Who Woulda Thunk It?

Imagine that- David Corn, author of The Lies of George W. Bush, has turned into a right-wing apparatchik and apologist for the Bushhitler administration:

If Gannon/Guckert did receive preferential treatment–because of his ideological bent or any other reason–that would be wrong and a matter for the White House to explain. But let’s move on to his personal (or other professional) life. Bloggers have made much of his apparent effort to earn a buck as a prostitute for men. This is not gay-baiting, they say, it’s hypocrisy. The question is, hypocrisy on whose part? On Gannon/Guckert’s? He’s been accused of being a gay-baiter. But how true is that? As part of my investigation, I had my assistant, Alexa Steinberg, search through a collection of Gannon/Guckert’s articles for pieces on gay-related themes. She found eight pieces. Most were straightforward accounts of political tussles over gay marriage.

Paging Gertrude Stein. Paging Gertrude Stein.


David Frum and Chris Matthews discussing what is going on in Washington right now (in a conversation loosely about Social Security Reform):

FRUM: Its hot now. It is hot now.

And I think it also feeds into, this story, into a kind of strange mood of paranoia on the Democratic side that one of theI think one of the big disconnects in Washington, people who think, for example, the Jeff Gannon story is a big story.


FRUM: And those who think, what, what, how can that be a big story, that the swift…

MATTHEWS: You mean that theres a ringer in the White House press room.

FRUM: Exactly, that you can seeand I can remember this from the Clinton years, when this happened to us on the Republican side.

All of these elements come together in a unified field theory of madness. And so theres Jeff Gannon and theres the swift boat vets and it all begins to make more sense than you can possibly articulate into words in one giant conspiracy. And, look, I think we should be talking with Social Security about the numbers and the principle.

We dont need to talk about the background.

When someone like me points out that large elements of the left wing have lost their minds, it is not because we are blindly defending the President and this administration. It is because we were once driven to the brink of insanity ourselves, and recognize the pyschosis.

And, no, I don’t think Jimmy Carter was a traitor or committed treason, nor do I think every lefty is on the other side- but stuff like this serves as a perfect example of the loony left and their Grand Unification Theory of Republican Malfeasance and makes me laugh:

It now appears that Jeff Gannon could be the thread that unravels the real story behind the TANG/CBS forgeries. I have put together a case here that if looked at carefully by the blogosphere would show that the TANG forgeries were made by the White House, probably Dan Bartlett, and then given to Bill Burkett by a former associate of Karl Rove, Roger Stone. Stone’s wife, Nydia, who is Cuban, was most likely the Hispanic lady on the phone who convinced Burkett the documents were real and that he should burn them after copying them to protect her honor.

It doesn’t matter how much Tom Maguire works to provides facts to disabuse this lunacy- it has taken on a life of its own- just like Frum said:

All of these elements come together in a unified field theory of madness. And so theres Jeff Gannon and theres the swift boat vets and it all begins to make more sense than you can possibly articulate into words in one giant conspiracy

And a vast right wing conspiracy at that, no doubt. My question- in twenty years, will we find out that Jeff Gannon’s COCK was the key to Cold Fusion? String Theory?

Kelo vs. New London

Scotus heard Kelo vs. New London yesterday:

If New London can seize people’s homes so private developers can build a hotel and convention center, what will cities do next? several Supreme Court justices asked during arguments Tuesday.

Can a city decide to get rid of the Motel 6 and put up a Ritz-Carlton, asked Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, because the luxury hotel would produce more taxes?

“That would be OK?” she asked.

“Are we saying you can take from A and give to B if B pays more taxes?” asked Justice Antonin Scalia.

Susette Kelo, sitting in the back of the cavernous court chamber, was encouraged by such questions. Kelo is the lead homeowner in a landmark case that pits a group of New London homeowners against a city that sees their property as crucial to its development plans.

Arguing on behalf of New London, attorney Wesley Horton told O’Connor, “Yes, your honor, it would be” appropriate to replace a lower-cost motel with a plush hotel.

A city, in this example, would be exercising its time-honored right of eminent domain, Horton said. The homeowners countered that what was really at stake for New London was whether developers and the city would make more money.

This is the most important case the Supreme Court has heard in ages, and it gets to the very foundation of our republic. Private property rights and protection from a capricious and overbearing government is why we started this little experiment. That is what our Constitution and Bill of Rights are all about. Check out our list of grievances with good ole King George III. In the recent past, governments, under the guise of environmental protection or iminent domain or whatever excuse they can muster have been attacking us on this front. The SCOTUS needs to take a stand.

An interesting debate can be found here.

Just Deserts

The Opinion Journal nails this one:

“After an egregiously long delay, Attorney General John Ashcroft finally did the right thing yesterday when he recused himself from the investigation into who gave the name of a CIA operative to the columnist Robert Novak. Mr. Ashcroft turned the inquiry over to his deputy, who quickly appointed a special counsel.”

In the recent annals of press freedom, there are few more regrettable sentences than those two from a December 31, 2003, editorial in the New York Times. The special counsel that the Times was cheering on, Patrick Fitzgerald, is now threatening a Times reporter with jail, and in a way that jeopardizes the entire press corps. This is what happens when liberals let their partisan disdain for a President obscure their interest in larger principles.

The Times was hardly alone, let us hasten to add. Well-nigh every liberal newspaper in the country was calling for Mr. Ashcroft to recuse himself and name a “special counsel,” in the hope of nailing the Bush Administration official who had “leaked” the name of CIA analyst Valerie Plame. The idea that there might be some First Amendment equities at stake was overlooked amid the partisan frenzy, and in any case Mr. Novak was expendable because he was a conservative.

If you want a crystal clear example of liberal hyperventilation regarding the Plame affair, I would recommend perusing Kevin Drum’s Calpundit archives. Kevin still, to my knowledge, will not cede that Wilson is a liar and a fraud.

Hot Monkey Love

From the “You Can’t Make This Shit Up” files:

Two fired caretakers for Koko, the world-famous sign-language-speaking gorilla, have sued their former bosses, claiming they were pressured to expose their breasts as a way of bonding with the 300-pound simian.

Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller, both of San Francisco, claim they were subjected to sexual discrimination and then wrongfully terminated after reporting health and safety violations at Koko’s home in Woodside, an upscale town in the south San Francisco Bay area.


Cuddly Ape or Hairy Pervert?

I Hate Mondays

It is raining and crappy out, I am sick as a dog, and Hunter S. Thompson is dead.


Out of the Closet

Not enough is being made of this story:

Thousands of couples joined Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and first lady Janet Huckabee in renewing their wedding vows at a Valentine’s Day ceremony supporting the state’s voluntary covenant-marriage law that makes divorce harder to obtain.

“There is a crisis in America,” the Republican governor told a crowd of 6,400 at an arena Monday night. “That crisis is divorce. It is easier to get out of a marriage than (to get out of a) contract to buy a used car.”

Before the Huckabees renewed their wedding vows, they signed legal papers converting their 30-year marriage to a covenant marriage. Organizers of the event did not ask other couples to convert their marriages.

Under the 2001 Arkansas law, couples getting a covenant marriage agree to seek counseling before they wed and before they seek a divorce. A covenant marriage also requires a two-year wait before a divorce becomes final, except in cases of adultery, abuse or imprisonment for a felony.

From the Instapundit I see that Ann Althouse and John Scalzi have some choice comments on the issue. Ann states:

I must say I find it utterly repugnant for a political figure to make a big public show of upgrading his marriage to a “covenant marriage.” I don’t particularly approve of the trend of private celebrations that involve some married couple renewing their wedding vows. (What are you saying about vows if you have to renew a vow?) But for a state governor to participate in a spectacle like this, thrusting his private life into a gigantic rally, is just appalling.

I agree, but before I discuss this absurd covenant marriage bit, let’s review another related issue:

Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele and former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts have issued a statement calling for Howard Dean to apologize over remarks he made while addressing the Democratic Black Caucus last Friday.

First, the offending statement: You Think The Republican National Committee Could Get This Many People Of Color In A Single Room? Only If They Had The Hotel Staff In Here.

As Ramesh Ponneru points out, the truth hurts:

As Eric Pfeiffer notes over at our new “Beltway Buzz” feature, two Republicans are calling on Howard Dean to apologize for saying that the GOP couldn’t fill a hotel ballroom with “people of color” unless they brought in the hotel staff. Let me quote the complaint: “In his comments to the Democratic Black Caucus, Dean equates African-Americans who support Republicans to ‘hired help.’ This kind of backward thinking reminds us of a horrible time in history when blacks were only seen as servants.” Give me a break. Dean is saying, hyperbolically, that there aren’t many blacks or other nonwhites in the Republican party. He’s right. I’ve been to many, many Republican dinners where most nonwhites present have been serving the food. (Or giving the keynote.) If Republicans are bothered when people make that observation, they should try to make it less true.

What, you ask, do these two issues have in common? Tolerance, plain and simple.

The Republican Party has had the albatross of intolerance dangling around its head for years, and loyal partisans such as myself have been repeatedly been placed in the unpleasant position of having to prove a negative- that I am not homophobic, that I am not racially intolerant. This no easy task, particularly when certain elements on the fringe of the party make all Republicans an easy target for criticism. Yes, I know there are things in the GOP platform I disagree with, just as I am sure that most Democrats disagree with portions of their platform. But we are beyond disagreement now.

While I believe that the stigma towards the GOP regarding race is unfair and more of a hangover from decades of prior racial insensitivity, it is pretty clear what certain elements within the Republican party (and it is my party, too- you batty sons-of-bitches) feel about homosexuals and homosexuality. And yes, I am talking about the individuals and the practice, and not playing along with your thinly veiled contempt anymore (not that I was playing along- I made the mistake of believing you, taking you at your word).

I, in the past, was tolerant of claims by the more religious within my party that marriage should be a sacred insitution. I believed that there was nothing wrong with the concept of civil unions, and that they could serve as a healthy compromise. I believed the rhetoric- that marriage is between a man and a woman. I believed the party line about having to protect marriage from activist judges. I believed it all- but not any more. The jig is up.

It is clear that the radical elements in my party don’t even buy their own words. Marriage, as it turns out, is not a sacred institution between a man and a woman, as these apostles will repeatedly tell anyone who will listen. By their actions, by their deeds, it is clear that marriage is between a man, a woman, and, most importantly to them, the government. Why else the need for this concept of hyper-marriage than to degrade the relationships of others? Does this mean that everyone who does not have a ‘covenant’ marriage has something less than you have?

I agreed for a long time that marriage was an institution that should not be politicized, and that civil unions were an acceptable alternative. Not anymore. You lost the argument about politicizing, demeaning, and degrading marriage when you went out and publicly did it yourself. It has become clear to me that you do not view marriage as a sacred and holy covenant. Marriage, to you, is an article of privilege to be used to degrade the human dignity of others, and I, for one, will have none of it.

Alias Blogging

OK, Alias fans- I have a question for you. I am only a few shows into the second season, but something is killing me.

What is the significance with the number 47?

– There are 47 parts to Rambaldi opus.

– When Marshall (who is emerging as my favorite character) makes the lipstick camera, it has 42 exposures, but he wants ‘get it to 47, because it is a prime number.’

– The secret computer server is #47.

– When Dixon plays a priest in the airport, he has made 47 Euros.

– A vault was vault #4747.

– the blank page inthe Rambaldi text was 47.

I could go on and on, and I have not even paid attention to license plates. I think that Kane chick, the one trying to frame jack BRistow, had an account with 47.

At any rate, this is killing me, but I am afraid to google it because if I do, I might learn something that will ruin future episodes. So, bearing in mind where i am in the show, can someone tell me if ’47’ means something?

High Comedy at the O-Dub Corral

I don’t know what else to file this under but humor, because it is just a laugh a minute at Oliver’s:

Because I’m blunt, a lot of people assume I’m an extremist liberal. Which, as a pro-death penalty, pro-free marketer, strikes me as funny. I’m an advocate of a party and a set of ideals well within the American mainstream. As are most Democrats.

I am against the current War on Drugs. Guess that makes me a liberal, hunh? Stop giggling- Oliver is serious.

*** Update ***

From the “You Can’t Make This Shit Up” Files, Oliver’s very next post states the following:

More Phony Dems On Fox – Submitted by Oliver Willis on Tue, 02/15/2005

Martin Frost, along with Susan Estrich, Alan Colmes, and Pat Caddell make up the Washington Generals to Fox’s Globetrotters.

Only thing I dislike more than a right-winger is a “liberal” who enables right-wingers. Sheesh.

Martin Frost is a moderate. Estrich is a liberal. Colmes is an avowed liberal- he just looks like a moderate when sitting next to Hannity. Pat Caddell was a liberal for 20 years before Oliver was born.

MSM Thugs

This seems idiotic.

I spoke to Scott Nelson, the Tulsa World Web Editor (They can be reached at (918) 583-2161), and tried to make sense of their policy, and got nowhere. I am even more confused with what they are trying to accomplish than before I called.

According to Mr. Nelson, you need written permission to print the article and must print the article in full. I responded that I didn’t want to copy a whole article, just a quote, and he said that was not allowed and would be copyright infringement. When I asked why, he said it was their policy so that things wouldn not be ‘taken out of context.’

When I asked him if things were taken out of context, then wouldn’t that be libel, and they could get legal redress that way, he waffled. I then re-stated the question, and asked him if it was the policy of the Tulsa World to threaten lawsuits for copyright infringement to prevent possible cases of libel, and he didn;t really have much of an answer.

He also said, contrary to the letter to Bates Online, that linking was allowed, which leads me to believe that Mr. Bair, the Vice-President, was perhaps a touch overzealous or using terms he was not familiar with. Who knows.

At any rate, I must add that Mr. Nelson was very polite and helped to the best of his ability, even though he sounded agitated about the whole ordeal.

I thought by calling them I would clear some things up, but I am as confused as ever.

*** Update ***

This update from BatesLine seems to suggest that the confusion of Mr. Nelson is not the result of a human failing on Mr. Nelson’s part, but the inevitable result from a confusing and untenable policy:

Just time to link this: KTUL’s website has a new story with comments from World publisher Bobby Lorton and reaction from me.

Funny: He doesn’t want me to quote the paper out of context, but he doesn’t want me to link to the whole story so people can read it in context.

Actually, it is not funny at all. Sad is what I was thinking.

24 Blogging

Too funny– I actually said to myself- this is going to give Yglesias and Henley fits. I also thought the scene with the aged mother was absurd, though not for the same reasons.

In other television news, I watched Medium after 24. To date, I have never missed an episode, and I am beginning to develop a real beef with the writers. Why do they continue to write scenes in which the husband mocks or refuses to take seriously his wife predictions?

Like I said, I have seen every episode. She hasn’t been wrong yet. You would think her husband, a supposedly intelligent mathematician, would figure that out.

On a completely unrelated note, in one of the most graceless feline events of the century, my cat just fell off my desk. He sleeps right next to me on the desk when I am on the computer, and he was sprawled out on his side sound asleep. Then for no reason whatsoever (and I must add, much to my delight), he just fell off the desk.

And, yes. He landed on his feet.

The Politics of Personal Destruction

Jeff Goldstein has written the greatest headline ever discussing the loony left’s disgusting behavior regarding Jeff Gannon:


If there is a weblog award for titles, this deserves to win.

Comment and Trackback Spamming

Got hammered last night with trackback spam (about 500 or so) from jerks affiliated with Empire Poker. I fired off an email to their abuse department:

Dear Sirs,

If your computer operators do not stop spamming the comments section and the trackback pings of my website, I am going to be force to report you to whatever gaming commissions, better business bureaus, or other authorities I see fit in order to stop the obnoxious and destructive behavior.

I have also spent two hours de-spamming my website. If you do not cease and desist, I am going to begin submitting invoices for the labor required to remove the spam. I think a fee of $200.00 per hour for this type of consulting work is not out of line.


John Cole

They responded almost immediately:

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We shall see what happens.

About Time

Talkleft reports on some long overdue reform in Florida- reform that should be enacted everywhere in the United States.


Just wondering how many Alias fans there are out there. Over the past two weeks, I started watching the first season, and really like it. Sure, it is hokey, and sure, there is some silliness here and there, but over all I have found that I really like the show.

BTW- I think one of the best series ever made was Boomtown. I was furious when it got cancelled.