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May 29, 2009

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Charlie (Colorado)

The first thing you ask is what is legal? The first question ought to be, what makes sense?

Uh, don't think so. First you ask "what are the possibilties and what isn't possible" which would include "what would not be legal."

Then you think about what the best choice is.

I think Bush has you on this one.

narciso

Maybe I'm being a bit ornery today, because of the bad weather, both actually and rhetorically, but when you conducted transactions, you checked what was legal right.

hrtshpdbox

What makes sense is to take the Sheikh out back, outside the view of prying eyes, and beat him senseless until he coughs up info that saves American lives. That isn't legal, however, hence Bush asks the right thing first.

Elliott

Nice to see you, hrtshpd. Any chance you could get some new wishlists going?

Original MikeS

Bush treats the question of whether a technique makes sense as a given. He had already concluded some techniques made sense so he didn't ask for example, "Would it be legal to send detainees to the space station for interrogation?"

Mickey

It may be a good idea for Bush to ride above the fray on all this knowing full well he has Cheney doing the dirty work. That way he maintains the image of being supportive while he is in the "President's club" of which he will have a new member in a few years named 0bama. Cheney can spread the joy for him.

hrtshpdbox

Elliot, you have some kind of steel-trap memory. Nice to see you, too. Just on the fly, I'd like to wish that Roland Burris inadvertently reveals something that is so embarrassing to O that even the MSM can't pretend otherwise. If that wish gets any footing, I'll supply some more!

Ignatz

--Trust me, having seen it firsthand. I didn't like it when a former president criticized me, so therefore I am not going to criticize my successor.--

Is that a fairly clever way for Bush to criticize his predecessor while making Barry look like a putz for criticizing his, or am I giving Bush too much credit?

Ralph L

Ignatz, we've been led to believe Bush isn't that clever. It was a well deserved dig at JC and Bill C.

narciso

What were the wishlists about, again?

Rick Ballard

Ignatz,

You can add Goober to Bubba. President Bush's remarks are completely consonant with the manner in which he conducted himself during his Presidency. Some might feel that his prudence gave gutter trash such as Bubba (and Ogabe) too large and easy a target but at least we had an occupant of the Oval Office for eight years who was guided by more than windsock polling.

The contrast with the current "what can we get away with today" scum is rather stark.

Charlie (Colorado)

+1 clever.

+2 southern snark. Man, he's married to a Texas chick: Barry better hope she doesn't decide to eviscerate him with niceness.

hrtshpdbox

"What were the wishlists about, again?"

I think I wished for a couple of things that then happened (in retropsect, too bad I didn't just wish for O to lose).


 Ann

OT,
RUSH just mentioned this piece from Andy McCarthy and he is going to read it in a minute on the radio. It's very clever:

Forget Whether She Qualifies as a "Racist." Would Judge Sotomayor Qualifiy as a Juror? [Andy McCarthy]

Extraneus

That piece by Andy McCarthy is so reasonable and logical it could resonate.

Pofarmer

Lumber is up from 170 to near 200 in 3 days. WTH is up with that?

Jane

Someone just asked me the following question. Can I get some help in answering it?

(Where is Sue)

What does Cheney's integrity consist of? How has he demonstrated
that quality?

bad

What does Cheney's integrity consist of? How has he demonstrated
that quality?

In spite of dibbing and mudwrestling JOmers openly stated interest in Mr. Cheney, he has not taken advantage of our youthfullness and naivete.


clarice

I've never heard Cheney espouse a position he did not believe in, have you?
I've never heard him make a cheap shot, have you?
I think his positions have been consistent and credibily argued, haven't they?

I can't imagine him pulling a Powell-Armitage back stab, can you?

bad

If lefty journalist were able to dig up inconsistent positions taken by Cheney, we'd be watching or reading that stuff multiple times daily.

bad

The first thing you ask is what is legal?

Tom, that derisive question really defines the current admin perfectly.

Although I think they would add:

WTF?????

centralcal

Yay for Clarice!

(and, I liked bad's answers too - quick thinking!)

bad

Typhuspad ate my comment.

If journoList could find quotes or video of Cheney in inconsistent positions we'd be watching or reading that stuff multiple times a day.

Extraneus

Jane, one obvious recent piece of evidence is that Cheney is willing to allow the facts to speak for themselves as to whether EI was effective, as he has consitantly claimed.

Ibama, in contrast, has made the statement that waterboarding three scumbags under the strictest of legal and medical supervision has "made us less safe" dozens of times without evidence. He now has the evidence to prove himself correct and Cheney a fraud if he wants to by releasing the memos Cheney has asked for, yet somehow he doesn't want to do so, even though he's already released the details of the techniques, clearly more damaging to national security than some memos that won't testify to positive results. This indicates Ibama's lack of integrity, and solidifies Cheney's.

Cheney's consistency is also clear evidence of a person of integrity, now that I think of it. One could easily draw embarrassing contrasts to Ibama, other Dems and many Republicans, since very few people have ever been as consistent as Cheney, or Bush, especially under such fire as they experienced.

Extraneus

...he has not taken advantage of our youthfullness and naivete.

How do we know that?

PaulL

I also liked Rush's question:

Does Sotomayor believe that she, as a Latina, would make a better judge than would a black man?

Extraneus

Jane should probably make sure that she and her friend can agree on the definition of the term first...

Dem: Pelosi has “more integrity in her pinky” than Rove, Cheney

Ignatz

--Lumber is up from 170 to near 200 in 3 days. WTH is up with that?--

Good question Po. The recent housing data has been slightly positive, but with the emphasis on slightly.
Perhaps the inflation winds are sweeping into all sectors of commodities?
Barry's closing of the Tongass NF, as chronicled by daddy, is reminscent of the early 90's NF shutdown which precipitated a spike, so maybe that's a factor.
Or maybe it's just taking off after a respite; went from 145 to 185 in a couple of months, then settled in at 175 for a spell.
Whatever the cause, it's bad for lumber buyers I know, but good for me. Sorry.
Course it's still in the pits even at $200.

Extraneus

Ha, great question, PaulL.

In the spirit of DoT's mention of how all attorneys are "high-powered" and "prominant," regardless of their sleaze quotients, I've often wondered, after many times hearing such references, if there any experiences "richer" than those of Hispanics. Does a Pole have a "rich" experience by virtue of being a Pole? How about a Singaporean or an Egyptian?

Since we've somehow conferred the term "race" to the experience of being Hispanic -- when it's clearly not a race at all, but a language, and in fact has nothing whatsoever to do with race -- maybe it's the language that's particularly rich? Should we concede that anyone who speaks Spanish, or whose parent(s) or even grandparent(s) speak Spanish, has had a "rich" set of life experiences by definition?

bad

...he has not taken advantage of our youthfullness and naivete.

How do we know that?

Several reasons, take your pick.

1. No one has bragged...with pictures or otherwise.

2. We respect his marriage and would refuse if tempted 'cause we're strongly principled women.

3. Sue would kill us.

bad

Sorry, I just screwed up the thread.

Ignatz

--Pelosi has “more integrity in her pinky” than Rove, Cheney--

Wouldn't it be nice if someday it spread from her pinky to other areas such as her brain or perhaps her character and personality, as occurs with adults like Rove and Cheney.

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Ten to go?

Harrison

Judging by which Bush decisions on terror Obama has kept and which ones he has not he went for political PR over safety. Everyone forgets that is Exec. order "banning" "torture" left the door open for it. Google Jack Bauer Exception WSJ to see what I mean.

daddy

Pofarmer,

"Lumber is up from 170 to near 200 in 3 days. WTH is up with that?"

Last night I linked this">http://www.adn.com/news/environment/story/811178.html">this ADN story, detailing how Obama has just enacted a moratorium on Logging roads into the 49 million acre Tongass National Forest where the article states this move "will have the most immediate effect in Southeast Alaska, where it's likely to slow or even halt four timber sales in the Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest, which encompasses much of Southeast. Sales scheduled for this summer would have allowed the building of about 35 miles of logging roads to access the timber."

So, 4 timber sales already almost done deals in the largest forest in the US were just squelched by Obama. I have no experience in how commodities pricing works but if I was going to begin to search for a culprit responsible for a drastic immediate rise in limber prices, yesterday's squelching of these 4 Lumber deals in the Tongass would be where I"d start.

daddy

Sorry Ignatz,

Hadn't read your comment yet. My bad.

Ralph L

Cheney gave potentially millions of dollars worth of Halliburton stock options to charity in 2000.
When he was SECDEF, he cancelled one of his own pet projects because it was too expensive [unfortunately also classified]. Despite working on it, I agreed with him.
He didn't parade or dis his lesbian daughter when it might have done him good.

Ralph L

Compare that with Jim Webb and his son's boots. No doubt some people thought he supported the war effort.

Sue

Sue would kill us

Smart answer, puppy.

Cheney's integrity is in his core beliefs. For saying what he believes and believing what he says. How he treats his wife, and there is no doubt Lynn Cheney loves the man. Don't say something about him around her unless you are willing to taste the tip of her rapier. His loyalty to the man he served, even when the man was doing something counter to what he would have done. Not once did he try and undermine Bush during his second term when clearly Rice, not Cheney, had Bush's ear. For giving to charities even in years he isn't running for office. The list is longer, but I'm in a time crunch at the moment.

Ralph L

"than Karl Rove and Dick Cheney possess in their entire body"
The two-headed hydra (or are they in a SSM?).

Danube of Thought

Maybe GWBush was referring to his father.

I think of a politician as having integrity if he has a very clear understanding of what he believes in, and if his words and actions are invariably consistent with those beliefs. I think Cheney surely qualifies if that is the standard. Paul Wellstone did, too.

Barack Obama doesn't come close, in my mind--the many instances of his adopting the very Bush policies he excoriated on the campaign trail settle that question decisively. One or two instances might be excused by his suddenly being confronted with the realities of governing, but we have far, far too many of them to support that explanation.

His speech a couple of weeks ago (I think he was in New Mexico) in which he railed against deficits was almost creepy in its disconnection from the very things he is actively doing. I really can't think of anything Obama believes in other than the grandness of Obama. It would never occur to me to say such a thing about Dick Cheney.

hit and run

DoT:
I really can't think of anything Obama believes in other than the grandness of Obama. It would never occur to me to say such a thing about Dick Cheney.

A man of Cheney's stature and experience and accomplishment, a lifetime of working not pontificating, of accomplishing without self-promotion, of serving without ever talking about it for the sake of promoting himself above his core beliefs ... just exudes humility.

In contrast, Obama very much likes to puff himself up with grandiose words of his own profound humility ... that just reeks.

Extraneus

The dictionary.com definition of integrity is:

1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
Didn't McCain spectacularly expose just the opposite in his opponent's public-funds flip-flop? And he didn't see, and we still ain't seen nothin' yet.

Jane

Thanks guys. I agree with all of that.

Danube of Thought

I threw in Paul Wellstone just to make clear that I don't see it as a virtue unique to conservatives. George McGovern might have been a better example. Harry Truman, at least after he went to the White House. Ronald Reagan absolutely in spades. Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon--what is the opposite of integrity?

Ralph L

Bill Clinton consistently believed in the goodness of Bill Clinton.

Original MikeS

what is the opposite of integrity?

outegrity?

JM Hanes

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hit and run

DoT:
I threw in Paul Wellstone just to make clear that I don't see it as a virtue unique to conservatives.

I think Joe Lieberman is as good an example of integrity as anyone.

His running mate on top of the Dem ticket in 2000 is as good an example of utter lack of integrity as anyone, by a country mile.

Seriously, the road those two have taken since that election speaks volumes to each's integrity.

hit and run

And I say that as one who opposed Lieberman's domestic policies upwards of 90% of the time.

He staked a position on the Iraq War out of integrity, and kept it even in the face of political defeat, losing to Ned Lamont in the Dem primary of 2006 and campaigning with McCain in 2008.

He's a "let-the-chips-fall-where-they-may-pol, firedoglake-and-their-blackface-be-damned utterly humiliated...

DrJ

LOL, JMH! Which one?

Extraneus

I threw in Paul Wellstone just to make clear that I don't see it as a virtue unique to conservatives.

Very fair. If everyone had integrity and was up-front about their true positions, we could get by just fine. At this point in our history, unfortunately, this is sadly lacking in both major political parties, and we're probably not going to get by just fine at all.

Except on St. Jane's Island, where the warm breeze blows and the ladies wear their diamonds or shells with integrity.

Charlie (Colorado)

Lumber is up from 170 to near 200 in 3 days. WTH is up with that?

O is pissing off the Canadians, housing sales are up, summer is coming.

bad

If Ibama had any integrity at all he would thank Bush and Cheney for their policies regarding the war on terror, and apologize for his campaign rhetoric against those policies he has now taken as his own.

Obviously, that will never happen.

hit and run

Bad:
If Ibama had any integrity at all he would thank Bush and Cheney for their policies regarding the war on terror, and apologize for his campaign rhetoric against those policies he has now taken as his own.

Even I don't expect this much.

Just acknowledge that foreign policy is hard, the war on terror man-made disaters is ever harder, and that where Bush was right, he would adopt sensible policies, even if it contradicted campaign speechifying.

Of course, I think that would also be in the long-term sensible position of an incumbent seeking re-election, so I'm divided.

Ralph L

so I'm divided
So become hit or run.

hit and run

Oh, I'll still hit and run, if need be.

In fact, I'll hit, hit, hit, hit, and then run, if need be. Or hit and return fire, if need be.

Or hit and sustain fire, if Obama's policies necessitate doing so.

But my dividedness only preceeds a decision, and that decision won't be dividedness.

How's you're neck of the woods? My in-laws were thinking of moving to your neck of the woods this year, before I informed them that my position here was tenuous last year, that is....which proved prophetic.

Ignatz

I'm a little worried. I think I understood what hit just said.

Captain Ozone Layer

First question I ask (the the circumstances that existed) is: Will it work?

Ralph L

They probably thought you didn't want them nearby.
Labcorps is doing ok (if they left, downtown would be a Labcorpse), but the rest of the county has 12% unemployment. In the 70's, it was 20% for years, mostly because women stopped wearing hose. I think some of the Mexicans have left (I'm across the street from the Catholic Church).

hit and run

Forget that worry, Ignatz.

Consider this...if I could Hillary-Clintonesque "restart" at this point in my life/career, I would work for you.

I mean, I'm inferring, what someone who worked for you would do...ask Clarice...I wield a mean chainsaw.

hit and run

Ralph:
They probably thought you didn't want them nearby.

Forget it. Even this past week I saw some single family homes near Myrtle Beach in their price range and suggested the look into it...

Ralph L

Now that's different. Please introduce me to your inlaws.

hit and run

OK, fine, a Friday night special...http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/29/carl-levin-cheneys-lying-about-the-cia-memos-that-allegedly-prove-torture-works/>from Hot Air quoting Carl Levin:

“Cheney’s world view, which so dominated the Bush years and dishonored our nation, gained a little traction last week — enough to persuade me to address it head-on here tonight,” Levin said. “I do so because if the abusive interrogation techniques that he champions, the face of which were the pictures of abuse at Abu Ghraib, if they are once more seen as representative of America, our security will be severely set back.”

Won't somebody waterboard the hell out of the likes of Carl Levin who would willingly conflate approved CIA interrogations with "pictures of abuse at Abu Ghraib"?!?!!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!?!?

Carl Levin, the face of which is the corn in my stool*, should not be allowed such leeway unchallenged when it comes to our national defense.


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*the Tuesday night dinner at Myrtle Beach included canned corn as the side dish. "Levin" showed up late Wednesday, in the spirit of TMI.

Original MikeS

Here's the "face" of the interrogations championed by Dick Cheney.

Library Tower Los Angeles.

PD

If anyone needs evidence of Dick Cheney's integrity, all that is necessary is to take one look at how Liz Cheney turned out.

Same goes for Lynn Cheney, too, of course.

hit and run

Tell me one bit of polling data that would cause Cheney to change his public stance (which is, I maintain, his core belief).

Halliburton is reviled!

CIA interrogation tactics are being pilloried by politicians and the MSM!

Scooter is indicted! And convicted! (of having a memory that contradicts the impeccable Russert backed up by a drunk Andrea, MIA Gregory, and missing FBI notes, but still)

Bush is unpopular!

The Iraq War was for oil!

Cheney eats babies!

And once now no longer running for office, he's changed what? Does someone, somewhere think that Cheney really cares about "protecting his legacy"? Hell, we've been reminded endlessly that he has a ticker that could give at any moment...and we're supposed to think that he cares what the solons in DC or the Upper East Side or in Berkeley think of what he did in protecting the nation?

Puuuhhhhleease. People who think such think waaaay too much of themselves.

He will continue to do what he thinks will help protect this nation -- now as a private citizen, but no less out of a perception of civic duty.

I swear to God, if there is any way, in all my travels to the Jackson Hole area (we're on the Idaho side of the Tetons, to be precise, so in specifics, opposite of where Cheney's place is), that I can ever find myself on the purchasing side of a beer (or iced tea or even a glass of water) for Mr. Cheney, I will. It may chagrin some in my family, and some more than others, but...I have a way of getting what I want. And there are few things I want more.

JM Hanes

OMikeS: I'll match your library tower, and raise you a Wachovia Building. And if I had more guts, I'd post it

with a caption.

Mescalero

Enhanced interrogation techniques. How interesting!

Tell me about the Saudi religious police and their unethical (most real thinkers call it criminal) questioning of modern Islamic women who choose to ignore the anti-feminist strictures of the war-lord who called himself the prophet Mohammed.

Tell me about the interrogation techniques employed by the criminal Castro, Kim Jong il, Hamas and Taliban regimes.

The bottom line is, should we ever listen to a long list of liberals who were part and parcel of the Stalinist coverup of the extermination of Ukrainian peasants in the early 1930's. The line of BS from those folks doesn't differ by much from the line of BS from today's liberals on GITMO and torture. Pinch (or is it pimp?) Sulzberger -- I'm waiting for your reply!!

JM Hanes

DrJ:

I'm afraid my Mac based advice wouldn't do you much good, but I'm confident someone else here knows which PC browsers are still plagued by persistent italics, etc. and which aren't. Before the last couple of updates, I used to have to switch from Safari to Camino when that happened. It would be nice to think that someday, maybe someone will put everything I want in the same app!

Melinda Romanoff

hit-

He frequently goes to Kelly. I know. I used to see him there when I was up from Boulder (WY, not CO). A very generous man with his time. I miss those days. Sen. Simpson was nice to me as well. Shook hands, firmly, and looked you in the eye to get your "measure".

I was lucky to be there then. My old boss moved from Boulder to Wilson.

(And I promised to do some more work for you, my boss was in all week, I'm back on it this weekend.)

DrJ

JMH,

I'm afraid my Mac based advice wouldn't do you much good

That's very true. Opera does not suffer from italicitis, but the rest of my browser brood (four of them) all do. And traditional PC-based browser advice would not help any either (I don't use Windows either).

This really is a TypePad problem, though I grant that passing the buck does not help any.

Melinda Romanoff

OK, THis site won't refresh anymore so I'm crashing.

G'Night all and I hope Sat. iis better.


Sue

If any of you want to place bets for the upcoming NBA championship game, just ask me who I'm rooting for and vote the opposite. I never, ever, ever, pick the winner.

Sue

In fact, it might be a good way to finance our island adventure.

hit and run

Wilson rocks. There was a JOM lurker who posted a few times who lived near Wilson. I'm gonna go find the name -- and his invitation to buy me a beer. IIRC, he lived not far from Cheney.

Go google go.

And yeah, Kelly. There is the warm springs where Jackson residents dump tropical fish. Kinda creepy to see some of the mutations in the springs. But you don't get better views of the Tetons than you get in Kelly.

Tetons from Antelope Flats

Pic: Gros Ventre Rd., Antelope Flats Rd. Jct.

Ralph L

JMH, the lighting makes it look less like a giant white dildo.

Daddy

Well since I'm following Ralph L's post, anyone want to take a stab at what "Grand Teton's" means?

hit and run

I won't attempt any more links to past threads with multiple pages, but, Mr. Ryan, of Wilson, WY...your comments in early Feb of 2007 have never, ever been forgotten.

hit and run

Daddy:
Well since I'm following Ralph L's post, anyone want to take a stab at what "Grand Teton's" means?

Uh, they were named "Flaccid Tetons" before Cheney arrived?

Wait. Only Bad can get away with such jokes, right? Oh, no, it needs Sue's approval because of the subject matter.

Carp. Where's the JOM stylebook when you need it?

Withdrawn.

Ralph L

Wiki: Early French voyageurs gave the name "les Trois Tétons" (the three breasts)

Holy Carp!
Grand Teton is a single peak. Tetons is the range.

hit and run

OK, one more and I am off to beddy bye. Fair warning, it's late.

Grand Targhee ski resort -- located in Wyoming and in the Tetons, but only accessible by road from Idaho -- had to drop the word "nipple" from Mary's Nipple, a back country summit at their resort in the early 2000s, due to patronage complaints.

True story, that.

But...off we go...word from Targhee, however (my brother was forced to retire from the resort last year due to a chronic shoulder injury): Helicopter rides over the peak still are available to provide aeriola views.

daddy

had to drop the word "nipple" from Mary's Nipple

That sucks.

Extraneus

Tsk, tsk. You guys are lucky Clarice is out of town.

Original MikeS

...raise you a Wachovia Building.

Thas swat I'm talkin' about!
Somebody should give Carl Levin a good bitch slappin'.

hit and run

Extraneus:
You guys are lucky Clarice is out of town.

Oh, gosh, you're right. I almost forgot...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WOLVERINE!!!

PD

"The first thing you ask is what is legal?"

Tom, that derisive question really defines the current admin perfectly.

Although I think they would add:

WTF?????

I think they might say, "What means this word 'legal'? It rings strangely upon our ears."

stace

Hit, your canned corn comment almost made me fall off the chair from laughing, but you were too kind to Levin. I can't believe he said that. History will not be kind to him, if it ever remembers him, which I doubt it will.

I've flown into Driggs and driven through much of the beautiful area you call home. My parents have a vacation home just around the corner from Cheney's house. I've never met him, and only seen his convoy a few times, but my parents are proud to be his neighbor.

hit and run

Awesome, Stace...it really is such a beautiful place, isn't it.

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