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Friday, September 29, 2006

Frist finds feck, funds fence? By Mickey Kaus - Slate Magazine:

The following blurb recalls the days of the NYT SwiftBoat debunking using Kevin Bacon's Six Degrees of Separation.

Whatever the Dems need, the NYT will do their best to help.

"Here's the second paragraph from Raymond Hernandez' Wednesday NYT story on Hillary:

In unusually blunt terms, Senator Clinton questioned the current administration's response to an intelligence briefing President Bush received about a month before the 9/11 attacks. It mentioned that Al Qaeda was intent on striking the United States using hijacked planes.

Doesn't that sound as if the presidential briefing had warned Bush that Al Qaeda would use planes as weapons? It does to me....the briefing itself, which mentions 'hijackings' but only in the traditonal context--i.e. taking over a plane 'to gain the release of 'Blind Shaykh' 'Umar' Abd-al-Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists.'

An old controversy, I know--but that's why it's so astonishing to find this casual, loaded distortion in the lede of an important story. Hernandez--or whatever anonymous Times editor decided to goose up his second graf--had to have known that the sentence was deceptive, no? Or if they didn't know they didn't care. ... We're a month away from an election! They're manning the battle stations at the NYT."

OpinionJournal - Wonder Land:

"...Iraq-as-failure has become the central narrative in the Democrats' strategy. A memo sent out to Democrats last week by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a strategy group led by former Clinton pollster Stan Greenberg, discusses Mr. Bush's "failure in Iraq, which energized Democrats and dispirited Republicans." It urges Democrats: "On Iraq, stress Bush/GOP 'mismanagement' and need for a 'new direction.' "

Mr. Henninger's conclusion:

"The Democrats' problem is this: They are trying to beat policy with politics and weaken belief with polls. This may work for Social Security. I don't think it works with war. Don't be surprised if come November, Democrats are still on message--Iraq as failure--and still in the minority. "

Speaking with my wife the other night, we discussed whether the Democrats really want to remind the country of the Clinton days i.e depends on what the defintiion of "is" is.

The megalomaniacal Clintons, surrounded by their sycophants, have miscalculated.

To win, the Democrats need to throw all the secular-progressives under the bus.

Culture Warrior

Thursday, September 28, 2006

courant.com Poll Shows Lieberman With 10-Point Lead

Incumbent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman continues to stave-off the takeover of the Democratic Party by its lunatic fringe.

The most recent Quinnipiac poll has him leading McGovenite Ned Lamont 49-39.

I am not surprised. (A part of me fear a Lamont win, but those are my more primitive brain functions interfering with my higher ones.)

What is amusing is the opening line of the AP wire report:

"Democrat Ned Lamont continues to struggle to find support among Republican and unaffiliated voters..."

"Struggle" is an understatement applied to support amongst Republican voters.

It is appropraite for the unaffiliated though.

What kind of intellectual laziness went into that quote?

Maybe the writer thinks Lamont should be gaining traction with Republicans?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

New York City Plans Limits on Restaurants´┐Ż Use of Trans Fats - New York Times:

"Lynne D. Richardson, a member of the Board of Health and a professor of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said yesterday that restaurant owners might still see an advantage in the long shelf life of trans fat products.

"But human life is much more important than shelf life," she said. "I would expect to see fewer people showing up in the emergency room with heart attacks if this policy is enacted."

Wow, that is a bold, bold statement. A statement that makes me doubt Dr. Richardson's ability to interpret statistical data.

This is as good a blurb from the article:

"...the trans fat plan is the latest in a series of regulations that have placed New York City in the forefront of regulating behavior..."

Backing Policy, President Issues Terror Estimate - New York Times:

"Representative Jane Harman of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said that what the White House released Tuesday was broadly consistent with the classified portion of the report. "

Is there more that needs to be read in order to stop the tit-for-tat of partisan taint?

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