Read important posts at Willisms (Will Franklin almost gets arrested in Houston covering Iranian polls) and Publius Pundit (Robert Mayer reports on sham U.S. polls). *** More: President Bush's response. Sean Penn's adventures: The Actor and the Mullahs. Michael Ledeen: When is an election not at election? Full coverate at Regime Change Iran.
Bloggers are serving them up... Donald Sensing on what the Nazis did (Graphic). My Pet Jawa on what Saddam Hussein did (Graphic). Rand Simberg on Cambodian interrogation techniques. Varifrank weighs in with "Babykiller redux." Rocco diPippo has some valuable background on the radicals behind the Bash-Gitmo bandwagon. Tom MacGuire on Chicago parallels. The ADL's reminder.... Read More
Maureen Dowd is washed up, burnt out, and tired of the competition. Don't take my word for it. Take hers! The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Like I said before: Who needs Maureen Dowd? *** Related: See Lorie Byrd's excellent Townhall.com piece on women in the blogosphere. Another cause for MoDo's despair: the raucous, witty, talented,... Read More
The Chicago Tribune fawns over Durbin's "passion." The paper's editorial page says "Ignore him." The Boston Herald editorializes: "Durbin must go." Investor's Business Daily: He "made Howard Dean look sane." The Wash Times: "Durbin's degrading drivel." The New York Times editorial page: Nothing. The Washington Post editorial page: Nothing. (There is an E.J. Dionne column... Read More
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Camp Delta) refuses to apologize for his unhinged remarks likening American interrogators and Gitmo military staff to Nazis, Soviet gulag operators and genocidal maniac Pol Pot. (Radioblogger has the audio; Trey Jackson's got video.) Earlier today, as you know, White House spokesman Scott McClellan castigated Durbin. What America needs is for President... Read More
Have you seen Steve Jobs' commencement address at Stanford? Tons of blogs buzzing about it. An excerpt: Jobs weaves together three personal stories. Lovely speech. Next time, Pepsi should hire his speechwriter. Hat tip: The New Editor
Am scheduled to be on FNC's O'Reilly Factor tonight, about halfway through the show. Update: Trey Jackson has video. You know when you wish you could push the life-rewind-button and go back and add what you should have said? Well, what I wanted to say about Bill's put-the-shawl-over-the-baby line is that if a nursing mom... Read More
Late last night, I took the time to read the 39-page autopsy report of Terri Schiavo--something which, it is clear to me, most of the callous gloaters on the other side of this debate have not bothered to do. And will never do. These are people who can only talk about the sanctity of life... Read More
Trey Jackson conducted a multi-part, videotaped interview with Newt Gingrich--asking questions submitted by several bloggers. The latest installment includes questions from Glenn Reynolds. Check out the whole series here.
My column today is on the Barbara Walters' breast-feeding brouhaha. If you are squeamish about these things--and I'm actually amazed that so many people are--just skip it. But here is one of my main points getting lost in the noise: Moreover: 1) No mother should ever be made to feel ashamed of nursing. 2) Barbara... Read More
Reuters' photo editors can't help themselves (via Drudge). And neither can Rep. Dick Durbin (via Laura Ingraham). (More here and here and at LGF.) Meanwhile, the unrepentant Charlie Rangel (Iraq war=Holocaust) is accusing the ADL of racism against blacks. Looks like Jeff at Beautiful Atrocities is going to have to update his mile-long "Everyone will... Read More
Red State's Mike Krempasky sends word of FEC commissioner Brad Smith's (expected) resignation. Smith blew the whistle on McCain-Feingold's designs on the blogosphere. As Mike notes: "If you work or live in online politics - you owe Commissioner Smith a tremendous debt of gratitude for alterting all of us to the potential danger of FEC... Read More
Was on The Daily Show. I'm not a regular viewer of the show nor much of a fan of Jon Stewart's, but the segment was tops. Now, if we never saw Michael Jackson's face again on cable TV, life would be so much peachier.
There's an intense debate in Bainbridge Island, Wa., over how the National Park Service should memorialize the WWII evacuation of ethnic Japanese. Comments are due today over several plans. Opposing sides here and here. Resident John Alpaugh, who has been active in the fight for a fair and accurate assessment of WWII relocation and evacuation... Read More
Bird of Paradise imagines it. Hat tip: Joe Katzman at Winds of Change, who has more thoughts here and here. *** Meanwhile, Afghan clerics want an apology for Koran abuse (does this include the abuses by the detainees themselves?) And the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing today on Gitmo so we can hear... Read More
Well, I've kept quiet about the Tom Cruise Happy Predator Freak Show. It's not my usual subject matter, but I can't get the Tom Cruise Death Grip out of my head. It was alarming enough to watch him clamping down on 26-year-old Katie during the Oprah show: (Screen shot via Defamer) Ouch. But this photo... Read More
After a long and unexplained delay, the Terri Schiavo autopsy results will be released tomorrow. Meanwhile, Mark Fuhrman's investigative book on the case, Silent Witness : The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death, is due out on June 28. Terri's brother and sister will attend a memorial in her name at the National Right to... Read More
Question: Who believes "M.C.?" According to an article in yesterday's New York Times, a young Guantanamo Bay detainee identified as “M.C.” claims he was “suspended from hooks in the ceiling for hours at a time with his feet barely missing the floor, and that he was beaten during those sessions.” M.C. also claims he was... Read More
In March, I linked to the story of DePaul University professor Thomas Klocek, who was suspended for allegedly offending Muslim students. John Ruberry at Marathon Pundit has been following the case and has an exclusive on a slander suit just filed by Klocek against the school. More at The American Thinker. Background here. AP brief... Read More
Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette sends along this blood-boiling story. If you live in Idaho, please consider showing up to counter the hate and support Spc. Carrie French, whose death is being exploited by so-called Christians.
It's the 228th birthday of the American flag. (Coincidentally, it's the 230th birthday of the U.S. Army.) The story of how Rick Monday saved the flag is must-read. The NY Post highlights a battle between Big Apple bureacrats and patriotic city workers. Allan Wall, writer and National Guardsman, reflects on the holiday from Iraq. Here's... Read More
Bloggers Patrick Ruffini and Jim Geraghty think the debate about "torture" at Guantanamo Bay is a winner for the GOP in '06 and '08. They are right, but only if nervous Republicans don't cave in first. Update: Rich Lowry's right on. And Lileks rocks.
Brian Maloney at The Radio Equalizer has the scoop on Al Franken's painful performance at the Talkers Magazine radio hosts' convention on Friday night. Maloney also points to this amusing account of the evening from the NY Post: Youch! Franken seems to have fared better in Minnesota on Saturday night, according to this report from... Read More
So, the verdict is due in less than 15 minutes. Hurry up and get it over with already. Cops are gearing up for violence, telling mothers with babies in the crowd to leave the area. The freak show is in full bloom on the cable nets. FNC's Trace Gallagher notes that pro-Jackson nuts have been... Read More
This blog turned one last week! (BTW: Congrats to Karol at Alarming News, which turned the Big 3 today.) First, some blogiversary expressions of gratitude: Special thanks to the following people for their warm welcomes, words of advice/encouragement, and early links during mm.com's incipient days: John, Paul, and Scott at Power Line, John Hawkins at... Read More
Last week, I criticized President Bush for equivocating on the Gitmo question. Rumsfeld tried to do damage control then. And Dick Cheney will be attempting to do so again on FNC's Hannity and Colmes tonight. But it's too late. A Republican anti-Gitmo brigade has been born: - Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) joined the Left's Guantanamo... Read More
As a counterbalance to the MSM's continued ululations about Koran desecration, I'm starting a regular feature highlighting the desecration of precious items that won't be making the cover of Newsweek and the NY Times. Here's your desecration of the day: Pakistani Sunni Muslims burn a U.S. flag during an anti-U.S. rally in Lahore June 8,... Read More
The U.S. MSM aren't paying much attention, but Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, president of the Philippines, is in deep trouble over vote-rigging allegations. John Marzan has posted a round up at his blog, Philippine Politics 04. Tapes of the alleged conversations between Arroyo and an election official are available here. The U.S. has offered to look... Read More
WaPo's Howard Kurtz reports that liberal radio network Air America says its audience is "running ahead of projections." Kurtz neglects to mention that the network's pathetic ratings tell a different story. Update, 8:51 pm: Although Kurtz does not challenge the ridiculous "running ahead of projections" assertion, in fairness I should note his comment that Air... Read More
Talk about burying the lede. Check out the one interesting nugget near the bottom of an otherwise bland article about the increase in Hispainc homeownership in this morning's Washington Post: America: the world's home sweet illegal alien home.
One for the Hollyweird files: What? As if breast-feeding were only about satisfying the nursing mother's needs and not the newborn's? What kind of narcissistic loon would go on TV and say such things and expect to be viewed as a normal, responsible parent? O'Donnell's selfish, psycho comments were made on ABC's The View last... Read More
Are the sand dunes in front of your multi-million-dollar Malibu beach house eroding? No problem! Just rent some bulldozers and replace the lost sand with sand scooped up from nearby public beaches. (Via Kausfiles.) *** Related: Malibu Babs
I'm sure liberals will be buzzing about this Washington Post story, which purports to show the Bush administration has overstated the number of successful terrorism prosecutions. Two leading Bush critics who might feel sorely tempted to gloat are war-on-terror opponents New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and Georgetown law professor David Cole. Just one teeny,... Read More
If you are interested, Dan Riehl at Riehl World News has been tracking all the twists and turns in the tragic Natalee Holloway case in Aruba. Why do so many people seem to care so much? I'm very sorry for the Holloway family, but no more so than I am for the families of several... Read More
Well, still no MSM coverage of this or this or this. And now, there's this and this: (Hat tip: Gateway Pundit) How about putting this photo on the cover of Newsweek: Indian Muslims ask a boy to urinate on a U.S. flag during a protest against the alleged desecration of the Koran during a demonstration... Read More
Walter Olson *and Ted Frank* at Overlawyered have an excellent blog series on the reparations scam--see here, here, and here. Meanwhile, Instapunk takes out the Reparations Calculator and tallies up the debts. Update: The always insightful Jeff Jacoby's column on the Wachovia matter is here. On a related note, OTB reports that Congress will be... Read More
Blackfive points to must-see video footage of a rocket attack at a PX in Iraq. As Matt writes: It is, Matt says, another "demonstration of the caliber of our military" that we too often take for granted. One soldier died in the attack just outside the PX. R.I.P.
Some in the Washington press corps and on Capitol Hill are in a huff because Fox News Channel anchor/reporter Brian Wilson was too aggressive with DNC chair Howard Dean at his press conference with Sen. Harry Reid yesterday. Awwwwww. Wilson raised his voice. And he didn't wait his turn. And he didn't ask "substantive" questions.... Read More