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Advice

December 12th, 2005 - 10:11 pm

Ralph Peters reminds Republicans not to act too much like, well, Democrats:

We already know that the additional 20,000 troops sent to bolster security during Iraq’s elections are slated to come home shortly after the voting. But I guarantee every reader that, by late-summer 2006, our troop numbers on the ground will be under 100,000

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A Short Rant

December 12th, 2005 - 9:34 pm

The Blogfather warns of Patriot Act “mission creep“:

Mrs. Feinstein said the legislation “strikes a blow” against an ongoing meth epidemic.

“The heart of this legislation is a strong standard for keeping pseudoephedrine products out of the hands of meth cooks,” she said. “There were some who wanted to water down this legislation, but Senator Talent and I stood firm.”

Do you want to know how bad the Meth War has gotten? It’s ruined Nyquil.

Anyone with an even basic understanding of how black markets function (and how they come to be in the first place), will tell you that the Drug War created today’s super-potent pot. It created crack. It created meth. But the Drug War doesn’t just create monsters. The Drug War also ruins perfectly good things, like the simple joy of a legal martini buzz, or the Bill of Rights.

But now they’ve gone after my Nyquil. Now they’ve gone too far:

What’s the difference between the old and new versions of NyQuil?

The old version of NyQuil contained the nasal decongestant pseudoephedrine. The new version does not contain a nasal decongestant.

That’s right. Nyquil is no longer “The Nightime Sniffling Sneezing Coughing Aching Stuffyhead Fever So You Can Rest Medicine.” Now Nyquil is the “Screw You Go Suffer Instead of Getting Any Rest At All Placebo.”

Nyquil was the one thing I could count on when I was too sick to function. Nyquil was the legal cure for the common insomnia. Now it’s just another bottle of syrupy crap that tastes like something rejected from the Jaegermeister distillery.

For that, we have the likes of Diane Feinstein and Jim Talent to thank, along with a few cowards at Vicks.

What, you think that’s funny? Just wait until they come for your lighter fluid.

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RIP

December 12th, 2005 - 9:33 pm

Fine words for an unorthodox senator, Eugene McCarthy.

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Required Voting

December 12th, 2005 - 9:28 pm

I’m hurt. I’m hurt and depressed. Hurt and depressed and disappointed. And… Oh, never mind. Just go vote for The Officer’s Club already as the year’s best military blog. Currently, they’re in fourth place – and they deserve better.

UPDATE: What, you want actual reasons to vote for The Officer’s Club? I’ll give you three.

UPDATE: For you doubters, here’s a fourth reason.

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Crunch Time II

December 12th, 2005 - 9:10 pm

The last (I hope) big shopping trip is out of the way, and I’m caught up (mostly) on the gift-wrapping. So you’d think blogging would be a breeze. You’d be wrong.

Melissa is taking a year off work starting today. Now we have to get used to seeing each other all the time. There are projects to complete and a few other tiny little matters to attend to. But the nights, for the moment, are still mine.

Back in a few, after I crawl the web for whatever is worth a second drink.

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Hasta La Vista, Tookie

December 12th, 2005 - 1:46 pm


California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has denied clemency for convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, who co-founded the Crips street gang.

Since they probably won’t be mentioned in any of the media hysteria tonight and tomorrow, these four people are the reasons why Williams will assume room temperature this evening:

Albert Owens
Thsai-Shai Yang
Yen-I Yang
Yee Chen Lin

And this is what he did to them.

Fair warning: the pictures are gruesome… but so were Williams’ crimes. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Crunch Time

December 11th, 2005 - 9:23 am

No blogging tonight, and very little tomorrow. ‘Tis the holiday season…

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Notice

December 7th, 2005 - 8:29 pm

Finding it impossible to blog right now (10:16pm), so I’m going to take my torqued back and my heating pad to the sofa and pretend to watch some TV.

See you in the morning.

ONE LAST THING: Cathy Young, one of my favorite writers at Reason (and other places), started a blog a few months ago – and I only just now discovered it. You can bet I’ll get her added to the blogroll tomorrow.

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Bill Nienhuis says, “Hands down, this is the most amazing, creative and well executed Christmas lighting display I

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“Code Pink is into some weird stuff.”

December 7th, 2005 - 7:54 pm

A photoessay.

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Also Breaking

December 7th, 2005 - 1:37 pm

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Chief Deputy Majority Whip, is the first elected official I can think of to (kind of) endorse an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Here’s an extract from a letter he wrote to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice:

A nuclear-capable Iran would be a major step back for security in the Middle East. As you know, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, recently advocated for the complete annihilation of Israel. His radical statements are reprehensible and cause for great concern. I share the belief that, we have a duty to protect our interests and allies in the region from nuclear attack or nuclear terrorism.

Furthermore, I believe the failure of the IAEA to disarm Iran has created a situation in which Israel might be justifiably forced to act in its own self-defense by preemptively attacking Iran.

The whole thing (PDF document) here.

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Breaking

December 7th, 2005 - 1:18 pm

From Reuters:

MIAMI (Reuters) – A federal law enforcement officer fired his gun on a passenger jetway leading to an American Airlines Corp. plane at Miami International Airport on Wednesday,

CNN reported a passenger who was posing a threat was injured by the gunshot.

American flight 924, a Boeing 757, arrived from Medellin, Colombia, at 12:16 p.m. local time, according to an American Airline’s spokesman. The flight was due to leave for Orlando at 2:18 p.m.

“There has been a shooting on the plane,” Miami-Dade County Police spokeswoman Mary Walters said. She had no further information but initial reports from Miami said the shooting had taken place on the plane.

And Breitbart:

A federal air marshal opened fire on board an American Airlines flight on the ground at Miami International Airport, according to a law enforcement official who spoke only on condition of anonymity. At least one person was wounded, according to broadcast reports said. The plane had just arrived from Colombia and was headed to Orlando. Television showed police SWAT officers surrounding the plane.

Airport and Miami-Dade County police officials said they had no immediate comment. Airlines officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

And the AP:

Shots were fired Wednesday from a federal air marshal’s gun on board an American Airlines jet that had landed at Miami International Airport, an official said. At least one person was wounded, according to broadcast reports.

We’ve known for a couple years that al Qaeda has gotten friendly with ELN, FARC, and some elements of the Huga Chavez regime in Venezuela.

UPDATE: Will Collier writes:

Pretty sketchy right now, but it looks like a guy claimed to have a bomb, and got shot in the jetway before actually boarding the aircraft. One report I saw said he was arguing with an airline employee and yelled, “It’s not like I have a bomb strapped to me!”

In other words, possibly a nutball, but not a terrorist nutball.

Let’s hope so. Beats my “narco- or Islamic-terrorist caught with his hand in the cookie jar” theory.

UPDATE: The AP now has an eyewitness report:

A passenger on the flight, Mary Gardner, told WTVJ-TV, that she saw a man running “frantically” up the plane’s aisle before he was shot. A woman, apparently the man’s wife, said he suffered from bipolar disorder and had not taken his medication, Gardner said.

Gardner said four to five shots were fired. She could not see the shooting.

After the shooting, police boarded the plane and told the passengers to put their hands on their heads, Gardner said.

“It was quite scary,” she told the station via a cell phone. “They wouldn’t let you move. They wouldn’t let you get anything out of your bag.”

“Thank God everybody seems to be fine.”

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Burn Hollywood, Burn!

December 7th, 2005 - 12:37 pm

Not even Aaron Sorkin, stuffed full with psychotropic mushrooms and a pharmacy’s worth of pharmaceuticals could have thought up this wild scenario:

Coming to a voting booth near you: “Trio,” the most expensive governor’s race ever, starring The Road Warrior as the Republican candidate, The Terminator as an independent, and Meathead as the Democrat.

The mind freaking boggles.

Read the whole thing to find out just what Dr. Bainbridge is talking about.

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse

December 7th, 2005 - 12:32 pm

The Blogfaddah has posted possibly the most impressive bit of blog Google-bait ever. And he even disguised it as a link to a legal story.

Mere mortals can but look on in awe.

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A Date Which Shall Live in Infamy

December 7th, 2005 - 11:58 am

A little alternate history for 12/7/41.

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Forcing the Issue II

December 7th, 2005 - 11:54 am

Jeff Goldstein has this to say about Hillary’s list to starboard:

Very quietly, and using the cacophonous cover of the Democratic party

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A Worthy Cause

December 7th, 2005 - 11:30 am

Like the idea of citizen-journalists? Then give some support to Operation Desert Shawn.

(This hat tip goes to David J, who’s been doing some great blogging lately. And I’m not just saying that because he’s a part of the Colorado blogging mafia.)

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It’s Jonah Goldberg versus Barbra Streissand – ’nuff said.

(Hat tip to co-blogger Will Collier, who can’t seem to log on this morning.)

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If It’s Broke, Don’t Fix It

December 7th, 2005 - 9:40 am

Austin Bay explains how to fix our intelligence system:

Intelligence-gathering is tough enough, but producing useful, usable intelligence is an art. It seems very few leaders understand that. Intelligence is a grand exercise in data interpretation, pattern recognition and intuition, requiring expertise in linguistics, geography, mathematics, history, theology, psychology, physics, metaphysics, and every other human means of analysis and explanation. Moreover, the intelligence “jigsaw puzzle” is a dynamic, shifting, changing puzzle. It takes vision to “put the puzzle together,” which is what former Schlesinger meant when he said the American intelligence community needs people with “insight.”

Unfortunately, government bureaucracies are tough on artists and visionaries. Political infighters and insiders tend to dominate the process.

The fix becomes doubly difficult when the agency with the most troubles – the CIA – is at war with the White House.

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Happy Holidays

December 7th, 2005 - 9:39 am

Talk about annoying your base

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Oh, That Good News

December 7th, 2005 - 9:09 am

It must be time to order our “broken” Army to cut and run from our losing campaign in Iraq:

The good news includes Army re-enlistments. As of August, all of the Army

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She’s Gone

December 6th, 2005 - 11:26 pm

Tim Blair has at long last driven Margo Kingston out of journalism.

Be sure to click on the link for a long history of everybody’s best jabs at Margo.

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Required Reading

December 6th, 2005 - 11:23 pm

Anne Applebaum explains what victory means – and doesn’t mean – in the Long War.

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After Action Report

December 6th, 2005 - 10:50 pm

Had some fun participating in yesterday’s Blogjam at PJ Media. Heck, I even learned a few things. However, I do have a couple suggestions for the future.

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Your Assignment, Should You Choose to Accept It

December 6th, 2005 - 10:11 pm

Every day, I read The Officers’ Club from top to bottom, and I learn stuff. And I’m entertained. And there’s usually a cool picture or two to look at.

I know I’ve been linking to these guys a lot lately, but you don’t know the half of it. Or even three-eighths. If I linked to everything on the OC I thought you should read, my blog would look exactly like theirs, only slightly shorter and with a spiffier design.

Here’s the deal. I’ll stop mentioning The Officers’ Club four or five times a week, just as soon as their traffic is equal to or better than mine.

So get reading, kids.

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Good Question

December 6th, 2005 - 9:51 pm

Paul Geary asks if Saddam deserves a trial.

My short answer is: No.

Here’s my slightly longer answer.

The dictator who got the fate he most deserved was Mussolini, strung up like butchered meat by his own people. Hitler’s end was almost nasty enough, and would have been nastier still if the Soviets had caught him. If we’d captured him, we probably would have put him on trial.

Big mistake.

War crimes tribunals are no damn good for anyone above the rank of major, or its civilian equivalent. If you catch a war criminal, the best thing to do is shoot him. Put him on trial, and you give him a soapbox. You also give him the dignity of a legal status he denied to his own people, and the people of neighboring countries.

Some might argue that by shooting war criminals on sight, we’re setting a bad example. Wrong. We’re setting a proper (if brutal) example: If you think dictatorship if brutal, wait until you see the righteous fury of a free people. In other words: Do not mess with us.

If that’s a lesson the dictators – would-be and actual – of the world can never seem to remember, it’s because we hardly ever remind them.

UPDATE: Speaking of dictators, The New Editor reminds us of another one who ought to take the 9mm retirement plan.

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Forcing the Issue

December 6th, 2005 - 9:18 pm

Hillary Clinton has been angling for something like this for a couple years now:

WASHINGTON – Anti-war activists furious with Sen. Hillary Clinton are vowing to bird-dog her everywhere she goes, starting with a swanky Manhattan fund-raiser tonight.
Clinton’s letter last week clarifying her position on Iraq – which included rejecting a timetable for withdrawal – fanned the anger of some war opponents, who decided to launch a campaign against New York’s junior senator.

“We’re calling it Bird-Dog Hillary,” said Medea Benjamin of the peace group Codepink.

“I’m so mad at her,” said Nancy Kricorian, Codepink’s New York City coordinator. “We will dog her wherever she goes.”

If Hillary “suffers” enough from these people, she’ll finally get her “Sister Souljah moment.” If not, she’ll keep angling until she does.

And when I say that, I mean no disrespect. Honestly.

My anti-Hillary credentials are as solid as anybody’s. But the Democrats need a viable hawk in 2008, a definition which probably excludes Joe Lieberman, I’m sorry to say. If Hillary is faking it, I don’t care – not so long as she’d govern like a hawk.

And come January, 2009, we might just find out.

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Blogjam!

December 6th, 2005 - 11:15 am

At 3pm Eastern, I’ll be blogjamming with Laurence Simon, YAYsports!, and sci-fi novelist Tobias S. Buckell. The topic is internet governance. Expect lots of fireworks, especially since Laurence is off his meds, and I’ve been hammering down Bloody Marys since 9am.

I’m kidding about the Bloodys, of course. But Laurence and his meds? You can never be certain.

UPDATE: An engaging – and sometimes funny – discussion. Read the whole thing here.

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Another View

December 6th, 2005 - 11:12 am

Jeff Harrell doesn’t seem too upset by The End of Wikipedia as We Know It. After reading his post, neither am I.

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Freedom! ’05

December 6th, 2005 - 11:10 am

If it’s Tuesday, there must be a Carnival of Liberty around here somewhere…

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