Sunday, October 30, 2005
Translation of MSM headlines
.........The difficulty for the left is that if the problem is Iraq, Katrina or pretty much anything else, the solution is not obviously the Democratic Party. The future of Iraq is mostly a matter for Iraqis now, and it's not going badly, as you can sort of tell if you decode the headlines -- "Bitterly Divided Iraqis Take Time Out From Trembling On Brink Of Civil War To Overwhelmingly Ratify New Constitution," "Three Sunnis And Their Pet Camel Boycott Poll In Sign Iraq May Be Becoming Ungovernable," etc.....
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Canada and the "Fitzween"
22 months and millions of U.S. tax-payer dollars later, the Valerie Plame CIA leak case ends with not the roar of a lion and the speculated 10 indictments against Bush administration officials for their "culture of corruption", not with charges against DNC public enemy #1 Karl Rove, or the pipe-dream resignation of Dick Cheney, but rather with the squeak of a mouse and the sought indictment of one… Chief of staff for VP Dick Cheney, "Scooter" Libby…
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Support your family?
"Who cares what Cindy Sheehan thinks? The only thing she has done in her life is given birth to a heroic young man who she has, in word and deed, disowned," he responds, referring to Mrs. Sheehan's son, Casey, who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Underage sex and smoking
There is something awfully sad and strange about a culture in which teenage sex is condoned so long as it is "safe," while teenage smoking is denounced as categorically wrong. Sex has become a mere issue of health and the law, while morality is reserved for tobacco.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
No media bias here?
Here's the truth: People who are doing good, brave, soul-satisfying work up close and personal, where they see the results every day, generally have extremely high morale. People doing soul-deadening, dishonest, cowardly work from a distance, like the propagandists who make up the liberal bigstream media (and slant articles like this one), generally have awful morale, and hate those whose morale, with good reason, is much higher.
Friday, October 21, 2005
New York city?
Have Katie Barge and Lauren Weiner been indicted yet? No? I wonder how long it will take before these suspended members of Senator Schumer’s campaign committee are charged with identity theft. Excuse me? Never, you say? Oh, that’s right: They’re Democrats. Republicans are getting indicted left and right on spurious charges while legal machinations against Democrats grind only slowly.
These two enterprising women are being probed for allegedly using a Social Security number to get access to a credit report on Maryland’s lieutenant governor, Michael Steele, a rising Republican star. Mr. Steele is a charismatic speaker who also happens to be black, and that makes him dangerous to the Democratic Party, which must keep the black community in its back pocket. That’s especially true here in New York City.
Tolerance of the left
Next comes the "forcing of views" trope, which is rich coming from a party that supports the forcible, court-ordered imposition of radical social change, from legalized abortion to gay marriage to the criminalization of the mere mention of the Almighty. If any ideological camp stands guilty of imposing views, it's the American left, which has worked its will through the courts, the media, Hollywood -- and educational institutions that now worship at the Altar of Political Correctness.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Senator Dianne Feinstein asked Judge John Roberts whether his being Catholic would interfere with carrying out his duties on the Supreme Court but she would undoubtedly have felt insulted if anyone had asked her whether being Jewish would interfere with her carrying out her duties as a Senator.
Friday, October 14, 2005
A "Survivor" episode?
The rush to judgment on Miers from the President’s allies has been striking. Not only has it been immediate and widespread, it also has been – in many cases – extraordinarily immoderate. No subtle weighing of Miers’ positive and negative attributes for the job; no indulging the possibility that someone who doesn’t fit the model so many of us have in mind for Supreme Court appointments could possibly make a good justice. And no willingness to suspend judgment, to see if the President indeed has done what he promised and given us a justice who is thoughtful, committed to a law-bound and modest view of judging, and committed to the vision of constitutional law the President consistently has endorsed.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Green Bigots and Spoiled Brats
..........The essence of bigotry is denying others the same rights you claim for yourself. Green bigots are a classic example...........
............. Confusion between equal opportunity and equal results is a dangerous confusion behind many kinds of spoiled brat politics.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Harriet and the pundits
.........The elite of conservative opinion feels entitled to control President Bush's Supreme Court nominations. In their minds they own the short list of candidates, because they have worked and slaved and argued for a true conservative jurisprudence for three decades. Well, bless them for their dedication to a good cause. But who elected them? Last time I looked, the Constitution gives the power of nomination to Presidents, with "advice and consent" to the Senate. None of the pundits have won an election...........
..........I'm sorry to say that my heroes, George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Bill
Kristol, and my heroines like Ann Coulter are now committing exactly the same rationalistic fallacy for which they justly criticize the Left. They believe they know the answer, when in fact they have merely fallen in love with their own intellectual image.
But, given that she started out as a Democrat and has been on the receiving end of the partisan attacks on the administration for five years, she seems less likely than any detached effete legal scholar to be prone to the remorseless drift to the left that happens to Republican Supreme Court nominees.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Media arrogance from the past
Former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, in an appearance Friday on CNN's "Larry King Live," said Americans are too dumb to vote for the right candidates.
"We're an ignorant nation right now," Mr. Cronkite said.
"We're not really capable, I do not think the majority of our people, of making the decisions that have to be made at election time and particularly in the selection of their legislatures and their Congress and the presidency, of course."
Mr. Cronkite added: "I don't think we're bright enough to do the job that would preserve our democracy, our republic. I think we're in serious danger."
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
That's why they blew up Bali in 2002, and last weekend, and why they'll keep blowing it up. It's not about Bush or Blair or Iraq or Palestine. It's about a world where everything other than Islamism lies inruins.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Hypocrisy and racism IS on the left
On "Fox News Sunday" yesterday, Juan Williams joined the attack on Bennett. The way in which he did it made our jaw drop, and let us count the ways. This is from the Factiva transcript (alas, not available publicly online); "Brit" is Brit Hume, who was defending Bennett:..............
..............No fewer than six times in a 10-minute segment, Williams did exactly what Bennett did that so offended him--namely, offer an outrageous hypothetical to illustrate a point. We're no more offended by Williams's doing so than we were by Bennett's, but Williams's hypocrisy is simply mind-boggling.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
The essence of "them"
How many times does this have to happen before the press seriously examines why so many of them get the big stories wrong in exactly the same way? After decades of boasting about "hiring diversity," everybody in America's newsrooms is now so remarkably diverse they all make exactly the same mistakes. Oughtn't that to be just a teensy bit disquieting even to the most blinkered journalism professor?