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  • Anybody think AllahPundit from HotAir is Joe Scarborough?

    07/02/2009 6:45:09 PM PDT · 34 of 59
    Athwart to Glenmore
    I like ‘em all.

    Me too. Allah has his squishy areas, for sure, and he bends over backwards to give the benefit of the doubt to the lefties when there's any possible wiggle room, but it's all worth it, to see his skilled takedowns when even he concedes that some lefty has engaged in unabashed foulness, and he brings his full rhetorical power to bear. He's a really talented writer, and often writes things that have me smiling in admiration or laughing out loud.
  • Susan Sarandon May Move Out of US: Complains About Hillary Clinton

    09/13/2008 9:31:33 AM PDT · 184 of 185
    Athwart to pissant

    You go, girl! No, really. Just go. Please.

  • FR Poll: (3/9) Will you be voting FOR McCain because you think he's the best qualified...

    03/09/2008 7:40:13 PM PDT · 43 of 173
    Athwart to Jean S

    Against, for sure. I’m no McCain fan, though I concede he’s probably a better man than I’m willing to give him credit for at the moment. But to vote for anyone but McCain this fall is to vote in either the most liberal man in the Senate, or the unspeakable Hillary. There’s no evading my responsibility to prevent either of those unthinkable options, so I will pull the lever for McCain.

    This is a watershed election. Bill Clinton, whatever his inadequacies as a man and as a president, was a moderate Democrat. The two Dem candidates this time are super-liberals, and we MUST oppose them. Think Supreme Court justices. Think socialized medicine, which I believe no country has ever rolled back once it’s in place.

  • Harry 'doesn't like England,' lashes British media

    02/29/2008 7:48:43 PM PST · 107 of 125
    Athwart to The_Republican

    Word is that the Prince, being of high value to his country, did have a security detail. They stayed back at the base — while he went out to the front lines. Got something snarky to say about that too?

  • Conservatives can trust Huckabee

    02/16/2008 7:39:15 PM PST · 42 of 200
    Athwart to unspun

    Ah. I see where you’re coming from, but personally, I’d have preferred that he neglect this particular “responsibility.” Thanks for the clarification.

  • Conservatives can trust Huckabee

    02/16/2008 7:33:55 PM PST · 34 of 200
    Athwart to unspun
    Ninety to one hundred commutations per year in Arkansas is a pittance. Arkansas, as I understand, does not have the "time off for good behavior" that other states have. Hence, it is customary for massive numbers of such requests to flow into the Governor's office. Gov. Huckabee paid attention to his responsibility, there.

    OK. Then please account for this:

    Gov. Huckabee is on a roll: He has freed more convicts than all of his recent predecessors combined – more than 10 times as many as Gov. Clinton during a 10-year period from 1983 to 1992.

    How did he, as a conservative presumably cognizant of what evil is, exceed Clinton's record in this area, in your opinion?

  • Conservatives can trust Huckabee

    02/16/2008 7:20:04 PM PST · 23 of 200
    Athwart to unspun

    Cool. Any updates on the whole “freeing rapists like Dumond to rape again” thing? He got any changes of heart, apologies, admissions of error, anything like that? Any platform positions about how he’d use the Presidential pardon power? The last Arkansas guy really burned us there, and this one seems almost worse in that area, so an update would be good.

  • Danish youths riot for sixth night [ Moham"madmen" Strike Again...! ]

    02/16/2008 6:44:39 PM PST · 6 of 42
    Athwart to melt

    The magnificent Danish unwillingness to accept Dhimmitude should be an example for all other countries. Certainly that includes the U.S., but mostly we’re on decent ground there. Some countries are not. I’m looking at you, formerly-Great-Britain.

  • Lifelong Republican comes to his senses- loves Obama

    01/26/2008 6:39:33 PM PST · 9 of 61
    Athwart to Krankor

    This “Lifelong Republican” gag is getting pretty shopworn. When I see or hear the phrase now, I think “Democrat troll ahead.”

  • How Muslims are perceived in 21st Century(Muslims are fast becoming 21st Century Jews..)

    01/25/2008 7:33:50 PM PST · 50 of 82
    Athwart to milestogo
    Muslims are the new Jews, eh? Literate, entrepreneurial, intellectual, valuing education? I'm not seeing it myself.

    Racial profiling at airports and immigration processes;

    Yeah, why would that be. Can't think of a reason...

    the blasphemous cartoons of their prophet;

    Welcome to freedom of expression. It's not just you who's expected to tolerate expressions you don't like. Ever heard of "Piss Christ?" Let's see, did anyone die over that one? Or even get injured? Gosh, no. What's the difference there?

    the U.S. forces flushing the Qur’an down in toilets,

    Are you citing the debunked Newsweek story? Myths don't count.

    blowing up mosques in false flag operations

    Huh? Got a citation for this one, dude?

    and showering civilians with White Phosphorus;

    I remember something about this. Wasn't it another myth?

    the labelling of Muslims as Islamists

    No, the labeling of Islamists as Islamists

    and promotion of heretics such as Manji and Rushdie as “moderate” Muslims,

    Hadn't heard that one.

    these are all manifestations of how Muslims are viewed in the 21st century.

    Suggestion: stop your co-religionists from blowing people up, demonstrating with "Behead those who insult Islam" signs, going nuts over a few cartoons, lashing women who were raped, having religious policeman, wrapping women in bags, etc. The reputation of Islam will improve.

  • Bill Clinton on Hillary's Relationship With McCain

    01/25/2008 7:22:11 PM PST · 33 of 49
    Athwart to AmericanMade1776
    We underestimate this "couple" at our peril. Bill's tricky. What I conclude from this is that H!llary would rather face Romney than McCain in the general. So Bill's been sent out to undermine McCain with conservatives.

    Not that that's a tough assignment or anything.

  • Bank of China shares fall sharply on worries of subprime losses

    01/21/2008 8:37:24 PM PST · 29 of 29
    Athwart to TigerLikesRooster

    As has been said, there is a deal of ruin in a nation. And one might add, in a highly interconnected global economy. Yes, many around the world have eaten a load of bad paper, egged on by a surfeit of liquidity and by a dysfunctional ratings process. It will cause indigestion, and an economic contraction, and a likely bursting of the Chinese stock market bubble. But ruin? A replay of the 30’s? I think not.

    Tomorrow will likely not be a pretty day in the U.S. stockmarket. But at times like these it’s worth keeping some perspective. Not least about the natural advantages of the U.S. Freedom has the advantage, and in a world where even Canada and the UK have lost sight of the meaning of free speech, we’ve still got the world’s biggest stocks of it. The U.S. isn’t going down, not by a long shot.

  • Ron Paul's Old Newsletter Revealed (FR featured)

    11/11/2007 9:36:47 AM PST · 63 of 73
    Athwart to Bokababe
    but this newsletter non-issue is just pure nonsense.

    Not entirely. As the same sort of time-traveling politically-correct gotcha that causes Huckleberry Finn to be banned in some schools, well, maybe, though if these statements don't quite cross the line, they certainly walk right up to it and send a Bronx cheer across.

    But the point is that Ron Paul is running for the most challenging and ambitious executive position in the world, presiding over a massive bureaucracy. However much he may wish to shrink it, that's the job description, and it requires a highly competent executive.

    This newsletter episode speaks to Ron Paul's executive abilities, in that an organization for which he was responsible was apparently putting out a newsletter under his name, and Mr. Paul had managed neither to do his homework, nor imprint his personality on his own organization, nor have checks and balances in place to catch mistakes, so that his own newsletter insulted his friends under his own name, and made disparaging racial remarks that he apparently does not endorse. If such a small organization has such problems when run by Ron Paul, what may we expect if we put him in charge of the Executive branch, as he is asking us to consider?

  • Talk show host apologizes for faulty report of NYC mugging [of Randi Rhodes]

    10/16/2007 8:02:43 PM PDT · 81 of 98
    Athwart to shhrubbery!
    Maybe you missed the writer's word "about," as in "about fourteen [drinks].

    I did, yes. And one source now says she admits to being "under the weather," so it's looking credible after all. My mistake.

  • Talk show host apologizes for faulty report of NYC mugging [of Randi Rhodes]

    10/16/2007 4:12:06 PM PDT · 60 of 98
    Athwart to finnman69

    Much as I’d enjoy believing that story, the precision as to the number of drinks she had makes it less than credible, unless it was written by an employee of the bar.

  • Talk show host apologizes for faulty report of NYC mugging [of Randi Rhodes]

    10/16/2007 4:11:58 PM PDT · 59 of 98
    Athwart to finnman69

    Much as I’d enjoy believing that story, the precision as to the number of drinks she had makes it less than credible, unless it was written by an employee of the bar.

  • GM Stike Over - Tentative

    09/26/2007 11:22:26 AM PDT · 153 of 269
    Athwart to madison10
    It's a free country.

    Well, unless you're GM and want to cut some substandard employees. Yeah, I know, it's contractual. More fools they for in effect signing onto a private version of Eurosclerosis.

  • Subprime Time (Mortgage Origination One Of The Culprits)

    09/01/2007 9:05:51 PM PDT · 19 of 23
    Athwart to oldbill
    It’s not commercial paper at the root of the problem - it’s the home loans to risky borrowers.

    True enough. But where were the rating agencies, and the sophisticated buyers at the consuming financial institutions, on this? Asleep at at the switch, as far as I can tell. It's the fact that such paper was salable in a secondary market, at something other than an appropriately deep discount, that allowed the game to continue as long as it did.

  • Hundreds Pose Nude on Swiss Glacier [Global Warming "awareness"]

    08/18/2007 8:00:11 PM PDT · 41 of 53

    Nice job, guys and gals. Now global warming is solved. I can go ahead and get that SUV now.

  • Glasgow Airport Attack Man Dies

    08/02/2007 3:45:47 PM PDT · 33 of 74
    Athwart to blam

    Well, he might be used to the flames thing, but maybe there’ll be a giant kicking replica of John Smeaton down there to keep him company.

  • Captionfest: Hillary's Beady Eye for Barack

    07/25/2007 6:12:40 PM PDT · 167 of 185
    Athwart to governsleastgovernsbest

    Sectumsempra! Crucio! Aveda Kedavra!...damn, this stuff worked on Vince..

  • Is Giuliani a Racist? Why Blacks and White View Him Differently

    07/24/2007 4:55:41 PM PDT · 45 of 46
    Athwart to hardback
    From his leading on a group of drunken cops screaming racist chants directed at New York's first black mayor, David Dinkins, in 1992

    Is this really true? The wording implies clearly that he was encouraging racist chants. Is there really evidence of this? It sounds implausible, but if there's really evidence of that, it would certainly be a mark against him. I'd need more than this tossed-off reference, to believe it, though.

    to his repeated refusal to meet with members of the black community,

    Again, is this really true? Or is "members of the black community" some sort of mendacious euphemism for "self-appointed camera-seeking rabble-rousing let's-help-them-pretend-they're-community-leaders like Sharpton?"

  • Hummer Owner Gets Angry Message

    07/18/2007 11:27:13 AM PDT · 410 of 547
    Athwart to Xenalyte
    I give you the 2007 Dodge Magnum, and ask you to tell me how this is not a station wagon.

    Ah, how quickly they forget. That is, indeed, a station wagon. What it is not, is a "Full-size station wagon," which is defined as a station wagon that will hold a 4x8 sheet of plywood and optionally has a third row of seats. They've vanished, due, as others rightly said, to CAFE. The SUV is the new kidmobile.

  • Nostalgia on ice: Cold, sugary tea is a sweet Southern tradition

    06/26/2007 5:36:57 PM PDT · 295 of 303
    Athwart to 4CJ
    Best Served with BBQ

    The only good pork there is!

    Barbecue's great, in all of its forms. Pulled, spareribs, baby backs. But "only?" Some time, look into the miracles that authentic Chinese cuisine has done with pork. It'll curl your socks.

  • Nostalgia on ice: Cold, sugary tea is a sweet Southern tradition

    06/26/2007 5:33:45 PM PDT · 294 of 303
    Athwart to Ditter
    Dewberries are tender and sweet without sugar, blackberries aren’t.

    Not true. Store-bought blackberries, maybe. But blackberries picked at the peak of tenderness, in a Northwest August, in a side-of-the-road blackberry patch, choosing only the berries that practically fall off into your hand when you touch them? It doesn't get any better. My wife would bake a pie out of these, every August. One of the few things I miss about the rainy Northwest. Another is the salmon. People outside the Northwest just plain have lower standards for salmon.

  • Bush’s wristwatch disappeared while he shakes hands with Albanian citizen

    06/11/2007 8:05:16 PM PDT · 55 of 84
    Athwart to DTA

    I blame David Blaine. Even if he wasn’t in Albania. The guy is that good.

  • Beef Recall Expanded Millions of Pounds

    06/10/2007 10:39:08 AM PDT · 68 of 83
    Athwart to samantha
    I'm sorry to hear about your attack of food-borne illness. Pork goes bad quickly. One can usually tell there's a problem by smelling the raw meat carefully in several places. If it doesn't smell fresh and sweet all over, dump it or return it.

    I once bought two pork loins from a supermarket counter. One was fine, the other putrid. The thing that really annoyed me was that I had noticed the yellow fat on the putrid one, asked about it, and was told that it was due to the breed of pig. One can't imagine a real butcher peddling such misinformation, but real butchers are hard to find.

  • Man who lied about actions in Iraq admits faking forms

    06/08/2007 10:33:52 AM PDT · 28 of 43
    Athwart to Dan Evans
    And wasn't it Freddie Blassie who said:

    You see if you take a pencil that won't hold lead,

    Looks like a pipe cleaner atached to a head,

    Add a buggy whip body with a brain that leaks,

    You got yourself a grit eatin', pencil neck geek.

  • Pigeon Fans Charged in Deaths of Raptors

    05/25/2007 11:30:58 AM PDT · 27 of 35
    Athwart to DogByte6RER
    From a list of Hong Kong's best restaurants

    Among the delicacies served are shark's fin and fillet of garoupa, and, of course, roast goose and pigeon.

  • EcoLEDs Announces Brightest Commercial LED Light Bulb Yet

    05/23/2007 12:28:49 PM PDT · 78 of 108
    Athwart to Ben Mugged

    Explain how this is supposed to replace a 100W bulb?

    A 75w bulb from my bulb shelf: 1040 lumens.
    This bulb: 400 lumens.

    Also notice that the details page at the vendor spends about 80% of the time talking about saving the earth, but provides only sketchy information comparing the quality of the bulb with the cheaper alternatives.

  • Lawmaker blasts imams' attorney

    04/14/2007 5:44:15 PM PDT · 11 of 17
    Athwart to dighton
    I can’t immediately recall a more disgraceful lawsuit.

    Nor I. And that's saying something, isn't it? There've been a lot of really twisted lawsuits, but suing people for vigilance against 911-style behavior is a new low.

    I suppose it's a comfort to know that the enemy's PR operation is so incompetent.

  • Caption Pelosi, today in Damacus, Syria

    04/03/2007 3:25:17 PM PDT · 36 of 97
    Athwart to AmericanMade1776

    Islam is submission. I submit.

  • WSJ: The We’re Schizophrenic Journal(Editorial Page vs the News Sections of the Wall Street Journal)

    02/25/2007 10:21:20 AM PST · 6 of 7
    Athwart to SirLinksalot
    This is true, but it's not a new insight, nor a secret. Their Washington bureau chief used to be some guy named Al (can't remember the last name) who was a well-known Dem partisan on the political talk show circuit.

    Peggy Noonan has argued that what keeps the Journal a high-quality newspaper is precisely this tension between the lefty news pages and the right-leaning (immigration aside) editorial pages. I think this is plausible, and the lefty bias in the news pages is usually mild. When it's not, I just skip the story.

    I subscribe, and still find it to be a vibrant, lively paper. It gives off a sense of robust intellectual health that is a marked contrast to the sense of decayed, corrupted, rotting sickness that leaps off the front page of the New York Times, and, to a somewhat lesser extent, due to interesting occasional bursts of integrity, the Washington Post.The WSJ is also doing a better and better job with stuff like restaurant and travel discussion.

    I do concede the point that the cost gets harder and harder to justify with all the Web resources out there, but there's something about holding the paper in your hand at the breakfast table that's hard to give up.

  • Nanny Hunt Can Be a ‘Slap in the Face’ for Blacks

    12/28/2006 5:37:25 PM PST · 86 of 87
    Athwart to Ditter
    I wonder why they haven't changed the name of the NAACP?

    Well, I'm not sure I would make the change myself, at this point. A change to the designated PC term of the day would result in the National Association for the Advancement of African Americans. In other words, NAAAA. A pretty horrible acronym to contemplate. Probably should have gone for NAAB or NAABP while they had the chance. Still could, I suppose, but there seems to be something about large organizations that makes the less-PC choices unthinkable.

  • Saddam loses Final appeal...Will swing within the month.

    12/26/2006 6:15:26 PM PST · 184 of 258
    Athwart to andrew2527

    I hope that there will be counseling for DU posters. They're going to need it.

  • Carter’s Book: The (Jewish) Lobby Strikes Back

    12/26/2006 6:14:06 PM PST · 20 of 20
    Athwart to pabianice

    Clever satire. I almost thought the author was serious for a moment, but of course that was too absurd.

  • Congress ponders its 'potty parity' gap

    12/24/2006 10:26:56 AM PST · 32 of 47
    Athwart to SmithL
    I thought the article would be about no longer forcing us to use those stupid low-water toilets, reaching "potty parity" with Canada, where functioning toilets are legal.

    Instead it's about where Members of Congress go to the bathroom. I'm struggling to come up with a less important topic than that. Comfort level of gopher holes, maybe.

  • Atlantic City, NJ - Four Women Found Dead Behind Golden Key Motel

    11/21/2006 8:22:25 PM PST · 30 of 45
    Athwart to Popman
    I wonder if the residents of NJ know the price they would pay for feeding an out of control greedy state government and criminal enterprises when they passed gambling legislation

    I won't dispute the "greedy state government" part, NJ's is one of the worse, but I spent a bit of time in Atlantic city not long before gambling was legalized, and it struck me as half hell-hole, half ghost town. I know Atlantic City had a glorious past, the boardwalk and all, but did gambling really make it worse than it was just before legalization? That's not a rhetorical question, if you have information or impressions, bring 'em on.

  • Pork, Entitlements Killed the GOP

    11/21/2006 2:26:45 PM PST · 61 of 74
    Athwart to Asclepius
    Someone please remind me why I vote republican, because I'm beginning to forget.

    Because the democrats are even worse, and not by a small margin. If you've forgotten that, they'll remind you soon.

  • Doug Giles: Avoiding the Date from Hell

    11/18/2006 7:48:03 PM PST · 57 of 70
    Athwart to DuncanWaring

    Dr Nathaniel Branden, who specializes in the subject, has defined self-esteem as "the reputation you get with yourself."

    This makes more intuitive sense to me than any definition I know of. It also makes clear that you can't get it from outside, though people like parents can help set you up to be able to acquire it (or the reverse). And it makes clear that it's very much worth acquiring.

    I'm aware that there are other definitions out there, but I think they're fuzzier and not of much use in life.

  • (Tampa) Tollway Chief Quits, Linked To Porn Sites

    11/09/2006 3:31:08 PM PST · 17 of 18
    Athwart to MplsSteve

    The last line of the article is priceless. I think the reporter was making a funny.

  • Gallaudet University Terminates Appointment of Incoming (deaf) President

    10/31/2006 8:26:46 PM PST · 61 of 68
    Athwart to Sisku Hanne
    I'm not trying to be snarky at all, but is there some kind of psychological....psychosis?...attachment disorder?...that can result from isolation/lack of communication with those around you? Such as one sees in orphans who are housed in facilities where there is almost no contact with caregivers? I can think of no other way to explain such behavior

    Well, there's something, perhaps. I once participated in an online discussion with a deaf woman who was part of the "deaf community." When others on the thread pointed to her slow uptake of others' points, her lack of command of clear language, her conceptual vagueness, and her readiness to react with inappropriate hostility, she admitted that these were qualities that come from the lack of development that occurs in many deaf people because they miss out on critical verbal interaction at early formative stages (very young). Actually, "admit" is the wrong word -- she proclaimed these as common deaf characteristics, and stated that if you wanted online interaction with the deaf, you should expect these characteristics, and adjust for them.

    I don't have wide experience with the deaf community, but I do see a certain resemblance between her behavior, which she accepted as normal for people with her disability, and the goings-on at this deaf university. It doesn't seem unreasonable to infer that, for the most isolated deaf people, especially those lacking early interaction, there are emotional and cognitive aspects to the disability. I sympathize, certainly, and have pity, though I confess that I haven't been eager to repeat the interaction with people functioning at that emotional level.

    That said, I have also had multiple interactions with less-profoundly deaf people who had better integrated with the hearing community, and whose emotional adjustment seemed entirely normal.

  • 10 costumes that just won't fly

    10/18/2006 6:11:39 PM PDT · 30 of 59
    Athwart to freedom44
    Drunken pilot.

    The Man Show did it first:

    Drunk Pilots

  • Socialism for the Rich (Thomas Sowell)

    10/03/2006 6:15:59 PM PDT · 41 of 67
    Athwart to L98Fiero
    I agree with the ED part of the article but I don't like the thinly veiled attacks on the rich or the "greedy" corporations.

    Read it again. I think you will find it hard to point to any sort of "veil," thin or otherwise -- Sowell is one of the straightest talkers around. He attacks not "the rich" in general, but rich people who use socialist rhetoric to turn government force to their own private ends. Such people have fairly earned his scorn. And I really don't understand where you get "greedy" corporations out of the article. The only mentions of businesses are sympathetic.

  • Slavery was the black Holocaust, so treat it with the same respect

    10/01/2006 5:23:27 PM PDT · 83 of 92
    Athwart to Chi-townChief
    That anecdote -- retold across black America -- was included in Richburg's book Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa, and has been a mantra of some black intellectuals ever since.

    A very fine and emotionally wrenching book. I couldn't put it down, but when I was done, I wasn't at all sure I would ever be up to reading it again.

  • Caption this Picture of Islamic Protesters

    09/16/2006 6:17:23 PM PDT · 64 of 140
    Athwart to pillut48

    Fortunately, "Angry Jihad Mr. Potato Head" did not sell well and was quickly withdrawn from the market.

  • Left builds power base in the blogosphere

    09/15/2006 8:54:59 PM PDT · 20 of 47
    Athwart to Dog Gone
    The leftwing blogs can't be discounted, but they still have to win in the marketplace of ideas, and I don't think they're competitive.

    No, they're not. They're not even trying. They deal in insult, and profanity, and invective, not ideas.

  • Air America Complaint Department [Air America founder blasts Dem "elites" and Hollywood "phonies"]

    08/25/2006 8:42:02 PM PDT · 72 of 122
    Athwart to summer
    Economics is a zero sum game. That is a fact and whatever share of the economic pot the wealthy elites have comes right out of your pocket.

    No. It isn't and it doesn't. No wonder you're a leftist. Learn some economics. Learn why capitalism allows people to create wealth. Learn about comparative advantage and the power of the division of labor. You need to read some books before you write any, and before you sink any more money into such a counterproductive project as Air America.

  • Health Care Costs Money, So Buy It! (Dr. Rush Limbaugh Slams "The Give It To Me" Mentality Alert)

    08/23/2006 6:48:44 PM PDT · 64 of 138
    Athwart to raybbr
    You guys are missing the point. We are already paying for it for millions of others. Why not let your tax dollars work for you?

    No, sir. This is capitulation; surrender to socialism. By the same logic, why not fake up a Social Security disability? Everyone else is doing it.

  • Health Care Costs Money, So Buy It! (Dr. Rush Limbaugh Slams "The Give It To Me" Mentality Alert)

    08/23/2006 6:43:53 PM PDT · 63 of 138
    Athwart to middie

    We looked at the same transcript, and saw two very different things, apparently. I saw a man, a famous broadcaster of the right, who after all these years hasn't lost his passion, who is willing and go to the mats to fight and scrap and cajole to try to save someone from that ultimate capitulation, voting for a Democrat. I don't know what your beef with Limbaugh is, but I can't imagine that voting for Democrats is the solution for whatever ails you.