Happy New Year!

Well folks, it's been an interesting year to say the least. Thanks for joining us here at The Libertarian Popinjay. I'm going to be heading down to Fremont Street pretty soon, I have to cover the New Year's Eve concert there (ugh! the crowds!). Have a great New Year and stay staff. We'll be back tomorrow to opine on Nebraska's performance in the Cotton Bowl and whatever else tickles our fancy.

The Year Of The Camera-Phone

Please check out my post at The Astute Bloggers on the impact the camera-phone has had on the year 2006.

Some Advice For Miss Nevada

I still don't see what Miss Nevada, Katie Rees, did that was so wrong. In fact, I think she should take the ball and run with it. Donald Trump has decided that she won't get her crown back...big deal. Come to Las Vegas and become a star. No, she doesn't have to start doing porno, but there are ways to turn her new-found celebrity into at least a temporary career. She seems to possess a lot of...talent.


A Vue Shtet Geschreiber?

Jackie Mason just rips into the phenomena that is Barack Obama.

Saddam Hussein Still Dead

It's a beautiful site.

UPDATE: Assassinated?! Somebody fire this guy or his producer.

MORE: Bob Woodward gets final interview with Saddam. Hard to believe it's a parody:

Mr. Woodward said he would not comment on rumors that he will soon publish interviews with singers James Brown and Lou Rawls, cartoonist Joseph Barbera, actors Don Knotts, Jack Palance, Glenn Ford, June Allyson, Dennis Weaver, Shelley Winters and Jane Wyatt, as well as Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and sportscaster Curt Gowdy, all of whom died in 2006 and may have been secretly critical of Mr. Bush’s rationale for invading Iraq.


New York Times Downplays Saddam's Death

It should come as no surprise that the New York Times would quickly release a story to remind the American public that Saddam Hussein's death is really not a big deal and no reason for celebration. What makes it all the more painful for me, however, is that I went to college with Jeff Zeleny, the New York Times reporter that wrote this article. What can you do?

UPDATE: The Zeleny article was the just the tip of the iceberg. Don Surber has more on the New York Times in mourning.


May he burn for an eternity.

REPORT: Saddam To Be Hanged Within Hours

Just breaking.

ESPN Going Downhill

ESPN, the sports network that fired Rush Limbaugh for allegedly bringing politics into a world that they feel should only be about sports, is starting to reap the seeds of their own hypocrisy. Writing in the New York Post, Phil Mushnick blasts ESPN for its Monday Night Football coverage where they seem to be consumed with doing everything but show the game. I couldn't agree more. Interviews in the booth with celebrities and sideline interviews with whoever they can find are becoming quite tiresome and I just wish for the love of G-d that they would stop trying to entertain us so much and just watch the damn game! Read the whole article by Mushnick...he's spot on. (Hat tip: ProFootballTalk.com)


Miss Nevada Not So Different From Her Peers

I find this stuff about Miss Nevada, Katie Rees, and her "shocking" behavior rather interesting. Okay, the first reason is of a prurient nature, I admit, but that's really the point. Girls of her generation have wised up to men. They understand just how enamored we are with light lesbian sex and they play into this fetish with gusto. Fold into this the fact that we do live in a different era where sex is an open subject in most circles. What has Miss Nevada done that is so shocking? She participated in a pageant where she had to wear a bikini, yet we're shocked when she lets loose at a bar and tongues a female friend? She hasn't broken any laws (except I suppose, indecent exposure, but that shouldn't be a crime for attractive young girls). Oh yes, I just said that.

BREAKING: Saddam To Be Executed Within 48 Hours

Just breaking on Drudge.

Belichick To The Giants?

The NFL is rapidly turning into Melrose Place. As we get close to the end of the regular season and the beginning of the playoffs, the scandals and finger-pointing are in high-gear. None is weirder than the situation involving New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The NFL rumor site, ProFootballTalk.com is reporting rumors that the Boston genius may be in line to take the expected to be vacant New York Giants job. The strange part in this is that his supposed girlfriend lives in New Jersey. She is currently in a messy divorce in which her husband is accusing her of adultery with Belichick. Whatever.

Getting back to football...it seems highly unlikely that Robert Kraft would let Belichick go, even if there are moral issues involved. It would be a huge coup for the Giants, but it'll never happen.

Bill Clinton Hit By Cindy Sheehan Mudslinging

The patron saint of the anti-American Left, Cindy Sheehan, seems to have inadvertently criticized the patron saint of the Democrat Party, Bill Clinton, in her most recent column meant to bash George W. Bush and Gerald Ford:

One of the talking heads on one of the cable news shows (does it matter which?) said that it was a "great thing for America" that Gerald Ford pardoned the crooked war criminal, Richard Nixon. He said that we don't make public spectacles out of trying our presidents in criminal courts. After all, we are not a "banana republic."

No, the United States of America is not a "banana republic" Mr. Talking Head, but since Nixon got away with his blatant crimes and every President since Nixon has skated away from office after having committed overt and covert crimes, we have on our hands, here, a situation that I am forced now to call: "Bloody George."

Oops! There go the invitations to the next round of Upper East Side cocktail parties.

Why Kwanzaa Is A Crock

Via Anti-Strib.

Rick Kaplan to CBS?

More proof that the folks at CBS News have learned nothing over the years. Terrible ratings used to be a way to send a message that changes needed to be made, but no, CBS may now hire Clinton/Democratic Party hack Rick Kaplan to "help" improve Katie Couric's ratings. What will it take for these people to look in the mirror?

Milton Friedman: The Great Empiricist

What do I believe? This article on the late Milton Friedman covers a lot of my own philosophy on life.


Gerald Ford: President; Dog Lover

This AP photo of President Ford's dog Liberty just slays me. Have you ever seen a more contented-looking animal in your life? He actually looks like he's smiling.

Liberaltarians On The March

There's a scary movement going on in some libertarian circles that libertarians should hitch their wagons to the Democrats soon to take over Congress. Andrew Cassel of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes about Brink Lindsey of the Cato Institute who has proposed such an idea:

Libertarians already agree with the left on social issues such as stem-cell research, immigration and censorship, Lindsey wrote.

Even where they differ - chiefly over the virtues of capitalism and free markets - libertarians can frame their arguments in progressive terms.

Libertarians detest farm subsidies, for example, because they inflate government and distort markets. Call them "corporate welfare," however, and many liberals will applaud.

Lindsey's real point is much like Frank's: Support for free global trade can be bartered for stronger social-safety-net and worker-protection programs.

"The central challenge," Lindsey wrote, "is to elaborate a vision of economic policy... that both liberals and libertarians can support."

Part of that vision, at least for the moment, may stem from opposition to what has passed for conservatism during much of the last six years.

Libertarians who champion small government and open markets have been appalled by Congress' deficit spending and the Bush administration's embrace of protective tariffs for steel and other industries.

Lindsey, and others, suggest it would be more useful to cut a deal with liberals - higher taxes in exchange for balanced budgets, say.

You could call this kind of horsetrading "pouring liberal wine into conservative bottles." Lawrence Seidman does - that's the title of his new book.

Okay libertarians, I know things are bad right now, but for the love of Milton Friedman let's not lose our heads! Noam Chomsky makes a mockery of the language (ironic since he's a linguist) every time he calls himself a "libertarian socialist." These two words cannot be put together... they are fire and ice. Yes, the Republicans went socialist in the past few years, but that doesn't mean we should go running to other party which historically makes the GOP seem like penny-pinchers. Rationalize it all you want, but libertarians and "liberals" don't mix.

The Nixon Pardon: Ford's Sacrifice

A.J. Strata has a great take on the Gerald Ford presidency (emphasis mine):

It is sad to wake up this morning and have the first news be that of the death of a good President. The news stories will say it better than I can, but Gerald Ford was the ultimate example of sacrificing political gain in order to do right by the country. After Bill Clinton held on to power for no useful purpose, and spent 8 years working on a legacy verses what was needed for the country, we can all see the difference “in style”. Political expediency is the norm right now. Staying on the best course, despite the news media’s lame and consistent harping, is becoming a rare trait. The news media will never be able to undo the damage did while this man was President. They scoffed at Gerald Ford from the Ivory Towers of unsustainable arrogance at every opportunity. Just as with the passing of President Reagan, the media wiill choke down their dislike and pretend to redeem themselves as they cover the passing of this good man. Or maybe they won’t. One thing about liberals is their innate ability to be tacky at any cost. But as usual, the media is the sideshow. The main event is this man’s life long dedication and sacrifice to all of us. Thank you Mr. President. God speed.

Jon Kerry Snubbed In Iraq

Proof that whether the joke was "botched" or not, the troops took it seriously and are pissed off. No soldier went near the failed presidential candidate while he visited the war-torn country.

Never has a snub been more deserved.


Gerald Ford Dead

The 38th President of the United States of America has died. Gerald Ford, was an accidental president, but he served his country well during a very difficult time. He was the textbook definition of a good man and humble servant of the people.

Statement from President Bush:

Laura and I are greatly saddened by the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford.

President Ford was a great American who gave many years of dedicated service to our country. On Aug. 9, 1974, after a long career in the House of Representatives and service as vice president, he assumed the presidency in an hour of national turmoil and division. With his quiet integrity, commonsense and kind instincts, President Ford helped heal our land and restore public confidence in the presidency.

The American people will always admire Gerald Ford's devotion to duty, his personal character and the honorable conduct of his administration. We mourn the loss of such a leader, and our 38th president will always have a special place in our nation's memory. On behalf of all Americans, Laura and I offer our deepest sympathies to Betty Ford and all of President Ford's family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them in the hours and days ahead.

Hundreds Beg For The Job Of Executing Saddam

Yeah, Iraq was a lot better with Saddam Hussein in charge and the people loved him, right?

Nonsense. Saddam is next on the chopping block and hundreds of Iraqis are chomping at the bit to be the one to drop the axe, pull the switch, what have you. I can't wait.

I'm Back

Back from a few days in the Cornhusker state. I'm full of meat and ready to get back into my usual routine (once we get New Year's out of the way).


Radio Host: CBS News Should Go Conservative

From our "when Hell freezes over file" we have this rather amusing piece from a Denver radio talk show host that suggest CBS News go conservative once the Katie Couric experiment is deep-sixed.

Irate Lions Fans Plan Second "Millen Man March"

What interest me most about this story is the headline. "Millen Man March." Now that's humorous! Today's comedians could learn from this headline.


Giuliani Needs To Run On His Pre-9/11 Record

Jonah Goldberg has a great piece at Real Clear Politics today on how Rudy Giuliani can become the next GOP candidate for president. A hero after 9/11 indeed, but his record before 9/11 is the red meat Conservatives are looking for.


Rosie v. The Donald

Rosie O'Donnell is the Terrell Owens of the entertainment industry. Everything she's involved in eventually goes to hell under the weight of her big mouth. The ratings for The View are doing great right now, just like the ratings for a car crash when it first happens, but after a while it's going to drive people away. One wonders just how much longer Elisabeth Hasselbeck will put up with it and finally leave the show. We'll see.

In the meantime, however, Rosie made a huge mistake by insulting Donald Trump on today's show. Trump, never one to back out of a fight, says he'll be suing Rosie and loving every minute of it. Could be a ploy for publicity on Donald's part, but I hope he's sincere and makes her life hell.

Oh No! A Conservative At PBS!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday installed self-described conservative writer and producer Warren Bell on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports U.S. public television and radio.

Bell, who was nominated in June, writes for the conservative magazine The National Review and was previously a writer and producer for "Coach" and "Ellen," two popular TV series in the 1990s.

The Senate Commerce Committee had been scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for him in September but he was dropped from the agenda because of concerns by both Republicans and Democrats.

The Los Angeles Times reported that some of Bell's fellow writers said he had made negative comments about funding public broadcasting, a charge he denied. No action on his nomination was taken by the Senate before it adjourned earlier this month.

The horror...the horror.


Time To Take Out Al-Sadr

Good news from Iraq as Ayatollah Sistani, the leading Shiite cleric in the country is backing an American coalition of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds to root out Shiite terrorists in the country. The folks at Hot Air compare this to the mafia world saying that "Don" Sistani is sort of okaying a hit on al-Sadr. Let's hope so because this is a long time coming. By far Bush's biggest mistake in the war was letting this guy live. I will celebrate the day this fat f*ck is bleeding out of his eye sockets.

Filmmaker Takes On James Baker

David Zucker is a "mad" genius.


Joseph Barbera Dies

The man who created cartoon greats The Flintstones, Tom & Jerry and many others has died. Joseph Barbera (along with his late business partner, William Hannah) was to cartoons what Vince Lombardi was to football. Rest in peace.

Air America: A Lesson In Business

The irony is delicious. The main reason Air America is failing is that you have a bunch of socialists and neo-Marxists trying to run a corporation.

Political Left In A Panic Over Senator Johnson

Just when you think the sickening speculation from the MSM over the possibility of Senator Tim Johnson not being able to continue couldn't get any sicker, Nazi National Public Radio takes it one step further.

Time Magazine Caught Championing Ahmadinejad

An excellent catch by BizzyBlog. (Hat tip: Hot Air)

It also ties into my post from last week, asking how the fans of Ahmadinejad feel about their hero standing side-by-side with David Duke. Someone at Time Magazine has some explaining to do.

British Lord Nails U.S. Senators

Lord Monckton, Viscount of Brenchley (I don't know what that means, but it sounds cool) has sent an open letter to U.S. Senators John Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe chastising them for their open letter to the CEO of ExxonMobil to stop funding science skeptical of global warming.

To the Senators' comparison of ExxonMobil's funding of climate sceptics with tobacco-industry funding of research denying the link between smoking and lung cancer, Lord Monckton counters, "Your comparison of Exxon's funding of sceptical scientists and groups with the former antics of the tobacco industry is unjustifiable and unworthy of any credible elected representatives. Either withdraw that monstrous comparison forthwith, or resign so as not to pollute the office you hold."

Take that you gobshites!

Obama-mania Rolls On

John Fund has a really good piece this morning on the media adoration of Barack Obama and has some good career advice for the Illinois Senator.


The Daily Drudge, 12/16/06

Lot's of interesting stuff on Drudge this morning:

-Sources are telling Drudge that Gerald Ford has taken a turn for the worse. The oldest living president has struggled with many health issues the past few years. It might be his time.

-REPORT: Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh Decides Not to Seek Democratic Nomination for President...

Looks like the Clinton smear machine is running on all cylinders.

-Officials: John Edwards to Enter 2008 Race...

Like it matters.

-Ex-Rep. Barr Quits GOP for Libertarians...

I admire his principles. He's a good man.

-Hundreds Detained Ahead of Anti-Government Rally in Moscow...

Stalin lives.


Jimmy Carter Is Demented

Former President Carter turned down a request to debate Alan Dershowitz about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the outspoken Harvard law professor "knows nothing about the situation."

Carter, author of a new book advocating "peace not apartheid" in the region, said he will not visit Brandeis University to discuss the book because the university
requested he debate Dershowitz.

"I don't want to have a conversation even indirectly with Dershowitz," Carter said in Friday's Boston Globe. "There is no need ... to debate somebody who, in my opinion, knows nothing about the situation in Palestine."

The school's debate request, Carter said, is proof that many in the United States are unwilling to hear an alternative view on the nation's most taboo foreign policy issue, Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory.

Carter brokered the 1978 Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He said the goal of his book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," is to provoke dialogue and action.

"There is no debate in America about anything that would be critical of Israel," he said.

In the words of Will Ferrell, "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!!" What the hell is this man talking about? Spend 5 minutes in Turtle Bay and tell me there's no debate critical of Israel. Read the Baker-Hamilton Report and tell me there's no debate critical of Israel. Listen to Michael Moore and the nuts at Democratic Underground and Daily Kos and tell me there's no debate critical of Israel. Listen to anyone who uses the term "Neocon" and tell me there's no debate critical of Israel.

You know who else thinks there's no debate in America about anything that would be critical of Israel? David Duke.

Duke Lacrosse Rape Case Stunner

Just when you think the Duke lacrosse rape case couldn't get any worse...

The head of a private DNA laboratory said under oath today that he and District Attorney Mike Nifong agreed not to report DNA results favorable to Duke lacrosse players charged with rape.

Brian Meehan, director of DNA Security of Burlington, said his lab found DNA from unidentified men in the underwear, pubic hair and rectum of the woman who said she was gang-raped at a lacrosse party in March. Nurses at Duke Hospital collected the samples a few hours after the alleged assault. Meehan said the DNA did not come from Reade Seligmann, David Evans, or Collin Finnerty, who have been charged with rape and sexual assault in the case.


Taxing The Rich Is Killing France

These socialists in our country that are always calling for higher taxes for the rich are idiots. Their argument doesn't stand up to the least bit of scrutiny and the facts are simply not on their side. Case in point, France.

Busy Night

Sorry for the lack of posts. Had to work a long day yesterday and I'm a zombie today. More to come soon.


Dictators: Left And Right

I sparked quite a discussion a few days ago with my post on the death of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The point I was trying to make about his legacy was much more succinctly made by Brent Bozell in his recent column:

The New York Times headline noted Pinochet was a “Dictator Who Ruled By Terror in Chile.” The Times began by describing him as “the brutal dictator who repressed and reshaped Chile for nearly two decades and became a notorious symbol of human rights abuse and corruption.” He was “never brought to trial.” Both the Post and the Times used post-Pinochet government estimates that more than 3,000 people were executed or disappeared during the Pinochet dictatorship.

But the same liberal press that despises right-wing autocrats cannot bring that same vigorous denunciation to bear when a communist dictator dies. When Chinese dictator Deng Xiaoping died in 1997, the Post mentioned the “bloody crackdown” in Tiananmen Square in 1989, but the words “dictator” or “dark legacy” did not appear in the headline, which simply recited the fact of death: “China’s Deng Xiaoping, Dead at 92.” The Post reporter did not attempt to enumerate the thousands or millions killed on Deng’s watch, or wonder why he was never put on trial.

The Post presented Deng as a great liberalizer, to a point. “Deng had guided the country out of the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, flung open China's doors to the outside world and loosened the grip of central economic planning,” while, ahem, “insisting that the Communist Party's monopoly on power go unchallenged.”

Some communist leaders couldn’t even be accused of liberalizing tendencies. When Korean despot Kim Il Sung died in 1994, the New York Times couldn’t call him a dictator in their headlines, let along mention ruling by terror. The second story on the death was headlined "Kim Il Sung, Enigmatic 'Great Leader" of North Korea for 5 Decades, Dies at 82."

The Times reporter proclaimed that to some Kim was “seen as a Stalinist maniac.” (Note the qualifier “seen as.”) And to others? There was also the “grandfatherly Kim Il Sung,” a “smiling leader seeking respect for his economically disabled nation, the man who three weeks ago embraced Jimmy Carter” as a way of establishing contact with President Clinton.

So let’s review. A right-wing ruler responsible for the deaths of 3,000 -- but also responsible for an economic miracle of free enterprise, and who allowed the democratic process which forced him from power – “dictator.” But communist despots who controlled their citizens with iron fists until the day they died, preventing all manner of political, economic, and religious freedoms, and who caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not millions – “leaders.”

The more things change, the more they stay the same. While conservatives still seek to defend both democracy and American interests, liberals are still fawning over communist and terrorist thugs. May our legacy be to tell the truth as it was Jeane Kirkpatrick’s.


Just What Do Polls Mean?

Newsmax is reporting the recent poll numbers for President Bush from the Washington Post/ABC:

70 percent "disapprove" specifically of his handling of the situation in Iraq, his worst-ever mark.

So what to make of this? Well, what's going on with the "situation in Iraq" right now? We're of course bombarded with stories from the MSM about how bad it is and that victory is hopeless, but what is Bush doing? First, he fired Rumsfeld and brought in a new Secretary of Defense. Then, he gets a report from Jim Baker with advice on what to do, which is basically to surrender and, while we're at it, get rid of the Jews, and Bush thanks them for their service and says he will give their suggestions serious consideration.

My question: This 70% that disapprove...what exactly do they disapprove of?

Eason Jordan Returns

Oh, this is just delicious. Eason Jordan, former CNN Chief, is forming an Iraq news website:

For the past four years there has been no shortage of news and views on Iraq and the long-running war there. What’s been missing: a one-stop-shopping clearinghouse for nonpartisan information, including material coming out of Iraq itself from natives of that country, not from foreign correspondents.

Now that need is finally being addressed in the form of IraqSlogger, in Beta at www.iraqslogger.com, but due to be officially launched next week. Its director is the former CNN news division chief, Eason Jordan, who quit that post suddenly in 2005 after 23 years with the company. The name of his new venture, he says, was inspired by a Donald Rumsfeld reference to this war being a “long, hard slog.”

The concept, Jordan tells E&P, “grew out of the feeling that I think many people shared that there was no one place to go. Individual news organizations do terrific work but you can spend the better part of a day going from one site to another and one TV outlet to another,” searching for a full picture.

“Iraq is the story of our time,” he declares. His goal for the site is for it to become nothing less than “the world's premier Iraq-focused information source” -- and with no “political slant.”

Those of you that have read my blog these past couple of years know that I have utter contempt for the MSM. Strange considering I have a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and will soon have a Master's Degree in the same field. I worked in television for over 10 years, why then do I have such a problem with the media?

The long answer would take days to go over...the short answer can be summed up in two words: Eason Jordan.

This is the man that admitted covering up Saddam Hussein's crimes in order to maintain a bureau in Baghdad. If that wasn't bad enough, in early 2005 he made the charge that U.S. soldiers in Iraq were targeting journalists. The Blogosphere furor over the latter incident led to his resignation from CNN. Now he has the nerve to start an Iraq news website and claim there will be "no political slant."

This man is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with Journalism.

Senator Bill Nelson Brings Good Tidings From Syria

Florida Senator Bill Nelson met with Bashar Assad today and says the Syrian dictator is really just a sweetie:

"Assad clearly indicated the willingness to cooperate with the Americans and or the Iraqi army to be part of a solution" in Iraq, Nelson told reporters in a conference call following the meeting. The U.S. says foreign fighters often enter Iraq across that boundary.

Excellent! Tomorrow Nelson is scheduled to hold a sit-down meeting in Hell with El Diablo. There's talk in the beltway that ol' scratch is offering up his services in Darfur.

Senator Tim Johnson Possible Stroke

Big news breaking on South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson suffering a possible stroke in Washington, D.C. The press is abuzz with the fact that if he can't continue to serve the Republican governor would appoint a Republican replacement and put the Senate at 50-50. It's true and I'm not gonna lie to you and tell you that thought didn't enter my head when I heard the news, but I don't have it in me to wish a man dead for political gain. My thoughts are with Tim Johnson and I hope he is able to recover and get back to work.

I remember when Georgia Senator Paul Coverdell died and the Republican Senate Majority dropped to 51-49. This paved the way for Jim Jeffords to defect and you know the rest. I'd rather see the GOP in the majority in the Senate, but not this way.

UPDATE: Spokesman denies.

Peter Boyle Dies

Just breaking on TMZ.

General Forsees Generational War

Bill Gertz at the Washington Times is reporting comments from an Air Force General that the War on Terror could last 50 to 100 years.

Shock! Horror! Panic!

Please. This is what smart people have known all along. Only idiots who get their news from CNN think this should be a short-lived venture. It takes generations to change a culture.

The Lonely President

Some good advice for President Bush from Tony Blankley.


The Fifth Column Rolls On

If CNN were any deeper in the tank for the Democrats they'd break through to China.

Troops Coming Home Bad For The Dems

There's a reason the Democrats have about-faced on bringing the troops home from Iraq now. They don't want them home in time to have an impact on the 2008 election in the ballot box. Sure, soldiers can vote by absentee, but those votes can get lost (or squashed if Al Gore has his way), or they can forget or not get around to doing it. If they're home, they have a better chance of voting and getting their message out...a message the Dems don't want us to hear.

David Duke Is Back! Attends Iran's Holocaust Denial Party

Well, well, well...look who was in attendance at President Ahmadinejad's Holocaust Conference. None other than America's most famous Nazi, David Duke:

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's conference questioning the Holocaust came to an end Tuesday, but not before hearing former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke say that gas chambers were not used to kill Jews.

"The Zionists have used the Holocaust as a weapon to deny the rights of the Palestinians and cover up the crimes of Israel," Duke told a gathering of nearly 70 "researchers" in Tehran at Ahmadinejad's invitation.

"This conference has an incredible impact on Holocaust studies all over the world," said Duke, a former state representative in Louisiana who twice ran for president.

"The Holocaust is the device used as the pillar of Zionist imperialism, Zionist aggression, Zionist terror and Zionist murder," Duke told The Associated Press.

Here's the question I pose. All you guys at Democratic Underground and Daily Kos who just swoon over Ahmadinejad...his beard, his clothes, the way he walks, the way he talks, the way he sticks it to "Bushitler," how does this feel? How does this taste in your mouth? Hmmm?

Tom Delay Drops A Bombshell Prediction

The prediction's not so much a bombshell as much as who's making the prediction. Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay says Hillary Clinton will be the next president with Barack Obama as her VP. His reasoning for this prediction is sound. The success of the infamous 527 groups like Moveon.org and their willing accomplices in the MSM give Hillary a built in coalition.

However, Delay is starting his own grassroots organization to counter the Clinton loyalists and this may be his way of getting it in the news.


The Irony Isn't Lost On Me

Democrats tidying up a cluster of unfinished spending bills dumped on them by departing Republican leaders in Congress will start by removing billions of dollars in lawmakers' pet projects next month.

The move, orchestrated by the incoming chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations committees, could prove politically savvy even as it proves unpopular with other members of Congress, who as a group will lose thousands of so-called earmarks.

"There will be no congressional earmarks," Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., and Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., said Monday in a statement announcing their plans, which were quickly endorsed by incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nev.

Robert Byrd is a major force behind the Democrats plan to eliminate pork? Does anyone else think this is like putting the fox in charge of hen-house security?

ESPN Boosts Barack Obama On Monday Night Football

All you people out there who are clambering for a return of the Fairness Doctrine, I wonder if you'd count tonight's appearance of Barack Obama on Monday Night Football as an example of why we need to bring back that FCC dinosaur.

The MSM has spoken...Barack Obama is The Chosen One.

Dictatorships & Double Standards

Commentary Online has posted Jeane Kirkpatrick's legendary article from November 1979 concerning the failures of the Carter Administration to prevent Iran and Nicaragua from falling into the clutches of tyranny. It was this article that made Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan realize he needed to get to know this woman. It demands to be read, and in this era of the ridiculous Baker Report, the parallels will knock you back on your heels.

Kirkpatrick got a lot of grief from the Left for her alleged sympathy and preference for "right-wing authoritarian" governments over "left-wing Marxist tyrannies." This is a simplistic and disingenuous take on the situation. What Kirkpatrick is saying is what would you rather have, a pro-American government with some freedoms or an anti-American government with no freedoms? Most of us (at least on the Right) would say we'd like "option C", a pro-American government with many freedoms. But that's not always an option, so you have to pick your poison, and between the respective choices of the Shah and the Ayatollah and Somoza and Ortega, it's not choice at all, at least for those of us who love and appreciate freedom.

Clinton's Priorities

A comment posted at the U.K. Daily Mail says it all about this whole Princess Diana bugging story:

"Ok, so Clinton was bugging Diana while Atta was plotting 9/11 and libs are upset we're bugging terrorists. What a strange world we live in."



Love Those Dictators


Joe Conason, columnists for the New York Observer, took umbrage with me the other day for implying that he was a fan of Hugo Chavez. I made this charge in a roundabout way to see if anyone would remember a column he wrote during the short-lived coup that put Chavez out of power for a few days in 2002. Conason was annoyed with the Bush administration for "not standing up for a democratically elected president." Please. Everyone knew then what is painfully clear now: that Chavez is (and was then) a tyrant (Communist, Marxist, Stalinist, Nazi...you pick the label) and having him out of power would only be to the benefit of Venezuela.

But Chavez is a good Leftists and the American Left has a long love affair with Leftist dictators, whether it be Castro, Ortega, Stalin, Gorbachev, et al. Now if your dictator is more of the Right Winged persuasion like say, an Augusto Pinochet, then it's off with his head!

A dictator is a dictator, whether he's "elected" or not.

UPDATE: Conason responds:

"Hard to say which is worse - your reading comprehension or your personal integrity. To take the simplest example, the phrase you put in quotation marks above did not appear in my column. It's a trick you can attempt only because there's no link to the column you are supposedly quoting.

I would be happy to send that column to any reader who'd like to know what it actually says. My email address is jconason-at-observer.com."

There is no link because the New York Observer's archives are subscription only. I did not republish any any of it on my website because of that fact, but very well, you have forced my hand...here are the first two paragraphs of the column in question (which I paid for):

It was a good week for democracy in Latin America, and not such a good week for democracy in Washington and New York.

Beyond those immediate observations, we know far less at the moment than we need to know about the events leading up to the coup and countercoup in Venezuela. Who was killed in the violent street demonstrations of April 11? Who did the shooting? When did the State Department learn that a coup was imminent? What did our diplomats (and military attach├ęs) say to the plotters? Why did the White House and the National Security Council ignore our treaty obligations to oppose the unlawful overthrow of an elected President? (Emphasis mine)

Joe is correct. I shouldn't have paraphrased his words and for that I apologize. The two statements have the exact same meaning, but that's still no excuse. I do however suggest that everyone take Joe up on his offer and have him send the column to you directly. It's speaks for itself.

Rahm Emanuel: Liar

Via Captain Ed.

Baker Report Not So Popular In Iraq

"[The report] contains dangerous articles which undermine the sovereignty of Iraq and its constitution" - Jalal Talabani

We should be thankful that Jim Baker wasn't around in 1943.

William Jefferson, (D) Louisiana Wins Reelection

I no longer want to hear any whining from the people of New Orleans. You obviously are happy with things as they are, so quit your bitching and shut the hell up.

Pinochet Dead

He saved Chile from Marxism, but did it with deadly force worthy of his Marxist enemies. Then in 1990, Chile was free. Hated by the American/European Left, but loved by many of his countrymen. A complicated legacy.

UPDATE: A couple of liberal bloggers, The Liberal Avenger and Lawyers, Gun$ and Money used this post as an example of a Pinochet apologist. G-d I love pissing off Leftists! Anywho, Pinochet was a murderer, no question, and while he agreed to elections in 1990, he did so never imagining he would actually lose. But he did and he knew which way the wind was blowing. Now Chile is the most successful democracy in South America with an excellent economy. This would not be the case if the Left had remained in power. After all, the Left was also complicit in Salvador Allende's death.


You Can Quote Me

"The only thing deadlier than war, is peace."

Jim Rose, December 8, 2006

Jeane Kirkpatrick Dies

The irony shouldn't be lost on anyone. In the same week that John Bolton, one of the most effective U.N. Ambassadors we've had since Jeane Kirkpatrick, quits his job due to Democratic Party/Stalinists pressure, Kirkpatrick passes away. She was our version of Margaret Thatcher: a strong conservative woman, more intelligent than attractive with a commanding voice and a sometimes gruff style. She, like her boss, Ronald Reagan, was a Democrat before making the conversion to Reagan Conservativism.

Bill Bennett, a former secretary of education under Reagan, the nation's drug czar under the first President Bush and a leading conservative opinion-maker, called her "very forceful, very strong, a daughter of Oklahoma, great sense of humor. She held her own."

Bennett said the Iraq Study Group so prominently in the news "would have been better with Jeane Kirkpatrick on it ... She had no patience with tyrannies, said they had to be confronted, you couldn't deal with tyrannies, that there were some people you could work with - these people you couldn't."

Let's hope she's not the last of her kind.


College Students Damaged By 'Borat' Movie: Lawyer

Two US college students featured in the smash-hit comedy movie "Borat" suffered damage to their reputations after appearing in the film, a lawyer representing the pair said. Olivier Taillieu told a hearing in Los Angeles that the two students -- whose names were withheld -- would never have agreed to appear in the spoof documentary if they had known it would be screened in the United States.

"One would be more willing to make a fool of himself if he knew his friends
and family members weren't going to see it," Taillieu said.

In "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," British comic Sacha Baron Cohen plays a fictional Kazakh journalist blundering across America in search of cultural enlightenment.

The movie has become a worldwide box-office success since its release but has angered several of the unwitting members of the public who appear in the critically acclaimed satire.

The two students suing the movie's makers in Los Angeles appear in the film when Borat hitches a ride in their motorhome. The scene shows the men appearing to get drunk and watching the infamous Pamela Anderson-Tommy Lee sex videotape.

Okay, can someone explain to me what I'm missing here? These college students, frat boys, are embarrassed by their performance in the film? Has college changed dramatically since I was there, because in my day, some frat boys featured in a major film while drunk and watching porno would be considered gods on campus. When I first saw the movie, I thought to myself, "These guys must just be the shit now." Instead they're saying it's brought on hardship. I don't get it.

Assault On Fox News Continues


The Real Socialist America

Okay, can everyone finally, at long last acknowledge that the Democratic Party is a Socialist party?

Surrender Monkeys Shock Even Washington Veteran

Here's the column by Bill Bennett over the the NRO Corner on the dreadful Baker-Hamilton Surrender Plan. A taste:

This is the triumph of the therapeutic, where bipartisanship — a hug across the aisle — has become a higher value than justice. The crisis of the house divided has been inverted; we no longer are worried about the crisis but the House, the moral, the good, and the just take a backseat to collegiality. Does history really give a hoot about bipartisanship? Who cares whether they are getting along? The task is to do the right thing, especially in war. But, when relativism is the highest value, agreement becomes the highest goal, regardless of right and wrong. And, woe to those who disagree, they will be sent whence they came — the outer reaches of “extremism.” This is the tyranny of the “best people” today’s equivalent of the Cliveden set.

Dodd Works For America's Enemies

A very telling piece this morning from Robert Novak on Senator Christopher Dodd's work on behalf of America's enemies at the United Nations.


The Man-Made Global Warming Farce

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 /U.S. Newswire/ -- David Deming, an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma and an adjunct scholar with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), testified this morning at a special hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The hearing examined climate change and the media. Bellow are excerpts from his prepared remarks.

"In 1995, I published a short paper in the academic journal Science. In that study, I reviewed how borehole temperature data recorded a warming of about one degree Celsius in North America over the last 100 to 150 years. The week the article appeared, I was contacted by a reporter for National Public Radio. He offered to interview me, but only if I would state that the warming was due to human activity. When I refused to do so, he hung up on me.

"I had another interesting experience around the time my paper in Science was published. I received an astonishing email from a major researcher in the area of climate change. He said, "We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period." "The Medieval Warm Period (MWP) was a time of unusually warm weather that began around 1000 AD and persisted until a cold period known as the "Little Ice Age" took hold in the 14th century. ... The existence of the MWP had been recognized in the scientific literature for decades. But now it was a major embarrassment to those maintaining that the 20th century warming was truly anomalous. It had to be "gotten rid of."

"In 1999, Michael Mann and his colleagues published a reconstruction of past temperature in which the MWP simply vanished. This unique estimate became known as the "hockey stick," because of the shape of the temperature graph. "Normally in science, when you have a novel result that appears to overturn previous work, you have to demonstrate why the earlier work was wrong. But the work of Mann and his colleagues was initially accepted uncritically, even though it contradicted the results of more than 100 previous studies. Other researchers have since reaffirmed that the Medieval Warm Period was both warm and global in its extent.

"There is an overwhelming bias today in the media regarding the issue of global warming. In the past two years, this bias has bloomed into an irrational hysteria. Every natural disaster that occurs is now linked with global warming, no matter how tenuous or impossible the connection. As a result, the public has become vastly misinformed."

And the Driveby Media slept.

"Fake But Accurate" The New MSM Credo

And it's just getting worse.

Baker's Boys Scared Of Fox News

Such cowards.

Terrell Owens Ready To Ruin Cowboys Season

The Dallas Cowboys look like the odds on favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. (This is assuming Rex Grossman continues to struggle.) However, we're getting our first warning signs that T.O. is getting primed to do what he does best...destroy his team.

Baker Report Has No Surprises

Well, the Baker Report came out today and it's just what we expected: anti-Israeli, "realist" tripe.

Gore Belittles War Debate By Making Wild Assertions

This is why the former Vice President and many of his party brethren can't be taken seriously. Al Gore says the Iraq War is the worst strategic mistake in the "history of the United States." This doesn't even pass the laugh test. If he wants to have a serious debate about the war, he and his ilk (Paul Krugman, Eric Foner, et al) need to stop making these "worst ever" arguments. It belittles the debate and proves they can't be taken seriously.


I Want My Bolton TV!

A rumor is starting to go around that John Bolton may be interested in working in TV when his work at the U.N. is finished. Personally, I'd rather see him join us in the Blogosphere, maybe doing a joint blog with Atlas Shrugs or something like that.

Bush 41 Breaks Down In Speech About Jeb

I like President Bush (41) and he sure does cry a lot for a former leader of the free world, but one thing is for sure: he loves his children. There's little doubt in my mind that as he sees all the slings and arrows thrown at his boys in the White House and the Florida Governor's mansion, he dies a little inside, but at the same time he's filled with pride like no other father in the country. A very good man.

Smear Campaign Against Rudy Giuliani Begins

Via Hot Air.

Ahmadinejad Caught Viewing Scantily Clad Women

Via Gateway Pundit.

The Rich Can Live Anywhere

Okay, this Gwyneth Paltrow thing. She's said a bunch of stuff about America v. Britain, how Britain is less "capitalistic" and the Brits are more intelligent and civilized, etc.

Here's the bottom line. Gwyneth Paltrow is rich. Rich people can live just about anywhere on earth and live on their terms. If I had millions of dollars in the bank, I'd enjoy Britain a great deal...not so much on my current salary. Fact is, if you're middle class or lower, there's no better country to live than America...and you certainly wouldn't want to trade a American middle class lifestyle for a European version. Paltrow's attitude is nothing new. Gore Vidal lives in Italy because he can't stand American culture, but he's rich. He can live in Italy comfortably. Let him try it on construction worker's salary.

This, George Clooney, is yet another example of why Hollywood is out of touch.


We Need The Will To Win

Captain Ed has some good analysis on the next stages in Iraq. Whether it be more troops or a drawback, I really don't care. We need to be committed to victory, no matter what tactic we decide to take next. It's going to be a tough road for the White House...and the Democrats. On the one hand, the Democrats want to appeal to the middle and stay in power. This would mean winning in Iraq and giving Bush more money and resources to get the job done. However, the nutroots sent the Democrats to a majority in Congress in order to ensure America's defeat. What to do, what to do...

Senators Threaten Exxon

This is just downright scary. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe have sent a letter to the Chairman of Exxon Mobil demanding that the company accept global warming as an irrefutable fact or else (or else what? Exactly!). Don Surber has what is quite possibly the best analogy on this situation.

Bolton Out At U.N.

John Bolton is leaving the most vile, worthless organization on Earth; the United Nations. If you think that's harsh, read this article from the New York Times. It says a lot about the world body (not to mention the NY Times itself).

The Stalinists are on the march.

MORE: Jay Tea over at Wizbang is looking for nominations...serious or otherwise, for the next U.N. Ambassador.


Stalinists At Huffington Post Celebrate Chavez Victory

Yet they call it "democracy." If they would just admit they're for totalitarianism I'd at least have some respect for them, but no, they pretend they're the real democrats. Sad. (Hat tip: lgf)

A Joe Conason Paradise

Hugo Chavez has shut down Telemundo's coverage of the Venezuelan Presidential elections and is talking about shutting down all private television stations after his victory. Yes, it's just the sort of "democracy" that Joe Conason longs for. (Hat tip: Drudge)

Political Move In Iran

Some strange news out of Iran as the parliament has voted to shorten President Ahmadinejad's term by 6 months. It's hard to know what this means. Ahmadinejad may be a superstar to the American Left but he's about as popular as the plague in his own country. We'll see.

Tom Daschle Will Not Run For President


An Anti-Democratic Institution

A professor of Communications at Virginia Tech has written a book about the MSM and the War on Terror. He goes so far to say that the MSM is an anti-democratic institution. Strong stuff...and it's about time. Buy it here.

Airport To Set Up Prayer Rooms For Muslims

So where's the ACLU? Separation of Church and State anyone?

The University Of Stalin

Amazing how our major universities have become enemies of free speech. Never has a revolution so turned on itself than the free speech protests in the 1960s.

Your Religion, Your Holy Book

Something I think needs to be said. I caught this on Newsmax: Dennis Prager over at Townhall is outraged that incoming Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is using the Koran in his swearing in ceremony. This is the type of thing that gives the so-called "religious-right" a bad reputation. Prager argues that the Bible is the book of the United States, and that even he, a Jew, should be required to use it. I understand his point that this is a country founded on Christian ideals, but such a requirement would be silly. Besides, the book you put your hand on is less important than the oath you take, which is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. I don't trust this Keith Ellison and putting his hand on a Christian Bible isn't going to change that.


Time Is Ripe For Another Revolution

It's hard to read the Drudge Report or the top blog sites these days and not get a little depressed. As the Democrats prepare to take over the Congress, President Bush is taking advice from Jim Baker on what to do in Iraq. Baker and his team are actually suggesting that we work with Syria and Iran. In turn, these two rogue states have been emboldened. We've seen attacks on the government of Lebanon and continued calls to destroy Israel.

Meanwhile, the Driveby Media seems to be turning its back on Hillary and doing what it can to make Barack Obama the next president. What does Obama offer? Nothing except that he's a good looking black man and he's a liberal. Doesn't matter. The MSM loves him so they demand that we love him and his empty suit too. It might make sense for Hillary not to run. After all, someday the Devil will come to Ted Kennedy to collect payment and he'll be gone. She could take over the shadow presidency that he's held for decades.

These times remind me somewhat of the late 70s. Granted things aren't nearly as bad at home now as they were then, but the country is in desperate need of leadership. Ronald Reagan worked hard during the Carter presidency spreading the word of his philosophy. The time is ripe for someone to play this role, whether it be Giuliani or Romney or whoever, someone needs to come forth and say, 'no, this is wrong.'

I've blogged some on the Gramsci Effect over at Astute Bloggers playing off an excellent post from Punditarian. I'm constantly amazed at how well the enemies of freedom have been able to undermine our will to recognize our enemies, much less fight them. The fact that Jim Baker is considered to be from a school of foreign policy known as "realism" is one of the greatest Orwellian jokes of our age. Men of his ilk are in complete denial.

I take some solace in the fact that all history is cyclical and for every Carter there is a Reagan, but one always fears a true end of history.


Racial Dialogue Impossible In The U.S.

The latest idiotic statement by Michael Irvin, the worst NFL analyst on television, is another sad example of why there's just no chance of civil discussion on race in this country.

AP Stands By Bogus Stories

The Associated Press continues to follow the Bill Clinton credo: deny, deny, deny and no one can touch you. Well, the Iraqi Ministry is looking into legal action against media outlets that refuse to correct the record. Meanwhile, the DNC in America continues its assault on the only news outlet that questions them: Fox News.

In all seriousness, I'm stunned at what is happening. I have a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and am close to having a Masters Degree in the same field, yet my profession of choice is now predominantly the enemy of freedom and free expression. Think about that for a while.