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September 11, 2011

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Chubby

((You know, I really can't get over the bile and cant of Krugman's piece.))

and the cowardice, as was pointed out above, of his not allowing comments

Krug .... what? certainly not a man

Jane

Jane, he is a cowardly god (with a little "g") and he wouldn't even allow comments.

His fans are just as cowardly.

It was beautiful in Boston too. It was one of those days that you wake up and say "wow". I expected it to be a beautiful flight.

Chubby

((Bush doesn't quote Lincoln to lift himself up by comparison, but rather quotes Lincoln to lift up all Americans.))

very well said, Porchlight.

narciso

You know as far as such things, can be compared, W was much more in the Lincoln mold, we were attacked, there was at least
an 'insurrection of dissent' among the cognoscenti, or those who consider themselves
such, he took some aggressive measures, like
the military commission, although the Courts
were even denser than that in Taney's day.

Jane

Did you guys just see that NFL tribute? It was simply stunning. WOWOWOWOOW!

Clarice

No, Jane, I missed it. I hope it'll be online soon so I can see it.

Jane

Holy cow Clarice. I've never seen anything like it.

centralcal

Saw it Jane. I've been a mush bucket of tears all morning long and don't know how much more I can watch TV - just too powerfully emotional. Still.

Ann

Porchlight, that was just perfect. I had tears in my eyes watching President Bush yesterday.
He stood in glaring contrast to zero.

Janet

I think it is that the country I love so much is really in trouble.

Yeah...I can feel such a sadness sometimes.

Bush doesn't quote Lincoln to lift himself up by comparison, but rather quotes Lincoln to lift up all Americans.

Amen, Porchlight.

Ignatz

Imagine how much chutzpah, projection and just plain bilious bad faith it takes to write an article on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 intentionally designed to drive a wedge between Americans and attacking as divisive and deeply shameful your political opponents who happen also to be your fellow citizens who were attacked right along with you.
If there was an ounce of integrity or decency at that POS paper he'd be fired for it.

donald

He doesn't get it because he's an atheist Matt.

Clarice

What role did Iran play in 9/11? Some new info in a newly filed suit.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4120430,00.html

narciso

And if that wasn't gagworthy enough:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/how-911-led-to-president-obama/

Ben Franklin

"Te atrocity should have been a unifying event,"

It was unifying for about 2 weeks. The first forays into Afghanistan were met with considerable support. Then, inexplicably, the momentum of public approval was incorrectly interpreted as support for any action the Administration undertook. There's the rub.

Pearl Harbor was a unifying event. Admiral Yamamotos prescient
statement "I fear we have awoken a sleeping giant' proved the Will and Wherewithal of the US was alive and well. But, the comparison
to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor falls flat thereafter unless Roosevelt
had acted as Mussolini and gone after some aged grievance
(Ethiopia) as though it had something to do with the safety and security of Italy.

I think that is the point of Krugmans column. A marvelous opportunity to turn tragedy into triumph was squandered in the desert of Babylon.

Jack is Back!

During the Jaguars-Titans game they played the Budwiser Clydesdale commercial where the team kneels down facing the Battery where the towers are missing. I think its the first time they have run that one since 2001.

Today's Mass was all-about forgiveness including readings of Sirach 27: 30 - 28: 7 [Wrath and anger are hateful things] and the Gospel was Matthew 18: 21-35 [I say to you forgive not seven times but seventy-seven times]

Hard for the Pastor to reconcile his homily to the 4 banners flying above him remembering Flights 11, 77, 175 and 193. But he did a pretty good job considering the topic and the memories sitting in those pews.

For me, I will never forgive or forget. True evil, unadulterated.

Clarice

I think this is that commercial, JiB
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zXZX2sXHYI

Ignatz

--The first forays into Afghanistan were met with considerable support. Then, inexplicably, the momentum of public approval was incorrectly interpreted as support for any action the Administration undertook. There's the rub.--

You're wrong, as the bipartisan support for the authorizations of force demonstrate.
The actual invasion of Iraq and the removal of Saddam was met with considerable support as well.
The overarching problem which continues today was the attempt to turn the military victory into nation building. Our long presence and the associated cost in money and lives coupled with the uncertain outcome of the nation building endeavors in both countries is what people have turned against.

Neo

If Al Gore had won the presidency in 2000, would the world be…?

And now this month's fantasy hypothetical question. Twenty-five percent of Americans think the world would be a better place if Al Gore had won the 2000 presidential election and 16 percent think it would be a worse place. Predictably, the former group had more Democrats and the latter more Republicans (surprise!). The majority of Americans (56 percent) led by Independents did not think that the world would be very different at all. Based on the current activities (or lack thereof) occurring in our nation's capitol the majority has it.

narciso

The Krugman link, from just three days later, before we had put boots on the ground, in Afghanistan, before Gitmo, and way before
Iraq, shows his true nature,

Charlie (Colorado)

It was unifying for about 2 weeks. The first forays into Afghanistan were met with considerable support. Then, inexplicably, the momentum of public approval was incorrectly interpreted as support for any action the Administration undertook. There's the rub.

At which point a glaring and concerted effort was made to erase that sense of unity, lest it become political leverage. What followed?

*Amnesia about the Clinton-era determination that regine change in Iraq was necessary

* Promulgation of ridiculous conspiracy theories about 9/11 itself

* Glaringly political attacks on the war (how do we know they were glaringly political? Because the attacks disappeared as soon as the resident of the White House changed.)

Neo

I live on the western air path out of Philadelphia. On that day, I remember the empty sky. That empty clear blue sky.

Charlie (Colorado)

The overarching problem which continues today was the attempt to turn the military victory into nation building. Our long presence and the associated cost in money and lives coupled with the uncertain outcome of the nation building endeavors in both countries is what people have turned against.

Which basically proves that there are fools on both sides.

If we'd have knocked down the Talib government in Afghanistan and then left, what would have been the result? About two weeks of fuss followed by a new Talib government, with a taste for revenge.

bio mom

Yes Charlie. Exctly

Clarice

Chaco, don't forget the Wilson fandango and orchestrated Bush Lied lie.


Neo, it was unbelievably quiet in the skies for a while and then they were filled over DC with military planes patrolling all the time. After the anthrax attacks, you could hardly move thru the streets because of emergency vehicles racing to sites of copy cat or feared repeats--every news outfit and lots of embassies and govt offices were targetted by the real moogs or copy cats. We didn't get mail for about 2 weeks because of real anthrax in the P.O. that killed at least one worker as I recall.

Porchlight

Please don't let BF hijack this thread into a relitigation of the WOT.

A worthy topic, but not one for today.

Jack is Back!

For levity on such a somber day, I give you Dennis Miller-Unplugged from this January. Its a little over 10 minutes, language warning and if you don't have 10 go to the 7 mark and wait until the end. The best take on Nancy Pelosi - evah!

Ben Franklin

"* Glaringly political attacks on the war (how do we know they were glaringly political? Because the attacks disappeared as soon as the resident of the White House changed.)"

Nope. Nary a word of opposition to the war in Iraq emanated from the Right. The Left has been highly critical of Obama's continuation of Bush policies. The contrast is 'glaring'.

Ben Franklin

"Please don't let BF hijack this thread into a relitigation of the WOT."

I agree. This should be a day of solemn reflection, not attacks and ad homs. I was just trying to stay OT.

sbw

A change of mind is happening.

-- 8/8/11 Obama speaks and nobody listens.
-- 9/9/11 The NYT publishes Anand Giridharadas' column, "Some of Sarah Palin's Ideas Cross the Political Divide."
-- 9/11/11 juxtaposes Bush and Obama, and public opinion clearly favors Bush.

We may have reached the tipping point. Obama has become irrelevant to America's future, because it's recognized his approach doesn't work and impoverishes everyone except his cronies.

Democrats who honestly want to help people may find themselves willing to work with tea party Republicans who want to help, too, but help by making the economy work again.

If they do, woe to the big government political elite on both sides.

Ben Franklin

sbw; we do need to recapture a National sense of unity. The Devil is in the Details..................

centralcal

If anyone is interested, Daily Caller has a 12 minute interview with Scooter Libby about his recollection of events on 9-11. The most interesting concerns Lynn Cheney and a Secret Service Agent.

Gmax

The narcisolator makes it a sure thing that BF never hijacks anything, at least for me. Recommend it highly. Idiocy redacted, no fuss no muss.

Ben Franklin

and for that, I am grateful, Gmax

narciso

The Vanity Fair poll is interesting because among this self selected sample, reality does poke through the cave wall,

Jack is Back!

sbw,

Temporary insanity. Eastern establishment elitism has taken a few days off as a sup to the fly-over county morals and sensitivity. Look for an uptick in more hand-wringing and flagellation of the right thinking masses.

sbw

Thanks, narc. Maybe the MH editor will change his mind, too.

Clarice

I think so, too, sbw.

narciso

Yes 'the beatings will continue, until morale improves' seeing that they sold their headquarters to a Casino, well that will be
a while,

sbw

Oops: 8/8/11 = 9/8/11

And I previewed. :-/

Danube of Thought

"I think that is the point of Krugmans column."

The point of Krugman's column, as always, is to ascribe bad faith, dishonesty and malice to those with whose politics he disagrees.

Ann

I am with Porchlight. If you are angry, go over to Jake Tapper's piece that narciso linked at 1:23pm and give him hell. What a contrast to Clarice's Pieces.

Gmax

Paul Krugman is a walking talking demonstration of the concept called "projection". With that decoder ring in hand, now go and read virtually any crap he shovels out...

Ben Franklin

"The point of Krugman's column, as always, is to ascribe bad faith, dishonesty and malice to those with whose politics he disagrees."

You mean, like Obama?.

Gmax

Come to think of it, most lefties fit that definition. The reason they accuse the Tea Party of being violent as an example.

Frau Argwohn

sbw - when the time comes, even the most disappointed and depressed Dem will vote for Obama again. Hordes will respond to the dog whistle command of the Dems' radical power bosses. Didn't we see Trumka in a prestige position last Thurday night?

The U.S. *had* a national sense of unity which quickly threatened, as ChaCo points out, the political chances of the Dems. It wasn't long before a "United We Stand" flag identified you as a racist, vicious warmonger.
The agitators in government positions soon joined ranks with outsiders to spread doubt about any and all decisions. Richard Clarke, Rand Beers and Mary O. McCarthy anyone? It was obvious what was happening and why.

Gmax

Bloom off the rose? Even the Hill running this as a headline:

Obama dragging down Dem candidates in House special elections

MarkO

Great Heavens, I just heard the Obama reading from today. You already know I don't think he's that smart, but really. No, really. That was pitiful.

Gmax

And Frau perhaps but I dont think so. And anyway the number of Democrats is way down, and at a historic low and Republicans outnumber them today per RAS. And then there is the small matter of the Indys showing up 60 40 against Democrats in most surveys and it will not matter except in some House districts gerrymandered to pack too many Democrats into one district.

Sue

I chose to spend this 10th anniversary with my grandchildren. They are 6 and 4, too young to watch what happened that day. Their day will come when I pull out the newspapers and show them pictures of what evil did and what good reclaimed. But not today. At the moment they are watching some silly educational cartoon and munching on peanut butter sandwiches. Innocent of the evil lurking.

Their mama, daddy and auntie are at DFW airport welcoming home troops. Makes my heart swell that they chose to do that in honor of 9/11.

And Jane, I'm a little angry today too, so it is probably a good thing I'm not watching anything but a silly educational cartoon.

Love to all of you. May God Bless America and George W. Bush.

Neo

Today’s priority has to be austerity, not stimulus, and it will not work to announce a new $450 billion jobs plan while promising vaguely to pay for it with fiscal restraint over the next 10 years, as Mr. Obama did in his address to Congress on Thursday. Given the low level of government credibility, fiscal discipline has to start now to be taken seriously. But we have to do even more: I propose a consumption tax, an idea that offends many conservatives, and elimination of the corporate income tax, a proposal that outrages many liberals.

Let's see .. this gets rid of double taxation on the corporate side, and replaces it with double taxation on the consumer side.
And Europe, which has had a VAT for 25+ years now, how are they doing ? Not so well.

Danube of Thought

"You mean, like Obama?"

The question is hopelessly ambiguous. If you mean "does he ascribe bad faith, dishonesty and malice to those with whose politics he disagrees like Obama does," I would say that Obama does not do so to anything like the extent Krugman does.

If you mean "to those with whose politics he disagrees, like Obama," I would say that in general Krugman does not disagree with Obama's politics.

Manuel Transmission

Sorry if this double posts. Thyphus is cranky>

We had a wonderful experience yesterday that gives me hope on this 10th Anniversary. We attended a wedding at the edge of a wheat field at a private airstrip in Palouse, WA in glasater's backyard. We arrived there after a bit more than an hour in the air in my bird and then a ten minute ride in a helicopter buzzing the tops of the rolling hills already partially harvested of their bountiful waves of grain. They get 80 bushels to the acre in these dry land wheat ranches. Some the best yields on earth without irrigation.

The wedding was for a young couple who we've known for 2-3 years. The young man is a pilot that has flown me in his boss's helo on various missions as well as deliver the China bigshot last May for that memorable junket. He is bright, resourceful, and has wisely chosen to skip college even though he grew up in the Pullman/Moscow neighborhood. His boss (a longtime friend and neighbor) trusts him to fly around the world and inspect, dismantle, and ship helicopters and parts back home without any seasoning in the world traveller mode. It's definitely part if that self-reliance we discussed recently that comes with growing up in the country and not having any nannies nattering at you.

The bride is a lovely young lady working her way through nursing school. From the day we first met her and ever since in the happenstance of one chance meeting or another, she has conveyed a calm centeredness that is completely unexpected from someone so young. A glow of internal and external beauty that puts the lie to the bimbos in the tabloids.

The extended families and friends that came from all over the region were all salt of the earth folks. This was the essence of flyover country. They could have all been scooped out of the 9/12 march. (There were even people of color there!!!11!!) The ceremony was facing the setting sun as it turned red-orange from the dust of a thousand harvested wheat fields. Spectacular at all levels.

Danube of Thought

Any successor Taliban government could have been removed the same way the old one was: with air power and about 200 men on the ground. And any terrorist training camps could have been disposed of in the same way.

centralcal

Well, Sue, Obama did proclaim that today, 9-11-11 is National Grandparents Day, so you could say you were celebrating the honor of grandparenthood.

Interesting, how Obama wants to change 9-11 to something else, anything else, but what it is - a day that lives in infamy.

Ignatz

Dot,
I think he meant that people on the right ascribe those things to Obama;
falsely conflating ascribing those traits to an individual who has proven himself to be quite invidious and untrustworthy [Barry] with ascribing them to a large portion of the entire country's population [perhaps a majority].
If I took it the wrong way my apologies.

Manuel Transmission

One more try on the image

MarkO

DoT has answered my unasked question. Next question is why we have toyed with the enemy? Have we won, in the sense that we have eliminated the danger? Can I board a plane without being nearly strip searched? When I my family can walk down to the gate and see me off on a trip to San Diego and I am not searched will I think we are anywhere near winning. Right now, I see us losing. The mere hint of an attack causes near panic and endless speeches about our preparedness.

This is what happens when you are afraid to confront the evil that faces you.

Frau Argwohn

Gmax, I consider myself an unrelenting optimist but acknowledge the power of propaganda. The misrepresentation of Rick Perry, his accomplishments and the Texas "Dream Act," for example, show the tenor of the unfolding debate. Matt Romney's considerable capabilities, Sarah Palin's wisdom and love of country - these, along with any supporters, are met with derision and disrespect. And FLOTUS shakes *her* head at us.
Pfui!

Ignatz

--Any successor Taliban government could have been removed the same way the old one was: with air power and about 200 men on the ground. And any terrorist training camps could have been disposed of in the same way.--

Percisely. And that is a far more effective means of deterring your enemies than trying to turn goat herding, hashish smoking, poppy growers into Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

MarkO

Warning. Don't type angry.

Danube of Thought

John Hayward:

"As of this writing, the link to Krugman’s post is still working.  The New York Times will be strongly tempted to pull it down.  The editors should resist that temptation.  We have screen captures, folks.  You can’t make this disappear, or pretend Krugman didn’t say it.  You must respond to this, not attempt to erase it. 

"Paul Krugman should have been summarily dismissed after he blamed the Tucson shootings on his political enemies.  The Times didn’t apologize to the American people for their horrific editorial judgment in allowing him to write those pieces, and fire him when they should have.  This is the result.

"You are now at a decision point, editors of the New York Times.  If Paul Krugman still works for you on Monday morning, you endorse every damned word he said in this piece.  You will be endorsing the cowardice of this drive-by slander artist, whose failure as a human being exceeds even his miserable failure as an 'economist.”'

"Your choice, New York Times.  Your move.  Your honor, decency, and integrity.  Your consequences."

centralcal

Great photo, ManTran, and story to accompany it.

centralcal

Sadly, Paul Krugman and the NY Times deserve one another. No one should read either of them.

Gmax

Frau

Yes Democrats lie. And its all they got this time. It wont be enough.

The number who call themselves Democrats is way way down. Some of them are disgusted and will stay home or cross the aisle ( perhaps to never return ).

And then there is my point on the Indys.

Large ass whoopin looming. Stay tune for more details.

Frau Ernst

Clarice, I will toast your talents and words today. Thank you.

Manuel Transmission

Thanks, c-c

ps, the bride did a few dozen of those little green helicopters seen on the lower right corner on the shepherd's crook.

Gmax

I like to characterize it as hiring a C in C more deserving of the the troops. I have promised Tmax a new one, and I dont want to disappoint him.

Clarice

Great response to that madman, DoT.''Thanks for your post, MT--what a beautiful couple.

Frau Ernst

Man Tran
You've captured our part of the world with your story and photo. What a beautiful place and perfect spot for a wedding. I love driving through the western parts of OR and WA where the fields go on forever. It's amazing. Flying over those fields must be grand.

Ben Franklin

"If you mean "to those with whose politics he disagrees, like Obama," I would say that in general Krugman does not disagree with Obama's politics."

That's the one. When you say, 'in general', I assume you recognize
that he has been critical of Obama. I don't think you would expect him to criticize Obama as frequently as he did Bush.

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=obama+krugman&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8


Frau Ernst

Arghhhh, I mean the eastern parts of OR and WA far, far away from Portland and King County WA.

MarkO

Ben-Dana. Take the day off.

Ignatz

--Nope. Nary a word of opposition to the war in Iraq emanated from the Right.--

C'mon Ben, even you know that's not true.
It's especially not true when the war entered the occupation or nation building phase.
There are entire right wing websites dedicated to opposition to the Iraq war.

sbw

Political elites lie because they never learned why they should not.
-- They never learned that society exists, in part, to overcome senses that don't always accurately describe what it.
-- They never learned that their lies rust society from within.

Ben Franklin

"There are entire right wing websites dedicated to opposition to the Iraq war."

Even Bill Keller towed the war wagon; ditto, Chris Matthews and the entire Me-dia Circus. It was a war-whoop and many so-called Leftists felt compelled to support the ongoing, apparently seamless WOT.

I believe you opposed the war, but I cannot recall any criticism from the Right. I certainly do not remember conservative websites dedicated to that end.

scott

I remember the empty sky. That empty clear blue sky

That's my first memory also. I was in Acadia. I wait all year for those high pressure fall days in the NE. Not a cloud in the sky from the Maine to DC. I spend alot of time high on cliffs in fall and even now a plane arcing against that bluebird sky is jarring. I didn't know anyone who died there but this day shakes me deeply. I'll never forget.

I'm honored to work directly on munitions that have killed thousands of those bastards.

In tribute to the dead and the survivors; from Leaves of Grass. God Bless them all.

I know I am solid and sound,
To me the converging objects of the universe perpetually flow,
All are written to me, and I must get what the writing means.

I know I am deathless,

I know this orbit of mine cannot be swept by a carpenter’s compass,

I know I shall not pass like a child’s carlacue cut with a burnt stick at night.

I know I am august,

I do not trouble my spirit to vindicate itself or be understood,

I see that the elementary laws never apologize,

I exist as I am, that is enough,

If no other in the world be aware I sit content,

And if each and all be aware I sit content.

and Isaiah 61: 3

and provide for those who grieve in Zion –
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning
And a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor

Wonderful pieces Clarice.

Ignatz

IMO, today should be like Dec 7th was from 1942 through 44.
A day to remember not only those who died in a treacherous attack by our enemies but to also remember those enemies are still extant and still intent on our destruction and we are still at war with them.
A day to remember we are still at war with our declared enemies including Iran, Syria and just about every other mid eastern Islamic state, not excluding Pakistan, and that that war, despite our drone whacks, is not even close to won nor is the danger even close to eliminated. I'm not even sure the danger has been lessened a whit since 9/11.
I know our complacency seems to grow every day and with every death of some relatively hapless goon in a cave somewhere, while Pakistan continues to fail and Iran grows one day closer to nuclear weapons every 24 hours and Saudi Arabia grows ever richer, the better to fund its worldwide network of hate preaching, wahabbi madrassas and mosques.
Meanwhile we empty the diaper of a ninety year old wheelchair bound woman and make sure we make our kow tow to the very people who hate us.
Did FDR or Truman ever called Shinto the religion of peace during WWII or make sure they didn't offend its adherents. Not bloody likely.

Manuel Transmission

So true, frau, and thanks Clarice. I lived north of the Tri-Cities back in the early '50s when the irrigation projects were just getting started. In recent years, I've gone back to visit and found that all the kids that lived on the farms stayed on after their folks gave them the place, while the townies all left.

caro

Great story and beautiful photo,MT. Amber waves of grain.

The LUN is from an NRO link to a beautiful little documentary of the Manhattan boatlift which took half a million people from the island in nine hours.

Real people doing heroic things.

Ignatz

--I believe you opposed the war, but I cannot recall any criticism from the Right. I certainly do not remember conservative websites dedicated to that end.--

A large majority of "paleo-conservatives" opposed the war as did the majority of what are usually described as right wing libertarians, in the vein of Ron Paul.
Antiwar.com itself, which you yourself have linked to is a paleo-conservative/libertarian site that was founded to oppose Clinton's interventions in the Balkans.

Clarice

A really idiotic piece by some professor arguing that one term presidencies aren't so bad and that Obama really has to fight to keep Obamacare.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/opinion/sunday/if-obama-is-a-one-term-president.html?pagewanted=1

My Goodness,,the idiocy of academia and the NYT combined.

Ben Franklin

I remember watching that tape-loop of, what seemed, an infinite replay of the petro-missiles striking, for weeks ,until the depression overtook my need for current info. I could not stop imagining the innocents and the sense of pure terror they must have experienced as they watched their fate unfold before them, whether airborne or on the ground. I could not discount that there would be additional, simultaneous attacks, and told my kids "No one goes anywhere. Not to school, the store....we stay together until further notice."

matt

Manuel;

what a lovely image and thought. On this weekend, especially. Life goes on despite the toll it takes on us all.

Yesterday morning I started in Warsaw and headed roughly north. I was amazed how similar the landscape was to Pennsylvania or Ohio or parts of Indiana. Flatlands interspersed with low rolling hills and forests.

The corn is just now being harvested and it looked like the yields were pretty darn good. Very dense fields with the strain on small placards just like you see the DeKalb signs in Indiana or Illinois. Similar harvesters and big carts to haul it off.

Funny what a difference 20 years makes. Let's work towards making next 20 years are as positive as the last.

Obama Got Osama

President Obama

Thank you for killing Osama and keeping America safe ever since war-mongering, 9/11 cashing-in, upside down My Pet Goat reading Bush was booted from office.

Sincerely,
On Behalf of JOM Readers (if I may)

P.S. 4 More Years!!!

Ben Franklin

Iggy;

I always thought antiwar.com to be Leftist. Intriguing........

I notice they are somewhat 'Isolationist'. I wonder what their position would have been on 'The Good War"?

Frau Ernst

"Bush was booted from office"

Another well-educated student who stayed awake during his political studies class at Pitzer Some Call It College?

btw if GWB was reading the book upside down, I'm really impressed.

imo Obama did not personally chose the verse for his speech. Some staff member was asked to have something befitting the moment and the man.

Ignatz

--I notice they are somewhat 'Isolationist'. I wonder what their position would have been on 'The Good War"?--

Not sure. It's the product of a foundation named after some paleo isolationist who resisted US entry into WWI; "the almost good war"?

glasater

ManTran-

What a lovely photo of a beautiful young couple beginning their lives together.
And what a contrast--a wheat field that has ended its growing life ready to be harvested as a backdrop for a new marriage.
The Palouse is indeed my stomping grounds. I've traveled over the backroads in that country for many years and feel so fortunate to live in the great NW.

Ignatz

--P.S. 4 More Years!!!--

Unemploying one worthless towel head in Pock-ee-ston aint gonna help Barry much considering the millions he's unemployed here too, doofus.

Danube of Thought

"I assume you recognize that he has been critical of Obama."

He has criticized certain actions and policies. He does not disagree with his politics.

Bush invaded Iraq with an authorization from three-fourths of the sitting congress and in the good-faith belief, shared with almost total unanimity throughout the world, that Saddam had WMD and, as John Kerry, Bill Clinton and Joe Wilson (among many others) said, he would use them.

Ben Franklin

"He has criticized certain actions and policies. He does not disagree with his politics."

Politics has been described as "the art of manipulating your environment" I am not sure how you separate Obama's politics from his actions and policies.

jimmyk

Bush invaded Iraq with an authorization from three-fourths of the sitting congress and in the good-faith belief, shared with almost total unanimity throughout the world, that Saddam had WMD and, as John Kerry, Bill Clinton and Joe Wilson (among many others) said, he would use them.

And, had he remained in power, there is every reason to believe that Saddam would have obtained WMD (per the Duelfer Report) once sanctions were removed.

Jack is Back!

Captain Hate,

I have succumb to the blind allegiance of the fool-hardy and believed the pre-season as an omen of good fortune. Yes, I am watching the Skins and already Grossman has proven that Snyder has his own version of Duke and Duke top men.

Danube of Thought

"I am not sure how you separate Obama's politics from his actions and policies."

It's easy: his politics are those of a liberal, redistributionist Democrat who believes America has not been a force for good in the world. Those who share those politics can occasionally disagree on a particular action or policy, just as conservatives do.

I am not sure how you can be charaterized as a political scientist.

Jack is Back!

caro,

That is my good friend Arthur Imperatore, Sr. and his amazing NY Waterway operation. The same system that was first to the US Air Flight on the Hudson. Top notch operation that is struggling to get back to its business model as a result of doing the right thing. Thanks for sharing that.

Charlie (Colorado)

Any successor Taliban government could have been removed the same way the old one was: with air power and about 200 men on the ground. And any terrorist training camps could have been disposed of in the same way.

Right after they in turn had murdered 3000 Americans,

Porchlight

A lovely and thoughtful backdrop for a wedding. Those two look exceptionally happy and ready for life together. Thanks for sharing that, MT.

Ben Franklin

"I am not sure how you can be charaterized as a political scientist."

I have no such formal education.

caro

Glag you liked it,JiB.

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