To know that Iranian Prez Ahmadinejad thinks the world's reaction to his denial of the Holocost was positive, according to an Iranian MP quoted in their official news service. In characterizing the reactions as positive, he probably wasn't thinking of the Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff remark that the Iranian nuke program positively can be destroyed. Though the Israeli probably lack the capacity to do that, I'm told it would be one long afternoon for four or five B-2s.
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I don't have anything against the Beach Boys, but I had to chuckle at the diverging tones in Gov.-Elect Tim Kaine's emails over the last few days.
Friday's email about inauguration press credentials made me envious that a Democrat would enjoy a Williamsburg inauguration:
Thank you for your interest in covering this unique and historic Inauguration. When Governor-elect Tim Kaine takes the oath of office on Saturday, January 14, 2006, he will become only the third
Fine, Kaine's no Henry or Jefferson, but to join that distinguished list is quite an honor for any governor.
Today's email brought that sentiment back to reality. Headlining the "Promise of Virginia" inaugural concert will be the Beach Boys. How underwhelming.
One great airline, Independence Air, is now shutting down for good on Thursday. For those of who you didn't fly it, you would miss it too. All the seats were a bright blue leather, comfortable, and fares were quite cheap (sometimes as low as 39 dollars one way).
My last flight included a flight attendant who opened with the following introduction speech:
"Hi, my name is Fritz and I along with Jen and Alex will be your flight attendants for this flight. But I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that you'll have to put up with us for about an hour. The good news is that I just saved a bundle on my car insurance by switching to Geico.
"... There is no smoking on this plane. Disabling the smoke detector in the bathroom is a federal offense. However, if you exit the plane anywhere between here and our destination, please feel free to smoke as much as you like.
It's not too late for a few '06 predictions, so here goes.
First, three reporters -- WaPo's Dana Priest and NYT's James Risen and Eric Lichtblau -- who reported the leaks of the CIA secret detention facilities and the NSA program authorized by President Bush, will each be either in jail or facing jail time for refusing to reveal their sources by year's end. These leaks have damaged national security in a major way and must be punished. The only way the leakers will be discovered is by compelling the reporters' testimony.
Second, David Cameron will last only until the next general election as Tory leader. He is a man eager to distance himself from Thatcher, to redistribute wealth, and to befog what little his party stands for. If he lasts longer than that, the Tories will render themselves irrelevant. Brit Conservatives need to go back to their dictionaries and study the meaning of "conservative."
With the new year, the Wall Street Journal is stepping into the blog world with a Law Blog, hosted by reporter Peter Lattman. Lattman writes yesterday that the blog will cover stories on business and law and the business of law. And more great news: the Journal's address for the blog, http://blogs.wsj.com/law/, suggests they have more blogs in mind.
Since it came out on Christmas Day, you probably missed this must-read report on the CIA's embarrassingly poor tradecraft that has them in trouble with the law in Italy over a 2003 rendition. No matter how low our expectations of The Agency's competence get, it seems they can always be a tad lower.
Porter Goss is trying to fix things, though. Best of luck to him on that.
(Hat-tip: INDC Journal.)
...The USSR ceased to exist. Dave Kopel looks back.
In other receeding-tyranny news, The arrival of the New Year means bars in South Carolina will finally be able to pour from full-size bottles. Thus ends perhaps the dumbest "temperence" law ever -- because bartenders treated the minibottles like shots even though they contain about a shot and a half each, the law's main effect was to make drinks much stronger.