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Extraneus

More on the topic of health from the the despicable, lying, scheming media.

House Set to Vote on Repealing Health Law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The new Republican-controlled House of Representatives is certain to vote Wednesday to repeal President Barack Obama's health care reform. The Democratic-controlled Senate is just as certain to let the measure die. [Really? Just as certain?]

Republicans and Democrats adopted a more civil tone without angry shouts as they debated the repeal legislation on the House floor Tuesday just 10 days after the shooting rampage in Arizona that left a Democratic congresswoman wounded and lawmakers of both parties stunned. [And this has something to do with this issue, or any issue? Remember, the whole civility schtick was a lie. A scheme. It had nothing whatsoever to do with the shooting.]

Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat, said he expected that "members will heed their own advice and will address the issues in a way that will deal with them on the merits." In the past, he added, too much of the public debate was "about incitement rather than informing, about making people angry, disrespecting the ... point of view of the other side."

Yet, he's the only person quoted in the entire article. Everything written about the "point of view of the other side" was written by the lying, scheming reporter.

Template

Perhaps it is about oxygen. are there any other activities that improve brain function? how about singing?
and i’m happy to see brisk walking is good (how much? how brisk?). running is out for those of us with knee and joint problems. that’s why we’re weight training.
nicki

peter

You have cats? I knew you were a good person.

Extraneus

I realize this is an iron pumping thread, but if it has any effect at all, I won't see any improvement until tonight. Meanwhile, more manipulation from our sleazy, partisan media.

GOP spending cuts would affect millions of people

WASHINGTON (AP) – Low-income students may get smaller grants and the newly disabled might have to wait longer for their benefits. And just about every politician is going to get an earful from the local PTA if school aid gets whacked.

[snip]

Newly elected Republicans in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas are sure to feel major political pressure over big cuts looming for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, which provides home heating subsidies to the poor. Former Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., who retired last year, orchestrated a doubling of the program's budget — from $2.5 billion to $5 billion — since 2008.

Obey said it's going to mean "a lot of people who aren't able to pay their heating bills are going to have no way to heat their homes — or they're going to have to decide to eat less or see the doctor less."

In addition to Obey, a former top aide for the House Appropriations Committee and the WH budget director were also quoted in the article. Were there any quotes from Republicans? Yes, one.

"There are no sacred cows," said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky.
Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Tell them to call Joe Kennedy Ex.

There would be plenty of cheap ways to heat their homes if this president didn't destroy the drilling industry/ And then tell Obey to take out his own wallet.

(My goodness, perhaps I woke up on the wrong side of the bed)

narciso

Can't Fox do their own reporting, and ignore
AP (D Agitprop).

bunkerbuster

Narco asks: ``Can't Fox do their own reporting...''

If conservatives were capable of journalists, surely there would be plenty of news media around to cater to them. As it is, conservatives just can't find newspapers, radio stations and TV reporting they like.
Is it that conservatives are too few, too poor, too lazy or too stupid to produce a media they are satisfied with?
Now when it comes to commentary, especially unupposed bloviation, conservatives are plenty capable and, alas, have plenty of media they're happy with, from Fox to talkradio to the wingnutosphere...

clarice

http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/01/19/the-medias-test-run-to-re-elect-obama/


The majn media must be destroyed even more quickly than it is being destroyed now.

Extraneus

Texas shows the way.

Texas budget draft cuts $13.7 billion in spending

The base budget does not use any tax increases or money from the state's Rainy Day Fund.
Danube of Thought

Neither aeronics nor iron-pumpimg can hold a candle tomthe two-Martini effect, which has the added benefit of making one irresistible to women.

At least in my case.

Danube of Thought

*aerobics*

Jack is Back!

Does anyone else look at Obama and see just a black Alfred E. Neuman? Especially when he smiles and his ears play out at full flaps.

I am in my office but the TV is on in the living area and I think I just heard The Won cite something about Mao Tse Tung, am I right? Might as well quote Stalin when he meets Medvedev and Hitler when he welcomes Merkel.

Sorry, but I guess he is quoting Deng Sho Ping who I believe was the "old wise one" who replaced Mao. I apologize to Bubu and Cleo. See, how fast and repentant I was?

NK

OT/Extraneous--

Pat Toomey's WSJ Op-Ed is spot on. The Repubs can win this budget debate if they frame the debate right. Bickering over "cuts" is the losing discussion, demagogues will always win that one, even an incompetent demagogue like BHO. What is the correct debate? what revenue does the Federal gov't have, what are the debt payments that have to be made on the existing debt the Obamaniacs piled up, and then figure out what's left? Toomey's Op-Ed starts down the right path. I'll finish the story for him: 2011 Fed revenue will be be 2.2 Trillion Dollars (approx.) debt payments are about 200 Billion Dollars. That leaves 2 Trillion Dollars to spend. TWO TRILLION!!!The Obamaniacs want to spend THREE TRILLION. The House Repubs should adopt a simple FY 2011 2.2 TRILLION DOLLAR budget resolution with instruction to the Treasury Dept that the first $200B goes for debt payment-- NO DEFAULT --the remaining 2TRILLION can fund the rest of government. That takes us back to FY 2002 non-debt spending. FY 2002 is only 10 years ago. Too tough? Fine-- phase in over 3 FYs spend 2.5 TRILLION this year, 2.4 T in 2012, 2.3 in 2013. All debt service is paid, the budget is balanced in time for the 2012 election in FY 2013. People will understand these big picture numbers. Let the Senate Dems and BHO fight over how much to cut to meet this big picture. The leverage to do this? NO DEBT CEILING extension without this budget. PERIOD. Side Benefit? Watch Krugman's head explode!!!!

Janet

That Tatler link is exactly right Clarice. Palin & Bachmann...strong, confident, unwavering.

centralcal

Clarice: I couldn't agree more about the MFM media's destruction.

Sarah calls them out on each of their lies. The other idiots on our side try to kowtow to them.

One of your commenters at Tatler actually says he thinks Pawlenty stands up to the media (his other choice, Barbour, is not quite as absurd). Pawlenty? ::imitating Sue's famous eyeroll::


centralcal

Does anyone else look at Obama and see just a black Alfred E. Neuman? Especially when he smiles and his ears play out at full flaps.

Me! Me! Me!

Rob Crawford

Sarah calls them out on each of their lies. The other idiots on our side try to kowtow to them.

Ruling class vs. country class?

(I just picked up Codevilla's book. Don't know when I'll be able to read it. Anyone have opinions on it?)

Porchlight

Texas budget draft cuts $13.7 billion in spending

I'm right up against it, Ex - the shortfall in the local school district budget is "forcing" them to close schools, and our elementary is on the list of possible closures.

Here's the problem with spending cuts (not that I'm against them): the people charged with cutting are the stupid, grasping bureaucrats who blew up the budget in the first place. So the cuts are made in the same idiotic and corrupt manner.

In the case of schools: when faced with a shortfall, do they get rid of the bloat at the admin level? Of course not. They close schools and/or redistrict. Students - the reason the district exists - hurt most. Bureaucrats hurt least.

Our district HQ takes up a full city block in one of the most expensive, fashionable areas of downtown. I want that building gutted and sold and every last person in it fired before they close a single school.

clarice

That is true everywhere porchlight. In DC when they cut the budget they shortchange the most important and significant operations and the administrative offices still get the annual plush carpet replacement. Smart budget cutting legislators should know this and closely monitor what's being cut and not just take the administrators' word for it..

Neo


The Chinese Army is believed to have built an underground "Great Wall" that stretches for more than 5,000 km in the Hebei region of northern China. Citing the People's Liberation Army's official newsletter, the Ta Kung Pao daily of Hong Kong on Saturday said China's strategic missile squadron, the Second Artillery Division, built a massive underground tunnel to conceal nuclear weapons, including the Dongfeng 5 intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 13,000 km.
...
The purpose of the secretly constructed underground Great Wall is to give China a second chance after a nuclear attack, military experts said. The main objective of the Second Artillery Division is to be able to launch a counterattack against enemy targets after escaping the first volley of attacks. The Ta Kung Pao daily reported that it was unprecedented for the PLA's newsletter to reveal classified information about the tunnels and that this demonstrates Beijing's confidence in its military power.
China will have a "second chance" ?
Let me tell you about M.A.D.
If having a permanent orange Afro is a "second chance" ...

clarice

DoT , I take it you mean two martinis for the women..

Danube of Thought

When will the GOP introduce a bankruptcy law amendment allowing states to file? Haven't heard any legislator mention it.

anduril

Excellent commentary from Tony Blankley: Memo to GOP: Avoid Timidity in 2011. This advice isn't such a no-brainer as one might think. To start with, it's always easier to do nothing--or little. To wait and gather strength, supposedly, for the next election. That's the WSJ advice:

"The GOP Opportunity: The main Republican task will be framing the issues for 2012."

Blankley rejects this strategy: we can't afford to lose time straightening things out, the public knows this and the voters will deal harshly with the GOPers if they choose the path of inaction. And Blankley harkens back to the lessons of 1995, and explains why 2011 is different:

Undergirding this "issue framing only" strategy is the belief that in 1995, Newt Gingrich and his new GOP majority failed to "govern from the House" and lost the public relations battle by "shutting down the government" in its effort to advance deficit reduction.

...

It is true that we lost the image war when the government was shut down in 1995-1996. But let me explain why the confrontation arose -- and most importantly, why we need not lose such a battle now, if it should arise again.

[Explanation of how the battlefield was set in 1995.]

In the ensuing public relations battle, Clinton won that image war and the public came to believe that Newt and the GOP needlessly shut down the government for no good reason.

We lost that battle for three reasons: 1) because the shutdown was falsely but effectively framed in the public mind as motivated by the personal pique of the speaker and the desire of the GOP to "cut Medicare in order to give tax cuts to the rich," 2) the issue of deficit spending and public debt was of much less concern to the public than it is now and 3) we were not able to deliver our interpretation of the issues directly to even our own supporters.

[Discussion of how the Media environment has changed dramatically, as well as how the focus of the voters has changed--both tilting significantly to the advantage of the GOPers.]

But equally importantly, with the massive alternative media, the GOP can effectively frame the issues as necessary for our future prosperity and the creation of millions of new jobs -- without having our message filtered out by the once mighty liberal media.

A principled fight for our prosperity and our children's future must not be delayed another two years. Nor should we fear failing to be able to effectively explain our objectives to the broad public.

No doubt the MSM is still full of itself after "their" Obama victory, but they're fooling themselves--Obama didn't win so much as the GOP lost the country. Yes, there was the factor that so many white voters couldn't imagine Obama being as radical as he clearly was/is, but that was self delusion and those voters have learned a lesson, as witness the midterms. The Tucson incident is the latest signal that Blankley is right and that voters will be in no mood to be fooled twice if Obama tries to reprise Clinton's tactics.

Army of Davids

Long term. Goldman Sachs exec Gary Gensler

Obama's guy at the CFTC. Remember this guy as oil prices go up.


The rent is too damn high.

narciso

Did you see this, clarice, not far from your neck of the woods;

www.the blaze.com/d-c-antiwalmart-protesters-plan-on-marching-on-developers-
home-with target flyer

NK

DOT-- I don't know if the Bankruptcy Code amendment for State filing is the way to go as far as conservatives are concerned. The 50 sovereign states screwed their own pooch (Calif, Illinois, NJ, NY Ct Mass.) or didn't (Texas, Tenn. Indiana, Minn etc.). NOTHING in the federal constitution or bankruptcy Code prevents State defaults for debt/pension payments. If they default, they'll be locked out of the bond market --maybe--. How is a smart orderly default different than a bankruptcy? How is a federal Judge smarter than the bondholder creditors? INSTEAD-- the House Repubs should pass a BAN on state bailouts. No FED bailout, NO FED bankruptcy, the bankrupt States will have to face their own taxpayers, unions and creditors and make a deal. That's the conservative way to solve the problem. The House repubs should focus on the real leverage they have-- the debt ceiling. No debt ceiling increase, without a TRILLION DOLLAR CUT IN SPENDING over 3 years to balance the budget by the end of 2013.

Army of Davids

MERS gumming up the foreclosure process.

MERS owned by Fannie and Freddie.

Jack is Back!

porch,

Don't know about Texas but how can our 200 student Catholic school here in Florida educate their students at a cost of $5,280 per student and the public school does it for $12,200 per student? Our Catholic school has a principal, a secretary and a part-time guidance counselor, a part-time P.E. teacher and the technology teacher doubles up as the Spanish teacher. Our music teacher is part-time also and runs the band after school. At the Diocese which has 21 schools (14 elementary and 7 high school) there are only about 20 people on administrative staff and 6 of them are part time.

My point here is that you can run a lean organization in education and not affect quality of the product. I just don't believe the so-called education reform community that includes people like Christie and Rhee and Klein have ever gone far enough in exploring how to re-organize to a more finely tuned enterprise with the focus on the student and his/her performance. For example, I have never heard of a school district employing Six Sigma type organizational diagnosis and improvement.

PaulV

CNN had Palin and Bachmann in the cross hairs. Incestuous lame stream media.

clarice

http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/01/19/2144/

More on Palin's appeal and her detractors' motivations.


Legal Insurrection shows a mailer with crosshairs on it for an anti-WalMart march in DC.

boris

"Sarah calls them out ..."

That's one of several reasons the GOP needs her to run in 2012. She brings out the worst in the MSM and dimorats, making themselves look bad and providing opportunities for all GOP candidates to exploit.

clarice

Ah , narciso..same story different sources.

Neo

Let’s face the fact that “crosshairs” only became a point of sensitivity with Democrats because they only shot blanks in the last election.
At least Sarah Palin bagged 18 out of 20 of the targets she had in her “crosshairs.”

Threadkiller

--"As it is, conservatives just can't find newspapers, radio stations and TV reporting they like."--

From someone who can't find a blog he likes. Have you read those civil rights links yet, bungduster?

Neo

I guess in the next election they will have to stop using the term "horse race" because it may cause some people to go to the race track and lose the family fortune.

... Ed Rendell says ... "they just don't get it"

Extraneus

Shouldn't we just keep using "crosshairs," while targeting the MSM for defeat and destruction? Let them play by their own phony scheming rules (Alinsky #4). They'll look so stupid going after people for using the same language they've always used, that it will help hasten their demise, as it were.

narciso

True, Ex, take this civility stunt that Coburn is entertaining, did he forget what happened the last time he did such a thing, Obama used it as an excuse, not to 'throw
Bill Ayers under the bus'

Danube of Thought

How is a federal Judge smarter than the bondholder creditors?

I don't know whether a judge is smarter or not. But she would have the power, in reorganizing the state's debts, to modify the public employee pension agreements, and I see no way the bondholders could do that. If CA begins simply to default on payments, the decisions on which payments to make and which not to make will be entirely political.

Chubby

((Narco asks: ``Can't Fox do their own reporting...''))

tsk tsk tsk, where's the "civility"?

surely all that bloviating by your revered leader wasn't mere hyprocrisy, was it?

Janet

I think the one success the MFM have had concerning Palin is making people that LIKE Palin doubt whether she can be elected.
I can see conservatives voting for their 2nd favorite candidate in the primaries just because they have been convinced Palin can't win....so why waste my vote.

Rick Ballard

NK,

Most states have provisions in law that payments to bondholders have primacy. I oppose a state BK provision due to that fact. It appears that Vallejo may be using the Section 9 BK law to effect a cramdown on bondholders while also abrogating certain pension payments (and cutting head count by 40%). Whether that solution is 'fair' or not would depend on the length of haircut received by bondholders.

Productive people living in the Blue Hell cesspools can leave if they cannot effect the political changes necessary. On a long term basis, that's probably the best solution. Living among locusts just isn't healthy.

ION - the NYT fires a complimentary salvo on "unions are the answer" to the commie's deregulation pap.

What a surprise.

hit and run

So http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/01/banning-crosshairs-cnn-used-it-refer-palin-bachmann>John King apologized for an on-air reference to crosshairs by a CNN guest.

But! Reading down in the comments to that piece we find out an important distinction. Repressing violent common rhetorical imagery . . . stops at the water's edge for CNN.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/01/19/china.us.visit/index.html>From a CNN article on Hu's WH visit:

Senate Democrats this week renewed their push to crack down on countries that manipulate their currencies, with China clearly in their crosshairs.

Or stops off-air.

Or something.

narciso

I hope that isn't true, Janet, meanwhile, Gary Sick, proves he hadn't hit rock bottom with the October Surprise, he's now the 'devils advocate with Ahmadinejad, re
the Stuixtnet

Charlie (Colorado)

Does anyone else look at Obama and see just a black Alfred E. Neuman?

So it would appear:

AlfredEObama

Danube of Thought

the House Repubs should pass a BAN on state bailouts

Seems to me there's no need for a ban. They can simply do nothing, i.e. not authorize the expenditures for bailouts.

No FED bailout, NO FED bankruptcy, the bankrupt States will have to face their own taxpayers, unions and creditors and make a deal. That's the conservative way to solve the problem

In theory it is, but in practice those making the deal will be the Democratic machine that created the mess. CA's taxpayers are, even more than nationally, a minority of high-earners. It is simply not possible for them to craft a legislative majority. In any event, I think the bankruptcy route is fully consistent with conservative principles.

Porchlight

My point here is that you can run a lean organization in education and not affect quality of the product.

Oh, without a doubt. It's just that these people - the ones currently in charge - can't do it, because they don't want to do it, have never done it, and are not intelligent enough to do it even if they wanted to.

Jack is Back!

Here is an interesting excerpt from the NY Times reporting on the security camera vids that the Pima County Sherrif and FBI have that show the shooting:

When a deputy sheriff arrived minutes after the shooting and took control of Mr. Loughner, who was being held down by two people, the deputy removed a set of earplugs from Mr. Loughner. Minutes earlier, a surveillance photo also shows Mr. Loughner inside the Safeway talking to a clerk and “pointing to his ears because he’s telling the individual that he can’t hear what she’s saying because he’s got earplugs in,” Mr. Kastigar said.

I can't wait to find out what he was listening to or what music was playing. I will bet my lunch that it will not be what any of us currently believe it was. Anyone want to guess?

My best guess is an audio book probably the one by Olberman.

Is that uncivil and divisive enough?

Extraneus

Ear protection? I don't know about anyone else, but I'll never fire a pistol without it again, unless it's an unexpected emergency.

Cuz they work.

Possibly literally sound deadening plugs, not audio devices. Schizophrenics use a variety of physical obstacles to stop the voices.
============

MarkO

If he was sane enough to wear ear plugs, that tends to cut against the insanity defense. Premeditation is no issue, either.

Maybe the ear plugs were intended to mute the noise of the vitriolic rhetoric spinning in the head of Tucson's Barney Fife.

Or, not.

NK

DOT/Rick--

My reference to "conservative" principles referenced constitutional and federalism principle, sorry for any ambiguity. DOT I agree that forcing a default IS leaving a political decision to the Blue States. But isn't that the result federalism dictates? The Blue states screwed their taxpayers and credit rating, let them make the political decisions to fix it. As Rick points out, if productive taxpayers don't like it, they move. As far as the HOUSE passing a no bailout bill in lieu of Bankruptcy Code amendment, that's window dressing, to make the point, no bailouts to any state, no Congressional side deals. Rick thanks for the point about State laws and debt payments-- isn't that ANOTHER federalism argument against Congress taking over State debt reorganization?

Chubby

Jack, more likely ear plugs such as are employed at the firing range.

Ignatz

--Most states have provisions in law that payments to bondholders have primacy. I oppose a state BK provision due to that fact.--

Not sure I mind bondholders receiving a haircut akin to a scalping, as it is the ease with which states issue bonds which enables the massive deficit spending they indulge in.

Rob Crawford

If he was sane enough to wear ear plugs, that tends to cut against the insanity defense.

Well, against temporary insanity, anyway.

Dave (in MA)

Charlie, on the boston.com (Boston Globe) website, a commenter who was using a Barack E. Neumann icon for his avatar was accused of having a racist avatar. I remember no shortage of George W. Neumann imagery in the past 10 years.

Dave (in MA)

(accused by another commenter, that is)

Extraneus

Did he back down, Dave?

Extraneus

Did Sheila Jackson Lee really say that repealing Obamacare would be killing Americans? OMG.

Chubby

There's a good article about Alfred E. Neumann on Wikipedia that includes a list of all his many, many guises including Santa Claus, Darth Vader, George Washington, King Kong, Baby New Year, Lawrence of Arabia, Batman, Robin, Spider-Man, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Rosemary's Baby, George S. Patton, etc. etc. etc.

Chubby

Neuman

NK

Ignatz says: "Not sure I mind bondholders receiving a haircut akin to a scalping, as it is the ease with which states issue bonds which enables the massive deficit spending they indulge in."--

Agreed-- let the bondholder take a haircut, state employees convert to defined CONTRIBUTION plans ike the rest of us, politician cut other spending or raise taxes, then the State productive taxpayers decide if they stay or move. That's what should happen-- NOT federalize the process with a new bankruptcy Code chapter thatfurther dilutes State duties and powers.

Neo

This is off thread but ...

“I am going to go back to Washington tomorrow and meet with the President of China. He is a dictator. He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have. Maybe I shouldn’t have said dictator, but they have a different type of government than we have and that is an understatement,” Reid said.

Reid is probably functionally correct with calling Hu a dictator but you've got to ask ...
Did Reid get so caught up in the rhetoric of DC that he forgot that the President is of his same party ?
I was always told the the Senate is the chamber of "statesmen." When the Majority Leader of the Senate forgets how to be a "statesmen" you really have got to wonder what is going through their minds.

Dave (in MA)

Ext., I don't know. I didn't monitor the comment thread after that. BTW, my avatar over there isn't racist, it's the NYT-styled picture of Mike Barnicle that used to accompany his columns.

Chubby

Seeing as financial planners put more amd more investment money into fixed income as people get older, an awful lot of bondholders are seniors on fixed income, so giving them a haircut akin to a scalping seems wrong.

Thomas Collins

China puts it energy into winning nuclear wars and functioning after a victory. We put our energy into figuring out the precise mix of red wine, pumping iron and triathloning, and omega blah-blahs that may or may not extend life.
God help us.

Ignatz

--so giving them a haircut akin to a scalping seems wrong--

The problem is the taxpayers, as we see in Illinois, are the ones who get scalped otherwise and other than moving out of state the taxpayer is stuck.
Nobody forced geezers or their advisers or pensions to invest in California or Illinois bonds and they can always sell them before the scalping comes due.
I don't have a problem with secured lenders being first in line because they took the sensible step of securing their loan with a fixed asset. Unsecured bondholders however hold their fellow citizens who pay taxes as security for their loans.

lyle
Seeing as financial planners put more amd more investment money into fixed income as people get older, an awful lot of bondholders are seniors on fixed income, so giving them a haircut akin to a scalping seems wrong.

Then shame on the planner for not doing his due diligence. Believe me, a lot of them are quite lazy. I know, I've been in the biz for 26 years.

Chubby

((God help us.))

There's a good verse in the Bible that indicates battles are not won by physical might alone. ((Psa 33:17 -- An horse [is] a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver [any] by his great strength.)) (In those days, war horses were akin to today's nukes.) A righteous cause can win the day no matter how big a Goliath the enemy is. The American Revolution was a good example of that.

Thomas Collins

I stand in stalwart defense of Sheila Jackson Lee. Her comments on ObamaCare are no more dumb than Yale Law grad Dahlia Lithwick's comments mocking the notion that the executive and legislative branches have a duty to consider the Constitution when going about their business. In the arena of dumbness, Sheila Jackson Lee is as smart as most of the rest of our effete elite.

There, don't anyone ever say I never say anything in defense of a prog.

Minimalist Poster

Our local school district has been forced to make budget cuts after several bond issues have failed. Their cuts might seem stupid at first, but the budget cuts are really quite shrewd. The cuts seem designed to maximize voter inconvenience and convince voters that they really don't want budget cuts after all, rather than to reduce expenses in a meaningful fashion.

Ignatz

--The cuts seem designed to maximize voter inconvenience and convince voters that they really don't want budget cuts after all..--

As clarice tirelessly points out public safety is always placed on the sacrificial alter first so as to make cutting government as unpalatable as possible.

Extraneus

Very common, Minimalist. Here, when the school tax increase goes down, they cut school bus service and sports. Then they have another vote and the budget gets approved.

anduril

via Powerline:

Fifty-six percent said in a CNN/Opinion Research poll that they have a unfavorable opinion of the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee while only 38 percent view her favorably. ...

Fifty-nine percent of Independents, a crucial voting bloc, rate Palin unfavorably.

No one with a 59 percent unfavorability rating among independents has the chance of a snowball in Hell of being elected President. 2012 will be a vitally important election year; it is no time for a kamikaze Presidential campaign or for a cult of personality.

I quote this while agreeing that she has shown more spirit and courage than other wannabe's.

rse

The Mao comment mentioned upthread is highly likely given that the WH is handing out pins with the Chinese and US flags intertwined.

LUN has the story and also Bob Novak's reaction to a similar US/Soviet pin.

Porch and jib-education is a cartel and virtually every aspect since the feds got involved with ESEA in 1965 has been to make it more expensive and to push policies that corrupt an emphasis on academic knowledge and skills.

If you are willing to push the bad ideas you get millions in grants and get to go, for example, from being a French teacher to being a dean of one of the top ed schools in the country with a specialty in math education.

Academic knowledge and skills is absolutely no longer the emphasis in most colleges of education and now K-12. It creates inequitable outcomes where cognitive ability and hard work determine who does well.

Cognitive ability is related to genetic dispositions and birth privilege and neither is acceptable to the Marxists who dominate this area.

So the nature of school has to be changed so that humans themselves can supposedly be changed. One historian I read a few months ago wrote that the reason Communism never worked in the USSR was because Russia was too agrarian and lacked the requisite working class and industry.

To him Communism will work if they can only get control of one of the industrialized western societies. For professors like this, our schools are a very tempting target because the idea is that you can change the nature of society in about 15 years.

The 15 years is more than ticking.

Ignatz

Was going to link a couple of Realclearmarket articles but there are so many good ones today here's a link to RCM itself instead. Enjoy.

PD

GOP spending cuts would affect millions of people

Why, yes. They would. Everyone who pays taxes.

PD

I might consider taking Democrats seriously when they talk about civility when they begin citing specific *Democrat* instances of inflamed rhetoric and calling out their own.

Until then, they're just scolds as usual.

Enlightened

Gawd I am so tired of the GOP bashing Palin.

For me this incident has left me feeling even more respect for Palin who again was utterly vilified not only by the deranged leftwing who have never been promoted to 2nd grade, so they aren't even worth talking about, but also by the GOP who purportedly are outraged she was blamed, but fall into lockstep with the schoolyard bullies.

Even worse - When will the NYT, or Wapo or slobbering Chris Matthews, or even more detestable runt Bill Maher or any other POS media admit that a REPUBLICAN JUDGE, who honorably shielded a man from death was also killed? He should have no less than the coverage afforded Christina Greene or even Giffords who did not die.

Frau Pfui

Aside: On C-Span the Lying Left keeps saying that Obamacare has already created jobs. Thank goodness for Cliff Stearns(R-FL) who pointed out that these are government jobs

I really hate watching our government "in action." The debate takes place in front of a large empty chamber. Every last one of our public servants should have to sit there while proceedings take place.

 centralcal

Ditto what Enlightened wrote.

Frau Pfui

Sorry to andurilize bold the thread. Watching C-Span can set my hair on fire.

PD

off

hit and run

rse:
If you are willing to push the bad ideas you get millions in grants and get to go, for example, from being a French teacher to being a dean of one of the top ed schools in the country with a specialty in math education.

Or from being a domestic terrorist to being a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago to being vice-president of the curriculum studies division of the American Educational Research Association (not to mention being "just a guy who lives in [Obama's] neighborhood").

Frau Pfui

Hooray! Jean's own Marsha Blakburn (R-TN) just took on Louise Slaughter (D-NY) who wanted to speak--in her poorly-read prepared remarks--for the women for America.

Frau Pfui

The Republicans are still calling it "job-killing."

cathyf
If he was sane enough to wear ear plugs, that tends to cut against the insanity defense.
If he was wearing earplugs to muffle the sounds of the voices in his head, that cuts against the insanity defense?!?

You know, "insanity" is not the same thing as "stupidity." People who are experiencing delusions are not any stupider that they would be without the delusions, it's just that they are using whatever their intelligence is to make decisions and take actions based significantly upon the information contained in their delusions, which is not real.

To take a made-up example: suppose it were really true that Rep Giffords was conspiring with aliens from outer space to infect the entire human race with a brain-eating bacteria which would paralyze us so that the aliens would torture us and eat us alive -- wouldn't Loughner be a genuine hero for foiling the plot?

Pofarmer

Egads, I must be becoming a radicle. Local talk show host was going on this morning about how Loughner was simply crazy, cuckoo, etc, and on and on. I called in to point out that, at least on the web, there is definately a community that supports his veiws, and gave Rense.com as an example site. The guy then asked if killing a 9 year old girl fit into the profilr, and
I said, "No, the 9 year old was collateral damage.". At this point, he went off on me and basically cut the line without giving me a chance to explain myself. In thos guys mind, this was a political act. It didn't occur at a aschool, or andaycare, or a McDonalds. It happened at a political function, purposefully. The guy is nuts, but, I don't think we ought to ignore some of his motivations.

Enlightened

Sigh. I hope every GOP'er on the floor shouts out JOB KILLING. I wish one of them would say it 10 times repeatedly. I wish one of them had a big poster board saying OBAMACARE = JOB KILLER.

Killing a JOB does not mean you're killing the PERSON doing the job, and is not code for the mentally deranged to kill people who are on the job.

Once again we are witnessing the pussifying of America, and they can BITE ME if they don't like my language choice.

And Charlie I love the Obama E Neuman pic. now if only there was a Cruella De Ville shot of the Missus.

PD

The Republicans are still calling it "job-killing."

Good, 'cause it is.

Don't the Democrats like "speaking truth to power"?

Danube of Thought

Most states have provisions in law that payments to bondholders have primacy.

In CA, I believe the employee pensions are constitutionally protected, so I don't know how any bondholder primacy would assert itself.

As Rick points out, if productive taxpayers don't like it, they move

Granted we all have a constitutional right to relocate. In practice, for many people (e.g. productive retirees) the transaction costs would be prohibitive. And I still don't see anything in BK law that is inherently inconsistent with constitutional federalism. For one thing, any provision allowing for states to seek BK protection would require, in deference to state sovereignty, that the proceedings be initiated by the state itself; the creditors would not be empowered to compel the proceedings.

Leaving the remedies in the current situation to the voters and elected officials is analogous to telling a bankrupt corporation to leave its problems to the shareholders, officers and creditors. BK occurs when that process has failed. In effect, CA taxpayers have no remedy; the political process has failed.

cathyf

And, to return to the original topic, exercise and a good diet are known to strengthen the immune system, which then does a more effective job of killing infectious bacteria and viruses. Yes, that's right, GERM KILLER!!!

Danube of Thought

let the bondholder take a haircut

I'm perfectly willing to have the bondholders take the haircut--they got what they bargained for--which is pretty much what would happen to them as unsecured creditors in a BK proceeding.

state employees convert to defined CONTRIBUTION plans ike the rest of us, politician cut other spending or raise taxes, then the State productive taxpayers decide if they stay or move. That's what should happen-- NOT federalize the process with a new bankruptcy Code chapter thatfurther dilutes State duties and powers.

The state is powerless to force a conversion of existing plans to defined contributions. And, as I have stressed, the productive taxpayers have been rendered electorally impotent by the legislature. I am as good as the next guy in setting forth the conservative principles that ought to govern, but they tell us almost nothing about how to escape the mess that has festered.

rse

Like a good neighbor I will help move us along to visual relief.

I think most of you understand I do not do the ed posts to scare. These ideas were never meant to get into the daylight.

Pulling them into the sunlight literally impacts the ability to implement the worst of them.

Enlightened

Ugh. Malkin has a post on PA abortionist charged with murder that is just breathtakingly sad and hideous.

lyle

Me? I exercise and work out to blow off all the anger and frustration that builds during the day from reading about ignorant, arrogant democrat (and RINO) congresscretins and their media enablers. That and hitting the shootin' range helps. (OOH, martial imagery! Wingnut machismo! Bite me!)

rse

The federal government literally financed both a change agent handbook and the later Rand Change Agent Study.

Dr J-Turns out the author of the Change Agent handbook went on to be the one implementing the AAAS project 2061 redesign of science courses that you and I have written about.

Rick-You would love the explanation on why we should grade for effort not the actual value of the academic output. Only someone who had been trained to believe the value of a product is the time spent producing it would have written it.

Unfortunately for us she is on the national standards committee.

rse

Have I told you the story about how the so-called father of Whole Language talks about having to change his actions during the McCarthy era because of the climate of fear?

Made me wonder what he had been up to but left no doubt on the reasons for pushing a bad reading method.

Marginal literacy-a highly effective form of censorship.

 Ann

Ditto, Enlightened! Ditto, Ditto, Ditto

Clarice, thanks for the two Palin links.

I can't bare to watch what this nation has done to Sarah Palin. If they could put her in a burqa they would to it.

Rob Crawford

If he was wearing earplugs to muffle the sounds of the voices in his head, that cuts against the insanity defense?!?

No, if he wore earplugs because he was told to always wear earplugs when he shot a gun, then that argues against the insanity defense.

Not that I personally buy that defense. If anything, it emphasizes it to my mind, as well as emphasizes premeditation.

NK

DOT-- I guess this is where we disagree. Voters get the government they vote in. If productive taxpayers vote in liberals who then wreck the State's finances by give aways to State employees unions etc etc., then the productive taxpayer either moves or lives with the consequences. Go back and check Bloomberg.com, there was an article yesterday about Gov. Brown moving to strip cities of the authority to issue tax exempt ecenomic development incentives. Those economic development deals are the only way for local governments in California to keep employers from moving to Washington State, Nevada, Ariz, Colorado or China, and in his panhandling for tax dollars Brown wants to end that local authority. The mayors and County execs are up in arms. The tax mongers are eating one another. Let the taxpayers sit back and assess. That's ultimately the only solution.

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