Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Hillary Evidently Doesn't Oppose the Iraq War Enough
According to Zogby, an anti-Iraq War opponent could cause headaches for the one-term incumbent. "If Sen. Hillary Clinton were to face a challenge from an anti-war candidate in the fall election, she could find herself in a real battle for re-election."
"As Clinton prepares for tomorrow's speech to Democratic party leaders at their convention in Buffalo - a speech that will mark the official start of her re-election campaign - she seems a lock to win her party's nomination for re-election to a second term in the U.S. Senate," the Zogby poll shows.
"Asked if the election were held between Hillary Clinton and a challenger who opposed the war in Iraq, 38% said they would support Clinton, while 32% said they would back the unnamed anti-war candidate. Another 31% said they would support someone else or were not sure."
What a revolting development this is!
Friday, May 26, 2006
Crazy Summer Coming
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Alas Poor Patrick, We Know Him Well
In a recent Weekly Standard, the Scrapbook took note of the "Patrick Watch" going on at the Boston Herald. And they make fun of the RI electorate for "mysteriously" returning Patrick to office election year after election year:
Who--besides the Rhode Island electorate that mysteriously returns him to office--could forget Patrick trashing his chartered yacht, or announcing that "I am on a lot of different medications, for among other things, depression," [sic] or shoving a female airport security guard when she tried to make him check his bag.
Fresh off of a career high-point earlier this month, in which Patrick was hit in the mouth with a hammer while watching a demonstration of Impact Gel shock-absorbing material at a trade show (he got six stitches and didn't even cry!), Kennedy has again handed his bête noire Howie Carr, a Boston Herald columnist and radio host, fresh material. [His April 15 auto accident in Portsmouth -- and now this.]
Thursday, May 04, 2006
The Senescent Man
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Louis Rukeyser RIP
Rukeyser died today at 73 after a battle with cancer. Appropriately, and a little ironically, I learned of his death on NPR as I awoke this morning. Many will miss his simple and straight forward explanations for complicated financial matters; but most importantly he was a rare one on the public airwaves who had a true respect for the free market.
Michelle Malkin has a very fine tribute to him.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Laffey's Tax Plan Takes Center Stage
In a word, Laffey's plan is elegant. Just enough, not too much, and devoid of all the clap trap that the Congress has larded the system with over many years. This plan demonstrates Laffey's astute financial acumen.
Chafee has responded with obfuscation and clanking noises about Laffey having to raise taxes in Cranston, which, by now, most Repubicans in RI understand how Laffey rescued Cranston from the brink. Though no one likes their taxes raised -- I don't and I reside in Cranston -- the root of the problem preceded him, and, in fact, reached back to the liberal Repulican reign of Mike Traficante -- a personable guy by the way, but one who unfortunately set the stage for his Democratic successor, John O'Leary, who really tied the city into a knot.
BTW, I hear the state is facing a similarly serious pension liability problem, and that comes from a former Republican legislator from Cranston. Oh and also BTW, Laffey's Democratic foes in Cranston agree that Laffey had taken the right steps to save the city from default. So just what is Chafee (or his sophomoric handlers) trying to say?
Chafee is starting to come across like Jackie Gleason: "Humina humina humina..."
Anyway, some good discussion over at Rising. Check it out
Monday, May 01, 2006
The Park Cinema in the center of town has been under construction for what seems like an eternity. As the neighbors of this old relic wait patiently for the transformation and regeneration of this old landmark that never seems to come, it justs seems to hang there in suspended animation and in complete and utter disarray.
It's like watching paint dry, only in a junk yard.
It's time to put an end to its misery.
I say knock it down and turn it into a municipal parking lot - or a perhaps a park. After all, it is adjacent to the one on Rolfe Square. A grassy plat would make a nice pair to its neighbor. Asphalt would be fine by me too.
Yes, it would be nice to have a fine restaurant there. Yes, it would be grand to have some type of artsy activty within the walls of that old auditorium. But I am convinced it is not to be. The painstakingly slow activity there, I'm coming to believe, is merely a test of the local residents. How long can they stay in suspense?
I've had enough. The City Council has been at least overly generous, and at most gulible to the owner's plans, which he brings before them on a routine basis deceiving them into believng he intends to make more progress -- some day.
Pull the plug, I say. Flatten it. It's time.
I couldn't agree more. Hey, my grandparents on both sides of my family were either immigrants or first generation Americans, so I can empathize with wanting to get into this country for opportunity. But to do so by jumping ahead in line over those doing it legally, and to be insinuating that it is an inalienable right of some sort, well, that's simply off the mark.
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