December 31, 2008

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘A Toast to Old Media’s — and Old Medea’s — Defeat in Iraq’) Is Up

It’s here.

The subheadline:

My 2002 email to anti-war activist Medea Benjamin — and how it looks after a successful 2008.

Thanks to PJM editors David Rusin and Aaron Hanscom for getting the column up in a bit of a hurry.

Let the games begin.

Last Post of 2008 …..

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 9:59 am

….. unless Pajamas Media (ahem) posts my latest column before the end of the day:

  • Who is buried in Grant’s tomb? Easy answer. Who owns Barack Obama’s home on the South Side of Chicago? Not so easy, and apparently, it’s not him. Nothing’s easy with this guy.
  • Vicki Iseman, the person with whom the Times alleged John McCain might have had an affair, is suing the Times. She’d better hurry; there may be nothing left to recover soon.
  • Another reason to celebrate New Year’s Eve — Dubai and Egypt aren’t. Go to the links and see why.
  • Mainstream Media files for bankruptcy — It’s a company named Mainstream Media International. I would think that the particularly poor name choice may have been a factor.
  • IBDeditorials.com kicks sand in the face of globalarmists (bold is mine) — “Global thermometers stopped rising after 1998, and have plummeted in the last two years by more than 0.5 degrees Celsius. The 2007-2008 temperature drop was not predicted by global climate models. But it was predictable by a decline in sunspot activity since 2000.”
  • From USA Today — “President-elect Barack Obama vowed on the campaign trail to shut down the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay. But he never said what he would do with the prisoners there.” I doubt that, but if it’s true, it’s because no one in the lapdog media asked him.
  • Proof that the press has not always been so reluctant to use the word “Christmas” in connection with the Thanksgiving to New Year’s shopping season. It’s from the December 27, 1936 New York Times:

    NYT1936XmasReport

Things I’d Like To Post About Today ….. (123108, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 8:15 am

….. But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

  • The 148th Carnival of Ohio Politics, astutely assembled by Lisa Renee of Glass City Jungle, is here. Also, here are links to Numbers 147, 146, and 145, courtesy of The Boring Made Dull, Keeler Political Report, and Writes Like She Talks, respectively. I hope I can keep a New Year’s resolution to link currently to Carnival posts as they appear in 2009.
  • South Carolina prints 77,000 unemployment benefits checks a week. The governor wants “an independent, third-party audit to review operations and performance of the commission” before he borrows money from Uncle Sam to keep on paying these benefits. That’s not unreasonable. What is unreasonable, and hard to believe, is the state unemployment commissioner’s claim that “his agency doesn’t collect specifics about why people are out of work.” Do you mean that anyone can start getting benefits by just showing up at the unemployment office and saying “I need a check”? Of course not. They send this info to the employer involved in case the employer wants to dispute the claim, including the facts and circumstances.
  • Don’t miss this useful offset to the bilge put out by Vanity Fair that I commented on Monday. It’s from Byron York at National Review — “Bush Loyalty Test: The unpopular president who inspired deep devotion among those closest to him.”
  • Another attempted history rewrite that pegs off of Vanity Fair — “Bush never recovered from response to Katrina, former aides say.” No, Kathleen Blanco, who was adequately warned and didn’t respond, never recovered, and didn’t run for re-election. Those who bitterly cling to this meme have to respond to this question: How did a supposedly permanently damaged Bush get the Surge past a hostile Congress and Senate in 2007, even after the pinheads at the Iraq Study Group suggested in so many words that we should give up?
  • I missed this when it happened (“Afghan girls sprayed with acid in ‘desperate’ attack”; HT Assoluta Tranqulllita). Readers probably did too. Don’t miss it this time around.