Prediction

Thursday, January 12, 2006
It appears that the sight of Martha-Ann Alito reduced to tears by the hearings has turned out to make Judge Alito and his wife both the subjects of great sympathy, and caused much fuss about whether the Democrats have crossed the line. (Even Katie Couric.)

Here's my prediction: before they finish with the other testimony, someone will break into very public tears about how much they fear Alito, and it will get much press coverage.

108 comments:

Knucklehead said...

They'll just rerun some Mother Sheehan tears to cover this. Faster, cheaper - file footage and such.

terrye said...

Maybe it will be Schumer...no it will be a woman who was raped by her father and got pregnant and thanks to people like Alito her whole life would be ruined.....

Buddy Larsen said...

Maybe they can find that woman whose life was ruined when John Bolton looked at her 'mean'.

Oh wait, no need to search, she's on speed-dial.

markg8 said...

Hmmmm...Graham pulls out his best Andy talking to Opie cornpone Southern "gentleman" voice and lectures the Senate on civility and almost on cue Martha-Ann Bomgardner runs from the room in tears. Seem a little too pat? Well Lindsey was Alito's coach over at the White House for this little show.

I suggest Lindsey save those lectures for the vicious creeps on his side of the aisle. Stone throwing by Republicans about civility is like Bush telling us to watch our mouths lest we offer aide to radical idealogues with a fixed agenda intent on ruling the world.

Syl said...

'almost on cue' 'a little too pat' 'well Lindsey was..'

Inuendo, guilt by association, Mark is doing it too. He just can't help himself.

Knucklehead said...

Syl,

Mark is a moron. He's at least 3 rungs down the ladder from "being able to help himself".

Peter UK said...

Syl,
It is a like a leaking lavatory.

Buddy Larsen said...

Yep, mrs. Alito is JUST the sort of vicious creep to do something like that. Been hiding it behind a decent, respectable 'front' for 40 or 50 years, waiting for this moment--as it was planned out, down in Texas, when the war was cooked up. I overheard the whole thing, I was nearby, nailing shoes on the slaves.

Buddy Larsen said...

What's REALLY funny is, the REAL blow-off is after the set-up, now, when the goo-goo dolls come out saying it was a set-up.

Buddy Larsen said...

Works every time, just like Mr. Rove says!
\;-D

Buddy Larsen said...

"Say, Massuh", asks Mark, "Duz ya mine if'n ah takes this hyar rope n' HANGS muh sef?"

Why, not at all, sonny, please, help yourself, go right ahead.

Knucklehead said...

A bit OT, but related to Supreme Court justices, I just clicked into Arts & Letters Daily and found The Drifters - Why the Supreme Court makes justices more liberal. It is long, but interesting (IMHO).

Among the influences they mention is the situational role. I've tried to make this point before (and failed) but being a SCOTUS Justice is different than any other legal position. Expecting justices to be completely consistent with everything they've previously done in the legal profession is not realistic. They are doing a different job and, one would hope, they will adapt to it.

Which isn't the same thing as saying I understand why they become increasingly "liberal" in so many cases. I wish more became increasingly "conservative". But the crapshoot involved in picking a justice who evolves into something one didn't expect doesn't suprise me.

Buddy Larsen said...

Well, I don't have the character to resist; if i'd been put thru what Alito just went thru, the minute i'm confirmed I'm putting on a Genghis Kahn helmet and sending Teddy a horse's head.

Seneca the Younger said...

Okay, I can't stand it.

(1) Mark, I'm not big on making fun of people's accents or places of origin, even people from New Jersey. I'd be happier if everyone would lay off it unless they've got something actually funny to say. (Hint: "Cornpone" ain't it.)

(2) Speaking of silly conspiracy theories, there was a theory around for a while that the Miers nomination was a setup on Karl Rove's part to get the Democrats so wound up that they'd be swinging their big sticks at a more conservative, but highly qualified, candidate, thereby not only spending a lot of money on TV adverts, but making themselves look like fools in the mean time I'm not saying that Alito's all that "conservative" --- he was pushing for an end to sodomy laws and legalization of homosexuality in 1972 --- but to the extent that we now have a "conservative" nomineee whose major flaw seems to be that he once subscribed to a magazine that had one paragraph in one story that Teddy Kennedy's staff thought was awful enough to be useful, but who received such concerted attacks that even Katie Couric started asking "Have the Democrats gone too far?"

My, my. The Force is strong in this one.

Seneca the Younger said...

Genghis Kahn helmet.

I immediately flashed on the image of a mongol with a black fedora and payot.

Like to died.

Buddy Larsen said...

I couldn't help it, I had to have some 'cornpone' fun with Mark's anti-southerner snark. But, again, water seeks it's level, and you're right about the level.

Buddy Larsen said...

Genghis Cohen? Har, that IS funny.

Buddy Larsen said...

I think Mel Brooks beat us to that image, in "The History of the World".

markg8 said...

Say speaking of predictions anybody know who won the Iraqi election? You'd think after a month we'd know. But nobody here seems to be concerned. Must've slipped your minds. Oh and I'm still waiting Peety.

Buddy Larsen said...

Why don't you ask the Iraqi Congress? Nobody here works for the State Dep't, so why would we be nosing into the process? We'll know what we need to know when we need to know it. You elect leaders, then you let them work--you don't need to burrow up every butt you can find and start gnawing, in order to be a good citizen.

Morgan said...

mark,

Results are expected next week. They've been delayed by investigations into "Sunni complaints of fraud", which is a little vague, but hey, the Dem's complaints were, too. Well, not always, sometimes they were very specific but approximately infinitely implausible.

Sheesh. You'd think someone so keen to see any sign of problems in Iraq would know that.

Now please, tell me about the dire implications for Iraq so I can get to sleep.

markg8 said...

$200 billion and 2000+ dead GIs and counting. Some say this war may cost us $2 trillion when all is said and done to bring democracy to Iraq and they can't count the votes in less than a month? And that suits you? This wasn't exactly Bush vs Gore as far as tight races go. Don't you think someone who cares about democracy ought to make some inquiries? Or isn't democracy that important to you?

Buddy Larsen said...

Pelosi seems to've appointed someone who took an all-expenses Abramoff junket to the South Seas in the late 90s, to her big new clean-up-the-Abramoff-scandal task force.

Funny you haven't mentioned that. Must've slipped your mind.

Must've slipped HER mind.

You're ALL spending so much time gnawing at everyone else that you can't seem to get stabilized anywhere at all, on anything, anytime, ever.

Don't blame you a bit for trying to change the Alito subject, tho!

Three cheers for the new, centrist Supreme Court!

Buddy Larsen said...

The loss of life troubles everyone, Mark, as does the cost. Have we been thru this train of thought before, a thousand times?

What is it with you?

Do the people on this blog start re-talking the loss of life and costs of *unfought* terrorism, every time you make a point?

I mean, would we, if you ever made one?

Morgan said...

$200 billion and...and 2000+ dead GIs and counting! Some say this war may cost us like $2 trillion when all is said and done to bring democracy to Iraq and they can't count the g*dd*m votes in less than a g*dd*m month? And that suits you? Are you crazy! Oh my GOD this... this wasn't exactly Bush vs Gore as far as tight races go. Don't you think someone, anyone, who cares about democracy or anything at all ought to make some inquiries? Isn't democracy that important to you? Have you no heart!

Hey hey! Settle down little guy. There's a limit to how much time you can spend all worked up without risking health problems

Buddy Larsen said...

BEJaysus!!! Everything is ALL WRONG!!! This is HORRIBLE!!! HELP MEEeeeee!!!!
--Mark-in-spirit

Morgan said...

Quoting from memory, I should add. I may have gotten some specifics wrong.

Buddy Larsen said...

oh, just anywhere in the general arwea will do. After all, this guy thinks that if we aren't blogging it, then nobody in Iraq is working it out. All 25 million of 'em are frozen motionless in mid-step waiting for us to post something.

markg8 said...

Ok fellas then how about a prediction? Which band of freedom lovers is gonna win?

BTW I checked. No word on evolution from Sistani so I left him a message and asked. He does have very firm beliefs on copyright protect though. If someone else has cracked the software, you can use it but you are not allowed to copy or burn it. Otherwise copying or duplicating a book or software without their owner's permission is haram.

And then there's this:

§ Question : Is cockfighting and bullfighting with permission of their owners allowed?

§ Answer : It is permissible but disliked as long as it does not cause loss of property.

There's your problem right there. If it doesn't break something in the process he doesn't much care for it.
Sounds like one of those guys who only goes to stock car races to see 'em crash.

Syl said...

they can't count the votes in less than a month?

ROTF!

LOLOLOL

You think this is all about counting votes?!?!?!?

A parliament was elected, dumbo, and the various factions create coalitions so their parliamentary members carry more clout and thus get to choose President, Prime Minister, etc.

That's the way Parliamentary systems work, jerko. It's nothing like a two-party system. It's more like 1000-party system that's trying to hone itself down to three or four.

It's actually a bit like those crazy caucuses in the Iowa primaries. I'll stand here with you guys. No, wait, I think I'll go stand over there with them. Oh, just a minute, Ahmed is over there, maybe I should follow.

From what I've read, there are Sunni, secular Shia, and Kurds joining forces (quite an irony, no?) to counter religious shia.

Separately, there are inquiries into accusations of voting fraud. A report on those is due shortly.

markg8 said...

Morgan I think you should have finshed up with Think about the children! If you're gonna do a parody do it right.

Buddy Larsen said...

(Andy Card, six hours from now)

"Good Morning, Mr. President; overnight dispatches, first, we've received notice that Mark, writing on YARGB, would like for America to "do something on Iraq."

"Aw, Jesus, Andy, I was afraid of that--he's figured out we done forgot all about--wazzit--Iraq...quick, hand me muh boots, no checkers this morning--we gon' hafta GIT BUSY!"

Syl said...

Sounds like one of those guys who only goes to stock car races to see 'em crash.

This is what I love about Mark. His compassion and looking for the best in people. You can just feel the love and respect he has for humanity.

So, who kicked you when you were a pup? The sign of maturity is getting over it.

markg8 said...

Oh I see and how long do the IA caucuses take? A whole evening? Hmmm...how long did the German election take? That was another close one. And they had the votes counted long before they started wrangling it out. Ya kind of have to know how many horses you have before you can start horse tradin don't ya think? Or I guess you can just start shooting the horses but that kinda cuts down on the bargaining.

Well I hope it's all cleaner than ours in 2000 and 2004 cuz it doesn't say much for their system if it isn't.

markg8 said...

syl are you humorless all the time or just late at night?

Buddy Larsen said...

Or just when she's feeling pity?

Buddy Larsen said...

Well, Iraq had really clean ones before OIF--I think Saddam got 94%. I guess the other 6% were the bravest sumbitches on the planet--or shills to avoid that dead (and I mean 'dead') giveaway, the old 100% victory that indicates the possibility of 'voter incineration'.

Buddy Larsen said...

well, nite all.

Mark, time for you to ratchet the old bed of nails down off the gables, kick Igor down the stone steps to the cellar, shoo the bats and gargoyles out, snuff the skull candles, pull on your hair pajamas, and get some sleep.

terrye said...

mark:

We all get it. You are Saddam Hussein's number one fan.

If you had your way Saddam would be putting people in mass graves, treating the UN like a cheap whore,trying to kill Presdients, shooting at out planes and starving his own people until the end of time.

I bet you one thing, there will be a settled government in Iraq long before the Democratic base accepts the last election here.

But hey, we get it, Your best thing is making fun of people's accents and scuking up to fasicst dictators.

You really do not need to go on and on we get it.... you love Saddam, you use the deaths of Americans to make policitical gains.... you are fasicst.

chrystal clear.

Peter UK said...

"$200 billion and 2000+ dead GIs and counting."

"Think about the children!"

Now if these two statements by Markg8 are are true,then why is he trying to send more troops out through Operation Yellow Elephant.
On the one hand he is calling for troop withdrawals and on the other send more college kids.
Mark Garrity' excuse is that he wants more Karl Roves to experience war...he wants Karl Roves with commbat experience???

By the way Buddy,you forgot to mention moonbats sleep hanging upside down...this one is incontinent.

Doug said...

"Yep, mrs. Alito is JUST the sort of vicious creep to do something like that. Been hiding it behind a decent, respectable 'front' for 40 or 50 years, waiting for this moment"
EXACTLY!
And the Dems are just hiding behind that faux decadent, dehumanized, dissolute 'front' to cover up their inner Uber Decency and of course, Patriotism.

Doug said...

"By the way Buddy,you forgot to mention moonbats sleep hanging upside down...this one is incontinent. "
---
Ooh! That Squirts!

Eric Blair said...

200 billion and...and 2000+ dead GIs and counting! Some say this war may cost us like $2 trillion when all is said and done to bring democracy to Iraq

2 trillion dollars and 400,000 dead to bring democracy to Germany and Japan. Wast it worth it?

27 Billion dollars and 600,000 dead to free the slaves, was it worth it?

Iraq just had its first free elections in 6,000 years or so, and you're carping about them taking time put together a parliment. What a piece of work you are.

Doug said...

Maggie's Farm:
---
Emailed from an Italian-American reader "Vinny in NJ":

There was a paysan named Alito,
To us Dems he's a nasty mosquito.
He's a working class wop
but he ain't union shop,
I'd rather vote for a friggin' burrito.

It's a difficult rhyme. One more, emailed in from who knows where:

There once was a judge named Alito,
They claimed he had gone incognito,
And hates women and blacks
Like all Reagan hacks,
But he stuck like a chunk of granito.

Buddy Larsen said...

Sam I Am (sorry, Dr Seuss):

There once was a judge name of Sam

Who sat thru a Kennedy scam

Old Teddy threw sludge
Young Sam wouldn't budge

And for Justice,
Sam says "I Am!"

Knucklehead said...

Excellent point, Buddy. Humor and pity are almost certainly mutually exclusive at any moment in time. One is either humorous and pitiless or has pity but is humorless.

When we recognize something as pitiful (no doubt there is a handy example here somewhere) we cannot also get at the humor.

Then again, maybe not. Maybe that which is pitiful can also be the subject of pitiless humor. Idunno. I give up.

Buddy Larsen said...

Knuck, that could depend on whether or not the object is pitiful by choice, or not.

Buddy Larsen said...

Revise clunky last line:

"...as for Justice,
'Oh I AM one!' said Sam."

markg8 said...

terrye it's the Iraqi people who say the invasion and occupation aren't worth it. Given their druthers they would have preferred the Clinton approach. An internal coup to overthrow Saddam and his coterie themselves.

Counting the votes and forming a parliment are two distinctly different things. And what they're really wrangling about are conditions for Sunnis to join or boycott the government. Those conditions are based on modifying the vaguely written recipe for civil war constitution they passed in August. Ironically enough if you're
interested in Iraq remaining a sovereign nation instead of splitting into Kurdistan, an Iranian satellite and a Sunni terrorist playground being used as a training center for Al Qaeda you'll side with the Sunnis. They want a strong central government in Baghdad that divvies up the oil wealth equatably.
The Kurds and Shia who live where all the oil is? Not so much. Actually counting the votes and then forming the government first to iron all this out? Doesn't seem to be a big priority. Negotiating points are
hammered home with car bombs and raids by masked men as often as not.
And then of course there are US raids on Sunni mosques in downtown Baghdad where our guys paint crosses on the walls. Sadly those are facts, uncomfortable facts, but facts nonetheless.

Write all the nasty things you want about what you think I believe. What I really believe is there is one thing all Iraqis agree on and that's getting Americans out. This is no way to birth a democratic ally and George Bush is no Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman.

Buddy Larsen said...

FDR and HST had something that GWB doesn't have, alright: an oppo party not siding with the enemy.

Seneca the Younger said...

Mark:

Try this link.

You apparently are having some trouble with it.

Peter UK said...

"Write all the nasty things you want about what you think I believe."*

Is there anything worse than a whining troll? You should have joined the army Markg8,some kindly sensitive Sergeant Major would have guided you on to the path of manlness.

* Doesn't sound like the words of a fifty year old man

Peter UK said...
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Peter UK said...

The treatment of those nominated for the Supreme Court,seems,from here ,unpatriotic.How on earth is it possible to attract the best talent when a bunch of political hacks can behave like a chimpanzees tea party

Buddy Larsen said...

The USS Democrat, having almost deliberately hit a series of icebergs, is rapidly heading below the surface.

Meanwhile, the captain(s) and crews are all jammed into the purser's office, frantically clawing at each other and the ship's safe, as the water rises around their ears.

"Bye, y'all--it's been GREAT!"

Peter UK said...

They are not all in the pursers office,some are in the bar demanding another round of drinks.

Buddy Larsen said...

Many of the Able Seamen went to lower the lifeboats, only to pull away the canvas and find only promises hanging from the divots.

Peter UK said...

Many of the passengers are refusing to be rescued by a passing ship The SS Princeton because of the connotations.

Buddy Larsen said...

"Connotations" (noun) a brain disease induced by habitual ingestion of toxic Koolaide; characterized by blindness, deafness, and an open mouth continually-streaming nonsense. (usage) vernacular; as in "Please excuse his behavior, he's contracted the "connotations".

*For a few belly-laffs at Sen. Ted's deserved expense, try Daniel Henninger this morning @ WSJ:

(don't miss 'comments')

markg8 said...

"political hacks behaving like a chimpanzees tea party" is the Hosue of Commons.

Buddy Larsen said...

Do you prefer the Hosue of Lords, Baron von Mark?

markg8 said...

Ever seen those guys on CSPAN? What a bunch of yahoos. One step short of the wrestling matches the Koreans take part in periodically.

Peter UK said...

Oh I agree mark,but we don't let the idiots near our judges.

Buddy Larsen said...

Yeh, their counterparts in North Korea are MUCH better-mannered.

Peter UK said...

Tell you what though,Teddy would never have kept his seat,down the road pal,bigstyle!

markg8 said...

Great Buddy, you've just put us all on Bush's NSA list.

Peter UK said...

Markg8,You've always been on the NSA list and GCHQ.

markg8 said...

Dammit I got $50 on the Bears this weekend against the spread with Zarqawi. How am I gonna collect?

Buddy Larsen said...

That Zarqawi, you'll never stay "a head" of him.

markg8 said...

Oh contraire he pays off like a slot machine. Don't know why the guy bets on American football. He doesn't know a thing about it. He bet on the Panthers because "Delhomme sounds French and that Grossman guy sounds Jewish, put me down on Carolina."

Doug said...

Title: Wargaming the Alito Nomination: Day 5
FOXNews’ Brian Wilson is reporting that, though some in the anti-Alito contingent may try to delay the confirmation process a bit longer (presumably to allow some of the negative ads to run a longer, their hope being that the American public will suddenly find themselves so outraged by Alito’s personal finger probing of an innocent eleven year old girl that they’ll turn the sound down on “The View” long enough to pen fiery denouncements of the nonimee to their Congressional representatives)
protein wisdom

Buddy Larsen said...

Yep, stay in touch with Mr. Z, it's like being in several places at once.

Doug said...

Bill, the Able Semen, retired to the lower decks with a budding intern.

Doug said...

Connect the Spots:
Able Danger Spots Able Semen Spot.

Buddy Larsen said...

if you want to *have* friends in various places, you must *be* a friend in various places.

Doug said...

The Able Semen wanted to *have* the *Friendly Intern* below decks.

Knucklehead said...

Buddy!

Thanks for the pointer.

The left-wing opposition groups are reported to be frustrated that their standard-bearers are "letting Alito off the hook." What hook? Neither Sam Alito nor John Roberts remotely represents Ted Kennedy's famous "Robert Bork's America" speech. Reasonable people can disagree on the views of these conservative jurists, but first we need reasonable people.

Priceless. And I really wish I'd seen this

Late in the afternoon Lindsey Graham puckishly engaged in what for all the world sounded like a, well, filibuster, whose effect was to drive Sen. Schumer's turn to the exact stroke of 6, when every cable network switched to news programming. Alone now on C-Span, Sen. Schumer rode the thin reed of the 1985 job résumé. Going nowhere, he told an odd mother-in-law story, which Judge Alito mistook for a question: "Senator, I think--." Sen. Schumer cut him off: "--Just let me move on."

And the comments! Just one example:

Matt J Kurlander - Frederick, Md.

Mr. Henninger wrote: "The grand hulk of Ted Kennedy ranted that he wanted to subpoena the papers of former National Review publisher William Rusher to get to the bottom of Samuel Alito's membership in the Concerned Alumni of Princeton."

The papers Kennedy wanted to "subpoena" are in the Library of Congress. This is like me subpoening myself to get a beer out of the fridge.


Gotta love it! There's more, but I'll finish with

Devone Tucker - Boston

After all these years, the Democrats still don't get it. Just because a Supreme Court nominee is a conservative does not mean he's a racist, a sexist or a homophobe. No one (besides the far left) buys the notion that Judge Alito is Robert Byrd in disguise.


OUCH!

Buddy Larsen said...

How to make Pineapple Likker:
1) get pineapple & Vodka
2) drink the Vodka
3)

Buddy Larsen said...

yeh, knuck--the whole thing had me rollin' on the floor--DH is always mordant, but today he's on a caper thru Terrye's 'laughing flowers'...love it!

Buddy Larsen said...

Knuck--the Schumer optic WAS tremendous--he was literally vibrating with "Please God, Get Me OUTTA HERE!"

Buddy Larsen said...

then his closing remarks--ostensibly based on what he'd just finished hearing Alito say--he *read* off a sheet of paper that'd been in front of him since *before* he began his questioning.

Just NUTZ, man--NUTZ!

Knucklehead said...

He must have visibly deflated when the clock struck 6PM and he knew the cameras owned by the heavy hitters were no longer pumping live feed. We can be sure that the moment his time was up he exited, at full speed, stage left in search of an interviewer with a camera.

Doug said...

Hewitt compares his appearance with Tricky Dick.

Doug said...

(Greatly over villified by both left and right imo)

Buddy Larsen said...

IOW, we were going to hear the same characterization of Alito's testimony to Scumer, REGARDLESS of WHAT Alito had said in that testimony.

I wonder if Scumer would have said anything different if Alito had just finished doing the *Springtime for Der Feurher* dance number from "The Producers" ?

Doug said...

Goodbye, Mr. Frank
Sidney Frank, the billionaire entrepreneur who kickstarted liquor marketing, died Tuesday at the age of 86. When I interviewed him last May, I was alternately shouting (he was a little hard of hearing) and laughing--he was cracking jokes and doling out advice in between detailing business strategies.
His big achievements were bringing Jagermeister to the States and creating Grey Goose vodka; his big innovation was using promotions--scantily-clad girls, rock concerts--to sell liquor. (For his life, in his words, see How I Did It: Sidney Frank, Everything in Good Time, from our September issue.) In 2004, he sold Grey Goose to Bacardi for $2 billion. "I wanted to be a billionaire," he explained.He seemed to enjoy those billions immensely.

By the time I talked to him, he spent most of his time in a wheelchair or conducting business from his bed--always with a cigar poking from his mouth--but didn't seem hindered by the lack of mobility.

He bought two Maybachs and a Bentley; "little toys," he called them. Though he couldn't golf anymore, he paid golf pros and amateurs to hang around him, and tracked them down the course, playing vicariously

Buddy Larsen said...

Doug, are you a newspaper man?

Doug said...

Hold on to your knickers, here come de
"Pineapple Express"

Buddy Larsen said...

...toppling off the pigeon-feeding bench.

Doug said...

"IOW, whatever Alito had just said, didn't matter IN THE LEAST, Schumer's response was pre-written!

This is either stupid beyond belief, or--more likely--a calculated inside insult.

I caught it live, but didn't believe my eyes, until i heard the newspeople's discussion later, and someone else had caught it.
"
---
Limbaugh said he inserted some dumb question that was totally out of place to cover for himself as he had ACTED like he had already asked that question when he appeared on Good Morning America, earlier!

Doug said...

Friday, January 13th, 2006
You Have To See This To Believe It
If you didn’t see Katie Couric interview Joe Biden on Today yesterday, you might not believe it is real. I didn’t know about it until I heard it on the radio yesterday afternoon and it convinced me that Jon Ham was right when he said the Alito hearings could be another Wellstone Memorial moment for Democrats. I asked Ian Schwartz if he had the video, he did and now has it posted. You really have to see it to believe it. -- Lorie Byrd

terrye said...

mark:

Bull. The majority of the Iraqi people are glad Saddam is gone. The majority of the Iraqi people have faith in the future.

You do not know what you are talking about.

Buddy Larsen said...

Doug, re rush 'tell':

Oh, what wicked webs we weave,
when first we practice to deceive.


My mom taught me that one when i was little.

Peter UK said...

Doug,
Did you check out Biden's eye blink rate,any faster and it would have melted his teeth.

Knucklehead said...

Buddy,

My mom was (still is) very fond of that one. I always kept it mind and used the KISS principle when constructing my adolescent deceptions. Sometimes it proved effective, but never when needed most ;)

Buddy Larsen said...

Cherish her while ya got her knuck--it's a cold wind when mom is gone.

Knucklehead said...

BTW, Buddy, my Mom's version of it is:

Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive.


It suits me better since I wasn't the least concerned, back then, with the wickedness of the web. It was a manageable tangle I was after.

Buddy Larsen said...

ha--'manageable'--i shoulda been so lucky--

Interesting difference tho--mom was brought up Southern Babtist in the N. Louisiana Piney Woods--I'm sure some preacher somewhere back in time slipped in the sub.
\;-)

Knucklehead said...

Oooh! This has gotta hurt.

(Via Instapundit), CAP smear?, which contains:

I spoke to conservative intellectual Dinesh D'Souza of the Hoover Institution yesterday.

D'Souza worked for CAP from 1983 to 1985, editing CAP's controversial Prospect magazine. He said a number of the Democratic attacks on Samuel Alito were based on falsehoods.

First off, D'Souza says, one of the two stories from Prospect that Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-MA, read this week at the confirmation hearings was intended as a satire.

The 1983 essay "In Defense of Elitism" by Harry Crocker III included this line, read dramatically by Kennedy: "People nowadays just don't seem to know their place. Everywhere one turns blacks and hispanics are demanding jobs simply because they're black and hispanic..."

The essay may not have been funny, D'Souza acknowledges, but Kennedy read from it as if it had been serious instead of an attempt at humor.

"I think left-wing groups have been feeding Senator Kennedy snippets and he has been mindlessly reciting them," D'Souza said. "It was a satire."


OUCH!

Peter UK said...

"Senator it's satire". "Make it a double"

RogerA said...

Geez--this is the PeterUk and Mark show--and mark--you keep bringing the pea shooter to the gun fight!

The British Political system is wonderful--and in my estimation question hour is one of their finest institutions--for the most part it has led to level of articulatness that no american politician has ever had

other than that, each political system represents its various consituencies differently
I admire the British system; but there is no that wonderful system could be transplanted onto the american system

although I would hold out for question hour

PeterUK--you always make your commenents with grace and wit--Mark--you are probably necessary as a foil

but whatever the case--we are having fun

Buddy Larsen said...

Well, great, now we have something with no word for, a satire used as non-satire, creating a satire not meant to be a satire. "Unintentional parody"? Too clunky.

How 'bout "IDSP" ("ignorant dumbsh*t performance")? pronouced 'idsip' as in, "there goes another idsip".

NEWSFLASH as i type--predator drones along Pak/Ghanistan border fired 10 hellfire missiles at Zawahiri overnight--DOD is "optimistic".

Oh, Glory!

Peter UK said...

RogerA,
Thank you.One of the strengths of the Parliamentary system is there are strict rules for lying to the House.

One the opposition won't let you get away with it and two our MSM is less partisan to one party.It might seem rowdy but it stops the blathering of arrant nonsense,because someone will point out the fact that the Honourable Gentleman has got his shoes on the wrong feet.
...and of course,MPs are not as exalted as Senators,we have very little respect for them.

I must appologise for Markg8,his charm school burned down,a terrible tragedy,they had just got him to stop whistle during the soup course.

Peter UK said...

Nice catch Buddy,more here

flenser said...

mak

This is no way to birth a democratic ally and George Bush is no Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman.

Well, of course he's not. If he was he would have firebombed Baghdad and burnt it to the ground and we would not be sitting around arguing.

Specter said...

If you want to read something really funny, go here. It is the top 9 statements that Ted Kennedy does not want to hear.

Peter UK said...

Specter,Someone has added a new one in the comments.

Buddy Larsen said...

Ha--"some friends of Sam Alito are at the front door..."

Michael Corleone and Tom Hagen, I'd hope.