More April Fool

The YIR continues. No worries — it will end:

*Defending a double standard;

*Media laziness;

*Proudly bashing the Confederate flag;

*I said something nice about Rosie — no, really — and something not-so-nice about the "victimized" Rutgers basketball team;

*My alter ego proposes a "speech court" to punish hateful dialogue;

*The "unofficial" French national anthem is much cooler than "God Bless the U.S.A.";

*A code of conduct for bloggers? What stupid asshole came up with that ignorant idea?;

*Tom Cruise is demented and dangerous (but absolutely, positively not straight);

*10 reasons why I hate golf;

*Against "Out"ing — unless it’s Tom Cruise or Matt Drudge;

*The funniest scenes in movie history.

Huckabee’s Radical Supporters

I read in Robert Novak’s column this morning that Mike Huckabee held a fundraiser earlier this week at the Houston home of Dr. Steven Hotze. As Novak notes, Hotze is “a leader in the highly conservative Christian Reconstruction movement.”

Christian Reconstructionists, for those unfamiliar with the term, are Religious Right radicals who believe that America, and the rest of the world besides, should be governed in accordance with strict Biblical law. And yes, that includes stoning adulterers.

Self-described “Christocrat” Rick Scarborough was also on the host committee for the fundraiser. He made news earlier this year by opposing the HPV vaccine because it “improperly interferes with God’s punishment of sexual license.”

The Anchorman And Drudge

In the previous post I wondered aloud if Romney’s campaign might be responsible for leaking the alleged McCain scandal. I based that not on evidence but on my disdain for The Anchorman. Turns out my suspicion was warranted:

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Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has hired Matt Rhoades to serve as a senior communications strategist in his all-but-announced presidential bid, according to sources familiar with the internal workings of the campaign. …

One of the most important contributions Rhoades will make to the Romney team is his relationship with Matt Drudge. As documented in John Harris’s and Mark Halperin’s book — “The Way to Win” — the Drudge Report is an indispensable mover of political news and can shape (and often lead) news coverage by the major media outlets. The duo refer to Drudge as the “single most influential purveyor of information about American politics” and detail a meeting between Drudge, RNC research director Tim Griffin and Rhoades — Griffin’s deputy at the time — that functioned as a passing of the Drudge torch from Griffin to Rhoades.

So that puts Drudge in the pocket of Romney and Hillbot. If they’re nominated, be sure to direct at least some of your accompanying vitriol to the closeted homosexual with the initials M.D.

Pardon Me While I Bury My Head In the Sand

I don’t believe — I don’t want to believe — there’s any merit to the alleged McCain scandal. Granted, he hasn’t handled the leak well, and I never like it when a campaign pressures a newspaper to hold a story.

But for now I’m sticking with the Arizona maverick. I think he’s the most decent, honorable candidate running and I need hard evidence before reconsidering.

This much I do know: Hillbot has developed a “working relationship” with Drudge, who broke the McCain story today. Polls show McCain running ahead of Hillary in a general election.

Meanwhile, McCain has moved into a tie with The Anchorman in New Hampshire. Romney is as slick as the Clintons and is proving to be just as untrustworthy. The McCain story couldn’t have come at a better time for Romney — make of that what you will. (Mark Halperin is likewise suspicious.)

Don’t get me wrong: If these allegations turn out to be true, I won’t ignore reality. I’m not going to be like one of those blindly loyal Bill Clinton supporters.

I trust it won’t come to that. What little faith I have in politics — and politicians — is at stake.

Pardon Me While I Bury My Head In the Sand

I don’t believe — I don’t want to believe — there’s any merit to the alleged McCain scandal. Granted, he hasn’t handled the leak well, and I never like it when a campaign pressures a newspaper to hold a story.

But for now I’m sticking with the Arizona maverick. I think he’s the most decent, honorable candidate running and I need hard evidence before reconsidering.

This much I do know: Hillbot has developed a “working relationship” with Drudge, who broke the McCain story today. Polls show McCain running ahead of Hillary in a general election.

Meanwhile, McCain has moved into a tie with The Anchorman in New Hampshire. Romney is as slick as the Clintons and is proving to be just as untrustworthy. The McCain story couldn’t have come at a better time for Romney — make of that what you will. (Mark Halperin is likewise suspicious.)

Don’t get me wrong: If these allegations turn out to be true, I won’t ignore reality. I’m not going to be like one of those blindly loyal Bill Clinton supporters.

I trust it won’t come to that. What little faith I have in politics — and politicians — is at stake.

Huckabee’s Radical Supporters

I read in Robert Novak’s column this morning that Mike Huckabee held a fundraiser earlier this week at the Houston home of Dr. Steven Hotze. As Novak notes, Hotze is “a leader in the highly conservative Christian Reconstruction movement.”

Christian Reconstructionists, for those unfamiliar with the term, are Religious Right radicals who believe that America, and the rest of the world besides, should be governed in accordance with strict Biblical law. And yes, that includes stoning adulterers.

Self-described "Christocrat" Rick Scarborough was also on the host committee for the fundraiser. He made news earlier this year by opposing the HPV vaccine because it "improperly interferes with God’s punishment of sexual license."

April Fool (Part I)

The YIR continues — April was a busy month:

*Please, no more Che Guevara T-shirts;

*Drew Barrymore really gets on my nerves;

*Urban decay at its finest;

*I predicted Obama would win the nomination — bad news for Barack;

*David Gest — Liza’s ex — frolics in the surf;

*Smug Alert: Laurie David’s coming to town;

*Coming soon: Kunta Kinte’s Heroes;

*A world without insects;

*How Peter Sellers helped make Mel Brooks a star;

*Scientologists are shameless (cont’d);

*Murder by numbers;

*Conservative gun nuts;

*My fascinating life.

It’s Their Year

Or least it should be. A hopeful sign: “No Country for Old Men” has shown up in more critics’ Top 10 lists than any other movie by far. “Zodiac” is a distant second. If the Coen Brothers don’t get an Oscar this year — for writing and directing — than cancel the Oscars. Scratch that — if Ellen DeGeneres is tabbed as host again this year, cancel them now.

Is The Anchorman Using MLK?

If you’re following the presidential election, no doubt you’ve heard Mitt Romney talk about his father marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. Mitt claims to have been there himself.

Apparently he’s lying.

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But, while the late George W. Romney, a four-term governor of Michigan, can lay claim to a strong record on civil rights, the Phoenix can find no evidence that the senior Romney actually marched with King, nor anything in the public record suggesting that he ever claimed to do so.

Nor did Mitt Romney ever previously claim that this took place, until long after his father passed away in 1995 — not even when defending accusations of the Mormon church’s discriminatory past during his 1994 Senate campaign.

Asked about the specifics of George Romney’s march with MLK, Mitt Romney’s campaign told the Phoenix that it took place in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. That jibes with the description proffered by David S. Broder in a Washington Post column written days after Mitt’s College Station speech.

Broder, in that column, references a 1967 book he co-authored on the Republican Party, which included a chapter on George Romney. It includes a one-line statement that the senior Romney “has marched with Martin Luther King through the exclusive Grosse Pointe suburb of Detroit.”

But that account is incorrect. King never marched in Grosse Pointe, according to the Grosse Pointe Historical Society, and had not appeared in the town at all at the time the Broder book was published. “I’m quite certain of that,” says Suzy Berschback, curator of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society. (Border was not immediately available for comment.)

You can assume a memory lapse if you’d like, but don’t you think you’d remember seeing MLK in person?

It’s Not “Best Person” of the Year

It happens every time TIME names a controversial figure as its “Person of the Year.”

Hitler, Stalin and Khomeni were previous winners. The magazine wasn’t celebrating their humanity, rather their influence — for better or worse — on the rest of the world. Putin’s selection makes sense. He’s returned Russia to an autocracy, with massive public approval. The former Soviet Union is once again a global player.

Of course, literalists like Mitt Romney don’t get it. Actually, he probably does, but why not score some cheap political points by blasting the press?

And to suggest that someone like that is the man of the year is really disgusting. I’m just appalled. … Our mainstream media I think has just showed its hand.

*Blowhard Hugh Hewitt thinks Gen. Petraeus should’ve won, and he was definitely a worthy candidate, but not because the war is over, as the Romney shill declares:

Victory is a wonderful thing, and they have brought Iraq and its allies victory.