According to a tweet from NBC News’ Jamie Novogrod, [Michelle] Bachmann responded to the recent raiding of the British embassy in Iran, by saying that if she was President, she would close down the U.S. embassy there.
- Oh, what the hell . . .
Oh, and her short list for VP? Trump, DeMint and Rick Santorum. Unbeatable!
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Tagged Bachmann, elections, foreign policy, Iran, news, stupid
From the transcript of Cain’s interview at the Milwakee Journal-Sentinel
He defended his view that presidents and presidential candidates don’t need to be immersed in the fine print of world affairs – they simply need to be leaders who can surround themselves with the right people and sift through their advice.
“I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy. Just thought I’d throw that out,” he said, a dig at his critics.
So he’s saying he will make decisions on which advisor to believe, and he doesn’t need any personal knowledge to evaluate that advice. Okay.
“I want to talk to commanders on the ground. Because you run for president (people say) you need to have the answer. No, you don’t! No, you don’t! That’s not good decision-making,” said Cain.*
Having the answer is not good decision-making. Doing what someone else has decided is good decision-making. Okay that too.
The constant iteration ‘I’ll listen to the commanders on the ground’. is nonsense. The generals’ job is to determine a strategy to fulfill the mission as defined by civilians, in the person of the CinC. (Has there ever been a general for whom more troops and more weapons is not the answer to everything?) That statement almost always goes unchallenged.
*I guess the man means: I’m not supposed to know anything about the Constitution.
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Tagged 2012 elections, Cain, foreign policy, news, Politics, Republican candidates
From Dorothy Rabinowitz, old time Wall Street Journal editorial writer, today we hear that Gingrich can win. Her evidence is the thunderous applause he got last month at a Faith & Freedom Coalition forum. She’s got to want it very much to say something like this:
Whoever his competitors are in Iowa and beyond, Mr. Gingrich faces a hard fight for the nomination. His greatest asset lies in his capacity to speak to Americans as he has done, with such potency, during the Republican debates. No candidate in the field comes close to his talent for connection. [Gingrich? Really?] There’s no underestimating the importance of such a power in the presidential election ahead, or any other one.
Perhaps she’s on to something; his favorable number in a recent poll is all the way up to 12%!
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Tagged elections, government, Media, Politics, Republican debates, Republican primarie
NYC Police Chief: NYPD Could Take Down An Airplane If Necessary
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Little comment is required on this, although volumes could be written.
- Andrew Breitbart really, really wants violent civil war in America.
- The projection of his own hatred, violent impulses, and sense of inferiority is unambiguous. This guy calling others bullies and thugs is bizarre.
- Katie Couric?
That Obama birth certificate almost shut down the party – but thankfully here’s a-just-in-time replacement. Party on.
One in five American voters believe Osama bin Laden still alive
Now comes word from noted pollster John Zogby that while an overwhelming majority buys the administration’s account, a surprising almost one-in-five likely American voters believes the Al Qaeda founder is not dead at all, nor buried at sea, as Obama officials have stated.
Here we go again.
This one has to be my favorite – first time I’ve seen anyone question whether Obama was actually even born. Of woman.
And the doc dying? Now that’s cooperation.
He gets a lot of face time on TV pretending he’s running for President. Plus there’s the intellect. Also. He opines on Libya (h/t Dave Weigel at Slate):
|Newt on FOX March 7
||Newt on GMA March 23
|WHAT WOULD YOU DO?Exercise a no-fly zone this evening! Communicate to the Libyan military that Gadhafi was gone and that the sooner they switch sides, the more like they were to survive, provided help to the rebels to replace him.
||WHAT WOULD YOU DO?I would not have intervened. I think there were a lot of other ways to affect Qaddafi.
|REASON TO GO? All we have to say is that we think that slaughtering your own citizens is unacceptable and that we’re intervening.
||REASON TO GO?The standard [Obama] has fallen back to of humanitarian intervention . . . This isn’t a serious standard. This is a public relations conversation.
Still laboring on my deadline work, but I coudlnt’ let this go by.
Did he really say that?
Mr. Karl Rove, great American, has stepped forward to warn his party that the birther movement is going to hurt them. Okay. He’s a political strategist and he knows this stuff and he is right.
But look what he finishes with:
” . . . Rove wants GOP presidential hopefuls to speak out. “If they’d step forward and say, ‘Look, we’ve got better things to talk about, than to fall into this trap that the White House has laid for us,’ this issue will start to go away.”
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Tagged Barack Obama, birther movement, Birthers, elections, Karl Rove, Obama citizenship, Politics
Mostly we do a good job . . .
From the PBS News Hour report just now on Obama’s talk wtih Egyptian President Mubarak:
What Obama said – “an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now.”
What viewers of the PBS Newshour heard – “an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin . . .”
Mr. Lehrer? What happened to that last word. It was, pretty much, the most important word of the entire message. I’m prepared to believe it was an error of some sort. If so, somelthing should pop up on their web site shortly. If not, I simply don’t know what to make of this.
Here cometh Justice Scalia, that brilliant misogynistic father of an astonishing number of offspring, a Catholic-too-far, friend of Opus Dei, king of the hill.
There’s a great deal to admire about a man of such stature: a good husband, a loving and supportive father I’m sure, a famous wit, a lover of opera and best friend of Justice Ginsberg – a solid citizen in every way. He worked hard to learn the law and became one of the best 19th Century constitutional minds in the country and he is a disaster on the Supreme Court of America in 2o11.
Oh – did I say he is, all too often, a genuine misogynist? Yeah, I did. But can’t say that enough.
The Washington Post reports on Scalia’s interview with Catholic Lawyer. (Can’t wait to see what the National Catholic Reporter has to say on this.)
But I’ve never heard him actually go this far before!
Scalia: Constitution does not protect women against discrimination
(He thinks anti-discrimination is not a constitutional matter, that it’s better that fickle legislatures take care of little things like equal rights – according to however those legislators might be feeling or moved in any cultural moment. State by State. He believes that only male rights (white male I’ll assume) are actually embedded in the Constitution and all those pesky Amendments weren’t necessary.)
The man himself speaks: “In 1868, when the 39th Congress was debating and ultimately proposing the 14th Amendment, I don’t think anybody would have thought that equal protection applied to sex discrimination, or certainly not to sexual orientation . . . “
*child’s poem, here.
I used to think Cantor (R-new leadership) was a level-headed guy. He’s smart, not all Christianey (Jewish in fact) and doesn’t uses an entire can of spray every morning. He was obstructionist in the way of his party, but I always figured him to be someone who’d grow in his office.
Wrong. Apparently, he doesn’t like a proposal for a value-added tax, because . . . wait for it . . .
Cantor Dismisses Budget Fixing Proposal Because It Sounds Too European
I’m heading off to the Miami Book Fair shortly, but let’s see if I’ve got this straight.:
A Republican leader of the US House of Represetntatives has just told the head of a Foreign Country not to pay attention to the words or actions of the President of the United States, that the Republican caucus in Congress will protect said Foreign Country from any Official Foreign Policy of the United States of America.
I think I got that right. Yeah.
Hitting my own self on my own back in attempt to catch my breath.
Were it not for the arthritis and my atheism, I’d be falling to my knees begging a deity for mercy.
Levi Johnson is running for Mayor of Wasilla Alaska. Really.
Dan Savage at drhrealitycheck.org tell us (via dougJ at Balloon Juice – well, we all cut and paste, don’t we):
A bill passed by the Utah House and Senate this week and waiting for the governor’s signature, will make it a crime for a woman to have a miscarriage…. In addition to criminalizing an intentional attempt to induce a miscarriage or abortion, the bill also creates a standard that could make women legally responsible for miscarriages caused by “reckless” behavior. Using the legal standard of “reckless behavior” all a district attorney needs to show is that a woman behaved in a manner that is thought to cause miscarriage, even if she didn’t intend to lose the pregnancy.
Miscarriages occur in 15-20% of pregnancies.
UPDATE: It’s interesting to note that in the comment thread for this post, the entire conversation is between me and four men.
Via CNN, an apparently real story.
14 terror suspects mistakenly kill themselves
Perhaps we’re winning after all! Wow.
From Comcast, here are instructions I received this morning about resetting my modem – they’ve upgraded download speeds out of the goodness of their $114/month hearts:
Power cycling your Modem
To power cycle your modem:
Shut down your computer
- Unplug the cable modem from the electrical outlet
- Leave the cable modem unplugged for at least 10 seconds
- Plug the cable modem back into the electrical outlet and allow about 30 seconds to initialize before restarting your computer
- Turn your computer back on
To reset your Digital Voice modem (eMTA):
- The Digital Voice modem can be reset by using the reset button located on the back of the unit. Using a pen, paper clip, or other pointed object, depress the reset button until you see the lights go off on the front of the unit.
- Release the reset button and wait for the unit to cycle up (this may take up to five minutes to reset).
*Please note: It is important that you do not unplug the modem.
This story is from some days ago in the Washington Post. From it: “But lobbyists and many of the businesses they represent say K Street is being unfairly demonized by a White House intent on scoring political points with scandal-weary voters.”
Well damn those voters for tiring of scandals. They have no stamina at all and are barely eligible to be real Americans.
UPDATE: The link to the Washington Post article has disappeared and I think Fred Hiatt snuck in here and just took it. I am looking for the damn story now and shall re-link if I ever find the damn thing.
The Wall Street Journal tells us today that Lou Dobbs . . . let me see, how did they put it? Oh yeah, Lou Dobbs reaches out to Latinos.
Yesterday I was flabbergasted. Today I am simply breathless.
I made the error: I listened to a bit of Rush today and I learned the following: we have the story of Thanksgiving all wrong. It wasn’t about that socialist sharing thing. Thanksgiving was possible because of supply side economics and vibrant capitalism. And especially they were thankful that they hadn’t adopted the socialist ways of the natives.
Imagine – the story has been wrong for over three centuries and it took the Limbaugh to figure it out.
Also the country is suffering from ‘chick-ification’ (women in army).
It’s turning us into pussies and making us soft. Somebody better tell Iraq and Afghanistan.
It we really think Congress and the associated agencies give a damn about decent governance. I wonder who owns the FEC these days? Imagine this scenario: Congress passes a clearly reformist law. They look good doing it and pose for the pictures which no doubt will be used in the next campaign. And then their buddies at the Federal Election Commission undo things and we’re right back where we were. And I guess Congressman It’s-All-About-Me gets to fly on the Goldman-Sacks jet again. (h/t Eric Alterman)
Wonder if this will make the nightly news?
Because it’s worth it for the dear little things, and – as the sign says (in case you can’t read that bottom line):
KEEP OUR CHILDREN RADIATION FREE!
I like that exclamation point.
And here are your NICKELODEON Sponge Bob SQUAREPANTS Gummy Krabby PATTIES-Yummy Gummy Candy. They’re just full of all the things your mom . . . well, let’s be specific here kiddies. These babies are made of:
CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, GELATIN (BEEF), SORBITOL, CORN STARCH, CITRIC ACID, AGAR AGAR, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, MINERAL OIL, CARNAUBE WAS, BEESWAX and lots and lots of ARTIFICIAL COLOR so these will be really pretty.
They also carry on the box that Nutrition Facts label, so essential when evaluating your CARNUABE WAX.
The opening end of the package is sealed with a sticker that says “SEALED FOR YOUR PROTECTION” because we will not allow any harm to come to you little dears.
I wonder if they make them in chocolate?
. . . and then I’m on my way – but I didn’t want to miss noting this little charmer which I just heard on C-Span. It seems that while the Republicans in Congress have been making sure that abortion is squeezed out of Public Option or otherwise subsidized health plans . . . wait for it . . . the Republican National Committee provides its own staff with coverage for elective abortions. Isn’t that thoughtful of them? (And don’t say ‘but it’s not gov’t money’ – you believe it or you don’t believe it.) They’ve offered this abortion coverage for 18 years.
Steve Benen at Washington Monthly has the story.
A true believer
For the Secret Service to get a little closer? Or even the DC police. Isn’t standing outside an elementary school calling two of the students ‘”satanic spawn” threatening enough? How about disturbing the peace, or perhaps “something-or-othering” the pubic commons?
Witness Fred Phelps et al protesting outside Sidwell School:
“You pretend to be all non-violent, and you allow the most bloody, deceitful, evil, murderous bastard and his shemale sidekick to place their satanic spawn within your four walls?”
UPDATE: This mitigates it a bit.
Give it up. No point any more in even thinking about a civilized future. Hell, quit thinking about a future at all. They’ve won. I cannot fight a world in which there is now a prescription medication to lengthen your eyebrows. “Grow your own”. “Ask your doctor!”
UPDATE: Ed points out it’s LASHES not brows. Considerably more medically threatening condition. So we all better start measuring our lashes right now.
And half my friends of yore were just prostrate with excitement over this vapid little singer who never saw a lyric he couldn’t wreck. Or a melody he couldn’t flatten faster than a hot iron. And that’s what made Pat Boone oh so wonderful.
Gay or not? Hmmm?
He may have had facelifts, peels and something done to the hair (is it or isn’t it?), but his mouth gives him away as the old white man that he is. Very, very white. And that mouth is nasty. But since his white Jesus probably told him to say these things, it must be the godly thing to do.
It seems he doesn’t like Obama. He notes that:
“[Obama] boldly announces: “We’re going to fundamentally transform America!” And he makes it clear that he is going to cram things down our throats whether we want them or not.”
Pat, we want them. Lots of us. That’s why we elected him.
At the end of his charming column (in which he describes a White House infested with rodents, parasite, vermin, termintes, rats and worms) he concludes, as he calls for ‘action’:
“Our White House is being eaten away from within. We urgently need to throw a “tent” of public remonstration and outcry over that hallowed abode, to cause them to quake and hunker down inside. And then treat the invaders, the alien rodents, to massive voter gas – the most lethal antidote to would-be tyrants and usurpers.”
Saturday morning, I was watching a rerun of a C-Span Book TV IN DEPTH program from October 4. It was two hours with Hugh Hewitt about his new book: (This is pretty painful. Oh the things I do for da blog.)
Q: Is there any municipality or government institution that’s doing it right in your estimation?
A: [Puzzled look. Long pause. Shrugged shoulders. Smile. No answer] Finally he said “Defense department, the Marines.” and then he laughed. (The cameraman then had the decency to swing away from the stupified host, and the conversation moved on.)
This makes my teeth hurt. Hewitt continues to be embraced as a credible conservative voice. Cuz that kind of thinking so deserves a wide audience.