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MarkO

The Science is settled.

narciso

What is striking is, Bigelow, apparently is all over the map, in her depiction, the accounts are based more on Soufan and Coleman account to Mayer, Rosenberg, et al, but as Bergen and Bowden have pointed out, we still got intelligence from Ould Slahi, and Quahtani,
the only way to win, would have been to deny
that the Courier Al Quahtani, came from those persons at all.

Clarice

I think we ought to publish pictures of celebs without their makeup and in their usual slobby dress every time they make progressive bleats.I think that's still outside the blackmail laws.

matt

Long ago, performers were ostracized. They were not allowed to be buried in sacred ground. They were considered lowlifes, prostitutes, and degenerates.

They are still lowlifes, prostitutes and degenerates but in today's culture, that's a feature, not a bug.

Their self sanctification as artistes is, with a very few exceptions, completely inauthentic. They hide behind artistic freedom like Taliban dressed in Burqas.

Nagisa Oshima, a Japanese director, was feted for his exploration of liebestod in a film where one lover castrated her lover with a samurai sword. It seems most of the leading films the trendy watch today are mysogynist, cartoons, or explore the more dark and sleazy sides of the human experience.

There is no credibility left in this self proclaimed pintelligentisia.Self proclaimed heir to Woodie Guthrie rides around in a G 500 from his estate to all of the trendy watering holes and Lady Gaga is considered the great artiste. pfui!

I say let the lady wear her meat dress to the dog park one day and let Bruce Joad get convicted for income tax evasion.

Clarice

HEH////I said make them the subject of ridicule.and do not feed the pigs.

Frau Haesslich bis geht nicht mehr

Eye bleach without charge, Clarice. Flashback to Kathy Griffin. Ewwwwww!

BumperStickerist

Torture?

That reminds me -

'24' Seasons 1 - M'eh(1) are available on Amazon Prime free of charge.

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1) Basically, the point of diminishing returns such as Kim and the Mountain Lion.
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matt

Somewhere, someone mentioned Kenneth Clark's "Civilisation" the other day as an antidote to the brainrot on television.

I found it on Amazon for $47 in Blu-Ray, and so we now have @ 10 days of evening entertainment/education. Really looking forward to it now that Huell Howser's gone.

henry

Matt, that was required viewing for honors history class in high school. I remember a book that went with the shows.

narciso

Yes, that was a problem because they had only written half a season by that time,

Danube of Thought iPad

I still remember (I think) the very beginning of the first episode, where we see Clark addressing the camera saying something like "Civilzation--I can't say what it is, but I'm standing on the Pont des Artes in Paris and I believe I am at the very center of it."

Unique patent pending P-Motion.

Free electricity for your home.
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matt

Mom got us hooked on it at home and we loved every minute. Kenneth Clarke was The Man.

They used to re-run it on PBS regularly. PBS could make a fortune and do reruns once again if they were smart, but Clarke's views are probably anathema today.

daddy

My 2 cents after just istening to Krauthammer on Brett Baire's show on FOX, commenting on President Obama's Executive Orders today:

DrK: "I give the President credit for sincerity on this. There's not a lot of political advantage in this as there is in a lot of other stuff he's pushing. He didn't have a plan to do this, this was not what he campaigned on last year, it wasn't on his agenda. It was I think a genuine response to the massacre in Newtown which i think moved him. The problem is he doesn't know what to do and no one knows what to do. The things he signed today, the Executive orders, are useless. It's the appearance of motion. I think it's sincere, he wants to do a little bit at the edges, little research here, little encouragement here, but everybody understands it's not going to make any difference."

I disagree with DrK. I don't think there is a sincere bone in Obama's body except the one's that want to destroy his political enemies and take down Constitutional America. Whatever works to accomplish that, whatever smokescreen, whatever topic will allow him to stand in front of children and damn his enemies is what he will use, especially now that he is "more flexible" after winning re-election. Giving this President the benefit of the doubt in being "sincere" seems to me to a sign of massive naiveté on the part of Dr Krauthammer.

At least Steve Hayes on the panel was able to get in a final comment on the inappropriateness of Obama having the children surrounding him on the podium.

narciso

This isn't the first time, he's misgauged Obama, daddy, an insight into the cluelessness of our 'future secretary of state' gott in himmel, also note, the Ambassador was the same fellow who was pushing for the release of Megrahi, in London, a year before;

http://www.cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=10DOHA71&q=john-kerry

Extraneus

He didn't have a plan to do this, this was not what he campaigned on last year, it wasn't on his agenda. It was I think a genuine response to the massacre in Newtown which i think moved him.

What a load of bullshit. He didn't campaign on it because it would have hurt his campaign, but it was on his agenda from Day 1, and was the root cause of Fast and Furious. Genuine response my ass. Maybe DrK should be "moved" if he doesn't get that.

Extraneus

DrK is smart enough to know that, though, so his comment is even worse than if he was dumb enough to believe it.

narciso

Seriously, this has been on his agenda, for 16 years, conservatively speaking,

Jane on Ipad

Nice choice Mel, particularly because it was 2 for 1 grey goose night.

Extraneus

Rubio:

"Nothing the president is proposing would have stopped the massacre at Sandy Hook. President Obama is targeting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens instead of seriously addressing the real underlying causes of such violence," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said. "Rolling back responsible citizens' rights is not the proper response to tragedies committed by criminals and the mentally ill."

But the new Brady, complete with spouse, Gabrielle Giffords is getting into the act.

On the other side, a group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, and her husband, Mark Kelly, has gotten involved in making the public case for gun control. Kelly and Vice President Biden, who led the president's anti-gun violence task force, met Wednesday in Washington.
NK

Dr. K was polite to a fault here-- Barry I is immune from any feeling of empathy-- his narcissism and self-love leaves no room in his 'heart' for that. This man has no problem with stabbing a partially born child with forceps and exploding the brain stem thus killing the child; paraphrasing Tom Clancy, there is no room in Barry's heart for anything but Barry.

narciso

I think this is a little on the projection side,
but still'


http://rt.com/politics/obama-election-report-violations-103/

Rick Ballard

Kim,

Great comments today on the Death Train Hansen thread. The Warmmunists seem a little out of sorts - has The Great Watermelon gone rotten?

narciso

That was very foolish of Hansen, doesn't he know better to amscray on the illstay, or no one sent him the memo.

daddy

Sadly narciso, all 3 on the panel today, Steve Hayes, Juan Williams, and Dr K, criticized the NRA for their ad about Obama's kid's having protection. All 3 thought that was an outrageous ad, but at the close is when Haye's was able to add in that he thought Obama's use of kids at the podium today was inappropriate.

As for me, I have no problem with that NRA ad at all, calling the President an Elitist hypocrite. That's what he is.

Extraneus

All 3 thought that was an outrageous ad

Is there a link to give more money to the NRA, outside of membership dues?

henry

Ext, your mailbox and voicemail will fill with opportunities.

daddy

Worth noting that in the last few days I've seen 3 Repub's going strong after the President---

Rand Paul
Marco Rubio
Ted Cruz

Unsurprisingly, all 3 are candidates of that part of the Republican Party that is supposedly "the problem" with the party---they're all Tea Party candidates.

Methinks we could do with a lot more "problems" on our side.

On the non-problem side of the party, yesterday Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) became the first Republican senator to come out against using the debt ceiling as leverage for spending cuts, contradicting Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans who favor such a tactic.

Murkowski: Country must pay its bills

Porchlight

It was I think a genuine response to the massacre in Newtown which i think moved him.

Sorry Dr K, that was generous of you but I don't buy it. Remember the story a year ago about how they were going to "do gun control under the radar"? Remember how Fast & Furious was conceived? This was nothing but a plan waiting for just the right moment.

Similarly as I think someone already brought up here, possibly maryrose or Janet, the NY legislation was not written in one month. It was in the can ready to go - waiting for just the right time.

Nothing "moves" these people except excitement about being able to carry out their long-cherished crusades against the rights of Americans.

narciso

Was she always this dense, daddy, because Murkowski pere, seemed unexceptional but not deliberately stupid.

jimmyk

This was nothing but a plan waiting for just the right moment.

Yes, it's another "Never let a crisis go to waste" moment.

Janet

Porchlight, It was Extraneus. His posts have been GREAT today.

Melinda Romanoff

Jane-

Would I steer you wrong? The back patio is a nice break.

Porchlight

Thank you Janet for the correction - and thank you Extraneus! We are nearly always in agreement. :)

Frau Wut

I won't watch Kucinich. Beam down Traficant and I'll watch.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Weird weird story about Notre Dame's Manti T'eo and his supposedly dead girlfriend who apparently never existed.
Apologies if already linked.

glasater

DrK is a shrink and has outright called 0 a narcicist so he knows better. But rational people are always looking for common ground with BarryI for some reason.
I don't! I think 0 is mentally unhinged and has some kind of veneer to hide the illness.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I thought this was quite funny from Ace's comments;

In Soviet Russia, the epistemology closes you.

-- wooga

Frau Apfelfreundin

Not looking for common ground,glasater; I must not be rational.

btw your new apple is the offspring of Braeburn and Gala. Good parentage.

Porchlight

Exactly, jimmyk.

fdcol63

Obama doesn't like America, that's why he promised to "funadmentally transform" it into the Marxist/socialist ideal of his radical mentors and family.

He's succeeding on all fronts thanks to the elitists who share his views and the parasites feeding at the public trough - and those Republicans who sought to send a message and didn't vote in 2008 and 2012.

We're headed for a "massive correction" - both economically and culturally .... or worse yet, too complacent to stop our slide into a Marxist totalitarian hell.

narciso

Now this is not surprising, the first wave of Guatemalan guerillas, were in part US trained, but it does put these 'nationbuilding'exercises into perspective;


http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mali-insurgency-followed-10-years-of-us-counterterrorism-programs/2013/01/16/a43f2d32-601e-11e2-a389-ee565c81c565_story.html?wprss=rss_federal_government

Clarice

Looks like signing up for the American counter terrorism groups is now the jihadis preferred method for weapons acquisition

narciso

It seems that Pincus is right about this, which as Janet would point out, would be a first in a long while;

http://thinkafricapress.com/mali/captain-amadou-sanogo-power-his-middle-name-coup

narciso

Actually they've been fairly on point, going back some time;

http://thinkafricapress.com/mali/politics-ethnicity-locality-mali-mujao

glasater

Hey Frau-

Hope you approve of my new favorite apple;) Thanks for letting me know its heritage.

This is so off topic but a friend sent me a video link that I just watched and it made me think of daddy's job and what it might like to fly to all the exotic places he does.
Just imagine you're in an Airbus cockpit with our favorite pilot coming into San Fran:
http://www.wimp.com/approachlanding/

(A) nuther Bub

Yeah, what you do is impressive, daddy, but landing a Cessna150 on HNL 4L in a crosswind/rain squall is far more exciting, seems to me. Especially when one's legs are quivering. Probably your legs don't quiver much in crosswinds, daddy.

Thanks, glasater, that was fun. So are rocking chairs, my current choice for excitement.

daddy

Was she always this dense, daddy,

Yes.

(A) nuther Bub

Was she always this dense, daddy,

Yes.

You talkin' about me? Well, yes, I was. I have a good heart though.

glasater

You would never be dense (A) Bub.

Are you a pilot yourself?

daddy

Surprising to me that a President and an Attorney General and a Homeland Security Director, who were all too lazy to read the 10 page Arizona Immigration Law, or the fast and Furious memos, or the Benghazi attack reports etc, are now somehow able to sit down and pencil whip up 23 Executive Orders in response to letters from kids upset about Newtown.

But maybe that's the ticket. Maybe what you have to do to get the attention of this White House is to write whatever problem you're concerned about as if you're a childish 10 year old incapable of taking care of yourself, and you promise to emote on cue as required. Worked for Sandra Fluke.

daddy

Hi (A)B,

Helps to weigh 450,000 pounds in a strong crosswind---makes it like walkin' the dog. But that light Cessna stuff...Yikes! That's dangerous! I'd trade you temperatures but that's about it.

"Wing down, top rudder."

Sounds like you had the blood pressure pumping a tad above normal today, no?

(A) nuther Bub

Are you a pilot yourself?

I've given it a whirl, Donna, mainly because I was in a family where getting a private pilot's license was a rite of passage (it will be one chapter in my autobiography entitled "Trial and Error" which name pretty much encapsulates everything I've attempted). Honolulu's not a good place to mess around with flying though -- at least not for cowards -- cause there's no airport for small planes and you're in among the big guys, like daddy, who know what they're doing and are in large and scary "heavies." I finally decided to take up knitting as an alternative.

jimmyk

somehow able to sit down and pencil whip up 23 Executive Orders in response to letters from kids upset about Newtown.

On the off chance they were written in the last few weeks, as opposed to sitting in the inventory of "crisis opportunities," I would be confident there is a staff of 23-year-old recent Ivy League graduates whose job it is to dream up this stuff on short notice. Then ValJar gives it a quick look-see and then hands it to the JEF as he comes in off the golf course.

narciso

No, AB I would never refer to you, in that way, I though the Murkowski reason would make it clear, Reading McCrystal's memoir is illuminating in some ways, including some he didn't intend, he relies to much on the Times's
rather jaundiced coverage of Iraq, in his notes,
he actually takes Obama at face value, that he really wanted the operation to succeed, in Afghanistan, or Iraq frankly, and he was too naive about Hastings.

narciso

The Post, unexpectedly showed that the Center for American Progress was the outfit behind this plan, a week ago, which isn't surprising that Tanden, Podesta's standin, was there on Sunday,
to float trial balloons.

glasater

(A) nuther Bub-

Similar story with me. There were always small aircraft in my better halfs family. My m i l took up flying in WWII and would fly to the family farm up by the Snake river. She would tell me about having to "prop" the plane and scrounging around for a warm body to do that.

I had my own Piper Warrior for some years and loved to fly to shopping destinations. Loved it!

Watch Phone in India

I would be assured there is a team of 23-year-old latest Ivy Group graduate students whose job it is to desire up this things on brief observe.

daddy

According to this interesting Genetic study reported by France 24, either the Ashkenazi Jews were unbelievably fecund or, opposite of the standard theory, they are descended from the Khazars:

Gene study settles debate over origin of European Jews

In other breaking genetic news, a new study says that Australia experienced a previously unknown wave of migration from India about 4,000 years ago.

Jane on Ipad

Glas,

My mother was the president of the Maine flight club during WW2, something I would never had known if I didn't come across a newspaper story about it. She is still alive and has never mentioned it, and when asked refuses to talk about it.

peter

I am taking my son to Princeton this weekend for a rowing workshop, which means I get to walk around downtown Princeton for a few hours. Yay!

Extraneus

Drudge:

Patriot4Freedom

Since when did Drudge start to post photos from Obama's prized photo album ?
You know, the one he titled "My Favorite Tyrants and Mass Murderers" . . .

But you do have to admire the blatant copying of his heroes' use of children as props for the latest in tyranny.

Patriot4Freedom

Ext - Great cartoon !
Here's some more info from the CDC website.
LUN

All injury deaths = Number of deaths: 180,811
All poisoning deaths = Number of deaths: 42,917
Motor vehicle deaths = Number of deaths: 33,687
Unintentional fall deaths = Number of deaths: 26,009

Melinda Romanoff

25 hostages freed in Algeria.-Reuters

anonamom

This Manti Te'o thing--no matter who hoaxed whom-- lets everyone see how absolutely LAZY (useless) the press has become.
The many different dates reported for the girl's (fake) death alone illustrate it.

All they care about is the story. Any story.
Facts---why bother to find those?
But we already knew this, didn't we?

Captain Hate

The MFM is doing far more fact checking on a college football player than they ever did on the lying Indonesian in the White House. Maybe he should've said the fake girl had a voice like wind chimes. Or was a composite.

harrjf

Jane,

The first rule of flight club is "Never talk about flight club!"

Cecil Turner

On the off chance they were written in the last few weeks, as opposed to sitting in the inventory of "crisis opportunities [ . . .]

Okay, but I think the chance of that is essentially nil. Likewise the view of Charles K. that the President is acting on conscience, here, due to being moved by Newtown. The liberals trot out precisely the same hoary "solutions" (e.g., gun control, universal health care, amnesty, minimum wage, confiscatory taxes) every time they have an opportune political moment. If they came up with a different solution, just once, I might buy that it resulted from original thought. So far there's no evidence of that here.

Jane on Ipad

35 hostages killed, plus 15 hostage takers. Not known if any of the dead are Americans.

Janet

SO true, Captain.

Janet

I asked on the other thread - What is the difference between an Executive Order & an Executive Action? Those 23 points were called an Executive Action.

Cecil Turner

An executive order is a directive by the President to the Executive Branch (i.e., those obligated to follow such direction). Many of those "executive actions" were inaction, directed at himself (e.g., nominate ATF Director), or too vague to implement. Per NY Mag, only three of the actions were "orders" (actually presidential memoranda, but there's precious little difference), which I think is about right:

direct federal law enforcement to trace all guns taken in federal custody in the course of a criminal investigation
direct the Department of Justice to ensure that all applicable information from federal agencies is made available for background checks
and direct the Department of Health to "conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it."
That last, by the way, may run afoul of current law, in which case it'd be invalid (if it's ever tested).

An "executive action" has no definition I'm aware of (except the obvious dictionary one: something the Executive does). It looks to me like he's trying to get credit for doing 23 things when he's actually not doing very much.

Janet

Amen to this -
Worth noting that in the last few days I've seen 3 Repub's going strong after the President---

Rand Paul
Marco Rubio
Ted Cruz

Unsurprisingly, all 3 are candidates of that part of the Republican Party that is supposedly "the problem" with the party---they're all Tea Party candidates.

Methinks we could do with a lot more "problems" on our side.

Janet

Thanks, Cecil.

NK

The Future- The NYT (of all places) highlights the debt disaster in San Bernadino Calif- too much government spending/borrowing leads to hardship and disaster, especially for the working class citizens of the City. This is the NEARterm future for calif, Ill, Ct, NYS and RI-- and the Medium term future for the USA. get used to it-- here's a blogger's take on the NYT article: http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2013/01/15/blue-storm-ravages-california-city/

James D.

Amen, Janet!

Our side needs to be about 10,000% more aggressive in calling out Zero and his administration, and not mincing words.

The nonsense from DrK that was noted above is a good example. Zero obviously isn't sincere. He obviously doesn't give a damn about anyone's children, or anyone's life, except his own. He's demonstrated it time after time after time...and way too many folks on our side (Boehner et al) still keep trying to deal with him as though he's a reasonable person, a decent human being, someone with whom common ground can be found.

He's not, and there isn't.

He's, as I believe MarkO keeps pointing out, a nasty little man. And a liar.

Melinda Romanoff

Cecil-

Thank you for that poignant clarification.

narciso

The Algerians, despite some of the snarc, at Ace's thread, pretty much decapitated much of the top leadership of the GIA, in the mid 90s,
that is because they are not that picky about what they hit, some like al Hassine, and this
Mourackchat (sic) did survive, Once again, they slipped through our fingers;

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/16/fbi-left-in-dark-about-tunisia-release-benghazi-suspect-source-says/

Dublindave

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narciso

Well the last link, from the top, raises questions;


http://www.linkedin.com/in/ronaldfeinman

henry

don't be silly duda, Wayne is not switching life stories with you.

narciso

Well Monti shows enough foolishness on other matters;


http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/17/uk-italy-gay-idUKBRE90G0OW20130117

narciso

I guess he had to be this insulting, in order to cover this concession to common sense;

http://www.theprogressiveprofessor.com/?p=20492

Jack is Back

Is Manti 'Teo the new Lance Armstrong or is he more like Tebow.

Notre Dame AD seems to think he is more Tebow than Armstrong

I have no idea but as they say in the biz - this ones got legs.

rse

Does anyone remember our discussion months ago about the creation of the Erik Erikson Institute in Chicago?

I remember ValJar's mon was involved but I am also recollecting Arne's mom was as well.

Does anyone remember? It's actually important in one of those lots of moving parts ways.

The computer sorts posting here will appreciate I found the flow charts being used to create the assessing software programs of what is supposed to be personalized learning.

It not only completely contradicts the narrative used for political support, it could be included in a psych grad class on how to program people if you get access to them while the mind remains malleable. It feels like the template on how to turn people into closed systems instead of the open-ended ingenious innovators some are capable of becoming.

Captain Hate

Oliver Stone and his fellow idiot wrote a letter to the WSJ whining about Ron Radosh's negative characterization of the oxymoronic "Untold History of the United States". Much unintended hilarity ensued.

Captain Hate

JiB, I didn't see any reference to Tebow in that article, at least searching by name (the whole thing is pretty boring to me by now). The ND AD should contemplate the first rule of holes.

narciso

Well this comes up, here, at first look, rse;


http://www.newamerica.net/blog/early-ed-watch/2009/duncans-record-chicago-baking-early-ed-public-schools-10170

Yes, Captain, which lie are they trying to correct here, she was his girlfried, she died,
and then you compare with the carp that Tebow has put up with this year, while Sanchez is practically sending his own team to the infirmary,

Melinda Romanoff

Sue Duncan Center, the Board has all the right players. Some overlap. Same side, different team. Same $$ pool.

narciso

No wonder they don't have a clue, and not likely to get one, anytime soon,

narciso

Yes, I see no problem with this,

Melinda Romanoff

"If Manti Te'o had just told everyone that his girlfriend died in a kiln explosion, none of this would be happening."

(Things JPod wrote)

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