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October 24, 2006

Another linkfest

What do you do when you've seen a lot of interesting articles and posts, but you don't have time to write anything interesting about them? You have a linkfest, of course.

1. On the Bush impeachment front, Byron York says we shouldn't listen to Nancy Pelosi's denials; we should watch what John Conyers, prospective House Judiciary chairman, has been doing. Sounds like good advice to me. Number 4 on Nancy Pelosi's to-do list. The New York Sun also points to Conyers. (both links via HotAir) Personally, I think the Republicans should highlight the impeachment issue in last-minute advertising. The Democrats have run this entire campaign against Bush and, to a lesser extent, the Republican Party, without telling voters about the Democrats' own insane views. Impeachment is a winner for the Republicans, because it spooks the independent voters, even if it rallies the moonbats.

2. Ace mocks a survey of "the 49 best representatives of the male gender" at, a site I don't frequent, which concluded that the Number 1 Man's Man is . . . George Clooney. I guess I can understand why women might find him attractive, but what's that got to do with being a man's man? Unless you're asking whether gay men find him attractive. But somehow, I don't think that's the question. Or is it? Read the comments at Ace's.

3. Victor Davis Hanson writes, "It is difficult in history to find any civilization that asks as much of others as does the contemporary Middle East—and yet so little of itself." Read it.

4. Fellow Maryland Blogger Alliance member Maryland Conservatarian eviscerates Reporters without Borders in a post called "We're 53rd!!!"

Now when you read a line like “…the president used the pretext of “national security” to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his “war on terrorism.”, you are on notice that this is not a serious bit of analysis but rather a staged piece of propaganda. I mean, does anyone really believe there are 52 countries more amenable to a free press? Do U.S.-based reporters actually sit around longing for the press freedom of Bosnia (#19) and Slovakia (#8)
5. Bruce Godfrey at Crablaw, another Maryland Blogger Alliance member, always has interesting and provocative posts. Recently, he defended the idea of a Department of Peace, essentially by redefining it. Which, I suppose, is the best way to defend it. Here's what the website promoting it says about it:
This landmark measure will augment our current problem-solving modalities, providing practical, nonviolent solutions to the problems of domestic and international conflict. Domestically, the Department of Peace will develop policies and allocate resources to effectively reduce the levels of domestic and gang violence, child abuse, and various other forms of societal discord. Internationally, the Department will advise the President and Congress on the most sophisticated ideas and techniques regarding peace-creation among nations.
This is the usual fruitcake nonsense that you'd expect from the loopy left, not the pragmatic solution proposed by Bruce. Here's my analysis: Let's assume you have two countries, A and B. Case 1: A wants war and B wants war. There will be war. Case 2: A wants peace and B wants peace. There will be peace. Case 3: A wants war and B wants peace (or vice versa). The result will depend on how B implements its desire for peace. If B fights A to prevent A's victory, there may be peace. If B renounces war with the pie-in-the-sky notion that "if we're nice to A, A will be nice to us," or worse yet, "it must be our fault that A hates us," then A will be victorious. End of story. Forget the Department of Peace. It will only lead to this last result. [UPDATE: If you did have a Department of Peace, I'm sure Colman McCarthy would be its first secretary.]

6. "Duh" moment of the week: The New York Times notices that the economy is actually pretty good but the Republicans aren't able to take advantage of it: "This Time, It’s Not the Economy." No, morons, it's the media like you who have gone out of their way to trash-talk the economy until it's too late for the appropriate people to get credit.

7. I can't leave without noting an amusing story: Guy goes to a hotel in Japan and brings two towels of his own. Housekeeping mistakenly removes his towels. As Fark (which provided the link) would say, hilarity ensues.

UPDATE: 8. A hilarious fake ad in the McCaskill vs. Talent senate race (via HotAir)

UPDATE: 9. Dean Barnett pulverizes Michael J. Fox.