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January 05, 2008



I love it when these guys in their mamaa' basements talk all revolutionary, don't you? What a laugh.

Eric Blair

"pour encourager les autres." That's not a reference to the French revolution. Its actually the last part of a comment by Voltaire on the execution of Admiral Byng in 1747. (Byng was British, and its largely thought he was executed wrongly)

Anyway, the entire quote (translated) is "Its useful to shoot an Admiral now and then, to encourage the others."

It works on several levels.

Sort of like Orwell's satirical translation of western leftists defending Stalin's purges: "I believe in killing my political opponents if it gives good results." (from 'Politics and the English Language')

Tom Maguire

That's not a reference to the French revolution

Not directly, which is why I opted for "subtle reference to the French, and presumably the French Revolution. "

Unless you think the writer wants to investigate Admirals? Maybe! But I'll settle for a hope to overthrow the wealthy entrenched interests.

Jim Miller

Here's the Voltaire quotation from the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations:

"Dans ce pays-ci il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres."

Which they translate as follows: "In this country [England] it is thought well to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others."

It's from chapter 17 of Candide, which was published in 1759.

It's an odd reference in this context, because executing an admiral was intended to make other admirals fight harder. Presumably, the writer of the post wants Republicans to surrender, not fight harder.


The writer's an idiot; the meaning is to 'discourager les autres'. And it's not surprising to see authoritarianism rear it's silky head from the mistaken morass of history.


If Josh hadn't enlightened me, I would have no idea what Huckabee means by "getting vertical." In another context, I might have expected chick-a-boom music along with the phrase!

Paul Zrimsek

The linked article must be a figment of your imagination. Progressives don't use eliminationist rhetoric!

Paul Zrimsek

Great to see the Downing Street Memo and the Stolen Election make a comeback, though. Can the free coinage of silver at 16 to 1 be far behind?

lambert strether

Thanks, I suppose, for the link.

Convicting Republican lawbreakers is the happy outcome of reprofessionalizing justice so that criminals are brought to justice, not a consequence of staffing it with political operatives to indict Democrats just before elections. Nor is there any eliminationist rhetoric in the post. Clever up, dogs.

lambert strether

Oops! I see. It's the Napoleon quote that rings your eliminationist "they do it too but worse" Pavlovian bell.

That quote was ironic. The French so often are, and French so often is. As I said, clever up. And good luck.


Speaking of dogwhistles to religous voters:

`When America has been faced with great obstacles, what did the American people do? They rose up, ... Well, we are in that place again. It is time for us to stand up. It is time for us to rise up.''
What I know is that when you rise up to take this country back for the middle class, you will be unstoppable

Rise up! He has arisen!
That's John Edwards, by the way.


"Clever up," that's very cute.


Clever lesson in irony, ls.(?)

Cecil Turner

Its actually the last part of a comment by Voltaire on the execution of Admiral Byng in 1747.

That's the origin, but the common usage in military parlance was from the Great War (you know, the Big One), and the French (specifically, Marshal Petain's) response to the 1917 French Army Mutinies (and Kubrick's fictional version, Paths of Glory from 1957).

Convicting Republican lawbreakers is the happy outcome of reprofessionalizing justice . . .

I read this as "returning the Justice Department to the exclusive purview of liberals." The Boston Globe had a good illustration of the scope of the "scandal":

Half of the 14 career lawyers hired under Schlozman were members of the conservative Federalist Society or the Republican National Lawyers Association, up from none among the eight career hires in the previous two years, according to a review of resumes.
Half conservative: "ohmigod that's illegal"; all liberal: "professional." Excuse me if I don't share the enthusiasm.


Convicting Republican lawbreakers is the happy outcome of reprofessionalizing justice

"reprofessionalizing"? The blogger is 10?

Jim Miller

Sorry, chapter 23 of Candide, not chapter 17. (Voltaire may have been recycling a comment he made earlier, as Cecil suggests.)

Incidentally, the preceding quotation in the dictionary, also from Candide, may apply to some of our presidential candidates: "If we do not find anything pleasant, at least we shall find something new."

(I may be wrong, but Strether seems to think that Napoleon said that, not Voltaire.)


Strether was just eliminating irony, and gassily.


Hey George of the Fiords, check out National Journal for Lancet expose.

Paul Zrimsek

My eliminationist Pavlovian bell actually says "hardly anyone does it, whatever that idiot Neiwert may believe; but this is just the sort of thing that would be taken for eliminationism if we said it." Bit of a mouthful for a bell, I'll admit.

And what rang it was actually the hypnotic "destroy the Republican brand and cripple the Conservative Movement", not the Napaire/Voltoleon thing. Not that I recall the Irony Defense ever being made permitted to conservatives; we're probably not French enough.


"destroy the Republican brand and cripple the Conservative Movement"

Sounds like this dude doesn't have any faith in his own party movement and message huh?

Cecil Turner

. . . but this is just the sort of thing that would be taken for eliminationism if we said it.

No kidding. Besides, I'm not sure how one can quote a reference to a famous execution and claim it isn't "eliminationist rhetoric" . . . unless one is ignorant of the reference. (Which looks like a plausible defense in this case.)


Romney wins the Wyoming caucus.

The quoter

Why don't they have air volts? They have internet volts in power volts.

Africom was forced by who?



Africom was formed by a dawning realization that Salafi and Wahhabi currents are penetrating Southern and Central Africa. Robert Kaplan's tale of US troops (Marine recall) training forces in Niger, against Maghrebi AQ elements. the 'unpleasantness' of Sudan, that little dustup in Somalia last year. The scuffles by the BEND in Nigeria that forced oil to the $100.00 per barrel. Those disturbance's in Barry's family home of Kenya, now


It's windfall money, n, supporting a losing proposition. But what a mess in the meantime.


What about this thread for the debate? There's not much on it.


Works for me. I just wanna know where to find you all!


Ooooh I like Romney's tax plan for capital gains. That was a good answer.


"My friend!"

I like McCain less and Romney more since last nite. But I do like McCain's anti pork position.


McCain: I have been wrong on taxes twice. I was mad at George
for beating me.

Drink :)

Thanks Elliott

hit and run

Hello friends.


The Huckster! He loves taxes. Loves loves loves taxes. Arkansas sends like the best state in the union. I never knew.

Hucky, anyone can make government work if you have enough money.

"Mike - you make up facts faster than I can talk."

Romney is too nice. Huckster looks absolutely stupid.


Alexander Britton Hume goes over the groundrules. 2 minute responses to questions. No opening statements or closing. Tosses to Chris Wallace for intros.

Wallace: Taxes big in anti-tax NH. Romney has attacked but he raised fees by 500 million.

Romney: 240 million dollar raise, some fees hadn't been raised in decades. Specialized services. Lowering taxes helps economy, increases jobs. Learned from Reagan. McCain voted against Bush tax cuts, still would. I disagree. Cut taxes 19 times, held down spending. Huckabee lowered taxes 94 times, but overall taxes went up. Need to lower taxes again for the middle class. Interest income, dividend capital gains won't be taxed for middle class.

McCain: Part of Reagan revolution. Cut spending in addition to taxes. I have support of Graham, Rudman, Kemp. We'd be cutting taxes more if we'd listened to me on spending. Lost elections, principles.

Wallace: Economy chugged along despite 9/11, Katrina. Bush cuts?

McCain: Bridge to nowhere (MF), members of congress in prison. We have a problem and we have to deal with it. I'll shine light on pork-barrelers.

Romney: Bush took bold action, helped economy. People talk all the time about cutting spending. Hasn't happened. It did it (change). I wielded veto pen and cut taxes. I have cut spending and taxes.

McCain: Ask Jack Abramoff if I haven't cut spending. I'm called the Sheriff for my anti-pork crusade. I've saved taxpayers money.

Wallace: Romney has attacked Huckabee on taxes. Also Club for Growth. Raised taxes $500 million. Is Romney right?

Huckabee: Fee, tax all the same. I signed first big cut in my state, helped families. Indexed for inflation, taxpayer bill of rights, freezes on property tax. Sales and income tax kept in check. Deficit turned into surplus. Education improved. Infrastructure improved with voter imposed taxes. Made government work. Proud of fact that I governed and lowered taxes with Democratic legislature.

Romney: Did you raise taxes?

Huckabee: You raised fees.

Romney: You know, Mike, you make up facts faster than you talk. $240 million increase in fees. Surplus every years. Did you raise taxes?

Huck: We raised jobs.

Cross talk.

Huck: Did you oppose Bush tax cuts.

Romney: I've never opposed. Did you raise taxes?

Huck: By court order on education. Maybe you don't have to obey those in Mass.


SMOOOCHES< HIT! WE missed you so much!


Hit! It's about bloody time. We miss you!

hit and run

(first time ever I haven't tried to catch up on all old threads before posting...)

Watched the debate last night, watching tonight.

Might snark a bit, but definitely wanting to read the Jane and Elliott show more than anything...


I'm only doing snark tonite. Last nite just about killed me. It's in Elliott's very able hands.


What's this about all you smooching H&R when you were saying such snarky things while H&R was gone. ;-)

hit and run

What? Snarky? Crud. I may have to go back to old threads. Links or pointers welcome.


YOu go Fred - you gotta be willing to go over the heads of the democrats!


Thompson: Sent into SS proposal--individual retirement accts to which govt contributes and index retirement to inflation, not wages.
Wallace suggests Congress will not go for this. Thompson says have to go to the people and tell them what he'd be doing and why.


Wallace: You opposed some of those 23 tax cuts you claim credit for. 3 billion deficit in NYC.

Giuliani: 64 tax cuts proposed. 23 implemented. 24% drop in income tax with 42% increase in revenue. Lowered hotel tax, sales tax. Largest tax cut in history of city, largest anywhere in 90s. George Will said NYC most conservative government in America then. I'm a supply sider. Reduce corporate tax. Bush tax cuts yielding more money than when we had higher tax. Best record in 90s on tax cuts.

Wallace: Wouldn't your plan increase deficit? Are you going to cut benefits?

Thompson: Never said I would cut social security. Only social security plan at table even though all say big problem as it is going bankrupt. Plan to save Social security. IRAs save government money. Don't index to wages. Plan won't affect current retirees. Index to inflation, keep cost of living increase but cut rate of increase. Social security will become sound with 4.7 trillion dollar saving. Go to American people and get their support. No one in Washington now can make the case to the American people.

Wallace: Anyone else.

Romney: Fred too bold. Politically DOA and wrong. Some merit to his ideas with respect to higher income people. Retirement accounts and change in retirement age can work.

Thompson: Same thing current retirees are getting.

McCain: Admire Fred's and President's courage for trying to address problem. Need to have bipartisan effort to solve this for the next generation. We can't abrogate our responsibility.


Hit, I was worried about you!

Missed you and Welcome back.


Huckster is breathing a sigh of relief. he didn't have to talk about social security.

But now we are addressing the Huckmuster's populism. He admits he's guilty. And he's talking out of both sides of his mouth. He's against the guy who lays you off but pro corporation. Is he waging a war on the Human resources department?



Do not get all paranoid on us. No one ever disses you. It's a movement.


Yay, Hit! Glad to see you back.

Rick, this one's for you - check out what's playing on Turner Classic Movies right now:
Wake of the Red Witch

Someone at TCM has been reading JOM....


Wallace: Change and Populism. Huckabee's guy who laid you off line.

Huckabee: Reference to the spirit of this country. Huge struggles going on in American families. High gas prices, working multiple jobs. Give poor the chance to get rich. Can't happen when government is trying to compete with small business. Over taxed and over-regulated. Leads to jobs lost oversees. Need to pay attention to working class or we'll lose them.

Romney: Don't attack wage payer, corporation. 30 years in private sector. Built small business and grew it. Some of the companies I invested in created lots of jobs, I had some failures. Need President who understands economy, can shrink government.

Huckabee: I don't want to go after corps. I want to end corporate tax. (Fred Huck cross talk on getting rid of death). Shouldn't be hurt for productivity. Average American resents it when there is a lack of equity in tax system.

Wallace: Fair tax.

Giuliani: I've brought most people out of poverty in NYC. Less on welfare, unemployment when I left office. As Republicans, we don't do a good job explaining that our policies are good for the poor. Workfare a controversial program that was quite successful. Principles of work, education resulted in this.

Thompson: Like certain elements of Fair Tax. Doesn't want consumption and income tax. Would need amendment. My proposal can get passed. Current tax form or simplified form with 10% and 25% brackets. 66,000 page Internal Revenue code.


Thompson on fair tax--not practical though appreciates the move to cimplicity. Prefers the House plan 10% for joint filers earning 100kor less. 25% for everyone else.


Does McCain have a sneer on his face as he speaks about being an agent of change?


McCain: I have lived my whole life in Washington. I hated Rumsfield because I should have had his job, dang it. I have made alot of changes that were bad. McCain Feingold was a good example. I am a patriot and was right on the surge.


This is just a great format.

I think Romney is really getting the best of McCain so far.

hit and run

Stray thought.

I am soooo glad to see Mark Levin commenting at the Corner.


Go Ann!


He didn't say "my friend" but he did bring up his Navy service (can you say Vietnam prisoner reminder/patriotism) as proof he knows how to lead and equates it with Romney's business/governor experience. Sheesh! Have a drink.


McCain: I have been involved in every issue. I have spent my life defending this nation, I will get Bin Laden. I want to close Gitmo and I am against torture.


Hey HIt! we missed ya.

Go Romney! Go Fred!

hit and run

Amen, Jane. Great format, indeed. And Ron Paul's absence is welcome. Not that I dislike everything he says, but his presence necessitates asking questions about his nuttier positions.


I do, too, Jane.
Thomspson:Leadership and telling the people the truth is more impt than all this blather about "change".
Won't have energy independence in a few years. We're bankrupting next generation on entitlements..need to tell truth to Americans.


The Huckster is so happy he's not being called upon.

Fred is fabulous tonite!


Wallace: Back to change. Who's better prepared to change Washington?

McCain: I've been an agent of change. Change of strategy in Iraq. I don't know of a better change than saving American lives. CFR, line item veto. I have been an agent of change in Washington. I'm very proud of the change in Iraq. Agent of change.

Romney: McCain is agent of change, but things are broken in Washington and need fundamental change. Someone from Washington can't do it. Spending, taxes, energy independence, education, free market healthcare. Sending the same people to Washington won't result in a different outcome. Difference between talking about change in the cloakroom and leading an organization and having results. Dramatic and fundamental change in Washington.

McCain: I had experience in leadership, not in management. Led largest squadron in US Navy. I have experience and background to lead. Look at Iraq. I know what I can do and have done. I know how to keep America secure. Two wars and struggle against radical Islam. Gadahn will regret tearing up his passport. I'll get Osama.

Thompson: Everyone came out of Iowa talking about change. Every non-incumbent talks about it. Leadership more important and what's important there is telling the truth. The war is going to be protracted and requires greater resources. Won't be energy independent anytime soon. Bankrupting next generation. Have to go to American people and tell them what must be done.

Giuliani: Change can be good or bad. I want lower taxes, Dems want higher. The Dems want to pull out of Iraq without considering consequences. Change is a slogan. Is it change for good or bad.


I'd love to see a ticket with both Romney and Thomspon on it..in what order I am not sure, though I personally prefer Thompson.


Hit and Run is here. Excellent.


I posted this on the other thread, here it is again:

Aaah, poor John McCain

McCain camp claims smear


Okay, break time. After the debate, H & R has to give us his thrilling tales about where he has been (but not now! no time. K?)

Every time I watch our guys I feel better. The downers at the table. McCain and Huckabee. They may win NH, but they don't win my vote!

hit and run

Talk about "live" blogging. I paused my dvr to take a leak, and now a couple minutes behind, I'm reading candidates' words here (THANKS! ELLIOTT!) as I hear them spoken on my teevee.


I love them both Clarice, although I think Fred is better suited to be Romney's Dick Cheney and hatchet man/man who deals with Congress and Romney is more suited to Presidential duties and the BS that goes along with it.


That is not a smear against John, that's the truth. Press "dos" for John!!!!"


I'd love to see a ticket with both Romney and Thomspon on it..in what order I am not sure, though I personally prefer Thompson.


McCain: I am petty. I have been involved in all the issues, didn't you hear me the first time. Judge me on my merits and experience like the Gang of 14, the Amnesty Bill, and my position against the Swift Boaters.


Oh Ann, very good!


Hmmm, I didn't know Romney had been to Iraq.


A Time Mag. endorsement, that carries lots of weight with your constituency Huck. NOT.


Romney is just knocking it out of the park IMO.

Oh good, back to the Huckster - you are a fool on foreign policy, what do you say?

I've been to 41 countries so I know everything there is to know. Everyone loves me so I've been doing something right. And I can lie like a rug. My ignorance is just a verbal slip. Oh he is just so slick. Yukky Yukky Hukky.


I love Rudy. I just do. So there.


Wow, just checked email and I have my first Rudy mailing. Got my first Huck one two days ago. McCain and Romney have had me in their sights for months.

hit and run

I've been to 41 countries so I know everything there is to know.

See, I've only been to 21.

That's why I didn't run for president.

Well, that and the closet deeper than Rudy's.

But mostly the closet.


Thomspn:Knowledge of national security more impt now than it has been in past. Was on intel committee, CIA breifings around the world, chmn of foreigh affairs committee. Hits Huck on his "arrogance" and Gitmo statements..Endorsements--jabs McCain for Ted Kennedy being at Bill signing ceremony.


Now Huck says opposed Gitmo because it's too good. Fred tells hi that he's wrong on the law and that they are at Gitmo because otherwise they'd get habeas corpus.
Huck is a slimeball.


I remember being so proud when Rudy sent that check back.

Ooooh Huck is hankering for a response to Fred's pointed Hammer.

Huck changes his mind again. He backtracks and he's been to Gitmo. And Gitmo was too good which is why he wanted to close it I guess.

I really really really don't think getting bin Laden should be our top priority.


WHO is the weakest link?

My vote is tied - Huck and Mac.


Wallace: National security. Asks Romney about claim that we could get someone from Foggy Bottom if knowledge of foreign affairs is most important. Don't we need someone who's lived these issues?

Romney: That's been claimed every time governors have faced senators. American people go for governors because they know they have judgment and can get the information to make good decisions. Americans should elect a leader. We have lots of challenges, including China (3rd ref tonight). Taxes, energy costs, illegal immigration are big challenges. Clintons endorsed McCain immigration plan.

McCain: Maybe we haven't always gotten the best results from those governors. Reagan had a great deal of national security experience. Need knowledge and background to deal with challenges. I've been involved for 20 years. I know Musharraf. Americans can decide whether that is important.

McCain: Romney didn't oppose Rumsfeld. Took awhile to say surge was working.

Romney: I was running a state while the war was getting underway. I went to Iraq. I said it was apparent that there had been intelligence failures. Dancing in streets for only short period. Understaffed. I was running a state. My skill is taking on tough situations and using others' expertise to make good decisions. Like Reagan. Takes an empathetic, temperate, wise person to be president.

Wallace: Arrogant bunker mentality. NIE, martial law. Are you ready?

Huckabee: Been to 41 countries, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. Governors deal with foreign businesses and governments. I have experience as governor, got reelected. Chairman of National Governors' assocation. State improved across the board.

Wallace: Commander in chief. Pattern of errors?

Huck: Slip of the tongue not slip of character or slip of truth. American military should be strongest on earth. If any conflict, I'll listen to commanders. Senators can be good President's. Governorships prepare for running federal government. It comes down to making tough decision.

Wallace: McCain says good leadership after 9/11, but never visited Iraq.

Giuliani: Second toughest job in US. 9/11 was not my first crisis. I'm prepared to handle a crisis and I've negotiated with foreign governments. Handled some cases involving terrorism in DOJ. 35 different countries in last 6 years. Threw Arafat and Castro out of UN celebration. Gave back Saudi money. I understand critical issues on which you have to stand up for your country. Involved with foreign policy with UN there.

Wallace: Management vs. expertise.

Thompson: Mitt thinks expertise important in all areas except national security. Expertise very important for dealing with these challenges. (Lists resume.) Disagree with Huckabee about "arrogant" foreign policy, closing Guantanomo, lifting embargo on Cuba. Disagree on type of world we live in. Did Ted Kennedy endorse your health care bill Mitt?

Mitt: Absolutely.

Huck: I'll wait for the court case on Gitmo. I'm concerned about what Americans things. I visited Gitmo. A bit too hospitable for my taste.

Thompson: They get certain rights if they are physically in the United States.

Huck: There's a court case.

Thompson: That's not the situation.

Wallace: How will you get Bin Laden?

McCain: Emphasis on human intelligence and improve intelligence capacity. I've been endorsed by 4 secretaries of states, lots of admirals and generals. Leadership in Navy. Life experience is more important on resume than just time in Senate.

hit and run

A Time Mag. endorsement, that carries lots of weight with your constituency Huck. NOT.

See what I mean about Mark Levin being back in the Corner?

So He's Like Putin? [Mark R. Levin]

So, Time Magazine named Huckabee one of the top five governors in the country. Why is that? They named Putin Person of the Year. I wouldn't brag about Time's endorsement.


Hit, Mr Right has been to 69 countries. I'll tell him he has missed his calling.

hit and run

Mr Right has been to 69 countries. I'll tell him he has missed his calling.

Fug that. If he's Jane's Mr. Right, he's smack dab in the middle of the highest calling to which he could ever aspire.


Ooops--goofed uothread--Fred's jab was to Mitt. I am very bad at this.


Blocked for spam. Hmmm.


McCain: It is my experience leading men and women, my life experience in the senate that is important. My friendship with Ted Kennedy is very important.

I have never supported the Amnesty Bill . I am the Straight Talk Express.

We need to get beyond this, how to we address the 10 million that have committed crimes. Yikes!


What a baby.


I believe Huckabee was an excellent governor for Arkansas. I don't want to diminish his successes. I don't want Huck to be President.


Huck that is. I'll only answer Chris's questions not Mitt's.


Huckster on immigration. Let the children in, no don't, yes do, no don't. We can't have any shadows. Cut down all the trees. It's all about the children. It takes a village.

I'm not answering any questions from Mitt, He scares me. So what about the children? Don't worry, they will go voluntarily. So I'll co-opt McCain's plan to have a Kumbaya movement.

Ooops he got caught again. He can't reconcile his two statements, so we are back to preacher mode. Yukky yukky Hucky.

hit and run

Fred: (recent debate) stupid moderator, I won't play your games.

Huck: (tonight) I don't want to engage with Romney, I like the sweet comfort of moderator Wallace.


If he's Jane's Mr. Right, he's smack dab in the middle of the highest calling to which he could ever aspire.

If you keep this up Hit, I'm gonna call you Yukky Hukky2.


I just love the way Fred exhibits his thinking process on these issues. His policy papers are full of the same thing.


Wallace: Amnesty, Z-visas.

McCain: Z-visas earned right, not automatic. 2 million people here now have to be deported according to DHS. Needed to have job, pay fine, etc. Touchback provision. I have never supported amnesty and never will. We have to work together and solve problem. I'll have governors certify borders are secure. I don't want to tell a soldier I'm deporting his mother. National security requires we secure our border. But we can be compassionate and work together after that.

Romney: We're compassionate and humane and believe in rule of law. Millions are waiting in line. Not fair for those who haven't committed serious crimes to stay. McCain said amnesty had to be part of solution in 2003. Amnesty doesn't work because it attracts more people. Welcome people to get in line. No special privileges.

McCain: Romney said plan was reasonable and not amnesty. Need to sit down together and work this out. Chertoff gave the 2 million figure. Not automatic. Have to qualify, earned ability. Many will be deported unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it. Sit down and come up with a solution.

Wallace: In state tuition for children of illegals. Harsh plan after exchange with Romney. Aren't you punishing children?

Huck: No, because they are already in shadows. No one can live with pride in shadows. I don't think you punish a child for what a parent did. Build a fence. People should go back and go to back of line.

Romney: What about kids in school?

Cross talk.

Wallace: What about kids in school?

Huck: Kids will go with families. (Missed some) Reasonable people can come to reasonable solution. As governor had to educate those kids.

Wallace: Aren't you punishing?

Huck: Immigrants family oriented. They can leave kid, but they wouldn't(???) Seal border, back of the line. System we can live with and never make this mistake again. Reagan signed the amnesty bill. Even he can make mistakes.

Wallace: Giuliani's if you work hard we want you. Why change view?

Giuliani: Federal government couldn't deport more than 2,000 a year. I let them go to schools, hospitals and report crime. Turned over all criminals. Everyone here has made mistakes on illegal immigration. I have best plan now. Technological and physical fence. Tamper proof ID with which you can come in. Go to end of line if want to become citizen. Comprehensive solution, need to start with border security. Teach people to come in the right way. Life in the shadows bad. Don't want people there.

Wallace: (missed it)

Thompson: Talk about compassion, children. Concerned that we are encouraging next generation of illegals and smugglers. (Cable blip). Many don't speak English, entitlements overburdened, disparities in education. President of Mexico chided us for enforcing border. Doesn't speak well for Mexico that sending people to US is basically part of economic policy, though we are making progress with them fighting drug cartels and with trade agreements. We have to act in best interests of this country.


Fred is the MAN at the table. He is the THINKER at the table. He is the PROBLEM SOLVER (doable, not pie in the sky) at the table. But, Chris wants to call on the favorites. Every time Fred talks, there is silence. His opponents have really no comeback. And, so we move on to soundbites.


Oops: Thompson: I hears lots of*** talk about compassion, children.


This is a link I made for Jane. Would you believe that if I try to post it as a clickable link, it is blocked as spam?


Well, I guess it won't even post as an open link.


McCain: Attack Ads don't work. I am running for President because I am qualified and I love Town Hall Meetings, They will judge us on those appearances where I call everyone "MY Friend"!

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