5/31/2005

Deep Throat Sings

Well, it appears to be official. Mark Felt has claimed he was Deep Throat and the gang at the Washington Post has backed him up. Ben Bradlee says he's surprised the secret lasted this long. I understand what he's saying, but it's silly at the same time. Obviously, there were no video camera in parking garages back in the early 70's...so without a confession, all you would have over this past 30 years is what we've had...speculation. Lot's of folks have chimed in...Leonard Garment liked John Sears, Len Colodny liked Alexander Haig (if you had to pick just one, that is) and students at Illinois liked Fred Fielding. From what I can tell, Fred Emery came the closest, speculating Felt was a good suspect as he thought Deep Throat had to be someone from the FBI.

It was a fun ride for Woodward, Bernstein and Bradlee, I'm sure, but just remember, gentle readers, everything was not as they said. There's a lot of Hollywood mixed in with the mythology of Deep Throat. Now that we know the name, whistle-blowers will be back in fashion for a while, until one fingers Hillary Clinton, of course.

UPDATE: Editor & Publisher has some info that backs up my point:

Adrian Havill, author of "Deep Truth," recent biography of Woodward and Bernstein, talking to Salon: "Woodward and Bernstein both said 'All the President's Men' was gospel, and that they didn't embellish. For one thing, they described Deep Throat as a heavy smoker -- but Felt stopped smoking in 1943. There are still things that don't jibe, and I think we still need to look at them.

"Felt suggested in many interviews, and in his own memoir in 1979, that anyone who would reveal the kind of information Deep Throat did would be a traitor. Now today, we have many people lauding Felt as a patriot and an American hero. A lot of so-called Watergate experts have got to be wondering about today's news, but I think one reason that all of them, and I myself, were wrong is because Felt made so many remarks about being a traitor; if that won't throw you off, I don't know what will."


Other journalists have stated that Felt always told them as well that this man Deep Throat is nothing short of a traitor. Obviously, Felt was either pulling all the stops to cover his tracks or (more likely) he's extremely conflicted about what he's done. However, he's probably realized that since he helped take down Nixon, in the MSM he'd be considered a hero, so might as well enjoy it before he dies.

UPDATE: William Gaines, the University of Illinois Journalism Professor who fingered Fred Fielding as DP, still has some reservations about this recent revelation.

UPDATE: While he believes Mark Felt's confession, Alexander Haig has some concerns similar to Professor Gaines'.

Just more evidence that Deep Throat is an amalgam.

Tell 'Em What They Want To Hear

Rowan Scarborough has the scoop on how captured terrorists are able to get so-called civil-rights organizations like Amnesty International to play right into their hands. (Hat tip: Radioblogger)

Sweet Vindication

David Horowitz gets vindication for his book Unholy Alliance from an unlikely ally, George Galloway.

Friedman's Flat World View

Paul over at Power Line takes Tom Friedman to task over his call for the U.S. Government to close Gitmo. It's another good example of how Friedman should stick to globalization.

Deep Throat Confession?

Volokh has the latest on Mark Felt's confession to being Deep Throat in the next issue of Vanity Fair.

There's one problem here...there was no Deep Throat. He is an amalgam of several sources, but perhaps Felt preferred to meet in dark parking garages. We'll see.

UPDATE: The good Captain has an excellent take that I think, says it all.

UPDATE: Buzz Machine's take on the Washington Post and their "no comment."

UPDATE: Wizbang has a link to the Vanity Fair article.

5/30/2005

Hugo Chavez Dead?

First King Fahd, now this: Babalu Blog has a roundup of rumors flying out of Venezuela that Hugo Chavez is in trouble, or worse, dead (which, would actually be better). What a wonderful Memorial Day it would be if some of these rumors were true. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

How About These Names?

Don Surber has a list of names Garry Trudeau wouldn't dare mention.

McCain '08

The first campaign poster for McCain's run for president in 2008. (Hat tip: Lorie Byrd)

Delay Investigation Backfires

D'oh! The investigation into Tom Delay's reporting of travel expenses has backfired as the AP has discovered many an indiscretion by House Democrats. It's no wonder they don't want the ethics committee to convene. The good Captain has the details.

5/29/2005

Belarus Turning A Shade Of Orange?

"Europe's last dictatorship," Belarus may be on its way to democracy. WILLisms has a roundup of how the opposition forces are gearing up for next year's elections and carefully studying Ukraine's Orange Revolution. Catch the fever!

Give Us Your Favorite Gorgeous George Gobsmack!

Looks like Gorgeous George Galloway has quite a few fans in the Scottish soccer circles. After calling American Senators "twats," BBC Soccer hosts of "Off The Ball" (there's probably a joke in here somewhere) turned their show into a Galloway love-fest this weekend. Looks like the BBC has fewer "we're not biased" legs to stand on. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Non To The EU

Ah the French, is there anybody they don't piss off?

Southeast Asia's Move Toward Democracy

Francis Fukuyama has a nice piece in the Wall Street Journal about Southeast Asia's turn toward democracy brought on by a change in our approach to authoritarian dictators, starting by Ronald Reagan and now the cornerstone of George W. Bush's foreign policy.

Media Bias Out Of Control

Victor Davis Hanson is rapidly becoming the best columnist in the business. Each column more ingenious than the last. This weekend, he has his take on media bias and how the MSM could solve the problem, if they were so inclined.

5/28/2005

It Begins For Lebanon

The Cedar Revolution isn't over yet. Tomorrow in Lebanon, voters go to the polls for parliamentary elections. Publius Pundit has all the pre-game analysis you could ask for.

More Trouble For Galloway

The American Spectator picked up on the excellent reporting of Seixon that lays out a case that George Galloway may have perjured himself in front of the a Senatorial committee.

Jack Kerouac: Conservative?

This post is a bit out of left field, but it's a subject that has been on my mind. I was watching a documentary last night called "The Source." It's about the Beatniks, focusing on the big three: Kerouac, Ginsburg and Burroughs. What really caught my attention was the parts about Kerouac. There were clips of what I think is the last interview of Jack Kerouac by, of all people, William F. Buckley on his "Firing Line" show. It was just a few months before Kerouac died and he was a mess: a much older man, slurring his words, seeming lost. I started to look for more information about this interview online and everywhere I looked, I found small passages saying that Kerouac was politically conservative and a good friend of Buckley. This I never knew. However, it got disturbing as I also read blurbs that Kerouac had anti-Semitic tendencies and even hang out with the KKK in his later years. There's even a story of him burning a cross near a black neighborhood. I delved deeper and deeper, but information on these subjects is severely lacking.

Certainly On The Road is a great novel and Kerouac left an indelible mark on American Literature, but you only hear about him as far as the beatniks go and the evolution into the 60s. I'm very interested to hear about this other side of Kerouac that seems to be swept under the rug. Is it indeed true that he hated the hippie movement? Was he a racist? There have been biographies written about him, of course, but I don't want to spend vast amounts of reading time with either a love-letter bio or a hit-piece. Is there anyone out there that can enlighten me on this man?

Zarqawi Flees

The London Times is reporting that Zarqawi has fled Iraq after being injured in a U.S. Missile attack. Their sources tell them he may have fled to Iran which would put the Mullahs in a terribly awkward position. (Hat tip: Newsmax)

5/27/2005

King Fahd Dead?

UPI is reporting that King Fahd is not only dead, but he's been dead since Wednesday. (Hat tip: rls)

Hillary On Fire

The MSM is going apeshit over a USA Today poll that says a majority of Americans would vote for Hillary for President. There's just one problem. Thirty-percent of those polled who define themselves as "conservatives" say they would vote for her. There's no better lesson in the folly of polls than this. Obviously, a lot of the respondents are screwing with the pollsters here.

You read this stuff and you almost forget that George W. Bush has 3 years and 8 months left in the White House.

The Conscience Of A Good Quote

WILLisms has a great quote from Barry Goldwater that sums things up pretty well.

Gone To The Dogs

It can't bode to well for the terrorists in Iraq when they have to turn to dogs to be suicide bombers.

5/26/2005

Recess Appointment?

Well, the Dems succeeded in delaying the vote on Bolton, but I just saw Mort Kondracke on Fox News and he says there are rumors flying around that since Congress is going into a recess soon, Bush may make Bolton a recess appointment to the U.N. putting him in the office until 2006 and thus slapping Boxer and Voinovich across the face.

C'mon W, do it! Show everyone why I voted for you.

George Galloway American Tour '05

Rock and Roll!! George Galloway is going on an American speaking tour:

"As Oscar Wilde said, sometimes the most bitter trials turn out to be blessings in disguise," Galloway said Thursday. "In America, people pay huge sums of money to hear you speak."

Oh dear God, please let him come to Las Vegas. That would be so freakin' sweet! I've always wanted to be a heckler!

I should talk to CafePress about making some concert t-shirts. How about, "Galloway American Tour '05, The Stalinist Pride Is Back!"

Pardon Me, Mr. Galloway

Some find detective work by Seixon is catching the attention of the heavy-hitters throughout the Blogosphere. If this is accurate, Senator Coleman may want to have another talk with Mr. Galloway. (Hat tip: Roger L. Simon)

Karen Hughes For U.N. Ambassador?

Just saw Ohio Senator George Voinovich on the Fox News Channel telling them how John Bolton is a terrible candidate for U.N. Ambassador, citing objections from over a hundred ambassadors and Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff. The anchor asked him at the end of the interview, "okay, who would you suggest for the job?" The first name he gave was Karen Hughes, saying she's very close to the president and is currently working on our relations with Muslims around the world.

Nothing against Karen Hughes, she's great, but correct me if I'm wrong...she has almost zero diplomatic experience. Yet, Voinovich thinks she's a better person for the job. This is messed up.

5/25/2005

1000, Ladies And Gentlemen!

I was watching a rerun of The Simpsons tonight and Bart was writing on the chalkboard, "I will not celebrate meaningless milestones." Tonight, I join Bart in flouting convention by celebrating Jim-Rose.com's 1000th visit with about 700 of those visits coming in the last couple of months. I'm no Instapundit, but it's start. Big thanks go to the first two bloggers to deem me worthy of a link: dcthornton and Radioblogger. I also want to recognize Free Thoughts, Don Surber and Erin Winking for following suit. And much appreciation to Lorie Byrd for linking my Star Wars review over at the highly trafficked Polipundit. That one link gave this site more exposure than Tom Cruise's latest "beard." (Ba-zing!)

Ed. - Alright, enough of the Oscar speech, you haven't won anything...back to business.

P.S. I almost forgot Tim Shell who checks out the site every day, and my very first visitor, Chris Anderson. Thanks guys.

Ed. - I said back to work!

Media Slander

Bill Roggio and his gang have done it again. After the success of Easongate.com, they now unveil Media Slander.

Hagel Statement On Filibuster Deal

All of the sudden Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel is acting like a Republican again as he shows his displeasure with the filibuster deal in this statement.

Happy Anniversary Abu Ghraib

It's about a month late, but on the one-year anniversary of the Abu Ghraib "scandal," our friend Cassandra has a post that expresses my sentiments perfectly.

North Korea Trouble?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has abruptly suspended U.S. missions to recover Korean War remains of American soldiers in North Korea, saying the North Koreans have created unsafe conditions.

Ed. - Hmmmm....

Ismail Merchant Dies

I was very sad to hear that film producer Ismail Merchant passed away. Remains of the Day is one of the my favorite movies of all time. Along with director James Ivory, he did for the "costume-drama" genre what Sergio Leone did for the "spaghetti-westerns."

Egypt On Edge

Things continue to heat up in Egypt with protest in Cairo over election reforms that many feel don't go far enough.

5/24/2005

Impeachment Chief Feels Deja Vous

Bob Barr lays into Senate Republicans for caving in on judicial filibusters. For Barr, it's just like when they lost their nerve during the impeachment vote six years ago.

Just uh l'il bit uh history repeatin'!

Headline Of The Day

Suspicious package indeed: Device that forced I-75 and Daniels shut was a prosthetic penis (Hat tip: Drudge)

I'm Sorry, Could You Speak Into My Good Ear?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Howard Dean is promising changes in strategy at the Democratic National Committee, citing diversity as a top priority.
The new D-N-C chairman tells The Associated Press that taking black voters for granted is a long-standing problem for the party. He says that's a mistake he's trying to fix.
Dean says it's no longer enough to say "vote for us because we were so helpful during the civil rights era." He adds black voters find it annoying that Democrats ask them for their votes just weeks before elections instead of being in the community.
The former presidential candidate is marking 100 days as the party's boss.

Ed. - I'm sorry, did he just say the Democrats were so helpful during the civil rights era? Did I read the wrong history books?

Half A Loaf

Texas Senate John Cornyn (who is becoming a powerhouse in the U.S. Senate) has a nice piece on the filibuster agreement that lays out both the upside and downside of the agreement. After cooling off from my initial anger, I think he may be spot on.

Zarqawi Injured?

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- There's word that the most-wanted terror suspect in Iraq may have been injured. The militant group Al-Qaida in Iraq says its leader -- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (AH'-boo MOO'-sahb ahl-zahr-KOW'-ee) -- is injured. The statement on a Web site calls on Muslims to pray for his recovery.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

McCain Keeps Digging That Hole

The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler has some harsh words for the "maverick" Senator from Arizona.

5/23/2005

"Spikey" Isikoff On Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose scores a big interview with Michael "Spikey" Isikoff in his first interview since the Koran debacle.

Live Blogging:

11:03...Starts out expressing how horrified he was at what happened in Afghanistan.

11:05...Says of all the items in the story, the part about the Koran in the toilet didn't leap out at him or the Pentagon. Charlie ask if he realizes now that it should have. He says yes, a cultural lesson has been learned.

11:07...Charlie can't seem to say the word "toilet," he prefers "commode." Heh.

MORE...

11:10...Spikey says source had never done him wrong. Always been solid. Had number of conversations with the source about drafts of the Southcom Report that looked at abuses at Guantanamo Bay. Koran allegations were NOT in the infamous FBI memos that detailed wrongs at GB. He regrets he didn't make that clear in the article. Source described to him the female interrogator that "sexually tortured" (my words, not his) a detainee. Lapdances? These thugs never had it so good.

MORE...

11:16...General Jeffrey Miller, Commander of Guantanamo in 2002 before being sent to Abu Ghraib in Iraq in 2003...that's who the story was supposed to be about. That he sanctioned overly aggressive tactics at GB and then at AG. Connect the dots, and so on.

11:22...Says Senior Pentagon official got the whole article and only said he didn't like the wording of certain things, so they changed some wording. The source didn't say anything about the Koran, but he says that's no excuse for him or Newsweek. However, after the article was published, they still didn't hear anything from the Pentagon about it, which he believes shows that both Newsweek and the Pentagon were ignorant to how the Muslim world would react.

11:28...Gets an angry call from a Rumsfeld aide (DeRita?) saying the article is killing them and tells him that his information is wrong. Spikey finally reaches his source who says he told him everything as he remembered it, that the report had references to the Koran and the "commode," and so on. Spikey said are you sure you read this in the Southcom Report. Source said, that's what he believed it to be...meaning he wasn't sure it was actually the Southcom Report he say Koran story in it. D'oh!!

11:32...Good question by Charlie..."Do you believe it happened?" Spikey dodges, says they have retracted the report and continue to follow the story.

11:40..."Do you believe the White House saw an opportunity to pin several deaths on the you and the media?" Spikey dodges again...says he doesn't want to get into that, but he admits that Newsweek gave them a club and with some zeal, the White House based them with it.

11:42...Says Rush Limbaugh's charge that Newsweek wanted the story to be true because it discredited the military is not true. I'm doubtful that Spikey himself wants to hurt the military, his bosses, however....

11:53...Interesting closing comments...Spikey points out that this media scandal didn't have fabricated information. (Take that CBS).

Ed. - I'm inclined to believe Spikey that this was a story that they misjudged as far as the effect it would have on Muslims and that he simply got burned by his source. I still think, however, that the editors at Newsweak, because of the institutional group-think, are more inclined to have a blind spot when writing about the U.S. Military. A similar story about a different institution may have raised more eyebrows earlier than this one did. That's the deep-rooted bias of the MSM that every once in a while bites them in the ass. They may not realize it, and I'm being generous here, but there is a blind spot, either conscious or subconscious that leads to situations like this. Harold Evans...I'm looking in your direction.

UPDATE: Here's an article on the interview.

The New Majority In The United States Senate

Torture Will Never Be An Issue When We Have "24"

I'm currently watching the best show on television, "24". Again, the show reminds me how the issue of torture will never be a good political issue for the Left to run on. As I watch Jack Bauer question terrorists who hold the lives of millions in their hands, I realize that I wouldn't hesitate to do whatever is necessary to get the information. Yes, it's easy for me to sit here and act macho, but I honestly don't think it's an act...and I think most Americans feel the same way.

UPDATE: So what does this mean? Is 24 over? Will it go on without Sutherland, or is it the perfect ending to the perfect show? Hmmmm...

UPDATE: Okay, Fox just told me I'm an idiot. 24 will be back, as will Jack. Thank God. I'll be watching in January.

Senate GOP Snatches Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

Michelle Malkin has a roundup of the coverage of the deal struck in the Senate that will allow the Dems to do whatever they want after letting three judges through. They gave it a good run, but in the end, cowardice wins the day.

UPDATE: Alex McClure has a more optimistic view over at PoliPundit. It's somewhat convincing, but it's gonna take a lot of work from the Blogosphere to counter MSM propaganda.

UPDATE: Don Surber says it is the Dems that got burned. He also has several other takes from around the Blogosphere. The more opinions I read, the more I realize that was indeed a true compromise. How do I know? Because hardly anyone is happy about it, on either side. Both sides have plenty to bitch about and plenty to crow about. I fell really sorry for the two judges that will get screwed by this...but I'm also joyous that Harry Reid produced a big television ad for nothing. Hee Hee!

The German Iron Lady?

This article I dug up is about two years old, but it gives a good amount of information about the leader of the CDU Party in Germany, Angela Merkel, and her support of America's War on Terror. If things continue to tank for Schroder, Merkel could become the first female Chancellor of Germany in about 4 months.

Just Another Gossip Rag

Best line from Hamid Karzai at his joint press conference with President Bush discussing the Newsweak Koran/Toilet story:

"Of course, we are as Muslims very much unhappy with Newsweek bringing a matter so serious in the gossip column. It's really something that one shouldn't do, that responsible journalism shouldn't do at all. But Newsweek story is not America's story. That's what -- that's what we understand in Afghanistan. America has over a thousand mosques. I have gone and prayed in mosques here in America; I've prayed in Virginia; I've gone and prayed in Maryland; I've been to a mosque in Washington. And thousands of Afghans have been to mosques here in town, and as a matter of fact, tens of thousands of Muslims are going on a daily basis to mosques in America and praying."

Ed. - Heh.

You Won't See This In Newsweak

Be sure to catch Part 28 of Good News From Iraq over at Chrenkoff.

UPDATE: Also check out the Carnival of Revolutions at WILLisms.

The Ayatollah Backpedals

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian TV says the country's supreme leader has ordered hard-liners to reconsider decision barring reformists in June presidential elections.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Ed. - If you're not going to reform, you at least have to give the impression you want to reform, especially in the current Middle East climate. You're days are numbered, Khamenei.

UPDATE: The reform-minded citizenry of Iran had threatened a voting boycott if reformists' candidate were banned from the Presidential election. If that happens, it gives more credence to charges made by the United States and other western nations that Iran is a despotic regime (like it's debatable). Remember, in international diplomacy, it's all about appearance.

5/22/2005

"Gorgeous" George Galloway Bodyslammed

Deacon over at Power Line has a blistering column about the Stalin-loving British MP George Galloway in which he makes several wrestling references. I haven't heard much about Ivan Koloff in a long time.

Best Day Ever

Before the day is out, I want to thank Lorie Byrd over at Polipundit for putting up a link of my review of the latest Star Wars movie. Traffic from this link has given Jim-Rose.com its best day ever with 153 visits so far. I'm very appreciative.

Watch Out Google

A nice explanation of Pajamas Media on Tech Central Station.

Germany Slowly Coming Around

A huge blow to Blowhard Schroder as his Socialist Party lost the elections in a German state they've held onto for decades. It's starting to look like the Christian Democrats are headed back into power for the first time since Kohl was ousted. Unlike France, most of our problems with Germany will be taken care of with a change in leadership...hopefully soon. Schroder says it looks like he'll have to call early elections. Serves him right. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Newsweak Slowly Committing Suicide

Oh, Newsweak...you are a glutton for punishment.

See: Instapundit, Daily Pundit, Riding Sun, Little Green Footballs and I'm sure many others.










The Media Is Lost

John Leo has a short take on the problems the MSM is having lately. When you have the likes of ABC's Terry Moran being critical of the anti-military bias, you know they're in trouble.

5/21/2005

Soften Him Up Good

This article in the UK Observer about the conditions at the top secret prison where Saddam Hussein and other top level thugs are being held amused me for the last paragraph:

Barton said he witnessed no physical abuse at the jail, but he believes some prisoners had been 'softened up' before they arrived in an induction process known as 'purgatory'.

"Softened up?" "Purgatory?" Has someone told Michael Moore about this? He'll know what to do.

Cuba Catches The Fever

Foreign Blogespondent Gateway Pundit has a nice roundup of the democratic rally in Cuba this weekend. Nothing like this has been seen in the land of fine cigars in 46 years.

Cowboys v. Limeys

I've been waiting for days to hear the Might Hitch's take on the George Galloway Show we saw in Washington last week...and here it is. Like many, Hitchen's with disappointed in the way the Senate just let him spout off and did little to challenge him. As an American, I too was somewhat disappointed, but I also understand the cowboy philosophy that silence is golden.

Star Wars: Two Reviews

The deed is done, I've seen Revenge of the Sith, and the series is done, Star Wars is now over. So, as I arrogantly promised a few days ago, here's the last word, in two parts.

First, just a regular review. It was a very good movie, the far superior movie of the first three chapters. Is it better than Empire Strikes Back as some have been saying? I want to say no. It's a hard one to call, but I'm of the school of thought that you just can't compare movies from different eras. Making a choice, I'd have to say Empire Strikes Back is still the king. The high points of Sith include a superior performance from Ian McDiarmid as the Dark Lord. A classically trained actor, McDiarmid gives the film some acting heft the series has lacked without Alec Guinness. The character General Heinous was excellent...I would have like to have seen more of him. We all knew what was coming, but it didn't matter, that's what we wanted to see...the coolest villain in film history, Darth Vader...but alas, only for a few minutes.

Now for a more political review. There's been a lot of talk about the possible political pronouncements made in the movie that are critical of President Bush and other "right-winged" politician. Fuel has been added to the fire with George Lucas' own words and a parody ad by Moveon.org portraying Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist as a real-life Dark Lord.

Here's the problem with this analogy...it gives George Lucas far too much credit. He is indeed a film genius, creating this world that is so unique and made him billions of dollars, but as far as being a political theorist, (if that is indeed one of his goals) he fails miserably. The dialogue and actions in this film can be skewed to support any political school of thought. Many mention the line in which young Anakin is told that you can't deal in absolutes, and later Anakin tells Obi-Wan, "if you're not with me, then you're my enemy," similar to President Bush's, "if you're not with us, you're against us." The idea that Bush and his political brethren are trying to turn democracy into tyranny is laughable. A closer real-life example of what is going on in this movie would be more accurately embodied in "democratically" elected Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez. If you don't believe me, just read the news about Chavez, watch the movie and you tell me.

The reason the movie fails as an anti-Bush screed is there is so much contradiction. When Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) has the Dark Lord beaten and at the mercy of his sword, he tells Anakin that he has to finish him off, he's too powerful for us to allow him to live. Anakin says, no, he needs to be put on trial.

Put on trial...sounds a lot like what Howard Dean would have us do with Osama bin Laden (but not Tom Delay) if we ever capture him. If Windu had been allowed to kill the Dark Lord, it would have ended everything and the good guys would have won, but it was not to be.

Near the end, when Anakin and Obi-Wan are having it out, Obi-Wan says, "don't you see? Chancellor Palpatine is evil!" Anakin replies, "From my point of view, he is good." Enter Postmodernism! There is no good and evil, it's all about your perspective. But Obi-Wan disagrees with this, "then you are lost," he says. Is Obi-Wan a believer in the Bush Doctrine? But I thought he said, no absolutes? Anakin turns to the dark side because he gives in to his emotions rather than reason. Sounds like if you want to avoid the dark side you should study the works of Ayn Rand.

Confused? That's because Lucas is a great science-fiction film-maker, but he's no John Locke.

Enjoy the film and the entire series for what it is and should be...a great story of, yes, good (eventually) conquering evil.

UPDATE: Lockjaw has a similar view. (Hat tip: Polipundit)

UPDATE: The good Captain gives his review of RofTS highlighting some of the confusion as well.

5/20/2005

Down With Fidel

It's spreading. Dissidents in Cuba held an unprecedented rally shouting such heinous things as "Down with Fidel" and "Freedom, Freedom!" The big problem, however, is that there are several opposition groups in Cuba and none of them see eye-to-eye. It's also a question as to which groups Castro has been able to infiltrate. Hopefully, we can look at this rally optimistically as a sign of things to come.

Darth Vader: Ruler Of Pop Culture

Well, it's official...Darth Vader is the man as Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith broke Shrek 2's opening day record with about $50 million (Shrek 2 was around $44 million).

From everyone I've talked to, it sounds like Lucas will have the last laugh. After two crappy movies, everyone is saying this is a masterpiece. We shall see. I got my ticket on Fandango for a matinee show tomorrow afternoon.

(Photo courtesy A.P., Hat tip: Wizbang)

Galloway Garbage

Gerard Baker of the London Times was not at all enamored by George Galloway's media-friendly tirade to Norm Coleman.

The Emperor Has No Clothes

Something is not right here. Photos of Saddam in his underwear are released to the media. The White House is up in arms and condemning the action and has promised a full investigation. Perhaps it's a case of paranoia after the Newsweak debacle, but something seems really fishy here, like this is all a setup. To what end, I'm not sure, but my dander is up. More later when I've had time to mull.

5/19/2005

Eason Jordan Redux

Now we have Newspaper Guild President Linda Foley giving a speech in St. Louis last week and making the same charge as Eason Jordan, that the U.S. Military is targeting journalists. Not surprisingly, she has no proof. Newsmax has the story.

Revenge Of The Frist

Those crazy kids at Moveon.org are at it again. Tomorrow they'll start running an ad that features a look-a-like Bill Frist dressed as the Emperor from Star Wars blowing up the U.S. Capitol Building. They also have these handsome flyers to hand out to people. It just keeps getting better. (Hat tip: Drudge)












A Change In Germany

Clay Risen over at The New Republic has some analysis (subscribers only) on this weekends state elections in Germany. No one seems to be noticing that one of the largest states in Germany, a stronghold of Blow-hard Schroder's party is in danger of losing it to the Conservatives. It could be the end of the socialist's hold on power in 2006. However, Schroder is drumming up the anti-foreign, anti-American sentiment like he used in 2002 to squeak out a victory. Stay tuned.

The Best?

I haven't seen Revenge of the Sith yet, but my friends that have all say the same thing: it makes up for the last two movies and is as good, if not better than, The Empire Strikes Back, long considered the best movie of the series. Pretty strong statements.

As far as the politics involved, real Star Wars fans don't give a crap. They don't care about Lucas' latent liberalism, they only care about the characters they love.

As soon as I see it, (hopefully this weekend) I'll give you the final word on the subject. (Yes, I'm be pompous)

The Pot And The Kettle

Interesting column from Robert Novak this morning on the consternation in Democratic Party circles over Howard Dean's upcoming appearance on Meet The Depressed this Sunday. A particular paragraph caught my eye:

The party's congressional leaders, Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, sat down with Dean for a heart-to-heart talk. They politely urged him to restrain his rhetoric, to organize rather than inflame. Dean thereupon buried himself in the ''red'' states of Republican America to seek Democratic converts, giving the impression that he was heeding the pleas of the congressional leadership.

Dirty Harry Reid, the man who called President Bush a loser and is currently smearing Republican judges, is urging Dean to restrain his rhetoric.

Okay then.

5/18/2005

A Galloway Primer

Daimnation has a primer on the facts about George Galloway that the media is conveniently forgetting. (Hat tip: Tim Blair)

Matt Drudge For Editor

I've been waiting for it and it's finally here: Ann Coulter's take on the Newsweak fiasco.

60 Minutes II, R.I.P.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Syrian Dissent

Gateway Pundit has the latest on the opposition movement in Syria. There are reports that Assad is looking at legalizing political parties and political elections. Like they say, reform or perish.

5/17/2005

Galloway Prediction

PREDICTION: For the next week, we will see an MSM love affair with George Galloway. Prepare to see extensive writeups bordering on full length biography/love letters in the New York Times, Time Magazine, CNN, et al.

If true, you heard it here first.

Charlie Rose And The Galloway Fans

11:13pm...Watching the Charlie Rose Show...right now he has on Warren Hoge, U.N. Reporter for the New York Times and Adam Zagorin from Time Magazine talking about the Galloway hearing this morning. As expected, they're calling it like a boxing match and giving the win to Galloway for his boisterous manner, wondering why Coleman and Levin didn't answer his charges. Do I have to answer this question? Coleman handled it very lawyerly, but one of the reporters said the public probably couldn't follow his line of questioning (which is true) and thus, Coleman loses the fight. Good lord! This is all about building a case for a court of law. I certainly don't deny Galloway got our attention...it was good television, but as Austin Bay essentially said, showmanship won't impress a judge.

Hoge points out that while Galloway was entertaining, he was also rude by American standards. No one ever talks to a Senator like that during a committee hearing. In the end, it could backfire. However, this again is the boxing analysis.

MORE...

11:23pm...George Galloway is on now. Wow! Galloway names Norm Coleman the most pro-war, pro-Israel (wink, wink), neo-con in Washington. A lot of Republicans are getting really jealous right now.

Galloway is bragging about having been a strong critic of Saddam while "America and Britain were arming him." Galloway is really good at spouting talking points. I've heard the charge of Donald Rumsfeld arming Saddam several times today.

Lot's of talking points here. Thinks the Republican Party will pay a heavy price for the war. I guess the electorate decided the 2004 elections was too early to make them pay.

Says the elections in Iraq have changed nothing. Charlie is mildly taken aback. Galloway says the Iraqi government is full of puppets. Charlie finally getting a little fired up...finds it hard to believe the Kurds are puppets. More talking points.

MORE...

I've watched Charlie Rose do countless interviews and it just seemed to me during this interview that he was somewhat surprised at what he was dealing with, finding it hard to be sympathetic with someone that he would like to sympathetic with.

Well, that's it...Galloway will return to London a hero to his constituency. I gotta call it like it is...he is a master politician. He had every talking point down and even knew all the right American venacular to use. I say to the hate-America Left, dump Chomsky...make this guy you're Pope.

It Just Keeps Getting Better

Arianna Huffington scored a big name for her Blog...professional hack writer Norman Mailer. And for his first entry he floats a theory that Michael "Spikey" Isikoff was setup! I absolutely love conspiracy theories that use idiocy as a defense.

Red State Rant

Pejman Yousefzadeh over at Red State just lays into Andrew Sullivan for his criticism of conservative bloggers and their take on the Newsweak fiasco. Damn!

UPDATE: Glenn over at Instapundit tells Andy to mind his own blogness.

And A Galloway We Go

I got to watch some of the OFF Hearings today with George Galloway...unfortunately, as many bloggers have pointed out, the news networks kept interrupting. However, I saw most of Galloway's opening rant. I do have to give him credit...he's good. He gave a powerful speech that I'm sure had the inmates at Daily Kos and the Democratic Underground wetting their pants. However, clever sophistry tends to be no match for words on paper.

Senator Norm Coleman...one of my heroes since his days as Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota (where I once lived) was brilliant in that he wouldn't play Galloway's game. He let him spout off, then asked him a series of questions very professionally. Galloway later dismissed Coleman as "not much of a lyncher." Not the point, George. Surprisingly, it was Senate Carl Levin that seemed to lose his patience with Galloway at certain points. Galloway even goofed and accused Levin of supporting the war...a notion that Levin disabused him of in quick fashion. Thus, this proved that Galloway was just shooting into the darkness at anything that might be there.

Very interesting stuff. Check out WILLisms for a little history. I have a strange feeling about this. Maybe I'm just being hopeful, but it seems like Coleman's got something up his sleeve. Remember, Galloway was under oath. Hmmmm.....

UPDATE: I rule! Wizbang alerted us to this story from the BBC in which Coleman states:

"The theatre, the dramatics - I was not looking at that. I had one goal and it was to make a record."

Heh.

UPDATE: Austin Bay puts it best:

"This confrontation will continue. I don’t see Coleman backing down because he believes he has solid legal evidence. Galloway will fight in the court of public opinion– and he’s opted for brazen and brassy. Brazen and brassy plays well on television. It won’t play well in front of a judge. Will this confrontation go to trial? If it does, the venue Galloway should fear is Iraq. If Galloway conspired with Saddam, it was the Iraqi people’s blood that paid for Galloway’s oil."

The Protocols Of Newsweek

Jack Birnbaum has a short, yet brutal piece on the Newsweak Scandal over at Tech Central Station.

Dirty Harry Not Making Our Day

Being a Nevada blogger, I thought I would be remiss if I didn't post this column from Thomas Sowell about the man from Searchlight.

UPDATE: WILLisms has the latest on a new job performance poll on our boy Harry. Looks good on the surface, but then you find not everyone is onboard with his filibuster fight.

George Lucas And His Magic Helmet

Arthur Chrenkoff has an open letter to George Lucas that rips him for equating America with "the dark side." (Hat tip: Polipundit)

Olbermann Theory

The Ankle Biters have the scoop on (MS)NBC anchor Keith Olbermann's theory that the White House set Newsweak up by not denying the story...even calling it treasonous. Give Keith credit, he takes dementia to a whole new level.

Journalism Is Dead

Dan Rather and Mary Mapes received a Peabody Award yesterday. Journalism is dead.

5/16/2005

Blood In The Water

Leave it to the New York Times to pile it on when one of their competitors is knee-deep. It reminds me of when the San Jose Mercury News had the CIA-Drugs story about 9 years back and they pulled out all the stops to crush them. This isn't quite that bad, but it is amusing.

Pure, Unadulterated Dementia

Read this article about a meeting of liberal minded journalist in St. Louis this weekend, led by Bill "Daisy Girl" Moyers. I can't even analyze this, it's too grotesque. (Hat tip: Gateway Pundit)

Why Didn't I Think Of That

One of Michelle Malkin's readers reminds us all that Newsweak is the same publication that embedded itself in the Kerry Campaign agreeing not to air any dirty laundry until after the elections. It just keeps getting better.

Don't Rush Into Anything

BC-APNewsAlert,0031
NEW YORK (AP) -- Newsweek magazine says it is retracting its story about a military probe finding evidence of Quran abuse at Guantanamo Bay.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Hysteria, Indeed

Here's a snippet of Andrew Sullivan's take on the Newsweak Scandal:

"We have yet to see what's at the root, if anything, of the Newsweek story. But I think it's telling that some bloggers have devoted much, much more energy to covering the Newsweek error than they ever have to covering any sliver of the widespread evidence of detainee abuse that made the Newsweek piece credible in the first place. A simple question: after U.S. interrogators have tortured over two dozen detainees to death, after they have wrapped one in an Israeli flag, after they have smeared naked detainees with fake menstrual blood, after they have told one detainee to "Fuck Allah," after they have ordered detainees to pray to Allah in order to kick them from behind in the head, is it completely beyond credibility that they would also have desecrated the Koran? Yes, Newsweek bears complete responsibility for any errors it has made; and, depending on what we now find, should not be let off the hook. But the outrage from the White House is beyond belief."

So according to Andy, journalism is not about facts but about perception. If a woman claims to have been sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton, for example, yes, I would deem that a very likely scenario. But without facts to back up such a claim, would it be ethical for me to run with the story? And besides, I'm just some dumb pajama-clad blogger...Newsweak has nothing but professionals and layers of editors...shouldn't they be the poster-boys of journalistic ethics and creeds like "just the facts." I don't dispute that there have been some actions taken by our military that have been over the line, but Andy is showing a lot of ignorance if he thinks fake menstrual blood equates a war crime. Those soldiers that went over the line at Abu Ghraib, if you will recall, are being tried for their crimes...remember the England girl? And for fuck sake, Andy, this is a dirty business. Lives are at stake and these detainees have information that can save lives. Bring them to me and I'll do whatever it takes to get that information out of them, with no regrets.

Andrew Sullivan is still a hero of mine, but it's sad to see he's embraced the Dan Rather credo, "fake but accurate."

Myers And Rumsfeld On Newsweak

Just saw General Myers and Donald Rumsfeld on Fox News Channel. Myers said the only incident he's run across of the Koran in the toilet was when a detainee tried to stop up the toilet with pages from the Koran as a form of protest.

A Muslim throwing pages of the Koran in the toilet??? What I'd like to see now is a bunch of American plumbers rioting in protest.

Rumsfeld just put it simply, which was a nice touch. Paraphrasing, he said "people lost their lives and that's a real shame." He said it in such a way as to make Newsweak's staff feel about 2 inches tall. I doubt it worked, though.

Fox Refuses To Back Down

Mexican President Vincente Fox created quite a stir with him comment: "There's no doubt that Mexican men and women, full of dignity, willpower and a capacity for work, are doing the work that not even blacks want to do in the United States."

Naturally, everyone is up in arms, but amazingly Fox is not apologizing. The first paragraph of this AP story is priceless:

President Vicente Fox refused to apologize Monday for saying Mexicans in the United States do the work that blacks won't — a comment widely viewed as acceptable in a country where blackface comedy is still considered funny and nicknames often reflect skin color.

Okay A.P., we get the point. While I don't agree with Fox's comments, I almost admire him for sticking to his guns. It's kinda like the old Southern Democrats who would say, "yes, I'm a racist, and I'm damn proud of it." It's stupid...it's idiotic, but at least he's being consistent instead of offering a fake apology.

What's really sad is Fox's Mexican-racism. He talks about how great Mexican workers are, yet he's willing to let them flee to the United States instead of staying home and building a better Mexico. Sounds a lot to me like what President Bush calls "soft bigotry."


A Fair Trial For Osama

The Ankle Biters make a good point about Howard Dean's call for Tom Delay to go to jail.

Kuwaiti Women

More good news as Kuwait's parliament has passed a law allowing women to vote for the first time in the nation's history. I wonder what led to this?

Ethiopia Votes

Good news from Ethiopia as the democratic opposition is scoring well in what is being called the most democratic election in the country's history...despite the fact that Jimmy Carter is there observing.

They've had a 90% turnout...more proof that when given the opportunity, people in impoverished countries will vote.

The Media's Abu Ghraib

Everyone should check out Austin Bay's writeup on the Newsweak Scandal.

5/15/2005

The Calm Before The Storm

It's the biggest story of the weekend, and now that the weekend is ending and the work week is ready to begin, look for a firestorm to begin bright and early tomorrow morning. As PoliPundit points out, the only time the Liberal Media shows its capitalist's colors is when another MSM outlet is in trouble. They'll be circling the waters tomorrow like sharks on the Atkin's Diet. This may prove fun...yes, fun...if it weren't for the fact that 9 people are dead.






Quote Of The Day

By far the best quote I've seen in a while, courtesy Daily Pundit:

"Those big media 'four layers of editors' can't find their behinds with six hands and Fidel Castro's flashlight."

The Blood On Newsweek's Hands

Michelle Malkin has a roundup of the fallout from the Newsweek story that a copy of the Qu'ran was flushed down the toilet at Guantanamo Bay. After a week of violence and death in Afghanistan, Newsweek admits they might be wrong. Thanks so much Evan, well done.

MORE: The Powerline boys comment on what is rapidly becoming Newsweek's darkest hour...in my opinion, not Newsweek's opinion of course.

AND MORE: Cassandra lays into Newsweek.

Howard Dean's Mouth

Howard Dean continues to prove he could be the best DNC Chairman the Republicans could have ever hoped for. Last night at the Democratic gathering in Massachusetts, Dean said that Tom Delay belongs in jail, then proceeded to gripe about the smears coming from the right. Even Barney Frank, who once threatened to "out" a bunch of Congressional Republicans, thought he was way over the line. 2006 is gonna be some fun.

5/14/2005

The Stans Are Getting Restless

Gateway Pundit has a complete update on the unrest in Uzbekistan. The MSM is making a lot of hay out of the fact that Uzbekistan helped us out with the war in Afghanistan by allowing us to use a military base in their country by headlining stories, "U.S. Ally Fires On Its People".

No backtracking, yes Uzbekistan is an "ally" of the United States by supplying use of their air base, but Uzbekistan's government is very good at playing both sides of the political spectrum...they're also a strong ally of Russia, unlike the other former Soviet states that are giving Russia the cold shoulder. Uzbekistan is an authoritarian dictatorship that will hopefully fall at some point, but hopefully not to Islamofacists. Right now, it's hard to tell where the power lies amongst the opposition and where it's all going to lead, but Jim-Rose.com will always route for the side that represents freedom, military base or not.

A Successful Week

Coalition Forces wrapped up a week of weeding out insurgents near the Syrian/Iraqi border killing about 125. It's no wonder some of the radical Sunni leaders are making overtures for peace.

It's All About Legitimacy

Interesting article in the New York Times about the inability of the "insurgents" in Iraq to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people and the international community. You read something like this, then it hits you what a ridiculous premise this is. It's almost like the NY Times is wagging it's finger at the terrorists saying, "you've got to make mass murder more palpable!"

Idiocy.

5/13/2005

An Evening With Tom Friedman

Thursday night I had the privilege to hear New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman speak at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Friedman has just released a new book, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, which essentially is an update to his 1999 book on globalization, The Lexus And The Olive Tree.
In his speech, Friedman went over the first three chapters of the book in which he discusses his realization that while taking time off from the proverbial globalization beat to cover 9/11, he had missed several developments.

Friedman is a bit schmaltzy for my taste, but he did present a very persuasive case that we're entering a new era in which the world is not split into sovereign countries or global corporations, but individuals, individuals with more power at their fingertips then at any time in history, and it's only the beginning.

I was a bit surprised to hear a liberal like Friedman, who is more in the "realists" camp on foreign policy, a fiery critic of SDI and Israel, and a big fan of the U.N., to be such a proponent of outsourcing. The biggest surprise in his speech was when he bashed the two presidential candidates in the 2004 election for bashing the concept of outsourcing. John Kerry, he said, criticized outsourcing like it was evil while George W. Bush did everything he could to hide the fact that he believed in it. Truer words were never spoken. Friedman also lamented at the fact that the Enron scandal made CEO's and other corporate types persona non grata when it came to getting expert advice on global changes. Friedman said that in his research for the book, it's the corporate guys that know what's really going on, and they say, "it's only beginning." He even spoke briefly on Blogs during the question and answer session, just mentioning that it's a new form of media that's powering individuals...a fairly neutral statement that sounds rather positive, especially when it's coming from a New York Times journalist.

Friedman is one of those guys that comes very close to getting it in toto, but never quite does. It reminds me of the game we played as kids when you had someone look for something with their eyes closed and you said "hot" "warm" and "cold." Watching Friedman make his way through political and cultural landscape you find yourself saying, "cold, warm, warm, warmer, warm, cold, cold, warm, cold, warm, warmer, super-warm, warm, cold, warm," etc. You're never able to say "HOT!"

However, with this new book, he's very, very warm.

Egyptian Judges Demand Independence

More good news in Egypt as several judges are now calling for greater independence, thus emboldening the opposition forces to call for an end to Hose-me Mubarrak's regime. Good stuff.

Scary Harry Does It Again

Now Harry Reid is trashing one of Bush's judicial nominees because of "problem" in his "confidential report from the FBI."

With the Democrats being led by the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean...who knows what else they'll accomplish.

Get Ready For A Blogosphere Firestorm

The Washington Times has the goods on the U.S. Border Patrol and its war with the Minutemen. This should light a fire under the immigration issue, but good. (Hat tip: Drudge)

5/12/2005

Long Days Journey Into Night

Greetings blog fans. It's been a long day for Jimmie...just got home from the Tom Friedman speech/book signing. In short, it was very impressive. More on that tomorrow night as right now I need to unwind and attempt to get a full night's sleep...my tank is running on fumes.

Until tomorrow...

You've Got To Be Kidding

I can barely see, I'm so annoyed. I just watched Senator Voinovich's speech about U.N. Ambassador nominee John Bolton. He talked for 10-15 minutes about what a lousy person Bolton is, how he's the wrong choice for the job, a kiss-up, how he would be fired if he worked for a corporation, we can do better, etc etc etc. THEN, he says he thinks Bolton is a very good man and says while he won't vote for him on the Senate floor he will vote to send his nomination to the floor for a vote.

I haven't been this disgusted since Arlen Spector voted both yes and no for Bill Clinton's impeachment. If he doesn't think he's worthy, then don't vote for him in committee. I would have at least some respect for him if he would stick to his principles (or lack thereof), but he's having it both ways. To paraphrase the infantile Harry Reid, WHAT A LOSER.

UPDATE: Pro-Castro influence behind the movement to dump Bolton.

Realists v. Idealists

A very interesting, if not confusing, column from diplomatic giant Henry Kissinger today about the differences between foreign policy realists (i.e. him) and idealists (i.e. George W.). Kissinger starts out by essentially saying there really isn't that much of a difference, but then he goes down the pragmatic road of saying that elections are only the beginning and not the end of the democratic process. No one can disagree with this. What it comes down to is a matter of faith in people to embrace freedom. Remember, Kissinger is from the school of thought that in the 70s and 80s thought the Soviet Union would always be with us and that they Russian people weren't interested in freedom. This was proven wrong. Even the most optimistic of us had our doubts that the Iraqi people would turn out in droves to their elections in January. They did. This is the real debate between the realists and idealists.

5/11/2005

Senator Coleman Slaps George Galloway

Dollar to doughnuts you won't see this in the MSM tomorrow: The London Times got a hold of the U.S. Senate report on the Oil for Food Scandal and it reveals new dirt on everyone's favorite traitor George Galloway...and our good friend Abu Abbas (Hat tip: Powerline)

Tom Friedman's Flat World

I have been invited to attend a lecture tomorrow night at UNLV featuring New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman. He's on a lecture tour for his new book, "The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century." Friedman is a big time "globalist" who has changed some of his views on foreign affairs over the years but still remains in the "realist" camp.

Tune in tomorrow night for some pithy analysis of the speech.

Bush Strikes A Nerve On Yalta

It's looking more and more like President Bush's comments on our handling of the Yalta Conference after WWII is the biggest news to come out of his trip to Russia and the Baltics. I wrote extensively on Jacob Heilbrunn's inane column in the Washington Post and several other columnists have joined in.

Jonah Goldberg has the best take. And, of course, Joe Conason is mad as hell...no one can bash FDR when he's around (or is it Stalin he's protecting? Hmmmm)

UPDATE: Conason gets his ass kicked by Professor Bainbridge. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

MORE: Howard Fineman has an interesting yet cynical take.

EVEN MORE: Leave it to Pat Buchanan to voice an opinion that makes both the left and the right roll their eyes.

Sore Losers Indeed

Gateway Pundit has the new ad by supporters of John Bolton that takes John Kerry to task for his attempted to derail Bolton's nomination as U.N. Ambassador. As Instapundit said, why didn't they do this sooner?

5/10/2005

A Return To Yalta

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post today that sounds like it came from one President Bush's speechwriters. A passage:

"Our message to the oppressors and their subjects is unequivocal: Free peoples cannot rest while tyranny thrives. Just as we benefit from the blessings of liberty, we have a duty to those who remain beyond its reach. In Zimbabwe, Cuba, Burma and elsewhere, millions live under cruel tyrants. Too many governments and international organizations appear willing to sacrifice freedom for what they mistakenly believe will be stability. We know that only the consent of the governed brings stability. And we know that if the world's democracies make liberty the priority of their policy, the days of the dictators are numbered."

Looking at this optimistically, you would think that Georgia and the other fledgling democracies have embraced the Bush Doctrine and will not only try to firmly establish democracy in their respective countries, but work with us to establish democracies throughout the world...i.e. more allies. It may be a little soon to celebrate such a notion, but this can't be looked on as anything but good news.

Once Again, The Big Yalta Dodge

Jacob Heilbrunn's has an incredibly obtuse column in the Washington Post today about the "right-winged canard" that Roosevelt screwed-up royally at the Yalta Conference. Heilbrunn feels that we could only do so much, using the following as arguments:

Theoretically, Churchill and Roosevelt could have refused to cut any deal with Stalin at Yalta. But that could have started the Cold War on the spot. It would have seriously jeopardized the common battle against Germany (at a moment when Roosevelt was concerned with winning Soviet assent to help fight the Japanese, which he received).

Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower was happy to let the Soviets bear the brunt of the fighting as they marched toward Berlin, and he was unwilling to expend American troops on storming the German capital. The only one who was eager to do that was Gen. George Patton, who hoped to take on the Russians as well. Given the domestic pressure to "bring the boys back home," Roosevelt would have been taking a politically suicidal course had he broken with our allies, the Soviets.


All of this is true...which is exactly the point. We had to make a choice: deal with the Soviet menace now, at a heavy price to ourselves; or put it off until much later, at a very heavy price to the people of Eastern Europe. I'm not saying I wouldn't have made the same decision in Roosevelt's shoes. I'd like to think that I wouldn't have, but who can tell? We were exhausted by war...another one right away may very well have been political suicide, but the price to pay was the freedom and lives of millions of people. That's the Big Yalta Truth. We don't have to like it, but we have to face up to it. President Bush doesn't believe in leaving anyone behind in the struggle for freedom. "Realists" like Heilbrunn believe that you do.

So there you have point/counter-point. It's up to us to decide who's right.

UPDATE: The Iconic Midwesterner has a much more exhaustive (and amusing) analysis.

"Where's My Coffee?!"

A nice piece over at Tech Central Station on Bill Clinton's legendary "purple-faced" rage and how it never cost him the way a few harsh remarks are costing John Bolton.

The Bush Boogie

Georgia loves George W. Bush...and America. Gateway Pundit has a nice roundup including the video of the Bush Boogie...also check out Publius Pundit for some good analysis.

The Islamic Vote In Britain

The New York Sun reports on the fallout from the victory of Saddam Hussein's lackey George Galloway. (Hat tip: Powerline)

5/09/2005

Un-Freakin' Believable

I tried to hold out, but much like the person that just can't resist slowing down for a car accident, I succumbed to temptation and looked at Arianna Huffington's new celebrity blog. I have no one to blame but myself.

I spent the first few minutes looking at who put entries on the page, repeating to myself: "who? who? who?" until finally I run across Walter Cronkite. Finding myself bored after the first few words from the most mistrusted man in the Blogosphere, I saw an entry from New Jersey Senator Jon Corzine:

"My name is Jon Corzine, and I'm one of the two US Senators who represents the state of New Jersey. Most people don't really know what a Senator does. In my case, among other things, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to prevent this country from being attacked."

F*&k! I have no one to blame but myself.

Damn I'm Good!!

I said they'd need a Clinton judge...and I was right! Check out Daily Pundit's update on the move by the United Nations to try and stop Congress from getting some embarrassing documents.

Sometimes, You Just Have To Laugh




(Hat tip: Tim Blair)

Web Exclusive: Letter To Paul Volker

Roger L. Simon at PJ Media has full text of a letter sent to Oil for Food Chief Investigator Paul Volker from Adrian Gonzalez-Maltes, attorney for Oil-for-Food witness Pierre Mouselli. Volker is officially knee-deep.

We Have Nothing To Hide, Except The Truth

The U.N. takes it's battle to cover for Kofi Annan to court. They'd better hope and prey they get a Clinton-appointed judge.

MORE: Radioblogger has a nice take on the fall of Paul Volker.

The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times

Roger L. Simon nails it on the latest talk out of the New York Times about trying to regain their old glory. The last thing we need is a return of the Old Grey Lady dictatorship.

Anti-Anti-Americanism

Victor David Hanson believes anti-Americanism may be on the wane. He presents an excellent argument in his latest piece.

The Rose Revolution Welcomes George W. Bush

President Bush made his historic visit to the former Soviet Republic of Georgia today as the country moves closer to a day when we won't describe them as a "former Soviet Republic," but simply as "Georgia." The Georgian government and the people have pulled out all the stops for Bush's visit. Posters of the president are everywhere and the city has been decorated beyond belief. It's costing them a lot of money, but they say it's worth it.

This is not surprising. In places like Georgia, Bush is nothing short of a rock star. The countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltics are where the people truly understand tyranny and are enamored with Bush's Inauguration Speech in which he put all tyrannical regimes on notice. According to Dick Morris, some have even memorized passages of the Inaugural Speech. With this visit, and the visit to Latvia, Bush puts Russia on notice to play nice. Putin may be losing his way, but he is a transitional figure. Russian politics will move closer to democracy with each leadership change, I predict. Especially if the chess master Kasparov makes a lot of noise.

(Photo courtesy the Associated Press)

Another 75 Down

(AP) -- U.S. forces launched an offensive against insurgents in western Iraq near the Syrian border, and about 75 militants were killed in the first 24 hours, the military said Monday.
It said the offensive, being conducted with U.S. air support in a desert area of Anbar province north of the Euphrates River, was targeting a sanctuary for foreign insurgents and a smuggling route.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Other People's Money

Great article about the fact that Foundations that get involved in public policy will be facing more scrutiny in the age of the Blogs. Instapundit points out this brilliant quote from the Pew Charitable Trust after an exposee by Fox News Channel on their support of McCain-Feingold:

"it (Pew) did nothing wrong and is proud of the $40-million it spent to get other people's money out of politics."

Priceless.

Hold Everything

Ariel Sharon is delaying the Gaza pullout until August. It sure looks like he's getting cold feet from all the bad press.

5/08/2005

Tony The Tiger Continues To Roar

Good news from over the pond as Tony Blair makes it clear to the country and his rival Gordon Brown that he has no intention of quitting early. Whether he can hold out is still a big question, but Blair's plan is to serve until the summer of 2008. For us pro-war types, we have to just hope that Blair holds on for as long as he possibly can. The longer he's PM, the longer British troops can stay in Iraq and help us tie up the loose ends.

Bottom line, while many are writing Blair's political obituary, his place in history is secure. The British are notorious for not appreciating you in the present but worshipping you years later...just ask Churchill. Blair will be remembered as one of the greats in British politics and he can break bread at my table anytime.

Canada Protects Kyoto

Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs has a really scary and enlightening story about how freedom of speech and of the press is something of a myth in Canada...more than any of us realize.

The British Elections: A Retrospective

Samizdata has a nice take on the results of last weeks elections in Great Britain. This offers a good explanation of how the three major British parties breakdown and why or why not they're successful.

V-E Day, Murrow Style

Here's a recording of Edward R. Murrow's broadcast on May 8th, 1945 from Piccadilly Circus in London. Listen to it and remember. (Hat tip: lgf)

Apology For Yalta?

President Bush made yet another brilliant speech, this time in Latvia, as he discussed the rise of freedom in the Baltic States and their unfortunate fate after the end of WWII. Read the whole thing here. Powerline has some analysis. There has been some talk that this speech amounted to a U.S. apology for our actions during the Yalta Conference in which Churchill and Roosevelt (later Truman) essentially condemned the smaller Eastern European countries to Stalin's yoke. John Hinderaker says apologizing for Yalta would be a bit unfair as we were in no position to bargain for the Baltic States. I tend to disagree. After WWII, the United States had become an established superpower. We were (and remain) in a position to bargain for anything we choose, it just takes the will to do it. Granted, after one of the worst wars in history we were hardly up for a new war Stalin, but still, the hard truth is we let the smaller countries suffer for our comfort.

But now, George W. Bush has laid the groundwork for a new kind of conservatism, what leftists dismiss as "neoconservatism," in which we no longer sacrifice the weak in the name of a false "stability."

5/07/2005

If It's Not Scottish, It's Crap!

Here's an interesting take on the demographic breakdown on this week's elections in Great Britain. (Hat tip: Polipundit)

5/06/2005

Making Nevada Proud

As reported yesterday on Jim-Rose.com, Harry Reid spoke to a class of students at a Las Vegas high school today. The event was billed as Reid giving a lesson on ethics using the Senate filibuster controversy as the jumping off point. Instead, the Senate Minority Leader proceeded to call President Bush a loser. (Hat tip: Drudge)

The question here is, who is the real loser here?

UPDATE: More from Polipundit...and Powerline...and the Captain.

Getting Out The Terrorists Vote

Chrenkoff has an exhaustive look at the worst news from yesterday's British elections: the victory of Saddam Hussein's biggest fan, George Galloway. The fact that this guy won a seat in parliament after being so open with his anti-Western views is pretty scary.

5/05/2005

Press Release From The Office Of Harry Reid

Las Vegas, NV - As the Senate prepares for a possible Constitutional showdown over the use of the filibuster, Senator Harry Reid will explain to Nevadans what is at stake and how he is working to protect the fundamental checks and balances of our democracy.

Sen. Reid, the Senate Democratic Leader, will speak to students from U.S. History and American Study classes at Del Sol High School, tomorrow, Friday, May 6 at noon. He will explain to students why he is fighting the "nuclear option", an attempt by Republicans to take away the right of the Senate to use the filibuster in some cases. The Senate may vote on the nuclear option as soon as next week.


Ed. - Maybe I'm living in the past, but isn't this a little over the line? Making a political speech at a government funded school to a group of teenagers? I guess in this age of political rallies at churches (and funerals, if you're in Minnesota) this isn't that unusual.

The Iron Lady Backs The Iron Mustache

John Bolton's office released to the media a letter he received from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in which she strongly endorses his selection by President Bush as U.N. Ambassador. Here's a brilliant passage:

"A capacity for straight talking rather than peddling half-truths is a strength and not a disadvantage in diplomacy. Particularly in the case of a great power like America, it is essential that people know where you stand and assume that you mean what you say."

That's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

Watch That Pendulum Swing

Some more thoughts on the election in Great Britain: First, I'm watching the coverage on C-Span 2 and what a good time! These commentators on the BBC seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves and make clever little jokes when there's some technical problem, it's just a nice atmosphere. My favorite part was when they were talking to Jack Straw who didn't know he was on air for the first few seconds and he said, "I'm sorry, I didn't realize I was on," and the commentator said, "that's alright, none of us here knows what's going on either." Good stuff. Oh, and the graphics and visual aides are awesome! I love the pendulum. I really wish America could take a page from their book on this one.

Now, as far as the results go...it's looking like Labour holds on to power but loses a lot of ground, while the Conservatives gain significant ground and the Liberal Democrats continue to be a the third place lunatic party, probably only gaining two seats.

For the next week and beyond, expect to see a lot of stories, yes here in America, about Gordon Brown, who will most like challenge Blair for the Prime Minister post at some point. Brown seems more likely to pull troops from Iraq and steer the party back to the left, at least partially. The question this raises is whether that will mean the Conservatives will be in a position to grab power back in a few years or is the electorate moving left. The former seems more likely to me since the Tories made such big gains and they've always been pro-war, just anti-Blair.

Politics in Britain is fascinating and a bit disconcerting. Remember from your history that these people threw Churchill out before they'd even closed the door on World War II and the Tories threw Thatcher out over some silly tax issue. Tony Blair has brought the Labour Party more success than ever thought possible. Will they throw him out? Conventional wisdom says yes. We'll have to see. In the meantime, as I stated previously, Bush should prepare for the worst and plan on the Brits leaving Iraq within a year, but I really doubt that'll be a fatal blow by that time.

The Spin Begins

The British Media is already writing Tony Blair's political obituary with stories about Blair's "heir" to the top spot, the Treasury Chief, Gordon Brown. Brown is said to covet the job and has been on the outs with Blair for a while, but more importantly, he's well like by the lunatic fringe of the party. This is all assuming the returns as as low as the BBC thinks they are. Until then...

Tony The Tiger!

LONDON (AP) -- The BBC and ITV have projected that Tony Blair's Labour Party has won re-election in Britain.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

UPDATE: Some quick thoughts on the early returns and predictions:

1) The BBC is predicting that Labour will lose about 100 seats, but still maintain a 66 seat majority. It may be backlash for the war, but we also have to take into consideration that this is the 3rd go-around for Blair and Labour so a landslide is unlikely after having been in office for so long.

2) The BBC also says it hasn't been a very good night for the Liberal Democrats. If there was a strong backlash from the war in Iraq, it seems like they would have faired better. Hard to imagine the anti-war vote going for the Tories.

3) Some are saying Tony Blair may be gone by Christmas as the minority wackos in his party may try to overthrow him. It's possible, but I think that theory strongly underestimates Blair. Regardless, Bush should probable be ready for a British pullout from Iraq at year's end. By that time, however, the time may be right anyway.

Stress Is A Killer

Chrenkoff has some great before and after pictures of some terrorists that were once on the run from coalition forces. Funny stuff.

The 1950s Called, It Wants Its Neuroses Back

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan middle school's marching band has been ordered not to perform "Louie Louie" in a parade this weekend.
The Benton Harbor school superintendent sent a letter to parents saying the song's allegedly raunchy lyrics makes it inappropriate -- even though the marching band wasn't going to sing it.
She says she'll rethink her decision if most parents support their children playing the song.
Richard Berry wrote "Louie Louie" in 1956. It's one of the most recorded songs in history. The best-known version was a hit in 1963 for the Kingsmen.
But exactly what it's about remains a topic of debate.
The F-B-I spent two years investigating the lyrics before declaring them "unintelligible."

Just Below Inmates

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- It turns out journalists are significantly more ethical than the average adult. A rash of recent high-profile blunders has dragged down opinions of the press.
However, a study done by professors at University of Missouri-Columbia and Louisiana State University shows when it comes to ethics, journalists rank near the top of the list.
Researchers using a decades-old model for assessing one's morals determined that members of media rank just below seminarians, doctors and medical students.
The results even surprised the researchers.
The test also found the least ethical people are junior high students, who came in behind prison inmates.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Ed. - Heh.

Norm Coleman Doing God's Work

Fox News continues to uncover new evidence that Kofi Annan is to the U.N. what Ken Lay was to Enron. New documents obtained by Senator Norm Coleman show that Annan may have lied to investigators looking into the Oil for Food Scandal. Anyone surprised?

5/04/2005

Deluxe Sized Humor

Hillarious entry from Scrappleface on how Walmart should be more like GM. Sadly, yes, it is America.

The Ultra Left v. The Extreme-Ultra Left

Leave it to Dennis Kucinich to put me in the unenviable position of defending Howard Dean. The DNC Chairman said recently (to paraphrase) he didn't want us to wage war on Iraq, but it wasn't up to him, or the Democrats, so now that we have gone to war, there's no turning back and we should just hope for the best. Kucinich, on the other hand, disagrees and says there is turning back and wants us to do just that. Just when you think you've scrapped the bottom, Kucinich is there to show you you haven't. (Hat tip: Newsmax)

20 More Down

Coalition Forces killed 20 insurgents in Afghanistan in a gunbattle today.

That's a text-book definition of good news.

Jonathan Pollard Redux

(AP) -- The FBI arrested a Pentagon analyst Wednesday on charges that he passed classified information on Iran to employees of a pro-Israel lobbying group.
Larry Franklin, 58, of Kearneysville, W.Va., turned himself in Wednesday morning, FBI spokeswoman Debra Weierman said. He was scheduled to make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Virginia later in the day, Weierman said.

5/03/2005

Unclean! Unclean!

This news is a little old, but still quite relevant. Liberals are up in arms over the fact that the Fox drama "24" has developed a huge following with conservatives, and the fact that the cast and crew had Rush Limbaugh visit the set for a party AND the fact that the show has a creator/producer who is an open conservative. The master liberal blogger Daily Kos posted this rant on April 20th. It proves to be an interesting example of the complete and utter phobia the American Left has of any views that differ from theirs. Very educational.

(Photo courtesy RushLimbaugh.com)

Hold The New York Times Up To The Mirror, Then Read It

"D'oh!" That's the sound the MSM is making today after they spent most of the week talking about how the insurgents (i.e. terrorists) in Iraq were emboldened by the new governments inability to pick a cabinet. Well, today we learn that the U.S. military found a letter dated April 27th addressed to al-Zarqawi that complains about how the insurgency is "weakening."

Go figure.

Don't Count On It

Newsmax is reporting on the claim made by a London-based Arabic newspaper that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld met with Saddam Hussein during his last trip to Iraq to try and get the former dictator to help call off the insurgents. In exchange, the paper claims, they would grant Saddam immunity from prosecution and allow him exile in a foreign land.

It's the last part that doesn't pass the smell test. There's no way Bush and the gang would let Saddam off the hook. The Iraqi people need their justice, without it, their victory would ring hollow. It's possible he might have met with Saddam, for jollies if nothing else, but not to make a deal. Not surprisingly, the Pentagon shot down the story.

I Think You'll Find Escape Impossible

Funny stuff. The First Lady of Kenya and her security detail stormed the newsroom of Kenya's largest newspaper, The Daily Nation, and proceeded to confiscate everyone's cell phones and had the room sealed so she could berate the staff for the next five hours about their alleged Media Bias. What a way to spend the night.

They're Good Guys...Really

It would be funny if it weren't such a serious situation, but you almost have to laugh at how the Mullahs in Iran are making it so hard for the U.N. to counter George W. Bush's rhetoric about the criminal regime. Today, Bill Clinton's favorite government said it is determined to carry out uranium enrichment activities and they don't care what anyone thinks. Nice.

The Case For Democracy

Picked up Natan Sharansky's book, The Case For Democracy, last night at the bookstore. I was inspired to do so by his resignation from the Israeli cabinet over the planned pullout from Gaza. So far, it's a pretty impressive book. I'll be writing a review as soon as I finish, hopefully by this weekend.

Gettin' Closer

Iraq swore in its first democratically elected government today. But that's the good news. Tune into CNN and the rest of the MSM for stories about how this will never work.

The Game Is Afoot

The New York Sun has a nice write-up on Pajamas Media. With luck, I'll be a part of this. Time will tell.

5/02/2005

The Back-Handed Report

Well, the Italians have come out with their report on the accidental shooting of a Secret Service agent at a roadblock in Iraq. Put simply, the report basically agrees with the American report in that the shooting was not intentional, but then it seeks to save face by labeling the American soldiers as inexperienced and fatigued and the checkpoint as shoddy. It also continues to disagree with the speed that the car was going when it approached the checkpoint. CBS News (of all news organizations) proved with satellite photos that the car was going too fast. Naturally, the Italian left-wingers smell blood in the water and are throwing barbs at us and Berlusconi. It's a damn shame. Silvio has backed us up for so long and now he's knee-deep in shit.

No Confidence

The good Captain continues his one blog crusade to take down the Liberal Canadian government. Today, the Conservative Party in our neighbor to the north met and agreed that a no confidence vote should be held as soon as possible. Check out CQ for more.

Protest Babe Alert

Our man Publius has the latest protest babe alert from Nepal.

Don't Mess With The Aussies

Polipundit has a nice write-up on Prime Minister John Howard's response to the terrorists who have taken an Australian hostage. Howard continues to impress me and I have faith that he won't bungle this like the Italians did.

Natan Sharansky Resigns

Israeli Cabinet member Natan Sharansky resigned today in protest over Israel's planned pullout from Gaza. A particularly powerful passage of his resignation letter:

"Will we, by leaving Gaza encourage freedom of expression and a judicial system that protects human rights? Will the incitement in the Palestinian education system cease? Will the terror groups be dismantled? The answer to all of the above is of course, no."

Tough stuff. It's no wonder George W. Bush is a fan of Sharansky, even though Bush has to play up like he's all for a Gaza pullout. Must be diplomatic, you know.

This could have some major repercussions. I'm not an expert, but you have to wonder how much longer Sharon can keep up his balancing act between the two extremes of the Israeli populous. And should Sharon be ousted, the Labor Party will only be all too willing to sell out the country to the Palestinians.

I haven't read Sharansky's book, but I've seen it advertised on a lot of blogs...now I'm thinking I may have to go to Barnes & Noble after work.

Feast Or Famine

Newspaper circulation for the last 6 months is down almost 2% according to the latest figures. It's the sharpest downturn for the daily rags in quite a while and it continues to prove the point that they need to embrace the Internet, or perish.

Shhh! Good News

To paraphrase Charles Johnson, no MSM news is good new for Afghanistan. Check out Chrenkoff's Good News from Afghanistan, Part 12.

Torture Me, Please!

Thanks to 60 Minutes, the alleged "torture" of inmates at Guantanamo Bay will never be a campaign issue in any election. Sgt. Erik Saar blows the lid on the "sadistic" tactics used:

"As she stood in front of him, she slowly started to unbutton her army blouse. She had on underneath the Army blouse a tight brown Army T-shirt, touched her breasts, and said, 'Don't you like these big American breasts?'" says Saar. "She wanted to create a barrier between this detainee and his faith, and if she could somehow sexually entice him, he would feel unclean in an Islamic way, he would not be able to pray and go before his God and gain that strength, so the next day, maybe he would be able to start cooperating, start talking to her."

Now there is a legitimate point as to whether this is an effective form of interrogation. The point, of course, is to get them to talk. That may need to be studied. But as far as "torture" goes, forget it. Even the rougher stuff like bending the thumbs, grabbing genitals and smearing fake menstral blood on the prisoners...I still wouldn't expect any sympathy from the American people.

If anything, this is a Saturday Night Live skit waiting to happen. Picture some horny guys dressing up as Arabs going to Guantanamo: "My name is Akbar...torture me all you want with your big American breasts...you can't make me talk. I mean it...you'll have to torture me for months!"