Archive for December, 2009

Not All Failure is Bad Failure

Not All Failure is Bad Failure

| December 28, 2009 | Reply

Posts like this are a big reason I like Duane Lester. Last year he set seven goals for himself and his blog. Now, at year’s end, he reviewed those goals and found that he had met only one (and that one, to be a paid published writer, didn’t last very long). You’d be tempted to […]

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Maybe the Senator Was Just Tired From Carrying Heavy Bribes.

Maybe the Senator Was Just Tired From Carrying Heavy Bribes.

| December 28, 2009 | Reply

I saw this video of Max Baucus doing his best impression of Arthur over the weekend and wanted to wait a day or so on it before I said anything. It’s quite possible that I was looking at Baucus’ blathering screed through partisan eyes and I wanted to take a little time to cool down, […]

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Maybe We’ll Be Better off With Yemenis if We Stop Backing the Arab Despots?

Maybe We’ll Be Better off With Yemenis if We Stop Backing the Arab Despots?

| December 28, 2009 | Reply

On Christmas Day I wrote about the President’s apparent “catch, release, and explode” policy toward Islamists operating out of Yemen. Clearly I meant it as a joke, but after reading a couple articles today, I’m thinking it’s not all that funny. The New York Times revealed today (via memeorandum) that the Bush administration started ramping up special […]

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Napolitano Fiddles While Obama Sunburns

Napolitano Fiddles While Obama Sunburns

| December 28, 2009 | 3 Replies

Remember how yesterday Janet Napolitano said that our airline security system worked because the city of Detroit wasn’t pummeled by the flaming wreckage of a jet airplane? Well, she’s changed her mind (via Jonah Goldberg). The new story isn’t “the system worked” but “the system did not work in this instance”. Homeland Security Secretary Janet […]

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The Year of the Disappearing Narrative.

The Year of the Disappearing Narrative.

| December 28, 2009 | 1 Reply

How have the narratives failed in 2009? Let The Rhetorician count the ways. Ed Driscoll suggests there are likely a few more. I can think of one more. Whatever happened to that whole “most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history” narrative? It seems to have disappeared as quickly as ethics investigations against […]

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Don’t Worry, Folks. We’ve Outsourced Homeland Security to the Dutch.

Don’t Worry, Folks. We’ve Outsourced Homeland Security to the Dutch.

| December 27, 2009 | 3 Replies

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that an Islamist, acting on orders from al-Qaeda in Yemen, tried to blow an airplane over Detroit. He was unsuccessful because 1) al-Qaeda shops for its bomb-detonation instructions out of Wile. E. Coyote’s ACME catalog, and 2) a Dutch filmmaker pounced on him and gave him a good pummeling. […]

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The White House Wishes Us All A Mao-rry Christmas!

The White House Wishes Us All A Mao-rry Christmas!

| December 27, 2009 | Reply

Let’s play a little “what if” game this evening. What if George W. Bush had commissioned an outré artist to do some holiday decorating at the White House and that artist had hung an Augusto Pinochet ornament? You know the answer to that, of course. The ornament would have come off the tree in a […]

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And Maybe They’ll Sing “Hosanna” and Wave Palm Fronds, Too!

And Maybe They’ll Sing “Hosanna” and Wave Palm Fronds, Too!

| December 25, 2009 | 1 Reply

It looks like a couple people were hitting the bowl o’Christmas cheer a day early over getting the health care beast through the Senate. “This is a happy day. (Senate Republican Leader) Mitch McConnell said on the floor that we’re going to go home and hear our constituents rail against this bill. I don’t believe […]

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The President’s Islamist-Fighting Strategy: Catch, Release…Explode?

The President’s Islamist-Fighting Strategy: Catch, Release…Explode?

| December 25, 2009 | Reply

I may have underestimated President Obama’s approach to fighting Islamist killers. Perhaps he’s being a whole lot more cagy than I thought. Consider first this story, wherein the administration has released 12 Gitmo detainees to their home counties, including Yemen, Afghanistan and the Somaliland region (Yes, I know Somaliland isn’t an actual country, but I’ll […]

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Tasty Christmas Links and Stan Lee Reading Poetry!

Tasty Christmas Links and Stan Lee Reading Poetry!

| December 24, 2009 | Reply

Before I head over to my sister’s place for family-related Christmas celebrating, I wanted to leave you with some linky tidbits to put the warmth and joy of the season in you. If you’ve ever been interested in knowing from whence many of our beloved Christmas carols came, William Tucker has a big platter of […]

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