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March 30, 2011

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Sara (Pal2Pal)

My guess is that many of the Libyans with a useful martial background will be returning jihadists, so arming them seems pretty dumb, but I am not a former community organizer so I don't know how to organize this.

And yet somehow, I would have more faith in your ability.

Danube of Thought

When, in the course of a shooting war, we find ourselves quibbling about how or how not to parse the language of some UN bullshit like that, we are in very deep trouble.

Once America's fighters are engaged in warfare, the commander-in-chief has an absolute duty to do whatever can best ensure their safety and success. If that includes arming the Amboy Dukes, then he should arm the Amboy Dukes. Period.

narciso

I agree, DoT, now that according to the previous link we've dispensed with all pretense to democracy or justice, how was the
margaritas in Los Barriles

matt

Moussa Koussa, the Libyan Foreign Minister, has defected. It is rumored that Wango Tango, the rhythm guitarist in Qadaffi's house band, is next.

There is no word yet on Bop Bop A Loo Bop's intentions.

How can anyone take these people seriously?

Sara (Pal2Pal)

2nd tier Matt. Need confirmation from Be Bop a Lulu.

daddy

Matt,

Just got your latest 2 e-mails and especially enjoyed the one about The California Drought "Officially" being over due to 61 Feet of Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada's.

That prompted me to go to the ADN to search for a story from yesterday moaning about Global Warming up here. (I wish----brrrr, a very long winter if you ask me).

But I got sidetracked with this new ADN story Alaskans want specifics of Obama energy plan:

First Paragraph: "In an energy security speech that focused heavily on increasing domestic oil and gas production, President Barack Obama mentioned Alaska just once."

Perhaps the bloom is finally off the freakin' rose for the ADNer's up here?

In response to the speech Lisa whines: "I'm coming from a state where we've been waiting for six years now for an air quality permit," Murkowski said, referring to a permit sought by Shell to drill in the Arctic. "This easy response ... belies the fact that this administration has done an extraordinary job of making it difficult to get to production."

Dem Senator Begich is disappointed, but with his rose colored glasses "he said he believes the federal government is ready to do its part on the permitting end if the state can do its part and get the project to the point where it's financially viable."


Enter the pessimistic Don Young in response to Begich's belief: "That's not going to happen," Young said. "Who would build one, if it could be built? Who would pay for it?"


Overall point is that Obama's energy speech may sound great in Copenhagen, but it fell flat as a musk ox turd up here in Alaska. Nice to see that many of the comments are calling total Bull#$%^ on Obama's comments. They know it's lip service.


bgates

Alaskans want specifics of Obama's energy plan

Sounds like a bunch of energers, daddy.

JM Hanes

"notwithstanding paragraph 9"

It's the new efficiency. Why wait till after you've passed a resolution to grant yourself a waiver?

JM Hanes

Obama Energy Plan A:

As consumers are priced out of the gas market, force them to buy cars they can’t pay for without government subsidies we can’t afford which run on batteries that don’t exist yet which our electrical grid can’t accommodate.


Plan B:

Cut oil imports 1/3 by “investing” in Brazilian production, thus forming a “partnership” which allows us to buy oil from ourselves. And pay for it twice.


Plan C:

After successfully implementing Plan B, recycle Plan A.


Plan D:

Punish folks who won’t relocate to densely populated urban areas with public transportation by imposing a gas mileage tax to pay for inter-city high speed rail — with train stations they’ll have to drive hundreds of miles to get to.

daddy

OT,

A number of ancient books, supposedly from the First Century timeframe, have been unearthed in Jordan. Here is the FOX news story: Ancient Books Uncovered in Jordan May Date to Start of Christianity

Stories on them from around the web range from "hoax" to "possibly more important than the Dead Sea Scrolls".

I doubt anyone can tell at this point and simply hope we get them studied and linked so we can see what surprises they may hold.

Here is a link to a story on them from the UK Mail which has some excellent photos of the books. Seventy metal books found in cave in Jordan.

BR

"International law," hmmmmph. That's what this weak, undignified president and Hillary are pulling America into.

Captain Hate

Some of the in-house geniuses at Duke and Duke have to find somebody willing to articulate JMH's comment as pointedly and succinctly as she did in the middle of the night. I'd only add an emphasis on the "carbon footprint" (damn I hate that term but we may as well use it against the dumbbells who originated it) required to produce the electricity that those glorified slot-racers will be running on and pointing out that the growth industry under this will be Community Organizer Chop Shops springing up like poisonous toadstools around the high-speed rail parking lots where people will be forced to leave their rides. Get your franchise now!

I'll make it easy.

R2P is not thought through.
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We can do that again.

Hey, we had inner city transit, even when horses pulled the vehicles.
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hit and run

The other events going on in the world notwithstanding,here's the big news of the day:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELINDA!!!

hit and run

And with that,March goes out like a lion.

Extraneus

I don't know if this was discussed yesterday, but if it was it went over my head.

Judge Sumi Warns Attorneys About Criticisms

The lady is now threatening the livelihood of the losing side's attorneys for criticizing her. Wow.

Ranger

Via Instapundit this morning:

The President’s Credibility Gap

Does it matter that Obama’s words don’t really seem to match his administration’s actions?

...

Now in the broad sense it’s true that nothing matters in warmaking as much as the outcome. But if and when things do go wrong in war — or if and when they turn messy and long-running and inconclusive, as seems all too likely in this case — it usually goes harder on politicians if they’ve been less than honest about the nature and scope of the conflict, what the risks might be, and how deeply the United States is willing to commit itself...

Should those developments come, I suspect it will be worse for Obama politically if he’s perceived to have misled the public about what America is getting into in North Africa. And on the evidence of the last 48 hours, that’s precisely what he did on Monday night.

So, the NYT is openly saying that Obama is lying and people are dying.

henry

Happy Birthday Mel!

Captain Hate

Ext, Jane linked it last night but I didn't notice it until this morning. Wow indeed.

Captain Hate

HB M; no April fool are you.

Extraneus

HB Mel!

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Happy Birthday Mel!

Hope it's the best one evah!!

In honor of your birthday, we are expecting a foot of snow - cause we are all April Fools in MA.

Janet

daddy,
we've been waiting for six years now for an air quality permit,"

An article at Am. Thinker today raises an interesting point -

"The most exquisite analysis should be done before setting down a clunking great electrical transmission line for fear that it might damage the habitat of some minor rodent.

But when it comes to turning the financial system or the health care system upside down with untried ideas from some academic crank and profoundly affecting the lives of millions of people, it's pedal to the metal and damn the consequences. Let's pass the bill so we can see what is in it."

I think Porchlight also pointed out on a JOM dead bird thread how for wonderful, green windmills, some acceptable bird deaths are okay....but for protecting spotted owls or a minnow, there is no half-measure. The industries must be shut down completely.

Janet

Happy Birthday, Mel!!

sbw

--Judge Sumi Warns Attorneys About Criticisms--

Time for attorneys elsewhere to step up to make the criticisms that should be made.

Then editorial writers should learn the points to present them to a wider audience.

centralcal

Mel: Hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Melinda Romanoff

Thanks, all.

I will be off the grid for the next 18 hrs, or so.

Last day of pheasant.

Old Lurker

HB Mel!

narciso

Happy birthday, Melinda, 'energers' that was inspired bgates, Douthat is sharp as a cue tip isn't he,

narciso

Btw, the Daily Mail, has Clegg, being copacetic about Libya becoming an Islamic
state, and making the building of nuclear
plants much harder 'the model of a major
politician' he is,

Old Lurker

Great analogy from Powerline re the Budget games on the Hill:

" If we use the Big Mac extra value meal analogy, a $33 billion cut in the federal budget represents the equivalent of ordering the meal; eating the Big Mac; drinking the Coke; and eating 85 out of 87 french fries. Then you take the 86th fry, bite off one sixth of it, and put the remaining 5/6 of one fry back in the box, along with the 87th fry. Is that a substantial cut? No."

sbw

If a JOMer says HB in forest where someone is trying to pour salt on pheasant tails, does it make a sound?

DebinNC

Felicitations, Mel!

On the WI union thuggery front...meet heroine Dawn Bobo...and don't miss the quote from the union shakedown boss at the end about magnanimously giving her "one more chance".

Sue

the commander-in-chief has an absolute duty to do whatever can best ensure their safety and success

You must have missed the memo. The man-child commander-in-chief's only duty is to do whatever can best ensure his re-election.

clarice

Excellent JMH--

You could ad his carp on nuclear--he's for it but not for storing the waste in Nevada where decades of study determined it should be stored.

HB, Mel!!


glenda

Happy Happy Day of your Birth, sweet Mel(inda)!
I pop in, and so many favorites are here,(I tell my family you all are my "Computer Cabinet") with the wit, charm and intelligence to.. change O's world back to ours........:o) comments are brilliant, with a little tangy snark! love it !
hope everyone is safe and healthy.

narciso

Unintentional humor, from Maddow interviewing Sirota, in Newbusters, reason why we are so Antigovernment, the popularity of the A-Team, in the 1980s, well that and Airwolf and Knight Ridder,

maryrose

Happy Birthday Mel! Have a great one!
Nice to see you glenda.

clarice

Hope all is well with you too, Glenda.

maryrose

DebinNC:
Are these union thugs allowed to threaten and harass these independent businesses? I think the city should bring a lawsuit against the union for violating the business owners' civil rights. These are bully boy strong armed tactics that must be dealt with. It reminds me of the Black panthers and their billy clubs. An intense intimidation racket like this should be punishable by some jail time.

Threadkiller

Happy Birthday Mel!

Here is that outstanding American Thinker article again.

Obama's Puddles


What are the consequences for altering facts and omitting parts of an essential quote you used in an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court? I hope they frown on this.

narciso

Hey, how have you been Glenda, Yes with one of Reid's 'very best men' helming the nuclear
operations, wcpgr, here's the NB link;

Rick Ballard

Doesn't Hillary command NATO?

The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Thursday said the alliance doesn't support U.S. and British suggestions that the U.N. mandate for the international military operation in Libya would allow arming rebels fighting Col. Moammar Gadhafi's troops, the Associated Press reported.

Who does this Anders Fogh Rasmussen guy think he is? If Daffy is promising to hand out 1 million AK-47s to his supporters, we should promise 2 million AK-47s to the insurgents. That's the only appropriate humanitarian R2P gesture possible.

If NATO won't do it, the contract should be given to FedEx or UPS. As long as they agree to appropriate humanitarian guidelines, of course.

Thomas Collins

Happy Birthday, Mel! Here's to a Cubs/Red Sox World Series this year!

DebinNC

Reuters quotes the top Vatican rep in Libya saying NATO air strikes are killing civilians in Tripoli. I guess they aren't civilian civilians though.

Danube of Thought

Minus 18 at Raz today.

Ranger

Capt. Ed over at Hot Air has a good item this morning:

WH puts CIA on rush orders to vet Libyan rebels

Yesterday, Clinton left the impression that the White House didn’t particularly feel the need to get Congress’ approval on action in Libya, an attitude that some called arrogant. It might be more like desperation. If Obama went to Congress now, his team would have to answer a lot of specific questions about the rebels, Gaddafi’s forces, and the ramifications of utter collapse in Libya, and it looks like his team doesn’t know any of those answers.

I think this pretty much explains who and why the CIA operation was leaked yesterday. My guess is that the senior people in the Directorate of Operations are not very happy about their operatives being put in serious jepardy for such a misguided policy mess. They are going to demand that things start getting done right, or the flood of leaks will sink the White House.

I wonder if Obama now appriciates that the CIA has no friends in DC, only interests.

Please, please, please, don't throw me in that briar patch.

Let's see, Libya has hydrocarbons, and is underdeveloped. Let me be the first to call it what it is, a Tar Baby.
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What a racist biyotch.

It's not a quagmire, it's a tar baby. And look who set him up for it, Muffer Remus.
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Thomas Collins

So, now we learn that while Obama von Clausewitz was fiddling and diddling, he wasn't even vetting the Freedom Fighters. RichatUF's comment yesterday that this looks like a Susan Rice stimulated operation looks better and better.

Et prickly.

Air control can be done, ground control requires major toms AKA spotters. Special Forces Air Force is on point, folks.
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Melinda Romanoff

kim-

And it ties up Europe's fuel supplies pretty tightly, as well. I wonder if they're going to propose the UN as savior for all mankind, under the guise of securing the energy, equally, for all the world?

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Hey TC - Pawlenty is going to be the speaker at Boston's tax day rally this year.

Janet

his team would have to answer a lot of specific questions ...

In Libya & even domestic areas, maybe we could slow down the liberal insanity if we made them do years & years of "societal impact studies" before any action could be taken? Tie them up in court..make them get permits. Like the radical environmental laws & regulations tie up energy production & industry.

Or figure out that CO2 cools the globe.

Well, Mel, they're already abusing the Tragedy of the Commons argument about the atmosphere. Global energy control is the yin and the yang of it. I've said for years that when CO2 turns out to be impotent to keep us warm, then they'll be on about 'energy footprint' instead of 'carbon footprint'.
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maryrose

Susan Rice and Hillary have inadvertently set up Obummer's downfall in Libya. If Obama trusted his gut, he would not have signed onto this. But between his gal-pals and Sarkosy he was forced in and now will watch his so-called coaltion unravel and splinter. Ironically the most reluctant Obama will end up with the hot potato in his hands. He will quickly try to pass it to Hillary who will refuse to catch it. Game set match-gaddafi.

narciso

'People told me, if I voted for Palin, we'd have a secret war, in a third Moslem country'
in the LUN, I'm laughing in the brilliance of
thr distaff Oakeshottian

fdcol63

Obama's Libyan debacle will be called "Hillary's Revenge".

Ignatz

--'People told me, if I voted for Palin, we'd have a secret war, in a third Moslem country'
in the LUN, I'm laughing in the brilliance of
thr distaff Oakeshottian--

I'm afraid the domestic, whitebread progressives are beginning to learn that their perspective is a tad different than the anti-colonialist, international, whole-wheat and wry version of progressivism.

Thomas Collins

Are you going to be in Boston or Sturbridge or Worcester on Tax Day, Jane?

narciso

This thing has gone sideways, right off the back, so we will or won't depose Quadaffi, to replace him with Islamists and or Musa Kusa,

DebinNC

Apparently, we're using the Brit SAS as proxy boots-on-the ground, with our special forces nearby. The decision to arm the "rebels" seems to have been made with the CIA tasked to set up the supply line.

narciso

Is Kappes back at Armor Group, likely providing training teams, on the QT, you know

henry

Sumi strikes back- Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi signed a revised temporary restraining order this morning declaring the legislation changing collective bargaining powers for public employees has not been published and is not in effect. LUN

jimmyk

At the risk of repeating from an earlier thread: I don't see any realistic scenario where this limited involvement, with one hand tied behind our back, can accomplish anything. All Gadhafi has to do is wait it out, because we've removed the threat of overwhelming force. Once again we make the mistake of thinking that we can split the difference and have a limited intervention. But you can't advertise to the enemy that you won't go full throttle. You threaten, and hope that the outcome is something limited. We've put our lousy cards on the table, so we can't bluff.

Did I include enough metaphors? Trying to be like Tommy Friedman. Happy birthday, Melinda!

maryrose

So Sumi is denying the obvious- The law has in fact been published. Like Rather her "it's not there if I pretend not to see it" won't wash.Doesn't she realize people are laughing at her at this point.

maryrose

Her 15 minutes are almost up.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

TC, Our rally is in Worcester on the 18th - which you really should attend. Hopefully we will have a few JOMers. I haven't thought about Boston but I bet I could be persuaded...

Rick Ballard

The Italian press is reporting that only 40 recipients* of the UN R2P kinetic humanitarian aid were completely overcome by the experience. I'm sure that the President will be presenting the chart (prepared by l'École polytechnique) showing lives saved or created by his actions within just a few days and we all know that preparing delicious omelets must begin with cracking a few heads eggs.

*That's 40 for Tripoli only. No believable count for the rest of Libya is currently available due to minor disruptions caused by continuing delivery of kinetic humanitarian aid.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Report Accuses Obama DHS of Witness Tampering and Attempted Document Theft

Messy, messy, messy!

DebinNC

That explains why Sumi issued that gag order yesterday about criticizing her. The WI Supremes can't just twiddle their thumbs now, or, from what we've seen in WI, maybe they can.

Thomas Collins

If you are coming to Boston, Jane, let me know. I'll treat you to refreshments at Brandy Pete's at 265 Franklin!

Sara (Pal2Pal)

And from Insty also on the DHS problem:

A ROUNDUP ON Freedom Of Information Act Abuse At The Department Of Homeland Security. A minor but embarrassing point: “Napolitano’s personal FOIA team has no idea how FOIA works.” It’s not clear to me that Napolitano’s people know much about how anything works.
Janet

Attempted Document Theft

Sandy Berger all over again.

henry

My local assembly rep ungagged himself JFC co-chair Robin Vos said the collective bargaining bill is being held up by "a partisan district attorney in Dane County who's appealing to voters in a very liberal place and a judge who's doing the same."LUN

Extraneus

Obama is a lucky dude, let's not forget that. For all we know, the Colonel could be lounging on the Riviera with his bodygirls by the weekend.

Extraneus

The Italian side.

Rick Ballard

jimmyk,

If the purpose of the exercise is the establishment of a UN/French rape and plunder presence in Libya, Daffy may agree. I doubt that he would accept more than a token force of Blue Helmets but such an outcome would give him an opportunity to plan and execute a suitable reprisal while allowing BOzo to proclaim Operation CF a rousing success.

jimmyk

Rick,
Ah yes, those famous "peacekeeping forces" that run for cover as soon as any shooting begins. Israel has had that particular football pulled away by Lucy enough to no longer be fooled, but you may be right that others will be happy to play along.

Ignatz

--The decision to arm the "rebels" seems to have been made with the CIA tasked to set up the supply line.--

So, how do you say contra in Arabic?
Or as Barry might put it, in Libyan.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Happy Birthday, Mel. I am glad you just got under the wire for the great run of March birthdays.

Regarding today's Sumi order, the declaratory relief she granted was the same relief that she declined to rule on earlier. She had stricken that relief from her earlier order.

In most states, this part of the order would be of no legal effect because the Governor and Admin director (the officer who writes payroll checks were not parties to the case before her. Also, there is no case or controversy set up for the declaratory relief because the SOS has nothing to do with administering the law.

Unfortunately, most of the public will not understand these niceties of jurisdiction and standing. The AG has his work cut out for him.

narciso

You know, that's an interesting point, Ignatz,
since 'Contra' was the tag the left put on the Nicaraguan Resistance, counter
revolutionary, that stuck in classic Alinsky.
fashion, Something that didn't happen with the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan

clarice

Even Judge Abrahamson on the wi Sup Ct must recognize she can't stall much longer because Sumi 's rulings are preposterous.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Even the USW thinks WI idiots are idiots.

Support For The Koch Brothers From An Unlikely Source: The United Steelworkers

Ignatz

--since 'Contra' was the tag the left put on the Nicaraguan Resistance--

The big difference, narciso, seems to be there were more than 500 freakin' contras!
Fustercluckery indeed.

Porchlight

Happy birthday, Melinda!

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Her "gag order", such as it was, was not in writing. It was delivered orally from the bench. She is clearly doing everything she can to keep her finger in the dike, and is daring the Governor and his administration to stop her. I hope the AG has engaged the best legal minds in WI (those that will work with him) to bulldoze this roadblock.

bgates

I'm surprised to hear a Sumi has that much influence in Wisconsin.

With all the dairy farming, I had thought they were mostly Curdish.

narciso

Rest assured Milbarge and Fitzhume, are on the case, Valerie Plame's favorite film, don't you know,

clarice

I'm pretty sure Ishtar I was better conceived than Ishtar II

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

The story du jour from the regime is that the CIA is in merely to assess the situation and evaluate the make up of the rebels and the weapons they might need to succeed.

If that is true, it is consistent with the CIA mission and probably a good idea. I have my doubts that it was true before today.

narciso

Steyn is saying Musa Kusa is like something he would order at the Benghazi Hilton,

Neo
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.Global warming could make record-setting snowstorms in some parts of the country more common, but not in the Sierra Nevada, according to scientists with the Union for Concerned Scientists.

“Heavy snowstorms are not inconsistent with a warming planet,” said Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for www.wunderground.com, in a statement from the Union.


... so, Global Warning will keep down the snow pack in the Sierra Nevadas ...
Fresno - Thanks to our wetter than normal winter, Governor Jerry Brown is set to declare an end to California's 3-year-drought.
...
Governor Brown is expected to announce an end to the drought on Wednesday, after the Department of Water Resources conducts their last monthly snow survey.

At last check, the sierra snowpack was 159% of normal.

... maybe the Governor can announce the end of Global Warming, too.

Ranger

Via Hot Air Headlines, this is not exactly encouraging:

Outgunned and outfought, the rebels crumble: I watched as triumph turns into a Mad Max-style retreat

Libyan rebel forces retreated in disarray yesterday as the battle in the east swung dramatically in favour of Colonel Gaddafi. The oil town of Brega changed hands for the sixth time in six weeks, as regime troops backed by heavy artillery won back most of the ground they had lost in recent days.

Last night Gaddafi loyalists were once again closing in on the key town of Ajdabiya, which they had abandoned on Saturday in the face of devastating coalition airstrikes. Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad had already fallen again.

One begins to get the feeling that in a day or two we will be right back to where we were a week ago before we started bombing. Gaddafi will be at the gates of Bengazhi, only now we will look even more impotant than we did before.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

I suspect that some of those "concerned scientists" are becoming concerned that they have been hoodwinked by the AGW hoax.

scott

Sumi's order still does not cite the section that the LRB published under (35.095(3)(a)) and Walker and the DoA will enforce since neither are parties to the suit. At this point, it seems she's merely playing public opinion.

DebinNC

where we were a week ago before we started bombing

I think tomorrow "weeks, not days" season officially opens.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

I agree, scott. This is all about public opinion. Those opposing the law seem to have put their eggs in the Prosser/Kloppenberg race and the union's extortion tactics.

Ranger

At this point, it seems she's merely playing public opinion.

Posted by: scott | March 31, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Exactly. She is trying to convince potential voters that Republicans are "lawless" and only by voting to change the Supreme Court next Tuesday will they be forced to abide by the law.

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