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Jonah Goldberg Responds — I Reply

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Readers of this blog know that I’ve been pretty tough on National Review’s little Jonah Goldberg, the intellectual fly-weight the L.A. Times has acquired as an affirmative action hire to fill-its "right-wing pundit" quota.   It seems I have hurt his feelings and he was pouting about it today over on NRO’s Corner (scroll down […]

The Bush Victory Plan: Who Knew? [Updated]

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Who knew? Much like Dick Nixon in the days of Vietnam, George W. Bush has apparently also had a Secret Plan to win the war. We just didn’t know about it. In preparing the public for Bush’s Annapolis address today on how we are going to win, the inimitable Scott McClellan told the press yesterday […]

Pajama Time(s)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Pajamas Media is pooling together all of the info coming out of the L.A. Times bloodbath.I want to draw particular attention to the searing piece done by former Times Books Review Editor Steve Wasserman over at (where I will soon be contributing a piece on Hugo Chavez). Says Wasserman of the uneasy relationship between […]

Keeping the Peace (Updated)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

There is something very, very depressing about this story of four peace activists being held hostage by hooded gangsters in Iraq.Of course, if these same hostage-takers were holding, say, four privately-contracted "security experts" from Blackwater, I wouldn’t be allowed to call them gangsters. I’d have to refer to them as "the resistance." The Christian Peacemakers […]

The Trouble With Ramsey

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

In the recent past I’ve written rather harshly about former Attorney General Ramsey Clark who, once again, finds himself in Baghdad as part of Saddam Hussein’s defense team.  The right-wingers call him a traitor. Some intelligent leftist critics call him the best friend of war criminals. I, on the other hand, just think the poor […]

Times Trash

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Former L.A. Times reporter Ken Reich is doing some kick-butt posting on, well, the bloodbath at the L.A. Times. Look here and here. I’m also adding Ken to my blogroll.

Dishonorable Discharge [Updated]

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Yet more indications that the Bush Administration plans to soon pull ground troops out of Iraq. This time from The New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh.  Says America’s foremost investigative reporter:…A key element of the drawdown plans, not mentioned in the President’s public statements, is that the departing American troops will be replaced by American airpower. Quick, […]

Here’s Looking At You, Kid

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Even paranoids have real enemies.

Bye Bye Baghdad?

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Turkey-induced narcolepsy did not stop me from catching what I think to be the most important piece of news buried under this past weekend’s stuffing, potatoes and pie. As the Los Angeles Times reported on its front page, we can no longer say that the Bush administration doesn’t have a plan for Iraq. Looks like […]

Whiffle Ball

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

Astounding. Of the hundreds of newspapers in the United States, not a single one of them could bring itself to say an obvious truth: that the Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, LIED about having been a 1966 major league draft choice. A Nexis search I just ran shows not one of the scores of […]

Happy Birthday, General

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Pity poor General Pinochet. Just as he was set to have a bunch of sycophants over for lunch today to celebrate his 90th, he gets arrested again. To be exact, the former Chilean dictator was arrested Thursday for the second time in 48 hours.

Greaseball Gobbler

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

One of my least favorite turkeys is getting mightily plucked today. Professional demagogue and con man George Galloway is getting skinned and stuffed by my good pal Douggie Ireland.You’ll remember that Galloway is the British M.P. who — because of his alliance with the Islamic Right– opposes the war in Iraq for all of the […]


Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

With the pre-Thanksgiving news void yawning before us like a gargantuan bowl of gelled gravy, why not take a few minutes to speculate about Election 2008? Great anticipation, as well as anxiety and angst roil the Democratic masses. With the Bush administration sinking into an LBJ-like quagmire of its own construction, the Democrat base can […]

After You, My Dear Alphonse

Monday, November 21st, 2005

As usual, Fred Kaplan nails it.  Let the Bush administration pound the table and bark that it would never, ever, no way cut and run from Iraq. And let the Democrats simultaneously run from Jack Murtha as if he has the bird flu. Doesn’t matter. Because we’re leaving Iraq anyway. Kaplan makes two important points […]

Blog Carnival

Monday, November 21st, 2005

  Hold on to your hats, we’re having a Blog Carnival over at Pajamas/OSM.   A carnival  OF PRE-WAR INTELLIGENCE: WHAT WE KNEW, WHEN WE KNEW IT, AND WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN GOING INTO THE IRAQ WAR.   On Friday, OSM extended an open-invitation to bloggers everywhere, requesting posts on the topic of pre-war intelligence.  Read on to […]

Rutten on Woodward: ‘Decadent…Bankrupt’

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

Kudos to the L.A. Times’ media columnist Tim Rutten who’s got a very tough and bristly piece out today on Bob Woodward. This is precisely the kind of stuff the Times needs to be doing. A world better than the lilliputian line-up the paper came up with last week for its re-jiggered and dumbed-down op-ed […]

Withdrawal — From Reality

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

After its midnight emergency session earlier this year in the midst of the Teri Schiavo carnival, I couldn’t imagine the U.S.congress stooping even lower. Not until last night, that is, when the House held up its Thanksgiving break to debate and vote on what is one of the most repellant political maneuvers in recent memory. […]

Only the Hairdresser Knows for Sure

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Right, Left, or Center? We report — you decide.I had demanded the negatives be seized and destroyed, but to no avail.Just one of many pix coming out of the party the other night at Arianna’s  offered by Huffpost and Yahoo! for Gawker’s Defamer.John Amato from CrooksandLiars, Arianna, moi, and Hi Ho Ron Silver.  Meanwhile, the […]

Translating The Woodward Tapes

Friday, November 18th, 2005

MSNBC has published the transcript from Wednesday’s night showdown segment on Hardball as host Chris Matthews questioned the Washington Post’s executive editor Len Downie on the recent revelations of Bob Woodward’s role in Plamegate. Unfortunately, however, the transcript appears in the obscure and barely understandable beltway dialect known as Newspeak. Because I think no sacrfice […]

Shameless Crap

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Shout-show clown Jonah Goldberg has weighed in [sic] with his first of what will be a weekly op-ed column for the L.A. Times. I’m all for the Times having some conservative columnists — but they might have found one that can actually write and think. Or at least one of the two. What a shame […]