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Jack is Back!

I thought Ground Hog Day was February 2nd?

narciso

Now, you know TM, it's absolutely savage to use Krugman's own words against him, what kind of a sadist are you?

matt

This News. It does not mean what you think it does. LUN

steve

I'm not sure what potential home buyers worry about more: the possibility of losing their jobs as Krugman seems to think is the case, or, as I think is a bigger problem, the fear that housing prices will collapse even further due to the backlog in processing foreclosures and the impact of millions of underwater homeowners potentially walking away from their mortgages or having government redraw their mortgages.

Ignatz

Why does TM hate Pauly so, that he feels the need to destroy him on a biweekly basis?
Oh yeah, 'cause Pauly's a jerk.

Dave (in MA)

JiB, we have a non-denial.

And FNC can't find someone to edit their articles who's beyond 8th grade and doesn't think that "alot" is a word?

Danube of Thought

Our host has a Krugman obsession. Or maybe he thinks shooting fish in a barrel is sport.

NK

Steve-- it doesn't matter why people aren't buying homes-- the pertinent point is they are not. That is one of the many reasons that exposes the BS that Krugman is pushing. And what BS is that? "properity is just around the corner"-- "Barry and Timmie and Bernie have this covered", "re-elect Barry adn all will be fine." It's the same BS as 2008, Hope and Change and Unicorns.

clarice feldman

I thought from the header we were talking about Senator Rand Paul now in TSA custody.

NK

DoT-- I disagree; Krugman has the obsession of re-writing history to try to prove he was right-- back then. Our host is doing a public service in showing Krugman is full of poo.

NK

JiB-- that's a fascinating link-- it really is a non-denial from Carney. So no Churchill bust, but an Alinsky portrait. Pathetic.

jimmyk

A Nobel-prize winning economist should understand that a real recovery will boost housing, not the other way around.

NK

jimmyk- OK now you're confusing Krugman's column with facts. That is not prohibited in Krugman's universe.

NK

.. That is not PERMITTED in Krugman's universe....

clarice

So JF Kerry shows up at the WH with a broken nose and two black eyes. His spokesman says it was an ice hockey contest. Do you believe it?

BB Key

C, John Kerry was chairman of the Senate foreign Relations Committee when John Kriakou was hired as an investigator for the committee. Former CIA agent Kriakou had his first appearence in Federal Court today .

MarkO

I am the only one here who actually ever shot a fish?

MarkO

In Paul’s Monday statement, he noted, “my ‘Restore America Plan,’ in additional to cutting $1 trillion dollars in one year, eliminates the TSA.”

As the Kinks famously sang, "Yeah. You really got me now."

Barbara
So JF Kerry shows up at the WH with a broken nose and two black eyes. His spokesman says it was an ice hockey contest. Do you believe it?

Heh. He must have asked Teresa for an increase in his allowance.

daddy

Last week we learned that Scientists are intending to aggressively promote the propagandizing of manmade Global Warming to America's Schoolkids: The organization of scientists, anthropologists and others is turning its attention to climate change, and it will mount an aggressive effort to teach the nation's schoolchildren that climate change is real and is being driven by human activity.

Today we learn that a new organization called Forecast The Facts (funded by whom we don't yet know) is going to aggressively promote reporting of Global Warming by News Weathermen. Forecast the Facts (www.forecastthefacts.org), launches Sunday to pressure TV meteorologists to inform their viewers about climate change:

"The launch coincides with the kick-off of the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) annual meeting in New Orleans, LA."

“This is an important moment in the history of the AMS,” said Daniel Souweine, the campaign’s director. “It’s well known that large numbers of meteorologists are climate change deniers. It’s essential that the AMS Council resist pressure from these deniers and pass the strong statement currently under consideration.”

Jim,MtnViewCA,USA

Potential buyers may get frozen out of the market in order to let government have a big Program that proves they are Doing Something and (surprise!) results in letting the cronies win at the expense of the rest of us (LUN).

MarkO

“It’s well known that large numbers of meteorologists are climate change deniers."

Off with their heads. The science is settled and that's why we have science.

Ignatz

--I am the only one here who actually ever shot a fish?--

No.
And mine were the free range variety, not caged in a barrel.

centralcal

Golly, it seems Senator Mark Kirk's stroke was more serious that initially reported.

JAFAC

Did Krugman mean to tell the truth?

Housing Bubble from 2000 - 2006? Who was President in 2000? Wasn't it a Democrat that was in office then? How did Bush cause a housing bubble before he was even elected?

Sue

narciso,

I just read that earlier and wondered who this guy is. He must hurt Obama or it would be splashed on every newspaper in the free world.

Sue

Everyone knows Bush can do things other men can't.

Rick Ballard

"showed that total housing units in Las Vegas rose from 559,799 to 819,600 from 2008 to 2009, an increase of 46%"

Should be 2000 to 2009. The 5.8% annual rate of increase is perfectly coincidental with the rate of increase in resident employment.

If one wished to actually test the Flatlander hypothesis, I'd suggest looking at Seattle metro versus Dallas metro. Boredom with the subject prevents me from doing so but comparing a major Blue Hell to a minor Blue Hell isn't going to ever going to be particularly convincing.

Krugman is trying to strike sparks to ignite a housing recovery that is not going to flower until 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has a new tenant.

narciso

It serves up a very interesting tale, I guess
'speaking truth to power' is inoperative now;


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/documents/john-kiriakou-criminal-complaint.html

Ignatz

--Krugman is trying to strike sparks to ignite a housing recovery that is not going to flower until 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has a new tenant.--

Rick,
I'd say the housing recovery Krugman or Barry are primarily interested in igniting in 2012 is at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, IYKWIM.

lyle

So JF Kerry shows up at the WH with a broken nose and two black eyes. His spokesman says it was an ice hockey contest. Do you believe it?

The hockey thing? Not for a minute. As to the condition of his face, I'd say it's only a good start.

Porchlight

Sorry if already posted, but you guys will enjoy this - John Kerry "breaks nose playing hockey."

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/01/23/john-kerry-breaks-nose-playing-hockey/

I put it in quotes because I can think of another reason why he would have two black eyes and a swollen nose. Check out the photo at the link. Nose looks decidedly less beaky to me.

Comments are hilarious.

Porchlight

OMG, sorry to not have read the thread more closely.

To make up for it here is a pic:

Looks pretty cut and dried to me. Pun intended

Sue

I think someone is worried that Obama will be tied to Alinsky. I see they are rehabilitating Alinsky even as I type...he wasn't a socialist, he didn't want to change our system, Newt is more like Alinsky than he knows, yada yada...

Sue

Hey, did y'all know John Kerry was in Vietnam?

Janet

Here is Kiriakou's Linked page.

"Second Secretary, Economic Affairs
US Embassy

Government Agency; 1-10 employees; International Affairs industry

1994 – 1996 (2 years)"

I wonder which embassy? or is that a DC post?

narciso

I would say, Athens, right off the back, from what I glanced from his memoir.which
means he was sent there, after Valerie was 'burned' by Ames.

RichatUF

Sue-

Hear he's got one of them funny, magical hats too.

GMAX

So some hockey guy punched out Francoise Kerry? I would have paid to see it.

Jim Ryan

Kerry chased a North Vietnamese teen in a loincloth down and killed him, but not before the teen was able to give him a black eye.

Janet

Education -

"John Kiriakou's Education
The George Washington University
MA, Legislative Affairs

1986 – 1988

The George Washington University
BA, Middle Eastern Studies

1982 – 1986 "

The Saudi's love GWU, right? "nearly $13 million to George Washington University,"

narciso

Guess who wrote that original story on the Waterboarding, our good friend Brian Ross,

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=3978231&page=1#.Tx3ZhoF-jcs

Who would later go on to reveal the 'black prisons' in Europe and N. Africa.

Extraneus

I just read that earlier and wondered who this guy is. He must hurt Obama or it would be splashed on every newspaper in the free world.

Sorry for posting this in two threads, but I didn't notice if anyone commented on the game itself:

Heh. The WaPo and their reporter, Greg Miller, seem to know that their readers are mostly dumb enough to fall for another game of ... Name That Party!

Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks

Not one mention of party affiliation in the piece, but I got to it via Drudge, who headlined it more helpfully:

Senate Democratic staffer arrested for disclosing identities of CIA operatives to al Qaeda Gitmo inmates...
Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Catching up, I just saw Boris's [I hope the punctuation is right] great guitar work. Did he take lessons from PUK?

Sue

I went over the Scary's place but he isn't commenting on it yet. At moment, he is in meltdown mode over Gingrich's win in SC.

narciso

This story for which Kirikaou was likely a source was even a thread here;


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/21/AR2009042104055.html

Sue

Ex,

Should have known.

Porchlight

So some hockey guy punched out Francoise Kerry?

If by "hockey guy" you mean "plastic surgeon," then the answer is yes.

rse

Wow Janet. The Saudis give a fortune to G'town too.

Jack is Back!

What a BS story.

I played "no check" hockey for years while in my 40's and 50's and the only time one of us got hurt was when we tripped and fell into the boards. But even then its hard to get black eyes and busted nose when you are wearing helmets, face guards and caged masks. What a phony.

Its called plastic surgery.

Extraneus

I think narciso linked to an LI post that linked to Reagan's "There you go again" youtube in another thread, but I didn't remember what Carter was talking about that gave rise to that retort:

National Health Insurance

Every one of Carter's arguments was used by Obama and the Democrats in the most recent health care debate.

It took them decades. They don't ever give up.

narciso

I know this is an old story, but this guy is like Kevin Bacon;

http://motherjones.com/politics/2007/12/operation-stop-talking

Sue

Ex,

The case against John Kiriakou, who served as a senior Senate aide after ending his CIA career, extends the Obama administration's unprecedented crackdown on disclosures of national security secrets to journalists.

This is how the WaPo is reporting it. I am shaking my head wondering what they would be saying if Bush and Gonzales were in charge.

Sue

In other news, the Bruins goalie snubs Obama and admits it's political. He is a staunch conservative.

clarice feldman

A traitor working for JFK? How can that be?

Sue

Maybe Kerry got his black eye from Kiriakou?

centralcal

I love that Bruin's goalie, Sue. Good for him.

Isn't John Effin Kerry a little old for a nose job?

Sue

C-cal,

I have mixed feelings about snubbing the POTUS. I love that he feels the same way I do, but I would rather he just not attend and keep his reasons to himself. If others want to guess at it, fine, but that's just me. Respect the office even if the fool in the office doesn't respect it. Or me.

Janet

If it was plastic surgery, why in heaven's name didn't he do something about that mega-chin!?!

Jane

Who was Kiriakou an aide for?

Extraneus

My wife just mentioned that Kerry has submitted an application for another Purple Heart.

Sue

Janet,

He has had work done on his chin a few years ago. I think he even admitted it, but claimed it was for medical purposes.

Porchlight

The chin is probably next. It looks even bigger now next to the new nose.

Janet

Who was Kiriakou an aide for?

I think he was an aide in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"Senior Staff Member
Senate Foreign Relations Committee

March 2009 – May 2011 (2 years 3 months) "

I wonder who recommended him for the job & who hired him.

Sue

One report said he was an investigator to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Which John Effin Kerry chairs. So...guilt by association is just fine with me.

Sue

Seriously, if you've already had your chin scaled down, just how large was it before?

MarkO

Larry Summers. It's just what we thought, or in coach-speak, they are what we thought they were.

http://blog.american.com/2012/01/11-stunning-revelations-from-larry-summers-secret-economics-memo-to-barack-obama/

Ignatz

--He has had work done on his chin a few years ago.--

Pre op pic;

Janet

Mona Kerry -

Sue

LOL.

Threadkiller

I knew I had seen that picture before, Porch.

lyle

Comments are hilarious.

Quite definitely worth a quick click. Glad to know I'm not alone in my loathing of that dick.

Jack is Back!

Janet,

You are wicked:)

Did you'all read about the Navy SEAL who was arrested and put in the psych ward at Bellevue because he said he was a Navy SEAL, which he turned out to be? Bloomberg gone mad, mad, mad.

Oh, he had a pickup truck with a gun in it. So, according to the NYPD - he was the crazy one.

Sue

Narciso,

How about #1 of those "11 stunning revelations"?

Sue

The short-run economic imperative was to identify as many campaign promisesor high priority items that would spend out quickly and be inherently temporary. … The stimulus package is a key tool for advancing clean energy goals and fulfilling a number of campaign commitments.

Glad my money was put to good use for Obama's campaign promises.

Extraneus

Obama Defends Roe v. Wade As Way for ‘Our Daughters’ to Have Same Chance As Sons to ‘Fulfill Their Dreams’

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama says the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is the chance to recognize the “fundamental constitutional right” to abortion and to “continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”
I assume that Obama understands what our sons' dreams are at that age.

(Btw, mine showed me the dozens of parody videos that have cropped up in the week since the original went viral. The kid has an agent, shirts already on sale, has been to Canada for interviews, etc.)

matt

one of the paramount skills of a good politician is to take a difficult question and answer another question, often hypothetical, entirely.

I believe the Republicans would be well served to do so during their upcoming debates. Each should take at topic where the Obama administration is weak, and when a question is asked, address that, rather than the question.

No attack dog politics, and a message that can be honed debate after debate. It would drive the moderators and pundits nuts. As the MSM do their best to tear apart each of the candidates the only beneficiary is the clown who will be giving the SOTU campaign speech tomorrow night.

NK

MarkO--"...they are what we thought they were" Exactly right-- even Summers is just a shameless political hack. We are on the hook for $1.1 TRILLION in debt (including %) so 'Bam could deliver the bacon to his crony contributors. People should go to jail for this.

centralcal

Sarah Palin in an interview with Eric Bolling about Chris Cristie's Newt is an embarrassment to the party remark:

“I do care to take him to task -- poor Chris. This was a rookie mistake. He played right into the media’s hands. Here’s a host that asked Chris, ‘Does Newt embarrass the party.’ I think he asked him twice, and there Chris played right into it and spewed that about Newt embarrassing the party. Sometimes if your candidate loses in just one step along this path, as was the case when Romney lost to Newt the other night and of course, Romney is Chris Christie’s guy, you kind of get your panties in a wad and you may say things that you regret later. And I think that that’s what Chris Christie did. His response to what the media was asking him was reflective of a lack of self-discipline. I’ve learned my lessons all along the way, too, and not responding, not playing into the media’s hands when they’re trying to get you to say something like is this candidate an embarrassment to your party?”
narciso

How does it feel to get thrown under the bus, John, after fingering your colleagues
and furthering the Journolist meme de jour;


According to a declassified document filed with the court after the Libby trial and obtained by Mother Jones, Kiriakou authored a June 10, 2003, email sent to several CIA officials. The message apparently was written in response to intense efforts at that time by the vice president's office to learn how Plame's husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had been selected to go on a CIA-sponsored fact-finding mission to Niger.

Dave (in MA)
So JF Kerry shows up at the WH with a broken nose and two black eyes. His spokesman says it was an ice hockey contest. Do you believe it?

On the topic of showing up at the White House and hockey:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/bruins-mvp-tim-thomas-skips-white-house-event-203636656.html

Obama stole Steve Kasper's number!

narciso

The level of denial required to be a Kerrey spokesman, is prodigious, ask Stephanie Cutter
who graduated to the Obama administration,

hit and run

FYI -- Sara's son left us an update in the Sunday Morning thread...

centralcal

No, Hit it was Sara's daughter and she also left the same update in the I Absolutely Cannot Wait thread....

centralcal

Apogolgies, Hit - maybe it is her Son - thought I had seen the word daughter - apparently not! yikes

MarkO

Fish on the range?

Jack is Back!

CC,

Whatever, he/she is not a Mitt fan and I wonder how Sara feels about proselytizing us but can't her son:) We are not only Dana's experiment but we are also Sara's.

Already in Florida, we have more people voting early today than all the votes cast so far in Iowa, NH and SC combined. Amazing how much we put into those 3 states while the 4th largest is sitting down there saying "hey, how about me?"

Tonight's debate is Mitts death knell. He has no friends in the audience and he is going for Newt's jugular. Bad move. He should be going for Obama's instead if he wants to win the people on the First Coast.

Extraneus

White House delay of budget proposal infuriates Republicans

"This will mark the third time in four years the president has missed his statutory requirement to present a budget on time, while trillion-dollar budget deficits continue to mount. As the president announces another missed deadline, tomorrow marks the 1,000th day Senate Democrats have gone without any budget at all," said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Extraneus

Another one scratched off the short list.

Pawlenty: Newt Gingrich as a potential nominee for president? Really? I mean, really?

Do these people *still* not get why Gingrich is surging? (Hint: It ain't love of Newt, fools.)

centralcal

Man, it is so depressing Extraneus.

Well, JiB - I will be curious to see the audience reaction at the debate tonight. Some of the networks keep a tighter lid on audience expression during debates than others. I am rather betting NBC will do everything in its power to do that tonight.

Extraneus

On topic: Both US and international real estate ETFs are trending up.

centralcal

Whatever, he/she is not a Mitt fan and I wonder how Sara feels about proselytizing us but can't her son:)

Perhaps, you spoke too soon JiB. Sara's offspring is posting links to Romney material (two, within 30 minutes).

Jack is Back!

Brett Baier can get much better panel participants here than from the A. B. Stoddard kind of crowd who only get their information by hanging around the Occidental or Monocles. She is one of those babes and even wimpy guys I have met in my time back in the day who know only what they pick up over a glass of chardonnay and a pat on the leg. blink, blink:)

We really need to read what the local press is saying in terms of what is going on instead of listening to DC. And I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to not doing it.

centralcal

And, lo and behold, another one appears.

henry

Walker raised $2.5 million in the second half of December. That will buy lots of ads showing how well his reforms are working.

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