Hot posts: 11/30 7:30 PM

Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood]]> (7 links)
reasoned audacity at charmaineyoest.com
I’m sitting on the fountain at the base of the steps of the Supreme Court, waiting for the press conference at the conclusion of oral arguments in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood.
Kelly Ayotte is the Attorney General of New Hampshir
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Open Post (7 links)
Mudville Gazette

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Hot posts: 11/30 6:33 PM

Air Battle (7 links)
Vodkapundit – All the News That’s Fit to Drink
The LA Times reports on the US propaganda effort in Iraq: As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the…
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Propaganda in a State of War (7 links)
The Jawa Report v3.0 Beta
Far too many people are unclear on the concept of propaganda. In their minds, propaganda is equated with intentional lies spread by governments. This is wrong. From Merriam-Webster we learn that propaganda is:2 : the spreading of ideas, information,
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Feingold: Pay No Attention to That Elected Government In the Corner

Here’s an appalling little exchange I heard on NPR this morning, where Senator Russ Feingold, everybody’s favorite defender of free speech, exercises his own to question the legitimacy of the elected Iraqi government.
Feingold was thrillled to point out that Iraqi leaders meeting in Egypt at an Arab League summit called for a timetable for U.S. forces to withdraw from Iraq. Steve Inskeep of NPR, to his credit, pointed out that the position of the elected government of Iraq differs from that expressed at the summit, but Feingold would have none of it (RealAudio):
Inskeep: “We heard earlier this hour from the national security advisor in Iraq, who said Iraqi politicians said [that they wanted a timetable for withdrawal] but the government of Iraq essentially agrees with the Bush administration.”
Feingold: That’s right: the government of Iraq that was produced basically as a result of an American occupation as opposed to a general consensus from the country is not the test. The test is what the major interests in the country said. The major interests in the country, the political parties, hey, these are the people that are going to decide the future of the country. If you got the Sunnis, the Shiites, and the Kurds all agreeing that we need a timetable, who do you listen do? Do you listen to them, or do you listen to these folks that have a very shaky government that frankly was a result — of course, of an election — but also of an American invasion of the country… that is a very bad way to ignore the wishes of the Iraqi people.”

Absolutely charming.
Another way of describing, as Feingold put it in disapproving tones, “a very shaky government that frankly was a result… of an American invasion of the country,” would be “One of the first democratic governments in the history of the Middle East which over two thousand American soldiers have given their lives to establish, and which many more stand in harm’s way every day to protect.”
I think my formulation is more appropriate, and I’d like to wager Senator Feingold that the vast majority of the American soldiers he protests so much to support with demands for a withdrawal timetable would agree with me.
I’d also appreciate if someone on Senator Feingold’s staff could explain to me the following:
a) If the good Senator truly means what he implies: that he does not accept the legitimacy of the elected Iraqi government.
b) Whether he believes that the foreign policy of the United States will be aided, or hindered, by casting such aspersions on the Iraqi government and de facto agreeing with the terrorists who, not incidentally, are also quite interested in undermining the credibility and legitimacy of the government in the eyes of Iraqis and the world
It is apparently not sufficient for Senator Feingold to focus exclusively on the failures which have undeniably occurred during the Iraq war. He now finds it necessary to also cast aspersions on the actual victories —- i.e., the conduct of elections and the establishment of a democratically, if imperfectly, elected government.
One has to wonder what, exactly, would constitute “success” for the Senator — other than, of course, the political humiliation of George W. Bush.

Hot posts: 11/30 4:34 PM

Hello? Mainsteam Media??? Are You Awake (8 links)
Wizbang
For reasons that escape me, the mainstream media has completely ignored the fact New Orleans was not flooded by a hurricane but by an act of negligence by the Federal Government. I've known this (and been posting about it) for…
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MoveOn.org Dresses British Soldiers To Look Like Americans (7 links)
Wizbang
James Taranto leads off yesterday's Best Of The Web with this e-mail from a captain in the U.S. Army. I just got back from my third deployment from Iraq on Friday, and I happened to be at the dentist and…
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Hot posts: 11/30 2:37 PM

"U.S. Military Covertly Pays to Run (7 links)
protein wisdom
From the LA Times:As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq.
The articles, written
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Hot posts: 11/30 12:40 PM

CPL. JEFFREY STARR'S HONOR (7 links)
Michelle Malkin
The president delivered a very necessary speech at the Naval Academy defending the war in Iraq. He also paid tribute to Cpl. Jeffrey Starr, whose memory was butchered by the Ne
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President Outlines Strategy On Iraq (7 links)
Power Line
This morning, the White House released a document outlining the administration's strategy for victory in Iraq; it is accessible here….
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Embrace Our Zombie Dissident Overlords (7 links)
Eschaton
Via Catch, Joe Dante discusses his Showtime show:”T

HOLLERING BACK AT JANEANE GAROFALO (7 links)
Michelle Malkin
She. Is. Mad.
I think you will get a kick out of my latest,
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Hot posts: 11/30 11:34 AM

At the law schools (7 links)
Power Line
The folks at the New York Observer have sent us their editors' advance table of contents for the new issue….
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(7 links)
Instapundit.com
THE WHITE HOUSE has released its Iraq strategy document. I think it owes a bit of a debt to Steven Den Beste. But hey, you can't always rely on bloggers to explain the war plan….
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Hot posts: 11/30 10:41 AM

Moveon.org Continues to Cater to the Clu (8 links)
G e n e r a t i o n W h y ?
Moveon.org Continues to Cater to the Clueless
Moveon.org tries to exploit our brave men and women by producing a commercial about American soldiers stuck in Iraq over Thanksgiving.
Here’s the video… and
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99.93% Don’t Care (7 links)
Don Surber After Hours
When Rupert Murdoch speaks, would-be mediamoguls listen. His recent interview with the Brit journalism rag, Press Gazette contained this gem:”We now have one billion people – not with broadband, but access
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Rumsfeld and Pace (7 links)
The Washington Monthly
RUMSFELD AND PACE….Via Tim Dunlop, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post reports on a recent exchange between Donald Rumsfeld and General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The subject was torture:When UPI's Pam Hess asked about

Hot posts: 11/28 11:27 AM

BACK TO THE BORDER (7 links)
Michelle Malkin
So, President Bush is at the border this week paying lip service to new “immigration reform”–even as he pushes his same old, enforcement-undermini
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I Call Partial Mulligan… (7 links)
firedoglake
After quite a bit of late-night e-mailing with Jeralyn, and a subsequent good night’s sleep (well, as good as it can get with an early-rising toddler in the house), I’ve decided that my theory on opening t
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Hot posts: 11/28 10:27 AM

Vietnamizing Iraq (7 links)
Power Line
The estimable editors of the New York Sun have a far higher threshold for pain than we do. They are…
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Lawyers High and Low (7 links)
Power Line
Low would be Ramsey Clark, the lunatic lefty who has trafficked for forty years on the fact that Lyndon Johnson,…
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Hot posts: 11/28 9:27 AM

What a mesh (8 links)
Power Line
I've spent the last few days reading Mary Mapes's Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of…
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SADDAM UNHINGED… (8 links)
Michelle Malkin
…and Ramsey Clark is there to hold his hand. From Breitbart/AP:
The trial of
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The Tyrant's Tirade (7 links)
Captain’s Quarters
The trial of Saddam Hussein continued this morning, as most of his trials have gone thus far — with an opening tirade from the deposed genocidal tyrant to get the trial off to a start. Saddam complained about not having…
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US Air Power to Replace Infantry in Iraq; Distant… (7 links)
Informed Comment
US Air Power to Replace Infantry in Iraq; Distant President Trapped in UtopianismVeteran journalist Seymour Hersh is re
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Open Post Nov. 28, 2005 (7 links)
Don Surber After Hours
This one is all over the Internet thanks to Matt Drudge. Still I must ask: Suppose they held a book signing and nobody came?
Open post means you Post This Link, then you Use This Trackback. Then I post you
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Hot posts: 11/28 7:24 AM

BLOGGER-TURNED-REPORTER BILL ROGGIO repo (7 links)
Instapundit.com
BLOGGER-TURNED-REPORTER BILL ROGGIO reports back from a patrol on the Iraqi/Syrian border. He also sends this, by email: “My internet access has been limited but I'm having the time of my life in Iraq. I've had great access to all of
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Ecosystem Updates in Progress

Folks:
I spent a large chunk of the Thanksgiving holiday revamping the Ecosystem’s algorithms and code as a part of my continuing effort to ensure that TTLB provides as useful a guide as possible to the best of the blogosphere.
Most of the changes are complete, but some are not, so bear with me for a few days as I complete the work. In particular, a significant change to Ecosystem ranking was implemented last night, so you may have seen significant shifts in particular blog’s rankings.
I’ll explain more once I’ve polished the changes; thanks for your patience…
NZ