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Sue

Dick Cheney just said the list is pitiful.

Sue

First two times. A first?

henry

Not sure who else is on that list, but unknown unknowns have plenty of time to make their mark. Or maybe O will come out as woman of the year, still eligible for another term as Barkette Obama.

Thomas Collins

Imam Khameinei is the winner for his installing of Suaveman Rouhani, who has started the crumbling of the sanctions. Imam K wants The Big One, and with his installing of Suaveman, he's put Iran closer to getting it.

Sue

Ted Cruz is on the list.

Thomas Collins

If we knew for sure that Prime Minister Netanyahu and King Abdullah have forged a strategic entente to challenge Khameinei and Hezbollah, they would be my choices for Co-Men of the Year. But we don't know what the extent of the Israeli-Saudi agreement is, while we do know that Imam K has rolled the West. So I've got to stick with the K Man.

Beasts of England

I hope it's Barack! He needs another participation trophy.

Danube on iPad

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

MarkO

Zeke the geek.

Beasts of England

Don West.

(And his daughters, too. If only to offset the twerker.)

Steve

Just how polarized are we? Amazing graphic shows how divided and polarized the US Senate is:

http://commoncts.blogspot.com/2013/12/just-how-polarized-are-we-amazing.html

Thomas Collins

But more interesting than this year's Man of the Year is whether Xi Jinping gets the award in 2014 or 2015 for his strategic moves re Asian air corridors and sea lanes.

NK(withnewsoftware)

What is "Time Magazine"?

gabby haze

Snowden's the One. Thanks to him we've seen a lot of foot shuffling from congressional shills and senatorial sluts, like Rogers and Feinstein. Now that we see the threats from WarCraft PC gamers and the gigawatts of energy drain from our grid and lakes of water to cool the servers, there is a shaft of light; barely perceptible, but some significant back-peddling due to the Public being more aware of the shenanigans. Snowden is the only one who has moved the needle on an essential issue.

Beasts of England

GZ's girlfriend recants her statements to police regarding the 911 call and DV charges. Yikes! (plural) He needs to find a more stable partner, sayeth the Beasts, who has some experience in this department...

Jack is Back!

The Pope - its a two-fer. They can blow up his faux-comments on capitalism which is in Time's wheelhouse plus it becomes a must have cover for the 45 million catholics in America and the 1.5 billion around the world.

daddy

Why not John Kerry?

Who else could unify the Jews and the Saudi's, while simultaneously give us Peace in our Time with the Iranians. And don't forget, he's got the Libyan authorities hot on the heels of whoever killed our latest American over there in Benghazi, and any day now he might release his DD-214.

Plus he's got bigger tits than Miley Cyrus.

I'm for Kerry.

daddy

How about Mandela?

TIME is obviously racist.

centralcal

Looks like the George Zimmerman girlfriend wants to recant her charges per an article in the Orlando Sentinel.

jimmyk

GZ's girlfriend recants her statements to police regarding the 911 call and DV charges

It won't matter. The falsehoods about Zimmerman have the staying power of Bush's plastic turkey. Why? Because they are useful for the left's agenda of gun control and race-baiting.

centralcal

oops - sorry Beasts, didn't refresh the thread!!!

tanto

"GZ's girlfriend recants her statements to police regarding the 911 call and DV charges"

Hmmm. Does it say something about zman that his spouse is certifiable? Anyhoo, his life is fooked and it's no one's fault but his own.

Beasts of England

Don't worry about me centralcal - GZ is the story that keeps on giving. It may never conclude.

Miss Marple

Why did the girlfriend recant, since it leaves her open to charges of filing a false police report?

Thinking, thinking...

How did Zimmermen meet her? Did she seek him out? Did she do so at the request of someone else? Did she do it for pay? If so, who paid her?

Could be some embarrassing questions she wants to keep people from asking.

NK(withnewsoftware)

Daddy@5:54-- is that the first time I've seen THAT word at JOM?

jimmyk

Not unless you're not a very careful reader, NK.

Miss M, the girlfriend already had reportedly tried to sell their story for money *before* the alleged incident occurred. A real winner.

Stephanie

Nope, NK. I think I've used it before. For some reason I always think of Harrison Ford when I say or type it. ;)

jimmyk

In fact there was a whole subthread around THAT word back in 2008, though that may have been before NK's time.

http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2008/05/dont-know-muc-1/comments/page/2/

Jack is Back!

Sorry for this very long C&P but I have no idea how many here have access to the WSJ paywall:
!
Foe my freind BoE

What's the Matter With Alabama?
A student editor grovels after another cartoon kerfuffle.


By JAMES TARANTO CONNECT
December 9, 2013

For the University of Alabama's football team, the Nov. 30 season finale against intrastate archrival Auburn ended almost as disastrously as ObamaCare began (and as it has continued). After leading 21-14 at the half, the Crimson Tide gave up a touchdown to the Tigers in the third quarter. Each team scored again during the fourth, leaving the score tied, 28-28, with seconds remaining in regulation.

Alabama was driving, but it looked as though the clock had run out. It turned out, however, that Alabama's T.J. Yeldon had managed to get out of bounds with a single tick left. Rather than take a knee and go to overtime, Alabama decided to try a long field goal--which missed and was returned for 109 yards and a touchdown by Auburn's Chris Davis. Final score: Auburn 34, Alabama 28.

Auburn went on to play in this past weekend's Southeastern Conference championship, in which the Tigers defeated the Tigers, 59-42--possibly the most confusing pigskin matchup since the 1976 Grey Cup.

This isn't a sports column, but there's a reason we opened with a nine-day-old play-by-play. Back in Tuscaloosa, the Alabama loss led to a kerfuffle last week involving the student newspaper, the perplexingly named Crimson White. Its cartoonist drew a strip, published Thursday, depicting the final play under the title "This Is What Happens in OBAMA'S AMERICA." The last two words were in massive letters, drawn in horror-movie style, with what was supposed to look like blood dripping from them.

Crimson White
Later that day, editor Mazie Bryant posted "A Statement From the Editor-in-Chief" in which she explained that "the cartoon was meant as satire . . . as a lighthearted look at some of the more absurd explanations given for Alabama's collapse at the end of the Iron Bowl game against Auburn last Saturday."

Only in Obama's America could something so obvious have eluded anyone. "Unfortunately," Bryant noted, the cartoon "has been perceived by many readers as having racist intentions."

Such complaints are frivolous. The cartoon had no racial overtones. True, Davis, the hero of the game for Auburn, is black, but both teams are racially integrated. It seems, however, that the "racism" complaints centered not on the drawing but on the words--on the reference to President Obama, which likewise was without racial overtones.

Bryant summarizes and endorses the grievance against the cartoon as follows:

Unfortunately, many people have developed an unhealthy opinion that all of the problems the United States has faced is a direct result of the decisions President Barack Obama has made during his terms as president. To place blame for the problems of the world on one man's shoulders is not only disrespectful to our country's leader, but also a scapegoat, devaluing the real roots of the problems themselves.
Now that's objectionable. For one thing, the diagnosing of "unhealthy" opinions is reminiscent of abuses of psychiatry by totalitarian regimes. And while Bryant's rebuttal of the straw man she sets up is more or less irrefutable--straw men exist to be toppled by trivial truths--the attitude she expresses is, we daresay, un-American, and a little bit racist.

The president of the United States, after all, may not be to blame for all the problems of the world, but he is responsible for them to a considerable degree. That responsibility was "placed on his shoulders" by the American people at his request. And a central principle of American constitutional government--some would argue the central principle--is that the people have an inalienable right to hold their leaders accountable and to criticize them as vigorously as they see fit.

Further, to the extent that the impulse to excuse Obama from blame is driven by the president's race, it is an excellent example of what his predecessor--who shouldered plenty of blame himself--called "the soft bigotry of low expectations."

We hate to pile on a college student, and we suspect young Mazie Bryant felt she had no choice but to grovel in the face of external pressures. The University of Alabama's leaders missed an opportunity to take a strong stand in favor of free expression--and, by extension, academic freedom--by showing support for the student newspaper and its cartoonist.

Instead, Bryant announced a shameful capitulation, a regime of self-censorship:

We are taking actions now to correct this mistake, and we are instituting a change in the way we address editorial cartoons. Cartoons, just like the rest of the content on our opinion page, are personal thought. However, cartoons have the ability to reach a wider audience by their pictorial nature, and therefore, we must be vigilant to place a more critical eye on the greater implications and perceptions a cartoon might carry. From this point on, we will be approving cartoons before they are published with a panel consisting of our editorial board. We will judge cartoons based on their power and meaning and decipher which areas need to be revised and expanded upon.
As it happens, this columnist has both an odd newfound curiosity about Auburn football and a longstanding expertise on campus cartoon controversies. (Our skill set is unique.) The former is a byproduct of our research into Auburn's sham campus-justice system, which yielded an exposé on the pages of The Wall Street Journal Saturday. The latter dates back to an experience from our own college days, which this column detailed last May.

To recap briefly, we sued our journalism professors at California State University, Northridge, for punishing us after we reprinted a cartoon from the UCLA paper that had drawn similar frivolous charges of racism. At UCLA, the student editor, like Bryant, published a groveling apology and instituted an internal procedure to review cartoons so as to ensure they offended nobody. But he also threatened a lawsuit--a stand for free expression in theory if not in practice. By contrast, we never apologized, and to this day we stand behind our decision to reprint our cartoon and behind the commentary that accompanied it.

While we were reporting on the Auburn story, we were struck by a parallel between that case and our own. We asked Auburn if the university is confident its Discipline Committee's procedures meet constitutional standards of due process. The response, in a written statement, was "that each and every student who participates in the process is afforded notice and opportunity to be heard."

As we explained in Saturday's article, that is the standard the U.S. Supreme Court set for high-school students in a 1975 case called Goss v. Lopez . And as we wrote in May, the journalism faculty at CSUN tried to pull almost exactly the same thing on us in 1988. Their lawyer informed our lawyer that they had rewritten their policies to make them more restrictive, borrowing language from another, then freshly minted case, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, which held that high-school officials had the authority to censor student publications. (Perhaps not coincidentally, Justice Byron White was the author of both decisions.)

We are going to end this item with what may strike some readers as an invidious generalization, but first we'd like to deliver an update that both is heartening and runs counter to that generalization.

On Saturday Joshua Strange received a phone call from the University of South Carolina Upstate, where he is now a senior. The administrators there had read our article and asked him to come in yesterday for a meeting with Laura Puckett-Boler, the dean of students, and Tammy Whaley, the assistant vice chancellor for communications.

Allison Strange, Josh's mother, emailed to tell us about the meeting: "They were very kind to him and just wanted to meet to see if there was anything they could do for him or for us," she wrote. "They offered their counseling service, etc. I think they expected Josh to still be in the 'basket case' stage and were surprised when he told them that he has a great support network in place and is doing okay. They asked him if he is willing to talk to local media, should the story be picked up here and he told them he is, so we shall see."

In a subsequent email this morning, Mrs. Strange added that "they were awesome" and "we really appreciate their concern and support."

So there are decent people among the administrators of America's institutions of higher learning, even if their existence at Auburn is, at this juncture, a speculative proposition. (If you're at Auburn and fit the bill, we'd love to hear from you. The email address is at the end of the column.)

But too many administrators, and not a few faculty members, are petty tyrants. What Auburn did to Joshua Strange is a measure of their tyranny. The measure of their pettiness is that they aspire to be as powerful as a high-school principal.

narciso,

Well Volodya has to be in the top 5, the latest the SVR spy ring that was into medicare fraud,
the tip from the FSB ignored about the T Dawgs,
the 'simon says' moment on Syria, the deals with Egypt and possibly Saudi Arabia, and the
deal that may or may not be a deal with Iran,

rich@gmu

nobody for Putin?

that's a shame.

>>>the Beasts, who has some experience in this department...<<<
ha...no comment

hummm gz...I hear Peru (and its sister Peruiva) is nice-year round.

rich@gmu

too late.

Beasts of England

Thanks for the post, JiB! The Crimson White is a far-left student paper, who just love to tighten up their celices anytime race can be exploited.

They donned hair shirts during their sudden realization a few months ago that the all-white sororities were, amazingly, all-white. Ran countless stories, rallied with JJ and CNN. Yikes. (plural)

Gmax

Hit

I would indeed like to speak with your FIL if he is in the gently used boat business. How best to make that happen.

BOE thanks for the boat rec, I am thinking about a cruiser style not a bowrider, but that is one awesome looking machine for sure.

I want joystick technology so docking is easy.

clarice

pagar, that is good.

The GZ tale was phony from the outset.

Sebelius is my choice for Man of the Year, She is bringing down the president and he can't get rid of her..Even his choom ration cannot hide his agita.

daddy's point about Kerry, though, is very sound and appealing.

Captain Hate

pagar I was just coming to post that. Best news I've heard all day.

centralcal

That is great news, pagar.

Jack is Back!

Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel is a dispicable little know-it-all and is one of only 4 people I would like to meet and beat the shit out of just for the hell of it.

the other 3 are Ed Schultz, Al Franken and Dick Durbin.

pagar

Anyone see anyway Alan Grayson has 18 million to wager on a total fraud from the gitgo?

Beasts of England

I like the cut of your JiB, JiB!

Sue

Pager,

Couldn't have happened to a nicer...err.. Never mind. That tickles me.

Sue

Pagar. Autocorrect drives me nuts but my smart phone is smarter than me. I don't know how to turn it off.

Sue

Okay, I won this round smart phone. All typos henceforth will belong to me. I found out how to turn it off.

MaryD

JiB at 7:02 -- Hooray!

boatbuilder

Daddy 5:54--heh.

DrJ

JiB,

Sorry for this very long C&P but I have no idea how many here have access to the WSJ paywall:

While I enjoyed reading your extended excerpt, Taranto never is behind the pay wall.

Ignatz

If Man of the Year is supposed to be for who has had the most impact I'd have to say Barry has finally at long last earned some recognition for an actual achievment.

His pigheaded demand that Barrycare be rammed through without consideration, audit or the slightest bipartisan outreach and his lackadaisical oversight of its implementation and utter cluelessness on how bad it would be, may very well do more damage to the Dem party and progressives than anything since Woody Wilson ran us into Barry's proverbial ditch in the teens of the 20th century.

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

from pagar's link - "William Dean Chapman, of Sterling, Va., was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for cheating 122 investors out of more than $35 million."

What about Jon Corzine & MF Global? Is he in prison? Why not?

narciso,

Taranto shows that there is a Dr. Krugman, and Mr, Hyde, or two Krugman's in one:


"Public policy designed to help workers who lose their jobs can lead to structural unemployment as an unintended side effect. . . . In other countries, particularly in Europe, benefits are more generous and last longer. The drawback to this generosity is that it reduces a worker's incentive to quickly find a new job. Generous unemployment benefits in some European countries are widely believed to be one of the main causes of 'Eurosclerosis,' the persistent high unemployment that affects a number of European countries."--"Macroeconomics" by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells, second edition, 2009

Gmax

So Krugman is not insane and knows clearly that disincentives to work drive up the unemployment rate? Then what pray tell is his schtick all about, playing to the dunces who actually read and believe the carp that the NYT is retailing?

narciso,

An interesting tidbit from Sy Hersh, now that Greenwald has taken his gig;

An intelligence document issued in mid-summer dealt extensively with Ziyaad Tariq Ahmed, a chemical weapons expert formerly of the Iraqi military, who was said to have moved into Syria and to be operating in Eastern Ghouta. The consultant told me that Tariq had been identified ‘as an al-Nusra guy with a track record of making mustard gas in Iraq and someone who is implicated in making and using sarin’. He is regarded as a high-profile target by the American military. - See more at: http://www.emptywheel.net/2013/12/08/sy-hersh-writing-about-politicized-intelligence-again-syria-edition/#sthash.Rtx0DiRZ.dpuf

Gmax

Seeing Grayson separated from a large sum of money made me grin, irresistibly and its still happening!

Go Cowboys.

Buckeye

JiB@7:02

Better idea is to lock Zeke in a room with the father of the 1st little kid that dies from cancer because Zerocare precludes proper treatment.

Jane

You made my day Pagar.

Another Georgetown lawyer on Greta talking about how Obama is acting unconstitutionally.

Wouldn't it be nice if this had legs.

Extraneus

Oh yes it's pre-first-time-JOM-meetup night
And the feelin's right
Oh yes it's pre-first-time-JOM-meetup night
Oh what a night

Ignatz

Can I add Robin Williams and Jon Huntsman to JiB's list?

DrJ

No one wants to include Schumer?

Extraneus

I think I'd pick Reid.

narciso,

Fernandez does point out an interesting detail, we clearly weren't going into Syria, because of the negotiations we were doing with Iran,

Where that left Prince Bandar or his opposite number in Doha is unclear,

pagar

"cheating 122 investors out of more than $35 million.""

Alan Grayson lost 18 million of that.
Must have a higher risk tolerance than the
others. Probably spends a lot of time talking about trillions instead of millions.

narciso,

A notion that has occurred to me, though,one might say, my handle at the Horde, suggested it in 'Red October' re events at the end of the week,

anonamom

I call Pelosi. And I'm all for including Schumer.

Sue

Who are you meeting Ex?

AliceH

Saw this on twitter. I'm sure a lot will agree this nominee wins:

@JCinQC: My nomination for Man of the Year - The Newly Uninsured"

Jane

Who else has never met a Jomer in person? I might have to take a trip.

Beasts of England

Me, Jane. I certainly plan on doing so one day. Hopefully soon.

Joan

My son and I are going to be in New York on Thursday. ;)

narciso,
narciso,

Everything but the confy chair;

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-08/jihadis-offered-rehab-as-saudis-seek-to-avert-syria-war-blowback.html

they are kind of slow, in ignoring the elephant in the room;

Janet

Who are you meeting Ex?

Me! I'm so excited. Marlene last week and Extraneus tomorrow. Good times...good times...

DrJ

I let Ex down when he was out here, I'm afraid.

narciso,

Really, I'm kind of surprised about that, Dr, J, Sy Hersh's piece seems to be relatively measured and quite plausible, unlike some of his earlier flights of fancy,

DrJ

I wondered what you would say about the Hersh piece, narc. As a rule I don't believe a word he writes, but this one (at least from Wretchard) seems plausible.

narciso,

Well 'dobyi no provyi,' when it comes to Hersh,
but the timing of the attack did seem odd,

Dave (in MA)
Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel is a dispicable little know-it-all and is one of only 4 people I would like to meet and beat the shit out of just for the hell of it.

the other 3 are Ed Schultz, Al Franken and Dick Durbin.

I would pay real money just to watch, especially if you threw Schumer in there. I think I might rather see Reid in Schultz's place.

narciso,

In other news, following Hunter Thompson's aphorism, that 'when the going gets weird, the weird go pro, the Fars news outlet among other things, reports that an envoy of Prince Bandar,
briefed the head of J Street in Geneva, it came through another website,

DrJ

GovMo ain't no mo:

The U.S. government sold its last shares in General Motors Co. on Monday, booking a $10.5 billion loss but clearing the way for the auto maker to return cash to shareholders and begin wooing consumers alienated by the bailout.
Dave (in MA)
No one wants to include Schumer?

Posted by: DrJ | December 09, 2013 at 07:41 PM

Extraneus
I think I'd pick Reid.

Posted by: Extraneus | December 09, 2013 at 07:42 PM

And then I scrolled down and found like-minded JOMers.

boatbuilder

Another ObamaCare Success Story; or How's This For Hope and Change?

My 23-year old son, a young man of steadfastly independent mind and heretofore a staunch Obama supporter* just updated his Facebook page with the comment: "ObamaCare is a joke. I don't know why I bought into it for so long. Down with the socialist agenda."

I don't think that he's going to be subscribing to National Review right away, or making phone calls for Republicans in 2014 (though one never knows) but I think we can credit one more disillusioned youth to the gift that keeps on giving. Thank you President Obama! I could never have done it on my own.

*Despite his Dad's well-known views on the matter, as Fox Butterfield would say.

Jack is Back!

I could have picked 100's of obnoxious jerks to pummel but those were the closest to my mindset at the time.

But really some of these assholes are in need of a physical beat down since the debate doesn't work or convince them. My counry is disintergrating before my eyes and I am supposed to accept it on intellectual grounds?

BS. Time for muscle versus brain.

Miss Marple

Obamacare converted my daughter too.

There will be millions of them, boatbuilder.

You couldn't think up anything more guarante4ed to make people angry than this health insurance fraud they have perpetrated on the country.

narciso,

Something as innocuous as a sports and human interest show, sets off the nazguls

http://twitchy.com/2013/12/09/sarah-palin-set-to-host-new-outdoors-show-haters-hope-she-gets-shot/

Now Schultz needs to be fed to the Bug Blatter Beast of Trall, just for good measure,

Jane

Congrats boatbuilder. It is only a matter of time before he has a facepalm moment and sees the wisdom of his Dad.

Beasts, I've never been to Alabama, and I cannot even imagine going there - not for any bad reason, but just because.

Have you ever been to Sturbridge Village?

jimmyk

I think I'd pick Reid.

I think Reid would collapse in a heap of bones if you just grazed his chin. J F'n K would be high on my list.

windansea

windansea, man of the year

escapes narco head choppers in Mexico..CHECK

orders Hybrid BMW 3 series for European Delivery, drives 150 mph on autobahn and tours the continent in style..CHECK

lands job in sunny Sarasota, golf heaven and land of sugary white beaches...no snow...CHECK

seriously, has anyone done better than this?

Edward Snowden??? REALLY? I hear Moscow is nice in winter.

Rick Ballard

I know some question my advocacy of a 2X4 as a tool of enlightenment but I really consider it to be quite effective in initiating a period of clarity and lucidity in which reason may take root. After the eyes uncross, of course.

Beasts of England

I have not, Jane. Looks like a fine place from what I see on the net.

Alabama is pretty special. I know most people don't have that assessment in mind when they hear the name, but there's a lot to be said for it. You're welcome any time...

boatbuilder

The thing of it is, he's covered under my policy. I suspect his friends and co-workers have more influence than any wisdom I may have imparted. He's living and working at Breckenridge as a ski instructor; the average age is somewhere in the mid-twenties. I think they are beginning to figure it out.

boatbuilder

But what have you done about income inequality, Wind?

Jack is Back!

windandsea,

Have you played TPC Prestancia in Sarasota? They have a team up here for our Pro-Am and their pro is currently 2nd among the Pro's. Last round tomorrow.

Danube on iPad

William Dean Chapman for Man of the Year.

boatbuilder

Not a warmerist in the entire TIME list (except the JEF, of course). A sign?

Danube on iPad

JiB: David Brock? Michael Moore?

narciso,

A better conman, cons a con,

NKonIPad

Jimmyk-- thanks for that May 2008 JOM thread about 'great tits'. I was definitely a reader then, don't know if I had commented yet. One thin from he comments, JOMers really had Obummer pegged, even then.

windansea

But what have you done about income inequality, Wind?

I am liberate income from haves to myself daily with relish :)

clarice

I'm letting down Ext this time, Dr J. Still on alert re mom who I am flying down to be with Wed morning,/I am, however to report, that with my brother's on the spot work and my long distance logistical work, things have straightened out and when I spoke to her she was absolutely gleeful this afternoon,Ninety-foue and she was down in the dumps cause she needed some homecare aid an couldn't keep her car to drive any longer.

Amazing.

I'm going to try to set up a maj jong game for her when I get there.

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