In my review of Culture of Corruption I argue that there are two chapters that don’t support Michelle Malkin’s thesis of the book:

The chapter on the Clintons:

The Chapter on Chris Dodd:

Today Michelle Malkin answers me on Dodd in her column:

But Dodd’s cratering numbers and mounting ethics scandal aren’t just about Dodd. Damaged birds of a feather flock together. Even before these latest disclosures, Dodd’s approval ratings had dropped to their lowest levels ever. Yet, President Obama – agent of the “new politics,” erstwhile Breath of Fresh Air, guarantor of all that is good and clean in Washington — declared his support for Dodd’s 2010 re-election campaign bid.

“I can’t say it any clearer: I will be helping Chris Dodd because he deserves the help,” President Obama announced in April. “He just has an extraordinary record of accomplishment, and I think the people of Connecticut will come to recognize that.”

The problem with this argument is that I can’t think of any president that has rejected a member of his party up for re-election in the senate due to ethics issues, particularly one with power and seniority of Dodd. The president’s endorsement has everything to do with his legislative agenda and nothing to do with Dodd’s corruption.

The second point comes from a S.D. Hoyt who left this comment at my Amazon review:

In case you did not know, Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago and did her senior thesis on Saul Alinsky, the original Chicago community organizer. Access to that thesis was limited when Bill Clinton became President. So there is some connection between the Clintons and the Chicago clan. Not nearly as much as the Obama’s thorough indoctrination.

It is a good point, I reply as follows:

That is true but the Clintons where not included in the administration due to their Chicago connections or their knowledge on how to play ball. The Clinton concessions were necessary to unite the party and avoid the risk embarrassment on the convention floor before the election and to make political peace afterwards. This would have been the case even if the Clintons were as clean as Paul Tsongas.

One might make the argument that if the Clintons were clean they would not have been in that position but that’s not the books thesis.

When you get past the 1 star reviews from non readers the discussion is actually quite interesting.

I fell asleep on the couch listening the the Ortiz stuff last night, when I turned on the tv and surfed I went by Morning Joe.

I saw a democratic liberal congressman not only suggest the bluedogs were bought and paid for, (Unlike the Obama crowd) but then he actually said that these congressmen need to listen to the voters in their district are saying.

I’m glad I wasn’t drinking when I saw it, the reason these guys aren’t supporting Obamacare isn’t because their constituents are silent, but because they are speaking out everywhere.

…so this can’t be right can it?

Security experts have uncovered flaws in Apple Inc’s iPhone that they said hackers can exploit to take control of the popular device, using the tactic for identity theft and other crimes.

iPhone users needed to be warned that their devices were not entirely secure and Apple should try to repair the vulnerability as soon as possible, they said at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, one of the world’s top forums for exchanging information on computer security threats.

As I’ve argued before PC’s are more vulnerable due to market share, those who attack for profit want to hit the largest market share. The iPhone’s popularity and market share make it a worthwhile target. Remember when you give devices the strengths of computer you give them weakness too.

But hey if you want to spend hundreds on a phone that’s your call.

I just saw a clip of Terry’s press conference. I know his job is to manage the team as it is but don’t tell me something like this:

“There’s some people out there who need to have their integrity checked,” Terry Francona said.

He is talking about the guy who talked not about the cheating. Callahan is exactly right:

One of those people was inside the clubhouse with Francona. He stopped briefly to meet the media but said nothing. No courage on this day. David Ortiz [stats] was wearing dark glasses, but they didn’t help. The mask was off. The big lies exposed.

To steal Robert Stacy McCain’s favorite line via Clint.

Don’t piss on my back and tell me it’s raining.

Maybe John McGraw or Billy Martin would have gone along with it but I’m with Christy Mathewson and Hank Aaron on this:

But when it comes to Cooperstown, the site of Baseball’s National Hall of Fame, Aaron knows that there could be a division between players from his era, and those from the “steroid” era.

“I think that some way, something is going to be put on there. I hate to say it, but maybe an asterisk somewhere behind their name.”

No wonder there is talk about reinstating Pete Rose, justly banned though he is. He’s worth 5 of any of them. And if I was managing a team I’d want him on it, nobody I ever saw played harder. I’ll take him over any of the steroid boys. ANY of them.

…one of great experiences of my life was taking my sons to the Red Sox parade and watching it pass us 4 times from our location in front of the Museum of science.

This story kills it.

David Ortiz, the greatest single-season home run hitter in Red Sox history, yesterday acknowledged testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003 as he launched his golden era as one of the game’s premier power hitters.

The side stories don’t matter, the money doesn’t matter. It kills it.

I can’t tell my kids to cheer for Ortiz, nor celebrate 2004 or 2007, not if I want to stress the idea of playing by the rules.

I don’t care if the Yankees have steroids guys, they’re not my team, I don’t care who revealed it. I expect better. I demand better.

So please don’t sell me bullshit like this:

So cheer up, Red Sox fans. Don’t bury your faces in your 2004 caps. Don’t turn off the computer when rival fans start with the Tainted Title rap.

The Red Sox championships are every bit as legit as the Cardinals’ title in ’06 or the White Sox in ’05 or the Marlins in ’03 or that seventh degree black belt Elvis was awarded in ’73.

That’s crap from people who want me to keep spending my cash and emotional attachment to this game to support them.

The Sox and MLB don’t need or deserve my money or my attention. If they want to get it back they have to earn it. Until I can point to my local team and say it is on the level why the hell should I care?

Plenty more here.

Mentioned my review of Culture of Corruption that I wrote yesterday is marked as most useful. In 24 hours 51 out of 60 people have marked the review favorable.

That’s an awful lot of action fast. It is as much attention as the 59 reviews I wrote over the last year have gotten combined, then again not too many people have heard about the Big finish Doctor who audios, they don’t get a lot of ratings.

I guess I should read and review political books more often.

“We bring different perspectives to this issue.”

“This is a positive event to move forward instead of dwelling on the past.”

“We’ve planned a meeting and will have a call between us to discuss that meeting.”

They both seem to be willing to listen to each other which is excellent.

“What you have today is two gentlemen agreeing to disagree.”

“There was no tension.”

as for president Obama:

“He provided the beer.”

The most important part of it to me is the idea of both people behaving like gentlemen and agreeing like gentlemen to discuss their issues.

On Joe Biden showing up:

“The vice president was very nice and particularly nice with the children.”

If this statement is any guide this looks like a very positive event.

Via National Review we see one of the least shocking stories ever written:

“Arafat would condemn [terror] operations by day while at night he would do honorable things,” said Dahlan, who today serves as top advisor to Arafat’s successor, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

I’m sure there will be a few people on the left totally taken aback, there might even be a few that consider it old news. It’s certainly a candidate for the Capt Renault award at Hot Air.

There is real news in the next paragraph however:

Dahlan said the Abbas regime should learn from Arafat and begin to again employ calculated and carefully-tiimed terrorism as an official tactic. He said the only part of today’s terrorism he doesn’t like is that so many groups are running around attacking Israel on their own. In Dahaln’s view, all terrorism against Israel should be directed by the Palestinian Authority.

Hey lets give these people millions of dollars.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on July 24 that the United States has given $200 million to help the operations of the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority (PA).

“I wanted personally to announce the delivery of budget support to the Palestinian Authority, under the leadership of President [Mahmoud ] Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad,” Clinton said at a video teleconference in Washington, in which she was joined from Ramallah with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

I presume that these people aren’t stupid enough to think these people actually support peace so I’m really wondering what the cause for all this nonsense is.

the chimes at midnightFor some reason there seems to be a bug at preventing me from posting different reviews for these two audios. Therefore I have combined my review of the Big Finish Audios: The Chimes at Midnight #29 featuring the 8th Doctor and Charley Pollard and Big Finish #40 Jubilee Featuring the 6th Doctor, Evelyn Smythe and the Daleks are both available here.

jubilee (or here but they link to the same).

Lucky for them both are 5 stars and very worth your time.

My review of Michelle Malkin’s new book Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies is available at Here.

I pretty much liked the book but thought the epilogue really didn’t belong in it. I don’t think you can credibly link Chris Dodd’s corruption to President Obama’s except in the sense that both received quite a lot of financial support from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

I have to congratulate Michelle on the timing in particular, the book came out exactly as questions are coming up concerning this administration which I think drove the coverage of the book on the today show. The Today show interview will drive others.

Being a top 1000 reviewer at Amazon is pretty much like being a famous candlepin bowler, but if you give that weight then I say go buy it!