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The Rhythm of Daphne and Chloe

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The cats have their own view of the pace of life here at Villa MartiniPundit, to which they are both precisely attuned. That this pace does not always match that of the human denizens is of little consequence. Behold the intensity of Chloe:

Resistance would be futile, if she cared about such things.

Note Daphne at rest, above.

Indeed, the very thought of resistance – how droll. As if one could be bothered lifting a paw.

One does have one’s dignity to consider. Two cool city cats cannot bestir themselves for the entertainment of mere humans. Of course, moments before, this was the scene:

All of us here at Villa MartiniPundit wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!

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December 31, 2004 at 4:10 pm

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Still Digging After All These Years

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We still hear the root causes nonsense from time to time, and Ilana Mercer explains the present form quite neatly:

Root causes are the rationalizations liberals give — usually after the fact — for their immoral actions or for the immoral actions of others. The paradox at the heart of the root-causes fraud is that causal theoretical explanations are invoked only after bad deeds have been committed. Good deeds have no need of mitigating circumstances.

Thus liberals find no need to explain why Bill Gates behaves benevolently, but somehow, they require a theory to explain why Montgomery, after a good deal of premeditated scheming, gained access to the Missouri home of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, strangled her, sliced open her abdomen, and then made away with her child, later passing the girl off as her own.

In the months to come, you’ll see the dog-and-pony psychiatric show and its media claque pose such questions as: “What drove Lisa Montgomery to mug, murder, and mutilate Bobbie Jo Stinnett.” That’s because, after people perpetrate evil, liberals toss free will to the wind. Since Montgomery did a monstrous thing, liberals attribute her actions to causes. You see, to perpetrate evil, one must be “mentally ill.” Since Bill Gates does good things, those of a liberal mindset attribute his actions to choice. They acknowledge free will and human agency if — and only if — adaptive actions are involved.

It ought to be shocking that free will plays so small a part in the calculations of those who most fervently advocate the ‘downtrodden,’ but of course, it is not. The bigotry of low expectations is not a concept self-styled ‘progessives’ are apt to grasp, especially when the very diagnosis eliminates the option of self-actualization on the part of the ‘downtrodden.’ The explanation is all that’s required – that it contains the seeds of its own failure is irrelevant.

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December 31, 2004 at 12:51 pm

“Governor” Gregoire

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There’s nothing like catching a liberal with his/her hand caught in the cookie jar. Stuck, up to the elbow, and clutching a handful, they will solemnly assure you that they intend to count every cookie and why aren’t you more worried about the Republican with his (always a he there to them) hand in the cookie jar next door? After all, if they’ve stolen a cookie, why can’t we?

I jest, but not by much. As of this writing, it appears that Christine Gregoire has succeeded where Al Gore failed. Hold on now – what about Ohio and Florida? Why haven’t I posted in the irregularities of those two states? Well, because there’s no credible evidence, that’s why.

Take Florida. How is it that all those registered Democrats in the northern counties voted for Bush? This is ipso facto evidence that something’s rotten in the panhandle to those who have no clue about the place. I’ve been there and know people there. They may be registered as a Democrat but they aren’t going to vote for a guy like John Kerry, a result the Miami-Herald confirmed in their recount. (Admittedly, people like Markos Moulitsas dispute their recount. Given he’s considered beyond reason in these parts, you may as well stop reading if you’re aligned with him.) So the FL evidence is wishful rather than factual and hardly rises to the level where I’m going to invest time in looking at it.

Similarly, the Ohio recount is now complete, with Kerry picking up a few hundred votes. Given the margin of some 118,000 votes, the only possible justification for the taxpayer expense would be to satisfy the voters that the process was fair and complete. (As above, some dispute the recount – Jesse Jackson among them. See above.) The charge that long lines were somehow — unfair” seems stretched when long lines were a feature of the record voter turnout all over the country. A quick Google search yields stories of long lines in MI, CA, MO, and IN. Though I personally did not experience them, I heard of long waits here in MA as well. There are also indications in OH that precincts stayed open:

Ground zero for long waits was Gambier, Ohio, where two electronic voting machines served 1,170 voters. The polling place had to stay open until 4 a.m. to accommodate everyone.

There are also allegations of electronic voter fraud not just in OH, but everywhere. The same people who insisted that punch cards be replaced now see fraud everywhere electronic voting is conducted. I hope to make this the subject of a later post, but meanwhile, I invite specific instances of fraud in the comments. Not, mind you, suspicions or allegations – specifics. And nothing from the Democratic Underground, Indymedia, TPM, or the like counts in any case.

So where does that leave ‘Governor-elect’ Gregoire? Let’s recap:

Dino Rossi wins the election by 261 votes. The slim margin requires a recount.

Dino Rossi wins again in the recount by 42 votes. Christine Gregoire says — The race continues. A 42-vote margin, my friends, that is a tied race.” Most of these new votes came from Democrats going around after the fact seeking Gregoire voters door-to-door, all the while admitting they were suppressing votes for Rossi.

Meanwhile, heavily Democratic King County discovers hundreds of ballots it claims were not counted on election day, judges are consulted, and eventually 732 ballots which were found at three separate times, all in places which had not been secured or monitored, find that Christine Gregoire now leads by 130 votes. Like the Gore attempt in FL, no other counties in WA are being granted the extraordinary privilege of three shots at electing their preferred candidate. Cherry-picking indeed. Also like FL, unclear ballots are counted for the preferred candidate as in write-ins for — Christine Rossi” are counted for Christine Gregoire. Now Rossi should concede as the desired result has been achieved. Gregoire’s team also rejects the idea of another election because:

“This ain’t golf. No mulligans allowed here, folks,” said Gregoire’s spokesman, Morton Brilliant. “It’s irresponsible to spend $4 million in taxpayer money on a new election just because you don’t like losing this one.”

Now that’s chutzpah. They take not one but two mulligans. But I forget myself, they’re Democrats so that’s different.

At this point it’s impossible to say what will happen, but it doesn’t look like Rossi will contest in court, and he probably shouldn’t. It’s unlikely to overturn the result at this point, and even if it did, it would have the taint that Gregoire will now have over her time in office. Let ‘Governor’ Gregoire attempt to govern and reap the whirlwind of her victory. I doubt very much she’ll get a second term.

Conservatives are supposed to be outraged over the fevered imaginings of the tinfoil brigade at the Democratic Underground so we won’t notice what’s going on in WA. We are expected to grant great weight to the flimsiest of accusations as we are to give great benefit of the doubt to the activities of King County. Liberals genuinely seem to prefer a — heads we win, tails you lose” approach to elections, and find themselves shocked, shocked, that conservatives question their bona fides on the subject. Their sense of entitlement is so brazen they openly say “no mulligans” and “if they say Rossi we thank them and move on,” in other words, ‘every vote counts except those for Rossi.’ It really is time for the Democrats to change the name of their party.

Update More from Ronald Wieck at the American Thinker.

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December 30, 2004 at 2:16 pm

Back in the Saddle

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Well, I’m back and a good break it was. Martinis were consumed (although not nearly as many as I would have liked) and much holiday cheer was shared with family, old friends, and some new friends. Even made the aquaintance of five new very cool cats and one nuisance dog who shed white fur all over my black fleece. Ah well, at least no one spilled any egg nog on me. Thanks to all who commented in my absence.

On a more serious note, the catastrophe in Southeast Asia continues to mount in its human toll as the current estimate tops 120,000. A new blog South-East Asia Eathquake and Tsunami (SEA-EAT) has been collecting information, links, telephone numbers, and charities. They don’t endorse any of the charities – and neither do I – but it’s a good place to start.

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December 30, 2004 at 10:41 am

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Merry Christmas

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Barring stories about cloned dogs going for $100k, blogging will be light to nonexistent over the next few days.

A Merry and Blessed Christmas to all!

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December 23, 2004 at 10:57 am

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No Cat Is Worth This

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$50,000.

I say again. $50,000.

That’s more than the average household income in the United States. It will buy you one helluva a car. In many places, it will buy you a home.

For some, it’s the going price for a kitten.

I’ve spent money on cats. Regular readers know I’ve got two purebred pedigreed cats and they weren’t free. They’re both wonderful, but they combined don’t come within spitting distance of that kind of money. I’ve also had cats from pet stores, from shelters, and one who showed up at my door. That one was definitely free. I’ve loved them all.

But fifty grand? Sorry, that’s too much.

And it’s a clone. How vain to attempt the cloning of a human. How conceited to clone a cat. I have no respect for someone so vain and so reckless and so narcissistic.

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December 22, 2004 at 9:30 pm

No More Votes Needed Thank You

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The Democrats have apparently found enough votes to ‘win’ the governor’s race in Washington. What a surprise.

Democrats have claimed victory in the race for Washington governor by a razor-thin margin of eight votes, citing preliminary results of a hand recount they say puts Christine Gregoire in front for the first time. Republicans maintained the race was still too close to call.

The stunning turnaround was reported late Tuesday by the head of the state Democratic Party, who said party officials’ analysis of hand-counted returns from King County – the last county to finish the grueling process – showed that Gregoire had eclipsed the dwindling margin that Republican Dino Rossi has held since Election Day.

And the completely predictable:

“We’re confident Christine Gregoire has been elected the governor of the state of Washington,” Democratic Chairman Paul Berendt said. “I believe Dino Rossi should concede.”

So after mysteriously finding more ‘uncounted’ votes in King County three (or is it four?) times, the Dems have a margin of victory of eight votes. It’s like they’re not even trying to hide the fraud.

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December 22, 2004 at 10:21 am

It’s All About Gumby

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Unless you’re Kim Jong Il, ex-King Sihanouk, or Madeleine Albright, life in Pyongyang is not a bed of roses. After all, this is a country ruled by a loon with a Gumby fetish, one of the last Stalinist dictatorships on the planet, and which is engaged in nuclear roulette with the big boys.

This is a country which practically has a corner on mass starvation, repression, gulags, tyranny, and backwardness. A country which cannot support itself, and because its crackpot leader remains stuck in a time warp, shows no sign of joining the community of civilized nations. But they do have one thing going for them: no AIDS patients.

North Korea has expelled 27 foreigners it said tested positive for HIV and claimed the country remains free of AIDS.

North Korea is “the only country on the earth that has no AIDS-related patients,” South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported quoting North Korea’s Pyongyang Time. Yonhap reported the magazine in Pyongyang carried an interview with Han Kyong-Ho, director of Pyongyang’s Central Hygienic and Anti-Epizootic Center in its Dec. 4 issue.

Well sure, if you eject all those pesky ‘foreigners’ with the disease. But the real reason?

Han attributed the non-existence of AIDS patients in North Korea to the “sound and moral lifestyle” of North Korean people.

Like anyone other than Gumby is allowed to have any fun anyway.

What is it about communists that they feel compelled to overcompensate for the real misery they inflict on their people with faux statistics and unverifiable grandstanding?

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December 21, 2004 at 3:05 pm

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Cracks Appear

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It’s going to be a tough month, and I say that with sadness. The news this morning is that a rocket attack in Mosul killed more than 20 US troops, and just like in the runup to our own election, it will only get worse as we approach the Iraqi election. Some have suggested this is a reason to postpone, but I strongly disagree with that position – that’s the Spanish Gambit and we should have no truck with rewarding terrorists. Yet at the same time we must recognize the threat. The savages have suffered three defeats recently: the reelection of John Howard, the reelection of George Bush, and the election of Mohammed Karzai. They fervently wish to avoid a fourth defeat next month. Indeed, the election itself will be a colossal defeat no matter who the victor.

There is a glimmer of good news in this impending violence however, as the Strategy Page observes:

Zarqawi wants a religious dictatorship in Iraq, and believes that if he sets off bombs in Shia areas, he can trigger retaliation from Shia and cause a civil war in Iraq. While nearly all the current violence in Iraq is committed by Sunni Arabs, it’s only a minority of the Sunni Arab community. Zarqawi knows that unless he can get more people fighting (either the Americans, the government or just other Iraqis), then the new democratic government might succeed. This would be a major defeat for al Qaeda. However, Zarqawi’s tactics are not popular inside al Qaeda. Osama bin Laden apparently does not approve, as bin Ladens latest taped message made no mention of Zarqawis operations (he encouraged attacks on oil facilities instead, something Zarqawi is not keen on.) Bin Laden believes that it’s all about money, and that if you destroy the oil income, the current Arab governments will fall, and Islamic dictatorships can take over.

This is a huge difference, and one we must hope is real. I find myself agreeing with Osama’s strategy outside of Iraq and Zarqawi’s within, but that is neither here nor there. Long-term the deck is heavily stacked against these guys, so their specific approach matters little. What matters a lot is that it differs, and they no longer present a unified terrorist apparat. Their resources are already stretched, and how nice a Christmas present to see them divided and (hopefully) ineffectively employed.

We must not forget in this those who died today, and those who will regretably die in the weeks to come. Madmen do not give up easily.

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December 21, 2004 at 12:56 pm

Posted in GWOT, Iraq

We’ll Always Have Chicken Little

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Most of us probably read, or were read, the story of Chicken Little as children. Some of us have remained invincibly ignorant, however, of the story’s basic message. My skepticism of the various chicken littles over ‘global warming’ is that these were the same people who were warning of an impending ice age in the 70s and mass starvation from overpopulation. Soylent Green may be looking a little long in the tooth, but the basics are still with us: environmental catastrophe, evil corporations, conspiracy, and heroes intent on exposing the truth to all.

The despicable act of poisoning Viktor Yushchenko has pulled the veil off one of the pieces of the falling sky however. Michael Fumento discusses:

The “deadly dioxin” legend began with, of all things, guinea pigs. When fed to them in studies, they did fall over like furry tenpins. Yet hamsters could absorb 1,000 times as much dioxin before emitting their last squeals and other animals seemed impervious to the stuff.

Further, the animal deaths were from acute poisoning. Yet as a matter of convenience for activists, it not only became accepted that guinea pigs are the best animal model for humans but also that dioxin is a powerful carcinogen.

The original promoters of the humans-are-like-guinea-pigs legend were Vietnam activists. Agent Orange, which contained a trace of dioxin, effectively stripped away the jungle canopy that hid communist forces. So the enemy and its U.S. sympathizers claimed it was poisoning not just trees but humans. Pressured by these “humanitarians” the military quit spraying in 1971, giving back the enemy his sanctuary from which to kill our troops.

Yep, always comes back to the herroic activists. If the sky weren’t falling, they’d have nothing to do.

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December 20, 2004 at 10:40 am

Carnival of the Cats

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This week’s carnival can be found over at Sharp as a Marble with a ‘city cats’ theme. Phew – good thing we were channeling!

Oh, and you did know that in two weeks Carnival of the Cats #41 will be hosted right here? That’s right – 2005 will be a Martinipalooza of cats.

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December 20, 2004 at 10:01 am

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Sunday Reads

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Lots of good stuff on the plate today. Just in time for the holidays Christmas, we have a roundup on politically correct silliness. First off, is Jennifer Heldt Powell writing in the Boston Herald about the state of retail greeting practices. Then nearby Somerville MA is not alone in its own descent into silliness.

Meanwhile, William Becker reminds us of what’s at stake in the invaluable American Thinker. Meanwhile, some are taking on Rumsfeld’s critics but not to worry, Time has named its “Person of the Year.” (Now with more political correctness!)

Quite a few people have expressed a desire for a more even-handed tone on this blog, and a “see both sides of the issue” approach. Victor Davis Hanson explains why there’s no point in doing that.

And lastly, we haven’t linked to Ann Coulter in a while, but she’s always good, and she annoys all the right people.

Enjoy!

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December 19, 2004 at 11:31 am

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City Cats

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I thought I’d do something a little different with Daphne and Chloe this week, and as I’ve always loved black & white photography, I thought I’d give it a try.

They were underwhelmed, but then, I’m no Ansel Adams.

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December 17, 2004 at 3:50 pm

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Mayor Daley’s Legacy

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Here in Massachusetts it’s axiomatic amongst the liberal inhabitants that George W. Bush ‘stole’ the 2000 election. The idea that a Democrat would do such a thing is dismissed as so much nonsense. Yet, they do seem to keep at it. Over at the American Thinker, Richard Baehr explains:

The late Chicago columnist Mike Royko often told a story about election night 1960 in Illinois, and the Presidential contest between then-Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon. As Kennedy’s lead over Nixon in Illinois kept falling through the night, Robert (Bobby) Kennedy, the Senator’s campaign manager, nervously kept calling then-Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, the father of the current Mayor Daley, to get an update on the race. Daley kept assuring Bobby that there was nothing to worry about. Illinois would come through in the end for his brother. Kennedy continued to remain one state short of victory in the Electoral College as night turned into day at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts. Bobby’s growing nervousness finally caused him to blow up at Daley and demand an explanation as to why the Mayor could be so sure of eventual victory in the state. Daley told Bobby that he was — holding out” some precincts in the city, to which Bobby replied: — How do you know they will be enough?” Daley replied: — I assure you they will be enough”.

One might have hoped that 44 years on, we would have evolved into a somewhat more transparent and legitimate way of deciding elections, particularly close ones.

Unfortunately, the events unfolding in Washington State the past few weeks in the very tightly contested race for Governor, suggest the Daley approach to politics is still being practiced. When your candidate (in this case, the Democratic candidate Christine Gregoire) appears to be coming up short, the Party works to find some “missing” votes. When they are still short at the end of the count, they have a recount, and find some more that need to be counted. When that still fails to put their candidate over the top, they demand and pay for a statewide hand recount, and “find” some more. The process, as in Florida in the 2000 Presidential race, is to keep counting and finding votes until your candidate eventually takes the lead. Then you stop counting. In Washington State in 2004, Democrats in King County are behaving like Chicago Democrats in 1960, and Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County Democrats in 2000.

Maybe they should consider changing the name of the party to Dictacrats. Baehr follows with an excellent summary of the Washington governor’s race – still undecided as of this writing. It’s a must read.

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December 17, 2004 at 10:54 am

Trial Balloon Goes Up

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So far I’ve had very little interest in the 2008 political contest. While it is true that many are already gearing up for it, especially the Diehard Left, we’ve only just come out of a bruising election with the winner not even inuagurated for his second term. I’m inclined to give it a rest for a time.

Not so one John Nichols who is clearly a card-carrying member of the Diehard Left. This is his tagline:

Every day in every city and town across America, progressives get up in the morning and go about the work of fighting racism and homophobia, defending the environment, organizing trade unions and tackling corporate hegemony. Sometimes they win–on the picket line, at the ballot box, in the streets and outside the WTO meetings in Seattle.

There’s more, but you get the idea. Mr. Nichols is one of the children of light, a member of the forces for goodness, truth, and the ACLU way. People like yours truly are bad. Very bad. So I was curious who Mr. Nichols was touting in 2008, but I must say I chuckled as I read it.

Russ Feingold.

Yep, the junior senator from Wisconsin and the other half of the most wretched piece of crap to come out of Washington in a dog’s age: McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform. At a gathering of 100 so-called “rural Democrats” the senator’s name is uttered:

These rural Democrats even had a suggestion for the who should lead that opposition. And it wasn’t Hillary Clinton or John Edwards. When I was describing what a serious opposition party would stand for at this moment in history–starting with an absolute rejection of the war in Iraq and empire building and going on to a passionate defense of civil liberties and a willingness to stand up to multinational corporations–a bearded fellow in the crowd shouted, “We’ve got someone who can do it–the only senator who voted against the Patriot Act: Russ Feingold.”

He goes on to mention this crowd of 100 cheered. And apparently it’s spreading:

Hotline, the online bible of inside-the-beltway political junkies, just featured a commentary in which the editors suggested that Wisconsin’s junior senator — who has been outspoken in his criticism not just of the Patriot Act but of the war in Iraq and the corporate free-trade agenda — could be a serious contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. Noting that, against serious opposition, Feingold ran more than 140,000 votes ahead of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in Wisconsin, a source told Hotline, “He just accomplished an impressive victory in a heartland swing state in a year that wasn’t so kind to (Democrats).” The source went on to suggest that Feingold “will be looked at as a new voice for the party as it moves forward.”

Well, it was considered a swing state in 2004, but not much before. Still, they may be onto something. I don’t know much about Russ Feingold apart from his high-profile votes in the senate which are predictably liberal, and his association with McCain-Feingold which caused such a colossal mess this last election. I do know this, John Kerry voted for the Patriot Act, and running a guy in four years who conceivably could be to his left doesn’t strike me as a winning strategy out of the gate. But then, I don’t write for the Nation either.

On the other hand, there is a lot of talk about McCain running, and it just might be interesting to see Senator McCain and Senator Feingold have to face off under the auspices of their own mistake. Heh.

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December 16, 2004 at 1:00 pm

Posted in 2008 Election

More Kerik Follies

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Wow. I think we’re going to miss not having Bernie Kerik as DHS as it just keeps getting better. If this guy doesn’t write a book and get his own talk show, this isn’t America anymore. More lurid details are coming out about his relationship with Judith Regan. It seems she ended their affair not on account of his seeing a second woman on the side but because he got his wife pregnant!

The yearlong affair, which began as Regan prepared to publish Kerik’s memoir, was an open secret in town. Yet Regan used a “beard” — a male friend with whom she pretended to be involved.

Months into the affair, Regan got a call at her office from Kerik’s other mistress, correction officer Jeanette Pinero. Until then, Regan didn’t know Pinero existed.

Pinero had found a love letter from Regan in the swinging bachelor pad Kerik kept in Battery Park City, and wanted Regan to know she’d been Kerik’s lover for a decade.

Fiery Judith shot back, “I don’t feel as f—ed as I did before you called. You’re more pathetic than I am.”

While Regan is said to have “flipped out” over the call — “She’s very territorial: ‘What’s mine is mine. What’s yours is mine,’ ” — it did not kill things entirely.

Then less than a month later, she learned Kerik’s wife was pregnant.

“She did the math,” said a pal. “She said she wanted to break it off, and Kerik did not want to and he got crazy.

Too much fun. And we still haven’t gotten to the money.

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December 15, 2004 at 11:27 am

Posted in Politics

They Want Us to Live This Way Too

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By way of Doc Rusty (who’s changed the name of his blog again, if you’re keeping up, although this one is eye-catching to be sure), we have this atrocity from the religion of peace:

A 19-year old girl, “Leyla M”, who has a mental age of eight, reportedly faces imminent execution for “morality-related” offences after being forced into prostitution by her mother as a child. According to a Tehran newspaper report of 28 November, she was sentenced to death by a court in the central Iranian city of Arak and the sentence has now been passed to the Supreme Court for confirmation.

Leyla M was reportedly sentenced to death on charges of “acts contrary to chastity” by controlling a brothel, having intercourse with blood relatives and giving birth to an illegitimate child. She is to be flogged before she is executed. She had apparently “confessed” to the charges. Earlier reports stated that there would be an appeal, and the 28 November report indicates that this process is now at an end.

Social workers have reportedly tested her mental capacities repeatedly and each time have found Leyla to have a mental age of eight. However, she has apparently never been examined by the court-appointed doctors, and was sentenced to death solely on the basis of her explicit confessions, without consideration of her background or mental health.

Leyla was forced into prostitution by her mother when she was eight years old, according to the 28 November report, and was raped repeatedly thereafter. She gave birth to her first child when she was nine, and was sentenced to 100 lashes for prostitution at around the same time. At the age of 12, her family sold her to an Afghan man to become his “temporary wife”. His mother became her new pimp, “selling her body without her consent” (from Amnesty International)

To answer the Doc’s question, I oppose legalizing the world’s oldest profession, but at the same time, I oppose the death penalty. Ergo, I’m thinking a little fine, maybe a night in the tank. But more than wondering what us right wing nut jobs think, I wonder what our Blue State friends think. After all, they don’t seem to think we’re at war with these savages. Rather, they want to arrest Osama and go home. Painful though it may be to realize, the savages who profane and twist their own faith intend a very different home for us – and they’ve been trying to impose it for fourteen centuries. Don’t expect them to stop anytime soon – certainly not when they’d execute such an unfortunate being for their own self-righteousness.

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December 14, 2004 at 10:58 am

Posted in GWOT

Must Have Thought He Was Johnner

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The John and Johnner follies are winding down, but apparently have not yet run the full course. The electors voted in the Electoral College yesterday, and the count was Bush – 286, Kerry – 251, Edwards -1!

It seems one of the Minnesota electors got confused.

One of Minnesota’s 10 presidential electors broke from the pack and cast a vote Monday for John Edwards, the Democratic vice presidential running mate for John Kerry. The other nine Minnesota members of the Electoral College voted for Kerry, who won the state’s popular vote in November.

After the state’s Electoral College ceremony concluded, no one stepped foward as the Edwards voter. Most electors chalked the vote up as a mistake rather than a purposeful political statement.

Yes, we all had trouble telling John from Johnner at times. But there is another strange angle to the story:

Faithless electors, as defectors are known, are rare. The last case like this was in 1988, when West Virginia elector voted for Democratic vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen over presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. She then backed Dukakis for vice president. 

Hmm, another Massachusetts liberal with a southern running mate. I’ll bet Michael Dukakis got a chuckle out of that.

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December 14, 2004 at 10:06 am

Posted in 2004 Election, Politics

A Lesson in Symmetrical Power

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Or, why ultimately the terrorists don’t stand a chance. (Video not especially gory, but it is definitive.)

A glass raised to Right Wing News and QandO

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December 13, 2004 at 3:30 pm

Posted in GWOT

When Republicans Implode Stand Clear

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Bernie Kerik seems quite a character, and even more interesting as an ex-nominee than as nominee. When the Dems go down, it tends to be for one peccadillo or a few thousand in graft. Not so this guy.

A guy who could clean up New York and instill fear into Iraqis is obviously someone to be reckoned with. But now, one wonders where he found the time:

Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik conducted two extramarital affairs simultaneously, using a secret Battery Park City apartment for the passionate liaisons, the Daily News has learned.

The first relationship, spanning nearly a decade, was with city Correction Officer Jeanette Pinero; the second, and more startling, was with famed publishing titan Judith Regan.

His affair with Regan, the stunningly attractive head of her own book publishing company, lasted for almost a year.

Dramatically, each woman learned of the existence of the other after Pinero discovered a love note left by Regan in the apartment.

He even found time to get married:

Many close to Kerik in the mid-1990s assumed that someday he would marry Pinero, a career correction officer described as spirited and attractive by friends, a close friend and a former high-ranking Correction Department source said.

The relationship continued after Kerik married Hala Matli, a hygienist in his dentist’s office whom he met in mid-1996 and wed in November 1998, according to multiple sources close to Pinero and Kerik.

A guy with a lot of energy, and we haven’t even gotten to the money. Still, it seems the Bush folks weren’t quite energetic enough in the vetting process.

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December 13, 2004 at 11:41 am

Posted in Politics

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