Saturday, September 29, 2007

Did Gov. Richard Milhouse Spitzer Read The 9-11 Commission Report?

Today's N.Y. Times reports Mayor Giuliani's criticism of Governor Spitzer's plan to provide illegal aliens with driver's licenses:

“I think it would just create an even further level of fraud and confusion in what is already a very confusing picture.”

He's dead right.

Governor Spitzer is so deluded in proposing this scheme you'd think he was elected governor of Montana. Or Idaho. Or South Dakota.

Terrorists are not coming for Montana, Idaho or South Dakota.

They're coming for Eliot Spitzer's state.

My state.

The Governor should educate himself, and browse through the September 11th Commission report:

"Fraud is no longer just a problem of theft. At many entry points to vulnerable facilities, including gates for boarding aircraft, sources of identification are the last opportunity to ensure that people are who they say they are (emphasis added)." Needs To Be Sedated

Washington Post: Democrats' Chances to Alter Iraq Strategy Dwindling; Reid Says Next Showdown May Not Occur Until New War-Funding Request, Perhaps Early Next Year

I await the full-page ad denouncing the "betray us" of Congressional Democrats.

Point of Personal Privilege, Mr. Chairman

My Mets are doomed.

"I was being pursued not by bigots in white robes but by left-wing zealots draped in flowing sanctimony."

Clarence Thomas in the WaPo today

He unloads.

On Sen. Howard Metzenbaum:

"It would be kind to describe him as unlikable."

On Sen. Howell Heflin:

" . . . made me think of a slave owner sitting on the porch of a plantation house."

He compares then-Judiciary Chairman Joe Biden (D-Neil Kinnock) "to the lying hypocrites in the old song 'Smiling Faces Sometimes' by Undisputed Truth."

Chichester's One-Sentence Movie Reviews

"Based On A True Story"

Cast & Credits
Rudy: The goonie or oompa-loompa from The Lord of the Rings
Written by: Angelo Pizzo
Directed by: David Anspaugh

Rudy loves the University of Notre Dame and his big brother steals his girlfriend (which never happened) after his best friend dies and Rudy gets on a bus in the middle of the night and travels to Notre Dame where he meets Father O'ShaunnessyflanaganO'Hennessey (who never existed) who helps him get a job with Fortune (who never existed) working at the stadium and Rudy tries to paint the N.D. helmets as a booster but this hot chick tells him he can't any more since he's not an N.D. student and Rudy finally is admitted to N.D. on the fourth try where he makes the practice team and Jamie O'Hara/Vince Vaughn (who never existed) doesn't like him and Rudy says he's going to make the dress roster one day even though his other bad guy brother makes fun of him and his Dad says you're-just-a-Ruettiger and even though Coach Ara Parseghian promised Rudy he would play in his senior year (which never happened) Ara retires and evil movie bad guy Dan Devine is hired and leaves Rudy off the final game dress list against Georgia Tech (which never happened) and Rudy quits the team only to have Fortune talk him out of it and co-captain Roland Steele (who never existed) goes to Devine's office and places his jersey on Devine's desk asking that Rudy play in his place (which never happened) and Rudy plays and gets carried off the field after sacking the quarterback.

The End.

Next week: Hoosiers

McCain, Stumbling

N.Y. Daily News: McCain: No Muslim president, U.S. better with Christian one

McCain said:

"I admire the Islam. There's a lot of good principles in it. But I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith."

If he does admire "the Islam" he should have no problem with a Muslim in the Oval Office.

Whenever a candidate enters into a discussion like this about faith, it's all over. The kook left is going to have a field day with this quote.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Chichester Edits Statements for Accuracy

New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes today in support of Governor Spitzer's scheme to provide driver's licenses to illegal aliens:

“Governor Spitzer’s actions will shine a light on those who are willing to become productive members of our society and workforce (I don't care if illegal aliens broke our laws since they could become dues-paying members of my union racket one day). As such, greater scrutiny (amnesty) will reduce the opportunities for those who would otherwise take advantage of individuals willing to work and provide for their families (unlike us Carthusian Monks at the AFL-CIO who have never taken advantage of anyone). The ability to protect a workers’ livelihood is essential, regardless of immigration status (we at the ALF-CIO have a long history of corruption so don't be surprised that I just said I don't give a damn about the law).

The "Nazis" at ICE

AP reports agents for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided 11 McDonald's restaurants in Nevada and arrested at least 56 illegal aliens.

After the raids Gilbert Cortez, a "Latino leader," said:

"We don't approve of the Gestapo methods ICE is using."


In the mind of Mr. Gilbert Cortez, "Latino leader," the enforcement of American federal law by immigration officials is the moral equivalent of an evil that slaughtered six million Jews.

I have a hunch Mr. Cortez won't be disavowed or denounced any time soon by the National Council of La Raza.

The AP further reports:

"The raids drew immediate criticism from Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and activists, who estimated the number of arrests to be closer to 100.

"The mayor joined a news conference area Hispanic leaders and members of the American Civil Liberties Union called in front of the federal courthouse late Thursday."

Newt. Go Away. Please.

Newt Gingrich won the Republican Congressional majority on November 8, 1994. No individual deserves more credit for the historic achievement.

He should stay retired from public office.

Gingrich is responsible for beginning the long, slow fall of his majority.

He gave up the fight against spending and big government.

He carried on publicly while professing fidelity and morality, which gave the left a joyful opportunity to condemn his hypocrisy.

He "melts" around the Clintons. Apparently, he's still melting, which The Hill reports today.

The Catcher of the Phony

Phony of the Week: Former NFL Player Tim Green.

The New York Times reports Green is considering a run for the New York State Legislature, and:

"He had been a Republican, according to the Onondaga County Board of Elections, but changed his enrollment. He enrolled as a Democrat, according to people with knowledge of his discussions with the party, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because a run is not certain."

Senator Sam Brownback, and Groveling

Sen. McCain, Sen. Thompson, Gov. Romney and Mayor Giuliani made the right decision to boycott the debate last night hosted by talk show host Tavis Smiley at historically-black Morgan State University.

Because they would have to defend themselves against different variations of: Why are you a racist?


Mr. Smiley on CNN yesterday:

"They're trying to go, these front-runners, these Republican front-runners, trying to go through this entire primary process and never have to address voters of color and never be queried by journalists of color. And I think in the most multicultural, multiracial, multiethnic America ever, that, quite frankly, is unacceptable."

All one needs to know about Mr. Smiley's motives is that he had the temerity to invite Alan Keyes. Excuse me, but when did Keyes become a presidential candidate - again?

The four leading contenders for the nomination don't need to share a stage with Keyes. His only purpose would be to scream and rage at the candidates for being insufficiently Keyes.

The Republican field should debate race in America. But not in a forum that is so obviously a set-up for embarrassment.

Rudy Fighting The Weird Factor

N.Y. Post: More Asking If Rudy Has Right Stuff

The New York Times Man Crush On Sen. Obama

NYT: Obama Distances Himself From Clinton, on Her Turf

Governor Richard Milhouse Spitzer

The Governor on Bloomberg's opposition to his amnesty driver's license policy.

"He is wrong at every level - dead wrong, factually wrong, legally wrong, morally wrong, ethically wrong."

It's only a matter of time before he starts Captain Queeg-ing and asking who stole his strawberries

"Against Children's Health"

There are issues in politics ripe for demagogues that can be easily dismissed. And than there are "children's issues."

Yesterday, the Senate voted 67-29 to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program by $35 billion.

"Anyone who votes in lock step with the president and against children's health, they are going to hear about it back home," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"Against children's health."

This language is ludicrous. Yet effective.

The merits of a "children's issue" don't matter. The facts don't matter.

Republicans are petrified. Petrified at the thought of Democrats attacking them if President Bush vetoes this bill.

Who can possibly be "against children's health" in our country? Anyone who uses such simpleton language should be laughed out of public life. Not only does that not happen, the Chris Van Hollens go on to hold positions of immense power.

Van Hollen language debases the body politic.

Nancy Pelosi Protecting America's Border

Speaker Tracy Flick Nancy Pelosi In USA Today:

"I have been against the fence, I thought it's a bad idea even when it was just a matter of discussion. These are communities where you have a border going through them, they are not communities where you have a fence splitting them.

"It just isn't fair. Those young people who came to America one way or another ... their opportunities are curtailed because of the situation. And it's not only harmful to them — it's harmful to the country."

Lunatic Update

Fox News: Ahmadinejad Cements Ties With Chavez, Other Leaders

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Rudy, Who Voted For Democrat Mario Cuomo

N.Y. Times: Giuliani Replaces Lead Fund-Raiser

"Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for Mr. Giuliani, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, said the fund-raiser, Anne Dunsmore, had not been fired, but would not say why she had been removed."

I'll tell you why. Because she's the genius who had to know about that California fund-raiser where backers were asked to donate $9.11.

Chichester's Entourage Checks In / RE: "Prince Marry A Prince"

Not a single Democratic candidate was willing to say he or she thought such instruction inappropriate for students in the second grade. The reluctance to offend a powerful Democratic interest group was striking.

After the debate, MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan summed it up succinctly:

"[John] Edwards and these folks, the Democrats, they came off tonight as a nanny-state party. They're not going to let me smoke in public, they're not going to let an 18-year-old Marine have a beer, but they're going to give 6-year-olds -- teach 'em about homosexual marriage. I mean, you get the average American out there -- this might be big stuff at Dartmouth, but I can tell ya: That doesn't sell." - Rick "Flash" Davis.

Chichester's Entourage Checks In / RE: Hillary

This is a fund-raising e-mail a buddy received from Hillary (he's still an official one-of-the-fellas despite being on Hillary's e-mail list). Hillary claims if you "enter now" (which is not explained), you'll be lucky enough to be one of three people to watch a debate with her husband. Presumably, this means forking over the dough.

At first, I thought this was a gag e-mail. It isn't. The "big bowl of chips" and carrots language is not Rudy-level weird, but somewhat odd.

Dear ____,

I hear you might be watching a debate with Bill -- can I ask you a favor?

Bill mentioned "a big bowl of chips" in the email he sent you Tuesday. If you are one of the three people who get the chance to join him, can you make sure he eats carrots, not chips?

I know I can rely on you for this -- because you've been there for me this entire campaign. I've relied on you and more than a million of your fellow supporters, and you've never let me down.

Today, I need your help at a critical moment in the campaign. We're just a few days away from the end-of-quarter deadline, when we have to report the fundraising numbers that will set the tone for the final crucial months. The media and our opponents will use the numbers we report to determine the strength of our grassroots support -- help our campaign today and we can beat our goal.

And if you enter now, you could be one of three supporters invited to watch an upcoming debate with Bill.

Help me win today. Make a contribution: (link removed).

The decisions we make about our campaign's strategy over the next few weeks will depend on the strength of your support. If you make a contribution today, before Sunday's FEC deadline, those decisions will be easier -- because we will know we have the resources to win.

We're making history, you and I. Together we can change course in Iraq, restore America's standing in the world, achieve energy independence, and make sure every single American has quality, affordable health care.

So help me make history by making a contribution before Sunday's key FEC deadline. If you enter today, you might be bringing a guest to watch an upcoming debate with Bill. Help our campaign before Sunday's FEC deadline. Make a contribution: (link removed).

Chips or carrots aside, I know Bill is really excited about the chance to watch a debate with you. It's one of his favorite things to do: sit down with friends and talk politics. So I hope you'll enter today for the chance to bring a guest to watch an upcoming debate with him. He's looking forward to it -- and I hope you are, too. Not just because it will be a great experience, but because you know just what your support means to me and to my campaign.

The end-of-quarter deadline is just a few days away, so there's no better time to give. I need your help now -- before midnight on September 30 -- more than ever.

The FEC deadline is just a few days away. Make a contribution. Thank you so much for everything you do to help my campaign.

Sincerely, Hillary


Sandy Treadwell on a recent visit to Washington, D.C.:

"I sat in the visitors' gallery a couple of months ago and they were debating an amendment to the homeland security bill . . .The debate was unbelievable. It was contentious. Both parties were shouting at one another. Nothing was getting accomplished. Everything in Washington is so partisan and it's all about who has a political advantage over the other side."

Sandy, don't run for Congress if you really believe this bumpkin-speak. Washington, D.C. isn't for naifs.

Governor Richard Milhouse Spitzer

When you're to the left of Michael Bloomberg, nanny mayor, you've got a problem.

Rep. John Dingell: "This Is Going To Cause Pain"

The AP reports Congressman John Dingell, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, seeks a 50-cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline and jet fuel, a tax on carbon and the elimination of the interest tax deduction on home mortgages for homes over 3,000 square feet.

He said:

"I'm trying to have everybody understand that this is going to cost and that it's going to have a measure of pain that you're not going to like . . . This is going to cause pain. The pain is shared in a way that is fair, proper, acceptable and accomplishes the basic purpose . . . All my friends tell me you can't do this, it's going to be political poison."

I love this guy. Keep telling the American people you want to cause them "pain," John. In fact, use that word constantly.

So despite pledges by Speaker Tracy Flick Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Pat Geary Harry Reid that they would be "fiscally responsible," one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress has a massive tax hike agenda aimed right at the middle class.

Quoting Sen. Clinton's Answers From Last Night's Debate

"Uh . . . Er . . . Ah . . . HA HA HA . . . Uh, er . . . Er, uh . . . HA HA HA . . . you know . . .Ah, uh . . . Uh, ah . . . you know . . . "

Bill Richardson, Extremist

Tim Russert: Governor Richardson, if you're president of the United States you're automatically honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America. In light of that organization's position on sexual orientation, would you accept that position?

Gov. Richardson: No, I wouldn't. Because I think, as president, I would commit myself, number one, that I will be a leader that prevents discrimination on the basis of race, gender and sexual orientation. I will also be a president that follows the Constitution of the United States.

This is what it has come to for the Democratic party. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the most venerable institutions the United States has ever produced. Yet Bill Richardson, if elected president, would insult their noble efforts and tradition by declining to serve as the honorary chairman. It truly boggles the mind. I'd like to see him get elected just to watch him try to pull this off.

Chichester Edits Statements For Accuracy

Senator Joe Biden (D-Neil Kinnock) last night on Hillary's 1990's health care reform disaster:

"I'm not suggesting it's Hillary's fault (damn right I'm suggesting it's Hillary's fault). I think it's a reality that it's more difficult, because there's a lot of very good things that come with all the great things that President Clinton did (I have no idea what the hell I just said), but there's also a lot of the old stuff that comes back (the impeached, disbarred held-in-contempt-of-court by a Federal judge ex-president who fools around with interns) . . . When I say old stuff, I'm referring to policy, policy (I hope I didn't completely screw myself for Secretary of State in Hillary's administration)."

Pollsters Anonymous

CNN: Giuliani has caught up with Romney in New Hampshire

The Serenity Pollster: May I continue to strive to maintain the Polling Serenity to accept the crosstabs things that are not mine to sample change, courage to change the focus groups things that I should for the margin of error betterment of my fees the planet or even one likely voter life upon it , and the wisdom to know the wording of the question difference.

To be a near-daily feature given the media's obsession with polls and the horse race.

American Patriots

The 79 "patriotic" Members of the House of Representatives who voted against denouncing the ad

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The United States of America, Plus San Francisco

According to ABC local news in Havana San Francisco Film Commission Executive Director Stefanie Coyote "would only allow the Marine's production crew to film on California Street if there were no Marines in the picture. They wound up filming the empty street and will have to superimpose the Marines later."

The story quotes Captain Greg Corrales of the San Francisco Police Department Traffic Bureau:

"It's insulting, it's demeaning. This woman is going to insult these young heroes by just arbitrarily saying, 'no, you're not going to film any Marines on California Street.'"

What an absolute disgrace.

Chichester's Entourage Checks In

Apparently, and I have not read the story yet, the patriotic City of San Francisco, where Speaker Tracy Flick Nancy Pelosi resides, has denied the United States Marine Corps a permit to film a commercial. More asap.

How To Annoy Chichester II

Candidates, incumbents, flacks and their supporters should do every single humanly possible thing and avoid using these words and phrases since they cause Chichester's head to explode.

Dis (Chichester feels like DeNiro playing Russian Roulette with Walken and Savage in The Deer Hunter).

Street cred (committing a felony gets you respect, which makes sense).

In the final analysis, in the last analysis, in the moment, in a zone (the Four Horsemen of incoherence).

Have You Figured It Out Yet Conservatives?

One reality that becomes immediately apparent to a non-Kool-Aid conservative who goes to work as a Hill staffer is the irrelevancy of the conservative movement and conservative media in the eyes of the Republican conference, including the leadership and ranking members. 45 Republicans voted to expand the SCHIP program last night. From what I gather, there wasn't much concern about limited government emanating from Minority Leader John Boehner, Minority Whip Roy Blunt and other senior Republicans.

Rudy, Who Voted For Democrat Mario Cuomo

When then-Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush announced his candidacy for president Newsweek put him on their cover with the headline "Fighting the Wimp Factor." It was a typically gratuitous dig from the MSM, and rejected soundly. First by Republican primary voters, and second by the American people in the general election against Gov. Michael Dukakis.

Rudy Giuliani is "fighting the weird factor." And unlike the charge against 41, there's much truth to Rudy's weirdness, which today's Wall Street Journal editorial notes. Rudy pulling out his cell phone to speak to his bride, quite simply, gave everyone the creeps. NRA members were surprised or confounded because many are not familiar with his mercurial behavior before, during and after his New York City mayoralty. They'll definitely have an opportunity to witness more of "the weird factor" before the campaign is over.

Lunatic Update

N.Y. Times: Iran’s Media Assail President’s Treatment

"The program repeated scenes that showed the audience cheering Mr. Ahmadinejad, suggesting that a lot of the audience was made up of his supporters. 'I saw even Jewish students who walked out of the talk saying Mr. Ahmadinejad was very convincing,' a woman wearing a head scarf told the program in English."

You can only get so angry at a demented, depraved and terrorist-laden government before it becomes a bit unproductive. It's apparent they enjoy our denunciations and rage. Today, they just need to be laughed at. The laughter that followed The Lunatic's pronouncement that there are no gays in Iran may have stung and startled him more than any single moment during the visit.

TU: John Signor Elected President of Capital OTB

I have known John for 15 years, and congratulate him on such a wonderful career achievement. It's a cliche that your best friends would do anything for you. John would truly do anything for his friends. There's no doubt he'll excel in this position, which is what he's done everywhere he's worked. Congrats again, John. You deserve it.

Times Union: New president approved at OTB

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Chichester Edits Statements For Accuracy

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on SCHIP and fiscal responsibility:

"The President has no credibility on matters of fiscal responsibility (never mind that I'm proposing the largest tax hike in American history, and you criminals, er, I mean, smokers should get ready to pay 61 cents more per pack) due to his astonishing record of compiling historic deficits over the last seven years. As former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan (a shameless, say anything Washington, D.C. cocktail party kiss-ass) recently observed, the President has completely abandoned fiscal discipline.

“The New Direction Congress (we did a focus group and were told our approval rating would go from 11% to 12% if we used the phrase 'New Direction Congress') passed a balanced budget plan (according to our friends at Enron and The Mustang Ranch) that restores pay-as-you-go budget rules and rejects new deficit spending. It invests in health care for America’s children (buying votes with more middle class welfare), college affordability for middle class families (more future dependents, hopefully), homeland security improvements to better protect the American people – investments that are all fully paid for."

Meanwhile, Back In The 8th Century . . .

Fox News: Iran Does Far Worse Than Ignore Gays, Critics Say

The House Friends Of Terrorists Caucus

The 16 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted against denouncing Iran

Lunatic Update

AP: Congress Denounces Iran's Ahmadinejad

Chichester's Entourage Checks In / RE: Chuck Grassley

Regarding Chuck Grassley and SCHIP expansion in today's WaPo:

"They can’t have it both ways – the program funds POOR children and should remain as such. Reckless expansion threatens the medical industry, will drive up costs further, makes government more and more the single-payer and rationing. Moreover, the tax code needs to change to allow more HSAs and write-offs for individual insurance.

"The GOP should have this debate. They won it before and should engage it again. Not be a little 'less Democrat.' That’s a political loser, and the reason they were the minority on the Hill for 40 years. Chuck Grassley would just assume to be fat, dumb and happy in the minority for the rest of his career as Mr. Ranking Member. " - Rick "Flash" Davis.

What Is Chuck Grassley Doing?

Republicans demoralized and dispirited by the party's Congressional no-agenda have Senator Chuck Grassley to thank for making it worse.

Today's Washington Post reports Senator Grassley opposes President Bush's effort to provide tax deductions to help Americans buy private health insurance in exchange for expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

O.k., fine.

But, according to the Post:

"Grassley said if he were the Democrats, he would send the SCHIP expansion to a vote every three months, along with campaign advertisements accusing Republicans of abandoning children. That way, pressure would mount either on Bush to sign the bill or on House Republicans to override the veto" (emphasis added).

Is Chuck Grassley now a Democratic party strategist? This is something that Carville and Begala would concoct. It's Hillaryism.

The Post further reports:

"Americans United for Change, a group closely allied with the Democratic leadership, will begin airing television ads this week in Kentucky, accusing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of abandoning his state's children."

It reads like an Onion story. A senior Republican and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee encourages Democrats to run against Republicans claiming they're "abandoning children," which is exactly what is happening right now in the home state of his leader.


If there ever was a time for an old-fashioned Lyndon Johnson Senate head-cracking, this is it.

Lunatic Update

N.Y. Post: Boss Hits Iran Prez With The Ol' College Fry

Monday, September 24, 2007

Schwarzenegger On "Global Warming" at the U.N.

"The current stalemate between the developed and the developing worlds must be broken. It is time we came together in a new international agreement that can be embraced by rich and poor nations alike . . .

"The time has come to stop looking back at the Kyoto Protocol. The consequences of global climate change are so pressing ... it doesn't matter who was responsible for the past. What matters is who is answerable for the future. And that means all of us."

Arnold Schwarzenegger should stick to things he understands. Like botox.

The Thompson Campaign Must Be Reading This Blog

Exactly what the Senator should be doing:

"This week, Thompson intends to sharpen the differences he has with two of his rivals--Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani-- by asking a simple question: Where were you during the 1994 Republican Revolution?"

Chichester's Entourage Checks In

Regarding Novak's column yesterday:

"If the Republicans join a veto override of the SCHIP bill, they may as well disband as a party. They will have convincingly ceded any notion of revitalizing the fiscal responsibility card for '08." - Rick "Flash" Davis.

Lunatic Update

Fox News: Ahmadinejad Speaks of Love, Kindess, Beauty and God in Speech to National Press Club

43 on Hillary

For a president who has refused to respond directly and forcefully to attacks on his character and leadership because it would be "undignified" or "unworthy of the Oval Office," handicapping the Democratic field was a surprise.

Petraeus Ad

The Democratic Party New York Times Admits They Violated Their Own Policy

Subpoena for Superintendent Preston Feltonupthesecondfloor

N.Y. Post: GOP Set To Make Top Cop A Canary

Chichester Edits Statements For Accuracy

From UPI:

"Clinton appeared on 'Fox News Sunday.' Host Chris Wallace, citing his acerbic interview with former President Clinton last year as well as the former first lady's comments this year, asked, 'Why do you and the president have such a hyper-partisan view of politics? … Why do we want another president who thinks so much in terms of right versus left and red state versus blue state?'"

"Oh, Chris (you a--hole) , if you had walked even a day in our shoes over the last 15 years, I'm sure you'd understand. But you know, the real goal for our country right now is to get beyond partisanship. And, I'm sure trying to do my part (by calling General Petraeus a liar). Because we've got a lot of serious problems that we're trying to deal with."


Go away. Please.

N.Y. Sun: Sen. Obama To Be In New York For Fund-Raiser, Rally

"I'm coming to New York City on September 27 and I want you to join me, to join this campaign, to join something historic, to be part of changing our politics. This campaign is a growing movement and now is the time to come together."

How come every time he speaks you feel like you have to reach for a lighter at a Journey concert.

Rudy, Who Voted For Democrat Mario Cuomo

Washington Post: Giuliani's Rhetoric on Terror Contrasts With His Record

What - specifically - did Mayor Giuliani do on September 11, 2001? His supporters are unable to move beyond mere platitudes. He "remained calm," "demonstrated resolve," "showed strength," "displayed courage." So what. If the standard is that he didn't have a public nervous breakdown, like New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin during Hurricane Katrina, we need a higher standard.

The Mayor has received a near-total pass from Republican primary voters regarding his pre-September 11th leadership. His decision to locate the Office of Emergency Management at 7 World Trade Center was colossally stupid. If he had located it in Brooklyn, which was suggested to him by aides, it may have saved lives. We'll never know.

N.Y. Post: Fred Dicker: Probe Defanged

Spitz Got Mitts On D.A.: Insiders

Lunatic Update

N.Y. Times: New York Grudgingly Opens Door to Ahmadinejad

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Chichester Edits Statements For Accuracy

Gov. Mitt Romney at The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference:

"I think we'd have to admit that the blame doesn't all belong to the Democrats (I'm sucking up to the MSM here.) We Republicans have to put our own house in order. We can't be like Democrats – a party of big spenders (I had no problem with big spending until I started running for president) . . .

"We can't have ethical standards that are a punch line for Jay Leno (I've appeared on his show, and have also been a Leno punch line). When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses (when I ran for the U.S. Senate against the Aquatic Wonder in Massachusetts in 1994, I acted like a Democrat) . . .

"We've got to start acting like Republicans, not earmarking Republicans, not big government Republicans, but like Reagan Republicans and Teddy Roosevelt Republicans. They led us along the right course (and please forget that I was never a Reagan Republican throughout his presidency) . . . Hillary Clinton fundamentally doesn't trust the private sector . . . She sees the problems in health care, for example, and proposes more government (the health care bill I signed into law as Massachusetts Governor not only proposed more government, but achieved more government) . . .

"The Katrina clean-up didn't look like Republicans were in charge (in case you didn't notice it the first time MSM, I'm sucking up to you again) . . . Now is the time, this is the place, for Republicans to stand together – to stand for Republican principles (I recently figured out the meaning of those principles).

Senator Poked-My-Head-In

Newsday: Did nursing home company buy Schumer's help? (First of two parts)

"Schumer said the nursing home owners met with his staff, and he only chatted with them briefly. 'I poked my head in, and may have said, 'Thanks for sending the letters. I hope your staff will follow up.' He described the encounter as 'very, very short.' Fensterman has a different recollection."

Meanwhile, Back in the 8th Century . . .

New York Times Magazine story detailing the horrific "honor" killing of a 16-year-old Syrian girl

Pollsters Anonymous

WaPo: Obama's Challenge: Gain Lead in Polls

The Serenity Pollster: May I continue to strive to maintain the Polling Serenity to accept the crosstabs things that are not mine to sample change, courage to change the focus groups things that I should for the margin of error betterment of my fees the planet or even one likely voter life upon it , and the wisdom to know the wording of the question difference.

To be a near-daily feature given the media's obsession with polls and the horse race.

Washington Post Page 1 Dorothy Rodham Profile

A Mother's Strength, a Candidate's Ambition

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Dean and Magruder

N.Y. Times: Spitzer Staff Spent Weeks on Bruno

President Nixon: You think, you think we want to, want to go
this route now? And the--let it hang out, so to speak?

Dean: Well, it's, it isn't really that--

Haldeman: It's a limited hang out.

Dean: It's a limited hang out.

Ehrlichman: It's a modified limited hang out.

President Nixon: Well, it's only the questions of the thing hanging out publicly or privately.

WCBS: N.Y. Drops Citizenship Proof For Driver's Licenses

"We're changing our policy with respect to getting more people out of shadows and into the system so people don't hide they're here," Spitzer said.

Illegal aliens don't have to be brought "out of shadows," Governor. They're in broad daylight, in case you haven't noticed. They break pre-7:00 a.m. Washington, D.C. noise ordinances behind the Capitol Hill Club all the time. So please cease with the vapid talking point metaphors.

Illegal aliens also "don't hide they're here." They're in the streets arrogantly demanding amnesty. They're on television, at news conferences and even lobby Members of Congress.

It was announced on Friday, for these reasons and others.

Rudy, Who Voted For Democrat Mario Cuomo

"I love you. I'll call you as soon as I'm finished. Have a safe trip. Talk to you later. I love you."

A phone call from the spouse is just the image a presidential candidate wants to convey while addressing a skeptical NRA audience.

Another minute or two and he'd be in darling, muffin, gumdrop, pookems territory.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Superintendent Preston Feltonupthesecondfloor

Times Union Capitol Confidential: Felton To Be No Show

Romneyflop, Who Voted For Democrat Paul Tsongas

Text from Gov. Mitt Romney's new ad:

"We can't be like Democrats, a party of big spending. We can't pretend our borders are secure from illegal immigration. We can't have ethical standards that are a punch line for Jay Leno. When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses. It's time for Republicans to start acting like Republicans. It's time for a change, and change begins with us."

When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses? You can't get elected to anything in Massachusetts as a Republican unless you campaign as a Democrat. Like Mitt Romney in 2002.

Last Night On HANNITY, HANNITY, HANNITY & colmes

Democrats, on the Senate floor, in full support of our troops:

Sen. Pat Geary Harry Reid: No one over here endorses the ad that was in that newspaper. None of us do. But we want to talk about the war. They want to talk about an ad in a newspaper. None of us, in any way, criticized General Petraeus.

Sen. Dick ButDurbin: They want to talk about ads in newspapers about General Petraeus. Well, let me tell you something, I respect General Petraeus, but we have more important things to do than debate ads in newspapers.

Chichester Edits Statements For Accuracy

Albany County District Attorney David Soares on Governor Richard M. Spitzer today:

"You can have the worst intent in the world (which we ignored), but if the act (crime) itself is not unlawful, and is not unauthorized, then you don't have a crime.

"We would not open the doors to the grand jury (because if we did half of the 212 all stars sitting in the Legislature would be in my grand jury rooms) and start throwing out subpoenas like confetti . . .

"We believe in that burden (I believe in incumbency, and if I went after my fellow Democrats downtown my career would be over faster than you can say Betsy McCaughey Ross). We hold ourselves to that burden. We will not change our process (cover up) . . .

"We will not compromise our integrity (but I will compromise my integrity) to fulfill or contribute to the court of public opinion (New Yorkers overwhelmingly believe the Governor was at the heart of this scandal, and they should shut up fast already) or to contribute to what I believe is to be the political theater that happens to surround our very building here."

Meanwhile, Back in the 8th Century . . .

Ahmadinejad: How Is WTC Visit Insulting?

Why we let this lunatic in the country in the first place is mystifying.

Chichester's Spin-to-English Guide

The Catcher of the Phony

Phony of the Week: Congressman Jim Moran (D-Bassar al-Assad).

According to The Politico, Moran claims that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee "pushed the Iraq war from the beginning" and that he "doesn't think AIPAC represents the mainstream of American Jewish thinking."

Yet his flack claims "anyone attempting to mischaracterize his words as targeting the broader Jewish community rather than AIPAC’s leadership is being purposely misleading.”

Makes perfect sense; completely consistent.

Shoot Me Like I'm Old Yeller Already

I know you PETA crackpots don't like this post title, so get back to protesting Michael Vick and leave the hard stuff to Chichester.

These are the 25 "patriotic" Americans who voted not to condemn the vile ad.

Hillary Is Not Angelina Jolie

Democrats, as usual, are focused on the major national and international issues that confront the United States of America.

Richard Milhouse Spitzer

The Albany County District Attorney has concluded the "governor, his staff, and the New York State Police were acting within their authority in compiling and releasing documents to the media concerning the use of state aircraft."


Rudy, Who Voted For Democrat Mario Cuomo

CBS News: Giuliani Will "Clarify" Views To NRA

In 1995 he said they had a tendency to go "overboard" and were "extremists on the right," but today:

"There are certain agreements and disagreements with every single group. When I go before the NRA, I'm going to try to emphasize areas I think in which there is a great deal of agreement. And as I have said many, many times, my 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy."

Fred Thompson and the Joke-Teller Primary

When Fred Thompson officially announced his White House bid on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" it continued the trivialization and debasement of American politics.

Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his gubernatorial campaign on the Leno show and it demonstrated that he was willing to reduce the pursuit of high public office to a cartoon. Californians got what they deserved when they elected him: a cartoon Governor who betrayed his campaign promises.

The Thompson announcement is far worse since it's the pursuit of the presidency via superficial pop culture.

Presidential candidates flocking to Leno, David Letterman and Jon Stewart is a disturbing trend that should be rejected by the American people as irrelevant events. These men are mere joke tellers. They should have nothing to do with the electoral process. Yet, unfortunatley, they do.

The Leno-Letterman-Stewart expertise is asking fake questions soliciting phony answers, and if it happens to become serious or confrontational a pall is cast. It's not a venue any self-respecting presidential candidate should be in.

Explaining the Leno announcement Thompson's spokesman, Todd Harris, said "it makes a lot of sense" to "everyday normal Americans."

Is Jay Leno an "everyday normal" American? Are any of his famous left-wing Hollywood guests with their multiple marriages, arrests, children out-of-wedlock and serial bizarre behavior? There is nothing "everyday normal" about his show or the people who appear on it. Yet this is the forum Thompson chose. What Thompson and his advisers apparently don't know or don't care about is that Jay Leno has become increasingly vulgar in his monologues since he replaced Johnny Carson in 1992. For ratings. He has a special obsession, which is growing, with ridiculing the Catholic Church - my Church:

"As you've probably heard, the Pope has asked all the Cardinals to return to Rome. You know how they got them all to come back? They told them that there was going to be a performance by the Vienna Boys Choir." That's real funny, Jay.

Thompson is courting Christians and family values conservatives. Why should they respect his decision to make the most important announcement of his career on a Hollywood show hosted by a professional vulgarian? They should not. Much of what Leno "jokes" and talks about should never be heard by children.

Leno's announcer is John Melendez, who spent 15 years as a sidekick on The Howard Stern Show, where he would refer to actor Nicholas Cage as "Niggaless Cage." That kind of talk usually doesn't go over well with the voters, and why Fred Thompson would want to associate himself with such people has been a major political miscalculation.

Achieving humor with clever retorts to a late-night joke teller is not an indication that a candidate can assume the powers of the presidency and lead with strength and good judgement. In fact, it's an opportunity for slick phonies. Bill Clinton in sunglasses playing the saxophone on "The Arsenio Hall Show" is the best example.

Senator Thompson needs to contemplate what kind of candidate he wants to be. He can be a serious and determined candidate, or one who is willing to pander to Hollywood celebrities.

Any Republican candidate who courts Hollywood, seeking the approval of actors, producers and directors who are so detached from "everyday normal Americans" should be summarily dismissed by the American people.

Official presidential announcements should always strive for pageantry. The candidate behind a podium. With a panoramic backdrop, bunting and balloons. To a cheering crowd - in the home state of the candidate, not a Hollywood set. Fred Thompson utterly failed this great American tradition, and it was telling.

Senator McCain

Memo to John: If it weren't for your support for amnesty, opposition to tax cuts, McCain-Feingold, belief in global warming caused by human beings, frequent reports of temper and self-control problems, demagoging Abu Ghraib, the Gang of 14 membership, mainstream media fawning, and spending almost all your campaign donations despite a pledge to eliminate wasteful spending by Congress, you'd be the Republican nominee.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Sensitive Metrosexual

The Sensitive Metrosexual has, yet again, dispatched his wife to attack Hillary.

"Does Mrs. Clinton's plan seem very familiar to you? Mrs. Clinton has - seven and a half months after John unveiled his health care plan - unveiled a health care plan that is in every material respect just like John's." - Mrs. Sensitive Metrosexual.

They obviously understand what happened to Rick Lazio.

Chichester Edits Statements For Accuracy

Sen. Barbara Boxer, on the Senate floor today, justifying her vote against condemning the ad:

"We (I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Board of Supervisors refused to allow the WWII-era USS Iowa to dock in our Bay as a floating museum) condemn all attacks against our men and women serving honorably in the military, not just one organization. We (In San Francisco, 'we' banned JROTC from our city's public schools) condemn all the attacks. And I hope colleagues will vote no; otherwise, we (Last year my fellow Democrat, San Francisco Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, said, 'the United States should not have a military') are starting a terrible precedent around here that we (America, plus San Francisco) will regret."

How To Annoy Chichester

Candidates, incumbents, flacks and their supporters should do every single humanly possible thing and avoid using these words and phrases since they cause Chichester's head to explode.

At the end of the day (Chichester looks for an open window).

There you go (There Chichester goes screaming from the room like Baby in Dirty Dancing).

Actually (Remove from every sentence ever spoken and the point is the same).

Basically (Am I so stupid that it has to be "basically" to understand?).

To be perfectly honest (When were you lying?).

Presence of mind (Every mind has a presence.)

110 percent (There's no such percentage there Fields Medal winner).

Back in the day (Chichester looks for a noose).

Dude (Chichester murders a surf board).

Conscious decision (Every decision is "conscious," Sigmund)

Props (Chichester hires Tim Robbins to help him tunnel out of the conversation).

Closure (Anyone over 18 years of age who utters this word is forever disqualified from adulthood).

Dawg (Chichester tries not to turn into Randall Patrick McMurphy).

Outside the box (Chichester walks into the ocean like Swayze in Point Break ).

Pollsters Anonymous

Gallup: Clinton as Dominant Among Democratic Union Members as Non-Members

The Serenity Pollster: May I continue to strive to maintain the Polling Serenity to accept the crosstabs things that are not mine to sample change, courage to change the focus groups things that I should for the margin of error betterment of my fees the planet or even one likely voter life upon it , and the wisdom to know the wording of the question difference.

To be a near-daily feature given the media's obsession with polls and the horse race.

Senator Thompson (R-The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)

Memo to Fred: Whenever the spouse is involved in a senior, unofficial official capacity and ordering around the hired help, it may possibly perhaps, not be a good idea. See: W.J. Clinton, A.Pirro, T.Heinz, K. Federline.

PROVOCATIONS: The Media's Obsession with Exploiting Mass Murder

"The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football a game or a religion? The people of this country have allowed sports to get completely out of hand." - Howard Cosell.

Earlier this month Americans were told by the media before, during and after Virginia Tech's 17-7 defeat of East Carolina University that it was an emotional day. Over and over. It was the latest disgraceful exploitation of a mass murder.

This was a football game. A mere football game should never be what we turn to when there are 32 victims of a murdering sociopath.

A touchdown, an interception, a long field goal - a win- are superficial substitutions for bereavement. For thousands to ask, and in some cases demand, that athletes perform to assuage suffering is unseemly and morose. Especially when it's recent high school graduates.

"Va. Tech Begins Healing With Win Over ECU," read the headline on the Sports Illustrated website. Begins Healing? If they lost, would the healing have begun?

"Virginia Tech charged onto the field with an enormous burden. Barely adults, these guys were playing for themselves, playing for their school, playing for all those maroon-clad fans," reported the Associated Press.

The Washington Post reported "the Hokies appeared overwhelmed by emotion" (which meant they were weeping) and that "afterward several players admitted relief that the game, the first played since the April 16 campus shootings in which 32 people and the gunman were killed, was finally behind them."

This must stop. Now. No football game - no game of any kind - is a substitute for mourning. The Virginia Tech players were forced to play the game they love amidst an onslaught from The Feelings Industry - reporters and commentators constantly asking them to reflect and emote.

What was the goal of the journalists who flocked to Blacksburg? It was to find as many people as possible, especially players, who would break down recalling April 16. That makes for headlines and sound bites.

Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver and Coach Frank Beamer should have halted this gathering media manipulation and protected their players. They didn't, with Weaver continuing to implore fans not to boo East Carolina. So mass murder became the lynchpin, the motivation for a superficial public relations campaign to prevent booing at a stadium filled with 66,000 people.

Any one who suffers from the inexplicable loss of a loved one or friend, and searches for solace in an athletic event should know what happens. The game ends. And there is still that same emptiness and longing.

The first major American sports event after September 11, 2001 was played at Shea Stadium in New York between the Mets and Atlanta Braves on September 21. It was a dramatic win for the Mets, with catcher Mike Piazza hitting a home run every Met fan will remember, forever.

But September 22 dawned. There was still Ground Zero and only a 3-hour game that can never provide an explanation for why terrorists killed 3,000 people.

Similarly, the New York Yankees and New Orleans Saints had nothing to do with September 11th and Hurricane Katrina. Yet their players became responsible for repairing grief and pain, which the Virginia Tech players know too well.

Did Americans need to hear the reaction of college athletes only a few years removed from Pop Warner Football to a ghastly killing spree? Is it that important?

"This puts it all in perspective" is the standard cliche from the media in response to an unspeakable tragedy. No, it doesn't. Virginia Tech understands "perspective" as well as any institution. Their leaders should curtly tell the media to go away, leave their football players alone and allow the familes and friends of the fallen to mourn without cameras or a reporter's notebook constantly in plain sight.

You know what Virginia Tech fans? Boo your hearts out when your opponents take the field. And feel good doing it. You'll be closer to a sense of normalcy, and that's the way it should be.

Senator Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Americans

Senator Pat Geary Harry Reid and Speaker Tracy Flick Nancy Pelosi support our troops, they love America, they always do what's right and eschew politics. Please vote them out of office as soon as humanly possible. Thank you.

CNN: Reid: Frustrated Dems will keep pushing for end to Iraq war

Hillary Of Ark-Ansas

Do you Hillary supporters understand the meaning of the blue star above Arkansas? It pays homage to Arkansas' membership in the Confederacy. So the next time you start screaming about the Confederate flag, the Jena 6 or racism in general, attempt to remember your candidate's flag.

NOTE: Ethics Alert! Ethics Alert! Ethics Alert!

Full Disclosure: Hillary and Chichester enjoy a close and touching personal bond. Campaign 2000 Hillary staffers were crazy-go-nuts for Chichester while he was running/commandeering, according to the campaign's numerous visits to his site (and their e-mails). Thank you, Hillary. xxx,ooo - Chris.

Romneyflop, Who Voted For Democrat Paul Tsongas

Well, in 1994, while he was running for the United States Senate against the Aquatic Wonder from Massachusetts he wrote the Log Cabin Republicans:

“We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern.”

Yet, now it's:

AP: Romney launches anti-gay marriage ad

Here's a candidate all Americans can trust.