A new low in broadcast journalism? – UPDATED

Ed Morrissey has the tape and the right response.We've known for a while that journalists have lost the ability to make fine distinctions. Now, some of them can't make broad one's either?Someone wrote to me last night that Anderson Cooper had done a really good job - that he was forceful in reminding viewers that without coalition troops Saddam would still be in power. The writer gave props to Cooper saying (I'm paraphrasing, from memory) "this execution and what it means for Iraq is … [Read more...]

Saddam Dead – Dearborn Dances

I would have illustrated this with a photo of it, but I can't find any. Apparently the Iraqi-American community is dancing in Dearborn. UPDATE: Clarity and Resolve has found a picture. CNN links to video here.Dave Alwatan wore an Iraqi flag around his shoulders and flashed a peace sign to everyone he passed at the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in this suburb of Detroit, a city that has one of the nation's largest concentrations of people with roots in the Middle East."Peace," he … [Read more...]

The Execution of Saddam Hussein – UPDATES!

I've never been able to rest easy on the question of the death penalty in the US - or the matter of state-sanctioned execution. As a pro-life Catholic, I have issues with it...but on the other hand, I know that there are times it can be considered the better choice. I basically subscribe to JPII's idea, that one misses a chance for conversion when one's life is taken unnaturally...but on the other hand, if you know you're going to die, you do have a chance to convert your heart and mind and … [Read more...]

Tim Robbins’ “chill wind” blows via Pelosi et al

"We are all going to have to rethink how we deal with this, because there are all these competing values ... Without any kind of editing function or gatekeeping function, what does it mean to have the right to defend your reputation?" she said.Hillary Clinton, circa 1998 continued:"I don't have any clue about what we're going to do legally, regulatorily, technologically -- I don't have a clue. But I do think we always have to keep competing interests in balance. I'm a big pro-balance person. … [Read more...]

Two superb books by John Allen

Okay, so I lied and that wasn't my last book recommendation for 2006. These are!For Doubleday, acquiring the publication rights for the first book by Joseph Ratzinger since his ascension to the papacy is a very big "get", especially since the prolific and very readable Benedict XVI's books routinely make the bestseller's lists.In anticipation of Benedict's book, Jesus of Nazareth, it's not a bad idea to take a look at two recent Doubleday/Image releases by the also "prolific and very … [Read more...]

Hellacious stomach flu fells family

It always happens near Christmas. All that kissing and shaking hands...somebody brings in a stomach flu and it makes the rounds.Blogging light. … [Read more...]

My Last Bryn post for 2006

So, I'm driving today with the windows half open. I'd gotten tired of Buster's mixes and found the Under the Stars album - a collection of Broadway tunes done by Renee Fleming and Bryn Terfel.Track number 6 - Stars, from Les Miz. Freaking magnificent.At a long stoplight I've got it blasting pretty good, and the woman in the next car beeps me. I lower the music, assuming it's rudely intruding on her, but she's hollering something, so finally I shut it down completely and give give her the … [Read more...]

Doesn’t this shame the press, even a little?

Doug Ross imagines how the press would have reacted if Condi Rice had played the Sandy Berger role in these reprehensible shennanigans.I'd say he gets it about right. But as he notes, Sandy Berger and the Clinton Administration are an whole 'nother kettle of fish to the press than are Condi Rice (or anyone) and the Bush Administration.Roger L. Simon has lost sleep over this. Perhaps more of us need to. This story will be lost come the holidays, and you know the Dem houses will never look … [Read more...]

Talk like Jack Bauer Day!

I'm up for this.How to act on Talk Like Jack Bauer Day -Make sure to yell very simple requests. -Take a helicopter to work. -Issue threats that involve family members and/or body parts. -Always mention that you're running out of time. -Carry a manpurse. Wear aviators. Don't do drugs. -Start each conversation with "I'm federal agent (your name), and today is the longest day of my life".Read it all. … [Read more...]

Some links to make you happy

While I am off baking. If you're nosy and want to know what I'm busy at, I'm makingAnna's German Butter Cookies andmy brother's Pignoli Cookies and my Italian Rainbow Cookies.Okay, so AlQaeda is now telling the Democrats that credit for the defeat of the GOP belongs to Al Qaeda. Ace predicts little to no coverage of this message by the press.And those sneaky, secretive Bushies have complied with an order to reveal old classified info.Ed Driscoll spots fun with language.You know, … [Read more...]