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February 02, 2014

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NK(withnewsoftware)

HildaBeast-- we are talking about Dems here, so it's amatter of degree, but yes I think Obummer abd his crew are farther Left than HildaBeast. maybe not philosophically or by temperament, but ignorance. All the Obamaniacs know is the corrupt urban machine model, so that drives everything for them. HildaBeast has more worldly experience. She's right next to John Effin' Kerry on the dem continuum IMO.

Here's ed Morrisey's take on HildaBeast/Obama. http://hotair.com/archives/2014/02/04/team-obama-hillarys-making-her-2008-mistakes-all-over-again/

narciso

Staten Island Pete was exceedingly perceptive;

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/02/nyc-mayor-de-blasio-to-close-city-schools-for-muslim-holidays/

narciso

It's all about tactics, not goals, recall Hillary was the one who was for the individual mandate, and she occupied the seeming Humphrey remant in the party, but not really,

Ignatz

Hillary will never be president.

Miss Marple

Why did Waxman resign? And why did Sandra Fluke file?

I suggest that Waxman was TOLD to resign in order to make way for Fluke, who is getting a nomination as a payment for her work during the election. (It's a guaranteed dem win.)

So where is Waxman going, as the idea he will retire form the public trough is not to be believed? And will anyone else file to run for that open seaton the dem side?

If not, the answer is that Fluke was guaranteed a job, and an appointment would have been too obvious. So they are going to let her run for Waxman's seat.

narciso

Right up there with why don't prisoner want to stay in prison;

http://freebeacon.com/nih-spent-464272-to-find-out-why-gay-men-get-syphilis-in-peru/

Old Lurker

Say it ain't so, Trey.

How'd that work out for Rubio, huh? Screw Ryan.

"Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has held private talks on immigration with Republican Reps. Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/immigration-chuck-schumer-paul-ryan-103057.html#ixzz2sMrtYboz

narciso

That's possible, Miss Marple, but there's a whole line of West Hollywood pols and apparatchiks who have been waiting 40 years for this opportunity,

narciso

Some one needs to tell them 'It's a Cookbook' OL.

Truthbetold

Clarice

This is what you said March 7 2007

"Former CIA head Tenet, who insisted the Department of Justice investigate a routine referral for reasons which are still unclear but seem to be pique and revenge?"

Do you still believe this, or are you going to print a retraction?

narciso

It's like with Charlie Cheetoh down here, how really likely are Dems going to turn out for a turncoat, instead of a loyal party member,

recall the spread between the Governor and Crist is narrowing, not spreading,

Miss Marple

http://moscow.usembassy.gov/pr-amb-020414.html

Ambassador to Russia has resigned and is heading home to Stanford to be reunited with his family.

He will leave right after the Olympics.

I wonder who will get appointed in his place.

narciso

Mickey, you take over, I've fed him the leads.

Miss Marple

narciso,

That is why we will know. If no one files (or only a nobody who hasn't been clued in) then we will know that orders were given.

Miss Marple

Watch. The new ambassador to Russia will probably be Waxman.

LOL!

narciso

Are distemper shots in the plan;

http://freebeacon.com/michelle-o-be-more-like-your-dog-to-be-healthy/

NK(withnewsoftware)

Ambassador to Moscow?.. well Pete Seegar's not available... let me see now...

Cecil Turner

It was mostly a GIGO operation . . .

Concur, but the analysis was also sophomoric.

It's not so long ago that the showbiz world was queuing up to excuse Polanski . . .

Yeah, and the timing on this smells of old dead fish. Not to mention the initial accusations were sparked by a custody dispute; and despite protestations to the contrary, false allegations were (are?) depressingly common in such. The resulting investigation may have been flawed, but generally I think Allen is supported by the preponderance of the evidence.

That said, there's definitely something creepy about romancing the ex's daughter. And Woody's protestations that she's not his daughter don't help much, because his reason for socializing was familial. I also find him personally vastly annoying, and his films are boring. Other than that . . .

peter

narc @ 10:14; too bad Staten Island Chuck didn't pee on him; New Yorkers will wake up to Warren Wilhelm too late

narciso

When all the bien pensants are pondering over this, I look elsewhere,

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

they always got him to go out in front of the cameras even when the democrat position was ridiculous.

Ol' Fluke was sent around to some pretty pitiful events too. Maybe she passed the Dem. Finishing School that teaches & measures obedience.
She earned her creds to be the front man.

Elizabeth Warren & Obama have that feel too ....groomed & coached for their starring roles. Not that they aren't true believers but they really are pretty weak.

narciso

she probably went to the same NOI seminar, with the Hillary Legacy Pac scammer,

NK(withnewsoftware)

BTW-- trivia, where did the Polanski rape take place? Who else was on the premises at the time?

Miss Marple

Janet, That is so true.

Warren really gives out that "annoying social studies teacher" vibe, not at all charismatic.

Very strange.

narciso

When needs must;


http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2014/02/04/isolationisms-high-price/

clearly he hasn't learned anything new since
1973,

Cecil Turner

He will leave right after the Olympics.

Bet he wishes he could leave before the Olympics. Note the lead story on Drudge . . . Rights Group Releases Video of LGBT Attacks in Russia :

With just days left until the start on Friday of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Human Rights Watch released a video on Tuesday that highlights the disturbing violence and discrimination that gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people face in Russia.

In a statement accompanying the footage, Human Rights Watch urged the Russian authorities to address the “deteriorating situation” of abuse against LGBT people and activists, saying that a failure to act has exposed them to further harassment and violence and has emboldened attackers.

Fun times for whoever has to manage this mess.

John Belushi

Who produced the fake Niger papers? There is nothing approaching a consensus on this question within the intelligence community. There has been published speculation about the intelligence services of several different countries. One theory, favored by some journalists in Rome, is that sismi produced the false documents and passed them to Panorama for publication.

Another explanation was provided by a former senior C.I.A. officer. He had begun talking to me about the Niger papers in March, when I first wrote about the forgery, and said, “Somebody deliberately let something false get in there.” He became more forthcoming in subsequent months, eventually saying that a small group of disgruntled retired C.I.A. clandestine operators had banded together in the late summer of last year and drafted the fraudulent documents themselves.

“The agency guys were so pissed at Cheney,” the former officer said. “They said, ‘O.K, we’re going to put the bite on these guys.’ ” My source said that he was first told of the fabrication late last year, at one of the many holiday gatherings in the Washington area of past and present C.I.A. officials. “Everyone was bragging about it—‘Here’s what we did. It was cool, cool, cool.’ ” These retirees, he said, had superb contacts among current officers in the agency and were informed in detail of the sismi intelligence.

“They thought that, with this crowd, it was the only way to go—to nail these guys who were not practicing good tradecraft and vetting intelligence,” my source said. “They thought it’d be bought at lower levels—a big bluff.” The thinking, he said, was that the documents would be endorsed by Iraq hawks at the top of the Bush Administration, who would be unable to resist flaunting them at a press conference or an interagency government meeting. They would then look foolish when intelligence officials pointed out that they were obvious fakes. But the tactic backfired, he said, when the papers won widespread acceptance within the Administration. “It got out of control.”

Like all large institutions, C.I.A. headquarters, in Langley, Virginia, is full of water-cooler gossip, and a retired clandestine officer told me this summer that the story about a former operations officer faking the documents is making the rounds. “What’s telling,” he added, “is that the story, whether it’s true or not, is believed”—an extraordinary commentary on the level of mistrust, bitterness, and demoralization within the C.I.A. under the Bush Administration. (William Harlow, the C.I.A. spokesman, said that the agency had no more evidence that former members of the C.I.A. had forged the documents “than we have that they were forged by Mr. Hersh.”)

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/10/27/031027fa_fact?currentPage=6

And Ernie's pal Phil Giraldi was a steering committee member of VIPS. Looks like Ernie's trying to cover Giraldi's ass.

Ignatz

Anegelica Huston was there right and was it Jack Nicholson's joint?

narciso

In the context of the earlier link;

http://www.amazon.com/Americas-Greatest-Blunder-Fateful-Decision/dp/098914870X/ref=la_B001KJ495W_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391529381&sr=1-1

I've come to much the same conclusions about the Gulf War frankly,

Miss Marple

All I remember about the Polanski thing was something about a hot tub.

NK(withnewsoftware)

Ding Ding... Huston was Jack N's live in gal pal, and she was in the house when Polanski did the deed. Angelica was very sympathetic... to Polanski.... she said the kid was a Lolita-like little slut. That's what a Hollywood upbringing will do for you.

Ignatz

Waxfruit's seat will go Dem regardless, so IMO it's quite a plus to have a fingernails on blackboard, hectoring, seahag in training like Fluke as one of the new faces of the Dems.
Lena Dunham for Congress!

Truthbetold

U.S. Secretly Takes Yellowcake From Iraq

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-secretly-takes-yellowcake-from-iraq/

Miss Marple

Ignatz, I do not want Fluke as a Pelosi in training in the House. Plus I do not want to see her rewarded for her lying behavior andagitprop.

I would rather they run Barbra Streisand or someone like that. A dem is going to win it, anyway. I just don't want it to be Fluke.

clarice

As I slog to the finish line on bringing mother up here from South Florida--incompetent health insurance operations, etc etc on top of daling with my mother's extreme anxiety and sabotaging of plans out of stress, I hit a rare bright light. I decided to get a simple cel phone for the first time so that I can be more easily reached as I commute back and forth to her quarters. On Amazon I found a neat tracphone (no contract) for les than 30 $$--and it works! Once in a while--something besides Amazon does work in this country, but it's getting rarer, and any way the phone IS made in China and the support seems to be located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

clarice

The ads against Fluke write themselves--esp as the bills for her contraceptives come due.

Mickey Spillane

Prologue to Obsession

The fog had finally lifted as Richard Perle left the “Flying W” with the Judge and Archie waving him off from the steps. He was somewhat satisfied and relieved that the Judge seemed to believe all of this Souchak nonsense was behind him and normality, whatever that was, had returned. As the maroon Bentley sped along the road back to Washington, it’s BMW V8 engine, with Cosworth-engineered twin-turbo installation, made nary a sound inside. It allowed Richard to reflect more seriously on the complications of being a patriot in the day an age of the Internet, search engines, blogs and social media.

Every crumb of identity, speeches, articles, op-eds, interviews, were scrutinized and combed over for any telltale reveal of conspiracy, bias or even treason. This was the purview of people like Ernie Souchak but also they possessed an uncommon obsession with personalities that stand out intellectually far and above their own inferior selves. It was clinical in nature and only controlled by medications such as Risperdal. Richard wondered if Souchak was ever medicated and was it now possible that he was off those medications?
Dr. Randall Fitzgerald awoke on his office couch from a deep slumber. It had a trying two days. Somehow Patrick had shown up and quieted the ranting and raving of Ernie Souchak, a patient with the most severe case of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) he had ever diagnosed or treated. Randall knew that with OCD, you may or may not realize that your obsessions aren't reasonable, and you may try to ignore them or stop them. But that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to perform compulsive acts in an effort to ease your stressful feelings. This was Souchak in a nutshell and his obsessions were multiple but organized under one rubric – Plamegate. He needed to talk to his brother about that because without an inside perspective he would be shooting in the dark treating Souchak.

It was only after finding out from his nurse that Souchak had been discharged that he felt some relief. He would not have to involve himself with either Souchak or his obsession and that meant no need to contact his brother. That did not mean he was going to forget further refreshing his knowledge of OCD. As he walked down the west wing corridor of St. Elizabeth’s to the library he passed the Interview and Evaluation Rooms including No. 3 where the guy from Miami had spent over 6 hours with Souchak. Randall would have to obtain a copy of the audio/video recording that is automatically operated whenever those rooms are occupied. Certainly, that would provide plenty of behavioral information that could help him understand Souchak’s particular obsessions.

The medical library at St. Elizabeth’s is the largest source of psychiatric and mental disorder literature in the world. It is recognized as a more complete library and source of knowledge on those subjects than even the Mental Health Resources Library at NIH. It was a large, rectangular room with rows of bookcases separated by several large reference tables and small cubicles that contained catalog search computers. Randall sat down at one of the computers and entered - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - into the file search box. He was intent on reading as many current and older ground breaking articles as possible before his shift started at 3pm.

It only took 0.34 seconds for the search to complete itself and reveal that there were 1.6 million books, articles and papers on the subject. He needed to further narrow the subject. He then entered – “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder regarding specific individuals and conspiracies”. Bingo! He found an article that rang true in regards to the behavior exhibited by Ernie Souchak:

“One of the most obvious symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder is a sense of suspicion about a wide variety of people and things. People suffering from this disorder usually believe that nobody can be trusted and that everybody has hidden and potentially harmful motives behind their actions. Many other symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder could fall under the heading of suspicion, but a general sense of suspicion is a clear symptom of Paranoid Personality Disorder. “

Now what Randall had to do is find Ernie Souchak and determine what his suspicion were and who they were attracted to by his obsessions. He knew one name – Clarice – that Souchak had repeated a number of times before he had been sated and restrained. But who was Clarice and what did she do or not do that would cause such mental anguish and pain? Now more than ever, he needed to review the tape of Souchak’s session with the man from Miami. What was his name? Narciso. Yes that was it. A Hispanic, maybe Cuban-American, guy wearing a Guayabera but with a twist – he wore a bolo ties with it. And when he talked it was in some form of cryptic sentances and phrases. How anyone could understand what he was saying was beyond Randall.
When he called down to the A/V shop in the basement of the hospital he was shocked to learn that the tape of the Souchak/Narciso session had been erased by someone and was worthless. How could that happen? Who would want to destroy an interview between a linguistic structural anomaly investigator and a raving, ranting conspiracy theorist with OCD? Something very strange here indeed. He also learned that Ernie Souchak had not only been discharged but had the hospital shuttle to Reagan National and was on his way back to Chicago. Dr. Randall Fitzgerald with a reluctant mind but insatiable curiosity picked up the phone and told his nurse to arrange a flight to Chicago with an open return.

Overhearing the conversation was a member of the “Ragtime Band” who forward the digital recording via computer to an associate who in turn sent it directly to the Director in the replica USS Enterprise (Star Trek) bridge which was designed by Scott Chambliss himself. It was a trapping well deserved by the architect of electronic surveillance and intelligence gathering second to none in the world. But unbeknownst to even the Director, another copy of that transmission had also been “leaked” to a group know as VIPs and one Sibel Edmonds.

From this point on – things were no longer under anyone’s control.

peter

Yes, Clarice there is still are pockets of free enterprise here and there...

NK(withnewsoftware)

Very Good advice here from Deroy Murdock and Dr K about using the Debt limit only for Insurer bailout repeal: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/370249/repealing-obamacare-bailout-keep-it-simple-deroy-murdock

clarice

Mickey, the story looks like it's now past prologue and into main course.

clarice

They should also defund CBO which NOW tells us what we all know Obamacare is a far bigger drag on the economy than the original phony projections indicates (See Insty for details)

NK(withnewsoftware)

CBO = 2.3MILLION fewer full-time jobs because of O-Care. It's a been a jobs killer since 2010.

rich@gmu

great work Mickey. I'm a fan!

Truthbetold

Clarice
Which version do you want us to believe?


Feldman 2007

"Former CIA head Tenet, who insisted the Department of Justice investigate a routine referral for reasons which are still unclear but seem to be pique and revenge?"

Feldman 2014

"CIA official's John Rizzo's revelations in new book, Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, establish beyond peradventure of doubt that the Plame case was a hoax, stirred up by her husband and Patrick Fitzgerald."

henry

I though climate wackos & progressives were the only ones who held rigid positions in the face of new facts.

peter

do not engage. Staten Island Chuck makes more sense

rich@gmu

Hope you are holding up Clarice. Your Mom is lucky to have someone to help her out.

thanks for the link...The new healthcare law will slow economic growth over the next decade, costing the nation about 2.5 million jobs and contributing to a $1 trillion increase in projected deficits, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report released Tuesday.

...ooops. gotta pass it to find out what is in it.

and related... http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-03/going-on-30-living-with-mom-and-dad.html?alcmpid=view

rich@gmu

and good grief...Sandy Fluke. must be Dem finishing school.

rich@gmu

wish the GOP would give me a House seat.

DrJ

Interesting development (WSJ):

Ten big drug companies that have spent billions racing one another to find breakthroughs on diseases like Alzheimer's have formed an unusual pact to cooperate on a government-backed effort to accelerate the discovery of new medicines.

Under a five-year collaboration to be announced on Tuesday, the companies and the National Institutes of Health have agreed to share scientists, tissue and blood samples, and data. They aim to decipher the biology behind Alzheimer's, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and to thereby identify targets for new drugs.

The price tag, roughly $230 million, is relatively small: The global drug industry spends about $135 billion a year on research and development. But the collaborators seek something money can't buy.

By pooling their brightest minds and best lab discoveries they hope to put together a research system that can decipher the diseases in ways each hasn't been able to on its own.

henry

OK, a bunch of cronies who "manage" OPM like Common Core. Can't have innovation upsetting their easy paychecks.

rich@gmu

REVERSAL: IRS to 'boost morale' with bonuses for employees...

Miss Marple

DrJ, Quite interesting. Those diseases cause a lot of suffering and cost everyone (through health costs and diasability) huge amounts of money.

My only concern is does this give the government the power tto shut down research even if promising, due to cost?

clarice

Fingers crossed, Dr J.

Miss Marple

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-04/natural-gas-snaps-losing-streak-as-winter-storm-spreads-in-u-s-.html

Ignatz

--Ten big drug companies that have spent billions racing one another to find breakthroughs on diseases like Alzheimer's have formed an unusual pact to cooperate on a government-backed effort to accelerate the discovery of new medicines.--

If they were racing one another to find cures why should we expect the suspension of the race to speed things up?

Miss Marple

Job opportunity!

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/rare-chance-as-city-swordsmith-seeks-apprentices-1-3292194#.UvEQM2zRw2M.twitter

DrJ

MM,

I've no idea whether this is the camel's nose in the tent or whether it will be useful. You should read the rest of the article, but the idea is that all will collaborate on the underlying disease mechanism and share results publicly before doing any drug discovery work. Then the companies can explore targets that they develop separately.

It may work or it may not. Targeting the underlying fundamental disease mechanism is the right approach. The amount of money involved is pretty small, though.

Miss Marple

DrJ,

I will go and read the entire article later. My comment just popped into my head when I saw the link and excerpt.

I am off to do a few errands before the Big Snow Storm arrives here.

I will check in later (hopefully on a new thread).

henry

DrJ, the money involved is a drop in the PR/ad bucket for them. Getting basic science into the open is a good thing.

Obtuse but verbose

"If they were racing one another to find cures why should we expect the suspension of the race to speed things up?"

If I read this correctly it's a collaboration like the Manhattan Project. It would be encouraging if the avarice took a back-seat to patent welfare.

Obtuse but verbose

'patient welfare'.

Porchlight

The Manhattan Project had a very tight timeline. Unless this project has one too, I would expect progress to slow, not speed up.

DrJ

Iggy,

The premise is that more effective drugs with fewer side effects (and rejection during clinical trials) can be developed if the underlying disease mechanism is known. I think that's right.

How well the various parties will play together is not clear, and management will be a real challenge. For example, where will they participants be located? Each in their separate labs? How will they then collaborate? The web? Annual meetings?

anonamom

The thought is that they can share the research that they have already done in an area--that doesn't normally happen with competitors.
This way things non-productive avenues won't be followed.

Not sure who is going to get the financial benefit, patents, etc.

Porchlight

Pretty sure the government will claim the credit if there is a successful outcome.

Obtuse but verbose

It would need a Gen Leslie Groves to kick ass and take no names.

NK(withnewsoftware)

This BigPharma/NIH hook up isn't the Manhattan Project or Project Apollo, it's the Synthetic Fuels Cop. Nothing good will come of it except for Bethesda area apartment landlords and yoga studio operators. It's cronies canoodling with sugar daddy NIH. Sorry to be so blunt, but I'm sick of this official corruption shite.

Truthbetold

Now you're talking, NK

Ignatz

--Iggy,

The premise is that more effective drugs with fewer side effects (and rejection during clinical trials) can be developed if the underlying disease mechanism is known. I think that's right. --

OK, but why should cooperation render that mechanism quicker than competition?

Would a marathon end sooner if the competitors were trying to beat each other or if they all decided to run as a group cooperatively and then all share equal credit at the finish line?

If cooperation works better than competition then it's hard to think of an endeavor that should be competitive and Cuban doctors should have already cured these various diseases.

Do we know that one large Manhattan project produced a bomb quicker than five smaller competitive ones would have?

Obtuse but verbose

" if the underlying disease mechanism is known..."

That is somewhat important, so it bears repeating...

" if the underlying disease mechanism is known..."

Origins of disease are not addressed currently, as there is more revenue in treating the symptoms, rather than causes.

When that obstacle has been jumped, we are talking true patient care, rather than exploitation.

Jeff Dobbs

Hmmmmm, instead of a marathon, perhaps we should consider a bike race. Maybe HCOAB can give us some insight into the function and efficiency of peletons.

Ignatz

-Origins of disease are not addressed currently, as there is more revenue in treating the symptoms, rather than causes.-

Borderline retarded.
Relatively simple diseases that can be understood are and have been eliminated where possible; smallpox for instance.
The causes of complex diseases like Alzheimer's and cancer are extremely difficult to discover and so the only option until they are, is treating the symptoms.
And for various genetically caused diseases rather than ones with external causes it will likely be a very long time before most can be cured at all.

Let us know when you get a serious and/or debilitating illness for which there is no cure but medicinal relief from its symptoms is available so we can watch you non-hypocritically turning them down.

DrJ

Iggy,

Companies in various industries often collaborate on "precompetitive" areas when the development costs get to be large enough. Development of the new lithography tools in the semiconductor industry is one example. Disease mechanism counts in that group.

Now why NIH has to be involved to do this is not clear, other than it was Collins' idea. There is no precedent for it in Pharma.

I'll be interested to read the details of how this will be funded and work on a day-to-day basis.

21_cathy_f_in_tripep@d_prison_98
Look at point #6 on parents also needing consistent messaging
*snort* Like DrF is going to go along with the edubabble... Actually WonderBoy's science education was at the college once he could drive. It gave him a nice leg up in college that he had already seen the material once.

WonderGirl went to the STEM program at the Naval Academy -- where the engineers are quite firmly in charge. They just look at the edubabblers blankly. They don't even argue -- because this crap "is not even wrong" (That's a favorite physicist saying...)

Ignatz

--Iggy,

Companies in various industries often collaborate on "precompetitive" areas when the development costs get to be large enough. Development of the new lithography tools in the semiconductor industry is one example. Disease mechanism counts in that group.--

Yeah I know Doc. Whether it represents a net plus for advancing things or is simply bean counters counting beans is probably one of Rumsfeld's unknown unknowns.

Danube on iPad

"I don't see this being a winner for the GOP..."

I do. Tens of millions of people now insured will lose that insurance before November, and almost all of them will be worse off with what Obamacare provides. Lotta Dems are going down.

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