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June 20, 2011

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matt

Hamid Karzai met with Ahmedinejad last week at an Asian summit in one of the Stans and today met with Iran's defense minister to discuss " foreign intruders".

Ambassador Eikenberry spoke in Kabul today warning Karzai about criticizing the people keeping him in power.

You don't need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows on this one. Secret negotiations with the tollybons; Pakistan falling apart; Iran meddling openly and in cahoots with Karzai; a massive narcotics industry geared almost exclusively towards the West. What could possible go wrong?

Clarice

(c)What can you do with US dollars after you've been beheaded.

Ignatz

(d) Barry's ship is the one slipping 'neath the briny deep and their rats are watching our rats skampering down the mooring lines, as Rick puts it.

PD

For my possible upcoming stint of jury duty at the county court, the first time I'm to do is fill out a questionnaire and send it in.

One of the questions asks for my race.

Of what possible interest or relevance could that be in an impartial system of justice?

PD

first *thing* I'm to do

Extraneus

Senate Zaps Navy’s Superlaser, Rail Gun

The Senate just drove a stake into the Navy’s high-tech heart. The directed energy and electromagnetic weapons intended to protect the surface ships of the future? Terminated.
Abadman

Or they could take they money play both sides with an emphasis on stringing the US along and switch back when we leave. Or they could just take our money and use it to buy guns and IEDs that they will supposedly inform us about.

A similar Plan with the warlords of eastern Afghanistan worked equally well in the past.

As the saying goes everyone there is dirty, it is just a question of how dirty

Booooooossssshhhhh !

"


You have to look at the motivation of the people doing the fighting,”

Yeah. If we REALLY want a successful stimulus
we should air-drop steamer trunks full of cash like we did in Iraq.

That worked pretty well, didn't it?

Soylent Red

You don't need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows on this one. Secret negotiations with the tollybons; Pakistan falling apart; Iran meddling openly and in cahoots with Karzai; a massive narcotics industry geared almost exclusively towards the West. What could possible go wrong?

What this tells me is that (e) we are being played for suckers by people who have taken our measure.

The Taliban we are paying off now may in fact dime out others. But that's how the game is played in Afghanistan. By hook, or by crook, or by sicking the infidels on them, you get rid of your competition for power. The people we are paying off will tuck away their black turbans in the back of the mud hut closet, let us do their dirty work for them, and then merrily dance down the pathways to power when we leave.

Also, don't be fooled: Afghan Taliban are for the most part driven by lust for power. There are a few ideological ones being driven by the sociopaths living in Pakistan, but by and large we are dealing with bullies and thugs who want nothing more than to control local populations by fear and murder. Afghans themselves are a people mostly driven by the quest for security, which typically manifests itself by the lust for power and control.

Iran meddling? Of course they are. Aside from the government of Iran being interested in bleeding us, the Qods force is making a killing on the lucrative drug pipeline that funnels cheap heroin and hash into Pakistan,Russia, and Western Europe, not to mention into Iran itself, where nearly one in five people below the age of 30 are regular opiate users. Nice way to keep the hotheaded youth in line and make a little money in the process.

A friend of mine once quietly compared our relationship with Afghanistan to an old man in a strip joint. Old guy will blow tons of money on some young stripper, and she will play along as long as the money is flowing. Old man may even start to believe that the stripper really likes him, and she'll go along with that too to keep the money flowing.

But at the end of the day, that rotten whore will take all his cash, and leave him waiting in the parking lot with tickets to Vegas, while she splits to buy meth for her psychotic boyfriend who beats her.

Danube of Thought

How about (c) they take the cash and then don't switch sides.

Cheu hoi, motherf***er.

MarkO

How do we enforce this lovely contract? Can the Mob consult with us on this. Will there be a "sit down?"

He's just not that smart.

Jack is Back!

Old Navy saying: "Reverse the rat guards".

Big game tonight - Florida v. Vandy [who wins this goes on to win the WS] IMHO.

Go Gators!

Extraneus

He's just not that smart.

Surely his SAT's were better than George Bush's and especially Sarah Palin's. Weren't they?

MarkO

I don't even care about his SAT's anymore. It is clear on the face of his actions that he's just not that smart. I think he had high grades, but I also think I know how he would have come by them.

Nevertheless, those are olden times. Today, whatever he might once have been, he's just not that smart.

Extraneus

Granted, but I'd still like to see them. And the LSAT. After all, he's quite possibly the most brilliant president we've ever had. I imagine lots of rejected Harvard Law applicants would probably like to see that LSAT score as well, just so they could feel better about being rejected.

I'd also like to see Keith Olbermann's, Charlie Gibson's and Katie Couric's, for that matter. (I'm guessing Jon Stewart and Chris Matthews were decent students, but somehow I'm not guessing that about Obama.)

pagar

What Sec of State Clinton should be complaining about is Mexico and their efforts to push as many Illegals in to the US as possible.

http://biggovernment.com/jdeangelis/2011/06/20/mexico-sues-georgia-over-immigration-law/

The idea that Mexico and other countries can decide what our immigration laws are is insane. Try telling Mexico that they should change their immigration law and see how far that goes.

Extraneus

Yeah, only she's in favor of that. Actually, she's in favor of both.

More illegals on our side, and more of our guns on their side, killing theirs and ours. A few broken eggs but delicious omelets.

This is who the American people elected.

sbw

"One of the questions asks for my race."

5K. 15K is too far without practice.

Cecil Turner

Why would someone who has stuck with the Taliban this long switch sides now, when Obama is going to declare victory and anounce major US troop withdrawals next month?

That's the ticket, and the reason us ignorant military types generally resist withdrawal dates. Good thing we have those geniuses in the White House and DoS to run things with all that smart diplomacy, cuz otherwise I'd be concerned.

Charlie (Colorado)

5K. 15K is too far without practice.

Winner.

anduril

A more productive topic for a foreign policy thread would have been one discussing Ross Douthat's article today: Who Will Define GOP Foreign Policy: Rand or Rubio? That might get out ahead of the debate that may be shaping up for the 2012 election.

anduril

A good starting point for a domestic policy discussion would have been Walter Russell Mead's latest: Blue State Schools: The Shame of a Nation.

corn-fed conservative

"Who Will Define GOP Foreign Policy: Rand or Rubio?'

I say it's Ayn Rand.

matt

soylent,we need to sit down over a few beers and compare notes.Remember the story of the Romans sowing the fields of Carthage with salt?

corn-fed conservative

"Let there be light"

Oh! How sweet it is. Freedom means being stupid enough to prefer oxen power when an 18-wheeler offers to ship your freight at 1/4 the energy cost.

Brilliant!

Inspiring!

Audacious!

Mendacious

Ignatz

--Freedom means being stupid enough to prefer oxen power when an 18-wheeler offers to ship your freight at 1/4 the energy cost.--

Not quite apt, bright boy.
Freedom means not being compelled to pay twice as much to haul our goods on a half assed bio fueled semi that takes twice as long and costs twice as much and has a van lined with mercury when a perfectly nice conventional diesel big rig is available.

windanseaners

I sense a fear in the force

heh heh heh

sbw

Just sent Insty a note:

Mobilize the army of Davids to create a DIY 100 watt incandescent lightbulb kit in time to tell the feds to stuff it.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Althouse on the NYT pizza cooking technique

Oh, hell! Shut up about my light bulbs. Just. Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

Heh! And that's not the worst she has to say. LOL

henry

Talk about fear, The Progressive of Madison Wisconsin is not happy with the union performance in WI.

Fun read.

Jack is Back!

daddy,

Clarice needs to read that article in the Times because it now gives her the moral certitude that she is now as green as Ireland every time she stokes up the Egg:)

Clarice

Someone should set up a lightbulb smuggling op from Texas. SCAM!! We bring good things to light!!

Clarice

Althouse it right, of course. Fry the enviros and save the trees, I say.

windanseaners

If you break a fluorescent bulb, there is no need to call in the hazmat team, the agency says. Just clean it up quickly with paper (no vacuuming or brooms), keep the kids away and open the window for a 15-minute douse of fresh air.

The mercury from one fluorescent light bulb pollutes, according to some activist groups, 6000 gallons of water beyond levels safe for drinking. In 43 U.S. states, it is legal to dispose fluorescent bulbs as universal waste

yeahawww!

Danube of Thought

"Who Will Define GOP Foreign Policy: Rand or Rubio?"

Are we to assume that it must be one or the other? Eh?

Danube of Thought

California--always eager to be one step ahead of the rats in the race to the bottom--has already outlawed the incandescesnts, one year ahead of the feds. I started hoarding about a year ago, but others did the same and they soon disappeared.

And can we resurrect the discussion of federal regulation of toilet tank capacity?

The shower-adjusters have intruded into our lives to a shocking degree. And there are millions of serfs who supinely acquiesce...

narciso

Back in 1993, Danube, 'Demolition Man's cheery huxleyan dystopia, seemed like satire, today it seems like a goal for these people.

jimmyk

DoT, is it illegal to ship them in?

I remember at an former job they put in motion sensors in the offices that would turn out the lights if there was no movement detected for one minute or whatever. So I'd be sitting there about to solve some major problem or come up with some Nobel prize winning idea, and all of a sudden the light would switch off and I'd lose my train of thought. After that happened a couple of times I figured out how to disable the damn thing.

narciso

The irony in this piece, is Eickenberry was busy stabbing every party in the country, including McCrystal,

http://cnsnews.cloud.clearpathhosting.com/news/article/us-ambassador-rebukes-karzai-hurtful-ina

Rocco

Didn't Obama tell Sarah Brady that they were working on gun control under the radar, a statement he no doubt, thought she would keep, under the radar. I haven't heard a peep about this comment in respect to Operation Gun Runner, I wonder why? (No I don't really)

Melinda Romanoff

jimmyk-

Ball peen or claw?

Agent J. (formally known as "J"..

"motion sensors in the offices that would turn out the lights'

They did that in a Government office and everyone went to sleep.

Melinda Romanoff

I don't want 100 Watt light bulbs.

I want 100 Watt Heat Balls.

This is what genius is.

Danube of Thought

Jimmyk, those are 60-watters at the link. I don't know the precise wording of the law, so I don't know the status of, say, 95-watt bulbs.

Bush signed this law. The GOP candidate(s) should campaign on its repeal. Winner.

windanseaners

Obama: "I inherited a Bush economy"

Perry: "Me too"

MarkO

I've never been so concerned about losing a presidential election, and this goes back to Ike's second term. But, when I see the cast of GOP characters and listen to their blather, I'm underwhelmed. I see preening; I hear focus-group nothingness. No one inspires, except, perhaps, his or her own slice. They seem to conspire to find a way to disqualify each other and the group with meaningless love tests and pledges and wishful thinking.

Dear Lord, may I be wrong. Please.

daveinboca

@DoT

"How about (c) they take the cash and then don't switch sides.
Cheu hoi, motherf***er."

I think that used to be "Chieu Hoi," and I used to interview recently turncoated CH's in my lousy Vietnamese. They usually did it for the money. Then two months later, our Phoenix forays would catch them collecting taxes at night for the VC. Our HES was so bad we couldn't figure it out unless a Ruff/Puff along with us knew his family. Of course, sometimes the VC & the RF & PF were all siblings.

@MarkO

Not to falter. I'm gonna look at Perry hard, even though the DNC slime machine is loading up with green goo already.

Danube of Thought

Yeah Dave, I misspelled the "Chieu" part.

I had a couple of them that I trusted, at least somewhat. One of them came over with the clear (but false) understanding that I was going to kill him on the spot if he didn't. He did me some favors after that, and had a permanent cheerful smile on his face whenever I saw him. As you know, this was an extremely weird time and place.

Stephanie

Republicans should nickname the mascot Pinocchio.

Almost as good as WTF for a campaign slogan.

Stephanie

Sh!t. Thought they went and did it for reals. Parody? Nevermind, but with this crew...

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Oh in case you were wondering, it is a Failosaurus, called "Failie" for short. ;)

Danube of Thought

The one thing I continue to be unable to understand is this guy's 47-48-49 approval ratings. WTF indeed?

2011 soccer jerseys

Bush signed this law. The GOP candidate(s) should campaign on its repeal. Winner.

daddy

Long Winded OT.

A local Talk Radio discussion today got me to wondering how many Lawsuits we currently have where the State of Alaska is suing the Federal Government. Doing an Internet search, this is what I came up with since 2008:

1) Challenging ObamaCare (2010)

2) Challenging the listing of the Polar Bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2008.

3) Challenging the listing of the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale as an Endangered Species (ESA) (2010).

4) Challenging the designation of 3,013 square miles of shoreline and marine area as Critical Habitat for the distinct population segment of Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet. (2010)

5) Sued to remove the Eastern Steller Sea Lion from protections under the (ESA) Endangered Species Act. (2010)

6) Appealed the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) decision to deny the state’s application for a recordable disclaimer of interest (RDI) in the bed of the Stikine River. (2010)

7) Awaiting a decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on whether the regulatory bar prohibiting the Secretary of Interior from taking land into trust for the benefit of Alaska Native tribes and individuals is valid. (2010)

8) Suing against a Federal Decision that prevents Alaska from killing wolves to protect a declining Unimak Caribou population. (2010)

9) A lawsuit against the government to block a federal moratorium on offshore drilling in Alaska---Salazar's pseudo-Moratorium (2010) (this suit was recently dismissed saying Salazar didn't actually issue a Moratorium)

10) Suing the Feds over designation of 187,000 square miles of Arctic coast as critical habitat for the polar bears (2011)

11) Joined a Lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management regarding recent changes in federal policy on how that agency manages public lands, alleging that the BLM policy imposed by Salazar arbitrarily creates a new public land designation of "wild lands," directs federal agencies to protect the wilderness values of such lands, creates additional potential costs and delays in the permitting process, and overrides existing regional land use management plans...(2011)

12) Challenging both the Clinton-era Roadless Rule for Tongass National Forest and a federal judge's recent decision overturning an exemption to that rule in southeast Alaska. (2011)

13) Multiple Lawsuits against the Feds concerning ESA (Endangered Species designations) relating to ribbon and other seals, humpback whales, wood bison, and salmon.

14) Multiple current Challenges to the EPA and what the EPA considers as its authority under the Clean Air Act. (Such as restrictions prohibiting burning firewood in stoves in winter in Fairbanks) 2010) Alaska has been challenging the EPA's authority to regulate GHGs (Green House Gases) since 2003.

So apologies for listing those but it helped me see what we're up against up here. Governor Parnell has recently created a new position for a lawyer who deals specifically with issues involving the Endangered Species Act and nothing else. Since IANAL I don't know if thats a lot of Federal Lawsuits but it sure seems like a lot.

Are you guys as clobbered with so many Lawsuits seeking to keep the Fed's from regulating your State to death?


It's the Sun, It's the Sun, It's the Sun.

Big Fail, that adorable fuzzy mascot is a grinch of some sort. Probably the Grinch who Stole the Sunspots.
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It's Wrong.

I gotta campaign slogan for Sarah.
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Now three lines of evidence about the stilling sun.

Musta been some other blog. Windows might have a problem with some wordpress blogs.
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Extraneus

Just looking at the pic of Janet Napolitano that Drudge put up. I hope I'm not out of bounds, but... Yeeesh.

Extraneus

And what's with the pearls, anyway?

narciso

Should have 'used the Iludium Q 36 space modulator,' ahem, stimulus'

Annoying Old Guy

Don't you mean the "Iludium Q36 explosive space modulator"?

I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

centralcal

About the light bulb discussion last night - Insty had a link two weeks ago to Amazon for 100 watt incandescent lights (he gets revenue for the click through), so I clicked and ordered. (They come 24 bulbs to a pack.) I live in California and received my shipment just fine - no light bulb police confiscated them! lol.

He must have gotten a lot of clicks on that item because he has been repeating the link every few days, in fact he had the link again yesterday.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

I've got an entire closet full of 100 Watt bulbs. I've been hording for well over a year. Last week I bought 20 more at 25 cents a piece. A Bargain!!!

Strawman Cometh

daddy,
That is an impressive list. You should forward to Insty, Prof. Jacobson and Powerline. When Clarice wakes up I'm sure she'll want you to write it up for AT.

centralcal

Sadly, Jane, I procrastinated until they were no longer available in the stores here (bought a couple of 4/packs just days before they were removed from shelves).

I was really tickled by Ann Althouse's post on the 500 degree oven and pizza baking vs. the 100 watt light bulb. Made me think of Clarice and her green egg. Always ahead of the curve, that Clarice!

DaveO

Most of the Taliban foot soldiers won't accept cash for two reasons:

1. If they are Arab - they have plenty of money back home. They are in Pakistan and Afghanistan performing a religious duty - much the same as Mormons out and about on their bikes each summer. Fighting Americans is a Mission Trip - not a job.

2. If they are Afghani/Pakistani - where are they going to go? Home? The family and village elders gave them the boot in exchange for cash already. They don't want the young men back.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Sadly, Jane, I procrastinated until they were no longer available in the stores here (bought a couple of 4/packs just days before they were removed from shelves).

Hmmmm, maybe I should go into business.

It's funny. I don't think I go through 2 lightbulbs a year.

Carol.Herman

McCain's not that smart, either.

If you're gonna destroy a party, better it was the democraps that got kicked in the ass.

The obama madness? Like I said, McCain would'a been worse.

And, by 2012, I expect Sarah to have an INDEPENDENT fling. Better than Ross Perot's. I don't expect the stupid party to have learned much, though.

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