Saturday, February 19, 2005

Bits and Pieces

Probably the most significant issue raised by the JimJeff Gannon affair is the lack of coverage in the main stream media. There is no doubt in my mind that if this had happened in the Clinton White House, we would already have Ken Starr sniffing at various behinds. Why has our press decided not to do its job?

An equally baffling lapse in the media is condemnation of Michelle Malkin for racism. She is the author of "In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror." Today is the annual Day of Remembrance which points to the treatment of the Japanese in America during WWII (poignantly described in "Snow Falling on Cedars.") Liberal Avenger points us to this excellent article in the LA Times showing how racism never dies.

The Conservative Political Action Conference is in full swing. This Nuremberg Rally is reviewed in Salon. In the presence of, among others, the Vice President of the United States, a speaker made the following, unchallenged statement:
"We continue to discover biological and chemical weapons and facilities to make them inside Iraq."
If you don't think this is scary, then scary doesn't mean anything to you. "Other attendees included: the Swift Boat Veterans, venomous CPAC regulars like Ann Coulter, Oliver North and Michelle "In Defense of Internment" Malkin."

Billmon is back on the air and as acerbic as ever. He's either the brightest guy around or he has an infinitude of time. His posts are a series of quotes, all pithy and, at least to my feeble intellect, devastating. I particularly liked his parsing of George Orwell's 1984 a la 2005

Finally, I am baffled by the inability of Democrats in both Congress and the Maryland General Assembly to come to terms with the reality that is America. Maybe focusing on Social Security and slot machines has achieved the Republican's desired goal; distraction from the real issues.

I see so many people hunkering down for the long haul.

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