Saturday, June 17, 2006


After more than 150 Democrats drank the Kool-Aid and voted against a "support the troops" resolution Friday, Right-Wing Nation asks:

"Can we question their patriotism yet, or do we have to wait until they start burning flags on Capitol Hill?"

Natalie Maines (the dumbest and most obnoxious Dixie Chick) questions her own patriotism:

"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism. Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."
(H/T: Malkin, Coalition of the Swilling)

Maybe because people are not so abominably ignorant of history as you are, Miss Maines. Never has any country benefitted by losing a war. Military defeat tends to demoralize and degrade a people, which is what happened to America as a result of our defeat in Vietnam.

Therefore, if you love your country -- if you wish to see your nation flourish and prosper -- then when your country is at war, you must do all within your power to promote victory. This is true without regard for your feelings as to the rectitude or wisdom of any particular war. Whether you view the war as a righteous cause or a fool's errand is immaterial to the question of patriotism. But once we are engaged in war, every patriot must hope for swift, decisive victory -- the kind that will enhance the prestige of our military forces. For the prestige of American arms is our greatest defense: No foe will ever dare attack us, if they know that this means their own certain destruction.

This is an idea so obvious and simple that even a dimwit like Natalie Maines should be able to understand it, an idea that fits neatly on a T-shirt:


¡Va La Argentina! (Mas)

As previously explained, I'm now cheering for Argentina in the World Cup, because my Darling Daughter's boyfriend is from Argentina.

Apparently, World Cup is not something you should joke about with Argentines. You can joke about the Falkland Islands, but they take their soccer very seriously. Some of my previous jokes were not appreciated, Darling Daughter informs me.

For instance, I had joked that the "pathetic Argentina team ... barely squeaked past Ivory Coast 2-1." I have since been informed that the referees in that game cheated Argentina out of at least four additional goals. This is not an opinion, but an objective truth ... if you're from Argentina.

But no joking necessary after Friday's game, when Argentina stomped Serbia-Montenegro 6-0. Great game.


Friday, June 16, 2006

Fresh for Friday

Kool-Aid Caucus
HotAir is hot on the trail of the Kos Kool-Aid Caucus, as we will now deem the House members who voted "no" on Friday's war resolution. Also blogging the House vote: Dan Riehl, Michelle Malkin, Flopping Aces, Stop the ACLU and Suitably Flip.

Iowa Voice is shocked to discover his Iowa Republican congressman, Rep. Jim Leach, hanging out with the Kos crowd.

I notice Rep. Ron Paul, aka "Dr. No," was also against it, but he's such a staunchly principled libertarian (or a Taft-style Old Right isolationist) that vote won't hurt him with folks in Texas. AllahPundit calls this Ron Paul speech "eight shades of crazy." In Texas, they'll take that as a compliment.

Now that Zarqawi is dead, if the situation in Iraq improves substantially in the next few weeks, the Pentagon will announce that it is bringing home a full division (or elements therof). And so, in late September/early October, you'll turn on Fox News and see the scene at some stateside military base: Planes touching down on the tarmac, troops debarking, mothers and wives and children tearfully hugging the necks of their loved ones as the band plays "Stars & Stripes Forever." The Dems will howl bloody murder: "Partisan politics!" And the GOP will smile and say, "But we thought you supported the troops! We thought you wanted to bring the troops home ...."

Dems vote Jefferson out
Rep. William "Cold Cash" Jefferson gets the cold shoulder:
House Democrats voted by a nearly 2-to-1 margin yesterday to oust Rep. William J. Jefferson from his seat on the House Ways and Means Committee, a little-precedented move that angered the party's black lawmakers. The 99-58 vote, taken last night in a Cannon Caucus Room gathering of the party's representatives and delegates, sends the measure to the House floor. Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus denounced House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's campaign against Mr. Jefferson, Louisiana Democrat. ... Mrs. Pelosi denied any racial bias in her effort to oust Mr. Jefferson but not Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, a West Virginia Democrat who is white and is suspected of using his House Appropriations Committee seat to funnel money and contracts to numerous nonprofit groups and a business-partner relative.
Pelosi's Problem
Gary Andres points out how Nancy Pelosi walked into this particular "culture of corruption" minefield:
Most Americans think ethical lapses by lawmakers infect both sides of the aisle equally. Making these charges apply only to Republicans was a dubious proposition from the beginning. Even Democrats agree. "She promised members that we were going to run on this culture of corruption plan," one Democrat told The Washington Times last week. "Everyone ... knows that corruption cuts both ways on both sides of the aisle." Now one of the most heated and internally divisive issues among Democrats concerns how to treat the ethical lapses of one of their own -- Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana, who is under investigation by the FBI for bribery. Last week, the House Democratic Steering Committee called for Mr. Jefferson to step down from his seat on the Ways and Means Committee, (a vote by the full Democratic Caucus is expected this week) -- a move that media reports said "irked" members of the Congressional Black Caucus, potentially creating deep divisions within the party at a time when they need unity to regain the House. It's ironic that a theme and tactic that was supposed to help Democrats has ended up causing such damaging internal divisiveness.
More Pelosi problems
The House approves a support-the-war resolution, more than 150 Democrats drink the Moonbat Kool-Aid, prompting Dan Riehl's observation:
Americans in general are not anti-war. They are anti-losing. At this rate, the Democrats are positioning themselves to do what many were beginning to think was all but impossible ... blow their momentum leading up to the fall elections.
Immigration woodshed
Deborah Simmons takes a switch to the amnesty lobby:
Securing America's borders and punishing illegal aliens and their enablers are at the very heart of the immigration debate. The fight is over America and its sovereignty. ... If Big Mama were majority leader of the Senate, she would have marched Ted Kennedy and John McCain, the chief authors of the Senate legislation, straight to the woodshed, where she would have promptly deployed her hickory switch.
Senate Dems dodge vote
Speaking of spankings, Senate GOP whip Mitch McConnell forced Democrats to actually vote on pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. Only 6 voted yes:
Besides Mr. Kerry, the resolution was backed by five Democrats -- Barbara Boxer of California, Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Tom Harkin of Iowa and Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.
Ethics? Democrats?
The RNC Research Dept. has the latest "Democrat Ethics Breakdown."

Tinfoil Update
Looking for your daily helping of conspiracy-mongering? How about some ranting about "mercenaries" of the "Israel-first lobby" and "American Likudniks"? DailyKos is the place to be! The Kossack seems to hate Joel Mowbray, whom I met at CPAC and who seemed to be one of the most fun-loving guys on the planet. And notorious teller of bawdy jokes Christopher Hitchens caught Juan Cole covering up for the Iranian crackpot's tendency toward genocidal ranting. (H/T LGF)

Reed v. Cagle
I was a bit busy earlier this week and didn't have time to mention that Steve Forbes has endorsed state Sen. Casey Cagle for lieutenant governor of Georgia. Eric at Peach Pundit loves it. Cagle and Ralph Reed debated Thursday in Savannah. And a Christian Coalition activist in Georgia now endorses Cagle:
I believe that character does matter. More than ever, we need a leader like Casey Cagle, who lives his values every day, even when no one is looking.
Ten days into the GODLESS frenzy, Michelle Malkin has a HotAir "Vent" video saluting the high-wire act that is Ann Coulter. Lynn and I are both Ann fans, and it's good to see that Coulter achieved the desired effect -- a #1 bestseller that, once again, commits the "sin" of telling truth about liberals. Back in the '60s, the New Left talked about "maximizing the contradictions," and Ann has, among other things, prompted Keith Olbermann to call her crazy and prompted Christopher Matthews to badmouth her looks. Heh!

Speaking of Olbermann, California Conservative nails it: "Olbermann is a BDS-afflicted, hate-filled little man who couldn’t make it at a real TV network. In short, he’s TV’s version of an Air America host." Olbermann is a talented broadcaster, it's just that he's politically hopeless.

I recently read an interesting piece by Mark Goldblatt on the roots of liberalism. Nice theory, but I'd like to add something: As an ex-Democrat, I know this: "When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way." In other words, if you're a Democrat, you defend whatever it is that Democrats are doing or saying. I think for a lot of ordinary Democrat voters, it is partisan loyalty that leads to liberalism, and not the other way around. The same, by the way, is true for a lot of Republicans. One often meets self-described "Reagan conservatives" who are wholly ignorant of the principles and policies that first made Reagan a hero to conservatives. And College Republicans -- don't get me started on College Republicans.

Kind of a drag
We blogged a couple weeks ago about Robert/"Michelle" Kosilek, the Killer Queen of Cellblock C, who wants a federal judge to require a dollar-ectomy on the taxpayers of Massachusetts in order to provide sex-change surgery. A letter-writer from Charlestown, Mass., weighs in with the Boston Herald: "Any judge who would rule in favor of this operation needs to have his own head examined."

And perhaps this would be the appropriate place to note a curious phenomenon: Liberals who are obsessed with Ann Coulter's Adam's apple. I heard this meme repeated by guys at the bar Thursday night at Buffalo Billiards when Ann was on TV with Leno: "Look at her Adam's apple -- she's a man, I tell you!" Look, it's probably as simple as this: Coulter is quite thin, and this is what causes her larynx to be so prominent.

One might speculate, given her aggressiveness in debate, that perhaps Coulter also has androgen levels that are higher than the average woman's; but that's just speculation, and even if it were true, it wouldn't make her "abnormal." Hormone levels vary widely from person to person, and also vary over the course of time. I am sure that my testosterone levels at 46 are not what they were at 19, and thank God for that!

Liberals will use whatever ad-hominem club they can get their hands on. If Ann Coulter were an endomorph, liberals would mock her as a "fat pig." If she were black, they'd use the kind of slurs they use against Condi Rice. If she were Asian, she'd have to put up with the horrible racist/sexist things they say about Michelle Malkin. As it is, Ann is blonde, blue-eyed and skinny, so she gets "Aryan/Nazi" putdowns and these weird transvestite theories. This is just name-calling, which is what you get from people who don't have arguments.

Dr. Flap on "Meth Mouth"

The Good Doctor catches a journalist trying to deny the reality of "Meth Mouth," the hideous tooth decay which afflicts chronic speed freaks. Back in my day, dope just rotted your brain, which was bad enough. Don't mess with meth, people.


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The War at Home in NJ

Dan Riehl brings us the story of an Army veteran, Vince Micco, who's challenging Democrat Rep. Steve Rothman in New Jersey's 9th Congressional District. Micco is also hammering Rothman on the immigration issue:
Rep. Steve Rothman this week voted against supporting the troops in Iraq and for continued waves of illegal immigrants flooding over our nation’s borders, said his Republican challenger, Vince Micco, an Iraq War veteran.

Rothman (D-NJ 9th District) voted against a house bill that would have allocated $66 billion for the soldiers fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq. ...

The bill also includes $1.9 billion in border security funds, including money to pay the National Guard to patrol the nation’s porous border with Mexico.

Micco said Rothman’s vote is an obvious sign to the illegal immigration lobby that he will do nothing to curb the flow of illegals in to the country.

“Mr. Rothman is again pandering to the illegal immigration movement. Does he want to see a flood of illegal aliens continue flowing in to the country – many of whom are criminals?”

I have found that veterans are among the citizens most angry about the immigration situation. My uncle, a Vietnam veteran, says he sees the government ignoring the needs of disabled veterans even while the Bush administration panders to illegal aliens.

Micco's got a tough row to hoe in NJ9. According to the National Journal Almanac, the district has gone 60%-70% Democrats in recent elections. Rothman got 67% of the vote in 2004. The district is 19% Hispanic, but there's no way to tell from outside the district what the feeling is about illegal immigration. The idea that "Hispanics" are a solid group is a myth. If the Hispanics in that district are middle-class and working-class Puerto Ricans -- legal U.S. citizens, working hard to make a suburban life for themselves and their kids -- it may be that they resent the fact illegal aliens from other countries are being offered amnesty.

Immigration is a wild-card issue in November -- call it the "Lou Dobbs factor" -- and it could hurt some candidates in both parties. In Ohio, Sen. Mike DeWine -- a Republican who voted for amnesty -- looks like a loser in November.

With good news coming out of Iraq now, Micco's pro-war stance may be a winner in November -- this is a basic problem for Democrats, who've pretty much bet the farm on an anti-war mood in 2006. And because Micco's in a longshot district, there's no reason he shouldn't hit hard on immigration: He's really got nothing to lose, and this issue might just be the silver bullet to take an otherwise safe Democrat seat.


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Libertarian teen orgy

I had a great time Thursday night at the Reason magazine party, my experience of which consisted of four basic phases:
  • A guy walks past me and I hear somebody say "Beckerman," at which point I walk over and lambaste novelist Marty Beckerman -- precocious author of Generation S.L.U.T. -- for having failed to recognize me. The great thing about hanging out with Beckerman is, I always know I'm only the second-craziest guy in the room. Right now, Marty's peeved because Simon & Schuster screwed him on his next book, Retard Nation. "America's Sexxxiest Young Journalist" was hanging with an old college friend, Devin, who is funny.
  • After about 45 minutes, I look over at the next table and nudge Marty: "Hey, it's Hitch." No kidding -- Christopher Hitchens was sitting there chatting, smoking and drinking. And drinking. One reason why Hitchens drinks a lot, I think, is because he so often drinks for free. People will buy him drinks (Johnny Walker Black) just to hear him talk. So Marty bought Hitch a whiskey, and he then regaled us with jokes and limericks. I had heard Hitch do one of the jokes -- which I call "The Respect Joke" -- at a comedy benefit for the Plamegate Two, and demanded a repeat performance. It was even better the second time.
  • After midnight, my good friend Cinecon shows up, and we're talking to Jacob Sullum when who should appear on the big-screen TV but Ann Coulter, with Jay Leno on the "Tonight" show. This prompted an extended discussion about Coulter that turned into a debate over the Bush administration's surveillance programs.
At various points, I also found myself talking to:
Speaking of underage, the Reasonoids sure know how to generate blog traffic: Talk about teen orgies on CBS, complete with obscene online video. That's courtesy of Kerry Howley, who's seen my infamous Speedo photo.


Ramesh v. the Derb

I generally love John Derbyshire's work, but his review of Ramesh Ponnuru's The Culture of Death is off-target, trying to blame Ramesh for things that are not Ramesh's fault, to wit:
[T]he grotesque carnival surrounding the death of Terri Schiavo last year, when a motley menagerie of quack doctors, bogus “Nobel Prize nominees,” emoting relatives, get-a-life monomaniacs, keening mobs of religious fanatics, death-threat-hissing warriors for “life,” dimwitted TV presenters straining to keep their very best my-puppy-just-died faces on while speaking of “Terri” as if they had known her personally from grade school, pandering politicians, and shyster lawyers all joined forces in a massive effort to convince the American public that [right-to-life] was a thing no sane citizen ought to touch with a barge pole while wearing triple-ply rubber gloves
I also found the Terri Death Watch "grotesque," but let's place the blame for the "carnival" where it belongs:
  • The creepy husband who so obviously wanted Terri out of his way;
  • The politicians who decided this was a perfect opportunity for pandering; and
  • The media who gave us hour after hour of shameless exploitation.
Worthy causes do not always get the advocates they deserve, and sometimes important issues are manifested in ways that make it unfashionable to defend what is right. Sometimes issues, events and personalities get so tangled up that, to cite an example, some people thought the Lewinsky scandal was "just about sex." Or, to cite another example, the popular idea that the villain of "McCarthyism" was Joe McCarthy, rather than the traitorous stooges who sold their souls to Stalin.

I don't like gory dead-fetus posters. I don't necessarily admire every spokesman for the pro-life cause. But to deride the pro-life cause as a "cult," and to invoke the term Fuhrerprinzip in your opening paragraph ... well, that's just wrong.

Ramesh, who has long struck me as one of the more stout-hearted conservatives at NRO, has replied to Derb.


More "Beach Boy" corruption

It was an accounting glitch, says Al "Beach Boy" Mollohan:
Under fire for possible ethics violations, former ranking minority member of the House ethics committee Congressman Alan Mollohan shot back at critics by releasing documents explaining his significant personal wealth gain.

Mollohan, a West Virginia Democrat, is the target of a federal investigation into allegations that he lied on financial disclosure reports and steered approximately $250 million in pork funds to non-profit groups. Several organizations with ties to Mollohan have been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Just a harmless "error":
Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.), under federal investigation for blending his commercial investments with his duties as a congressional appropriator, acknowledged yesterday that he misstated more than a dozen transactions on his financial disclosure forms.
The 12-term lawmaker said he recently discovered "a limited number of inadvertent errors" in his public reports from 1999 through 2004. He said he has amended those forms "to correct any inaccurate impressions about my finances." He also released a chronology to explain how his assets grew from no more than $565,000 in 2000 to at least $6.3 million in 2004, primarily through heavily leveraged real estate transactions.
"Beach Boy" Al will have a chance to explain his "mistakes" and "errors" to the judge, right before he joins Bill "What's In It for Me" Campbell in federal prison.

But the trouble with these articles, Don Surber points out, is that the reporters (with Mollohan's encouragement) have "buried the lead":
The Washington Post put this on Page A6, gave it a crummy headline and Jeffrey Birnbaum buried the lead in the sixth paragraph. ....
How about this for a lede?
Congressman Alan Mollohan borrowed $35,000 from the head of an organization that he steered millions of tax dollars to, using his position as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Don is right that this Other Paper story was mishandled, but the OP has actually been pretty good at reporting on the Democrats' "culture of corruption" problems. They're certainly not as bad as Pinch's NY Slimes.

Previously on MOLLOHAN:
5/14: Mollohan update
4/27: Surber KO's "Beach Boy"
4/21: Mr. Ethics steps down
4/12: Democrats? Ethics? Hello?


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Sweater Kittenz

Everybody's favorite rock band is now featured in the latest video news at Hot Air. They're also booked Saturday June 17 at the Riverfest in Jacksonville, Fla.

As promised yesterday, I asked Cinecon, the Right-Wing Film Geek, about "Team America: World Police," the Trey Parker/Matt Stone puppet satire that inspired the "Durka durka Muhammed jihad" chorus of Cpl. Josh Belile's hit song "Hadji Girl." Cinecon replies:
[I]t is a running joke throughout the film that Team America is a bit ... careless ... about collateral damage.

The film's first scene is a raid on Paris which kills some terrorists but which destroys the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower in the process. The specific line "Dirka, Dirka, Mohammed Jihad" comes during a scene in which one of the commandos tries to infiltrate a Cairo cafe where The Terrorists are meeting; saying that gets the Val Kilmer-like character into the meeting. That scene ends with much blood being spilled in as gory a way as puppetry allows, plus the destruction of the Sphinx and the Pyramids.

It wouldn't surprise me that TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE is a big favorite among our uniformed men. It's one of the few movies of recent years that mocks Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, etc., has a real-life bad-guy unmistakably identified as such (Kim Jong-il) and ends up being unabashedly jingoistic about the need to kick ass, even if you do so imperfectly on occasion. The closing soliloquy ... puts it all in a nutshell. ...

It's rather ungenteel (this is Trey Parker and Matt Stone, remember), but then the Marines are too. And the whole point -- the closing soliloquy, the movie, Josh Belle's song -- is that the warrior virtues are not to be judged by the shrinking-violet lace-curtain values of the Cambridge-Hollywood Axis.

So we see that, as suspected, the Belile song is to a great extent inspired by a movie -- slogan, "Putting the F back in Freedom" -- that is apparently a cult classic among U.S. troops.

Let the Marines know you support Cpl. Belile:

Commandant of the Marine Corps
Phone: (703) 614-1034
Fax: (703) 614-2358

I've begun
deconstructing the lyrics of "Hadji Girl."

6/13: Cpl. American Idol USMC

Cpl. Belle has a MySpace page.

Jim Hanson of Black Five writes to Cpl. Belile's commander:
It would be a travesty for someone who risked his life for the freedoms of others to have something as precious as his own free speech revoked, let alone for the US Marine Corps he serves faithfully to be the one doing it.
Michelle Malkin notices several developments:
Marine Corps continues kowtowing to CAIR.
London Times smears Cpl. Belile.
Andrew Sullivan has his facts wrong.

Malkin adds:
Cpl. Belile is being railroaded. The MSM dupes are playing into CAIR's hands. And p.c. military leaders are rolling over.
I would add this: Pentagon leadership started going "p.c." during the Bush 41 administration, when charges of sexual assault at the 1991 Tailhook convention highlighted a fundamental flaw of the co-ed military -- namely, the impossibility of preventing fraternization, which destroys morale and discipline. This has been proven over and over: The Aberdeen scandal, routine sexual harassment at the military academies ... (My co-author is ex-Navy and met her husband in the service; perhaps she'll have some comment to add about this problem.)

Then, during the Clinton years, there was a competition to train the first female fighter pilot, leading directly to the death of Lt. Kara Hultgreen, whose repeated failures in training clearly showed she had no business in an F-14 cockpit. Understand that less than 1% of men have the combination of physical and mental capacities needed to be a top fighter pilot. Trying to develop female fighter pilots is a needle-in-the-haystack effort that wastes taxpayer money, serves no military necessity and can only be justified for what it is: a politically-correct quota system intended to placate militant feminists.

The P.C. "kinder, gentler" military (Stephanie Guttman has an excellent book with that title) suffers from the same problem as Bush 43's "religion of peace" mantra: It is fundamentally based on a lie. The "religion of peace" mantra ignores Islam's long history of violent conquest. The P.C. military is based on the lie that war can be something other than hell, as Sherman succinctly put it.

U.S. Marines are taught many valuable skills at the "University of Parris Island." Chief among these skills are how to kill the enemy and live to tell the tale. Parris Island fundamentally re-orients the recruit's personality toward the task of destroying America's enemies. But, thank God, Marines aren't taught that their private amusements -- including whatever bawdy tunes they sing in their bivoacs or at base talent shows -- must pass scrutiny by CAIR, ACLU or NOW.

The USMC has courageously resisted the P.C. plague of co-ed training, etc., that has infested the other services. They ought not be knuckling under now. The commandant should put his boot down: The Corps will take no action against Cpl. Belile, an enlisted man who was only singing a song at an off-duty entertainment.

The song was a joke, inspired by a recent comedy film. It was not intended as an expression of U.S. military policy, and probably does not even represent the actual sentiments of Cpl. Belile toward Iraqi civilians. The video only became public because somebody thought it was funny. Neither Belile nor his immediate superiors should face any investigation or punishment.

Like the Danish cartoon episode, the "Hadji Girl" episode illustrates one of the deepest flaws of Islamic culture: They can't take a joke.

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Beth at My VRWC has a new song for the dhimmis.


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Harry Reid (insert punchline here)

You know that the reeking bogusness of Sen. "Dingy Harry" Reid has become completely transparent when Jon Stewart starts cracking jokes on him:
"It's time to play everyone's favorite political game," Stewart said, while mocking Reid last week on "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central. "First up, Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader, long crusading against the GOP's abuse of power. Now he's under fire for accepting free ringside tickets to boxing matches."

"So fat cat or crumbum," Stewart wondered. "Well, a couple of tickets to a prize fight ... I'd say crumbum."

Yeah, never mind that this particular fat-cat Democrat got more campaign cash from Jack Abramoff's clients than did Tom DeLay ...

Harry's a fat cat. At least he's not a delusional Moonbat like "Crazy Chuck" Schumer. Better sleazy and sane than OD'd on DSCC Kool-Aid.

Remember: Friends don't let friends drink Kool-Aid!

Previously on HARRY REID:

6/2: Reid all about it
5/30: Fight? Corruption? It's Dingy Harry!

5/14: Dingy Harry's "partisan joke"
5/11: Harry Reid's Strippergate
4/27: "Culture of Corruption" Update
2/26: The Emerging Difficulties
2/22: Harry & Jack Abramoff
2/17: Democratic Wonderland

2/11: Wild About Harry


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'Hadji Girl' deconstructed

Having planned to become a rock star before Lynn talked me into trying a journalism career (she told me journalists made big bucks LOL), let me provide some analysis of the song "Hadji Girl," which has caused such grief for Cpl. Josh Belle, USMC.

Let me explain what Belle is doing here. A pop song must begin with a "hook." You must have some basic idea to build the song around.
The hook can be musical or lyrical. It can be a title phrase, a guitar riff, whatever -- there must be something in the song to "hook" the listener into wanting to hear the song again and again.

Think about the three-chord progression in "Sweet Home Alabama," the thumping drum riff in the Gap Band's "Early in the Morning," or the "bomp-bomp-bomp" bass part that made a hit of Chic's "Good Times," Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."

A song can have multiple hooks, and "Hadji Girl" has at least three:
  • The "Hadji Girl" romance -- a taboo for U.S. troops in Iraq, who are strictly forbidden to fraternize with the local females. So like the Beach Boy classic "Surfer Girl," Belle focuses his song on the image of a beautiful girl -- the beautiful girl being a poetic theme which Edgar Allen Poe said was timeless and universal. And because she's off-limits, there's also a "Romeo-and-Juliet" element to the song.
  • The "Durka Durka" chorus -- As explained earlier, the chorus incorporates a laugh-line from the puppet comedy movie, "Team America." Basically, in the movie, all the terrorist characters keep repeating the same dialogue, "Durka durka, Muhammed jihad." This is Matt Stone and Trey Parker's backhanded tribute to "Bridge on the River Kwai," where whenever Japanese extras (most of whom were played by actors who were not actually Japanese) have dialogue, they are actually saying, "You tie my tie, I tie your shoe." (Cinema trivia!) The constant repetition of this "durka durka" line in "Team America" becomes a running gag in the movie, and this is why you hear the Marine audience howl with laughter at the chorus: They love the movie, and they get the joke.
  • The O. Henry narrative -- Belle's songwriting is influenced by the folk-country ballad tradition of storytelling, with a surprise ending, like an O. Henry short story. The best analogy to "Hadji Girl" might be Ray Stevens' "The Streak," where the protagonist goes through the first two verses trying to shield his wife, Ethel, from seeing the streaker, who then in the denouement goes streaking herself. Or, perhaps, you might talk about the surprise ending of Randy Travis' "Three Wooden Crosses," in which we learn in the final verse that the survivor of the crash is not the preacher, but the hooker.
These, then, are the basic elements of songcraft that Belle brings to bear in "Hadji Girl." So, we begin with the idea that, just as Poe did in "The Raven," Belle is crafting a poetic work. Having been told that the song began as an inside joke among Belle and his Marine buddies, we can therefore work backward through the lyrics and attempt to reach the meaning of the "text," as the MLA might describe it.

Two of my wife's younger brothers have been to Iraq, as have some of my friends. I am familiar with their complex and conflicted views toward Iraqi civilians and the difficulties facing U.S. personnel in the violent, hostile and culturally remote environment of post-Saddam Iraq. But apparently the folks whom BlackFive calls "humorless asshat sycophants," who don't get "Team America," also have no understanding of the feelings of ordinary American servicemen whose chief war aim in Iraq is: Get home alive.

But ... I see that our class time is almost over for today. Remember your reading assignments, class. And I'll see you here at noon tomorrow, at which point I'll explain why this Marine was singing about doing something that he would never, ever do in real life.

Final note for today: Josh is 23. Think about it.


6/13: Cpl. American Idol, USMC

OK, one more note: I've asked the Right-Wing Film Geek to examine Cpl. Belle's lyrics to see if there is more "Team America" in there than previously suspected.
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8 p.m.: My goodness, I am already more than an hour late for my appointment to meet libertarians in Dupont Circle (no jokes, Jonah), but keep running into more news. LGF explains that "Hadji Girl" is not just another "gotcha" story, but that the CAIR/MSM/Al-Jazeera Big Lie Machine is turning it into a PR nightmare for Uncle Sam:
This is what happens when no one in authority stands up for the troops. Disgusting.
Now, you'll excuse me, but the guys in Dupont Circle will be miffed if I don't show up pretty soon!


Cpl. American Idol, USMC

They're saying this Marine is going to get in trouble.

What are they gonna do? Send him to Iraq?

"Hadji Girl" is going to be the hugest military hit of the 21st century!


By the way, if you don't know why Cpl. Joshua Belle's chorus provokes such howls of laughter, it's because "Durka durka, muhammed jihad" is from the comedy film, "Team America." Apparently, the Trey Parker/Matt Stone puppet satire is a big hit with Our Men In Uniform. If you haven't seen the movie, you won't get the joke. And you're probably "so ronery," too!

Write your Congressman to say you LOVE "Hadji Girl."

G. Gordon Liddy's got a son in the Marines. The G-Man won't stand by and let them railroad this kid. You can take that to the bank. Let's see ...

CAIR vs. the G-Man
... and every other talk-radio host in America. Who can generate more pressure on a Republican administration? Hmmm. I wonder ....

This will be bigger than "Ballad of the Green Beret"!

Dan Riehl says:
"Apparently you can go off to fight for America. You just aren't entitled to all of her rights. It's pathetic if the military caves to CAIR on this."
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiller: If "Hadji Girl" doesn't make the Top 50, the terrorists will have already won!

Cpl. Joshua Belle actually has a very melodic voice and genuine songwriting talent. I betcha this guy will have a Nashville contract before 4th of July. Toby Keith's gonna LOVE this song!

Cpl. Belle is back from Iraq, and has a band:

Boys, what y'all need is a good publicity agent. Somebody with 20 years of journalism experience, a background in the music industry, and connections, y'understand. Here, have a cigar, boy ... they're gonna love you!
* UPDATE 6/14*
HUGE outpouring of support for Cpl. Belle & friends! Welcome Michelle Malkin fans -- she's got the latest and greatest right here. I'm a bit behind today, having blogged this until 4:30 a.m. But on it now, and will be updating again tonight. Stay tuned -- LOTS going on!

Josh Belle will NOT be "so ronery" anymore!

After consultation, Black Five agrees: The second line of the chorus is "Sherpa, Sherpa, Baccarat..." And he tells CAIR what to kiss!

He links to a Marine Times article.

I have begun "deconstructing" the lyrics of "Hadji Girl."
CAIR, an organization not known for its ability to take a joke, has seized upon three lines from the third verse to bamboozle the Marine brass and the (clueless, as usual) MSM into thinking that Cpl. Belle has insulted Muslims, or is advocating violence against Iraqi civilians. In a series of continuing critical essays, I shall demonstrate that this interpretation is utterly mistaken.

I suppose I should have mentioned that Lynn and I have a NEW BOOK about the Democratic Party's own "culture of corruption,” and promoting the book DONKEY CONS is the entire rationale for having a blog by that name.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

101st Airborne in Iraq

Michael Fumento has exclusive coverage, with the "Band of Brothers."

Fumento has video of a firefight in Ramadi. (Right-click on the link and choose "Save as ..." to download.)

Don Surber suggests a timetable for withdrawal. ("... and then we'll fight them on the ice!")

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Also blogging: BlackFive, Free Republic, Dan Riehl, Sith Empire , BlackFlag ...

The 101st is some baa-aad dudes, by the way. Madstrider, a 101st veteran, once got angry at me. I never want to see him angry again.

The 101st has taken its share of casualties, including First Sgt. Clarence D. McSwain, 31, of Meridian, Miss. He had been promoted to Sergeant First Class in March. He was on his third tour of Iraq when he was killed June 8:
A Meridian native and the father of four, McSwain ... of injuries sustained when a roadside bomb detonated near his convoy vehicle during combat operations, the Department of Defense said.

McSwain, 31, a 12-year Army veteran, was serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. He was the oldest of five siblings.

His sister, Ashley McSwain, 25, spoke for the family when reached by phone. She said he always was very protective of his family, especially his younger sisters, an impulse that Ashley McSwain says drew him to the Army.

"He was like that wherever he went. He wanted to protect people," McSwain said. "I think the world lost a good person. He was one of the best brothers anyone could have."

Maj. Nathan Banks, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon, said McSwain was traveling in a convoy near Al Kut, about 115 miles southeast of Baghdad, when soldiers noticed a possible bomb near the roadside.

McSwain and another soldier got out of their vehicle to identify the bomb, and it exploded as they approached, Banks said. The other soldier was not killed.

McSwain is survived by a wife, Kendra, two daughters, Krista and Jakayla, a stepdaughter, Jasmin, and an infant son, Kenneth.

Ashley McSwain said her brother had only seen his 5-month-old son once, when the sergeant was home on leave for Kenneth's birth in January.

Sgt. McSwain didn't have to be in Iraq. He'd already done two tours, and was back for a third because he "wanted to protect people." And look how he died: He was a senior NCO, and could have ordered a private to investigate that bomb. Instead, he investigated it himself. He died like he lived, protecting people. And then there's this:

McSwain's father, the Rev. Theodis McSwain, is pastor of Gilfield Missionary Baptist Church in Pushmataha, Ala.

The soldier was a 1993 graduate of Meridian High School, where he played football and was an honors graduate.

He majored in English at the University of Southern Mississippi before enlisting in the Army at 19.

I know a young conservative activist, just out of college. I told him four months ago, "Boy, you better get your butt to the recruiting office."

There's no shortage of College Republicans -- the girls can handle that job for now -- but America needs boots on the ground. Enlist tomorrow, and you could be in Iraq in six months.



The corrupt Democratic former mayor of Atlanta gets 2-1/2 years in federal prison for tax evasion.

Donkey Cons led the blogosphere in coverage of Mayor "What's In It For Me?" Campbell's corruption trial. He's also in the book.

Previously on
Bill Campbell
3/9: Campbell case: It's up to the jury
3/3: Mayor Bill's excellent adventure
3/3: Mayor: "I Can't Recall"
2/24: Mayor: "What's in it for me?"
2/18: Hotlanta Mayor's Love Triangle
1/27: Campbell trial: "That's my ho!"
1/18: What did I tell you about Atlanta?
1/17: Atlanta mayor goes on trial today


DONKEY CONS: Rave review
DONKEY CONS: Another rave review
DONKEY CONS: Yet ANOTHER rave review
DONKEY CONS: Vilmar loves it!
DONKEY CONS: WorldNetDaily loves it!
DONKEY CONS: About the book
DONKEY CONS: On Capitol Hill

Hillary & the Victims

“You know, I have been an advocate for children and families throughout my life.

"As a lawyer,
I occasionally represented victims of sexual assault and rape.

"As a mother, as a wife, as a woman, I think I know the difference that good information, good education, and good health care makes in empowering women and girls to lead the lives that are responsible and hopeful that we all wish for them.”

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)
June 13, 2006
speech to the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association

Kennedy guilty, Rove innocent

This "culture of corruption" thing just isn't working out right for the Democrats, is it?

Patrick J. Kennedy (D-U.I.) pleads guilty to driving under the influence of ... something. Papa Teddy must proud of his son: "Paddy, my boy, you walked away! You copped a plea! But you're still in Congress! You're a real Kennedy now!"

Now that the DUI circus is over, the media can get around to asking Paddy K. why he took over $30,000 from Jack Abramoff's clients, making him second only to Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) among House Democrats on the Abramoff-related campaign cash list. (They both got even more Abramoff-connected campaign cash than "Dingy Harry" Reid, who is the first guy you think of when you hear the words "fight corruption.")

Meanwhile, proving what we knew all along -- namely, that "Plamegate" is a non-scandal about a non-secret CIA bureaucrat -- Karl Rove gets a pass from the Fitzgerald grand jury.

California Conservative: "Driving While Kennedy."
Michelle Malkin
Left Wing Hate: He thinks he's black ...
Expose the Left
Dan Riehl: It's a bad day for tin-foil hats ... Dan also has fun with Patrick "Kunta" Kennedy.
Right-Wing Nuthouse: Jason Leopold's head explodes
Don Surber sees Rove vindicating the Bush war policy:
While Democrats have been demanding this endless debate, the American military has been out winning this war. Their commander-in-chief suffered low poll ratings to stay the course. Guess what? It worked. Look for Republican gains in both houses in November. ...
We wrote a history of Democratic Party corruption. But if they lose against in November, the Democrats will just be ... history. I mean it.

After getting their hopes so high for three consecutive elections ('02, '04 and now '06), and the Moonbats taking the party so far leftward, the Democrats might actually fall apart after another crushing defeat in November.

In '08, you may see Howard Dean or another Democrat run a Soros/Kossack-funded anti-war independent campaign against Democrat Hillary -- who got booed today at the Moonbat America conference -- and the GOP nominee. And when the Democrat split boosts the Republicans to yet another huge victory ... well, that could be the end for the Dems.


DONKEY CONS: Rave review
DONKEY CONS: Another rave review
DONKEY CONS: Yet ANOTHER rave review
DONKEY CONS: Vilmar loves it!
DONKEY CONS: WorldNetDaily loves it!
DONKEY CONS: About the book
DONKEY CONS: On Capitol Hill