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July 13, 2009

MONDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits:

* Afghanistan: "Two United States Marines were killed in a roadside explosion in the southern province of Helmand, a United States forces spokeswoman said Sunday. A third American service member wounded in Afghanistan died on Friday back home."

* The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has come to the conclusion that "Afghan security forces will have to be far larger than currently planned if President Obama's strategy for winning the war is to succeed, according to senior military officials. Such an expansion would require spending billions more than the $7.5 billion the administration has budgeted annually to build up the Afghan army and police over the next several years, and the likely deployment of thousands more U.S. troops as trainers and advisers, officials said."

* Urumqi: "Police fatally shot two Uighur men and wounded a third Monday in western China, where violence has persisted to flare despite the massive numbers of troops sent to restore calm more than a week after deadly ethnic rioting. It is the first time the Chinese government has acknowledged that its security forces opened fire since communal violence hit Urumqi."

* According to medical researchers, the H1N1 virus "bears a disturbing resemblance to the virus strain that caused the 1918 flu pandemic, with a greater ability to infect the lungs than common seasonal flu viruses."

* Replacing the car czar: "Steven Rattner, head of President Obama's task force on restructuring the auto industry, is stepping down after seeing General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC enter and emerge from bankruptcy proceedings during his five-month tenure." He'll reportedly be succeeded by Ron Bloom, who's had an active role on Rattner's team.

* Meet Dr. Regina Benjamin, who, pending Senate confirmation, will likely be the new U.S. Surgeon General.

* Would the White House ask Congress to delay its August recess? Maybe.

* Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) of Ohio noted late last week that he will not be part of "a filibuster on climate change." Whether he votes for the bill is another matter.

* Audra Shay, the new chair of the Young Republicans, has drawn considerable criticism for racially-charged comments online, but the matter did not stop her from getting the job.

* Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade continues to draw fire for last week's comments on racial "purity" and Americans' habit of "marrying other species and other ethnicities."

* I'm starting to get the sense that Joe Klein isn't impressed with Bill Kristol.

* Althouse sure does write some nutty posts.

* Lanny Davis writes some nutty stuff, too.

* Even now, it appears the RNC doesn't know what EFCA is.

* And Al Kamen ponders Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) doctor-patient relationship with Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.): "[I]f a guy can't trust his OB-GYN, who can he trust?"

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Can you be a good Republican and an OB/GYN? Only if you force your patients to have 15 kids and stay barefooted in the kitchen while the men run things (into the ground).

Posted by: mlm on July 13, 2009 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

I think it is interesting the that new chair of the "Young" Republicans is 38 years old.

Posted by: Vondo on July 13, 2009 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

Tom Coburn shouldn't have to testify against Ensign. He should be a co-conspiracy defendant for the scheme to pay off the Hamptons through Ensign's parents.

Posted by: Danp on July 13, 2009 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK

From my National Review Cruise journal
Days 4, 5 and 6 - Corfu, Katakalon and Santorini

It is refreshing to get away from the echo chambers that are liberal blogs. However, I confess I have been too busy networking to keep up with my journal. Also, I didn’t bring my laptop and it can be hard to find a free PC in the ship’s i-café. As far as I can tell Mark Foley has spent the entire cruise in there. I have no idea who he is typing away to but it apparently is someone high priority.

The Mr. Reagan’s Hollywood show was a success, particularly the chimpanzee chorus line number. I saw Rich Lowry the next morning and he told me how taken he was with the pretty soloist from a torch song about George Gipp. Rich described her as “glittering like a diamond wrenched with migrant labor from a South African mine” and said she “shot trails of moonlight and angel dust straight into the audience” at him. Wow!

Corfu was a disappointment. The village is historic but overrun with working-class English on “package holidays.” They apparently only feel comfortable going abroad if they can travel with a couple of thousand people who think exactly as they do. Candy and I tried to have lunch in one of the tavernas but the food was unrecognizable and the waiter frustratingly spoke no English. We headed back to the ship to have hot dogs and french fries in the buffet.

The afternoon panel featured the cruise’s keynote speaker, Karl Rove. He explained exactly how the Obama White House is failing to execute any kind of policy, reducing everything to the level of politics, and warned that the insertion of thousands of Democrat operatives into the DOJ virtually ensures a witch hunt against everyone in the Bush administration. He got a standing ovation and we were all amused to see a couple of pairs of white cotton panties thrown on stage. I didn’t see the throwers but strongly suspect Phyllis Schlafly of being one of them. It is better not to go into my reasons why.

No NR cruise would be complete without the “smokers,” social events which take their names from the old English clubbing tradition. Most of us believe it is unfortunate that this tradition has now been abridged to include women but I suppose our conservative sisters would disagree! Saturday night’s smoker showed that Miss Lopez and Miss Coulter are able to wield large cigars with the best of us. A couple of the waiters were coughing theatrically but I suggested they work The Nation’s cruise if they wanted PC air. I was proud of how hard Jay Nordlinger laughed at my spur of the moment quip.

I stayed much too late at the smoker but still beat Candy back to the cabin after trying and failing to find her in the casino. Next day she told me that she had been at a napkin-folding class. I had not realized they hold these after midnight but it just demonstrates the know-how of the NR cruise planners. Not everyone wants to spend all their evenings drinking, gambling or seeing shows.

The next day found us in Katakalon, site of the original Olympics. Before disembarking Candy and I visited the chapel for Sunday services. We were told that Governor Huckabee and Chuck Colson had had an altercation over who would lead worship, but it was resolved before we got there and they shared the honors amicably. The governor had brought a Little Rock gospel choir with him. Although everyone in it was white they did excellent imitations of the pronunciation and cadence of a “real” gospel choir. I found myself clapping along although that kind of music is not usually my thing.

Candy and I took a ship’s tour to the Olympic site. I am a devoted student of history and found myself deeply moved as I envisioned the agile young men, bodies slick with olive oil, every muscle strained against upraised disci and javelins. I mentioned this to Senator Craig, who was sitting near me on the tour bus, and he was able to picture it too. These trips are richer If you share them with other committed historians.

Back on board I decided some exercise was in order to counteract the six meals and several snacks we must eat every day. Coming back inside from my stiff quarter-mile around the promenade deck, I ran into John Bolton stretching his hamstrings with his heel on a deckhand’s shoulder. As soon as he saw me John announced that he was late for his run and that he had two hours booked right afterward for a spa mustache treatment. He is a busy man, making the most of this cruise, but I am sure we will get the chance to catch up at some point.

I decided to forgo the main show, Mint Juleps, Magnolias and Mammies: A Panorama of Southern Heritage, and join Candy in the casino. She seemed nervous when I arrived. I attribute this to her having lost big in the slots and not yet having the courage to tell me! My own play was a little distracted by Tom DeLay attempting to redistrict the craps table to his own advantage. I gave up completely for the night when I went to the cage for more chips and was told Bill Bennett had purchased the rest of the ship’s supply.

The less said about Santorini the better. I was not allowed to ride one of the tiny donkeys up to Fira and no explanation was given. The cable car was full of sweaty people and the tea I ordered in the café when we finally got to Fira was full of loose leaves instead of coming in a sanitary bag. The worst thing about leaving the U.S. is the lack of hygiene.

Ephesus tomorrow.

Posted by: Myke K on July 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

Tom Coburn shouldn't have to testify against Ensign. He should be a co-conspiracy defendant for the scheme to pay off the Hamptons through Ensign's parents.
Posted by: Danp

Testify to what ? It's not illegal to give a payoff to keep their mouth shut. It happens in court all the time, they call it a settlement. Think M.Jackson or Chevrolet.

It is illegal to extort money and/or forget to count it as income to the IRS.

If I were the Ensign parents I would sue for breach of contract assuming there was an agreement cash for silence. They paid for a service and it was not rendered.

Coburn won't have to testify because it would be a criminal investigation against the Hampton's and anything he would have to contribute would be hearsay. He played that card because republican's are stupid enough to believe there is an actually privilege between a vagina doctor and his male peer.

Posted by: ScottW on July 13, 2009 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

Ann Althouse sure has a dirty mind.

Posted by: kc on July 13, 2009 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

Audra Shay being elected to the Not Actually Menopausal or Incontinent Yet Republicans chair is full of win for us. This woman laughed heartily at a joke on her Facebook wall about "coons," and promptly unfriended the people who said it had no place in Republican discourse. Meanwhile, she kept as a friend the guy who'd made the original comment; he went on to publicly praise sundown towns.

This is who the Republicans want to lead the next generation. Sing it from the rooftops.

Posted by: shortstop on July 13, 2009 at 6:11 PM | PERMALINK

Myke K, hilarious post. I'm surprised that you didn't like Santorini, though. Hubby and I thought it was quite nice. Maybe you'd like Mykonos better. We had a LOT more fun there.

And, as a student of history (as you claim you are), I'm assuming that you and Craig were picturing those early participants in the Olympics in their birthday suits. They didn't wear clothing, after all. If I remember correctly, all of the male participants retired to Mykonos and the females to Lesbos.

;-)

Posted by: Michael W on July 13, 2009 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

Regina Benjamin has a sterling reputation here in Mobile, Alabama. Glad to see that it didn't take teaching at Johns Hopkins or Mayo to be qualified for the job.

Posted by: Luke Coley on July 13, 2009 at 6:16 PM | PERMALINK

Rich described her as “glittering like a diamond wrenched with migrant labor from a South African mine” -- Myke K

Rich *does* seem to have a bit of a fetish about female perspiration, doesn't he? Still... it's much more in line with family values than what you're reporting about your female contingent ("Miss Lopez and Miss Coulter are able to wield large cigars with the best of us."). Which, inevitably, makes one wonder who they got their lessons from... Willie Wanker, per chance?

As for Bolton, handing his hams and his musty Tasche to a member of the crew, in public, yet!... Yes, a deckhand may be very dexterous and, as such, irresistible but... Doesn't Bolton have a *cabin*, for goodness sake?

And I must say I was very surprised to see that you have "found myself deeply moved as I envisioned the agile young men, bodies slick with olive oil, every muscle strained". I have always assumed that your multiple marriages were, simply, the result of the *legal* restrictions (one at a time), not of the ill-fitting *social mores*. I, myself, used to drool thinking about all those naked Greek youths, ever since I was 10 or so, but I am, afterall, a female (if not a lady)...

Posted by: exlibra on July 13, 2009 at 6:29 PM | PERMALINK

Hah, exlibra. I think I love you. Based on some of your previous posts, you could probably be my mother, so I think I'll dub you an honorary Auntie. You'll fit right in with Auntie Rachel and Auntie Esther. Oh, and my mother. :)

Posted by: Michael W on July 13, 2009 at 6:42 PM | PERMALINK

>smacking my head

Posted by: Michael W on July 13, 2009 at 6:43 PM | PERMALINK

[stupid site can't deal with unorthodox use of arrows]

I forgot all about Auntie Mame! I sure hope you like gin, but Auntie Rachel like vodka, Esther is a tea-totaler, and mom likes Southern Comfort.

Posted by: Michael W on July 13, 2009 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

re: Klein and Kristol. And George Bush's presidency became a complete failure the day he was advised that "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US" and did absolutely nothing.

Posted by: bcinaz on July 13, 2009 at 6:47 PM | PERMALINK

And I must say I was very surprised to see that you have "found myself deeply moved as I envisioned the agile young me...

I'm not sure that Myke understands it either. From the constant worry about the gay soldier in his unit in Korea (Myke couldn't fall asleep for thinking about him) to his obsessive interest in teabagging, Myke's got a lot of things to think through.

Posted by: Not Ms. Collins on July 13, 2009 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

"Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) of Ohio noted late last week that [he] will not be part"

Posted by: Ross Best on July 13, 2009 at 7:03 PM | PERMALINK

Audra Shay, the new chair of the Young Republicans, has drawn considerable criticism for racially-charged comments online, but the matter did not stop her from getting the job.

I can remember when Young Republicans were, well, young - like in their 20s, with an upper end at 30. Frau Obergruppenfuehrer Shays is close to 40. I guess that's "young" now in a party that's going to see the majority of its memership die off (literally) in the next 10 years - assuming they last as a Confederate regional party even that long. She really is an obvious racist, too, but that's just your standard Unreconstructed Southernist.

Posted by: TCinLA on July 13, 2009 at 7:08 PM | PERMALINK

did anyone catch Chris Mathews today?

He was so overtly catering and attentive to Pat Buchanan at the exclusion to Eugene Robinson that it made my stomach turn. Interrupted Robinson, gave Buchanan every chance to speak, thanked him again and again...

Not to mention the time he enjoyed hearing his own obnoxious voice bounce off of Pat Buchanan..

Eugene might as well have not been there...

Posted by: How Rude to Robinson on July 13, 2009 at 7:53 PM | PERMALINK

The suspected-murder of Arturo Gatti, the ex-boxer found dead in a Brazil hotel room.

This is interesting that not one news media mentioned that he was scheduled to testify this week in a New York trial against NY State Athletic Commission.

If this was a set-up to frame his wife, this is sad.

Yes, they were having problems, but, they were on a second honeymoon.

I just find it weird that she would use her purse straps to strangle him. As a female, that just doesn't sound like something a woman would do to murder her husband.

Posted by: annjell on July 13, 2009 at 8:09 PM | PERMALINK

LOL, Myke K is still reporting how his wife is disappearing without a trace during this trip.

I'm not sure what he's trying to get at,

Either he is setting up a case against her, whether to divorce her or "in case she mysteriously goes missing, like maybe, falling overboard."

At any rate, I get the feeling that Candy is either saying to herself, "I can't stand this f***, I am going to lose as much of his money as possible." Or, she's acting as a person that has been held against her will and trying to get all the freedom she can, while she can.

Posted by: annjell on July 13, 2009 at 8:16 PM | PERMALINK

Michael W, @ 18:42, :43 & :46

Every little bit of love helps the world go round, so I accept yours. Be happy to serve as your e-Aunt, as long as you're willing to make do with e-gifts on your b-days and wedding anniversaries and don't expect any $24K (real) checks. As for my tipple, sign me up with your Mom. When I first came to US, I used to drink vodka (grain, *not* potato; I may be the fruit of a proletarian-peasant union, but my tastes are refined) but have, long since, switched positions with my husband. Now, *he* drinks vodka and I drink bourbon (in winter; in summer it's dry white wine, somewhat watered down by ice cubes).

Posted by: exlibra on July 13, 2009 at 8:17 PM | PERMALINK

The story of the iquitarod was well covered in a lower thread, but IMHO this article is a good take esp. about attempts to advise Palin (but not to just plumb quit AFAICT!):
http://www.sltrib.com/ci_12826215?source=most_viewed
BTW, I keep asking but it's hard to get any answers: do we know who put SP up to it, if any others? It just seems so hard to get at.

Posted by: N e i l B on July 13, 2009 at 8:20 PM | PERMALINK

Joe Klein's column was practically delightful.

I liked when he said 'But I find the President's economic and social policies a vast relief after the quantum-ignorance of the Bush Administration...'

That clause reminded me of a Maureen Dowd column of March '08 when she said "Boy George (Bush) crashed the family station wagon into the globe and now the global economy. Yet the more terrified Americans get, the more bizarrely carefree he seems. The former oilman reacted with cocky ignorance a couple weeks ago when a reporter informed him that gas was barreling toward $4.00 a gallon."

Bush: "It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it." 5/5/00
Bush: "They want the Federal Government controlling Social Security like it's
some kind of Federal Program." 11/2/00
Bush: "It's very important for folks to understand that when there's more trade,
there's more commerce." 4/21/01
Bush: "This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." 4/23/02
Bush: "We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans." 9/6/00
Bush: Speaking to Cardoso, Brazil's president, "Do you have blacks too?" 6/20/02
Bush: "My answer is bring them on." (7/3/03, on the subject of Iraqis attacking American forces.)

Posted by: consider this on July 13, 2009 at 8:25 PM | PERMALINK

Folk, this is why Americans get the label "ugly Americans, stupid Americans."

People like Myke K should stay in his own neck-of-the-woods if he has so many problems with other peoples culture.

"When in Rome, do as the Romans"
"When in Spain, don't complain"........

Posted by: annjell on July 13, 2009 at 8:37 PM | PERMALINK

There are some people who have been around a while and we have opinions. Joe Klein is one who has, in the past, occasionally impressed. He's been doing it a lot in recent months.

But, newer faces like Senators Brown (a great pragmatic populist) and Whitehouse (a passionate supporter of Law) continually impress me.

Posted by: MarkH on July 13, 2009 at 9:16 PM | PERMALINK
People like Myke K should stay in his own neck-of-the-woods if he has so many problems with other peoples culture.

Myke K is a well-known parody of another wingnut poster that occasionally posts here, Mike K. Often, it is difficult to tell the difference between them but Myke K doesn't believe a word he posts.

Posted by: PaulB on July 13, 2009 at 9:51 PM | PERMALINK

As far as Brian Kilmeade,

I have distributed to my family members (the ones that will talk to me after denouncing Mormon church, and now I am democrat)

http://angrywhitekid.blogs.com/weblog/2005/11/antiracist_whit.html

A Celtic/Slavic writes - her white friends claims they aren't racist, yet they won't come to her neighborhood because "poor Mexicans" might steal their cars.

A white guy writes - although he is married to a black lady, he was fired from a job due to his shaved head, further, people thought he was a "skin-head."

An Asian guy writes - stereotypes that all Asians are A students, and all blacks dominate sports.

A black girl writes - she thought dreadlocks were a symbol of blackness. Further research said it was Celt/Slav

A white lady writes - because she didn't have blonde hair, blue-eyes, lived-in a trailer and shopped at Salvation Army for clothing, she was called white trash.

So, I would like to know exactly what does Mr. Kilmeade is talking about.

Posted by: annjell on July 13, 2009 at 10:20 PM | PERMALINK

"Even now, it appears the RNC doesn't know what EFCA is."

They know. They just continue to lie.

Some clown from the 'U.S. Chamber of Commerce' was on the Lehrer News Hour today, still repeating the lie that the EFCA would eliminate the "secret ballot", as well as bring civilization as we know it to an end.

Posted by: Joe Friday on July 13, 2009 at 10:23 PM | PERMALINK

A question for Brian Kilmeade,

***this is not meant to cause any animosity.

Since you don't believe in mixing of "species or other races," and apparently you don't believe in abortion, what would you do if one of your relatives were pregnant by a black or latino man?

Posted by: annjell on July 13, 2009 at 10:57 PM | PERMALINK

I think Mr. Kilmeade must have seen Neal Horsely on Fox News with a "D" after his name and believed it.

Posted by: Fleas correct the era on July 13, 2009 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

is sen coburn one of those ob/gyns who can't practice their love for women? no wonder he's got that 'special' relationship with ensign.

Posted by: dopey-o on July 14, 2009 at 12:09 AM | PERMALINK

Americans have been marrying other species!!??

I guess that would explain Bush getting re-elected. I knew something very disturbing was going on . . .

Posted by: Jon on July 14, 2009 at 12:34 AM | PERMALINK

News from Cali-

There's talk about reinstating prop 187, or, putting on the next ballot. **Prop 187 was drafted to deny illegal immigrants education, and public assistance.

***I knew this was coming eventually. Cali used prop 8 and blamed blacks for its passage.

West Covina, commission refused to grant licenses to would-be owners of Hookah Bars. **Hookah is a smoke shop using Hookah pipes or a what appear to look like similar to huge pipe for people who smoke crack. This is popular among Middle Eastern countries.

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