Tuesday, April 18, 2006

News & updates

1. On the McKinney front, Rob Redding has a source telling him that "an officer, who says Rep. Cynthia McKinney assaulted him, knew who she was, and claims the incident has caused infighting among U.S. Capitol Police." This source "close to the ongoing grand jury investigation of the March 29 scuffle" identified the policeman as third-year officer Paul McKenna. The Atlanta paper has more. (H/T Malkin.) As I said before, there is reportedly video of the incident, and if so, the truth will out. Let's be patient. I've been following McKinney's career since 1991; I predicted her meltdown; and recently became the first right-wing blogger to stop hating her. McCain, McKenna, McKinney -- sounds like roll-call in homeroom, doesn't it? (Hey, Boortz: Call Max!)

2. The Duke rape case: What's up with cable news producers appointing themselves judge and jury with any legal case that strikes their fancy? The indictment's been issued, the accused will have their day in court, justice will be done. I've heard this incident kicked back and forth since Day One, as if it involved a matter of profound national importance. Wrong. It's a local cops-and-courts story, and if it wasn't for the race angle, the TV talkers wouldn't even notice. Here's my question: Since when can "student-athletes" hire strippers for a campus party without risking expulsion? We've gone from in loco parentis to in parentis loco, which means, parents got to be crazy to pay $40,000 a year to send their kids to Duke. Anway ... TV producers won't be happy until we're watching live coverage of the Great Raleigh Race Riot of 2006. Guess that would be more interesting than Katie's colonoscopy ...

3. UPDATE:
Ann Coulter weighs in on the Duke rape case:

However the Duke lacrosse rape case turns out, one lesson that absolutely will not be learned is this: You can severely reduce your chances of having a false accusation of rape leveled against you if you don't hire strange women to come to your house and take their clothes off for money.

Also, you can severely reduce your chances of being raped if you do not go to strange men's houses and take your clothes off for money. ...

And if you are a girl in Aruba or New York City, among the best ways to avoid being the victim of a horrible crime is to not get drunk in public or go off in a car with men you just met. ...

Yes, of course no one "deserves" to die for a mistake. Or to be raped or falsely accused of rape for a mistake. I have always been unabashedly anti-murder, anti-rape and anti-false accusation – and I don't care who knows about it!

Ann will, of course, be demonized for "blaming the victim," but ... is Coulter slipping in her old age? I mean: a whole column about booze, rape, dead girls ... and not a word about Ted Kennedy? I'm disappointed!

4.
Nancy French sent me a manuscript of her forthcoming book and -- wow! Imagine, a distaff reincarnation of Lewis Grizzard, married to the only future U.S. Supreme Court justice ever to be mistaken for David Lee Roth. I swear, y'all, this is going to be a huge success -- and if Reese Witherspoon hasn't bought the movie rights yet, she better start calling Paris, Tenn., pretty soon.

5. Huge boost today with David Thomson of Houston, Texas -- an Amazon Top 500 reviewer --- praising Donkey Cons:
I observed first hand, as a former Model Cities elected official, how the Democratic Party brought Detroit, Michigan down to its knees. This section of Donkey Cons is alone worth the price. Buy a copy. Better yet, you should also purchase a few copies for your friends.
Thanks, David! Chapter 8, about the Democratic corruption and disastrous urban policies that have brought such misery to America's inner cities, borrows its central idea from Fred Siegel's excellent The Future Once Happened Here. Siegel focused on L.A., N.Y., and D.C. What we did was to take a bit from Tamar Jacoby's Someone Else's House, plus history from a wide variety of other sources, to bring a Siegel-inspired focus on Detroit. As we say in the book, the destruction of urban America was perhaps the cruelest crime ever committed by Democrats, since those hurt worst were among the party's most loyal supporters.

6. I've started getting e-mail from some folks down home I haven't seen in 20 or 25 years, including a brunette beauty I had a crush on back in elementary school. Gina wrote:
Well, I wish I had known about the crush! because I had one on you too and was too shy to tell you.
LOL! Of course, I married the most beautiful woman in the world, but it's still fun to learn these things, oh ... 30 years too late.

DONKEY CONS: Buy it
DONKEY CONS: Buy TWO!
DONKEY CONS: Rave review
DONKEY CONS: Another rave review
DONKEY CONS: Yet ANOTHER rave review
DONKEY CONS: About the book
DONKEY CONS: On Book TV
DONKEY CONS: On Capitol Hill

Special note to the home folks

Danny, Brooks & Kirby have got the plan, and y'all need to get everybody together. That includes not just the family, but Terry (drums), Jerry (bass), lead guitarist Jim and his sister (Tell Kirby to ask Brooks, or vice-versa). Also, Blump, Aztec, Keeter, Umphrey, Wendell & Wylette, Wylette's brother and mom, Carol Purdy, Kathy McD. and her sister Susan, and to the Vicks: If you ain't there, you'll break my heart. Joe Andre? Does anyone know if Mrs. Hansard is still among the living? (She always said I was trouble ... and she was right.) Kirby, you remember who played Mammy Yokum to my Pappy. And my goodness, now that I think of it, how about a couple or three of the Boykin girls? Some of the Paxton boys? Sally Adams? Steve Moore? George Hall? Lori Shipp? The Gardin girls? Everybody -- invite everybody.

The weird turn pro: I just got off the phone with my old Delta buddy, Delaware, whose number I got from the wife of the mayor of Normandy, Tenn. A road trip may be in the works.

-- McCAIN