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June 14, 2008

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Rick Ballard

"The king believes that the current oil prices are abnormally high, and he is ready to restore prices to their appropriate levels,"

Hit & Run,

It will be very interesting watching the speculators try to explain away the words of the absolute monarch who rules the world's swing producer tomorrow. Think "Black Knight" - it's just a flesh wound.

He ain't just "ready", he's willing and much more than able. I'd advise people to stay off the sidewalks of Wall and Broad Streets tomorrow. Hedge fund hucksters don't fly any better than moonbats.

hit and run

Anyone else try to get to NRO recently? I keep geeting a busy signal. Or whatever it is you crazy internet kids call it these days.

hit and run

Rick:
Hedge fund hucksters don't fly any better than moonbats.

But do they bounce higher than dead cats?

 Ann

Ok, I am home and heard about Tiger. Don't worry he is still going to win. The back nine is gold. Count on it! :)


Should I move my golf comments to the other thread?

JM Hanes

On your marks, Vetters:

Today, the Obamas leave their Kenwood home on a landmark block on Chicago's South Side to attend church at the nearby Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester
Just kidding, Vetters! Luckily, this pastor was put out to pasture before Obama got there. Coincidence? We report, you decide:
Obama chose this 20,000-member mega church in Woodlawn because its legendary pastor, Bishop Arthur M. Brazier, who retired two weeks ago after 48 years at the helm, is a [not yet former] friend and former law client.
As a precaution, however, Obama apparently decided to do the Father's Day preaching himself, and I say unto you, He has insights:
"Any fool can have a child -- that doesn't make you a father," Obama said to cheers of agreement.
Who among us knows from fatherless like Obama?
"I know the toll it took on me not having a father in the house -- the hole in your heart when you don't have a male figure in the home that can guide you and lead you and set a good example for you," Obama said.
Who among us has done more to promote fatherhood than Obama?
"So I resolved many years ago that it was my obligation to break the cycle -- if I could do anything in life, I would be a good father to my children."
And Lo! He broke the cycle, and fatherhood was good. Yea, verily, His secret is revealed:
Obama gave the same advice to this congregation that he has to largely African-American audiences he has spoken to around the country from Texas to Indiana: turn off the television set.
There, apparently, endeth the lesson.


In other news, another one bites the dust the Chicago way. Think Progress explains why, just in case you don't get it.

Elliott

JM Hanes,

As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed your instruction. Very well done.

centralcal

Amen! JMH!

Yea, verily I say unto you . . .

Amen.

Jane

Since the left has been calling Bush a chimp for 7 years I'm assuming that is now the correct way to address a sitting president.

PeterUK

"Since the left has been calling Bush a chimp for 7 years I'm assuming that is now the correct way to address a sitting president."

Or standing,recumbent,leaning or riding a bike.

hit and run

Oh come on, don't make me do this

Jane

That's perfect Hit.

PeterUK

At least this one fits the bill

eightnine2718281828mu5

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You guys didn't even bother calling me out on my completely anonymously-sourced story by the Democrat hit-piece writer about McCain calling his wife a cunt. Hahaha.... now I can refer back to this thread on other blogs and claim that even die-hard Republicans believe that McCain did it.
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2 aides were also present; Doug Cole and Wes Gullett.

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In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain's hair and said, "You're getting a little thin up there." McCain's face reddened, and he responded, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt."
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sbw

89 -> You are officially an ass. I should have preferred you realize it beforehand and refrained, as a visitor, from announcing it on this blog. If McCain said such a thing, you qualify, too.

eightnine2718281828mu5

And just for the record, I don't consider the remark as definitive proof that he's unfit for office; it was in response to Sue's comment:

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I would never tell anyone my husband's feet stink. And I'm just thankful he makes the bed, sloppy or otherwise. I hate it when a spouse demeans their spouse in public. Just as I hate it when the groom shoves cake in his bride's face. Or vice-versa. It bugs the hell out of me that she belittles him.
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So I thought it was appropriate to point out that McCain is guilty of the very thing she claims to hate.

But apparently it only warrants hate in Democrats; apparently Republicans get a free pass.

Beams, motes, etc...

eightnine2718281828mu5

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If McCain said such a thing, you qualify, too.
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Interesting comment I guess, but nonsensical.

sbw

89, you just disappeared.

Rick Ballard

Is the consensus that Obots are more similiar to BHO or to MO? IMO - closer to MO when she's talkin' trash with Calypso Louie.

I'd be willing to listen to argument though.

It's just a shame that Obama doesn't have a single accomplishment that the Obots could drag around like a cat with its first mouse.

eightnine2718281828mu5

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It's just a shame that Obama doesn't have a single accomplishment
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True, he doesn't have the long and distinguished Senate career that you imagine you have.

Neo

Bring a knife .. no way .. I used to work with this guy who, during his gangbanging days, carried a hackett in his car.

In one altercation, he produced the hackett and the other guy fled.

JM Hanes

What's a hackett?

eightnine2718281828mu5

hatchet

eightnine2718281828mu5

typo I assume

Neo

Bring a knife .. no way .. I used to work with this guy who, during his gangbanging days, carried a hatchet in his car.

In one altercation, he produced the hatchet and the other guy fled.

JB

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It's just a shame that Obama doesn't have a single accomplishment
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True, he doesn't have the long and distinguished Senate career that you imagine you have.
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89, that's a great argument. The Obamas should use it in the campaign. "I have no accomplishments? Who the hell are you?"

I'm sure the muddle will be convinced.

eightnine2718281828mu5

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I'm sure the muddle will be convinced.
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Worked for W.

JB

I'm sorry, everyone. No more feeding the troll from this end.

Rick Ballard

Hey! I found an Obama accomplishment!

Obama Requested $1 Million For Construction Of A New Hospital Pavilion At The University Of Chicago. In 2006, Obama requested that the University of Chicago receive $1 million to support its Construction of New Hospital Pavilion. For more than 75 years, the University of Chicago Hospitals (UCH) has provided state of the art medical care on the South Side of Chicago.

Isn't that great? And look, Michelle did her job so well that - well, here's the quote:

"In 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office."

Boy, now there's a power couple.

eightnine2718281828mu5

Iraqi Forces Mass Outside Southern City of Amara

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On Sunday, a senior aide to Mr. Sadr said that candidates supporting Mr. Sadr would run in the fall elections, but as independents or with other political parties, rather than under the cleric’s banner.

The government of Mr. Maliki also seemed to have made significant political calculations in apparently selecting Amara as the site of its next military operation.

With Iraqi soldiers setting up checkpoints and preparing to take control of the city, Mr. Maliki could be hoping to weaken, at least temporarily, the political branch of Mr. Sadr’s movement and solidify his own hold on power by appearing decisive and in control.

Amara is the capital of Maysan Province, the only province in Iraq where the local government is run by politicians aligned with Mr. Sadr.

Mr. Sadr’s militia, the Mahdi Army, has also become ensconced in Amara, a city in a rural, marshy region of southern Iraq along the Iranian border, where Iraqi officials say that a poisonous blend of militia lawlessness and weapons smuggling from Iran has created a chaotic situation.
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Rick Ballard

Baltimore Takes Obama Seriously

Nobody can say that he doesn't get immediate results.

richard mcenroe

"I've got to ask, though. Are there really white people out there so ignorant of history, so unaware of the nuances of language and so threatened by minority grievances that they take genuine umbrage at the term "whitey"?

If they resurrect "buckra" the fight is on...

eightnine2718281828mu5

Republicans are terrified about this election because they know that an electorate capable of voting for someone as deeply flawed as W is capable of voting for anyone at all.

 Ann

I have admired Chuck Todd this year on MSNBC. What do you guys think of him replacing Russert? Just to see Chrissy and Keith turn green would make my day.

If you read the New Yorker piece on Keith, I think Tom Brokaw might have a say on his replacement. I think Tom realizes that Chris and Keith are bringing down the credibility of NBC news.

Rick Ballard

Obama is almost as scary as Kerry and definitely scarier than Gore. Not just that - he's way further left than either. Maybe even further left than McGovern although I'll bet he wins more than the 17 electoral college votes that McGovern proudly took from MA, DC and... well, that's all actually.

eightnine2718281828mu5

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Obama is almost as scary
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Long on characterization, short on facts.

I could just as easily say that McCain is old, senile, corrupt, and confused. But of course that's just red meat BS devoid of any real substance.

None of it really advances the conversation in any way.

JB

Headline should read: Baltimore mayor carpy astronomer.

(From a Sun article on Baltimore shootings):

But Dixon also suggested that some factors might be beyond anyone's control.

"You have those moments," she said. "You hate to associate the moon, but sometimes when it is a full moon, it seems to get crazier."

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No, Sheila, there was no full moon this weekend. I think Rick's explanation is more believable.

narciso

It's interesting that he chooses 'the Untouchables' the De Palma version as his
metaphor. As is often said in other contexts, he doesn't mean it the way he thinks he does about it. Elliot Ness's campaign against Capone, was a campaign
against terrorism, extortion and corrupt
politics. The first is seen by the horrifying fate of the child, who handles
the satchel bomb, meant for the delinquent
druggist on Capone's payroll. This is not unlike the rule of the Mahdi militia and/or
AQ elements in the Ambar/Dulaimi provinces.
Which one tried to deal by cooperating with the local thugs; like the Brits tried in Basra from 2003-2008; and US forces tried to do from 2003-2007. Ness is hamstrung by
political red tape and corruption that stretches from his own Prohibition unit to
the Chicago Police Academy to Mayor Will Thompson's office. Malone, the cynical veteran cop, tells Ness, exactly what it takes to get Capone, and Ness, blanches away from it at first. He points him to the liquor stash at the Bank; among other examples. Other members of his team, the
accountant try to get him forensically tracking transactions. Yet force is ultimately employed; at the climactic Canadian border crossing; which ultimately causes the first of a series of casualties,
including the accountant and Malone himself; ratted out by a corrupt former partner. This parallels what we have seen in Afghanistan & Iraq; a bloody standoff that has ground down the enemy, winning the 'hearts & minds' but at what is seen as an exhorbitant cost by some. Malone's dying breath' repeats that demand "What are you prepared to do" Which leads to the climactic
train station gunbattle (rippled off from Eisenstein's Operation Potemkin)and Nitti's
'entering the car, from the roof' We are at the point now, that McCain is implicitly asking us, are "what are we prepared to do"
and Obama, along with the many Arab
dictators, Latin guerillas, and other
potentates, are gainsaying, the cost is too
great. That's exactly the wrong time to retreat, to go back to the old ways. In our particular case, pre 9/11 rules.

Now from the 'looking glass' world of Obama and the netroots, the challenge is not against AQ; who are basically misunderstood,
but against the 'princes & potentates of the American Empire' as Reverend Wright might very well put it, himself and their retainers like Halliburton & Blackwater. Ayers is a touchstone of the path the left
could take, if they don't pull off this coup. The SDS has received a resurgence in support, Of course, they would need something stronger than the Weatherman as
an appellation. Possibly the Matrix Cadres
if that series had caught on more thoroughly. They may think they'll have a better chance, winning through insurgency, what they couldn't win at the ballot box.

As to the other matter, maybe Abdullah has won the fight with the more hardline end
of the Sudairis, typified by Interior Minister Naif; that really thinks Saudi society does not need to change. He must know that the blowback from the '73 embargo
led to the death of his predecessor Faisal,
and in due course, the Grand Mosque Siege which presaged the rise of AQ and Osama bin Laden. That the Wahhabi surrender to the Ilkwan has let Arabia take more thecharacter
of the A'teyba, Katany, & Meteyr tribes, than their more wordly Sauds.

eightnine2718281828mu5

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I have admired Chuck Todd this year on MSNBC.
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Strangely enough, so have I. :-)

 Ann

Rick, From the article you linked too:

"Just hours before the wave of shootings, city leaders launched Project Safe Streets, which does tackle crime as a health issue. It aims to change a culture of violence by making retaliation as socially unacceptable as smoking or not wearing a seatbelt."

I can't wait til Obama takes "Project Safe Streets" to Iraq when he visits.

RichatUF

This is a bit more clarification regarding the KSA oil output story.

And how will it be knocked down? Unnamed sources close to the Saudi oil industry say they can't do it.

Most contracts are trading down .85 this morning.

We'll see.

Rick Ballard

What a wonderful blend, Narciso. Thanks for taking the time to put that together.

If you have the time, could you check and see if there is a Mexican site similiar to our Census Bureau? I don't know the proper search terms in Spanish. "Oficina de Censos" just brings me back to the US Census Bureau.

JB

Yes, Rick. None of them except Obama attempted to advocate progressive taxation on the basis of "fairness" regardless of economic impact, or make the claim that ending the Iraq war would pay for a new healthcare entitlement. Nevermind the "no preconditions/yes preconditions" dance.

Obama is basically Kerry with scarier beliefs and a magic cloak of politically correct protection.

November is a test of America's B.S. detector. If it fails, God help us all.

eightnine2718281828mu5

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We are at the point now, that McCain is implicitly asking us, are "what are we prepared to do"
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The broader question is this: what can we realistically hope to accomplish, and which avenues maximize our security while preserving our future freedom of operation.

Democrats view Bush's failure as a failure of imagination; he views it as a simple failure of will.

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AQ; who are basically misunderstood
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This is incorrect; everyone agrees that AQ is a theocratic terrorist group intent on driving US and western interests out of the Middle East specifically and around the world more generally. I don't think that's in dispute.

We disagree on the methods required to neutralize their efforts.

RichatUF

Rick-

I'm not narciso, but here's the link.

eightnine2718281828mu5

McCain's running mate?

Guess there weren't any 'real Republicans' willing to be on the ticket.

One RINO, one DINO; you guys can decide which is which.

Rick Ballard

Rich,

There is a quick counter to "they can't do it". The goal was 12.5 mbd by 2009.

If the king says do it, it will take more than a jumped up sheik to convince me they won't. He still has a headsman who gets a weekly workout, you know?

Sue

So I thought it was appropriate to point out that McCain is guilty of the very thing she claims to hate.

I really hope this isn't a cybernaut. I will be sorely disappointed if this is the best they can do. In the event you are a cybernaut, can you send in your replacement now?

JM Hanes

Ann:

I don't know whether it would be a step down from where he is right now, but the only person I can see capably taking over from Russert and buidling his own brand of Meet the Press is Brian Williams. Mainstream nightly news, which I haven't watched in eons, is less relevant all the time, but MTP still has a future. I think Williams would actually be better at it than Russert ever was. He's firm but not abrasive, and it would be a real relief to watch someone who is smart enough to pose an intelligent follow-up question, instead of just moving on to whatever the next quotation on his list happens to be. Give him a weekly slot and maybe he'd have time to take over minding the damn store from Brokaw as well.

Rick Ballard

Thanks, Rich. I wouldn't have gotten to Sistema de Cuentas with a week of trying.

Sue

I found it odd that everyone was playing up Russert as a lawyer this weekend. In the Libby trial, they were trying to downplay his law degree. Yet person after person has told us how Russert used his skills as a lawyer to pepper the guest with questions.

clarice

A brilliant lawyer who didn't know that you can't take your lawyer into the grand jury room with you . *eyerolls*

Sue

Clarice,

That is what I was remembering.

RichatUF

If the king says do it, it will take more than a jumped up sheik to convince me they won't.

The Jeddah Conference isn't until the 22nd. I'm curious as to how many are going to try to hold on.

narciso

Maybe for the future, but Brokaw might ultimately be brought back; he has a sense of perspective on the times, demonstrated by the slap down of David Letterman, last week. He's still a liberal,as his story of the 60s, redolent with the Iraq/Vietnam aanlogies but as they say 'in the land of the blind (Matthews, Olberman, Engel, the last repeated Baathist mosquito press' rumors without a care to the implications of such an act)the one eyed man is king'
Now 89, if everyone knows this, what would be the point of retreating from the most
proximate battlefield, to make them think they have bested another superpower, which ultimately turn them toward their ultimate
goal of overthrowing the Sauds and imposing a even more Ilkwan dominant regime.

eightnine2718281828mu5

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which ultimately turn them toward their ultimate goal of overthrowing the Sauds
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The Sauds have enough resources at their disposal to take care of themselves; can't say that keeps me up at night.

 Ann

JMH,

Brian Williams would be a logical choice. Even RUSH has good things to say about him. But after reading The New Yorker this morning, I think MSNBC and NBC think they have a niche market that is not Fox. Funny, how they haven't figured out they lost all the women that use to watch their programs. (They think they will get them back. Ha Ha)

My sister-in-laws use to quote Keith to me until this primary season where they completely turned on him. They finally understood the media bias because they witnessed it with Chris 'Thrill Going Up My Leg' and Keith's eleven minute melt down of Hillary.

I can't wait to see who will host MTP. Maybe Fox should hire Chuck Todd and Jake Tapper.

eightnine2718281828mu5

And in the 70's the North Vietnamese/Soviets felt pretty good about our leaving Indochina, but it didn't get them much beyond bragging rights.

Now they export discount clothing to the US.

Rick Ballard

"The Jeddah Conference isn't until the 22nd. I'm curious as to how many are going to try to hold on."

The squawking is likely cover to let some of the oily sheiks and princes unwind their own speculative plays. Absolute monarchs who back down and keep their crowns are historically pretty rare. I was rather amazed that the king actually stepped in. I know it was actually a regency for a long time with the previous king but even prior to that I don't recall much in the way of edicts.

eightnine2718281828mu5

Anything Bush could have done to prevent this?

link

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Working in secret for two years, investigators have tracked the digitized blueprints to Khan computers in Switzerland, Dubai, Malaysia and Thailand. The blueprints are rapidly reproducible for creating a weapon that is relatively small and easy to hide, making it potentially attractive to terrorists.

The revelation this weekend that the Khan operation even had such a bomb blueprint underscores the questions that remain about what Dr. Khan, a Pakistani metallurgist and the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, was selling and to whom. It also raises the possibility that he may still have sensitive material.
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eightnine2718281828mu5

A cow goes moo.

J.M. Heinrichs

For those who are using a Mac, less than 6 years old, with the "Mighty Mouse of 'one-button' fame:
1. Go to "System Preferences" (the grey icon with the gears),
2. Select "Keyboard/Mouse" from the hardware section,
3. Select "Mouse" and discover the ways of the Two Buttons.

8-9 You're 2.5 months late. And a Euro short.

Cheers

JM Hanes

Ann:

I watch MSNBC so sporadically at this point that I don't really know how Chuck Todd has developed on air. I've only seen him briefly answering a few questions here and there, not asking them. I was checking out First Read for awhile during the primaries which seemed neutral enough but not particularly engaging, and it sort of ended up falling off my daily reading list. It was pretty much straight reporting though, so it may not even be intended to reflect his own persona at all. I'd love to see MTP get away from its exclusive focus on DC politics -- the singular lens through which news everywhere seems to be filtered these days -- so I try to picture how a potential host of MTP would manage interviewing Sarko or Uribe or Ban Ki-moon.

Cherish the moment of clarity among Hillary supporters, because it probably won't last long! If experience with liberals is any guide, they'll soon persuade themselves that Operation Chaos sunk her boat in typically dirty, underhanded Republican fashion, because right wing attack dogs knew she could win.

scottl720

89,
you're bonkers man, although the les paul volume of jimmy page in my headphones is disconcerting to me, you are truly lost,

i am in deep appreciation of hit, DOT, hoosier et al... happy fathers day to all-i would like to add that i work for the warrior, machine gunners are friends of mine, hooah!

blo mama is a fool
he will never be CINC, forget it -

Soylent Red

machine gunners are friends of mine

Machine gunners are everyone's friends. And not just by virtue of the fact that they possess machine guns.

JB

"Cherish the moment of clarity among Hillary supporters, because it probably won't last long! If experience with liberals is any guide, they'll soon persuade themselves that Operation Chaos sunk her boat in typically dirty, underhanded Republican fashion, because right wing attack dogs knew she could win."

I don't know, this NObama movement seems to be gathering momentum. It's beyond primary votes at this point: it's the DNC Michigan/Florida decisions, Obama's low information sexism, his decision to pack up the DNC and move it to Chicago, etc.

Hard to lay all of that at Republican feet.

scottl720

reporter: what did you do in iraq son?

11C: i'm a machine gunner sir, i kill people

regards,
Soylent, you write pretty well, not quite ludlow but...

scottl720

Cecil Turner

Working in secret for two years, investigators have tracked the digitized blueprints . . .

It amazes me how little the general public (and the left in general) understands of the concept of nuclear weapons and non-proliferation. A casual perusal of the history of the Manhattan Project--and the real engineering difficulties involved with enriching uranium/plutonium--ought to impress on the dullest student that the real concern is assembling a sufficient mass of fissionable material. (Hence when the Iranians claim they're just trying to master the fuel cycle, the most gullible amongst us ought to be looking at 'em a little askance.)

The idea that we're going to be able to supress bomb designs fifty years on (or their logical extensions) is risible nonsense. Perhaps we can delay compact two-stage designs from becoming general knowledge . . . but not much else is feasible. And the frankly ridiculous emphasis on stupidity like this from our friends on the left serves more to underscore their unfitness to discuss national defense rationally than anything else. Coupled with their championing a rapidly evolving position of providing civil due process benefits to wartime detainees, it'd almost cause one to despair of common sense ever staging a comeback amongst those who see wartime backstabbing of political enemies as more pressing than defending their fellow citizens.

Greenwood

eightnine2718281828mu5,come back to the cabana son.

Jane

Good Morning everyone! Hope all you dads had a great father's day. Tiger pulled out a miracle, and the Celts have to play one more to win it in Boston. Who knew I was such a sports keeper tracker.


On and Bob Beckel is a liar. (see Glenn,and LGF if you didn't watch the strategy room.)

PeterUK

Why would they want the bomb when they have Obama?

sbw

'Mornin' almost all!

Liked LGF's quote of the day from Hubert Humphrey: The right to be heard does not include the right to be taken seriously.

kim

This is interesting. Doug Kmiec has been denied communion by a priest for endorsing Obama. Found at the bottom of a an article by him in the Chicago Tribune. It's at RCP.
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larwyn

H&R
Picked up a few of your great links earlier. Sure I don't have to remind you to read American Thinker, but sent the articles out last night.

I wish Kay Bailey Hutchinson had thought to use when she appeared on Fox News Sunday vs a DEM trying to justify the DEM NO ENERGY POLICIES, who wish to point finger at SPECULATORS as the only villian other than greedy evil OIL COMPANIES.

2) Speculation "Given the unchanged equilibrium in global oil supply and demand over recent months amid the explosive rise in oil futures prices ... it is more likely that as much as 60% of the today oil price is pure speculation," writes F. William Engdahl, an Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. According to a June 2006 US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report, US energy futures historically "were traded exclusively on regulated exchanges within the United States... The trading of energy commodities by large firms on OTC electronic exchanges was exempted from (federal) oversight by a provision inserted at the behest of Enron and other large energy traders into the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000." The bill was signed into law by Bill Clinton, in one of his last acts in office. ..... Top 10 reasons to blame Democrats for soaring gasoline prices by William Tate
http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/06/top_10_reasons_to_blame_democr_1.html

And J R Dunn's post Conservatives Must Not Practice the Politics of DespairBy J.R. Dunn.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/06/conservatives_must_not_practic.html

Dunn notes that the REPUBS refuse to fight back hard..

Democratic corruption and incompetence aren't limited to Washington. They're systemic. There's a wealth of material here begging to be used. The Democrats, two years ago, hesitated not a moment before branding every member of the GOP a mirror-image of Cunningham and Foley. Yet what do we hear about the Democrat's infinitely more deep corruption from the GOP? Absolutely nothing. To my knowledge, no Republican figure has yet made reference to last week's Great Jefferson Roundup. In an election year, this is either sheer cowardice or collegiality gone mad. Let's get those tarbrushes working -- this stuff is not going to make its way to the public on it own.

"Collegiality gone mad" and never reciprocated. Never want to hear the word 'UNITER" again, ever.

larwyn

Came back for the link to Baltimore and to leave this:

http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2008/06/quagmire-in-chicago-more-killed-in.html

Quagmire in Chicago: More Killed in America's Second Largest City Than in Iraq This Weekend

I guess Barack Obama and all his radical buddies didn't do such a hot job organizing their communities.

centralcal

Good morning. Only have a sec before getting ready for work . . .

I see 89 is still playing in the kitty litter box and smelling up the place.

Bob Beckel is an utter fool.

Found the New Yorker article this weekend on twitchy legs Keith and NBC/MSNBC to be interesting. Brokaw seems to think he has flown to close to the sun and burned up.

Read a few threads at TalkLeft this weekend -- found quite a few of the "ex" MSNBC viewers over there. They are not happy.

Thought VDH at the corner had a good question: If 1 million barrels of oil a day out of ANWR wasn't enough for the USA back in the day, why is a mere 500K a day the saving grace now?

Anyway, carry on and I will try to peek in periodically from work.

oh yeah - whoever replaces Russert, makes no difference. The show will have to begin again developing a devoted audience, which means the competitors will need to amp it up if they hope to overtake it in the ratings. I really think the loss of Russert is the beginning of the end.

RichatUF

And for a bit of lunchtime reading, check out Evan Thomas' article at Newsweek. I really dislike Newsweek and Thomas, but this was a real stunner.

little nuggets like this:

Among some war hawks, however, defeat in Vietnam created a whole new myth: that the civilian leaders had tied the hands of the military and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. This variation on an old theme (in Germany after World War I, it was widely believed that the Army's General Staff had been "stabbed in the back" by craven civilian leaders) had its strongest adherents among the top brass. One of the most frustrated was the commander of Pacific Forces, who had wanted, among other measures, to mine North Vietnamese harbors and unleash strategic bombers. His name was Adm. John S. McCain Jr. In his memoirs, "Faith of My Fathers," his son John S. McCain III recalls returning home from five and a half years of captivity in North Vietnam to find his father deeply discouraged by the failure of will of the civilian leaders.
kim

Uh, oh. Godwin rears its ugly head and expresses the next great Progressive idea. I'm stunned, too.
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kim

larwyn, Obama's suggestion is to turn off the TV. MSM is going to love that, and ignore it.
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sbw

So, RichatUF, what is the definition of "muckraker"?

eightnine2718281828mu5

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Perhaps we can delay compact two-stage designs from becoming general knowledge . . . but not much else is feasible.
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Thank you; my feelings exactly.

Nuclear technology is 50 years old; you can't prevent the dissemination of designs since a reasonably sophisticated engineer can design one from scratch.

PeterUK

Obama fills sand bags.No not as protection from the bomb.Dig those dinky gardening gloves.Is that shovel an infidel?

PeterUK

"Nuclear technology is 50 years old; you can't prevent the dissemination of designs since a reasonably sophisticated engineer can design one from scratch."

Getting the material and machining the parts is the hard part.

RichatUF

More for the oil story: this item via Drudge about Iran

graf1-

"Part of Iran's assets in European banks have been converted to gold and shares and another part has been transferred to Asian banks," Mohsen Talaie, deputy foreign minister in charge of economic affairs, was quoted as saying.

Also a bit of interest, it was ordered by the "powerless figurehead"

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...which did not specify the time period for the withdrawals which it said were ordered by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Why would Ahmadinejad need an extra $75 billion under his control under the already missing $35 billion from earlier this year?

cathyf
Doug Kmiec has been denied communion by a priest for endorsing Obama.
That story was told by Kmiec a month ago, here. This is a canon lawyer's take on the incident. Money quote:
I suppose it's inevitable that, with steps finally being taken toward the enforcement of Canon 915, some hotheads are going to misapply the law. But that's not the law's fault; that's bad catechesis, something over which even priests can stumble.

In short, by my read, Prof. Kmiec is owed an apology.

Larry

Posted by: RichatUF | June 16, 2008 at 09:29 AM I feel obligated as a veteran of that conflict to correct the so-called conventional wisdom held by most on the left and a surprisingly large portion of the right that we lost that war. The war was lost when the democrat congress dishonored us all by betraying the South Vietnamese. As to whether there was too much interference too high up, the frag order was generated daily in Washington for crying out loud. I rest my case. Y'all may get bored at me bringing it up, but I'll contradict that meme every time I see it.

Neo

Obama would bring a gun to a fight in Philadelphia ?

Mayor Nutter would throw his ass in jail. There already are more than enough shootings in the city of Philadelphia without the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party inciting the youth of Philadelphia to all out gang war.

What an idiot.

Neo

With friends like this who needs enemies ..

Ayham Alsammarae, Iraq’s slimy ex-Minister of Electricity under the Bremer and Allawi administrations, who had escaped from an Iraqi prison by hiring an American security company to break him out back in December 2006, has resurfaced in the Jordanian capital Amman where he gave a press conference today saying, among other things, that he hoped that the insurgency in Iraq “would continue [against U.S. occupation] and avenges the Iraqi people.”
Alsammarae, an Iraqi-American Chicagoan, added during remarks carried by Radio Sawa (Arabic link) that he had contributed the maximum allowable of $2,300 to Barack Obama’s campaign. But there’s another Obama link to Alsammarae: while serving as electricity minister Alsammarae had been involved in brokering deals in the Iraqi electricity sector for Antoin Rezko, Obama’s long-term friend and patron. Rezko is the Syrian-American hustler who was convicted of fraud in an Illinois court on the day that Obama secured the Democratic nomination.

Woof. Now we know where Obama will get his gun.

Pofarmer

Nuclear technology is 50 years old; you can't prevent the dissemination of designs since a reasonably sophisticated engineer can design one from scratch.

It took Einstein the first time. I'd say the "reasonably sophisticated engineer" is gonna need a head start.

cathyf

Not really, Pofarmer. That's the genius of science, and of education. Take Newton, clearly one of the smartest human beings to walk the earth. It took him years to invent calculus and mechanics. We expect thoroughly normal, average college freshman to master both, in one semester, all while taking a couple of other classes and adjusting to college life.

Designing a simple nuclear weapon is an upper-level undergraduate or first-year graduate student problem.

jim

"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun" is actually a reference to Elliot Ness going against Al Capone.

At the end of the most criminal presidency in American history - breaking a record previously held by Ronald Reagan, one most historians considered so extreme that it'd never be matched - the reference is dead-on. You don't smash a crime-gang with a pillow-fight. Give them 3 options: States' Evidence, a cell or a bodybag.

It's safe to assume that as with both Nixon & Reagan, even more loathsome crimes are yet to be revealed once the new Administration comes to power & does some digging. It may take the official formation of a Mafia-Yakuza Party to match the level of sheer kleptocracy America has been subjected to since 2000.

kim

The future will compare the number of Clintons cohorts who were indicted to those of Bush's crew, to the detriment of jim's credibility. Why do you think the Democrats trashed Hillary? Just so they could nominate a vacuous child? No, they had to kill the beast, first, and maybe nobody else could do it but this black magical candidate.
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kim

Obama is not separately black and magical; his black magic is Soros, and the Rezko Muslim connections, and the authoritarian Left.
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Mars vs Hollywood

You don't smash a crime-gang with a pillow-fight.

Which is a shame, because that's pretty much Obama's national-security policy.

Michael

"If" they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun

are any of you paying attention........ Their is nothing wrong with hitting the instigator back harder

but likely being supporters of mcCain aka rich people you wouldnt nor would like to understand that would you

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