphasis on poverty.

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien will moderate the event, live from The George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium.

And the conversation continues on Paula Zahn Now at 8 p.m. ET with White House hopefuls Sen. Joe Biden, Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Rev. Jesse Jackson will also participate.

I’d say Hillary has ‘faith’ alright, not in the power of the people but instead the power of the federal government. Because she has a fairly comfortable lead in the polls right now, she clearly feels emboldened to slide in ideas favorable to Socialists under the guise of, of course, ‘helping people.’

Prior:

Fraudulent science then and now

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James Lewis at The American Thinker recently wrote a piece about the fraudulent science Stalin was sold on, in comparison to the fraudulent science of “man-made” global warming that the usual suspects try to sell people on today, and finds some similarities (h/t: ST reader Sev):

Trofimko Lysenko is not a household name; but it should be, because he was the model for all the Politically Correct “science” in the last hundred years. Lysenko was Stalin’s favorite agricultural “scientist,” peddling the myth that crops could be just trained into growing bigger and better. You didn’t have to breed better plants over generations, as farmers have been doing for ages. It was a fantasy of the all-powerful Soviet State. Lysenko sold Stalin on that fraud in plant genetics, and Stalin told Soviet scientists to fall into line — in spite of the fact that nobody really believed it. Hundreds of thousands of peasants starved during Stalin’s famines, in good part because of fraudulent science.

There is such a thing as pathological science. Science becomes unhealthy when its only real question — “what is true?” — is sabotaged by vested interests, by ideological Commissars, or even by grant-swinging scientists. Today’s Global Warming campaign is endangering real, honest science. Global Warming superstition has become an international power grab, and good science suffers as a result.

Make sure to read it all.

On a related note, as I’ve been writing this, I’ve been watching the pre-game show for tonight’s Dallas/Eagles game on NBC, and they’ve just officially kicked off their “Green is Universal” campaign by turning off many of their studio lights and changing the NBC logo to a green color. So this makes it the second time this year that NBC has devoted itself to taking an official stand on a political issue.

Update: Bryan at Hot Air isn’t impressed with NBC’s green campaign, either. Hopefully they’ll get some video and/or screen caps of this stupid nonsense so people who missed the show can see the silliness for themselves.

Monday AM Update: Bryan at Hot Air has posted video of NBC’s absurdity.

Thoughtful posts on the immigration issue

As we all know, the debate over the immigration bill has become a highly contentious one, so much so that Republicans are battling Republicans on the issue to the point where it almost seems like the bill can’t be discussed rationally. There are some blogs whose posts on immigration I won’t even read, because the level of vitriol is outright toxic. Others act like apologists for the administration on the issue, which I find a little too passive.

I’ve been reading Captain Ed’s posts on immigration and the controversy surrounding the bill, and he’s got a couple of good ones up that I recommend reading. The first one is about the word “amnesty,” what it means in terms of the immigration problem, and why what some would call “amnesty” so often becomes part of the “solution” on issues like this one.

The second one calls for civility in conservative circles while debating the immigration bill – and he doesn’t just single out one side, but both. The administration was out of line last week when it questioned the patriotism of conservatives who opposed the immigration bill, but by the same token there are conservatives who have been engaged in that sort of questioning as well, acting as though anyone who doesn’t strongly and dogmatically oppose this bill supports “amnesty” and “doesn’t give a damn about protecting our borders.” Both sides obviously have their definitions on what “doing what’s right for this country” means as it relates to this issue and the highly inflamed rhetoric solves nothing. It only makes trying to come up with a solution that much harder.

To see conservatives use arguments on one another that have in general been used almost exclusively towards the far left is disappointing and is one of the reasons I haven’t been blogging extensively on the issue. Not only that, but my position on the issue can best be summed up as “middle of the road” which sounds wishy-washy, and I hate sounding that way. Along with that, I don’t care to have my inbox fill up with messages about how I’ve ‘betrayed’ my country by not being a vocal opponent of this bill. That’s not to say that I can’t take the heat, because as longtime readers and commenters know, I don’t shy away from talking about controversial topics – for example, my opinion on the failed UAE port deal was at odds with a good 50-60% of the party. But this time around, I’ve taken a decidedly low-key approach to talking about the issue. This is my first significant post on it since the issue flew to the forefront again earlier this year.

Regulars to this blog have been respectful about what little I’ve written about the bill and have given their own thoughtful opinions on it, but some driveby newbie readers have not been so respectful and have let me have it via email, and that’s a real shame, because I don’t view this in terms of “you’re either with us 100% or against us.” Since when did not marching lockstep with other Republicans mean you’re not a ‘real conservative’?

Lost in all the back and forth is finding “common ground” – yes, that sounds like a liberal thing to say, but that’s about the best we can do on this issue because we couldn’t even get sensible immigration reform passed when we had control of Congress, and sensible immigration reform is even more of a remote possibility now. And as Captain Ed wrote, in essence, it’s now or never on immigration reform. It’s become such a hot potato(e?) that after this round of hostile negotiations, if nothing gets done on it politicians of the future are only going to pay lip service to it rather than actually do something about it because they aren’t going to want to touch the issue.

Everyone has their “no compromise” issue. Mine is abortion. For other people, it’s immigration. So I fully understand that there are Republicans who will no longer support the GOP over this. That’s fine. I just hope those Republicans remember that that next time they think about taking another conservative to task over refusing to vote for a candidate or support a politician over one issue.

Sen. Craig Thomas (R-WY) in serious condition after second round of chemo treatment for leukemia (UPDATE: THOMAS PASSES AWAY)

Via CNN’s Political Ticker:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyoming, is in serious condition after undergoing a second round of chemotherapy treatment for leukemia, his family said in a statement Monday.

“At this difficult time, all we can do is give him as much love and support as possible” his wife Susan said in a statement. “The support and prayers of Wyoming folks have made a tremendous difference to us. It has meant everything to Craig, and I know it helps him today.”

Doctors said Thomas is struggling with an infection, and his body has been resistant to the treatment, according to the statement.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Thomas family, in hopes that he can beat this thing.

In related news, Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) is recovering well from his December brain hemorrhage. He’s slowly starting to walk again, and is working out of his Virginia home.

Update 11:09 PM: The AP is reporting that Thomas has passed away from leukemia. He was 74.

RIP, Senator Thomas.

Rep. William “Fridge” Jefferson indicted on 16 counts (MORE: WILL JEFFERSON BE EXPELLED FROM CONGRESS?)

It’s about time.

This virtually ensures that he won’t take his seat on the Homeland Security Committee, a seat he was recommended to by none other than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He’s been blocked from taking the seat because Republicans insisted on an up and down vote that the Democrats in the House don’t want to go on record as casting (scroll).

Evening Update: Patrick O’Connor at The Poltico reports that there is an effort underway from House Republicans to have Jefferson expelled from House:

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) moved quickly to force the expulsion of Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) from Congress following his indictment Monday on federal corruption charges.

The Republican leader will ask members of the House to vote on a resolution requiring the ethics committee to review the indictment filed against him in order to seek his expulsion from the House, according to his office.

Boehner will offer a privileged resolution on the House floor as early as Tuesday calling for the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to review the 94-page indictment filed against Jefferson Monday. The House will then vote on his resolution calling for the ethics panel to act.

Stay tuned …