Wednesday, April 27, 2005

FOXNews.com - Foxlife - Actress in Hot Water Over Sept. 11 Remarks

FOXNews.com - Foxlife - Actress in Hot Water Over Sept. 11 Remarks

I had hoped that with the passing of the presidential election this past November we would be spared further vapid commentaries as to America's inherent state of evilness from the various Hollywood's scolds. No such luck. Heavyweight actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (quick... say her last name three times fast and name two movies in which she has appeared.... see I knew you couldn't do it!) has recently decided it was time to remind her legion of fans that America "is responsible in some way" for the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Without going all Dixie Chic all upside her head, Ms. Gyllenhaal (wow... that's even tough to type) raises some tough questions for me. No... not the ones she apparently wants me to consider. Rather, every time a Hollywood type such as Ms. Gyllenhaal pontificates on the horrors of American foreign policy, I scratch my head in wonder as more basic questions pop into my head.

I ask myself, what led to Ms. Gyllenhaal and her fellow artists' monolithic hatred of all things American? Was she born into a middle class American family that had to deal with the problems and concerns that face most Americans? Or, was she raised in an aristocratic fashion immune from the realities of the real world? Were her parents rabidly anti-American and this was simply passed onto her during her childhood? Or, were her views altered once she began hobnobbing with homogenous Hollywood where one dare not venture too far off the leftist plantation for fear of retribution in terms of her film offerings?

I'd love to know the answers to these questions for its truly baffling to me to see someone who seemingly has gained so much from American society be so quick to condemn it. Not being a psychiatrist (and not even playing one on tv), I have to presume that Ms. Gyllenhaal and her peers either suffer from a substantial amount of self-loathing or are such conformists that playing up the anti-America card is necessary to be considered chic within their detached circle of friends.

Either way, its very sad. And its even worse that this philosophy has become emblematic of the current Democratic party.

Think about it, when was the last time you heard the current field of Democratic leaders genuinely heap praise on the greatest country this world has ever known? Sure you may hear their throw away introductory statements praising America with mindless banality. But then they alway get to the heart of their speech, when Democratic Senator So and So or Democratic Representative Such and Such gets to launch into a rousing condemnation of Abu Graib, the rejection of the Kyoto Treaty, or such other topic de jour attacking America.

Is it so hard for the Democrats and their Hollywood sponsors to sincerely acknowledge that the United States of America, even with its flaws, is without equal? Republicans have captured the field on patriotism not because they have questioned the patriotism of their political opponents but because the Democrats have surrendered the issue by, among other things, seeking the affirmation of actors and actresses such as Ms. Gyllenhaal.
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Only A Few More Hours Left...

Whew... just finished viewing the most recent installment of "24" (thanks Tivo!). I am emotionally drained (again). Week after week that show never fails to deliver the goods and this week was no exception.

I don't know if the series bears any semblance to the reality of our country's intelligence operations but I pray that it does! Its scary thinking that I am more comfortable with fictional Special Agent Jack Bauer leading the way than I am in knowing that Richard Clarke once actually called the shots.

Bravo Fox!

Monday, April 25, 2005

ABC News: New Photos Said to Depict Zarqawi

ABC News: New Photos Said to Depict Zarqawi

Having defended the country so ably during the run-up to 9-11, Richard Clarke's insight into the nation's intelligence operations is now bearing fruit for ABC News. After reviewing photos of Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi thought to have been taken in November, 2004, Mr. Clarke is able to posit that al-Zarqawi is "not in a tent, he's not in a cave." Rather, Clarke perceives that al-Zarqawi "appears to be in a very relaxed, laughing kind of mood — not anxious, not looking like a man on the run."

Such a shame that a man with such a keen sense of the obvious is now on the sidelines rather than at the helm of our efforts against al-Qaeda.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Snow, snow, go away....

I guess I always thought that "April showers brings May flowers" was referring to rain. Argh... here in Detroit we have had a snowy day that rivals the worst of late February. Will the Greenhouse Effect please kick in soon!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

"Reuters" on the New Pontiff

Well, Reuters has certainly weighed in with its thoughts on Pope Benedict XVI, with juicy morsels like the following:
"Ratzinger's stern leadership of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the modern successor to the Inquisition, delighted conservative Catholics but upset moderates and other Christians whose churches he described as deficient."
and
"Born in Bavaria on April 16, 1927, the son of a police chief, he served in the Hitler Youth during World War II when membership was compulsory, according to his autobiography. But he was never a member of the Nazi party and his family opposed Adolf Hitler's regime, biographers have said."
and
"'We consider the election of Ratzinger is a catastrophe ... We can expect no reform from him in coming years ... I think even more people will turn their back on the Church,' said Bernd Goehring, of the German ecumenical group Church from Below." (though I thought that those from "Below" wouldn't care anyway!)
These petty little quotations (and the obviously inflammatory terms I have highlighted) make it all too clear that the Liberal "Elite" is none too pleased.

Good.
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"I announce to you a great joy. We have a pope!”

Benedictus PP. XVI !!!!! All the pundits who opined that Cardinal Ratzinger was "unelectable" were forgetting who we Catholics believe is the REAL elector: the Holy Spirit. More on this topic later from both Trajan and me.
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Monday, April 18, 2005

Nothing yet.

No Pope yet.
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Yahoo! News - Massive Wave Damages, Diverts Cruise Ship

Yahoo! News - Massive Wave Damages, Diverts Cruise Ship

Wow... mother nature never ceases to amaze. Neither does the gall of human nature. Check out honeymooner James Fraley's response to the terrible seas experienced on a recent cruise in the Atlantic as waves reached nine and 10 stories high. As can be imagined, the passengers were justifiably terrified and some experienced slight injuries from the massive waves.

However, after noting that the cruise line was offering each passenger a refund of half their cruise fare and had opened the bar up to the passengers (we all know where the cruises really make their money!), Mr. Fraley says that's just not gonna cut it. Yup... somehow in Mr. Fraley's world, the cruise line is responsible for the rough weather. Instead of a refund on his fare, Norwegian Cruise Lines should have simply offered to buy Mr. Fraley a dvd... "Titanic" quickly comes to mind.
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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Rotisserie Baseball

Trajan and I are in a Rotisserie Baseball League (that's fantasy baseball, for the uninitiated) and we are in the middle of our draft right now. I've been in this league for 18 years now (it was founded by several of my law school classmates [I joined a year after its founding]). There are now 2 of us left from the law school days. Every year I say its going to be my last year and every year I change my mind. Right now, after 6 hours, 10 minutes on the phone (and counting), I'm starting to feel like bailing out again. But I probably won't...

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Requiescat in Pacem

In Paradísum dedúcant te ángeli, Johannes Paulus Secundum.