The Return Of Weekly Jackass

My nephew had an idea that, once heard, proved inevitable and irresistible.  It’s time to bring back the Weekly Jackass for an encore presentation. If you’ve seen the news today, you no doubt already know who the proud recipient is going to be.  Actually, there are five: the Norwegians who make the selection committee for the [...]

Life In The Cocoon

Well, this can only be summed up under the rubric of ‘pathetic’.  Right Wing News surveyed 240 right-of-center blogs (I never get asked to participate in these surveys, for some reason) about the election.  76 answered.  We find that 53% believe John McCain will win the election (okay, not too out of line – a [...]

Loyola University Lecturer Calls Troops Mercenaries, War Criminals

It doesn’t get much more incendiary (or idiotic) than this.  Dr. June Tersptra is a lecturer in ‘Social Justice’ (read: Marxist politicial thought) at Loyola University, and she makes William Arkin look like a piker: A room full of students listened as a US Marine told of the invasion of Baghdad and Falluja and how [...]

Barbara Boxer: Yearly Jackass Contender

What the hell is going on here? Boxer to Condi: Rice appeared before the Senate in defense of President Bush’s tactical change in Iraq, and quickly encountered Boxer. “Who pays the price? I’m not going to pay a personal price,” Boxer said. “My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young.” Then, to [...]

Honorable Mention, 2006 Jackass Of The Year: Dennis Hastert

In a year when the Republicans lost their congressional majority in both houses, there is surely plenty of blame to go around (more on this one later).  The President himself can’t escape blame, because of his unpopularity and his inability to sell the war in Iraq to the public.  Nor can reputed mastermind Karl Rove, [...]

Honorable Mention, 2006 Jackass Of The Year: Ned Lamont

Later this evening, I will name the 2006 Jackass of the Year, but there were so many contenders this year, I had to put in a few honorable mentions. The first goes to Ned Lamont. Joe Lieberman had worked up a mighty torrent of discontent in certain progressive circles, and, remarkably, he lost the Connecticut [...]

I Got Nothing…

…a big, fat nothing. I’m starting to feel like Atrios here, I’ve got such a case of blogger’s block. So, if there’s anyone around who isn’t traveling or busy with family, two questions: What was the biggest story of 2006? Who’s your nominee for Yearly Jackass? Enquiring minds want to know…

In Case You Missed It

John Fund of the Wall Street Journal blasted Yale yesterday for its plan to hire one Juan Cole: Yale faces a new challenge. In the next few days the university may hire Juan Cole, a history professor at the University of Michigan, to fill a new spot as a professor of contemporary Middle East studies. [...]

None Dare Call It Treason? (Part Two)

Cindy Sheehan, comparing George W. Bush to Osbama bin Laden: “I would say 30,000 more or less have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis,” said George on December 12, 2005. Even if one accepts this very low guess-ti-mate by George, his policies have been responsible for ten [...]

Cindy Sheehan: The 2005 Jackass of the Year

The first Jackass of the Year, Micheal Moore, was an easy pick. He neatly symbolized the ‘progressive’ strain of politics that proved so fatal to the Democrats’ hopes for regaining the White House, and it certainly didn’t hurt that he is a pompous serial liar and a complete moral hypocrite. This year’s pick is more [...]

Weekly Jackass Number Fifty-Two: Viggo Mortensen

If you know who Viggo Mortensen is, chances are you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of the beloved fantasies. Indeed, Mortensen was a near-perfect Aragorn, though he followed up that triumph with the giant flop Hidalgo. Of course, it’s not Viggo’s acting talents I take issue with, [...]

Harold Pinter: A Sad, Pathetic Nobel ‘Lecture’

Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter has once again lashed out bitterly at Bush and Blair: In his lecture, which focused more on politics than literature, Pinter launched a ferocious tirade against Bush and Blair, saying they were responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the Iraq war. “How many people do you have to [...]

No Need To Shove, We’ve Plenty Of Awards On Hand

Leon H. wants to nominate someone for the Weekly Jackass – bet you can’t guess who without looking…oh, hell, get it over with and look already!…

Weekly Jackass Number Fifty-One: Ted Kennedy

How could this feature have gone so long without recognizing this week’s recipient? Perhaps it is because ANY week is a good week to honor the least-well-liked of the Kennedy clan. There is no stunt too shameless, no rhetoric too vapid, for Senator Kennedy to wallow in. Here’s the well-known crusader for women’s rights (just [...]

Weekly Jackass Number Fifty: Armando

Who is he? All you and I need to know is that he’s the most frequent poster on the Daily Kos (is he a co-founder? Heavy investor? Markos’s long-lost cousin? Ted Kennedy’s pseudonym? Who cares? Oh, all right, if you insist, you can read about Armando here and here – but trust me, you’ll learn [...]

Weekly Jackass Number Forty-Nine: The Rev. Jesse Jackson

There are thousands of ways to fill in the blank in the following sentence: The most dangerous place in Washington is between _______ and a camera, but surely Jesse Jackson’s name fills it better than most. Is there a cause too far afield for Jackson to involve himself in? More to the point, once he [...]

Bonus Jackass: A Kos Kid, No Less

I never got around to doing a Weekly Jackass last week, so even though we’ve already presented this week’s prize below, consider this kind of a bonus. With the hat tip to James Taranto’s excellent Best of the Web, I present to you, direct from the Daily Kos, Hunter (extreme vulgarity alert – apparently Hunter’s [...]

Weekly Jackass Number Forty-Eight: Markos Moulitsas Zúniga

Yep, we have our first two-time winner. What has Kos done to earn this distinction? In less than 100 words, he has proven that his political acumen is fast approaching zero. Consider this, referring to yesterday’s precedent-shattering and extremely foolish declaration of partisan war by Harry Reid: I think it bears restating that Reid just [...]

Hitchens on Galloway: How Have the Unmighty Fallen

I guess this puts things in perspective: A member of the British Parliament was in receipt of serious money originating from a homicidal dictatorship. That money was supposed to have been used to ameliorate the suffering of Iraqis living under sanctions. It was instead diverted to the purposes of enriching Saddam’s toadies and of helping [...]

Galloway “Ready To Fly To U. S.” To Face Charges

Says the Respect MP: “The specific allegation against me is that I lied under oath in front of a senate committee. “In this case the remedy is clear – they must charge me with perjury and I am ready to fly to the US today, if necessary, to face such a charge because it is [...]