Mon-Tue open thread

Posted by: ST on August 21, 2006 at 2:44 pm

Here ya go, ladies and gents.

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8 Responses to “Mon-Tue open thread”


  1. benning says:

    Something to lighten the evening: Maxfield Parrish: Part One – benning’s Favorite. There’s enough ugly to go around these days. Take a break!

  2. Drewsmom says:

    I’ve been at the beach since last Friday and missed the MAJOR STORY, well, tell me people, did that guy really kill JonBenet?:o

  3. Chris says:

    Drewsmom, I have my doubts, but stranger things have happened. There’s still that matter of the ransom note written in mom’s handwriting. Fortunately there is DNA and if this guy is a match, then case closed.

  4. Big Bang Hunter says:

    Drewsmom – What you see going on right now is the “showbiz”, gossipy side of the TV and cable newscasts, with their gussied up Las Vegas sets, “pretty faces”, and 24/7 sensationalism speculation, along with the “I’ll take river dancing midget hookers for 500 Alex” presentations.

    – At this point no one, outside of law enforcement knows anything material that they could add to the mix, but that won’t stop them for a heart beat. Gotta fill all the dead air, and their audience eats this sort of crappola up.

    – They have not even shown where this dude was ever in Boulder in his life, let along on christmas eve 1996, but they’re already trotting out the “hand-writing” experts, etc etc. For it’s part, the Boulder DA, Mz Macy, is playing CYA, and the projected time to process things is in the “months” category.

    – I say the most noticable event is the fact that the authorities have jailed Karr in LA for immediate “hearing’s”. I think they’re going to do a basic “screen” on this guy with certain known facts, not released to the public, and if he doesn’t pass muster its over. They’ll probably be doing a DNA check as fast as possible. My take. This guys a basket case fraud. the type known in law enforcement as a “confessor”.

    – Bang **==

  5. Ryan says:

    I just watched Pump Up The Volume. Remember that classic? Haha! I love cheesy movies.

  6. Baklava says:

    A piece from Thomas Sowell for the Kathy’s of the world.

    One paragraph:

    Do we understand that the world will never be the same after hate-filled fanatics gain the ability to wipe whole American cities off the face of the earth? Do we still imagine that they can be bought off, as Israel was urged to buy them off with “land for peace” — a peace that has proved to be wholly illusory?

  7. Baklava says:

    Because Hugh Hewitt recommended it I took a look at the press conference between the President and White House Press corp yesterday.

    Great stuff. Including a Helen and Pres. Bush dance.

    But I want to post this exchange:

    THE PRESIDENT: Yes, Martha. Sorry.

    Q That’s quite all right. Mr. President, I’d like to go back to Iraq. You’ve continually cited the elections, the new government, its progress in Iraq, and yet the violence has gotten worse in certain areas. You’ve had to go to Baghdad again. Is it not time for a new strategy? And if not, why not?

    THE PRESIDENT: You know, Martha, you’ve covered the Pentagon, you know that the Pentagon is constantly adjusting tactics because they have the flexibility from the White House to do so.

    Q I’m talking about strategy —

    THE PRESIDENT: The strategy is to help the Iraqi people achieve their objectives and their dreams, which is a democratic society. That’s the strategy. The tactics — now, either you say, yes, its important we stay there and get it done, or we leave. We’re not leaving, so long as I’m the President. That would be a huge mistake. It would send an unbelievably terrible signal to reformers across the region. It would say we’ve abandoned our desire to change the conditions that create terror. It would give the terrorists a safe haven from which to launch attacks. It would embolden Iran. It would embolden extremists.

    No, we’re not leaving. The strategic objective is to help this government succeed. That’s the strategic — and not only to help the government — the reformers in Iraq succeed, but to help the reformers across the region succeed to fight off the elements of extremism. The tactics are which change. Now, if you say, are you going to change your strategic objective, it means you’re leaving before the mission is complete. And we’re not going to leave before the mission is complete. I agree with General Abizaid: We leave before the mission is done, the terrorists will follow us here.

    And so we have changed tactics. Our commanders have got the flexibility necessary to change tactics on the ground, starting with Plan Baghdad. And that’s when we moved troops from Mosul into Baghdad and replaced them with the Stryker Brigade, so we increased troops during this time of instability.


    Q Sir, that’s not really the question. The strategy —

    THE PRESIDENT: Sounded like the question to me.

    Q You keep — you keep saying that you don’t want to leave. But is your strategy to win working? Even if you don’t want to leave? You’ve gone into Baghdad before, these things have happened before.

    THE PRESIDENT: If I didn’t think it would work, I would change — our commanders would recommend changing the strategy. They believe it will work. It takes time to defeat these people. The Maliki government has been in power for less than six months. And, yes, the people spoke. I’ve cited that as a part of — the reason I cite it is because it’s what the Iraqi people want. And the fundamental question facing this government is whether or not we will stand with reformers across the region. It’s really the task. And we’re going to stand with this government.

    Obviously, I wish the violence would go down, but not as much as the Iraqi citizens would wish the violence would go down. But, incredibly enough, they show great courage, and they want our help. And any sign that says we’re going to leave before the job is done simply emboldens terrorists and creates a certain amount of doubt for people so they won’t take the risk necessary to help a civil society evolve in the country.

    This is a campaign — I’m sure they’re watching the campaign carefully. There are a lot of good, decent people saying, get out now; vote for me, I will do everything I can to, I guess, cut off money is what they’ll try to do to get our troops out. It’s a big mistake. It would be wrong, in my judgment, for us to leave before the mission is complete in Iraq.

    Does the WH Press Corp like looking stupid?

  8. sanity says:

    Stuck on……