“But if you’ll come along I’ll tell you what little I know while I’m eating. I ain’t had lunch yet.”

Despite whatever attention she gets, Ann Coulter is a marginal political pundit at best. She along with her fans live in the sewer of American political discourse.
The views expressed resemble more those of an angry bitter drunk then the views of a political party in which some still claim to be the party of Lincoln. She is a good example of the contrary and contradicting views that are held all at once inside the head of America’s shrill far right.

Now America has entered a fierce struggle to protect the world from a grave danger and to bring freedom to an oppressed people. As the forces of our coalition advance, we learn more about the atrocities of the Iraqi regime and the deep fear that Saddam Hussein has instilled in the Iraqi people. Yet, no scheme of this enemy, no crime of a dying regime will divert us from our mission. We will not stop until Iraq is free.

George W. Bush April 3, 2003

Ann Coulter to Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

“I think our motto should be post-9-11, ‘raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'”

Who’s giving truth to words ? Bush when he says we’re sacrificng American troops, British troops, and Iraqi civilians for the eventual establishment of a western style democracy replete with blasphemous cartoons. Or is Coulter speaking truth to words when she says they’ll all “ragheads”. If they’re all ragheads and all that that implies, i.e. very unimportant or worthless, then she can’t very well support Bush, since he says that at the very least, the freedom of these people or ragheads is worth the sacrifice of life and treasure.
Coulter: Islam is “a car-burning cult”

Making the rash assumption for purposes of discussion that Islam is a religion and not a car-burning cult, even a real religion can’t go bossing around other people like this.

and this,

COLMES: Would you like to convert these people all to Christianity?

COULTER: The ones that we haven’t killed, yes.

COLMES: So no one should be Muslim. They should all be Christian?

COULTER: That would be a good start, yes.

A simple description of democracy is a government that allows freedoms as in the 1st amendment to the constitution that guarantees freedom of religion. I have not heard Bush say otherwise so I’ll assume that in his view, Iraq and whatever other countries he choices to invade, the democratic framework will include the right to practice a religion of their choice. maybe what Bush means and what Coulter means is that they have an idea of what freedom is and it is not what Muslims have in mind. What Coulter and Bush have in mind is something they can’t bring themselves to say, a liberal democracy in which the majority will have their rights, but not at the sacrifice of the minority. Maybe they can’t bring themselves to say it because that is not what is on their agenda for America. So if Americans are trying to figure out what these two darlings of the right mean, is it any wonder that Muslims are suspicious of our goals. Just say it, liberal democracy. Religion yes, theocracy no.

From now on, Bush said, relations with “every ruler and every nation” will be predicated on how they treat their own people, a profound break from traditional U.S. policy and from the Bush administration’s practices in his first term, when it worked with repressive governments in the war against terrorism. In his doctrine for the next four years, Bush presented the United States as a beacon for the subjugated around the world and promised to confront the despots who enchain them.

“All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know the United States will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressors,” Bush told tens of thousands of onlookers from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in a 21-minute address in which he used the words “free,” “freedom” or “liberty” 49 times. “When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.”

We’ve heard from Ann, let’s drag someone that is billed as a moderate Republican into this, pontificator Fred Barnes, Fred Barnes on Islamic cartoon controversy: “We see Muslims’ contempt for democracy”

HUME: What about this controversy? Where is it going? What does it tell us? Fred?

BARNES: It tells us a lot. It tells us that our enemy or — is not just Al Qaeda. That there’s — that Muslims all over Europe and all over the world are certainly enemies of Western civilization. Look what the showing of these cartoons, which I do — originally thought was a mistake. They shouldn’t have run them. Now, I think we’ve learned a lot from this. We see the Muslims’ contempt for democracy, for freedom of speech, for freedom of the press, and particularly, for freedom of religion.

Freedom of religion doesn’t mean, just, you have the right to practice your own religion. It means that you can reject, and criticize, and even insult other religions if you want to. And that’s what’s happened. And it doesn’t mean that you have to die or should be threatened or have your hand cut off or anything like that as a result.

I happen to agree with old Fred that practicing one’s religion should be done in a way that respects other people. On the other hand he seems to disagree with his president’s claim that we should spread democracy. Afterall why spread democracy to “ragheads” and people that have “contempt for democracy, for freedom of speech, for freedom of the press, and particularly, for freedom of religion”. Are Ann and Fred aiding and abetting our America’s enemies by undermining President Bush’s goals publically annouced goals. Have Ann and Fred committed sedition,

The Sedition Act of 1918 was an amendment to the Espionage Act of 1917. The Sedition Act forbade an American to use “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, flag, or armed forces during war. The act also allowed the Postmaster General to deny mail delivery to dissenters of government policy during wartime.

Luckily for Ann and Fred, The Sedition Act was done away with in 1921.

Keeping in mind the contradictions and generally poor wiring that compose the conservative circuit, Ex-Cheney Aide Testified Leak Was Ordered, Prosecutor Says

I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, told a grand jury that he was authorized by his “superiors” to disclose classified information to reporters about Iraq’s weapons capability in June and July 2003, according to a document filed by a federal prosecutor.

The document shows that Mr. Libby, known as Scooter, was actively engaged in the Bush administration’s public relations effort to rebut complaints that there was little evidence to support the claim that Saddam Hussein possessed or sought weapons of mass destruction, which was used to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Now why would Dick go and do a low down dirty rotten thing like that. Maybe to hide the fact that while evryone else saw a mouse with sharpe teeth, Dick was seeing a boogie man, Ex-CIA Official Faults Use of Data on Iraq

“Official intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs was flawed, but even with its flaws, it was not what led to the war,” Pillar wrote in the upcoming issue of the journal Foreign Affairs. Instead, he asserted, the administration “went to war without requesting — and evidently without being influenced by — any strategic-level intelligence assessments on any aspect of Iraq.”

“It has become clear that official intelligence was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between [Bush] policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community’s own work was politicized,” Pillar wrote.

The Foreign Affairs article is here, Intelligence, Policy,and the War in Iraq
If you’re wondering who or what conservatives are loyal to at this point, who could blame you. Ann and Fred don’t think Muslims should have a democracy, Dick is exposing our intelligence assets and Bush thinks that he’s the unregulated wiretapping Politburo Chief, Terror leader plotted raid on Los Angeles, says Bush , cool stuff right?

This is unbelievable on so many fronts. First, I believe that the U.S. government did stop a terrible attack from occurring in Los Angeles. That is the government’s job, and it does need robust intelligence capacity to stop, inderdict, and deter very bad people from doing horrific things.

The REASON why Bush did not previously disclose this thwarted terrorist attack has more to do with not want to reveal “means and methods” or not wanting to compromise sources so that more information can be generated such means and sources in the future.

Very possibly, the President has just sacrificed key sources or exposed some of our means in order to cover himself politically. This was an incredibly cynical gesture on his part — disclosing an intelligence success as implied justification for the suspension of American civil liberties, privacy, and warrantless wiretaps.

Brown says he’s been made Katrina scapegoat
What a circus, Brown the incompetent crony defends himself against one of the biggest morons the otherwise great state of Minnesota has ever produced, Norm Coleman.

In three hours of testimony, Brown argued he faced structural problems stemming from FEMA being made a part of the Department of Homeland Security, which President Bush created after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Brown contended the reorganization created a bureaucratic nightmare that left a chain of responsibility unclear and set up roadblocks preventing quick action.

“There was a cultural clash which didn’t recognize the absolute inherent science of preparing for disaster, responding to it, mitigating against future disasters and recovering from disaster,” he said.

“And any time you break that cycle of preparing, responding, recovering and mitigating you are doomed to failure. And the policies and decisions that were implemented by DHS put FEMA on a path to failure.”

Months before Katrina, Brown said he had requested, and received, recommendations from senior FEMA operational professionals about how the agency could better prepare for and respond to disasters.

“We were never given the money, we were never given the resources, we were never given the opportunity to implement any of those recommendations,” he said.

The former FEMA chief said he had conversations on the issue with White House officials, including then-Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Bolton; Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin; White House Chief of Staff Andy Card; Gen. John Gordon, former assistant to the president for Homeland Security; and White House adviser Fran Townsend.

So one monkey consulted with the other monkeys and couldn’t decide how to peel a banana and they get health care at taxpayer expense.

NSA kids’ mascots: like Power Rangers for warrantless wiretaps

The NSA updated their children’s outreach site recently. In the process, the previous mascot, Crypto Cat, has undergone some changes. Previously, Crypto Cat was a male dressed in a trench coat, but she is now a high school teenager in a midriff-baring sweater.

Feel safer now ?

Plant Trees in Someone’s Name

Walking over to California Street, I shook down my memory for what I had heard here and there of Bernard Gilmore. I could remember a few things — the opposition papers had been in the habit of exposing him every election year — but none of them got me anywhere. I had known him by sight: a boisterous, red-faced man who had hammered his way up from hod-carrier to the ownership of a half-million-dollar business and a pretty place in politics. ‘A roughneck with a manicure,’ somebody had called him; a man with a lot of enemies and more friends; a big, good-natured, hard-hitting rowdy.

Odds and ends of a dozen graft scandals in which he had been mixed up, without anybody ever really getting anything on him, flitted through my head as I rode downtown on the too-small outside seat of a cable car. Then there had been some talk of a bootlegging syndicate of which he was supposed to be the head…

I left the car at Kearny Street and walked over to the Hall of Justice. In the detectives’ assembly-room I found O’Gar, the detective-sergeant in charge of the Homicide Detail: a squat man of fifty who went in for wide-brimmed hats of the movie-sheriff sort, but whose little blue eyes and bullet-head weren’t handicapped by the trick headgear.

“I want some dope on the Gilmore killing,” I told him.

“So do I,” he came back. “But if you’ll come along I’ll tell you what little I know while I’m eating. I ain’t had lunch yet.”

Safe from eavesdroppers in the clatter of a Sutter Street lunchroom, the detective-sergeant leaned over his clam chowder and told me what he knew about the murder, which wasn’t much.

from DEATH ON PINE STREET by Dashiell Hammett