“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."
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Time For a Benediction? (Update)
Update: (Democracy rules at The Elephant. We do not cower under the dictates and whims of tyrants. We drink and talk and practice what we preach. The ship made a miraculous recovery. To you military analyst, pay close attention to the empty life boat, surely a metaphor to The Elephant. Votes were taken and the motley crew says: Onward, Forward, Damn the torpedoes, pass the chips.......)
Gentleman, Friends and Loyal Opponents. We embarked on this short voyage to establish a refuge when Wretchard the Petulant locked the doors and we were unsure of a place to meet and share our common interests. We were successful in so much as we scared him back to his senses. I am not a blogger. I run an international business enterprise and am actually quite a private man. It is clear to us all that our merry band has become to put it bluntly, sparse. Some of the less brave have returned to meekly sit at the feet of Wretchard, most recently morphed into a new form of feline. I have and continue to burn my bridges with the fellow. I once enjoyed the camaraderie of the BC, but after the lock-out saw a side to the man I do not care for. I was sorry to see the once noble Habu break ranks. I put it to a vote. Wherto from here?
Posted by Deuce ☂ at 9/19/2006 08:40:00 PM
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It's your house, and whit's.ReplyDelete
Blogging is a job.
Of that there is no doubt.
I can understand your desire not to continue the blogging roll, you posts are great, though, and you could still be a contributor, even if you stopped, right?ReplyDelete
What about Whit?
I'd be willing to do some admin tasks and occasional post when Whit is occupied w/something else.
Maybe someone else would also?
I guess we'll see what the rest want to do.
Has anyone seen a report of the Coup in Thailand being one of a MUSLIM General in a Buddist Land?ReplyDelete
If doug will teach me some English, I guess I could contribute some ripped off material the Hebrews.ReplyDelete
Have not seen any secterian reports from ThailandReplyDelete
*from* the Hebs.ReplyDelete
Doug, I'll traslitarate into the English and send youz the mp3 file to have it typed. :D
Doug, we'll start with astrology .ReplyDelete
Proctology as performed by a Dentist.ReplyDelete
Specializing in Colonic Impaction Remediation.
How can we be sure you *speak* English?ReplyDelete
NOOOoooo, NOOOoooo, Don't do it.ReplyDelete
Just don't work so hard at it. Post every other day, or so. Let Doug help out. Think about it. Please....
Yeah, these things are works of Art, when a Fart would do for discussion purposes.ReplyDelete
That honeysuckle's a calamitous confounded study either way.ReplyDelete
She got the handsome cheek bones of Colin Powell
She got haunches fit for the matronly.
She got a wholesome potpurri of fermentin grains
and she dont begrudge a fellar nuthin if you have to do your business in front of her.
Why I think if habu wants to go get his ass good and stoned and dodder over to his new apple g5 thats mighty fine. But miss honey suckle is bout to feel my tragedy up in her commons.
I got lots of pics i can post for the site in the future. Make me an admin.
Or a hemorrhoid.ReplyDelete
Wretchard was none to kind to any fellar who fancied mentioning flatulence, stool and 4$$ReplyDelete
Fancy this the best part about these here parts of the internets. Don't matter what the hell you where or where the webcam is pokin at so long as you with God
good with god that isReplyDelete
is Deuce John Robb?ReplyDelete
I share misgivings about the Habu/Honeysuckle matchup w/Sausage, but they are DIFFERENT misgivings.ReplyDelete
Even before this thread I was thinking you guys posted a weeks worth of material in 24hrs.
Ya see, the BC is something of a spirited gallic fingerbangin, all technique, power and concentration and not terribly mutual.ReplyDelete
Here at the EB its more like a proper saturnalia, what with all the rich interactions and flight of norms.
Agree w/the nonmutuality:ReplyDelete
Rarely are honest questions answered, help given, when that's what the webs all about in my experience.
Listen, we gotta just power on through this uncertainty.ReplyDelete
Just how when African Americans invented scatting, the be-bop and the what not, it took time to catch on. Its always a small and disconnected inner circle that do everything from from the Manhattan Project to coach Wretchard on the trammelhorse and rings.
we should settle this by a Youtube contest of 2164 vs Wretchard in a GUITAR CHALLENGEReplyDelete
Or teach Cropdusting to aspiring Stews.ReplyDelete
How about Wretch on the trammelhorse and rings, and Deuce on the Guitar?ReplyDelete
Why I feel that if I were swearingen right now, I'd have some choice words for you, doug.ReplyDelete
strung with cat gut?ReplyDelete
put me down for $200 towards that goalReplyDelete
fellars got a price, specially them elastic ones
Is that USDA Choice?ReplyDelete
We gotta talk to Glenn and Helen Blogspot about promotions. They always a happy bunch that could sell anything with their homespun broadcastin like they was makin preserves and mass communicatin insteada jars or somethinReplyDelete
Its homebrew, like 2164's hyperlinkless textsReplyDelete
Here, im drafting wretchard an email and ill copy all you fellars on it.ReplyDelete
Think he'd like one of them small trees? Id do bout anything to see the fabled mat routine
Habu chased off all the girls, then abandons ship!ReplyDelete
Womens went to the meatin hole, leavin us here to ponder the finer points of our anatomy.ReplyDelete
We could have some threads where Sausage just posted and posted some more, with others just popping in now and then to squeeze off a post.
Deuce, don't feel like you're in "Competition" with Wretchard, or anyone else. It's apples and oranges. How did the old candy bar commercial go? "Sometimes you feel like a Nut, And sometimes you don't." Sometimes you want to go "girlin" at the fancy hotel bar, and sometimes you go for the "Roadhouse."ReplyDelete
That was a "Great" Post you made regarding the dinner with the twelve "Anglo" Conservatives. It was a Real Life insight that would be unlikely to have been found at BC. You and Whit have put up some great posts; but, maybe you're working at it too hard.
Having said all that, "If it ain't fun, don't do it." But, I sure wish you'd sleep on it.
I'll just stare at the news tickers and wait for the muse to hit me. Gotta change my dressin some but that dont mean i gotta be no hah-bu, whose there and gone before you hear him like some masculine sneezeReplyDelete
You've sprung a leak in your fart suit, again?ReplyDelete
hey doug, looks like your mexicants are mexidoingReplyDelete
This has been a shaky day, all around. Even little tiny things-- my kid droppered her Alexander graham Bell mobile and broke it before the teacher even saw it. After all that work I did. damn.ReplyDelete
k. Here's a muse for the next blog entry:ReplyDelete
Syrian President Bashar Assad has agreed to allow troops on the Lebanese side of border to enforce an arms embargo along the border between his country and his country.
Damn, that's nice of Assad, dontcha think? Hope it's ok with him if i step outside and water the chinaberry tree.ReplyDelete
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nice Mexico link, SS. Fox is trying to do a few things, it just gets lost in the general uproar. i feel for the guy, turning over a country primed for every nasty thing in the Lenin playbook.ReplyDelete
Hugh Hewitt has a post up about Amadingdong's Speech.ReplyDelete
Ya got a Mulberry too? Those things are Good.ReplyDelete
We know next to nothin about what MATT thinks about it!
Maybe he should post on it!
The Cat's on the wagon:
9 Lives and Counting: Cat Power Sobers Up
After climbing out of a dark pit, Chan Marshall is receiving critical praise for her concerts but still needs antidepressants to get by.
He had a great interview with a guy that knows the Pope well too.
Wish he would put that transcript up.
I think we need to talk with Assad on how he manages Syria's tightly controlled borders and airports without such foreign troops.ReplyDelete
The Administration will not talk to Doc Assad, Ms Rice says he knows what we want, and that's that.ReplyDelete
Only Mr Chirac talks to the Doc, him and Abracadabra.
Does US a lot of good, having Chirac be the go between.
Maybe what's needed is less chitchat and more a collaborative effort.ReplyDelete
I watched as much of the Achminejad speech as Fox shewed. 5 minutes worth. He does weave alternate realities, a little hitler-fabulist if ever there wuz one.ReplyDelete
His mock today about USA lacking the will to establish order in Iraq was especially galling.
I almost wish hysterical Al "Earth" Gore was prez--he might take a hissy and flatten the little persian rugrat.
Rat, if he did talk to him you'd just grouse about the "master Plan," or some such. There's nothing to "talk" to him about. We're not ready to kick his ass, right now; he knows it, and we know he knows it.ReplyDelete
Doctor accused of giving stripper a handReplyDelete
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (AP) -- A doctor has pleaded not guilty to stealing a hand from a New Jersey medical school cadaver and giving it to an exotic dancer, authorities said.
Ahmed Rashed, a 2005 graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, was charged Monday after voluntarily returning from Los Angeles, California, where he is in a residency program, said his lawyer, Hassen Abdellah.
Rashed, 26, is free on $1,000 bail.
The dancer, Linda Kay, kept the hand in a jar of formaldehyde in her bedroom. Friends have said she called the hand "Freddy."
This quote hits home, for even the Iraqi of Mosul believe it is the case, per Mr Yon's tale from there.ReplyDelete
... Ahmadinejad claimed that numerous terrorists apprehended by the Iraqi government were "let loose under various pretexts by the occupiers."
"It seems that intensification of hostilities and terrorism serves as a pretext for the continued presence of foreign forces in Iraq," he said. ..."
Another perspective of
"Catch & Release"
Habu: Not for NoobsReplyDelete
I thought there was a 15 minute limit:
Seemed like a half hour.
Got REALLY Bad toward the end.
So, rufus, we are not going to "flip the Doc" as so many felt was the "Plan", nor even try. Instead we have Mr Chirac saying the Securiry Coouncil should step back on the Iranian issue, as his troops enter the Lebanonese impact area.ReplyDelete
We just keep adding to the mix till a thousand word poem is finally pictorialized.ReplyDelete
Doug, I think he would have been better off just paying for the "Nooky," don't you?ReplyDelete
You know Rat, I think Doug's "Freddy" the hand post is kind of the perfect "Metaphor" for ME politics. I just don't understand those folks, and I'm going to quit pretending that I do.ReplyDelete
Iran is seein what is fryin up next door. I don't think they want to be sizzlin anytime soon - not in the pan or the fire sense. Probably want to stay kibbee and see what come from that.ReplyDelete
Arab Newspapers describe the halliburtoned construction of massive teflon discs, that flow bright red for miles around, visible even from space when they're testing em at night. The olive oil groves of Gaza will go first, and so coat the Gazans. Then thats where we strike mr. assad and suck up the rest of his crops and people. And the frying will last for months, crowds filed onto escalators made in israel where theyll reach the top and totter on down to the searing plate that size of a few football fields.
Use a whiteboard that will allow audio visual type collaboration. Distributed creativity.ReplyDelete
I thought that Bush was half-way sane when he came into office, but if he's totally batshit crazy after two more years of fucking with those people, I'll understand.ReplyDelete
fucking with who?ReplyDelete
Powell, McCain, the dems...
between mathusela and sausage and doug, we have a good deal of the DMV IV demonstrated.ReplyDelete
Okay, how about this? You've got Amadipshit in front of you, you've got Chirac and Maliki on either side, and "Crazy" John McCain at your Six. How do you like it, so far?ReplyDelete
Wonder if McCain has some OTHER plan than the GOP nomination?ReplyDelete
Don't think he'll get it now.
that's DSM IV. ha--who crazy, now, mus be me, whoowee, whoowee.ReplyDelete
I'm w/ you rufus--batshit crazy wouldn't be at all hard to understand.
DMV IV ?ReplyDelete
And, the Dems lobbing grenades at you from the hill behind.ReplyDelete
DSM IV ?ReplyDelete
I'm sure he's thinking, pretty much 24/7 by now, how nice it'd be to just hang round the ranch, doin a little fishing, lolling in the autumn shade.ReplyDelete
As you said, doug, there is no avoiding the coming collision. There was a window of opportunity for a real, low cost, preemptive action, but it has shut.ReplyDelete
What's DSM IV?ReplyDelete
DC is a fucking disgusting cesspool, and the rest of the world is worse.ReplyDelete
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental DisordersReplyDelete
What collision, 'Rat?ReplyDelete
Abra sounded real peaceful at the UN.
Wasn't there, like, one President in history that held elective office "After" the Presidency?ReplyDelete
We should require Allen to post 3 times a day min.ReplyDelete
this is DMT 5ReplyDelete
I'm ready for the 12th Imam to emerge from my flushable well and transubstantiate me.ReplyDelete
Jimmah Carter Elected hisself World Arbiter after the Presidency.ReplyDelete
Just wanted to thank Wretchard for an excellent posting, especially as 'rasqual' said, for his false tolerance summation.
I have regrettably(and I hope it's just my innate pessimism), come to the conclusion that the conflict with 'militant' Islam is a slow-motion train wreck. The train has already hit that bad section of track, but now time is in s-l-o-w s-p-e-e-d , wherein it is hard to see that the disaster is already upon us.
I don't think the eventual conflict can be avoided, now. If the conflict is both 'ideological'(Islamic Supremecism) and 'structural'( a dysfunctional and decayed Middle-East, that simply keeps producing nothing but rage), what events could happen that could alter the dynamic already in place? I just don't see any likely candidates.
Now it seems to be merely a question of waiting for the other shoe to drop, or maybe more accurately, for the curtain to open after the introductory music.
9/19/2006 07:44:48 PM
Please allow me to explain my lack of participation, variously characterized as "chasing off all the girls and then abandoning ship", believe that was Doug.
And of course the description of the once noble Habu breaking ranks in the initial thread by our host.
To Doug's comment. The girls I read on this blog couldn't have been chased away by Attila the Hun, much less by me. That I may have challenged their positions is the character of blogging, unless we choose to call it choir practice, in which case what's the point?
To 2164..how dare you call me noble! I've spent the better part of a lifetime being cunning and secretive. You men know more about my life than do the very few friends I have as far as thoughts on subjects of import. But thank you for the kind characterization.
I believe I have posted twice in the past two week (perhaps less) on the BC. Once was today and it was a short reference to H.L. Menchen and press reporting.
I have on more than one occasion alluded to the fact that while blogging with such informed, witty, and acccomplished men and women was fun ,it does occupy vast amounts of time. This in fact is the nexus of this thread, 2164's time and how it's allocated.
My philosphy has been for many years that the brevity of life allows us only so much time to pursue a cornacopia of activities and interests. I can't to that riveted in this chair all day.
In order to be a vital and positive contributor to any blog also means you've got to do your homework, another time consuming thing that I have already spent 35 plus years doing, all prior to the acendency of the blog world. I had given it up and moved on to other endeavors when the blogworld materialized. I jumped in with my "nuke'em, kill, destroy & firebomb our enemies daily homily"
There is also the matter of administering four estates, no small task.
I enjoy the comaraderie, the witticism, the knowledge and insight into topics to which I could not contribute much, but there are only so many hours in the day and each of us take our own roads. We are fortunate to be Americans and be able to do that.
For me it became time to saddle up and take the fork in the road.
For those who have heard me allude to this previously none of this should be a surprise. I truly respect and even find affection for this group. 2164 stepped up but is now confronted with time constraints and is at his own fork in the road, for many of the same reasons.
So there it is. No animis toward anyone,not much of anything except the Big Muddy keeps roll'in and we all do too. If the blog survives I'll drop in from time to time for a free stoogie and a Wild Turkey but at this moment in time I've reduced airspeed,dropped flaps to 45 degress, wheels down and three green and will be out of the sphere more often than in it. I see I have a fork-in-the-road-saddle-up-aircraft-landing mixed metaphor going here, sorry.
So I won't say good bye, just see you down the line.
Best to all,
Hugh Hewitt said he said a nice little prayer to the "12th" Imam to close out his speech.ReplyDelete
I'll be Trip Sitter for the first EB Space traveler.ReplyDelete
DMT is a powerful psychoactive substance. If DMT is smoked, injected, or orally ingested with an MAOI, it can produce powerful entheogenic experiences including true hallucinations (perceived extensions of reality). A trip sitter is often employed to assist the drug user in staying physically and mentally healthy, and, in the case of smoked DMT, to catch the pipe when the user loses awareness of it.
Is there a facehugger stage to the 12th imam?ReplyDelete
I've needed a beer catcher before.ReplyDelete
we'll miss your steady supply of belly-laffs, habu.ReplyDelete
theres always ayahausca if you dont fancy the pipe and the retrosynthetic analysisReplyDelete
What about Tater?ReplyDelete
Ok. So we learned about Dimitri. But what did we learn about Vlad?ReplyDelete
the prayer, doug, is up on the Hewitt site-tufus has a link upstream. It's pretty wild. A call for "justice". i think he means more hanging children.ReplyDelete
Good God, MacArthur was less maudlin; and, at least he didn't mix that many metaphors. Go take a nap, Habu; sober up, and we'll see you tomorrow. We'll miss you a bit, but Possumtater, a lot. Chow, buddy, er, Habu.ReplyDelete
Maybe them lawyers have him in a Four-Estate Funk.ReplyDelete
I hate to read about those hallucininoginocins. I start seeing blue spots all over the divan.ReplyDelete
Yeah, that could do it; In fact, it would be Guaranteed to "do it."ReplyDelete
I think he forgot to put on his steel cup before letting the "Tater" in.ReplyDelete
"Bestow upon humanity that thirst for justice, the perfect Superfacehugger being promised to all by you, and make us among his followers among those who strive for his return and his cause."
anyway, habu, BC had the taqiyaa usher keilland rolling his oily phrases over BC today and it needed your H.L Mencken quote.ReplyDelete
Senior Syrian government official have accused the US of being behind Tuesday's assault on its own embassy in downtown Damascus.ReplyDelete
A Baath party official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told WorldNetDaily, "We in the government are 100 percent sure America was behind this attack, which is not the same as other attacks by Islamic groups."
Long lost Mr K.ReplyDelete
Figured the Coast had been cleared.
Next thing you know, they'll be claiming we attacked "Ourselves" on 9-11. . . . .Oh, WaitReplyDelete
unctuous, supercilious, sanctimony, the stock in trade.ReplyDelete
Apologies to David SchenkerReplyDelete
Monday, September 18, 2006
My apologies to David Schenker. Several days ago I wrote: "David Schenker of WINEP and Tony Badran of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies are pushing [a] conspiracy theory.” The conspiracy theory I was referring to is the notion that the Syrian government was behind the terrorist attack on the American embassy.
In fact, Tony Badran argues that Syria was behind the attack, not David Schenker. I incorrectly lumped the two together because this is what Guy Darst of the Boston Herald did in his misleading article, cited as the source of my remarks.
I have since communicated with David Schenker. He sent me two articles about the embassy bombing, one of which Darst borrowed from. By taking Schenker's remark out of its original context and plopping it in with Badran's more serious accusations, Schenker was done an injustice and I compounded it.
The two articles that give a full account of David Schenker's argument about the Damascus bombing make clear that he stops short of arguing that the government set up the bombers. Eli Lake of the New York Sun, quotes Schenker as follows:
Assad knows his home audience well. kept at the intellectual level of a camel turd, they'll believe anything. and kill on it.ReplyDelete
They've All got "Ollie, Ollie, Home Free" for the next 7 weeks. Dubya ain't gonna do, or say, nothing to cause the price of gasoline to go up between now and the elections.ReplyDelete
Corker (TN) started running a good "Border Security" ad, today. There's no telling how much the Pubs are going to put into that race. They've "Gotta" have Tn, and Mo.ReplyDelete
Pubs have 6 times the dough of the dems.ReplyDelete
you're right. The Pope will have to fade the heat all alone for awhile.ReplyDelete
Isn't he behind in TN?ReplyDelete
Whatever you decide to do -- thank you for everything you have done so far. I've no expertise to contribute, but am grateful to the experts who do contribute here: you, Buddy, Desert Rat, Allen, Habu, Doug, Rufus, etc. Thanks.
I think it's deeper than that, Buddy. Usually when they accuse someone of something you can be damn sure that they are guilty of whatever they accuse the other of doing. I'm confident this was a Syrian staged event. Maybe the Syrian really want to talk. Maybe they realized all the Iranian ducks are lined in place? They're also started making more positive noises on the Israeli captured in Gaza after first giving the thumbs down.ReplyDelete
My thought was the Embassy attack was a warning to fade out the Hariri thing. but you make sense.ReplyDelete
hey, thanks, ruin.
BYW, that's a rather spectacular handle, ruins.ReplyDelete
Yeah, I think he is. Ford came from eleven down to three up running one biofuels ad. But, border security is a strong issue, also. The Dems are mad at Dean for squandering a lot of their money in places that didn't make much (political) sense.ReplyDelete
Ford has a lot going against him. He's Black, has a Liberal record, and will probably not have nearly as much money as Corker. BUT, the political graveyards in Tn are full of people that went up against the Fords. They win a LOT of Elections. Harold Jr. is an ACE politician. It'll be fun to watch.
Like I said, "It won't bother me a bit if the Pubs get their clocks cleaned in the Senate; and I kind of like Harold Ford, anyway."
So do we want to talk? Is it useful to us? What is it that the Syrians can really deliver?ReplyDelete
Why thank you, sir. It kind of describes this old girl. Been reading your fabulous words of wisdom since back in the BC days when Vercingtorix was a contributor. When your book of humor and wisdom is published, and the forward written by Doug, with criticism by DR, I'll be at the book store.
I like Ford, too. he's infinitely prefereable to the boilerplate Dem senators--that is, all the biggies.ReplyDelete
We're not going to let the Elephant Bar go down, Ruins. We might have to press Rat, Doug, and Buddy into service, but they're underemployed, anyways.ReplyDelete
Can they deliver Saddam's WMD? Can they point the finger at Russia, China, Pakistan? Is the US going to ask them to?ReplyDelete
Ruins, you ain't, by a long shot--ReplyDelete
Yep, old Verc, the Sergeant Major of the North Woods--great writer. And Lab Rat, too, from those days. Outta Houston, was lab rat.
I think they can do ALL that, matt. Is it a matter of gold?ReplyDelete
They want the Golan--you Haifans know that. Hey, if you're from Haifa, are you a Hyphen?ReplyDelete
"How has it happened that the most unlikely persons are speaking on what is apparently the most volatile of subjects?
It is doubly surprising because there is a powerful reluctance within the organizational culture of Christian churches to voice any criticism of another religion. The statements by Pope Benedict XVI, Lord Carey and Cardinal Pell are really near-despairing expedients to fill the aching void left by Western cultural and political leaders -- a vacuum which has emboldened militant Islamic preachers to cross boundaries they would have respected until recently. This erasure of cultural borders caused by the near total desertion of the frontier by the so-called opinion-leaders has invited the most reckless elements of Islam across and raised the risk of real clash of civilizations.
As Lord Carey put it: "We are living in dangerous and potentially cataclysmic times".
It is a time made perilous not only by the absence of moderate voices within Islam but by the even more conspicuous absence of any leadership among Western politicians.
It is a failure which will sooner or later lead to what military historians call a "meeting engagement" in which two forces, each possessed of its own momentum, blunder into each other with catastrophic results.
A false kind of tolerance has abolished the fence between the piggery and mosque, the adult video store and the cathedral, the flaming match and the stick of dynamite and called it progress. It is no such thing. It is called stupidity."
I think it a matter of showing a little more seriousness on Iran. Assad will get to keep his toilet seat, if he plays nice. That's all.ReplyDelete
Doug, in other words the "people" are fucking fed up, and the shit is about to hit the fan?ReplyDelete
AKA "postmodernism"-- the flattened, timeless endless gray moral landscape. Soon to be slanged "postmurdernism" as eventually the only thing the heart can believe in is murder, and the best hope is that it come quick.ReplyDelete
Nite all, and G'nite PossumTater, wherever you are.ReplyDelete
matt, 12:21 -- seven weeks--?ReplyDelete
yeh, me too--sandman again--every damn nite. be well, all--ReplyDelete
One last thing; why does everybody have to be an 'ist of some kind?ReplyDelete
Why cain't we just drink some beer, go fishin when there's a front movin in, and kill a deer once a year?
seven weeks 'til the election, matt. the next milestone.ReplyDelete
rufus--that's a good question.ReplyDelete
Rat should know the answer to that.ReplyDelete
yes, I'd spell it for him but too many letters in Mohammmadan.ReplyDelete
Rufus, better the meat of a tusked Eurasian.ReplyDelete
well, as i say when i doze off and fall into the spaghetti, "Chow".ReplyDelete
Hyphen? I thought I was a colon!ReplyDelete
How Bad Is the SenateReplyDelete
And late last week, following the release of the Senate report, Barham Salih, deputy prime minister of Iraq, had this to say: "The alliance between the Baathists and jihadists which sustains al Qaeda in Iraq is not new, contrary to what you may have been told." Salih continued: "I know this at first hand."
Some day there will be an authoritative and richly detailed history of the nature of the relationship between the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda and other Islamist terror groups. This latest product of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is unlikely to merit even a footnote in this history.
Senate Intelligence Report
I hope this blog group finds a way to keep going. As an occasional poster and regular reader, i know of no other blog with the same high level quality of discourse among its contributors. I also find the freewheeling nature of it more interesting, nott less so, and prefer it to the "structured" approach that Wretchard seems to prefer (perhaps to get higher page rankings in the search engines and therefore higher ad prices for Pajamas Media sponsors). Perhaps a group blog might make more sense. I think one can be set up easily (and freely) on Wordpress.com. Just my $.02ReplyDelete
ENEMIES - By Bill Gertz - THE WASHINGTON TIMESReplyDelete
Bill Gertz, defense and national security reporter for The Washington Times, describes a growing threat posed by foreign agents and terrorists who exploit U.S. weaknesses in this second of three excerpt from his new book,
"Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets -- And How We Let It Happen" (Crown Forum), out this week.
Read Part 1 here
and Part 2 here
The Confederacy Stands. In a unanimous vote, with a few absent, the "House of Words" has spoken, we go on.......Long Live The Elephant.ReplyDelete
Just a little word from a sporadic poster. Sometimes there's just too much to digest! Like today! That material would take me a week to digest and probably another to make any semi-coherent response!ReplyDelete
But don't fold! This is a nice place to come and listen to people express themselves without too many inhibitions. Like you said earlier, grab your smokes, a scotch, flop in a chair and just bullshit for a bit.
Sorry for my absence. As you know, life has the nasty habit of intruding into the perfect meme.
You have done us all a great service. Whit has been a worthy second. If you all can muster the strength, this place has real curb appeal.
Whatever your decision, thanks again.
Oh, I think I drove off all the girls. Let's hope some women arrive soon enough.
Long Live The Elephant!!ReplyDelete
Please change the code so you links on th left side of the page open in a new window. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Unless and until they do,
you can always "Shift Click" to the same effect.
(windows, Apple, you probably have to give up and Algore Global Warming Coupon)
whut do 'shift click' mean?ReplyDelete