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peter

You know, if you don't want me to post here, you could just ask me directly to leave and never come back.

Anduril:

I don't want you to post here. Please leave and never come back.


Done

Jack is Back!

Ditto, peter.

But I do not think this is Israeli or even the New York Jews since the cukes have all been testing non-kosher. The fact it started in Germany, affecting natives or those who recently visited or live there then I am going with something out of Turkey. Turkey is next to Iran and this could be payback time for Siemens letting the CIA and NSA slip the stuxnet into their computer systems shutting down the centrifuges.

Hey its as good a conspiracy theory as the one Anduril will come up with or even the MSM. If everything else fails to pan out, you can always use the old reliables - Bush, Cheney, Palin and Breitbart in that order.

Jack is Back!

Waiting for Apple tech support to call in re Frederick's iPod Nano which as lost all sound except the most faintest. He has started to listen to Tim Tebow's new audio-book' "Through My Eyes".

Found this over at Ace's and almost had nose coffee. LUN

Beware do not be drinking hot liquids when reading.

Extraneus

TM has already asked him, directly.

peter

Mel, thanks for the many links on the home theater issues. They were quite helpful. The most salient fact I learned is that the center channel speaker is the most important. I know ceiling speakers compromise performance, but in this particular room they are the easiest to set up.

Jack is Back!

peter,

I take it you have consider the Bose Lifestyle systems? We have it in many zones throughout our house and outsde. Hard to beat but then we don't have a home theatre room per se.

Danube of Thought

Minus 10 at Raz today.

Jane

This is yesterday's latest on the recovery. In retrospect I think it is a little cavalier on my part because life is hardly back to normal for Amy and the others affected. I'm just so proud of my town.

Now the battle will be over what is covered by insurance and what isn't. Some people say 'everything is covered' and it's not. My feeling is that you do everything you can and hire people for the rest and argue about the coverage later.

Then again it's not my money.

I do pass on everyone's good wishes, and it is all very appreciated.

Danube of Thought

Extraordinary, Jane. And well you should be proud of your town.

Captain Hate

I agree DoT; kudos to Sturbridge.

anduril

Steve Sailer has the lowdown on the showdown: Obama v. Sailer on the links. Judging from the handicaps, etc., Boehner will clean his clock: Golf Summit.

Janet

Your post was wonderful, Jane. So uplifting....loved the focus on the good, & the love for each other, & what was done right.

narciso

Seeing how the last budget negotiation went, I'm not so sanguine, the irony is for all Obama's playing, he isn't very good, otherwise
we would have heard from the heralds of Sir Golfsalot.

hit and run

What a great story...thanks for sharing that Jane.

Jack is Back!

Not so fast Anduril. Obviously, you don't play much club golf in competitions on a regular basis. Depends on the game and whether Boehner has to give strokes. If its a money game, he will have to give O anywhere from 7 to 10 strokes even more depending on what tees they play.

Wetherington's White Tees (where O normally plays from at Andrew's 3 courses and Army/Navy) are rated 70.4 and a slope of 127. None of the courses O regularly plays (see above have that high a rating or slope. The closest is the South Course at Andrews at 70.0 and a slope of 124.

So, that means that if Mr. Boehner's current handicap index is 8.5 and based on playing the Blue tees (never changes if you don't play for months or years) his course handicap off the white will be 10. Sailer says the O is a 17 but gives no index. You need that to calculate his course handicap for Wetherington since it has a different rating and slope.

My bet is they go straight up - 7 strokes on handicap and and an extra 2 because this is the first time O has played it. Called equity at clubs, called being a Republican nice guy instead of steely cut-throat shark.

But this should not be Boss-Golf and Boehner should do everything possible to win, mess with his mind and remind him of his reverse pivot every chance he gets.

Danube of Thought

OK, be warned that this is a bit racy (via Hot Air), but it's really well done, and it's at Anthony Weiner's expense, so why not check it out?

Clarice

Good grief. Well it is Europe and the plague is suspected so why not return to the usual suspects.

If it is a bioweapon, remember that AQ had a major Hamburg cell--maybe someone just cleaned up their den.

Melinda Romanoff

Peter-

If you can swing it, B&W speaks will make your ears melt.

Danube of Thought

Glenn Reynolds on Weinergate:

The people who think they’re smart enough, and morally superior enough, to run everyone else’s lives are risible. They’re not smart enough, and they’re actually, overall, morally inferior — I mean, John Edwards, DSK, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barney Frank, Tax Cheat Tim Geithner, just go down the list — and mocking them is inherently valuable. They pursue power, and they exercise power, as much for deference as anything else. Deny them that, and make it painful for them whenever possible. That’s my take.
hit and run

I'm not really sure what to make of this:

But I just emailed myself to get it off that number!

[TheVIMH: Why don't you just, you know, read some emails]
Well aren't you just so smart,Mr. Smarty McPantserson.

Ignatz

--If you can swing it, B&W speaks will make your ears melt.--

Sounds problematic.

Rocco

Wow, an E4, that's a whopper! It really is a different world west of Worcester. When I started fishing and hunting out that way, the first thing I noticed was the American Flag seemed to be flying everywhere. What a wonderful place to live.

MayBee

and mocking them is inherently valuable. They pursue power, and they exercise power, as much for deference as anything else. Deny them that, and make it painful for them whenever possible. That’s my take.

I absolutely absolutely agree with that.

Rocco

Oh oh...does that mean you're the Anti-Christ hit?

hit and run

Remember that ad showing a man in a suit pushing granny in wheelchair over a cliff?

It was supposed to imply a Republican. But bigfurhat has unmasked the culprit.

I knew it!

Melinda Romanoff

What?!?

You've never played extreme metaphor before?

A bit like extreme ironing, but you use a keyboard instead of an ironing board.

MayBee

Oh- and I'm glad Glenn Reynolds mentions these guys want to run everyone else's lives. They usually try to wriggle out of the "hypocrite!" charge by saying they are the ones who don't want to run your lives. By that, they mean they are pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage (sometimes).

But they want to control your money, and your words, and your food intake, and yes, even your sex lives. They are the ones who want to make laws around college kids having drunken sex, and support ideas like not using a condom = rape. They want to decide who can give money to political campaigns. They want schools to spy on kids' Facebook pages to make sure the kids express the right thoughts.
And they tell themselves that as long as they support a woman's ability to have a legal abortion, they are liberal, free thinkers who can condemn and expose anybody else.

Army of Davids

ObamaCare = job killer.

In the crony-capitalism world....its best to own a seat at the DC table like Chicago based McDonald's and get your ObamaCare waiver favor.

hit and run

MayBee:
But they want to control your money, and your words, and your food intake, and yes, even your sex lives.

And they want to criminalize feeding the homeless.

The believe that if something doesn't get funneled through or cleared by the government,it's inherently not virtuous -- and probably evil.

PD

Just checking in this morning. Are we still discussing Weiner's cock up cock-up, or have we moved on to other topics?

narciso

Btw, PD today is the Covert Affairs marathon,
yes I know who the consultant is on this, you
wouldn't be surprised, hit,

PD

Speaking of Baader Meinhof (mentioned above), I recently got this movie from the library: Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Worth seeing. I menioned that I'd watched it to my boss, who lives in Germany. His reply: "Those were dark days."

windansea

"A victim of this bacteria needs daily blood transfusions from 10 to 15 donors," he added.

whoa

PD

narciso, who?

I mentioned the other day that last season's ep titles were all the names of Led Zeppelin songs. I googled the title of this season's opener: Begin the Begin. Turns out it's an R.E.M. song. Perhaps that is the band they'll use for ep titles this season, though I will have to use Google to check, having never knowingly heard an R.E.M. song in my life.

Rocco

Ya gotta give him some credit for hang time eh?

PD

The believe that if something doesn't get funneled through or cleared by the government,it's inherently not virtuous -- and probably evil.

It's the same frame of mind that conceives of taking money from some by taxation and giving it to others as "generosity."

hit and run

We live in a world where carp like this is taken seriously.

"Things written as an academic are not a legitimate part of what we do as a government official."
--stuff Cass Sunstein said

So when Sunstein wrote a report in 2003 advocating "that government assign a higher monetary value to the lives of young people than to senior citizens" we should just figure he didn't really mean it as something he would advocate if he were in,say,the Obama administration.

And Democrats can produce ads implying that Republicans want to push granny off a cliff? Yessiree. And get away with it.

It's a crazy, upside down, mixed up world we live in. But alas, it's the only one we got.

PD

But alas, it's the only one we got.

For now.

narciso

Valerie Plame, if you must know, really no REM, even 'Losing my Religion'

narciso

Why doesn't this part of the Moebius, not surprise:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2011/06/barney-frank-media-diet/38392/

Clarice

What is that about, narciso?

MayBee--me three on Glenn's observation about the political elite. Let other s write their fancy pants analyses, I intend to just show over and again how positively ridiculous they are.

MarkO

More but different doom. Romney not only reaffirms Romneycare, but global warming.

DoT, so '70's.

narciso

This is the soundtrack, yeah I don't get half of these bands either:


http://soundtrackbase.com/tv-series/download-covert-affairs-soundtrack/

anduril

Obviously, you don't play much club golf in competitions on a regular basis.

Never swung a club in anger in my life. I don't belong to the wealthy, leisured class.

BTW, that was a totally bizarre comment you made, purportedly linking me to conspiracy theories.

boris

My guess ... the Moebius is a one sided strip. There is no other side.

PD

RomneyCare, global warning, ethanol subsidies ... he's making it really easy to decide about him.

PD

I don't get half of these bands either

I don't think I recognized a single one, unless "J. Gelis Band" is "J. Geils Band."

anduril

Another indication of where this nation is heading in the states, no matter which party runs the given state: Liberal Washington State Tries to Kiss Medicaid Goodbye: The governor and the legislature unanimously back a block-grant model similar to welfare reform.

scott

Looks like we put a Hellfire on a big fish. Maybe OBL intel. LUN HotAir.

Danube of Thought

"Things written as an academic are not a legitimate part of what we do as a government official."

Tell that to Robert Bork.

narciso

Looks like Mr. Kashmiri, missed the lesson on
'not being seen' A toast to those operators who avenged Mumbai in part.

anduril

Here's the second installment of Walter Russell Mead's The Death of the American Dream. Long but worth reading and thinking about. Lest anyone think that Mead is gloating, here's how he ends:

The American Dream is not in the last analysis a farm or a home and a good job. It is the dream that through hard work and good choices the average American can be prosperous and independent, and that ordinary people with these life experiences can govern themselves wisely and well without the ‘guidance’ of their ‘betters’.

That dream is timelessly valid, and it is still the thing that people around the world admire most about the United States. We are going to have to re-imagine and re-engineer the dream to keep it alive in the decades ahead, but that shouldn’t daunt us. America is a nation of dreamers; building the future by following those dreams is what we do best.

With that in mind, read the whole thing, and the earlier installment if you missed it. Think about what he has to say about the dream, how it developed, what has happened to it, the how's and why's of it all, the goods and bads. Despite the ending, Mead's vision is not a nostalgia trip--preserving the dream will take hardheaded analysis, determination based on insight into human nature.

After that, plug some of Mead's thoughts into your thinking on possible presidential candidates. IMO, Mead doesn't have all the insights, but nothing could be more clear to me than that neither Obama nor the old line GOPers (Romney, etc.) have virtually any of the answers--not surprising, since they don't understand the questions. What is troubling to me is how few of the newer breed of GOPers have that understanding.

OTOH, the pressure of circumstances seems to be forcing the hands of politicians at the state and local level, whether Republican or Democrat. Maybe that's where the change we need will come from--and that would be for the best.

Also, plug all this into your national security considerations--a point on which I disagree with Mead in a number of respects. The nation he envisions--one which embodies the American Dream as we have known it and as we want our children to know it--cannot, in the last analysis, be an empire. That, too, will have to change. The analysis of how we became an empire, how that status has changed America, and what to do about it is another essential component of your considerations. What I see at JOM and elsewhere is a stubborn unwillingness to face up to these realities or even discuss them, a desire to live in an idealized past. That won't work.

Captain Hate

I don't think I recognized a single one, unless "J. Gelis Band" is "J. Geils Band."

You recognized Wilco, no? Their stud guitarist, Nels Cline, is only 7 years younger than I am so a yoot he ain't.

Captain Hate

BTW, that was a totally bizarre comment you made, purportedly linking me to conspiracy theories.

What are the chances somebody would think that?

PD

You recognized Wilco, no?

You fail to recognize the vast depths of my ignorance.

Old Lurker

Just read Romney's remarks about man caused global warming. And his reaffirmation for his MA version of Obamacare.

That's all I need to know.

Next...

Clarice

For a smart man, Romney sure is a dunce.

Old Lurker

If you want two touchstones in support of the progressive agenda, he hit them both. And it ain't about "shades of grey".

narciso

His instincts are all wrong, that's why it seems fitting that she 'bigfooted' him in New Hampshire, and she, not he will be the subject
of Wallace FNS interview, only Wiener has had a worse week.

jimmyk

It's the same frame of mind that conceives of taking money from some by taxation and giving it to others as "generosity."

Or that calls reducing people's taxes "spending."

Rick Ballard

OL,

Pedigree and fine institutional credentials will always tell (cue Dueling Banjos).

He's a real bellwether on what highly paid political consultants believe appeals to the Muddle. He has myriad principles and convictions and can almost accessorize them without help (unless a public appearance is involved).

jimmyk

His instincts are all wrong

I think it's partly that he's got the mindset of a "problem-solver" from his background at Bain. He wasn't paid the big bucks to say "let the free market work." He thinks government can solve problems, whereas Reagan understood that "government IS the problem."

jimmyk

Or as Groucho said, "Those are my principles. And if you don't like them, well, I have others."

anduril

What are the chances somebody would think that?

Saying, of course, is different than thinking. A lot of people say things without actually thinking them. Cf. Palin, Sarah, re Revere, Paul, his ride. In dealing with ideologues one finds this is frequently the case: they simply state conclusions without putting any effort into thinking about what they're saying. It saves a lot of time and effort, or even just a little--that matters with mentally lazy people. Thus, if anduril disagrees with me, or says something that I don't understand (which is always disagreeable, since to understand it would take mental effort), he must be, oh, crazy or something. What do crazy people do? Subscribe to conspiracy theories. That's it--he must be a conspiracy theorist!

So, yes, the chances of someone saying that at JOM are rather high, but the chance of any thought going on before the statement is made is rather low, given that it's a patently erroneous statement.

Clarice

Mark Steyn at NRO:

t’s the political class doing all this relentless “work for the American people” that’s turned this country into the brokest nation in the history of the planet, killed the American Dream, and left the American people headed for a future poised somewhere between the Weimar Republic and Mad Max. So, if it’s a choice between politicians getting back to work for the American people or tweeting their privates round the planet, I say, tweet on, MacDuff. Tough on our young college ladies. But, as Queen Victoria advised her daughter on her wedding night, lie back and think of England. Download and think of America.

Old Lurker

I can see how the consultants can do the math for him, particularly after reading the Gallup breakdown of M/W and Independants on the question of doing more redistribution, not less. A MA pol with roots in unionized MI promising to continue down the road we are on just with more efficiency and with less edge could accumulate enough votes to get the job. The country won't survive, but hey that's just me talkin.

Agent J. (formally known as "J"..

Liberal trolls who post at JOM
Are totally out of touch.
You can always tell a liberal
You just can't tell him much.

The facts will just confuse them,
and sometimes make them mad.
So then they turn to insults,
'Cause that's all they ever had.

So let 'em post their drivel,
And make their foolish charges
On November 2nd of oh-12,
We'll take out all the garbage.

I will freely admit, it is not mine, but it is so fitting.

anduril

'They're destroying my garden,' says man charged with attacking raccoons

Some random lines from a fascinating article:

Piercing, terrible screams shook Roddy Muir out of his sleep at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“It sounded like a young child was being thrown around ...

...

What he saw was a familiar sight.

Last summer, behind his house, Muir saw a man attack raccoons with a pronged implement. In that incident, he said, he saw the man stab at raccoons on the ground and puncture them so they were screaming.

...

But when he heard the screams again on Wednesday, he feared something similar was happening.

Muir said he saw one baby raccoon cowering on the ground.

A man swung a spade at another baby raccoon on a fence, knocking it to the ground and hitting it a number of times with the shovel, he said.

...

“I was swearing my head off. I said, ‘What are you doing? I told him he was a f---ing psycho.”

...

“I said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ ” Muir recounted. “He swept his arm around and said ‘They’re destroying my garden.’ ”

...

Meanwhile, he said, the mother raccoon was nearby — he thinks she had three other babies with her.

She came down to the injured, crying baby that had been hit with the spade and picked it up. “It was still alive but it was really smushed and flopping around and crying,” Muir said.

...

A man was arrested after police arrived on the scene.

...

Later on Wednesday, Muir said he saw the mother raccoon come back.

“It looked like she was looking for her baby . . . it tore my heart out,” he said.

...

Dong Nguyen, 53, of Rankin Cres., whose backyard abuts Muir’s, has been charged with cruelty to animals and possessing a dangerous weapon. ...

Neighbours who live on Nguyen’s street had only good things to say about him on Wednesday.

Don Westacott, 53, who lives several houses away, has known Nguyen for a number of years and has always found him pleasant. ...

Nguyen is very devoted to his garden, Westacott said. “He’s always out looking after his plants — they’re like his kids.”

Westacott said raccoons are real pests in the neighbourhood, always getting into garbage.

Frau Alaaf!

Worth seeing. I menitoned that I'd watched it to my boss, who lives in Germany. His reply: "Those were dark days."

It was something in the Ayer(s). They were dark here, also.
Carpy 68er!

narciso

I mean if we could get down to brass tacks, she was on the forefront on the opposition to the GZ Mosque, whereas Christie, ridiculed
them, as unfounded, and appointed Sohail Mohammed, attorney for Hamas supporter Quatanani, to the superior court. But that's an inconvenient fact, that falls down the memory hole, right with Comrade Ogilvy.

anduril

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard...The Ballad of Pancho and Lefty

Merle Haggard - That's The Way Love Goes

Merle Haggard - Mama Tried

Merle Haggard & Tammy Wynette "Today I Started lovin' You Again

Clarice

As I said earlier, Narciso, I cannot recall her saying anything that was stupid. She seems to have been consistently on the mark.

anduril

And one more--for James Arness: Toby Keith - Should've Been A Cowboy.

PD

They were dark here, also.

Yeah. Sterling Hall here in Madison.

Rocco

It appears Romney's willing to say anything to get elected. He's off my list now.

Pawlenty, supported cap and trade, scratch him too.

Christie, I agree with Sara, not a conservative, supports gun control.

centralcal

Just catching up . . . totally agree, Clarice, Palin has been "on the mark."

Thinking of DrJ today. Sadly, down here in the valley it has been raining steadily for the past 4 hours. He is further north, higher elevation, but I don't it is looking good for his wedding reception in the yard - alas.

centralcal

Y'know, Rocco, one by one, many of the "good ol' boys" seem to be cancelling themselves out - all by themselves - without even a push from the MFM! Last man - or woman - standing just may be?

Rocco

I like Sarah!

pagar

Clarice, great point. "She seems to have been consistently on the mark."
Meanwhile, most of the others are never on the mark.

Meanwhile, the leftists at Politico seem determined to tell us there is a menace lurking that is worse than E-Coli.

"Once they’re on the road, they’re filing urgent updates by phone and figuring out unorthodox bathroom breaks, like the reporter who pulled over to relieve himself on the side of the highway going from Gettysburg, Pa., to Philadelphia — drawing notice from both Palin aides and the rest of the trailing press.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56186.html#ixzz1OKeKeVG6

What do they think is going to happen that they have to be right behind the Palin vehicles? If all of these reporters could have used their skills on Obama, he probably wouldn't have had to hire a bunch of lawyers to fly to Hawaii and retrieve his birth certificate.

narciso

She makes them earn their salaries, this has been true with many of her speeches, where they have had to piece together, from twitter
feeds, phone cams, etc.

Danube of Thought

I like Sarah too. Not only that, I share her views on a great many issues.

Because of my views, I know that I could never be elected president. Neither can she, although she is much better looking, much more magnetic, and does not need to have a very large Martini every day at five o'clock.

But I will certainly stipulate that Romney is not exactly going to fire up the base.

Charlie (Colorado)

As I said earlier, Narciso, I cannot recall her saying anything that was stupid. She seems to have been consistently on the mark.

I'd suggest that anyone who thinks Sarah Palin is stupid should never, never ever, take the other side of a bar bet with her.

Porchlight

Palin is the first candidate in my memory to treat the MSM as they deserve to be treated. We've always wanted someone to do this - we wanted Bush to do it and he refused - and now Palin takes up the baton.

And yet, the GOP establishment media sniffs and whines, and some righties go right along with them. It's a mystery to me.

Porchlight

I should also add that on this bus tour, when Palin does encounter the media, she talks to them and is gracious. She just doesn't cater to them and they're not used to it.

hit and run

Well,I might as well post it here and now -- before I accidentally publicly tweet it.

So.....how much fun did you have last weekend?

I mean,did you have this much fun?

Well,did you?

[TheVIMH: Is that really you? Did you really....?]
I can say with certitude on both counts . . . yes.

[TheVIMH: People are going to think you're crazy]
I hope so.

BTW,this wasn't my first rodeo.

Old Lurker

Over at Powerline they link to some unemployment charts by none other than WaPo. What is interesting in this set of data is that while the overall rate is 9.1, this time the break it down by category which reveals that included in that 9.1, Govt workers are only 3.9 and Teachers and Healthcare at about 5. Too bad they did not provide the math to show an Us vs Them breakdown. Edwards had a point about thete being two Americas.

Old Lurker

Standard iPad disclaimer applies to my tqypos...

Ignatz

--Thinking of DrJ today. Sadly, down here in the valley it has been raining steadily for the past 4 hours. He is further north, higher elevation, but I don't it is looking good for his wedding reception in the yard - alas.--

Been raining steadily all day here about an hour west of Tahoe and a little over an hour south of DrJ's hometown.

Ignatz

Geez hit, Winning The Future much?

Ignatz

--BTW,this wasn't my first rodeo.--

Deja vu all over again. I go to H&R's link to his last ill advised wave of mutilation and DrJ is talking about heavy rain at his place then too.

hit and run

Duh,winning!

anduril

I was sure someone had posted this before--maybe a different thread? Obviously it's at NRO and it's pretty long:

End Medicare
by Andrew C. McCarthy

Would you vote to save the Bernie Madoff scheme? Me neither. And when you get down to it, that’s why you can mark me down as a failure when it comes to the latest Beltway-conservative litmus test for commentary deemed worthy of adults. No, I won’t be gushing praise for the Ryan plan to save Medicare, nor reserving a seat at the coronation of its author as the most courageous, fiscally responsible Washington politician ever — or, at least, ever to vote for the prescription-drug entitlement, TARP, Keynesian “stimulus” spending, and the auto-company bailout.

Captain Hate

It appears Romney's willing to say anything to get elected. He's off my list now.

That was the rap on Mitt in 2008 (about which his shills protested vehemently that he really wasn't; kind of like how Richard Holbrooke made a complete ass out of himself on FNS by telling Chris Wallace in 2004 that anybody thinking Lurch was flip-flopping was too stupid to understand him, always a winning strategy from the Shrum handbook for success) and he leads off by doubling down on ethanol and glowbull worming.

Captain Hate

And yet, the GOP establishment media sniffs and whines, and some righties go right along with them. It's a mystery to me.

The GOP establishment media have gotten too cozy with insider power and all its perqs. They're as much in need of term limits as the dunces in Congress.

daddy

Durham in Wonderland reports that John Edward's has hired Defense Lawyers Wade Smith and Jim Cooney, both defenders of the Duke kids in the Duke LaCrosse fiasco.

anduril

And back on topic...

If Germany had managed to get rid of all its Jews New Yorkers back in the 30s and 40s, it probably would not be suffering from this shit-based disease today.

Actions (and failures) have consequences.

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