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Wednesday
Nov242004

The White Ann Coulter and Her Clone

I find it interesting that the journalist from the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot who called Michelle Malkin an "Asian Ann Coulter" used those words. Why didn't he just refer to Michelle as "another Ann Coulter"?



After all, if Michelle Malkin is an "Asian Ann Coulter" (see David Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin), shouldn't the Virginian-Pilot refer to the original Ann Coulter as "the White Ann Coulter"?



(Frankly, though, anyone who confuses Ann Coulter with Michelle Malkin hasn't been paying attention. Maybe to some leftists, all right-of-center women who speak plainly seem alike, except for racial differences, of course. We wouldn't want to judge people by the content of their character. That so 1963.)



Addendum: Dean's Journal has an interesting take on this.

Wednesday
Nov242004

Squaring the Boston Globe: A Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving message was written by Harry Forbes at the Squaring the Boston Globe blog.



As I read it, my mind's ear (if there is such a thing) began to hear it in Ronald Reagan's voice. It is that Reaganesque.

Wednesday
Nov242004

Dean's Journal: The Blind Acceptance of Anything "Government"

Dean's Journal fisks the indignant e-mail we received Monday from a college student regarding our non-government funded website.

Wednesday
Nov242004

Limbaugh Should Have Slugged a Black Quarterback

Let me get this straight. Rush Limbaugh loses his job at ESPN merely for saying the news media hopes black quarterbacks will do well.



Meanwhile, NBA players slug their customers and only get suspended (yet still, their union complains).

Wednesday
Nov242004

Negroes vs. Black Conservatives

Mychal Massie doesn't mince any words.



Addendum: The Sparse Matrix is kind to Project 21.

Wednesday
Nov242004

Debating Intelligence Reform: A Visit to the Rush Limbaugh Echo Chamber

Says Rush Limbaugh on the intelligence reform bill:

Oh, woe is us! Oh, woe is America! The media obsessed today with: 'Why can't Congress agree on intelligence reform?' It's another non-story that's being blown up and ballyhooed... My first question is: Who said, where is it written, that the 9/11 commission's recommendations get implemented without question? Who the hell are these people? Nobody elected them. Why in the world do we have to sit there and whatever they come up with, we have to implement? Everybody's so concerned that there's no debate in the Bush administration, right? 'We're not debating anything at the State Department anymore. No! Bush is going to coalesce power there. Why, there's no debate! Why, Bush is stifling debate. Why, Bush is stifling debate in the CIA. Oh, no. Oh, no!' Well, what are we doing in Congress? We're debating the bill. Oh, no! We're supposed to rubber-stamp that. We're supposed to rubber stamp something that Richard Ben-Veniste had something to do with? Excuse me. I want a timeout.



We're supposed to rubber stamp something that Jamie Gorelick had something to do with? Excuse me, I want two timeouts. We're supposed to rubber stamp something that Timothy Roemer had something to do with? Excuse me, I want three timeouts. We're supposed to implement something without question that Richard Clarke had a role in? Excuuuuse me! I want halftime. Because, my friends, we're debating this.
Gotta agree. Debate is what they are supposed to do.

Tuesday
Nov232004

Sparse Matrix: Politics is Ugly, Politics is Dirty, Politics is War

David at The Sparse Matrix provides a Cliff's Notes version of the debate between Professor Bainbridge and I over the House GOP rule change.



He then concludes we're both wrong.



Interesting.



I'd love to say he's wrong about politics, but, alas, I cannot.

Tuesday
Nov232004

Commonwealth Conservative: Worth a Visit

If you are interested in Virginia politics, as we DC-area conservatives tend to be, this blog may interest you.



Actually, it may interest you even if you don't care about Virginia politics.

Tuesday
Nov232004

Chocolate as Cough Medicine

Will this be coming soon to your druggist's shelves? Hershey's Chocolate Cough Syrup.

Monday
Nov222004

Another Horror Story

How many babies are going to die horribly in Texas (and elsewhere) before people take post-partum depression seriously?



Death penalty.

Monday
Nov222004

CBS: No DeLay Indictment

CBS News reports (almost sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn't it?) that all the kerfluffle about the House GOP changing its rules for Tom DeLay was just that: Kerfluffle.



Says CBS:

The powerful GOP chieftain is unlikely to be indicted by a state grand jury probing alleged campaign finance violations in Texas, according to an official involved in the investigation.



"No, no, I really don't think DeLay will be indicted," the official told CBSNews.com. "And to be quite honest, [DeLay's] lawyers know that."
Of course, the source here is CBS, and a sidebar to the story uses the phrase "even if convicted by grand jury." Of course, grand jurys can't convict.



For what it is worth, however, I doubt he'll be indicted as well.



Addendum: Instapundit has some good CBS jokes up today.

Monday
Nov222004

Shocked

A college student writes us to say she is shocked, shocked to find that not every aspect of the policymaking arena is controlled by the federal government:

Hi, I'm a college student who recently accessed the Envirotruth website while researching a science topic, and I was very confused. I noticed that Envirotruth was sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, which sounds like a some sort of government office, but I was appalled when I realized it was a conservative propaganda group! I am upset that I was tricked by your official-sounding name when looking for real scientific information for my report. Real scientific information is nonparisan, obviously. Even our conservative-run federal government offers nonpartisan scientific information (see the EPA).



I am forwarding this email to everyone I know, conservative and liberal, for them to explore your websites and discover that your information is not "fair and balanced" at all. You should indicate that Envirotruth is partisan so as not to trick other students (or is that the point?!) How horrible.



Stella Bergman

srstadtherr@stthomas.edu

Minneapolis, MN

Monday
Nov222004

Strengthen The Good: Building a Future by Building a Library

Strengthen The Good's newest charity is a book-donation project.



Visit here to read the story of a little school in a land that once was communist, where the children are trying to build a library of books so they can learn English.



Strengthen The Good has a list of books the school is seeking. You have have some on your bookshelves already, especially as some of these books are widely assigned in U.S. schools. Why not clear a little clutter and help some deserving young people at the same time?


Monday
Nov222004

I love Jet Noise: Offended on Condoleezza Rice's Behalf

The I Love Jet Noise blog has a good post about the way Dr. Condoleezza Rice is being treated.



Good comments in the comments section, too.

Sunday
Nov212004

Power Line: 'DeLay Rule' a Good Thing

Hindrocket understands.



Critics of the House GOP rule change, it seems to me, are putting more faith in the judgment of prosecutors (any prosecutor) than in the House GOP caucus.



Not me.



I know it is fashionable to deride Congress, but I still prefer to be governed by an elected body.



Political philosophy aside, I believe critics also are misjudging the, to use an overworn phrase, situation on the ground.



Professor Bainbridge, for example, believes GOP caucus members would be unwilling to vote Tom DeLay out of his leadership position, apparently even if a credible indictment were to be handed down. I read the dynamics of the House entirely differently. (Members wake up every morning with the Washington Post front page, not with -- however much they may like him -- Tom DeLay.) I also believe they would not have to. If a credible indictment occurred against Tom DeLay, I believe he would voluntarily surrender his leadership position.



Let's remember (as some who send me emails apparently don't realize) that Tom DeLay has not been indicted. The caucus is responding to the possibility of an irresponsible indictment by a prosecutor who is perceived to be acting as a rogue agent. The caucus is quite properly refusing to be dictated to by someone whose professional judgment it does not believe it has reason to respect.



I do agree with Blogs for Industry that the new rule isn't quite what it should be (I don't agree with Blogs for Industry's opinion of Tom DeLay). Like Blogs for Industry, I would prefer a mandatory vote of the entire caucus to a vote of the Republican Steering Committee. But I don't want to overstress this, as I think the Steering Committee would tend to reflect the views of the members. I also think that most cases of indictment have facts that are far more cut and dried than in this hypothetical indictment, in which it is assumed that there would not only be doubt of guilt, but even that a crime took place at all.



Finally, Professor Bainbridge has opined that right-leaning bloggers "have lots of incentives to stay on the reservation. Inauguration balls. CNN and Fox News appearances. And so on..." The incentives implication is misplaced. There's the little matter of integrity, for one thing. However, even if we folks on the pro-rule change side didn't have any of that, as a practical matter, inauguration tickets and TV bookings just aren't being affected by this rule change. Emotions aren't running that high on this matter on the Hill. Even if they were, inaugural tickets and TV bookings aren't Congressmen's weapons of choice.

Saturday
Nov202004

Charge of the Light Brigade Mangled by So-Called "Jesus Freaks"

American liberals are in such good humor these days...

To Whom It May Concern:



As always, I find many errors on your web pages, but understanding that your group knows very little about history (and usually tries to re-write it), you may want to correct the contents of one page (referenced below) that cites the date when Tennyson's poem was written.



Your page claims it was written on April 10, 1864 when, in fact, the poem was first published in 'The Examiner' -- an English newspaper -- on December 9th, 1856.



http://www.nationalcenter.org/ChargeoftheLightBrigade.html



"Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it". Do you think that Bush would like to learn some history regarding the Iragi conflict?



I don't think so -- you 'Jesus Freaks' have a hard time with reality...



Jon Mattes

jmattes@hydrosoft.net
He's right -- we did list 1864 instead of the correct date of 1854 (Mr. Mattes had an incorrect date, too: the Examiner actually published it on 12/9/1854). In our defense, we got the date from a University of Virginia special collections manuscript of the poem, but further investigation reveals Tennyson wrote that particular copy in his own hand on that date, not the first edition ever published.



BUT, what does any of this have to do with Our Lord and Savior, President Bush or the war in Iraq? Must everything be about politics, and, if so, must it be so hostile?



P.S. We did correct the web page. Future generations are safe from this particular bit of our right-wing malpractice.

Saturday
Nov202004

Sean Gleeson's Autorantic Virtual Moonbat!

Now this is original.



Hat tip: Sparse Matrix.

Friday
Nov192004

Everything I Know Is Wrong: Changing Minds

Sean at Everything I Know Is Wrong tends to have fresh perspectives on the issues he discusses. It is one of the reasons I like to visit his blog. Sean's take on the discussion between Professor Bainbridge and myself on the House GOP rule change is no exception.



(By the way, Sean, it is no stretch for me to be respectful toward Professor Bainbridge. I suspect he is smarter than I am. And, you may have a point about communism being a personality disorder.)

Friday
Nov192004

Racists Stalk Condoleezza Rice: Open Season on Conservative Minorities

To hear certain liberals tell it, Condoleezza Rice belongs in the kitchen.



With all due respect to Dr. Rice's cooking skills, the black conservative network Project 21 disagrees:

Black Activists Condemn Anti-Rice Hate Speech; Civil rights Leaders Criticized for Ignoring Attacks on Conservative Minorities



President Bush's nomination of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state has resulted in harsh liberal criticism that members of the black leadership network Project 21 consider racist.



Along with their condemnations of offensive commentators and cartoonists, Project 21 members also are critical of self-professed civil rights leaders who are remaining silent on current and previous racial attacks on black Bush Administration officials.



Over the past few months, and peaking this week with her appointment, cartoonists have been using Dr. Rice's race as a point of ridicule. Demeaning political cartoons by Pat Oliphant and Jeff Danziger accentuate Dr. Rice's black features and feature her speaking in rural southern dialect. Garry Trudeau called her "Brown Sugar" in his "Doonesbury" comic strip. Earlier this year, cartoonist Ted Rall questioned Dr. Rice's race in a comic suggesting she was President Bush's "house nigga" and needed "racial re-education." Universal Press Syndicate distributes Oliphant, Trudeau and Rall. The New York Times distributes Danziger.



On November 17, radio host John "Sly" Sylvester called Dr. Rice "Aunt Jemima" and secretary of state Colin Powell "Uncle Tom" on his WTDY (Madison, Wisconsin) radio show. Sylvester, who also is the station's program director, is refusing to apologize, but has said, "I will apologize to Aunt Jemima." The station's owner, the Mid-West Broadcast Group, is declining to discipline him.



In late October, a conservative host at WISN in nearby Milwaukee was suspended for a week for calling an illegal Mexican immigrant a "wetback."



While some local leaders have condemned Sylvester's comments, the Madison chapter of the NAACP has so far declined to make a statement. Project 21 asked the NAACP's national leadership to condemn Rall's racist cartoon in July, but no action was taken. Jesse Jackson and the National Association of Black Journalists were also contacted at the time. They took no action.



"To hear the leftists tell it, conservative blacks have become the new 'trash class' of American society," said Project 21 member Michael King. "And with the continued cricket-filled silence from the professional civil rights crowd, the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons give tacit permission and acceptance of such language and tactics."



King's comments are echoed by Project 21 member Mychal Massie: "The recent racist attacks and mimicry of Condoleezza Rice are infuriating and despicable. Even more insufferable is the deafening silence of the elite liberals. I believe their silence is proof positive of their personal racist attitudes. Obviously condemning racist attacks against a man and woman who are conservative and black is not a worthy undertaking for them."



Project 21, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, has been a leading voice in the black community since 1992. For more information, contact David Almasi at (202) 371-1400 x106, e-mail project21@nationalcenter.org or visit Project 21's website at www.project21.org/P21Index.html.
Some people just can't stand it when blacks do well.



Too bad the NAACP leadership appears to be among them.

Friday
Nov192004

Darwin's Theory of Evolution: Public Says the Jury is Still Out

Gallup has today posted a new poll showing that only one-third of the American people believe the theory of evolution is "well supported by evidence."