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June 11, 2015

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Go ahead, make my way.

Underneath this overcoat I've nothing on other than a security clearance.

narciso

strikingly, that film 'White House Down' was accurate on that point, not the part about the presidential security detail and the speaker plotting against the president, but truthy otherwise,

Jane

Amazing. And I love the game of "guess who wrote this?" The anecdote was the give away!

James D

From the previous thread:

I can't blame, but of course, I do blame, the Republicans for not pushing on the exaggerations inherent in the climate change alarmist consensus. There is a tremendous worldwide push for alarm heading into Paris this November, and even though the US is among the more skeptical nations, our populace is still susceptible to the increasing roar of the propaganda.

So I can't blame them much because it is still dangerous political waters, but I do blame them for not getting more involved and educating the public about the lack of need for drastic and expensive policy change.

I blame them completely. Because the whole reason that climate change IS dangerous political waters, and that the populace is susceptible to propaganda, is BECAUSE they've failed to speak up, given endless ground to the progs, and also tried to grab their place at the Global Warming trough.

If they'd been speaking out all along, clearly and aggrssively, instead of trying to curry favor with the MSM and the mythical LIV swing voters, maybe the waters wouldn't be so politically dangerous now.

narciso

well apparently he did learn the value of not being seen

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/06/turkistan-islamic-party-emir-thought-killed-in-2010-reemerged-to-lead-group-in-2014.php

Dave (in MA)

Still no mention in the Boston Globe about the $37M Deval Patrick slush fund for overseas vaca-er, trade missions, but they have Gronk twerking on their site, so there's that.

They are fooling us, for how long even kim doesn't know.

Sure, sure, JamesD, completely right. But understand that deniers are still being marginalized as subhuman scum, and until recently, very few understood just how uncertain the science is.

By the way, I like to say that 'denialist' is slithertongue for 'denier'.

Jane

I agree with Insty (last line)

ON TRADE, OBAMA CURRENTLY DOESN’T HAVE THE VOTES: “The most troubling bloc is several dozen who aren’t normally troublesome but come from Midwestern districts where job losses in manufacturing have been heavy. Supporting trade is not easy for them. Still, Ryan and GOP leaders believe they can hit their mark of 190 to 200 Republican votes. That leaves Democrats to fill the gap. Leadership, both Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, have been completely silent on the issue and their advisers say that, given the antipathy toward this legislation among rank-and-file, public silence is the best the West Wing can get. There are roughly 20 public yes votes among Democrats, and Obama will need at least five to 10 more in order to go ahead with the vote Friday.”

I think any new sweeping, unclear trade policy should await the election of a President we can trust. Also, why aren’t all these opposed Dems being accused of being “obstructionist” and probably racist, too?

Heteronormative Microagressive Ignatz

Spengler on the Spratleys, China and our shrinking technology advantage.

narciso

Goldman, is very uneven, he believes China is an empire, but Russia is not, this is how he depended the betrayal of the Ukraine,

BTUs in the ground, they stick around.  Black gold is solid these days.

I think some of the Republicans are very acute to the potential for 'climate change' and energy policy to become blockbuster issues. Obama is obviously betting the farm on it, and using fear, guilt and the usual propaganda methods, backed up by worldwide transnationalists. A few weeks ago, Judy Curry published a list of questions Republican Congressional staffers had sent her and they were right on, very perspicacious questions.

And Lindsey Graham broke with Kerry and Lieberman about climate, and quite suddenly. There, it'll be a month of two blue moons before I say something nice about Graham again.

So, we'll see. Much depends upon Paris, so holding fire for now, while stoking the coals is perhaps good politicking.

And I'm fond of saying that Inhofe's basket of bread has turned into a basket of roses.

narciso

Barzani could commiserate with him, for a generation the Kurds were regarded as disposable to
realpolitik interests:

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-11/the-rise-and-fall-of-america-s-favorite-iraqi-sheik

narciso

our whole system is more pockmarked then a store full of emmenthal

http://20committee.com/2015/06/11/the-opm-hacking-scandal-just-got-worse/

Threadkiller

I wonder how well Obama would fare in getting through the security clearance process.

Cecil Turner

If they'd been speaking out all along, clearly and aggrssively, instead of trying to curry favor with the MSM and the mythical LIV swing voters, maybe the waters wouldn't be so politically dangerous now.

If they'd been speaking clearly, it'd be to a dead microphone. Even as presidential contenders, I doubt they could get a platform to do it (except diced up into "gotchas" for any misstatement, real or imagined). A better plan would be to immediately defund all "climate research" . . . removing one of the main money incentives for alarmism.

DrJ

A better plan would be to immediately defund all "climate research" . . . removing one of the main money incentives for alarmism.

That actually is in the house budget. Not a complete defunding, but a really substantial one. There were howls of outrage on the left about micromanaging NSF and DOE and how Rethuglicans are anti-science. We'll see what happens.

It would be good for me, since the money would go to other parts of NIH and NSF.

Cecil Turner

That actually is in the house budget. Not a complete defunding, but a really substantial one.

I saw the cut to NASA's earth science budget (which ought to be an oxymoron anyway), but is there anything else? I presume we have beaucoup bucks in enviro science grants studying tree rings and the like.

James D

TK @ 12:07

No way in hell.

narciso

you ask for a miracle theo:

http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/09/gop-donor-to-spend-175-million-to-make-republicans-care-about-global-warming/

Extraneus

Inappropriate texts? Unwanted sexual advances?

Lay off the Secret Service, I say.

Imagine if all bodyguards and security guards were held to that standard of probity.

henry

Ext, they are the standard for the federalization of local police that Barky is proposing, right?

Extraneus

Pretty sure the gestapo would be immune to such accusations, Henry.

Jack is Back!

JamesD,

You'd be surprised about who gets security clearances. Back in 1965 when I got mine (TS/C) [All SAC flight crews needed TS/C] it took close to 6 months (and I was the son of a career AF officer). They had, I believe 3 or 4 classifications starting with Confidential, Secret, Top Secret and Top Secret/Crypto.

Back then, I believe it was less than 1 million Federal employees and contractors held security clearances. Now it is over 4 million. Remember Edward Snowden held a Top Secret/Crypto clearance at the NSA. The official denial rate for clearances is something less than 1%.

It is all contracted now but back in my day it was done by Air Force OSI and the FBI. I think there are 12 or 13 categories they look at now including loyalty, foreign influence, etc.

Knowing our Federal government's ability to screw the pooch (ie. ATF, Immigration, IRS, EPA, Secret Service, etc.) I wouldn't bet on Obama not receiving a clearance if he had to apply.

Peter

Why don't they just ask the Chi-coms to do the security clearances? they've got all the data

Manuel Transmission

Lyle, from last night,

Given all the heavy hitters around here in the music/guitars/players, I am surprised I'm the one who had Neck and Neck back when it came out. Chet and Mark have a natural common ground that I equate to a piece of fine furniture, or a gun stock that has a satin finish. The glow is a better effect than the shiny alternative.

Re the ground squirrels, when I was in grade school over in glasater's neck of the prairie, my buddy and I spent many long hours stalking the little buggers with our BB guns. Had to get within 10 ft of 'em and make sure they couldn't get back in their holes if you only winged 'em.

Is that microagressive?

narciso

when you recall monica lewinsky had a security clearance, at was 18 years ago,

OT, I was seeing an old bio of Chris Lee, and he was like a bond character, the son of an Italian condessa, a twist on Bond's short run wife in Her Magesty's, then he served in the predecessor to the SAS, the LRDP, and finally the SOE,

DrJ

I saw the cut to NASA's earth science budget (which ought to be an oxymoron anyway), but is there anything else?

Yes. DARPA-E (low-carbon technology development), NSF sociology/economics, and NSF earth sciences that supports global climate change research. There are others that I can't recall at the moment, but these are the important ones.

henry

For Rick B from our Chicago lurking unit, a look a bank regulatory capital.

lyle

I USED to have Neck and Neck on CD as I found out last night, I don't know where it went, ManTran. Been a while since I listened to it, apparently. I concur, Chet and Mark have a natural affinity.

And, yes, that's microagressive.

Cecil Turner

Thanks, DrJ.

narciso

sir Christopher Lee, to be clear,

lyle

http://hotair.com/archives/2015/06/11/bill-clinton-hey-no-ones-proven-were-corrupt-right/

I'm beginning to think Clenis doesn't want Cankles to be prez.

Captain Hate

Anybody surprised by this?

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/06/11/paul-ryans-pelosi-esque-obamatrade-moment-its-declassified-and-made-public-once-its-agreed-to/

DrJ

Cecil,

Here's a summary of what was cut and what wasn't:

http://news.sciencemag.org/funding/2015/04/contentious-markup-expected-today-house-science-panel-takes-competes-bill

It has cleared committee, but I don't think it is part of the formal budget yet.

Captain Hate

I'm beginning to think Clenis doesn't want Cankles to be prez.

He hasn't been playing with a full deck for quite a while. Nothing he says surprises me.

lyle

Powerline:

A senior Republican Congressman told me on Monday that Republicans are planning on bailing out the several million people who stand to lose their subsidies, at least in the short term. Why Republicans would want to salvage the disaster that is Obamacare is beyond me, but that apparently is their plan.
NKonChrome

I'm with CH on this. BillyBoy craves the POTUS much more than Hilligula IMO. At the same time he does whatever he pleases without push back from anyone, so telling whoppers in front of the hired help is no biggie. Finally, as CH points out, the STDs have rotted his brain.

Beasts of England

The cut to the Earth Sciences Directorate is simply making a statement. It's a terribly political office (and one of my customers). I've mentioned some of the stunts they've pulled in the past for pet projects, so I won't repeat it here.

That office does some tremendous remote sensing work. They are - like any other agency - competing for budget dollars and jumped heavily on the AGW bandwagon. I'm on the consulting side of the economics, so I largely ignore the political machinations and just examine the Arabic numerals. :)

NKonChrome

OF COURSE the Congress will pass subsidy continuity as part of replacement of ObummerCare, and I expect they will repeal the ugly Mandates and Medicaid expansion. That way when Obummer vetoes replacement he puts the Dems on the side of NONworking Medicaid types, at the expense working families, oh and Obummer will be vetoing the repeal of the uninsured tax-- the Millennials will love the Dems for that.

Captain Hate

NK, there was also that heart attack that temporarily reduced the flow of O2 to the internal pulp of his melon.

James D

Between CH @ 1:16 and lyle @ 1:27, I think I'm done with the R's once and for all.

Screw them. Screw Ryan. Screw Bohener. Screw the lot of them.

The D's actively want to destroy everything decent about this country. And it appears the R leadership is happy to lend assistance wherever possible. They have nothing but contempt for us, the people who pay their salaries; or for the Constitution that they have taken oaths to uphold and defend.

lyle

BillyBoy craves the POTUS much more than Hilligula IMO.

I don't believe this. Hilligula would sell her soul--if she had one--to the devil for POTUS. She probably already has.

NKonChrome

Lyle-- yes, that was her deal with Billy for 30 years, but I think that stroke changed a lot.They won't even let her talk to friendly reporters for God's sake.

Beasts of England

When I say that ESD does tremendous work, I mean tremendous technical work. No comment on anything else.

lyle

Your daily People's Cube:

Student job opportunities: make big bucks this summer as Hillary’s Ordinary-American; all expenses paid, travel, free acting lessons
Captain Hate

RIP Ornette Coleman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNbD1JIH344

Extraneus

BillyBoy craves the POTUS much more than Hilligula IMO.

I seriously doubt that anyone, in all of history, has ever lusted after anything as she lusts after the presidency.

Extraneus

Imagine the fantasies of revenge. They must wake her up at night.

Threadkiller

DrJ, I am looking for a Don Cheapo clamp on fluid flow meter. My water meter sits 300+ feet from my property line on an easement through two other parcels. I have concerns about one neighbor, but not the other. With current drought hysteria, anything is possible.

This is also the first year my kids and I are working a full size garden. I expect our water use to go up some which may make it difficult to know if the neighbor is taking some for himself.

I know the meter read dates and want to compare their usage readings with one of my own at the property line. The location will make it difficult to put a regular meter inline.

Thanks.

Cecil Turner

Between CH @ 1:16 and lyle @ 1:27, I think I'm done with the R's once and for all.

The breitbart bit continues to conflate TPP with TPA. Passing TPA actually makes TPP more transparent. And all trade agreements (TPP) are negotiated in secret. The argument is whether to pass TPA, which has no secret parts at all, and the continued disinformation is getting ridiculous.

On the second point, I don't think there's any realistic political alternative to a temporary bailout (or bridge, or whatever they're calling it). It's not possible to go back to now-nonexistent insurance policies, nor is it feasible to cancel millions of policies without recourse. Dunno how they'll handle it exactly, but it'll have to maintain the subsidies at least in the short term.

And thanks again, DrJ. I'd missed all that.

JeanD

NK, I'm curious to know how repealing the mandates and the Medicaid expansion solves anything?

The HI system has been completely destroyed by all of mandatory "free" coverage items, the guaranteed issue, etc., and the loss of choice in all categories. The insurers have bowed, and benefited by their compliance, and the citizen has no choice whatsoever.

Removing the mandate doesn't mean anything if all you have to pick from is the government choice for you. And all you get is a very high deductible, high premium "policy" if you want any insurance at all.

As cathyf has pointed out, repeatedly, this is no longer a health insurance system. There is no "insurance" involved.

I am against ACA in every respect, but would like to know how you think the removal of the mandates and the Medicaid expansion will be a gain for any of us.

Are you that confident that the R's will take strong action to restore an actual insurance system?

Cecil Turner

Are you that confident that the R's will take strong action to restore an actual insurance system?

I'm not even sure what such a solution would look like. I'm quite sure it's impossible with the current bozo in the White House, and possibly impossible even if the R's win in 2016.

Jack is Lightning

CT,

Hire Gruber.

James D

The breitbart bit continues to conflate TPP with TPA. Passing TPA actually makes TPP more transparent. And all trade agreements (TPP) are negotiated in secret. The argument is whether to pass TPA, which has no secret parts at all, and the continued disinformation is getting ridiculous.

At this point, I no longer care about the distinctions. I also don't care that previous Presidents have been given this authority. Or that trade deals are theoretically a win-win.

Obama and the Dems have taken the old rules about how a Presidency operates and thrown them in the shredder. I see no reason whatsoever to abide by tradition or past practice and grant him one damn thing, on any subject, for any reason whatsoever.

Captain Hate

Exactly, TC; the GOP is getting ready to pull one of their dumbass Dudley Doright acts to fix something in a halfassed manner that they weren't responsible for breaking in the first place. Zippy has been yammering away like an even bigger retard than usual about what a great success story 404Care is; if the Supremes say that this great law is somehow unconstitutional, it's the responsibility of the dumbasses who passed it to bring it into compliance with the Constitution. Zippy will veto any GOP change anyway so why expend an effort on something doomed to failure.

The GOP is in a perfect position to ridicule what's been done so far and turn thumbs up or down to whatever fixes are suggested by the a-holes who passed it in the first place. They control Congress because people hated 404Care so much. If they screw this up they deserve to be tossed out forever.

Captain Hate

TC sb CT

JeanD

CT: I'm quite sure it's impossible with the current bozo in the White House, and possibly impossible even if the R's win in 2016.

I want to disagree, but I can't.

Miss Marple

I am with James D. If all that information released on Wikileaks is false, then they should have to prove it. Release the agreement.

And if it is true, it shouldn't be passed.

I am not interested in being reasonable. And frankly, if I have to choose a side on this I side with the workers of America rather than the Chamber of Commerce.

I do not trust Obama. Who knows what's in that deal? None of us, and there is something wrong about that.

I say no vote until we see what's in the agreement. And if parts are confidential, why is that?.

Period.

NKonChrome

The individual plan market covers an ever decreasing number of people. State mandates and then ACA FUBARed that market. The politically popular ACA mandates will remain, like prior conditions, and that will result in higher premiums remaining to spread the increased cost of that coverage. But repealing Community Rating and permitting individual plan tax breaks akin to the employer break, plus selling across state lines, and Malpractice Reform should provide for more individual plan options and be an improvement over the 2009 marketplace. It certainly will be better than the ACA Exchange nonsense.

Captain Hate

I guess this makes #3:

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/dusty-rhodes-dead-wwe-american-dream-wrestler-1201517501/

NKonChrome

improving on ObummerCare's lousy Exchange choices is a very low bar that is easy to beat. Repealing the tax on the uninsured is a very easy lift, and Millennials will watch in anger as Obummer vetoes that.

JeanD

repealing Community Rating and permitting individual plan tax breaks akin to the employer break, plus selling across state lines, and Malpractice Reform should provide for more individual plan options and be an improvement over the 2009 marketplace. It certainly will be better than the ACA Exchange nonsense.

Great news! Who will do this, and when?

NKonChrome

repeal and replace does that. It will then be vetoed by Obummer. Then it gets interesting politically.

Roux

I have it on good authority that the "B" team is guarding the POTUS. That is not a good thing and we have been very fortunate that a really bad incident hasn't happened. We have 3 more years and I hope we continue to be lucky.

lyle

We have 3 more years

Huh?

NKonChrome

let it go Lyle, they're on a roll....

DebinNC

lol

Beasts of England

I see our little schmendrick is back and hurling insults. What a surprise...

lyle

You're an asshole, Ben, and you have no fucking idea what I do or don't believe, bitch.

Jack is Back!

This is what a stroke can do the human brain.

Mark Kirk: Lindsey Graham a "bro with no ho"

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/11/mark-kirk-lindsey-graham-a-bro-with-no-ho/

Jack is Back!

NK and Narciso,

I only know Rossana Scotto well since Fresco is also our favorite midtown restaurant and I know the family well. But the rest of these new money people won't get invited to Dave Koch's 4th of July (the 5th this year) fireworks party.

http://hamptons-magazine.com/people-post/who-are-the-100-best-hamptons-party-guests

Cecil Turner

Release the agreement.

Text of the TPA is here. All pending trade legislation is secret until agreement is reached between the negotiating parties (just like it's always been).

And apparently ben doesn't believe in "you broke it, you fix it" where the ACA is concerned.

maryrose

Dems want a government shutdown because they voted down Cybersecurity bill addition to Defense Bill
Spread the word far and wide
Dems are Obstructionists

Jack is Back!

Lyle,

Meet the "bitch".

It was DoT who exposed him for what he is. Where to start?

lyle

Here's what I believe, bitch:

I believe you're a scum-sucking, simpering pustule with mommy issues and a penchant for buggering little children. I suspect I am correct in pigeonholing you as unrepentant copraphiliac.

Jack is Back!

Dana,

I have corrected my errors. I have stopped pretending I am cool by wearing sleevless t-shirts and looking like a f**king idiot. What have you done to correct your deficits which are too many to post here.

James D.

Please, for the love of God, don't respond to the troll. Please?

It's droppings are toxic enough on their own. Encouraging it just makes this a far less pleasant place.

lyle

If the end of times includes you dying from a painful protracted rectal disease or a housefire, bring it on, bitch.

lyle

I'm done, James. Mea culpa.

Dave (in MA)

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Dave (in MA)

In like Flynn... http://goo.gl/hmc0a5

Jack is Back!

JamesD,

I knew the thread's end was near. The guy is a sociopath who we exposed years ago. Reminding him of that is not out of order regardless of your sensitive feelings:)

new lurker

The other thread is more refined, as they say.

new lurker

The other thread is more refined, as they say.

clarice

CT, Yup.

Jim

Maybe if they were not recruiting from arab spring they wouldn't have problems getting cleared.

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