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Monday, March 9. 2009
To Hell with Niceness. I am all for that. I appreciate good manners, but not niceness.
Cockroach rights in Britain. How about some freedom for humans?
Chris Dodd update: The Hartford Courant finally gives him some attention. (h/t, NRO)
In which Robert Reich calls people like us "crypto-fascist demagogues." Sheesh. May I engage in this mature, elevating and highly-informative discussion of the issues by calling Reich a "pinko dwarf"?
If CO2 is classified as a pollutant
Let them fail. Even God doesn't have enough money to support all these things.
Investing: Timing is nothing. Timing is everything.
Spinning it so it looks like Obama did it.
Repubs are The Stupid Party. They ignore tactics. They don't do tactics. Too honorable or too dumb? I don't know.
Nobody's home in Washington. Maybe that's for the best.
The Admin: Britain is just one more country. Not to me. Methinks The Teleprompter dislikes the Brits. Has he ever been there? No.
The Teleprompter signs on to the Cheney view of surveillance. Crickets chirp.
If the entire EU bureaucracy disappeared, would it harm anything?
Brit Hume says it's Obama's Bear Market. Via Gateway:
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I have read here that folks are planning a big demonstration in DC in September. When I go to that website I can see immediately that that demonstration will not attract many people. Why do you think I feel that way? What is it that the planners of this event are already doing wrong? The link is in yesterday's comments.
I have received several emails touting mailing a tea bag to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
It's compact, sends a message, costs little. I just mailed mine today.
...not to induce paranoi, habu, but i could tell you a story of a grudge getting serviced via a gov't licensing lab tech screwing around with a test sample in order to file a complaint against a private citizen. IOW, someone now could come to your door and haul you away, and it would be up to you to prove there was no, say, rat poison or itching powder, or worse, in your tea sample. Suggest having next sample sent under seal of an independent test lab. excuse me now, i have to go scan the skies and get my toothbrush out of the UV darkroom.
Good advice Buddy...I tried to use some old tradecraft.
I used latex gloves to handle everything and used the lakewater off our dock to dampen a sponge to seal the envelope. I printed the envelope on my printer and never touched the envelope with a naked finger. They would have very little forensic evidence , nay I would say none linking me...not only that but I suspect they will receive tens of thousands of teabags which they will just incenerate.
But knowing that what you described goes on I would caution anyone with any criminal record to just forget the project.
But he's going to get over the coming months an avalanche of tea bags.
Finally I should say that I wish our esteemed President no ill whatsoever.
There that ought to do it.
Needless to say I didn't place my return address on the envelope, nor did I incude a note thanking Mr. 0bama for being the f-ing dork he is.
But you know he is attempting to set up an internal police force a la Hitler's SS, dedicated to him alone so who knows who he will pick out to hassle if he gets that in place.
....also he's losing ground so fast across the entire spectrum that he's in real trouble. They claimed he was "too tired" to have the Rose Garden Q & A with Mr. Brown. People are already leaving his administration and others are treating him as toxic.
When Israel attacks Iran he'll no doubt wet his knickers trying to deal with the challenge of keeping the Straits of Hormuz open...he'll bbe forced to committ at least one Carrier Group, probably two to keep the oil flowing...the Iranians will fire on out ships and we'll be in it.....our sub launched crusie missle will be working , we'll kill Irans Air Force etc...and all that is right around the corner ..... I say he takes to bed at Camp David with a severe migraine.
i can't understand why Putin wouldn't stall back the Iran nuke a couple years and let O mothball some of the Carrier Battle Groups, not to mention clearing USA off Iran's western flank. Something don't add up. well, something does, but, naw, that was just a movie.
Putin is out of the picture. This is now mano-o-mano Jews vs. the Persians. The Jews have BeBe trying to put together a coalition but even his detractors know there's no time left on the clock. They have to strike and we'll need to keep the Straits open. The Jews gain nothing anymore by letting the clock continue to tick. Their enemy has clearly said what it intends to do. They have no choice. I wouldn't be surprised to see then use tactical nukes on parts of Iran. If they don't they'll be right back where they are todaya within a decade or less.
habu, did you see this flash:
may be starting already. this guy says expect Russia & China to combine strategy:
lordy mercy --
Keep it loose, keep it tight.. where Park crosses Kingsley.
This is gonna be fun ... tighten up ....
if I'm in Montana check out the Full Belly Deli ....
mini-M.E. Sure you want to stray so far off topic? Wasn't it your admonishment to me just a few days ago to stay on topic?
Sometimes it's even a danger to get off topic. You could scare the children, but that's doubtful. Show me what ya got.
"May I engage in this mature, elevating discussion of the issues by calling him a "pinko dwarf"?"
NJ, you magnificent bastard you!
Cockroach rights in Britain? I thought they had them already with all the Muslims they have running around.
I think Mr Kookracha, here in the states will finally come out from underneath the refrigerator. He must be so happy for his English cousins.
By Mark Steyn
British prime minister Gordon Brown thought long and hard about what gift to bring on his visit to the White House last week. Barack Obama is the first African-American president, so the prime minister gave him an ornamental desk-pen holder hewn from the timbers of one of the Royal Navy's anti-slaving ships of the 19th century, HMS Gannet. Even more appropriate, in 1909 the Gannet was renamed HMS President.
The president's guest also presented him with the framed commission for HMS Resolute, the lost British ship retrieved from the Arctic and returned by America to London, and whose timbers were used for a thank-you gift Queen Victoria sent to Rutherford Hayes: the handsome desk that now sits in the Oval Office.
And, just to round things out, as a little stocking stuffer, Gordon Brown gave President Obama a first edition of Sir Martin Gilbert's seven-volume biography of Winston Churchill.
In return, America's head of state gave the prime minister 25 DVDs of "classic American movies."
Evidently, the White House gift shop was all out of "MY GOVERNMENT DELEGATION WENT TO WASHINGTON AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY T-SHIRT" T-shirts.
Still, the "classic American movies" set is a pretty good substitute, and it can set you back as much as $38.99 at Wal-Mart: Lot of classics in there, I'm sure --Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Sound of Music -- though this sort of collection always slips in a couple of Dude, Where's My Car? and Police Academy 12 just to make up the numbers.
I'll be interested to know if Mr. Brown has anything to play the films on back home, since U.S.-format DVDs don't work in United Kingdom DVD players.
...i'm reliably informed that Mrs. Brown also sent along "exquisite" gifts for the two children. The reciprocal? Well, let me quote a friend:
"...I've frothed ever since hearing this. It is too repulsive to think about. Mrs. Brown gave the two little girls exquisite dresses and something else...can't remember but equally classy. Michelle sent a Secret Service man down to the WH gift shop for two plastic presidential helicopters. After the fact.
This seemingly small event speaks volumes. As Charles Krauthammer said - Britain has been our staunch ally forever, and their men have died with ours fighting in wars with our men.... He said more, much more exquisitely than I can utter, but his disgust was plain.
ugh. I'm at a loss for words."
The truly insulting aspect of 0bamas "gifts" to PM Brown is that I would bet a $1000 dollars those DVD are not formated to play on European DVD players.
I had a friend in the UK send me the 1980's History of America by the great Alistair Cooke. They would not play on my DVD but Realplayer has a selector switch that allows one to pick which area of the world the DVD will play. I believe there are about seven different areas of the world with different DVD playing protocols.
1000 to 1 that 0bama dropped that ball and PM Brown has a set he and his family can gather 'round the glow of the computer screen to watch.
0bama. Making Jimma Carter look like a king
When Robert Reich is mentioned in a conversation (never by me) I say "oh, the midget?". This gets the obligatory thing about "lookism" or some such to which I reply "I wasn't referring to his height".
...he's a very good wind-up doll, but still a wind-up doll.
In years of watching Kudlow's 'point & counterpoint' segment, he's never once refuted Steve Moore's arguments; he just bangs ahead with the unsupported socialist-lite boilerplate.
he smiles tho, while regurgitating --so, could be woise.
Robert Reich talking about fascists is a topic way over his head.
Jonah Goldbergs truly scholarly work , Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning added a dimension to those who throw around the label fascist, and that dimension was that 99% of them have no idea what they're talking about.
Mr Reich is a failed has been attempting to remain relevent in a world he wants to institute, socialism, but is still getting push back from those like Goldberg and Gingrich who rip him a new one in every encounter. So getting vexed over Reich's opinion is good for about a millisecond of you time.
I recommend reading or getting Goldbergs book on tape so that you can get a solid piece of reseach on fascism. You won't be disappointed.
"...is a topic way over his head."
Habu, you magnificent bastard you!
Not to start picking nits but in your comment about Britain being just another country, you asked if the telepromter had ever been there. I point of fact, he was there at the end of July, 2008 and actually met with Gordon Brown at Downing Street.
But anyone that thinks Britain is "just another country" and is willing to let the special relationship we have with them wither is a fool.
Country Squire, in the milieu from which POTUs sprang, there's almost nothing not perfectly wrong with England --beginning with the long unbroken parliamentary democracy, and the rights of property therein validated & made proof in durability. Needless to say, most of us on this side of the ocean prefer your model over say, most of Africa's, where a leader's popularity is often a matter of taste.
Probably should stick to posting about baked beans but,
Habus' past forecasts Re: the banks were rrrrrrrr....
Habus' past forecasts have been rrrrrrrr....
Habus' past forecasts have been right. heh.
But Leag is also Habu? sheesh.
Anyhoo. Re: capitalists...Have read lately that the traditional ratio of the cost of gold and oil is more than a bit "out of whack" right now. The market today seems to be saying that gold might go down a bit and oil could go up a bit. I am thinking that perhaps Pres. Obama and the Dems really do want to raise energy costs and energy taxes a lot and so it shall be. What say you Bu? I hope money market funds are ok. All the markets, but especially the banks and the job markets, are so nerve racking right now.
We will loose our freedom--if folks cannot learn to RE-STATE the issue. If the focus is on words that reflect money, economy only we are doomed. If we cannot understand that most people under 40 today DO NOT understand the difference between a socialized market and a free market you cannot train them in one sunny afternoon marching in DC. You must use the same bait--March to demonstrate support for something "pretty"--not something that in today's world is destroying everyone's jobs. Sheeez! March for something like "transparency in government". March for something like "strategic project identification". March for something like "honorable and ethical government contractors". MARCH FOR something everybody can support. You will start to pull numbers away from their side if we do that! We sure in the hell won't accomplish anything marching for the rights of Bernie Madoff and that is how this poorly planned march will look to the other side--that is how it will be sold to the public
by the other side!
you're probably not going far enough with that truthful line of reasoning, AP. We'll know when some non-DC outsider from, my guess, one of the old agrarian-movement states starts making speeches about voting for the ''real'' America. about "one people, who shall not be crucified on a cross of double talk". We'll be needing a principled internal governor so the hard-lurch-to-the-right doesn't go further than say a DC weekend tar & feather & "ride 'em outta town on a rail" jubilee.
There are a few trolls on this site. One Rastus whatever insists on insinuating with his signature that he is speaking for me. NO indication that he/she will stop, or be stopped by the management. It's all good.
So with Spring here and lots of things to do I am going to suspend posting here. If someone statrts to post here using my name it won't be from me but there are no security measures here to prevent that.
Have a great summer. Perhaps I'll return in the future.
MM, enjoyed our common denominator, the wonderful equines.
Buddy, perhaps in another spot.
Jappy, take care, best to you
AP ...keep up the good work
Luther, Semper Fi
O now I'm into listing folks and for sure someone is gonna be left out, my apologies.
What appalls me most about the stumbling cluelessness of the White House in connection with the visit of Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of the UK, is that the Obama administration must have decided to fire the diplomatic protocol director who, as far as I am aware, has been a fixture there for at least 100 years to advise Administrations on how to avoid diplomatic howlers like the Obamas just perpetrated on the civilized, thoughtful and courteous Prime Minister and his wife.
The world is a wild and wicked place sometimes, and having a true specialist in diplomatic relations at hand always is a necessity when hicks like the new Prez and his wife arrive to represent all of us to the rest of the world. What they did, in response to their guests' thoughtful gifts, is what we Southerners would call 'tacky.' 'Tacky' to the max. And 'tacky' can have long range negative results, as they are hearing now.
If I've ever seen an example of 'malignant narcissism, I'm seeing it now.
"Tacky" means low-class, and has zero connotation to family or wealth or anything atal but taste and behavior. A good old-timey southern colloquialism. Remembah, Mistah Faulknuh hailt fum Mizzuzzizzipeh.
What the Obama folks did to our friends of GB was intentional.
He will regret being such a rube in the not too distant future.
Wait until President Nguesso of the Congo shows up and notice the pomp and pageantry befitting the head man of the Congo...featuring Pee-Diddie and the gang.
I'm thinking he and his wife might want to forget about shaking the Queen's hand when they go on their European tour.
We need to apologize to Theo and all our British friends for allowing a fool/buffoon into the white house.
Yup, and I suspect that The Narcissist O doesn't realize or acknowledge that he made a grand faux pas with this one. I wonder if the Halls of Ivy up in Princeton and Cambridge wither just a little when Barack The Magnificent and Michelle Ma Belle's oh-so-sophisticated Ivy League credentials are trotted out once again for the adoring press. Yup, we sure are proud of these two bright alumni lights, haha! Even W and Dick Cheney knew that whatever the hell you do in the Oval Office, stay very close to the Brits as only the Brits and our mates from down under will stand with us, no questions asked.
Which brings up another subject I've been mulling: How much American history do our leaders really know and understand? I mean objective American history, not the polemics written by Howard Zinn and other lefties. All aspirants for the Presidency should be required to take and pass a 300 question multiple choice exam in American history, the Constitution, and foreign relations. Probably not a bad idea for Congress, too. I am almost certain that only a handful of the current crop of pols could pass such an exam. Which is why watching Prime Minister's Questions is such a treat as at least once a week a questioner, the PM, or a Gov't Minister demonstrates the deep knowledge of British history and culture ingrained in the average MP with an historical analogy or allusion, by quoting a famous Brit PM or historical figure, or quoting a famous literary work.
Not a bad idea. Though the playing field would be drastically reduced in number. But nah, now that I think about it... I mean after all... how many of our past Presidents could have passed that test, a few? We take the good and the bad here... all the better I think. Though the threat seems dire, we'll survive this asshole as we have many another. Though 2010 will perhaps be a definer as to if that's true or not.
I do agree on the apology to Theo.
Punter dear ... You can't answer a 300 question history exam with a teleprompter. And O is the man who said we have 57 states in the United States. I don't think he has ever bothered to take an American history course or, obviously, a course in basic economics.
-One thing about GWB & Tony Blair, they put on a show that made both nations proud of themselves AND each other.
"they put on a show"
And sometimes that's a very important gesture. No matter my disdain for artifice in the past.
I'm growing up... maybe all of eighteen now. Mom would be proud.
ohhhh Habu--don't leave. I need you to keep the bar set high for me. How will we know it is you when you do come back?
"How will we know it is you when you do come back?"
You'll know. He'll viciously attack a sincere, nice commenter and they'll never come back. It won't matter what nic he's using, his meanness will tell.
By the way, you do realize you just certified that you know he's all those people and more. Way to worship your hero, AP.
Meta ...nice tan
I tip my hat to every comment you post , you are a necessary part of the whole... you are aware of that, by reading past comments..
..we missed you and your unequaled insight and humor.
As a body, each is but one part of the whole..
..an eye is not a hand,.. both is of equal importance.
Habu in my opinion was a delight to have on board, what a warrior !.. full of energy, long on experience, well seasoned, well traveled, well read, not to mention an advanced education,probably both formal and school of hard knocks .
hope you didn't feel threatened by his He-man chest pounding ( Gggrrrrrr ...).. he is what he is, and what he is,
is needed to keep this country strong. I for one wish we had a million more just like him, he obviously is a leader of men with the love of country as his power pellet.
Maybe yu and Habu could put a pig in the ground,
find your grass skirt, and leg wrestle in the sand,
under the alabaster glow of the warm moonlight ...
My opinion, you need rethink
as to the merit of the man
as a leader
I wouldn't follow him
even at a nickle a cup
for such false hope
Hmm, now Habu is gone and Meta's back....not that that means anything...unless...naw...So how was your trip?
When you are in that right place--drive west.
West on the highway that begins with two
down the valley of the river
to the small town with a U.
When you have passed the Y,
continue down cross over the bridge
that tops the famous river.
We are on the right
you will know you have arrived
when you see high mountain
meadow on each side.
When the real life Prof Kingsfield sneered at the first year Harvard Law students with his trademark "skull full of mush" description, it is the Obamas of this world that he had in mind. They still have skulls full of mush. I just don't see the brilliance of this guy- he can memorize a script and can read it back on a teleprompter but is woefully lacking in other basic political skills- he wouldn't last five minutes in a House of Commons debate in the country he so casually dismissed. His extemporaneous communication skills, i.e., word choice and grammar, are fair at best but such extemporaneous occasions are rare. Now we know why he needs a teleprompter everywhere he goes.
Re: The various Habus
Folks, this isn't reality like the corner coffee shop, it's the internet. Throw away your old reliable metaphysical compasses and settle into something even less concrete. Life's not all virtual, but some of it is...
Oh, and Obama is a boob.
Michelle, is a boobet. Boob and boobet.
What a pair!!
For the first time in my life I am ashamed of my First Lady.