via Talk Left
At least she's honest -- The Wall Street Journal's Mary Anastasia O'Grady is bragging about Bush's plan to end Social Security as we know it: "George Bush's plan to create personal retirement accounts is not simply an actuarial adjustment designed to boost old-age financial security. It is a lunge for the jugular vein of the welfare state." (emphasis added) (subscription only)
From The New Yorker/Metro:...But CBS News executives insist that Moonves has no plans to put Stewart on the Evening News. If anything, Stewart is considered a more likely candidate to replace Andy Rooney as a commentator on 60 Minutes if the 85-year-old essayist ever retires....
The news is that if it actually happened, Stewart would probably be able to keep his Daily Show gig as well.
An NBC 7/39 news crew attended the forum Tuesday and recorded Mattis' comments. Among other things, he said, "Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. ... It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling."
Video (hat tip Joe)
He added, "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis continued. "You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."
Thursday, Gen. Mike Hagee, commandant of the Marine Corps, issued a statement saying, "I have counseled him concerning his remarks and he agrees he should have chosen his words more carefully."
You mean Ted Kennedy was Right?
The Right Wing Noise Machine was all over Kennedy for actually having the audacity to suggest that the U.S. should pull out troops right after the election. Of course they made it seem like Kennedy hates the troops and he blames them for the problems in Iraq. Now that Wolfowitz agrees with Ted, I can' really figure out how they will respond to it. Can you?
via Washington MonthlyPaul Wolfowitz testified before Congress on Thursday that troop levels in Iraq would be reduced by 15,000 now that the elections are over. This has been planned for a while and isn't news.
However, Wolfowitz also said that Donald Rumsfeld, who for years has resisted the idea of increasing the Army's permanent end strength, has finally agreed that this is necessary. Just like John Kerry and the Democrats have been saying for the past year. How about that?
The size of the increase apparently hasn't been decided yet, but funding will be included in the Pentagon's FY2006 budget request next week. I'm not quite sure how they can ask for funding if they haven't decided on how many troops they need, but they're the budget wizards, not me.
A spoof of last year's Janet Jackson "costume malfunction" at the Super Bowl half time show will not be aired.
Let's see...no sex...no skin...no bad language.....no violence....Yea ban it.
Rummy appeared on Larry King and did indeed submit his resignation, not once but twice!
He twice offered his resignation to President Bush over the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, but both times was asked to stay in the job. I submitted my resignation to President Bush twice during that period and told him that ... I felt that he ought to make the decision as to whether or not I stayed on. And he made that decision and said he did want me to stay on," Rumsfeld said.
Well she's at it again. Last week I emailed her about her obvious false statement that Andrew Sullivan is a lefty blogger. Of course no response. She doesn't allow comments on her blog either, so she's more like a ranter than a blogger:
I see Michelle Malkin has taken to calling Greg Robinson "gutlessly underhanded."
UPDATE: Greg Robinson has responded. [Via Eric Muller.] Seems this is vintage Malkin: Twist an act of graciousness on the part of your opponents into an attack on their character. It's not as if we didn't know already, but it's worth repeating: These people see decency as a weakness to be exploited.
Police needed tasers to subdue this melee between two high schools in Alabama.
I've been in hostile basketball games before back in High school. Half the team didn't show up to a game back in the late 70's because of intimidation. Is this a new trend? I really don't think so, and I doubt that the Indiana Pacers/Detroit Piston brawl had any influence on this situation. As more information becomes available, I'm sure we'll find out.
Rumsfeld Says He Offered to Resign Over Abu Ghraib
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Thursday he twice offered his resignation to President Bush over the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, but both times was asked to stay in the job. I submitted my resignation to President Bush twice during that period and told him that ... I felt that he ought to make the decision as to whether or not I stayed on. And he made that decision and said he did want me to stay on," Rumsfeld said. He was speaking in an interview with CNN's "Larry King Live" program and a transcript was released in advance of its broadcast on Thursday evening.
I think it's more Bush's policy not to admit an error, than to actually want him to stay on. Do you think Bill O'Reilly will be mad because he didn't get that out of Rummy? Here's the video interview with O'Reilly if you missed it. here