Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Sign up now for the 2011 “WND Tea Party at Sea,” a week-long cruise to Alaska, Aug. 26 to Sept. 2, as a star-studded cast of speakers “sharpen and edify one another . . . sailing the pristine and majestic Alaska coastline.”
WND, the animated Web ad says, stands for WorldNetDaily, which is the conservative media operation that focuses on, among other things, concerns about President Obama’s birthplace and various conspiracies to undermine our nation’s freedoms.
The hard-partying, fun-loving trip leaders include WND founder and editor Joseph Farah; “Obama Nation” author Jerome Corsi; “How Evil Works” author David Kupelian; conservative superstar and Willie Horton ad producer Floyd Brown; and Aaron Klein, author of the best-selling “The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists” — probably not including the executives at Morgan Stanley and Citigroup whom Obama (and Bush) bailed out.
The cruise also features perrenial candidate Alan Keyes, who lost presidential races in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008. (He lost a Senate race to Obama in 2004.)
But wait! That’s not all. There will be some rising stars on board you may not have heard of but should not miss. First there’s Molotov Mitchell, who is listed as a “film director,” “political communications strategist” and “president of the award-winning Illuminati Pictures.” What’s more, “Molotov has produced over 100 music videos, commercials and short films, documented Christian and Occult subcultures, run for his life from knife-wielding voodoo priests” and “directed a film about building better marriages,” the ad says, noting, “You’ve probably never met anyone like Molotov Mitchell (born in 1979).”
No doubt. Unclear if he’s related to Stalin’s foreign minister, V.M. Molotov, of Molotov-cocktail fame.
Best of all, there’s D.J. Dolce, “a Christian who’s been in entertainment since she was a little girl, works behind the scenes on ‘For the Record,’ is a member of Mensa, and practices Krav Maga (Israeli Martial Art). She also sings in the comedy musical group ‘Wolverines!’ with Molotov Mitchell.”
Need a break from the rigorous study groups? The ship features a fine casino with 195 slot machines, five blackjack tables, two roulette wheels and more. There is a stop in Juneau, but no word yet on whether Sarah Palin might hustle on down to reprise her historic star turn on that 2007 Weekly Standard cruise that left Bill Kristol smitten.
Rooms range from $1,400 for two in a “windowless stateroom” — we strongly advise avoiding those — to $9,150 for the big suites on the swift cruise ship. (The animated Web ad shows jet fighters flying overhead, either to defend the ship or maybe to strike Russia.)
Then there’s airfare to Vancouver, B.C., and about $400 a person in port taxes and government fees. Rates increase after April 22, so don’t delay.
“Enlist now to be on board with the most freedom-embracing and liberty-loving navy at sea,” the ad says. Party on! And bring your birth certificate.
’Twas a large gathering, nearly 2,000 in all, last week at the National Cathedral for a talk about “Values and Diplomacy,” moderated by Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson.
We hear it was the usual substantive stuff — on the panel, after all, were former secretaries of state James A. Baker III, Madeleine K. Albright and Colin L. Powell. But then Powell was asked what he thought of the boffo new memoir by former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
“His new memoir is somewhere between deceptive and delusional,” Powell opined. Some in the audience gasped; others laughed and applauded. “I can defend each one” of those descriptions, Powell later told a member of the audience. Unclear whether he or former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, also roughed up in Rumsfeld’s memoir, will be writing new chapters to their memoirs.
Speaking of Rumsfeld’s memoir, “Known and Unknown,” we will not violate our pledge to cease reporting on the fascinating memos he’s posted at Rumsfeld.com.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t note that it turns out that Rumsfeld’s site does not include all the documents he got from the Pentagon to use for his book.
Our favorite is one dated June 7, 2004, from Ryan Henry, principal deputy to the undersecretary of defense for policy, Doug Feith, as things in Iraq were taking a decidedly bad turn. The subject: “What did not happen?”
“You asked for a list of the things for which we planned in Operation Iraqi Freedom that did nothappen,” Henry wrote, compiling a list of 29 items, including “Saddam attacks Israel, Israel retaliates” or “Saddam uses WMD against U.S. or allied forces” or “ ‘Fortress Baghdad’ holds out indefinitely.”
But the list also contains quite a number of things that unfortunately were happening or were about to happen, including:
• Iraq descends into anarchy.
• There are mass Iraqi casualties.
• The oil infrastructure is severely damaged or destroyed.
• Another state (e.g. North Korea) takes advantage of U.S. focus on Iraq.
• There are large numbers of internally displaced people and international refugees
• There is widespread vigilante justice.
• Shi’a holy sites are damaged or destroyed.
• There is a dramatic surge in terrorist recruitment.
Maybe they didn’t plan adequately?
Another memo, one Rumsfeld wrote to President George W. Bush two weeks after 9/11, suggests the U.S. goal should be “New regimes in Afghanistan and another key State (or two) that supports terrorism.” Pretty easy to come up with some good candidates there.