This Jonah Goldberg piece dovetails nicely with the previous "Hollywood Republican" item I posted last week in revealing the Lewis Carroll worldview under which Hollyweird works in which Islamofascist terror doesn't exist. Thank God for "24"!
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
What I thought was really bad allergies on Sunday and Monday turned into a miserable sniffle-bomb Monday night. I went to work yesterday, but left a few hours early and called in today - something I'm loathe to do. "I'm I'm not dead, I'm working." is my usual mantra, but this time, instead of having it last two weeks because I'm not getting enough rest, I decided to sleep it off. I still feel cruddy, but I should be back at work tomorrow. Time to have some soup.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 9:37 PM
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
The biggest lie about Cindy Sheehan has been this myth that she's just a grieving mother who wants a meeting with Dubya to ask him a question. I've explained 19 ways to next Thursday the lies and deceit being used by the MSM and Hate Speech Radio in their jihad to discredit the war with lies instead of honest hard question, but here's another interesting bit that's conveniently not in the MSM narrative. Byron York at National Review Online reveals:
To anyone familiar with the world of professional protesting — protests against globalism, capitalism, war, police tactics, and dozens of other causes — the presence of Fithian is a sign of how far Cindy Sheehan has strayed from the roots of her "one mom" crusade against George W. Bush. Or, perhaps more accurately, it is a sign that the "one mom" crusade was never just one mom. Fithian is a legendary organizer who operates in the world of anti-globalism anarchists, antiwar protesters, and union activists; an advocate of aggressive "direct action" demonstrations, she protested the first Gulf war, played an important role in the violent shutdown of Seattle during the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting, was a key planner in protests at the Republican and Democratic national conventions in 2000 and 2004, and organized demonstrations at trade meetings in Washington, D.C., Prague, and Genoa.
Although she has received virtually no attention from reporters covering Sheehan, Fithian has been part of the Crawford protest from the very beginning. In a telephone interview with National Review Online on Sunday, she explained that she was with Sheehan in Dallas at a meeting of the antiwar group Veterans for Peace during the first days of August when the decision was made for Sheehan to go to the president's ranch. On August 6, when Sheehan went to Crawford — in a bus with the words "Impeachment Tour" emblazoned on the side — Fithian went along. "I came the first day and helped her [Sheehan] set up the initial encampment," Fithian said. With the exception of one brief absence, she has been there ever since.
In November 2003, Fithian was profiled by The New York Times Magazine as she prepared to take part in protests at the Free Trade Area of the Americas meeting in Miami. As she did with NRO, Fithian demurred when asked if she was a leader of the demonstrations — she claimed that the movement was "nonauthoritarian" and "nonhierarchical" and had no leaders at all — but the Times was not convinced. "To say that Fithian is not a leader is an admirable political idea, but it's not entirely honest," the paper reported.
And she was a tough-minded leader, not at all a peace-and-love type. Her specialty was action; she wanted to break in, cut through fences, and shut things down. "You don't go to Fithian when you want to carry a placard," the Times profile said. "You go to her when you want to make sure there are enough bolt cutters to go around." Asked for a fuller explanation of her role in the protests, Fithian said, "When people ask me, 'What do you do?' I say I create crisis, because crisis is that edge where change is possible."
That sometimes involves breaking things. In an July 2001 interview with The International Socialist Review, Fithian — who told NRO she's been arrested "probably at least 30 times" — spoke of moving beyond the tradition of civil disobedience as practiced by Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr.; her inspiration, she explained, was not so much those leaders as the anarchist movement in Spain in the late 19th and early 20th century. And that meant different ways of doing things. "Nonviolence is a strategy. Civil disobedience is a tactic," Fithian said. "Direct action is a strategy. Throwing rocks is a tactic."
"I guess my biggest thing is that as people who are trying to create a new world, I do believe we have to dismantle or transform the old order to do that," Fithian continued. "I just fundamentally don't believe it will ever serve our interests as it's currently constructed."
These days, Fithian's tactic for dismantling the old order — at least her tactic for the moment — is Cindy Sheehan. On Wednesday, Sheehan will begin her cross-country tour, winding her way toward Washington. And Lisa Fithian will be with her.
Don't look for this on the news, because it doesn't serve their purposes. Only the Big Lie of Cindy Sheehan does. Don't let it.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 1:13 PM
The Los Angeles Times fills their diaper in an editorial called "Bolton's mischief", complaining that he's screwing up the One World Sellout scheme that I posted about the other day. Good! When fascist organs like the Times (both of them) are unhappy, it's because American interests are being looked after. Can't have that, can we? Dig this:
His most odious change was to delete all references to the Millennium Development Goals, which commit industrialized nations to cutting world poverty in half by 2015. Part of the deal was that rich countries would eventually contribute 0.7% of their gross national product to foreign aid. The goals were a world-changing burst of optimism from international leaders in 2000, a recognition that all people have the right to be free from misery, starvation and preventable disease and that those able to pay have some responsibility to alleviate needless suffering.
Most of Europe is moving closer to the 0.7% goal, but the United States has long lagged; last year it contributed 0.16% of national income to foreign aid. Bolton's amendments make it clear that the Bush administration would like to pretend the millennium agreement never happened. This is a slap in the face for the aid organizations and international donors that have been working for years toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals. But it's far worse than that for the Third World, where their abandonment would be a death sentence for millions.
There is no helping the Third World by simply throwing our money at the problem. As demonstrated forever and a day, the money will just end up in Swiss bank accounts and the people will remain poor and suffering, waiting for Angelina Jolie to adopt their orphans.
Why should we beggar ourselves to fund thugs and tyrants? We shouldn't! Keep it up John, but make sure to explain it to the media - whoever will actually tell the Truth, that is - what's up because the fascists in control of the MSM will make damn sure this gets portrayed as Evil Mean Rich People starving the world.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 9:22 AM
Monday, August 29, 2005
Of all the crazy sh*t I've heard from the moonbats, somehow they missed this one.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 10:18 PM
A Power Line reader went undercover at the "grass roots" Camp Casey and reports:
I drove with these new buddies to the larger, tented camp where Ms. Sheehan and Company was to be found. There I found a well funded, well orchestrated public relations campaign, run by media professionals complete with the highest quality electronic equipment available. From Satellite trucks and cell phone to wireless computer access, every modern convenience to enhance the “message” was there…and being used by left wing, socialist and Marxist (self-described) media representatives and Bloggers.
Most of the Sheehan protesters were either professional (paid staff of Fenton Communications or the radical organization Code Pink or the like), or were long time protesters, some admitting to beginning vigils against the government as early as 1965. I had conversations with approximately 50 of these people over 48 hours, and all seemed like interesting and engaging people. We talked sports, and cars and how wonderful California is, and just about everything that could be discussed without my divulging that I am a conservative. But when “scratched” just a little with some mild political talk, they all responded the same way…”it is America's fault”. No matter what the issue, each and every one of them had the same default…”bad things are America’s fault”.
Toward the end of my time there, I decided to innocently toss into the conversation different issues just to elicit a response. One issue I politely deposited into our talks was of the peasant unrest in rural China, and the brutality shown to the peasants by the government and their hired thugs. There response to this problem was…”well, look how we treated the blacks in America”, or, “gays are being beaten every day in America”.
So the cliché of the “hate America” crowd is indeed true. It is as if the protesters were intellectually bulimic, and having ingested all of the hate America bile, they looked forward to regurgitating it as a show of their steadfastness to their cause of peace and love.
Cindy Sheehan spent most of her time huddled with VIPS in and air-conditioned trailer. When she ventured out it was for a scripted and often televised moment. She was always trailed by her media people, and they were quick to keep her on point. During one conversation I had with her I tried to ask her a pointed question about how much time she would actually be on the bus tour to Washington (I had discovered she would only be on the tour for two days, and would be away giving speeches during the rest of the trip…and I wondered if she were being paid for these speeches) Her media person grabbed her arm and led her back to the trailer, and away from me. The message was protected. I was left standing there…alone, and feeling a little less secure about my status at Camp Casey.
But just a few minutes later, she emerged from the trailer, smiling, and performing for the cameras. Like the chicken at the local carnival that plays tic tac toe, she eagerly performs for any microphone. She is relentless, and professional, well financed and on message.
And the message is “All things bad are America’s fault."
There are surely parents who are genuinely greiving for their lost children and wondering if it was worth it.
Cindy Sheehan isn't one of them.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 10:14 PM
So, when are we gonna get waiting periods for iPods? iPod control now!!!
According to law officers, Mathers was hysterical when police arrived and told them that she killed her boyfriend only after he accused her of illegally downloading music and erased about 2,000 of her MP3s. Mathers complained that it took 3 months to build her music collection.
If iPods are outlawed, then only outlaws will have iPods!!!
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 9:44 PM
When you're reading the fawning coverage of this rabid media whore front for the MSM's jihad against America, do you know what you aren't hearing? Why not go catch up to such Cindyisms as...
Yet even as the mainstream media has fawned over her campout, it has neutered her message, refusing to print her statements which are intended to get people off the fence.
Sheehan has explained that the real global terrorist problem is the United States. Speaking at San Francisco State University on April 27, she announced, "The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush." Rebuking people (such as the Post editors who created the "Portraits of Valor" series) who claim that serving in the military is patriotic, she stated: "I'm going all over this country telling moms: 'This country is not worth dying for.' " She denounced the idea that soldiers should "defend this morally repugnant system we have."
Casey made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, but his mother has turned it into an ultimate disgrace. Not that there aren't plenty of willing accomplices:
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 4:32 PM
The family is suing to stop the t-shirts and posters. Maybe they can make shirts with Cindy Sheehan's mug on 'em!
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 4:09 PM
Surprise! (Not.) The U.N. is up to something - will the U.S. blindly go along?
The section on the environment commits governments to promoting something called "sustainable consumption." Consumption is your standard of living. If that commitment is not mere flapdoodle, it means that a government that endorses it will limit its citizens' standard of living in line with the U.N.'s view of its environmental sustainability. And we all know from other pronouncements that the U.N. and its agencies consider U.S. consumption to be unsustainable.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 11:48 AM
I wish the scientists could make up their damn minds. First it's bad cuz it causes cortisol production that makes you fat, not I see "coffee reported to be top source of healthy antioxidants".
Pick one, mmmkay?
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 10:28 AM
Friday, August 26, 2005
Read it all, especially the parts where the editors try to explain why they never checked out the facts.
For two years, Carbondale residents have been riveted by the writing of a little girl imploring her father in Iraq: "Don't die, OK?"
Only now are they learning there was never any danger of that.
The Daily Egyptian, Southern Illinois University's student-run newspaper, today will admit to its readers that the saga - of a little girl's published letters to her father serving in Iraq - was apparently an elaborate hoax perpetrated by a woman who claimed to be the girl's aunt.
In fact, the newspaper will report today, the man identified as the girl's father was never in Iraq, and it was the woman who apparently wrote the letters and regular columns that were published under the little girl's name - and even impersonated the girl in telephone interviews.
Once again, the press runs with the story because it's too good to check first. For two years.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 4:34 PM
1. Link to your local news source:
The Morning Unfriendly in tha D.
2. Link to your favorite dessert:
3. Link to a band that you despise:
So hard to pick just one.
4. Link us to a good book:
One of my faves.
5. Link to your favorite Muppet frog:
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 12:08 PM
Thursday, August 25, 2005
I'd been wondering about how easily the MSM let the "Rove = Traitor" meme drop when it became so obvious that Wilson was a liar AND the source of the leak and wannabe martyr Judith Miller was complicit; Cindy Sheehan lies caught their fancy. So I guess I'm a bit surprised that the L.A. Times - the paper that so blatantly tried to smear Ahnuld right before the recall election that the public didn't buy it - are at it again, but then again, when will the MSM stop lying when that's all they do? Duh.
As reported in "A Story Blown, A Newspaper Exposed", the Times is trying to rehype Rovegate with a reairing of the old lies that already failed:
Of course. The reason for running this story, as if it weren't obvious already, is illuminated by passages like these:
What motivated President Bush's political strategist, Karl Rove; Vice President Cheney's top aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby; and others to counter Wilson so aggressively? How did their roles remain secret until after the president was reelected? Have they fully cooperated with the investigation?
The answers remain elusive.
No, they don't. Wilson was lying. Rove and Libby and others did their jobs, which is to tell the White House's side of the story. I wish they hadn't done so anonymously, but then again Joseph Wilson was spreading his lies anonymously too, before his ego got the better of him and he pompously told his tale of yellowcake and sweet mint tea on the op-ed pages of the NY Times. How did their roles remain secret? Ask Judith Miller. Have they fully co-operated with the investigation? Rove has testified three times. Miller has testified zero times. How are these answers, which have been obvious for months, eluding these reporters?
Moving over to the 212, here's what the NY Times - home of Jayson Blair and a guy who doesn't mind being called "Pinch" - are up to. Two stories - and that's today alone - lying about John Roberts and the war. So much for "The Paper of Record" - yeah, for FANTASYLAND!!!
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 5:06 PM
Good stuff on how blowing Fallujah in April 2004 has led to continuing troubles.
After the four American contractors were burned and hung from that bridge in Fallujah in April of 2004, we took a step back. Perhaps afraid that we would be perceived as retaliating in anger, we waited and tried to let that problem solve itself.
It didn’t. Fallujah, already a dangerous nest for the Sunni insurgency, metastasized into a city of terror, a base from which Baathist and al Qaeda butchers launched their war on Americans and on the people of Iraq.
The Iraqi forces that were supposed to keep a lid on Fallujah were subverted and the honest ones murdered, and Fallujah’s citizens were subjected to a nightmarish Taliban-style regime. One rebel told reporter Hannah Allam: "When the Marines stepped back in April, the foreigners grew stronger, so they persuaded their friends to come and help them hold the victory."
Finally Fallujah became a problem we could no longer ignore. In November, our Marines surrounded the city and in vicious, house-to-house fighting, crushed the insurgency amid their fortified mosques and bomb factories and torture chambers. About 1200 of the enemy were killed, at a terrible cost of 51 Marines and eight Iraqi troops.
What have we learned from Fallujah? If nothing else, we’ve seen that evil unchallenged only grows stronger.
Read it all.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 3:39 PM
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
It's too long to copy here in its entirety, but definitely read Emmy Award-winning writer Robert J. Avrech's article about the mindless liberalism that rules Hollywood. After reading this, I'm beginning to wonder if Michael Medved's take on declining B.O. take may be more right-on than I thought.
I understood that though Hollywood professed to be “open and tolerant,” when it came to religion — any religion, except for something harmless and fashionable like new-age Buddhism — Hollywood was as open as, well, the KKK.
In truth, most Hollywood people have been perfectly respectful of my Orthodoxy. In fact, several have gone out of their way to accommodate the shooting schedules of the films I’ve been involved with. Usually, these have been the Gentiles. The Jews are another story entirely.
This brings me to my second secret life.
I’m a Republican. A heretofore secret Hollywood Republican. I know men and women who are heavy drug addicts and they have no problem finding employment in Hollywood. I know men and women who are gambling addicts and they work pretty regularly. There’s even a director who was arrested for child molestation and yet was hired by Disney — yes, Disney — to helm a picture, and people defended this decision by saying even child molesters have a right to work. I would bet my bottom dollar that all these people are on the correct side of the political spectrum. They are liberal democrats.
Me, I’m a Republican. A conservative Republican. I believe passionately in free market capitalism. I believe in the Second Amendment, i.e., the right to bear arms (I even own several guns and go to the shooting range with friends from shul several times a month). I despise communism and fascism, and I believe there is a special place in hell for Islamic totalitarians and their Western apologists — probably 99.9 percent of Hollywood people.
Let’s be clear about one thing. Hollywood people are glamorous. But that’s about it. They are ill informed about jihad. They are ill informed about Islam. They are ill informed about Israel, the PA, Iraq, Afghanistan. They are ill informed about U.S. history, the Constitution, etc. The truth is, the movie people I’ve met are ignorant about most everything — save the weekend grosses of the top ten films. That they know like human computers.
Like most Brooklyn Jews, I was raised a Democrat, voted Democrat for years and years, and believed, absolutely, that Republicans were evil. That’s what we were taught from birth, right? Democrats are for the poor and the oppressed, and Republicans are for rich people and big corporations. Who questioned such sophisticated political analysis?
But as I grew older and watched the Democratic party turn into an alien entity run by vulgar race hustlers and anti-Semites cloaked as “mere” anti-Zionists — an alien entity that increasingly refused to confront, much less despise, communism — I realized that this was no longer the party that reflected my national or my Jewish aspirations.
The presidency of Jimmy Carter was the last straw. The man was truly ineffectual. I switched to the Republicans and never looked back.
Hollywood, once upon a time, was one of the most patriotic colonies on the planet. During World War II, Frank Capra made a series of propaganda films titled “Why We Fight.” Marlene Dietrich put herself through a most grueling schedule visiting and entertaining our troops and selling war bonds. Jimmy Stewart joined the Air Force. Numerous movie stars put their careers on hold to help the war effort. These men and women loved America and understood who the enemy was and why the enemy had to be not only defeated but obliterated from the face of the earth.
Look at Hollywood now. Sean Penn goes to Iraq and apologizes for American war crimes. Hollywood’s patron saint is Michael Moore, its liturgy his package of lies, the movie “Fahrenheit 9/11.” When this film had its Hollywood premiere, the red carpet was choked with stars just dying to make an anti-Bush statement. We’re talking about movie stars who know basically nothing about politics. To call them fools would be generous. I have spent time with too many of these people, and believe me, if you’re not talking about how beautiful or how talented they are, the conversation sort of just dies.
It is, I kid you not, a badge of honor in Hollywood to hate America. These airheads who have amassed millions through the free market economy constantly spout nonsense about the need for a Scandinavian style socialist government. They don’t even know that the Scandinavian countries are economic basket cases. I’m not making this up. They actually cruise Sunset Strip in their Bentleys and accuse Republicans of being greedy.
He then details the bizarre and futile writing process of two films - one about terrorism and the other a biopic about Rush Limbaugh. The first is ruined because the suits demand that the Islamic characters be treated as anything but bad guys while the real bad guys are, get this, Timothy McVeigh militia types. (Yeah, they're really active these days, aren't they.) The Rush picture sounded pretty true to the source and didn't mince showing how lonely the Maha Rushie is, but the suits sacked Avrech and brought in a loyal Democratic hack to craft a proper hit piece. Nice. Sure it'll be popular with those who liked "The Reagans."
Last year the Dutch film director Theo Van Gogh was murdered in Holland at the hands of Islamic extremists. It was a gruesome murder. There was not one word of protest from the Hollywood community. Because of liberal political correctness, the 2002 version of Tom Clancy’s “The Sum of All Fears” transformed Palestinian terrorists into European neo-Nazis.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been leaning very heavily on Hollywood the past few years and the film industry is, frankly, terrified. According to CAIR, not a single Muslim should ever be portrayed as a terrorist on film, reality be damned.
The sad truth is that behind the dashing and courageous Hollywood characters up on the screen sit a bunch of cowards. A group of craven men and women who have little love for this country and who have no idea that Islamic terrorists are working hard to bring down the foundations of civilization.
These Hollywood liberals spend their lives negotiating. They believe that when the time comes they will sit down with Osama bin Laden and cut a deal. Imagine how surprised they’ll be when the cold blade hits their necks. Imagine their shock when they realize there is no negotiating with barbarians; that Osama makes no distinctions between Democrats and Republicans, between observant Jew and Buddhist chanting Jew. I hope it never comes to that, but imagine such a story line.
Actually, it would make a pretty good movie. I should try and pitch it.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 10:47 PM
An excerpt from a real IM conversation I had with Hermione:
DirkBelig: Cosmo Style cover article: "How to truly surpise a man in bed". Somehow I dont think it's gonna say, "Tell him that you want your best friend to jerk him off in your ass."
Hermione: ooh especially if your best friends a man!
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 5:43 PM
Roberston took a moment from fleecing his flock to demand an assassination. Asstackler.
Between this stupidity and James Dobson's downright insane suggestions to prevent little boys from growing up gay, it's been a good week for the anti-Christian media because they haven't had to make anything up with which to bash the faithful.
Nice going guys!
UPDATE: Now Robertson says he was misunderstood, but then says:
"I said our special forces could take him out. Take him out could be a number of things including kidnapping," Robertson said on his "The 700 Club" television program.
"There are a number of ways of taking out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted," Robertson added.
Well, that's all different now, isn't it? Let me get my checkbook, Pat.
Keep digging - you'll find China, bitch!
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 12:09 PM
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 12:00 AM
Monday, August 22, 2005
Mark Steyn spells out the madness of Sheehan and what it means for the death-spiraling Democrats in "'Peace Mom's' marriage a metaphor for Dems" which I'm gonna have to resist posting in full cuz it's all brilliant, but here's some of the sauce:
They're not children in Iraq; they're grown-ups who made their own decision to join the military. That seems to be difficult for the left to grasp. Ever since America's all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterize them as "children." If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that's her decision and her parents shouldn't get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the broadloom in Bill Clinton's Oval Office, she's a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year-old is serving his country overseas, he's a wee "child" who isn't really old enough to know what he's doing.
The infantilization of the military promoted by the left is deeply insulting to America's warriors but it suits the anti-war crowd's purposes. It enables them to drone ceaselessly that "of course" they "support our troops," because they want to stop these poor confused moppets from being exploited by the Bush war machine.
I resisted writing about "Mother Sheehan" (as one leftie has proposed designating her), as it seemed obvious that she was at best a little unhinged by grief and at worst mentally ill. It's one thing to mourn a son's death and even to question the cause for which he died, but quite another to roar that he was "murdered by the Bush crime family."
Also: "You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich. You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax Americana . . . You get America out of Iraq, you get Israel out of Palestine."
And how about this? "America has been killing people on this continent since it was started. This country is not worth dying for." That was part of her warm-up act for a speech by Lynne Stewart, the "activist" lawyer convicted of conspiracy for aiding the terrorists convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
You can see why Lynne's grateful to Sheehan. But why is Elizabeth Edwards sending out imploring letters headlined "Support Cindy Sheehan's Right To Be Heard"? The politics of this isn't difficult: The more Cindy Sheehan is heard the more obvious it is she's thrown her lot in with kooks most Americans would give a wide berth to.
Don't take my word for it, ask her family. Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins put out the following statement:
"The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect."
Ah, well, they're not immediate family, so they lack Cindy's "moral authority." But how about Casey's father, Pat Sheehan? Last Friday, in Solano County Court, Casey's father Pat Sheehan filed for divorce. As the New York Times explained Cindy's "separation," "Although she and her estranged husband are both Democrats, she said she is more liberal than he is, and now, more radicalized."
Toppling Saddam and the Taliban (Mrs. Sheehan opposes U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, too), destroying al-Qaida's training camps and helping 50 million Muslims on the first steps to free societies aren't worth the death of a single soldier. But Cindy Sheehan's hatred of Bush is worth the death of her marriage. Watching her and her advanced case of Bush Derangement Syndrome on TV, I feel the way I felt about that mentally impaired Aussie concert pianist they got to play at the Oscars a few years.
Yet in the wreckage of Pat and Cindy Sheehan's marriage there is surely a lesson for the Democratic Party. As Cindy says, they're both Democrats, but she's "more liberal" and "more radicalized." There are a lot of less liberal and less radicalized Dems out there: They're soft-left-ish on health care and the environment and education and so forth; many have doubts about the war, but they love their country, they have family in the military, and they don't believe in dishonoring American soldiers to make a political point. The problem for the Democratic Party is that the Cindys are now the loudest voice: Michael Moore, Howard Dean, Moveon.org, and Air America, the flailing liberal radio network distracting attention from its own financial scandals by flying down its afternoon host Randi Rhodes to do her show live from Camp Casey. The last time I heard Miss Rhodes she was urging soldiers called up for Iraq to refuse to go -- i.e., to desert.
But, in the absence of any serious intellectual attempt to confront their long-term decline, all the energy on the left is with the fringe. The Democratic Party is a coalition of Pat Sheehans and Cindy Sheehans, and the noisier the Cindys get the more estranged the Pats are likely to feel.
His mother has now left Crawford, officially because her mother has had a stroke, but promising to return. I doubt she will. Perhaps deep down she understands she's a woman whose grief curdled into a narcissistic rage, and most Americans will not follow where she's gone -- to the wilder shores of anti-Bush, anti-war, anti-Iraq, anti-Afghanistan, anti-Israel, anti-American paranoia. Casey Sheehan's service was not the act of a child. A shame you can't say the same about his mom's new friends.
At Power Line, where I saw the link to Steyn's piece, they ran an e-mail from Air Force Technical Sergeant George Wells. "It is today's must-read email message:"
I am currently towards the end of a very short tour in the desert, and I’ve been following this Cindy nonsense since it began. I can’t imagine a more colossal waste of journalistic, technical, and even sanitation resources than her presence in Crawford. I just read [Steyn's] column on the Sun Times’ website, and I am extremely impressed. He's expressed a good deal of my feelings on this non-issue. Why is it news that a woman who was against the war before her son left would turn so vicious and lose her sanity when her son is killed fighting that war?
As for the left viewing the military as children, the reason the left is so insistent that those who are serving and dying are children is so they can "rationally" say they support the troops but not the war. If those who oppose the war are honest about it all, they would have to recognize that a good portion of us understand fairly well why we're here. Most of us think we should have finished Hussein off the first time, when there weren't so many crimes to convict him of. The majority of us (and I’d say the majority is even stronger among those who are serving in theater) recognize that while Iraq may not have planned 9/11, that horrible day showed us that we cannot sit and wait for terrorists to come to us so we can convict them. Yeah, we know what we’re doing over here.
As long as the left treats us like children, they can claim to support us without supporting what we're doing. This allows them to offer these meaningless statements such as, "I support them by asking to have them brought home." As long as they can convince themselves that we’re not culpable for our presence here, they can continue to cast 100% of their blame on President Bush. To admit that we are adults who are here willingly and with full knowledge of why we are here would mean they cannot focus all of their blame on the President. Of course, that wouldn’t benefit Howard Dean politically now, would it?
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 10:55 PM
I'm not sure how I ended up at Left-Wing Nuthouse Daily Kos, but they had a link to this laugher from James Wolcott, "The Squawk of a Chickenhawk", which as astute readers already know is the canard Leftys use to ad hominem their critics by stating that no one without the same CV as their guys will be allowed to speak.
Of course, this coming from the people who ran draft dodging traitors and prissy fake vets - i.e. Gore had a bodyguard and served just west of Hawaii on his tour and Kerry's self-granted medals are well-known - for the last four Election cycles and only wants to hear from mothers of dead vets willing to turn their child's casket into a soapbox.
Excuse me while I yawn again.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 10:08 PM
Synthesizer innovator Moog dies at 71.
I saw him give a talk at Wayne State University about 20 years ago when he was associated with the then-groundbreaking Kurzweil keyboard. It was rather dry and dull, but one fun moment was when he mimed the movement to play a Theramin.
I should play some P-Funk tonight.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 4:26 PM
A gift to my many liberal visitors. You're welcome.
TO: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
FROM: You Know Who
SUBJECT: Everything is going according to plan
My Dear Neocon Minions,
Please, please, please, let’s all settle down now. Oh, ye of little faith. Of course, Mother Sheehan is one of my operations – and it’s going exactly as I planned. I knew it was only a matter of time before the moonbats co-opted the widow or mother of a dead soldier, so with the help of a patriotic Bush supporter named Cindy Sheehan, I made a preemptive strike.
Expect her pronouncements to get loonier and loonier. Heh, heh heh. Those meddling Kos Kids don’t suspect a thing. Heh heh heh.
I have a side bet with Cheney: 5000 shares of Halliburton says that I can get Durbin to denounce Roberts as a “Papist” during the confirmation hearings. Candy from a baby.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 3:43 PM
...opens this ProfessorBainbridge.com posting which then goes into a depressing litany of the genuine failures that Dubya and the Stupid Party have done.
If Iraq has proven anything, it has confirmed for me the validity of the Powell Doctrine.
Essentially, the Doctrine expresses that military action should be used only as a last resort and only if there is a clear risk to national security by the intended target; the force, when used, should be overwhelming and disproportionate to the force used by the enemy; there must be strong support for the campaign by the general public; and there must be a clear exit strategy from the conflict in which the military is engaged.
Powell based this strategy for warfare in part on the views held by his former boss in the Reagan administration, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and also on his own experience as a major in Vietnam. That protracted campaign, in Powell's view, was representative of a war in which public support was flimsy, the military objectives were not clear, overwhelming force was not used consistently, and an exit strategy was ill defined.
Sounds a lot like Iraq doesn't it? Public support for the war is sliding. We're not using a fraction of our military potential, and there seems to be no clear viable long-term goal or exit strategy.
I've always thought that Dubya's insane "kinder, gentler war" strategery was going to fail because it wastes our troops in the hopes that the media give kudos for being nice to the bad guys. We're still getting smeared as imperialist occupiers, but we're not doing anything to deserve it. Total BS!!! When we flee the harbors in Jordan cuz the Islamofascists lob missles at us, it only proves that we're as weak as Osama said we were after the Blackhawk Down incident.
We need to start leveling any areas that harbor attackers, COLLATERAL DAMAGE BE DAMNED!!! Oh gee, we killed a thousand civilians in the area where they launched a missile? Too damn f*cking bad, bitches!! Maybe you'll be less amenable to having rockets launched from next door next time! I knew that now blasted Fallujah into a parking lot in April 2004 was going to bite us and here we go.
Note that media whore Cindy Sheehan and her propagandists on the Left aren't using these arguments against Dubya, preferring to stick with the tired and untrue lies about Zionist neocons and nuclear war on civilians. They still haven't figured out this is why they lost last year and they still aren't getting it.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 1:03 PM
A few more stories like this - - and we're risking open civil war upon those who seem to be more interested in destroying this country than protecting it.
Is it any wonder that Michael Savage's audience continues to grow? When he's howling that we need to protect our BLC - "borders, language, culture" - and Dubya doesn't seem to care and Americans are losing their property to the very illegal immigrants invading our country, what's not to relate to?
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 12:51 PM
Saturday, August 20, 2005
As ahead of my time as I am, I just got around to getting the RSS/Atom feeds set up so now you can find out what the latest headlines are automatically by hitting up the buttons at right.
A cool new thing Google is doing is having personalized pages which allow you to add news feeds, weather, etc. and have everything automatically update - perfect for news junkies or those who don't have time to tour the sites looking for new stuff. The drag-and-drop organization method of Google is dope, yo! Check it out, fo'shizzle!!!
Never be without your Dirkworld® again!!!
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 2:11 AM
That's what it cost to fill up my UAV tonight at Costco and I wasn't even on fumes!
What was this I heard about how we were in Iraq to get cheap gas? Or is the story now that we're there to get Dubya's oil pals rich? They keep changing the story, so it's hard to keep up. :-
Saw the new Astaire/Rogers DVD box set that I was thinking of getting for my Mom, but after dropping more than I'd pay for a video game into the tank - to be gone in a week! - I didn't feel like spending another $35.
Look for the politicians, especially the fascist Dems, to make a big squawk about it, but until the environmental terrorists that refuse to let us drill in our Arctic wastelands and build new refining capacity, we're gonna be stuck buying from Islamofascist-funding thugocracies like Saudi Arabia and having to go to war to keep the hippie's Volvos fueled.
Thanks, you enviro-fascist-libs!!!
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 12:56 AM
Friday, August 19, 2005
Hmm, I wonder if my old Project Greenlight entry would fit the bill?
AFR SCREENWRITING CONTEST
The American Film Renaissance is looking for the next John Milius, Lionel Chetwynd or Roger L. Simon. (And by the way, all three of those Oscar-nominated screenwriters are on our judges' panel).
We believe that Hollywood has lost touch with mainstream America. The result is the first summer in several years in which the movie box office take has actually declined.
The AFR is sponsoring a screenwriting contest to discover scripts that won't appeal only to cynical cultural elites. We're looking for stories that promote such positive timeless themes as freedom, family, faith, and love of country.
So if like us you're tired of movies that wallow in victimhood and self-pity, or that portray America, business and religion as the roots of all evil -- then this contest is for you.
First prize is a measly $2,000, so I guess the myth of the Evil RICH Conservative has been disproven some more.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 2:28 PM
You know how liberal environmental whackos yelp constantly about how we - "we" meaning "us", the non-rich - need to move away from fossil fuels and switch to more "green" sources of energy? Well, they're turning 180 and opposing a windmill farm off the coast of Cape Cod because it'll interfere with their need for pristine views at their mansions. Jonah Goldberg axes "Where’s the rich liberal sacrifice?"
Witness the current fight in Cape Cod over an effort to build wind farms just offshore. It features sanctimonious environmentalists, super-rich property owners, and super-rich, property-owning, sanctimonious environmentalists feeding on each other like big hungry sharks in a small tank.
The basic situation is that some environmentalists and a company called Cape Wind want to build 130 windmills way out in the ocean to help offset energy costs in the region — and to satisfy all those demands that we find substitutes for evil fossil fuels.
Meanwhile, other environmentalists and conservationists are eager to stop the wind farm from being built, largely because it will mar the view from their extravagant coastal homes. Leading this charge is Sen. Ted Kennedy, whose famous compound would have a nice view of the turbines. (To be fair, though most people say the turbines would be hard to see except on very clear days, and even then they'd be tiny blips on the horizon.)
A very quick search of the LexisNexis news database reveals that Senator Kennedy has called for more "sacrifice" from the wealthy roughly eight kabillion-jamillion-gazillion times during George W. Bush's presidency (and forget about during Ronald Reagan's!). He's excoriated Bush's tax cuts, the war, healthcare policies, and just about everything else for not demanding the rich share more in the "national sacrifice."
Well, here's their chance. This is not some symbolic hybrid car you park next to your Hummer. Recall Arianna Huffington's passionate campaign against SUVs? She made great sacrifices to rid the world of those guzzlers as she flew around the country in a private jet.
The opponents of the project have made every ludicrous claim in the book, proving that environmentalists will even lie to other environmentalists. The windmills will kill whales, cause oil spills, ruin fishing, etc. None of these things are true, and the honest opponents know it. This is simply NIMBY politics pure and simple.
When a reporter for The New York Times Magazine called Walter Cronkite, a windmill opponent, and asked him about the proposal, the retired newsman bristled at the suggestion that this was all about selfishness. But, he had to confess, that's exactly what it is.
"The problem really is Nimbyism," he conceded by telephone, "and it bothers me a great deal that I find myself in this position. I'm all for these (windmills), but there must be areas that are far less valuable than this place is." The reporter prodded, and he said maybe the California desert would work. Isn't that a bit far away to supply Cape Cod? Well, he added, "Inland New England would substitute just as well." In fact, any place but here would do just fine.
It seemed to dawn on Cronkite that such honesty wasn't serving his cause or himself: He interrupted his train of thought and implored the reporter, "Be kind to an old man."
I'm all for kindness to old men, but let's not hear fossilizing liberals like him, Kennedy, and Huffington talk about the need for the wealthy to make sacrifices anymore. And they better not get caught with one of those "Think globally, act locally" bumper stickers on their SUVs, either.
Anyone who's read "Animal Farm" knows the heart of the liberal, not that they'll admit to their hypocricy.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 1:49 PM
I've warned about how Dubya's pathological inarticulateness and apparent disinterest to secure our southern border against who knows what is something that the Dems will hypocritically exploit (since they're against national security and like giving illegals our money and the right to vote) while conservatives hold off on supporting the Stupid Party.
La Shawn Barber is getting fed up and gives voice to this issue:
The more I read stories about just how bad the illegal immigration problem is in this country, the more my support for the war in Iraq weakens.
Practically every day we hear of another roadside bomb killing Americans. A ragtag bunch of ignorant losers who want to have sex with 72 virgins against a military increasingly de-balled by an effete media and seemingly intimidated president. No contest. Why, in 2005 and with all that military hardware at our disposal, Bush sends our men into hand-to-hand combat situations with 8th century psychos who’d strap a bomb to a baby, is a mystery.
Even more mysterious is Bush’s “fair” immigration policy that allows terrorists, the very people we’re fighting in Iraq, to walk right across the southern border. Every time an American is killed for “freedom” in that stinking desert, I wonder how better served our country would be if he’d been here at home guarding his borders.
The terrorists can't beat us militarily, but they've got plenty of sellout politicians and a media that will use it's Big Lie skills to demoralize the public and convince them that America is an evil failure and only thru defeat and subsequent resurrection as an UN client state will we be saved.
UPDATE: Check out this piece about how Dems pay lip service only on border control:
There's no reason this has to be so. Given the importance of business to the Republican coalition, Democrats should own this issue, boasting of their efforts to protect American workers and minorities and to preserve the integrity of the welfare state.
But this won't happen because open immigration has become an immutable value of the Left. There is no policy the liberal establishment won't abandon, no election it won't forfeit, no constituency it won't sacrifice to ensure the survival and success of open borders.
[snipped a bunch of jaw-dropping examples]
Talk is cheap, especially when it comes to immigration control. But the immutable value of open immigration means the Democratic establishment is literally incapable of following through on rhetoric about tightening the border. This is obviously bad for Democrats, given public sentiment. It's also bad for Republicans, since they face no real competition on the issue. And that's bad for the republic.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 12:33 PM
1. Name someone dead that you'd like to have drinks with:
Jesus Christ, cuz he'd be able to whip up the next round out of tap water.
2. What's your favorite scary movie?
Hmmm...don't really have a "favorite".
3. After you've passed away, who will say the nicest things about you?
4. What did you think of Peter Jennings?
That he probably fancied himself to be James Bond.
5. Name a Grateful Dead song:
"Touch of Grey"
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 12:21 PM
For those needing to catch up on how rich megamillionaires need to steal from the poor to finance their failed pipe dreams of a liberal porn radio empire, start with Byron York on Air America on National Review Online and then hit up the joint reporting that Michelle Malkin and The Radio Equalizer have been doing.
It's a four-part report which steps in where the MSM has decided to ignore and cover-up for their ideological pals who received so much free publicity in the beginning before reality slapped the liberal fantasy down. Part One is here and Part Two is here with more to come. Read up, cuz the NYTimes and WaPo are pretending it's not a story, despite the fact that if this was a conservative radio outfit, it'd be above-the-fold front page news.
This cartoon sums it up a bit obliquely:
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 12:17 PM
Let's take a break from the usual stuff - you know, Cindy's insane, Randi's lying, Al's stealing, the Left wants the Iraq War to end up like Viet Nam, blah-yadda-whatever - to do some old-fashioned, personal anecdote blog stuff. Sound good?
My girlfriend, Hermione, and I have been together for mumblemumble years and one bone of contention in our relationship was over children: I wanted them and she didn't. For some reason, I was keen on the idea that I needed to raise some little Belligerents to help bring balance to the Force or something like that. Hermione, OTOH, had no maternal instincts and wasn't gonna play this game.
Her best friend Patti got married about 10 years ago and we were in the wedding party. Their first daughter, Shayla, is about 7 years old now and it was when she was maybe 2 that I realized that I DIDN'T want kids. While visiting them for dinner, I watched Tony, Patti's husband and baby daddy, playing with Shayla, blowing bubbles and playing some nursery rhyme noise making device and then it clicked.
I'd always thought that people shouldn't be allowed to have children until they could manage having a large dog for an extended period to get used to a high-maintenance life form living under the same roof. For some reason, I never applied this concept to my own life and I realized that since I was totally a cat person and hated dogs precisely for their dependency and copious amounts of manure they produce, I had no business thinking that I was suited for breeding if I wasn't going to stomach the actual raising process.
All of our friends who've had kids have disappeared. They're tired, they're broke, they can't find someone to watch the kids, they can't do what they want because of the kids. They're stuck. They don't seem very happy, but societal pressure requires them to stiff upper lip it and say it's the most rewarding thing they've ever done.
I know that there are many people for whom reproducing is the greatest achievement in their lives and their minds get rewired by thier little sour milk-smelling, diaper-filling Hellspawn and that's fine for them, but I realized that we're just too selfish to make the sacrifice necessary, but also we're not such egotistical twits that we need to "leave a legacy" as a walking monument to our existance. Believe me, the world knows we exist and it's far more practical to deprogram those led astray by the liberal fascists than try to outbreed them.
This realization was confirmed when Mix Master Mike played the DEMF a few years ago. It had been raining pretty hard, off and on, thru the whole Memorial Day weekend and it was questionable whether we'd be able to go down to the show. He was spinning around 11:30 pm and we were playing it by ear as to whether the weather would cooperate. About 11:00 pm, we decided to chance it and hopped in the UAV and went Downtown and saw the show. It sprinkled a bit, but it was OK.
While driving back, I mentioned to H, "If we had kids we couldn't have done this. We couldn't have found a sitter to work so late and we would've had to line them up too far in advance to make the snap decision." That's what I mean by selfish - we just want to keep our flexibility to do what WE want to do, when we want to do it and not have to shelve our lives because of some misguided need to breed.
OK, enough about our petty lives, let's talk about Patti and Tony and Shayla and the younger son, Nolan. They moved to North Carolina several years ago for Tony's work and we don't see them much as a result. The other day, Hermione had gone out with Patti and Patti's sister and their combined 4 kids and when she walked in, she looked shell-shocked, grabbed my shoulder and asked, "You still don't want to have kids, right? Good!" She was a wreck after SIX HOURS in the company of crumbcrunchers.
When we got together for dinner the other night, they had to bring their kids along because, that's right, no one was available to watch them. While we hadn't intended to do drive-bys in Mexicantown or hit the strip clubs afterward, it was still a distraction, albeit a minor one since the kids were well-behaved.
As the evening was winding down, I'd made a comment about squealing like a pig and Patti encouraged the kids to make pig noises. (It's a parent thing. I don't understand.) Nolan was really trying to get into it when suddenly HE THROWS UP LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF "THE EXORCIST"!!! This fountain of spew just issued forth like he was a cute statue in Hell!
Needless to say, we erupted into hysterics. Man oh man was that funny. I got up, clapped Tony on the shoulder and said, "Next time, try rubbers." Hermione said that after I left, Nolan giggled and said, "I exploded." Wacky stuff.
I guess some people find goal-tending their spawn to be "the most rewarding thing in my life" but for me, if I can't adopt a 14-year-old Asian girl - you know, to clean the house - I'm just going to have to pass on this aspect of life. I'm not sure what I'm doing this weekend, but it's OK because we'll be able to move on our terms at the time of our choosing.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 9:30 AM
Thursday, August 18, 2005
OK, Mom's not dead (yet) but she did have a stroke, most likely due to the tragic shame of watching this psychotic media whore exploiting the death of her grandson for fun and profit. (Like there isn't a book deal waiting.)
But the first half-hour of Randi Rhodes show was what was really a hoot. Randi was screaching about something Rush Limbaugh supposedly said, breathlessly reading the transcript over and over (like Hannity is prone to do) before playing the audio clip captured off the audio stream:
I mean, Cindy Sheehan is just Bill Burkett. Her story is nothing more than forged documents. There's nothing about it that's a real, including the mainstream media's glomming onto it. It's not real.
She read and played it several times over the first half-hour, but as of this writing, Leni....I mean, Randi is still filling out her shift of lying to her Kool-Aid chugging sycophants and the audio isn't up yet, but I encourage you to check it out before going to the places I'm about to list.
Leni...damn!...Randi then played another bit of tape, undated (of course), with Rush denying that he'd said any such thing and Randi yanked her string and barfed up her litany of how "the Republicans lie, cheat, steal, they steal elections, they smear", etc. While she was yelping, I wondered what the context was that was being omitted. Just as movie ads selectively cull phrases from reviews like, "Hamster Humpers is a movie for people who like to laugh before eating a bullet from sheer shame," I wondered what else was being left out.
Rush updates his site sometime after 6 p.m. EST, right when Leni goes on the air, so it's possible that she didn't know that Rush was sinking her lies just as she was saying he wouldn't post transcripts and everyone could hear that he said these horrible things, but if you go to this page you can see for yourself exactly what the lying mad cow Leni RHodes conveniently left out because she knows her listeners aren't going to look anything up for themselves.
Here's what Rush said today about Randi et al lies:
Let's go back to August 12th on this program, and when I first discussed Cindy Sheehan...I got a phone call and the guy told me what he thought about Cindy Sheehan and wanted my reaction. This is August 12th, and here's what I said:
RUSH ARCHIVE: I find it difficult to be critical of Cindy Sheehan. I think she's a woman who lost her son, and I know there have been a lot of people lose their kids in war, and I don't care who they are, it's not easy, and people deal with it in their own ways. I think the real shame here is her exploitation by the Democrats, by John Conyers. John Conyers dragged her to his impeachment meeting over the Downing Street memos. They have made her a star in her own mind and this attention that she's getting, I'm sure, is helping to assuage her loss. The media is exploiting her like she is a genuine spontaneous eruption. They are not telling the truth about how this woman has been shepherded by Joe Wilson. There are pictures of her with Joseph Wilson -- yes, of Valerie Plame fame. She has showed up at all these anti-war rallies. She was an anti-war mother before any of this began to happen -- and speaking of Valerie Plame, I think the Valerie Plame story flamed out and they had to have something come up to replace it, just like Richard Clarke failed and he flamed out and then the Jersey Girls flamed out and then after that Valerie Plame flamed out. They had nothing on Rove; they've got to fill the vacuum. It's right out of the playbook. They've got a to fill the vacuum. Bill Burkett it's all part of the same playbook. It's all part of the same strategery out of the left.
RUSH: There you heard it, August 12th: "I think she's a woman who lost her son, I don't care who they are, it's not easy." Okay, so there it is, August 12th. I find this patently absurd that this is even necessary. Now, here is a bite from August 15th, three days later, and this is the bite that I contend is being taken out of context because I first said on August 12th and in ensuing days, acknowledged she lost her son, talked about it, was even sympathetic and then went on to make the point that all she is, is an opportunity, like Bill Burkett was an opportunity to bash Bush, like the Jersey Girls are an opportunity to bash Bush, like Valerie Plame is an opportunity to bash Bush and bash Rove. Like the Jersey Girls were, she's just the next in line, and here's what I said on August 15th.
RUSH ARCHIVE AUGUST 15, 2005: The fact is that they are too eager. I mean, Cindy Sheehan is just Bill Burkett. Her story is nothing more than forged documents. There's nothing about it that's a real, including the mainstream media's glomming onto it. It's not real.
RUSH: Stop the tape. That is what is being taken out of context. When I say, "Cindy Sheehan is just Bill Burkett, her story is nothing more than forged documents, there's nothing about it that's real including the mainstream media's glomming onto it," meaning the whole thing is staged. The whole event is staged. I have just said three days earlier and every day hence that she lost her son, and anybody who cares to research my website and listen to this program knows it. To then put out a message that I think she's lying about her son even being alive, that she didn't have a son, and she didn't have a son that died in Iraq, shows the desperation and the depths to which the people on the left will go to discredit people like me who they consider are their enemies because they cannot beat us in the arena of ideas. They cannot answer what I am saying about Cindy Sheehan. They can't answer what my accusations about the way she's being used are. They don't dare even go there, so they have to try to discredit me in the eyes of people who may not listen to this program or other people in the media who are supposedly reporters, who are supposedly curious, who supposedly would want to get to the bottom of this. If something like that is really being said, find out about it. But nooooo! Just accept what happens to be written in other places on the World Wide Web. The real interesting thing to me is these people are totally ignoring what Cindy Sheehan is saying. She is, apparently, their story. She is their God's gift that's just been handed to them to keep the Bush bash-up and in rhythm, and they ignore what she is saying, and they want to focus on everybody who's criticizing the whole element of movement that surrounds this Cindy Sheehan story -- and to me they're missing all of that on purpose. They don't want any scrutiny of what Sheehan is saying.
The audio is on the page, so you can go listen to Randi and you can listen to Rush and you can hear for yourself how Randi Rhodes L-I-E-S so blatantly about something so easily disproved. Rush has 20 million listeners; I think I'm one of Randi's 20 listeners; so it's likely that hardly anyone heard Randi's pathetic liefest this evening, but for those interested in a prime example of the sad desperation of the fascist Left, it doesn't get much clearer than this. Listen to what Randi says and then see what the REALITY is. I've always contended that she was from BizzaroWorld and that everything she says is 180 degrees opposite from reality and this seals the deal.
And to dispose of the vile Nazi that is Cindy Sheehan, check out what Christopher Hitchens said, also quoted on the same Rush page (one-stop shopping!):
RUSH: Christopher Hitchens who has written about the folly of this whole argument that people who lose sons and daughters in war have some sort of moral authority. He fired both barrels last night...It was like either they can't believe he's saying this or they don't know this about Sheehan. I assume that it's the latter. Here's the first question. "Cindy Sheehan, been camped outside Bush's ranch now demanding a meeting with the president, saying she won't leave 'til that happens. Christopher, do you think that this represents and that she represents some sort of tipping point in public opinion in America?"
HITCHENS: Certainly not. She has, just today, lied about a statement that she made several times before to the effect that her son was killed in a war run by a secret Jewish cabal within the administration. She now says she didn't make that statement. She did make that statement. So as well as being an hysterical paranoid ideologist, or at least being manipulated by people who are, she turned this into camp fruit-bag and camp nut-bag. She has decided not to have the courage, or maybe the cowardice of her convictions. She now says she didn't make a statement that she definitely did.
RUSH: When Hitchens mentioned the fact that she's accused "a secret Jewish cabal" of running the war, that's when everybody else on the panel's faces fell. Like, "We didn't know that! We didn't!" Of course you don't know that, you're reporters! You don't know diddlysquat....That's why they're losing audience. There's so much news that they don't even know. They come to the Sheehan story; she's the latest Jersey Girl, the latest Bill Burkett. "She is infallible! She has moral authority. You can't criticize her," and of course nothing she says is to be held against her because she is in the throes of grief. "How dare you, Christopher, say this!" What they do is they end up embarrassing themselves. They end up being uninformed, unaware -- and more than that, uncaring when they find out that there are some bits of information contradictory to what they are saying. One more bite. O'Donnell says, "So, you think there's going to be a huge backlash against Cindy Sheehan?"
HITCHENS: Well, I think there should be. I think our profession should stop acting as her megaphone. Until I published her real political opinions in Slate yesterday, she had to answer no more questions than, "How does it feel?" OK? I object. I shouldn't have had to do that. I said, "This woman is mouthing the most sinister piffle from Michael Moore and David Duke. She should be held responsible for what she thinks."
RUSH: Christopher, what makes you think your pals on the left are going to do this? She's too valuable to discredit. Doing what you suggest would be to blow her up and blow up the whole opportunity, would cause her to flame out. They can't afford that. They've got to get Bush somehow. They've got to move the ball. They've got to create all this anti-war sentiment. She's the latest vehicle to do so. There is a backlash, and it's already happening. I talked about it yesterday, and the backlash is being caused by saturation coverage. The American people are fed up with it.
I said it before, here it is again: Cindy Sheehan isn't a victin of the MoveOn fascists; she's a flat out insane liar who will stand on her son's body, drive her husband and family away and send her mother into an early grave in order to advance the fascist liberal agenda of destroying America and bringing darkness to the world.
Cindy Sheehan is Al Queda's latest suicide bomber.
And the media is telling you to give her a hug.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 7:09 PM
A former "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" actor and his wife were ordered yesterday to stand trial for the cold-blooded murder of a wealthy couple who were bound to an anchor and thrown overboard alive.
TV actor Skylar Deleon, 26, and wife Jennifer Henderson Deleon, 24, will face charges of murder with special circumstances, making them eligible for the death penalty, a judge ruled yesterday.
Authorities say Thomas Hawks, 57, and his 47-year-old wife, Jackie, were killed simply for their 55-foot yacht, Well Deserved.
"It's haunting to think these nice, loving people were trying to hold their breaths as they sank to the bottom of the ocean," said Santa Ana, Calif., prosecutor Matt Murphy.
"This is as cold-blooded as it gets."
Skylar Deleon allegedly hatched the murder plot after spotting the yacht for sale. During a Nov. 15 "test drive" of the boat, he and two accomplices attacked the Hawks with a stun gun.
Handcuffed and gagged with duct tape, the Hawks were promised they would live if they signed a power of attorney.
But once they did, the yacht headed out to sea, Detective Evan Sailor testified yesterday.
As he and his wife were handcuffed to a 66-pound anchor, Thomas Hawk fought back, kicking Skylar Deleon in the groin, Sailor said.
Deleon cursed, smiled and threw the anchor into the ocean, Sailor said. It dragged the couple overboard.
"I know that they put up a fight," said Thomas Hawks' son Ryan.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 12:41 PM
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
1. Do you play any sports?
2. Do you exercise on a regular basis?
3. Name one person that raises your blood pressure:
Jack Thompson - lunatic anti-video game asstackler.
4. You need to go up two floors in a building: do you use the stairs or the elevator?
5. One thing that makes you go "Hmmmmm"?
5. Did you follow NASA's latest space mission?
4. If you could launch a politician into space, and perhaps they wouldn't make it back, who would it be?
All of them. If only one, Dubya. (Cuz Darth Cheney would proceed to pave the Middle East and be able to explain why it's happening.)
3. Do you believe in an after-life?
I'm finding this "life" thing to be a bit of a stretch to believe in.
2. If there really are aliens, what do you think they look like?
1. Have you ever been to Europe?
Yes. (Trip to Italy.)
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 3:29 PM
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
So much stuff & nonsense, so little time, so let's get at it!
First of, insane lying cow/grief pimp Cindy Sheehan's phony media event down in Crawford certainly provides the media a nice easy club with which to further demoralize the country and attack Dubya under the guise of protecting the public's "right to know".
Yeah, right, that's why they're all over the latest Air ScameriKKKa news and their top lying cow, Randi Rhodes, asking to borrow the corporate jet to fly down to lick Sheehan's minge in person. Did you hear that Sheehan's husband has filed for divorce? Tough life for this poor guy: first his son dies and then his wife stands on his coffin to scream insane nonsense like this:
"That lying bastard, George Bush, is taking a five-week vacation in time of war," Sheehan tells the Veterans For Peace, Mike Ferner. "You get that maniac out here to talk with me in person. Bush needs to tell me why my son died in Iraq. I've got the whole month of August off, and so does he."
"The other thing I want him to tell me is 'just what was the noble cause Casey died for?' Was it freedom and democracy? Bull---t! He died for oil. He died to make your friends richer. He died to expand American imperialism in the Middle East. We're not freer here, thanks to your PATRIOT Act. Iraq is not free. You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism," she says."There, I used the 'I' word -- imperialism," the 48 year-old mother quipped. "And now I'm going to use another 'I' word impeachment because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail. I am not paying my taxes for 2004. You killed my son, George Bush, and I don't owe you a penny . . . you give my son back and I'll pay my taxes. Come after me for back taxes and we'll put this war on trial."
Will someone PLEASE commit this woman and get her some treatment?!? She's thoroughly discredited and no one would give a rat's ass about her hateful anti-Semitic radicalism unless she served the Left's fascist schemes and provided a convenient straw man.
(BTW, notice that the media isn't bothering to push the "Rove is a traitor" lie anymore now that they've got Cindy Sheehan as liar du jour? I knew you did.)
In serious news, former Criminal-in-Chief Bill Clinton is trying to rewrite history despite the truth having already been revealed about his feckless responsibility for 9/11. F*ck off, Bubba! 3000 souls will personally drag you to Hell for your sins, bitch!
In other news, the local Hate Speech Radio hostette was making her bi-daily foray into being right (albeit for the wrong reasons) by pretending to be upset at the prospect of Shariah Law being the result of our Iraq adventure. They had no problem with the sexist (and a whole bunch more -ists) Muslim traditions, but if it can be used to club Dubya, they'll go for it. You'd be better served to read this for it's intellectually honest:
What is the primary goal of the “War on Terror”? If, as I have argued, it is to destroy the capacity of militant Islam to project power, we must be judged by how degraded the enemy is. If, however, the primary goal of eradicating the terror network’s capabilities has been subordinated to the lesser goal of spreading democracy, as I fear it has, we must also be judged by the form of government we leave behind. With all that in mind, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament, provides her insights in today’s WSJ on the Iraqi Constitution and its likely imposition of Shariah (Islamic law):
Go read it and get worried. I've mentioned it before here and the problem's not solving itself.
In other news that I've mused on long ago, Michelle Malkin is wondering if the Dems will be able to beat the GOP with the illegal immigration issue even though they generally love illegals to pad their fraudulent voter rolls. Also a head-scratcher is how Dubya is hand-picking cronies for immigration judgeships. Huh? WTF is going on here? Why is Dubya - "Mr. Security President" - allowing our country to be overrun by who knows what?
Finally, Dubya-hating authors are stunned to find Dubya reading their books while on vacation. Gee, does that mean Dub's smarter than they can stomach or what?
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 2:20 PM
Monday, August 15, 2005
Friday, August 12, 2005
Jonah Goldberg nails it:
Without getting into all the sub-arguments about Cindy Sheehan, I think she's a great example of the opportunism of partisanship. There's simply no way that establishment liberals would take the same tone if Bill Clinton were president under remotely similar circumstances. It is flatly inconceivable. Sure some of the Huffington Post types might make similar bleatings, but Juan Williams? No way. A lot of smart (and a lot of dumb) people who are striking a self-righteous pose when it comes to Sheehan, would undoubtedly be singing a different tune if a mother, adopted by ideological enemies of the president, were camping out outside of his vacation home (in Martha's Vineyard or the like) under similar circumstances. Her previously friendly statements about the president would be used to damn her and that would be the end of it. The nightly news wouldn't make her a hero and the lefty bloggers would write her off as a "Clinton hater," a Freeper, a Buchananite or some other example of the "paranoid style" in American politics.
Meanwhile, I am sure it's true that a lot of folks on the right would be taking up a "rightwing" Cindy Sheehan's cause. But the key difference is that the Washington Post, New York Times and nightly news shows wouldn't be volunteering as press agents.
Even giving Sheehan every benefit of the doubt, is it so impossible to understand that caving-in to publicity stunts of this sort is something presidents, Republican and Democrat, are naturally reluctant to do?
A reader wrote in and told Jonah this, but Jonah doesn't remember the incident. I do and the writer's right about how it played in the MSM:
Jonah: Do you recall Randy Shugard? Randy was the Army Ranger who, along with another Ranger, went into a crash site in Mogadishu to set up a protective perimeter around a crashed Blackhawk helicopter. For this action, Sgt. (I think) Shugard and his Ranger compatriot were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor (posthumously). At the Medal ceremony, Randy Shugard's father told then President Clinton that he (Clinton) was "unfit to be Commander-in-Chief" when President Clinton attempted to speak to Mr. Shugard.
I remember seeing one mention of the incident in the press at the time, alnog with a single picture of Mr. Shugard with a stern look on his face and President Clinton with what appeared to be surprise (if not shock). Otherwise, the MSM did not give any coverage to this incident. What do you think the press coverage would have been if President Bush had been the recipient of that type of parental outrage? I think we have a good idea from the coverage of Cindy Sheehan.
Never forget that the Left cheers the death of our soldiers because their coffins become convenient soapboxes for them to attack Dubya from. Stupid, lying women like Cindy Sheehan are going to multiply because as more details about Able Danger come out and the Truth gets closer to burning Clinton, Gorelick and the Dems into cinders, the more they'll be trotting out these false griefers.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 5:56 PM
One of the reasons Michael Moore worked so hard to promulgate the lies contained in "Farginghype 7-11" was because the Left knows that 9/11 is the end result of the bumbling and (truly) treasonous Clinton Regime who responded to the decade-long war on America being waged by Al Queda with abject apathy and inaction.
With over 3000 souls bloodying their evil paws, the maintenance lapdogs for the Clinton legacy have worked overtime to try and shift blame onto Dubya and Moore's steaming pile of lies was a key piece. They also took over the 9/11 Commission by planting Dem Party hacks and the woman, Jaime Gorelick, responsible for the "wall" that allowed terrorists to have free reign without interference from law enforcement. Everything since has been about covering up how Clinton allowed terrorists to operate before 9/11.
TKS on National Review Online has an overview of what's known, unknown and speculative:
What is speculation, but is interesting speculation:
* The 9/11 Commission staffers who felt the information about Able Danger wasn’t worth mentioning to their bosses could, conceivably, be imbeciles. Perhaps, more plausible, is that they had a particular view they wished the report to express, and the Able Danger revelations contradicted that view. Another possibility: These staffers in question didn’t tell Kean, Hamilton, Roemer, or Lehman, but they did tell another member or other members of the Commission, who instructed them to leave it out of the briefings, summaries, and reports given to Kean, Hamilton, Roemer, Lehman, and/or other members. (COUGHgorelickCOUGH)
* No one has concretely tied this new information to the strange, felonious behavior of Sandy Berger, smuggling documents out of the National Archives. But boy, if the document in question related to Able Danger’s warning and the decision to not act upon it, his actions would make a lot more sense, wouldn’t they?
Sandy Burgler got a slap on the wrist for stealing documents that probably linked Clinton to doing nothing. What did the media do? Blame Karl Rove for everything!!!
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 2:26 PM
I missed this piece on war criticism by Mackubin Thomas Owens at National Review Online yesterday until he printed an e-mail he got from a reader this morning. A snip from the original piece:
It is hard to conduct military operations when a chorus of eunuchs is describing every action we take as a violation of everything for which America stands, a quagmire in which we are doomed to failure, and a waste of American lives.
There is nothing wrong with criticizing the war. As the situation with my friend and others indicates, it is possible to criticize in a responsible, constructive way. But too many critics have lost all perspective, all too often acting as if it is in the nature of war for everything always to go as planned, and if something goes awry, if people die, it is the fault of those who launched the war in the first place, or the planners who failed to foresee every eventuality.
Those who take this approach do a disservice to rational debate in the context of the war. They imply that there is a way to fight wars cleanly. More troubling yet are the critics who seem to hope for the sort of disaster that will vindicate their opinions. I am guardedly optimistic about the outcome in Iraq. I may be wrong, of course, but I hope I’m not. And I hope that even the critics will hope that I’m not wrong.
The emphasized part can't be overlooked. The Left is so utterly consumed by hatred for Dubya and rage at not being able to enact their fascist schemes of totalitarian rule - as if the Stupid Party isn't chasing hard after them - that they cheer every soldiers death and then exploit grieving mothers by turning their caskets into soap boxes from which to demean their children's sacrifice on the altar of political revenge.
So, here's the letter that Owen's got:
This e-mail tells you all you need to know about what has become of the Left in North America.
August 11, 2005.
Dear Mr. Owens;
You write, "It is hard to conduct military operations when a chorus of eunachs is describing every action we take as a violation of everything that America stands for, a quagmire in which we are doomed to failure, and a waste of American lives."
But Mr. Owens, I believe that those three beliefs are true. On what grounds can I be barred from speaking them in public? Because speaking them will undermine American goals in Iraq? Bless you, sir, that's what I want to do in the first place. I am confident that U.S. forces will be driven from Iraq, and for that reason I am rather enjoying the war.
But doesn't hoping that American forces are driven from Iraq necessarily mean hoping that Americans soldiers will be killed there? Yes it does.
Your soldiers are just a bunch of poor, dumb suckers that have been swindled out of their right to choose between good and evil. Quite a few of them are or will be swindled out of their eyes, legs, arms and lives. I didn't swindle them. President Bush did. If you're going to blame me for cheering their misery, what must you do to President Bush, whose policies are the cause of that misery?
So much for the myth of the "nice Canadians", eh? Considering that Al Queda has used Canada as a waypoint to enter America, maybe we should check this guy's place for jihadists.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 9:52 AM
Thursday, August 11, 2005
I heard Michael Savage yelling about this last night, but didn't hear the particulars because he was ranting so much about things that'd never happen. Today, I checked the usual VRWC sites, but didn't find a mention until a Google found posts at TKS @ NRO, but even then I didn't see much.
Well, it appears Rush Limbaugh mentioned it and that Jedi-hater at NRO posts a link to this story: 9/11 Panel Decided to Omit a Reference to Atta - New York Times
Here's what the Jedi-Hating Asstackler had to say about it:
THE 9/11 COMMISSION IN MORTAL DANGER [John Podhoretz]
It behaved disgracefully and in a nakedly partisan fashion, with former officials of the Clinton administration attempting to use the platform to damage the president's reelection chances. Then, after months of ludicrous conduct, out of nowhere came the brilliantly conceived and written report that set a new standard of eloquence and coherence for government documents, became a major bestseller and redeemed the commission's reputation.
Well, that didn't last long.
In a story filed at 7:10 PM, the Associated Press is now confirming all the particulars of what will now forever be called the Able Danger disaster. The 9/11 Commission staff did hear about intelligence-gathering efforts that hit pay dirt on the whereabouts of Mohammed Atta -- in 1999 -- and deliberately chose to omit word of those efforts.
And why? Because to do so might upset the timeline the Commission had established on Atta.
And why is that significant? Because the Mohammed Atta timeline established by the Commission pointedly insisted Atta did not meet with an Iraqi intelligence agent in Prague.
And why is that significant? Because debunking the Atta-Iraq connection was of vital importance to Democrats, who had become focused almost obsessively on the preposterous notion that there was no relation whatever between Al Qaeda and Iraq -- that Al Qaeda and Iraq might even have been enemies.
I was very skeptical of this Able Danger stuff about Atta, thought it was just sme way Rep. Curt Weldon was trying to sell a book. No longer. This is clearly becoming the biggest story of the summer -- the fact that, as Andy McCarthy alluded to, the "intelligence wall" set up by 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick when she was in the Justice Department did, in fact, cause the linchpin of the 9/11 attacks to evade capture by American law enforcement.
So was the staff a) protecting the Atta timeline or b) Jamie Gorelick or c) the Clinton administration or d) itself, because it got hold of the information relatively late and the staff was lazy?
More important, what will co-chairmen Tom (pound his fist on the table) Kean and Lee (look sorrowful) Hamilton do and say in the next 36 hours about this calamity?
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 11:57 PM
Check them out for I'll be adding them to the list at right. Also adding The Radio Equalizer because of his yeoman's work on the Air ScameriKKKa story. Shuffled the pecking order too, but don't read too much into that.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 12:44 PM
Despite getting the Nobel Prize for Anti-American Rhetoric, the President of Malaise seems to think that George Will cost him the election against Reagan in 1980 and lies about it still. George Will kicks Carter's big dumb teeth down his throat today in response.
A quarter of a century has passed since 44 states said "No, thanks" to Jimmy Carter's offer to serve a second term, yet he still evidently thinks his loss is explained not by foreign policy debacles, such as invading Iran with eight helicopters, and a misery index -- inflation plus unemployment -- of 22, almost triple today's index. Rather, he seems to think approximately this:
Ronald Reagan won because he won the only debate. He won it not because of Carter's debate performance ("I had a discussion with my daughter, Amy, the other day, before I came here, to ask her what the most important issue was. She said she thought nuclear weaponry . . .") but only because Reagan had Carter's briefing book. And Reagan had it because this columnist gave it to him.
That last accusation, for which there is no evidence, is, as he has been told, false. But he is a recidivist fibber. Last Oct. 21, on National Public Radio, he said: "We found out later that one of Ronald Reagan's supporters inside the White House had stolen my briefing book, my top-secret briefing book that prepared me for the debate. And a very prominent news reporter was the one who took the briefing book to Ronald Reagan and helped drill him on the things that I might say if he said certain things." Asked who that reporter was, Carter replied, "It was George Will, and it was later known that he did that."
But one cannot know what isn't so, and "top secret" is a government classification inapplicable to campaign fodder. Still, Carter continues to retail -- and to embroider -- his fable. Recently in a Plains, Ga., church, he illustrated his aptitude for the virtue of forgiveness by saying that once, after columnist Will read a report of his telling his briefing book tale, Will wrote to him "asking for forgiveness."
He then details the letter. Go read it and wish that Carter would stick to something useful, like building houses.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 12:37 PM
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Fortunately, the Krugman Truth Squad lays the smack down on Paul Krugman, Economic Science, and the Supply-Side at NRO Financial. It turns out that Krugman is a worshipper at the Temple of Unlimited Government Revenue and relies on sheer faith for the basis of his creed.
But despite the evidence, what economic “doctrine” would Paul Krugman prefer? He wants to see tax hikes — big tax hikes. He recently said, “We should be getting 28% of GDP [gross domestic product] in revenue. We are only collecting 17%.” It doesn’t take much of a scientist to realize that he’s talking about increasing federal taxes of all types by about 65 percent on average. But if Krugman were more of a scientist — if he’d look at the evidence — he’d realize that it can’t be done.
Historically, federal taxes have never even taken as much as 21 percent of GDP — even though federal income tax rates have at one time topped 90 percent (from 1944 to 1953). So what tax rate would Krugman propose in order to collect 28 percent of GDP in revenues when even 90 percent rates won’t get revenues up to even 21 percent of GDP? Krugman Truth Squad member William Anderson reported on the VonMises Blog that Krugman himself once said that 70 percent income-tax rates are “insane.” So if rates even worse than insane won’t do it, what will?
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 2:54 PM
While Al Franken can be heard laughing off the growing scandal here and comes off sounding like this guy...
...and The Radio Equalizer is revealing how the grunt employees aren't getting paid on time, he is also hearing about Air ScameriKKKa's defense strategy which can be safely described as "Big Lie/Ad Hominem" (on two...hut...HUT!), so keep an eye out for that.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 2:21 PM
Story and historical piece here. While this is sad, it was inevitable because 3D CG-animated films like "Shrek" and the Pixar films are printing money while 2D stuff is flopping.
What they and others are missing is that the decline isn't due to being flat, but because the movies have been lame. Switching from great Ashman and Menken show tunes to pop pap from Sting and Phil Collins and lame stories squandered the Rennaissance they had built under Katzenberg. The last 2D Disney movie I saw and liked was "Lilo & Stitch". Even the lauded "Mulan" left me cold and the songs blew.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 10:34 AM
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
CNN has accepted an ad buy from NARAL to run ads which have been proven false and just more smears from the lying fascists of the Left. FactCheck.org has the scoop and now, so do you.
Truth: The Anti-Lie.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has more from all over.
Smacked down by Dirk Belligerent at 10:28 PM