“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."

Thursday, February 07, 2008

"Our time has come. Our movement is real, and change is coming to America."- Barack Obama

Start thinking about who the "Our" is in "Our time has come." You better start thinking about the politics of redistribution, entitlements and affirmative action. You better start thinking about a twenty year rule of activist Supreme Court justices and the affect that will have on the permanent take-over of the power structure in this country. The Democrats were handed this once in a lifetime opportunity by the single worst President since Lyndon Johnson. The Democrats will capitalize on the wreckage left behind by George W. Bush. They will complete the "Great Society" started by LBJ and that society will be by those "whose time has come."

The Obama speech started to sound very close to the rhetoric of the urban street, so much so that you can mark my prediction, and expect riots if and when he loses. That is the first entitlement that happens when the clarion calls "Our time has come." It is a reckless call from an unqualified man that many divine to have powers and a mystique that is not there.


  1. I do not like where this is going.

  2. For my money, Al Gore gave one great speech, and that was his concession speech when he basially said, this is America, we accept the decision. This time around, you might be right. There might be riots if the pubs were to win in a narrow, contested election. It's possible too the dems might self destruct or at least do themselves a lot of harm if a real fight breaks out over the nomination. Not that there's not a real fight now. But if one side feels cheated. Some pundit I read today was saying--I don't know if it was with tongue in cheek--that Puerto Rico might be holding the winning card in the democrats delegate deck. Think of that:) At this point I've given up reading polls and pundits for information, just entertainment, they've mostly all been wrong.

    We've had a worse tax structure before, think FDR. If the economy is finely balanced right now tending into a recession, I'd think they'd have a hard time pulling everything together. But things don't ever seem to exactly repeat. I have no idea what will happen, but there are surely dark clouds all around.

    If Hillary has some goods on Obama-and I've wondered if her group was behind the video you posted-if she is going to use the material I'd think it's now.

    California and New York are probably lost for the pubs. If it's McCain and Huck they might be able to take the south and Ohio and the intermountain west. Heck if I know.

    If Hillary and Obama win, Bush will start looking good in the rearview mirror.

  3. from Cap't Ed--

    Now, however, it's the Democrats who appear to be headed to a 1976 scenario instead. Chris Bowers at Open Left describes the problem accurately:

    The polling picture for Super Tuesday is starting to fill out now. With only 34 hours until polls close in California, it appears virtually certain that we will have a split decision in terms of delegates. Currently, by multiplying the average polling margin by the number of delegates in each state, I arrive at an estimate of Clinton 889 delegates, Obama 799 pledged delegates earned from Super Tuesday itself. However, in virtually every state, more recent polls show better results for Obama, which should improve his standing almost across the board. At this point, a 90-delegate victory for Clinton on Super Tuesday is probably her best-case scenario, and the margin should less than 50 delegates in either direction. A narrow Obama victory on Super Tuesday is even within his reach now.
    This one is going beyond Super Tuesday, folks. With only 22 states, D.C., Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands left to vote after Super Tuesday, one has to wonder if it is possible for the deadlock to be broken before the convention. Even though Clinton will probably lead by 100 or so delegates after Super Tuesday, the February schedule favors Obama. As such, with only 3,253 pledged delegates, and 2,025 needed to win, it no longer seems possible for either candidate to win without the assistance of at least some of the 796 super delegates. Consequently, it is probably time to start discussing the most democratic way to break the deadlock, such as measuring the measuring the overall popular vote or pledged delegate totals, and urging super delegates to line up behind the candidate who leads according to that metric. A situation like this makes problems such as caucuses not counting popular votes, as well as the Michigan and Florida situations, far more severe and troubling. In short, it looks like we have a real mess on our hands now.

    Indeed, and Bowers doesn't mention the real nightmare scenario. Hillary Clinton has had an edge in the superdelegates, both in number and in influence. These superdelegates represent the party establishment, which owes a lot to the Clintons over the last 16 years. The two have won elections for the party establishment and raised a lot of money, something Barack Obama has hardly had a chance to do until just recently.

    What happens if Obama comes to the convention -- and Hillary beats him with the superdelegates?

    It could create a huge firestorm in Denver that could consume the party's oxygen for the next several years. The African-American vote would see this as a stolen nomination and could walk away from the Democrats. Rank-and-file voters, especially those who supported Obama's call for change in politics, would likely see this as smoke-filled-room maneuvering -- which is exactly what it would be. The bitterness would extend to the House and Senate members of the superdelegate assembly who backed Clinton over Obama, and it could threaten the Democrats' down-ticket races as well as their presidential election chances.

    Under that scenario, would Hillary follow Bowers' suggestion and push the superdelegates to support Obama and concede power? Or will Hillary and Bill lean heavily on them, call in their chits, and fracture the party on the chance that they could unite it afterwards? Given the Clintonian attraction to power, I'd call the latter scenario a lot more likely.

  4. People get the government they deserve.

  5. The most disruptive would be Hillary winning by getting the Florida and Michigan delegates that aren't supposed to count.

  6. New Border Patrol Report on Mexican Government Incursions for Fiscal Year 2007

    (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released a U.S. Border Patrol report titled, “Mexican Government Incidents – 2007 Fiscal Year Report,” obtained under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The report describes 25 confirmed incursions in 2007 along the U.S. - Mexican border involving Mexican military and/or law enforcement personnel.

  7. Americans Kidnapped In Mexican Border Towns

    The abductions are part of a drastic increase in violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, which is infested with armed drug cartels and human smugglers plowing their way north. Just last month Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff confirmed that U.S. Border Patrol agents are regularly under siege by smugglers and he assured the violence will definitely increase this year.

    Chertoff made the alarming announcement days after a 32-year-old Border Patrol agent was murdered by Mexican smugglers who deliberately struck him with a sports utility vehicle. The agent, Luis Aguilar, tried to stop the vehicle as it sped through California’s Imperial San Dunes Recreation Area.

    Chertoff called it a heinous act of violence and revealed that assaults on Border Patrol agents had increased 44% in the last few months. The Homeland Security secretary said agents are regularly attacked with firearms, knives, bats, steel pipes, vehicles, boats and slingshots.

  8. John McCain
    WILLIAM J. BENNETT & SETH LEIBSOHN: Senator McCain may have some liberal positions, but he is not a liberal. “Conservative Sense & Sensibility

    YUVAL LEVIN: McCain just can’t pretend. “ Honor Politics

    KATE O’BEIRNE & RAMESH PONNURU: John McCain should take the fight to the Democrats. “What McCain Should Say at CPAC

  9. Hewitt:
    Tomorrow's radio show is dedicated to an extended interview with Douglas Franz and Catherine Collins, authors of the new, riveting and very important book
    Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World's Most Dangerous Secrets...And How We Could Have Stopped Him.

    This is the true story of A. Q. Khan
    --the Pakistani scientist who stole key nuclear technology from Europe, oversaw the building of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, and then sold the know-how and many parts to Libya, Iran and who knows who else.

    It is an alarming tale of the world we live in, and deserves a wide, wide audience and a close read.
    Not only does it provide a comprehensive but readable introduction to Pakistan and its political history since independence, it is also a primer on proliferation and the rogue states' many efforts to obtain the ultimate weapon of terror.

    KRLA 870

  10. Hugh Hewitt
    Kithbridge has a great blog feed up and running from CPAC.

    Romney's speech tomorrow will be as interesting as McCain's, and both will generate an enormous amount of commentary and analysis which can be followed via Kithbridge.
    (Wouldn't it be interesting if the former governor of Massachusetts announced that he and the former governor of Arkansas had decided to compete all the way to St. Paul and then throw the winner of their duel all their support for the nomination? About a 5% chance of happening, but it would liven things up.)

  11. This came through my email box today and I thought some here might enjoy it:

    Complaint Response:

    In response to a number of complaints that there are not enough Black and Hispanic peoples appearing on TV, the Network has decided that in the future 'America's Most Wanted' will be shown 'TWICE' weekly.

  12. :-)
    "Not enough hardworking, patriotic, family-values-centered undocumented residents."

  13. Only fair thing is to show it ever day that way the ratios rite/

    Automation has hit the garbage pickup crews. New truck today, automated arm reaches out and grabs the carts, whereas it has been three guys huffing it up the street doing it by hand. Those guys were in great shape, and the only people that really work much around here, other than the boys at Les Schwab. Kind of sad, in a way. It won't lower my garbage pickup fee however, which went up last year, in anticipation of the new truck I quess. I went to the office last year, wanting to opt out, and deal with my own garbage, and was told, that's ok, but you still get charged.

  14. 12:00AM--People get the garbage service as it is dictated to them, whether they want it or not :)

  15. I bet that 'America's Most Wanted' hasn't had a garbage pickup guy on there yet, and what are the chances, now?

  16. Ya think that robot arm was made in the USA?

  17. I doubt it. Nice truck, but I didn't catch the make. Maybe, though. The council might have a buy American resolution.

    Romney drops out. The republicans succeeded in eliminating all their best candidates. Way to go, pubs.

  18. The garbage guys were all 'Made in America' brand though, but they don't count. I feel bad for them. The garbage arm spread garbage all over the area, but it's blowing like hell here today. Highways closed, schools shut. Not that the boys were perfectly neat.

  19. People hate Hillary so much we're bound to win!

  20. In the make-believe World where Hillary wins.

  21. AARP takes on the future.
    We're doomed!

  22. Look what passes in Britain for an archbishop these days. Mozart said, "The archbishop is an ass", and he was right, this one here surely is. Sharia law is exactly what will make the situation worse. Two countries, two countries, two countries in one!

    Kick 'em all out.

  23. We're gonna remake this country block by block city by city county by county blah blah - Obama.

    I wish it was fishing season. I'd get this out of my mind.

  24. "I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together"

  25. "All you need is love!"
    (and Sharia)

  26. "If I am elected, everyone will have two dispensers of dental floss in the cabinet"

  27. Archbishop Rowen Williams needs a haircut, a shave, and an eye brow pluck, and a new brain, and he might make human.

  28. The Second Coming--what rough beast slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?--

    And Obama Wept
    February 07, 2008 9:43 AM

    Inspiration is nice. But some folks seem to be getting out of hand.

    It's as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, "Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of Chicago a Savior, who is Barack the Democrat."

    Obama supporter Kathleen Geier writes that she's "getting increasingly weirded out by some of Obama's supporters. On listservs I'm on, some people who should know better – hard-bitten, not-so-young cynics, even – are gushing about Barack…

    Describing various encounters with Obama supporters, she writes, "Excuse me, but this sounds more like a cult than a political campaign. The language used here is the language of evangelical Christianity – the Obama volunteers speak of 'coming to Obama' in the same way born-again Christians talk about 'coming to Jesus.'...So I say, we should all get a grip, stop all this unseemly mooning over Barack, see him and the political landscape he is a part of in a cooler, clearer, and more realistic light, and get to work."

    Joe Klein, writing at Time, notes "something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism" he sees in Obama's Super Tuesday speech.

    "We are the ones we've been waiting for," Obama said. "This time can be different because this campaign for the presidency of the United States of America is different. It's different not because of me. It's different because of you."

    Says Klein: "That is not just maddeningly vague but also disingenuous: the campaign is entirely about Obama and his ability to inspire. Rather than focusing on any specific issue or cause — other than an amorphous desire for change — the message is becoming dangerously self-referential. The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is. “

    The always interesting James Wolcott writes that "(p)erhaps it's my atheism at work but I found myself increasingly wary of and resistant to the salvational fervor of the Obama campaign, the idealistic zeal divorced from any particular policy or cause and chariot-driven by pure euphoria. I can picture President Hillary in the White House dealing with a recalcitrant Republican faction; I can't picture President Obama in the same role because his summons to history and call to hope seems to transcend legislative maneuvers and horse-trading; his charisma is on a more ethereal plane, and I don't look to politics for transcendence and self-certification."

    Then there's MSNBC's Chris Matthews who tells Felix Gillette in the New York Observer, “I’ve been following politics since I was about 5. I’ve never seen anything like this. This is bigger than Kennedy. [Obama] comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament."

    And behold, Obama met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.

    The Holy Season of Lent is upon us. Can Obama worshippers try to give up their Helter-Skelter cult-ish qualities for a few weeks?

    At least until Easter, or the Pennsylvania primary, whichever comes first...

  29. "We are the ones we've been waiting for," Obama said.
    "This time can be different because this campaign for the presidency of the United States of America is different.
    It's different not because of me.
    It's different because of you."

    Yes we Can!

  30. Rush:
    "Keep her in it
    So we can win it!

  31. Luke 4: 17-21

    And there was delivered unto him the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written;

    "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, to preach the good news to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

    To preach the acceptable Year of the Lord."

    And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened upon him.

    And he began to say unto them "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."

  32. If the expectations get too high, and the great expectations are not fulfilled, as likely they won't be, even if Obama is elected, deuce may well be right.

  33. O Lord won't you give me--a Mercedes Benz.

  34. Clintons have hundreds of millions and her staff is unpaid!

    We are the Whirreled!

  35. Let's start making fun of his ears again.

  36. That turns him into a blubbering pool of mush.

  37. Romney's Withdrawal Speech

    Good read, done in style. Thank you Mitt, for a great campaingn.

  38. Who should be our third party candidate?

  39. Mitt Romney?:)

    How about Romney/Sowell or Sowell/Romney, I'd vote for that.

  40. Did you read Sowell's piece on age a week or two ago?

    ...he's too honest to run.

    Too Old.

    Steele 08!

  41. Missed it, but will look it up. Gotta run....

  42. "Steele’s sister Monica later married and divorced former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson."
    Maybe she's better prepared to face Hillary!

  43. You're running?

    Al-Bob-Al 08!

    Vote for Al,
    He's our Pal!

  44. Wretch got a correction from an intellectual at the Hoover institute.
    Here's my response:
    Russell Roberts

    " The jobs they do now would either be done at a higher cost or not done at all."
    They certainly would be done at higher cost than the slave labor camps growing tomatoes in Florida.

    And Carpenters might again make more than I did in the 1970's.
    They don't now.

    This is a *good* thing?

  45. As Professor Hanson says, it's a class thing.

    The upper classes that benefit from low, welfare state subsidized wages think it's a good thing.

    The working classes, watching their jobs and wages erode, don't.

  46. If we shut down all the social science classes in Colleges across the Country we'd be better off!

  47. Good speech. Romney should have given it at the start of the campaign.

  48. Culture is a function of demography, demography is a function of ethnicity, and ethnicity is a function of genetics.

  49. Hillary as I knew her in 1974

    "John Labovitz apologized to me for the fact that months ago he and Hillary had lied to me [to conceal rules changes and dilatory tactics.] Labovitz said, "That came from Yale." I said, "You mean Burke Marshall [Senator Ted Kennedy's chief political strategist, with whom Hillary regularly consulted in violation of House rules.] Labovitz said, "Yes." His apology was significant to me, not because it was a revelation but because of his contrition."

    At that time Hillary Rodham was 27 years old. She had obtained a position on our committee staff through the political patronage of her former Yale law school professor Burke Marshall and Senator Ted Kennedy. Eventually, because of a number of her unethical practices I decided that I could not recommend her for any subsequent position of public or private trust.

    Her patron, Burke Marshal, had previously been Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Robert Kennedy. During the Kennedy administration Washington insiders jokingly characterized him as the Chief counsel to the Irish Mafia. After becoming a Yale professor he also became Senator Ted Kennedy's lawyer at the time of Chappaquidick-as well as Kennedy's chief political strategist. As a result, some of his colleagues often described him as the Attorney General in waiting of the Camelot government in exile.

  50. Stratfor reported on Jan 29:

    Over recent months, the level of violence along the U.S.-Mexican border has begun to rise substantially, with some of it spilling into the United States. Last week, the Mexican government began military operations on its side of the border against Mexican gangs engaged in smuggling drugs into the United States. The action apparently pushed some of the gang members north into the United States in a bid for sanctuary.

  51. Romney's Withdrawal Speech

    Video Link:

  52. The following day, Giuliani dropped out of the race and endorsed McCain. A day later, popular California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his endorsement of McCain, reflecting a coalescing of Republican support behind the senator as he approached a Super Tuesday showdown with Romney.

    Romney's final pitch was to label McCain a liberal like Clinton and Obama, a charge tantamount to heresy in the GOP. He was backed by conservative media voices like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, as well as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

    "We want the leader of our party to be somebody who stands up for Republican principles, who lives in the house that Reagan built, who makes sure our future stays bright," Romney said Monday.

    Nomination for McCain

  53. John will like that second one.

  54. Let's buy Suzuki a tepee.

    No, that might be made of aninmal skins.

    An igloo.

  55. David Suzuki is a CBC personality masquerading as an environmentalist. The CBC and the Toronto Star is the megaphone of Liberals and the Liberal Party. In other words, Ignore.

  56. We're having the worst winter here in the last ten. La Nina seems to be the culprit, so I read. Ice in the rivers, highways closed. Snow so high in Moscow in the middle of the street you can't see the cars on the other side. Colder than a well diggers ass, as we say here.

  57. Sounds kinda Pansy Ass to me!
    Toughen Up!

  58. Hawaiians are pansies. :)

    That's funny, I was just calling you a pansy!

  59. Doug,

    249,999 sweaty swedes are waiting for your contribution!

  60. Duece, back to the matters at hand. I, too, do not like where this is going. Your comments should cause great pause to anyone who reads them. I am only sorry only a few of us will do so. I am glad I live in the heartland.

  61. Al-bob and I are just trying to forget how we felt when we got up the last two days.

  62. Suicide is not an option.

  63. How far north do you have to live in Texas to be in the Heartland?
    IOW how far north does Aztlan extend?

  64. How things have changed!

    "Virginia: A fantastically simple primary, with 63 winner-take-all delegates — a major prizes. It’s an interesting state, in that the northern part of the state, less conservative, is booming. (The Democrats will face off on the same day, and in all likelihood, it will be an all-out brawl between Hillary and Obama, which may limit the independent turnout in the state’s open primary.)

    The Washington Post commissioned a poll last October that had Giuliani leading the state (with 34 percent) and Thompson performing strong (20 percent). McCain was at 20 percent, Romney at 9 percent. But now, retiring Republican Senator John Warner said Wednesday,
    “John has locked it up.”"

  65. Wretch didn't used to do this:
    A good comment thread gets going, and he buries it w/3,4,or 5 new posts.

    Not how BC became popular, but what do I know?

  66. Sounds colder than a pair of tits on a brass monkey!

  67. Matthieu Ricard: Habits of happiness

  68. Stereo vision
    The dismissal of Major Stephen Coughlin from his position as a specialist on Islamic law and Islamist extremism to the Joint Staff became a hot topic on the blogosphere. His dismissal was blamed on his criticism of the official strategy that Islam was the 'religion of peace' and seen by some as censorship. Coughlin has since been reinstated, a positive development, not because it necessarily endorses Major Coughlin views but because it makes the issues he raises officially thinkable. To see why let's go back to Coughlin's unclassified thesis at National Defense Intelligence College, which says "it is the conclusion of this thesis that Islamic law forms the doctrinal basis for the jihadi threat that can only be understood through an unconstrained review of the Islamic law of jihad."
    Coughlin repeatedly hammers on one theme: that Islam includes a body of law -- law as valid as any law can be -- that binds all faithful Muslims to a program of conquest and to resist all attempts to roll it back. He makes a scholarly effort to establish this obligation is rooted in mainstream, not variant Islam.


  69. Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are competing for sizable if somewhat overshadowed delegate prizes this weekend as voters in four scattered states take their turn saying which one should be the Democratic presidential nominee. Drama dropped out of the Republican contest with Mitt Romney's suspension of his campaign Thursday, leaving John McCain the prohibitive favorite, Mike Huckabee the long-shot and Ron Paul a postscript.



    The stakes: 78 Democratic delegates, 18 GOP delegates.

    The campaign: Obama and Clinton were both stumping in the state, with the New York senator on the Seattle waterfront Thursday night and making appearances Friday, and the Illinois senator rallying Friday at an arena in the shadow of the city's Space Needle. Across the Cascade Mountains, Obama's wife, Michelle, planned to campaign Friday in conservative Spokane.



    The stakes: 56 Democratic delegates, 20 Republican delegates.

    The campaign: Obama spoke Thursday to a crowd of some 4,000 in New Orleans, the city where Edwards began and ended his campaign. Bill Clinton was visiting the state Friday but his wife wasn't coming, barring a change in plans.

    5 States

  70. Colder'n islamic hell it is.

  71. "If we are sending money to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, (and) the United Arab Emirates because of our inability to control our consumption of oil, then we've got to expect that we are over time transferring wealth to those countries," he said.

    "That's something I intend to stop as president."

    Sovereign wealth funds, which are owned primarily by Middle Eastern oil exporters and Asian countries running huge trade surpluses, are estimated to hold $2.5 trillion in assets and forecast to grow to $12 trillion over the next eight years.

    Wealth Funds

  72. Archassbishop of Canterbury comes out in favor of stoning adulterers, cutting off limbs, clits, slaying pagans, Christians, Jews. Sharia Forever!

  73. It wouldn't surprise me if a Sovereign Wealth Fund bought the Anglican Church.

    Same for Fox News.

  74. More On The Big Mob Takedown

    Nicky "Little Nick" Corozzo slips loose, on the lam.

  75. These guys are the pepper of the earth.

  76. Why isn't Gotti house up on foreclosure?

  77. Thus, as a golf club or political party may expel a member who breaks its rules, so a religion may have a legal code under which marital or financial disputes can be decided. The law should recognise this, as it does already with the internal systems of Orthodox Jews.

    But in a way which does not dispense with a citizen's rights to appeal to the courts of law. All but Islamicist "primitivists" would accept that this is a secondary jurisdiction.

    That, I think, is what he is saying in an immensely dense, 7,000 word text.

    Trap of his Own Making

  78. Elmo, Greaseball, and The Nose

    Sounds like my ex-in-laws.

  79. Sounds like some of my cousins.

  80. As six Republican senators devised a plan to yank $2.3 million in federal funding for Berkeley programs, the mayor of the famously liberal city apologized Wednesday for his hard stance against a Marine recruiting center.

    Two City Council members vowed to soften their stance as well.

    "There's really no correlation between federal funds for schools, water ferries and police communications systems and the council's actions, for God's sake," said Bates, a retired U.S. Army captain. "We apologize for any offense to any families of anyone who may serve in Iraq. We want them to come home and be safe at home."

    The Republican plan would give the funds, intended for a school lunch program, UC Berkeley and ferry service, to the Marines instead.

  81. Some feller named Doug said--

    Doug said...
    We knew what she was.
    Now we know how much it costs.

    2/07/2008 03:59:00 PM

    at BC

  82. A good article to read to catch a glimpse of where America is headed:

  83. Thursday's announcement of the NBC debate cast doubt on an Ohio debate that CNN had hoped to sponsor with the Ohio Democratic Party on Feb. 27.

    Earlier this week, Clinton announced plans to participate in that debate. And Thursday, a CNN spokeswoman said the network was sending representatives to Ohio to scope a location.

    Ohio State University had expressed interest in hosting the event.

    Debate 2/26

  84. I'm reading a book, "Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons" which is very scary. Pakistan is a zoo. Musharaff, another of the animals. None of them are sane. Most are in with the jihadis. Somehow, this is all going to come to a bad ending, I do fear.

  85. Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark, from the Sunday Times of London and The Guardian

    I have no idea how accurate it is. 460 pages, 50 pages of notes

  86. “All I can say is that two persons by the name of Husnain and Rafaqat were arrested today in the morning,” said Javed Iqbal Cheema, a retired brigadier who is the spokesman for the Interior Ministry, in a telephone interview Thursday evening.

    The government officials described the arrests as an “important breakthrough,” but they did not say what role they believed the two arrested played in Ms. Bhutto’s death.

    Mr. Cheema denied reports that one of the arrested men was the brother of the man said to have been the suicide bomber. Pakistani officials consider Baitullah Mehsud, the militant leader of the South Waziristan region, as one of the prime suspects in the Bhutto case.

    Blast Killed Bhutto

  87. Thanks gag, but in small measures we like to keep ahead of the curve and hope that the curve moves toward us. I had to laugh at Bobal's piece on that slathering horses ass Chris Mathews. There are no bounds to his mediocrity and mendacious foolery.

  88. Obama On Romney:
    "An "Ineffective Candidate"
    -- Barack Obama called Mitt Romney's candidacy "ineffective" on the day that the former MA governor exited the presidential race.

    Romney, who dropped out of the race for president today in Washington, said in his exit speech that the GOP must unify and not allow Democrats to allow the country to "surrender to terror."

    "Well my reaction to Mitt Romney's comment that's the kind of poorly thought out comment that lead him to drop out," Obama said during a press avail on his campaign plane. "It's a classic attempt to appeal to people's fears that will not work in this campaign.
    I think that's part of the reason he was such an ineffective candidate."
    Exactly, Romney's a real dummy and Obama a freaking Genius.
    He's set to trounce Hill in the next round, maybe he'll start bragging his half-black ass off more often ala bubba of a month ago, and a few people will see through his veil of fluff.
    I knew guys like him in college:
    They'd bring out the deepest authoritarian voice they could muster, and share their priceless insights.
    Worked w/some chicks, but some saw through it immediately.
    I'd gladly pull the lever for McCain if he's running.

  89. appeal to peoples fears

    It's called reality, fuckin' idiot.

  90. Romney didn't mention Huckabee on Thursday. Romney also said he disagrees with McCain on many things, "but I agree with him on doing whatever it takes to be successful in Iraq and finding and executing Osama Bin Laden.

    We cannot allow the next president of the United States to retreat in the face of evil extremism."

    Romney enjoyed some of his strongest support in urban areas where voters were more concerned about economic issues. He finished second to McCain in Charleston and Beaufort counties, his best showings in the state.

    Calling it Quits

  91. I'd guess Mitt has less than pleasant feelings for the Huckster.
    Most on the right and the left don't like to remember, prefering to say Huck's a good guy, but he was the one that kicked off his "real christian" Campaign for the bigot vote.
    Sad thing is he might be the smartest pick for McCain to get votes in the South.