Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Wednesday digest

- Prime Minister Harper, appearing on a Calgary radio show yesterday, said that French is Canada's first language, and proceeded to say that this explains why he begins news conferences in French. As soon as I heard this, I thought "could distinct society be far behind"? Politically, the francophone identity politics thing sells better in Montreal than Calgary, so he should have said it there and in French to boot, but we'll see how worn his Teflon is by the reaction of western Conservative activists to this. (So far, there's been very little, which I have to say surprises me.)

- American columnist Robert Novak says he found out that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent by reading up on her husband in the book "Who's Who in America". Clearly the Bush haters are so unhinged ... so convinced to the absolute evil of Rove and company that they couldn't even consider for one minute the possibility that Plame's identity was on the public record, as it turns out it was all along. Conspiracy-mongers, it's finally time to move on. Your feeble attempt to besmirch the White House amounts to this: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

- Today's loony left play of the day comes to us from The Progressive magazine and their interview with Marxist President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez. Widespread corruption, media intimidation and a stacked judiciary apparently aren't topics worth asking for the social justice crowd as long as he's anti-Bush, I suppose. Note the first two questions: "Your opponents say you're starting a dictatorship" followed by "Those same opponents are in bed with Bush, so are you going to send them to jail"? Now that's hard-hitting journalism for ya. A more sober view, here. (Thank God the socialists lost in Mexico.)

- On W., I love this article by Max Boot on how the Administration is letting people get away with things that they shouldn't be allowed to get away with. Now is no time to lose one's nerve, even if it's an election year for Congress.

- One of the most powerful forces besides in the world besides Bush-hatred is anti-Semitism. Hezbollah has captured two Israeli soldiers in addition to the one Hamas is holding in Gaza. I have to wonder just how dumb the terrorists really are. Don't they realize that Israel could crush them? Or do they really care, just as long as they are poking the Jews in the eye?


At 10:42 AM, Blogger Bobcaygeon said...

"American columnist Robert Novak says he found out that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent by reading up on her husband in the book "Who's Who in America"."

Really? Maybe he has a magic decoder pen, because there is NOTHING to incidate she works for the CIA in the Who's Who entry (see link at the end of the post).
He got her name from the article and confirmed it with Libby and/or Rove.

Get off the high horse Hammer, the Administration's hands are not clean on this one. That's plain to see.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Next time I want to call Bobby Novak to find out who he's been talking to, I'll ask you for his
number there, guy.

The only thing that is proved by this entire affair is the complete irrationality of Bush-haters.

Has a single official has been found guilty of leaking in the Plame case?

(After going directly to the source, I found I can't access the Who's Who because it requires a subscription.)

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Bobcaygeon said...

The text of the entry in Who's Who lists info on Wilson and the only ref. to Plame is that she is his wife (it also lists her date of birth).
How that constitutes proof that she worked for the CIA is beyond me... maybe Hammer can shed light on this?

To the question "Has a single official has been found guilty of leaking in the Plame case?"...
perhaps that question would be better asked after the trial of the former chief of staff to the Vice President of the United States.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Libby has not been found guilty of leaking a thing. As for Rove, this constitutes a leak? Come on.

(Not that think this stuff is really all that important, but I just love making fun of how rabidly unhinged and downright desperate the anti-Bush forces are. No wonder people tune out.)

I can also only conclude that given your concern about the integrity of state secrets, you are no doubt writing a letter to the NYT protesting their irresponsible publication of the electronic eavesdropping and financial tracking programs as we speak.

Am I correct on that one, B?

The last word goes to you.

At 3:20 PM, Blogger Bobcaygeon said...

Your argument holds no water by the simple fact that you yourself argue against it. You have consistently insisted that Rove and Libby have done nothing wrong, but that the NY Times is aiding and abeting Al Queda by publishing its stories on the eavesdropping and financial snooping by the feds. So how can you accuse hypocrisy if you yourself practice it?

It also holds no water because knowningly blowing the cover of a CIA agent is a federal crime in the US. Exposing the government's practice of illegally spying on its citizens is not.

At 3:57 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Like John Kerry, I believe that all leaking is wrong.

What's also clear, unfortunately for the Left, is that there's no proof Rove and Libby said to themselves "Let's destroy this woman", called up Bobby Novak and said, "Guess what? This woman is a CIA agent and I'm telling you this so that hopefully you will out her in order to kill her career and jeopardize her safety because her husband is a real pain in the ass for us." (Not sure if this allegedly happened prior to the photo spread in Vanity Fair.)

On the other hand, we have the NYT which proudly declares that they leaked both the details of the congressionally authorized electronic eavesdropping program and also the terrorist financing scheme, thereby reducing the overall security of American society by advising terrorists that they should better conceal what they do.

While not a leak but once again showing where their priorities are, the Times last week also published details of Donald Rumsfeld's summer vacation home.

Class move, NYT.

It never ceases to amaze just how how driven these people are, who really think that bin Laden is an altar boy compared with the Darth Vader-ish W. Embarassing his administration any way they can will always take precedence over the safety and security of the country, and it's really, really sad that it's come to that.

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