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matt

Then the Kurds have even more power. I think they control a large portion of the water supply, as does Turkey.

NK(withnewsoftware)

What is the "NY Times"? Do they hand that out in Manhattan Whole Foods locations?

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

Pet shops.

NK(withnewsoftware)

Heh.

Jane

Isn't the Kurds having more power a good thing. They always struck me as the sane Iraqis.

NK(withnewsoftware)

They are not Iraqis they are Kurds.

NK(withnewsoftware)

Which is a good and bad thing.

Cecil Turner

A new Caliphate? What could possibly go wrong?

Dave (in MA)

They don't hand it out in pet shops, but that's where it serves its most useful purpose.

Threadkiller

Not sure if Cecil has me narcisolated. Would someone else repost this?

I like to hear his thoughts.

http://theaviationist.com/2014/06/26/no-nosewheel-landing-av8/

Plus it has a pretty cool video.

Threadkiller

I would like...

Extraneus

Here you go, hit.

Obama: "Cynicism" Is What People Have When I Fail

"Cynicism has never won a war, or cured a disease, or started a business, or fed a young mind, or sent men into space. Cynicism is a choice. Hope is a better choice."

(Reposted from previous thread.)

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

Jane, there are significant Kurdish minorities in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey, all in one essentially contiguous area sometimes called Kurdistan.
All four countries routinely suppress and kill the Kurds who routinely have tried to establish an independent Kurdistan.
The ironic thing is it was Saladin, a Kurd, who saved the Arabic and Turkish bacon [heh] by decisively defeating the Crusaders.

Threadkiller

Re the Harrier, is the cradle something used by the repair crew? I was curious why the pilot had no idea of its existence.

hit and run

Don't get me started, Extraneus.

kave

cool video link threadkiller!!!!!

Threadkiller

Thanks again, kave.

Did you search for more videos from "2cellos?"

I wasted away a whole evening.

hit and run













<----- Hey look, see if you can spot the future TM post material

Jane

Iggy,

So if you were rooting for a side, would it be the Kurds?

Jane

HUGE: House Moves to Defund Eric Holder for His Crimes


Yippee!

http://conservativetribune.com/house-defunds-holder/

jimmyk on iPad
jimmyk on iPad

Potential allies

DrJ

Jane,

The House is considering cutting $43 million from DoJ's $23 billion dollar budget. That doesn't seem like a lot to me.

NK(withnewsoftware)

DrJ-- as you know better than the rest of us, it depends WHICH budget lines are cut. I am sure there are particular lines Eric the Dread is personally most interested.

Extraneus

Just this one boondoggle is slated to cost $1.1B. (pdf)

http://www.justice.gov/jmd/2015factsheets/gun-safety.pdf

(It says here that their budget request is $23.7B, chock full of pet projects.)

James D.

Not be a grammar nitpicker, but...at Ext's link:

Programs such as Smart on Crime, Now is the Time, and nearly 12 new grant programs take center stage. Meanwhile, law enforcement and national security priorities -- the main mission of the Department -- take a back seat.”

"nearly 12 new grant programs?" That's a weird phrase. If it was 95, you might say "nearly 100", but it's not as though 10 or 11 sound like so much less than 12 that you need to round it up like that.

James D.

The House is considering cutting $43 million from DoJ's $23 billion dollar budget. That doesn't seem like a lot to me.

Me, neither. I guess the question is:

Is it just a first step?

Is it the most that the R's think they can do politically without sparking a backlash?

Are the cuts specifically targeted to cause pain to Holder/Zero but not to harm legitimate functions of the DoJ (if there ARE even any left these days)?

Or is it just meaningless theater to get conservatives excited, even as the R leadership knows the cuts will never, ever happen?

jimmyk on iPad

Obama has lost nearly 13 SCOTUS cases 9-0.

Extraneus

Wasn't that nearly 14?

Jane

It's a start Dr.J.

James D.

Ext, I took that paragraph from your second link, the Shelby press release.

It could have been a typo, I guess. Maybe it was supposed to be "nearly 120" ?

Extraneus

Wouldn't it be funny if their wealth-related gaffes force Hillary to forego a run, which shuts down the Clinton mob's graft spigot? Not as funny as them losing a $100M civil suit shortly after that, I'll admit.

James D.

OK, sorry. Responded too soon. Didn't get the joke. Story of my life!

lyle

Or is it just meaningless theater to get conservatives excited, even as the R leadership knows the cuts will never, ever happen?

C'mon now, JD. That's just cynical and "Cynicism has never won a war, or cured a disease, or started a business, or fed a young mind, or sent men into space. Cynicism is a choice."

Extraneus

I meant nearly 14 SCOTUS cases, although it might be nearly 15 by now for all I know.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/381296/supreme-court-rules-unanimously-against-obama-12th-and-13th-time-2012-john-fund

Extraneus

oops

hit and run

"[Barack] is going to demand that you shed your cynicism."
--stuff Michelle said

jimmyk

Yes, I had read 12 SCOTUS cases in some reports, the WSJ says 13. Nearly 15 sounds good. Hopefully with Hobby Lobby it will be nearly 16.

NK(withnewsoftware)

"Cynicism is a choice."
I thought the Obummers were pro-choice?

NK(withnewsoftware)

If Hobby Lobby is correctly decided, and Roberts writes the decision dintinguishing between the Congress's constitutional power to pass ObummerCare, and the POTUS's LACK of power to subvert Congressional power with arbitrary executive rules that infringe on 1st Amendment rights, I am going to get back on my 'Roberts thought this through, horse' and hand out I told you so.

lyle

Howard Freakin' Baker! RIP

jimmyk

In honor of Howard Baker: What did the President know, and when did he know it.

Time for a revival of that question, it's been 40 years.

Bori

Feliz Cumpleanos Janet

"Cynicism has never won a war, or cured a disease, or started a business, or fed a young mind, or sent men into space. Cynicism is a choice. Hope is a better choice."

Obama has almost come full cycle. He forgot to say that we tried his Change and that is why his Hope is view with cynicism.

lyle

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-the-clintons-went-from-dead-broke-to-rich-bill-earned-1049-million-for-speeches/2014/06/26/8fa0b372-fd3a-11e3-8176-f2c941cf35f1_story.html

The financial industry has been Clinton’s most frequent sponsor. The Post review showed that Wall Street banks and other financial services firms have hired Clinton for at least 102 appearances and paid him a total of $19.6 million.

All those rich Republicans in the financial industry...

Threadkiller

I'm certain the child who lost her cardiologist due to Roberts clever setting of the stage will appreciate the nose rubbing celebrations.

http://www.examiner.com/article/liberals-attack-mother-whose-baby-lost-heart-doctor-under-obamacare

lyle
The financial industry has been Clinton’s most frequent sponsor. The Post review showed that Wall Street banks and other financial services firms have hired Clinton for at least 102 appearances and paid him a total of $19.6 million.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-the-clintons-went-from-dead-broke-to-rich-bill-earned-1049-million-for-speeches/2014/06/26/8fa0b372-fd3a-11e3-8176-f2c941cf35f1_story.html

Yeah, about all those rich Republicans in the financial industry...

lyle

Damn it!!

Jack is Back! (But in Typhus Hell)

He has become a caricature of himself.

James D.

"Become" ?

lyle

Time for a revival of that question, it's been 40 years.

Echoing Prof. Reynolds: Just which democrat has the spine to ask that question about preznit jiveass?

DebinNC

BOzo exudes negativity. There's nothing "hopeful" about him or from him.

narciso

It does beg the question, why did the Ottomans draw
the Vilayets that way, when they set up shop in 1538,

Thomas Collins

Happy Birthday, Janet!

Threadkiller

Mississippi tea party leader Mark Mayfield dead of apparent suicide ...

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/mark-mayfield-dies-108388.html

miss Marple

DebianNC, you are so right. He was talking Down he US soccer team's chances with George Stephanoplis, saying we aren't ther yet, we.re a middling team, etc.

Like he is a big expert. Please.

I hope they win and it is like the Lake Placid Hockey win.

That win caused a resurgence in patriotism and foretold the election of Reagan and the end of the dreary Carter era.

lyle

OT: Is anyone else but me getting really sick of the carp coming out of Rand Paul's piehole? TRIGGER WARNING!

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/rand-paul-cheney-republicans-eager-war

hit and run

From the wapo article lyle linked...

Goldman Sachs has hired Bill Clinton for eight speeches over the years totaling $1.35 million, many of them client meetings in such locales as Paris, Phoenix, and the South Carolina beach resort of Kiawah Island.

Goldman also has paid Hillary Clinton: She addressed tech entrepreneurs in Arizona last fall and women in finance in New York this year.

Come on insty, I'm getting a little impatient here...

Goldman Sachs Loves Hillary Clinton

narciso

Yes, he has a certain taste for shoe leather, of course if it's David Corn or kevin Drum, do I need to remove all doubt,

pagar

" Cynicism is a choice. Hope is a better choice.""

IMO, cynicism has prevented a lot of losses.

IMO, there is no hope with any of the things the leftists believe.

"The truth? The truth is not so nice. Obama is a student of Saul Alinsky who understands that America’s white middle class is where the power lies. He not trying to help the middle class. He’s trying to destroy it. Which should be obvious, by now."

Truest quote I seen in a while.

http://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/obama-in-mn-pay-no-attention-to-those-phony-scandals-theyre-not-on-the-level/

Threadkiller

I actually get sick of Mother Jones using year old quotes because they don't have any really good ones from the recent Sunday shows that justify their headlines.

Rick B

Lyle,

He has convinced me of the veracity of the old saying that a road apple never falls far from the horse. IOW - the Area 51 breeding program can be deemed successful.

DebinNC

He was talking Down he US soccer team's chances with George Stephanoplis, saying we aren't ther yet, we.re a middling team, etc.

It's scary how odd BOzo is. He can't even fake normal. He and Steffie had lots of time and room to talk aboard AF1 since both MN senators declined his ride-along invites. Al Franken's rated 90% likely to win reelection but won't be seen with BOzo in iirc the bluest state in the nation.

NK(withnewsoftware)

nicedeb isn't being cynical, she's just relaying what Obummer is actually doing.

jimmyk

Al Franken's rated 90% likely to win reelection but won't be seen with BOzo

Fox Butterfield alert! :)

lyle

Fair enough, TK. But he did say it and it pisses me off because if gives the MFM yet another opportunity to swipe at the party as nothing but warmongers. Oh, sorry. Old, rich, white warmongers who hate everyone else.

lyle

Nopthing that we haven't harped on forever:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/real-lesson-mississippi_795729.html?nopager=1

But still worth a read.

GMax

Yes indeed. Both Franken and Klobuchar were in Minnesota both days, yet both had pressing other matters that made it impossible for them to be seen on a stage with Zero.

He is radioactive! LOL

narciso

He's sort of like David Bowie's martian, or StarMan, except he has a vast entourage that certifies everything as normal,

jimmyk

Is Franken really that solid? What is wrong with Minnesota? Can't the Rs find a strong candidate to oppose him?

cathyf

..."budget"? What is this word "budget" of which you speak? The US government has been funded via continuing resolution and borrowing-limit increases since 2009, right?

DebinNC

"They don't do anything," Obama told supporters gathered at a band shell near a Minneapolis lake. "Except block me, and call me names." [USA Today]

BOzo the Hopeful

Threadkiller

This is what they say he said in their title:

Rand Paul: Republicans Are "Too Eager for War"

In the article this is the qoute: "Part of Republicans' problems—and frankly, to tell you the truth, some in the evangelical Christian movement—I think [they] have appeared too eager for war." This was a stark assessment of his own party.

I find a distinction between "are" and "appeared", and so did they. That is why they used the headline that they did.

Sadly it does appear that Republicans are eager for war when McCain and Co get in front of a mike.

GMax

What is wrong with Minnesota?

Well they elected Mark Dayton, knowing he had severe psychological problems and had been an embarrassment as a one term Senator. Does that shed any light?

See also Dances with Vibrator and Massachusetts

GMax

call me names

I would suggest if you don't like being called a Liar, that you consider ceasing the lying. How about that?

NK(withnewsoftware)

True enough, FY 2014 and 2015 were adopted by a resolutuion in January 2014. Of Course the Next Congress can do anything it wants with Federal BUDGET spending (excluding entitlements and Interest on the debt) in January 2015, subject to POTUS veto.

DrJ

OT, but why do customer service workers and their telephone lines conspire to be unintelligible? I just got off the 'phone with daddy's employer, where I was trying to figure out how to ship a package overnight and on dry ice. I know the details of packaging, just not how to get it picked up and labeled.

The fellow on the telephone had an accent, there was a lot of background noise from the bullpen where he worked, and the audio quality of the call was just awful. I could understand about every third or fourth word. He kept insisting that he could arrange for pick-up now, but I will have nothing to ship for a week or two.

Finally, I asked him a series of questions that he could answer "yes" or "no." Then I got the information.

Why does customer support get so little attention? Is it good to make customers want to go elsewhere?

NK(withnewsoftware)

TK, you really know how to pick em.

Threadkiller

My problem, NK, is I don't know how to pick on them.

Baselessly...

Threadkiller

I take it you would reject any persuadeable voters that come to the GOP because of Rand Paul's efforts.

Yes?

Jack is Back! (But in Typhus Hell)

If the USA can beat the Belgian Red Devils it will be the biggest upset in soccer since they beat the Brits in 1951.

Belgian has an ineligble player who is terrific but red carded but they also have magic in Hazard, Lukaku and a defense the US has not seen even with Germany. Vincent Kompany is the best fullback in the world.

Love to see them win but it may be asking too much for this team.

New post by Frederick on his visit to Santa Maria Novella yesterday.

henry

Big Data as employed in business Dr J. Cost per call dictates outsourcing to an offshore provider. Each rep is evaluated on how many calls they handle and how quickly they get off the phone. The idea is to "close out" your issue in a single call, and do it quickly and cheaply. Completely missed in the analysis: whether they actually deal with your issue (however many calls it takes), and whatever the impact is on customer loyalty and reporting through social media (they may pay Zuckerberg Data Mining for some of this, it never ties to actual customers).

My 2 cents is you need to track time to customer confirmation of a complete answer, then remove as many steps that lengthen time without yielding an answer as you can. If you focus on the service part of customer service, costs will come down and sales will go up.

NK(withnewsoftware)

Rand Paul is a net negative for any political organization he is associated with.

narciso

Governor Target would just be a bad dream, had the Top Men not gotten the vapors and field an independent candidate

Cecil Turner

Re the Harrier, is the cradle something used by the repair crew? I was curious why the pilot had no idea of its existence.

I doubt it, it wouldn't have much utility (jacking is easier and more precise, if it's for ground work) and I had no idea of its existence, either. The old way of handling a gear problem was to raise all of 'em and just land it on the strakes. If done gently, it wouldn't cause any damage at all.

But I never flew the radar variant, and I can see by that landing that it's a lot nose-heavier than the day/night attack (the way the nose fell through after the mains touched). I suspect the cradle was developed after my retirement, and is peculiar to the latest (radar) Harrier variant.

Overall a creditable piece of aviating, but a vertical landing is a fairly easy thing to do, and lineup on the main lubber line is standard anyway. I'd actually have been more surprised had the LSO not been able to talk him onto the thing.

pagar

""Except block me,"

We need to elect 100s more blockers!

Threadkiller

Sounds baseless, NK.

GMax

Belgian Red Devils

Go to Hell, Belgium?

Works for me on several levels.

Threadkiller

Thanks Cecil.

miss Marple

DrJ, you haven't plumbed the depths of customer service until you have run an eBay store.

1. All customer service reps are in the Philippines.
2. They have canned answers in which everything eBay does, no matter how oppressive or nonsensical, is to "help" us.
3. There is no one else to complain to. There is no email address other than a few worthless and defunct ones, and no snail Mail address.mid I wanted to send an irate letter to whichever Silicon Valley bigshot now runs it, I couldn't because I don't even have a zip code for their annoying company.

Rick B

"Rand Paul is a net negative for any political organization he is associated with."

NK,

I'd have to see decent poll results from his home planet before being able to agree. I must say, his libertarian approach to federalizing the state issue of enfranchising felons is a rather entertaining example of the depth of his grasp of constitutional issues. Tenuous doesn't quite cover the distance.

cathyf
If you focus on the service part of customer service, costs will come down and sales will go up.
This is why it's a good idea to have call centers in the rural midwest. The unemployment rates are high and cost of living low, so it doesn't cost much more than Bangalore, and nobody takes care of you like middle-aged matrons from the heartland...
rse

New post up where I talk about ed reform as increasing the power of the public sector to be a Cartel. http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/experimenting-on-people-and-places-via-the-rockefeller-process-of-communication-for-social-change/

The reference to the Rockefellers comes from their providing so much of this funding and it turns out the World Bank itself calls CFSC that.

Interesting what is out there when you accurately perceive connections.

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

--Iggy,

So if you were rooting for a side, would it be the Kurds?

Posted by: Jane | June 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM--

Jane,
Of the players in that area it's a no brainer, especially with the Turks threatening to take a dive off the deep end. The Kurds themselves are relatively benign, as is there variant of Islam, relative to the insane neighborhood they inhabit. Now, there are no benign political factions in that area so a free Kurdistan would still win no prizes, but compared to the other nutters they'd be veritable Madisonians.

They're similar to the non-Kurd opposition in Iran; they're relatively pro-west if for no other reason than because they've been pushed around and shot by the crazies for so long.

Porchlight

Howard Freakin' Baker! RIP

I knew you'd come through, lyle.

RIP, sir.

narciso

Lenin would say, I didn't mean it as a recommendation.


http://therightscoop.com/uh-oh-looks-like-haley-barbours-nephew-was-behind-the-racist-cochran-robo-calls/

the tentacles of the Atlanta syndicate rears it's head,

Dave (in MA)
What did the President know
Not much.
and when did he know it.
Ever.
CR

My favorite customer service line is the one where you get to the end of a long, frustrating call where they can't, won't, don't give a sh@t about solving your problem and then say, "Is there anything else I can help you with today"?

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

Unnamed conservative Senators uneasy with Cochran's disgusting tactics.

Erick Erickson;

But this becomes a longer term problem for the Republican Party. Its core activists hate its leadership more and more. But its leadership are dependent more and more on large check writers to keep their power. Those large check writers are further and further removed from the interests of both the base of the party and Main Street. So to keep power, the GOP focuses more and more on a smaller and smaller band of puppeteers to keep their marionettes upright.

Senate staffer'
“He’s right,” said the staffer. “Especially when he says the base hates the leadership, which is the number one thing we have to fix as a party, and this makes that 1,000 times worse.”

Jane

Thanks Iggy. I've always thought that but didn't really have a basis for it.

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