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May 11, 2012



--Oh, now, back up - the individual mandate enforcement mechanisms in ObamaCare were famously and comically toothless.--

And the water that boils the frog starts out refreshingly pleasant.

Jack is Back!

Is anyone surprised by this? This was going around the email carrousel for the last year or so. Now all of a sudden its "news you can use"?

OT: There is irony and then there is Elizabeth "Fauxchohantas" Warren speaking tonight in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston as the BoSox play who? Why the Indians of course:)


"and likens insurance to gambling, the religion is excluded from requirements, mandates, or penalties set forth in the bill. Others who fall into this category are the Amish, American Indians..."

So Sacajawannabee Elizabeth Warren doesn't have to abide by ObamaCare? Yippee!

I was worried I was gonna' have to convert to Islam, or grow a beard and drive a donky court in Amish country in order to beat ObamaCare.

Hell, I've got "high cheekbones! 1/32nd, here I come.

Woo, woo, woo!

Danube of Thought

Never mind.

Captain Hate

The Sawx fans will be in a foul mood after hilljack POS Josh Beckett got booed and run after 3 innings of throwing batting practice last night and the team lost the 9th out of the last 11. Poor Liz just can't catch a break.


Darn --I had just paid off the New England Genealogical Society to pawn off an Algonquin birth certificate as the real McCoy birth certificate of my gggg grandmother.It's true if you looked closely the Minsk was scratched off the header and Salem substituted but they said it would do.


I believe Taranto would call this a 'bottom story of the day';
NYC gets over 4 million false 911 calls … made by cell phone users’ butts.

Sandy Daze


Obama administration diverts $500M to IRS to implement healthcare reform law

IRS now hiring 1,054 agents to enforce ObamaCare. This is just the first wave. IRS says it will soon need 16,000 new IRS agents to enforce ObamaCare

Healthcare Reform Law Requires New IRS Army Of 1,054 The Internal Revenue Service says it will need an battalion of 1,054 new auditors and staffers and new facilities at a cost to taxpayers of more than $359 million in fiscal 2012 just to watch over the initial implementation of President Obama's healthcare reforms

Sharia is already being accepted in some American courtrooms as an appropriate legal framework for dispensing justice.

Yep. Nothing to see here. Move along.


Soylent Red

Why the Indians of course:)

I would work in indentured servitude for seven years for the person who could get Warren to demand the BoSox drive the Indians off their land.


From reader bobo on polipundit
I understand that Warren’s fallback position now is that she once had a dreamcatcher hanging from her rearview mirror in high school…


calling DoT, calling DoT, public service announcement needed in aisle 1


Snicker snicker

Zero disapproval 55% while approval is 44% per RASMUSSEN today. That is what is known as a landslide.


snicker snicker guffaw!

Keep telling yourself that, it will make the disorientation and deep depression ever so much greater. Do stay away from sharp objects in early November.


Now you see it, now you dont. I think Registration is the ultimate answer TM.


Just caught up to Clarice's mention 2 threads back about Legal Insurrections story up on Lizzy Warren's ancestor's 1894 Marriage Application. That Marriage Application is the one that supposedly told us GGGGrandma was a Cherokee. LI sez that 1894 Marriage Application does not exist, and that the reputed source for the document has suddenly gone mute and won't respond to questions.

Here's the link, for other JOMer's playing catching up like me:

Genealogist for Elizabeth Warren 1/32 Cherokee claim goes silent, source document shown false.


I vote for registration, GMax.


So are Muslims refused by hospitals unless they pay in advance? Obama is just afraid they will target him if he doesn't kowtow

Larry Kudlow just said he is beginning to think this election is over.

I sure do like the sound of that.


And thank goodness American Indian's aren't subject to ObamaCare, due to "insurance" being vaguely akin to "gambling."

We sure wouldn't want any form of gambling getting it's nose under the teepee on an Indian Reservation, no Sirree!


Snopes? Really?

Jack is Back!

when if comes to muzzies, the morbidity pool is easy to predict.

Ask the Israeli bus drivers and passengers. Or you can ask the Afghanis, Iraqis, Balinese tourists, passengers on United and American. I could go on, of course.


"Larry Kudlow just said he is beginning to think this election is over."

We need to immediately do screen shots and recordings of every Dem who the last 3 years has told us what a genius Obama is, because if they frantically dump him now for Hillary, etc, that Memory Hole is gonna' be suddenly better at swallowing stuff than a Black Hole in a Star Trek flick.

BTW, anybody seen hide nor hair these last 3 years of Michael Beschloss of "He's the smartest guy who's ever been President" infamy?

I'd pay to see that nincompoop try to walk that adulation back.


That's not the reason, there is a degree of predeterminism and frankly fatalism in that culture, the phrase inshallah, 'if god wills it' dominates their thinking. Spanish culture
with the 7 centuries of Moslem occupation,
has a similar expression, ojalla,


I recall Quakers and conscientous objectors being exempt from the draft into military service, so similar logic may apply here.

They were exempt from combat duty, not service, correct? Isn't that a significant distinction?

Also military is an enumerated power so I would think there would be more discretion in managing such affairs via necessary and proper clause. If the military thinks it is best for morale to keep those folks out of combat, they can do so. The arguments for it are obvious.



I'd pay to see that nincompoop try to walk that adulation back.

He'll do it by saying he was too intelligent, too intellectual, too deep to be President. He'll do it by trashing the Presidency b/c his guy was no good at it.

Jack is Back!

You know what is inconsistent?

We have educated (supposedly) trolls here who applaud the evolution of Obama's position on same-sex marriage but marvel at the legitimacy of Islamic law???? But why wouldn't they because according to one of their world-wide accepted spokesterrorists there are no homosexuals in Iran or any muslim country for that matter.


Social security is not insurance. It's just a kind of welfare, and there's no reason Moslems would object to it. If they object to any and all insurance, then they would be exempt from Obamacare.

But that's not why the piece is crap. It's crap because if they're exempt from Obamacare, and receive no benefits from it then it's ridiculous to claim they're being subsidised. What subsidy? They're getting nothing. And to call this the dhimmitude of the rest of us is pure demagoguery, of which Herb London should be ashamed.


He hasn't chimed in this year yet, but apparently facts have not penetrated;

Jack is Back!

I mean't to add except the dead kind. Gay Muzzies that is.

Danube of Thought

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hit and run

He'll do it by saying he was too intelligent, too intellectual, too deep to be President.

From BOTW:

Meanwhile, Meghan Daum of the Los Angeles Times, reads some old love letters from Obama and concludes:

The White House is holding Obama back. The gulf between the brilliant young man who wanted to change the world and the stymied president who can barely pass a piece of legislation, the cosmopolitan wearer of the sarong and the lock-step wearer of the flag pin, suggests he could have served the American people far more effectively if he weren't bogged down being the leader of the free world.

I actually agree that the American people would be far better off had he not been president.


Oh I meant to cite Meghan, but that would be unnecessarily cruel, Taranto has no such scruples.

Jack is Back!

I object to anything that puts the government and collectivism first and the freedom loving individual second. Simple. Plus I am a un


Good catch, hit.

P.S. You are supposed to be in Carrboro right now.

Jack is Back!

..apologetic anti-Islamist and everything they stand for, like you know blowing up your neighbor, your wife, your son, your daughter, or anyone else who doesn't believe in 6th century sculputers.

hit and run

P.S. You are supposed to be in Carrboro right now.

Indeed. However,hit and run jr has basketball practice at 8:30. Oh,crud. I gotta go.


Satire is not just dead, but has gone zombie, as this statement proves;


Totally understand hit - I'm home w/3 kids and have been sick all week. Thing 2 may be succumbing as well. Counting the minutes until I can put Thing 3 in the crib.


Sorry, to hear that Porch, we've just recovered from a cold after about two weeks.


I suppose if I were an @sshole prog, I would want desperately to tell myself that RAS can not possible be right cuz if he is, whoops:

A new Rasmussen poll shows Republican Tommy Thompson leading Democrat Tammy Baldwin by 50-38 in a potential Senate match-up in Wisconsin. This is an open seat currently held by Democrat Herb Kohl. Thus, Wisconsin represents an opportunity for Republicans to pick up a Senate seat.

Thompson’s lead isn’t suprising. Before becoming Secretary of Health and Human Services, he was an election-winning machine in Wisconsin, having been elected governor of the state, which leans Democratic, four times. In his last two races, 1994 and 1998, he captured 67 and 60 percent of the vote.

Thompson’s presence on the ticket in November might help another former center-right governor, Mitt Romney, in Wisconsin. Depending on the condition of the economy, Romney could be competive there.

Jack is Back!

Live there like I have and feel its immense hatred for anything post-Crusade or not according to some pedeophile fueled bearded mullah, then maybe you would. You do know that liberal, left thinking academics are the first they will decapitate and feed to the dogs Obama likes to eat, don't you?

Danube of Thought

Poker night begins in 45 minutes. My place. Feelin' good.


Thanks narciso. It comes and goes. Would be no big whoop if Mr. Porch hadn't been out of town since the 3rd!


Heh, when did the MSM last admit a Repub candidate could be competitive in WI. Bush was, yet I don't recall it coming up...YMMV on that though.


Break a leg DoT. Or whatever they say in poker.


JiB, you do know that TM has specifically asked that poster not respond to that buttwipe, correct?

Jack is Back!


Do you drink when playing poker? Don't tell me you do because I gave it up after I lost $2 playing with a drink in me:)


Btw, JiB, how far have you gotten in the Matthew Pearl book.


Porchlight, re Quakers & the draft: I was taught in Firstday School that Friends should register for the draft. We were also told to reflect on whether we would hit someone to stop them from hurting someone else (e. g. a younger brother or sister). If you truly would, you are eligible to serve in combat. If you truly would not, you are a conciencius objector. This was a separate thing from the general teaching of non violence.


Thanks henry for the clarification. I did not mean to object to Quaker objection (so to speak) but just to point out that conscious objectors were not exempt from service, just combat - so I don't think the analogy to Muslims, Amish, etc. wrt Obamacare applies.


The rather chronic downpours haven't helped much in that regard, a problem that doesn't occur in Austin, I believe,

hit and run

Poker night begins in 45 minutes. My place. Feelin' good.

I spent most of last night in the hole. Which was particulalrly disconcerting because I "borrowed" the cash from the girl scout cookie pouch. Fortunately I got a big hand in the waning minutes and ended up pocketing a fair amount of change which I will now spend on mrs hit and run. May your night not be so perilous.

Greetings from Lewis Rec Center.


Porchlight, meeting houses attracted lots of people who assumed membership was a free pass from military service. They now control many meetings and push activist protest agendas -- including unFriendly activities like marching and carrying protest signs. Traditional meetings are hard to find anymore.


Pouring rain in DFW, and has delayed the Rangers despite them being up 1-0 and the bases loaded against the douche C J Wilson.


THey have succumbed to O'Sullivan's law, Henry;


--I spent most of last night in the hole. Which was particulalrly disconcerting because I "borrowed" the cash from the girl scout cookie pouch.--

It's only a matter of time before we find your hide stretched over a barbed wire fence like we used to do to coyotes in these parts.

Danube of Thought

"Do you drink when playing poker?"

In moderation. Excess in moderation, that's my motto.

hit and run

I have really moderated my moderation in the past few years.


We were bringing up the Post's flawed business model, that's only the tip of the iceberg;


Good luck, DoT,,hit, I don't know what we're going to do with you..


Well there are no chainsaws involved this time, right,


They now control many meetings and push activist protest agendas -- including unFriendly activities like marching and carrying protest signs. Traditional meetings are hard to find anymore.

henry, I'm sorry to hear that. If it helps, sort of the same thing has happened over the centuries to my church (C of E/Episcopal). I found a splinter "continuing" church which makes me happy, fortunately, but they are also difficult to come by.

I think one of my h.s. classmates, who is really a dear, but has silly ideas, is a member of one of the reformed meetings you describe. She's quite the OWS supporter. Gah.


The rather chronic downpours haven't helped much in that regard, a problem that doesn't occur in Austin, I believe,

Funny you should say that - it has been pouring all week. But yes, quite unusually, at least compared to last year. Not complaining though!


O/T, but no more O/T than the rest of you...

via BOTW: "Duck Is Mauled in Central Park, Apparently by a Loose Dog"--headline, New York Times, May 11

For the life of me, I cannot imagine that being considered newsworthy in any other city (much less a small town) in the world. What's next? "Breaking: purple martins swoop to attack swarm of mosquitos".

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

There are plenty of real problems with ObamaCare. It seems counterproductive to make carp up. Kudos to Tom for applying his BS meter to a fringe argument.

In Narc's link, Schweitzer shows a**holes like Ball and Toure how a grownup handles their adolescent, ad hominem approach to political debate.

In the end, that is the winning way, not the Chicago way.

On the poll issue, I'd much rather be in Romney's position than ElJefe's at this point in the election cycle. That doesn't mean I'm complacent, because I'm not. I'm just not pessimistic.


Hahahahaha. I guess Gallup is now a verklempt pollster:

Despite the recent political emphasis on wealth inequality and the call for higher taxes on the rich, more than six in 10 Americans think the United States benefits from having a class of rich people, unchanged from 22 years ago.

Epic Fail on the Occupy Bullshite

Jack is Back!


Way finished. What a good read about my alma mater. Never even knew these things ocurred or who these peoples were. Highly recommended.


Ras--Obama leads Romney among likely voters but my a smaller margin now--49-44%


Go to get around to it, you know it's eerie, how life imitates Silva's art, with the whole Saudi/AQ caper, excepr there doesn't seem to any Gabriel Allon, on the way.


As we see, trolls seem to infest nearly every halfway decent comment section, I'm not stipulating that the Daily Caller is that way;

Jack is Back!

You have to be fairly intelligent, a viable citizen and somewhat lucid to even be picked for a poll, right? Or are just picking someone who knows how to answer a phone?

Frau Quatsch

IMHO Snopes is not always reliable.


Reposting my comment from HotAir to see what y'all think (I post under another screen name there). The italicized part is from another comment I was replying to:

In another interesting coincidence, Elizabeth Warren’s Husband, Bruce Mann, was a Professor of Law and a Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania before he got his job at Harvard Law School.

So Professor Bruce Mann would likely have an good perspective on minority hiring policies at BOTH Harvard Law and the University of Pennsylvania.

Any relation to Michael Mann, also at Penn?

But this brings up a really interesting point. Everyone knows that faculty angle to get jobs for their spouses when they move to a new institution. That usually involves some wrangling (my department has been the “beneficiaries” of some of these maneuvers).

Maybe HLS really wanted Mann, and he insisted Warren be hired as well. But because Warren’s resume was just a tad lackluster for HLS, they needed a hook, and decided (perhaps with some strategic hints from Mann/Warren) that she could be justified based on the Native American status.

Sort of an AA hire with a bonus.


Now I have a related idea. I don't know anything about Warren's husband, Bruce Mann. When did they marry? Is that when she started listing herself in the directories as Native American? Maybe so that she could more easily tag along when he got hired somewhere? And then they both got to HLS, and there was no need after that?




Don't jump the gun on the WaPo's demise just yet, because they'll always have Sally Quinn to hold up the WaPO's Religion section.

It's truly difficult to beat Sally's credentials. From her bio on Wiki:

"...the job interview included the following exchange:

"Can you show me something you've written?" asked Managing Editor Benjamin Bradlee. "I've never written anything," admitted Quinn. Pause. "Well," said Bradlee, "nobody's perfect."

Amazing. Given a job like that without claiming to be an American Indian!

Wiki also tells us:

"A notable incident of her career was her claim that Zbigniew Brzezinski, then the National Security Advisor, jokingly opened his fly in front of a reporter, a claim The Post retracted the following day."


"Henry Kissinger said, "[The Post reporter] Maxine Cheshire makes you want to commit murder. Sally Quinn makes you want to commit suicide."

Even more: "Quinn left the CBS Morning News after the February 1, 1974 telecast. She chronicled her short, disastrous television career in the bestselling book "We're going to make you a star!"

Here's her list of Journalism Awards:

1) The Georgetown Dish honored Sally Quinn with its first-ever award for Literature & Style

2) Part winner (with her hubby Ben Bradley) of The Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award

3) Andy Warhol did her portrait 6 times.

So Narciso, you just tell me where else you can find quality credentials like that in any other newspaper in America?


The Mann you're thinking of is Penn State, not Penn.

Clarice - Is that WI where it's 49-45 Obama?



Thank you for the insight into the Quakers. Very much appreciated.

Was interested years back in a history book to find out that a Quaker branch from my North Carolina County (Carteret) left the state due to Slavery, moved north to Ohio, and became instrumental in promoting the cause of Abolition through an anti-slavery newspaper they created.

I can't wait till Sally Quinn gives me the inside scoop on you guys:)


Yes, it is, danoso.

Porch, you may be on to something. Somewhere I saw someone did a parallel timeline of her career and her present husband's and there was a lot of overlap..I think even going back to her first job in Texas, but as to that last point, my memory may be less good.

He's her second husband. I think she was married to her first husband when she took the job in Texas.


Ok, because the timelines seem to match, as do their academic interests after a fashion;

I'm stumped on that point, daddy, but I hear Lisa Miller is a pretender to the throne, sort
of like Deborah Norville, epic facepalm.


Well I was thinking it was a tad light, but then I read that Warhol did her portrait six times, and I am thinking boy this is a big fing deal, right Mr. Vice President?


Daddy, Quinn won't know whether to write about the 5 minute or instant Quakers. ; )


They now control many meetings and push activist protest agendas -- including unFriendly activities like marching and carrying protest signs. Traditional meetings are hard to find anymore.

That is sad. I come from a long line of Quakers and in doing genealogy, I've read hundreds and hundreds of Quaker Meeting Minutes. My Quaker ancestors, who came from Wales in 1726 to escape religious persecution, were the first to volunteer for the American "rebellion." True that they did not wish to take up arms against their fellowman, but they opened their farms for hospitals and general lodging, they transported supplies over wilderness roads to keep our troops fed and equipped, they were shot at and some killed, but always they were about freedom and liberty. And some risked being "disowned" because they believed so strongly in the cause.


Frau- I have had the same experience.

Someone will do a group email to make a point. I'll glance at it and say that's true. Interesting timing and go back to work.

Next thing I know someone irate is saying here's the snopes to show that's not true.

If it's someone I know well I will say, calm down they don't get it all right.

" But I checked snopes".

How useful.



In an early Harvard Crimson story, Warren refused her first offer of tenure, probably, speculated the paper, "because her husband, Bruce H. Mann, a visiting professor of legal history at Harvard, was not offered a position here."

Warren Rejects Law School Tenure


I think that's the lazy way out, show me the
regulation, which Sibelius likely hasn't written yet,

Speaking of 'mind arson; how can one really build on this foundation;


Sara, my ancestors also left Wales for the St David's & Valley Forge area. Even then, some took up arms anyway. Freedom, liberty and above all respect for the inner light of each individual are essential. Modern activism shows no respect for the target, it is a very sad turn.



I poked around a little. Per wiki Warren and Mann married in 1980. She is listed as "white" when at UT beginning in 1981. (Mann also taught at UTexas - wonder if they met here.) Then she's listed as Native American beginning in 1986.

She started at Penn in 1987.

Now, did Bruce Mann also begin teaching at Penn in 1987? Haven't confirmed that yet.

I was wrong about her following Mann to HLS, though. She got there before him, in 1995. He stayed at Penn until 2006 and then moved to Cambridge. Which means they were separated for quite awhile - interesting. Shades of Bill and Hill?

If he started at Penn at the same time she did, that might be significant. His CV was much more distinguished than hers at that point, so her AA status could have been the hook.

After she was established at Penn (as a Native American!) she wouldn't have needed as much help to get to Harvard.


In case some of you do not know.
Tammy Baldwin is gay. Very gay.


From narciso's UPenn link:

"Professor Mann began his teaching career at the University of Connecticut School of Law where he taught legal history, property, and trusts and estates. Soon, he accepted visiting professorships at the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Michigan, Princeton, and Harvard, endeavoring to coordinate his assignments with those of his wife, Elizabeth Warren. Warren is currently the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard, and - by her husband's account - "the country's leading academic expert on bankruptcy. She's a natural teacher, the finest Socratic teacher on the planet." Warren also won the Lindback and Levin awards while at Penn."

I believe they were both at the Univ of Mich at the same time, too.


Aha, daddy, thanks. So maybe he helped her get to Penn and she helped him get to Harvard.

I don't think she helped him get to Penn, though, because as mentioned, his resume was much heftier than hers at that point. But you never know. They might have been desperate for high cheekbones.


As for HLS someone today dug up numerous times HLS bragged about their Indian teacher--IIRC it was at AoS.


Whether or not STEROIDS helped Barry Bonds, he took them.
Whether or not LYING ABOUT MINORITY STATUS helped Elizabeth Ward Churchill Warren. She lied. WHY DID SHE LIE? For an advantage.

She's toast.


Re: Lizzy's hubby Mann and her accepting tenure in 1995:

"Warren, who taught at the law school as a visiting professor during the spring of 1993, said yesterday the offer had been available since that time, but added that family circumstances had kept her from accepting the position until now..."

"Warren, who will begin teaching a course on credit in the fall, said she will come to Cambridge tomorrow to begin searching for a residence here. Her husband, Bruce H. Mann, is a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and will remain in Philadelphia, she said.

"Our younger child just left for college," Warren said. "Welcome to the nineties, and the joys of the two career couple," she joked."

Woman Tenured At Law School

Seems it was more a priority to have the Indian on the Faculty than to have the hubby, because as the story tells us:

"In recent years, the Law School has been criticized for its low number of women faculty. The issue sparked wide-spread student protest in 1992 and 1993. However, Warren's appointment comes as the latest in a series of recent women faculty hires."

But not to worry. She was hired for her ability. Even Harvard said so. Being a desperately coveted Indian or a desperately needed woman counted for nothing. Don't even go there.


Yes he did, Porch, from the link at 9;46,


Henry at 09:46.



Thanks y'all for the links. One nice thing about academics is that their CVs are usually fairly easy to track down. :)


--What's next? "Breaking: purple martins swoop to attack swarm of mosquitos".--

LOL. That's why I love Alice.


Can you think of another nice thing, porch? Don't get me wrong, some of my best friends and all..but they do seem the exeption.

I never could stand to be around kids who lived to get "a's" And academics just seem like adult versions of those people who sold their youth and souls for adult approval.



Just for interest, the top Crimson Harvard story I linked (at 09:55) states that her hubby is "a visiting professor of legal history at Harvard."

That does not seem to be reflected in your and Clarice's pasted CV stuff, so my guess is that if these professors flop around periodically between schools as visiting Prof's, it's not always reflected in the semi-official CV histories we find on the net.

Just FYI, my wife, who used to be in the Nuclear Business, following the birth of our first and her decision to stay home and raise the kid instead of going back to work, was asked to not quit but instead list herself as under a "leave of Absence", because it looked good for the company/industry to have her listed on the books.


And academics just seem like adult versions of those people who sold their youth and souls for adult approval.

Pretty much. I have lots of academic friends, too. They're nice, usually, and good neighbors. They like, support the arts. They dress neatly and are usually pretty involved at their kids' schools.

And some of them do good work. But yeah, I hear you.


So looks like in 1993 both were teaching at Harvard, but only the Squaw was offered a job.

To the dogs.........


if these professors flop around periodically between schools as visiting Prof's, it's not always reflected in the semi-official CV histories we find on the net.

That makes sense daddy. Mann has been at HLS since 2006 - I think. But his Harvard page just has a list of institutions where he's previously taught, rather than the date-place format of the CV.

Still, it looks pretty clear that they started at Penn together in 1987 after she first listed herself as Native American in 1986, and that she actively sought to get him hired at Harvard in one fashion or another beginning in the early-mid '90s.

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