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Friday, July 28, 2006

God Bless Colbert

If you didn't see him eviscerate Eleanor Holmes Norton last night on The Colbert Report, Allahpundit's got the video here. I'm tempted to say thank God Norton doesn't vote, but really she's no more idiotic than those who do.

As the once-funny Jon Stewart becomes more and more openly unhinged by Bush Derangement Syndrome, praise Allah for Colbert, who recognizes that true political comedy genius lies in making even those who disagree with you laugh.

By the way, if you haven't seen Colbert get Congressman Robert Wexler to explain why he likes cocaine and prostitutes, click here.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Ve vere invited! Punch vas served! Check mit Poland!

Frightening:

"I vill hear no more insinuations about ze German people! Nothing bad happened! Sie werden sich hinsetzen! Sie werden ruhig sein! Sie werden nicht beleidigen Deutschland!"


The Pelican Grief

From Reuters:
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four pelicans suspected of being drunk on sea algae were being tested at a Southern California wildlife center Saturday after one of them crashed headlong into a car.

Three of the California brown pelicans were found wandering dazed in the streets of Laguna Beach after another pelican struck a vehicle's windshield on a nearby coast road.

It suffered internal injuries and a long gash in its pouch and was undergoing toxicology tests.

Officials at the Wildlife Care Center said the seabirds may have been under the influence of algae in the ocean that can produce domoic acid poisoning when eaten.

The other pelicans were rounded up after assistant wildlife director Lisa Birkle warned the public to be on the lookout for birds acting "drunk," disoriented or being in an unusual place.
So now acting drunk, disoriented or being in an unusual place is a crime? There was a time we called that "college." I went to college in Manhattan, and one time my friend Mike and I decided it was a great idea to walk back from a bar down the middle of Broadway, into incoming traffic. There was a cop car sitting a couple of blocks up and the friendly officers turned on their loudspeaker and said "Okay rocket scientists get out of the road." They invited us over to the car and Mike informed them that we were very drunk. This didn't suprise them - I guess they were detectives or something. We promised them we'd behave and they let us go and later that night we stole the front door off the fraternity house next door. But now if Lisa Birkle gets her way, this kind of good clean fun will be a thing of the past. And the terrorists will have won.

By the way, let me save you some time. Ebay doesn't have any more sea algae.

Clone Sex

From UK's The Sun:
KINKY actress Katherine Heigl says she loves having sex with her lover in handcuffs.

The gorgeous Grey's Anatomy actress, 27, who has just got engaged to musician Josh Kelley, told FHM: "There's never enough sex for me.

"The guy I'm dating now is so f***ing fantastic in bed that half the time I just want to leave the handcuffs on and say 'I've got to run a few errands, but don't move - I'll be back'."

Katherine who plays Dr Izzie Stevens in Channel Five's US hospital drama, was raised a Mormon but loves action between the sheets.

She added: "I feel that everybody deserves fantastic sex and should settle for no less. I work hard I deserve it."

This is probably the best argument for cloning that I have ever seen. Also for ex-Mormonism. Although I like Mormons because they rarely mooch smokes off of me, and when they do they're very polite about it.

I used to think it wasn't fair that polygamists could have more than one wife but now I just feel sorry for them. I also feel like dancing. Back soon.

It's a Really Wonderful Life

From Contact Music:
Movie great JAMES STEWART was forced to prove he wasn't gay by bedding two hookers, according to an explosive new biography. Movie mogul LOUIS B MAYER reportedly instructed the IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE star to prove to him he wasn't a homosexual before offering him a film deal, sending the actor off to find a couple of prostitutes. The shocking claim is made by MARC ELIOT in his new tome JIMMY STEWART - A BIOGRAPHY, which is set to hit bookshelves this autumn (06). Eliot claims Meyer demanded Stewart prove he wasn't gay by visiting a Hollywood brothel and bedding "at least two of those broads". The biographer claims the young Stewart was so charged by the sexual experience, it sparked a string of romances with Tinseltown's leading ladies.

Other good excuses for seeing hookers:
It's payday.

My team lost in overtime.

I was out of beer.

While walking down the street I spilled my drink, slipped on the ice, and banged my head, knocking me unconscious. Hookers found me and took me in as one of their own, bathing me in fragrant oils and drying me with their tongues. I barely managed to escape. (True story.)

It's Tuesday.

"Honey, I'm just going out for some smokes."

I was horny and the torn cartilage in my wrists was acting up.

Every time I see a hooker, an angel gets its wings.

Someone switched my Xanax with Cialis.

I need to do research for a post on excuses for seeing hookers.

I'm Back

Some random thoughts while I recover from my trip:

I love Joe Biden. I love how Joe Biden loves him some Joe Biden. All politicians love themselves, but Joe Biden takes self-love to a level that would make Narcissus shake his head and say, “Dude,” before slowly backing out of the room. The only thing Joe Biden needs to do to make me love him more is start referring to himself in the third person. Also, Joe Biden should always be called by his full name. It’s just one of those names, like Genghis Khan or Chi Chi LaRue. Have you noticed that Joe Biden suffers from inappropriate smile syndrome? Watch Joe Biden when the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing and it’s his turn to pretend to ask questions. He may be reading from his notes (wearing those ab fab half-glasses!) or just droning on about the pet hamster he had as a kid that taught him some valuable lesson, but literally every 5 or 10 seconds he’ll look up at the poor sap who’s supposed to be answering questions and give him a big smile. I think this is supposed to convey sincere reassurance but it’s so obviously phony and bizarre that it gives him more of an “I could very easily cut you into McNugget-sized pieces with a chainsaw and store your body parts in my Sub-Zero” vibe. We could do with more of this in our leaders. That’s why I also love John Bolton – he’s exactly what we need in an ambassador to an organization composed of thieving bureaucrats and murdering tyrants. You just know Johnny wouldn’t hesitate to stick a serrated blade in someone’s gut and twist it until a good portion of the intestine was hanging out, which he would then slurp down as if it were Mom’s linguini after football practice.

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I remember when I first heard about the Senate trying to pass a law against flag burning, I thought they were passing a law against flab burning. This got me excited figuring out how much time I would save by not going to the gym until I realized that the answer was "no time." Back when I was working out I once shared a "pec deck" with Fabio at Crunch Gym in Hollywood. I thought to myself, "He's very pretty." Then I looked at how much weight he was using and decided to keep that thought to myself. I'm glad I did. Honestly it's not even that he was that pretty, it was more that my girlfriend and I had recently broken up. Good times, though, working out with Fabio. If my girlfriend hadn't dumped me we might be married by now and I could tell our kids about the time I worked out with Fabio. But I guess now that will never happen.

Where did all the Maker's Mark go?


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A Treasonable Discussion

So I got this unsolicited email today from someone named Jason J:
PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK.

Friends:

Elections are coming up. ABI has updated their immigration report cards. Please do NOT vote for any Republican (or Democrat) with a grade of 'B' or lower on their immigration report card.

Report cards: http://grades.betterimmigration.com/

Please do NOT support any Republican weak on immigration.

As many conservative intellectuals have recently said, the Constitution says that politicians have a duty to protect the U.S. and its borders.

Any support of a guest-worker program is treason. Do not support politicians guilty of treason, like G.W. Bush, Ted Kennedy, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Sam Brownback, Mike DeWine, Arlen Specter, or Lindsey Graham.

Again, do NOT support Republicans weak on immigration.

If you only have liberal Republicans in your area, then vote third party (Constitution Party, etc.).

Do NOT support treason.

Thanks.
Here's my response:
Jason,

I support a guest-worker program. I'm also a veteran of the United States Army. You've just accused me of treason.

I urge you to tell me where you live so we can discuss this face-to-face. I also urge you not to make any plans for after this discussion.

Sincerely,

Cranky

Monday, July 17, 2006

Why I Can't Hate Bush

From MSNBC:
Bush expressed his frustration with the United Nations and his disgust with the militant Islamic group and its backers in Syria as he talked to British Prime Minister Tony Blair during the closing lunch at the Group of Eight summit.

“See the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s--- and it’s over,” Bush told Blair as he chewed on a buttered roll.

Fuckin' A!

Complete transcript, including my personal favorite, "Yo, Blair":
Bush to Putin: I gotta leave by 2:15. They want me out of town so they can free up your security forces.

No, just going to make it up. I'm not going to talk too long like the rest of them. Some of these guys talk too long.

Gotta go home. Got something to do tonight. How about you? Where are you going home? This is your neighborhood doesn't take you long to get home.

You eight hours? Me too. Russia’s a big country and you’re a big country. Takes him eight hours to fly home. Not Coke, diet Coke. Russia’s big and so is China.

Yo, Blair. What are you doing? Are you leaving?

Blair: No, not yet. On this trade thing…

Bush: Yeah, I told that to (inaudible). If you want me to. I just want some movement. Yesterday I didn't see much movement. The desire to move.

Blair: It may be that it’s impossible.

Bush: I'll be glad to say. Who's introducing me?

Blair: Angela

Bush: Well tell her to call on it. Well, tell her to put me on the spot.

Thanks for the sweater; it was awfully thoughtful of you. I know you picked it out yourself.

Blair: Oh, absolutely!

What about Kofi Annan? I don't like the sequence of it. His attitude is basically cease-fire and everything else happens.

I think the thing that is really difficult is you can’t stop this unless you get this international presence agreed.

Bush: She's going. I think Condi's going to go pretty soon.

Blair: Well that's all that matters. If you see, it will take some time to get out of there. But at least it gives people…

Bush: It's a process I agree. I told her your offer too.

Blair: Well it's only…or if she's gonna or if she needs the ground prepared as it were. See if she goes out, she's got to succeed as it were, where as I can just go out and talk.

Bush: See the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s--- and it's over.

Blair: Because I think this is all part of the same thing. What does he think? He thinks if Lebanon turns out fine, if he gets a solution in Israel and Palestine, Iraq goes in the right way, he's done it. That's what this whole things about. It's the same with Iran.

Bush: I felt like telling Kofi to get on the phone with Assad and make something happen. We're not blaming Israel and we're not blaming the Lebanese government.

This is the kinda stuff that drives Europeans and American liberals crazy, because God forbid a world leader talk like a human being. See, if you let that happen, the peepul might get the nutty idea that they don't have to be ruled by a self-appointed political "elite." And that's just crazy talk!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Cranky and The Hedgehog

As promised, here's a picture of me 'n Ron Jeremy, aka The Hedgehog, taken back in 2002 when I was Hollywood Boy.


For me the most impressive thing about this picture is the perfect dimple in my tie.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Dream On

"What is happening in the Mid-East is proof that trust in the West will never help Muslims"

Hosan, Egypt
- A "Have Your Say" reader quote highlighted here by BBC Online
Er, no. What is happening in the Mid-East is proof that trust in terrorists will never help Muslims.

Maybe one day this century enough Muslims will figure this out. Maybe one day Cindy Sheehan will go on a hunger strike until they do. Maybe one day George Clooney will bravely make a film about this.

The preceding pipe dreams were brought to you by Dream On HouseTM (DOH). Dream On House: Breaking bad news to dying children about their wishes since 2001.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

LA Women

I've only been gone from LA for 10 months but somehow I'd forgotten just how insanely hot the women are out here.

Coming soon: A much-requested picture of the Cranky Insomniac with the Hedgehog.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

So he packed a grip and split for the coast

NEWMAN: You wanna know what happened to Kramer? I'll tell you what happened to Kramer. He was ticked off. About the keys. Yeah, that's right, about the keys. Thought he got a bad rap.
JERRY: Bad rap?
NEWMAN: Yeah. From you.
JERRY: Me?
NEWMAN: You heard me. So he packed a grip and split for the coast. La-La land. L.A.
Heading to LA Wednesday ayem to tie up some loose ends (and try to repair some frayed ones) of my former life. Not much blogging today as I seem to have mysteriously left everything til the last minute.

I will be blogging from the Left Coast, however. So chillax.

A Really Inconvenient Truth

From the UK's Guardian Unlimited:
The Earth could be about to turn upside down. The planet's magnetic field is showing signs of wanting to make a gigantic somersault, so that magnetic north heads towards Antarctica, and magnetic south goes north. Compasses will point the wrong way, and migrating birds, fish and turtles are going to be very confused.

Just when this will happen, how long it will take and what the consequences will be, is difficult to fathom. What is not in doubt, though, is that it will happen. About every half a million years or so, the Earth's magnetic field flips upside down.

Well there goes blaming it on Bush. (I'm kidding: of course this is Bush's fault. Watch: BUSH CURSED, POLARITY REVERSED! Thus it is proven.)

We know the magnetic polarity goes topsy-turvy from rocks on the bed of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the middle of the Atlantic runs a gigantic crack from which lava oozes. As the lava solidifies into rock, it records the Earth's magnetic polarity at the time. These records show that we are due for another flip about now. But the Earth does not keep a regular rhythm, so no one could make a prediction based on past performance alone. There is, however, more convincing proof that we are heading for a tumble. Each time the magnetic field heads for a reversal, it grows weaker over several thousand years until it almost disappears. Then it switches and starts up again with renewed vigour.

Magnetism trapped in ancient pottery shows that over the past 4,000 years, the magnetic field has weakened by more than 50%. This past century, the strength has dropped by 5%. At this rate, the field might disappear in the next few hundred or thousand years. Another warning sign of an imminent flip has come recently from satellite measurements of the Earth's magnetic field.

A team led by Gauthier Hulot, of the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, has spotted patches of reversed magnetism concentrated in two places just underneath the Earth's outer mantle. In the largest patch, beneath the southern tip of Africa, the magnetic field is pointing towards the centre of the Earth, instead of outwards. The other patch is near the north pole.

The Guardian has now told us that the Earth could be "about to flip," and that there are warning signs of "an imminent flip." Sounds like batten down the hatches time, right?

Er, no.

Some experts have stuck their necks out to predict that we can expect the next reversal some time in the next 2,000 years. The process would probably then take anything between 100 and a few thousand years - not even a blink in the history of Earth.
Okay, I don't want to hear any more about how Saddam didn't pose an imminent threat.

And what exactly do we - or, rather, our g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'g'great grandkids - have to look forward to when this happens?

We can only guess what life would be like during that reversal. Anyone trying to navigate with a magnetic compass is going to have a tough time, but what is going to happen to all those birds, fish and other animals that migrate vast distances using their own internal magnetic compass? Will they have time to re-draw their magnetic maps and get new bearings?

Even more creatures such as bees and some bacteria use a sense of magnetism for finding their way around their local territories, for a north/south or up/down axis. The Earth's magnetic field also stretches several hundred miles into space and protects us from the sun's charged particles and cosmic rays by focusing them towards the poles. This is where they appear as the northern and southern lights as they excite gases in the atmosphere. As the magnetic poles migrate across the world, those night lights are going to light up some very strange places where they have never been seen before. During a field reversal, this protective magnetic shield is going to be weak and might even disappear for a century or more. That might drastically affect the weather. There is a growing body of evidence that the sun's highly charged particles batter the upper atmosphere so hard that some of the assault filters down into the atmosphere around us, influencing the wind, atmospheric pressure and temperature.

Without our magnetic shield, those solar particles might create havoc with the weather. That cosmic radiation blasting the Earth's surface could cause genetic mutations and cancers.

Wow. Sounds like the end of the world as we know it. I mean, this is scary stuff - even scarier than people who thought The Day After Tomorrow was an important film.

But wait!

Yet when palaeontologists scoured the fossil records looking for signs of mass extinctions or bursts of evolution during previous magnetic field flips, they found nothing. Living organisms seem to have survived intact.
Intact? They found nothing? No Weapon of Mass Extinction? Nobody lied and nobody died? C'mon, I just read this whole article expecting the end of the human race - or at least a bunch of muties with three heads or six anuses or an odd fondness for Fluffer Nutter or something! You gotta give me something more than confused turtles.

And there it is - the perfect ending:

But what will happen next time?

What will happen next time indeed!*

*Meanwhile, across town...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Jeffersonian Democracy

In a rare win for the people, a federal judge has ruled that those who make the laws are actually subject to them:
Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan said members of Congress are not above the law. He rejected requests from lawmakers and Democratic Rep. William Jefferson to return material seized by the FBI in a May 20-21 search of Jefferson's office.

In a 28-page opinion, Hogan dismissed arguments that the first-ever raid on a congressman's office violated the Constitution's protections against intimidation of elected officials.

Jefferson's theory of legislative privilege "would have the effect of converting every congressional office into a taxpayer-subsidized sanctuary for crime," the judge said.

Like they're not already?

Somebody's All-American

As I noted in my previous post, yesterdayI drank Bud and watched NASCAR at a pig roast. Today I have an All-American hangover.

Now I know how Iraqis feel.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Everybody's All-American

Today I drank Bud and watched NASCAR at a pig roast.

Nobody is more American than me.

(Anyone who writes to say the proper grammar is "than I" is most definitely un-American and should proceed directly to Gitmo without passing Go and without collecting $200.)

That is all.

Friday, July 07, 2006

What kind of a name is Harpoon?

From the Beeb:
A group of tourists was inadvertently introduced to Norwegian hunting practices during a whale-watching trip in the far north of the country.

As they were admiring one of the animals, a Norwegian whaling boat came along and harpooned it.

[snip]

"We were on our way out to the whale-watching area when we passed a whaling boat," the boat's skipper, Geir Maan, told the Associated Press news agency.

Whaling and tour boats usually maintained a distance between them, he said.

"This time, we got close, and right when they were passing, I realised they had a minke whale in firing range," he said.

The incident, which happened at the weekend, left the 80-odd tourists who witnessed it in shock.

"The blood flowed and it wasn't a pretty sight. This really wasn't what we came to see," Leontien Dieleman from the Netherlands told a Norwegian newspaper.

Later, the tour party passed a boat hauling a dead whale onto its deck.

The best part of this story is the reaction of the Dutch tourist: "This really wasn't what we came to see." This is a perfect example of the difference between Europeans and Americans. They have "This really wasn't what we came to see," and we have "Motherfuckin' snakes on a motherfuckin' plane!"
Hey Mr. and Ms. European, your continent is being overrun by radical Islamists! "This really wasn't what we came to see."
Milosevic is ethnically cleansing the Balkans! "This really wasn't what we came to see."
Genocide's being committed in Rwanda! "This really wasn't what we came to see."
Someone just bombed your train station! "This really wasn't what we came to see."
There're snakes on this plane! "This really wasn't what we came to see."
This reminds me of that French action film where the hero kicks ass and saves the world.

I'm kidding, of course.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Joe Biden's Indian summer

From the Delaware News Journal online:
They say the main thing standing between Joe Biden and the White House is Joe Biden’s mouth.

The would-be presidential candidate proved it again on a recent trip to New Hampshire, where C-Span cameras caught him telling an Indian-American activist that Indian-Americans are the fastest-growing immigrant group in Delaware.

In fact, Biden said, “You cannot go into a Dunkin Donuts or a 7-Eleven unless you have a slight Indian accent.”
Actual video here!

The only question now is who did Biden rip off that line from?

Yalibanned!

Clint Taylor, who along with John Fund of the Wall Street Journal has been among the most dogged pursuers of this story, breaks the news over at Hot Air that Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, the former Taliban ambassador who’s been studying at Yale under a student visa, has been turned down for admission to Yale's regular degree program. [I know how ya feel, buddy: so was I, once upon a time.] Money grafs:

This is a bizarre, freakish chapter in Yale’s history, and even though I’m glad Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi is leaving, I actually hope the story isn’t over. I hope that Yale will continue to examine the root causes of this awful decision. Right now Yale is a place that forbids ROTC from training on campus on one hand, but at the same time welcomes an unrepentant high official of one of the vilest regimes in recent history. In 2002, Yale turned down an opportunity to admit a group of academically qualified Afghan women, but a couple of years later they admit their oppressor. There’s something culturally wrong with a place that tolerates that sort of cognitive dissonance and I hope they try to fix it.

One would think the Left would celebrate this as a victory for liberal values. They won’t. I’ve tried to give them every opportunity to get on board what I thought ought to be a bi-partisan issue. Everyone hates the woman-beating, finger-chopping, head-hacking, gay-smashing, terrorist-abetting Taliban, right? Apparently, not as much as they hate Fox News and John Fund. With a very few exceptions, they have done nothing but complain about how the right has tried to score points off this issue, even as they tried to score points off of the conservative media.
Kudos to Taylor, and to Allahpundit (who I'm guessing feels a little funny in his pants right now) and everyone else at Hot Air for providing Taylor with a place to post while his blog is down. I'd say kudos to Yale for making the right decision, but that would imply that they made this decision for the right reasons, rather than to avoid negative publicity. It took a village of multicultural idiots to not raise a red flag over Hashemi's admission in the first place, and they don't deserve praise for belatedly correcting their disgraceful action in response to public outrage.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Putting the die in diet?

From Reuters:
About 150 protesters sat in front of the White House on Monday to savor their last meal before starting a hunger strike that some said will continue until American troops return from Iraq.

For those of you keeping score, that's 150 more reasons not to cut and run.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Straight up Pimpin': Goldfish and Clowns

One of the better-known (and better) NASCAR bloggers, the Diecast Dude, has a new political/cultural blog called Goldfish and Clowns. (I keep wanting to call it Butterflies and Zebras, which I think is a line from the Hendrix song "Little Wing." But you don't care. You never do.)

There's some really good stuff there, including this post on the Angry Left's disgraceful campaign gainst Joe Lieberman and this one about what you're supposed to get out of church. If this were after the revolution - when I'll be in charge - I'd order you to read them. Since that glorious day hasn't come yet, and you still have "rights," I'll merely suggest that you do yourself a freakin' service and check 'em out.

Eye Heart US

Who's birthday is it? Who's a great country? Who's my favorite country? Are you a great country? Yes you are! Yes you are a great country! America's a great country! Yes you are! Who's number one? You're number one! Such a great country! Such a great country!

...Wishing every American a happy 7-4, unless you're a member of Congress or are otherwise engaged in trying to ruin this great nation.

Most importantly, wishing every American in uniform an uneventful 7-4.


Monday, July 03, 2006

Time ain't on our side

Time's managing editor Richard Stengel weighs in on the New York Times v. America debate:
When the press runs a story the White House claims is harmful to security, the word disloyalty inevitably creeps into the conversation. The line between dissent and disloyalty, between harmful revelations and vital ones, is murky. Often we never really know. But I would argue that the judicious questioning of the conduct and morality of war is the furthest thing from disloyalty: it is an expression of deep patriotism and the essence of responsible citizenship.

Thanks for scaring off all the crows with that strawman. Is there any American who wouldn't "argue" that judicious questioning of the conduct and morality of war is responsible and patriotic?

Very often in our history, that task has fallen to the press. From the publication of the Pentagon papers and the Watergate probe to TIME's recent revelations about the tragedy at Haditha, our job is to speak truth to power. It is a messy process, and we have not always succeeded.
Do you really want to lump Haditha in with the Pentagon Papers and Watergate? Are you sure you're finished emending your story? Don't you think it might be judicious to wait until the investigations into what happened are concluded? And I thought the job of the press was to report the truth, not "speak truth to power." And while we're at it, can we please, please, please place a moratorium on that asinine and hackneyed phrase? It's silly enough when movie stars use it, but it's just pathetic coming from an actual journalist.

The framers guarded the freedom of the press in the First Amendment to make sure the press had the freedom to question the government. Jefferson and Madison believed that democracy could easily descend into tyranny and a vigorous press was necessary to prevent our leaders from getting too full of themselves.

Now I'm having flashbacks to junior high school social studies. Again, who, exactly, is arguing against the notion of a free press? But I think the part about preventing our leaders from "getting too full of themselves" is more revealing than Stengel intended. See, it's not just because of ideological differences that the press doesn't like Bush: they don't like him because they think he and his administration are arrogant, and because he's not as deferential to them as they would prefer. I believe it is this, as much as anything, that has led the press to their "we'll show them" attitude - which is wholly different from protecting the electorate from tyranny - and which in turn gives us Bill Keller deciding he's going to override national security concerns and publish just about anything he damn well feels like. (Can't you just picture Keller chortling"That'll show them!" as he put the Swift story to bed?)

There's not an editor in America who didn't wonder what he or she would have done in the case of the National Security Agency spying story and the recent Treasury revelations. It's impossible to say unless you had all the information before you and could hear the case the government made against publishing. But I believe the moral calculus of whether or not to publish is a basic one: Does the potential harm to public security outweigh the likely benefit to the public interest? If it does, hold fire. Attempting to answer that question isn't easy, but that's our responsibility not only as journalists but also as citizens.

So, using Stengel's moral calculus, what exactly is the benefit to the public interest in publishing a story about a classified operation that was conducted with Congress' knowledge, that used lawful subpoenae to gather information, that took great pains to avoid trampling on the privacy of American citizens, and that apparently was a successful tool in the Global War on Terror?

This sometimes bitter crossfire between the government and the press is not a bad thing. In fact, such a rough-and-tumble debate is at the heart of American democracy, a 218-year-old seesaw over competing values that will and should continue for as long as we are a nation.

The debate is not a bad thing, and, for the third time, who is arguing that it is? The bad thing is publishing information that helps the bad guys and does nothing good for the good guys. (Note to whomever isn't clear on this point: We're the good guys.)

Why is this so hard for so many in the press to comprehend?

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Yes, that's right, I called you drunky

From UPI, which still hasn't realized it went out of business years ago:
A University of Washington study warns that even a single strong drink can make a person "blind drunk" and impair the drinker's driving abilities.

The study, appearing in Friday's issue of the Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology, found that those who were mildly intoxicated -- which is half the legal intoxication limit -- were heavily compromised in their ability to notice an unexpected visual object while being focused on another simple task.

What a shock of crit. I'm so sictue of these peopweht sayitng that a coupethy of driwntks canj afetoct miety ablititty top doo stiffy. Fackinge fuscittsts.

(Hot Lips: SGT Bilko)

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Israel must look a lot different if Hamas doesn't recognize it

An Israeli helicopter gunship reportedly fired at least one missile at the offices of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh earlier today. The PM was not in at the time, according to witnesses.

Here's the part of what's going on that I don't get:
On Saturday, Palestinian militants holding an Israeli soldier issued a new set of demands, calling for the release of 1,000 prisoners and a halt to Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. But Israel rejected them.

[snip]

The new call for a prisoner swap was issued by the militant wing of the ruling Hamas party and two smaller militant groups with ties to Hamas — the Popular Resistance Committees and the Army of Islam. The three groups have claimed responsibility for Sunday’s abduction of Shalit, 19, in a cross-border raid.

In a joint statement, the militants condemned Israel for launching a military operation while diplomatic efforts were continuing. Egyptian mediators have been trying to find a resolution for days.

“Despite the efforts of the mediators, who quietly tried to quickly resolve this humanitarian case, the enemy and its political leadership is still under the influence of their military and security commanders, who know nothing but the language of invasion, destruction and killing,” it said.

Now, how can Hamas negotiate with a country it doesn't recognize? And how can Israel negotiate with an entity that doesn't recognize its right to exist and wants to push its people into the sea?

It seems to me this transcends taking a side, i.e., whether you're the most strident anti-Zionist in the world or Israel's strongest proponent or somewhere in the middle, you should think that it doesn't make sense for these two entities to negotiate. But I'm open to someone pointing out why I'm wrong.