February 24, 2007 - February 17, 2007
Thursday, March 16, 2006
WHAT'S THE BUZZ?
The Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci is soon to go on trial in France
for having dared to write critically about muslims and the religion of
Islam. For those who don't know of her, she is the maverick foreign
correspondent and cultural critic Christiane
Amanpour has been self-consciously imitating throughout her CNN
career. Except that Fallaci is smart, original, and far too independent
to be a politically correct whore for the Palestinians. Her present
lonely situation is described in the current issue of L.A.
Weekly, along with this compelling assessment of the self-appointed
thought leaders of western culture:
Fallaci speaks for the ordinary reader.
There is no one she despises more than the intellectual “cicadas,” as
she calls them — “You see them every day on television; you read them
every day in the newspapers” — who deny they are in the midst of a
cultural, political and existential war with Islam, of which terrorism
is the flashiest, but ultimately least important component.
Her latest book on the subject is The Force of Reason. We should
all read it. Drawing on history and her own observations and
...illuminates one of the central
enigmas of our time. How did Europe become home to an estimated 20
million Muslims in a mere three decades?
How did Islam go from being a virtual non-factor to a religion that
threatens the preeminence of Christianity on the Continent? How could
the most popular name for a baby boy in Brussels possibly be Mohammed?
Can it really be true that Muslims plan to build a mosque in London
that will hold 40,000 people? That Dutch cities like Amsterdam and
Rotterdam are close to having Muslim majorities? How was Europe, which
was saved by the U.S. in world wars I and II, and whose Muslim Bosnians
were rescued by the U.S. as recently as 1999, [be] transformed into a
place in which, as Fallaci puts it, “if I hate Americans I go to Heaven
and if I hate Muslims I go to Hell?”
We could go on quoting from the L.A. Weekly article and discuss her
views in conjunction with those of Mark
Steyn, who has also written extensively about the imminent peril of
Eurabia. But we're not going to because we're so taken with Fallaci's
Loud, raspy, droning insects. A plague because of their extraordinary
repetitive resonance, not their collected insights, which are really
only one groundless affirmation repeated ad nauseam and unto death:
Bush is the problem.
Are you up for a sensory adventure? Listen for the cicadas that drown
out intelligent conversation every day in our own country:
Feingold, champion of limiting free speech in politics, who
nevertheless pretends to be defending freedom (and the Constitution he
has betrayed) by denying the national security imperatives of the War
on Terror in order to promote the fiction that Bush is the problem.
Reid -- that dry droning voice of Democrat obstructionism -- who
can't bring himself to endorse Feingold because it might compromise him
in the 2006 election, but who can't bring himself to repudiate Feingold
either, because if his party wins the 2006 election, the only order of business for
Democrats will be impeaching
the President, because Bush is the problem. Bzzzzzzzzz.
Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United
States of America, who travels to a foreign land to affirm her
allegiance, not to the Constitution she is sworn to defend, but to "the
experience and good thinking foreign sources may convey," specifically
for the purpose of discovering "common denominators of basic fairness
governing relationships between the governors and the governed." This
while the governments she looks to in order to supersede her own
constitution are busily engaged in surrendering freedom to Islamist
extortionists who care nothing for fairness. A contradiction? A
problem? Of course not. Everyone knows that Bush is the problem.
colonies known as Harvard and Yale, where myopic feminists are
slaying academic freedom even as they offer safe harbor
on a silver
platter to the avowed enemies of every other kind of freedom as well,
because they can recognize no danger from barbarians abroad so long as
they remember that the president of their own country, Bush, is the
The thrumming hive of show business, which gathers round its symbolic queen
to take credit for understanding everything better than the people who
make them rich, gorging themselves on the fruits of a freedom they
routinely abuse while failing to make a single mention
of those who are fighting and dying overseas to preserve that freedom.
Instead, they congratulate themselves for their brilliant discovery
that Bush is the problem. Bzzzzzzzzz.
The New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS, ABC, NPR, NBC, CNBC,
MSNBC, Time, Newsweek, etc, who saturate the atmosphere with virtually
infinite restatements of the lie that with respect to Islam, Iraq,
Iran, the U.N., and even nature itself, Bush is the problem.
We could go on, because the buzz does go on, day after day, month after
month, and year after year, while the Islamic flood tide rises to
calamitous levels around the world, irrigating anti-semitism and
gradually drowning the one faith which is most responsible for the rise
of individual rights, science, and political liberty. But we prefer to
let you take it from here. Listen to the buzz as long as you dare, be
ever mindful of its existence and purpose, but be aware that if you
listen too closely for too long, it will drive you mad. There can be no
other explanation for the routineness of the insanity around us.
The Headhouse Gang
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
You can't see the grass here, but he
sure isn't letting it grow under his feet.
With a week or so for reflection, we've figured out that the big story
of the 2006 Oscars wasn't Crash's
upset of Brokeback Mountain.
It was the unleashing of Best Supporting Actor winner George Clooney
upon the world. Who would have thought that an acting award would be
tantamount to the anointing of a new messiah of the artistic and
political intelligentsia? He started demarking his new territory with
his acceptance speech,
in which he explained the commanding role played by Hollywood in
leading America out of the darkness of past error into the light of
transformational liberalism. As even Peggy
Noonan had to acknowledge [Caution: Dowdian
George Clooney is Hollywood now. He is
charming and beautiful and cool... And because [his audience] are his inferiors, he must teach them. He must teach
them about racial tolerance and speaking truth to power, etc. He must
teach them to be brave. And so in his acceptance speech for best
supporting actor the other night he instructed the audience about
Hollywood's courage in making movies about AIDS,
and recognizing the
work of Hattie
McDaniel with an Oscar. [hyperlinks
Only a day or two later, he reinforced his mandate as a cultural savior
by writing an open letter to the youth of America, in which he threw
down the gauntlet for youngsters who are as committed to rescuing the
world from Republicans as he is:
Still not content with the amount of limelight his newly elevated
persona was receiving or emanating, he delivered unto the masses a
revolutionary blog entry in the Huffington Post, in which he condensed
his accumulated political wisdom into terms even the dumb reactionaries
at the New
York Post could understand:
George Clooney has a message for
Democratic office-holders who voted for the war in Iraq, only to claim
later that they'd been misled by President Bush:
The movie star's argument — directed at the likes of presidential
wannabes Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry and John Edwards — is
actually more nuanced than that.
"Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the runup to the war.
In 2003, a lot of us were saying, where is the link between Saddam and
Bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with 9/11? We knew it was bulls—.
Now, the XOFF News Team has learned that his commitment to strike while
the iron is hot has proceeded to the inevitable next step -- announcing
a groundbreaking new motion picture written, produced, and directed by
While the picture has yet to be filmed, critics are already raving
about the production's brilliance and courage. "Daring, gorgeous,
hilarious, and bitingly satirical," declares a preliminary review by Shaun
Proulx in the Toronto Globe and
Mail. "An overwhelming triumph," explains David
Edelstein in Slate. "If
Mel Brooks had directed Dr.
Strangelove, or if Stanley Kubrick had produced [the remake
of] The Producers, the result
would surely resemble this -- a screechingly funny
black comedy possessing the film-noir originality of Clooney's own
[remake of] Fail-Safe, the meticulous
Night and Good Luck, the political genius
of Syriana, and more than a
soupcon of the
devil-may-care sexiness of [the remake of] Oceans 11."
Wow. We can't wait. Industry insiders report that the film is a kind of
screwball comedy set in the infamous Eagle's Nest (Berchtesgaden),
where the election-stealing German leader planned World War II with his
chief accomplices Herman
Goering, Joseph Goebbels, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Rudolph Hess in
1938. The madcap plot alternates between the social and erotic hijinks
of the dim-witted principals and their search for an appropriate lie to
tell the German people about why they're going to invade defenseless
Poland. According to the draft press release, "An inspired choice of
supporting cast manages to make the political satire ring eerily true
while simultaneously leveraging the current vogue for gender-bending
sexual byplay. The audience will respond delightedly to the hopelessly
unresolved identity conflicts of both Goebbels and von Ribbentrop, and
they'll hoot with glee at the aburdly violent hunting mishaps of Hitler's number two
man, Hess, although it's not too early to speculate that the laugh-riot
portrayal of the notorious cross-dresser Goering may grab a
Best-Supporting Actor Oscar for surprise
co-star Michael Moore."
Michael Moore as Goering and Whoopi
Goldberg as foreign minister von Ribbentrop
Streisand as propaganda minister Goebbels and Ed Asner as Deputy Fuehrer Rudolf Hess
Serious makeup: Janeane
Garofalo as Eva Braun & Clooney as the fuehrer "H"
It goes without saying that the real star of Weekend at Berchtesgaden will be
writer-producer-director-actor George Clooney, known to his intimates
in the film merely as "H." Even insiders are secretive about George's
take on the role of a lifetime, so we have to content ourselves with a
few tantalizing hints. We're told that "H" isn't exactly the genius
described in the history books, and "he's been known to mangle a
'liebensrump' or two."
We'll be first in line at the box office. You can count on
that. Unless you can't.
The XOFF News Team
Monday, March 13, 2006
Let's Make a Deal
2006 Do you want Door #1, Door #2, or Door
#3? Pick and click.
HOT NEWS. What's
more fun than mindless
fear of gargantuan cataclysms? Nothing, unless it's being able to help
spread dismay and panic to every little niche of the mass media
universe. This week, thanks to a more boring than usual news cycle, we
can actually take our pick of impending apocalyptic events to worry
ourselves sick about.
On the other hand, some of us would probably prefer to worry about this.
It's got tremendous potential, but you can still manage to swallow your
dinner without heartburn.
. Pictured above is the new Bugatti Veryon Hybrid, whose
two-powerplant design reduces the need for reliance on wasteful
fossil-fueled internal combustion technology. We have commented
on the drab styling and performance of current hybrid
vehicles, and that's why we're so excited that Bugatti is offering
genuine exoticar looks and handling in a truly environment-friendly
package. The Veryon's electric motor runs on five "D" batteries and
produces 6.5 Volts, 8000mAh. You can get a fuller technical description
The electric motor
In operation, when the driver desires to diminish the load on the
internal combustion engine, he can engage the electric engine with the
flick of a switch on the dashboard. This initiates the alternative
drive mechanism, thus:
Electric motor in operation. Cool,
The only significant drawback we can think of is that the Bugatti
Veryon will cost approximately $2 million. Of course, all hybrids are
somewhat pricey because of the experimental technology involved. The
mitigating circumstance here is that the traditional technology
employed is perhaps slightly more powerful and robust than its
competitors in this market niche.
The gas motor has 16 cylinders, 64
valves, and produces a reasonably adequate 1001 horsepower.
Acquiring hybrid technology alway involves tradeoffs. When you go
shopping for your next "green" auto, though, we suggest you check out
the Veryon. You just might like it.
It shouldn't matter. A new belief system is being born at at a site
called Serpo.org. It's a present-day
phenomenon. Retired members of the Defense Intelligence Agency are
incrementally releasing details of the most secret program ever run by
the U.S. Government -- a 10-year visit by 12 highly trained U.S.
military and scientific personnel to a planet in the Zeta Reticuli star
system. The most recent posting was only a few weeks ago, and there are
heavy promises of photographs to come. The website has been constructed
by literate people who know when not to use an apostrophe in
conjunction with the word 'it,' who have amassed confirming
documentation from some of the more reputable (i.e., reputedly
scientific, military, and intelligence-agency-connected) UFO
researchers, and who have already acquired a radio and internet
audience via persuasive performances on Art Bell's Coast-to-Coast radio show.
We've been known to listen to Art Bell. It's entertaining stuff. We
learned there of the possibility of the death by laboratory-induced
supernova of the entire universe, the certainty of a solar "killshot"
that would extinguish life on earth by the year 2000, and the existence
of a hole in the ground in the southwest where the screams of the
damned in hell could be recorded on a cellphone.
Who cares, right? Crazy people like crazy stories, especially when they
involve crazy conspiracies that paper over any perceived absence of the
meaning of life. Only, we've had occasion to learn that crazy
conspiracy theories have the power to wreck the lives of intelligent,
curious, and estimable but gulliible people. There was once a site
called Zetatalk, which purported to explain
everything that had ever happened, including Atlantis and Christ, in
terms of the arrival of a tenth planet which would destroy physical
life on earth while catalyzing the transition to a fourth-dimensional
state of being for those who were in "service to others" as opposed to
"service to self." The site was amusing because it offered
matter-of-fact explanations for EVERYTHING, including the lowdown on
the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations, the fate of Noah's Ark, the
truth of the Shroud of Turin, and the final judgment about the relative
greatness of the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics versus the 1927 New York
Yankees. (Athletics greater, of course.) The most interesting fact was
that Jesus Christ was an alien from Zeta Reticuli who ultimately agreed
to be put into a state of suspended animation from which he would
answer the prayers of all earthlings in perpetuity.
It turns out that Zetatalk convinced lots of people to leave their
homes and relatives forever in order to be ready for the arrival of
Planet X, home of the aliens who were going to destroy earth and life
as we know it -- except for the fact that Planet X doesn't exist,
according to every reputable astronomer. Only the leader of Zetatalk,
one Nancy Lieder, dared to challenge the pitiless logic of the
astronomers, but a great many people followed her nonetheless and were personally annihilated when Planet X failed to show up on the predicted date a few years ago. You can
read the unexpectedly moving story of her disciples here. Many of
them lost homes, careers, and all their money because of Nancy Lieder's
monomania, which still hasn't ended, because Zetatalk is still on the web.
While Nancy Lieder was leading her sheep to ruin, another star was
rising. Laura Knight-Jadczyk discovered much the same alien threat,
including the impending "fourth dimensional" transformation, by way of
a Ouija Board that alerted her to the impending end of our existence
and the beginning of her romantic relationship with a Polish physicist
named Arkadiusz. Unfortunately, the more Laura learned about human
history from the Ouija Board, the more she discovered that multiple
alien races in command of time travel technology had destroyed the
meaning of human history and existence. Moreover, her expertise at
interpreting the Ouija Board, which eventually culminated in her
receiving its channelled wisdom without actually consulting the board
at all anymore, had made her a target for nefarious alien assassination
plans that have to be defended against continuously. It's to Laura's
considerable credit that she's been able to rewrite all of human
history and culture in terms of her alien experience on the run -- on CDs and
videotapes containing hundreds of thousands of words -- without
charging more than a nominal fee to the followers of Cassiopaea.com.
Which makes it all the sadder that some of her followers came to regard
her as something of another Nancy Lieder, although her siituation was never ever
similar to Nancy's because Ark possessed more knowledge about the physics of the universe in his
left thumb than Nancy ever dreamed of in her twice-mortgaged trailer.
And that's a fact.
Too bad there was that terrible scandal about
Laura and Ark absconding with funds from such devoted followers.
All right. Now you know why we're concerned. These alien fantasies
bother us for several other reasons too. Seriously. We'd like to list
o Scientists act as if
they're best at exposing idiocy. It's true the science put forward in
the Serpo Hoax is stupid, but the science is hardly the stupidest part
of the story. What IS stupid is having to read some astronomy
major objecting to made up planetary orbital data involving equations
when no equations and no astronomy are required to debunk the story. It
makes science geeks look as dumb as they usually are.
o The conspiracy nuts who make up these scenarios know
nothing about social matters. Here's a description of alien
civilization wriitten by a human "witness" whose writings are being
published at the new hoax website:
There were leaders, but no real form of
government. There was virtually
no crime seen by the team. They had an army, which also acted as the
police force. But no guns or weapons of any type were seen by our team.
There were regular meetings within each small community. There was one
large community, which acted as the central point of the civilization.
All the industry was at this one large community. There was no money.
Every Eben was issued what they needed. No stores, malls or shopping
locations. There were central distribution centers where Ebens went to
obtain items of needs.
Right. The universe generally, and high civilization specifically, is
inherently a leftist enterprise. Incredibly advanced cultures arise
spontaneously from nothing, and (as in this case) even a few hundred
thousand entities organized like communists can manage to develop the
technology to explore the universe with no competition whatsoever, for
no personal gain, without taking physical pleasure in it, and with no
evident sign of interest or curiosity. Karl Marx was a lot smarter than
we thought (but Darwin has some 'splaining to do). In addition, ALL alien vistors seem intent on taking credit for the life of Christ, as even the Serpo aliens do.
hoaxsters (and their dupes) are too arrogant to understand that other
people may be more sensible than than they are small-mindedly clever.
Here's a sample of the mission
log supposedly written by the Colonel who commanded the
interstellar exchange program: [Bold-faced emphases are mine]
I was not going to allow the Ebens to
counterman my decisions. When Ebe2 heard this, she told me to wait and
placed her hand against my chest. I told her to translate that to the
leader. Again, there were several minutes of word exchanges between the
two. Ebe2 then stated that the leader would bring the doctor here to
discuss the situation with us. Ebe2
asked me to please don't send your men for guns. Guns are not
needed, we can settle this without guns. Please don't. I told Ebe2 that
we would not get the guns but we would not leave until we saw 308's
body. The leader did something with the communication device on his
belt. About 20 minutes later, three Ebens showed up inside this
building. One of the Ebens, who
identified himself as a doctor and who spoke very good English.
This doctor had a strange sounding voice, almost like a human's voice.
This doctor did not have a high pitch
accent, like Ebe1 and Ebe2. I was very impressed with this
doctor. I just wonder where he has been for these past 18 months. We have never saw him before. This
doctor told us that 308s body was not inside the container. The Ebens
have done experiments with 308s body because they considered it an
honor to have such a specimen to work with. The doctor told us they
have used 308s body to create a type of cloned human being. I stopped
the doctor at this point. I told the doctor that the body of my
teammate was the property of the United States of America, planet
Earth. The body did not belong to the Ebens. I did not authorized any experiments on the
body of 308. I explained that humans consider a body to be
religious. Only I could have authorized the use of 308s body for
experiments. I demanded to see the body. This doctor explained the body
was gone. This doctor said all the blood, body organs were taken out
and used to clone other beings. The use of the word beings really
scared me and the others. 899 became extremely angry. He called the doctor curse names. I
ordered 899 to be quiet. I then told 203 to take 899 out of the
building. I realized this matter could really blossom into a major
incident. I could not allow that to happen. There were just eleven of
us and we realized that if the Ebens wanted to imprison us or kill us,
they could do it very easily. But I didn't think the Ebens would resort
to such behavior. I was not going to allow this incident to advance
into something worse. I realized there wasn't much we could do about
what the Ebens have done with 308s body. Ebe2 looked very upset. Ebe2
told me that everyone should be nice, she repeated the word nice many
times. Ebe2 did not want this matter to escalate. I kind of felt sorry
for Ebe2. She was trying to mediate the matter. 203 suggested we return
to our living quarters and have a team meeting. I told the leader that
I did not want any further interference between whatever is left of
308s body and experiments. I pointed my finger towards the leader's
face. Ebe2 translated, along with the doctor. The doctor, who was
extremely straightforward, told me that nothing further would happen
with the body, but advised me very little was left of the body. Ebe2
then told me the leader was concerned that we were upset. That we were
their guests. That the leader was upset that we were offended. The
leader did not wish to upset us and promised that nothing further would
happen to the body. I thanked Ebe2
and had her rely that to the leader. We returned to out huts.
Everyone was upset, especially 899. I told each member to calm down. I
explained our situation, as if each team member didn't already realize
it, that we were only eleven military personnel. We had no way of
fighting the Ebens. We did not come 40 light years to start a war with
the Ebens. A war we could not win. We
could not even win a simple fist fight with the Ebens. Yes, maybe we
could beat them up but what then. We have to realize out
situation and act accordingly. I ordered each member to reconsider the situation and to except
the facts about 308s body. I told 633 and 700 to investigate
this cloning procedure with the English speaking Eben doctor. Lets get all the facts about what they did
with the body and what we can find out about the body and the Ebens
experiments with the body.
Bear in mind that we are talking about a human team consisting of the
best of the best of the U.S. military being documented by their
commander, a full colonel who is both willing to disappear from the
official record forever AND who possesses special expertise in at least
two scientific subjects. Obviously, such a man would display the
emotional maturity of a 21st century cartoon
dude, and he'd write and spell like a high-school drop-out. The
only way one could possibly question the credibility of his account
would be by nitpicking the details of his technical descriptions.
o The name of this whole game is paranoia, and it preys on
baby boomer generation fantasies about the limitless power and
ruthlessness of a federal government that can't hide the stupidity of
its illuminati-bred president but CAN conceal from the rest of us, in
perpetuity, the existence of next-millennium technology, multiple waves
of alien invasions, and the vast global conspiracy which transforms
events like 9/11 and the Iraq War into sinister moves in a chess game
between black ops fascists and nefarious extra-terrestrial
civilizations. And, by the way, if you want the lowdown, send your
check to Laura Knight-Jadczyk at the following address.
Did we forget to mention that the revelations about the Serpo Project
are being threatened by black ops disinformation specialists? Well,
they are. If you can wade through the compelling narration and the
quibbles of brilliant scientific minds who can't quite keep up with
Zeta Reticuli physics, you will eventually arrive at the page where the
most sinister current events are being documented. Here is the
terrifying threat that may prevent us all from learning the Truth:
On 25 February, this new page was created, featuring as its centerpiece
a long, high quality and intellectually honest debate on all the major
issues and questions raised by the Serpo disclosures, produced by a
team of eight researchers on the Above Top Secret (ATS) Forum.
On 28 February, this was deleted from this page after it was discovered
that each one of the many hundreds of links to the excellent debate
there had been purposefully redirected by Above Top Secret to a
completely different site which has been set up by them purporting to
show that Project Serpo is a hoax.
Above Top Secret, as is now widely recognized by many people studying
this story closely, have a clear agenda to debunk the story using any
means accessible to them. These include the spreading of false
information, personal attacks, threats, and withholding of any right of
reply to false accusations. This reveals an extraordinary degree of
bias and intolerance for genuinely informed debate... which begs an
At best, it shows up certain individuals in Above Top Secret as
possessing an agenda which grossly discredits their intellectual
honesty. At worst, Above Top Secret may be a COINTELPRO
(Counter-intelligence) project, sponsored by agencies within the United
States Government who wish to track, control and influence the thinking
of citizens concerned about government secrets and their consequences.
This is a serious possibility, and intelligent and informed visitors
are encouraged to do their own research. The connection with Project
Serpo is that such has been the irrational vitriol focused against the
Serpo story and Bill Ryan personally that many observers have concluded
that there is something else going on entirely.
Project Serpo seems to have been instrumental in flushing out this
predisposition for foul play in an arena which many had hitherto
believed to be unblemished.
For a comprehensive discussion on how and why Above Top Secret could be
a counter-intelligence operation, please click here:
Ironically, Above Top Secret's
watchword is "Deny Ignorance". Visitors now reading this page,
interested in researching the Serpo story, are left to conclude for
themselves what motives Above Top Secret may have for denying citizens
access to even-handed and intelligent debate... instead deliberately
substituting this with information that is false.
Yeah. We know. It's all too stupid to believe. Too stupid for anyone to
believe. But there are people out there who do believe it. People a lot
like you, who loved Star Trek
and the X-Files and the DaVinci Code and the war-for-oil
conspiracies elaborated at Moveon.org. But it's worth asking, what is
our individual and collective responsibility regarding the conspiracy
con men of the internet? Is it okay that they suck up the money and
lives of countless gullible people? Or is it appropriate now and then
for us to take note of their cold-blooded sociopathic schemes to
defraud the credulous among us?
We apologize if we've wasted your time. But we'll leave you with the
following images. These are people to be avoided, even if you don't
have the stomach for participating in their capture and imprisonment.
Neal Boortz and
seem cross about a recent Reuters photo of Vice President Dick Cheney.
Honestly, we don't know what they're talking about. He looks like his
usual self to us. Maybe more so.
If you know, please explain it to us.
Oh, now we get it. The original backdrop for the pic was about setting
money aside for old age, not mid-east foreign policy:
Reuters must have some pretty clever computer graphics editors.
We still think everyone should relax. It's not like this hasn't
happened before. To Cheney. You'll see. There will be just as simple an
explanation for this little mistake as there was last
. The self-congratulating conservative prig and the
self-indulgent adolescent pig. It's not really the mystery that it
seems. Of course, Hannity's most devoted fans are nonplussed to hear
him defend and promote Stern after years of (ugh) self-inflating
bombast about his own goody-two-shoes morality. The truth is, Hannity
and Stern have more in common than not. The cord that binds them is
radio, which is what they both live for in their arrested state of
development. One has a demonic schtick, the other a holier-than-thou
schtick, but there's no one too low on their personal moral scales for
either of them to talk to on the air. Stern at least is honest about
his pandering, while Hannity is annoyingly disingenuous. If his moral
compass were truly oriented the way he claims it is, there'd be no need
-- or even excuse -- for him to continue interviewing Al Sharpton,
Charlie Rangel, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and a dozen other corrupt lefties
he regularly invites onto his show. Limbaugh doesn't interview
politicians except on very rare occasions, largely because he doesn't
need to, but also because he despises their song-and-dance routine of
lies, misrepresentations, and scripted talking points. Hannity sails in
fresh every time, endlessly repeating his own mantra of set phrases
(evil empire, etc) while denouncing his guests for theirs. It's
political vaudeville. Or is it burlesque? Hmmm.
Hannity and Stern are radio whores. They're very good at it, and they
have millions of loyal and affectionate listeners. But nobody should
take either of them too seriously or become personally fond of them. It
doesn't compute. No matter what they claim to value, today's radio show
will always come first. Stern has been through his share of personal
scandals, and Hannity has still to experience his. But the clock is
ticking. In the studio. Where he lives.
This isn't about giving up. It's about being realistic. Republicans in
Congress and the electorate are turning their backs on the President in
droves for what seem to them very good reasons. They're mad about the
Dubai Ports deal, either because they're frightened of the Arabs or
disgusted by the administration's incompetent PR performance. They're
sick of all the excessive spending and the President's very belated and
lame request for a bandaid called the line-item veto. They're mad about
illegal immigration, which continues in an unabated flood because of
the administration's refusal to stop pandering to the Hispanic
vote. They're weary of the war and what appears to be the
declining resolve of the Bush administration to answer opportunistic
critics or to take the bold new steps needed to defuse the powder keg
of Iran. They're embarrassed by all the corruption in Congress, and,
yes, the Dems are corrupt too, but so are the Republicans.
All this negative emotion is building to the usual self-destructive
behaviors by conservatives. Of all times, now is not the time to pull abortion to
center stage and polarize the electorate with a premature assault on
Roe v. Wade. So, of course, that's exactly what the social
conservatives are in the process of doing. Now is not the time for
mainstream conservatives to suddenly start paying attention to the
tired old isolationist rhetoric of paleo-conservatives like Buchanan
and Buckley. They have nothing new to say, so, of course, bewildered
Republicans of all stripes will be finding their antique restatements
of the Monroe doctrine incredibly compelling. Now is not the time for
Republicans across the country to sit on their hands while the
Democrats whale away at the President in order to regain control of the
House in the 2006 elections, so, of course, that's what they will do.
Fine. All these are time-honored behaviors and Democrats are much more
practiced at putting up with ideological compromises within their own
ranks for the sake of being in power. Many Republicans, on the other
hand, prefer the convenient ideal of simply being right, win or lose,
and especially lose. That's their call.
The only point I'm going to make is that if Republicans do sit on their
hands in the upcoming election campaign, the Democrats will win a
majority in the House of Representatives. And if they win the House, there is no question whatsoever that they
will impeach the President of the United States and paralyze
American foreign policy for at least two years. The Iraq war effort and
the War on Terror will fall apart. Iran will bluster its way past
Europe and the U.N. to realize its nuclear ambitions. And no nation in
the middle east or in the broader muslim world will believe the United
States has the will to back up its diplomacy with anything but more
Is that okay with you? We will
survive it all -- the humiliations, the foreign and domestic defeats,
the Islamist advances and takeovers, the hideous vindictiveness of a
controlling party consumed by hatred rather than ennui. We may
eventually undo the decades of damage such a two years will wreak upon
us. We'll muddle through it, the way we always do. All I'm asking is
whether you're ready yet, or not. It's a lot of fun being mad at George
W., and by all means continue, but make sure you're comfortable with
the image of him being thrown out of office and possibly into prison as
well. When the hate juggernaut gets truly up and running, it has
considerable momentum and isn't easy to stop. And most of them won't
want to stop until the devastation is complete.
If you're not quite ready yet, here's a little instructional
program that will help you. Focus on each little step, and pretty
soon you'll quit worrying about everything else. It's really simple and
easy when you get the hang of it.