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TD Blog Interview with Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin is the former Governor of the State of Alaska and was the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States in 2008. She is currently a Fox News commentator, and the author of the best-selling political memoir, “Going Rogue”. On April 1, 2010, I had the privilege of interviewing Governor Palin by telephone. The Talking Dog: Governor, as you know, my usual first question is “where were you on September 11, 2001”? Sarah Palin: I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the...

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Building on success

Fresh from passage and enactment of a “health care reform” that Dick Nixon would have been proud of without so much as a single Republican vote, the President continues to be utterly undeterred by reality, and insists that he can “negotiate” with Republicans (including, amusingly, Long Island Republican Congressman Peter King, who despises all terrorists who aren’t the I.R.A.) over “closing Guantanamo,” featuring discussion of such “details” as statutory indefinite detention of un-charged and un-tried persons, having actual criminal trials in actual courts (with actual, real judges and everything!), and other stuff. We have, of course, gone from “closing Guantanamo...

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Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

Candace writes to me from Tbilisi, Georgia, and passes along this press release from the United States Department of Justice, advising that three Guantanamo detainees have been released to the Republic of Georgia, pursuant to agreement between the United States and Georgian governments. Candace has asked me to tell you that one of those released is none other than her client, Abdul Hamid al-Ghizzawi. From time to time, I have let you in on Mr. Al-Ghizzawi’s saga. He is a Libyan national almost exactly my age, who was just trying to live a quiet life as a baker in Afghanistan...

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Sportsmanship

As our esteemed members of Congress meet this weekend to do what Bill Clinton could not get done, and (perhaps) pass a bill called “health care reform,” the Tea Party movement just wants you to know that they are incredible sports. If “health care reform” actually passes Congress and is signed into law, our Tea Party movement friends just want us to know that they don’t really mean the thing about gun violence… it’s, you know, a rhetorical device. Honestly, I don’t much like the basic “reform” myself. The basic bill, as I understand it, quite literally forces people by...

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Huh?

When questioned by an irrelevant member of the irrelevant minority party, Attorney General Eric Holder suggested that if Osama bin Laden were captured, he would not be read his Miranda warnings… because he won’t be captured… er, he won’t be captured alive. And this is precisely why we will not, ever, win the so-called “war on terror”. The terrorists have already won. Yes, Attorney General Holder was on track when he suggested to John Culberson, the moron Republican from Texas (excuse the redundancy) that OBL would have comparable rights to Charles Manson. But then the Congressman deked and suggested that...

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Profound Thought

On this insanely rainy and unpleasant weekend here in the New York area, we give you this “profound thought” (from a chapter entitled “Profound Thought Number 15”) from The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery: I understood that I was suffering because I couldn’t make anyone else around me feel better. I understood that I have a grudge against… [them] because I’m incapable of being useful to them, because there’s nothing I can do for them. They are already too fargone in their sickness, and I am too weak. I can see their symptoms clearly but I’m not skilled...

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The long run

In the long run, we’re all dead, of course (a quote widely attributed to John Maynard Keynes). But… in the short run, some of us can go on “the long run”… anyway, to add to my 25 marathon finishes, we add yesterday’s USATF Championship/Caumsett Park 50-K, around 5 miles longer than a marathon. Only the showing up of five more people who hadn’t pre-registered kept me from an age group medal… bastards! While not quite expiating the demons of last year’s failed attempt at a 50-miler, it does, as Mrs. TD suggests, begin to put me in the realm of...

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Same great disappointment– even less surprise!

It’s all just a broken record at this point, but the President and his feckless Democratic allies (who f’ed not just all of us and the Constitution, but each other with their bigoted cowardice on Guantanamo and the war on terror) will ultimately reap what they have sown in terms of their service of the Bush Administration’s agenda come Election Day, when one, if not both houses of Congress will be returned to the Republicans, despite the fact that most people still hate them too. Thing is, it’s pretty automatic: if you try to do things that David Broder and...

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Shakin’ badly

The unbelievably severe earthquake centered near Concepcion, Chile has left at least 700 dead, with nearly 2 million displaced and God knows what else when the full extent is ascertained, As horrible as its ultimate toll is, at the end of the day, the earthquake will prove less destructive in Chile than last month’s quake in Haiti. Chile, the site of the most severe earthquake ever recorded, had instituted and actually implemented building codes to deal with earthquakes, and it is a far richer country than Haiti able to make sure of this (at least, far better able than Haiti…...

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Tough times for the ladies

I have been lamenting of late that an America who derives its “nutrition” from twinkies, its “entertainment” from “reality television” and its state of being from prozac… is not going to be populated with the kind of people able to push-back when the forces of totalitarianism descend upon them. And hence, my never-ending quest to note the outrageous injustices being committed by our government in the name of “security” over and over again here always has a backdrop of a cowed people generally unwilling to do much, or anything, about them. Today, just a few minutes looking on Memeorandum, and...

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