Better off Fred.

In this week’s Weekly Standard, Andrew Ferguson reviews the unhappy lessons learned from the Fred Thompson campaign:

In his recent memoir, Alan Greenspan says he’s been pushing a constitutional amendment of his own devising. It reads: “Anyone willing to do what is required to become president of the United States is thereby barred from taking that office.” If the Greenspan amendment is ever enacted, it will at last clear the field for Fred Thompson, who might then become president. But not until then.

Thompson withdrew from the presidential race last week. He ended his campaign as he had conducted it, with a minimum of fuss and no wasted words. He released a withdrawal statement over the Internet. It was three sentences long, and he hasn’t been heard from since. My guess is we’ll be missing him dreadfully by spring.

A remarkable piece of writing. Read the whole thing.

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January 31st, 2008 by admindude

Berkeley City Council tells Marines to leave, Marines call in an airstrike on Berkeley City Council

Ok, the Marines haven’t really called in an airstrike.

At least, not yet, that is.

Hey-hey, ho-ho, the Marines in Berkeley have got to go.

That’s the message from the Berkeley City Council, which voted 6-3
Tuesday night to tell the U.S. Marines that its Shattuck Avenue
recruiting station “is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters
choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders.”

In addition, the council voted to explore enforcing its law prohibiting
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation against the Marines
because of the military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy. And it
officially encouraged the women’s peace group Code Pink to impede the
work of the Marines in the city by protesting in front of the station.

In a separate item, the council voted 8-1 to give Code Pink a
designated parking space in front of the recruiting station once a week
for six months and a free sound permit for protesting once a week from
noon to 4 p.m

Unbelievable. You’ll never, ever see me set foot in Berkeley nor send one thin dime of my money their direction until this asinine ruling is reversed.

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January 31st, 2008 by admindude

First rule of a gunfight: Bring a gun

And for conservatives, Jon Kyl’s a nice gun to have on your side. He’s one of the best people in Washington, and even the New Times likes him. How often does that happen?

McCain should tout this fact, along with what Jim Geraghty suggests, and soon, if he wants to mend some fences with the GOP’s talking heads.

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January 31st, 2008 by admindude

Just added to my Amazon wish list…

Terrorists, meet Railgun. Railgun, terrorists.

A futuristic weapon getting a trial run by the Navy demonstrated its destructive power at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren.

…Railguns use electromagnetic energy to launch projectiles long distances — more than 200 nautical miles

….According to the Navy, the railgun, when fully developed, will be able to launch solid projectiles at Mach 5, or about 3,700 mph.

Here it is in action:


(H/T: Ace)

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January 31st, 2008 by admindude

Al-Qaeda leader dies because of illegal immigration and a U.S. Missile, but mainly because of a U.S. missile

(Headline style swiped unapologetically from AoS)

Got another one.

A senior al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, Abu Laith
al-Libi, has been killed, Western counter-terrorism officials have told
the BBC.

News of his death emerged on a website used by Islamist groups. said he had “fallen as a martyr”.

The Western officials have refused to reveal how he was killed.

US intelligence agencies have been investigating reports
that a top al-Qaeda figure was killed in the Afghan-Pakistan border
area this week.

A missile attack in Pakistan’s North Waziristan area reportedly killed 12 or 13 militants.

A Pakistani daily paper, the News, reported that the
suspected US strike was aimed at Libi and another senior figure,
Obaidah al-Masri.

Via Captain’s Quarters


AoS’s headline beats mine all to pieces. Naturally.

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January 31st, 2008 by admindude

A note to our readers

I’d like to take a moment and state clearly for the record that neither Jon nor myself are the DJ’s called “PROPHECY” and “DJ Poet” pictured in the “Arizona Week Wednesday” post below. Any such rumors are strictly and completely false, and have no factual basis whastsoever.

DJ Prophecy and DJ Poet are, in fact, Exurban Todd and Exurban Steve.

Thank you.

JON’S NOTE: But which is which? I never can tell those two apart…

BTW, I think this photo should accompany every story about Scottsdale from here on out.

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January 31st, 2008 by admindude

Girding for the final GOP battle?

The anti-McCain conservatives are making what could be their last stand. Mark Levin adds a typically harsh evaluation while Joe Scarborough offers atypically harsh one. Meanwhile Bob Novak confirms the shocker that McCain wouldn’t pick another Alito because the judge “wears conservatism on his sleeve.”

If McCain really wants the support of conservative Republicans, now’s time to build bridges, instead of burning them. Based on his petty, graceless performance at last night’s debate, it doesn’t seem like he’s in the mood to win anyone over. McCain has to determine which is more important to him: winning the general election or scoring points against conservatives. So far, he seems far more interested in the latter.

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January 31st, 2008 by admindude

Hold on a Second (Amendment)

A good third or more of the right-wing blogosphere is trying to figure out just who is backing McCain and why. There’s been everything from his war-hero status to views on the national defense to his innate cussed-ness bantered about, but they all might be missing the importance of his stance on the Second Amendment.

As ExurbanLeague’s resident gun nut shooting sports enthusiast, I’m on a fair amount of firearms-related message board, and there’s a fair amount of resentment out there amongst shooters towards Romney about his pro-gun control past. It’s nothing like the vitriol they heaped on top of Giuliani, but there’s a realization seeping in among the paranoid conspiracy freaks Ron Paul supporters and cheerleaders for theocracy Huckabee voters that it’s going to come down to McCain vs. Romney, and of those two, McCain seems to be the candidate of choice for people who place a strong emphasis on gun rights.

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January 31st, 2008 by admindude

Arizona Week Wednesday — in photos!

PROPHECY and DJ Poet show up for Ashlee Simpson’s party at Myst in Scottsdale.  Out-of-towners have asked why I don’t go to Scottsdale clubs. Because these are the people who show up at Scottsdale clubs.
This enthusiastic Obama fan had to be removed after he kept throwing undergarments at the stage.
Shawn Marion and Pamela Anderson-Lee-Rock-etc. show up at a Scottsdale fundraiser. Jeez, when did Pam turn 50? I guess a lifetime of clean livin’ will do that to you.
American Idol’s Sanjaya at a pre-Super Bowl appearance. Because what goes better with the NFL than Sanjaya?
This enthusiastic Obama fan had to be removed after he kept yelling “FREE BIRD!” at the stage.

All pics from

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January 31st, 2008 by admindude

How not to write a headline

The horrid state of newswriting over at continues.

Witness in ‘Serial Shooter’ case dies
He died right before the beginning of the trial.

• Witness’ testimony may be off-limits in trials

Using the same verb in the sub-headline as the headline? For shame!

EspressoPundit has more.

I don’t mind biased, I do mind bad.

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January 31st, 2008 by admindude