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  • Bronstein at Large: You got your parting shots - now leave Bush alone

    01/23/2009 7:48:09 PM PST · by thecodont · 31 replies · 283+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | January 23 2009 at 02:25 PM | Phil Bronstein
    The political postscript to all the hugs, kisses, personal Oval Office desk drawer notes and backslaps between POTUS 43 and POTUS 44 isn't exactly a warm, Pete Seeger, sing-along scene. I went to high school with Pete's Daughter, Mika; he was a great icon and true believer in harmony back then and still is, at a spry 90, leading a million-plus citizens in song last Sunday in DC. But partisans from former and current administrations are striking a very different tone. The smell of fresh upholstery hasn't even worn off the new, improved White House website yet and already there's...
  • The Bush Legacy Part II: Trillions in Deficits For Years to Come

    01/21/2009 6:12:01 AM PST · by meandog · 96 replies · 1,687+ views
    newsmax ^ | 1.21.09
    Newsmax.com Editorial As Barack Obama assumes the mantle of the presidency and duties of the office, he has inherited from his predecessor a federal government that has a staggering national debt of over $10 trillion, a ballooning federal deficit this year estimated at $438 billion – and a government that recently assumed responsibility for some $5 trillion of the nation’s consumer debt. The irony is that George W. Bush, who billed himself as a conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan, leaves a legacy of profligate federal spending, record debt and an economy in shambles. A broad range of conservative...
  • George W. Bush's Legacy of Being Blamed.

    01/19/2009 8:40:29 PM PST · by Crimson Politics · 11 replies · 502+ views
    Crimson Politics ^ | 1/19/09 | Brian Kane
    George W. Bush is blamed for everything under the sun; but how will his legacy be judged by historians? What has he accomplished? Has he made mistakes? Sure, but does he deserve to be called the worst president of the United States as the polls suggest? Did the internet play a role? How about the media? What role did he have in the financial crisis? Did he fail in Iraq?
  • Bush deserves better than groundless blame

    01/19/2009 6:44:26 PM PST · by Railroad · 27 replies · 1,081+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | January 19, 2009 | Luke Boggs
    When George W. Bush leaves office Tuesday, he will do so with a 27 percent exit approval rating, lower even than Jimmy Carter’s was. I think he deserves better. Why? Because, while national security is not the president’s only job, it must be his first priority, and Bush has been an excellent wartime leader. Even when it cost him politically, he has remained a relentless and successful defender of this nation and its people. Like all of us, Bush saw those two great towers reduced to rubble, the smoke pouring from the Pentagon, the smoldering scar cut through a Pennsylvania...
  • Bush Accomplishments [Budget 2001-2009]

    01/16/2009 8:01:30 PM PST · by lonestar67 · 106 replies · 1,672+ views
    Limited the overall size of the Federal Government by restraining non-security spending, simultaneously focusing on key priorities and limiting non-security spending growth to 3 percent, slightly above the rate of inflation.
  • The Bush Legacy (Thomas Sowell)

    01/16/2009 4:50:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies · 1,436+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | January 16, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    Whatever history's verdict on the Bush administration might be, it is likely to be very different from what we hear from the talking heads on television or read from the know-it-alls on editorial pages. President Bush's number one achievement was also the number one function of government— to protect its citizens. Nobody on September 11, 2001 believed that there would never be another such attack for more than seven years. Unfortunately, people who are protected from dangers often conclude that there are no dangers. This is most painfully visible among those Americans who are hysterical over the government's intercepting international...
  • Bush’s Legacy Not Yet Written

    01/16/2009 8:09:37 AM PST · by Victory111 · 5 replies · 260+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 1-16-09 | Paul M. Weyrich
    As President George W. Bush prepares to leave office a review of his eight years as the Nation’s chief executive is in order. While the end of his presidency has been overshadowed by economic problems and angry calls from the left about various aspects of the war against radical Islam, Bush did have some success which should be recognized.
  • The Man Who Kept Us Safe

    01/15/2009 6:44:43 PM PST · by 4BoysMom · 38 replies · 784+ views
    Patrol Magazine ^ | 1/13/09 | Kirk Whitworth
    GEORGE W. BUSH understands how history works. While the victors may write the history, sometimes history undoes the victors, and their victory is shown to be more shallow than at first glance. Looking at the Bush's poll numbers in his waning days of office, one might be tempted to conclude he was a "failure," as just about everyone has triumphantly proclaimed. But this president's success or failure will not be determined by what Americans—and certainly not by what Europeans—think of the man and his policies today, but whether those policies produce the intended results tomorrow. I believe that they will.
  • A Look at Laura Bush

    01/15/2009 3:23:25 PM PST · by lakeprincess · 1 replies · 427+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/15/09 | Jennifer Harper
    She was our calm presence after 9/11, a real lady. Fox News' Greta Van Susteran and others weigh in on the legacy of our departing First Lady.
  • Bush Health Legacy

    01/09/2009 12:42:02 PM PST · by meandog · 5 replies · 430+ views
    ASK the average American about President Bush's health-care legacy and the most likely response is a snort. After all, didn't he refuse to fund medical aid for kids? Hasn't he spent billions on the Iraq war while shorting human needs at home? It's time to look at facts: Mr. Bush's record on health will stand as a great contribution to the well-being of mankind. Take, for example, the doubling of federal funding for community health centers since Mr. Bush took office. These not-for-profit agencies operate in underserved areas and treat people regardless of their ability to pay. According to The...
  • Bush Praises Results of "No Child"

    01/09/2009 11:41:18 AM PST · by meandog · 19 replies · 663+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, January 9, 2009 | By Dan Eggen and Maria Glod
    Before he was a war president, George W. Bush fashioned himself as an education president. He campaigned as a school reformer and held his first policy speech at a Washington elementary school, where he began laying the groundwork for the controversial No Child Left Behind education law. Nearly eight years later, Bush devoted his final public policy address to the same topic, traveling to an elementary school in Philadelphia yesterday to claim success in education reform and to warn President-elect Barack Obama against major changes to the landmark federal testing program. Bush argued that No Child Left Behind has "forever...
  • Pardons R Us

    01/06/2009 2:43:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 291+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/6/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    Conventional wisdom last week decreed that President-elect Barack Obama had done such a fine job culling his Cabinet that only one pick - Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder - would present a problem, but most likely, a surmountable hurdle. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson - Obama's presumptive commerce secretary - stepped on that happy tale when he withdrew his name from consideration Sunday in the midst of a federal corruption probe. Back to Holder. Inside money would bet that Republicans will use Holder's Jan. 15 Senate confirmation hearing to grill him on his role in President Bill Clinton's notorious last-day-in-office pardon...
  • Goodbye for Now, Duncan Hunter

    01/06/2009 8:54:01 AM PST · by pissant · 30 replies · 713+ views
    PA Times | 1/6/08 | Pissant
    Dear Congressman Hunter, Welcome back to the private sector. Having had the opportunity to talk to you a number of times, I know that you are looking forward to doing some "real" work for a few years before you retire. I wish you well in the construction business. But I want to thank you for your service to the country. Frankly, the vast majority of politicians in DC provide nothing but disservice to our nation, including most republicans. But you, on the other hand, have been a national treasure. A true Reaganite from the beginning, you never wavered from your...
  • Sept. 11 shaped some of Bush legacy (Hugh Hewitt)

    01/06/2009 8:34:31 AM PST · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 545+ views
    Politico ^ | 1-6-09 | Hugh Hewitt
    President George W. Bush departs with low approval ratings. Appraisals of presidents sometimes change over time, and sometimes they don’t. *snip* No doubt the Internet dervishes will pepper this and other assessments of Bush with their standard displays of anonymous ferocity. There are a lot of 14-year-olds with Internet connections. But when the Jon Meacham of 150 years from now goes about his task with Bush, that historian will have as much material and more, as did the author of “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.” And the verdict will be nearly the same: Here was an extraordinary...
  • Analysis: Bush's personality shapes his legacy

    01/03/2009 12:04:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 86 replies · 1,594+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/3/9 | BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- President George W. Bush will be judged on what he did. He will also be remembered for what he's like: a fast-moving, phrase-mangling Texan who stays upbeat even though his country is not. For eight years, the nation has been led by a guy who relaxes by clearing brush in scorching heat and taking breakneck bike rides through the woods. He dishes out nicknames to world leaders, and even gave the German chancellor an impromptu, perhaps unwelcome, neck rub. He's annoyed when kept waiting and sticks relentlessly to routine. He stays optimistic in even the most dire...
  • George W. 'Deer in Headlights' Bush

    12/28/2008 9:03:52 AM PST · by wgflyer · 44 replies · 3,423+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Larrey Anderson
    admire President Bush. I think he is a good man and I have said so before. But as Bush leaves office he is looking more and more like a deer in headlights.... ...A sound education, a clear and steady mind, real world experience, a moral compass, the ability to listen to and understand conflicting points of view, superior communication skills, common sense and courage are the tools a statesman needs. With the possible exception of education, none of these skills can be taught. They must be lived, learned, and earned.
  • Bush’s Legacy May End Up Better Than You Think

    12/23/2008 10:07:43 AM PST · by kennedy · 62 replies · 2,006+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | December 22, 2008 | Kevin Hassett
    A fairly balanced analysis of how Bush will probably be remembered in the future. It is a Bloomberg article so it cannot be directly posted on FreeRepublic. The article is linked on DrudgeReport.
  • Dubya Opens Up (GWB: "That's just the way it goes! ")

    12/20/2008 11:31:23 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 157 replies · 3,045+ views
    yahoo news ^ | Fri Dec 19, 1:38 pm ET | yahoo news
    President George W. Bush is leaving with one of the lowest approval ratings in the history of numbers. During his final months on the job, the controversial commander-in-chief has given several interviews that have revealed how he views his legacy. Here are some highlights... Soul not for sale One of the president's most interesting sound bites came during his interview with FOX News. He said: "I didn't compromise my soul to be a popular guy." The quote is an acknowledgment that the president is well aware that he's about as popular as taxes and chicken pox. Bush went on to...
  • Bush uses final 50 days in office to tout legacy

    12/01/2008 5:07:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 726+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/1/08 | Ben Feller - ap
    WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush says history will judge him, but he is getting his own crack first. Bush is using his final 50 days in office to tout his legacy, hoping to leave a lasting impression of overshadowed progress. On Monday, World AIDS Day, Bush was heralded for his leadership in fighting the disease, a point that even his Democratic critics readily concede. The anti-AIDS program Bush championed in 2003 has delivered lifesaving medicine to more than 2 million people in five years, up from 50,000 people before it began. Many of those helped live in impoverished sub-Saharan...
  • CA: Governor's legacy still open question

    11/30/2008 10:33:46 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 459+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 11/30/08 | John Marelius
    Five years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger took over a state drowning in red ink, brimming with confidence that he and the Legislature would forge a bipartisan solution that would put California back on sound financial footing. “I know there are some who say that the Legislature and I will never agree on solutions to our problems,” the internationally famous bodybuilder and action-movie star said in his Nov. 17, 2003, inaugural address. “But I've found in my life that people often respond in remarkable ways to remarkable challenges.” Five years later, Schwarzenegger presides over a state drowning in red ink and last...
  • Theo Caldwell on The Bush Legacy: Too soon to judge

    11/24/2008 12:53:18 PM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 404+ views
    National Post ^ | November 24 2008 | Theo Caldwell
    It is the easiest thing in the world to criticize President George W. Bush. So simple and widespread is condemnation of the man that, when one hears some concerned citizen spouting the usual lines about “lies,” “war for oil” and the like, one wonders what that person thinks he or she is adding to the public discourse. It has all been said before, and it was dopey the first time. What is far more difficult — harder, even, than finding someone to sing Bush’s praises – is to find intelligent analysis of Bush’s successes and failures as leader of the...
  • Bush's 'tough decisions' to shape legacy

    11/18/2008 4:26:59 PM PST · by lakeprincess · 9 replies · 466+ views
    The Washington TImes ^ | Nov. 16, 2008 | Jennifer Harper
    Whether his critics like it or not, President Bush will have a legacy. He will become part of history, his words and deeds shaken out and sorted through by friend and foe alike. They will argue and maybe gesticulate, the din of their arguments distilled down to one-liners in the media feedback chamber: Bush great. Bush courageous. Bush brilliant. Bush bad. Bush lied. Bush dumb. Noise or not, Mr. Bush will have his permanent place in history, and the dynamic is already in motion. Legacy wrangling has begun in print and broadcast; there's talk we'll one day have "Bush nostalgia"...
  • Vanity UFO: How President Bush can secure his legacy

    11/05/2008 7:24:45 PM PST · by balch3 · 50 replies · 2,000+ views
    Novermber 5, 2008 | vanity
    Okay, hear me out. With a little over two months left in his term, the President can go down in history with one simple stroke of the pen. Issue an executive order immediately declassifying ALL files and documents pertaining to UFO's and UFO investigations. We all know the government isn't telling us everything. Open the vaults, it's long overdue.
  • Bush Stood Tall

    11/02/2008 11:46:44 PM PST · by DakotaRed · 20 replies · 641+ views
    Right In A Left World ^ | November 3, 2008 | Lew Waters
    It has been 2,844 days since President George W. Bush took office, to the scorn and ridicule of all too many Americans. He only has about 72 days left to serve America, much to the happiness of the socialist left of America, who has spewed their hatred of the man for these last 2,844 days. Even during those tragic days immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, their hate continued as they began seeking ways to blame such a horrendous act upon him instead of the bloodthirsty extremists that caused it. Calls for his impeachment began almost before...
  • Was he wrong about everything?-Has there ever been a lamer duck than George W. Bush?

    10/30/2008 5:15:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 150 replies · 2,652+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-30-08 | JONATHAN TOBIN
    Has there ever been a lamer duck than George W. Bush? How he went from winning a clear majority of the 2004 popular vote to his current dismal showing is a topic that will fascinate historians in the future. The answers will assuredly revolve around Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, and the financial meltdown that has panicked Wall Street and made a Democratic victory this November all but certain. Yet, even as Bush gets swept into the proverbial dustbin of history, it would be a mistake to succumb to the temptation of viewing everything he did as wrong. But...
  • Bush Legacy: The Debasing of Military Service (indigestion alert)

    10/29/2008 5:25:30 AM PDT · by meandog · 2 replies · 350+ views
    creators sysndicate ^ | mark shields
    With the characteristic keenness of speech insight and bluntness that has earned him nearly unanimous respect in both parties and the press, Virginia Republican congressman Tom Davis assessed President George W. Bush's impact on the GOP: “The Republican brand is in the trash can … if we were a dog food, they would take us off the shelf.” We all know that probably sooner rather than later — and thanks, at least in part, to the Democrats' politically screwing up — the Republicans will recover and once again win a national election. But the Bush political legacy — which will...
  • Taking Hard New Look at a Greenspan Legacy

    10/09/2008 4:14:02 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 13 replies · 552+ views
    NYT ^ | October 9, 2008 | PETER S. GOODMAN
    “Not only have individual financial institutions become less vulnerable to shocks from underlying risk factors, but also the financial system as a whole has become more resilient.” — Alan Greenspan in 2004 George Soros, the prominent financier, avoids using the financial contracts known as derivatives “because we don’t really understand how they work.” Felix G. Rohatyn, the investment banker who saved New York from financial catastrophe in the 1970s, described derivatives as potential “hydrogen bombs.” And Warren E. Buffett presciently observed five years ago that derivatives were “financial weapons of mass destruction, carrying dangers that, while now latent, are potentially...
  • Steve Fossett's unfinished legacy: Deepest ocean exploration

    10/04/2008 1:36:07 AM PDT · by valkyry1 · 5 replies · 921+ views
    CNET ^ | October 3, 2008 | Daniel Terdiman
    Steve Fossett's unfinished legacy: Deepest ocean exploration And were it not for what seems certain to be his untimely and tragic death in a small airplane crash high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Fossett was poised to set a new record, one that could have far surpassed his many others in scope and shock value. The record? To become the first human being to dive solo to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, 36,000 feet below the ocean surface near Guam.
  • The Bush Legacy - Harry Truman Redux?

    08/10/2008 8:04:51 PM PDT · by Gambit · 38 replies · 500+ views
    Political Capital ^ | June 21, 2008 | Matthew Gagnon
    Full Article at Political Capital Before you read this article, take a couple steps back from your political opinions - because I can already hear the partisan bickering. I want you to approach this and analyze it in an antiseptic, neutral way - regardless of whether you are a Bush lover or Bush hater. I think both camps will find things to love, and hate in this article. But, reserve judgment please - because this is an article about how history will remember George W. Bush, it is not a political judgment on his presidency. Indeed, you will find several...
  • White House says no to special session of Congress

    08/04/2008 11:11:49 AM PDT · by BufordP · 101 replies · 448+ views
    The Hill ^ | Aug 4, 2008 | Jackie Kucinich, Jared Allen, Sam Youngman
    The White House has rejected calls from House Republicans that it convene a special session of Congress on energy, saying it wouldn’t make a difference. “We don't have plans to call Congress into session -- it won't make a difference if Democratic leaders are unwilling to bring up a bill for an up-down vote,” said White House spokesman Tony Fratto. Republican Study Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) asked President Bush to convene the special session in an Aug. 1 letter. The same day, House Republicans launched an unusual protest on the House floor urging...
  • The Legacy of Radical Feminism

    06/27/2008 7:22:42 PM PDT · by HoosierHawk · 4 replies · 172+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2008 | Chuck Colson
    Alice Walker, best known as the author of the novel The Color Purple, is one of the most renowned feminist authors and activists of her generation. She is also a mother, and that fact brought her public and private lives into direct conflict. --snip-- That is because Alice Walker’s brand of feminism was the kind that taught that “motherhood was about the worst thing that could happen to a woman.” So says her daughter, Rebecca, who suffered the consequences of that thinking. In a recent London Daily Mail article, Rebecca Walker reflected on the neglect she experienced with her divorced...
  • New York’s High Court Sides With Grasso (Eliot Spitzer's legacy grows some more)

    06/25/2008 5:14:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies · 104+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/25/08 | JENNY ANDERSON
    New York’s High Court Sides With GrassoWednesday June 25, 10:35 pm ET By JENNY ANDERSON On Wall Street, there are stars that fade and stars that fight. Richard A. Grasso is one of the latter. On Wednesday, Mr. Grasso, the former chairman and chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange, won another round in his almost five-year battle to keep the $187.5 million of pay he amassed during his eight years at the helm of the Big Board. The New York State Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling dismissing four of six counts originally brought by Eliot...
  • Miniature Golf is the New Constitutional Right

    06/17/2008 2:56:18 PM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 17 replies · 128+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 16 June 2008 | David Strom
    The Bush Administration has discovered what liberals have known all along: the Constitution is a mighty comprehensive document, giving the federal government powers over the minutest aspects of our lives. Case in point: apparently Bush & Co. have discovered that there is a right to miniature golf defined in the U.S. Constitution. That’s the upshot of a new set of rules updating the Americans with Disabilities Act being released for public comment this Tuesday. Other new rights include easier access to light switches in hotel rooms by moving them 6 inches lower, wheelchair lifts in courtrooms to provide easier access...
  • I freed millions from barbarism, says President with no regrets

    06/14/2008 4:37:55 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 23 replies · 242+ views
    Guardian.co.uk ^ | 6/15/08 | Ned Temko
    The real 'options on the table' that should worry Europe and the world lay elsewhere - in the likelihood of moves by Iran's Arab neighbours to develop nuclear weapons of their own. He said the 'time is now' for the outside world to put in place 'diplomacy with consequences' to bring Iran's uranium-enrichment activities to an end, not least because he believed that a new group of European leaders had 'gone beyond the Iraq period' and were engaged with the US in multilateral efforts on a range of other issues. In London, however, Iraq inevitably will be back on the...
  • History Will Redeem Bush

    05/21/2008 5:22:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies · 69+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 21, 2008 | By Ed Koch
    [snip] Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a proud American and a proud Jew who, while not religiously observant, fiercely loves and defends his faith. It has become fashionable for Americans in general, Jew and gentile, to hold President George W. Bush up to derision. As I believe many readers and listeners of my commentaries know, I crossed party lines in 2004 to support the President's reelection, saying at the time that I did not agree with him on a single domestic issue, but I did believe he was the only one running who appreciated the threat...
  • New Home-Buying Plan May Bolster Abbas (W CONTINUES TO PANDER TO TERRORIST WITH MORE $$$ AID)

    04/18/2008 5:03:59 PM PDT · by Conservative Vermont Vet · 8 replies · 114+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 15, 2008 | ETHAN BRONNER
    RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian West Bank, besieged by Israeli occupation, political division and weak leadership, got a boost on Monday: the announcement of a plan, led by the American government, to help tens of thousands of people buy homes. The plan, which establishes a $500 million mortgage company, aims to build 10 new neighborhoods over the next five years and, in the process, create thousands of jobs in construction and real estate. In doing so, it could improve the depressed local economy and the political prospects of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, of the relatively pro-West Fatah party.
  • Devastating Clinton YouTube Video Hits Web

    04/16/2008 10:05:36 PM PDT · by freerepublic_or_die · 55 replies · 293+ views
    Andrew Sullivan ^ | April 16, 2008 | Staff
    andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com — A tough new video montage shows footage of Clinton from 1992 through 2008 from her first 60 Minutes interview to her lies about sniper fire, NAFTA, and Iraq. At this point, Hillary Clinton has no one left to lie to.
  • "Bush's North Korea Capitulation" (Dynamite BOLTON Op/Ed!)

    04/16/2008 7:23:17 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 69 replies · 106+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 April 2008 | Ambassador John R. Bolton
    President George W. Bush is fond of comparing himself to Ronald Reagan. But as he meets with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Washington this week, his policy regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program looks more like something out of Bill Clinton's or Jimmy Carter's playbook. In dealing with the Soviet Union on arms control, Reagan was famous for repeating the Russian phrase, "Doveryai, no proveryai" (trust, but verify). Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev reportedly once complained to Reagan, "You use that phrase every time we meet." To which Reagan smilingly replied, "That's because I like it so much." This administration...
  • Charlton Heston's legacy

    04/15/2008 1:40:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 135+ views
    siouxcityjournal.com ^ | 2008/04/14 | Michael McNeil
    When Charlton Heston died, not only did Hollywood lose an icon, the world witnessed the passing away of a man worthy of respect outside of his acting credentials. With the exception of a few extreme loon bloggers, the much-deserved tributes poured in. Heston will be remembered by many for his legendary performances. A rule at my uncle’s house every year around Easter is, “Thou shalt watch 'The Ten Commandments.'" The fact this Cecil B. DeMille-directed movie still plays on television on a regular basis more than 50 years after its release is a testament to Heston’s powerful on-screen presence and...
  • Why Bill Klinton is Fighting So Hard

    04/14/2008 11:06:02 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 11 replies · 141+ views
    Newsweek ^ | April 11th, 2008 | Eleanor Clift
    The reason he's working so hard on his wife's behalf is that he sincerely believes she would make a good president, better than he was, if daughter Chelsea's word is taken to heart. He's also doing penance for how much he humiliated her when he was president, and even for some of his missteps in this campaign, mostly having to do with race. But perhaps most important, Clinton understands that if Barack Obama is elected, his presidency becomes an asterisk. Clinton was forced to play defense, too often settling for mainly symbolic gestures like advocating school uniforms when only two...
  • SPITZER'S (D-NY) LEGACY: A $3.6M PROBE TAB

    04/13/2008 3:32:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 100+ views
    NY Post ^ | 4/13/08 | BRENDAN SCOTT
    SPITZER'S LEGACY: A $3.6M PROBE TABBy BRENDAN SCOTT April 13, 2008 -- Eliot Spitzer's political and sexual shenanigans are costing taxpayers upwards of $3.6 million. **SNIP** This month, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo launched his second look at the Dirty Tricks saga: a far-reaching probe into whether Spitzer ordered the State Police to gather intelligence on Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. It should double the estimated $150,000 the attorney general's office spent on the initial report that sparked the Spitzer's troubles last year. Meanwhile, the State Investigation Commission has launched an investigation of the investigations - those by the attorney general,...
  • Bush Foreign Policy Settles into Weird State of Denial

    04/12/2008 12:31:48 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 45 replies · 102+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April, '08 | Claudia Rosett
    In this final year of the Bush presidency, what was once a doctrine of preemption has given way to a weird presumption that threats that Washington doesn't officially acknowledge somehoe won't hurt us. It's an alarming sign when CIA director Michael Hayden says, as he did on NBC that, personally, he believes Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, but officially he stands by the NIE report that maybe they aren't. So America sails on, under the fiction that nothing dramatic need be done, despite Hayden's further warning that in Iran, "the development of fissile material, the development of delivery systems, continue...
  • Gen. Petraeus’ Place in History

    04/11/2008 2:58:14 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 4 replies · 55+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 11 April 2008 | Col. Ken Allard (US Army, ret.)
    Gen. Petraeus’ Place in History by Col. Ken Allard (US Army, ret.) Gen. David Petraeus and FSM Contributing Editor Col. Ken Allard were fellow instructors at West Point in the mid-80’s. Close friends ever since, Gen. Petraeus was a key source for Allard’s 2006 book, Warheads, describing the re-creation of the Iraqi Army and how American forces were adapting to counter-insurgency warfare. What were Allard’s reactions to the General’s Capitol Hill testimony this week? There he was, this generation's equivalent of George Marshall, the brilliant proconsul testifying before Congress to underline the improbable but now indisputable victory over al Qaeda....
  • Checkpoint Condi--Her latest mission of bullying an ally into suicidal “gestures.”

    04/03/2008 5:36:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 53 replies · 109+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | April 03, 2008 | P. David Hornik
    Checkpoint Condi   By P. David HornikFrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, April 03, 2008 A new Hamas TV production for Palestinian children shows a puppet stabbing President Bush to death after telling him the White House has been turned into a mosque. The Palestinians elected Hamas as their leadership by a wide margin in January 2006, and in a poll two weeks ago a majority of Palestinians said they would vote for current Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for president if there were new Palestinian elections. After the massacre at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem on March 6, Bush called Israeli...
  • Bush seeks to salvage legacy at NATO, Putin summits (No bias here, no sir.)

    03/31/2008 2:47:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 308+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/31/08 | Matt Spetalnick
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush left on Monday for his farewell NATO summit and a final heads-of-state meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin as he tries to salvage a foreign policy legacy frayed by the Iraq war. Seeking to reassert himself on the world stage in the twilight of his term, Bush will press NATO for more troops in Afghanistan, try to keep up momentum in the alliance's eastward expansion and attempt to ease strains with Russia. But with Bush even more unpopular overseas than at home, he could have a hard time swaying world leaders at this...
  • Crusaders 'Left Genetic Legacy'

    03/27/2008 6:29:52 PM PDT · by blam · 81 replies · 1,549+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-27-2008
    Crusaders 'left genetic legacy' The genetic signature can be traced to Europe Scientists have detected the faint genetic traces left by medieval crusaders in the Middle East. The team says it found a particular DNA signature which recently appeared in Lebanon and is probably linked to the crusades. The finding comes from the Genographic Project, a major effort to track human migrations through DNA. Details of the research have been published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. The researchers found that some Christian men in Lebanon carry a DNA signature hailing from Western Europe. The scientists also found that...
  • Bill Buckley and the Jews

    03/19/2008 7:07:34 AM PDT · by kindred · 2 replies · 385+ views
    JWR ^ | March 3, 2008 | Jonathan Tobin
    The long-term implications of Buckley's stands were enormous. By remaking the conservative movement in his own image, in which the emphasis was on anti-communism and a libertarian skepticism of government power, he ensured that it, and the Republican Party, which it came to dominate, would be a place where Jew-haters were unwelcome. That enabled liberal Jews, such as Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz, to feel comfortable making common cause with the right on a host of issues as he began his own journey away from the left. Though expectations that the Jews would ditch liberalism en masse were always unrealistic, the...
  • "Salvaging Our North Korea Policy" (Critiques Failed BUSH Admin. Approach) - JOHN BOLTON

    03/17/2008 5:43:27 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 39 replies · 635+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 17 March 2008 | John R. Bolton
    Salvaging Our North Korea Policy.... By JOHN R. BOLTON There are signs, albeit small ones, that the Bush administration may be reaching the end of its patience with the Six-Party Talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program. These signs could prove illusory. But as it nears its end, the administration has a serious responsibility: It must not leave its successor with an ongoing, failed policy. At a minimum, President Bush should not bequeath to the next president only the burned-out hulk of the Six-Party Talks, and countless failed and violated North Korean commitments. Since they were conceived in spring 2003,...
  • The Hastert (non-)legacy

    03/09/2008 1:12:22 PM PDT · by jdm · 24 replies · 1,163+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 09, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    The retirement of Dennis Hastert, the former Speaker of the House, has led to the loss of his seat from the Republican ranks. In a low-turnout special election, political newcomer Bill Foster beat Jim Oberweis to win the seat for the Democrats. The loss leaves the GOP looking even more impotent in Illinois than ever before (via Memeorandum): In a stunning upset Saturday that could be a sign of trouble for Republicans this fall, a little-known Democratic physicist won the special election for a far west suburban congressional seat long held by former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert.Rookie candidate Bill...
  • The writer who chased the anti-Semites out [Buckley]

    03/09/2008 5:32:24 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies · 562+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-9-08 | JONATHAN TOBIN
    Was there any major American personality in the last half-century who seemed more remote from the sensibilities of most American Jews than William F. Buckley? Buckley, who passed away last week at the age of 83, was the fervent Catholic patrician whose work helped create the modern American conservative movement in the 1950s at a time when nothing could have been more removed from the thinking of most Jews in this country than his National Review. Though much has changed in the 53 years since NR's debut, given that most Jews are still, at the very least, reliable supporters of...