Evening moonbat roundup

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— Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, at today’s anti-Bush rally:

“No more God-is-on-our-side religious nonsense,” Anderson said at the rally, absorbing waves of cheers and applause from the thousands of protesters as he called Bush a “dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights violating president.”

Keith Olbermann compares Bush to not only Hitler, but Neville Chamberlain as well, and talks about a ‘new kind’ of fascism. Guess which kind? Read more via Olbermann Watch.

Hot Air is the place to be tonight – they’ve got links galore to moonbattiness at its best -er, worst:

Bill Maher on Larry King tonight said Republicans were ugly white people who sex would be ‘excruciating’ with, and also likened the President to Saddam Hussein.

— Former candidate for a seat in the House of Representatives Paul Hackett on Fox News calls Dan Senor “unterfuhrer.”

— Here’s a just released clip of an MTV “Rock the Vote” worker back in 2004 telling a member of the Young Republicans that “I hope your wife gets raped and can’t have an abortion.” (Hat tip: Malkin)

Update: Greg Tinti on Olbermann’s little rant:

The world bore witness tonight to quite possibly the biggest load of nonsensical self-righteous garbage ever to be unleashed. Ever.

A-greed. He’s got video of Olbie’s meltdown as well.

Thur. AM Update I: Several more disturbing examples of moonbats in action. (Thanks to Rebelchick for the link)

Thur. AM Update II: UGH.

Tide turning for Congressional GOP?

Donald Lambro points to some poll numbers from Gallup that look encouraging for GOP Congressional members up for re-election this fall:

WASHINGTON — Republicans have moved closer to the Democrats in a congressional voter-preference poll just as the election campaigns near the official Labor Day starting gate.

The surprising findings in a little-noticed Gallup Poll that were ignored by most of the national news media shows the Democrats barely leading the Republicans by just two points — 47 percent to 45 percent.

After months of generic polling numbers by Gallup and others showing the GOP lagged far behind the Democrats by a seemingly insurmountable 9 to 10 points, the titanic political battle for control of Congress is virtually dead even. This means we may not experience the feared Category 5 political storm some election analysts have forecast that would topple the GOP’s House majority and cut deeply into its grip on the Senate.

The venerable and respected Gallup organization, which did the poll for USA Today, said the GOP’s unexpected rise in the polls “represents the Republicans’ best performance in a single poll during the 2006 election cycle on this important measure of electoral strength.”

In an analysis accompanying its findings last week, Gallup said, “The Republican increase does appear to be significant.”

If the race is anywhere near as tight as Gallup said, it gives the GOP a much stronger edge in this year’s elections. The chief reason: Republicans tend to turn out in larger numbers in midterm elections. Moreover, the GOP’s high-tech, volunteer-driven, voter-turnout apparatus is far superior to anything the Democrats are attempting to patch together.

Who says so? Democrats themselves. “We’re not going to be able to match their turnout system,” a senior Democratic confessed to me earlier this month. Gallup also acknowledges that Republican voters “are likely to perform better at the polls in November than would be indicated by pre-election surveys based on registered voters.”

Read it all to find out possible reasons why there’s been a turn around in GOP Congressional polling numbers. The short version: people are once again looking to Republicans as the strong party on war on terror issues.

It’s anybody’s guess as to what will happen this fall, but if you want to have a little fun with the latest stats and figures related to Congressional and Governor races, go to Election Projection – 2006 Edition.

Speaking of Election Projection, the man who runs that site – Scott Elliott – will be a panelist (on a different panel than yours truly) at the Carolina FreedomNet 2006 blogger conference on October 7 in Greensboro, NC. Got your tickets yet?

Republican Senator Ted Stevens was the one who put the ‘secret hold’ on the Obama/Coburn federal budget open database bill

Rebecca Carr explains the who, what, when, where, and why here.

I’ll say one thing about all this: for the first time in, oh, forever, the blogosphere actually united together on an issue. Take a picture, because it’s a Kodak moment that is sure not to last.

Good call, Mary Katharine.

Wed PM Update: I’m hearing from a source who shall remain nameless that there may also a Democrat Senator who has this bill on “secret hold.” If I find out who it is, I’ll pass it along.

Thur AM Update: Red State is saying the Dem Senator is Robert Byrd. (Hat tip: Allah)


Weds/Thurs open thread

Let’s get it started off right, with Tina Turner and Bryan Adams :)

(Note: I can’t actually view the video now – no Flash on the compu at the 8-5 – so I hope the quality of the vid is ok)

Fallout from O’Connor USSC retirement: Gasp! Not as many women clerks for the justices

Why won’t those neanderthal justices on the USSC hire me?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 — Everyone knows that with the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the number of female Supreme Court justices fell by half. The talk of the court this summer, with the arrival of the new crop of law clerks, is that the number of female clerks has fallen even more sharply.

Just under 50 percent of new law school graduates in 2005 were women. Yet women account for only 7 of the 37 law clerkships for the new term, the first time the number has been in the single digits since 1994, when there were 4,000 fewer women among the country’s new law school graduates than there are today.

Last year at this time, there were 14 female clerks, including one, Ann E. O’Connell, who was hired by William H. Rehnquist, the chief justice who died before the term began. His successor, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., then hired Ms. O’Connell.

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who joined the court in January, hired Hannah Smith, who had clerked for him on the appeals court where he had previously served. So by the end of the term, and counting Ms. O’Connell twice, there were 16 women among the 43 law clerks hired by last term’s justices.


Some speculated that Justice Antonin Scalia, who hired only two women among 28 law clerks during the last seven years and who will have none this year, could not find enough conservative women to meet his test of ideological purity. (Justice Clarence Thomas will also have no female clerks this year, but over the preceding six years hired 11.)

I don’t have any legal experience, but I’m a woman – and that’s all that should matter, dammit! Oh wait, I do have some legal experience. I’ve tracked back to The Volokh Conpiracy law blog a few times. Does that count?

Hat tip: Betsy Newmark

Update: Ed Whelan at NRO’s Bench Memos:

1. Greenhouse states that Justice Ginsburg had taken note of the lower number of women clerks. Ginsburg ought to have a keener understanding of the consequences of nondiscriminatory merit-based selection and random variation. In her 1993 Supreme Court confirmation hearing, it was learned, much to Ginsburg’s visible embarrassment, that in her 13 years on the D.C. Circuit she had never had a single black law clerk, intern, or secretary. Out of 57 employees, zero blacks.

Because it’s what Marines do

In fact, it’s what all our brave men and women in uniform do.

This story is a week old, but in terms of sentimental value, it’s timeless:

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An ex-Marine identified five years after risking his life to save two police officers at the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11 attacks says he deserves no special recognition.

“I just feel privileged to have been able to help,” Jason Thomas told hundreds of people gathered Wednesday to honor him at the Ohio Supreme Court, where he now works as a security officer. He said many other first- and second-responders at ground zero, including many who lost their lives, were more worthy of being singled out.

Thomas, 32, was living on New York’s Long Island at the time of the 2001 attacks. When he heard the news, he skipped his criminal justice class, grabbed his Marine uniform and headed for the twin towers to help.

With another rescuer, he saved the lives of two Port Authority police officers, then disappeared to the next task at hand.

His role came to light when he recently saw the trailer for the Oliver Stone film “World Trade Center” about rescue efforts at the site, which featured the police rescue, and hesitantly came forward with his story. Neither New York authorities nor the film’s producers had been able to locate the man who identified himself at the site only as “Sgt. Thomas,” and Stone cast him in the movie as a white man though he is black.

A lineup of Ohio dignitaries — including Chief Justice Tom Moyer, Lt. Gov. Bruce Johnson and House Speaker Jon Husted — saw the fact that Thomas never sought credit for his act as evidence of true valor.

Hooah! Correction: OORAH! (Thanks for alerting me to that, forest ;) )

Armitage, through lawyers, confirms his role in pLamegate

Well whadda ya know:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 — Richard L. Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state, has acknowledged that he was the person whose conversation with a columnist in 2003 prompted a long, politically laden criminal investigation in what became known as the C.I.A. leak case, a lawyer involved in the case said on Tuesday.

Mr. Armitage did not return calls for comment. But the lawyer and other associates of Mr. Armitage have said he has confirmed that he was the initial and primary source for the columnist, Robert D. Novak, whose column of July 14, 2003, identified Valerie Wilson as a Central Intelligence Agency officer.

The identification of Mr. Armitage as the original leaker to Mr. Novak ends what has been a tantalizing mystery. In recent months, however, Mr. Armitage’s role had become clear to many, and it was recently reported by Newsweek magazine and The Washington Post.

In the accounts by the lawyer and associates, Mr. Armitage disclosed casually [emphasis added by ST] to Mr. Novak that Ms. Wilson worked for the C.I.A. at the end of an interview in his State Department office. Mr. Armitage knew that, the accounts continue, because he had seen a written memorandum by Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman.

Are you listening, Joe? What say ye in response?

Read more via Tom Maguire, who dissects the NYTimes piece.

Cassandra has a nice write up on all this as well.

Related: The Investor’s Business Daily Journal asks: Did Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald Lie?


Race-baiting liberal at the Detroit News blog accuses me of racism

It seems that my post from Monday in which I discussed my displeasure at the thought of Reps Rangel and Conyers being elevated to even higher positions of power and influence in DC if Democrats take control of the House this year rubbed some people the wrong way and in response led to accusations of racism (surprise). Libby Spencer at the Detroit News blog wrote this today:

The thought of a black man holding the President accountable for his actions, has the White Republicans in a tizzy. I mean, Bush might have to explain why he lied to get us into Iraq, and you know how those uppity folks of color are. They’ll want rich people to pay their fair share of taxes and they might even try to “boost opportunities” for women and racial minorities in government contracts and high-level jobs.” Oh the humanity. It’s apparently more than priviledged white Republicans can stand.

I wrote this in response – not sure if it will show up there but I wanted to post it here as well:

Your mischaracterization of my comments, and the comments expressed by John Hood at NRO’s the Corner speaks volumes. My objection to Conyers and Rangel being promoted to the positions discussed in the referenced Det. News article has nothing to do with the fact that they are black and everything to do with the fact that they are dishonest, hypocritical, race-baiting hypocrites.

Maybe the next time you go around falsely accusing people of racism simply because the people they don’t want to see elevated to positions of power happen to be black, you’ll do well to remember that those same *white* people strongly object to the idea of the *white* Rep. Nancy Pelosi being the House Majority Leader. Can’t blame that one on race, though, can you?

When all else fails, you guys always fall back on the race card, don’t you?

I didn’t know if the Det. News blog accepts links posted in their comments section, so for purposes of clarity, the below links to prior posts on the topic of race-baiting, Bush-hating Democrats, as well as my thoughts on the idea of having Nancy Pelosi as House Majority leader, should be useful – I hope – to those who insist on setting up strawmen rather than attack the substance of what I said directly:

On Pelosi:

On Conyers:

On Rangel:

On race-baiting Democrats in general:

PM Update: Thank you, Henry Payne. (Hat tip: Jon Ham)

Re: SF hit and run spree

The blogosphere is all over the story about a man (identified as Omeed Aziz Popal) who struck 14 people in a hit and run yesterday in San Francisco nearby a Jewish community center.

I’ve not seen anything written about this yet that would lead me to believe it’s terror-related, but the news is still developing, so we’ll see.

Check this post and this one for the most comprehensive coverage.