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rangel gets some fans on the right


An e-mail:

K.Lo- Come on!  Give him a break.  If he’s denouncing him for political reasons, who cares???  At least he’s doing it.I wish every congressmen would pull out their bullhorns and shout!!!Where are all the Republicans??  Where is the President???  Vice President????  COME ON!!!Stand up for your country!!!!I’m sick of the SILENCE!!

re: mahmoud’s prayer


Charles K, from December, worth rereading :

So a Holocaust-denying, virulently anti-Semitic, aspiring genocidist, on the verge of acquiring weapons of the apocalypse, believes that the end is not only near but nearer than the next American presidential election. (Pity the Democrats. They cannot catch a break.) This kind of man would have, to put it gently, less inhibition about starting Armageddon than a normal person. Indeed, with millennial bliss pending, he would have positive incentive to, as they say in Jewish eschatology, hasten the end.


Okay, I’m Sorry, Charlie


Nancy Pelosi is calling Chavez “an everyday thug.” They’re at least smart enough to know Americans are not keen on the type of performance we saw from Chavez yesterday — that and November isn’t too far away.

Web Briefing: April 18, 2014

Charlie Rangel


was just on TV denouncing Hugo Chavez for showing up in Rangel’s country, city, and right now even his congressional district and criticize President Bush. That’s a job for Americans, Rangel says.

In other words, he’s ticked Chavez is treading on his turf, stealing his thunder. 




From a GOP source: “I think there will be some sort of decision today: either a deal, or a realization that there won’t be a deal.”

Ahmadinejad’s “Sweet Hipster Style”


I’d like to believe Matthew Yglesias had to much to drink at the bar he was at before he wrote this .

Mahmoud’s Prayer


Joel Rosenberg, too, in his Mesmerized Media piece .



Excellent.  What a profound idiot.  Venezuela can kiss that Security Council seat goodbye. 



Rush Limbaugh seems to have been one of the only people who noticed that Ahmadinejad wound up his U.N. speech with a prayer for the end of the world to come soon.

A Corner REader’s Dream


Hi K-lo. In case you’re an Imus fan thought I’d send this:

Imus: “The President of Iran is on the phone. Welcome to the program Mr.
POI: “Thank you for having me.”
Imus: “So what’s the deal? Are you crazy? Are you just plain nuts?”
POI: “What do you mean sir?”
Chuck: “Don–”
Imus: “First, I have to tell you that I see everything in terms of how it’ll
affect me, and the show…Do you know how hard it is to get comedy material
out of a war, if you in fact start one with Israel or America?”
Chuck: “Mr. Imus please, you’re treating the President of Iran with dis-”
POI: “I will not take such insults from an American pig!”
Imus: “Pig? If America is the Great Satan then don’t I at least rate a
demon? Or is a pig worse than a demon for you people?”
Bernie: [makes pig noise in background]
POI: “You are lower than cow dung. You are the son of a motherless goat.”
Imus: “George Bush and the criminals in his Administration did you the
biggest favor any country has ever done for another country by getting rid
of your worst enemy, Saddam Hussein, and this is how you want to thank us?
By funding that terrorist nightmare Hezbollah and making a-bombs and sending
long letters to a man who can’t read, and in general making a constant
nuisance of yourself? You should be ashamed of yourself you ungrateful
bastard! I oughta send David Gregory over there and have him start hounding
you at your press conferences instead of Bush at his. Maybe if Gregory stops
dancing on The Today Show he’ll find the time to open a can of whupass on
your ass.”

“a reasonable dude”


Warren Bell is, that is, as a colleague of Warren’s (and mutual friend of ours) notes in an article in the Los Angeles Times today .

There are, however, many unreasonable dudes (and dudettes) in the United States Senate.

Yesterday, after making the trek to D.C., Warren was pulled from a Commerce Committee hearing today on Corporation for Public Broadcasting nominations.

Fact is: Warren’s a lightening rod because he’s unapologetically conservative. Opposition comes from the likes of Common Cause which pinpoints his “extreme partisanship.” What’s extremely partisan about my friend Warren Bell? That he would dare to say something like: “I support a woman’s right to choose what movie we should see, but not that other one. I am on the Right in every way.”

I don’t know about you, but I find it refreshing to know someone with a bit of a sense of humor and conservative instincts could be paying attention to PBS.

What’s amazing to me is that a) folks on the Hill and the Left seriously lack a sense of humor; b) that people get this worked up about one member of the CPB board; c) that professional comedy types in Hollywood actually think this claim passes the laugh test: that as a matter of course while working with a silly, funny sitcom, they were regularly debating federal subsidies instead doing retakes of some Jim Belushi antic.

I assume Republicans on the committee figure it will be easier for them to deal with Warren after the elections, but how sad that this is a fight they can’t get themselves to easily fight. Warren’s a good, smart guy and a TV professional. He’s perfect for the job. Yes, God forgive him, he’s conservative. But he also takes the whole nomination seriously and understands the importance of public policy and service.

One Other Allen Point


I wish his camp would suggest those clear differences, too, instead of doing its silly feminist nonsense and putting some of its otherwise good friends in an awkward position.

Libby Gets a Court Win


WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge handed a victory to the defense Thursday in the Valerie Plame case, siding with Vice President Dick Cheney’s indicted former chief of staff in a fight over release of classified information.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton decided that he won’t impose strict standards sought by prosecutors who want to limit the amount of classified information used in the trial of defendant I. Lewis Libby.

Bill Clinton campaigns for McCain 2008


Via Reuters, Bill Clinton says that George W. Bush wants “blanket advance approval for blanket torture. That the CIA is “whacking these people around in these secret prisons.” That Bush wants to “institutionalize what happened at Abu Ghraib.”

Iran’s Nuclear Program


Tuesday’s hearings in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were the most informative and incisive discussions I have yet heard on this topic. Opening statements are here, and you can stream video of the event on C-SPAN’s website by scrolling down this page. Another great resource is the periodically updated Iran Watch status report of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control. (Subscribe to email updates here).

One of the experts testifying at the SFRC pointed out a fundamental problem in the negotiations, which is that the parties are not negotiating for the same thing. The west wants Iran to stop developing enrichment and reprocessing capabilities, because they constitute ipso facto a nuclear weapons breakout capability, and no plausible explanation has been advanced for peaceful use. But Iran has no intention of stopping this development and is engaged in the negotiations as a confidence-building measure so that there won’t be a confrontation. Therefore, a confrontation is inevitable sooner or later.

Weisberg Plays the Race Card


He makes some reasonable points in Slate, but then there’s this passage:

National Review writers Jonah Goldberg and Ramesh Ponnuru, among others, think Republicans really would win strategically by losing this election (or, if you prefer, lose by winning it). These conservatives tend to fixate on how popular Republicans would be fighting off lefty hate-figures, including would-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and the putative committee chairmen John Conyers, Charles Rangel, and Alcee Hastings. (It is entirely coincidental that three of the GOP’s four favorite bogeymen are black.)

Follow his links. Goldberg mentions Pelosi, Conyers, Hastings, and Henry Waxman. I mentioned Pelosi and ”liberal committee chairman.” Neither of us mentioned Rangel. But what if we had? The fact is that Conyers, Rangel, and Hastings would be very liberal chairmen of important committees. And the fact that Hastings was removed from the federal bench for corruption, and that Rangel has recently said he doesn’t want any of Bush’s tax cuts extended, make them stick out further. Are conservatives not supposed to mention that they would be liberal commitee chairmen because they’re black?

Allen & Webb on Iraq


K Lo: Your Allen correspondent should get in touch with the Allen campaign, which is busy telling people like me that there’s very little difference between Allen and Webb on what to do about Iraq from this point forward. On MTP on Sunday, Allen himself basically said the same:

SEN. ALLEN: The point is, is we made a decision. You got to stand by your decision and you can’t be constantly second-guessing, Monday-morning quarterbacking. My opponent is–the whole theme of his campaign is we should not have gone in. The question is: where do we go from now? And as a practical matter, listening to Mr. Webb’s…

MR. WEBB: Let’s not go into that, too, George.

SEN. ALLEN: …listening to Mr. Webb’s statements…

MR. WEBB: I don’t–I’m waiting for you to say where you want to go.

SEN. ALLEN: …there isn’t, there isn’t that much of a difference insofar as the future.

MR. RUSSERT: Is that true?

MR. WEBB: That’s absolutely not true, you know. I, I have not…

If Allen isn’t willing to say that Webb is wrong about Iraq, then why should anybody else?



Sources say there is a meeting going on now in the Capitol between Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Warner, Bill Frist, and Mitch McConnell, along with National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and a representative of the Justice Department.  The subject is the detainee treatment issue, and the participants are said to be coming closer to an agreement, which could be made public today or tomorrow.  The meeting is taking place in the vice president’s office in the Capitol, but the vice president himself is not there.



Ahmadinejad has been invited to speak at Columbia .

Another Fan


Your Lindsey Graham cover!
Will join the “We’re Winning” cover as classics of being 180 degrees from reality.
Keep up the crappy work. Sadist.


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