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Fools and Knaves

I spent the weekend in Anchorage, completely cut off from the internet and almost completely cut off from the news. My impression is that the anti-war demonstrations that took place over the weekend got mostly favorable, neutral at worst, coverage. Here are a few reminders of who was taking to the streets that I haven’t been seeing in the newspapers. »

Tunes, tools, knaves and fools, take 2

The Standard has posted Hugh Hewitt’s outstanding column explicating Dick Durbin’s thoughts on Guantanamo: “Breaking the Durbin code.” Hugh performs a herculean task visiting the Augean stables of Durbin’s mind. The column valiantly performs a public service that none of the doyens of the mainstream media have even attempted. Hugh observes that Durbin’s comments last week represent “an escalation in the political rhetoric of the left, which is designed to »

Tunes, tools, knaves and fools

Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune carried the terrific column by John Kass: “On serious note, Gitmo tactics far from torture.” The column followed up on Kass’s Thursday column: “Guantanamo is no place for a pop princess.” In the earlier column Kass had some fun with the use of the music of Christina Aguilera to induce cooperation from Guantanamo detainees. Kass thought that Aguilera’s music was insufficiently atrocious and offered his own suggestion. »

Knaves, fools and Eric Cantor

Despite the headline on today’s Washington Times story on the Gorelick follies, the story prominently features the defense of her by Republican Senator Orrin Hatch as well: “Democrats rally to Gorelick’s defense.” At the bottom of the story, however, the Times quotes a letter to 9/11 Committee Chairman Thomas Kean by Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia — one of the finest members of the House, period — to telling effect: »

Of Rice and men

Featured image Susan Rice is the protagonist of our “Fools and knaves” series going back to the Sunday she hit the gabfests to circulate the Obama administration’s stupid Benghazi talking points in her capacity as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. She is the protagonist, but she is of course supported by a cast of Obama administration all stars including her patron. She is a piece of work. Failing upward, she »

Of Rice and men, part 2

Featured image Referring to United States Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, Paul Mirengoff has been asking (here and here) whether we want a dupe as Secretary of State. Good question. On Wednesday at a UN press briefing, a reporter asked Rice to explain her view of the controversy concerning her 9/16 comments on five Sunday news shows regarding the 9/11 Benghazi attack that took the lives of four Americans. Thus spake »

Of Rice and Men

Featured image Writing of Obama’s post-election press conference this week, Paul Mirengoff noted that Obama became testy when asked about threats by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham to oppose United States Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice if she is nominated to be Secretary of State. Obama advised Senate Republicans that if they want to “go after somebody, they should go after me.” He added, with disgust, that Rice is merely »

Ship of fools, part 1

This morning’s Washington Times runs the first of four excerpts from Richard Miniter’s new book on the Clinton administration’s nonfeasance with respect to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda: “Bill Clinton’s failure on terrorism.” This excerpt is based largely on the recollections of Clinton counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke regarding a key meeting to discuss striking al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan in response to the bombing of the USS Cole. State »

…a Few Good Guys Too

There were a few pro-Administration demonstrators, too, but on this day they were vastly outnumbered by the fools and knaves. »

Niall Ferguson vs. Paul Krugman

Featured image Paul Krugman holds himself out as Krugtron the Invincible. I think of him more as a beady-eyed loon. It would be fun to see an MMPI on him. I knew that Krugman thinks highly of himself. It comes with the territory. Even so, Krugman is discovering new lands of self-regard. I learned about Krugman’s incarnation as Krugtron from Niall Ferguson’s series of columns on Krugman this week. The Krugtron mask »

“Invitation”: A Benghazigate poem

Featured image Raymond Maxwell was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Maghreb (North Africa) Affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of Near East Affairs from 2011-2012. He also one of the three Deputy Assistant Secretaries removed due the fallout over Benghazi. Maxwell has written the following poem about his experience at the hands of “the Queen’s Henchmen”: The Queen’s Henchmen request the pleasure of your company at a Lynching – to be held »

Stephen Hunter: Soft Target

Featured image Today is the official publication date of Stephen Hunter’s new thriller, Soft Target. Steve is the Pulitzer Prize-winning former film critic of the Washington Post and one of our favorite writers. Glenn Reynolds concisely comments: “Love him, and his books.” Steve has graciously accepted our invitation to bring his new book to the attention of our readers. Steve writes: Some books write themselves. Some don’t. The former are beloved as »

Why Do We Have Police Forces?

I mean, really? The question is prompted by the riots going on in Toronto, in connection with the G-20 meeting. The same crowd of knaves and fools that always turns out for such events has descended on Toronto and has run riot through much of the city. The criminals have burned a number of vehicles (maybe some of them are from France), as shown in this photo: Strangest of all »

George Will: Not a fool or a knave

George Will defends the Supreme Court’s decision in the Boumediene case. He also mocks John McCain for asserting the decision to be one of the Supreme Court’s worst. Will disagrees, citing Dred Scott, Plesssy, and Korematsu (the internment case, with respect to which Will refers to “concentration camps”). Will omits Roe v. Wade from the list, but Boumediene is similar in quality to Roe. It is an act of usurpation »

The Washington Post tries to give away the president’s cake

The Washington Post takes President Bush to task for his two latest appellate court nominees, Brett Kavanaugh and Janice Rogers Brown. The Post readily acknowledges that both are “people of substance” and “nominees whose records and qualifications might well under other circumstances command support.” So what is the problem? Well, Kavanaugh worked for Ken Starr when he was investigating Bill Clinton and, more recently, worked in President Bush’s office of »