And all the news just repeats itself Like some forgotten dream that we've both seen. -- John Prine If you had to keyword 2006, you'd have to choose "Iraq, Bush, Iran, Bush, Israel, Bush, Hezbollah, Bush, Democrats, Bush, Ahmadinejad, Bush, Foley, Bush, Elections, Bush, Nuclear weapons, Bush, Global warming, Bush, Saddam, Bush, Everything Else, Bush." For a "lame duck," the policies and foibles, positions and mannerisms, thoughts and words of George Bush dominated the United States and the world in 2006 like no other leader since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Revealed by his actions if not his words as neither a Republican nor a Democrat, Bush has become the first "Quasi-Freeranger" President in history. "You" may have been Time magazine's choice for "Person of the Year," but like him or hate him, "You" live in a George Bush world. And will for two more years. Whatever will "You" do when he leaves the scene? Pajamas Media reported in on the changing state of our world 24/7 on every day of the past year. Here's some of the more essential or interesting stories that surfaced during that time.
More Rubble, Less Trouble: Der Spiegel Asks If US planning a strike against Iran. Blogs Think Different. Power Line: “Given our current commitment of forces to Iraq, it’s hard to believe that a military strike against Iran is a realistic possibility,…”
The Ancient Virus of Jew Hate Becomes a Global Epidemic: The West and the `Hoax’ocaust
Time for a New Long National Nightmare? David Corn asks, “Is There a Case for Impeachment?”
The Dudes Abide: Ancient Irish Metrosexual Men Discovered fashion.
Enron Faces a Year of Justice: The Enron Trial begins today, and let me just wish a quick “Good Luck” to the defense team, because they are going to need it.
The Muslim Cartoon Caper is exposed as a sham and a scam. Muslims and Mainstream Media keep stoking the flames anyway.
Bird Flu Looms (Again!): Wear gloves like your great grandmother.
Religious Intolerance a Family Value in Iraq: Boom goes the most important Shia shrine.
Republicans Are Happier (At least at the beginning of 2006.)
Hugo Chavez of Venezuela: Our Backyard Saddam?
“Boys, when that steel door slams shut, that’s the end of the happy days. No more fishin’, no more ball playin’, no more peanut butter sandwiches.”
Barney Fife goes to that great Mayberry in the sky: Don Knotts dies at 81
Apple’s iTunes dominates songspace: Over One Billion Served
Screw Democracy, Let’s Go for Normality in Iraq: The return of realpolitik.
Patrick Henry’s rallying cry was not, “Give me the comfort of a sheltering state so that my life may be boring and predictable and subject to the needs of the collective or give me death!”
Sanity breaks out (briefly) in Iran. Then it is back to SNAFUland.
Just when you thought it was safe to ditch the burka: The Rise of Talibanistan.
Iraq Hostage Jill Carroll Freed. Terms of ransom and inevitable book deal unknown.
Retired Generals demand Donald Rumsfeld join them in retirement. Not just yet says the Donald.
Hugh Hefner Turns 80. Penis still barely legal.
Judas Speaks: “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.”
Washington Leak-a-palooza continues with CIA to Washington Post connection.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, but it is not the Minutemen when it comes to the Mexican border.
Nobody expects the Green Inquistion! But then again nobody expects Al Gore to go gently into that good night.
Bush begins to test the proposition that Presidential approval ratings can be less than zero.
Come out, come out! Wherever you are. May Day reveals there are more illegal Mexicans working in the US than can fit in a U-Haul truck. A lot more.
That call you made to Dial-A-Transvestite has been recorded for quality-assurance. By the NSA.
Massive street demonstrations in Iran. Then everyone goes home.
Canadian Club: Toronto Terrorist Ring Smashed — Possessed 3 Tons of Explosives
“Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” Zarqawi Killed in Iraq.
Springtime For The White House: Bush in Baghdad and Rove not going to jail have been just too much for a certain Dad and his little girl: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a look of misery and dejection on the face of my daughter as I just did a moment ago.”
Dan Rather goes, but does not go gently… anywhere. No bang but lots of whimpers as Dan Rather exits CBS for blogger Mark Cuban’s mediasphere.
Meanwhiile, warming up in the Mideast bullpen. Israel Strikes Gaza: Israeli National Infrastructure Minister Ben-Eliezer says “No backsies!” – Israel has no intention of remaining in Gaza. They only want “their boy back.”
Chayashi asks: “What do you think of Israel decision to invade Gaza to retrieve the kidnapped soldier? Is it a wise decision or completely meshugga?”
As it turns out, good question.
Terrorists. Can’t live with ‘em. Can’t shoot ‘em. Can’t get ‘em to put on a skimpy little Nazi costume. Supreme Court decides on Hamdan v Rumsfeld.
Ultra-close Mexican election “threatenS Al Gore’s political sainthood.”
Ready, Aim, Fizzzzz…. Blogs of War follows the launch of three North Korean missiles – the Taepodong-2 a failure and two Scuds to cover up – and breathes a sigh of relief, for now.
The American Rocket of the 4th. “Liftoff: Discovery soars on July 4th” What a country!
The Summer War Begins: Isreali Army Enters Lebanon After Hezbollah Kidnaps Two Soldiers
Israel Matzav writes: “This morning, Hezbullah opened a second front in the north, firing Katyusha rockets and mortar shells into Israel. One shell scored a direct hit on a home in the town of Shtula, wounding four people, one moderately and three lightly. Residents of northern Israel have been told to go into their bomb shelters.”
Mideast War 1: Givati Brigade, tanks leave central Gaza Strip…. “after neutralizing over 30 Palestinian terrorists.” Three killed and 55 wounded in IAF attacks Hizbullah strongholds in Beirut southern suburbs. Iranian President Ahmadinejad promises to repair damages in Lebanon.
The Pamela Report: Israel Now Special PJM Correspondent Pamela of Atlas Shrugs is currently touring Israel. Here is her exclusive video report from The Rambam Hospital in Haifa, the major hospital for the Northern Command of the Israel Defense Forces.
Anything Goes:At Huffington Post, Jane Hamsher uses blackface imagery to portray Senator Joseph Lieberman. 13:05 PDT UPDATE: The picture has been removed.
Blogs Expose Hezbollah/Reuters Fauxtography: CNN interviews Charles Johnson of LGF on “his latest scalp[ing]” of a bogus newsmaker-the Reuters Photoshop debacle.
Sky Terror in the UK: US Security Alert to Red
Mideast War 104: “More Israeli troops surged into southern Lebanon on Saturday, reaching the Litani River and engaging in some of the heaviest combat of the month long war just hours after the U.N. Security Council adopted a cease-fire plan.”
Mideast War 136: UNIFIL to get heavy units: as one battalion each of Italian and French troops with heavy armor, including tanks and artillery is schedule to start arriving in mid-September.
Secret Iraq WMD Report — Partially Unclassified & Available @ PJ Media
Blair Goodbye Watch: Blair confirms will step down within 12 months
And now a few words from the Holy Father: Pope’s Speech Sparks Murder, Riots, Muslim “Hate Wave,” Nun Shot in the Back.
Lieberman: “I can forgive… but I probably won’t forget.”
In an exclusive video interview with PJ Media, Senator Joseph Lieberman – the former Democrat now running as an Independent to retain his Connecticut
Fiddle About with Foley: “I could not lose unless I was] caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.” Or in IM and email.
North Korea Goes Nuclear: The Australian and Japanese Reaction (Podcast)
GoogTube!:The $1.6 Billion Boys
Clashes in Oaxaca Mexico: American Shot, Killer Possibly Identified:
Kerry’s Inner Lurch Lurches Left: “As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: My poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and [was] never intended to refer to any troop,” he said. (CNN)
The Day of Justice (An Exclusive Dispatch From Baghdad): PJM in Baghdad: This is the day for Saddam’s lovers to weep and I expect their shock and grieve to be huge. They had always thought their master was immortal so let them live in their disappointment while we live for our future.
Why is this man laughing?
Election ’06 — The Big Picture: The Dems Have it.
Election ’06 – 60-Second Seers: Mary Matalin Prognosticates
Mary Matalin’s egg-time prediction on Election Night (YouTube)
Kamalfar Family on Edge of Implosion:The latest in the continuing drama of Iranian dissident Zahra Kamalfar and her children, trapped in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, trying to avoid repatriation to Iran. According to PJM sources, Russian authorities approached the family and told them to get their belongings. They were taking them “to a better place.”
Gunned Down: Lebanese Minister Pierre Gemayel Assassinated
VIVA HUGO!!! They’re partying like it is 1899 over the Chavez Win @ The Huffington Post. Marc Cooper foresaw this scrofulous outbreak of Bozoitus last Friday with, “Armchair revolutionaries from Madison to Santa Monica will no doubt be cheering for Chavez, fully convinced that from their safe distances they know what is best for the Venezuelan people.”
Star Wars Redux: Democrats to Gut Missile Defense / Bush to Announce “Orbital Battle Station”
The Faking Imams –The Now Notorious Flying Imams Claim Their Only Crime Was “Flying While Muslim,” But Our Exclusive Reporting Reveals They Are Trying to Sweep Their Real Motives Under Their Prayer Rugs
Bolton Resigns:“If the White House thinks throwing in the towel and throwing Bolton overboard will appease the Dems or the U.N., it doesn’t know what reality is.” (Michelle Malkin)
Term Paper Time: Iraq Study Group Report Day.
The Case of the Radioactive Russian: “When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” – Sherlock Holmes
Rumsfeld Gets the Gate, Gates Sworn In as the 22nd Secretary of Defense in the US by Vice President Dick Cheney. Before 1947, the position was referred to as the Secretary of War.
Me Got You: William Beutler @ Blog P.I. was way ahead of Time and You. On October 9, he wrote: “It’s time for another gimmick! And, in this year of the Lamonsters and Macaca and Lonelygirl15, I have a guess as to what it will be:
We Won It for the Democrats: Ayman al Zawahri, in a recent broadcast, also called on the Democratic Party to negotiate with it, not any other party in the Islamic World. (ABC Blotter)
John Edwards: Don’t You…. Forget About Me.
Saddam Drops Out of the Dictator Business: ‘I Saw Fear, He Was Afraid’: The man hired to videotape Saddam Hussein’s execution recalls the brutal dictator’s humble final moments.
Richard Fernandez, Jose Guardia, Allison Sommer, Neil Spolin, and Gerard Van der Leun contributed to this report.