Liar of the week

DNC Chair Howie Dean, who said this earlier today (emphasis added):

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Thursday that his party is unlikely to make Sen. John McCain’s age an issue in the fall presidential election. The Arizona Republican will be 72 in August.

“I doubt we will bring it up in the election,” said Dean, dismissing the idea as a tactic Republicans might employ but Democrats never would. “There is somewhat of a higher ethical bar on what we do,” Dean said. “We don’t have any Lee Atwaters or Karl Roves on our side.”

Of course, the left considers Lee Atwater and Karl Rove bigtime dirty tricksters who will say the nastiest things about the opposition in order to win over voters in elections and/or support for a bill in Congress.

Nasty things like:

[Dean] contrasted the two parties’ presidential candidates, saying that with a woman and an African-American as the two front-runners, the Democratic field “looks like America” while the all-white male Republican field “looks like the 1950s and talks like the 1850s.”


“I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for, but I admire their discipline and their organization,” the failed presidential hopeful told the crowd at the Roosevelt Hotel, where he and six other candidates spoke at the final DNC forum before the Feb. 12 vote for chairman. –January 30, 2005

“We’re going to use Terri Schiavo later on … This is going to be an issue in 2006, and it’s going to be an issue in 2008 because we’re going to have an ad with a picture of Tom DeLay saying, ‘Do you want this guy to decide whether you die or not? Or is that going to be up to your loved ones?’ ” –April 15, 2005 at a gay rights group’s breakfast in West Hollywood.

But he did draw howls of laughter by mimicking a drug-snorting Rush Limbaugh. “I’m not very dignified,” he said. “But I’m not running for president anymore.” In fact, as part of his commitment to lead the party for the next four years, he has sworn not to seek any office until after 2008. I’m not running for president anymore.” –April 20, 2005 (Star Tribune link no longer works, so I’m providing an alternate source) at a benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota

Dean’s 25-minute speech to the Campaign for America’s Future annual gathering was interrupted frequently by applause, but his line about Republican work habits also produced an undertow of ‘’oohs’’ and ‘’aahs.’’ Asserting that some Florida voters stood in line for eight hours in November, Dean said that was a hardship for people who ‘’work all day and then pick up their kids at child care.’’ But, he said, Republicans could stand in eight-hour lines ‘’because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.’’ –June 2, 2005, in a 25-minute speech to the Campaign for America’s Future in Washington, DC

The “ethical bar” he’s talking about is probably the one he and his fellow demagoguing Democrats go to to chug back a few everytime they’ve successfully distorted and lied about the positions of the loyal oppostion.

You smell somethin' funny?
Somebody’s rhetoric stinks

Note: The links in the older quotes were good when I originally posted them.

Free speech issues in Canada

While the left salivates here at home over the possibility of a return of the anti-Constitutional Fairness Doctrine under a Democrat administration, various Canadian “rights” commissions/groups are doing their part to stifle speech up north, as Mark Steyn explains:

As revealed here a few weeks ago, the investigative unit of the Ontario “Human Rights” Commission recommended to the Commissioners that they not proceed against Maclean’s for having the temerity to publish an excerpt from my book. The Commissioners have now released their final ruling and have decided not to hear the case. Of course, being apparatchiks of the pseudo-“human rights” establishment, they couldn’t leave it at that. So they added the following:

“While freedom of expression must be recognized as a cornerstone of a functioning democracy, the Commission strongly condemns the Islamophobic portrayal of Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and indeed any racialized community in the media, such as the Maclean’s article and others like them, as being inconsistent with the values enshrined in our human rights codes. Media has a responsibility to engage in fair and unbiased journalism.”

So in effect the Ontario “Human Rights” Commission, the world leaders in labiaplasty jurisprudence, have decided that, even though they don’t have the guts to hear the case, they might as well find us guilty. Ingenious! After all, if the federal Human Rights Commission hadn’t been so foolish enough to drag Marc Lemire to trial, their bizarre habits of posting their own hate messages using telecommunications fraud and identity theft would never have come to light. If they’d simply skipped the trial and declared Mr Lemire guilty anyway, they wouldn’t be in the mess they’re in.

So, having concluded they couldn’t withstand the heat of a trial, the OHRC cut to the chase and gave us a drive-thru conviction. Who says Canada’s “human rights” racket is incapable of reform? As kangaroo courts go, the Ontario branch is showing a bit more bounce than the Ottawa lads.

And as Canadian publisher Ezra Levant (who has already survived a prior lawsuit threat over his publishing of the Mohammed cartoons) wrote earlier in the week, he and other conservative bloggers in Canada are being sued by former Canadian Human Rights Commission member Richard Warman who, in essence, wants to shut down Canadian conservative voices on the Internet.

Make sure to read Ezra’s post in full for the details of what’s happening, and then go here to find out how you can help the coming legal costs of the conservative voices who Warman is attempting to silence via government force. By standing in solidarity with our conservative brothers and sisters in Canada, we can help make a difference.

Jimmy Carter prepares to meet with top Hamas leader

The Washington Post reports this morning that the meeting is scheduled for next week:

Former president Jimmy Carter plans to meet next week in Damascus with Khaled Meshal, the head of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, in a direct rebuke of the Bush administration’s campaign to isolate it.

The disclosure of Carter’s plans by the Arabic-language newspaper al-Hayat and subsequent confirmation by sources familiar with his itinerary instantly placed the campaigns of Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in a political bind.

The campaign of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive Republican nominee, was quick to blast Carter’s plans and called on both Obama and Clinton to condemn the meeting with what the State Department lists as a terrorist group.

Both Clinton and Obama issued statements with milder language, saying they “disagreed” or did “not agree” with Carter’s plans.

Carter’s views of the Middle East attracted controversy last year because a book he wrote included tough criticism of Israel’s policies. Indeed, a source close to Carter said that the former president favors Obama but that he has decided not to endorse Obama publicly or formally because he fears it would contribute to hostility toward Obama among Jewish Democrats.

Which won’t get any better once those skeptical Jewish Dems read this piece.

The problem with Carter’s book wasn’t just because the book included “tough criticism” of Israel’s policies. It’s because it contained gross factual and historical distortions, so much so that 14 Carter Center members resigned in protest.

For anyone out there who still thinks there’s a shred of decency left in Carter in terms of how he conducts himself on the world stage in his role as a former president, this post should dissuade you of that notion. Everytime you think he couldn’t get any worse, he does.