Right Wing Nut House



Filed under: Blogging, Politics — Rick Moran @ 1:08 pm

I don’t ordinarily write about criticism leveled at me by another blogger. That way lies madness - not to mention idiotic flame wars that solve nothing and get enormously tiresome after a while. Besides, given the amount of flack thrown my way by liberal bloggers just for the name of this site, I’d be at it until next Christmas. Somehow, they all think they’re being original thinkers when they say something profound like “Duhhhhh Rightwing Nuthouse…How appropriate heheheheh…” Now if they could only learn to close their mouths and breathe through their noses, that would be an intellectual triumph for which they could write home to their mothers about.

I don’t know exactly what it is about this particular moonbat’s criticism that set me off. Maybe it was the sheer idiocy of it. Maybe it was the double blind partisan hackery for which this particular blogger is justly famous. Or maybe that I’m getting a thin skin in my old age and all the criticism I’ve gotten from conservatives lately has led to something building up inside me until I just can’t hold it in any longer and I just have to explode into a righteous rant of unreasoning fury.

Last evening, I wrote a pretty straightforward analysis of the NSA hearings as I saw them. I didn’t indulge myself much in the way of partisanship. In fact, I wrote that most of the Democratic Senators asked some tough questions that Gonzalez had a hard time addressing. I also wrote that Gonzalez gave a good account of himself, especially in his opening statement. In short, aside from some penetrating political analysis about where the Dems scored and the fact that there’s trouble down the road for the White House if the Committee calls some Department of Justice dissenters whose concerns about the program were addressed by former AG Ashcroft when the program was just getting started, my piece probably wasn’t much different than what you’d find on just about any other serious conservative’s website.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this lickspittle lefty of a blogger took that post and blatantly misrepresented both the tone and thrust of it:

Truly, this controversy is less about security than it is about faith. I offer this example from Right Wing Nut House [emphasis added]:

AG Gonzalez acquitted himself well but was at a huge disadvantage. Because of the secrecy of the program, he was unable to reveal details that could have buttressed his case that the Administration’s warrantless interception of American citizen’s communications was inherently legal based on both exceptions to the FISA statute and the authority granted by the President by Congress when that body authorized the use of military force after 9/11.

Such a beautifully pure faith makes one want to weep. If only it weren’t so misplaced.

First of all, it’s clear Mr. Maha never read the post. Or if he did, he chose to deliberately misrepresent what I wrote. But what is really telling is that he, along with all but a handful of lefty bloggers have decided without knowing more than the surface details of how the NSA intercept program actually works that the President has broken the “law” and should be impeached.

This is, on its face, idiocy. And I would say exactly the same thing of righty bloggers who make the opposite claim - that there’s no doubt that the program was legal and constitutional. To say that the intercept program does or does not violate FISA or that it absolutely falls under or absolutely doesn’t fall under the President’s legitimate exercise of his power under Article II of the Constitution is equally batty. No one knows. And the reason, Mr. Maha, that no one knows is because of its secrecy! To call that self-evident fact “faith” is to reveal not only a towering, deliberate ignorance on your part but a casual kind of stupidity one would expect to see from a 15 year old whose linear thinking is dominated by thoughts of ice cream and sex.

It doesn’t seem to enter into the heads of lefties like Maha that there is even a controversy over whether or not the law has been violated. Instead of a classic argument involving the separation of powers with a concomitant subtle exercise in critical thinking, what we get from blowhards like Maha is “neener neener neener” and other deep thoughts.

I would love to see this controversy treated seriously by both sides. But since the Democrats seem hell bent on trying to make political hay out of it (a losing proposition I might add), it seems pretty clear that nothing will be resolved and no great questions of Presidential vs. Congressional power answered. This is what serious people are talking about Mr. Maha. And as long as anal retentive lefties like you continue to run around with blinders on, no one - certainly not the American people - are going to take you seriously. There’s a reason you lose election, after election, after election. It’s because it’s impossible to give a party power where a sizable portion of it - yourself included - is so hell bent for leather on “getting” the President that you look like escapees from an institution for the criminally insane rather than rational members of the “reality based community” you are always bragging about belonging to.

–end rant–


Just found out that “Mr.” Maha is actually a woman. At least I think it is. Anyway, let this be a lesson to you. To paraphrase Bill Murray when talking to the groundhog while making his getaway in the stolen truck “Don’t write angry…”


  1. one correction i think should make. it appears that maha is actually a female, and she will probably use the fact that you referred to her as a male as cannon fodder. i felt your entry about Gonzales and the NSA hearings were fairly moderate. I actually enjoyed reading them.

    Comment by Svenghouli — 2/7/2006 @ 1:37 pm

  2. Maha? Maha? Wasn’t he the terrorist on 24 last season?

    Or was it Mahwan? I forget.

    Comment by Bill Karl — 2/7/2006 @ 2:29 pm

  3. You’re thinking or Marwan. ;)

    Comment by Brandon — 2/7/2006 @ 2:56 pm

  4. Ah, Marwan, that’s it.

    I just left a message on Maha’s blog asking him:

    a) Is he old enough to get into PG13 rated movies?

    – and –

    b) If he’s tall enough to ride the roller coaster?

    Comment by Bill Karl — 2/7/2006 @ 3:13 pm

  5. Hey, Maha just removed my comment. Guess the only free speech she (yes it IS a she) believes in is her own.

    Comment by Bill Karl — 2/7/2006 @ 4:25 pm

  6. Rick, the Washington Post magazine had a feature on Betsy Newmark of Betsy’s Page and Barbara O’Brien of Mahablog, Sunday July 17, 2005 which I think you’d find interesting. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/13/AR2005071300569.html

    Barbara O’Brien proved, conclusively, that the TANG documents were not fakes, or so she said. (wiggling eyebrows)

    BTW, I know you feel the last episode of 24 was alittle slow but the show needs those lulls in order for headquarters to get their FISA warrants.

    Comment by Lesley — 2/7/2006 @ 5:57 pm

  7. Sorry off-topic a little…but some thoughts on the cartoon outrage. Here is food for thought at least:

    Will Amadinajad’s (sic) new suggestion that there be a Holocaust cartoon contest (very weird and disgusting) potentially raise an intriguing question?

    In order to take up a pen and make a cartoon, will they have to put down their AK47s? Since cartoons themselves never actually hurt anyone, will this serve as a more acceptable alternative to violent outrage? Don’t know. Just asking. And if Danish and other newspapers allowed some acceptable (non-violent) response to their editorial cartoons would would Islamics respond?

    It sure would be interesting to find out. Just not sure how.


    Comment by Carol Johnson — 2/7/2006 @ 7:44 pm

  8. When president allferjihad’s cartoons of the “holocaust that never happened” contest hits the persian papers I wager that not one person really pays half a pence’s worth of heed to them…..

    as for the old broad from mahablog, I think she is really janet reno with a five o’clock shadow.

    Seriously….look at her…either that or she is really in touch with her simian ancestry.

    Comment by kender — 2/7/2006 @ 9:37 pm

  9. Kender,

    You are most likely right about that. Any concilatory action now would require a reasonable and rational response from them and we all know that ain’t never gonna happen in this situation. I think I was just saying that it’s too bad it got to this point. That’s all.

    Let’s face it…there are enough earth shattering problems as it is without creating more by either mistake or design? I wonder if the Danish editors even “dreamed” what the result of their cartoons would be.

    In a world where even rumors can cause major scale riots (i.e. Korans in toilets) and Hollywood stars who participate in movies in that part of the world where “fiction” is viewed as fact…we can only expect more of the same. When this Gary Busey, Billy Zane movie comes out I fear it will be much worse. I had really hoped that fellow Americans would have the decency and the sense not to participate in this hatefulness no matter what their politics but obviously they are. Why? Is it all just for money? Or is it hatred of their own country? I’m not sure which is worse. And people will die…because of a MOVIE that all too many in the middle east will be brainwashed into thinking is real.


    Comment by Carol Johnson — 2/7/2006 @ 10:44 pm

  10. The depth of shallowness

    Rick’s problem is that he gave credit to Attorney General Gonzalez and not enough credit to the Dems. The inevitable happened; he was slammed from the left.

    Trackback by Fly At Night — 2/8/2006 @ 1:37 pm

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