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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am

* Hugh Hewitt says Claudia Rosett deserves a Pulitzer Prize. I agree.

* Justin Raimondo is over 50. And his real name is Dennis.

* John Howard pre-empted George W. Bush by shunning Gerry Adams during a visit to Australia in 1999. Andrew Bolt names and shames those who embraced the Paddy for Pretend Peace.

* For no good reason other than annoy anti-Bush folks, here’s an accurate and unbiased photo essay on the US election. It attracted this comment: “I worked hard for the Kerry campaign and am still pretty heartbroken over President Bush’s reelection. But these pictures are hilarious! Just one suggestion—in all fairness, G-Dub kissing Laura with genuine love and affection ought to go next to pix of Kerry kissing Teresa’s bank statement.”

* A Harvard student who opened a business cleaning his fellow students’ rooms is accused by the Harvard paper of “creating yet another differential between the haves and have-nots on campus.”

* Private Johnson Beharry is the first living man to receive the Victoria Cross since 1969.

* If you look at the nose of this year’s Ferrari F1 car you’ll notice that the parallelogram Fiat logo (designed in 1968) has been replaced with a logo featuring an asymmetrical A that first appeared in 1901. It its honour, Ferrari’s updated 2004 racers are travelling at pre-WWI speed in Malaysia.

* Around 150 anti-war protesters turned up to a demonstration in Canberra yesterday. A Lancet analysis put the figure at anywhere between 2,000 and 198,000. (UPDATE: “The antiwar movement’s failure to take root in the suburbs is one reason the movement is struggling to redefine itself and gain political power 2 1/2 years after hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to city streets in the run-up to the U.S. invasion.”) (UPDATE II: Felix Jackson, 11, is a Lancet believer.)

* Labor’s replacement for Mark Latham in Werriwa has won a 2% higher share of the primary vote.

* Tex reports: “Insane ‘futurist’ and serial media commentator Richard Neville is back, though his scribblings have deteriorated so badly you can’t even tell what he’s raving about anymore.”

Posted by Tim B. on 03/19/2005 at 10:22 AM
    1. That photo-essay was one of the funniest things I’ve seen I’ve seen for quite a while. Literally LOL!

      Posted by C.L. on 03/19 at 10:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. To be sure, to be sure.

      Posted by C.L. on 03/19 at 10:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. That means 100,000 people showed up, duh.

      Posted by David A on 03/19 at 11:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. I just love all the posters complaining that all this proves is that Chimpy voters are suckers for image and Kerry was obviously above crude appeals to patriotism, militarism, family values, etc.

      Which is why he absolutely refused to drag his old platoon-mates onto the stage of the Democratic convention and accept the civilian candidacy by saying he was “reporting for duty,” as well as why he refused to waste time in his acceptance speech flattering his wife and kids, and instead devoted the entire speech to a point-by-point presentation of his plans for the middle east and fighting terrrorism.

      Posted by Mike G on 03/19 at 11:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. Let’s make Tim Lambert checked that estimate before spouting off numbers, people.  Wouldn’t want to caught out using a poorly executed study using shoddy statistics, now, would we?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 03/19 at 11:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. Let’s make sure Tim Lambert checked that estimate before spouting off numbers, people.  Wouldn’t want to caught out using a poorly executed study using shoddy statistics, now, would we?

      Preview is my friend….Preview is my friend….Preview is my friend….Preview is my friend….Preview is my friend….

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 03/19 at 11:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Shouldn’t Dennis be worried about Ernst Rohm’s fate?

      Posted by David A on 03/19 at 11:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. They’re letting have-nots on campus?  “Security!”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 03/19 at 11:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Best.Photo.Essay.Ever.

      And if anyone here hasn’t read the hilarious description of Kerry’s ceremonial first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game then check it out. Here’s a sample:

      Kerry didn’t go all the way out to the mound. Perhaps he took a touch of advice from aides who had seen him warm up. He stopped maybe 45 feet from home plate. From there he threw the first pitch.

      I say “threw” in the kindest possible way. Here’s what Kerry did: He raised his right arm to its full height. From up there, in an athletic movement seldom seen on a baseball field, he let the stiffened arm fall forward. At the same time, he splayed open his fingers in a way that allowed the ball to fall out. It bumped against the ground short of the catcher and in the right-hand batter’s box.

      Now, anyone working in life’s Toy Department dare not suggest that a presidential vote be decided according to how a candidate throws.

      Still. President Bush threw a World Series strike from 60 feet 6 inches while wearing body armor the month after 9/11. And he threw another strike opening this season in St. Louis.

      So if we need a fastball at Osama bin Laden’s ear, I know which guy I want on the mound.

      Posted by Randal Robinson on 03/19 at 11:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. LOL at the photo essay.  My favorite Kerry shot is the seventh one down – looks like he’s leading some Village People wannabes in a chorus of “YMCA.’’

      Posted by Sonetka’s Mom on 03/19 at 12:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. My utmost respect and admiration for Private Beharry.  He absolutely shames the likes of Gerry Adams et al.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 03/19 at 02:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. What the hell is Richard Neville babbling about?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 03/19 at 02:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. A futurist that can’t spell “iPod” properly. Nice.

      Posted by david on 03/19 at 03:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. I tried to trackback this thread:

      http://www.willisms.com/archives/2005/03/weekend_politic.html

      Weekend Political Humor Roundup.

      Posted by WILLisms on 03/19 at 04:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Sorry – I no longer do photos without Tim Blair captions.

      Life’s just too short

      Posted by jlc on 03/19 at 05:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Jeffs – its

      perview is my fiend

      Posted by jlc on 03/19 at 05:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. That photo-essay is hi-larious.

      I like the one where Edwards is unintentionally upstaging Kerry while they are waving.

      Posted by Quentin George on 03/19 at 06:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. The photo essay is great, a perfect metaphor for the campaign.

      By the way, serial pest Phil Cleary should also have been on Bolta’s list. From memory I am sure that he was campaigning to have Adams allowed into the country.

      Posted by Nic on 03/19 at 08:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. 17 Clinton George

      Unintentionally?

      Posted by m on 03/19 at 09:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. OK. the question has to be asked, is Andrew Sullivan Justin Dennis Raimondo…?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 03/19 at 10:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. David — Back when I was running security in Bel Air and Beverly Hills, we had a constant problem with the late futurist Alvin Toffler.  He could not work the keypad to his home alarm system…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 03/19 at 10:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. jlchydro: It’s “it’s”.

      🙂

      -the grammar nazi

      Posted by kobekko on 03/19 at 11:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Mr. Blair,

      In my opinion, the Werriwa by-election result is reflective of the Governments falling popularity, and has little to do with the presence or absence of Mark Latham.

      The result is indicative of rising interest rates and additional troop deployment to Iraq, both of which were unpopular within the community.  Werriwa also has a higher than average mortgage burden, which may also explain the swing against the Government.

      Posted by mushtaq_omar on 03/20 at 05:26 AM • permalink

 

  1. The VC recipient should be on the front pages of all our papers.

    Posted by Steve C on 03/21 at 03:13 AM • permalink