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August 10, 2010



True the Phillipines are a better parallel with Iraq, down to the juramentados


Sobering article: U.S. Is Bankrupt and We Don't Even Know It: Laurence Kotlikoff:

Let’s get real. The U.S. is bankrupt. Neither spending more nor taxing less will help the country pay its bills.

What it can and must do is radically simplify its tax, health-care, retirement and financial systems, each of which is a complete mess. But this is the good news. It means they can each be redesigned to achieve their legitimate purposes at much lower cost and, in the process, revitalize the economy.

Last month, the International Monetary Fund released its annual review of U.S. economic policy. Its summary contained these bland words about U.S. fiscal policy: “Directors welcomed the authorities’ commitment to fiscal stabilization, but noted that a larger than budgeted adjustment would be required to stabilize debt-to-GDP.”

But delve deeper, and you will find that the IMF has effectively pronounced the U.S. bankrupt.


"I wish Murdoch would also flush that turd Rove also, "

No arguement from me.


Leave it to the NYT to come up with "Recession With Benefits"


OK, look at the Philippines. Notice that the problem population there was miniscule in both absolute size as well as in relative size to the overall population, in comparison to Iraq. Notice also that that problem has yet to be resolved in the Philippines, over a century later.


Peak Obama... I take solace in the fact that all the spinning and outright lying in the world can't trump the reality of what Obama and the Dems have wrought.


For everyone yearning for an end to this administration, I sympathize. But read the Kotlikoff article and realize that the GOP will need a resolve and a plan that it has yet to display.


Ras -22 today, matching lowest ever.


"Separation of Church and State" is such a quaint custom abroad, in the LUN


RASMUSSEN TODAY... DEVELOPING... RASMUSSEN TODAY... DEVELOPING... Obama Approval Index: -22 (Matches all-time low for this president) Strongly Approve 24% Strongly Disapprove 46% (Matches highest for this president) Total Approval 43% [Note: Media coverage of Obama has improved ...


Obama Approval Index: -22 (Matches all-time low for this president)
Strongly Approve 24%
Strongly Disapprove 46% (Matches highest for this president)
Total Approval 43%

[Note: Media coverage of Obama has improved significantly over past week as his approval ratings have slipped... While 43% of voters approve, 55% of media coverage has been positive.]

same--but a bit more detail. He's taking the media down with him No one believes them anymore.


I see the tremors from yesterday's Fed pronouncement has boosted the stock market wonderfully today.


"Separation of Church and State" is such a quaint custom abroad,

Who was the dumbshit that started this policy?

Danube of Thought

Seems to me that every time he starts whining about who "drove the car into the ditch," his numbers go down. Minus 5.4 at RCP.

Captain Hate

LUN for Fouad Ajami weighing in on the shelf life of stale BOzo.

The country has had its fill with a scapegoating that knows no end from a president who had vowed to break with recriminations and partisanship. The magic of 2008 can't be recreated, and good riddance to it. Slowly, the nation has recovered its poise. There is a widespread sense of unstated embarrassment that a political majority, if only for a moment, fell for the promise of an untested redeemer—a belief alien to the temperament of this so practical and sober a nation.

When you break the steering wheel, really can't complain on that point


Frum is a fool of almost infinite potential, I know yadda, yadda


" Notice also that that problem has yet to be resolved "

Ever since WWII there have been Americans telling those who seek to destroy any proAmerican government to just hang on, help is on its way from the American fifth column. During/after WWII it was John Kerry's father and his communist friends. During Vietnam and ever after, it was Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and their communist friends. Now it is the entire Obama administration. Why wouldn't any opposition to any organized Pro western government fight to win?


Clusterstock provides the summary:

Economist Rogoff Breaks Down What Happens To Economies That Hit 90% Debt-To-GDP Ratio

Caught between warring economists, it's nice for once to see the proof. Ken Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart lay out the deficit hawk case in a new paper at VoxEU.

Here's the highlights:

* Less than 90% debt-to-GDP ratios have no significant impact on growth
* Above 90% ratios have a significant impact to growth -- with these countries averaging negative growth
* Developed economies like America are more durable than emerging markets like Greece, but...
* America has an alarming 117% ratio.

Professor Krugman, you're up.

Captain Hate

the GOP will need a resolve and a plan that it has yet to display.

Those assholes need to go as well; they're barely preferable to the commiecrats.


"[Note: Media coverage of Obama has improved ..."

???????Is this a joke?

The Government Confiscates Your Money to Build Mosques

Good Find, Narciso!
It seems to me that the funding for the State Dept ought to be cut a lot.


Rubio is back up in Rasmussen, so there is a little sanity down here

Danube of Thought


The trade deficit in the U.S. unexpectedly widened in June to the highest level since October 2008 as consumer goods imports rose to a record and exports declined.

Well they didn't take me, when I took the test, so I judge that as a standard


narciso, I do hope Rubio wins.


Obama keeps using car/driving quips, but how much does he know about either? He told a Chrysler crowd that his first car was a Jeep Grand Cherokee...an SUV. How old was Obama when he bought it? The Obama campaign made much of the McCains owning 13 cars to the Obamas 1. How did they manage that with their 2 jobs + their girls' activities?

["... we spend between the two kids, on extracurriculars outside the classroom, we’re spending about $10,000 a year on piano and dance and sports supplements and so on and so forth,”

I bet he has never changed a tire or changed the oil in his car. He may not even know how to check the oil.


I'll say it again, nothing would be better for Obama than a big win for Republicans in November. GOP control of Congress would, overnight, leave them as the responsible party for America's health care problems. If somehow Obamacare is repealed, those doing the repealing will be responsible for the fate of every breast cancer patient who dies because they can't afford treatment and every case where an insurance company denies treatment for a pre-existing condition.
The GOP is gaining popularity merely because it is the opposition party at at time of both foreign policy and economic stagnation. The "swing" voter simply assumes that there must be something better than the current crop of leaders, regardless of who intractable the problems they confront may be.
Secondly, a GOP sweep in the fall would lead forthwith to the Tea Party's demise. The non-party "party" has served the GOP well be giving it a way to advocate GOP policies without having to defend the Bush record of failure. But when the Tea Party shows up to the election sans platform, sans leaders and sans anything to say that doesn't correlate one to one with the GOP, it will be more than obvious that the entire party is a GOP exercise in public relations.
Or maybe not. If the Tea Party actually does have a core of principled libertarians, we can expect the party to be outraged at the election of Republicans who proceed to dwell on whipping up hate against Mexican job-seekers, Muslims and atheists, and who, can't be bothered to distinguish between tax cuts financed by debt and those financed by spending cuts.
In which case, conservative America will indeed be split between Republicans convinced by a cowed media that their brand is on the mend from Bush's failure and Tea Partiers who fantasize that getting rid of government is the way to solve economic and foreign policy problems.


Since nobody was willing to take me up on the question, what dumbshit started this policy of taxpayer money for mosques, I'll have to point out that you can find the answer at AT, quoting Fareed Zakaria:

To that end, early in its tenure the Bush administration began a serious effort to seek out and support moderate Islam. Since then, Washington has funded mosques, schools, institutes, and community centers that are trying to modernize Islam around the world.

Nobody here wants to recognize the enemy within, so to speak.


That wreaks of a Powell or maybe even a Haas initiative, then again it might have been Hughes behind it, the problem is as usual they can rarely distinguish between Salafi and moderates, Alamoudi, which McCarthy pointed out on Hannity, to some credulous lad, certainly wasn't one, and neither is Rauf

Then again, this is not terribly surprising if one reads the CIA's cultivation of these
characters, most notably in Ian Johnson's 'a Mosque in Munique' about Tariq's father
Said Ramadan and the likes of Robert Dreher,


"He may not even know how to check the oil."

Do we know if he even has a drivers license.

Here is why we know nothing about the guy who is 40 some years old and has never found his birth certificate.
"Confirmed: GE CEO Immelt Berated NBC “Journalists” For Reporting Negatively on Chicago Jesus"


News you can use: Hi-Point .45 ACP Carbine: Are Handgun Caliber Rifles the New Home Defense Shotgun?

Today, Hi-Point Carbines drops the news that their long awaited .45 ACP rifle is ready to rock and roll. These handgun-caliber carbines may be gaining favor over the venerable 12-gauge as the weapon of choice for hom defense. And for good reason. In fact, here are four. . .

These are some of what I was referring to, in the LUN


Haaretz connects the dots for us...

Netanyahu waged a struggle. And the statesman who is depicted as susceptible to pressure did not succumb to the American pressure of this past spring. He fought back. The price for what Netanyahu did was felt by Obama in Chicago. The Israeli leader applied hidden pressure to the American leader, which made it perfectly clear to him: No more.

So what was the hidden pressure? Once again, Haaretz (h/t Jeffrey Goldberg) has the answer:

Israel is trying to convey the message not only through the official channels - Israeli military intelligence chief Major General Amos Yadlin visited Chicago recently to meet with the billionaire Lester Crown, one of Obama’s supporters, and asked to him to convey Israel's concerns to the American President, Goldberg reports.

We've heard of the ugly nature of the legislative process. So who said the foreign policy making process should be prettier than sausage making? Goldberg of course is beating the war drums over here for the Likudniks.


--To that end, early in its tenure the Bush administration began a serious effort to seek out and support moderate Islam.--

In theory that's probably not too bad an idea as an effort to counter Saudi madrassas and radical mosques and Imams.
The British Empire might have been able to handle the task but in practice our bumbling government has no doubt funded Muslim Brotherhood mosques the world over and increased rather than decreased the Islamists power.


Bloated "sex poddle" declares “this battle has not been successful and is pretty much over for this year.”

Jim Miller

"King County--Seattle area--is the exception"

No longer. We have vote by mail here, too.

After a governor's election (2004) in which illegal ballots unquestionably provided the winner's margin, Washington state and King County decided to place almost total reliance on the most fraud-prone form of voting.

(I have a long-running series of posts on vote fraud. What I have from my simple searches is that people who commit fraud used absentee ballots in about 80 percent of the cases. When it was introduced in Britain, there was an immediate explosion of vote fraud.)

Glasater - I was fascinated to hear your story about the bank president. During the 2008 campaign (and even now) I watched with amazement people like her voting against their own interests. Then and now, I wanted to hear them explain their thinking.


((GE CEO Immelt Berated NBC “Journalists” For Reporting Negatively on Chicago Jesus"))

Sounds like someone is jockeying for a media bailout


Moderate Islam is the only force capable of subduing and containing radical Islam. Anyone who thinks a military war by non-Muslims to destroy all of Islam can win is willfully ignorant or insane. It makes perfect sense to support moderate Islam.


That last LUN, sort of makes the point you're
hinting at Ignatz


I can think of almost no situation where a shoulder fired 45ACP would be as good as a 12Ga shotgun for home defense and I say that as a person who relies on a 45ACP for self defense outside the home.
Taking his four points in order:
1. In any life or death situation you will not be aware of nor care about any recoil.
2. In any life or death situation you will not be aware of nor care about any report.
3. A shotgun is more intimidating at close quarters than just about anything else.
4. Domestic shotguns are priced about the same as that thing.


Of course the same people who now demand a blank check to fight Islam are exactly the same people who embraced and supported the very worse of radical Islam when it was politically convenient for them as a financial and moral blank check to fight Russia. How soon we forget that American conservatives were downright sympathetic to radical Islam in Afghanistan and, more tragically, Pakistan.


--Anyone who thinks a military war by non-Muslims to destroy all of Islam can win is willfully ignorant or insane.--

And the strawdummy crushes another strawman, albeit with his usual atrocious grammar.

Captain Hate

If somehow Obamacare is repealed, those doing the repealing will be responsible for the fate of every breast cancer patient who dies because they can't afford treatment and every case where an insurance company denies treatment for a pre-existing condition.

How many breast cancer patients has Bammycare saved, fuckstick?


"Moderate Islam"

Does Not Exist

"Turkey's PM Erdogan: The term "moderate Islam" is ugly and offensive -- Islam is Islam
And so in two sentences Erdogan dismisses the concept on which the Western world has placed its hopes of survival and peace."

Over and over and Over Muslims tell us there came be no maderates-it is against their religion. How is something that doesn't exist supposed to win?

Rob Crawford

So are those who advocate socialized medicine responsible for the deaths due to the poor quality of care, rationing, and general incompetence of such systems?

If not, why not?


Under Obamacare, no one will ever again die. Unless of course they want to. Or the State thinks they're too expensive to treat.


Narciso, how in the world can you find all of these outstanding LUNs?

Rob Crawford

I'm pretty sure we know how the pro-socialists will answer that question. They'll wave vaguely towards the existence of malpractice in the free market.

And, in the process, they'll ignore that it's the exception, not the rule. That it's punished, not protected. That it's the result of negligence and individual incompetence, not purposeful cuts and policy-driven neglect.

Or they'll talk about the rising costs. Ignoring the contribution to that made by out-of-control trial lawyers and existing government involvement.

(And how to square saying malpractice is punished with saying trial lawyers are out of control? Easy -- when doctors are punished for simple being present at a rare event or poor outcome, and when juries award "damages" that far exceed rational limits, trial lawyers are out of control.)


Jim Miller-

I'm an email buddy of Sec of State Sam Reed and will pass along your thoughts.
He does respond when I write to him.

And regarding the female bank presidet--I do know her some and hope one day to gather the courage to ask your question--after all I'm a stockholder:)


"It's a Gift" Pagar, a couple of blogrolls, like C4P's make it easy, the last came from
the author's page of a book, I had glanced
at before


The author's most telling points to me were:

1. A person is more likely to practice with a weapon they're comfortable with. My experience is that many people are more comfortable with carbines than with shotguns and that a person who doesn't practice with a shotgun can cause malfunctions. Control of any weapon is also a factor. If a knucklehead in Turkey can lose control of an AK-47, the same thing can happen with a pump shotgun when handled by an inexperienced user.

2. The carbine is better than a handgun.


Disclosure ... semi auto Frankie 12 guage ... 44 mag Winchester carbine ... 44 mag Ruger revolver ...

Accuracy is less important with a shotgun.
A carbine is not better than a handgun in close quarters. Revolver is hard to beat.

Melinda Romanoff

HUD to offer 24 month interest free loans to distressed homeowners- BREAKING


This really seemed like brilliant strategy at the time, in the LUN


All around the Bretta 9mm semi auto short carbine looks nice. Fun to shoot, decent close quarter, better accuracy (if you practice). Probably more reliable than the .45 semi auto carbine.

The .45 ACP and the .44 Special are comparable in stopping power but IMO that's more of a combat consideration than defense.

Defense Priorities:

  1. Scare them away;
  2. Throw a lot of lead at 'em so they run away;
  3. Disable them.


--A person is more likely to practice with a weapon they're comfortable with.--

Then they should go down to a 20ga.
Even a tiny little .410 shotgun with negligible recoil shoots a load of shot or a slug of similar weight as the 45 and at 300-1,000 FPS faster and is at least comparable to a 44mag. And with the shotgun you have the advantage of a combination of slugs and/or shot. A cylinder choke with a load of shot at close range in an emergency can be the difference between a hit and a miss, or put another way, life or death.
The only real advantage a handgun caliber might have is rounds carried, but the one you linked only totes nine and a lot of shotguns hold seven or eight so even that's pretty close.


Wow Melinda and thanks!

Rob Crawford

Defense Priorities:

1. Scare them away;
2. Throw a lot of lead at 'em so they run away;
3. Disable them.

That's why I have a Springfield XD in .45 ACP. It has the big, scary mouth to scare them. Twelve rounds in the mag to throw a lot of lead their way.

The thing that surprised me the first time I fired a .45 was how much less recoil there was than I expected.

Rob Crawford

HUD to offer 24 month interest free loans to distressed homeowners- BREAKING

Ah -- so they have another loan they can default on!


HUD bailout


Excellent article at RCM on the difference over the long term, especially regarding debt, between policies encouraging growth vs the current war on growth.
Pretty staggering numbers.


".45 was how much less recoil there was than I expected"

Less than the .44 mag, closer to the .44 Special.

BTW I seem to recall that you can load a .44 revolver with .410 buckshot. Wrecks the rifling of the barrel but probably doesn't require a lot of accuracy.

Rob Crawford

BTW I seem to recall that you can load a .44 revolver with .410 buckshot.

What's the novelty pistol that does that -- one of the Taurus Judge line, I think.


"distressed homeowners-BREAKING"

I have nothing against helping distressed homeowners, but it seems like we need to solve a lot more than just a more month than money problem. The only way to do that in my opinion is to reduce spemding by the government. That is simply not happening.

Wait, Obama is now committed to reducing

This is INSANE! Taking money/food stamps from the people who need it worse.
There are a million places to cut spending and they cut food stamps.


This is a story put together from various articles and TV shows by the British Times paper. It shows what Obama and his friends
are really all about.

I warn you, the first part is a little boring, but stick with it. The
second part connects all the dots. The
end explains how Obama and all his cronies will end up as multi-billionaires.

A small bank in Chicago called SHOREBANK almost went bankrupt during the
recession. The bank made a profit on its foreign micro-loansbut had lost money in sub-prime mortgages in the US. It was
facing likely closure by federal regulators. However, because the bank's
executives were well connected with members of the Obama Administration,
a private rescue bailout was arranged. The bank's employees had donated
money to Obama's Senate campaign. In other words, ShoreBank was too
politically connected to be allowed to go under.

ShoreBank survived and invested in many "green" businesses such as solar
panel manufacturing. In fact, the bank was mentioned in one of Obama's
speeches during his election campaign because it subjected new business
borrowers to eco-litmus tests.

Prior to becoming President, Obama sat on the board of the JOYCE
FOUNDATION, a liberal charity. This foundation was originally
established by Joyce Kean's family which had accumulated millions of
dollars in the lumber industry. It mostly gave funds to hospitals but
after her death in 1972, the foundation was taken over by radical
environmentalists and social justice extremists.

This JOYCE FOUNDATION, which is rumored to have assets of 8 billion
dollars, has now set up and funded, with a few partners, something
called the CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE, known as CXX. It will be the
exchange (like the Chicago Grain Futures Market for agriculture) where
Environmental Carbon Credits are traded.

Under Obama's new bill, businesses in the future will be assessed a tax
on how much CO2 they produce how much they add to global warming. If a company produces less CO2 than
their allotted measured limit, they earn a Carbon Credit. This Carbon
Credit can be traded on the CXX exchange. It will be like trading shares on Wall

Well, it was the same JOYCE FOUNDATION, along with some other private
partners and Wall Street firms that funded the bailout of ShoreBank.
The foundation is now one of the major shareholders. The bank has now
been designated to be the "banking arm" of the CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE
(CXX). In addition, Goldman Sachs has been contracted to run the
investment trading floor of the exchange.
One ShoreBank co-founder, named Jan Piercy, was a Wellesley College roommate of Hillary Clinton. Hillary and Bill Clinton have long
supported the bank and are small investors.

Another co-founder of Shorebank, named Mary Houghton, was a friend of
Obama's late mother. Obama's mother worked on foreign MICRO-LOANS for
the Ford Foundation. She worked for the foundation with a guy called
Geithner. Yes, you guessed it. This man was the father of Tim Geithner

Another founder of ShoreBank was Ronald Grzywinski, a cohort and close
friend of Jimmy Carter.

The former ShoreBank Vice Chairman was a man called Bob Nash. He was the
deputy campaign manager of Hillary Clinton's presidential bid. He also
sat on the board of the Chicago Law School with Obama and Bill Ayers. Nash was also a member of Obama's White House transition team.
When Obama sat on the board of the JOYCE FOUNDATION, he "funneled"
thousands of charity dollars to a guy named John Ayers, who runs a
dubious education fund. The brother of Bill Ayer.

Howard Stanback is a board member of Shorebank. He is a former board
chairman of the Woods Foundation. Obama and Bill Ayers also sat on the board of the Woods Foundation. Stanback was formerly
employed by New Kenwood Inc. a real estate development company co-owned
by Tony Rezko.
Years prior to this, the law firm of Davis,
Miner, Barnhill & Galland had represented Rezko's company and helped him
get more than 43 million dollars in government funding. Guess who worked
as a lawyer at the firm at the time. Yes, Barack Obama).

Adele Simmons, the Director of ShoreBank, is a close friend of Valerie
Jarrett. Simmons and Jarrett also
sit on the board of a dubious Chicago Civic Organization.

Van Jones sits on the board of ShoreBank and is one the marketing
directors for "green" projects. He held a senior advisorposition
for black studies at Princeton University.

Al Gore was one of the smaller partners to originally help fund the
CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE. He also founded a company called Generation
Investment Management (GIM) and registered it in London, England. GIM
has close links to the UK-based Climate Exchange PLC, a holding company
listed on the London Stock Exchange. This company trades Carbon Credits
in Europe (just like CXX will do here) and its floor is run by Goldman

Along with Gore, the other co-founder of GIM is Hank Paulson, the former
US Treasury Secretary and former CEO of Goldman Sachs.

Interesting? And now the closing...

Because many studies have been exposed as scientific nonsense, people
are slowly realizing that man-made global warming is nothing more than a
money-generating hoax. As a result, Obama is working feverishly to win
the race. He aims to push a Cap-and-Trade Carbon Tax Bill through
Congress and into law.

Obama knows he must get this passed before he loses his majority in
Congress in the November elections. Apart from Climate Change he will
"sell" this bill to the public as generating tax revenue to reduce our
debt. But, it will also make it impossible for US companies to compete
in world markets and drastically increase unemployment. In addition,
energy prices (home utility rates) will sky rocket.

But, here's the KICKER (THE MONEY TRAIL).

If the bill passes, it is estimated that over 10 TRILLION dollars each
year will be traded on the CXX exchange. At a commission rate of only 4
percent, the exchange would earn close to 400 billion dollars to split
between its owners, all Obama cronies. At a 2 percent rate, Goldman
Sachs would also rake in 200 billion dollars each year.

But don't forget SHOREBANK. With 10 trillion dollars flowing though its
accounts, the bank will earn close to 40 billion dollars in interest
each year for its owners without even breaking a sweat.

Al Gore alone will probably rake in 15 billion dollars
just in the first year. Of course, Obama's "commissions" will be held in
trust for him at the Joyce Foundation. They are estimated to be over 8
billion dollars by the time he leaves office in 2013, if the bill passes
this year. Of course, these commissions will continue to be paid for the
rest of his life.

I know you all know this, but if someone is pursing this site, it might be interesting to them, and this is the last of your alls comments.


Ninicho, do you have a Link?



The quickest link I could find is this one:

ShoreBank and the ‘Triple Bottom Line’: Too Important to Fail? from Big Government.

Dave (in MA)

If you google phrases from Ninicho's post, that's something that's been posted in blogs all over the place but I haven't been able to find a link to the supposed "British Times paper" article.


I'm not dogmatic about choice of weapon for self defense. I can see arguments in favor of most of the weapons mentioned above. However, I confess to a prejudice against small caliber handguns, as requiring too high a degree of accuracy to disable quickly. That said, the best weapon is probably the one that you feel most comfortable with--a personal choice.


good stuff nenicho!

as to home defense, the key is firearms familiarity. Know your weapon. Shotguns are one of the best tools. Intimidating, decisive, and in close quarters, they typically will not penetrate walls where others may be sleeping or occupying other rooms. Never keep a shell in the chamber unless immediately ready to fire. Nervous shooters are a primary cause of accidental discharge and injury/death.

Rehearse a response, and rehearse how to unload a charged weapon. 90% of the time you think there may be an intruder, it is the wind, a child coming home late at night, etc. If you charge the weapon, it is more likely to fire with a nervous operator (and yes I am repeating this.

Warn target if you have the advantage. Ensure target is prone and the barrel is right in a spot where they won't try anything if you can do so. Last, if there is no alternative,shoot to kill. Center of target, nothing fancy.

Captain Hate

In addition to the advantages Iggy stated about a 20 ga., if you miss what you're shooting at everything over 100 yards away is safe.


So the Times has another slobbering embrace of the Cordoba Monque linked from Adam Serwer, I'm sure TM will find time to skewer
both or either

Jim Ryan

I'm a beginner, and I don't find unloading a charged semi-automatic pistol to be very easy. It can also badly injure your finger if you nervously let the safety off while trying to get the round out of the chamber. Other than that, the rest of the stuff you have to learn is easy.


Thanks Glasater, for the Shore Bank Link.
I've posted about the stench there several times, but I'd really like to see a link that put all the things mentioned in nenicho's post together.


To show I really believe in open exchange of information:

The consistent failure of Linux to grab even 1% of the desktop OS market.

A lot of the comments are well informed and sensible, from my sampling of them.


When it comes to a semi-auto I greatly prefer a double action only, no safety, model. It's basically impossible to fire these by "mistake," and you should treat every firearm as loaded anyway.

Frau Steingehirn

Once more the world turned upside down: State Dept. pays for Imam Rauf's trips to Middle East. In a parallel universe, Sami Al-Arian got the gig.
Brought to us by the "Arabist doves in Foggy Bottom." Thanks for nothing!

...and where is Michael Newdow?


Well Robert Kaplan in the Arabists and even Matt Welch in a series he did in reason, in the runup to the Iraq War, showed how it's
a revolving door from embassy to lobbies like
the MEI, whose president was Freeman at one time,

Jim Ryan

...and where is Michael Newdow

He's been appointed head chaplain of the military by the administration.

Frau Steingehirn

Apropos bottom - Who got to the bottom of Rauf's travel plans? Fox News reported it and my McClatchy newssheet had a short three sentence article on the back page. Someone must have been digging.

" ... the imam had been on two similar trips and that plans for the upcoming tour predated the mosque controversy." Upcoming! Rauf must have connections worthy of Joseph "Surfer Dude" Wilson III.


Frau--claudia rossett at PJ<.

Ambinder is roundly Fisked on his reportage of the Colorado election:
http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2010/08/11/what-the-atlantic-and-others-got-wrong-about-colorado/13246/>More B.S. at the Atlantic

Danube of Thought


June’s trade deficit swelled 18.8% to $49.9 billion, the highest since October 2008. That was much worse than Wall Street predicted — or what the Commerce Department estimated in last week’s Q2 GDP report. The new report, along with recent inventory data, suggest Commerce will revise down Q2 economic growth from the already-sluggish 2.4% annual rate to about 1%, according to Action Economics.

Very disappointing that nobody here seems to care about the clear evidence that Lester Crown (among other Chicagoans) is among the ueber wealthy elite that dictates US policy through financial pressure on Obama. Here are some other names you should be familiar with:

1) Obama's golf buddy, Marty Nesbitt (Michelle made her Spanish trip supposedly for the sake of Nesbitt's wife, Anita Blanchard). Did I mention that Nesbitt was Obama's campaign treasurer and is buddies with Emanuel and Axelrod? Did I need to?

Oh, and Nesbitt works for the Pritzker Realty group.

2) Penny Pritzker--yes those Pritzker's, the Hyatt Pritzkers. Penny is Obama's national campaign finance chair and was an Obama backer from waaaaay back. Think he owes her? Big time, as Cheney would say. As FirstPost points out:

Among the richest Americans - 153rd on the Forbes 400 List with about $2bn to her name - Pritzker has plenty of gold dust to sprinkle, and when Obama organized his presidential campaign, she took on the role of his National Finance Chair.


But Pritzker showered Obama with more than money: before any of the rest of us had heard of Barack Obama, she had taken him under her wing to give him the keys to the Chicago Establishment's fabled political 'machine' which has taken him to the White House.

It has been a triumph for Pritzker as well as for the new President. Her victory makes her the undisputed chief of one of Chicago's wealthiest families, which has a combined wealth of more than $12bn and which founded the Hyatt hotel chain and myriad other businesses.

So, back in November, 2008, inquiring minds wanted to know: What will Penny Pritzker get for backing Obama? Here was one answer:

Obama will be well aware that there is no such thing as a free lunch in Chicago politics. The Pritzkers have done a lot for the new president, and now the question is, what can he do for them? Something to do with foreign policy is the hot tip back on the Gold Coast. [i.e., the wealthiest strip of Chicago, north of the Loop along Lake Michigan]

The Pritzkers have always been major supporters of Israel. After the Six Day War, the family built the Hyatt Regency hotel in east Jerusalem, and in his early days as an Illinois senator, Obama co-sponsored an amendment to the Illinois Pension Code allowing the state to make loans to Israel.

BTW, the Pritzkers are known as the family that built Chicago. Do you think they'd have an interest in the people who run entities like Chicago Housing Authority, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development and the Chicago Transit Board? Would you be surprised to learn that Valerie Jarrett, over the past decade and more has been chair of each of those entities?

Funny, isn't it? I mean, the strange bedfellows you find in politics. Here are these dedicated and ueber wealthy Leftists promoting Obama, pulling all sorts of strings for him, and then when he becomes President and adopts what most knuckleheads at JOM probably think was a Lefty policy toward Israel, these same Leftists grab him by the financial short hairs and tell him: you better be nice to Likudnik Netanyahu--or else. But Zionism trumps Left and Right. And, when combined with money, it trumps the POTUS.

So, we know that's one policy interest of this group. I wonder what others they have on their agenda. If there are other policy interests they want to advance, you can count on it that Obama will be made aware of them. No wonder he seems to be on a shuttle between WDC and Chicago.

Together the two institutions show temperature maps for northern Lake Michigan registering an absurd 430 degrees Fahrenheit -yes, you read it right –that’s four hundred and thirty degrees-and this is by no means the highest temperature recorded on the charts.
This certainly requires some splain'
Jim Ryan

Lake Michigan registering an absurd 430 degrees

See, when we screw up the balance of our planet, the weather gets weird and we get freakish natural phenomena indicative of our being unharmonious with nature's gods. Probably a freakish high pressure system is able to keep the lake water from boiling off.


The problem with nenicho's story is that those owners already sold earlier this year when ICE purchased CCX for IIRC $600 million in CASH.

They wanted to get out with this year's capital gains rate.

Mel and I had a chat about it at the time deal was announced and have had the chance to talk with exec's about the whys of the deal this summer.

Danube of Thought

That's why I have a Springfield XD in .45 ACP.

I've been firing the .45 automatic all my life, and at one point owned five of them (now down to three). It is rightly known for a pretty impressive recoil, but nothing like the .44 Magnum. When I lived alone the M1911 .45 ACP was my home defense, but with a wife and kids around I put it away and had an unloaded 12-gauge pump in the master bedroom with three rounds hidden away but readily available.

About a month ago I switched over to a S&W Model 1917 revolver chambered for .45 ACP. As a revolver firing ammo designed for an automatic pistol, it requires half-moon or full-moon clips, which are available online. Haven't fired it yet--anyone have any experience with that piec?


"THe Sea Gods are angry," is one way to put it.

Danube of Thought


Spain's plans to have 2,000 electric cars on the road by the end of 2010 have been dealt a blow as figures showed just 16 have been sold. The government-backed REVE electric car and wind power project said 15 cars had been sold so far this year, in addition to one last year.

--Haven't fired it yet--anyone have any experience with that piec?--

Nope never shot a 1917. A model 29 yes but not a 17.
If I'm not mistaken they make ammo called 45 Auto Rim for such revolvers DoT which makes moon clips unnecessary. Would also be more relaible as moon clips can have problems at times. Might want to look into that.
Or just get one of Uberti's top break Schofields or Russians in 45 Long Colt, one of my favorite calibers.


Clarice: That Harsanyi piece is a terrific take down of Ambinder and his cohort over at the Politico.

Rush had great fun at their expense today - This is HISTORIC, the first ever incumbant endorsed by a President to win a primary. LOL!


Doc Zero, as always has a good piece, in the LUN


GOP control of Congress would, overnight, leave them as the responsible party for America's health care problems.

Sorry to respond to this, but I couldn't help making a correction here:

GOPDemocrat control of Congress would, overnight in 2006, leave them as the responsible party for America's health care economic problems.


I keep a Ruger SP-101 with .357 Magnum MagSafes in a push-button combination safe bolted through the floor under the edge of my bed. And a dog to help me wake up in time to grab it.


DoT, we ought to race over and buy two of those--looks like they'll be collectors items. Right alongside the edsell.

Frau Steingehirn

Thanks, Clarice. Again, Claudia Rosett is doing the work that Americans Journolisters refuse to do.

Danube of Thought

JimR, first release the magazine out of the handle, then simply jack the slide to the rear and the chambered round ejects.

I agree with the idea of the shotgun being preferable because of the minimal risk of harm outside a pretty short range. Ever since I brought the .45 in from the safe in the garage, I've been toying with the notion of putting it back and bringing the 12-gauge back.

Danube of Thought

What are we gonna buy two of, Clarice--pistolas?

Danube of Thought

Ignatz, it's also quite true that even at fairly close range, one is quite likely to miss with a pistol of any kind. Much better chance of success with a gun.


Hey, everyone, there's a brand new thread. No need to scroll down six times.

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