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narciso

Funny, how they forget about this;

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/04/leading-foreign-policy-voices-mount-pro-hagel-defense/

Freeman is in on this, so I imagine Crown Prince Salem, is handling this directly.

Danube of Thought iPad

"...helped spur the increase in the number of political organizations that pop up to engage in the big political entanglement of the moment."

And they seriously think that's a bad thing?

Clarice

SCAM Ltd is working very hard to get the NYT subscriber list--oh, you know why...

NJJan

Narciso,

But the pro Hagel is accepted free speech.

Off topic, I see NJ's finest, Senator Menendez, is scheduled to appear on ABC this morning re Foreign Relations committee member. I wonder if this includes his Dominican Republic relations. Somehow I don't see Martha Raddatz broaching this topic. He knows he is perfectly safe. If he were a repub, well ...

Jane - Mock the Media!

How dare anyone get in the way of the NY Times bias? Harrummph!

narciso

Well the little berg from whence he comes, used to be Little Havana north, the demographics have decidely changed to the degree, that Imam Rauf has a presence there. he is still one of the few anti Castro figures left in the Congress, although his ability to spout the Dem party line, on everything else, is what kept CREW from flagging him for six months,

rse

But they are not the least bit concerned about Organizing for Action with it's unprecedented email list and ability to raise money without disclosing donors?

NJJan

Agreed on Menendez, Narciso.

Captain Hate

Kimberly Strassel slattering the pathetic performance of the Repukes on Benghazi. Good job; good effort. Idiots.

Melinda Romanoff on Kindle

If the NYT were going to protect their own perceived monopoly on trademarked megaphones, I wonder where that mindthink might appear....

hit and run

"...helped spur the increase in the number of political organizations that pop up to engage in the big political entanglement of the moment."

These groups are like the assault rifles of issue advocacy. When George Washington wrote the Bill of Rights on the stone tablets and came down from the mountain, he was talking about pamphlets and newspapers, not glossy ads in high capacity magazines and slick tv spots funded with billions of dollars from shadowy billionaires throwing their money around like Adam Lanza spraying bullets in a school full of defenseless children.

Captain Hate

Juan Williams is impressed that Rodham has gotten more drunk in more countries than any prior Secretary of State.

narciso

LOL, hit, Pew ran the astroturf behind Campaign Finance, as the Levick/CCR spearheaded the opposition against Gitmo, Joyce handles the disarmament ploy, but those are all default settings.

daddy

OT:

Yesterday took my co-worker down to the very south tip of Manhattan Island and we did a neat tour of Fraunces Tavern, supposedly the oldest surviving structure in Manhattan (built 1719), and the site of Washington's Farewell Address to his troops.

A docent in the long room, on the 2nd floor, the site of the Farewell, talked nonstop for almost 2 hours explaining the fascinating history of the place. Stuff like how Fraunces, the Tavern owner, was a Revolutionary, and after being captured, because he was such a good cook, General Howe of the Brits made him his official cook for the War Years, and that after the War Washington had to write an announcement to protect Fraunces from being beaten by his angered Manhattanite neighbors, explaining that Fraunces was secretly spying for the good guys, Then when Washington became President he hired Fraunces as his cook for his entire 8 years in office. The building also for a short while housed the Treasury Department, the State Department, and the New York Chamber of Commerce, all at the same time. Wouldn't you love to have a Federal Govt so small you could shove 'em all under the roof of a 3 story high tavern? I wish.

Anyhow, well worth a visit if you have spare time in the City.

Of interest was that they told us that bottom floor of the building (a restaurant) was only opened last week as a result of the Sandy flooding, and they showed us a line on the wall downstairs where the water was 3 feet high inside the building.

Thomas Collins

See LUN (via Instapundit) for Charlie's summary of the elements of his second 13-week fitness regime. Charlie's approach commends itself to any sort of regime: set forth the elements of a regime substantially likely to improve one's physical, mental or emotional being (or all or any combination thereof), have measurements for whether one is following the regime, but don't become obsessed with any specific goal. For example, Charlie does not set forth a blood glucose level that he needs to achieve by the end of the second 13-week period. However, he is continuing practices that will reduce blood glucose levels and is measuring blood glucose.

centralcal

How interesting, daddy!

Jane - Mock the Media!

I don't see Martha Raddatz broaching this topic. He knows he is perfectly safe.

I wonder if he got it in writing?

Daddy, did you and Jimmy meet?

Jane - Mock the Media!

MTP had a pretty good interview with Paul Ryan this morning.

Does anyone disagree that Andrea Mitchell is the dumbest plug on the planet?

narciso

THat was the place that the FALM targeted back in 1975, and Clinton subsequently pardoned them, with the imput of Holder, no.

Thomas Collins

I think Andrea belongs in the Media Plug Hall of Intense Shameful Idiocy (MePHISI), Jane, but I think she has company. Soledad O'Brien, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, David Brooks and Rachel Maddow, in my mind, are equally deserving of being charter members of MePHISI.

Captain Hate

Does anyone disagree that Andrea Mitchell is the dumbest plug on the planet?

I used to think it was Durbin but he at least has to convince people to vote for him, unlike Trandrea who God knows how she ever became gainfully employed. Although at least she successfully lobbied Greenspan to marry her (granted he's as ugly as a toad). Maybe it's Ezra Klein.

Captain Hate

How could I forget Special Ed Schultz?

narciso

She was a clueless local reporter back in Philadelphia, back when my late Philly Cop friend,
was walking the beat, Back in the 80s, it didn't seem like the brainslugs had been going to town,
although in her memoir, she along with Wallace fils
seem to believe, that Reagan got it too easy.

daddy

did you and Jimmy meet?

Not yet Jane, tho' we have before, and probably will next week.
JimmyK called just as we were getting out of a cab heading into the Strand Bookstore for a couple hours browsing thru the stacks. We took a rain check, and my wingman and I decided, since we were down south, to walk on over to McSorley's where we spent the next 4 hours getting awful jolly! What a fun town to have a bit of liberty in. Still wondering what to do today. Maybe the Egyptian room at one of the Museums up Central Park way. We have to be sober by midnight. Any suggestions anyone?

hit and run

daddy:
We have to be sober by midnight. Any suggestions anyone?

Stop drinking around 4.

Danube of Thought
Captain Hate

Yeah Reagan had a real yellow brick road with a donk House all 8 years and they captured the Senate at the end. And he was shot.

Idiots.

Captain Hate

daddy, you've been to the southern tip; why not go far north and catch The Cloisters (assuming you haven't done that previously). Or go in Chinatown to Downtown Music Gallery and ask them where the hell my order since before Christmas is.

daddy

THat was the place that the FALM targeted back in 1975

Correct Narciso: From the New York Times, 1999:

Clemency Opens Old Scars For Sons of Bombing Victim (at Fraunces Tavern)

President Clinton announced on Aug. 11 a conditional offer of commutation for 16 members of the group that claimed responsibility for the attack at the restaurant, Fraunces Tavern, which killed 4 and injured more than 60 people. Now Joseph and his older brother, Thomas, 35, veer between outrage and gloom...The brothers believe that the President is pandering to Hispanic voters in New York to help his wife's likely Senate candidacy...Thomas Connor said. ''It's to help Hillary get the Puerto Rican vote. There is no other possibility. To say these people are nonviolent is ridiculous.''

daddy

Stop drinking around 4.

LOL Hit:)

Clarice

Go to the Cloisters--you don't want to miss that.

And right on time--a female Dem official says women in combat shouldn't use assault rifles--only regular ones--because the former are too hard for them to handle.
http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2013/01/25/dem-rep-women-should-serve-in-combat-but-shouldnt-use-assault-weapons/

Neo

Nuclear Energy in Iran takes a step backward ...

An explosion deep within Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation, trapped about 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former intelligence officer of the Islamic regime, and reported by Reza Kahlili on Thursday.

The previously secret nuclear site has become a center for Iran’s nuclear activity because of the 2,700 centrifuges enriching uranium to the 20-percent level. A further enrichment to weapons grade would take only weeks, experts say.

LUN

Janet

An OT daddyish kinda post...
In church this morning our worship singing was led by Indian Christians. They did some songs in Hindi...it was lovely. The last song we all sang together was "I Have Decided To Follow Jesus" which was written by Sadhu Sundar Singh.

sammy small

Daddy,

The place in Manhattan sounds wonderful. If you only had time for one Revolutionary War site visit in Boston, what would it be.

henry

Clarice, I think you found a new candidate for dimmest bulb in the US.

narciso

And she is spearheading the antigun effort in the House, remember she was the one behinf the original
AWB

AliceH

Clarice@12:09 - That is just hilarious.

CAROLYN MCCARTHY: I will tell you, if you talk to professionals, hunters and certainly sportsmen, they’ll tell you [an AR-15 is] not the gun to use. A rifle is more accurate.

LOL!

daddy

Very interesting janet.

A year or so ago we were in a cab in Bangalore going to some temples, and I was asking the cab driver as we passed certain Hindu Temples which God was this one or that one carved on the rooftop. He kept pleading ignorance, and then told us he was a Christian and had been raised as a Christian, so that was why he didn't know who any of those gods were. I knew more of the Hindu gods than he did. That struck me as funny.

Sammy,

I've only been to Boston once (many years back), so I don't know the City well at all. I suppose Faneuil Hall or the USS Constitution would be my top choices, but Jane and TC and Dave would obviously know better.

narciso

Well they do have a very superficial understanding of things, this is how Hillary can be tricked into celebrating an Eid dinner on the wrong month

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/27/president-worried-that-media-just-isnt-liberal-enough/

Danube of Thought iPad

"[an AR-15 is] not the gun to use. A rifle is more accurate."

Does it trouble this woman at all that an AR-15 is in fact a rifle? Good God.

Clarice

I only regret that I hadn't that article when I wrote mine. It would illustrate better than anything the degree of nuttsiness I was trying to explain.

rse

CH & Clarice had the same rec as I did.

If you are in midtown I love to go by the Palace and start opening doors and peering into the Brownstone rooms.

I also love the American Wing of the Met and all the period rooms from various houses that no longer exist.

Jane - Mock the Media!

Paul Revere's house (cause you get to go to the North End), walk the freedom trail, the USS Constitution, Lexington and Concord if you have a car, it's really been years since I've done any of it.

And right on time--a female Dem official says women in combat shouldn't use assault rifles--only regular ones--because the former are too hard for them to handle.

Next up: Make them wear aprons, in case they get their pretty little uniforms, dirty.

narciso

Well they are just auditioning to be included inthe next round of Pieces, clarice, competition is fierce, like American Idol, in reverse,

Porchlight

I also love the American Wing of the Met and all the period rooms from various houses that no longer exist.

Me too, rse.

I believe the American Wing renovation is complete and it recently re-opened to spectacular reviews. I loved it the way it was, but everyone says it's better now.

narciso

With the obvious exception of Sharyl Atkinson of course, the 'den of scum and villainy, that represents our ruling class, is not unlike the Byzantine Court of Justinian except considerably less competent.

Captain Hate

Does it trouble this woman at all that an AR-15 is in fact a rifle? Good God

She's too dumb to recognize the extent of her stupidity.

Porchlight

Not only does she not know that an AR-15 is a rifle, I would bet $10,000 that she doesn't know the difference between a rifle and a shotgun.

pagar

http://www.thepiratescove.us/2013/01/27/thats-weird-dhs-wants-7000-scary-looking-rifles-for-personal-defense/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

"The Blaze) The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” (PDW) — also known as “assault weapons” when owned by civilians."

a. Homeland Security doesn't want their female agents using the best weapons.
or
b. The Democrats don't want female combat soldiers using the best weapon.
or
c. The Democrats don't have a clue about weapons.
My guess is c.

Threadkiller

"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic, and we should stand up and say, 'WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!'"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJxmpTMGhU0

Threadkiller
narciso

See, things haven't changed in 10 years.

Jane - Mock the Media!

Sure you do, champ.

Shouldn't that be chump?

Threadkiller

I would go here if I make it back to Boston again:


http://greendragonboston.com/

Not only is it rich with history, I had the best breakfast of my life there.

Danube of Thought iPad

"5.56x45mm NATO" is a cartridge, not a rifle. Both the M-16 assault rifle and the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle are chambered for that cartridge.

AliceH

My favorite Boston thing is the Isabella Stewart Gardner "museum". That's in quotes, because it's essentially her house, modeled on a 15th century Venetian palace, more or less as she left it, full of the most excellent art. They give concerts there - it is serenely beautiful.

narciso

Wow.Alice. you're not kidding it does like it belongs in the Piazza San Marco, or next to the Arsenale;

http://www.profimedia.si/picture/isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-the-courtyard/0087483571/

Porchlight

Shouldn't that be chump?

Yeah, I was just riffing on Allahpundit.

Have Blue

Danube - The HSD has indicated that they are in the market for ~7000 PDW chambered for the 5.56 NATO round. The draft requirement refers (IIRC) to a minimum accurate effective range that would indicate a rifle or light carbine, ability to conceal, and the compatibility with all standard NATO magazines specifically including 30 round magazines.

Old Lurker

Alice I just read a novel centered around the Gardner museum. Art Forger something or other by Shapiro. Was a good read. Learned a lot about forging art...

rse

Porch-after law school when I was in NYC on business I stayed over for the weekend and spent a bunch of time by myself going through the American Wing. I was so slow and methodical taking in the details that security came over to have a chat.

I am guessing with the remodel they took the carved in marble thanks to Mr and Mrs Claus Von Bulow away?

Sunny won't mind no longer being mentioned.

Old Lurker

Narc, I am so sick of McCain, Graham and their whole crowd...

narciso

I got to get a look at that one, OL.

sailor

AliceH, Agree re museum. Went there some time ago when two of our daughters were working in Boston for the summer. Love the place!

Old Lurker

Kindle, Narc. Was fun.

maryrose

TK and Jane:
I am writing down your suggestions as we are going to Boston and Cape Cod this yesr in late spring.
daddy: I love the 2 places you showed pictires of and would very much like to go to Fraunces Tavern because of the historical significance.

Neo

In fact, the new worry at Davos this week is that people aren’t worried enough. A heavily oversubscribed Spanish bond auction is the latest sign of what some Davosians see as a growing bubble in the credit markets.

Old Lurker

Maryrose....same offer I made Jane and Caro:

Ferry trip from the Cape to Nantucket and a nice dinner is on me! Should be there from late spring on.

Old Lurker

Bubble in the credit markets? Ya don't say...!

What would Mel say?

peter

Daddy, welcome to New York. Another good suggestion for off beat museums would be the Tenement Museum, and the Morgan Library.
And if you visit the Cloisters, you might be able to find a cool Dominican neighborhood restaurant, and pick up a nice Cubano sandwich.

caro

Going with the message in the Glock ad DoT linked above, the scarier looking the weapon, the more of a deterrent it is. Seems the military-looking versions should be favored.

jimmyk

The Cloisters is great, but might take an hour to get to from all the way downtown. A beautiful sunny day, though, so might be worth it. From downtown, Ellis Island/SofL is great, of course. You can't go wrong with the Met either. All those things I never do because I live here.

bgates

they’ll tell you [an AR-15 is] not the gun to use. A rifle is more accurate.

She must have been thinking of the AM-1682 assault musket.

hit and run

IIRC, the AM-1682 comes with the automatic, high-capacity bayonet.

peter

Another cool thing to do would be to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and have a slice of pizza in DUMbo. (i THINK Grimaldi's is there.)

Melinda Romanoff on Kindle

OL-

Return OF Principal defeats Return ON Principal, every time. If the ECB is going to buy you out of your trades in Spanish sovereigns, who am I to argue?

narciso

Seriously what could possibly go wrong,

Jane - Mock the Media!

Maryrose,

Don't forget to come to Sturbridge. And I certainly recommend Old Lurker's hospitality. It's quite fabulous.

Clarice

From AP:

"White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration strongly disagrees with the decision and that the NLRB would continue to conduct business as usual, despite calls by some Republicans for the board members to resign.
"The decision is novel and unprecedented," Carney said. "It contradicts 150 years of practice by Democratic and Republican administrations."
The Justice Department hinted that the administration would likely appeal the decision by three conservative judges appointed by Republican presidents to the U.S. Supreme Court. "We disagree with the court's ruling and believe that the president's recess appointments are constitutionally sound," the statement said.
The court's decision acknowledges that it conflicts with what other federal appeals courts have held about when recess appointments are valid, which only added to the likelihood of an appeal to the high court.
The ruling also threw into question the legitimacy of Obama's recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray's appointment, also made on Jan. 4, 2012, has been challenged in a separate case.
Carney insisted the court's ruling affected only one case before the labor board and would have no bearing on Cordray's appointment. Obama on Thursday renominated Cordray for the job."

Interesting to see what legal strategies people use to deal with this.

narciso

Does Carney have enough nuss to feed all those 'squirrels,' honestly,

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

From the look of those little girly-nerd glasses I'd say his nuts are either atrophied or non existent.

jimmyk

Peter's ideas are better than mine, and daddy won't find today's 28 degree temperature too cold for a walk across the bridge. Brooklyn Heights is nice to explore, especially walking south along the promenade to Montague St, where there are some bars and restaurants.

caro

Daddy, the High Line is also a great walk in the city. Map in the LUN.

caro

Or a visit to the carrier Intrepid.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Just read this week's Pieces clarice and not only is it excellent but it has my blood boiling.
It is primarily boiling because of the useless Republicans. Why couldn't they have compelled that b*** to answer the questions Sharyl Atkinson can't? They had the opportunity and the power and did nothing about it.
In doing nothing to hold that b*** accountable they are contributory to making our country less safe. She is neither smart nor competent and yet those clowns not only couldn't pin her down they didn't even try.
Do any of these bastardos take their jobs seriously?

jimmyk

Good ideas, caro. The High Line is apparently a voyeur's delight, NTTAWWT.

I'd thought about the Intrepid, but had a vague idea that it had been shut down for a while by Sandy.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

BTW, I miss JMHanes.

hit and run

BTW, I miss JMHanes.

Me too. And The List says her birthday is this week.

maryrose

OL; Thank you for the invitation. The last two times we went to Martha's Vineyard and this time we have decided on the Nantucket option.
One fond memory had myself and my daughter taking the bus tour of Vineyard Haven and Edgartown and my husband and son on a moped doing all the places in between. My son loved it and my husband got a kick out of it too!
Jane: I would love to see Sturbride again. We still have our colonial hats and other paraphenalia.
I have finally tackled what I refer to as "The Basement" in these long, cold January days. It is therapeutic to throw things out and make a fresh start. The items I am discovering are really unique. Who knew we had all these hidden treasures. I am talking about an old high school football game program from when my husband played for St. Ignatius. Also a copy of our high school newspaper where it tells which classmates received scolarships to college.Great mementos and conversation pieces. I am glad I grew up when I did.Life was easier then, less complicated.'
clarice:
An absolutely excellent "Pieces" today. Thank you. I agree that this type of behavior has been ongoing. The fact that we are shining a light on it can only mean that we as Americans will move to do something about it. Evil doesn't get to triumph at the end of the day. A lot can happen between now and 2016.

Clarice

Thanks, Iggy and Maryrose.

Iggy, the medium is the message--when congressmen agree to committee rules like their 5 minutes each rule and count on 18 year old aides to prep them for the cameras, and the witness is a congenital liar who no one forces to give a straight answer,,that's what you get.

maryrose

IGGY:
I am convinced that had anyone really gone after her they would have been painted as anti-woman or depicted as piling on, poor, defenseless, sick Hillary. This was all theater. She delayed testifying for sympathy purposes. She choreographed the tears so everyone would be disarmed by her grief. She is a fake and a phony, like Obama and Clinton{Bill}. My hope is that smart people and even some dumb ones are finally going to see through this charade and realize how harmful this ideology is to our country. Let's face it, Bammy doesn't want the real facts out because they are so damning to him.Eventually we will know the truth and only then will the faux legacy be tarnished.

jimmyk

Clarice, I can see that for normal day-to-day business, but this is pivotal life-and-death stuff that has been brewing for four and a half months. If they can't break out of their routines for this, what will it take? Some fresh blood, apparently, double entendre intended.

maryrose

I still loved Johnson getting her to make the "What the difference at this point does it make?" statement. That caused the false face to slip and is campaign ad gold. Later he defended himself in the Washpo for asking a real question and pinning her arse to the floor. She doesn't like it when people hold her accountable. We know where her Achilles heel is. She, like Obama hates criticism.

maryrose

Hit:
Which day is JmHanes birthday? Maybe she will come back for it.

Old Lurker

Maryrose "I have finally tackled what I refer to as "The Basement" in these long, cold January days. It is therapeutic to throw things out and make a fresh start. The items I am discovering are really unique."

Me too! I tackled my walk up attic last week, threw away about 2 truck loads and took about the same to Goodwill. MY discoveries included my stack of framed Vargas prints that got banned from the house when my daughters were born.

:-)

Old Lurker

Seriously, did anything happen to drive JMH away? Or Sarah...though I enjoy the peace and quiet? It is a shame to lose the good ones like JMH and Maybee.

Clarice

exactly, jimmyk..but you are dealing with a bunch of dumb egomaniacs who just want their faces on the evening TV news.

My husband was once chief counsel to the Senate Investigations Subcommittee and watched then Senator Percy mess up a hearing after his aide sent him a note which read"Interrupt witness, cameras rolling/"

On the bright side, they mess up so badly they'll never be able to get anyone for perjury before a Congressional committee.

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