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Obama's Louis XV Budget from Krauthammer."Obama fancies his happy talk, debt-denial optimism to be Reaganesque. It's more Louis XV. Reagan begat a quarter-century of prosperity; Louis, the deluge."Moreover, unlike Obama, Louis had the decency to admit he was forfeiting the future. He never pretended to be winning it."
Great, Maureen.I've been wondering where your "good friend" Leon Wieseltier was.....and here you've conjured him once again for punctuation.Very little with which to argue, but there's no easy cure nor is there a one-size-fits-all evaluation.Stars and SewersNicholas Carr, author of “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” says technology amplifies everything, good instincts and base. While technology is amoral, he said, our brains may be rewired in disturbing ways.
Uh-oh.Big donors to Hillary Clinton now facing criminal allegations from The Washington Post.
diva, came across this in the nytimes that might be of interest.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/technology/internet/21blog.html?smid=tw-nytimes&seid=autoThey say blogging has slacked off due to more people using twitter and facebook.Had my doubts about the headline and sure enough about the only change was among kids. No effect on serious bloggers who are more likely to use t&f as a way to promote their blogs.
Say "Cheese" Mr. PresidentAn offbeat slideshow from Vanity Fair.
karloffesq--Here's the direct link to that article.Indeed, the headline is misleading because it goes on to say something quite different.In my view, Facebook's appeal will wane eventually just as MySpace did.Such a silly quest and waste of time unless it's used for business contacts. And the opportunity for abuse of personal information is enormous.I've thought about putting The Diva World on Facebook, but only as a supplemental gesture.....as that article describes.IMO, Facebook has become too pedestrian and infantile on so many levels.
The King's Speech Revisited from Hitchens."Oscars should go to those who entertain and amuse. But if the academy gives an award to Seidler, a man who absurdly fancies himself subject to persecution when confronted with the historical record, it will have conferred approval on something, and someone, extremely shabby."Exactly; however, Hollywood majors in revisionism and the film will most likely walk away with multiple awards.........despite the fact that Christopher outlines the true scenario.Everyone questioned is suddenly a "victim".
Pulitzer-prize winning Charles Krauthammer spoke at a President's Day Dinner on health-care, the Middle East, and more....
Maureen is off the chain!She tops herself with Black Swan Lakeside. ***********"Can Tiny Dancer lift up the City of Big Shoulders?"He thinks so. Even coiled with nervous anticipation and bundled in Patagonia on a snowy election day, Rahm Emanuel retained his Black Swan panache."***********LOL!An Emanuel win was inevitable. He is, after all, a key player inside the Chicago Machine.Anyone is better than Carol Moseley Braun who received about two votes.
Justice Department To Stop Prosecuting DOMA CasesA picture worth a thousand words. LOL!!!
Krauthammer's The Rubicon of Wisconsin"We have heard everyone — from Obama’s own debt commission to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — call the looming debt a mortal threat to the nation. We have watched Greece self-immolate. We can see the future. The only question has been: When will the country finally rouse itself?"
LOL!Obama 2012 re-election campaign working overtime.Jeremy Bernard (first male as well as openly gay) named as White House social secretary from The Huffington Post.Indeed, the Obama administration and team re-election are feverishly working to make amends with their Leftist base.Many Lib-Dems remember well what happened to Hillary when the deep pockets of David Geffen and other Tinsel Town bigwigs opened for someone else.Obama's latest anemic foreign policy disasters have engendered much criticism far and wide.But he's always thinking....tick-tock....tick-tock....tick-tock....Throw a bone or two (no pun intend -- really!) to some boys on the hershey hi-way and the Far Left will at least still be in his back pocket.
Have a great weekend Debrah.Brett
Is Barack Obama Secretly Swiss?Well, I don't know Christopher, but it's a good question at this point."The administration's pathetic, dithering response to the Arab uprisings has been both cynical and naive."
Hi Brett. You, too.
Have you driven a Smartphone lately? from Maureen.Had no idea car companies had gone completely nuts.All these gadgets are really quite dangerous and how they intend to push this on the public as being "safe" will be interesting to watch.
A Recap of the Oscars at Vanity Fair.What a magnificent YAWN."The Social Network" was so overrated and totally because of the subject matter. Not the film, itself.Christopher Hitchens nailed it when he predicted long ago that "The King's Speech" would walk away with multiple awards.....despite the fact that the the actual script is blatant revisionism.
Oh, such joy!The stumpy Bob Hoskins-lookalike hypocrite from across the pond, Andrew Sullivan, will be leaving The Atlantic (what luck for them!) to set up shop at Daily Beast/Newsweek.WTF was Tina Brown thinking?But don't despair, Andy will continue his whiplash all-over-the-map double standards and Israel-bashing on his dishy blog!
A recollection from his friend Pitt professor Colin MacCabe.Interesting times when the University of Pittsburgh named Hitchens the Visiting Mellon Professor of English.
John Galliano fired from Christian Dior for anti-Semitic outburst.Another overrated hershey hi-way traveler.
Diva, the Oscars was a joke. James Franco was stoned out of his mind and about thirty minutes in to the program he gave up. Felt sorry for Ann Hathaway 'cause she did as good a job as possible under the circumstances. I'm always bored when I watch but do anyway.
Good morning, Gyro.Yes, the Oscars have been descending in quality for a long time now.I don't really watch because the results are all over the web and you get them whether you want them or not.
John Edwards Adds Former Obama Lawyer To Defense TeamHa!They must have found some fire burning beneath that smoke.John-boy will have to spend lots of those cool millions he made from channeling fetuses and similar circus charades before gullible juries.Karma.
The Truth About Yogurt from WebMD.I really want to go back and read this when I have more time since I practically live on yogurt!
From Baghdad to Benghazi by Krauthammer.An amazing column that catalogues all the double standards used to characterize GWB......as the Obama administration has all but co-opted everything that the Bush administration put into place.~~~~~~~~~~Now that revolutions are sweeping the Middle East and everyone is a convert to George W. Bush's freedom agenda, it's not just Iraq that has slid into the memory hole. Also forgotten is the once proudly proclaimed "realism" of Years One and Two of President Obama's foreign policy - the "smart power" antidote to Bush's alleged misty-eyed idealism.~~~~~~~~~~
Speaking of Middle East controversies and the like, this one on Hitchens from the past in The New Yorker is stellar.He Knew He Was Right
A Requiem for Multiculturalism"Stop the presses! The British, French and German heads of state agree on something: Cameron, Sarkozy and Merkel have all recently declared multiculturalism a failure.""It's important to distinguish between diversity and multiculturalism, which are often lumped together in liberal orthodoxy. Diversity is inherently good; but multiculturalism too often leads to separation and resentment that foments extremism."
Governor Brown Redux: The Iceman Melteth from Maureen.
Off the Catwalk, the Battle for HermèsI really hope that Hermès isn't scooped up by Louis Vuitton. Those two are such venerable and iconic brands with such a rich history, combining them under one umbrella is bound to leave one of them diminished.
I like how the executive at Hermes called the prospect of possibly being acquired by LVMH a cultural fight.Arnault didn't get to be France's richest man by emphasizing culture. In this economy especially it'll be a financial fight and Hermes seems to concede they'd lose that one. Damn shame.
And this one about the John Edwards probe is getting lots of attention.There's most definitely a conflict of interest and a dirty game going here.Watchdog Joe Sinsheimer should continue making the case for why Greg Craig was hired and how sleazy this all is.
Sexy Ruses to Stop Forgetting to Remember from Maureen.Interesting, but this guy's techniques aren't really new. We've always used a set of memory gymnastics to remember things.Does Froer really think this is new?Although, he brings up many excellent points that should be given attention in this era of living online."Brains formed in the hunter-gatherer era are now trying to excel in the tweeting-blogging era."Very true, and adjustments are made naturally......just as a matter of course.
This is a must-read from Krauthammer.He explains in detail the problem and the inevitable consequences.Et tu, Jack Lew?"The relative ease of the fix is what makes the Obama administration's Social Security strategy so shocking. The new line from the White House is: no need to fix it because there is no problem. As Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew wrote in USA Today just a few weeks ago, the trust fund is solvent until 2037. Therefore, Social Security is now off the table in debt-reduction talks.""This claim is a breathtaking fraud."
In Search of Monsters from Maureen.She might just be the only person today who's not covering the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Devastating photos from the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan.
Vivid street-level footage of a Japanese town washing away.
Don't Let Qaddafi Win from Hitchens.
The Ike Phase from David Brooks."...President Obama is an astoundingly complicated person."No he's not, David. Only in your literary flourishes for which you must create a mystery where there isn't one."During the 2008 presidential campaign, and during the first two years of his term, I would have said that his troubling flaw was hubris — his attempts to do everything at once. But he seems to have an amazing capacity to self-observe and adjust."Don't most politicians......for self-preservation?"Now I’d say his worrying flaw is passivity. I have no confidence that I can predict what sort of person Obama will be as he runs for re-election in 2012."Good, David. It's best not to follow the tea leaves too closely..........as their fibers and aroma will change with the winds of political expediency.
Secret Fears of the Super Rich from The Atlantic."Does great wealth bring fulfillment? An ambitious study by Boston College suggests not. For the first time, researchers prompted the very rich—people with fortunes in excess of $25 million—to speak candidly about their lives. The result is a suprising litany of anxieties: their sense of isolation, their worries about work and love, and most of all, their fears for their children."Oh, I'm sure that several of those millions can, ameliorate, shall we say, many of those anxieties............as opposed to not having several of those millions to worry about.
Rather interesting.The ACE StudyThe Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.
It's still an empty lockbox from Krauthammer.
No Kiss From Kateheave! barf!Wow, Maureen really tried to dress up and put a flower on Dodd's so-called legacy.Must be a slow weekend.
The Writers of Hollywood from the Paris Review Daily.
Good evening Debrah, enjoyed your link to the Wilson article and agree that his assessment is one that a good number of people share.I didn't keep up with the details of the case at the time, but it was certainly a black eye on the justice system.Points made by Wilson are how the majority of people seem to view things, if the case is still on anyone's mind. Great damage was done to innocent people who were later awarded a fortune. That's a good thing but it's also why people don't, and shouldn't, feel quite as sorry for them anymore. Damned positive outcome the way I see it.
Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama Tension Leading Up To Libya from Vanity FairHa!
Hi "leisurely lawyer"--Your views are now shared by many.It's people who don't even live in the area who seem to be unable to get on with their lives.There comes a point when following and trying to tease the same old topics and the same old people begin to look mental.How much more needs to be said about the bad players in that long-over case?It's mentioned in the news, but not significant.....at all.I'm beginning to see how Duke, the gang of faux professors, and others think about it all. They are going about their lives unscathed............while a few keep their faces pressed against their glass houses hoping to shatter them. As a result, the critics are beginning to look as strange as the ones they obsessively follow.
Law of Averages from SlateThis is quite a grim analysis, indeed; however, there's long been too many lawyers in this country. About time something broke the trend.It's also welcome news that those exorbitant hourly rates on which they have always relied will soon become a thing of the past.That phenomenon should get rid of most of them pronto!
Too funny. I saw this one coming.Fight of the Valkyries from Maureen"They are called the Amazon Warriors, the Lady Hawks, the Valkyries, the Durgas.""There is something positively mythological about a group of strong women swooping down to shake the president out of his delicate sensibilities and show him the way to war."
Elizabeth Taylor has died.
Obama and Libya: The professor's war from Krauthammer."President Obama is proud of how he put together the Libyan operation. A model of international cooperation. All the necessary paperwork. Arab League backing. A Security Council resolution. (Everything but a resolution from the Congress of the United States, a minor inconvenience for a citizen of the world.) It’s war as designed by an Ivy League professor.""A man who dithers over parchment. Who starts a war from which he wants out right away. Good God. If you go to take Vienna, take Vienna. If you’re not prepared to do so, better then to stay home and do nothing."
Gawker, you're so bad!Which actor has a tiny penis?
Coffee Cups in Hell from Maureen.Oh fantastic. A review of “The Book of Mormon,” by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators “South Park,” and Robert Lopez, co-creator of “Avenue Q,” that just opened on Broadway.Stone called the musical “an atheist love letter to religion.”So boring. One wonders what other shake-ups are in store at the Times.First Frank Rich's departure. Now Bob Herbert is leaving because he wants to write "more expansively and more aggressively about the injustices visited on working people, the poor and the many others in our society who find themselves on the wrong side of power.”Yeah, right.Can Maureen, Friedman, Krugman, and Kristoff be far behind?
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Fantastic new interview with Christopher Hitchens at The Telegraph.And since he was going through treatment this past week, he wasn't able to write his usual column for Slate.They've posted this interview with 60 Minutes in its place.Hope he's back this week and pronto!
Interesting chart analyses from The Atlantic."While rich voters trend Republican, Gelman and his colleagues found, rich states trend Democratic.""The current economic crisis only appears to have deepened conservatism's hold on America's states. This trend stands in sharp contrast to the Great Depression, when America embraced FDR and the New Deal."
The Iraq Effect from Hitchens."If Saddam Hussein were still in power, this year's Arab uprisings could never have happened."
Hi debrah!Don't forget to sign up for the regular forums at Telegraph. We need you.Love your blog!
Zastrow--Hi, nice to see you.I sometimes engage the fora at The Telegraph when there's a riveting column or topic I need to check out.Thanks!
Trump's Birther Buffoonery from The American Spectator.Too much!I just love how the liberal left go berserk when this topic is discussed. It's always worth more than the price of admission.Like most, I don't really question whether Obama was born in the U.S......however, those who choose to lie and pretend that there hasn't been an annoying reticence with regard to this issue are nuts.I enjoy ruffling their feathers!Like most on the left, Obama gets off on creating a patina of being "othered", and he's even been honest enough to admit in the past how being half-black has given him many advantages.Good for him on that score; however, those realities will not be discussed during the 2012, of course.I'm simply tired of the man. I supported him in 2008 because he campaigned as a centrist and gave the impression that he would be bringing a different climate to Washington.Never thought I'd say this, but compared to him, I'm beginning to like Hillary Clinton. LOL!The column above makes an excellent point when it asks what about the people who supported GWB in 2004 and who also supported Obama in 2008?.....(and the Diva is among those).Those same voters and all the Independents who gave Obama a chance in 2008 are the people up for grabs in 2012.If Chris Christie doesn't run, it's a good bet that Obama will have a second term; however, I dare say he will not in any way deserve one.
Multiculturalism: For or Against by Eugene Volokh.
Syria's 'reformer' from Krauthammer." 'Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.' --- Hillary Clinton on Bashar al-Assad, March 27.""Few things said by this administration in its two years can match this one for moral bankruptcy and strategic incomprehensibility."
America's Fastest Dying Business?Let's hope so. The idea of "mobile homes" was one of the worst ideas anyone ever came up with.
Ha!A Whitewashed Kennedy Miniseries at The Daily Beast.
How OpenSecrets.org calculates the personal wealth of members of Congress.
When the King Saved God from Hitchens at Vanity Fair.
Mad Men and Mad Women from Maureen.Guaranteed to get some attention from both sides of the aisle.As usual, she exaggerates at every turn to make easy political points; however, one thing is certain: 2012 is going to be a bumpy ride!
Two good ones from American Thinker:NPR On A Bad DayIs There A New Anti-Semitism?
Twaffic from Slate."Will Twitter—and tweets about traffic—change the way we drive?"
Europhilia from Slate."Arab countries don't like the United States much. Do they like Europe any better?"
The Capitulation is Complete from The Atlantic.What's really disturbing about this --- and certainly counts as the most embarrassing for Obama and his administration --- is that he and they openly slandered GWB, Cheney, etc.... for their handling of Gitmo and other residual elements from 9/11.After essentially preaching with their most partisan fire and brimstone against the Bush administration, they wind up doing everything they railed against and everything they chastised others for doing.How abominably naive and utterly stupid."In the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Obama administration's capitulation is complete. Attorney General Eric Holder, who only 17 months ago heralded a federal civilian trial in New York City for the man accused of masterminding the largest mass murder in American history, now has the dubious chore of announcing to the world that Mohammed instead will be prosecuted by military commission down at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
There are and have been far more egregious examples of prosecutorial misconduct than the long-over-but-still-beaten-to-death lacrosse case.And the victims didn't receive 18 million each for the injustice.Moreover, some were fighting for their very lives against sure execution.And the Supreme Court cannot be held up as the only "boogey men and women".Each state and their attorneys general must also be scrutinized for their anemic methods....looking the other way until a case becomes high-profile.
The Atlantic Wire's What a government shutdown means to you
Media Outlets Capitalize on Political Committees' Use of Subscriber Lists from OpenSecrets
Too funny.Gauguin masterpiece is attacked from Gawker.
Hey diva. Saw you on twitter and just want to say hello. Very nice blog.Nick
Offbeat, from Maureen.Hunting Birds of Paradise
Surreal paintings by Paco Pomet
More Trump analyses from Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast.
Ryan's Leap from Krauthammer"....the blueprint is brave and profoundly forward-looking. It seeks nothing less than to adapt the currently unsustainable welfare state to the demographic realities of the 21st century. Will it survive the inevitable barrage of mindless, election-driven, 30-second attack ads (see above)? Alternative question: Does Obama have half of Ryan’s courage?"I think not (on both counts). But let’s hope so."
Doesn't Add Up: Campaign Finance Donations
Yikes!Maureen is ripping Bob Dylan today and I must say that some of his recent comments which she quotes are astounding.
Ten Exquisite Burgundies from Vanity Fair
Very funny. I missed that one.Trump Writes Blistering Letter to Gail Collins
Africa's Worst Dictator from Hitchens"How has Robert Mugabe been able to rule Zimbabwe for so long?"
Lubiano's making some news again. hehe
An excellent series from Paris Review Daily.James Salter month
To Anonymous--I fail to see how conjuring up the stale topic of Lubiano does anything but highlight the fact that some are still beating a drum --- or banging a pot, as the case may be --- that has long been beaten.Has the academy changed at all?Have the impossibly faux professors who behaved so egregiously been punished or brought to justice in any way?No.In fact, they have prospered.It will be a waste of time highlighting the same points ad nauseum, especially when the public is now fully aware that the falsely accused lacrosse players received around 18 million and are expected to perhaps receive more from the civil suits.As everyone knows, they endured magnificent injustice, but the fact that they will never have to worry again, financially, and the fact that the entire country knows that the accusations were false.....hardly renders them "victims" any longer.Quite the contrary.They are now elevated and exalted for having gone through that and for having prevailed. Very positive dynamics.Lots of things have happened since, not the least of which includes the fact that everyone has gotten a better look at the real characters of the defense attorneys, the anemic AG, and the corrupt justice system.The defense attorneys have always been a part of the seasoned corruption. They were on the right side of the lacrosse case simply because they were HIRED.On the subject of the modern academy, this article by Peter Wood at NAS is an excellent and comprehensive discussion on one of its most pervasive and tyrannical agendas.Most of the Gang of 88 are tethered to that agenda as well. It's not, as some self-serving academics allege, a "race/class/gender" agenda. It's the untouchable quadrumvirate of "race/class/gender/sexual orientation".Notice how the "sexual orientation" element is avoided, yet it's one that is pushed on students on university campuses with rabid fervor.Wood's article explains why so many are silenced and, in my opinion, this agenda is the most heinous and insidious of all.Yes, Lubiano and her fellow travelers are culpable for the harm that they do, but "sexual orientation" plays as much of a part in their agenda as anything else.If this reality is not included in a discussion of the long-over lacrosse case, then a full and honest treatment isn't being entertained.To continue to harp on Lubiano and her fellow travelers is surely becoming a joke.Can't imagine why some try to avoid the tyrannical gay agenda inside the academy. If that one isn't discussed, then there's very little credibility in one's analysis.
Giving Doctors Orders from MaureenAn important topic and one that should resonate with everyone.But why quote Alec Baldwin? (!!!)
Provocative polling data from Real Clear Politics.Direction of the Country:28.5 --- right direction64.0 --- wrong track
How progressive is the U.S. Federal Tax System?A historical and international perspective.
The Grand Compromise from Krauthammer"Given the Democrats’ instinctive resort to granny-in-the-snow demagoguery, the Republicans are right not to budge on taxes until serious spending cuts are in place. At which point, the grand compromise awaits. And grand it would be. Saving the welfare state from insolvency is no small achievement."
Maureen's take on Atlas Shrugged.
P. J. O'Rourke on Atlas Shrugged from the WSJ:Atlas Shrugged. And So Did I.
The Senate's 'Gang of Six'
PJ O'Rourke is a riot.
Hi RobertG. Yes, O'Rourke is very funny.Beware the in-laws by Hitchens.
Trump One-on-One on Today
OMG.What fresh hell and totally navel-gazing bullsh!t is this?It never ends.(shaking head)
A comprehensive article about Obama's mother in the NY Times Magazine.
What have you been waiting for, Mr. President?Netanyahu Invitation Puts Obama on Spot"A Republican invitation for Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to address Congress next month is highlighting the tensions between President Obama and Mr. Netanyahu and has kicked off a bizarre diplomatic race over who will be the first to lay out a new proposal to reopen the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks."
2012: The Racing Form from KrauthammerCharles, I love you, but you're wrong about Trump.I think he's going to surprise all of us.
Noam Chomsky: Is the world too big to fail?"The democracy uprising in the Arab world has been a spectacular display of courage, dedication, and commitment by popular forces—coinciding, fortuitously, with a remarkable uprising of tens of thousands in support of working people and democracy in Madison, Wisconsin, and other US cities."What a load.
Hold the Halo from Maureen."Pope Benedict has wanted to beatify John Paul, who shielded pedophiles, and Pope Pius XII, who remained silent about the Holocaust as it happened. Meanwhile, Dorothy Day hasn’t been beatified."Not beatifying or canonizing John Paul would be hugely symbolic, a message far more powerful than the ad hoc apologies and payoffs to victims."
Psst --- The Holder Tapes from American Thinker.
Christopher Hitchens says Go after Gaddafi"Stop worrying about an 'exit strategy.' What America needs in Libya is an entrance strategy."
Behold, the long-form birth certificate from NRO.Ha!The Donald can, indeed, crow about this.He was able to force the White House to do what every other political figure is required to do and he has forced them to do what the Clintons tried to force them to do in 2008.After all, it was Hillary in the Dem primaries who first brought up the subject of Obama's birth certificate.Yet the pathetic and rabid Leftists still try to avoid that fact.LOL!!!
This set of slides confirms what most people have come to know about bad habits:12 things that might be aging you!
The Obama Doctrine: Leading From Behind by Krauthammer."The world that Obama lived in and that shaped him intellectually: the elite universities; his Hyde Park milieu (including his not-to-be-mentioned friends, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn); the church he attended for two decades, ringing with sermons more virulently anti-American than anything heard in today’s full-throated uprising of the Arab Street.""Leading from behind is not leading. It is abdicating. It is also an oxymoron. Yet a sympathetic journalist, channeling an Obama adviser, elevates it to a doctrine. The president is no doubt flattered. The rest of us are merely stunned."
The 2011 White House Corresspondents' Dinner video
Who Married Up: The Women or the Men? from Maureen.Wow, what a fractured and 'round-about column.Stating the obvious with regard to what everyone has long known. Then adding a few analogies for embroidery.
Great blog. You're beautiful.Marc :/
Thanks Marc!Nice to see you.
A Different Kind Of Justice.....by 2008, while serving as a senior adviser to the Obama campaign, Holder was bemoaning Bush’s failure to treat captured terrorists “in accordance with the Geneva Conventions,” and condemning Bush counterterrorism as a green light for “torture” and a betrayal of the “rule of law.” One wonders what the attorney general will make of the fact that the intelligence derived from interrogating detainees proved essential in confirming bin Laden’s location for yesterday’s successful operation.
Obama and staff watch the attack on Bin Laden from Vanity Fair.
A must-read, and I mean a real must-read from Hitchens.Death of a Madman (What Obama does next will help define the legacy of Osama Bin Laden.)"If you tell me that you are staying in a rather nice walled compound in Abbottabad, I can tell you in return that you are the honored guest of a military establishment that annually consumes several billion dollars of American aid. It's the sheer blatancy of it that catches the breath."
The magnificent Charles.Evil does not die of natural causes.Aggressive attempts of revisionism from the Left will be a futile effort."The bin Laden operation is the perfect vindication of the war on terror. It was made possible precisely by the vast, warlike infrastructure that the Bush administration created post-9/11, a fierce regime of capture and interrogation, of dropped bombs and commando strikes. That regime, of course, followed the more conventional war that brought down the Taliban, scattered and decimated al-Qaeda and made bin Laden a fugitive."
The Argumentative Theory""Reasoning was not designed to pursue the truth. Reasoning was designed by evolution to help us win arguments. That's why they call it The Argumentative Theory of Reasoning."
Too funny.....from Thought Catalog, a most avant-garde, cutting-edge website.How To Be Racially Ambiguous
Liked your link to http://edge.org/conversation/the-argumentative-theory?sms_ss=twitter&at_xt=4dc32d2468ae5c8b,0NoD
Killing Evil Doesn't Make Us Evil from Maureen.So.....she's certainly on board, but always taking a swipe at the previous administration.
Hi NoD--Long time, no see. Hope things are going well.Yes, the article on "The Argumentative Theory" is an excellent one.
Cheney: Justice Probe of CIA Interrogators an 'Outrage'
Moving as well as stunning from Hitchens: Unspoken Truths which will be in the June edition of Vanity Fair.
Upon Further Reflection from National Journal."When the Osama bin Laden news dies down, people everywhere will still be faced with rough economic times."
Old Man With Clicker from Maureen.Osama's Hollywood ending.
Chomsky's Follies by Hitchens at Slate."The professor's pronouncements about Osama Bin Laden are stupid and ignorant."
The new morality:Pouring water in someone's nose.Bad.A bullet to the head.Good.NoD
Oh wow.What's going on with Blogger today?It must be shades of Friday the 13th conquering!A few comments are missing and yesterday as well as much of today it seemed many other elements were inoperable.I hope they get their act together or the Diva might have to move The Diva World to another host...........or another hostess with the mostest!
Demagoguery 101 from Krauthammer.Stellar as always.I wish I could put the magnificent Charles in a bottle and spray him on everyone else!
Hi debrah, beware of friday the thirteenth! Hope all is going well.
Hello, Zastro. I was very aware of Friday the 13th.Thirteen is one of my lucky numbers, although I'm still very circumspect on such days!NoD--I see that Blogger still hasn't restored a few comments to this thread. A few of mine and one of yours are still missing. From what I've gleaned this has happened on many blogs....with entire posts having been deleted on some of them.Just an FYI so you wouldn't think it had intentionally been erased.
Corsets, Cleavage, Fishnets from Maureen.Ha!
Top French politician arrested in NY and charged with attempted rape from Gawker.
KInd of quirky from Thought Catalog.Just Love Me, Dammit!
Powerful and Primitive from Maureen."Was the chief of the International Monetary Fund telling other countries to tighten their belts while he was dropping his trousers? "
The continuing declasse saga.John Edwards raging on RielleSeems he's gone ballistic because Hunter kept the sex tape and the judge ruled that aspects of his testimony will be made public.By the way, from those photos, looks as though Edwards' oldest daughter is on her way to becoming a real heavyweight.
The French position."The DSK case and the silly stereotypes about American and European morals."Beaucoup B. S. from Hitchens.
The Blogger system may have been correct in deleting my comment. Certainly no loss to the world in any case.NoD
How the mighty fall. DSK, Schwarzenegger, Edwards in the news all at once. Paradise for the tabloid media.
One which on its face seems obvious, but quite interesting in detail.Bad gossip affects our vision as well as our judgment from Discover Magazine.
Krauthammer's analysis of Obama's speech."....no president had ever before publicly and explicitly endorsed the 1967 lines."For this reason alone, Obama does not deserve a second term. His abominable lies and fucked-up Muslim-nuzzling have reached the breaking point.
Robert G--Yes, 'tis the season for tawdry scandals.NoD--So bizarre. Just found out that both your comment and RobertG's had been put into the blog tray for moderation. LOL!Seems Blogger has activated an automatic spam filter, but I still don't know what happened to a few other comments. New and superfluous features added that might impede the Diva modus operandi!I really should spend more time on my own blog to see what's going on!
Facts and Fallacies with Thomas Sowell:Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5
Blogger Tray indeed! Don't play coy with me. For all I know, you may just be a different manifestation of a KC Johnson personality!NoD
The Irish Find What They're Looking For A long and meandering saga from Maureen outlining recent visits to Ireland by royalty and heads of state and the upcoming one by the prez.())))))) YAWN ((((((()
NoD--Surely you jest!
Such a big, fat KISS!Gene Simmons slams Obama on Israel policy
Don't Be A Stranger from Maureen.Still stuck on the "O'Bama" travelogue.
Federal Prosecutors Seek to Indict John Edwards
I suppose I kind of agree with this assessment of HBO's Too Big To Fail.I've watched bits and pieces of it twice, but haven't had the time to actually sit down and watch the whole thing.Some excellent actors who deliver interesting performances of very boring --- albeit, significant --- subject matter.
Missed this one from Alan Dershowitz a few days ago.Obama Explains --- And Makes It Worse at Huffington Post.
Instapundit linked to this one explaining Barney Frank's ethics problems.Barney admits helping his partner get a job at Fannie Mae
Charles Krauthammer: What Obama Did To Israel
Barney's in trouble again? That boy toy, er whatever, moved on after his job at Fannie Mae was over so that can't be the same boyfriend who showed up to heckle Barney's political challenger during the last election.Heh. Sounds like Barney's been using his influence and position to get laid.
For Office Civility, Cherchez La Femme from Maureen.
Non Means Non
The Factory of Selective Moral Outrage from Victor Davis Hanson."Heck, General 'Betray-Us' is now Obama’s pick to run the CIA!"
John Edwards indictment expected today from The Washington Post.
Our salutary debt-ceiling scare from Krauthammer.
A slide list of bizarrely mistaken beliefs Americans have about themselves from The Atlantic.
The Worst Batman Quotes to Shout Out During Sex from Thought Catalog.
The Archbishop Burns While Rome FiddlesMaureen's on the priest issue again.
Thought Catalog is one I hadn't read before. Didn't even know it existed. You certainly find some of the most offbeat articles.There's good stuff there along with just filler. In my view they put more effort in trying to provoke than they need to.
The Archbishop column. It's astounding that people fail to understand that social deviates might want to don the uniform of a priest, teacher, policeman, scout leader, etc. And that those deviates might rise to positions of power or that those in power are confused by their uniforms too.NoD
OMG!Such a crazy one at The Atlantic.X-Men a gay rights parable.LOL! Anything to push a tired agenda.Squinting to see the pyramids on dollar bills.....and falling into nauseating agenda-driven minutiae.
leisurely lawyer--Yes, Thought Catalog is definitely offbeat.There are some witty articles to be found; however, a few writers try much too hard to be provocative and it only ruins the points they are trying to make.NoD--It's definitely frightening when you think about how many perverted types find occupations in areas of society where they can exercise easily their perversions.Thinking back as a little kid, adults didn't talk about those things openly except to tell you not to get into a car with a stranger, etc.....Those things are important for kids to be aware of; however, I think today parents alarm children way too often to a point where they can't have normal relationships with anyone for fear of some "boogie-man" always lurking.It's a shame that childhood has to be contaminated in such a way.The Boy Scouts has certainly been known as a hideout for child molesters. I remember in years past --- don't recall the exact timeline --- that David Gergen's brother was caught molesting boys when he was either a camp counselor or a Boy Scout leader.Since David Gergen has been an advisor to presidents and is a well-known journalist, much effort was put into stifling media coverage of what his brother did.I remember the coverage when Gergen showed up in court to support his brother. What an embarrassing mess that must have been.In any case, it was an unfair advantage for it not to have been covered like it would have been with everyone else.Reminds me of the coverage of the case of child molester and Duke high official Frank Lombard.Disgusting that Duke's administration and the Gang of 88 professors didn't make a big deal of that as they did when they went after the innocent lacrosse players.And the real disgrace is when bloggers who were/are critics of Duke and Nifong, etc......cowardly avoided covering Frank Lombard's case and how differently it was handled.Yet watch a fee of them still try to follow and critique every bit of minutiae that still takes place in and around Duke.As if they have the same credibility as they did before.This kind of cherry-picking to serve a personal agenda will always lose in the end.
In new poll, Romney is ahead of Obama from Vanity Fair.
Anti-Semitism turns off supporters of circumcision bans from The Atlantic Wire.
Anatomy of a Scandal: How Anthony Weiner and John Edwards lost control of their private parts from Hitchens.
Weiner was tough and arrogant until he figured that sniveling was a better strategy. Tomorrow he'll find God.NoD
A really good one from Maureen on Weiner.Your Tweetin' Heart"This scandal seemed like an insane cat’s cradle, with Spitzer commenting on the bad judgment of Weiner, who was a beach-house buddy of Jon Stewart and who was married by Bill Clinton to Huma, who was a White House intern for Hillary (who ran against the two-timing Edwards) when Monica was an intern for Bill."
Weiner's cock shot has emerged at Gawker.A bit hazy, but you get the full monty.
The magnificent Krauthammer:Is it Incompetence or Ideology?Leftist or Failure?How should Obama’s opponents paint him?
A woman's perspective on the dick pix
Your mouth is the gateway to your body.A great video referenced by Deepak Chopra in a tweet.Listen up, people. Take care of your teeth and your dental hygiene.No matter how much it costs!
Tracy Morgan under fire for homophobic jokes at The Atlantic.I'm no great fan of Morgan. On SNL I could take him or leave him; however, even after an apology --- which he was under no obligation to make --- the "gay activists" will hound him and his employers until he's fired.Or they will die trying.Other groups are constantly used in comedic routines; however, the gay community tries to force a reverence which it simply does not deserve.Has anyone ever seen a video of a man effing another man in the behind? What can be funnier than that? LOL!Ironically, it is the rabid faction inside the gay community who specialize in grotesque behavior and hetero-bashing when encountering the slightest disagreement.And so, Morgan is exactly correct about the whining. Few people are even concerned about someone's sexual orientation until it's forced into every arena.It's the one agenda that the more you actually learn about it, the more negative it appears............which is quite the opposite of most other socio-politico groups.
Obama's Phone-it-in Economy from American Thinker.
Unimaginably hilarious video from Gawker.This was a segment from the show last evening.Bill Maher and Jane Lynch give a dramatic reading of Anthony Weiner's dirty Facebook pages.This is so brutally comical that it's not to be believed even knowing that Weiner was actually stupid enough to write that to someone.LOL!
Woo-woo!How rad Debrah. Anthony Weiner is a model of what we Brits call a bounder. A rascal and a rogue.An abysmal rad cad, but a funny one!
Ha!Newt Loves Callista from Maureen.And what a strange bird Newt's wife is.What's with the platinum hair that's sprayed into a rock-solid helmet?One more example that money can't buy taste or style.
Hi Zastro.Weiner seems to be taking a break to "heal".
Quite an interesting report that doesn't bode well.The Chinese now spend 41% of their time online on social networks in lieu of news sites.It's important to note that those are Chinese social networks.U. S. sites such as Facebook, Twitter and the like are blocked in China.
Andrew Sullivan continues his stupidity at The Daily Beast.Still trashing Sarah Palin --- of whom I'm no fan --- and gossiping about private issues surrounding the birth of her Down Syndrome child...........when he's not displaying his frantic anti-Semitism.In this link, the limp-wrist maggot is urging the U.S. to end its relationship with Israel if Netanyahu doesn't accept the 1967-based partition.
Camel's Nose Under the Wheel from Maureen.Ho-hum. What else is new?
How to achieve great skin.
The great benefits of olive oil consumption from The Washington Post.
Krauthammer's The Union-Owned Democrats
5 Beauty Tips Every Woman Should Know
The 14 Biggest Ideas of the Year from The Atlantic.
Knew that you would regret voting for Obama in '08. I bet you won't make that mistake again.
The Archbishop vs. The GovernorAnother ho-hum from Maureen.
Anonymous--I never regret giving overblown, insular, and dishonest Leftists the benefit of the doubt......once.But you are right.Obama will not get my support the next time around.
Debrah, I'm a bit skeptical of those 14 biggest ideas of the year. From my admittedly limited exposure to manufactured trends, what was chosen are weak in my view.
Internet Body Approves Domain Name Extension from Slate.
Leisurely lawyer-I agree with you regarding some of them.A few are actually valid trends, but you know how it goes. Some "writers" have to concoct subject matter and assign significance to their concoctions in order to have anything to write about.
OMG, what a horrible story.$1 bank robbery doesn't pay off for man who said he was desperate for healthcare
Sing Out, Hillary from Maureen.
Why Is He Bi? (Sigh) Humorous with a cutting edge from Maureen."Maybe, given all his economic and war woes as he heads into 2012, Obama fears the disapproval of the homophobic elements within his own party. But he has tried to explain his reluctance on gay marriage as an expression of his Christianity, even though he rarely goes to church and is the picture of a secular humanist."Ha!
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