The psychoanalysts are pissed. Their profession consists of listening to the babble of patients — sometimes adding a nod or an encouraging continuance — and getting no less than a hundred dollars an hour for their boredom. But now Donald Ytump comes along and has the whole country listening to his stream of consciousness for free. It could set off a pyschomarket revolution!
Hillary ill? The poor little thing is suffering from malnutrition since she hasn’t time to take a bite between writing those tens of thousands of e-mails.
The Russians are coming!
If as some Democrats allege, Vladmir has fallen in love with Donald Trump and vice versa, and that they hacked the Democratic National Committee’s e-mails and then released their contents to help Trump, how much more damaging is their seeming ability to hack Hillary Clinton’s thousands of undisclosed e-mails incouding national security materials.!
Une éminence grise?
“I don’t know anymore where I begin and Obama ends,” David Samuels quotes Ben Rhodes in an article that has something of the same confusion.
Samuels, we are told by our betters, “has nearly autistic command of minor details and facts” and “achieves the glorious breadth and detail of a mural painter.”
But much of the detail we have competence to evaluate in his article on Rhodes is just wrong, which makes one a little suspicion of the rest of his “long-form journalism”, whatever that is. He confuses, twice, Laos and Cambodia, something anyone not acquainted with Southeast Asia might well do, but not to be incorporated in a piece where discussion of “the bombing of Laos” takes on such importance. His discussion of one of the minor characters in his screed, Robert Malley, and Malley’s father, Simon, neglects to point out the elder Malley was a Communist as well as editor of a minor magazine, and at one point expelled from France.
His interpretation of relations between the Obama Administration and Iran talks about the President’s aim of cultivating the so-called Iranian moderates. But Samuels neglects to point out Washington turned its back on the 2009 appeal by the Green Movement after fraudulent elections led to widespread anti-regime demonstrations. “By eliminating the fuss about Iran’s nuclear program xxx” How is that again? Books on Rhodes’ bookshelves? I wonder, if not like mine, they may represent as much as anything else review copies that floated in and not the owner’s taste in serious reading material?
What a mish-mash this article is! If it has a central argument, it is that Rhodes exercises enormous influence over American foreign policy through his “melding” with the President. But then, we are told, he does it without the assistance of the Blob, the foreign policy experts, and any knowledge of the details of such places as the Middle East. It’s a hypothesis that is both frightening and perhaps could be true.
But except for a somewhat muddied description, ostensibly, of Rhodes successful campaign to overcome Congressional and other critics of “the deal”, it doesn’t really tell us much about how he operates. He never mentions, of course, that “the deal” should have been a treaty and it was by that hook and crook that the Obama Administration was able to achieve what it claims was the halt to Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. Samuels seems to be endorsing the Administration’s insistence that it purposely excluded other issues with Iran – its state sponsored terrorism around the world and its use of surrogates in Hezbollah and Hamas, the former until recently having killed more Americans than any other terrorist group.
In one of the many diversions, Samuels tells us how important Valerie Jarrett is as Obama’s “work wife”. But when he gets into how she and Obama have great empathy because they both spent time as children in foreign cultures is, to say the least, stretching credulity. It may be the case that Jarrett and Obama do cultivate that notion. But it is very unlikely that as a pre-adolescent as Obama was during his four years [six to 10] living with a step-father and his mother in Djakarta, he either understood or was affected by the attempted Communist coup and its massacres as an aftermath that had occurred three years before he was born.
One should not be surprised that Samuels is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. This article like so many in that publication piles anecdote and digression, one on top of another, and suddenly without much warning just walks away from the whole pile.
Yes, it seems likely that Rhodes exerts a great deal of power within the Administration and in areas for which he has neither formal training nor accrued experience. That does not, by the way, distinguish him from most of what used to be called “the kitchen cabinet” that surrounds Obama. And it may be, too, that Rhodes implements the only strategy that the current President has: to abandon longtime post-World War II commitments of the U.S. as leader of the society of nations in an effort to preserve peace and stability. The results, although both Samuels and Rhodes justify it by using Iraq’s current quagmire as the way Syria would have gone had there been the original Obama intervention, are all too visible. That forgets of course Obama’s quit and run Iraq policy.
But all of these are speculations. And we thought Samuels was strong on detail.
Canada’s New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau? Hmmm. Nice hair.
Surely Hillary Clinton’s laugh is from hell!
Do you suppose that ad hoc IT outfit whioh outfitted Hillary’s server thought they could flush it down the drain if worse came to worse — and it did — and that is why they installed in the toilet?
What is it with CNN personnel? They have such strange creatures around. First, there is that horse-faced Guest. Then there is the anchor lady with the black hair — can’t be dye, must be horse feathers — who looks like she came out of that old comic strip about the strange family. Do you remember their name? One does wonder if Ailes at Fox is “a leg man” with every screen always complete with legarted miniskirts. But it is preferable, n’estc’est pas?
Have you noticed that the kept media and the talking heads now talk about 11 million illegals — woops! undocumented immigrants — in the U.S. now instead of 12 million a few weeks ago? If ICE doesn’t know where they are, how do they know how many there are? When I had this discussion about 25 years ago with a spook — the CIA then, maybe still, subsidized part of the census in the Commerce Dept. — he told me they estimated it through an extrapolation from the requests for visas and those granted from the various countries of origin. Really?
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No, that rumor that The New York Times has hired Vladimir Putin as chief of their Moscow bureau is not true. It turns out he is above their pay level.
Red lines in the mideast,
Far out, we agree
For the will carry no one closer to me
Red lines in the Mideast,
Not firm, we agree
But they will boost the chaos
On that we agree
With apologies to Bing Crosby  and Hugh Williams
And I went out with a two-day beard yesterday feeling guilty if it was only to consult a pharmacist and pick up the mail.
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authorities spied on European Union offices.
To: Sol W. Sanders
Obama’s Russia policy reminds YOC of that old Russian Yiddish saying, “He’s the kind of man when you spit on him, he says it’s raining.”
Wonder if any of the high$ Washington media have ever been audited, or could they pass an honest [!] audit by the IRS?
Those stories of Brennan of Arabia swishing around Georgetown after dark in Arab drag are pure Zionist propaganda.
Susan Etrich, whose claim to political expertise is to have run the worst presidential campaign [Dukakis] in modern history, apparently needs a complete redo so as to make her unrecognizable from one Fox blather appareance to another.
I am not and never have been a racist, so I didn’t have to expatiate my sins and vote for Mr. Obama in 2008, and I certainly didn’t vote for him in 2012.
Whenever I hear a politician say “comprehensive solution”, I reach for my gun.
When Pres. Obama says he has an ally [whatever that is since his Pharonic statement on the status of the new Egyptian regime], does that mean he is “leading from behind”?
Oxford Dictionary of the English Language
Osama Bin Laden Raid: Pakistan Hints China Wants a Peek at Secret Helicopter
But the muezzin [the town crier] would have had to climb up there five times a day to call Osama Ben Ladin to prayer. That’s a long climb. Loud speaker? Nawhhh! that wouldn’t be kosher …woops! halal. So who was the happiest man in Abbottabad the other day after “the event”? The muezzin. He no longer has to worry about al Qaeda cutting off his head if he takes a powder on a couple of calls.
Leading from behind
We are told the Obama Doctrine’s essence is “leading from behind”. Ah! yes, would that be leading a decrepit and dysfunctional NATO from the rear as in Libya, the Arab League in its effort to channel “the Arab Spring”, the Six Power Talks on North Korea with its talkalong or perhaps the corrupt and incompetent United Nations? [see Ye Olde Crabb sez…]
Who pays the marauder?
News that Nixon loyalists have separated the former president’s foundation [and grants] from Washington’s The Nixon Center, increasingly seen as the capital’s most prestigious apologist for Soviet/Communist/Russian policies seems long in coming. As I once told a friend in the Indian prime minister’s office, protesting that there had been a third voice on my office telephone, I do think it is a little much [that the FSS asks us] to pay for as well as tolerate their penetrations!
That would make a clean breast of it!
Agents for Britain’s MI5 intelligence service have discovered that Muslim doctors trained at some of Britain’s leading teaching hospitals have returned to their own countries to fit surgical implants filled with explosives, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The State of our Republic?
How could it have cost so much to put through the 2011 budget process with bananas only 43 cents a pound at Walmart’s?
Transparent burka – Ghent photographer Filip Naudts will soon open the exhibition ‘La clé du boudoir’ (the key to the bedroom), featuring famous Flemish people. The image advertising the exhibit shows Gorcha Davydova, a Flemish-Kazakh stand-up comedian, in a transparent burka. In another photo Davydova appears as Maria Magdalena, stripped to the waist. Naudts: This photo is not meant in any way as a statement. I do not want to provoke anybody, not offend anybody’s feelings, but I will not curtail my artistic freedom. The burka is indeed worn by Islamic women, but in spite of that, they do not yet have a patent on that piece of clothing. (NL)
Posted By Esther to Islam in Europe at 2/01/2010 08:56:00 AM
Ye Olde Crabb sez:
Ahah! just another Scottish joke about what is under the Scots’ kilts!
At Beck — and call!
Has Trump trumped Beck?
Save the whales
Photo: Fred Benko – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Central Library. (via Wikimedia Commons)
(PhysOrg.com) — Blue whales, the largest animals on earth, are singing with deeper voices every year, but scientists are unsure of the reason.
Ah hah! There is something in the water, the sea water, that is.
It’s clear why this transformation: as Hollywood goes for more and more androgynous leading male stars – and the rock banders are almost as confused about their sexuality as penguins — the whales have decided they will go out with a burst of macho oratory.
That Trump hair-do
Reports that they use GPS every morning to make that hair arrangement are not true. He and his staff use an old-fashioned road map.
The elocution scoreboard
New State Dept. spokesman Mark Toner April 6, speaking on Cong. Weldon’s “mission” to Libya, only scored once with “xxx you know xxx”, a far cry from his predecessor’s record six “xxx you know”s in one statement.
Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, making her latest statement on Libya, April 6,
“xxx ahed xx” six times in three minutes, perhaps a new record.
Awaiting Pres. Barack Obama’s next statement on the budget for a new tally on ” xxx let me be clear xxx”.
Some presidents go, some …stay
The former Israeli president Moshe Katzav has been sentenced to seven years in prison for rape.
In a dramatic scene, the 65-year-old cried and screamed after learning of his fate, shouting that the charges against him were a lie and that the courts had “made a mistake”.
THE JEWISH CHRONICLE ONLINE
March 22, 2011
The Senate yesterday acquitted William Jefferson Clinton of high crimes and misdemeanors, preserving a presidency indelibly tarnished by scandal, but unshakably sustained by public approval. Clinton, condemned even by senators who had voted to keep him in office, survived only the second presidential impeachment trial in history as the Senate rejected two articles charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice in attempting to conceal his sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.” “Clinton Acquitted By An Angry Senate: Neither Impeachment Article Gains Majority Vote”, The Star-Ledger of New Jersey, Saturday, February 13, 1999, p. 1, 6.
Briefs to the frontlines
How about sending the division of [10,000] lawyers Don Rumsfeld says are now in The Pentagon when boots are needed on the ground in Libya.
The next Nobel laureate
A prize for literature will be awarded the first person who really does get “the last word” on one of those Bill O’Reilly interscreams.