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July 05, 2011


Danube of Thought

TM: check your Minuteman e-mail.


reading the NYT article on Perry vs GWB, I am bemused to note that apparently, fiscal conservatism is a right wing philosophy. I feel a blog piece coming on.


If only someone could seize $100,000 of Brooks's assets. Then, when he demands it back, suggest a "compromise" in which he gets, say, $80,000 back.

This is a standard Democrat ploy: Shift the goal posts and then talk about compromise. Barry did the same thing with his talk about Israel and the 1967 borders.

Captain Hate

I hate to say this, but there probably a few members of the party of stupid that lose sleep over being worried about what David Brooks thinks of them.


Why would they agree to cut trillions in exchange for getting billions?

Rick Ballard


You can post a blog at any time at American Thinker, right? For instance, you could pop a blog in citing the Brooks piece and noting TM's comments within an hour.

Thom Lifson is maintaining his property at American Thinker through registration and commenting over there might be worthwhile pending (or not) appropriate attention to boundaries here.




Check your email, TM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Actually, I can blog at will on the Tatler, but at AT it has to do thru the editor.

How long it takes at AT depends who's on duty at the time. At the Tatler it is instantaneous.


There is no registration at the Tatler. At AT it can take some time before moderated comments are posted which slows down debate considerably.

Rick Ballard

Which one has better comment management?

Rick Ballard

We crossed. Do you believe that Tatler can handle malicious comments effectively?


It would require me to spend time deleting I'm afraid. It would be better to set up something at YUKU (free message boards) where we can require registration.

Media Humps

It's puzzling why Maguire even references this piece.

But he is an Olympic Grade Cherry-Picker.

This, as I say, is the mother of all no-brainers.

But we can have no confidence that the Republicans will seize this opportunity. That’s because the Republican Party may no longer be a normal party. Over the past few years, it has been infected by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a practical, governing alternative.

The members of this movement do not accept the logic of compromise, no matter how sweet the terms. If you ask them to raise taxes by an inch in order to cut government by a foot, they will say no. If you ask them to raise taxes by an inch to cut government by a yard, they will still say no.

The members of this movement do not accept the legitimacy of scholars and intellectual authorities. A thousand impartial experts may tell them that a default on the debt would have calamitous effects, far worse than raising tax revenues a bit. But the members of this movement refuse to believe it.

Control of Three Houses 2012

House Republicans defy Obama on trade bill add-on

Doug Palmer
Reuters US Online Report Politics News

Jul 05, 2011 18:06 EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers set the stage on Tuesday for a second showdown with the White House over the Obama administration's demand Congress pass legislation to help workers hurt by trade as part of a package of long-delayed trade deals.

The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee said it would meet on Thursday to vote on draft bills to implement trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia that were each signed more than four years ago.

But Republicans said the package would not include a renewal of Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, despite White House demands that the program to help workers displaced by trade be passed along with the deals.

The Republicans' move follows their boycott last week of the Senate Finance Committee that blocked plans by the panel to begin long-delayed congressional action on the trade deals.

Republicans on the Senate panel objected to a White House plan to include a renewal of the nearly five-decade-old TAA program in the draft bill for the Korea pact instead of allowing lawmakers to vote separately on it.

The standoff complicates chances of Congress approving the three trade deals by the end of July, although supporters believe that target is still possible.

In the end, President Barack Obama could just send the three trade deals to Congress with TAA included and dare Republicans to disappoint U.S. business and farm groups that want the trade deals passed by voting against them.


The trade deals were originally negotiated during the Republican administration of President George W. Bush and passing them has been a party priority.

The House Ways and Means Committee's session this week to vote on draft bills is a traditional part of the way Congress considers legislation to implement trade agreements.

Under previously agreed rules, lawmakers cannot amend the deals once the White House formally submits the implementing legislation to Congress.

So, in advance of that step, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee hold informal sessions to vote on nonbinding amendments they want the White House to include in the final implementing bill.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk welcomed the effort to move the three trade deals forward in the House, but not the decision to exclude TAA.

That is "at odds with the administration's stated intentions for advancing a package that includes both the free-trade agreements and assistance for workers adversely impacted by trade," Kirk said in a statement.

"The administration remains committed to advancing the renewal of a robust Trade Adjustment Assistance program that is the product of a bipartisan process, together with the pending trade agreements, as soon as possible," he said.

A Republican aide downplayed the rift, noting House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp helped negotiate a slimmed down version of TAA with the White House, though he never agreed to putting it in the Korea trade bill.

"Camp has said all along that as soon as there is a deal on the substance, then the leaders have to work a deal on the process. That deal hasn't happened yet, so we're not at odds. We hope to find a path forward," the aide said.

In a preview of a contentious session on Thursday, top Ways and Means Democrats also criticized Republicans for excluding TAA from the trade legislation and for failing to include a White House-negotiated "action plan" to address labor concerns in the implementing bill for the Colombia trade deal.


Check email, TM


I believe a restaurant owner has the right to choose whether his establishment will be “smoking”, or “non-smoking”. It is up to the patrons to decide if that is the place for them to dine.

It is sad that a tiny-testie little yappy dog had to be the one that pushed the limits. Cleo, I wish you would buzz off. The friends I made here helped me get through my cancer. I now can’t even check in on their health with all this useless drivel, you feel the need to post, in the way. Would you please just stop?

That said, it is the owner’s responsibility to set his own rules and I will not try to force a change. If this site is ever “non-smoking” again, I will be back.


whereas I sympathize with your situation.....

No can do............

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Leo: What is your going rate?

poster boy

Tuesday :: Jul 5, 2011
How Much Did Each Bush "Job" Cost?

by Deacon Blues

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities image
The conservative Weekly Standard intended to make the case that Barack Obama's stimulus package cost way too much for the few jobs it actually delivered. They used the very lazy math that to date $666 billion had been spent, yielding so far only 2.4 million jobs, which was at the lowest end of a range from the Council of Economic Advisors that went as high as 3.6 million jobs. Based on that flawed analysis, the Weekly Standard bashed the White House for spending nearly $278,000 per job.

Unfortunately for him, Speaker John Boehner's office jumped on board this claptrap, even though a large part of this stimulus package were GOP-demanded tax cuts and infrastructure investments in capital stock.

Boehner and the Weekly Standard should have never gone down this road. Not just because the analysis was so juvenile, but also because this conceptual approach actually makes Obama's admittedly-flawed stimulus package a bargain compared to the economic and jobs record of George W. Bush, an economic and policy approach totally based on tax cuts that were sold to us based on the jobs they would allegedly create. And a policy and record totally supported by John Boehner and the GOP caucus in both houses of Congress.

If Boehner really wants to go down this road, then let's take the total cost of Bush's two tax cut packages, again both of which were wholeheartedly supported by Boehner and the GOP members of Congress. This figure, including the annual deficits and future debt and interest costs amounts to about $7.4 trillion dollars for the period 2001-2019. Then to follow the Weekly Standard's own flawed approach, we'll divide that figure by Bush's total net jobs record during his eight years, which amounted to a record-low 3 million jobs, some of which were then in fact wiped out by Bush's recession as he left office.

You do the math of what $7.4 trillion divided by 3 million comes out know

If the GOP really wants to have this debate, then Obama needs to force-feed a reality check to the public about the real source of the debt.

But, as you imply, you may have no choice.

It's the normal reflex, like standing up and struggling in quicksand. Leo, it's counter-intuitive, but you've got to lay back, relax, and try to float.


: "What is your going rate?"

Oh, there isn't any money. But there are plenty of
psychic dollars.

In fact; my pay is priceless.


Clarice, thst piece on Carle, that I put together, on my own blog basic three links with commentary, is it worth submitting,



You might want to take refuge in the article on smoker's rights and the tyranny of the majority. Your 'smoking' metaphor seems apt, in that light.

I'm a smoker, and you don't like it. So, Legislate away
your rock-solid principles of liberty and freedom.


It is apt if you don't take the time to read what I wrote. You got it backwards.

You are a blog hog and I don't like that.


"You are a blog hog and I don't like that."

Weren't you on your way somewhere?


She's a blog sewage dispenser, TK. But some people like that sort of thing, I guess.


A lot of folks bluster and bleed about having their precious chatroom violated by non-validated ideas. They chatter about how impolite the invader(s) are to point out inconvenient facts about the local hypocrisy and delusion.

They see this place as a opium den, where they can regale each other with tales of Greatness until weary and sleepy, retiring to the vivid dreams that occupy their conscious state. Undisturbed by contrary facts, they stew in their proverbial juices until tender and tasty.

They threaten to leave the blog, but never do.

Sounds just like the Republicans in Congress


Collective bargaining limitations lead to school improvements in one Wisconsin district

The Kaukauna School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it’s all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.
We've already talked about the fraud that was the WEA Trust, a shady outfit that former collective bargaining agreements forced the state to use as a health care insurance provider before the new budget law allowed competitive bidding, but does a school district with 4200 students really need 400 employees? A 10 to 1 ratio?

Think about what that ratio means for school tax payers. Nevermind all the pensions and health care costs of retired teachers, even the current teachers would need at least $5000 in taxes per student just to pay their salaries! The schools themselves have to be paid for, too, as well as all sorts of other expenses that aren't salaries.

It can't last.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

psychic dollars

Leo: Fantasy highs? Get your fix somewhere else, like your doctor's office.

Rob Crawford

does a school district with 4200 students really need 400 employees? A 10 to 1 ratio?

Those 400 aren't all teachers. There are probably closer to 200 teachers, the rest are administrators and staff. A dozen of those probably make 4-5x the teachers, not counting benefits.


It gets worse, the WEA Trust is keeping federal $ intended to offset healthcare costs for the next school year that pass through them as insurer for school districts. When schools save money by going to private insurers, this subsidy should go to offset the new insurers premiums, but WEA Trust is keeping the funds anyway. I'll try to find the link.


narciso, It's been a crazy day here and I missed the link, pls post it again, I'll read it and let you know. My guess is it is worth doing. and it if is and AT doesn't run it, I'll blog it at the Tatler.


There's a good deal of difference between deleting comments that express unpopular opinions in someone's own words, and deleting comments that simply cut and paste someone else's ideas. Rarely is there any justification for comments with more than a few paragraphs of quoted material. I wish Tom Maguire could deputize several longtime commenters to delete lengthy comments that consist almost entirely of copied text.

Cecil Turner
There are Democrats in the White House and elsewhere who would be willing to accept Medicare cuts if the Republicans would be willing to increase revenues.
Wow. How magnanimous. They're willing to do the only responsible thing . . . if only they're allowed to do something stupid at the same time.

There are probably closer to 200 teachers, the rest are administrators and staff.

Yes, I've noticed that schools have lots of "guidance counselors" these days, for example. In the olden days, when I went to school, I don't think I ever saw a guidance counselor. I had heard of them, but thought they were for students with psychological problems. Now there's an army of them.

Jane says obamasucks

You know once you register for comments at You too you can post away....

Comanche Voter

David Brooks knows a whole LOT about no brainers. Dang near every column he's written has given stark glaring proof that no brains reside within the Brooks cranium.


I haven't been there much lately, but you make a valid point, Jane.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Ext: We had two in my high school. One for the boys, one for the girls. We saw them when it was time to schedule the next year's classes you wanted to take and we saw them before standardized tests. They would instruct us on whether guessing or not guessing was the best way, depending on how the tests were scored. And then we saw them when it was time to decide on colleges to apply to and the guidance counselor became the coordinator for you as far as getting the recommendations you needed and gathering up other info needed for a college application.

I think they also handled problem student placement, but I was lucky never to find that out in person.


Will do, Clarice, one of the few interesting
things that I found about that book, was the nature of the deletions, which I now realize
were to show how truly vacuous Carle is, it also points out something else, when we complain about Brennnan's Ikwanphilia, one realizes it can always be worse,

Danube of Thought

It's here...

Buford Gooch

This whole "compromise" thing reminds me of the turd in the punchbowl comparison. I want to poop in your punch. You don't want me to. I want to compromise and squeeze just a small one into it. You're clinically insane for not wanting to compromise.


here's the link on WEA Trust and the latest union scam.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Yeah, Buford. Then too there is the example of those great compromisers Reid and Pelosi when they controlled their houses.

Knowledge yes, wisdom, No !

"which I now realize
were to show how truly vacuous Carle is"

Did you realize before, or after you recognized your


I suspected it, as all the usual suspects, Cole, Ackerman, were talking it up, and from some of his commentary in the POst and on conferences that have ended up on Youtube,
I'm surprised that McCarry, who doesn't suffer
fools gladly was taken in,

Paks and Pushpins

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the country’s military, according to American officials.
Pakistani Military Still Cultivates Militant Groups, a Former Fighter Says (July 4, 2011)
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New classified intelligence obtained before the May 29 disappearance of the journalist, Saleem Shahzad, 40, from the capital, Islamabad, and after the discovery of his mortally wounded body, showed that senior officials of the spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, directed the attack on him in an effort to silence criticism, two senior administration officials said.

The intelligence, which several administration officials said they believed was reliable and conclusive, showed that the actions of the ISI, as it is known, were “barbaric and unacceptable,” one of the officials said. They would not disclose further details about the intelligence.

But the disclosure of the information in itself could further aggravate the badly fractured relationship between the United States and Pakistan, which worsened significantly with the American commando raid two months ago that killed Osama bin Laden in a Pakistan safehouse and deeply embarrassed the Pakistani government, military and intelligence hierarchy. Obama administration officials will deliberate in the coming days how to present the information about Mr. Shahzad to the Pakistani government, an administration official said.

The disclosure of the intelligence was made in answer to questions about the possibility of its existence, and was reluctantly confirmed by the two officials. “There is a lot of high-level concern about the murder; no one is too busy not to look at this,” said one.

A third senior American official said there was enough other intelligence and indicators immediately after Mr. Shahzad’s death for the Americans to conclude that the ISI had ordered him killed.

“Every indication is that this was a deliberate, targeted killing that was most likely meant to send shock waves through Pakistan’s journalist community and civil society,” said the official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the information.

A spokesman for the Pakistan intelligence agency said in Islamabad on Monday night that “I am not commenting on this.” George Little, a spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency, declined to comment.

In a statement the day after Mr. Shahzad’s waterlogged body was retrieved from a canal 60 miles from Islamabad, the ISI publicly denied accusations in the Pakistani news media that it had been responsible, calling them “totally unfounded.”

The ISI said the journalist’s death was “unfortunate and tragic,” and should not be “used to target and malign the country’s security agency.”

The killing of Mr. Shahzad, a contributor to the Web site Asia Times Online, aroused an immediate furor in the freewheeling news media in Pakistan.

Mr. Shahzad was the 37th journalist killed in Pakistan since the 9/11 attacks, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Pakistan’s civilian government, under pressure from the media, established a commission headed by a Supreme Court justice to investigate Mr. Shahzad’s death. The findings are scheduled to be released early next month.

Mr. Shahzad suffered 17 lacerated wounds delivered by a blunt instrument, a ruptured liver and two broken ribs, said Dr. Mohammed Farrukh Kamal, one of the three physicians who conducted the post-mortem.

The anger over Mr. Shahzad’s death followed unprecedented questioning in the media about the professionalism of the army and the ISI, a military-controlled spy agency, in the aftermath of the Bin Laden raid.

Since that initial volley of questioning, the ISI has mounted a steady counter-campaign. Senior ISI officials have called and visited journalists, warning them to douse their criticisms and rally around the theme of a united country, according to three journalists who declined to be named for fear of reprisals.

Mr. Shahzad, who wrote articles over the last several years that illuminated the relationship between the militants and the military, was abducted from the capital three days after publication of his article that said Al Qaeda was responsible for an audacious 16-hour commando attack on Pakistan’s main naval base in Karachi on May 22.


It is being offered the deal of the century:

The opportunity to help Obama campaign as a moderate and enrage their own base, and all the Democrats ask in return is to do further damage to the economy.

I say the Republicans compromise: all of the spending cuts in the budget that has passed the Republican-controlled House, and all the tax increases in the budget that has passed the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Plus an end to the tax loophole that helps fat cats fuel their corporate jets by deducting their state income taxes from their federal returns.


Spengler on the death of the novel:

"'I'd rather stay home with the New York Post and Dominique Strauss-Kahn. And when news from the Manhattan district attorney's flea-circus goes quiet, there's the Barack Obama administration and its Middle East clown show. What comedian could have invented an American administration that wants to boot Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi out and keep Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power, but succeeds at neither?

Compared to Obama's advisers Samantha Power and Valerie Jarrett, Ms Diallo Nafissatou late of Guinea looks like a world-class strategist. Satire herself stands mute and astonished before the likes of Cyrus Vance, Jr and Obama. Fiction has been in trouble since the Spanish critic Jose Ortega y Gasset wrote The Decline of the Novel in 1925. These gentleman may have given it an inadvertent coup de grace.

Asia Times Online



No sympathy here. You reap what you sow, right?

But on the other hand you have the REAL Americas Team in GREEN BAY!


Thanks JiB. : )


It's vintage Wolfe, maybe with some Robert
Tannembaum, thrown in, just like 'Simmons'
prefigured Duke, 'Wolfe' painted Sharpton,
before he drifted into 'this gin joint' and
never left.

Steyn couldn't have imagined the likes of Glenn Carle, in the LUN he's not cynical enough, Buckley might have, before he went on the 'hope and change' bandwagon.



You know Diavid Goldman aka Spengler?


narciso, Undoubtedly you have captured some real deficiencies in Carle's work but you must remember most readers haven't a fraction of the background knowledge you do and you have to "show your work" as it were. Slow it down a bit and explain it better.

Rick Ballard

"Why would they agree to cut trillions in exchange for getting billions?"


They're Democrats - "agree" has a special meaning for Democrat legislators. It pertains to the value of their word and their integrity. The Republicans have accurately assessed the values and are reacting in a manner consonant with the true value of the Democrats' word and integrity.

The Democrats could put forward a written proposal - they could call it a "bill" - laying out the cuts and tax increases but apparently they don't feel the situation is so serious as to warrant putting anything in writing.



I could have stopped after "they're democrats" and had my answer.


JIB, I wish I did. I think he and Chris Hitchens are two people whose works --whether I agree with the or not--is an utter pleasure to read.


I will gladly pay you Thursday for a hamburger today.


"even the current teachers would need at least $5000 in taxes per student just to pay their salaries!"

Just imagine how many tax dollars you need for prison salaries!

California Prison Psychiatrist Paid $838,706

Check the top ten in the LUN


Instapundit links to this Do-it-yourself healthcare reform article.

Really interesting. Maybe it will be like homeschoolers dropping out of the public school systems, or people leaving the watered-down churches, or people getting on a raft outta Cuba.
Citizens fleeing the institutions that leftists have ruined.


"It pertains to the value of their word and their integrity.

Value of their word-Zero!
Their integrity-----Zero!


My doctor operates in the very same way as do all those in her practice. We pay her for her services, and she'll forward the papers to our insurance company for them to reimburse us what if anything they will.


Citizens fleeing the institutions that leftists have ruined.

Yikes! It's happening to JOM too...


There's one example, one chapter is titled 'Fahimt' which is Arabic for understand, what
becomes clear, is that he doesn't, now the background of the mysterious "CAPTUS' is left nebulous. He name drops Huntingdon's clash of civilizations theory, only to dismiss it later. He doesn't speak of Salafis, or hawalas, that was likely the way the money was moved, by this banker, Now mind you, the tale is mostly focused on the first year of the war, but he echoes arguments that Albert Mora, a Mayer source would later make,


I read H.T. Narea's "The Fund" mentioned by narciso a while back. Interesting read for the financial terrorism plot. Some aspects were clearly first-novel writing, such as some of the character dialog and the explaining-to-the-reader-what's-going-on style of narration at points. But I hope he keeps writing.

But leave out the line about tic-tacs, easily the worst in the book.


If you take your time, narciso, it will be a first class review. I am sure of that.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Thanks for linking that article Janet. It is extremely interesting.


On the Internet, no one knows you're doing the dishes while you're listening in on your web conference call.

Melinda Romanoff

Ah, a Real PD post.


I was trying to be more succint, that was my problem with my original AT submission, Remember PD, that he is Paul Erdman's son in law, and as such he follows that style of writing, with the dramatic elements therein,
Christopher Reich's 'Devils Banker' followed
some of the same templates, eight years ago,


Mel, I'm way behind on my reading here (have about 20 tabs open still to be read). Have I been getting sockpuppeted again?

East Bay Jay

So the Democrats are saying that unless the Republicans okay tax increases, they'll risk the financial armegeddon they have been promising if the debt deal doesn't happen.

Sounds kind of extreme.

The Republicans are saying a mix of things from it can be 'handled' to some extent to it will be a huge problem but raising taxes in a 'dead' economy shouldn't be considered (and aren't the Dems making this very argument with their upcoming attempt to extend the FICA one year only tax cut...and maybe expand it to both 'payers').


Doubt anyone could out-creep Agnes Morehead?

Oh, easily: Dick York

Melinda Romanoff

"Just one little tax hike, it won't hurt you, trust me. Look, I brought Vaseline."-Schumer


narciso, you CAN do this.

Imagine you have an intelligent friend who knows nothing of Carles or his work and why you think it is awful.
You are both sitting around with drinks and he asks you about it. Take a sip now and then and tell him. He's all ears. You can't be so succinct that he doesn't know what you are saying.

Tell him what you are going to say, say it and then summarize what you did say--he's smart but this is all new to him.

Danube of Thought

Anybody think there's any reason not to extradite the BATFTroop buffoons to Mexico to answer for the crimes they committed against that country?

Anybody have any explanation for my animal lust for A.B. Stoddard?


Must watch 2:30 video at Hotair of Labor party's new pet parrot leader.
Says, astonishingly, the exact same thing to at least four different questions.
Amazing and hilarious.

Cecil Turner

The Democrats could put forward a written proposal - they could call it a "bill" - laying out the cuts and tax increases but apparently they don't feel the situation is so serious as to warrant putting anything in writing.

Did you see the silly crap Reid is proposing? Here's the money graf:

(b) Sense of the Senate – It is the sense of the Senate that any agreement to reduce the budget deficit should require that those earning $1,000,000 or more per year make a more meaningful contribution to the deficit reduction effort.
Yeah, that's bold . . . can't even propose an actual tax for millionaires. (And since they've already foregone rate increases, it's pretty hard to see what kind of "loophole" closing would make any meaningful difference . . . not that that's the purpose of the class-warfare exercise.)


"meaningful difference"? Easy. All those people should resign from the Senate and Democratic leadership.

Danube of Thought

I saw that video a couple of days ago, Iggy. The first time the moron repeated himself verbatim I thought it was a glitch in the video--but no, he did it over and over again, no matter what the question. Never seen anything remotely like it.

Rob Crawford

Anybody think there's any reason not to extradite the BATFTroop buffoons to Mexico to answer for the crimes they committed against that country?

I don't think Mexico has the death penalty, directly.

Rick Ballard

"those earning $1,000,000 or more per year make a more meaningful contribution"

Per the IRS, the 2/10ths of one percent of the population filing returns showing more than $1 million in income are already carrying 24.1% of the total personal income tax burden. How many more deadbeats does Reid propose to add to the 300 or so that each millionaire is paying for now?


So Carle, has a gift at contradicting other
scribes that were trying to push the narrative, from the ubiqituous and often wrong Scott Horton:

In June 2006, Ron Suskind’s best-selling book The One Percent Doctrine created ripples by reporting the success of a massive intelligence operation launched by the United States to cripple Al Qaeda’s financial network. The operation had captured Haji Pacha Wazir, a man described as “bin Laden’s banker,” and had infiltrated Pacha Wazir’s banking operation and seized vital information about the terrorist organization’s financing. Pacha Wazir was “not cooperating” with CIA interrogators, Suskind noted at the time, but they had seized his brother as part of an effort to make him more talkative. If Suskind’s report on Pacha Wazir were true, the case would indeed have marked an enormous intelligence breakthrough for the United States

Melinda Romanoff




Nicely written, narciso. Nicely done.

Melinda Romanoff

And G'night.

Agent J. (formally known as "J"..

Anybody think there's any reason not to extradite the BATFTroop buffoons to Mexico to answer for the crimes they committed against that country?

I would like to see Mexico take it to the UN..I think it would be interesting to see what happened..

Sara (Pal2Pal)

(Jul. 5, 2011) — A process server has delivered a Hawaii court-issued subpoena to Loretta J. Fuddy, Director of the Hawaii Department of Health, commanding her “to produce at the time, date, and place set forth below the following documents, electronically stored information, or objects, and permit their inspection, copying testing, or sampling of the material:” original 1961 typewritten birth certificate #10641 for Barack Obama, III [sic] issued 08.08.1961, signed by Dr. David Sinclair, Stanley Ann Dunham Obama and registrar Lee, stored in the Health Department of the State of HI from 08081961 until now....more

Jim Ryan

A commenter over at VP notes that if Perry is the GOP nominee for POTUS, he neutralizes the "But my predecessor was George W. Bush" argument which Obama will otherwise wield. "So was mine," Perry may simply say right there in televised debate.

Danube of Thought

"I would like to see Mexico take it to the UN.."

Me too, except I don't think the UN itself can do anything, and the Int'l Criminal Court has no jurisdiction because the US hasn't signed that treaty.

But by all means let the Obama people make all those arguments.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet


That subpoena is a federal form subpoena which anyone may download and fill in. It is not necessary for a judge to sign it. Apparently the (some would say) obsessed Orly Taitz prepared the hand-written subpoena for a lawsuit in which she is involved and had it served.

DOT, Clarice, Jane, I and other of our litigator posters have filled out and served hundreds of these form subpoenas over our career. This is no big deal so far.


Yes, have Koh do it, tell him to cite Alvarez -Machain, while he's at it,

Danube of Thought

"...I and other of our litigator posters have filled out and served hundreds of these form subpoenas over our career."

But the press thinks it's a big deal every time, because they're lazy and crave something sensational.

Ditto the granting of a Temporary Restraining Order, about which the press remains steadfastly and invincibly ignorant. Each and every time, they can be counted on to suggest that the granting of a TRO is a momentous victory for the party seeking it. And they never trouble, after the fact, to examine why that wasn't so at all.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Agreed, DOT. One thing they might consider is looking at the first word in the name of the order. That might be a start.

Danube of Thought

"One thing they might consider is looking at the first word in the name of the order. That might be a start."

No doubt. And if they really wanted to be the super-sleuth, implacable watchdogs of the Fourth Estate that they would like us to think they are, in their relentless quest for the truth they might even inquire as to what are the legal standards applicable to all courts in determining whether or not to grant such temporary relief. I have never seen it happen, and I am getting on in years.


Undisturbed by contrary facts

I guess we'll find out whether that's true once you post a fact.


We have never considered David Brooks to be a conservative, but rather as a liberal who fakes conservative viewpoints for his liberal employer, just to collect a paycheck. We have never been influenced by his opinions either. He has yet to come up with an original or clever, new perspective.

JM Hanes


"They threaten to leave the blog, but never do."

Given your dedication to monopolizing real estate at JOM, it's a shame you apparently can't even appreciate just how many folks have, in fact, disappeared.


Commenter at RCP said that when you're in the Jury pool and you want to be excused, you should mention to the Judge that you're a Nancy Grace devotee.

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