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August 15, 2011

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bolitha

While I think The Times has ceased to amaze me with their writing, this is amazing!! I guess they want Perry to organize another prayer breakfast to pray for rain?? Then, they will have fodder for yet another piece against him.

Thomas Collins

I eagerly await an analysis from the NY Times' crack science writers on the best ways to combat the drought.

Dave (in MA)

As an unbeliever in just about everything I think praying for rain is beyond goofy, but at least it's harmless and he's not actively taking steps to somehow make the problem worse, which is something that you can't say about the problems facing the guy he'll be going up against in '12 if he makes the cut.

narciso

You would think someone who wrote about the Dustbowl, wouldn't be such an unmitigated jerk, but you would be wrong.

MarkO

You know, when you pray for rain, and it works, it’s just a damn coincidence.

Palin for Secretary of Despair.  er, The Pair.

Oh, please, CEO/COO, just like Bush/Cheney.
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I think I've never heard so loud, the quiet message in a cloud.

Naw, Secretary of Rain.
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Porchlight

Droughts in Texas, who knew. The guy says in that very piece that Texas has been plagued by long droughts since the beginning of time! But it's worse now, somehow. Because of the global warming.

Extraneus

What kind of a witless hick would pray for rain? Or anything else, for that matter?

Obviously, and it's been said before, we're going to be witnessing a vague and relentless attack on people who are stupid enough to have religious faith. Meanwhile, let no one question the evidence-free depth of Obama's Christianity, which the MSM tolerates only because they don't believe it exists.

Dave (in MA)

JANE - you can quit praying now. It's AREAL!

Porchlight

I looked the author (Richard Parker) up and he used to be executive editor at Stratfor (which is HQd in Austin). So he can't be 100% stupid. Seems to me that the NYT was looking for a Texas angle on Perry and this guy lives in Wimberley so whatever.

narciso

Besides just invoking bad mojo, one is reminded of another of Troy McClure's efforts

http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/licence_all_writers/

AKA Robert Ellison.

There is a culture war over faith, and it's going to be over faith in people or in the earth. It's a false dichotomy; we can and will save both earth and people.

H/t the Chief Hydrologist.
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Threadkiller

I feel Perry's pain. I prayed for Obama to be smart.

Janet

I eagerly await an analysis from the NY Times' crack science writers on the best ways to combat the drought.

Send money to the government. That is their answer to everything.

Sue

Hell, everyone knows Perry should be organizing a rain dance. ::eyeroll::

To be truthful, we are praying for a hurricane. About the only thing that breaks up a drought in Texas in August is a 'cane blowing in from the direction of New Orleans.

Jane

Yeah, there is an ocean outside of my office already. I am sure Amy's living room has 6 inches of water in it by now. I've never been the subject of so many weather alerts in my life.

On a better note, didn't it pour in Texas during Perry's announcement? The left has their Messiah, we have ours.

Porchlight

Not in Austin, Jane, but we did have a cloudier day than usual, so it may have rained somewhere.

I feel Perry's pain. I prayed for Obama to be smart.

TK, I love it.

MarkO

TK, LOL. And then some.

Sue

It rained up our way. Not enough to matter but there was moisture in the air. Made for a cooler day. And stopped the # of days over 100 shy of the record by 2 days.

stace

Our Ag Commissioner (and next Lt Gov) says what TX needs is rain with a name, and he's right. If someone has found a way to steer one of those this way, then pleeeez let us know how to do that.

In the last few days Dallas got a couple of inches, and Del Rio got 4 inches, so there is some rain going around, but we need a lot more.

Sue

Which was 1980, btw. The year I was pregnant with a baby born in September. It was before global warming had caught on, though. We were still looking for the coming ice age.

Chubby

((The Republican primaries won't lack for candidates with important hair.))

Janet, does the Redneck Beauty Salon take male clients?

DebinNC

I seem to remember Perry's request for disaster designation for the drought/wildfire ravaged TX areas being turned down by the Obama admin. The NYT had a big piece on the wildfires and Perry submitting the disaster request to the WH, but, unexpectedly, I can't find their follow-up report on its being denied.

Porchlight

Sue, I had a late July baby and a September baby. Summer pregnancies in TX = good times. You had Reagan's imminent election to look forward to in 1980 as well, though. :)

Porchlight

DebinNC,

I believe the NYT editors probably agreed with the left that Texas deserved the denial because of Perry's secession comments or his championing of the 10th amendment or something.

Sue

Porch,

Yes, but at the time, I didn't realize what his election would mean. I just knew Carter had to go. I hope this year those like me in the summer/fall of 1980 vote with the thought that the incumbent has to go.

Chubby

TK, LOL!!!! I wish that one would go viral

bgates

he has had precious little to say about the drought that is devastating his state

He's too much of a gentleman, but I'll say it:

When you anoint a god-king who promises to make the oceans stop rising, you can't be surprised when you get less rain.

Porchlight

Sue, I hope so, too.

I have this fear that the media is making him look as bad as they can now, so when he makes his hard turn to the center later, they can pump him up again.

But then - is Barry capable of a hard turn to the center? I don't know. I know he needs the left or he's toast.

Danube of Thought

Our current president says he prays to Jesus every day. Has any vigilant Watchdog of the Fourth Estate ever asked him what he prays for?

Threadkiller

Quit being silly Deb. It isn’t like the Feds have the money for relief efforts.

Wait….
What??

This just in:
Crisis in the Horn of Africa

”The United States is the world's largest donor of emergency assistance to the region, helping more than 4.6 million of those in need and providing over $580 million this year alone, including $105 million that President Obama announced on August 8 and the $17 million that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on August 11.”

And:

”Today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the U.S. Government (USG) is providing an additional $17 million to meet humanitarian needs in Somalia and Ethiopia, bringing total USG assistance to the region to more than $580 million to date in FY 2011. The new assistance includes $12 million in funding from USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) for voucher programs and increased health and nutrition assistance in Somalia, and approximately $5 million in USAID/OFDA funding for health, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance in Ethiopia.”

It’s a “.gov” site so it must be true.


Threadkiller

Bgates, that is hilarious!

narciso

Parker's actually a McClactchy fishwrapper per excellance, sorry that I got him confused
with Egan, who was trolling the same meme, for more of his 'wisdom'


The debt ceiling debacle that is unfolding in Washington is not about ideology and it's not even about putting the nation's fiscal house in order. It's not even really about the American people. This is about appeasing just one group of people: the people on Wall Street. And before this is over, watch out for a Wall Street panic, which ultimately breaks the deadlock.

So far, the Street, frankly, has been largely asleep at the switch. Even as the economy has continued to falter it's been more than happy to keep the gears of commerce greased with plenty of government money. After TARP there came quantitative easing. After quantitative easing came QE2. That money has bolstered not just the bond markets, and lined the pockets of Goldman Sachs, but bolstered the equity markets.

Jane

Something is wrong with TOTUS. Obama nearly has to turn all the way to the back to see the TOTUS on his left. He's going to get whiplash.

Jane

Oh dear, Obama is taking questions. This should be interesting.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

TOTUS is serving up the same tired programs it has been serving up since the "deficit crisis" was resolved.

That bad old congress wouldn't pass his plan that would have solved the deficit problem " for years to come";

Payroll tax holiday to put 1000k in everyone's pocket;

Pass a program that will assure that Hyunda and Kia manufacture its cars in the USA or something;

Infrastructure bank (I guess to accumulate shovel ready projects);

And on and on.

No cameras on the presumably vast audience which is not particularly responsive to his blandishments.

Army of Davids

Obama bus tour themes...

"Debt Man Driving"

"The Magical Misery Tour"

Jack is Back!

Are they kidding me? He has said nothing of the drought? That is how he started his talk in Waterloo last night. And he knows what he is talking about since he is a cotton farmer. Geez. LUN

Army of Davids

The Rent is Too Damn High

narciso

Well honestly, JiB, if you are going to let facts get in the way of the meme, well then
'you're no fun anymore'

mockmook

"The Magical Misery Tour"

Posted by: Army of Davids | August 15, 2011 at 01:18 PM

Romney (or his writers) deserves high praise for that snark.

Bruce

A Department of Rain should be created. Duh!

macphisto

why are we sending a cent to Somalia? let the pirates feed their countrymen.

macphisto

"Driving Mess Dizzily"

"Blunder Road"

"The Great Race-baiter"

Boatbuilder

Perry should institute a hydrological stimulus program. Point firehoses into the air and spray out trillions of gallons of water (while making sure that the hoses are pointed in the general direction of campaign contributors, of course). This will of course lead to the magical creation of more water. Professor Alan Blinder will explain it for you.

Gmax

It rained in Dallas on Saturday. A good long soaking rain. And guess who announced on Saturday? Putting those two facts together, I properly conclude that the Lord is on Perry's side. The NYT should be very afraid, as Perry can make it rain, but Zero has yet to prove he can make it rain jobs just kill them off.

Boatbuilder

Sue--are you telling me that Obama has prevented all those hurricanes that George Bush tried to inflict on the doomed Gulf Coast? Already?
And we doubted the man.

Threadkiller

"Tour de Farce"

Dave (in MA)

Maybe President Paul will give him a pardon.

bgates

a hydrological stimulus program

Now that's funny.

Sue

Boatbuilder,

So it appears.

JM Hanes

"“Droughts will become the new climatology of the American Southwest "

When Texas has been having periodic, decades long droughts for the 600 years we know about, I'd say that seems more like a foregone conclusion than a "new" prediction. Declaring any single, year long drought a harbinger of climate "change" may actually take first prize for mental gymnastics in a crowded (dusty) field.

It sure makes a lot more sense to ask God for rain, than to ask Perry to bring it. That last paragraph sure looks like an appendage to me. It doesn't even fit stylistically.

Sue

We, the taxpayers, paid for Obama's campaign buses. Because the speech I listened to during the noon hour was a &*)*#*@ political speech.

Extraneus

Consider it an investment, Sue. Ain't no way this bus tour is going to help him.

Give 'em hell, Barry!

MayBee

Sue, please you are being cynical.

He has a plan. The Republicans want to destroy America, so they disregard his plan.
But Obama's plan is:
- cut programs if there are programs with wasteful spending
- cut red tape if there is too much
- tax people like Warren Buffet
- continue to invest in our future

Problem solved. Eat that, Republicans!

Jack is Back!

Dumb Debby tries to do Dallas - says it was the stimulus that created all those jobs in Texas not Perry's leadership. She also invoked that Bjerknes's Law of Precipitation was first introduced successfully by Obama when he stop the Ocean from rising.

Lost My Cookies

If he was a Democrat, all he'd have to do would be to piss down our backs.

Danube of Thought

Imagine people in, say, the year 1852 experiencing a protracted drought.

Then imagine them thinking that they and other men had caused it, and that the government could and should do something about it.

If they thought no such things, and if instead their solution was to sacrifice a goat, are we certain that that wouldn't be the better course today? After all, if you sacrifice the goat and it rains, everybody but the goat is happy. But if it doesn't rain, it really hasn't cost you anything but a goat, and you don't have fools hectoring you about how you must change your life.

Perry for president. Let's go all in.

MayBee

Really. I cannot stop talking about how much I love the example of an unfair compromise:
telling Michelle she can't buy more dresses and shoes if he gets to keep his golf clubs.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

BO bus tour = Rolling Plunder

Extraneus

Was that a scripted line or an ad lib, MayBee?

Captain Hate

I'd have gladly sacrificed Manbearpig and his whopper carbon footprint to end the drought.

Thomas Collins

Is the LUN a flash robbery mob or a prog dominated government? Hard to tell.

Sue

MayBee,

I admit. I'm cynical. More so now than 3 years ago.

MayBee

He said it during the teleprompter portion of the program, so it may have been scripted, Ext.
It really is the perfect illustration of how he thinks though.

You can't just go letting people keep things if there is someone else who wants new stuff.
I can imagine Valerie Jarret thinking that sounds just right.

Extraneus

He did say he's a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, so there's no telling how many revealingly stupid statements he'll be reading off the TOTUS from now on.

jimmyk

I seem to remember Perry's request for disaster designation for the drought/wildfire ravaged TX areas being turned down by the Obama admin.

If he requests aid from the Feds then in NYTimes-speak he's a hypocrite. Just like doctors who are opposed to Medicare but accept Medicare payments. Or NY Times owners who believe taxes should be higher but don't pay a dime more than they are obliged to.

JM Hanes

Sue:

This White House has given new meaning the "listening" tour along with everything else.

I was pregnant back in the summer of 1980 too. I wondered if we share the same biorhythms, or whether it was just a banner year for babies. Apparently not, but the pattern is more striking than I expected it to be. Does it seems a little odd to extrapolate per year totals from the data available as of July 1st of each year? What's even more striking, however, is to see the actual numbers underlying the patterns in teen births that we often hear about.

Captain Hate

You can't just go letting people keep things if there is someone else who wants new stuff.
I can imagine Valerie Jarret thinking that sounds just right.

I can't believe how he continually reveals that he believes that the world supply of goods and services is fixed and if somebody adds something to their total it comes at the expense of somebody else.

Charlie (Colorado)

I feel Perry's pain. I prayed for Obama to be smart.

Unfortunately, praying for rain is pretty much certain to be followed by rain, eventually.

JM Hanes

JiB:

LOL - I'm guessing that the sun is over your yard arm! Unless you're posting on a smart phone...

Jane

WEll he pretty much has stopped production so it's pretty fixed now.

Captain Hate

Troo 'dat, Jane; he fixed the economy the way a vet fixes a male dog.

MayBee

Ha ha ha ha ha!
This is from Politico:

Obama also reflected on Republicans labeling his signature law “ObamaCare,” saying: "I have no problem with folks saying Obama cares. I do care. If the other side wants to be the folks that don't care, that's fine with me."
Porchlight

Today no fewer than four of my FB friends posted (approvingly) this wretched offering from FOB Buffett:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/opinion/stop-coddling-the-super-rich.html

WTF? Buffett can send a check to the government any time he wants. Nothing's stopping him. Pony up, Warren.

Danube of Thought

He believes, at bottom, in a pie of fixed size. What drew him to politics, and sustains him in it, is the effort to get more of that pie for the people he believes to be his constituency (and whose beliefs are the same as his).

He is dimly aware that the pie can somehow increase in size, but believes that such increases come about either as the result of some initiative of the central government, or as the divine product of a mystical, randomly-acting machine, some impersonal engine that mysteriously acts to enlarge the pie, and will continue to do so at the same rate regardless of how it is divvied up by the government.

He is dangerously stupid about macroeconomics, and we have no reason at all to believe he will listen to a single word of advice from those who are less stupid than he.

Captain Hate

Great moments in organized labor: Tammy Bruce is reporting that the striking electrical union members, relatives and dependents have been ordered by a federal judge in New Jersey to cease and desist throwing feces in their protests.

Gmax

Warren takes no significant salary from Berkshire and instead I am sure he gets the company to "loan" him money ( secured by his stock holdings ). The loan is not income so he pays nothing for the money. I am sure most trips he takes just happen to have a business component so the corporate jet is utilized and his travel is subsidized to free as well.

Did you hear the howls coming from Omaha about the corporate jet deductions. The many is an enormous hypocrite. Ignor.

Thomas Collins

I wonder whether Buffett knows that he is participating in a scam. If Obama gets his way, the "millionaires and billionaires surtax" will be imposed on job creating businesses with more than $200,000 or $250,000 taxable income.

Gmax

I hear the monkey island at the local zoo called and want their organizing process back!

Dave (in MA)

CH, Every once in a while you need to get out on the streets and get a little poopy when necessary.

Rick Ballard

He is dangerously stupid about [Pick any 12].

I'm with Extraneous - any money spent getting BOzo in front of more people is worth every cent.

MayBee,

My style book balks at putting 'think' and ValJar in the same sentence without an initial negative. It allows 'feel' without a negative but not 'think'.

Jim Ryan

Perry's one hombre who sticks to his guns in re his dream act.

Gmax

In a very quick google search as it turns out I am right, this disclosure will include deferred comp and stock options granted both of which are not taxed fully or at all. Well well well:

Buffett, chairman and CEO of the Omaha, Neb.-based company, received a total of $175,000 in compensation in 2008, the same amount he received a year earlier, according to regulatory filing made Friday.

Porchlight

Perry's one hombre who sticks to his guns in re his dream act.

My understanding of the Texas DREAM Act is that it was passed with veto-proof majorities by the Lege. I wish he hadn't spoken of it so fondly though.

centralcal

ha ha ha ha . . . Baracula's Bus!

h/t Granny Jan and Jihad Kitty who stole it from Weasel Zippers.

mikey

Rick Perry may sound like Bush, but he doesnt speak like Bush. After watching him give a speech, he reminds me a big dominant football coach whose players wouldnt dare cross.

I dont think there would be any side by side photos on Drudge with a bare chested Putin spearing fish and Rick Perry on a bike path smiling with his helmut on.

Carol Herman

test. (You need this word to activate posting a comment from here.)

Anyway: HA HA HA

Is this a hairdo contest? Which hair spray comes out the winnah?

Porchlight

I like that photoshop centralcal. But what I really like is in the original photo, too - look at his body language as he heads toward the bus. Does he look happy to be getting on it?

Rick Ballard

Porchlight,

Would you be happy getting on Darth's bus?

MarkO

I told you he didn't even sign up for an econ class. He's just not that smart:

"The country’s automakers should ditch their focus on SUVs and trucks in favor of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, President Obama said Monday.

“You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks,” Obama said during a town hall forum in Cannon Falls, Minn. “There is a place for SUVs and trucks, but as gas prices keep on going up, you have got to understand the market. People are going to try to save money.”

Extraneus

And, to think... The bus tour is intended to fix this. (Click pic to see the full trend in all it's glory.)

Gmax

Others may differ I guess, but I see nothing wrong with the Texas Legislature deciding that minor children brought here by illegal immigrants can attend college on in state tuition rates. Those rates are pretty damn high, and should be covering the cost of the education. And if Perry sign off on it, good for him I say. Every child who is getting a education is not potentially in an alley huffing paint or dealing drugs.

There is no provisions that would lead to amnesty here. Just cuz it shares a name with a Harry Reid bill does not make them equal.

Rick Ballard

Who would care to wager that Count Blakula's Campaign Hearse received ValJar and the Wookie's stigma of approval?

Boatbuilder

It is astonishing to me that many otherwise intelligent people are convinced that the economic world is a zero-sum situation, despite the abundant evidence to the contrary in their own lives and in world history. Ask them whether people in the "middle class" in the 60's typically had two cars or more per family, multiple TV's, etc., and whether having such things now is just due to them "taking" those things from others.
I recently had a discussion with a friend who works in IT, who said something to the effect of "it's all about dividing the pie." I inquired, and he asserted the Obama view--that one person gains only by taking from another. I asked him whether the invention of the computer and software represented the creation of wealth which hadn't existed before. I asked him if Bill Gates got fabulously wealthy by taking from the poor--or by creating something new and extremely useful in our lives. He was stumped, and later admitted that he had never thought of it that way. You don't have to think very hard to understand this, but many "smart" people don't like to think hard. Obama is counting on those people.

Extraneus

'Yes We Can' social club busted for drugs, prostitution...

(Via Drudge.)

Extraneus

Thanks for the info, Gmax.

Thomas Collins

I think this bus tour is for the hard core base, not the persuable independents in the burbs. Axelplouffe no doubt concluded that black was a color the base likes. The hard core base consists of unions (especially public sector), African-Americans, upper income media and professional class, yutes, trust funders and most social science and liberal arts academics. As to why black is a good bus color for the hard core base, I have no idea. If this were a tour for the persuadable independents, the bus would be a green and off white Starbucks type color.

henry

Good grief Ext, I grew up in St Louis County but I have no idea where Bel-Ridge is.

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