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May 09, 2016

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Tom Bowler

MM, I can't say I'm in favor of jailing people for their opinions, in spite of my inflammatory posting. It's a wonder, though, that these guys keep getting elected.

GUS

Yes Jean, I forgot. Am I allowed to mention Spanish speaking Southern Border Involved individuals all coming here for LUV.

Buckeye

Iran threatens to sink American warships

I think I said about 6 months ago when Lurch was bending over in the "negotiations" that the correct posture was to give them 24 hours to open inspections or sink their fleet.

Appears the Iranians were thinking the same way.

Wonder what skirt Obama will hide behind today?

JeanD

:) Gus. And, yes, but only in front of hrtshpdbx.

Captain Hate

It's a wonder, though, that these guys keep getting elected

I hate to say this but in most cases they're doing exactly what their constituents want.

Gus, do you own an ES-175?

Time to give some variety away from the avant stuff with this:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GZW7k-GQM-U

Dave (in MA)

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2016/05/widow_teacher_died_a_hero_in_taunton_rampage

Just don't read the comments.

Dave (in MA)

Page 11.

If only Jeff were here to give us a new thread.

lyle

http://hotair.com/archives/2016/05/11/sid-blumenthal-confident-hillary-will-not-be-charge-over-email-server/

Just a reminder that this is only one election. This country can survive having a lying, amoral, vicious hag with a subhuman boil like Blumenthal advising her in the WH, right? RIGHT? THEN, the Rs will run a steel-spined conservative who'll easily unseat her in a 50 state rout, right?

Let's consult with NRO and the WSJ and...

narciso

'this is why we can't have nice things'

narciso

could be he's an insufferable (redacted) whose neighbors don't like him, like skip gates,

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/on-homecomings/481818/

clarice

Id o love Iggy Statecraft..pork chop around his neck..

JMH--correct!

Captain Hate

How alarmed do you think the donk Top Men are getting about the Cackler's dropping poll ratings? Like all Uniparty apparatchiks they move as rapidly as tectonic plates but even those sloths have to have noticed the trend.

Dave (in MA)

"We eventually had to leave after a dispute with our landlord" Was he insisting on rent?

clarice

My fondest memory of Sidney is his standing in the courthouse steps and lying thru his hat about what Starr's Grand Jury was asking him--a lie so huge the gj felt commpelled to call him on in their final report.

David Goldman on PJMedia has a fine retort to Never Trumpers.

henry

Oh, a price to fame in spite of no talent? imagine that.

Lurker Susie

Captain,

Don't think they're worried. The top men of "its not who we are" party will support her.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Afghanistan is a pointless graveyard. Groups like AQ simply relocate. Special forces and air strikes are usually sufficient to keep harassing them and keep them on the run. We don't need to invade occupy and hold an entire pit of quick sand that has never yielded anything but a trail of tears to any occupier.

Iraq is a different case but only because it is more centrally located. It is not putting a thumb on the scale to call tens of thousands of troops committed indefinitely "large". I believe originally we would have been better served by undermining Iran but having invaded Iraq and tried to make it into something it was imperative to at least make an effort to keep it in the fold if for no other reason than another loss is destructive for our prospects going forward. It did serve a strategic purpose but at the same time it was an excellent opportunity for Iran to keep bleeding us and frankly it put us in the middle of a sectarian struggle we are not equipped to contend with.

Until we recognize there are very few opportunities to democratize any place successfully we will be apt to continue to lose and that is the greater threat than tinhorn dictators.

These poorly strategized wars do two pernicious things over and above all else.
1. They constitute losses even if we win on the battlefield, if our goal is to make a nation and it fails. This makes us look like a paper tiger and decreases respect for our strength and gives our enemies a foolproof way of inflicting losses on us; just wait for the peace and then make sustaining it cost too much politically. It guarantees we will have to fight on the enemy's battlefield of choice and the only one they have a chance on; the asymmetrical one.
2. It diverts vast resources away from our overall military strength and our strategic forces. It will do no good to engage a bunch of sand fleas for two decades if it means our strategic and conventional forces are inadequate to defend against truly existential threats like China and Russia. So much of our expenditures are now geared to small scale brush fires our main conventional and nuclear forces are suffering.

In a world of finite resources, threats of various scales and hostility to most everything we believe in we need a strategy that preempts or at least engages more efficiently and more discriminatingly conflicts with regional powers. At the same time our strategy and the resources committed to it must be repositioned more pointedly to those powers which are catching us or at least narrowing the gap technologically and developing new counterforces to our power projection and defenses while we instead worry about Ahab the Arab.

narciso

oh I've been following sid since the 90s, thankfully not in the era when he was writing for the post, because there isn't enough ipecac in the world,

GUS

Capn, I bought my ES-175 from Steins Pawn Shop in downtown Milwaukee in 1979. It's delicate, the older versions are a little fragile, but as Beasts mentioned, the feed back is outstanding.
I once got to go backstage at an OASIS concert, and I had a brief coversation with Noel Gallagher about the one he was holding. Great guitar, the hollowbody has really made a comeback, the 335, the 175 and the Birdland. I own 3 other hollowbodies, but they are melodious and not feedback types. 2 are Fenders, one is a Rick. I also own an old El Degas hollow body, quite similar to the 335.

narciso

he's practically the middle bloc on hollywood squares now,


https://www.yahoo.com/news/twitter-row-jesse-jackson-dines-frances-le-pen-152335469.html?ref=gs

GUS

I'm guessing Jeff Sessions is Trumps VP pick.

Beasts of England

And speaking of having nice things...

Of course, I'd have to have the optional wet bar. And the 8.2L motor, natch. And the teak package. And the upgraded sound system. I mean, duh!!

http://www.searay.com/page.aspx/pageid/160944/pmid/345415/280-SLX.aspx

I've been a good boy - I promise!!

Test drive at 3:00. Woot! 😎

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Spengler's column clarice referenced.

Dave (in MA)

Borderless World Lurch would be my primary pork chop candidate.

Buckeye

hey GUS, I ask Buckeyette about the Takamine.

She says it is a "G30 cutaway".

She says it is a little nicer than the el cheapo Yamaha she has, but the Yamaha is easier to play for whatever reason.

narciso

ryan reynolds is a lucky fellow,

Buckeye

Beasts, nice swim platform off the back.

Robbing banks these days??

Beasts of England

And the Corsa thru-hull exhaust, stainless flagpole, and blue LED underwater lighting, amirite? :)

GUS

Not a bad guitar at all Buckeye. I have a Takamine 3 feet away on a hercules stand. I own a couple of Yamaha acoustics, and my Takamine is much easier to play. I'm a YOOOOOOGE fan of the Takamine. I play my Takamine more than any other guitar I own.

Dave (in MA)

Beats sitting in an inner tube and farting.

narciso

ok, this constitutes enemy action,


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/11/the-missing-million-are-we-undercounting-britains-immigrants/

re the avengers, an interesting thing has happened, stark initially didn't trust anybody with the suit, and this got him in all sorts of scrapes, as referred above, his own shortcomings, again and again lead him to come to the wrong conclusion,

narciso

too many mint juleps,

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/corker-vp-223011

Miss Marple 2

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/279552-fbi-head-challenges-clinton-on-email-probe

Lurker Susie

Heard today that Tom Cotton for Vice President is on the list. Military experience. Rudy supposedly to be in charge of Muslims and the temporary ban. I guess referring to the refugees.

Neo

Adventures in Lawfare:

A Harvard law professor has called for liberals to begin treating like Nazis those who subscribe to Christian or conservative beliefs.

In a Friday blog post at Balkinization, Mark Tushnet said conservatives and Christians have lost the culture wars, and now the question is “how to deal with the losers.”

“My own judgment is that taking a hard line (‘You lost, live with it’) is better than trying to accommodate the losers,” he wrote.

“Trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work well after the Civil War, nor after Brown,” Mr. Tushnet wrote, citing the Supreme Court case on segregation. “And taking a hard line seemed to work reasonably well in Germany and Japan after 1945.”

Mr. Tushnet said liberals should stop being so hesitant to advance their agenda through the judiciary, saying a majority of federal judges have been appointed by Democratic presidents, and they need not worry “reversal by the Supreme Court” now that former Associate Justice Antonin Scalia is dead.

LUN

sbw

Until we recognize there are very few opportunities to democratize any place successfully we will be apt to continue to lose and that is the greater threat than tinhorn dictators.

Democracy is a process, not a principle, and not appropriate for many countries under current conditions, but that is no reason to cede those countries to thugs.

It helps from time to time to remind thugs of that.

narciso

so ncis, I skipped last weeks episode, because ipecac, so as the season is winding down we discover trent kort, the 'renegade' cia man, ala
edwin wilson, who took over 'le grenoilles's operation is even a greater villain,

sbw

Mark Tushnet said conservatives and Christians have lost the culture wars

Me thinks, from his bubble, he speaketh to soon.

lyle

Heard today that Tom Cotton for Vice President is on the list.

Brilliant pick, if true. It'd make the poor Powerline dude's heads explode, though. The op-ed guys and gals at the WSJ as well. Go for it, Donald!

narciso

clean up on aisle 5,

how could we forget,

http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/05/israelis-celebrate-68-years-of-independence/#comments

Captain Hate

“Trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work well after the Civil War, nor after Brown,” Mr. Tushnet wrote, citing the Supreme Court case on segregation. “And taking a hard line seemed to work reasonably well in Germany and Japan after 1945.”

Real student of history imo.

narciso

well this is more like the gdr putting up the wall,

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/11/baltimore-mayor-bans-travel-to-north-carolina-mississippi.html

Buckeye

More on the continuing saga of Mrs. Buckeye's adventures with ancestry.com

And I blame most of this on daddy....

When I mentioned here that we discovered Injun blood in my family and that I was a descendant of "Granny Hopper", daddy correctly pointed out that meant I was a descendant of Moytoy, Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

No small honor to be sure, and I am humbled.

Now Mrs. Buckeye has been digging deeper in her ancestry, not to be outdone, as that is just consistent with her competitive nature.

And lo and behold, she discovers a Great Grandpa (don't know how many generations back)with the last name Griffith. He was the first of his family to come to the "new world" sometime early 17th century.

And one only has to go back 4 generations and his Great Grandma was Catherine Cary, illegitimate daughter of Mary Boleyn and Henry VIII. Seems he got bored with Anne.

So I ask Mrs. Buckeye if that means I need to refer to her as "your highness"

She says no, just bow;)

But that isn't the best part....she does a bit more research about the Boleyns and finds that before the hookup with Henry VIII, Anne and Mary went to France to hang out with King Francis, and supposedly Mary had a fling with him also.

Francis said of Mary "una grandissima ribalda, infame sopra tutte" ("a great slut, infamous above all").

I ask if that meant I didn't need to bow;)

It couldn't be better if I was making this up!

GUS

Mark Tushnet should be very VERY careful. He's playing with fire.

sbw

Tushnet

I still am looking for a socially acceptable euphemism for “Dumb f*ck!”

Any help?

lyle

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/11/comey-rebuffs-clinton-claim-fbi-only-conducting-security-inquiry-on-emails.html?intcmp=hpbt3

Ass-covering or a true let-the-chips-fall-where-they-may investigation?

lyle

Any help?

Drop the asterisk. ;)

Captain Hate

Tammy was talking about that, narc, and wondering how a badly bankrupt city can be dishing out junkets in the first place.

narciso

(redacted) in spanish,

GUS

SENATOR BUCKEYE!!! You need to write Cook book.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--It helps from time to time to remind thugs of that.-

For the role of the Federal government in protecting America and its people, it helps much more if we remind thugs that threatening or attacking us is certain death.

Captain Hate

with the last name Griffith.

Welcome to fine Welsh stock.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I await the Marshall Tushnet Plan providing billions of dollars in aid and comfort to the losers of the culture wars.
Where's my check, Mark?

Captain Hate

Tammy also said that a Wyoming rancher backed down the EPA for trying to jack him around for creating a spring fed pond on his land for watering his cattle and was subsequently used by waterfowl and moose.

Neo

Tush
By ZZ Top

I been up, I been down.
Take my word, my way around.
I ain't askin' for much.
I said, Lord, take me downtown,
I'm just lookin' for some tush.

henry

The re-education camps will give Tushnet's idiot SJW students permanent employment.

Threadkiller

Conservatives' first priority is their freedom, Republicans' first priority is negotiating freedoms away.

lyle

https://pjmedia.com/diaryofamadvoter/2016/05/10/democrats-have-the-problem/

He has a few words for the chaps and chappettes at NRO and the WS. I doubt they'll heed his advice.

Buckeye

The re-education camps will give Tushnet's idiot SJW students permanent employment.

One hopes not henry, but I fear you are right.

lyle

DrJ linked Wretchard upthread. Here's RF's last sentence in that link:

Or else as Judge Napolitano believes, Hillary will never be indicted anyway and society will have paid a very high price for something it is in the process of giving away.

When the rule of law dies, even the Tushnets and his legion of SJWs won't be as safe as they think they are.

jimmyk

Border Involved individuals

So would that make Hillary a classified information involved individual? Not to mention a Benghazi-involved individual, a cattle futures-involved individual, etc., etc.

By the way, Lurker Susie has been on fire today.

Jack is  Back!

Beasts,

Sea Ray is just down the road from our home in Florida, on the canal in Flagler Beach. An old associate retired in South Beach has a 36 footer and loves it.

I am still dreaming, conniving and lobyying Mrs. JiB that give up golf for one of these:

http://www.hinckleyyachts.com/Jetboats/t37-NPB/t37-NPB.php

Marlene

Jack,before we built the cabin,we spent quite a bit of time in Southwest Harbor. We used to drive around the Hinckley boatyard like two little kids with their noses pressed against the candy shop window.

jimmyk

Perhaps this Tushnet guy could join forces with Joseph Bottum ("conservative" who a few years ago penned "A Catholic's Case for Same-Sex Marriage").

Miss Marple 2

Mr. Tushnet should look up Robespierre.

Miss Marple 2

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/harry-reid-alan-grayson-fight-223081

narciso

vizzini to the white courtesy phone,


http://twitchy.com/dougp-3137/2016/05/11/its-on-again-elizabeth-warren-tells-donald-trump-his-free-ride-is-over/

Jack is  Back!

marlene,

Well, it is based on the iconic Maine lobster boat:)

Its actually between the Hinckley and this Ranger Tug (which btw is trailerable).

http://www.rangertugs.com/models.aspx?itemid=2634&prodid=12355&pagetitle=31+Ranger+R31+Command+Bridge+2016%09%09+%09%09%09#build-boat

narciso

so the white lioness was a good start, they changed the focus substantially from political to pecuniary motives in branagh's take,

narciso

as if we had any doubt,

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/woodward-20-wapo-reporters-dig-dirt-on-trump-every-phase-of-his-life/article/2591021?custom_click=rss

I thought they had everything ready,

Jack is  Back!

is the world upside down today? Harry Reid - my new hero? Nah. Can't believe everything you read, can you?

All those rejoiners by Fauxchohnatas are why we are in the economy we live in. To bad most voters are economic illiterate because it would be a death nail in her cold, cold heart. That is where The Real Donaldl Trump should go - after her favorite economic strangulation programs and eplain why they are bad for jobs.

Dave (in MA)

Somebody on my town Facebook page was just asking if anyone had the Ice Cream Man's phone number, so I provided Ed Markey's contact info.

Old Lurker

Lyle "When the rule of law dies..."

I do not believe history provides a single example of a "Rule of Law" which did not start out first as a very bloody anarchy until "rules" became "accepted" by a population after being imposed by some force, first; then violators of those rules were dealt with immediately and with brutal means, second. After those two steps, things settle down for as long as it takes for the cycle to begin again.

Anyone know of an example otherwise?

So if a Clinton whitewash and all the other Obama examples mark the end of this cycle of our Rule of Law, how do we get that toothpaste back in the tube but by the unanimous examples from history.

Dave (in MA)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/harry-reid-alan-grayson-fight-223081 Fat-faced [REDACTED] thinks he's Heisenberg.

Porchlight

Glenn Beck predicts Trump will be the next president.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/glenn-beck-donald-trump-is-the-next-president/article/2591063

"The key to success here is star power. And somebody from the outside that is going to shake things up. And I believe — after looking at the exit polls last night, I believe the number — and … I believe the number was 30 percent of Democrats that said they will cross over and vote for Donald Trump," he added.

"Now, 40 percent of Republicans say they're not happy with Donald Trump. Let's say 20 percent actually stick by that. Let's say 20 percent actually stick by that and say, for principles, I'm not going to do it. I'll find another party, or I just won't for that level on the ticket. Ten percent, probably maybe — maybe 20 percent will just stay home, and they'll say, 'It doesn't matter.' But if you can get 30 percent — when was the last time you ever saw a poll that said 5 percent of Democrats would vote for a Republican?" he asked. "Certainly not 30 percent in an exit poll that say they would cross over. That shows how weak of a candidate she is."

I've found him a bit loony lately, but based mostly on events of the last two weeks, I think he's right.

Maybe he is experiencing the same thing that conference losers experience when they realize that the team that beat their team is going to go on to win the championship.

Dave (in MA)

"Glenn Beck predicts
Trump will be the next president."

PepsiCO (Frito Lay, maker of Cheetos) stock is up a couple of points this week.

Free James D.

JiB @ 4:12

This WaPo article would make nice fodder for a Trump ad:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/there-are-now-more-homeless-kids-and-parents-in-dc-than-single-adults-for-the-first-time/2016/05/11/d4d256c2-16f5-11e6-9e16-2e5a123aac62_story.html?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_buzz

More homeless families in DC than ever before. After 7 years of Obama. After all the wonderful economic progress of his term. In a city that has only ever been run by Democrats, and which votes 95% Dem every time.

Jack is  Back!

Thanks, Dave for the link to my comment on Harry.

BTW, this year we come up to Wellesley where Frederick is doing summer camp (not feminist studies). June 26th through July 16th. I have been filling out forms on the internet all day. Releases and indemnities that tell me we have a liability problem in this country and I think the key word is SUE! Not the great Sue in Dallas but the great SUE in torts.

Unbelievable. For rock climbing, paint ball, indoor skydiving, water parks, bumper cars (kidding here) and trapeze. Kids are kids. But adults are adults and we're all looking to afford a Hinckley Picnic Boat.

lyle

http://www.wsj.com/articles/unfrozen-caveman-clinton-1462986665?tesla=y

Taranto quotes from the Weekly Standard:

Hillary Clinton was stunned Monday when a small business owner told her that the cost of her health insurance had increased nearly two fold.

“A $400 increase, assuming you didn’t have some terrible healthcare event, which it doesn’t sound like you did,” Clinton said at a campaign event in Virginia. “I don’t understand.”

[snip]

“What you’re saying is one of the real worries that we’re facing with the cost of health insurance because the costs are going up in a lot of markets. Not all, but many markets,” [Mrs.] Clinton said. “I think that the Affordable Care Act is a big step forward for the vast majority of Americans, but we have to look at out of pocket costs, copays, deductibles, premiums.”

Taranto adds:

We suppose Mrs. Clinton is politically constrained to assert “that the Affordable Care Act is a big step forward for the vast majority of Americans.” But it’s also possible she really doesn’t know better.

I'll bet she doesn't.

lyle

Meant to add that "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer" was one of Phil Hartman's best characters. SNL was even funny back then, believe it or not.

Porchlight

Haven't we seen this movie before?

Mitt Romney predicts 'bombshell of unusual size' in Donald Trump's tax returns

I think that "unusual size" bit is going to come back to smack ole Mittens.

lyle

So if a Clinton whitewash and all the other Obama examples mark the end of this cycle of our Rule of Law, how do we get that toothpaste back in the tube but by the unanimous examples from history.

Updated Tallyrand: this country (and much of western civilization has "forgotten everything and learned nothing."

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I guess Mittens' irony meter is broken.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Who came up with "border involved individual"?
Genius.

lyle

Hasn't Mittens joined the Cankles Campaign by now? He seems quite well suited for it. He and a not insignificant number of the GOPe.

lyle

Who came up with "border involved individual"? Genius.

I think it was JeanD.

lyle

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obama-health-care-regulators-are-in-a-last-minute-frenzy-to-do-more-damage/

Wouldn't be surprised if the healthcare regulators are dreaming up a mandatory death age.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

The list is virtually endless;

An involuntary withdrawal from a financial institution involved individual = bank robber.

An aid and comfort involved individual = a traitor.

A non-consensual vaginally involved individual = a rapist Bill Clinton.

A presumably consensual vaginally involved individual = Hillary.

Art in Newport

Glenn Beck: .. I believe the number — and … I believe the number was 30 percent of Democrats that said they will cross over and vote for Donald Trump,..

Bringing that into better focus: On CNN they said that in the West Virginia exit poll that 34% of Bernie voters said they'll vote Trump in the general

Dave (in MA)

Jack Is Back
(I want my baby back)

I just stole it from M. Marple II.

lyle

A presumably consensual vaginally involved individual = Hillary.

Brings to mind the old joke about a woman anxiously and nervously querying her doctor, "Doc, can a woman get pregnant from anal sex?" "Of course," the doctor replied, "Where do you think lawyers come from?"

Old Lurker

I do not think many, if any, Trump voters give a damn what is in his tax returns. The picture of Trump sitting beside the stacks and stacks of paper comprising his return tells most who is the criminal, and who is the victim.

Dave (in MA)

Re: the aforementioned Brad Thor's pro-Hillary stance...

Author Brad Taylor's series of books about Pike Logan should satisfy the same jones as Thor's Harvath series, if you're so inclined. He's an actual ex-SOF guy too, as I recall. He's put some anti-Trump stuff on his blog, but he hasn't written anything remotely pro-Cankles.

Ditto for Andrew Peterson's Nathan McBride series. Peterson's not ex-military but is a life-long shooting aficionado who devotes a lot of time to veterans causes.

narciso

it's been years since I heard of him,


http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-elections-trump-commentary-idUSKCN0XW0AI

jimmyk

I guess they figure they'll have more flexibility after the vote?

http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/eu-to-launch-toaster-and-kettle-crackdown-after-brexit-vote-20160510-gos4jh.html

(via Tim Blair's commenters)


First they came for our shower heads, and we said nothing. Then our toilets....

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

44%, Art, not 34, at least according to CBS.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Toasters?
Obviously The Onion's business model is hopelessly broken.

jimmyk

44%, Art, not 34, at least according to CBS.

Though I suppose that's already reflected in the head-to-head polling (41-40 according to earlier discussion). But it does exemplify Hillary's general pathetic state, and Trump's potentially broad appeal.

Free James D!

Romney's comment about Trump's taxes is everything that was wrong about his campaign and his attitude - and why Trump did so well - in a nutshell.

The Dems used that attack on him. Even though it was a total lie, he never really refuted it, never punched back, never did anything in response. It was a dirty, dishonest trick, and he sat back and let it hurt him. Even after the campaign, whe. Reid was laughing about it, Romney did nothing.

Now, he resurrects that same attack...against the nominee of his own party. He couldn't be bothered to attack the Democrats when the slandered him, mocked his wife, lied and cheated and ran the country into the ground. But when Donald Trump comes on the scene? Romney is ready for all-out war!

Beasts of England

I may have to rob a bank, Buckeye - or do my best to Episcopal 'em down quite a bit. :)

p.s., That swim platform is available with a hydraulic lift, which is nice, since I don't embark after the drunk rope as gracefully as I used to...

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