Saturday, May 10, 2003

Times Online

AMERICAN investigators in Iraq have found safely locked in vaults almost 40,000 manuscripts and 700 artefacts previously believed to have been looted from the National Museum in Baghdad.

The items include a clay pot from 5000 BC, an inscribed cornerstone from King Nebuchadnezzar’s 7th-century BC Babylon palace and hundreds of pieces of ancient jewellery, pottery and sarcophaguses.

US officials said that many items originally thought to have been looted were placed in hidden vaults, discovered inside the museum this week, for protection before the war began. Other items were returned once agents talked of amnesty and potential rewards.

Thursday, May 08, 2003


The Mother of All Buttholes, aka Scott Ritter, is continuing his anti-American smear campaign across the pond - in one of the few countries where they bother to listen to thistripe (via The Command Post):

Scott Ritter, a former United Nations weapons inspector, has compared the invasion of Iraq to Hitler's invasion of Poland.

He told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper that 130 Americans had died "for a lie", adding: "I see no difference between the invasion of Iraq and the invasion of Poland in 1939."

Both invasions were based on what he said was an artificial argument of self defence. President George W Bush had used the September 11 attacks as Hitler used the 1933 burning of the Reichstag to repress domestic dissidents.

These seems ridiculous but, has Ritter fallen victim to some exotic disease?

What possible motivation could there be for and ex-weapons inspector who complained about Iraqi non-cooperation to flip over to the other side of the argument and make wild claims about the impending defeat of US forces and comparing Bush to Hitler?

It's such an outrageous claim that it isn't even worth the time to Fisk it. The monumental ignorance of it is more than evident to anyone not blinded by anti-American rage.

Poor Ritter, he can't be more than a step in front of the boys in the white coats.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003


Jill Nelson, for some inexplicable reason, is a columnist at MSNBC (via Andrew Sullivan):

THE EVIDENCE OF this overwhelming meanness of spirit is everywhere, abroad and at home.

Nowhere more evident than in your putrid little diatribe that you call an "editorial".

Even the administration's efforts to justify the war in Iraq as one of liberation and declare victory cannot mask the human costs to American troops and their families. How many thousands of Iraqis are dead? Where are the ridiculously named "weapons of mass destruction" that Bush used to justify this invasion?

Where was the "quagmire" predicted by you and your buddies, Jill? Yes, the human costs of war are real and horrible, but what about the consequences of letting the sadistic bastard stay in power? Do you maintain that, in spite of Iraqi celebration of the fall of the regime, we did the wrong thing because people died in the war?

Why is the phrase "weapons of mass destruction" ridiculous? Do you not consider a weapon capable of killing tens or hundreds of thousands of people one of "mass destruction"?

Where are they? In the Tigris River, in pits buried by the regime in its last days. In Syria most likely and perhaps, and much worse, with Islamic terrorists (if we were too late).

Witness the looting of priceless antiquities, kitsch and cash from Iraqi museums and Saddam Hussein's palaces and homes, allowed and participated in not only by Iraqis but members of the American armed forces and their "embedfellows," the media.

Wrong-o, asshat. The American armed forces, still in the midst of conflict, chose to safeguard caches of weapons, left behind by the regime, lest they fall into the hands of the rioters (and other less savory types). They didn't have the manpower to do both, so they chose the safety of the citizens of Baghdad over the safety of pieces of art. A regretable choice to have to make, but the right choice given the circumstances.

Your sentence suggests that members of the American armed forces participated in the looting. Prove it.

Yet to question this war and its aftermath is characterized as at worst treason and at best anti-American cynicism.

Well, you are an anti-American cynic, I guess. More simply stated - you are an idiot.

Now, the armed forces in Iraq have turned to shooting Iraqi demonstrators, the very people they supposedly came to "liberate" with democracy.

They return fire when they are shot at. I'm sure it pleases you that there are still some Saddam loyalists and Arab martyrs trying to stir up trouble in the country. Without these few die-hard murderers, your side wouldn't even have a thin shread of hope for an American defeat.

I suggest that you hold your breath until we experience "quagmire" somewhere. At least it will save the rest of us from enduring your paranoid, neo-marxist tantrums (perhaps permanently if we are lucky).

Here on the home front, our e-mail communications, bookstore purchases, and even our public library withdrawals are open to government surveillance. The attorney general lengthens the arm of government repression every day, seeking the right to revoke an American?s citizenship if he alone decides their words or deeds fall within his definition of treason. Slowly chipping away at our civil and democratic rights.

Heh, heh. The Ashcroft Black Boot Brigades have their eye on you Jill. One more false step and its an acid bath for you!

Seriously, the USA PATRIOT Act probably needs reform and some parts repealed. But there has to be a way for law enforcement to chase terrorists who operate in the shadows using disposable cell phones, embedding messages in the transfer of e-files, etc. So we'll test this law in practice and in the courts and some of it will be disgarded and some will be improved.

Let's get over this hysteria about the dimunition of civil liberties, shall we. The US government has more important things to do than maintain surveillance on a flatulent old hosebag like you.


I feel far more vulnerable and frightened than I ever have in my 50 years on the planet. It is the United States government I am afraid of.

Meanwhile, here in our great democracy, Americans go along with the program or remain silent, too afraid of the Muslim bogeymen thousands of miles away to recognize the Christian ones in our midst. Fearful that we will be verbally attacked, or shunned, or lose our livelihoods if we dare question the meanness that characterizes our government and, increasingly, defines our national character.

Good grief! Don't you ever feel embarrassed to trot out this drivel. It's not even original for heaven's sake.

You fear Christians? When was the last time a Christian extremist group mandated gang rape as a punishment? When was the last time a Christian extremist walked into a crowded mall and blew himself up? When was the last time a Christian extremist how-to manual was found about the manufacture of those ("ridiculously named") WMD? When was the last time a Christian extremist flew an airplane into a skyscraper?

Show me in the constitution where it says you have the right not to be ridiculed? If you are going to take paranoid, imbecilic postions then people will "shun" you. If you actively support a mass-murdering, Stalinist (I guess technically you HAVE to be a mass-murderer to be a true Stalinist) dictator then rational people verbally attack you, and rightfully so.

How is it "mean" to question the sanity of someone believes that the United States government should make its citizens afraid? Look around the world you moron - how many surveillance cameras do the British have installed in London, per capita, compared to any major US city?

How is it "mean" to suggest that your tacit support of a gangster regime is morally and intellectually bankrupt? How can you claim the rest of us are "meanspirited" while claiming to fear the Christians among us?

I do not feel safer now than I did six, or 12, or 24 months ago. In fact, I feel far more vulnerable and frightened than I ever have in my 50 years on the planet. It is the United States government I am afraid of. In less than two years the Bush administration has used the attacks of 9/11 to manipulate our fear of terrorism and desire for revenge into a blank check to blatantly pursue imperialist objectives internationally and to begin the rollback of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and most of the advances of the 20th century.

What planet are you living on? The fact that you can get a major media outlet like MSNBC to publish your hateful rants completely discredits your hypothesis.

You are not afraid because there is any real threat of your constitutional rights being infringed upon. Your fear is that the tide of American public opinion has turned against socialism and against pacifism. And without the big stick of government behind your agenda it has no hope. Too bad.

The laziness, unoriginality and sheer stupidity of your arguments are stunning even in a field that employs the likes of Robert Fisk. Maybe if you'd grow up and quit crying wolf more people would listen to you instead of laughing at you.

Whatever possesses MSNBC to employ Ms. Nelson's services is beyond me. Perhaps they have an interest in keeping webloggers supplied with plenty of fodder for fiskings?

Monday, May 05, 2003


Jonah Goldberg has a good column today on the Bill Bennett "scandal".

I don't particularly like gambling. I hate state lotteries - they are a tax on the poor and stupid. But they are legal (in many states).

No one has accused Bennett of doing anything illegal. He hasn't even been accused of being hypocritical since he hasn't been speaking (or writing) against gambling.

I suppose it is the amount of money he has wagered over the last decade that opens eyes. Eight million dollars is a hell of a lot of money. The amount he lost in that period is unknown, but I'd have preferred that he'd taken the money and given it to charity instead. But it's his money so I don't get a say in the matter and neither does Jonathan Alter.

Bennett isn't running for office. He isn't being appointed to a position in government. He isn't on the stump crusading against legalised gambling. His habit of wasting his money in this way can't hurt the American public in any way. So, why is it any more newsworthy than say, the cost of a big celebrity's vacation or any other outlandish, but legal, indulgence of the rich (from either side of the political spectrum).

We are constantly preached to by the Hollywood left about the environment and how we should refrain from driving SUV's and the like. And there is a point to that, but many of those same celebrities, I would venture to say, live a lifestyle that requires tremendous amounts of energy consumption compared to the average citizen of the United States (not to mention the world average). Bennett isn't even being accused by his critics of being such a hypocrite.

This is just harrassment of a guy that liberals don't like. Fine. It's a free country and people can write about whatever they want. But this is just a big steaming pile of nothing in my book.

Sunday, May 04, 2003


These are the people that the anti-war protestors think should be in charge of deciding when the US can use military force.

Can you imagine any circumstance under which the Senate or the House would behave this way? I mean, there are other places to eat in Manhattan.

Via Instapundit.

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