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Another one bites the dust…

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Another  Obama nominee withdraws for “personal reasons.”

No, this isn’t a failure to vet properly,  just an indication that His Oneness doesn’t give a flying flip what you think,  and that he finds all this silly nonsense about character utterly tiresome.

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December 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm

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FOX leads…

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This is a link to this year’s top 25 cable news programs by average total viewers.  Notice that the top 10 are on FOX News channel.   I wonder if Roger Ailes sent a thank-you card to the White House….

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December 31, 2009 at 10:10 am

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Rush taken to hospital…

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Spare a thought for  Rush Limbaugh —  he has done a lot to help you protect your liberty.

Drudge has an  update indicating El Rushbo is resting comfortably.

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December 31, 2009 at 6:30 am

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Iranian telling nuclear tales…

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An  Iranian scientist who disappeared earlier this year apparently defected and has been spilling secrets.

While His Oneness continues to offers no real support to the Iranian protesters,  one Iranian exile  offers plenty of it from his basement.

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December 30, 2009 at 1:11 pm

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Bipartisanship re-redefined…

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Back in July White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel devised a nifty redefinition of bipartisanship,  which ever so conveniently allows Obama and the Democrats to wear that mantle even if a bill gets NO Republican votes.

The truly pitiful thing is that at least a third of the people in the country will nod thoughtfully,  and agree that if you just let the other fellow talk for a few minutes,  why you’re absolutely being bipartisan.

I doubt any Democrat will ever agree to my definition of what the liberal definition of bipartisanship is:   You agree to everything I say.

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December 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm

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Iran erupting…

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Iranians are  protesting again,  and  more of them are being killed.   No word on whether they’re still calling for His Oneness to take their side against the mullahs’ regime.

Indeed,  Obama  is contemplating sending  John Kerry to  Tehran,  thus giving the despots an aura of legitimacy they clearly seek now.   One might conclude that the President’s use of “terrorism” when speaking about  would-be bomber Abdul Mutallab on Northwest Flight 253 signaled a change,  but that was a mere PR move.    If he actually  understood,   Obama would ditch the effort to move Gitmo and rescind the order to try KSM and friends in New York.

Instead we have more  stupid rules which will do nothing but make air travel even more aggravating while producing no additional safety.    Arnold Ahlert offers some additional thoughts on airline security.

Janet Napolitano spent all day Sunday on the talk shows proclaiming that DHS had done its job and the system had worked as it was supposed to,   since HomeSec is a first responder.  She has  changed her tune slightly,  and Jonah Goldberg is right that she should be canned,  but her thinking reflects that of the Administration,  so the problems are systemic.

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December 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm

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The most honest woman in Chicago?

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Meet  Ginny Narsete,  potentially the most — perhaps the only? —  honest woman in Chicago,  who returned a bag of cash she found in a taxi.     Her reward was the taxi driver running up the bill by not taking her directly to a police station.   This screw-up is far more typical of the Chicago way.

Ms. Narsete is joined by a New York couple who  saved Christmas for a fellow citizen

This summer,  Oklahoma City had a woman of the opposite persuasion…

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December 28, 2009 at 11:34 am

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Baucus drunk?

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Was Sen. Max Baucus drunk on the Senate floor?   Well,  you watch the video and decide for yourself.

Of course,  you’d have to be intoxicated,  either by alcohol or power, to vote for such a hideous bill,  which then requires that you continually lie about it.

UPDATE:   The San Francisco Chronicle is now  claiming poor Max was just exhausted and very angry with the mean Republicans who refused to roll over and play dead on the health bill.

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December 28, 2009 at 6:19 am

Gene for bad driving?

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If the findings in this  small study hold up,  we may have at least a partial explanation  for the bizarre roadway behavior of some people.    On the other hand,  careless drivers may now have an excuse for their poor vehicular performances…

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December 27, 2009 at 11:36 am

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Terrorism returns…

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By now you probably know that a  Nigerian man tried to blow up a Delta flight on its descent into Detroit.    The surprise is that the White House called it an attempted act of “terrorism” rather than a man-caused disaster.    What happened to the superior sense of subtlety His Oneness is so fond of?

Re.p  Peter King has it right  —  the  airline passengers were the first responders.    The truth is that they always are  —   we always  will be.   And you won’t be surprised to learn that CNN stopped Rep.  King  from revealing the would-be bomber’s name.

Of course,  the New York Times leads the way in  not using the word “Muslim”  in any story it runs.   The UK’s Times also omits it in reporting searches in London related to the failed bomber, whose own father repottedly  made U.S.  and other officials aware of the son’s extremist tendencies.

We’re slowly finding out more about the likely  explosive used and the  Dutch passenger who took direct action

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December 26, 2009 at 8:43 pm

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