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June 14, 2008

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RichatUF

Didn't McGovern enjoy a lead over Nixon during the 72 capmaign after the conventions?

I think the same can be said for Dukakis and Kerry as well.

kim

Too much. The Blunder Bus.
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Sue

If eightnine is a cybernaut, I'm disappointed. I will go with he isn't.

eightnine2718281828mu5

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'housing crisis'
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Funny how BushI had a housing bubble and BushII had a bigger housing bubble.

Which leads us to the Republican theme song:

'Anything you can do, I can do worser...'

kim

Kerry had a lead from the convention until the Swift Guns of August started booming. On a local blog I was hammering another commenter about the polls and I remember how sure he was that the drop was temporary.
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hit and run

And more from Ras:

Few surprises are seen on a partisan basis. Obama is viewed favorably by 82% of Democrats and 25% of Republicans. McCain is viewed favorably by 81% of Republicans and 29% of Democrats. For all the talk of post-partisanship, the campaign is shaping up so far along fiercely partisan lines. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, McCain is viewed favorably by 55%, Obama by 51%.

Post-partisan indeed, that Obama.

eightnine2718281828mu5

RNC Central

Rick Ballard

SBW/H & R,

Weighting weekly outcomes for proximity to the election makes sense - the week after the Labor Day weekend (did you know that Rezko's sentencing is set for September 3?) weighs three times what the week of June 15th weighs. The muddle is defintely snoring away, just as they always do, bless their pointy little heads, but they are awake just enough to catch a whiff of the drift.

Remember - the muddle takes its cues primarily from the radio. Print and TV stink so badly that people won't let them in the house even if they take off their shoes.

Kim,

Someone is going to pin Obama down on what type of deal he was cut for his mortgage on BHO Manse. A 3.7% average rate for a 97% LTV mortgage goes well beyond the teaser rates available in August and December of 2005. The evidence is available from his tax returns and the public records on the amount of the mortgages. It's going to come out and there's nothing Obama can do about it except try and explain which votes he sold for the favorable rates - like Conrad is doing in SD at the moment.

windansea

I think Kerry was ahead by 15 points at this time in 2004

looks like the internet has cut the MSM factor in half :)

kim

Obama is just not going to be able to grab the muddle, and I refuse to believe the right will boycott McCain. Obama might well be a bad joke by the election; I'm just afraid there will be premature jocularity.
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eightnine2718281828mu5

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I think Kerry was ahead by 15 points
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That's right, everything's just fine; think of a happy place, think of a happy place...

Jane

Dukakis was up 18 points at this point in his election.

More than anything else I'd love to see the MSM get handed their hats in this election. That might be more satisfying than a McCain win.

kim

eightnine projects.
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hit and run

Looking back at 2004 polls is interesting.

In the most general terms, Kerry was ahead in May ... Bush ahead in June ... then Kerry ahead in July and August, then Bush ahead in September and October.

Oh and Bush was ahead in November too.

But we know he stole that one.

Sue

In June 2004, Kerry was ahead of Bush in the WaPo poll by 4% points. Nader had 6%. If Nader had not been in, that 6 points would probably have been Kerry's. So, I guess we can thank Nader for Kerry losing? And Gore?

hit and run

Dean Barnett has a good article at the Standard comparing 2004 and 2008...

Sue

I had forgotten how much democrats didn't really like Kerry. The WaPo poll http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/trend_062104.html>which I forgot to link in 2004 asked the question is your vote for Bush or against Kerry. 83% said for Bush, 16% against, and 1% no opinion. The same question to Kerry voters. 44% for Kerry, 55% against Bush, and 1% no opinion.

Rick Ballard

Rich,

How badly do you think the hedge funds will be hurt by the aftermarket KSA announcement? I was looking at the NYMEX CL contract and if you follow through to the "expanded session" data, it appears that the rollover into the August contract was well underway.

I wonder how the Iranians are feeling about their 28 million barrel stockpile at Kharg Island this morning?

Jane

Rick,

Do you (and everyone else) think if we announce that we are drilling oil prices will fall? (And I apologize if you have discussed this at length and I've missed it.)

centralcal

RIGHTWINGERS REALLY ARE NICER PEOPLE RESEARCH SHOWS!

Hey - 89, here is some data for you to ponder.

Link under name.

PeterUK

"eightnine projects."

Or should that be protrudes?

windansea

That's right, everything's just fine; think of a happy place, think of a happy place...

I'm on the terrace of my ocean front chalet in Puerto Vallarta getting my back rubbed by a Mayan princess

you?

PS send a check to the DNC, they're a bit short on convention funds

oops

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/06/14/dnc-convention-committee-faces-15-million-shortfall/

clarice

Rick, It was especially clever for the KSA to first announce they couldn't increase production--got the speculators and Iran by the shortharis that way. (Also, remember how his detractors made fun of Bush' "futile" effort with KSA?)

sbw

89 offers many things, but never a solid reason to get on the Blunder Bus.

clarice

"THOUGH IT was hardly noticed in Washington, Iraq's Shiite-led government sent a powerful message to Iran and to the Middle East last week. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose coalition is often portrayed as an Iranian client, traveled to Tehran for a meeting with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The ayatollah bluntly declared that Iraq's "most important problem" was the continuing presence of U.S. troops. He pressured Mr. Maliki to stop negotiating a package of agreements with the Bush administration that would delineate a "strategic framework" between Iraq and the United States and provide for the deployment of U.S. forces beyond the expiration of a U.N. mandate at the end of this year.

Mr. Maliki refused. He assured his Iranian hosts that Iraq would not be a launching pad for an American attack on Iran. But he pointedly told a press briefing that negotiations on the strategic partnership would continue. He repeated that commitment on Friday, even after warning that the talks had "reached a dead end." In effect, the Iraqi prime minister was saying that his country does not want to become an Iranian satellite but an independent Arab state that would look to the United States to ensure its security.

This would seem to be an obvious U.S. gain in what, according to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as well as President Bush, is the urgent task of countering Iran's attempt to dominate the Middle East. It means that Iraq, a country with the world's second largest oil reserves and a strategic linchpin of the Middle East, just might emerge from the last five years of war and turmoil as an American ally, even if its relations with Iran remain warm."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/14/AR2008061401448_pf.html>ME realignment

Rick Ballard

Jane,

The "argument" sustaining the speculative surge in oil prices has been that a "tipping point" in production has been reached which cannot be overcome. The argument is based upon a tautology which will come true. Some day. The KSA's decision to increase lift by 700 kbd (70% of this years total world demand increase of 1 mbd within a one month period exposes the absurdity of the "tipping point is here".

I don't regard additional drilling within the US to be a significant factor wrt world oil prices. The Brazil discoveries are much more significant wrt world prices and increased investment in tar sands production are actually a quicker domestic fix. The longer fix involves nukes and coal gasification and all the technical work necessary to implement a move in that direction has already been done.

The KSA decision contravenes the OPEC decision to let prices rise through the summer by not increasing supply. That raises some very interesting speculative possibilities concerning OPEC's survival.

kim

Clarice, it is especially cool that Democrats seem to be loudly allying themselves with Iranians. How can the be so foolish? You'd think the fever of BDS would be subsiding.
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clarice

Where do you suppose all that anti-Chalabi stuff the agency was peddling for so long came from? Either Iran which wanted a more tractable patsy or KSA which feared a strong Iran--and perhaps at that time, KSA thought the Iranis were winning.

Rick, as long as I can remember OPEC's partners cheated--KSA is just doing it openly now..Why? They stand to lose the most if Iran wins, don't they?

kim

I think the new King in SA grasped the Persians urge for the Mediterranean and has worked against that since. I think that contributed to the Anbar Awakening, too.
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Rick Ballard

Clarice,

I think of Ahmadinnerjacket and Chavez as Obama clients. Iran and Venezuela cut back on production and provided the "facts" upon which the market surged. While the market surge certainly dumped a lot of additional revenue into OPEC pockets, it also accelerated the tempo at which substitution will occur. KSA does not admire disorderly markets.

It's akin to Greenspan's leaving the money tap on and fueling the housing bubble. The consequences were entirely forseeable (and forseen) and Greenspan's abrupt departure followed by Bernanke's imposition of new "reporting" requirements in December had the net result of penalizing the CITI (and other Wall Street) clowns who put their stockholders at risk in pursuit of the political objective of devaluation of the concept of an ownership society.

Everybody wants serfs - free men are just too damn dangerous.

kim

Alright, folks, this is truly historic. SusanUnPC, writing at No Quarter, links to this thread. Go. Read it and weep.
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Soylent Red

even if its relations with Iran remain warm

That's cool with me. Gives us a useful backdoor, either militarily or economically, into that country.

Most the of oil production capabilities (including support industries) and fully 1/3 of the fresh water supply for Iran come from Khuzestan province, wherein the large majority of the population are Iranian Arabs. All related ethnically or tribally to the Shia on the Iraqi side of the border, from when Maliki derives.

How this has escaped from the critical analysis (**snort,giggle**) offered up by the MSM, when even Saddam got the connection, baffles me.

BTW, gas dropped in eastern KS/western MO by as much as a dime overnight.

Jane

I don't regard additional drilling within the US to be a significant factor wrt world oil prices.

Rick,

I am woefully out of my element here so be gentle. The argument is that as far as speculators go, oil prices are a bubble. Should we announce that we are drilling, long term investors will see a drop in prices over time, and the bubble will burst.

You don't buy that?

RichatUF

Rick-

Regarding the Obama Manse. Northern Trust is another entity that swirls in the tank of Chicago politics. Only have been able to find this clip:

Kelly King Dibble was the vice president for business development at Rezmar and she became the executive director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority once Blagojevich became Governor. She is now an attorney with, The Northern Trust Company, the same company that financed Obama's mansion.
here (linked to that article before)

There was something else that I vaguely remember about some NTC officials that were tied to the BHO campaign with the whole thing leading back to Rezko.

kim-

think the new King in SA grasped the Persians urge for the Mediterranean and has worked against that since. I think that contributed to the Anbar Awakening, too.

Don't discount the possibility that KSA is upset regarding the Hezbollah take over of Lebanon. The Ta'if Accord was hammered out with alot of Saudi work and the Iranians have abrogated it-at the expense of KSA's allies in Lebanon. The Saudi's are many things, stupid is not among them. They know that Iran could easily do in KSA what is being done in Lebanon now, and the Shia region in KSA is the most oil rich and has the lowest production costs.

Sue

Kim,

I think it is a plot to further the theme that conservative bloggers ran the whitey smear. She also links to Flopping Aces. Something never before done without derision being the motive.

richard mcenroe

I can just see the debate:

"Senator Obama, do you think you can just once articulate a coherent foreign or economic policy for the American voters?"

"I don't know, but I'll take a shot at it..."

kim

Sue, maybe. I'm thinking 'politics makes strange bedfellows'. That pirate crew hates Obama more than we do and in an overtly racist fashion.

Aaahh! Now I'm going to looking in my bed as well as under it for awhile. Scary.
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sbw

Kim, I don't want to go there. What's the gist of it?

kim

Hmmm. Command and General Staff College, huh? Now look around. Would they put a bomber assembly plant among that topography like Obama claimed in his famous speech on race? No, it was at Wichita.

Remember too, that the battle of Halabja, where so many Kurds died, was a battle for the dam and water distribution of a Tigris tributary. I still happen to believe most of those deaths were from Iranian gas, but oh how Oak Leaf chewed me a new one over that.
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hit and run

Well, kim lured me over there.

Anyway, scrolled down and skimmed some other stuff there.

This caught my eye...a post from "TexasDarlin'", on that Wisoncsin Hillary delegate potentially being stripped of her status for saying she was going to vote for McCain...

This is NOT the USSR. We cherish dissent, right?

That's bringin' da funny right there.

kim

sbw, that Obama is a hoodlum. Susan is whack.
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Rick Ballard

"You don't buy that?"

Jane,

I would if the drill to market time for ANWAR were shorter. There's the little matter of permitting and building a pipeline which will be impeded by Watermelons every inch of the way. The oil from coastal drilling off FL and CA is easier to get to market but FL is still a swing state (sort of) and no pol will touch it.

That's why the Brazil play is more important. Petrobras is actually supported in its endeavors by the government of Brazil and will have oil shipped before the EPA defends (or files) the first lawsuit here.

A focus on nukes and coal gasification plants would have the same impact as drilling BTW - perhaps more because of the substitution. The KSA is definitely not excited about seeing serious substitution efforts begin.

kim

We need an ANWAR Awakening.
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hit and run

Holy cow did you see this...Obama yesterday

At the end of what may go down as the most thrilling performance of a career paced by them, he just stood still and strong ... in the middle of it all, in the middle of this wild scene of fans hugging and crying and screaming at what they had witnessed.

Soon they were pushing against the barriers, trying to rush past security, just to stay near him, just to watch this ... god ... just to keep this Saturday evening for the ages alive for one more moment, one more memory.

Oooops, wait. That was Tiger yesterday at the Open.

clarice

True dat, Rick. Still I think if McCain did a magical mystery tour of ANWR and said he'd been wrong and he was for drilling there, it would send a signal that the watermelon lock had been jimmied.Bush is also reputed to be about to sign a bunch of executive orders opening up more lands for development..It would all be good.

Soylent Red

kim:

If that was pointed at me, I'm not at CGSC, but I work at a place right up the road from it. Poor little butter bar in a sea of gold leaves. I'm on permanent salute when I go to the library here. Don't even bother to drop the hand.

I think Halabja was sarin and VX used by Saddam (who incidentally did not have weapons of mass destruction, BUSH LIED!) on Kurdish Peshmerga supported by Iran.

At least that's the conventional wisdom. If you know more, do tell.

Soylent Red

ANWAR Awakening

Nyuck, nyuck.

RichatUF

Rick-

How badly do you think the hedge funds will be hurt by the aftermarket KSA announcement? I was looking at the NYMEX CL contract and if you follow through to the "expanded session" data, it appears that the rollover into the August contract was well underway.

I wonder how the Iranians are feeling about their 28 million barrel stockpile at Kharg Island this morning?

I would keep an eye on gold, silver, sugar, and rice over the next couple of days-any sharp drop there would probably be liquidations to brace for a major oil liquidation. Another thing that I think took OPEC by surprise was the Asia energy conference last week and the scaling back and elimination of gas subsidies. India cut theirs too, even though it is wildly unpopular. I haven't been following the Asia context of the story that closely, but it is stunning how big the budget deficits developing Asia has run up with this oil price shock (and a lot of these countries have had currencies strengthen impressively against the dollar).

I gave the quarking root ball a good kick yesterday so I could drone on for a couple of hours.

kim

There is a report by an Army Officer, taken up by the left because it relieved Saddam of some responsibility for the outrage, that the civilians of the town died as the result of a gas battle between Iraqi and Iranian troops, and that the gas drifted from the battlefield to the town. His argument is that the manner in which the people died more indicated a nerve gas used by the Iranians than the respiratory gas used by the Iraqis.

There is no question that Saddam tried to ethnically cleanse areas of Kurds. Whether or not Halabja was such an instance is open to question, I think. Nonetheless, it was the water they were fighting over.
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hit and run

Clarice:
Bush is also reputed to be about to sign a bunch of executive orders opening up more lands for development

Well I wasn't paying attention back then -- but didn't Clinton sign a bunch of executive orders at the end of his term locking up federal lands?

Something like this:

Another expensive last-minute action by President Clinton was the executive order that banned new roads on nearly 60 million acres of public lands. For years, environmental groups tried to designate these lands as "wilderness areas." That would require congressional approval. With the stroke of the pen, President Clinton achieved the same result and effectively locked-up vast acres of land from logging, mining, and other commercial enterprises. In the past, President Clinton also locked up valuable natural resources when he created the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and the American Heritage Rivers Initiative. Both were the result of executive orders and will cost this country significantly in terms of unavailable resources.

MayBee

His argument is that the manner in which the people died more indicated a nerve gas used by the Iranians than the respiratory gas used by the Iraqis.

I'll find the link later, but the Iraqis took responsibility for it in their trials. They ordered it and carried it out, not the Iranians.
I made note of it at the time because the left had, for many years, tried to make more of an excuse for Saddam in that case than Saddam ended up making for himself.

MikeS

"...watermelon lock had been jimmied."

I think you are exactly right. When 80% of the people say we're headed in the wrong direction, I think they are talking about the enviro-wackos, and the 9th District-wackos, and the Academia (wackos is understood here).

kim

Well, that would be very interesting, MayBee. Saddam claims he read about the incident in the newspaper rather than ordering it, but his credibility ain't so great. I thought that the trials demonstrated Saddam's Kurdish genocide, but not specifically Halabjah. Saddam did gas Kurds, but I thought Halabjah was mostly accidental.
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Soylent Red

Ah. Now I have something else to research...

Well no doubt about the water anyway Kim. Tehran has its own supply, but the southwestern corner of the country, going north along the border, seem to be vulnerable.

If we could turn Khuzestan, Tehran would be left without an economic pot to piss in. There's already a secession movement out of Kuwait to turn the province into Arabistan (no kidding).

Kurds also give us another important cross border entry point. Wonder what a Kurdish homeland in northwest Iran might look like...

Back on subject though, Ahmadinejad has figured out how to tweak gas prices in the US by increasing the risk for speculators here. If we could get a few events to happen, or change the political orientation of a few key players, we could potentially collapse the economies of Iran and Venezuela.

So what's stopping us?

SlimGuy

According to Fox, McCain said that Obama has more pre-conditions for a debate with him than with Ahmadinejad.

RichatUF

Rick,

Also, I am curious as to your take on the Irish no vote on the EU treaty and the possible blowback effects regarding the euro. That has been another subtext in a lot of this and I getting that spidy sense that a few shoes are going to drop over in the European financial sector.

GMax

Have you ever seen anything quite so politically transparent and desperate, pathetic really, as the Democrat all over the news media talking about 60 million acres leased but not drilled on?

Dont you want to drill where you know or at least the seismology tells you that the odds are pretty good of striking oil?

Why would you just punch a bunch of holes in the ground at great cost, only to come up with a bunch of dry holes. No more reserves but higher costs to the exploration and production coming which has to mean even higher prices flowing through to the consumer not less.

While I sometimes think the muddle to not be all that bright, I sincerely doubt this little bit of misdirection is going to fool anyone, and might convince more than a few that the explanation is not only wrong but a craven lie. That would call a whole bunch of other promises and representations by the Democrat Party to full focus. The sunshine could be a real disinfectant. A smart candidate would exploit this.

MayBee

I should have said Saddam's men took responsibility for it. Saddam was of course dead by the time the trial came around.

GMax






Did you see this headline from the Gallup polling folks?  That right as of today they have it Obama +2 only, which is inside the margin of error and playing it down the middle they report in large headline:


Gallup Daily: Obama-McCain Race Reverts to Virtual Tie


MayBee

I could be wrong. I could be thinking of the Anfal trials. I'm sorry, but I don't believe Saddam would gladly do one and not the other. I got tired of the left making excuses for him.

MikeS

Ahmadinejad has figured out how to tweak gas prices in the US by increasing the risk for speculators here

Yes, and they rely on the threat of closing the Strait of Hormuz if they are attacked.

On the other hand Iran relies on imported (through the strait) gasoline because of their limited refining capacity.

In the event that their domestic refining capability was damaged or destroyed, closing the strait would be suicidal.

dhunter

Too bad theres' not a smart candidate left in the race just two democrat dimwhits, each trying to out-dumb the other.

Soylent Red

In the event that their domestic refining capability was damaged or destroyed, closing the strait would be suicidal.

Somewhere in my warehouse of articles I've saved, I have an article from 2005 that suggests that Iran's drilling capability had been so ravaged by embargoes and mismanagement that they were 10 years or less from zero capacity. It was written by a noted Iranian expert from some Ivy League school. Her push was to minimize Iran as a threat.

Now, of course we know the Chines, we and Indians have been helping out with that recently. And the Gazprom mafia is actively working on the north natural gas fields.

Still, even though such information was originally meant to soften Iran's image and push for engagement, the same info could be used to make the argument that if we put the squeeze on Iran they might crumble. Particularly now with their economy so heavily invested in high oil prices. Venezuela's the same principle.

We don't have to do it militarily either. AS KSA has demonstrated, increasing supply through domestic drilling would tend to have the same effect.

Rick Ballard

Rich,

The KSA announcement was timed to do absolute maximum damage to speculators. There are tons of them with one foot on the July pier and one foot in the August boat - and it just sank as they were transferring their weight to it.

Ireland has a solid economy and an increasing population. They already picked the EU's pocket good and clean, why would they want to hang around to pay French and Italian pensions?

The Euro is already sliding, what would stop it? What's the source of new demand for EU products? Buying American is cheaper and quality is equivalent. All because of that damned "weak" dollar.

Jane

Thanks Rick!

GMax






Too bad theres' not a smart candidate left in the race just two democrat dimwhits, each trying to out-dumb the other.


 While I should not be confused with an enthusiastic McCainiac, I was more than pleasantly surprised by McCain strong response the the Supreme Court outrageous decision re GITMO detainees and habeus corpus rights. 


I think he may yet figure out the political devastation he could inflict with this issue and find a way to begin using it to his advantage.  Politicians want to be elected, and this issue has legs and except for Univesity professor on bicycles and those living in caves, near universal benefit.  It may come yet, so I am going to keep watching.  Be sure to come back and high five me when it happens.

 



Ron Hardin

Bike helmets are to keep the sun's heat off your head. I even wear mine for yard work. The old ones (Bell, 1975) are comfortable and insulating.

Obama is towing something out of the pic frame, probably a child trailer or a child half bicycle, but I can't tell.

His seat's too low and he's in much too low a gear for the grade. And is he in a crosswalk?

RichatUF

Rick-

The NYT article that I linked to yesterday certianly implied as much:

The Saudi plans were disclosed in interviews with several oil traders and analysts who said that Saudi oil officials had privately conveyed their production plans recently to some traders and companies in the United States. The analysts declined to be identified so as not to be cut off from future information from the Saudis.

So everyone came out with a $150 price target by August on the 3rd and 4th (some of them already knowing KSA-ARMCO's plans), oil rallies the 5th and 6th some 15 dollars, then less than 10 days later this news leaks out. Someone got there hands caught in the cookie jar. The July contract expires on June 20th, good catch.

paul

I'm watching an old(june 8, 2008) meet the press and russert has just offerred that Clinton was leading big among african-americans, until Bill arrived.

The only thing that did coincide with Bill arrival, was also a looming vote.

Did Clinton lose the African american vote becuase of clinton, or did the act of making a racial preference in voting not become important until it was near voting time?

If it is the latter case, it bodes very poorly for Obama's chances. I remember that the press had hrc as the 'inevitable' candidate, so their accuracy is in doubt. If the race of a candidate remains unimportant, until the last week in October, I forsee Obama looking good, saying anything, and believing that he too is inevitable.

Going by recent history, in watching how African-Americans waited until the last moment to defect from HRC to Obama, I feel confident to deduce that the same 'transition' will be occurring among white voters.

RichatUF

The Euro is already sliding, what would stop it?

It goes back to some pervious comments I made regarding Trichet sandbagging Bernacke's attempts to talk up the dollar (to calm global inflation). The EBC made some comments regarding inflation and indicated that they might raise rates. I was looking at it from a political risk perspective-if this is as close as intergration gets and Europe has a few Bear Stearns clones, we might get a look at what would have happened here if the Fed hadn't decided that JPM needed a Sunday night snack.

centralcal

Rick: I do hope you are right about the speculators between the pier and the boat!!

Rick Ballard

Centralcal,

We'll know in a matter of hours, when the Asian markets open.

Rich,

I'm out for a bit - I want think about that Trichet ploy.

Neo

I’m waiting for the photoshopped Abu Ghraib images with polar bears filling in for the prisoners.

Can polar bears make a "human triangle" ?

mr_oni

"And since Obama said it we may not hear the typical Dem denunciations"
Obama's statement is consistent with Leftist policy: guns aren't for the people or the defense of the country but for the control of one's political opponents. Is there any wonder about his appeal with Cheophiles?

Neo
I've got to ask, though. Are there really white people out there so ignorant of history, so unaware of the nuances of language and so threatened by minority grievances that they take genuine umbrage at the term "whitey"?
Why is it that I get the feeling that the rumor of the Michelle Obama "whitey" tape isn't going to go away anytime soon? Perhaps it the suggestion that perhaps whites shouldn't be offended by Obama's hometown newspaper.

Allow us to consider the juxtaposition of black for white .. need I say any more ?

Neo
I've got to ask, though. Are there really white people out there so ignorant of history, so unaware of the nuances of language and so threatened by minority grievances that they take genuine umbrage at the term "whitey"?
Why is it that I get the feeling that the rumor of the Michelle Obama "whitey" tape isn't going to go away anytime soon? Perhaps it the suggestion that perhaps whites shouldn't be offended by Obama's hometown newspaper.

Allow us to consider the juxtaposition of black for white .. need I say any more ?

Austin

Once again, we see Obama is elevating cliche over knowledge.

A knife is more dangerous in most situations than a pistol and knife attacks have a THREE times higher fatality rate than gunshots.

Austin

Here is why knives rule.

http://www.amok.co.za/articles5.html

Austin

"On the other hand a knifefighter remains at a disadvantage only when fighting multiple opponents similarly armed, or when facing a drawn gun from a distance. A trained knifer has an advantage in close-quarters against gun or knife. The knife has advantages over the stick, multiple unarmed opponents, larger opponents, martial artists, and of course, the average untrained person. Examined through logic and reasoning, no method of self-preservation compares to the blade. "

eightnine2718281828mu5

Once again, thanks for the high-traffic free platform to spread the propaganda from.

You guys didn't even bother calling me out on my completely anonymously-sourced story by the Democrat hit-piece writer about McCain calling his wife a cunt. Hahaha.... now I can refer back to this thread on other blogs and claim that even die-hard Republicans believe that McCain did it.

It's so easy to construct a narrative without any evidence, as long as you're willing to lie shamelessly to do it. Thank god you people are too stupid to take the easy route to winning!

kim

'Easy'? Hah. You'll learn.
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kim

Austin. I agree. Can't get your link to work.
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kim

And McCain is acting like a knife fighter. Watch his parries and swift attack. See Obama trying to stand off and taking wild potshots with his blunderbus.

Like eightnine with his poorly controlled automatic rifle. Careful, son, you might hurt someone.
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GMax

Well you can claim you didnt poop your pants but you still would have to account for the smell...

hit and run

I would hate to out faux eightnine's parodic performance.

So I won't.

Jane

Ann, Elliott, are you watching this? It's not good.

Jane

HIt, it's a ploy for attention. Don't feed the beast.

JM Hanes

89:

You should stick to short posts that don't make you look quite so stupid.

sbw

89 wasn't worth the bother. Chicago Tribune: "[Cindy] McCain's Easter week visit to Kosovo to assess the land-mine situation with Halo Trust."

hit and run

Heh, did you see this? From flag day yesterday:

"It's important to take a moment and reflect on the meaning of the flag on this day," Obama said to a gathering of supporters. "Those fifty stars and those fifteen stripes represent are emblematic of who we are as a country."

hit and run




No. He didn't actually say that.

Made you look, though.

JM Hanes

Surely you jest, hit?

kim

Best line of the campaign so far is the cabbie dispatcher who responded to a newsman's query about the Chicago Way. "Is that a street or a business?"
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Greenwood

eightnine2718281828mu5 is a rent boy.
New narrative.

JM Hanes

Argh.... And to think I just got through sorta, kinda reading this one (via Hot Air) on Keith Olberman, so you don't have to! I found it strangely gratifying to think that the average age of Olberman's audience is 59. That and the fact that he suffers from "restless-legs syndrome." I'll be back after I shower off.

clarice

I ran thru that article as quickly as I could and missed the age of his viewers.jmh. Woodstockers, I take it, sitting around with their bongs and tie dyed jammies.

hit and run

Rick and Rich...oil

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia plans to increase its oil production by 200,000 barrels a day next month, the kingdom's oil minister told U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, according to Ban's spokesman.

The U.N. secretary-general met with Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi in the port city of Jiddah during a one-day trip to the world's largest oil producer.

Farhan Haq, a spokesman who is traveling with Ban, said in an e-mail that the U.N. chief said al-Naimi told him Saudi Arabia would increase oil production by 200,000 barrels a day from June to July. In May, the kingdom increased its production by 300,000.

By July, production should be at 9.7 million barrels a day, Haq said.

Ban also said Saudi Arabia understands that the current price of oil, which topped $139 per barrel earlier this month, is not normal, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

"The king believes that the current oil prices are abnormally high, and he is ready to restore prices to their appropriate levels," SPA quoted Ban as telling reporters in Jiddah. The report carried by SPA was in Arabic, and it did not say what language Ban spoke in.

Saudi Arabia is concerned that sustained high oil prices will eventually slacken the world's appetite for oil, affecting the kingdom in the long run.

PaulL

Rick, your thoughts on oil are fascinating. Thanks very much.

kim

JMH, I got a page and a half through that article and realized they were going to celebrate his deranged rage and mock McCain's disciplined outrage with the same forked tongue so I throttled it with a large button nosed mouse.
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kim

Any nocturnal leg complaint has a great chance of some relief by the simple exercise of sitting on the edge of the bed and flexing and extending the ankles and feet from straight legs five or ten times, at the hour of sleep. This stretches the calves, and works out the kinks.
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