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Danube of Thought

And then there's this from the AP:

"AARP's endorsement helped pass President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Now the seniors' lobby is telling employees their costs will go up as a result."

Condign punishment for the AARP scumbags.

Dave (in MA)

Mebbe the $bazillions are for forestalling any acts of Man-Caused Disaster by the ROP(MA) against a traveling apostate.

abad man

The only thing worse than the AARP is the Andy Griffith commercials.

A visa?  What's this about a visa for Pakistan?

Yeah, sure, India. Don't go to Pakistan, no, just don't.
=============

Porchlight

Two questions:

1. Don't the girls have school?
and
2. How much more does it cost in security to bring the entire First Family on the trip?

Neo

Is he thinking about outsourcing his job ?

MarkO

He's gone to get his birth certificate.

Comanche Voter

At $200 million a day, 3,000 people along to protect his mangy hide or applaud his gasous statements, 50 limousines, god knows how many airplanes, O'Bozo will cost the American Taxpayers something like $2 billion plus. Lord knows O'Bozo needs to get out of Dodge after this electoral disaster. Maybe he can find an Indian swami who will give him a cluebat. He needs one. because otherwise he'll never find a clue between now and the time we shove him out the door in November 2012.

daddy

OT,

The DC Federal Judge, Emmet Sullivan, who did the Ted Steven's fiasco, and who recently dismissed his own contempt charges against Steven's corrupt Prosecutors, is now involved in the case of determining the Status of Polar Bears.

This story (which I take with a huge grain of salt since it comes from the ADN) says the Judge is now questioning why the Interior Department declared Polar Bears "Threatened", when they should have been declared "Endangered" according to the guidelines of the Endangered Species Act. ">http://www.adn.com/2010/11/04/1536633/judge-sets-deadlines-in-polar.html"> Federal judge sets deadline in polar bear listing suit.

He continually pops up on cases or rulings that to this non-legal observer always seem to go against the good citizens of Alaska.

daddy

Narciso,

Am posting this repugnant ">http://www.andrewhalcro.com/dear_joe_i_guess_this_is_goodbye"> open letter from Andrew Halcro to Joe Miller, so that in future there are no illusions about Andrew Halcro from anybody here at JOM who paid any attention to the Alaskan Senate Race.

For those who do not know, Halcro is a right hand man of Lisa's. They are the 2 Repub's who in 2002, when in the State Legislature, voted for an Alaska State Income Tax, yet then savaged Miller this Election cycle with ads saying if you vote for Miller things will be so bad we'll have to institute a terrible Alaskan State Income Tax to cover the shortfall in loss of Federal money. Halcro lost to Sarah badly in the Governor Primary and hates her guts. And his wife is a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood.

Anyhow, here is Lisa's right hand man publicly finishing the slime job of Joe MIller. Its a pretty good window into the both of them. Please don't forget about Halcro in future if you hear his name pop up for anything. I sure won't.

I am so happy Narciso that the right folks in your State won. Good job. Wish I could say the same up here.

narciso

Who even asked him to get involved, or is it that thia the argument that Sarah's Dept of Law actually won, presented in the OP ED, Katie couldn't bother to read up on

narciso

No, I never had any illusions, since we had come to know the Eldritchian horror from the
"Mountains of Madness" that is Halcro, who I've never seen in the same room as Sullivan

daddy

You got me Narciso, but that letter is about as classless as anything I can ever recall seeing.

I am glad he posted it though, as it reveals himself like nothing else he could have done ever would. What a unmitigated piece of shit is Republican Andrew Halcro.

Mustang0302

Hey, daddy, did you see this?

The 100th anniversary events kick off 12Feb11 on the Midway in San Diego.

Mustang0302

I like it! S-3B in 1942 colors:

Threadkiller

From your link Mustang0302:

Civilians working on returning the S-3s to service (the Navy completed phasing out the aircraft in 2009) said it was strange to see the plane being painted in the throw-back scheme: a light, gull gray on the bottom and a flat blue gray on the sides and top.

Finally San Diego has a team to root for that wears a throw-back jersey!

It is no lego-gun, Mustang, but this is fun to watch.

">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6nQw0a2Yq4"> Take Off From USS Midway

daddy

That's cool Mustang,

Teaching the old Bird new tricks!
Plus it was fun to see from your link that 2 of them are still flying at VX-30.

(Another) Barbara

Sorry to be OT, but speaking of "A Fine Time for a Getaway," will any JOMers be on National Review's post election cruise? If so, I would love the chance to meet you. I'll be the only Barbara from Hawaii in the guest roster. Thanks.

Mustang0302

Threadkiller, that was a hell of a launch!

Remember during Frequent Wind a RVNAF Major "trapped" aboard Midway in an O-1 Bird Dog...with his whole family aboard! A few Hueys got shoved overboard to clear the deck for him.

daddy

TK,

Great video.

Barbara,

Good question but I don't know. If you've been here long you know Jane and Caro did the last cruise. Please ask again when everybody is awake and hopefully you'll get an answer. BTW, how did your Election out there go? Any welcome surprises worth mentioning?

daddy

Guess they didn't get the memo.

">http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8108385/Why-we-are-healthier-than-Americans-but-die-earlier.html"> Why we are healthier than Americans but die earlier asks the UK Telegraph.

Their answer: "Because of poorer Health Care."

Who would a thunk it.


Manuel Transmission

Barbara,
Mrs. M/T and I will be there along with Jane and Caro, so we should hold our own with the NRO gang just fine.

ps. The Mrs has already schmoozed with Goldberg when he was in our neighborhood and we have rubbed elbows w/ VDH and Rove before, so can't wait to get some drinks in these guys and see what happens.

Also found out that in punishment for stranding said Mrs for weeks while in China, we will be doing every excursion!

Captain Hate

I'm not gonna link it but Katrina vanden Trustfund has a WSJ oped howler in which she states that Odummy got his ass handed to him "undeservedly" because he hasn't done enough lefty garbage to destroy the economy. Hurricane Katrina then gives a laundry list of things to spend even more money on including roads, rail (I assume that the always street-smart upper Wsst-Sider doesn't mean extra-wide lines of blow) and, brace yourself, GREEN ENERGY INITIATIVES. I hope the PETA people are dispatched quickly to get her to take off the strap-on and move away from the poor abused chicken.

peter

I did not know what condign meant, and had to look it up. Read JOM, raise your SAT scores.

peter

This really cheeses me off. Link under name.

peter

New York state senate hinges on just a few hundred votes. LUN

Captain Hate

Goddammit peter; WTF is the problem with the Repukes that they are stabbing their candidates in the back when they've won yet have to go through the donkeycrat songs and games to secure it. This is why people don't donate to the party because it's a nest of embedded quislings who'd rather be sipping appletoonis with Lady Lindsey than stand up for any principles. These pricks days are numbered and they can either get on board with what brought victory this year or hit the bricks.

Cecil Turner

Hey, lay off the President! He deserves a little break after that hectic campaign season, and even if it does cost a couple hundred million to get him on the other side of the Earth . . . it's worth it.

Extraneus

The Republican establishment is apparently in need of a purging, Peter, and Renee Elmers is poised to help. Anyone who can spare a few bucks might want to go to her website and donate.

Captain Hate

Here's an even better LUN for the subgeniuses in the NRCC and their stiffing of the TP candidates and who are taking credit for their wins. Is that a party to which you want to contribute?

Rick Ballard

CH,

You don't run across the phrase "farsighted oligarchs" too often - I wouldn't anticipate seeing it used more frequently in the future. If the Tea Party can maintain momentum we will see a transformation of the GOP over the next ten years or so. We will also see (and hear) the oligarchs writhe and scream on every inch of the path towards that transformation. Whether it's the "old" Senator from ADM or the "new" Senator, with still fresh memories of his glorious battles as a member of the Gang of 7, it's still the oligarchy, intent upon compromise with terminal cancer and intent upon assuring the growth of Leviathan even as it lunges toward death.

I have no great faith in the ability of the demos to select a proper path forward but what little I have is immeasurably greater than that which our current oligarchy of credentialed morons has earned. They are fortunate to be facing only dismissal through elections rather than the rope and steel which the Greeks reserved for those too self absorbed to notice the rot at the foundation.

Ranger

Rick,

As evidence of your point, this is Noonan's http://peggynoonan.com/>latest bleat. Its fine until about half way through, when she goes off on her anti-Tea Party rant. Her message to the Tea Party is clear... 'let us grown-ups deal with this power thing.'

Yea, right, cause the "grown-ups" in the Republican establishment have been doing so well for us up until now.

rse

Pete Sessions is the head of NRCC so direct your ire at him.

rse

The link to Sessions site is LUN.

He's a Texas congressman.

Jim Ryan

Wow, Peggy Noonan is really an unhinged Palin hater in Ranger's link.

Reagan was an actor, Peggy. Palin is not an ignorant nincompoop, Peggy.

By the way, how's that hopey changey stuff workin' out for ya', Peggy?

You really won't find a dippier RINO than Peggy Noonan. It's time for her to be put out to pasture. WSJ, please get someone good for Saturday mornings.

Captain Hate

Its fine until about half way through, when she goes off on her anti-Tea Party rant. Her message to the Tea Party is clear... 'let us grown-ups deal with this power thing.'

I don't want to say anything blatantly misogynistic after what the left and squishes have done to O'Donnell and Palin, but WTF is with Nooner? Just a couple weeks ago she was touting how the TP was the salvation of the Repubs. She must've gotten a stern response from Rick's oligarchs that were quite happy with her Mandingo swoonings over Bammy two years ago.

This is fine though; after the last article I was foolishly in a forgiving mood.

peter

test

God I hate my microsoft bluetooth keyboard!

Extraneus

No kidding, Captain. Is there such a thing as a female windbag? The term seems strange when applied to a woman, but not really strange when applied to Noonan. I haven't read her in two years.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Barbara - we will see you there!

Jim Ryan

Peggy Noonan is unmoored by intellect or principle. She pics candidates and column slants based upon her current emotional mood. She sends the emotional effluvia to the part of her brain which is a talented speechwriter and lets it package the slop for her in plausible prose. But it's slop.

Threadkiller

Jim Ryan, you should write a column for the WSJ.

Ranger

Via Hot Air Headlines, the Dem establishment admits Obama is in over his head:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/04/AR2010110406882.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns>Federal government needs a chief operating officer

By Bob Kerrey, Mark L. Alderman and Howard Schweitzer
Friday, November 5, 2010

The COO's duties would lie in execution of government policy, including ensuring that the government is well managed and that it addresses key national priorities as one entity and not as hundreds of separate agencies operating in silos.

Reads like a modern refrain of the old Carter era 'the job of president is too big for just one man.'

News flash to the Dems... we already have a COO of the Federal Government, the title of the job is President of the United States. This is why you don't put someone in the office who has never run anything in their life.

Chubby

One good point about John Boehner is that he "gets" the Tea Party and knows which side his bread is buttered on.

Sue

daddy,

OMG. I am appalled at that open letter you linked. Too bad he doesn't allow comments.

narciso

I forget who compared Noonan, as the GOP's Dowd, but it fits, meanwhile the male version
'removes all doubt' in the LUN

Oh, I was interviews on the local Spanish TV station, about the economy and the GOP takeover, I used everything I've learned here, about the failure of the stimulus, threw in even U6

Jim Ryan

Ha! Thanks, TK, I enjoy reading what you have to say, too.

Danube of Thought

In Coronado we're planning to place a placard on the front lawn of every residence that has ever been occupied by a naval or marine aviator. I'm on a committee working on finding the all--a lot of fun. The placards feature the Wings of Gold and "Home of a Naval Aviator."

It all started when the navy asked Glenn Curtiss to teach a few guys to fly. The rest is history.

narciso

Sorry, wrong LUN again, it's this one. Kerry
never fails to dissapoint, as is the fact that
his cohort, 'chose poorly' for their standard bearer

Jim Ryan

I don't buy it, but it certainly is an unusual take from an AT commenter, who says "Obama didn't inherit this recession, his election caused this recession by bursting the Dem's housing bubble" and then links to this chart.

Threadkiller

Did anybody watch Anderson Douscher's 360 last night? I caught him in a tirade over the "phony charge" that Obama's trip will cost 200 mil per day.

Rough quote:

"Anybody with a brain can do some research!"
This immediately excluded him, but I had hopes for his staff.
"We looked into Bill Clinton’s Africa trip and it was 9(?) Days, 1300 people and inflation adjusted 9 mil a day!"

He then runs over to another giant touch screen to bring up the details of Dummy's trip.

"You can see here this trip is less days and although we don't know how many people are going and we don't know how much it costs, we believe that Michele Bachmann is completely wrong! And furthermore she owes it to America to have the facts before she spouts off!"

He concluded by getting his ass kicked. I concluded I must have been hypnotized to have watched in the first place.

Threadkiller

--"One good point about John Boehner is that he "gets" the Tea Party and knows which side his bread is buttered on."--

He also knows we can turn bread into toast.

Jim Ryan

DoT, I drove an old man to the polls Tuesday, as a service to the GOP. Got to talking with him, and it turns out he was a WWII pilot who flew up and down our Atlantic coast looking for German subs. We hit it off and I'm taking him to the local WWII plane airshow with my small sons. The show a bunch of local guys who own WWII biplane trainers and do loops for the crowd every Sunday. They will love to see my new friend and will announce his presence with great fanfare over the speakers.

MaryD

Jim, what a great story! You made my week!

Walter

Peter,

So She Who Always Wins at Scrabble and I are playing last night. She puts down "w-e-e-n-s" and says "As in 'She weans her baby'".

Turns out it is in the Scrabble dictionary. Further research reveals it is a verb meaning "to suppose". Personally, I just think that it is great to learn new things everyday at my age.

Jim Ryan

MaryD, there's more. One of the pilots at the airshow gave my boys (6 and 9) rides in a Champ (like a Piper Cub.) They loved it, and this fellow, a flight instructor, has two grown sons and was good with boys. I asked, "How old do you have to be to take flight training?" He said it didn't matter. So my boys start flight training with him Thanksgiving weekend! I'm not made of dough, so it's going to take them about half a dozen years to get their pilot's licenses. These trainees will take the old WWII pilot to the WWII airshow.

DebinNC

There's a 5 page article at Politico about Obama's ego problem. The whole thing is excellent, but page 3 is a must read imo for the direct quotes from Valerie Jarrett about why Obama's "been bored every day of his life" and from Obama himself to potential WH staff about his awesomeness.

Chubby

I thought perhaps it meant "weens" as in being what weenies do

Chubby

Jim I was moved by your story as well.

DebinNC

Jim, you homeschool your boys, right? I love both your stories, but especially the second which illustrates a major plus of hs...offering kids added time to follow their bliss.

Chubby

DebinNC

There is such a huge difference between boastful, arrogant and pompous self-conceit that thinks it knows it all and genuine self confidence that is often quite meek, quiet and humble about its abilities and accomplishments. True heroes are known for not being braggarts. From what I read on your link to page 3 Obama seems to be more of the first type.

Porchlight

Fabulous, Jim Ryan. I feel better about the country just reading about your new WWII veteran friend, and your boys learning to fly.

We moms of small daughters are grateful there will be smart, brave boys like yours around in 20 years or so. ;)

Jim Ryan

Deb, yes, we homeschool. It is the way to go, but it has a financial cost of loss of two full salaries.

Porch, ha! I contemplate the boys becoming naval aviators down at Oceana, but I know that if I hope they do that, then they won't!

Danube of Thought

Wonderful stuff, Jim. I can just see those boys now.

Extraneus

Great link, Deb. Blood's in the water.

Janet

From Deb's link -

"He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

So he tells ordinary people what to do. He doesn't DO anything. He is a typical "you should" person. The entire left is lousy with "you should" people.

What a great story Jim!

hit and run

You know,I've met a fair number of JOMers. Hope to meet a whole lot more and to meet the ones I already have again and again.

But this past trip to Texas -- and the near miss with Porchlight -- got me thinking*.

I really can't wait for my kids to meet some of the other JOMers' kids (or grandkids...I'm looking right at you Wolverine!) who are around the same age.

Grab your bass,Jim,and come on down. But bring the kids!

________________
*Same thought occured back when Walter stiffed me on a trip through NC a while back,I just didn't really express it then.

Porchlight

I know that if I hope they do that, then they won't!

Yeah, it's funny how that works with kids. Frankly at this rate if mine graduate high school I'll be thrilled. This parenting/working full time thing seems to be getting harder, not easier. I don't know how homeschoolers do it but I sure do admire you.

The naval aviation goal is exciting. My great-uncle was a Navy test pilot and tried out to be one of the Mercury Seven. But typical of that generation, as mentioned above, you can't get him to talk about it at all. Too modest. I also recently learned that he was the first person to command USS Forrestal after the fire. Again, you can't get him to say anything about it. I found the info online.

Porchlight

Thanks for that link, Deb. I am going to savor it with my second cup of coffee.

Porchlight

Hit, I think our kids would really get along great - I think Princess hit and run and my older daughter are around the same age, right?

DebinNC

The">http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/44732.html">The ego factor: Can Barack Obama change?... Not "will he change" but "can he change". He can't change, but can he fool a majority into believing he's changing via orchestrated "I feel your pain/out of the bubble" events and repeated use of focus-grouped words (middle class, middle class, middle class)? Yes, I fear he can.

Jim Ryan

Hit, I will try to make it down with the young'uns. How old are yours?

Walter

Hit,

I would have stopped if you hadn't shipped out the kids a few hours before we passed by.

Heck, I still have the bottle of Woodford Reserve I picked up at the distillary for you.

It's aging.

JM Hanes

Jim Ryan:

You may have missed my comment on election day, but we had a weird, 13 candidate, triple runoff (don't ask me how it works) for the NC Court of Appeals. I finally found the official candidate statements, just before I headed off to my polling place. Alas, I didn't recognize any of them -- so I voted for the guy who home schooled his kids. :-)

laura

Jim,
One of the reasons we couldn't meet up with you was that my girl was working the air show at Ocean as part of her civil air patrol squadron. She's been up in the air twice now in the CAP cessna right seat; taking the controls for about an hour each time. They want to recommend her for flight school and a gliding scholarship. She is also heading up their Cyberpatriot team which is a country wide contest to find various cyber threats. Great puzzle solving. When your oldest turns 12 have him join in your area.
We have lots of Senior members who are active or retired USN or AF pilots who really want to teach these kids.
One of the pilots who took her up, started teaching math after he retired at the local public high school. He said "you are doing absolutely the right thing homeschooling" and he is at one of our "good" high schools.

Jim Ryan

Wow, Laura! Good for your daughter!

Porchlight

Wow, laura. JOM people and their kids are pretty damn incredible.

Porchlight

Politico is just full of great nuggets today:

Memo to White House: Lawyer Up

The usual BS about investigations getting in the way of the people's business, but so what. Well-deserved scrutiny IS the people's business.

MaryD

Jim, your story gets better and better! I'm really thriled for your boys and your new friend.

laura

Just feeling a little parental pride this morning as she got promoted last night and named the captain of the cyberpatriot team. She was absolutely beaming last night.
The funny thing is she is such an individualist the whole military thing rubs her the wrong way on lots of levels, but she is also the most stubborn and ornery kid you would ever meet and if has to put up with the stupid stuff to get to the good stuff she will. And be the best at it just to spite them.

DebinNC

That's so fantastic, laura. I was very disappointed there wasn't a CAP unit close enough when our girls were teens, but here's their site with info and unit locations.

Walter

Laura,

My eldest dreams of being a military pilot. He is 10 now and loves airshows, aircraft museums, and studies his aircraft reference books heavily. (I thought I'd have a longer period of knowing more than he, but I get lost when he gets into the finer details of the -E and -F versions of the F-18.) He is in Cub Scouts now, but I'd like your opinion about the merits of CAP vs. Boy Scouts when he turns 12.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Just feeling a little parental pride this morning as she got promoted last night and named the captain of the cyberpatriot team.

Gee, can I feel some Auntee Jane pride? Because I surely do!

laura

Walter, I don't have much info on Boy Scouts but I think one of the big advantages I see in CAP is as my daughter puts it "the Civil Air Patrol does real things." The cadets are brought into the Search and Rescue Missions and trained to perform actual duties. There are tremendous programs for not only learning to fly, but also engineering, leadership, and survival. The air and space curriculum and leadership curriculum are first rate. Also fully 10% of USAF academy slots are set aside for CAP cadets.
Of course, as with all these things the program is only as good as the leadership at the squadron level. Senior membership involvement and parental support are key.

rse

Q: Which JOMer has a child at Hillsdale?

We talked about it a month or 2 ago.

hit and run

JMH:
I finally found the official candidate statements, just before I headed off to my polling place. Alas, I didn't recognize any of them -- so I voted for the guy who home schooled his kids. :-)

I had the same experience on when I found the candidate statements -- and decided to go with the guy who quoted John Roberts in his.

Did you vote for three candidates? I stopped at one and chose not to participate in the madness any further.

laura

Jane,

Absolutely, the more swelling chests the better.

Porchlight

I think laura does, rse.

Walter

...swelling chests...

I thought we were all about the earmuffs here. I never get the memos.

hit and run

Walter -- I was bummed we couldn't get together,but certainly look forward to the day it happens.

May I age as gracefully as the Woodford Reserve until we meet.

[TheVIMH: Fat chance!]
I know. I'm not really going to try,either. It just sounded Hallmark-ish and appropriate.

laura

yes, rse, I do

rse

I have a child talking to them next week. She's a huge bookworm and has always wanted a place where kids and profs want to talk about books and ideas.

Is there a way I can reach you or you can post thoughts here?

laura

rse,
lmjpeter at gmail. Is she going out there? I can have my daughter contact her if she's interested.

(Another) Barbara

Barbara - we will see you there!

Oh goody, Jane! I'm eagerly anticipating meeting you, Caro and Mr. and Mrs. Transmission. It will be my fifth NR cruise and they're about the most fun I ever have. One can totally be oneself, with all opinions hanging out, like coming home and shedding support garments and hosiery in favor of an old bathrobe. Can't wait.

Hawaii's election results were abysmal, Daddy. Like CA, we lost most of the tiny handful of Republicans in office here. It stabbed to the core but I think I felt even worse about Alaska, cause ours wasn't a big surprise, yet I felt certain Joe Miller would emerge the victor in your state. I know it's not over yet, but I'm not hopeful, particularly after hearing the Mark Levin interview last night. Corrupt bastards!

Porchlight

I was so envious of the JOMers on the last NR cruise. Y'all are going to have a wonderful time.

JM Hanes

hit:

Yes, I ticked off a choice in each row. I thought "Consitution" was pretty good keyword.

Apparently the NC Board of Elections can't figure out how the instant">http://womblencappellate.blogspot.com/2010/11/judicial-election-results.htmloo">instant runoff works either. I didn't vote for either of the Perdue favs who made the first cut, but we'll have to wait weeks for them to figure out the next two rounds -- assuming nobody sues them over the bizarre process first. Our Supreme Court remains vested in Republicans, 5 to 4, but in NC, that's not necessarily what it's cracked up to be.

Per my own advice, I'm trying to devote some time to following state politics. If you & Deb know of anybody I should add to the NC bloglist I'm starting to draw up, it would be great if you could let me know!

rse

laura-

Email is on the way.

Clarice

We're on the same track, jmh--I cited you again . At my election eve arty guest who's a professor at GT had to leave early for a flight to London where he was giving a speech at the Univ. I said they don't understand federalism over there so they can;t understand us at all. He said that's exactly right and would be the theme of his presentation.

JM Hanes

NK:

"Boehner Bad, Barry O Good, God Bless America."

You need to sign up for the motto memo; it's "Support the middle class, create jobs and reduce the deficit."

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Barbara,

You and Caro are probably best friends and don't even know it. She's been on a lot too. You weren't in Portugal were you?

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