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February 12, 2010

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bunky

David Brooks is man baby!

steve sturm

Brooks does make a diagnosis of a sort in referring to the 'broken political system'.. but he gets it wrong, the system ain't broken, it's working just the way it is supposed to work when there are more people who feel maintaining the status quo is better than accepting compromise with the other side.

Steve C.

In the immortal words of Rush Limbaugh, "The American people always get what they want". Maybe the President will be humble enough to start working on the wishes of the public. Barring that, the American people will get elected officials who will give them what they want.

You can't get more basic than the above. If people like Barrack Obama and David Brooks aren't smart enough to figure that out, then maybe they can pass their time on the ash heap of history theorizing about why the dogs wouldn't eat the dog food.

Ignatz

--Fifth, it’s time to have a constitutional debate. We might require amendments of one sort or another to fix the broken political system.--

The political system isn't broke, the government is, and the rest of us soon will be as well, if we don't kick Jughead and the gang back to the comic strips.

PDinDetroit

"That would mean first leading a campaign of brazen honesty with the American people."

Obama does not have an honest bone in his body. AIN'T.GONNA.HAPPEN.

Rob Crawford

Wasn't Brooks touted as the token "conservative" at the NYT? Did he forget the role he was assigned?

Rex

Actually, I'd like to see a constitutional amendment permitting unlimited campaign contributions tied to full disclosure of contributors and their contributions.

Let the voters then decide.

Extraneus

What was that proposal requiring all federal legislation to specifically denote the exact language in the Constitution that empowered the government to enact the legislation? Let's have that, too, Brooksie.

Ranger

Hmmm... maybe the broken part of the political system is the fact that no one in the press bothered to challenge Obama on his Net Spending Cuts and If You Make Less Than $250,000 Your Taxes Will Not Go Up One Penny claims.

steve sturm

Steve C: there is no 'wishes of the people'. Even in if they agree on the abstract goal (i.e., eliminate deficit spending, defeat terrorism), they don't agree on how to accomplish that... thus gridlock, just the way it ought to be.

MikeS

Truth is we have a President who is mildly anti-business, anti-free markets, and anti-capitalism. Obstructing his agenda is likely to inject just enough confidence into the private sector to prevent a second dip recession.

At the moment we have a feckless economic policy, a naive foreign policy, and an irrational energy policy.

JorgXMcKie

Brooks is another of those caught in the "Smug Cloud" given prominence in South Park. He and Obama and most of the people in DC are so busy sniffing their own [and each others']farts that they're totally incapable of understanding that it's even possible for any on any room temperature IQ or above to disagree with them for any non-evil reason.

Clean the whole place out.

JorgXMcKie

Dagnabit!! Should have been "anyone with a room temperature IQ or above"

It's catching, Clarice.

Jane

Speaking of Clarice, she must have gotten out!

JM Hanes

Emphasis mine:

The country has reacted harshly to the course the administration ended up embracing.

Brooks embraces his inner passive voice, and proceeds to suggest that if Obama would quit being Obama, he could be quite a success. How hard can it be to change your suit, eh? Voters have reacted poorly to the full court, transformational, press, so why not "propose some incremental changes" to the Constitution instead? Hello?

I'm calling a three alarm self-awareness alert on this bit though:

We can spend the next few years engaging in kabuki bipartisanship, in which each party puts on pseudo-events to show that the other party is rigid and rotten, or somebody can break the mold.

I could spell out the irony, but I suspect I don't have to.

Gmax

If bipartisanship gets you a "jobs bill" that spends 85 Billion and will create no jobs, then I vote for keeping the molds as is, kabuki bipartisanship and gridlock. NO more crap and charade either.

Old Lurker

"mildly", Mike???

PDinDetroit

If that was a three alarm self-awareness alert, this one has to be a seven-alarm irony firestorm (Comment #4 on the NYT Reader Recommended List):

"If you had followed the polls, you would know that the people of Massachusetts were upset with Obama's healthcare 'reform' because it did not go far enough!"

Yeah, that's why Brown got elected. When he said he would kill the HCR Bill, it was because it didn't go far enough. Just hook that commenter up to the Matrix-Type Health-care System and everything will be fine.

Apparently, English Comprehension and Listening Skills are not highly valued anymore.

Democrats - The Party Of Dumb.

Jack is Back!

Clarice,

Remember when I brought up the idea of a "constitutional convention" and you responded as if Sister Mary Margaret had heard me say "hell" in 3rd grade catechism class? Well, I take it back now that Brooksie has bought a new bow tie and got brave and brought it up also. If he thinks its a good idea then I have to succumb to your version of smacking me with a leather strap.

Rick Ballard

"Time To Govern Like It's 1995"

Prepare for impeachment? I appreciate the sentiment but I'd like to relive '94 again first. I want to record Boxer, Murray, Wyden, Reid and Feingold's concession speeches for posterity (I don't care about the other six or seven.)

Cecil Turner

Third, Obama could serve as a one-man model for bipartisan behavior.

Hah. As if. If he could get through one speech without a swipe at the GOP (or, more often, one of his self-constructed strawmen caricatures of conservative positions), I'd be impressed. If this is what Brooks is hangin' is hopes on . . .

Fifth, it’s time to have a constitutional debate. We might require amendments of one sort or another to fix the broken political system.

This is an emerging lefty meme following Kerry's call for a constitutional amendment, and various stories (e.g., Congress, Money & the Constitution) calling for a new convention. And the crisis that requires this constitutional "thermonuclear option"? Well, it's Citizens United, of course. (But it's not because it benefits the GOP, Schumer assures us.) Frankly I think this is a self-correcting problem.

Old Lurker

For those who have noted how often Rick warns of money problems in China...LUN

Danube of Thought

That's not the David Brooks I knew.

Bear1909

David Brooks is a pant load.

Extraneus

To mildly go where no man has gone before.

Rick Ballard

I wouldn't mind giving the progs what they want wrt a Constitutional convention whatsoever. I doubt that we will see better circumstances for one for a very long time.

Article V

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

It takes the citizens of 34 states to call a convention and the citizens of 38 states to ratify proposed amendments. Given the total ineptitude of Team BOzo, there's a fair chance that by this time next year, amendments constraining the scope of Federal government could be extraordinarily popular.

Rob Crawford

If there is a Constitutional convention, one of the new amendments should remove the franchise from any unionized government workers. There's to much conflict of interest, collusion, and concentration of power there.

Fresh Air

Rick--

I'm surprised there haven't been more serious calls for amendments. But once ZeroCare and Crap & Charade have passed like a gallstone, I would expect the Tea Party to organize exactly such a convention. Putting that on the ballot would also have salutary effects on turnout.

It's plain that we have to have a balanced budget amendment. When our total liabilities to GDP are roughly approximate to France, you know we have serious problem.

Danube of Thought

Lovely tidbit from Nature:

Precise measurements of sea level from Mediterranean caves have revealed that about 81,000 years ago the seas stood much higher than previously thought — even higher than today's levels. The finding may force scientists to reconsider how Earth's large ice sheets wax and wane in response to changing climate. Changes in global sea level are used to trace the fluctuations of ice sheets. As ice sheets advanced from a low-point around 125,000 years ago to a maximum around 20,000 years ago, sea level fell — although there was plenty of variation along the way.

RichatUF

Cecil-

Soros has been an advocate of a Constitutional convention or amendments to bring about his peculiar vision of an "open society". The Constitution in 2020 seems to be the most current work, but there was a conference of the same name around 2004 that Soros funded. I believe that the arguments from the last to get California out of its crisis is to have a constitutional convention. Wonder what the tinkergnomes that are whispering into Brook's ear have in mind?

Neo

He is doing great in Iraq!

Only because he's ignoring it.

clarice

I am stuck on a plane in Atlanta.Waiting in a line to get deiced.
We were delayed at Dulles.Lo
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centralcal

Have you guys seen Drudge -

"NYT SATURDAY: White House officials are searching for ways for Obama to 'use executive powers to advance energy, environmental and other policy priorities'... Developing..."

The Obami are just frikken insane!

rse

Welcome to Atlanta Clarice.

They are expecting about 2 more hours of snow where you are but it's light by DC standards.

Luckily they're not so busy today at Hartsfield.

Rick Ballard

Rich,

A convention with the Tea Party blossoming would have a significantly different flavor than a Soros gathering of progressive "thinkers". It appears that this recession has accelerated progressive socialism's date with demographic destiny by about ten years. The EU, Japan and China can firehose paint on the cheap plywood facade for a little longer but it just ain't covering the cracks like it used to.

Janet

Yeah centralcal - It sounds like they are losing it. He thinks he's a King.

Malaysia Jane

Someone should actually know how to be an executive before being granted executive powers.

I've heard nothing about the Olympics except for the dead luge guy. Anyone know what time they start?

centralcal

I posted on the other thread that the woman shooter at Huntsville is a Harvard trained professor.

How many racist code words in that sentence?

Is this the first time a woman has ever gone beserk and shot up a place? I can't think of any others off hand.

RichatUF

Rick-

Just pointing out a potential downside. When Pew whipped up McCain and Feingold to take up a cause no one wanted, the progressives were there waiting in ambush to make a mockery of campaign finance reform. I guess McCain is probably the only person in DC who didn't see it coming.

Thanks for the article. "Still, the hastily convened EU summit Thursday did not get beyond a vague statement of support for Greece." For some reason I wouldn't be assured with vauge French and German promises.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

She had been denied tenure according to Fox News. All the victims were faculty members.

Janet

I think 9...we're going to an Olympic party tonight. Dinner at 7:30 then opening ceremony at 9. We've got to bring a fun fact about Canada. I'm going with Canada's groundhog (Punxsutawney Phil's counterpart)is named Wiarton Willie and it/he is an albino.

centralcal

Jane, the opening ceremonies are tonight, I think.

Fritz

Malaysia Jane, the opening ceremonies start at 6pm pacific, 9pm your time. People here are quite shaken by this luge accident. The mood was really ramping up with torch relay going all over Greater Vancouver. After being pretty blase about the Games the past few months Vancouverites were finally excited. Hopefully the opening ceremonies will get people pumped again.

daddy

With Brooks coming out as an anti Constitution guy, and with Friedman being a big fan of America morphing into "an Enlightened Autocracy like the ChiCom's", does anyone know if there remains anyone at "America's Newspaper" who actually is a fan of The US Constitution and the Founding Father's?

I think we can safely scratch Pinch, Kruggy, Modo, Kristof and Rich.
So off the top, I can't think of anyone.

Perhaps the Crossword Puzzle guy?

Melinda Romanoff

Janet-

And that True, Ontario Butter Tarts should NOT have currants, or coconut, as an ingredient.

Janet

Perhaps the Crossword Puzzle guy?
LOL

Melinda Romanoff

"avatar dancin'"

Melinda Romanoff

sdhoot, dropped the goods.

Janet

Okay Mel...I'll add that to the list. and I'm off for awhile.

Melinda Romanoff

To quote Robin Williams: "No more fooling around?"

Melinda Romanoff

Better pic.

narciso

Tierney, and Douthat, on alternate tuesdays I think

Rick Ballard

Rich,

Maastricht would have to be abrogated in order for Germany and France to fund the carefree Greek lifestyle. They could do it but Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Italy would queue up pretty quickly.

I don't know if Pew could cobble up another successful fraud today. The CO2 Monster is looking a little green around the gills and AGW is a much bigger and better supported fraud than was McCain-Feingold. It's like Alinsky Rule 13 - overuse diminishes effectiveness to the point of negative return.

As Asholrod and Puffball are proving on a daily basis.

narciso

It's like Newton with a whole bushel of apples with this crew, in the LUN

MayBee

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This is clarice's greatest masterpiece.

Danube of Thought

According to my on-screen guide, the O's come on at 7:30 PST.

MayBee

I hope so, DoT. I'm going to be upset if we have to see everything that's happening IN OUR TIME ZONE on time delay.

MayBee

Gad. I still have the goldenrod.
I want my periwinkle back!

Ignatz

--This is clarice's greatest masterpiece.--

Heh.

Malaysia Jane

According to my on-screen guide, the O's come on at 7:30 PST.

I thought you were referring to the Obama's DOT - and I was so bummed out they are ruining the Olympics too.

Fritz are you in Vancouver?

Supposedly the real groundbreaking is supposed to take place in the ice dancing.

I'm an actual fan of the curling - because I did it for years.

JM Hanes

clarice's greatest masterpiece

LOL, MayBee!

Malaysia Jane

Wow that was a fabulous opening.

JM Hanes

narciso:

Your Breitbart link boggles the mind. Gibbs explaining the pending Presidential involvement in walking back the KSM trial is permanently stuck on stupid. Can it get more ass backward than this?

"So since this effort has moved from strictly a Justice Department decision to something that's in the legislative arena, the White House—and by definition the president—are involved."

MikeS

Mild understatement was intended.

On the Constitutional Amendment idea, I've always been partial to Greek lawmaker Zaleucus' idea that anyone who proposed a change in the laws should do so with a noose about their neck.

Fritz

Jane, I'm in Vancouver and have tickets to see Women's curling. This politically correct opening ceremony is BS. The first nations are like 2% of the population and are mostly drunk.

Ann

Glad to hear you are defrosted, JMH. :)

Hope Clarice made it to Sarasota. Interesting how I worry about people I have never met.

Oh, and aren't you all delighted the Obamas are not at the games.

Which makes me wonder why not. Of all the trips they have taken, this is the one time, I think it is legit and they should of gone to represent our country and cheer our athletes and our country to VICTORY!

On second thought, nevermind...........

Malaysia Jane

Fritz,

Where is the US curling team from? I loved the snowboarder coming down in the very beginning.

Malaysia Jane

Wisconsin and Minnesotta. Of course.

DrJ

Interesting how I worry about people I have never met.

I have gone to many parties with my wife where, on arriving, she asks, "Who is here that I know but haven't met?"

In her business, she has talked to people on the telephone and corresponded by email for many years, and has never met them face-to-face. That has not stopped those "unmet" people from sending baby pictures, or travel logs from obscure places, and the like.

So I'd say this is not so unusual.

Extraneus

I want my periwinkle back!

Just keep changing what you type in for email address, MayBee. That's what determines the avatar. (Upper and lower case change it, too, and you can see it in preview before posting.)

pagar

Ann, I think your second thought was best. I can't imagine them being proud of our nation.

Doug Ross has released some info that Brooks may not have known about This

Has this ever been published before? Would all the leftist commentators have been so in the tank for Obama had this info came out before the 2008 election? Does anyone think it might have made a difference if this had be pushed before the 2008 election?

"Ignores terrorists who actually bombed innocents, killed cops and launched Obama's career"

It looks like everyone left the Palin thread,so I reposted here. The photos are good.

Fritz

Jane

I did beer league curling for years (has there ever been a curling rink built that doesn't have a bar) but the reason I have curling tickets is they were the only ones I could get.

Vancouverites are a little sensitive about this opening ceremony. At the Turin Olympics closing ceremony they did a brief introduction to these games with every Canadian stereotype imaginable. We refuse to be stereotyped :)

Malaysia Jane

I really love curling. I played down for the Nationals once - didn't make it, but it was great. I also played on a Minnesota team who all worked for Northwest Airlines, so they could fly to New England for bonspiels.

I still think it is an amazing sport from a strategy perspective. And I too don't think there has ever been a curling rink without a bar.

Fritz

Curling like golf is one of the few sports everyone can play together - young, old, male, female, novice, expert - you must have been pretty good to play for the nationals.

One of the great things about the Olympics is all of the entertainment that goes along with it. Every night they have these victory celebrations where they hand out the medals. I am going to one with Nelly Fertado as the featured performer.

Malaysia Jane

I'm from New England, so you don't have to be that good to get that far. Curlers are a rare breed here.

How fun for you. Have you been to a lot of games?

caro

Where is Ann to give the uniform color commentary? I see Mrs. Harper was wearing a belt above the waistline. MO influence?

Danube of Thought

Fritz, allow me to offer another pastime open to all: Lawn Bowling.

I'm not kidding. A bunch of my buddies and I got an initial introduction last week, and have now joined the Coronado Lawn Bowling Club. I will have much, much more to say on this subject in the coming days and weeks--you cannot escape--and I expect to make a bunch of converts to this fine sport right here. Stay tuned.

Malaysia Jane, it's kinda similar to curling. Or shipboard shuffleboard. Or the shuffleboard game played in the truest of bars. Or Bocci.

Fritz

I'm not really a fan of the Olympics - they are like the UN or the IPCC run by alot of corrupt elitist buffoons. But my tax dollars are paying for these so I aim to get my money's worth.

Speaking of elitist buffoons thanks for sending Biden instead of Obama to these opening ceremonies. With Obama's recprd for success we probably be having earthquake right now.

Rob Crawford

Has this ever been published before?

Yes, pagar, it's all been known for quite some time. The press -- when forced to -- ridiculed everyone who pointed out the close ties between Obama and Ayers.

I figure they did so for two reason -- and the fact that it would have damaged Obama politically is the minor one. The major reason is that they consider the Ayers and Dohrn heroes, not terrorists. It's simply incomprehensible to the press why anyone would object to the SDS and Weather Underground.

Flodigarry

Fritz - I'm guessing the first nations in the parade were thinking, hell, we're going to be waiting a long time in queue before we march, what can we do to pass the time?

Don't think I blame them.

Malaysia Jane

DOT,

I think I've lawned bowled but I can't recall where.

I loved the tap dancing /fiddle thing.

Fritz

DOT, does every lawn bowling field have a bar or is it like cricket where you stop for tea?

Flodigarry

DoT - Is lawn bowling different from Bocce? Bocce - nice opportunity for combining drinking with a competitive event - highly recommended.

Fritz

Flodigarry, I have no problem with the first nations dudes having a sip. I react to all the PC nonsense where we present them as representative of Canada or Vancouver. They are as important to our culture as they are to the US. If you visit Vancouver you will see many orientals, east indians, and east europeans. You will not see many first nations.

caro

There is a fun neighborhood restaurant in NYC that has a bocce court inside right next to the tables. Il Vagabondo or something similar.

Janet

Back from the Olympics dinner party. Didn't really watch the show...mostly talked. Global warming came up and only 1 person out of the 13 there believed in man made global warming. That's pretty good for Northern Virginia. There's hope!

Ann

I have never been so bored at an opening ceremony for the Olympics, evah.

Hey Caro:

I think Ralph Lauren designed our 2010 olympic uniforms:

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Is that a moose on the hats? Maybe, Palin had a HAND in it. ha ha ha

bgates

I was really surprised to hear the Canuk say "God bless Canada". Isn't one of things that's supposed to make Canada better than us that they forego even cursory references to religion in public life?

Ann

Doesn't look like a deer!

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Go Sarah, Go Sarah!!!

Ann

Hey, Look at the RL logo on the jacket. I was right! natch! :)

Sue
NEAR MARJAH, Afghanistan – Helicopter-borne U.S. Marines and Afghan troops swooped down on the Taliban-held town of Marjah before dawn Saturday, launching a long-expected attack to re-establish government control and undermine support for militants in their southern heartland.

The fighting has begun. Pray for our troops.

Malaysia Jane

I've rather liked this ceremony - at least parts of it.

Fritz

bgates - that surprised me too - don't want to offend the Buddhists and atheists. Although our Conservative Prime Minister always says God bless Canada and is criticized for it.

Ann - they are boring.

PDinDetroit

You haven't been bowling until you have been FEATHER BOWLING. LUN.

Sue
Michael Yon Have been watching from HQ for some days as elements move toward their phase lines, cross phase lines and get to the next. The operation had been pushed to the right 24 hrs, but yesterday the "GO" was on for the attack early this morning. The media is now reporting the attack has begun. I will be out of pocket this afternoon and into the night. about a minute ago
clarice

--This is clarice's greatest masterpiece

HEH

My first attempt at the blackberry and they made us turn it off before I could figure out where in the world they'd hidden the delete buttin.

I arriced after some very fancy footwork and two hours on the runway in Atlanta.

clarice

**arriVed**

Niters.

JM Hanes

♥ Trust Ann to spot the moose! ♥

caro

Clarice, all of us wanted to say "call me when you get there" so thanks for letting us know you made it.

JM Hanes

For anyone who has never talked in tongues, those are now how TypePad says hearts!

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