“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, September 29, 2006

And The Beat Goes On.

Mexico Rattles it Tail

Mexico warned Thursday that the U.S. proposal to build miles of border fence will damage relations between the two countries. The Foreign Relations Department said it was "deeply worried" about the proposal, which is working its way through the Senate, adding it will "increase tension in border communities."

More Wall News
"We just want to limit the activity of the drug pushers here. This isn't a wall in Palestine. It's just something that's harder for drug dealers to jump over."

But those who live behind the wall say they feel like they have been imprisoned.

"The people on the other side of this wall don't want to know the people in here," said Ibude Agboneta , a Nigerian immigrant.
House Republicans Begin Playing Hardball
The House approved a bill Thursday that would grant legal status to President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program with new restrictions. Republicans called it a test before the election of whether Democrats want to fight or coddle terrorists.
If Only He were President, Not!
"We have destroyed the world in the name of security," Stone told journalists at the San Sebastian International Film Festival prior to a screening of his latest movie, "World Trade Center."
If Only He Had Never Been President
"I think he's one of the worst secretaries of defense we've ever had," the former president said of Rumsfeld. "Almost every decision he has made has aggravated his military subordinates and has also proved to be a mistake."
Jane Fonda's Role Model - Dead At 90
Iva Toguri D'Aquino, widely known as Tokyo Rose, who has died in Chicago aged 90, remains the only US citizen convicted of treason and pardoned by her country.
Human Rights Abuses in Pakistan - It's Bush's Fault!
Pakistan has been accused of detaining hundreds of alleged terror suspects without legal process by human rights organisation Amnesty International.

"Enforced disappearances were almost unheard of in Pakistan before the start of the US-led war on terror." Angelika Pathak, Amnesty International.


  1. I'm like, totally embarrassed to have offered to help y'all find good illos. This one is genius--and charming, too!

  2. You just cannot make stuff like this up

    Brother-In-Law of New Judge in Saddam Genocide Trial Shot to Death in Baghdad; Nephew Wounded
    By DAVID RISING, Associated Press Writer

    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The brother-in-law of the new judge presiding at Saddam Hussein's genocide trial was killed and his nephew was wounded in a shooting Friday in Baghdad, the latest deadly violence linked to proceedings against the former Iraqi leader. ...

  3. Shoot to kill.
    I'm sick and tired of not being able to type better, but that's not my message.

    We've been giving the entire world a mink gloved back rub for the last thirty years, with breaks only for Korean and Vietnam.
    Mexico too fucking bad you don't like our fence. Keep your own population at home and guard your border ..if not there will be killing on the border. We are not going to be invaded in slow motion by illiterate revanchist.

  4. Officials Say Fla. Rep. Mark Foley Weighs Resigning From House Over Questions About E-Mails
    09-29-2006 12:04 PM
    By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent

    Just another one of the magic 15.

  5. No wonder we can't get our congress to hump the gear, they're hum'in each other.

  6. I did make straight "A's" in Constitutional Law.

    Never took typing.

    Can kill at 700-800 yards though.

  7. MADRID, Spain -- Millions of anchovies _ a protected species in Europe _ have died in northern Spain after an unexplained mass beaching, officials said Friday.

    The fish, all juveniles, were found stranded along large stretches of Colunga beach, 35 miles east of the port city of Gijon, ...

    "More than three tons have been found so far, and our main _ untested _ hypothesis at the moment is that they tried to flee from predators and accidentally beached," said Luis Laria, ...

    ... If the beached specimens had grown to full maturity, they would have represented more than 100 tons of potential breeders.

    "It's a bit of a disaster," said Laria. "We can't fish them because they're so rare, and now they've killed themselves." ...

  8. In Texas the Republicans have had months to prep for a write in campaign, in Mr DeLay's district. They say they are ready, there in Texas.

    But in Florida, with just 40 days to go, better pick someone with a simple, easy to remember name.

    This fellow, he one of your Florida nieghbors, habu?

  9. I am saddened by the senseless killing of the anchovies. No doubt they were escaping the sounds from an American nuclear submarine.

    America is the home to anchovie genocide ever since Dominoes began home delivery to stoners in the 1970's... but tell me.

    How could one tell between the Vagina Monologues and Anchovie Genocide? I mean is there no moral compass?
    First they came for the vaginas and I did nothing..I was not a vagina
    Then they came for the anchovies and I did nothing ..I was not an anchovie...
    A cruel world, except for the $4.00 meds at Target and Wal Mart.

  10. 16 year old male page, that is the accusation. Not another Congressman.

    The magic of e-mail

  11. Naw, I'ma north florida redneck cracker...Foley..

    The son of Edward and Fran Foley, Congressman Foley was born September 8, 1954, in Newton, Massachusetts. He moved to Florida at the age of three and has lived in the West Palm Beach area ever since. Southern Florida's sixteenth congressional district includes residents of Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties.
    West Palm Beach fag.

  12. And now it is Official
    via Drudge
    Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned from Congress today, hours after ABC News questioned him about sexually explicit internet messages with current and former congressional pages under the age of 18.

  13. He should have gone to Barney Frank for some guidance on how it's done.

    Barney the bugger.

  14. Roger that...
    no young boys
    no billy goats
    and leave the dog alone
    Barney knows best.

    It just takes

  15. True second or third hand story...

    I've got several friends whoo work on Capitol Hill and have gym privileges. They say you would not believe what Barney comes dressed in to "lookout workout" as they say.

  16. Now he can move back to Mass. and get elected...I'm sure he'll host several bum raisers.

  17. Henry Kissinger: 'Victory Only Meaningful Exit Strategy' in Iraq


  18. Habu man, YOU ARE COMING UP WITH SOME FUNNY STUFF. My wife is yelling at me about what am I laughing about, and a crack about, "you're not blogging again are you?" I told her she is an ingrate and things could be worse for her, she could be married to a US Congressman and he would be talking to a sixteen year old page. She asked me if she could think about it and get back with me. That's one of the reasons I keep her around.

  19. But no where that I've seen does Mr Kissinger publicly define Victory, in Iraq.

    Does Mr Kissinger see a local or regional war, when he looks at Iraq?
    US Policy says it is a "local" affair. That would be the first casualty of any serious TWAT effort.

    Or is that to be left to Mr Maliki and General Casey to discern Victory in Iraq?

  20. Please refresh my memory. What is TWAT?

  21. 2164 Thank you sir.

    Tis indeed an honor to bring mirth to a world slouching toward unbridaled liposuction and plaque saddled brains.


  23. I mean if you believe General Sherman that war is hell then you can't use GREAT to describe
    what we're into right now's


  24. re: "The people on the other side of this wall don't want to know the people in here,"

    Having been to Mexico many times, I believe I can find my way there again, if I choose.

    As to knowing people on the other side of a wall, not everyone who passes my home is invited in.

  25.'re spot on my friend..

    I was a big time message carrier for him or rather his people. Paris Peace Talks,'73 A-I War, Allende and Chile....and I can tell he smelled up the Vietnam deal royally trying to look good.
    H finally "defined" victory there as allowing us to leave and lettting them take over..I can remember how absolutely livid the case officers were in Saigon when it became apparent Kissinger had no intention of helping us get our indiginous help out of the country.
    Rumor had it that it might look like we were in a panic ...we'll in April 1975 we were up to our necks in panic and we bugged out on 6-10k South Vietnamese who had helped us all those years.
    The US is a treacherous ally is the message he sent the world..I guess that is why the President knows we must stay.
    Why do you think W had such a devil of a time getting a coalition together for round 2. Cause Daddy Bush didn't finish the job and nations around the world said,,uh uh not twice to war with a squishy denouement. I don't like the man.

  26. Well over 100 years ago Gramps came over on a boat from Italy.
    He said Italy sucked, he never went back. None of his children learned Iralian.

    The mulenzan that allen quotes, Ibude Agboneta, is a fellow from Nigeria. He lives in the Anelli estate in Padua, Italy.

    Mr Agboneta is in Italy on a "guest worker" permit. But that Program does not sound much like the US proposal, no siree.

    He and his compatriots will do anything they can to stay in Italy, even work in terrible conditions, rather than return to Nigeria.

    Nigeria must really suck

  27. Greetings Bar Flies. I see happy hour is already in full swing.

    Condi Rice will soon be off to the Middle East to try to get the Road Map back on track. She'll be looking a few good (moderate) Muslims.

    Let's wish her Lot's of Luck

    Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters marched through the northern Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon to show their backing for the militant group, even as its efforts to form a national unity government appeared stalled.

    Thousands of people marched through the town of Jebaliya in northern Gaza, wearing green baseball hats and waving green Hamas flags.
    Hamas lawmaker Mushir al-Masri, attending the rally, vowed that his group would never recognize Israel, no matter what the cost.

    "We vow to God never to recognize Israel, even if we all die, and we ask God to punish Israel, its allies, and those who recognize it or call on us to recognize it," al-Masri said.

    The roadmap is deader than a door nail. Condi's diplomatic effort will be dead on arrival. And nothing's gonna change unti somebody stomps the living sh*t out of Hamas and Hizbolla . And why should Hamas form a government with Abbas' "moderates"? Hizbolla has given great hope to all who wish to destroy Israel.

    In unrelated news. What is Ivan up to? Waxing nostalgic for the good old days of the Cold War? Or just practicing for the coming cataclysm.
    The Russian air force held a massive exercise that involved strategic bombers flying across the North Pole and approaching Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and Japan, a top general said Friday.

    Lt. Gen. Igor Khvorov..said the exercise involved 70 Tu-160, Tu-95 and Tu-22M3 bombers, which test-fired 18 cruise missiles, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

    He said some bombers crossed the Arctic Ocean, flew over the North Pole and also reached Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and Japan's western coast without entering any country's airspace.

    Chaos to the left of me. Chaos to the right. Pour me a cold one bartender.

  28. Maybe they have seller's remorse over Seward's Folly.

  29. Buddy,
    Maybe they have seller's remorse over Seward's Folly.

    LOL. Thanks. I needed that. I'm guessing that they thought the Real Estate Bubble was about to pop.

  30. I tell ya, that "selling too soon" is a real pisser, alright.

    Look, if you want to know how it all comes out, and you have your credit card handy, get this (from ther "Ivan" link ads).

  31. "Bruce Loudon, South Asia correspondent
    September 30, 2006
    IN a new embarrassment for peripatetic Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Taliban officials have opened an office in the capital of Pakistan's North Waziristan region, where Osama bin Laden is believed to have his headquarters.
    The office, in Miramshah's main bus station, is said to be operating with the complicity of Pakistani authorities.

    And Taliban office workers have organised a pamphlet drop calling on locals to contact them on all matters relating to law and order.

    Yesterday's disclosure of the office's opening came as General Musharraf had talks in London with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and angrily rejected new charges of complicity between the principal Pakistani intelligence organisation, the Inter-Services Intelligence, and the Taliban and al-Qa'ida. ...

    ... On Thursday night, South Asia was alive with accounts of what was described as "an extremely frosty" encounter in Washington, during which Mr Karzai hammered home his conviction that Islamabad was not doing enough to deal with Taliban and al-Qa'ida activity within its territory, while General Musharraf declared it was doing everything that could reasonably be expected of it. ,,,

    ...Leading Pakistani newspaper Dawn said the Taliban office in Miramshah, headquarters of the North Waziristan Agency, was there for "curbing crimes and antisocial activities" in the area.

    The newspaper said announcements were made and pamphlets distributed in the town asking residents to co-operate with the Taliban in keeping peace in the agency, where bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are believed to have their operational base.

    Apart from the public emergence of an organisation that is doing battle with -- and killing -- NATO forces across the border in Afghanistan, Dawn also reported that Pakistani military authorities have returned AK-47 assault rifles, books and other materials belonging to a seminary owned by Afghan jihadi commander Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani. ...'

    ...So the jihadi commander has got his guns and his books back, thanks to the Pakistani army. ..."

    The OZian "Keeping The Nation Informed"

  32. Nice post Stoutfellow, I guess you're drinking stout? or ale? bottle or tap?

    Rat: I'm with you on the cost per KIA. Seems waaaaay too expensive. Too rich for my blood.

    Can I buy just part of a pinky nail?

    The news on Congressman Foley is a shame. There had been rumors about his orientation. He seemed like a good guy. He should of used a line from One Flew over the Cuckoos nest: "Hell, Your Honor, I didn't the page was only 15."

    If he had only apologized, I'm sure all would have been forgiven.

  33. StoutFellow,

    Great info on the Soviets flyby of Alaska and the Aluts..first I'd heard of it.

    I'm tell'in ya we can't produce those nano-Popeil-pocket-fighting-lasers fast enough.

    Ok so let's see in the past week we know our satellites are being lasered and that the Sovs are flying aggressivly close to our country in simulated attacks.
    ostensibly TWAT isn't our only concerns (The War Against Terror)TWAT.

  34. Pakistan was "behind the lines" in the jihadi war against Soviet aggression. Looks like someone is trying set up the logistics for another round.

    If Musharraf announces his resignation, looks for us to broaden the battlefield and make good on Armitage's alleged threats.

  35. rat, that report a few days ago, that foreign AQ was re-locating out of the NW territory to parts unknown--you reckon we're seeing a "political solution" up that way?

  36. PRC is Pakistan's arms supplier.

    Ivan's fly-by coincides with Shinzo Abe's accession. Abe, the "patriot/militarist" might want those northern islands back. Ivan might be saying "fuggetaboudit".

  37. Re: Nostradamus. We could just make up a bunch of clever crap interpreting his writings and market it too.

    If we applied ourselves early in the morning before the drink and meds kick in...

  38. Larsen, you're a friggin genius.

    I would put you in for OCS if weren't such a waste of a good enlisted man.

    (apologies to Gump.)

  39. If Bono was still with us,
    he could turn them all into
    Suicide Skiers.

  40. Did anyone see Oliver North’s Latest column? To my knowledge he is the only person who has written about Clinton’s outburst from this angle:
    "I worked hard to try to kill him. I authorized a finding for the CIA to kill him. We contracted with people to kill him. I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since." -- William Jefferson Clinton, Sept. 24, 2006
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Now there's a passage for the next edition of "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations"! It was a stunning, blatant confession -- made in the midst of a heated exchange on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace -- that as president, Clinton sanctioned the assassination of Osama bin Laden. To put this little piece of braggadocio in context, it should be noted that no other American head of state -- sitting or former -- has ever before admitted to such a serious violation of law. Though assassination is specifically forbidden as a course of action open to U.S. officials -- including presidents -- no one seems to have taken notice -- perhaps because they were so caught up with the theater of what was happening on the screen -- and not listening to the words being said.

    :) :0 :) :) :0 :) :) :0 :)
    ...---... ...---... ...---...

  41. Ha--i just watched "Gump" again the other night--it was great--far better than the first time, a dozen years ago, when I was working so hard i always fell asleep 15 minutes into any movie.

  42. Foley gone,
    Franks Remains.
    Studds All.

  43. couldn't he just sorta stop at the Barney Frank level--and keep it even? No, hadda be a pedophile, too--makes Clinton look respectable.

  44. Yeah, Doug. Who knew then that the goofy Sonny would go on to be a Congressman from Palm Springs?

    Or that he would someday perish in a freak accident on the slopes.

    The proprietor of this establishment found the art work when the saw draft of the post named "The Beat Goes On."

    La de da de da. La de da de lee.

  45. Kinda like 85% of the Catholic pedophile Priests. Homo to boot.

  46. The "Foreigners" were supposed to be released and then they'd leave, buddy. Those that had not yet been detained could stay, if peaceful.

    That was my basic understanding of the cease fire. Where do the "foreigners" go?
    That may be the $20 million dollar question.

    The Arabs, I think will go to their "home" countries, the Chechyens, I'm not sure of. Not even sure about the Arabs.

    Could all transit to Iraq, or set up in Iran to run operations against the PKK.

    The Pakistani may have brokered a local truce, because that is all this war is, Local.
    Per Art3 of Geneva and the Supremes, via Hamadan.

    190 funeral goers, times $20 Million each.
    A $3.8 Billion USD Opportunity, for the cost of a few Hellfires, and we let it slide on by.

  47. Sonny was more than just a sho-biz pol--he was a Reaganite in the times before that was permitted. Tough little bastid. RIP.

  48. All the expense to there
    then not Close the Deal

    No wonder we bleeding money on this project.

    Fire everyone involved in that decision chain. To allow a $3.8 Billion USD value target like that to walk away.

    Did not even try to close 'em, let alone up sell the suckers.

  49. As I understand many of the foreigners have married into the tribes. This complicates matters for the Chieftains who can't very well kill off all their sons-in-law. Thus the compromise they can stay if peaceful. Sounds to me like Musharraf kicked the can down the road and is taking the book dough and getting out before he "kicks the can".

    Re: Missing out on good deals, what do you expect" They're government employees, not "binnes men."

  50. rat, there was another report, totally apart from the truce stuff, that said "foreigners were dispersing out of afghanistan". I'll try to find it.

  51. Westhawk has a piece on that, buddy. Full of links and background.
    Still the question left unanswered is "dispersing" to where?

  52. The Game with the Russians, it still tit for TWAT

    Tensions over Georgia boiled over at NATO-Russia talks on Sept. 29 as Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov accused some alliance nations of illicitly selling weapons to the ex-Soviet country.
    NATO declined to comment on his remarks and urged restraint from both Moscow and Tbilisi in their row over Georgia’s move to press spying charges against a group of Russian army officers.
    U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld strongly defended Georgia’s ambition to join NATO, an aspiration that has angered Moscow and contributed to the mounting tensions between the two countries.
    "Some members of NATO -- shall we call them the younger generation? -- are supplying Georgia with arms and ammunition of Soviet production," Ivanov told a news briefing after his talks with NATO counterparts in the Slovenian coastal resort of Portoroz.

    Defense News all the you need to know about TWAT

  53. "Surrender" is one possibility, in some cases, tho. "Goin' home".

  54. Maybe, buddy, they'll just ...fade away...
    but maybe not.

    After 1400 years, I'd doubt it.
    That is alot of Heritage to give up on.

    But here's to hope.

  55. "... Clinton campaign spokeswoman Ann Lewis said the senator's remarks weren't meant to be critical of Dean, calling them "a positive reference to the 50-state strategy and also a recognition that we still need to raise money for Democrats." Clinton hopes to help raise an additional $5 million for candidates; several insiders predicted the Clintons might generate as much as $2 million at next week's fundraiser.

    Clinton, who accused the GOP of having "shredded" the Constitution by accepting weakened torture restrictions, told the DNC crowd she's been surprised by an influx of Republicans at her fundraising events.

    "I have a little ceremony where they can go through absolution," she quipped.

  56. true, that one wouldn't want to bet on the 'fade away'.

  57. The report by the House Government Reform Committee, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, said the panel found about 485 contacts between Abramoff and his associations and the White House, including 10 with Karl Rove, who is President George W. Bush's top political adviser.

    The committee based its findings on 14,000 pages of e-mails and billing records spanning three years ending in 2003, the committee report said.

    The White House challenged the credibility of the report, saying it was based on material originally generated by Abramoff. Abramoff and associates have pleaded guilty to conspiracy, fraud and related crimes in an influence-peddling scandal that reached into the U.S. Congress.

    "The billing records that are the basis for this report are widely regarded as fraudulent in how they misrepresent Abramoff's activities and level of access. There is no reason why they should suddenly be viewed as credible," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

  58. Zawaheri's new statement today agrees totally with the Democrats that "Bush is a liar".

  59. Are those Friggin Jihadis Dispersin WMD's?

  60. yes, they're smuggling some anti-dipshit spray into hawaii

  61. How come we ain't heard from Karridine?
    Is that place locked up as tight as Kim's A-Hole of a country?
    Sure got a full time MSM Blackout.

  62. "brain surgery with spoons" -- you can google-in on him

  63. 'Rat, 3:31:25 PM:
    Another good example of how things got so expensive:
    In the GOOD old days, Saddam woulda been hung long ago.
    But half the posters at BC will say there's some reeealy good reason to do things this way, and some day we'll find out.

  64. We should develope anti dipstick oil additive:
    "Drive" them Jihadis Nuts trying to figure out if their Goats need more Lube.

  65. When they hang Saddam, he will become a hero--watch and see.

  66. Donald Rumsfeld received a rare and prized endorsement on Wednesday when Jimmy Carter said, “I think he’s one of the worst secretaries of defense we’ve ever had.” That must be a relief to Rumsfeld. For, as they say, “consider the source.” Jay Nordlinger

  67. Bill Clinton did what almost none of us have done in five years.

    He wisely watched Keith Olbermann on MSNBC.

    Afterwards he dare bespoke the truth about 9/11, and the current presidential administration.

    “At least I tried,” he said of his own efforts to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. “That’s the difference in me and some, including all of the right-wingers who are attacking me now. They had eight months to try; they did not try. I tried. I really really extremely really tried. They didn’t try and I did, and this is the real difference, the trying. And also, I tried.”
    Brain Surgery

  68. Archives:
    "Coup is ON! Muslim Interim Prime Minister
    Its developing, and its not over yet.
    Today's posts have been made at LGF.
    Check the "Thai Coup" thread

  69. BC has an interesting post. Turmoil in Baghdad. Arrests or "senior" politicians and crackdowns, but no mention of the newly appointed Judge, at Saddam's trial, having his brother killed and nephew wounded.

  70. So many Wars, and rumors of Wars and Coups, so little time.

  71. Ah, how I miss the peaceful era...1923-25.

  72. As to US Force size, budgeting and the like, Westhawk has, once again done Yeoman's work on the subject

  73. One of these days, I will have to tell all about 2164th as Gump. It indirectly involves John Kerry and an interesting cast of characters, Bill Crone, Rob Owens, John Hull, goes through to a Senate hearing conducted by Jfffn Kerry and ends up with me in the living room of The Naval Observatory in DC, which is the official residence of the VP. I am standing there minding my own business looking at all the suck-ups glomming on to Vice President Dan Quayle. The VP worked his way over to where I was standing and introduced himself. When I told him we had some common friends he seemed pleased. When I told him who they were, he did not look well. I promise to tell all when I can write it in a coherent fashion.

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  75. TV direct, no "network" required

  76. 2164, I've met, shaken hands with two presidents. As a peon cmpgn helper only, in rope line sorta things, but still, I feels honored.

  77. Millard Fillmore and James Buchanan

  78. Buddy, This has to do with the Contras in Nicaragua.

  79. All Hell is breaking loose in Baghdad. Evidently, the ISF, and the Americans, raided the home of a "Major" Lawmaker, found a VBIED Factory, and arrested him.

    WWIII in Baghdad - Iraq the Model.

  80. I want to hear it when you can do it, 2164.

  81. Don't forget the gov't's apprehension (and killing) of Iran/Syria moneyman Omar al Farouk, in N Iraq earlier this week.

  82. Ahh. Here it is like clockwork. Al Qaeda using Democratic talking points in a fumble-fisted attempt to aid the anti-Bush party.
    "Can't you be honest at least once in your life, and admit that you are a deceitful liar who intentionally deceived your nation when you drove them to war in Iraq," Ayman al-Zawahiri said in a portion of the video released by the Washington-based SITE Institute.

    Zawahiri is clearly saying "Bush lied. People died. Iraq is the distraction from the War on Terror".

    And here is Bin Laden in his October 2004 message to the American voter just prior to the presidential election:

    "It never occurred to us that the commander-in-chief of the American armed forces would abandon 50,000 of his citizens in the twin towers to face those great horrors alone, the time when they most needed him.
    But because it seemed to him that occupying himself by talking to the little girl about the goat and its butting was more important than occupying himself with the planes and their butting of the skyscrapers, we were given three times the period required to execute the operations—all praise is due to Allah."

    Yes, he was echoing the Democrats "My Pet Goat gambit. No mention of Bin Laden, though, in Zawahiri's message.

  83. Betcha it was one of Sadr's boys. Damn, I hope this leads to a "showdown" with the Mehtis. That would be Good.

  84. Oops, Farouk killed in Brit area, by Brits.

  85. It's okay, Buddy; a lot of those dirty son of a bitches have been going to meet Allah, recently, from all over the country. It's easy to get confused.

  86. tangential to stoutfellow's point, we can expect the terrorists to try to help the Democrats, over the next 5 weeks, can't we?

    (and vice-versa, of course, always)

  87. Omar's second post was well worth reading, also. He's basically saying that Maliki has to make some kind of a deal with Iran, and Syria (especially, Iran, I think,) even though he doesn't say it.

  88. DR..
    You do us a great favor by keeping an eye on Westhawk for you have provided many great thank you a bunch.

    I just finished the lastest one on rotation and force levels..Rummy's gamble. I was very good
    One particular item caught my eye and that was the references to the conservative think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation, prompting action for more troops.
    I've been reading that group for a score years and when they speak I usually listen. But then I return to some of your thoughts on troop levels vs. how effective are we being with what we've got.
    I have not opinion to offer but I tend to think that between the wisdoms of you and Rummy there is a balance that may work ..I guess it's a hope.
    I do think it will be many many years before all of our forces are out of Iraq
    Let's hope for the troops sake they westernize after awhile so that the slits won't all be horizontal.

  89. Fewer troops meant fewer targets.
    Castrated troops meant a no-win "War."

  90. Buddy your point on the terrorists helping the Democrats over the next month is so compelling as to be scary.
    They could launch a mini TET with this country, but would that work? They could remain quiescent, but would that help the Dems.
    Do they war or wait?

  91. Rufus--*this* won't help the Dems. Kudlow featured the author--big Dem writer Jim Warren of the Chicago Trib--on his show tonight. He called this article a "don't miss" on the state of the economy.

  92. I predict the Dems will see the error of their ways, and give POTUS their full support between now and the election.
    (Course the Moonbats will have their heads.)

  93. emphasis: it's by a Democrat political/economy writer.

  94. (Top of Google news) (snip) "The espionage dispute between Georgia and Russia intensified September 29, with a statement from the Georgian Interior Ministry that Russian military "movements" had begun in territory bordering Georgia, and accusations from Moscow that the arrest of four...."
    (read more)

  95. Buddy, your 9:18 is behind the subscription wall, but I can pretty well guess what it says.

    BTW, tradesports is a good bet, again; the Foley story has knocked the GOP House bet down to 51, again. All it means, is that instead of losing 5 seats they may lose 6.

  96. Mother Nature has screwed the Dems. If a Hurricane had gotten loose in the Gulf, they would have had some chance, but without one, nada.

  97. Boy, I don't think there's a chance of it, but if Russia did go into Georgia it would jar some people awake.

  98. no shit, it sure did when Sherman did it

  99. Hey gang...good to see yall here. Followed a link over from BC. First post here.
    Would like to go on record as stating that I am all for TWAT. I concentrate on the TWAT most of my waking hours.
    I will not comment on the demorats but for outstanding blogging on Messyco please "Mark in Mexico" sorry will not refer anyone to the "g" word and too lazy to hyper link. Mark is a fine blogger and worthy of your time.
    Oh and BTW I have it from some reliable udersea sources that the anchovie suicide is a W/Rove arrangement.

  100. Joe B,

    We're all "Sophisticates," here. Of course, we knew that Rove was behind the Anchovie Suicides.

  101. It's an offshoot of the "Androgenous Catfish" Program. A little "Bonus," as it were.

  102. On a slower News day we could have channeled those anchovies into quite a catch.
    Eco-terror dolphins, Global Warming, socialist fishing quotas and for Ms T, even breeders were mentioned.

    But TWAT got in the way.

  103. if it wasn't for TWAT, i coulda BEEN somebody.

  104. Pelosi and Kennedy - "What TWAT?"

  105. Chaffee - "Fox?" TWAT?

  106. It wuz TWAT happened to me, too.

  107. The booze, drugs, and stolen cars did their part too i guess

  108. First - they won't go wit ya

    then - you try to get'em drunk

    then - you get yerself drunk

    then - oh hell, it just goes straight downhill from there.

  109. Someone stole your car?

    In Texas?!

  110. never shoulda dropped out of high school, either. but damn, 37 years old and still in 7th grade, it was embarrassin.

  111. But the teacher, she was kinda cute. A tad young, but mow adays that's all the rage.
    For Congressmen and Teachers

  112. Shit, we done degenerated, again. I'm going to bed. Nite all, G'nite P'Tater, wherever you are.

  113. Was it the Congressman, or the Teacher that took US over the top?

  114. Or to the bottom, depending on the perspective, of course

  115. That's the best question of the era.

  116. That guy that stood on the car with a megaphone in berkely in the early 60s--the Free Speech Movement guy. Hollywood followed, and the congress and the teachers. Howzat for histry?

  117. My favorite article of the week after Doug's link to Ralph Peter's oped in the NY times was Westhawk's blasting of the latest NIE report
    " We pay $30 billion per year for that?"

    GOT TWAT or P(partial)WAT?

    Mr.larsen look forward not back brother. I know we have to learn the lessons but let's apply all that lernt in the 7th grade.

  118. Cutler's Graduate Program:
    George Washington University
    The institution’s Graduate School for Political Management offers a concentration in campaign management. Classes are at night, and many students fit classes around full-time jobs. A common courseload is two classes for each of three semesters a year; a student could finish his degree in two years on that schedule.

  119. How the Hell did Rufus let the Ruskies get into Georgia?

  120. good advice, mr buzz--relates to a favorite, "Time Flies Like an Arrow, Fruit Flies Like A Banana".

  121. doug, it was the Tennesse Campaign that opened it up. After The Battle of Chattannoogga (when in spelling doubt, use two of every middle consonant), Goergia was basically under-defended on the northern approaches.

  122. Oct 20 Clint Eastwood, director, Dreamworks release, "Flags of our Fathers", the Battle of Iwo Jima.

  123. Just a wee bit o profil'n laddy..passengers force man off plane..Bearded Man

  124. Holy St Pete!
    The boy, who is not being identified because of his age, told the St. Petersburg Times in an interview last November, when the Times first learned of the e-mails, that he cut off correspondence with Foley. [emphasis added]
    What gives? Did the boy ask the St. Pete Times not to print? Why would that be if a) he'd already sent excerpts from Foley's emails back to Congressional staffers and b) he agreed to be interviewed by the paper? Maybe the paper held off purely out a concern about libel, but the suddenness of Foley's resignation (and the fact another page has apparently come forward) suggests this wasn't necessarily the toughest nut to crack. And since Brian Ross and ABC News had no problem breaking the story wide open, the libel argument doesn't seem to hold much water.
    So if the St. Pete Times could have nailed the story down a long time ago and didn't, that leads us to two fairly divergent pieces of speculation: Was the paper planning on springing the story closer to the election and got scooped by CREW and ABC News? Or was the paper deliberately ignoring the story in an effort to cover for Foley? Neither seems all that likely to me, so I'm at a loss as to what motivated the St. Petersburg Times to keep a lid on this story for the better part of a year.
    UPDATE: Looks like the St. Pete Times may not have been the only group sitting on this story. Josh Marshall asks the same question of the House GOP leadership: what did they know about Foley and when did they know it?

  125. The Sinking of the Good Ship Webb.
    Dean Barnett 8:12 AM
    In the race to the bottom, the Jim Webb campaign has scored a stunning and decisive victory. It can now officially be said that the Webb campaign has become the most vicious and pathetically negative campaign in modern history.
    Webb’s virtual surrogates have unearthed another scandal to tar Allen with. I’ll let the Daily Kos diarist take it from here:...
    Imagine what it’s like to be Jim Webb. You’ve spent six decades living an admirable and worthy life, and then in the course of a few weeks on the campaign trail, you piss it all away. The appeal of Jim Webb as a candidate is that he’s brave, a hero. Webb has had several opportunities to be brave and stand up to gutter politics the last few weeks. He has declined them all. Whatever courage Webb showed in past endeavors has obviously not carried over into the political arena.

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  128. Damn, doug, spittin' on a ladie's shoe, well that says it all. ...

    Mr Webb had better put a stop to those types of reports, we all know how easy Bloggers are to control.

    Herding cats would be easier.

    So blogging heralds the death of the MSM and biased reporting?

    Macaca, that's what will have popped Mr Allen's Presidental balloon, regardless of Mr Webb and the Senate race.
    To much attention focused on a half full glass. Good to know now.

    Seems the MSM set on this next story for about year.
    Why the cover up for Mr Foley, because he was a pedophile or because he was a Republican or because they were laying in wait to spring the ambush, right prior to the Election, because he was a Republican?

    Another new prospect for the Democrats magic number, 15

  129. Goldilocks Economy:

    "We are enjoying a goldilocks economy, not too hot and not too cold." In other words, there's no economic bubble out there that's about to go "pop."

    Recent economic reports confirm this: Factory production is strong. Core inflation has settled down. Excluding energy, consumer prices haven't moved all that much in the last three years. In the third quarter, real consumer spending is running 3.2 percent at an annual rate, ahead of the second quarter average. Non-defense capital-goods shipments (excluding aircraft) are 7.6 percent ahead of the second quarter. After-tax real disposable income is 5.4 percent higher than last year. And tax revenues are rolling in, with both states and the U.S. Treasury reporting record revenue collections.

    Rising stocks, falling gas prices, low tax rates and the Goldilocks economy are powerful pluses for election-year Republicans. With so many indicators leaning positive, the Democrats aren't even talking about the economy anymore.