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Friday, January 14, 2005

I kind of hope he's not kidding....
"Michael Moore and I actually have a lot in common - we both appreciate living in a country where there's free expression. But, Michael, if you ever show up at my front door with a camera - I'll kill you. I mean it." --Clint Eastwood

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

My Current Reading

"The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. They are construing our constitution from a co-ordination of a general and special government to a general and supreme one alone." --Thomas Jefferson

"No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation." --General Douglas MacArthur

"The last thing the Democrats want now is a federal bench dominated by fair and honest referees, who are guided by the rulebook known as the U.S. Constitution, not the eccentric policy aims of the Democrat liberal elite." --Terence Jeffrey

"If current birthrates and immigration patterns continue, France will be a Muslim country sometime in this century. When Notre Dame is a mosque, and Paris has a Grand Mufti, let's see how smug the French are about their superior culture." --Don Feder

"President Bush and Judge Gonzales have both unequivocally, clearly, and repeatedly rejected the use of torture. But is there anyone here today who would fail to use every legal means to collect intelligence from terrorists that can save American lives? I certainly hope not." --Senator John Cornyn

Jay Leno.... Did anybody get this week's Newsweek? In this week's magazine, John Kerry says he didn't lose the election, he just didn't win. There's that clear decisive thinking we all loved about him. .... At the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia, tourists can experience what it's like to take the oath of office as president at a virtual swearing in station. Your image is up on a giant screen while an actor playing a Supreme Court justice swears you in. It's kind of like a fantasy camp for Democrats. .... Four people have been fired from CBS over the Dan Rather report on President Bush's National Guard records. [They] were fired for slopping reporting and incompetent fact checking. The good news -- today all 4 of them got jobs with The New York Times. .... Congratulations to film director Michael Moore. Last night he won the People's Choice Award for his film "Fahrenheit 9/11" and he was very gracious when he spoke. He thanked all the people who made him what he is today. Dave Thomas of Wendy's, Colonel Sanders of course, Carl's Jr., Ronald McDonald.

David Letterman: "Top Proposed Changes At CBS News"
Stories must be corroborated by at least two really strong hunches
"Evening News" pre-show staff cocktail hour is cancelled until further notice
Reduce "60 Minutes" to more manageable 15-20 minutes
Change division name from "CBS News" to "CBS News-ish"
If anchor says anything inaccurate, earpiece delivers an electric shock
Conclude each story with comical "Boing" sound effect
Instead of boring Middle East reports, more Powerball drawings
To play it safe, every "exclusive" story will be about how tasty pecan pie is
Not sure how, but make CBS News more like "C.S.I."

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Catholics on Peterson's Jury?
The answer to these questions hinges on what the pope meant when he wrote that a death sentence would be permissible only "when it would not be possible otherwise to defend society." Some interpret these words to mean only when there is no other way to ensure that the individual murderer in question will not escape and return to his evil ways. I disagree. I maintain that when the pope spoke of an execution being necessary when "it would not be possible otherwise to defend society," he was granting permission for Catholics to weigh whether there are rare times when capital punishment is needed as a deterrent to future crimes. The encyclical did not condemn the concept of capital punishment for deterrent purposes.
I'm not saying I buy this argument, but it is worth thinking about. But I'll probably end up disagreeing with it.

Quote of the Year
"Spare me your sixth-grade Michael Moore logic" -- William Devane on "24"

Monday, January 10, 2005

CBS News | CBS Ousts 4 For Bush Guard Story | January 10, 2005�10:59:34
The panel said a 'myopic zeal' to be the first news organization to broadcast a groundbreaking story about Mr. Bush's National Guard service was a key factor in explaining why CBS News had produced a story that was neither fair nor accurate and did not meet the organization's internal standards.
The producer of the piece, Mary Mapes, was also faulted for calling Joe Lockhart, a senior official in the John Kerry campaign, prior to the airing of the piece, and offering to put Burkett in touch with him. The panel called Mapes’ action a “clear conflict of interest that created the appearance of political bias.”[Appearance?]
Link via Drudge.

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