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June 19, 2006

Pandering The Tim Russert Way

Tonight on CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Tim Russert, host of NBC's Meet The Press, compared using a picture of President George Bush hugging a little girl who lost her mother in the World Trade Center on 9/11 as a campaign ad to the widows Ann Coulter complains about in her latest book, Godless.

In case you are living in a vacuum and have not heard about the uproar over Ms. Coulter's comments, her point is that the widows came out making vile assertions, telling outrageous lies, and using asunder half-truths to blame President Bush and his administration for the deaths of their husbands, yet the main stream media refrained from confronting them about their remarks because it would have been viewed as an attack on the not-so-poor (virtually everyone who lost a relative became a millionaire because of the settlements received) grieving widows.

So this is Russert's truth....

A campaign ad that uses a picture of the President showing compassion toward a young girl who lost her mother is the same as a group of women telling lies and half-truths about the President that the media was afraid to question.

And Russert would have us believe that he is unbiased....roflmao

Donny 'Big Idea' Deutsch mentioned that, while he felt Ms. Coulter's point was vile, sick, repulsive and filled with venom, he would refrain from calling Ms. Coulter a name reserved for 'promiscuous women' for fear it would increase his ratings.....roflmfas

Note to Donny: Nothing could increase The Big Idea's ratings except a new host. As a matter of fact, his ratings are currently so low that they may have gone up 100% when I tuned in.

Posted by Rick | June 19, 2006 10:20 PM | Political Science

June 13, 2006

Senator Robert 'KKK' Byrd Sets Mark

Today 88 year-old Democratic Senator Robert 'KKK' Byrd (D-WV) became the longest serving senator in history, having served 17,327 days, surpassing Republican Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who served 17,326 days and retired at age 100.

Always daper, click here to see the senator's fashion sense.

Posted by Rick | June 13, 2006 03:15 AM | Political Science

June 8, 2006

Al-Zarqzwi Is Dead!!!

MSNBC is reporting that Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi has been killed by an air strike called in by American special forces. He was hiding in a house approximately 8 kilometers north of Ba'qubah. Ba'qubah is a city about 50 kilometers north/north east of Baghdad.

Three cheers for the good guys!!!

Posted by Rick | June 8, 2006 12:38 AM | Political Science

June 7, 2006

Election Results For California's 50th Congressional District

With approximately 67% of the precincts reporting, unofficial election results for the seat in the House of Representatives vacated by disgraced Republican Duke Cunningham have Republican Brian Bilbray holding onto the Republican seat by a narrow margin. Here are the most recent results as reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune:


Counted: 331 of 500 precincts – 66.2 percent
BRIAN BILBRAY - REP 44692 49.69%
FRANCINE BUSBY - DEM 40371 44.89%
W. GRIFFITH - IND 3424 3.81%
PAUL KING - LIB 1446 1.61%


With 90% of the vote in, Bilbray's lead has actually increased slightly to just under 5,000 votes. Click here to see the updated election results from the County of San Diego's Registrar of Voters.

Update #2:

With 100% of the precincts counted, Bilbray leads by 4,732 votes. Although it looks good for Bilbray, anything can still happen because there are approximately 68,500 absentee / provisional ballots to be counted.

Yesterday's election was to determine who would complete the balance of Cunningham's term. Busby and Bilbray will face off again in the November general election.

Posted by Rick | June 7, 2006 12:43 AM | Political Science

June 6, 2006

McCain Can't Help Himself

When the time comes to vote for or against a constitutional amendment to assure that marriage in America remains between a man and a woman and not between two men, or two women, John McCain has announced he will vote against it.

No matter how many commencement addresses McCain gives at conservative colleges and universities, he is still a liberal in conservative's clothing.

He desperately wants to be president but this issue will bury him in the Republican party. He will not get the base of the Republican party to vote for him and he will never live in the White House, unless he runs as a Democrat.

I voted for George Bush as the lesser of two evils in 2000, but should McCain somehow end up as the Republicans' candidate in 2008, I would not vote for him as the lesser of two evils. I would stay home.

Posted by Rick | June 6, 2006 12:17 AM | Political Science

June 1, 2006

Fox News Cashin' In Challenge

I have been playing along with the Fox News Cashin' In Challenge since the 1st of the year. I am pleased to report that as of May 31, 2006, the stocks I have chosen have had a net year-to-date increase of 20.48%!

The closest expert on the show is Jonathan Hoenig, of Capitalistpig Asset Management LLC, who has had a respectible year-to-date increase of 8.60. Wayne Rogers, former televison star of Mash fame, is second with a year-to-date 7.95% increase.

I don't know how many people are ahead of me since they don't publish other competitors' results, but I know that I am at least in the top 20%.

If you want to play along, you can sign up anytime before the end of June. You can read more about the contest and sign up here.

Good luck!

Posted by Rick | June 1, 2006 06:08 AM | Social Studies

Gasoline Alley

As everyone knows, gosoline prices have soared. Unfortunately, as I drive around the Las Vegas valley it does not seem that there has been a change in driving habits. Traffic is worse than ever.

The following cartoons are courtesy of my lovely sister.

Empty again!

Whistler's Brother

What do I hear?

Poor Coco

Don't forget to register at Conoco!

Don't you just hate getting older?

More people should walk!

Posted by Rick | June 1, 2006 04:38 AM | Just A Thought

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