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Still Reading The Decisions
so in interim point you, naturally, to Balkinization
Who knew that the widening Gyre would have Tucker Carlson's smug face on it and ever more insulting MSNBC promo graphics. There's this lovely little item that notesFukuyama (and Michael Novak (the other one) paens to how Christianity is uniquely suited to capitalism) join the rest in frankly flatulating into Tuckers beaming smile, now the breadth of 4 galaxies, as we near the End.
But what to make of Tweety's desperate ratings lunge with Ann Coulter. Does she have something on him? Or perhaps something must be amiss in the Matthews household? As he is devoting 60 minutes tomorrow to the only kind of pole dance that can really get him hopping now — with that gangly incoherent attention seeker. Will in anyone in the crowd have the honesty to toss her (the deserved) singles, one wonders?
Tags: The Legacy
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Addington is getting some media play - WaPo didn't credit you.
We have not read the decisions - But we will get around to reading the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” deciison as soon as we can get the energy to get our ass off this Dorito covered couch.
We are happy that “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” was declared advocacy speech - instead of a joke - That sets the stage for later labeling a broader amount of comedy - inch by inch - to be speech, and so political ridicule can be thought of as slander — We just want this to play itself out.
Ok - we just printed out the decision - but we just don't have the energy to read it now - Instead we'll make some Macaroni and Cheese and get some pizza. Later dudes.
Prediction - Tweety will ask her about Scooter - She will defend Scooter, but she secretly is happy to see him go to jail - so as to create more useful political tension and anger (which are the two poles she teases on). Tweety will not ask her which Mitford sister she identifies with.
That Gaffney quote from 2003 is such a gem - was that one of ours or yours? Either - it now belongs to the ages = What a colossal s---head that man is.
Well it looks like the WaPo has finally gotten Cesar to open up. Not particularly hard to do in a sense as he has given careful press quotes before and is now long out of there. Perhaps Cesar may even have a book deal or something. Cesar is very smart and a very nice guy — a rarity in the town and that place. He was also a great staffer for Senator Abraham before he went over to EOVP.
But even with Brad — a great lawyer, but also long out of the Building btw — the WaPo is telling us The Hobbit level kinds of things and tidbits. There is not real insight here. Just gossip porn of getting any glimpse at all. And omitting the other part, you know the Dark Lord of Morder bit. For that you need to flip Wurmser, Hannah, Scooter, Addington and the ones who really matter, as well as Rummy and Cambone's side. Doubt it will ever see daylight.
So as to produce more contentious bs of this sort - is why we think Coulter is probably secretly hoping Libby goes to jail - Incidentally - Hitch gets a few facts wrong - but he has a few deniable carve out phrases indicting he knows that:
re: “For that you need to flip Wurmser, Hannah, Scooter, Addington and the ones who really matter, as well as Rummy and Cambone's side. Doubt it will ever see daylight.”
We'll we could try to use some enhanced interrogation techniques - the kind Gonzales will sign off on - But they would probably not be admissable.
Btw - from multiple accounts - it sounds like Midge Decter endorses the Hassan Nasrallah critique of American freedom and its decadent nature - when she spoke on the National Review cruise.
Nasrallah might object to the association though once he realizes that this woman was the same woman who wrote that Rumsfeld bio.
Great reading - take note of the hyperlink on the right that clearly says “his plan.” We'll see how long - But try not to laugh at his wonder at at riding in a helocopter = This is the man who planned the current war:
Things are looking real dicey for Conrad - you can tell by the fact that Worthington and Steyn have begun to go after the jury and now the Judge (a bit) - If Barbara starts demanding mirrors on the ceilings of the Federal prisons conjugal rooms - then that means the Black futures market will go banasas will bearish (or would a conviction be bullish?).
Also - Steyn has continued to try to make this a Fitzgerald case - As if this is Fitz's case and therefore is somehow linked to Scooter in neocon land.
Anyway - Scooter himself is not being helped by the ludicrous mau mau campaign on his behalf - Kristol et al have a built in assumption implicit in their argument that Bush lied when he said he wanted full cooperation with Fitzgeralds investigation - Now that may be true - but Gee Dubs will not appreciate such an illumination.
re Kagan, “his plan” — Bacevich and others were screaming for it in late 2003. I wonder if there is enough piano wire in D.C. string all these bastards up by the heels along L'Enfant Plaza. . .
L'Enfant Plaza? Wouldn't it be more aesthetic in Crystal City - it would go with the building styles.
re Tweety - has a fight going with Mrs. Edwards and Coulter - Coulter has brigand brigade behind her - A nasty piece of work - whiffs of fascism, just whifs.
Is Tweety threatened by that woman-power picture in WaPo of HRC's galpalpastopo (tm)?
Yeah - maybe you're right - L'Enfant plaza works. Lots of possibilities - Liebskin could design the whole production.
It will be funny seeing Kagan clown his way out of a plan shortly after he clowned his way into “his plan.”
It's interesting watching Bush use a low key toned down version of the sales techniques he used for Iraq - with the border and immigration - It shows the base - the base is always inclined toward war (unless Clinton is Pres) - but suddenly the base has woken up to the fact that Bush uses insulting talking points that make no sense.
All the more reason I was not surprised to start hear talk from Sally Quinn (ridiculous talk) of a putsch to overthrow Cheney and then possibly Dubya. The Movement has been betrayed. If Reid and Pelosi are smart they will adroitly deny them red meat and force them to cannibalize themselves for a generation.
re: SCOTUS - what about “Bong Hits 4 Midge Decter?”
Just an aside - what's up with this CNN segment “raw politics” with Tom Foreman - Have you seen that? What's the point of his hand waving schtick? Him and Jeanie Most - is there really a constituency for that? CNN should just fire all those people and try to be an upscale centrist alternative to FOX with a pro American bias to set it against BBC. The International channel would do better in the US than they think.
What we really do not understand is why Tom Foreman needs a full time job to just rant an obvious point on CNN for a couple of minutes in the evening - What does he do for the rest of the day? It's mysterious - It's hard to see how these people are valued by the suits in Atlanta. No offense to Foreman - in real life he's probably a normal newsman - and he's probably somewhat apologetic around friends and family for his schtick to pay the bills
Thanks for the heads-up about Coulter on Hardball...I think. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The crowd in the background was unnerving. I kept wondering if they'd been frisked for weapons. But aside from the incessant squawk of her voice, she got off a few zingers you couldn't deny. I think Elizabeth Edwards may have done more harm than good because of the good questions Ann got off, like 'why isn't John making this call' and questioning that he charged 50,000 to speak at a poverty group, etc. And Tweety didn't back down, which I found refreshing.
Comment, I did see the Kim one. It was pretty good. They really nail Dubya and the voice. 'I want to be the decider...so I can wear my underwear how I want.' (They took it off of youtube because Viacom complained, but you can find it on the Comedy Central site.)
I'll wait for the Stiftung Cruise.
“Why isn't John making this call,” may good for a sarcastic comment to throw someone off balance or to hurt someones feelings - But why would any candidate make such a call? It sort of makes sense to have the wife call - considering the fact Coulter mocked the death of her child.
Coulter has a certain fascist chic and its only a matter of time before she cues her audience to start going after Mrs. Edwards.
Making 50k to deliver a speech is not necessarily good politics - but whocares, there's nothing wrong with charging for speaking if you can - That being said, we are not voting for Edwards just because we don't want to - no good reason. But that being said - we find nothing wrong with winning lawsuits against malpractice docs or charging for a speech - If you looked at the people who sold 144 insider stock over the last 10 years - making millions off indirect gov subsidies, speaking fees look pure by comparison.
Cheney's stock options were in the toilet when he assumed office - In part - because he was not a good CEO and he bought an asbestos legacy company - But war and welfare since 9-11 has made him very wealthy all over again.
Coulter's semi-late quip “Why isn't John making this call” was entirely bogus in other respects - Ann knows very well that candidates use cut outs or spokesmen or third parties all the time - It's hard to imagine any candidate calling Coulter to engage - But Mrs. Edwards has evry right to be personally ticked at Coulter considering what Coulter said about her dead child.
Coulter also hides behind the fact that most public figures won't go after and ridicule her in a hurtful way - Mrs. Edwards could have said a number of things to put Coulter in her place, but she declined to engage that way - Coulter gambles on that.
I'm the last person to defend Ann, but I have a big problem with Elizabeth calling in to basically stir the pot.
Lo and behold I received a forward letter from my aunt this morning. It was from Elizbeth Edwards. On three different line within this relatively short letter was this link:
Regarding what Ann said about their son's death, it was in regard to Edward's continual use of it in campaign speeches:
Ok - Just to note, we here at Comment don't usually attack Ann - we think its a waste of time and sometimes we think she's funny. But in this instance - we think she should refrain from commenting on the death of other peoples children even if she thinks its justified.
She stokes her followers and its just not cool. Again, the Edwards campaign is doing what they think they have to do to win - If speaking about their son is an important part of their bio, then what's wrong with bringing it up? Most Americans don't follow politics so these pols have to keep repeating the same thing.
Aldershot - Episode 3 of Lil' Bush w/ Tony Blair - Was it stupid? Yes. Was it crude and immature? Yes? Was it non sensical and unsophesticated dialogue? Indeed. Did we laugh though? Yes - we did laugh.
Lil' Bush leaves us feeling a bit meh as the hip kids say. Sometimes a series needs time to find a voice so lets see how it looks in a couple weeks.
Skipped the Coulter performance. The sordid affair was predicted by Sybil in 200 BC, and Sybil was never wrong. Her next quatrain suggests our next Overlords wil be Gravel and Biden.
Lil' Bush is disappointing in the sense that it has great potential, but it needs better dialogue and some better fax-plots to hook in elements of the chattering classes.
- It's a great idea to have these Lil' characters because it creates an alternative reality that allows the writers to be fully creative without worrying about saying anything about real humans - For example - you could the Lil's Bush character have say a Lil' Hitchens character on an episode and you could ascribe all sorts of characteristics to a Lil' Hitchens chracter and that would get the buzz going.
So far only Lil' Cheney is properly developed.
“So far only Lil' Cheney is properly developed.”
You are so cold.
You're right, a Hitchens kid could be hilarious. Anyone...Powell, Tweety, Twinkie (Russert), etc., etc., etc.
(I haven't seen the Blair one.)
Lil' Powell would be a good character to have for Lil Bush to use as a tool from time to time - when he wants to show some faux-mainstream creds.
Maybe they have been too disrectful to the amaaaaazing Barbara Bush.