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centralcal

Oh brother!

In other, better news, Tim Scott will replace Jim DeMint.

narciso

Well Kerry, was his Lt. Governor, lord love a duck!

Neo

I thought the most interesting thing about the Obama "Newtown" speech was just how unremarkable a speech can cause the networks to break in on their regular programming.

Honestly, this speech could have waited for the 11 0′clock news .. or better yet, the morning shows.

Obama started out fairly well, but about half way through, started to string together (as my old Century Collegiate Handbook would describe as) “deadwood”.

Then apparently, when the speech was completed, went the wrong way to leave.

Dan Quayle couldn't have done worse.

Appalled

If the goal is to replace a departing senator with someone pretty similar, who won't want to run for the office in the special election, this is a pretty good choice. Just don't let the new Senator drive a tank.

steve

Check out the WSJ editorial page today. It makes the case that the current tax writeoff of state and local taxes make the tax bite in democrat states a lot more palatable. Deducting state taxes from your federal income is a huge benefit to those living in states with high taxes.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324001104578161501124560508.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_AboveLEFTTop

matt

When I saw the headline on Drudge, I thought that Obama might have slotted him for DoD.

Captain Hate

Has Willie Horton weighed in on this?

matt

getting back to the Newtown guns f'ed up people thread, the WSJ had another great article on Saturday, this on the overprescription of opiods over the past 20 years.

The number one leading cause of overdose deaths is, you guessed it, opiods.Something like 16,000/year. The usage of Oxycontin, Vicodin, and all sorts of others is way out of hand not just through pill mills, but through an everyday medical philosophy of pain management. The author of this research now admits he was dead wrong.

So what does this have to do with the killings? The same overprescription and leave it at that has become standard policy in the medical community today.

I don't know the background of the shooter, but the combinations some of these people need are extremely delicate balances, and they also change over time.

We are a self medicating nation today and we have no idea of the long term impact. The dynamic of mental health treatment, and perhaps of all medical treatment, needs to be examined.

Captain Hate

matt, I read something, maybe in the WSJ or somewhere else, a while back about how people who've been on Prozac for the majority of their life were having issues with how it made them think. They weren't saying that it had been bad for them as far as positively addressing an existing problem; just that it made things "different" on how they processed things internally. And that they wished they could think "normally".

James D.

Matt, I agree.

The schools are even worse - look at how we put kids on ritalin or adderall or antidepressants or other powerful medications the long-term effects on children of which we have no idea.

Combine that with the deliberate mental and emotional sabotage being done to them in our schools that rse is documenting...

I've got a friend, has a 7 year old boy. Great kid. Friendly, polite, kind. Loves animals, wants to be a zookeeper. Very smart. They've got him ice-skating, and he's the best in his age group at the rink, and better than most kinds in the next couple of age groups up.

But...he doesn't like to do homework. And he doesn't sit still in class and focus as well as the teachers would apparently like. And they want to label him and "treat" him.

He's a f**king seven year old boy! OF COURSE he doesn't like to do homework or sit still in class! He doesn't need a label, or psychological intervention or, God forbid, medication!

But apparently the school is hinting at it and pushing it, and my friend, who's a good man, and a good parent, and only wants what's best for his child, believes what the "professionals" and "experts" who "care" so much are telling him, and I'm worried that he'll give in and then God only knows what harm will be done - all in the name of "helping" him, all by credentialled "educators" - to a wonderful kid whose only fault is that he's an energetic little boy acting like little boys have always acted, because that's thir nature.

And we wonder why things are so screwed up in this country...and why we see atrocities like last Friday. I asked in the comments, but I think I've got my own answer right here...

Rob Crawford
just how unremarkable a speech can cause the networks to break in on their regular programming

Unremarkable? It was given by their Messiah! Didn't you hear that it was as important and powerful a speech as the Gettysburg Address?

(Which was nearly universally panned when it was given.)

fdcol63

They want to make us all beggars, because beggars are easier to please.

Especially if we're also sedated.

Rocco

ABC News...H/T Hot Air

ABC’s Jon Karl reports that Dem Gov Deval Patrick has already reached out to Vicki Kennedy, who has not said yes – but hasn’t said no either.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/12/counting-their-mixed-blessings-the-note/

Either way we're screwed!

Rocco

Boy, Howie Carr could have some fun with that. If newly elected Joseph Kennedy III's grandfather is RFK, that makes Teddy his great uncle and Vickie his great step aunt. Does that make Joey, the red headed step nephew?

Clarice

It's the"public service" grifters. Vicki's family were quite the crooks as well.

Soylent Red

I thought that Obama might have slotted him for DoD.

Pretty sure that's going to be Hagel. We could do worse, but only barely. He'll be a reliable yes man.

Extraneus

Don't we need to have a Senate hearing first? Surely the Republicans aren't going to just bend over and let this treasonous buffoon become Secretary of State without a fight. Right?

narciso

Well who would end up Chair of the committee, at this point, that Kerry could have been Senator for three decades, indicates 'something's rotten Denmark, from his denunciation of his own
fellow soldiers and sailors, before Fulbright,
to his participation in the Winter Soldiers including the Scot Camil episode, to his blood
libel, about Central America, we can add his abetting BCCI partially buying the Democrats back into power, through their front man David Paul, opposing the first Gulf War, reversing himself on the second, accusing soldiers in both campaigns, of 'terrorizing villages'

Extraneus

Yeah, but that's Mass. Here are the Repubs on the committee:

Richard Lugar
Bob Corker
James E. Risch
Marco Rubio
James M. Inhofe
Jim DeMint
Johnny Isakson
John Barrasso
Mike Lee

They're all going to let Kerry skate? Can't be. Why would Rubio pass up an opportunity like this, for example?

Sue

Obama is running state. Or rather, someone in the WH is running state. They need a yes man to replace the yes man.

God help us all. The lunatics are running the asylum.

Clarice

Hi, Soylent. Hope you come visit soon.

Sue

On a personal note. We buried my mother in law yesterday. The Alzheimer's took her faster than we expected. Her sister lived much longer after being diagnosed. I think it is the cruelest way to lose a parent. I hope someday they find the cure for it.

Rob Crawford
They're all going to let Kerry skate? Can't be.

Why would they challenge him? He's a respected member of their ranks.

To you and me he's a treasonous back-stabber who should have been hanged, but to them he's a senior member of the Senate.

matt

Hagel is Obama's fig leaf for gutting DoD. Having someone with an R next to their name gives Obama carte blanche.

As to Kerry, let him explain Winter Warrior and his pardon by Carter and his DD-214 and his association with American communists as well as the Vietnamese variety.

NK

Condolences to the Sue-In-Laws

narciso

So sorry to hear that Sue, Vince Flynn has certainly got Kerry's number in his latest.

NK

Ex-- Rubio will fall in line-- it's Senate 'courtesy.' The one thing that the Senators may do is use the opportunity to skewer HildaBeast over Russia Reset, Syria, Afghan surrrender and of course Benghazi. Those sort of whacks at HildaBeast's obvious failures will let Lurch grandstand.

sbw

Sue, hugs from a distance.

Captain Hate

I still think Joan Kennedy should testify about the Massachusetts version of the Snopes family's treatment of women.

Captain Hate

Condolences to your in-laws, Sue.

Any chance the Swifties might shame the Repuke members of the world's greatest deliberating body into scrutinizing the Winter Soldier's strange meetings with the enemy?

Sue

Thanks. By the time they leave you physically, you have long ago said your goodbyes. It really is a long, slow goodbye. She hadn't known any of us in a long time.

Extraneus

Such an easy target. Such a colossal douchebag. How could anyone pass up the opportunity to ask Kerry some pointed questions about his past? Surely he's not actually respected by his peers on the R side.

I'll be quite disappointed in Rubio if he doesn't have the pompous windbag sputtering pathetically on national TV.

Clarice

Sorry, Sue. I hope I never get it. It's so terrible.

Sue

Clarice,

It is indeed horrible.

Extraneus

Someone hoping to be a future presidential candidate could make a serious name for himself by taking down a former presidential candidate on national TV.

Let's not forget who we're talking about here.


Enlightened

Sue - Sorry to hear about the MIL. My own mother has Dementia, but not the Alzheimers form, rather she has Fronto Temporal Dementia. Parts or her brain are slowly dying off, she has lost her ability to speak, she is losing her ability to walk, write, or stand. Her cognitive function is still pretty good - she just can't express it. It's pretty hard for me to imagine what is worse - losing the brain function and not knowing who people are and how to do simple tasks - or knowing your brain is dying and not being able to do anything physically or otherwise about it. It breaks my heart and I feel so sorry for anyone that has to go through it.

fdcol63

But even with a concussion, Hillary still has bigger balls than Lurch.

Frau Gleich und gleich gesellt sich gern

" Vicki's family were quite the crooks as well."

Clarice is not just whistling "Dixie." It's documented fact.
And...almost every language has the equivalent of "birds of a feather flock together."

narciso
Sue

Enlightened

I am so sorry.

Captain Hate

I'll be quite disappointed in Rubio if he doesn't have the pompous windbag sputtering pathetically on national TV.

DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM???

Enlightened

WRT Schools/Professionals/Teachers that push the "your kid can't sit still and will never learn" crap.

We were told my stepson needed Ritalin or some other ADD medication to get him to focus and sit still. He was 5 years old. Between his mother, father, myself and his stepdad we all categorically said NO DRUGS. We were warned empahtically that he would be a delinquent, that he would be in jail, have trouble with the law, never hold a job, never graduate from high school.

He graduated, he is not a delinquent and never was, he has had the same job for almost 4 years now, he bought his own truck, Harley Davidson motorcycle, his dirt bike, and all his other toys by himself. He has travelled all over the world on his own dime. No he did not go to college, he chose not to.

I'm so glad we put our foot down and told them to got get bent.

Thomas Collins

Your mother-in-law and her entire family are in my prayers today, Sue.

Captain Hate

You're right on the mark, Frau

Tied in with Earl Long means its pretty hard to keep that toga unspotted.

Frau Gleich und gleich gesellt sich gern

Sue, I'm sorry to hear of your family's sorrows.

NJ Jan

Sue,
My condolences to you and to your family. Alzheimer's and dementia are terrible diseases for both the sufferer and especially for the loved ones.

I did not watch the memorial or the news yesterday. I read a couple of articles which I could choose and skipped the tv. They have nothing new in facts to report at this point.

Danube of Thought on IPad

"Surely the Republicans aren't going to just bend over and let this treasonous buffoon become Secretary of State without a fight."

Just watch.

No one today pays any price for opposition to the Vietnam war, or for past associations with communists. Hell, every time you turn around Jane Fonda is getting another award.

Thomas Collins

Vickie K? The Duke? The Dems are going to pick another of pallor one percenter to replace of pallor one percenter Kerry and to join of pallor one percenter She Who Fakes Native Americanism? I say the Dems should practice the diversity they preach. See LUN for who my pick would be were I a prog Dem MassGuv.

Danube of Thought on IPad

Always nice to get the opinion of a morbidly obese fraud:

"Liberal activist and filmmaker Michael Moore says the mass murder of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. is representative of 'who we are' as Americans. 'I hate to say it, but killing is our way. We began America w/ genocide, then built it w/ slaves. The shootings will continue-it´s who we are,' Moore tweeted on Sunday. Between Friday and Sunday, Moore sent out several tweets regarding the school shooting. On Friday, 20-year old-Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, 20 of them young children, before killing himself."

Clarice

DoT you beat me to it by minutes. I was trying to think how to say I just wish he'd keel over and die soon without sounding mean spirited.

Thomas Collins

And see LUN for a photo of my choice.

Minister. African American. Harvard/MIT background. Supports the transgender community. Perfect choice for prog Mass. I am outraged at the hegemonic of pallor bread disrespecting the other attitude of Mass. Dems. I'm sure Vickie K. and the Duke would gladly step aside for a choice who looks more like America than they do!

Captain Hate

I was trying to think how to say I just wish he'd keel over and die soon without sounding mean spirited.

Not mean spirited at all imo.

Think any of our Repub Senators will ask Reporting for Doody when he achieved his Medical Doctor status that he could diagnose the HMS Pantsuit's "concussion"?

narciso


surely, TC, that's rarely how it works, look at the fellow who won the bid to succeed Obama in the Senate, I use those words specifically,

Melinda Romanoff

TC-

Isn't Whitey Bulger still out of work?

Jack is Back

James D and Enlightened,

Our Frederick is high energy, imaginative, creative and sociable but he too has a hard time organizing, paying attention and following direction. Loves science and technology. Boys seem to be more susceptible to distractions and keeping quiet. At least that is what I am noticing. I believe he is sometimes bored with specific lessons or subjects and he may even know more about them because of independent learning on his part.

What we do is strictly non-medical and non-interventionist. We have white boards with his weekly schedule, on by his bedroom, one in the hall leading to the upstairs kitchen and one in the garage he can check on his way out to the car for the ride to school. The one in the hall is a checklist of what he needs to do in the morning, after school, and the evening.

I created a Study Guide for him using a brochure template in Pages. I has photos of him in different scenarios to help him understand each days requirements (i.e. Band, cross country practice, tennis lessons, fencing, etc.). There is a plan for each day and what his actions are to be to meet that plan. All of this is designed to provide a platform for him to use to increase his focus, organization and attention.

He has a little card taped to his desk at school that reminds him of our "Six Ways to Doing Your Very Best":
1. Pay Attention
2. Follow Directions
3. Stay on Task
4. Avoid Distractions
5. Be Quiet
6. Keep Hands to Self

I mention all of this because medication should be a last resort for any child or even adult. James D, feel free to pass on to your friend any of my ideas.

BTW, there is one web based help called Luminosity that we use to improve concentration and learning ability. Its not free but it does work and is fun for the kids who use it.

Porchlight

I'm so sorry, Sue. You are in my prayers.

Thomas Collins

Excellent choice, Mel. Whitey Bulger would be a one man cloture machine. When Whitey said he'd heard enough, the gasbags would stop pontificating pronto!

fdcol63

Sue, my condolences and prayers to you and your family.

Jack is Back

Speaking of Fauxchohantas, I wonder if she is going to join the Native American Caucus in the Senate? Don't laugh, there is one. Headed by Mike Crapo of Idaho. Even that skank, Patty Murray is a member.

Jane:  Mock the Media

Oh Gawd, I can just hear Dick now....

Captain Hate

the Native American Caucus in the Senate?

Per TK, shouldn't that be everybody?

Rob Crawford
I say the Dems should practice the diversity they preach.

Exactly! They should nominate a Republican.

centralcal

Just checking in for a moment - little break at work ...

My condolences also, Sue. Sorry for your loss - over the years with her illness and recently with her death.

Frau Gleich und gleich gesellt sich gern

Sen. Backbench finally gets his gilded ring on the D.C. carousel. The man is truly a fraud. I'm appalled that such a man can be made SoS but then this administration is a confederacy of crooks and cowards. The administration might as well be filled to the gunnels with the incompetent and undeserving.

Kerry's father Richard seems to have supplied the basis for his son's American's-to-blame philosophy. Richard's book leads to the conclusion that all governments suit their populations and America should accept that.

In 1990, John Kerry's Father, Richard Kerry, authored a book called Star Spangled Mirror. According Kerry's father, America's has a flawed foreign policy - the assumption that other people ought to share our view of world order. In essence, Kerry's father argues that democratic universalism is a flawed US foreign policy.

Kerry's father even stated: "It is the specter of Western Imperialism that causes more fear among Africans and Asians than communism, and thus it is self-defeating."
... "Seeing the Soviet Union as the aggressor in every instance, and the U.S. as only reacting defensively, relieves an American observer from the need to see any parallel between our use of military power in distant parts of the world, and the Soviet use of military power outside the Soviet Union."

(Freeper)
Richard Kerry placed his son John in American and European boarding schools starting at six and when his eleven year old son was in a Swiss school requested French instead of the usual German class for Master Kerry. (The usual languages were German and English.)

My nephew has been stationed in England, Ukraine, Rep. of Georgia and has had his children with him at all times. Were Kerry's younger siblings were also placed in boarding schools?

Frau Gleich und gleich gesellt sich gern

Surprise! Private high school classmates called John Forbes Kerry "calculating."

narciso

It's left unclear, here, Frau;


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameron_Kerry

henry

JiB, your and James D's descriptions remind me of me in elementary school. I had teachers who started out in a one room schoolhouse and could deal with it (I was not alone). By the time my youngest brother went through the school, those teachers had retired. The replacements could not deal with anything -- if anyone needed medication/counseling it was the teachers and not the children. Three brothers (none of us could sit still), 2 MBAs, one law degree, one MD/PhD and me (dissertation short of PhD) all at Ivy's or equivalent. I believe distraction is the normal state of intelligent young boys. The next generation in my family is all girls, so I'm stuck with 40 year old memories on boys in school.

Captain Hate

Calculating is a perfect word for calling somebody an untrustworthy backstabbing snake in a condensed fashion.

Thomas Collins

Re RC's 2:03 PM post: Great idea! Jane for Mass. Senator!

Jane:  Mock the Media

Sue,

I'm sorry to hear about your M-I-L, but I'm happy it was fast. That is very tough stuff.

I heard someone today say that there is a the same progression that goes on with all these shooters.

First they are socially awkward (a big side effect of asperger's and a bunch of non-verbal disorders (that a lot of kids have). As they get older, late teens and early 20'schizophrenia takes over (for some)and the symptoms change and finally (for a very few)there is a psychotic break. From what people are saying the break happened in the last week.

So essentially there is no way she could have known what was happening. And there is no way anyone could have stopped it.

Captain Hate

Does anybody think that the abundant prescribing of Ritalin has something to do with teachers not wanting to have to deal with naturally active children who might occasionally be awkwardly disruptive before their feedback mechanisms are more finely tuned through experience?

narciso

Apparently he also went to St. Paul as well, but I think that Kerry pere, was out of the Foreign Service by then.

Captain Hate

The US is out of the top 10 most prosperous countries for the first time ever per a UK think tank; citing a lack of entrepreneurship and substandard economic activity.

narciso

Well there was some interesting variables in this report;

http://www.prosperity.com/Snapshots-2.aspx

Frau Schiessgewehr

"And there is no way anyone could have stopped it."

Jane, Pres. To-Some-Degree believes he can.
It shows his arrogance and ignorance all at once. A two-fer...

Laws! We need more laws! Hunting guns in armories to be checked out when duck and deer seasons roll around.

How about some real gun sense? Have the idiots thought about the low murder rate in the Dakotas where there are many guns? What about Switzerland?

narciso

OT, here's the second Trek sequel trailer;


http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=780663&affid=100055

Jane:  Mock the Media

Does anybody think that the abundant prescribing of Ritalin has something to do with teachers not wanting to have to deal with naturally active children who might occasionally be awkwardly disruptive before their feedback mechanisms are more finely tuned through experience?

Every single time a teacher classifies a child as in some fashion disabled, the school gets a raise. Funding is dependent on how many kids you sign up. Boys are primarily targeted and in the early grades many parents are advised that they need to allow this classification to get the help they need.

It is utterly despicable.

Old Lurker

Sorry, Sue.

narciso

Well how about why did how you cut funding to school security officers, or stop background checks, those two come to mind;


http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/12/14/attorney-general-eric-holder-addresses-connecticut-school-shootings-we-must-ask-ourselves-some-hard-questions/

Clarice

I think even his lefty dad couldn't stand him.I recall reading that even once when he was very sick at boarding school his dad didn't bother to visit him.

Probably why he made up scenarios in which he was the hero and center of attention when he did playacting with his sisters.

Frau Schiessgewehr

Maybe someone will focus on mental illness, the prime suspect. My best friend's lovely oldest child, a young woman, had an emotional breakdown and seemingly came through it. Following her release from Bellevue hospital, she was about to start a new job. I talked to her by phone and all seemed well. During a night soon thereafter, she stepped off the roof of a Manhattan building where she lived with her mother. During the past ten years, her youngest son, a charming and intelligent fellow had just finished USC when he broke off his engagement and descended into schizophrenia. He is now living, with medication, in a group setting. He could be loud and had hallucinations but was never violent. He knew his life had been altered forever. Both children were around twenty-plus years.

Jack is Back

Tim Carney:

Media myths on ‘assault weapons’ and ‘semiautomatic firearms’

A sort of fisking of a Slimes attempt to be knowledgeable about guns. These guys must think the Red Ryder BB gun in A Christmas Story is an assault weapon.

Rob Crawford
Probably why he made up scenarios in which he was the hero and center of attention when he did playacting with his sisters.

He still play-acts with his sisters? Sweet, I guess, but really creepy given their age.

Jane:  Mock the Media

Frau,

Everyone should point out that nothing Obama wants outlawed would have prevented this and he is busy never letting a crisis go to waste. Same old same old.

And if congress passes a law, it should include that not one person in hollywood, or a journalist or anyone outside on-duty police and military can have a gun or a body guard that carries a gun.

Captain Hate

To that end, he called for the “creative community” — “those ad agencies that create these snappy ads and make me buy things that I don’t really need” — to focus on convincing young people that “it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore.” He emphasized that newspapers and television need to devote prime space to these ads.

There's so much wrong here coming from Janet Reno's dimwit who said Elian Gonzalez wasn't terrorized because the State Agents had their fingers on the side of the trigger guard.

Frau Schiessgewehr

Rob, I believe I saw that those stories from their childhood. Lurch was described as a big-jawed child. (Cameron is lucky *he* didn't get the Habsburg jaw.)

Robin Hood was a favorite. heh

Frau Schiessgewehr

Disgusting. It's all about HIM.

Click to see how much was given to our Mourner-in-Chief.

Captain Hate

Robin Hood was a favorite. heh

Bizarro world Robin Hood where he marries into money twice and doesn't give any of it to the poor?

NK

CaptH@300-- Heh!

Rob Crawford
Bizarro world Robin Hood where he marries into money twice and doesn't give any of it to the poor?

Don't forget how Bizarro Robin Hood robs from the workers to give to the government.

narciso

Well we're deep in the bearded spock universe, if you see a flag, with a globe and a flag, you know we've arrived in that alternate realm,

I mean a Defense Secretary choice, cheered by the Mullahs, a Secretary of State, who has made it a point to defame practically every foreign policy endeavor, of the last 40 years.

Frau Schiessgewehr

Sorry, my 3:00 was without warning.

narciso

It is part and parcel, of the hisrutpcy and alchemy, of scientism that they eliminate a certain impairment,as if it had never existed,

Thomas Collins

Frau, your 3:00 PM post has a red X where it looks like there should be a photo. If that was an Ignatz type photo of you on a bike, please try again to post it!

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