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Buford Gooch

Hello. Anybody in here?

Sue

No. I am not here.

Sue

I got nothin' on this topic. Except maybe Go Rangers.

In with the good air, out with the bad air.

The Umpire is blind, but oh, those fingers.
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Porchlight

This is pretty great. I remember feeling really bad for Joyce after the Galarraga call.

LindaF

Agreed - Armando Galarraga has earned a place in the annals of sports as the pentultimate good sport.

Some guy

Galarraga was pure class, but you also have to give Joyce some credit. He admitted right away that he screwed up, and sincerely apologized.

Jack is Back

OT: Watching Juan Williams and I now realize why Fox only has a token prog/dem. Fox just can't afford to be dumbed down any further.

Danube of Thought

I'll go OT with JiB and concur. Juan is pretty damn dumb (although he's a very gentlemanly dumb).

Dave (in MA)
Fox only has a token prog/dem
Only one?

Without thinking about it, I come up with:
Williams
Wallace
ShepSmith
O'Falafel

Jack is Back

Dave (in MA) - I mean't on The Five:)

matt

Thread jumping ahead, I understand the theme for this year's Democratic Convention is "Look! Squirrel!"

Threadkiller

Big deal...

Hannity would like to know his definition of rape.

Jane - talk is cheap!

Well don't forget Beckel who may be the asshole of the century. (Pardon my french)

I do like Kirstin Powers. I watched that pathetic Shamoo character get ripped to shreds this morning by Betsy M--- and it made my heart sing.

Sara

Via Facebook:

Tina Vilches WooooHoooo...just on FOX....the University of Colorado, that has predicted every presidential race correctly for over 32 years, has just predicted that MITT ROMNEY will win with 52+% of the popular vote and 320 electorial votes to Obama's 218!!! They also predict Obama will lose just about ALL if not ALL the swing states!

I have my own map at 335-203, with PA included for Romney.

maryrose

Sara: From your lips to God's ears.

Eric in Boise

OT (sort of), but Jay Cost wonders why The One's fundraising is down:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-why-obama-s-fundraising-so-weak_650444.html?nopager=1

Good analysis, but what if it's because he's just a jerk?

GMax

Wait, I thought Voter ID was unnecessary because fraudulent voting was exceedingly rare? Whoops. Here:

Congressional candidate Anthony Gemma alleged Wednesday that a private investigation has uncovered voter fraud linked to U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline, his opponent in the upcoming September primary.

Gemma contends an investigation he initiated by retired state troopers found evidence of people being paid to vote for certain candidates, people voting multiple times at different voting places and people who impersonated other voters.

Speaking at an outdoor press conference near his headquarters, Gemma called Cicilline the “common denominator” through most of the evidence, some of which dates to 2002.

The findings, Gemma said, are not “run-of-the-mill dirty politics” or “gossip, but evidence of conduct that compromises the very core of our electoral process.”

Cicilline’s campaign characterized Gemma’s allegations as an “outrageous political stunt” with “not one shred of evidence.

Captain Hate

Galarraga was pure class, but you also have to give Joyce some credit. He admitted right away that he screwed up, and sincerely apologized.

I've never seen a monumental screwup produced better behavior. Can you imagine if Galarraga had been Fat Roidger?

Rick Ballard

EiB,

Thanks for the Cost link. My understanding of what he wrote is Wall Street is putting its dough into RR futures. That ranks somewhat higher with me than the paltry Intrade contracts. I wish he had given the July total as a percentage of the final total. I suppose I can look it up but I'll have to talk myself into it.

GMax

I read it only slightly differently than Cost. I say the street is buying a put on Zero. They have no promise that RR will be anything other than fair, but they know the socialist is itching to bend them over. They are returning the favor.

Porchlight

Rent seekers go with the stronger horse.

Porchlight

Should have completed that thought. Rent seekers go with the stronger horse in even greater force than other group of donors because they don't have emotional attachment. They donate the most money, therefore their absence is most missed.

Everyone else just doesn't care like they used to.

Eric in Boise

You know, it seems to me that Charlotte is shaping up to be "Grievance-A-Palooza", while Tampa Bay will focus on "Yes, we built this, dammit."

Do we have enough common sense and integrity as Americans to make the right choice?

I'm cautiously optimistic, but it breaks my heart that I'm only able to be cautious in my optimism.

Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA

Ummm....Jay "Leno" not Jay Leon.

Porchlight

Ha, that is awesome, Jim. Thanks for posting it.

Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA

The photo-shops and alternative slogans for "Get Obama's Back" in the prev thread are terrific!
Be sure to skip back if you missed them...

You know, one of the guilty pleasures of this year's election season out here in NorCal is seeing our liberals facing the tide. I'm seeing an uptick in Obama bumper stickers but far, far, far behind this time in 2008. These guys must be gritting their teeth. Their 'Ear Leader is incompetent and they've entrusted the entire basket of eggs in him.
It's sinking in...
One by one they tune into the election, see what the landscape is like, groan "OMEffin'G" and try to affix a "we meant to do this" expression on their faces.
Could hardly happen to a more deserving group.

Porchlight

These guys must be gritting their teeth.

Gripping hard as Cap'n Hate would say. Ditto on the Obama 2012 bumper stickers here in Austin. I count them on my commute back and forth every day. Usually I see one or two. Once I saw four. Many days, zero. The town was carpeted in them back in August 2008.

Incidentally I saw my lib brother who lives in Santa Cruz earlier this month. He was looking at something on his phone and muttered "Mitt Romney," sort of laughing and shaking his head. I said "better get ready, because he's going to be the next president." My brother didn't say anything. He knows.

DrJ

Their 'Ear Leader is incompetent and they've entrusted the entire basket of eggs in him.
It's sinking in...

Jim, you must not read the comments at sfgate. Of course most there are to the left of the Pravda of yore.

Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA

True enough, DrJ. Each person's experience will be anecdotal, of course, my view includes a couple of data points. One is bumper stickers and yard signs. Way, WAY down from oh-eight. Though up from almost nil last month. Another is coworkers. By chance I am back at the same company I was at four years ago. There is no buzz at all, whereas last cycle I knew multiple people who had read the autobiography and so on.

Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA

G'night all...I know most here are political not economic, but there is some slight gap-up in gold prices the last couple of days LUN. Any news to account for it, just random noise or too early to tell?

daddy

If in bootcamp they could shave me bald and make me do "push-ups forever, begin", why the heck is there even a question of if they can shave off the beard of the Fort Hood murderer?

PC run amuck is killing us.

Shave the SOB, try him, convict him and execute him.

Ralph L

Wrap him in bacon.

DebinNC

CBS on last night's Lincoln Center Obama fundraiser featuring NBA "stars":

The players were part a day long fundraiser. Earlier, former and current players participated in a $250 per person autograph session and in a skills camp priced at for $5,000 for two people.

"It is very rare that I come to an event where I'm like the fifth or sixth most interesting person," Obama joked at the Lincoln Center dinner.

And Biden's the dumb one? Even if BOzo's delusional enough to think that, how stupid must he be to state it publicly?

Stephanie

like.

Valley Girl went out in like the 80s. Like really. Oh.Ma.God! Chooom!

DebinNC

The Hill on Obama's plan to throw tradition aside and upstage the Rep convention:
............................................
Presidential candidates have traditionally kept a low profile during their opponent’s nominating celebration, but Democrats are throwing those rules out the window in an attempt to spoil Mitt Romney’s coronation as the GOP nominee.

President Obama, Vice President Biden and leading congressional Democrats have all scheduled high-profile events next week to counter-program the Republican gathering in Tampa. Even first lady Michelle Obama is in on the act, scheduling an appearance on the “David Letterman Show” smack in the middle of Romney’s nominating bash
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GMAX

Who is shocked that the Obamas are low class? I mean this is the party that has a child molester serving in the Minnesota legislature and the party seems fine with it. Sure they asked if he might not run next time but that seems to be the extent of their outrage.

This will be another epic fail on their part, hide and watch.

jimmyk

CH, since this is a baseball thread, sort of, did I miss your reaction to Bartolo Colon's 50-game suspension? I'm sure you're devastated for the guy. :)

Captain Hate

jimmyk, the only thing I'll say in that fat tub of goo's defense is that he may be stupid enough not to know he was doing anything wrong. He might be the dumbest person ever to play baseball, which is really saying something.

Ranger

There is so much stuff up at Instapundit today that it is a must read, but I think this one is the most illuminating:

Ina Hughs: Rights come from government, not God

Kind of ironic, when you think that the original battle cry of the modern American left was "Question Authority!"

Stephanie

I'm not getting anything to load for Insty since his post last night at 8:40 about nanotechnology. On my desktop or my iphone.

Strange.

I was just about to ask everyone if Insty was down.

Stephanie

Sorry 8:06.

Melinda Romanoff

Stephanie-

Same for me.

GMAX

Instapundit is fine for me with Firefox. Might be that Bill Gates product that is the issue...

NK

I did read that Hughs woman's post. Ugh, the Left has no clue of American history or political culture. The Framers wrote the Preamble and Articles of the Constitution to create a federal gov't that would be an instrument of Liberty-- an instrument so free me and women could obtain life, liberty and pursue happiness. The Fed Gov't was given the Power to issue currency and regulate trade to facilitate free commerce and give access to courts to get redress from tortious interference by others-- and most importantly for a common national defense. But the Framers also understood that the Federal government could be abused and become an instrument of tyranny, so the Bill of Rights was added to insure that the Constitution guarenteed Liberty FROM the Federal government. Simple but brilliant. Somehow, this Hughs character and other Lefties fail to grasp these concepts-- or do they, but they have a different agenda? Hmm, I may have to get some gun catalogues from Ig.

Jack is Back

Insty is tweeting. So I asked him if his site is down. Waiting answer.

Jack is Back

Firefox not working for me on the Insty site.

Ranger

I got into Instapundit fine this morning. Sounds like he might be suffering traffic overload again.

NK

JiB-- I saw the jobless report at 0830, and I posted this on the prior thread. PS-- what is Isaac doing?--
"Election/Economy- another lousy 1st time jobless claim --372,000. Sept 7th is August NFP Report, what will that show? 150,000 new jobs (half are temps) 8.3% unemployment. Debt is at $16Trillion, adding $1.2T/year. Obamacare and death panels start in 16 months, gas at $4/gal, and the Mullahs will test the Big One any day now. I am depressed that this election is even close. RR are perfectly good ABOs, better than good. They should romp. Maybe they will, but I'm really down that it is even close at this point."

Melinda Romanoff

Fine on one computer, not so the other.

I must have eaten something.

Army of Davids

Democratic National Convention Keynote Speaker: B. J. Clinton

Now that "the private sector is doing fine", it's good that president Obama was finally able to take a little time away from his "lazer focus on jobs" to give a press conference.

One tough journolistic query was concerning Todd Akin's unfortunate comments on "legitimate rape". The president very presidentially noted that "rape is rape".

It's also good to see that at least for the time being he and former president William Jefferson Clinton have set aside "race card" differences and that they have agreed that B. J. Clinton should give the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.

While it's true that B. J. Clinton was accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. Those are only accusations. Losing your law license and large financial settlements don't mean that you are quilty of that type of behavior.

So as Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi and Claire McCaskill watch B. J. Clinton's keynote address at the convention...and Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Anita Broderick, Monica Lewinsky and Kathleen Willey watch from home. They can all be sure that they are well represented by champion of women everywhere....a champion who joins them in defending the precious gift of ObamaCare from those warriors on women.

As only B. J. could say in his sotto voce way..."all this war on women"..."not me"..."I love women." If only the late Ted Kennedy...the "Lion of the Senate" were still around. No doubt he would agree.

Stephanie

Hmmmm. I changed to the evil IE and Insty didn't load past 8:06 on it either.

I'm glad (well you know what I mean) that it isn't just me, I spent last weekend knocking out a few rootkit viruses (virus.win64 zaccess.b and trojan. sirefef.hh) that were exploiting a Firefox upgrade that left a back door open and wasn't looking forward to doing it again.

BTW everyone that runs FF needs to run Kaspersky to check for those viruses. I had Bitdefender running and it couldn't clean them out. (and yes I changed anti virus software and am requesting a refund for their crappy customer service non assistance). I changed to Pareto and it could see the viruses, but couldn't get them out but could block them. Only Kaspersky's free tool zapped them.

GMAX

Apparently Tampa Bay is mandatory evacuation if a Hurricane is Cat 2 or higher. I have seen no model that puts it higher than 1, has anyone else at this point? Hurricane tend to defy path predictions, that is why there is like 6 or 7 different models, they seem to have a mind of their own. Very possibly this one goes West, or loses so much punch pounding the hell out of Cuba that it becomes a tropical depression with lots and lots of rain.

NK

AoD-- is that true-- BJClinton introduces Bam at a convention whose theme is respecting women? Why don't they have Edwards and Spitzer also talk, and hey-- call it the Ted Kennedy Memorial Convention-- a grand slam of respecting women! What a sorry spectacle.

jimmyk

Don't forget Weiner, NK.

Stephanie

We spent the evening that Dennis brushed by Tampa in 2005 at Busch Gardens riding roller coasters between rain bands. Park was so empty they didn't even make us get off the rides and get back on line. There were no lines.

The next morning was a little crazy as we tooled down 75 headed for Alligator Alley and the Keys. The car got buffeted around and I could barely see the car in front of me, but that was the backside of the storm as it was restrengthening to a cat 3. IIRC it was a cat 1 or low 2 as it blew past Tampa.

Don't know if this one will be as far off the coast as Dennis was (about 75-100 miles), but direct hits on the west coast of Florida (below Clearwater) are rare.

Captain Hate

Losing your law license and large financial settlements don't mean that you are quilty of that type of behavior.

Losing his law license resulted from him being found guilty of lying under oath. Considering what he was lying about, it's not difficult to connect the dots.

Rob Crawford

Ranger:

There is so much stuff up at Instapundit today that it is a must read, but I think this one is the most illuminating:

I read that. Terrifying, really. First there's the category error -- inalienable rights are respected by governments, not granted. That Illinois will punish you for exercising your right to self defense doesn't make that right go away; it just makes the Illinois government tyrannical.

Then there's her assertion that government is responsible for ensuring our "productivity". Um, no. That way leads to horrors. That's how farmers are supposed to treat their livestock, not how governments are supposed to treat the people.

Then there are the commenters -- as always, a lefty confronted with the Declaration of Independence throws out that Jefferson was a slave owner.

Yes, but at least he could articulate why it was wrong. I doubt the average Democrat could make the moral case against slavery without screeching something about "racism".

Rob Crawford
We spent the evening that Dennis brushed by Tampa in 2005 at Busch Gardens riding roller coasters between rain bands.

I think I was at Disney World during that storm. They opened the parks around noon -- just for people staying on property. I went to Epcot, and it was like I was the only person there.

matt

Re: gold prices

The Bernank is signalling another round of serious QE as is the ECB. All of those issues with Greece, Spain, Portugal,etc have yet to be resolved and the economic picture is very roiled. It's the dog days of August, so the bureaucrats are able to ignore it for another week or two. The markets have taken notice, though.

Stephanie

I think I was at Disney World during that storm. They opened the parks around noon -- just for people staying on property. I went to Epcot, and it was like I was the only person there.

My brother was there the week after 9/11 and said the same thing. Said it was kinda spooky that it was that empty. Even as much as my daughter and I are Disney nuts, they don't have enough thrill rides to keep me occupied with no waits. It's a Small World is NOT something we torture ourselves with more than once a trip. But we do call my husband so as to suffer it live with us when we ride it! (No, I don't have any poisoned apples in my pocket, why do you ask?)

NK

Matt-- QE3 at a time of $4 gas and skyrocketing beef prices-- brilliant. Bernanke must really hate American Consumers and Love Gulf Sheiks. Unbelievable.

Porchlight

inalienable rights are respected by governments, not granted.

The left has never been able or willing to understand this concept. I once got into a comment war with a lefty law student at HotAir about this. I wrote that the Constitution was a grant of power from the people to the government and he/she replied "now you're just making stuff up."

Ranger

And to point out another irony of the new lefty argument that our right come from governemnt... Weren't these the same people who spent 8 years warning us about how a President and his administration were "destorying" our rights? Do they not understandt that it was the very same government over those 8 years that exists in Washinton DC today?

Ranger

I wrote that the Constitution was a grant of power from the people to the government and he/she replied "now you're just making stuff up."

The mind boggles. How can someone get through 4 years of pre-law undergrad without encountering the concept of "popular sovereignty."

NK

Ranger et al-- the Lefthas no constitutional philosophy. The Left on believes in political POWER. The Left is only concerned with getting and keeping POWER. The Left is not concerned with Constitutional restraint on POWER-- except for killing babies. There is always the killing babies exception.

NK

"..only believes..."

Porchlight

Maybe they're not teaching it, Ranger. That's what's really scary.

Rob Crawford

Ya know how Jonah Goldberg says lefties don't know their own intellectual history? I'm thinking they don't know ANY intellectual history.

Captain Hate

That would effectively explain the mindset, Porch; that and what rse has been posting.

Janet

The other thing lefties don't understand is the difference between fed., state, & local taxes & power.
Paying taxes at all 3 levels for the same thing is stupid. Education, food assistance,...

NK

My Dear Henry-- please keep up the great work in the Badger State-- it's working: http://washingtonexaminer.com/democrats-losing-their-grip-on-wisconsin/article/2505706?custom_clic

Jane - Get off the couch your country needs you!

The mind boggles. How can someone get through 4 years of pre-law undergrad without encountering the concept of "popular sovereignty."

I'm pretty sure I never heard that concept in 3 years of law school.

GMAX

How about in your constitutional law seminar? To wit:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government
Ranger

GMAX,

That's from the Declaration. I doubt any Con Law class would cover it.

NK

Ranger-- well actually, the Declaration and the Federalist Papers are the foundation of any "Origins" of the Constitution course.

Sara

The mind boggles. How can someone get through 4 years of pre-law undergrad without encountering the concept of "popular sovereignty."

How did they get past 6th grade? Do they teach anything of substance anymore or is it nothing but a school year of feel good where everyone gets a prize?

Jane - Get off the couch your country needs you!

Naw, I don't much remember the class but I don't recall being the least bit awwed by the constitution which suggests we didn't spend much time on it.

Ranger

I guess it depends on the school. I know the Federalists' are key to any Con Law classes, but most of the legal people I have talked to say that they were told ver specifically up front the Declaration isn't a legal document, it's statement of political philosophy.

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