Thursday, 30 December 2010

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Voice of experience

And we pay these people?  Dept
Instapundit:

Seems like whenever the question is, “Did Congress screw up ——— ?” (for whatever  “———” you choose), you can usually answer “Yes” without further investigation.

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Saturday, 25 December 2010

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A very merry Christmas...


...to my readers, lurkers, and lookers-on.

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Friday, 24 December 2010

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Mmmm....okay!

Yum, yum!   Dept

(Two headlines at boston.com, minutes ago.)

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Thursday, 23 December 2010

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Ohh noes, not again!


“Nonpartisan” site turns out to be another lefty front.

(And in the comments:

...Right on cue this bloviated bullshit was on NPR this morning and front and center on front page of the St. Petersburg Times.
Well of course.  Isn’t that what these organizations are for?)

(Would-a had film at 11, but we ran out...)

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Monday, 20 December 2010

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Priorities

Fail, Britannia  Dept
The BBC:
Firefighters who rescued people from a [terrorist-bombed] Tube carriage on 7 July 2005 were never given a proper debrief, it has emerged.
...
The crews who tackled the carnage at Russell Square - where 26 people died - were not asked their opinions of the event afterwards, the inquests heard.

The inquests have been told about rules which delayed the crews.

The first firefighters were told not to enter the tunnel where the carriage was without back-up or breathing apparatus... [which] led to a 29-minute delay.

Terrence Adams, a senior divisional officer, who was in charge between 1000 GMT and 1100 GMT that day, said nobody had asked him afterwards how the rescue had gone.

A lawyer for some of the victims’ families, Christopher Coltart, asked Mr Adams, who has since retired, if he thought this was an oversight.

“I can’t answer that question because that wasn’t my area of responsibility,” he replied.

Mr Coltart said: “Although the logistics department and the equality and diversity department had their say, there was no review upon the protocols which actively impacted upon entry into the tunnel on that day.”
When it comes to saving lives, what could be more important than diversity?


LATER (101221 16:50):
And when it comes to securing the homeland, what could be more important than climate change?

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Friday, 17 December 2010

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If the only thing Blake Edwards had done...


...was give Henry Mancini his first television job, we’d have plenty to remember him for.

Fortunately, there’s so much more.

Elsewhere:

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Tuesday, 07 December 2010

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Hold the celebration

Gotta watch ’em every minute  Dept
Glenn Reynolds quotes Jennifer Rubin quoting John McCormack:
Those who thought Republicans can’t bear to break their addiction to pork should think again.  “As the House Appropriations Committee stands poised to make a former earmarker its chairman, incoming House speaker John Boehner throws his support to porkbuster Jeff Flake.”
...which, along with a buck-fifty, might buy you a cup of coffee (provided you’re not in D.C.).  Doesn’t change the fact that the three likely candidates are all champion porkers.  Talk remains cheap.

UPDATE (101208 17:23):  They picked Hal Rogers, a porker so big[1] his grateful state put his name on a parkway.  So much for the speaker-in-waiting’s powers of persuasion, and so much for fiscal responsibility.

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[1] From the Herald-Leader story:
This fiscal year, Rogers sponsored or co-sponsored 50 earmarks totaling $93.4 million, ranking 10th out of the 435 representatives, according to the Center for Responsive Politics...

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Prosecution begins at home


From today’s Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Journal oped, December 7, 2010
Hey Dianne, you gonna prosecute the New York Times, too?

(After all, unlike Wikileaks, the Times is an American publication, run by Americans, located in America...)

[crickets]

Didn’t think so. So STFU.
(And that goes for your little Bill, too.)


UPDATE (101207 21:50):  Wow! (via Ace)

A leading US senator suggested tonight that the New York Times and other news organisations publishing the US embassy cables being released by WikiLeaks could be investigated for breaking US espionage laws.

Joe Lieberman, the chair of the Senate homeland security committee, told Fox News: “To me the New York Times has committed at least an act of, at best, bad citizenship, but whether they have committed a crime is a matter of discussion for the justice department.”
Well, we’ll see.  (And I plan to say more about all this later.)

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Saturday, 04 December 2010

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It’s called “We won”


Roll Call:

Senate Democrats have become increasingly frustrated with their inability to pressure the GOP on the [tax] issue...
Golly, why do you suppose...?

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