The liar is no whit better than the thief, and if his mendacity takes the form of slander he may be worse than most thieves

When conservatives talk about the evils of communism maybe they know what they’re talking about. They walk and quack much like the old Soviet Pravda. Should we ask Jonah Goldberg or Michelle Malkin what happened to the statistics about attacks in Iraq for the months leading up to the November elections, Bush Admin Wont Release Iraq Attack Numbers

…called Joseph A. Christoff, the GAO official who produced the document. “I have all [the Pentagon’s] data” for those months, he told me. But the military stamped it classified, he said. And despite making weeks of phone calls, he can’t convince anyone there to declassify the numbers.

Would Jonah like to bet that Bush isn’t hiding news from the American people. Maybe Malkin would like to fly to Washington and interview the mysterious folks at the Pentagon and get the real story. We should revive the use of the word mendacity; conservatives people lie,  trample over the truth, hide facts and manipulate at every turn. How cynical do they want the American public to be. Facts in conservative world become quaint remnants of some old world Jeffersonian ideals they they would rather not be bothered with. The truth is just a road block in the Republican agenda.

Slate.com’s article on “Obama’s Shady Real Estate Deal” found nothing shady

In the very next sentence, however, the report acknowledged that there is no evidence Obama did anything wrong:

There’s no evidence that the senator is fibbing or that the indicted fund-raiser asked anything in return for his neighborly behavior (though that might have been just a matter of time). Obama hasn’t tried to change his story, even though Rezko is now talking to investigators.

The article itself was titled “Barackwater” — a reference to the Clinton-era Whitewater real-estate “scandal,” which gave rise to an extensive, multimillion-dollar investigation that turned up no evidence of illegality by the Clintons.

Looks like that time of year. The worse, the best or the most over rated or under rated books of 2006.

Steve Gilliard on the tragic death of Capt. Travis Patrquin, Officer Killed in Battle, but His Ideas Live On

Do the right-wing blogs seem in disarray or a little more panicked then usual from Hotair, Saudi intel official to ABC News: We’ll kick Al Qaeda’s ass in Anbar posted at 7:20 pm on December 15, 2006 by Allahpundit

If the Saudis end up in Iraq, it won’t be because they’re worried about AQ. They’ll be there to counter Iran. In which case, why waste perfectly good Sunni jihadis? They’re better off making a deal with them to provide them with materiel in return for their agreeing not to target Saudi personnel and limit their attacks to Shiite targets.

Some people would call that appeasement.

Interesting, Fitzgerald mum on Cheney in leak case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speculation that Vice President Dick Cheney would testify in the CIA leak trial intensified when Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said he didn’t expect Bush administration officials to resist calls to testify.

[ ]..By 2000, Libby was working as a top adviser to Cheney in the presidential campaign and then followed him to the White House. In the White House, he was known as “Cheney’s Cheney” for being as trusted a problem solver for the vice president as Cheney was for Bush.

Even after Libby’s indictment, Cheney called him “one of the finest men I’ve ever known.”

The best way to get Cheney is through Congressional hearings. I’d love to see Dick ignore a subpoena.

“The liar is no whit better than the thief, and if his mendacity takes the form of slander he may be worse than most thieves. It puts a premium upon knavery untruthfully to attack an honest man, or even with hysterical exaggeration to assail a bad man with untruth. “- Theodore Roosevelt