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Thursday, November 30, 2006

When Power Corrupts

Megalomania:
Noun: megalomania
1. A psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur

You focused so much on macaca and related idiocy, and you went into the voting booth with only one impetus - a need to vote against the incumbent, that you never took the time to get to know who the alternative - the man you've now elected - actually is. His character, or lack thereof, is now being revealed:

Already Too Busy for Civility
By George F. Will, The Washington Post

That was certainly swift. Washington has a way of quickly acculturating people, especially those who are most susceptible to derangement by the derivative dignity of office. But Jim Webb, Democratic senator-elect from Virginia, has become a pompous poseur and an abuser of the English language before actually becoming a senator.

Wednesday's Post reported that at a White House reception for newly elected members of Congress, Webb "tried to avoid President Bush," refusing to pass through the reception line or have his picture taken with the president.

Webb certainly has conveyed what he is: a boor. Never mind the patent disrespect for the presidency. Webb's more gross offense was calculated rudeness toward another human being -- one who, disregarding many hard things Webb had said about him during the campaign, asked a civil and caring question, as one parent to another. When -- if ever -- Webb grows weary of admiring his new grandeur as a "leader" who carefully calibrates the "symbolic things" he does to convey messages, he might consider this: In a republic, people decline to be led by leaders who are insufferably full of themselves. (link) [my emphasis]

You're asking yourself about now: What have I done?

You're a day late, pal. You voted for him. You live with him.

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

You're On Your Own Now

The foreign affairs secret nobody wants to talk about involves our abandoning Taiwan to its fate should the Chinese decide to invade. Despite the many resolutions over the years that declare our undying support for the small island nation - the last holdout of Sun Yat-sen's Kuomintang - there's no way in heaven we'll go to war with China over it. The Taiwanese are doomed. And they probably know it.

But I never thought we would get to this point:
Iran's nuclear ambitions seen similar to Holocaust
By Abraham Rabinovich, The Washington Times


Jerusalem -- Iran's reported drive to make an atomic bomb has become an existential threat to Israel that some Israelis are likening to the Holocaust -- especially with the United States appearing to back away from confrontation with Tehran.

The alarmists include Aharon Appelfeld, a leading Israeli author who as a child survived the Nazi killing of 6 million Jews.

"For the first time since I'm in the country, I feel that we face a real existential danger," Mr. Appelfeld said. (link)
There are a lot of people out there who think there is no relationship between what happens in the streets of Baghdad and the streets of Tel Aviv. They're soon to get an eye-opening lesson.

As for the Israeli people: Sorry. You're on your own now. May God have mercy.

This Is Incredible

Henry Ford must be rolling over in his grave:
Ford's buyouts cut staff by half
By Sean Lengell, The Washington Times


The Ford Motor Co. has succeeded in trimming its hourly work force by almost half, as 38,000 of its U.S. employees have accepted buyout packages to leave the company or take early retirement.

Ford said yesterday the number includes about 30,000 buyouts during the open enrollment period that concluded Monday, plus an additional 8,000 employees who took deals offered at several plants earlier this year.

The buyouts will reduce Ford's unionized work force, which totaled 83,000 at the start of the year, by almost 46 percent. (link)
There's a lesson for all businessmen and women to be learned here: At that moment when you think you're on top of the world ... kick it into high gear or watch your world come crashing down on top of you.

Well, It Fits

I read this Associated Press headline and immediately thought: What has Senator-elect Jim Webb done now?
THIS BUSH-HATER IS REALLY NUTS
It turns out though that the story is about a different nut:
November 30, 2006 -- East St. Louis, Ill. - A mental patient has pleaded guilty to threatening to castrate President Bush.

Arafat Nijmeh, 27, a Palestinian and a U.S. citizen, was sentenced Tuesday to seven months in prison, then released after being credited with time served.

Nijmeh told health workers March 18 he wanted to castrate Bush. He told Secret Service agents his threat was "not too harsh, considering what he has done to my country." (
link)
Guilty of threatening to castrate the president. At least Webb only threatened to punch him. There is a distinction here ...

Thanks For The Memories ...

I had almost forgotten about those heady days when Bill Clinton was leading our nation to greatness:
Drunken DeVito's 'Numb' & Dumb Act
By Michael Starr, The New York Post


November 30, 2006 -- An admittedly sloshed Danny DeVito staggered onto "The View" yesterday - cracking jokes about having sex with his wife in the White House and getting bleeped on the live show after calling President Bush "numb nuts." (link)
Just to refresh your memory, DeVito is a Clinton devotee. It wasn't made clear where exactly in the White House he was having sex or if either Clinton was involved but it doesn't take a Ben Tribbett to imagine what went on ...

To think, we are on a glidepath to having this bunch fornicating in every room in The Peoples' House come 2008. I can't wait.

That's The Best You Could Come Up With?

I tossed my morning coffee when I read Ben Tribbett's silly explanation (he "got a tip") for Jim Webb's deplorably impolitic behavior during a White House ceremony the other day. He claims in part:
As President Bush is well aware, a couple of weeks before this dinner the tank riding next to Jimmy's in Iraq was under fire and three marines died.

My sources are telling me (sic) that the way President Bush approached Webb with his tone, it appeared he was asking the question of how Jimmy was doing in a mocking manner ...
Ben. Ben. Ben. You had a whole day to dream up an explanation and this is the best you could do? Call me next time, man. I could help you. I think the angle should have had to do with ...
... a sudden 'Nam flashback; a post traumatic stress relapse that suddenly flung Webb back into the jungles of the Mekong Delta; a night mission gone terribly, terribly wrong; chinks to the right of him, slopes to the left of him; rocket propelled grenades landing close by, too close; comrades going down; low on ammunition; his arm bleeding profusely; no way out; Mother, dear Mother ...
A more readable excuse, yes? Call me.

Iraq Panel Adopts Murtha Strategy

It's not going to be a retreat. And we aren't going to call it a redeployment. It's going to be a pullback.

Swell.

No word yet on whether Okinawa is going to be our destination but you can bet, if we sustain any casualties wherever we are about to run to and hide in, Okinawa here we come:

Iraq Panel to Recommend Pullback of Combat Troops
By David E. Sanger and David S. Cloud, The New York Times


Washington, Nov. 29 — The bipartisan Iraq Study Group reached a consensus on Wednesday on a final report that will call for a gradual pullback of the 15 American combat brigades now in Iraq but stop short of setting a firm timetable for their withdrawal, according to people familiar with the panel’s deliberations.

The report leaves unstated whether the 15 combat brigades that are the bulk of American fighting forces in Iraq would be brought home, or simply pulled back to bases in Iraq or in neighboring countries.

“I think everyone felt good about where we ended up,” one person involved in the
commission’s debates said after the group ended its meeting. “It is neither ‘cut and run’ nor ‘stay the course.’ ” (
link)
It is neither victory nor an end to Islamist radicalism as well.

We already know what it isn't. It isn't "Let's kill all the sunsabitchas who plan on slaughtering our children and grandchildren in the streets of American cities." Instead it's a humiliating and ominous retreat from the battlefield where a dangerous foe gains strength in our signal of weakness.

Arm yourself. You'll get no help from this bunch when it comes to the protection of your loved ones. They're unleashing the beast pulling back.

And Then There Are The Democrats

The Democrats have finally come up with their own plan to win in Iraq. They want to appoint someone to do what hundreds of government employees who are currently stationed in Iraq are already doing:

Democratic Leaders Seek Special Iraq Envoy to Try to Stem the Violence
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times


Washington, Nov. 29 — Leading Senate Democrats called Wednesday for President Bush to appoint a special envoy to work with Iraqi leaders to bring increasing violence in Iraq under control.

“Violence in Iraq has reached critical levels, and the violence is not predominantly instigated by insurgents, but is taking place between Sunnis and Shia,” said Senator Harry Reid, who will become the majority leader, and four other top Senate Democrats in a letter sent to Mr. Bush. “It is our belief that coalition military action alone cannot end this violence.”

The lawmakers said in the letter that the special American envoy could follow up on issues raised between Mr. Bush and Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq during their planned meeting on Thursday in Jordan. (link)

Expect Jesse Jackson to be called in any day now. Or Snoop Dog.

These are the guys who are calling the shots these days, folks. May God have mercy on us.