Happy New Year folks. Good to be back in the saddle again. I have to say that having been at home and only intermittently on the computer that I've been on a (light) MSM-only diet and greatly missed the commentary of the blogosphere. Whilst I clear my voluminous hate-mail from the in-box here's some good lunchtime reading:
1) There has been much chatter over Alberto Gonzales' involvement in the a memo written by the Office of Legal Counsel of the Justice Department that the Left has decried created an atmosphere which encouraged torture. OpinionJournal has a good short piece from a former OLC head putting the matter in perspective.
2) NRO is on-fire today.
- Mac Owens goes over Rumsfeld's record.
- Jonah Goldberg on why the UN is an odious institution. Bonus: Nice lambasting of Clare Short.
- David Frum on why we should NOT cancel the inauguration. Bonus: Scroll to the bottom and read "Tears for the wounded"
3) Jonathan Last and Powerline rip the Columbia Journalism Review a new one over "Blog-Gate". Inexplicably, Corey Pein of the CJR is STILL trying to defend MSM.
Here's LGF's Charles Johnson's reply. LGF's 'throbbing memo' was instrumental in crushing CBS/Rather.
4) Diplomad, a blog of US Foreign Service officers, has a great post on tsunami relief from the coalition of the willing vs. the UN.
5) Mark Steyn on tsunami, Jan Egeland and Clare Short.
6) Washington gubernatorial watch: Looks like the forces of light have lost this one. Powerline has a great summary here. Democrat Christine Gregoire finally emerged as the winner after the second recount after trailing in both the first and second with heavily Democratic King county contributing entirely to her margin. The rub: King County ended up with 3,500 MORE BALLOTS THAN THERE WERE REGISTERED VOTERS. Reminds me of the old Boss Tweed proverb, "In counting there is strength."