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Porchlight

"Failing to tame runaway spending" - I love that. That's like saying an Indy 500 racer failed to tame his runaway speed.

Danube of Thought

Hope this guy gets as much ink as the accursed Jon Huntsman, who by the way makes my skin crawl.

Ranger

I guess it comes as a surprise to the NYT editors that when Obama said he'd produce "net spending cuts" people exspected him to actually reduce the amount of money DC spends.

Captain Hate

Pinch must be applying cold compresses to David Brooks' forehead constantly. Oh the humanity; please tell me the sharp creases are intact.

caro

I believe that Huntsman is only a Republican because he could never be elected governor of Utah as a Dem.

OldTimer,do you agree?

daddy

If anyone doesn't know yet Mark Steyn is subbing for Rush today.

We're an hour delayed and he's just started.

Jane

Rarely has a candidate pissed me off as much as Huntsman did yesterday. And just as I predicted, the democrats are going to town with his words.

Jack is Back!

Don't forget the Mets factor. As they go so goes the district. I know it never hurt Gerry, Chuckie or Tony but maybe now its catching up with the Queen's and Nassau contingent.

lyle

Huntsman for president, wingnutz! Roll over and let the smarter people in press pick the best candidate for you like always.

Jack is Back!

According to West Wing Report tweet, Odummy is speaking at 2pm on Libya but also about Irene and economic events. IOW's add Irene to "bad luck" vis a vis the economy. His quiver is getting pretty full of "bad luck" arrows. No wonder he keeps delaying his job's plan - he wants to make sure all this "bad luck" peeter's out before he gives it.

narciso

Mary Anastasia O'Grady points out, Kirchner's
reelection, is a byproduct of Helicopter Ben's maneuverings, as I would add, that her rise was in part to Greenspan's first experiment with 'enexpectedly' high interest
rates.

Jack is Back!

Uncle Joe in Mongolia. Doug Powers reports. A couple of good laughs especially Uncle Joe's reason he feels a special affinity to Mongolia. LUN

Sue

Obama's plan has now been downgraded to an outline of a plan. He ain't gonna put himself on the line by doing anything other than voting present, folks. It ain't in him.

Dave (in MA)

Steyn is concerned that the Obama entourage might put Martha's Vineyard at risk of capsizing.

narciso

So it would seem that the DGSE's plan, as parroted by BHL seems to have worked, huh
Rick, hope it works out better than the last effort that he inspired; re Massoud.

Cecil Turner

This is rich. The WaPo Blog's "On Leadership" section gets all misty over Huntsman's tweet:

"To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy."
But then decides he can't be taken seriously . . . because he's a Republican.

Not to worry, sez I, he ain't much of a Republican. But I've also got a few other issues with this:

  • Since when do we "believe in" a scientific theory? Is this a faith thing, or are we still looking for evidence both to support or disprove it? I can see "believing" in God . . . evolution, not so much.
  • Trusting scientists is all cute and all, but aren't there legitimate scientific disputes over the magnitude of man's effect on climate, and the ramifications thereof? Is he suggesting there's a perfect consensus on the subject? (I know the lefties like to pretend there is, but even on the basic question it's less than settled . . . let alone on the specifics.)
  • Isn't it "climate change" now? Does Huntsman get brownie points for spewing the PC line even if he f@$&s up the delivery?
I love how the lefties test for orthodoxy on this and other questions (e.g., "do you think SS is a Ponzi scheme") . . . and then pretend 1) there's a right answer; and 2) anyone who fails to deliver the right answer--and support all the ridiculous ramifications like giving money to third world countries to pay for "mitigation"--is unqualified for public office. I wonder if someone ought to ask the President if he believes in America (and not just because it produced somebody like him). But I suppose it'd be just as much a waste of air as this carp is.

Cecil Turner

Obama's plan has now been downgraded to an outline of a plan.

The best thing he could do, IMNSHO, is to extend his vacation indefinitely: the last thing we need is another Rube Goldberg scheme from the administration's deep thinkers.

lyle

Since when do we "believe in" a scientific theory?

Since it's been proven that aliens are going to attack Earth if we don't start cleaning up our act re greenhouse emissions, you terrorist!

Dave (in MA)

Zero was supposed to "Speak on Libyan Conflict" at 2:00 Eastern, and I'm looking at a static image on foxnews.com. Was he late again, or did I miss it?

Dave (in MA)

It just came online, already in progress.

Jane

I had it on and I don't think he said anything. He wasn't on camera, so he wouldn't get more whiplash.

centralcal

According to Twitter Zero's message was taped, and still it was 20+ minutes late. (eyeroll)

Danube of Thought

"Roll over and let the smarter people in press pick the best candidate for you like always."

Let us know when Huntsman breaks the magical 5% barrier.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

El Jefe's message:

See how smart I was? Ghadaffi is gone. The NATO coalition worked. The Arabs helped too because I asked them to. See how smart I was? We will help the freedom loving militants with humanitarian aid. See how compassionate I am?

[ed. note] Nothing mentioned about whether or not the freedom loving militants will be thanking us or NATO and will be our buddies when all of this shakes out.

lyle

Let us know when Huntsman breaks the magical 5% barrier.

"5%" is mythical construct foisted on the masses as a false consciousness, you teabaggers.

cathyf

lyle, you really do crack me up...

lyle

Thanks, cf. Parody gets harder every passing day.

Captain Hate

A couple of good laughs especially Uncle Joe's reason he feels a special affinity to Mongolia.

I had to click on that just to see if Bite-Me said that he was called a mongoloid while growing up in Scranton.

Walter

So the power went out here at the hospital and I am stuck in the lobby waiting to get up to FIL's room on the fourteenth floor. Behind me is a display stating ___ Hospital Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence Is Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion. From the display, we learn that "Art Is Good" and "Art is Power".

Which leads me to wonder how much this improves patient outcomes. Not to mention whether my culture is incompetent since it is not represented.

And did I mention the non-essential power is still out?

caro

Captain,do you listen to Tammy via streaming? She is not on radio here and I would like to listen. Her website is not much help if you don't pay up.

Danube of Thought

Why the hell is the guy running?

Ignatz

--e.g., "do you think SS is a Ponzi scheme--

Heh. Since I described it as one earlier here today I guess I should provide my mea culpa.
I was wrong. Very wrong.
In a Ponzi scheme once you've discovered you've been had, you can stop donating to your fellow dupes and can sic the cops on the perpetrator.
With SS the perpetrators throw the victim in jail if he decides to opt out of getting screwed.

PaulL

Paul Ryan is not running.

LUN

Captain Hate

caro, she's on live over the internet from 2-4 eastern time; I'm listening now. The subscribers can listen to those at any time and can also get extra podcasts.

Charlie (Colorado)

I am surprised by their surprise.

I'm surprised at your surprise at their surprise.

lyle

Somewhat OT, I changed the channel to our local affiliate a tad too soon last weekend and caught the commies at NBC running a story on bird shredding wind turbines. After burying this story for years in obeisance to the climate change orthodoxy, the MFM stopped fluffing Zero to let us all know that efforts are being taken as we speak to mitigate this minor problem. I think the answer was bird re-education camps but I don't really know because I changed the channel after a minute or two.

sbw

Good for Paul Ryan. Huntsman is not running either; he only thinks he is.

I'll bet he said Hi to Maurice Strong.

It's to China's advantage that the developed West continue with its guilt born delusion over damaging the commons and inevitably changing climate for the worse. Whether or not Huntsman's Ambassadorship to China has informed his policy beliefs about energy and climate, I don't know.
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cathyf

lyle, I think the phrase you are looking for is "self parody". It's gonna put you outta business, ya know. Or at least you'll have to work really hard to compete!

Captain Hate

lyle, you'd think those birdbrains would be more sympathetic to a kindred species.

I agree good for Paul Ryan; he strikes me as well placed not as a chief executive but maybe as a cabinet member or moving up in the House.

MarkO

"the magical 5% barrier." Is that some kind of skin cream requirement. Crawl, baby, crawl.

narciso

Well that temporary blip, stopped the Ewok from 'regrafting his fur, over the wit and wisdom of John Ziegler, so there is that.

Janet

Behind me is a display stating ___ Hospital Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence Is Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion. From the display, we learn that "Art Is Good" and "Art is Power".

Walter, that kinda stuff kills me. In the post office there was a big display on "green" where some raggedy-ass bag was hanging made out of recycled straws or something. It was for sale.
Think of the money wasted on this stuff....employees, printing, PR effort & it usually isn't related AT ALL to the business at hand.
I won't buy products that are promoting anything. "We will give a dollar to Save Penguins!"...I leave it on the shelf. Does it clean glass?...that is all I want to know.

matt

Weiner's district is one of the hard core Democratic Party constituencies. They are losing the Jewish vote over Obama's stance on Israel, and this is in addition to the lost jobs, economic malaise, and cost of living that's pricing people out of the city.

A strong R showing in that district would send a strong message. But then, they'll just make excuses and continue along their merry way to hell.

narciso

I liked it, better in the original Kazakh,

Walter

Careful, ChaCo. Comments like that can cause people to question your cynicism.

Captain Hate

I just came back from that completely illiterate post, narc; he's Duke & Duke so much that Rove can't fart without his fur rippling.

matt

doing a little thread jumping, the problem, Ignatz, is that no one wants to put money into the infrastructure. It's a matter of "commons" again.

In practice a company can makes lots of money generating power, but maintaining the grid is inevitably someone else's responsibility these days, and that's something that deregulation has inadequately addressed.

matt

I reposted this on Saturday just for fun. You may think pengiuns are sweet, peaceful creatures, but they are far from it. And boy do they stink!

"PLEASE post this as your status if you know someone who has been eaten by penguins. Penguins are nearly unstoppable and, when hungry, also breathe fire.
71% of people won't copy this into their status because they have already been eaten by penguins. Another 28% won't because they are hiding in their showers with fire extinguishers awaiting the coming penguinapocalypse. The remaining 1% are awesome and will re-post."

Captain Hate

matt, that's the FERC's problem; they've never adequately incorporated the full freight for "wheeling charges".

Threadkiller

--"From the display, we learn that "Art Is Good" and "Art is Power".--

Who the hell is Art?

narciso

That sign, reminds of that line, in Airplane,
where Leslie Nielsen plays the straight man, to Judy Haggerty's stewardess.

Walter

Now that you mention it, TK, _HE_ might be a good person to know for those of us with loved ones in pain. My cultural incompetence must have lead me to misinterpret the meaning.

Janet

Who the hell is Art?

I don't know, but I'd vote for him if he was running against Obama....or Huntsman.

Janet

Isn't he one of The Five?

Walter

Janet, it makes you wonder just what they think their job really is. At least here it is just a distraction. A 'green' Post Office would be using horses and walking to deliver the mail. Only a week and $500 to send a letter coast-to-coast.

Danube of Thought

Gallup has some intresting numbers up (can't link):

Romney 48, Obama 46; Perry 47, Obama 47. Paul and Bachmann are within the MOE.

Ignatz

--the problem, Ignatz, is that no one wants to put money into the infrastructure. It's a matter of "commons" again.--

That's precisely my point, matt; the tragedy of the commons or the market failure lies not in power generation but in the grid.
Unfortunately the two have never been separated after the initial vertical integration.
It's as if as a society we decided that since roads and highways are a natural monopoly, rather than have the government own and operate the public roads and the free market supply those things which traverse it, we decided to give regional public utilities ownership of the roads, which might make sense and monopolies on the production and distribution of automobiles, buses and heavy trucks, which most assuredly does not.

Ranger

Hmmmm... this doesn't look good for Obama:

National President

Gallup


Obama (D)46

Romney (R)48

Romney (R) +2.0


Obama (D)47

Perry (R)47

Tie

Of course, its not great news for Romney either, since a big part of his pitch is that he's the "ellectable" one.

BTW, if Obama's "plan" really does get downgraded to just an "outline" he is done. There is no way he will recover from one more serious dissapointment like that.

daddy

Maxine Waters: "The Tea Party can go straight to Hell."

Like Huckleberry Finn, I am unapologetic about wanting to go to Hell:

"Miss Maxine Waters would say, "Don't put your feet up there, Huckleberry;" and "Don't vote like that Huckleberry;" and "Don't scrunch up like that, Huckleberry -- set up straight;" and pretty soon she would say, "Don't criticize Obama and don't gap and stretch like that, Huckleberry -- why don't you try to behave?" Then she told me all about the bad place, and I said I wished I was there. She got mad then, but I didn't mean no harm. All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was a change, I warn't particular. She said it was wicked to say what I said; said she wouldn't say it for the whole world; she was going to live so as to go to the good place. Well, I couldn't see no advantage in going where Miss Maxine Waters was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn't try for it. But I never said so, because it would only make trouble, and wouldn't do no good.

Now she had got a start, and she went on and told me all about the good place. She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing, and collect food stamps forever and ever. So I didn't think much of it. But I never said so. I asked Maxine Waters if she reckoned Tom Sawyer and Jane and Clarice and bgates and Hit & Run, and Janet and Ann and Sara and DoT and TK and JiB and DrJ and CentralCal and Ralph L and narciso and Mefolkes and Chaco and Boris and Caro and Dave in Ma and Rick and Rich and Melinda and TC and BR and Another Bub and TopSecret and JMH and Soylent and SandyDaze and JimmyK and Matt and Jim Rhodes and cathyf and MayBee and Iggy and Captain Hate and the Hater Tot and DebinNC and Porch and Pofarmer and Verner and rse and Chubby and Uncle BigBad and glasater and Boatbuilder and macphisto and PD and NK and SBW and not_bubbarooni and Rocco and MarkO and CecilT and AjentJ and harrjf and Pager and Glenda and Stephanie and Ranger and Henry and Elliott with the 2 T's and even TM would go there, and she said not by a considerable sight. I was glad about that, because I wanted them and me to be together."

Only question I have now is if it's still just 2 coins we have to give the Riverboat man who rows us across the River Styx, or has inflation gone up and we need to carry a bit more cash to get into Hell?

Thomas Collins

No problem, daddy. Uncle Ben will print some Demon Dollars for us.

By the way, daddy, you may be interested in knowing that today is Deadhorse's first day as a 7th and 8th grade science teacher on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Saint Francis, South Dakota. So, a portion (admittedly a microscopically small portion) of today's yutes will be looking to Deadhorse to impart some knowledge to them. To which I say: Sign of the Apocalypse! :-))

Threadkiller

--"Isn't he one of The Five?"--

Hahahaha!

I prefer Mel's Five.

Walter, I wish you and your family well.

Agent J

I am surprised by their surprise.

I'm surprised at your surprise at their surprise.

Me, I am just happy that I am not surprised, at my age I may not be able to take a surprise.

Jim Miller

Well, I wasn't surprised, because I have been saying that the Republicans had a chance to win the district since June.

(The odds are still against Bob Turner, but I think he has a real chance to win, at least 1 in 10.)

And I wasn't surprised by their surprise, either, since our newspaper of record is not very interested in covering people who don't support President Obama -- especially if some of them have religious reasons for their positions.

Sue

They don't know that we know they know we know we are surprised.

Agent J

I can't remember what I forgot.

Danube of Thought

Raz:

"Will she or won’t she? Sarah Palin has a busy schedule leading up to a major public event in Iowa on September 3, and Republican insider Karl Rove predicts she’s about to enter the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. If Election Day was right now, President Obama would defeat the former Alaska governor 50% to 33%, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. This marks the first time that the president has risen out of the 40s in hypothetical matchups with any of the major GOP presidential hopefuls."

Jack is Back!

matt & CH,

Also, don't forget the various PSC's and their PC approach to electric generation and T&D. It was from those rate-makers we got the concept of distributive power schemes that a lot of utilities wasted time and money on instead of beefing up and expanding their T&D facilities. Another smart move by Texas was to divorce themselves from the Eastern and Western Interconnections with ERCOT. Wonder if Perry can also use that little gem of Texas independence in his talks about energy policy:) Doubt it since it also suggests Texas just likes to be different than the rest of the country and isn't a team player.

Generation by private companies, grid by government.

You can thank Sabre for Texas.
===============

daddy

Yay TC,

If and when her blog starts up again, please advise.

Sorry the South Dakotan's got eliminated at the Little League World Series.

caro

Thanks for the Tammy info,CH. I finally got it with 15 minutes left but will tune in often now.

glasater

Here's a lengthy article tweeted by Jim Pethokoukis. I'm still reading but the first part is interesting. From Time, March 31, 1980:

Nation: But Can Reagan Be Elected?

daddy

In the category of "Consider the source", I think this is the sort of criticism that Governor Rick Perry would welcome. Link.

Ignatz

Gold at $1,900. Anyone surprised?

MarkO

daddy, I'm going wherever you go, except, maybe Chapel Hill.

daddy

I think its humorous that with all the MSM publicity and fanfare and Union and Envirnmentalist support for their Oil Pipeline protest, only 65 protesters were able to get arrested at the White House on Saturday.

Yet also on Saturday 3 protesters were arrested in basically the same place for Running An Illegal Lemonade Stand as part of Lemonade Freedom Day.

Ha.

daddy

Glad to see that Michael Barone's publicizing the disgraceful pack of lies put out against Congressman Issa by the New York Times.

Memo To Management At The New York Times.

Great job Mister Barone. Keep it up.

Extraneus
As recently as last month, before Reagan's New Hampshire victory, White House advisers looked forward with relish to the possibility of Reagan as their target.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,921912,00.html#ixzz1VnQsWGo8

The "last month" in the linked article was February, 1980. Carter was leading Reagan by 25% at that point.

Btw, self-serve at will, glasater. The pic and article were great.

DebinNC

Know what would really surprise me? If the folks sending their old gold jewlery in the "secure" envelope provided and getting "cash back" aren't among the 26% still convinced Obama's doing a great job on the economy.

daddy

LoL MarkO.


Am off with the pup's just this instant, but look at what happened to a hiker who was on the next trail over from me yesterday. Yikes!.

Obviously he didn't know how to scream KayyyyyyyyyyyRoooooooo!

daddy

Oh crap.

Extraneous I do hope you go to Hell also.

(With the rest of us of course, and anybody else me and Huck forgot:)

narciso

The way the linked story is written, you half expect the bear to be on a cycle, daddy

Extraneus

I do hope you go to Hell also.

Thanks, daddy. And sorry for the spelling. It was a take on a Latin word, back around the time Porchlight was taking a night-time stroll on the veranda trying to come up with a handle.

Extraneus

This is sad.

Where is Monica Lewinsky now? 13 years after Clinton testified, the former intern is trying to move on.

"Still" trying to move on is what they should have said.

13 years.

When Clinton goes to the real Hell, he'll have to answer for what he did to that girl. I won't say "innocent," but Saint Peter will surely be able to sort it out.

Threadkiller

What is the building outside the faux window on Special Report?

Threadkiller

Not the building behind Bret, the one behind the guest.

Rick Ballard

"but Saint Peter will surely be able to sort it out"

In the millisecond after he's done resetting all the alarms.

Extraneus

Relevant to yesterday's discussion on "born again" hayseeds. (Walter Russell Mead, also from an Insty link.)

Inequality Grows As Poor, Ignorant Atheists Swamp US

The stereotype, held apparently by none other than the President of the United States, is that religious people are less educated and less affluent than cosmopolitan and sophisticated seculars. The bitter clingers handle snakes, guns and Bibles in West Virginia; the seculars discuss literature and economics at swank parties in Georgetown.

In fact, some recent research reveals, it is almost the other way round. According to the American Sociological Association, the uneducated and the poor (often of course the same people) are dropping God like a hot brick; the ‘bitter clingers’ are increasingly better educated and more affluent than the unchurched.

Rick Ballard

I would bet that Weiner's district will stay blue. The voters in the district really deserve another wiener and the only question I have is whether Weprin will be a greater wiener like Schumer or a lesser wiener like Weiner.

It's just not a district that's worth any effort on the part of the party to take or to try and hold in 14 months.

Danube of Thought

The building behind the guest is Union Station.

A bit more from that March 31, 1980 Time article:

"As recently as last month, before Reagan's New Hampshire victory, White House advisers looked forward with relish to the possibility of Reagan as their target. No longer. Says one Georgian: 'People like what Reagan's saying about the economy, about foreign policy. He's offering simple solutions and that's what people want.' Adds another White House aide: 'To dismiss Ronald Reagan as a right-wing nut would be a very serious error—for us or anybody else.'

"California Pollster Mervin Field, who just last fall felt that Reagan's nomination would lead to a Republican disaster, has changed his mind. Says Field: 1I just don't see how you could dispassionately and factually argue that it will be a Carter victory. It's going to be a very close race.'"

Captain Hate

Also, don't forget the various PSC's and their PC approach to electric generation and T&D. It was from those rate-makers we got the concept of distributive power schemes that a lot of utilities wasted time and money on instead of beefing up and expanding their T&D facilities.

One of the problems utilities have (other than what I've mentioned already) is that utility commissions are one of the biggest political footballs you can ever find. When RINO Voinovich became governor, he brought this ignorant slob who'd headed up the city of Cleveland's intervenor group and was disliked by the other intervenors just because he was so clueless. That effectively made the commission an official laughingstock.

If you ever want to find out what happens to the lower third of the classes of bottom tier law schools, check out some of the intervenor groups' attorneys in fuel cases. I pity some of the court recorders because some of the attorneys barely speak comprehensible English. And part of the rates that people pay are used for their salaries. What a country!!!

Ranger

And the "Obama is a victim of circumstances" meme continues to grow:

What could Obama have done?

I think on a subconsious level, the lefties already know that Obama's presidency is over. He may still be in office, but he is already a lame duck at this point.

Captain Hate

When Clinton goes to the real Hell, he'll have to answer for what he did to that girl. I won't say "innocent," but Saint Peter will surely be able to sort it out.

Monica never had a chance. Her father probably hates the red nosed predator less than I do without that white trash ever having touched one of my daughters. I'm sure Slick has a low self-esteem detector which has served him well. With 2 terms of that garbage is El JEFe really a surprise?

Extraneus

From Ranger's link:

Indeed, if you had taken me aside in 2008 and sketched out the first three years of Obama’s presidency, I would have thought you were being overoptimistic: an $800 billion stimulus package — recall that people were only talking in the $200-$300 billion range back then — followed by near-universal health-care reform, followed by financial regulation, followed by another stimulus (in the 2010 tax deal), followed by the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” followed by the killing of Osama bin Laden and the apparent ousting of Moammar Gaddafi?
Overoptimistic? Think about what kind of person would see this as an impressive résumé, never mind a dreamy one. What a tool.
Ignatz

If Barry's big September job jabber is as bad and as repetitively liberal as expected will it be his "More Mush From the Wimp" moment when some mainstream headline writer puts him out of his misery?

BobDenver

ChaCo, the article at the LUN is yours, correct? I love it.

MarkO

Extraneus, eventually all right-thinking folks will come to know the truth. He's just not that smart. Next up: he's a liar.

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