Very, Very Scary Thought
I totally missed this last week (was something going on?): Al Gore might be reconsidering a run if he saw this.
Dumb & Dumber
More trouble for Democratic congressman Jim Moran, who had to abandon a minor leadership post in the House for suggesting that Jewish interests drive American war policy: Today’s Washington Post reports that Moran has a cozy relationship with a number of lobbyists. One of them is his landlord. Also, MBNA gave him a below-market interest rate for a loan when it had business before Moran.
FNC reporting from CENTCOM that Saddam’s planning to blow bridges.
Steve Sailer says I incorrectly referred to him in an earlier blog post as an “antiwar blogger.” He says he’s no such thing. Steve says he is not committed to either the pro-war or the anti-war position, but that now that war is on, he hopes for “a quick and overwhelming American victory.”
You wouldn’t believe how many complaints we have for the relatively barren last few hours. Apologies. Will try not to do that again. Just getting ready for the big battle, you know?
Despite getting hit by a Tomahawk, Saddam TV is evidently back on, according to CNN.
“The Storm Is From God.”
But what if it winds up helping us, in the end? I wonder if he still wants to say that.
Leno On Hollywood
Jay Leno had a good crack tonight about Hollywood’s standards. To get the joke, you have to know that Roman Polanski, who won the Oscar the other night for Best Director, couldn’t be there to accept it because of an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Anyway, Leno remarked that he was driving around listening to an L.A. talk radio host going on about how weird it was that Mel Gibson is building his own Catholic parish. The deejay said that Mel must have lost his mind.
“Don’t you love this town?” said Leno. “You drug an underage girl, you rape her, you flee the country, you get an Oscar. But you build a church, and it’s ‘What are you, nuts?!”
It turns out (Fox reports) that the main Iraqi TV building in Baghdad is located almost next to the ministry of information. Handy for taking orders, doubtless.
Chirac’s pal Mugabe has, it seems, had a rare moment of honesty. Speaking at a recent funeral, Zimbabwe’s dictator reportedly proclaimed the following:
“I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective, justice for his own people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people, and their right to their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler tenfold. Ten times, that is what we stand for.”
Well, Bob, you said it.
The commander of the Operational Weather Squadron at Shaw Airforce Base is named Lt. Col. Tom Frooninckx. It’s the story Drudge links to about the big sandstorm. I just love the name. It’s like someone took ten letter tiles at random from a Scrabble set.
The Tipping Point?
The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, comments on the events in Basra and makes this, critical, point:
“The vast majority of Iraqis have nothing but fear and loathing for Saddam, but they need to see evidence that his power is crumbling. The allied war aims do not only involve the fall of the dictator, but also the destruction of the entire structure of his tyranny. Just as Germany, even after Hitler, could not return to democracy without undergoing a process of denazification, so Iraq needs “de-Ba’athification”. That task has already begun.”