Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Cactus League coming...

Castus League baseball starts March 1 - tomorrow.

Opening Day is April 2 - 33 days from now.


Rudy blowing away McCain...

Don Surber discusses why John McCain is having problems. I think that his success in foisting McCain-Feingold on the rest of us was the death knell for his presidential hopes. In essence, he tried to silence us, and he went to the mat to do so. It was the ultimate disrespect. Romney and Giuliani disagreed, but the former is taking great pains to not insult people who disagree with him, and Giuliani has been honest about the disagreement.

Ultimately, John McCain traded the Presidency for McCain-Feingold.

Hurting the GOP... again...

The stupid game the College Republicans are playing is not looking good.

The RNC is distancing themselves from this, but the name of the College Republicans will make it hard to disassociate itself from this stupidity.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Big Cache Found...

Looks like a big cache of weapons has been located.

This is part of the sweep through Baghdad, one that is going well so far. Is it any wonder that the Democrats are beating a retreat?

As the surge continues to succeed, the Dems will be in a corner. If they try to micromanage our troops or cut off their funding, there will be a reaction from the American people. If they don't, MoveOn, DailyKos, and other places will get upset - and the MoveOn/DailyKos wing has shown they can take people out in primaries.

The Dems will be pushed to the left. If the GOP can occupy the center-right, they could win big.

Romney's strategy leaked...

Mitt Romney's strategy got leaked to the Boston Globe, but there is something to note.

Well, it's what isn't there that is worthy of noting: No skeletons. No bimbos. Not even so much as a DUI. We're getting a good person in Romney, and I feel confident he can handle the top job.

That said, whoever leaked this needs to get canned.

MSM after Romney...

In addition to the "flip-flop" meme that they have tried to pursue (and evidence is emerging that the position shifts are much less than hyped), the MSM is now aiming at Mitt Romney's ancestors. Article VI Blog and Best of the Web discuss this.

It seems the MSM is doing its level best to make Romney look bad to the Republican primary electorate. These days, given Jamil Hussein, Rathergate, and other matters, I have to wonder why. Could it be that Romney would be the best Republican candidate in 2008?

Giuliani would win the general election going away, but he would have significant opposition from social conservatives. McCain has media support, and little else. He could win the general, but it would be closer. Romney has a lot of Giuliani's ability to reassure centrists, but he can also unite the base much better than either Giuliani or McCain.

The media wants the GOP divided - in that case, they are easier to conquer. Hence, Romney needs to be taken out early, and no shot is too cheap.

Chavez steals oil fields...

Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez has stolen other people's property again.

We're talking real monetary losses here. Some CEO may decide to do something rash.

Not that I would complain...

Monday, February 26, 2007

Ruffini on Dem plans...

Seems Patrick Ruffini has the MSM/DNC strategy all lined up.

It certainly seems to fit what is going on. In essence, they are going to try to get the GOP shooting at each other, hoping for nasty fights that leave plenty of hard feelings. It tends to work. In 2005-2006, there were nasty internecine fights among the GOP, and it caused some Republican voters to stay home, and others to flip, depending on the situation.

I dunno if it will work or not, but it may be their only shot.

The Oscars...

I don't watch them. I don't even care for many of the nominees, really. Now, I may take time this coming weekend to catch Ghost Rider, but I just don't care for what the Academy goes for, like Al Gore's "documentary" (read that as a dig by the Academy against President Bush).

Now, don't get me wrong, I like some flicks. But they never have a chance for the Oscars.

Oh, well.

Hillary: Don't talk about it...

Hillary Clinton does not want voters to consider her husband's impeachment in 1998.

This is typical of Hillary, trying to have it both ways. She wants to invoke her husband's record on the economy and other matters. But she doesn't want the sleazy stuff discussed.

It doesn't work that way. Sorry, Hillary, but your hubby is a package deal. You get the bad as well as the good.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Lieberman's payback...

Remember how the KosKidz purged Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary last year? Well, Lamont won the primary and got spanked in the general.

Don Surber discusses the potential payback that could come. Lieberman has pointed out he is now an Independent. For now, he still caucases with the Dems, but he is also making it clear that a continued push to harm the troops could compel him to switch to t he GOP.

Could the anti-war left do to the Democrats in 2008 what the anti-immigration right did to the GOP in 2006? The GOP has reacted by telling its zampolit wing that they are not in the driver's seat any more. Most conservatives are going with Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney, neither of whom could be called orthodox in their conservatism.

This could become very interesting.

Perry's good call...

AJ-Strata has opened up on Texas governor Rick Perry's decision to order that girls attending Texas public schools get vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer.

It's a good move on Governor Perry's part. If we can eradicate a form of cancer to the extent we have with polio and smallpox, why not do so?

Plan, we didn't have a plan...

The Democrats are not only declaring their intention to micro-manage the war from Capitol Hill, they can't even come up with a plan to carry out their intentions.

And they want to have a bigger majority in Congress and the Presidency in 2008?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Chemical terrorism...

It seems that chlorine bombs are now being used by terrorists in Iraq. Where did the terrorists get the chlorine? And who taught them how to make bombs that disperse it?

More on McCain's Macaca Moment...

I discuss McCain's macaca moment more at Strategypage. Read the whole column, and decide for yourself if McCain's comments were fair criticism, or just a cheap shot in an attempt to play to the audience.

Venezuela talking tough...

It seems Hugo Chavez has been talking tough. Strategypage brushes on some of the territorial claims. Quite a list of Caribbean tourist spots, not to mention a couple of neighbors.

That said, I do not think there is much that could be done if Hugo did decide to use force. Guyana would be quickly overrun. Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao are all within range of Venezuelan air cover, especially the new Su-30s they are buying. The Dutch have no carriers, and no real way to project air power. That sort of situation tends to end very badly. Ask Admiral Sir Tom Phillips, commanding officer of Force Z. You'll need to find a real version of Melinda Gordon to talk to him - he went down with the Prince of Wales.

And while Hillary may have Guyanans in her constituency, she is also running for President - and the Democratic base across the country is largely anti-war and they also tend to be more favorable to leftist Latin American dictators than they are to the United States.

Latin America is going to get interesting.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Why the North Korea deal isn't a sellout...

There have been some comparisons of the recent deal by the Bush Administration to the 1994 deal cut by Jimmy Carter on the Clinton Administration's watch. These comparisons fall flat, though, and there is one big reason: Missile defense.

I've covered this issue at Strategypage in the past (both the sea-based SM-3 and the land-based GBI). By the time the Bush Administration leaves office, we will have a system in place that will have neutralized China's strategic arsenal, to say nothing of North Korea's or Iran's. Theater missile defense systems also are mature, and ready to do their thing.

In 1994, we were drawing down, to the point that people were concerned about a hollowed-out force. In 2007, we have the means to stop any North Korean attack, and then retaliate in a manner of our choosing. This is the difference.

Return with Honor...

Dick Cheney has drawn some attention for his comments in Japan. These comments are dead on target. Our troops deserve nothing less than an honorable return, and the only way to ensure that their return is honorable is to support them on the way to victory.

Flopping Aces has three cartoons posted that make a very critical point. From all indications to date, the surge is succeeding. However, John Muthra wants to cut off the reinforcements needed to keep it going. The cartoons illustrate it better than any words can.

Harsh? Not really. These cartoons are no harsher than the rhetoric fired at the Bush Administration from the likes of Joe Wilson and others, no harsher than the phony claims of doctored intelligence that have been leveled against Doug Feith and others and no less harsh than the comments from Seymour Hersh this past fall.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

McCain's Macaca moment...

MacsMind discusses John McCain's cheap shot at Rumsfeld. This is not going to go over well among GOP primary audiences. Reason one is because Rumsfeld was one of the more popular figures in the Administration among the GOP's base. The second reason is that McCain's claim that Rumsfeld was one of the worst Defense Secretaries ever is just not true.

Louis Johnson and Bob McNamara both were far worse. One also can take a good look at Les Aspin as well. James Forrestal wasn't exactly doing a fine job, either. Other SecDefs never faced major challenges, like those under Eisenhower (Charles E. Wilson, Neil McElroy, and Thomas S. Gates). Rumsfeld, in his second-go-around, did face challenges and dealt with them. We started the Global War on Terror with eight regimes that sponsored terrorism (the Taliban in Afghanistan, Saddam's regime in Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Libya, Sudan, Cuba, and Syria). When Rumsfeld left, three of those regimes no longer did so.

In McCain-World, that is mismanagement. I don't think so.

Not so fast, Dems...

AJ-Strata discusses an IBD poll about how the American public views Iraq. It's not good news for the Democrats, who want to quit.

The IBD editorial is also worth reading. The Administration's weakness has been fighting the media war. Rumsfeld did a decent job early on, but eventually got worn down. Now, we have to fight like never before to keep the Democrats from stabbing the troops in the back.

We have al-Qaeda's battle plan. Why do the Democrats want to help implement it?

Navarrette nails it again...

Ruben Navarrette's thoughtful columns briefly ran on Townhall. Lately, they have not been running his stuff there - and I suspect that it's because he made the Malkin-Tancredo line on immigration look foolish.

A friend sent me a link to one of his columns over at CNN, he discusses the two Border Patrol agents who have been sent to jail. It's a good read, and one worth keeping in mind, especially when you consider my response to Deb Saunders.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Here's the Justice, Deb...

Deb Saunders complains against about the trial of Ramos and Compean. And once again, it seems the right is in need of having some basic facts explained to them.

We give cops a lot of power in order for them to enforce the law. These powers include the right to use deadly force under certain circumstances. That said, there is stuff that comes with this. Responsibilities to the people that cops serve and protect. When the cops use force, particularly lethal force, the people are owed an accounting of the use of force, be it pepper spray, a police baton, a Taser, or a gun.

And that is what the real issue about Ramos and Compean is. No matter the circumstances of the shooting (and admittedly they are questionable), their actions afterwards (specifically, not filing the reports and cleaning up the casings from their guns) were an attempt to deny the people who pay their salaries the accounting of their use of lethal force. That is their ultimate sin, and what they have been deservedly sent to prison for doing.

Is that being anti-Border Patrol? Maybe in the minds of immigration hard-liners. For me, it's just getting down to this country's first principles - those are laid out very clearly in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" seems pretty clear to me. So do the words "No person shall... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" and "nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws".

I'm sorry, but it is very clear just how serious the actions of Ramos and Compean are just by looking at this. By attempting to deny the people the ability to hold their use of lethal force to account, they could have left us with no real way to determine whether or not the rights of the person they shot had been violated.

Why is this so hard for the right to comprehend?

Friday, February 16, 2007

Jemil Hussein pops up his ugly head again...

The AP has decided to try to sneak an effort to pass off Jemil Hussein as legitimate while everyone is fighting over funding for the troops. Curt at Flopping Aces and the blogger Confederate Yankee caught them, though.

I'm still standing by my assessment of the situation, both at Strategypage and here. Again, for the straight scoop, one can turn to Central Command's website ( or Multi-National Force-Iraq's website (

Pitchers and catchers report...

Spring training for the Milwaukee Brewers starts as pitchers and catchers report today.

I'm looking forward to the season.

The tension mounts...

Reuters discusses how the tension is building. Democrats are trying to micromanage how the U.S. fights the war on terror. President Bush is going to go toe-to-toe with them on this. One key sentence is below:
"They won't be able to continue. They won't be able to do the deployment. They on't have the equipment, they don't have the training and they won't be able to do the work," Murtha said.

This is appalling. Murtha is willing to sabotage the war effort of the United States of America. Those conditions will hopefully draw a veto. I wonder what the Joint Chiefs or the generals in the field running the war, like General Petreaus, will have to say about this. They deserve a say, don't they?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Democrats not willing to deal with Iran...

AJ Strata reports on how Democrats are dragging their feet, at best, on dealing with Iranian support to various insurgents in Iraq.

This is really no surprise. Remember the "Dear Commandante" letter and the Boland Amendments? How about other efforts to undermine American foreign policy, like Jimmy Carter's criticism of the Bushy Administration? It goes all the way back to the Copperheads during the Civil War.

Gateway Pundit notes that John Murtha and Nancy Pelosi are promising to do just that, to the celebration of the anti-war movement.

As progress is made in Iraq, the Democrats try to stop it...

The debate continues in Congress, and there are rumors that it will get worse. It seems Murtha has decided he is not man enough to demand an immediate retreat, but he will instead micro-manage the DOD in a "slow-bleed" strategy.

Aside from the obvious cowardice of this approach, it only goes to show that the Democrats have decided that our troops can be used as political pawns. Is this a consequence of that NBC News report in which some of the troops interviewed openly expressed their frustration?

Now, I think that some critics of the Congressional GOP, like Hugh Hewitt, have gone a bit too far. Quite frankly, the right is not in a position to make demands. When the right threw its weight around on Harriet Miers, immigration, and Terri Schiavo, they pretty much implied that those who disagreed with their tactics and methods were "party hacks" or worse. They needed to save the Congressional majorities in 2006 after having done so. They failed.

Part of the price of failure is that the GOP is not going to accept demands from them. Tom Cole's comments to Hugh Hewitt are not even that objectionable. Hell, given the contents of the newest tape from Al-Qaeda's number two, he is correct.

But demands are not going to fly with the GOP. They lost the Congress by making the right happy. How can making the right unhappy make things any worse for them than they already are?

Monday, February 12, 2007

In defense of Feith...

Flopping Aces has a great takedown of the claims against Douglas Feith.

The claims against Feith fail on one memo alone, reported on April 27, 2003 in the Toronto Star by Mitch Potter. The full article is hidden behind a paying archive now, but I have a PDF that I will upload later. But the recovered memo speaks volumes. But see the headline below, which is not hidden.

Star finds documents linking Bin Laden, Iraq
Secret papers show contact with regime in 1998 Three pages point to the arrival of a messenger
[Ontario Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Mitch Potter
Date: Apr 27, 2003
Start Page: A.1
Section: NEWS
Text Word Count: 873

This IG report is nothing short of a smear. The Democrats will jump all over it, though. I guess we will see them use this to justify cutting and running. It will provide just enough cover for them to try.

Cruisin' for an ass-kicking...

Iran, led by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (the Holocaust denier whose mouth is writing big-time checks his ass may have to cash), is cruising for a bruising.

Ahmadinejad had promised nuclear news in two months. They are also supplying IEDs to the insurgents in Iraq. Bill Roggio is also reporting that Iran may be handing over advanced handheld SAMs.

If (and this is a big if) the IEDs and Strelas are coming from Iran, then we have no choice but war. Is Iran to be allowed to kill American servicemen without facing justice? Why must we continue to turn the cheek after the folly of that approach towards state sponsors of terrorism has been shown to us in the form of airliners being flown into buildings?

Those who have perverted Islam into a justification want war. I say give them all they want and take the fight to them.

The collision is coming...

The House Democrats seem determined to push a cut-and-run policy, starting with a no-confidence vote. Fine, Dems. Bring it on.

Friday, February 09, 2007

A good idea from Don Surber...

In a column at the Charleston Daily Mail, Don Surber comes up with a great idea. He seems to be upset about some of the idiocy that goes on in government. Can't say I blame him.

Well, it's great in theory, but practically, we need them to do a little more than just pass a budget. For instance, here in northern Virginia, we have some serious transportation problems, and a new transportation plan was needed, and is being dealt with. However, the Republicans had to fight off a proposed half-cent sales tax increase for Northern Virginia. A tax increase in an absurdity when the state is running a budget surplus.

It would also be nice to get some changes in the laws as well. How about making raping a child a crime that will get you the death penalty? Maybe get rid of a few laws as well?

Edwards hires, fires, then re-hires bloggers...

Dean Barnett discusses this. Captain's Quarters has more. There has been justifiable criticism of John Edwards for this hire.

Now, can we please see some fire directed at John McCain's campaign over its Mormon-baiting?

Now they don't like alternative analysis...

Captain's Quarters has a good breakdown of the latest cheap shots at Doug Feith. The key paragraph:
In this case, the Secretary and Undersecretary of Defense wanted an investigation of intel to determine whether Iraq had operational ties to al-Qaeda, a reasonable question given the circumstances. The CIA -- which the Democrats believe got it wrong on WMD -- didn't believe that radical Islamists would cooperate with the supposedly secular Saddam Hussein. Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz authorized Feith to review the intelligence to see if evidence existed for a different conclusion, and Feith found enough contacts between Saddam and AQ to at least challenge the notion that they would have never considered a partnership.

In other words, the same CIA that failed to predict the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, the 1991 coup in the Soviet Union, Saddam's invasion of Kuwait, and 9/11, was supposed to be trusted by the DOD. I don't think so. If anything, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Feith, and the others who were criticized by Democrats simply did their job.

There is always a benefit of getting a second opinion on things. Especially when one is dealing with a high-stakes situation. The Inspector General's report is nothing more than pandering to the Democratic Congress, which will be running with this to justify stabbing the troops in the back.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Alternatives to embryonic stem cells

It seems another alternative to embryonic stem cells has been discovered.

It's way past time to end the push for embryonic stem cells. Between adult stem cells, amniotic stem cells, and stem cells from things like the plcenta, there are avenues that can achieve the cures for diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and others. We do not need to head into the ethical swamps that go with the use of embryonic stem cells.

All the push for embryonic stem cells has become is a way to beat people over the head as uncompassionate because they oppose a course of action that they feel is wrong. Using the suffering of ill people for political gain is wrong as well. It is way past time for this debate to end.

Hall extended...

The Brewers have signed Bill Hall to what amounts to a five-year deal. Back in the day, the Brewers would have had to trade Hall for some prospects, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle.

In 2006 he hit 35 homers, 39 doubles, drove in 85 runs, and scored 101 more. He just turned 27. The best is yet to come.

Perfection isn't coming...

There has been a lot of fire aimed at the three biggest contenders for the GOP nomination for President in 2008. Let's face it, none of them are the conservatives leaders that people like Rush Limbaugh want.

The latets fuss alleging Romney raises taxes in Massachusetts is one example. It's a dispute mostly over fee increases. OK, some might argue it's taxation, but I tend to lean towards more of a "user pays" system for those things. Voluntary taxes, like those on cigarettes and alcohol, are also ones I have no objections to, either (of course, I do not drink or smoke).

That said, there is a disturbing trend to tear down the various candidates. I don't like it for two reasons. One, when people are spending energy to tear others down, it tells me they're kinda short on alternatives.

Two, none of the 2008 candidates are perfect, or in total harmony with anyone's idea. The closest to perfection is Jeb Bush, and he ain't running in 2008. We're not going to help ourselves by giving Howard Dean's DNC any opposition research quotes.

Giuliani, McCain, and Romney all would be good Presidents, each strong in some areas, and with weaknesses in other areas. Each are folks I have disagreements with. But looking at the likely alternatives - the people likely to win the Democratic nomination, all of the big three look pretty good.

That said, the hard right seems bound and determined to make a lot of demands. Demands that, quite frankly, they have little room to make. They pushed the Congressional GOP into a harder line over 2005 and 2006, alienating moderates/small-l libertarians, women, and Hispanics, among others. To get away with it, they had to keep the GOP in the majority, and failed to do so.

Wisely, the GOP primary voters seem to have decided to ignore them.

Ramos and Compean are no heroes...

The latest report on the incident that has made these two dirty Border Patrol agents a cause celebre for various folks on the right is out.

Turns out that in addition to shooting a fleeing suspect and not reporting it, they lied about it and destroyed evidence. The failure to report, lying about it, and destruction of evidence - in other words, trying to cover up the shooting - tells me they knew they did wrong, and they deserve to do the time and take everything that comes with it.

Those demanding pardons for these men have no respect for the rule of law. We cannot tolerate cops who misuse deadly force. With the badge and the gun come obligations and responsiblities to the people they are there to serve and protect.

Jeffrey Sutton has doen the right thing, and deserves to be commended for his diligence to duty. That some will condemn him for doing his job is a shame. Doubly so since many of them cite "rule of law" as a reason to oppose the President on immigration. Hypocrisy, anyone?

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

One dumb politician...

...proposes a dumb law. Seems he wants to tell you when you can and can't listen to your IPod or talk to your friends. I call BS on this one.

The purpose of the IPod is to allow folks to have their music with them when they are out jogging, walking, shopping, etc. If everyone who has an IPod gets wind of this, that senator could have a short career.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Soros: De-Nazify America

Hedgehog Central reports that George Soros has declared America in need of de-Nazification. No shit, he really said it.

Even a liberal publication like the New Republic is aghast at this. As well they should. Favoring an aggressive approach to the war on terror, one that takes out state sponsors of terrorism before they can do harm to innocents is not anything like what the Nazis did.

If a side is espousing Naziism, take a look at the state sponsors of terror themselves. Do Mahoud Ahmadinejad's threats to wipe out Isreal sound familiar? How about the fact that Mein Kampf is a hot seller in the Palestinian Authority? What about the stated objectives of Hamas and Hezbollah to wipe out Israel, for that matter?

Think that over, then decide who the real Nazis are.

Taking it to Clinton...

Mitt Romney is taking it to Hillary on Iran.

This is a very good mood, especially with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad mouthing off so much. It can be risky, but Romney has little to lose, especially if Ahmadinejad holds to form.


Not much to say about the Super Bowl. The real cause for the loss was a passive game plan on the defensive side of the ball and bad luck. The passive game plan let Peyton Manning pick apart the Bears defense.

The bad luck was just that.

The Bears got So-So Rex. The good part was the 20-for-28 day he had, which included a touchdown. The bad part was two picks, one for a score.

Grossman will be on the hot seat for all of 2007.

I'll be hitting the dolphin-safe veal tonight.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Arkin keeps digging...

Bill Arkin keeps digging. His note is just the latest round of whining about the mean old troops who dared to take offense to his earlier insult towards them.

The latest inane comments deserve a response:
In the middle of all of this are the troops, the pawns in political battles at home as much as they are on the real battlefield. We unquestioningly "support" these troops for the very reasons that they are pawns. We give them what we can to be successful, and we have a contract with them, because they are our sons and daughters and a part of us, not to place them in an impossible spot.

In our instant and globally wired world, these very men and women are additionally burdened by their access to our debates and words. This is a difficulty of our modern world, but I completely reject the notion though that we undermine them or support the enemy by debating at home.

I also reiterate my core point, which is that military attitudes should not serve as a censor of the civilian debate at home, either literally or through intimidation.

Note he seems to absolve the anti-war movement of its complicity. Remember how Joe Wilson peddled his phony story, and then when the Bush Administration tried to fight back, they became the bad guys?

And with the changes in communications technology, Mr. Arkin, don't you think that there is a responsibility to carefully consider the words one uses? Instead of accusing Bush of lying, why wasn't there instead just the effort to find out what went wrong? Same sort of thing, but there would not have been the kind of statements that would have encoruaged our enemies.

I do not believe for a moment that the military wants to censor debate. But they do have a right to request that people conduct the debate in a manner that does not encourage those they are locked in battle with. It is a very reasonable request, and the fact that Arkin and others refuse to grant the troops even that consideration speaks volumes.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

William Arkin Shouldn't be TOO Surprised . . .

. . . but he is.

He is shocked to learn that, when he insults those soldiers who had the temerity to disagree with him, those same soldiers--and those who support them and their mission--take a disliking to him.

Mr. Arkin, I once had to bail one of Marines out of jail in Savannah, GA. At one point, when he was trying to explain how he got put in jail, he said, "Honest, Sarge, I wasn't trying to start a fight when I called that Army Ranger a faggot."

Your latest post reminds me of that incident. The difference between the two of you is that (a) I don't have to bail you out of jail, and (b) you're a lot more long-winded than that Marine was. If brevity be the soul of wit, you're a half-wit at best.

If you're wondering why so many people take an instant dislike to you, it's because it saves time.

Is McCain Mormon-baiting?

John McCain has lined up a lot of support in South Carolina. But has his campaign been Mormon-baiting?

That's what it looks like listening to his supporters. Cyndi Mosteller has done this once before, I might add.

It's time for some Straight Talk from Senator McCain. Is Mormon-baiting acceptable to him? I'd like to know.

Office romance gone bad...

In San Francisco's City Hall, no less.

Gavin Newsom clearly had a zipper control problem.

And San Francisco gets even more messed up than it was before.