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August 16, 2011

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Danube of Thought

First! (From the Inner Hebrides.)

Jack is Back! (literally)

DoT,

Still on Islay or have you moved to Mull, Skye, Jura, et. al.? Aren't those wonderfully beautiful isolated panoramas?

Danube of Thought

They are indeed, JiB. We're still on Islay because we are the guests of the owner of Islay House. Just the three of us here in this 27,000-square-foot mansion dating from the 17th Century.

We elected to drive here, rather than fly, from Glasgow because of the beautiful countryside, and we weren't disappointed. We return to Glasgow tomorrow, taking a different route which will have us along the shore of Loch Lomond for a long stretch.

We're exploring with our host the possibility of a month-long house-swap (he's a widower, and has become very enchanted with a lovely Coronado widow).

Jack is Back!

DoT,

Sounds like the start of a Daniel Silva novel:) Wasn't it up there on one of the Islands where the end of The Da'Vinci Code was located? If you want to relive your days of flying in Sea Otters you should fly from Glasgow to the Mull of Kintyre and Campbelltown airport which is really the old Machrihanish RAF Field where we based the SR-71 Blackbirds. BA runs a couple of flights a day in their equivalent of the Otter, mostly for golfers. As you land and take-off the plane is followed by a fire-truck down the runway. Gives you a certain sense of security, called FEAR!

Enjoy! Nothing much happening here except we just spent another $2.2 million on Barry's Black Bus.

Captain Hate

Douchebag Ben Smith gets pwn3d by Rick Perry (to his credit he praises him for the answer in a subsequent post): http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/thats-why-its-called-concealed_588315.html

Enjoy DoT; It's gorgeous up there.

daddy

DoT,

How are things in Glocca Morra?

peter

OT, but it is summertime, so how about some fun with an Elizabethan insult generator? LUN

Captain Hate

Best of luck to henry in the donk recall elections. Time to kick some ass in Wisconsin.

Extraneus

Who does this remind you of?

Thou scandalous ill-bred leprous witch!
rse

LUN of Andrew Klavan knocking down that insulting "War is Not the Answer" bumper sticker made my morning. It's in honor of everyone who has served or has a family member who serves.

I agree with Jacobson on the "Coexist" as well. It encourages us to misunderstand other cultures as similar to ours even when they are not. This is part of the point David Solway makes this morning in "When a Civilization Goes Mad" up on Pajamas Media.

No I am not good with multiple links so I went with the one that made me feel good, not sad.

henry

Thanks Captain Hate.

A tidbit heard on the radio this morning: WEAC (the teachers union) hands pink slips to 40% of its staff (42 people), blaming Walker for the lost jobs (this time they are right).

Voluntary dues yield less revenue than extorted dues.

A good note to start the day.

Extraneus

Palin Cheap-Shots a Good Reporter

narciso

No, she did not, first of all, the links in that story, comes from Politico, that 'Den of Scum and Villainy', really she is going to team up with them against the Daily Caller,

centralcal

Thou scandalous ill-bred leprous witch!

Gosh, Extraneus, I mentally started listing who might best fit that description among the many far left looney liberal women in politics and media. The list grew quite long and I was unable to eliminate a single one of them - they all quite easily fit that description!

Jane

DOt,

I say do it! And we will all visit.

(Now that's a good way to nix the deal.)

Extraneus

Many more at peter's link, cc. Most of them seem to be directed at Charles Schumer for some reason.

peter

Thou frothy reeling-ripe haggard!

That is Chuck Schumer to a tee!

Ranger

A tidbit heard on the radio this morning: WEAC (the teachers union) hands pink slips to 40% of its staff (42 people), blaming Walker for the lost jobs (this time they are right).

Voluntary dues yield less revenue than extorted dues.

It is a good start, but there really should be a RICO investigation of thier Health Insurance scam as well. The fact that after years of telling school districts they couldn't bring the prices down, they suddently can cut huge amounts to match other group insurance rates says it all. I don't think you could actually make a RICO indictment stick, but just forcing them to open their books to the public would prove how much they were ripping of the taxpayers, even if it wasn't technically criminal.

henry

Per Wispolitics WEAC is not the only union laying off staff. AFSCME is having trouble as well.

Captain Hate

No, she did not, first of all, the links in that story, comes from Politico, that 'Den of Scum and Villainy', really she is going to team up with them against the Daily Caller,

There's currently a scrum at Squish of Spades about that.

Porchlight

DoT, if you haven't seen it, you might enjoy the classic 1945 Powell and Pressburger film, I Know Where I'm Going!

Wendy Hiller plays a headstrong young Englishwoman off to the wilds of Scotland to marry a rich man on the (fictional) Isle of Kiloran. Weather prevents her from getting across to the island, so she must stay on the Isle of Mull, where strange and wonderful things happen. It's very romantic, and many people have made pilgrimages to the places on Mull where it was filmed. Your host will likely know it.

Rick Ballard

so maybe the full crisis will be avoided."

The crisis might be deferred by years months weeks but the German downtick actually increases the probability that they will not lend their balance sheet to Club Med in order to maintain a rapidly crumbling facade. There is a very definite possibility that the eurozone credentialed morons are even dumber than our home grown varieties. After all, they've erected a much larger and much more rickety regulatory structure upon a much more rapidly decaying demographic foundation.

My bet is that we'll be seeing the NO Exit signs torn down in EUtopia within the next 12 months.

jimmyk

In the last thread, Ranger quoted Heinlein: "Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck.”

Now the NYTimes gets into the act:

But some economists as well as Perry skeptics suggest that Mr. Perry stumbled into the Texas miracle. They say that the governor has essentially put Texas on autopilot for 11 years, and it was the state’s oil and gas boom — not his political leadership — that kept the state afloat.

Of course these so-called "economists" miss the point: You get growth precisely by staying out of the way and letting the private sector create jobs.

narciso

Right, Rick, honestly they expect Germany to carry the entire Continent, that's like Texas
carrying the freight for the rest of the Country, they kind of are, but you see the unsustainability of this,

Ranger

My bet is that we'll be seeing the NO Exit signs torn down in EUtopia within the next 12 months.

Yes, the only real question at this point is will the Germans hit the ejector seat or will they team up with the French to try and save a smaller, core EU?

I think the French are wedded to the EU to the death, but the Germans are much more pragmatic.

Thomas Collins

I am heartened by the NY Pinchburgers' attacks on Issa and Perry. They clearly view Issa's investigation into the Obama led Feds arming Mexican gangs, and Perry's POTUS candidacy, as real threats to the March of PROGress.

narciso

This was the other thing, that got Gabe all agitated today, and the junior Pod does himself few favors:

Today in Iowa, Rick Perry was asked about the Federal Reserve and, in a halting 45-second answer, went off on chairman Ben Bernanke: “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost teacherous…treasonous in my opinion.”

Captain Hate

There is a very definite possibility that the eurozone credentialed morons are even dumber than our home grown varieties. After all, they've erected a much larger and much more rickety regulatory structure upon a much more rapidly decaying demographic foundation.

The EU has been a farce ever since its inception, with countries that didn't come close to having their financial houses in order per the requirements readily admitted. Not to mention how the various elections in countries regarding membership remind me of local school levies, where a defeat just means that there will shortly be a "special election" for it which will continue until it's passed, after which there's no recourse.

Janet

Douchebag Ben Smith gets pwn3d by Rick Perry
Ben Smith was/is a JournoLister.

Harrjf

If you think it is bad in WI for the public unions check out what is going on in Arlington MA LUN

PD

that's like Texas carrying the freight for the rest of the Country

And then being told it's merely "good luck."

Ranger

As they say, good fortune (or in this case "good luck") is where preperation meets opportunity.

Or in other parlance: "You make your own luck."

Thomas Collins

What is the Radical Chic crowd going to think about a big city Dem mayor emphasizing personal responsibility and law and order. See LUN (via Instapundit). My favorite part of the article on Mayor Nutter is this:

"If you walk into somebody's office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied and your pants half-down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won't hire you?" Nutter told the congregation "They don't hire you 'cause you look like you're crazy. You have damaged your own race."

Something tells me that Mayor Nutter is not going to get invited onto the O-bustbus.

Extraneus

Keep on bussin'.

jimmyk

No, TC, Mayor Nutter has to get with the program: If those guys don't get hired, it's "bad luck."

Porchlight

And then being told it's merely "good luck."

Some juiceboxer a couple of years ago (Kevin Drum maybe?) wrote a story about how Reagan wasn't really that great a President - he was just lucky. An absurd argument.

narciso

Sometimes, they aren't even subtle about it
(Haaretz)


A few months ago, a group of pro-Palestinian protesters staged a rally across from Leahy's office, demanding that he denounce the killing by Shayetet 13 commandos of nine Turkish activists who were part of the flotilla to Gaza last May.

Leahy, who heads the Senate Appropriations Committee's sub-committee on foreign operations, was the principle sponsor of a 1997 bill prohibiting the United States from providing military assistance or funding to foreign military units suspected of human rights abuses or war crimes. The law also stipulates that the U.S. Defense Department screen foreign officers and soldiers who come to the United States for training for this purpose.

Leahy wants the new clause to become a part of the U.S. foreign assistance legislation for 2012, placing restrictions on military assistance to Israel, particularly to those three units.

Rick Ballard

TC,

It appears that Mayor Nutter is not fully in accord with the President's Philadelphia field test of the OFA flash mob strategy. It may be that he is of the opinion that images of OFA flash mobs in action may have some minimal deleterious impact on public opinion even in the Democrat bluest of Blue Hells.

I don't believe that Mayor Nutter's displeasure will affect the President's decision to employ OFA flash mobs over the remainder of his only term in office and the images of OFA thugs looting and burning are certainly consonant with what the President himself has done to the economy.

PD

As they say, good fortune (or in this case "good luck") is where preperation meets opportunity.

We might say that, but leftists wouldn't. Initiative is reserved for the government overlords, with our part being to do as we're told.

maryrose

The left-wing is scared to death of "tell it like it is" Rick Perry. That's why we have a promise from O"dummy's group about a jobs solution in early September. I love the back and forth with the teaparty and Obama regarding Joe Biden's comment. All Obumbler had to do was denounce that kind of rhetoric. instead he said "you should hear what they say about me" making it all about himself once again. Inept and clueless..

Dave (in MA)

Liberalism strikes again. I'm glad I'm not a Boston resident supporting this guy.

OldTimer

The WaPo is gearing up the "stupid Texan" theme for Perry and even a former Bush advisor felt the need to criticize Perry's Bernanke money-printing statement..

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/political-economy/post/perry-takes-aim-at-bernanke/2011/08/15/gIQAXwqIIJ_blog.html

Ignatz

--LUN of Andrew Klavan knocking down that insulting "War is Not the Answer" bumper sticker made my morning. It's in honor of everyone who has served or has a family member who serves.

I agree with Jacobson on the "Coexist" as well.--

rse,
One of my all time favorite bumperstickers was in response to the ludicrous "Visualize World Peace" one so often plastered on the Subarus and Volvos of the seemingly inevitably incompetent and inconsiderate lefty drivers who own them. It read;

"Forget World Peace, Visualize Using Your Turn Signal"

Always wanted one of my own.

Sue

For the record, Rick Perry was a democrat. So was everyone else in the State of Texas. Before George W. Bush, Texas had 1 Republican governor since reconstruction. 1. That's it. I've told you guys repeatedly that if you want to vote for local officials, you have to vote in the Democratic primary. Even today rural Texas still considers itself Democratic, and they are typically as conservative as I am. My representative, Ralph Hall, was a Democrat until just a few short years ago when they did redistricting. He had to switch parties to get re-elected. And I am never disappointed with his vote. But that is what the next go-round with Perry is going to be. He was a Democrat that supported Al Gore. I was a quasi-Democrat that almost voted for Al Gore over George W. Bush in 2000. And you all know I'm a card carrying liberal. ::grin::

Jane

I don't believe that Mayor Nutter's displeasure will affect the President's decision to employ OFA flash mobs over the remainder of his only term in office and the images of OFA thugs looting and burning are certainly consonant with what the President himself has done to the economy.

I was reading teh Washington Insider last night and he contends that the entire election is going to be about race - cause it's all they have left. And if that means race riots, so be it.

I can't imagine that will work.

Is this the first -23 ever? Music to my ears.

pagar

"Inept and clueless.."

Obviously, what a large portion of the country want for their President. Otherwise
that -23 would be -73 or -83 or best of all
-93.

narciso

Yikes, then again I'm not really surprised:

The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.

All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency's headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF's deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors who oversaw the program out of the agency's Phoenix office.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/la-na-atf-guns-20110816,0,3762843.story#ixzz1VCchHxP9

Porchlight

Otherwise
that -23 would be -73 or -83 or best of all
-93.

Well, if we had an honest media, the -23 would be much, much lower, so I can't blame the electorate entirely.

Porchlight

Oops, that should be be higher, not lower. Approval rating lower, gap higher. You know what I mean. :)

Ben Franklin

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/16/us-eurozone-idUSL6E7JD02L20110816?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=408

"President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are under pressure to show financial markets they are in agreement on doing more to shore up the embattled currency union -- or risk watching the euro zone unravel.

The two leaders could discuss obliging all euro zone countries to pass national laws on deficit limits and the idea of a permanent euro zone spokesperson or coordinator, a source close to the talks told Reuters.

Many experts believe the only way to ensure affordable financing for the bloc's most financially distressed countries would be for the euro area to issue joint euro bonds."

Euro bonds........fascinating.....Like Munis from Kazakhstan.

Rick Ballard

Jane,

The OFA flash mobs in Wisconsin were whiter than milk. The OFA 'back to school' flash mobs scheduled for October will be mixed but predominantly white. The President's decision to use OFA as his Brown Shirts was made prior to his election - remember his call for an an Obamajugend Corpse?

I believe the President's decision to utilize OFA flash mobs in his re-election efforts will have the same net result as his efforts to bring the Olympics to Chicago.

He's just not very smart and I've noticed that he lies.

Ignatz

This AT piece may have been linked previously but it's worth a second look.
The tale of just how lawless the four left wing Supremes are on SCOTUS in attempting to base a decision not on an actual law but on a bill with a single sponsor that they somehow divine to have a good chance of passing at some point in the future and just how close we are to having a majority made up of these highwaymen and highwaywiselatinawomen.
Ceterum censeo Barry esse delendam.

Ignatz

--and the idea of a permanent euro zone spokesperson--

Wow. Problem solved. That was easy.

Ben Franklin

Old Timers WaPo link.

"Responding to a question about the Federal Reserve at a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Perry said: “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, or treasonous, in my opinion.”

Perry continued by saying that printing more money would be “devaluing the dollar in your pocket, and we cannot afford that. We have to learn the lessons of the past three years that they’ve been devastating. The president of the United States has conducted an experiment on the American economy for almost three years, and it has gone tragically wrong, and we need to send him a clear message in November 2012 that new leadership is coming"

I didn't see any stupid Texan comments or insinuation. Actually,
journalists are supposed to let the story tell itself.

I think Perry does a pretty good job of making himself look stupid.

Ranger

The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.

This looks like clear proof to me that the ATF needs to be abolished. We already have an FBI and a DEA. The ATF is a dangerous triple redundancy in Federal law enforcement.

Porchlight

Rick,

I read a few months ago that OFA was having a hard time recruiting young folks. Saw an earnest student with an OFA clipboard on campus a few months ago and she was having trouble getting anyone to talk to her.

Ignatz

--I didn't see any stupid Texan comments or insinuation.--

That's probably why OT used the term "gearing up" as in "laying the groundwork for".

--I think Perry does a pretty good job of making himself look stupid.--

Well, if one thinks smart policies include surging oil and commodity prices and the declining dollar all of which are harming average Americans and pushing the rest of the world, particularly the poor, further into financial hardship while enriching Wall Street and the Gaddafis, mullahs, Putins and Saudis of the world, then I suppose one may very well think he's making himself look stupid.

Danube of Thought

Thanks for all of your tips about Scotland. If we do take this house for a month or so, you are all invited.

Nineteen percent strongly approve; 43% overall.

Jane

They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF's deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth,

Wow, I guess that is meant to be insurance. I saw Newell lie through his teeth at that hearing, and get caught right on TV.

Rick, It's really going to get ugly I think.

Jane

Perry continued by saying that printing more money would be “devaluing the dollar in your pocket, and we cannot afford that. We have to learn the lessons of the past three years that they’ve been devastating. The president of the United States has conducted an experiment on the American economy for almost three years, and it has gone tragically wrong, and we need to send him a clear message in November 2012 that new leadership is coming"

I couldn't agree more.

glasater

I know that Zerohedge tends to be doom and gloom and this article does not help:

“The Sequel”: How 2011 Is A Repeat of 2008—Only Bigger, Longer, and Uncut by Bailouts

Porchlight

I couldn't agree more.

Same here, and I think the majority of the electorate also agrees.

That in addition to Perry's 10-year record on job creation is what's got their knickers all in a twist.

But Perry needs to be positive, too. He has to draw a contrast with the nasty partisan attacks coming from the WH and the media. The Muddle, bless its heart, does not like what it sees as partisan bickering.

Thomas Collins

Nothing Perry said indicated stupidity. If one wants to argue that Perry is being unfair to Bernanke in asserting that QE3 would be for political purposes, fine, make that argument. But if one wants stupidity, go to pushing for and getting a Keynesian stimulus in a balance sheet recession, and then using the stimulus on things about as far away from shovel ready as one can get. That defines stupid.

peter

Eight days in a row in the minus twenties at Rasmussen, with a minus 23 today. "the Economy's bulletproof Hearse" is what they should call that bus.

Thomas Collins

For more stupidity, how about accusing a white cop of acting stupidly in arresting a black member of the Harvard elite? Or referring to hard working Americans as bitter clingers? Or cutting back on missile defense in a world almost certain to have more strategic missiles in the hands of unfriendly countries? Or, for that matter, seriously believing that a nuclear weapons free world is achievable? How about bowing to foreign potentates? The list goes on and on.

Thomas Collins

But if you are an Occidental and Columbia and Harvard Law School bred prog, I guess you must be inherently smart.

BB Key

If JEF is so smart where are his transcripts from Occidental, Columbia , and Harvard

Captain Hate

Perry has to worry about RINOs sniping at his ankles from within the "big tent". Rove is making noises about Perry being disrespectful to GWB's time in office. First of all, it would've been nice if Rove would've been more proactive to countering the slams against Bush by donks while he was in office. Second, this is CYA action to maintain Rove's TOP MAN status, which he knows will be threatened under Perry.

Ignatz

--I know that Zerohedge tends to be doom and gloom and this article does not help--

Just never succumb to temptation and read the comments there. After one or two semi sensible ones it inevitably degenerates into pure idiocy and lunacy.

DebinNC

It never ceases to amaze me how the WH's posting of Obama's daily schedule clearly indicates how lazy he is. Today he's working harder than usual: look resolute for the cameras while making a few opening, blame-shifting remarks....sit back, nod wisely for the cameras, and watch others "work" for a couple of hours...look determined while ending the "summit" with more blame-Congress-not-me remarks. Shake hands with a lot of typical white people... for the cameras. Then back to Hell on Wheels by 4:00 to catch up on ESPN and view the "dailies" filmed by the WH video/photo brigade.

Threadkiller

I hate to correct you CH but the NIH study would place Rove in the BOTTOM category.

Porchlight

DebinNC,

That's 2 hours and 40 minutes' worth of "work." 12:50-3:30.

Are we supposed to assume that other things are going on that aren't listed?

I wish we had Bush's schedules for comparison.

narciso

Says the man who had his own diary on Kos:

“It used to be that everybody was sitting there watching Walter Cronkite, now everybody is on their own little blog or on their own separate news forum. If you’re a Democrat you’re reading the New York Times, if you’re a Republican, you’re watching Fox News. . . people don’t listen to each other much.”

Ben Franklin

"then I suppose one may very well think he's making himself look stupid."

Vilifying Bernanke and suggesting he be prosecuted for Treason, is the stupidity, Iggy. GrandStanding is good.

MarkO

President Mal just noted, on his official business listening tour of swing states, that "we will have to run against Congress."

By the way, the poor little man wants us to know what others sometimes say about him. Golly.

Ben Franklin

"how about accusing a white cop of acting stupidly in arresting a black member of the Harvard elite? Or referring to hard working Americans as bitter clingers?"

TC; I'm glad you brought that up. Bloviating is not the sole province of Perry.

You don't see Perry as a self-aggrandizing blow-hard?

MayBee

I don't mind villifying Bernanke, but calling his action "treasonous" was not wise.

A minor stumble on what will be a long campaign.

Ignatz

--It used to be that everybody was sitting there watching Walter Cronkite, now everybody is on their own little blog or on their own separate news forum. If you’re a Democrat you’re reading the New York Times, if you’re a Republican, you’re watching Fox News. . . people don’t listen to each other much.--

Ah, for the days of just one governmental house organ so we could all sit in our company town and listen to the company news and the next day listen to each other talk about what the company wanted us to talk about.

MarkO

Bernanke? Treason? More of this will marginalize him. Why do this? Bernanke may be an idiot, but this just plays into the Dems' narrative.

Ranger

Vilifying Bernanke and suggesting he be prosecuted for Treason, is the stupidity, Iggy. GrandStanding is good.

Posted by: Ben Franklin | August 16, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Well, here is what he said:

Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, or treasonous, in my opinion.

I don't see a threat of prosecution, just a statement of opinion. Unless you took all the talk by the Vice President about "negotiating with terrorists" as a threat of prosecution of Republican congresspeople?

Ignatz

--Vilifying Bernanke and suggesting he be prosecuted for Treason, is the stupidity, Iggy.--

True, but not quite as you put it.
Using the word "treasonous" was stupid because the modifier "almost" would surely be omitted as it already has leading to false assertions like "suggesting he be prosecuted for Treason".

DebinNC

WH: The President is interviewed by KSDK Saint Louis, Missouri and WDAF Kansas City, MO

In a specially designed area of his new bus with lighting and decor chosen to show Obama at his best...filmed and edited by WH/campaign personnel? We may be seeing many more rolling "listening tours" the next 12 mos. before the Rep nominee finally gets to use the other $1.1M bus.

daddy

Just caught on FOX that they are looking to change The Military Retirement System in the US, I gather as a money saving move.

I did not catch the specifics and I have to leave right away, but I want to say I have no problem with altering the Military retirement System if thats what it takes to help the country, but anything they do to us Military Vets I want to apply triple to Congress's own Retirement system, and either equal or double to any Federal Employee's Retirement system.

Possible topic Jane for YOUTOOCONGRESS.

Ben Franklin

Iggy;

'Suggesting' is used because 'almost' was used.

Weasel words are our friends.....(mostly, largely, etc)

glasater

On CNBC's Breaking News Sarkosy and Merkel are proposing a European version of a Balanced Budget law and also a tax on financial transactions.

MayBee

Oh, and I have to say Rick Ballard just cracked me up yesterday.

Snap! Sizzle! Zing.

peter

Rush just called the bus a hearse.

glasater

The thought of keeping that black bus clean and shiny for BOzo just bogles my mind.

I had a black car once.....once.

Thomas Collins

BFF, at this point I don't know enough about Perry to characterize him. However, any state governor who speaks glowingly about providing in state tuition for the children of those in the US illegally is one who I would say is difficult to characterize. With respect to self-aggrandizement, I think anyone who has run successful campaigns for guv of a state is very ambitious and has a thick skin. Those two qualities are a necessary condition to put up with a POTUS primary campaign (except for Kucinich, who appeared to have fun running for the sake of running and having a forum).

I will be focusing on Perry's record as Texas guv. Not that it really matters where I live, since I view Obama as a sure bet to take Massachusetts' electoral votes no matter who is the GOP nominee.

Porchlight

It's only for 3 days, glasater, and he's only on it about 30 mins/day from the looks of his schedule. Some "tour."

Soylent Red

I agree with Jacobson on the "Coexist" as well.--

I have always wanted to get one of those stickers, put it on a cinderblock, and throw it through the windshield of a Prius with an Obama sticker on it. Just to make a point.

Uh...for the children.

MayBee

I find it incredibly frustrating that there is apparently nothing to be done about Obama charging the US taxpayers for his campaign.

Sue

He goes on a listening tour and the media goes bonkers when a constituent talks to him? If they would just admit he is campaigning, I'd agree. Call it a listening tour and you bloody well better be ready to listen.

Thomas Collins

By the way, BFF, I once again request that you make believe you are who some JOMers say you are. Do you really think that a course in political psychology can focus on modern social science research to the exclusion of Plato? Or did you assume familiarity with Plato when you may have taught that course? If you are not that person, do you think that a course on modern studies in political psychology benefits from a solid grounding in Plato, or is your view of political science that modern thinking (such as historicism and the fact/value distinction) makes Plato of historical interest only?

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Keep in mind that golf outings do not generally appear in El Jefe's official schedule. I hear the courses in North East Iowa are particularly challenging.

macphisto

eventually Germany will bail from the EU bacause they'll hold all the cards and be able to accomplish the goals of WWII by economic means and dominate Europe.

i don't have a problem with Perry calling the actions of Obama's appointees "almost treasonous." i WANT a candidate who'll grab Obama by the throat and not let go, and who will speak the truth...Obama's policies ARE "almost treasonous," and "almost" only applies because they're careful to stay just inside the law.

Ignatz

--Iggy;

'Suggesting' is used because 'almost' was used.

Weasel words are our friends.....(mostly, largely, etc)--

I suppose, but "almost" is somewhat different in the sense he appeared to be using it.
It's quite common to state in the vernaculur that someone is 'almost' a genius or an idiot or some action is 'almost' criminal or brilliant emphasizing that something is either pretty darn good or pretty darn bad without actually rising or sinking to the actual definition of the adjective in question.
An unfortunate choice of words no doubt but hardly earth shattering.

Sue

Apparently Rasmussen has something surprising to report. It is all over twitter to stay tuned to his site for "big political news" at 12:00 noon. Central time, I'm assuming since nothing is there yet.

macphisto

"The thought of keeping that black bus clean and shiny for BOzo just bogles my mind."

in the Midwest. in high summer, which, if you've ever lived there or driven through, is Bug Season. they must have a tanker full of RainX and a tanker full of ArmorAll sailing along behind.

DebinNC

New York Magazine:

"The National Design Awards usually take place in the middle of July, but this year Michelle Obama will host it at the White House on September 13, right in the middle of New York fashion week. As a result, several honorees can't make it, including finalist Jason Wu and runner-up Prabal Gurung."

LOL

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