Monday, March 30, 2009

Biden's NYT Front Page Flopper and Back Pages Reality

The NYT used to be the newspaper of record, but Pinch Sulzberger is running the family legacy into bankruptcy. As a demonstration of the schizodementia that the "Gray Lady" has fallen into, check this para on Sunday's front page, above the fold:
Officials involved in the deliberations said Mr. Biden had been influential in Mr. Obama’s development of a new approach to Afghanistan, announced Friday, arguing for a relatively limited increase of military, diplomatic and economic involvement.

Then flash BACKWARD to Saturday, March 29th, for the reality behind the Potemkin Village the Sunday Times constructed around the Veep:
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned against getting into a political and military quagmire, while military advisers argued that the Afghanistan war effort could be imperiled without even more troops.....The commanders in the field wanted a firmer and long-term commitment of more combat troops beyond the 17,000 that Mr. Obama had already promised to send, and a pledge that billions of dollars would be found to significantly expand the number of Afghan security forces....Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pressed for an additional 4,000 troops to be sent to Afghanistan — but only to serve as trainers.....During the debate, the senior administration officials said, Mr. Biden sought to put strict parameters on the size of the additional force deployed to Afghanistan and to ensure there was a specific mission for them. Mr. Biden also cast the debate in terms of what was achievable in Mr. Obama’s first term, administration officials said. Mr. Biden, White House officials said, was heavily influenced by the trip he took to Afghanistan and Pakistan just before the inauguration in January. He observed to Mr. Obama that if you asked 10 people on the ground what American objectives were, he would get 10 different answers. That observation, aides said, carried weight with Mr. Obama and helped to lead to his decision to narrow the American goal in Afghanistan.

The result of all of this haute politique strategizing? Guess who was left with his foreign reputation after 30 years on the SenFornRelCte in apparent disregard?
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Richard C. Holbrooke, the president’s top aide on Afghanistan and Pakistan, favored wide-ranging coordinated efforts which would concentrate on corruption in Afghanistan as well as focus on training local officials and transforming agriculture in the country away from the notorious poppy fields that have been used to fuel the Taliban insurgency....

Of course, to anyone who understands foreign policy strategy making, it appears that Clinton/Holbrooke/Gates won with the broadest committment on the table being accepted by Obama. But of course, the NYT gets and gives the opposite conclusion:
That observation, aides said, carried weight with Mr. Obama and helped to lead to his decision to narrow the American goal in Afghanistan....

And this is proved by the fact that instead of the Veep, who would have stressed the limits, Obama:
is dispatching Admiral Mullen and Mr. Holbrooke to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India next week to explain his new strategy to leaders there.

The NYT knew its pablum-piece of puffery on Biden was going to be on the front page Sunday, so its Saturday edition had to obfuscate the defeat of Biden by the Clinton/Gates junta with sheer flimflammery and misleading BS.

I suppose going on with the NYT's extolling Biden in Sunday's pathetic puff-piece on Joe with his fight on drugs:
In public, Mr. Biden is by turns self-deprecating and self-aggrandizing. “Please sit down, I’m only the vice president,” he said, pooh-poohing a standing ovation before a recent ceremony in which he introduced the new White House drug czar. He then detailed his extensive background in drug prevention. “I wrote what used to be called the Biden Crime Bill back in the ’90s,” he said.

Almost simultaneously, his pathetic daughter was having a video of her snorting cocaine at a recent party [since this buffoon's Veep inauguration] shopped around to & attempting to be buried a la John Edwards' love trysts by the "respectable" media.

Ben Franklin said it best about specimens like Biden: "There's no fool like an old fool."
UPDATE Gateway Pundit confirms the degeneration, nay, devolution of the New York Times into a pretentious version of The National Inquirer, without the TNI's fearless disregard of the consequences of publishing the truth. The tabloid NYT spiked a story in October that demonstrated that the Obama compaign was operating in close coordination with ACORN, a RICO type gang of political racketeers. Now these nutjob gangsters are doing a rent-a-mob land office business using muscle mobbing homes with residents threatened with eviction. Obama seems oblivous of the rule of law, and his time as a "constitutional law professor" appears trumped by his agitprop clientele's hold on his political loyalty.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

FLASH EXCLUSIVE: Biden's daughter is as stupid as her daddy!!

A picture is worth a thousand words. How much is a video from a hidden camera worth? Maybe Ashley was the person who informed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman who actually ran for POTUS that the Hezbollah has been thrown out of Lebanon!!

Or maybe his hairplugs have become ingrown around his frontal lobes? Gotta be a reason for being so stupid. Maybe genetic.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Reason magazine has a stunning insight into the chasm, nay abyss, separating the two genders. The last line of the article is especially insightful.....

Friday, March 27, 2009

Copenhagen Climate Hoax Conclave Generates Steam

The UN plans to take over the world economy to counter a non-existent anthropogenic climate change. It's sunspots & normal variations, but the clowns in the scientific revisionist camp who erased 400-plus years of much-warmer-than-today Middle Age warm era are now planning to turn the world economy into a bureaucratic authoritarian mess like the EU or the UN itself.

Does Obama have his eyes open?

Are honest scientists going to respond with other than bleats?

James Hansen and crooks at Stanford dreamed up this scam in the late '80s and found a buffoon named Gore-bot to drone about it while Nobels from dumb Swedes moved it forward.

I hate it when that happens....

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Summers Says Krugman "Doesn't Understand" Geithner Announcement

Larry Summers fires back at Krugman's misunderstandings of the Geithner WSJ article. Hilarious!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Is Obama Generation Jones? Or Triple X?

The Boomers were narcissistic look-at-me hippies, in the sense of the individual trumps all, even when idealism & joints were passed around and shared like stds.

As technologies multiplied and proliferated, we became sorcerer's apprentices trying to keep up with faster and faster messages from every direction. As Steve Stark puts it:
"Where the Boomers naively tried to change the system and the Xers in a sense walked away from the system, my generation used the system to get what we wanted," Pontell told a reporter. "It's like the Boomers never realized they were playing the game, the Xers folded their cards, and my generation was wise to the game but said deal the cards anyway."

Spinning it all positively, a post-Baby Boomer sees a problem or opening and solves it. That's certainly a trait one would want in a president right now and Obama demonstrated he had it by "audaciously" running for the presidency at such an early stage of his career.

Then there's this generation's love of technology and "the new," forged in Andrew Thompson's words "out of a lifetime of upgrading from Atari to Nintendo to Sega to Xbox." Thompson, who writes the blog Gen-X Rising (, wrote perceptively of his generation (and he considers the slightly older Obama a compatriot), "We . . . were shaped by rapid technological change smack-dab in the middle of our most formative years. And that molded the way we understand the world in which we live."

Gen X is, after all, the generation that created much of our modern tech world -- YouTube, Wikipedia, and Yahoo. It's not necessarily technology that "saves the world," à la visionary Boomer Steve Jobs, but practical stuff one can really use.

So far, so good. But what people have tended to forget are some of the critiques of the cultural leanings of Obama's generation.

Long ago, former New York Times columnist Russell Baker was one of the first to notice that a generation that grows up hooked on the latest technology tends to suffer from "herky-jerky brain" -- or what others might characterize as a generation-wide case of attention deficit disorder. In their book Generations, William Strauss and Neil Howe also describe how other generations often find the members of this generation "frenetic," "slippery," or rather empty -- driven more by ambition than anything else. Strauss and Howe relate how the drug of choice for some of the males of this generation has been steroids -- literally a physical manifestation of all the pumped-up hype with which they surround themselves.

Steroids, like the pumped-up Axelroid & Rahm-bo, have boosted and juiced these dudes into a higher state of self-righteous practicality. Here's more:
During the campaign, we heard all about the positive aspects of generational change. Are the negative ones now coming into focus? After all, the most well-known Gen-Xers who have preceded Obama onto the world stage were notorious for their uncanny powers of self-promotion that, in the end, represented style more than substance. There was Princess Di (born the same year as Obama) or even Michael Jordan (born two years later and, now that he no longer plays basketball, known mostly for his shoes).

Like his cohort, the president also can't live without his "toys" -- his Blackberry and his teleprompter. But is his generation's tech addiction part of the reason why he has such difficulty focusing on the one great economic problem facing the nation, choosing instead to push a 27-part agenda?

Nero fiddled while Rome burned. The fear is that this brand new generation in charge will Twitter and text while America faces potential catastrophe. It would truly be ironic if we all ended up longing for the old, fractious days of messianic idealism, when the Boomers were still in charge and everyone had to hear about Woodstock again and again.

Back in my own hippie days, for a while I got involved with astrology. Among my readings, the importance of the planet Neptune as a generational landmark came up in my various sources, from famous astrologers who placed the blame on the French Revolution from the planet's position in Libra when the chief protaganists were born, and on its position in Scorpio for the massive change that Bonaparte's slaughter of an entire generation of birthdates with Neptune in Scorpio serves as an example. Of course, Neptune went into Libra, the sign of intelligence & empty-headed frivolity at once, in 1943 and moved into Scorpio in the late '50s. The country certainly experienced topsy-turvy revolution [in the double sense of the gerund "revolting"] during the Summer of Love and Altamont. Luckily, the country was spared great bloodshed, probably by Reagan & Nancy's friend Jean Dixon [whom FDR & others consulted in private because of her reputation]. Of course, I'm just joking, but I'll take astrology over Paul Krugman's economic theories and Cornel West's Weltanshauung every day of the week.

The Importance of Language: Terrorists, Dissidents, and Copy Editors

Five and Twenty Years Ago I remember how I mentioned Burma Days by George Orwell to Christopher Hitchens during a long boozy afternoon at the Iron Gate across from The Middle East Institute where I was "Resident Scholar" [I neither resided there nor was much of a scholar] and he suddenly launched into Orwell's paramount theme: the decline of language equals the decadence of politics. Hence, 1984's WAR is PEACE, etc., stood for the descent of 20th c. politics into agitprop sloganeering, etc. along with its other themes that socialists/communists of the time accurately saw as aimed at themselves.

The New York Times is the chief villain in what Hitchens sees accurately as the craven cowardice and slipshod sloppiness of the journalistic culture, which has rotted to the point where the White House Press Spokesboy can insult private citizens routinely without censure by the "organs" of the Obama White House, the NYT, WaPo, LAT & the three "networks."

Hitchens' entire mini-dissertation on the difference between Irish "overwhelmingly Catholic ... dissidents" & Iraqi "homegrown terrorists" ----effectively there is none and both are murderous terrorists endorsed by the Red Cross---is worth reading.
The term [dissident] describes only attitudes and not actions, and it is most famously associated with the intellectual opposition to Soviet totalitarianism. (Prior to that usage, it was principally applied to those religious people of conscience who refused allegiance to the established Catholic and Episcopalian churches, which ironically would perhaps qualify the word dissident as being "overwhelmingly Protestant.")

Plainly, something has been lost when such a historic term of honor and respect is loosely applied to homicidal thugs who shoot a Catholic policeman in the head and use pizza delivery workers as human shields. But in a media world where Bin Laden's murderous surrogates in Iraq can be given a homely moniker, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. As a novel about the Nazi era has recently reminded us, the Furies of antiquity were so much dreaded that they were sometimes apotropaically named "the Kindly Ones," or Eumenides. If you want a quick definition of euphemism, this would do: It consists of inventing nice terms for nasty things (perhaps to make them seem less nasty) and soft words for frightening things (perhaps to make them seem less scary). We should have learned by now that this form of dishonesty is also a form of cowardice, by which some of the enemy's work is done for him. We have seen through propaganda terms like collateral damage and ethnic cleansing. Let us not put up with homegrown for something vile and alien, or the abuse of the moral term dissident for something that is both cruel and coercive.

Yes, Christopher, the MSM is a collection of cowardly quislings who help the US's enemies without and within do their work, even when they are homocidal thugs.

You see, if homocidal thuggery were criticized by the media mavens, the media might become actual targets of said thugs, and wouldn't THAT be a shame!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Watchcats Don't Bark


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Kroft Plays Patty-Cake w/ BHO on 60 Minutes

Obama's frantic fumblings are beginning to swirl slowly in the porcelain pipeline to where his policies belong.

Four points between Strong Approval and Strong Disapproval.

Soon to be Updated......
UPDATENo one in the "media elites" has bothered to notice that the feckless Geithner was questioned on the bonuses on C-Span by a NY Democrat Congressman on March 3, 2009. Geithner therefore mousetrapped himself in a blatant lie when he claimed two weeks later that he hadn't heard of the bonuses until March 10th. Among the softballs tossed to BHO by Kroft, this hardball would have been appropriate, but was not one of Kroft's sycophantic patty-cake questions.

The sight of Nancy P leading a lynch mob to turn around bonuses APPROVED IN THE STIMULUS bill just a fortnight before [of course, no one in Congress actually even READ the bill in the 12-hours before the vote, let alone ran it through Committee, that would be judicious & prudent] was ridiculous and an exhibition of the usual pitchfork & torches stupidity that Demo-bots revert to in a lemming-like group-think panic [and a lot of RINOs also joined the stampede]. Neither Geithner nor Obama dared display a moment of sanity in the face of this generalized craven cowardice.

I don't think a line is going to form of candidates to be the next Deputy Treasury Sec'y until Geithner's real status is ascertained.

Kroft wouldn't have mentioned a silent "tsunami" surge of outrage that has a 32% STRONG disapproval of Obama in Rasmussen might stem from failing to veto Pelosi/Reid from their 9000 earmarks & bills passed without due diligence and then posturing mindlessly [which fits their mental endowments] to tax bonuses granted two weeks before.

OTOH, Obama's STRONG APPROVAL has dwindled to 36%, four points above his STRONG DISAPPROVAL poll ratings. These two markers will be reversed VERY SOON unless some deus ex machina appears out of nowhere.
UPDATE 2 The Economist has the goods on why Obama & Co. are now into the "permanent campaign" mode that Billy Jeff made the hallmark of his reign. Obama's Court Jester Gibbs is the preeminent extension, but Axelroid & Rahm-bo are the organs of the beast.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Barack's Gaffes and Biden's Bonehead Blunders

Barry Hussein-O since his election has been on a run to surpass the total of GWB's many silly blunders and Joe Biden still hasn't shot a hunting partner by mistake, but both are surpassingly silly in public very often, though bumping one's head in the Marine Helicopter isn't a baddie in my book.

But Joe "Hairplugs" Biden has demonstrated that he is just about the dumbest Veep in the history of the USA, or at least on a path to become a Guinness Record Holder for outrageously dumb statements in public. His so-called "foreign policy expertise" has evaporated in the public mind when he opined that Hezbollah has been kicked out of Lebanon, when in fact the terrorist maniacs are taking over the country with the help of Syrian through targeted assassinations of Christian & moderate politicians and newsies---something "Plugs" Biden evidently hasn't heard about while prowling about as "Chairman" of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before being elevated to V.P.

The Telegraph has a sum-up of the most outstanding [or outrageous] goofs by all candidates during the campaign, though the MSM curiously neglected to follow up the gaffes by Barry Hussein-O and his goofy sidekick in their "slobbering" sycophancy toward the Demo-bot candidates [as Bernie Goldberg's new book describes the US media's lack of journalism.]

Biden's asking "my good friend" to "stand up" while evidently unaware that said "good friend" was a paraplegic is probably his emblematic moment as a kompleat klown. But the many ridiculous statements this voluble airhead has already made promise to make him a permanent fixture in American political lore. The statement of FDR calming the American people in '29 on TV shows he is living his dream....and commenting on said dreams out loud.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Aliyev President For Life in Azerbaijan?

Ilham Aliyev continues the Aliyev family domination of Azerbaijan almost as long as the Daley Family has had an ascendancy in Chicago politics, and using some of the same means. I had the privilege of escorting the then-30 year-old Ilham around Chicago in 1994-5 and he was kind enough to give me his tickets to a Bulls game, then a scarce or expensive commodity. His father Geidar was once an outside contender to succeed Brezhnev as head of the USSR, but it would have been difficult to see a Muslim, let alone another Caucasus native---like the Georgian Stalin---in the Kremlin calling the shots. I met the father Geidar in the Waldorf Astoria and he seemed younger than his ancient age, so my guess is that Ilham will be atop Azeri politics, barring assassination, for a long time to come.

It is important to remember that the Azeris are at war with Armenia, which has close ties with both Russia and Iran. The Azeris and their pipeline west through Georgia are an independent energy outlet to the West, outside the control of Vlad The Empoisoner Putin, who reportedly has Stalin's personal library lining the walls of his Kremlin office and frequently shows visitors the annotations Uncle Joe made in many books dealing with foreign policy.

Just in case you were wondering about lil Vlad's long-term foreign policy strategy.

UPDATE Here is a photo of said Putin purportedly posing as a tourist in Kremlin Square while Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev go out for a photo-op in the late '80s. One Russian "expert" says that Putin was busy in Dresden ruling the captive East Germans at the time, and the fellow in the photo looks suspiciously tall for the tiny 5'5" Ueberdwarf Vlad.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Leftist Listserv Cabal Revealed

Afghanistan suddenly is front and center and I'll bet the treasonous lizards at JournoList are concocting a variety of approaches to making their sudden crusade against the war right on this community blog.

Years ago, I stumbled somehow onto Bob Herbert's feeble-minded "private" listserv of double-digit IQ members of his inner posse. I didn't know how it appeared and kept it online until somehow it exited my computor. The paucity and feebleness of leftist "ideas" certainly make it necessary for these agitpreppies to band together to lessen the natural impediment of a dishonest and creepy agenda.

So Hillary was right about the VRWC, except for, as usual, the side that the conspiracy takes. It's a Vast LEFT wing conspiracy, otherwise the SecState was correct!

Afghanistan Becomes "Another Vietnam" Overnite

The Wall Street Journal notes that the political commissars are now carrying out a "corrective movement" in the Rahm-bo/Axelroid Party Line emanating from lil Emanuel's OC den just west of the Oval Office. Leslie Gelb began the rollout of the latest of a long line of betrayals the ultra-left has generated against the U.S. military and the American people in an Op-Ed piece in the NYT the other day on Friday the 13th felicitously titled "How to Leave Afghanistan. ["In the Lurch"] is understood by anyone familiar with this writer, whose name in its language of origin is appropriately "yellow." Decades of treasonous behavior have eaten his spine away. But why the sudden volte face?
What are the circumstances that define Afghanistan today? Yes, the Taliban is "resurgent," but mainly in the sense that militarily it is marginally more effective now than four years ago. Yes, much of the countryside is unsafe, but the cities, for the most part, are not unsafe.

Corruption is rampant and President Hamid Karzai is feckless, but he is legitimate and Afghanistan has seen far worse. The system of electing representatives and appointing governors is dysfunctional, but at least there's a system. NATO was much too slow in training and equipping the Afghan army and police, but now they are being trained and equipped. The poppy trade is flourishing and provides the Taliban leadership with considerable income, but they are as unpopular as ever.

And so on. The real heart of our Afghan problem lies in our expectations of what this primitive and riven country is ever likely to become. The achievement of the past seven years lies mainly in what Afghanistan has not become: To wit, a safe haven for some of the worst people on earth.

But Obama is tarred with trashing the Surge only to see it end in a resounding success, which even ABC Evening News trumpeted Monday night in a long piece by Terry McCarthy, an actual responsible member of the MSM. So now this perennially wrong young man who has wriggled out of relationships with traitors like Bill Ayers and who was against the Surge, is now going to re-rat and turn against Afghanistan? I don't think so.

So this is the traitor wing of the Demo-bot Party, again demonstrating that history repeats itself when it comes to cowardice:
Which brings us back to the left. Much will never go right in Afghanistan, but that doesn't mean things couldn't be a lot worse. For instance, Joe Biden can continue to trash Hamid Karzai, as Jack Kennedy trashed Ngo Dinh Diem. Or we could pursue a talk-and-fight approach to the Taliban, as Lyndon Johnson did with North Vietnam. Or the antiwar movement of the present could give encouragement to our enemies in the Middle East that they can bleed America into withdrawal, as a previous generation of peace activists encouraged Ho Chi Minh.

In that case, Afghanistan really will turn out to be another Vietnam and the prophesies of the left will be (self-) fulfilled. The sequel to this movie, by the way, is called "The Killing Fields."

Which the academicide wing of the Demo-bots will rewrite as "How Green Was My Valley" in the revisionist version.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Camille gives Rahm-bo and Axelroids a Beatdown

Camille Paglia sums up the entire Rush fracas very well indeed:
The orchestrated attack on radio host Rush Limbaugh, which has made the White House look like an oafish bunch of drunken frat boys...... Has the administration gone mad? This entire fracas was set off by the president himself, who lowered his office by targeting a private citizen by name. Limbaugh had every right to counterattack, which he did with gusto. Why have so many Democrats abandoned the hallowed principle of free speech? Limbaugh, like our own liberal culture hero Lenny Bruce, is a professional commentator who can be as rude and crude as he wants.

But leftists who wish to turn the USA into a bureaucratic authoritarian rule by petty functionaries, as the EU is devolving into, really cannot abide opposition, and as many people believe, this attack on the only media [talk radio] that dares to oppose their socialist agenda aims to quash talk radio and effectively monopolize the "marketplace of ideas" for Democrat ideological cant and empty posturing. Camille is not satisfied with defending Rush, but takes an oblique swipe at the recently re-fat Oprah:
Rush isn't responsible for the feebleness of Republican voices or the thinness of Republican ideas. Only ignoramuses believe that Rush speaks for the Republican Party. On the contrary, Rush as a proponent of heartland conservatism has waged open warfare with the Washington party establishment for years. And I'm sick of people impugning Rush's wealth and lifestyle, which is no different from that of another virtuoso broadcaster who hit it big -- Oprah Winfrey. Rush Limbaugh is an embodiment of the American dream: He slowly rose from obscurity to fame on the basis of his own talent and grit. Every penny Rush has earned was the result of his rapport with a vast audience who felt shut out and silenced by the liberal monopoly of major media. As a Democrat and Obama supporter, I certainly do not agree with everything Rush says or does. I was deeply upset, for example, by the sneering tone both Rush and Sean Hannity took on Inauguration Day, when partisan politics should have been set aside for a unifying celebration of American government and history. Nevertheless, I respect Rush for his independence of thought and his always provocative news analysis. He doesn't run with the elite -- he goes his own way.

The butterball queen may banish Camille from the precincts of Harpo Prod. forever for that remark. But Camille doesn't mention Chicago-style politics when she rakes over Rahm-bo and Axelroids:
President Obama should yank the reins and get his staff's noses out of slash-and-burn petty politics. His own dignity and prestige are on the line. If he wants a second term, he needs to project a calmer perspective about the eternal reality of vociferous opposition, which is built into our democratic system. Right now, the White House is starting to look like Raphael's scathing portrait of a pampered, passive Pope Leo X and his materialistic cardinals -- one of the first examples of an artist sending a secret, sardonic message to posterity. Do those shifty, beady-eyed guys needing a shave remind you of anyone? Yes, it's bare-knuckles Chicago pugilism, transplanted to Washington. The charitably well-meaning but hopelessly extravagant Leo X, by the way, managed to mishandle the birth of the Protestant Reformation, which permanently split Christianity.

Thanks, Perfess'r Paglia, for the reference, though I don't think Obama has the heft to cause a permanent break in the party system's built-in duality stateside like the schism that split the Catholic Church in the 16th century.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

SCOTUS must decide if it is "Voice of God"

Slate has a good article on the corrupt West Virginia Chief Justice Brent Benjamin, a morbidly obese buffoon elected by s $3 million contribution from a corrupt coal magnate to turn around a case judging whether said corrupt magnate stole a competitor's coal company. Bloated hippo Benjamin refuses to recuse himself and nattering megalomaniac Scalia sees no problem with that, while the rest of the SCOTUS must decide on whether the widespread [and correct] public perception of a judiciary run wild and amok could eventually lead to a constitutional crisis.

Remember when Nancy [9000 earmarks] Pelosi said that SCOTUS was "the voice of God" [back when Democrats controlled it with Sandra Day O'Connor playing Hera]? Looks like the Roberts Court will be in the crosshairs of the corrupt MSM until Obama appoints a Dem to offset the current 5-4 tenuous Repub majority [though that can wobble given Kennedy's predilection to do his Danish prince imitation].

Why the NYT is Morally [and fiscally] Bankrupt, Example # 101

James Taranto administers another drubbing to the national joke now in deeeeeeep fiscal kimchee as another ridiculous example of "what's sauce for the [Repub] goose is NOT sauce for the Democrat gander" blots its editorial page. Here is Taranto's take:
Four years ago, when Republicans had a majority in the Senate and Democrats were using filibusters to block votes on President Bush's judicial nominees, the editorialists at the New York Times were aghast at the threat to "a time-honored Senate procedure that prevents a bare majority of senators from running roughshod." They also faulted the GOP for hypocrisy, since during the Clinton administration Republican senators had filibustered some presidential nominees (though not for the bench).

Now the Democrats are in the same position as the Republicans then: They hold the White House and a Senate majority shy of 60 votes. Predictably enough, the New York Times is now aghast that the Republicans may use a time-honored Senate procedure that prevents a bare majority of senators from running roughshod:
Republican senators have fired off an intemperate letter threatening--you got it--filibusters if Mr. Obama's nominees are not to their liking. Mr. Obama should not let the Republicans' saber-rattling interfere with how he chooses judges.

Arguments about procedure are often made cynically, and there are times when that is appropriate: The job of a lawyer in court, for instance, is to further the interests of his client; it is up to the judge to safeguard the integrity of the court's procedures. One could argue that the Times, as an advocate for liberal ideology, is not obliged to be overly concerned with procedure.

But imagine if a lawyer asked a judge to show favoritism toward his client in procedural rulings "because, your honor, my client is just right." Any competent judge would laugh at such a silly argument. Yet that is exactly the approach the Times takes here:
A filibuster can be an appropriate response when it is clear that a particular nominee would be a dangerous addition to the bench.

So a filibuster is fine to block a judge the Times doesn't like, but outrageous to block one it does like. There is nothing more to this argument than that the ends justify the means--in which case why bother making an obviously phony argument about the means?

The NYT is easily aghast, due to the feminized metrosexual Pinch's hysterical partisanship that is eroding the family heirloom's value down to a level that promises mortality in the next decade or so.

As Voltaire said of a more religious papacy a couple or centuries or so ago: "Ecrasez l'infame!" Crazy Pinch and his archdeacons of secular orthodoxy must go----and soon!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Foreign Ministry Putin Pal Says USA on Brink of Dissolution

Igor Panarin could be classified as just another ultra-left America-bashing delusional dude, but he more or less represents the so-called "thinking" of poisoner Vlad Putin, tiny 5'5" Prime Minister of all the Russias when he says that the USA is in imminent peril of dissolving into [at least] six rump states by 2010 [the clock is ticking!]!

Whether or not Igor has a hunchback, his mind is certainly out of synch with mainstream thinking, and he is a frequent talking head on Russian TV, now controlled by Putin, and has a job as a dean at Russia's Foreign Ministry School, akin to the US Foreign Service Institute, where I spent many a long day studying languages, consular and economic activities, etc. Evidently, the politicization of the Russian School reflects Putin's daydreams, as he works surrounded by Stalin's library, which he is said to consult frequently to check on the former Dear Leader Sr.'s annotations and other scribblings next to Karl Marx's Torah and Babylonian Talmud [Marx was the son of a rabbi, and the progeny of seven rabbis. He married well & spent most of his time in the British Library when he wasn't writing for the New York Herald Tribune, the only job he ever had.]

One of Panarin's students asked him whether Russia itself would collapse. In the apodictic way of Communist political commissars, Igor replied "The collapse of Russia will not occur."

Glad we got that sorted out.

UPDATE Almost forgot! Panarin says that Alaska will soon "revert" to Russian control in some unspecified fashion. Vlad's got it all figured out and his sock puppet Igor will continue to explicate. I for one just can't wait for the next chapter and verse.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Taranto and BDS/Iraq War hatred & Limbaugh's CPAC speech

The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto has a very nice piece on the usual liberal hypocrisy: it's alright for libtards to want the US to fail in Iraq [which was called "treason" until recently], but it's not alright for Rush Limbaugh to hope that Barry Hussein-O's economic policies fall on their face. [That used to be called "poiltics," but now the libtards are calling it "treason."]

Where is Harry Reid to explain why "the war is lost," just before we won the war. Now Reid claims the economy will succeed under the ultra-left socialist claptrap he and fellow libtard Pelosi are pushing. Bet his accuracy rate will continue at 0%.

UN Resolution to Criminalize anti-Islamic Speech

Christopher Hitchens has another article on the creeping Islamization that the UN is attempting to inflict on guilt-ridden soporific advanced societies under the guise of criminalizing anything the wack-job General Assembly thinks is criminal.

Sadly, Susan Rice might not be predisposed to regard this utter nonsense in the resolution [non-binding] as the edge of the wedge of much more mischief. As an indication of the "thinking" behind this resolution, 9/11 is regarded as "tragic" while the gist of the resolution is to "criminalize" bad press generated by honor killings, Shi'ite/Sunni intersectarian violence, Muslim terrorism, etc. Hitchens has a hilarious example of the brazen hypocrisy of this badly-written heap of happy horsesh*t:
Underlining the importance of increasing contacts at all levels in order to deepen dialogue and reinforce understanding among different cultures, religions, beliefs and civilizations, and welcoming in this regard the Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the Ministerial Meeting on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, held in Tehran on 3 and 4 September 2007.

which Hitchens was not allowed to get a visa to attend! All in the name of Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, of course.

Read the whole thing, not up to Hitchens' usual standards because he has to quote more drivel like the leaden lumps of illogical logorrhea [sorry!] above!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Snowstorm Hinders Global Warming Hoax Devotees

George W. Bush, as in so many other matters, was too gutless and feckless to fire this NASA Chief Climate Moron. Or maybe GWB was a one-trick pony, good at the Surge in his last year in office but shell-shocked into inert impotent incompetence everywhere else in his dying administration.
Hansen...has likened coal-fired power plants to "factories of death" and claims he was muzzled by the Bush administration when he warned of drastic climate changes. Behold the moron in full hue and cry:
"What has become clear from the science is that we cannot burn all of the fossil fuels without creating a very different planet. The only practical way to solve the problem is to phase out the biggest source of carbon — and that's coal."

Of course, the USA is the Saudi Arabia of coal and new methane [coal-bed methane] and other natural gas extraction techniques have eliminated pollution from the hysterical cartoon the clueless mad scientist who should have been fired [there is no evidence of muzzling for this wacko to make such charges] makes to a gullible crowd of Leftist Luddites who would love us to revert to some classless society not based on capitalism. Henry Waxman, the Pinocchio nose in charge of energy in the House, thanks to a palace coup supported by the equally stupid Piglosi, is sure to support Hansen in his fraudulent quest to ruin the American economy.
"Oh my goodness," one of Hansen's former supervisors, Dr. John Theon, told when informed of the video. "I'm not surprised ... The fact that Jim Hansen has gone off the deep end here is sad because he's a good fellow."

Theon, a former senior NASA atmospheric scientist, rebuked Hansen last month in a letter to the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, saying Hansen had violated NASA's official position on climate forecasting without sufficient evidence and embarrassed the agency by airing his claims before Congress in 1988.

"Why he has not been fired I do not understand," Theon said. "As a civil servant, you can't participate in calling for a public demonstration. You may be able to participate as a private citizen, but when you go on the Internet and call for people to break the law, that's a problem."

Tut tut and oh my goodness indeed.... Tsk, tsk, as the Hatch Act lawyers claim that Hansen can't be fired. Interesting that the quaint value system of Dr. Theon judges Hansen to be a "good fellow" even though he is disruptive and possibly criminally insane. In any event, Hansen fits Richard Feynman's definition of Cargo Cult Science concerning "theories that don't work and science that isn't science." Of course, when Hansen's theories don't work, he just switches the facts, including eliminating the Middle Age Warming period in order to create a "hockey stick graph" which overlooks four hundred years of climate much warmer in Europe than the continent is currently experiencing. Small matter for frauds like Hansen and impostors like Al Gore:
...Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., urged Hansen to rethink his plans.

"If he wants to have a demonstration concerning global warming, coming to the Capitol is not a right choice," Rohrabacher told "The bottom line is if Hansen wants to protest global warming, he should go to the National Cathedral and take it up with God rather than going to Capitol Hill."

Rohrabacher, a member of the House's Committee on Science and Technology, called on Hansen to "step out" of his role.

"He obviously doesn't feel comfortable with the restraints that come with being a scientist rather than a political activist," Rohrabacher said. "Most of us have always thought he has been hiding behind a scientific facade, and really, he was a political activist all along."

Chris Horner, author of "Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed," also denounced Hansen's latest call to arms against climate change.

"He's providing ample cause to question his employment on the taxpayer dime," Horner told "He's clearly abused his platform provided to him by the taxpayer, principally by the way he's been exposed of manipulating and revising data with the strange coincidence of him always found on the side of exaggerating the warming."

Horner claimed that Hansen doctored temperature data on two occasions in 2001 and once in 2007 in attempts to show an impending climate catastrophe.

"He's creating an upward slope that really wasn't there," Horner said. "At some point you have to say these aren't mistakes."

Perhaps leading a march advocating Global Warming in the midst of a snowstorm might provide a clue even clueless Luddites might understand.

But they are pretty think and on second thought, the deep enders and round the benders have no cognitive or rational powers worthy of the name. Waxboy and Barry Hussein-O included.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Alexander Hamilton: Our Greatest Forefather

George Washington was obviously the Father of The Country and in my mind, greater even than Abraham Lincoln. It is a travesty that until recently, historians had rated the charming impostor and chameleon-on-plaid fourflusher FDR as above Washington on the greatest presidents' list.

I am reading at the moment the incredible biography Ron Chernow has penned on Hamilton, and am now convinced that he exceeded John Adams and certainly Thomas Jefferson, that skulker [during the early Revolution when he fled Richmond and hid at Monticello] and lifelong slaver who sold his slaves, unlike Washington who gave them manumission in his will. His second term is worse than GWB's second term, and his embargo was aptly described as "a man cutting his own throat to stop his nosebleed." But the relentless dilettante Jefferson lucked out with the Louisiana Purchase and so resembles most moral lepers like liberal Democrats that he got his own monument on the mall [from fellow horrific second-term POTUS FDR no less]. Madison managed to get the White House and DC incinerated with his feckless policies and Andrew Jackson shredded the Constitution and committed genocide, only to become a hero to the Dems along with slaver Jefferson. This article is about The Grange, now taken over by The National Park Service, which Magnet ends thusly:
As a result, his villa—the only house he ever owned—got moved not once but twice. In 1889, as his country landscape became urban, a developer bought part of his 35 acres to build row houses, and offered Hamilton Grange, as the house was called, to anyone who would move it. An Episcopal church rolled it two blocks from its original site at 143rd Street and Convent Avenue down to 141st Street, to use as a rectory, wedging the house in sideways to fit the space, moving the front door to the side, and shearing off the verandas. And now, moved again to a site where its porches can be restored, its front door put back, it still stands on Hamilton’s land, next to City College, where another generation of ambitious immigrants prepares itself to plunge into Hamilton’s opportunity America.

The National Parks Service, the house’s owner, is gradually restoring it. Already the architects have scraped away dozens of layers of paint to discover the original pale yellow of the drawing-room walls, and they’ve discovered, by taking down plaster, that early descriptions of the room, with three mirrored doors echoing the tall bow window at the room’s other end and reflecting its view, are correct. They’ve even found the doors.

I’m hoping they’ll find the original furniture: the piano that Angelica Hamilton used to play, I know, is stored in a warehouse somewhere. But most of all, I hope Hamilton’s silver ice bucket turns up.

It arrived at his door when the scandal over the Maria Reynolds affair was at its height and he badly needed some support. In the box, he found this note: “Not for any intrinsic value the thing possesses, but as a token of my sincere regards and friendship for you and as a rememberance of me; I pray you to accept a Wine cooler for four bottles. . . . It is one of four I imported in the early part of my late administration of the Government; two only of which were ever used. I pray you to present my best wishes, in which Mrs. Washington joins me, to Mrs. Hamilton & the family; and that you would be persuaded, that with every sentiment of the highest regard, I remain your sincere friend and affectionate Hble. Servant. Go: Washington.”

The sad story of Hamilton's untimely demise at the hands of a cur named Aaron Burr, hero-worshipped by another cur named Vidal, is sad beyond retelling. But Hamilton's numerous acts of outstanding heroism are matched only in reverse by the cowardly cur Burr, who skulked off to save his mangy hide during the War of Independence.

Every time I visit New York City, I walk by his grave close to the sidewalk next to Trinity Church. I pull out a $10 bill and say a prayer for brave little Alex, who built the modern America we are still fighting to save from the modern Jeffersons and Burrs who afflict it at the moment.

Thomas Fleming on GWB & "Worst" Presidents

Semi-literate "historians" like Brinkley and Dallek are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the DNC. See what a truly great historian has to say about other presidents, including the "chameleon on plaid" and the ineffable J.E.C.:
Is Mr. Bush worse than Roosevelt in his second term? Re-elected by a massive majority, FDR wanted to pack the Supreme Court with Democrats. Congress, dominated by members of his own party, wasted a year wrangling over the bill and ultimately rejected it. Meanwhile, FDR's intemperate remarks about greedy businessmen wrecked confidence and triggered a semireplay of the Great Depression in 1937. The Republicans made massive gains in the 1938 midterm elections. FDR was rescued from an exit even more humiliating than Jefferson's by World War II, which he used as an excuse to run for a third term.

Worse than Jimmy Carter, the self- proclaimed Washington "outsider" who presided over the most horrendous stagflation in our history? As his poll numbers sank, Mr. Carter had the temerity to lecture citizens on their "crisis of spirit." His approval rating had plummeted to 22% when Ronald Reagan defeated him. Let us skip Bill Clinton. He and Bush are too contiguous; proximity makes comparisons inevitably rancorous.

Fleming does go on to give the positive achievements of many of the presidents including FDR:
FDR's masterful confrontation with the fear created by the Great Depression made his first term an unforgettable achievement.

But the busted-flush peanut farmer will remain for most Americans who lived through his horrendous mismanagement of EVERY aspect of governance down there with Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Warren B. Harding.