April 7, 2017

At the Friday Café...

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Photo of me and Zeus — he's not our dog! — by Meade.

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60 comments:

Ron said...

Is this a scene from a Bergman film? black on black on blond....Zeus keeps his own counsel

Trumpit said...

I love this photo. Your rosy-pale skin juxtaposed with "not" your pitch-black dog is divine.

Humperdink said...

Having launched 59 cruise missiles before serving 3 months in office, Trump has to be the odds-on favorite for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Quaestor said...

Photo of me and Zeus — he's not our dog!

Has anyone consulted Zeus on this matter?

Ken B said...

I don't know about the Syria policy but this is good.

https://twitter.com/SethAMandel/status/850375010107699201

traditionalguy said...

What a week. If this keeps up, Trump will be having every knee bow to him. And that could cause PTSD among many in the Globalist owned World Media.

China is in.

Russia is out.

The Euro Union is almost withered away.

Also nearly withered away are old Trump loyalists: Lewindowski, Christie, Priebus, Ryan, Bannon, Flynn, and Palin.

Let's hope Gorsuch remembers who brung him to the dance.

Humperdink said...

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego (aka Barack Hussein O)? And John F. Kerry? Strangely silent, they are.

At least Hillary surfaced, if only to blame the Russians, Comey, WikiLeaks and misogyny for her grim election performance.

Night Owl said...

@FareedZakaria on Syria strikes:"I think Donald Trump became President of the United States" last night.

Ok, they are ice-skating in hell today, because I find myself agreeing with something Fareed Zakaria has to say about the Syria strikes.

But seriously... My initial reaction to the strikes was that I was ready start an anti-war drum circle, just me and the dog, in my living room. ( I really don't know the dog's politics, but I know she'll do whatever I do.) But after I calmed down, I said the same thing to my husband that Zakaria said above.

ALP said...

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/seattle-mayor-ed-murray-accused-in-lawsuit-of-sexual-abuse-of-teen-in-the-1980s/

Mayor of Seattle accused of sexual abuse; having a blast reading lefty media tiptoe around this, in contrast to when theyjump all over anyone to the right of the political spectrum accused of such before the facts are in. When sexual abuse comes from the left, you need to be EXTRA careful to review all the evidence, don't you know? Innocent until proven guilty when its your side.

ALP said...

Paging Laslo - why no script yet between Ed Murray and his victims? We can't wait forever ya know.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

traditionalguy said...

Let's hope Gorsuch remembers who brung him to the dance.

Fuck no. Fuck No! FUCK NO!!!

Let's hope Gorsuch remembers that his job is to rule based on the Constitution and the law, as written.

traditionalguy said...

That must be Meade's picture called "My Two Retrievers" One for all things intellectual and artistic and the other one for ducks.

traditionalguy said...

Ignorance is Bliss seems to want Marbury V. Madison over ruled. Judicial review is not in the written part.

sojerofgod said...

I'm confused. Zeus is not your dog? Where did he come from? How do you know his name is Zeus? Hell he might call himself Marvin for all you know...
Did he just walk up and accost your wife? What did you do about it? Some strange dog came up to my wife and started licking on her, I'd punch him out...
Before she fell in love with him and insisted we take him home!

walter said...

Sumon121 is speaking pidgeon Trump.

Humperdink said...

With a Rooskie warship headed to the Eastern Med, what more evidence does one need to conclude that Trump and the Vladiator are best of buddies?

traditionalguy said...

Meade has Zeus's puppy pics from the Dogging With Meade Blog days. He is not just any rent a dog. He is Lend Lease for the duration.

The Elder said...

What a pair of sweeties!

Mike said...

Are you letting your hair grow out silver?

Meade said...

I know. 2 of my favorite heads of hair.

George Putnam said...

Long time reader, first time commenter. I have a question for someone with access to the OED. What is the difference between a "peer" and a "compeer"? I never heard of the word "compeer" until recently, when I encountered it as a company name. I thought it was a made-up word, but I am reading "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the word "compeer" is used three times in the book. Seems to mean the same as "peer" as far as I can tell. The great Internet is not helpful in telling me the difference between the two words.

Meade said...

Ron said...
"Is this a scene from a Bergman film?"

High praise. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Walt Kelly got good use out of "compeer" in "Pogo". It was a favorite of the cowbirds:

scroll down

mccullough said...

Matching sweaters. Existential. But you need a cigarette

Steven Davis said...

Ann Althouse, the anti-Elvira. Mistress of the light.

3rdGradePB_GoodPerson said...

OMG!

Meadehouse got a dog.

How cute.

George Putnam said...

Re: "compeer" in Pogo - I did not know that. Not well educated, I guess. More from the Wikipedia entry for Pogo: "[The Cowbirds] typically address each other as Compeer and Confrere. It's unclear whether these are proper names or titles (synonyms of Comrade)." Good to know. Thank you.

Lewis Wetzel said...

Zeus is looking a little white around the muzzle. Are you sure that it is not foam? It could be rabies. I think that rabies infections are often misdiagnosed in the US because doctors think that they are run-of-the-mill zombies.
A screw driver through the head kills rabies victim as well as zombies, you know. You don't want to find that out the hard way.

M Jordan said...

I was against Trump using military force 24 hours ago. Then he did it. Then I warmed to the idea. Then I found out McCain and Schumer and Fareed were for it so I cooled a bit. Then I read Ann Coulters take and found myself reacting to her and so I warmed a bit. Then I listened to .......

Well, you get the point. Rand Paul doesn't convince me. Bill Mitchell doesn't convince me. Nobody convinces me.

But Assad does deserve it. And Trump may have turned a corner in this action by getting at least one day where the media didn't shat on him all day.

dhagood said...

i also noticed zeus is looked a little aged. i'd been reading this blog for years when zeus first started showing up. tempus fugit i guess.

Big Mike said...

@sojerofgod, "Zeus" is the name he answers to. His real name, if you ask, is Arf-arf-roof-roof," which roughly translates as "Squirrels and cats tremble at his approach." Just ask him.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

traditionalguy said...

Ignorance is Bliss seems to want Marbury V. Madison over ruled. Judicial review is not in the written part.

I support the Supreme Court hearing cases & controversies. If, in doing so, it is determined that a particular law or executive action conflicts with the Constitution, then prohibiting the enforcement of the law seems like a reasonable resolution.

madAsHell said...

My wife is watching CBS news, and the talking head pronounced "President Xi".

Hmmm....the Chinese president is trans-gender??

Michael K said...

"But Assad does deserve it. And Trump may have turned a corner in this action by getting at least one day where the media didn't shat on him all day."

I would have preferred flattening all of Assad's palaces.

Etienne said...

Where the rebels screwed-up, was when they captured territory, and began thinking they were building a new nation.

This is the failure of all insurgencies. If you want to bring down a government, you have to wait till the leadership of the opposition is dead or on the run.

The experts we had in the CIA are all gone. What's left is the fortress types. These are the fuckers who lost the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. You can't build forts. If you build a fort, you are building a target, and targets get attacked.

When the special forces and CIA guys landed in Afghanistan, they immediately backed the opposition, and then gave them air support. The war was won. Then the US Army came in and started building forts. It all went down hill after that. Forts need supply lines. The supply line was from the ports of Karachi. Yep, stupid.

The stupid rebels set up towns and they set up targets. The dictator was not dead or on the run, he was eating their f'n lunch.

So anyway, how do we win in Syria? Easy. We target the leadership, and we kill them and then we kill every swinging dick helping them, or let them flee. I'd tell them they have a month to flee, and then we are going to kill them all.

I'm talking weapons and snipers who will tear them a new asshole.

This $120 million dollar air base attack is bullshit. It changes zero percent of the leadership in power. That's $60 million for the salvo, and $60 million to rearm.

You can buy a lot of snipers for $120 million.

AReasonableMan said...

David Brooks is not impressed:
"Up until this period I had always thought of ignorance as a void, as an absence of knowledge. But Trump’s ignorance is not just an absence; it is a rich, intricate and entirely separate universe of negative information, a sort of fertile intellectual antimatter with its own gravitational pull.

It’s not so much that he isn’t well informed; it’s that he is prodigiously learned in the sort of knowledge that doesn’t accord with the facts of our current dimension."

3rdGradePB_GoodPerson said...

"I would have preferred flattening all of Assad's palaces."

Me too! But, then I remember that I think viscerally because I'm a young asshole w/ FU dough, and then I pause to think a bit harder.

You're an old dude w/ normal person dough, and you don't pause to think.

Just sayin'

3rdGradePB_GoodPerson said...

"antimatter with its own gravitational pull."

That's awesome. I'd love to see an entire NYT piece (not a column) re antimatter and the gravitational forces assumed to be associated w/ it.

Until then, good for Brooks for not being too much of a hack re antimatter.

Lewis Wetzel said...

When a pundit writes anything that makes a pro or con argument about a politician, I look at the quality of their argument, and then look at their qualifications. If Andy McCarthy says the JD is doing something stupid, I give it some weight, even if that is the totality of his argument. If Andy McCarthy says that it is stupid to use worms for bait when you are fishing, and that is totality of his argument, I pretty much ignore it as noise.
So you can imagine how much weight I give David Brooks argument when he writes about Trump. Or Obama. Or anything to do with politics.
He has been lousy wrong in the past, and his arguments consist of assertions that he is now right.

Hagar said...

Syria is not going away. Syria is just the bone everybody is fighting over.
Russia wants a land corridor to the Mediterranean as does Iran plus getting Hezbollah to the Israeli border, and Turkey is not going to want either of them in any part of the old Ottoman empire, which Erdogan would like to reestablish for himself and his heirs.

In the old days, Germany, Great Britain, and France would get together and tell everybody to back off or risk a war with the united "Great Powers."
Today, that would be the U.S. and China, but can that happen?

Humperdink said...

David Brooks is not impressed ........ w/Trump.

Brook's credibility, such as it was, evaporated at the mention of the crease in Obama's slacks.

Mr. Majestyk said...

I don't get the argument that the Constitution does not allow for judicial review. The Constitution vests the Judicial power in the Supreme Court (and such inferior courts as Congress may establish). The Judicial power necessarily involves deciding what the law is. How could a court adjudicate a case without knowing what the law is? If the Supreme Court decides that the Constitution says X and that a statute says Not X (or vice versa), then, by virtue of the Supremacy Clause (which provides that the Constitution is the Supreme law of the land), the Court may (actually must) declare that the statute conflicts with the Constution (i.e., declare the statute to be unconstitutional).

Bill said...

he's not our dog!

Well, he thinks he is!

Big Mike said...

Last fall, in the aftermath of Trump's election, Brooks wrote a column calling for a "party of the center." Trouble with that idea is that there really is a party of the center -- it's the GOP minus the Republican NeverTrumpers.

If Brooks didn't want Trump in 2016 he needed to strongly back Romney in 2008. Nothing else was going to work.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

It's the sly trickster who discovered in Utah that coyote is her spirit animal. It's no wonder she believes that dogs should not be kept. Explains everything.

walter said...

Your his humans

antiphone said...

Blogger M Jordan said...

I was against Trump using military force 24 hours ago. Then he did it. Then I warmed to the idea.

It's classic "wag the dog".

Lewis Wetzel said...

"Left Bank of the Charles said...
It's the sly trickster who discovered in Utah that coyote is her spirit animal."
Everybody picks the coyote as their spirit animal. Except Ted Hughes.
There are more people with coyote as their spirit animal than there are coyotes.
Duh.

Lewis Wetzel said...

Blogger Mr. Majestyk said...
I don't get the argument that the Constitution does not allow for judicial review.

I do not believe the constitution says that laws are subject to judicial review, other than on a case-by-case basis. If congress wrote a law saying that marriage in the US was restricted to one man and one woman, and that this law was immune to to supreme court review, it wouldn't be a constitutional amendment. A later congress could change the law. If the SC threw it out, there goes your "separate but equal" pablum.
But I will bow to the far, far greater knowledge of Althouse when it comes to the constitution . . .

jaydub said...

Skippy: "....I think viscerally because I'm a young asshole...."

The words you wrote before and after that portion of your comment were redundant. The self awareness is laudable, but try to be more concise.

Just sayin'

David Baker said...

I was imagining what was said over the Mar-a-Lago dinner table, specifically how President Trump informed his Chinese counterpart about the strike against Assad. So, just as Xi Jinping took his first bite of perfectly aged all-American steak, his mouth then full, President Trump leaned over and whispered:

"I thought you should know, we just bombed the rice out of Syria."

Etienne said...
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traditionalguy said...

Judicial Review as a Supreme Court monopoly power was found by Marshall in his Judicial review of a dispute between an outgoing President and his successor. The Costitution starts out having to be interpreted in real disputes between factions. Ergo: It matter which side the Justice wills to support. All of the talk is smoke and mirrors. And Gorsuch does that really well. But I want him to uphold the Second Amendment no matter how well he does smoke and mirrors allowing him to take either side.

wildswan said...

I used to have a dog, a sled dog type. When I "took him for walk" on a leash, he'd move forward, tugging hard, taking me for a very fast walk or a run. Somehow this week as I briskly moved from the Supreme Court nomination to the meaning of China trade discussions to the gas attack by Assad to the "red line" to the 59 cruise missiles and some other issues raised by "my President" (who I totally support), somehow I kept remembering those morning walks with "my dog."

AReasonableMan said...

wildswan said...
somehow I kept remembering those morning walks with "my dog."


Now, now, whatever ails the country Trump will place Jared Kushner in charge of fixing it and the problem will be solved.

Gahrie said...

This blog needs a preview option for early morning posting

tim in vermont said...

So now Trump is functionally illiterate. I wonder how he read Mein Kampf?

tim in vermont said...

My Lab knows how to open the neighbor's kitchen door.

tcrosse said...

So now Trump is functionally illiterate. I wonder how he read Mein Kampf?
Jared read it to him.

Gahrie said...

Judicial Review as a Supreme Court monopoly power was found by Marshall in his Judicial review of a dispute between an outgoing President and his successor.

The creation of judicial review was a total scam by Marshall.

Marshall was the Secretary of State under Adams from June 30, 1800 until March 4, 1801 when the Jefferson administration took office.

Marshall was approved by the Senate to be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on January 27, 1801. He began acting as the Chief Justice on February 4, 1801.

So for a month he was both the Secretary of State and the Chief Justice.

During this month Marbury was appointed as a Justice of the Peace for the District of Columbia. It was Marshall's job as Secretary of State to deliver Marbury's commission to him...but somehow he forgot to do so, and Madison refused to do so when he replaced Marshall as Secretary of State.

Thus the controversy that led to the case of Marbury V Madison which allowed Marshall to create judicial review in such a way that no one would challenge him, was created by Marshall (on purpose?) while he was simultaneously Chief Justice and Secretary of State.

Could you imagine this happening today?