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January 01, 2010

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narciso

A line from Wall Street, covers better ground:
'the shortest executive career, since that Pope that was poisoned,"

centralcal

TM: maybe he got the botox in the brain instead of the face?

Barack Obama

I give her a B+.

narciso

The traditional "Picard facepalm" doesn't cover this

PD

David Broder joins the running with Davids Brooks, Corn, and Frum for Most Irrelevant Columnist.

Jack is Back!

Why I believe in the freedom of the press: its easier to spot the idiots.

mockmook

Yeah, the system worked, except they only notified international flights of the incident...Sigh.

And, of course she was comfortable talking to Broder: Two colleagues working for the same cause.

narciso

Guess who's foundation, has not been operating
entirely above board, hint our 'good friends' the Al Amoudis are involved, in the LUN

JM Hanes

David "Dean of the Press Corps" Broder, is sort of like Helen Thomas' benevolent alter ego.

PD

Bipartisanship:

Democrats Join Calls for Napolitano to Step Down Following Failed Attack

Captain Hate

But her potential is almost unlimited.

Yes and Andi Sullivan is a conservative.

Free Radical

Well, when two airplanes struck the World Trade Center Towers, the sprinklers activated... the system worked!

Expect to see more knee-pad-like columns from newspaper people looking for new career paths. Nothing else could explain Mr. Broder's editorial. His coworkers are currently admiring his 'courage' in writing this.

Charlie (Colorado)

Why I believe in the freedom of the press: its easier to spot the idiots.

Quote of the Day

Charlie (Colorado)

Guess who's foundation, has not been operating entirely above board, hint our 'good friends' the Al Amoudis are involved, in the LUN

It's not fair to make us guess something like this, where there are so many possibilities.

Danube of Thought

Broder has been following politics longer and more closely than I have, but it seems crystal clear to me that the phrase "The system worked" permanently and conclusively precludes her being elected to national office. Regardless of what she meant, and even if in some sense she was technically correct, the statement is just so simple and unforgettable, and was perceived as so ridiculous, that she is forever toast.

Jack is Back!

I am honored ChaCo but I admit to paraphrasing it from some guy who used it a long time ago either at LGF or Ace:

"Why I believe in freedom of speech, its easier to spot the idiots".

And if Soylent shows up looking for hangers for a B-4 bag go to the LUN. AFA has ordered 1500 for grads.

MayBee

...She is being criticized for saying "the system worked," but her part of the response system did work.

Before she went on Sunday morning, Marc Ambinder was tweeting that she would make things good, she's an "adult". Of course, I assume anything he says comes from someone in the administration.
Chuck Todd has also reported that Obama himself thinks Janet got a bum rap after her Sunday performance. So he wants her rehabilitated.
There are several on the journolist both defending her and still pooh-pooing the danger of what happened. There is a BIG push across the left blogosphere (and from the administration) to not talk about what might have happened because that is a fear tactic) and it gives alQaeda the attention it craves.
The original response of this White House was obviously meant to be that this attempt was no real biggie. An attempted terrorist attack, embarrassingly feeble, and well taken care of.

Overall, it tells us a lot about what this administration's approach to terrorism is at a gut level, and that frightens me more than anything. I don't know why David Broder thinks that's ok.

Don't talk about it, all is well, we've got it all taken care of. Now, let's talk some more about our agenda!

MayBee

oh jeez. Sorry to ramble.

peter

Broder, the Nation's Bloviator-in-chief. LUN

PD

Chuck Todd has also reported that Obama himself thinks Janet got a bum rap after her Sunday performance.

Well, of course Obama thinks that: She performed so much better than he did, he admires her effort.

bgates

I entered the holidays with a plan to really watch what I ate, and get up each morning to jog.

I am proud to report that while I ate mostly chocolate and cheeseburgers and slept in every day, my system worked, in that I can tell my pants don't fit so well anymore.
***
Broder does have a point, though - anybody who's happy with Obama as President really doesn't have any reason to object to Napolitano.

Mike Roark

The ability to drink the kool aid knows no bounds.

matt

when does this farce end? When will the few MSM participants with any integrity left at all realize these assclowns are completely raving bonkers?

They make the most outrageous statements, enact unconstitutional rules, arrogate unthinkable power to themselves and then someone who is supposed to know better sits down at a computer and begins acting like a trained circus seal looking for the next sardine.

There is neither irony nor any self respect left in these Stalinist love notes.

Joseph Brown

"The system worked" will go down in history like the last phrase out of a dead redneck. "Hey y'all, watch this!"

PD

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Danube of Thought

Another solid, comfortable minus 18 at Ras today.

Pleased to see that Krauthammer is all over the failure to interrogate this bomber (can't link from my I-phone). I would hope that the GOP hammer this issue till hell won't have it. If anybody from that neck of the woods succeeds in an attack it will be impossible to rebut the assumption that interrogation of this guy might well have prevented it. This absurd course of action suggests this administration is frighteningly out of touch with reality.

Danube of Thought

We all love it when you ramble, MayBee. Please don't stop.

MayBee

So sweet, DoT.

jimmyk

At least we know these journalists gave the same deferential treatment to any of Bush's comments, like "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended." (That at least had more truth to it than "The system worked.")

Captain Hate

Yeah Maybee; that "ramble" read extremely well to me.

Ignatz

If the "system" turns out to be an army of undercover Dutch film makers who've been watching Australian rules football then I'd say Napolitano is headed to the White House.

If not then that statement should have about the same effect on her career and reputation as the "More Mush From the Wimp" headline had on Jimmy Carter's.

matt

I always felt the meatpacker/referees in Australian Rules Football were highly underrated.

If you ever saw Lindsay Anderson's "If", it gives the garb a very disturbing subtext.

Neo

But her potential is almost unlimited.
There are probably still a few open offices at Goldman Sachs

Extraneus

Me, too.

Clarice

bgates--I see you haven't lost your revolutionary fervor in a cheeseburger o.d.

I think everyone's got it wrong. Let's write to Broder and congratulate him on his brilliance and start a Napolitano for President Committee. I think the country's waiting for an ugly stupid lesbian at the helm.

Jack is Back!

Just finished watching the Northwestern v. Auburn game. How can you not like a team with a guy named Kafka at Quarterback. I knew Northwestern was a very cerebral kind of school but I think they are taking their intellectualism a little too far. He passed for over 525 yard with 46 completions on 74 attempts and still lost. An amazing game. Should have been broadcast on KIndle instead of ESPN:)

pagar

"precludes her being elected to national office."

Probably why she is slated to:

" Napolitano Would Step Down -- When Obama Named Her to the Supreme Court"

GMax

Why is "the system worked" any less egregious than a simple banner reading "mission accomplished"? We all know the approbation that received. Broder is a tool, who I never bother to read any more, as there is nothing but empty mental calories in that bowl.

Topsecretk9

This Broder column is exactly the cocoon Mickey Kaus refers to when describing out of touch bizarre reality news outlets and their work.

w

She left a fine mess in Arizona so she could bring her incompetence to Washington.

GMax

Broder = CapN Crunch cereal

Extraneus

Heh, Clarice. It would be unprecedented, too, which is always good.

bgates

I think the country's waiting for an ugly stupid lesbian at the helm.

Finally, a government with no interest in screwing me.

No matter what hairy situation confronts us, she can get it licked.

To stem the flood of government spending, we need a big dyke.

Danube of Thought

Anybody got any idea what the hell Ben Nelson was thinking? Did he think he could vote for the Reid bill and get re-elected, or did he simply not care? Could he possibly be stupid enough to believe that the bill is such a good thing for America that it was worth sacrificing his career?

Soylent Red

Finally, a government with no interest in screwing me.

Two words bgates: Strap. On.

Selah.

Rick Ballard

So Hilary was just a ground breaker for Butch Napolitano?

Charlie (Colorado)

DoT, I suspect it was "I'm almost 70, if I get in the way of this they'll make my life hell, and if people haven't forgotten in 2012 I can retire and be an Ambassador or something."

Americaneocon

Broder's ready for pasture!

Happy New Year everybody, and Tom too!

Charlie (Colorado)

Rush will have a news conference shortly.

MarkO

I would be willing to wager that Ben Nelson has some beneficial, undisclosed monetary interest in the bill. Something in the many millions of dollars.

Almost every vote for the bill is a bribe of some sort for certain. As a friend once observed about the entire criminal code: Those things are illegal because they work.

Extraneus

Angiogram, no heart issues, unknown what the chest pain was. One snide a**hole asked a question re: pain killers.

Yay, Rush!

Clarice

Good news, Ext!!

PD

Why is "the system worked" any less egregious than a simple banner reading "mission accomplished"?

It's way more egregious, because Bush never said "mission accomplished" (and he didn't have the banner put up, either), though it always gets attached to him.

About Janet

The whole system failed, and her stepping down isn't going to solve anything beyond papering over systemic problems.

The way to handle this is to ask whether she would have had more time to work on systemic problems if she hadn't spent so much time pushing BHO's agenda, especially regarding imm. reform. And, to point out how - just like her predecessor - she's misled about that issue. See my dozens of posts about her going back to 2003 at my name's link.

jimmyk

That's why I alluded to "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended," which at least he did say. And which was, if not in hindsight 100% accurate (depending on how "major" is defined) was certainly not egregiously false and stupid like the Napster's comment.

Clarice

She's a bald face liar. That's why she has to go. An honest person would say given the constraints of PC and convenienve and the unwillingness to profile we will have more tragedies than EL AL.But even taking that into account it's clear that something failed and I will do everything in my power to find out what failed and why and report back when I feel the investigation is complete. In the meantime I'm asking the TSA to devise stopgap measures to tighten airport security.

Extraneus

Well it almost goes without saying that an honest Democrat's potential wouldn't be "almost unlimited."

Extraneus

Iran's Mousavi Says He Is 'Ready for Martyrdom'

"I explicitly and clearly state that an order to execute, murder and imprison (opposition leaders) ... won't resolve the problem," Mousavi said in a statement on his Web site, Kaleme. "I'm not afraid to be one of the martyrs people have offered in the struggle for their just demands."

jimmyk

Extraneus, the contradictions mean one or the other has to go. Cf. Zell Miller, Joe Lieberman. Moynihan managed to salvage some integrity, but times have changed.

narciso

Everything failed except Mr. Schuringa, and he doesn't come with every flight. Much like Todd Beamer and the passengers of Flight 93,
that blocked Jarrah's headlong flight into the capital. It's auch aflawed column it should be recalled like a defective Toyota

Extraneus

I assumed that just about everyone flying since 9/11 has had a hair trigger, scoping out every suspicious-looking passenger and ready to jump them at the slightest provocation. I know I have, and there have to be lots of Shuringas out there, but maybe some people have let their guards down after all this time. Hopefully, this was the wake-up call to get them back into that mindset. Surely anyone who trusted the TSA and other Feds has had their trust shaken, and that's not such a bad thing.

Danube of Thought

For one immediate stopgap measure, the congress could promptly pass legislation that would foreclose any more lawsuits of the kind brought by the goddam flying imams. And if they have any problem crafting appropriate language, I'd be happy to do it for them in about an hour. For free.

But they won't.

Charlie (Colorado)

She's a bald face liar.

Clarice, if that was a disqualifier, there wouldn't be a political appointee's office occupied in the District.

Charlie (Colorado)

For one immediate stopgap measure, the congress could promptly pass legislation that would foreclose any more lawsuits of the kind brought by the goddam flying imams.

I think you've a good point there. What came of that lawsuit finally?

Charlie (Colorado)

there wouldn't be a political appointee's office occupied in the District.

Not that I think that's necessarily a bad thing.

bad

But her potential is almost unlimited.

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

stan

David has been this way for a while. He used to be somewhat useful indicator of the liberal within the beltway cocoon. As he's aged, unfortunately, he's lost the only clue he ever had.

Jane

Why is "the system worked" any less egregious than a simple banner reading "mission accomplished"?

Boy that's a great point.

So Fox is reporting that the feds are now admitting to a second arrest on that flight. Anyone know the scoop?

Extraneus

Imams removed from flight agree to settlement

A New York attorney for the imams, Omar Mohammedi, this afternoon [10/20/2009] called the settlement “satisfactory to the plaintiffs.” Mohammedi, who is with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) civil rights group, added that money is involved, but he declined to elaborate.

SunnyDay

Jane re the scoop - LUN

Extraneus

Not I, Jane, but I posted yesterday about eye-witness attorney who described the second man and suggested that he may have been arrested.

Flight 253 passenger Kurt Haskell: 'I was visited by the FBI'

For whatever reason, we don't seem to have any official statement on the matter.

Sir Toby Belch

Amen "stan" @ 7:07.

Lately, this old barnacle on the Democrat
keel has actually said a few things not
so complimentary about Owe-bama.....but now I see no hope for the scribe. Janet
reminds me of a "Janet" of a previous
administration. Where DO the libs find
these appointees?

PD

Clarice, if that was a disqualifier, there wouldn't be a political appointee's office occupied in the District.

Therefore we shouldn't object when people lie.

Danube of Thought

I haven't seen anything further on the imam setllement.

Clarice

Jsne, the feds have? I haven't seen tht anywhere. I saw Haskell's claims but couldn't understand why they did n't get more coverage.

Extraneus

Oh, gee...

Obama Under Pressure to Quickly Reform Intelligence, Security Upon Return

Do we even want to find out what "reform" means in this context? Is the CIA unionized yet?

Jane

I walked into the end of Special report and they said the Feds apologized for not admitting it before, and there was a second arrest. But that's all I heard.

Jane

I tweeted this - in uber liberal Newburyport, Newbury and Plum island, Scott Brown signs abound. I was shocked. I never saw one sign for Coakley and probably 50 for Brown.

Janet

LUN is Powerline's last post on the flying imams. They followed the whole thing pretty close.

Thomas Collins

Ann Montgomery, the federal district court judge who wrote the opinion denying dismissal in the flying imams case, has retired the useful idiot award. The flying imams were clearly testing out security response procedures. Only a credentialed moron such has Montgomery could fail to recognize this.

Thomas Collins

I appreciate why Scott Johnson was so polite in his criticism of the credentialled moron Ann Montgomery (see Janet's LUN). It is not considered politic for another lawyer to go "talk radio" on a
federal judge. However, I think the time is well past when we can tolerate in silence or even polite criticism morons such as Montgomery. The whole notion of judicial independence is grounded upon the assumption that judges have a basic understanding of what it takes to preserve a liberal society (I am using "liberal" here in the sense of classical liberalism). When a judge such as Montgomery demonstrates a willful ignorance of the conditions necessary to preserve a liberal society, that judge should be recognized for the idiot he or she is.

Memo to Montgomery and her ilk-You endanger our system of civil liberties by refusing to recognize acts that are part of the jihadist war against the US. The US Constitution is not a suicide pact.

narciso

Good god, was she auditioning for Napolitano's
job, the seat belt extenders 'don't enter into it' it was the configuration of their seating arrangements on the plane, the loud
speaking in Arabic, the background of the Tucson Islamic Center

Extraneus

Knife, Ax Wielding Somali Attacked Danish Cartoonist

Extraneus

Seems pretty obvious that if everyone is armed -- even on planes, in schools, and on military bases -- terrorism would be a lot harder to perpetrate. (Nobody would be worried about seat-belt extenders or box-cutters, for example.) The Founding Fathers were ahead of their time.

Rick Ballard

TC,

Nothing happened after the flying imam test because we had a CiC in the Oval Office who placed an appropriate price tag on action by radical muslim scum. It's different with the pusillanimous pus pocket who is currently pretending to be President. There is no downside to slapping him silly in public, whether you're a Chicom slaver, the IOC or a run of the mill mullah sending jerkwad jihadis off to barbecue their balls on incoming jetliners.

Napolitano is a symptom. The disease is in the White House and he's ready to peddle his sorry butt to all comers at whatever price is first offered. His measure has been very accurately taken and we're going to pay a very heavy price for his lack of spine.

Danube of Thought

Scott Johnson is a partner in the Minneapolis law firm of Faegre & Benson (I think), and probably practices in that judge's court.

Rush has just released an encouraging message.

PD

Knife, Ax Wielding Somali Attacked Danish Cartoonist

Assailant acting alone.

Undoubtedly there is no aspect of religious motivation on the part of the assailant.

Just random violence. Rest easy.

Danube of Thought

Johnson was once a partner at Faegre, but is no longer there. Wikipedia: "At one stage, he was a partner of John Hinderaker at Faegre and Benson. He is now Senior Vice President of the TCF National Bank in Minneapolis."

He notes correctly in his piece that the doofus judge's opinion is the "last word," at least for now, on the obligations and restrictions applicable to law enforcement in these circumstances, but it should be pointed out that her opinion, since it did not come from an appellate judge, is not binding on any other judge, and I think very few would elect to follow it. I wonder if the defendants ever sought any appellate review of her denial of the dismissals; I can't find anything to suggest that they did.

Danube of Thought

Interesting discussion in the WSJ by Orrin Hatch and two legal scholars on the constitutionality of the Reid bill.

Danube of Thought

Delightful item from the WSJ:

"Heather MacDonald writing at secularright.org, Dec. 26:

"'The anti-business mindset . . . is worthy of a pampered adolescent who is searching for a cause with which to display his unique moral sensibility. It is not worthy of an adult who should be able to use his imagination, if not actual experience, to appreciate the extraordinary human effort that has gone into creating the delightful tools that we daily take for granted. On my desk sit various humble objects—a tiny clock, a stapler, a paper clip box, a Lucite cook book stand for holding up drafts and other papers while I type. Each object represents a fractal geometry of complexity, composed as it is of parts that themselves require enterprise to manufacture, assemble, and deliver, all born along on waves of energy and infrastructure to which yet another set of entrepreneurs contributed. The fact that all of those distributors and manufacturers tried to make a profit does not detract from the fact that they offered goods which enhance our lives. . . .

"'It is the ingratitude that kills me the most among anti-business types. The materials that furnish a single room in an American home required daring, perseverance, and organizational skill from millions of individuals over generations. I hope they all got filthy rich.'"

narciso

Ah, yes, however her contempt toward this ridiculous philosophy wasn't present last fall
as much as for the common sense figure in the deal. But she's right, where would all these varied campi, foundations, without the capital
provided by the institutions they detest.

In the LUN, it seems the race to the most absurd statement doesn't end with Napolitano, or Broder,

PD

Obama profited from the sales of his books, and didn't even enrich anyone's lives by them.

narciso

That's the difference, from the excerpts I've read of Obama's books, there is either indignation or evasion, there is little sincerity just pretense. From Sarah's there is hope and humor and optimism, regardless of the obstacles she has to face

Steve

Thank you for posting this!! I really like your blog...

Common Cents
http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

ps. Link Exchange??

Charlie (Colorado)

Seems pretty obvious that if everyone is armed -- even on planes, in schools, and on military bases -- terrorism would be a lot harder to perpetrate.

Read some L Neil Smith.

Melinda Romanoff

Steve, have a link...

">http://www.slacklineexpress.com/catalog/images/chainlink.jpg">

(Let's see if I got this right)

Melinda Romanoff

Take 2:

http://ts2.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=1514350119729&id=03bfab4a3a8d76e1c58550cb4a2a6455&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.slacklineexpress.com%2fcatalog%2fimages%2fchainlink.jpg>

Melinda Romanoff

heh, heh, heh.

This is NOT a positive development people.

Charlie (Colorado)

This is NOT a positive development people.

Sez you.

Mike Myers

I missed the Broder column--just as he missed the point. You can no more say to the American people that "the system worked" after Detroit than you can say "I did not have sex with that woman". Both are bald faced lies, and recognized as such--although as a younger friend of mine observed the cheating husbands of America who've gone down to the local brothel for a blow job should thank Clinton for redefining what "sex" is.

I did see Brooks' column today. Does the word "idiot" now start with "B" as in Broder, Brooks and Barack?

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