“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."

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Clintons Shrinks in Stature. Kennedy Chooses Obama.

It was inevitable that Obama would have to diminish the Clinton legacy in order for him to find his break-out point but I did not expect Bill Clinton to hand it to him. Hand it to him he did. Obama seized the moment and converted Bill and Hillary to remnants of the past. Now, no one has questioned that the past may start looking good compared to the future present. A lot can happen between now and then. The Clinton machine will grind on and should not be taken for granted, but last night I heard the shrill of a bad bearing or two. I confess that the more I see Obama, the more I understand the phenomenon.

Caroline Kennedy sees Obama carrying on JFK legacy
January 27, 2008
BY MONIFA THOMAS Staff Reporter/

Former first daughter Caroline Kennedy has thrown her support behind Sen. Barack Obama, calling him the presidential candidate most capable of carrying on the legacy of her late father, John F. Kennedy.

Caroline Kennedy's endorsement is a key one for Obama, whose camp has sought to portray him as a worthy heir to the former president's "Camelot" image.

Yet it remains to be seen whether Kennedy's uncle and Democratic party heavyweight Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) will also come out in favor of Obama ahead of the Feb. 5 primaries.

In a column today in the New York Times, titled ''A president like my father,'' Caroline Kennedy said she is backing Obama because he offers the same uplifting message of hope and change that her father did when he ran for president in 1960.

"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president -- not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans," Kennedy wrote in the editorial.

She also credited Obama with making "the right call on the most important issue of our time by opposing the war in Iraq from the beginning."

Obama, who scored a big win Saturday in South Carolina, issued a statement calling it "a special privilege to have [Kennedy's] endorsement because I've always believed that Caroline's father was one of our greatest presidents."

It isn't the first time the daughter of an iconic politician has helped boost Obama in an important race.

In an interesting parallel, Sheila Simon, daughter of the late Sen. Paul Simon, vouched for Obama on her father's behalf in a powerful TV ad that some strategists say helped Obama win his U.S. Senate seat.


  1. How does a tribalist differentiate between tribalism and racism?

  2. If a tribalist has ties to the Paul organization, you can be sure there are some racist connections.

  3. Hell, there's COMPLETE WEBSITES featuring white seperatism and pictures of Ron.

  4. Deuce,
    I just sent you an
    "Obama Exposed" pdf attachment
    from Human Events

  5. Hopefully, you can link for EB'ers to download.

  6. Simply stated tribalism is based on a culture and a positive identification with others for any or many reasons. It recognizes differences in either a positive or negative manner. It simply sees the differences, chooses them and maintains loyalty to the tribe. Through experience, it may recognize and perpetuate hostility with other tribes or establish fraternity and alliances with others. Tribalism is complex. Racism is simple.

    Racisim is the exclusion of identity, narrowly focused and opposed to areas that may be mutually beneficial. It is a failure of recognition of dimensions and complexity. Racism is an outcome of thinking that claims all tribes are the same and equal when human experience knows that it is not. Shorthand thinking simplifies negative experiences, takes the experience and simplifies identity to race or religion.

  7. Doug, blogger does not have a function to post a pdf file.

  8. You can always use the text selector and copy and paste classic Coulter quips!

  9. In short, Racism is the World seen through Billary's Eyes.

  10. Mr Obama is no George W Bush & he is no Jesse Jackson.

    Obama Exposed!!!

    From his radical stance on abortion to his prominence in the corruption scandals that has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media, Barack Obama is not fit to be Senator -- not to mention the next President of the United States.

    Obama has declared his presidential intentions, but it is up to well-informed and energetic conservatives like you to spare our nation from the scourge of a far-left President Barack H. Obama.

    Get your FREE PDF copy of HUMAN EVENTS' new special report - Barack Obama: EXPOSED! - when you sign up for our free email newsletters. It's the only way you'll get all the ammunition you need to end Obama's White House dreams once and for all.

  11. Good point DR, let the enthusiasm build to a frenzy and then expose the real estate deal.

  12. Is that all there is, that sliver of land, next to Obama's house?

    That's not enough to burst the bubble.

    I was hoping for some real dirt
    Then I could get a new Senator.

    Poor rufus, first Schumer busts the ethanol bubble, now McCain is about to drive him from the GOP.

    Welcome to the real world, rufus. We've been saddled with McCain for twenty years. Helped to develop an enviorment where JD Hayworth could be beat.

  13. The Billary Road to Republican Victory

    Published in the NYTimes: January 27, 2008

    Absent from this debate is any sober recognition that a Hillary Clinton nomination, if it happens, will send the Democrats into the general election with a new and huge peril that may well dwarf the current wars over race, gender and who said what about Ronald Reagan.

    What has gone unspoken is this: Up until this moment, Hillary has successfully deflected rough questions about Bill by saying, �I�m running on my own� or, as she snapped at Barack Obama in the last debate, �Well, I�m here; he�s not.� This sleight of hand became officially inoperative once her husband became a co-candidate, even to the point of taking over entirely when she vacated South Carolina last week. With �two for the price of one� back as the unabashed modus operandi, both Clintons are in play.

    For the Republicans, that means not just a double dose of the one steroid, Clinton hatred, that might yet restore their party�s unity but also two fat targets. Mrs. Clinton repeatedly talks of how she�s been �vetted� and that �there are no surprises� left to be mined by her opponents. On the �Today� show Friday, she joked that the Republican attacks �are just so old.� So far. Now that Mr. Clinton is ubiquitous, not only is his past back on the table but his post-presidency must be vetted as well. To get a taste of what surprises may be in store, you need merely revisit the Bill Clinton questions that Hillary Clinton has avoided to date.

    He goes on and on and on about the questions for Billary

  14. “The Republicans are not going to have any compunctions about asking anybody anything,” Mrs. Clinton lectured Mr. Obama. Maybe so, but Republicans are smart enough not to start asking until after she has secured the nomination.

    Not all Republicans are smart enough, however, to recognize the value of John McCain should Mrs. Clinton emerge as the nominee. He’s a bazooka aimed at most every rationale she’s offered for her candidacy.

    In a McCain vs. Billary race, the Democrats will sacrifice the most highly desired commodity by the entire electorate, change; the party will be mired in déjà 1990s all over again. Mrs. Clinton’s spiel about being “tested” by her “35 years of experience” won’t fly either. The moment she attempts it, Mr. McCain will run an ad about how he was being tested when those 35 years began, in 1973. It was that spring when he emerged from five-plus years of incarceration at the Hanoi Hilton while Billary was still bivouacked at Yale Law School. And can Mrs. Clinton presume to sell herself as best equipped to be commander in chief “on Day One” when opposing an actual commander and war hero? I don’t think so.
    Billary can’t even run against the vast right-wing conspiracy if Mr. McCain is the opponent. Rush Limbaugh and Tom DeLay hate Mr. McCain as much as they hate the Clintons. And they hate him for the same reasons Mr. McCain wins over independents and occasional Democrats: his sporadic (and often mild) departures from conservative orthodoxy on immigration and campaign finance reform, torture, tax cuts, climate change and the godliness of Pat Robertson. Since Mr. McCain doesn’t kick reporters like dogs, as the Clintons do, he will no doubt continue to enjoy an advantage, however unfair, with the press pack on the Straight Talk Express.

  15. Hattip Doug:
    From Human Events, Exposing Barack

    Barack Obama

    Voting Record

    NO SB 230 (1997)
    To prohibit partial-birth abortion unless necessary to save the life of a mother and makes performance of the procedure a Class 4 felony for the physician.

    NO HB 709 (2000)
    To prohibit state funding of abortion and induced miscarriages except when necessary to save the life of the mother.
    Excludes premature births from funding except to produce a viable child when necessary to save the life of a
    mother. Would permit funding in cases of rape or incest when payment is authorized under federal law.

    NO SB 1661 (2002)
    A part of the Born Alive Infant Protection Package. Would create a cause of action if a child is born alive after an abortion and the child is then neglected through failure to provide medial care after birth.

    NO SB 381 (1997)
    To require prisoners to pay court costs for frivolous lawsuits against the state.
    NO SB 485 (1999)
    To give no offer of “good time” for sex offenders sentenced to the County Jail. *Obama was the only vote against this measure

    YES HB 3396 (2003)
    To make unionization easier by not requiring a secret ballot to organize if 50% of the eligible workers publicly sign a card of support for unionization.
    YES SB 230 (2003)
    Entitles a teacher who is elected as an officer of the state or
    national teacher’s union to be granted a leave of absence for up to six years, or the period of time the teacher is serving.
    YES SB 1070 (2003)
    Allows college graduate assistants who teach college courses be eligible to join a union.

    PRESENT SB 609 (2001)
    To restrict the location of buildings with “adult” uses (meaning pornographic video stores, strip clubs, etc.) within 1,000 feet of any public or private elementary or second ary school, public park, place or worship, preschool, daycare facility, mobile park or residential area.
    NO HB 1812 (1999)
    To require school boards to install software on public computers accessible to minors to block sexually explicit material.

    NO SB 1075 (1999)
    To create an income tax credit for all full-time K-12 pupils in an amount equal to 25% of qualified education expenses up to a maximum of $500 per family.
    YES SB 1725 (2003)
    To restore the Illinois Estate Tax.
    YES SB 1733 (2003)
    To impose a Gas Use Tax on the purchase of natural gas from outside the state of Illinois for use or consumption in
    Illinois. Forces the delivering supplier to pay 2.4 cents per therm of gas, or the customer can elect to become a “selfassessing” purchaser and pay 5% of the purchase price or 2.4 cents per therm.
    YES SB 1415 (2003)
    To create public funding for supreme court races.
    NOT VOTING HB 581 (2003)
    Allows domestic partners to be allowed to assume the rights of a spouse or survivor with regards to pension benefits
    under the Chicago Teacher’s pension system.
    NO SB 228 (1997)
    Changes the “Illinois Equal Opportunity Act of 1997” to stipulate, notwithstanding any law to the contrary, any unit of government or school district that gives benefits to samesex couples under any criteria must give equal benefits to heterosexual couples.
    YES SB 880 (2003)
    To allow the purchase of 10 hypodermic needles from a pharmacy without a prescription.
    PRESENT HB 2000 (4659)
    To establish a zero-tolerance drug-testing policy for Department of Corrections Employees

    NO SB 777 (1999)
    To end the unemployment insurance fund building tax.
    NO SB 879 (1999)
    To end the minimum contribution tax rate for the unemployment system.
    NO SB 795 (2001)
    To reduce employers’ minimum contribution insurance rate.
    YES SB 796 (2003)
    To increase the Illinois minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $6.50 per hour.

    To drum up support for his Senate bid in 2004, Obama wrote a letter to the Windy City Times, a publication targeted to Chicago’s gay community. “I opposed DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act] in 1996. It should be repealed, and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor,” he vowed. “I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution
    to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.” Obama told the paper that constitutional marriage amendment proposals were merely “an effort to demonize people for political advantage.” At the same time, he pledged to work to “expand adoption rights” for same-sex couples.
    In 2006, he followed through by voting against the Federal Marriage Amendment. “Personally, I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said, as he voted against defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

  16. Ok, Mr Obama is a liberal Democrat.

    He has been endorsed by JFK's surviving child

    He's done some deals with Tony Rezko

    and ...

  17. There has also been a flood of early ballots from Republican voters, which has, again, already exceeded the turnout in the contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. As of Friday night, nearly 400,000 party Republicans had cast early votes, either in person or by mail, party officials reported. By contrast, just under 200,000 Republicans had voted in person or by mail at this point in 2006, when there was a heavily contested Republican primary for governor. There were 3.8 million Republicans qualified to vote on Tuesday.

    That development offers at least a glimmer of hope to Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York. He has made a calculated effort to get his supporters to vote early over the past month, hoping to bank a substantial number of votes before losses in other early states raised questions about his viability and his competitors arrived in the state, driving down his numbers in the polls.

    As late as Thursday, Mr. Giuliani, at an appearance here, was still reminding supporters to vote for him early, as he has done at almost every stop here this month. “We are already voting, right?” he asked the crowd.

  18. Tribalism's chief element is association on the basis of ancestry, emphasizing the accidental rather than acquired traits that are fundamental to racism, while adding the ancillary concept of inherited custom.


  19. Being Black strikes me as an awfully large tribe, so large and varied it is pretty well meaningless to equate Black and Tribe.

  20. Seems the Kennedy tribe is going for Obama. Ted Kennedy is expected to announce his endorsement shortly.

    The foundation crumbles under the house that the Clintons built.

  21. Can you imagine 4 years of Hillary speaking on the TV for all to hear? **shudder**

  22. It's fascinating to watch the Democratic party finally, publically acknowledge what Republicans have been saying about the Clintons all these years.

    It's also interesting/repulsive to watch rats abandon a sinking ship.

  23. The "most charming man in the room" is increasingly being seen as a nihilistic sociopath.

  24. FYI- There is also a Democratic primary in Florida on Tuesday:
    On the ballot are:
    Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
    Hillary Clinton
    Christopher J. Dodd
    John Edwards
    Mike Gravel
    Dennis J. Kucinich
    Barack Obama
    William "Bill" Richardson III

  25. By Friday night, nearly 350,000 Democrats had cast early votes, either in person or by mail, and party officials predicted that about 400,000 will have voted by Election Day. By contrast, just 97,000 Democrats voted early in the 2004 presidential primary, which was not as intensely contested. There are 4.14 million Democrats registered to vote in Florida.

  26. Dean Firm On Florida Democratic Primary
    Skip directly to the full story.

    By BILLY HOUSE The Tampa Tribune

    Published: Jun 13, 2007

    WASHINGTON - Florida Democrats voting in the Jan. 29 presidential primary may not see their vote mean anything.

    Florida's Democratic primary "essentially won't count," Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Sunday, the same day the Florida Democratic Party decided to push national party leaders to accept the primary vote.

    "Anybody who campaigns in Florida is ineligible for delegates," Dean said at a DemocracyFest event in Bedford, N.H. The comments made to a college student were captured on video and posted online.

    Both the national Republican and Democratic parties have rules to prevent states from moving their primaries too early, setting Feb. 5 as the earliest date allowed.

    Though both parties would cut the size of a state's national convention delegates, diluting its voting power, the Democratic rules also say a candidate who campaigns in that state can't get any delegates from that state.

    Such potential sanctions didn't keep the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature from moving the primary date from mid-March in the hope of having more influence over candidates.

    That also didn't stop the state Democratic Party's governing committee Sunday morning, when it voted press ahead with the Jan. 29 primary.

  27. There is plenty of time between the Primary and the Convention for Mr Dean and the DNC to change its' mind. Perhaps following the GOP model, allowing 50% representation.

    Or full representation, depending upon who does well and if the "approved by the DNC" candidate needs the delegates to go over the top.

    Just who that candidate could be, may be in flux.

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  29. Hard to tell Democrats in a State like Florida, one that has been key to the past Electoral College victory, that their votes do not count. And still expect their enthusiastic support in November, when it really counts.

    Or the DNC could shoot themselves in the foot. Mr Dean never seemed that impressively politically smart, to me.

  30. Just Like Her Daddy and Worse

    The Princess Royal of the Kennedy clan, who has herself accomplished nothing in life except being born to wealth and privilege, has draped her father's moth-eaten cloak on Barack Obama, who, in her father's White House, would have been a footman or cook. Say what you will about Obama, he got there himself without the benefit of a rich daddy or corrupt political machine. He may be more unprepared to be president and more disastrous for this country than was JFK, but we hope, at least, that he will be impervious to "love notes" from middle-aged political camp followers who are still trying to be influential without ever being relevant.

  31. Manuel,

    Very good writing, and very astute. Hope to see more of you here.

    As you suggest, the relevance of these dinosaurs is bestowed on them by the MSM, itself a dinosaur. They called it for Obama, trying to hitch their fate to his. But their time is over. Their carcass remains, but is for other smaller animals to feed on.

    Bon Appetite!

  32. The Voice of America reports on the meeting between Mr Abbas and Mr Olmert.
    The behind the scenes collaberation between Hamas and Fatah seems to be working. They are taking another step to their Palistinian State. The EU will be gone and Fatah firmly installed in their place.

    Prime Minister Olmert and President Abbas did not comment following their meeting, but the situation in Gaza dominated their talks Sunday at Mr. Olmert's residence in Jerusalem.

    Mr. Abbas has called on Israel and the international community to allow Palestinian Authority security forces to take control of the border crossing points in the Gaza Strip. He says that will ease the current crisis at the Rafah crossing point between Egypt and Gaza - and the crossing points between Gaza and Israel that have been closed by Israel because of Palestinian rocket attacks.

    David Baker a spokesman for Mr. Olmert says, for now, Israel will not comment on Mr. Abbas' proposal, preferring to wait until Mr. Abbas holds talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday. Baker does say, in their talks on Sunday, both men agreed to work together to try and avoid a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

    "They discussed the need to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and both leaders committed themselves toward enabling the providing of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip," said Baker.

    Speaking earlier Sunday, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, a close ally of Mr. Abbas, said his government wants to work with other Arab governments to find a solution to the crisis.

    Fayyad says, with Arab support it should be possible to find a solution under which Palestinians will control all crossing points in Gaza, which he says would stop the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza.

    Hamas militants, who blew up the border wall at the Rafah crossing point last week, say they would welcome a Palestinian takeover of the Rafah crossing, and other crossings in Gaza, but they have rejected any international participation in the deal. Until the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip last June, European Union monitors staffed the Rafah crossing.

    Mr. Abbas has ruled out any cooperation with Hamas on the border issue, until Hamas agrees to restore his authority in the Gaza Strip.

  33. Playing "Good cop, Bad cop" to a "T"

    Successfully to, with US assistance and coaching. Ms Rice being so bold as to set the stage, publicly for them.

    Taking the Intafada out of the military mode, migrating it into a Civil Rights format.

    The Palistinians really could mount a "Million Mother March for Peace".

  34. They can march all they want. On the streets of Gaza.

  35. As it worked so successfully for the ANC in South Africa.

    Changing the narrative, in the mind of the US public.

    Soon we will hear the drumbeating for disinvestment in the Israeli economy. Just as occurred in South Africa. South Africa having more economic impact on world markets than Israel, but Israel having greater emotional ties to the investment managers.

    Disinvestment as a political tactic will gain momenteum, especially if Mr Obama gains the Oval Office. As the statements of Samantha Power, one of Obama's chief foreign affairs advisors has made clear.

  36. From Ramallah to Gaza, amigo

    If Fatah does not get the Security Mission on both borders, and the check points in the West Bank are not taken down.

    I'd bet 100 digital dollars on that.

  37. Now on Mr Bush's timeline, or wait until the new puppetmaster is holding the strings.

    Then Lord have mercy

  38. What's the narrative? That Israel became Palestine?

    Good luck with that.

  39. Ms Power on the subject of Isreal & Palistine.

    Question: ... let's say you were an advisor to the President of the United States, how would you respond to current events there? Would you advise him to put a structure in place to monitor that situation, at least if one party or another [starts] looking like they might be moving toward genocide? (mat's advocated Israeli response to a Peace March)

    Answer: I don't think that in any of the cases, a shortage of information is the problem. I actually think in the Palestine - Israel situation, there's an abundance of information. What we don't need is some kind of early warning mechanism there, what we need is a willingness to put something on the line in helping the situation. Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import; it may more crucially mean sacrificing -- or investing, I think, more than sacrificing -- billions of dollars,

    not in servicing Israel's military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars it would probably take, also, to support what will have to be a mammoth protection force, not of the old Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence.

    Because it seems to me at this stage (and this is true of actual genocides as well, and not just major human rights abuses, which were seen there), you have to go in as if you're serious, you have to put something on the line.

    Unfortunately, imposition of a solution on unwilling parties is dreadful. It's a terrible thing to do, it's fundamentally undemocratic. But, sadly, we don't just have a democracy here either, we have a liberal democracy. There are certain sets of principles that guide our policy, or that are meant to, anyway. It's essential that some set of principles becomes the benchmark, rather than a deference to [leaders] who are fundamentally politically destined to destroy the lives of their own people. And by that I mean what Tom Freidman has called "Sharafat." I do think in that sense, both political leaders have been dreadfully irresponsible. And, unfortunately, it does require external intervention, which, very much like the Rwanda scenario, that thought experiment, if we had intervened early.... Any intervention is going to come under fierce criticism. But we have to think about lesser evils, especially when the human stakes are becoming ever more pronounced.

    She'd send in the US Marines to save the Palistinians

  40. No, the narrative becomes Israel the oppressor must disengage from Gaza and the West Bank, Withdraw militarily, economicly and politically.

    Or face charges of apartheid and oppression. Jim Crow personified.
    Which if the Israel use water hoses, rubber bullets or live rounds on 100,000 marching women, will alienate the US public.

    Lose the US public, lose the Governmental support. Ms Rice has set the stage, she has the pulse of the President, his right hand, as it were and is.

    Things will only get worse if Israel hesitates and equivicates on the Two State solution, especially if Obama gains the Oval Office.

    Ms Power having his ear.

  41. dRat,

    Advisors come and go. Anything else? I'm getting bored.

  42. Well, if some in the US are be to "alienated" that Israel would actually defend its border, so be it.

    Anyway, I think I've indulged you on this long enough. You want to continue, you'll do it without me.

  43. Fascists do, get intellectually bored when challenged.

    Obama in the White House would be much more favorable to the Palistinians then Mr Bush has been.

    He would take an active role
    as perscribed by his advisors,

    Be bored if you want, we'll all get to watch the events unfold, the IDF will not fire on women Marching for Peace. They didn't fire on women that intervened in an active firefight. They will not fire on marchers, either.

    The Israel should use political means to manage the situation to their advantage, or lose.

  44. No US candidates were available for a NASA research Partnership??

    South Korean College Forges Research Partnership With NASA Amid Asian Space Race

    SEOUL, South Korea (Associated Press) -- A top state-run science college in South Korea has forged a research partnership with the U.S. space agency NASA, the school said Sunday.

    The development comes as the Asian nation seeks to advance its space technology, which lags far behind nearby China and Japan.

    Under the deal, NASA's Ames Research Center will cooperate with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in fields such as satellite communications, lunar science, rovers and small satellites, the school said in a statement.

    "I am delighted with this outcome," KAIST President Suh Nam-pyo said after signing the agreement Saturday with Pete Worden, NASA's director of research, at NASA headquarters in Moffett Field in California, according to the statement.

    "KAIST-educated technicians will have opportunities to contribute to NASA programs, while learning new approaches to research and development by working on large NASA projects," Suh said.

  45. The Clintons' Bad Night
    [Rich Lowry]

    A couple of things:

    1) This is a thumping that far and away exceeds any Clintonian expectations-setting. It is a victory so big that there's no explaining it away.

    2) That won't stop the Clintons from trying to explain it away on race, of course. But that's harder when�according to the set of exits polls I'm looking at�she didn't win the white vote herself, splitting it with Edwards, and Obama basically tied her among white males.

    3) There obviously was distaste for the Clintons' trashy tactics in South Carolina. She won only 21% of late-breaking whites, while Edwards won 52%. There has also been distaste about those tactics building among liberal opinion-makers. A key question is whether that feeling spreads out from South Carolina and down from the opinion elite. Have the Clintons damaged their brand nationally over the last couple of weeks? Will this big Obama win move the needle nationally enough to affect February 5?

    We can't know the answers to those questions, but the Clintons have to be back to sweating more profusely than they have been at anytime since right before New Hampshire.

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  47. First They Came for Piglet
    Excessive deference to Islam.

    By Mark Steyn

    My favorite headline of the year so far comes from The Daily Mail in Britain: "Government Renames Islamic Terrorism As "Anti-Islamic Activity" To Woo Muslims."

    Her Majesty's government is not alone in feeling it's not always helpful to link Islam and the, ah, various unpleasantnesses with suicide bombers and whatnot. Even in his cowboy Crusader heyday, President Bush liked to cool down the crowd with a lot of religion-of-peace stuff. But the British have now decided that kind of mealy-mouthed "respect" is no longer sufficient. So, henceforth, any terrorism perpetrated by persons of an Islamic persuasion will be designated "anti-Islamic activity" Britain's home secretary, Jacqui Smith, unveiled the new brand name in a speech a few days ago. "There is nothing Islamic about the wish to terrorize, nothing Islamic about plotting murder, pain and grief," she told her audience. "Indeed, if anything, these actions are anti-Islamic."

  48. The U.N. Anti-Avengers?
    It will take more than superheros to change the U.N.

    By Brett D. Schaefer

    The very notion that today’s U.N. is eager to embark on heroic struggles against evildoers defies reality.
    But reality is no check on propaganda,

    which explains why the organization is so keen to team up with Marvel. The U.N.-themed comic will be distributed free to one million U.S. school children in hundreds of schools. The U.N. also plans to translate it into other languages and distribute them around the world.

    Why? A U.N. communications officer explains that the comic will make the U.N. “more accessible” to young people who will “get excited if they know their heroes like Spider-Man will work with the United Nations to address these issues, peace and security.”

    Marvel Comics became a publishing powerhouse because their superheroes had flaws and were therefore more “realistic” than their competitors’ offerings. How ironic that Marvel’s “realistic” heroes will be used to burnish the image of an often ineffective organization, subject to corruption, lacking in accountability, and serving as a soapbox for the world’s most despotic nations.

    Ironic, but — sadly — not surprising. After all, these are the same guys who previously thought it would be a good idea to kill Captain America.

    — Brett Schaefer is Jay Kingham Fellow in Interna­tional Regulatory Affairs at The Heritage Foundation.

  49. The Bandwagon picks up speed!!!

    The Kennedy that kick Mitt Romney's ass in a Massachusetts election picks a candidate for President!!

    It ain't Rudy!

    (The Politico) Rejecting a personal entreaty from President Bill Clinton, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) plans to endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president in a joint appearance on Monday, Democratic sources said.

    The embrace provides a dramatic rocket for Obama to ride into the frantic, nationwide campaigning ahead of the space of huge Super Tuesday primaries on Feb. 5, the biggest day for nominating contests in U.S. history.

    The announcement stunned Senate colleagues, who had expected Kennedy to remain neutral until the increasingly vitriolic nominating contest with Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) settled out.

    �This is the biggest Democratic endorsement Obama could possibly get short of Bill Clinton,� said a high-level Democrat.

    The Clinton campaign launched a last-ditch effort over the few days to stop Kennedy's move, orchestrating a flood of phone calls to Kennedy from sources ranging from union chiefs to his Massachusetts constituents.

    The former president also called Kennedy in a vain attempt to keep him out of the race, a source familiar with the conversation said.

    During his two terms in the White House, President Clinton made repeated overtures to the Kennedy family. So the senator�s rejection of his wife is at least as embarrassing as her 28-point loss in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

    Kennedy is to appear with Obama at �Stand for Change� rally the campaign is holding at American University in Washington, D.C., at lunchtime on Monday, the sources said.

    There's a new day a comin'?
    Or just more of the same, change?

  50. Musharraf rejects CIA bid to hunt Taliban
    By Isambard Wilkinson in Islamabad
    Last Updated: 3:46pm GMT 27/01/2008

    President Pervez Musharraf has rejected an offer of greater American involvement in hunting down al-Qa'eda and Taliban militants in Pakistan, it has been reported.

    Amid growing concern in Washington over militants' entrenchment in Pakistan's border tribal areas, America's two most senior intelligence officials made the proposal during a secret visit to Islamabad earlier this month.

    The New York Times reported that the CIA director, Michael Hayden, and the director of US national intelligence, Mike McConnell, proposed an expansion of America's presence in Pakistan either through covert CIA missions or by joint operations with Pakistani security forces.

    Pakistan and the United States are now instead discussing other joint efforts, such as increased use of armed Predator surveillance aircraft over the tribal areas, and identifying ways America can speed intelligence information to Pakistani security forces, the report claimed.

    The newspaper quoted a senior official as saying "the purpose of the mission was to convince Musharraf that time is ticking away" and that the militant attacks in Pakistan would ultimately undermine his effort to stay in office.

  51. CLC leader killed by car bomb
    Sunday, 27 January 2008
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq
    Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    APO AE 09342

    CLC leader killed by car bomb
    2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

    BAGHDAD – A Concerned Local Citizen leader was killed Jan. 26 in northern Baghdad when his car exploded from explosives planted inside the vehicle.

    “This was a cowardly and desperate act executed by terrorists bent on derailing reconciliation efforts and progress in an area that has seen remarkable progress as a result of cooperation and resolve on the part of local Iraqi leaders and citizens,” said Col. Todd B. McCaffrey, commander 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. “Those leaders stand today resolute in their rejection of these acts of violence.”

    The CLC program puts ground-level security in the hands of the individual tribes and groups who need it the most. Members are allowed to conduct their own security operations and patrols. They submit to the authority of Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces.

    The incident is currently under investigation.

    Concerned Local Citizen
    CLC a whole new acronym in the WoT

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  53. Block Watch
    on steroids

    Not tribal leaders any more
    they are now
    Concerned Local Citizen leaders

  54. Those French, they sure can sniff out a dollar?

    PARIS -- Societe Generale said Sunday that a trader who evaded all its controls to bet $73.5 billion _ more than the French bank's market worth _ on European markets hacked computers and "combined several fraudulent methods" to cover his tracks, causing billions in losses.

    The bank says the trader, Jerome Kerviel, did not appear to have profited personally from the transactions and seemingly worked alone _ a version reiterated Sunday by Jean-Pierre Mustier, chief executive of the bank's corporate and investment banking arm.

    But, in a conference call with reporters, Mustier added: "I cannot guarantee to you 100 percent that there was no complicity."

    Kerviel's lawyer said the accusations of wrongdoing against his client were being used to hide bad investments by the bank related to subprime mortgages in the United States.

    "He didn't steal anything, take anything, he didn't take any profit for himself," the lawyer, Christian Charriere-Bournazel, told The Associated Press by telephone. "The suspicion on Kerviel allows the considerable losses that the bank made on subprimes to be hidden."

    No conspiracy here, move along

  55. Hamas played the Eygptians like a fiddle.

    Geopolitics of Gaza
    Now, in Gaza, the enemies of the Egyptian regime finally have the secure base they have long sought. There are reports of Palestinian terror cells affiliating with al-Qaeda as well as international �volunteers� filtering in. However, al-Qaeda is not the gravest Gaza-based threat to Egypt. Hamas itself has proven to be a formidable organization. The destruction of the Gaza barrier was a formidable technical achievement that required months of careful preparation. But the political preparation was also carefully managed. Hamas successfully advanced its story of deprivation at the hands of an Israeli blockade (in fact, Israel consistently allowed necessities through and only cut off fuel in response to a barrage of rocket attacks). But Hamas also provoked a border incident with the Egyptian border police earlier in the week. In the incident they used a tactic that they had often used against Israel, fomenting a riot and then shooting from among the mob. The Israelis developed counter-measures (particularly snipers), but as this video shows the Egyptians did not.

    These images, broadcast live on al-Jazeera, helped inspire large-scale demonstrations orchestrated by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which has close relations with the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza (which is better known as Hamas.)

    Although the Egyptian government insists it will restore order on the border, the fact that another section of the wall has been destroyed since, makes this unlikely. Egypt was outmaneuvered by Hamas and does not have the stomach for a real crackdown if it also means confronting its domestic Islamist opposition. Mubarak is paying the price for his long double game of Islamists at home and abroad.

    They are practicing for the "Big Show"
    Non-violent protests, "Peace March"

    Reality is no check on propaganda

  56. Highly Recommended by Manuel A. Tellechea

    The photograph depicts that “take your breath away” moment that men experience when they see a truly beautiful woman. The fact that several males experience that moment simultaneously in this picture, including a boy, lends it its artistic character. Nothing as profound or artistic has ever been reproduced by Stuck On the Palmetto, which usually features stick-women that would appeal only to homosexual fashionistas.
    Alex Thu Jan 4, 08:46 AM #

    roger Thu Jan 4, 08:51 AM #

    You are my hero, Manuel! Your way with words takes my breath away.
    Manuel A. Tellechea Thu Jan 4, 08:54 AM #

    That is half a woman and not necessarily the better half.

    Manuel A. Tellechea Thu Jan 4, 08:57 AM #

    Thank-you again. Your perfect taste is itself a virtue.

  57. Mark Foley Wed Jan 3, 10:32 PM #

  58. Doug said...

    Highly Recommended by Manuel A. Tellechea






  59. FLASH!
    Fatah and Hamas Neutralized!
    Secret Meeting between Abbas and Alba produces Lasting Piece.
    Man's eternal quest for Piece Satisfied in full.

  60. Manuel A. Tellechea Thu Jan 4, 09:38 PM #
    Stuck on the Palmetto lost me because of the monstrous canard which Rick levelled against me. Honor demanded that I sever all ties with those who would question my integrity.

    However, if Rick avows his error and promises never to commit another like it again, I may lift the anathema; for there is no place in my heart for hate or vengeance, as those who have read my musings well know.

    But I will reward obstinacy in error.

    I am confident that Alesh will act as the gentleman I believe him to be.

    alesh Thu Jan 4, 09:42 PM #
    Sho ‘nuff: roger and Manuel have different IP’s. What’s more, each IP traces back to a different internet service provider.

    Of course that doesn’t definitively disprove that you’re two separate people, but FWIW, my impression of Manuel is that he wouldn’t resort to creating an alternate persona to agree with himself.
    Especially not in the obviously tongue-in-cheek way that Roger’s doing (no idea what happened with them on SotP, tho).

  61. BB:

    Thank-you for reminding me that I must soon select the recipient of the 2nd Annual Edition of the Prix Tellechea, which is awarded to the blogger who has shown the greatest heroic virtue in defense of truth and justice over the last year.

    I think that we all know who is deserving of the Prix Tellechea 2008.

    Junuary 3, 2008
    Truth Telling

  62. 'Rat,
    There’s only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures… and the French!

  63. One and the same
    or, same as the one

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  65. But I do think that Abbas could not last with a piece like Alba

  66. The Gator People!
    Strange creatures haunt the Everglades. And that's just the humans.
    You're here to see a 98-pound girl wrestle a seven-foot alligator.

    The alligator is named Rusty. The girl is Jeanette Rivera. It's hard to guess whether this is a fair fight. Rusty is 8 years old, and Rivera is 22; Rusty is about seven feet from nose to tail, and Rivera stands five-foot-three. Rusty outweighs the girl by 20 pounds or so.

    Bob Freer is the alligator farm's 56-year-old curator, gator handler, fence builder, tree planter, and general factotum. It's Freer who's teaching this tiny girl how to mess around with a seven-foot gator for the benefit of tourists. Freer, who's been coaching her for a couple of months now, seems like the ideal guy to teach gator handling. He cared for his first gator when he was 6 and living on his parents' farm in upstate New York, he says.

    "We went on vacation to Florida, and my dad stopped at a gas station and went inside," Freer recalls. "When he came out, he handed me a baby alligator. He told me it was free with the tank of gas."

    Freer raised that gator and eventually lots of others in a pond on his family's farm.

    "In winter, I'd drag them into the barn to keep them warm. Some of them followed me around like puppies.

    "When I finally left home, I said to my dad, 'I'll bet I get a job where I don't have to work seven days a week.' Now here I am, working 24 hours of all those seven days."

  67. "We went on vacation to Florida, and my dad stopped at a gas station and went inside," Freer recalls.

    "When he came out, he handed me a baby alligator.
    He told me it was free with the tank of gas.

    gotta love it!

  68. Alba was born in Pomona, California, the daughter of Catherine (née Jensen), who is Danish American on her father's side and French American on her mother's side, and Mark Alba, who is Mexican American (though both of his parents were born in California).[1] Alba's parents married while in their teenage years.[2][3][4] Her maternal grandfather was a Marine NCO for 30 years, serving in the Pacific during WWII, and later as Asst. Drum Major for the United States Marine Band. Alba was raised in an Air Force family, along with her brother, Joshua[5] and her grandparents, until she was seventeen years old. Her father's Air Force career took the family to Biloxi, Mississippi and Del Rio, Texas, before they settled back in California.

    Alba's early life was marked by a multitude of physical maladies; she suffered collapsed lungs twice, had pneumonia 4-5 times a year, a ruptured appendix, and a cyst on her tonsils. This isolated her from other children at school because, as she claims, she was in the hospital so often that no one knew her well enough to befriend her.[6]
    Shoulda been a Male Nurse.

  69. SARASOTA, Fla. (Associated Press) -- Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she was going to Florida to assure Democrats that "their voices are heard" and to underscore her commitment to seeing the state's delegation seated at the national convention.

    Though the Democratic presidential candidates largely have heeded the national party's request that they not campaign publicly in Florida, Clinton said it's time to pay attention to voters there who are showing heavy interest in Tuesday's primary. Early voting is under way and drawing strong interest, she said.

    "Hundreds of thousands of people have already voted in Florida and I want them to know I will be there to be part of what they have tried to do to make sure their voices are heard," Clinton said in Memphis, Tenn., before heading for Florida.

    But ... but... she signed a pledge!
    She promised not to go!!

    Billary is not truthful!?!?

  70. Why I know for sure as hayle that Abbas would tear Alba up, a legendary Arab lover he is.

    Just ask Whiskey 199 about Arab sexuality and how our viddles are all doomed once their pr0n trained, viagra fueled youth are dropped on our tender shores.

    To doubt Abbas' romantic skills is to doubt history.

    Do so at your own risk.

  71. Coulda shoulda woulda
    if ya only known

  72. Ohh! that's the ticket, here I thought Abbas was one of gay fellows, without any wives.

    Just shows to go ya, Arabfat didn't have all the fun

  73. THEODOOORE KENNEDAY, the veritable LION of the SENATE has voted for hope and change in America with his support of the lavender-scented Obama.

    We should all hope that we may serve our countries as nobly as Mr. Kennedy. A shame no days in February or January are nationally set aside in his name...

  74. Have to wait until he is buried, not just embalmed, for a Federal holiday

  75. 125 miles at 30mph in 8-10 inches of snow makes for a long trip. I deserve a trip to the casino.

    illary is still the nominee, I'm betting.

  76. What fun would that be, bob?
    illary, almost apt.

  77. When the Kennedy Lion roars the American voter Gazelles take notice.

  78. How us White Boys can keep up w/the hip Obama:

    Laptop USB Fragrance Burner

    Better than the sweater vest I got this year, I can tell you that.
    And, something to cheer up Rufus
    Powering a Christmas Tree with ... an eel

  79. McCain has the straight talk express, a train moving us along long-laid rails.

    Does Obama care to derail or does he have his own set of track he'd like us to switch to? Or is Obama asking that we merely amble about, fecklessly empowering government to take care of all that craziness in the world.

  80. Obama keeps that California dream alive

    ... the House's highest-ranking Latino, California Rep. Xavier Becerra, also announced that he is backing Obama.

  81. Yeah, but Billary has the ex-gang member Mayor Tony.

  82. Yes We Can!
    Yes We Can!

    Obama is whatever you want him to be
    Endlessly hopeful
    Forever malleable

    Even rufus will vote for him, instead of McCain.

    Such animosity some have for Big John.

  83. A fresh face vs the old war horse

    Perhaps we'll see if it really is a
    Facebook World.

  84. What do the bankers think of Obama?

  85. California is proportional in its' delegate allotment. Decided by individual Congressional Districts.

    Depends, alot on how the minority majority Districts were drawn, how much the Mexican vote will matter, in the delegate count.

    Not an expert on CA districting, but it'll be interesting, to be sure, out on the left coast.

  86. UCLA Bruin Alumni Association - Antonio Villaraigosa Educational ...
    - Jan 15
    Antonio Villaraigosa (then, Tony Villar) leading a protest to include the ... Chavez underemphasizes what young Tony Villar did on the UCLA campus.

    L.A.'s New Mayor, Tony Villar

    Other fulminations made at the conference included "English should be a foreign language"; "We are hostages in our own land, prisoners of war"; "We live under occupying alien force"; "We live in the annexed territories of Aztlan"; and "We're in a state of war ... a vicious threat to our existence."

    Another participant was Xavier Hermosillo, a one-time Los Angeles radio talk show host, known for having proclaimed on the CBS "48 Hours" show in 1993 that Mexican-Americans were taking political control of the "former Mexican colony, California ... house by house, block by block."

    Later in the conference, Villaraigosa would praise one of the participants, Jose Angel Gutierrez, director of the Mexican-American Studies Center at the University of Texas at Arlington. Here's what Gutierrez had to say when it was his turn to speak at the conference:

    "The border remains a military zone. We remain a hunted people. Now, you think you have a destiny to fulfill in the land that historically has been ours for forty thousand years. And we're a new Mestizo nation. And they want us to discuss civil rights. Civil rights ... law made by white men to oppress all of us of color, female and male. This is our homeland. We cannot, we will not...

  87. But the ever vigilant Trish sniffs for Racists at the EB!

  88. (not caring to discuss Ron's dirty laundry)

  89. The EB needs its Gandalf the White to unite them in fellowship.

    I vote for Starling.

  90. He was Harvard Law Review President and already is a Council of Foreign Relations member, he's a known entity and proven to be malleable,
    Tony Rezko exemplifies that.
    The bankers won't care much, he's one of the gang.

  91. Obama's stools are the color of pearl, proof he has been chosen by the divine.

    It was rumored he was given a magical amulet when he first met with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. What this mysterious talisman is capable of, none are certain...

  92. A Bureaucrat for Every Home! Imagine the ease of life with a public servant watching over all your decisions.

  93. Holy Mother of Pearl!
    How do you like them Oysters?

  94. And a Public Savant to boot.

  95. Obama plans to create a giant pit @ ground zero, where Americans can achieve penance for all their numerous infractions by tossing their money down into the pit, in which you hear only the gnashing and slurping of hungry gubmint vermin.

  96. The Million Guilty March

    "i'm going cuz I eat improperly"

    "i'm going cuz i drive improperly"

    "i'm going cuz i thought improperly"

    "i'm going cuz i voted improperly"

    "i'm going cuz i speak improperly"

    "i'm going cuz i worship improperly"

  97. Obama will finally be the mighty liberal with the cajones to stand up to the American voter and tell them to fuck off and die already.

  98. Eliminate Unnecessary Carbon Footprints:
    Abort early, and often.
    If not, abort later.

  99. Future Photo Op

    "President Obama will award 100 brave girls with the Medal of Progressive Civic Virtue, after they bravely donated their later term fetuses to expensive California post-human medical research."

  100. Every Friday, various suburbs will be become Pamplonas, with the bulls replaced by mobs of spirited youths!

    Liberals will vacation to run with them as they ransack the filthy riches stolen from them by the Bush tax cuts.

  101. Anyone see Rambo?

    Easily the most violent movie I've ever seen.

    It was badass.

    The original screenplay was called "Holy War"

  102. 236 kills, the most of any Rambo movie. 2.59 kills per minute

  103. DAVOS, Switzerland (Associated Press) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told the final session of the World Economic Forum on Sunday that he wants an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal ... by the end of 2008.

    Politically, there was much talk about whether President Bush's goal of a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians by the end of the year will be reached.

    "I would like to see an agreement that gives us the prospect of a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine because I do think that would be the greatest signal of reconciliation with which the 21st century could start," said Blair, who is now the chief envoy for the key international Mideast mediators known as the Quartet.

  104. Hard Boiled had 307 people killed.

  105. Many participants touched on another major theme at Davos this year: how to stem terrorism.

    Afghanistan's president warned that the world could suffer terribly from the "wildfire" of terrorism engulfing his region. Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf pledged to "carry on the fight against terrorism and extremism."

    Wiesel said the greatest threat to humanity today "is the globalization of fear because of terrorism" _ especially suicide bombings and fanaticism.

    "Somehow the future today is much more dangerous than it used to be because of people we don't know who have a cult of death ... and practice the cult of death," he said.

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended Bush's push for democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere, and tried to calm economic fears, stressing that the U.S. economy is resilient and would remain an "engine of growth."

  106. Iraq had 3,934 US Military Deaths since the curtain went up.

  107. Sly was on Rush, haven't heard it yet.

  108. All this time, I thot that Danny Pearl thing was a stunt!

  109. What's the most environmentally-friendly way to commit Hari-Kari, Rufus?

  110. Golly there were two, but Salzman is not amongst the dead.

    Scott Helvenston not a member of the US military when he died in Iraq.

    So of the 3,934 US Military Deaths, there were no stuntmen.

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  112. Only in Angelina's movie version of the story, doug.

  113. It's Rudy in Florida, or McCain in November.

    That's what "firewall" means.

    The GOP "Establishment" is going for McCain. Martinez exemplifies that.
    At the National Review the question is
    Where Is Jeb?
    [Mark R. Levin]

    I keep hearing that Jeb Bush quietly supports Romney. Now that Crist has made his last-minute endorsement of McCain, I wonder if Jeb will have the will to endorse Romney. Or maybe Jeb is worried that in a match-up with Crist, he might lose the endorsement game. I would hope he has more confidence than that.

    Hope that most of the 400,000 votes already cast were for Rudy, or Big John will be the nominee.

    Then Rufus turns blue.

    Jeb is in Brazil, checking the colonia's sugarcane fields

  114. Florida

    Intrade Political 'Securities' Percentage US$ Traded

    Mitt Romney to Win 52.0% $47K
    John McCain to Win 43.0% $42K
    Rudy Giuliani to Win 3.9% $42K
    Field (any other individual) to Win 0.5% $23K

    Pays better than the Indian Casino.

  115. Who controls the chad count but Mr Crists' crew?

    Wonder if that salient fact is factored in to the Intraders decision process?

  116. Who does Diebold support in the race. That's a more important question than about the desires of the bankers, but could be dovetailed, aye. ;)

  117. How technology's accelerating power will transform us (Ray Kurzweil)

  118. Will Pastor Wright be invited to the Obama White House? Undoubtedly. Will Louis Farrakhan be invited to the Obama White House? That is the question, ladies and gentlemen.

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  120. Now good old elijah, he's on top of stuff. As mat and I have been discussing, vis a vie Israel & Palistine. a Rand study brief.

    In social conflicts, the Internet and other media are greatly empowering individuals and small groups to influence the behavior of states. Whether in military or social conflicts, all protagonists will soon be developing new doctrines, strategies, and tactics for swarming their opponents — with weapons or words, as circumstances require. Preparing for conflict in such a world will require shifting to new forms of organization, particularly the versatile, hardy, all-channel network. This shift will prove difficult for states and professional militaries that remain bastions of hierarchy, bound to resist institutional redesign. They will make the shift as they realize that information and knowledge are becoming the key elements of power. This implies, among other things, that Mars, the old brute-force god of war, must give way to Athena, the well-armed goddess of wisdom. Accepting Athena as the patroness of this information age represents a first step not only for preparing for future conflicts, but also for preventing them.

    As I've been saying, the old school methods, may win the confrontation, but lose the "war".

    elijah, ahead of the learning curve
    Keeping the rest of US abreast.

  121. The way I read it, he was dissing the MSM, Ms Halloway just exemplifying the disparity of coverage.

    The disparity is there, beyond a doubt. Ms Halloway, collateral damage of the rant.

  122. Louis Farrakhan, who has described whites as "blue-eyed devils" and Jews as "bloodsuckers."

    I'm a blue eyed devil and Mat, WiO, and Elijah are all bloodsuckers. Rat, you're a blue eyed devil, too. So is Ash, I think.

  123. Farrakhan has a compound here in Phoenix.

    Never hear a peep out of him.
    He and his stay calm and under the radar. Behind their hedges and fences, the gate on the driveway stays shut to the public.

    I have done a couple of drive by viewings, out of curiosity. His place is a tad more secure than mine, not as good as we are at the ranch in Tonto Basin, though

  124. I'd argue that the MSM has gone out of it's way to cover Farrakhan, who should be struggling in anonymity.

  125. What about Mormons?

    Sunday, January 27, 2008

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows a two-man race for the Republican Presidential Nomination. John McCain and Mitt Romney are tied for the lead at 27% and no one else is close. Mike Huckabee is eleven points back at 16%, Rudy Giuliani is at 14%, and Ron Paul is supported by 6% of Likely Republican Primary Voters (see recent daily numbers).

    New polling data released today shows Romney with a six point lead over McCain in Florida. But, the survey was conducted just before Governor Charlie Crist endorsed McCain and nearly one-in-four likely voters still might change their mind.

    Looking ahead, McCain leads in New York, McCain and Giuliani are close in New Jersey, while McCain and Romney are close in California. Huckabee leads in Georgia, Huckabee and McCain are essentially tied in both Missouri and Alabama.

  126. How many chads, expressed as a percentage, is Crist worth, 'Rat?

  127. Farrakhan is a little under the weather these days, doesn't get out much. I saw him, on tv, introduced as 'the messiah' once. He seemed to relish the title. All smiles, surrounded by goons.

    Which makes me wonder, I thought muslims didn't have a thing for messiahs, mo being the seal of the prophets and so forth. My understanding may be weak.

    I think a lot of old folks in Florida might go for Mitt, whether they are Mormons or not. Old people like polite, well dressed, calm, competent, that sort of thing.

  128. In the other races, they went with McCain.
    Identity politics being what it is.

  129. Don't really know, doug,
    about those chads. But Diebold may have made a bigger difference in New Hampshire than those buses you were all aquiver about.

  130. Or so some say. Conspiracy theorists abound, in the age of electronics.

    Mr Kurzweil describing both a dream and a nightmare.

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  132. Old folk went for McCain? Well, doesn't surprise me I quess. Doesn't seem to be that many Mormons in Florida, according to this--

    Number of Mormons
    Worldwide, there are over 13 million Mormons, nearly the same as the number of Jews.
    In the United States the LDS Church is the 4th largest individual denomination with over 5.5 million members, a population about equal to the number of Muslims.
    Only 12% of all Mormons live in Utah. Most Mormons do not live in North America.
    Aside from the United States, other regions with significant numbers of Mormons include Mexico and Asia (1 million members each), South America (3 million members), and Central America and Europe (about half a million each). The rapid growth the Church has been experiencing in Africa, where the number of Mormons already passes a quarter of a million, is particularly exciting.
    After Catholics, the LDS Church is the largest religion by number in ten U.S. states.
    (Accurate as of December 31st, 2004, December, 2002, 1999?.)

    LDS Worldwide Statistics (Selected Countries): Country Percent LDS Country Number of LDS
    Tonga 46.0% USA 5,503,192
    Samoa 36.0% Mexico 980,053
    American Samoa 24.1% Brazil 897,091
    Niue 12.0% Chile 534,754
    Kiribati 10.7% Philippines 537,014
    Tahiti 7.8% Peru 402,230
    Cook Islands 8.3% Argentina 339,929
    Marshall Islands 7.0% United Kingdom 180,095
    Chile 3.3% Guatemala 196,777
    Palau 2.1% Canada 166,442
    USA 1.9%
    Uruguay 2.5%
    New Zealand 2.35%
    Guatemala 1.34%
    Honduras 1.6%
    Bolivia 1.6%
    Ecuador 1.2%
    Peru 1.4%
    Belize 1.0%

    (Accurate as of 2006. See 2006 Church Almanac)

    LDS U.S. Statistics (Selected States): State Percent LDS State Number of LDS
    Utah 72% Utah 1,720,434
    Idaho 27% California 761,763
    Wyoming 11% Idaho 376,661
    Nevada 7.1% Arizona 346,677
    Arizona 6.0% Washington 241,908
    Montana 4.6% Texas 243,957
    Hawaii 5.1% Oregon 141,482
    Oregon 4.0% Nevada 165,498
    Washington 3.9% Colorado 126,118
    Alaska 4.2% Florida 123,209

    (Accurate as of 2006. See 2006 Church Almanac.)

  133. I hear blue eyed devils can be more charming. I've got green eyes. So much for that. :(

  134. :)

    Some of the alien greys are said to have green eyes. The alien nordics do have blue eyes though. Hank had one blue eye, and one brown eye, one morning, but that was just cause he happened to be a half quart low on bullshit that morning. Crystal Gayle didn't want her brown eyes blue.

  135. Well, there is one less Mormon now

    SALT LAKE CITY (Associated Press) -- Mormon church president Gordon B. Hinckley died Sunday, a church spokesman said. He was 97.

    Hinckley was the 15th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its longest-serving president.

    Since taking over as president and prophet of the church on March 12, 1995, Hinckley oversaw one of the greatest periods of expansion in church history.

    The number of temples worldwide more than doubled, from 49 to more than 120 and church membership grew from about 9 million to more than 12 million.

    Like his contemporary, Pope John Paul II, he became by far his church's most traveled leader in history.

    And the number of Mormons outside the United States surpassed that of American Mormons for the first time since the church, the most successful faith born in the United States, was founded in 1830.

  136. Alien nordic, eh. Actually, they change color all the time. From green to grey to blue to red. It all depends on what they look at.

  137. There's an opening for Mitt, if he doesn't become President of the United States.

    hmmm, maybe he could be President of both...without letting the left hand know what the right hand is doing.

  138. As Art Bell is my witness, Mat.

  139. Listen to him on shortwave, do you? :)

  140. No, no, not at all. Telepathically tune in.

    Saves electricity, save the planet, you know.

  141. The reception is really, really clear, clearer than politics, and no fiddling with dials.

  142. Almost like its all in my head.

  143. There are podcasts available. For the alien pod snatchers.

  144. Not that I'm suggesting anything. :)

  145. The Global Market Scores Again:
    Sly was going to base it on MS-13 but decided that "wouldn't resonate around the World," so did it on Burma, instead.

    Woulda made a Helluva intro to Campaign '08, tho!

  146. "Gun Control is just plain stupid!" "If a murderer has a gun, you better have one too!"

    Jackie Mason calls himself The Ultimate Jew.

    Hey Jackie, what am I, chopped liver? You should come visit. We'll go shooting together in the Holyland!

    Watch his video, it's worth your time.

  147. "the most successful faith born in the United States,"
    Prior to the Church of Global Warming, that is.
    or, more accurately at present:

    The Church of Climate Change.

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