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October 31st 2005

ANWR Drilling And Budget Cuts

The Senate is poised to go for oil drilling in ANWR as part of a new budget package Judd Gregg, Budget Committee Chair calls “the first deficit reduction pacage in almost a decade, and probably the most important legislation to be considered this year.” (source)

It proposes cuts of $6 billion this year … a drop in the bucket compared the the transportation spending bill’s excesses … and $39 billion over five years. If successful, that would be a 2% reduction in the budget, which shows just how powerless Congress is when it comes to fiscal management — the bill contains $30 billion in new spending.

We’re still not seeing the conservative fiscal leadership we expect out of a Republican Congress, but if we get ANWR, at least we’ll get something. Environmental groups are threatening, already telling Senators that they’ll consider a yes vote on the budget as a no vote in the environmental vote scorecards.

Let them pound the sand they hold so dear, I say. Today in Europe, there is not one remaining Green Party elected official, an indication of the waning strength of the environmental movement. The Dems talk endlessly about the need for energy independence so we can avoid future wars with Iraq.

To that I say, fine, let’s drill in ANWR than … and, did you know the war in Iraq is not about oil?

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October 31st 2005

Muslim Code-Writers

A fourth night of rioting by Muslims in Paris occurred last night … but again, you need to read between the lines to understand what’s going on. Here’s an analysis of Reuter’s use of code in its coverage, eschewing deliberate definitions:

The lead paragraph mentions a mosque, a very bold code word, but it just calls the event “a fourth night of rioting,” not “a fourth night of rioting by Muslims.”

The third paragraph uses the popular “immigrant” code word, which lets reporters feel much better about themselves than using something as inflammatory as “angry Islamic youth:”

Youths hurled rocks and set fire to cars in the northeastern Clichy-sous-Bois suburb of the French capital, where many immigrants and poor families live in high-rise housing estates notorious for youth violence.

The article also uses the “meetings with Muslims” code in two separate references. We’re not sure why politicos and police are meeting with Muslims, since the article never says Muslims are rioting, so unless you understand the code, you’re in the dark.

“Of African origin” is nice code for Muslims from northern Africa; it does not mean Christians from Congo or or Copts from Egypt. Here’s Reuter’s use of this code:

The violence began four days ago among residents of Clichy-sous-Bois over the deaths of two teenagers believed to be of African origin who were electrocuted while fleeing police.

Then there’s the “don’t mention anything but let them conclude what they will” code:

In June, an 11-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet in the northern area of La Courneuve. The eastern suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine made headlines in 2002 when a 17-year-old girl was set alight by an 18-year-old boy.

Shall we guess the ethnicity and religion of those involved?

See also:
Who’s Rioting In Paris? Who Knows?

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October 31st 2005

Charles As Lawrence Of Arabia?

Prince Charles hits DC this week, Camilla in hand, on a mission to confront Washington’s confrontational approach to Islam and, according to WashTimes, America’s “failure to appreciate what he regards as Islam’s strengths.”

Charles has a long history of fondess for Islam that apparently hasn’t been significantly dimished by Sept. 11, or the Madrid and London bombings. In 1994, he said that when he becomes king and with it, the head of the Church of England, he will become the “defender of faiths rather than the defender of the the faith.”

It’s a good thing, this dialog Chuck Windsor wants to start. There’s always room for a spirited discussion of all sides of an issue — especially if it will make Muslims turn more against terrorism, stop their support of CAIR, and reform their faith to dismiss jihad as a false teaching.

It will also be interesting to watch the media coverage. Will his defense of Islam even get mentioned when there’s juicy Camilla-watching to do?

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October 31st 2005

The Face Of A Killer

Take a look at the photo. It’s the face of a killer.

It’s William Freund, who killed Vernon Smith and his 21 year-old daughter Christina, and tried to kill two or three others before shooting himself Saturday in Aliso Viejo, a town just a few miles from my home.

Reading through the OCRegister story, the only word that jumps out is “loner.” That word can carry a lot of anger with it.

Investigators are mystified:

“Usually there’s some type of motive, some nexus with the victim and suspect,” Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said. “They were just casual neighborhood acquaintances. What made him pick that house is a mystery.”

I don’t think it’s too deep a mystery. By all reports, the Smiths were well-liked, engaged in their community, tight as a family. They were happy, giving, caring.

Freund was not. So he killed them.

In coming days, we’ll learn more about what was in his computer, and in a couple weeks, the toxicology reports will come back. We’ll learn more then. But until then, we’ve just got a couple murders in a neat, successful and popular neighborhood by a young man who didn’t fit in.

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October 31st 2005

The Scooter Miller Clinton Rich Clinton Giuliani Connection

My eyebrow arched a couple days ago when I came across a sentence in one of gig of stories I read about the Plame Game. It said Scooter Libby had been Marc Rich’s lawyer. Marc Rich, the international bad boy of finance pardoned by Bill Clinton. That was one to check up on later.

James Pinkerton‘s done the digging, and the dirt is rich indeed, including the reminder that the prosecutor going after Rich back in 1983 was one Rudolph Giuliani.

Wise Dems won’t lash too deeply on the Scoot, since he’s surely got good stuff on Bill from the pardon days. And Hillary, sizing up Rudy as a potential presidential opponent, is probably none too happy to have this can of worms re-opened.

h/t Real Clear Politics

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October 31st 2005

The Plame Game: As If

Christopher Hutchins in Opinion Journal:

Mr. Fitzgerald, therefore, seems to have decided to act “as if.” He conducts himself as if Ms. Plame’s identity was not widely known, as if she were working under “non official cover” (NOC), as if national security had been compromised, and as if one or even two catch-all laws had been broken. By this merely hypothetical standard, he has performed exceedingly well, even if rather long-windedly, before pulling up his essentially empty net.

However, what if one proposes an alternative “what if” narrative? What if Mr. Wilson spoke falsely when he asserted that his wife, who was not in fact under “non-official cover,” had nothing to do with his visit to Niger? What if he was wrong in stating that Iraqi envoys had never even expressed an interest in Niger’s only export? (Most European intelligence services stand by their story that there was indeed such a Baathist initiative.) What if his main friends in Niger were the very people he was supposed to be investigating?

Well, in that event, and after he had awarded himself some space on an op-ed page, what was to inhibit an employee of the Bush administration from calling attention to these facts, and letting reporters decide for themselves.

As if the Left cared. They were out for blood, not reason, and they, too, pulled up an empty net.

h/t Real Clear Politics

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October 31st 2005

Two’s The Charm With Alito

In Sam Alito, President Bush finally settled on the candidate I’ve wanted for a long time. Not that Alito is the only one who could have filled the bill; several could. But he’s got the qualifications that are right for the right and wrong for the Left.

He’s ticked off Ralph Nees with a decision allowing religious symbols in a holiday display. He’s ticked off Nan Aron with Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Those two positions set up the fight I’ve been looking for, the fight that was part of my vote for Bush.

No more stealth candidates, just a grudge match fight to the finish.

Ladies and gentlemen, in this corner, wearing the Originalist trunks, is Straight Sam Alito. And in the other corner is the Gang of 14, trying to hold onto the meaningfulness of their trunks; the Dems, wearing the trunks selected for them by Planned Parenthood and NARAL, and the Rhinos, wearing just their shamefulness. One round, with Alito and his corner fighting clean, and the other side fighting no holds barred.

It’s goodbye Scooter and hello SCOTUS … and if the Dems vote as expected, the sweet cherry on top is that the deciding vote just might be cast by Dick Cheney, to our perpetual joy and the Left’s perpetual fury.

If you’re looking for a good links-laden summary, try the new Real Clear Politics blog.

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October 30th 2005

Incongruous Juxtaposition Award

From the Moscow Times, we have a brief two-graph news item beginning with graph one:

Authorities will reserve 300,000 hospital beds in the spring to deal with a possible flu epidemic, a leading consumer rights activist said Thursday.

And ending with graph two:

Nevertheless, the public has no reason to panic about humans contracting bird flu, Dmitry Yanin, chairman of the International Confederation of Consumer Protection Organizations, told reporters at a news briefing.

I’ll have chicken soup with an oriental chicken salad and a fried chicken dinner, Miss … oh, and hold the chicken.

h/t Jim

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October 30th 2005

Luttig For The Court — No Fantasy?

WaPo is predicting that Michael Luttig will be nominated tomorrow for the associate justice position on the Supreme Court. And the way the Left is responding …

“Republicans close to the White House” tell the Washington Post that President Bush is “poised” to announce tomorrow the candidate who will replace Harriet Miers as the candidate to replace Justice O’Connor. Quick action, calculated to distract the news media from the Plame investigation, may also be calculated to consolidate the Republican Party behind a nominee who is trusted to advance a conservative agenda. (Talk Left, emphasis added)

… makes me think the Okie just might have nailed it in his “fantasy” about the Miers nomination.

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October 30th 2005

Matthew Cooper: What Crime?

Matthew Cooper has a column in Time recounting his experience with Scooter, Rove and Fitzgerald that concludes:

I was surprised last week that the Libby indictment even mentioned me. But apparently his recollection of the conversation differed from mine in a way that led the prosecutor to think he was lying. As for me, I still have no idea if Libby or anyone else has committed a crime. (emphasis added)

Here’s his recollection of the infamous conversation:

When he finally reached me at around 3 p.m., we spoke for a few minutes as I sprawled on my bed. I had no idea that that brief phone call, along with a conversation with Karl Rove the day before, would leave me embroiled in a federal investigation for more than two years and that Libby would end up facing a five-count indictment. I doubt it occurred to Libby either. That afternoon, we talked a bit on background and off the record, and he gave me an on-the-record quote distancing Cheney from Wilson’s fact-finding trip to Africa for the CIA. In fact, he was so eager to distance his boss from Wilson that a few days later, he called to rebuke me for not having used the whole quote in the piece.

And here’s the session with Fitzgerald that led to one count against Scoot:

On Aug. 23, I had a tuna sandwich and gave a deposition in Abrams’ Washington office about the conversation. The Wilson part that really interested Fitzgerald was tiny, as I told TIME readers. Basically, I asked Libby if he had heard anything about Wilson’s wife having been involved in sending him to Niger. Libby responded with words to the effect of, “Yeah, I’ve heard that too.” (h/t Real Clear Politics)

Libby shouldn’t have confirmed Plame’s job, but it’s a teensy crime, and that the Rebels With A Kos Left could spin this and a couple other petty incidents into a scandal worthy of taking down a dozen administration officials, including the vice president, shows what a dark and vicious world they live in.

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