Sunday, October 29, 2006
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Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, took on CNN Friday evening during an interview with anchorman Wolf Blitzer.
Lynne Cheney is the epitomy of class and brains and beauty. Wolf and CNN took on a little more than they could chew in this interview and Lynne let 'em have it with "both barrels" (pun intended).
WB: And joining us now, the wife of the Vice President of the United States, Lynne Cheney, no stranger to CNN. Thanks very much for coming in.
LC: Thank you, Wolf, for having.
WB: And we’re going to talk about this excellent new book, Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America. This is a book that I recommend for all ages, and I see it’s already a bestseller.
LC: I’m very proud of this book. It was an effort of two years for Robin Glasser and me. And it was inspiring the whole time. It’s a story of the whole country, told by a family going on a road trip, and my grandchildren love it.
WB: I want to get to that, all that, but I want to pick your brain a little bit on news that’s happening right now, including your husband, the Vice President. He was interviewed earlier this week out in North Dakota, and he had this exchange with a radio talk show host. Listen to this:
Host: Would you agree a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?
DC: Well, it’s a no-brainer for me, but for a while there, I was criticized as being the Vice President for Torture. We don’t torture. That’s not what we’re involved in.
WB: It made it sound, and there’s been interpretation to this effect, that he was in effect confirming that the United States used this waterboarding, this technique that has been rejected by the international community, that simulates a prisoner being drowned, if you will. And he was, in effect, supposedly confirming that the United States has been using that.
LC: Wolf, that is a mighty house you’re building on top of that molehill there, a mighty mountain. You know, this is a complete distortion. He didn’t say anything of the kind.
WB: Because of the dunking, you know, using the water and the dunking…
LC: Wolf, I understand your point. It’s kind of the point of a lot of people right now, to try to distort the administration’s position. And if you really want to talk about that, I watched the program on CNN last night, which I thought, it’s your 2006 voter program, which I thought was a terrible distortion of both the President and the Vice President’s position on many issues. It seemed almost straight out of the Democratic talking points, using phrases like domestic surveillance, when it is not domestic surveillance that anyone has talked about or ever done. It’s surveillance of terrorists. It’s people who have al Qaeda connections calling into the United States. So I think we’re in the season of distortion, and this is just one more.
WB: But there have been some cases where innocent people have been picked up, interrogated, held for long periods of time, then simply said never mind, let go. They’re let go.
LC: Well, are you sure these people are innocent?
WB: Well, they’re walking around free right now. Nobody’s arrested them.
LC: You made a point last night of a man who had a bookstore in London, where radical Islamists gathered, who was in Afghanistan when the Taliban were there, who went to Pakistan. I think that you might be a little careful before you declare this as a person with clean hands.
WB: You’re referring to the CNN Broken Government special…
LC: I certainly am.
WB: This was the one that John King reported on last night.
LC: You know, right there, right there, Wolf. Broken Government. Now what kind of stance is that? Here we are, we’re a country where we have been mightily challenged over the past six years. We’ve been through 9/11. We’ve been through Katrina. The President and the Vice President inherited a recession. We’re a country where the economy is healthy. That’s not broken. This government has acted very well. We’ve had tax cuts that are responsible for our healthy economy. We’re a country that was attacked five years ago. We haven’t been attacked since. What this government has done is effective. That’s not broken government. So you know, I shouldn’t let media bias surprise me, but I worked at CNN once. I watched the program last night…
WB: You were a co-host of Crossfire.
LC: …and I was troubled.
WB: All right. Well, that was probably the purpose, to get people to think, to get people to discuss these issues, because there are a lot of conservatives…
LC: All right, all right, Wolf. I’m here to talk about my book. But if you want to talk about distortion…
WB: We’ll talk about your book.
LC: Right. But what is CNN doing running terrorist tape of terrorists shooting Americans? I mean, I thought Duncan Hunter asked you a very good question, and you didn’t answer it. Do you want us to win?
WB: The answer, of course, is we want the United States to win. We are Americans. There’s no doubt about that. You think we want terrorists to win?
LC: Then why are you running terrorist propaganda?
WB: With all due respect, with all due respect, this is not terrorist propaganda.
LC: Oh, Wolf…
WB: This is reporting the news, which is what we do. We’re not partisan…
LC: Where did you get the film?
WB: We got the film…look, this is an issue that has been widely discussed, this is an issue that we reported on extensively. We make no apologies for showing that. That was a very carefully considered decision, why we did that. And I think, and I think, of your…
LC: Well, I think it’s shocking.
WB: If you’re a serious journalist, you want to report the news. Sometimes the news is good, sometimes the news isn’t so good.
LC: But Wolf, there’s a difference between news and terrorist propaganda. Why did you give the terrorists a forum?
WB: And if you put it in context, if you put it in context, that’s what news is. We said it was propaganda. We didn’t distort where we got it. We didn’t distort anything about it. We gave it the context. Let’s talk about another issue in the news, and then we’ll get to the book. The Democrats are now complaining bitterly in this Virginia race. George Allen using novels, novels that Jim Webb, his Democratic challenger, has written, in which there are sexual references. And they’re making a big deal out of this. I want you to listen to what Jim Webb said today in responding to this very sharp attack from George Allen.
LC: Now do you promise, Wolf, that we’re going to talk about my book?
WB: I do promise.
LC: Because this seems to me a mighty long trip around the merry-go-round.
WB: I want you to respond. This is in the news today, and your name has come up, so that’s why we’re talking about it. But listen to this:
James Webb: There’s nothing that’s been in any of my novels that in my view, hasn’t been either illuminating the surroundings, or defining a character, or moving a plot. I’m a serious writer. I mean, we can go and read Lynne Cheney’s lesbian love scenes if you want to, you know, get graphic on stuff.
LC: You know, Jim Webb is full of baloney. I have never written anything sexually explicit. His novels are full of sexually explicit references to incest, sexually explicit references…well, you know, I just don’t want my grandchildren to turn on the television set. This morning, Imus was reading from the novels, and it’s triple X rated.
WB: Here’s what the Democratic Party put out today, the Democratic Congressional Senatorial Campaign Committee. Lynne Cheney’s book featured brothels and attempted rape. In 1981, Vice President Dick Cheney’s wife, Lynne, wrote a book called Sisters, which featured a lesbian love affair, brothels, and attempted rapes. In 1988, Lynne Cheney wrote about a Republican Vice President who dies of a heart attack while having sex with his mistress. Is that true?
LC: Nothing explicit. And actually, that is full of lies. It’s not…it’s just absolutely not true.
WB: But you did write a book entitled Sisters.
LC: I did write a book entitled Sisters. This description…
WB: And it did have lesbian characters.
LC: No, not necessarily. This description is a lie. I’ll stand on that.
WB: There is nothing in there about rapes and brothels?
LC: Wolf, Wolf, could we talk about a children’s book for a minute?
WB: We can talk about the children’s book. But I just wanted to…
LC: I think our segment is like 15 minutes long, and we’ve now done ten minutes, so…
WB: I just wanted to clarify what’s in the news today, give you a…
LC: Sex, lies and distortion. That’s what it is.
WB: This is an opportunity for you to explain on these sensitive issues.
LC: Wolf, I have nothing to explain. Jim Webb has a lot to explain.
WB: Well, he says he’s a serious writer and novelist, fiction writer. He was doing basically what you were doing.
LC: Jim Webb is full of baloney.
WB: We’ll leave it at that. Let’s talk a little bit about your book, Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America.
LC: You know, one of the reasons I wrote this book is because we spend so much time nowadays talking about things that are negative. And it’s not the fault of any particular segment of the society. But we have come to define news as bad news. And so our kids get a steady diet of this is wrong, the government is broken, the war isn’t working, the economy’s terrible. Even when those things aren’t true, our kids are getting a steady dose of negativity. What Robin and I wanted so much to do is to talk about what a wonderful country it is. We wanted to give our kids something positive. And I hope that’s what we’ve done in this book. It’s very, very pro-American. This is a book that’s very patriotic. There is no question about our view that this is the greatest country on the face of the Earth, and that is what we want kids to take away from it.
WB: The kids who read this book will learn a lot about the 50 states. That’s what it’s called…
WB: But a lot of the landmarks in those 50 states.
LC: Well, not just landmarks, but the vast variety and diversity of our culture. You know, we have everything from the preservation hall band in New Orleans to mariachi music in Texas, to the philharmonic in Boston. We’ve got all kinds of food. There’s a lovely little girl in this book, her name is Annie, and she writes back to her grandma again and again about the different foods she’s enjoying or not. In Boston, she says the beans are great, but she’s a little doubtful about the cod. So it’s not just about landmarks, it’s also about the kind of history and culture that I think kids will enjoy very much.
WB: And it is beautifully illustrated.
LC: Robin Glasser is a dear person, and a very talented individual. And I’m very happy to work with her.
WB: We can certainly disagree on what is news, what is serious news, but we can agree that this is a beautifully done book.
LC: Well, I appreciate that. Thank you, Wolf.
WB: How is your husband doing, because there’s always concern about his health.
LC: Well, I’m not sure why there’s always concern about his health. He’s been out on 140 campaigns. He’s raised forty-some million dollars for Republican candidates around the country. He’s been very busy. He has been serving the nation very well, as I think George Bush has been a really great leader for us during this time of some trials.
WB: We’re going to leave it right there. It was kind of you to come in.
LC: Thanks, Wolf.
WB: You came armed. I guess you knew what you wanted to do.
LC: Wolf, I am always prepared for you to ask questions that maybe aren’t quite fair, but they’re pretty tough.
WB: You did a good job.
LC: Thanks, Wolf.
WB: Thank you.
Commenter at Town Hall writes:Cheney-"An October Surprise" YeeHaaaaaaaaa! Lynn Cheney should go out and campaign for every cliffhanger republican contest-She can tell it like it is-with class and backbone. She serenely put Wolf and his "free" democratic commercial network on notice. Your lies and propaganda will not win the day! And -this one's for the obsessed Clinton people-This is how you handle an interview with someone you have no respect for. The meltdown by Clinton with Chris Wallace was an example of Clinton's paranoia with his legacy. The character of Mrs. Cheney in her interview will rally the conservatives and many independents! The media are starting to panic--their plan for being the fourth branch of government through democratic majority connections is failing-"Big Time".
Update: CNN has full vidio here
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
(2006-10-26) — President George Bush, at a White House news conference yesterday, assured Americans that “Republicans will pull out of Congress as soon as Democrats are ready to govern and protect our nation, and not one day sooner.” (full hilarity here)
Editors Note: Early congrats to Scrappleface for hitting the 10 million visitors mark on his site.
ROVIN'S WORLD EXCLUSIVE...........
Rovin's World has exclusive details on the nations economy that the mainstream media has missed the past few years. With economic records falling daily, and the MSM missing/ignoring/purposely burying this news, Rovin's World, an obscure blogger from northern California has SCOOPED the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and a myriad of other "famous" publications.
When we interviewed the editor at Rovin's World, he told us he was just ecstatic to discover this incredible piece of news that so many in the media had some how missed. "I was just sitting there at my desk one morning and it hit me like a brick" said the editor. "I never dreamed that I would have a chance to post a story that got by all these "giants" of the industry".
"When I first started to write the story, I thought this must be a national security issue or something "classified". But then if that was the case, I was sure that the New York Times would have published this. But, I thought, this is NEWS that the people of this great nation have their constitutional right to know." " The nations economic strength is running a record proportions thanks to the tax cuts implemented by President Bush, tax revenues are filling the states coffers, 95% of Americans are employed and WORKING, gas prices have fallen (equal to an 81 billion tax cut) to new lows, and the stock market just keep breaking record highs, (12,000 and climbing)"
The economic health of this nation has not been here (at these numbers) in the last three decades, and the ELITE/MAINSTREAM MEDIA JUST MISSED THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ROVIN'S WORLD, AND INDEED THIS COUNTRY'S WORKING CLASS. WE JUST SCOOPED THE BIG BOYS!
(EDITORS NOTE): The editor will have economic news links available this afternoon, but he felt it was necessary to get this story posted ahead of his competition.
Previous Economic Links:
It's the Economy.....Stupid
A Promise Democrats Will Keep
It's The Economy, Stupid MSM (from CQ)
Low Jobless Rate (Scrappleface)
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Read my lips: "As a democrat, I promise to raise your taxes to slow down this run-away economic boom that George W. Bush and the Republican party have created. All this extra money belongs in government coffers and not in your pocket. As a democrat, I pledge to take this money out of your pocket and give it to the needy as I see fit. You have no right to this money. This money is not yours to keep, save, or spend. This nonsense of you having too much money in your pocket has to STOP."
Vote for me,
Signed (Pick any democrat)
Make the Tax Cuts Permanent!
Monday, October 23, 2006
And every election year — meaning every other year — brings an epidemic of dubious economic analysis, as members of the party out of power discern lead linings on silver clouds.
“Worst economy since Herbert Hoover,” John Kerry said in 2004, while that year’s growth (3.9 percent) was adding to America’s gross domestic product the equivalent of the GDP of Taiwan (the 19th-largest economy). Nancy Pelosi vows that if Democrats capture Congress they will “jump-start our economy.” A “jump-start ” is administered to a stalled vehicle.
But since the Bush tax cuts went into effect in 2003, the economy’s growth rate (3.5 percent) has been better than the average for the 1980s (3.1) and 1990s (3.3). Today’s unemployment rate (4.6 percent) is lower than the average for the 1990s (5.8) — lower, in fact, than the average for the past 40 years (6.0). Some stall.
Economic hypochondria, a derangement associated with affluence, is a byproduct of the welfare state: An entitlement mentality gives Americans a low pain threshold — witness their recurring hysteria about nominal rather than real gasoline prices — and a sense of being entitled to economic dynamism without the frictions and “creative destruction” that must accompany dynamism. Economic hypochondria is also bred by news media that consider the phrase “good news” an oxymoron, even as the U.S. economy, which has performed better than any other major industrial economy since 2001, drives the Dow to record highs.
The Jack No. 2 well, in deep water 170 miles southwest of New Orleans, recently discovered a field with perhaps 15 billion barrels of oil — a 50 percent increase in proven U.S. reserves. This news triggered a gusher of journalistic gloom: More oil means more woe — a reprieve for that enemy of humanity, the internal combustion engine, and more global warming, more air pollution, more highway fatalities, more suburban sprawl.
The recent 20 percent decline of the cost of a barrel of oil, from a nominal record of $78.40 (which, adjusting for inflation, was well below the 1980 peak of $92 in 2006 dollars), has produced an 81-cent decline in the average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in 70 days. For consumers, that is akin to a tax cut of more than $81 billion.
President Bush’s tax cuts were supposed to cause a cataract of red ink. In fiscal 2006, however, federal revenue as a share of GDP was 18.4 percent, slightly above the post-1962 average of 18.2. And the federal budget deficit was $247.7 billion, just 1.9 percent of the $13.1 trillion GDP. That is below the average for the 1970s (2.1), 1980s (3.0) and 1990s (2.2).
It is said that employee compensation has been stagnant. But to tickle that bad news from the statistics you must treat “compensation” as a synonym for wages and then ignore the effect of taxation on individuals’ well-being.
Kevin Hassett and Aparna Mathur of the American Enterprise Institute, writing in National Review, say annual wage growth since 2000 has been 0.6 percent, but the annual increase in real hourly compensation, including benefits — and if you do not include them, why are they called benefits ? — has been 1.3 percent. And taxes — particularly those paid by middle-class families with children — have declined substantially.
Gas prices are way down, the economy is strong, oh, and we haven't been attacked in over 5 years. Protect the future........vote Republican!
UPDATE: Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters posted a similar story on the mainstream media's deception:
Thursday, October 19, 2006
The Dow is at 12,000+ with only minutes to go................hang on.
Update #1..... final close ......12011.73
Update #2 By JOE BEL BRUNO, AP Business Writer : NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average scored its first close above 12,000 Thursday as Wall Street, contending with fresh data that pointed to a weakening economy, managed to hold on to a slim advance.
Great line Joe! This nation breaks the 12,ooo barrier and you come up with "fresh data pointing to a weakening economy"......WITH NO LINKS!
We're sure which party good ol' Joe is cheering for......
Correction: Joe might have been eluding to these two paragraghs in the same story:
Trading was erratic Thursday, with the overall market struggling to sustain an advance gains after a pair of reports signaled the Federal Reserve' name=c1> SEARCHNews News Photos Images Web' name=c3> Federal Reserve might have a tougher time orchestrating a soft landing of the economy. Disappointing earnings in the technology sector also weighed on stocks.
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But I can't find out what this has to do with a weakening economy???? Say it ain't so Joe.......
Monday, October 16, 2006
By Randy Hall
CNSNews.com Staff Writer/Editor
October 16, 2006
(CNSNews.com) - Wal-Mart "has officially declared war on the Democratic Party" just three weeks before the Nov. 7 midterm elections, according to a group that wants to "change" the nation's biggest retail chain by unionizing its 1.3 million employees.
"Rather than embrace our positive vision for a better America, Wal-Mart has officially declared war on the Democratic Party, elected leaders and every American who believes we should pay workers a living wage, provide affordable health care to all, protect American jobs and keep America safe," Paul Blank, campaign director for WakeUpWalMart.com, said in a statement Friday.
Read the full story here
The very concept of free enterprise and a free market are being attacked by these unions and by association the democratic party. Paul Blank and his minions at WakeUpWalMart have no clue how a free market works in a free society. The very concept that Wal Mart created by purchasing goods in volume, and providing entry-level wages to it's workers allows consumers to purchase these goods at affordable prices.
For any institution (government, unions, or a democratic party) to force (mandate) wage scales and benefit packages upon any free market business is an assault on the free market enterprises that we have enjoyed for over two hundred years. This assault borders on socialist/communist ideals that threatens our very core values of a free market.
And don't be fooled by their intentions. The ONLY remedy for these forced polices is to stick it to you, the consumer, by paying more and getting less. The results are simple. Fewer stores, far less employment, lower tax revenues for the local community's, and yes, we will all pay more for those lost revenues.
Sure sounds UN-DEMOCRATIC to me.
Mr. Blank and his co-horts would like you to believe that these mandated wage and benefit increases are for the good of all Walmart employees. What they won't tell you is YOU (the consumer) will foot the bill. The headline suggest that Wal Mart has declared war on the unions and the democratic party. I submit to you that it has been the the other way around. The democratic party and their always faithful unions have declared war on Wal Mart, and Wal Mart (and you, the consumer) are fighting back.
Let the free market remain free. Or we all lose.
Friday, October 13, 2006
This man has been a hero of mine for most of my life. When you look in the dictionary under "class", it should say: see Arnold Palmer.
Legend to quit competitive golf at age 77
SPRING, Texas (AP) -- Arnold Palmer tearfully said it was time to stop playing competitive golf after withdrawing from a Champions Tour event early in the first round.
The 77-year-old Palmer hit two balls into the water on the fourth hole Friday, then said he was withdrawing because of a sore lower back. He continued playing with his threesome of Lee Trevino and John Mahaffey but did not keep score the rest of the round.
Palmer said he finished the round because he owed it to his fans.
Can any one say more about how this man has appreciated his fans?
Monday, October 09, 2006
TEACHER: Tommy, do you see the grass outside?
TEACHER: Go outside and look up and see if you can see the sky.
TOMMY: Okay. (He returned a few minutes later) Yes, I saw the sky.
TEACHER: Did you see God up there?
TEACHER: That's my point. We can't see God because he isn't there. Possibly he just doesn't exist.
A little girl spoke up and wanted to ask the boy some questions. The teacher agreed and the little girl asked the boy: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?
LITTLE GIRL: Tommy do you see the grass outside?
LITTLE GIRL: Did you see the sky?
LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the teacher?
LITTLE GIRL: Do you see her brain?
LITTLE GIRL: Then according to what we were taught today in school, she possibly may not even have one!
(You! Go! Girl!)
FOR WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT II CORINTHIANS 5:7