Archive for January 10th, 2009

January 10, 2009

Buy ‘Guilty’ TODAY!

A friend informs me that today (Saturday) is the last day of the week in determining bestsellers, so if you want to make sure that Ann Coulter’s Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and Their Assault on America debuts on the charts at No. 1, buy it today.

January 10, 2009

From YouTube to Broadway

Argentinian actress Josefina Scaglione, now portraying Maria in the Broadway revival of West Side Story (playing through Jan. 17 at the National Theater in DC), was discovered when the director was “mesmerized” after seeing her on YouTube.com.

Well, she certainly looks mesmerizing. And they say she can sing, too.

UPDATE: Oh, yeah — the video:

January 10, 2009

Anybody want to buy a ‘decider’?

Ace of Spades has never forgiven Seattle Post-Intelligencer managing editor David McCumber for one of the more arrogant quotes of 2007:

“I understand that people have a hard time with the concept that we get to decide what is news and what isn’t, and what is fair and what isn’t.”

Which was McCumber’s defense of this:

The FBI is asking the public for help in identifying two men who were seen behaving unusually aboard several Washington state ferries.
About four weeks ago, the FBI fielded several reports from passengers and ferry workers about the men, who seemed “overly interested in the workings and layouts of the ferries,” Special Agent Robbie Burroughs said Monday.
The FBI also publicized photos of the men, which were taken by a ferry employee, Burroughs said.
The Seattle P-I is not publishing the photos because neither man is considered a suspect nor has either been charged with a crime.

Hey, fuckstick: On Sept. 10, 2001, Mohammed Atta was not “considered a suspect” and hadn’t “been charged with a crime,” either. If the FBI had issued a BOLO on Atta the day before 9/11, are you saying you wouldn’t have run Atta’s picture?

The FBI is not the Gestapo. As the name of the bureau implies, their job is investigation. Just because they wanted to question two guys doesn’t mean the guys were pre-booked for one-way tickets to Gitmo.

An editor is, of course, free to decide what he does or does not publish. But to decide that being “fair” to two people wanted for questioning by the FBI trumps the potential threat to the lives and safety of your own readers — dude, what were you thinking? And then to lecture your readers to the effect that they are too stupid to understand journalism — sorry, you lost me around one of the hairpin curves of that fine specimen of pretzel-logic.

Well, good-bye, Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

The newspaper’s staff was called into a closed meeting today by Publisher Roger Oglesby. Present at the meeting was Hearst Newspaper President Steve Swartz, who told the newsroom that Hearst Corp. is starting a 60-day process to find a buyer.
If a buyer is not found, Swartz said, possible options include creating an all-digital operation with a greatly reduced staff, or closing its operations entirely.
In no case will Hearst continue to publish the P-I in printed form, Swartz said.

Welcome to the free market, David McCumber, where the consumer is the ultimate decider. And maybe those consumers figured they had better things to do than to spend money on a newspaper whose managing editor didn’t think himself obligated to protect them from a potential terrorism threat.

January 10, 2009

Glenn Greenwald’s convenient memory

Talking about Bill Moyers:

Moyers worked in Lyndon Johnson’s White House when Johnson escalated the Vietnam War, and was Johnson’s Press Secretary for much of that time (from 1965-1967). His views of bombing campaigns of civilian populations are undoubtedly shaped by that experience.

Funny you should mention “bombing,” Glenn. Moyers was the slimy hatchetman who made the Vietnam disaster possible, with the infamous “Daisy” ad. Documents from the Johnson archives clearly establish Moyers’ responsibility for one of the most dishonest libels in the history of American politics, and Moyers pronounced the ad “wonderful.”

Remember the context: The Johnson campaign of 1964, in which Moyers played a key role, smeared Goldwater as a reckless warmonger and portrayed LBJ as a man of peace, even as Johnson was planning the “escalation” in Vietnam.

Moyers lied, 58,000 died.

UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers. Also linked by Frog March at LGF. Thanks.

UPDATE II: An anonymous commenter attempts some revisionism on behalf of Moyers. You forget that I’ve lived in the DC area for years, and have heard hours and hours of C-SPAN Radio’s broadcasts of the LBJ White House tapes, which make abundantly clear what kind of ass-kissing toady Moyers was.

It is worthwhile to contrast Moyers’ conduct with with that of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who quit the White House in 1965 rather than continue working for Johnson, whereas Moyers stayed until 1967. It is not as if LBJ were a historical cipher. He was an arrogant bully, domineering and manipulative, and Moyers was “his boy.” Moynihan refused to be LBJ’s boy.

Moyers (like certain members of more recent administrations) has labored diligently to depict his own White House as all honor and glory. If, four decades from now, Michael Gerson is widely celebrated as an eminence grise of journalism, perhaps Bill Moyers will be owed an apology. But not before.

January 10, 2009

Angelina Jolie dissed

Sweet!

Anne Hathaway couldn’t hold back the rambling and tears as she received the dual honor of Best Actress (along with “Doubt” actress Meryl Streep) for her performance in “Rachel Getting Married” at Thursday night’s VH1 Critics Choice Awards. But one lady who looked less-than-impressed was fellow nominee Angelina Jolie.
As Hathaway gushed about how thrilling it was to win something with her “idol” Streep, the cameras caught Jolie (twice) with such a severe scowl it caused quite the gasp backstage.
Let’s put it this way: if looks could kill, Hathaway would definitely be dead.

Along with Natalie Portman and Christina Hendricks, Anne Hathaway is sort of a mascot hereabouts. I never much cared for Angelina Jolie.

January 10, 2009

‘You’ve been a great partner’

One of the world’s most famous gay marriages has finally broken up.

January 10, 2009

Smoothville Express

When Bill Richardson pulled out, MK Ham quipped, “The Obama transition train just keeps on chugging down the tracks to Smoothville, huh?” And the Smoothville Express just keeps on a-chugging:

Eric H. Holder Jr. is facing increasing resistance to his bid to become the next attorney general, emerging from President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet nominees as the prime target of Senate Republicans, both because of troubling episodes during his service in the Clinton administration and because of the sensitivity of the post overseeing the Justice Department. . . .
Specter previewed the main line of attack in a floor speech this week, asserting that, in Holder’s years as President Bill Clinton’s deputy attorney general, he at times “appeared to be serving the interest of his superiors” rather than heeding recommendations from career Justice Department lawyers. The argument echoed criticism that former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales, who resigned in 2007, had acted to please his friend President Bush rather than to uphold the principles of justice.

(H/T: Hot Air.) I don’t know who’s calling the plays in the Senate GOP huddle, but having Specter take the ball on this one is very smart. Specter can’t be credibly accused of being a right-wing ideologue or a partisan hit man. Now, if the Republicans on the Foreign Relations Committee can find somebody willing to be point-man on Hillary’s nomination as Secretary of State, we might be in for a few weeks of real fun.

Chug, chug, chug . . .

January 10, 2009

Paris Hilton ‘hard to get’?

So she says:

“I’ve only ever done it with a couple of people. People make up stories, but mostly I just kiss,” Hilton recently told Glamour Magazine. “I think it’s important to play hard to get. Nobody wants the fake Prada bag — they want the brand new bag that no one can get and is the most expensive. If you give it up to a guy he won’t respect you. He’ll want you much more if he can’t have you.”
So even though the 28-year-old has been romantically linked to anyone and everyone from Benji Madden to Brandon Davis to Nick Carter to Leonardo DiCaprio to Jared Leto to Stavros Niarchos to Rick Salomon, we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. Back in 2006 Hilton pretty much said the same thing to British GQ magazine, claiming that she had only ever slept with two men in her whole life and even made a one-year chastity pledge.

See? And who says abstinence education doesn’t work!

January 10, 2009

Vote for Insty & Ace

Instapundit for Best Major Blog
Ace of Spades for Best Conservative Blog

I know what you’re thinking: “OK, I understand campaigning for Insty, because he’s the only conservative blog in the running for Best Major Blog. But . . . why Ace? Don’t you risk angering Michelle Malkin, who’s nominated in the same category as Ace? And isn’t angering Malkin like, blogdeath or something?”

Well, it’s not like Michelle is really campaigning much for the award, and why should she? She’s a published author, a syndicated columnist and has all those big wads of cash from Fox. Whereas Ace . . . all he’s got is us morons.

(Honest, Michelle, if you really want that award, just say so, and I’ll dump Ace in a heartbeat.)

UPDATE: Linked by Howie the Jawa. Thanks.

January 10, 2009

Rx for ‘demographic disaster’

Suicide by contraception:

Eighty five year old Carl Djerassi the Austrian chemist who helped invent the contraceptive pill now says that his co-creation has led to a “demographic catastrophe.”
In an article published by the Vatican this week, the head of the world’s Catholic doctors broadened the attack on the pill, claiming it had also brought “devastating ecological effects” by releasing into the environment “tonnes of hormones” that had impaired male fertility, The Taiwan Times says.
The assault began with a personal commentary in the Austrian newspaper Der Standard by Carl Djerassi. The Austrian chemist was one of three whose formulation of the synthetic progestogen Norethisterone marked a key step toward the earliest oral contraceptive pill.
Djerassi outlined the “horror scenario” that occurred because of the population imbalance, for which his invention was partly to blame. He said that in most of Europe there was now “no connection at all between sexuality and reproduction.” He said: “This divide in Catholic Austria, a country which has on average 1.4 children per family, is now complete.” . . .
Young Austrians, he said, were committing national suicide if they failed to procreate. . . .
The head of Austria’s Catholics, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, told an interviewer that the Vatican had forecast 40 years ago that the pill would lead to a dramatic fall in the birth rate in the west.
“Somebody above suspicion like Carl Djerassi … is saying that each family has to produce three children to maintain population levels, but we’re far away from that,” he said.

And the United States might be following Europe into the demographic ash-heap of history, were it not for teenage motherhood.