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Gaddafi’s a goner…

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When you have two air force  pilots bail out of their fighter bomber after being dispatched from Tripoli with “scorched earth” orders to attack oilfields in areas seized by the opposition,   and one of them is from your own tribe,  you’re about to be toast.

Forget about the pilots who simply flew to another country and claimed asylum.    The dictator is  reportedly now arming civilians in Tripoli.   I suspect that’s true,  since he has called off more air raids   — not be cause he wants to parlay,  but because he can’t trust the military he weakened.   He is using imported African mercenaries as his street muscle.

But perhaps the most  ominous portent is that his voluptuous nurse is going home.

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February 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm

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Incapable of embarrassment…

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The poster child for that would be the former Speaker of the House,  Nancy Pelosi,  who thought the DNC’s  wildly complimentary resolution honoring her was insufficiently fulsome.   The immunity to embarrassment appears genetic,  as her daughter brought up the amendments necessary to suit Queen Nancy.

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February 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

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First one down…

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Let’s see — Mayor Rhambo has been running Chicago for a week now and his transition aide is already resigning over an ethics violation.   The only question I have is when Emanuel will be comfortable enough to start covering up all the transgressions….

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February 27, 2011 at 11:58 pm

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We choose consultations…

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There are a number of articles on the belated responses  of His Oneness to Libya,  but Leon Wieseltier,  to my mind,  produced the best  —   he  absolutely nails it.

Here  is a good one by Bill Kristol,  and  another by Steve Hayes,  and a third  really fine one by Lee Smith which speaks to the larger geopolitical problems of having a weak horse such as His Oneness in the White House.

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February 27, 2011 at 9:43 am

No sunny view…

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Benny Morris writes a  depressingly pessimistic outlook for the Middle East,  but the man knows whereof he speaks,  and I find no fault with his reasoning.

h/t Jonah Goldberg at The Corner

John Hood has  an interesting post on happiness,  or the lack thereof, on polling for happiness in the Arab world.   It’s worth your time

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February 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Grading cost-cutters…

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Jim Antle  points to an interesting report by The Heritage Foundation grading Congressional cost-cutters.   He has a link to the full report,  but do read his post at least.

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February 26, 2011 at 9:55 am

Reid hates his clan…

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How ironic  to have Sen. Harry Reid counseling the Nevada legislature to outlaw prostitution,  when he has been a political whore for most of his life.

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February 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm