Friday, July 07, 2006

Minimal posting ahead

For those readers who are regulars to this blog, you should know that I appreciate your interest in my criticisms and humble opinion(s). I’m sure you’ve noticed that my postings have been sporadic of late.

I have been afforded a grand opportunity that I am grabbing with both hands. It will consume most of my time for the next two months and the majority of my time thereafter. I hope to continue to post here when time permits, but doubt seriously it will be more than a couple of times a week.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas A. Edison

Thursday, July 06, 2006

NY supremes: Our job is to resolve legal disputes not legislate social policy
N.Y. Top Court Rules Against Gay Marriage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's highest court ruled Thursday that gay marriage is not allowed under state law, rejecting arguments by same-sex couples who said the law violates their constitutional rights.

The Court of Appeals, in a 4-2 decision, said New York's marriage law is constitutional and clearly limits marriage to between a man and a woman.

Any change in the law would have to come from the state Legislature, Judge Robert Smith said…

Unlike Massachusetts’ supreme court, New York’s seems to regard itself as a group of jurists rather than the center of the universe. Of course Massachusetts is the same state that foists Kennedy and Kerry on America – must be something in the water there.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

NY Times’ Eric Lichtblau: I’m a craven partisan hack, and none too bright either

Lichtblau seems to think the people reading the NY Times are as dimwitted as he (of course as that newspaper’s readership continues to dwindle, that may ultimately be true).

You can pick up the story at Powerlineblog which links to Villainous Company and Patterico's Pontifications.

Some may have thought that I was too coarse in the way I criticized Lichtblau. But each time the weasel opens his mouth, attempting to justify his traitorous behavior, I realize I was too kind.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

STS-121 slips the surly bonds of earth

God’s speed to the crew.

Have a Happy 4th Everybody

Hollywood moonbats: We'll be passing the fast daily from one to another
Anti-war protesters begin July 4 fast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 150 protesters sat in front of the White House on Monday to savor their last meal before starting a hunger strike that some said will continue until American troops return from Iraq…

Some protesters said their fast would continue beyond July 4th.

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, said she would drink only water throughout the summer, which she said she would spend outside President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas…

The demonstrators crouched in the muggy evening next to a piece of pink plastic, spread down the road as a table and table-cloth in one. It was covered with wilted pink sunflowers and plates of vegetarian curry, white rice, and beans…

"We have to put our own lives on the line, and I'm willing to do that," said activist Diane Wilson, who pledged to fast until the United States withdraws from Iraq.

[CodePink spokeswoman Meredith] Dearborn said 2,700 other activists nationwide, including actors Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, would work as a relay team passing the fast daily from one to another. [Ed. – Seems a marked improvement over the STDs being passed around Hollywood]
I wonder how soon before Mahatma Sheehan sneaks her first bean taco?

CIA too tied up leaking to the media to find Osama
CIA Reportedly Disbands Bin Laden Unit

NEW YORK (AP) -- A CIA unit that had hunted for Osama bin Laden and his top deputies for a decade has been disbanded, according to a published report.

Citing unnamed intelligence officials, The New York Times reported Tuesday that the unit, known as "Alec Station," was shut down late last year. The decision to close the unit, which predated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was first reported Monday by National Public Radio.

The officials told the Times that the change reflects a view that al-Qaida's hierarchy has changed, and terrorist attacks inspired by the group are now being carried out independently of bin Laden and his second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The CIA said hunting bin Laden remains a priority, but resources needed to be directed toward other people and groups likely to initiate new attacks.

"The efforts to find Osama bin Laden are as strong as ever," said CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Millerwise Dyck. "This is an agile agency, and the decision was made to ensure greater reach and focus."

A former CIA official who once led the unit, Michael Scheuer, told the Times that its shutdown was a mistake.

"This will clearly denigrate our operations against al-Qaida," he said. "These days at the agency, bin Laden and al-Qaida appear to be treated merely as first among equals."

I’m sure bin Laden will be happy to learn that he can breathe a little easier; he too can free up resources, likely redirecting some of the counterintelligence and counter-surveillance assets he expends to remain at large.

Monday, July 03, 2006

CBS News maneuvering to make sure Katie won’t ‘perky’ it’s ‘over 60’ audience to death
CBS Prepping Viewers for Katie

NEW YORK (AP) -- The soft sell of successor Katie Couric by Bob Schieffer ends with this simple request: "Just watch."

The promotion that has begun airing on CBS News programs is the first step of CBS News' sales job for Couric, who starts Sept. 5 as the new "CBS Evening News" anchor.

The idea is to have Schieffer introduce Couric to his audience, and he ad-libs in his amiable style. Couric appears briefly on the screen, looking serious and talking on the phone, but does not speak.

Phase two later this month will be ads featuring Couric talking about the news and how to cover it, said CBS News President Sean McManus. The ads will gradually branch out to other CBS programs, then to other networks, he said.

In August, advertising for Couric's debut will include specific promotions for segments in the "CBS Evening News," he said.

"There's not a great necessity to let people know that she is starting on Sept. 5," McManus said. "The entire world will know that. We're trying to give a sense of transition."

Couric, McManus, "CBS Evening News" executive producer Rome Hartman and his team met last week for their first nuts-and-bolts planning session on the new broadcast. The newsroom studio where Schieffer and Dan Rather presided over the newscast has been torn down and a new one will rise in its place.

Couric is also traveling to six cities, including Denver and San Diego, in a "listening tour" series of meetings with viewers to hear some of their ideas about what they want for the news.

While it is tempting to give the evening news a revolutionary new look, McManus said it doesn't make sense. The median age of evening-news viewers among the three broadcast networks is over 60, and they're not looking for shocks.

"If we can bring in a younger audience and a different audience, great," he said. "But we would be very shortsighted if we were to do something that would alienate the people who are used to watching the news at 6:30."