Year: 2006

Gerald Ford dies at age 93

GERALD FORD DIES AT AGE 93…. I’m afraid I was a little young to have any memories of Gerald Ford’s presidency — when he took the oath of office, I was a year old — and, regrettably, I’m more inclined to think of Chevy Chase’s Saturday Night Live impression of a bumbling president than Ford’s… Read more »

‘He has built up expectations’

‘HE HAS BUILT UP EXPECTATIONS’…. As far as the Bush White House was concerned, December posed a bit of a challenge: in the midst of the crisis in Iraq, the president had to a) ignore the Iraq Study Group; b) appear engaged as American support for the conflict evaporated; c) stop pretending we’re “absolutely” winning;… Read more »

Lost in translation

LOST IN TRANSLATION…. I can only hope Tom Tancredo and Lou Dobbs were sitting down when they heard about this one. The armed forces, already struggling to meet recruiting goals, are considering expanding the number of noncitizens in the ranks — including disputed proposals to open recruiting stations overseas and putting more immigrants on a… Read more »

‘Going universal’

‘GOING UNIVERSAL’…. The Washington Post reported yesterday that “health care is set to return to the national political stage in 2007, setting up partisan clashes in Congress that could end with rare vetoes from President Bush and help to define the 2008 presidential campaigns.” It’s about time. Democrats have been trigger-shy about making serious changes… Read more »

First, hire all the lawyers

FIRST, HIRE ALL THE LAWYERS…. Late last week, U.S. News’ Paul Bedard noted that key congressional committees, in both chambers, have begun “hiring lawyer-investigators whose job will be to probe the administration.” This isn’t about witch-hunts, of course, it’s about oversight — Bedard quoted a Democratic leadership official who said that “the planned hearings and… Read more »

Throwing church-state separation under the bus

THROWING CHURCH-STATE SEPARATION UNDER THE BUS…. The New York Times has a fascinating piece today on Democratic strategist Mara Vanderslice, and her 2-year-old consulting firm, Common Good Strategies, which aims to help the Democratic Party and its candidates appeal to theologically conservative voters. I found most of what Vanderslice had to say compelling, with one… Read more »

Pet Peeve Watch

PET PEEVE WATCH…. The AP ran a story over the weekend about the ways in which presidential hopefuls are turning to the Internet to boost their chances. It’s a fairly routine piece, but it leads with a joke that has long since outlived its usefulness. Al Gore claimed he invented it. John McCain predicted it… Read more »

Sitting judge writes book bashing liberals, ‘femifascists’

‘FEMIFASCISTS’?…. For some reason, legal experts seem to believe it’s problematic for a sitting judge to write a book bashing everyone with whom he disagrees. Chapter 1 of Circuit Judge Robert H. Dierker Jr.’s book, “The Tyranny of Tolerance: A Sitting Judge Breaks the Code of Silence to Expose the Liberal Judicial Assault,” has circulated… Read more »

Soft bigotry, low expectations

SOFT BIGOTRY, LOW EXPECTATIONS…. It’s come to this. Expectations for the president have fallen so low, the New York Times devoted an entire piece to Bush’s recent claim that he read a newspaper article. Is there hope for newspapers after all? Readers may be abandoning the printed versions, but over the last couple of years,… Read more »

Weather Update

WEATHER UPDATE….By the way, we’re having wonderful Christmas weather here in Southern California. Mid-70s, I’d say. Just thought you’d all like to know.