Snookered: Libya, corner pocket.
You just know there have to be some ‘unkind’ minds snickering away in Europe, Turtle Bay, and the Caliphate souks of the middle east. Snickering about how easily Obama was manipulated into a rash action in Libya. Combine that with how Obama is deliberately staging the US’s fade from leadership of the operation and you have a picture that should make any middle east dictator | Read More »
Who whips the whips?
John Boehner and Eric Cantor have overlooked an important principle of ”command”: never issue the order that you know will not be obeyed. The headline question is not merely rhetorical and I do have an answer for you, because our miraculous system of government (that Churchill called the worst, except for all the others) has always furnished the answer and generations before our own made | Read More »
Real-Time in Wisconsin Capitol: Leveraging Kids for Dem Dirty Work Updated: Dems Found, Flash Rally In IL
(This is a current report from the senate offices in the WI capitol. The author needed an assist that I was happy to provide. Cross-posted here with permission from Dan Collins’ excellent POWIP blog. By a separate report, Dem legislators are apparently hiding out in a motel in Rockford, IL beyond the jurisdiction of WI State Troopers who would fetch them back to vote. Update: | Read More »
Our National Debt Equals Our Entire Economy for One Year.
For more than a day now, Drudge’s main headline has been substantially the same as the headline on this story. Let me tell you what that really means. If the government took 100% of all our paychecks and pensions for the full year, that would not make an appreciable dent in our national debt. If the government took 100% of our paychecks and pensions for | Read More »
Vengeance is Mine, Saith Obama
Obama tried it all. Closing Guantanamo. Ending the war. Civilian trials for terrorists. The surge. Now he’s just killing, with a remarkable lack of dissent from his own side (remember: “Bush lied. People died.”). So we learn from drone operatives (literally) that Obama is, after all, and for solid ‘political’ reasons… a stone killer. From Newsweek: Some counterterrorism experts say that President Obama and his | Read More »
House GOP: Prepare for Your Primary.
Congresscritters working today in Washington are going to soon learn a very direct Americanism that I have to use frequently on the on the Indian and Chinese new media programmers I hire overseas: You’ll have to do better than that. With a sinking feeling over the last few days, we’ve seen our vaunted promise of $100 billion in budget cuts (less than one tenth of | Read More »
Counting Coup: The Invisible Victories
Generals are often the last to know about their victories. Fragmented reports of a platoon leader accepting an enemy squad’s surrender or a company commander overrunning a position never reach the commander until the staff has confirmed prisoner counts and an inventory of weapons captured. They know from experience to disregard early reports of both victory and defeat. It takes a while to | Read More »
Tucson Sheriff Dupnik to Request Palin, Limbaugh Extradition
“For two generations we have been trying to make the point that people are not responsible for their own actions,” said Tucson Sheriff Clarence Dupnik in an interview after the recent shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona. ”We need to extradite the people who were really responsible for this tragic crime.” Asserting that the writings and rantings of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and radio talk | Read More »
How to Join the Priesthood
Richard Cohen puzzles today over how the US military has become a ‘priesthood’ and hauls out nearly every tired, ignorant saw about the military except the one about military intelligence being an oxymoron. Sorry, Richard, but you indict only yourself in this missive. I’m going to have to answer your blog post point by point, so let’s start with your headline: the US knows all | Read More »
Think Precinct Committeemen Are Local Drudges? Think Again.
You could call it shameless accrual of political power, or you could call it selfless public service. I incline toward the latter, because I’ve had a tiny taste of it. Whatever you call it, there is no question that there may be some surprises in store for the new precinct committeecritter in your locale. Certainly, a committeeman should expect the normal duties of registering voters, | Read More »