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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I Ain't Alone

Is there a more classic example of pandering than the feigned disgust and outrage expressed by the Democratic party these days toward Wal-Mart? I can't think of one. Well, apparently, I'm not the only one who has come to this conclusion. The Los Angeles Times this morning let's 'em have it:

Democrats' Shameful Wal-Mart Demonization
Presidential hopefuls only hurt themselves when pandering to unions by bashing the country's largest employer.


Democratic presidential aspirants — including Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina and Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico — feel compelled to bash one company, the largest employer in the U.S., to score points with labor organizers. The candidates are so intent on gaining tactical advantage in the primary season that they risk alienating possible supporters in the general election.

Most Americans do not want their politicians ganging up on one company. Wal-Mart may be a behemoth that employs 1.3 million people in this country and earned $11 billion in profit last year, but it still looks like bullying when politicians single out one business to scapegoat for larger societal ills. (

Nobody ever accused these Democrats of being all that shrewd - especially the ├╝ber-annoying Joe Biden - but when 127 million Americans shop at Wal-Mart each week (without anyone twisting their 254 million arms presumably), it doesn't make for a happy electorate when those shoppers are made out be supporters of genocide by buying their Fruit of the Looms at America's number 1 discount store.

What's Happened To The Methodists?

Why can't you people just focus on shepherding the flock through the Pearly Gates and give up on the silly leftist digressions?

Sanctuary Chic
By Mark Tooley, American Spectator

"Sanctuary" became a cause celebre in the 1980s when left-wing churches ostensibly offered it to illegal Central American refugees as a protest against the Reagan Administration's battles against Marxist insurgencies in Latin America.

Now "sanctuary" is chic again. There are currently two ongoing celebrated cases. One involves an illegal Mexican woman immigrant in Chicago. The other involves a U.S. army officer in Tacoma who refuses to serve in Iraq. Both involve Methodist churches.

First United Methodist Church Tacoma is offering legal counseling on evading military service, along with overnight shelter for conscience-ridden, anti-war soldiers. (

It's fairly certain that Jesus is on the side of the United States military in its courageous efforts to rid the world of evil. That being the case, on what side does this put the United Methodist church?

On That 'Culture of Corruption'

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
Marcus Aurelius

It seems the Democrats have stirred up a hornet's nest with their ill-considered strategy of painting Republicans as having fostered a "culture of corruption" in Washington. And the consequences could prove to be serious:

Desert Dealings: Democrat For Hire
By Ed Morrisey, The New York Post

The leader of the Senate Democratic caucus, Nevada's Sen. Harry Reid, took contributions from clients of convicted influence-peddler Jack Abramoff and intervened on their behalf at least four times. Abramoff, for his part, hired one of Reid's staffers and started holding fundraisers for the
senator in the Abramoff offices.

Now The Los Angeles Times reports on the "culture of corruption" surrounding Reid and a new real-estate development outside of Las Vegas, in the desolate valley of Coyote Springs. Reid has intervened on behalf of powerful developer Harvey Whittemore to gain government concessions, while the developer puts money into Reid's campaigns - and, the Times reports, pays salaries to two of Reid's sons, one of whom is his personal lawyer.

Money talks. And Harry Reid walks. (link)

So it's off to prison for another crooked Democrat.

Then art thou damned for keeping thy word with the devil.
Henry IV, Part I

Sliced And Diced

Blogger Ann Althouse (okay, she's a law professor at the University of Wisconsin too) has a scathing attack on federal district judge Anna Diggs Taylor in the New York Times this morning. An attack not on her opprobrious ruling in the NSA eavesdropping case but on the judge herself:
A Law Unto Herself

This system works only if the judges suppress their personal and political willfulness and take on the momentous responsibility to embody the rule of law. They should not reach out for opportunities to make announcements of law, but handle the real cases that have been filed.

This means that the judge has a constitutional duty, under the doctrine of standing, to respond only to concretely injured plaintiffs who are suing the entity that caused their injury and for the purpose of remedying that injury. We trust the judge to say what the law is because the judge “must of necessity expound and interpret” in order to decide cases, as Chief Justice John Marshall wrote in Marbury. But Judge Taylor breezed through two of the three elements of standing doctrine — this constitutional limit on her power — in what looks like a headlong rush through a whole series of difficult legal questions to get to an outcome in her heart she knew was right. (link)

When The Facts Aren't There

The left is trying so hard these days to buttress the flawed hypothesis that a link exists between global warming and the increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes slamming into the USA. The problem is, we've had no hurricanes so far this hurricane season. None. But they try to prop up that strawman anyway:
Fourth Potential Hurricane Gathers Strength
By Joeseph B. Treaster, The New York Times

Almost half way through a hurricane season that had been predicted to be particularly awesome, the fourth potential hurricane of the year is gathering strength off the coast of West Africa, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday night. [my emphasis] (
Fourth potential hurricane. That's like saying I've fathered 48,263 potential children (but we won't delve into that).

Unfortunately for those who bought into Al Gore's rantings, reality just isn't helping make the case:
The three previous storms all fizzled out harmlessly at sea without reaching hurricane force.
Fizzled out. The epitaph has been written for the global warming industry.

Showin' Us Who's Boss

The USA and Europe came to Iran, hat in hand, and offered a lucrative package of financial incentives to the soon-to-be nuclear Islamist superpower in return for which it was asked that Iran not develop cataclysmic weapons of mass destruction.

Iran's leaders duly laughed uproariously and told the west to take a hike. There's a new sheriff in town:
Iran Won’t Give Promise to End Uranium Effort
By Michael Slackman, The New York Times

TEHRAN, Aug. 22 — Iran responded Tuesday to a set of incentives from Europe and the United States aimed at ending its nuclear program, but did not agree to suspend the enrichment of uranium by the end of the month, the West’s primary demand.

In its response, Iran offered “serious talks” over its nuclear activities but did not raise the issue of suspending enrichment by Aug. 31, the deadline established by the United Nations Security Council, Western diplomats said.

As European and American diplomats analyzed the 21-page counterproposal on Tuesday, it increasingly appeared that Iran’s efforts to push past the Aug. 31 deadline would be considered unacceptable and that they would be likely to lead to calls for imposing sanctions. The United States, Britain, France and Germany plan to meet Wednesday in New York to discuss the proposal and their response. (link)

" ... they would be likely to lead to calls." While Iran is likely to soon launch multi-warhead nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles at Tel Aviv, Paris, and New York.

I feel like digging a deep hole ...

'And now - the rest of the story'

So this judge is a trustee for an organization that funds the ACLU and the ACLU files suit in her court in the NSA eavesdropping case and she ... (drumroll time) ... rules in favor of the ACLU. Who would have guessed? Here are the shocking details:
Conflict of Interest Is Raised in N.S.A. Ruling
By Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 — The federal judge who ruled last week that President Bush’s eavesdropping program was unconstitutional is a trustee and an officer of a group that has given at least $125,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan, a watchdog group said Tuesday.

The group, Judicial Watch, a conservative organization here that found the connection, said the link posed a possible conflict for the judge, Anna Taylor Diggs, and called for further investigation.

Three legal ethicists interviewed said although Judge Taylor’s role as a trustee for a supporter of the civil liberties group would not necessarily disqualify her from hearing the case, she should have probably disclosed the connection in court to avoid any appearance of a conflict.

Federal law requires judges to disqualify themselves from hearing a case if their impartiality “might reasonably be questioned” based on factors like a financial or personal relationship with a party in the case. (

This gal gives financial support to a plaintiff that comes before her in court and she rules in the plaintiff's favor. No, no sign of partiality there ...

A Wake-up Call

To all you incumbent Republicans up in Washington DC who decided to walk away from those who got you there and to dance with another partner, a second sign of voter discontent surfaced yesterday in Alaska (of all places). First there was Congressman Joe Schwarz in Michigan and now this:
Incumbent Concedes Gubernatorial Race in Alaska
By William Yardley, The New York Times

ANCHORAGE, Aug. 22 - Gov. Frank Murkowski, who gave up a seat in the United States Senate to run for governor four years ago and has encountered nearly constant political trouble ever since, appeared headed to a resounding defeat Tuesday in his bid for a second term.

With 67 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Murkowski had won less than 20 percent of the vote in a three-way Republican primary, placing a distant third to two challengers. Sarah Palin, the former mayor of a small town who has never held statewide office, was leading with 50 percent of the vote.

“He created no small amount of antagonism,” said [Carl] Shepro.

Mr. Shepro quickly listed a string of the governor’s perceived offenses: appointing his daughter Lisa to complete his fourth senate term; cutting a “longevity bonus” for seniors that had been intended to keep seniors from leaving the state; proposing to take money from a reserve account financed by oil taxes to balance the budget; and, after state and federal agencies denied his attempts to buy a jet for the use of the governor’s office, taking out a line of credit from a private bank and buying a plane anyway. (
The conservative base in the Republican party is in a state of high dudgeon. Expect to see more incumbents bounced from their lofty positions in the ivory tower. And the GOP hasn't even asked the Democrats to participate yet ...