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Clarett Chronicles

By on 8.10.06 | 11:05AM

For those following the ongoing saga of Maurice Clarett (the former Ohio State football star), he was arrested again yesterday:

When police ran into Clarett this time, officers said he was driving erratically and carrying an arsenal that included three semiautomatic handguns and an AK-47- type assault rifle in the front seat - all loaded.

A highway chase ensued, then ended in the early hours Wednesday when police spiked the tires of his vehicle.

Even then, officers said they could not easily subdue Clarett because the bulletproof vest he was wearing thwarted their stun guns.

It took several officers and Mace to get the 6-foot, 245-pounder into handcuffs. The struggle continued as he kicked at the doors of the transport vehicle that took him away.


By on 8.10.06 | 10:43AM

Those numbers represent Kerry's margin of victory over Bush in Connecticut in the 2004 election. Now, in a Democratic primary, Lieberman loses by 4 points, and we're supposed to believe it's a referendum on Bush.

Ode to Hezbollah

By on 8.10.06 | 10:29AM

On the front page of today's Washington Post, there's a story about how Hezbollah was transporting Iranian "supplies" accross the Litani River now that Israel has destroyed every bridge. It reads:

They worked with precision -- everyone had a job, hardly a movement was wasted.

And they worked with speed -- no one knew when one of the distant sounds might signal an Israeli attack.

"It's dangerous," one young man said, nerves quickening his pace, as he lugged loads of bread, "but Hezbollah is strong."

Wow, those guys are good. Maybe as part of the cease fire agreement we can get them to drop their careers in martyrdom and come over to America to work on road construction.

Terror Plot

By on 8.10.06 | 10:08AM

As you'd expect, the NutRoots are having a field day with the overnight terrorism arrests in London.

At some point, you'd think psychiatrists at a research facility would want to study this mania that exists in places like Daily Kos and My DD and the DU. Medication probably wouldn't help.

Here's a bet that within 24 hours an aide close to Howard Dean - if not the man himself - and / or Ned Lamont goes on the record as saying that the arrests in London could not be merely a coincidence given the stunning primary results in Connecticut.

That's right. The Brits are simply scared of a world where Ned Lamont could lead and would do anything to block it. Actually, who could blame them?

Re: Rules of the Game

By on 8.9.06 | 9:12PM

Wlady, I didn't catch that, thanks to my news exile (which ends when I get "wired" again next week). But what strikes me about it is the shamelessness. Usually, such threats are veiled. But dragging the kids' tuition into it? That seems like a cheap Godfather-ish move. You do this for the Don, and you can enjoy a fine retirement. Otherwise, it's Stafford loans for you! Sheesh.

Rules of the Game

By on 8.9.06 | 4:43PM

I don't know if anyone has commented on the eye-opening cynicism reflected in the paragraph below, from yesterday's Washington Post report on Abramoff-tainted Rep. Bob Ney's decision not to seek re-election to his Ohio seat:

House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) met with Ney last week to urge him to step aside, reminding him that with a son in college and a daughter nearing college age, he will need money, according to several congressional Republican aides. If he lost his House seat for the party, Boehner is said to have cautioned, Ney could not expect a lucrative career on K Street to pay those tuition bills, along with the hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees piling up.

Political disgrace is now no impediment to cashing in? Mind you, this under conservative Republican supervision and with conservative Republican approval and encouragement...

Re: Lamont, Good for Republicans…

By on 8.9.06 | 3:14PM

David, your point is well taken, but one thing to keep in mind is that it isn't Lamont alone who matters, it's that Lieberman's defeat in the primary shows Democratic leaders that they will have to pay more attention to the far left of the party. Even if Lamont doesn't stand a chance in November, Democratic leaders will give more lip service to the loony left. In a joint statement with Chuck Schumer today, Harry Reid said:

"the perception was that he was too close to George Bush and this election was, in many respects, a referendum on the President more than anything else. The results bode well for Democratic victories in November and our efforts to take the country in a new direction."

The thought of a Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who is more beholden to the far left taking America in "a new direction" will, I think, motivate many conservatives, even if they are disgusted by the current crop of Republicans in Washington.