Saturday, April 01, 2006

New Orleans judge investigated

Prosecutors continue their probe of a federal judge in New Orleans:
The longtime secretary of U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. appeared before a federal grand jury Friday, signaling that prosecutors have not dropped their investigation into Porteous, a former Jefferson Parish jurist who serves in the Eastern District of Louisiana at the New Orleans federal courthouse.

The secretary apparently delivered two boxes of documents to the federal grand jury, which has been investigating the influence of Bail Bonds Unlimited in Jefferson Parish, where Judge Porteous served on a state court before being appointed by President Clinton to the federal bench. A special federal investigation, "Operation Wrinkled Robe," began probing the case in 1999:

Former Jefferson Parish Judges Alan Green and Ronald Bodenheimer are serving prison sentences for their roles in the Wrinkled Robe case.

Porteous served on the 24th District Court in Jefferson Parish from 1984 until then-President Bill Clinton nominated him to the federal bench in 1994. He and his wife, who has since died, declared bankruptcy in 2001.


Two judges in prison, a third under investigation ... you ever hear of "Operation Wrinkled Robe" before? Me neither. Lots of headlines about former Republican congressional staffers, but nothing about corrupt Democratic judges.

-- McCAIN

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coverage of New Orleans:

3/20: Sanity in New Orleans
3/18: Police looting OK in New Orleans
3/17: Dean screams in New Orleans
2/15: Morial spews a flood of lies
2/4: New vote-fraud opportunities
1/26: Knee-deep in the Big Muddy

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Friday, March 31, 2006

Who Cynthia McKinney is

I was shopping for groceries at the Piggly Wiggly in Calhoun, Georgia, where I was working as a sports editor, when I heard the news.

"Did you hear?" the clerk said. "We just started bombing Baghdad."

It was January 1991.

My cousin's husband was a sergeant in the 101st Airborne, and America was at war against Saddam Hussein. I didn't get much sleep that night. Psychologists labeled it "CNN Syndrome," and I had it bad.

So I was kind of grumpy the next day when I went to the offices of the Calhoun Times and heard what Cynthia McKinney had done. She was then a state legislator from Atlanta. I'd never heard of her before, but my jaw dropped when I saw the news of what she'd done under the golden dome in Atlanta:

More than two-thirds of the state House walked out of the chamber in protest today as Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Atlanta) spoke against the U.S. attack on Iraq and declared that President Bush "ought to be ashamed of himself."
Ms. McKinney, speaking from the well on a point of personal privilege just 16 hours after the war began, called the U.S. attack the "most inane use of American will that I have witnessed in a long time."
A dozen legislators immediately rose and left. They were followed by a steady stream of others, leaving less than 50 of the 180 seats occupied in the unusually quiet chamber.
"She's in there talking trash," said Rep. Fred Aiken (R-Smyrna) as he reached the hallway. ..
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"George Bush ought to be ashamed of himself," Ms. McKinney said. "I for one am not convinced that this is the most effective and productive use of American resolve and American will. I
will not be led to the slaughterhouse for any one of George Bush's reasons."
After the 15-minute speech, Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) hugged Ms. McKinney in an anteroom. She said she had not expected the walkout but was not surprised.

--Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jan. 17, 1991

My cousin Deborah was at home in Clarksville, Tenn., worried to death; her husband Buck was in Saudi Arabia facing SCUD attacks; I was totally stressed out about the war -- and Cynthia McKinney was taking Saddam's side of the argument.

Now, here's the important thing: I was a Democrat then, and I was against the war, too.

I remember how proud I was of Georgia's two Democratic senators during the debate leading up to the Gulf War in 1991. Sen. Sam Nunn was known as a tough, smart expert on defense issues, but argued that we should give diplomacy more time to work after Saddam's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Sen. Wyche Fowler was particularly eloquent in the debate, referring to Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War and the tragic results of the Athenian expedition to Syracuse.

Georgia is a state with a proud military tradition. It is home to major Army bases like Ft. Benning and Ft. Stewart, and my father worked 37 years at the Lockheed plant in Marietta, building the amazing C-130 transport plane.

So it's not like Georgians are a bunch of pacifists. But in 1991, our senators made solid arguments why the United States should avoid war, if possible, and both voted against the war resolution against Iraq. However, as soon as that resolution was passed, both Nunn and Fowler then voted for a second resolution declaring total support for the military mission. (An interesting contrast between them and today's Democrats: Nunn and Fowler were against the war before they were for it.)

Nunn and Fowler had it exactly right. War is a terrible thing, to be avoided unless necessary, but once the bombs start falling, there is only one way to end the war: Complete U.S. victory.

That's the thing about war: You either win or lose. So if you aren't cheering for a U.S. victory, you're cheering for U.S. defeat. And please don't tell me how patriotic it is to hope that our troops suffer an embarassing defeat that undermines the morale and prestige of the U.S. armed forces. I'm old enough to remember Vietnam (where my uncle Casper served with the 7th Cav) and I don't need any history lessons on the consequences of U.S. defeat.

Given my views in 1991, I was completely enraged at Cynthia McKinney's anti-war rant. What an absurd thing to do! And what an embarassment to patriotic Democrats everywhere. Who gives a crap what a second-term state representative says about U.S. foreign policy? (Like I said, I had never heard of McKinney before that January day in 1991, and I think most Georgians hadn't heard of her, either.) Since when is a state legislature the place to deliver rants against the president of the United States? That she would even think to do such a thing indicated to me that she was mentally unbalanced.

A few years later, I learned that Cynthia McKinney's tendency toward crackpot demagoguery is an inherited trait. Her father, Billy McKinney, was a state representative who strongly backed the racial gerrymandering of Georgia's congressional districts. This ill-advised measure had the convenient effect of carving out the district that first elected his daughter to Congress, but it also helped destroy the Democratic Party in Georgia (and nationally) by carving out several nearly all-white districts that sent Republicans to Congress in 1994.

So Billy McKinney got his daughter at seat in Congress, and the Democratic Party paid the price. Brilliant.

A lawsuit was filed against the Georgia gerrymander -- Cynthia's district stretched from the east side of Atlanta almost to the South Carolina border, and was at some points scarcely a hundred yards wide. In that lawsuit, one of the witnesses for the plaintiffs was Massachusetts Rep. Gary Franks, who in 1990 became the first black Republican elected to Congress in 60 years.

Outside the courtroom, as the Bay State Banner later reported, Franks was greeted by "black protesters waved placards accusing him of being an 'Uncle Tom,' and Bill McKinney, father of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, challenged him to a fight."

Let's review, then, what we know about the McKinneys:
Am I the only one who sees a pattern here?

Of course, Nancy Pelosi rallies to McKinney's support:

Nancy Pelosi of California called the incident "a mistake, an unfortunate lack of recognition of a member of Congress.' She added that the police officer was not at fault. 'I would not make a big deal of this,' she said.
OK, fine. Not a big deal. But then McKinney herself issued a press release and called a press conference, and she herself injected race into the dispute:

Sadly, there are only 14 black women Members of Congress. And surely our faces are distinguishable. But why my face is continually unrecognizable can only be answered by these offending police officers.
All the liberal pundits sit around and wonder why the Democrats can't win elections anymore. Zell Miller tried to tell them, but they wouldn't listen. Instead, the Democrats chose as their presidential candidate a phony snob like John Kerry and elevated to positions of national prominence crackpots like Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi. And they rally to the defense of a dingbat like Cynthia McKinney, who has done more than Newt Gingrich to elect Republicans in Georgia.

Anyway, when McKinney made headlines by (allegedly) assaulting a Capitol Police officer, my mind naturally went back to that January day in 1991 when I first heard of her. She was an irresponsible demagogue then, and she's only gotten worse.

So to all the bloggers and pundits who are jumping on McKinney now, I proudly say, "I was loathing her before you guys ever heard of her!"

-- McCAIN

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3/31: "Jihad Cindy" does it again


Anybody who lives or works in D.C. knows how intense security is since 9/11. There are concrete barricades and security checkpoints everywhere, and metal detectors -- my God, the metal detectors! ... So Cynthia McKinney, who should know the drill by now, certainly has no excuse for not stopping when the police officer asked her to stop. Her ridiculous charges of racism are ... an attempt to claim that members of Congress should be exempted from the security hassles we mere mortals have to endure.
2/17: Latest rant from "Jihad Cindy"


She's worried about Haiti, she's worried about Tupac Shakur, she's worried about the Palestinians, she's signing petitions for Mumia and Tookie, she's blamed Bush for 9/11 and took campaign contributions from radical Muslims, she gets 3/4 of her campaign contributions from out-of-state donors -- hey, Cynthia, have you ever thought of worrying about people in Georgia for a change?
UPDATES

Peach Pundit has been all over the McKinney incident (here, here, and especially here), and Erick reports via handheld: "She is on my flight to ATL. Hope I don't get hit." Don't worry, Erick. Unless you're traveling in first class, you'll never see her.

Flapsblog: McKinney blames officer for "inappropriate touching."

The incomparable Ace explains it from McKinney's point of view.

Blue Star ponders "her seemingly limitless delusions of self-importance."

Violence Worker says, Censure McKinney: "I work on an Air Force Base. ... Even the Wing commander ... must show his ID and you KNOW the guards know who he is. ... [McKinney] should be hauled up before the ethics committee and censured at a minimum. The woman is a disgrace!"

Wonkette (who wasn't as funny as Hitchens at the "Free the Plamegate 2" comedy benefit my wife and I attended last year) uses the occasion to crack a joke at Cynthia McKinney's Tupac Memorial Bill, and wonders if the (alleged) cop-basher is constitutionally protected.

Marie asks: "Is Cynthia McKinney insane?" (We report; you decide.)

Rob Huddleston, noting that McKinney's meltdown was predicted here 6 weeks ago, says, "Heh. ... You gotta love it when the irrational Left becomes that predictable." And he also shares the same views I mentioned about security in D.C.: "Having worked on The Hill Post-9/11/2001, I am convinced that [Capitol Police] have one of the most difficult jobs in all of D.C. They basically guard tourist attractions that must be open to all ... which - by the way - also double as prime terrorist targets."

Daddy's Roses speaks for lots of the folks down home: "I am a Georgian who is tired of being embarrassed by Cynthia McKinney. Why do they ALWAYS have to put the initials GA after her name on the TV screen?" Right: She's from Atlanta, which isn't the same thing as being from Georgia.

Shout out to AtlMalcontent, who says: "Keep in mind that McKinney has been in Washington since 1992 ... so if the cops were out to get her .. response time is lacking. ... My guess is that many minorities work for the Capitol Police. I can also safely assume that they're underpaid and overly familiar with diva-like behavior, from male and female politicians alike." Hey, pal, you should have seen the posse that used to follow Dick Gephardt around the Capitol ....

This morning, just to make sure, I checked DONKEY CONS (the index of congressional names runs two full pages) and there was Rep. McKinney on pages 122-123, seeking mercy for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal -- it's a mutual admiration, by the way. Come to think of it, that Capitol Hill police officer is lucky that McKinney wasn't wielding anything more dangerous than a cellphone.

And with a hat tip to California Conservative, we present LindaSOG's brilliant idea:


"Jihad Cindy" does it again

We've previously blogged about the unspeakably wretched Rep. Cynthia McKinney, a Democrat from my home state of Georgia. (If any talk radio host wants to talk about why this irresponsible airhead doesn't belong in Congress, please call our agent.)

As everyone in the blogosphere knows by now, "Jihad Cindy" -- the tag Neal Boortz hung on McKinney in tribute to her enthusiastic support for, and from, terrorists -- (allegedly) tried to blow past a metal detector at the Capitol and then (allegedly) assaulted the policeman who tried to stop her.

From the moment I heard this news, a mental clock started ticking as I waited for the inevitable, and now ...

McKinney plays the race card (h/t MALKIN):

Her lawyer, James W. Myart Jr., said, "Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, like thousands of average Americans across this country, is, too, a victim of the excessive use of force by law enforcement officials because of how she looks and the color of her skin."
"Ms. McKinney is just a victim of being in Congress while black," Myart said. "Congresswoman McKinney will be exonerated." ...

"Congresswoman McKinney, in a hurry, was essentially chased and grabbed by the officer," Myart said. "She reacted instinctively in an effort to defend herself."
Several Capitol Police officials have said the officer involved asked McKinney three times to stop. When she did not, he placed a hand on her and she hit him, they said.
In a draft of a statement that McKinney did not release, she said the officer "bodyblocked" her during the incident, and she blamed his failure to recognize her on a recent makeover.
"It is ... a shame that while I conduct the country's business, I have to stop and call the police to tell them that I've changed my hairstyle so that I'm not harassed at work," McKinney said in the draft, which was obtained by WSB-TV of Atlanta and posted on its website.

I just watched a press conference on C-SPAN in which McKinney and her supporters sought to demagogue the race issue. Pathetic -- and sure to be a P.R. disaster for the Democrats. This is from Atlanta's WSB-TV (where I won a kiddie quiz show in 1972):
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday labeled it "a mistake, an unfortunate lack of recognition of a member of Congress." She added that the police officer was not at fault.
"I would not make a big deal of this," said Pelosi, D-Calif.
Ron Bonjean, spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., responded: "How many officers would have to be punched before it becomes a big deal?"
ATTENTION NANCY PELOSI: There is a surveillance video of the incident, so if McKinney's crowd wants to make a big issue of this, we'll see that video on the evening news (24/7 on Fox News, no doubt), and the truth will out.

Anybody who lives or works in D.C. knows how intense security is since 9/11. There are concrete barricades and security checkpoints everywhere, and metal detectors -- my God, the metal detectors! You get so tired of having to empty your pockets into those little trays, and it's not just the Capitol. I remember at the premiere of "Gods and Generals," I stood in line with actors and actresses from the film while we waited to go through the metal detectors to enter a gala event at the Reagan Building downtown. Same thing at CPAC: If you wanted to hear Cheney speak, you had to go through the metal detectors, press pass or no press pass.

So Cynthia McKinney, who should know the drill by now, certainly has no excuse for not stopping when the police officer asked her to stop. Her ridiculous charges of racism are an assault on the rule of law, an attempt to claim that members of Congress should be exempted from the security hassles us mere mortals have to endure.

The problem with "Jihad Cindy" isn't her race, it's that she's an arrogant spoiled brat, as I explained six weeks ago:
Nobody with any sense has ever taken McKinney seriously -- she only got a seat in Congress because her father, Billy McKinney, was a big Democratic power-broker in Atlanta -- but you get the feeling that one of these days she's bound do something that will be an even bigger embarassment for Democrats than her ties to radical Islam.
And now she's done exactly that. (Kind of prophetic, wasn't I?) If she wants to fight the Capitol Police in court, then the video of her slamming that policeman becomes a matter of public record, and Bill O'Reilly's huge audience will be watching that incident replayed over, and over, and over ... Hey, what is it now, 7 months until Election Day?

-- McCAIN

DON SURBER points out that BASIL mentions that there's actually a "Cynthia McKinney Parkway" in Atlanta. (Picture here.) It's a stretch of Memorial Drive. I'm biting my tongue.

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Corruption in New Jersey? Wow!

Here's why the ethics-challenged habits of the Democratic Party matter:

The New Jersey Senate race has turned surprisingly competitive, with most voter polls showing Republican state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. in a virtual tie with Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, one of the state's leading machine bosses who has been hit by criticism about his ethics.

Ordinarily, Mr. Kean, the Republican whip in the state Senate, where the party is in the minority, would have a steep hill to climb in a state where registrations show Democrats outnumber Republican voters by better than 2-to-1. But he has been helped by an unlikely Republican ally: the press, which has been running stinging editorials and news stories that have called Mr. Menendez's ethics into question.

That's from Donald Lambro, who reports that even the New York Times(!) is outraged by the aura of sleaze surrounding Menendez:

When Mr. Menendez was appointed by Gov. Jon Corzine late last year to fill his unexpired seat, the New York Times criticized the selection as "disappointing," calling the former congressman "a proponent of business as usual. He has long been an entrenched de facto leader of the Hudson County Democratic machine."
"There have been 75 corruption indictments in New Jersey over the last four years. The public has a right to yearn for a break from the past, and Mr. Menendez does not represent a clean slate," the Times editorialized.
New Jersey newspapers have questioned the senator's relationship with a former aide, whom he helped to get lobbying contracts and consulting work, while
other stories have raised questions about his use of campaign funds for purportedly noncampaign purposes.

"Menendez is the undisputed party boss in Hudson County, and we're going to be talking a lot about ethics reform," Kean campaign spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said yesterday.
"There is a crisis of confidence [in Mr. Menendez]. We're in a period of corruption, and we need to have people in Washington, D.C., that people can trust," she said.

The Democratic Party's 200-year legacy of corruption is a big factor in why Democrats have been unable to gain traction on the ethics issue, despite the GOP's Abramoff-related woes (more on Abramoff in a later update). Even TIME magazine -- which, as we show in Chapter 9 of DONKEY CONS, falsely tried to spin the Enron debacle as a GOP scandal -- is forced to admit this:

Meanwhile, although there is no doubt that Americans are unhappy with the Republicans who run the country, Democratic strategists acknowledge that they have yet to sell voters on their party. In the TIME poll, approval for congressional Democrats is no higher (39%) than for Republicans, and 56% of voters said they don't believe the Democrats offer a clear set of alternative policies.

Right. If the problem is corruption, the answer is not Democrats.

UPDATE: New Jersey's Dan Riehl asks, "Can we at least deport illegal politicians? Or won't there be any left? Menendez and Lautenberg, Gawd I need out of this state." Oh, and Dan also tells us that New Jersey's ex-Gov. Jim McGreevy is writing a "tell-all memoir" about being a corrupt Democrat ... oh, wait a minute. No. Sorry, it's about being a victim of homophobia.

- - - -

Let me just take some time to point out one of my pet peeves: Poll-mongering. What TIME does with its latest poll is unethical and dishonest in the extreme. It is a flat-out lie to report these numbers as if they matter. Here's the point:

This TIME poll was conducted by telephone March 22-23 among 1,003 adult Americans by SRBI Public Affairs.

Random adults! Random freaking adults! I will try to restrain my rage when I remind you that ...

'RANDOM ADULTS' DON'T VOTE!

Any poll of "random adults" about a political issue (as opposed to a poll about their favorite brand of soft drink) is invalid, irrelevant and useless. At the very least, to offer insight as to what actual voters might be thinking, a political poll should be limited to registered voters. And, of course, as election time approaches, it becomes possible to apply screens and derive a sample of "likely voters."

But a random sample of mere adults includes a substantial number of people too stupid and too ignorant to understand anything about news or politics. These people tend to be poorly educated and seldom watch TV news or public-affairs program. If they read a newspaper, it's only for the sports scores or the horoscopes. Such people often show up in polls as "don't know" or "don't care" responses, but so far as they have any political leanings, the "don't know/don't care" respondents always lean heavily toward the Democrats.

And here's the most important thing about the "don't know/don't care" set: THEY DON'T VOTE. Thank God for that. Think about it. If you "don't know" anything about politics and you "don't care" who's running for office or what the issues are, why would you bother to vote?

But the fact that the "don't know/don't care" segment of random adults is a political null set doesn't stop TIME (nor any other MSM outfit) from lumping them into polls which are then used to suggest that everybody hates Republicans and therefore Democrats are on the verge of a breakthrough victory. That isn't news, it's propaganda, and they ought to stop doing it.

< /RANT>

-- McCAIN

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Daily demagoguery

Ah! I love the smell of demagoguery in the morning!

I fell asleep last night watching C-SPAN, and woke up this morning to a House debate over an education bill. The Democrats (no surprise) were taking turns accusing Republicans of "raiding" federal education funding, taking $12 billion which otherwise would have gone to "our children" and instead "giving" that money to greedy corporations.

The secret to this kind of demagoguery is being shifty with pronouns. For instance, there was Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota), whose speech involved repetition and variations of the clause, "When we put a college education out of reach of American families …."

Who is "we" in this construction? Congress? Congress doesn't set tuition. If college tuition is rising -- which is what I suppose Rep. McCollum meant by saying that it is "out of reach of American families" -- then who is responsible? College presidents earning six-figure incomes? Tenured faculty who seldom set foot in an undergraduate classroom? Campus employees, including graduate teaching assistants, who form unions and militate for higher wages?

But because Democrats were not talking about Corporate America, but instead were dealing with an enterprise involving a loyal Democratic Party constituency (college faculties), Rep. McCollum was not demonizing those who are most responsible for, and benefit most directly from, rising tuition. College professors and union bosses are among the sainted groups whom Democrats never accuse of "greed."

"When we put a college education out of reach of American families …." Who is this "we"? And what rhetorical function is served by the phrase "American families"? Do American families go to college, the way they go out to eat at Chuck E. Cheese?

No. If "we" are guilty of putting college education out of the reach, we're putting it out of the reach of American teenagers. But Rep. McCollum didn't say so, because everybody knows what American teenagers are like: spoiled, bratty and ingrateful, blowing their parents' money on IPods, Spring Break trips to Mexico, and jewelry for their pierced bellybuttons. Nobody feels sorry for American teenagers, who are not only lazy and arrogant but also listen continuously to that obscene garbage they call "music" nowadays. You're not going to win a lot of votes by trying to tell Americans that those useless teenage slackers, with their braces, baggy jeans and $150 basketball shoes, are pitiful victims.

Therefore, Rep. McCollum does a rhetorical sleight-of-hand and -- voila! -- the victims become "American families." And the perpetrators of this victimization are the ambiguous "we."

What was Rep. McCollum doing with this vague, misleading excuse for an argument? In a word, lying. Because a few minutes after she finished, Rep. Ric Keller (R-Fla.) got up and displayed a chart showing how federal funding for Pell Grants -- which was what the $12 billion fuss was all about -- had increased significantly since Republicans took over Congress in 1995.

Which is a bad thing. If the federal government subsidizes something, the price of that something tends to go up. By pouring money into the Pell Grant program, Republicans are stimulating demand for college education, which would naturally tend to increase tuition -- and thus causing the very "out of reach" phenomenon of which Rep. McCollum complains. If you want to make college more affordable for "American families," eliminate the subsidies.

But Democrats would never propose that, would they?

-- McCAIN

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LOS STALINISTAS: Illegales, SI! Capitalismo, NO!
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Ding-Dong, the Meathead's Dead

It's morning in California! Children in every city are singing joyously, festooning May Poles in spring colors, tossing flower petals from baskets…Ticker tape is floating down from every skyscraper and freeway overpass…Bells are ringing in courthouse squares…Church choirs are singing the Hallelujah Chorus…

And Ah-nold is standing in the Capitol Rotunda, proclaiming: "Let da joyous news be spread, the vicked old Meathead at last is dead."

Film director Rob Reiner resigned Wednesday as chairman of the state children's commission he helped create, and a Democratic lawmaker said he would ask state auditors to broaden an investigation to look at what he called "a potential pattern of coordination between a political agenda and the commission's work.''

Reiner and the First 5 California Children and Families Commission are under scrutiny for a publicly funded advertising campaign last year touting the benefits of preschool that partially coincided with Reiner's effort to gather signatures for a June ballot measure that would provide free preschool to all 4-year-olds.

Lawmakers already have asked state auditors to look at the relationships between the ads and the political campaign.

Specifically, it appears that Reiner's commission may have spent more than $23 million in public funds to run advertisements boosting Prop 82, Reiner's own state-funded voluntary preschool initiative, slated for the June ballot. How did First 5 get the money? In 1998, California voters stupidly passed Prop 10, a Reiner-backed initiative that slapped a 50-cent tax on every pack of cigarettes sold. The money, Reiner said, would go to create "an integrated, comprehensive and collaborative system of information and services to enhance optimal early childhood development."

Not only did it chap the libertarian quarter of my hide that Reiner duped the public into taxing one segment of the citizenry (smokers) to pay for his crackpot concept of nanny-state childrearing, but I and every other California parent with a television set have been, ever since, subjected to the Meathead's lies about the wondrous glories of preschool.

What's the secret to academic success, a lucrative career, and staying out of prison? According to advertisements now running in California, it's preschool. Television and radio spots sponsored by First 5 California, a tax-funded early-childhood commission headed by actor-activist Rob Reiner, claim children who attend preschool perform better academically during their K-12 years. Such students also are more likely to attend college, land good jobs, avoid criminal activity, and even be happier than kids who don't attend preschool.

Every time I watch or hear one of these freaking ads, I just about blow an artery: Rob Reiner is using millions of dollars in public money to tell the public that they if want to keep their kids from morphing into burger-flipping felons on Prozac, they'd better send em to preschool. Better that than keeping little kids home with incompetents like themselves. (Do I seem bitter?)

The most galling part of all this is that First 5 bases its ads on research that used as its cohort a group of poverty-stricken children with subnormal IQs:

As with most educational issues, the universal preschool debate involves dueling research studies. In 2002, the Committee for Economic Development, an influential group of industry leaders and prominent academics, issued a report called Preschool for All: Investing in a Productive and Just Society.

The report, which reads like a pro-preschool manifesto, cites results at the Perry School, where researchers followed 123 African-American children in Ypsilanti, Mich., from age 3 through 41, beginning in 1962. Researchers selected all the kids from poverty-stricken neighborhoods in Ypsilanti's Perry School District, assigning some to a special preschool program, and others to a control group that did not attend preschool. The study found a positive correlation between preschool attendance and subsequent educational success, economic success in early adulthood, and a reduced number of criminal arrests throughout their lives.

But critics of the Perry research -- a study that universal preschool advocates quote often -- note that all children in the study were from families living in poverty. Thus differences between the school-age and adult experiences of the preschool and control groups may not predict the effect of preschool -- or the lack thereof -- on children from other socioeconomic groups. Also, Perry Preschool teachers paid weekly 1-hour visits to students and their mothers, a service not typical of a normal preschool experience. Finally, all students in the Perry study had IQs between 70 and 85; the "normal" range is 85 to 115.

During the 1998 Prop 10 campaign, Reason's Nick Gillespie observed the risks of Reiner's amassing millions in tax money: "The possibility that such unrestricted largess might lead to wasteful, haphazard, and duplicative programs does not seem to faze Proposition 10 enthusiasts."

Nor did it seem to faze them that the ultraliberal Reiner would become the Grand Poobah of early childhood development, with a war chest that would set even Hillary Clinton drooling. And now here we are with allegations of financial shenanigans:

Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Glendale, who originally asked for the [First 5 spending]review, said Wednesday he would expand the request to make sure auditors look at past ad campaigns from the commission.

His request comes after a Chronicle review of actions by the commission in 2003 that showed that it also paid for pro-preschool commercials during a period when Reiner and the state teachers union began promoting an initiative that would have raised some property taxes to pay for K-12 education and preschool programs. The initiative eventually was scrapped, but Frommer said the 2003 example again showed signs of an overlap between public expenses and a political campaign.

Heavy support for Prop 82, Reiner's June 2006 voluntary preschool initiative, comes from labor unions like the California Teachers Association and the Service Employees International Union.

Now why in the world would that be? Because, as noted at the website of the California Secretary of State, "The proposition extends the collective bargaining rights currently offered to public school teachers to all employees working for providers of the new preschool program." By 2014, teachers must have a college degree, and by 2016, preschool teachers must hold an early learning teaching credential or the equivalent. Curriculum would be determined by the state and the program would be administered by counties.

California is already a closed-shop state for teachers. So guess what? The state's violent, gang-infested, social-engineering, bottom-dwelling public school system, already locked in the corrosive grip of left-wing unionism, is trying to extend its reach downward, pulling in children at younger and younger ages.

But it's for the children, right? Wrong (see previous "bottom-dwelling" comment): It's for several more million dollars in annual union dues that would flow from the influx of new, credentialed teachers required by Prop 82.

So, today I'm gloating over Reiner's fall from power. But in June, unless Golden State voters wise up, the education sinkhole that is California may get a whole lot deeper -- even with the Meathead gone.

- VINCENT

Our first review!

Unexpectedly, Alpaca Burger Forum went live Tuesday with the first full-length online review of DONKEY CONS:

If anyone dear to you still believes the Democratic Party is, among American political institutions, the standard-bearer of decency, integrity and Christian charity, do not give them a copy of Donkey Cons, the new historical work by Lynn Vincent and Robert Stacy McCain.
It might be too jarring.
First, give your friend or family member a fifth of decent scotch. Share a nip or two to establish conviviality and soften the defenses. THEN bring out the copy of
Donkey Cons. If you can get them through the first two chapters, you will likely have performed a successful intervention.
...

LOL! The mental image it delightful; drinking scotch might turn your friend into an alcoholic, but if it cures him from voting Democrat ...

Donkey Cons traces the history of the Democratic Party from its ignominious origins. .. to the present day. Witty, narrated in a lively style and meticulously footnoted, this important chronicle should be sine qua non on every political reference shelf. ...

Donkey Cons provides a litany of facts and events proving once and for all there really is a Party of Weasels here in the US of A.

It's a rollicking ride over a broad historical landscape, detailing the many criminal beneficiaries of Democratic indulgence. ...

A sampling of the historical vignettes includes: Alcee Hastings, Corrine Brown, Barney Frank, Jim Moran, Bobby Rush, Wayne Hays, Charles Diggs Jr., Tony Coelho, Jim Traficant, Robert Torricelli, John Murtha, Alan Cranston, John Glenn, Marion Barry, a certain very recent former president and his wife and of course, Ted Kennedy.
That last fellow, in case you are not familiar with the particulars, is undoubtedly the most egregious, ironic stain on modern American politics. If you don't know the specifics of what happened at Chappaquiddick, you are in for a very big surprise. Old news can still be big news. ...


This review -- go read the whole thing, it's awesome -- was totally a surprise. Apparently the folks at Alpaca Burger Forum didn't receive the latest update (V6.66) of the secret decoder ring from the Vast Right-Wing ConspiracyTM, so when we sent out the coded message about the book publishing on Tuesday .... well, we'll discuss that at the next meeting, over our tax-deductible beers. (See you there, Karl. Tell Dick to leave the shotgun at home, OK?)

The great thing about the Alpaca Burger review: He quotes extensively from the book. Thank you, St. John! The quotations he chooses help illustrate why DONKEY CONS (buy TWO!) is different: It's not just a laundry list of scandals. It's not about one person or one scandal. It's not another rant against the evils of liberalism. It's a carefully-documented chronicle of a party and a pattern. From the "dangerous man" who appears on Page 1 to the "nuns on the run" of Chapter 11, the reader will begin to recognize a number of disturbingly familiar patterns. ("Old news!")

Something else: We don't always connect every dot. We figure the educated reader is smart enough to see the connections for himself -- but sometimes we do connect the dots, just in case Democrats don't get the point. And we promise you, no matter how much you think you know about American politics and history, you will find yourself at some point during your reading of DONKEY CONS saying to yourself: "I never realized ...." Younger readers are especially sure to discover things their history professors never taught them.

Thanks for the tasty Alpaca Burgers! (St. John, we had you on the blogroll, but that link got lost during the re-design and I promise to restore it.)

Now that St. John's blown the schedule of our carefully-coordinated viral-marketing strategy, I guess the other members of the VRWC Blog Corps can fire at will. If you've got the book, blog your review now and get the hits while the getting's good. Major reviews will be going online next week when the air assault begins (Jimbo! Can't wait, man -- long-time listener here! Rick and Bubba: Don't make us come down there and whup on you boys), so the early recipients should unleash the blogospheric barrage NOW.

D-5 NOTICE to TEAM DONKEY CONS: Check your secret decoder rings. D-DAY 040406. The cheese is blue. Repeat: The cheese is blue. Await further orders. Over.

-- McCAIN

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Justice indicts corrupt union officials

Those darn union coffers, brimming with cash, are just so tempting.... What's a girl to do?

What Deborah Timko did, according to a U.S. Justice Department indictment, was fleece the union treasury then cover it up by hiring her twin sister to keep the books. Brilliant!

Timko, former president of Service Employees International Union Local 150 in Wisconsin, had help from a man named Danny Iverson, whom Timko had succeeded as president. The pair are charged with converting union funds for their own use. For one thing, after Iverson resigned from the union, Timko approved payments to him totalling $50,000. Nice work if you can get it. Iverson is charged with 18 of 33 counts in the indictment and faces $4.2 million in fines and up to 82 years in prison.

The Justice letter announcing the indictment "cautions the public" that an indictment is merely the formal method of issuing charges and that the indicted are presumed innocent, a principle that could clearly be seen in operation in the cases of Scooter Libby and Tom DeLay. After they were indicted, the New York Times and others practically trampled each other in the rush to assert the presumption of innocence.

Are Iverson and Timko just another couple of ham sandwiches? Maybe. But their union, SEIU, is widely known as both the fastest growing labor organization (drawing as it does on unskilled and immigrant labor), and also one of the most corrupt. The union also notches in at Number 6 on OpenSecrets.org's list of top all-time political donors. Since 1990, SEIU has donated $23,386,475 to political campaigns -- 96 percent to Democrats.

Among SEIU'S top beneficiaries so far this election cycle:

Byrd, Robert C (D-WV): Ku Klux Klan emeritus
Emanuel, Rahm (D-IL): Beneficiary, Daley Machine, Chicago
Clinton, Hillary Rodham (D-NY): Whitewater-Filegate-Travelgate-Cigargate emeritus and currently being sued for conspiracy and fraud.

Now there's a shocker: One of the most corrupt unions underwriting some of the most corrupt politicians. Somebody get me Lois Lane.

HT: Wispolitics.com

-- VINCENT

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McCAIN adds: Thanks, Lois. Perry White gave me a call -- "Great Caesar's ghost, Clark! This is huge: (Allegedy) corrupt union officials!" -- and I rushed down to the Daily Planet where, with the aid of Google, I discovered that the same Timko and Iverson who were (allegedly) ripping off the workers of SEIU Local 150 were also ... wait for it ... giving money to Democrats:

Iverson, Danny
$250 - Monday, December 24, 2001
SEIU
Labor Unions
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Iverson, Danny L
$100 - Tuesday, December 02, 2003
SEIU
Labor Unions
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Timko, Debra M
$110 - Tuesday, May 03, 2005
SEIU Local 150
Labor Unions
Milwaukee, WI 53204


But ... wait. Do (allegedly) corrupt union officials only give money to local Democrats? No, thanks to our good friends at Political Money Line, we learn that our good friend Danny Iverson also contributed to congressional campaigns:

Iverson, Danny
4/11/2002
$250.00
Milwaukee, WI 53202
SEIU/Director
FRIENDS OF JERRY KLECZKA (D-WI)

Iverson, Danny
3/23/2004
$500.00
Milwaukee, WI 53202
SEIU/Vice President
CARPENTER FOR CONGRESS

Iverson, Danny
6/30/2004
$500.00
Milwaukee, WI 53202
SEIU/Vice President
CARPENTER FOR CONGRESS

Who is "Carpenter for Congress"? He's state Sen. Timothy Carpenter. (Alas, not this Tim Carpenter. That would be too good to be true.) State Sen. Carpenter got beat in a primary by Rep. Gwen Moore, who replaced retiring Rep. Kleczka.

Basically, "Carpenter for Congress" 2004 was all about blowing $250,000 of Democratic contributions (including union money) in a vain attempt to prevent Gwen Moore from being elected to Congress from a 70% Democratic district.

As a matter of fact, the combined field of Democratic candidates in the 4th District of Wisconsin chewed through $2.2 million to win a seat that was never in any danger of being won by a Republican (the two GOP candidates for the seat spent just $237,000 -- a little more than 1/10th of what the combined Democrats spent.)

So Democrats spend $2.2 million fighting over a safe seat and ... who is the "party of the rich"?

But you see, that's OK because the Democrats are all about helping the working man. Or, at least, helping themselves to the working man's union dues ...

And the MoveOn moonbats can't figure out why they keep losing while throwing money at a party full of (alleged) thieves who can't even figure out the basic economics of politics.

Forget about drinking the Kool-Aid. Frankly, Lois, I think these moonbats must be smoking Kryptonite.

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Headline Update(TM) 3-28

Today's installment of DONKEY CONS Headline UpdateTM is brought to you, as always, by Tonto, Tarzan and Frankenstein:

HAGGARD: Live!
NOFZIGER: Dead
SENATE: Amnesty OK
MALKIN: Amnesty NOT OK
TEXAS: Ralph Reed OK (h/t Peach)
GEORGIA: Lobbyists & Love (h/t Peach)
KINGSTON: Bloggity blogblog! (h/t Peach)
DEBBIE: Barbra banned
ALLEN: Loves S.C.
ROMNEY: Loves S.C.
MICHIGAN: Hates S.C.
ALABAMA: Loves babies
CLINTON: Hires illegal (h/t Surber)
HOWLER: Hates illegals*


* Right-Wing Howler is Vilmar Tavares, a patriotic American of LEGAL Brazilian origins. Just like my dear friend, the late Balint Vazsonyi was a patriotic American of LEGAL Hungarian origins. People who don't understand patriotism also usually don't understand this thing about LEGAL vs. ILLEGAL. But I am reminded of the late Sonny Bono who, when asked to talk about illegal immigration, famously answered: "What's to talk about? It's illegal."

Monday, March 27, 2006

New Yale "outreach" announced

For decades, patriotic Americans who love education have been indebted to Young America's Foundation, who now bring us ...

No Terrorist Left Uneducated

New Yale Applications Sent to Gitmo

HERNDON, VA – Are you a terrorist currently looking for an Ivy League education? If you are, there’s no need to search any further. It’s unfair to devoted Jihadists everywhere that Rahmatullah Hashemi, the Taliban’s former Deputy Foreign Secretary, was the only terrorist apologist admitted into a Yale classroom.

To ensure that Hashemi’s brethren are not overlooked in their pursuit of Islamic dominance, Young America’s Foundation assisted with the Ivy giant’s request to formalize a process through which Guantanamo Bay’s finest are also eligible for a coveted Yale slot.

Among other things, Yale’s new Special Studies Degree Program asks applicants to explain the “relationship between stoning, tolerance, and mass murder while indicating how compassion should be shown in the religion of peace.” In addition, applicants should submit a picture demonstrating their loyalty to Allah.

Pictures that were successful in the past feature images such as the sword of Islam, severed heads, fully-armed camels, and assault or rocket-propelled grenades. Due to lack of storage space in Yale’s facilities, the school asks applicants to refrain from sending actual severed limbs or heads, scalps, cartons of blood, etc.

There has been concern, though, amongst the terrorist community at Gitmo regarding unusually long stays and how that would affect enrollment status at Yale. If you fall under that category, Yale unveiled a system of telecommunication feeds that will travel from New Haven to Cuba. Even the dirty caves of Afghanistan are in reach of Yale’s breakthrough educational technology guaranteeing that no terrorist will be left uneducated!

The Yale application can be downloaded at http://www.yaf.org and sent to:

U.S. Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay
Public Affairs Office
PSC 1005, Box 25,

FPO, AE 09593-0025

Interviews are available upon request
For more information contact Jason Mattera
at (800) USA-1776 or (917) 754-3425

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MY QUESTION: All kidding aside, what's the educational benefit of sending terrorists to Yale? They already hate America.

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My Ned Flanders moment

Sunday, a friend apologized to me. A while back, he had been angry at me -- with ample reason -- but felt that his anger was unjust.

My friend is a devout Catholic who once told me how he nearly decided to become a priest. He's also a former amateur boxer who could easily kick my butt, I'm sure.

My friend told me that he had talked to his priest, whom we will call "Father Variwico," and the priest said that he should apologize. Of course, I'd completely forgotten about it, and certainly owe my friend an apology more than he owes me one. Still, it was very touching.

I'd been thinking about the Domenech affair, and thinking also how the Left is going to come after Lynn and me once the DONKEY CONS comes out (buy TWO). And my friend's apology reminded me of something I'd said to my brother in a phone call Saturday night: "Christianity begins with the admission that we are sinners. 'For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.'"

Yes, and my devout Catholic friend, by apologizing to me -- really, no apology was necessary, since it was all my fault to begin with -- was being truly Christian. (Of course, he's still a papist slave to the Beast of Rome, but I try to be tolerant about such things.) And Father Variwico's advice was exactly right: We have to let go of our anger, and pray for our enemies -- especially because, in most cases, they aren't really our enemies at all. We who are saved by grace are obligated to show grace toward others. If we let our stiff-necked pride get in the way of meeting that obligation, it is we who ultimately suffer, and not those we have wronged.

Two months ago, I wrote an essay (as yet unpublished) entitled, "The Sin of Being Human." Today I saw something about the Domenech debacle, written by one of Ben's friends, Mike Krempasky. Mike's basic point was that, whatever Ben's faults -- and yea, verily, they were abominations -- Ben is his friend. And the Ben that his friends know is a nice guy: a nice guy whom the Left relentlessly vilified in the most horrifying ways from the first day he started blogging for the Other Paper. And as much as I hate plagiarism, as easy as it is for me to jest and jeer at the sheer transparent stupidity of Domenech's thefts ... well, hate the sin, love the sinner.

DONKEY CONS will be officially published on April 4. That's eight days from now. And heaven only knows what evils will be visited on Lynn and me if, as we hope, the book is a success. (The Left doesn't usually bother smearing the authors of flops.) Sunday night I came across a left-wing smear site whose "Rogue's Gallery" actually features the home address and phone number of Michelle Malkin. My God, if that's what they do to the mother two small children, what mercy can I expect?

So when the tsunami of hate comes rolling in, I can imagine the horrified reaction of our friends. Every typo in DONKEY CONS is going to be harped on as if it were a devastating error that completely discredits all 288 pages (with 667 endnotes -- endnotes, we are always careful to say, since Al Franken claims it is a lie to call them "footnotes.") When I came to Washington, I knew that politics here is a full-contact sport, and I've put in my share of crackback blocks and blindside tackles. I just hope I can keep it in perspective, and hope my friends will understand what's going on when the Kossacks and the Atriosites do their ritual excoriations.

That's what I was talking about, by the way, when I went into Ned Flanders mode the other day, explaining to Ben Domenech what being at rock bottom is all about. I was at one of those rock-bottom places when I wrote my essay, "The Sin of Being Human." When you're attacked and vilified, mocked and scorned, used and abused, lied to and lied about, the temptation toward hatred can be irresistible. Yet you must resist, because if you give into hate, that hate will destroy you. And however badly wronged you think yourself to be, your trials and sorrows are no more than you deserve, because you are a wretched sinner. So am I, and so are we all.

If your enemies are unjust, God is not without power to rebuke them -- but what about your own unjust acts, your own ugly outbursts, your own evil thoughts, your own selfishness and hard-heartedness?

Father Variwico was right: Even if we feel that we are fully justified in our wrath, yet we are obligated -- if we would call ourselves Christians -- to show grace. And so after my friend apologized to me Sunday afternoon, an ironic thought crossed my mind. What were the last words of that essay I wrote?

We are all only human -- tribal by nature. We choose up sides, Us against Them, Left-vs.-Right, Red-vs.-Blue. We inflate the evils of our self-chosen enemies, and use the exaggerated menace to justify unfair attacks against them. Mea maxima culpa.

-- McCAIN (Oke-ly doke-ly!)

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

What the Left does on Sunday

UNHINGED! Because of a previous (humorous) post mentioning that Ben Domenech, who's accused of plagiarism, was editor of Michelle Malkin's UNHINGED, when I checked Site Meter today, I found I was getting hits from people searching Technorati for the terms UNHINGED and PLAGIARISM. (This phenomenon was also noticed by VFM.)

In case any blogger is ever tempted to envy Michelle, just think how much HATE is behind such furious searching by the Left.

And Michelle: I still owe you a lunch. God bless you.

-- McCAIN

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UPDATE: OK, now Dan Riehl has noticed the same Technorati "Unhinged" trend, and comments: "I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that the Left has decided to see if they can apply a newly learned tactic to attack a spokesperson for the Right. While I am not at all suggesting they'll be successful, it seems some on the Left may be determined to try and turn being Domeneched into a phrase after all."


Meanwhile, Debbie Schlussel points to other accused plagiarists on the right -- including one she says plagiarized her work.


Site Meter is a fascinating tool. I've discovered that this blog gets a few hits a day from people Googling for "donkey sex." Plagiarize THAT!

Breathtaking idiocy

Excuse me for once again being days behind the blogospheric curve here, but ... wow.

Sen. Hillary Clinton used the Bible yesterday to belt Republicans who back a tough new immigration bill she said was not only un-American, but un-Christian as well.
"It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures," Clinton said. "This bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan - and probably even Jesus himself."

Just when you think they can't get any worse, you know? It's so idiotic, it's not even worth fisking. It's so lame, not even New York Democrats are stupid enough to believe it.

Some bloggers need to start Google-checking Hillary's quotes. I'm pretty sure she's started plagiarizing the comment field at Daily Kos.

-- McCAIN

Exclusive! Domenech plagiarism

I had learned from Media Matters that Ben Domenech was a book editor at Regnery Publishing. Of course, Regnery has been a pioneer in conservative publishing, and I was troubled to learn that one of their editors had been accused of plagiarism.

I decided to research this further, so I went over to Regnery's online catalog. I knew that Domenech had edited Michelle Malkin's UNHINGED, but I had to wonder what other books he might have been involved with.

Then I checked out the list of books they are planning to publish in coming months and ...

Boy, am I mad now:


BURRO BANDITS
Orgies, Felonies and Graft in the Democratic Party

By Ben Domenech

Unabashed kickbacks. Fornication. Thoroughgoing criminality.
"The Democratic Party is like the Luchese mob, but with federal matching funds."
In this bawdy, dizzying look at the High Crimes and Misdemeanors of today's most notorious liberals, journalists Lynn Vincent and Robert Stacy McCain famous blogger Ben Domenech chronicles for the first time the rampant felonies, fornication, and foul play of the Democratic Party.

Amazon smears

A few days ago, the first Amazon review popped up -- a one-star by some guy who appears to really hate Lynn:

Have read book, a funny read. Author is no history major, must have read about one of every ten pages of history. She misleads and misquotes and takes a real negative stance on African Americans and "filthy, crime infested cities"...in another age, the KKK would be cheering her on. ...
Holy crap!

A. OK, give the guy credit for admitting the book is funny. He's at least half-right. To quote Peter Brimelow (author of ALIEN NATION):
"This is a vividly-written an witty boo, but the subject isn't funny at all. With the Democrats out of power, it's easy to forget how systematically awful they are. ..."
B. "No history major"? Guilty, guilty, guilty. Since when do you have to major in history to write a book? But as to how much history we've read, dude, check out the endnotes -- all 667 of them. Here's just a few of the history books cited:
  • Aaron Burr: Conspiracy to Treason, Buckner F. Melton Jr.
  • Thomas Jefferson: A Life, Willard Stern Randall
  • Destructive Generation, Peter Collier and David Horowitz
  • Senatorial Privilege, Leo Damore
  • Nixon: A Political Portrait, Earl Mazo and Stephen Hess
  • Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, William L. Riordon
  • The History of Tammany Hall, Gustavus Myers
  • The Civil War, Shelby Foote
  • The Glory and the Dream, William Manchester
I'm only citing a few of the titles as examples. The epigraph for Chapter One is from Cicero, OK? We also cite (p. 233, n. 32) six different biographies of Hillary Clinton (including her ghost-written autobiography, Living History). But, of course, most of the corruption discussed in the book is very recent -- we got most of the Abramoff scandal, but deadline hit before he pleaded guilty -- and this stuff hasn't yet made it to history books, so we cite a lot of newspaper and magazine articles.

C. "She misleads and misquotes." Eh? If you look at the prologue, you will find that we document how the Democrats are guilty of misquoting themselves, but if there is any other misquote (as opposed to a #$%& typo, of which I've already found a few), please let us know.

D. A "real negative stance on African Americans"? Huh? "Real negative" as opposed to the historical stance of Democrats on this subject? (See pp. xi-xii) The book, I'd say, carefully avoids the issue of race, except where the Democrats make an issue of it (as they so often do) or where the hypocrisy is so shocking that we couldn't forgive ourselves if we ignored it. Corrupt Democrats are a very diverse bunch -- Irish, Italian, Jewish, Hispanic, African-American and plain old vanilla white. Also, thanks to the outreach efforts of the Clinton-Gore '96 campaign, Chinese (pp. 193-204). We don't hate Chinese. And neither are we guilty of having a "real negative stance on Irish-Americans" -- except when it involves dead girls named Mary Jo (pp. 39-43).

E. "filthy, crime infested cities" -- that phrase appears nowhere in DONKEY CONS. I have the entire text, all 288 pages, in PDF format and just searched -- it's not there. The book does, however, devote an entire chapter to the way the Democrats' corruption and policies have affected urban America:


A specific set of policies—including a fawning obeisance toward government employee unions and other Democratic Party constituencies—have caused the tragedy of our urban centers. The pattern is tragically consistent: while neighborhoods decay and the poor suffer, big-city Democrats grow rich on graft. ...

Of all the scandals that have attached themselves to the Democratic Party, all the bribery, kickbacks, and assorted acts of corruption, the worst crime Democrats committed was their destruction of urban America. In the first half of the twentieth century, America’s cities—with their gleaming skyscrapers and bustling economies—were the nation’s pride. Public schools in cities like New York, Washington, and Chicago were among the best in the country, and big-city streets were scarcely more dangerous than those in small towns.
In the half-century after World War II, Democratic policies fueled the decline of many cities, but nowhere was that decline so precipitous as in Detroit. Once the greatest manufacturing center in the world, Detroit became “a textbook case of how to kill a city.”


By the way: If you're from Detroit, you are going to love this chapter.

F. "in another age, the KKK would be cheering her on." Except that, as we note on page 133, the Klan was a Democratic operation.

Everybody's seen how this has happened to other conservative authors, including Kate O'Beirne and Fred Barnes. Some left-wing blogger gives the signal, and dozens of lefties go smearing the book with 1-star reviews that clearly indicate they've never read the book. So at this point, I don't think any well-informed conservative pays any attention to how many stars a book has in the Amazon rankings. So I'm not really worried about that nonsense.

Still, I want to thank those who've read the book -- including blogger Vilmar Tavares, who got one of the first copies I sent out -- and have posted ACCURATE descriptions of the book. I don't care whether somebody loves the book or hates it (I blame Lynn for any part of the book you don't like LOL), so long as the description of the book gives some kind of accurate view of what's actually in it.

Of course, I can be pretty harsh when reviewing books I don't like, but I'm at least accurate. To quote Glenn Reynolds (I'm being extra-careful to avoid plagiarism these days), "Heh."

-- McCAIN

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