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Tough but Fair

By on 12.28.05 | 10:27AM

The Chicago Tribune editorial page takes an honest stab at re-assessing the Bush administration's prewar arguments for invading Iraq. One could quibble with their conclusions here and there, but they do a very good job of disaggregating the issues. Well worth a read.

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Re: Left Wing Christmas Cheer

By on 12.28.05 | 10:09AM

You know, I'm trying to sing that, but having a lot of trouble (more than usual). It doesn't really go with Jingle Bells at all. I know this is just nitpicking, but this must have been hammered out in a hurry. Next thing we know, NOW will have a bake sale.

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Left Wing Christmas Cheer

By on 12.28.05 | 10:05AM

This is what passes for the Christmas, er, holiday spirit from liberal activists. No "peace on earth and good will to men" here. Rather, National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy has rewritten some Christmas Carols with a sophistication and maturity that reminds me of elementary school bus diddies (you know, "Jingle Bells, Batman smells..."):

(to the tune of "Jingle Bells")

Dashing through the snow
On our way to Capitol Hill
NOW rounds we will show,
And we won't stop until

We save the Su-preme Court
'Cause it protects our rights
We'll protest any nominee
Who won't support our fights.

Oh! Not the church, not the state,
We'll decide our fate
Oh what fun it is to plan
For the 2006 debates

(Now, Dick Cheney only!)

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Patriot Facts

By on 12.28.05 | 9:38AM

So the UMass student and the media members (Molly Ivins, the Drudge Retort, NewsMax) who claimed that a book on a domestic security "watch list" had triggered intimidation of the student turned out to be lying.

The hysteria over this story was absurd, and the story itself was so absurd as to have been unbelievable on its initial presentation. Yet everyone bought into it. Why? The Prowler personally blames those folks who are on the payroll of the ACLU and those feed into the pathology of the MoveOn.org types. The years of lies and misrepresentation are clearly paying off. Why the Attorney General specifically and the Administration in general don't focus on ensuring Americans understand the laws that are protecting them is beyond us.

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Sidney Reilly, Please Call Your Office

By on 12.28.05 | 8:54AM

According to an Agence France Press report yesterday, five Pakistani immigrants living in Greece have filed legal charges of abduction and torture against Greek and British intelligence agents whom they allege kidnapped and interrogated them after the July bombings in London. We are shocked, shocked to find intelligence gathering going on in Europe. Surely the EUnuchs' human rights court won't permit this sort of thing to continue. It might actually prevent future attacks.

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Defending Al Sharpton

By on 12.27.05 | 2:10PM

Glenn Reynolds links to liberal blogger Ed Cone slagging the Reverend Freddy's Fashion Mart for endorsing LoanMax, an outfit that provides high-interest loans to high-risk borrowers. What would Cone prefer? That poor people just not be allowed to borrow money? Or that banks be required to float risky loans (which would, of course, just raise interest rates for everyone)? See Mike Lynch in the April 2002 Reason for a fuller discussion of the misguided attack on those who provide financial services to the poor (Lynch focuses on the check cashing industry, but his argument applies here, too).

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FISA Interference?

By on 12.27.05 | 10:31AM

Saturday's Seattle Post Intelligencer -- not known as part of the vast right wing media conspiracy -- reported that the FISA court -- supposedly the speedy authorizer of intelligence surveillance warrants -- was holding up and ordering "substantive modifications" to search warrant requests.

Interestingly, the report says that in the first 20 of the court's 21 annual reports, none of the requested warrants were turned down or even modified. But since 2001, at least six warrants were turned down and 173 subjected to substantive modification. So much for the speed this court issues warrants. Now the Bush administration is offering to brief the court on the warrentless NSA searches. Why now? Here's the money quote:

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About Our Holiday Schedule + Enemy of the Year

By on 12.26.05 | 10:20PM

We'll be back with a daily lineup on Wednesday, December 28, leading up to a farewell of sorts to 2005 on Friday. Meanwhile, nominations are being accepted for Enemy of the Year. Send yours to editor@spectator.org. Everyone is eligible, if you catch our drift.

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