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July 27, 2007

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kim

Opinion Journal has a nice article, today.
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clarice

Pretty hard to respond in detail in public when you are dealing with perhaps the last unleaked and very important part of our intel operation--something the J Com snakes and Harman know full well. As Terrey noted nothing prevented the committee from taking the evidence in executive session, something Gonzales offered them.
Try it sometime.

kim

I swear Gonzales was smirking at Schumer.
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Epphan

...And Clarice hits on why it works for Gonzales even if he is lying. Schumer, Harmon and Co. can't say much either...not that they would want to. My Lord, is there nothing better these folks could be doing?

hit and run

TM:
I bet reasonable minds (if any are left in Washington)


Well, there is Clarice.

MikeS

“The program had different parts, but there was only one program,”

Sounds like Jane Harman knows exactly what the disagreement was about. She wants to argue semantics in front of the cameras rather than substance in closed session.

narciso

Don't let him reveal Treadstone (Jason Bourne or the nanotech project; now I've
done it. Seriously, is this the biggest
circlejerk ever.

Ranger

Hmmm... Perhapse there is an opportunity here. The AG could appoint a Very Special Prosecutor to look into this matter. Then the Very Special Prosecutor could ask for a clearer definition of their mandate which could result in the authority to not only investigate specific statements by one adminitstration official, but any other issues that might also arise from that investigation. Since these statements at issue were about a classified program that was partially leaked, would not the investigator have to determine how that part of the program in question became public?

Suddenly you have a Very Special Prosecutor who is not only investigation statements about the program but also how the program became public in the first place. Such an investigation could lead into all kinds of interesting places such as the offices of the Dem members of the Intel committies, the Justice Department itself, the FISA court. I wonder if the Dems really want to see that investigation (actually, I don't wonder at all).

Cecil Turner

OK, I have some idea - with all this howling, I bet reasonable minds (if any are left in Washington) will agree that he was being awfully cute, at a minimum, and was lying, at a maximum.

Sorry, but Gonzo was limited by what the President had declassified, a point he made very clear in the disputed testimony:

SEN. SCHUMER: But you are telling us that none of these people expressed any reservations about the ultimate program. Is that right?

ATTY GEN. GONZALES: Senator, I want to be very careful here, because, of course, I'm here only testifying about what the president has confirmed. And with respect to what the president has confirmed, I believe — I do not believe that these DOJ officials that you're identifying had concerns about this program. [emphasis added]

The only "program" he's referring to is the one the President admitted to, which, from context, is obviously not the whole enchilada. Harman's "selective declassification" charge is also hooey, since Gonzales is not a declassification authority, and he necessarily is limited in what he can discuss. And it does not appear there was any honest confusion on the part of the Dems . . . only an attempt at playing “gotcha” with an important national security issue.

Perhaps we can have a run-of-the-mill prosecutor (as opposed to a "special" one)investigate their casual handling of classified material . . . oh no, that's right, they're exempt from the law, aren't they?

tryggth

I think its a semantic thing. Gonzales is talking about a program that no longer exists after the Comey and DoJ fit (and threatened to quit). The acknowledged program is simply the "old" program with the required operational modifications. Hence to Gonzales its a different program.

Jodi

Gonzales was threading through a minefield. His mission was to confuse and to throw into disarray the Committee while officially answering questions but actually giving up very little, and get all the Liberals/Democrats to scream, and scream but in the end there would be nothing to it as usual.

He has only to back up what he said item by item if pushed legally. He doesn't have to say it in a way that can be easily understood. If he had done that, then the Committee would have moved on to the next subjects which might be more difficult to handle.

Now they are bogged down for a period of time.

hit and run

Back to the Clinton-Edelman fued...

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton that a top Pentagon official did not intend to impugn her patriotism by suggesting her questions about U.S. planning in Iraq boosts enemy propaganda.

At the same time, Gates defended his aide and the author of the letter, Undersecretary for Policy Eric Edelman, calling him "a valued member" who provides "wise counsel and years of experience (that) are critically important to the many pressing policy issues facing the military."

Seems too tepid for me. But at least I am heartened to know this:

Clinton's spokesman Philippe Reines said the senator was "disappointed that Secretary Gates does not repudiate Undersecretary Edelman's unacceptable political attack."

May her disappointment grow with time.

Cecil Turner

His mission was to confuse and to throw into disarray the Committee . . .

They shouldn't be talking about this stuff at all. They've got a committee for that sort of thing, with jurisdiction and rules specifically designed to mitigate the deleterious effects of oversight hearings into sensitive classified programs. And last time I checked, Sen Schumer ain't on it.

At the very least, they could have closed hearings, if they were actually interested in legitimate oversight issues. The fact that they don't leads one to conclude . . .

PeterUK

What is wrong with these Congress Folk.they seem to have the Inverse Lady Macbeth Syndrome,"In damned spot".

clarice

I wrote an article on this to be published Monday or Tueday. I suggest Schumer's been exploiting this non-story about Ashcroft's sickbed and the kerfuffle so well he's eligible for the milk producer subsidy. *wink*

SaveFarris

Not to give the Dems any ideas, but do any of you Constitutional Scholar types know if the Senate can vote to "revoke" their consent on Gonzales's nomination?

Pofarmer

Ya know. It's really too bad they didn't let Comey and the others resign. Sure would have saved a lot of trouble.

clarice

It's too bad they appointed that guy in the first place IMO.

Pofarmer

Well the administration was obviously way too trusting of folks like Schumer. I certainly hope they've gotten over that, and whoever is waiting in the wings is taking notes.

topsecretk9

FYI - De Villepin formerly charged in the Clearstream thing.

BobS

Along the same track, another question for the legal mionds here. When reading one of the lawyers take at Powerline a moment ago, I read how the dismissed US Atty's terms had expired. I know that they have four year terms, but if this is the case why has this point not been stressed?

RichatUF

TSK9

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy

RichatUF

Cecil-

At the very least, they could have closed hearings, if they were actually interested in legitimate oversight issues. The fact that they don't leads one to conclude...

They want to get details to cover their tracks, hide their foreign bank accounts better, etc...sacre bleu...

kim

Right, Rich, the pond dreg with the ritzy moniker turned the knife on the alliance against Saddam.
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Robin Roberts

But when you boil down the dispute, whether or not Gonzales did or did not correctly describe a dispute about the legality of the details of an intelligence program ... what is the significance?

Absolutely none. Why is it Congress' business about how the administration internally debated the structure of a program, the details of which Congress was informed of in the usual manner. There is no allegation here that the program was conducted in a manner not disclosed.

This makes a tempest in a teapot look exciting.

bio mom

So has Ashcroft died or something? Why doesn't somebody just ask him about this!

Ever notice that the one branch of government with the least checks and balances is the legislative branch? They should investigate themselves.

clarice

Heck, they should subpoena Pelosi under oath--she supports Gonzales' version of event.

pilsener

Let's face it, Gonzales didn't know whar was going on, has had a great deal of trouble figuring out what went on, stays confused most of the time, and was never intellectually qualified to be Attorney General. That said, the only thing he is guilty of is not being very smart.

Carol Herman

Sorry, but two Jews in congress, feinstein and schumer, cannot fire anyone on Bush's staff.

They can grab the spotlight, however,

Those two turkeys are good at doing that. Of course, you could ask "why?" But that's like asking prostitutes "why" they charge money to do deeds others find pleasurable.

It's hard to explain if you don't know the business angle.

Right now, the left is fully invested in defeat. And, failure. They're trying to sell this to the public. So they beat the public about the head with things they threaten to do in congress.

Meanwhile, they threatened to pass the immigration bill. And, Immigration Bill turned up dead.

Sometimes, looking at feinstein and schumer I think of bouncing dead cats.

Barney Frank

--Well the administration was obviously way too trusting of folks like Schumer. I certainly hope they've gotten over that, and whoever is waiting in the wings is taking notes.--

Ummm, we are talking about Republicans here. Do they ever learn?

--Sorry, but two Jews in congress, feinstein and schumer, cannot fire anyone on Bush's staff.--

If there is evidence that two Protestants, Catholics or even Zoroastrians in Congress can fire someone on Bush's staff I might find this comment less repugnant. Otherwise.....

kim

How about 'Two neocons in Congress can't....'
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Neo

I had picked up on the Harman statement yesterday and started to believe that the Democrats were trying to put Gonzales in "a box" over his testimony.

If he said it was the NSA program, then he could in fact be lying, but to go into those other activities would risk a release of classified info, as Ms Harman implied.

Gonzales even offered to answer a question about this "other activities" in closed session, but the Democrats who have none of it.

Thus, it looks like the Democrats were trying to force Gonzales to do the job of the New York TimesPresident and decide what classified information should be made public.

I find this sort of pressure by the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee to be comtemptable, if, in fact, this is the case.

glasater

Can someone please explain to me what all the fuss about the TSP program is when some seven years ago when Clinton was in office he had ECHELON going on?

TerryeL

Oh Puhleaze, why does this have to mean AG is lying or being cute. The latest allegation to get the Democrats frothing at the mouth is a supposed conversation that Mueller had with Ashcroft four years ago.

Isn't that hearsay anyway? I mean in the real world with real people with real problems would anyone even consider charging a man with perjury on the basis of such a statement? Especially when none of it means a damn thing anyway.

I think they are talking about different things and they all know this is silly.

And I don't think AG is dumb. Good Lord the man does not have the background of a dumb person. The problem is he is swimming with sharks now and he is not a predator.

dmh

Carol Herman wrote:

"Sorry, but two Jews in congress, feinstein and schumer, cannot fire anyone on Bush's staff."

I can barely believe I am reading this. What place does anti-semetism have on this blog? Is this the level to which the discourse has fallen. I have come to expect more from this blog but maybe I need to reconsider.

TMF

Good to see the Democrats have finally accomplished something substantive during their tenure "running the country"

They got Gonzalez on record, possibly (but not definitely) lying about a program that was instituted to protect the American people from mass murdering psychopaths.

Bravo, PelosiReid. Bravo. Whats next, getting the head of the OMB to admit he took an extra long lunch break once?

topsecretk9

DMH
I have for a long time commented that a certain someone is a paid stooge whose goal is to fit in just enough to plant rotten crap on Right Wing sites - the theory really makes sense when you think about how heavily moderated the lefty sites are -- are they in on this variation of the google bomb they so adore?

MikeS

The problem is he is swimming with sharks now...

Yes Terrye, and the sharks aren't really performing oversight, but political theater.

Gonzales may not be adept at this game but ... Well I just love him 'cause his pisses them off!

dmh

topsecretk9:

Not sure what your point is. I don't know about anyone else who visits this site, and I do every day, but I find this sort of rank anti-semitism abhorrent. There is no place for this sort of thing--left, right, or center. It will discredit this very valuable blog unless something is done. I am also distressed to see that there have not been others condemning this post. I thought mine would be but one of many expressing outrage and it simply has not happened.

PeterUK

duh,
"anti-semetism" = anti-semitism.

MayBee

dmh- we've tried, and there's nothing we can do about it except fill threads with condemnations. Don't assume that lack of commentary is approval.

PeterUK

"It will discredit this very valuable blog unless something is done. I am also distressed to see that there have not been others condemning this post. I thought mine would be but one of many expressing outrage and it simply has not happened."

Barney Frank the reason there aren't many comments is because they don't read Carol's posts.If you were a regular,you would know that.

PeterUK

Sorry Barney Tripepad ate my comment,that was to duh.

PeterUK

Sorry Barney Tripepad ate my comment,that was to duh.

dmh

PeterUK--

I'm sorry but I don't get your point. I read this blog every day but rarely go to the comments. I did during the Libby trial because I found it very interesting. I happened to look today, again because this is a topic I find interesting. So because I don't read comments regularly I am not allowed to be outraged?

I find it all very distressing and will find other blogs to read. When Tom M. decides to police the comments I will come back but this is just unacceptable.

MayBee

You could email Tom and point out the offensive post,
You could go back to doing what you said you did before, reading only Tom's posts and not the comments.
If you read this blog regularly, you would perhaps have noticed that Tom often leaves for extended periods of time, so is unable to police every comment.
You are allowed to be as outraged as you'd like, but you also tried to take other commenters here to task for not being outraged. My point and PeterUK's point is that we don't all read the comments, or we've realized asking the commenter to stop doesn't work.

PeterUK

Far be it from me to call you a phony duh,you obviously missed the recent scum attack,amazing you just managed to catch this.
All this talk of "policing" sounds terribly liberal.

TerryeL

dmh:

I stopped reading Carol Herman a long time ago.

Ask her about Bush being a realtor for the House of Saud, that'll get her goin.

hit and run

dmh:
So because I don't read comments regularly I am not allowed to be outraged?

Be outraged.

When Tom M. decides to police the comments I will come back but this is just unacceptable.

Well, don't let the door.

I read this blog every day but rarely go to the comments.

Wait, you won't come back to read Tom, or you won't come back to the comments.

I have come to expect more from this blog but maybe I need to reconsider.

How so? Because Tom used to "police" the comments and didn't this time? Oh wait. Tom has NEVER "policed" the comments. Every once in a while, after much weeping and gnashing of teeth from beleaguered commenters, he will do a periodic flushing, otherwise, you get what you get in the comments -- and if your tender sensibilities have been violated, well, yes, best for all parties involved to see your departure.

I am also distressed to see that there have not been others condemning this post.

I hope you didn't faint.

Seriously, why would a comment cause such distress? I mean, really?

TerryeL

Mike S:

Yes, I know what you mean. Passive resistance. Drives em nuts.

Ralph L

dmh, for all you know, Carol may be parodying the idea that the Jews run everything. We certainly don't know what goes on in her head.

PeterUK

topsecretk9:

Not sure what your point is.

PeterUK--

I'm sorry but I don't get your point.

What's the point?

Barney Frank

DMH,

--When Tom M. decides to police the comments I will come back but this is just unacceptable.--

By and large there are two kinds of blogs.
Free ones and ones run by the thought police.
The free ones imperfectly police themselves.
The thought police rule the other ones, deleting impertinent ideas (but seldom obscenities).
The former are generally on the right, the latter generally on the left.
If the free clash of ideas, even offensive ones, is OK by you then hang around.
If regimented group think is your thing then I guess you'd be more comfy elsewhere.

Rick Ballard

"We certainly don't know what goes on in her head."

I would add that she has been asked numerous times to wear a robe when she goes out to water the begonias - to no apparent effect. Plus she bribes the orderlies and hides her meds.

hit and run

I think it's time, I mean it's more than half way through 2007 for goodness sakes, for Tom to go back to "Riding with the Mongrel Horde 24/7, Um, Would You Believe 2/5?"

Maybe we could have avoided all this confusion.

But I will say, Tom is in my top 3 for Man of the Year for 2007. But he'll have to work hard to earn it.

[VIMH: Who are the other two?]
Me and "Jim" the clerk at the local liquor store.

hit and run

[VIMH: You don't know "Jim's" real name, do you?]
No, he doesn't wear a nametag. But we have a great realtionship...he knows my checkcard number by heart.

PeterUK

"[VIMH: Who are the other two?]
Me and "Jim" the clerk at the local liquor store."

Jim gets it every time,well him and the guy at the power tools and dangerous implement emporium.

topsecretk9

DMH

My point is/was - I've mentioned many a time that i am of the mind that CH is not an actual JMH reader but someone paid to jump around to conservative blogs to leave ridiculously long comments laced with invective to muck up the blog and make it distasteful to people- perhaps like you? - somewhat like a google bomb - and to derail the conversation - perhaps what happened with you?

topsecretk9

invective to muck up the blog and make it distasteful to people- perhaps like you were?

Is what I meant

PeterUK

Tops,
Nah,I think Carol is writing the great American airport novel one chapter at a time.

dmh

PeterUK

I will take your comments to heart and regretfully leave this blog to those of you with stronger stomachs. I don't think one needs "tender sensibilities" to find these comment beyond the pale nor do they fall, as Barney characterized them, as "impertinent ideas." I understand if others don't find rank anti-semitism as offensive as I do but I don't understand why one would simply look the other way when it rears it evil head. Apparently you are comfortable with it; I am not. It has no place among decent people and if Mr. Maguire is too busy to get her off this blog it is sad and beneath his obvious sterling character.

Goodbye and the door is, now, hitting me as I leave.

hit and run

Carol, that comment was wrong.

There. Not sure what that accomplished. But hopefully the ugly head has been unreared.

Ralph L

Wonder what blogs dmh usually reads if he takes massive offense at Carol's swipe?

Cecil Turner

I understand if others don't find rank anti-semitism as offensive as I do . . .

Oh, please. "Two Jews" is hardly the stuff of epic outrageousness. One wonders what vapors you'd have over something like "Hymietown" . . . or if your outrage is as selective as it appears. Don't expect a sudden clamour for a PC speech code, because the cure is worse than the disease.

And if you have such heartburn with something Carol said, why not direct your comments there? Some might find your ridiculous insistence on censorship offensive as well (e.g., the ACLU, if they suddenly had an attack of consistency--though that's admittedly unlikely).

hit and run

Cecil said Hymietown!!!!

Down with Cecil!!!!

Sorry, got to derear the head when I see it.

TIC, of course

lurker

Michelle Malkin has a thread on Chuck Schumer and Chuck is threatening to halt all US Supreme Court nominations except in extraordinary circumstances.

Guess when one gets too old makes it an extraordinary circumstance?

lurker

Michelle Malkin has a thread on Chuck Schumer and Chuck is threatening to halt all US Supreme Court nominations except in extraordinary circumstances.

Guess when one gets too old makes it an extraordinary circumstance?

clarice

Carol is Jewish and I thought was expressing her distate for the two solons she referred to, but there is no censorship here and while Carol occasionally makes good points, the effort to find them can get to be more work than it's worth.

hit and run

OK, off to play dice. Sorry, I am soooo sorry, now that my beloved is here.

But, duty (and potential profit) calls.

Farewell, my beloved.

arrowhead

Barney Frank's comments sum it up perfectly. I'd hate to see JOM turn into a "thought police[d]" blog.

As for Carol's comments, most of the time I haven't got a clue what she's talking about. Glad to know that I'm not alone.

maryerose

H&R is safe now that Mrs. H&R is back. We now don't have to worry at night about him and the power saw. It sounds like the H&R family has a lot of fun and really knows how to enjoy life. It is refreshing to hear about such good times. Keep up the good work.
About 16 years ago I attended a diversity workshop where we pledged to try and refrain from making disparaging remarks about any persons religion, sexual orientation or race. I have tried to keep that pledge and I have tried to raise my children accordingly.

michael

Carol H DOES NOT HAVE ANY REDEEMING SOCIAL VALUE! How do I know? Why, because I am looking forward to the Carol H and Clarice only commentary, an indisputable sign of verboten taste though mixing sweet and sour.

Bill in AZ

dmh, we're prolly not too into PC around here, which is why some of us totally glossed over CH's comment - the rest don't read CH anyway.

One reason is that PC is the cause of many of this country's problems. I used to be able to get to the airport 10 minutes before departure time and make a flight with minutes to spare. Now, I am lucky if I can make a flight even if I arrive 2 hours early - and I have missed a few at that. Can you imagine how quickly we would discover that mythical "moderate muslim" who denounces terrorism, etc, if middle eastern looking folks were made to go through extensive screening every time they went through the airport while the rest of us cruise through in 5 minutes? It would probably do as much to end the push of the Islamic cult on the rest of the world as all of the fighting we're doing now. PC nonsense is a socialist construct - you can keep it.

Neo

I noticed that one point that TM and the rest of the comments haven't touched is that some sort of legislation defining a legal ground work for clarifying when a phone call is domestic or international is pending in the Judiciary Committee.

Currently, there are some FISA judges that consider any call that is routed through the US to be a "domestic" phone call, even if it is between two al Qeada members in the UK and Indonesia. So long as it passes through phone equipment in territorial USA, they consider it "domestic" and under the supervision of FISA. There are "efforts" to change this "definition" underway in the Judiciary Committee, but the change is not a "slam dunk" by any means.

After reading the Harman comment, I am beginning to wonder if there is another NSA program (or subprogram) that the New York Times hasn't told us about (yet) that may have some sort of controversial aspects (they all do) that the Leahy et al would like to keep their hands clean on .. or worse .. would like to leave only the Bush Administration's fingerprints on. Remember Comey and the Gang of 8 haven't revealed the true scope of what was discussed in those private briefings .. only the vague subject of NSA surveillance (but of course that hasn't stopped anybody from assuming perjury).

Now imagine that they could find a way to force the Bush Administration to reveal the existence of the program for "political purposes". Like, perhaps, an AG under threat of perjury.

Wow! Political firings of federal prosecutors .. followed by a political inspired release of classified information to save a political appointee of the Administration at the expense of the safety of "average Joe Six Pack". I can hear it now .. "how low will Bush and the Republicans go to put average Americans at risk .. for political purposes ?"

The fact that political jockeying by Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee to force the end of a large block of seemingly benign surveillance on America's enemies will be lost in the noise as all those programs are closed down. A real Democratic win-win as they could then blame Bush for any future attacks that might .. might have been avoided through "proper surveillance". And without any recorded votes.

topsecretk9

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito "duped" the U.S. Senate into confirming them, a top Democratic lawmaker charged on Friday, days after a key Republican questioned if they had lived up to their promises.

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, a member of the Judiciary Committee that held hearings on the two, said they staked out moderate positions in congressional testimony but became part of a conservative bloc that issued restrictive rulings on issues from free speech to civil rights.

Schumer, in a speech to the American Constitution Society, talked about the confirmation of Roberts and Alito in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

"Were we duped?" he asked.

"Were we too easily impressed by the charm of nominee Roberts and the erudition of nominee Alito?" Schumer asked. "Did we mistakenly vote our hopes when our fears were more than justified by the ultraconservative records of these two men?"

"Yes," he said

UM ..how much more can the Democrats keep using the "we are so dumb and worthless we Democrats are duped into EVERYTHING" defense with out the obvious message impacting -- they keep trying the we are stupid dupes on the Iraq War etc. etc..

Vote For Democrats - We are so easily DUPED! Just a bunch of stupid idiots we!

Neo

"Were we duped?"

“You’re deceiving us.”

The Bush Administration has perfected the Jedi Mind Trick, or is is just Karl Rove ?

Neo

Schumer probably didn't vote for Roberts or Alito anyway.

Topsecretk9

Good call Neo

Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice )

Schumer (D-NY), Nay

Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )

Schumer (D-NY), Nay

Topsecretk9

Seriously - Great campaign U-tube on that Schumer speech is ripe...

Vote For Democrats - We are so easily DUPED! Just a bunch of stupid idiots we!

PeterUK

"will take your comments to heart and regretfully leave this blog to those of you with stronger stomachs. I don't think one needs "tender sensibilities" to find these comment beyond the pale(sic)"

Now this is the comment that got you so incensed:-

"Sorry, but two Jews in congress, feinstein and schumer, cannot fire anyone on Bush's staff".

Apparently this is "rabid anti-semitism" to you.

Now this is where your little agent provocateur's tactic rears it "evil head".

"I understand if others don't find rank anti-semitism as offensive as I do but I don't understand why one would simply look the other way when it rears it evil head."

You were told ezplicitly that most here don't read Carol's posts,you were told that Barney Frank had taken her to task for it,all this you ignored.

"Apparently you are comfortable with it"

You seem utterly, unaware of the substantial number of Jewish people who comment here,is that deliberate on your part.

Do not attribute motives to others if you don't want the same to happen to you .
As this door closes,make sure to knock quietly on your bosses door when you report back,the Senator doesn't like people barging in.

TerryeL

I will admit that over at yargb I deleted the comments of a right wing Canadian who accused me of sniffing Bush's jock. That pissed me off. I do not sniff jocks, not Bush's or anyone else's.

So sue me.

Sometimes it is not a bad idea to go after certain commentors, but Carol's stream of consciousness narratives are rarely obscene. Sometimes, but rarely.

PeterUK

THE DUPOCRAT PARTY,support us we're buying a bridge.

PeterUK

Terrye,
The chances of duh deciding to read the comment which duh rarely reads and that after an absence,of coming across one of Carol's posts are slim.This looks like a google search with key words,seems to fit with what is happening in left wing politics,plots not policies.

kim

There are two extremely valuable streamers here; one is Carol, the other Narciso. Oh yes, Hit and Run, too.
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kim

Charm and erudition. Isn't that what we want on the Supreme Court? That sort of stuff is lifelong.
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kim

Streams imply disinhibition. Political correctedness is fatally inhibitory. One must take some bads with the good.
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kim

Would dmh allow a black man to use the 'N' word?
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Seixon

Those wily Republicans and their Supreme Court nominees, always duping the naive Democrats. The Democrats were duped into voting for the Military Commissions Act too! Nothing is their fault!

Can the Democrats play any more to the left-wing base? Why don't they just run Kos as Hillary's VP pick and get it over with?

kim

What do the Norse think of de Villepin?
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PeterUK

Ever bought a bridge,been abducted by aliens,can't say no to door to door salesmen,lent your life savings to your brother-in-law with a treasure map as security?
Then the DUPOCRATS are the party for you,the inclusive party,we'll fall for anything.

clarice

The new modem installed on Tues (Cisco) is defective leaving me without access to my highspeed connection. I'll check in when I can but am trying to review about 8 of the SCOTUS decisions in which Alito and Roberts views are most commented on and comparing their stated views there with what they told the Judiciary Committee. It's a big project made harder by the limited IT access.

kim

The verdict of history is that FDR erred in trying to pack the Supreme Court. I think Schumer is making a political mistake to try to mess with the Supreme Court. It will satisfy the nutroots, and enrage everyone else.
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Bill in AZ

Schumer probably answers every one of those letters from the Nigerian businessman with millions he needs to move to a US account.

hmmm... now that I think about it, how could he tell the difference between one of the fake letters and one of Joe Wilsons bribery deals. That prolly dupes him too. Poor guy.

Bill in AZ

clarice, I'm suspicious of all of your connection issues. What do these telecom guys look like when they come over to install this stuff? Do they have uniforms with "CIA" on the back?

Jane

The SJC thing is just another crock. Souter, Kennedy, O'Connor etc did not act as expected (altho I would say Roberts and Alito have - they certainly have lived up to my expectations.)

It's just another Schumer coup which we have become oh so familiar with.

Make sure you read Sabotage.

Sue

I don't know about anyone else who visits this site, and I do every day, but I find this sort of rank anti-semitism abhorrent.

Seriously? You visit this site everyday? I doubt that or you would know that Carol is ignored by the board and no one else here practices rank anti-semitism.

Tom's blog is not policed. And we like it that way.

See ya'! Or not.

PeterUK

Sue,
Oddly duh pays must be only reading our commenters Clarice O'Feldman,Barney MacFrank and Carol Fitzherman herself,shame we have such a paucity of Jewish talent here.

clarice

Well, I'm almost finished a close reading of the first two cases, and Roberts and Alito have not yet said "We're in, full speed ahead on torpedoing stare decisis." In fact it seems to me that it is they who are scrupulous in following precedent and Breyer et al who are ignoring it..

(man Roberts can write! And he can write so well because of the clarity of his thinking.)

Look at the bright side--perhaps one or two of the old justices have put off retiring fearing the court will become more conservative, Schumer's blatherng may encourage them to change their minds, and the people will rise up as they did with the immigration bill and tell Schumer to "shove it"..

PeterUK

Surely Harry Reid and Nacy Pelosi are going to get tired of Senator Scumer's hogging the limelight.

lurker

Overlooked History: Islam, Warrantless Wiretaps, and Organized Violence

Anyone remember Cassius Clay and the warrantless wiretaps on him before the world knew him under a different name?

PUK, too bad that there's no one in the Democratic Party worthy to push Schumer to the background like Kerry is.

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