November 24, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (112407)

They are not safe, not without consequences, and, despite slight declines, they are not rare.


Michelle Malkin:Stop Before You Gripe.” Reading this column should cure the gripes for quite a while.


As bad as market has been, the New York Times Company is worse. Even on a good day in the stock market Friday, NYT stock, closing at $17.26, only went up half as much as the rest of the market did. Four weeks ago (last item at link) the stock was still above $20.

Kaus Komments (scroll to the first November 21 item):

I wouldn’t worry about Rupert Murdoch buying the Times at this point. I’d worry about Rupert Murdoch’s nanny buying the Times. …


Vodka Pundit makes a good case (HT Instapundit) that, milbloggers notwithstanding, the Surge’s success has been mis-marketed as based on numbers and not tactics. But there may be a method to the apparent madness: If we withdraw troops, and the enemy feels emboldened, and the tactics remain viable at the reduced levels, whatever remains of the insurgency could be routed.


The Seven Dwarfs of Surge Strategery — That’s what you get when you add the six statements noted here by Biden, Kennedy, Kerry, Obama, Durbin, and Dodd to the one I commented on here from David Obey.


From the “I Can’t Believe He Said That” Department – The story is one that needs to be known, but, considering that we’re talking about the United Nations, which has had serious problems including this and this, I think the person quoted could have come up with a less inadvertently suggestive description:

Last week, the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, issued a new warning on global warming that began with this sentence: “We all agree. Climate change is real, and we humans are its chief cause … we are on the verge of a catastrophe if we do not act.”

Just a few days later the United Nations released a new report in which it confessed its previous estimate of AIDS cases worldwide was inflated by more than 6 million sick people. In India alone, the number of AIDS patients estimated by the United Nations dropped by more than half, from 6 million to 3 million.

“They’ve finally got caught with their pants down,” Dr. Jim Chin, a clinical professor of epidemiology at the University of California at Berkeley and a former staffer at the World Health Organization, told The Associated Press.


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