Friday, February 23, 2007

Hunter and Paul 

Unfortunately, Republican Presidential candidate Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has hired a campaign blogger who doesn't have a strong command of basic political facts. Too bad Hunter didn't hire Nick from the Conservative Cajun. Nick is a big fan of the Congressman's, and is, unlike me, not too concerned about Hunter's bizarre fear of China invading Panama.

In my opinion, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is the real conservative in the GOP field of candidates. He has never fallen for this "Big Gubmint/Supply-Side/Compassionate Conservatism" horseshit, nor the Neo-Cons' panglossian pipe dreams about spreading evangelical democracy at gunpoint throughout the Middle East.

George Will profiles Ron Paul in his latest Newsweek column. He writes:

Paul, who really believes in limited government, will infiltrate that confabulation of sedate candidates in order, he says, to find out "how many real Republicans are left." This could be entertaining, meaning embarrassing.

Indeed, how many "real Republicans" are left? Are there any? Nowadays "true conservatives" are like hobbits: extinct. As I said after the elections:

Duhbya-ism wasn't conservative-- it was a radical experiment: big gubmint conservatism combined with a NeoCon foreign policy headed by a President who valued loyalty over competence. And many conservatives took leave of their senses and supported this ideological witch's brew and demonized the liberals who questioned it. And now they are starting to say, "what you saw over the past 6 years wasn't really our 'true' selves."

Oh, OK. Well, let us know when you stop snorting political faerie dust and return to your "core" principles. In the meantime we'll try to clean up the mess after your binge.

I'll support Ron Paul for the GOP Nomination. As for the "Douchey Dems"... I dunno. I suppose it's too early to rule anyone out (except for kooky Kucinich).
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A "suitable anesthetic" 

In response to this horrifying account of an Iraqi blogger sifting through a mountain of corpse parts at a Baghdad morgue, looking for her nephew's upper torso, our fearless Redstate bloggers dismiss the story out of hand as a "first order fraud".

In response, Eric says "It's not fact or evidence or proof that the RedState gang is searching for. It is some suitable anesthetic to quiet the racket in their heads."

And Eric's quite right.
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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Things that disturb 

In high school, I learned that Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We" is a bone-chilling read.

But so, too, is this recent account of Britney Spears' personal devolution.

Worse than either, perhaps, is this notice that a new AARP ad features a Buzzcocks song, and that a Wendy's ad uses the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun" for its soundtrack. What's next? Is Johnny Rotten gonna team up with Billy Mays to schlep cleaning products?

After two decades of listening to "Blister" I still don't know if it's about drugs or masturbation or both. But when I'm trying to get "Biggie-sized", I don't want either theme at the top of my consciousness.

Which leads us to this question: was former LSU coach Joe Cullen a consultant on the Wendy's ad campaign?
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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Raising money for a run at a "major office" 

Guess which off-script, easy-going, crime-ignoring, GNOR-endorsed, gun-seizing New Orleans Mayor is raising money?

Mayor Ray Nagin, who won re-election to a second and final term last May, has a campaign war chest of more than a quarter-million dollars for a "future," unspecified "major office," according to state campaign finance reports. The city charter prohibits Nagin from running for a third consecutive term. Hizzoner had $258,833 in campaign funds on hand by the end of 2006, according to reports filed Feb. 6 by Nagin and David White, the mayor's campaign treasurer and close friend.

If Mitch Landrieu had been elected mayor and was doing this, there would be a political shitstorm. The same conservatives who helped "reform" New Orleans by "strategically" voting to re-elect Ray Nagin and William Jefferson would be scurrying around like scalded dogs if Mitch Landrieu set up a "war chest" for a future "major office" campaign run.
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GOP "inner circle" terrorist 

Presenting Mr. Abdul Taw'ala Ibn-Ali Alishtari: a GOP "inner circle" big wig, who is now indicted on charges of financing terrorist camps in Afghanistan.

Update: Speaking of Afghanistan, here's the latest:

Senior leaders of Al Qaeda operating from Pakistan have re-established significant control over their once-battered worldwide terror network and over the past year have set up a band of training camps in the tribal regions near the Afghan border, according to American intelligence and counterterrorism officials.
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New Orleans: flush with veterans housing 

Who knew?

Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan's room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.

We got all kinds of places down here that fit those specifications!

This is the world of Building 18, not the kind of place where Duncan expected to recover when he was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center from Iraq last February with a broken neck and a shredded left ear, nearly dead from blood loss. But the old lodge, just outside the gates of the hospital and five miles up the road from the White House, has housed hundreds of maimed soldiers recuperating from injuries suffered in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Norbizness and Night Bird's Fountain have more.
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