Saturday, November 06, 2004

Saturday 11/6 links

Amit Cohen of Tel Aviv Ma'ariv reports that Yasir Arafat has designated a rejectionist hard-liner to succeed him.

The Israeli ex-spook DEBKA website reports that the Palestinians are planning Arafat's funeral while they claim he will recover.

In the Tel Aviv Ha'aretz,
Bradley Burston supplies perspective as he juxtaposes quotations.First, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Ikrema Sabri: "The president [Arafat] has shown a desire to be buried in Jerusalem, and in a place that is close to the Al Aqsa Mosque." But second, and last word, from Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Lapid: "He will not be buried in Jerusalem because Jerusalem is the city where Jewish kings are buried and not Arab terrorists."

Ann Althouse wonders: "Will MSM give us more positive-sounding reports from Iraq now that there's no longer an incentive to affect the election with Iraq-is-a-mess slanting?" Then she answers her own question--yes--and refers to an upbeat piece in yesterday's New York Times.

National Review Online guest columnist
Michael Ledeen thanks the London Guardian for its asinine Clark County, Ohio letter-writing stunt: "To say this scheme backfired is to fail to give it proper credit. It ranks right up there with the worst political schemes, ever."

London Daily Mail columnist
Melanie Phillips efficiently fisks a particularly nasty left-snobbish anti-American screed by Simon Schama in yesterday's London Guardian.

He's here, he's there, he's everywhere! This time
Mark Steyn rears his irreverent head in The [Sydney] Australian: "'Slackers are going to rise up in this election," [Michael Moore] predicted. 'The slacker motto is: Sleep till noon, drink beer, vote Kerry.' Well, two out of three ain't bad." (Hat tip to Charles Johnson/Little Green Footballs)

New York Times semiconservative columnist
David Brooks dismisses "The Values-Vote Myth": "Every election year, we in the commentariat come up with a story line to explain the result, and the story line has to have two features. First, it has to be completely wrong. Second, it has to reassure liberals that they are morally superior to the people who just defeated them."

Captain's Quarters blogger
"Captain Ed" Morrissey links to an AP report describing the Democrats' demographic dilemma, and adds: "Had the Democrats nominated a candidate with credibility on national security, one who eschewed the liberal snobbishness towards people of faith but represented traditional Democratic policy positions, they probably could have beaten George Bush in this election. Joseph Lieberman, in particular, would have been Bush's worst nightmare. Instead, the two leading candidates for the nomination both embraced the America-hating leftists that instantly alienates most people."

Michael Moore wrote an open letter intended to console his warped readers, and Captain's Quarters blogger "Captain Ed" Morrissey supplies his reader
Jeff Dennis's mordant point-by-point response.

Insidious IOWAHAWK blog satirist
David Burge sadly admits "Healing Yet to Commence."

And prolific (and/or compulsive) blog satirist ScrappleFace Scott Ott is particularly frisky lately.
Item 1: "Arafat Burial Plans Done in Time for Final Death"; Item 2: "Bush Swats Kofi Annan with Rolled Newspaper"; and Item 3: "Specter Retracts Ill-Conceived Abortion Remarks."