Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Score One For the Blogosphere

This is great! A band called Arctic Monkeys has been referred to by one writer as the first Blog Band to hit it big before attracting the attention of the record industry. Arctic Monkeys launched a website to introduce their music. The group's album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not- is now the "the fastest-selling debut in British chart history." It will be released soon in Austrailia as well as the U.S.

I heard about this on CBS's The Early Show and the article is featured here . This kind of hype may be part of what the group refers to as "propaganda and bollocks," but it's getting them noticed in a big way. Arctic Monkeys will be worth watching.

The Autonomist Quoted on Fox News

Our very own Rocco Dipippo, who runs the blog The Autonomist and also a co-contributer here, provided an interview with a Fox reporter and was quoted here. You can read Rocco's account at his site here.

Way to go Rocco!!

Standing in Solidarity

As Michelle Malkin states, I am standing in solidarity with the Danish people and government. She has all the cartoons to view at her site. Here is my favorite cartoon which has caused thousands to protest and burn. Yada, Yada, Yada:

Too dog-gone funny if you ask me!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Those Cartoons

Wondering what all the fuss is about with those cartoons from Denmark? Go here to see all of them. A few made me laugh out loud.

Freedom of Speech is under attack boys and girls. Go and take a look.

Hillary Clinton: A New Dialect?

We're all aware of Hillary Clinton's "Plantation" remarks, but Mark Goldblatt exposes the true indignity of Senator Clinton's display. Goldblatt discusses the omission of "g" when lecturing her audience with, "You know what I'm talkin about." That omission is part of a dialect referred to as African-American English. (Rhea Paul,2001)

Where is it that people like Hillary get the notion to do such things? It could be her self-serving alteration of an essential linguistic tool. The linguistic term code switching refers to an often necessary action in which individuals speaking more than one language or dialect engage to make themselves better understood. The individual may use their native dialect at home and the broadly accepted standard in professional settings. According to my understanding of the concept, it is an effective device in allowing those of another culture to maintain their own cultural identity while navigating successfully in the mainstream. Properly done, the act of code switching enables one to perform optimally in all societal roles. Last time I checked Senator Clinton was not an African American. In fact, I believe that it is her warped sense of cultural concern that justifies putting on someone else's dialect. I believe that she views the ignorant masses as misunderstanding concepts like code switching. I assert that folks like Hillary misunderstand the concept completely.

Get Off The Line!!!

Jeff at Beautiful Atrocities has a Sheehan post up that is full of chocolate treats for all of us. From voting on Ms. Thing's new designer to a link to NSA wiretaps that should not be missed by anyone.

Go get your dessert.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Good Information Without Noise

Ever get tired of those poll numbers that get thrown around? When numbers sound surprising readers have questions. If you want a little information with your news, look no further than If you are not already a fan, allow me to share.

The site reports on international polls and is associated with the Program on International Policy Attitudes. It provides Methodology and Questionnaire information on all the reports. This is helpful and provides us readers a source for context and understanding. Often questions that plague readers of poll information go unanswered. Not here, my friend, at this site you may view results in full context. Happy Browsing!

(Hat tip: Little Green Footballs)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Truth and Nothing But the Truth

Oprah gets the details of James Frey's A Million Little Pieces and dosesn't let it go until Frey uses the "L" word. As you may read in Micheal Conlon's contribution to Reuters today, James Frey admits, "To lying."

I posted on this item earlier and I hold to my statement. I wish that he had included a disclaimer or noted changes to actual events and details. However, I expected the memoir to be part fiction. Call me cynical, but I took it with a grain of salt. It was a good read. I couldn't put it down. I would have been more upset at spending my money on a dull book proported to be a page-turner. Bottom line, it is better to be honest about what the book is. Frey is learning in a most public fashion that confession is good for the soul.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Popes of Charity and Free Enterprise

Both Pope Benedict and his predecessor Pope John Paul II called for charity in the Christian tradition, but both clearly reject socialism. Read excerpts from the encyclicals of both to understand why.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Left's Effort To Silence the New Media

Were it not for the rise of the New Media, including talk radio and the blogosphere, John Kerry would be president and a small group of leftwing media elites would still have the unchallenged ability to sway U.S. public opinion on every single issue.

The New Media's rise broke the Left's media monopoly. Ideas and political positions once mocked or ignored by the The New York Times and the "alphabet" networks that have historically danced to its leftwing tune, are now broadly disseminated by talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and routinely discussed by the thousands of political websites that dot the internet's landscape.

Though the New Media provides people of all political persuasions the opportunity to air their views and promote their ideas, it is the political Right that has most benefited from its use.

Today 1400 talk radio stations dot the U.S., the majority of them right-leaning and patronized by those hungry to hear Conservative ideas. In comparison, leftwing talk radio has been, so far, a dismal failure.

A less lopsided but similar situation exists in the blogosphere, where the popularity and effectiveness of rightwing blogs outstrips that of their leftwing counterparts. This strongly implies that the ideas and agendas of the Right appear more palatable than those of the Left when presented in the unfettered free-wheeling format of the New Media.

The New Media has broken the Left's choke-hold on what Americans see, hear, think and believe.

Now, the Left is fighting back in the only way it effectively can; trying to change the rules of the game by pushing laws designed to tightly regulate and ultimately neuter the New Media.

In a recent City Journal article, Brian C. Anderson writes about the Soros-funded campaign that led to Congress being hoodwinked into passing the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform laws. He also exposes the growing effort by the Left to turn the current regulatory nature of the Fairness Doctrine into a set of laws tightly governing political blogs and talk radio:

"Small wonder, then, that House Democrats proposed two bills in 2005 to bring the Fairness Doctrine back - and as a law, rather than a mere agency regulation. New York Democratic representative Louise Slaughter, who introduced the first of the two bills, says that Right-ruled radio is a grave threat to American freedoms, 'a waste of good broadcast time, and a waste of our airwaves.' People 'may hear whatever they please and whatever they choose,' she tells PBS's Bill Moyers, in a statement as incoherent as it is illiberal. 'And of course they have the right to turn it off. But that's not good enough either. The fact is that they need the responsibility of the people who are licensed to use our airwaves judiciously and responsibly to call them to account if they don't.' In other words, people can't be trusted with freedom but need the supervision of a paternalist government."

Read all of Brian C. Anderson's important piece by clicking here.

Code Punked

If you follow the blogs/news at all you should already know that the pro-Castro group Code Pink has been protesting outside the military hospital Walter Reed for a long time now. Thankfully, some red-blooded, pro-active Americans have been trying to counter Code Pink's nightly protests.

Well, mark a win for our side. Code Pink got Punked!

Actually, they got lazy or sloppy concerning the details of protesting. Whatever. Who really cares? Other than the fact they lost for the night!! Hooo Rah!

See the pictures/details from RedHunter.

(Link found via Ace of Spades)

Monday, January 16, 2006

The Faking New York Times

Thomas Lifson fisks a picture from the NYTimes:

(Photo from Malkin's site)

As Michelle Malkin asks, "What's wrong with this picture?"

Lifson tells you in detail.

I hope you're not still paying for that Times subscription....

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Left-Wing Economic Myths

The Free Market Project ( through Media Research Center ) debunks 2005's 10 greatest economic liberal myths. Take a look at them. Note especially # 9. How many people in the U.S. know that fiscal year 2005 ( which ended on 9/30/2005 ) showed a REDUCTION in the deficit of almost 100 billion dollars ?!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

CNN's Larry King Live Allows James Frey to Tell It

There has been controversy over the past week surrounding James Frey's best seller A Million Little Pieces. It all started with a search for a mug shot of James Frey. Once the speculation turned to scandal, Frey agreed to address the issue on Larry King Live Wednesday night.

I read the book and like so many others, I just couldn't put it down. I bought the book because one of my professors mentioned reading it. That and the book's reputation for being a 'page-turner' lead me to buy it. I wanted a good read and would have bought the book as a work of fiction, historical fiction, or whatever else. It was a good read. Transporting me to a place no one aspires to inhabit, Frey told the truth about hitting rock bottom. I think this is why the story is widely praised. Most people don't reach the depths Frey discusses, but those who've experienced the smallest version of it see reality in Frey's writing.

As chronicled in many interviews conducted by Jocelyn Noveck, there are varying reactions to the liberties taken in this best-seller. I wish that the book had carried some sort of disclaimer. I don't begrudge Frey the success of his book. I admire his ability to fashion a story that compells so many readers.

I, for one, do not want my money back.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Shifting Demographics

Mark Steyn has an alarming essay detailing how the 'West' is being lost forever to changing demographics.

I can not overstate how much of an essential read this is. I really mean it. It's a little long, so print it and read it when you can.

Saddam's Terror Camps

Saddam was in bed with terrorists.
THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.

The secret training took place primarily at three camps--in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak--and was directed by elite Iraqi military units. Interviews by U.S. government interrogators with Iraqi regime officials and military leaders corroborate the documentary evidence. Many of the fighters were drawn from terrorist groups in northern Africa with close ties to al Qaeda, chief among them Algeria's GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Some 2,000 terrorists were trained at these Iraqi camps each year from 1999 to 2002, putting the total number at or above 8,000. Intelligence officials believe that some of these terrorists returned to Iraq and are responsible for attacks against Americans and Iraqis.

Read the whole thing and then by no means, hold your breath while you wait for this news to show up in the MSM. Asphyxiation is a bad thing.

Stephen Hayes has led the way into this research and published a book The Connection that also detailed numerous links between Saddam and al-qaida.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Avoiding Poverty

USA Today has a column on the importance of marriage as the 'great equalizer' for blacks in this country, not to mention, the quoted statistics are staggering:
According to testimony given last fall to a Senate subcommittee by Ron Haskins of The Brookings Institution, from 1970 to 2001, the overall marriage rate declined 17% but 34% for blacks. The overall rate for out-of-wedlock births is 33% compared with 70% for blacks.

These disappointing trends are critical because research has shown that marriage provides significant benefits for men and women. Most important, children who are raised by their married, biological parents do better across every measure of economic, social, health and educational well-being than children raised in other family arrangements. In fact, when comparing families of similar socioeconomic status, these black children have similar outcomes as their white counterparts. Marriage is the great equalizer.(/snip)

Kinte's dedication to his family is not unique. In 1890, 80% of black families with children were headed by married couples, according to sociologist Andrew Billingsley. That figure has dropped to 39%. In 1950, 64% of black males older than 15 were married compared with 68% of white males. By 1998, only 41% of black males were married. From 1950 to '98, the percentage of never-married black women doubled.
After reading the column it reminded me of something I had read in "Arrogance" about their only being three things that a young person has to do to essentially avoid poverty:
As a matter of fact, it wasn’t a conservative at all but William Galston, an assistant to Bill Clinton, who said that in order to avoid poverty, just do three things: finish high school, marry before having a child, and don’t have that child until you’re at least twenty years old. Only 8 percent of people who do all three of those things wind up poor, but a staggering 79 percent of those who fail to do them wind up in poverty. (emphasis mine)
Amazing information. You'd think someone would come up with a PSA or something to get the word out.

Also notice that not one of those three things require any cost whatsoever from a willing participant. Kind of makes you wonder about all of those billions in government programs....

UPDATE: I almost forgot. While we're talking about poverty and all, Ace reminds us how terrorism is rooted in poverty and something else.....I just can't think of it right now. Maybe a religion or something? (/sarcasm)

Thursday, January 05, 2006

White-trash character in sit-com makes you think

No it's not a mis-print. It's not a contradiction in terms. It is NBC's new comedy, My Name Is Earl. Thinking and sitcom TV usually do not go together, but Jason Lee (Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous) brings to life a character easily accessible to us all.

My favorite aspect of the show remains its handling of stereotypes and politically correct language. For example, on Earl's list of wrongs that he must make right, one item reads "stole car from a one-legged girl." This sounds just awful and it is awfully funny. He finds her to be "handi-capable" and finds her boyfriend with no legs "handi-capabler." This is detailed on the episode "Lost Dad the election," but is not off the list yet. This episode guest stars Beau Bridges and is a good choice for re-runs, especially since it satirizes aspects of our political system.

Earl discovers karma and decides to change his life for the better. "Do good things and good things happen to you. Do bad things and it will come back to haunt you." This is the least likely vehicle of morality that you will ever find. Earl, like the rest of us, is far from perfect. I admire his efforts and readily sympathize with him. Every episode begins with "I'm just trying to be a better person. My name is Earl."

As for me, I enjoy reading about issues of our day and I love blogs like Kellipundit, but I write pop-culture. It's the way my brain is wired. I appreciate columnists like Jonas Goldberg, but when it comes to my writing, everything comes out fluff. Well, it's serious to some of us. I'm just trying to be a better writer. I'm Angibegood.

Improved Mine Safety Record Under Bush

The lefties have wasted no time in trying to blame President Bush for the tragedy at the Sago Mine in West Virginia. Well documented data from the CDC shows however that significantly fewer accidents have occurred between 2000 and 2004 as compared to an equal time period of 1995 and 1999. Read it for yourself here at the Real Clear Politics Blog.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Who Needs the Soprano's?

Not when you've got this. Hands down some of the most bizarre, yet riveting, reading I've done in months. Not to mention it's essential reading for understanding the background story on Abramoff.

2006 Predictions

A few predictions for the new year:

  • The Republicans will pick up a few new Congressional seats in 2006.
  • Jay Rockefeller will be indicted for having leaked national security secrets to the press.
  • Tom Delay will be acquitted and will return to his post as House majority leader.
  • "Scooter" Libby will be convicted of perjury.
  • Abu Musab al-Zarqawi will be killed.
  • France will experience a series of summer riots, courtesy of its unassimilated Muslim immigrant population, that will make the Watts riots of the 1960s look tame in comparison.
  • Terrorist attacks in Iraq will drop off to the point where they no longer seriously threaten Iraq's stability. Nevertheless, Iraq's disparate factions begin moving towards the creation of at least two, and possibly three seperate autonomous states.
  • The MsM will continue to subvert the War on Islamist Terror. (obviously)
  • British MP George Galloway will be removed from Parliament after it is proved that he helped himself to Oil for Food cash.
  • Osama bin Laden will continue making low-budget videos from the comfort of his stable.
  • Saddam Hussein will be convicted and executed--Ramsey Clark, weeping, will throw himself on Hussein's grave.
  • The UN will continue doing nothing about anything, especially Iran's lust for nukes.
  • The Left will continue viewing the UN as the world's premiere moral authority. (obviously)
  • The flagging commie-led antiwar movement will continue fading, in spite of the MsM's attempts to keep it alive.
  • "Pinch" Sulzberger, already on shaky ground at the NY Times, will be forced to resign.
  • Iran's government will turn on itself. A bloodbath will ensue.
  • In the face of miserable polling data, Hillary Clinton will abandon her presidential aspirations. However, if a credible right-leaning third-party candidate appears, she will, no doubt, run.

Some not-so-serious predictions I'd like to see come true:

  • Ali G interviews Hillary Clinton on national TV. During the interview, he declares his intention to run for her Senate seat. He runs--and wins.
  • Noam Chomsky has "second thoughts" and begins collaborating with David Horowitz on a new book about the radical Left.
  • Justin Raimondo marries Eric Garris. Together, they begin writing light-hearted Broadway musicals about "Neocons," the Mossad, Israel and evil Jews.
  • Harry Reid gets caught on camera seducing a chicken. He is offered a job with PETA.
  • Kofi Annan resigns as UN chief. John Bolton takes his place.
  • The UN headquarters moves to France. John Kerry is appointed as its Secretary General.
  • Howard Dean informs John Kerry that the 2004 Presidential election is over and that he lost.
  • Cynthia McKinney marries Fidel Castro. She moves to the "Cuban Socialist Paradise," taking Jim McDermott, Jesse Jackson, Medea Benjamin and most of Hollywood with her.
  • Cindy Sheehan is appointed President of Columbia University. Hollywood scrambles to create a "reality series" based on the event.
  • During a speech calling for U.S. surrender in Iraq, Ted Kennedy spontaneously explodes, showering his audience with a mixture of pure-grain alcohol and 300lbs of bullsh*t.
  • The NY Times folds

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

National Review's 2006 Crystal Ball

More than a dozen contributors to National Review Online ( NRO ) have come up with their predictions for 2006. Some are serious, many are comical. Ned Rice, who is an NRO contributor and a staff writer for CBS's The Late Late Show has some hilarious ones. I include a few for your pleasure.
* John Kerry announces that he's running for president. Puzzled, a reporter shouts out, ' Of what?'
* Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco orders the mandatory evacuation of the city of New Orleans.
* With strong bipartisan support Congress calls for a three-month embargo on Angelina Jolie adopting any more kids from the third world.
* Massachusetts amends their state constitution to ban heterosexual marriage.
* Elton John's new husband David Furnish announces that he is pregnant.
* Astronomers discover a tenth planet, which is immediately declared 'non-smoking' by the FDA.
* Tookie Williams' final children's book -- ' OK, So I Shot Those Four Mo-Fos ' -- is published posthumously and gets a glowing review in the New York Times.
* More gloomy economic news for President Bush as thousands of unemployment offices are forced to close.