Sympathy For The Devil

Best of the Web has a link to Ramsey Clark’s lawsuit filing in the Camp X-Ray matter. It’s a wonder of impenetrable postmodern jargon, with misspellings galore and cites from those renowned juridical minds, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Ramsey Clark has completed the journey from grumpy-but-vaguely-principled anti-war type to buffoon. It’s hard to believe that this is serious. It’s so far beyond parody, that it makes you wonder if, like the anti-globo bozos, someone is paying these guys to do things like this to make the anti-war movement look even worse than it already does.

Taliban Sex Slavery

Just in case your opinion of the Taliban couldn’t get any lower, here’s another sad story from Time. Apparently, not all of the holy warriors were willing to wait to get to heaven. They wanted their virgins in the here and now.

It’s a good thing that the Taliban was so concerned with the dignity of women. Just think how they’d have treated them otherwise…

And unfortunately, it’s not over. In western Afghanistan, young women are currently valued at a couple hundred pounds of wheat.

Civil Rights Commission Assails Reality

Fresh from Mary Frances Berry’s temporary judicial victory to keep the membership packed with liberal plantation owners, the US Civil Rights Commission continues steadily down the road to irrelevance.

[Update at 9:15 PM PST]

Reader and fellow weblogger Dan Hartung informs me that I’ve confused the Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights with the U.S. Commission On Civil Rights.

Not surprising–everyone who knows me know that I’m easily confused. Nonetheless, the point remains…

Alternate History

Mr. Quick points out that Bill Clinton is a gift that just keeps on giving to the Republicans.

I wonder if Democrats ever think wistfully of impeachment days, and would like a “do over”?

Consider–had they done the right thing, and removed his sorry corrupt keester from office at that time, Al Gore would have been President. He would have run as an incumbent, and probably be President today (unless he really screwed things up in his last two years–always a possibility). The party would have much more successfully detached itself from the Clinton sleaze factor.

But instead, they formed a phalanx around him, forever associated themselves with him, and have screwed themselves for years to come.

911 “A Desperate Act”

Does Ted Turner ever engage brain before opening his mouth? Or is the problem that he does, but he’s only running on half a mental cylinder?

“The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don’t have any hope for a better life,” he said.

He said the attacks were an act of desperation, and that Americans lack an understanding of a willingness to die for one’s country.

“I think they were brave at the very least,” Turner said of the 19 airliner hijackers believed to have committed the attacks, adding that they “might have been a little nuts.”

Well, I can think of at least one decrepit former media mogul who they’re at least a little saner than…

911 “A Desperate Act”

Does Ted Turner ever engage brain before opening his mouth? Or is the problem that he does, but he’s only running on half a mental cylinder?

“The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don’t have any hope for a better life,” he said.

He said the attacks were an act of desperation, and that Americans lack an understanding of a willingness to die for one’s country.

“I think they were brave at the very least,” Turner said of the 19 airliner hijackers believed to have committed the attacks, adding that they “might have been a little nuts.”

Well, I can think of at least one decrepit former media mogul who they’re at least a little saner than…

911 “A Desperate Act”

Does Ted Turner ever engage brain before opening his mouth? Or is the problem that he does, but he’s only running on half a mental cylinder?

“The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don’t have any hope for a better life,” he said.

He said the attacks were an act of desperation, and that Americans lack an understanding of a willingness to die for one’s country.

“I think they were brave at the very least,” Turner said of the 19 airliner hijackers believed to have committed the attacks, adding that they “might have been a little nuts.”

Well, I can think of at least one decrepit former media mogul who they’re at least a little saner than…

Idiot Judges, Part Deux

The Canadian figure-skating couple was robbed at the Olympics last night. I’d be upset about this, if I wasn’t so upset at the whole concept of figure skating as a sport, which is the cause of this kind of nonsense.

Figure skating is beautiful, often divinely so. It requires talent, dedication, practice, strength, focus. But it is not a sport; it is an art. If figure skating is an Olympic event, why don’t we see ballet in the summer games? How about finger painting?

The problem, of course, is that for many, it’s the star of the show, and to remove it would simply hasten the demise of that modern corrupt bacchanalia (though this year with less emphasis on the bacchanal, given Mormon predilections) called the Olympics. So we will continue to have people dancing on ice, winning and losing on totally subjective criteria, judged by people with political agendas.

Idiot Judges

“Big, garish, loud and dumb as a box of Rockettes.”

That’s Frank Swietek’s opinion of Moulin Rouge. Having made the mistake of watching it Saturday night, I think that he’s too kind. Its only redeeming feature was that it was only a little over an hour and a half long.

How in the world did that tragic waste of celluloid garner even one, let alone eight Oscar nominations?

Jack Henry Abbot, Killer

Jack Abbott did the universe a big favor and threw himself a private necktie party. Stormin’ Norman Mailer issued his usual predictable numbskullian apologia:

“His life was tragic from beginning to end,” Mr. Mailer said yesterday in a prepared statement. “I never knew a man who had a worse life.”

Don’t get out much, Norm?

Actually the tragedy was for those who had the misfortune to cross his path. And, yes, perhaps few had worse lives, but it was worse only in the sense that it was a life lived extremely badly. He wasn’t misunderstood, except by the Norman Mailers of the world–he was just a thug who could occasionally put words together. I wonder how long it will be before Mailer’s fellow sob sisters start lamenting his passing?

Anyway, if a beast exists, I’m pretty sure that Jack Abbott is now truly in the belly of it. And Mr. Mailer may not be too far, in time or morality, from joining him.

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