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July 01, 2011

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bgates

I guess Obama wasn't wearing his constitutional law professor hat in 2006 when he announced he intended "to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit". If he had the hat, he'd have known the Senate had no say in the matter.

Chubby

I'm braced for three weeks of political kabuki theater, threats and insults from both sides and scary red headlines on Drudge, all to end with a "deal" on midnight of the 21st, or whatever the date is ...

the games are getting old

daveinboca

Geithner is a skid mark on the underwear of this putric administration and, along with Holder and a half dozen other malfeasance types, should resign tomorrow, with the excuse that they are national security risks to the country's international and national stature.

daveinboca

@bgates

The U.of Chicago Law School Faculty deemed Obama underqualified to teach at their esteemed school. They were overridden by the Board of Regents who ordered them to make a position available to teach as an ADJUNCT PROFESSOR & they gave him a room and a windowless office as a perk. I myself taught at Florida International and Florida Atlantic as ADJUNCT PROFESSOR and can attest that it is as highly regarded as TA and paid at the level of the janitorial staff.

Pops

So Geitner and all the administration finance folks who testified underoath before Congress regarding the debt ceiling were all committing perjury?

daddy

Judge Emmet Sullivan, the DC Judge who ordered Ted Steven's Trial to be moved from Alaska to DC so that Ted Stevens could get a "Fair Trial", just ruled with the Greens that Alaskan Polar Bears, despite a healthy population, are to remain listed as threatened on the Endangered Species List. Judge backs scientists in polar bear ruling.

"Story sez "The polar bear is unique among species protected under the Endangered Species Act because it is the first to be designated as threatened because of global warming."

"...while the bear has healthy populations now -- some 25,000 can be found across the Arctic region from Alaska to Greenland -- scientists had to project what would happen in coming decades. Their conclusion: an estimated 15,000 bears would be lost as rising temperatures caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere melted the sea ice on which the bears depend."

Guess the Science is settled.

Pops

I venture that in the next 30-40 years, all 25,000 polar bears will die. So these scientists are accurate..perhaps the judge will outlaw death.

Extraneus

I don't get the "Constitutional option." Doesn't the 14th Amendment say that the debt has to be authorized by law?

"'The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for the payments of pension and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion' -- this is the important thing -- 'shall not be questioned," Geithner read.
Jane (Slippery Dick Hussein Obama) sucks

I think it's a red herring. The debt can be easily paid without raising the debt ceiling. This is a spending issue.

Clarice

I expect the judge will be overruled on appeal, daddy.

MarkO

In real science, as opposed to, say, political science, nothing is settled. Everything is subject to testing and re-testing, including Newton and Einstein.

Is there enough Coca-Cola for the bears, daddy?

Rob Crawford

How long until we hear the White House called MSNBC before the suspension was announced?

How long until we hear the suspension was decided on "with White House input"?

That was me, at 12:30 yesterday. LUN for story today with "Sideshow" Carney admitting he called MSNBC to complain.

Captain Hate

Who in the world would ever react with anything but derisive laughter at a complaint from Carney? I think even Orwell didn't anticipate the level of spinelessness that the salad tossers possess.

Extraneus

Poor, poor Michelle and Barry.

First lady describes toll of job on husband

First lady Michelle Obama today spoke in very frank and personal terms to a Massachusetts audience as she described her conversion to a political wife, as well as the toll President Obama’s job takes on him each day.

“I see the worry creasing his face. I hear the passion and determination in his voice. ‘You won’t believe what these folks are going through;’ he told me that last night. ‘Michelle, it is not right. We’ve got to fix this. We have to do more,’” she said during a visit to Boston for a fund-raiser on behalf of the Democratic National Committee.

“Barack always reminds me that we are playing a long game,” she added, replicating her husband’s call for patience amid the country’s slow emergence from a recession. “He reminds me, as I said to you, too, that change is slow. He reminds me that change doesn’t happen all at once, but that if we keep showing up, if we keep fighting the good fight, doing what we know is right, then eventually we will get there, because the truth is we always have in this country. We always have.”

[snip]

The first lady wore her hair up, with what appeared to be a white or cream-colored dressed with a black-fleck pattern. She wore high heels. Asked to help a reporter better describe her dress, Rafanelli said simply, “Fabulous.”

When she spoke, the towering first lady eschewed the platform that had been placed behind the microphone for Elaine Schuster’s introduction.

Yet while Schuster spoke from typed notes, the first lady used a TelePrompTer, despite the relatively small and friendly audience.

Extraneus

What he told her the previous night was already ready to go on the teleprompter the next morning, in flowering prose. (I'm thinking of that stinky Indonesian phallus flower.)

But see? This is why she has such an extensive staff.

Oh wait. Can the staff participate in fundraising activities?

Jane (Slippery Dick Hussein Obama) sucks

This is almost as good as when she told us he quit smoking.

Soylent Red

‘You won’t believe what these folks are going through;’ he told me that last night. ‘Michelle, it is not right. We’ve got to fix this. We have to do more,’”

Of course he was talking about the NBA Players' Association, while laying on the couch eating Cheetos, and surreptitiously tucking a pack of Newports between the cushions.


“Barack always reminds me that we are playing a long game,” she added,

I believe the exact phrase was "Long March".

The first lady wore her hair up, with what appeared to be a white or cream-colored dressed with a black-fleck pattern.

It's not important what color it is. What's important is that it was cut generously to allow for a dash to the tamale cart and that it adequately covered the hair on her back.


When she spoke, the towering first lady eschewed the platform that had been placed behind the microphone for Elaine Schuster’s introduction.

She preferred to lean against a tree or stalk back and forth along a riverbank, as she has become accustomed to over many years of frightening hikers in the Pacific Northwest.


the first lady used a TelePrompTer, despite the relatively small and friendly audience.

Oh give her a break on this one. It's not easy for a mediocre talent to remember whether today she is proud of her country or whether it's a mean country.

Extraneus

I should have advised against reading the whole pitiful thing if you've recently had breakfast. She went on in that vein for quite some time.

Captain Hate

To think that some fools paid cash to listen to that garbage that should be parodied in comedy clubs.....

Extraneus

Ah, what the hell. It's a slow news day.

“The truth is that no matter what happens, my girls will be OK. My girls will have plenty of advantages and opportunities in their lives. And that’s probably true for many of your kids as well,” she told a largely female audience of about 125 people gathered at the Chestnut Hill home of philanthropists and Democratic activists Elaine and Gerald Schuster.

“But I think that the last four years have shown us the truth of what Barack has always said: That if any child in this country is left behind, then that matters to all of us, even if she’s not our daughter, and even if he’s not our son. If any family in this country struggles, then we cannot be fully content with our own family’s good fortune, because that is not what we do in this country,” she said.

Jane (Slippery Dick Hussein Obama) sucks

To think that some fools paid cash to listen to that garbage

I bet I know at least 10 of them.

Janet

that it was cut generously to allow for a dash to the tamale cart

Hahahah!!..ya know, that's the one thing I have in common with FLOTUS, a willingness to dash for tamales.

Melinda Romanoff

It is NOT a slow news day.

Rick Ballard

"If you want financial chaos, try having the bond market figure out the status of government debt issued in excess of the debt ceiling while different parties advance litigation."

As opposed to the financial calm that will ensue as Uncle Sugar sucks 25% more out of the economy than it does today? I know that ensuring tranquility and peace of mind among Wall Street thieves guardians of the free market is of paramount importance to their bank accounts the economic well being of every American but is maintenance of this ridiculous charade continuing on the current path really a game worthy of the candle?

I vote for the seven month option. Let's have this battle in 2012 and see how it turns out.

Extraneus

Not slow enough for more MO?

In opening her remarks, Mrs. Obama also described how campaigning in 2008 helped her overcome her initial fears about her husband running for president.

“I was proud of the work that he was doing in the Senate. And I thought that he would make a phenomenal president. That wasn’t the issue,” she said. “But, like a lot of folks, I still had some cynicism about politics."

Extraneus
“So it took some convincing on Barack’s part. And by ‘some,’ I mean a lot; he’s still paying back,” she said.
Hahaha. Oh, she's killing me.

This was all on the teleprompter.

Haahaha. Whew!

Rob Crawford

First lady describes toll of job on husband

If it's so horrible, they should retire to a quiet private life, for their good and that of their children.

Extraneus

How could they do that, Rob, if even one child were left behind? If even one family were still struggling.

To endure such suffering for the good of others... Just wow.

This is what gets Dems to fork over money.

Ranger

I know this was linked to yesterday, but I thought it was worth repeating, espcially this part of the article:

Union curbs rescue a Wisconsin school district

Of course, Wisconsin unions had offered to make benefit concessions during the budget fight. Wouldn't Kaukauna's money problems have been solved if Walker had just accepted those concessions and not demanded cutbacks in collective bargaining powers?

"The monetary part of it is not the entire issue," says Arnoldussen, a political independent who won a spot on the board in a nonpartisan election. Indeed, some of the most important improvements in Kaukauna's outlook are because of the new limits on collective bargaining.

In the past, Kaukauna's agreement with the teachers union required the school district to purchase health insurance coverage from something called WEA Trust -- a company created by the Wisconsin teachers union. "It was in the collective bargaining agreement that we could only negotiate with them," says Arnoldussen. "Well, you know what happens when you can only negotiate with one vendor." This year, WEA Trust told Kaukauna that it would face a significant increase in premiums.

Now, the collective bargaining agreement is gone, and the school district is free to shop around for coverage. And all of a sudden, WEA Trust has changed its position. "With these changes, the schools could go out for bids, and lo and behold, WEA Trust said, 'We can match the lowest bid,'" says Republican state Rep. Jim Steineke, who represents the area and supports the Walker changes. At least for the moment, Kaukauna is staying with WEA Trust, but saving substantial amounts of money.

I think the Wisconsin AG should look into potential fraud on the part of the WEA. Its seems odd how quickly they could adjust their premiums from a significant increase to matching the lowest bid overnight.

Chubby

((First lady describes toll of job on husband))

I wonder if the two of them ever stop to consider how very much they personally contributed to the toll the job took on W? Obama and his ongoing outrageous lies about Bush and Republcans deserves not one stitch of pity

Chubby

were they proud of how Bush was treated at Obama's inauguration? a single word and example of class from Obama could have halted the disgusting performance of the Obots at that event

narciso

No, they don't, they are grifters and conmen, arsonist posing as firemen, thei toll on us, as they employ their Rube Goldberg schemes in incalculable.

Extraneus

Their selfless whining sacrifice doesn't make you want to open your wallet wide, Chubby?

I can't help it, Michelle cracks me up. She's been on this same you-should-feel-sorry-for-me schtick since the campaign. Student loans, piano lessons, whatever. And the longer it goes, the funnier it gets.

She's going to have to give one helluva heart-felt, thankful speech when their asses are finally kicked out of the WH.

Ignatz

--“But, like a lot of folks, I still had some cynicism about politics."--

And well she should, since this little background story is a counterfactual, brazen attempt to humanize the empathy free, golf ball chasing, 20 hour a week automaton she's married to who putters about the greens while little Obamaville's fester across the fruited plain.

Rob Crawford

I can't help it, Michelle cracks me up. She's been on this same you-should-feel-sorry-for-me schtick since the campaign. Student loans, piano lessons, whatever. And the longer it goes, the funnier it gets.

Makes you wonder what it would take to make her happy.

And makes me think of what Nero said when he moved into his "Golden House" -- a palace that covered two (or was it three?) of the hills of Rome and the lands in between: "At last I can live like a human."

Old Lurker

Remember back in the early 90's that the discovery of the unlimited overdraft protection afforded by the House Bank to members became, in many ways, the last straw that led to the Gingrich sweep?

I am sure our citizens are less informed than before and less aware of the cancer eroding our liberties...but discovering a loophole to ignore the requirement of approving debt might just be Obama's rubber check scandal.

At least I can dream, right?

Danube of Thought

Minus 18 at Raz today.

Chubby

even her words about her privleged daughters are bs ... there have been many wealthy heiresses who, notwithstanding their advantages, have messed up their lives bigtime and lost all. By the oppposite token, there are many others who have started with nothing and raised themselves up with hard work.

Chubby

*privileged*

Janet

She's been on this same you-should-feel-sorry-for-me schtick since the campaign.

That was their plea for the Olympics in Chicago too, wasn't it?
-It would mean so much to us personally...I sat on my Papa's knee & watched the Olympics while America was mean to our family...the Olympics brought us joy & togetherness with the world. Make me happy, Olympic Committee...poor me...please make me happy...it would mean a lot.-

narciso

Yes, and how did that pitty party, work out, they awarded the Olympics to a city, where the prisoners can shut down the electrical grid.

Clarice

Soylent, It's so nice to have you back where you belong.....

Danube of Thought

I must say, I haven't the foggiest idea what the phrase "shall not be questiomed" means.

Bueller?

If the checks bounce is it Rubber Dick or Robber Dick?

Nice parallel, OL.
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Ignatz

Here's a must read at IBD via RCM that details just how dirty the reptilian Phil Angelides is and details the ways he tilted the financial crisis commission's report to not only whitewash the Dems and Fannie and Freddie's leading roll in the crisis but he actually used it to assist his trial lawyer buddies.
Issa'a committee is investigating; he's gonna need a bigger boat.

Stephanie

Back from WV and can report a scholarship offer for 80% of the tuition, room and board. Woot!

DrJ

Woot indeed, Stephanie! Congrats to you and daughter!

narciso

Well that's right up there, with Jamie Gorelick, who 'merrygorounded' her stint on the 9/11 commission, 'Frank Kafka to the red courtesy phone' into a stint at Wilmer
defending one of those charged in a post
9/11 class action suit.

Extraneus

Congratulations!

narciso

Congratulations.

Janet

Congrats, Stephanie. Wonderful news!

Jane (Slippery Dick Hussein Obama) sucks

Yippee Steph!

Dave (in MA)

Poor Michelle. Maybe in a year and a half she and Odick can retire to Rezko Estates where she can become re-ashamed of her country for the rest of her adult lifetime.

Thomas Collins

Jane, re your point about there being enough money to pay the bondhlders, I believe Obama's talking point now is that without a debt limit increase, America won't be able to pay all its "bills" (in the last statement I heard him make on this issue, he didn't reference inabiity to pay publicly held debt). If there is ultimately no deal, I don't think Obama will go the "Constitutional Nuke" option. I think he'll stiff vendors and others owed payments from the Federales to avoid stiffing bondholders.

Thomas Collins

That's great news, Stephanie.

Rick Ballard

TC,

I agree - he'll take the Illinois option and stiff the unconnected. As to "financial chaos", how big a penalty is Illinois paying in the muni market for its insolvency?

He's holding a pair of deuces and needs to be called.

Jane (Slippery Dick Hussein Obama) sucks

I think he'll stiff vendors and others owed payments from the Federales to avoid stiffing bondholders.

I think he will start by stiffing the military, then social security recipients, and of course will blame it on the right.

I'm about as big as a constitutional scholar as Obama, but I don't think they can legitimately use the 14th amendment to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling. Not that the constitution has ever stopped this guy.

Ignatz

Please don't be hatin' on me if this comment proves a jinx, but this place has been without a C&P louse for some time.
Is it possible, please may it be so, that TM has found a method of delousing?

Jane (Slippery Dick Hussein Obama) sucks

One can hope.

Danube of Thought

My thoughts exactly, Iggy. Ain't it grand?

From Raz comes a highly distressing report:

Fifty-one percent (51%) say the federal government should pass laws requiring oil companies to use a significant portion of their profits to search for alternative sources of energy. Thirty-one percent (31%) oppose laws of this kind, while another 19% are not sure which is the best course.

I think the 51% have not exactly thought it through.

MayBee

Ext- you are right. It is funny.

It's also pretty funny to picture them, actually sitting on a sofa in the WH residence, her in a designer dress with her Jimmy Choos kicked off in the corner, him with his WH brewed honey ale, reading the 10 letters for the day and saying
"Michelle, it just isn't right, what people are going through"
"Why, what do you mean Barack?"
"We have to fix it. I am tired, but I can't rest until this is fixed!"

centralcal

Fingers crossed, Ignatz and Jane.

Yeah, Buh-rock and Meechelle, theater of the absurd.

On the bright side, 100 years hence, just imagine the history books recounting this "historic" presidency. Has there ever been a woman with so many grotesque and hateful facial expressions captured for posterity?

Threadkiller

--"It is NOT a slow news day."--

When you write something like that, Mel, I wait for the other shoe to drop.

Threadkiller

--"He's holding a pair of deuces and needs to be called."--

He still beats Weiner's one-of-a-kind.

Melinda Romanoff

Fine, have some sponsored theft.

Jane (Slippery Dick Hussein Obama) sucks

Ya know, I think maybe Bambi is afraid of Boehner. He yells at congress for going out of town while he is out of town. Then he goes on an extended long weekend, right before his vacation. I think he is scared.

Melinda Romanoff

And creative rule writing, Goldman style.

Clarice

Oh, Stephanie! Congrats to your daughter and what a wonderful break for you.

Clarice

It's also pretty funny to picture them, actually sitting on a sofa in the WH residence, her in a designer dress with her Jimmy Choos kicked off in the corner, him with his WH brewed honey ale, reading the 10 letters for the day and saying
"Michelle, it just isn't right, what people are going through"
"Why, what do you mean Barack?"
"We have to fix it. I am tired, but I can't rest until this is fixed!"

MayBee that's hilarious!

centralcal

Just scrolled back up the thread - congratulations to your daughter (and you) on the scholarship, Stephanie.

Old Lurker

"On the bright side, 100 years hence, just imagine the history books recounting this "historic" presidency."

Hope it is not written by Gibbons as part of a series...

Captain Hate

Congrats Stephanie; sounds like you'll be paying what it's really worth.

Melinda Romanoff

Congratulations, Stephanie!

Captain Hate

OL, I think Gibbon would just lump Toonces in with periods where eunuchs had too much sway.

narciso

Hopefully it's more like Sallust with the Catiline episode, OL, although that was a sign of the decay in th Republic, instead of Tacitus, which was pretty much 'turtles
all the way'

MayBee

Congratulations to you and your daughter, Stephanie!

Charlie (Colorado)

I think the 51% have not exactly thought it through.

I think that's a general rule.

Except 51% is probably too low.

I liked that half second frontrunning yesterday.  Why can't they catch that?

Oh, man, Mel; pissing away Cheney's oil like that.
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Melinda Romanoff

Because it's paid for access.

Suckers.  How to destroy markets in one easy lesson.

Oh, yeah, I see. Special access over the 3 minute ones. Who'd participate?
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Melinda Romanoff

On the upside, they are beginning to feed on each other.

Quickly and Angrily.

Heh, yeah, retail is trading gold & silver with their gun dealers.
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Janet

Padre nostro,
ma libera ci dal male.

Melinda Romanoff

And the method is called co-location, where the HFT computers are allowed to rent next to the clearing computers and hook up a four inch thick fiber optic cable to the clearing machine.

And that cable is thicker than it is long.

Melinda Romanoff

Janet-

I see you get my drift.

Quickly

Jefffries must be spinning in his grave.
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jimmyk

Is it possible, please may it be so, that TM has found a method of delousing?

This particular plague has a history of appearing every so often and then disappearing. Let's enjoy the respite.

jimmyk

I think he will start by stiffing the military, then social security recipients, and of course will blame it on the right.

The Republicans need to be ready with a list of ridiculous spending programs that the Democrats refused to cut, and make the case that that is where the SS money is going.

I don't think they can legitimately use the 14th amendment to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling.

I agree, unless there's no other way to make the debt payments.

MayBee

He'll do it, or he'll threaten to do it. There is no way Congress is willing to impeach. They will want to avoid that whole spectacle.

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

Maybee- yes but could they not just raise the possibility of impeachment.

of note: I am 75 years old, bought my first computer seven years ago. 100% self taught.(with the exception of when the Grand Kids come and clean the system up). Last night I used Cclean, today is known as rebuilding day..But it works..and oh what I have learned.

centralcal

Congratulations to Hit - his video "Change it Back" is featured on NRO's Corner!

Mikey

Shouldnt the Republicans embrace tax reform as laid out in Bowles-Simpson? Since the idea was for lower rates, eliminating deductions and broadening the tax base therefore increasing revenues, wouldn't they be putting Obama and the Dems in a box? What am I missing?

centralcal

Link to Hit's video: Change It Back

Cajunkate

“I was proud of the work that he was doing in the Senate."

Does she mean voting present?

Chubby

the "Change It Back" video is EXCELLENT!!!

MayBee

H-I-T-T

Hit! Hit!

::shakes pom pons::

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

No CH. She must mean campaigning for pres.

Congrats Stephanie -- Nothing like a scholarship to make a mom and dad happy.

jimmyk

Congrats Stephanie and Hit.

And to think we can say we knew Hit back before he was famous. I hope he'll remember us.

Heh

Death of a talking point.

Peggy Noonan, 6/3/2011.

Four words: He made it worse.

Obama inherited financial collapse, deficits and debt. He inherited a broken political culture. These things weren't his fault. But through his decisions, he made them all worse.
Willard, 6/11/2011.
"He didn't create the recession, but he made it worse and longer," the former Massachusetts governor said in the second debate of the 2012 election season but the first in which he shared the stage with his fellow Republicans.

Willard, yesterday.
"I didn't say that things are worse."
Posted by Blue Texan at 11:39 AM Com

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Stephanie:

What wonderful news! Congrats to your daughter and to you too.

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