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Re: In the Real World…

By on 12.5.05 | 1:13PM

Bill Richardson has been dining out on his draft story for decades. When the Albuquerque Journal contacted people who had described Richardson as a drafted baseball star in written material and asked them why they had done that (the lie found its way into at least one book via Richardson's yarn-spinning to a sports writer), their response was to say that Richardson had told them that and they believed him. So when Richardson says that he got the impression that he was drafted from "a program" produced by the Cape Cod summer league team he played for he is blowing more smoke: Who supplied the bogus information that found its way into the program? Richardson did, or Tufts university baseball officials he had misled. Not wanting the facts to get in the way of a good story, Richardson couldn't bring himself to tell people a more scaled-down version of being almost drafted.

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Leatherman?

By on 12.5.05 | 12:08PM

Dave: the problem with relying on the Israelis for this is that their airpower is severely limited by lack of tanker aircraft. I'm sure they'd like to do the required job on Iran, but the Iranian nuke facilities are dispersed, hardened, and not susceptible of short-range aircraft attack. And once the Russian double-digit SAMs are in place Israel will be out of options. They can't spell B-2 over there. Stealth is the answer. Now, what was the question?

On the other hand, remember the Brit SBS motto: if not by strength, then guile.

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Re: In the Real World…

By on 12.5.05 | 11:25AM

Dave: It's even better than lying. What could Richardson possibly be saying when he claims, "I had been told by various scouts that I would be drafted if I signed." What in heck is that supposed to mean? If you sign with a team, that precludes your being drafted. The normal (sane) procedure is that you're drafted and then sign. The other way around is an impossibility. A Clinton lawyer might claim that what Richardson meant is that the scounts were telling him he'd be drafted if he signed with them. But scouts aren't agents. Maybe Richardson learned to talk that way during his trips to North Korea.

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Pirro or Not?

By on 12.5.05 | 11:15AM

The New York Post reports her husband contributed to the moves, behind her back, last week by New York Republicans to convince her to pursue the N.Y. AG race instead of the U.S. Senate. Mrs. Pirro and Hillary have even more in common than we'd thought.

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Re: Iran’s Nuke

By on 12.5.05 | 11:11AM

Jed, when formal diplomacy fails, our friends in Israel will still take seriously the threat posed by a nuclear Iran. Israel is the world's Leatherman in the world's utility belt in these situations, TAS contributor James G. Poulos reminds us.

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In the Real World, We Call it Lying

By on 12.5.05 | 11:00AM

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson makes light of his false claim to have been drafted by the Kansas City A's years ago to Time Magainze:

LAST MONTH YOU ANNOUNCED THAT, AFTER RESEARCHING THE MATTER, YOU DETERMINED THAT THE KANSAS CITY ATHLETICS HAD NEVER DRAFTED YOU. HOW COULD YOU MISREMEMBER THAT DETAIL FOR FOUR DECADES? I had been told by various scouts that I would be drafted if I signed. When it appeared in the official program of my team that I had been drafted, I assumed it was correct. However, the mistake was mine. I should have checked. Obviously, it's become a little bit of an instance where I dropped the ball. Get it, Karen?

I GET IT. I GET IT. Get that? Dropped the ball?

Casual with the truth for years. Hilarious.

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Swift John

By on 12.5.05 | 10:42AM

Back during the time of his Paris travels, John Kerry liked to dismiss the South Vietnamese army during the Nixon administration's efforts at "Vietnamization" as "Quislings" (which evidently, since these South Vietnamese were collaborating with the U.S., made us the Nazis). Now apparently he's all for "Iraqization." Yesterday on CBS's Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, he insisted: "You've got to begin to transfer authority to the Iraqis." But then he did Dick Durbin one better:

"And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the -- of -- the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not, Iraqis should be doing that."

John Kerry really is a sicko.

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Galen’s Latest

By on 12.5.05 | 9:52AM

We're sure that to a certain generation of female, Republican and conservative stalwart, Rich Galen, is an attractive, even a sexy man. So be it. But for the rest of us, he's also a smart man, as evidenced by his latest "Mullings."

Meanwhile, up on Capitol Hill there is a growing sense among Republicans that something has to be done about the appropriations process. Over the next year it should be interesting to see which GOP House member with a jones for leadership figures out how critical this issue is and uses it to pry the Majority Leader's mantel away. If someone doesn't, it may be the Minority Leader's mantel they are competing for.

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More Saddam Trial Antics

By on 12.5.05 | 8:42AM

It seems Saddam Hussein's trial is facing larger challenges than security: the defendant is proving less than cooperative, staging a walk out today. Perhaps they could seat him in a room, provide a video connection, and get on with the trial.

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