When I read Drudge's little flash about the Dems plan to "destroy" the Alito nomination by linking him to statements made by another Princeton alum he was associated with it sounded like a stretch. I also figured that Princeton grad, TigerHawk, would knock it down. He does.
There will be another round of rioting/car burning in France. At some point, France will level a banlieue with a rocket or something or otherwise respond aggressively. They will think about trying to pin it on the UK like they tried for the Greenpeace thing but will hold back because they know deep down it's only a matter of time before Israel or the U.S. does something viewed as worse.
The Mets will win the World Series and David Wright will finish in the Top 5 for NL MVP voting. His stats will be .325, 38, 127.
I'll throw some more up when I think of them.
(No one ever really goes back and checks on how these turned out, so there's no fear of embarrassment. I know a reader checks up on the folks at NRO but that's it. Maybe I should track down a few of the 2005 predictions of other bloggers. Hmm.)
I bought the Hamilton bio on the "Currently Reading" sidebar back in March, lent it to my dad, then forgot about it. I found it on his bookshelf the other day and just got started.
I don't mean this in a creepy way, but reading about Hamilton (and the other Founding Fathers) always reminds of Sheila's "obsession." If you're looking for something to read check her archives. Her enthusiasm for what they were, what they did, and all of their flaws is really amazing.
Excerpts from Malone's conversation with Roggin: "I wasn't going to just write a check, and I didn't want to go to New Orleans where all the celebrities were going (to grandstand). I wanted to go where no one was, and that's why we went to Pascagoula.
"We took six million dollars of equipment and most of the guys from my company (Malone Properties). But when we got there, they (federal officials) told us that because we wanted to work for free, we had to go home. That we needed a government ID number or a contract to haul out debris.
"I said to them, 'bullsh--', we took 30 pieces of equipment and traveled nine hours and we're going to clean up some lots before we leave. So I told them 'I'm getting on my truck, now try to get me off.' I had my security guys there and they tried to stop us but they couldn't - and we cleared 115 houses.
"Then they started to help us ... we had 46 trucks trying to keep up with us. I can't describe the scene. People were fighting over a pile of garbage."
I have spent more than my fair share of time around women like Ms. Dowd who think that their lack of male companionship has more to do with their "independence" and brains and less to do with the fact that they are ballbusters.
Perversely, then, we have progressives sanctioning the kind of racial attacks they would normally decry on the grounds that those who choose the wrong party affiliation have surrendered the protection of their race. And what makes this so troubling is that it redefines the idea of “offense” as something that is to be decided upon by identity groups—and so is yet another way in which identity politics robs the individual of autonomy.
Something has to be done. We can't let the CIA become the domestic dirty tricks shop, with Republican and Democratic agents each trying to pull down their opposing presidents.
We need a Plame rule. Any family member of a CIA agent tapped to help out must live by the same rules regarding information disclosure and domestic political manipulations as those imposed on the agent. If the family member fails to live by those rules, the agent is terminated.
Clearly this will restrict the flexibility of the CIA. But who ever thought that the flexibility given to CIA agents would be misused to destabilize a U.S. president? No one — until Valerie Plame.