Saturday, May 21, 2005
See you in June.
Please support the fine bloggers listed to your right in the meanwhile.
In it, I would share some of my uncommon sense about the things that have made this country great -- and the culprits who are screwing it up. But, really, it would just be an excuse to slap together some stale stories about people I don't like and claim that these stories proved these people hate good people like you, my loyal readers. I probably wouldn't even write it myself. I could just come up with a list of names and have my publisher hire some english major to slap something together filing 320 pages with extra-wide margins. Like Michelle Malkin, I wouldn't check to see whether anything I wrote was true. I'd have my publisher start pimping the book before "I" even wrote it.
I'm sure my book would become the voice of all those Americans who feel that no one is speaking for them on perhaps the most vital issue of all: the kind of country in which we want to live.
Chapter one will feature a man who would do or say anything for another 15 minutes on Hardball.
The Criminal On The Cross
James Watt nails himself to a cross, then TBogg yanks Watt down, slaps him around and makes him do it again, the right way.
And he nails the non-homosexual Hindlicker, friend to criminals, too.
Roger's Film Notes
Now here's an "Episode Three" I'm really looking forward to:
"Left Behind: World War III," scheduled for release later this year, is based on the last part of the book "Tribulation Force" by LaHaye and Jenkins. It picks up a year and a half after millions of people have vanished off the face of the earth, and the world is now controlled by Nicolae Carpathia (Gordon Currie), a self-proclaimed Messiah, and his One World Government. Like most of America, the president of the United States, as played by Louis Gossett Jr., wholeheartedly supports Nicolae’s global leadership. But after an attempt on his life, the president begins to suspect this new world order.
Journalist Buck Williams (Kirk Cameron from "Growing Pains" fame, reprising his earlier Left Behind role), who became a born-again Christian toward the end of the first film, believes that Nicolae is actually the prophesied Antichrist. With the aid of Buck and militia spy Carolyn Miller (Jessica Steen), the president uncovers this new government's horrific plans for genocide and quickly joins the very resistance he had sacrificed so much to destroy.
The producers of the film, the LaLonde brothers, say they got some financing from Sony Pictures, so the film will be more polished than the previous two installments in the series, and that Kirk Cameron has grown into the role of "Journalist Buck Williams," the man who brings the President of the United States to faith. (As opposed to Old Grandad, the man who brought George Bush to faith.)
But shouldn't that be "Blogger Buck Williams," since bloggers are the new, less incompetent journalists?
Actually, the most interesting bit of the story is that those chumps Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins -- if you can call men who made multi-millions from poorly written books "chumps" -- sold the movie rights before they realized the books would be so popular. LaHaye and Jenkins sued the production company on a breach of contract theory to get their rights back ("Use the courts, Tim. Use the courts"):
Among other charges, the creators of the books, which are inspired by biblical prophecies, were dissatisfied with the distribution techniques Cloud Ten was utilizing.
And they got their asses handed to them, presumably by men in black robes who are out to destroy people of faith. LaHaye and Jenkins will have to settle for getting the LaLondes kicked off the Rapture invite list.
(Thanks to cinophile "mw" for the link.)
My Thoughts On Revenge of the Sith
Don't have any.
Not going to see it.
Don't really care.
The jury has spoken in the Dasen trial. It looks like Dasen was acquitted on the most serious charge, rape, which presumably involved statutory rape of a minor. He was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor, and four out of nine counts of prostitution.
Here's how the AP reports it:
Dasen, 62, was found guilty of promotion of prostitution, sexual abuse of children for taking pornographic photographs and four counts of prostitution, the first being a misdemeanor.
Jurors acquitted him of rape, aggravated promotion of prostitution involving a minor and five counts of prostitution. One count of prostitution was dropped during the four-week trial.
Dasen's family cried as the verdicts were read.
District Judge Stewart Stadler ordered Dasen taken into custody and set his sentencing for July 18. Dasen had been free on bail while awaiting trial.
The Daily Interlake reports that he faces up to $71,000 (the cost of approximately fifty to seventy "Dasen-dates") and 126 years in prison (the lifetimes of approximately seven to eight Dasen-dates).
All in all it seems like a reasonable verdict.
Friday, May 20, 2005
In his latest column, L. Brent Bozell excoriates Michelle Malkin for publishing a book chock full o' falsehoods and reckless, unresearched smears.
Okay, actually, he writes about supposed religious bigotry in cartoons shown on the FOX Network and elsewhere. Shockingly, The Simpsons portrayed "Homer and Bart join[ing] everyone else in Catholic heaven doing the Riverdance." And a bunch of cartoons made Mel Gibson/Nazi jokes, even though Mel is the fourth member of the Trinity. Why do cartoons hate America's God?
Thursday, May 19, 2005
The Dick Dasen Trial: Who Would Jesus Do?
Dick Dasen realized there were limits to Christian Charity. Rule No. 1: No Fat Chicks:
Most of the women came to him through his Christian Financial Counseling business, telling heartache stories of homelessness and abject poverty.
One woman who testified Wednesday, Kristen Anderson, said she also went to Dasen with her situation. She was a single mother, living in a camper trailer with her children, credit cards and medical bills pressing on them. She didn't match the physical profile of the other women whom Dasen helped and she found no help from him.
"He told me that my problem was that I wasn't married. There was nothing he could do for me," she testified.
"I've wronged a community I've loved for 35 years," said Dick. "'Cept of course those lyin' hos ... I mean, girlfriends, and when I say 'girl,' I mean adult womenfriends with two forms of i.d., who I was helping for purely altrustic reasons."
Dasen's fate is now in the hands of twelve Montanans.
Meet Your Liberal Media: Voice of The Common Man Edition
Further proof of Communist infiltration of the the fourth estate:
HELENA -- A University of Montana dean has been directed to apologize for releasing a letter from a media foundation that said it would not give money for a new journalism building until Montana attitudes about nonresident landowners improved.
UM President George Dennison confirmed Wednesday that he instructed Dean of Journalism Jerry Brown to apologize to James C. Kennedy, chairman of the Atlanta-based media company Cox Enterprises Inc. and vice president of the James M. Cox, Jr. Foundation.
"Many Montana residents are making it known that they are not happy with nonresident landowners in their state," the Cox foundation letter said. "In addition, stream and river access issues are also being raised. Until these issues are resolved and our presence in the state is more appreciated, we have decided not to make any further contributions in Montana."
The letter was signed by a secretary but expressed the views of Kennedy, whose Montana property includes land along the Ruby River, a prized trout stream where public access to the water is controversial. Kennedy later said a donation to the university was denied chiefly because Cox does not have businesses in the state.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Mini-blogger Mickey Kaus praises the Bush Administration for its "gutsy move" in arresting a Cuban terror suspect accused of blowing up an airplane and its 73 occupants. Only a lazy-ass mofo like Kaus would consider doing your job a gutsy move. Particularly after the scumbag in quo bragged that U.S. officials weren't interested in him.
The line distinguishing Mickey Kaus from James Guckert continues to blur.
In a separate post, Kaus divulges his fantasy about Maureen Dowd's balls.
And while he bitches about the NYT's plan to charge $50 a year for online access to the Times' op-ed columnists, Kaus happily pays $49.95 to become a Rush Limbaugh 24/7 Dildohead.
Is there anyone who's not a crackhead or Michelle Malkin who thinks Kaus isn't a rabid Republican?
The Dick Dasen Trial: Big Dick Swings For The Fences
What's the all-time favorite staple on those trial-watching "news" programs? Even more popular than the perennial "polygraphs are not admissible" shouting match? That's right, it's "should the defense attorney let his or her client take the stand" debate. It's cliche Nirvana.
And we've got our own home version of the game right here, because Multi-Millon Dollar Dick has decided to take the stand.
Turns out Dick's quite the ladies' man.
Prosecuting Deputy County Attorney Dan Guzynski wondered at the fact that so many women would spontaneously decide they wanted to have sex with Dasen, many within minutes of meeting him to discuss their financial problems.
"Why are they interested in you?" Guzynski asked.
"Because I had money," Dasen said. And, "I was under the impression that they wanted to have sex with me."
He said he let himself believe that he was known as "some sort of extraordinary lover."
After sexual encounters with the women, "I was flattered when I left, in almost every case. I was shocked to hear the things they're saying now," Dasen said.
And here's some snappy dialogue for Dick Wolf to steal:
Dasen testified that the girls lied to him about their age. Guzynski asked why, instead of taking the word of young-looking girls, Dasen didn't ask for identification to prove they were of legal age. One of the girls had no ID, Dasen said. Then Guzynski turned it around.
"Do you think there's a problem when you're 60 years old and have to ask the girls you're having sex with for ID?"
Dasen let his softer side show through:
A 16-year-old girl convincingly told him that she was 19 and gave him a fake name, Dasen said. When he found out her true age, "I couldn't sleep for two days," he testified, through tears.
And then there's this long-stare-then-cut-to-the-verdict moment:
Guzynski questioned Best's characterization of Dasen as an old man who "can't say no" who had been duped, broken, and beaten by girls as young as 15. "You had no trouble standing up to me," Guzynski remarked.
"I can stand up to anybody," Dasen replied.
This may explain the snappy pace of the defense case:
Once so wealthy he reportedly doled out as much as $200,000 to one woman, Dasen now faces several lawsuits and the same financial worries he said he had tried to protect others from.
"I'm insolvent, broke," he said.
Dick's been drained.
Antagonistic and Reckless Reporting
Dismayed and outraged over antagonistic and reckless reporting? Then you should be repulsed by the reporting of Michelle Malkin.
For the sake of accuracy, I'll let Michelle describe her own reckless conduct:
"On page 123 of my book, In Defense of Internment, I wrote that Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, a research associate for the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, "surreptitiously shared confidential documents with" attorney and now-retired law professor Peter Irons. In subsequent comments on my blog, I stated that Irons had been explicitly denied permission to copy the documents and had engaged in similar activities before. It has come to my attention that these statements are in error."
Hmm... that sounds pretty antagonistic and reckless ... but I'm sure Malkin wouldn't print something like that without contacting her targets directly.
"I did not contact Herzig-Yoshinaga or Irons directly."
Well, but I'm sure Malkin wouldn't repeat the assertion after she was informed it was false.
"August 25, 2004:
As I noted, these records, however, had not been cleared for public use, and Iron's request to copy them had been explicitly denied. By the way, this was not the only time Irons engaged in these sort of shenanigans."
Tell us more about those other times Mr. Irons engaged in that sort of shenanigans, Michelle:
"I apologize to Irons and Herzig-Yoshinaga for the errors."
BONUS FUN FOR ARMCHAIR ETHICISTS
Compare Michelle Malkin's false reporting to the work of 60 Minutes II.
Compare Michelle Malkin's antagonistic and reckless reporting to the work of the "MSM" on the Larry Franklin case
Compare Michelle Malkin's failure to directly contact the subjects of her book to the recent actions of Spikey Isikoff.
Compare Michelle Malkin's abject apology for her false statements to this L.A. Times editorial. Well, that one's a stretch, I guess.
Will Michelle Malkin's apology for her false claims be a tipping point for her publisher, Regnery?
I'm sure Michelle wants as many people as possible to read her apology. Share the link.
(Link via Atrios)
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
The Dick Dasen Trial - Yes, It's Still Going On
The prosecution has rested in the Dick Dasen trial after presenting a witness who testifed that Dasen cut over $3 million in checks for sexual encounters. Which makes sex with Dick Dasen the fifth-largest source of revenue in Montana's economy.
The defense case presents Dick as a man who can't say no. First up, Dasen's wife:
Attorney George Best began Dasen's defense by calling Susan Dasen to testify on her husband's behalf.
"He's a man that can't say 'no,' " she said, to people's pleas for monetary help or for him to serve on the boards of a charitable organizations.
Susan Dasen said she hadn't known about her husband's extramarital affairs. The couple have been married for 43 years and plan to stay married, she said.
Earlier, the prosecution showed a videotape on which Dasen said:
"My wife spends winters in Arizona, and frankly, I like sex... They started coming to me for help, a long time ago, and it evolved into this sex thing."
Who says long-distance relationships don't work?
The defense followed Mrs. Dasen with a parade of witnesses who testified that Dasen gave them money but never bedded them. One witness, who worked at a Dasen hotel, recieved loans from Dasen for car and furnace repairs, and repaid the loans. Dasen's (male) business associates also testified Dasen never screwed them.
Exactly How Short? Mickey Kaus Short?
Apparently even NRO readers know the true value of The Corner:
Many thanks to all of you who so generously supported our fundraising effort. We fell a bit short of our goal, but with your continued support and encouragement we will strive to improve and expand and to move ahead with our plans to fulfill our goals and justify your faith in us. I also want to thank those who didn't have the opportunity to contribute but support us by continuing to visit NRO. Traffic is especially important in our never-ending quest to attract advertisers. Again, thank you all. Everyone at NR and NRO is grateful.
Just how short? Last time I checked, the NRO fundraiser thermometer was at $13,000.00 out of an expected $100K. Now it's disappeared. I guess no one wanted it back after they found out exactly how John Derbyshire used it to "take his temperature."
John Podhoretz, half-wit:
"Following up on the Nightline post below, check out today's New York Times, which rehearses every unsubstantiated charge made against American interrogators at Gitmo while telling the story of Newsweek's retraction: 'In fact, complaints from released inmates that the Koran had been thrown into a toilet go back at least two years.'
"Gee. Allegations that Jews put the blood of Christian children into Passover matzah go back at least eight centuries. Clearly, then, according to the logic of the Times, Jews are to blame for the blood libel."
That's some mighty fine logicin', John Boy. Any allegation that has been made over a period of time shouldn't be reported (or quoted), even as an allegation, because repeating that allegation means you accept the truth of the blood libel. Michael Jackson's been accused of diddlin' kids over the last ten years, you say? Why do you hate the Jews? Prisoners claim they were beaten at Abu Ghraib but they don't have photos, you say? How come you're not sporting your "I Heart The Holocaust" t-shirt, you anti-semite?
I'm sure the next time someone publishes an unsubstantiated charge against, say, George Galloway or Hillary Clinton in the pages of NRO, Midgette will squeal "blood libel!!!!" just as loudly.
Truth and Incontinence
You'd think that if Depends Media poo-bah Roger el-Simon wanted to flatuate about the superiority of the blogosphere, he'd make half an effort to get at least some of his facts right.
The blogosphere had something to do with Jayson Blair's firing? No.
"Riots ensued across the Islamic world and people died because of what one reporter wrote"? Bullshite.
Johnny Cochran? Actually, it's Johnnie Cochran.
el-Simon needs to get a grip. On the facts.
You can be certain Depends Media will be equally loose with the truth.
Even more pathetic is el-Simon's "lifelong left-liberal" claim. Although it could be true if he died before he started blogging.
Which seems about right.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
(Don't read any further if you plan to do the May 14 NYT crossword puzzle.)
63 Across in Saturday's New York Times crossword:
"Anticipated Christian event, with 'the'"
The answer was "rapture."
I was under the impression that most Christians, even among those who read the Bible literally, don't believe that "the rapture" will occur. I know the concept made Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins filthy, stinkin' rich, but I don't think I've met any Christian who accepts such a thing will come to pass.
Am I wrong? Is there any reliable information on how many folks buy this?
1. Do I have an RSS feed?
2. If not, how can I get one?
Yes, I'm a tech moron.
Spirit of St. Louis
At The Nation, John Nichols has the details on Bill Moyers' St. Louis speech.
You can listen to it here, or wait 'til tomorrow for the transcript.
I've never been Moyers' biggest fan (esp. with the Robert Bly/Gathering of Men, Bible and Jos. Campbell stuff), but these days you've got to take the truth where you can find it.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Sadly, Nooners wasn't present and had to simulate the experience via phone. She quotes an unnamed Republican staff ass who shares Noonan's loose grip on reality:
"We're fighting a war; you're involved because you're in the Capitol."
And Bush is AWOL once again.
Media Whores Online
Recall, if you will, the fraudulent firestorm that raged when wingnut bloggers bashed Markos Moulitsas for accepting money from the Dean campaign for consulting work, even though he fully disclosed that matter. In that instance, the twisted-panties brigade was led by the Wall Street Journal and the most ethical (and dedicated) blogger ... EVER, Z. Teachout.
On the twelfth, P. O'Neill reported on a blogger who is bought-and-sold by the Wall Street Journal, and not only failed to disclose it, but lied about it when asked. Here's what went down when Arthur Chrenkoff was forced to 'fess up:
They do actually [pay me] -- a pretty insignificant amount -- I started doing it for free but they suggested they might pay me a rather a nominal amount. It's certainly not in line with what is paid for opinion pieces. . . . I do apologize, with hindsight I should have told you the truth. As I said I was a bit taken aback. I didn't see how it was relevant to the story but having said that I do apologize.
Artie was stymied not only by the word "pay" but also by the word "edit." And the word "relevant." Which makes him the intellectual and ethical equal of the Journal's resident dumbass, James Taranto. I feel your pain, James. If the WSJ editorial page didn't employ liars (and, to be fair, loons as well), you'd have have a lot of blank space.
Friday, May 13, 2005
The Ultimate Insult
Star Wars fans receive plenty of abuse, but they'll never live down the shame when they find out who hurled this insult their way:
Okay? Now move out of your parents's basements and join an Internet dating service before you lose all your hair.
Porn AgainVia World O'Crap, we learn how Ben Shapiro explained that stack of mags his mom found at the bottom of his hope chest. It was research.
Taking el-Brent Bozell's "I'm watching The L-Word for the children. Without my pants on" gambit one step further, the Virgin Ben has written his master work Porn Generation: The Greatest Dirty Books Ever Written. And he's got endorsements from two elderly porn-star lookalikes, Michael Medved and Ann Coulter.
With his studies at Harvard Law, how did Ben find the time to toss this off?
The Bugchaser's Ball
Almost all of the Republican Party's brightest lights bugged out when offered the opportunity to dine with Toxic Tom DeLay:
But Mr. Norquist was not visible at the dinner and seats at his group's table remained empty. Nor was there any high-powered representative from the White House at the event.
When one speaker, Bob Livingston, a former representative from Louisiana, asked current and former member of Congress to stand up, the showing was relatively sparse, perhaps two dozen.
When Ms. Mitchell called one of the scheduled speakers, Representative Scott Garrett of New Jersey, to the rostrum, he did not appear.
Jesse Helms appeared by videotape, much to the surprise of those who thought he was dead, and David Keene of the American Conservative Union was there in person. (David's convict son was not paroled for the event.) Chinless Ken Mehlman was also on hand, as were a National Republican Senatorial Committee mouthpiece and a bunch of lobbyists with an extra $2,000 burning holes in their pockets.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
From the New York Times:
A federal prosecutor tried to answer at least one of those questions in his opening statement on Wednesday in Federal District Court, when he told the jury, "You will hear no evidence that Hillary Clinton was involved in any way, shape or form."
Indeed, the prosecutor, Peter R. Zeidenberg, said that the fund-raiser, David F. Rosen, tried to keep Mrs. Clinton's campaign from discovering how much money was donated to cover the costs of the star-studded event at the heart of this criminal case. The reason, Mr. Zeidenberg said, is that Mr. Rosen was afraid he would be fired if the campaign found out how much money he had spent on the August 2000 event, the Hollywood Gala Salute to President William Jefferson Clinton.
So where did the money go?
But he also mentioned some tidbits about just how the costs of the gala had spiraled: $5,000 for Patti LaBelle's hairdresser and $10,000 for Paul Anka CD's that were to go in gift bags, along with other recordings, at a total cost of $50,000.
Cher requested not just a private plane, but also a certain model of plane, Mr. Zeidenberg said. Other performers, he added, wanted first-class airplane tickets for themselves and their entourages.
I'm surprised anyone bothered to convert Paul Anka records to CD.
And where was Cher flying in from, Malibu?
Current Huffington Post Blogroll Status: OFF
Bad vs. Evil
In a long-overdue exit interview, Danny Jokrent explains that Jayson's Blair's plagiarism was a larger embarassment for the New York Times than its vouching for Administration lies about Iraqi WMD. Why? Because Blair was eeeeeevil:
In Weapons of Mass Destruction? Or Mass Distraction? you wrote: "To anyone who read the paper between September 2002 and June 2003, the impression that Saddam Hussein possessed, or was acquiring, a frightening arsenal of WMD seemed unmistakable. Except, of course, it appears to have been mistaken." Do you think that the Times' prewar reporting on WMD could prove to be a longer-term embarrassment to the paper than the Jayson Blair scandal?
"I don't know if I could speak to comparative sins. It certainly was a very serious case of bad journalism. It was not, to the best of my ability to determine, a case of 'I know we're lying as I write this,' which Jayson Blair was. Here was a guy consciously plagiarising. Here was a guy who meant to break the rules. The Times did a lousy job on WMD, but I can't imagine there was anybody in the office saying: 'Let's make up some things.'
But an argument can be made that the paper's WMD reporting helped lead the country into war.
"I'm not saying it's not a significant issue. I'm saying that the WMD reporting was not consciously evil. It was bad journalism, even very bad journalism."
Okrent also can't imagine there was anybody in the Oval Office saying: "Let's make up some things." So it didn't happen.
BUMMER [K. J. Lopez]
Dennis Miller is off CNBC as of Friday. Someone get this man another show. I didn't always watch it -- time and life intervene -- but whenever I did, I saw it clearly worked. He's a smart, funny dude.
And I don't this H-Bomb comment [sic] is going to have him crying in his beer: "It's a shame. He could have been Bill Maher or Jon Stewart." Yeah, SNL alum and all...he could only all dream! (I say that as someone who laughs at Jon Stewart a good deal. But Dennis Miller never seemed to take himself too seriously, which is part of his attraction.)
Too busy to watch Dennis Miller every day. Now that's braggin'!
And what a life it is:
WHAT ARE THE ODDS? [K. J. Lopez]
I just dialed a wrong #. (Yes, I occassionally exist off of the Internet.) It was Jerry Springer.
Quick, which one is fake:
THAT IS CONSISTENTLY THE MOST INNANE [sic] [K. J. Lopez]
and insulting segment on cable news. And that's saying something.
AHHHHHHH [K. J. Lopez]
I'm no longer constipated, Derbs.
Dennis Prager, Idiot, Part II
Dennis Prager explains the difference between the left and the right:
"Check out the accompanying article by Ajai Raj, a sophomore at the University of Texas who publicly kept yelling obscenities during Ann Coulter's speech and then publicly asked her, 'You say that you believe in the sanctity of marriage, how do you feel about marriages where the man does nothing but f--- his wife up the ass?'
"Just about a week earlier a leftist publicly asked Justice Antonin Scalia if he engaged in anal sex with his wife (who was present).
"These symbolize to me one of the most profound differences between the Left and the Right."
Prager, meet Hager:
"Late last October Dr. W. David Hager, a prominent obstetrician-gynecologist and Bush Administration appointee to the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), took to the pulpit as the featured speaker at a morning service. He stood in the campus chapel at Asbury College, a small evangelical Christian school nestled among picturesque horse farms in the small town of Wilmore in Kentucky's bluegrass region. Hager is an Asburian nabob; his elderly father is a past president of the college, and Hager himself currently sits on his alma mater's board of trustees. Even the school's administrative building, Hager Hall, bears the family name.
"Back at Asbury, Hager cast himself as a victim of religious persecution in his sermon. 'You see...there is a war going on in this country,' he said gravely. 'And I'm not speaking about the war in Iraq. It's a war being waged against Christians, particularly evangelical Christians. It wasn't my scientific record that came under scrutiny [at the FDA]. It was my faith.... By making myself available, God has used me to stand in the breach.... Just as he has used me, he can use you.'
"According to [Hager's ex-wife, Linda Carruth] Davis, Hager's public moralizing on sexual matters clashed with his deplorable treatment of her during their marriage. Davis alleges that between 1995 and their divorce in 2002, Hager repeatedly sodomized her without her consent."
Yes, that is quite a difference, Dennis.
"Universities and museums were morally worthless in Weimar and Nazi Germany as they are now in America and Europe."
Well, Asbury College, maybe.
"So I have a primal fear of the moral chaos that follows the breaking down of America's real moral foundations, such as Judeo-Christian values, public decency, freedom of speech, and the military."
Not so much the freedom of speech, really, but, uh.... you know.
"I see in this student who screams obscenities at a conservative speaker and all the students who joined or supported him, our version of the Hitler Youth, our barbarians."
Mr. Raj, we look forward to your papacy.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Read The Whole Article
"Late last October Dr. W. David Hager, a prominent obstetrician-gynecologist and Bush Administration appointee to the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), took to the pulpit as the featured speaker at a morning service."
(Link via Buzzflash)
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
The Dick Dasen Trial: The Romenesko Angle
Reporting on the Dick Dasen Trial was temporarily suspended here when I ran out of articles to cut and paste. Here's the reason why:
Chery Sabol, the reporter who has covered the Richard A. Dasen sex crimes case for Kalispell's Daily Inter Lake, has been subpoenaed by the defense as a witness in the case, and Judge Stewart E. Stadler has refused to throw out the subpoena. In what appears to be a highly unusual ruling, Stadler stated that because Sabol was named as an "informant" in the case by the Kalispell Police Department, the so-called "shield law" that normally protects reporters from having to testify about their information or sources does not apply.
However, Kalispell Police Chief Frank Garner told New West on Monday that he did not consider Sabol to have been an informant and expressed surprise that she would be characterized that way in Stadler's order. Garner said that at one point during the Dasen investigation Sabol had forwarded him an email she had received relating to Dasen and asked Garner to comment on it, and that email had been provided to the defense as part of the discovery process.
Sabol, who has worked the Dasen story extensively for the paper since Dasen's arrest early last year, is not covering the dramatic trial that's now underway -- apparently as a result of being under subpoena. Sabol has not returned calls seeking comment.
The article appears to leave out some key information -- whether the e-mail anonymous and what it says. Does Sabol even know who the author is? The reporter's privilege issue is irrelevant unless Sabol has information that's not in the e-mail.
Unless and until the Daily Interlake assigns a new reporter or the some other news outlet steps up to the plate, coverage here may be sporadic. If the women weren't drug users and Dasen wasn't a Republican Christian, CNN and Faux would be all over this story.
Monday, May 09, 2005
Blogging Through The Tears
I'm devastated. This morning I was in the pantheon of immortals, rubbing shoulders with the likes of such worthies as Charles Johnson, Richard Poe, Robert George and Adam Curry. This evening, I'm a nobody once more.
For a brief shining moment, a link to this blog was wedged between "Rock the Vote Blog" and "Roger L. Simon" on the nascent Huffington Post blogroll. Ah, but those hours are gone. I have disappeared like one of Stalin's generals or a Gregg Easterbrook column on espn.com. Was it all a mistake? My low hit count? Did someone finally get around to reading this blog?
I will try to carry on.
Grand Old Police Blotter: Alte Cocker Edition
The aged Republican mayor of Blue Ridge, Georgia has been charged with wagering on cockfighting (registration required, but not really worth it):
The GBI Thursday charged five people, including the mayor of the North Georgia town of Blue Ridge, in connection with an illegal cockfighting operation in Fannin County.
GBI spokesman John Bankhead said arrest warrants were executed Thursday morning charging the four organizers, Wayne Rogers, 55, Tommy Rogers, 53, Milton Thomas Ross, 37, and Clyde Bent Gray, 71, all of Mineral Bluff, with commercial gambling, keeping a gambling place and cruelty to animals.
Blue Ridge Mayor Robert Greene, 83, was charged with gambling, Bankhead said. Attempts to reach Greene Thursday afternoon were unsuccessful.
Bankhead said undercover GBI agents attended cockfights on property near the North Carolina line on five occasions.
Don't call it commercial gambling, call it a "Voluntary Retirement Account." And he wasn't gambling, he was holding the money for Bill Bennett.
I'm sure his constituency is very proud.
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Sunday, May 08, 2005
How goes the war on terror? Just peachy, if you're not too detail oriented.
THE capture of a supposed Al-Qaeda kingpin by Pakistani agents last week was hailed by President George W Bush as "a critical victory in the war on terror". According to European intelligence experts, however, Abu Faraj al-Libbi was not the terrorists' third in command, as claimed, but a middle-ranker derided by one source as "among the flotsam and jetsam" of the organisation.
The suggestion is that the Administration confused al-Libbi with Anas al-Liby.
If Scooter Libby and Liddy Dole turn up missing, check Guantanamo Bay.
On second thought, don't.
A former close associate of Bin Laden now living in London laughed: "What I remember of him is he used to make the coffee and do the photocopying."
Yeah, but so did Colin Powell, and they called him third in command too.
One American official tried to explain the absence of al-Libbi's name on the wanted list by saying: "We did not want him to know he was wanted."
"Otherwise, he'd just take us for granted."
Sully Joe speaks:
"But the Roy Cohn syndrome of closeted gay men persecuting others is, alas, a real one. And it reaches far beyond Spokane into the highest echelons of the Republican party."
And who might those high men be, oh fearless truth-teller?
(link via Sully Watch)
Blah, Blah, Blah
Thankfully, the New York Times -- the proud employer of Judith Miller, David Brooks and the semi-retired William Safliar -- has decided to give bloggers the benefit of its wisdom on the matter of blogger ethics. The job falls to Adam Cohen (not to be confused, with "Randy Cohen, The Ethicist," the NYT's full-time, irrelevant ethics columnist). Adam Cohen writes:
"But more bloggers, and blog readers, are starting to ask whether at least the most prominent blogs with the highest traffic shouldn't hold themselves to the same high standards to which they hold other media."
Oh. High traffic bloggers.
"Many bloggers make little effort to check their information[....]"You mean information like "more bloggers, and blog readers, are starting to ask whether at least the most prominent blogs with the highest traffic shouldn't hold themselves to the same high standards to which they hold other media?" How exactly did you quantify that, Ad-man?
"[They] think nothing of posting a personal attack without calling the target first - or calling the target at all."
"Hello, Mister Cohen, I'm thinking of calling you a hack and a twat. Care to comment?"
"They rarely have procedures for running a correction."
Here's my procedure, in full: "Like many aggressive bloggers, particularly bloggers who deal with contentious subjects, I have sometimes stepped on toes, but that is hardly grounds for rebuke. That was my assessment of myself when I worked with myself before, and nothing I have published on this blog since I became executive editor has caused me to think less of myself. It's a little galling to watch myself being pursued by some of these armchair media ethicists who have never written a blog or earned the right to carry my laptop, if I owned a laptop. So piss off."
"The wall between their editorial content and advertising is often nonexistent."What's that you say, Melinda and Melinda Cohen?
"And bloggers rarely disclose whether they are receiving money from the people or causes they write about."Fair enough. I'm not getting a cent from Dick Dasen. You couldn't pay me to accept money from him.
Forgive me, Adam, but I haven't found Miller's 1099s -- or yours -- on the NYT website. E-mail me copies and I'll send you mine by return e-post.
How To Be A G.O.Playa
Step 1: Be white and wear old lady glasses:
"I saw Don as a small-town all-American," Ore said, smiling. "He has that pink, rosy skin. When I first met him he had those big glasses."
Step 2: Get an American-built ride.
"Guys in D.C. are players," said Ore, who speaks with a slight Spanish accent. "Guys in D.C. try to be so suave. They drive Bentleys and Ferraris. Don has a truck."
Step 3: Use the right bling to signal your availability:
Ore, 29, said he wore a college ring instead of his wedding ring when she first met him. Ore said dating someone much older or younger is not a big deal in her culture.
Step 4: Select dating venues which offer the AARP discount:
"We went to movies, dinners," Ore said. "He is very charming, very gentleman. The wine and roses -- that got me."
Step 5: Choose a virtuous lady:
"I'm not someone to sleep around. With Don, it was exclusive."
Step 6: Take chondroitin sulfate supplements to ensure maximum joint flexibility:
Ore said she was saddened by the "acquaintance" comment. "He always said you're my No. 1," Ore said. "He got on his knees many times just to kiss my hand. He called me his angel."
Step 7: Call in favors from the Bush Administration:
She said Sherwood also tried to get her an internship in the White House.
Step 8: Always plan ahead:
She said her parents own two homes in Gaithersburg, Md. -- her younger brother lives in one -- and two in Peru. They were building a home for her nephew, a professional tennis player, on the night of the incident, she said.
"Don knew they were away," she said.
(I have no idea what any of that means.)
Step 9: Don't forget special occasions and holidays:
She said the congressman contacted her on Valentine's Day. "He said to keep quiet and don't talk to police" about the Sept. 15 incident.
Step 10: Keep it on the down low:
Sherwood has not returned several phone calls seeking comment since April 29, when he tried to convince a Times Leader editor not to publish a story on Ore's contentions.
Saturday, May 07, 2005
The Dick Dasen Trial: Weekend Update
After a full week of testimony in the Dick Dasen trial, one thing is clear: Dick Dasen, Snr. was one horny bastard. Here, one of Dasen's beneficiaries details the time spent with the man who ran a "Christian credit" business:
"Most of the time during our meetings I was naked, and I had bad [needle] track marks running up and down both arms," said Holly Rose on Friday. "I honestly don't know how he could miss that."
"Did he ever counsel you about budgeting or how you used your money?" Guzynski asked.
"No," she replied.
Charity begins at the Kalispell Motel 6.
Enemies, Foreign and Domestic
Also, Suburban Guerrilla has changed urls.
Friday, May 06, 2005
Hate The Sin, Hate The Sinner
Bugchaser Tom DeLay declares himself a sinner; respectfully refuses to identify his sins upon the advice of counsel and pursuant to his rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Yes, the Hammer is trying to nail himself to the cross to maintain his only remaining supporters -- fundamentalists who condone violations of up to four of the ten commandments in pursuit of political power.
I caught a bit of the Bugchaser's speech to Jim and Shirley Dobson's National Day of Prayer rally on C-SPAN last night. The most vomit-inducing moment was DeLay's paraphrase of the JFK quote re: Thomas Jefferson, when DeLay declared that the room contained the greatest collection of the faithful and pious since "my wife, Christine, prayed alone." (I'm looking for the exact quote.)
So apparently that Pope's funeral thing was attended by a bunch of infidel bastards.
Update: Sloppy reference changed from "paraphrase of that Thomas Jefferson quote" to "paraphrase of the JFK quote re: Thomas Jefferson."
Squit While You're A (Talking) Head
USA Today has canned that old Clinton-bashing hand, Tom "Squit" Squitieri, for lifting quotes without attribution in his Pentagon reporting.
Details of Squitieri's disreputable history during his anti-Clinton glory days are here, here, and here. No mention of it here, natch.
And Squit's gotten himself lawyered up -- with one of Paula Jones's old legal hacks, Joseph Cammarata.
Seems accuracy and honesty weren't as important back in the 90s. I'm sure the firing had nothing whatsoever to do with the subjects of Squit's reports: the Bush war dead and the Administration's grossly negligent preparations for war.
Thursday, May 05, 2005
The Returns Of The Day
Well, the Guardian election weblog has caused my computer to freeze three times tonight, so I guess I'll wait 'til tomorrow to read that coverage.
The BBC live stream is here (click through "Watch BBC News In Video" to the live feed), and it's not f---ing up the computer. The 3D graphics seem unnecessary, but the coverage is more substantive than you get from gits like Brit Spume or the Conservative News Network.
It sounds bad for the poodle.
p.s. If anyone can land me one of those tasty U.K. blogging gigs, let me know.
We Have A Winner
If anyone cares about the results of the Roger Ailes favorite columnist survey, here's how I counted it.
1. Peggy Noonan
2. Michelle Malkin
3. Cal Thomas
4. Thomas Sowell
5. David Brooks
6. Charles Krauthammer
7. Debra Saunders
8. David Broder
9. Linda Chavez
11. Kay Grogan
12. Christopher Hitchens
13. Bill O'Reilly
14. Ben Shapiro
15. Ann Coulter
Congratulations to Pegaloon, who, in today's installment, is approached by a pleasant gay man at a wedding and wonders "why a total stranger thinks I want to know what he wishes to do with his genitals?"
I'm sure Peg has the same thought when a total stranger mentions his wife.
Or maybe she does want to know.
"center-left journalist Mickey Kaus"
What's next? Intellectual David Horowitz? Thoughtful Glenn Reynolds? Non-bigot Michelle Malkin?
Ravings Of A Limey Loon
Chris Hitch sells an otherwise marginally sensible opinion piece to the Wall Street Journal's loathsome op-ed page with a calculated slander:
"A large tranche of the once-secular liberal left has disqualified itself by making excuses for jihad and treating Osama bin Laden as if he were advocating liberation theology."
What a sorry sod.
The snivelling snitch invokes the real and imagined patriarchs and matriarchs of the Republican Party: Lincoln, Goldwater, and those modern intellectuals, Ayn Rand and Leo Strauss. You forget Ken Starr and Babbs Olson, Hitch.
The Dick Dasen Trial: Further Testimony From Dasen's AccusersOne of the underaged accusers testified that she needed money for Christmas presents. Hal Herring of New West reports:
"This agreement was that V and I would do things with each other. This next time we went to Mr. Dasen's house." The visit was complicated because V's car broke down on the way, Ms. K explained, but V called Dasen and he came and picked them up and drove them to the house. After undressing, she said, Mr. Dasen asked if it would be alright with them if he got the camera. "I didn't think it was a good idea, but V did, she said we could get more money for it."
The photos that resulted were passed out to the jury, while Guzynski continued his questions. "Where in the house did this occur?"
"In his grandchildren's bedroom."
"How did you feel about that?"
"Awful, because you shouldn't do things like that in the grandchildren's room."
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
"The blogs entertain, they provoke, and they are not constrained by journalistic standards of truth telling."
On the other hand, I don't incessantly beg for cash.
Or whore myself for WalMart.
To tell you the truth.
But I'll work harder to reach those journalistic standards. Maybe a regimen of deep knee bends.
Another Victim of Gay MarriageA Republican family man just wants to get back his job: legislating morality and codifying discrimination:
WASHINGTON -- Three days after it was reported he was involved in a domestic dispute that triggered a 911 call from a 29-year-old woman in his Washington apartment, U.S. Rep. Don Sherwood apologized for causing his family and supporters "pain and embarrassment."
"I'm truly sorry. Now, I have work to do. I'm going to continue to work hard for the people of the 10th Congressional District, and to begin the healing process with my family."
That's beautiful. I'm all choked up.
The woman, Cynthia Ore of Rockville, Md., says Sherwood has been her lover since 1999.
"When I met him he told me he was getting a divorce," Ore has said.
So that's why Republicans oppose quick divorces -- they inhibit their ability to get laid. This also explains their love of the Young Republicans -- it's the perfect source for fresh meat.
While the Tunkhannock Republican has hardly led the conservative charge on social issues, GOP leaders in the House have come to rely upon his vote when bills pertaining to "traditional family values" come to the floor.
The Christian Coalition of America, which touts itself as "the largest and most active conservative grassroots political organization in America," gives Sherwood an 84 percent rating for voting with the coalition's positions on legislative issues. The American Conservative Union rates him at 88 percent.
The American Family Association gives Sherwood a perfect 100-percent rating.
Ms. Ore gave him a O percent rating for honesty, and 5 percent for technique.
Among the votes that helped earn Sherwood his 100 percent rating with the family association was his support of the Marriage Protection Act of 2004, which would limit the federal courts' jurisdiction over the issue of whether a ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. Sherwood also voted in favor of a failed proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as an institution between a man and a woman.
....and another, much younger woman who really understands me.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
The Dick Dasen Trial: The Alleged Victims Testify
The report of Friday's cross-examination of witness Leah Marshall suffers from sidescroll, and I was waiting for it to be fixed. So far, no fix.
On cross-examination, Best challenged Marshall's testimony that she didn't have a local dealer, asking how she managed to blow the $2,650 Dasen gave her on drugs without a local connection.
The case resumed this week with more key witnesses, including two girls who were underage and the woman, Kimberly Neise, who allegedly procured one of the girls for Dasen. The defense elicited several important admissions, including the fact that Dasen never made explicitly linked the sex to cash payments. One of the girls testified that the Neise told the underage girls to lie about their age if Dasen asked, but he never asked. Dasen took photos of the girls, and those snaps might be the crucial pieces of evidence as to whether Dasen knew they were underage.
It's all very depressing, but perhaps John Tierney could wring a wacky column about red state virtues out of it.
Grand Old Police Blotter: You've Got To Be Choking Edition
U.S. Representative Don Sherwood (R-Pa) was engaged in some constituent service when things all went horribly wrong:
Cynthia Ore, 29, of Rockville, Md. locked herself in a bathroom and called 911 from her cell phone on the afternoon of Sept. 15, saying Sherwood "choked her for no apparent reason" while giving her a backrub in his apartment on D Street, according to a police report.
Sherwood, 64, told police he was giving Ore a backrub when she "jumped up" and ran to the bathroom, the report stated.
Police in Washington said they saw no visible injuries on Ore's neck and had trouble getting to the bottom of the story.
"Based on interviews with both parties and no physical evidence of injury to (Ore), there was no probable cause to make an arrest or reasonable cause to believe (Ore) was assaulted," the incident report stated.
Don "Magic Fingers" Sherwood allegedly met Ore when she was 23 or 24 and involved with a group of juvenile delinquents.
Ore said she met Sherwood at a Young Republicans meeting in 1999 and has had an ongoing relationship with him. Sherwood would not get into specifics about the relationship.
Sherwood is a family man, Army veteran and Dartmouth grad:
Don and Carol (Evans) Sherwood have been married for 33 years. They have three daughters: Jesse, Dana and Maria.
He apparently has no ties to Don Sherwood Golf & Tennis World.
(link via AmericaBlog)
Monday, May 02, 2005
Meet Your Liberal Media: Putz on Crack Edition
Los Angeles, Calif.: A few weeks ago, some press outlets reported on 3 women being kicked out of a Bush event in Denver by someone apparently posing as a CIA agent [sic]. Have there been any updates to this story? And why hasn't the press been more critical of the President's invitation only event model, since these are being paid for by taxpayer dollars?
Howard Kurtz: It's been getting more attention lately. The Post did do a story on it. I wrote a short piece earlier about some folks, including a liberal radio host's producer, being excluded from a Bush event in North Dakota. It's hard to understand why the administration and its local minions feel the need to do this, since Bush is perfectly capable of fielding difficult questions.
Meet Your Liberal Media: Whores of A Feather Edition
As a correspondent for the now-defunct Web site Talon News, says the forthcoming issue of Vanity Fair, Gannon was hammering Tom Daschle during the South Dakotan's campaign to hold onto his Senate seat. Daschle aides traced an e-mail -- ostensibly from a constituent who wanted reaction to one of Gannon's stories -- to an Internet profile of Gannon, wearing only dog tags and boxer shorts. "The Daschle campaign spread the word, but no reporters bit," the magazine says.
Gannon doesn't deny advertising online as a $200-an-hour gay escort, but describes himself as the victim of "a full-scale jihad" by liberals. Vanity Fair says he falsely told friends he had been a Marine -- Gannon says he displayed military paraphernalia and "didn't disabuse anyone of that notion" -- and owes nearly $21,000 in back taxes. Gannon believes God bestowed a White House assignment on him so that he could atone for past transgressions, Vanity Fair says.
Sunday, May 01, 2005
What Will The Family Research Council Say?
"In an otherwise not very illuminating brief appearance, Gannon also addressed this week's eyebrow-raising report that he had visited the White House more than 30 times when no presidential press briefings were being held. The reason? He attended other briefings, stopped in at the t-ball games on the lawn, and the like."(link, via AmericaBlog)
Bullshit Acronym of The Day
Uttered by Andrew Card this morning, while being digitally maniuplated by Wolfie Blitzer and Pumpkinhead Russert:
It's the new acronym for privatizing Social Security.
The Bugchaser's BuddyRepublican Jack Abramoff, the man who will sell Tom DeLay to federal prosecutors for a mess of pottage, speaks:
Abramoff also seems to see himself as an innocent victim. "Of course, I have made mistakes," he told me. Yet it's not quite clear what he thinks those mistakes are. Abramoff insisted that his hunger for riches was driven by charitable impulses. "I have spent years giving away virtually everything I made," he said. "Frankly, I didn't need to have a kosher delicatessen. That was money I could have bought a yacht with. I don't live an extravagant lifestyle. I felt that the resources coming into my hands were the consequence of God putting them there." And he has a ready explanation for much of his behavior. When asked, for instance, how a religious man who reportedly loathed Hollywood profanity could send e-mail messages playfully calling Scanlon a "big time faggot" or declaring, apropos one intransigent tribal client, "We need a beautiful girl to send up there," Abramoff suggested that he dumbed down his words to motivate Scanlon. "I didn't have a lot of time to articulate things," he said. "Sometimes I would find myself speaking to people in the language that they speak." He likened himself to the Biblical character Jacob, who dressed in his brother Esau's clothes. Jacob did this, Abramoff told me, as "a more effective means of communicating with Esau." (In fact, Jacob's goal is to deceive his father.)
And the racism implied in calling tribal leaders "monkeys" and "troglodytes"? Abramoff responded: "That's probably the thing that hurts me the most about all this. It's just so opposite of who I am."
[Abbe] Lowell interjected: "When he uses the word 'monkey' to describe one part of a faction, he is referring to an opponent, not Native Americans in general."
And when I use the phrase "lying turd" to describe Abbe Lowell, I mean Lowell is a lying turd.
And yet Abramoff only seems ready to embrace his faith more fully. He said he wants to have another try at making movies -- this time "for the audience that was rediscovered by 'The Passion.'" He has already written a few treatments, he said.
Uh, Jackoff, the audience rediscovered by The Passion thinks you killed their Savior.