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July 19, 2010

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Danube of Thought

If the GOP doesn't take the house, I'm fully retiring from this stuff. It will all be over.

Minus 15 at Raz today.

Lord Whorfin says Obama still can't plug the hole

Of course, Dems in ultra safe districts aren't in a panic yet (Pelosi, et al), but the rest of the Dems foresee an early end to their dreams of a lifetime at the government trough.

Captain Hate

Troo dat, DoT.

peter

I picked up Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny over the weekend. I know it has been out a while, but I start so many books, that I never really gave it a chance. It is so well written, extremely succinct, and erudite. Very different from the slightly over the top persona that comes across on the radio program. I wish I could persuade more people to read it.

peter

Apparently, only Sarah Palin is not allowed to make any typos while tweeting (twittering?) Refudiate is one of those great neologisms like misunderestimate that the elite left hates but which have their own charm.

JM Hanes

I think the House is the key here too, DoT, but I have this queasy feeling that we're counting a lot of unhatched chickens. The Senate may be less important, but I would be a lot more encouraged generally if Angle and Rubio were doing better. The unemployment vote that Harry Reid is set to put on the table could be a killer, if Republicans can't cut through the Democratic noise machine and make it crystal clear that they just want to pay for it with unspent stimulus funds. Given public disenchantment with the stimulus cementing concerns about both debt and unemployment, that message could trump the tired old Democratic tropes about rich, cold-hearted Republicans.

NK

The 50 or so "moderate" Dems who lose House seats will take jobs for lobbying firms in DC or get a political appointee job from the WH. Virtually none will return to their Districts. Of course that will leave the 180 or so safe seat Dems laying in wait --like a cancer in remission -- for the day they can take power back. Starting in January 2011, the House will pass all the'right' bills -- a sensible budget, rollback Obamacare, reinstate DADT. None of those House passed bills will become law, because the Senate will be a narrow majority either way. Instead, some so those disgusting Senate deals will be made to 'pass' the legislation. Barry O will probably veto even those based on his deluded arrogance, but who knows, maybe he turns out to be such a wuse he signs some to claim "victory". The wildcard are our friends at al-Qaeda; will they attack before or after US elections?

Rob Crawford

Breitbart makes me sick. Not anything he's done, but what he's uncovered, LUN:

We are in possession of a video from in which Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development, speaks at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Georgia. In her meandering speech to what appears to be an all-black audience, this federally appointed executive bureaucrat lays out in stark detail, that her federal duties are managed through the prism of race and class distinctions.

In the first video, Sherrod describes how she racially discriminates against a white farmer. She describes how she is torn over how much she will choose to help him. And, she admits that she doesn’t do everything she can for him, because he is white. Eventually, her basic humanity informs that this white man is poor and needs help. But she decides that he should get help from “one of his own kind”. She refers him to a white lawyer.

PDinDetroit

Slightly OT - Early polling results for upcoming elections in MI at LUN. Some interesting numbers from the results below:

89.8% of Republican primary voters believe the nation is on the wrong track.

89.4% of Republican primary voters believe Michigan is on the wrong track.

68.8% of Republican primary voters say that the economy and jobs are their top concern. The state budget and taxes comes in a very distant second at 10.2%.

11.6% of Republican primary voters view Barack Obama favorably.

Only 7.2% of Republican primary voters view Jennifer Granholm favorably.

12.2% of Republican primary voters approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as President.

10.2% of Republican primary voters approve of the job Jennifer Granholm is doing as Governor.

Captain Hate

peter I just finished Liberty and Tyranny and also found it concise and to the point.

Rob Crawford

The unemployment vote that Harry Reid is set to put on the table could be a killer, if Republicans can't cut through the Democratic noise machine and make it crystal clear that they just want to pay for it with unspent stimulus funds.

Good luck with that.

On the radio this morning, Andrea B... er Mitchell would have rushed right past that little factoid had the local host not brought it up. As it was, her comment was, "yes, that's what they say..."

Danube of Thought

I'm certainly not counting any chickens yet. And while I would love to see a 75-seat house pickup, what really matters is 40. If we get that we get the committee chairs and subpoena power, and a two-year hiatus from the Social Democrat agenda.

If we don't get those 40, then fuhgeddaboudit. If we do, the fight has just begun. The election of 2012 becomes the most important of my lifetime--much moreso than 1980 (although maybe not 2008). The Dems will have loads of Senate seats to defend, and the GOP may retake the Senate. That and the White House are essential.

In short, our side first has to go three-for-three in the next 28 months. And if we do, then comes the hard part: having the guts to dismantle this Leviathan brick by goddam brick, starting with Obamacare and ending with the Dept. of Education. It's not gonna be easy.

Chubby (formerly Parking Lot)

((but I have this queasy feeling that we're counting a lot of unhatched chickens.))

YES!!! (but I don't discount the possibility that the reason that I feel that way is due to Democrat psych-ops ... Biden and the rest of the pack yapping about big suprises and great accomplishments is the latest drumbeat)

Chubby (formerly Parking Lot)

((Very different from the slightly over the top persona that comes across on the radio program))

He is a master of non-PC. He give libbie dopes exactly what they deserve.

Janet

Democrat psych-ops

This is a very real phenomenon, and I am admittedly susceptible to it.

Janesquaredance

Rob,

That Breitbart video is simply amazing.

~

It feels the same to me as it did before the SCott Brown election. I was afraid to trust that feeling but I vowed to remember it in case I was right. And I do think it is more about replacing the slugs in Washington than throwing out the democrats (which I would not have said last week). Luckily there are a lot more democrats to challenge. If that is true, it doesn't really matter if the right has a plan - people want divided government - period.

Chubby (formerly Parking Lot)

((Breitbart makes me sick. Not anything he's done, but what he's uncovered,))

Actually about the only good thing about Owebama being elected is that tons of this stuff is rising to the surface. The more it is seen, the better it can be fought, corrected and neutralized. IMV the race card will never again be as effective in the future as it has been in the past.

There will be a lot more of this kind of thing instead:

Tea Party Speaker Calls Out KKK Members! Herman Cain, Georgia Tea Party

http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2010/07/looking-to-november.html

Chubby (formerly Parking Lot)

oopsie, wrong url in my last post


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi-miawfDNU

Tea Party Speaker Calls Out KKK Members! Herman Cain, Georgia Tea Party

Revkin liked him, though.

The big news in the climate blogosphere is the death of Stanford's Stephen Schneider of an apparent heart attack as he was landing in London. He's the alarmist most famous for saying that scientists have to strike a balance between truth and effectiveness in talking about the climate. He also facilitated the recent 'blacklist' of deniers published by the National Academy of Science.
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R Pachauri, A Gore, L DiCaprio, &c

an apparent heart attack as he was landing in London

See, that's why we don't fly commercial.

cathyf

I don't understand the procedural issues in the senate. The Reps have 40 votes -- why can't every senator in turn stand up and offer his/her own amendment to extend UI benefits further than in the Dem bill and pay for them with the stimulus/tarp money? It only takes one senator to offer an amendment, right? So, boom-boom-boom down the line: Senator A moves for an amendment, Dems vote it down. Dems move for cloture, Reps filibuster. Senator B moves for an amendment, Dems vote it down. Dems move for cloture, Reps filibuster. Senator C moves for an amendment, Dems vote it down. Dems move for cloture, Reps filibuster. Senator D moves for an amendment, Dems vote it down. Dems move for cloture, Reps filibuster...

Heck, there could even be 40 slightly different wordings on the amendments (if every amendment is at least one weeks worth of benefits different, then you get past the procedure issue of them being different.)

We've all seen Mr Smith Goes To Washington this would make great theatre and because of the Senate's somewhat ponderous rules could easily take all of the time until the summer recess. It would be hard to cover without letting out the fact that the Reps want to extend UI even longer than the Dems and the only difference is that the Reps want to fund it by taking away Obama's corrupt patronage slush funds.

Janesquaredance

Cathy,

My guess is they are too lazy. I've lost all faith in Washington.

dud781@cs.com

Rush has been reading a terrific 16 page article by Angelo Codevilla "America's Ruling Class" for most of his show today. I finally was able to get it at American Spectator --the site was down due to volume. The link is LUN, well worth the read!

JorgXMcKie

The funniest part of that article was "that the White House had a strategy to do just that." As if the White House has an actual strategy to do anything. They have tactics, and those mostly suck.

And as a Michigan resident, I have to say that Gov Granholm was right about one thing. I've been completely blown away by her performance as governor. Not in a good way, mind you, but blown away just the same.

Ignatz

Not sure if this goes to your point cathy, but the Dems are treating the unemployment vote as emergency funding which is not susceptible to pay-go. Once that was done, not sure what the Repub's options are procedurally other than complaining about Dem trickery.

BB Key

Rush is big on an article in the August isssue of the American Spectator on the Ruling Class.......it is great and it also reminds me of the effectiveness of the World's Biggest Celebrity Ad.......and how the Ad came sooo close to defining Obama, but the McCain campaign was cowered into 'pulling back'

Captain Hate

He is a master of non-PC. He give libbie dopes exactly what they deserve.

To his credit, if he has a conservative caller that doesn't get to his/her point promptly, that person gets run quickly. Life's too short to waste on people who can't be direct or concise when making a point, which I wish Medved would learn.

Chubby (formerly Parking Lot)

((Rush has been reading a terrific 16 page article by Angelo Codevilla "America's Ruling Class))

Rick Ballard posted a link to this article yesterday; thanks for re-posting it, in case anyone missed it.

Captain Hate

And as a Michigan resident, I have to say that Gov Granholm was right about one thing. I've been completely blown away by her performance as governor. Not in a good way, mind you, but blown away just the same.

LOL; between the "beauty queen" that the MFM never ridicules and Kwame the Jailbird, you've really had some memorable characters in what Woody Hayes used to call "that state up north".

lyle
it also reminds me of the effectiveness of the World's Biggest Celebrity Ad.......and how the Ad came sooo close to defining Obama, but the McCain campaign was cowered into 'pulling back'

Get OUT of here! Really?

/sarcasm

narciso the harpoon

And Granholm's on the economic advisory panel, as they say are you scared yet, by the
way who was she running against, a lizard

Danube of Thought

I read parts of that Codevilla essay early this morning (Insty had a link). Wonderful stuff.

I really do hate these people.

Jack is Back!

Regarding unemployment insurance backfill and whether voting no hurts republicans: Ever seen a poll of unemployed likely voters? I'll bet they represent less than 25%. If you're unemployed, your likely not paying much in taxes or have health care that you'll soon lose but you could be motivated by illegal immigration. My point is that it seems to me that the unemployed don't have the save causes to keep them politically interested and active but I could be wrong. I keep hearing that those who have stopped looking equal the number who are collecting and are still looking. Wonder what jobs mean to that bunch?

TheMadKing

Don't take anything for granted in November. Democrats and their union and ACORN thugs and cheaters will do everything in their power to subvert elections. We need to keep close watch on the polls too, especially in cities like Philadelphia where the NBPP will no doubt be back in force, and maybe even more ornery this time given they have nothing to fear from DoJ. Words to the Wise.

matt

I read the AS article over the weekend, and it dovetails with a lot of what I have written in the blog.

It isn't just the Democrats. It isn't just the Republican fools. It is the whole culture of corruption and entitlement.

I am involved in several trade associations, a few of which are based in DC. The absolute arrogance that emanates from that city is insufferable.

Somehow, these parasites, bureaucrats and leeches feel they are better and more intelligent and more sophisticated and more empathetic and in touch than the rest of us combined.

It is absolutely Roman in its resonance.

Chubby (formerly Parking Lot)

Jack is Back

It is not about the unemployed demographic, it is about the spin-off sob stories about how mean the Repubs are, influencing a key swing demographic: feelie women between 18 and 40. (as pointed out by Rick Ballard in another thread)

PD

the Dems are treating the unemployment vote as emergency funding which is not susceptible to pay-go

This bill would be an emergency only to those whose funding is about to lapse entirely. Aren't they the ones who've been getting checks for 99 weeks now?

Some emergency.

Yes, Mr. President. Let's subsidize not working, certainly we'll get less of it that way.

Clarice

The DC Metro area is now the richest, "best educated" metro area in the country. We are the new Brussels. Our views per Politico are strikingly different from those in the rest of the country.

This process began under "ask what you ca do for your country" JFK, I came here then. It was a sleepy southern town then.

Not everyone here is an asshole. But you must realize that with the increase in federal power, every single one of you have interests here represented by every thing you do and belong to..your colleges, states, municipalities, associations, occupations need people here to fight for your interests as best they can.

Think about that.

Ignatz

--your colleges, states, municipalities, associations, occupations need people here to fight for your interests as best they can--

I'm still waiting for the guy who says he's going to make sure we don't have any interests in DC, other than defense.

lyle

In my perfect world, serving in either the Senate or the House would have all the appeal and allure of...jury duty.

JM Hanes

DoT:

That was a general "we;" you've definitely never struck me as an egg counter!

When it comes to demolition, I'd just add Governors with the stomach to push back hard (and join forces) to the list of key players. They can do a lot of damage to DC central planning -- regardless of national outcomes in November and beyond.

If we do take the House, I sure hope Republicans will be smart enough, and Boehner savvy enough, to hand the economic reins to Paul Ryan and maintain the disciplined, unified front they've proved they can muster up when they are in the minority. He's not just a numbers wizard, it's looking like he may have, or could develop, major bully pulpit skilz. Without neither Senate nor White House in the run up to 2012, that piece of the puzzle will never be more important. Public expectations will run high if there's a change over in the House this year; Republicans will have to turn the tables and make the case that Democratic obstruction is what's now standing in the way of progress.

If Obama runs true to form and doubles down on the whining, he may be easier to defeat than it might look. With his visions of grandeur eroding by the day, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he were to decide a second term just weren't worth the hassle. The hard part would be persuading Michelle to give up her Presidential perks.

I actually think the Senate is more important than the White House in 2012. Obama would not have an accomplishment to his name, if it weren't for his Democratic majorities. A Republican Congress could design bills that make a Presidential veto politically risky, but even if Obama vetoed every bill, they've still got a powerful array of non-legislation tools with which to hammer the federal bureaucracy. Indeed, there's little incentive for curbing Executive Branch aggrandizement when the President belongs to the majority party.

Captain Hate

This bill would be an emergency only to those whose funding is about to lapse entirely. Aren't they the ones who've been getting checks for 99 weeks now?

Not in Ohio; the ones for 99+ weeks are off the grid (and also not being considered in unemployment calculations, which is really really stupid. This is for people in one of the previous "tiers" for whom the state has run out of money to pay.

boris

"Think about that"

O o w ... my head hurts ...

Danube of Thought

I well remember D.C. as what my dad called a one-horse town. But around twenty years ago, maybe more, I read an essay about how affluent it had become, and how alarming it was for any country when a city whose only product is political largesse becomes so bloated with wealth. And it's infinitely worse now.

Janesquaredance

I contacted someone at USA.gov today. They have a list of agencies on their website. There are thousands. I wanted to know how many agencies are located in DC. She couldn't tell me, and wouldn't even try to find out.

jimmyk

The DC Metro area is now the richest, "best educated" metro area in the country.

By coincidence, the NY Times today has an article about a capital city full of wealthy politicians and bureaucrats, many of whom don't pay taxes "because the politicians who make the rules are also the country’s richest citizens, and are skilled at finding ways to exempt themselves." The article also mentions the anger this is causing, and how it is creating an "insurgency."

But no, it's not about D.C., it's about Islamabad. If only the Times reporters could have some objectivity about the situation at home.

LUN

Captain Hate

Yeah growing up in Laurel I definitely considered Baltimore a 'real' city compared to DC, although I ultimately cheered for the Senators & Redskins. I kind of regard Columbus the same way as DC although Ann might not like that comparison.

Clarice

Not for me, DoT. Still I know these people well and they are far more ignorant than the ordinary people I interact with every day.

You'd be astonished what they do not know.

From now on I mean it--I will tack onto the names of each idiot statement and move the colleges and degrees they received. How many realize that half-literate Michelle graduated CUM LAUDE from Princeton before she got her J.D. from HLS?

She cannot even speak her native tongue.

Janet

Freedom of worship vs. freedom of religion

The idea of freedom of religion is being replaced with freedom of worship in Obama's & Clinton's speeches.
Somewhere today I read an article on this, but it was referring to this Feb. 2010 post. The word play is criminal with these leftists.
I'm reading a book now called When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons we must learn from Nazi Germany. I know according to Godwin's Law we are not allowed to consider these issues, but I am.
There is a good quote on pg. 26 from a tour guide in China back in '85 - "The people in China have freedom of religion...they can be as free as they wish within their own minds.".
With hate speech laws, racial divisions, victim grievances...I really fear for our freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

JM Hanes

cathyf:

".....why can't every senator in turn stand up and offer his/her own amendment to extend UI benefits...."

I could be wrong, but I think the Majority leader/Senate majority can tailor the procedural rules regarding amendments to each individual bill -- depending on what type of bill it is. As I recall, Republicans were able to do as you suggested in the final Healthcare round, because no one can be barred from offering up an amendment to a reconciliation bill.

Janet

Here is the article I read from today (couldn't find it before).

jimmyk

why can't every senator in turn stand up and offer his/her own amendment to extend UI benefits

Doesn't matter, the press will still report it as the Republicans blocking the benefits. Because Obama said so. As in the LUN.

DebinNC

How many realize that half-literate Michelle graduated CUM LAUDE from Princeton

Almost impossible to end that low with a degree in sociology.

narciso the harpoon

I think Glenn was focusing on this today, about the Soviet Constitution, how it guaranteed freedom of religion but not for spreading 'religious propaganda'

Dave (in MA)
the spin-off sob stories about how mean the Repubs are, influencing a key swing demographic: feelie women between 18 and 40. (as pointed out by Rick Ballard in another thread)
I thought that was Clarice in the Jughead vs. Krug thread.
narciso the harpoon

Here's is the relevant passage, # 124, in the
LUN

Janet

Really interesting narciso..thanks!

JM Hanes

Jane:

"And I do think it is more about replacing the slugs in Washington than throwing out the democrats (which I would not have said last week). Luckily there are a lot more democrats to challenge."

I think you're right on both scores, but various polls also seem to indicate that the public is also more disposed to the message being delivered by Republican challengers. It's my impression that Democrats challenging Republican incumbents are not faring as well. That's why Republican odds look a lot better than their Congressional approval numbers -- which have remained consistently worse than the Democrat's -- would suggest.

Clarice

Just heard from Soylent. He's at Ft Benning getting ready to go.. Busy with sex harassment classes and getting a brand new camo type better suited for Afg. He sends his regards. Says the fod is god; he feels in pretty good shape and there's a great gym there.

Chubby (formerly Parking Lot)

((I know according to Godwin's Law we are not allowed to consider these issues, but I am.))

As I understand it, Godwin's law has no problem with anyone discussing Hitler, Nazism etc. in a generic sense, it is about discussions about other topics devolving into debates about Nazism after one of the debaters introduces a Nazi analogy.

JM Hanes

Chubby:

"It is not about the unemployed demographic, it is about the spin-off sob stories about how mean the Repubs are, influencing a key swing demographic:"

And just like Kneejerk Clockwork:

Senate Democratic leaders plan on holding another vote on Tuesday on the unemployment legislation.

Obama will highlight the need for the extension in a speech scheduled for Monday morning in the Rose Garden. "The president will tell the stories of Americans in need of the extension," a White House official said. "He will have strong words for Republicans who have previously supported unemployment extensions under Republican presidents but refuse to offer relief to middle class families today," the official added.

Get out your hankies.

narciso the harpoon

Article 8 of the Cuban Constitution is the same way, and as you've no doubt figured out, it means as much, which means nothing

Clarice

Who are you quoting, Dave?
Jane, I think I read the new finance bill will add 23 more agencies.
We are growing like topsy.

When I came here there was only one passably decent restaurant to eat it (Sans Souci) and we all entertained eachother on weekends. We are now fast becoming America's culinary capital.


You can either fight this or move here and live off the fat of the land as long as there is any.

We're Brussels on the Potomac.

Janesquaredance

I think you're right on both scores, but various polls also seem to indicate that the public is also more disposed to the message being delivered by Republican challengers. It's my impression that Democrats challenging Republican incumbents are not faring as well.

I agree with that. Altho I'm starting to see the entire thing as a failure of options. The worst thing would be to replace awful democrats with republicans who get all comfy-cozy the second they get to Washington - ala Scott Brown - something I am loathe to admit.

Frankly I think we should close down the capital and make every last one of the telecommute from their districts.

Janet

Here is one of our vets that has served, returned home, and is now running for office in Minnesota. A member of Vets for Freedom...ladies and gentlemen, Dave Thul. Running for Minnesota House seat 26A...pass it along if you know anyone from Minnesota!

Dave (in MA)
Frankly I think we should close down the capital and make every last one of the telecommute from their districts.
Agreed.
Captain Hate

The idea of freedom of religion is being replaced with freedom of worship in Obama's & Clinton's speeches.
Somewhere today I read an article on this, but it was referring to this Feb. 2010 post. The word play is criminal with these leftists.

Orwellian wordplay; how disgusting. Words have specific meanings and attempts by the biggest liars and worst golfers ever to stain the White House to obfuscate them should be called out at every opportunity,

PDinDetroit

worst golfers ever to stain the White House

So, are you saying he lies as he plays it instead of playing it as it lies?

cathyf

If amendments are not allowed to the UI extension, that only heightens the political theatre -- senators keep rising to amend the bill to add tarp/stimulus funding and the chair keeps ruling it out of order. The senate is a ponderous splendorous body set up to encourage bloviating.

And some people listen to Rush and watch fox, and the muddle doesn't really like being lied to. So I think responding to the "Republicans want to cut off unemployment" story with the backfire of "Democrats are stealing money from the unemployed so that Obama can use it to buy votes" could get real traction with the muddle.

Janesquaredance

Jane, I think I read the new finance bill will add 23 more agencies.
We are growing like topsy.

Actually I think you missed a number - I think it was 234.

Sherriff Joe got a pony this weekend

Well, geez, like I tell the folks, Brussels - that's a world-class city, man. I mean, the capital of a thriving, the EU, just a thriving country or collection or union of countries. And they don't have any trouble extending their unemployment benefits, so they don't have to worry that unemployment is so - look, it's high all over. Right? Things are tough all over, the last eight years, or the last eight or the first eight of the ten last years were tough on everybody. But we're getting this turned around. It's getting turned around, Clarice, and pretty soon we'll deserve that title, "Brussels on the Potomac".

I mean, when you look at what we've done to transportation, in terms of resurfacing roads with the ultimate renewable resource, gravel. Now, people say, "Joe, what about the bikes? We were gonna have lots of spending on bike paths, as much as on roads - how ya gonna ride a bike on gravel?" And I say, Quit being a smartass. You know? Just take the Amtrack for Pete's sake, if you're worried about your goddamn bike. You're lucky to even have a bike, in this ec-in the economy we inherited from George Bush. You wouldn't see him out riding - I mean there would be pictures, sure there would, of him on a bike. But riding a bike as part of his regular commute from the White House to, you know, like that? He wouldn't do that. So environmentalism is one big way that we're different.

And that's one of the ways we're playing catch-up, Clarice. The Belgians and their bike-riding, the French - I just saw on tv this week where it seems like everybody in France is on bikes, just thousands of 'em, and they're all going 30, 40 miles an hour. The whole country. Then the Dutch have this great technology for cleaning up-cleaning or removing various things from the water...it's all kinda technical, so let's not get bogged down in how the Dutch clean or who should have approved whose help when on what environmental disaster.

Then there's the spending. And that's-the stimulating. We're not just spending for no reason, and I'm the point man on that, so you can take that to the - to wherever you keep money these days. Banks are fine, that's as good a place as ever. The stimulus is one part where I'm proud to say we're pulling ahead of Europe. They're not spending anymore, so they're really struggling, but I say, more for us to borrow. We project we'll be able to match European living standards - income, employment - within another 3 years. Even interest in soccer. I predict here and now that the US will win the next World Cup, and LeBron James will be the goalie on that team. Heard it here first.

JM Hanes

Janet:

"The word play is criminal with these leftists."

From your First Things link:

Recently, both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been caught using the phrase “freedom of worship” in prominent speeches, rather than the “freedom of religion” the President called for in Cairo.

[....]

To anyone who closely follows prominent discussion of religious freedom in the diplomatic and political arena, this linguistic shift is troubling.

The reason is simple. Any person of faith knows that religious exercise is about a lot more than freedom of worship. It’s about the right to dress according to one’s religious dictates, to preach openly, to evangelize, to engage in the public square. Everyone knows that religious Jews keep kosher, religious Quakers don’t go to war, and religious Muslim women wear headscarves—yet “freedom of worship” would protect none of these acts of faith.

The rhetorical shift may certainly be deliberate, but I don't see any basis for the author's assertion above. Quite the contrary, really, it seems to me that freedom of "worship" would, in fact, protect such acts of faith, where freedom of religion is far less concrete -- and susceptible to convenient interpretation, per your own Chinese example or the increasingly popular freedom "from" the religious observances of others.

Obama, himself, has explicitly defended wearing headscarves as an issue of "choice," (presumably religious, although I'd have to google up the actual text). Freedom of worship is how we get foot baths in rest rooms, and gender segregated phys ed classes. If it weren't for totally hypocritical, histrionic, political double standards, that very umbrella would be shielding nativity scenes in the public square.

matt

clarice;

can you e mail me Soylent's APO address with his permission? We have a pretty good care package program set up that we've been running for the past several years.

Thanks;

Matt

Ignatz

--How many realize that half-literate Michelle.....--

Cue anduril making an ass of himself in 3....2....1....

narciso the harpoon

They don't even make a pretense of keeping up with promises do they, in the LUN

boris

Disagree on the worship / religion thing.

The first can easily be interpreted as personal and private.

Clarice

Very good, sheriff Joe.

Matt, I'll send Soylent your message. I haven't your email so I'll give him the one at your blog.

narciso the harpoon

btw, I but some off my recent work, like that comment about the new Christopher Reich thriller, through the write like program and Ive gotten Dan Brown, Steven King and Arthur
C. Clarke

Clarice

I did send him your message, matt, but I haven't your addy and I don't see one at your blog. You will have to sned me yours. Use clarice.feldman@gmail.com to send me your addy. It's not my regular addy and I rarely use it so spamsters don't try..

Janet

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...

I believe changing the idea to "freedom of worship" will be like saying you can think whatever you want, but you may NOT teach, spread, or write about any "incorrect ideas" or what the government deems hate speech.

The truth is, I don't know where the left is going with this...but my interest is piqued when the vocabulary changes & is used by both the President and the Secretary of State.

daddy

Clarice,

"Just heard from Soylent...Busy with sex harassment classes"

Good. That'll get him nice and angry and ready to shoot some bad guys. With the exception of wasted mandated expenditure of valuable Taxpayer funds, and having to haul around the planet the useless and corrupt team from DACOWITZ (Defense Advisory Counsel on Women In The Service) nothing personally in my Military Career made me want to kill somebody worse than having to sit through mandatory Sexual Harassment/Equal Opportunity Lectures by pointy headed morons making us do role playing. I was ready to slit their throats and feed them to dogs---metaphorically of course.

So tell our man Soylent "I feel his pain." Arghhhhhh!

Steve

We better pick up the House. House Dems won 49 seats won by McCain, who ran the worst Presidential campaign in history. And in 94 we picked up 54 seats. Speaker Boehner...

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narciso the harpoon

Could these people at least pretend to have a passing familiarity with the constitution, yes I know even 'negative rights' like freedom of speech

daddy

Don't forget that Brussels most famous statue is of ">http://www.wayfaring.info/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/449px-2005_manneke_pis05.jpg"> a kid pissing on people. Sort of fits, if you ask me.

And on an OT, is it possible that I am seeing fish swimming around the video of the capped BP oil well? Somethings keep floating around which are obviously not fish, but I thought earlier I spotted some fish.
Anybody else noticed whatever it was I saw?

Neo

I hear today that the Pennsylvania budget is full of holes. There is $350 million completely missing, while another $800 million Rendell was hoping would come from the feds won't be there either.

There is the expectation that PA taxes could double after the election.

Danube of Thought

Ah, Sans Souci. I went there once--1971--because it was legendary in the capital. And it had no rivals. (I had no idea WTF I was eating.)

lyle

"...McCain, who ran the worst Presidential campaign in history."

Heck, I'd go as far as predicting its shitiness to never again be topped in all future Presidential campaigns...my friends.

rse

Clarice-

Saw the reference to Benning. Is Soylent a ranger?

Matt-

My high school daughter would like to start something like that.

Any advice?

matt

see what those morons at Tailhook wrought, daddy.....and those are oil trout you're seeing....

Rick Ballard

The real reason Michael Steele should be fired (or launched toward Alpha Centauri)? Because ads based upon the following scenario aren't airing today:

Opening shot - Nancy Pelosi being sworn in as Speaker with either a rolling subscript or a window reading "January, 2007 - Number of Americans employed - 145,957,000

Number of Americans unemployed - 7,017,000

Cut to sniveling Kendonesian commie today - Voiceover:

The President says that unemployment merits "emergency" treatment. [Rolling subscript] Number of Americans employed today - 139,119,000

Number of Americans unemployed - 14,623,000

Republicans joined in approving the President's stimulus bill almost two years ago, based upon his promise that it would alleviate the unemployment which has doubled since his party took control of Congress in 2007. That was an "emergency" as well and Republicans dealt with it as such. The fact that unemployment continues to worsen is a direct result of policies imposed by the Democrat majority.

There is no an "emergency" today and the funds for the extension are available from the stimulus bill which Republicans joined in passing.

Remember in November.

If Steele and the RNC can't flip this against the Dems then they ought to find an occupation doing something they can handle. Anyone seen any ads for restroom attendants recently?

Rick Ballard

The real reason Michael Steele should be fired (or launched toward Alpha Centauri)? Because ads based upon the following scenario aren't airing today:

Opening shot - Nancy Pelosi being sworn in as Speaker with either a rolling subscript or a window reading "January, 2007 - Number of Americans employed - 145,957,000

Number of Americans unemployed - 7,017,000

Cut to sniveling Kendonesian commie today - Voiceover:

The President says that unemployment merits "emergency" treatment. [Rolling subscript] Number of Americans employed today - 139,119,000

Number of Americans unemployed - 14,623,000

Republicans joined in approving the President's stimulus bill almost two years ago, based upon his promise that it would alleviate the unemployment which has doubled since his party took control of Congress in 2007. That was an "emergency" as well and Republicans dealt with it as such. The fact that unemployment continues to worsen is a direct result of policies imposed by the Democrat majority.

There is no an "emergency" today and the funds for the extension are available from the stimulus bill which Republicans joined in passing.

Remember in November.

If Steele and the RNC can't flip this against the Dems then they ought to find an occupation doing something they can handle. Anyone seen any ads for restroom attendants recently?

Clarice

Yes, DoT--Sans Souci served such exotic foods as escargot, vichyssoise,chocolate mousse--stuff anyone can make at home, but it did seem exotic here then when there was nothing else competing with it.

DrJ

You can say that again, Rick!

Old Lurker

Dunno JMH, I'm with Janet in being very suspicious of the change in wordsing from freedom of religion to freedom of worship. This crowd never changes wording without a purpose...and the footbaths predated Obama I think.

Just today some folks were kicked off the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court by security cops of the SC for "praying out loud". An appeal to his supervisor backed up the cop, citing some policy they now have.

Related?...I think so.

Rick Ballard

As to Shapiro's "plenty of time on the clock", David Rosenberg gives us an excellent preview as to what will be happening to the economy as the days flit by. It will be below periscope depth by mid-September - and it ain't a submarine.

Old Lurker

"Busy with sex harassment classes..."

Classes? That comes naturally to real men like Soy.

Danube of Thought

I do remember that my date had vichyssoise. I don't think I'd ever heard of it before.

Mark Penn discusses Obama's re-elect numbers. I love it when the leftists seem bewildered at how the hoi polloi don't seem to appreciate his "legislative victories." I should think that when you persist in passing and signing legislation in the face of sizable majority popular opposition, you might well expect that the people won't join in the victory dance. But still they keep scratching their heads over the mystery of it all.

bunkerbuster

Some perspective from Gallup:
``Reagan came into office on a fairly high note, with initial job approval ratings as high as 60% by mid-March 1981. Then, on March 30, Reagan was shot on the streets of Washington by John Hinckley Jr., and the resulting concern and sympathy helped lift his ratings to 68% by May. But even as Reagan personally recovered from his wounds, the public's concerns about the bad economy did not, and the president's ratings began to fall as each month went by. By the end of 1981, Reagan's job approval rating had drifted down to 49%. Things got worse for Reagan in 1982. The public's view of the economy remained sour, and the president's ratings during 1982 stayed concomitantly low, in the 40% range, ending the year at 41%. The 1982 midterm elections were not good ones for Reagan and for the GOP. The Republicans lost about 25 seats in the House. At the start of 1983 Reagan's job approval rating fell to 35% -- the worst of his administration.''

Danube of Thought

And this is God's honest truth: when she passed me her spoon for a taste, I had the sudden flash of intuition that I had sure as hell better not say "hey, this stuff is cold!"

Clarice

I still love it hot or cold,DoT. In fact summer's cold soups are something I should make more often..Cream, potatoes, chives, butter..you can't go wrong.


Ras has the Reps with a 9 pt lead on the generic Congressional ballot.

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