Best Line From A Sitcom in Years

“So we are looking for a band of midget lime thieves?”

from Monk.

Disgraceful Outcome

Talkleft points to another disgraceful turn of events in the war on your neighbors:

We are very saddened tonight by the news of the conviction of author and medical marijuana activist Ed Rosenthal in San Francisco. He will be sentenced Tuesday to a mandatory minimum ten year sentence. The maximum sentence is life.


Atrios notes this unbelievable but probably entirely accurate report of document shredding at the INS:

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 Tens of thousands of pieces of mail come into the huge Immigration and Naturalization Service data processing center in Laguna Niguel, Calif., every day, and as at so many government agencies, it tends to pile up. One manager there had a system to get rid of the vexing backlog, federal officials say. This week the manager was charged with illegally shredding as many as 90,000 documents.

Among the destroyed papers, federal officials charged, were American and foreign passports, applications for asylum, birth certificates and other documents supporting applications for citizenship, visas and work permits.

The manager, Dawn Randall, 24, was indicted late Wednesday by a federal grand jury, along with a supervisor working under her, Leonel Salazar, 34. They are accused of ordering low-level workers to destroy thousands of documents from last February to April to reduce a growing backlog of unprocessed paperwork.

The NY Times story is here.

Scrappleface Strikes Again

GOP Offers to Fund Mosely-Braun’s Presidential Bid

(2003-01-29) — The Republican National Committee (RNC) today offered to fully fund former Illinois Sen. Carol Mosely-Braun’s run for the 2004 Democrat presidential nomination. Ms. Mosely-Braun said she’s headed to Iowa to test the waters for such an effort.

Read the rest.

Dumb as a Sack of Hammers

Nelson Mandela speaks his mind:

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has slammed the U.S. stance on Iraq, saying that “one power with a president who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust.”

Speaking at the International Women’s Forum, Mandela said “if there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.”

Mandela said U.S. President George W. Bush covets the oil in Iraq “because Iraq produces 64 percent of the oil in the world. What Bush wants is to get hold of that oil.” In fact Iraq contributes to only 5 percent of world oil exports.

Not content to be merely stupid, Mandela wades into some race-baiting:

Receiving applause for his comments, Mandela said Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are “undermining” past work of the United Nations.

“They do not care. Is it because the secretary-general of the United Nations is now a black man?” said Mandela, referring to Kofi Annan, who is from Ghana.


(via Tacitus)

*** Update ***

Alex Knapp speaks.

John Hawkins at Right Wing News has some comments:

I bet Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton must be kicking themselves right now for not already playing this angle. I can just hear Jackson now…

Lawrence Simon show us some ‘New Math:’

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to practice my Mandela Math:

Seven minus three is… THE UNITED STATES IS EVIL!

Damian Penny begs:

Please tell me this is some kind of mistake. Robert Mugabe said this, not Nelson Mandela, right? Yeah, that’s gotta be it…

Sorry, Damian.

Jay Caruso pitches in.

Rachel Lucas unloads:

Now, if you take Nelson Mandela seriously – can you please explain to me the correlation between the Holocaust caused by the Nazis and whatever it is that the United States is doing right now? Go ahead, give it your best shot. I won’t hold my breath in anticipation.

Some days I just can’t stand humanity. The fact that Mandela was applauded for saying these things makes my skin crawl. Who are these people and why do they listen to such things and cheer? Are they just misguided or are they so intent on cheering for anything said against the U.S. that it doesn’t even matter to them how accurate or reasonable those things are?

The Opinion Journal states:

It pains us to criticize Nelson Mandela, who was once a great man. But because people still take his words seriously–Reuters uses no scare quotes when it calls him “a towering statesman respected the world over”–we must reluctantly point out that in his old age Mandela has turned doddering and incoherent.

Josh Martin thinks Mandela has lost his mind, while the Junkyard Blog wonder when mainstream Democrats will start trumpeting this line.

Mandela, the gift that keeps on giving.

Tapped and Atrios have no comment, but Kos apparently thinks Mandela’s comments are just swell. Is this really Kos, or is Billmon posting without a tagline?


John Hawkins finds one of the most amusing threads on the internet.

TAPPED needs a Mirror

From Tapped:

Outrage is, of course, the stock-in-trade of your average conservative journalist on campus — their own outrage at everything, and their wish to outrage everyone else. How tedious.

They should read their own site and then check their links list if they want a lesson in continuous and ridiculous outrage. This from the people who linked to this bile. When not writing about the SOTU, Mr. Ehrenstein has enlightened thoughts about race:

“On Friday, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said that while race-neutral practices are “preferable,” race can be used as “one factor among others” to achieve the goal of racial diversity on campus.”

Then she put the handkerchief back on her head and proceeded to brush-scrub the White House floors. But seriously folks —

“In the briefs, the Bush administration did not address the question of whether race could ever be considered a factor in making admissions decisions.”

Meaning that it’s considered a factor.

One must either be white or turn on one’s own race in slavish support of whites.

Deep thinking from the fringe.

In Their Own Words

At the end of her 10 page NUDE LAYOUT, Pennelope Jimenez, Playboy’s Miss March 2003, states her Life Ambitions:

“To finish school and make my daddy proud.”



If you have a substantive comment, no matter how combative, it can stay. If you are like the idiot I just banned who just cut and pasted the same comment to every post, well, you will be like that idiot. Banned.

Freedom From Criticism

Mean Mr. Mustard explains a thing or two to Susan Sarandon:

Once again, all together now, so all of Hollywood can hear: Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from criticism. You can talk all you want to Susan, but keep in mind, your continued offering of pathetic little platitudes that equate the deliberate killing of thousands of innocents with the careful efforts to hunt down and destroy their killers will likely mean getting branded with words a lot worse than “anti-American.”

“Brain-dead twit,” comes to mind, for example.

Go read the whole thing.

Parade of Allies

Despite the Democrat posturing about Bush’s unilateralism, it appears we have more and more allies climbing on board. Here, Jen Taliaferro notes a shift in the Jordanian stance.

Don’s trip (cont.)

Don McArthur has updates and pictures on his trip to Malaysia.

Budget Busters

Howie Kurtz has the GOP pegged on this one:

Imagine hard as it is President Gore standing in the House chamber and delivering his annual address to the nation.

He calls for spending $400 billion over the next decade to strengthen Medicare and launch a prescription drug program.

He calls for $450 million to bring mentors to disadvantaged students and children of prisoners.

He calls for $600 million for treatment programs for drug addicts.

He calls for $15 billion over five years to combat AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean.

He calls for $1.2 billion to develop clean, hydrogen-powered automobiles.

What do you suppose the Republicans would be saying about Al Gore?

Big spender? Wild-eyed liberal? Doesn’t understand that government is the problem, not the solution?

Wouldn’t there be lots of accusations of fiscal irresponsibility especially when the $417 billion in new spending is coupled with $674 billion in tax cuts?

I would be frothing at the mouth- which is why I am furious at the “fiscal conservatives” in charge of the House and Senate.

FBI Internet Snooping

My lawyer friend sends me this link to a disturbing new method the FBI has for trailing your internet activities to determine if you are involved in terrorist activities.

Democrat Attitudes

You know those dour, serious looks Democrats are always giving? You know the ones- like when Daschle asking about ‘fundamental fairness’ and raising ‘serious questions.’ Or how about Nancy Pelosi rolling her eyes and smirking during the SOTU address? It was the kind of thing that makes you want to retch. Or Hillary, incapable of smiling and making it through an entire speech without swearing or chit-chatting with Lieberman. At any rate, these obnoxious attitudes, the incessant whining, and the general pessimism and negativity do not sell well. They think they are being more aggressive, but this is how the nation at large is starting to view them: