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December 24, 2009

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J

I am convinced that all liberals perceive the USA as an evil that must be corrected. Obama certainly has proven his creds. If it destroys this country, the left perceives this as their win. Now that he has given Interpol supremacy in the USA, there is no doubt how he views himself (ruler of the world)and what his intentions, towards the USA, are.

narciso

There is a degree, of that, but before one chalks it up to malice, always consider stupidity and naivete, the kind we haven't seen since John Lindsay and Fox Butterfield's
wide eyed wonder over prison solving the crme
problem

MarkO

I think he intended to close it. To suggest otherwise is simply to endow him with more intelligence for failing than if he had actually understood the reason for the camp and the difficulty in closing it.

He's just not that smart. Do you need chapter and verse.

There is one thing he does not intend to do: keep Iran from the bomb. He thinks containment is the best route. I'm taking bets.

Merry Christmas

peter

"Maybe Obama, who has famously quit smoking,"


So funny. Phenomenal blogging. Merry Christmas, Tom.

Yossi

Ann wrote "that President Obama "has never intended to close Guantanamo... He has only intended to appease the folks who wanted him to and to make it possible to claim that he really tried."" ... because she needs to explain to herself (and to us) why she dragged herself by her nose into believing that BRA-OBA will do it, so she could vote for him ...
and I agree with you: For BRA-OBA intention is the deed. The actual act is left for the natives - i.e, Pelosi & Reid et al.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Captain Hate

WTF is going on with this site? I've clicked thread links a number of times and have been redirected elsewhere including a porn site.

narciso

Remember what I was talking about malware yesterday, well it's back

jimmyk

I know it's not the point of the post, but that CBO document on the effects of the minimum wage fails to mention the possibility that some workers might lose their jobs (or fail to gain employment) as a consequence of the increase. Or lose benefits. I can only assume their instructions were not to address that possibility.

The point being, cf course, that to say it's an "indirect way of helping the poor," is rather euphemistic. Many are hurt.

Clarice

narciso, maybe you need to invest in a good filter for your computer.

Noce try, Capt. If you can get your wife to believe that.

Narcissists like Obama are mesmerized by words. The word is as good as the deed. Better maybe.

Also, it helps in debates where without knowing or caring about all that is involved you can promise something that sounds high minded without regard to whether it can be accomplished or not. Remember, the waters will recede he promised us.

Strawman Cometh

CH,
You've got a redirector virus. Recommend
malware bytes

narciso

I have malware bytes and AVG installed, it gets in and disables the task manager

Clarice

Can you re-enable task manager and just avoid those cites you find suspicious, narciso? I have a strong filter and it warns me of some cites--often it's the ads running on those cites that triggers an alarm .

bunky

John Harwood is really objective.

Clarice

Welcome ,yossi. And a return wish for a happy holiday and new year to you, too.

narciso

This site is always green, as well as all of the others I frequent. Then again I got a charge from a company in Azerbaijan, so I must be ticking off the Caspian oil syndicate (lol)

ROA

Obama told the UN in October that he had ordered Guantanamo closed. His inability to have his orders carried out will surely increase his international stature and the image of the US.

Jane

I got some virus overnite which is demanding a windows update and purchase and then won't let me do it. It ignores my symantec

I'm on my spare. Oh and Anduril, I've blocked you so spare everyone else your Linux lecture.

narciso

not nearly enough sarcasm there, Tom, with regards to Althouse, merry Christmas all the same as with all of the rest of the JOM crew

Danube of Thought

LUN for a WSJ article on when the various provisions of Obamacare kick in. The chance of repeal looks very dim indeed.

Danube of Thought

Norton and Symantec caused such problems with my PC that I said the hell with it all and got a Mac, which I love. And I'm now using Firefox, so I could italicize things if some kind soul will tell me again how to do it.

Merry Christmas everybody.

Soylent Red

Once again, Zero leaves us in the position of trying to decide if he's a liar or just stupid. He's a liar if he didn't want to close Gitmo, and stupid if he did.

Doesn't it just make you nostalgic for the days when we had a President who told us what he wanted to do (whether you agreed with it or not, and perhaps he didn't do it with unprecedented historical eloquence), and set out to do it by the most direct route possible? Now, we have a carnival barker in the White House whose every word and turn of phrase requires six weeks of deconstruction.

Narcisolator? Hell, invent an "Obamalator" and you could make a fortune.

Gmax

Jane

A very nasty virus indeed, and you will need a rescue boot disk ( so you can boot up from the A : drive and then run Malware Bytes. Best free software going right now.

My 22 year old got that virus on his laptop and had given up, I was hard headed enough to not give up and found the solution on some help sites.

Good luck.

Gmax

Like this DOT?

Danube of Thought

I think he was stupid enough to believe that terrorists could get more recruits if people were detained indefinitely without trial in Gitmo than if they were detained indefinitely without trial at Bagram.

narciso

I've been using firefox and it hasn't solved the problem.

Danube of Thought

As long as I'm soliciting technical support, how do I block Anduril?

hit and run

< i >italicize< /i >

without the spaces

Buford Gooch

It's been another great year reading posts and comments at JOM. Thanks to all, and Merry Christmas.

Gmax

DOT look below the the comment box, it gives you the open italics tag ( little i ).

Type that before the phrase to be italicized, and then put the same tag at the end of the phrase, except add a back slash in front of the little i. /i ( I cant type the brackets because it wont show but would italicize the thread).

narciso

That's not really possible, DOT

PD

Althouse is wrong. B+ Obama has never wavered or failed to carry through on anything he's said, whether it's his offer to go through the health care bill line by line with members of Congress, to broadcast negotiations on C-SPAN, or anything else.

Neo

Or else we will be very, very angry with you.. and we will write you a letter telling you how angry we are ...

Neo

Oh yeah, it's Bush's fault !!

Jane

Gmax,

That clearly is beyond my pay grade, and I just downloaded malware on this computer. If I get the virus here, I'm toast.

Clarice

You know a video with all his promises and the actualities would be fun viewing.

Danube of Thought

This is a test.

Danube of Thought

Thanks GMax and Hit.

Danube of Thought

Hell--how do I get it back to normal?

Jane

You've done it now DOT. You need to download the firefox toolbar because you cannot be trusted doing this manually.

If this is true, it is the best news of the day.

anduril

LOL.

Ignatz

Where the heck do people go on their computers to pick this stuff up?

I installed Trend Micro because a comp guy told me it was the best. It took so much room my computer was twice as slow. I deleted it and have had no security software at all for years. In the last three or so years, since I got this computer, I've had one security breech, which was some clown in China who highjacked my email address to spam people in Asia and the Mideast with his electronics ads. Big whoop.

OTOH, my daughter who has security software, turned her comp off one night and the next day it wouldn't boot under any circumstance cause the registry was corrupted. Had to repartition and start over. She didn't lose much but I can't see that security software has ever done much of anything on ours other than slow them down.

hit and run

Heh. you gotta close the italics tag... < /i >

When quoting something you can use < blockquote >.

The nice thing about blockquoting is that the tag automatically gets closed at the end of a comment if you forget or mistype.

PD

Lay your HTML tags on the floor and put your hands up ... now!

DrJ

DoT,

Go here for the formatting toolbar for Firefox.

Ignatz,

Trend actually is pretty light in comparison with other malware programs, such as Norton (which almost counts as a virus itself). I only use malware protection on my laptop, because I use it on the road in pretty unsafe locations. Other than that, I've not used anything for over five years and never have picked up any malware. I've no idea how so many pick these things up.

One tip: run Trend's housecall every once in a while. It is a free on-line virus scanning program that works pretty well for routine things.

anduril

Containment Breach: Preventing nuclear war between Iran and Israel would be more difficult than it ever was to avoid a nuclear confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. Here's why, is in many ways a welcome addition to the discussion about the Israeli/Iranian dynamic in the Middle East.

First, a very specific comment. The authors present 5 points with which they attempt to distinguish the Israeli-Iranian confrontation from the classic Cold War nuclear standoff between Russian and the US. This is their 4th point:

Mutual deterrence. Both the United States and USSR had second-strike capability made credible by huge land masses. They possessed hardened missile silos scattered throughout the countryside, large air forces equipped with nuclear bombs, and missile-launching submarines. In the Middle East, Iran stretches across a vast 636,000 square miles, against Israel's (pre-1967) 8,500 square miles of territory. This point was made by ex-president Hashemi Rafsanjani in 2001, who noted, "Israel is much smaller than Iran in land mass, and therefore far more vulnerable to nuclear attack." If this is the way an Iranian pragmatist thinks, how are the hard-liners thinking?

Two points:

1. Rafsanjani's statement is from 2001. Guess what, there have been developments since then.

2. The authors discuss their point further, but at no time do they mention or even hint that Israel may have a second strike capability. The fact is, most analysts believe that Israel possesses a highly credible land based second strike capability--not to mention it's equally credible sea-based first and second strike capabilities.

This deficiency seriously mars an otherwise interesting article. The authors are simply not being honest with their readers.

OTOH, their closing words are well worth pondering:

If diplomacy and sanctions fail to prevent Iran from going nuclear, Israel will be caught on the horns of an acute existential dilemma not of its own making. If Israel does not act, it will face a future in which it will live under a nuclear sword of Damocles wielded by a state that has called for its destruction. If it does act in the face of what are, after all, probabilities rather than certainties, Israel must expect a serious conventional war that would include attacks from Iran's proxies Hamas and Hezbollah and an escalation in international terrorism, all in exchange for an uncertain degree of success. Contrary to the assessments of those who foresee a best case scenario of stable deterrence, , a nuclear-armed Iran will usher in a new era of instability in the Middle East -- with consequences that nobody can accurately predict, much less contain.

In effect, the authors agree with Ariel Ilan Roth that an Iranian "bomb" will be destablizing and that management of this situation will not be easy. They also agree that an Israeli preemptive attack would be far from a cure all--although they fail to present all the ramifications, some of which were presented by George Friedman recently.

Clarice

Jane, Slaughter said that yesterday. I don't know if Reid and Pelosi are bluffing, if they've tisted as many arms as they can or whether as someone here noted there were a number of Dem Congressmen who voted no the first time around under cover of a majority vote who, if need be, will vote for a Reid-Pelosi (mostly Reid bill) compromise.

It's Liar's Poker right now to me.

anduril

Containment Breach: Preventing nuclear war between Iran and Israel would be more difficult than it ever was to avoid a nuclear confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. Here's why, is in many ways a welcome addition to the discussion about the Israeli/Iranian dynamic in the Middle East.

First, a very specific comment. The authors present 5 points with which they attempt to distinguish the Israeli-Iranian confrontation from the classic Cold War nuclear standoff between Russian and the US. This is their 4th point:

Mutual deterrence. Both the United States and USSR had second-strike capability made credible by huge land masses. They possessed hardened missile silos scattered throughout the countryside, large air forces equipped with nuclear bombs, and missile-launching submarines. In the Middle East, Iran stretches across a vast 636,000 square miles, against Israel's (pre-1967) 8,500 square miles of territory. This point was made by ex-president Hashemi Rafsanjani in 2001, who noted, "Israel is much smaller than Iran in land mass, and therefore far more vulnerable to nuclear attack." If this is the way an Iranian pragmatist thinks, how are the hard-liners thinking?

Two points:

1. Rafsanjani's statement is from 2001. Guess what, there have been developments since then.

2. The authors discuss their point further, but at no time do they mention or even hint that Israel may have a second strike capability. The fact is, most analysts believe that Israel possesses a highly credible land based second strike capability--not to mention it's equally credible sea-based first and second strike capabilities.

This deficiency seriously mars an otherwise interesting article. The authors are simply not being honest with their readers.

OTOH, their closing words are well worth pondering:

If diplomacy and sanctions fail to prevent Iran from going nuclear, Israel will be caught on the horns of an acute existential dilemma not of its own making. If Israel does not act, it will face a future in which it will live under a nuclear sword of Damocles wielded by a state that has called for its destruction. If it does act in the face of what are, after all, probabilities rather than certainties, Israel must expect a serious conventional war that would include attacks from Iran's proxies Hamas and Hezbollah and an escalation in international terrorism, all in exchange for an uncertain degree of success. Contrary to the assessments of those who foresee a best case scenario of stable deterrence, , a nuclear-armed Iran will usher in a new era of instability in the Middle East -- with consequences that nobody can accurately predict, much less contain.

In effect, the authors agree with Ariel Ilan Roth that an Iranian "bomb" will be destablizing and that management of this situation will not be easy. They also agree that an Israeli preemptive attack would be far from a cure all--although they fail to present all the ramifications, some of which were presented by George Friedman recently.

anduril

sorry--really--for the double post. the first one was hidden. i'm going to pick up my daughter. i'll be back to enjoy your complaints about your self inflicted computer problems.

Old Lurker

"have been redirected elsewhere including a porn site."

Link, please?

Rick Ballard

Jane,

There is nothing in the bill for the Black Caucus leeches, the Progressive Caucus comsymps are howling at the moon and the Blue Dogs are throwing up in their waste baskets in between gobbling Imodium like candy. Zero doesn't even want reconciliation to occur prior to his 'victory' lap in the SOTU.

While the Blue on Blue action is going to be fun to watch, I'm hoping for a clear Tea Party statement of principles (or contract) which would allow support to be thrown to whichever candidate pledges to uphold it.

anduril

Oh, anyone who's interested in the reality of Israeli second strike capabilities is directed to: Nuclear weapons and Israel.

Captain Hate

I don't know wtf happened to my computer last night but windows just shut down from out of nowhere which has never happened before. Then when I rebooted I had the redirection problem that I mentioned plus at AoS I started getting messages in where the popup blockers go that I needed to add something to get some of the media options. I said F that S and closed it. Anyway my computer's so damn old that it needs to be retired anyway....

Soylent Red

All your italics are belong to us.

Danube of Thought

I'll try.

Danube of Thought

Trying again.

Jane

While the Blue on Blue action is going to be fun to watch, I'm hoping for a clear Tea Party statement of principles (or contract) which would allow support to be thrown to whichever candidate pledges to uphold it.

Rick,

Exactly. As well as a YOU TOO CONGRESS pledge that they will be subjected to the lowest common denominator in the bill.

I'm not going to stop talking about it on the radio, and I hope everyone beats this drum until they are blue in the face.

Danube of Thought

Hell with this. Looks like an italics Christmas at JOM. Ho ho ho.

Jane


Capn'

Something is going around. My usual laptop is now toast.

Clarice

Both my computers--the one here and the one in Fla were badly messed up and required lots of work to get fixed.

Jane


You can't fix it in Firefox DOT - we are doomed to slant until we make it to the next page. So start posting.

Danube of Thought

OK I've downloaded the Firefox toolbar. Now what?

Jane

You have to install it. And you need someone smarter than I.

DrJ

DoT,

Go to Tools -> Add-ons and check to see that it is installed. If not, do so (there should be a button). Once it is installed, you should have another toolbar at the top of Firefox. You may have to exit and reload Firefox.

Jim Ryan

My Avast! antivirus caught that virus before it could get in. It said "Hey there's a redirect virus trying to get in. Duh, you want I should ice him for you, boss?"

Avast! is free for non-business use.

Ignatz

Yeah DOT,
For us on IE the italics stopped when H&R closed the tag; a peculiarity of Firefox.

Danube of Thought

[i]I've got the toolbar installed. I clicked on the Italicize icon. The open italics symbol appears immediately before this text, and the close italics icon appears at the end. More than this it seems I cannot do.[/i]

pagar

Jane, Do you remember the postings where some one told you how to block out posters? I thought I bookmarked it but can't find it. The attack on Pres Bush for not stopping voter fraud yesterday was the final straw.
I have decided to download it as my Christmas present and and blood pressure reducer.
I would be grateful if you or someone has it and can post it.

Danube of Thought

Bloody nightmare.

Danube of Thought

Now I'm in HTML, and the open/close symbols are different.

Danube of Thought

Cheer up--a new page will arrive soon, although not soon enough for the humiliated Danube.

Extraneus

Ho.

Ho.

Ho!

Jane

pager,

I don't recall and I now need it on this computer. Someone will, I'm sure.

Those instructions by Rick were absolutely invaluable.

glasater

On my older Macbook--no Intel chip on that one--Safari just quit operating altogether. The whole OS froze and wouldn't reboot. It--laptop-- would try to restart and then shut down.
Ran diskwarrior--good software for Macs-- and it fixed 'something' so that the computer would at least boot but now Safari does not work at all.
Finally went to Firefox and that works but very slowly.
So the point is that Macs can have problems even with the Unix shell.

Danube of Thought

Now I'm on Safari and the italics do not appear.

DrJ

DoT,

The formatting codes *should* change with the various options on the toolbar. Use HTML for this site. Many fora use BBcode, and that's why it is an included option.

PD

Google Chrome seems to behave similarly to Safari on the Mac. And the Mac version has finally reached the point of being usable, so this gives you another browser alternative.

hit and run

http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/37246>narcisolator

http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2009/12/the-snows-of-kilimanjaro.html?cid=6a00d83451b2aa69e20128762a7a6b970c>Rick's Narcisolator User Support Forum (I love love love that thread)

Extraneus

I realize it's a little short, but here's helping to move the thread along...

obama pinocchio

glasater

Thanks PD for the Google Chrome link. Will see if downloading it to the laptop works. If not it will be another indication of how to track down a problem connected with browsers in general on that computer.
My earlier comment was seeing the commonality of all complaints surrounding laptop computers and problems involved.

pagar

Thanks, Hit and Run, That's the one I was looking for.

To all my Good Friends at JOM --May your holidays be the best.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

I'm at a loss when reading how so many here are getting malware and viruses. I use Windows Vista on a 2 year old HP laptop with Norton 360 installed. I never get anything. And for the Norton naysayers, I've never had it miss a virus or malware and quarantine them the instant they come in. The last time I had to actually work to clear a virus off my system was over 20 years ago back in the DOS 3.0 days. And it is all automatic. Quick scans and full system scans go on all the time behind the scenes or when I shut down or boot up. Now MacAfee is another story, I hate them. But Norton or Norton 360 has been a good friend and very reliable for me in all its iterations for years.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

As I post this, Santa has made his way to Madagascar. Where is he now?

Old Lurker

"i'm going to pick up my daughter. i'll be back to enjoy your complaints"

Quick. Let's all go hide!

centralcal

Maybe we should rename the Narcisolator, the Andurilnihilator? (or however it would be spelled). THAT would be a great present for Christmas.

Soylent Red

The last time I had to actually work to clear a virus off my system was over 20 years ago back in the DOS 3.0 days.

You obviously don't surf enough pr0n.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

You obviously don't surf enough pr0n

LOL. No I'm more cerebral than visual.

My virus software catches alot of viruses and the funny thing is that about 98% of those that come in via email, come to my dedicated genealogy email address. I've never equated genealogy and porn, but then again, when you delve into some of the Minutes of Quaker meetings, it can get pretty explicit when a Member screws up. They document everything and some were having a pretty hot time back in pioneer days.

DrJ

My virus software catches alot of viruses and the funny thing is that about 98% of those that come in via email

Those don't really count unless one is naive enough to click on the attachment carrying the malware. Most often those cannot get to your system, though the Melissa virus of about 15 years ago was different.

Captain Hate

Strawman,

Thanks for the malware remover; I think I'm back to "normal" although still as slow as cold molasses down a frozen pipe. Merry Christmas everybody.

anduril

Freudian slip?

Frau Schande

We've been using Avast! and when I let it lapse, I caught the dreaded Jane-malady --wait, that does *NOT* sound right. Be that as it may, with a re-installed Avast! it went away. I know what narciso means about Politico. I swear it got me.

narciso, you must have hear the old, hoary joke with the punch line, "There's something about you that just pisses me off." I used to think of it whenever I felt sorry for myself.

Merry Everything to you all, linux and non-linux, pc and Mac users all. On our crisp morning walk this morning, a very dapper gentleman greeted us, smiling, with accented (Indian subcontinent?) "Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year." Now that's my America.

Ignatz

Merry Christmas to all, even the shunees.
Off to the relatives.

Old Lurker

Off to church soon with the kids and their young men, JOMers.

I do want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays in all it's versions...Buddists too if you have a season's greeting...

In any event, I respect and enjoy all my friends here, and am grateful for the dimension you have added to my life.

All I want for Christmas now...is an island...and an ark to get you all to it.

Best to All.

MayBee

Merry Christmas, Sweet JOMmers.
xoxoxo

glasater

So well said OL and exactly express my sentiments.

Posted this previously but am giving it another shot:-)

Merry Christmas to the best blog Host and commentators in the world!!

daddy

"President Obama "has never intended to close Guantanamo... He has only intended to appease the folks who wanted him to and to make it possible to claim that he really tried."

I have no idea of his true motivation, but as the BBC's Richard Black showed us earlier this week, the failure of our President is never actually his fault. According to Black, Obama wanted to sweeten the give-away to the poor countries at Copenhagen, but our Founding Father's scuttled his ability because our Constitutional Government of Congressional Checks & Balances prevented Obama from dictatorially doing that. Thus Obama remains wonderful because of his intentions, and the fault is our archaic and difficult system of American Republicanism. That's what to take away from the BBC---Obama good, Constitution bad.

And if anyone's interested, today Climate Correspondent Black comments on the departure of his American counterpart, the NYTimes Revkin:

"The climate beat is going to be a somewhat lonelier place next year following the retirement from news reporting (on the final day of the Copenhagen summit) of probably the finest correspondent on the issue in the English-speaking world, Andy Revkin of the New York Times. Here's his account of why he's stepping down and what he's planning.

Not everything Andy has written pleased everybody - that goes with the territory. But as someone who broke a raft of stories during the Bush presidency, always set climate change in the context of other issues such as the growing human population, and regularly offered tantalising titbits of thought and analysis, he contributed to the understanding of climate change more than he probably realises - and his departure leaves a huge hole.

So best wishes to Andy- and best wishes to all of you too."

The ">http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/richardblack/"> link if anyone cares.

narciso

Frau, thanks, it feels a little like Michael Corleone " I try to stay out, but they drag me back in" I haven'r been anywhere without the green check

PD

growing human population

Those people who have such concern never take the obvious step to reduce the count by one.

Clarice

daddy, newsbusters notes that Revkin mentioned not one word about AGW or climategate in his departure opus.

Barone gives us a history lesson about ramming thru unpopular legislation.
LUN

Danube of Thought

LUN for an encouraging piece on the constitutionality of the mandates from the Volokh conspiracy.

Danube of Thought

Actually, after I read some of the links and comments on the subject at Volokh, I found it not as encouraging as I had hoped

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