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


Palin’s Hope – I’m a Recovering Politician

July 7, 2009

sarah-palin1No doubt that Sarah Palin’s resignation was a shock to most, and all the pundits want to spin it every which way. Some say that it was the financial burden to her family and state  that did her in. Maybe it was a more “family issue.” And maybe she was simply tired of the same old politics. Many (if not most) shout that for whatever reason she bailed, the fact that she did bail will haunt her. And that’s probably true. But maybe, just maybe, there is the stuff of wild success here. Consider:

Palin spoke of her disgust with the same old politics (the complete transcript is here). Well, how about this: Imagine if Gov. Palin went before the cameras and simply said, “I’m Sarah Palin and I am a recovering politician“? I mean, what if she dumps the whole system and walks away from the GOP? Not just the GOP, but the whole shebang. After all, the independent vote is now roughly on equal footing with the Donkeys and the Elephants.

Suppose… just suppose she basically says, “Up Yours!” to the entire political machine that is DC today? And that would be an “Up Yours!” to friend and foe in Congress… A hearty “Up Yours!” to lawyers, lobbyists, unions, media, industry… “Up Yours!” to all of it – cold turkey! Imagine for a moment if Sarah Louise Palin stood in front of the cameras, the country, and the world and announced that her higher calling was to be VEEP in 2012, or POTUS in 2016, and she’d run the entire campaign herself via a blog, a forum, and social networking. What would the world do if Ms. Palin went home, studied the snot out of history, global politics, economics, and declared herself a recovering politician?

I don’t know, and I’m pretty sure it won’t happen with Palin. But it will down the road. Somewhere out there is an honest-to-God unselfish soul who will, without influence peddling, agenda, or political correctness, make the brutally hard calls when it comes to labor, housing, the economy, defense, education, energy, health care… An “untouchable” or perhaps even a recovering politician. This has to happen sooner or later if this Republic hopes not to perish from this earth.

Alan Speakman

The Deeper Significance of Sarah Palin’s Beat-Down Of David Letterman

June 18, 2009


Like most, I was appalled by the now infamous non-joke made by Late Show host David Letterman regarding the daughter(s) of Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.  And also like most, I just wanted Dave to go away. The last thing I wanted to see was the press covering it endlessly for two reasons:

  • This may have been a calculated “No such thing as bad publicity” attempt to trump NBC’s re-vamped “Tonight Show” with Conan O’brien who, after a solid start, is slipping badly. Why give Letterman free promotion?
  • There are two hot spots in the world (The Middle East and North Korea) that deserve to have the spotlight on them because they pose a far greater threat to us.

As last week  unfolded, Letterman acted as most of us expected: Defensive, refusing to give a full-on (and richly deserved) apology. Instead, he posed himself as victim. We just weren’t getting the joke, he told us. That was the problem. Not him.

Millions lapped it up. After all, this was “just Sara Palin, right?”


But something no-so-funny happened on the way to Letterman’s victory party: Governor Palin defined perfectly the conservative approach to problem-solving.  And much of the public, greatly to Letterman’s surprise, was, on her side.

As Letterman learned this week, Sarah Palin is no joke. She’s no pushover and she’s not stupid. The stupid one was the loudmouth who thought his joke was funny and (initially) worth defending by pulling the liberal trick of claiming we all just misunderstood.

And therein lies the deeper significance of Sara Palin’s “beat-down” of David Letterman:

HORSESASS 2Palin stood  up, not just for her daughters, but also for what is simply right and decent.And she did so in an intelligent, direct manner. She didn’t take it personally, but responded to it globally by pointing out that this was inappropriate for anyone’s daughter to face this kind of treatment from a 62 year-old man.

The target of her legitimate anger knew he was being dressed down in no uncertain terms, as he deserved to be. There was no worry about political correctness here. Palin stayed on point. In doing so, she exposed Letterman for what he truly is. But beyond that, she showed she has the character of a leader. One who stands up and defends what’s right. Her words resounded with a truth and wisdom that was straight to the point:

“Concerning Letterman’s comments about my young daughter (and I doubt he’d ever dare make such comments about anyone else’s daughter): ‘Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands — that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone’s daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.’”

This is the kind of comment a true leader makes. It would have sounded perfectly normal coming out of Ronald Reagan’s mouth. Palin showed us she, like Reagan, is not the kind of person  to travel around the world apologizing for what’s right with America. In short, she has what Barack Obama doesn’t have: my confidence in her leadership to defend the Constitution of the United States, not to apologize for it.

There are those in the public who still want their pound of flesh, however, and are still planning to protest Letterman’s show.  As for me, I’m like the policeman at the scene of an of an accident: “Move along, folks… there’s nothing more to see here…”

Gerry Ashley

Deathmatch: Palin vs. Judd

February 6, 2009


In recent news, moderately-talented actress Ashley Judd has joined forces with the Washington lobbyist group Defenders of Wildlife, in order to “expose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s renewed anti-conservation agenda.” Judd goes on to say

“I am outraged by Sarah Palin’s promotion of this cruel, unscientific and senseless practice [aerial hunting of wolves] which has no place in modern America.  Because she is apparently determined to continue and expand this horrific program, I am grateful that Defenders will aggressively fight to stop her. I am proud to be a part of that effort.” [I’m not going to link to the site, you can find it easily enough just by searching.]

She reads her script well, but if she actually did even a modicum of research, she might discover that Governor Palin is simply carrying out the requirements of the Alaska state constitution, which among other things, requires that Alaska’s resources, including its fish and wildlife, be managed for the maximum benefit of Alaskans.”

Imagine that! A state constitution which requires that the state’s resources be managed for the benefit of its citizens!

And why, you ask, does this mean that poor wolves have to be senselessly and cruelly slaughtered, apparently by the thousand, or million, or gazillion, or whatever mind-boggling number Miss Activist/Actress is imagining?

Well, to explain all this, it will take at least three more paragraphs and I’ll have to use multi-syllabic big words.

wolvesIt’s because A) Alaska is a gazillion square miles of territorry and it’s at least two gazillion miles away from the rest of the United States, and B) Alaskans are pretty much the original eco-friendly live-off-the-land greenie types who actually practice what Hollywood preaches. Many, if not most, Alaskans hunt moose, caribou and other game for subsistence, thereby avoiding such eco-hazards as having to ship large quantities of  food from gazillions of miles away, using transportation and gas and oil and all those other pollutants, not to mention the killing, processing, packaging, and all those other nasty non-green/non-vegan things that have to be done to meat and stuff to make it safe to eat. Plus, for Alaskans, getting stuff up there is expensive!

This means that many Alakans hunt and kill moose and caribou to eat. Wolves also do this. Gov. Palin believes (and the Alaska constitution suggests) that it’s better for the citizens to be able to eat moose and caribou than for some of the wolves to do so.

alaska-mapGovernor Palin also believes that it’s better for Alaska’s ecological balance, if there were fewer wolves and more moose and caribou so that the Alaskan people AND the rest of the wolves have enough moose and caribou to eat. The governor also believes that it is far kinder to quickly dispatch with bullets the few wolves killed rather than have them trying to gnaw off their own legs in traps, or to be posioned (and subsequently to poison other scavenger animals), which is also how the wolf (and other predator) populations can be regulated. And being mindful of the delicate balance of her state’s extraordinary range of eco-systems, predator control is currently only practiced on 9% of Alaska’s total land mass (areas shown in red on map). No mass wolf slaughter here.

Miss Judd, you are either a simpleton or you are willfully blind, ignoring any ideas that don’t fit in with your agenda. If I were you, I’d give Gov. Palin a quick call and ask her to explain the state’s wildlife policies to you. I bet she’d be glad to do it. And you might make a new friend.