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Hayden’s Opponents

By on 5.8.06 | 9:07AM

The Republican opposition to Gen. Mike Hayden's coming nomination to the top CIA job has picked up the theme the CIA praetorians produced in yesterday's WaPo and NYT. They don't want a military man.

I wonder if they'd be on that theme if the prez was about to nominate Anthony Zinni or one of the other Rumsfeld bashers.

Big Enough for Two Apples

By on 5.8.06 | 7:01AM

Apple Computer is victorious in the U.K. suit against Apple Corps over the use of the logo for iTunes.

War Warning Part 5: United Nations SC Plan

By on 5.7.06 | 11:43PM

War Warning Part 5, United Nations Security Council Plan

1. The UNSC has accepted the IAEA report that Tehran is in flagrant violation of the NPT.

2. Tehran makes it a policy to boast that it is in violation of the NPT and that it will not acknowledge the UNSC authority with regard the NPT. Tehran's policy includes continuing public statements that are aimed to provoke and humiliate the UNSC. Tehran is following the North Korean path exactly. Tehran does not regard the UNSC as a threat.

War Warning Part 5: Three Sections

By on 5.7.06 | 2:13AM

This is War Warning Part Five, in three sections.

Section 1: Tehran War Plan R.

1. The Tehran war plan has a code name that is unknown. For the purposes of this construction, it is Operation R.

2. The window for R remains September-October of 06, coterminous with Yom Kippur.

3. Tehran will tempt the US with provocations from now through the summer.

4. The major R provocation will resemble a surge of terror strikes from the witch's brew of terror gangs. The surge will be directed against sacred sites as well as strategic and civilian sites; the surge will include Israel, Iraq, the Persian Gulf and possibly Europe. Note that the Al Aqsa and Islamic Jihad gangs on the West Bank are working to show that they deserve to be part of the surge. Hamas is a junior partner. The tyro Zarqawi has proposed himself as a regional commander. Al Q is a full partner, though junior to HizbAllah.

Re: Kennedy Crashes and Other Golden Oldies

By on 5.6.06 | 3:08PM

Most of us seem to have been stunned into silence by the awful spectacle of another Kennedy having trouble self-medicating. And just as we wrangle that ghost of headlines past, Francis Fukuyama is back, with another re-reconsideration of The End of History. He's not too coy to tell us what it is he didn't tell us then. But, please -- enough of the known unknowns. Tell us something we don't know we don't know!

Kennedy’s Binge Drinking Problem

By on 5.6.06 | 9:47AM

The Projo rode with Patrick Kennedy to the airport yesterday afternoon. They lead with this quote: "I've got to do total abstinence, period.... From now on, obviously, I'm a very public face with addiction and alcoholism written on my head." Kennedy acknowledged that he has a long-standing binge drinking issue, though he denied that he was drinking Wednesday night. But not to worry -- his unnamed girlfriend "validated" that claim .

Patrick Kennedy to Rehab

By on 5.6.06 | 3:04AM

WaPo:

"I am deeply concerned about my reaction to the medication and my lack of knowledge of the accident that evening," he said during a brief news conference at the Capitol. "But I do know enough that I know I need help."
Wait, I thought it was a drug interaction. You just discontinue the meds when that happens. You go into rehab when you're taking more pills (or more of something else) than you should. Kennedy said before that he'd taken "'the prescribed amount' of Phenergan and Ambien."

I hope the good doctors at The Mayo Clinic can help Rep. Kennedy with his addiction to lying.

The Philippine Anthony Kennedy?

By on 5.5.06 | 9:20PM

"A Philippine judge who claimed he could see into the future and admitted consulting imaginary mystic dwarfs has asked for his job back after being fired by the country's Supreme Court." Hey, some of our most distinguished jurists base their decisions on the mystical and imaginary.

(Hat tip: Jesse Walker.)

Re: Goss Out

By on 5.5.06 | 4:16PM

Kudlow & Co cancelled my booking for today. Instead, I'll be on the Hugh Hewitt Show (Salem Radio Net) talking about the Goss resignation about 1805 EDT.

Hearing an Opportunity

By on 5.5.06 | 4:09PM

Notwithstanding all the points I made in the two posts below, this new hearing for Kavanaugh may not be a terrible thing. First of all, word is so strong on the Hill that there is some sort of wink-and-nod agreement from the Democratic Seven NOT to filibuster Kavanaugh -- so strong that the first AP story actually said the pledge was specified in the letter written by the Demo Seven to Specter, before later stories dropped that incorrect claim -- that I'm assuming there must be something to it. One very solid source of mine in the Senate or Senate staff, very well placed, assured me flat-out that the deal for another hearing absolutely would not have been made if there weren't some VERY strong reason to believe, based on Member conversations, that a new hearing would make it easier for Kavanaugh to get confirmed rather than more difficult. Frankly, it sounds awfully fishy to me -- similar assurances sure seem to have been made and broken by the Dems in the past -- but the proof will be in the pudding.

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