Gail Collins, Voice of Reason?????????:

Gail Collins, Voice of Reason?????????:

It is going too far at the moment to call the collapse of Enron a scandal for the Bush administration. The head of Enron was one of the president’s biggest campaign donors, and we now know that he called two cabinet officers last fall to warn them that the company was in terrible trouble. But none of that was necessarily improper, and there is no indication that those calls or other conversations between Enron executives and administration officials led to any action by the government.

Oh… Never mind. It is just another veiled attempt to push for the Large Newspaper Monopoly Empowerment Act (also known as McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform), after all:

There are plenty of things Mr. Bush can do to inoculate himself against any taint from the Enron disaster. He should embrace campaign finance reform, demand a severing of ties between Enron and those around him and cooperate with all Congressional investigations on the issue.

Enron might seem less threatening to Mr. Bush if his presidential campaign had not received huge contributions from the company and its top officials. The best way for Mr. Bush to minimize such taint is to work with Congress to ban unregulated party donations by corporations, unions and rich individuals, known as “soft money.”

More Enron: You just have

More Enron:

You just have to love this nonsense. Now that it is pretty clear that there is no smoking gun regarding the Bush Administration and Enron, the loony left is trying two different attacks. Again, the approach seems to be the spaghetti approach (throw a bunch at the wall and hope something sticks). The first, angle, which has been widely covered (and duly ridiculed) by bloggers and the Opinion Journal is that Waxman now has his knickers in a bunch because the administration DID NOT intervene on behalf of shareholders. This fails to pass the giggle test, but we will see if Jonathon Alter or any of the talking heads can manage to discuss this on the Sunday morning shows and keep a straight face.

The second approach is outlined in an LA Times newsitorial this morning:

In the next several days, the most pointed questions confronting the administration may not be whether officials provided favored treatment for Enron as it slid toward ruin. Instead, the White House is likely to be pressed about whether it is providing enough information to the public–and whether the Justice Department can be trusted to perform an unbiased investigation into the company’s collapse.

IE- Even though our most blatant attempts to stick this on you have failed, we are now going to attack the way that you investigate it, PRIOR to your investigation. Stay tuned folks, this will be funny.

$450.00 in repairs for a

$450.00 in repairs for a car I paid $1,000 for in 1992. Some tie rod thing was bad, new tires, and new front and rear brakes. He said my brakes were really bad- I guess not only am I going nowhere fast, but I couldn’t stop real well once I got there either. Why do mechanics always ask what is wrong when you bring them the car? If I knew, I would fix it myself.

I guess I should not bitch. It is a silver 1983 Chevy Celebrity (with whitewalls), and besides being a total babe magnet, no one will ever break into it- my cd player and Willie Nelson and Dlebert McClinton discs are safe. In all honesty though, I hope I can keep this car for another ten years. I only put about 29k miles on it in the ten years I have had it (yes- it is my only car- I just do not drive much), so it should last. Plus, my insurance is miniscule (liability payments only), and other than every two years having to spend $400 bucks and an oil change very couple of months, it is relatively inexpensive.

Still, $450.00 bucks plus insurance for a car I have driven about 2500 miles this year makes me think I would be better off taking cabs. Oh, well.

The Quote of the Day

The Quote of the Day is dedicated to the House of Saud and their sycophant lackeys in the arab press:

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. ”
– Sir Winston Churchill

From the Weekly Standard, Enron

From the Weekly Standard, Enron and the Clintonites. Keep digging Mr. Waxman. Please keep digging.

Blogger Questions in Case anyone

Blogger Questions in Case anyone cares to answer:

1.) How do I get my archives on the main page?

2.) What do I have to do to change it so I can post an unlimited number of column inches? As it is, if it is over a certain length, I format in blogger, cut and passte to word, the post, in reverse order, smaller chunks, so that it appears in the proper order (see the Saudi News Links).

3.) What is the best comments script to use?

4.) Has anyone used the spellchecker on the blogger website?

5.) I have seen people put headlines on their sites. Is there anyway to generate headline like that from other blogs?

If you have time and are inclined, please email me….

Answering Ken Layne’s House of

Answering Ken Layne’s House of Saud challenge, I have done some rudimentary searches. Not all of these are House of Saud specific, but the majority are. Enjoy.

From the ADL:

Saudi Newspaper Claims “Jews Are Taking Over The World”


Special Dispatch No. 328: Arab Antisemitism – Saudi Government Daily on the Culture of Hatred

Special Dispatch No. 327: Saudi Arabia – Saudi Government Press Attacks U.S.

Terror in America (19): Saudi, Syrian, and Palestinian Authority Press Attack Giuliani and U.S.

Iranian and Saudi Reactions to the US’ Indictment of the Khobar Bombing Terrorists

Saudi Government Daily: The Jews

Saudi Government Daily: The Jews are Taking Over the World

Saudi Ambassador to London: ‘Bush Has Complexes…’ ‘The Entire World Fears a Future in the Shadow of Dubya’, which sports this gem:

“When George Bush Jr. came to the White House, after a long period of ambiguity and confusion, it was clear from the outset that his behavior stems from two enormous complexes. His first complex is [an urge to] manage matters completely differently than his predecessor, the popular and beloved Bill Clinton.

Ha’aretz on the Root Causes of the September 11 Attacks for the ‘root cause’ apologists in our midsts………

Excerpts from an interview with Hamas leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Our friends, the House of Saud:

Question: Was the fact that the King of Saudi Arabia received you during your tour of the Arab states a message to the United States?

Yassin: It was an expression of appreciation on the part of Saudi Arabia for [our] activities for the sake of Palestine and to tell the world — especially the U.S. and Israel — that Saudi Arabia supports the path of jihad. Saudi Arabia has demonstrated strength and courage because it declared its position loud and clear, telling the U.S. that it supports the path of struggle to restore the plundered land. In other words, the welcome I received was a clear message to the U.S. and a provocation against its policy…

Debating the Religious, Political and Moral Legitimacy of Suicide Bombings Part 1: The Debate over Religious Legitimacy– Islam, the ‘peaceful religion.’

Terror in America (10): Prominent leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Movement, Sheikh Yussef Al-Qaradhawi: ‘Islamic religious law dictates that we join the Taliban’s Jihad, not the US coalition; It is forbidden to attack American citizens, but permitted to attack the American military.’ so sayeth Johnny ‘jihad’ Walker.

From various sites: Saudi Arabia

From various sites:

Saudi Arabia Donates $1,355,000 to PLO

Saudi Arabia abstains from freezing certain bank accounts

Saudi Arabia rejects western pressures to change the curricula

Saudi Arabia bans relations with a Cypriot company ” after it was proven it had exported commodities of an Israeli origin to the Arab states.”

Saudi Arabia completes contribution to Arab funds for Palestinians– “The Saudi contribution to the Intifada fund ($ 50 million) will help extend assistance to the families of martyrs and finance the education of children.”

Iran-Saudi Arabia Sign 10-Point Agreement on bilateral relations

I am getting tired of this, so here are some anti-Israeli and anti- U.S. cartoons here, here, here, here, and here. This way, illiterates can hate too.

And this gem. Don’t worry folks, Norm Mineta is on your side.

The cartoonist did have cartoons mocking Araft, but this type appeared to me at least to be most prevalent.

Mark Steyn has another brilliant

Mark Steyn has another brilliant work, and he slams Jacob Weisberg for the same column that gave me fits. Check it out here.

Ken Layne has issued a

Ken Layne has issued a blog mobilization. I responded, and responded incorrectly. Instead of posting the links on MY page, I forwarded them to him. I can read, really I can.

Two new links added, to

Two new links added, to Steve Den Beste’ s USS Clueless and to James Lileks. I do not know how I forgot to put those up, as they are two of the best. Not mentioning them on your blog list and having others up is like being able to name Jose Carreras and then drawing a blank on Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. Check them out…

Andrew Sullivan’s new peice, The

Andrew Sullivan’s new peice, The AWOL President, is his usual brilliance.

Forget Siskel and Ebert’s thumbs

Forget Siskel and Ebert’s thumbs up/thumbs down rating system. Sgt. Stryker gives Ted Rall the middle finger for his latest column.

Charles Johnson at Little Green

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs has the new definition of terrorism, as defined by rogue nations and terrorists. Yep. You guessed it. Terrorism is what the Jews do to Palestinians. It is so frightenly predictable that I can not even laugh at their ignorance.

One reader felt the need to comment to Charles’s post.

Terror and violence are profitable business for USA. Americans own over 250 million guns in their homes, 2 million detainees in prisons in the land of the “Free”, one out of three women raped,high schoolshooting has become as popular as a football game,America is the largest exporter of arms,the Fed has toppled over 20 regimes worldwide.These are just few examples of America the leader of Democracy!

posted by Abdelmonem Jamil Addas @ 1/10/2002 08:30PM PST

The same old litany of fuzzy logic, misapplication of statistics, misunderstanding of everything American: essentially, everything buffoons like Ted Rall and Noam Chomsky want the Arab Street to think about the United States. Congrats Noam and Ted, you have found Apt Pupils.

The most annoying part of the blather from Abdelmonem is the 2 million detainees blurb. We call them criminals, and the reason we have this many in jail is because we refuse to enforce absurd religious law. I guess if we did have the Sharia here, the number of prisoners (not detainees) would be smaller. When you are in the habit of routinely chopping off appendages (important ones, like heads) for high crimes like sexual preference, logic says that there would be fewer people in jail. Instead, they would be dead.

More bombing, less patience, and I am with Damian Penny. Saudi Arabia is the source of this problem.

One wonders if Mr. Addas would feel as free to post his banter in the Taliban controlled Afghanistan press, if it were directed against that regime. I think not.

How are we supposed to take these people seriously, other than to treat them as a serious threat?