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Recalling Bush


A Dem PAC (“Fair and Balanced”!)—with headliners like Joe Lockhart—move to get President Bush recalled—or get some PR, at least (sorry for helping that effort).

No More Ceasefire


In other words, doublespeak is temporarily scrapped.


Those Are Some Expensive Spoons


According to this hilariously serious interview in an Egyptian newspaper , Egyptian lawyers in Switzerland and legal scholars in Egypt want to sue all of the world’s Jews for the gold and kitchen utensils “stolen” by the Hebrews when they fled Egypt. The sum owed to Egyptians by Jews is somewhere just shy of infinity-plus-one dollars, also known as a super-blajillion dollars. Here’s how one of the scholars preparing the suit explains it:

“If we assume that the weight of what was stolen was one ton, [its worth] doubled every 20 years, even if the annual interest is only 5%. In one ton of gold is 700 kg of pure gold – and we must remember that what was stolen was jewelry, that is, alloyed with copper. Hence, after 1,000 years, it would be worth 1,125,898,240 million tons, which equals 1,125,898 billion tons for 1,000 years. In other words, 1,125 trillion tons of gold, that is, a million multiplied by a million tons of gold. This is for one stolen ton. The stolen gold is estimated at 300 tons, and it was not stolen for 1,000 years, but for 5,758 years, by the Jewish reckoning. Therefore, the debt is very large…

You can say that again. Of course, if we’re going to play this game, the Egyptians owe the Jews some shmundo too. After all, they held Jews in bondage for generations. The average, say, Jewish accountant or surgeon, makes a very nice living these days. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, $100,000 a year. Multiply that times the number of Hebrews forced to make bricks from straw, times the number of generations in bondage, including overtime and paid vacation – plus night work – compounded over 5,758 years and we’re not talking baklahvah either. Plus, what about the Jews cut of Egypt’s tourism industry? Since the Jews built a lot of that stuff – without compensation – shouldn’t they get a cut of all that too?

Anyway, remind me not to hire an Egyptian lawyer anytime soon. And good luck if you want my antique Egyptian dinnerware.

Web Briefing: August 31, 2014

Tonight’s Tv


Bill Pryor fans can see him tonight on CNN with Paula Zahn in the 8 PM hour.

PBS also promises: “Tonight on the NewsHour, Media Correspondent Terence Smith gauges Americans’ response to the rising attacks on U.S. troops, and whether the Bush administration should seek more help from the United Nations” with his roundtable of editorial writers from across the country, including Bush-hater John Nichols from the People’s Republic of Madison’s Capital Times. I thought the United Nations would be seeking more help from the United States after leaving their HQ utterly unprotected….


The Silvio Menace


Tonight, the PBS show “Wide Angle” (co-hosted by former Clinton State Dept. spokesman Jamie Rubin) takes on how dastardly Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi is hampering press freedom in Italy by owning the largest private media outlets and running the public media outlets. If you have any doubt it’s a typical PBS approach, please note it’s been hailed by Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times.

Bustamante & Mecha


Rich Lowry


Rudy Giuliani


will campaign for Bill Simon, CNN on air just reported.



The Corner is a tad slow. All good excuses for it, though, I’m sure…will be more lively tomorrow.

Running For State Mother


Susan Estrich on Arianna Huffington.

Careful Readers Note Problems With The Blackout Photo


says one:

Is photoshopped.

Where is the light from backup generators? NYC was not really blacked out, because so many buildings had backup generators.

There are several other errors and clues. I leave them to you to discover.

Disease Control?


The New Republic has an interesting piece on the technology of ectogenesis, or growing embryos in artificial wombs – and the threat it may pose to Roe v. Wade. Reason’s Ron Bailey responds saying fears by those who believe in the sanctity and inviolability of Roe are overblown. Both pieces are stimulating reading.

But what struck me was this passage from Bailey’s piece:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 55 percent of abortions in the United States occur in the first eight weeks of gestation, and 88 percent within the first 12.

Now, this may just be another instance of bureaucratic scope creep, but isn’t there something a little disturbing about The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeping numbers on abortions?

Wesley For Prez


On the Newsweek Web site, Howard Fineman starts touting the supposedly clairvoyant Wesley Clark:
“Another sure thing: Wes Clark is in. The retired general and Rhodes Scholar increasingly looks like a seer for his pre-war comments. Go back and read what he had to say in the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq. (Any of the Clark for President grassroots Web sites will do.) Clark, who was leaning toward running in any case, almost certainly can’t now resist the chance to say “I told you so.” And, more than any other possible Democratic candidate (with the exception of John Kerry), Clark could brush off the soft-on-defense rhetoric that GOP oppo experts are preparing to throw at the Democratic Party.”

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Run, Don’t Walk


Cynthia McKinney to teach at Cornell.

The Blackout From Space


Ion Pacepa On Russia-Iraqi Wmd Connex


Gore Would Do More?


Madeleine Albright came on Today this morning with a very supportive Matt Lauer. First he read her a piece of Jessica Stern’s Bush-bashing NYT op-ed yesterday. Then he read two snippets from her current article in Foreign Affairs, having her react to herself. The second snippet said a President Gore would have done a much better job of rebuilding Afghanistan after a 9-11 counterattack, since Democrats actually believe in nation-building. Matt called it “tough stuff.” As if he knows about being tough when it comes to Madeleine Albright.

PS: Wesley Clark was hitting similar notes on CBS at the same time.

Chemical Ali!


Once thought dead, now in U.S. custody, according to CNN.

Grammar Textbook For Kids


A reader in Texas: “I’m trying to find a good basic English grammar
textbook for children (ages five and up) that isn’t full of PC twaddle. So
far I haven’t had any luck, so I thought the language lovers at National
Review might have a suggestion (perhaps a companion volume for NR’s
wonderful children’s anthology?)” I am embarrassed to say I haven’t a clue
on this one. Any readers know of a good grammar textbook for kids? Answers
please to [email protected]


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