Friday, 21 October 2011

In Passing

Because shooting the messenger *always* works...

The Wall Street Journal:

The European Commission is leaning toward proposing a ban on the issuing of sovereign-credit ratings for countries in bailout talks...

Should the Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, come to view these sovereign ratings as inappropriate, "we could ban it or suspend the rating for the necessary time frame,” [European internal market commissioner Michel Barnier] said...

Mr. Barnier had indicated previously that he liked [the] idea- originally proposed by International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde when she was France’s finance minister...
I’d say that if you’ve been waiting on a signal to pull your money out of Europe, now you’ve got one.

Elsewhere (added 111026 15:40):

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Monday, 17 October 2011

In Passing

Justice Steven David keeps on giving


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Monday, 10 October 2011

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I’m not interested in giving them a national sales tax unless the 16th Amendment gets repealed first.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