GOP Straw Poll
Don't want to spoil the results, but it appears Fred Thompson, he of "Law & Order" (and the US Senate) is running away with the race.
I suppose it's because Dr. Gregory House hasn't formed an exploratory committee.:
The musings of a Republican living among Democrats
"We asked Mr. Rove if he would consider taking a fresh look at the science of global warming. Much to our dismay, he immediately got combative. And it went downhill from there,"
Here's the problem in a nutshell. Naive liberals like Crow and David and the rest of the Hollywood pack lend a feeling of fad and silliness to virtually anything they touch. It's hard for us to take seriously someone who thought they could get Karl Rove to have an epiphany on a complicated, politically-charged, hotly debated issue by talking to him at a cocktail party like he was a just-off-the-bus actress-wannabe, or a Hollywood producer--take your pick.
That was the silliest part of this story--even sillier than the one-toilet paper square mess.
.....Watched about 38 seconds of the Democratic debate last night. I would have watched less, but the chill of disgust that ran up my spine caused me to drop the remote before I could switch it off.
.....If you didn't smile at the video of Stephen Hawking floating weightless, then you need to open up your heart a bit.
.....Am reading Michael Crichton's Next, his novel that weaves in many of the issues we will be facing with gene research and use. Scary, and realistic in its approach to the human reactions to the various situations.
Altering genes, creating mixed species, modifying humans through gene therapy and selection-- it makes my head spin. There are some things that as I contemplate them I can feel my mind getting confused and shutting down.
Infinity gets me.
The size of the Universe is another.
How a global economy actually works.
Why someone would vote Democratic.
Things like that.
.....No excuse for my fellow Massapequan Alec Baldwin and his "pig" comment to his daughter. Still, I don't know how many of us would like to hear the worst we've ever said in anger to a loved one played back on national TV.
I know I wouldn't.
So I tried not to listen to too much about Baldwin's tirade--felt a bit like rubber-necking at a car crash, knowing you could have been in that wreck.
That said, I would pay cash money to hear a tape or two of Hillary ripping into Bill after one of his bimbo-eruptions.
....I heard Baldwin's "apology"by the way. That was the truly repugnant act. First, the only person in the whole world he needed to apologize to was his daughter. He didn't owe one to "us" or the media; it was simply none of our business.
Second, I hate "apologies" that contain the phrase "I apologize to anyone who was offended....". That's just saying, hey, I did nothing wrong--but if YOU have a problem, well then....
Third--think there's a Hollywood rehab for chastising a child too harshly?
.....Richard Gere has an arrest warrant out for kissing an actress at an event in India.
Which means Hillary, who is considering using her husband as an "Ambassador-to-the World" better think twice about sending him to India---if Gere is facing 3 months for just kissing a woman, you know ol' Bill will wind up on death row there.
....And now a quote from the great Theodore Roosevelt:
"Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so."
......NBC can couch it any way it wants-- the networks and cable shows, indeed much of the print and video media, are bottom-feeding lowlifes who make money, to a great extent, off of the blood of others and by selling sex and violence to children. The playing of that Virginia Tech animal's video ensures us that there is a twisted 9 year old somewhere who will blossom into the attention-seeking murderer of 2017.
Several years ago, baseball stopped TV from showing the idiots who ran on the field during the game, and the number of them dropped big-time. I know it's not exactly the same thing, but NBC's running of the video to the extent they did was not necessary-- it was just the perpetuation of the Brittney-Anna Nicole- Imus feeding frenzy they throw at us like red meat. Hey, look!!! Another tragedy, real or imagined, to fill up some time and create HEADLINES!!!
.....If Imus could have hung on a few more days, he'd still have his job. Virginia Tech wiped out Imus, just like Anna Nicole's death wiped out the diaper-wearing astronaut. Not only does our media lack depth and reasoning, it also lacks the attention span of a crack-addicted rat with ADD.
.....After the way he abandoned Imus, I'll never respect Tim Russert again. Others left him to twist in the wind, including Mike Lupica, but Russert probably could have had the most influence if he would have stood up for a man who was supposed to be his friend. Even if Imus wasn't his friend, he sure made Russert a lot of money selling his books, promoting his unwatchable show, and so on. Russert often talks about his Dad, even wrote a book about him, and the values his father taught him. Loyalty apparently wasn't a virtue taught in the Russert home.
.....And, yes, I am also ticked off that NBC cancelled Studio 60. It was a good show, with a great cast and a lot of upside potential.
.....(This next piece is changed from the original I posted-- David made a comment which made me think--and on reflection my original post was ill-conceived--originally I asked the following directly of the Rutgers team--and as David points out in the comment, I was asking the wrong people-- here is the amended observation) Now that Imus has been fired, may I ask a simple question, echoing Apple's old marketing campaign? Those of you who were so outraged that you demanded Imus be fired-- what's on your iPod? Are there "artists" who traffic in misogyny and hate? Any songs with the "n" word, or the "h" word, or the "b" word? I hope not, 'cause long before the "h" stood for "ho" it stood for "hypocrisy".
.....Having used the phrase "I don't recall" about a million times, maybe Alberto Gonzalez needs to resign, not because he bungled himself and this woeful administration into an unnecessary "scandal", but because he has health issues-- his testimony sounded like he has memory loss often associated with certain degenerative neurological conditions.
.....Maybe it's time for we adults to start exercising some parental authority again. On the long list of things that the GOP failed to do in their 6 years of control of the federal government was to roll back some of the idiotic, Hillary Clinton- Children's Defense Fund nonsense that permeates our current culture. Example? The law states that colleges cannot release grades or notify parents of health issues (including mental health issues) of their students because the students are over 18 and therefore not minors.
Yeah? In what world? What percentage of college students are truly independent?
There are a whole host of these laws that make reasonable people scratch their heads. The thing is, they are all made by our government--and thus our government can change them.
.....I can't think of anytime in my adult life where I was legitimately undecided about any political campaign. I know it's early, but I have to tell you, I can't make up my mind between Rudy and John McCain. I go back and forth, almost hourly. And so I have contributed to both, and I now list their websites at the bottom of my links. You are encouraged to visit and donate.
And to help inspire you, please note that this week both Clinton and Obama are meeting with, and courting, Rev. Al.
.....And now a quote from the great Theodore Roosevelt:
Life brings sorrows and joys alike. It is what a man does with them - not what they do to him - that is the true test of his mettle.
The study has been widely reported with headlines and story lines that stress the negative: that the software is no more effective than "real" teachers.
The study found achievement scores were no higher in classrooms using reading and math software products than in classrooms without the new products.
Researchers looked at elementary and secondary classes in 132 schools. The teachers that participated used more than a dozen software products to help deliver their lessons.