"Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy." -- John Derbyshire
Monday, June 30, 2003
Useful Idiots By The Hunter
At one of the hearings up in Concord I attended last year in order to stand on politician's feet, grab their lapels, and yell up their nostrils, a doddering old WW2 veteran got up to testify. The fellow must have been in his 80s; his voice wasn't that strong, and he had trouble walking. He apologized for how long it took him to get up the steps to the podium, and for his frequent pauses to catch his breath while he was speaking. He told us he wasn't going to go into all the other arguments being covered by others that day about why gun rights were so important. He thought they were doing a better job than he could anyway. He had a warning to he wanted to deliver. It turned out to be utterly different than anybody expected.
He explained that he helped liberate some of the concentration camps in Europe back in 1945. He fought his way through occupied France and Germany, along the way seeing firsthand some of the fruits of a totalitarian society. He said ever since then he had been something of an amateur historian. But he had an unusual focus - he wanted to know how such an atrocity could come to be. He had come to know the German people while he was "over there", and individually they were decent, honorable people. So how had they come to allow such horrible atrocities in their midst? Over the years, he told us, he thought he had come to understand it pretty well.
He read several passages from a couple of books he had with him into the record, detailing what had happened in several different totalitarian regimes right after whichever nasty faction history remembers came to power. Without exception, within months of seizing power, ALL of them had liquidated the people Lenin called "useful idiots" who had supported them. Teachers, low-to-middle level politicians and bureaucrats, civil administrators - the list went on and on. In place after place, through many different periods of history, and in the service of many different ideologies, ordinary working people had paid the ultimate price for what they thought was "doing the right thing".
Representative's Hall was absolutely silent as he concluded that the people pushing so hard and openly these days for a socialist consolidation of power in America should think long and hard about what it was going to end up costing them personally. I'm pretty sure that old man got the biggest round of applause of all the hundreds of people who spoke out in support of gun rights that day, and he never mentioned guns or unalienable rights once the whole time he talked.
That old veteran's message is well worth thinking about for anyone who supports one band or another of the statists trying to grab power in America these days. It is a necessary part of the consolidation of tyrannical power that the local leaders who are the heart, brains, and conscience of the community be liquidated. A stark warning well worth keeping in mind no matter your political leanings. Even IF your side wins, you might be in dire trouble. Which is why I long ago concluded that the only people who had it right were the libertarians and the members of the founding generation, who argued that government as an entity is far too dangerous to be tolerated any more than absolutely necessary. The more I see of life the more I have come to believe that "necessary" function of government is damn near if not indeed zero.
Hunter's Sixteenth Rule: There is a time to argue passionately
for what you believe in... but there is also a time to gnaw off a leg in a desperate attempt to save your sanity.
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Sunday, June 29, 2003
Found at the Bitch Girls Site
Shaking Things Up At The Boston Globe
This article belongs in another section of the newspaper. I realize that stories in the "Living Arts" section don't get a lot of respect as it is, but this is really a stretch. This isn't objective reporting. This is nothing more than a "I was a Womyn's Studies major in college and I want to pretend to use my degree for something" piece that, if it should have been published at all, belongs in the op/ed section. Topic: Why girls with guns in Hollywood are just trying to pretend to have a penis and they aren't real feminists. Note to author: We'll see who the real feminist is when I have the tools to stop an asshole that wants to attack me and you stand there screaming for help from a strong man to come help you.
Saturday, June 28, 2003
Friday, June 27, 2003
Ted Kennedy is arguably the biggest spending politician in the history of the United States. There may be no member of Congress in either party whose spending initiatives are more responsible for our $4 trillion national debt than Ted Kennedy. For more than 30 years, Kennedy has been a major driving force in Congress for expansions in Medicare and Medicaid, food stamps, and public housing, and hundreds of other pricey federal programs that have caused a quadruplingm in the size of the budget since Ted's father bought him a seat in the United States Senate. He cosponsored this year's dreadful education bill that will nearly double the federal education budget over the next five years.
The National Taxpayers Union has given Kennedy a lifetime 'F' grade for his disservice to the taxpayers and his utter disregard for fiscal sanity.
So there is more than a little irony in Ted Kennedy now giving holier-than-thou lectures about fiscal responsibility. What's next, Arthur Andersen CEO Joseph Berardino preaching about business ethics?
Found at Horsefeathers
BRITISH ANTI-SEMITISM: ALIVE AND FLOURISHING IN ACADEMIA
A young Israeli scientist has received the following reply to his application to work in an English laboratory:
Dear Amit Duvshani,
Thank you for contacting me, but I don't think this would work. I have a huge problem with the way that the Israelis take the moral high ground from their appalling treatment in the Holocaust, and then inflict gross human rights abuses on the Palestinians because the (Palestinians) wish to live in their own country. I am sure that you are perfectly nice at a personal level, but no way would I take on somebody who had served in the Israeli army. As you may be aware, I am not the only UK scientist with these views but I'm sure you will find another suitable lab if you look around.
Nuffield Professor of Pathology,
Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine,
The John Radcliffe,
Oxford OX3 9DS,
The International Academic Friends of Israel, Inc.
P.O. Box 0412
New York, New York 10025
Here is a classic I found wandering through my site
Another example of sleazy democrats in action.
Jessie Jackson has added former Chicago democratic congressman Mel Reynolds to the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's payroll.
Reynolds was among the 176 criminals excused in President Clinton's last-minute forgiveness spree. Reynolds received a commutation of his six-and- a-half-year federal sentence for 15 convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud & lies to the Federal Election Commission.
He is more notorious however, for concurrently serving five years for having sex with an underage campaign volunteer.
This is a first in American politics:
An ex-congressman (a democrat) who had sex with an unaged subordinate won clemency from a president (a democrat) who had sex with a subordinate, then was hired by a clergyman (a democrat) who had sex with a subordinate.
His new job? Youth counselor. Is this a great country or what?
Don't forget that the so-called Rev. Jackson was paying his mistress hush and child support money (a 6 figure sum) out funds collected by his so-called "non-profit" organization.
“So you’ve got this President, who’d been waving his wand at everyone who walked by for their entire marriage, and he does it in the Oval Office with an intern and she says that Starr’s the one obsessed with sex? Hello?”
– FNC’s Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday June 8, reacting to Hillary Clinton’s charge in her new book that the Starr Report was “gratuitously graphic and degrading to the presidency.”
Found on Boycott-Hollywood
"And former Vice President Al Gore says he's looking to develop a liberal cable TV and radio network to counteract Fox and all the conservative shows. Gore says there's no outlet in this country for the liberal viewpoint. You know except ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, Bravo, BET, Showtime, Lifetime, MTV, Oxygen, National Public Radio and IFC. Other than that, there's nothing!" -- Jay Leno, on the Tonight Show, June 19, 2003
Found on Boycott-Hollywood
2nd Is A Two Way Street (Follywood)
Susan Sarandon and the other left-wing thought police who tried to force Dr. Laura Schlessinger from the airwaves can go have a good cry: Her ratings are up, up, up.
Talkers magazine says Dr. Laura's "stunning accomplishment" is an increased audience during Operation Iraqi Freedom, when programmers, radio execs and other so-called experts figured the war coverage would leave her out in the cold.
"These skeptics have been proven wrong," the magazine's June issue reports. "Clearly the baseline of what is considered talk radio's core constituency is longer and larger than was previously assessed ... . The big winner is talk radio, in general."
I find it interesting that Susan and her group of Follywood friends will rant and rave about their right to free speech. Yet - - when someone else is exercising their right to freedom of speech and it disagrees with what Susan and her friends believe is correct then that person has to be silenced.
Susan, you can't have it both ways.
From the Washington Post Reliable Source Column
As sometimes happens with Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), he let his mouth race ahead of his brain Wednesday night at a gathering of Young Democrats at the Washington nightspot Acropolis. After presidential candidate Howard Dean spoke, Kennedy delivered an impassioned peroration against President Bush's tax cut. We hear that Kennedy told the crowd: "I don't need Bush's tax cut. I have never worked a [bleeping] day in my life." With that he got the audience's attention -- the dropping-jaws kind. "He droned on and on, frequently mentioning how much better the candidates would sound the more we drank," a witness told us. "Finally, he had to be stopped by a DNC volunteer." Kennedy's spokesman, Ernesto Anguilla, told us yesterday: "He was talking to the crowd; it was a rally-the-troops kind of speech about the tax cut. He was energizing the crowd and got caught up in it and used an unfortunate word, which he regrets using. . . . And no one pulled him off the stage."
New York City: Outlawing Self-Defense
By Michael Tremoglie
FrontPageMagazine.com | June 27, 2003
As a cop, I was taught that deadly force is permitted to protect ones own life or the lives of others. That simple precept of justice seems to have been forgotten by Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney Charles Hynes.
Hynes conducted not a prosecution, but a persecution, of Ronald Dixon - a man who acted within the tenets of the law to protect his family from a criminal.
Awakened in the middle of the night by a burglar Dixon did the only thing he could do: He shot him with a legally purchased a handgun. However, that firearm was legally purchased in Florida. Dixon was in the process of having it registered in New York when the incident occurred. He had paid $500 to a firm to have it registered in New York, where gun laws have a Byzantine complexity. The firm subsequently went bankrupt and the application was not completed. Because it was not yet registered in New York State, technically Dixon possessed the gun illegally.
The facts of the case are not in dispute. Hynes has acknowledged this:
"Were not disputing that Mr. Dixon had a right to shoot the person who broke into his house. But he had no right to have that gun."
Thanks to Leslie Bates for pointing this one out.
Thursday, June 26, 2003
More of the extremist Left's intolerance for opposing views:
From a reply to Dave's Blog:
Same happened to me in 1976 as a high school junior. My draft dodging social studies teacher went on his Vietnam rant, unaware I was the daughter of a career Army aviator who had been killed in Vietnam (thus I had read everything possible on the war). When I offered my views, he called my father a babykiller, kicked me out of the classroom and had me sit in the library for the duration of the "unit". The experience was life-changing. I became even more "political" and went on to major in journalism and political science, work in my fields (despite censorship over conservative topics) and made me even more determined to fight the left. To me, you are one of the most credible commentators we have...keep up the great work! Sincerely, Laura, Atlanta
Great stuff from Rachel Lucas's Blog:
"Hi, I'm Dictator Gephardt"
I had to read this a few times before I stopped laughing and became amazed that he actually said it:
"When I'm president, we'll have executive orders to overcome any wrong thing the Supreme Court does tomorrow or any other day," said Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri.
Uhhh...okaaay. So basically, he'd render the United States Supreme Court completely powerless and irrelevant. With the stroke of his own mighty pen, he'd overturn any, er, "wrong thing" the Court does on "any day."
And they call Republicans "Nazis"? That's funny.
Pardon me, but the federal government is composed of three branches for a reason. God help us if idiot liberals elect this nutcase.
Anyway, Herr Gephardt declared his nefarious intentions at a forum hosted by none other than Jesse Jackson. Which of course means lots and lots of fascinating things were said.
[Al Sharpton] said Democrats shouldn't be talking about getting more blacks in high places, but getting the right blacks.
"If we doubt that, just look at Clarence Thomas," he said. "Clarence Thomas is my color, but he's not my kind."
He's got that right, fortunately for Thomas. But what are "right blacks," anyway? Not a Clarence Thomas or a Condy Rice or a Colin Powell, obviously. They're just too darn un-Sharpton-like. Am I being naive by thinking that a hell of a lot of black people think Al Sharpton is an unmitigated idiot and that his idea of who the "right blacks" are is about as in touch with real black people as his hairdo?
And here you have yet another reason I hate Democrat politicians. They actually take Master Extortionist Jesse Jackson seriously enough to participate in forums hosted by him, and they don't laugh Al Sharpton out of the room when he says that only Sharpton-approved "right blacks" should be put in power. And one of them actually has such a disturbed psyche that he feels completely comfortable declaring his intention and desire to eliminate the power of the U.S. Supreme Court.
All of which should provide further explanation as to why I make fun of liberals as often as possible, because they are the people who vote for guys like Dick "If Elected, I Will Destroy the Judicial Branch of Government" Gephardt and make protest signs that say "Bush = Hitler" in their spare time, which displays a stupendous lack of common sense, knowledge of history, and ability to think logically.
This election is going to be really, really entertaining.
UPDATE: His Imperial Canineness has responded, as well - and rants about aspiring dictators are much, much better when delivered by someone who speaks German.
Andrew Sullivan speaks out against liberal racism in the New York Times:
"It would be hard to find a more appalling example of racial animus than in Maureen Dowd's column [yesterday] morning."
"For some reason I guess I do understand, Clarence Thomas isn't just opposed by many on the Left; he is hated. He is hated because he is, in Dowd's extraordinary formulation, guilty of 'a great historical ingratitude.' The good negroes, in Dowd's liberal-racist world, are those grateful to their masses in the liberal hierarchy: they are grateful to Howell [Raines] and Gerald [Boyd] and Arthur [Sulzburger]; and they know their place. For them to express the psychological torment of being advanced for racist reasons, to explain in graphic, brave and bold terms the complexity of emotions many African-Americans feel as 'beneficiaries' of racial preferences, is unacceptable. To describe such a person who has been courageous enough to put these feelings into a powerful dissent as 'barking mad' is nothing short of disgusting."
Tuesday, June 24, 2003
Leaving aside the "free" press' inexplicable gushing love affair with a woman who is two parts Lady Macbeth and one part Joseph Stalin, just how stupid do "news" writers Noreen O'Donnell, Susan Roth and Melissa Klein think we are?
Three hours is 10,800 seconds. Senator Hillary Rodham Macbeth reportedly signed "more than 1,000 copies." This means that she put her signature on a page faster than once every 10.8 seconds
William Stone, III
From Andrew Sullivan's Blog
HE SAID WHAT? I'm as mystified as Eugene Volokh by this statement by Dick Gephardt about the possibility of Supreme Court decisions with which he disagrees: "When I'm president, we'll do executive orders to overcome any wrong thing the Supreme Court does tomorrow or any other day." Does Gephardt understand even the basics of constitutional law? Or does he think his audience is too craven to notice an obvious piece of nonsense. You expect it of Kucinich who is - let's put this politely - not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. But Gephardt? Fibber, dumb-ass, or panderer? I report. You decide.
Monday, June 23, 2003
Famous Idiot.com is dedicated to exposing the famous among us that feel compelled to speak out on issues that they know nothing about. Their half-witted statements are a testament to their ability to confuse fame with wisdom. Since they have chosen to use their fame as a pulpit for their misinformed views, we have decided to hold them accountable here in the famousidiot.com forum.
Found on boycott-hollywood.net. More examples of left wing extremist double standards
Progressive Magazine (July 2003 ed.) asks Martin Sheen some questions that he answered, candidly:
Q: What do you think of the way certain conservative media outlets have been handling those critical of war?
Sheen: I have taken a big hit for being a spokesperson for the Virtual March on Washington, the MoveOn [www.moveon.org] effort. They [rightwingers] went after the show [The West Wing]. A lot of these rightwing people have been after NBC to kick me off it; that was their whole thrust, to get rid of me. When you rile people up, and they get ugly, it's not a fair fight anymore. The anti-antiwar activists recently flooded the Burbank office and shut down the NBC switchboard.
Kind of like when MoveOn organized the March on Washington to shut down the government fax and phone lines for an entire day? Was it that kind of switchboard flooding that he speaks of? So it's ok for the folks at MoveOn to flood government phone lines to issue their own personal cease and desist order? But when average, American citizens voice their own opinon in a similar way to NBC - - it's ugly and unfair? Oook - - gotcha.
"I think the public is genuinely unhappy with us. Lately, when I tell people I work for a newspaper, I've detected the subtle signs of disapproval - the dirty looks; the snide remarks; the severed animal heads in my bed. How did we get into this situation? Without pointing the finger of blame at any one institution, I would say it is entirely the fault of The New York Times." -- Dave Barry
Q: What are your guilty pleasures?
A: I love lingerie and jewelry. And I don't know if I should say this, but I like firearms. Ty just gave me a lever action Winchester 30-30. It's pretty much a vintage gun -- the gun that won the West. They made a limited series of 500 with Ty, to honor his breakign the record with seven all-around titles. It's beautiful. I have number two.
-- Revealing Jewel: An Intimate Portrait from Family and Friends
"In the chummy corridors of the liberal media establishment, no self-satisfying myth is more prevalent than the notion that there are two types of national news networks. The first is Fox, the fiendishly opinionated, Roger-Ailes-manipulated Republican Party organ. The second is the non-Fox establishment, serenely gliding above the political fray on a magic carpet of nonpartisan open-mindedness." -- L. Brent Bozell III
Found on the American Prowler
Now that Sen. Hillary Clinton's book has topped out at the 600,000 sales range, Clinton and her supporters seem to have found a way to keep the book sales coming. Clinton's Senate staff and schedulers have made it clear to her Democratic Senate colleagues and groups interested in having her appear at fundraisers that she will only attend if copies of her books are either purchased in bulk for free distribution at the event or her books are made available for purchase while she is in attendance.
Sunday, June 22, 2003
Howard Dean, Far Left extremist democrat candidate for President, Spells out his plan for America on Meet the Press (6/22/03).
1. Raise Taxes
2. Reduce Social Security payments
3. Reduce veterans benefits
Andrew Sullivan lists a collection of quotes about President Reagen from the 80's, which points out that they were all wrong:
"A few years from now, I believe, Reaganism will seem a weird and improbable memory, a strange interlude of national hallucination, rather as the McCarthyism of the early 1950s and the youth rebellion of the late 1960s appear to us today." - Arthur "Always Wrong" Schlesinger, Washington Post, May 1, 1988.
"Something like the speech to the evangelicals is not presidential, it's not something a president should say. If the Russians are infinitely evil and we are infinitely good, then the logical first step is a nuclear first strike. Words like that frighten the American public and antagonize the Soviets. What good is that?" - Rick Hertzberg, New Yorker macher, quoted in the Washington Post, March 29, 1983.
"President Reagan has substituted a mindless militarism for a foreign policy, rattling arms from El Salvador to Saudi Arabia, frightening our friends from Japan to West Germany. He proposes a 50 percent increase in ‘defense expenditures.’ Much of it will be dissipated in the self-defeating spiral of an open-ended nuclear-arms race that poses a greater threat to our own internal and external security than all the Communist propaganda that ever emanated from Moscow. Already, the cost of Reagan policies is devastating to our country in economic strength, in diplomatic influence, in national security, in moral stature." -- John B. Oakes, former senior editor, New York Times, November 1, 1981.
"In his distaste for bilateral efforts to manage the superpower rivalry and his instinctive predilection for unilateral ones, Reagan is counting on American technological and economic predominance to prevail in the end. The most striking, and questionable, theme in his star wars speech was his apparent belief that the U.S. could mobilize its scientific community and its economic resources in quest of an impenetrable antiballistic-missile shield over the entire nation without triggering perilously destabilizing countermeasures, both offensive and defensive, on the part of the U.S.S.R. Reagan's views notwithstanding, there is little reason to hope that the many handicaps of the Soviet economy will be decisively advantageous to the U.S. in the long run, allowing the U.S. to ‘beat’ the U.S.S.R. in an arms race." -- Strobe Talbott, Time, April 18, 1983.
Mr. Sullivan summed it up: "Rest in peace, Mr President. And know that after all these years, you were right - and all these people were clearly, emphatically, embarrassingly, wrong."
Friday, June 20, 2003
Senator John Kerry (democrat - MA) on Saddam Hussein
From the official congressional record:
Warned Of Saddam Nuclear And Biological Capabilities:
"It is not possible to overstate the ominous implications for the Middle East if Saddam were to develop and successfully militarize and deploy potent biological weapons. We can all imagine the consequences. Extremely small quantities of several known biological weapons have the capability to exterminate the entire population of cities the size of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. These could be delivered by ballistic missile, but they also could be delivered by much more pedestrian means; aerosol applicators on commercial trucks easily could suffice. If Saddam were to develop and then deploy usable atomic weapons, the same holds true." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 11/9/97, pp. S12254 -S12255)
Use Of Force Against Saddam Justified To Prevent WMD Production:
'[Saddam Hussein] cannot be permitted to go unobserved and unimpeded toward his horrific objective of amassing a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. This is not a matter about which there should be any debate whatsoever in the Security Council, or, certainly, in this Nation."(Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 11/9/97, pp. S12254 -S12255)
Military Force Should Be Used Against Suspected WMD
"In my judgment, the Security Council should authorize a strong U.N. military response that will materially damage, if not totally destroy, as much as possible of the suspected infrastructure for developing and manufacturing weapons of mass destruction, as well as key military command and control nodes. Saddam Hussein should pay a grave price, in a currency that he understands and values, for his unacceptable behavior. This should not be a strike consisting only of a handful of cruise missiles hitting isolated targets primarily of presumed symbolic value." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 11/9/97, pp. S12254 -S12255)
U.S. May Have To Go It Alone To Stop Saddam:
"Were its willingness to serve in these respects to diminish or vanish because of the ability of Saddam to brandish these weapons, then the ability of the United Nations or remnants of the gulf war coalition, or even the United States acting alone, to confront and halt Iraqi aggression would be gravely damaged." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 11/9/97, pp. S12254 -S12255)
U.S. Must Do What It Has To Do, With Or Without Other Nations:
"[W]hile we should always seek to take significant international actions on a multilateral rather than a unilateral basis whenever that is possible, if in the final analysis we face what we truly believe to be a grave threat to the well-being of our Nation or the entire world and it cannot be removed peacefully, we must have the courage to do what we believe is right and wise." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 11/9/97, pp. S12254 -S12255)
Thanks to Matt Drudge for making Senator Kerry's record clear.
Thursday, June 19, 2003
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
From the Wall Street Journal Online
A Racist Monster?
We thought the Democratic National Committee's "Bushenstein" ad was a hilarious bit of self-parody, but reader Del Larson sees something uglier:
Thanks for posting your link to the DNC Web site concerning "Bushenstein." After viewing it I see they request that I "take action now" and "tell [my] friends." Could you help "tell my friends" what I see?
I see two white males, one white female, one Hispanic male, and one African-American male being used to make "the perfect Supreme Court justice, a right-wing extremist the likes of which have never been seen before." And what parts of which does the DNC use? The vision and brains of the white males, the teeth of the white female, the sneakiness of the Hispanic male and the arms of the African-American male. Isn't this extremely racist and sexist? And don't let them say they're trying to depict what goes on in Bush's mind. No Republican wrote that garbage. Bush is actively supporting women, Hispanics and African-Americans based on their conservative principles. This trash comes from the same party that recently tried to fire about 10 African-Americans so that their party could be more competitive in future races, and that refused to give sufficient support to Carl McCall's candidacy for New York governor.
I think the ad is an outrage, and should be considered a scandal.
"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad."
"Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."
"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."
Words from the Hamas Charter.
Our friends, the French, feel that Hamas needs to part of a "Peace Process."
Found on uncorrelated.com
The Bestseller That Was Never Sold
Someone pointed me to a little-known feature of Amazon.com called Purchase circles, essentially a query on Amazon's database for sales broken out by geography, corporations. organizations, educational institutions etc...
Geographically, you can discover that people in New York City read a lot of heavy-duty geopolitical tomes. Fakeed Zakaria's "The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad" is number 7, and Robert Kagan's "Of Paradise and Power: American and Europe in the New World Order" is number 8.
In Arkansas, Robert Patterson's "Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Endangered America's Long-Term National Security" is a respectable 13th in sales.
The New Harry Potter book seems to be number one absolutely everywhere--which is strange, not that Harry Potter sells so well, but rather that the number two book on the bestseller list for Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the New York Times, is so curiously absent from every states top twenty list. Only Virginia appears to have "Living History" in the top twenty; number 13 to be exact.
The aforementioned New York City, Senator Clinton's powerbase, doesn't have the book in the top twenty, neither does California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland or even liberal Vermont (whose number one seller is a book on birdwatching in Vermont...).
Shades of Speaker Wright!
Simon & Schuster, the book's publishers, claims to have sold 600,000 books and recouped the notorious eight million dollar advance to Senator Rodham-Clinton. The describe the first week's book sales as "record-breaking".
On a related note, while commenting on the prospective impact of the new Harry Potter book, Mark LaFramboise, a sales official at Politics & Prose, a Washington, D.C.-based bookstore suggested, "Hillary Clinton's book is huge, but it's not even in the same category as Potter."
Huge? Perhaps in Washington D.C.--that was one region not broken out for Amazon book sales. It seems rather that we are seeing the publishing world's version of "Wag the Dog". Those whose political memories don't extend past the early 1990s can be forgiven for not knowing about the Jim Wright book scandal.
Jim Wright, the Democratic Speaker of the House in the 1980s, was forced to resign due to a "book deal" he made for a 55% royalty (four times the going rate at the time) and published by a former campaign worker. The book was purchased in bulk by campaign contributors such as the Fertilizer institute.
Are we seeing a replay?
As far as I know, this has not hit the mainstream media yet, although its making its way through the blogosphere. Since it appears at least a possibility that Amazon is manipulating the national bestseller lists, here's what I want you to do--follow the link above and check your states top twenty. By default the page shows the top ten, but at the bottom of the page there is a link offering to show you "more top sellers". Click that link and record the top twenty books sold in your state, the date you checked the site, your name and email address. Send the information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I intend to archive these emails as a record of the site in case the story breaks and someone decides to bring the database into line
Posted by Mick Stockinger @ 10:14 PM MST
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
"On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
"Odd", said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."
"I did", said Ford. "It is."
"So", said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "Why don't the people get rid of the lizards?"
"It honestly doesn't occur to them", said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted
in more or less approximates to the government they want."
"You mean they actually *vote* for the lizards?"
"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."
"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"
"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"
The Late Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All The Fish
Here is an interesting comment from Andrew Sullivan's Blog:
STILL PLAYING THE GAME: Here's an interesting nugget that tells you a lot about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her book contains many inflammatory charges about various political and judicial figures. In particular, Chief Justice Rehnquist is portrayed as a political hack rather than a principled justice. Fair enough. It's a free country. Rehnquist wisely decided not to comment on the smears. But what's remarkable is that Hillary herself, when contacted by the Washington Post, "declined to be interviewed about the political content of her book." Huh? There she goes again. Even now, as a Senator in her own right, Hillary still pulls the First Lady schtick to avoid a political fight. Yet the book is highly political. It's not some anodine memoir of private life. It's a tough piece of political rhetoric. Yet she won't allow the press or others to challenge her on the politics of it. She still thinks she's above it all. Perhaps she always will.
Monday, June 16, 2003
"Not that there's anything wrong with communism, which, as the movie rightly points out, once represented the dream of justice and equality."--film critic Louis Templado, Asahi Shimbun News Service (Japan), June 13
Hmm...how about this Louis:
"A mass grave, containing hundreds of Buddhist monks and civilians executed in Stalinist purges in the 1930s, has been found in the Mongolian capital."--7am.com News, June 12
This ray of Reality was found 6/13/03 edition of Best of the Web Today
"We'd just as soon move past the Clinton years, but if its partisans are going to rewrite history, someone has to keep track of the billing records. Now Senator Clinton has Presidential ambitions, and her memoir is being portrayed as an attempt to clear away the 1990s for her White House run. If she really wants to be trusted in the future, she could start by being more honest about the past. "
Wall Street Journal Online Opinion Journal
HILLARY SUCK-UP WATCH: "Which brings us to the question of Hillary Clinton's status and stature as a woman, certainly the most prominent and influential American woman of our time, perhaps of any time; only Eleanor Roosevelt, to whom Clinton insistently compares herself, reached similar heights." - Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post.
Sunday, June 15, 2003
Friday, June 13, 2003
First, it is now failing to make clear that prior to the war the administration did not have the burden of proving that there were, or were not, weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. That burden fell on Saddam Hussein. (This simple conclusion should have always been clear to all, since the U.N. inspectors never carried the burden of proof either.)
Since Iraq was known by U.N. inspectors to have had many such weapons until 1998, and since the disposition of these weapons after that time was not known, as by international obligation it ought to have been, the United States had no practical choice but to assume that they were still in existence.
Second, the public has not been made aware of how small a set of objects the U.S. is now looking for. In January, Hans Blix said that, among other things, 8,500 liters of anthrax were unaccounted for. How much space do 8,500 liters occupy? That's about 45 drums--the size of oil drums--probably spread out in several different hiding places.
--- Michael Novak
"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life." - Immanuel Kant
Hell to Pay: the unfolding story of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Barbara Olson
Remember that Barbara Olson was killed on 9/11 when the plane she was on was hijacked by Islamic terrorists.
Found on Andrew Sullivan's site
HILLARY SUCK-UP WATCH: "The woman [HRC] is stronger than Queen Elizabeth I of England, a greater strategist than Catherine the Great of Russia, braver than Boadicea or the Amazons of old. And yet the demands of fame in America are such that she has to grovel to the appalling level of reality TV to get our undivided attention. The fault, dear readers, is not in Hillary, but in our ghastly mass media, which only applauds brainy women when we are reduced to tears." - Erica Jong, the New York Observer.
Thursday, June 12, 2003
The Left on Iraq & WMD:
"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." -- From a letter signed by Joe Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Milulski, Tom Daschle, & John Kerry among others on October 9, 1998
"Saddam's goal ... is to achieve the lifting of U.N. sanctions while retaining and enhancing Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs. We cannot, we must not and we will not let him succeed." -- Madeline Albright, 1998
"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retained some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capability. Intelligence reports also indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons, but has not yet achieved nuclear capability." -- Robert Byrd, October 2002
"What is at stake is how to answer the potential threat Iraq represents with the risk of proliferation of WMD. Baghdad's regime did use such weapons in the past. Today, a number of evidences may lead to think that, over the past four years, in the absence of international inspectors, this country has continued armament programs." -- Jacques Chirac, October 16, 2002
"The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow." -- Bill Clinton in 1998
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security." -- Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002
"I am absolutely convinced that there are weapons...I saw evidence back in 1998 when we would see the inspectors being barred from gaining entry into a warehouse for three hours with trucks rolling up and then moving those trucks out." -- Clinton's Secretary of Defense William Cohen in April of 2003
"Iraq is not the only nation in the world to possess weapons of mass destruction, but it is the only nation with a leader who has used them against his own people." -- Tom Daschle in 1998
"I share the administration's goals in dealing with Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction." -- Dick Gephardt in September of 2002
"Iraq does pose a serious threat to the stability of the Persian Gulf and we should organize an international coalition to eliminate his access to weapons of mass destruction. Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to completely deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." -- Al Gore, 2002
"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction." -- Bob Graham, December 2002
"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." -- Ted Kennedy, September 27, 2002
"As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware that the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is an issue of grave importance to all nations. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." -- Nancy Pelosi, December 16, 1998
I found this list on RightWingNews
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
From the latest "Dilbert Newsletter":
For the Induhviduals [terrorists], it must look as if Americans are really dumb to have the most awesome arsenal in the history of the world and still be unable to stop terror attacks. They don't realize that the way Americans look at it is that, so far, we're "really mad," but not yet "REALLY, REALLY mad." Oh, there's a difference. Americans understand that somewhere between "inconvenient air travel" and "complete breakdown of Western civilization," the "REALLY, REALLY mad" part kicks in. I won't give away what happens then, but remember you first heard the phrase "New Iowa" in the Dilbert Newsletter.
Friend of Bill now in charge of ABC political coverage
This "unbias" so called "newsman" was a Lincoln Bedroom overnight guest and a golf partner of President Billy Jeff Clinton.
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Some clip's from Tim Graham's article "ABC's Fairy-Tale Hillary":
Is there anyone besides Barbara Walters who's buying this whole half-genius/half-idiot act, Hillary the trailblazing policy wonk who can testify on managed competition for hours without note cards, but who believes every lame-brained denial that her husband didn't do it with Gennifer Flowers, didn't do it with Monica Lewinsky, didn't force himself on Paula Jones or Kathleen Willey?
See the George Stephanopoulos book All Too Human, page 54, for the Real Hillary: "We have to destroy her story," she told Stephanopoulos in November 1991, when rock groupie Connie Hamzy began the bimbo eruptions by telling Penthouse that Gov. Clinton propositioned her in 1984 after she flashed him her breasts. Eleven pages later, we're inside the room as Bill and Hillary plot how to manipulate the famous 1992 60 Minutes interview. "Both Clinton and Hillary were adamant about not using the A word, arguing it was too grating, too harsh, too in-your-face to the viewers at home." Then George says he "synthesized the strategy in hand-lettered notes that I gave to Clinton when Hillary adjourned the meeting around one AM." Hillary ran the meetings that figured out how to gauzily negotiate around the obvious facts of adultery, coordinated the strategy to obliterate the ugly truths and replace them with convenient lies, and creepily worked to crumble the women a feminist would have been championing, women who were involuntarily groped or even raped, with an army of hired private investigators and journalistic hit-men (see Blumenthal, Sidney).
But in our journey through Barbara Walters Fantasyland, Hillary is always the assailed, and never the assailant. Hillary said without a cluck or a chuckle from her latest TV enabler that everything that her opponents said about her and her husband was "without basis in fact." When Walters asked in an incredibly vague fashion if there was anything the scheming Rose Law Firm partner would have done differently in her days as the financially finagling First Lady of Arkansas, she said there "wasn't anything wrong," and that she only could have done a better job explaining herself. Hillary even claimed without challenge that when the Paula Jones lawsuit was dismissed "that about summed it up" on the subject of the Clinton scandals. Walters had no follow-up to suggest, excuse me, dear, didn't you end up paying $850,000 to settle that lawsuit, which rebuts your attempt to revise history and suggest Jones was lying? Truth is the first casualty in the Clinton wars...and the booking wars.
From the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web column
"The school uniform, sold to parents and students as a way of simplifying student life and making all students equal, actually complicates the lives of teenage girls, according to a Montreal researcher," reports Canada's National Post. "Wearing a uniform to school opens up girls to unwanted sexual attention by men turned on by a 'schoolgirl look.' "
Hmm, we seem to recall (and this July 1998 CNN report confirms) that Bill Clinton was a big advocate of school uniforms. We can't wait to read the chapter of Hillary's book that explains this policy initiative.
"Yeah it was a line of death alright 'cause everytime we crossed it some Libyans DIED!"
True words spoken by a former member of the US Navy.
Holding a grudge:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, paused for a moment in the Senate chamber yesterday to contemplate the vote on the judicial appointment of Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff ? once a vocal member of her "vast right-wing conspiracy."
She was the sole vote against Mr. Chertoff, who was confirmed 88-1 to a seat on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Before joining the Attorney General's Office, Mr. Chertoff led the Senate investigation into the Clintons' failed Whitewater land deal.
-- found in the Washington Times
But Hillary knows, as her fellow socialist Adolf Hitler taught, that if you tell a big enough lie often enough, it will be seen as true. Hillary has the support of those Leftists who continue to control the establishment media, so she has the needed propaganda machinery to brainwash the public.
At a minimum Hillary was Bill’s defender and sexual enabler. At maximum, she was actually a co-abuser of these exploited women she should have defended as her feminist sisters.
President Clinton at taxpayer expense took 1,200 friends and contributors on a free pleasure trip to Africa. But President Bush, said [founder of Live Aid, Bob] Geldof, has done more to help Africa and its people than any American President since John F. Kennedy.
"Does she ever smile at this irony - that while she promotes her $8 million book and denounces her opponents as belonging to "the party of greed," Hillary Clinton is in fact describing her own party and herself?"
--The Hillary Blitz, By Lowell Ponte, FrontPageMagazine.com | June 10, 2003
Monday, June 09, 2003
Instapundit on the anti-war/anti-Bush crowd:
Well, it's better than admitting that if you'd had your way, Saddam Hussein would still be shoveling children into mass graves, I suppose. And that's what this is really all about. Having lost the argument about the war, and having had Saddam's brutality proven beyond any reasonable doubt, the anti-war folks have to do something to regain the moral high ground -- because, to them, the moral high ground is theirs by right, regardless of the nature or consequences of their actions.
He posted this on June 7. There's more and it's good. Read it.
Don't forget the the Mark Steyn column as well.
Sunday, June 08, 2003
Friday, June 06, 2003
"We had woefully underfunded intelligence in the mid-'90s. We did not get an adequate response from the Clinton administration to those concerns, and the result was 9/11." -- Rep. Porter J. Goss, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee
Thursday, June 05, 2003
Wednesday, June 04, 2003
Drudge Report Flashbacks.
WILLEY WORKED AT WHITE HOUSE...
Tripp Turns on Clinton
Newsweek kills story on White House Intern
'JANE DOE' INTERVIEW CAUSES DEEP SPLIT INSIDE OF NBC; BROADDRICK FEELS 'BETRAYED' AFTER NETWORK PUTS CLINTON RAPE STORY ON ICE...
WHITE HOUSE PRESSURES 2ND NETWORK NOT TO AIR 'JANE DOE' STORY...
Tuesday, June 03, 2003
An old college friend of mine is now living in Paris.
He's been there about two months (22 months to go as he says).
Relocated from San Francisco by his employer.
He makes the following comment about the Paris subway system:
The Paris Métro is extravagantly praised by Americans who don't use public transport in their home cities. That sounds like a knock on the Paris Métro, but it really isn't. The Paris Métro is a good, effective underground, speedy, quiet, reasonably clean and well priced. It's a decent system, I have no complaints about it, but it's not significantly better than the ones I've ridden in New York and San Francisco, although SF's MUNI inexcusably leaves off the Presidio.
The conversation generally runs like this:
"Wow, this public transit system is much better than the one in Battle Ground, Illinois."
"Battle Ground, Illinois is not a national capital and major business center."
"Well, it's better than the BART."
"Did you ever ride the BART?"
"No, I have a car..."
I've seen the Paris Metro, and I've have ridden BART, as well as NYC, Boston & Washington, D.C. subways.
I agree with him on this subject.
Monday, June 02, 2003
Found on the Wall Street Journal's Best of Web
Democrats have found that opposing gun rights isn't necessarily a winning political strategy, but the Washington Times notes that not everyone agrees:
Democrats abandon the gun issue at their peril, said Blaine Rummel, spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. . . . "The Democrats ran away from gun safety in the 2002 elections, and look where it got them," Mr. Rummel said. "Whoever is advising them on gun control should be shot."
Just remember: Guns don't kill Democratic advisers, gun-control advocates kill Democratic advisers.
I did add a couple of links to their quote.
Here is the difference between a Republican Tax Cut and a democrat Tax Cut.
The Republicans want to lower the taxes of the people who actually pay the taxes.
The democrats want to take the money from the people who actually pay the taxes, and give it to people who don't pay taxes, and then call it a tax cut.
by Rudyard Kipling
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o'beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's ``Thank you, Mister Atkins,'' when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's ``Thank you, Mr. Atkins,'' when the band begins to play.
I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.
Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy how's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.
We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints:
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind,"
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind.
You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country," when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
But Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool - you bet that Tommy sees!
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Say what you want about Charles Schumer (far left extremist democrat owned and operated by HCI), but at least he is the only New Yorker in the United States Senate.
The other beauty about him is that how he can lie not only with a straight face, but he can be passionate about it.
During the Clinton presidency, he ranted and raved about how judicial nominees must have an up-down vote in the senate and there should be no political litmus tests be applied. Now he flat out denies that and claims that the exact opposite is true, and that during a Bush presidency, up-down votes can be blocked, and political litmus tests are key.