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January 25, 2012

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PD

Scott Walker's giving his State of the State address. Some idiot (in the balcony somewhere?) is bellowing nonstop, trying to drown him out.

PD

The fool has gone silent. Perhaps he's been "helped" outside.

PD

Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector creates jobs.

WI unemployment is down over the past year. (True, but it's been going up the last few months.)

PD

Full employment of returning veterans to be a priority of Dept. of Veteran Affairs.

WI GI training bill was fully restored last year.

PD

We can streamline the process for mining approvals. This is a significant opportunity for job creation. Now's the time to do it. (We'll see: this is an ongoing controversy in the state.)

Frugality leads to freedom for our people.

Previous administration raided more than $1B from the transportation fund. (This was one way Gov. Doyle "balanced" the budget, I believe.)

PD

Asks whether the things he's been doing aren't the things the people elected him to do.

(Yeah. How dare Scott Walker keep his campaign promises? The nerve.)

PD

Contrasts previous increases in school tax levy with the decrease under his admin.

PD

Identifying waste not enough. We need to eliminate it.

Points out that we need to be good stewards of the taxpayer's dollar. Someone starts screeching "Liar!" in the balcony, quickly gets dragged out.

Another Bob

Agree TM. I have some vague recollection of a mid-$70K number being bandied about when Buffett first made the 'secretary' comment. That seems about right.

PD

We can have great schools and protect the taxpayers at the same time. We just need to spend our money more wisely.

Alludes to the single health insurance plan choice teachers had before. Now they have a choice, with a lot of money being saved. (Probably a reference to the WEAC scam where $100/month/teacher was really a kickback to WEAC. WEAC claimed it couldn't reduce the price, until they had to compete with other plans. Voila! They suddenly were able to lower the price. Good thing the educational establish is "for the students.")

PD

Focus on curriculum, not on grievances.

henry

Jane, webcast on Wisconsin Eye.

PD

Expresses appreciation for teachers' hard work. Is glad WI avoided the massive layoffs other states had to institute. (Something the unions never manage to recognize.)

Another screamer in the balcony.

henry

Pointed out a teacher of the year in Milwaukee got laid off because of union seniority rules. Collective bargaining bad for kids.

PD

Sounds like he wants schools across the state rated, and the scores posted publicly so anyone can see them.

Benjamin Franklin

Whoa, PD.

Just because you have a meth lab is no reason to sample the product.


Maguire; I love your speculations. It tamps down the migraines with comic relief.

henry

Final thought, don't personalize your differences. On cue another screamer.

PD

Says our differences shouldn't be personalized.

While he's in the middle of this, someone with no redemptive self-awareness starts screeching insults.

Benjamin Franklin

" Collective bargaining bad for kids."

You seem desperate in the last couple of threads, henry.

Is there a problem?

Neo

The is the second story on Saul Alinsky I've seen in the last two days.

Saul Alinsky would be so disappointed: Obama breaks ‘Rules for Radicals’

Danube of Thought

How much capital gains tax did the secretary pay?

PD

Maybe Buffer should pay her in stock so she can enjoy his low low low tax rate.

henry

Apparently there were 12 seats reserved for invitees in the gallery. 4 thought they had the feather. Will the MSM report who invited those 4?

Benjamin Franklin

:"In fact, if Alinsky were alive today, he’d surely be camped out in front of the White House, using every trick in his book, “Rules for Radicals,” to point out the many ways in which the president is not an infiltrator of the dreaded establishment, but the personification of it."


Neo;

Not sure what your point is.....

Barbara

Ben,

You're beginning to sound like HAL.

Jane

Boy it is really fun for me to read someone else's blogging of and event. Thanks Henry and PD.

narciso

Well that's why I've dubbed him, the Sorcerer's Apprentice at Alinsky.

Jane

Apparently there were 12 seats reserved for invitees in the gallery. 4 thought they had the feather

LOL

Danube of Thought

Further to my last point: can anyone possibly imagine a billionaire like Buffet not giving his secretary an opportunity to take part--however small a part--in any of his ventures?

Danube of Thought

True or False: Barack Obama will testify in a Georgia courtroom tomorrow.

henry

Happy to return the favor Jane, btw the full speech is now ondemand at the Wisconsin Eye link.

narciso

It's amazing how they could gin up such a 'two minute hate' against someone like him, henry, although to diminishing returns.

Old lurker

sorry posting badly from iPhone and cannot link but go read drudge headline story about newt and Reagan

Benjamin Franklin

Stop talking amongst yourselves or about the topic that Maguire posted about, and pay attention to ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME!

Danube of Thought

When things devolve into class warfare, it's a huge advantage to be on the side that knows what class is: you can never lose.

Walker wins, no matter what happens in the short term.

clarice feldman

He really paved the way for Governors to fight back to gain control of their budgets instead of simply paying off govt unions and raising taxes,DoT.

jorod

It's all lies anyhow. Who is gullible enough to believe this crap? The morons in the 99%.

A Casual Observation

Stop talking amongst yourselves or about the topic that Maguire posted about, and pay attention to ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME!

Posted by: Benjamin Franklin | January 25, 2012 at 09:21 PM

I'm sure that you think that you're cutesy.
But you're not just unethical. You're sleazy.

Benjamin Franklin

"Walker wins,"

End justifies means....pyrrhic victory.

Gmax

TM

She just bought a second house. On $62K? Not a frickin chance.

Danube of Thought

I am hugely encouraged by the polling numbers re Walker and his challengers. Given how intensely the matter has been covered and followed in WI for so long, it is hard for me to believe that a lot of money could change many minds at this point.

This could be a cataclysmic defeat for one of the very lowest forms of rent-seeking parasite.

clarice feldman

Not only can Wisxonsin residents see for themselves the savings in Walker's plan BUT they are getting weary of the unions' constant campaigns and refusal to acept defeat.

centralcal

Oh dear, Obama arrives in Vegas:

@RalstonFlash Jon Ralston
No Democratic electeds greeting POTUS at airport tonight. Only Mayor Goodman, who is an indie. Delegation in DC, but where are others?

He also says that Mayor Goodman's husband serves a drink at his eatery called "No Bama."

matt

a SiL was admin to the president of a high technology company and was well over 100K/year plus options plus benefits.

Such an admin is the boss's alter ego and discretion is crucial. Buffett may be a tightwad, but it would not bode well if he was a skinflint with the person who arranges his schedule and minds his affairs both personal and public.

Her options alone might have made her rich and good on her, I say.

Frau Witzbold

Chief Feather Merchant is out after dark.
SOB...

Gmax

So are vampires...

henry

TV news leads with the protestors and angry Dem pols. The protestors were arrested. Bunch more idiots in the rotunda, more arrests. Only hundreds, not the thousands they hoped for. Only views of Walker were when protestors were trying to interrupt him. Typical coverage.

bio mom

Insider Advantage poll. Romney 40 Gingrich 32. Jan 25. Was the opposite on Sunday.

centralcal

OL: Drudge has made it pretty plain he is out to get Newt. Abrams has his story at NRO and Jeffrey Lord has his story at American Spectator. Opposing views to say the least.

Also, Legal Insurrection has posted a clip of Nancy Reagan in 1995 talking about torch passing: Goldwater to Reagan to Gingrich and the House Republicans.

The fight on our side is unbelievably nasty. I am polishing up Garden Gnome.

donald

Ms Porchlight,

That is The gourds at Smiths Old Bar on 3/22 right?

I'm bringing all my friends.

Stephanie, call Bmoe.

narciso

Buckley would be rolling over, at what is happening at his lifelong project, it's a small point, in the big scheme of things,
but does Elliot Abrams think that Romney would
have come to his defense, 25 years ago,

Frau Witzbold

WI may yet recover. The real leaders are not the ones being hauled off.

Melinda Romanoff

henry-

As an aside, Indiana starts towards Right-to-Work tonight. The state's House passed the bill when the Dems came back from their last iteration of "sabbatical" (aka Vacation in Chicago with Axelrod). The state Senate will pass it no problem, then off to a big, honkin' Mitch signature.

clarice feldman

There is something truly obscene about the full blown assault on Newt Gingrich’s strong Reagan conservative history from and on behalf of Mitt Romney, who unabashedly ran away from the Reagan legacy and conservative principles in his 1994 Senate campaign and 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Truly obscene.

The latest iteration comes from Elliott Abrams writing in National Review, quoting pieces of a single speech Newt apparently gave on the floor of the House on March 21, 1986, in which Newt criticized certain foreign policy decisions of the Reagan administration. Abrams does not link to the full speech or to other speeches of Newt at the time.

Instead much of the anti-Newt conservative media — including a screaming Drudge banner — accuses Newt of “insulting” Reagan. It is part of a smear campaign which started when Newt surged in Iowa and National Review unloaded with it’s infamous “Marvin the Maritan” issue, and now it has resurfaced once again now that Romney is in electoral trouble.

A more honest assessment comes from Jeffrey Lord at The American Spectator. Lord, who was in a position to know because he witnessed first hand Newt’s interaction with Reagan, has written a critical column, Reagan’s Young Lieutenant, Much like Byron York’s column debunking Romney attacks regarding Newt’s ethics charges, Lord’s column is a critical contribution to the truth in a sea of shameless lies.

Lord portrays Newt in a much more favorable light:


(legalinsurrection.com ...

Jacobson also has a video of Nancy Reagan passing the torch to Newt.


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narciso

This is the fellow who we apparently won over with the 'reset' button,

http://natomission.ru/en/society/article/society/artnews/32/

Melinda Romanoff

As an aside (yes, another one), I'll leave you all with one other parting thought. The EU just might have painted Greece into a corner not of their own making.

Just where will the "Eff You!" point be with terms dictated like this?

Old Lurker

I guess I am surprised that Abrams would come out so forcefully like that. Must be something personal going on.

Melinda Romanoff

OL-

No, That's what Mitt-mentum looks like. The closer you get to the well of the singularity, the higher the energy release before your death.

That Borg thing has it's concepts based in Physics, you know.

clarice feldman

Must be..but then almost the entire NR and Ann Coulter seems to have gone nuts.

narciso

No, the Umbrella Corporation worked this out,
years ago, with nary a casualty (Resident Evil
reference)

centralcal

I agree Clarice. Completely nuts.

Captain Hate

can anyone possibly imagine a billionaire like Buffet not giving his secretary an opportunity to take part--however small a part--in any of his ventures?

It's pretty funny how he's been revealed to be such a greedy creep to anybody with a functioning cortex. And El JEFe keeps trotting him out for more.

Captain Hate

Coulter's gotten so snotty she must be sweating the sheets with Pizza-Face again.

narciso

He's become the CCA mogul Ed Rooney, played by Ned Beatty in Network, he was a pioneer with the application of Graham's theories on investing, but along the way he turned to the dark side.

I may need a torch, to burn that image out of my mind, Captain,

clarice feldman

Niters..

Captain Hate

Sorry narc; it does send the creep factor to eleven.

Neo

With a mixture of salary and stock options, Buffet's secretary could be making any conceivable amount of money.

Neo

Ben: My point is that the WaPo seems to be trying to make Alinsky into "the friend of the Tea Party." This is quite apparent in the other of the two stories. LUN

JM Hanes

No way Buffet is only paying his secretary $62K! Folks that Warren Freakin' Buffet can trust with his every secret, and who knows what he wants before he wants it, don't come cheap. She's probably been rewarded with a tidy stake in the boss's ventures too, with a pension plan that will keep any potential tell-all temptations permanently at bay.

Joan

Buffet is the worst kind of miserable miser if he only pays his secretary the paltry sum mentioned above. A billionaire? Pays his secretary five figures? Impossible to believe. In fact, I don't believe it. I find it incredible that he would pay her pennies ... compared to what he enjoys. If it is true, it stinks. He is the worst kind of selfish boss. Can't stand it. Though, pausing to think a moment ... it does remind me of a democrat or a socialist or leftist. Talk big about equality ... but don't believe or live it.

JM Hanes

Did ya'll see this, via HotAir's headlines? In today's dollars, who was the richest President of all time? The answer sure surprised me.

Danube of Thought

Ain't no more cane on the Brazos tonight, friends. See you at Raz time.

Stephanie

Donald you have email...

Stephanie

When are Ben and Jerry gonna come out with their latest ice cream flavor to slam a conservative scrooge like Buffett?

Crony Cranberry
Miser Mint
Scrooge Strawberry

Wait, what?

You'd think that good proggies would be offended at the difference in compensation between Buffett and the secretary but as he's fighting the good fight for socialism, I guess it's all good.

Don't these fools like Buffett realize that socialism eventually always eats it's own and though they are not the main meal they are sure to be dessert?

daddy

"When are Ben and Jerry gonna come out with their latest ice cream flavor to slam a conservative scrooge like Buffett?"

How 'bout "Chris Matthews "Insider Treacle"

What? There's insider trading in Congress?

glasater

Kudlow's favorite betting parlor sez:

Romney chance of winning Florida: 73.5%

At this ungodly hour that is.

Captain Hate

In today's dollars, who was the richest President of all time? The answer sure surprised me.

Yes but only because it's built on land holdings that wouldn't be as large a factor today. Funny that the only richer candidate than Willard who made it out of the primaries was Reporting for Doody, whom the MFM never called out for being an insufferably pompous ass; although the voters certainly recognized it.

Jane

After nearly a week on the defensive, CNN's John King reports tonight that Newt Gingrich's claim about offering witnesses to ABC News in his defense — to rebut the network's interview with his second wife, Marianne Gingrich — was not true.

rse

LUN is the City Journal review of Charles Murray's new book. I find the paragraph about the morale sapping effect of the welfare state to be quite interesting. And consistent with my experience.

My experience though is that is the divorce rate in the superzips kicks up substantially after the oldest finishes K-12. Perhaps it's because the UMC all know that the only way a former spouse can be forced to pay the tuition after 18 is if it is enshrined in the divorce agreement.

porch-has your husband's band heard about the 30A songwriting festival held every year in January in the panhandle in the Seaside, Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach corridor? There are a bunch of the Nashville songwriters who have homes there. You will be walking around and overhear massive jamming sessions in the winter near certain houses.

Captain Hate

rse, could it be that some parents stick together until the kids go off to college because of the importance of keeping a two parent existence in place before they leave the nest? I think I've known of at least one of those situations which thought was at least somewhat commendable.

rse

Absolutely ch. And I think it's commendable too. But Murray acts like that rate of intact families is enduring and that is simply not my experience. And it's not really anecdotal. Seems to be a fairly widespread phenomena. Quite frankly it is troubling to me just how precarious the existence of a significant number of women who stayed home and raised the kids while hubby pursued a successful career turned out to be. The courts seem to think the bene was getting to not work all those years. Many end up working in retail and selling those fine homes and that's the nest egg. I cannot believe the number who do not get attorney's fees in case there is a dispute over the agreement and they prevail in enforcing it. I know one mom who thought she had an ironclad agreement and ex decided he had supported her long enough and did not want to another 10 years as agreed. Took her to court to abrogate even though there was no question he had the resources. She lost.

Did anyone link the Spengler on BO's foreign policy and the nightmare he has accelerated on Egypt? Somalia conditions on the Suez? LUN

centralcal

Jane: second try - typepad ate my earlier comment.

Newt may well implode. Romney just cannot seal the deal with the majority of voters.

Today Jay Cost (Weekly Standard) and Jim Geraghty (NRO-Campaign Spot) both suggest we need a late entrant and perhaps a brokered convention. (All last week Jim was waving the pom-poms for Romney. But Mitt keeps making statements to quell any enthusiasm.)

I am think Garden Gnome is looking more and more plausible. (Currently, his status is: Can we have a do over?)

Janet

What's with Drudge? I'd love some Obama flashbacks to the 80s to know what the hell he was doing back then.
...or how bout no flashbacks...lets look at the ruin happening NOW under the Obama administration. Put up Brian Terry's picture every day until there are some answers about F&F.

Captain Hate

rse, sounds like the courts buy into that garbage that was being spread when I was in college about how a woman isn't a complete person unless she has a career outside the house and completely discounts the value of doing a good job of raising children. Since all judges went through college (barring a highly unusual situation) it's hard to imagine them not having that pounded into their cortices.

Captain Hate

Drudge must've been shut out of a lot of Christmas parties and is feeling lonely and unappreciated by the *right* kind of people.

Danube of Thought

Today's the day Obama testifies in the Georgia courtroom.

clarice feldman

Like or Dislike: 23 2

Log in to Reply Josh Painter | January 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm
Don’t ask NRO about Newt’s Reagan credentials. Ask Reagan Nat’l Security Advisor Bud McFarlane: http://bit.ly/zd9eAF

Don’t ask NRO about Newt’s Reagan credentials. Ask Reagan Economist Art Laffer: http://bit.ly/xEDETi

Don’t ask NRO about Newt’s Reagan credentials. Ask Reagan WH political director Jeffrey Lord: http://bit.ly/zw2ZMb

Don’t ask NRO about Newt’s Reagan credentials/Ask Reagan Policy Analyst Peter Ferrara http://bit.ly/zq1QxI

Don’t ask NRO about Newt’s Reagan bonafides. Ask Reagan media consultant Richard Quinn: http://on.msnbc.com/y2sPM2

Dont ask NRO about Newt’s Reagan credentials. Ask Reagan’s Speechwriting Dir. Bently Elliott: http://thedc.com/xOkDvA

Don’t ask NRO about Newt’s Reagan credentials. Ask Reagan’s older son Michael Reagan: http://bit.ly/yYVy7L

Don’t ask NRO about Newt’s Reagan credentials. Ask Ronald Reagan’s beloved wife Nancy: http://bit.ly/zrWvAw

_______________
From a poster at Legal Insurrection.

The push is on against Newt--King caught him in a lie about offering up witnesses to ABC.

narciso

You now how I've always felt about Newt, but this pile on is unseemly and historical, from
the Primack hit, where they dug up Teddie Forstmann, to insisting Newt was against the Contras, I guess that is the premise,

Danube of Thought

Oh, wait:

"Scoffing at a judge’s call for Barack Obama to appear in court Thursday, Obama attorney Michael Jablonski says that not only will the president not be on hand but neither will Jablonski."

clarice feldman

It's over the top. The only conservative website that seems not to have bought into the pile on Newt campaign is Legal Insurrection.

OldTimer

Glenn Beck stated several times publicly that he left Fox New of his own volition. He wanted to expand his horizons with more editorial freedom, a goal not possible with the limitations of network TV. Apparently that is not the full story, particularly since lesbian leftist, Sally Kohn's, regular appearance on the Ailes network.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/fox_news_drifting_leftward.html

Danube of Thought

I won't ask anyone about Newt's " Reagan Credentials," because I don't care about them.

narciso

Now reading between the lines, it seems a much larger project, as just Zubeydah's counsel can't just be involved.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/aclu_and_the_gitmo_leak_of_cia_agent_photos.html

clarice feldman

I don't much either, DoT. But you know me--I hate to watch tarring and feathering of someone when it is undeserved.

narciso

And this is just ironic, in the Alanis Morisette sense although it makes perfect sense;


http://streetwiseprofessor.com/?p=5978&fb_source=message

centralcal

Drudge is having all sorts of fun chewing up and spitting out Newt. Funny thing is, Romney looks no more appetizing for all the effort. Just makes one want to skip the meal altogether.

Captain Hate

I'll vote for anybody that promises to prosecute George HelpedNazis Soros or just deport him.

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