Last words of an Everywoman.10:45 AM, Jul 14, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Sadly, it is too late for any of us to meet Charlotte McCourt. The Nevada grandmother passed away this week at the age of 84 after a long illness. But it is not too late for Charlotte to tell everyone exactly how she feels.
An excerpt from her obituary, placed in the Las Vegas Review Journal Tuesday, reads:
Debunking a tired myth.5:07 PM, Apr 23, 2010 • By FREDERICK W. KAGAN
It’s time to set straight a myth that has persisted for many decades, perpetuated most recently by Arianna Huffington in her post, “Guns vs. Butter 2010.” The myth is that, as she put it quoting Eisenhower, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.” The fact is that the idea that a dollar spent on defense is a dollar not spent on helping Americans is entirely false. Leave aside the debate over the wisdom of American involvement in the world or the desirability of winning ongoing conflicts rather than losing them. The simple fact is that the overwhelming proportion of every dollar spent on defense goes straight back into the American economy.
Not quite.9:22 AM, Mar 4, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Rarely does a headline describe a story so inaccurately. The Huffington Post headline reads: "Sarah Palin Reality Show?" Another on the same website blares, "Real World: Wasilla?" Not exactly. The report from Entertainment Weekly reveals that Palin and television producer Mark Burnett, creator of the mega-hit Survivor, are pitching a "'Planet Earth'-type look at Palin's home state." Conservatives4Palin, which is plugged into Palin world, has more:
If the project comes to fruition, it will not be an Alaskan version of the Osbournes. The show will be more "PBS/Ken Burns" instead of "MTV/The Osbournes". This sounds like it's another opportunity for Governor Palin to promote Alaska -- which is, of course, one of the promises she made when she stepped down from the governorship.
The bottom line is that people will tune in to see Palin, not the images of glaciers. It's an interesting move that comes on the heels of the announcement that Palin will write a second book for HarperCollins. That sound you hear is the governor cashing in. Which is her due, of course. Even so, she risks overexposure. As usual.
12:25 PM, Feb 20, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The Huffington Post has published a piece explaining how awful it supposedly is that Marc Thiessen, author of Courting Disaster (full disclosure: I reviewed a draft at Thiessen’s request), has been hired by the Washington Post to write a column. The Huffington Post’s chief witness against Thiessen is attorney Brent Mickum, of Hollingsworth LLP, “who is one of the attorneys serving in Abu Zubaydah's defense.”
Thiessen’s book deals with the controversial interrogations of Zubaydah. And this obviously “angers” al Qaeda attorney Mickum. You see, according to Mickum he isn’t an al Qaeda attorney at all because Abu Zubaydah isn’t really an al Qaeda member:
"Abu Zubaydah, categorically, was not affiliated with al Qaeda," Mickum said. "He was never a top leader of al Qaeda because he was never a member and he openly disagreed with the militaristic policies of al Qaeda. The camp he is alleged to have been involved with was closed in 2000 -- two years before his capture -- because the emir who oversaw it refused to allow it to fall under the control of al Qaeda. Thus, he is not, and never was, the man that the Bush administration made him out to be -- someone who orchestrated terrorist attacks."
This is absolute nonsense. And I’ve debunked it before, see here, here and here.
7:38 PM, Feb 10, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
First off, let me say that moms with children deployed can wear pretty much whatever they want with their kids' names on it, and it's just fine by me. If Sarah Palin wants to wear a Track Palin sandwich board, she can have at it, and I'll tell her it looks great on her.
As it is, Sarah Palin is being a bit more traditional, wearing a metal, engraved bracelet with her son's name on it, and boy, is the Left angry about it. No, really.