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It’s Nosemite Sam! (Also at Florida Cracker: a rare 18th century edition of the New York Times.)

Posted by Tim B. on 07/09/2006 at 11:06 PM
    1. Ah, the 18th Century New York times gag is great. For the record it took me 12 full seconds to get it…

      I haven’t read much on the NYT destroying terrorism invesigations. Has the NYT been really as thoughtless/careless/stupid as it seems?

      Posted by Jools on 2006 07 10 at 12:03 AM • permalink


    1. Oh no, they’ve been very thoughtful, careful, and clever about deliberately undercutting the US government’s anti-terrorist activities.

      I did once think that the NYT and others of their ilk that are doing this were simply so blinded by their hatred of George W. Bush that they had lost their minds, but I have since changed my views: I now think that they are actively trying to get the US to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the way we did in Vietnam, because they really do believe that it will be “for our own good” to lose a war with jihadist terrorists and the nations that bankroll the scum. In their view America as a nation must be “humbled” (and the other nations who are with us in the struggle must be punished for supporting us). There are various reasons why this is so, but paramount among these reasons is the fact that so many people in the news media are half-baked pseudo-Marxists.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 07 10 at 12:24 AM • permalink


    1. Andrea

      I truly believe that Bush Derangement Syndrome plays a major role in the leaks and the sources of the leaks, to the various media, the Great Pumpkin being the NYT. One correction in the sentence below….

      There are various reasons why this is so, but paramount among these reasons is the fact that so many people in the news media are half-baked pseudo-Marxists.

      ….Pulitzer Prize winner by the name of Walter Duranty. Seems like they have been Marx and Engels followers, ever since good old Wally.

      I’m tired and someone else will have to ’google‘ it, but had the ‘free’ media been told of Enigma, or the broken Japanese Code, or our wonderful Native American Navajo Code Talkers, it is quite possible this world, would be a tad different today.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 07 10 at 12:46 AM • permalink


    1. Half-baked, indeed, like a souffle. One has to wonder if it will take another very loud bang in their vicinity to finally deflate their puffery.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 07 10 at 12:51 AM • permalink


    1. Nosemite Sam

      Terrific name. Nobody knows news, like Nosemite…lol.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 07 10 at 12:54 AM • permalink


    1. MentalFloss

      How goes it super dude? Over the ‘coughs’?

      Signing off from high a top a mountain in Tennessee, (OK, OK, midway up the damn mountain)

      Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar…:)

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 07 10 at 01:00 AM • permalink


    1. El Campeador, rest now. You covered this for the faithful some weeks ago.

      Although the editors of the Times act as if prosecution is not a possibility, not everyone concurs. (Alberto Gonzales, for example)

      Below courtesy Weekly Standard 07/03/2006, Volume 011, Issue 40

      An editorial on May 24 dismissed as “bizarre” the attorney general’s “claim that a century-old espionage law could be used to muzzle the press.” It has long been understood, added the
      newspaper, that the “overly broad and little used” Espionage Act of 1917 applies only to government officials and “not to journalists.”

      But this interpretation, even if it were accurate (which it is not), is entirely beside the point. The attorney general did not mention the 1917 Espionage Act or any other specific law. But if the editors of the paper were to take a look at the U.S. Criminal Code, they would find that they have run afoul not of the Espionage Act but of another law entirely: Section 798 of Title 18, the so-called Comint statute.

      Unambiguously taking within its reach the publication of the NSA terrorist surveillance story (though arguably not the Times’s more recent terrorist banking story), Section 798 reads, in part:

      Whoever knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes, or uses in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States or for the benefit of any foreign government to the detriment of the United States any classified information . . . concerning the communication intelligence activities of the United States . . . shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

      This law, passed by Congress in 1950 as it was considering ways to avert a second Pearl Harbor during the Cold War, has a history that is highly germane to the present conduct of the Times. According to the 1949 Senate report accompanying its passage, the publication in the early 1930s of a book offering a detailed account of U.S. successes in breaking Japanese diplomatic codes inflicted “irreparable harm” on our security.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 07 10 at 01:04 AM • permalink


    1. First day back at work, mate, defending Victoria’s critical infrastructure (mostly from idiot engineers armed with my process control software).

      Lungs at %85 capacity, cognitive functions returning. No word from DoS on the other thingy, but the U. of Sulaimaniya is looking like an option.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 07 10 at 01:09 AM • permalink


    1. El Cid- I came up with the name and the terrorist angle, because I’m an idea person — my friend, Litigation Leery, drew the cartoon for me because he’s a talent person.  Then he didn’t want to be associated with it out of fear of Warner’s lawyers because he’s also a thinking person.

      Posted by Donnah on 2006 07 10 at 01:33 AM • permalink


    1. There are various reasons why this is so, but paramount among these reasons is the fact that so many people in the news media are half-baked pseudo-Marxists.

      And like anything else that is half-baked, they are hot on the outside, but oh so cold on the inside. These are people who have completely lost – if indeed they ever had – any meaningful connection to the eternal verities: truth, justice , honor, self-sacrifice, a humane concern for the well-being of all mankind. I agree with Andrea that they want us to lose because somehow it would be “good” for us; but I think they think so because their notion of America is pretty much an overlay of their notion of President Bush, and what they take to be the primitive jingoism and paranoid fears of the majority of their countrymen. They are mistaken on all counts, and the magnitude of their failure to perceive reality – in spite of the intelligence and education of so many of the journalistic “class” – suggests a sort of wholesale, mass decision to wallow in fantasy (frequently vaguely marxist in provenance, but always at odds with the perfectly normal and commonsensical beliefs and aspirations of the generality of their fellow Americans).

      Posted by paco on 2006 07 10 at 08:15 AM • permalink


    1. I know the wheels of justice are slow, but I want to see those traitorous bastards at the NTY prosecuted.  The screeching and wailing about the squelching of free speech will be horrendous, but I think it needs to be done, or we will be undermined at every step in our fight against Dar al-Jihad.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 07 10 at 09:30 AM • permalink


    1. That’s NYT.  pimf.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 07 10 at 09:30 AM • permalink


    1. I agree that the NYTimes ought to be prosecuted.  But that will do nothing if they don’t go after the leakers.  I don’t know how they are going to punish anyone for letting our secrets out, however, after setting the precedent they did with Clinton’s Pants.  They let Berger walk away without even raising the color on his wrist.  Just as our appeasement only emboldens the enemy, doing nothing to those who break the law also emboldens those who would break the law.  Funny how that works, huh.

      One of my biggest complaints about Bush is that he is so damned reluctant to fire people.  There ought to have been a mass firing after 9-11.  If nothing else, it might have focused the minds of everyone else on the war.  There was a time when people who worked against the president’s war policies would have found themselves jailed for treason.  They sure as hell wouldn’t hold onto the same government jobs that allowed them to commit treason in the first place.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 07 10 at 02:44 PM • permalink


    1. Whether action against the NYT happens or not, I think it is of paramount importance to go after the leakers. I agree with Salty that Bush has been dangerously remiss in not doing this. It is particularly maddening since the leakers are most likely part of a cabal of self-righteous, anti-Bush know-it-alls, who have decided that covering their behinds trumps the Constitution and those other pesky little regulations known to us commoners as “the law of the land”.

      Posted by paco on 2006 07 10 at 03:29 PM • permalink


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