How hard was it to find out Valerie Plame's profession? Of course, Fitzgerald will say this is irrelevant, but that makes him more the ass.
Strutting and fretting in an insane world.
How hard was it to find out Valerie Plame's profession? Of course, Fitzgerald will say this is irrelevant, but that makes him more the ass.
There are only some situations where Ghandi and MLK's tactics work. And none of them involve terrorists, fascists, NAZIs, The Red Chinese or Stalinists. If you think your presence in Iraq is going to change the minds of anybody over there, you're a fool.
That cinches a nomination for Hillary. There is going to be a $100 million entry fee at the end of 2007 to be considered a serious candidate. Why? Because of federal campaign finance laws and 527 organizations.
"Facing a loss at a 2008 straw poll event this weekend, Senator John McCain of Arizona told his supporters to write in President Bush [?] as a sign of support, leaving many sputtering."
Torie Clarke, whom many of us know from her days as the Pentagon Commmunications chief, has written a book. It's called Lipstick on a Pig : Winning In the No-Spin Era by Someone Who Knows the Game. She obvious recognizes Glenn Reynolds' point in his book that the press and those who deal with it can no longer count on in because of the internet and bloggers.
Villainous Company (If you can get past the image at the top):
I am disgusted beyond measure. And for once, speechless. In their cynical pandering to a craven and ill-informed electorate, our trigger-happy Congress has once more fired off a shot that will indeed be heard round the world.Read the David Ignatius piece in today's Washington Post along with this editorial. What I like about the editorial is that it doesn't follow the normal pattern of the media of burdening the president with every failure by other in the government. In this case, the fault belongs to the Democrats, the Republicans in Congress and the American public.
David Broder blows a kiss to retiring Ways and Means chairman Bill Thomas:
Thomas is an able, principled conservative who has pushed through major legislation that has changed the direction of national policy and altered millions of people's life prospects. He is also someone who has inflicted substantial damage to the legislative process and to personal relationships on Capitol Hill, leaving bruised feelings in his wake.As someone once said, "Politics ain't beanbag*." Funny, I don't recall any of the famous Democrat Congressional leaders being all that sensitive or worried about bruised feelings.
How much is insulting the UAE going to cost the U.S., including loss of its cooperation in tracking terrorists' funding?
As the House Appropriations Committee yesterday marked up legislation to kill Dubai Ports World’s acquisition of Britain’s Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation (P&O), the emirate let it be known that it is preparing to hit back hard if necessary.Of course, allowing the Democrats to regain control of Congress might cost more, but why do those have to be the only choices?
A source close to the deal said members of Dubai’s royal family are furious at the hostility both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have shown toward the deal.
“They’re saying, ‘All we’ve done for you guys, all our purchases, we’ll stop it, we’ll just yank it,’” the source said.
Retaliation from the emirate could come against lucrative deals with aircraft maker Boeing and by curtailing the docking of hundreds of American ships, including U.S. Navy ships, each year at its port in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the source added.
It is not clear how much of Dubai’s behind-the-scenes anger would be followed up by action, but Boeing has been made aware of the threat and is already reportedly lobbying to save the ports deal.
The Emirates Group airline will decide later this year whether it will buy Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner or its competitor, Airbus A350. The airline last fall placed an order worth $9.7 billion for 42 Boeing 777 aircraft, making Dubai Boeing’s largest 777 customer.
Why aren't there any U.S. companies who can run our ports?
Americans' perception of Islam is trending negative. James Taranto says that the media war against the war in Irag has not just hurt Bush, but Muslims as well:
Our sense is that the media's antiwar bias is feeding the public's anti-Muslim bias. By relentlessly focusing on the bad news in Iraq and playing down the good, journalists perpetuate an image of the Muslim world as a hostile, uncivilized place.I'm not sure I'd blame it on the media coverage of the war as much as the riots over the Danish cartoons. We all saw those images of Islamic men and women holding up their purple fingers, but they were hard to remember when we saw the crazed attacks on western businesses, flag burning and death threats against the cartoonists and the ruined Golden Mosque. I'm sure that the chorus that the war has been lost hasn't helped, but I don't think that by itself could have caused this result.
if Microsoft is going to compete with them. Maybe, Apple is hoping for a market for its own OS to run on Intel machines. Microsoft's previous forays into hardware have had mixed results. Their mouse was very popular. The Xbox360 has left a lot of people angry. Origami is supposed to raise the stakes against the iPod by putting a whole computer into a 7" package. I won't be running out to get one. I think that the non-volatile memory is attractive, but I can't see myself using a computer without a keyboard.
I wouldn't say "arrogant." More like bizarrely inept. They can't even make a contract with each other, let alone with America.
If George Bush had the bubbly, ebullient personality of Ronald Reagan, I don't think he'd be getting so much grief from his own party. Reagan presided over huge deficits too, but his position was that you don't balance the budget by raising taxes. I think that Bush feels that way, too, but he hasn't put up enough of a protest.
Some years ago, Utah adopted a marketing slogan, "Utah. A pretty, great state." The English majors got it, but nobody else did. Then they adopted "The greatest snow on earth," and got sued by Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey Circus. They won in the end, but didn't somebody think about asking first?
If Glenn Reynolds wanted to run for office or get an appointment as a federal judge would he be such a vocal critic of the Patriot Act or create a paper trail like Instapundit? Of course, he's an avowed libertarian, which shows that he wouldn't be willing to do what it takes to get elected these days, but not a Libertarian, which shows he's got a brain.
The UN is preparing to invade Darfur for a "peacekeeping" mission. Don't you have to restore peace before you can keep it?
Reports that blogger Brian Pickrell published material from a Wal-Mart flack without attribution, turn out to be less unethical from his end than the newsmongers want us to believe. You have to read through to page 2 of Howard Kurtz's piece to get to Pickrell's side of the story. He says that the Wal-Mart stuff was posted as quotes from "a reader." I can't tell if he knew the "reader" was a PR firm for Wal-Mart, but if he agrees with it and puts it in quotes, I don't see the harm. Maybe the NYTimes hasn't heard of "spoofing." The sender shown in your email program doesn't necessarily exist. Maybe they've heard of "spam."
At least 8,000 members of the all-volunteer U.S. military have deserted since the Iraq war began, Pentagon records show, although the overall desertion rate has plunged since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. [My italics]The rest of the story does give correct data, I think, but couching it in terms of the war is a dishonest implication that there is something ominous about these data. If anything, they're good news, but that's not how USA Today want it to play. As James Taranto points out, the story is spun to "follow their Iraq-as-Vietnam script, whether or not it's consistent with the facts." How dare such people lecture bloggers, or anybody else, on ethics?
From those who claim great wisdom, wisdom, not incompetence, is required. Woe unto them who claim to deliver truth when they are found to be shading it.
Jason Smith takes apart a report that 8000 members of the military have deserted since the War in Iraq began. The headline implies that there is a connection between the war and these desertions, which is a blatant lie.
By the time the election rolls around, people are going to know where Democrats stand.
This report demonstrates what results when you create a right not to be offended. How do we discuss any issue without being "hurtful" to somebody?
Dennis the Peasant blows holes in the "helping our enemies" meme the Democrats are riding:
The fact of the matter is that the Carter and Clinton Administrations sold weapons to the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia just as fast as did the Reagan, Bush Senior or Bush Junior Administrations. The F-16 C/Ds sold by the Clinton Administration to the United Arab Emirates, with the full approval of the Republican Congress, are more advanced than the F-16 C/Ds in our own nation’s service. This was done during the years that the United Arab Emirates openly recognized the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and whatever moral and ethical qualms the Administration and Congress had – if any – about handing over 80 advanced fighters (with complimentary weapons systems, radar and munitions) to such a nation seem to have been easily overcome by geopolitical (and economic) interests.As Hugh Hewitt says, if the problem is national security, how are the Democrats the answer? Liberals and conservatives both oppose isolationism. The difference is that liberals want a world government modeled on the UN and EU, while conservatives want national sovereignty with free world trade.
Certainly no-one of prominence with the Democratic Party – from President Clinton to Vice President Gore to Senators Schumer, Kerry and Feinstein – felt it necessary to voice any doubts about the wisdom of handing the United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia all the weapons they could buy while those two nations gave diplomatic recognition and (in the case of Saudi Arabia at the least) material support to the Taliban.
Lou Minatti asks if the UAE ports deal is "A Karl Rove plot?" It certainly could be if the quotes he links are an indication. I think, though, that this one is too weird even for the crafty Karl.
It seems to have become a Media Talking Point. Personally, I never understood the cosmic importance of calling it a "civil war." I'm sure there's some arcane point of international law that the left uses to argue that our being there is illegal, as they did during Vietnam, but that's the stuff of John Kerry, circa 1972.
when you can afford one of these. Of course, the value of signed copies will drop, but if you're the author, who cares?
I'm constantly amazed at the number of inventions that were first proposed during the 1940s or earlier. The flying wing which is the B-2 Bomber was proposed back then, but couldn't be built until we had sufficient computer power to deal with its stability problems. The SR-71 Blackbird spyplane was built in the era of sliderules and still holds the speed records that we know of. It is probably the most beautiful, elegant airplane ever built and the first real Stealth airplane.
Sorry, we are NOT addicted to foreign oil. Buying what you need or want for the lowest price available is not an addiction. Paying more that you have to is what's irrational.
That would be the faiilure of Brokeback Mountain to win a Best Picture Oscar.
Larry Diamond, apparently with a straight face, claims that Iraq is engaged in a civil war "by one common social science definition--at least 1,000 dead (with at least 100 on each side) from internal hostilities in which one side tries violently to change the state or its policies."
FAIR lost FAIR v. Rumsfeld 8 votes to none. My theory is that its case was ludicrous, but the court couldn't take seriously this line in Yale's amicus brief, cited by James Taranto:
The [Yale] Faculty Members deeply respect those who serve in our nation's armed forces.How do they expect the court to take them seriously when they put hogwash like that in their brief--especially when they have no qualms about admitting Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former deputy foreign secretary of the Taliban into the Yale student body.
ABC News reports:
U.S. military and intelligence officials tell ABC News that they have caught shipments of deadly new bombs at the Iran-Iraq border.. . .Coincidentally, I was looking to find out what else Iran manufactures, besides nukes and armor-piercing bombs. So far, I've found pistachios, saffron, travertine marble and bitumen (a solid form of tar). Oh, and carpets and other textiles, and Chinese Chery automobiles.
U.S. officials say roadside bomb attacks against American forces in Iraq have become much more deadly as more and more of the Iran-designed and Iran-produced bombs have been smuggled in from the country since last October.
Iran's economy is marked by a bloated, inefficient state sector, over reliance on the oil sector, and statist policies that create major distortions throughout. Most economic activity is controlled by the state. Private sector activity is typically small-scale - workshops, farming, and services. President KHATAMI has continued to follow the market reform plans of former President RAFSANJANI, with limited progress. Relatively high oil prices in recent years have enabled Iran to amass some $40 billion in foreign exchange reserves, but have not eased economic hardships such as high unemployment and inflation. The proportion of the economy devoted to the development of weapons of mass destruction remains a contentious issue with leading Western nations.Sounds like North Korea, South.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's new shtick: "You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile."
Mark Steyn suspects that false invocations of the Patriot Act are endangering our right to privacy.
I don't have a problem with the Patriot Act per se, so much as the awesome powers claimed on its behalf by everybody from car salesmen to the agriculture official who demanded proof from my maple-sugaring neighbor that his sap lines were secure against terrorism. Which is a hard thing to prove.I'll say! Just ask Dubai Ports World.
My worry is that on the home front the war is falling prey to lack-of-mission creep -- that, in the absence of any real urgency and direction, the "long war" (to use the administration's new and unsatisfactory term) is degenerating into nothing but bureaucratic tedium, media doom-mongering and erratic ad hoc oppositionism. To be sure, all these have been present since Day One: The press have been insisting Iraq is teetering on the brink of civil war for three years and yet, despite the urgings of CNN and the BBC, those layabout Iraqis stubbornly refuse to get on with it.Just as the Democrats have discovered national security as an issue for the coming elections, people may be so bored they can't be bothered to care. Damn George Bush!
Ann Althouse sacrifices her evening so the rest of us can have lives. Bravo! Her descriptions really demolish glamor.
Scott Johnson seems a glutton for punishment. Maybe he reads the NYTimes for Lent.
I write below about the Washington Post story on the current investigation and prosecution of illegal leaks. The only pending prosecution is the one involving two former AIPAC officials who are charged with violating 18 U.S.C. section 793, one of the broader provisions of the Espionage Act that certainly applies to the Times's disclosure of the NSA al Qaeda-related surveillance program. As is customary for the Times, no connection is drawn between this prosecution for conduct far less injurious to the national security of the United States and the Times's own legal jeopardy for the NSA story. The story, however, does carry this pointed quote from the federal judge presiding over the prosecution of the former AIPAC officials:Aw, come on! How can you claim that a leak to the press is "unauthorized possession." I used to make arguments like that when I was a public defender. They didn't work very well then either."Persons who have unauthorized possession, who come into unauthorized possession of classified information, must abide by the law," the judge, T. S. Ellis III, said. "That applies to academics, lawyers, journalists, professors, whatever."Reporters Scott Shane and David Johnston relegate the truth to this quote in the middle of their story, leaving readers to make the connection to the Times's own conduct on their own.
Joe McCarthy II? I think someone needs an intervention. Where's CBS when you . . . No, wait! This was CBS. With Murtha, Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy and Al Gore, they're more qualified to protect the country than the Republicans?
First Hitler; Now Nixon. Now keeping state secrets is grounds for impeachment?
The Philadelphia Inquirer on An Army of Davids:
As a professed "transhumanist," Reynolds waxes enthusiastic on nanotechnology, planetary colonization, and "Scientifically Engineered Negligible Senescence." But, like Ray Kurzweil - author of The Singularity Is Near, last year's big futurist book - Reynolds is well aware of the dangers that technological change can pose and favors taking reasonable steps to prevent such things as a terrorist-generated plague from happening.Transhumanist! Why that's what Mormons have taught for nearly 200 years. "As Man is, God once was. As God is, Man may become." All my life, I've believed that God is the master scientist, that he knows everything, including metaphysics and morality. Without the latter knowledge having all the technical knowledge there is would only make humans more dangerous.
Now that the media have put out their fiery locks it's being discovered that the civil war has fizzled. In a country with a free press, Bush's approval rates would be in the 60s.
Timothy Garten Ash makes the point that activist groups aren't good for freedom or democracy. They too often do more bullying than persuading. That's why I've always thought demonstrations and rallies are kind of pointless. There was a lot of talk about over a million demonstraters throughout the world against the War in Iraq. But out of 4 or 5 billion people that's pretty puny. Even out of 300 million Americans, it doesn't hold a candle to a poor turnout on election day.
Isn't that the same as being an infidel? I think some other muslims are beginning to think so.