Tuesday, September 21, 2004

 

Goldberg on the war

Jonah Goldberg defends the U.S. conduct of the war.

He's right, and this piece should be read widely.

I do quarrel with one point. He describes the Islamists as irrational. With some exceptions (possibly including Uday and Qusay), these people are rational. They simply have a value system that is highly foreign to our own, and hard for us to comprehend, since they place little value on their own lives and often welcome their own deaths in fighting.

He is still correct as to his recommendation:
There simply is no diplomacy with the enemy today. So, that means going on offense. That means taking the fight to them. That means, in the short term, "creating" more extremists and terrorists by fighting on their home turf. But the point isn't merely to fight them, it's to pull the rug out from under them. The ultimate goal is democracy, of course. But the interim goal is to rationalize the Middle East so that, while it may still produce enemies, they will be ones we can deal with around a table, not a crater. And the short-term goal is to kill lots of them where they live, instead of them doing the same to us.

 

9-1-4

Hugh Hewitt has also used the Tinker to Evers to Chance allusion for the CBS-Burkett-Kerry campaign, so just for fun, let's try the baseball player version of it:
Mapes to Burkett to Lockhart.

Jesse Burkett retired too long ago for me to wish to use him.
 

Guess what Frum found

David Frum dug up the following Senate floor statement by Kerry:
“[T]he record of Saddam Hussein's ruthless, reckless breach of international values and standards of behavior which is at the core of the cease-fire agreement, with no reach, no stretch, is cause enough for the world community to hold him accountable by use of force, if necessary.”

That just can't be reconciled with Kerry's latest position.
 

more on Letterman

More demonization of Halliburton. Complaining that $20 billion was wasted is a new one though. Wouldn't Halliburton have made massive profits if that were the case?

He comes across as very smug and condescending during his Top 10 list. I don't think it plays all that well with undecided voters. Did I mention he has the personal warmth of a cobra?


 

Iran submits to the will of the U.N.

Not!

Basically, Iran's government has asserted that the U.N. has no authority to tell it to curtail its nuclear program, and is threatening to pull out of the Non-Proliferation Treaty if the Security Council takes up the matter.

“Iran will not accept any obligation regarding the suspension of uranium enrichment,” chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani told a news conference Sunday. “No international body can force Iran to do so.”

So how would Kerry deal with Iran?

Thanks to Little Green Footballs for the story.
 

more on Kerry on Letterman

Jim Geraghty was not impressed.
 

so much for humanitarian aims

Well, according to Kerry, Saddam "deserves his own special place in hell". But also according to Kerry, we should have not gone to war to oust him. Well, how about other dictators whose crimes are primarily against their own subjects?

If all Hitler had done was kill German Jews, should we have left him alone?
Idi Amin? Pol Pot?
Slobodan Milosevic?

It looks like the Democrat Party has officially repudiated Woodrow Wilson. The question is what they are opting for instead.
 

This is nauseating

Kerry complains that Arab countries are not at the table for rebuilding Iraq.
Which Arab countries would he pick? Syria? Lebanon? Libya? Saudi Arabia, which he demonizes most of the time?

Now he says that people who should have been with us were pushed aside. Which people? France? They were busy creating fake evidence to discredit the case for removing Hussein. Germany? They were busy making major commercial deals with Hussein. Russia? Well, I don't know what Russia was doing. Putin appears to have been playing several games at once - opposing us in the U.N. and giving us intelligence about Hussein's threats.
 

Kerry on Letterman

Kerry's speech on making America safer includes global warming as a priority?
Has someone been watching The Day After Tomorrow a little to much?

Yeah, Kyoto will stop Kim Il Sung and Ayatollah Khamenei.

Now Kerry is saying you can't have elections in Iraq because Kofi Annan said it's not safe for the UN observers and personnel.
Considering that Kofi Annan said it was illegal to remove Saddam Hussein, why would we want him overseeing the election?

Monday, September 20, 2004

 

Tinker to Evers to Chance?

Nope. But it is Mapes to Burkett to Lockhart. Powerline identifies what is so strange about the AP story about the contact between Bill Burkett and the Kerry campaign. Joe Lockhart didn't get buttonholed by Burkett somewhere (as Max Cleland did), he called Burkett after CBS urged him to! How much of the DNC's research department is on CBS's payroll?


 

CBS develops standards

From the CBS public statement:
"CBS News cannot prove that the documents are authentic, which is the only acceptable journalistic standard to justify using them in the report."

So much for Rather's argument that a preponderance of the evidence was sufficient to run with the documents.
 

The difference between the right word and the almost right word

John Miller catches Kerry in an unfortunate choice of words.
 

More to life than politics

Here are my personal ballots if the season ended now (not that I get to cast a meaningful vote) for the important Major League Baseball awards.

AL Cy Young:
1. Johan Santana
2. Curt Schilling
3. Mariano Rivera


NL Cy Young:
1. Carl Pavano
2. Roger Clemens
3. Randy Johnson


AL MVP:
1. Ichiro Suzuki
2. Vladimir Guerrero
3. Ivan Rodriguez
4. Johan Santana
5. David Ortiz
6. Manny Ramirez
7. Alex Rodriguez
8. Miguel Tejada
9. Travis Hafner
10. Michael Young

NL MVP:
1. Barry Bonds
2. Adrian Beltre
3. Albert Pujols
4. Jim Edmonds
5. Lance Berkman
6. Scott Rolen
7. Todd Helton
8. Juan Pierre
9. Bobby Abreu
10. Carl Pavano


AL Rookie of the Year
1. Lew Ford
2. Bobby Crosby
3. Shingo Takatsu


NL Rookie of the Year
1. Jason Bay
2. Khalil Greene
3. Akinori Otsuka
 

The best use of $250

Hugh Hewitt gives his optimal way to spend $250 to influence American politics.

In brief, his recommendations are:
$25 to John Thune (U.S. Sen. - SD);
$25 to George Nethercutt (U.S. Sen. - WA);
$25 to Bill Jones (U.S. Sen. - CA);
Buy a copy of his book ($25) and send it to someone who lives in a battleground state and changes opinions;
$25 to Jim DeMint (U.S. Sen. - SC);
$25 to Richard Burr (U.S. Sen. - NC);
$25 to Pete Coors (U.S. Sen. - CO);
Buy a copy of his book ($25) and send it to someone who lives in a battleground state and changes opinions;
$25 to Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK)
$25 to Mel Martinez (U.S. Sen. - FL)

I'll comment only on races here, and limit it to $200 to spend.

I agree with most of his choices, but not necessarily in the same order.

If you were spending $100:

Send $25 to John Thune.
Send $25 to Lisa Murkowski
Send $25 to Pete Coors
Send $25 to Richard Burr

If you have another $100 to spend:
Send $25 to George Nethercutt
Send $25 to Tom Coburn (OK - U.S. Sen.)
Send $25 to Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-32)
Send $25 to Congressman Phil Crane (IL-8)

Thune and Murkowski should be no-brainers. Both are in small states (1 Congressional district apiece) in hotly-contested races. These are the two races where $25 makes the most difference.

I rate Coors and Burr ahead of Nethercutt because Nethercutt is challenging an incumbent and the other two are running for open seats. That makes their battles more fluid, because Nethercutt's opponent is a much more defined quantity in voters' minds.

Coburn moves onto my list ahead of several other candidates because his race is a lot tougher and is in a small enough state that $25 is meaningful. DeMint is ahead by a double-digit margin, and Mel Martinez and Bill Jones are from huge states. Coburn's impolitic comments about the power of Indian tribes, coupled with accusations that he sterilized a woman without her consent (a 20-year old patient who presented with an ectopic pregnancy) have turned his poll lead to a deficit.

I place two Congressional races in my top 8 because of the cirumstances those races present, even they may not be the two most in-danger seats.

Pete Sessions is running against Martin Frost, DCCC chairman and Democrat candidate recruiter. Taking out your opponents' generals is one of the most important tactical maneuvers in politics.

Phil Crane is in severe trouble mainly thanks to the embarrassment that is the Keyes for Senate campaign. Keyes is imploding so badly that he could harm GOP candidates across the board, and since Crane's last election garnered him 57% and his challenger is far better funded this time, he has become a national target. Crane is the dean of the House GOP caucus (first elected 1968) and a nationally known conservative leader (including a brief run for President in 1980). Max Burns, Rick Renzi, Anne Northrup, Heather wilson, Bob Beauprez, and several open seat candidates may be in tougher races, but Crane has been an invaluable figure in the modern conservative movement.


Wednesday, September 15, 2004

 

Na na na na Na na na na Hey Hey Hey Goodbye

That would be the sound of conservatives across the country singing about the implosion underway at CBS. By now, if you haven't already heard your fill of the details about the "Killian memos", you don't read the political stories in papers or you just awoke from a long coma.
I'll simply link to a few good articles and add a bit of commentary.

Andrew Sullivan in TNR becomes the first well-known journalist openly supporting Kerry to call for Dan Rather's firing. I know Sullivan's support for Kerry is soft, to put it mildly (He called the election "The incompetent versus the irresolute."), but this one is legitimate spin.

The Weekly Standard summarizes the state of the coverage. They include a detailed summary of the Washington Post investigatory article.

Powerlinecomments on the L.A. Times excommunication of CBS from the liberal pantheon.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

 

background on Sudan

Nina Shea on the U.S. decision to call it genocide

Friday, September 10, 2004

 

We have candidates, don't we?

Are you a Republican in California? Are you looking to know who are the Republican candidates for Congress, State Senate, and State Assembly in your area or in other parts of the state?

Would you just like to find a candidate's website without having to know how to spell his or her name?

Well, you can skip the California Republican Party website.

They don't list GOP candidates in CA (other than Bill Jones and Bush/Cheney) anywhere on the site that I can find. You have to click on the button on the left side for Victory 2004 - another website run by the CA GOP. The link is not very noticeable, as the important information is contained in small type in dark gray text on a light gray background. We wouldn't actually want people to find that site, would we?

And don't get me started about the Project Y button in the same column - it links to a page that DOES NOT EXIST.

While we're at it, ditch the Active X. Lots of people block it with their internet security software, because it's a great method for hackers to attack your computer.

This is unacceptable.
 

Patterico 1, MediaMatters -1, NPR -1

Patterico systematically eviscerates the nitwits at NPR and self-proclaimed serial liar David Brock's Media Matters (I won't dignify these SFB's with a link) for their utterly addlepated decision to spread a conspiracy theory about the "Killian memos" because they missed the difference between Eastern and Pacific time. [For those unfamiliar with the acronym, SFB is the completely nanny-filter-safe way to say Sh** for Brains.] They also proclaim the case for authenticity of the documents strong because . . . well, because they drank Dan Rather's Kool-Aid.


 

OK, so I'm writing a lot about the memos

Blogs for Bush has more good coverage of the story, including a summary of the memo problems originally from Free Republic (look in the Sept. 10 comments at 10:03 pm on Blogs for Bush) and Ben Barnes having a "seared, seared" moment (look in the Sept. 10 comments at 10:19 and 10:40 pm).
 

OK, so I'm writing a lot about the memos

Blogs for Bush has more good coverage of the story, including a summary of the memo problems originally from Free Republic (look in the Sept. 10 comments at 10:03 pm on Blogs for Bush) and Ben Barnes having a "seared, seared" moment (look in the Sept. 10 comments at 10:19 and 10:40 pm).
 

OK, so I'm writing a lot about the memos

Blogs for Bush has more good coverage of the story, including a summary of the memo problems originally from Free Republic (look in the Sept. 10 comments at 10:03 pm on Blogs for Bush) and Ben Barnes having a "seared, seared" moment (look in the Sept. 10 comments at 10:19 and 10:40 pm).
 

MAKE MONEY NOW

Defeat JohnJohn.com has a way that you, yes you, can make $10,500.

Here's the catch. All you have to do is find a typewriter available in 1973 that could have made the CYA memo.
 

ABC: CBS misled Hodges

Instapundit has the story.

Perhaps it's time for CBS to change its logo to an eyepatch.
 

Marcel Matley's credentials

CBS has acknowledged that Marcel Matley was the expert it used to authenticate the "Killian memos".

A little Googling revealed Mr. Matley's curriculum vitae as of 1995. At least as of that time, his claimed expertise is all about handwriting.

So when did Mr. Matley become an expert in typewriters and typefaces? What did he study to gain his expertise? Inquiring minds want to know.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

 

More from the indispensable Power Line

Kerry for Senate 1984 press release.

Read it and weep that a man such as that was elected to a position of power.
 

Power Line has more

Update 13 on Power Line's debunking of CBS's story has pictures you can view together of an unquestionably authentic Killian document from Sept. 6, 1973 and the "August 18, 1973" CYA memo.

It's time to bring back the bumper sticker

Watch Dan?
Rather not.


 

More on the memos

Hit and Run has a very perceptive user comment for anyone who approaches the question of the memos' veracity from a disinterested perspective.

Their user alkali posted the following:
The more I think about it, it is entirely unproductive to look at these individual documents (though that's all we in the blogosphere have). If there was a machine that created this kind of output in the TANG offices in the early 70s, then there must be a thousand memos just like these in the files, and it is probable that these are genuine too. If there are no comparable memos in the files, then these documents are fakes, regardless of whether they could have been created at the time.

 

Freedom Tour 2004: Next Stop - Sudan

Secretary of State Powell has, in a formal statement, called the slaughter of black Sudanese in the Darfur area genocide. This declaration imposes obligations on the U.S. government under law. Hopefully we will soon take action to remove the Sudanese Islamofascist government. Iterestingly, the geocide is racial rather than religious - Arab militias are killing all black persons in the villages they raze, rather than only the non-Moslem ones.

Bush is right that there can be no neutrality toward evil. What he has not done as good a job of explaining is that any government which would do this to its own people deserves no respect for its sovereignty, and that we cannot rely on the goodwill of evil people to contain their evil within another country and to not provide support for terrorists who would attack us.

I wonder what the Congressional Black Caucus will say about this.

 

Bushmaster feeds the alligators

FOX News reported that Bushmaster and the store where the rifle was purchased have paid a combined $2.5 million to settle lawsuits by the families of Muhammad and Malvo's victims, with $500 thousand coming from Bushmaster and $2 million from the store. I don't know the merit of the claim against the store (i.e., was Muhammad a prohibited person who they should not have delivered a firearm to), but Bushmaster should have fought this one. Even if litigation costs would have exceeded $500,000, paying off that much indicates that they are an easy mark for these ridiculous suits in the future.

More to come on this later.
 

Update to the memos

If you didn't get the joke in the prior post's header, tough. :-)

CNN has pulled the story.

ABC is running their own story with comments from Lt. Col. Killian's son questioning the memos.

Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt had it on their shows.

FOX News with Brit Hume raised questions about the authenticity of the memos.

CBS is standing by their story.

The plot thickens.


 

18 August 2004

Today's top online story seems to be the possible forgery of the "CYA" memo purportedly created on August 18, 1973 by Lt. Colonel Jerry Killian (now deceased). A Free Republic thread apparently broke the story, recognizing that proportional spacing, while common nowadays in fonts like Times New Roman on word processing software, was very rare 30 years ago. Power Line brought it to a wider audience and broke the 187th angle (in short, that the conversion of the "th" in 187th to a superscript could not have been done by even a proportional font-enabled typewriter back then - there seems to be some doubt as to the accuracy of this for the most specialized high-end models back then, but it was certainly true for standard electric typewriters), and since then it has been picked up in a thorough fashion by Drudge Report, who made it his top story, by Hugh Hewitt, by InDC Journal, who retained a questioned documents expert who opined that it is likely a forgery, by CNS News, who retained their own experts with similar conclusions, by National Review Online's Kerry Spot, which is explaining the story in detail and summarizing (with links) many of the major blogs' coverage of the story, by Little Green Footballs, by many other conservative blogs I haven't looked at, and even by some blogs on the left (granted, mainly in their comments sections). Washington Monthly's thread is particularly funny, as over the course of the hundreds of posts you can see some of the frequent posters changing from being gung-ho about using these documents to bring Bush down to effectively saying "OH SH**" [Internet nanny filters for inappropriate language don't mind asterisks.] Of course, it being a lefty site, much of the speculation seems to be that Karl Rove ordered it to discredit the major media and the Kerry campaign.

At this point, we'll see how long the forgery backlash takes before becoming a bigger story than the original story. The Boston Herald may be able to take the most advantage of this - between the fake Abu Ghraib porn tapes and this, the Boston Globe's credibility has to be at an all-time low.
 

Where to begin?

Since this will be the last post people read, I might as well put the important information here. I'm Nikola Mikulicich, Jr. Call me Nick. That's simple enough for even idiotarians to get it right.

I'm an attorney in the Los Angeles area. I'm also an active partisan Republican, with a paleolibertarian ideology - although paleolibertarianism has very little to do with the attempt by Paul Craig Roberts, Lew Rockwell, et al. to hijack the name for their Animal Farm defense of the Confederacy and racism in law. Think John Stuart Mill and Thomas Jefferson instead.

The blog name is both an expression of my philosophy and an attempt to chide others who ask a question with little practical applicability of the response. If you can undo murder by raising the dead and end hunger and malnutrition by creating food with a word or a gesture, you are not useful to my efforts. I have to obey the laws of physics.

The blog will be about things I find interesting, amusing, or otherwise worthwhile to share with the world.

Emails are welcomed about any topic. You may receive a response privately or on the blog. I won't respond to everything. Childish flames will be cheerfully posted to the blog, complete with your email address and IP tracing information. Instant messages may not ever be read. I use AOL, and the number of spam Instant Messages causes me to turn an IM filter on to catch them. If I don't already recognize the sender from my address book, it goes automatically into the filter and may never be viewed.

I use NMMJR @ aol.com (close up the spaces when you send - I posted it in this fashion to block email harvester robots).


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