Let The Loony Left Keep Talking

Nothing discredits the extreme anti-war left like, well, the extreme anti-war left.

All right libs, using your most condescending voice, one last time, in unison:

“What about the War on Terror?”

“Where is Osama?”

“We can’t handle Iraq while Osama is still out there.”

“Iraq is distracting us from the perpetrators of 9/11.”

Got it out of your system? Yeah, yeah, yeah, protesting is patriotic, blah, blah, blah (Why is obnoxious dissent the only patriotic act the fringe left enjoys engaging in?). Howard Dean, you obnoxious suckhole, what is your message going to be now?

Go read this and shut up for an hour, at least:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) – Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States, was arrested Saturday in Pakistan, a senior Pakistan government source told The Associated Press.

Mohammed, who is on the FBI’s most wanted list, was among three people arrested in Rawalpindi, near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, the official said.

U.S. officials regard Mohammed as a key al-Qaida lieutenant and organizer of the terror mission that sent hijacked passenger jets crashing into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, killing more than 3,000 people.

Mohammed, 37, has not been charged in the Sept. 11 attacks, but he has been charged in a 1995 terror plot. He is one of the FBI’s most-wanted terror suspects, and the U.S. government is offering up to $25 million for information leading to his capture.

I guess we aren’t distracted now, are we.

*** Update ***

How is the loony left going to react? They simply won’t mention Mohammed’s arrest. Not one peep from Atrios– you know we can’t say anything good about this administration now, don’t you…

Max Sawicky, Numbers Guy

From Maxspeak:

Declarations of war should require some kind of super-majority in Congress. At the least, the nation’s leaders should appreciate the need for deep public support for any sort of drastic action. Deep divisions combined with the new dangers to national security that will result from the war are an especially bad mixture, from the standpoint of preserving basic rights. In their wisdom, the Founders gave us a Constitution that stipulates that Congress must vote to declare war.

Congress did vote on this issue, as Daschle affirmed again just the other day in an interview. The record of the vote was 296-133 in the House, and 77-23 in the Senate. A super-majority is defined, at least when I got my political science degree, as 2/3 of the chamber. I will let you go ahead and do the math, since Max apparently can’t.

Tapped, Wrong as Usual

From today’s Tapped:

Also, Mary Lynn F. Jones explains why we’re likely stuck at orange on the color-coded terror alert system for the near future. The government has put itself in a situation where none of the other colors are really an option anymore — and that renders the system just about meaningless.

From the NY Times:

The Bush administration on Thursday lowered the national terror alert from orange to yellow, suggesting the threat of an imminent terrorist attack on U.S. soil has eased somewhat.

The conclusion of the Muslim hajj holiday period played a role in the decision to lower the threat level from orange, the second-highest level on the five-part scale, Attorney General John Ashcroft and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said in a joint statement.

TAPPED also explains to us how we can just pick up our troops, go home from the Middle East, and declare victory in Iraq.

Quit giggling.

Blinded By Science

I’m with BigWig on this one:

The Win Without War phone-in protest tied up the phone lines on Capitol Hill today, at least the ones whose numbers are given out to the public. Senators have lots of phone lines, so I doubt that too much sand was thrown into the Congressional gears. Not that we’d be able to tell. Deliberative bodies are…..deliberate, after all. Sloths are models of haste in comparison.

BigWig thinks they need a dose of their own medicine. I agree:

Suppose for a moment that war supporters just spontaneously decide to call Lynn Erskine, the listed contact for Win Without War, at her phone number, which by the way is 202-478-3429, to let Lynn know how they felt about the war, or left her a voice mail detailing their views on tying up Washington’s phone lines during a time of crisis? How many calls do you think it would take before that number was rendered useless for the purpose of organizing the next protest?

How many voice mails, (long, polite ones, mind you, because war supporters are a genteel, reasonable and extremely slow talking folk when it comes to leaving voice mails), do you think Win Without War would wade through in order to hear ones more supportive of their cause? How many voice mails before someone reaches the tipping point and decides to just hit the delete button until all the messages are gone?

Would that tipping point be higher or lower for Not In Our Name, if war supporters also called their national office, at 212-969-8058.

Everyone hurry along now and call the good people. And while you are at it, send a check to any moderate Republican who has stood with Bush on this issue, but might have a tough fight ahead of them. My own Rep. Shelley Moore-Capito (R., WV) could use some help, as she is the only Republican elected to Congress in my lifetime, and in a state where the majority of the voters trend Democrat.

Gimme A Break

Alex Knapp rightly skewers Sam brownback for his anti-cloning legislation and this ludicrous op-ed in the National Review.

You remember the Raelians– the cultists who are a step above Heaven’s Gate crowd– the morons who claimed to have cloned a baby- Brownback is terrified of them, and he thinks you should be too:

Let’s be clear, the Raelians and those interested in human-cloning research seek to create human life through a process of human cloning that a vast majority of Americans clearly oppose. The threat presented to us by the Raelians is one that should refocus our attention on the immediacy of passing a permanent and comprehensive ban on all human cloning.

The only threat the Raelians present to anyone is to their own credibility.

Goodbye, Mr. Rogers

Today started on a sour note and deeply disturbing note. Fred Rogers died yesterday. If you don’t know who he is, then you have no idea how much he meant to a couple generations of kids. This is really a terrible loss for everyone.

Liberate Iraq

A touching op-ed in the CS Monitor:

Since Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the Arab League, started warning that a US invasion of Iraq would “open the gates of hell,” the retort that has been flying around Iraqi exiles’ websites is, “Good! We’d like to get out!”

It got me wondering: What if you antiwar protesters and politicians succeed in stopping a US-led war to change the regime in Baghdad? What then will you do?

Will you also demonstrate and demand “peaceful” actions to cure the abysmal human rights violations of the Iraqi people under the rule of Saddam Hussein?

Or, will you simply forget about us Iraqis once you discredit George W. Bush?

You are irrelevant. The election in 2004 and world opinion is what is important to the left.

Via Neal Sheeran


Via TalkLeft:

A 30 second tv ad will begin airing Thursday spoofing the Nick and Norm ads of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy that push the theme that marijuana funds terrorists.

Here is the text of the ads:

In the spoof, Nick tells Norm the marijuana trade supports violence only because marijuana is illegal. “If I buy a beer, that doesn’t support terror, because beer is legal, right?” Nick asks. When Norm agrees, Nick concludes, “So what you’re saying is if we make marijuana legal and regulate it like beer, it wouldn’t support violence.”

You can view the ads here.

I have essentially stolen Jeralynn’s whole post (sorry Jeralynn- but this one was too important to hope people would click through), so make sure you do the right thing and just go visit her site to see what other things she has posted.

Dennis Kucinich

Imagine if ANY Republican had this in his background and was running for President:

Basically, in the early days — before he was running citywide, let alone nationwide — Kucinich’s political schtick was posing as the champion of the ‘forgotten’ white ethnic voters over against the rising force of black political power. Sort of a great white hope type, or great Slavic hope, if you will.

Would Josh Marshall write this:

People do ‘evolve’ politically — and not just in the euphemistic, wink-wink kind of sense. People really do change. And they change their style of politics too. But usually, for this to work, or be legitimate and believable, the pol in question has to make some sort of public accounting for why circumstances changed or why he or she did.

Given that Kucinich is now making a play for the votes of dyed-in-the-wool liberals, a bit more of such an accounting seems in order.

Would Atrios write this:

I’ll have to learn more to know if he’s attoned for it enough for it to not still matter.

Quit laughing.

Many Kudo’s to Kos for writing this:

I don’t know enough about Kucinich to say one way or another whether he’s made amends for his “youthful indiscretions”, but this kind of past automatically disqualifies a candidate in my book.

Josh, Atrios, -follow Kos’s lead. He is right. There is no room for this, period, although I am sure the Atriettes and the DU fruits will spend a couple of weeks doing the usual tap-dance- “Hey this is only one story,” or “the paper has an agenda,” or “but he’s changed.,” or “but he is so right about the war being wrong.”

*** Update ***

Full disclosure- I should mention that I want Dennis Kucinich in this race to the very end. I think he is great- for Republicans.

*** Update #2 ***

It gets even better. Now the conspiracy twits are out, and the Kucinich story has only come out because the Bush White House wants it to (Josh Marshall, ari Fleischer’s puppet, you know):

Marshall posted another link. The article he links to was very unprofessional, in fact its just awful, and all over the place like someones first draft–basically I thought it was crap.

If Marshall has something else he wants to offer up, I’m sure we will read it. Mean while Richard Cohen trashes Dennis Kucinich like he was a French import.

Why? Because Kucinich use the O word (as in this war is about OIL) on “Meet the Press” whereby Richard Perle called Kucinich a “liar”.

Get that- this is a hack job, because Kucinich was having success in his anti-war crusade. Muahaha.

The Cost of War

This WaPo article claims Bush wants up to $95 billion for the war in Iraq. According to Drudge, that breaks down to $320.00 per citizen.

Who do I write the check to and where do I send it?

I Finished!

I graded close to 100 papers today, all while having my cat try to knock the pen out of my hand. That is why there were so many posts from me- after reading about five student papers, I have to take a break and read the web, just so I don’t forget how written English is supposed to look. At any rate, time for some Jimmy Kimmel Live with cohost of the week DON KING!

Democratic Underground Lunacy

This post really says it all:

As some of you know, I am a candidate for political office. I kind of rushed into this decision, and after a meeting tonight, I am having serious doubts about my ability to do this.

I have quit on almost everything I have ever started in my life. I really need some good vibes tonight.


It is so pathetic I am trying not to laugh. All together now:

I have quit on almost everything I have ever started in my life.

Heya Finnfann- Could you let me know your real name andwhat you are running for- with a platform like that, I can’t wait to vote for you. I might suggest you get a campaign advisor, or, at the very least, a media manager. This statement:

I have quit on almost everything I have ever started in my life.

just doesn’t strike me as one that will get your campaign rolling in the right direction.

Hysterical Liberal Magic Eight Ball

Have a political question you may have debated with the far left. Check their answer with the results from the Hysterical Liberal Magic Eight Ball.

Just for fun, I asked it a couple questions, and the responses looked like the comments section at Eschaton. Here are some sample results:

My question: With all the candidates in the field for 2004, does a Democrat stand achance of winning?

Hysterical Liberal Magic 8-Ball response: You’re a Racist!

My question: Are the peace protestors right?

Hysterical Liberal Magic 8-ball response: You’re a fascist!

My question: Should the Democrats block the Estrada vote?

Hysterical Liberal Magic 8-ball response: Answer unclear (West Wing hasn’t covered that subject yet)

My question: is the mainstream media biased?

Hysterical Liberal Magic 8-ball response: You’re a fascist!

It’s magic, and soo accurate.

The Real Haters

Check out Michael Totten’s take on a possible Hussein/Bush debate:

Dan Rather has interviewed Saddam Hussein, and Saddam challenges George Bush to a TV debate.

The idea is, of course, ridiculous. Bush won’t dignify Saddam with a response. If Bush agreed, Saddam would send a surgically-modified double.


I’d love to see a post-debate opinion poll from France that looked like this.

Who won the debate?

Saddam – 85 percent
Bush – 9 percent
Undecided – 6 percent

It would be a clarifying moment. The US could stop pretending the French matter. Everyone else could stop pretending they’re smart and sophisticated.

Now go read the bilge from the Democratic Underground, or this thread, titled “Hussein Challenges Bush to Debate – which facist speaks better english… ”

Atrios, get your loons under control.

More French Bashing


A Danish pizzeria has banned French and Germans from dining there because of their country’s stance on a war with Iraq.

Aage Bjerre, who owns Aage’s Pizza on the island of Fanoe, said he’s tired of French and German attitudes toward the United States.

He’s put two homemade drawings on the shop door, one a silhouette of a man coloured red, yellow and black for Germany and another in the red, white and blue for France.

Both silhouettes have a bar across them.

He says Germans will be allowed in if their country joins a war on Iraq, but the French will have to endure a lifetime ban.

Aage said: “Hadn’t the United States helped Europe in defeating Germany, there would have been photos of Adolf Hitler hanging on the walls around here.”

Via Drudge.