Saturday, February 21, 2004


Don't drink watch pornography and drive.


Jim Geraghty isn't too impressed with the post-implosion, awe-filled praise Dr. Dean is receiving from various pundits.


Another highly-qualified judge has been temporarily appointed thanks to President Bush:
WASHINGTON - Bypassing angry Senate Democrats, President Bush installed Alabama Attorney General William Pryor as a U.S. appeals court judge on Friday in his second "recess appointment" of a controversial nominee in five weeks.
One of the reasons that Judge Pryor is considered "controversial" is that Senator Schumer didn't like the fact that the nominee was Catholic.

Friday, February 20, 2004


Ralph Nader has indicated that he will run for President of the United States:
Ralph Nader , the consumer advocate who ran for president in 2000 as a Green Party candidate, will enter the 2004 race for the White House as an independent candidate, advisers told Fox News on Friday.

A formal announcement by Nader is expected this weekend.

"He's felt there is a role for an independent candidate to play," Linda Schade, a spokeswoman for Nader's presidential exploratory committee.
For those not familiar with the meaning of the term, "independent candidate" should be read as "radical left-wing greeny moonbeam candidate." We now know how Dr. Dean's supporters will vote in November.

Thursday, February 19, 2004


I don't believe for a minute that Mr. John F. Kerry, a multimillionaire thanks to his wife's moola, is a "man of the people." Apparently, neither does the Onion.


From the London Telegraph:
An Afghan boy whose 14-month detention by US authorities as a terrorist suspect in Cuba prompted an outcry from human rights campaigners said yesterday that he enjoyed his time in the camp.

Mohammed Ismail Agha, 15, who until last week was held at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, said that he was treated very well and particularly enjoyed learning to speak English. His words will disappoint critics of the US policy of detaining "illegal combatants" in south-east Cuba indefinitely and without trial.
The story goes on to say that Mr. Agha, during his detention, received:
  • School work
  • "Good" food with fruit and water
  • Water for prayer and ablutions
  • Books in his native Pashto language
It's currently a comfortable 82 degrees Fahrenheit under partly cloudy skies at Guantanamo Bay Naval Air Station.


An indictment on 42 counts of fraud has been handed down to Jeffrey Skilling, former CEO of Enron.

Monday, February 16, 2004


Ariel Cohen, writing for Tech Central Station, covers growing payola scandal surrounding the UN's "Oil for Food" program in Iraq:
The documents uncovered in Baghdad by the Iraqi Oil Ministry and published in Al Mada, an independent Iraqi newspaper, are a jackpot of embarrassing information. Their veracity is confirmed by Naseer al-Chaderji, a senior member of the Iraqi Governing Counsel (IGC), and by Claude Hankes-Drielsma, the UK Chairman of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and an advisor to the IGC.

The documents list dozens of organizations and individuals in over 50 countries who were instrumental in orchestrating pro-Saddam policies around the world, and point to a medley of allies, from the pro-Saddam British back-bencher MP George Gallaway to President Jaques Chirac's close friend Patrick Maugein, an oil trader, and to highly influential former French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua. The ex-minister has denied any connection to Iraq.

The list goes on to include Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, the Bulgarian Socialist Party, the highly influential Russian Orthodox Church, Yassir Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization and Jordanian Islamic radical leader Layth Shbeilat. Many of those fingered have denied the accusations. Others, like Mr. Maugein, have announced that they "did nothing wrong." In view of the internal corruption scandals in France involving Mr. Chirac and his ex-heir-designate former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, what else can they say?
Cohen makes the point that there are still thousands of documents to analyze. I wonder what else we'll find?