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The WMD Question Isn’t Closed

Posted by Mark on February 7, 2006

Great post from Captain’s Quarters on Saddam’s missing WMD. If found, this would be a huge blow to the Defeatocrats and their willing allies in the MSM.

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Riding the Coat-tails

Posted by Mark on February 7, 2006

I noticed yesterday that allot of press was given to the fact that former President Jimmy Carter was making his way to Northern Nevada. I knew that he was visiting Carson City, and for what you might ask? Is there a new hot-button political issue he has something to say about?

No, as a matter of fact, while it was widely advertised that he was making an appearance, he did in fact not speak at all. So why was he there? Well the RGJ reluctantly tells us.

Former President Carter supports son’s Senate bid

Saying the Bush Administration and Congress’s Republican leadership have abandoned America’s core values, former President Jimmy Carter’s son, Jack, launched an effort Monday to unseat Nevada’s junior U.S. senator.

With his parents cheering at his side, Democrat Jack Carter told a crowd of about 350 people in Carson City that he would be “Nevada’s voice to Washington.”

Wow, Jack’s not wasting any time getting straight to the DNC national talking points (Got anything in your bag to help Nevada there Jack?)Well at least he’s being honest and putting his cards on the table for all to see. Unlike our esteemed Sen. Harry Reid who ran on a platform of “Independent Like Nevada” (Talk about voters remorse…geez.)

Well Jack, good luck riding Daddy’s coat-tails to office. I don’t think it will work, but good luck to you anyway. Well, no not really.

Nevada doesn’t need another PUPPET. The only thing keeping this state respectful in the U.S. Senate is our honorable Sen. Ensign, that last thing we need is a peanut farmer’s son acting as the DNC’s parrot, and solidifying Nevada as the sell-out laughing stock of the U.S. Senate. We need Senators in office that at the very least are looking out for Nevada, not their respective party’s talking points.

Like I said, Nothing in Politics happens in a vacuum.

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The WMD Question Isn’t Closed

Posted by Mark on February 7, 2006

Great post from Captain’s Quarters on Saddam’s missing WMD. If found, this would be a huge blow to the Defeatocrats and their willing allies in the MSM.

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And, Just So the Junior Senator From Illinois Doesn’t Feel Left Out..

Posted by Mark on February 7, 2006

Just when I’ve decided I can start hating John McCain again, he goes and does something so wonderful I just may have to vote for him. This letter, written to Senator Osama Obama as Senator Teddy called him, is the height of subtle nastiness. (HT to Austin Bay):

Washington D.C. ­– Today, Senator McCain sent the following letter to Senator Obama regarding ongoing Congressional efforts towards bipartisan lobbying reform. The following is the text from that letter:

February 6, 2006

The Honorable Barack Obama

United States Senate

SH-713

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Obama:

I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere. When you approached me and insisted that despite your leadership’s preference to use the issue to gain a political advantage in the 2006 elections, you were personally committed to achieving a result that would reflect credit on the entire Senate and offer the country a better example of political leadership, I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter to me dated February 2, 2006, which explained your decision to withdraw from our bipartisan discussions. I’m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won’t make the same mistake again.

As you know, the Majority Leader has asked Chairman Collins to hold hearings and mark up a bill for floor consideration in early March. I fully support such timely action and I am confident that, together with Senator Lieberman, the Committee on Governmental Affairs will report out a meaningful, bipartisan bill.

You commented in your letter about my “interest in creating a task force to further study” this issue, as if to suggest I support delaying the consideration of much-needed reforms rather than allowing the committees of jurisdiction to hold hearings on the matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. The timely findings of a bipartisan working group could be very helpful to the committee in formulating legislation that will be reported to the full Senate. Since you are new to the Senate, you may not be aware of the fact that I have always supported fully the regular committee and legislative process in the Senate, and routinely urge Committee Chairmen to hold hearings on important issues. In fact, I urged Senator Collins to schedule a hearing upon the Senate’s return in January.

Furthermore, I have consistently maintained that any lobbying reform proposal be bipartisan. The bill Senators Joe Lieberman and Bill Nelson and I have introduced is evidence of that commitment as is my insistence that members of both parties be included in meetings to develop the legislation that will ultimately be considered on the Senate floor. As I explained in a recent letter to Senator Reid, and have publicly said many times, the American people do not see this as just a Republican problem or just a Democratic problem. They see it as yet another run-of-the-mill Washington scandal, and they expect it will generate just another round of partisan gamesmanship and posturing. Senator Lieberman and I, and many other members of this body, hope to exceed the public’s low expectations. We view this as an opportunity to bring transparency and accountability to the Congress, and, most importantly, to show the public that both parties will work together to address our failings.

As I noted, I initially believed you shared that goal. But I understand how important the opportunity to lead your party’s effort to exploit this issue must seem to a freshman Senator, and I hold no hard feelings over your earlier disingenuousness. Again, I have been around long enough to appreciate that in politics the public interest isn’t always a priority for every one of us. Good luck to you, Senator.

Sincerely,

John McCain

United States Senate

I’ve seldom read a better, more subtle slap-down.

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Meet The New Media, Senator Dick

Posted by Mark on February 7, 2006

The video wasn’t rolling when Paul Mirengoff of Powerline spoke to Senator Teddy, but the camera caught Senator Dick’s introduction to the New Media. As the General said in a famous episode of MASH, “This is a press conference! The last thing I want is to answer a bunch of damn fool questions!”

Sorry Senator Dick, there’s a new Media in town…

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Riding the Coat-tails

Posted by zaphriel on February 7, 2006

I noticed yesterday that allot of press was given to the fact that former President Jimmy Carter was making his way to Northern Nevada. I knew that he was visiting Carson City, and for what you might ask? Is there a new hot-button political issue he has something to say about?

No, as a matter of fact, while it was widely advertised that he was making an appearance, he did in fact not speak at all. So why was he there? Well the RGJ reluctantly tells us.

Former President Carter supports son’s Senate bid

Saying the Bush Administration and Congress’s Republican leadership have abandoned America’s core values, former President Jimmy Carter’s son, Jack, launched an effort Monday to unseat Nevada’s junior U.S. senator.

With his parents cheering at his side, Democrat Jack Carter told a crowd of about 350 people in Carson City that he would be “Nevada’s voice to Washington.”

Wow, Jack’s not wasting any time getting straight to the DNC national talking points (Got anything in your bag to help Nevada there Jack?)Well at least he’s being honest and putting his cards on the table for all to see. Unlike our esteemed Sen. Harry Reid who ran on a platform of “Independent Like Nevada” (Talk about voters remorse…geez.)

Well Jack, good luck riding Daddy’s coat-tails to office. I don’t think it will work, but good luck to you anyway. Well, no not really.

Nevada doesn’t need another PUPPET. The only thing keeping this state respectful in the U.S. Senate is our honorable Sen. Ensign, that last thing we need is a peanut farmer�s son acting as the DNC’s parrot, and solidifying Nevada as the sell-out laughing stock of the U.S. Senate. We need Senators in office that at the very least are looking out for Nevada, not their respective party’s talking points.

Like I said, Nothing in Politics happens in a vacuum.

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And, Just So the Junior Senator From Illinois Doesn’t Feel Left Out..

Posted by Mark on February 7, 2006

Just when I’ve decided I can start hating John McCain again, he goes and does something so wonderful I just may have to vote for him. This letter, written to Senator Osama Obama as Senator Teddy called him, is the height of subtle nastiness. (HT to Austin Bay):

Washington D.C. – Today, Senator McCain sent the following letter to Senator Obama regarding ongoing Congressional efforts towards bipartisan lobbying reform. The following is the text from that letter:

February 6, 2006

The Honorable Barack Obama

United States Senate

SH-713

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Obama:

I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere. When you approached me and insisted that despite your leadership’s preference to use the issue to gain a political advantage in the 2006 elections, you were personally committed to achieving a result that would reflect credit on the entire Senate and offer the country a better example of political leadership, I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter to me dated February 2, 2006, which explained your decision to withdraw from our bipartisan discussions. I’m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won’t make the same mistake again.

As you know, the Majority Leader has asked Chairman Collins to hold hearings and mark up a bill for floor consideration in early March. I fully support such timely action and I am confident that, together with Senator Lieberman, the Committee on Governmental Affairs will report out a meaningful, bipartisan bill.

You commented in your letter about my “interest in creating a task force to further study” this issue, as if to suggest I support delaying the consideration of much-needed reforms rather than allowing the committees of jurisdiction to hold hearings on the matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. The timely findings of a bipartisan working group could be very helpful to the committee in formulating legislation that will be reported to the full Senate. Since you are new to the Senate, you may not be aware of the fact that I have always supported fully the regular committee and legislative process in the Senate, and routinely urge Committee Chairmen to hold hearings on important issues. In fact, I urged Senator Collins to schedule a hearing upon the Senate’s return in January.

Furthermore, I have consistently maintained that any lobbying reform proposal be bipartisan. The bill Senators Joe Lieberman and Bill Nelson and I have introduced is evidence of that commitment as is my insistence that members of both parties be included in meetings to develop the legislation that will ultimately be considered on the Senate floor. As I explained in a recent letter to Senator Reid, and have publicly said many times, the American people do not see this as just a Republican problem or just a Democratic problem. They see it as yet another run-of-the-mill Washington scandal, and they expect it will generate just another round of partisan gamesmanship and posturing. Senator Lieberman and I, and many other members of this body, hope to exceed the public’s low expectations. We view this as an opportunity to bring transparency and accountability to the Congress, and, most importantly, to show the public that both parties will work together to address our failings.

As I noted, I initially believed you shared that goal. But I understand how important the opportunity to lead your party’s effort to exploit this issue must seem to a freshman Senator, and I hold no hard feelings over your earlier disingenuousness. Again, I have been around long enough to appreciate that in politics the public interest isn’t always a priority for every one of us. Good luck to you, Senator.

Sincerely,

John McCain

United States Senate

I’ve seldom read a better, more subtle slap-down.

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Meet The New Media, Senator Dick

Posted by Mark on February 7, 2006

The video wasn’t rolling when Paul Mirengoff of Powerline spoke to Senator Teddy, but the camera caught Senator Dick’s introduction to the New Media. As the General said in a famous episode of MASH, “This is a press conference! The last thing I want is to answer a bunch of damn fool questions!”

Sorry Senator Dick, there’s a new Media in town…

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On the Lighter Side

Posted by Mark on February 7, 2006

Superbowl Commercials –
Here was my favorite

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