Network news declared dead by media coroner Sam Donaldson

There are two reasons I’ll never wear a toupee: “Sam” and “Donaldson”. That lapse in personal judgment aside, Sam is a very astute reporter, and quite the coroner.

Donaldson, speaking at a breakfast at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Las Vegas, declared network news to be dead. It doesn’t take a media coroner to see that network news passed away quite a while ago. The stench and the flies are a dead giveaway.

Sam’s DOA pronouncement for network news comes a bit late, because I delivered their eulogy seven months ago.

The left's purposeful omissions and distortions concerning Ratzinger's "Hitler Youth"

Newspaper covers around the world today have headlines such as Britain’s “The Sun”, which is running “From Hitler Youth to Papa Ratzi” concerning the new Pope.

I’ve read some stories which mention the Hitler Youth membership of Pope Benedict XVI, and then lightly dust over it in the story. This is obviously an attempt to distort and disparage the past of who they consider to be a conservative.

Technically, the “Hitler Youth” headlines is true. Yes, Ratzinger was a member… but, membership was mandatory in Hitler’s Germany. Some of the stories fail to mention this. Whoops! What a convenient accident.

Some stories, such as this one, are good enough to mention that Ratzinger’s father refused to join the Nazi party and his life was made miserable as a result, and that Ratzinger served in the military for a short time, but then deserted and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp.

The aforementioned story does have one crack up in it:

“Ratzinger has defended himself from criticism of his war record by claiming – not strictly truthfully – that he could not have avoided military service in the circumstances.”

Ratzinger said he couldn’t avoid military service and that “isn’t strictly truthful”? Well, strictly speaking, that’s correct. In a dictatorship, you do have more than one choice: Do what the state tells you to do, or get shot. Silly Ratzinger didn’t exercise all his options.
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To take the realm of the ill-informed a bit further, for some reason, I’m guessing that at least a few people are going to believe some of those spoof news stories concerning Ratzinger, such as “The first former cast member of ‘Cheers’ becomes Pope– Changes name from ‘Cliff’ to ‘Benedict XVI'”.

First off, Cliff was played by John Ratzenberger. Secondly, sorry to burst the bubble, but the following picture is fake:

The left’s purposeful omissions and distortions concerning Ratzinger’s “Hitler Youth”

Newspaper covers around the world today have headlines such as Britain’s “The Sun”, which is running “From Hitler Youth to Papa Ratzi” concerning the new Pope.

I’ve read some stories which mention the Hitler Youth membership of Pope Benedict XVI, and then lightly dust over it in the story. This is obviously an attempt to distort and disparage the past of who they consider to be a conservative.

Technically, the “Hitler Youth” headlines is true. Yes, Ratzinger was a member… but, membership was mandatory in Hitler’s Germany. Some of the stories fail to mention this. Whoops! What a convenient accident.

Some stories, such as this one, are good enough to mention that Ratzinger’s father refused to join the Nazi party and his life was made miserable as a result, and that Ratzinger served in the military for a short time, but then deserted and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp.

The aforementioned story does have one crack up in it:

“Ratzinger has defended himself from criticism of his war record by claiming – not strictly truthfully – that he could not have avoided military service in the circumstances.”

Ratzinger said he couldn’t avoid military service and that “isn’t strictly truthful”? Well, strictly speaking, that’s correct. In a dictatorship, you do have more than one choice: Do what the state tells you to do, or get shot. Silly Ratzinger didn’t exercise all his options.
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To take the realm of the ill-informed a bit further, for some reason, I’m guessing that at least a few people are going to believe some of those spoof news stories concerning Ratzinger, such as “The first former cast member of ‘Cheers’ becomes Pope– Changes name from ‘Cliff’ to ‘Benedict XVI'”.

First off, Cliff was played by John Ratzenberger. Secondly, sorry to burst the bubble, but the following picture is fake:

Barbara Boxer's contraceptive plan doesn't go far enough

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, citing reports that pharmacists have turned away women seeking birth control pills, has introduced legislation that she says would protect American women’s access to contraception.

If that doesn’t go through, the Boxer should have an emergency standby bill at the ready.

Far be it from me to ever actually want to help Barbara Boxer, but in the name of bipartisanship, I would propose the following contingency legislation. Pass a bill that would supply women who don’t want to get pregnant with federal funding to pay for cosmetic surgery to make them look like this:

Problem solved.

Barbara Boxer’s contraceptive plan doesn’t go far enough

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, citing reports that pharmacists have turned away women seeking birth control pills, has introduced legislation that she says would protect American women’s access to contraception.

If that doesn’t go through, the Boxer should have an emergency standby bill at the ready.

Far be it from me to ever actually want to help Barbara Boxer, but in the name of bipartisanship, I would propose the following contingency legislation. Pass a bill that would supply women who don’t want to get pregnant with federal funding to pay for cosmetic surgery to make them look like this:

Problem solved.

From the mailbag: Jane Fonda– Anti war, sincere, and "no big deal"** (**Former POW's beg to differ)

From a reader of my column on Jane Fonda’s “apology” who, for what will quickly become obvious reasons, remained anonymous:

Because someone is anti-war does NOT make them wrong. Making light of the sincere ones only makes you look like an intolerant jerk, which is exactly what many liberals think of conservatives. Unfortunately, they are often correct in the accusation.

I personally oppose *most* war (Few if any of the wars the US was in were necessary), but I am *not* a liberal. In fact, I can’t stand most of them. Nonetheless, Fonda has said that right-wing extremists are just trying to make a bigger deal out of it than in was. I reccommend the article in the Urban Folklore.

The “urban folklore” site he’s referring to is Snopes.com, a popular place that separates fact from fiction on many urban legends, myths, and yes, things that actually occurred (though why this person would point me to a site that debunked himself is beyond me). They list the supposed story, and then list if it’s true or false. Concerning Fonda, there are a couple of false claims, but, here’s the very first listing on Snopes for Jane Fonda:

During a 1972 trip to North Vietnam, Jane Fonda propagandized on behalf of the North Vietnamese government, declared that American POWs were being treated humanely and condemned U.S. soldiers as “war criminals” and later denounced them as liars for claiming they had been tortured: True.

Fonda’s actions were not an “anti war” stance my anonymous friend. That’s a pro war stance taken from the enemy’s position. How someone can justify treason as “anti war” is amazing… and even a “sincere” thing to do on top of it all.

Of course, this note is from the same person who called me an “intolerant jerk” for calling somebody a jerk. Welcome to the “intolerant jerk” club, pal.

From the mailbag: Jane Fonda– Anti war, sincere, and “no big deal”** (**Former POW’s beg to differ)

From a reader of my column on Jane Fonda’s “apology” who, for what will quickly become obvious reasons, remained anonymous:

Because someone is anti-war does NOT make them wrong. Making light of the sincere ones only makes you look like an intolerant jerk, which is exactly what many liberals think of conservatives. Unfortunately, they are often correct in the accusation.

I personally oppose *most* war (Few if any of the wars the US was in were necessary), but I am *not* a liberal. In fact, I can’t stand most of them. Nonetheless, Fonda has said that right-wing extremists are just trying to make a bigger deal out of it than in was. I reccommend the article in the Urban Folklore.

The “urban folklore” site he’s referring to is Snopes.com, a popular place that separates fact from fiction on many urban legends, myths, and yes, things that actually occurred (though why this person would point me to a site that debunked himself is beyond me). They list the supposed story, and then list if it’s true or false. Concerning Fonda, there are a couple of false claims, but, here’s the very first listing on Snopes for Jane Fonda:

During a 1972 trip to North Vietnam, Jane Fonda propagandized on behalf of the North Vietnamese government, declared that American POWs were being treated humanely and condemned U.S. soldiers as “war criminals” and later denounced them as liars for claiming they had been tortured: True.

Fonda’s actions were not an “anti war” stance my anonymous friend. That’s a pro war stance taken from the enemy’s position. How someone can justify treason as “anti war” is amazing… and even a “sincere” thing to do on top of it all.

Of course, this note is from the same person who called me an “intolerant jerk” for calling somebody a jerk. Welcome to the “intolerant jerk” club, pal.

Ah-Nuld gets Chu'd out in California

California Governor Schwarzenegger was the target of speakers at the annual Democrat convention, who apparently tasered themselves into a frenzy while reading the results of the last few elections before taking the stage.

Democrat Judy Chu of Monterey Park even threw down the gaunlet…lightly so as to not disturb area wildlife: “The governor has declared war on the state of California. He declared war on us, and I declare war on him.”

The Democrats are now, of course, being led by Howard Dean, but the basic party philosophy is not straying from that which hasn’t worked for them in the recent past. That philosophy is the same one employed by former Dem leader Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe never quite “got it.” After the recall of California’s Gray Davis, McAuliffe said, “People are very angry about the course of our nation … people are worried about their jobs, their health insurance, and they are taking it out on Gray Davis … and they will take it out on George Bush, too.”

He was half right.

At that time, Terry McAuliffe unleashed a new Democrat strategy – to somehow try to pave the road to ultimate victory with the asphalt of humiliating defeat. The flawed logic being that Democrats were being punished for Republican mistakes, and, when the time came, Republicans would pay, too.

It didn’t quite play out that way, and doesn’t show any signs of changing in the near future.

Democrats appear to be using that formula in their opposition to Arnold as well. Under the “McAuliffe Theory of Democrat Gains,” if the Republicans get any more incompetent, there won’t be a Democrat left in Congress.

Keep the tradition alive, Howard.

Ah-Nuld gets Chu’d out in California

California Governor Schwarzenegger was the target of speakers at the annual Democrat convention, who apparently tasered themselves into a frenzy while reading the results of the last few elections before taking the stage.

Democrat Judy Chu of Monterey Park even threw down the gaunlet…lightly so as to not disturb area wildlife: “The governor has declared war on the state of California. He declared war on us, and I declare war on him.”

The Democrats are now, of course, being led by Howard Dean, but the basic party philosophy is not straying from that which hasn’t worked for them in the recent past. That philosophy is the same one employed by former Dem leader Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe never quite “got it.” After the recall of California’s Gray Davis, McAuliffe said, “People are very angry about the course of our nation … people are worried about their jobs, their health insurance, and they are taking it out on Gray Davis … and they will take it out on George Bush, too.”

He was half right.

At that time, Terry McAuliffe unleashed a new Democrat strategy – to somehow try to pave the road to ultimate victory with the asphalt of humiliating defeat. The flawed logic being that Democrats were being punished for Republican mistakes, and, when the time came, Republicans would pay, too.

It didn’t quite play out that way, and doesn’t show any signs of changing in the near future.

Democrats appear to be using that formula in their opposition to Arnold as well. Under the “McAuliffe Theory of Democrat Gains,” if the Republicans get any more incompetent, there won’t be a Democrat left in Congress.

Keep the tradition alive, Howard.

Is it "shameless plug Monday" already?

Today’s WorldNetDaily column started as a blog post, and expanded into a column, as they tend to do.

It started a few weeks ago when I started reading press reports about “Jane Fonda apologizing for her behavior in Hanoi almost 35 years ago.” The more I read and heard Fonda, the more I said “If that’s an apology, I’d sure hate to see her waffling.”

If you haven’t read “Jane Fonda rides (to Hanoi) again“, check it out and see why she’s apologized for nothing at all.
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On a separate note, according to Michael Moore, he’s running for Pope. The next puff of smoke you see will either mean that they’ve elected a new Pope, or Michael has put another load of fatback on the grill.