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January 31, 2007

Headline of the day

“Biden announces, immediately destroys presidential hopes”

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The flexibility of Andrew Sullivan

Remember my August brouhaha with Andrew Sullivan? Back then, a plot to bomb several airplanes was thwarted in London and the word was that unsavory methods were used to extract information. I said that torture was ok if there was an imminent threat. Sully called me “deranged” and argued that there didn’t seem to be any terror plot at all.

Now Political Pitbull informs me that Sullivan accepts that the plot was real. I’m not holding my breath for an apology.

UPDATE: Allah points out that Sullivan is still pointedly referring to the plot as “alleged”. Well, yes, but then he follows that with “The awful news is that these fanatics exist”. That’s exactly what I mean about Sullivan’s flexibility. Either they exist or they don’t. Either there was a plot or there wasn’t. He seems to want it both ways.

How to lose a war

I was at a friend’s place scrolling through headlines on his computer when I saw the one about US Troops being authorized to kill Iranian operatives in Iraq.

I misread it, and thought we were going to start killing Iranian operatives in Iran. “Man,” I thought. “This is all going to get so much worse before it gets better”. But when I realized it said Iraq and not Iran, I couldn’t believe we weren’t doing this already. Does this mean that we know of Iranian operatives fighting against us in Iraq but until now it has been policy to not kill them?

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Just. A. Thought.

When getting released from a 10-year stint in jail for murder, it might be best not to dress like a pimp.

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Yeah, stop the presses, Arlen Specter is disagreeing with Bush

From a story titled “Specter, other Republicans deserting Bush”:

You know things have changed when Arlen Specter is talking back to the president and fellow Republicans nod in agreement.

We here at Alarming News strongly dislike Arlen Specter. It’s not what you think; it’s not because he’s a liberal. We have no problem with liberal Republicans running in states, like New York, because we believe a liberal Republican is better than any Democrat. No, it’s because he is a perpetual thorn in the side of the president and his party when it is convenient for himself. However, when he needs Republican support, whether it’s to be re-elected Senator from Pennsylvania or to become Judiciary Committee Chairman, he seems to forget all of his moral qualms about his party.

(/Royal “We”)

I interviewed Arlen Specter, shortly after he won the extremely close primary against Pat Toomey, and he assured me he would be the same Arlen Specter he’d always been. He didn’t clarify that he meant “two-faced”, but it could be assumed. I know of at least one person who is all too aware that Sen. Specter can’t be trusted.

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January 30, 2007

Shorter geo-political conversation

America to Europe: Please help us isolate nuke-obsessed Iran.

Europe to America: Nah.

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The list of events for February is now up at

I’m also gearing up to plan the seasonal blogger party. End of February seems about right, the 16th, 17th, 23rd or 24th are the four current options. Leave your pick in the comment section.

Like previous blogger parties, this one is open to all bloggers–poker bloggers, food bloggers, life bloggers, music bloggers, etc., etc.–but with the understanding that because I am the one planning it, right-leaning political bloggers will likely outnumber everyone else. If you’re not ok with that, this probably isn’t the party for you. But we are very welcoming and fun so…the choice is yours. Pics from the last party are here.

Here comes the dark horse?

Rich Lowry calls newly-announced-presidential-candidate Mike Huckabee’s speech to the National Review Institute “spellbinding”

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January 29, 2007

What’s that saying about Palestinians loving their children more than hating Jews?

The culture is sick.

Dozens of neighbors celebrated outside [the suicide bomber's house] after the fiery attack that killed him and three other people, waving his photo and praising him as a martyr. Inside, his mother greeted mourners with a smile.

“He told me: ‘Meeting God is better for me than this whole world,’” said Rowayda Siksik, wearing a white veil.

She said her son told her only that he was going to carry out an operation inside Israel. “He said, ‘Goodbye, I am going, mother. Forgive me.’ I told him, ‘God be with you.’”

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Quote of yesterday

“These old Sopranos episodes are like crack”

-My brother about half-way through episode 4, season 2.

Remember when that show was great?

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…are now fully functional.

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January 28, 2007

No, really, the worst

You stupid Americans, John Kerry is so much better than you.

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January 26, 2007

When did Dershowitz and I come to be on the same side?

On Carter’s apology for his passage in his book endorsing terrorism:

“You heard the Brandeis Jimmy Carter today, and he was terrific,” Mr. Dershowitz said. “I support almost everything he said. But if you listen to the Al Jazeera Jimmy Carter, you’ll hear a very different perspective.”

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Bring back global warming.


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January 25, 2007

Talking back to Jimmy Carter

“We are developing an ingrained hatred for people who aren’t Christians,” said Carter, a Sunday School teacher since he was 18 years old.

I’m Jewish and it isn’t Christians that have an ingrained hatred of me.

Unwarranted fear of terrorism is behind these feelings, he said.

I was in NY on 9/11, my fear of terrorism is very warranted. Our fear of terrorism became warranted, actually, when Americans were taken hostage in Iran and we watched our ineffectual president do nothing because, I guess, he felt fear of terrorism was unwarranted. That was you, by the way.

“The distortion that we are about to be destroyed makes us suspicious of those who don’t worship the way we do,” he said. “And our country has no reason to be afraid.”

We have a lot of reasons to be afraid and we’re not suspicious of people who worship differently from us unless their method of worship includes flying planes into our buildings.

I know it is too much to ask that Jimmy Carter, for once, be on the right side of international conflict. But is it too much to ask that an ex-president not talk about Americans like they’re too stupid to understand the complexities of Islamists trying to destroy us?

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Bands that broke up in 2006

Arab Strap, Pedro the Lion, Garbage, Le Tigre, and a bunch of others. Who knew?

Via Carter.

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Blogroll Update

On Tap-I didn’t know Marshall Manson, Cam Edwards and Jim Geraghty had a blog together. I have a feeling I’m going to like it.

From their manifesto:

We welcome the political opinions of celebrities, but we demand that if they wish to be treated as political leaders, that they actually submit to some skeptical questioning. When Cameron Diaz suggested that rape would be legalized in Bush’s second term, we assert that the circumstances warranted a follow-up question. Similarly, we wish to know exactly why Fiddy Cent reveres President Bush, and what policies warrant Fiddy’s assessment that the President is “a gangsta.”

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