Urbin Report

Friday, December 31, 2004

And Now For Something Completely Different

Dr. John Ray has a new blog that features the depraved rantings of Marx and Engels in their own words.

Check it out.

Blue State Goggles

Jane Galt points out that the New York Times has warped perspective of the world.

The MSM struggle for Relevance...

Providing a safer working environment for criminals

That is the goal of Diane Feinstein, Ted Kennedy and Sarah Brady.
It's working out well. Here is a case were criminals target places labeled "gun free zones", or as they should be known, state-mandated victim zones - places where you can be sure only the criminals are armed.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

More examples of Liberal Hate Speech

Jeff Jacoby, the Boston Globe's token conservative has his year end wrap up.
Here are some highlights:

Former Vice President Al Gore referred to GOP activists as "brown shirts." Newsday columnist Hugh Pearson likened the Republican National Convention to the "Nazi rallies held in Germany during the reign of Adolf Hitler." Linda Ronstadt said that the Republican victory on Election Day meant "we've got a new bunch of Hitlers." Chuck Turner, a Boston city councilor, smeared National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice as "a tool of white leaders," like "a Jewish person working for Hitler."

It has increasingly become a habit of leftist argumentation to simply dismiss conservative ideas as evil or noxious rather than rebut them with facts and evidence.

That is why there was no uproar when Cameron Diaz declared that rape might be legalized if women didn't turn out to vote for John Kerry. Or when Walter Cronkite told Larry King that the videotape of Osama bin Laden that surfaced just before the election was "probably set up" by Karl Rove.

Fantasies of murder likewise animated British pundit Charlie Brooker, who ended his Oct. 24 column in the Guardian with a plea for Bush's death: "John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr. -- where are you now that we need you?"

Movie news

Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, a conservative favorite, took in triple the revenue of Michael Moore's crockumentary Fahrenheit 9/11.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Welcome To The Ribbon Of Shame

The 23rd Congressional District in California tightly follows the coastline in a effort to include Democrats without including Republicans.

(Hat Tip to Dr. Ray)

Super Mrs. Claus?

So say the TechieVampire...

Does Ann Coulter Know About This?

Leslie Bates asks this question as he points out:

"Unfortunately, on average, everyday 50 Iranian girls and boys convert secretly to Christian denominations in our country."

-- Hasan Mohammadi, Employee of the Ministry of Education, Islamic Republic of Iran.

Read about how Christianity is spreading in Mullahland.

The so-called recount in Washington State

Pull on Superman's Cape has a lot to say about it.

Rumsfeld in Iraq

SecDef Rumsfeld made trip to Iraq and met with the troops and answered their questions.
More details at Protein Wisdom and Instapundit.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

democrat delusions...

Captain Ed has a damn good summary:

Democrats continue to console themselves by murmuring that a switch of 100,000 votes here and there would have resulted in a Democratic sweep. Fifteen years ago, they never had to make excuses for losing, and now they have to make them every day. The push to promote Howard Dean as party chairman only shows how obstinately and deliberately clueless they remain. Four more years of this and the Democrats my have to compete with the Greens for major-party status.

This part of a larger article on democrats switching parties. Read the whole thing.

This is Harsh!

Far left extremist Kos jumps on the blame Kerry bandwagon with both feat!

But what makes me angry was Kerry and his gang's inability to take advantage of the situation. I may regret saying this later, but fuck it -- they should be lined up and shot. There's no reason they should've lost to this joker. "I voted for the $87 billion, then I voted against it." That wasn't nuance. That was idiocy. And with a primary campaign that consisted entirely of "I'm the most electable", Kerry entered the general without a core philosophy or articulated vision for the job.

A Kerry presidency would've been an unmitigated disaster

Kos then advises the democrats to try and win back the American public by LYING! (hey, why change horses in midstream?)
The Democrats need to offer an alternative agenda over the next four years. It won't be enacted, so they can shoot for the moon. The hell with good policy, make proposals that sound great. The GOP used flag burning and gay marriage to rally their side. We can find equivalents. Don't worry about them becoming law

In support of Christmas

Charles Krauthammer has a good article on the subject. Here are some highlights:

The attempts to de-Christianize Christmas are as absurd as they are relentless. The United States today is the most tolerant and diverse society in history. It celebrates all faiths with an open heart and open-mindedness that, compared to even the most advanced countries in Europe, are unique.

Yet more than 80 percent of Americans are Christian and probably 95 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. Christmas Day is an official federal holiday, the only day of the entire year when, for example, the Smithsonian museums are closed. Are we to pretend that Christmas is nothing but an orgy of commerce in celebration of ... what? The winter solstice?
Some Americans get angry at parents who want to ban carols because they tremble that their kids might feel "different'' and "uncomfortable'' should they, God forbid, hear Christian music sung at their school. I feel pity. What kind of fragile religious identity have they bequeathed their children that it should be threatened by exposure to carols?

I'm struck by the fact that you almost never find Orthodox Jews complaining about a Christmas creche in the public square. That is because their children, steeped in the richness of their own religious tradition, know who they are and are not threatened by Christians celebrating their religion in public. They are enlarged by it.
America transcended the idea of mere toleration in 1790 in Washington's letter to the Newport synagogue, one of the lesser known glories of the Founding: "It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.''

More than two centuries later, it is time that members of religious (and anti-religious) minorities, as full citizens of this miraculous republic, transcend something too: petty defensiveness.

Merry Christmas. To all.

Monday, December 20, 2004

ACLU Homelan Holiday Advisor System

HT to Oh, That Liberal Media.

Taking Moyer to task.

Rightwing Sparkle does a damn good job.
Her are some money quotes:

It floored me that Bill Moyers was doing EXACTLY what he was accusing Fox News of doing, distorting the story to make it look a certain way. So I made popcorn and settled in for "Night of the Living Dead Democrats."

During Moyer's soft reasonable sounding rant of the "fair and balanced" Fox New's" panel, he shows clips of Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes, but never mentions liberals on the panel like Juan Williams, Mara Liasson, and Cissy (whose last name I can't remember, someone give it to me please and I'll put it in) or moderates like Mort Kondrake (although Kondrake is a democrat). He also tried to paint O'Reilly as some kind of anchor as well, but no mention of Susan Estrich or Gret Van Susteren or Linda Vester.

Moyers 2nd supposed lie put out by the rightwing was that Saddam was somehow connected to 9-11. He had no clips to show because that, of course, was never said nor implied by Fox News or Bush for that matter. Moyers proves it though by saying that 41% of those surveyed thought Saddam had something to do with 9-11. I hate to break it to Moyers, but 41% of the American people can't tell you where Poland is or who is the Sec. of State. Not because they are ignorant, but because they just don't care.

She ends the piece with a brillant summary:
Bill Moyers ended his career condemning the very thing he was doing, distorting a story to spin it in such a way to make a certain thing or person look bad and pretending to present it in a fair way.

By way of a left-leaning Libertarian friend:
Actual quotes from prominent PETA leaders.

My ideal is "a return to the garden of Eden where even the animals are
vegetarian." -- Andrea Reed, Louisville Fund for Animals Lexington Herald, 1990)

The smallest form of life, even an ant or a clam, is equal to a human being. -- Ingrid Newkirk, PETA

Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughter houses. -- Ingrid Newkirk (PETA) Washington Post, Nov 13, 1983)

We feel animals have the same rights as a retarded human child. -- Alex Pacheco (PETA) New York Times, Jan 14, 1989)

On leather jackets: That's the next step. You have to take one step at a time. It was easier to start with fur. -- Dan Matthews, Director of Fur Campaign, PETA Detroit News, August 13, 1989)

Never buy wool again. Choose only cotton, synthetics and other non-animal fibers. The sheep are embarrassed when they are shorn, sometimes they are nicked during the process, and they get cold afterward. -- PETA News, August 13, 1989)

Arson, property destruction, burglary and theft are "acceptable crimes" when used for the animals' cause. -- Alex Pacheco (PETA) Charleston, W. VA Gazette-Mail, Jan 15, 1989)

There's more. Check it out.

More hypocrisy from the left.

Via Drudge:

NBC's comedy depiction of talkradio king Rush Limbaugh passed-out in vomit from drug abuse ignited backstage outrage at SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

The animated sketch left one senior production source stunned and outraged, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

"Would we have done this to [John] Belushi? [Chris] Farley?" the source said on Sunday from New York.

The source asked not to be identified fearing retribution from SNL's executive producer Lorne Michaels.

"We've had more fu**ing drug addicts on this show through the years... more tragedy. I have lost count. Did we ever have some laughs about Robert Downey Jr.'s serious drug addiction?"

Sunday, December 19, 2004

PBS has a high road?

Powerline points out that Bill Moyers was not the paragon of virtue he claimed to be:

Moyers first appeared on the public stage as a hatchet man for Lyndon Johnson, one of the least scrupulous of our modern presidents. Disguised as a mild-mannered "high road" kind of guy, Moyes continued to be a hatchet man throughout his decades at PBS. It is fitting that he went out last night with the notorious character assassin David Brock as his mouthpiece.

Read them. It's pretty straightforward.

Waiting for SNL to be funny...

It's 12:22 and so far it's mostly a collection of whiny Sore Losermanism.

Ok, the Prince Christmas Special was ok, but that pretty much it.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Damn Skippy!

The Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel has issued a memorandum that states:

The Second Amendment secures a right of individuals generally, not a right of States or a right restricted to persons serving in militias.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

A step in the right direction

Leslie Bates points out that Cuban President Fidel Castro's granddaughter, who fled to America in 1993, has become an U.S. citizen.

It seems the hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds...

For example, the ACLU doesn't practice what it preaches:

The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited a bitter debate over its leaders' commitment to privacy rights.

Some board members say the extensive data collection makes a mockery of the organization's frequent criticism of banks, corporations and government agencies for their practice of accumulating data on people for marketing and other purposes. . . .

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Fisking Streisand

Hog on Ice answer's Bab's questions, including:

“Babs wants to know: Remember back during the 2000 election when RNC employees posed as ‘irate local citizens’ and stormed polling places in Florida in order to squelch the recount process.”

No, Babs, but we do remember when journalists stormed a room where Democrat imagineers were recounting votes and refused to let the press in, and we remember how the “conservative” press claimed the journalists were Republican protesters.


Rich Tafel points out the following in the National Review:

The one statistic confounding pundits in this election is the number of gays who voted for George W. Bush. Polls show that the president received anywhere from 1.5 million to 2 million gay votes, up from 1 million votes in 2000 and double the number of gay votes for Bob Dole in 1996. This dramatic increase comes despite the fact that no gay organization endorsed him, no gay journalist editorialized on his behalf, and no gay leader supported him.

The post-election conventional wisdom fueled by gay leaders and the media is that President Bush won because he gay bashed. This notion serves all of their purposes: Gays can maintain their image of themselves as hated victims and liberal sections of the media can salve their wounds by admitting that because of their own tolerance they failed to appeal to America's intolerance.

Another perspective is that gay voters, like most swing voters, knew both candidates were saying things to get elected. The Kerry campaign thought that by opposing gay marriage, praising anti-gay-marriage initiatives, not showing up to vote against the Federal Marriage Amendment, speaking against a judge's pro-gay ruling in his home state, and making sure every American knew that the Republicans had a lesbian in their family, social conservative voters would be fooled.

No one was. Social conservatives aren't the yahoos the Kerry campaign took them for. Senator Kerry became a cartoon of what the Left thinks of the Right. His team believed that by gay-bashing, church-going, and geese-shooting, Kerry could make conservative voters believe he was one of them. It didn't work.

Here is the money quote:
Here was the crux of the election: No one, neither his supporters nor the swing voters, believed that Senator Kerry said what he believed or believed what he said. That's the moral issue that sank his campaign. Enough swing voters didn't trust Kerry no matter what they perceived his real beliefs to be.

In contrast, President Bush summed up his position this way: "You may not always agree with me, but you know where I stand." In an age of spin, that statement at the Republican Convention probably made the biggest difference in electing George Bush president.

Read the whole thing.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Volokh points out the consistant lie of gun grabbers.

Here are some highlights. Read the whole thing.

"No-one Is Trying To Take Away Your Guns":

I've often heard that line from gun control advocates, who are trying to pooh-pooh people's concerns that some seemingly modest gun controls are just the prelude to much broader gun bans. Well, here's what the AP reports reports:

San Francisco supervisors want voters to approve a sweeping handgun ban that would prohibit almost everyone except law enforcement officers, security guards and military members from possessing firearms [I assume they just mean handguns -EV] in the city.

The measure, which will appear on the municipal ballot next year, would bar residents from keeping guns in their homes or businesses . . . .

Under the language of the measure, the ban would not apply police officers, security guards, members of the military, and anyone else "actually employed and engaged in protecting and preserving property or life within the scope of his or her employment." . . .

So in Washington, D.C., handguns are generally banned, and people may not even keep rifles or shotguns loaded and ready for self-defense. In Chicago, handguns are generally banned. San Francisco is trying to do the same. And no-one is trying to take people's guns?

Of course, some might argue to pro-gun-rights people living in (say) Texas or Florida or Virginia, "no-one is trying to take your guns — only those of people in more pro-gun-control places, like San Francisco." That, though, presupposes that gun rights activists are only interested in their own rights. Why should anyone assume that?

I take it that abortion rights activists in California wouldn't be persuaded by anti-abortion activists' arguments that "Oh, don't worry, we won't ban abortions in California, since obviously we wouldn't have the votes; we're just trying to ban them in Texas." Presumably the abortion rights activists would say that they care about what they see as the fundamental rights of people all over the country. Likewise, I would think, with gun rights activists.

Luskin fisks Kinsley

...and he fisks well.

Today in history.

Two important battles occured on this day.

Powerline has the details on the start of the Battle of the Bulge.

Sixty years ago today three German armies totaling a half million men caught advancing U.S. forces in the Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg by surprise and initiated the events that resulted in the Battle of the Bulge.

Thanks to the unbelievable endurance, bravery and sacrifice of the American forces who slowed the German advance sufficiently for General Patton to bring the Third Army to bear, the Battle of the Bulge was Hitler's last gasp.

Kim du Toit reminds us of The Battle That Turned The River Into Blood

It's a workable theory...

From the Grand Lake Marquee fotolog comments section:

It was not so much a vote FOR bush, but a vote AGAIST the likes of michael moore, tourette`s syndrom afflicted teresa kerry , the hollywood crowd, bruce springsteen, george soros and moveon.org and the rest of the looney bin

The truth behind the Kyoto Sham

James K. Glassman has the story:

Europe is not meeting its targets, and, anyway, the rise in CO2 emissions is steepest, not in the United States and Germany, but in China and India, with booming coal-based economies. And China and India, like more than 100 other developing nations, are exempt from Kyoto's strictures.
Economic studies show that, to achieve even minuscule temperature reductions, economic growth in the United States would have to fall to stagnation levels. Imagine the impact on the rest of the world of such a decline.

...Russia has no obligation at all to make emissions cuts in the next few years. (Instead, Russia will collect money from Europeans by "trading" rights to emit.)

Read the whole thing.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The liberal paradox

Percy Dovetonsils asks the following damn good question about the far left:

Seriously - do these guys ever realize the paradox of fighting for the working man while holding the working man in utter contempt?

Talk of suppression of free speech...

As Mr. Muir points out, it's coming from the left...

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

...and democrats are always calling Redstaters dumb...

Powerline points out that a democrat Elector from Minnesota couldn't even cast his vote for Kerry properly.

Denial isn't just a river in Egypt...

The Captain points out that the current democrat plan is to act like they haven't been loosing elections left and right.

A call for violence from the left

From Ipse Dixit:

Dr. John McTigue, a professor in the UofL Sociology Dept. from which I received my B.S. made some rather intemperate comments to a class last month in the wake of the election:

"It was the religious zealots who say they are voting on morals. I think we should all buy AK47's and shoot them all! That's what I would suggest, if it were allowed."

Read the rest...

More on the liberal bias in the media

As much as they deny it, Chris Weinkopf lists their sins:

Fake National Guard documents. Missing explosives. The draft. During the 2004 campaign, no story that made the President look bad was too petty, too contrived, or too false to command the attention of the establishment media.

Yet there was a key, last-minute development that reflected none too kindly on John Kerry. And it aroused almost no press attention whatsoever.

In the video he released just before the election, Osama bin Laden was rather clear about which candidate he wanted to lead the free world. It sure wasn't George W. Bush, whom he savaged personally and at great length. According to some experts, OBL even threatened red states with attacks should they back the President.

But the establishment media that swooned over the warnings of Michael Moore, and celebrated Bruce Springsteen's endorsement of Kerry, did its utmost to ignore these warnings and deny this endorsement by the world's premier terrorist. It was almost as though ABC's Mark Halperin--author of the infamous we-don't-need-to-be-objective-because-Bush-is-a-bigger-liar-than-Kerry memo--issued another advisory, this one directed to all the Fourth Estate: If anyone asks, Osama has no preference in this race. He's an "undecided."

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann was one of many journalists who seemed to get that memo. "There is...a new Osama bin Laden videotape," Olbermann told viewers. "And in it, he does not apparently take sides in the Presidential election."

Read the whole thing.

Monday, December 13, 2004

A Challenge to the left

Rightwing News puts a shot across the liberal's bow:

For the last three election cycles, the Democrats have lost because they're too liberal and too out of touch with most Americans. In 2000, they decided that Al Gore was robbed and didn't he get the most overall votes? So there was no need to change. Then in 2002, a year in which the party not in the White House usually makes significant gains, the Democrats again went backwards. Well, that was chalked up to bad luck, bad candidates, you name it. Well, Bush defeated Kerry again in 2004 and now the margin in the Senate is 55-44-1, the House is locked in for the GOP until 2010 at a minimum, and the GOP holds a majority of governorships. But, what are we hearing? "Well, Kerry didn't lose all that badly," "they probably rigged the vote," "we've just got to learn to frame the issues better"....that's all hogwash.

The reality is that liberalism is pure political poison and if people like Michael Moore and MoveOn don't believe that, I'd encourage them to back candidates who'll run on it. Personally, I'm tired of Democrats like John Kerry who run as hawkish, religious, tax-cutting, shotgun waving moderates, then govern as liberals and then hope they can get judges in place to install the agenda they can't ever get the American people to vote for.

Run on reparations, Affirmative Action, socialized medicine, abortion on demand, higher taxes, signing up for Kyoto and the International Criminal Court, taking orders from the UN, getting rid of the missile shield, overturning the Patriot Act, unlimited illegal immigration, banning animal testing, gun control, pulling out of Iraq, gay marriage, persecuting the Boy Scouts and all the other ideas that get taken seriously by liberals. Don't pretend to be a conservative when election time rolls around and see what happens.

You see, the Democratic Party isn't losing because Karl Rove is a genius, fraud, "framing" of issues, or anything else except the fact that they're TOO LIBERAL. That's why Al Gore lost, why John Kerry lost, why the Dems have lost the South, and why the GOP is dominating the House & Governorships.

Run a candidate for President who'll admit he's a liberal and run on a liberal agenda, Dems. I dare you, because that candidate will be buried so fast and so deep, that we'll put this issue to rest once and for all. Then the Democrats can go ahead and ** cross your fingers ** marginalize the left & truly move back towards the center which would be good for the country..

Helen Thomas' Holiday Wish list

From the actually sprained mind of Jeff Goldstein:

A liberal view of diversity

Sunday, December 12, 2004

The Twelve Days of Iraqristmas

Found on Ambotchka:

On the _____ day of Iraqristmas, my Imam gave to me:
...the keys to a VBIED
...two foreign fighters
...three RPGs
...four new wives
...five golden Mosques
...six hostile sermons
...seven threatening flyers
...eight rusty AKs
...nine flaming fatwas
...ten pounds of C-4
...eleven men with small arms
...and twelve billion dinar!!!

She's a Lt. serving in Iraq.

This isn't on the front page of the Boston Globe...

...but it damn well should be.

Via the Mudville Gazette:

FALLUJAH, Iraq - U.S. Marines have almost completely cleared this former insurgent stronghold of insurgents and weapons, setting the stage for the return of the civilian population before next month's elections, a senior commander said yesterday.

Lt. Gen. John Sattler, who commands the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, said that 97% of Fallujah's more than 20,000 buildings "have been swept for the third and hopefully, final time."

"We've removed all the ordnance, it's free of any insurgents and any improvised explosive devices or booby traps that might have been left behind," Sattler said.

U.S. and Iraqi forces in November recaptured this city 40 miles west of Baghdad from the hands of guerrillas who had used it as a base to launch attacks across Iraq.

There is a lot of truth in this one...

Friday, December 10, 2004

The horrors of prison life brought to life

The Martha Stewart Chronicles, day 64...

George Soros makes his bid for power.

Moveon.org, funded primarly by far left extremist George Soros, has announced that it now owns the democrat Party.

Powerline points out: I like it. It's the first glimmer of respect for property rights we've seen from the Dems in a long time.

CD Harris chimes in: Notwithstanding the amusement value of watching the quasi-Socialist hard left-wing forcefully insisting upon property rights, we, of course, wish them the best of luck pressing their case.

Frontpage Mag goes into the details.

Even the LA Times understands the problems with the UN!

Via Mr. Reynolds, comes this column in the LA Times:

Imagine if U.S. troops were accused of sexually exploiting children in impoverished nations. Imagine if a U.S. Cabinet secretary were accused of groping a female subordinate, whose complaint was then swatted aside by the president. Imagine if the head of a U.S. government agency and the president's own offspring stood accused of complicity in the biggest embezzlement racket in history.

Those would be pretty big stories, no? Above-the-fold, top-of-the-newscast stories. Yet the United Nations has been mired in all these scandals and until just recently hardly anybody outside the right-wing blogosphere has noticed. . . .

The U.N.'s friends are doing their favorite international institution no favors with this knee-jerk defense. Until it cleans up its act, the U.N. can never be as influential as its boosters would like. Even Annan recognizes this.

Read the whole thing...

democrats are not about Democracy...

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Some lefties get it...

...as Right Wing Sparkle points out. Here is some comments by John Steward and her responses:

"When you're on the losing side, the first thing to do is consider the concession and conciliation speech -- and then blame systematic voter fraud. First you reach out, then you put on your tinfoil hat, talk to the black helicopters and try not to swallow the fact that more people agreed with the other guy."

He is making the obvious point that many lefties just can't get their mind wrapped around the fact that more people voted for Bush.

"The electoral map looks almost exactly as it did in 2000, and yet you would imagine, from the expert post-election media "analysis," that there was some cataclysmic shift, that somewhere out of the ground in Idaho and Montana a mass of survivalist fundamentalist End of Days Christians appeared from Middle-Earth to vote."

This is so true. The media wanted to make this out to be some sort of Christian revolution, when in fact the same ole church goers voted as they did in 2000. And they didn't come from middle earth or their heavily stocked bomb shelter beneath their house.

"So the one truism that emerges from all of this is that there continues to be zero accountability in the press. There is not a profession in the world where you can be that wrong, that consistently, and still continue to practice your job with greater job security than before."

Amen brother.

Of course, Al Franken doesn't get it at all...

Humor break...

An elderly gentleman of 83 arrived in Paris by plane.

At the French customs desk, the man took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry-on bag.

"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked, sarcastically.

Whiting admitted he had been to France previously.

"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

"Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!"

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained. "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to."

Good insight on HRC

Peggy Noonan has a column on HRC. Here is a hightlight:

If Mrs. Clinton is such a big Democratic star, why didn't her colleagues consider her for majority leader, instead of the less impressive and sophisticated Harry Reid?

She doesn't want it. She doesn't want to lead the Democratic senators. She wants to lead the Hillary for President effort. She wants her independence. She will in fact demonstrate some of that independence down the road by opposing the Democratic Conference when it is insufficiently tough, pragmatic and moderate on some key issues of her concern. Nothing will more underscore her reputation for moderation, and she has nothing to lose, as she doesn't care what the other senators think of her. She thinks they're the guys in the background in the photo-op. Similarly she will take no serious part in telling her party how to turn itself around. She will keep her wisdom to herself.

Not the type of Elf you want to see this holiday season.

Michelle Malkin has a good roundup of the eco-terrorists at ELF.

liberals love the race card

Ann Coulter points out their latest series of racial attacks.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

More proof that liberals are are really bad at history..

Newsweek editor Evan Thomas does the typical leftist shuffle and compares Iraq to Vietnam, but like most liberals gets it wrong.

Now the democrats are finally coming to their senses.

As the nice man at Instapundit points out:
The democratic Leadership Council is calling for Kofi Annan's Resignation

But mismanagement, corruption, and manipulation of the program by Saddam Hussein allowed his regime to amass at least $21 billion outside of the United Nations' control, with the great bulk of that sum -- $17.3 billion -- pilfered between 1997 and 2003 on the secretary general's watch. In effect, the United Nations colluded in Saddam's successful evasion of U.N. sanctions. The most damning charge so far -- that a former chief of the oil-for-food program, Benon Sevan, accepted bribes from Saddam's regime -- was made in October by former U.N. weapons inspector Charles A. Duelfer, who led a Senate investigation into the scandal. The program is now the subject of at least four congressional investigations, three U.S. federal investigations and the U.N.-appointed commission of inquiry led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. . . .

The sooner the United Nations can get past this matter, the sooner it can get back to the important business of making itself an effective instrument for collective security against terrorism, failed states, and acts of genocide, a goal that Annan has strongly supported. The secretary general should place this critical mission ahead of his personal interests, and step aside. Given his own lack of credibility on the oil-for-food program, this step is the price Annan must pay to help restore the U.N.'s credibility, and to salvage his legacy as secretary general.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Michelle Malkin has a good entry on remembering this day.

Sharing Christmas Cheer

Some enterprising person set up a site to allow people to send personalized Christmas cards.
It's $4.95, but even if you don't want to send Moore a Christmas card with a happy dancing elephant on it, stop by just to see it dance!

Monday, December 06, 2004

Don't tell the ACLU!

Cub Scouts (Pack 1190) sent care packages to Jewish soliders in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait celebrate Hanukkah. The Pack is sponsored by Congregation Emanu El.

Another liberal author who gets it wrong.

Steven Malanga points out that the liberal political commentator Thomas Frank's book "What's the Matter with Kansas?" is not only flat out wrong it's assumptions, his basic facts are wrong as well.

"It is ironic that a Republican President has an Administration that is more inclusive and more diverse than a so-called liberal-media-elite network" - Tavis Smiley, former NPR host, speaking about NPR.
HT to Andrew Sullivan

The biggest scandel on the planet

Dollar wise, it's the single largest corruption scandel and the MSM is giving it a pass.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Liberal hypocrisy still on the roll

Aubrey points out:

Damn hippies just posted an article in which Pat Sajak reprimands Hollywood for doing nothing despite the brutal slaying of a renowed director, Theo van Gogh, who was killed on the 2nd by a Muslim extremist for criticizing the treatment of women in Islamic society. Sajak implies if it were an anti-abortion activists, Hollywood wouldn't shut up for months.

There is more. Read it.

What are they teaching in college these days?

The Oriental Reneck points out the following:

At Protein Wisdom, you can see the value of a Northwestern University education, where a student researching a paper on Jon Stweart (yeah, I can't believe it either) accuses a guy named Goldstein of anti-Semitism.

I have to fess up, one my kids is at Northwestern. He's there for Gradual School though.

A poem

Scout's Honor

When I was a boy, yep, I was a Scout,
And whole time I was, no Scoutmasters came out.
Nope, they stayed in the closet, if any were there,
And no parents protested our Scout meeting prayer.
We believed in our creed, truly honored our oath,
Our duty to God in those years was not loathe.
No, we pledged our young lives that we’d do our best,
To honor traditions behind our Scout crest.

But our honor’s now questioned by a liberal elite,
That will settle for nothing but our total defeat.
Renounce God we’re told, or we’ll take you to court,
Scouting’s now not for kids it’s become lawyers’ sport.
No, we haven’t a right to now say who shall lead
The children we hopefully entrust to this creed.
So these possible predators we’re told now to trust,
And hope our young boys don’t fall prey to their lust.

I’ve had it with liberals, I’m full up to here,
They’ve pushed me beyond any warped legal fear
To the point that I say that whatever they do,
My mission in life is SCREW THE ACLU.
They’ve robbed me of Christmas, robbed me of youth,
In their misguided crusade for their brand of truth.
Like good ol’ Dan Rather, ACLU you’re a goner,
I pledge that to you on my cherished Scout’s Honor.

Russ Vaughn

HT to Mrs. Greyhawk!

Our friends at the Red Cross

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Soviet Union Mark II

Austin Bay points out the reason for rigging the presidential election in the Ukraine:

A Russian bid to return to super-power status is the truly big story behind Ukraine’s rigged election.

At the moment Russia is a European also-ran, a one-time giant with deteriorating clout. However, Russia, plus Ukraine, plus Belarus, plus Khazakstan is a geo-strategic formula for a global power re-born.

(HT: Instapundit)

Petty, paranoid, sore losers...

Right Wing News brings us their top 10 quotes from the left wingnuts at the DU.
These folks have the tin foil wrapped around their heads just a bit too tight...

The SoreLoserman syndrome raises it's head again...

The Captain points out that the Kerry Campaign has joined in a legal fight to force a recount in Ohio. So much for that concesson speech...

The Captain also makes this important observation:

I notice that they're not asking for "full, fair, and accurate" recounts in states such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, where the margin of Kerry's victories were much smaller than Bush's in Ohio. This leaves no doubt that Kerry intends on setting himself up as the frontrunner in 2008 by attempting to delegitimize Bush's victory in the media.

...and there was much rejoicing!

Day by Day has returned!

Sunday, November 28, 2004

A Red State Immigrant speaks out...

Born and raised in New York State, a current resident of Texas speaks out:

Luckily for us, since the Founding Fathers set up a federal republic, instead of a direct democracy, we don't have to live of, by, and for the coastal megacities, we still have a say in how the country is run. Which is more than likely exactly what the had in mind when they set it up that way in the first place.

Memo To Hysterical American Leftists

Via the Captain's Quarters: This Is What Vote Fraud Looks Like.

For those Americans who think that voter fraud consists of long lines at polling precincts, this story should provide a revelation:
It was 5.30pm on election day in Ukraine when the thugs in masks arrived armed with rubber truncheons. Vitaly Kizima, an election monitor at Zhovtneve in Ukraine's Sumy region, watched in horror as 30 men in tracksuits stormed into the village polling station.

"They started to beat voters and election officials, trying to push through towards the ballot boxes," he told The Telegraph. "People's faces were cut from blows to the head. There was blood all over."

The thugs - believed to be loyal to the pro-Russian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich from his stronghold, Donetsk - were repulsed only when locals pushed them back and a policeman fired warning shots. ...

Friday, November 26, 2004

democrat Math

43% = mandate
49% = mandate
51% = redneck Christers and their Ashcroftian brownshirt brigades have stolen my country!

I’m moving to Canada!

Oh..there is more...much more

Liberals have a distorted view of tolerance

Mary Katharine Ham has personal experience in this. She also points out some of the left's glaring hypocrisies.

Why did I deserve it? Because I’m conservative, and to my liberal acquaintances, “conservative” is interchangeable with any number of fun words, like racist, homophobe, warmonger, and bigot. Even my best liberal friends have refuse to let go of these one-dimensional definitions despite the fact that a three-dimensional specimen has been disproving all of them throughout our friendship. So much for nuance.

In short, I deserved it because I’m a conservative (wink, wink, nudge, nudge.) And when you’re dealing with people as dastardly as conservatives, anything goes.

This same rationale allowed liberal acquaintances to giggle when Ann Coulter was attacked by two young men with pies and shrug as former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was almost run over. NOW and NARAL would be holding weekly violence-against-women awareness marches if the same had happened to Maureen Dowd and Hillary Clinton.
There was the New York Times’ dreams of an assassination attempt on President Bush and Ted Rall’s double whammy hit on the mentally handicapped and Bush voters. But then came Condi Rice’s appointment to Secretary of State. What a goldmine that was!

Suddenly, racism was an acceptable political tool. Jokes about Mammies and big-lipped caricatures were en vogue. Most of us got the memo that our culture deems these kind of attacks to be about as reprehensible as they get. Liberal cartoonists and commentators got that memo too. But there was no retraction from them, and not a peep from the NAACP or NOW.

Why no outrage? Because Condi deserved it. She’s a conservative, you know.

Calling Condi “Brown Sugar” becomes a reasonable criticism because she is a member of the Bush administration. A physical attack on Coulter is a laughing matter because she is a hawk. Tailing a female acquaintance on a dark night becomes a funny joke because she’s conservative.

It seems to me that this is not the path to a civil political climate or national healing, both of which my liberal friends want. To me, my liberal friends and acquaintances are folks who are a little too soft on national defense and a little too heavy on the government programs for my taste. They do not deserve physical or racist attacks for that, and I do not laugh when they happen. I wish they felt the same way about me.

They don't just get it...

I'm not a big Rush fan, but Mr Limbaugh has a good summary of their problem:

"Democrats cannot look forward now; they look back to the souplines of 1930s. They have positioned themselves to only gain when America fails, economically and militarily. What is good for America is bad for them; and what is bad for America, they say, benefits their political gains. Gephardt said each 100 point decline in the Stock Market would result in a seat in the House of Congress. During their 40-year monopoly (of Congress), they became fat, lazy, and assuming. Partisan press enabled them with their biased support, and they were never challenged. They did not have to debate and defend their positions."

The most important thing for people like Al Franken to understand is that they have become the party of bigotry and reaction. Because they think of themselves as progressives even though they have no new ideas, because the ideas they do have are to cling to the past, they are unable to make a reasoned argument in defense of their positions. That's why they label everything they disagree with "lies." Franken has written an entire book about policies and people he disagrees with and called it "Lying Lies and the Liars Who Tell Them." That's why his brain is probably beyond repair.

HT to David Horowitz.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d dy of October, A.D. 1789.

(signed) G. Washington

HT to Maidenjedi for this.

More on the corruption of the UN

Via Instapundit:

Even the much praised UN technical agencies, such as those dealing with refugees, are bastions of waste and corruption. No need here to discuss the disaster that is called UNRWA and what it has done to set back peace in the Middle East for nearly 55 years, all the while providing lucrative employment for generations of UN bureaucrats. The much-ballyhooed UN Development Programme (Note: Although the USA pays the lion's share, the UN uses British spellings) likewise is hugely expensive, over-staffed, painfully slow in delivering meaningful assistance, and rife with anti-Americanism. These programs [or, if you prefer, programmes] generate a blizzard of statistics showing that everything, everywhere is getting worse all the time, and desperately requiring more money for more UN programs and agencies.

The American taxpayer is getting ripped off in a big way by the UN. The "need" to play the UN's political games damages the US ability to act forcefully in its own interests. If the UN wants to stay in New York and frequent the bad restaurants and bars that have sprung up around UN HQS, that's fine -- but not with US tax money.

It's time for the US and other serious countries (e.g., Australia, Israel) to get out of the UN.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

A very liberal view of abortion...

Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr writes at Aintitcoolnews:

I also don’t have a problem with abortion. In fact, when it comes to Michael Moore, I believe in abortion up to the 236th trimester.

Read the whole thing. It's his review of the recent Liberty Film Festive held in LA.

This is just plain wrong...

Dan Whitcomb writes in Reuters News: A California teacher has been barred by his school from giving students documents from American history that refer to God -- including the Declaration of Independence.

The left becomes it's worst nightmare...

Michael Goodwin points out in the NY Daily News that Dan Rather's fall is Nixonian.

Rather's smearing of his critics was even worse than the bogus hit on W

To the end, Gunga Dan liked to play the part of the crusading journalist, a regular reporter just digging up the facts. That was his TV persona. In real life, his hubris made him more like Richard Nixon than Walter Cronkite. And like Nixon, the coverup was his downfall.

International Blue State Support

Powerline points out that it's no surprise to those who pay attention on where it's coming from.

The reason nailed...

From an email to Andrew Sullivan:

I grew up in redneck America - John Ashcroft's hometown, no less - but I've been a chai latte-drinking, Times-reading, wine-scrutinizing-metro-scum pig living in the northeast ever since I got my law degree ten years ago. So I think I know "both sides" of this country pretty darned well. The Democrats didn't lose this election because of the GOP's gay bashing - the polls bear that out. And they didn't lose because 51% of Americans are cross-wielding bigots who want to roll back our civilization to the fourteenth century. Follow the principle of Occam's Razor - all things equal, the simplest explanation is the best. As applied here, that means the Democrats were not entrusted with the keys to the White House because there were just too many Americans who don't like and don't trust the Democratic Party. That's why they lost this election. That's why GOP voter id equaled - for the first time ever - Democratic voter id. That's why Daschle lost his Senate race. That's why the GOP has six more Senate seats than it did 25 months ago.
Let me say it again - the Democrats lost because they are not liked and they are not trusted. That, and really nothing else, was the verdict of this election. "

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Damn good question!

Mr. Reynolds asks us to imagine how this would be playing if American troops were involved.
The case in point, massive allegations of sexual abuse by U.N. civilian staff and soldiers.

The United Nations is investigating about 150 allegations of sexual abuse by U.N. civilian staff and soldiers in the Congo, some of them recorded on videotape, a senior U.N. official said on Monday.

The accusations include pedophilia, rape and prostitution, said Jane Holl Lute, an assistant secretary-general in the peacekeeping department.

Mr. Knapp, posting at Protein Wisdom chimes in:
In the time it takes you to read this, Michael Moore will have eaten a bucket and a half of fried chicken, selectively edited 77 minutes of footage and “digitially enhanced” 14 photographs in an attempt to prove that incidents of rape and pedophilia by U.N. peacekeepers were all Bush’s fault.

He will also have downed two gallons of C2 instead of regular Coke in order to “keep the weight off.”

Mr. Moore, where are you?

From the Washington Times Inside Politics column:

President Clinton's new $165 million library in Little Rock, Ark., was funded in part by gifts of $1 million or more each from the Saudi royal family and three Saudi businessmen, the New York Sun reports.
The governments of Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar and the deputy prime minister of Lebanon all also appear to have donated $1 million or more for the archive and museum that opened last week, reporter Josh Gerstein said.
Democrats spent much of the presidential campaign this year accusing President Bush of improperly close ties to Saudi Arabia.
The case was made in Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11," in a best-selling book by Craig Unger titled "House of Bush, House of Saud," and by the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry.
Perhaps as a result, the Saudi donations to the Clinton library are raising some eyebrows. Mr. Unger said he suspects that the Saudi support may have something to do with a possible presidential bid by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Hate Speech at Columbia...

...aggressively anti-semite behavior by faculity members is ignored by the MSM.

In the world of Hamid Dabashi, supporters of Israel are "warmongers" and "Gestapo apparatchiks."

The Jewish homeland is "nothing more than a military base for the rising predatory empire of the United States."

It's a capital of "thuggery" - a "ghastly state of racism and apartheid" - and it "must be dismantled."

A voice from America's crackpot fringe? Actually, Dabashi is a tenured professor and department chairman at Columbia University. And his views have resonated and been echoed in other areas of the university.

Blue State Intolerance

Hindrocket points out that blue state residents continue to slander the Red States.
Here are some choice selections:

Holt says the states differ in their understanding of tolerance. Yes, that's correct. In red states, the Boy Scouts are happily tolerated for the good they do and the diversity they bring to the local scene. In blue states, on the other hand, they are bitterly hated and, whenever possible, driven out so that blue states can stamp out diversity and maintain their purity of anti-religious and anti-heterosexual culture. No true blue-stater would dream of tolerating a Boy Scout.

Read the whole thing.

Education update

Beautiful Atrocities has the lowdown

In a system with finite resources for education, NCLB invariably shifts funds towards difficult students who don't want to be in class, at the expense of others, rewarding low performance & ignoring excellence. Her solution: raise standards, & expel students who don't want to be there.

Don't miss the comments of Camille Paglia

News from Fallujah.

Instapundit has a roundup of the news and it's "so-called" coverage by the MSM.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Occasionally, the truth gets published in the MSM.

The Techie Vampire spreads some of the truth that sneaked out.
From the New York Daily News:

Psst. Hey, buddy, wanna hear a secret? President Bush won the election. Big-time. Pass it on.

Moxie nails the leftie crowd...

She channels a gathering of moonbats:

They will inhale from the bong and speak longingly of the 8 years when Bill Clinton was in the oval office. You know -- the halcyon days when the President of the United States spent time on national security by conducting thorough cavity searches on a plump young intern while encouraging the growth of one free-range organic Osama bin Laden.

The President at his best...

As Leslie Bates points out, President Bush is often at his best when he steps out of the politician mode.

A good question...

Hindrocket asks "What did Saddam, al Qaeda and Al Jazeera Have In Common?"
There are connections that are still coming to light...

Why is that clown still there?

Some more reasons why he should be out on the street.

Works for me...

The folks at Zardozz point out how Arafat should have been greeted at the Pearly Gates.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

A Canadians advice to American liberals

Ian Robinson says, "Stay home, you pathetic whining maggots"

In the wake of the U.S. presidential election -- in which I cheerfully took a Sun assistant city editor, who figured Senator John Kerry couldn't lose, for $10 (a quick pause to gloat here) Americans disenchanted with President George W. Bush's re-election romp back into the White House, continue to deluge the Canadian immigration website.

How anybody can be unhappy with the president's re-election is beyond me.

Bush has my admiration in no small part because he manages to simultaneously annoy France and Germany, not to mention those renowned deep, geopolitical thinkers, the Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen, P-Diddy or whatever he's calling himself now, Gwynneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck.

(Interesting note about France: America invades Iraq without UN approval and America is portrayed as a barbarian striding across the world stage. Recently, France essentially invaded the Ivory Coast to protect its interests there ... without asking the UN squat. Just pointing out the hypocrisy.)
Before the election, some U.S. celebrities and numerous other Democrats vowed that they'd move to Canada if Bush were re-elected.

I hope I'm not alone in gently suggesting to those considering coming to Canada: Stay home, you pathetic whining maggots.

Particularly celebrities. Canada has suffered enough without having to put up with any of the Baldwin brothers or -- heaven forfend! -- Barbra Streisand.

And frankly, I don't know if we can afford to feed Michael Moore.

Bad enough that Canada became a haven for the gutless wonders of the 1960s who fled the Vietnam draft. I sometimes think that the draft dodgers welcomed by the Trudeau government were a political virus that invaded our body politic, and we still suffer the lingering effects of that illness.

Our nation's preposterous pacifism, belief in nonsense such as "soft power" and fidelity to a morally bankrupt United Nations overrun with tin-pot dictators and other left-wing idiocies, may well be traceable back to the influx of thousands of the testosterone-challenged whose allegiance to country was superceded by their allegiance to smoking dope while trying to figure out the inner meaning of Beatles songs.
As a nation, we ought to welcome our share of people fleeing genuine oppression, and those willing to gamble everything to secure a safe and decent future for their families.

But welcome a bunch of spoiled brats willing to abandon their very nation because they don't like the man elected to be their leader for the next four years?

Geez, in my entire lifetime, there was maybe one prime minister I'd trust to run a street-corner hot dog stand -- the rest of them weren't fit for much more than compost -- but it never occurred to me to emigrate.

If we close our borders to anybody, it should be these fools. They'll be easy to screen out.

They'll be the ones who are whining.

HT to Absinthe & Cookies.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Bad news for Kofi!

When the left wingnut moonbats at the so-called "democratic underground" agree with the rest of the world, namely that the head of the UN is loser, it can't be good.
Of course, one of them doesn't have his tinfoil beanie screwed down tight enough and finds a Bush Conspiracy behind it...

History was obviously not her strong point...

...or current events. Former pop star Linda Rondstatdt displayed her ingorance in full force recently.
She refered to the President and his staff as "a new bunch of Hitlers."
Gee Linda, could you be bit confused? A bit too much blow in the 80's?
There is a group out there that has a lot more in common with late Mr. Hitler, a group you and your fat friend claim are no serious threat.

The reaction of the Iraqi Street

Powerline has it. It's not what the liberals are telling you is.

Good advice.

The nice folks at the Smallest Minority posted on how to bring the left around on one basic civil right.
How do you Convert a Gun-Phobe? Put One in Her Hands!
Some great hightlights from the post and the article written by the former Gun-Phobe:

So anathema are guns among my friends that when one learned I was doing this piece, he opened his wallet, silently pulled out an NRA membership card, then (after I recovered from the sight) asked me not to spread it around lest his son be kicked out of nursery school.
Want to know what it's like to be a second-class citizen? Own a gun in an extremely Blue state or area.
A few days later I met Ricardo at the pistol range at the bucolic Izaak Walton League in Damascus, Md. Along to record the event was Dianna Douglas, a producer from NPR. I had asked her if she had any experience with guns, thinking she might want to do some shooting. "No, no, no, no, no," she replied with a laugh. "I'm not going to want to shoot any guns. No, no, no, no, no."

I stepped up to the line and looked at the target—a paper plate with a 3-inch black bull's-eye—Ricardo had stapled to a pole 21 feet away. A few days before I had taken a yoga class, and during the breathing I envisioned myself aligning the gun's front and back sights and slowly squeezing the trigger. Now I held the revolver, cocked the hammer, and shot. I hit the plate just southeast of dead center. Ricardo told me to keep going, and I start to punch a hole in the target. Maybe I could teach yoga at the NRA!

More double standards

James Taranto points out more hypocrisy of the left:
He points out the following USA Today editorial accusing the President of boarderline sexual harrasment.

Bush has bussed two women in public in the past two days. First, Condoleezza Rice, whom he kissed on the cheek twice when he nominated her for secretary of State on Tuesday. He went even further with Margaret Spellings, whom he smacked on the lips when he nominated her as secretary of Education on Wednesday. . . .

Risky business, says Amy Oppenheimer, a California business consultant on workplace harassment issues. Powerful men kissing their subordinates in public can be misconstrued by the kissee or people watching the kiss.

And there's the whole male-female thing, too: Bush didn't kiss his close pal Alberto Gonzales when he nominated him for attorney general last week.

"Kissing is social behavior, not professional behavior, and people have different boundaries about it," says Oppenheimer. "The only person who would know if (a woman is) uncomfortable with it is her--and why would she say anything if she weren't?"

Back when Billy Jeff Clinton was telling female state employees to "kiss it", the attitude of the left was a bit different.

Attorney Amy Oppenheimer, an expert on sexual harassment lawsuits had the following to say when a liberal judge dismissed Paula Jones' case against her former boss:
[N]o one should be shocked by Wright's decision. "It's not surprising that the court would find a one-time incident that was obnoxious and inappropriate wasn't enough to deprive her of her constitutional rights even if it could be proven."

When a Republican is under discussion, Ms. Oppenheimer changes her tune [from the USA Today article]:
Risky business, says Amy Oppenheimer, a California business consultant on workplace harassment issues. Powerful men kissing their subordinates in public can be misconstrued by the kissee or people watching the kiss.

Still a deafing silence from the left...

The only Women's group to speak out against the racist attacks by liberals against Dr. Rice is the conservative Independent Women's Forum.

The Independent Women’s Forum today denounced as blatantly racist several editorial cartoons featuring Dr. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor and President Bush’s nominee for Secretary of State. These cartoons clearly draw upon centuries of deep-rooted, wicked and indefensible portrayals of black women.

"The depiction of Dr. Condoleezza Rice by Jeff Danziger, Pat Oliphant and Garry Trudeau as an ebonics speaking, big-lipped, black mammy who just loves her 'massa' is a disturbing trend in editorial cartoons," said Michelle D. Bernard, senior vice president of the Independent Women's Forum. "These cartoons take the racism of the liberals who profess respect and adoration for black Americans to a new level. It is revolting."
"The most powerful woman in the United States is young, gifted and black. Given our nation's history of race-based slavery, the ensuing civil rights movement and our continual battle against race- and sex- based discrimination, every citizen in our nation should take pride in Dr. Rice's accomplishments," said Bernard. "She is a representation of America's past and future all at once. One must ask where is the outrage of the nation's civil rights leadership, feminist organizations, and the so-called liberals who only seem to embrace black America in election years?"

"Condoleezza Rice was the first woman ever appointed as National Security Advisor. After Secretary of State Colin Powell, Dr. Rice will be the second African American to hold both posts," said Bernard. "These cartoons are decidedly unfunny."

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Set the wayback machine...

...to one year ago today, and you find Hate Speech from the Left and American Stalinism.

A letter from a Marine in Iraq

Via Powerline, an email from a Marine in the 11th MEU. Read it. Get the story the MSM isn't telling you.

Where is the outrage?

Maidenjedi asks a few damn good questions:

If a white Republican, or more specifically a Southern Republican, drew the cartoons of Condi that have been published, there'd be hell to pay.

It's racism, pure and simple. It's reducing her to a stereotype.

I think it's sick and I want to know where the outrage is. Where's the NAACP calling for these cartoonists' jobs and skins? Where's NOW or the Feminist Majority when she's ridiculed on the basis of her gender?

Why do organizations that clamor for equality and more importantly fair treatment simply not show up when it's not someone on "their side"?

She links to Michelle Malkin's on target comment:
As Dr. Rice's star rises, expect even uglier attacks. There's nothing the Left hates more than a "person of color" who is a person of substance and stature and intellect and independence first.

The decline of the ACLU...

Something is seriously wrong when the ACLU defends NAMBLA, and persecutes the Boy Scouts.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Kids these days..

Iowahawk strikes again!

"I guess you might could say we're rebels," says Rachel 'Tyffanie' Stern, 17, lighting a Merit Menthol 100. Once destined for Vassar, Stern is now living with friends after her parents kicked her out of the house for spending her bat mitzvah money on a bass boat. Last month she became the youngest Jewish female to win an event on the Bassmasters Pro Tour.
Talk arises of Branson's 'Summer of Bubba,' the upcoming hedonistic hillbilly festival of music, hog calling and nightcrawler gathering expected to draw millions of Neckies from as far as Santa Monica and Ithaca -- even Europe.

"Y'all, I heard them Swedish 'Necks are hardcore," says Joe Don. "They digitally remastered all the original Jerry Clower albums."

A live-for-today attitude permeates the group's ethos, with little concern about consequences. I ask Justin 'Jim Rob' Borowski, 18, what motivates young men and women to abandon promising academic careers in Gender Theory and Critical History to take a wild ride in the dark world of roofing and drywall contracting.

"My daddy was sorta mad when I tolt him I was gonna skip Columbia Journalism School for a plumbing apprenticeship," he answer philosophically, popping a plug of Red Man into his lip. "I tolt him that journalism is important, but the world needs plumbers too."

"After the toilet backed up, I think he got my point."

A note for all you liberals wanting to move to gun-free Canada...

From the nice folks over at The Smallest Minority:

Thought you might find this interesting, which I read the following on Ebert's website today (Movie Answer Man). Here we have a genuine Illinois liberal coming to terms with reality: for all of Canada's gun restrictions and lovely social benefits, Canadian crime rates are actually worse than in shoot 'em up USA, which you probably already knew. I knew it, too,because I lived in Vancouver for ten years and saw a lot of it with my own eyes. Not to mention that shootings (with those heavily restricted handguns) occur with alarming frequency in Vancouver.

Admirably, Ebert posts the statistics comparison on his website.


Pulling a fully justified Kerry

via Instapundit, it seems that the young Marine getting all the MSM press acted as Senator Kerry did over thirty years ago in Vietnam:

Patrolling the Bay Hap River, Kerry and his crew discovered they were about to be ambushed by a Vietcong soldier who had just popped up at the shoreline with a loaded rocket launcher in his hands. With the VC about to fire, Kerry crewmate Thomas Bellodeau shot and wounded the attacker, saving the entire boat.

Only then did Kerry leap to the shore to chase the wounded enemy down - finishing him off behind a hootch.

When critics suggested that Kerry's actions that day were something less than heroic, they were hooted down by the press.

Certainly the as yet unnamed Marine in Fallujah deserves, if not the Silver Star, the same slack the press cut Kerry.

Rathergate update

Mr. Reynolds reminds us that it is still going strong.

More on UNSCAM

Claudia Rosett has more on the UN Scandal andKofi Annan's coverup.

With estimates soaring of graft and fraud under the United Nations Oil for Food program in Iraq, we are hearing a lot about the need to "get to the bottom" of this scandal, the biggest ever to hit the U.N. To get to that bottom will need a much harder look at the top--where Secretary-General Kofi Annan himself resides.

That violates all sorts of taboos. But so, one might suppose, does a United Nations that allowed Saddam Hussein to embezzle at least $21.3 billion in oil money during 12 years, with the great bulk of that sum--a staggering $17.3 billion--pilfered between 1997-2003, on Mr. Annan's watch.

Run, Mr. Powell, run!

From the Washington Times:

One Republican in Congress has an interesting idea for what retiring Secretary of State Colin L. Powell should do next — take on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in her race for re-election in 2006.
In a letter to Mr. Powell, Rep. Vito J. Fossella, New York Republican, told him to give it serious consideration.
"I write to ask that you consider a call of duty from your home state. On behalf of the people of New York, I respectfully request that you consider returning home and running as the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in 2006," Mr. Fossella said.
Mr. Fossella did not mention the woman already holding that seat, first-term senator Mrs. Clinton, but didn't seem to think she would be much trouble for Mr. Powell.
"Your resume and leadership qualities speak for themselves and no doubt would vault you into the esteemed ranks of the great senators," he wrote.

Trial by MSM

More details over at the Mudville Gazette, including this quote:

Charles Heyman, a senior defense analyst with Jane's Consultancy Group in Britain, defended the Marine's actions, saying the wounded man could have been concealing a firearm or grenade.

"In a combat infantry soldier's training, he is always taught that his enemy is at his most dangerous when he is severely wounded," Heyman said.

If the injured man makes even the slightest move, "in my estimation they would be justified in shooting him."

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

As long as she goes...

From Human Events:

Mary Frances Berry, the combative chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, won't step down when her term expires in December, vowing instead to stay on the job six weeks longer at the government's expense.

Don't bring a bokken to a gunfight...

Boots & Sabers reminds us of this important safety tip.

Damn he's good..

Jeff Goldstein is channeling Martha Stewart's prision diary.
Here is the entry for day 40.

For one of the finest backrubs this side of a Bangkok cathouse, look no further than my cellmate, Kimberly, who has strong, velvety fingers - like ten muscular Vienna saugages.

Wake up and smell the egg on your face!

Via Ipse Dixit, a democrat supplies five Reality checks for democrats. Here is the mantra democrats should be chanting if they want to be relivant in American politics again:

Bush is not an idiot. Kofi Annan is not an oracle. Michael Moore is not Everyman. Women are not ovaries with feet. And to be an American is not an embarrassment.

The fall of Amnesty International

Shame. They kept my cousin Chengiah off Robin's Island way back when. Now, as a reader of Powerline points out, they are more concerned with "War Criminal Tribunals for Bush, but somehow missed holding one for Kim Jong Il or Hussein."

Hindrocket also correctly points out that it was democrats who turned firehoses on American blacks to keep them from voting, not the other way around as history revisionist democrats tried to claim in the last election.

He nails it!

The Decon has an insightful and concise analysis of why the democrats are a minority party.
Here is the money quote:

All of this suggests that leading Democrats don't hold the public in contempt because they are now the minority party; rather they are now the minority party because they hold the public in contempt.

Read the whole thing.

Go Condi!

National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice is set to become the Secretary of State!
In true conservative fashion, she's getting the job because she has the skills needed, not the so-called "correct" social profile which drives so many liberal appointments.
CNN calls her a "modern-day renaissance woman."

Monday, November 15, 2004

More double standards at work...

The Captain points out this one.

Liberal Double Standards

QandO sums it up. It's ok when Clinton does it (and worse), but with Bush, it's a "purge."

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Provincial Blue State types...

Mrs Greyhawk points out that Red State residents are more likely to experience foreign culture, as apposed to the blue state tourist "experience."

It can't be their fault.

From The Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer: 'Moral Values' Myth.

In 1994, when the Gingrich revolution swept Republicans into power, ending 40 years of Democratic hegemony in the House, the mainstream press needed to account for this inversion of the Perfect Order of Things. A myth was born. Explained the USA Today headline: "ANGRY WHITE MEN: Their votes turn the tide for GOP."

Overnight, the revolution of the Angry White Male became conventional wisdom. In the 10 years before the 1994 election there were 56 mentions of angry white men in the media, according to LexisNexis. In the next seven months there were more than 1,400.

At the time, I looked into this story line -- and found not a scintilla of evidence to support the claim. Nonetheless, it was a necessary invention, a way for the liberal elite to delegitimize a conservative victory. And, even better, a way to assuage their moral vanity: You never lose because your ideas are sclerotic or your positions retrograde, but because your opponent appealed to the baser instincts of mankind.

Plus ca change ... Ten years and another stunning Democratic defeat later, and liberals are at it again. The Angry White Male has been transmuted into the Bigoted Christian Redneck.

HT to Cox & Forkum

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Political Cartoons...

There are non-leftist cartoons out there.

Another reason Carville is cool...

He's a democrat demagog, but he does have style.
On Meet the Press today, when presented with his prediction of the election (which he got exactly backwards), James Carville admitted his mistake and smacked a raw egg on his face, and announced that he had egg on his face.

Update: Powerline has a picture.

Viewing everything through a far left lens...

Beldar points out this prime example:

Jay Nordlinger, in the Nov. 29th edition of National Review (subscription version):

On Election Day — before the results were known — a Harvard graduate student yelled joyously in a hallway, "I love America! I love democracy!" Someone shushed him, saying, "Enough of your homophobic views!"

Interesting observation by the NYTimes...

From the Best of the Web:

"A leading Jordanian neurologist who regularly examined Yasser Arafat said on Friday that poisoning was the 'highest' probable cause of the Palestinian leader's mysterious death and urged that an autopsy be performed," the Associated Press reports from Amman:

"One of the causes of platelet deficiency is poison," said Dr. Ashraf al-Kurdi, who examined a gravely ill Arafat in his besieged compound in the West Bank town of Rammallah two weeks ago. . . .

There has been widespread speculation that Arafat could have been poisoned by Israel.

It seems unlikely, though, that Palestinian officials would be so secretive about the cause of Arafat's death if they really believed Israel were behind it. The New York Times and Reuters, meanwhile, are both raising a possibility that would be embarrassing to Arafat in the rabidly antigay Arab culture: that he died of AIDS.

Arafat remains in stable condition after dying in a Paris hospital.