Jesse “The Mouth” Ventura

I guess preening effeminate liberalism did not work, so MSNBC is going to replace Donahue with testosterone laced stupidity. MSNBC Presents, one hour live with Jesse ‘The Mouth” Ventura.

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura has signed a deal for a new talk show on the MSNBC network and the Mall of America has been scouted as a possible location.

Negotiations between Ventura and the cable network were widely reported in November. KSTP’ chief poilical reporter Tom Hauser says three unidentified sources confirmed to him that an agreement had been reached.

Since taking office in 1999, Minnesota’s flamboyant governor had been a regular on the cable television news circuit. Ventura decided against running for a second term and left office Jan. 6.

MSNBC is an all-news cable channel whose top-rated show is “Hardball” with Chris Matthews. Ventura has appeared often on the program, several times as Matthews’ only guest.

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

Concrete and ReBar Work Better

How empty must your existence be that this is a goal in life:
LONDON (Reuters) – A first wave of mainly Western volunteers will leave London this weekend on a convoy bound for Iraq to act as “human shields” at key sites and populous areas in case of a U.S.-led war on Baghdad.

“The potential for white Western body parts flying around with the Iraqi ones should make them think again about this imperialist oil war,” organizer Ken Nichols, a former U.S. marine in the 1991 Gulf War, told Reuters.

His “We the People” organization will be sending off a first group of 50 human shields from the London mayor’s City Hall building Saturday, part of a series of departures organizers say will involve hundreds, possibly thousands, of volunteers.

Seriously, now. John Walker Lindh at least had the sense to arm himself.

Weapons Inspector By Day, Pedophile By Night

Check out Scott Ritter:

Channel Six News has learned that Colonie Police arrested former UN Weapons Inspector and Delmar resident Scott Ritter two years ago as part of an Internet sex sting operation. Sources say Ritter was charged in June of 2001 for trying to lure a 16 year-old girl he met online to a Burger King. But that 16-year old girl was really a Colonie Police investigator. Sources say Ritter was charged with a misdemeanor, but the case was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal and a judge sealed the record. Ritter searched Iraq for weapons in the years following the Gulf War. More recently, he’s been speaking out against President Bush’s policies on Iraq and has been a frequent contributor on national and local newscasts, including Channel 6 News.

Is that a missile in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me, Mr. Ritter?

Seriously, though. Why was he not charged?

The Anti-War Crowd

Opposing war on general principles can be an honorable thing. However, opposing war, regardless of the outcome, is not only unprincipled, but it is lazy, stupid, immoral, and an intellectually vacant approach to life. That is the main reason I despise the anti-war crowds (not to mention their odious background, best documented here by Tacitus). Kos does a fairly decent job of summing up some of my positions regarding the anti-war crowd. My chief complaint, usually, is that they are simply wrong- and thus- no amount of protesting is going to get me to change my mind. I am not sure why the left things of the protest as some sort of cure-all for any social ill. Most of the time, I think less of protestors AFTER the protest. Most of them look like a Grateful Dead concert without a coherent message and worse music. At any rate, some of the dumbest anti-war stuff as of late has been the ridiculous remake of the “Daisy” commercial. I don’t want to waste too much time on this, so I will let Christopher Hitchens swing away.

From Hardball on Friday, 17 December:

It (the commercial) certainly illustrates two things about the circle of peace movement. One, illiteracy and second, conservatism. This is the ad with which Lyndon Johnson helped to lie and bully the United States public and Congress into Vietnam. A peace group that has a memory as bad as that and a propaganda instinct as poor as that really doesn’t deserve a name of peace movement at all. All they’re saying is let’s keep the status quo in the Middle East. Let’s, as Americans, lead a quiet life. This is not a radical position at all. It’s a scandal.

Mmmhmm. Later, Hitchens notes:

I mean the same people who make these tremendously alarmist pieces of propaganda, it’s not just this item, are the same ones who say Saddam Hussein doesn’t have any weapons. So, he’s going to threaten us with the weapons they say he doesn’t have?

Clearly, these people do not understand the framework of the U.N. Weapons Inspections nor do they understand the nature of evil. Here is Hitchens in Front Page Magazine:

A year or so ago, the “peace movement” was saying that Afghanistan could not even be approached without risking the undying enmity of the Muslim world; that the Taliban could not be bombed during Ramadan; that a humanitarian disaster would occur if the Islamic ultra- fanatics were confronted in their own lairs. Now we have an imperfect but recovering Afghanistan, with its population increased by almost two million returned refugees. Have you ever seen or heard any of those smart-ass critics and cynics make a self-criticism? Or recant?

To the contrary, the same critics and cynics are now lining up to say, “Hands off Saddam Hussein,” and to make almost the same doom-laden predictions. The line that connects Afghanistan to Iraq is not a straight one by any means. But the oblique connection is ignored by the potluck peaceniks, and one can be sure (judging by their past form) that it would be ignored even if it were as direct as the connection between al Qaeda and the Taliban. Saddam Hussein denounced the removal of the Sunni Muslim-murdering Slobodan Milosevic, and also denounced the removal of the Shiite-murdering Taliban. Reactionaries have a tendency to stick together (and I don’t mean “guilt by association” here. I mean GUILT). If the counsel of the peaceniks had been followed, Kuwait would today be the 19th province of Iraq (and based on his own recently produced evidence, Saddam Hussein would have acquired nuclear weapons). Moreover, Bosnia would be a trampled and cleansed province of Greater Serbia, Kosovo would have been emptied of most of its inhabitants, and the Taliban would still be in power in Afghan-istan. Yet nothing seems to disturb the contented air of moral superiority that surrounds those who intone the “peace movement.”

It is amazing how some people can be so consistently wrong yet remain relevant.

Court Files

Here are the PDF files for all the documentation of the Michigan Affirmative Action cases now before the Supreme Court.

Saudi Plans for Saddam?

Convinced that President Bush is serious about invading Iraq, Arab leaders hope to avoid war by orchestrating a coup in Baghdad. Well-placed sources have told TIME that Saudi Arabia is vigorously pursuing a concrete plan to encourage Iraqi generals to overthrow Saddam and his clique. Western and Arab diplomats say the Saudi proposal requires a UN Security Council resolution declaring amnesty for the vast majority of Iraqi officials if they orchestrate a transition of power in Baghdad.

Apparently there is room for only one corrupt dictatorship in the Middle East- the House of Saud. This line is informative:

Convinced that President Bush is serious about invading Iraq.

Gee-, maybe the world’s foremost expert on the Middle East, Bernard Lewis, was right- these regimes only understand force. I would love to see the left sputtering if we are able to orchestrate a regime change in Iraq without using one bomb, losing one soldier’s life, and going through the UN. It doesn’t matter- they’ll still call Bush a dolt and Powell an Uncle Tom.

At any rate, I will believe it when I see it.

Idiots Abroad

Some shit-heel fired Iain Murray because of his blog. Go visit the Edge of England’s Sword and throw something in the tip jar (which is located down and to the left, and is an Amazon system).

Mary McGrory’s New Crisis:

And it is not her hair:

Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), the premier calamity collector of the House of Representatives, is just back from a country we’d rather not think about, and telling us things we’d rather not know. As usual, he is demanding that attention be paid.

This time it’s the famine in Ethiopia, one of those loser countries where Wolf feels most at home. He’s warning Congress and the White House of the urgency of the situation and the prospect that millions of Ethiopians will die if help is not on its way soon.

To Wolf, the Ethiopian famine is an “opportunity” for George W. Bush. “I think he really cares about these things and wants to do the right thing,” he says. He must use the bully pulpit to rally people and increase our aid to set an example to the world.

I am not sure if it is an opportunity- but it is the right thing to do. Great nations do the right thing, not for accolades and awards, but for it simply being the right thing to do.

For Pete’s Sake:

The Smoking Gun has this document written by Pete Townshend. It seems to bolster his defense (or would defence be more appropriate?).

Pentagon Plan Meets Opposition

WASHINGTON–A Pentagon antiterrorism plan to link databases of credit card companies, health insurers and others–creating what critics call a “domestic surveillance apparatus”–is encountering growing opposition on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., is planning to introduce a bill on Thursday to halt the Pentagon’s Total Information Awareness program. A representative said on Wednesday that if passed, the legislation would suspend the TIA program until Congress can “review the data-mining issues.”

Even if Congress never acts on Feingold’s proposal, the unusual step of trying to suspend a military program may prompt the Defense Department to review the TIA program in a way few other tactics could. The bill will also provide TIA critics with a focal point for activism.

With Dick Armey and Bob Barr gone from the House, it is up to Russ Feingold and Pat Leahy to do the heavy lifting defending your privacy and your rights. Remember that the next time you want to fly off the handle and savagely attack all Democrats (I ma talking to myself, here). I think this is the first time I have ever said anything nice about Pat Leahy.

Carol Moseley-Braun in 2004

Please run. Please.

Joe Lieberman

I am listening to the Imus interview with Joe Lieberman, and the one thing that stands out about the man is that you just get the feeling he is a fundamentally decent person. A good guy- someone you would trust with your kids, someone you would want on your jury were you accused of something, someone you would like to live next door to you. I dump on Lieberman for being so preachy (I really have little or no taste for people constantly professing their faith- live by your beliefs and quit talking about them), but you can’t help but think he is a good man. He kinda reminds me of an old friend of the family who recently passed on. This man was built like Lieberman, and he was a wonderful person- but physically, he was very awkward. Manual labor was not his specialty. Despite all that, every time there was a town clean-up, or everytime the Boy Scouts needed someone to lead a camping trip, this man was there. I just get the feeling that Joe Lieberman is the same way- a good man.

In other words, the Democrats will never vote for him.

Bob Herbert’s Weird World

Frank Herbert had Dune, while for Bob Herbert, duped seems to be more fitting. Check out Herbert’s cause du jour (guess what- the main problem is the Bush tax cut):

Felix Rohatyn, the civic-minded financier who helped guide New York City through the perilous waters of its 1970’s fiscal crisis, is going to Washington next week to talk to the nation’s mayors about possible solutions to the current fiscal crisis that is threatening to overwhelm budgets in states and cities across the country.

The crisis is enormous and growing. “I don’t think we even have a handle on how big the problem is because people have been pushing this under the rug,” said Mr. Rohatyn. “People have not been candid about how serious it is. And people aren’t being candid about how to deal with it.”

States from one coast to the other have begun the dreaded process of raising taxes, cutting services and laying off employees. Hardly any states have been spared. And when the states are in trouble, the whiplash effect on cities can be profound.

O.K. now. Who is right.? Herbert and Mr. Rohatyn? Or this story in USA Today?

State and local governments are spending more money and hiring more people than last year, even as governors and mayors warn of draconian cuts in public services because of the economic slump.

The National Governors Association says states face the “most dire fiscal situation since World War II.” But a USA TODAY analysis shows that most of the budget cuts being studied are not declines in spending from last year. Instead, they are reductions in spending increases that were approved when the U.S. economy was booming. (Related story: Costly programs stagger states)

For example, Minnesota legislators approved spending based on an expected 13.4% jump in tax revenue over the next two years. But tax collections are expected to rise 6.6%. The result: $4.6 billion must be cut. But those cuts would be from planned spending; actual spending is still expected to rise from present levels.

I am not going to bother telling you which one I am inclined to believe.

Fundamentally Flawed

“Fundamentally Flawed”>WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 President Bush took a side today in one of the more important affirmative action cases in a generation, announcing that his administration would oppose as “fundamentally flawed” the University of Michigan’s programs for using race in admission decisions.

“Our Constitution makes it clear that people of all races must be treated equally under the law,” Mr. Bush said. The Michigan system, he said, amounts to a quota system that is “divisive, unfair and impossible to square with the Constitution.”

The motivation for the Michigan program may be good, Mr. Bush said, but “its result is discrimination, and that discrimination is wrong.” The President said the administration will file a brief on Thursday before the Supreme Court.

President Bush is absolutely right on this, and hopefully this will be a good first step in crafting some sensible policy. Only the dimmest of bulbs would begin to assert that blacks, in the past, were given a fair shake in our society, and only the equally block-headed would attempt to argue that this has not had profound and long-term effects within black communities. However, it is untenable, unfair, irresponsible, and most importantly, unconstitutional to employ a system such as that which the University of Michigan employed.

The first step is to establish a color-blind society- but it is irresponsible to assume that stating that alone and striking down ham-handed attempts at quotas will fix the problem. Level the playing field, ensure that it is a level playing field, encourage meritocracy (and by all means, get rid of these stupid legacy admissions- which although constitutional, are wrong)- and at the same time, attempt to somehow CONSTITUTIONALLY AND EQUITABLY attempt to rectify some of the wrongdoings of the past. If all Bush does on the matter is oppose quotas, he has failed, IMHO. But if this is just the first step, it is a good one, and hopefully it will be followed with construtctive, meaningful, and less divisive proposals.

Democrats and Civil Rights leaders will probably try to really bash Bush with this, but they would be wise to wet their finger and stick it in the air first. I bet they might find a number of people might agree with this person, who wrote to the NY Times:

In “A Crucial Decision on Race” (editorial, Jan. 15), you imply that any objection to affirmative action is incompatible with moving the country “beyond the segregationist past.” Not only is this implication false, but it also has things fully reversed.

While there is no denying the good intentions of affirmative action, it is nevertheless imbedded with the dangerous and outmoded notion that “race matters.” Opponents of affirmative action reject this idea by consistently abhorring racial discrimination in all of its manifestations. After all, racism with a positive purpose is still racism.

Albert Einstein once famously observed that you cannot solve a problem with the same sort of thinking that created the problem. Is it really so difficult to understand that one can be supportive of a group of people, but opposed to policy intended to help them?
Cincinnati, Jan. 15, 2003

No one wrote in to defend the Times, which is instructive.


I’m going to have to read 40 Mark Steyn articles to get the taste of this crap from John LeCarre out of my mouth.