"I don't believe in journalists having 'responsibility.'"
-Seth Lipsky, October 16, 2003

Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll demanded on August 20, 2003, that Washington "finish the war" against "the Arabs."

Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll assembled their staff for a Champagne toast to mass death on the commencement of hostilities against Iraq. Stoll called it "my war." CNN maintains a running update here of Americans killed in Ira's war.

On February 6, 2003, Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll wrote, in all seriousness, of a pending anti-war demonstration that the "the New York City police could do worse, in the end, than to allow the protest and send two witnesses along for each participant, with an eye toward preserving at least the possibility of an eventual treason prosecution."

The June 9, 1995 Wall Street Journal quoted an SEC complaint against New York Sun backer Bruce Kovner as saying Kovner had "altered and destroyed" subpoenaed evidence. We wish you'd do the same to the daily print run of your God-awful newspaper, Bruce.

Also, Professor G. Harlan Reynolds alleged on August 27, 2002 - when the Sun was several months in publication - that Seth Lipsky and Ira Stoll had not yet paid him for a piece authored for their inaugural issue.

 
 
   
 
Friday, May 28, 2004
 
Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend. After Bro. Olivier and I see Bro. Quentin off on his way, we’ll be heading straight to the annual company picnic. We hope all of our readers have fun, too.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004
 
Yours truly will be taking my yearly vacation for a little while, so no more Mr. Robinson for a couple of weeks. In my absence, however, I wanted to leave our loyal readers with something to keep them going, some generic sentiment that could help them track whatever latest outrage is in the New York Sun.

So, to take on the "shorter" form that has been the rage in the blogosphere, I offer

Shorter New York Sun:
There is no problem in the world that cannot be solved by some combination of tax cuts, school vouchers, suppression of internal dissent, or mass extermination of Muslims.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004
 
As Brother Robinson notes below, there are reporters at Chambers Street who do their best to effect a deviation from the straight-ahead course toward idiocy which SethAndIra have charted for their 20-page behemoth. Despite the best efforts of the Ralstons and Mechlings though, the Sun remains a triumph of the ill, an epidemiological record of the dementia afflicting broad swathes of SethAndIranistan. Today's entry in that record shows that the truly wretched Josh Gerstein goes unrelieved.

"Berkeley Students Attack Free Speech" is how the Sun's headline writers choose to title Gerstein's latest self-inflicted wound. The topic of the piece is the recent outcry against Berkeley professor John Yoo, the ideologue/glorified mob lawyer provided who via a series of memoranda "legal" arguments "just"ifying the foreordained decision to deprive captives in The War on Terror (TWAT) of rights afforded by the Geneva Conventions. In a move I'm sure piece of shit Jerry Capeci's digging, Yoo "also suggested how officials could inoculate themselves from liability by claiming that abused prisoners were in some other nation's custody." Not surprisingly the "calculated effort to create an atmosphere of legal ambiguity" to which Yoo was a contributor ended by its own debased internal logic in the horrors of Abu Ghraib. Students and alumni rightly deplored this, and suggested that perhaps instruction in the law shouldn't fall to someone so interested in undermining it. This, per SethIraAndGerstein, is an attack on free speech.

Then, eight pages later and without any hint of irony, they reprint the latest excreta from Daniel Pipes, witchfinder general of campuswatch.

Monday, May 24, 2004
 
For all the silly column space SethAndIra devote to their silly attacks on Thos. "The Secret Iraqi Silent Majority Secretly Agrees With Me" Friedman, the Dyshamic Duo adopts one of his most odious idiotorial quirks in the Sun today. It was best summarized to me by a friend:

"It's like when Thomas Friedman wakes up in the morning and he doesn't know what to write about, he just says, 'I'll pretend I'm president.'"

Yes, SethAndIra ghostwrite W's Monday Night Pratfall. And it's so bad it is positively funny.
My fellow Americans, you can see from the scratches on my nose that I’m a little banged up tonight. Took a spill on the 16th mile of a 17-mile ride at the ranch in Texas. Secret Service offered me a lift back to the house, but I got back in the saddle and rode home.Any long ride is bound to have spills, but the way we Americans have always handled them is to get back in the saddle.

That's SethAndIra, the Berkshires Blowhards, trying to do Texas plain talk. It gets better.
We’ve had a few setbacks lately in the war on terror. The abuses at Abu Ghraib prison that were committed by American soldiers were a setback to our goal of a peaceful Iraq in which every person is treated with human dignity and respect. Last week, a suicide bomber killed the president of the Iraqi governing council, Izzadine Saleem.

Also last week,I had to sever ties to the Free Iraqi movement led by Ahmad Chalabi, while we review evidence in an intelligence matter. Mr. Chalabi, as our spokesman has said, is not a target of this investigation. He has not been charged with a crime. I don’t mind saying he is an Iraqi patriot.

It was he who put so inspiringly to Congress the importance of regime change in Iraq. He nursed the cause of Iraqi freedom for decades while he was in exile. He has offered to appear before Congress to explain his actions with the Iranians,and I believe the Congress should hear him out. I will be paying attention.

This is too much. It requires one to assume:

(A) Bush will so much as mention Abu Graib (much less pronounce it)
(B) Bush will so much as mention Saleem (much less pronounce his name)
(C) Bush will so much as mention the con artist who has brought his presidency to the brink of collapse, much less suggest that he speak to Congress.

Sidebar -- If Chalabi were to address Congress, he would be among the first working for the interests of the Iranian state to have that privilege since Oliver North.

Back to the funnies:
We are going to go ahead and turn over sovereignty to the Iraqis on schedule June 30 and it will be to the Iraqi Governing Council — including Mr. Chalabi — that has already made important strides in passing Iraq’s tax code and transitional administrative law, in restoring and expanding phone service and electric power.
Not that it will stop him anyway, but SethAndIra, on the phone and electric service, are suggesting Bush lie.

Then the real kicker:
This is a juncture at which I would caution critics against the kind of defeatism that led us to retreat from Vietnam, when the anti-war camp said our GIs were war criminals and murderers, and tried to pin the blame for the crimes of a few all the way up through a highly idealistic chain of command. We now know that very, very few American GIs committed misdeeds in Vietnam, and I am certain the same will be found as we sort out the matter of our handling of detainees in Iraq.


All of which would assume Bush would (D) so much as mention Vietnam. Shrub, for all his numerous shortcomings as a leader, a president, a moral figure, etc. etc. should count himself lucky he doesn't have these two baboons for speechwriters.

 

 
   
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