Bring Me the Head of… Julian Assange?

November 30, 2010


The best I can say about the intelligence breach that is Wikileaks, and the President’s poor performance regarding this third massive classified document dump, is to quote Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, who correctly identified the type of letter that should have been sent to Julian Assange:

Dear Wikileaks,

If you publish any more material we will hunt you down no matter the cost, and you either will be killed while resisting arrest or you will spend the rest of your lives in solitary confinement in a Supermax prison, where the highlight of your day will be 1 hour spent in a cage instead of your cell.  Don’t look up, that sound of propellers in the air is not a Predator drone.

Harold Koh

Of course, that was not the letter that was sent. Instead, Mr. Koh sent a sternly-worded missive with threats of swift retribution pathetic plea to Assange to return the documents because publishing them would be bad.

If this weren’t so dangerous to our national security, it would be a joke, which is what America is swiftly becoming in the eyes of the world. We need to address this breach with authority and swift justice. Now.

Or as commenter “turfmann” at Legal Insurrection wrote:

“…I am quite sure that a certain housewife from Wasilla, AK, should she have been president right now, would find this SOB herself if need be. She could hunt him down, dress him in the field, put his antlers on the wall of the Oval Office and we could all watch it on The Learning Channel, Sunday night at 9:00. No facebook post would have been necessary.”

I could live with that.


For Every Soldier: A Flag And A Nation’s Gratitude

May 31, 2010

The soldiers came in a convoy
And each one had a bag
The mission: to make certain
Every headstone had a flag

The soldiers who lay silent
From wars that had come and gone
Awaited our remembrance
On Memorial Day’s bright dawn.

For once a year we gather
It’s an honor, not a task
To show our gratitude to them
Is that too much to ask?

For all the freedom given us
It came at such a cost
The soldiers laying here today
Remind us of our loss.

It’s not just to remember
But to thank them once a year
To let them know we cherish them
And their memory we hold dear.
There’s no excuse acceptable
To turn our backs today
Without these brave young soldiers
There would be no USA.

It isn’t just a holiday
But then again to some
They need to be reminded just
How freedom’s prize is won.

But to all of you who know that
Freedom’s fight is never done
Trace Adkins now reminds us why
We all come to Arlington…

(Click to play)

Gerry Ashley – Memorial Day 2010
(Photos: Screen Shots from CNN Video)

Update: After I had written and posted this piece, I noticed that Michelle Malkin has the same good taste in music. See her contribution here

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

March 30, 2010


The ever-elusive Zombie, posting at Pajamas Media gives us a lovely little photo essay about two political rallies, held about a week apart, by two differing political groups, for different reasons.

One was on March 27, in Searchlight, NV. The other was a week earlier, in Los Angeles.

To set the scene: “Two households, unalike in dignity…”

Tea Party Rally, Searchlight NV

Anti-war rally, Los Angeles, CA

Be sure to check out Zombie’s entire post, and then go to the links for Ringo and El Marco; it’s clear Zombie didn’t cull the best photos of the Tea Party rally and the worst photos of the anti-war rally.

Also, best comment at Zombie’s, by Bruce:

If your car broke down alongside each of those two events, at which event would you most likely find (a) someone willing to help you, who (b) had the skill set required to repair your car?

And that, my friends, pretty much says it all.


And How About that Ethnic Cleansing in Freedonia?

November 23, 2009

From National Review Online comes this week’s smile-quietly-to-yourself schadenfreude moment. It’s obviously a set-up, but I have to admit, it’s a beaut:

Slate magazine is just one of the countless media outlets convulsing with St. Vitus’ Dance over that demonic succubus Sarah Palin. In its reader forum, The Fray, one supposed Palinophobe took dead aim at the former Alaska governor’s writing chops, excerpting the following sentence from her book:

“The apartment was small, with slanting floors and irregular heat and a buzzer downstairs that didn’t work, so that visitors had to call ahead from a pay phone at the corner gas station, where a black Doberman the size of a wolf paced through the night in vigilant patrol, its jaws clamped around an empty beer bottle.”

Other readers pounced like wolf-sized Dobermans on an intruder. One guffawed, “That sentence by Sarah Palin could be entered into the annual Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest. It could have a chance at winning a (sic) honorable mention, at any rate.”

But soon, the original contributor confessed: “I probably should have mentioned that the sentence quoted above was not written by Sarah Palin. It’s taken from the first paragraph of ‘Dreams From My Father,’ written by Barack Obama.”

The ruse should have been allowed to fester longer, but the point was made nonetheless: Some people hate Palin first and ask questions later.

It isn’t until after the snip above that the forum’s commenters begin to defend the prose. However, several of them completely missed the reveal and continued to rail on the excerpt. The original poster commented on the next page:

The sentence really is from the first paragraph of President Obama’s book. When I posted it, I thought someone would quickly note that fact.

It’s funny how things haven’t changed that much for Obama. He still lives in an old building, and if you want to visit him, you still have to call ahead.

Yes, but the Doberman has morphed into a Portuguese Water Dog, and he has his own assistant to carry his beer bottle now.


Note: For those who don’t get the title reference: Back in the early ’90s, Spy Magazine did an expose in which members of Congress were asked what they thought about the ethnic cleansing happening in Freedonia. Since Freedonia is a fictional country from the Marx Brothers’ movie, Duck Soup, and since members of Congress seem congenitally unable to say “I don’t know about that,” you can just imagine the responses that were given.

Drill Sarah Palin?

October 18, 2009

Admit it. If the New York Times had published this photo on its front page, conservatives would be howling. And rightly so.

palin NRO

So where’s the outrage?

Some NRO editor definitely fell down on the job, and if I were Sarah Palin, I wouldn’t be to pleased with this front page embarrassment, which makes a cheap joke of the thoughtful article she wrote.

Let’s just hope it wasn’t a Freudian slip…


Levi Johnston’s “McClellan Moment”

July 16, 2009

Levi Johnston and son. Photo credit GQ magazine

Levi Johnston and son.

Well, it had to happen. As painful as it is, it had to happen. Levi (MIA father of Sarah Palin’s grandchild) had to have his 15 minutes of fame… Ouch. And, now he’s talking about why Sarah Palin stepped down. (According to Levi, the soon-to-be ex-Governor of Alaska was looking for money, and her personality seemed to change.)

So where does it all end? There’s Kato Kaelin, Anna Nichole Smith, and Paris Hilton… People who never really brought anything to the table, and simply glommed on to someone famous or to the very glitz of fame itself. When do we as a society stop leering at news’ “Special Reports” of live high-speed car chases, fawning over whacko baby danglers, and cheating sports stars? In other words, when do we bottom out? Will it finally be when we have a TV show based on “Dirty Jobs” which feature such enlightening episodes as “Roadkill Cleaners & Chinatown Garbage Collector” on the Discovery Channel? Apparently not. Maybe it will be a “reality show” centered around a VD clinic?

This is just flat-out crazy, and Levi Johnston is simply one more example of the media’s willingness to pimp to our hedonistic society virtually any titillation that would stiffen their ratings and stroke our Id. Witness the picture above.

Back in 2008, Scott McClellan wrote the “tell all” book “What Happened“, a petty tome that bashed the Bush White House. In it and the resulting media storm he betrayed both trust and the truth for speculation and sales. In my opinion, he was and is a tawdry little man who was over his head. Levi Johnston should take note of McClellan’s solipsism before he too is thrown on the seamy scrap heap of cultural and political wannabees.

Alan Speakman

Another One to Watch

July 14, 2009

Looks like politics runs in the Cheney family: Liz Cheney hasn’t ruled out a possible Congressional run. And she surely has the intelligence, the presence, and the grasp of situational politics to be successful:

Although, perhaps she’d be better behind the scenes, playing the Karl Rove role to Sarah Palin’s George W. Bush… Très formidable!

H/T: HotAir