Well, paint me crimson and call me ‘Joseph’

by matttbastard

Shorter Gateway Pundit: “The evil mass-murdering Saddam Hussein was hung today and the American left mourns… Their America-hating sickness has never been more glaring.“*

Wait – that’s a direct quote.

Larisa Alexandrovna with the smackdown (via Crooks & Liars):

Those opposed to the execution are not mourning the death of Saddam. What they are mourning is the loss of our own national conscience. Some are, as I have pointed out, not happy with the farce of a trial in a country to which we are attempting to (so they say) export democracy. Some are not comfortable because of the timing, which just happens to be during a holy time in Muslim religion. Not that you would know this as xenophobes are busy only with flag waving and gay bashing.

To call me, the Vatican, human rights organizations, Christian, Jewish, Islamic leaders, the EU, most Americans, and basically the entire planet “an enemy” takes a lot of nerve for someone who is nothing but a racist with a blog. I mean really, what have you actually done in your pathetic little life that would allow you to believe for a moment that you have any right to call anyone an enemy?

Pathetic does not begin to account for something as filthy as a wannabe patriot strung out on liquid hate. But lucky for the rest of us, the sane and rational, you are still a minority in this country, thankfully pushed back into the darkness of your KKK meetings.

I’m just happy that GP (along with The Artist Formerly Known As Tacitus and numerous others) is focused on what’s most important in the wake of Saddam Hussein’s execution: ham-fisted partisan flamethrowing.

update – A fellow Z-lister weighs in:

How long have I been saying it? (See Saddam Is Dead) How many times have both left and right scolded me (and others) for pointing out that liberalism, at least the style currently in vogue, is incompatible with Americanism. Liberalism is mental illness evidenced by worship of evil and hatred of good. Liberalism is Satanism.

GP is right: the left is the enemy. It is not just an alternative political order. Western republican-democratic government cannot coexist with liberalism. It is our bounden duty to put away the left.

If I were The Left™ I’d be watching my devil-worshipping ass.

*I suppose Bronwen Maddox of The (Rupert Murdoch) Times is also overcome with The Sickness.

Anti-climax

by matttbastard

Quelle surprise! Nothing much changes in Iraq after Saddam’s hanging:

Bombings killed at least 68 people in Iraq on Saturday, including one planted on a minibus that exploded in a fish market in a mostly Shiite town south of Baghdad.

The attacks came hours after Saddam Hussein was hanged in Baghdad for ordering the killings of 148 Shiites in the city of Dujail in 1982. Despite concerns about a spike in unrest, Saturday’s violence was not unusually high and there was no indication it was related to the execution.

 

Another milestone is reached:

The U.S. military also announced the deaths of three Marines and three soldiers, making December the year’s deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq, with 109 service members killed.

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The Marines died Thursday of wounds from fighting in western Anbar province, the U.S. military said. A soldier also died in combat Friday in Anbar, and two others were killed by roadside bombs in Baghdad, the military said.

Their deaths pushed the December death toll past the 105 U.S. service members killed in Iraq in October. At least 2,998 members of the U.S. military have been killed since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

Bush is still allergic to reality:

Saddam Hussein’s execution comes at the end of a difficult year for the Iraqi people and for our troops. Bringing Saddam Hussein to justice will not end the violence in Iraq, but it is an important milestone on Iraq’s course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain, and defend itself, and be an ally in the War on Terror.

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Many difficult choices and further sacrifices lie ahead. Yet the safety and security of the American people require that we not relent in ensuring that Iraq’s young democracy continues to progress.

And Independent Democract™Joe Lieberman shows that the President doesn’t hold an exclusive patent on idiocy when it comes to Iraq:

I’ve just spent 10 days traveling in the Middle East and speaking to leaders there, all of which has made one thing clearer to me than ever: While we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger war is emerging. On one side are extremists and terrorists led and sponsored by Iran, on the other moderates and democrats supported by the United States. Iraq is the most deadly battlefield on which that conflict is being fought. How we end the struggle there will affect not only the region but the worldwide war against the extremists who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001.

Yeah, Saddam is dead; heck of a job, etc. But life goes on.

Last Rites

CNN says two Arab TV networks report that Saddam Hussein was executed 10 minutes ago.

Updates pending.

Update: More from AP

CNN says one of Saddam’s lawyers has confirmed the execution of Saddam Hussein at 6am local time. State run Iraqi television also says Hussein has been executed.

Update: timeline of notable events in the life of Hussein

- TIME Magazine obituary

Quickies

by Isabel LaCoeur

Hurricane Katrina Waste, Fraud Could Top $2 Billion in 2007.

Federal investigators have already determined the Bush administration squandered $1 billion on fraudulent disaster aid to individuals after the 2005 storm. Now they are shifting their attention to the multimillion dollar contracts to politically connected firms that critics have long said are a prime area for abuse.

Most Outrageous Comments of 2006

How extreme were conservative commentators in their remarks this year? How about calls to nuke the Middle East and an allegation that a “gay … mafia” used the congressional page program as its own “personal preserve.” Right-wing rhetoric documented by Media Matters for America included the nonsensical (including Rush Limbaugh’s claim that America’s “obesity crisis” is caused by, among other things, our failure to “teach [the poor] how to butcher a — slaughter a cow to get the butter, we gave them the butter”), the offensive (such as right-wing pundit Debbie Schlussel’s question about “Barack Hussein Obama”: is he “a man we want as President when we are fighting the war of our lives against Islam? Where will his loyalties be?”), and the simply bizarre (such as William A. Donohue’s claim that some Hollywood stars would “sodomize their own mother in a movie”).

Hussein to be executed “within 30 days”

Iraq’s highest appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence for Saddam Hussein in his first trial and said it must be carried out within 30 days.

The sentence “must be implemented within 30 days,” chief judge Aref Shahin. “From tomorrow, any day could be the day of implementation.”