Archive for May, 2006

Shot in the Arm

With luck, political muscle and at least $25 million, Cleveland hopes to transform The Q into the home court of the Republican Party during the final months of the 2008 presidential election. (via Cleveland.com)

This would be a huge boost to Cleveland’s depressed economy. The city leadership (all parties) should be fighting for this with all they’ve got. This is their chance to really make a defining moment and to reverse the momentum of the city’s economic slide.

That being said, the realist in me doubts the city’s leadership is up to the challenge. Why is the mayor not on TV and radio rallying the troops?

…a small delegation of Clevelanders including Valarie McCall, Mayor Frank Jackson's chief of intergovernmental affairs, Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland Chief Dennis Roche and Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman Robert Frost met in Washington with Republican officials to discuss the minimum requirements for the proposal.

Forget the “chief of intergovernmental affairs”. No offence to her, but I want to see the mayor himself fighting tooth and nail to secure this opportunity. My fear is he won’t fight for it with all he’s got because if he looses it could affect his personal political future (i.e. better mediocrity than a failed attempt at improvement)… I hope I’m wrong!

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24 Finale

Hope everyone enjoyed last night’s 24 season finale! I thought it was pretty good, especially the first hour. As usual the Right Wing Nut House has a full summary and analysis. See part one here and part two there. Thank you very much Rick for providing thorough Tuesday morning entertainment. I can’t wait for next season.

Also, a few miscellaneous points:

  • Any one with Henderson’s experience would know the weight of the gun was off (i.e. unloaded)
  • Anyone with no experience would at least check to see if they had a full magazine, one in the pipe, etc.
  • But, I think the two points above are moot. Henderson is still alive. Jack definitely staged his death as part of their agreement. Don’t forget, Jack gave his word to Henderson to cover-up his death. Henderson pointed out himself that Jack "always keeps his word." You can take this to the bank.

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Art versus Insensitivity

Madonna on a giant cross as part of a concert or Kanye West posed as Jesus on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Those are just artists expressing themselves. But draw a cartoon of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban… now that’s racist, culturally insensitive, and of course cause for global rioting. Am I the only one that notices a slight double standard?

Fact of the matter is… if any of these stars had any real “balls” and wanted to really show-up society, they’d portray Islamic themes.

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Bad Idea!

President Bush will announce plans on Monday to deploy thousands of National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border to support efforts to catch more illegal immigrants, as he tries to placate conservatives demanding a tougher policy. (via Yahoo)

The whole illegal immigration debate has gone crazy! What a colossal waste of money and manpower. Does anyone think that this will do any good? If so, please comment here! I’d love to understand how a few thousand people are going to lock down one of the most frequently crossed borders in the world. A border that’s almost two thousand miles long and generally run’s through the middle of isolated areas (i.e. mountains and deserts).

Even if it did slow illegal immigration, what good would that do? We’re still left with the millions of illegals already here.

Oh, one more thing, don’t preach to me about security, because our border with Canada is even less defended than Mexico, and our ports can be more porous than either. The fact no one is willing to admit, is that we can defend against an invasion, but we’ll never be able to defend perfectly against a handful of terrorists and still retain our most precious freedoms. Look at Israel as an example, their security is much stricter than ours, yet terrorist routinely are able to compromise their defenses…

Armies are meant to kill people and break things. Put them on the border and God help it when some 18 year old (American) kid ends up shooting some even younger (Mexican) kid (or family), just because they’re trying to make a better life for themselves.

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Took some time

off last week. I was out-of-town on business and parlayed it into a little R&R for the Mrs and myself. We spent the week in Tucson. I’ll tell you what, that is about as different as Ohio as you can get. Can’t say I’d want to live there, but it was sure fun to visit (especially this time of year).

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If you know this guy…watch your back

A high school teacher has apologized for asking students to write about who they would kill and how they would do it…(from KTRK via Drudge)

My guess is that he was trolling for some good ideas.

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It’s Fiction People!

To the strains of "Hail to the Chief," actress Geena Davis accepted an award night for her television portrayal of the first woman president of the United States from an organization which is seeking to turn fiction into reality….

…The award was presented by The White House Project, a non-profit organization which works to promote women's voting, political participation and leadership, with a goal of putting a woman in the White House. (via Yahoo)

I question any group whose goal is to put people into leadership positions based on anything other than real merit. Hmmm, I wonder if they’d approve of Condoleezza Rice for President? There was no mention in the article of this “non-profit organization’s” political leanings, which usually means they’re way way left (i.e. even to far left to call them “nonpartisan”).

UPDATE

I did checkout the The White House Project web site which of course calls itself nonpartisan. Yet I had a hard time finding any well known conservative members…

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