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Voice from the grave…

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Those of you old enough will remember the notorious British traitor Sir Anthony Blunt.    He’s back in the news 26 years after his death because the details of his spying for Russia,  which he never spoke of,  are revealed in a 30,000-word manuscript made available to the public at the British Library in London.

It was lodged with the library anonymously in 1984  –  the year after Blunt’s death at the age of 75  –  on condition that it remained closed for 25 years.   If you don’t recognize Blunt’s name,  you may recognize one of his three fellow spies from Cambridge:  Kim Philby,  Donald Maclean,  and Guy Burgess.

Since Democrats are  in the process of making sure our own CIA decides  not to do its job,   it’s worth remembering that Blunt was exposed in 1964 by one of his recruits,  an American named Michael Straight.   His treachery was made public in 1979 by one Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons,   four years after the Church Committee began its deadly dealings.

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July 31, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Snakes in your pants…

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No,  it’s not about Congress.    This is the most original excuse EVER for  wrecking your car!

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July 31, 2009 at 3:49 pm

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Good news and hope…

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Iain Murray reports at The Corner that public fury over Waxman-Markey is having an effect.   Good for you!   Now keep the pressure up,  and apply it on the health reform bill as well.    A small,  well-informed and mad-as-hell group can have a huge effect on politics.

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July 31, 2009 at 12:06 am

Obama traffic down…

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I haven’t been able to find out how much the Obama administration spent redesigning the White House web site.   Considering they want over $18 million of your tax dollars to redo the practically new recovery.gov site,  I’m sure it wasn’t cheap.

But the revamp doesn’t seem to be working by any measurement.  In February,  whitehouse.gov was almost the 500th most popular Web site in the world.   It’s now  3,732.   Traffic to the site has fallen 51.6% in the last three months.

The latest Gallup rolling three-day average polls may explain why.

It would seem that  people have begun to realize the  change Obama brings wasn’t what they’d hoped for.

UPDATE:   It gets worse in the polling,  much worse.

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July 31, 2009 at 12:03 am

McCaskill vs. tea party…

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Sen.  Claire McCaskill’s aides held a townhall meeting that turned into a tea party.  UPDATE:  here’s a military veteran asking the senator for an apology for having ignored the Constitution and having the crowd stand up and roar.   He knows  far more about  that document than most of the duly elected fools on the Hill and the entire Obama administration.

The Tea Party group that went to McCaskill’s St. Louis office had a male staffer give them the finger,  the door was locked, the blinds closed,  and staffers called the cops claiming there was a mob beating on the doors,  according to a reporter  appearing last night on Greta Van Susteren’s  “On  the Record.”    What the little cowards didn’t know was that the group had several videographers taping the entire event,  thereby proving the staffers were lying.

I’ll update when I find some better videos,   but suffice it to say that Congress critters can expect a lot more of this during the August recess,  especially when the actual critter is present.


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July 29, 2009 at 1:42 pm

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Obama recalibration…

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I was gobsmacked to hear White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on FOX News Sunday saying that Obama had been prepped on the Prof.  Gates kerfluffle.    He considered beforehand that he might be asked about it,   and yet this master orator could come up with nothing better than “the Cambridge  police acted stupidly”?

And now he has spent days trying to walk the cat back into the carrier,  using every rhetorical trick in the book to try to convince the public he didn’t really say what he said,   and that he didn’t really mean what we thought he meant.

Gibbs even used the same “calibrating” phraseology that Obama did.   When Brett Baier (substituting for Chris Wallace)  asked about Biden and Obama changing what the stimulus was supposed to do and on what timetable,  Gibbs repeated the same lies his two bosses have been using regularly.    Unsurprisingly,  Gibbs spouted the mantra on health reform is that “progress” is being made and that it will cut costs and provide better care and help small businesses — none of which it will do.    And Gibbs obediently presents the alternative as  “doing nothing.”

The thing which really caught my eye was that Gibbs and Obama have the same “tell” which indicates they’re being considerably less than truthful — repeated “uh”s.    If you watch video from last Wednesday’s presser,  Obama went wild with the pause word.   My conclusion is that he lies just as much as Bill Clinton did,   but is aware he’s lying,  while Clinton usually managed to convince himself he wasn’t.

Speaking of health care,  keep the pressure up on your Congress critters.    I called Speaker Pelosi’s office today to remind her she is Speaker of the House of Reps,  not of the Democratic Caucus,  and the answerer practically hung up on me,   o I’d say things are tense on the Hill.    I also called some of the Blue Dogs’  offices,  and while they were more polite,  they also sounded rather stressed out,   so whatever you’re doing,  continue!

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July 28, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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Boxing Barbara…

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Watch Harry Alford,  CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce take a 2 x 4 to the Senator from la-la land.    No,  it’s not hypocritical if you understand the purpose of the group,  but even if it were,  who could resist taking pleasure from anyone landing richly deserved blows on one of the smugest people in Congress?

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July 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm