Freeman is a shocking choice. He has a long and deep association with Saudi Arabia. In particular, he became president of the Middle East Policy Council in 1997. The MEPC is a mouthpiece for the Saudi government, which finances it. In this capacity, the MEPC has published an abridged version of the notorious essay by John Mearsheimer and Walt, "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," which argues that American Jews have a stranglehold on the U.S. Congress, and use it to advance Israeli interests at the expense of those of the U.S. According to Schoenfeld, Freeman has expressly endorsed this thesis. It looks like Samantha Power won't be lonely in the Obama administration.To Hell with those filthy Jews and Chinese community organizers. Fire up the tanks.
An attack on the "Israel Lobby" by this tool of Saudi interests is actually rather amusing, or would be but for Obama's decision to put Freeman in charge of a potentially key intelligence group. Will the left be offended by the appointment of King Abdullah's lapdog? I feel confident that, with the possibility of a few exceptions, it will not be.
If all of this weren't disconcerting enough, Schoenfeld also points out that Freeman is an unabashed supporter of the Chinese tyrants. And not out of Hillary Clinton style pragmatism, either. Freeman has written (in a "confidential" internet discussion) in favor of the Tiananmen Square massacre, calling it "a monument to overly cautious behavior on the part of the leadership, not an example of rash action." He added, "I do not believe it is acceptable for any country to allow the heart of its national capital to be occupied by disidents intent on disrupting the normal functions of government, however appealing to foreigners their propaganda may be."
Thursday, February 26, 2009
A Russian man died after guzzling a bottle of Viagra to keep him going for a 12-hour orgy with two female pals.Hmm. I can't decide on a snarky closing line. The contenders:
The women had bet mechanic Sergey Tuganov $4,300 that he wouldn’t be able to follow through with the half-day sex marathon.
But minutes after winning the bet, the 28-year-old died of a heart attack, Moscow police said.
1) Talk about rigor mortis!
2) If he'd survived, the girls probably would have stiffed him anyway.
3) Hey, what the Hell happened to 'Viva Viagra'?!!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
It's no coincidence, either.
Abuses began to pick up in December after Obama was elected, human rights lawyer Ahmed Ghappour told Reuters. He cited beatings, the dislocation of limbs, spraying of pepper spray into closed cells, applying pepper spray to toilet paper and over-forcefeeding detainees who are on hunger strike.
The Pentagon said on Monday that it had received renewed reports of prisoner abuse during a recent review of conditions at Guantanamo, but had concluded that all prisoners were being kept in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.
"According to my clients, there has been a ramping up in abuse since President Obama was inaugurated," said Ghappour, a British-American lawyer with Reprieve, a legal charity that represents 31 detainees at Guantanamo.
"Certainly in my experience there have been many, many more reported incidents of abuse since the inauguration," added Ghappour, who has visited Guantanamo six times since late September and based his comments on his own observations and conversations with both prisoners and guards.Reuters, of course, attempts to absolve President Obama of any responsibility for the treatment of prisoners in a facility run by the military of which he is Commander-in-Chief. But we all know from eight years of media coverage of the Bush administration that any misdeed by any member of the armed forces is ipso facto evidence of official executive-branch policy to sow cruelty and inhumanity.
Applying the same standard to which bush was held, we see clearly that any improper actions on the part of Guantanamo guards are President Obama's fault.
Will we ever be free of this monster?
Saturday, February 21, 2009
When will we ever be free of this monstrous regime?
The Obama administration has told a federal judge that military detainees in Afghanistan have no legal right to challenge their imprisonment there, embracing a key argument of former President Bush’s legal team.
In a two-sentence filing late Friday, the Justice Department said that the new administration had reviewed its position in a case brought by prisoners at the United States Air Force base at Bagram, just north of the Afghan capital. The Obama team determined that the Bush policy was correct: such prisoners cannot sue for their release.
“Having considered the matter, the government adheres to its previously articulated position,” wrote Michael F. Hertz, acting assistant attorney general....
The Bush administration had argued that federal courts have no jurisdiction to hear such a case because the prisoners are noncitizens being held in the course of military operations outside the United States. The Obama team was required to take a stand on whether those arguments were correct because a federal district judge, John D. Bates, asked the new government whether it wanted to alter that position.
The Obama administration’s decision was generally expected among legal specialists. But it was a blow to human rights lawyers who have challenged the Bush administration’s policy of indefinitely detaining “enemy combatants” without trials.
The power of civilian federal judges to review individual decisions by the executive branch to hold a terrorism suspect as an enemy combatant was one of the most contentious legal issues surrounding the Bush administration. For years, President Bush’s legal team argued that federal judges had no authority under the Constitution to hear challenges by detainees being held at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere.
h/t - Jonah at NRO
2. Huffington Post readers post venomous comments declaring that Gibson is inhuman, vile and racist, and should die.
3. Other liberal websites pick up the video and post it.
4. Readers at those sites post similar comments regarding Gibson's inherent evil and his resulting need to suffer horribly.
5. A simple fact-check by a conservative blogger reveals that the original video was doctored. To wit: Gibson never said any such thing.
6. Huffington Post blames unaffiliated third party for its own failure to conduct a simple fact-check before libeling Gibson.
7. The hoax is revealed to have originated with a Baltimore television reporter, who created the doctored video.
8. The ruse being revealed, commentators at Huffington Post don't care, insisting that, anyway, what really matters here is that Gibson and Fox News are sooooo evil that it was plausible that this video could have been authentic. Thus, despite being fake, it's accurate.
Aaaaaand . . . scene.
Detailed version here.
Dan Rather, call your office.
He campaigned on a promise to “tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over.” Once elected? Not so much.
He campaigned on a promise to give the public 5 days to review proposed legislation before signing it. Once elected? Not so much.
Broken campaign promises are one thing. (In fact, I'm glad for some of them, like his broken promises to pull out of Iraq and close Gitmo immediately upon taking office.) But there's a whole other level of cravenness involved when -- in the course of one week -- he signs the most expensive, bloated, unnecessary, palm-greasing, crony-rewarding, budget-destroying piece of legislation in the history of human civilization, and then announces, with all the down-his-nose-talking sternness he can muster, that it's time to restore "fiscal responsibility to Washington."
Counterintuitive? Counterproductive? Sure. But, Hell, He Won. So shut up and stop asking questions. If you know what's good for you.
We are going backwards in this country on issues of race and identity — moving more toward the dark side of identity politics than toward the idea that individualism transcends group affiliation — and so, as a country grounded in a shared set of institutionalized beliefs, we are moving toward the left not only politically but ideologically. And each time we do, we move further away from our own founding principles.
The idea the we now need to be circumspect about our expression because there are more idiots in the electorate who don’t know who writes legislation and, more generally, who are simply looking to be offended (because it is far easier a feat than becoming informed, and one that provides the offended attention, which they crave far more than knowledge), is proof that the left’s identity politics and victim patronage system is taking popular hold — not surprising, given that its components, from the way we are taught to think about interpretation to the way we are taught to “deconstruct” “truths”, have been carefully spoonfed to us over the last 40 or so years.
Chickens coming home to roost and all that.
On the bright side, the "offending" cartoon is nothing less than stimulus for Al Sharpton.
Jeff Goldstein's inimitable blog, Protein Wisdom, deals frequently in language, semiotics and the politics of meaning. Jeff's key thematic contribution to contemporary political discourse is his robust defense of intentionalism -- the notion that in faithfully interpreting text (or art), the primary goal should be to determine the writer's (or artist's) intent. This is an important principle in a society that has unfortunately come to embrace the opposite approach; modern (or post-modern) academics have become infatuated with deconstructionism, the upshot of which is that contemporary audiences are encouraged to graft their own meanings (or simply emotional responses) onto the works of others and to judge those works according to the sensibilities of the percipient, subverting the intent of the creator, and defying any notion that expression can have "true" meaning.
Hence, the Constitution confers whatever rights modern readers choose to find in it, innocent works of art become "racist" when observed by those predisposed to manufactured grievance, and everything becomes, as they say, relative.
But setting modern political argumentation aside, Jeff also enlightens his readers with his formidable background in literature. And one of his regular co-bloggers, Dan Collins, has taken that effort to another level. Recently Dan invited PW readers to join him in a guided study of Shakespeare's writing, with an emphasis on how the Bard's use of language reveals truths -- or if not truths, then at least motivations -- somewhat removed from the literal action of his plays and even purposefully obscured from the surface of the text in the scripts.
The starting point in our little academic journey was a book I commend to all: James Shapiro's A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599. Shapiro, a literary and cultural historian at Columbia University, takes a slice of Elizabethan England's history and fashions a vivid, page-turning exploration of the world in which Shakespeare lived and worked, and how facets of that world likely influenced what and how he wrote.
Drawing on such "current events" as England's struggles to put down an Irish rebellion, an anticipated attack by Spain on England's shores, and the cultural ramifications of transforming a Catholic society into a Protestant one, Shapiro illuminates how pressures and trends of the age manifested themselves in the plays Shakespeare penned that year, including Henry V, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and As You Like It.
It's a remarkably accessible work, given its subject matter, and designed for casual readers as much as for scholars; indeed -- despite not having read any Shakespeare since college, nor having been particularly interested in his work even then -- I scarcely could put it down.
If this sort of thing interests you, Dan's online course may as well. You can find him at Protein Wisdom. Drop him a line (vermontaigne [at] gmail.com) and join us.
Which made it all the more interesting when, earlier this week, the Washington Post revealed what a FOIA request turned up regarding how Moyers made his living as a political operative for the Johnson administration before he became a "journalist." In particular, "Moyers, a White House aide now best known as a liberal television commentator, is described in the records as seeking information on the sexual preferences of White House staff members."
Moreover, "[o]nly a few weeks before the 1964 election, a powerful presidential assistant, Walter Jenkins, was arrested in a men’s room in Washington. Evidently, the president was concerned that Barry Goldwater would use that against him in the election . . . . Moyers was tasked to direct [FBI Director J. Edgar] Hoover to do an investigation of Goldwater’s staff to find similar evidence of homosexual activity. Mr. Moyers’ memo to the FBI was in one of the files."
I wonder what Moyers would say about similar efforts by a Republican political operative. I also wonder whether Moyers would accept the following explanation from such an operative under questioning by a journalist: "Moyers said by e-mail yesterday that his memory is unclear after so many years but that he may have been simply looking for details of allegations first brought to the president by Hoover."
Yeah, I bet he'd accept that and move along.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
What are the duties of the job? It's not entirely clear yet, but some compelling clues can be gleaned by considering the individual President Obama has appointed to the new post.
Shauna Daly is a 29-year-old Democrat campaign worker. In particular, Daly has specialized in "opposition research," which is really a euphemistic term for "digging up dirt on political opponents. (And, yes, the GOP does this, too.)
Daly led the effort, for example, to dig up information on Mitt Romney dating back to his birth (as well as on other GOP candidates for various offices), signing DNC letters to state agencies requesting "any and all records of communication" relating to the targets.
Given that Daly's new executive branch gig is in the office of the White House Counsel, it bears noting that Daly has absolutely zero legal education, training or background.
What reasonable conclusion can we draw? It appears to me that President Obama has just installed a Chief Opposition Dirt-Digger in his administration, and that he has secreted her in his lawyer's office, which will enable efforts to keep her activities hidden behind the veil of privilege.
(h/t Dan Collins at Protein Wisdom)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Mostly, they just carry on with their ecstatic rapture, making no effort to mitigate the obviousness of their obsession.
The latest example comes from the New York Times Online opinion pages. NYT blogger Judith Warner has Obama on the brain something fierce, and apparently so do her friends:
The other night I dreamt of Barack Obama. He was taking a shower right when I needed to get into the bathroom to shave my legs, and then he was being yelled at by my husband, Max, for smoking in the house. It was not clear whether Max was feeling protective of the president’s health or jealous because of the cigarette.Paints a picture, huh? Warner doesn't elaborate on what might have transpired before The One lit a smoke and hopped in the shower (or whether Max was involved in the festivities). But since she found herself dreaming about Obama, Warner wondered whether she was alone, and launched an email inquiry to her friends and readers. Fortunately -- well, maybe unfortunately -- some of Warner's respondents didn't leave as much to the imagination:
Many women — not too surprisingly — were dreaming about sex with the president. In these dreams, the women replaced Michelle with greater or lesser guilt or, in the case of a 62-year-old woman in North Florida, whose dream was reported to me by her daughter, found a fully above-board solution: “Michelle had divorced Barack because he had become ‘too much of a star.’ He then married my mother, who was oh so proud to be the first lady,” the daughter wrote me.Perhaps the "interesting mental drama" is the one that has seemingly functional adults staring at the ceiling and speculating about how frequently the president and the first lady get nasty.
There was some daydreaming too, much of it a collective fantasy about the still-hot Obama marriage. “Barack and Michelle Obama look like they have sex. They look like they like having sex,” a Los Angeles woman wrote to me, summing up the comments of many. “Often. With each other. These days when the sexless marriage is such a big celebrity in America (and when first couples are icons of rigid propriety), that’s one interesting mental drama.”
Don't get me wrong, though, the dreams (whether nocturnal or daytime) don't have to be sexual to be creepy:
There was a dream, sent from Minneapolis, about buying Barack the perfect sandwich, and a dream from Westport, Conn., about inviting Michelle and the girls over for lunch and a play date: “I told her I’d make tuna fish sandwiches and cupcakes, and told her that she didn’t need to worry about the kids, no need to hire a sitter or extra secret service, that I had a nice basement/playroom for them. I explained how hard it was to move to a new home, and to take her time if she needed to unpack or run to Costco or something. She asked me about other supermarkets, and I told her that Stop & Shop had a sale on tuna fish and paper towels.” And one woman in Wisconsin had frequent daydreams about having the Obamas over for a glass of wine.I hope the Secret Service is paying attention. 'Cause that's some crazy right there.
One woman wrote that when she couldn’t get to sleep at night, she “lay in bed and thought about the Obama girls in their rooms at the White House. I thought about Marian Robinson up on the third floor. And about Barack and Michelle, a couple who clearly have a ‘thing’ for each other, spooning together in bed. It helped me relax.”
Of course, as in just about any blog, the really fun stuff is in the comments. A sampling:
- "Also, I am as obsessed with the Obamas having sex as the next person, but we don’t know marriages until you’re inside them, and let’s just leave the Obamas alone."
- "What’s wonderful is that this political/cultural experience is propelling American society - and perhaps the planet - into a whole new phase of evolution and development. "
- "great column. I too had a dream about Barack Obama. We were at some sort of luncheon together. He was very friendly and a bit provocative . I may have sat in his lap. It was a little surprising, but he seemed very real and approachable. I guess I’m not alone in my dreaming."
- "Phew… now I feel somehow left out, since I so far have not had any dreams about the Obamas at all. What I would like, however, is the chance to write to both President and Mrs Obama from time to time and know they they themselves actually read what I write.
They wouldn’t have to write back: I’d know that they’d heard me because of the policies they’d pursue and because they’d refer to my ideas and anecdotes in their speeches. But of course I’d love it if they did respond personally, and if the first thing they said was, “Please, call me Michelle (or Barack).” That’s my fantasy."
- "Oh My God. Count me as one who has had several warm sexual sleep dreams about Barack. What is even funnier is how my regular old daydreams stop when I watch the Obamas on TV. Its as if the Obama Presidency is more fantastic that my fantasies. For years I’ve conjured up a politician to fight for what I believe in, but Obama is actually better than that imaginary guy. it’s weird!"
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. It's creepy, unseemly, cultish, disgusting, and dangerous. At least, once in awhile, we can laugh at their expense.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Predictably, Erdogan and Moussa seized the opportunity to slander Israel and whitewash Islamic terror groups' efforts to destroy the Jews.
Also present was Israeli President (and former Prime Minister) Shimon Peres. Peres is a well-known dove. He has spent his long public life bargaining land for peace, giving the likes of Yasir Arafat the benefit of the doubt, and tempering criticism of Palestinian violence in favor of the rhetoric of hope.
Evidently, however, even the Great Dove can only take so much. His response speaks for itself, below (in three parts).
Friday, February 06, 2009
"I think it's absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it's called the Fairness Standard, whether it's called something else – I absolutely think it's time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place."Yes! Fairness! Accountability! Fairness! Standards! Stabenow has nothing but the purest of motives.
Oh, wait . . . what's this:
Stabenow's husband, Tom Athans, was executive vice president of the left-leaning talk radio network Air America. He left the network in 2006, when it filed for bankruptcy, and co-founded the TalkUSA Radio Network.Huh. Stabenow's husband is the co-founder of a liberal talk-radio network and the former executive VP of a similar network that failed utterly to compete with conservative talk radio. And now Stabenow is using her office to level the playing field by threatening to take away radio stations' broadcasting licenses unless they -- wait for it -- air more liberal talk radio to "balance out" conservative programming.
I wonder if that would benefit her husband financially. I wonder if it would benefit her financially.
I'll give her this: It's transparent, alright.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
President Barack Obama warned on Thursday that failure to act on an economic recovery package could plunge the nation into a long-lasting recession that might prove irreversible, a fresh call to a recalcitrant Congress to move quickly.Nevermind.
In an op-ed piece in The Washington Post, the president argued that each day without his stimulus package, Americans lose more jobs, savings and homes. His message came as congressional leaders struggle to control the huge stimulus bill that's been growing larger by the day in the Senate. The addition of a new tax break for homebuyers Wednesday evening sent the price tag well past $900 billion.
Senate Democratic leaders hope for passage of the legislation by Friday at the latest, although prospects appear to hinge on crafting a series of spending reductions that would make the bill more palatable to centrists in both parties.
Obama painted a bleak picture if lawmakers do nothing.
"This recession might linger for years. Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse," Obama wrote in the newspaper piece titled, "The Action Americans Need."
But, Heck, nothin' says short-term macroeconomic stimulus like taxpayer-funded community activists and high-def TV subsidies.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
At the end of the SCHIP signing, a member of the press corps jumped the rope penning off reporters to get an autograph from POTUS. Secret Service swooped in and stopped him. An Obama aide said the man is still being held by Secret Service. No details yet on the reporter's name or publication.Nor any details on whether the reporter is subject to excommunication. For his sake, I hope The One is as forgiving of feisty worshippers as the Pope is of Holocaust-deniers.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Grab an air sickness bag and watch this:
Okay, terrific. I hate to bore his holiness with science but similar case studies carried out as late as 1994 through 2000 produced the following conclusions:
"The present study shows that in spite of the passage of a considerable period of time (over 45 years) in the walls of the facilities which once were in contact with hydrogen cyanide the vestigial amounts of the combinations of this constituent of Zyklon B have been preserved. This is also true of the ruins of the former gas chambers."
Revisionism — in its modern & basic application — is an agenda of hate, of marginalization, of bigotry, of malice to reason. It is corrupted data, disassociated facts, a perversion of statistics to introduce a palatable notion of doubt into established tragedy. A deletion of every Jew, homosexual, Gypsy, POW, Arab, Slav and unknown slaughtered for the air they breathed. For being. The tinkerings of genocide.
Yet here remains the Catholic Church — the storied T Rex of revisionism — that moves its
In the interest of slander I would never intimate that Bishop Williamson molested innocent Catholic children but anything is possible.
In the wake of Williamson's reinstatement came these comments from Monsignor Robert Wister, professor of church history at Immaculate Conception School of Theology at Seton Hall University in New Jersey to the Huffington Post:
"While Williamson's comments may be offensive and erroneous, they are not an excommunicable offense... 'To deny the Holocaust is not a heresy even though it is a lie,' he said. 'The excommunication can be lifted because he is not a heretic, but he remains a liar.'"
Just like his Pope.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
This is a cult. This is your Democratic Party. This is what it means to be a liberal these days. It's silly, creepy, and dangerous. If Republicans ever behaved this way . . . well, nevermind; Republicans don't behave this way.
Germans have done it from time to time. North Koreans, too.