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It Truly Beggars Understanding

But Murdoch's Wall Street Journal seems to have given Thomas Frank a regular stable on its op-ed page.

Yup. You heard that right.  Like the New York Times hiring on William "the Bloody' Kristol, this promises to be an interesting relationship.


Former Israeli Foreign Minister Pens a Must-Read

It’s not news the US can’t inspire the people of the Middle East, ruled largely by Western-friendly autocrats. What IS news: US power might also be losing its capacity to intimidate.


Time Out: Getting Lost on Purpose

Politics and the usual depressing subjects need to be offset sometimes with more pleasant stuff, or we'll go nuts.  Please, no comments about it being too late for me.   

There I was over the weekend, cleaning out the workshop.  23 years worth of accumulated junk and treasures, in serious need of organizing/burning/tossing, and I was not happy doing it.  By Sunday mid-day, the overload was too much.  Had to decompress.

So, I got on the bike, filled it up with gas, and pointed it in the general direction of the Gulf of Mexico. Rode until I ran out of pavement, doubled back a few dozen times, putted down narrow lanes through the coastal marshes, waved at fisherpersons, found places I never knew existed, ate doughnuts, smelled the sea air, and eventually, near dusk,  put the sun at my back and rode east until I saw a familiar road.

Sometimes being lost is the best thing.


Carter: "Peace in Our Time." Or... Maybe Not.

As usual, Carter comes off yet again as a deluded soul.  His pathetic legacy-seeking trip, complete with terrorist-hugging, is not working out very well for him.  After making a public statement that his trip had resulted in a breakthrough, he is rebuffed by his Hamas dance partners.

There's little else for Carter now, unless he decides it's time to devote all his great diplomatic abilities to making peace between Earth people and the little green aliens from Planet Squark.  If that works out, his legacy will finally be set. 


" . . . . and Sun Rises in East . . . "


Blackwater Employees Don't Wear Our Flag


A picture worth 1000 words:


That says it all, really. 


So the French DON'T Stink After All?

Well, there goes another opportunity to make French jokes.  Le Stink apparently isn't theirs. 

Ah, well.


Breaking: War Erupts in Foreign Territory


Not only is it bad, it's worse than you think. If you thought the cold war was frightening, then you'd best see the Distortion Section for the latest BL RAG scoop. Prepare to be...hmm...prepared for the worst.


"Thousands of Angry Comments Pouring into ABC”

”By last evening, more than 17,000 messages had been posted on ABC's Web site.

"What a sham. That was the worst journalism I have ever witnessed [one wrote]" . . .

. . . If Gibson was embarrassed by this, it didn't show . . . .”


Ed Koch Looks at Jimmy Carter:

Carter will no doubt shrug and ignore this, as well as all the other criticism of his Hamas-cuddling trip.  It's that way when dealing with a hopeless zealot, and Carter is just such a man.  He's firmly convinced that everyone else in the parade is out of step.

Anyway, it's hard to beat the satisfaction of reading another Democrat saying this about Carter.  No love lost here.

"I came to know Carter well.  When he ran for reelection, he asked me to campaign for him in 1980 - I was by then Mayor of New York City -- and I said that I would vote for him, but not campaign for him because he was then engaging in hostile acts towards Israel. I was popular with the Jewish community and when I would not campaign for him unless he changed his position, he called me to his hotel in New York when attending a fundraiser and said, "You have done me more damage than any man in America." I felt proud then, and even more today, since we now know what a miserable president he was then and the miserable human being he is now as he prepares to meet with Hamas."


A Little Light Diversion: Missing Rush Limbaugh


Obama Picks up the Coveted Terrorist Endorsement

Here's the Hamas mouthpiece, explaining that Obama would "change" America, and "hoping" he wins. 

But then, this Hamas leader also thinks Jimmy Carter was "noble" and a grand success as president.  Given that bit of mental instability, perhaps we shouldn't take his notions too seriously. 

But coming at this from the other direction, we should take it seriously that Obama is the preferred candidate of Hamas.  We must ask why this is, and how this reflects Obama's agenda.  And taken in combination with all of Obama's other questionable associations, from William Ayers to Jeremiah Wright, it must give us pause.


The Super Duper Elite Democrats

Well, looks like the Dem elite, led by such wildly successful luminaries as Mike Dukakis and George McGovern, are going to try to short circuit the Democratic convention process.  The people's vote?  Nah.  Forget that.  What we need is a bunch of Super Duper Elitists deciding things in advance.  Keep the Great Unwashed from having too great an impact on the nomination process.  We'll tell those common folk what to think later on.

If this weren't such serious business, it would be a real hoot.  But it is, so it's not.


Dr. Thomas Sowell is Pulling No Punches Here.

I certainly can't add much to this article, other than to say I agree wholeheartedly.