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Michael J. Kubat

Good post -- except that it wasn't the Germskis who bombed Pearl... ;-o}

Sue

except that it wasn't the Germskis who bombed Pearl

Tom is making fun of the smartest president ever. Obama may or may not know who actually bombed us at Pearl Harbor.

PaulV

BO uses WJC, a man who turned down chances to kill and/or accept an offer to turn over UBL alive as his sock puppet in a Romney hit ad,

Sue

I have no problem with Obama doing a victory lap on this. I do wonder what Bush would have done, though. I doubt he would have taken credit for it.

PaulV

Michael, it was a reference to a Belushi movie, Google is your friend

Sue

Obama may or may not know who actually bombed us at Pearl Harbor.

I really should have finished this thought with Obama may or may not know but our Dear Leader definitely knows who bombed us at Pearl Harbor. Smartest Dear Leader ever!

Sue

it was a reference to a Belushi movie,

For real? So does this mean Obama got his history lesson from a Belushi movie?

AliceH

On the other hand, our president is WAAY smarter than Bluto. From a speech July 2008 (source Linked Under Name), my emphasis:

Throughout our history, America's confronted constantly evolving danger, from the oppression of an empire, to the lawlessness of the frontier, from the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor, to the threat of nuclear annihilation. Americans have adapted to the threats posed by an ever-changing world.
Jolts&Volts=Votes.

Bin Laden Dead, General Motors Alive. Believe it or not, this is his platform.
=============

What's good for General Motors, is good for the USA.

Heh, Bin Laden off life support, General Motors on it.
================

Jack is Back!

It won't work unless he can some how tie it to how the economy has expanded under his watch, how it has made gasoline prices lower than Newt's $2.50 a gallon, or how employment is at a all time high.

You can bullshit with razzle dazzle or you can razzle and dazzle with bullshit. Pick your choice.

GMax

Me thinks the pitzer putz is demonstrating that not only is it wrong that he "does not give a shite" but in fact it is bugging him down right to his soul, assuming his still has one. That he is disappearing off into the ether means he is but a whisper in the deep woods, unnoticed and forgotten.

sbw

"Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"

One of the bestest movie lines ever.

Defines a culture.

GMax

I think he is giving the shite a dump on your head, from where I sit.

Tom  Maguire

Lest I forget - Eventually I want to comment on the notion that in disbanding the CIA team that had spent a decade hunting Bin Laden Bush had abandoned the search. Not so!

Also, the Booman has a howler of a post which deeply deserves a bit more exposure.

The key bit is this:

"Not only did the president insert the Chinooks into the operational plan, but that decision proved critical to the success of the mission."

He bases that on an early report of the raid which was overtaken by subsequent reporting.

Still one might apply a bit of common sense - his view is that, until Obama intervened ten days before the Go date, the military was relying on two Black Hawks with no backup.

Fortunately Obama got involved so they added two Chinooks. Uh huh. Seeing as how Carter's Debacle in the Desert sent eight copters when they needed six (and three eventually malfunctioned due to a dust storm), I think it is a better bet that the military is sensitive to the need for back-ups.

But maybe Obama is that insightful!

Threadkiller

Ben Shapiro is the "nonsense" king at Brietbart.

http://www.westernjournalism.com/breitbart-editor-we-wont-vent-obamas-forged-selective-service-card/

We are not Shapiro.

PaulL

Ibama took several months to give the go-ahead on the raid. If you can call what he did giving the go-ahead.

I can't think of anyone except Ron Paul who would not have made the same gutsy call, but months sooner.

Jane

I wonder why TK? I like Shapiro quite a bit, and I expect he had a good reason.

Clarice

By the time we got Osama he was pretty much done with except for dying his hair taking viagra and living in squalor with his wives and children. In time I'm sure we'll learn tht ISI turned him in cause he was running out of dinars.

Threadkiller

"White House misses senator's deadline on prostitution scandal.

The White House has ignored a deadline to provide answers to a senior Senate Republican about the Secret Service prostitution scandal, an aide to Sen. Charles Grassley said Friday.

In his letter, which contained 14 questions about the review, Grassley said he wanted the answers by Thursday. However, the deadline came and went without any word from the White House. E-mails and phone calls to the White House from Grassley's staff members Thursday were ignored, Grassley aide Beth Levine said.

The White House declined to comment about why the material had not been sent to Grassley."

http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/27/politics/secret-service-grassley/index.html

Wait till Larry Sinclair(asshole) hears this!

Threadkiller

Not one he could quantify, Jane. Super Vetters Extraordinarie ignore the Sheriff of the fourth largest county, by population, in America.

Makes no sense.

Frau Steingehirn

The sock puppet is *always* superior to Cleo.

PaulL

Remember this from 2003:

****But now, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is telling reporters that the Bush administration may already have captured Osama bin Laden and will release the news just before next year's presidential election.

On Fox News Channel's "Special Report with Brit Hume," Roll Call reporter Morton Kondracke recounted Albright's comments to him during an encounter before Tuesday night's broadcast, while she was waiting in the green room to appear on another show.

Kondracke said the former Clinton official approached him and asked, "Do you suppose that the Bush administration has Osama bin Laden hidden away somewhere and will bring him out before the election?"

Kondracke said that Albright didn't seem to be joking, explaining, "She was not smiling."

He shot back, "You can't seriously believe that."

Albright replied that she thought a bin Laden October Surprise orchestrated by Bush was "a possibility."****

Danube of Thought

I take it Ben has been getting deleted.

PaulV

NO LIMIT is a moby.

Danube of Thought

Who is the Boo Man?

Janet

I have no problem with Obama doing a victory lap on this. I do wonder what Bush would have done, though. I doubt he would have taken credit for it.

A bit of a post from a friend of mine on FB -

"George W. Bush speech after capture of Saddam Hussein:
"The success of yesterday's mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq .
The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the Dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them."

Notice the word "I" was used exactly twice in the statement above, "I Thank" and I congratulate."

Now let's see how many times our current President can use the word "I" or "my" in his speech?..........
Barack Hussein Obama speech, Sunday, May 1, 2011:
"And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as I continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.
Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by my intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan . And finally, last week, I determined that I had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.
Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad , Pakistan .""

Jack is Back!

I am still at aloss as to why Ben/Dana/Leo (its not Cleo) hangs out here? Does he really think he is busting balloons or creating havoc or changing opinion or ruining our social experience? If so, then he is validity to the worthlessness of an Ivy League education.

boris

it's cleo

Jack is Back!

Janet,

There is class and then there is......?

GMax

Remember the next time that he tries to deny he is Dana Ward, that in addition to the outburst where he reacted to the use of his first wife's name, he just bragged about being related to Lt Col Ward who was killed at Goliad.

Not a very good liar, now is he?

PaulV

The real TM @7:33 links to Boo

PaulL

The gutsy call:

August 2010: Interesting, but get back to me when you know more.

September 2010: I can't order an operation based on guesswork.

October 2010: I need a 100% guarantee.

November 2010: What do you think, Joe?

December 2010: What do you think, Hillary?

January 2011: What do you think, Bob?

February 2011: I'll have to sleep on this.

March 2011: Didn't I already say that I needed to think about this?

April 2011: Do I have deniability, Val?

May 2011: Why have you interrupted my golf game?

GMax

Who refers to themselves as a "hairpin"? Did you mean douchenozzle?

Clarice

He's driving away some of our best posters. He ruined Jeff Goldstein's website. People who play the game with him are really allowing him to ruin this website.

GMax

The Lord would not repeat that mistake, twice. NO WAY

Clarice

Gallup:

"Although Obama's approval rating is improving, this is offset by the fact that it remains below the averages at the same point in time for presidents who were re-elected. All presidents since Eisenhower who were re-elected enjoyed average approval ratings above 50% during their 13th quarters in office."

narciso

One of the more interesting details that fell through the memory hole, was where Obama and his family where before Abbottabad. the report in the Daily Mail, from about a month
ago, suggested Sharipur and Peshawar, which raises a question who knew in the Pakistani government, did Kayani, who is now the Chief of the Army, but was the head of the ISI.

PaulV

Narc, any info on these two who just defected?
Actress Anailin de la Rua and actor Javier Nunez, cast members of "Una Noche" ("One Night"),

GMax

And a fan of feathers, dont forget the feathers...

narciso

We know now, that few trusted Scheuer, to actually handle the hard work of tracking Bin Laden, Widlanski explains why, in 'Battle for
the Minds, other more capable figures handled
that task, and he took credit for it, The same
cannot be said for Pillar, who too many took his judgements seriously,

GMax

Yeah but one in particular here cant teach...

Rob Crawford

None of those things apply, except maybe changing opinion.

Because a decade of calling people "racist greedy bastards" over and over is SO convincing.

And if people are playing my game, it means they're thinking.

Except I've never seen evidence that you think. All I've ever seen from you is reactionary name-calling and bile. Your words, your actions, your endless insistence on barging into communities that disagree with you in order to spit on the people there makes it clear that what you do is not "think", but HATE.

I learn from you,

Bullshit. The crap you spew today is indistinguishable from the crap you spewed a decade ago. That's how you're so recognizable. You never change, because you start from the position of your own absolute purity and our absolute corruption.

You want to show signs of being capable of learning? Learn that when your comments are being deleted, you're not welcome, and stay away.

Danube of Thought

I haven't read much except the headlines on those Cubans. But if they made a movie in Cuba about escaping from Cuba, how did they get permission to come to New York to get an award for it?

narciso

Now if Pillar had gone to Faber, I mean Dartmouth earlier, he might have been the model for Blutarski, more like Niedermayer.

Pops

ONE AGAIN...ARE REPUBLICANS JUST TOOO STUPID. STOP FIGHTING OVER OBAMAS STRENGHTS.
Yes he approved the raid, yes they killed Bin Laden...
But the REAL question was never who could kill Bin Laden, the real issue is what if we had CAPTURED Bin laden?

Would Obama have used enhanced interrogation on Bin Laden? Would he have waterboarded him if we suspected he had a plan about to be activated?

Romney should have come out as soon as that Obama ad aired and challenged Obama - would you have used enhanced interrogation on Bin Laden to save American lives? To save an American city?

Obamas teams only answer would have shown how ridiculous his position is, NO I WOULD NEVER WATER BAORD HIM, BUT I WOULD PUT A BUNCH OF BULLETS IN HIS HEAD. It would show Obamas TRUE weakness and bring back the whole subject of GITMO and trails for terrorists, etc.

Man these Republicans truly are just plain dumb.

scott

In time I'm sure we'll learn tht ISI turned him in cause he was running out of dinars

I have never considered it, but that's probably spot on.

"Osama didn't pay again this month, Boss"

"What, He thinks I am funny, like clown"
.
.

"Osama? You won't see him around no more"


Danube of Thought

Headed out for dinner with five other couples and twelve Maine lobsters.

Clarice

Don't stint on the butter.

GMax

Just got this announcement:

We are proud to announce that one of MAFPAC’s favored pro-troop candidates has won their primary bid in Arizaona. Former US Marine and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom Jesse Kelly is running in for Congress in a special election for Arizona's 2nd district.

Is this Tucson and Giffords seat?

PaulV

DOT, they left relatives in Castro;s paradise.

narciso

Yes, it is, GMax, ironically, Jesse Kelly, was originally dismissive of the Huntress, yet
she endorsed him anyways.

Rob Crawford

Headed out for dinner with five other couples and twelve Maine lobsters.

Are lobsters good at dinner conversation?

narciso

That's usually the way it works, and with the Visa lottery, you need special consideration to qualify, that's why giving one to Josefina
Vidal, is just bewildering.

GMax

Are lobsters good at dinner conversation?

Are you kidding? Its like listening to Dana Ward yammer on and on...

Pops

Good question to ask Obama?

If Bin Laden had been captured instead of assasinated, what WERE your orders to the military regarding interrogation? Was he entitled to a lawyer? Was he not to be questioned? Did you forbid enhanced interrogation to discover any imminent plots to kill innocent Americans?

This would get very ugly for Obama very quickly..yet the Republicans failed miserably to even bring it up.

He doesn't want to get into those questions and the Romney campaign gave him a pass.

GMax

The only person that could have held that district as a Democrat was Giffords and she barely got reelected. Looks like we have a Marine headed for the House of Representatives.

narciso

I agree with you, Pops, that Cofer Black, who is one of Romney's advisors should have fired
back sooner, since he was running that operation first at the CTC and then State liason,

daddy

Great comment at 08:08 Janet,

Mighty revealing.

narciso

Now these folks are more readily 'embedded' with the Taliban, more than any US official,
so take it for what it's worth;


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/28/al-qaeda-chief-ayman-al-zawahiri-on-alert.html

Jane

"He's driving away some of our best posters."

I agree and apparently he's not the only one.

It bums me out.

I hope you are having Maine lobsters DOT.

narciso

Vro what it's worth, Pharrer's work suggests
that Zawahiri, was always trying to get rid
of any competition, including Osama, This theory makes some sense, superficially, unlike
Osama, Zawahiri really suffered at 'the Citadel' after the Sadat assasination, and has probably chafed at the notion of having
taken so many risks, and yet not receiving
sufficient recognition,

Rob Crawford

Are you kidding? Its like listening to Dana Ward yammer on and on...

Ah. Thus dunking them into boiling water or splitting them in half and putting them under the broiler first.

Sue

Janet,

I had forgotten about Bush's speech after Saddam was captured. Thanks for the reminder and comparison.

Threadkiller

"A Truly OrwellianMeasure

April 27, 2012 2:07 PM

A Truly Orwellian Measure House Chamber, Washington, D.C. April 27, 2012

Mr. Speaker:

Under the Fourth Amendment, if the Government wants to snoop through a person’s email, it must first convince a judge that there is probable cause to believe that person has committed a crime and it must specify the documents it believes are relevant to that charge.

Yesterday the House passed a measure that makes a mockery of this cherished protection. Under the guise of cyber-security it allows the government to pressure and cajole Internet providers to turn over their subscribers’ data and for the government then to use that data – without the consent or even knowledge of the individuals affected – for a wide variety of vague purposes unrelated to cyber-security – all without warrant.

This is a truly Orwellian measure that our Bill of Rights was specifically written to prevent. I hope the House will have second thoughts as it reflects on the ramifications of this act."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6CWns0EoJg&list=UUMh04KC4LfIzKoXh2Xws_pw&index=1&feature=plcp

http://mcclintock.house.gov/2012/04/a-truly-orwellian-measure.shtml


They came for my keyboard and nobody spoke up...

bio mom

Disagree. Romney should not get distracted by responding to Obama. He should just stay on message. Jobs, Economy, Debt. Over and over. The election will be about that. Nothing else.

xbradtc

Concur with bio mom.

Now, it's fine for partisans on the sidelines to snark and snarl about minor issues (Treacher's response to the wailing over Seamus the Dog was brilliant), Romney shouldn't open his piehole to say "good morning" to his wife without hammering Obama on the economy and spending.

narciso

Well, no, it's a policy question, as Pops points out, is killing every midlevel AQ figure the answer, or should there be some
reconsideration of aggressive interrogation.

xbradtc

Narisco, sure. It's a valid policy question. It's also a distraction from the central issue of the campaign.

Obama wants to talk about anything but his performance on the economy. Why give him the chance?

Frau Steingehirn

TK, tell me why the House Republicans are the ones who passed that bill overwhelmingly. From what I have read, the president will veto it and thereby be on the side of freedom.

I need more clarification.

narciso

The same reason, that with a few exceptions, notably Disraeli in the 19th Century, and Thatcher and Churchill in the 20th, Mill
was right about the Tories.

Threadkiller

Anyone else watching the WH dinner?

Threadkiller

My best guess is pandering, Frau.

Clarice

I just read Kim Kardashian is there..Oh gosh..I coulda run over and seen her...my heart is broken-But who better deserves a place there than Kim?

narciso

What is it, you are inferring about that get together of jesters and/or retainers, Clarice.

Frau Steingehirn

I came up with that,too, TK. Is political theater all we get? The Dems put more Patriot Act stuff in place, and now they are against this? I smell a setup. Again.

Clarice found out who the Kardashians are, but would she recognize one?

narciso

Now there are some worthy people there, General Odierno, Petraeus, Allen West, Of course, the master of ceremonies has to be a classless jerk.

Clarice

I am sure it's even more classless or obnoxious than usual. what news organization inited Kim Kardashian? Every thing in this town just keeps getting more tasteless and juvenile.

Threadkiller

Kimmel was hilarious.

It was worth watching.

narciso

What can one expect in the fourth year of Claudius's reign,

mockmook
    Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad , Pakistan .""

    Posted by: Janet | April 28, 2012 at 08:08 PM

No shit, Obambi.

I thought some private would authorize an invasion into an "ally" country.

Captain Hate

He's driving away some of our best posters.

Are you sure about that? Granted he's a boorish clod who adds nothing of substance to the conversation but people are free to come and go as they please. TM has the ability to give him the bum's rush, which apparently he has quite a bit recently and I applaud him for doing so. But he hasn't driven away most of the people I can think of (JMH seems to come and go as she pleases and also chose to engage him periodically).

At the risk of pointing out the very obvious, there's no right to not be irritated.

Clarice

I'm pretty sure, CH. Of course one doesn't have the "right not to be irritated", but one has the right to go elsewhere when he is..and unfortunately that is happening.


Niters.

If TM doesn't want to go thru the bother of deleting all those posts, he ought to whistle and get one or two to help .

AliceH

He's driving away some of our best posters.

Are you sure about that?

I just assumed, CH, that meant those of us not driven away were being subtly informed of our status as "not some of our best posters". ;-)

hit and run

CH - thought you would enjoy this:

Tim McCarver: More home runs hit today because of climate change

Although MLB has taken the vid down...

Clarice

SOME--not ALL, Alice H. Not ALL.

Clarice

Niters. If I remembered to take my meds they should be working their magic now.

MJW

The comment by Janet could form the basis for an Internet political ad. Show the speech by Bush and and then Obama, and each time they say "I," have the the phrase it's used in appear superimposed on the screen.

AliceH

The comment by Janet could form the basis for an Internet political ad.

MJW - I thought that, too, but there's the little matter of Bush not running. I couldn't think of how to turn that into even an "ABO 2012" promotion much less a more direct "Romney 2012".

MJW

MJW - I thought that, too, but there's the little matter of Bush not running. I couldn't think of how to turn that into even an "ABO 2012" promotion much less a more direct "Romney 2012".

That is a problem, but it still might work as an Internet ad, which allows for more focused negative attacks. The point would be to show that with Obama, it's all about him. Perhaps it could be used along with other examples of his egotism.

Ann

President Obama was so vindictive this evening that I had to find something that helped me go to sleep with good thoughts and I found this:

Photobucket
President Bush dances with a wounded warrior.
h/t @MmcKinnon (twitter)

Good Night Patriots.

Danube of Thought

The Maine lobsters were just wonderful. They made no conversation at all at dinner, but they did some fine singing beforehand.

Nytol.

Jane

I thought Kimmel was good, and have to admit, Obama was quite funny. He got under my skin in all the right places which I am quite sure was his intent.

Pops

While we are on the subject of the WH Correspondents dinner. Why do the Republicans alolow the liberals to define groups such as THE RICH. You notice in the press, THE RICH only inludes Republicans supporters. Meanwhile, the Top 1% supporters of Obama are not called THE RICH, or the 1%, they are called CELEBRITIES.
Republicans need to start calling eveyone the press says is a 'celebrity' into what they really are, the rich 1%.

Then when the press compain about the RICH, Republicans should counter with all the rich the press mis-labels as celebrities.

The same way with liberals getting to say who 'environmentalists' are, when in fact, they aren't environmenta;ists at all, they are in fact EARTHISTs, and technology phobes, and progressphobes.

Clarice

Thanks. JiB/

Jack is Back!

There is road rage and then there is this.

Ouch!

Janet

Maybe Dan Savage has opened the door on being able to talk about the content of the Bible with students! If he can give a sermon on his interpretation of the Bible...then it should be fair for another speaker to give a sermon on his/her interpretation. Lessons from the Bible are now a go!! Thanks, Dan!

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