Friday, February 15, 2008

400-408Byron York, White House correspondent for National Review ( and a columnist with The Hill (, on the presidential race.  Byron's latest book is The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: The Untold Story of the Democrat's Desperate Fight to Reclaim Power.
• Byron York (2/13), Where Huckabee Goes from Here.
413-423(More Than A Feeling) • Tom Scholz (Rolling Stone), "More Than a Feeling" Writer Says Mike Huckabee Has Caused Him "Damage".  Scholz wrote and played every guitar in the song. 
(Pink Houses) • Rolling Stone, Mellencamp Asks McCain to Stop Using Tunes.  He doesn't want "Our Country" and "Pink Houses" played at Republican events.
• AP, Musician's Fall Down Stairs Smashes $1M Violin to Bits.  David Garrett tripped while carrying his 1772 Guadagnini that he paid $1 million for in 2003.  He's hoping insurance will cover it.  He'll be playing a lent Stradivarius till then.
428-437(Candy Man) • Charles Krauthammer, Obama, the Platitude Salesman.
Engineer Annie announces that she and her boyfriend are now engaged!  They join us live from Disneyland!
443-452(Evil Woman) • Peggy Noonan, Confidence or Derangement?
458-508 Come on the Alaskan cruise with us July 20-27, go to for details!
John Eastman, Dean of the Chapman University School of Law (, on possible changes on the Supreme Court over the next four years.
• NRO Editors, Dems' Dangerous FISA Game.  The Protect America Act expires midnight Friday.
SCOTUS Ages 1/20/09 (6 of 9 > 70) – John Paul Stevens (88, b-1920, since 1975).  Antonin Scalia (72, b-1936, since 1986).  Anthony M. Kennedy (72, b-1936, since 1988).  David H. Souter (68, b-1939, since 1990).  Clarence Thomas (60, b-1948, since 1991).  Ruth Bader Ginsburg (75, b-1933, since 1993).  Stephen G. Breyer (70, b-1938, since 1994).  John G. Roberts (53, b-1955, since 2005).  Samuel A. Alito (58, b-1950, since 2006).
512-523John Eastman
• Fox News (2/11), U.S. Charges 6 Guantanamo Prisoners With Sept. 11 Ties, Seeks Death Penalty.  Will the government be forced to yield information that compromises sources?  What role will the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed play in all this?  What will the world community say about the death penalty?  The defendants will get the same rights as US soldiers tried under the military justice system including the right to remain silent, call witnesses, and know the evidence against him.  Appeals can go all the way to the Supreme Court.  This is going to take years.
528-539Were you at the funeral?
• LAT, Nearly 10,000 attend L.A. SWAT officer's funeral.  Police Chief Bratton and Mayor Villaraigosa are among the many speakers who praised the life of Randal Simmons. The 27-year veteran of the force was killed last week during a standoff in the Valley.  10,000 people gathered in the Faithdome at the Crenshaw Christian Center to mourn a great man.  Randal Simmons, 51, was on the force 27 years, 20 of them with the elite SWAT team.  He was fatally shot Feb 7 by a mentally-troubled man named Edwin Rivera, 20, who had called 911 to report he had killed three members of his family.  Simmons was shot in the neck and the bullet lodged in his brain stem, he was pronounced dead hours later.  In 1997, Simmons founded an outreach ministry called Glory Kids with his own money at his church, Glory Christian Fellowship International in Carson, to which he routinely devoted at least parts of three days a week to the kids.  Glory Kids serves about 1,000 children per month.  Simmons is the first SWAT officer to be killed in the line of fire, and is survived by his wife Lisa, and their two children Gabriel and Matthew.
• Make your donations to Glory Kids Ministry by calling (310) 538-9185.
612-623Calls.  Cops, why do you guys do it?  Why do you risk your life? 
• Bill Gertz, Satellite shoot-down shows missile defense.  The Chinese shot down one of their weather satellites on Jan 11, 2007 with an ASAT (anti-satellite missile).  We're now rattling our sabers too.
• Howard Kurtz, L.A. Times Editor Post Goes to Web Site Chief.  Russ Stanton is their fourth editor in three years.  Sam Zell, the Chicago real estate mogul who control The Tribune Company, announced Wednesday he would be cutting 400-500 jobs throughout the media company, probably 100-150 at the LAT, including 40-50 in the newsroom.  Stanton ran their website presence before becoming editor.