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Cecil Turner

. . . neither reason would vindicate Obama and the "no worries" crowd, since we think that one day the recession will end . . .

Well, they may have a point there. Because if their contention is that the recession won't end as long as Obama is at the helm, I can find very little evidence to refute it.

Hopefully that's not the change they meant.


TM Stop with the logic already. Instread of facts and reason, you need to use emotions and feelings, and lie like a wood floor if necessary. It the only play in the prog playbook besides spend like Bernie Madoff with OPM...


4 months until the shock heard round the world.


Here, at CNBC, is a story featuring the theory that the Republicans are intentionally sabotaging the economy by not supporting unemployment extensions to infinity and other beastly acts, to reap electoral gains.

Seems to me the Dems are doing a pretty good job of this all by themselves. In fact, since Mr. Valliere's critique includes noting the Bush tax cuts should be extended, one wonders why the theme of the story wasn't how Barry and the Dems are intentionally sabotaging the economy.

Thomas Collins

Post-modern America: illegals welcome, Bibles banned. See LUN.


Between the over-the-moon meeting between obama and medvedev, followed by our arresting the russian spies and, days later, our clueless leader saying he knew it all the time, to the great immigration-no-violence-on-our-borders speech, followed by the large-casualty shoot-out on the mexican/arizona border.....his timing is awful, his positions dreadful and the clear evidence that obama is both stupid AND clueless is becoming more obvious every day.

What an absolute, and absolutely wrong, conclusion.

"No educational benefit", TC. For the uneducable, perhaps.


Tammy Bruce, makes mincemeat of the President's puerile arguments, such as he
has any, in the LUN

Danube of Thought

Minus 20 at Raz today.


Yeah TC. It is as though the left thinks the Bible has supernatural powers & if any little eyes peak into it they may be convinced of its Truth. I guess it is a compliment really.
One Religious Freedom Day with banned Bibles vs Kevin Jennings sexual freedom literature distributed every day by the school clinic.
Hopefully a few kids will read the Bible cause we're gonna need them to minister to and take care of, spiritually & physically, the kids that bought into the sexual freedom lies.


So, a London paper, probably the Telegraph reveals that Mrs. Chapman, nee Kuschenko, was
the daughter of a KGB official, which kind of
explains alot, the Russian version of Sidney
Bristow, kind of

hit and run

Minus 20 at Raz today.


(I was expecting 21)


Does anyone else see the humor in the "deadliest border shootout" on the heels of the "let's let all the illagals in" speech?

Karma is a bitch

Tom R

Its quite possible that crime is going down in AZ. Within a couple of weeks after AZ passed the immigration law, there were reports (LUN) in the papers of illegal immigrants packing it up and moving out of Arizona in order to avoid getting arrested.

Since one of the arguments in favor of the AZ law was that illegal immigrants were committing a disproportionate amount of crimes, it only makes sense that crime rates would go down after they left the state.

hit and run

We missed Obama's anniversary.

No,not his wedding anniversary. That's Oct 3.

June 29th was the one year anniversary of the last time Obama was in positive territory on Rasmussen's approval index.

Happy Anniversary Obama!


I have to get up really early in the morning to beat DoT's Ras report.

My latest PJM is up>Honest services smackdown


The next timre idiot talking head mouths the talking point that the immigration issue is good politics for Democrats, remember this and just smile. Progressives for Immigration Reform says enforcement first? Yikes for Democrats. That leaves only International Answer and La Raza!

WASHINGTON, July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In his first immigration speech yesterday, President Obama made one thing clear to the American people: our immigration policy has stalled, and it remains stuck in place. But that standstill is not the fault of Congress or a lack of bipartisan support. The fact is the nation’s immigration laws have not been enforced and the country is now paying the price for years of federal inaction.

“The federal government’s refusal to crack down on illegal immigration has led to dire consequences for legal residents and American citizens,” said Leah Durant, Executive Director of Progressives for Immigration Reform. “Our politicians refuse to enforce our laws while millions of Americans are pushed out of jobs every day by the hiring of illegal immigrants willing to work for less pay and lowered working conditions. It’s time for the government to protect its own. It’s time for the government to engage a position that enforces federal immigration law.”

Polls show that an overwhelming majority of Americans favor a tough immigration policy such as Arizona’s SB 1070. Comprehensive Immigration Reform equals amnesty, and amnesty is bad for working Americans.

“It’s time for our leaders to enforce existing immigration laws and take a stand for jobless Americans,” said Durant. “Mr. President, it is time for a crackdown on illegal immigration.”

Progressives for Immigration Reform is a non-profit organization seeking to educate the public on the unintended consequences of mass migration. For more information, visit

Danube of Thought

Hell, Clarice, it's three hours earlier out here. But it's my job to observe and report.


"That leaves only International Answer and La Raza!", the media and whomever Pew can influence with lying polls and "scholarly articles".

Danube of Thought

Great article, Clarice. As a news junkie addicted to the internet, can you tell me whether either Skilling or Black will be getting a new trial? Will Black be released from prison?


Great article, Clarice.

Perhaps this is another area where we might be able to learn from foreign courts.

Vietnam frees 3 convicted rapists after acupuncturist claims dot on ear proved them virgins

Hong says her reputation has now prompted other convicted rapists to seek her help in appealing their cases.
hit and run

But it's my job to observe and report.

And it's a job being counted as created or saved by the Obama administration.


It's a wonder we get anywhere with these idiots,< a href="> oil chiefs leave meeting with interior disappointed


There are other counts Skilling was convicted on, DoT; I don't remember anything else Black or Kipnis were--or at least nothing of significance that sticks in my mind.


narciso's link


Narciso, the "<" and the "a" have to be together.


My recollection was a bit faulty. Here's the npr account of the convictions:

I believe the mail fraud charges are inextricably linked to the honest services count and may have to be tossed.

The obstruction count was preposterous--he removed files copies of which had been given to the govt because his landlord insisted he do so. The files were not destroyed and he moved them in clear view of the video cameras, evincing no intent to hide what he was doing.


Where am I messing up. with the slash, before or after the a in the tag

Danube of Thought


The Republican Party now holds about the same advantage in enthusiasm among its party’s voters that the Democratic Party held in June 2006 and the GOP had late in the 1994 campaign. Moreover, more Republicans than Democrats are now paying close attention to election news (64% vs. 50%). At this stage in previous midterms, news attentiveness was about the same for voters in both parties.
Danube of Thought

Thanks, Clarice. Why hasn;t Black been released? I haven't seen a word on this subject.


FNC reporting Hatch announced he'll vote against Kagan.


The matter was remanded to the District Court and I expect the lawyers have filed motions on this--If I see anything I'll post it.


[a href="site URL"]Text you want displayed[/a]

Use < for [, > for ].

You need the quotes on the URL, and the slash in the right place at the end.


I particularly liked your article Clarice, in that a legal nincompoop - which I definitely am - could easily understand the issue of "honest services" and how it has been abused. I hope more people, like me, read it.

Also, I want to thank DoT - he asked every question I wanted to ask about Conrad Black and what happens now.

Captain Hate

FNC reporting Hatch announced he'll vote against Kagan.

He's still a squish who's been in office too long and needs to be shown the door.

Never in a million years would I have figured that out myself, nor read such analysis in MSM.  Here, it's half an hour, during which I also did a bunch of other things.

Yep, cc; magnifico, c&DoT.


Also, I too heard the Hatch announcement that he is voting against the Kagan nomination on FNC this morning. I kinda chuckled to myself, thinking after his announcement yesterday that there would be no filibuster, he probably got quite a bit of negative feedback and wanted to be first up with his news this A.M.

I still want every Republican to filibuster, but I realize Graham is just a lost cause.


I totally agree with you Captain. But, alas, we see how quickly a new, young, Senator also becomes full of himself and his mis-perceived power, ala Scott Brown.

I have just about had it with all politicians of every stripe!

He's a rock star so he must be OK.

The Nittany Liars have absolved Michael Piltdown Mann of wrongdoing, but the report quotes Richard Lindzen 'What is going on here?'

Fisking of the committee's conclusions at lun and at

The members have made fools of themselves. You don't have to know the inside baseball to understand that.


I realize Graham is just a lost cause.

Specter isn't, though. It'd be just like that slime-ball to screw the Dems on his way out.


Fitzgerald seems in retrospect, exactly the kind of Savanarola that the press painted Starr as, it's dubious how effective he was prosecuting terrorists, since he let Ali Mohammed slip throught his fingers for 5 years. He forced out George Ryan, but he has taken pains not to focus that sort of attention on Obama's connections with REzko, which run all the way into London and other European Baathist circles, He pursued Libby, much like Ahab in part to satisfy a decade old grudge, He went after
Black using Radler, who was knee deep in the
whole Hollinger mess, the Telegraph is still
miles ahead of the Times, but it was a signal to weaken the strongest pro WOT/ Israel paper on the continent, and other
efforts like the Sun


Well, with Specter, one never knows. He just might be spiteful enough. What am I saying? Of course he IS spiteful enough.

My only problem is - who does he want to "screw" more Republicans or Democrats? Decisions, decisions.

Rob Crawford

My only problem is - who does he want to "screw" more Republicans or Democrats? Decisions, decisions.

You left out the most likely choice: voters!


Remarkable, Kim, they cherry picked the sample of emails, in order to show their was no cherry picking involved, and "now for my next trick"

Captain Hate

I have just about had it with all politicians of every stripe!

Me too cc; unfortunately the system is rigged in favor of incumbents. Regarding Scott Brown, he came into office on a real media blitz which, to somebody with an already unhealthily large ego to even reach the position to run for US Senate, was a doubtlessly intoxicating substance. Still being from Mass we knew he wouldn't be a *real* conservative; but he's better than Coakley would've been so he accomplished that.

Still it would help if we had a party that could crack the whip on squishes that get too comfy with the perqs of office. Look at McCain who should be arm-in-arm with Jan Brewer except the toothless Mav has secured the endorsements of the squishes at NRO (that way too many JOMers fawn over) and Murdoch so he can go back to his standard stabbing conservatives in the back mode.


Well, which party seems ascendant at the moment? Hell, he could even switch sides between now and January, maybe get some sort of deal for his sons in the bargian. I know I'd be talking to him if I were McConnell.


Captain: McCain is another of those politicians that I use the mute button for. I cannot stand the way the man talks!

I sent an email to Andy McCarthy thanking him for his dissent on the NRO endorsement. I really like to read Mark Steyn and Jim Geraghty, and a paltry few others. Goldberg (another narcissist if you ask me) Lowry and Lopez are just about worthless. They should just start a Battlestar Galactica blog and leave NRO to more serious folks.


Personally, I find Commentary and Weekly Standard far superior to much of what NRO dishes out with their esteemed Editors.


Reuters says Black's obstruction charge woud not be affected by the ruling.
****he decision affects three counts of fraud for which Black was convicted by a Chicago jury. But the 65-year-old former press baron still faces a hurdle in that he was also found guilty of obstructing justice by removing boxes of evidence from his Toronto office in defiance of a court order.***
In describing the obstruction count I forgot to mention the testimony that the court order prohibiting the removal (of the DUPLICATE papers) was not conveyed to Black before he removed them at his landlord's insistence.


This is of course, the problem, once we get them in office, you still have some of the same vacilators at the top of the heap. Well I've said my peace about McCain, he's sort of
splunge right now, but one never knows

Captain Hate

cc, I'm a big Weekly Standard fan myself. Some of the past trolls have fixated on Kristol, which is always my seal of approval.


It's one of my faves, too Captn, although they occasionally can go off kilter, like the Continetti piece, that tried and failed with
the Beck/Santelli dichotomy

Captain Hate

Yeah narc, there are some false notes for me as well (something about Fred Barnes's writing style drives me up a wall although I appreciate the legwork he does to get the story) but those are far outweighed by the good. Plus nobody skewers a horrible film like Podhoretz.

You need a prize.  Take the Russian's.

OK, n, that's going over to Watts Up. And what a remarkable insight about Fitz.


Yep, narciso, Continetti was really a disappointment in his Tea Party piece. I used to really enjoy Goldfarb on the blog, but he seems to have given up that chore.


Thank you for that article, Clarice. I wonder which party Richard Breeden is a member of.

Looks like Hatch learned something from Bennett's defeat in the Utah primary.

Miss Lindsay didn't.


My take is that Lowry has improved a lot in the past few months. It may have something to do with his engagement.

RICH LOWRY ENGAGED — The National Review editor and Fox News bad boy is off the market, engaged to Vanessa Palo of Edelman, who loves opera and Lowry. He popped the question in a box at the Metropolitan Opera. (hat tip: Josh Block)
Captain Hate

He pursued Libby, much like Ahab in part to satisfy a decade old grudge

Or like Walsh going after Weinberger when the Congressional witch hunt show trial effectively kept him from going after larger prey. The special prosecutor statute is just horrible law, running roughshod over the rights of the accused. Bush was an idiot to let the insane press posse goad him into appointing Fitz.


All hands on deck, Steele opened his mouth again

God be with you.

narciso, I think it is quite clever. It's jiu-jitsu, but I mourn for those cantering down a dark defile, now.


What you say is you have commit the time and resources to an operation, sort of like that
'laser like' focus on health care, but not this:

Captain Hate

Dear God; Steele gift wraps a July 4 gift to Odipshit. Kristol calls for his head; please do the right thing, country clubbers (who am I kidding..)


our borders are just too vast for us to be able to solve the problem only with fences and border patrols. It won’t work.

Too bad about that honest services law. Obama's certainly depriving us of his.

Or maybe I'm reading that quote wrong. Maybe he's endorsing a moat.

Thomas Collins

Are the Steele remarks being discussed above the ones covered in the LUNed article and amateur video? If so, Steele must go. I realize that in informal settings, folks often say things they wouldn't in a more formal event. In addition, it's a bummer to be caught on amateur video. But this is too much. He has betrayed GWB and every GOPer who has been urging Obama to pursue the Afghanistan war with vigor.

Comanche Voter

Bgates that statement from Obama that "it won't work" or effectively "we can't do it", really, really crisped my toast. When was the last time we heard a United States President say "we can't do something" which was clearly in our power? That statement, and the contemptible SOB who made it, are both disgusting.

Thomas Collins

See LUN for the Kristol letter to Steele. I hope whatever adults exist in GOP leadership are communicating with Steele and telling him he needs to clear out his desk at the RNC today.


Well 'we can put a man on the moon' but we won't because it's too expensive or something


--Bgates that statement from Obama that "it won't work" or effectively "we can't do it", really, really crisped my toast.--

Barry's campaign theme 2012: "No we can't."
Or perhaps, "No, no pueda." is more in context.


It would be a good weekend to do fire him.

Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!


Obama is too stupid to get it.

We want the border secured. We DO NOT WANT ILLEGALS here.

This nonsense about COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM has NOTHING to do with the ISSUE the American people are angry about.


WaPo has another issue about to bite them in the ass.

Chum, baby, Chum!



It is a false premise argument to even discuss that "crime is down along the border". Do not fall for it. The numbers that describe the "crime statistics" do not include each and every time that someone crosses the border without permission, which is a CRIME.

The law needing to be enforced is illegal border crossings STUPID. If the number of illegal border crossings is correct, then any local town/city/county with that level of crime would declare MARTIAL LAW to get things under control.


"Contrary to some of the reports that you see, crime along the border is down."

Kevin Bacon: All is well!

The Animal House Presidency.


Steele really needs to go, but I am afraid he will have to resign, rather than be fired. The screams of racism would never cease.

I think that the strategy from serious GOP fundraisers has been to simply bypass him. Now, it is more than a fundraising issue - I hope enough pressure is brought to bear, that he wants to spend more time with his family.


Well, that' undoubtedly why Kristol asked him to be patriotic and resign.

I know what Steele attempted to say..and he failed utterly.

I am surprised. I thought he was too clever to be such a dunderhead.

Imagine the federal government closing a section of the Lincoln Memorial because it was under the control of Mexican drug lords and bands of illegal immigrants.
So, is that claim reality-based, or is it just another government faith-based initiative?
Thomas Collins

Clarice, I'm surprised that an RNC head would even venture into this territory. Let's say Steele had made an effective statement that Obama has used Afghanistan for political purposes instead of focusing on a strategy that was best for the country and then executing it. I still think such a statement is likely enough to be subject to manipulation by the DNC that the RNC head shouldn't be dipping his or her toe into that ocean, much less plunging in over his or her head.


Well, it depends on the occasion and circumstances and I confess I haven't gone to the video to find out myself but I believe it was an informal discussion in which he didn't anticipate being on the record.

Rob Crawford

I still think such a statement is likely enough to be subject to manipulation by the DNC that the RNC head shouldn't be dipping his or her toe into that ocean, much less plunging in over his or her head.

Except that the current RNC head has been better for the DNC than the current DNC head.

What's the old saying? Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.


This week's pieces has been put to bed as we ink stained angels of the press say. bgates quiz features prominently--the editor loved it--and we are experimenting with making it an article, something I've been begging him to do, Making it a blog means it vanished in hours. He was reluctant to do that because it is really a feature piece but i think the readers deserve a good laugh in all this tsunami of dreck and bad news.

I think it'll be up sunday but maybe he'll run it on Saturday. Anyway, hats off to bgates again.

I don't like it that we are going to appear to lose, but let the appearance fall on Obama.

Naw, he's put it on Obama, as did McChrystal, and left open that we have other ways of satisfying our interests there.


I agree, Clarice - the placement of C's P's in the blog, means it moves off the page too quickly and could easily get missed.

Since it is a regular, recurring feature, it should have either a dedicated "spot" or be nestled in with the other articles.

Looking forward to reading it.

Parking  Lot

((Yeah TC. It is as though the left thinks the Bible has supernatural powers & if any little eyes peak into it they may be convinced of its Truth. ))

... the parts that describe what happens to nations that forsake God are especially germane. The biggest secret weapon the U.S.A. has is that it, more than any other nation, is populated by people who love God and read and love the Bible. I am convinced that is a huge protective unacknowledged metaphysical power at work.


well, that's what I've been arguing for, cc.

I know it takes me as long to put it together as it takes to write some of the regular articles.

we don't as yet have any other options like dedicated spots.

Thomas Collins

I listened to the video, clarice, and I think your characterization of it as informal is correct. From his tone, it was clear he wasn't expecting it to be on the record. And I hope I am wrong in how this can be spun by the Dems (for example, a Dem US Senate candidate asking the GOP opponent in a debate whether, were the GOPer elected as a US Senator, he or she would base his or her voting on Afghanistan being Obama's war or America's war). Unfair, but when you're the GOP head honcho, being aware that we live in the era of little video and sound recording devices accessible to all seems to me to be a job requirement.

Parking  Lot

((explains alot, the Russian version of Sidney
Bristow, kind of))

although the overweight Latina is not a bit like Sidney's sister eh?

Captain Hate

A few things about Steele:

1. What he said is not nearly as bad as numerous things Reid, Pelosi, Senator Odipshit, Murtha (RIH), Kerry, Durbin et al have said in the past regarding the troops and their missions.

2. Given #1, it is unacceptible for *any* so-called Republican, much less the head of the party, to not unquestioningly support the troops and their missions even in an unguarded "gotcha" moment. Steele was entrusted when put in that position to be on the job 24/7 so being caught unaware is *not* an excuse. He has already been caught violating this 24/7 requirement by writing a book for his own benefit.

3. Whoever chose Steele illustrated the same level of poor decision-making as the McCain campaign and should never be put in a position of influencing personnel choices or candidate strategies again.


Charlie Cook says the Dems are hosed in November. He pays particular attention to the voter enthusiasm gap.

JM Hanes


My Hot Links Cheat Sheet might be helpful. You can just keep it in your bookmarks as a permanent aide memoire.

Thomas Collins

Even I, who can't fathom the fuss about that sport that has appropriated the name of football from the real thing, recognizes that what is described in the LUN is big. :-))

Thomas Collins

Even I, who can't fathom the fuss about that sport that has appropriated the name of football from the real thing, recognizes that what is described in the LUN is big. :-))


The good news is, his statement seems to indicate he believes the the hate crimes against Hispanics (that had doubled in 2007-2008* due to Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh) must be going down. At least on the borders.


It was a great game, TC, and like you I am not a soccer fan.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Now bookmarked, JMH. I hope I can remember to use it.

Thomas Collins

OK, let me test whether I understand JMH's hot links lecture notes.

JMH's blog


Post-modern America: illegals welcome, Bibles banned.

Another example - USA Today Touts Atheist Summer Camp

I remember the WaPo article on how useless church summer mission trips were.
Churches Retool Mission Trips
Work Abroad Criticized for High Cost and Lack of Value

You know how the left has never wasted a dime overseas. All things atheist related=good, all things Bible related=bad.


--From his tone, it was clear he wasn't expecting it to be on the record.--

I would hope that an RNC head would, even in his off the record comments, tie them, no matter how tenuously, to the real world. It's not that he was expressing an unpopular opinion he was making abysmally ignorant, stupid and factually incorrect remarks.
He most reminds me of Fearless Fosdick, supposedly setting the world aright, oblivious to the carnage and bodies sprawled in his wake.


Whoever chose Steele...

Captain--the head of the RNC runs for that position. Now it may be that "the books are cooked" to a certain extent but Steele did have opposition and it took a number of ballots for him to win.


After careful examination, ahem, Captain, Anna Kuschenko looks like a Russian version
of Kaylee from Firefly, but in the earlier
pictures she could have passed for a young
Irina Derevko.

Clarice, you included the folk song to fossil fuels, in that roundup. right,


Definitely did, narciso..Definitely.

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