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Rick Santorum Takes Vile Shot At Islam

November 11, 2014

I was not surprised that someone who makes their money by operating a Christian film studio would then go after President Obama and President Bush by claiming both men have “given all Muslims a pass” when it comes to holding the religion as a whole accountable for the actions of Islamic terrorists.

“I’m not saying all Muslims are terrorists, but we have an obligation to face the truth about who the enemy is and what they want to accomplish”, said the tight-assed Republican Rick Santorum while speaking at of all places, Liberty University.

No one need dig very far to expose the hate and bile from Santorum when it comes to Islam.  No one has ever accused the former senator of being a student of history or interested in becoming enlightened about the world around him.

It is not at all in the interest of the United States to have someone who might harbor Potomac Fever to be abusing their position for partisan gain to make such outlandish and straightforward lies.  Instead of whoring himself in front of Liberty University it might be more prudent to have Santorum ask for some quiet time with the likes of Karen Armstrong or Reza Aslan.  They could start to educated him about religion and Islam.

Santorum has long been an embarrassment but now is becoming a danger at a time when the Middle East is roiling.

Interview With Richard Norton Smith About “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller”

November 11, 2014

One of those interviews that could have lasted the entire hour. 

JUDY WOODRUFF: You write, among many other things, about his severe learning disability, the dyslexia, and how he throughout his life compensated for that and how that also shaped him.

RICHARD NORTON SMITH: That’s right. His dyslexia went undiagnosed. He was 50 years old before he ever heard the word dyslexia. He went through life believing that he had a deficient I.Q.

And his mother, again, the redoubtable Abby, said surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. And he took her advice. And every Rockefeller operation was in fact marked by all of these advisers and gurus and policy wonks, one of them Henry Kissinger, whom he introduced to the American scene.

How Not To Say Huckabee

November 11, 2014

Megyn Kelly mispronounced the name of Mike Huckabee’s Fox News show last night.

George W. Bush Just Got (A Little) Interesting

November 11, 2014

I have never been a fan of George W. Bush.  But I must admit he became a bit more interesting recently when I discovered something about him which I had not been aware.   Granted, Bush honestly portrays himself in this account as the boob we all recognize, but to have had a date with Tricia Nixon makes for a trivia moment and something anyone would talk about.

Young George W. Bush once had a blind date with the daughter of President Richard Nixon. It didn’t go so well.

Bush recalls the incident in an anecdote-filled book being released this week about his father, former President George H. W. Bush, called “41 – A Portrait of My Father.”

The elder Bush was a member of the House of Representatives from Texas in the late 1960s when he arranged a blind date for young George W. with Tricia Nixon. The son made his first-ever trip to the White House to pick her up.

“During dinner, I reached for some butter, knocked over a glass, and watched in horror as the stain of red wine crept across the table. Then I fired up a cigarette, prompting a polite suggestion from Tricia that I not smoke,” he wrote. ”  “The date came to an end when she asked me to take her back to the White House immediately after dinner.”

We all know Tricia did much better for herself with future men she dated.

Neutering Teabaggers Is Aim Of Establishment Republicans

November 10, 2014

First the Republican Party needed to prevent the most crazed members of the Tea Party from being nominated in state races for the general election.   In larger measure they succeeded, though I must say when it comes to grading the degree of crazy within the GOP it can get fuzzy.

But now that the races are over, and the new members are about to take over in a couple of months, the next political play is being executed by the Republicans Party.  That has already started and will continue in the weeks to come leading up to the new session of congress.

Within 24 hours of being elected to a new term, and securing enough fellow Republicans with him for a majority, Senator Mitch McConnell made it clear the GOP will not engage in the destructive brinkmanship that forced  government to grind down last year over a budget showdown.   Those days are over.

That has irritated the reckless crowd of teabaggers since their main aim is to up-end government and not allow for it to function in the manner required so to meet the needs of society.    But now things are getting even messier for the Tea Party as the larger aim of the lame-duck session of congress is becoming even more clear.

Passing a spending measure between the House and Senate to keep the government funded through next September, or in other words the end of the fiscal year, meets the needs of both establishment Republicans and Democratic members.   But it does not play into the hands of the buffoons.

The GOP needs to put on their big-boy pants and actually govern now that they control congress, and work over-time to look as credible as possible come 2016.    The GOP wants to concentrate on other matters than simply the budget every 15 minutes, and so a budget deal is coming down the tracks.  Democrats need to secure the last best deal they can as power slips away, so they are eager to play ball, too.     In that sense it is easy to see why a budget deal will happen.

But teabaggers think that without some type of leverage over budget matters the silly season may be harder for them to design.  Many of them hate the budget idea, and are grinding their jowls over it.  And that is exactly why McConnell is taking the steps now to undercut their idiotic desires.

Maturity in politics matters.  I really hope, as mentioned often on this blog, that those days are returning to the capitol.

Why James Clapper?

November 10, 2014

Sunday morning when we woke up the report of two American prisoners being released from North Korea was great news to hear.  What I found most interesting, however, was that the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, in short-hand our top spy, was sent as the official allowed to make entry to the Hermit Kingdom for the retrieval.    Today some of the analysis of this matter made its way into the newspaper.

It was not to pursue any diplomatic opening,” a senior administration official said aboard Air Force One as Mr. Obama departed for China, and as the two Americans sentenced to hard labor in the North, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, were landing near Seattle.

The official said the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., was dispatched in response to the North’s request, made in backchannel communications with the administration, for a senior official of the United States government to oversee the release.

It is extraordinarily rare for a president to send one of his most senior intelligence officials into the capital of a declared American adversary, so the choice of Mr. Clapper, probably the most hardened veteran of the Cold War now serving in Mr. Obama’s inner circle, was a surprise. It may have also been welcome. “In a national security state like North Korea, they got someone who they think runs the country,” said Christopher Hill, who ran the last set of serious negotiations with North Korea.

So while Mr. Obama could have sent a looming political figure like former President Bill Clinton, who negotiated a previous prisoner release, his decision to turn to Mr. Clapper was rooted in the conclusion that entering a negotiation now would ultimately violate the Gates rule.

But it also raises the question of whether the United States is missing Mr. Kim’s first real effort to signal that he wants to resume some kind of dialogue.

What Fuels Caffeinated Politics?

November 10, 2014

From a box that arrived in the mail today.   I also received their blueberry cobbler and am pleased with Monday.   Now I just need my best friend, Brad, to pull a mug from the shelf and sit down and have some with me while we chat.

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