The killing of Osama bin Laden on Sunday has reignited the debate over so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding. Early reports (information is still coming out) indicate that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed released vital information about bin Laden's courier, who eventually led American intelligence forces to the compound where they both were killed. But it's not clear exactly which interrogation techniques led to that information, since it's extremely difficult, if not impossible, to separate out the different interrogation methods and claim that a single piece of informaiton was obtained through this method, but not that one.
Hence the blanket claim that waterboarding did not produce intelligence that led to bin Laden's death is simply un-provable, as CIA Director Leon Panetta, recently tapped by Obama for Secretary of Defense, illustrated in this exchange with Brian Williams:
For many years media members spearheaded by schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" have mocked former President George W. Bush for continuing to read "The Pet Goat" to second-graders after hearing about the attacks on the World Trade Center.
On Tuesday, Time magazine reported that some of the kids in that classroom are speaking out about what happened that morning, and they don't agree with Moore's depiction of events:
Even the radical leftists at the Daily Kos like Barack Obama enough to offer him credit for the takedown of Osama bin Laden. In his regular "Cheers and Jeers" feature, "Bill in Portland Maine" is forwarding his usual "boogers of change," cheering Obama and then moving on to the hope that Osama's ghost haunts Dick Cheney's house:
CHEERS to boffo reviews. "Classic." "Brilliant." "Textbook operation." "Clean hit." "Deftly handled." "One for the books." Those are some of the terms used to describe "Operation Geronimo," which sent Osama bin Laden into the hereafter, thanks to Navy SEALs given the green light by President Obama.
I kinda hope Osama's spirit somehow ends up getting stuck in Cheney's house, where he spends his time as a really clumsy ghost who keeps knocking over lamps and playing piano with his butt. That'd be like hell for all of them, and thus a satisfying coda to the saga.
Joan Rivers dropped the F-bomb on the red carpet at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night, saying that President Barack Obama and other politicians should “stop campaigning” and "[t]ake care of the f****** country."
“No. I think President Obama should stop campaigning and take care of the country. I think it’s disgusting that everyone two years out is campaigning already. Take care of the f***ing country,” Rivers told CNSNews.com when asked if President Obama has lived up to her expectations (video below the break).
If you had to guess what narcissistic Hollywood leftists would say in the immediate aftermath of Osama Bin Laden's death, what would it be? Would you think about the "mother lode" of intelligence that was to be had from taking down the world's most wanted terrorist? Would you think of all the terrorist plots that have been thwarted since 9/11? Would you think of the national catharsis that would occur for every single person who remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing when the Towers were hit?
Of course not. Because the first thing that happens when you think the world revolves you is to start applying similar logic elsewhere. Exhibit A: Michael Moore (or was that Exhibit XXL?) Regardless, in less time than it takes a man to scarf down a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Michael Moore was demonstrating just how clueless the hard left is when it comes to world-wide terrorism:
Sunday was an historic day for America, an historic victory in the War on Terror - Usama Bin Laden, the man who had ordered the death of over 3,000 Americans on 9/11, had finally been killed. It was also an historic revelation that, conducting the war according to far-left liberal policies would have prevented this day from ever happening.
The problem is more than perception. As Julia Seymour of the Business and Media Institute reported, on April 25 the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline hit $3.86, less than 25 cents away from the record high price of gasoline set in July 2008.
Congress returns next week to a flaring brawl over oil industry profits and tax breaks, with both parties hoping to capitalize on growing public ire at high gasoline prices.
"When oil companies are making huge profits and you’re struggling at the pump, and we’re scouring the federal budget for spending we can afford to do without, these tax giveaways aren’t right," President Obama said in his weekly address on Saturday. But in the Republican response, Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma countered: "For more than two years, his administration has knowingly increased energy prices by choking off new sources of traditional American energy and smothering our economy in new energy regulations.
The first argument related by Broder shrugged off the problem, saying the rise in gas prices was simply a matter of supply and demand.
New York Times movie critics Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott spray the new crop of summer flicks with a dose of liberal guilt in Sunday’s “Gosh, Sweetie, That’s a Big Gun.” Dargis in particular just can’t be pleased with how women are portrayed by Hollywood. Three years ago she greeted the summer season with "Is There a Real Woman in This Multiplex?” On Sunday she lamented that the women on screen today are the wrong kind of women, criticizing a scene from "Meek's Cutoff" in embarrassing feminist/Freudian academic language, circa 1968: "I just don’t believe that scene where her character pulls out a rifle to protect the wagon train’s Indian prisoner -- or should I say when she takes possession of the symbolic phallus."
The introductory paragraph set the tone:
The summer season brings the usual cavalcade of testosterone-fueled action heroes, including Thor, the Green Lantern, Captain America and Conan the Barbarian. But action-movie derring-do is not always an exclusively male preserve, and in the last year some women and girls -- Evelyn Salt, Lisbeth Salander and the lingerie-clad avengers of “Sucker Punch,” among others -- have been shooting and not just clawing their way into macho territory. Is this empowerment or exploitation? Feminism or fetishism?
Washington Post gossips Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger found some celebrity scoop at the White House Correspondents dinner for the Monday paper, including this from the MSNBC after-party at the Italian embassy:
Emeritus rock stars Michael Stipe and Mike Mills of R.E.M. gamely posed for photos with fans. Mills enthused about President Obama and Seth Meyers’ expert skewering of Donald Trump : “We’ve been waiting for someone to call this birther stuff on being the [baloney] it is,” the bassist said. “Some say it’s thinly veiled racism. For me, coming from the South, it’s racist plain and simple.”
"Emeritus rock stars"? Like they're 80? Ouch. (REM's DC guide was David Corn of Mother Jones magazine.) And guess what? That "compassionate" humanitarian Sean Penn's still bullying people who want a picture:
Though Daily Kos is, of course, a left-wing site, "anti-conservative" actually would be a better description for it. Generally, Kossacks spill far more pixels sneering at and maligning the right and its ideas than they spend touting their own pet causes.
Highlights from this past week's righty-bashing are below. As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.
The Washington Post knows how to ruin a Christian's Sunday morning. Jason Edward Kaufman, a regular Sunday art reviewer for the Post (even if he's described by the paper merely as a "freelance writer"), was apparently assigned to review a new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that looks back on the "so-called culture wars of the late 70s through the 90s, when social conservatives sought to prevent tax money from supporting art that dealt with homosexuality, feminism, racism, or other contentious issues."
It's obvious from the start that the reviewer is being dishonest in suggest the conservatives are political, but the artists and their supporters aren't political, they're just for freedom of expression. The exhibit is "a chance for younger viewers to learn about previous clashes between religious conservatives and advocates of freedom of expression in the arts." But Kaufman is just getting started. He also argued (wrongly) that the Catholic Church ignored the AIDS crisis and that opposing taxpayer-subsidized blasphemy is akin to fascism.
Why must liberals consistently overdo Al Gore's resume and insist he won an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth? The award went to Davis Guggenheim, the director. Yes, he starred in a Best Documentary. But calling Gore an Oscar winner is a bit like claiming Charlie Sheen won an Oscar for Platoon. But at The Huffington Post, Brent Budowsky was talking up Keith Olbermann's new show on Al Gore's Current TV. Budowsky kept reminding the reader of how he inflated Gore's resume beyond reality:
Now, here come Al Gore, one of the preeminent statesmen of our times, recipient of both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Academy Award, among many other well deserved honors....
This is the first time in the history of news when corporate ownership of news will reside in the hands of a statesmen and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and Academy Award....
Leftist radio host and columnist Dave Sirota posted a column Friday headlined "Why The Fat Guy Should Lose His Privilege." Sirota took the fact that 90 percent of the clients for the commercial "weight-loss industry" are women, while men are apparently most accepting of obesity. In his rush to denounce a sexist double standard, Sirota mangled obvious facts, like claiming Rush Limbaugh is presently a "morbidly obese" man:
In politics, it may be the worst of all: Overweight icons like Rush Limbaugh, Haley Barbour, Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie regularly dominate the headlines as serious leaders, but no woman even vaguely approaching their body mass index would be taken seriously in a similar role. In fact, so powerful is this double standard that America barely flinched when the morbidly obese Limbaugh criticized the svelte Michelle Obama for “not project[ing] the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.”
The federal government proposed sweeping new guidelines on Thursday that could push the food industry to overhaul how it advertises cereal, soda pop, snacks, restaurant meals and other foods to children.
Citing an epidemic of childhood obesity, regulators are taking aim at a range of tactics used to market foods high in sugar, fat or salt to children, including the use of cartoon characters like Toucan Sam, the brightly colored Froot Loops pitchman, who appears in television commercials and online games as well as on cereal boxes.
Lately, there have been duelling stories in the entertainment press about the future of ”Atlas Shrugged.” With disappointing box office returns, the producers have been asked if they will go ahead and complete the franchise and in one interview we’re being told there will be no trilogy and in another we’re being told that there will. To clear the air, I reached out via email and “Atlas” producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow were both good enough to respond with exclusive qu
Back in 2008 then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) knew where she wanted to place the blame for high gas prices. “The price of oil is at the doorstep -- 4 dollars plus per gallon for oil, is attributed to two oil men in the White House,” Pelosi said in a CNN interview on July 17th, 2008.
In a report designed to separate fact from fiction on Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie decided to blur fantasy and reality as she compared President Obama's press conference announcing the release of his birth certificate to a moment from the 1995 movie, "The American President." [Audio available here]
After a clip was played of Obama declaring: "We live in a serious time right now, and we do not have time for this kind of silliness. We've got better stuff to do," Guthrie proclaimed: "At that moment, the real president sounding a lot like that Hollywood one." Then footage ran of the fictional President Andrew Shepherd – played by actor Michael Douglas in the liberal film – denouncing one of his Republican opponents: "This is a time for serious people, Bob, and your 15 minutes are up. My name is Andrew Shepherd, and I am the president."
Douglas, of course, narrates the introduction to NBC Nightly News.