Friday, December 02, 2005

Veteran Commentary 

My friend Jess at Life or Something Like It has invited me to participate in a little discussion about things military with DC from Daisy Cutter.

DC is a Marine, and an officer and a gentleman in spite of being a lawyer. While we are likely to disagree on a few things, I hold him in high regard. DC served our country with honor and distinction. I look forward to reading what he has to say.

The fun starts here.


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Best Arizona Politics Blog 

Hat tip to Tedski, who writes Rum, Romanism & Rebellion. It may well be the best blog on Arizona politics.

Tedski is a political insider who doesn't let on just how he knows what he knows (and how he knows who he knows). But he's only anonymous to folks who haven't hung out with him much.

By the way, Ted, I think Gabby looks better in the flight suit than the business suit.


Knife Fight Rule #1 

Digby notes that the federal investigators are closing in on Grover Norquist.

Norquist, for the uninitiated, is the anti-tax god of the Republican Party. He is most famous for advocacting shrinking the government small enough that it can be drowned in the bathtub. Norquist is also known as the gatekeeper. He's the guy Rove checks with if somebody calls and wants some face time with Bush.

Last month's Washington Monthly had a interesting little piece on a young congressman who learned his trade in the dirty-tricks trenches of the Young Republicans and College Republicans. In the article, Norquist is quoted as telling those up and coming Junior Nazis, "There are no rules in a knife fight," as they learn to ply their trade at their national conventions, running for national Junior Nazi office, always claiming their competition is gay, as a means of preparing themselves for actual combat against the real enemy, the dreaded Liberals.

Norquist's line about no rules in a knife fight is not original. He stole it from the 1970 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The line was updated in the film The Untouchables when Sean Connery says, "He pulls a knife, you pull a gun . . . That's the Chicago way."

Norquist is wrong, of course. As Connery's Jimmy Malone implied, there is one rule in a knife fight: The guy with the gun wins.

The feds are closing in on Grover, and with Mike Scanlon spilling the beans about Jack Abramoff's dirty money operatioins, they're bringing their guns to the fight.

Hasta la vista, Grover.


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