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Oh Boyda.

July 31, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Oh Boyda. | Filed in: Jon, Politics, War On Terror.

Dean Barnett introduces the Nancy Boyda Award, recognizing those who refuse to listen to good news about Iraq.

Quote Of The Day, 7/31 Edition, Part Deux

July 31, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Quote Of The Day, 7/31 Edition, Part Deux | Filed in: Kevin, Politics, War On Terror.

Good to know the Democrats support the troops with such fervor:  “According to (Democratic House Majority Whip) Clyburn, a strongly positive report by Petraeus would be ‘a real big problem for us.’ Clyburn’s candor may be commendable, but it’s unfortunate that the Dems regard strongly positive news from Iraq as a problem.” – Paul Mirengoff, • Read More »

Not so fast

July 31, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Not so fast | Filed in: Kevin, Politics, War On Terror.

Sure, there’s lots to cheer about right now with regards to Iraq and the world. From the Iraqi soccer team pulling out a miracle upset to the New York Times waking up to reality, things are really starting to turn the corner there. But military guru Thomas P.M. Barnett reminds us of this sobering reality: • Read More »

Whose side are they on?

July 31, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Whose side are they on? | Filed in: Jon, Politics, War On Terror.

From a Washington Post video interview yesterday with the Democrats’ Number Three man in the House… Reporter: “What if Gen. Petraeus comes back in September and says, ‘This [surge] is working very, very well at this point. We would be foolish to back away at this point.’”Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Democratic Majority Whip: “That would • Read More »

Quote of the Day, 7/31

July 31, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Quote of the Day, 7/31 | Filed in: Jon, Quotes.

“Liberals used to be the ones who argued that sending U.S. troops abroad was a small price to pay to stop genocide; now they argue that genocide is a small price to pay to bring U.S. troops home.”    — Jonah Goldberg, National ReviewOuch.

80’s Redux

July 31, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on 80’s Redux | Filed in: Music, Todd.

With the recent flurry of music posts referencing Joy Division, couldn’t help but add one of my new favs – The Rakes. They share a similar art-punk aesthetic with fellow Londoner’s Bloc Party (who’s sophomore album “A Weekend in the City” is one of my favorites this year).  Here’s the video for a track from • Read More »

Supporting the troops.

July 30, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Supporting the troops. | Filed in: Jon, Military, War On Terror.

The troops are feeling the love in Seattle… 42 tires slashed at Army recruiting office in Silverdale; student arrestedAssociated Press SILVERDALE — A college student was arrested Sunday in the slashing of 42 tires on 13 government vehicles in an Army recruiting office parking lot, saying he was angry about the war in Iraq, authorities • Read More »

Quote of the Day, 7/30.

July 30, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Quote of the Day, 7/30. | Filed in: Jon, Quotes.

[Daily Kos readers] think that the news media is right-leaning, and you have to be quite insane to reach that viewpoint. We’re talking “Psychologist Running Out of the Room Screaming, ‘Don’t Let Him Touch Me and Get His Crazy on Me!’” insane.   — Blogger Frank J., imao.us

The Tipping Point?

July 30, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on The Tipping Point? | Filed in: Jon, Military, War On Terror.

I hope you’re sitting down. The passionately anti-war New York Times publishes an amazing opinion piece by two respected liberals declaring that the surge is working. Wow. This is going to be very influential.

Olé, olé olé, Iraqis, Iraqis

July 30, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Olé, olé olé, Iraqis, Iraqis | Filed in: Kevin, Sports, War On Terror.

To quote Al Michaels, “Do you believe in miracles? YES!” Three cheers for the Iraqi soccer team’s rather sandy version of The Miracle On Ice. Here’s hoping this does for the Iraqis what Mike Eruzione and company did for the U.S. in 1980. Update: One of the commenters over at Iraq The Model has The • Read More »

Once more into the breach, dear friends

July 30, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Once more into the breach, dear friends | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media, Politics.

Count me in along with Jon with those who think the GOP candidates should show up and participate in a CNN/YouTube debate, for one simple reason: You take the battle to the enemy. I thought the Democratic candidates opting out of the Fox News debate was a lame copout, and I’d think the same way • Read More »

YouTube and the Prevent Defense.

July 30, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on YouTube and the Prevent Defense. | Filed in: Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

I’ve blogged about the need for GOP candidates to face the YouTube debate with confidence. As the honorable Hugh and Patrick continue to trade civil blows, let me explain my position with an brief analogy. Our team is down 21 points. It’s only 4 minutes into the first quarter. Does Hugh really think we should • Read More »

Keeping Score

July 28, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Keeping Score | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media, Politics.

With Scott Thomas rightly heaved into the dustbin of history, let’s pause a moment and see just who’s been empowered by the new media. Conservatives – Scott “I’m not Hemingway, but boy howdy, do I ever I want to be” Thomas – Eason Jordan – John “Magic Hat” Kerry and of course, Gungha Dan. And • Read More »

Beauchump.

July 28, 2007 | By admindude | 14 Comments | Filed in: Jon, Military, War On Terror.

About a week ago, Exurban Kevin mentioned a “Baghdad Diary” series published in the left-leaning magazine The New Republic. TNR is considered one of the more reasonable liberal journals, but has suffered more than one fabulist in its ranks. And the latest scandal is just heating up. A sad sack named Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp • Read More »

Just awful.

July 27, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Just awful. | Filed in: Arizona, Jon, MSM and New Media.

News helicopters from channels 3 (Ind.) and 15 (ABC) crashed over downtown Phoenix while covering a police chase. Four from the choppers are confirmed dead, with apparently no further injuries on the ground. AzCentral.com has breaking details, but the server seems overwhelmed right now. The helicopters fell into Steele Indian School Park, which is located on • Read More »

No time to be timid.

July 27, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on No time to be timid. | Filed in: Jon, MSM and New Media, Politics.

Confusingly, über-blogger Hugh Hewitt is asking GOP candidates to sit out the already-scheduled CNN/YouTube debate on Sept. 17. His fave Mitt Romney dissed the idea a few days ago and now Hewitt (ExLg’s favorite talker) has followed suit. I’m confused on Hewitt’s reasoning, which is usually very clear. Apparently, the fact that two-hour Dem debate • Read More »

Friday Music Blogging: Editors

July 27, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Friday Music Blogging: Editors | Filed in: Jon, Music.

The Brit band Editors has just released their sophomore album, An End Has a Start. I mentioned this band’s sterling debut several months ago and I still can’t seem to get enough. As I wrote at the time, “[t]hey sound like a modernized Joy Division. Which means they sound a lot like Interpol. But that’s • Read More »

The Week in Sports.

July 26, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on The Week in Sports. | Filed in: Jon, Sports.

Football: Michael Vick charged for killing puppies. Basketball: Referee Tim Donaghy rigs games to help the Mob. Baseball: Barry “Steroid” Bonds is about to cheat his way to the Home Run record. Hockey: Coyotes’ assistant coach pleads guilty to running a gambling ring. Auto racing: Every other NASCAR crew chief has been fined for cheating. • Read More »

It’s not Friday, it’s not Saturday,

July 26, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on It’s not Friday, it’s not Saturday, | Filed in: Kevin, Music.

And I have no real reason to post this, other than it’s really, really good and has two of the great jazz pianists, ever, in it. André Previn and Oscar Peterson, together. Enjoy.

The REALLY Cold War.

July 25, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on The REALLY Cold War. | Filed in: Jon, Military, MSM and New Media, Politics.

Looks like Putin is flexing his flabby muscles again… Russian expedition sets sail to claim Arctic for the KremlinCraig Offman, National Post Two weeks after Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Canada’s plans to assert itself more vigorously in the Arctic, a Russian expedition sailed Tuesday for the North Pole, where it plans to send a • Read More »

A simple question

July 24, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on A simple question | Filed in: Kevin, Military, War On Terror.

And one that should be easy for people to answer, especially for those who support the war in Afghanistan but are against the war in Iraq. How do the methods, enemy and eventual goals of the war in Afghanistan (the “good” war) differ from the methods, enemy and eventual goals of the war in Iraq, • Read More »

Four and six

July 24, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Four and six | Filed in: Kevin, Military, War On Terror.

Pronounced “Forensics”… JD over at Outside The Wire does an outstanding job at tracking down the possible unit of “Scott Thomas”, the alledged soldier who’s set the blog world alight with his allegations of war crimes and brutality in Iraq. Go get ’em, JD.

Monday Afternoon Music Blogging

July 23, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Monday Afternoon Music Blogging | Filed in: Kevin, Music.

The Replacements, Bastards of Young. Ladies and gentlemen, this is rock ‘n roll.