BTK Killer

The Wichita authorities just held a very euphoric and thoroughly self-congratulatory press conference in which they announced nothing. And I mean nothing. They caught, or so they say, the BTK killer. They, however, released no name, no information, nothing. Some quick thoughts:

1.) It seemed to me the police and DA were pretty damn pleased with themselves, despite the fact that they only caught the guy because he decided to re-surface. Congrats and everything- but let’s have a reality check here, supercops.

2.) The authorities in the heart of a red state look like a damned rainbow coalition- a veritable living and breathing United Colors of Bennetton. Of course, so does the Bush administration, but we all know what bigots Republicans are…

3.) It seems like this sort of press conference is a bad idea. I know they are happy and all, but isn’t this just the sort of thing will encourage other narcissistic sociopaths?

The Shield

Anyone watch the Shield?

Sully Finally Weighs In

Andrew Sullivan finally weighs in on Jeff Gannon and his wonder penis:

I haven’t written about it because I agree completely with Glenn. The substantive case against Gannon is trivial; the irrelevant case against him (the one that’s fueled this story) is that he’s gay, has allegedly been (or still may be) a prostitute, and may not agree with everything the gay left believes (although I agree with David Corn that the evidence that Gannon has written anything even remotely “anti-gay” is laughable). The real scandal is the blatant use of homophobic rhetoric by the self-appointed Savonarolas of homo-left-wingery. It’s an Animal Farm moment: the difference between a fanatic on the gay left and a fanatic on the religious right is harder and harder to discern. Just ask yourself: if a Catholic conservative blogger had found out that a liberal-leaning pseudo-pundit/reporter was a gay sex worker, had outed the guy as gay and a “hooker,” published pictures of the guy naked, and demanded a response from a Democratic administration, do you think gay rights groups would be silent? They’d rightly be outraged. But the left can get away with anything, can’t they? Especially homophobia.

BTW- The idea that Gannon wrote about gay issues is simply absurd, and detailed at length by the much discussed (at least here) Corn piece. However, our intrepid progressives need an excuse to consider their witch hunt, so they will spin away. Once again, the fools at the Center for American Progress chime in (they sureare turning into the gift that keeps on giving), and it appears that talking about Kerry’s relationship with the gay community is Gannon’s cardinal sin.

[John Kerry] might someday be known as the first gay president. . . . The Massachusetts liberal has enjoyed a 100% rating from the homosexual advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), since 1995 in recognition of his support for the pro-gay agenda. – Jeff Gannon, 10/12/04

The brushfire ignited by Sen. Rick Santorums (R-PA) comments about the Texas sodomy case now before the Supreme Court continued to draw predictable reactions on Wednesday. Gay activists immediately denounced the remarks, likening them to words that drove Sen. Trent Lott from his Majority Leaders position. – Jeff Gannon, 4/23/04

A month ago, the Associated Press quoted Herseth as saying, I agree with the president on this issue. Marriage should be between a man and a womanDespite taking a conservative position on gay marriage, Herseth remains one of the star candidates supported by the liberal, pro-abortion group Emilys List. – Jeff Gannon, 3/30/04

Try not to laugh. This, however, you should laugh at:

In 2003, Former Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge warned Americans they needed to stock up on duct tape and plastic sheeting if they wanted to stay safe from a terrorist attack. His advice incited panic and inspired a run on the items. Duct tape and sheeting flew off the shelves as Americans flocked to stores to stock up on as much as they could carry.

Ridge resigned as Homeland Security Director last December. So whats he up to today? It was announced today that Ridge is joining the board of directors of Home Depot national distributor of duct tape and plastic sheeting.

More evidence of Frum’s theory of unified madness on the part of the loony left.

Useless Hyperbole

I found this at ‘Informed Comment’:

AP reports that the one-day total for war-related violence in Iraq, including the police station bombing in Tikrit reported here yesterday morning, came to 30. That is about 11,000 persons a year if the rate were constant and extrapolated out. In fact, the wire services manage to report only a fraction of daily deaths from war-related violence. And, of course there is a sense in which a lot of the murders are an indirect result of the poor security produced by the guerrilla war.

I was sick three days last week. That means I will be sick 150+ days this year if the rate remains constant and is extrapolated out.

Close to 3,000 people were killed on September 11th. That is over a million people a year if the rate remains constant and extrapolated out.

The Lofty Feel of Arrogance

Instapundit links to this wretched mess of turgid prose written by Michael Gorman, the President of the American Library Association, and labels it tiresome elitist schtick. Really, though- you have to read some of it to truly appreciate how tiresome it really is:

A blog is a species of interactive electronic diary by means of which the unpublishable, untrammeled by editors or the rules of grammar, can communicate their thoughts via the web. (Though it sounds like something you would find stuck in a drain, the ugly neologism blog is a contraction of “web log.”) Until recently, I had not spent much time thinking about blogs or Blog People.


It is obvious that the Blog People read what they want to read rather than what is in front of them and judge me to be wrong on the basis of what they think rather than what I actually wrote. Given the quality of the writing in the blogs I have seen, I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts. It is entirely possible that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs. In that case, their rejection of my view is quite understandable.

You can smell the Sherry co-mingling with stench of condescenion. You can hear the acquired Boston Brahmin accent and feel the sneering disdain. Forgive us, oh knighted master of all things knowledge, but we have seen your type before:


Higgins and company went out of style in 1988, and my tolerance for elitist prigs and intellectual fops like Mr. Gorman expired along with them.

Big Hairy Cockgate

Thank goodness for Jeff Goldstein, who is keeping us on top of Jeff Gannon’s Cock (nope- not going to apologize). While Jeff’s coverage has ben good, I don’t know how I missed this:

BREAKING NEWS: Gannon reportedly knew about Iraq attack four hours before it happened by John in DC – 2/18/2005 09:57:00 AM

A news producer for a major network’s local affiliate just told me that Gannon told the producer the US was going to attack Iraq four hours before President Bush announced it to the nation.

According to the producer, Gannon specifically told them that in four hours the president was going to be making a speech to the nation announcing that the US was bombing Iraq. The producer told me they were surprised that Gannon, working with such a small news outfit, could have access to such information, but “what did you know, he was right,” the producer said today. The producer went on to say that Gannon often had correct scoops on major stories, including information about Mary Mapes and the Dan Rather BUSH/AWOL scandal that this news outlet got from Gannon before any had the information publicly.

I am trying to think of a way to include the phrase “Jeff Gannon’s Gay Hooker Cock” and ‘shocke and awe’ in a coherent sentence, and I am coming up with nothing.

I am pleased, however, to report that Sen. ‘Harry’ Reid and Sen. ‘Dick’ Durbin want to investigate Jeff Gannon’s cock. Jeff Gannon, for his part, is back, and promising not to back down:

Criticism of my work and my journalistic background is fair game, but the intensive scrutiny into my personal life, especially things from the past have startled many in the journalistic community. Now Democrats in Congress are demanding that the White House do more thorough investigation into the personal lives and sexual histories of reporters. Is this what they want, to give the Bush administration a mandate to make this kind of information relevant to the vetting process for journalists? What kind of reaction would there have been if the White House has announced such a plan two months ago?

If I had been a liberal reporter with the salacious past now attributed to me, I would be the Grand Marshall of the next Gay Pride Parade as well as a media darling, able to give softball interviews. But because I am a conservative, they continue to try to smear me with allegations of behavior that they otherwise would vigorously defend.

This episode is so rich with irony that it will take me many columns and a book to deal with it all. What is most telling about the Left is how quickly it was able to abandon its sacred principles of free speech and privacy to attack someone it disagreed with. The justification for this was based on erroneous characterizations of my reporting.

In other Gannon news, David Corn, whom I wrote about here and whose complete heresy is chronicled here, is being taken to task by his commenters. As the Myopist notred, it might be time to start a David Corn Watch, for his days may be numbered before he is sent off to the Lieberman dungeon:

Anyone feel like starting a pool on just when the heretic gets burned? Because he will, you know. He can fulminate about Social Security privatization and Negropointe all he likes, but the guy’s transgressed against one too many Angry Left shibboleths-of-the-moment, and the blackshirts already hate him for his analysis of their hijacking (and subsequent marginalization) of the antiwar movement. The knives are being sharpened as we speak.

Because They Care…

The Center for American Progress is but one of the left-liberal sites that is tapdancing along the border between insane and paranoid (see Media Matters, MoveOn.Org, etc.) yet still tries to pretend that it is a non-partisan organization:

The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all.

A paragraph later we note that one of the goals for the Center for American Progress is “responding effectively and rapidly to conservative proposals and rhetoric with a thoughtful critique and clear alternatives.” So much for the nonpartisan bit.

So what sort of lofty goals and high-minded deeds are our intrepid progressives undertaking these days? Well, of course- looking out for the little man:

Love, Hannity Style

[Ed. Note: To clear up any confusion, this is not a parody. These are actual profiles clipped from Hannitys website.]

Sean Hannity: Author. Television Talking Head. Radio Host. Pimp Daddy?

Its true. Sean Hannity is trying his hand as matchmaker with Hannidate 2005, a dating service hosted on his Web site. If youve always been curious about romance, right-wing style, heres what youve been missing:

They then go on to post several of the profiles and taunt them. How pathetic.

I am not going to say it is not funny, because it is. It is the sort of thing that might be funny at Oliver Willis’s “I hate righties” hatefest. Or maybe at Eschaton. But on the blog for a non-profit, nonpartisan think-tank? What would you say if say, the CATO institute had a blog and openly mocked the Democratic Singles Network? When are progressives going to grow up?

Congrats to some of the commenters at Think Progress, who are more mature than the owners of the website:

I agree Sean Hannity is a rat of the worst kind, but this is in bad taste and you should be ashamed of yourselves, and leave those folks alone they dont derserve to be harassed, im disappointed in you all.

And if you think I am over-reacting, ask yourself this- how would you feel if this was you?

*** Update ***

Please spare me the ‘there is a difference between ideology and partisanship’ trope. Been there, done that. CAP is nonpartisan just like NOW, the NAACP, MoveON, etc. Please.

*** Update #2 ***

Another commenter gets it:

The real tragedy of this is that these are mostly working-class folks who, 30 years ago, would have been straight-ticked Democratic voters.

If you look closely, these ads reveal volumes about the things that matter to them. Instead of making fun of them, we should be using our oh-so-superior liberal intellects to suss out what those things are.

If theyre poor, ill-educated, or worried about basic hygiene issues, thats not something to make fun of. In fact, its precisely the kind of thing that Democrats have always had sympathy for. WE are the ones who have promoted good education, living wages, and health care for all, remember?

I find it appalling that we are now making fun of the very same people who, in our better days, we used to go to the wall to fight for. I know: those fights were such a hassle, and were all post-hassle now. Its sooo much easier, and more sophisticated, to simply laugh at the rubes than help them.

But if this is all the understanding and compassion the Liberal Elite can muster for the average working-class American, its no fucking wonder that they wont vote for our candidates any more.

Im ashamed of all of you. And Mr. Podesta: if cutting off your nose to spite your own face is your idea of how American Progress happens, then you are not worthy of my support.