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February 20, 2009

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Sue

Glenda,

Wonderful!

Soylent Red

Red Teamer's perspective on the recent financial unpleasantness. Good read.

hit and run

Oh that's wonderful, Glenda!

MayBee

My favorite comments at Tapper's tonight are those blaming Santelli for bringing the stock market down today with his pessimism.

Extraneus

Porch, thank you very much for the Orwell essay, Politics and the English Language. This isn't the first time you've posted a link to something I've greatly appreciated, and I don't think I've adequately thanked you.

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly? But you are not obliged to go to all this trouble. You can shirk it by simply throwing your mind open and letting the ready-made phrases come crowding in. The[y] will construct your sentences for you — even think your thoughts for you, to a certain extent — and at need they will perform the important service of partially concealing your meaning even from yourself. It is at this point that the special connection between politics and the debasement of language becomes clear.
You are now officially my second favorite librarian in the world, and I don't want to go into who the first is.

bad

YAYYYYYYYYY!! Glenda!!!

hit and run

Glenda:
Where's that Tea Party going to be?

Seem to be some rumblings of a "tea party" in DC during CPAC.

I'm not going to CPAC, but I could be persuaded to bring a pitchfork to DC...

...anytime.

MayBee

Happy news, Miss G.

Porchlight

Glenda, congrats on the great news!

bad

Maybee, some of those people over there are insane but fancy themselves as intellectuals.

BTW, I had a problem signing on at Tapper's and my first comment was signed as "mad". I felt silly changing horses in mid-stream so I am "mad" at Tapper's.

I'm glad I hit the M instead of the N. "mad" is okay, but "nad" is a tad bad...

centralcal

Wow, Glenda . . . that is really fabulous news!

I sense that Santelli has tapped into something (and in Chicago, no less)! They (meaning the Zero administration and their henchmen) will try to destroy him. Really, they have no other choice. They will need to send a message. An unmistakable message.

Things should get interesting next week.

MayBee

I'd know you anywhere, madbadsad. :-)
You are always brilliant and funny, and see things in a very unique way.

Extraneus

It has a nice might-be-Madeline thing to it, too, bad.

As for Santelli, someone like Rush needs to be on the phone to him right now, lining up a call for tomorrow. Otherwise, an apology could be forthcoming pretty soon.

 Ann

Glenda,

Best news today!!!

P.S. I think you asked me what I found out about AXA Equitable? If you email me at annatjom@gmail.com I will fill you in and not bore everyone here with the info. I turned some of my 401K over to it today.

hit and run

aad,bad,cad,dad,ead,fad,gad,had,
iad,jad,kad,lad,mad,nad,oad,pad,
qad,rad,sad,tad,uad,vad,wad,xad,
yad,zad

"What's in a name? That which we call bad
by any other name would smell as sweet."

clarice

Great,Glenda!
Sorry, Hit, SCAM enterprises has the exclusive license on pitchforks and pikes in DC

Porchlight

Wow, thanks, Extraneus. You're very welcome for the essay. It was drilled into me by a superior English professor and friend of the family way back when. I would've named a son after him, if I'd had a son - he was that great.

I don't dare to hazard a guess about your first favorite librarian - only want to say that Laura Bush is at the top of my list. :)

hit and run

Clarice:
Sorry, Hit, SCAM enterprises has the exclusive license on pitchforks and pikes in DC

Well, I'll gladly pay . . . in exchange for an alibi.

Don't ask. The less you know, the better.

 Ann

I just knew bad was mad at Tapper's...who else could delight so many?

After reading JOM, it is really hard to go over there and read the drivel unless you know you will come upon an excellent comment from this crew.

And the Ann over there is not the Ann here, even though the drivel might be compared.. :)

clarice

Deal,Hit..For you Mr Puk might even have a special price.

hit and run

For an alibi, I'd march on London too.

Porchlight

Wow, thanks, Extraneus. You're very welcome for the essay. It was drilled into me by a superior English professor and friend of the family way back when. I would've named a son after him, if I'd had a son - he was that great.

I don't dare to hazard a guess about your first favorite librarian - only want to say that Laura Bush is at the top of my list. :)

 Ann

Porchlight,

You have to read the book I posted about (on who knows what thread): Welcome to Obamaland by James Delingpole

It is so good, that I save a chapter per day..don't want it to end. I think he is the British version of Jay Nordlinger.

Would love to know what you think about it.

HINT: Anyone new here should always read Porchlight's comments and bookmark her links; just saying! :)

Jim MIller

Going back to one of Tom's original points, 90 percent or 80 percent (of life is just showing up), here's my tentative conclusion:

Bush's version is better than the original. 90 percent makes it clear that you are saying it tongue in cheek, while 80 percent leaves just a little doubt.


Clarice - Yes, but does SCAM have an exclusive license on halberds? Now there's a fine weapon for peasant in revolt against high taxes and an arbitrary leader.

clarice

Jim, I'm afraid we do not, and anyone could establish that foothold here.

glenda

Thanks from the bottom of my heart, all!
Faith and friends, ..faith and friends!!:))

Ann, will write u soon! :)

bad

Thanks all. I'm trying to learn from Maybee. And I use stuff I learn here. I steal from everybody. Well, except for __________.

Tapper has a twitter site now. LUN

"what do you call a group of mayors? a gaggle? a consortium? a conspiracy? a lump? a tribe? "

"wondering if americans care more about the mayors and the stimulus bill, or about gibbs zinging the cnbc guy "

Gibbs and Santelli is huge but I don't think it is bigger than the stimulus and mortgage stuff. More like a distraction....

narciso

Great news Glenda, don't know about any
'tea party' or 'pitchfork event at CPAC, which I will be at despite the fact, that the Governor and now Marcos Rubio won't be there. Who organized this thing, the clique
of 'infinite monkeys' Our 'beloved governor'
will be on MTP, paired up with Jindal, who seems to have refused a part of the stimulus

Rick Ballard

"I'm afraid we do not"

We do now.

How many would you like, Jim? The Give me liberty or give me death is very popular at $28 ($240 for a 12 pack - a great deal).

Porchlight

Thank you, Ann, and right back at ya! I was intrigued by the Delingpole link - I didn't realize he had also written a book. I love Nordlinger so I'll definitely follow up on that, esp. at your rec. :)

Bush's version is better than the original. 90 percent makes it clear that you are saying it tongue in cheek, while 80 percent leaves just a little doubt.

I agree - it draws from the power of the 80/20 rule, which is one of my favorites.

hit and run

narciso:
don't know about any
'tea party' or 'pitchfork event at CPAC, which I will be at despite the fact

J.P. Freire at AmSpec has set up a facebook page for it...but it's not *at* CPAC, just coincides with CPAC...I assume he just figures that's a pretty good time for non-DC'ers to already be in town. So far just 120something have "joined" via facebook, so who knows.

Speaking of "social networking"

bad:
Tapper has a twitter site now.

OK, but do you twitter? I've been following Tapper...

Rick Ballard

"what do you call a group of mayors?"

I believe it's "a stroll of hookers" in the vernacular. There has been some protest by prostitutes regarding defamation of character but the usage remains.

Stephanie

White House airbrushing...

This is a good site to stop by as they are tracking the changes at the White House website.

LUN

Jim Miller

Extraneus - Two more suggestions and my apologies if you have already seen these two.

1. Strunk and White, of course. The best advice I have ever seen on writing is in this paragraph:

Omit Needless words

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.

2. Orwell's other essays. There's a fairly inexpensive Everyman edition that contains all his essays. (Unfortunately without much explanatory material.) I often find arguments in them that apply directly to modern events. Last August, for instance, I used Orwell to refute Thomas Friedman.

Incidentally, just as an exercise, try applying Orwell's advice to a Frank Rich column. Rich is a terrible writer, and if you follow Orwell's suggestions, you will be able to see that easily.

Jim Miller

Correction: After "detail" in the previous post, insert "and treat".

Porchlight

So true, Jim. Strunk and White is charming and amusing as well which makes it a delight to read. Thanks for the link to your takedown of Friedman - great application of Orwell. I've bookmarked your blog - should have done that a long time ago.

Stephanie

Some sane Hollywood thoughts on Racism and Black History Month...

Mike Wallace is speechless. Color me unsurprised at his reaction...

LUN

hit and run

Jim:
Last August, for instance, I used Orwell to refute Thomas Friedman.

Heh, read your post and your quotes from Friedman. I wonder if Friedman saw the news a few weeks ago that China was putting in a "strip mall" (I'm going on memory here) around the Bird's Nest because the stadium was too much of a money sucker to stand alone.

OK, here's a google effort to http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/266328>find the story

glenda

Morgan Freeman for Attorney General--he may not be a member of the bar, but he's no fool like Eric Holder and his followers!

Great link--stephanie!

bad

OK, but do you twitter?

Only when I've had too much to drink and never in the presence of a bright blue scrotum.

RichatUF

Extraneus-

As for Santelli, someone like Rush needs to be on the phone to him right now, lining up a call for tomorrow. Otherwise, an apology could be forthcoming pretty soon.

Don't know if you are a Larry Kudlow fan, but Santelli was on his evening show. After this, I don't think Santelli is going to apologize. He was a gold trader for something like a decade, does Gibbs really think ACORN goons are going to make him crack?

bad

LOL Rick

hit and run

Bad:
Only when I've had too much to drink and never in the presence of a bright blue scrotum.

Oh, me too and me neither.

narciso

Good to know, here LUned is another of Victor Davis Hanson's concise controlled
rant, on the One's genuflection to the
Sauds, Steven Chu, who apparently isn't part of the administration, on the end of
California, Agriculture, and other crazyness

Stephanie

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Since when is public assistance "income?" If you live in Section 8 housing the assistance is for living expenses not a roof over your head. And child support is for the support of the children, not the parent(s).

They also have a link up to the Acorn protests and reclamation of evicted properties by homeowners foreclosure squatters.

Screw the pitchforks, I want a scythe and a cloak. We're evilll rethuglicans who have no heart and no soul, might as well dress the part...

Stephanie

Glenda... great news from your homefront!! I hope that your daughters get some great offers coming in soon, too. Trifecta!!

Stephanie

Soak the rich - unless they are democratic fundraisers - then give em some porkulus...

LUN

Sue

Stephanie,

Things are going to get ugly with Obama's thugs, I mean Acorn, involved. One small quibble. Child support payments for providing a roof over the head of a child would be legitimate, in my opinion, of course.

bad

Sue, I know someone who qualified for a lovely home with no other income than child support.

It's been 10 years or so now.

Stephanie

IIRC, under the color of the law, child support payments can not secondarily benefit the parent... the money is meant for the child 100% with no spill over (otherwise it would be alimony, wouldn't it). That the parents can count it toward paying a mortgage is not going to feed and clothe the child as child support is intended to do. This is double counting a resource. If they apply child support and government assistance to the mortgage, it can't be used for food and clothing (it is already spent on the mortgage), so where do they get the money to buy the food and clothing now (because if they go to work to supplement their assistance, they may no longer qualify at the same or any level for the government support)?

It's not like the folks trying to qualify for mortgages this way have much discretionary/reallocable income. Most of these folks are on a mostly fixed allowance. And my understanding is that some of the "government assistance" may have been double counted, too. IOW, if they got assistance for utilities, it was counted as income, so how can that then be applied to the utility bills... utility assistance is supposed to go 100% to utility payments not 31% (or 38 or 45%) to a mortgage...same with food stamps counted as income or child support counted as income.

The only reason for counting this assistance is to inflate the amount of the loan the person can qualify for. They see the Jones living in a nice house and want one like that, too. Never mind that the Jones have jobs and are not on the public dole.

The problem is that these folks don't want to purchase the home that their section 8 allowance would equal. So Acorn adds their subsistence allowances (food, utilities) to their section 8 allowance (housing) and essentially rob Peter (subsistence) to pay Paul (mortgage). And I haven't even touched the likelihood of repair and maintenance costs on the property...

Another though I have is that to qualify for section 8 assistance (housing assistance), I think there is a limit on the amount of assets you can have. So once they have purchased their house with their otherly allocated government assitance, what does that do to their qualifications for continued assistance for Section 8, food stamps, WIC or utility assistance?

Major racket going on here.

Neo

.. and please .. will somebody rid me of this pesky Chris Dodd
This guy opens his mouth with the regularity of an unwanted season bring pestilence upon the land with each and every breath.

bad

Thanks for the reminder Stephanie. There was alimony in that income for the first few (3)? years.

Sue

Stephanie,

Money is fungible. In Texas, the money can be used to feed, clothe, provide housing, or buy mama a new pair of shoes (I'm kidding, sort of, we have clients that have complained their ex is doing that, to no avail) and in fact it is used on loan documents to be considered as additional income. It is even used to decide if you qualify for government assistance. Actually, I have never seen in the Texas Family Code anything regulating how the custodial parent spends the money. As long as the children are provided for.

cathyf

Hey, does anybody have a link to that Santelli video that works? The video on the CNBC site plays in 9-second spurts with 50-second silent animated gifs of the peacock in between.

Stephanie

A friend of mine successfully had child support payments require receipts to prove expenditures to justify the amounts spent on the child since the mother was irresponsible. The mother was going to the casino in NC and scrimping on the care of the son. That was in Georgia, don't know about other states.

My point remains, though, that government payments are intended to be subsistence payments. When a person's "income" derives solely from assistance that is means tested or is intended as a 100% pass through to a utility company (or is even paid by a third party or the government directly to the utility) there is no way that should be used to calculate fitness for a mortgage. You can't convert food stamps to cash for any purpose, either. So how would those be considered income? They should be considered as reimbursements for moneys expended. Welfare on the backs of the taxpayers should not allow a recipient to accumulate wealth...

PD

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions

Orwell left one out: Will it be improved by coffee?

glasater

Cathyf--This Link ran pretty well. I didn't see the "peacock" every fifty seconds.

JM Hanes

Jane:

I haven't caught up on the thread yet to see if someone has addressed your question about the RAT board, but I took a closer look at it and the rest of TITLE XV in RAT Redux. The RAT Board will really screw up Inspector General operations, but the real political train wreck will be brought to us by the "Recovery Independent Advisory Panel" created in the same title to make recommendations to the recommenders on the RAT Board.

glasater

One rather sane comment from the Washington Monthly blog.
There's an Acorn reference in there also.

JM Hanes

Sorry, should have previewed the link above which goes to Qblog's main page, instead of directly to RAT Redux.

Pagar

Major racket going on here.

Here meaning ACORN.

If one goes back and reads the entire history of ACORN, I think one will find the racket started on the day it was founded.

JM Hanes

Jane:

I posted a comment to you and Roger on your website. It's currently awaiting "moderation" -- which for some reason strikes me as hysterically funny. Must be time for bed!

JM Hanes

And good morning Elliott, wherever you are!

PeterUK

Clarice,
"Clarice - Yes, but does SCAM have an exclusive license on halberds? Now there's a fine weapon for peasant in revolt against high taxes and an arbitrary leader."

I'm afraid we do,SCAN is the sole licensing agency for all pole arms and training in the use thereof.
Young master Hit is welcome to the use of one of our products,may I recommend the Welsh Bill? There is an obligatory one weeks trained and users must practice every day.Please note users are breathalised and blood tests taken at regular intervals.This is a necessary precaution as careless usage is somewhat more dangerous to your own side than the enemy.

Pagar

Major racket going on here.

For those who haven't seen it or reviewed it lately. TS9 did a great job on reviewing the history of ACORN. Here is a link to his report.

October 19, 2008
Obama’s Fraud Factory: An Epic History of ACORN & Co. [topsecretk9]

Psych.

Dan Collins posted the bombshell that ACORN, the group that can’t seem to get legitimate voter registration cards, has received $31 million in Federal funds in the last ten years. Federal funds we all know, is a shorter way of saying hard earned taxpayer dollars to be spread around for the common good. $31 million and that’s not including the millions Fannie Mae Foundation, mandated to spread our taxpayer dollars out to liberal causes, “granted” them. I believe the Fannie Mae foundation mandated “grant” budget to be 600 million - see here and here for more on this outrage.

A great Big Thank You to TS9 for putting this all together. I had read it before but had forgotten the Fannie Mae foundation funds.

Jane

I posted a comment to you and Roger on your website. It's currently awaiting "moderation" -- which for some reason strikes me as hysterically funny.

JMH,

For some reason I'm getting about 10 comments an hour which go on for pages, are nonsensical and are promoting some prescription drug or something. Right now things are set up so if you post once and the comment is allowed (by me of all people) you never await moderation again.

I don't have any idea what has brought the ibuprophen pushers to FWDAJ but they are there.

Meanwhile I appreciate you entering the fray about RAT. I'm out of my league.

hit and run

JMH:
but the real political train wreck will be brought to us by the "Recovery Independent Advisory Panel" created in the same title to make recommendations to the recommenders on the RAT Board.

Surprised they didn't call it the Recovery Adivisory Panel for Equality

Extraneus

Hey, RichUF, thanks for the Kudlow/Santelli link. Except for the obligatory "I want him to succeed" at the end, it doesn't look like Santelli's planning to back down. Too bad he didn't laugh and bring up the lootulus bill at the charge that he might not have read the plan. That would have been funny.

Pagar

Hit. Would that have anything to do with the transparency issue?

RichatUF

Ext-

I sure hope Santelli has his taxes paid up and that there isn't anything in the records the State of Illinois keeps. 'Cause we all know that for "the little people" paying taxes is the most important thing in the world.

Rocco

Since ACORN is a socialist organization, founded by a former SDS member, I propose we dump acorns on the steps of the Capital in a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party.

clarice

pagar, ts9 did a fine job, but she's a she, not a he.

Rocco

I love her posts...she's always spot on!

And we could argue taxation without representation since 2.1 billion of our money is unjustly taken to fund a program in direct conflict with our constitution.

Pagar

Clarice, and TS9, please forgive me. I'm not sure whether I knew that or not, but I'll try to do better.

Rocco, your acorn idea is an excellent one.

narciso

So I got the tickets, it ended costing me as much as I was trying to avoid, So somebody send me the Rosetta on who are the females in the group,

PeterUK

"So somebody send me the Rosetta on who are the females in the group,"

Didn't you get the "JOM Babes" Christmas Calendar? Phaww!! It put me in intensive care for a week.

kim

I've deliberately written to hide my sex, but I don't think I've fooled many of you. I'll also not tell.
===============================================

JM Hanes

That's why I chose a gender neutral screen name and started consciously scrubbing my texts of typical feminine qualifiers, among other adaptive measures. Though I never actually claimed to be a man, it was interesting to discover how often that was the default assumption -- an impression I simply did not correct.

JOM is the only place I've actually outed myself as a woman, because on certain issues it began to feel deceptive not to. Elsewhere, there was a substantive shift in reactions when I made the reverse switch from feminine to masculine monikers. Maintaining such neutrality over time ain't easy -- for how long, only kim, contra signature, probably knows. :-) Kudos to you for making it work. I never, ever, get the feeling that you're representing, or misrepresenting, yourself either way, which takes both work and scruples.

kim

Heh. I mean, hee-hee.
=======================

Pagar

Guess who else is confused?

"Memo to Time Magazine, Yoani is a she. You should know, you named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world last year."

"Nonetheless, congrats to Yoani. Her latest post is devastating to the regime. That's why I call her the most dangerous woman in Cuba."

Article

"This blog delivers daily dispatches from one of the few places where it's still dangerous to be a blogger: Cuba"

Again, That statement is simply untrue, there are many places where it is dangerous to be a blogger. Some of the most dangerous are the ones in the Area where SOS Clinton and Sen Kerry are telling people who are not our friends, how wonderful their anti Americanism is.

Besides the Cuba angle, there is another terrifying part of the post ---take a look at the list Time Magazine thinks as the best blogs in the World.

narciso

That was my default assumption too, although in retrospect, that late night
dawn thread, which I assume is West Coast, thread over the Tina vs. Sarah dichotomy
should have tipped me off.

PD

I only became aware of many of our posters here being women the day that McCain picked Sarah for VP candidate. There was an amazing, amazing thread here at JOM that day. I fell in love with Sarah immediately that day, but what was stunning was reading the comments here by our ladies, describing how deeply moved they were by Sarah's speech (and Sarah herself). Many described how this touched them as women, and that's when I became aware that many of the screen names belonged to females.

I thank each and every one of you ladies who participated in that thread and spoke from the depths of your heart. It was a wondrous and memorable experience.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Whether kim is a woman or a man even Ignatz doesn't know.

However there are a vast number of things Ignatz is clueless about so I'm not sure whether that says more about Ignatz or kim.

Jane

I'm a girl in case anyone doesn't know.

glasater

All I really know is that when Kim doesn't post for a time--I worry.

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