"Where else would you go when you have an ax to grind?"

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Blonde hair, brown shirts
Not content with using schoolyard bullying tactics and eliminationist rhetoric against those on the left, Ann "the man" Coulter, is now using goons against other conservatives. Of course while the cable talking heads and major news outlets are dicussing Ann's latest calculated outrage, crap like this is being ignored by most.

"How can you have the mess we have in New Orleans, and not have had deep
investigations of the federal government, the state government, the city
government, and the failure of citizenship in the Ninth Ward, where 22,000
people were so uneducated and so unprepared, they literally couldn't get out of
the way of a hurricane"
Newt Gingrich at CPAC

Coulter knows what she's doing. She grabs the headlines with some hateful bile, her comments get discussed in the mainstream media, conservatives tut-tut about her "outrageous" languague while endorsing her point of view in more carefully couched terminology and presto! the formerly fringe opinion gets lots of mainstream airtime and ink and comes to be considered reasonable.

She also acts as a smokescreen for people like Gingrich. Not matter how offensive his carefully phrased nonsense is, all he has to do is point out that at least he didn't call John Edwards a faggot.

tip of the hat to Lindsey at Majikthise and as always, go read the Galloping Beaver and Orcinus

Presented without comment
I have kids to feed and house payments to make so I'm not going to talk about the Japanese media vis a vis Prime Minister Abe's comments on the WWII Comfort Women/Sex Slaves, but I think it is important that people see this editorial from the largest Japanese newspaper. It is about what I expected. The Galloping Beaver has a nice post on this issue.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Don't mention the war
"I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it"
Continued employment precludes my commenting at length in the manner I would like to, but suffice to say those of you reading the Times, the Post and the Globe and Mail will read much more about these controversies than anyone in Tokyo will.

Gov. Shintaro Ishihara pens script on Kamakazi pilots -- just google his name to see whether this is likely to be a good idea.

Abe says "comfort women" weren't coerced -- Yeah, those 14 year olds were just asking for it, the trollops.

Education minister claims too many human rights are like too much butter and could soil Japanese purity, proposes stressing patriotic education in school system.

War crimes still coming to light