I’m going to eastern PA for the weekend. I’ll try to blog about it Sunday night or Monday. Since I’ll be on the road, no KaibCast for Friday. Make sure you listen to Thursday’s show (see post directly below this one). No blogging over the weekend, but check my twitter feed for updates over the weekend.
Monthly Archives: October 2010
The most anticipated book of the year, President George W. Bush’s Decision Points, doesn’t come out until November 9th, but Matt Drudge got an advanced look and revealed a few details from the memoir earlier today at his Drudge Report.
"It was a simple question, 'Can you remember the last day you didn't have a drink?'"
So begins President George W. Bush in the opening chapter ["Quitting"] from the most anticipated book of the season, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.
With DECISION POINTS, set for release November 9, Bush pulls back the curtain with a strikingly personal work that takes very few shots at his critics.
The former president even stays clear of Obama!
If you want to read the rest of Drudge’s entry, please click on the hyperlink at the top of my post. I look forward to reading this memoir, especially because it isn’t some boring crap like Sarah Palin’s book (I bought Going Rogue but have yet to finish it). Bush’s book focuses on the various decisions he made in his life and Presidency, hence the name Decision Points.
Sarah Palin notes that October 27th is the 46th anniversary of President Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech.
On her Facebook page she wrote this:
The thing that struck me as I watched it again was how relevant its message still is for today’s America. Just as in 1964, we have a president who says “we must accept a greater government activity in the affairs of the people.” And just as then, we hear the voices of those on the left who claim the profit motive has become “outdated” and the Constitution “outmoded.” Back then liberals aimed to build a Great Society in which the state looked after us “from the cradle to the grave.” Today’s “fundamental transformation” doesn’t have a similarly catchy name, but its aims are no different from those of Johnson’s central planners.
And so once again we face an election in which the fundamental issue is “whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”
Reagan believed that in the end, Americans would always choose liberty over tyranny. He called it our “destiny,” our American birth right. Well, this coming Tuesday, you and I have another rendezvous with destiny. America, let’s go and win one for the Gipper.
Here’s the full video of that speech, courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library:
The Time is Now.
In middle-of-the-road swing districts, Democrat incumbents are running against Obama and the Democratic legislative record. Rather than campaigning on the Congress’ accomplishments, candidates are pretending they never happened.
Rep. Bobby Bright, an Alabama Democrat, has already said that he won’t support Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker (if the Dems hold onto the Senate).
Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania is touting his opposition to Health Care reform. Glenn Nye of Virginia is also campaigning on his opposition to the HC bill. ABC’s Jake Tapper describes the dire Democrats as “fighting for their political lives in a harsh environment and have found it necessary to distance themselves from their leaders and Democratic policies.”
In France. To 62. And apparently a bunch of lazy-ass Frenchies are pissed off because they are lazy and want to retire at 60. Meanwhile, in America, we don’t retire until 65 (or later) in most cases.
The French Senate, pushed into an early vote, approved on Friday a hotly contested bill raising the retirement age to 62, hours after riot police forced the reopening of a strategic refinery to help halt growing fuel shortages amid nationwide strikes and protests.In tense balloting after 140 hours of debate, the Senate voted 177-153 for the pension reform. The measure is expected to win final formal approval by both houses of parliament next week.
President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative government, keen to get the measure passed and quell increasingly radicalized protests, cut short the debate and voting process using a special procedure. Critics on the left dubbed the use of Article 44-3 of the Constitution a denial of democracy.
The tough stance by the government extended to strikes as French riot police forced a strategic refinery to reopen Friday, aiming to halt growing fuel shortages that have emptied gas pumps around the country and risked hurting industry.
Sarkozy says overhauling the money-losing pension system is vital to ensuring that future generations receive any pensions at all. It’s a choice many European governments are facing as populations live longer and government debts soar.
But French unions say retirement at 60 is a hard-earned right, and claim the working class will be unfairly punished by the pension reform. They also fear this is just the first step in dismantling an entire network of benefits that make France an enviable place to work and live.
The French are obsessed with their welfare state. Obama and his progressive ilk want to bring French-style socialism to American. People are so goddamn lazy and helpless, but yet they have enough energy to light fires and hurl rocks at police. This is what America is becoming. I just hope that when we have to raise the retirement age, people don’t resort to violent protest.
I’d like to take credit for the title of this post, but I borrowed it from Bill Kristol. NPR, an media entity that gets as much as 15% of its funding from the federal government, fired Senior News Analyst Juan Williams for a comment he made while on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Williams, who is also a Fox News Contributor (meaning that he gets paid to make on air appearances), is well known for his weekly appearances on “Fox News Sunday” and his books about the civil rights movement. While on O’Reilly’s program, he said something that got him fired. I’ll let Bill Kristol, who appears with Mr. Williams on “Fox News Sunday,” explain:
Juan was appearing on Bill O’Reilly’s show Monday night, when O’Reilly asserted, “The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.” Juan didn’t disagree with this claim.Would President Obama, for example, disagree? I don’t think so. Isn’t this why, for example, we are fighting a war to prevent jihadists from re-establishing a terror base in Afghanistan? (It’s a war, by the way, that Juan happens to oppose.) But do the powers-that-be at NPR really think that jihadists, especially if aided by state sponsors, are not a serious threat? Do the powers-that-be at NPR think their analysts shouldn’t be allowed to say they are?
Juan cited the words of the Times Square bomber: “He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts.” Do the powers-that-be at NPR deny that jihadists have made countless comments of this sort? Are NPR analysts not allowed to cite them?
Juan also commented, “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I’ve got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.” (emphasis mine)