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September 05, 2009

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pagar

a successful version of a younger Barack Obama

If he had managed to hid his record as Obama has, my guess is he would be the person in the Obama Administration who most closely mirrored Obama in his thoughts and actions over the years.

clarice

Shuck and Jive, tap, tap, turn and bow...
In another interview he says he picked yale law school because they don't grade and he could spend all his time on radical shit.

This administration may single handedly demonstrate to voters why AA is a crock.

Fred Beloit

The worst part of all this is that one knows there must be many more like-minded revolutionaries in this company, including the boss. Oath schmoth. The Constitution will not get in their way.

bishop

That column by Kolbert, is remarkable in what it omits, his arrest, on record, his affiliation with STORM, the real nature of the Ella Baker center's previous projects.
So the abysmal housing projects of New Haven
are a reason to turn to Marxism, justreading
between the lines here

It does unwittingly though, remind one of why one certain person has been able to get around the White House's apparatus, their OODA so to speak, and derail some of their initiatives.

Original MikeS

It is somewhat surprising to me that all of Obama's friends, acquaintances, and czars are scumbags.
IBD's Trojan Horse story mentions some of the slime dripping off of Van Jones

"The green economy will start off as a small subset" of a "complete revolution" away from "gray capitalism" and toward "redistribution of all the wealth," he said. "And we are going to push it and push it and push it until it becomes the engine for transforming the whole society."

"Right now we say we want to move from suicidal gray capitalism to 'eco-capitalism' where at least we're not fast-tracking the destruction of the whole planet," Jones said. "Will that be enough? No, it won't be enough. We want to go beyond the systems of exploitation and oppression altogether."

Sue The Skinny Bastard

No mention of Jones claiming white men are poisoning minority neighborhoods.

E. Nigma

“How do we make sure this isn’t just a giant green boondoggle?” he (Matthew Kahn) asked.

Please, don't do it in front of the children. They will get the wrong idea of proper personal etiquette.

This too, shall pass. If you think Van Jones will be forced to resign, you are all sadly mistaken. Instead, he will be defended by all the Obama loyalists in the Media. It is the cost of loyalty to the President,

clarice

He's a bright demagogue--realizing that no matter how preposterous the green ghetto jobs notion is--and it is if even the New Yorker is entertaining that thought--it brings together the eco muddle and the ghetto mau mauers..to reach into our pockets and give our moeny to them. When it inevitably fails, they'll be back for more..if they don't start trying the plant engineers fo sabotage ala Stalin, that is.

Porchlight

Another quote from the marvelous Van Jones, discussing prisons in Tikkun (yes that Tikkun) in Jan/Feb 2006:

The powerful are trafficking in human flesh today. They’re trafficking in human bodies. The correctional corporations of America are traded on the stock exchange, turning the Dow Jones into a high tech slave auction in American today.


Porchlight

Sorry, here's the link to the above Tikkun article by Van Jones. Worth a read. It's kinda nutball (surprise):

Van Jones: Do We Have Room For Spirit Within Ourselves?

Rabbi Michael Lerner, founder of Tikkun and former (current?) Friend of Bill and Hill, is a prominent Truther.

PeterUK

The Man is an idiot.
He isn't being fired for what he is,but being found out.
Sunstein and the Emanuels are lucky,they may be smarter,but they should remember what happened to the Bolsheviks.

BB Key

Obama is letting the Van Jones fiasco drag out. Jones plays into the meme that its the right who are the real racist and his base will embrace Jones as a hero.

Obama comes back from vacation and says this Van is really not the Van he knew.


daveinboca

Sunstein is far more dangerous, and he can tweak Administrative Law artfully to make the flak-catchers in the private sector work 24/7 to keep the dykes of Big Government from flooding the zone, so to speak. Already happening with The Endangered Species Act, as Glenn Beck has noted on-air.

Komk

Acorn can get federal funds. The housing thing was Obama and pals suing over housing loans(CHA), not that that ever happened. He don't like banks and had a thing for car unions. He wants to double foreign aid again after Congress tripled it and cut foreign poverty in half with foreign aid and it's not like Joe wrote off all those foreign aid 'loans' at Treasury and got a pass on credit cards that Joe runs from the law suits. So, Obama taught those rich bankers a lesson and those rich car manufacturers Presidents.' He got to fire some and shut down some. He showed us how a percentage of our GDP should go to foreign countries like the British, not that that British guy is a socialist who wants to run the EU or the world, depending on what deals show up. He wants a global eco tax cause he couldn't get his GDP tax passed. Canada was going along until they caught Ignatieff being American and then he banned Canada's IPs and Ignatius probably can't stop that new C15 drug law getting passed 'cause that's what happened to the last one; Canadians have to vote again, but the Quebecois and NDP won't buy in 'cause they're not stupid, unless you work for the government like NPDers then it's okay.

So, a commie who thinks Bush planned the military response to 9/11. They flew right over the national guard in the middle of an exercise looking for them, but we'd have to ask Powell if that really happened, but it's not like the London bombers did the same thing to the private security firms in the middle of the same exercise.

Why would anyone feel exploited?

Clarice, I just keep on seeing that clip of MJ's hair on fire and I can't stop laughing.

MayBee

He isn't being fired for what he is,but being found out.

Exactly.
Obama's been hanging out with radicals his whole life. The kind of people that wanted nothing to do with the American flag after 9/11. The kind of people who preach that was chickens... coming home... to roost!
Remember that Michelle didn't even go to the 9/11 memorial last year with her husband.

He worked with Ayers and he funneled money to Klonky and he hides everything else about himself. There is nothing about Van Jones that Obama hasn't been surrounding himself with for decades.

Besides, Democrats don't really care about Truthers.

Gmax

the dykes of Big Government

Napolitano is flooding the zone, why was I not told?

Pofarmer

Somewhat OT.

But I heard Gordon Brown on the radio yesterday saying that the Policy in Afghanistan would now be based on "How many civilians it protects from harm" and not "How many Taliban we kill."

I'm sure that will be a rousing success.

Pofarmer

He isn't being fired for what he is,but being found out.

I'll still be surprised if he's fired.

macphisto

i've been thinking for some time that rather than the fte of the Bolsheviks, Obama et. al should contemplate the fate of the Jacobins.

Extraneus

Another good post by Keith Hennessey.

Incorrect conventional wisdom about health care reform

CW #4. The public option is the core of the government takeover of health care.

Democratic staff drafted these bills with a belt-and-suspenders. If (when) the public option is removed from the bill, other provisions would still turn health insurance into a public utility. Even without a public option, government employees or people appointed by the government would define standard benefit packages and cost-sharing for all health insurance. The government would regulate relative premiums and redistribute premium revenues among insurers, and have authority to place limits on insurers’ profits. A government-appointed board would define guidelines for quality care and for health care delivery models. Government guidelines labeled “advisory”have a tendency to become de facto standards over time, whether or not they are legally mandated.

Even without a public option, the pending bills would make provision of health insurance largely a governmental function, although run by for-profit firms.

Extraneus

I'll still be surprised if he's fired.

Only if there's some Sister Souljah value in it. Otherwise, he just resigns to avoid being a distration to Dear Leader, even though the accusations are b.s., accusers are wingnut a-holes, etc.

PeterUK

Macphisto
I was thinking of the Trotsky option. The last thing a dictator wants,is a successful revolutionary around the office.

Ignatz

Does anyone here think big mouth Van Jones does not precisely believe what the more circumspect Barack Obama believes and would like to accomplish?

Laura

Can Van Jones be convicted of treason? Is that a possibility?

Extraneus

Is that a trick question?

Porchlight

No, Ignatz. I think they are very much alike. Obama just hides and dissembles better.

Ted Is Dead

MORE 'COWBELL'

Laura

No, I know it sounds like a stupid question, but these narchists have been allowed to get away with this for so long. How do you go about charging someone with treason?

Extraneus

(Last directed to Ignatz.) I'm hoping we find pics of Van and Barack smoking a doob together, just in case he's considering the "not the Van I knew" play.

Laura

sorry, :) meant to say, anarchists

Original MikeS

Funny that the Trojan Horse plan to socialize America disclosed by Van Jones, is exactly the sort incrementalism Republicans have accused Dems of for years. The difference being that in years past Dems denied any such intentions.

Gmax

You think Eric Holder is going to prosecute someone for treason? And if yes you think its not going to be A) a Republican preferably Dick Cheney or B) some poor schlub or schlubs gathered up in the basement of the CIA but Van Doofus Jones.

A brother has got to be able to slum back in the hood, lets get real here.

Jim Miller

Tom - That Lisa Lerer sentence, which you noted, is truly wonderful.

Here's the straight way to write it: "In 2005, Van Jones said he was a communist." (And then you would expand the point, adding details about STORM.)

And here's her full sentence: "His affiliation with a 1990s group called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement has opened him to accusations that he associated with Communists."

But she does not describe STORM, so the reader has no idea whether that group can fairly be described as communist. Nor does she explain what she means by "affiliation".

Perhaps Lerer was a squid in an earlier life, given her ability to hide something behind a cloud of ink.

Increase Mather

Is it not ASTOUNDING that the MSM continues to ignore this story???

I mean...WOW! What better demonstration that they are in the tank?

PeterUK

Van Jones - STORM.

pagar

IMO, the key to the Van Jones in the Obama Administration story is:

JARRETT: Oooh. Van Jones, alright! So, Van Jones. We were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We were watching him, uh, really, he’s not that old, for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland. And all the creative ideas he has. And so now, we have captured that. And we have all that energy in the White House.

Van Jones is exactly who they were looking for to bring in to the Administration. Everyone else they have bought in was selected with the same criteria. Which means to me, that there are thousands of Van Jones in this administration. They just didn't leave such a trail of communist beliefs. But that does not mean they aren't there. Hundreds if not thousand need to be looked at with the same critical eye that Van Jones is being looked at today. And they needed to be looked at NOW.

Charlie (Colorado)

dykes of Big Government

You really think it's true about Hillary?

Charlie (Colorado)

Does anyone here think big mouth Van Jones does not precisely believe what the more circumspect Barack Obama believes and would like to accomplish?

How precisely?

bgates

the Policy in Afghanistan would now be based on "How many civilians it protects from harm" and not "How many Taliban we kill."

Po, that's pretty basic counterinsurgency doctrine.

Jane



the dykes of Big Government

Napolitano is flooding the zone, why was I not told?

LOL

I agree with Pagar, and I think some republican should first propose hearings to find out exactly what Valerie Jarett meant when she said that, and then require that all Czars be forced to testify to Congress.

bgates

Here's the straight way to write it:

If they were writing it straight, they might have mentioned that the "old lecture video" was from way back in February.

Charlie (Colorado)

Can Van Jones be convicted of treason? Is that a possibility?

In a word, no. A conviction of treason in the US would require him to have committed some overt act (as opposed to just talking) that supported an enemy in wartime.

Porchlight

PUK,

That article is hilarious. According to the author, Van Jones used to be a revolutionary, which is so awesome, but he don't know if he still is one, but if he is, that would be awesome because now he has the President's ear.

New disclaimer at the top: Author denounces any attempt by right wingers to use this article to paint Obama as someone with ties to communist or revolutionary movements.

Do people actually read what they write?

PeterUK

Porchlight,
The word "denounce" says it all.

clarice

Chaco does, porchlight, but i think it's kinda cheating..

centralcal

Over at Politico they have a piece up about what Obama will say at his JSC speech. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at this lead-in:

The high-stake speech makes sense because Obama is such a gifted orator. But it is also risky because if poll numbers on health-care reform don’t improve after he speaks, it will be clear that the problem isn’t in the packaging, but in the proposal itself.

Gifted orator. snort. No one really believes that any more, not even the writers of the words, I suspect.


...the problem isn’t in the packaging, but in the proposal itself. Double snort. The problem is BOTH, not either or.

Poor Mike Allen! He just cannot accept that the Great Wizard of O isn't "great" and isn't even a "wizard."


Janet

Great article by Dr. Zero at HotAir. Who is he/she? LUN

Some of the talent on the internet is outstanding. The same old geezers on the MSM can't hold a candle.

clarice

Scott Ott says that Obama's gonna tell the kids to beg their parents to get them out of those hellholes and into private schools.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Obama-will-urge-kids-to-go-to-private-school-8193824-56976522.html>Ott

Ignatz

--How precisely?--

Quite precisely.

The only significant difference is Barry is a bargainer, to use Shelby Steele's excellent term, who rewards and redeems white guilt with soothing words even though he is just as angry and radical as Jones and Barry has learned the same trick regarding idealogy.
In his very few unguarded moments of candor and the arc of his life's involvements I see very few idealogical differences with Jones.
And now that Jones is on the national stage he is learning, clumsily and perhaps too late, the same chameleon tricks Barry learned long ago.

Barry's flirtation with, joining of, and effortless tossing under the bus of the New party illustrate his abilities and ambitions from long ago vs Jones stupid admission of being a communist.

Barry's inexplicable (except that he actually wishes for a new Venezuela/Cuba in central America) Honduras policy is a more recent indicator of just how radical the man beneath the surface is.

Captain Hate

Shelby Steele has had the measure of Barry from the get go; too bad the rest of the op-ed writers of the MSM remain willfully blind to his insights.

There is absolutely no defense for Bammer's Honduras policy and some State Dept quislings should be strung from lamp-posts for facilitating it.

bishop

Nothing is new under the sun, Ignatz, it's called the Popular Front strategy, in the 30s it held sway in France, Spain, but also
as far way as Chile under Marmaduke Grove and Batista's Cuba, the first go around. In the last instance, the progressive and reformists fashioned the Constitution of 1940, a totally unworkable document that embodies those additional freedoms, from want, hunger, et al; which is well and good
just like Santa Claus, except he doesn't exist either, so it doesn't work

Sue The Skinny Bastard

Obama told us (or Ayers did) in his super-duper autobiography Dreams from My Father how to deal with the "white man". Jones didn't have the higher aspirations Obama did and spoke what was on his mind. I'm sure he wishes now he had held some of his anger inside him, like the big O did.

Thomas Collins

The You Tube video over at Gateway Pundit is worth a listen. I suspect it has already been LUNed or otherwise made available here, but I am LUNing it again. Jones and the other narrators recite just about every piece of KGB agitprop against the US that Mr. Andropov and his compatriots in the Soviet KGB dreamed up.

The Cold War is not over. The Soviet KGB programmers have embedded enough viruses in the minds of enough folks in the US that the Sovs could still bring us down (albeit not for their benefit unless Val Putin is successful in bringing back the Soviet empire).

JM Hanes

"In this New Yorker profile of Van Jones he comes off as a successful version of a younger Barack Obama"

Doesn't he just?

I’ve trained my mind so that people can say twenty-seven things that might be objectionable, but as soon as they say one, that twenty-eighth thing, that’s in the right direction, that’s where I’m going to go in the conversation.
Then there's the all-about-me quality too.

JM Hanes

E. Nigma:
"This too, shall pass. If you think Van Jones will be forced to resign, you are all sadly mistaken."

Would that it were so, because even if a guy like that is an embarrassment that the media doesn't deign to cover, he looks incompetent enough to a kill green jobs movement single handedly.


PUK:

"Van Jones - STORM"
I think you meant Van Jones - STORM Trooper, no?

Porchlight

Janet, I liked Doctor Zero's post, too, except that he/she seems to be under the mistaken impression that Van Jones is a nominee for the post of Green Jobs Czar, not someone who was put in the position several months ago. For example, he/she says Obama should "withdraw [Jones'] name from consideration." That misunderstanding makes it jarring to read, but otherwise it really is good.

Gmax

STORM is the acronym name for the communist front group Van Jones joined circa 1998. Cuz he was so upset about Rodney King's arresting officers being acquited, or his porridge was just not warm enough, I forget which it was at the moment. That either would lead you to communism is suspect in my mind, but more likely would be malnourishment instead of a court considering all facts and reaching a not guilty verdict on something which you had a different opinion. But there I go believing in logic as a controlling force.

Porchlight

he looks incompetent enough to a kill green jobs movement single handedly.

That's for sure. I almost don't want him to go because I wonder if he'll ever get the green jobs (a/k/a job killing) program off the ground. A few weeks back Laura Ingraham was discussing someone interviewing Jones and asking him "so what is a green job, anyway?" and Jones said they hadn't figured it out quite yet - they had commissioned a number of studies to determine just that. Studies are a waste of money but they're a lot less dangerous than what these people would consider "action."

MayBee

That's for sure. I almost don't want him to go because I wonder if he'll ever get the green jobs (a/k/a job killing) program off the ground.

I don't know if he'll be able to get the program off the ground, but I've no doubt he'll find a way to spend all the money.

daddy

The difficult thing about this Administration is not figuring out who is a race baiting, Capitalist hating, tax cheating Socialist, but figuring out who isn't.

glenda

Jones is a goner-he will not go quietly with Valerie Jarret as his second--she is a counselor to the President, herself, because she couldn't pass senate hearings for a cabinet post or Obama's former senate seat. We need to move on and shine the light of transparency on Sunstein, Holdren,Zeke Emanuel, Axelrod, and on and on. There are so many talented bloggers out there, they will soon be hard to ignore, just like the mob we are a part of. Their Alinsky methods are failing, but we can't take a deep breath until all the deceit and trash is out of the White House, for starters. We have 14 months until the next election to shake all the anarchists out of our government and media!
To everyone here who labors daily for their family, country and God..Have a safe and joyous Labor Day!!

daveinboca

Steele and also Sowell both knew the insides of BHusseinO from the get-go. Van Jones & his jailhouse pen pal Mumia remind me of that Oregon running-back who got sent down to redshirt limbo for a year for beating up a Boise State player! O the humanity!

And poor li'l Mumia, jailed for killing a cop, even if it was in Philly. I think Tom Maguire retired the cup after he brought down Dan Blather, but if Jim Hoft can get Van Jones defenestrated, the competition for best slam-down of all time opens up once again.

glenda

ooh, forgot---what are you cooking this weekend, clarice?

The description of some of your delicious meals might help me get over the sadness of not getting to meet you,
and so many others; next week!

well, it will at least make me hungry and give me some dinner ideas!

daveinboca

There is absolutely no defense for Bammer's Honduras policy and some State Dept quislings should be strung from lamp-posts for facilitating it.

As a former State Dept [Arabist] FSO, I couldn't agree more, although there is something in the fever-swamp miasmal wetlands of Foggy Bottom which engenders will-o-the-wisps of the mind.

[Metaphor alert!] Chiquita Obama and his bananaboat first mate Holder are looking to import a lot of tarantulas from Central & South America---in the guise of a fruitboat full of goodies.

PeterUK

"I’ve trained my mind so that people can say twenty-seven things that might be objectionable, but as soon as they say one, that twenty-eighth thing, that’s in the right direction, that’s where I’m going to go in the conversation."

He needed to train it,has he never been married?

clarice

Tonight it's grilled quail stuffed with Italian sausage ; tomorrow night grilled skirt steak with homemade tomato salsa and chimchurra sauce.

Sides to be determined.
But I've some lovely Tuscan melon for tomorrow's first course with prosciutto and tonight fresh sliced tomatoes and basil with buffalo mozzarella will be the starter.

Porchlight

I've no doubt he'll find a way to spend all the money.

True, but I'd rather have him spend $30 billion on nothing than to do what they did "successfully" in Spain and kill 2 real jobs for every green job created, plus push production out of the country due to higher energy prices.

Ignatz

Here's a tough question; to me it is anyway:

Given the sewer from which so many of these rats have ascended, it is inevitable a large good old fashioned corruption scandal or two will surface for Barry (and by large I don't mean some slimy little schlub amending his last 23 tax returns over dubious disallowed deductions).

Question; how big does one have to be to breach the MSM's Maginot line in defense of these thugs?

Ignatz

--Chiquita Obama and his bananaboat first mate Holder are looking to import a lot of tarantulas from Central & South America---in the guise of a fruitboat full of goodies.--

Daylight come and we want go hooooommmme.

PeterUK

Ignatz,

"Given the sewer from which so many of these rats have ascended".

That is the problem,they haven't,they are all middle class pretending to be revolutionaries.

It is the sewer to which they have descended.

Fresh Air

Remember that Michelle didn't even go to the 9/11 memorial last year with her husband.

This really isn't surprising: most of the victims were white people.

Porchlight

I don't have an answer, Ignatz, but I've been wondering that myself. I think it depends on how Obama is polling. The lower he gets the braver they get. They can't sell fluff pieces anymore so they will eventually need scandal.

Steve

Great post! I really like your blog!!

COMMON CENTS
http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

ps. Link Exchange??

Ignatz

PUK,

By sewer I didn't mean the proletariat or the lower classes and slums; that would have been a step up for these clowns.

I meant the sewers of Chicago patronage, marxist academia, the government gold brick teat of radical non profits, etc.

PeterUK

Ignatz.
I think it is better to paint them as privileged,they have been getting away with this farrago of oppression too long.Let's start with this one.

"Jones and his twin sister Angela were born in 1968 in Jackson, Tennessee. Their mother was a teacher at a high school and their father was a principal at a junior high school. Jones's sister says that as a child he was "the stereotypical geek—he just kind of lived up in his head a lot."[9] He has described his own childhood behavior as "bookish and bizarre."[9] His grandfather was a leader of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and Jones sometimes accompanied his grandfather to religious conferences, where he would sit all day listening to the adults "in these hot, sweaty black churches".[9] Jones was a young fan of John and Bobby Kennedy and pinned them to a corkboard in his room in the specially delineated "Kennedy Section." He used to imagine his Star Wars action figures were politicians: Luke Skywalker was JFK, Han Solo was RFK, and Lando Calrissian was MLK.[10] He graduated from Jackson Central-Merry High School in 1986. Jones earned his B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Before entering law school, Van worked as an intern at the Jackson Sun (Tennessee), the Shreveport Times (Louisiana) and the Associated Press (Nashville bureau). He also helped to launch and spearhead a number of independent, campus-based publishing efforts. These publications included the Fourteenth Circle (University of Tennessee), the Periscope (Vanderbilt University), the New Alliance Project (state-wide in Tennessee), and the Third Eye (Nashville's African-American community).[11] Jones credits UT Martin for preparing him for life on a global stage[12]:
“ I left UT Martin confident that I could take on any challenge and do well at it if I studied hard and worked hard and kept my nose clean. I really do think you can get absolutely anywhere from UT Martin . . . because of the quality of caring and individual attention. ”

After graduating from University of Tennessee at Martin, Jones left his home state to attend Yale Law School. In 1993, Jones earned his J.D. and moved to San Francisco." Wiki

pagar

It's hard to believe but it looks like Obama is losing one of his strongest supporters.

The president's biggest potential long-term problem in terms of the public part of the presidency became obvious to me only during the past week.

LUN

glenda

clarice, now that sounds like a meal straight from a south Texas hacienda=fresh and filling-are you cooking for GWB or GHWB, maybe the magnificent bastard?
happy trails and thanks..

daddy

Hey, If you click on P'UK's LUN (AOL's Home Page),
there's still time to vote for your Favorite News Anchor:
Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric, or Brian William's!

Gmax

The sunlight analogy above as disinfectant was interesting, and in that light get a load of this one. Its too good to pass up and so I am passing along:

Arianna Huffington’s liberal gossip site the Huffington Post has been vigorously defending green jobs czar and 9/11 “truther” Van Jones.

It turns out that Jones was Huffington’s grassroots political director when she ran for governor in the 2003 recall election. In fact, Jones, a self-described “communist,” thought Huffington was so wonderful he was part of the effort to draft her to run for office.

A San Francisco Chronicle article from Sept. 5, 2003 described Jones as Huffington’s “grassroots director.”

A Miami Herald article from Aug. 3, 2003, described Jones as a ”Bay Area activist” and “director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights” who was “[l]eading the charge” to persuade Huffington to run.

“Jones and the fledgling campaign have unveiled a Web site - RunAriannaRun.com - to generate enthusiasm,” the article said. Jones sent out an email the previous month to activists soliciting support for a Huffington candidacy.

“She’s anti-drug war, tough on corporate crime, anti-war, anti-Bush, pro-environment, pro-electoral reform - and smart as hell,” Jones was quoted as writing in the email. “If anybody could pull this off, it would be Arianna.”

One would think the Huffington Post would disclose how tight Jones and Huffington are, yet the website doesn’t bother to do so in its articles.

Whatever happened to ethics in journalism? Oh wait, I forgot: the Huffington Post isn’t journalism.

PeterUK

pagar.

Noonan seems to be trying,in her old fashioned way,that she wished the members of the Obama administration had done something,like having had a day job.

As for the One,a perfect description of a psychopathic personality."THe darker side of cool".

JM Hanes

pagar:

I couldn't believe it. That's first column worth reading that Peggy Noonan has managed to produce in what seems like years.

Dana Milbank is beginning to grow on me too -- now that he's targeting Democrats. :-)

Fresh Air

JMH--

Dana Milbank is beginning to grow on me too -- now that he's targeting Democrats. :-)

Careful, it's a full moon tonight. There might be something in the air.

clarice

Dana's funniest column ever was the Conyers playhouse hearings--Don't tell me you'd forgotten?

Extraneus

Really? I couldn't get past the first few paragraphs. Is Peggy jumping ship again already?

PeterUK

Something in the air. It would account for the lack of birth certificate.

Sue The Skinny Bastard

I wonder who the hell Iowahawk is? Does anyone know? I mean anyone anywhere in the blogosphere? Anyway, if you haven't read http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2009/09/an-ill-wind-is-breaking-for-our-president.html>T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII
Editor at Large, the National Topsider yet, don't skip it. You'll howl with laughter.

"I am an old hand at sailing, Mr. President, and I have learned that the winds do not always blow one's way," I said. "When you find yourself in the doldrums, I want you to know that all of us in the conservative intellectual movement will be there to blow you."
clarice

He's a corporate executive in Chicago who has been a professor in the hard sciences at a very prestigious university. I don't think his real name is David Burge. I do think he's a genius. I know he was born and grew up in Iowa and is stil married to his chidlhood sweetheart.

Frau the Schnauzer

"...hiring parolees to weatherize homes and offices..."

This looks like a win-win for the parolees and Jones.

(How cruel, Clarice. Since I leave tomorrow early for D.C., we're having pre-cooked pot roast and Karltoffelklösse from a mix. At least the green beans will be from our (93 degree) garden. I did, however, bake 18 Brötchen for my husband while I'm up to no good in D.C. (And many, many thanks, Clarice, for getting me to the recipe for the Brötchen.)

Charlie (Colorado)

to shake all the anarchists out of our government

Not that I disagree with the general point, but you don't mean "anarchists." Anarchists believe in no government; these guys believe there should be infinite government and that they should be in charge.

Frau the Schnauzer

Excuse the parenthesis disorder. It's not catching as far as I know. I haven't packed my suitcase yet.

Charlie (Colorado)

Whatever happened to ethics in journalism? Oh wait, I forgot: the Huffington Post isn’t journalism.

... and isn't much on ethics, either.

Extraneus

Doctor Zero:

Where socialism sought totalitarian control of a society’s economic processes through direct state operation of the means of production, fascism sought that control indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners. Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the “national interest”—that is, as the autocratic authority conceived it. (Nevertheless, a few industries were operated by the state.) Where socialism abolished all market relations outright, fascism left the appearance of market relations while planning all economic activities. Where socialism abolished money and prices, fascism controlled the monetary system and set all prices and wages politically.
Keith Hennessey:

[Incorrect Conventional Wisdom] #4. The public option is the core of the government takeover of health care.

If (when) the public option is removed from the bill, other provisions would still turn health insurance into a public utility. Even without a public option, government employees or people appointed by the government would define standard benefit packages and cost-sharing for all health insurance. The government would regulate relative premiums and redistribute premium revenues among insurers, and have authority to place limits on insurers’ profits. A government-appointed board would define guidelines for quality care and for health care delivery models. Government guidelines labeled “advisory”have a tendency to become de facto standards over time, whether or not they are legally mandated.

Even without a public option, the pending bills would make provision of health insurance largely a governmental function, although run by for-profit firms.

clarice

I have the same disorder, frau..as you probably noticed.Glad you like the brotchen --I haven't yet made them but I did make a loaf of their nice peasant bread today..

Fresh Air

Sue--

Iowahawk is Dave Burge. He lives in Chicago.

Fresh Air

PUK--

The ears look a little small. The bloodsucking part makes perfect sense, though. Plus, Michelle's kind of got those vampire canines as well. I wonder if they were in the same coven when they met.

pagar

More facts you may not have known about Van Jones. From a commenter at Sweetness-Light at 3:18 PM replying to a post titled
"How the NYTs got Van Jones his Job"

We learn that Van Jones has been rubbing elbows with some high rollers.

US VIPS to Visit Svalbard’s Global Seed Bank

You will have to scroll down the icenews page to get to the article.

Van Jones appears in the second of the two National Geographic videos. George Soros does not appear in the videos, as far as I could tell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSxcp7pcK0Y
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I forgot who here mentioned in the last day or so about the MSM picking and choosing when to credit or blame the US vs. NATO for events in Afghanistan. Here are the top headlines right now from FoxNews and AP.

Fox News: NATO General: Afghan Civilians Among Wounded at Bomb Site

AP: US General: Afghan civilians wounded at bomb site

PeterUK

Worth noting that the Germans called down the air strike, on the fuel tankers hijacked by the Taleban

pagar

First link doesn't seem to work. This one should.

US VIPs to visit Svalbard’s Global Seed Bank
Sara (Pal2Pal)

Obama's Latest Gambit: Chairing the Security Council -- By: NRO Staff

Looking for a quick and easy boost in the polls, President Obama has decided to go to the one place where merit bears no relationship to adulation: the United Nations. On September 24, the president will take the unprecedented step of presiding over a meeting of the UN Security Council.

Unfortunately, however, the move represents one of the most dangerous diplomatic ploys this country has ever seen.

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