Friday, December 28, 2007

YRHT wins Monkeyfister Delta Prime award 

Big Thanks to The Monkeyfister for honoring YRHT with the 2007 Monkeyfister Delta Prime Award (with hopeful clusters). YRHT is humbled and grateful, and appreciates getting notice of this prestigious award. Please visit Monkeyfister to review the entire list of award winners.

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And since I'm on the brag, I thought I'd alert you to this recent Gambit political news item:

In the wake of GOP Treasurer John Kennedy's not-so-surprising announcement that he will challenge her, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a New Orleans Democrat, has tapped Jay Howser to lead her 2008 re-election campaign.

But YRHT readers had known that since December 9th.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Assassination: the world's oldest political act 

NYT World News Item:

A close aide to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf blamed Islamic militants for [Benazir Bhutto's] assassination, and said it was carried out by a suicide bomber. Ms. Bhutto’s death is the latest blow to Pakistan’s treacherous political situation, and leaves her party leaderless in the short term and unable to effectively compete in hotly contested parliamentary elections that are two weeks away...


Remember:

"Virtually all major modern assassinations involve the intelligence and security services in one way or another. In the last century, there has been hardly a single major political assassination which was not either carried out by them, facilitated or allowed by them or happened because they failed to adequately protect the target..." -- The Assassination Business (Intro pg xviii), by Richard Belfield

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Update:

As if on cue, TPM:
TPM's Spencer Ackerman just interviewed Benazir Bhutto's longtime confidante and advisor Husain Haqqani. He says Musharraf's to blame. "There is only one possibility: the security establishment and Musharraf are complicit, either by negligence or design. That is the most important thing. She's not the first political leader killed, since Musharraf took power, by the security forces."


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Cryptogon finds an interesting and alarming angle:

This situation actually has the potential to involve the U.S. Military. While the action likely wouldn’t be acknowledged, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a contingency plan for U.S. Special Forces to secure Pakistan’s nuclear weapons in the event of a civil war.

We might be looking at the beginning of a civil war with this assassination.


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The Mime also sees destabilization ahead.

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Update #2: In other grim news, Clancy Dubos has begun blogging.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tidbits from Tidmore's radio interview 

So, a week after the October elections, journalist Chris Tidmore was a guest for two full hours on libertarian Rollye James' radio show. Tidmore discussed Senator David Vitter at length. Tidmore said that he had recently conducted a 3 hour interview with Wendy Yow Cortez, who described her (illegal) "business" relationship with David Vitter which occurred throughout most of 1999.

Here's a condensed version of a story Tidmore told on the radio show about Cortez and Vitty-cent:

David Vitter, then a U.S. Congressman, was campaigning for re-election in the middle atrium of Lakeside Mall in 2002. Wendy Cortez happened to be shopping there that day and recognized him from years past. (Their relationship quickly ended in '99 when Vitty learned Wendy's real first name, which was the same as his wife's.) Cortez went over to just say "hi" to him as he was meeting and greeting folks. When she did, Vitter exclaimed:

"How dare you talk to me at this point! You know you're never supposed to see me in public."

Then Vitter turned and ran away. Literally!
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Also, according to Tidmore, former Gov. Foster scuttled Vitter's plan to run for Governor in 2003 by threatening to expose Vitter's hooker connection to the DC Madam. Vitter dropped out as a potential candidate in late May of 2002, just days before the Louisiana Weekly ran a story about Vitter and prostitute Wendy Cortez. Vitter's decision not to run paved the way for Foster's golden boy Jindal, who cruised into the gubernatorial runoff.
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Further, Chris Tidmore said that Vitter supported Rudy Giuliani because Rudy promised him that he would be on the short list for Veep. Another GOP Presidential candidate had previously asked for Vitty's support, but would not promise Vitter that he would be on the veep "short list". Therefore, Vitter didn't support the candidate.
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More later.

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V still the Senator... for now 

From WTOP news:

The alleged D.C. madam wants to put Sen. David Vitter, R-La., behind bars.

In a court filing in Deborah Jeane Palfrey's racketeering and money laundering case, her attorney argues Vitter and former Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias have not responded to subpoenas, and should be held in contempt of court.


Tonight we'll have some more succulent holiday news about Vitty-cent. I mean, really good stuff that will blow the sox off of even the most discriminating Vitty aficionado.


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"The wish primarily celebrates the other person" 

Pierre Tristam makes an important point:

Back in Lebanon, before the years of war and Fox News, I remember that Christians and Muslims mutually wished each other Merry Christmas and Eid Mubarak as each occasion came in turn, never worrying about the kind of trashy disclaimers that attach to so many of our greetings these days (“in case you celebrate Christmas”) or the even worse detergent-water greetings that now dull so much of the season’s colors (“Happy Holidays”). The vapidity of “Happy Holidays” misses the very point of the greeting: we wish each other Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah or Eid Mubarak not because we’re necessarily Christian or Jewish or Muslim, but even more so because we may be none of those things, and because others are: the wish primarily celebrates the other person, and only secondarily, if at all, the religion itself. It celebrates our mutual basking in the spirit of the season, whatever its religious stripe. ...So whatever your blood type and party affiliation, Merry Christmas and more.




So, in that spirit, "Merry Christmas" and more to the Shiite tribal leaders who attended Christmas mass in Baghdad (AP photo by Khalid Mohammed).

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

X-mas in conteXt 

Merry Christmas to the remaining Christians in Iraq who were able to celebrate Jesus' birth in relative peace this year. Below is a photo of a Christmas Eve mass in Baghdad being held during the late afternoon because it's too dangerous to have services at midnight. (Photo credit: AFP)



The Christian community in Iraq traces all the way back to the Apostle Thomas. It survived for two thousand years, yet was almost extinguished by this godforsaken war of choice. Simply put: most Iraqi Christians have fled or died during the American occupation of their country. Conditions were better for them under a Stalinist tyrant than they are now.

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Halo 

Did anyone else notice the moon ring on Sunday Night? It was cool.

I was out with some friends, and there was a fair amount of discussion about the optical phenomenon. We were asking each other: Have you seen a moon ring before? What is it? What is it called? Is it a good omen or a bad one?

I'd seen a couple of moon halos before, and never considered whether they "meant" anything, good or bad. Perhaps they're bad.

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Hilarious "Hillary's Heroes" continues! 

In the latest installment of 99.5fm's editorial cartoon series, Hillary is matched with Che Guevara. Last time her "hero" was Fidel Castro.

The cartoons do not address why Hillary would want to maintain the (stupid, inconsistent, ineffectual) trade embargo on the land of her "heroes".

The embargo is stupid, just like this "editorial cartoon" series.

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