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Operation Thrill Linda

Captain Ed at Captain's Quarters has posted a copy of Linda Ronstadt's touring schedule as part of his "Operation Thrill Linda," an effort to encourage Republicans and fundamentalist Christians to ask for refunds if they have Ronstadt concert tickets.

Ronstadt now has said: "It's a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I'd rather not know."

UPDATE: Michael King at Ramblings' Journal notes that we may soon be thrilling Bonnie Raitt as well.


Who Leaked the Berger Story? An Alternative Theory

Husband David has some thoughts to share on the Sandy Berger story:

Liberals would have us believe that the criminal investigation of Sandy Berger was leaked to the press for political purposes.

They could be right about that much. But the list of suspects isn't limited to President Bush.

Who had both the motive and opportunity to leak to the press?

President Bush may have had the motive -- a nice distraction in advance of the 9/11 Commission report and Democrat National Convention -- but there is no evidence thus far that anyone in the White House or the President's re-election campaign knew anything about the investigation until it went public on Monday.

If we're looking for someone who had both the motive and opportunity for such a leak, I nominate Bill Clinton. He had both the motive and the opportunity.

Bruce Lindsey, President Clinton's legal counsel, was among the first to be informed that sensitive documents had vanished following Sandy Berger's visit to the National archives. There's your opportunity.

And as for motive, let's call this a two-fer.

First, the leak -- if there was one -- comes just days before the 9/11 Commission is expected to issue its report. Lest we forget, intelligence failures during Bill Clinton's tenure will be included with those occurring during the Bush Administration.

Second, let's face it, what's bad for John Kerry is good for the Clintons. If John Kerry is elected President, Hillary Clinton's next chance to run for President will be 2012.

Sure, Sandy Berger considers Bill Clinton a friend, but his freedom is a small price to pay for the ultimate good. It wouldn't be the first time a Friend of Bill's did time for the cause.

A message to all you "journalists" out there: If you're going to continue reporting the liberals' leak theory without supporting evidence, I want my theory reported, too.


Attorneys General or Global Warming Scientists?

Eight state attorneys general and the city of New York will have a press conference at noon Eastern Wednesday to announce that, despite not being scientists, they are wise enough to set a good portion of our national global warming policy.

Attorneys general are elected to enforce laws, not to create them.

The Separation of Powers concept was enshrined in our governmental bodies by our Founding Fathers for a reason: When too much power is congregated in one source, dictatorship is inevitable. If these state politicians wish to set national environmental policies they should lobby Congress or run for Congress themselves.

In this case, the politicians are expected to announce they will file a lawsuit to change policies regulating power plants in states other than their own, and supervise the federal Tennesse Valley Authority as well.

It must be quite something to believe oneself smarter than entire legislatures -- from long distance, no less.

I write more about all this in "Now They Want to Be Caesar: Eight State Attorneys General Decide to End-Run Legislatures, Set National Global Warming Policies Themselves."


Girlie Men II

Regarding my post here, Gerry at Daly Thoughts asks:

Amy, are you suggesting that to compare a woman to a man would be insulting to her? Hmmmmmmmmmm?
Gerry, I bet you would be a formidable debate partner, but I don't surrender easily.

To compare one highly excellent group of people to another highly excellent group of people is to insult neither, and compliment both.


Suing/Censoring Fox News, Part II

I was right about, one of the web's top "must visit" weblogs.


Give Ted Rall the Rush Limbaugh Treatment

Project 21 is asking the civil rights establishment to hold cartoonist Ted Rall to the same standard to which it held Rush Limbaugh.

Project 21 notes that during last year's Limbaugh/ESPN controversy, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume called Limbaugh's remark about Donovan McNabb (Limbaugh opined that the news media wishes black quarterback Donovan McNabb well and said this is reflected in their reporting) "bigoted and arrogant." Mfume called for Limbaugh's removal. The National Association of Black Journalists demanded ESPN "separate itself" from Limbaugh. Rainbow/PUSH Coalition president Jesse Jackson, not previously known to be an expert on quarterbacks, called Limbaugh's remarks "not accurate and... insulting."

Ted Rall, through the vehicle of one of his cartoons, called White House National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice a "house nigga."

Imagine for a moment what might have happened, had Rush Limbaugh called a prominent black a "house nigga."

Ted Rall, by the way, is a white guy, so he doesn't get to take advantage of that unofficial-but-nonetheless-enforced PC statute that says blacks can use the "n-word" while white people cannot. (Except Senator Byrd, that is, so maybe there is an n-word white guy exemption for former Klansmen. But a KKK exception wouldn't give Ted Rall a pass.)

Project 21's Michael King discusses the issue here in his blog while providing a copy of the comic strip for those who which to make their own judgement.

Last October I got quite steamed about the entire Limbaugh/ESPN matter, putting out two press releases (here and here) quoting an NFL team owner, sporterswriters and others making comments that, ten months later, still strike me a breathtakingly stupid. In this blog post from back then, I noted that no one from the NFL had refuted a team owner's implication that conservatives aren't wanted as NFL fans (have they yet?) and also noted that the NFL can't -- apparently literally -- count to ten.


Global Cooling?

Read about the possibility here at FuturePundit.

Thanks to Instapundit for the pointer.


Girlie Men

I believe the Arnold Schwarzenegger "girlie men" controversy is silly.

It is no insult to men to compare them to women. It is a compliment.


Good Reporting Versus Being First With the Story

From the New York Times' "9/11 Panel's Report to Offer New Evidence of Iran-Qaeda Ties":

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the embargo placed by the commission on discussing the report until its release, said...
No, they were not speaking anonymously because of the embargo, they were speaking anonymously because they did not want anyone to know it was they who had spoken. Had they been motivated by the embargo itself, they would not have broken it.

The public would be better served if the news media did not run so many stories with anonymous sources. Ask yourself: Would we be better off seeing these facts (assuming they are true) slightly later (five days from now) in the context of the full report or immediately, out of context and delivered to us by people with a secret agenda whose names we are not permitted to know?

You can bet the New York Times didn't ask itself this.


Shoes for Iraqi Kids

The Keystone Military News is collecting new or good used children's shoes for Iraqi children.

A Pennsylvania National Guard member, 1st Lt. Eric Sloan, is handling the show distribution on the Iraqi end.

I know three little Ridenours who could help with this one...


Book Recommendations Requested

Anyone want to e-mail suggestions in response to this letter we received today?


I mentor a young black man who is going to go to college next year. I was wondering if you had a list of literature or suggestions for some reading material. He is interested in economics and business. I was hoping for some ethics, philosophy, and history titles as well. I would prefer if the authors were black. He attends a majority white private Catholic school where he is one of the brightest students; I want him to have some black intellectual experience too.

Thank you for your time.

[Name Deleted]

P.S. I heard about your site from Trueblackman, (I don't know his real name) on Free Republic

Addendum: Check out the recommendations we receive here.


Suing/Censoring Fox News

Michael King at Ramblings' Journal has a post that could be a parody, but isn't: A group of left-wing groups, apparently including Common Cause, and, are planning to sue Fox News for using the slogan "fair and Balanced."

Lefties often flasely accuse the right of censorship (many erroneously thought the voluntary grassroots conservative boycott of the ridiculous and defamatory CBS/HBO "Reagans" movie constituted censorship), but when you go to a government court to tell a TV broadcast network how to cover the news, it is the real thing. Or it would be if they aren't laughed out of court. Which is likely.

One more case for the frivolous lawsuit files. If doesn't have this covered already, it will soon.


"Gesture Politics Can Be Environmentally Unfriendly"

Dr. Madsen Pirie has a nicely to-the-point post about recycling on the Adam Smith Institute blog. An excerpt:

Some people seem to suppose that by recycling paper they are saving trees, but the opposite is often true. Paper is mostly made from trees planted for the purpose, and it is young trees that soak up most of the carbon dioxide. If those trees are not planted, that carbon is not soaked up. Nor is it if they are not harvested and replaced. Recycling paper may make people feel good, but gesture politics can be environmentally unfriendly...


Mundane Tasks

A blog new to me,, reprinted on July 15 "The L.A. Times Defends Bush," an excellent article by John McWhorter about today's NAACP.


Lifting blacks up is no longer a matter of getting whites off our necks. We are faced, rather, with the mundane tasks of teaching those "left behind" after the civil rights victory how to succeed in a complex society - one in which there will never be a second civil rights revolution.
Thanks to Broken Masterpieces for the pointer.


Thanks, Rush!

Rush Limbaugh was kind enough to defend Project 21 and other black conservatives on his show Thursday, and has had the transcript of his comments posted on his website.

Rush is a great friend to Project 21. A bit over ten years ago, when Project 21 was new, Rush ran footage of a Project 21 press conference on his TV show two nights running, and played excerpts from the press conference on his radio show. (Shortly thereafter he also featured Project 21 member Star Parker in an issue of The Limbaugh Letter.) Our phones rang off the hook. We literally could not make an outgoing call because of so many people trying to call in, because if we hung up from one call, even if we did it as fast as we possibly could, another person already was on the line. This amazing telephone state of siege lasted, if I recall correctly, for several days.

It was no way to get work done, but it was great.

Project 21 also received a lot of donations at the time because of Rush, even though Rush never once asked people to send Project 21 money. He just talked about Project 21, and that was enough. Project 21 received tens of thousands of dollars from bighearted people all across the United States, nearly all in small gifts accompanied by a note of support. It was spontaneous and wonderful, and a great help to Project 21.

Thanks, Rush.



David Brock's organization seems to be peeved that Project 21 members appear on Fox's Hannity and Colmes so often.

They also don't like member Kevin Martin's comment on the show Tuesday that asking President Bush to speak to the NAACP "would be like asking a Jewish rabbi to go down to a Ku Klux Klan skinhead convention." They call this analogy "comparing" the NAACP to the KKK... a little misleading. Kevin isn't comparing the NAACP to the KKK, he's comparing the relative welcome Bush would get at an NAACP convention to the welcome a Rabbi would get at a skinhead convention. Which is to say, not a very friendly one.

A great line, Kevin. Some folks on Free Republic thought so, too.


R.I.P., Dr. Constantine C. Menges

I just learned of the passing Sunday of Dr. Constantine C. Menges, one of the (largely) unsung heroes of our victory in the Cold War.

It has been perhaps a decade since I last spoke with him, but he was an uncommonly nice man and a great American. We all should be grateful for what he accomplished in this life.


I May Be "Super-Ultra White," But...

The following are excerpts from an article by C. Stone Brown on DiversityInc. (Diversity magazine's website) on July 14 (subscription required -- free trial available):

Although some have criticized Bill Cosby for highly publicized comments he's made about poor African Americans in recent weeks, [NAACP President] Kweisi Mfume drew the line between Cosby's remarks and to those made by white conservatives who have voiced similar remarks critical of African Americans.

'Bill Cosby has legitimacy, that's the one difference... He has legitimacy in the larger black community. In other words [Cosby's] 'been, there, done that,'' said Mfume. 'He has legitimacy that the super-ultra white conservative doesn't. So when he says something, you listen differently. That's opposed to Rush Limbaugh, who has no legitimacy whatsoever in the black community - none, although he thinks he does.'"
Mfume said the NAACP has been working overtime on its voter registration drives.

"Our whole purpose this year has been to go to every nook and cranny of this country and to find people to register them to vote and to teach them how to vote, particularly in states that are going to make a difference. I've just looked at all the other organizations that have come on the scene," he said.

But that is just the first phase of the NAACP voter-registration drive, said Mfume.

"Phase two is for us to go after 'unlikely' voters for the rest of the year because pollsters never count them. It's the 'unlikely' voter that is going to make a real difference in this year's election because it is the 'unlikely' voter that is going to be more motivated to come out to vote than those who think they won something four-years ago."
Since I am "super-ultra white," I probably lack the "legitimacy" (whatever that is) to ask, but isn't the NAACP's President saying in the second excerpt that the NAACP is an openly-political organization trying to "make a difference" in a federal election?


And at 7:32 AM He Slowed, But Did Not Stop, at a Stop Sign...

I think someone should follow Mike Rogers around, write down absolutely everything he does, and put the information on the Internet.

Then we'll see if he still has no respect whsoever for privacy.


Nader Deserves Apology

A Project 21 member is asking Congressman Mevin L. Watt (D-NC) to apologize to Ralph Nader, and is calling upon the Congressional Black Caucus to be a little more tolerant and respectful of others.

Read about it here.