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January 06, 2015

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Captain Hate

Exactly, James; the French take being French very seriously. They irritated the hell out of the krauts by upping their energy independence by building lots of nukes on the border.

peter

I guess we'll be waiting for all the free speech advocates in this country to condemn this latest act of mass murder; utterly disgusting. we are at war on several fronts, and we don't even have the balls to say it out loud

Soylent Red

I'm probably the only person here who thinks that at some point, probably soon, the French will clamp down hard on the koranimals and probably kick most of them out.

You misunderestimate the level of self-loathing present in the collective French psyche, and the economic requirement for a permanent underclass of North Africans for the French welfare state.

A couple of baddies will be rounded up and tossed in a posh French prison with a view of the Seine and wine with dinner.

Janet

the French take being French very seriously.

Well, we will see. Maybe they'll just call it workplace violence like we did. Don't want to hurt the feelings of the Islamic nuts.

Jane

The suburbs of Paris are nothing short of scary.

Miss Marple

Hollande said it was without a doubt terrorism.

The shooters have not been apprehended.

France is at its highest alert level.

NKvirusedand back

7+ years ago a Dutch woman from town who was on the group trip to Japan, discussed with me the future of the Dutch and French et al. In my typical blunt style I said IMO there are only two possible outcomes, Western Europe is Muslim in our lifetime, or religious Muslims are deported, no matter if they were Dutch born.... in a NYC second she said deported. She's a tough lady, but she said it in a cold and determined way. TBD. JiB who has inlaws in Belgium, I believe thinks it will be Sharia for the Belgians and Dutch.

NKvirusedand back

So while Fat Chris was partying with Jerry J, his Blue Hell took another step towards bankruptcy... ze Jermanz bail on Jersey. M-B abandons its longtime Jersey home for Hot-Lanta; 1000 very high paying jobs go pffft. Heck of a job Chris.

Janet

Who do you call when your government has checked out?...doesn't enforce laws?

We're in the same place.
Hopefully the thousands of Syrians comin' here don't mind cartoons. Does the State Dept. ask them?

NKvirusedand back

BTW-- the AFP report on the 'terrorist attack' by a 'Martin Bureau' is disgraceful.

Miss Marple

Captain Hate,

I see you have forgotten Newt with Pelosi on the sofa, as well as how he swore he would speak about the China missile secrets sale every day on the floor until he got answers. Then he clammed up after he had a meeting with Clinton, late at night, by himself.

Only later did we learn that he was having an affair,very reckless behavior when he was also involved in attacking Clinton over his lying about a sex scandal.

His favorite president is Franklin Roosevelt.

And, I repeat my vignette about how Newt operates:

after Katrina, with all of the criticisms of Bush, he got on TV and criticized too, and then said what Bush needed to do was start a Marshal Plan for the Gulf Coast (massive injection of money from the federal government).

Ten months later, after all of the waste, fraud and corruption surfaced, he got on TV AGAIN and this time said, "Well that's what happens when government does this instead of the private sector."

I have never gotten over him doing a 180, and the ONLY reason he did so was to be able to bash Bush on national television.

I would also point out that when he was running for president he had almost no support for representatives who were in Congress with him.

Being Speaker isn't about talking.

Jeff Dobbs

Hey Sue - I know you know, but figure I'd mention -- woot woot to Dirk for passing Moses for 7th place on the all time scoring list.

Doesn't look like he'll catch Shaq for 6th place this season...he'd have to play every remaining game and average 26 per to do it. He's averaging 18 so far this season.

If he stayed healthy and continued in the 18-20 point range . . . he'd have to play two more seasons to catch Wilt for 5th, and three more seasons to catch Jordan for 4th.

No idea if he's ever said anything to this point about how much longer he thinks he'll play...

Hey, look, the Mavs play the Pistons tonight . . . who's up for some more Dallas-Detroit trash talking!

henry

Well as far as trash talk goes, a tweet from Walker.

Iggy

Newt is poster boy for the Peter Principle.
He was a great opposition minority leader hamstringing the corrupt Wright Dem majority.
He was an excellent architect of an insurgency designed to overthrow that majority.
He was a supreme tactician.

But either he or someone else unfortunately convinced him he was also great at strategy, out-front political leadership and worst of all a Great Mind. His grand sweeping teachable moments as some grandiloquent, hackneyed history professor and Alvin Toffler acolyte were cringingly embarrassing and demonstrated an almost unhinged hubris and grandiosity.
Newt is a guy the Magnum Force Dirty Harry could never abide because he has never been a man who has known is limitations.

He would have made a marvelous Roman Senator of the dying Republic however, with an olive wreath wrapped around his corpulent noggin, a pork chop in his right hand and Callista all up under his toga.

Jeff Dobbs

Shocking Stat: 1 in 5 women at college girls attending the U.S. Senate ceremonial swearing-in yesterday will be were sexually assaulted by the time they graduate Joe Biden.

Captain Hate

Miss Marple, Newt's overwhelming ego and need for attention has always been his worst trait while out of office and sometimes when in. I still think he was a better Speaker of the House than Boehner.

jimmyk on iPad

If there had been previous attacks thwarted, it's hard to understand why there wasn't security there. There was even this:

A reporter for Britain’s Telegraph newspaper in Paris told Sky News that the first officers to arrive fled after seeing two or three gunmen armed with automatic weapons and possibly a grenade launcher.
Extraneus

Newt taught me to keep my mouth shut upon obtaining a position of power. His inability to do so was his fatal flaw.

Btw, the French surely must retaliate in a major way now. They can't let this stand.

Captain Hate

Hey, look, the Mavs play the Pistons tonight . . . who's up for some more Dallas-Detroit trash talking!

I stand with Sue in support of the Mavs. Although the Pistons are the newest example of the importance of chemistry in basketball by out and out releasing Josh Smith, a very talented power forward who apparently didn't work and play well with others and represented Joe Dumars's last terrible move as GM. Since taking him off the roster the Pistons have been on a tear, beating the Spurs last night in San Antonio. Now Smith is with Houston, where he joins fellow head cases Dwight Howard and James Harden.

Beester

I don't follow pro basketball, prefer college hoops. So no trash talk on the D-D clash from me.

The clash of civilizations is on display this morning. The French reaction will be instructive. May they be as ruthless as the terrorists.

clarice

http://www.talkleft.com/story/2015/1/7/1599/06646/crimenews/Jane-Doe-s-Lawyers-File-Defamation-Suit-Against-Dershowitz

Jeralyn on the ridiculous filing by Roberets' counsel.

clarice

doT, sorry if I mischaracterized your views. It was inadvertant, old timers'.

clarice

The nuts of Jeralyn's analysis:My immediate reaction is that it's like half a ham sandwich minus the mustard. It contains no information as to why Alan Dershowitz' allegations about the lawyers are false. It provides no support for their or their client's accusations of criminal conduct by Dershowitz and no details of anything they did to verify her information. They offer no reason for why they believe their client is telling the truth about Dershowitz.

Instead, it sidesteps the issue and offers an explanation for why they made the allegations in the first place (to enhance the chances the federal court would grant their motion to add Jane Doe #3 (Roberts) and Jane Doe #4 to the existing victims' rights case involving their other clients, Jane Does #1 and #2.) That's not the same thing.

Second, I think they just played right into Dershowitz' hands by giving him a judicial forum to litigate the truth or falsity of the lawyers' and their client Roberts' allegations. The likelihood that the federal judge in the victims' rights suit would grant Dershowitz' motion to intervene was iffy, given the judge's denial of a previous motion to intervene by another lawyer claiming Cassell and Edwards had made false statements about him, despite Dershowitz' attempt to distinguish the two motions. (See my earlier posts on this.) I'm looking forward to seeing Dershowitz' counterclaim. Also, now he gets to conduct discovery and take depositions. He's no longer a fringe player but a party, with more legal tools at his disposal.

clarice

David Goldman
Along with journalists and writers everywhere I mourn our murdered colleagues at Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical weekly that had the courage to poke fun at Islam, and paid a horrendous price. This is a new and terrible step on the part of the terrorists: they have threatened individual journalists for years and forced a few into hiding or witness protection. But the assault on the premises of a news organization and the massacre of it staff is an entirely new thing. We have never seen anything like this before in the sorry history of terrorism.

How will France respond?

France now faces an existential dilemma. By most independent estimates France now has a Muslim population of 6 million, or almost 10% of its 65 million people. If we assume that just 1% of this population are radicalized to the point of engaging in or providing support for terrorist activities, that is a pool of 60,000 individuals. We are not speaking of 60,000 potential bombers or shooters, but a support network that will allow a much smaller number of terrorists to blend into the broader population. In the "no-go" zones of France now effectively ruled by Muslim gangs, moreover, the terrorists can intimidate the Muslim population. France already has lost the capacity to police part of its territory, which means that it cannot conduct effective counter-terror operations

To put that number in context, the whole prison population of France is less than 70,000, of whom 60% are Muslims. It only takes a few dozen trained terrorists with an effective support network to bringing ordinary life to a stop in a major city. France has had the toughest enforcement policy against radical Islam among the major European nations, as Daniel Pipes observes. But French security clearly has been overwhelmed. The use of assault rifles and (reportedly) a rocket launcher by highly-skilled gunmen in the center of Paris is a statement of contempt towards the authorities on the part of the terrorists.

The means by which France could defeat the terrorists are obvious: To compel the majority of French Muslims to turn against the terrorists, the French authorities would have to make them fear the French state more than they fear the terrorists. That is a nasty business involving large numbers of deportations, revocation of French citizenship, and other threats that inevitably would affect many individuals with no direct connection to terrorism. In the short term it would lead to more radicalization. The whole project of integration as an antidote to radicalism would go down the drain. The effort would be costly, but ultimately it would succeed: most French Muslims simply want to stay in France and earn a living.

There is no good outcome here, but the worst outcome would be the degeneration of France into a hostage state

daddy

Joe Trippi says we can't call this Islamic Terrorism because we don't know yet who did this and why they did this.

Horseshit.

Great point by Jonah Goldberg in response. If the assumption is that we don't know this is Islamic, then why is John Kerry mentioning an Imam in his comments to the French? Why that non-sequiter if this isn't about Islam?

Jane

Obama just said "this civilization that is so central to our imaginations" in his remarks about France. WTF?

Jane

Clarice,

Here is what I find interesting about the Jane Doe suit - people on both sides attest to the honor, credibility, talent and honesty of both sides. (Last night Lis Weihl was all agog at the fact that Cassell was a former, very reputable federal Judge, and Ann Coulter called him the best lawyer in the country today.) I've never heard a word to the contrary.

Same on the other side. Even conservatives defend Dershowitz as honorable and not the type and Jerylyns remarks about Weinberg are notable.

Pass the popcorn, as Dot says. The only bad part is all this concentration on Dershowitz detracts from the allegations against Clinton.

All I can say is there must be some pretty convincing evidence out there.

Jane

BTW, Dershowitz' affidavit was unimpressive as far as I'm concerned - all those free rides and free vacations makes him look like Menedez or Al Sharpton.

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