Impressive effort by new blogroll member Physics Geek.
Sunday, December 28, 2003
Friday, December 26, 2003
Wow, out of nowhere, Dhimmi Carter is making this more of a horserace, now placing second. We're still holding steady at 6th place, not losing more ground to Michael Moore.
You may also want to check out the Miserable Failure Project
cuckolded dyke Project
lying sack of shit project
Posted by Garry at 8:49 AM
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Saturday, December 20, 2003
Veni, Vidi, Googlebombed the Miserable Failure
December 20, 2003: #5
While there have been attempts to link to Senator Clinton's website and associate THAT with the term miserable failure, it has hardly been as successful.
For what it's worth, I will try to bring that attempt in my wake. It would be especially sweet to present the unchallenged cuckolded dyke with a new year's gift.
Oh, and by the way, Google "cuckolded dyke".
Thursday, December 18, 2003
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Back to the Miserable Failure Project Archives
Al Sharpton reminds all "bloodsucking Jews" to vote for Hillary Clinton and Al Gore. Hillary wants "f*****g Jew bastards'" support according to Drudge.
XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX FRIDAY JULY 14, 2000 12:00:00 ET XXXXX
BOOK CHARGES: HILLARY CALLED AIDE ‘JEW BASTARD’
**Contains Graphic Description**
Hillary Clinton has angered Jewish voters in New York and nationally with her controversial support of a Palestinian State, and her startling embrace of Yasser Arafat’s wife.
Questions remain, and the debate intensifies, as to whether she can win the crucial Jewish vote in New York as she wages a neck-and-neck battle with Congressman Rick Lazio, who has made the Jewish question a campaign issue.
Now, as the race comes down to the wire, a new book is set to explore the first lady’s feelings about Jews and anti-Semitic sentiments held by certain Rodham family members.
Biographer Jerry Oppenheimer’s new book STATE OF A UNION: INSIDE THE COMPLEX MARRIAGE OF BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON will not be released by HARPERCOLLINS until Tuesday, but the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal:
In one particularly shocking passage in the book, Oppenheimer quotes a campaign official who describes an angry attack by Hillary in which she screams at him, "You fucking Jew bastard!"
Two sourced eyewitnesses confirmed to Oppenheimer that they heard the verbal assault.
[Sources tell DRUDGE that Dick Morris is not the campaign official.]
"One anti-Semitic slur slung in anger hardly defines a person, and Hillary has always had a tendency when angry to go for the gut," Oppenheimer writes.
But, unfortunately, according to UNION, that was neither the first nor the last time Hillary had used such a slur. And there is a darker side to the story.
In probing Rodham family roots, Oppenheimer writes that Hillary's paternal grandmother was known for her violent antipathy toward Jews and Catholics, something Hillary‘s father heard while growing up.
Oppenheimer discovered from family sources a vein of anti-Semitism that was sparked after Hillary’s maternal grandmother got married for the second time to a Jew, a Chicago businessman named Max Rosenberg.
According to the book, Hillary’s mother, Dorothy Rodham, held a life-long grudge against Rosenberg, and made Jewish slurs, according to an on the record family member quoted by Oppenheimer.
When asked about Hillary’s Jewish connection and the Rosenberg marriage, Hillary’s brother, Tony, told Oppenheimer firmly, "It was no big deal. In our family, with my brother, myself, my sister, my mother, my father, we‘re not Jewish in any way, shape or form."
The book, which ranked #5,360 on the AMAZON sales list [7/14 12:00 ET], caused immediate anger inside of Hillary Clinton’s campaign office.
"This is malicious trash written by a former NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporter!" one campaign staffer said after being read excerpts from the book.
"Oppenheimer’s work came in well-sourced," countered a publishing insider. "His intense study of Hillary hurts, cause it is factual."
Posted by Garry at 8:54 AM
Monday, December 15, 2003
Saturday, December 13, 2003
Miserable Failure Project
In 6 days, I'm at #10 for a google search for miserable failure and rising with a bullet.
Reciprocal links using the anchor text "miserable failure" will be acknowledged and added to the Project's blogroll on the site. Feel free to add the following image to your blog, and link it, preferably with anchor text, to http://miserable-failure.blogspot.com
There's a good chance of getting to the top 5 within a week, given my prior experience with Google search engine ranking work. (It's what I do when I'm not blogging.)
Leave your messages on the Miserable Failure Project thread at the Rantblog.
Posted by Garry at 9:00 AM
Friday, December 12, 2003
Dean and Gore Debate the width of Hillary's Cankles
Hillary's diet has clearly been a miserable failure of immense proportions.
Or maybe Dean and Gore are having a spat over whose tongue went further up the other's tuchus last week?
There's a contest for more captions for this image, here.
Posted by Garry at 9:04 AM
Sunday, December 07, 2003
For an ideal example of a miserable failure, one need look no harder than to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Attacks on Americans during the Clinton Administration
- January 25, 1993, Virginia, United States. A Pakistani gunman opened fire on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employees standing outside of the building. Two agents, Frank Darling and Bennett Lansing, were killed and three others wounded. The assailant was never caught and reportedly fled to Pakistan.
- February 26, 1993, Cairo, Egypt. A bomb exploded inside a café in downtown Cairo killing three. Among the 18 wounded were two U.S. citizens. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.
- February 26, 1993, New York, United States. A massive van bomb exploded in an underground parking garage below the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six and wounding 1,042. Four Islamist activists were responsible for the attack. Ramzi Ahmed Yousef (Right Photo), the operation's alleged mastermind, escaped but was later arrested in Pakistan and extradited to the United States. Abd al-Hakim Murad, another suspected conspirator, was arrested by local authorities in the Philippines and handed over to the United States. The two, along with two other terrorists, were tried in the U.S. and sentenced to 240 years.
- April 14, 1993, Kuwait. The Iraqi intelligence service attempted to assassinate former U.S. President George Bush during a visit to Kuwait. In retaliation, the U.S. launched a cruise missile attack two months later on the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
- July 5, 1993, Southeast Turkey. In eight separate incidents, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) kidnapped a total of 19 Western tourists traveling in southeastern Turkey. The hostages, including U.S. citizen Colin Patrick Starger, were released unharmed after spending several weeks in captivity.
- March 8, 1995, Karachi, Pakistan. Two unidentified gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles opened fire on a U.S. Consulate van in Karachi, killing two U.S. diplomats, Jacqueline Keys Van Landingham and Gary C. Durell, and wounding a third, Mark McCloy.
- April 9, 1995, Kfar Darom and Netzarim, Gaza Strip. Two suicide attacks were carried out within a few hours of each other in Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip. In the first attack a suicide bomber crashed an explosive-rigged van into an Israeli bus in Netzarim, killing eight including U.S. citizen Alisa Flatow (Left Photo). Over 30 others were injured. In the second attack, a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in the midst of a convoy of cars in Kfar Darom, injuring 12. The Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Shaqaqi Faction claimed responsibility for the attacks.
- July 4, 1995, Kashmir, India. In Kashmir, a previously unknown militant group, Al-Faran, with suspected links to a Kashmiri separatist group in Pakistan, took hostage six tourists, including two U.S. citizens. They demanded the release of Muslim militants held in Indian prisons. One of the U.S. citizens escaped on July 8, while on August 13 the decapitated body of the Norwegian hostage was found along with a note stating that the other hostages also would be killed if the group's demands were not met. The Indian Government refused. Both Indian and American authorities believe the rest of the hostages were most likely killed in 1996 by their jailers.
- August 1995, Istanbul, Turkey. A bombing of Istanbul's popular Taksim Square injured two U.S. citizens. This attack was part of a three-year-old attempt by the PKK to drive foreign tourists away from Turkey by striking at tourist sites.
- August 21, 1995, Jerusalem, Israel. A bus bombing in Jerusalem by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) killed four, including American Joan Davenny, and wounded more than 100.
- November 9, 1995, Algiers, Algeria. Islamic extremists set fire to a warehouse belonging to the U.S. Embassy, threatened the Algerian security guard because he was working for the United States, and demanded to know whether any U.S. citizens were present. The Armed Islamic Group (GIA) probably carried out the attacks. The group had threatened to strike other foreign targets and especially U.S. objectives in Algeria, and the attack's style was similar to past GIA operations against foreign facilities.
- November 13, 1995, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A car bomb exploded in the parking lot outside of the Riyadh headquarters of the Office of the Program Manager/Saudi Arabian National Guard, killing seven persons, five of them U.S. citizens, and wounding 42. The blast severely damaged the three-story building, which houses a U.S. military advisory group, and several neighboring office buildings. Three groups -- the Islamic Movement for Change, the Tigers of the Gulf, and the Combatant Partisans of God -- claimed responsibility for the attack.
- February 25, 1996, Jerusalem, Israel. A suicide bomber blew up a commuter bus in Jerusalem, killing 26, including three U.S. citizens, and injuring 80 others, among them another three U.S. citizens. Hamas claimed responsibility for the bombing.
- March 4, 1996, Tel Aviv, Israel. A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside the Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv's largest shopping mall, killing 20 persons and injuring 75 others, including two U.S. citizens. Both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing. May 13, 1996, Beit-El, West Bank. Arab gunmen opened fire on a hitchhiking stand near Beit El, wounding three Israelis and killing David Boim (Right Photo), 17, an American- Israeli from New York. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, although either the Islamic Jihad or Hamas are suspected.
- June 9, 1996, Zekharya, West Bank. Yaron Ungar, an American-Israeli, and his Israeli wife were killed in a drive-by shooting near their West Bank home. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is suspected.
- June 25, 1996, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. A fuel truck carrying a bomb exploded outside the U.S. military's Khobar Towers housing facility in Dhahran, killing 19 U.S. military personnel and wounding 515 persons, including 240 U.S. personnel. Several groups claimed responsibility for the attack. In June 2001, a U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, identified Saudi Hizballah as the party responsible for the attack. The court indicated that the members of the organization, banned from Saudi Arabia, "frequently met and were trained in Lebanon, Syria, or Iran" with Libyan help.
- August 17, 1996, Mapourdit, Sudan. Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) rebels kidnapped six missionaries in Mapourdit, including a U.S citizen. The SPLA released the hostages on August 28.
- November 1, 1996, Sudan. A breakaway group of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA) kidnapped three workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), including one U.S citizen. The rebels released the hostages on December 9 in exchange for ICRC supplies and a health survey of their camp.
- December 3, 1996, Paris, France. A bomb exploded aboard a Paris subway train, killing four and injuring 86 persons, including a U.S. citizen. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but Algerian extremists are suspected.
- January 2, 1997, Major cities worldwide, United States. A series of letter bombs with Alexandria, Egypt postmarks were discovered at Al-Hayat newspaper bureaus in Washington, DC, New York, London, and Riyadh. Three similar devices, also postmarked in Egypt, were found at a prison facility in Leavenworth, Kansas. Bomb disposal experts defused all the devices, but one detonated at the Al-Hayat newspaper office in London, injuring two security guards and causing minor damage.
- February 23, 1997, New York, United States. Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian teacher, opened fire on the 86th-floor observation deck of New York City's Empire State Building, killing killing a Danish national and wounding six others before shooting himself to death. A handwritten note carried by the gunman claimed this was a punishment attack against the "enemies of Palestine."
- July 30, 1997, Jerusalem, Israel. Two bombs detonated in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market, killing 15 persons, including a U.S. citizen and wounding 168 others, among them two U.S. citizens. The Izz-el-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, claimed responsibility for the attack.
- October 30, 1997, Sanaa, Yemen. Al-Sha'if tribesmen kidnapped a U.S. businessman near Sanaa. The tribesmen sought the release of two fellow tribesmen who were arrested on smuggling charges and several public works projects they claim the government promised them. The hostage was released on November 27.
- November 12, 1997, Karachi, Pakistan. Two unidentified gunmen shot to death four U.S. auditors from Union Texas Petroleum and their Pakistani driver as they drove away from the Sheraton Hotel in Karachi. Two groups claimed responsibility -- the Islamic Inqilabi Council, or Islamic Revolutionary Council and the Aimal Secret Committee, also known as the Aimal Khufia Action Committee.
- November 25, 1997, Aden, Yemen. Yemenite tribesmen kidnapped a U.S citizen, two Italians, and two unspecified Westerners near Aden to protest the eviction of a tribe member from his home. The kidnappers released the five hostages on November 27.
- April 19, 1998, Maon, Israel. Dov Driben, a 28-year-old American-Israeli farmer was killed by terrorists near the West Bank town of Maon. One of his assailants, Issa Debavseh, a member of Fatah Tanzim, was killed on November 7, 2001, by the IDF after being on their wanted list for the murder.
- June 21, 1998, Beirut, Lebanon. Two hand-grenades were thrown at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. No casualties were reported.
- June 21, 1998, Beirut, Lebanon. Three rocket-propelled grenades attached to a crude detonator exploded near the U.S. Embassy compound in Beirut, causing no casualties and little damage. August 7, 1998, Nairobi, Kenya. A car bomb exploded at the rear entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. The attack killed a total of 292, including 12 U.S. citizens, and injured over 5,000, among them six Americans. The perpetrators belonged to al-Qaida, Usama bin Ladin's network.
- August 7, 1998, Dar es Sala'am, Tanzania. A car bomb exploded outside the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Sala'am, killing 11 and injuring 86. Osama bin Laden's organization al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attack. Two suspects were arrested.
- November 21, 1998, Teheran, Iran. Members of Fedayeen Islam, shouting anti-American slogans and wielding stones and iron rods, attacked a group of American tourists in Tehran. Some of the tourists suffered minor injuries from flying glass.
- December 28, 1998, Mawdiyah, Yemen. Sixteen tourists--12 Britons, two Americans and two Australians--were taken hostage in the largest kidnapping in Yemen's recent history. The tourists were seized in the Abyan province (some 175 miles south of Sanaa the capital). One Briton and a Yemeni guide escaped, while the rest were taken to city of Mawdiyah. Four hostages were killed when troops closed in and two were wounded, including an American woman. The kidnappers, members of the Islamic Army of Aden-Abyan, an offshoot of Al-Jihad, had demanded the release from jail of their leader, Saleh Haidara al-Atwi.
- October 31, 1999, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States. EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed off the U.S. coast killing all 217 people on board, including 100 Americans. Although it is not precisely clear what happened, evidence indicated that an Egyptian pilot, Ahmed el-Habashy (Right Photo), crashed the plane for personal or political reasons.
- November 4, 1999, Athens, Greece. A group protesting President Clinton's visit to Greece hid a gas bomb at an American car dealership in Athens. Two cars were destroyed and several others damaged. Anti-State Action claimed responsibility for the attack, but the November 17 group was also suspected.
- November 12, 1999, Islamabad, Pakistan. Six rockets were fired at the U.S. Information Services cultural center and United Nations offices in Islamabad, injuring a Pakistani guard.
- October 8, 2000, Nablus, West Bank. The bullet-ridden body of Hillel Lieberman, a U.S. citizen living in the Jewish settlement of Elon Moreh, was found at the entrance to the West Bank town of Nablus. Lieberman had headed there after hearing that Palestinians had desecrated the religious site, Joseph's Tomb. No organization claimed responsibility for the murder.
- October 12, 2000, Aden Harbor, Yemen. A suicide squad rammed the warship the U.S.S. Cole with an explosives-laden boat killing 13 American sailors and injuring 33. The attack was likely by Osama bin Ladin's al-Qaida organization.
- October 30, 2000, Jerusalem, Israel. Gunmen killed Eish Kodesh Gilmor, a 25-year-old American-Israeli on duty as a security guard at the National Insurance Institute in Jerusalem. The "Martyrs of the Al-Aqsa Intifada," a group linked to Fatah, claimed responsibility for the attack. Gilmor's family filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington against the Palestinian Authority, the PLO, Chairman Yasser Arafat and members of Force 17, as being responsible for the attack.
- posted by Blog Admin @ 12/7/2003 11:45:32 PM
The psychobiography of Hillary Clinton.
Hillary's Sartorial Lies by Ann Coulter
Real Audio Hillary booed by New Yorkers.
What has happened to our once-noble Democratic leadership, the party of Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and Scoop Jackson? Why — in a time of war, no less, when another mass killing like 9-11 has been prevented, and the foundations of terror and fanaticism in Afghanistan and Iraq cracked apart — do some so casually employ adjectives and nouns like "miserable failure," "awful," "Taliban," and "liar"?
-- Victor Davis Hanson, National Review
The Clinton White House Guest List
Cankle Queen Theme Song
Hillary kissing Mrs. Arafat.
To hear ex-President Clinton admit that he turned down a deal for Osama bin Laden's extradition to the U.S., followed by audio of Hillary Clinton attempting to spin her way out of his admission, Click here.
Posted by Garry at 9:06 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Hilliary And the Hilliaring Liar Who Lies About Herself
The National Review's Rich Lowry notes a bunch of good ones.
The National Review's Rich Lowry notes a bunch of good ones.
October 23, 2003, 11:15 a.m.
35 whoppers from the senator from New York.
One of the more unpleasant parts of writing Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years was reading Hillary Clinton's Living History. But I had to do it for the cause! for history's sake! for my sins! so I might as well make use of it. Herewith is an accounting just partial, I'm sure of some of deceptions, distortions, misrepresentations, and general howlers in Hillary's book. Perhaps foolishly, I'm trusting her on things like her assertion on page 363 of Living History that "I'm a pushover for big, stirring ceremonies." Here goes:
- "Recent deficit projections by the [first] Bush administration camouflaged the real deficit by underestimating the effects of a stagnant economy, the impact of health care costs and federal spending on the savings and loan bailout...." (Page 147)
It was important to the Clintonites to feign shock at the worsening deficit figures when they took office in 1992, to make them seem a Republican conspiracy. In fact, the Clintonites knew about the worsening numbers during the campaign, but as Bob Woodward has documented chose to ignore them since they made the (soon-to-be-abandoned) Clinton economic plan totally implausible.
- "Perhaps most important, the system would allow patients to choose their own doctors, a non-negotiable item in Bill's view." (Page 150)
The thrust of Hillary health-care plan was to make it more difficult for people to choose their own doctors.
- "I knew that Bill was frustrated by Europe's failure to act after it had insisted that Bosnia was in its own backyard and was its own problem to solve." (Pages 169-170)
Nonsense. Clinton matched Europe, pusillanimity for pusillanimity, during much of the Bosnia crisis. Clinton's complaints about European inaction were an excuse to keep from acting himself.
- "The Independent Counsel, for example, concluded that the decision to fire the Travel Office political employees was lawful and that there was evidence of financial mismanagement and irregularities." (Page 173)
She leaves out that the independent counsel's office also found that she made "factually false" statements during the investigation.
- "The [1993 budget] plan wasn't everything the Administration had wanted, but it signaled the return of fiscal responsibility for the government and the beginning of an economic turnaround for the country...." (Page 179)
The recession officially ended in March 1991, and the economy was already growing at three percent annually in 1992.
- "...of an economic turnaround for the country unprecedented in American history...." (Page 179)
The first part of the 1990s followed the standard pattern of the last couple decades a slowdown in the first two years, followed by a recovery. There was nothing extraordinary about the 1990s until later in the decade, which was a result of a technology revolution, not the 1993 economic plan.
- "The plan slashed the deficit in half...." (Page 179)
The deficit was already declining in fiscal year 1993, before the Clinton plan took effect. And most of the subsequent decline can be attributed to the growing economy. Also, Congress killed the Clinton health-care plan and his "stimulus bill," both of which would have worsened the deficit picture.
- "...the plan raised taxes on gasoline and on the highest-income Americans, who in return got lower interest rates...." (Page 179)
Interest rates increased in the immediate aftermath of the plan's passage.
- "Bill signed the legislation on August 10, 1993." (Page 179)
THIS IS A TRUE STATEMENT!
- "[The Health Insurance Association of America ads said] `things are changing and not all for the better. The government may force us to pick from a few health care plans designed by government bureaucrats,' the announcer intoned. It was false and misleading advertising...." (Page 186)
The ads were a completely accurate depiction of the "health alliances" in the Hillary plan.
- "Consumed with the demands of the Presidency, he told me to decide with David [Kendall] how to handle our response." (Page 200)
This refers to the decision whether or not to hand over Whitewater documents to the Washington Post. Hillary maintains that Bill was too busy to make this crucial decision himself. This is implausible. David Gergen reports that Clinton said he couldn't make the decision himself because Hillary had been his partner in the Whitewater business. Gergen speculates that she opposed giving the Post the documents because she was worried that her cattle trades would be exposed.
- "In the years since, no lawful donor has lost his guns, but 600,000 fugitives, stalkers and felons have been stopped from buying them." (Page 203)
This refers to the Brady Bill. The number 600,000 is for denials. Some of them are for administrative reasons botched records and the like. And there is no way of knowing whether those denied purchase go on to acquire guns in some other way. As a general matter, the Brady Bill had no effect on crime rates.
- "Another trooper who reportedly claimed that Bill had offered him a federal job for his silence later signed an affidavit...." (Page 208)
The trooper in question, Danny Ferguson, didn't sign the affidavit, his lawyer did.
- "...signed an affidavit swearing it never happened...." (Page 208)
He didn't swear that Clinton never offered him a job, just that he never offered him a job explicitly in exchange for a silence. Clinton did offer him a job, and everyone involved knew why, even though he didn't make the reason explicit.
- "[Paula Jones] said she wanted to clear her name. But instead of announcing a libel suit against the Spectator, she accused Bill Clinton of sexually harassing her by making unwanted advances." (Page 227)
It made sense that Jones would sue Clinton, who didn't have the First Amendment protections of a magazine. He could have helped her clear her name, by telling the truth and/or making an early settlement.
- "I knew that Bill respected military service, that he would have served if he had been called...." (Page 240)
He was called, but he didn't serve.
- "The ongoing Whitewater investigation, despite Fiske's findings, was about undermining the progressive agenda by any means." (Page 245)
There was real criminality surrounding Whitewater, which produced guilty pleas from or convictions of 12 people.
- "Limbaugh and others rarely criticized the contents of the Health Security Act or any other policy the Democrats introduced." (Page 245)
Oh, come on. Rush Limbaugh has always prominently included policy arguments in his arsenal.
- "...the giant economic strides Bill had made [by 1994] the deficit was finally coming back under control...." (Page 252)
Clinton had little or nothing to do with bringing the deficit under control.
- "....and the economy was starting to grow...." (Page 252)
The economy had already started to grow before Clinton took office.
- "President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society program which resulted in Medicare, Medicaid and historic civil rights legislation was denounced by Newt Gingrich...." (Page 291)
Gingrich denounced the outdated and inefficient aspects of Medicare. See Howard Dean's comments during the same period, and his defense of them since. Also, he extravagantly praised the Democrats for the civil-rights revolution.
- "[David] Hale was a well-paid pawn in a furtive campaign designed to discredit Bill and bring down his administration." (Page 350)
David Hale made his allegations true or not before he was ever in contact with the "vast right-wing conspiracy," and his story never changed. The suggestion that he made his allegations in exchange for money was investigated and no one was charged with a crime.
- "Anyone who believes that prosecutors can't abuse the American criminal justice system should read Susan's book, The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk: Why I Refused to Testify Against the Clintons and What I Learned in Jail. It's a chilling account of the abuse she suffered from Starr's crowd...." (page 406)
Susan McDougal refused to testify about the Clintons, going to jail on civil-contempt charges for 18 months instead. One of the questions she found too outrageous to answer, even with an offer of immunity, was "To your knowledge, did William Jefferson Clinton testify truthfully during the course of your trial?" It was Judge Susan Webber Wright who had Susan McDougal jailed for contempt, of which she was flagrantly proudly guilty. Her famous perp-walk in chains had nothing to do with Starr, but was standard U.S. marshals' practice.
- "Members of Starr's team, and Starr himself, appeared to be leaking secret grand jury testimony, which was against the law." (Page 406)
"Appeared" is a weasel word. Starr was absolved of making any illegal leaks.
- "The previous fall, Starr had finally conceded that Vince Foster really had committed suicide." (Page 439)
This is a cheap shot. Starr never doubted that Foster had committed suicide. He reopened the investigation only to try to tie up every last loose end.
- "Although there had been opportunities to settle with Jones out of court, I had opposed the idea in principle, believing that it would set a terrible precedent for a President to pay money to rid himself of a nuisance suit." (Page 440)
Denying Paula Jones's charges and not settling the case was part of the smear-and-defend tactic that the Clintons had used at least since the 1992 campaign. Preserving the institution of the presidency had nothing to do with it.
- "He said that she had misinterpreted his attention, which was something I had seen happen dozens of times before. It was such a familiar scenario that I had little trouble believing the accusations were groundless." (Page 441)
It's unlikely that Clinton's attentions were so often "misinterpreted."
- "We later learned that Reno's recommendation was based on incomplete and false information provided to her by the OIC. Bill had been blindsided, and the unfairness of it all made me more determined to stand with him to combat the charges." (Page 442)
Clinton wasn't blindsided. He knew that Monica was on the Jones witness list, and his lawyer Bob Bennett urged him not to lie under oath.
- "....Judge Susan Webber Wright had decided to throw out the Paula Jones lawsuit, finding that it lacked factual or legal merit." (Page 452)
This implies that Wright found that the Jones incident never happened. She didn't.
- "It would have been difficult for the United States to send troops [to Rwanda] so soon after the loss of American soldiers in Somalia and when the Administration was trying to end ethnic cleansing in Bosnia." (Page 455)
Yes, it would have been "difficult" which is why Clinton didn't do it, despite all his preening about Africa. It's untrue, however, that at this time that he was trying to end the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. He was taking a pass on that as well because it too was "difficult."
- "But Bill and his national security team were having a hard time directing congressional attention and government resources to the growing threats at home and abroad. Perhaps that was because so much energy in the news media, Congress and the FBI was directed to an investigation of the President's private life." (Page 465)
If Clinton had wanted to wage a serious campaign against Saddam Hillary is referring to the Iraq crisis in this passage he could have mustered the country behind him. He had no interest in doing so.
- "I could hardly breathe. Gulping for air, I started crying and yelling at him, 'What do you mean? What are you saying? Why did you lie to me?'" (Page 466)
This shocked reaction that there was something to the Monica allegation is very implausible, as others have written on NRO (see here, here, and here).
- "With the whole world watching much of it wondering what the fuss was about Bill felt that the President of the United States couldn't afford to appear on television looking weak." (Page 468)
This refers to Clinton's speech after his grand-jury testimony. Mostly, he was just pissed. If he was so worried about the appearance of the presidency, he wouldn't have had Monica service him in the first place.
- "...and the integrity of the Constitution hung in the balance." (Page 472)
Impeachment is a procedure set out in the Constitution. Using it is not an offense to the Constitution.
- "I was convinced that [Starr] had overstepped his legal authority. The Constitution requires the legislative branch of government not the independent counsel, which is a creation of the executive and judicial branches to investigate evidence of impeachable offenses." (Page 475)
Under the independent-counsel statute, Ken Starr was obliged to present evidence of an impeachable offense to Congress. If Hillary had problems with the statute, she should have urged her husband not to sign it in the first place.
- "They were supposed to present 'evidence' of the impeachable offenses while Bill's lawyers would defend him. No live witnesses were introduced." (Page 493)
Hillary makes this seem some unconstitutional deviation on the part of the House managers, when they would have been happy to present live witnesses, but were kept from doing so by Senate Democrats and timorous Senate Republicans.
Posted by Garry at 4:58 AM