Monday, 10 October 2011


Clipfile - October 10, 2011

"Socialism is the ultimate form of passive aggression.” - Smitty (at The Other McCain)

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In Passing

The trouble with “9-9-9” that it can just as easily be "10-10-10.”  Or "20-20-20.”

I’m not interested in giving them a national sales tax unless the 16th Amendment gets repealed first.

UPDATE, Elsewhere (111013 15:20):

Ed Morrissey:  9-9-Nein! The Herman Cain Mutiny
Gabriel Malor:  VAT Still a Bad Idea

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Saturday, 08 October 2011

In Passing

Actually, ESPN was probably upset because they thought Williams was comparing Obama to Netanyahu...

Hitler had Nuttin’ to Do With It   Dept 
Bill Quick
Note that Williams did not actually liken Obama to Hitler. What he did was come up with a situation he thought was as ridiculous as Obama playing golf with Boehner - Netanyahu playing golf with Hitler. The comparison was not between the individuals involved, but between the level of enmity implicit in the situation.

No matter, though. Williams used the words Obama and Hitler in the same sentence...

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The Press

July 8, 2011: Kirsten Powers gets played

American Journ-O-Lism  Dept
John E.:
It's helpful to remember just how far this Administration, DoJ and media will go to protect Obama and Holder from [the "fast-n-furious”] story and also how coordinated it all is.
He’s got the video.

Mark Steyn:
...Forget the United States Border Patrol guys that were killed about these ‘Fast & Furious’ guns.  Real-live, or previously live, citizens of third world countries — the kind of people that NPR [and]The New York Times claim to love — are dead because of this...  Why isn’t that a national scandal?”
Because there’s no scandal when it’s their guys doing it.

(Steyn via Insty.)

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Friday, 07 October 2011

In Passing

Not this time...

James Taranto:

Our guess is that if Romney is the nominee, the vast majority of Tea Partiers will hold their noses and vote for him, the way the nutroots types who loved Dean did for John Kerry in 2004.
Do you really want to bet on that, Bucky?  Really?

Not that we haven’t noticed the establishment’s efforts to convince us that the fix is in and it’s all over but the shouting...
Wall Street Journal editorial, October 5, 2011: pullquote: ‘With Christie out, its now Romney and the rest.

...or the Gentry Republicans’ attitude toward the conservative base...
Georgette Mosbacher, RNC finance co-chair and huge fundraiser: ‘We do not consider Perry a factor... We know Who it is Who will be Our Nominee.’

Two important tasks lie before us:  Clean out Washington in general, and the Republican Party in particular.  If it turns out that we must do the second before we can accomplish the first, well, so be it.

UPDATE (101011 16:25): Welcome Daily Pundit readers:
If the GOP manages to foist another RINO on the rest of us, who make up the majority of the party (add up the percentages of us voting in the primaries for Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Santorum, and Paul, versus those voting for Romney and Huntsman), and I think you will see the final crackup of the Republican Party as a viable political organization.
Midwest Chick chimes in:  GOP Still Missing the Point

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Thursday, 06 October 2011

In Passing

The Usual Process, redux

Michael Walsh:

On top of stonewalling Rep. Darrell Issa’s House investigation of the [Fast-and-Furious] mess, Justice has floated a series of contradictory excuses:

• There was no such program.

• Even if there was, Holder never knew about it.

• Even if he should have known about it, he might not have read Breuer’s memos.

• Even if he read Breuer’s memos, he misunderstood the simple question: "When did you first know about the program, officially, I believe, called Fast and Furious?”
. . .
You’d think the Justice Department had been taking lessons from the press.

(Via:  Insty.)

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Wednesday, 05 October 2011

In Passing

“...the political class will commit collective suicide and take what remains of the European economy down with it.”

He’s talking about Europe, but I worry that the same attitude is at work here.

(Spengler via Bookworm)

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In Passing

Warning: This party may be hazardous to your liberty

Fixed it for you:

Naming names: New York state senators Jeff Klein, Diane Savino, David Carlucci and David Valesky.

What they said:

Proponents of a more refined First Amendment argue that this freedom should be treated not as a right but as a privilege — a special entitlement granted by the state on a conditional basis that can be revoked if it is ever abused or maltreated.
"More refined” = "You rubes who read all that ‘shall pass no law’ stuff as absolute are way too unsophisticated for our modern, complicated world.”
"Privilege... granted... on a conditional basis” = "So if we dont like what you say, we will shut you up.”

Seems they not only want to get rid of elections, they want to make sure you don’t do any talking about it, either.


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Tuesday, 04 October 2011

The Press

Sins of omission

CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson:

They will tell you that I’m the only reporter--as they told me--that is not reasonable.  They say the Washington Post is reasonable, the LATimes is reasonable, the New York Times is reasonable, [that] I’m the only one who thinks this is a story, and they think I’m unfair and biased by pursuing it.
"Reasonable” as in "ignoring the gunrunner story.”

You know, Time and its buddies over at the Press Club had better hope that "the Constitution still matters.”  Because absent the Constitution, a more-loosely-construed definition of "treason” just might make several prominent members of our esteemed "fourth estate” prime candidates for prosecution.

Ace Of Spades HQ:  Did Eric Holder Lie to Congress?
Althouse:  Adam Serwer doubles down on race...
Protein Wisdom:  News-speak [Yeah, I changed the title. Because it’s more accurate!]
Instapundit:  Okay, this headline seems straightforward...
Power Line:  Bloomberg Whiffs, Part 1

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Monday, 03 October 2011


Answer: Nothing whatever

Read it and weep  Dept
Kyle Smith, "What We Learned from Prohibition”:
[Ken Burns’] "Prohibition,” a three-part miniseries ... has many lessons to teach us about such antiquated, 1920s-era ideas as federal overreach, unfunded mandates to states, runaway taxation, a belief that great political leaders can accelerate human progress, crony capitalism, and of course the dire need of Washington to take steps to improve the lot of the poor and the children.

In other words, "Prohibition” is, to an almost mischievous extent, an investigative report about 2011.
And if our Political Class (and the voters who keep electing them) had learned anything from that experience, we wouldn’t be here now.

HT:  Ace sidebar.

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