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NK(withnewsoftware)

Tom-- what does Mrs TomM have to say about this?

PS: there's a 40 year old NY Times joke about lame stories like this.

Captain Hate

Will we get an election thread for the running of the RINOs tonight?

NK(withnewsoftware)

BTW-- who had the by-line on this NYT drek?

Extraneus

I think it would be fairer to call it a percent change rather than a percentage change.

jimmyk on iPad

"That would commonly be described as a 2 percent decline."

This is related to a pet peeve of mine on medical reporting. The stories (and often the original research) talk about something doubling or tripling the risk of getting some disease, rather than about the change in the risk, as if an increase from .0001 to .0002 is the same as an increase from 20% to 40%.

henry

I thought that chart was for NYT subscriptions... thought the analysis accompanying the it may explain the actual subscription chart.

NK(withnewsoftware)

Henry-- the Chart? it's advertising revenue.. all sources.

jimmyk on iPad

Can't keep up with the threads, but have to get on OL from two threads back for this at 10:05:

"She is moving further uptown because her building is being converted."

I will make sure my daughter never sees that comment. But for future reference, rather than financing the move, the proper NYC-style response would have been for your daughter to squat and refuse to move, at which point the parties involved would, rather than spend six months and tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, would in all likelihood have offered her $25,000 to vacate.

lyle

Damn. I've always wanted to be a squatter. Who knew it could be so lucrative?

Dave (in MA)


As
Daily Caller noticed in a puffball ABC piece, Mooch used an ethnic slur:
"The first thing I tried to do, which was a mistake, was that I tried the part-time thing… I realized I was getting gypped on that front,” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts at the White House Summit on Working Families. “What happened was I got a part-time salary but worked full time.”"

A fortune teller could have told her she'd figuratively get her pocket picked like that.

NK(withnewsoftware)

jimmyk @12:57 reveals the mindset that my clients and I have to navigate to get real estate deals done and financed in NYC. And you wonder why some of my comments are ... blunt.

jimmyk on iPad

True, Dave, the more politically acceptable term is "jewed."

NK(withnewsoftware)

Dave-- did Moochelle then say she wanted the employer put in the 'paddy wagon'?

B Buckner

Tom,
But you did the exact same thing with percentages in the previous post:

"Taking all this at face value we conclude that the number of households with student loan debt has increased from 14 percent to 36 percent, a 250% increase."

James D.

jimmyk @12:57 reveals the mindset that my clients and I have to navigate to get real estate deals done and financed in NYC. And you wonder why some of my comments are ... blunt.

I had a teacher in grad school who did real estate law, and he told us the story of a client who owned some commercial property. One of the renters was a guy who did not pay rent for several months, and knew all the ins and outs of how to avoid being served with papers and everything else.

The client lined up a new tenant, but there was still the issue of getting rid of the old, non-paying tenant. Finally, my teacher cornered the deadbeat tenant, who told him that not only was he not going to pay the back rent, but he was going to sue the landlord for harassment. In the end, they had to forgive the back rent and pay the guy a tidy sum on top of that to vacate.

Stephanie

For you music lovers: just announced Gregg Allman will be playing Music Midtown in Atlanta this fall. Also, Zac Brown Band.

It's a weekend outdoor festival in Piedmont Park with Eminem, John Meyer, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Run-D.M.C., Fitz and the Tantrums, Twenty One Pilots, NeedtoBreathe, B.o.B., Mayer Hawthorne, AER, The Strypes, Banks, Sleeper Agent, Magic Man, Bear Hands and Ron Pope.

Don't know most of those, but might head down for Gregg Allman.

It's Sept 19 and 20.

lyle

Don't cry for me, Charlie.

Those who seem to think that this election is a fair fight, taking place on a level playing field, are badly mistaken.
NK(withnewsoftware)

Mixing percent and percentage? Not what TomM did in his student loan post. He disclosed BOTH the percent change and the resulting percentage increase. That is honest full disclosure, not the misleading misrep of showing percent on the chart and using the percentage change in the story as done by the NYT.

lyle

I understood there would be no math on JOM.

NK(withnewsoftware)

This is Obummer's and harry's and nancy's playing field; deal with it Dems.

James D.

What a ridiculous headline and article? It's not "unfair".

It's "difficult" - due entirely to their own flawed party leadership and failed policies. That's hardly "unfair."

Porchlight

For RickB who follows the weekly averages:

President Barack Obama's job approval rating averaged 41% last week, a notable decline from highly stable ratings of around 44% since mid-March, and just one percentage point above the lowest weekly average for his presidency.
Old Lurker

Cross post because I was behind on my thread count.

"How about a 10% bonus for every 10% a department head cuts his/her budget?"

How about allowing them to keep their job for another ten days for doing their job?

daddy

Consider if Koskinen had been appointed head of the VA instead of head of the IRS. If he had acted exactly the same way ("Common Sense") to try to figure out the VA mess, by waiting for senior subordinates to advise him how things were going like he is doing at the IRS, he and we would know nothing about the VA's problems whatever and he would be telling us things are going great because that's what he is being told, just like Shinsheki was doing before he got the ax due to whistleblowers and Vets hollering outside the system

AliceH

"the challenges facing middle-aged workers who, for whatever reason, find themselves out of a job"

Hey, now - stop that. I'm not "challenged" -- I'm funemployed.

James D.

OK, so one of the Uruguayan players just BIT an Italian player, and that wasn't a foul or anything (while about 20 minutes ago an Italian player was thrown out for doing...nothing that seemed very bad to me).

And now the Uruguayans just scored. I think the JiB family would be advised to get indoors and out of the paths of the riots that will probably start up in ten minutes or so in Rome...

lyle

Oh, and Hinderaker at Powerline gets with a JOM meme:

Here is a prediction: I have no idea who will be elected president in 2016, but it won’t be Hillary Clinton
lyle

OK, so one of the Uruguayan players just BIT an Italian player

Hmm. I've wondered what Mike Tyson is up to these days but I really didn't think soccer.

narciso

Rush was pointing out the working families summitt, where the 'Solon removed all doubt' featured among other, Christina Hendricks, the full figured actress from Mad Men, who plays an advertising exec in the 1960s

Rick B

Porchlight,

Thanks. The funnest part of this weeks Gallup average is white approval dropping back within a point of all time lows - all of which have occurred within the past year or so. Trajectory is just fine at the moment, if we can just boost acceleration a tad to improve velocity at impact we should have a marvelous November.

mad jack

I'm betting the biting Uruguaian in question was Luis Suarez. Not his first meal on the pitch.

lyle

NOW everything is starting to make sense!

BY THE WAY: Koskinen was President of the U.S. Soccer Foundation from 2004-2008. I’m not counting that as a troubled organization or failing enterprise, however.

-Powerline

Old Lurker

When she got her thirty day notice to vacate ("notice of non renewal at end of term") and knew that that would fall smack in the middle of exams at Med School, her NY friends all advised her to "just say no" and let the legal process drag on until it was convenient for her to vacate.

I did ask the LL for an extension until September but he only was willing to add a few weeks which would not have helped.

So two things made the NY "so sue me" approach unattractive to us: 1) having been in the LL business my entire life, and having gotten out of the residential side of the business exactly because of tenants doing things like that, I just could not do it; and 2) while she is expensive and might we agree a tad "spoiled", the fact is her sense of right and wrong would never allow her to violate an agreement she made.

So I just decided the best course was to facilitate the mechanics so she could perform her best at school.

narciso

Another match in overtime?

jimmyk on iPhone

Also Freddie Mac, Lyle.

Guess the Uruguayan was in the mood for some Italian.

Porchlight

Gary Oldman does a very un-PC interview with Playboy:

Oldman described himself as a libertarian. “But you don’t come out and talk about these things, for obvious reasons,” he admitted. On the current administration, and the prospect that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may succeed President Barack Obama, Oldman was not sanguine.

“What can I say? I feel we need some real leadership, and it’s nowhere in sight,” he observed. “Look at what’s happening right now. John Kerry going off to China to talk about North Korea? What’s that going to do? The ludicrousness of it. What a waste of money. You’re going to go to the puppeteer and say, ‘Can you help me with the puppet?’”


sbw

JiB, Luis Suarez IS an ass, as the teethmarks will likely prove.

He deserved the elbow in return and should probably be quarantined until proven not to be rabid.

lyle

Yes, Freddie. Along with his cousin, Fannie, the two Democrat-run agencies that created vast wealth...for Democrats. Jamie Gorelick. Franklin Raines. Tens of millions paid to these bloodsucking insects.

hit and run

Porch:
Gary Oldman does a very un-PC interview with Playboy

Yeah, right, a Playboy interview. Next you're gonna tell me they have articles.

lyle

Best Suporting Actress:

Choking back raw emotion, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., concluded his role in Monday's hearing by thanking Koskinen for his service to the IRS, to America, to his countrymen, to all people, to the East Coast, to the West Coast, etc., etc.

“I thank you from the depths of my heart,” he said.

Cummings, who is up to his neck in the IRS scandal, railed against the House panel, shouting that multiple hearings on the targeting of conservative groups somehow tarnishes Congress' reputation.

-Byron York

NK(withnewsoftware)

Luis Suarez is now a 3 time biter. In Holland, in England and now World Cup. Not good.

narciso

the same can be said about Iran, which has been a support network for ISIL, since it was Zarquawi's outfit, as the Beacon pointed out.

mad jack

In his defense he does have a massive overbite and maybe his teeth just got in the way...or like Jimmy said, he likes Italian food...I'd go with ass@$&! as a final answer though.

NK(withnewsoftware)

Gary oldman said THAT. I'm sure he's a Lefty, but that's a nice shot at Lurch and Obummer. I'll have to use that one.

James D.

I just don't understand how, running at full speed and bumping into another player is a foul that gets you thrown out, but BITING somebody is just ignored. Especially when the guy has a history of it.

narciso

He's exhibited similar independence in other instances, with that film with Joan Allen, as a Presidential candidate,

Bad penny

Heh. He says that after we supplied the Tools for the Talent, and don't forget the most excellent training causing 30,000 Iraqi troops to disperse like cockroaches in the face of 800 ISIL in Mosul.

But......OBAMA; the Crasher of the 2007 meltdown and the failure of Nation building. (oh and the Chicago fire too)

jimmyk

So I just decided the best course was to facilitate the mechanics so she could perform her best at school.

OL, needless to say I was not being serious (except for the part about making sure my daughter didn't see your post), but it's just another example of how people with values and scruples get screwed over by those who don't (99% of whom I'm sure are Democrats). I remember pointing out that this behavior is the reason you practically have to have a proctological exam, never mind all the escrows and deposits and guarantees, just to get a lease in NYC nowadays.

Porchlight

I'm not so sure he's a lefty, NK. The interview has a lot of other stuff about the hypocrisy of liberals. "Libertarian" is often what people in entertainment or the arts call themselves when they don't want to publicly admit to being on the right.

jimmyk

Would have been better with a little marinara and parmesan:

cathyf

OL, has anyone else pointed out a certain resemblance between your daughter and Elliott on Scrubs?

Bori

James D,

Not an Uruguayan fan, but the guy appeared to spike the other player in the leg. He saw that he was going to be dispossessed of the ball and stepped down in the other players leg, rather than jump over him.

This is unfortunately rather common and gets missed most of the time, but it was done in front of the ref and warranted a yellow card at least.

As for Suarez, I think we saw his last game in the World Cup. Italy played for a tie and it bit them in the ass.

NK(withnewsoftware)

JamesD-- here are FIFA Law 12 definitions of send off offenses. Did the Italian do any of these: http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/footballdevelopment/technicalsupport/refereeing/laws-of-the-game/law/newsid=1290868.html

Captain Hate

Tammy Bruce is flush with Gowdy-mania.

Aaaand a fellow Moron tells me that today's Oklahoma primary is a choice between two very acceptable candidates. Top Men obviously are not pleased.

jimmyk

"Libertarian" is often what people in entertainment or the arts call themselves when they don't want to publicly admit to being on the right.

Or at universities.

maryrose

I like Gary Oldham as an actor and he is correct about the leadership vacuum.
Walker and Cristie present big challenges to Hillary so the media is forced to invent scandals about them. Another bridge for Chris and a failed lawsuit for Walker. Dems are pathetic and everyone now knows it.
Love Trey Gowdy.. He is the reason Hil will not be President. He will go after her like a pit bull and we all know how she reats when challenged.
Clinton fell for Obama's lies wrt supporting Hil in 16. Clinton fool me twice...

NK(withnewsoftware)

There's a link on the right of the FIFA link for sending off offenses. Was the serious foul a second Yellow caution? 'stomp' on to a tackler has to be pretty bad to be assessed as 'straight red' send off for 'violent' conduct.

Stephanie tortoise not the hare

Is Suarez having fava beans and a nice Chianti for dinner?

AFAIC the officiating has been its usual dismal yuckiness. They really need two referees plus the line judges to handle all the action. One to cover the usual and one to watch when the first guy is out of position.

James D.

Well, it didn't look that bad to me. I mean, the Uruguayan got right up, and there was no blood...

To be fair, I'm not exactly a soccer fan, so I probably missed some fundamental things there!

narciso

Yes, the Huntress backs Shannon, others back Langford, but there is an edge to some of the criticism, since Shannon is Native American, the first one since Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Red Squaw doesn't count,

NK(withnewsoftware)

The referees for USA-Portugal were outstanding. The Argentine refs in the last 2 World Cups were fabulous.

NK(withnewsoftware)

If Gary O is not a Lefty, more power to him Being a Brit actor, by definition usually means hardcore watermelon.

Porchlight

I like Oldman as an actor, too. Immortal Beloved, about Beethoven, is one of my very favorite contemporary movies. It is one of the rarest birds - a film that after starting a bit weak actually gets better and better as it goes along.

Bori

James D,

You are right, it did not look that bad, but it appeared intentional and that is what the ref will use as justification.

The officiating has been again, inconsistent, I am being little generous, though I do believe it has been better than in past World Cups.

As Stephanie suggested, adding another official would help.

Porchlight

From HotAir:

In an interview with Playboy, the actor defended what many called the racist and homophobic remarks made by actors like Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin. He asked what would happen to him if he, for example, called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) a “f***ing useless c**t,” and excoriated modern society for building up figures as heroes which he sees as having no cultural value.

On modern culture, Oldman ripped into helicopter parenting. He said that parents are treating their children as though they are “the center of the f***ing universe.” This, he says, fosters a sense of narcissism in children which leads to “depression and anxiety.”

“Our world has gone to hell,” Oldman added.

“I think we’re up s**t creek without a paddle or a compass,” Oldman said of modern culture. “Reality TV to me is the museum of social decay.”

“Who’s the hero for young people today?” the actor asked. “Some idiot who can’t f***ing sing or write or who’s shaking her ass and twerking in front of 11-year-olds.”

Modern political correctness, which Oldman calls a “f***ing joke,” has contributed to what he sees as the current cultural rot.

It seems to me that a lefty would not use the Pelosi example even as a hypothetical. ;)

Bori

From the Horde;

"When Hillary released her 3 a.m. call ad, she could have never predicted that a President Obama would just refuse to take the call and go back to sleep."

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/06/24/report-kurds-offered-to-help-stop-isis-months-ago-but-didnt-hear-back-from-the-white-house/

Captain Hate

Clinton fell for Obama's lies wrt supporting Hil in 16. Clinton fool me twice...

One liar falling for another; I hope they destroy each other. Plus if Slick had any regard for his wife he'd pull the plug on her pathetic campaign. Just when I think he can't act like a bigger lowlife, he proves me wrong.

jimmyk

I suspect there are many more where Oldman comes from. Many (like James Caan, a few years ago) wait till late in their careers to "come out."

NK(withnewsoftware)

CaptH-- one correction, this is Bubba's campaign. This is their 'deal', Hillary has got to run so Bubba can be in charge again, just like his running allowed her to be the Empress of DC, Senator and Secy of State. HildaBeast would rather be Pres of a women's college and be serviced by Huma et al. She's mailing this thing in.

NK(withnewsoftware)

GaryO-- way to go, tell it brother.

Captain Hate

Immortal Beloved, about Beethoven, is one of my very favorite contemporary movies. It is one of the rarest birds - a film that after starting a bit weak actually gets better and better as it goes along.

Hmmmm, I'm always looking for movie recs and that piques my interest.

Bori

Clinton fell for Obama's lies wrt supporting Hil in 16. Clinton fool me twice...

This seems to me like CYA to me. If Romney won and was successful Hillary's last chance at the WH would be lost.

Backing Obama, would mean that she would be able to run virtually unopposed, if Obama flamed out, they would have 4 years to distance themselves from Obama.

If Obama was successful they would have his endorsement of Hillary, again guaranteeing an easy run at the WH.

Stephanie tortoise not the hare

One of the games yesterday had a horrid ref. Forget which but he had no concept of advantage and continually stopped play that upset the flow of the game. The Mexican ref in the Italy match just now was an idiot. Most of the Latino refs suck as do the African ones. The European and Asians are better.

I can't wait til feminists demand a female ref. Can you just imagine the way the machismo players from south of the border would react?

Captain Hate

NK, my hatred of the old goat is reaching uncharted territories; kind of like the Lewis and Clark of emotions.

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

They'd bite her?

jimmyk

I liked "Immortal Beloved" too, though like "Amadeus" it's mostly fiction masquerading as biography (and not as silly).

Porchlight

Give it a shot, Cap'n. I think the director does a great job of getting to the emotions behind the music and the man. Even if the theorising as to the identity of "Immortal Beloved" is wrong, it's very compelling.

Solti and the LSO were the soundtrack...quite remarkable performances.

Porchlight

p.s. I've seen it four or five times and I always cry at the end. Always. :)

NK(withnewsoftware)

World Cup Refs-- Brits, USA, Mexico, Aussie, german, Italian and Swedes are always good. African -- North mixed bag, subsaharan always bad. Asian and Brazil, columbia, mostly bad. Argentine.... brilliantly good. Wednesday morning we find out USA-Germany ref. Howard Webb of England would keep it fair.

Captain Hate

I just reserved it at the library. I like movies and books about music; even though Amadeus put me off with the unfair portrait at Salieri, it was entertaining once you accepted that it was fiction. In fact it was an interesting portrayal of how a prodigy can be regarded by the relatively uninspired.

jimmyk

Captain, let us know if you cry at the end too. :)

NK(withnewsoftware)

Stephanie-- a Brazilian women AR was in the FiFa pool pre - Tourney. But looking at the Tourney list, she didn't make the cut. BTW-- she's HAWT based on her FB bikini photos, and Daisy Duke ref shorts.

Stephanie

LOL.... no. (to quote Jon Lovitz)

IMO they'd put her down at every opportunity and walk away when cards were to be given. Totally disrespect her. It's that machismo thing.

The feminists demanding respect for her and demanding the players change would be worth 5-8 points in popcorn futures.


Stephanie

A few hawt refs dressed like that and the North American viewership would rise err increase. :)

Out to Lowes and then back for the 4 o'clock games.

Porchlight

Amadeus was cruel and unfair to Salieri. There's nothing like that in this film; it is not cynical or flippant. I think the director really believed in his theory and certainly in his actors, who are magnificent.

There is an Amazon user review of this film that is spectacular. I'd link it but it contains spoilers. If you're interested I'll post it after you've seen the film.

NK(withnewsoftware)

Maybe even BoE would watch matches if there were brazilian female refs :).

Porchlight

Captain, let us know if you cry at the end too. :)

LOL..yes, do!

maryrose

CH;
I loved Amadeus and the actor who played him was surprisingly good {Tom Hulce} I never knew how hard it was to make a living with your music or how in order to become a court favorite ,you had to have the approval and sponsorship of your inferiors.

GMax

Lyle

Make no mistake Charlie Cook is a big fat Democrat with a terrible hair piece. If he is not softening the blow, its because he knows its going to be a shellacking. He only mentions six Senate races there are at least 12 Democrat held seats in play and in my humble opinion, zero Republican seats.

They may at the end be telling us how valiant the effort was in these Red States, Michigan, Iowa and Oregon...

Captain Hate

jimmyk, if somebody shot me up with sodium pentothal I'd be forced to admit the unaccountably numerous times my hay fever acts up from out of nowhere.

Please confront Tammy Bruce at the airport tomorrow and force her to stay in NYC; not only because she broadcasts live from 1-3 but how Gotham adds a certain edge to her head explosions (multiple eff bombs) which don't happen back around LA.

maryrose

Bori:
Clinton is doubly screwed because Obama is not successful and Hil has no legacy to run on. Obama will go with Biden out of loyalty and Hil will have another medical scare. Soon the new grandchild will take over everything.
Why am I not surprised that Chelsea has to rely on mom and dad for her current paycheck? At Least the Bush girls were successful as a teacher and I believe a lawyer. They can take care of themselves because they didn't have helicopter parents like the Clintons.

Captain Hate

maryrose, they called them starving artists for a reason. Yes, securing patrons must have been brutally fraught with the luck of the draw. Performers like Glenn Gould would've surely been shunned or executed.

My favorite Tom Hulce movie is The Inner Circle, based on a true story of how of how a projectionist (Hulce) who knew how to repair crummy Rooski film projectors on the fly, gained entry into Stalin's group who had a fetish for movies. That, East/West and Burned by the Sun are my favorite life under commie misery movies.

daddy

If only we could arrange to have somebody south of the border give each of these illegal kids a dangerous KinderEgg before they attempt to cross the US Border, our Custom's guys would have this influx stopped in a heartbeat.

Bori

Maryrose,

I agree, but back in 2012 could they had foreseen how badly things would turn out? As a strategy, at least, it would be sound.

I do disagree with one thing, my feelings is that Obama will not support Biden or anyone else, as nobody could do the job as well as he could.

I think he would say something generic like he will support whoever is the candidate.

Captain Hate

At Least the Bush girls were successful as a teacher and I believe a lawyer.

I believe on of the twins (the blonde one) has done pieces on the Today show which have much more substance than interviewing a cartoon character. Don't get me wrong; being who she is surely gave her an advantage over the average job applicant. But she went into what was a hostile atmosphere for her father and won everybody over based mainly on her work and personality. I think she's done a lot of charity work under the radar as well.

I'm as far from a Bush family cheerleader as you can find and still have some sort of sanity; but the girls have done very well for two people who were being characterized as underaged drunks by the MFM.

Captain Hate

onE of the twins

Happy, happy, joy, joy Ignatz

May have already been linked but
Andy McCarthy says no special prosecutor, impeach them all and let God sort them out.

daddy

Listening to Rush I just heard Koskinen tell Congressman Jordan that "he does not receive E-mails on this topic."

The topic was his response to Jordan's question, "Who told you that Lerner's e-mails were lost? Did you learn about it by e-mail?"

Now, why the hell would the new Commissioner know that he would not be hearing anything about the investigation by E-mail? Why would that be?
To declare they he would not be hearing about the Investigation via e-mail, he must have established a policy of some sort whereby he has ordered underlings not to notify him by E-mail.

Pretty damn convenient if your intent is to not have any records that can be sen by outside investigators---it's a pre-spoilation tactic.

In addition, why is he demanding so much money to give the IRS better E-mail capability, while personally telling us that he definitively knows no underlings will send him any e-mails related to the investigation.

What would Sherlock Holmes call this?

The dog E-mail that didn't bark write?

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