Raging Right Wing Republican

For those of us who are politically informed, and therefore Republican.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Remember, Folks: It's the GOP that'll suffer in this Election

So say the Democrats, as thousands of rats abandon ship:
We Are Fucked
by Maryscott OConnor
Mon Jan 30, 2006 at 02:16:53 PM PDT

Maryscott OConnor's diary :: ::
Look, I'll replace the original text later, but it seems cruelly, viciously ironic to keep it up right now.

What I want is a complete list of every scumsucking fuckstick Democratic asshole Senator who voted for Cloture. That's what I want.

I don't know what to DO with that list, not yet -- but I know for GODDAMNED sure I won't be VOTING for any of them, lt alone sending them any goddamned MONEY.

Frankly, right now I'd like nothing better than to torpedo the entire lot of them. Just dump them like so much worthless, leaden, VICHY MOTHERFUCKING BALLAST.

I got nothin', folks. Don't look over here if you want comfort or a nice, uplifting LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY speech.

I'M DONE WITH THEM. They are DEAD to me.

Yeah. CANTWELL and BYRD and LANDRIEU and BINGAMAN and every last motherfucking one of them, I'm DONE with them.

I'm registering Independent tomorrow. You're welcome to join me.
The anguished cries of leftists fill me with pleasure.

I didn't know I liked Samuel Alito so much.

Zarqawi: I'm Still Standing

Has it really come to this? Al Qaeda big wigs are bragging that they merely remain alive?

Seems like they've lowered their standards a bit.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Why I don't take feminists seriously

Feminists are actually less concerned about women's rights than they are with their own "right" to have an abortion.

George Bush has done more for women's rights than any president in modern history. But feminists hate him because he is opposed to abortion rights.

Bill Clinton sexually harassed more women than any president in American history. But that's okay! He supports abortion, so feminists love him. If he were ever convicted of rape, feminists would still love him because he supports abortion.

I guess all those Afghanistani women now exercizing the right to vote and those Iraqi women who no longer fear rape as a retaliation for a male relative's political beliefs don't matter as long as a pro-life Judge might be nominated to the Supreme Court in the United States.

Thugocracy

Friday, January 27, 2006

Fatah supports turn violent


These are the "moderates:"
A mob of up to 2,000 furious Fatah supporters took to the streets Friday, burning cars, firing guns and demanding the resignation of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas after the militant group Hamas trounced their party in parliamentary elections.

Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, was in the West Bank, where he called on Hamas to form a new government after its election landslide snatched power this week from Fatah’s ruling old guard.

Waving yellow Fatah flags in the flickering light of flaming bonfires, protesters swarmed around Abbas' home in Gaza City, where they shot in the air and accused him of being a "collaborator" with Israel.
CNN has the video.

Kerry to the rescue!

Just when you think the GOP is down for the count, some Democrat rides to the rescue:
Sen. John Kerry has decided to support a filibuster to block the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, CNN's Congressional Correspondent Ed Henry reported Thursday.

Kerry, in Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum, was marshaling support in phone calls during the day, Henry said.

He announced his decision Wednesday to a group of Democratic senators, urging they join him, Henry said. Kerry also has the support of his fellow Massachusetts senator, Democrat Edward Kennedy.
This will drive a wedge between Democrats as it puts tremendous pressure on vulnerable Democratic senators in the red states; it will energize the GOP's base while doing wonders for Republican fundraising; and it will prove futile, thus dispiriting rank and file liberals with a reminder of their powerlessness.

That this has no chance of succeeding is precisely why Kerry is doing it. This is Kerry being Kerry at his political "best" - taking the safely contrarian position that has no chance of being enacted while he can paint his position as one of "principle."

UPDATE: Crap. It appears the Republican leadership plans to choke it off:
Republicans have already said they'll have the 60 votes needed in the Senate to break a filibuster and end the debate, so such a threat probably won't have an impact. . . .

A cloture vote, which would end a potential filibuster, is scheduled for Monday at 4:30 p.m. EST; if cloture is approved, the final vote would be scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m EST.
Gawd damn it, guys. Give Kerry at least a week's worth of rope to hang himself with. I know we're all anxious to have this over, but let the man filibuster for some days! And I mean, make him do it right. None of this, "Oh, we'll table the matter until we're ready to invoke cloture." No, no. Keep the Senate in session around the clock. Have Kerry in the well at 2 AM ranting and raving and get it all on tape.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Froggystan is becoming Fattystan

France is battling the ultimate menace: FAT.

It seems the more they hate us, the more they love us! They hate our movies, but always go see them. They hate our music but have to pass laws mandating that a minimum number of local songs get played on the radio. And no matter how many McDonalds they destroy, the more they eat there:
McDonald's is more profitable in France than anywhere else in Europe. Sales have increased 42 percent over the past five years. Some 1.2 million French, or 2 percent of the population, eat there every day.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Democrats don't get it; neither do their friends in the media

E.J. Dionne Jr. on Karl Rove:
Rove went on: "Republicans have a post-9/11 worldview, and many Democrats have a pre-9/11 worldview. That doesn't make them unpatriotic - not at all. But it does make them wrong - deeply and profoundly and consistently wrong."

Oh, no, those Dems aren't unpatriotic, just security idiots.
Correct.

When challenged to answer the view that Democrats lack a post-9/11 worldview view, Dionne responds:
Does having a "post-9/11 worldview" mean allowing Bush to do absolutely anything he wants, any time he wants, without having to answer to the courts, Congress or the public?
In other words, the Democrats are going to enter the national security debate with nothing but criticism and no solutions of their own along with only a straw man caricature of the GOP's views.

Democrats: Does having a "post-9/11 worldview" mean allowing Bush to do absolutely anything he wants, any time he wants, without having to answer to the courts, Congress or the public?

Republicans: No.

Democrats:

Republicans: We are at war against foreign terrorists who want to kill you and your society and we'll do what it takes to stop it and the Democrats won't; we will cut your taxes and give you money and Democrats won't.

Pause for elections.

Republicans: The House will be in order ...

"I don't support the troops"

For once, we have an intellectually honest anti-war leftist who isn't afraid to air publicly what we've seen in the fringe left. But sheesh, what a dumb editorial:
I DON'T SUPPORT our troops. This is a particularly difficult opinion to have, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to put bumper stickers on his car. Supporting the troops is a position that even Calvin is unwilling to urinate on.
Indeed, but as Stein points out, it's the only logically consistent position for those who morally oppose the war in Iraq. How can you oppose the war because it is wholesale slaughter, but support the people bringing that death and destruction down upon vaunted "freedom fighters"? You can't fight a war without warriors. (Note: This is in regards to those who claim moral opposition to the war, not those who think it's bad foreign policy or being run poorly.)

We saw the true feelings of anti-war protesters during the Vietnam War, when shameful public displays toward returning war veterans repulsed the nation. Today, the political environment is no longer so friendly to such actions, so the typical leftist like Michael Moore has to shroud his views even as he attempts to portray the American soldier as nothing more than a mindless grunt enjoying the havoc he gleefully rains down on "innocent people."

If you don't believe me, just look at what Stein says:
The truth is that people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they're following orders or not. An army of people making individual moral choices may be inefficient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying.
He displays appalling ignorance with that last bit. But let's grant it. Given Stein's formulation, how can someone who morally opposes the war also claim love for those who enable it?

I think it's probably okay to question Joel Stein's patriotism.

Canadian Burn

Michael Moore, January 20, 2006.
C'mon, where's your Canadian pride? I mean, if you're going to reduce Canada to a cheap download of Bush & Co., then at least don't surrender so easily. Can't you wait until he threatens to bomb Regina? Make him work for it, for Pete's sake.

But seriously, I know you're not going to elect a guy who should really be running for governor of Utah.
Canada, last night.
Canadians installed a Conservative government in office for the first time in 12 years but with a limited mandate, signaling voters' desire for change at a measured pace.
Thus one of the most consistent political axioms in history holds true. If Michael Moore publicly supports your candidacy, you're going to lose.

It's funny, when the Right loses an election they ask, "What did we do wrong?" When the Left loses an election, it's "Why are voters so f'in stupid? Do we need to learn Conversational Retardese to communicate with them? Perhaps some balloon-animals would help. These people just don't seem smart enough to 'get' us."

I'll admit that I've never understood this "Hey, vote for us, stupid!" gambit.

Iraqis & Afghans Most Optimistic in the World

Apparently being crushed under the iron heel of Bush Hitler™'s evil empire isn't so bad:
Iraqis and Afghans are the among most optimistic people in the world when it comes to their economic future, a new survey for the BBC suggests. . . .

In Afghanistan, 70% say their own circumstances are improving, and 57% believe that the country overall is on the way up.

In Iraq, 65% believe their personal life is getting better, and 56% are upbeat about the country's economy.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Kerry to vote against Alito before voting for him and then against him. Because of Vietnam

Via the Boston Globe:
Sen. John Kerry said Sunday he will vote against Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. because he fears Alito would take the country "backwards."

Kerry, the failed Democratic nominee for president in 2004, also voted against now-Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. But Alito, Kerry said Sunday, goes even farther than Roberts in undermining established legal precedents.
So does Kerry think that slavery and segregation should still be legal because they were "established legal precedents"?

Calling a qualified conservative judicial nominee "out of the mainstream" at a time when conservatives control the House, the Senate, and the White House, is a rather strange strategy. I will continue to point out the withering contempt I hold for the likes of Kerry, Kennedy, et al who, while firing off righteous-sounding condemnations to justify their misuse of our advice and consent system, accuse qualified judicial candidates they oppose of barely concealed racism and misogyny.

Such opportunistic, fringe-pleasing character assassination against a highly qualified, highly educated legal conservative is precisely the kind of venomous nonsense that is poisoning our political system almost beyond repair.

That the charges come from the particulars in question simply means that God is an ironist.

I Would Be Too, If You Were My Mom

Moore Meddles in Canadian Election


Michael Moore has taken a break from the buffet table to tell us how aghast he is at the thought that Canadians might actually elect a Conservative government. It's infested with the same logical leaps, half-truths, smoke and mirror tactics he's always been known for.
Oh, Canada -- you're not really going to elect a Conservative majority on Monday, are you? That's a joke, right? I know you have a great sense of humor, and certainly a well-developed sense of irony, but this is no longer funny. Maybe it's a new form of Canadian irony -- reverse irony! OK, now I get it. First, you have the courage to stand against the war in Iraq -- and then you elect a prime minister who's for it. You declare gay people have equal rights -- and then you elect a man who says they don't. You give your native peoples their own autonomy and their own territory -- and then you vote for a man who wants to cut aid to these poorest of your citizens. Wow, that is intense! Only Canadians could pull off a hat trick of humor like that. My hat's off to you.
Does anybody actually think that the change in government is going to result in Canada going to Iraq?

Oh, and:
Far be it from me, as an American, to suggest what you should do.
Ahem:
A Queen's University student and president of the Ontario Campus Conservatives has launched a Web site and online petition calling on Elections Canada to charge Moore with interfering in the recent federal election. When Moore was in Toronto during the election, promoting his film Fahrenheit 9/11, he urged Canadians to rally against Conservative leader Stephen Harper.

According to the Canada Elections Act, it is an offence for anyone who is not a Canadian citizen and does not live in Canada to "in any way induce electors to vote or refrain from voting or vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate" during an election period.
I love his whole, "I'm not trying to tell you what to do, but PLEASE DON'T!" schtick.

The Conservatives will most likely win a minority government. But I have the sense that no matter who wins, nothing much will change in Canada.

Jimmy Carter Shills for Hamas


He's applauding the participation of the Hamas terrorist gang in Palestinian government:
Carter told CNN in an interview that although Hamas were "so-called terrorists," so far "there have been no complaints of corruption against [their] elected officials."

He conceded that "there is an element within Hamas who deny Israel's right to exist," but compared the current situation to negotiations with the PLO, which was still outlawed as a terrorist organization during his presidency.

He drew an additional comparison with Menachem Begin's rise to Israel's premiership in the seventies. "The Irgun, to which Begin belonged, was also characterized as a terrorist organization," he noted.
"So-called"? Slaughtering hundreds of innocent men, women and children, blowing up buses, pizzerias, discos and other public places only makes you a "so-called terrorist?" Once again, Jimmy Carter proves the best service he ever performed for this country was leaving office.

If one's goal is to destroy Israel, I suppose it only makes sense to elect Hamas to the government. Makes it a lot easier to train terrorists and funnel that tax money into "charitable causes."

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Democrats: the gifts that keep on giving

John Podhoretz:
EVERY TIME I THINK THE GOP IS TOAST . . . a Democratic politician opens his or her mouth.
That, in a nutshell, is the story of Election '06.

John Kerry, Howard Dean, Michael Moore... some ambitious young poli-sci graduate should write a thesis on subconscious Democratic complicity in Republican rule.

Proof George Bush is Trying to turn America into a Theocracy

The beer my friend bought for the Panthers / Seahawks game? 3.2% alcohol.

What the hell is that all about, Jesus?

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Osama Tape Littered with Liberal Talking Points

Is Osama secretly a Democrat? He hits all the right notes!

QUAGMIRE:
"[T]he [American] soldier is caught between two hard options. He either refuses to leave his military camp on patrols and is therefore dogged by ruthless punishments enacted by the Vietnam Butcher (U.S. army) or he gets destroyed by the mines.... The solution is in your hands if you care about them (the soldiers)."
He even managed to throw a Vietnam tie-in. You have to admire his skill.

IRAQ WORSE OFF AFTER INVASION:
"On another issue, jihad (holy war) is ongoing, thank God, despite all the oppressive measures adopted by the U.S Army and its agents (which is) to a point where there is no difference between this criminality and Saddam's criminality, as it has reached the degree of raping women and taking them as hostages instead of their husbands."
Aren't the ones who are raping all these women and cutting off their heads, you know, Osama's men? Yeah, I guess we're to blame.

What anti-Bush liberal rant wouldn't be complete without a sneering reference to his "mission accomplished" moment on the now infamous aircraft carrier?

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:
"[I]f you compare the small number of dead on the day that Bush announced the end of major operations in that fake, ridiculous show aboard the aircraft carrier with the tenfold number of dead and wounded who were killed in the smaller operations, you would know the truth of what I say.
Seriously, it's like someone is sending him these things.

HALIBURTON:
"There is no shame in this solution, which prevents the wasting of billions of dollars that have gone to those with influence and merchants of war in America who have supported Bush's election campaign with billions of dollars which lets us understand the insistence by Bush and his gang to carry on with war."

Damn That Global Warming

Russia's severest cold in a quarter of a century, with temperatures in Moscow at minus 8 Saturday, has killed at least 40 people and strained the nation's crumbling infrastructure, with residents piling on the blankets and heating bricks to keep warm.
Damn that ChimpyMcHitlerburton Bush and his global warming! Damn him to hell!

Of course, you do realize that unusually cold temperatures are proof of global warming. As are unusually hot temperatures, unusually dry periods and unusually wet periods, not to mention tsunamis, earthquakes, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, puppies, butterflies, the war in Iraq, and techno-music.

Everything is proof of global warming! Those global warming people are geniuses.

Who Said This?

Can you tell who wrote the following passage?
1) "When the Bush administration uses white phosphorous on innocent men, women, children, and babies, when it uses illegal imprisonment and immoral torture on fellow members of the human race, when it invades and occupies another country that is no threat to the USA, we must say No. BushCo is an out of control entity which needs to be reined in by us! The longer the horror of Iraq continues, the more war crimes are committed and the more innocent lives ruined."

2) "The torturing of men has reached the point of using chemical acids and electric drills in their joints. If they become desperate with them, they put the drill on their heads until death. If you like, read the humanitarian reports on the atrocities and crimes in the prisons of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. I say that despite all the barbaric methods, they have failed to ease resistance, and the number of mujahideen is increasing."
Your choices are between Cindy Sheehan and Osama Bin Laden.

They're not "anti-war," they're just on the other side.

Friday, January 20, 2006

I'm So Confused!

"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a visit to Syria Thursday to consolidate an old alliance made increasingly crucial as both countries face mounting U.S. pressure and the threat of international sanctions," the Associated Press reports:
Syria is Iran's closest Arab ally. The two countries have had close relations since 1980 when Syria sided with Iran against Iraq at the start of the Iran-Iraq war.
This has to be a mistake! How could they ever work together? Syria is a secular dictatorship and Iran is run by muslim fundamentalists. The same reason Iraq and al-Qaeda could never have had a collaborative relationship.

Aside from the terrorist training camps, celebration of the 9/11 attacks, and sheltering of al-Zarqawi, I mean. Details, details.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Remember Terri Schiavo?

Looks like we have another case on our hands. Read all of it.

Except in this case, the afflicted victim has expressed no will towards being unplugged whatsoever, making the case against letting her starve to death even stronger than it was in Schiavo's case.

Just as everyone had given up hope, she began to recover.
Everyone had given up on Haleigh--except Haleigh.

This is a huge story, a wake-up call to "right-to-die" ideologues who recklessly put such unlimited trust in the medical profession and Nanny State. The same government bureaucrats and doctors who had conclusively deemed the 11-year-old girl "hopeless" and her vegetative state "irreversible" now tell us she is responding to stimuli and breathing on her own.

They were wrong.
But it isn't enough. The fight has just begun. It could turn into as tumultuous an issue as the Schiavo affair.

Sex Differences

Men and women are different. Only ideologues and feminists deny the differences between the sexes. Here's a new study that shows one of them:
ROME, Jan. 18 - In "Don Juan" Lord Byron wrote, "Sweet is revenge - especially to women." But a study released Wednesday, bolstered by magnetic resonance imaging, suggests that men may be the more natural avengers.

In the study, when male subjects witnessed people they perceived as bad guys being zapped by a mild electrical shock, their M.R.I. scans lit up in primitive brain areas associated with reward. Their brains' empathy centers remained dull.

Women watching the punishment, in contrast, showed no response in centers associated with pleasure. Even though they also said they did not like the bad guys, their empathy centers still quietly glowed.

The study seems to show for the first time in physical terms what many people probably assume they already know: that women are generally more empathetic than men, and that men take great pleasure in seeing revenge exacted.
I didn't need science to tell me this, but there it is.

These natural differences are why why with all our opportunities, we have professions where the proportion of men and women in each field are vastly different. Feminists write this up as evidence as proof positive of discrimination against women, but it's really just that women are inclined to pursue different kinds of careers than men. And there are roles that each sex is better capable of serving.

How many women do you know that are construction workers?

(Hat tip to Keith Burgess-Jackson for the story.)

Quick Thoughts on Bin Laden's Message

Osama Bin Laden sent a message today to the US and its allies regarding his future Jihad. It's going to be analyzed to death so I'll just do a quick rundown.

He starts with:
وأحوالنا بفضل الله من حسن إلى أحسن وأحوالكم على العكس من ذلك
"Our situation, thanks to Allah, is better than yours." In other words, he needs to keep up the appearance and bravado to the West and his followers that al Qaeda is strong.

Then he says:
ولكن استنهض همتي للحديث عن مغالطات رئيسكم بوش المتكررة في تعليقه على نتائج استطلاعات الرأي عندكم والتي أفادت أن الغالبية العظمي منكم يرغبون بسحب القوات الأميركية من العراق، ولكنه اعترض على هذه الرغبة وقال إن سحب القوات يعطي رسالة خاطئة للخصوم وإنه من الأفضل أن نقاتلهم على أرضهم خيرا من أن يقاتلونا على أرضنا
"Your polls indicate that your people want a withdrawal from Iraq, but your president objected as this would constitute a wrong message to the foes. And it is best that we fight them (Americans) on their land than on ours."

He obviously wants the reverse of this situation.

Continuing:
هو أنه من الأفضل أن لا نقاتل المسلمين على أرضهم ولا يقاتلونا على أرضنا ولا مانع لدينا من إجابتكم إلى هدنة طويلة الأمد بشروط عادلة نفي بها فنحن أمة حرم الله علينا الغدر والكذب، لينعم في هذه الهدنة الطرفان بالأمن والاستقرار ولنبني العراق وأفغانستان اللتين دمرتهما الحرب
وبعد ذلك سأعلن أن التدخل الأميركي في دول العالم قد انتهى وبشكل نهائي.
He wants a "truce," all of which demands US withdrawal and surrender.

He then goes on for another ten minutes.

Summarizing the message:
  • He wants us to believe the war is going al-Qaeda's way.
  • Osama Bin Laden keeps an eye on our political process, just as those of us who've advised that we hold fast and not give into defeatism have said. This is proof that his actions are designed in part to ignite the flames of the anti-war opposition inside the US. He knows he can't beat us militarily, but he can sap us of our will to use our strength.
  • Al-Qaeda's operations will not be confined to Iraq. Meaning other countries will soon become operational areas for al-Qaeda.
  • He claims that his men have penetrated our security systems.
  • After Iraq and the developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the advent of US Homeland Security, al-Qaeda is reassessing it's strategies.
  • He taunts that the lack of attacks are not the result of our security efforts but merely that these operations are still in planning, and that they will occur in the future.
  • This call for a "long term armistice" is nothing more than a ploy which Arafat wielded masterfully numerous times to give himself and Palestinian terrorists time to bide their time and lick their wounds.
  • Canadian Assessment of US Conservative Views on Election

    I pretty much agree with all of this.

    In 4 days we'll know if we're dealing with a friendlier government up North. If Harper wins, then we can add him alongside the list of other allies like Britain's Blair, Germany's Merkel and Australia's Howard who overcame their country's liberal opposition. Having leaders who are on the same page, or at least not vehemently appalled by America like Jacques Chirac will help dealing with Iran and solving other problems.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006

    Life Imitates the Onion

    "Adorable Democratic Candidate Actually Believes He Has a Chance"--headline, Onion, July 30, 2003

    "Tom Daschle Considers Bid for President"--headline, Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Jan. 17, 2006

    The Perfect Gift for your Man Hating Friend

    "I feel that 'man-hating' is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them." -- Robin Morgan, MS. Magazine Editor
    That's right! Get your "All men are bastards" knife block right here.

    I'd imagine that if it was an animal that was getting this treatment we'd see the PETA up in arms, but since it's just a man there's no problem.

    It's a pretty good warning sign for a woman with issues, at least. If you see this on the first date you can hit the road early because you know you're wasting your time.

    The man is red. Why do these people hate Native Americans?

    Monday, January 16, 2006

    Death Penalty Opponent Waves After Murder Strikes Close to Home

    As they say, liberals are just conservatives who haven't been mugged yet:
    Since then I've thought a great deal about the death penalty. It's hard not to, and not just because a heinous crime hit so close to home. More recently, lawyers, politicians and even Supreme Court justices are increasingly questioning the role of the death penalty in our justice system. I always thought I knew exactly where I stood on this issue, but now I find myself constantly wavering. . . .

    Before this happened, I likely would have argued that this young defendant had extenuating circumstances beyond his control. But not anymore. Maybe it's because my daughter is almost the same age as Constantine was when he was killed, or maybe it's because the reality of experience trumps theoretical beliefs. Whatever the reason, when I looked at the young man sitting at the defense table, I didn't see a victim. All I saw was the man who took my family member's life.
    This woman seems only mildly pro-death penalty, what with all her prohibitions against executing "juveniles" and "the innocent."

    She won't be truly pro-death penalty until she can dance around and fire her gun in the air after every execution, like we do proudly, here in Pennsylvania.

    Cronkite Says Cut & Run

    What a difference 38 years makes...

    In 1968 Walter Cronkite's abandonment of journalistic neutrality in proclaiming the Vietnam War "unwinnable" was hailed as a landmark moment by war protesters and the media. His comments on Iraq this weekend show him to be the tottering old fool that he is; and there's no one lining up to heap praise on a bitter old lefty...

    Sunday, January 15, 2006

    Eric Alterman to Debate Tucker Carlson on 'Conservative Media Bias'

    "You can boil it down to this - everybody [in the media] kind of went to the same school, everybody kind of comes from the same background, everybody sort of grew up in roughly the same areas on the coasts," Carlson said. "You don't find a lot of vigorous, committed, Dutch Reform Protestants from Grand Rapids in the New York Times newsroom."
    Mr. Denial himself, Eric Alterman, is set to debate with Tucker Carlson over media bias. Alterman's take: "There's no question that television leans rightward rather than leftward" and that "liberal points of view are underrepresented on national and cable news television."

    Some other fine comedy from Alterman about "bias:"
    "I would say that right-wingers, like Bill O'Reilly, like Rush Limbaugh, like Sean Hannity, definitely dominate the discourse on television.
    First of all, O'Reilly has no place being lumped in with conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. He may tilt to the right, but a man who favors legalizing marijuana, gay marriage, euthanasia, price controls, opposes the death penalty, is mostly pro-choice, and more can hardly be characterized as the Right's flag-bearer. He's more anti-Left than pro-Right, dismantling left-wing defeatism in the war on terror, which does give the service he performs great value.

    While Hannity and O'Reilly might dominate on Fox News, I hardly doubt that they "dominate the discourse" on CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, the New York Times, the LA Times, the AP, Reuters, USA Today, and every other media outlet, which Alterman fails to find an example of conservative bias coming from them. Although I suppose when you're as far to the left as Alterman anything short of Karl Marx looks conservative.

    Even then, Alterman commits the classic error of those who decry "rightward" bias in the media: he lumps hard news and opinion together as one. The world of opinion, the one in which Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity operate, has bias by nature. That's what it is. It's the hard news outlets that purport to possess unvarnished truth and present it in a supposedly unbiased fashion, where conservative ire is directed.

    Stark Raving Mad

    British MP George Galloway, that Saddam worshipping hero to the American left, is quite clearly a nutcase. It isn't getting much play in the US, but the British are abuzz over his latest escapade: a stint in the "Big Brother" house.

    It's another reality TV show, kind of like "Survivor" and "American Idol" put together. It's bad enough that he's stooped this low, but his behavior has become downright bizarre. Maybe he's just comfortable in the role? His impersonation of a cat has people talking:
    The controversial MP made Labour Chief Whip Hilary Armstrong "cringe" when he pretended to be a cat. He crawled on all fours, buried his head in actress Rula Lenska's lap, left, and licked imaginary milk from her hands. She rubbed the "cream" from his "whiskers" and stroked his head and behind his ears.
    He's dressed up as Dracula, too - something I could see him doing. Oh, but of course it's all for a good cause. The proceeds will go to charity. One problem: the charity, Inerpal, has been named by the U.S. government as a "specially designated global terrorist" organization.

    Oops!

    Saturday, January 14, 2006

    "Homeless Millionare"

    It's sad:
    He's a direct descendant of one of America's wealthiest families, but Alexis du Pont de Bie Sr. says he's now "literally destitute and homeless" - at least by du Pont standards. He grew up in a house with 20 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, set on a 260-acre estate in Delaware, but now he sleeps on the sofas of kindhearted friends.
    He once had a trust fund worth $7 million, but now it's worth only $2.7 million - trimming his monthly allowance to $3,000.

    "It has not been easy," de Bie, 62, told the Daily News yesterday. "I think I have just about worn out my welcome with the darling friends who have put up with me. I live from day to day and I survive."
    Finally! The sort of homeless person with breeding and class that I, as a Republican, can feel sorry for. A lesson should be learned from Mr. DuPont by other homeless so-called "people."

    Big Brother

    An article in The New Republic details the latest example of George W. Bush's lustful desire to monitor every single thing that private American citizens can do.
    The rightward shift can also be seen in a raft of other recent laws: Carrying a nationally recognized form of ID has been mandatory since January of last year. Ministries have slashed art subsidies and welfare. And, in July, the parliament approved a security package allowing video surveillance on the streets and government access to records of Internet surfing, information about book and video purchases (and rentals), vacation plans, medical records, and health club memberships, as well as continuing access to private phone conversations and bank transactions. All such records in private hands must be kept for a minimum of three years and delivered to authorities on demand.
    Oh, did I say George W. Bush? This happened in that bastion of left wing tolerance and freedom, the Netherlands. These laws were put in place to deal with the rising Islamist problem in their country. This is about a hundred times more intrusive than the Patriot Act could ever be. But, as usual, the Michael Moore and MoveOn types still view Bush's America as a fascist police state while holding up Europe as the social model we should all aspire to.

    Liberals raise white flag on Alito

    The Democrats sound retreat. But we all know Alito was as good as appointed, anyway. The hearing was just a Democrat charade they were putting on so the rabid leftwingers pulling the purse strings will keep sending the money.

    The Democrats can only hope the public wasn't paying attention this week; for if they were, the damage the Democrats have done to themselves is incalculable. (I know they succeeded in purging whatever thoughts I had of staying home on election day.) Did Ted Kennedy really mean to wind down his career in the Senate by playing the role of McCarthy's successor?

    Better yet, the "Bork effect" is dead. Rock solid, don't-give-an-inch conservatives are now viable for the Supreme Court.

    Friday, January 13, 2006

    "I'm too old to die"

    Nonsense! String him up!
    California's oldest death row inmate - a 75-year-old who is legally blind and nearly deaf - is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to do something it has never done before: block an execution because of the condemned man's advanced age and infirmity.
    Why should old age, of all things, disable a death sentence? In the natural sense, the two are hardly separated.

    The entire reason he got to be so old in the first place is because he kept delaying his sentence through various appeals. If he wanted to die younger he shouldn't have resisted in the first place.

    Finally, this from Robert Rocha, brother of the victim:
    "Mr. Allen feels he is too old to die," Rocha said. "We feel Josephine was too young to die. She was only 17 when she was taken from us and murdered."
    Rope. Tree.

    Irony Is Lost on the Dumb


    She's wearing a dress with blood on it to protest the fact that Alito might get on the court and one day stop abortion.

    Why doesn't she just wear a shirt that says, "I R STUPID"?

    Thursday, January 12, 2006

    Ted Kennedy's Sexist Elitist Club

    Let me get this straight: Sam Alito, who worked hard in New Jersey public schools, got into Princeton on his own merits, took his meals in the coed dining hall and had nothing to do with the all-male Princeton eating clubs, is getting guff from Ted Kennedy, Boston elitist who got into Harvard on other people's merits, and who just a few months ago reconfirmed his membership in the Owl Club, which according to the Washington Times has "long been reviled on campus as sexist and elitist, and in 1984, was booted from the university for violating federal anti-discrimination laws."

    What Media Bias?

    AP reports on Alito's wife crying... suggesting that it was Lindsey Graham who caused it!

    It was of course constant Democrat charges of bigotry that drove Mrs. Alito to tears. Lindsey Graham merely asked the question they were, but in a way meant to allow him to rebut it directly and forcefully. (Simply view the video clip in the post below.) So the AP reports:
    Martha-Ann Bomgardner, who had sat behind her husband for hours of questioning over several days, left as her husband was being questioned by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
    "'Are you really a closet bigot?' Graham asked Alito. The nominee said no, and Graham said, "No sir, you’re not."
    You've got to be kidding me.

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006

    Whaaat? Kim Jong II Disappears?

    Now, I know someone's yankin' my chain, but you never know...
    Beijing - North Korean leader Kim Jong II has disappeared in China. His luxurious special train which reportedly crossed the border into China Tuesday morning at Dandong was nowhere to be found Wednesday.
    'We really would like to know where he is, but we simply don't have a clue,' said a South Korean military attache, who added he felt he was left in the lurch by his own intelligence services.

    Although the train was seen travelling in the direction of Beijing by officials at two railway stations, Kim did not show up in the Chinese capital, sparking a torrent of speculation.
    I think I speak for every American when I say I just pray he's safe, healthy, and comfortable.

    Oh, and also: Murdered.

    Democrats Drive Mrs. Alito to Tears

    Way to go, guys.

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006

    Biden v Alito -- the abridged Senate Confirmation Hearing

    Biden: "With all do respect, Judge-and I say this in the spirit of congeniality-you're quite a racist, aren't you?"
    Alito: "No sir, I don't believe I am."
    Biden: "Sure you are."
    Alito: "No, I --"
    Biden: "Yes, you are."
    Alito: "-Actually, I don't believe I'm a racist at all, Senator --"
    Biden: "It's okay, you can say it, I'm not judging you. I'm simply noting that it must be hard to make clear-eyed legal decisions what with that pointy white hood covering your racist face all the time."
    Alito: "I don't accept that characterization, Senator --"
    Biden: "-- Please, I don't mean for you to take offense. Really I don't. After all, not everyone can be as sensitive to the suffering of the Negroes as, say, I or my Democratic colleagues are. We all know that."
    Alito: "But I --"
    Biden: "-Relax. There's no shame holding onto a bit of quote unquote old boy traditionalism, sir. I'm not here to judge, trust me."
    Alito: "Of course not, Senator."
    Biden: "I mean, not everyone can be a Rosa Parks or a Martin Luther King Jr, after all, right? The world needs its Bull Connors, too."
    Alito:

    Monday, January 09, 2006

    Lies, Myths, & Downright Stupidity: Gun Control

    Watch and learn. John Stossel is awesome.

    Sunday, January 08, 2006

    Steven Colbert: Pro Torture?

    I'm not sure if the sometimes-funny-sometimes-not friend of Jon Stewart is doing this for the comedy of it or if he agrees with what he's saying, but I don't care. It's funny either way.

    I am so the Blue Colbert.

    Saturday, January 07, 2006

    "You're not sick, go away"

    Imagine walking into the doctor's office for your appointment to receive treatment for an ailment. Instead the secretary curtly informs you that you are no longer on the rolls as a patient before being quickly dismissed.

    This is exactly what is happening in Great Britain of all places, as the problems inherent in socialized medicine continue to fester. Due to scarcity of resources, patients who need treatment are being cut from the healthcare rolls. The government, faced with a shortage of resources, has calculated that a good number of patients constitute "dead weight," and as such resources that would ordinarily be used to treat these sick people are being cannibalized in favor of those remaining.

    In a socialist system this is inevitable; by lowering prices, the government artificially increases demand when the supply itself has not changed. People who would otherwise not do anything take advantage of the free service and have operations that they otherwise would not have. As a result, doctors and hospitals become buried in ever increasing amounts of work and patients to treat, and so they inevitably must choose to ration their resources, like desperate men in a lifeboat fending off the drowning at sea. Not only does this ruin it for everybody, but it also makes it harder for those who truly need the treatment to receive it.

    It is often not those who need it who are then given this wanted commodity, but those who have the most power to sway the system into action in their favor. The rich, the corporatists, and so on, those can sway the politicians, and the system that initially proposed to help the common man ends up locking them out.

    In contrast, a free market system distributes resources as they are needed, because they are moderated by cost, and as such there are no shortages. There's no shortages in a free market system because the less of the item there is, the higher the price goes, so the less people will buy it except those who absolutely, positively have to have it.

    Furthermore, the doctor answers to nobody except the patient. His salary depends on the service his patient gets, not something the government sends regardless. Everyone can access healthcare whenever they need it because there's no government middleman to get through.

    The resources necessary to maintain a socialist healthcare system increase exponentially with decreasing returns. In short, the only way to maintain it is if we possessed infinite resources to shovel down that rat hole.

    Punishment for Repeatedly Raping Child Over 4 Years? 60 Days Prison

    Judicial arrogance at its rock-bottom worst:
    There was outrage Wednesday when a Vermont judge handed out a 60-day jail sentence to a man who raped a little girl many,many times over a four-year span starting when she was seven.
    The judge said he no longer believes in punishment and is more concerned about rehabilitation.

    Prosecutors argued that confessed child-rapist Mark Hulett, 34, of Williston deserved at least eight years behind bars for repeatedly raping a littler girl countless times starting when she was seven.

    But Judge Edward Cashman disagreed explaining that he no longer believes that punishment works.
    Well, genius, you may believe that, but the laws in force in the state do not, and you are appointed to enforce the existing laws, not substitute the ones you would prefer.

    Anyone ever notice that it's usually the liberal judges who arrogate this sort of power to themselves? When's the last time you heard of a Law & Order type conservative judge giving a man 50 years for jaywalking, just because he thinks "all laws are deserving of tough enforcement"?

    Incredible.

    Court: Vouchers Unconstitutional Because They Work Really Well

    The rationale for striking down Florida's voucher program:
    In a 5-2 ruling, the high court said the program undermines the public schools and violates the Florida Constitution’s requirement of a uniform system of free public education.
    "Undermine" apparently means "embarrass by outperforming" and the Florida Constitution, I guess, requires a uniformly bad system of public education, especially for minorities.

    Say Anything notes:
    Most remarkable has been minority student progress. While the percentage of white third-graders reading at or above grade level has increased to 78% from 70% in 2001, the percentage among Hispanic third-graders has climbed from 46% to 61%, and among blacks from 36% to 52%. Graduation rates for Hispanic students have increased from 52.8% before the program started to 64% today; and for black students from 48.7% to 57.3%. Minority schoolchildren are not making such academic strides anywhere else.
    He's surprised that the NAACP opposed the voucher program. But it's not really in their interests, when you think about it. Considering that these "victim groups" entire existence is predicated on the fact that there's a group of disenfranchised victims, the actual process of these people pulling themselves out of their predicament would mean the death of the NAACP. Perpetuating failure is where the money is at.

    French "Guerilla Artist" Attempts to Destroy French Sculpture Worth $3.6 Million

    And what was that sculpture? The toilet. Yes, that toilet. A porcelain toilet titled "Fountain." I wish I could've come up with the idea of ripping a urinal out from the wall and simply placing it up for applause. It's art!

    You kind of want to put down the "guerilla artist" for calling his vandalism "art," but then you sort of say, "Well, okay... It's a toilet. I guess I really don't care after all."

    The entire nation of France is paralyzed over the difficult decision of which artist to side with as being "edgier."

    They Hate Us for our Freedom: Lawmakers Want to Ban Sale of Cold Beer

    They figure that if you can only sell warm beer, you have to take it home to cool it and then drink it, which will cut down on drunk driving.

    One problem: the kind of guy who's going to immediately crack open a Schlitz after buying it at a 7-11 and then drive to work probably isn't going to be too put off by the fact that it's not cold.

    If we drink only warm beer, we'll be... BRITISH. Do we really want to repeal the American revolution?

    This reminds me of that idiotic documentary, "SuperSize Me!" In both that case and here, the mere presence of the item is supposed to be the problem. But is the problem really that we can go buy beer at a store, or that there's an idiot that doesn't understand that you're not supposed to stuff your fat face full of fatty food or nothing but alcohol? If you drink gallons of beer, you'll get drunk. If you eat nothing but fast food, you'll get fat, and if you eat candy by the handful your teeth will rot.

    Surprise!

    But we're not alone. Lawmakers up North in Canada have their own solution to alcoholics: give them more booze.

    They claim it reduces crime.
    Giving homeless alcoholics a regular supply of booze may improve their health and their behavior, the Canadian Medical Association Journal said in a study published on Tuesday.
    Any downside?
    Three of the 17 participants died during the program, succumbing to alcohol-related illnesses...
    Ah. Well, there's always that, right?
    ...that might have killed them anyway, the study said.
    Studies say a lot of things.

    Hate Whitey: No Tears for Dead White Coal Miners

    Nice. That's Wilbert Tatum, writing in the (mostly) black Amsterdam News.

    I'm pretty sure shed-no-tears-for-tragically-killed-white-people was the main thrust of MLK's "I have a dream" speech.

    Yeah, those Appalachian coal miners just had it too good, didn't they? Tradin' on their "white skin privilege" to claim cushy, glamorous jobs in their fancy-pants coal mines with their gold-plated flashlight-helmets and plat-ee-num picks and shovels, driving home in their Lambourghinis to snort coke off the asses of movie stars in their million-dollar mansions.

    I'm glad only white people can be guilty of irrational and vicious racial hatred, or else I might be worried about these guys.

    Saddam's Terror Training Camps


    Stephen F. Hayes reports on a Saddam-terror connection that hasn't gotten much attention up to now:
    Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.
    The secret training took place primarily at three camps--in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak--and was directed by elite Iraqi military units. Interviews by U.S. government interrogators with Iraqi regime officials and military leaders corroborate the documentary evidence. Many of the fighters were drawn from terrorist groups in northern Africa with close ties to al Qaeda, chief among them Algeria's GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Some 2,000 terrorists were trained at these Iraqi camps each year from 1999 to 2002, putting the total number at or above 8,000. Intelligence officials believe that some of these terrorists returned to Iraq and are responsible for attacks against Americans and Iraqis.

    Tuesday, January 03, 2006

    The New York Times: Undermining the War Effort, and Proud Of It

    As Woody Allen said in Sleeper, "The New York Times is an organization that helps terrorists kill innocent civilians. Sort of as a public service."

    Remember how liberals, in particular, blasted the Bush Administration for failing to engage the Muslim world through "public diplomacy," and the like?

    Well, the Bush Administration did just that in Iraq, paying Muslim Sunni scholars to help them craft propaganda and information pieces to help defuse the insurgency.

    The Times writes this up as if it's something nefarious, and also, you know, pretty much kills the usefulness of the program entirely:
    Internal company financial records show that Lincoln spent about $144,000 on the program from May to September. It is unclear how much of this money, if any, went to the religious scholars, whose identities could not be learned.
    Although, apparently, they tried to learn those names. To what end? To print their names so that they could be murdered?
    The amount is a tiny portion of the contracts, worth tens of millions, that Lincoln has received from the military for "information operations," but the effort is especially sensitive.
    Yes, it is especially sensitive. Propaganda efforts always are. And thank you so much for ratting us out.

    How do they justify running a piece like this when they cannot even hint at what could be unethical, let alone illegal, about it? It's a nothing of a story that does nothing to inform Americans (it's common sense that we'd be doing this, after all) and only serves the purposes of al-Qaeda.

    So, Sunni clerics were paid by the US to help us; yet the NYT continues to help al-Qaeda at no charge.

    Rethinking the Holocaust, Middle Eastern Style

    A discussion about the Holocaust, which aired December 27 on the Iranian News Channel (IRINN), revealed what we've all secretly known all along: the wholesale slaughter of Jews in concentration camps in WWII is, in fact, a "myth," and the crematoria and gas chambers used by the Nazis were really just public health tools-the crematoria "used to burn the bodies of those who died of typhus or contagious diseases" and the gas chambers "for disinfecting the clothes and the possessions of the prisoners."

    Which, I'm glad that much has been cleared up, because I'd always been taught to believe the worst.

    Alternately-and let's stipulate for purposes of this very narrow argument that the Holocaust actually did happen (and is not some Zionist myth meant to drum up international support for Jewry, though we all know the suggestion is at best dubious)-even if the Holocaust were real, the Israeli program of targeting terror leaders bent on slaughtering teenagers in malls or children on school buses is, by any objective measure, a far worse crime than the Nazi Final Solution. At least, so says Syrian TV.

    Which argument makes sense, if you think about it from the perspective of Islam, because in one scenario Muslims are being targeted, while in the other, it's only dogs and pigs-vermin-who are being exterminated. So, y'know. QED.

    Anyway, it's high time the Truth is being told about one of history's greatest political frauds. And thankfully, it looks like some in the west are beginning to get the message!