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Casey Anthony

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I am deeply disturbed by the vigilante attitude towards the Casey Anthony verdict.

It’s unclear to me what really happened – I did not follow the case as it unfolded. What is clear to me is that the prosecution failed to prove its case, and that is what matters.

We live in a country where rule of law prevails – one is not convicted in the court of public opinion no matter how ‘obvious’ a person’s guilt appears to be. Talking heads on various networks who have no access to the facts are nothing short of idiots. Pay no attention to them.

We live in a country where EVIDENCE is what is needed to convict, and evidence is what was lacking here. Did Casey murder her daughter? Maybe. Is she an icky person? You bet. But the prosecution failed to prove a capital crime against her. They even failed to prove that Caylee Anthony was murdered. The jury had no choice but to acquit, and I (who have been on a jury) would have done the same. It doesn’t matter that Caylee was found duck-taped and gnawed – horrific though that is – it matters only what you can prove. The prosecution failed to prove motive, method, or even opportunity. That’s what is needed to prosecute a murder, and they failed on the basics. This is a prosecutorial team that needs to be fired as they clearly are incompetent.

What I find really scary is those who are now making noises about killing Casey because she “got away with murder.”

I find the lynch mob mentality terrifying. The rule of law is under siege.

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July 7, 2011 at 12:12 am

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Time Surrenders

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Time Magazine has surrendered. Apparently, it can no longer keep up the pretense that it’s an objective, professional reporter of the news. Time Magazine, once respected, is just a hack – at best.

But not just any kind of hack – a hack who has made common cause with the enemies of freedom. I thought it was bad enough a couple of weeks ago to see this cover slandering the American people:

But then this week, there was this anti-Semitic trash:

Sure, one cover is posed as a question and the other has flowers, which makes them oh so reasonable. Right? Who can object to an innocent question? No one, unless the questions are loaded to start. Americans are racists and Israelis are warmongers. One can’t even call that the subtext – that’s the lead. I can only conclude that Time has surrendered, and no longer has any pretense of objectivity. Time is on the side of the Islamofascists and just ought to admit it. Certainly there’s no reason to actually read this rag anymore.

Update: Henry Oliner over at American Thinker has more.

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September 7, 2010 at 12:44 am

On McCain and Polling

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Yesterday, I endorsed John McCain for president. This should have come as no real surprise, even given my antipathy to McCain over the years.

Here’s the surprise: I believe McCain is going to win.

I know, ‘he’s delusional,’ or ‘how many martinis tonight’ (snicker). Answer: one – not nearly enough. 

Now, I’ve been watching the polls. Since the financial ‘meltdown,’ which, arguably McCain handled badly by trying to show leadership and Obama handled well by doing absolutely nothing, the consensus of the polls has been a national lead of around 5 points for Obama. Ann Coulter recently had a piece which talked about historical oversampling of democrats. Much of this I remember (although not 1992 when, I admit, I was in denial). This mirrors my own feeling that the pollsters are overweighting democrats. Their methodologies, such as they’re willing to admit, seem, flawed. In the last few weeks, I even read of one pollster who didn’t receive the results he expected so he massaged his assumptions until he did. Yeah, that’s scientific.

So, my own unscientific poll.

It started innocently enough. One of my friends (in her late twenties) who is a democrat suddenly announced to me she was no longer supporting Obama and was going to vote for McCain. Her stated reason was Obama’s vote in favor of the new FISA bill. It snowballed from there. To be sure, not all of my friends, acquaintances, and relatives who are democrats but a lot.

Some more examples: my co-workers who are Jewish have all stated that they will vote for McCain. Hillary had their votes until Obama won the primary. A friend who has just graduated law school and who was a pie-in-the-sky lefty is now voting McCain (mugged by the need to get a job). Another, voting for racist reasons alas, another voting his wallet, another voting her wallet, another voting for national security, and another voting because he doesn’t think Obama has the experience. All of these are democrats in Massachusetts.

Then there is family in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Blue-collar democrats all. All voting for McCain.

There is my cousin – a lawyer in DC and a democrat – voting for McCain.

There is a friend in Ohio, true, something of an independent, but voting for McCain where democrats got his vote in the past. There are also others in Missouri and North Carolina. 

In short, I do not know a single republican or true independent who is voting for Obama. I know a lot of democrats who are voting for McCain.

It could be that my own personal sample is skewed in some unscientific way – in fact, I’d make book it is. But no more so than the MSM polls.

We’re in for a long night tomorrow I expect, but at the end, I also expect McCain will have pulled it out.

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November 3, 2008 at 9:23 pm

MSNBC Makes a Good Call

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MSNBC has cancelled the execrable Maury and Connie duet weekend morning program. If you caught any part of it during its brief run, you were insulted by ill-informed banal commentary, not to mention an odd lack of chemistry between the co-hosts – all the scarier as they are married to one another.

Anyway, I wouldn’t ordinarily have opined on such a topic were it not for the bizarre – literal – swansong Connie Chung performed for their last show. A must see.

Via Drudge.

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June 19, 2006 at 10:51 am

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Meanwhile, the Guardian Tries …

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… to scare us.

And yet, in doing so makes the case for dealing with Iran sooner, not later.

(And I love the conceit that Hillary will be president after running against McCain. You do know that in my view, John McCain has less chance of being the Republican nominee than I do? However, if he is, he wins against Hillary in a rout.)

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April 20, 2006 at 9:54 am

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Stoneless Story – The Ellen Goodman Version

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Well, it seems the “Jill Carroll abused by right-wing bloggers” theme is developing into an outright meme. At least that’s the case when a well-known columnist like Ellen Goodman stoops to outright duplicity. (Or sleight of hand, your call.) In this column from the Boston Globe, she moralizes that “Bloggers owe Jill Carroll an apology.”

Do they? This one surely does not, and I’ll stack up my rightwing credentials next to anybody’s. I never wrote a word about Jill Carroll’s release before this week, and nothing that was derogatory. I do find this latest (jealous) attack on the blogosphere to be more than a little farfetched. Let’s take a look:

Remember when a former CBS executive described bloggers as guys in pajamas writing in their living rooms? Well, it seems that many have only one exercise routine: jumping to conclusions.

Starting out by repeating a gratuitous slur is particularly silly when one recalls that the blogosphere was right and the CBS executive wrong. Just like him, Goodman attempts to denigrate that which she can’t refute.

However, unlike the last time we looked at this, Goodman does at least name some names:

The printouts on my desk describe the 28-year-old journalist, a hostage and victim for 82 terrifying days, as something between Patty Hearst and Baghdad Jane, between a traitor and ”Princess Jill.” TBone posted a potshot, calling Carroll ”a liar” and the kidnapping ”a total scam.” PA Pundits said that ”I still just can’t get past her being (for the most part) unharmed.” And Debbie Schlussel called her a ”spoiled brat America-hater.”

At first, the only name I even recognized was Debbie Schlussel, whom I tend to lump in with the fringe, but if she wants to count her, OK. She’s not A-list, but she’s known. And she seems to be examining Carroll’s views and motivations from a reporter’s perspective – I’m not sure what’s wrong with that unless Ellen Goodman somehow believes reporters are above such questions.

But the other two blogs are a stretch (and let’s note they come first). I went looking and found the TBone story and the PAPundits piece. Like I said, I’d never heard of these guys, but wow, what a scoop!

TBone is a blog about fifteen months old that averages around 800 hits a month. No shame there, this blog doesn’t do that much better. He’s skeptical about the story, and that’s all. Hardly a representative of the blogosphere. So I then looked at PAPundits and find they’ve been around less time – since September 2005 – and they’re bigger, averaging better than 8600 hits a month. Goodman doesn’t even bother, however to quote them honestly. Here’s what she quotes:

I still just can’t get past her being (for the most part) unharmed.

(Harsh words indeed.) And here’s what they actually say:

For everyone out there that is whining about how mistreated Jill Carroll has been by the blogs, I say — Fah! — .

The basic fundimental question of why she was released has not been answered. Until we get some answers as to why she was released, pretty much unharmed, after her kidnappers didn’t get what they wanted …

It just doesn’t add up to me, but then I am a distrusting soul.

I really couldn’t care less about the anti-american remarks she made shortly after her release. That really doesn’t phase me and I am willing to let that go. Her remarks in Germany pretty much cancel out her comments anyway.

I still just can’t get past her being (for the most part) unharmed.

Don’t get me wrong, I am HAPPY she’s is fine, I am HAPPY she is alive and free. I just don’t understand why her captors chose to do what they did.

He thinks there’s something fishy about it – maybe there is. I don’t know, and I’m sure Ellen Goodman doesn’t either.

But that’s all she’s got, two bloggers (I don’t count Schlussel), one tiny, one modest. Of course, there’s no story there (not to mention no links; I had to Google them.) So she resorts to this subterfuge:

The political bloggers first flexed their muscle in 2002 when they trumped the MSM — blogspeak for Mainstream Media — by forcing Trent Lott out of the Senate speakership after he toasted the good old segregated days of Strom Thurmond. In 2004, they proved the power of the Internet as a great equalizer when they confronted the house of CBS and Dan Rather over Bush’s military records.

Two years later, we have — ready, fire, aim — the Jill Carroll affair. These attacks raise the question of what bloggery is going to be when it grows up. An Internet op-ed page? Or a polarized, talk-radio food fight?

One must marvel at the chutzpah. It works on at least two levels. First, conflating the injustice of attacking Jill Carroll with the CBS forgeries. I agree that all the evidence suggests that Jill Carroll got lucky and she should be left alone. However, despite Ms. Goodman’s attempt to place Dan Rather and CBS in the same category, it just doesn’t work.

This wasn’t about “Bush’s military records.” This was about Dan Rather and CBS news knowingly using forgeries to attempt to slander a sitting Presidnet of the United States and influence the outcome of an election. This was despicable behavior and Dan Rather, Mary Mapes, and others lost their jobs over it. This simply doesn’t compare to Jill Carroll.

Secondly, the idea that bloggers such as TBone and PAPundits are the ones responsible for the Rather takedown (or Lott’s) is equally ridiculous. It was people like Captain’s Quarters, Hugh Hewitt, Instapundit, INDC Journal, many others I’ve forgotten, but most of all Power Line. These are the big blogs, the influential blogs. These are the blogs that collectively receive hundreds of thousands of hits a month. These are the ones that took down Dan Rather, and these are the ones that matter in the Jill Carroll story. And they aren’t attacking her which Goodman must know, otherwise she’d have cited them instead of small fry. Of course, then she wouldn’t be able to say silly things like this:

The difference between old media and new, MSM and blog, says Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute, is the difference between sitting at a restaurant and having your food delivered nicely plated or standing at a buffet nibbling constantly. It’s the 24/7 news cycle brought down to the 604,800 seconds-per-week cycle.\nIn the wake of the Carroll story, a few — far too few — bloggers stopped stocking the buffet long enough to eat their words. But this case provides a juncture for bloggers who want a respected role in the public debate.

Of course, this straw man is knocked down just by the bloggers Goodman cites.

Ellen Goodman has written a scurrilous attack piece. It’s as bad as anything she ‘accuses’ bloggers of doing, worse given its intellectual dishonesty, and for reasons which she only knows but others can guess at. Might they have something to do with the Globe’s financial and circulation woes?

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April 7, 2006 at 12:00 pm

Stoneless Story

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The Telegraph appears to be drumming up a story with very little substance. Perhaps they forgot to bring the stone before they tried to make soup.

I’m pleased Jill Carroll has been released, and thought her statements before leaving Iraq seemed odd, I’m more than satisfied with her explanation that she had to make them in order to be released in the first place. But this is ridiculous:

Miss Carroll has been under sustained assault from some on the pro-war Right. Bloggers and hosts on the country’s influential talk radio stations have attacked her for stating that she had not been threatened during her confinement.

Others attacked her for wearing Muslim dress and the news channel CNN carried an interview suggesting that she was suffering from “Stockholm Syndrome”, in which victims begin to sympathise with their captors. One blogger called for Miss Carroll to be arrested for treason.

This is absurd. No bloggers are identified. No bloggers are linked. No bloggers are quoted directly. This isn’t journalism – it’s slander. I can’t help but note that the only entity mentioned by name is CNN, which if the Telegraph thinks is part of the “pro-war Right” they need to update their glossary.

I haven’t seen her attacked by a single blogger on the Right, at least from among the ones I read regularly.

I still get the meme from liberal friends that the media is not biased towards the Left. Articles like this show how ridiculous that view is.

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April 3, 2006 at 10:32 am

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Waiting for War

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Speaking of the Left, the MSM is, of course, shot through and through with it. These are the people who inhabit the newsrooms and studios of the big national newspapers like the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and their lesser brethren. Also, the big news broadcasters like CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and let’s not forget the likes of AP and Reuters. These are the bringers of relentless doom on Iraq. Every bombing is headlined. Every bit of good news is sidelined. It’s a quagmire. It’s based on a lie. It’s impossible to plant democracy there. The Sunnis and the Shiites are destined for civil war.

It’s that last one that they’ve been waiting for. These so-called peace-lovers, who oppose the GWOT in general and Iraq in particular, are obscenely salivating over the prospect of civil war in Iraq. True, the Iraqis have been awfully lazy about actually getting going with this civil war business, but the relentless stream of bad news does seem to be bearing fruit at home. Allowing for push-polling, oversampling, and the myriad of other polling shenanigans that pollsters routinely employ, the numbers in this WaPo poll are too high to be totally wrong.

The survey found that 80 percent believe that recent sectarian violence makes civil war in Iraq likely, and more than a third say such a conflict is “very likely” to occur.

Bing! Success! The MSM, after years of relentless bad news and waiting for war has succeeded not in creating the civil war they so ardently crave in Iraq, but they have convinced the American people that civil war is likely. This will result in increased calls for withdrawal of American troops which sure as God made little green apples would result in the civil war the MSM wants. Then they can say Bush was wrong and they were right.

Fortunately, President Bush is unlikely to indulge them. Nor do the Iraqi people seem inclined to go along to their credit. Want to hear some good news? Read this from Ralph Peters in the New York Post.

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March 7, 2006 at 12:35 pm

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The Moral Blindness of the MSM

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I’ve written about the pernicious effect Watergate had on American journalism before, and Ralph Peters takes up the theme:

Three decades ago, two young reporters became the story and crippled American journalism.

Budding yuppies who avoided inconvenient service to the state needed heroes they could call their own. And they got them.

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman played Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on-screen. It was as if Mike Bloomberg was portrayed by Brad Pitt. Overnight, journalism became an upwardly mobile profession — and our country is much the worse for it.

In place of the old healthy skepticism, we have arrogant cynicism. The highest echelons of the media and government became preserves for America’s most-privileged. An Ivy League degree was the ticket to a reporting job on a major daily. And incest produced the usual ugly results.

“Mainstream” newspapers lost touch with American workers because the new breed of journalists didn’t know any workers.

After journalists became matinee idols, every bright young reporter had a new career goal. Forget honest, get-at-the-facts reporting. Henceforth the crowning ambition in the field was to bring down a president — especially one who wasn’t “our kind.” Failing that, turning the tide of a foreign conflict against Washington would do.

“Serious” journalists became scandal-mongers in drag.

Read the rest.

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December 5, 2005 at 10:09 am

Sleight of Senators at Reuters

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Let’s stipulate at the outset that the Plame Affair has ended with a whimper. There has got to be disappointment amongst the lefties, the BDS sufferers, and other assorted moonbats that the best that the Special Prosecutor came up with was an aide to the Vice President that no one had heard of a month ago may have lied about a crime which was never committed. No indictment of Karl Rove, and no indictments for the alleged crime of outing Valerie Plame. (Who for the nth time, was not outed, was not a covert agent, and was clearly involved in a conspiracy against the sitting President of the United States.)

Yet I was struck by the reaction of assorted Democratic elected officials, spouting the same nonsense they always spout, which is that somebody, anybody in the White House should resign on account of the fevered illusions dancing in their heads. And preferably the resignee should be Bush while they’re at it. They naturally made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows, which ceased to be worth watching the day David Brinkley retired. Here’s Reuters on the story:

U.S. President George W. Bush, whose top adviser Karl Rove remains in jeopardy in a CIA-leak probe, needs to shake up his White House staff if he hopes to revive a presidency reeling from multiple setbacks, Republican and Democratic lawmakers said on Sunday.

The lawmakers also urged Bush to investigate the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, whose chief of staff, Lewis Libby, resigned on Friday and was indicted on perjury and other charges in connection with the probe. Bush should take Cheney “to the woodshed” if necessary, one lawmaker said.

“You should always be looking for … new blood, new energy, qualified staff, new people in administration. I’m not talking about wholesale changes, but you’ve got to reach out and bring in more advice and counsel,” Sen. Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Laying aside the fact that if Karl Rove were in jeopardy he would have been indicted on Thursday, read the excerpt again. Doesn’t it look like it’s Trent Lott saying that Cheney should be taken to the woodshed?

But if one keeps reading (as so few do), one reaches this penultimate paragraph of the piece:

“The president ought to do his own internal investigation of the vice president’s office, see what happened, set some standards and if need be take the vice president to the woodshed,” New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Oh, so not a conservative Republican but the uber-liberal Chuck Schumer. Now why do you suppose they would have wanted to mislead their readers up above?

To be fair, the story was later changed to add the word “democratic” before lawmaker in the above paragraph, but it seems clear to me that in the absence of any real crime, in the absence of any real malfeasance on the part of the administration, putting the frayed democratic talking points into Trent Lott’s mouth was their first reaction. The hand looks pretty weak from this side of the table.

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October 31, 2005 at 11:30 am

The Plame Kerfuffle

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So while everyone breathlessly awaits the color of the smoke out of Patrick Fitzgerald’s office, there are a couple of good reads on the subject. Mark Davis on Real Clear Politics writes:

What’s an objective soul to do?

The first thing to do is question that objectivity. Is it even possible to approach the Karl Rove/”Scooter” Libby/Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame Wilson story with an eye unaffected by politics?

Probably not, so let’s all be honest with ourselves. For me, as a general supporter of this president, my default settings are to hope that people I admire do not break the law and to question the motives of those who prematurely presume that laws have been broken.

But with that comes a hefty responsibility. I must have the spine to face it if Mr. Rove and/or Mr. Libby are indicted and to do it without the whining and denials heard from so many Clinton supporters as he faced the music for his prevarications.

There’s more and it’s worth reading.

Second, via the American Thinker, comes James Lewis:

If the Bush White House is badly damaged or destroyed, the consequences could be dangerous for the United States. A new President could copy Jimmy Carter: Pull the plug in Iraq, thereby allowing Iran, Syria, and their allied Islamic fascists to come to power throughout the Middle East. The Left would be on top again, just as the Democrats gained majorities in Congress and elected Jimmy Carter after the Watergate scandal. Hillary Clinton’s long ambitions could well become reality, all by means of a single hyped scandal. Nixon’s downfall had devastating consequences: the chaotic downfall of Saigon, the Stalinization of Vietnam — including a new Gulag with tens of thousands of victims — and the genocide of a million Cambodians. Watergate nearly led to an ultimate American defeat in the Cold War. Many on the Left were fervently hoping for that. We would be living in a very different world today, had history swung the other way. Nixon was followed by Gerald Ford, a badly weakened president, who was easily defeated by the disastrous Jimmy Carter. As president, Carter allowed the Shah of Iran to fall from power because he thought that Ayatollah Khomeini was much more democratic. We can see Carter’s Folly today in the rise of an Islamofascist Iran, which will soon have its own nuclear weapons. It is Jimmy Carter, more than anyone, who is responsible for a new age of nuclear danger in the Middle East. But it all goes back to the coup d’etat against Nixon. Thus Watergate has had disastrous ripple effects, even decades afterwards and across the world. If the Plame-Wilson affair succeeds in destroying this White House, the ripple effects would spread through our domestic politics and into the War on Terror, placing every person in this country at risk. The Left has hyped a rogue CIA for decades. Hollywood has shown it in movie after movie. But now that it is happening, they are all for it; anything to destroy the enemy — a duly elected President — just as the Left still celebrates the Deep Throat conspiracy to overthrow Nixon.

Read them both, and don’t miss this piece about uranium.

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October 26, 2005 at 9:48 am

VDH Has Some Observations on the MSM

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The MSM hamster just cannot figure a way off the treadmill. Its need to hype every story, to exact the maximum dismay from every event, and to shiv Bush whenever possible are causing them to lose credibility with the American people at a rate which should have the suits upstairs very, very nervous. Victor Davis Hanson has observations:

New Orleans also confirmed how a 24/7 hyper media create and then deflate controversies of the day, from the Aruba embarrassment to Cindy Sheehan’s circus.

Thus reports of deaths changed by the hour — not by a magnitude of dozens, but by thousands. New alerts flashed that a toxic soup was nearly lethal to the touch even as we watched rescuers wade through it. We were assured that stagnant water would submerge the city for months, even as our screens showed dry, lighted streets, torrents pumped back out and pools evaporating under scorching heat.

Using its Iraqi template, the wired media’s one constant is not amazing human resilience but hyped gloom. Later corrections and downgrades seldom make the headlines like their past blaring inaccuracies.

For all the media’s efforts to turn the natural disaster of New Orleans into a racist nightmare, a death knell for one or the other political parties or an indictment of American culture at large, it was none of that at all. What we did endure instead were slick but poorly educated journalists, worried not about truth but about pre-empting their rivals with an ever-more-hysterical story, all in a fuzzy context of political correctness about race, the environment and the war.

Most journalists don’t have the depth or expertise to understand what they’re actually witnessing, and even if they did, the next story is coming so they need to be off. It’s like they’re addicted to tragedy, oblivious to their own decay as more and more of the American people turn away.

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September 16, 2005 at 8:21 am

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Obnoxious Hurricane Quotes

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Rightwing News has a roundup of the twenty most obnoxious hurricane quotes. Many have already been proven downright wrong and not just disgusting.

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September 13, 2005 at 2:23 pm

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Air America and More Hypocrisy

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You may or may not have heard of the current scandal involving Air America – the liberal alternative to the likes of Limbaugh and Hannity – and their alleged illegal diversion of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from a community center. That’s not surprising – the MSM could hardly be expected to take a story like that seriously. Imagine, for a moment however, the following paragraph from the Washington Times didn’t involve Al Franken, liberal, or Air America but instead read Rush Limbaugh and conservative:

Did Al Franken’s liberal radio network Air America divert city money for the elderly and inner-city children to itself? That’s the question people should be asking this week after the revelation that the New York Department of Investigation is looking into whether hundreds of thousands of dollars were illegally transferred from a Bronx community center to Air America. Only a community paper and a few Internet bloggers seem interested in what could be an egregious case of illegal funneling of tax dollars to a private, partisan organization.

In late June, city officials designated the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club, a nonprofit organization that runs mentoring programs for children and day care for Alzheimer’s patients, a “non-responsible city contractor.” Investigators found “significant inappropriate transactions and falsified documents that were submitted to various City agencies.” The city subsequently suspended the club’s contracts, which run well into the millions.

It turns out, according to sources quoted anonymously by the Bronx News, that the mishandled money went to Air America. One source claims that $480,000 was wrongly transferred. The city investigation is concentrating on Charles Rosen, the club’s president for 15 years, and Evan Cohen, the development director, who is a former chairman of Air America. Mr. Cohen resigned from Air America in May after the network’s leasing plans in Chicago, San Francisco and elsewhere fell through.

Do you think we’d be hearing more on this if it were Limbaugh, Hannity, or Ingraham? Meanwhile, Michelle Malkin has been all over the story, and in other news, Air America is apparently still on the air.

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July 29, 2005 at 9:47 am

Will Bush’s High Court Nominee Be Smeared?

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Dennis Prager thinks so.

And he’s right. He gives three reasons:

1 – Democrats believe that conservatives by definition are bad people. This is true. I try to explain from time to time to my more liberal friends (who can become hugely incensed at hearing a conservative argument) that Conservatives are people who believe that Liberals have bad ideas. Liberals are people who believe Conservatives are bad people. One liberal friend of mine once told me that listening to the conservative point of view made her physically ill and that she wanted to hit the person making the point.

2 – Democrats and others on the Left use smear as a political weapon is to avoid challenging ideas and intellectual argument. Inasmuch as they don’t actually use reason but ad hominem attacks, this has substituted in some minds for just that. I rarely hear an actual argument for a policy position, merely the assertion, often in tones which suggest that no decent person could possibly disagree. If one is foolish enough to do so, shock might ensue, but the other alternatives quickly boil down to name-calling or the end of the conversation.

3 – [H]aving been unable to persuade the American public to adopt most of its policies, the Left has increasingly relied on the courts to do what the political process will not do. They haven’t won an election for Congress since 1992, and the Presidency since 1996 (without a majority of the popular vote). They’re fooling themselves with Hillary, and 2006 doesn’t look good with the Democrats pursuing the same obstructionist policy that worked so well on ’04. Only the unelected judges are left.

A must read.

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July 5, 2005 at 7:11 pm

Michael Barone’s Take on Rove’s Statements

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I generally find Michael Barone a pretty level-headed and insightful guy, and he doesn’t disappoint on the Rove statements:

Reading the initial press accounts of Rove’s speech, I wished that he had been more specific about which liberals he was denouncing — except that, as those press accounts failed to mention, he was. “I’m not joking,” he went on immediately after the words quoted above. “Submitting a petition was precisely what Moveon.org, then known as 9-11peace.org did. You may have seen it in The New York Times or The Washington Post, the San Francisco Examiner or the L.A. Times. (Funny, I didn’t see it in the Amarillo Globe News.) It was a petition that ‘implored the powers that be’ to ‘use moderation and restraint in responding to the terrorist attacks against the United States.'”

One reason that the Democrats are squawking so much about Rove’s attack on “liberals” is that he has put the focus on a fundamental split in the Democratic Party — a split among its politicians and its voters.

On the one hand, there are those who believe that this is a fundamentally good country and want to see success in Iraq. On the other hand, there are those who believe this is a fundamentally bad country and want more than anything else to see George W. Bush fail.

Some of the latter are in denial about that, but it’s plain for the seeing. A must read.

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June 27, 2005 at 9:49 am

The Inevitable Irrelevancy of the MSM

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The invaluable Soxblog warns the MSM that they’re playing with irrelevancy:

Someday inevitably there will come another 9/12, the somber day after another disastrous terrorist strike. And virtually every American will remember the halcyon days when America felt so at ease that it stood by idly subscribing to newspapers and periodicals that made front page news out of a single kicked Koran. And on that day, that 9/12 that sadly waits somewhere down the road, I’d like to say there will be hell to pay for the media that have covered this war in such an unabashedly America bashing manner. But there will be a far worse penalty than that — irrelevance.

Read it all. They can’t say they weren’t warned.

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June 7, 2005 at 2:16 pm

Mark Felt’s Real Legacy

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I’ve been asked what I think of the “Deep Throat” revelation, and the short answer is, “not much.”

So a thirty year old mystery of primary interest to journalists has been solved. It couldn’t have gone on forever in any event, as Woodward and Bernstein would have revealed it eventually. As to the question of whether Mark Felt is a hero or a villain, I suspect in this day and age that line falls pretty much in place with one’s political point of view. I tend towards the view that he was a disappointed bureaucratic lifer who turned on Nixon much the same way Richard Clarke turned on Bush and for much the same reason. Felt was just less public about it, which means he was far more effective in the end.

The real problem was Watergate. I don’t mean the Nixon Administration. Whatever Watergate was actually about, it was still a minor bit of B&E over politics. Tell me Richard Nixon was the only President ever involved in such things and I’ll laugh. Tell me no Democrat ever did (or has since done) something similar and I’ll assume you shouldn’t be allowed outside without proper supervision. No, Nixon’s real mistake was the coverup – not unlike other examples where the obstruction is worse than the crime itself. By attempting to cover it all up, Nixon painted a big target on himself for his enemies, who were legion. Dick Nixon wasn’t all that likeable to begin with, and in the context of the times: Vietnam, the economy, the 60s, the political atmosphere was already pretty poisoned. In the end, it almost looked easy, bringing down a President.

And they felt pretty good about themselves at the time too. The Left and the MSM had gotten rid of Nixon, a man they hated, and at the same time had drunk the heady elixir of fame and power. Or at least imagined they did to the lasting detriment of the nation. A free press is essential to liberty. But an objective press is equally essential. There is little to choose between a Pravda and an MSM that is ideologically committed to one side. Even worse, is an MSM that sees itself as a branch of the government, with a role to play – at least in its own collective mind – that is Constitutional. It’s not, of course, never was, and never will be.

But that’s not how journalists saw themselves after Watergate. They were the good guys, the white hats. They were the ones who keep an eye on the big, bad wolf of government for all the little people. They all knew that the government was corrupt, and it was only a matter of time before Watergate II occurred. It was no accident that the suffix “gate” began to be applied to various other scandals, real and imagined when Republicans were in office. While the self-appointed guardians of the Republic preened and strutted as they fought the good fight, secretly, each of them wished that when Watergate II came, he or she would be Woodward, or Bernstein, or better yet, both. Instead of Redford and Hoffman, it would be Brosnan and Roberts.

Thus has the media evolved over the last thirty years to become an institution that no longer seeks objective truth and to inform the public. Now the purpose is to oppose the government, and filter information accordingly. Practitioners imbibe the Watergate disease at places like the Columbia School of Journalism, and are kept on the reservation by groupthink and peer pressure. They are the last to see the cracks in the foundation: non-credible anonymous sources, forgeries, ideological blinders. The MSM is not a force for good – it is a force for itself. This is the true legacy of Mark Felt.

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June 1, 2005 at 8:09 pm

The LA Times Puts the Cart Well Before the

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I’m not going to pretend that I’m a big fan of Bill Frist right now, or for that matter, ever. I simply do not understand the senatorial disease in which each of them sees themselves as a future president. That having been said, I don’t believe Frist has formally announced his candicacy for 2008, and so this seems premature:

The best thing a Senate majority leader with presidential aspirations can do is quit. That was Bob Dole’s strategy in 1996, when he resigned to run against President Clinton. And it may be part of Bill Frist’s decision not to seek reelection in 2006. If so, Frist could hardly make a smarter move.

Oh come on. It’s obvious to me that it’s more than a little ridiculous for an MSM stalwart to call for the resignation of a Republican from the Senate three years in advance of an election he isn’t in yet. After all, Dole didn’t resign in 1993. Does the LA Times actually think it’s fooling anyone here? Now, it’s true, Kerry wasn’t the leader at the time of his nomination, but doesn’t it seem a touch laughable that they call for Frist’s resignation now but Kerry’s … never?

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May 27, 2005 at 12:08 pm

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NYT Commits Journalism Again

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In an otherwise pedestrian piece in the New York Times about the songs on President Bush’s iPod, we find this piece of driveby journalism:

Nonetheless, Mr. McKinnon said that Mr. Bush had not gone so far as to include on his playlist “Fortunate Son,” the angry anti-Vietnam war song about who has to go to war that Mr. Fogerty sang when he was with Creedence Clearwater Revival. (“I ain’t no senator’s son … Some folks are born silver spoon in hand.”) As the son of a two-term congressman and a United States Senate candidate, Mr. Bush won a coveted spot with the Texas Air National Guard to avoid combat in Vietnam. [emphasis mine]

Just in case you were unaware of the repeated failed attempts to make hay on this slander last year. Doesn’t say AWOL, just says “avoid.” Close enough for journalism.

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April 11, 2005 at 10:51 am

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