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July 17, 2011



I am having a-pack-of-beer now.

JM Hanes

From the WaPo's intro:

"Even as President Obama and congressional leaders focus on a fallback plan to lift the nation’s debt ceiling...."

Sheesh. I call Fact Check! Even as President Obama was dragged kicking and screaming by Republican leadership....


Actually, the WH is now irrelevant to the process which by all accounts is proceeding without Administration input at all. he's gone from leading, to leading from behind, to just plain behind.

hit and run

I've always thought of Obama as a behind.

Frau Steingehirn

Clarice, the introduction to your Pieces today was worthy of Florence King.

JM Hanes

The New York Times article, however, is truly astonishing. Robert Pear doesn't demonize Republicans or paint them as the bad guys. He even explains what's at the heart of freshman Republican intransigence, and rather than defaulting to the Tea Party extremist meme, he actually fleshes out Democratic hypocrisy. Someone should forward Pear's article to the Times Editorial Board.

Danube of Thought

Good one, Clarice. Fun.

Phil sure blew it.


Frau, that is to me the highest possible praise. Thanks!!

JM Hanes

Kudos, Clarice, for today's plain speaking, hard hitting Pieces. It's hard to imagine where we would be, if it weren't for folks like you who persevere and beat the drums in our "alternative" media.


You are too generous, jmh.

For me it's 100% fun.

Jane says obamasucks

How can you not be thrilled for Clarke. What a story. And I love that he drives fast, smokes and drinks.

hit and run

I think Clarke and I would really hit it off.


Who edits the Post, we know they've just plain given up at the Times, but Phil Graham,
is much perturbed from the great beyond.

Great pieces, Clarice, it looks like Obama's really becoming 'more and more selective' in his audience,

Ben Franklin

A 'Howler' from Daily Howler;

A number of commentators seem shocked at how unreasonable Republicans are being. “Has the G.O.P. gone insane?” they ask.

Why, yes, it has. But this isn’t something that just happened, it’s the culmination of a process that has been going on for decades. Anyone surprised by the extremism and irresponsibility now on display either hasn’t been paying attention, or has been deliberately turning a blind eye.

Krugman says the GOP has been “getting to crazy” for decades. In today’s column, he focuses on the many people who have been “in denial” about this. According to Krugman, these people have refused to notice what has been happening. Now, they’re “suddenly waking up and smelling the crazy.”

As we said, we’d be slow to throw around sweeping claims about people being crazy. And we don’t agree with some of the claims Krugman makes as he proceeds. At one point, for example, he cites Mitt Romney’s flip-flop on health care as an example of the way “Republicans are automatically against anything the president wants, even if they have supported similar proposals in the past.”

That’s essentially true of Republican leaders. But in the case of the Romney health plan, large numbers of Republican voters are sour on Romney because of that plan. They didn’t support his proposal in Massachusetts; they don’t support Obama’s plan now. Yes, there’s a whole lot of crazy out there. But as someone who lived down the hill from Fontaine, we think that’s the type of claim which ought to be made with some care.

That said, Krugman reaches the heart of modern American politics midway through his column. He cites a set of familiar ideas which lay at the heart of our budget debate. These ideas truly are intellectually crazy. But these ideas have increasingly driven our politics over the past thirty years.

He uses a famous phrase, “voodoo economics.” Everything here is quite accurate:

KRUGMAN: Beyond that, voodoo economics has taken over the G.O.P.

Supply-side voodoo—which claims that tax cuts pay for themselves and/or that any rise in taxes would lead to economic collapse—has been a powerful force within the G.O.P. ever since Ronald Reagan embraced the concept of the Laffer curve. But the voodoo used to be contained. Reagan himself enacted significant tax increases, offsetting to a considerable extent his initial cuts.

And even the administration of former President George W. Bush refrained from making extravagant claims about tax-cut magic, at least in part for fear that making such claims would raise questions about the administration’s seriousness.


I only caught the end of Jonathon Karl on Howie Kurtz today, but he seemed to be saying the coverage on debt ceiling negotiations has been ridiculous because it paints the GOP as being intransigent against Obama's reasonableness without ever pointing out that Dems are never going to accept what Obama pretends to be peddling.

Ben Franklin

As the capitol shows signs of awakening from the debt-ceiling fever dream with face-saving aspirin for both sides, onlookers try to understand the pathology of it all.

Like the final scene of “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” after crazed loyalties and pride have created carnage, a dazed survivor is left to wander through the wreckage, mumbling, “Madness, madness.”

As the Chairman of the Fed describes failure to raise the debt limit as a “catastrophic…calamitous…self-inflicted wound” to the economy, the President in his Weekly Address is virtually pleading for sanity:

“After all, we’ve worked together like that before. Ronald Reagan worked with Tip O’Neill and Democrats to cut spending, raise revenues, and reform Social Security. Bill Clinton worked with Newt Gingrich and Republicans to balance the budget and create surpluses. Nobody ever got everything they wanted. But they worked together. And they moved this country forward.

”That kind of cooperation should be the least you expect from us–not the most you expect from us.”

In a piece titled “Getting to Crazy,” Paul Krugman notes: “If a Republican president had managed to extract the kind of concessions on Medicare and Social Security that Mr. Obama is offering, it would have been considered a conservative triumph. But when those concessions come attached to minor increases in revenue, and more important, when they come from a Democratic president, the proposals become unacceptable plans to tax the life out of the U.S. economy.”

Jane says obamasucks

I think it is hysterical that the left calls the right insane for carrying more about the country than re-election?

How dare they?

A speech is not a concession.


Right, Jane, the real Ben franklin was rather to the point, even under his 'Poor Richard'
umbrella, and frankly the idiocy that the netroots are spouting, would really make him
meditate, on the 'republic' if you can keep it.' line.


Before I click on the link, Ben, does the article or Krugman show where Obama has written down his plan that includes these concessions? It is still smoke and mirrors as far as I can tell. If he has a written budget plan, I am very interested in seeing it.


hit and run

I only caught the end of Jonathon Karl on Howie Kurtz today

Is the end of Jonathon Karl anything like Obama's behind?

Ben Franklin



Congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann created a stir recently by insisting on television that America's Founding Fathers "worked day and night" to abolish slavery. When asked to identify one of them and say what he did on behalf of this noble cause, the only name she produced was John Quincy Adams. He was all of 9 years old when his father, John Adams, persuaded the Continental Congress to vote for independence in 1776.

Ms. Bachmann's historical gaffe notwithstanding, there is surely a legitimate question here: Was slavery a day and night preoccupation of America's top leaders during the founding era—1775 to 1800? Dismaying as it may be to many admirers of our revolutionary past, the correct response is: no."

But the reasons 'why' you'll find interesting.....


Reposting from the end of the previous thread. It appears the media is starting to turn on Team Barry:

Budget Director Won't Answer If WH Would Prioritize Social Security Payments

This part is very interesting:

CROWLEY: "Would you allow it to happen that those the Social Security checks would not go out? Would you allow that to happen?"

LEW: "As the President has indicated, it's not a question of what we allow and what we don't allow --"

CROWLEY: "But you get to decide priorities. There will be some money --"

LEW: "There will not be enough money to pay all the bills."

CROWLEY: "Of course not, that's why I'm talking about priorities."

It seems that it has dawned on some in the media that there will be enough money to pay Social Security payments. Withholding those payments will be a choice the administration makes, not something they are "forced" to do.


“If a Republican president had managed to extract the kind of concessions on Medicare and Social Security that Mr. Obama is offering,

Extract from whom?
Offering whom?

What slopping writing.


Ben, get back on your meds. You appear ready to do yourself some harm.


ADN---Polar bears in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast face an uncertain future because of the warming climate.

So there you have it. The Science is settled. AP sez it, so it must be true.


Just who or what faces a certain future?

This reminds me of the sportscasters who regularly say, "He has a bright future ahead of him," as if it would be to the side or on top of him.


And this also from last night... The inside the betlway confusion about Obama's current failure to move the needle on the debt limit:

Obama’s communications gap

A choice quote:

The debt-limit crisis is a scary example of this tendency to follow, rather than lead.

Its actually finally dawning on these people that he's not much of a leader, or a communicator. Maybe they should have spent the 2008 cycle figuring that out.


daddy, I read something this week indicating polar bears are the result of interbreeding between brown bears and some Norwegian bears. Says something about all that moaning that polar bears are now *gasp* breeding with brown bears.
Sounds like one of those bodice rippers where the main characters just can't keep their hands off eachother no matter the consequences.

Rob Crawford

And cleo is back on the rag(e). Who could have predicted it?

Oh, yeah. I did.

Captain Hate

I think it is hysterical that the left calls the right insane for carrying more about the country than re-election?

It's always one way with the MFM; they could turn it around and claim that the JEF is willing to be a one-term failure rather than pull the plug on Bammycare, which would be an immediate cure for our economic woes.

JM Hanes

So much for the reformed cut & paster, who has apparently tapped out his own ability to process what he reads.

Paul Krugman, the guy who blamed Republicans for the Giffords shooting within hours, opining on a decades long descent into madness -- he transcends even irony.


--he's gone from leading, to leading from behind, to just plain behind......... just plain being a behind.

Jane says obamasucks

Its actually finally dawning on these people that he's not much of a leader, or a communicator.

And as a result they are doubling down on how cool it is to lead from behind.

They, like him, are a joke.


Even bettter, Iggy.


Jane says obamasucks

BTW that Marco Rubio on Schieffer link was priceless. He's really great.


Bet You Can’t Eat Just One

by Walter Russell Mead

Nutrition scientists have made a shocking discovery, the paper of record records: we eat fatty foods because — we want to.


More WRM:

Bachmann and the Beast of Revelations

News that Michele Bachmann has ended her membership in a brand of Lutheranism that condemns the Papacy as Antichrist is a sign that the forces making America a tolerant country as well as a religious one are still at work. In national politics, bigots can’t win.

The Catholic vote isn’t large enough to elect a Catholic the Protestants don’t trust, and Protestants are so divided between conservatives and liberals that no single Protestant bloc can dominate the country. To win you have to get the crossover vote; Michelle Bachmann can’t even aspire to the GOP nomination without making her peace with the Catholic vote.

Peoria, it appears, is well worth a mass — and that is very good news for the United States.

hit and run


Captain Hate

narc, how would you rate "The Informers" against "The Secret History"? The dust jacket of the new book has quotes lauding it, but that's SOP book marketing.


Heading off but I want to leave with a reminder of how far we've come along the Obamabrick road:

Ben Franklin

Is Karzai, the Afghani Diem?

Gunmen attack top Karzai aide in Kabul

Reuters US Online Report World News

Jul 17, 2011 13:21 EDT

KABUL (Reuters) - A group of armed men attacked the home of a senior aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Sunday night, and are believed to have killed him, a top policeman and a senior member of parliament said.

"Two or three gunmen attacked the home of Jan Mohammad. Initial indications are that he has been killed," the Head of the Criminal Investigations Unit at the Ministry of the Interior, Mohammad Zaher, told Reuters.

The attack comes just days after the assassination of President Hamid Karzai's powerful and controversial brother by a trusted associate in the southern city of Kandahar.

Ben Franklin

Anduril; Food manufacturers have known this for decades.

The real food Pyramid

1. Fat
2. Sugar
3. Salt


Short story of why we're screwed for years to come:

Economists Carmen Reinhardt And Ken Rogoff Explain Why Growth Won't Cure Debt

Economists Ken Rogoff and Carmen Reinhardt, the authors of the famous book, "This Time Is Different," (which argues essentially, it's never different) have new research that they admit, of course, is flawed, but that essentially provides an argument against QE3 or more stimulus.

In an article in Bloomberg/BusinessWeek, they make 5 big points based on their research:

"The biggest threat to advanced economies is that debt will accumulate until the overhang weighs on growth"

"Growth alone is rarely enough to achieve debt reduction"

"Debt burdens above 90% are associated with 1% lower median growth"

Inflation might not be the endgame for debt

"At some point even advanced economies hit a ceiling where the pressure of rising borrowing costs forces policymakers to increase tax rates and cut government spending."

They also poke fun at Keynesians asking:

"Those who remain unconvinced that rising debt levels pose a risk to growth should ask themselves why, historically, levels of debt of more than 90 percent of GDP are relatively rare and those exceeding 120 percent are extremely rare. Is it because generations of politicians failed to realize that they could have kept spending without risk?"

Link to longer version:

When Debt Stifles Growth: The 90% Rule is cited by policymakers arguing both for and against more stimulus. Here, authors Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff set the record straight on when debt stifles economic growth


Ben Franklin, I'm all in favor of plenty of natural fats, generally speaking.



This might be that story: Polar Bears originally came from Ireland.

I'm also skeptical of the ADN story because their quoted Researcher says of Polar Bear meat "Sometimes it is the only protein that's available out in some of the villages, particularly on the Russian side."

What happened to fish, seal, whales, caribou's? I call bulls%^t.



Yes I would like the letter. The timing of everything is important to me. Also various programs are especially notorious in the mindset of those they credentialed and that I can then track as well.

I am not focusing on higher ed but it became an unescapable aspect of the story. Higher ed changed first because there were less impediments but there is a direct, explicit linkage. That I have documented in hard copy with all funding sources included. Quite the Oh My.

JMH-I had some dealings with Pear in the past on his coverage of health care. He is a careful reporter.


This reminds me of the sportscasters who regularly say, "He has a bright future ahead of him," as if it would be to the side or on top of him.

They like to say "The pitch count is rising," too. Like it's ever going to go down.


They like to say "The pitch count is rising," too. Like it's ever going to go down.

Posted by: PD | July 17, 2011 at 02:23 PM

This strikes me as a "Maddenism." My favorite Maddenism was his comment that "This is the point in the game when the score really starts to matter."

JM Hanes


"Its actually finally dawning on these people that he's not much of a leader, or a communicator."

I only wish I thought so. Ignatius has always been one of the WaPo's more sensible columnists, relatively speaking, but he suffers from the same unicorn myopia that the rest of Obama's gentle critics do and never manages to draw the most patently obvious conclusions:

Obama may have a vision for why American troops should remain in Afghanistan until 2014, but he doesn’t convey it forcefully. This is his war, but he embraces it reluctantly and without clear definition.

When he's had a couple years to do so, isn't it just possible that Obama doesn't have a vision, doesn't want to be there, and really doesn't know what he wants or can accomplish in the first place?

It takes Ignatius a whole two sentences to state the presumptive goal of Obama's approach to Syria, followed by:

That said, Obama needs to explain his vision of democratic transition and work with the Syrian opposition to achieve it, peacefully.

Could he be giving naught but lip service to democratic transitions because he doesn't actually have a vision, let alone any idea of how to implement one if he did? Does the fact that Obama was defunding Iranian human rights trackers at the height of the green revolution suggest nothing to the WaPo's pundit class?

On a factual note, Ignatius says Obama sent Ambassador Ford to Hama, but it was my impression that Ford & the French Ambassador cooked up that trip on their own, and got a very mixed ex post facto reaction from the Administration. At least someone is willing to make an executive decision.

Trumpets announced that Obama had decided to recognize the rebel government in Libya, so that he could release Ghaddafi's frozen assets to the newly official Libyan regime. Notwithstanding the questionable wisdom of the whole venture, we can thank the French for that scheme too. Having recognized the opposition government at the outset of hostilities, it seems they actually had an identifiable goal in mind.

Ignatius is still positing that Obama wouldn't have a leadership problem if he could clear up his communication problem.


My favorite Maddenism is, "You have to be a pass rushing team if that's what you are."



Did you see this post at Instapundit:

“WHERE HAS ALL THE MONEY GONE?” Thoughts On Administrative Bloat In Higher Education.“Based on data in the California State University Statistical Abstract, the number of full-time faculty in the whole CSU system rose from 11,614 to 12,019 between 1975 and 2008, an increase of only 3.5 percent. In the same time period the total number of administrators rose 221 percent, from 3,800 to 12,183. In 1975, there were three full time faculty members per administrator, but now there are actually slightly more administrators than full-time faculty.”

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 11:02 pm

Higher education has become the prefect merger of the slow march through the institutions combined with rent seeking. Keeping the faculty size stable allows them to rigidly control who actually teaches, while exploding the administrators becomes way to loot society at the same time.


Ignatius is still positing that Obama wouldn't have a leadership problem if he could clear up his communication problem.

Posted by: JM Hanes | July 17, 2011 at 02:35 PM

Fair enough. Perhapse I was being overly optimistic (and with the inside the beltway crowd, any optimisim seems to be too much).

Danube of Thought

Curt Gowdy once said "his future's ahead of him." I heard it with my own ears.

Ben Franklin Forever

Interview: Margaret Hoover, the GOP’s and the millennial

By Jennifer Rubin

Margaret Hoover, a great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover, is a regular figure on cable news and a veteran of the George W. Bush campaign. Her new book, American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party, hits the bookshelves on Tuesday. It’s likely to make some waves.

Far from being a defender of the status quo, she’s sending up a warning to the GOP. In a far-ranging interview she told me, “I wrote the book because I care about the state of the party.” That might seem odd, given the Republicans’ recent success in 2010, but she has her eye on the horizon or, more precisely, on the generation of Americans born between 1980 and 1990 (the “millennials”). If you vote for the same party in three successive presidential elections, she says, your political loyalties are pretty much set for life. The GOP lost the youth vote in 2004 and 2008, and may do so again in 2012 if it doesn’t break through with these voters.

At first blush she sounds like one of the batch of pundits (most exemplified by David Frum) who’d like the GOP to dump social conservatives, adopt new socially liberal views and trade a loyal, influential segment of the party for newer, hipper and less reliable voters. But her book is more nuanced and positive than that.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Ignatius is still positing that Obama wouldn't have a leadership problem if he could clear up his communication problem.

Show me a leader with a communication problem and I'll show you a leader with a leadership problem.

Good communicators do not bloviate and El Jefe is an incorrigible bloviator.

As an aside, the Rubio portion of the Face the Nation transcript is a good example of clear communication skills.

Frau Steingehirn

rse -
I would like to either mail or email a copy of the "revolution and Che in our hearts" letter to you. We'll work this out.
Another look at the man who guided the direction of education, this from the college web site:

"I want to design and implement a progressive program that continues to build our reputation in teaching, research and service,” ... “To that end, I plan to look for direct efforts in increasing student successes at our university, look for policies to enrich the teaching and educational experience in our college, and look for opportunities and incentives to increase research, especially faculty/student collaborative research, and to increase external funding to support our faculty and students. As we build a global educational experience, we will not forget the community. We will increase our efforts to connect with our surrounding community to improve the quality of life.”

For a publicly funded state university: "Progressive, external funding,global educational experience, connect with community, improve quality of life"

JM Hanes

I do some swinging between optimism & pessimism, idealism and cynicism myself, Ranger.


I'm also skeptical of the ADN story because their quoted Researcher says of Polar Bear meat "Sometimes it is the only protein that's available out in some of the villages, particularly on the Russian side."

Depending on precisely where you're talking about, I understand that available protein is not the problem, quite the contrary. Peoples of the far north eat the stomach & guts as well as the flesh of fish because they need the otherwise unobtainable vegetative matter. They also need a fatty diet because digesting fish protein uses up more calories than it supplies.

Ben Franklin Forever

Here's what I missed: I'm grateful to many readers for pointing out that the "expert" who discusses the hacking menace with Steve Doocy of Fox is indeed an expert -- in corporate public relations. He is Robert Dilenschneider (below), former head of Hill and Knowlton and now head of the Dilenschneider Group, who recently was featured in an interview, "How to Manage a PR Disaster."

To Steve Doocy's credit, on first reference he introduces Dilenschneider as a PR expert. But through the rest of the conversation, the context and questioning are as if the guest's expertise were in hacking or data-security issues. Which is what I assumed on first viewing.

Thanks to many readers who, aware (as I was not) of Dilenschneider's eminence in the PR field, wrote to correct my impression. Many more wrote to ask whether his clients have included Murdoch or his businesses. I don't know; I've sent in a query today through the Dilenschneider Group's site; and will check with them on Monday.

Pending that answer, I will say it is tantalizing to read some highlights from the Firm's list of credits on its "Achievements" page. If you put yourself in assignment-editor mode, practically every one of these suggests a very interesting potential story on the "how the world works" theme. Really, stop and think for a minute about each of these achievements and what it implies -- even allowing for the understandable possibility that the Firm is talking up its influence over the outcomes it describes:
>>The Firm arranged for USA Today editors to write a major feature story on one of America's leading personalities;

The Firm worked with and assisted the CEO of a Fortune 500 company in becoming a member of the board of a prestigious environmental group;

The Firm helped position an executive team as the best and brightest Internet visionaries who could foresee how the industry would evolve in years to come;

Continued to evaluate and critique quarterly earnings conference calls for a leading asset management firm client... Drafted and placed Op-Ed piece in a major media outlet under byline of the CEO;

The Firm enlisted consultant Victor Neufeld to counsel client and implement a program for a well-known charitable foundation, on a TV and other media public service campaign. Staged a private "Salon Dinner" for the foundation executives at the home of a renowned New York hostess attended by many prominent, philanthropic New Yorkers;

Working through a well known, market-oriented think tank, the Firm conceived and helped to implement a major Washington-based seminar designed to focus government and media attention on the need for tort reform;

The Firm arranged for a major financial institution to educate the editorial page editors of some of the nation's most influential newspapers on a critical social issue, which resulted in multiple articles on a subject in which there was a need for understanding by the public and selected legislators;

The Firm helped one of the largest private companies in the world to develop intelligence in Los Angeles and in other key U.S. markets, which enabled the organization to remove itself graciously from an embarrassing situation;

The Firm gave assistance to a major Asian political leader who wanted to publish a book in the U.S.;

The Firm interested Forbes magazine in undertaking a major article on a country's successful economic development program;

For a major service firm in Europe which required top-level meetings with key media, the Firm arranged for company executives to sit one-on-one with editors;

The Firm developed a corporate identity plan and strategies for subsidiaries for a global U.K.-based holding company:... <<
It's become conventional wisdom in the UK to say that this episode could lead to a fundamental rethinking of the interactions among press, politicians, lobbyists and interest groups, and even police. On what we know, the depth of the snarl and corruption in England far exceed any related effects in the United States. But it is possible to think that the role of Murdoch media, and their interactions with politicians and interest groups, will be fundamentally reconsidered here too.

Danube of Thought

Jeez--our gals have had four good shots on goal in the first 12 minutes with nothing to show for it.

hit and run

Was it something I said?


John Madden does a talk segment with the sports guys on the CBS newsradio here in the Bay Area, so i have a whole catalog of Maddenisms; my favorite is "that's one of those things that i couldn't do back when i still could do it."

Jane says obamasucks

Did they just say the president was tweeting the women's soccer team?


does a talk segment every morning. i haven't had my coffee yet.

JM Hanes

Ben Franklin:

You should go back and read MayBee's allegory of The Fighter, because you're in the 9th hour of your 9th life.


Dana, REIN IT IN!!

Ben Franklin Forever

Frankenstein's monster loves tea

by digby

Regrets or kabuki?

“We believe it is vitally important for the U.S. government to make good on its financial obligations and to put its fiscal house in order,” wrote the Chamber of Commerce in a letter signed by nearly 500 American CEOs that was sent to the White House and all Capitol Hill offices. “Now is the time for our political leaders to put aside partisan differences and act in the nation’s best interests. We believe our nation’s economic future is reliant upon their actions and urge them to reach an agreement.”

The high-profile signers included Tom Donahue, the influential chairman of the Chamber of Commerce; Robert Koch, CEO of Koch Enterprises; and James Gorman, president of Morgan Stanley.

Notice Robert Koch's name there.

I don't know if they are sincerely worried about the tea drinking monster they've created or it they are just playing their designated role. But if it's the former, they have only themselves to blame for forgetting to tell the Tea party that it was all a game."

I think it's cover Kabuki for when this goes South. "We tried to stop them"

JM Hanes

I resemble that macphisto. The feminine version is, "I didn't look like that even when I looked like that." When contemplating the youthful demise of historic luminaries, I've also found myself thinking, "Geez, if I were Mozart, I'd be dead by now."

Ben Franklin Forever

You can't talk to Benjamin Franklin that way...........

It's not polite.


Original random theory for the day since this is an open thread.

Autism was an adaptation to farming. People, especially men, who liked to do repetitive activity, such as continually planting seeds over and over in large fields, were more likely to have more crops and thrive.


You know, Capt, I haven't read the Informers,
so I couldn't say, this is my first bout with Vasquez.

About Ford, one of my first posts, was how a German site, Geheim, which took over the Agee business, had named him as a CIA agent., Seeing how well he handled his previous posts in Baghdad, I'm skeptical that he was a Company man, Interestingly, one of the most qualified men for that slot, the one who was an Agency legacy, and served in Niger, in the late 80s, and was
Carles's boss for a time, was turned down, because of one column by Silverstein,

Ben Franklin Forever

But only because I'm a moron...


A new D-Day, or a new Maginot Line?

Nicolas Sarkozy criticised for approving wind farm on D-Day coast

"...erecting more than 100 turbines more than 525ft high just seven miles off the Normandy landing beaches."

Ben Franklin Forever

what's the complaint, now?

Not enough food products in the text?

Ben Franklin Forever

Met's Police Chief Resigns.....

Really? He wants us to think his spa break was his share of the loot?


Btwe, daddy, according to the Daily Mail, another Firm poobah, looks to be joining
BP's passel of former Spies, this ones's a Russia and China expert, probably to exploit
fields around Murmansk.

Ben Franklin Forever

I stuck my finger in my ear and now I can't get it out...

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Dana/Cleo/Al Asad/Benjie:

I have a question about your positions that doesn't make sense to me. You claim to be an anarchist and yet, you seem to love the big government, control every facet of your life, liberals, how do you square this? I always thought that anarchy/anarchists had an aversion to government and most especially to government authority. Can you explain?



LUN is the link to a Jay Greene report from last year detailing that growth and some of what drives it.

I think Kim mentioned that she had met Matt Ridley but I read his The Rational Optimist in part to rebut the common fallacy being repeated constantly now that higher ed is and must be the primary driver of innovation.

"You are describing a planned economy" is the appropriate response to a pol so often these days. It elicits such shock though. They honestly believe higher ed plus big business plus politicians is capitalism.

Ben Franklin Forever

Sara; Don't believe everything you read about me.

JM Hanes


I believe Cleo is a comfy chair anarchist, subsidized by academia. Next question.....


Clarice, I could just hear Rush reading your Pieces on the air tomorrow. That good.

But alas,he's playing golf.

Ben Franklin Forever

"I believe....."

'Nuff said.......

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

Frau your chicken liver recipe is posted on Sat thread at 3:41pm. Anyone who try's it let me know how it goes. If anyone is interested in any more "old" recipes let me know, Agent J Commander in Chief has been collecting them for year. I really like the ones from the late 20's and 30's where you ate lard on white bread and called it a sandwich with grass soup, etc..


Thanks, Caro.


Mark Steyn will be on tomorrow, so maybe he'll do it. Dana proving himself a jerk about our then recently departed friends,
Susan and Peter, shows the hollowness of his soul. His lack of originality, flows from it.


If the game were try to hit the post or crossbar, we would be up something like 6 to nil.


Momma just made me laugh. She says she can't get over that the Brit announcer for the World Cup sounds exactly like Eric Idol, so she keeps waiting for a Monty Python sketch to break out and she can't take anything he says seriously. Ha!

Now I've become infected with that same presumption:)

Gilligan represents the triumph of the ordinary over the extraordinary ... it had always bothered him that people criticized “Gilligan’s Island” for being silly; they didn’t understand it, he said. “Not a single critic got it, with the basic concept of democracy staring them right in the face.” He viewed my book as a vindication of his work: “I never thought I’d see the day when an English Professor of some note would use ‘Gilligan’s Island’ as one of four pillars on which rest the liberal democratic view of the recent past in America.



Actually he sounds more like David Frost, who
some of the Pythons, apprenticed under, on 'THe Week that Was"

hit and run


Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet


George Washington

I cannot tell a lie.
The real Ben Franklin would never read Mediamatters, no matter what. He had his own printing press.

Frau Steingehirn

Diamond Bar CA gal scores!


"Don't believe everything you read about me."

Why does that sound ominous?

Danube of Thought

No stable adult would behave the way Dana Ward has been behaving for at least five years now. Many of the things he has written here and elsewhere are simply incoherent. That is one seriously troubled man, incapable of examining himself objectively.

Danube of Thought

Wahoo! Alex Morgan! One-zip, eighteen minutes to go.

hit and run

Hi sylvia.

I've missed you.


I'd say DeeDubya is a postmodern anarchist. They cultivate a high tolerance for weapons grade cognitive dissonance. The tell is the constant bombardment of reasonable folks with context selected to dither their settled mindsets. Don't try to figure out which glass has the poison ... they both do. DeeDubya is immune to his own hobgoblins.


Sorry but both announcers are watching a different game than I am. Both Boxx and Lloyd are turning the ball over way too much. Boxx is the worst offender but LLoyd has had better gsmes. Since the Jaanese dont seem to generate much maybe we get away with it. Go USA

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