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August 18, 2011



Chin of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Chin of newt, and chin of frog,
Chin of bat, and chin of dog,
Adder's chin, and blind-worm's chin,
Lizard's chin, and owlet's chin,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.


If it doesn't work, say it again, louder.

Dave (in MA)

OK, now express similar sentiments to the man peering out of the mirror.

Cecil Turner

'bout time. How hard was that, really?


Is this the time of leaders with peculiar ears or what?


Chin of a fenny snake,....

and speaking of chins...John F'n Kerry could loan some of his to Assad.

Captain Hate

Troo 'dat Janet, you can call Lurch lots of things, such as gutless, witless, brainless, senseless, useless, clueless and others; but not chinless.

Mike Huggins

Expelliarmus !!!

Or Wisard Obama will perform a "Cruciatus Curse" on you!!


This quote from Ace's (didn't see a link for it):

Not everyone in the Obama administration sees a problem. The EPA thinks new regulations can fuel the economy and hiring.

The EPA wrote in February that "in periods of high unemployment, an increase in labor demand due to regulation may have a stimulative effect that results in a net increase in overall employment."

More regulation sure has a stimulative effect on the hiring of regulators... others not so much...


You think these people would mind having a war with us? Check out the video.

Video: Chinese basketball team brawls with Georgetown Hoyas

Mike Huggins

Sigh... "Wizard".



I think they're talking about all the new compliance people that companies have to hire, Stephanie. It's a different kind of stimulation, to put it delicately.

Thomas Collins

Extraneus, I couldn't access the brawl from your link. Try the LUN in this post.


Am reading Rumsfield's "Known and Unknown" and enjoying it very much.

Some of the beginning part talks about Syria and the perfidy of the State Department. No juicy details but intimation.

Carol Herman

The way obama's luck runs, this is good news for Assad. Who has another 12 days to kill people. And, then he'll need to hire lots of arabs to help him rebuild. Think of all the heavy machinery factory orders that will be made? Soitenly reasons ahead for obama to want to take credit at creating jobs.

Carol Herman

Once, years ago, the Israelis wanted to send assad a message. So they had a few jets flying over his summer palace. Faster than the speed of sound. And, blew out all the palace's windows.

Why wasn't that tried this time?


I'm not a huge fan of the administration's "leading from behind" position on Libya, but the criticism of the action in Libya by Marc Lynch (quoted in the Drezner article) strikes me as a perfect illustration of the idiocy and ineffectuality of our "policy elites" when it comes to facing down and dealing with dictators. Lynch argues that even though the Libyan action is succeeding (I'm not so sure, but what do I know?), it has "dragged on for months" and is thus ineffective as policy. Months! Can you imagine sustaining a military action for that amount of time?


Lynch has been the author of some of the most treacly paens to Obama's policies, one about two months ago, that JM eviscerated with a scalpel.


Boatbuilder: Of course, by the MSM's measure, Libya qualifies as a "Quagmire!" That was the word they bandied about in 2003 one week after the start of the war in Iraq when Iraq's government had not yet fallen.


Seems to me monstrous actions like Assad's can only be halted by credible threats of action and there's no way Obama can credibly threaten Assad short of promising he'll parachute into Damascus the EPA, Salazar and Holder with sufficient troops to put them in charge of Syria's economy.


Not sure I've caught all today's comments. Has anyone mentioned the backdoor amnesty that Drudge is reporting?


A 61-year-old New York man says he lost his job as a lifeguard when he refused to wear skimpy swim trunks for the annual swim test.


I saw it earlier, Bob, but I don't think it was here. Something about holding off on deportations until Congress sorts out a comprehensive plan.

here's a link


It applies to anyone who has been apprehended and is in deportation proceedings. DHS will review every case individually. I assume they will assign one admin judge to the workload.


Extraneus, I grew up going to Jones Beach, and the lifeguards wore official tank tops and brief but decent swim trunks. What in the world has happened?


The guy's a triathlete at 61, but apparently not Baywatch material. They should have added a pic.

Well what do ya know... A simple search shows up this pic from the NY Daily News:

I'd have gone with a different pair of shorts, myself, but I wouldn't mind him saving my kid, who was just at Jones Beach a couple of weeks ago.


What is the use of a federal government if it won't protect the sovereignty of our nation? Obama can invite the world in & be reelected.
"Come on in. Plunder away. Vote for me!"

Jack is Back! (literally)


The guy is a stud and has saved more lives then Oprah. But to save even more lives he has to be properly attired. Why, just an hour ago I heard that Michelle Obama saved half the population of Marthas Vineyard wearing a sarong.


At first I thought the headline was referring to the giant ass in the WH. I mean Barack, not any other giant asses in the WH.

Rick Ballard


That's very understandable. It's rather easy to mistake Expellus Assadum for Expellus Dumassus.


this is another example of the Dunning Kruger effect writ large. According the NASA "scientists", we may be in danger of
annihilation by space aliens.


matt, is that story reprinted in the Guardian not sufficient reason --besides the outreach to Muslim--to wrap up NASA and save a lot of money? They suggest the aliens will be upset by all the carbon we are spewing into the atmosphere and must destroy us to save other planets..

Melinda Romanoff


Cut the Spanish-American war tax on phones, plus the Internet "Universal" fee for libraries/schools, and auction off the research labs and patents, and we're getting somewhere.


Mel. Your problem is you are too honest and straight forward. As we speak (er, post) S.C.A.M. is writing up new research proposals for NASA. I can't , of course , disclose their nature but let's say generally the work links the outstanding success of Muslims in space (think flying carpets) with the pacification of aliens pissed off at our carbon fuel usage(think genies in oil lamps) .

Melinda Romanoff

Oooh, full reprints of 1001 Arabian Nights! First editions only, of course. I can see the mechanics of this "limited" trade.

Are you going to accept pikes as collateral, or gold weights only?

Uncle BigBad

I've been expecting an onslaught of Aggie jokes -- but so far, nothing.

Janet is an email joke my Naomi forwarded to me from her boyfriend (they both know me too well!)-

Do this exactly like it says---it is amazing!!

Be honest and don't look at the movie list below till you have done the math!

Try this test and find out what movie is your favorite..
This amazing math quiz can likely predict which of 17 movies you would enjoy the most.
It really works..... for MOST of us anyway!

Movie Test:

1. Pick a number from 1-9.
2. Multiply by 3.
3. Add 3.
4. Multiply by 3 again.
5. Now add the two digits of your answer together to find your predicted favorite movie in the list of 17 movies below
Movie List:

1. Gone With The Wind
2. E.T.
3. Blazing Saddles
4. Star Wars
5. Forrest Gump
6. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
7. Jaws
8. Grease
9. The Obama farewell speech of 2012 10.Casablanca
11. Jurassic Park
12. Shrek
13. Pirates of the Caribbean
14. Titanic
15. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
16. Home Alone
17. Mrs. Doubtfire
Now, ain't that something..?


Heh, well since Patton wasn't on the list...


Wow,even for me the movie hater. Very cool Janet.


I think they're talking about all the new compliance people that companies have to hire, Stephanie. It's a different kind of stimulation, to put it delicately.

Ext and Steph- I suspect Obama thought slapping CAFE standards on big rig trucks would be job-creating stimulus. Companies would have to "invest" in R&D and change over lines from what they are currently making.
If trucks end up smaller due to the regs, then more truck drivers will be hired.

I think Obama thinks he has a real win win there. With no downsides!


Now for the rest of the story...
Starbucks pays 75,000 to woman with dwarfism.

Remember her! "...who claimed she was fired from her job as a barista because she is a dwarf."

Dave (in MA)

A 61 year old guy got fired for *NOT* wearing a grape smuggler in public?


So, the Ewok is all hepped up on Valurite, based on a Hot Air report from MSNBC, that unnamed US officials say Gaddafi is splitting
to Tunisia

Soylent Red

They suggest the aliens will be upset by all the carbon we are spewing into the atmosphere and must destroy us to save other planets..

Here for all these years I thought the name of the giant robot on "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was Gort.

Turns out, maybe it was Gore, who we have long suspected is a robot.

Klaatu Barack-a Nicotine!

Dave (in MA)

Matt, Soylent & Clarice, Jane might not be watching movies, but NASA obviously has been.


It's a different kind of stimulation, to put it delicately.

one for which some folks pay high rates to independent contractors, if you get my drift.


At first I thought the headline was referring to the giant ass in the WH.

I was thinking some kind of birth control method. But my Latin is a bit weak.


(Reuters) - Latino activists held a protest outside President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign headquarters on Tuesday to ask him to end a criminal deportation program they say is snaring large number of illegal immigrants who have not committed crimes.

I guess it depends what "illegal" means ?


Road Trip!

It took 3 years to do it, but Opportunity, the robot on Mars that is still working, has just finished a 13 mile trek and has finally arrived at a huge crater on Mars.

Links at the story story say that overall the little robot has logged just over 20 miles since landing back in 2004.


OT, but the mainstream media just can't figure out what the motive was in this killing in suburban Boonton, New Jersey. Nothing like this has ever happened in Boonton. Oh, one little detail, the victim (wife) and the prime suspect (reluctantly) are both muslim.


More on the revoked Silver Star medal for Wade Sanders, John F'n Kerry's cheerleader.


That robot isn't belching out CO2, is it daddy?

Jack is Back!


That photo looks a lot like a place near Moab, Utah:)

Regarding the movie algorithm - every calculation will be a factor of 9 and end up back to 9. Try it. An old algebra problem.

Dow futures were down 140 this morning driving Frederick to school. So, even staying away from TOTUS for a week or two will not calm that market as much as him admitting he has not a clue and is leaving it up to Trump, Ryan, Perry and Cantor to come up with HIS PLAN while he drinks mai-tais and works on his golf game.


I wondered why his wiki, didn't have a link
to the award in question, Admiral Hoffman, had be 'pre smeared' by Gregory Vistica, as
the real life 'Colonel Kilgore' in the Times
piece, and subsequently in his bio of Bob Kerrey, karma can be 'a small barking dog'
in these circumstances.


Ryan's a good man and his budget is laudable, but if Duke & Duke keep pushing for his candidacy, while at the same time trying to bring down Perry, we have a problem, Houston...

Jack is Back!

Old Timer,

Not Duke and Duke per se but Rove, Perino et. al. - the Bushies as they are known. Led by silent affirmation of the family. Rover-come-Over can't stand to lose his stranglehold on Duke and Duke and his top men displaced by Perry's. Reagan is not happy, nor am I or anyone else who wants to see less internecine warfare and more war on the destructive forces of the democrat party.


So, they really do believe they can dictate prospertity:

I’m hoping he’ll also explore creative ideas like one offered by Cliff Sloan, a veteran of the Clinton White House. Under Sloan’s plan, the president would sign an executive order requiring that all new (or renewed) contracts with the federal government contain a job-creation clause requiring that in exchange for the privilege of doing business with Uncle Sam, corporations (which have plenty of cash on hand) must agree to a net increase in payroll of at least one percent for the duration of the contract. With thousands of new contracts signed every week, this would have an immediate effect even if compliance was spotty.


Ah Jonathan Alter, he's such an easy mark, that's why Bloomweek signed him on,

Melinda Romanoff


Crony contracts?? Now where have I seen that before?



The last I heard on that story they were trying to make it a hate crime against Muslims. She was wearing an outfit that identified her as a person from Pakistan. And, sarcasm aside, they really did say something along those lines. She was dressed in traditional Pakistani garb. Say what??? She had on a burka? A scarf? I don't know and didn't feel like looking up what traditional Pakistani garb looks like.


Crony contracts?? Now where have I seen that before?

Posted by: Melinda Romanoff | August 19, 2011 at 09:40 AM

Hired Trucks for America!


Noorani, a native of Karachi, Pakistan, was wearing traditional Pakistani clothing at the time of the shooting.

From Peter's link.


That's a bizarre story, no description of the assailants, also 'Water is Wet', Bruce Bartlett is attacking Perry in Politico



MSM is trying to make it a hate crime. You have to go all the way to the UK to find out the husband is the suspect.


This story, seems to make those connections, you know L&O, will spin it the other way


Clarity accepted, JiB. I think it's time for me to write Turd Blossom a memo. I will express my distaste and revulsion at his latest machinations re Perry, and make sure he understands how I once held him in high regard, almost worshipful in my devotion, but now I understand where his true loyalties lie. I'll tell him how sad I am at how he let down the country during the Bush years (when we thought he had OUR best interests at heart) and that history now reveals how his political games bequeathed us Pelosi and Reid and an Obama presidency. He needs to know his obsession to control and his blind ambition are being noticed by more and more people, and that his actions against Governor Perry have caused us to now disregard everything he says about the Governor as deceitful and self-serving.

I will tell him I can no longer trust him; and that this personal acknowledgement is truly heartbreaking.

Ha - It's doubtful TB will review or care about my opinion, but at least I got to rant a little here :)


Onee can argue about tone, but Rove dismisses
quantitative easing entirely as the issue, as apparently Santorum has in one instance.


This was interesting about the DOTUS vacation - "Like previous years, the president’s arrival was closed to the public. He landed in a back corner at Martha’s Vineyard Airport blocked from view by a wall of school buses."

bold mine. I'm not sure what my point is other than general disgust. :(


Can Jonathan Alter be serious? Didn't we use to call this way of adding jobs 'featherbedding' when the unions did it? Or something like that. :) Maybe, stupid?


it's the "broken windows fallacy," except that Obama wants to use taxpayer funds to replace the windows with subsidized green shutters.


"...Yea, verily, for they did not know their holes from an Assad upon the ground."

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