Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Cash Call

An e-mail in which John McCain mistakes me for an ATM:

Dear Roger,

Branch Rickey's decision to integrate the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ronald Reagan's prediction that the Soviet Union would fall. Gertrude Ederle's decision to swim the English Channel. Abraham Lincoln's decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

These people all faced difficult decisions, or "hard calls," during their lives which are discussed in the latest book by John McCain being released today - Hard Call. Throughout John McCain's life, he has made many difficult decisions. Guided by his belief that at some point we will all be faced with difficult choices, John McCain has taken the time to reflect on the art of decision making, something that can make the difference in arriving at the right decision. Inspired by the decision-making process he personally goes through on a daily basis, he is releasing his latest book, Hard Call.

We have a special offer today for the Senator's most dedicated supporters. With your generous contribution of $250 or more, we will send you an exclusive autographed copy of Hard Call.

With a donation of $1,000 or more today, we'll send you the complete McCain book collection - all autographed by John McCain! You'll receive Hard Call, Character is Destiny, Why Courage Matters, Faith of My Fathers and Worth the Fighting For.

...

Our next Commander-in-Chief will need to make hard calls every day, and it is important to elect a man who has the experience and guts to make hard calls. We encourage each and every one of you to pick up a copy of Hard Call to read, learn, get inspired and join the discussion.

Sincerely,
The John McCain 2008 Team

John McCain's opposition to a holiday honoring a leading desegregationist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

John McCain's meetings with the chair of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board to protect his criminal benefactor, Charles Keating.

John McCain issuing misrepresentations about the safety of Iraqis in Baghdad, in furtherance of immoral and bloody occupation.

John McCain's pandering to Jerry Falwell and other bigots of faith.

Will I be sending Saint John any money? That's not a hard call.

Monday, August 13, 2007

When To Stop Reading

"Paul Mirengoff has an interesting assessment of why the Tommy Thompson campaign failed."

Most people would stop at "Mirengoff" or, at the latest, "interesting," but you don't get the full comedic potential if you stop before the period.

By the way, Tossingoff's interesting assessment is that voters took a pass on Tommy T. because of his lack of charisma and "the discounting of, and indeed near-contempt for, experience gained in Washington." Of course, the Republican base hates the Department of Health and Human Services almost as much as it hates women and the non-white. And being called uncharismatic by the Tosser is like being called a sleazebag by Newt Gingrich or a delusional nutcase by Debbie Schlussel.

Turd Blossom Cuts-And-Runs

Karl Rove is leaving the White House to spend more time with Jeff Gannon his defense lawyers.

The architect of the most incompetent and corrupt Presidential administration in 100-plus years has completed his desecration of the White House, and plans to put his name on a book after his departure. The book will come out September 1, 2007, having already been written by the staff of the Washington Post.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

A Bit Under The Weather

Tommy Thompson lousy, not Merv Griffin lousy.

Back soon.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Danny Boy

In today's Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer sneers at 24 year-old Army private Scott Thomas Beauchamp for serving in Iraq while having ambition or getting his facts wrong or pissing on George and Dick's Excellent Adventure, or something. He really hasn't settled on one point just yet.

Krauthammer pegs Beauchamp as a tool of the anti-war left, oblivious -- and perhaps willfully so -- of the fact that Beauchamp also wrote -- and TNR published -- an account in which members of a Shiite militia allegedly brutalized a young Iraqi boy who expressed pro-American sentiment.

Regardless of his questioned veracity, however, Private Beauchamp is fighting the terrorists over there so we don't have to fight them over here, as Krauthammer would have it. Which puts him in a different league than another young American, a self-proclaimed neocon, failed blogger and Harvard senior. Unlike Charles' pop-psychological caricature of Beauchamp, Daniel Krauthammer knows what he thinks about evil, and he's not afraid to stand up to it and call it names:

And on foreign policy, the area I think this is pattern is the clearest and most important, it takes strength to achieve peace. The great conflicts we faced with fascism and nazism were not won with peace talks or compromise or appeasement. They were won by standing up to evil, calling it by its name and fighting it until victory.

Sure, Danny Boy may act timorous when facing the gruesome realities of watching his father accept an award, but he'll fight Islamojihadofascism to the death or until he gets bored after eight blog posts, whichever comes first.

And when Danny recalls getting together with his buddies for chow, he'll certainly never forget which country he's in.

There's now a vacancy in the Baghdad Diarist position. Charles should encourage Danny to fill it, so the young non-appeaser can call evil by name and stand up to it while giving us the rosy scenario the anti-war left doesn't want us to learn. I might even subscribe to The New Republic to read that.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Grand Old Police Blotter: Long Island's Most Wanted Edition

Sadly, No! has the story of a post-9/11 G.O.P. supporter whose business and home were raided in connection with the investigation of a cop-killing.

If you only click on one link this year -- click on the link to Sadly, No!

And kudos to the New York Post for covering the story. I guess the liberal media is too cowed by Muslim extremists to report on this lawlessness.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Grand Old Police Blotter: Deja Vu All Over Again Edition

When I came across a story of a 30-something Young Republican leader from the Midwest sexually assaulting an incapacitated 22 year old, I thought I had already blogged that story a little over a week ago.

Turns out the story involves a different 30-something Young Republican leader from the Midwest who allegedly sexually assaulted an incapacitated 22 year old. Here's the story, as reported by an Indiana newspaper:

The chairman of the Clark County Republican Party, who last month was elected president of the Young Republican National Federation, has resigned both posts, apparently in the wake of a criminal investigation.

On Tuesday, Glenn Murphy Jr. e-mailed media a letter announcing his resignation from both positions, citing an unexpected business opportunity that would prohibit him from holding a partisan political office.

However, on Friday the Clark County Sheriff’s Department began investigating Murphy for alleged criminal deviate conduct — potentially a class B felony — after speaking with a 22-year-old man who claims that on July 31, Murphy performed an unwanted sex act on him while the man slept in a relative's Jeffersonville home.

Murphy, a 33-year-old Utica resident, has not been arrested nor has he been charged with a crime. Such police reports are generally confidential, but a copy of it has been posted on a politically focused Internet site and another was provided to a reporter with The Evening News and The Tribune on Tuesday evening.

Larry Wilder, Murphy's attorney, said Murphy is cooperating with police and Prosecutor Steve Stewart. Wilder said Murphy contends the sex act was consensual.

It's hard to keep track of these Young Republican leaders without a police lineup.

The main differences between Young Republican Flory and Young Republican Murphy are that Murphy hasn't entered a guilty plea and his alleged victim is a man. The latter fact, of course, should have no bearing on the punishment if Murphy is convicted.

A week ago, the "Team Murphy" website was celebrating Glenn's nomination to head the Young Republicans. Now, the website has gone silent. (The remainder Team Murphy seems to have survived Glenn's departure.)

Interestingly, Murphy's explanation for his departure was that he landed a political consulting opportunity which didn't allow him to be a partisan. It was as a political consultant that Glenn advised, "Remaining in control of both identity and message were the keys to an effective paid media campaign." Spin doctor, heal thyself.

As always, Republicans -- like all Americans -- are innocent until proven guilty.

Update (8/8): Other similarities to the Flory case, according to the police report (found here): The alleged assault took place at a Young Republican party at which alcohol was served and the complainant became intoxicated.

Similar allegations were made against Murphy nine years ago. Murphy's attorney says no action was taken on that occassion.

Also: In an abundance of caution, please note that the subject of this post is not the Glenn Murphy who was named the new chairman of Gap, Inc., and is a Canadian.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Open Arms

If an armed society is a polite society, Iraq should change its name to David-Fucking-Brodeeristan:

The Pentagon has lost track of about 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, according to a new government report, raising fears that some of those weapons have fallen into the hands of insurgents fighting U.S. forces in Iraq.

The author of the report from the Government Accountability Office says U.S. military officials do not know what happened to 30 percent of the weapons the United States distributed to Iraqi forces from 2004 through early this year as part of an effort to train and equip the troops. The highest previous estimate of unaccounted-for weapons was 14,000, in a report issued last year by the inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.

The United States has spent $19.2 billion trying to develop Iraqi security forces since 2003, the GAO said, including at least $2.8 billion to buy and deliver equipment. But the GAO said weapons distribution was haphazard and rushed and failed to follow established procedures, particularly from 2004 to 2005, when security training was led by Gen. David H. Petraeus, who now commands all U.S. forces in Iraq.

The Pentagon did not dispute the GAO findings, saying it has launched its own investigation and indicating it is working to improve tracking. Although controls have been tightened since 2005, the inability of the United States to track weapons with tools such as serial numbers makes it nearly impossible for the U.S. military to know whether it is battling an enemy equipped by American taxpayers.

Surely not David Petraeus, the man who can do no wrong according to all serious weenie munchers on both sides of the aisle!

Thank God the Bush Pentagon didn't do anything that would truly endanger American troops, like writing an article about troops engaged in petty acts of a crass or offensive nature.

And it seems perhaps the word Accountability is a misnomer:

The GAO is studying the financing and weapons sources of insurgent groups, but that report will not be made public. "All of that information is classified," said Joseph A. Christoff, the GAO's director of international affairs and trade.

I think it's safe to say that the insurgents already know who's financing them and supplying them with weapons. Perhaps it might help for us to know why the Administration hasn't manage to cut off those supplies -- for the sake of -- that's right -- accountability.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Never send a Moran to do an adult's job. From the Depends Media website:

At his opening day press conference for the annual YearlyKos Convention in Chicago, Kos told the assemblage: "There is no Jesse Jackson wing of the Democratic Party anymore. We are the center" and promised to help "cleanse" the party of those not sufficiently progressive.

Rick Moran was at the press conference for Pajamas Media and will be covering the YearlyKos Convention for PJM with videographer Andrew Marcus. Rick's first report follows.

UPDATE: Apparently Markos Zuniga did not use the word "cleanse." He said "cleaning the Democratic Party out" at his press conference in reference to Senator Joseph Lieberman. Pajamas Media apologizes for the inaccuracy and retracts that part of the story.

The "apparently" is a nice touch. "Apparently" wingnut welfare means never having to acknowledge you've been called on a lie. Because here's what Moran wrote:

And as Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, AKA "Kos," made crystal clear at a press conference this afternoon, the battle will not only be against Republicans, but also against Democrats who need to be "cleansed" from the party. Kos didn't name any names, saying we will find out "soon enough" which Democrats would be targeted for defeat in the primaries.

Joseph Lieberman: The Man With No Name.

What A Difference 39 Years Makes

Thank God I didn't go and nerd up the YearlyKos convention. Drik Hertzberg, who ranks fairly high on the Poindexter Scale himself, is surprised that he can tell the difference between YearlyKos and, say, ComicCon:

I admit that I was expecting this crowd to look weirder. Not hippie weirder, though I did expect a bit of that, but nerdy weirder. So I was surprised at how extraordinarily normal everyone looked. The left, if I may use that radioactive word, sure has changed since "my day," i.e., the nineteen-sixties and early seventies. The equivalent of the liberal blogosphere back then was the "underground press," the anarchic collection of weekly and irregularly published quasi-newspapers and para-magazines that served as bulletin boards and primal-scream outlets for the counterculture and the various antiwar and "liberation" movements.

I get the impression that Drik doesn't actually spend much time reading liberal blogs (though he claims he regularly reads some of the more establishment libs), which contain plenty of biographical information, personal anecdotes and photographs of their authors (present company excepted). He'd have been much less surprised had he pictured an alumni reunion or a convention of Cat Fancy readers instead of D&D dorks or tech-geeks.

Back in the day, chicks used to disrobe while Rik stuck it to The Man. But yesterday's gone.

No one naked around here. No chaos at YearlyKos. No "sweet smell of marijuana," as the straight papers used to refer to it. No demands for revolution. No denunciations of bourgeois democracy.

And women speakers, too; not just "groupies" and "camp followers."

I fear Hertzberg might feel more at home on a National Review cruise. He could even smoke a bowl with Bill Buckley and Rick Brookheiser.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

At Lawyers, Guns and Money, D surveys the wankosphere's response to Interstate 35W bridge collapse:

And as you might expect, it took about 30 minutes before the mouth-breathers at Little Green Footballs were performing complex numerological calculations in hopes of uncovering a secret jihadist plot. Both Assrocket and Capn' Crunch noted ominously that bridges like this "just don't collapse" in the U.S.

We should all be grateful that wingnut bloggers don't hold engineering licenses.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

My Itinerary

For those of you wondering, I won't be attending the YearlyKos festivities because of my prior to commitment to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Adult Video News Awards Banquet.

I'm dedicating the award to Sean Hannity. He knows why.

The Lies of The Haters

After Chris Hitch and the New York Post finish elevating the guy who crapped on the Koran to the status of secular saint/First Amendment martyr, perhaps they can hold a fundraising barbecue for the anonymous freedom warriors who taught a valuable lesson to these treacherous Mohammedans:

SARASOTA COUNTY - Islamic activists are calling on the FBI to investigate a hate crime in which a Bosnian family's home was burned July 6 and spray-painted with anti-Muslim slurs.

Hasib Sejfovic, 43, walked through what was left of his Avila Avenue home Friday afternoon. He looked at the charred remains of his couch, and the kitchen he recently spent $15,000 remodeling.

Ahmed Bedier, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, followed Sejfovic with a camera, filming the words "Kill all Arabs" that had been spray-painted in red on the floor.

...

Sheriff's detectives and authorities from the state fire marshal's division are investigating the arson and vandalism as a hate crime.

...

A neighbor driving by saw the flames and called authorities about 9 p.m. July 6.

The Sejfovic family was out of town on vacation and came home to find the inside of their house destroyed and their garage sprayed with anti-Muslim graffiti.

"Maybe they looked at the last name on the box," Sejfovic said. "I don't know how they knew we were Muslim."

Sejfovic said his family left Bosnia in 2001 for a better life. They did not speak English or know anyone here. Sejfovic works in lawn maintenance, and his wife works at a local grocery store.

What the MSM doesn't want you to know is that Sejfovic and his family were masterminding a plot to rape Christian babies. It's a shame that our repressive government is attempting to silence the speech of American heroes in yet another example of political correctness run amok.

(Sorry. Instead of exaggerating for comedic effect, I've actually downplayed the kind of hysterical claims wingnut bloggers are spouting on the issue. Forgive my subtlety.)

And here are a couple of articles that put the lie to the claim that New York authorities are Islamofascist stooges who won't charge a hate crime when Christian property is vandalized:

Officials determined the fire was deliberately set by Caleb Uriah Lussier, 21, of Plymouth, Mass., a former student at Word of Life Bible Institute, located farther down Route 9. Lussier told police he also set a Dec. 28, 2005, fire that heavily damaged a church in Plymouth, according to Post-Star archives.

...

Lussier told police at the time of his arrest that he focused on the churches because he believed in strict interpretations of the Bible and he disagreed with the churches' teachings.

Lussier was indicted in May 2007 on 10 felony charges, including one count of arson, as well as burglary, criminal mischief and grand larceny. The indictment also included hate crime enhancements based on Lussier's comments.
And:
Three teens were arrested and charged for vandalizing a church in Frewsburg that occurred on July 4, 2007.

The New York State Police say the teens set fire to an American flag, a 10 Commandments sign and spray painted anti-religious slurs outside of the United Methodist Church in Frewsburg.

Two girls, 14 and 15, were charged with criminal mischief. A 16-year-old male was charged with criminal mischief, menacing and arson.

"The suspects not only burned the American flag but also spray painted slogans and symbols on the church which lead us to believe this is a hate crime," says Investigator Cindy Mullen of the New York State Police.

I'm sorry to beat a dead horse, but when the purportedly respectable Snitchens is granted space on Slate to opine without evidence that enhancements for crimes against Muslims result "simply out of fear, and because the fanatical believers in that particular holy book have proved time and again that they mean business when it comes to intimidation," someone needs to call the lying ginsack on his bullshit.

The War On Semantic Dumbfuckery

Sometimes I loathe myself because I haven't figured out how to get paid to say whatever dumbass shit comes into my head. Usually this happens when I read The Politico and its merry band of morons.

Here's Ben Smith, whose cranium is 100 percent birdseed:

Obama's speech: No mention of "war on terror"

Barack Obama was among those raising his hands in a recent debate to indicate that he believes there is a "war on terror," but his speech today -- and read the whole thing -- marks a really sharp departure from policies past, and seems to challenge Hillary either to come along or be pushed toward the White House.

One note: The phrase "war on terror" appears nowhere in the speech.

The closest he comes: "America is at war with terrorists who killed on our soil. We are not at war with Islam."

The inarticulate Smith appears to be saying that Barack Obama has made a sharp departure from his past positions because he said that America is at war with terrorists rather than engaged in a war on terror. (Of course, neither statement refers to "policies" -- or is a comment on or to Senator Clinton, for that matter.)

There's no contradiction between Senator Obama's implied endorsement of the meaningless shorthand phrase "war on terror" and the more precise statement that America is using military resources against those affilated with the 9/11 attackers. Are Obama's promises to use the military to "to track down, capture or kill terrorists around the world" and "ensure that our military becomes more stealth[y], agile, and lethal in its ability to capture or kill terrorists" -- in a speech entitled "The War We Need to Win," no less -- inconsistent with the concept of "war on/against terrorism." Is the senator required to spout the Bushite cliche verbatim, in every speech, in order to avoid the charge of a radical course correction? Apparently he is if Ben Smith's got nothing to say and space to fill. Smith's analysis is simply infantile.

So where do I go to get the lobotomy that will put me on the Politico payroll?

Meet Your Liberal Media: Wyatt to Lie Edition

Associated Press reporter Kristen Wyatt is either dissembling or has been played for a chump by the anti-choice crowd. She writes:

The 2005 fetal homicide was designed to penalize those who kill a pregnant woman or her viable fetus, but it includes a provision shielding pregnant women from prosecution for actions that result in their own fetus's death.

The exemption, meant to preserve the right to an abortion, hasn't been challenged in the courts, said Denise Burke, vice president and legal director of Americans United for Life, a Chicago-based group that seeks common ground on abortion issues.

In reality, while the common ground lie is peddled by Americans United for Life, the organization is active in efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, in enacting legislation which violates Roe and the U.S. Constitution, and in peddling the bogus claim of a link between abortion and breast cancer. The group seeks to eliminate all reproductive choice and all rights to privacy -- to impose its will on the unwilling -- not to find common ground.

The most generous explanation for Wyatt's erroneous report is that she simply types up the tripe that is fed to her without question. I'm not feeling particularly generous.

The High Cost of Immorality

George Bush's lust for Hussein snuff films comes with a steep price tag:

WASHINGTON -- The war in Iraq could ultimately cost well over a trillion dollars -- at least double what has already been spent -- including the long-term costs of replacing damaged equipment, caring for wounded troops, and aiding the Iraqi government, according to a new government analysis.

...

At the time [March 2003], the White House and then-defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld predicted a quick, decisive victory and counted on Iraqi oil revenues to pay for the war. And when Lawrence Lindsey, one of Bush's top budget advisers, estimated in 2003 that the entire undertaking could cost as much as $200 billion, he was fired.

Even that estimate -- which the Bush administration described at the time as far too high -- was still well off the mark. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that as of June, up to $500 billion has been spent on combat operations in Iraq.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Fourth Amendment Strikes Back

There is legal precedent for nature's unkind treatment of "the Chief":

Last year, in Hedgepeth v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Roberts wrote an opinion upholding the arrest of a 12-year-old girl for eating a single French fry in a Washington, D.C., Metrorail station while on her way home from junior high school. As the court described, the "girl was arrested, searched, and handcuffed. Her shoelaces were removed, and she was transported in the windowless rear compartment of a police vehicle to a juvenile processing center, where she was booked, fingerprinted, and detained until released to her mother some three hours later." Except for the time she was being fingerprinted, the girl remained handcuffed with her hands behind her back until she was released.

Roberts concluded that the arrest and detention under a mandatory arrest policy for minors was not an "unreasonable" seizure under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, even though adults found to have violated the same no-eating-in-the-Metro ordinance were simply given citations. For obvious reasons, this decision is likely to be a point of some contention in Roberts' confirmation hearing. But of more significance than the decision itself is a part of its reasoning.

Roberts wrote that the Metro's mandatory arrest policy was not unconstitutional in part because it would not have been "regarded as an unlawful search or seizure under the common law when the Amendment was framed," that is, under the law as it stood in 1791.

Under that standard, Roberts' seizure was quite reasonable. Hell, the State of Maine could even declare him possessed by demons and clap him in the stocks until the 2007 term was over.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Ship of Tools

Says a woman who spends her time on a (presumably free) luxury cruise surfing the internet for links with which to bash presumed Democrats:

"Really, People, There Is More to Life Than Partisan Politics"

Meanwhile, cabin boy Rich Lowry takes the pulse of the 70-plus-plus vote and finds a clear victor:

"A very informal show of hands of a couple of hundred NR cruisers had Rudy in the lead pretty solidly, then Romney and Thompson close together, but with Mitt in second. I don't think McCain got one hand raised."

Sorry, Rudy, but we all know what happens when Little Richie calls a winner:

Update (7/31): First link corrected.

I'm not going to say anything negative about Chief Justice Roberts or his unfortunate medical condition.

Out of respect for his judicial philosophy, however, I do hope we get a vote on what treatment his physician is allowed to administer.

Drunken Fashionblogging

If Andre Leon Talley and Ann Althouse had a child, that child would write this blog post:

Reid's face is perfectly symmetrical. But all models' faces are perfectly symmetrical. Well, somehow, this face was more symmetrical than most. Maybe this is a hint about the fall's fashions. Just take a look and see for yourself.

Do the editors of the Times Magazine have the slightest idea of who their readers are?

There's a Dolce & Gabbana loose weave "V" neck sweater, cost $3,495, plus sales tax (something like $300.) There's what's called a "dress shirt," but it's not, at $475 and jeans for $575. The tie apparently comes for free.

Reid is also wearing (on another page) a very symmetrical cashmere coat at $2,165. Another "dress shirt" for $565, which makes the D & G a bargain. And Prince of Wales check pants for $695. The checks were not noticeable. And Reid does not look like the Prince of Wales. He has a shut mouth and no evidence of buck teeth. He looks a bit dazed actually. But, then, so does the Prince of Wales.

On the first page (all Dior Homme) of the second spread, Reid is wearing a wool jacket at $1,120, a leather vest at $1,350, a cotton shirt at $355 and wool gabardine pants at $520. If you look closely he seems to be wearing a pretty sharp belt. No price. On the other page, Reid is shown in a Raf Simons double-breasted (see what I mean, symmetrical) trench coat for "about $1,550." Is there going to be a sale already, I mean, before the season actually starts, while we are all still at the Hamptons? Raf Simons pants go for $950. Raf Simons pants fit me very well. He designs for small asses.

Do you remember Louis Vuitton? The place where your rich aunt bought all her luggage to take to Europe on the Queen Mary? Well, he's still in this business. But the heavy and hard brown suitcases with the insignia (was it the fleur de l'isle? maybe not) are not up front. Also by Vuitton (which is owned by Bernard Arnault, who is also the owner of Moet Hennesy and other jewels in the crown of the Fifth Republic), a "hand-dyed ombre sweater" at $600 and "a wool cashmere ombre gabardine jacket." At what price? "Price upon request." Is this a work of art? Aren't there too many adjectives in that description?

Now, there's a lot of "ombre" in Reid's display. A Prada very symmetrical "ombre wool jacket" at $1,630, and "ombre sweater" at $1,015 and wool pants at $550. The ombre jacket is perfectly symmetrical. Jean-Paul Gaultier, you are finished.

Another "Do you remember?" question. Do you remember Burberry? That boring raincoat store. Not any more. A Prorsum (whatever that is) nylon quilted coat for $2,995. That much money for artificial fabrics. But the most uncannily symmetrical clothes in the whole lot. A wool sweater for $595, a cotton shirt at the bargain of the whole lot $275, and wool flannel pants for $450. Where did the word "slacks" go?

Yves Saint Laurent has also dressed Reid in a wool coat with Lurex lining for $3,170, cotton fleece sweat pants with shearling patches at $1,305 and a cashmere ribbed hood for $750.

I was wrong: it's not the cotton shirt at $275 that's the least expensive. It's a cotton T-shirt. But I couldn't find it on any of the eight photos of Reid. Then there were unpriced sunglasses. They cover up almost half of Reid's finely chiseled face: Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere. Not free. But no price either.

Before you click on the link, guess which small-assed person wrote this post.

On the Today Show this morning, Alan Greenspan's booby prize wife artfully spun this paragraph from a New York Times article

"[Hillary Clinton] reports in one letter from October of her sophomore year that she spent a 'miserable weekend' arguing with a friend who believed that 'acid is the way and what did I have against expanding my conscience.'"
to suggest that the future senator was urging the letter's recipient to drop acid, as opposed to recounting a dispute in which her friend advocated LSD to Clinton.

I'm sure Media Matters or someone else will have more on this.

I'd probably like Senator Clinton more if she had taken acid (which even may have been legal back then). But this goes to show how the Republicans and their lackeys will grasp at anything to smear a Democratic frontrunner.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Magazines

So I was reading the latest edition of The New Republic at the public library and asking myself, how is this version different from the old weekly edition, apart from the shiny color paper? It's not bigger -- this edition clocked in at 56 pages, which surely isn't double the pages of the weekly edition of last year (or of 10 years ago). None of the articles were longer, or of greater quality than before.

But my questions are these: Do you still subscribe to magazines in print? If so, which ones?

More On Hate Crimes

Always remember that when conservative bloggers whine that hate crimes laws are only used to persecute anti-Mulsim bigots, they're lying to you.

They know they're lying to you, and they're proud that they're lying to you.

Let's look at the facts.

Illinois, July 8, 2007:

Local officials have called in the FBI to investigate whether a small fire at a Macomb church may have been a hate crime.

A neighbor used a garden hose to put out the fire at the First Presbyterian Church before dawn Friday, and it wasn't until later in the day that police discovered a swastika painted on the door and the letters "KKK" written on some adjoining bricks.
California, July 4, 2007:

A man has been sentenced to nine months in jail for pasting swastikas on the entrance of Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss' San Fernando Valley office.

A city attorney's spokesman says Adonis Irwin also received three years probation after pleading no contest to vandalism, posting a swastika on private property and a hate crime charge.

Georgia, July 1, 2007:

The incidents at the three Washington County churches occurred within 24 hours and authorities believe the fires and gun shots could be related and possibly motivated by hate, said Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine.

Holly Springs and Mount Sinai are attended by black members while Mount Moriah is attended by white members, Oxendine said.

"We are strongly considering the possibility it may be the same person or persons behind (each incident)," Oxendine said.

"We are considering the possibility it could be a hate crime," he said, adding hate crimes come in several different forms aside from race, including anger against Christianity and against religion.

It is wholly unremarkable in this country for persons to be prosecuted under hate crimes laws based on acts of vandalism (and other crimes) committed against Christians and Jews. The questions to ask are: Why are these bloggers and their followers lying, and why do hate crimes laws make them so nervous?

The Boob Tube Debate

Special Ed Morrissey has a "simple solution" (at least he's honest about his limitations) for the Republicans' refusal to participate in a YouTube-format Presidential debate on CNN: "have CNN cede the editorial/selection process to the New Media, in the form of the blogosphere."

Ed goes onto explain that when he says the blogosphere, he means only the lobotomized portion of the 'sphere, that is "primarily Republicans, but perhaps with independent/centrist representation as well." The committee would not only choose all the questions, but "would also agree to the order in which the questions would be asked," select Anderson Cooper's wardrobe and collect all the ad revenue in consideration for services rendered.

Problem solved.

In fact, why don't you make things even simpler, Ed, and hold your own fucking debate? Then you can ask the hard questions, like "Why has the MSM persecuted you by referring to your distinguished legal career as lobbying, Senator Thompson" and "If you are elected, Governor Romney, will you allow the Defeatocrats to slander our heroes at Guantanamo Bay?" And by allowing Hugh Fuckwit to pass along the questions to Mitt Romney in advance (and Assrocket to brief Huckleberry Fred, etc.), you can eliminate all the spontaneity which makes most debates so tedious. You could even have A.J. Strata proofread them for the sake of professionalism.

I'm not kidding. The Republican candidates have pandered to chuckleheads like Slow Eddie from day one. They should come out of the closet and let everyone see the kinds of clots whose votes they value above all.

Stay Classy

The latest hero of the wankersphere is one Stanislav Shmulevich, a New Yorker who allegedly exercised his right to free speech by stealing copies of the Koran from a university facility and throwing them into a crapper.

The Little Green Fascists have given Stan his own commode at their hate site, and other rightwing corporphiliacs are declaring Stan's arrest the final step on the road to reconquista sharia. The self-pitying wingnuts are also upset that the reports on the story don't identify anyone they can fantasize about harassing, beating up or burying alive with pork products.

A fitting punishment for Stan would be to have him clean the toilets on a National Review cruise.

(No links to the hate sites.)

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Mad Woman

Remember, peons, the proper way to approach Dame Peggy is to tug the forelock and speak only when spoken to. Her nibs requires complete silence while contemplating the array of elasticized-waist cargo pants on offer. Rank must be maintained.

And never, ever speak the name of a laxative aloud.

Peg fails to comprehend that these servants of custom are not, like some, paid handsomely to spew whatever tripe comes into their heads. They've been told exactly how to move the product and they do it as if their job depends upon it. Because it does. They've even been taught to how to deal with you, Peggers.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Co-Non-Presidents

The suggestion is made that Huckleberry Fred is simply a pawn of his wife's political ambitions.

I wonder if they have a secret pact of ambition to let Fred lose in the primaries first and the missus lose in the primaries eight years later.

Grand Old Police Blotter: Bad Day At Black Rock Edition

This can't be good news for Lord Connie Black:

CHICAGO -- A Chicago medical-van driver accused of funneling money to Mideast terrorists was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in federal prison for lying in a civil lawsuit.

Muhammad Salah, 54, also was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and do 100 hours of community service.

"Telling the truth is the bedrock of our judicial system, and a slap on the wrist will not provide a deterrent," U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said in sentencing Salah. He has until Oct. 11 to begin his sentence.

Salah was convicted in February of lying under oath in a civil lawsuit concerning the murder in Israel of a teenager by Hamas terrorists.

Judge St. Eve also presided over Lord Black's trial, in which the disgraced supplier of wingnut welfare was, like Mr. Salah, convicted of one count of Scooter Libbying in addition to three counts of fraud. Perhaps Mr. Salah and Lord Black will end up as cellmates, where they can engage in spirited but civil debates concerning Middle East policy.

Fans of Scooter Libby will also note that Mr. Salah was acquitted of the charges of racketeering. I eagerly await their impassioned calls for commutation of Mr. Salah's sentence on the ground --- altogether now -- that THERE WAS NO UNDERLYING CRIME.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

I'm not in the least surprised that the wankersphere is fascinated with the Scott Thomas non-story. What else would you talk about when the nation's chief law enforcement officer calls the head of Bush Justice a perjurer?

WASHINGTON, July 26 -- The director of the F.B.I. offered testimony Thursday that sharply conflicted with Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's sworn statements about a 2004 confrontation in which top Justice Department officials threatened to resign over a secret intelligence operation.

The director, Robert S. Mueller III, told the House Judiciary Committee that the confrontation was about the National Security Agency's counterterrorist eavesdropping program, describing it as "an N.S.A. program that has been much discussed." His testimony was a serious blow to Mr. Gonzales, who insisted at a Senate hearing on Tuesday that there were no disagreements inside the Bush administration about the program at the time of those discussions or at any other time.

...

Doubts about Mr. Gonzales's version of events in March 2004 grew after James B. Comey, the former deputy attorney general, testified in May that he and other Justice Department officials were prepared to resign over legal objections to an intelligence program that appeared to be the N.S.A. program.

Mr. Gonzales's testimony Tuesday was his first since Mr. Comey’s account drew national attention. He stuck to his account, repeatedly saying that the dispute involved a different intelligence activity.

Mr. Gonzales described an emergency meeting with Congressional leaders at the White House on March 10, 2004, to discuss the dispute. That evening, he and the White House chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., went to the hospital bedside of Mr. Ashcroft in an unsuccessful effort to get his reauthorization for the secret program.

Lawmakers present at the afternoon meeting have given various accounts, but several have said that only one program, the Terrorist Surveillance Program, was discussed.

In addition, in testimony last year, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who was the N.S.A. director when the program started and now heads the Central Intelligence Agency, said the March 2004 meeting involved the Terrorist Surveillance Program.

Having nothing to say about the criminality in the highest reaches of the Bush Administration, the law-despising wingnuts are left to natter on about irrelevancies in a private's diaries.

And look for the deathly silence to continue concerning these crimes and coverups.

Update (7/27): Sully agrees with me the obvious (maybe he was my 3 millionth visitor!):

Oh, and, by the way, the attorney-general has clearly been fingered for perjury by the evidence of the FBI director. Here appears to be a proven untruth under oath by the attorney-general. Now do you have an idea why the entire right-wing blogosphere is frothing at the mouth about a story whose primary controversial fact has actually checked out?

Three Million

Sometime tomorrow this blog will register it's three millionth visit since whenever it was I started keeping track of visitors.

I'd like to say there will be fabulous prizes for the three millionth visitor, but that wouldn't be fair to the 2,999,999 visitors who have come here and gotten nothing out of it. As my parents say, we love each one of you equally, but you shouldn't expect anything when we kick the bucket and moving back home is out of the question.

So, with only the slightest bit of tongue in cheek, here's to you all:

We've come a long long way together,
Through the hard times and the good,
I have to celebrate you baby,
I have to praise you like I should


[Repeat annoyingly]

Dog On Mass

It appears that Kathryn Lopez's love affair with Mitt Romney has come to an end:

"Slippery Slope? [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

Just a coincidence that this happened in Massachusetts?

Sherborn teen charged with bestiality

(And no I'm not equating men and dogs.)"

I hope Fred Thompson doesn't disappoint Lopez. I don't even want to read about the sick things that happen in Tennessee.

While I was drafting the above, Lopez added a second "Update" to her post, apologizing for her "bad judgment" and stating that "This was my point." Her link goes to an article condemning Lawrence v. Texas as the gateway to unfettered parental rape and bestiality, and concluding that Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum "was right." (And, of course, the article has nothing to do with either Massachusetts or the Massachusetts constitution.) What exactly is the twisted Lopez apologizing about, then? Was she afraid that she diluted her malice through the use of crude humor? Or expressing regret that she called Archbishop O'Malley a sheepshagger?

Added: The only thing to say about Lopez's apology is that it's a lie. The linked article posits that all sex outside of heterosexual marriage is equally immoral and destructive. Yet Lopez has never equated Rudy Guiliani, Newt Gingrich, Ronald Reagan or Huckleberry Fred with a sheep fucker (or their partners with sheep), and she never will. She is simply driven by hate, not faith or reason.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Grand Old Police Blotter: Impose The Maximum Sentence Edition

Usually these Blotter items involve a Republican accepting a bribe or trying to blow a cop in the crapper for a Hamilton, and good juvenile fun is had at the Republican's expense. This item is not one of those:

Michael Flory, a 32-year-old attorney from Jackson, Mich., pleaded guilty to sexual battery on the day he was to stand trial for rape.

The teary-eyed college student he overpowered in a downtown hotel room gasped and dabbed her eyes as Flory replied to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Peter Corrigan's question, "Are you indeed guilty?"

"Sure - yeah," Flory said.

Corrigan set sentencing for Sept. 13. Flory faces a sentence that ranges from probation to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

...

The plea bargain, she said, doesn't include any suggestion of leniency, and the state will seek incarceration. She also said she hopes to present evidence of several "other incidents of sexual misconduct" in which Flory took advantage of vulnerable young women.

The victim, who is 22, declined to speak after Flory's guilty plea.

She and some supporters lamented when the incident became public last winter that Flory and his followers within the Republican organization had been smearing her reputation in retaliation for accusing Flory of rape. Skutnik said she found that to be true.

"People were using every opportunity to try to trash her, on Web sites or whatever," the prosecutor said. "He's been running around telling everybody what a piece of trash she is, so she was very happy to see him plead guilty."

The defense can say little until sentencing, Hilow said.

"He would just like to put this in the past for everybody," the defense attorney said.

Flory gained some notoriety at age 18 when he gave a televised speech to the Republican National Convention in the Houston Astrodome in 1992. The Michigan Young Republicans' Web site once hailed him as "one of the rising stars of GOP politics in America" and declared that "Mike has earned a great name for himself."

Flory, the victim and other members of Michigan's delegation to the national Young Republicans convention were partying in the Warehouse District last July 6, police and prosecutors said. The victim became so intoxicated that she headed back to her hotel room. Flory escorted her.

But when she lay down to sleep, he "violently forced several sex acts upon her," Skutnik said.

Nitpicker has the details on Mr. Flory, who is a member of the Michigan Federalist Society and a Michigan Young Leader for John McCain.

While Flory spends the next five years in prison, God willing, I hope someone shines a spotlight on "the followers within the Republican organization had been smearing her reputation in retaliation for accusing Flory of rape." I'd be happy to publish any verifiable information identifying those lowlifes. (Not, of course, their addresses/contact information.)

Monday, July 23, 2007

I'd like to thank James Wolcott for linking to this blog in his recent post concerning Lord Conrad Black and his toady, Mark Steyn.

I'd also recommend for James' beach bag the finest trilogy of prison diaries ever written by a British peer, namely, A Prison Diary (Vols. 1-3) of Lord Jeffrey Archer. (Excerpts from Volume II are here.) Archer tells the inspiring tale of an honourable man forced to share a television with his cellmate, ration his Cadbury Fruit and Nut Bars and Evian, and undergo the humiliation of being called Jeff by the entire prison populations. The writing's no better than in most of Jeff's fiction, but they're more informative and the subject matter is infinitely more pleasant.

Howie, Half-Baked

The thing I love about Howie Kurtz's little chit-chats is that he posts good questions and then pretends to answer them without actually answering them:

San Francisco: Your article concerning allegations of false war reporting by a psuedonymous solider in the pages of The New Republic was interesting. The New Republic has a history of publishing plagiarists and fakers, including Stephen Glass and Ruth Shalit. I note, however, that you quoted critics of the TNR pieces who have their own questionable histories. Surely you are aware that Michael Yon, a right-wing blogger, has been reporting that al-Qaeda is engaging in forced cannibalism in Iraq. Quoting directly from Yon: "The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family." (National Review Online, July 6) National Review Online and other right-wing blogs have been repeating these stories as the truth; progressive bloggers have challenged these assertions, which are inherently incredible. Why no mention of those challenged reports from Iraq?

Howard Kurtz: I made clear, and the editor of the New Republic made clear, that these challenges are coming from the right and might have an ideological motivation. That doesn't make them wrong, however, at least in this instance. Right-wing bloggers went after Dan Rather on the Memogate fiasco and left-wing bloggers went after White House correspondent Jeff Gannon. Sometimes the truth emerges from these attacks, and sometimes not.

So Howie doesn't know whether The New Republic is right or wrong, but he's supremely uninterested in the accuracy and veracity of those challenging The New Republic. If he's not going to investigate the TNR story himself, you'd think he'd want to at least look at the respective credibility of both sides.

Live Dumbass Blogging

Elderly breast fetishist Ann Althouse regurgitates some stale Kool-Aid while watching tonight's debate:

"Dodd wants to take us down to a 55 mile an hour speed limit, Jimmy Carter-style."

It's never wise to mix alcohol with "I used to consider myself a Democrat, but thanks to 9/11 I’m outraged by Chappaquiddick."* I hope I never get so old I can't remember what happened to me when I was in my forties.

* Quote appears courtesy of Michael Berube.

Topless Hedcuts In Bottomless Sewer

Is America really ready for Peggy Noonan and Dotty Rabinowitz appearing on Page 3?

Department of Easy Targets

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Harry Potter Live Blogging

Eh, I'm going to bed.

Spoiler Follows (Scroll over to read)

Over the summer, Harry reads Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, and rejects the supernatural. During the term, Harry learns that Ron Weasley has scored with Hermonie. Twenty years later, Harry, a loud alcoholic, swears out an affidavit accusing Ron, a Lib Dem M.P., of obstruction of justice. Thirty years later, he demands that the U.K. bomb Iran, based on a speech to the U.N. General Assembly given by a talking hat.


Hey, it's the best I can do. I haven't read the books. And it's past midnight. You're lucky I could do the Scroll Over to Read thing.

Friday, July 20, 2007

I don't get Sean Hannity and Kathryn Jean Lopez saying that David Vitter should resign.

Hannity was seen consorting with notorious whore hound Dick Morris as recently as two weeks ago and, a week from now, K-Lo will be playing shuffleboard with Morris on a National Review Cruise. So they're happy to party with notorious law-breaking johns, but they don't want one representing Louisiana in the Senate?

I'd be happy to see Vitter disappear, but he should at least have the decency to take Hannity, Lopez and Morris with him.

Frummage

Lord Conrad Black's dogsbody, David Frum, is back from his tour of Old Europe and ready to speak truth to power:

Prosecutors convicted my friend and former employer on four of 13 counts. They lost on their accusations of "racketeering" and on their claims of a scheme of a vast fraud involving tens of millions of dollars. They won on charges involving smaller transactions worth a total of some $3.5 million, plus one count of obstruction justice [sic]. The obstruction charge was based on videotape of Black removing boxes of papers from his Toronto office after he lost entry to those offices. Prosecutors had not yet served Black with notice to leave the papers - and nobody has ever suggested that anything in them related to this trial - but the grainy security camera footage sure looked bad.

These convictions represent bad news for Conrad Black, obviously, but something less than a resounding victory for the prosecution. Now comes sentencing and appeal.

And notice something: although the prosecution lost on 9 counts, they are asking that Conrad Black be sentenced as if they had won.

[Long-ass quote from The Star which doesn't remotely suggest that prosecutors are asking that Connie be sentenced for any count on which he wasn't convicted. The article points out that Black faces up to 35 years on the four counts he was convicted of, and the United States is only seeking 30.]

Same thing as was done to Scooter Libby: win on one thing - then demand that the judge act as if you had won on everything. Here's my question: If (as seems more than possible) Black defeats the remaining fraud counts on appeal, will a US judge really contemplate sending him to prison to punish him for removing from his office personal papers of no ultimate relevance to a criminal case?

I realize Frum is just a dumb Canuck, but even he should understand that fraud and obstruction of justice aren't "one thing." Likewise, Scooter Libby was convicted of three different things: two counts of perjury, one count of obstruction of justice in a grand jury investigation and one count of making false statements to federal investigators.

Frum also seems to believe that the judge will be sentencing Connie after his appeal is concluded, and thus will be contemplating a sentence based solely on the obstruction verdict. Doesn't work that way, Davey. (Frum's reasoning also suggests that he believes Black's conviction for obstruction will stand.)

Also amusing is Frum's apparent belief that Black's not such a bad guy because he only defrauded Hollinger shareholders of $3.5 million instead of "tens of millions" of dollars. By Frum's reasoning, a murderer should go free if the state fails to prove he's a serial killer.

We are entering in a new era, one in which conservatives consistently cry that the American justice system is biased against wealthy, well-connected white men who can actually afford a level playing field against the power of the state. In reality, the playing field isn't even level, given Bush Justice's illegal efforts to give the rich and Republican the home court advatage.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Speaking of citizen journalism, Jeff Jarvis drops trou and starts Jarvising:

I think that Yang needs a strategy to take Yahoo into the distributed web and away from the old-media model or he will fail. It's not about convincing people to come to Yahoo. It's about finding the ways to take Yahoo to the people. In other words, the question isn't whether I Yahoo. The question is whether Yahoo Jarvises.

Yes, Jerry Yang will never amount to anything unless he listens to Jeff Jarvis. (He's already bleeding money.)

Of course, Jarvis doesn't have any idea of how to take anything to the people, or else he'd be doing that with daylife. Or, as it's known by most people, "What?"

Citizen Journalism At Its Finest

Julia at Sisyphus Shrugged covers the Great Manhattan Steampipe Rupture of 07.

New Yorkers' pores have never been more open than they are at this moment.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Shite Said Fred, Part II

Remember the heady days of July 16, 2008, when wingnuts were hoping and praying Fred Thompson wasn't just a lobbyist whore, but was really and truly ONE OF THEM? Here's some particularly humorous prose from that bygone era from one wordy Pollyanna:

The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association claimed that Thompson had lobbied the White House on its behalf in 1991. Thompson denied the charge, and John Sununu, who was White House chief of staff at the time, backed up Thompson.

Only time will tell which side eventually turns out to be perceived as being truthful by the electorate. But regardless of the truth of the allegation, its presence is remarkable at this stage of the race.

Memory does not produce a similar case where an interest group tied to one of the major political parties sought so overtly to influence the debate and outcome of the other parties' nomination fight, especially before a candidate even formally announced.

Think how unusual it would be if, for instance, a conservative group opposed to immigration reform that would allow any legalization of those here illegally claimed that Sen. Barack Obama, before he was in the Senate, had been active in anti-Hispanic activities.

Time's up!

Billing records show that former Senator Fred Thompson spent nearly 20 hours working as a lobbyist on behalf of a group seeking to ease restrictive federal rules on abortion counseling in the 1990s, even though he recently said he did not recall doing any work for the organization.

According to records from Arent Fox, the law firm based in Washington where Mr. Thompson worked part-time from 1991 to 1994, he charged the organization, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, about $5,000 for work he did in 1991 and 1992. The records show that Mr. Thompson, a probable Republican candidate for president in 2008, spent much of that time in telephone conferences with the president of the group, and on three occasions he reported lobbying administration officials on its behalf.

Mr. Thompson's work for the family planning agency has become an issue because he is positioning himself as a faithful conservative who is opposed to abortion.

Earlier this month, Mr. Thompson disputed accounts by the group’s former president and others, saying through a spokesman that he had "no recollection" of doing anything to aid the group's efforts to overturn a rule banning federally financed clinics from dispensing information about abortion to pregnant women. At most, said Mr. Thompson's spokesman, Mark Corallo, he "may have been consulted by one of the firm's partners who represented this group."

In an order to restore his fictitious credibility, Thompson called the Kerning Keystone Kops at Powerline to prove the billing records were bogus.

Oh, wait. No he didn't. Fred appeared on Powerline to assert attorney-client privilege concerning conversations with the abortion rights client he couldn't recall representing. Memory does not produce a similar case where an undelcared presidential candidate was so dependent on shitty bloggers to explain away his rank dishonesty.

By the way, Fred's going rate to sell out his most cherished principles was $250.00 per hour (cheap!) in the early to mid 90s. Given inflation, Fred's current reputation for veracity and the sorts of bloggers he hangs out with, it's now selling at twenty.

Update: Geez, Captain Ed's been hung out to dry by his Powertool pals. He definitely didn't get the talking points from the 'Tools, was spun by his "source," and he's now got blastocyst all over his face. I almost feel sorry for him.

Update 2: Shorter Captain Ed's Update: "Lobbying for the baby-killers is okay if you do it for a friend and don't make a living off of it." ESCEU: "I'll swallow anything for a bit of access."

You'll pardon me if I don't shake hands with you

A Senator recieves a Standing O from his colleagues:

Senator David Vitter, the Louisiana Republican who admitted that his phone number was in the records of a business identified as an escort service, returned to Washington and apologized to fellow Republican colleagues at their closed-door lunch. Their applause was heard outside the room. And as he arrived on the Senate floor, several Republicans extended their hands.

It doesn't take much to get a better reception than Bush, does it?

A trend is a foot.

Datelie NBC

Chris Hansen and Dateline NBC, the sleazy geniuses behind To Catch A Predator who made pedophilia fun for the entire family as well as lucrative for their corporate masters, don't want you to know the whole story about why their hidden camera hijinx are more about ratings than law enforcement. On the Today show this morning, Hansen claimed that Texas county officials refused to prosecute following NBC's latest extravaganza because of jurisdictional issues. What Hansen didn't mention was this:


Over four days in November, 24 men were arrested at a two-story home in one of Murphy's newer neighborhoods after allegedly arranging to meet boys or girls there.

...

Then, last month, Collin County District Attorney John Roach dropped all charges. He said that in 16 of the cases, he had no jurisdiction, since neither the suspects nor the decoys were in the county during the online chats.

As for the rest of the cases, he said neither police nor NBC could guarantee the chat logs were authentic and complete.

As details of the suicide [of one target] emerged, Murphy's mayor, City Council and most of its residents learned that potential molesters were being lured to their city. Many were furious.

"They can chase predators all they want, but they shouldn't do it in a populated area with children, two blocks from an elementary school, " said Lisa Watson, 33, who lives down the road from the sting house.

It's a fair assumption that Hansen and NBC couldn't guarantee the authenticity of any of the transcripts, but D.A. Roach didn't even look into that issue for the allegations where no jurisdiction existed. But Hansen failed to tell his fans jurisdiction was not the only problem with his home videos. Which isn't surprising since the series was always more about voyeurism (call it Srangers with Candy Camera) than the protection of children.

Fans the of freak show needn't worry, however. Hansen has brought his women with little girl voices to New Jersey for more creepy fun, and MSNBC has enough outtakes, bloopers and practical jokes to keep the thigh-rubbing public drooling for years to come.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Potty Pablum of Podhoretz

John Podhoretz warns us about a very serious threat and tells us what we can do to protect ourselves.

The Papistry of the Peabrained

That's nothing. Pope John Paul II was a thespian.

He used to assault people with his pink staff.

Puppetry of The Penises

Lord Convict Black has fallen on hard times. He no longer afford to David Frum and Mark Steyn and has to act as his own puppet:

Other chief executives have found their sock puppetry coming back to haunt them. At the criminal fraud trial of Hollinger International's chief executive, Conrad M. Black, prosecutors introduced evidence that the former press baron had once proposed joining a Yahoo Finance chat room to blame short sellers for his company's stock performance.

When his chief of investor relations declined to post the message because of securities rules, Mr. Black wrote in an e-mail message, "don't be so strait-laced ... Get our story out." Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Black then posted the message himself, using the name "nspector."

Mr. Black was found guilty Friday of mail fraud and obstruction of justice, and he faces a maximum of 35 years in prison.

The article includes reference to Lee "Sprezzatura" Siegel but sadly omits mention of the Queen of All Sock Puppets, Mary Rosh.

Update: The article facilitates a meeting of two of America's most respected bloggers. Get a room, you two.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Man, how come I don't get in on Hillary Clinton's blogger conference calls? I've got a blog and a telephone.

That tears it. I'm voting Kucinich.

Our Man In Cabana

The Wedding Singer, March 2007:

Imagine a family of four living on $20,000 a year. The United States could do with a new immersion in egalitarianism. This is still said to be an animating idea of contemporary liberalism. But it's not at all clear to me how much this idea really does animate liberalism's high priests and priestesses, especially those from Hollywood.

The Wedding Singer, July 2007:

I've been staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the last few days, a truly elegant hotel with staff that is attentive (without being stiff), tasteful and capacious rooms, an atmosphere very much old Hollywood and other accoutrements, big and small, that assure you that the establishment is not owned by Ian Schrager. When I arrived in my room, I found a bottle of splendid champagne. Who was it from?

Now imagine a family of four living on $20,000 staying at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Or, more likely, attending to Marty without being stiff.

I don't believe that a wealthy pol or pundit can't be a sincere or effective advocate for economic fairness and justice. But, of course, citing egalitarianism to bash ideological foes doesn't make you a sincere advocate for economic justice in the first place. (Although I'm sure the working poor just adore Marty's catty digs at Ian Schrager.)

By the way, I don't for a minute think Marty's flaunting his wealth or angling for a discount on his room rate with his recent post. His approach is much more subtle than that.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

There Is Nothing New Under The Moon

Of course, Lord Conrad Black isn't the first foreign publishing magnate to do hard time for fraud. Connie has some quite large prison sneakers to fill.

WASHINGTON [(May 14, 1984)] -- The Supreme Court yesterday refused to review the tax-fraud conviction of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the Unification Church leader who faces 18 months' imprisonment beginning June 18 and a $25,000 fine.

The court, without dissent, rejected Moon's appeal despite an extraordinary high-powered campaign to convince the justices that the sentence raised fundamental questions of religious freedom.

...

The case, which stemmed from Moon's failure to pay taxes on the interest earned on more than $1.7 million, involved a "massive" and systematic effort to defraud the government and obstruct justice, including the manufacturing and backdating of documents, the government told the court.

Moon founded the Unification Church in Korea 30 years ago as a Christian revivalist religion and now claims a worldwide membership of 3 million, a US membership 30,000 and substantial business interests worth millions of dollars.

Moon and an associate, Takeru Kamiyama, were convicted by a jury in July 1982 of intentionally failing to pay taxes on the interest earned from more than $1.7 million in personal fraud.

Perhaps the Reverend Moon can give Connie some tips on how the keep his nose clean in stir.

TBogg shares Michael Yon's recipe for Al Qaeda Tots.

That would make a good cooking segment on The O'Reilly Factor.

Sundays In Hell

On today's Reliable Putzes with Howard Kurtz, fraudster Conrad Black's conviction recieved about 20 seconds worth of coverage, less time than the non-media story about Miss New Jersey's psuedo-sleazy photos.

Based on searches of Google and the washingtonpost.com, it appears that the Putz never covered the Conrad Black trial in the Washington Post, except for one mention at the end of an online column in March, when he reported on how Lady Black called a newspaper reporter covering the trial a a slut.

I'm not surprised by these facts. I'm just posting this for easy reference next time the Putz fakes outrage about the media's failure to cover substantive news in favor of celebrities and t-and-a.

Meanwhile over at the La Brea Tar Pits of punditry, also known as Meet the Press, Tim Russert had another one of his geriatric white man circle jerks, complete with a 10 minute plug of Bob Novak's latest lie-all book, The Prince of Darkness. Fellow fossil Al Hunt was happy to pimp Novak's tome, and Tim gave Novak the opportunity to repeat his lies about the Plame outing (again without mentioning his own role). Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy apparently wandered away from their caretakers and were allowed to occupy the set until someone came to retrieve them.

If it's covered with liver spots, it's Meet the Press.

Update: I rest my case:

MR. RUSSERT: Yeah. But he got to know you on, got to know you on the campaign trail. You talked about politics, sports. Then you went to a dinner party in 1981, both got drunk and had a knock-down, drag-out battle about tax policy.

MR. HUNT: Yeah.

MR. RUSSERT: You know, where I come from, we argue about women, football.

MR. HUNT: Yeah.

MR. RUSSERT: Tax policy?