Saddam Lawyer Says Trial Mockery of Justice

Reuters — Saddam Lawyer Says Trial Mockery of Justice Saddam Hussein will not get a fair trial and his captors have already decided his fate, the deposed Iraqi president’s defense lawyer said Wednesday. “This is a mockery of justice. We are facing clear legal violations. … The allegations that this is going to be a […]

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Author reveals Potter title The sixth book of the Harry Potter series will be called Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the British author J.K. Rowling revealed yesterday on a website dedicated to her schoolboy wizard creation. Rowling showed visitors the title on her official website just as hoaxers tried to hoodwink fans into […]

Imperial Hubris Author ‘Anonymous’ No More

Boston Phoenix investigative reporter Jason Vest has uncovered the identity of “Anonymous,” author of the forthcoming Imperial Hubris. The secret history of Anonymous. EVER SINCE THE Guardian of London revealed almost two weeks ago that “Anonymous,” the author of the soon-to-be-published Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror (Brassey?s, Inc.), is […]

Further IRR Call-Up Expected

Reuters — Army Expects Further Involuntary Troop Call-Up Thousands more former soldiers could be ordered to Iraq and Afghanistan in addition to 5,600 reservists already set to be called back into active-duty service, the Army said on Wednesday. The Army is tapping into the Individual Ready Reserve, a rarely used pool now numbering 111,000 former […]

Senior al-Qaeda Leader Killed in Saudi Arabia

ITV — Senior al-Qaeda suspect killed in Saudi Arabia A top spiritual guide for al-Qaeda’s Saudi Arabian wing has been killed during a shoot-out. The dead militant, named as Abdullah al-Roshood, was on a list of 26 most-wanted suspects. Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said a policeman was also killed in the gun battle, the first […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

Fortunately, my commute merely has me briefly crossing Route 50, so I wasn’t delayed for an extra hour by bizarre police activity. The midweek linkfest: Dean Esmay explains how to get over like a fat rat. King of Fools likes the new $50s–and will take yours if you don’t. Kevin Aylward doesn’t think the elections […]

Web Amplifies Message of Primitive Executions

LA Times — Web Amplifies Message of Primitive Executions The first time she felt numb. The second time she cried. Lillian Glass, a Beverly Hills psychologist, was stunned at the barbarity of terrorists beheading their hostages, right there on her computer screen. Equally surprising was how easily she found the video online. “You can’t imagine […]

Dancing Doll Ridicules Saddam

Reuters — Hip-Swaying Dancing Doll Ridicules Saddam (via Memeorandum) Iraqis used to dance to his tune, but in Baghdad toy shops a chubby, gun-toting Saddam Hussein doll now wiggles his hips to the “Hippy Hippy Shake.” Toy stores around Baghdad are doing a quick trade in dancing Saddam dolls — foot-high battery-powered puppets of the […]

Court Orders ‘God’ Into Oath

AP — Court Orders ‘God’ Into Oath North Carolina’s Supreme Court ordered a judge Tuesday to restore references to God used when he enters the courtroom and when witnesses swear to tell the truth. The high court sided with angry officials from two counties who complained that District Judge James M. Honeycutt had taken it […]

Thomas and Scalia

Will Baude has a new piece in The New Republic (where he’s interning) entitled, Brothers in Law? He expands on a recent blog post, noting that Clarence Thomas is much more of a thinker than he’s given credit for. Given the widely held perception of Thomas as an unserious justice who leans on Scalia for […]

Drudge: VICE PRESIDENT HILLARY; SPECULATION INTENSIFIES IN WASHINGTON Official Washington and the entire press corps will be rocked when Hillary Rodham Clinton is picked as Kerry’s VP and a massive love fest will begin! So predicts a top Washington insider, who spoke to the DRUDGE REPORT on condition he not be named. “All the signs […]

Networks to Snub Conventions

The Hill — TV to Snub Conventions The major TV networks are planning to cut coverage at the political conventions, ignoring major speeches early in the week. The Republican and Democratic parties hope to nudge the networks into more live coverage, but broadcasters have concluded that there will be little news to report. “We know […]

Allawi: Saddam Connected to Al Qaeda

NBC News — Allawi: Saddam connected to al-Qaida On Tuesday, NBC’s Tom Brokaw spoke with new Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, who still believes that Saddam was connected to al-Qaida. *** Brokaw: I know that you and others like you are grateful for the liberation of Iraq. But can’t you understand why many Americans feel […]

Guantanimo Reorganization

Washington Times — Military Panel To Try Terror Suspects The Pentagon announced yesterday the creation of the first commission to try three suspected al Qaeda members held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the government also made plans to provide new legal rights to all detainees as a result of a Supreme Court decision. The commission […]

Jackass: The Documentary

Frank J: If marginally staged events filmed for entertainment value is what makes a documentary, then Jackass the Movie actually set those records. It debuted at number one with a gross of $22.8 million. It also had less erroneous assertions than a Michael Moore documentary. Heh. (Hat tip: Dean Esmay)

Abducted Marine Had Reportedly Deserted

NYT — Abducted Marine Had Reportedly Deserted [RSS] The American marine who is being threatened by his kidnappers with beheading had deserted the military because he was emotionally traumatized, and was abducted by his captors while trying to make his way home to his native Lebanon, a Marine officer said Tuesday. The officer, who spoke […]

Iraqis Gaining Confidence

Several positive signs as the newly sovereign Iraqi government gets into the swing of things. WaPo — Hussein To Face Charges in Iraq Court Iraq’s interim prime minister said Tuesday that his government would assume legal custody of former president Saddam Hussein and 11 of his top aides on Wednesday, the first step in a […]

Quote of the Day

“We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton, on the need to repeal the Bush tax cuts. It’s unclear who the “we” is, since she’s in the U.S. Senate, which will almost certainly be controlled by Republicans next year regardless of who sits in the […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

The Tuesday linkfest: Kevin Aylward celebrates one year of crap at Wizbang. Bill Hobbs displays Condi’s note to the Prez on soveriegnty. Steven Taylor is skeptical of Kerry’s plan to make more people graduate college. Spoons has a new genie. Jen is down to blogging about deodorant. Smash notes that Kerry isn’t Hitler, either. Ogged, […]

High Court Upholds Block of Web Porn Law

AP — High Court Upholds Block of Web Porn Law NYT — Justices Uphold Block of Web Porn Law but Send Case Back MSNBC — Justices block Internet porn law The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a law meant to punish pornographers who peddle dirty pictures to Web-surfing kids is probably an unconstitutional muzzle on […]

D.C. Blogger 3rd of July Celebration

As every schoolboy knows, the Declaration of Independence was actually signed on July 3, 1776, with only a few laggards delaying the final signature to July 4. To commemorate the actual 228th birthday of the U.S. (plus, it’s a Saturday and I’ll be at a barbecue* cookout on the 4th) I’ve semi-organized a get-together of […]

Iraq: Al Qaeda’s Graveyard?

StrategyPage: Iraqi terrorists released a video showing them killing a captive American soldier by shooting him in the head. The terrorists have learned that the beheading routine is counterproductive and even offends many of their own supporters. The terrorists are probably also debating their suicide bombing campaign, which has killed over a hundred Iraqis in […]

Words Mean Things: Insurgency

Roger L. Simon is irritated: I think the use of the term “insurgents” by the media inaccurate and propagandistic in its essence. As far as I know… and correct me if I’m wrong… there has not been one single of these people being anything but fascists, either of the Baathist or Islamist variety. Calling them […]

Chirac Tells Bush to Mind his Own Business

Telegraph — Chirac tells Bush to keep his nose out President Jacques Chirac shattered the carefully contrived show of transatlantic amity at the Nato summit yesterday when he made an unprecedented attack on President George W Bush for meddling in the European Union’s business by supporting Turkey’s membership. Mr Chirac is known for his sharp […]

William F. Buckley, Jr. Retires

NYT — National Review Founder Says It’s Time to Leave Stage [RSS] n 1954, when Ronald Reagan was still a registered Democrat and host of “General Electric Theater,” the 28-year-old William Frank Buckley Jr. decided to start a magazine as a standard-bearer for the fledgling conservative movement. In the 50-year ascent of the American right […]

Bush’s Job Rating Falls to Its Lowest Point — But Up Against Kerry

NYT — Bush’s Rating Falls to Its Lowest Point, New Survey Finds [RSS] President Bush’s job approval rating has fallen to the lowest level of his presidency, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. The poll found Americans stiffening their opposition to the Iraq war, worried that the invasion could invite domestic terrorist […]

SPC Keith M. Maupin Murdered

UPDATE (31 March 2008): Keith Maupin’s Remains Identified AP — Report: Iraqi Militants Kill U.S. Soldier NYT — Tape Shows What Militants Say Is Execution of U.S. Army Soldier Iraqi militants killed an American soldier they have held hostage for nearly three months, saying the killing was because the U.S. government did not change its […]

Natural Law Party Dissolved: Permanent Meditation

Ron Gunzburger reports, The Natural Law Party — the political party founded in 1992 by followers of purported cult leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — has been dissolved. Party co-founder and nuclear physicist John Hagelin was the NLP Presidential nominee in 1992, 1996 and 2000 — peaking in support in 1996 with ballot status in an […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

The Monday linkfest: Cam Edwards is looking for bloggers to be guests on his radio show. Barry Ritholtz is going to be on CNBC’s Kudlow and Cramer tonight. Steven Taylor is going to be on CBS tonight, talking about the elections. Will Baude notes that today’s opinions should put to rest the “Clarence Thomas is […]

Strong Explosions Rock Central Baghdad

AP — Strong Explosions Rock Central Baghdad At least four strong explosions shook the heart of the Iraqi capital early Tuesday, hours after the U.S.-run coalition transferred sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government. Three strong blasts reverberated through the city about 12:35 a.m. The cause of the blasts was unknown but it appeared the explosions […]

OTB Gets Results

Mere hours after my taunting of the Democratic National Committee, My guess is that Teddy Kennedy, Maxine Waters, and Barney Frank will be in limited visibility at the Democratic National Convention as well. Or, in more parallel fashion, Robert Byrd, Nancy Pelosi, and Janet Reno. they have taken me up on my challenge: AP — […]

DC Bans Cell Phones . . . and Other Stuff

As noted here in January, the DC city council banned the use of a hand-held cellular telelphone while driving. Enforcement begins July 1st–this Thursday. Reader DeltaDave e-mailed me a memo that has been circulated about some less-publicized aspect of the ban. Sure enough, the original Washington Times story head it buried several paragraphs down: [Carol […]

The New Jihad

Michael Ware, writing in TIME, argues that the Iraq War has created “A New Jihad.” The insurgents have no intention of laying down their arms. Indeed, the nature of the insurgency in Iraq is fundamentally changing. Time reported last fall that the insurgency was being led by members of the former Baathist regime, who were […]

The Illogic of Michael Moore

Richard Just takes on a central tenet of Michael Moore’s ‘Farenheit 9-11’ in a subscriber-only piece in The New Republic.* A mainstream liberal consensus on Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 has emerged quickly. It goes something like this: Moore’s a nutty conspiracy theorist, and parts of the movie–in which he suggests, among other things, that we […]

U.S. Alone in Sudan

Rich Lowry, guesting at the Manchester (NH) Union Leader, argues that the “World has ignored U.S. effort to save Sudan from genocide .” THAT OLD well-meaning cliche “never again” might be due for retirement. It is what we tell ourselves after every massive slaughter, whether it’s the Holocaust or Cambodia or Bosnia or Rwanda. Now, […]

The Face of the G.O.P.

Andrew Sullivan: Isn’t it telling that the Bush administration wants McCain, Arnold and Giuliani as prime-timers for the convention? They’re the three Republicans least in sync with the Bush administration. McCain is as close to a dissident as you can find. And Arnold keeps Bush at arm’s length. A more representative selection would be: Santorum, […]

Supremes Limit Enemy Combatant Detention

CNN (AP)– A mixed verdict on the terror war The Supreme Court delivered a mixed verdict Monday on the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism policies, ruling that the U.S. government has the power to hold American citizens and foreign nationals without charges or trial, but that detainees can challenge their treatment in U.S. courts. The administration had […]

Stairstep Economics

James Lileks engages a doorbell pusher for Kerry in dialogue. Confusion ensues. The other day a young girl came to the door to solicit my support for her presidential candidate. I asked her why I should vote for this man. She was very nice and earnest, but if you got her off the talking points […]

Niger Uranium, Take Two — Two Takes

Bizarre: Two Financial Times articles with the same byline, on the same subject, and with the same timestamps are rather different. Mark Huband — Intelligence backs claim Iraq tried to buy uranium Illicit sales of uranium from Niger were being negotiated with five states including Iraq at least three years before the US-led invasion, senior […]

Kerry’s Divorce Documents

Drudge Report — CHASE ON FOR SEALED KERRY DIVORCE DOCUMENTS After last week’s front page headlines over ugly unsealed divorce records in the Republican Illinois senate race, media outlets now face a dilemma: What to do about Democrat presidential hopeful John Kerry’s sealed divorce records! The race is on in political and media circles to […]

Early Sovereignty Handover

AP — U.S. Transfers Sovereignty to Iraqi Govt. The U.S.-led coalition transferred sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government two days early Monday in a surprise move that apparently caught insurgents off guard, averting a feared campaign of attacks to sabotage the highly symbolic step toward self-rule. Legal documents transferring sovereignty were handed over by U.S. […]

Video: Marine Taken Hostage, Threatened with Beheading

NYT — Iraq Group Issues Threat To Behead A Missing Marine [RSS] A militant Iraqi group threatened Sunday night to behead an American marine it said it had abducted from a military base unless the United States released all Iraqi prisoners, according to a video broadcast on the Qatar-based television network Al Jazeera. The video […]

Military Denies Reports of Zarqawi Capture

Reuters — U.S. Military Checking Reports of Zarqawi Capture The U.S. military said on Monday it was checking unconfirmed reports that al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been captured in Iraq. The Jordanian-born Zarqawi, who Washington says is its number one enemy in Iraq, is accused of masterminding a string of suicide bombings and […]

Waging War On Wal-Mart

George Will‘s piece in the current Newsweek, “Waging War On Wal-Mart” argues that Zoning and other laws used to block Wal-Marts from opening are, in effect, tariffs serving domestic protectionism. Talk about protecting “a sense of community” often is avarice masquerading as altruism. It is rent-seeking—the use of government to confer economic advantages—tarted up as […]

Gerrymandering Civility

Former Senator and RNC Chairman Bill Brock argues that gerrymandered districts in the U.S. House have led to a dramatic decline in civility: Let’s assume that 60 or 70 percent of the voters in any district are adherents of one political party. Candidates in that district have to be concerned with winning only the primary; […]

Clinton Book PowerPoint

Daniel Radosh has created My Life, by Bill Clinton: The PowerPoint version. Nine hundred and fifty-seven pages? Nine hundred and fifty-seven pages!? To hell with that. Indeed.

Report: Mustard Gas Used in Baghdad

WorldNetDaily — 1st chemical attack by terrorists in Iraq: Sources report mustard gas inside Baghdad’s Green Zone A day after the head of the CIA weapons inspection team warned that terrorists in Iraq are trying to get their hands on the Saddam Hussein regime’s chemical weapons of mass destruction, Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin reports the […]

F.B.I. Computer System Delayed

NYT — F.B.I. Sees Delay in New Network to Oversee Cases [RSS] F.B.I. officials said yesterday that they would not be able to fully deploy a long-awaited computer system to manage the bureau’s case files before the end of the year as promised, and that they could not predict when the entire system would be […]

Al Qaeda Threatens to Behead Three Turkish Hostages

AP — Turkey says no bargaining with terrorists over Turkish hostages Turkey’s defense minister said Sunday that Turkey will not negotiate with Islamic militants in Iraq who are threatening to behead three Turkish hostages, reports said. Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul made his statement after a meeting with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ahead of a […]

Rancor over Iraq Over?

WaPo — Allies’ Rancor Over Iraq Is ‘Over,’ Bush Contends President Bush asserted Saturday that the bitterness over Iraq among European allies was “over” and that NATO has a responsibility to do more to help the fledgling government that will assume limited authority in Baghdad on Wednesday. “I think the bitter differences of the war […]

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