March 2006


24 Mar 2006 09:46 am

One of the terms I’ve noticed the antique media use almost exclusively when
describing conservatives or Republicans is “embattled.”

This according to John Hinderaker at Powerline who links to Gateway Pundit who has video of a reporter applying that term to Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.

Here is the exchange…..

Reporter: Do you feel embattled at this point in your tenure? In a recent column, Maureen Dowd quoted an unidentified administration official who described you as an “eccentric old uncle who’s ignored.” She claims that you don’t hold the same sway in meetings.

Rumsfeld: Did you get all that? You want to be on camera, right? That’s a sure way to get on the evening news. The answer to your question is no.

Reporter: Well, I’m asking about the facts reported in the column. Do you feel you hold the same sway in meetings?

Rumsfeld: I’m not going to comment on that.

(Pause)- Rumsfeld looks away for a moment, then…

Rumsfeld: If you believe everything you read in Maureen Dowd, you better get a life.

Oooh. Cool, Rummy. Rumsfeld is such a John Wayne.

I think the name of the reporter in this exchange is Jamie McIntyre of CNN.

McIntyre has quite a history of looking for the negative angle when covering the war in Iraq.

23 Mar 2006 03:05 pm

Lorie Byrd has a brilliant piece today about the negative reporting in Iraq and the media’s attempt to get the troops to SAY SOMETHING BAD. As long as it’s negative the media will report it and in some cases the media and their polling outfits are push-polling to get the answers they want.

The fact of the matter is that the American Military have been striving for three plus years in Iraq and making an impact of historical proportions but watch NBC News and what do you get? David Gregory and his ilk. The same goes for all the rest of the antique media unfortunately.

Now Drudge has an email from an ABC executive who says that the president makes him sick.

The media have connected the American military with the Commander in Chief in their crazed effort to hurt the president ever since 911. Christopher Hitchens revealed on Hugh Hewitt last night that one senior executive on a network is beginning to have misgivings about that approach in their coverage of the war. He’s noticing that our enemy is taking heart from the negative coverage.

That’s the first time I’ve heard of anyone in the antique media having doubts about their coverage and this person didn’t even had the guts to do anything more than whisper it to Chris Hitchens.

If the left really wanted to know what the American military in Iraq think like Laura Ingraham said so pointedly on The Today Show they would get off the balconies and go out amongst the troops like she did.

Lorie Byrd hits this newest antique media attempt with the golden hammer of truth.

A strange thing has been happening on the Left over the past few months. For the first time in my memory, there seems to be a desire of those on the Left, and those in the media, to let the public know how the troops feel about an ongoing military operation. Now that many of our soldiers and Marines in Iraq are serving their second and third tours there, have been away from their families for many months, and some have even watched their buddies die, the Left and the media want to know what they think and how they feel. Well, isn’t that thoughtful of them?

She concludes…..

So instead of the media worrying about the troops’ feelings, and trying to determine them through polls, many of which are questionable due to the wording of the questions and the logistics of finding representative samples in a war zone, maybe they could just concentrate on honestly reporting the words and actions of the troops in the field. If they did that, the public would at least have enough accurate information to form a fair assessment. Until that happens, I will be reading the milblogs.

23 Mar 2006 12:33 pm

Milford, New Hampshire History

A French citizen was arrested on disorderly conduct charges yesterday after he threw a bundle of papers over a gate of the White House, forcing police to call in the bomb squad, seal the area and close off Lafayette Square, authorities said.

The bundle turned out to contain nothing dangerous, but it took about an hour before authorities issued an all-clear.

The incident marked the second time that Cyrille Y. Morotte, 36, had caused trouble at the White House, authorities said. Morotte was taken into custody and deported after throwing another item over the White House fence in June 2004, authorities said. It was not clear yesterday how Morotte got back into the United States.

He was being held last night and probably will appear at a hearing in D.C. Superior Court today.

The episode began about 11 a.m., just after President Bush left the South Lawn of the White House grounds by helicopter for an event in Wheeling, W.Va.

Evidently, our nation has been irritated by anything French for quite some time. I have been doing some research on Milford, New Hampshire recently (my great-grandfather was born there) and discovered this little tidbit at the Milford Historical Society in a history written in 1901 by George A. Ramsdell.

CHAPTER XV.

DATE OF DECEASE OF SEVERAL OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE TOWN - RECORD OF IMPORTANT EVENTS DURING THE FIRST CENTURY OF THE TOWN’S EXISTENCE.

“August 9, 1798, Dr. John Peabody, of the north-west parish, now Mont Vernon, visited this town wearing a French cockade in his hat. A large collection of citizens of the place soon gathered around the house where he stopped, and requested him to remove the French emblem which they regarded as a badge of treason.

Upon his refusal to do this, and attempts to defend himself with a butcher knife, while cursing the constitution of the country, recourse was had to arguments stronger than requests; the cockade and hat were dismantled, and the doctor was seen parading through the doorway with his heels in the air.

The citizens then formed a circle around him and gave three cheers for the triumphs of Federalism, after which the doctor was dismissed, with an intimation that, if he visited the town again wearing a cockade, the mill pond would be at his service.” (Village Messenger, August 11, 1798.)

I wonder who still wears French Cockades in their hats?

Another French cockade wearer in spirit, Michael Ware.

Greg Gutfield has more on the French (as well as Venezuela)

Tip of the Cockade Hat to: Kathryn Lopez of The Corner

22 Mar 2006 08:38 pm

Robert Ferrigno, the author of Prayers for the Assassin reviews the presidential press conference of yesterday and notes that even though the media nipped at the heels of the president he emerged untouched. The antique media missed its chance to draw blood by neglecting to question the president about Abdul Rahman, the Afghan citizen who faces death in an Afghan court for converting to Christianity. After reading Ferrigno’s well written blog entry try reading Dana Milbank’s report on the press conference with a straight face.

(hat tip: The Corner)

As usual the president strolled off stage-right untouched. No one brought up the one question which might have struck deep at the underlying Bush Doctrine, ie, According to CNN, 278 Americans have been killed in Afghanistan as of March 22, 2006. Mr. President, how do you think those brave men and women would feel if they knew they had died to bring democracy to a country which considers it a capital offense for a Muslim to convert to Christianity? Would they feel their sacrifice was valid? Perhaps you could ask their love ones if the empty place at the kitchen table was worth it to enable Afghan President Karzai to preside over the execution of Abdul Rahman, the Afghan citizen whose conversion to Christianity from Islam is considered an act of apostacy.

No one at the press conference thought to ask the president about this. And whether we might be looking at a similar scenario if and when we bring democracy to Iraq. How to explain such a missed opportunity? The answer is obvious: the assembled media considered questions of religious freedom, of faith and conversion, irrelevant. I’m sure in the White House Press room such questions are irrelevant.

22 Mar 2006 02:30 pm

Cat Survives 80 Feet Fall

A family cat in South Carolina that was stuck in a tree for eight days fell 80 feet to the ground, landed on its feet and then ran away uninjured.

Owners of Piper the cat said their pet scampered up the giant tree outside their Summerville home on March 13 and all efforts to coax it down were unsuccessful.

Piper the cat made an appearance on the Fox News Channel Show Dayside with her family today and seemed fine although nervous. I’m just glad Piper’s okay.

Check out the slideshow.

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The late, great C.W.

When I was a kid our family cat, C.W. went up a tree and stayed there for a week because he was afraid of a tough, new cat in the neighborhood. We were able to coax him down with a can on tuna after a week of trying. We took in the new cat, Puddin and he and C.W. made a sort of peace with each other. We just didn’t feed them at the same time or in the same place.

21 Mar 2006 11:52 pm

Afghani Christian

This Afghan citizen, Abdul Rahman does resemble one of my brothers.

He could be my brother.

He’s a Christian so he is my brother.

Michelle Malkin has an excellent column.

CBS has more.

But prosecutor Sarinwal Zamari said questions have been raised about his mental fitness.

“We think he could be mad. He is not a normal person. He doesn’t talk like a normal person,” he told The Associated Press.

In this updated version of the Associated Press Report we read….

A Western diplomat in Kabul and a human rights advocate — both of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter — said the government was desperately searching for a way to drop the case because of the reaction it has caused.

The United States, Britain and other countries that have troops in Afghanistan have voiced concern about Rahman’s fate.

The Bush administration Tuesday issued a subdued appeal to Kabul to let Rahman practice his faith in safety. German Roman Catholic Cardinal Karl Lehmann said the trial sent an “alarming signal” about freedom of worship in Afghanistan.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind in Afghanistan and highlights a struggle between religious conservatives and reformists over what shape Islam should take there four years after the ouster of the fundamentalist Taliban regime.

Michelle Malkin is disappointed in President Bush’s remarks and has a report that there are more Christians in Afghanistan who are being persecuted. The president’s reaction does seem less than satisfying but I will give him the benefit of the doubt because I expect that there are communications going on behind the scenes and there will be some results soon. (there had better be)

One thing occurs to me… Some people are saying, why did we invade Afghanistan if we end up with these results? Had we not invaded Afghanistan we would not have even known about the persecution of Christians. It does take a while for a country to come to grips with its bigotry. How many years did it take to rid our country of the evils of slavery?

And yet the freedom to worship as one chooses is an essential need for people all over the world, not just the west. People can’t wait for generations.

We are going to be praying for Abdul Rahman tonight at church.

Little Green Footballs has contact information for the Afghanistan Embassy

21 Mar 2006 07:15 pm
Profile in What?

rep jack murtha

In the Weekly Standard Noemie Emery writes about the latest winner of the Kennedy Profile’s in Courage Award.

It’s . . . Jack Murtha?

IT IS AXIOMATIC that political families end up in time turning into their opposites, and quite often both eerie and sad. The Adamses began with John, blunt, out-spoken, middle-class, bursting with energy and fiercely ambitious, and ended, three generations and many drunks later, with Brooks and with Henry–who gave the words “effete snob” new meaning; loathed, feared, and detested the vibrant democracy John had created; and became obsessed with their own enervation and decadence.

The public-spirited and over-achieving Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt produced Jimmy, Elliott, and FDR Jr., who specialized in producing embarrassments.

There is Ron Reagan, the Republican Elliott Roosevelt. With all this in mind, it is none too surprising that the current iteration of Kennedys, in their long slide down from Camelot, have now embraced defeatist war critic John Murtha by giving him the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award–which transforms the spirit of the prize into something like the Joseph P. Kennedy medal for isolationism, appeasement, bad judgment, and very bad faith.

The Kennedy’s couldn’t find anyone else who’s exhibited courage under fire? No one? Not any one in the military? They selected an old partisan hack like Murtha?

That’s a real profile in courage for the Kennedy Library.

21 Mar 2006 03:29 pm

Ben Domenech’s new blog, Red America is hosted (surprisingly) by The Washington Post and is already outraging the nutters. How shocking that the Post would dare acknowledge those of us on the right.

Pachyderms in the Mist: Red America and the MSM

This is a blog for the majority of Americans.
Yet even in a climate where Republicans hold command of every branch of government, and advocate views shared by a majority of voters, the mainstream media continues to treat red state Americans as pachyderms in the mist - an alien and off-kilter group of suburbanite churchgoers about which little is known, and whose natural habitat is a discomforting place for even the most hardened reporter from the New York Times.

So true. We suburbanite churchgoers in our natural habitats actually have electricity nowadays and we surf the internets. How odd it’s taken the Washington Post so long to notice but kudos to them and to Ben!

UPDATE: That didn’t last long. Ben has been accused of plagiarism and has resigned. No conservative bloggers at the Washington Post after all.

21 Mar 2006 01:21 pm

President Bush's Press Conference

President Bush is a Profile in Manliness although this
clueless writer will never get it. This sensible mom does.

Harvey C. Mansfield has a book out about manliness and wrote about that subject in this 2003 article.

The following quote is a prime example of what a strong, courageous man would say…

“If I didn’t believe we could succeed, I wouldn’t be there. I wouldn’t put those kids there,” Bush declared.

President Bush gave the American people an update on the War in Iraq yesterday and it was splendidly delivered.

Today the president held a press conference and the man was confidant as he faced the silly questioners in the press who by the way could learn something from some of the apocalyptic citizens who were at the President’s speech yesterday. At least some of the questions were delivered in a much more civil manner.

“The decisions about our troop levels will be made by General Casey and the commanders on the ground. They’re the ones who can best judge whether or not the presence of coalition troops create more of a problem than a solution — than be a part of the solution,” he said. A complete withdrawal “is an objective. And that will be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq,” he added.

Beginning with an opening statement on the war in Iraq and events in Iran, the Q&A was part of a strategy in which the president took his case for continuing to support the war effort directly to the American people.

It follows a speech Monday in Cleveland in which the president described one city, Tal Afar, in Iraq that has had positive results since the Iraqi security forces and police took control of the town. In particular, Bush pointed to success in stabilizing an insurgent stronghold in Tal Afar, a northern Iraqi city of 200,000 near the Syrian border.

On Tuesday, Bush said cases like Tal Afar gave him “confidence in the future of Iraq.”

Bob Schieffer reported after the news conference that President Bush seemed more like the person the news media knows when he’s off camera than when he’s on.

Today the president made sure that everyone understood that he feels strongly about the course he has taken.

Slipping Bob?

I think Schieffer let something slip out that many of us already know because we haven’t bought the media portrayal of President Bush. Schieffer will have his hands slapped for that. Helen Thomas may be tripping him one of these days soon.

President Bush will be an important President for decades no matter who comes after him or how much Helen Thomas rages.

John Mark Reynolds explains in this brilliant piece.

Bush has set a course for victory that will transform the world for a generation and he is well on his way to success. Iraq is not bursting into Civil War. The religious leaders know they need to unite. Our armed forces are not falling apart. . . enlistment remains high. While Clinton looks into the rear view mirror, checking on himself and Europe, Bush is making new allies with rising nations such as India. Bush is looking ahead to the future on the Pacific rim. This cowboy Bush is a Western man and he understands the future is in the Pacific. He will secure us friends in that region from Mongolia to South Korea to New Delhi that will give us powerful allies for decades to come.

20 Mar 2006 08:44 pm

Jim Geraghty has a very interesting take on Glenn Reynold’s new book….


An Army of Davids
.

I’ve read several reviews but Geraghty’s makes me want to order it.

Here is the part that persuaded me…

Glenn’s site – with its 20 to 30 posts a day and link in every post – has become, in recent years, one of the top places to check as you start your day. (Next to National Review Online, of course.) And I suspect a big reason of Instapundit.com’s enormous popularity is that we like Glenn’s news judgment. He’s got a broad palette of interests, and when he gets really enthused about a topic that you don’t particularly care for (I’m not a techie fan of digital cameras, for example, and I doubt I’ll ever click on the ‘carnival of recipes’) you just skip down to the next post about Iraq, or news from far-off corners like Belarus, or Algeria, or sub-Saharan Africa, or from his Afghanistan correspondents, or what have you. His “ooh-I-didn’t-know-that-let’s-click-on-that-link” to “who cares” ratio is one of the best in the business.

So “Army of Davids” is not just a good book; it’s better than I expected because it does, perhaps inadvertently, help explain why Glenn has earned the title of “Blogfather” and why “Instalanche” has become a verb.

In 268 pages – a meaty thought-provoking read that goes by quickly – Glenn explores, just deep enough, his experiences with home-brewing his own beer and how microbreweries changed the field’s biggest companies, the change from an industrial economy to a knowledge-based one, the eroding of the Dilbert-style corporate world, how panhandlers and hassles from folks in public spaces helped facilitate the growth of privately-owned “third place” meeting spaces like malls and Starbucks, how Internet distribution is completely changing the way musicians bring their art to listeners and customers, how smart, quick-responding citizens acting as ‘a pack, not a herd’ are a powerful, underutilized tool in the war on terror, what blogs do better than the mainstream media and what they don’t, what makes good blogging, how Americans saw the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit as illegitimate social engineering, the upside of Internet porn and violent video games, nanotechnology, lengthening the human lifespan, private sector space exploration, and, in perhaps the most speculative chapter, he discusses “the approaching singularity.”

He had me with the mention of “Instalanche.”

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