Monday, September 10, 2007
Personal Asides: Giuliani-Touting Big Jim Does it For Me Sneed Describes Judith Miller as a Disgraced Reporter The Beachwood Reporter on Our Foot-Tapping Governor.
Giuliani & Big Jim.
I have always entertained the notion that since Rudy Giuliani leads other Republicans in significant polls, there may come a day when no matter his baggage (his three marriages, his wifes three marriages plus one-shack-up job with a lover from whom she broke up to go for Rudy) his wrong stance on social issues a prudent voter could decide to back him from the standpoint that he may in fact embrace strict construction in judicial appointments, that he is undeniably good on anti-terrorism and that he may turn out to be a far better president than heretofore expected.
He was never my first, nor even my second, third or fourth choice but in an imperfect world (and God knows this one is) I might have the prudence to be able to accept him. That was before the elephantine Combine Republic-crat-Demo-publican announced his support for him, saying that Giuliani is Jim Thompsons kind of Republican. Thats what I feared all along. This is where I get off the train before I hop aboard. Giuliani isnt going to get the nomination with Jim Thompson as exemplar. At least not if I can help it.
As Jim Thompsons guy, Rudy is the favorite of one who
o never met a major state issue he didnt resolve for a malleable liberal ideologyfrom repeatedly running on assurances there would be no tax increases, then, after election twice saying oops there will be tax increases and supporting liberal social issues
o espoused state-paid-for bread and circuses to keep the White Sox here by using state funds blatantly with no earlier recourse to private funding
o built a temple for bloated state government, later named in his honor by sycophants, a psychedelic nightmare with a white mushroom doughboy statue out front to embody his extra-terrestrial avant-garde elitist concepts in art at taxpayer expensea building hard to heat in the winter, hard to cool in the summer, all designed as a self-monument in the style of Suleiman the Magnificent
o spent $20 million of his law firms money pro-bono defending the bulbous-nosed, snout-in-the-trough snuffling George Ryan from ostensible fear of what Ryan might disclose
o co-chaired Blagojevichs transition team from which he derived huge legal sinecures for his law firm, so compromising himself that he had to avoid even the semblance of criticism of Blagojevich
o represents Blagojevich even today andget thishis law firm advises him on ethics issues
o skimmed reports of misspending by the two thieves who ran the Sun-Times in order to sit well with his elitist board buddies Henry Kissinger and Richard Perle, narrowly missing getting cited for misfeasance as chairman of the corporations audit committee.
All of which means that--
o he ties Rudy to special interest snout-in-the-trough repudiated Combine through Thompsons anything goes lobbying which he pursues with the sensitivity of the hard-shelled Armadillo.
Sneed: Judith Miller a DisgraceHuh?
We should forgive Michael Sneed who probably doesnt have time to do research on public policy, so busy is she reporting stuff like actor Tim Gamble spotted at Suzukis Sho Studio hair salon on Chicago avenuebut she displayed a knee-jerk lefty approach yesterday when she described the New York Times former correspondent Judith Miller as disgraced. The item: The press beat: Disgraced former New York Times reporter Judith `Weapons of Mass Destruction Miller has landed a new joban adjunct fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, a New York-based think tank. The organization was cited by Miller critics as evidence of partisanship in her coverage of the Bush administration in the run-up to the Iraq war.
Miller believed the weapons of mass destruction gambit. How was she different from liberals including Sneeds friends who joined with heads of foreign governments who believed the same thing?
She had been The Times Cairo bureau chief, the first woman in that post (1983) ranging from Tripoli to Damascus; the Washington bureaus news editor and deputy bureau chief (1987-88); the Times deputy media editor (mid-1990s); shared in a Pulitzer for explanatory writing (2002) for profiling the global terrorism network and the threats it posed; broke the story that U. S. germ warfare research pushes treaty limits; broke the story that listed the Holy Land Foundation to a list of organizations with suspected links to terrorism ahead of Patrick Fitzgerald who brought a lawsuit against the paper (2001); steadfastly reported Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (which she maintains will be proven as accurate one daybut wheres the disgrace?); upheld her view of journalistic responsibility by refusing to appear before a grand jury on the so-called Valerie Plame leak when Fitzgerald knew all the time the source of the leak was the deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage (and who told Armitage to keep it quiet).
The list goes on and on; Miller has been controversial but only disgraced in the view of the left; she doesnt deserve that kind of snotty gossip-columning label. In Sneeds and increasingly the Sun-Times vocabulary, reporters are either called journalists or conservativenot liberal. For Sneeds education, the conservative Manhattan Institute is an urban think tankcalled conservative by lefties since it challenges everyday assumptions made by generalizing label-mongers like Sneed.
Miller is disgraced because she supported the pretext of the Iraq War and Bush on anti-terrorism issues. Sneeds labeling is the latest lowest blow for Cruickshanks paper which has already descended to its nadir in sensationalism. The working-class paper. Yeah, right.
The Beachwood Reporter.
Excerpts, slightly edited here, from The Beachwood Reporter a hilarious blog that comments on Illinois doings which can be found at www.beachoodreporter.com .
Our Foot-Tapping Governor.
If Rod Blagojevich had been the one caught tapping his foot in a mens room
1. Youve got this all wrong. I just reached down to grab my approval ratings which had actually fallen through the floor
2. I guess I was being too literal in my efforts to low-ball the state legislature.
3. What bathroom? I wasnt in a bathroom. Im not even in this room talking to you right now.
4. I was trolling for campaign contributions, you idiot! Ever think about serving on a state board?
5. I only reached my hand around to see if you were wearing a wire.
6. I was hoping you could spare a square because I accidentally cut toilet paper out of the budget.
7. I was just tapping our Morse Code for `Do you know a good accountant?