Sunday, January 30, 2005
The Boston Herald editorial
Jonah Goldberg linking to Boston Herald editorial.
Glenn Reynolds does the same.
Jesse Walker's Hit & Run post on the Herald editorial.
A search of Abu Ghraib mentions at Instapundit.
Hugh Hewitt's search results don't produce a unique link, but those interested can search his site here.
A Hewitt post on Armstrong Williams.
Jack Shafer at Slate on Michael Chrichton's Times prediction.
Friday, January 28, 2005
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
This puts Simon out in nutcase territory with Dick Morris, who has predicted a Hillary V. Condi race in 2008, but was predicting that Sen. Clinton would be Howard Dean's running mate about a year ago.
I think it's time that Simon replace that Fedora hat he wears with one made of tin foil.
UPDATE: His comment section is even better:
If Condi Rice runs as merely the VP candidate in 2008---she should pick up a minimum of 20% of the black vote. That figure is enough to give the Democratic Party nightmares. Please note that President Bush won in November with less than 15% of this voting block.Condi Rice virtually guarantees the Republicans an easy lock on a minimum of 270 electoral votes. Is there also anyway the Democrats might continue to keep Pennsylvania in their column?Here is my boring, conventional prediction: both parties nominate two white guys and the Democrats get about 90% of the black vote.
It is, however, the logical outcome of Rumsfeld's management of the Pentagon. "The change made by the Third Infantry Division was prompted by a shortage of trained troops caused by the unexpected length of the Iraq war and has set off a quiet, but highly charged debate within the Army over the role of women in the military. As a practical matter, the guerrilla tactics used against US troops during the occupation have also blurred the traditional lines between combat and support functions and is expected to prompt a wholesale review of the definition of ground 'combat' within the Bush administration."
Fortunately, the president still has his bubble of unreality to exist in. "President Bush's policy on women in ground combat takes just four words to articulate: 'No women in combat.'"
Via the Corner.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Byrd's critics don't seem to be up to defending Rice on the merits, so they are resorting to the Race Card.
I tried to find evidence of Byrd's position on the confirmation of Colin Powell in 2001, but the Senate doesn't list a roll call vote on the matter, leading me to believe that it was passed on a voice vote without objection. I would think that a klansman would be much more threatened by a black man.
UPDATE: Roger L. Simon: "But then I can't imagine having joined anything as wretched as the Klan, so maybe I would have ended up a self-righteous bloviator in the US Sentate. " You are a self-righteous bloviator. And Byrd is criticizing Rice's performance as the quote above shows.
But why would they care? It would seem extremely rare to have a documentary nominated in this category. Roger L. Simon blogger, gasbag knows the real cause however:
Most who are thought of as "Hollywood" are not documentarians to begin with. They are fiction filmmakers, show people. They adopted Moore for a short while to make a point which is now fading even for them. Most people in Hollywood now see, although maybe they won't admit it, that democracy in Iraq is extremely important. For Moore, it's over.I would have never got the connection between democracy in Iraq and Moore's Oscar hopes with out Roger Simon's help.
Monday, January 24, 2005
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Condoleeza Rice was before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today for a rubber stamp confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State. Most of the senators kowtowed to her. Sen. Barbara Boxer, on the other hand, single-handedly at least temporarily redeemed the honor of the Democratic Party. Boxer hammered Rice with her false statements and contradictions on Iraq and on terrorism.
Rice looked indignant -- perhaps a bit shocked that Boxer had not been informed of Rice's pending coronation. Rice did what a Bush appointee caught in a bald-faced lie does best: get righteous. "We can have this discussion in any way that you would like, but I really hope that you will refrain from impugning my integrity," Rice told Boxer. "I really hope that you will not imply that I take the truth lightly."
Boxer was implying no such thing. Instead, Boxer was vigorously detailing how Rice stomped the hell out of the truth. And for Rice to act like some slandered virgin on the integrity front fails the laugh test.
Michelle Malkin states: "Democratic Sen. Robert "Sheets" Byrd, past recruitment officer for the KKK and former advocate of racial segregation, has announced that he will obstruct the confirmation of the first African-American woman to be nominated to be Secretary of State."
Apparently conservatives have little faith in Condi's knowledge and skills, so they feel compelled to fall back on race and gender as her qualifications for office. "Sheets" Byrd, as Malkin so cleverly calls the West Virginia Democrat, actually treats Rice with more respect. He seems to have taken note of her performance in office, and wants her to be fully vetted by the U.S. Senate before she assumes the senior cabinet position.
Speaking of Byrd, he is the rare politician, who wrote a book worth reading.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Given the fact that the Freedom of Information Act had been invoked in relation to the Ketchum/Education Department contracts back in October, why did it take three months for the Armstrong Williams mess to come out? Because the elite media and their friends at the People for the American Way knew a storm was brewing over the CBS scandal. They held on to the Armstrong Williams story, sat on it, until it served a useful purpose for their associates in the established media at CBS. Through USA Today the story was disclosed a mere one business day before the CBS internal investigation was released, the timing for which media insiders surely knew quite well. By doing so they rationalized turning attention away from the CBS scandal.
This brings a couple of questions to mind. Wouldn't breaking the Williams story in October of last year have had the same effect when CBS could have used it more? And why would the liberal media sit on a story until January when releasing it in October of last year might have damaged the President's electoral prospects?
Bill Hobbs seems intrigued by the idea.
Saturday, January 15, 2005
To that end, in late December 2003, he published a column in the New York Post (no longer online) stating that, "Howard Dean may turn to Hillary Rodham Clinton to be his vice presidential candidate. And, especially now that Al Gore has un-retired, Hillary might just accept. . . The Clintons have done everything they can to stop Dean's momentum. At the race's start, they sent their A Team - pollster Mark Penn and media guru Mandy Grumwald - to work for Sen. Joe Lieberman in hopes of putting one of their faithful in the winners circle."
Note his casual assumption that everyone (except himself) who ever worked for the Clintons are perpetual lackeys to be dispatched at their whim. Just a few months later, in David Horowitz's nutty Frontpage, Morris stated the following:
the demise of Howard Dean's candidacy opens the door to a Kerry/Clinton ticket in 2004. As long as Dean was favored to get the nomination, Hillary likely wasn't interested in the second slot on the ticket. With the Vermont governor almost certain to go down to a massive defeat, Hillary probably wanted no part in the ensuing carnage. But now that the Democrats have a real chance to win, it makes all kinds of sense to offer her the nomination and for her to accept it.
Of course, this flatly contradicts what he wrote the previous December. But hey, who checks these things anyway.
Now, he is talking up a 2008 matchup between Hillary Clinton and Condoleeza Rice, at Newsmax and, again at Frontpage. He cites a poll showing that many Americans believe the New York senator to be qualified to be president and winning match ups against some prominent Republicans. Big deal. A poll at this point measures little more than name recognition, but he goes on to say:
Ultimately, the only Republican who may be able to beat Hillary is Bush's nominee for secretary of state, Condeleezza Rice. Able to appeal to black and female voters without sacrificing support among whites and men, Condi could be the only figure who stands between Hillary and the White House.
And, unlike Rudy--and also unlike Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)--Condi can probably win the nomination. A social conservative who will elaborate her largely traditional views on important values issues as an inevitable part of her service as secretary of State, Rice can win primaries where Guiliani cannot and beat Hillary where neither Frist; nor Sen. George Allen, R-VA; nor Jeb Bush; nor Pataki can.
Will Condi run? It is very important that she does. But it is very important to end the Republican complaisance about a Hillary candidacy. The assumption that she is radioactive among moderates and will self-destruct is comforting but completely untrue. Hillary will be the strongest Democratic candidate since her husband ran.
This nonsense falters on several grounds. On what basis can he state that Rice will be able to appeal to black votes without alienating whites? Black conservative politicians, who are few and far between, have won by appealing to white voters in offices far below the presidency.
There is also the issue of gender. Maybe Morris hasn't noticed, but the U.S. has an unbroken record of electing men to the presidency; and usually men who have succeeded in executive/leadership positions such as governer or general. Clinton bombed as "co-president" early in her husband's first term, and salvaged a political career after public sympathy rose for her when she Stood By Her Man. Rice is an academic who has risen through appointments. On top of that, both have other handicaps. Clinton represents a region that hasn't elected a president since 1960. She would have been better off if she were a senator from either her adopted state of Arkansas or her home state of Illinois. She is also one of the most polarizing figures in American politics with a habit of making flip remarks that energize her enemies. Rice, on the other hand; is a brittle, unpleasant person who stoked bogus fears about being nuked by Saddam. The Iraq War would hang heavily on her head in 2008.
Of course, none of this matters to Dick Morris. Next month he might peddle Dan Quayle, or Rush Limbaugh or even himself as the only way to stop the Clinton Menace. When you are flexible enough to have worked for the Clintons as well as Jesse Helms and Trent Lott, I suppose it is easy to say almost anything.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Speaking of being in denial, some conservatives argue that the Pay to Pander
program is no big deal compared to the CBS scandal. The Clinton administration
did it, too, they point out. Other liberal journalists have failed to disclose
ethically suspicious payments, they steam. Excuses, excuses. I thought we on the
Right stood against such expedient moral equivalence.
There are no
shades of gray about this, friends: the Bush Education Department subsidized a
prominent minority conservative "journalist" with federal taxpayer dollars to
sell black parents on the Teddy Kennedy-inspired No Child Left Behind boondoggle
-- a program that represents the largest single expansion in federal education
spending since Jimmy Carter created the Education Department.
fiscally irresponsible, ethically challenged and possibly illegal arrangement
deserves only one thing from conservatives: unqualified contempt.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Real men don't eat hamburgers just to show how big their mouths are. And I don't think a director would say; "now, in this next scene, Lauren, I want you to cram your fist in your mouth."
I can only imagine what Hardee's will feature young women stuffing their in their mouths--their feet, a football, a VW Beetle--during the Superbowl.
Monday, January 10, 2005
"One of the weirder things in disaster-relief-fundraising is the
Hollwood/celebrity fundraiser or telethon. A network or a group of stars who
could individually or collectively donate millions and do it right now instead
take days or weeks to organize a concert that raises in many cases less than
they could give.
Willie Nelson raised a whopping $75,000. Big deal. He could
have quietly written a check. Or he could have called a press conference,
announced that in lieu of a concert/fundraiser, he was putting an Amazon
donations button on his website and would like for each of his fans to donate
that way, so that not one cent of their donations would go to pay the overhead
of a concert."
Now how does this guy know how much Nelson can write a check for? I know he had problems with the IRS a few years ago. Look for a hasty backtrack if Mel Gibson or Toby Keith participate in a benefit.
"The best you can say for Gonzales is that he's a tool. He's a classic
minion whose career over the last decade has
consisted of concocting legal rationalizations for whatever George W. Bush wants
"There is also the detail that Gonzales is flamingly inept. He recently
vetted and endorsed the now-withdrawn nomination of the gangsterish Bernie Kerik
to be Secretary of Homeland Security. But, Bush never fires anybody for
incompetence, just for independence. And that's the single sin you can be sure
Gonzales won't commit."
Of course, that seems to be what the President wants, and what he will get.
Saturday, January 08, 2005
Friday, January 07, 2005
Heck, for that amount of money, I would talk up the No Child Left Behind act, the Iraq War, the whole shebang.
UPDATE: How could I let someone else make the obvious Godfather parallel? Kevin Drum: "So what's the fuss, anyway? As I recall, that's sort of like how the Godfather worked too. 'We got newspaper guys on our payroll. They might like a story like that.' It's amazing how often the Bush administration reminds me of that movie.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
But the good news that Sowell recites is the usual: "Those who are busy 'honoring' the deaths of American troops in Iraq seldom have much to say about what those troops accomplished. The restoration of electricity, the re-opening of hospitals and schools, and all the other things being done to try to restore a war-devastated country get little attention, and everything that has gone wrong makes the front pages and TV news for weeks on end."
Actually, I am almost certain that I have seen mainstream media reports about such facts, but I can't say for sure since they are tangential to the real story in Iraq. I don't remember the president going before the American people 2002 and saying that we must invade Iraq inorder to update the country's crumbling infrastructure.
Part of what Sowell is engaging in is preselling the blame for defeat in Iraq. "This is the approach that gave the media their biggest triumph and ego boost - the discrediting of the war in Vietnam. More than 50,000 Americans died trying to save that country from Communist attacks. Their achievements included victories on the battlefield that were negated politically by the way the American press reported the war. In recent years, Vietnam's Communist leaders themselves have admitted that they lost that war on the ground but hung on because the American anti-war movement gave them hope that they could win it politically." Anytime I see conservatives/Republicans bringing up the media in Vietnam this way, I assume their confidence in the Bush administration's ability to prevail in Iraq is shaken, so the are finding somebody to hang the blame on: The Media, Michael Moore, the French, the Democrats, somebody.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Monday, January 03, 2005
Yeah, Hugh. It's exactly like that.
Saturday, January 01, 2005
Over 400,000 kids have up-to-date immunizations.
School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.
Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the first time ever in Iraq.
Over 60,000 police are patrolling the streets.
Over 100,000 Iraqi civil defense police are securing the country.
Over 80,000 Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets side by side with US soldiers.
Over 400,000 people have telephones for the first time ever.
Girls are allowed to attend school.
The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off-loaded from ships faster.
The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in August.
All in all, a pretty lame list. Nothing remotely balances the continuing failure to defeat the terrorist insurgency that is not only killing Americans, but Iraqi non combatants at an alarming pace. Also, since their source is some guy in the national guard, I would like see some documentation of the good news. I am especially skeptical of the claim that girls could not attend school before in Iraq, under one of the more secular regimes in the Islamic world, where, if I am not mistaken, some women have been involved in various weapons-progams under Saddam.
Oh, wait. I forgot. IT WAS REPORTED ON A BLOG, WHICH MAKES IT MUCH MORE RELIABLE THAN ANYTHING IN THE DREADED MSM!