Thursday, August 31, 2006

Aussie foreign minister Alexander Downer gets it right

Melanie Phillips does too:
The western media are no longer merely producing questionable professional practices in reporting a war. They are now active participants in it — and on the wrong side of history.

One of the very few politicians to voice concern at this phenomenon is Australia’s foreign minister Alexander Downer, who said:
My point is this: in a grown-up society such as our own, the media cannot expect to get away with parading falsehoods as truths, or ignoring salient facts because they happen to be inconvenient to the line of argument - or narrative - that particular journalists, or media organisations, might choose to adopt on any given controversy or issue.

Can anyone imagine the British Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, saying this? Of course not. The level of anti-Israel, anti-American madness has reached such a pitch in Britain that any similar expression of alarm at the manifestly blatant mendacity in the reporting of the Middle East has simply become unthinkable. Yet thanks to the efforts of the blogosphere — notably Little Green Footballs, Powerline, Zombietime and EU Referendum, we can see that the behaviour of the western media during the Iranian/Syrian/Hezbollah war against Israel has constituted a major, world-wide scandal, and one which has the capacity to derail the efforts of the west to defend itself.
...To date, as far as I can determine, not one mainstream editor or proprietor has acknowledged this corruption of the western media. The scale of this corruption now threatens to have a lethal impact on the course of human history. Hatred now drives not just the jihadists but their western dupes, too. Truth and freedom are indivisible. The deconstruction of the former inevitably presages the destruction of the latter. This is the way a civilisation dies.

Read it all.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Economics in one lesson

Jane Galt explains the idiocy of the corporate income tax in real small words, so libruls can follow the argument-
"So when you say "I want to tax corporate profits", try silently saying to yourself "so that Mom can sell the condo in Florida and move in with me."

Signs of progressing past the 7th century

I apologize for all the times I've mischaracterized Moslems as "bloodthirsty barbarians who grab non-Moslems and force them to convert to Islam at scimitar point or saw off their heads."
It was insensitive of me, and untrue that they seize non-Moslems and force them to convert to Islam with the threat of death by scimitar.
They've entered the 20th century.

Now they do it with rifles.

Gee, wait 'til they go all 21st century on us with nukes.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Go, Hitch!

Finally, a reason to get HBO- Christopher Hitchens gets so exasperated with the idiocy of Bill Maher and his audience that he gives them the finger, with appropriate verbal accompaniment. Full story at Newsbusters.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The ambulance attack that never was

zombie's thorough debunking of the childishly fraudulent "Israelis Strike Lebanese Ambulance" fantasy.

How the Media Legitimized an Anti-Israel Hoax and Changed the Course of a War

Obviously a ton of work, it should be the final nail in the coffin for the last 5 or 6 people in America who believe what they see on TV.

Guess I'll have to keep waiting for Frischmas

Best post on Deb Frisch's arrest, from Blog P.I.-
Just a few months ago, Frisch was an obscurity known only to the blogs she trolled, such as our own Oregon Commentator and Steve Verdon’s Deinonychus Antirrhopus. But at this point, she is undergoing the most severe public self-destruction we’ve seen yet. And when you consider that includes Jason Leopold and other, better-known individuals, that’s saying something. Academic John Lott and attorney Glenn Greenwald may be guilty of sock-puppetry, but that’s bush-league compared to Deb’s prolonged breakdown. Michael A. Bellesiles? A liar and a hack, but so far as we know he never ended up in jail for his antics. And no, having his Bancroft Prize revoked is not the same thing. Hell, Jayson Blair managed to spin his utter fecklessness into a book deal, as did “fabulist” Stephen Glass. Frisch, though, is in a class of her own: a vitriolic sociopath whose delusion knows almost no bounds.

More at Don't Hire, Ace, HotAir, actually everywhere that is anywhere. So to both of my longtime readers, why are you wasting your time here? Go read someone good.

Wednesday boob-blogging

Over at Politics Central, it's Pamela of Atlas Shrugs, reporting while "IndeNile". Really.
After you recover from the shock and awe of seeing her out of her burkha, check out some of her great interviews with John Bolton, Bibi, and Dore Gold.

Hillary! for number two

From a commenter at NRO:
My wife many years ago took a "women's leadership" seminar at the CIA led by Jynx Melia (author of the book, "Why Jenny Can't Lead"). She posited that women demonstrate a number of traits regarding problem solving and leadership techniques. Men, for example, are results oriented and quite willing to bend or break the rules to get the job done. On the other hand, women were more process oriented and often fixated on procedural issues to the detriment of mission accomplishment. In her book, Melia makes the amusing claim that, based on leadership style and problem solving techniques, America has already had a woman president—Jimmy Carter. So, perhaps it is no coincidence that the infamous bust of America's potential first genetically female president pays homage to America's first psychologically female president.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Not questioning his patriotism, just his humanity...

From BOB LAURENCE, TV critic, San Diego Union-Tribune:
I’d like to offer a couple of possible reasons for the lack of attention given to the kidnapping of the two guys from Fox:
One is that, sadly, they are far from the first to be kidnapped, injured or killed. They are, alas, only the most recent two of many. The kidnapping or targeting of journalists in Iraq isn’t the story it once was.
Second, Fox has deliberately set itself apart from other news media. Starting at the top with Roger Ailes, the Fox sales pitch has been to deride other media, to declare itself the one source of the real truth, the sole source of ‘fair and accurate’ news reporting. As a result, there’s not a reservoir of kinship or good will with Fox on the part of the rest of the news media. You can’t keep insulting people and then expect friendship when you need it.

They’ve made it a policy to keep a distance between themselves and the rest of the media, far beyond the usual competitive spirit, so that’s where they are: at a distance.
(His post at Poynter Online, whose gob-smackingly vile motto is "everything you need to be a better journalist", honest to gawd.)
So, would it surprise you to know this paragon of caring, sharing, unbiased professional journalism is not only a flaming shitweasel, but also a Dean contributor?

Ace's comment:
They're not asking for "friendship," you vicious, vile asshole. They're asking for a modicum of concern for two human beings' lives.
We'll even take feigned concern at this point.

There is no distinction anymore between the MSM and Democratic Underground. DU openly prays for Steve Centanni's beheading; the MSM simply says the same thing in slightly more "nuanced" language.

Mike Hendrix has a few delicate laurels to wave his way as well.

Show some love to, why doncha?

Hezbollah sinks Israeli warship!

Or maybe not.
Andrew Bolt of Australia's Herald Sun has the photo Hezballah is claiming to be their strike on an Israeli warship, and the truth... which is a little bit different.
But now that they're official partners in a U.N. ceasefire, they wouldn't lie, would they?

Monday, August 21, 2006

I, a Muslim

The Czech documentary that "enraged" Moslems. Big surprise, there. 27 minutes long, and worth watching.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Apocalypse How? Keyser Sose, Colonel Kurtz, and the Islamist Endgame

Wretchard at The Belmont Club on the need to rediscover the will to win:
...given a choice between superiority in weapons and ascendance in will, weapons always came in second. Die Welt relates the experience of an Israeli officer who fought Hezbollah during the early 1980s. Israel had artillery, tanks, airplanes to Hezbollahs guns and knives. But Israel was a liberal democracy and Hezbollah a ruthless criminal organization. The overmatch in will made knives were more powerful than tanks because Hezbollah was willing to use them unhesitatingly. Gen. Effe Eytam, an Israeli veteran of that first Lebanon war, tells of how--after Israel had helped bring "Doctors without Borders" into a village in the 1980s to treat children--local villagers lined up 50 kids the next day to show Eytam the price they pay for cooperating with the West. Each of the children had had their pinky finger cut off."

None of the weapons in the IDF arsenal could level this disparity in will. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in a speech before the Harvard class of 1978 explained how weapons simply became "burdens" to those who lacked a belief worth fighting for. Authentic belief brought commitment; but relativism could only aspire to fashion. Schelling would have understood. His audience did not and Solzhenitsyn tried to spell it out for them.

No weapons, no matter how powerful, can help the West until it overcomes its loss of willpower. In a state of psychological weakness, weapons become a burden for the capitulating side. To defend oneself, one must also be ready to die; there is little such readiness in a society raised in the cult of material well-being. Nothing is left, then, but concessions, attempts to gain time and betrayal.

What Islamists think are their greatest strength- the willingness of Nasrallah's ilk to fight to the last Moslem child combined with their fundamental failure to understand the culture they are attacking- will lead them to their Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There was an Afghani woman being quoted in the press prior to the US invading Afghanistan, who expressed conviction in the ability of the Talaban to defeat the West because she and the other mothers had ten to fifteen children each while the Western mothers had only one or two. She had no comprehension of the capacity of each Western soldier to kill hundreds, if not thousands or tens-of-thousands of her children. Although the salons of the anointed speak of nothing but "concessions, attempts to gain time and betrayal", the West has always been moved slowly to the point of massive retaliation. The compassion and incrementalism that was misunderstood by our enemies as weakness of spirit and failure of nerve veiled the ability to act with ruthless resolve once properly motivated. The wonder is the Islamists' dogged insistence on drawing the wrong lesson from every losing encounter with the West. Take out two American office buildings- loose 2 countries. Take 2 Israeli soldiers, lose nearly all the Hezbollah infrastructure, missiles, and a quarter of your soldiers. Present these as triumphs to the pre-medieval home audience. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The West doesn't lack Will. It is easily distracted, intent on amusements, festooned with clownish Quislings and plagued by the self-loathing. But don't mistake the Giant's sleep for the Giant's absence.

Some gems mined from Wretchard's comments:
Start with just 7 nukes: Cairo, Damascus, Mecca, Medina, Qom, Najaf, Tehran. If that doesn't disinfect that toilet, repeat with another 7 cities. Keep going until the Pakis and Indonesians disassemble their mosques and Imams with their bare hands.
The French used to say disparagingly of Americans that Americans never understood the French behavior in WWII because Americans had never tasted their own blood and ashes.
Just shows you what poofters the French are: the Americans who are least sympathetic to the French performance in WWII are Southerners, the only Americans ever to have tasted their own blood and ashes.

Squaring the Circle

Reconcile these for me, wouldja?

A. The Internal Revenue Service, whose sole responsibility is to collect tax money, finds it more cost-effective to outsource the job.
B. Democrats still insist that the Federal Government can "improve" health care by taking it over.

Me, I'm getting a headache from the cognitive, uh... never mind.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Ben Franklin to the aid of oppressed Lebanese

That "efficient grass-roots social service network" Hezbollah passes out (cough*counterfeit*cough) hundreds by the handful under the admiring eyes of the world press. Who don't notice the lack of security thread, piles of uncut sheets of hundreds exposed during the fighting, or the Treasury Department's citation of senior Hezbassholes as flagrant counterfeiters. Because of, you know, the multiple layers of painstaking editorial factchecking.

Hezbollah busy rearming

"Special forces carried out an operation to disrupt terror actions against Israel with an emphasis on the transfer of munitions from Syria and Iran to Hizbollah," Israel's army said.
Commandos in two vehicles unloaded from helicopters were intercepted on their way to an office of a Hizbollah leader, Sheikh Mohammed Yazbek, in the village of Bodai, the Lebanese sources said. The Israelis withdrew under cover of air strikes.
Bodai is 15 km (9 miles) northwest of the ancient city of Baalbek and 26 km (16 miles) from the Syrian border.

Guess no one expected that, huh?

Gained in translation

From Professor Chaos:
I just got back from dinner with a colleague who recently returned from his hometown in Russia, and he told me that he couldn't help but laugh his butt off at every news report that mentioned the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah.


Because "nasrala" in Russian means "she who shit all over herself."

Sounds about right.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Film of Hitler and the Mufti
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You know, that "non-existant" alliance between the Jew-hating, genocidal, insane Nazi ideology that was to rule the world for a thousand years and that other Jew-hating, genocidal, insane ideology that has been tormenting the world for over a thousand years. That alliance. Never existed. No connection whatsoever.

Allah's Useful Idiots

Amil Imani, Iranian-born American and democracy activist, writes:
Islam enjoys a large and influential ally among the non-Muslims: A new generation of Useful Idiots, the sort of people Lenin identified living in liberal democracies who furthered the work of communism. This new generation of Useful Idiots also lives in liberal democracies, but serves the cause of Islamofascism- another virulent form of totalitarian ideology...
...Almost three decades after the tragic Islamic Revolution of 1979, the suffocating rule of Islam casts its death-bearing pal over Iranians. A proud people with enviable heritage is being systematically purged of its sense of identity and forced to think and behave like the barbaric and intolerant Muslims. Iranians who had always treated women with equality, for instance, have seen them reduced by the stone-age clergy to sub-human status of Islamic teaching. Any attempt by the women of Iran to counter the misogynist rule of Muhammad's mullahs is mercilessly suppressed. Women are beaten, imprisoned, raped and killed just as men are slaughtered without due process or mercy.

The lesson is clear. Beware of the Useful Idiots who live in liberal democracies.

Still waiting for Frischmas to come to my house

More Frischian fun at Steve Janke's place-
Now it's Thursday again, and Deb Frisch is at it again, now signing my name at Vodkapundit.
In a post about photography, someone left me the following comment:
oh my god - did you hear that pajamas media blogger dan drezner killed himself this morning?

That's a lie, and a vicious one at that. It might not surprise you that commenter "steve" has the exact same IP address as Deb Frisch. The email address she's using is "," but I assume it's a fake.

What the hell is wrong with someone that they would lie about a suicide? In Deb's case, it seems like a lot of things.
I'm not sure how to respond. It's so obvious now that it almost has the quality of an ongoing prank, like the guys who steal your garden gnome, then drive it around the country sending you pictures of where the gnome has been. You don't want your gnome stolen, but then when it happens, you just shrug.

At least the gnome gag is funny.
Jeez, I've been waiting over a week for her to leave me a little love. What's a guy gotta do to get her attention? I know! Technorati tag! Deb, you're it!
Blockquotes nested 3 deep- who 'da ever thunk it?

"I Wasn't Aborted"

"I had an abortion," Ms. Magazine urges its readers to declare. But how could you declare it if someone didn't abort you?
Julia Gorin's stunner in OpinionJournal-
The Web site of Ms. Magazine--yes, it still exists--is calling on readers to sign a petition: "I have had an abortion. I publicly join the millions of women in the United States who have had an abortion in demanding a repeal of laws that restrict women's reproductive freedom."

Well, so much for the right to privacy. If Ms. readers hadn't had so many abortions, there might be more Ms. readers. As for the rest of us, here's a petition we could all sign: "I wasn't aborted."

Having narrowly escaped being aborted, I'd be the first in line.

Like most Soviet-era fetuses conceived in Russia by couples who were already parents, I was scheduled for abortion as a matter of course. In a society where abortion was the only form of birth control, it wasn't uncommon to meet women who had double-digit abortion counts. Often a couple would schedule the appointment before they even stopped to remember that they wanted a second child.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Breaking Headline!

Who needs the Red Cross...

when Hezbollah has the "efficient grass-roots social service networks" angle covered so well?
While the Israelis began their withdrawal, hundreds of Hezbollah members spread over dozens of villages across southern Lebanon began cleaning, organizing and surveying damage. Men on bulldozers were busy cutting lanes through giant piles of rubble. Roads blocked with the remnants of buildings are now, just a day after a cease-fire began, fully passable.

In Sreifa, a Hezbollah official said the group would offer an initial $10,000 to residents to help pay for the year of rent, to buy new furniture and to help feed families.

In Taibe, a town of fighting so heavy that large chunks were missing from walls and buildings where they had been sprayed with bullets, the Audi family stood with two Hezbollah volunteers, looking woefully at their windowless, bullet- and shrapnel-torn house.

In Bint Jbail, Hezbollah ambulances — large, new cars with flashing lights on the top — ferried bodies of fighters to graves out of mountains of rubble.

Hezbollah’s reputation as an efficient grass-roots social service network — as opposed to the Lebanese government, regarded by many here as sleek men in suits doing well — was in evidence everywhere. Young men with walkie-talkies and clipboards were in the battered Shiite neighborhoods on the southern edge of Bint Jbail, taking notes on the extent of the damage.

More willing, useful idiocy from the despicable NYT. Walter Duranty would be proud.

The face of the Left

Feel the love. Caring, sharing, and most of all, making the world safe for children and other living things...

zombie has them all.
zombie's images were picked up last night by Brit Hume- LGF has the story.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Can we win "Eastern" wars with Western values?

Ralph Peters, writing in the New York Post, doubts it:

This question is going to eat at our consciences for years to come - even as we learn to do what must be done.

Despite media lies about Israeli "atrocities," the IDF has been doing all it can to spare civilians. For example, the Israelis repeatedly risked commando teams deep in hostile territory to take out Hezbollah command-and-control cells - instead of just leveling the crowded apartment buildings where the terrorists were hiding. But, ultimately, all of the special operations in the world will fall far short of delivering decisive, crushing victories. We are going to have to learn to fight by the enemy's rules. And we aren't going to like it.

The wars of the future will be won by those with the greater strength of will. And boundless determination is one weapon that Islamist extremists unquestionably possess.

Do we?

Captain's Quarters had a sobering piece at the beginning of America's response to the lastest battle in the 1400 year jihad against the West, suggesting that one nuclear strike against a Western capital would inexorably lead to the Free World absolutely destroying the Muslim one. I'm afraid it's that, or quarantine. Which it will be is up to them.

Fables of the bloated Oil Ticks

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - Saudi Arabia warned against accusing Muslims of terrorism and fascism, in an apparent reference to US President George W. Bush’s claim that the United States is at war with “Islamic fascists”.

The Saudi government “called on everyone to realize that terrorism has no religion or nationality”, said a cabinet statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

It “warned against hurling charges of terrorism and fascism at Muslims without regard to the spotless history of Islamic civilization”, the statement said.

What Islam is being accused of today, like fascism, is primarily a Western cultural product,” it added, calling for close international cooperation to combat terrorism.

I've gotta learn more about the psychology of mass hallucination.

Did UK Muslims pick the wrong day to make threats?

The Independent (U.K.)
Muslim leaders will today face Government demands to take tougher steps to root our extremists in their midst. The demand follows a furious reaction by ministers to an open letter signed by Muslim organisations and politicians protesting that Tony Blair’s stance on Iraq and the Middle East provided “ammunition” to terrorists. ...

Relations between Ministers and Muslim leaders have soured after their open letter called for a shift in foreign policy “to show the world we value the lives of civilians wherever they live and whatever their religion”. John Reid, Home Secretary, retorted that foreign policy could never be dictated by terrorists.

“I’m not going to question the motives of anyone who has signed this letter,” he told BBC News 24. “But I think it is a dreadful misjudgement if we believe the foreign policy of this country should be shaped in part, or in whole, under the threat of terrorist activity if we do not have a foreign policy with which the terrorists happen to agree.”

Other ministers have called the letter “facile”, “dangerous” and “foolish” and Downing Street said Mr Blair “stands ready” to confront his critics when he returns from summer holiday and defend his record over the Middle East.

The letter was signed by 38 groups, including the Muslim Council of Britain, and three of the four Muslim MPs.
Maybe John Bull is awakening from his long slumber?
(via LGF)

AlQaeda has a "Take Your Kid to Work Day"

Australia's Daily Telegraph:
A HUSBAND and wife arrested in the British terror raids allegedly planned to take their six-month-old baby on a mid-air suicide mission.

Scotland Yard police are quizzing Abdula Ahmed Ali, 25, and his 23-year-old wife Cossor over suspicions they were to use their baby's bottle to hide a liquid bomb.

The theory is one of the reasons security chiefs are now insisting mothers taste babies' milk at check-in desks before allowing them to take bottles aboard flights.

The pair are among up to 23 suspects being questioned over a plot to bring down nine airliners over five US cities, killing thousands of people in the air and on the ground.

The questioning of the group comes as British Government sources yesterday revealed many of those suspects posed as relief workers to travel to al-Qaeda training camps in Pakistan.

It has also been revealed that security services are secretly monitoring "dozens" of fresh plots involving hundreds of suspects which could be unleashed at any time.

One government source said at least 30 priority cases were under urgent investigation.

" All those 30 are seen as serious, determined attacks that will happen unless we stop them," the source said.

Wasn't it Golda Meir who said we would have peace with the Palestinians when they loved their children more than they loved killing ours?

Moonstream Media drops the mask

A photographer named Bryan Denton, whose work has appeared in the NYT, posted on a professional-photographer's forum something remarkable. He wrote that, while in Lebanon, he personally witnessed Lebanese digging up dead bodies already in graves for presentation to the media as fresh victims. And, while Denton walked away from such obviously-sham photo opportunities, he says that the Lebanese stringer photographers were lining up behind him to snap pictures.

Ace has it all.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Lance Corporal Travis J. Kaemmerer, RIP

The Marine Combat Journalist who wrote the story of Sgt. Raael Peralta's heroic death in the battle of Falluja-
"You’re still here, don’t forget that. Tell your kids, your grandkids, what Sgt. Peralta did for you and the other Marines today."
...Ready to rush into the rear part of the house, Peralta threw open the door.
‘POP! POP! POP!’ Multiple bursts of cap-gun-like sounding AK-47 fire rang throughout the house.
Three insurgents with AK-47s were waiting for us behind the door.
Peralta was hit several times in his upper torso and face at point-blank range by the fully-automatic 7.62mm weapons employed by three terrorists.
Mortally wounded, he jumped into the already cleared, adjoining room, giving the rest of us a clear line of fire through the doorway to the rear of the house...
In an act living up to the heroes of the Marine Corps’ past, such as Medal of Honor recipients Pfc. James LaBelle and Lance Cpl. Richard Anderson, Peralta – in his last fleeting moments of consciousness- reached out and pulled the grenade into his body. LaBelle fought on Iwo Jima and Anderson in Vietnam, both died saving their fellow Marines by smothering the blast of enemy grenades.

has died in a traffic accident.

Crash claims Taunton Marine
By Dave Wedge
Boston Herald Chief Enterprise Reporter
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 - Updated: 11:52 AM EST

A Taunton soldier who survived a deadly battle in Iraq and penned an award-winning tale of the fire-fight died when his car slammed into a parked truck on a Virginia highway, police said.

Travis Kaemmerer, a Marine who was engaged to his high school sweetheart, was driving north on Interstate 95 in Lorton, Va., when his 2000 Ford Mustang left the road and crashed into a box truck sitting on the median strip with its driver inside.

Thank God for men like Cpl. Kaemmerer and Sgt. Peralta.
(via Fred Schoeneman)

A man after my own... heart

Is there no justice? I demand that the authorities get to the bottom of this.
(hat tip to my other longtime reader)


Deb Frisch, the gift that keeps on giving!

I've been kinda lonely for a little "word warrior" fun this week, and here she's stepped back up to the plate and hit herself a homer.

Seems she faked a suicide note from Froggy, and posted it to Angry in the Great White North-
...she's up to her old tricks. Finding conservative bloggers and trying to embarrass and humiliate them.
But let's be clear -- writing a suicide note and signing someone else's name to it is a form of harrassment. I've contacted Matthew Heidt, but I haven't heard back yet. It's still early morning in California. I wonder just what a Navy SEAL would do in this situation. She says he has dishonoured the memories of his fallen comrades, and then signed his name to that statement. I would never bait a Navy SEAL that way. Actually, I would never bait a Navy SEAL in any way.

So, Steve's taking votes on whether to ban her or not. Don't worry, Deb, you'll always be welcome here! Both of my longtime readers and I need the... stimulation.
C'mon Deb, you know you wanna!

Replace minimum wage laws with a free market in education?

Economist Walter Williams tackles minimum wage laws, shows why they don't make economic sense, and concludes by suggesting that people who want to help low-skilled workers should "do something about the rotten education that many receive".

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The Moronic Convergance has arrived

As both my long-time readers know, one of my pet theories is the convergence of the far left and far right, each circling so far that they meet in a hideous drooling syphilitic inbred Siamese-twin antisemitic cretinism.
Steve Janke at the excellent Angry in the Great White North has details...
Cindy Sheehan packed her bags and left Crawford, Texas, Tuesday afternoon and arrived home in Berkeley, Ca. late Tuesday evening. Sheehan rushed back to do damage control after explosive information became public today about an alleged affair that began while she was still married to her husband Patrick, and after her son Casey Sheehan died in Sadr City, Iraq attempting to rescue members of his trapped squad.

Sources are telling authors Melanie Morgan and Catherine Moy, (American Mourning, Cumberland Press) that Sheehan is furious that the news of her affair has gone public. Sources have identified the boyfriend as former right-winger Lew Rockwell of the Ludwig Von Mises think tank located in Alabama, who is himself married.

Puts this unintentionally hilarious comment left at the Mises Institute blog in a hoe-ll new light, dunnit?
But someone mentioned Lew Rockwell. A terrible choice, I think. Yes, he's often an eloquent anti-statist, but like so many he loses his mind when it comes to Israel. I note that Rockwell's next hoe-down features Cindy Sheehan.

Heh heh heh. He said hoe.

Mike Wallace through history- the Hitler Interviews

"Some criticize his policy decisions, while others feel he lacks flexibility, but as we learned when we sat down with him, there's a lot more to Der Fuhrer than meets the eye. He's short of stature, but shows no signs of self-consciousness, designs his own uniforms and is an accomplished artist. Even his moustache defies convention."

(swiped from Wuzzadem)

Gunter Grass, Nobel winner, moral exemplar, blah blah blah

Imagine that. From the Waffen Schutzstaffe to unblinking Stalinist and vicious anti-American. The Nobel Committee must be prouder than ever. Retroactive proud. The best kind of proud.
But I vas chust followink orders!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Mike Wallace "comes out". heh.

Mike Wallace came out of retirement to interview Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Wallace found him to be “an impressive fellow.” Indeed, he might have a little man-crush on him, remarking,
“He’s actually, in a strange way, he’s a rather attractive man, very smart, savvy, self-assured, good looking in a strange way.”

In other news, his son, Chris Wallace, said
"He's lost it. The man has lost it. What can I say," the younger Wallace lamented to WRKO Boston radio host Howie Carr on Friday.

"He's 87-years old and things have set in," the Fox anchor continued. "I mean, we're going to have a competence hearing pretty soon."

Great. Now I've got to go wash my eyes out with hydrochloric acid.


Brazenly lifted from

"Patience, my pretties"

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Lights! Camera! Helmet!

Green Helmet, exposed as the director of "news coverage" at Qana.

But it can't be true! After all, according to AP senior vice president and executive editor Kathleen Carroll last week:

Carroll said in addition to personally speaking with photo editors, “I also know from 30 years of experience in this business that you can’t get competitive journalists to participate in the kind of (staging) experience that is being described.”

Whew. Glad she's cleared that up! After all, who are you going to believe- trained professional journalists with multiple layers of painstaking editorial fact-checking or your lying eyes?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

zombie says it best

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Fauxtography- it's cropping up everywhere!

Almost more on my plate than I can say grace over-
Michelle Malkin's great Vent of the day

Drinking from Home has Extreme Makeover- Beirut Edition!

Slublog reviews the crowd-pleaser "The Passion of the Toys"

Confederate Yankee shakes up the dead

The tireless EU Referendum, who asks
"...these are examples of picture fraud, which can be detected. The captions which the journalists supply can also be fraudulent, but no amount of forensic examination will pick that up. But, if they're rigging the pictures, how can you possibly trust the words?"

Couldn'a said it better myself.

NPR is good for something

NPR reports that:
shepherds in the rural western Baghdad neighborhood of Gazalea have recently been murdered, according to locals, for failing to diaper their goats...

...because the sight of unburkha-ed goat genitals may cause impure thoughts in the locals.
Look! Up in the sky! It's... SuperImam!... faster than a speeding parody!

But why, you may ask, would NPR choose to carry a story that makes the ROP look ridiculous? Oh yeah, it makes the U.S. look like bad for not turning Baghdad into Boston. Silly me.

Monday, August 07, 2006

What's a lousy 4000 percent error between friends?

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) — Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Monday that one person was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the southern village of Houla, not 40 as he had earlier reported.

“The massacre in Houla, it turned out that there was one person killed,” Reuters quoted Siniora as saying. “They thought that the whole building smashed on the heads of about 40 people ... thank God they have been saved.”

Siniora had earlier told Arab foreign ministers in Beirut that the attack “was a horrific massacre ... in which more than 40 martyrs were victims of deliberate bombing.”
(via LGF)

"Useless Ceasefires and the Tragedy of the Unter-Menschen"

A brilliant analysis at Sigmund, Carl and Alfred of the predictable failure of any "ceasefire" agreement entered into by Hezbollah, Hamas, or any other Islamist entity. In addition to taqqiya, the permissable lies told to infidels, there are darker forces at work:
In the Arab world, hatred of Jews is taught, encouraged and rewarded- and that is why a ceasefire is meaningless. The hate, racism and radicalization of Arabs is nothing more than basic training for the next generation of terrorists. The deliberate and concerted effort to make anti Semitism a fundamental and basic tenet of Arab identity is a sickness- a deliberate attempt by dysfunctional political and religious leaders to create a lesser person, someone incapable of thinking for themselves and incapable of controlling their own destiny. These regimes, use religion to create a citizen they can easily control and manipulate.

Adolph Hitler wanted to create the uber-mensch- the 'super-man.' It is becoming more and more apparent that the Arab world has deliberately set out to create the unter mensch- the 'lesser-man.' The nations of these 'unter-menschen' have created an identity for them- victims. Not just any victims, but 'special victims.' Unlike the Jews that came out of Europe, these 'special victims' will never be create what the Jews created- and thus, they are even more 'special victims.' When you are a really 'special victim,' the rules don't apply to you. The psychopathology becomes 'understood' and even, in a way, acceptable. That is what we are seeing now.

Read the whole thing.

The first casualty

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Al-Reuters caught red-handed

After Eason admitted sweetening the news collected by the Baghdad bureau lest it be expelled for, I dunno, reporting the truth, one would imagine the MSM would be on their best behavior. Because of, you know, the "painstaking multiple layers of fact-checking and editorial oversight". Well, Ace, Jawa Report, Dan Riehl, Wuzzadem and A.J. Strata have devastating evidence of their gullibility, if not actual complicity in the charade that is Pallywood.
Apparently American media organizations aren't particularly interested in how foreign stringers keep getting these poignant contrasts of the innocence of childhood and the grimness of war over and over again.

I guess they're just lucky or something.

The American media is setting itself up for a massive scandal. One day, it will in fact come out that they are guilty of willful blindness and a deliberate avoidance of asking their stringers tough questions to maintain their own plausible deniability.
UPDATE: (via Protein Wisdom)
Reuters has retracted the blatantly manipulated image that started this line of inquiry, and dropped "freelancer" Adnan Hajj.

Conan, collecting all the pretty little easter eggs in one basket so you don't have to.
(hat tips to all of the fine bloggers above)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Day by Day of the day

So, which war on terror *will* you support?

Ace rips out the heart of the pathetic leftie pose and stomps that sucker flat:
If the left consists of such kill-crazy super-terrorist-keyboard-warriors as they so often claim, who are really, really are eager to fight the "right war" against terror (generally defined as any war the US is not actually involved in, or about to enter), then why are they incapable of supporting Israel's war against a group which is

1) unambiguously terroristic,

2) without any legitimate claims to land (as Hamas might have),

3) supported and armed by Iran, the country they often claim is the country we should have fought instead of Iraq (of course, had we done so, they'd've said we should have fought Iraq instead),

4) provoked Israel into an unavoidable defensive War of Necessity, not a "War of Choice," by raining rockets upon its cities


5) is furthermore required by the UN -- the UN! -- to disarm and cease all illegal paramilitary attacks on Israel?

All the usual prerequisites the left usually lists for gaining their blessing for war are easily met here. And yet-- no blessing.


I love that guy when he's on fire. Well, actually all the time. But not in a gay way. Like a Viking.

Friday, August 04, 2006

The false god of the moderns...

Is Priapus, and the act of worship he now demands is child sacrifice.
Richard H. Reeb of the Claremont Institute has a brilliant essay on the return of this most ancient of horrors-
The late Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, once said that peace with the Palestinians will be possible when they love their own children more than they hate the Israelis. In saying so, she touched upon a fundamental difference between pagan and biblical religion: the presence or absence of child sacrifice.

Many ancient peoples believed in sacrificing a child to an angry god like Moloch or Baal in order to avert misfortune. Today, thousands of Muslims believe that sacrificing their children as "suicide" bombers in a crowd of people pleases their God Allah. More, Islamic terrorists invite the death of children by placing their military and political headquarters in residential areas which they know their enemies will strike.

In the Western world, too many young women believe that sacrificing a child before its birth will appease their angry boyfriends or relatives. Leading thinkers and politicians have aided and abetted this ritual.

Get thee hence. Read it, and weep.
(hat tip: Junkyard Blog)

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Must have been...Unitarians!

Baltimore police are investigating a firebombing at Baltimore Hebrew University after an employee reported a loud noise and then a fire at the base of a side door of a building in the 5800 block of Park Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

The incident occurred about 2:45 p.m. yesterday. Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman, said the female employee alerted maintenance workers who came and extinguished the small fire and then alerted authorities.

Moses said detectives determined the fire was started by an incendiary device, such as a Molotov cocktail, thrown at a steel door, causing no damage. It is being investigated by the department’s arson unit, but has not yet been classified as a hate crime.

“At this point, there’s nothing that would indicate that this is a hate crime,” Moses said. “They have problems with juveniles in that area.”

(The first, and with any mercy at all, last time I'll ever link the Baltimore Sun.)


Cox & Forkum, of course.
Go there for the cartoons. Linger there for the commentary!

Check out the latest from Israel

New blogger Yoni, a former IDF sniper. He's got an in-depth look at the various IDF special forces units and a good rundown on the Israeli hijacking of Hezbazhole TV.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Wafa Sultan: It's not a clash of civilizations...

Here are excerpts from an interview with Arab-American psychiatrist Wafa Sultan. The interview was aired on Al-Jazeera TV on February 21, 2006

Wafa Sultan: The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on the one hand, and the violation of these rights, on other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilizations. Civilizations do not clash, but compete.I am not a Christian, a Muslim, or a Jew. I am a secular human being. I do not believe in the supernatural, but I respect others' right to believe in it.

Wafa Sultan: The Jews have come from the tragedy (of the Holocaust), and forced the world to respect them, with their knowledge, not with their terror, with their work, not their crying and yelling. Humanity owes most of the discoveries and science of the 19th and 20th centuries to Jewish scientists. 15 million people, scattered throughout the world, united and won their rights through work and knowledge. We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people. The Muslims have turned three Buddha statues into rubble. We have not seen a single Buddhist burn down a Mosque, kill a Muslim, or burn down an embassy. Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people, and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them.