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July 31, 2008

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Danube of Thought

Clarice, I don't know the answer to your question about retroactively claiming the money was in lieu of child support. But I'd love to see the issue joined in this particular case--let's start with Silk Pony admitting fatherhood, and getting a DNA test to prove it.

At that point I'd waive the tax issue...

bad

Hey TM!! Did you come to play?

cathyf
Still, were I the wife, I'd believe that four hours alone with the child's mother in a hotel room (9:45 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.) was not evidence of him playing a fatherly role.
According to the NE account, Hunter got 2 hotel rooms. Hunter, her friend and the baby went into one room. Edwards went into the other room. Hunter, leaving the friend and (presumably sleeping) baby behind, went into the room with Edwards. According the the NE, Edwards didn't see the baby.

(Also, in the "life is easier if you're not stupid" rule -- if you are going to do this sort of thing, pick a hotel with adjoining rooms where there is a connecting door so that you don't need to go out into the hallway...)

hit and run

One day of being included in the celebrity circle that includes Britney and Paris, thanks to John McCain, and look what he's already done.

Britney's put her clothes back on, Paris isn't causing trouble.

Now that is a community organizer.

Oh, and Lohan is apparently gay. But I reject the idea that Obama made her gay.


bad

Scarlett must be furious...

Or her view from under the bus is really obscured and doesn't know what she is missing...

GL

This is only the beginning... its long been the policy of the democratic party to name anyone opposed to liberal sponsored legislation and policies RACIST. Now its going to be elevated to anyone criticizing Obama is a RACIST.

If this guy wins, which at least is looking less and less likely every time he opens his mouth without a teleprompter in front of him, its going to be a LOOOOOONNNNNGGG 4 years.

hit and run

TM:
Scarlett must be furious...

Oh no, Obama threw Scarlett under the bus.

But there is JLo.

That does not mean he is racist against white women, circumstantial evidence notwithstanding.

hit and run

From Red State, Dems object to offshore drilling even if gas reaches at $10

Porchlight

From the article Patrick R. Sullivan linked:

"I am genuinely somebody who doesn't get caught up in the hype," he says, adding that his wife, Michelle, loves to tease him about his big ears, and that he loves her for that.

"I think me puncturing my own balloon is something that's not only calculated to endear me to others," he says. "But it helps remind me of who I am and where I've come from."

He's even hubristic in his humility.

hit and run

Oooops, from Weekly Standard.

bad

This is from Patrick's link to the Washington Post article dated February of this year.

One of the keys to being well liked in Washington is to appear humble, which is why Washington is so full of people who are so unhumble when it comes to touting how humble they are. All of this comes naturally to Obama.

This reads a little differently than it did when first written...or maybe its just me

MikeS

Obama used the "We know what kind of campaign they're going to run" riff before he went to Berlin. In its original form Obama included the line, "Oh by the way, did I mention he's black?" In the newest iteration Obama droped "did I mention he's black" and replaced it with the 'different from presidents on ones and fives'

The problem is, if McCain mentions Obama's record they squeal "dirty politics, low road." If McCain mentions Obama's policies he gets the same reaction.

McCain ought to use the Harry Truman defense when accused of dirty politics. “I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.”

hit and run

Lord, I can't the the name right, can't get the link right.

If I keep this up, I might have to start doing the LUN thing.

Whatever, Dems won't drill offshore even at $10 gas.

hit and run

bad, the article is from Feb 2005.

kim

Porchlight, what an idiot he is. He prays to God to keep him from pride and then he thinks he is puncturing his own balloon. Didn't he ask God to make him an instrument of His will?

And how come that business about being the instrument of God's will hasn't been made a big deal of? Any, I say, any Republican saying anything like that would be immediately attacked for believing in ancient superstitions and myths.
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MayBee

Oh, and Lohan is apparently gay. But I reject the idea that Obama made her gay.

I love it that Bratton said all this today. Last winter, when they tried to pass a law for Britney, Bratton said he had all the laws he needed to protect people, but that Britney really just needed to stay home for a few days.

bad

Hit

I've consistently maintained that article was from 2005.

kim

Heh, Enlightened, it looks like Josh Marshall had the measure of the man months ago: "a little hustler and shifty".
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Sue

bad,

::grin::

bad

Hit

The JLo stuff was fun. If she is writing a song she could find inspiration here or give Ludicrous a call...whatever

hit and run

And you have a funny name.

Oh, and yeah, you are much hotter than those guys on the dollar bills.

Porchlight

And how come that business about being the instrument of God's will hasn't been made a big deal of?

kim,

Because everyone knows that when liberal Dems are just window dressing when they talk about stuff like that. If his fans thought he actually meant it, they'd go ape.

Meanwhile, George Bush is a member of a center-left mainline denomination, yet every time he says the word God he is accused of being a fundie nutjob.

hit and run

Porchlight!!! I'm the proud owner of a new t-shirt.

I'll be wearing it as I land in San Antonio tomorrow.

PeterUK

Obama's constituency

bad

LOL Peter, Where to start, where to start...

Porchlight

Yay, Hit! Glad you like it and thank you for the order - it's much appreciated. Have fun in SA!

kim

But Pete, how inconstant they are. It's obvious from the icons on the wall that they worship Spongebob.
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Sara

What can I say?

Kerry Proposes $7.5B Aid To Terrorists

Kerry: ‘Al-Qaida Leadership is More Capable of Attacking Today’ than on 9/11

Senator proposes $7.5 billion in ‘non-military’ aid; says ‘winning the war of ideas’ against al-Qaida important to climate change, AIDS.

By Jeff Poor
7/31/2008

Al-Qaida poses a bigger threat to the United States today than it did on Sept. 11, 2001, and the only way to prevent more attacks is to spend money on non-military international aid, according a July 31 speech by one-time presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

“[T]he statistics tell the story. And as John Adams reminded us, facts are stubborn things. Today, terrorist attacks are at historic highs. The al-Qaida leadership is reconstituting along the Afghan-Pakistan border,” said Kerry at the Center for American Progress. “The al-Qaida leadership is more capable of attacking today than they were on September 11 of 2001. The Taliban is resurgent. Hamas is tightening its grip on Gaza and Hezbollah is running a state within a state.”

Kerry used the Washington, D.C. speech to unveil what he called a “new approach” to fighting terrorism. The approach amounted to $7.5 billion in expenditures on non-military aid over five years to support Pakistan, a U.S. ally in the war on terror.

“[W]e must make better use of our foreign aid to improve our standing with the Pakistani people,” Kerry said. “We’ve tried to do this now with a bill that we just passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. And it is a bill to provide a sustained commitment to dramatically increase non-military assistance – $7.5 billion over five years. And we want to ensure that it goes directly to the people, while ensuring that we get what we pay for in terms of military assistance.”

The end result of winning the “war of ideas,” as Kerry labeled it, would improve the United States’ standing in the world and put the country in a better position to solve problems ranging from global climate change to the AIDS epidemic.

“So looking at all these conflicts, the big picture is this – focusing on winning a war of ideas as opposed to just killing terrorists, will not only enable us to defeat our enemies, it will restore our ability to have a positive impact on change in other areas,” Kerry said.

“All of these things are connected,” according to Kerry. “[G]lobal climate change, AIDS, the efforts with respect to failed states, counter-narcotics efforts, consistency on human rights and understanding and defining the real relationship with the nation of Islam (sic) and our leadership role with respect to our values.”

clarice

He must have some friends thru whom the moola will be funneled.
I have a better idea--Get Teresa to fund this instead of all the leftist trips eh funded thru Tides Foundation/

Porchlight
“So looking at all these conflicts, the big picture is this – focusing on winning a war of ideas as opposed to just killing terrorists, will not only enable us to defeat our enemies, it will restore our ability to have a positive impact on change in other areas,” Kerry said.

"Focusing" on "winning" will "enable us" and "restore our ability" to have a "positive impact on change."

What meaningless rubbish he talks. Orwell would be appalled.

clarice

Short form in my lingo:Winning=Change.

bgates

winning a war of ideas
Can he define what "winning" would look like? I thought that was a truism among lefties, that "winning" and "victory" were amorphous concepts impossible to grasp and apply to the real world.

On the bright side, I guess I don't have to worry about Kerry having an exit strategy for a war of ideas. That ship sailed a long time ago.

Paul

"doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

Er, *other* presidents? So Obama's already in the President's club?

hit and run

Or, he is going to a war of ideas without a plan to win the peace of ideas.

bgates

The core is to drill a handful of key adjectives into the public mind about Barack Obama: Muslim, anti-American, BLACK, terrorist, Arab.
Is he saying none of those things are true, that they are true but unobjectionable, or that two are false and objectionable, two are false but would be neutral to positive if true, and one is both true and unobjectionable (but nonetheless highlighted)?

In which case why make a list out of them? Might as well say they're trying to associate Obama with the key adjectives "Kansan, totalitarian, TALL, arsonist, Lithuanian".

Porchlight

Good catch, Paul. Though I suppose he can weasel his way around it because those are the words he put in McCain's mouth. Of course McCain said no such thing either, not even close.

narciso

"Kipling Country" as I like to call the NorthWest Frontier, is a virtual shooting
gallery; and AQ's in the crosshairs.Mr.
"Kebab"the chemical weapons specialist,
was the latest victim of "Wahhabi Season". Seth Jones, promulgated that same argument at the end of that NY Times piece on the Bin Laden hunt; which had basically been curtailed by Grenier, not Bush; because he was focusing on North Africa and South East Asia. Kappes doesn't have to tell Kiyani that the ISI 'plays for the other side', Musharaff put him in charge on it, after the 1st three assasination attempts. Gilani, is still a little slow on the uptake, but he should have figured it out
as well. The question is whether Kappes knew it, when he was last stationed there
a decade or so ago. Back during the time of September 11th, we know that one ISI head;
Mehmet Shah, was funnelling money to the Florida cell using Omar Sheikh as a courier, while meeting Goss and Tenet on a courtesy tour of the Capital. Meanwhile another former head Hamid Gul, Bearden's good pal, was starting the regional branch
of the 'Truther movement'. In the interval between attacks, back in the day; Ramzi Yousef was nabbed but not KSM; mostly because is work in the UAE Water ministry;
wasn't enough of conflict for Richard Clarke to cancel the arms contracts. Zubeydah, and co, were planning operations out of Bosnia, we stepped into a 'turkey shoot in Aden, because Zinni, believed his own press, conjured by Dana Priest, that he was a 'proconsul' Real proconsuls don't say, they do and he did virtually nothing.
There were people who were actually working on the problem, the late John O'Neil, who
was blocked by the obsequious Barbara Bodine, and Ali Soufan, who personally ran into the roadblocks planted by Jamie Gorelick. Soufan, eventually gave up the FBI out of frustration,(Mayer suggest in her latest footnoted screed, that Soufan
quit after the treatment of Abu Zubeydah;
then again she cites the most discredited of Hersh's allegations as proof) went to work for Guiliani; only to be slimed by Wayne Barrett as protector of the "Black Prince Al Thani. Yet Clarke gets all the good press, because he was a good empire building bureaucrat.

invernessie

Pardon my ignorance, what is "LUN".

bad

Link Under Name

click on my name and read the article

invernessie

Thanks bad!

bad

from newsobserver.com:

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is pulling the plug on a scholarship program he started at an Eastern North Carolina high school -- a program he once promised would be a model for the nation under an Edwards presidency.

Edwards' presidential hopes have evaporated. And he recently informed Greene County officials that he would end the pilot program at Greene Central High School.

Although the program was only set to run for three years, this may not have been the best time for Edwards to end it.

bad

sorry LUN

Larry

But Pete, how inconstant they are. It's obvious from the icons on the wall that they worship Spongebob.
================================Posted by: kim | July 31, 2008 at 08:41 PM
Hey! My grandkids and I love Spongebob!

Posted by: bad | July 31, 2008 at 07:52 PM Remember the Mac Davis song? "Lord it's hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way" In other words, as soon as I learn humility, I'll be perfect.

M. Simon

"What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn't get here after spending decades in Washington,"

I was under the impression that the guy on the dollar bill had no choice but to spend many decades in Washington.

M. Simon

New Obama theme song for a nation with too many faults:

"I see a White House and I want to paint it Black".

M. Simon

"In which case why make a list out of them? Might as well say they're trying to associate Obama with the key adjectives "Kansan, totalitarian, TALL, arsonist, Lithuanian"."

I was under the impression that Obama was an Estonian. At least in his youth.

M. Simon

“All of these things are connected,” according to Kerry. “[G]lobal climate change, AIDS, the efforts with respect to failed states, counter-narcotics efforts, consistency on human rights and understanding and defining the real relationship with the nation of Islam (sic) and our leadership role with respect to our values.” …

He must not be paying any attention to his wife. The Tides Foundation is anti-drug war.

M. Simon

Still, were I the wife, I'd believe that four hours alone with the child's mother in a hotel room (9:45 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.) was not evidence of him playing a fatherly role.

Actually I think that kind of meeting is where fathering (at least nominal) starts.

M. Simon

Race relations are going to be set back 50 years after this is all over no matter what the result.

Well no. I believe that once it is all sorted out (a few years) it will be a big downer for the race hustlers.

"The Emperor Has No Clothes" morphs into "You can't pin the racist tag on me, it has been over done."

bgates

Simon, you can't just put up a bitchin' song title like that and leave it. Hasn't Elliott given you the style guide?

I see a White House and I want it painted black
No Clintons anymore they both can kiss my sack
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head or Michelle will break my nose
I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
Idling with my entourage but Al Gore cuts me slack
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
They're in the media and ignore all my mistakes
I look inside myself and see my heart is black
Prob'ly because every day I smoke more than one pack
Maybe soon I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
I'll just claim those bitter rubes could not vote for a black

No more will I be showing up at Trinity
Turns out they hate whitey, hey man, it was news to me
If I look cool enough in front of these Germans
Maybe I can say I won before November comes

I see a White House and I want it painted black
Anyone who criticizes me is smoking crack
I am a symbol of what's good in this country
That's why I sometimes seem to lack humility
Hmm, hmm, hmm,...
I wanna see it painted, painted black
Black as night, black as coal
I want Republicans blotted out from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black

M. Simon

bgates,

Outstanding!

M. Simon

bgates,

I posted the song at:

Classical Values

mariner
McCain ought to reflect that Obama's popularity despite an utter lack of accomplishment reflects badly on the American people, not Obama himself.

McCain also ought to reflect on the fact that a lot of Obama's support, despite Obama's utter lack of accomplishment, reflects many people's disgust with John McCain.

Jeff F.

I can't wait to spend a couple Obamas.

Butter

Let's face it. O is a loose-lipped boob.

Regarding the explanation for what he was referring to about those faces on those dollar bills: "Yah sure, like when I look at those past Presidents, the first thing that pops into my mind is that they spent too long in Washington."

Beyond that, I don't know any other candidates, present or past, ever evoking their relationship to the category of distinguished men that have earned their posthumous honor."

Cool and dumb don't mix well in a regular person let alone for a prospective President.

Rob Diego

So when was it that "they" invoked the idea that Obama did not look like the men on the dollar bills? And which Republican tried to scare us? Are you sure it didn't come from the Clintons? Maybe Obama is saying they are going to say it so he can accuse them of saying it before they say it after he says it after they respond that they didn't say it when they said it after he said it. Is that possible? (I've been reading Kant lately)

JorgXMcKie

Evidently sym knows little to nothing about Lincoln. He was a very successful circuit lawyer in Illinois, and was the corporate lawyer for the Illinois Central RailRoad (also Casey Jones' railroad), and earned the first $5000 fee for a civil trial.

I'll put up any of Lincoln's Speeches in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates (chosen at random) as superior to anything Obama has ever spoken.

Lincoln had a solid record of accomplishments (for his era -- remember, no one really made a career of being a Congressman or such in the middle 1800s) prior to his nomination.

I eagerly await sym's list of Obama's stellar accomplishments to date.

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