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The Politics of Ports
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, February 23, 2006

I think Jonah Goldberg hits it right out of the park with this observation:
Besides, the same Dubai company bought CSX's American port business in 2005, and nobody seemed to care then. So, why now?

Well, Bush is in the second-term doldrums, and presidential wannabes are taking advantage of what was, in retrospect, a political — but not a policy — blunder. The White House's tepid defense of the Danish cartoons sent the message to some that Bush is going a bit wobbly. Democrats have found a populist route to zing Bush from the right for a change. The war in Iraq, the war on terror, the bombings abroad and the increasing arrogance of Europe all produce, if not screaming isolationism, the desire to keep all that junk "over there."
For the Democrats, a perfect opportunity to "zing Bush from the right for a change."

And, as usual, they were able to find enough Republicans who were ignorant of the facts to play along, giving the Dems cheap cover for enhancing their "national security" bona fides.

But then, with the White House continually cooperating with PR blunder after PR blunder, I can't say I necessarily blame them.
 
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And, as usual, they were able enough Republicans who were ignorant of the facts to play along, giving the Dems cheap cover for enhancing their "national security" bona fides.
Forgive me, but I’m having a little difficulty with your wording, “were able enough Republicans”. I’m assuming you meant “able to get enough Republicans”. Is that right?

And if so, are you suggesting that the Republicans making noise about this are just hitching their wagon to Democrats? If that is indeed true, it’s a new one to me.

Please explain. Thank you.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Actually it was supposed to be "to find", which is now corrected.
And if so, are you suggesting that the Republicans making noise about this are just hitching their wagon to Democrats?
Uh,no. Being of a like mind with the Democrats on a particular issue doesn’t they’re hitching up to anything. In this case it means they’re simply ignorant of the facts and given to knee-jerk reactions to anything which smells even remotely of a failure in the national security realm. That it happens to be convenient to the Dems is a coincidence, not a "hitching".
 
Written By: McQ
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Thanks for the claryfication.

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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claryfication/=clarification
(dagnabit!)

I don’t suppose you would fix mine, huh?
(pretty please with sugar on top)
:)
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Another take is that Congressional Republicans are starting to view the Administration as damaged goods and are trying to provide some cover for themselves prior to the elections. This does not bode well, because the Administration is going to need all the support it can get if things deteriorate badly in Iraq. My guess is that in that event the Rs will jump on the Bill O’Reilly bandwagon, label the Iraqis crazy and call for removal of our troops.
 
Written By: Steven Donegal
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Another take is that the administration was supposed to file a report with Congress on the matter, but didn’t.
 
Written By: Ugh
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I don’t suppose you would fix mine, huh?
After the ping pong match crack?

Ptttttttttthhh .... ;)
 
Written By: McQ
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Another take is that Congressional Republicans are starting to view the Administration as damaged goods and are trying to provide some cover for themselves prior to the elections.
Yup ... I agree. We’re seeing more and more indicators of that.
 
Written By: McQ
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Ptttttttttthhh .... ;)
Oh come on.

You should read my request again,
I don’t suppose you would fix mine, huh?
(pretty please with sugar on top)
Ummm. You’ll notice “with sugar on top”.

Now everyone knows that when sugar is added, the request becomes compulsory.
Especially when the internationally recognized emoticon of colon/closed parenthesis seals the deal.

;)
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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I’m a cyber-diabetic and besides, I like the the unique spelling you’ve given the word:


claryfication



It’s just, oh, I don’t know, funny.

For some reason it makes me think of naming some little girl Clarybelle. Or claryfied butter. Or even a claryvoiant muse.

I think we should leave it for posterity, or perhaps submit it to Oxford American for consideration in the next dictionary revision.

And besides you haven’t a chance in the old double hockey-stick place without putting a cherry on top.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/
Before you give Jonah too much credit, note that when DP World bought CSX’s operations, no American ports were involved. Here’s a link to the press release announcing the deal. As set forth in the release, CSX had no US port operations. Shucks, I thought Jonah had his first good point ever.

http://www.dpiterminals.com/fullnews.asp?NewsID=4
 
Written By: Steven Donegal
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Now that Jimmy Carter has given his approval of the deal I think we can all relax.
 
Written By: digitalbrownshirt
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I’m surprised no one has pointed out that it was the the "experts" at the Committee on Foreign Investment (comprised of career bureaucrats at the State Dept., Treasury, Transportation, Homeland Security etc.) who reviewed this deal and approved it. Shouldn’t that be good enough for Democrats? After all, didn’t they go apes**t when Larry Wilkerson exposed the neocon cabal that "hijacked U.S. foreign policy" and made an "end run around the bureaucracy"? How dare Chuck Schumer try to do the same thing.

Democrats have finally woken up to the fact that the "experts" are nothing of the sort. (e.g. remember the State Dept.’s "Visa Express" program that allowed Saudis to get visas from Saudi travel agents which they refused to terminate for ten months after 9/11).

I think this deal should be reviewed by Congress and approved if it won’t jeopardize security. However, it’s laughable that Democrats have now decided that career bureaucrats are no longer unassailable eight months before an election in which they need to make up for undermining the war on terror for the last 4 1/2 years.
 
Written By: Jt007
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"claryfication"

You may also be able to enter it in a poetry contest. It reminds me of a poem which won a $10,000 prize in the 60’s. I shall quote it in its entirety;
"lighhghht"
Or words to that effect. I probably misspelled it.
 
Written By: timactual
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Allow me to claryfy;
I should have said misquote instead of quote. So sorry.
 
Written By: timactual
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God’s Will is a Parody of Bill O’Reilly



Private Media Group has released adult’s most scathing parody with
God’s Will: A pornographic psycho drama that gives a new perspective on
the morals of a fictional ultra conservative right wing activist and
host of a cable TV news programme. God’s Will is an obvious parody of
America’s hero of the conservative right Mr Bill O’Reilly.
In the movie the lead character, Will, is a hypocritical talk show host
who consistently makes controversial statements about social behaviour,
important political issues and religious beliefs, that are clearly used
more to increase ratings that they are a reflection of Will’s actual
beliefs. After continuously comparing himself to God, in a seductive
twist of fate, Will is granted the powers of God (a female) as a result
of bet between God and the Devil. Of course, the high and mighty, never
do any wrong, Will immediately uses his new power to satisfy insatiable
appetite for carnal pleasures.
 
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