The Crows Nest
No Libel In The Blogosphere?
Picking up on a paper written by Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds, Shaun Mullen talks about libel in the blogosphere, and why almost no legal action has ever been attempted against bloggers. Shaun has personal experience in this regard, and he has an excellent take on Glenn's piece. My first thought -- how many lawyers would take a case for the kind of money one would expect to get from a blogger?
The Tyrant Is Not Amused
So says Michael Stickings of The Reaction, one of the few liberal bloggers to see the threat from Hugo Chavez to liberty and regional security. His referendum on dictatorship has proven rather unpopular, threatening an embarrassing loss at the polls for the man who declares his commitment to socialism in the most dire terms possible. Read all of Michael's excellent update on the December 2nd poll.
Watcher's Council Nominations
It feels like years since I've linked to the Watcher of Weasels nominations for the best blog posts of the week on national security -- and it probably has been years, now that I think about it. Check it out this week, as the Council has been kind enough to nominate one of my posts.
The Old Woman
Pat Buchanan has a new book out, Day of Reckoning, which I have not yet had a chance to review. According to Rick Moran, I needn't bother. Buchanan informs his readers that America has passed into twilight. Moran refers to Buchanan as an "old woman". Don't miss this post.
Norman Podhoretz Responds
Accused of using a manufactured quote by Andrew Sullivan, Norman Podhoretz responds rather forcefully at Commentary's blog, Contentions. Podhoretz notes that Sullivan and The Economist both seem to miss the fact that the Iranians often edit Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's speeches for their own political benefit. Amir Taheri, who published the quote on which Podhoretz relied, produces the source material for the remarks by Khomeini eschewing Iranian nationalism for Islamist triumphalism. Will Sullivan apologize?
Fred Thompson On The War
Pajamas Media has a great interview with Fred Thompson as the first of its conversations with Republican candidates on the war. Thompson has one of his best web appearances in this entry -- sharp, engaged, articulate, and resolute. He talks about the fallacy of believing a nation at war can have both guns and butter, and what it takes to win a war. Don't miss it!
New Pajamas Media Podcast On BlogWorld Expo!
Don't miss Pajamas Media's new XM show, PJM Political, now available for podcast and download at PJM's site. I'm one of the featured segments, as well as Glenn Reynolds, Hugh Hewitt, James Lileks, Ed Driscoll, and more. Be sure to check it out!
Captain's Quarters Makes The Finals -- Twice!
I've been honored to be named a finalist in two different categories of the 2007 Weblog Awards -- Best Blog and Best Conservative Blog! Be sure to cast your votes in all catgories, and to use the opportunity to discover some new and worthy voices ....
UPDATE: We finished in third place for Best Conservative Blog and fourth in the overall Best Blog competition. Thanks to everyone who voted for Captain's Quarters, and I hope you enjoyed a new blog or two during the effort!
Help Project Valour-IT Make Us All Winners!
The Navy team at Soldier's Angels can use your help to make everyone a winner! Donate to the Project Valour-IT fundraiser for the Navy team and help us give our wounded warriors an opportunity to shine.
Crow's Nest Mostly Unmanned
Yes, I know the Crow's Nest has mostly been moribund since the site's relaunch. I do plan on using it more often in the future, I promise. I'll be spending a little more time on these posts as a way to link out to the blogosphere. Keep an eye on this space.
Also, please note that I've put the Amazon search bar on the main page, in the right sidebar. If you want to do some shopping at Amazon -- and who doesn't? -- be sure to shop through Captain's Quarters. Amazon does pay a small percentage of the sale to me, and it helps pay for a few sundries related to the blog. Much appreciated!
OpenCongress Web Widget
Ever wanted to announce your support or opposition to Congressional legislation? OpenCongress now has a web widget that allows bloggers to do exactly that. Take a look at this, and check out how easily you can build your own.
Maybe They're Flotation Devices?
The Australian Navy foots the bill for breast augmentations. The Labour Party would like to know why, and probably so would most of the voters in Australia.
The Thinking Blogger
Congrats to Fausta, who won a Thinking Blogger award. She thanks me for my friendship, but the truth is that Fausta makes it easy to be her friend. She's always positive and energetic, and she epitomizes the notion of a thinking blogger. Make sure to put her on your must-read list!
Ensign Calls For Return Of MoveOn Money
NRSC chair Senator John Ensign calls for Democrats to return all campaign funds donated by MoveOn, after their despicable New York Times ad today accusing David Petraeus of treason. "If Senate Democrats are serious about moving our country forward, they will denounce this outrageous ad and return the campaign funds MoveOn.org has lavished on them as well as the donations made through MoveOn.org -- the choice is theirs." Ensign's right, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the refund ...
Support The Al-Dura Petition
Roger Simon at Pajamas Media is circulating a petition to demand accountability for the discredited al-Dura report from France's Channel 2. This is, as Roger calls it, the "Father of all Fauxtography," and C-2 has never acknowledged its fault in airing the supposed murder of a Palestinian child. He wants C-2 to show all of the unedited footage of the incident in order to show that C-2 faked the murder. If they're resisting the demand, I'd say they have something to hide ....