I'm the Victim!

Okay, I'm gonna tell you here and now what's going to happen at the Saddam Trial. Assuming he doesn't try a Vinny "The Chin" Gigante defense, watch for Saddam and his band of merry men to use a bunch of international law cliches ad nauseum: "I do not recognize this court for it is the product of an illegal military occupation of a sovereign nation! I am the rightful leader of Iraq! This goes against the United Nations' charter!" and so on. Watch for him to make statements very similar to those you hear from Moveon.org, ANSWER, Jacque Chirac, et al.


Common Tyranny

"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
-Hillary Clinton

"The workers and peasants must and will prove that they can properly distribute labour, establish devoted discipline and ensure loyalty in working for the common good, and can do it themselves, without the landowners and in spite of them, without the capitalists and in spite of them."
-V.I. Lenin

"The Common Good Before the Individual Good."
-Nazi Slogan

Unfair comparisons? I'll let you decide.


Back on the Christmas Card List

This AP News Alert amuses me: WASHINGTON - The State Department says the United States has resumed diplomatic relations with Libya after a 24-year break. A break? It almost sounds like the U.S. and Libya were dating at one time, but decided to "take a break." Now I guess there won't be that awkwardness at parties when they run into each other..."Oh, Libya...you're looking well..."


Mongolia has decided to slowly move back multi-party rule with their recent elections. Check out some of the quotes in this article...they're quite telling on the subject of what people in third-world countries think about government and who should rule. My favorite quote is from reeling Prime Minister Nambariin Enkhbayar: "It is unknown why so many voters turned to another party." Classic.

New & Improved

Woke up this morning to find that the Middle East has a new country. Well, a new country with an old name. The new and improved Iraq (now with 73% more freedom!) became a reality today with an early handover of sovereignty. I've said before, this is a good thing as the Iraqi leaders can handle the terrorists their way.



A little action here in Vegas on the Fahrenheit 911 front. KLAS got the story of a man assaulted by some Moveon.org neanderthals outside a local theater after one of the showings. All the guy did was say there's no difference between Bush and Kerry. Imagine if he'd actually praised Bush.

No Apologies

Props to Cheney for not offering a fake apology for his dressing down of Pat Leahy. He did it, he doesn't regret it. I respect that stance more than phony contrition.


Say Uncle

Amazing what a good ass-kicking can do. Muqtada al Sadr, the Orson Welles of Muslim Clerics, and his militia have agreed to another cease fire after getting plowed by the coalition forces yet again. This is one of the unsung stories of the war. While we're in a tizzy over the naked twister games in Abu Ghraib, we've put down the insurgents with a masterful military operation. Journalism is dead.


Frank Exchange of Views

Dick Cheney may be pimp easy in television interviews, but when it boils down in the Congressional hizzle after some punk ass bitch gets all flipmouth, DC's ready to throw down fo'shizzle, ya dig?


The Science of Media Bias

A couple guys at the University of Chicago and UCLA did a scientific study of media bias. Their findings? Only the Drudge Report and Fox News Special Report skew to the right and even then it's just an inch or so. Their research is narrowed to citings of think tanks by the media outlets, so it isn't exhaustive, but it's yet another exhibit in Bernard Goldberg's case.

That's Telling 'Em

Saudi Arabia is giving the terrorists one month to surrender. Wow...I bet they're just quaking in the boots. Why don't we make it two? Three?


Another Nail In The Coffin

The road to extinction continues for the newspaper industry as it becomes clear they're cooking the books, circulation-wise. Time to face facts boys, you're behind the Times.


Total Crap 9/11

The Mighty Hitch takes us to school once again with a point-by-point annihilation of Michael Moore's anti-American screed, Fahrenheit 911. Notice how Hitchens continues to use the English language to say with style: it stinks...

"To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental."

Reagan v. Clinton

An AP Poll states that 7 out of 10 Americans believe history will judge Ronald Reagan's presidency as superior to that of Bill Clinton. No surprise here. Reagan beat communism, Clinton beat, well...Newt Gingrich. A fair assessment of history will show that Clinton really accomplished next to nothing in his presidency. We can debate his roll in 9/11 and so on, but ultimately history will show his presidency was a lot of sizzle and no steak, and as time passes he will be right up there with Warren Harding, Franklin Pierce and other presidents you've probable never heard of, while Reagan will be the GOP's FDR for a good 50 years.

Iraqi Government's Options

There's been a lot of hand-wringing over the fact that polls show the Iraqi people think if we would just get out, things would be better. In fact, this may be correct. The Iraqis will have more freedom to handle their extremists then the Americans. It's considered an international scandel when we show the Iraqi prisoners what a frat party is like, but Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawer won't have to worry about such dissent, and will be able to "dispatch" the insurgents as he and his people see fit. Those prisoners may soon long for the days of the American military's version of naked twister.