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October 10, 2008



Don't hold your breath on the latest Fitzmas rumors.

Jim Ryan

fed budget as % gdp grew under Reagan, fell under Clinton

Reagan didn't resist the efforts of the other party holding power in Congress. Neither did Clinton.

Nice try. Well, not really.


Sara, I don't know. I only read through some of the comments and got so excited.

(I was kinda distracted though because I am making Fannie Mae Foreclosure/ Open House Signs for my Halloween neighbor prank :)) I am blaming Clarice for my bad behavior because she gave me the idea. LOL


I did, Ann? Gosh my memory is getting terrible.

IBD has another fine editorial:
[quote]Democrats have become a far-left propaganda party with the lowest-ranked Congress in history. For six years, they have consistently refused to rein in the monumentally risky subprime loans that Clinton Democrats gave birth to.

Yet, voters are blaming Republicans for this crisis and seem to think that a newcomer they know little about, despite his questionable past associates and mentors, can bring us more huge programs. These include one that would socialize the health care system at a time when government-run systems in Canada and Britain are lower in quality and nearly bankrupt.

We will not have another 1929. The chart above shows we are in a 1937-type correction with a 1938-39 perhaps ahead. That's when England's Neville Chamberlain thought he could appease Hitler just by talking to him and getting a signature on a piece of paper that guaranteed "peace in our time."

Today, a new Hitler in Iran says he wants to have similar relations with the U.S. Are terrorists hoping that we will sign a nice agreement that gives Iran another couple of years to develop a nuclear weapon?

Finally, history shows that since World War II, our best results-oriented presidents were Truman, Eisenhower and Reagan. They were much older — in their 60s and 70s — more experienced and made sounder, more productive decisions. The three youngest presidents — Kennedy, Carter and Clinton — all had more problems, particularly with national defense and dealing with dangerous dictators that were threats to America's security. [/quote]



Glancing at Beldar's coverage of the Tasergate report, I was reminded that the whole thing started because the guy threatened Palin's father.

Which reminded me of how Democrats like to say that W invaded Iraq merely because Saddam had tried to assassinate HW.

Which reminded me that Obama never really knew his own father. Nor Bill Clinton his.

Apparently the Democratic position on dads is, "we had to do without, so why help you keep yours?"


Hold one's nose, hold one's breath; counting on Fitz is like being waterboarded. But's Top's triumph at the Throat Slitter's is a powerful meme, vote fraud and market bashing, roll 'em all up.

hit and run

I was kinda distracted though because I am making Fannie Mae Foreclosure/ Open House Signs for my Halloween neighbor prank

Well. We got our McCain-Palin sign this week. And the neighbors across the street got their Obama sign too.

(our neighborhood has descended into a battlezone...damn Obamabots are a cult. Literally. No, literally, literally, friendships are actually ending. Literally.)

Anyway, we love our neighbors, get along fine, as long as we talk about football and yard work and the kids and beer. No politics. We love them outside of their cultish politics.

But that Obama sign. She's convinced some right wing wacko is going to steal it.

I'm insulted.

I'm much more creative than that.

I mean, first I'll probably make a big cut out 'N' to place in front of the O in Obama. See how long before she notices that.

And then, I'll probably get one of these as a yard sign and replace hers. See how long before she notices...


But don't tell her it was me, lest she do something to my sign.

I am blaming Clarice for my bad behavior

Oh, and hell yeah, I'll blame Clarice too ... who is now famous in our neighborhood -- "did you here that he went to see some 'friend' he made online? mumblegrumblerumormumble". If they only knew...


Saturday Night Live Skit on Last Debate


If we could just get McCain to repeat what is in that article, Clarice. That was excellent.

And don't worry about your memory, it is fine. It wasn't exactly your idea but your story about your neighbor Raines and Fannie Mae gave me inspiration.


I'm surprised NBC is running SNL on Thursdays.

I would think they'd whip up a "Law and Order: Republican FEC Violations" program or something.

They could get Belzer and that big guy whose name I can't bother to google to work on that for free.

M. Simon

I am very tired of fighting this fight. First in 2004, again in 2006, and now in 2008. McCain has just made it infinitely harder. Everyone has his/her breaking point. If I haven't reached mine yet, then I'm only hanging on by an eyelash. McCain still has my fear of an Obama presidency going for him, but fear is an emotion I've worked very hard to overcome in the last few PTSD years and I don't welcome having to hang on to it in order not to reach the breaking point. I've put too much hard work in to achieving just the opposite.

Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old. - Winston Churchill


I'm much more creative than that.

Oh, how I wish we lived in the same neighborhood. I am really good. I delivered a package last week with a mocked up scary, framed, family portrait along with cob webs, and moth balls. The best was the package stayed overnight in their entry hall and the whole house smelled worse than Obama's plane. (according to some reporter of course; about the plane.)

M. Simon

Teh Democrats are getting bold? How so? They still look and sound like pansies to me.

Bold pansies.

M. Simon

Teh Democrats are getting bold? How so? They still look and sound like pansies to me.

Bold pansies.


(our neighborhood has descended into a battlezone...damn Obamabots are a cult. Literally. No, literally, literally, friendships are actually ending. Literally.)

Lib friend yesterday: "We were saying after the debate it was strange that Palin did well because she didn't make any big mistakes."

Your correspondent, whose usual Senecan aequanimity of mind and spirit was greatly disturbed when it became clear that the chronicling of the unparalleled idiocy of the Delaware doofus had had no effect: "Oh, you mean the standard by which Biden failed miserably?"

We talk about politics a lot, but usually it's much more dispassionate. While I very much doubt there will any long term fallout, I'm not surprised by Hit and Run's report.

M. Simon

I think McCain has been a thorn in the side of the GOP for so long on so many issues he can't figure out how to lead the party now. Remember, he's a democrat that switched. Old Allegiances?

Or maybe you preach your sermons to the people who come to church. The others aren't listening.


I'm still reveling in the notion that someone anywhere still imagines me a femme fatale.


That's one of the marvels of blogging, c, we can imagine anything. Well, that and the fact that arguments don't have to end in fisticuffs, or, worse yet, agreement.


Don: "fed budget as % gdp grew under Reagan, fell under Clinton"

As you can see by this chart of discretionary spending as percent of GDP, the growth under Reagan was due to an increase in defense spending. Non-defense spending decreased sharply. The increased defense spending resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union, which gave Clinton the "peace dividend" that allowed him to reduce defense spending, and, therefore, total discretionary spending. Of course, some would say Clinton reduced defense spending too far. In fact, I might say that.


Wow, Jim Ryan and MJW, a double whammy. Don, tell me if you need a break.

hit and run

Oh but seriously. At the last bunco one neighbor (there was drinking involved, of course) started in on the whole "you're not voting for Obama because you're racist" loud enough for the whole room to hear.

Then, this week, there was a shouting match between a dem and repub..."oh, sure, i bet you get all your new from faux news!" -- "but you watch CNN!"

(do I have to mention there was drinking involved)

And that argument ended with, "whatever, that's just how you people in the South see things"

That was the end (permanent or not we don't know yet) of that relationship.

Today one more argument. I can't even begin to describe the trail that ended in hurt feelings and a sense of betrayal.

(uh, yeah, it's Friday, there was imbibing)

So far, as far as I can tell, it's all been women gettin' all up in each others' faces.

The men just play poker and golf and shoot some pool and pull each others' fingers.

(only to mess with other people's yard signs in the cover of night....oh wait, look at the time....i'll be right back)


This is a really evil election.

M. Simon

Chicago New Party - Obama links


Your correspondent, whose usual Senecan aequanimity of mind and spirit
That's what keeps me coming to this blog at 1:30 in the morning. (BTW, good morning, Elliott!)

I have a friend who I suspect might be persuadable. She told me the other day that it was nice to know a real live Republican who was still someone who could talk calmly and reasonably. I smiled and said I thought the same about her and her party. She blinked and said it kind of sounded like a backhanded compliment once it was directed at her. I smiled and changed the subject.

The difference between us is, I've heard the best presentation of the Democratic case. How could I not? She hasn't heard from us yet, but I've told her I'm going to evangelize.

kim jane il

Reagan didn't resist the efforts of the other party holding power in Congress.

Yes, I recall all of those balanced budgets submitted by Reagan, while Newt's government shutdown really had Clinton over a barrel.

And of course BushII pretty much puts to bed the theory that Republicans are good for much of anything. They have the 'sadim' effect since everything they touch turns to crap; just ask Mr. Market.


The start of the Trojan War, Sarah being Helen, the Press the Trojans, and the Greeks McCain's angry crowds, taking it out on the Trojans' heroes, Obama and Posse.


This market mess has the touch of ACORN, and Obama, and Dodd, and Frank, and al, many of the rest of the Democrats. You err to lie about this, kji.

kim jane il

The increased defense spending resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union

Gorbachev brought down the Soviets. It's farcical to say our military buildup caused their political collapse.

China, N Korea, Cuba, etc. are all still communist simply because they had no Gorbachev driving them to dissolution. Our military buildup had no political effect on any of these regimes.

But of course facts that don't fit the Reagan fairy tale are ejected from Republican fairy tales.


you're not voting for Obama because you're racist
I've voted against two white guys in every presidential election since I turned 18. This time I'm voting against one, which is the most anybody can manage.

I don't hate Obama because he's black. I hate all island people. (You ever see Lost? Island people are creepy. It's not an issue of race.)

I'm not anti-black. I'm pro-Eskimo.

It's a matter of spousal responsibilities. Put Cindy McCain and Todd Palin in DC, and the beer distributorship runs itself, and the snowmobile races will go on; but take Michelle Obama out of Chicago and the Office of External Affairs will crumble.

He's black? He always looks so luminous in photographs, I figured he was using one of those self-tanners.


the Press the Trojans
I think the Press are a bunch of what goes inside the Trojans.

kim jane il

and Obama, and Dodd, and Frank, and al, many of the rest of the Democrats

During the expansion all I ever heard about was 'The Bush Boom'. You take credit for the boom, you also own the bust. And the electorate sees it that way too.

Rick Ballard


Did you know that Trojans are often referred to as troll covers? The smallest size, anyway.

Would it be too much to ask the zipcode in which you hope to find your slice of the American dream (vide Hit's comments for elucidation)? I keep worrying about you missing the residential market bottom, if it's a built up zip it's very close. New zips could still slip a bit.


kji, it was copying machines that brought down the Soviet Union, and it was Gorbachev unable to bluff Reagan. You've warped history to believe that our defense build-up had nothing to do with the event, fundamentally caused by the rot from the inefficient economic model embraced by the USSR.


Sorry, kji, this isn't a bust, and we can certainly credit the Democrats, who've precipitated it.


Ohio's sec of state, Brunner wins on appeal:
CINCINNATI—A federal appeals court sided with Ohio's top elections official Friday in her running battle with Republicans over how to verify the eligibility of newly registered voters.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set aside a federal judge's order a day earlier that Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner institute the means to verify voter registration information and make it available to Ohio's 88 county election boards.

Brunner argued that it would take two to three days to create the necessary computer programs, and that nothing in the Help America Vote Act required her to do what the lower court ordered. A three-judge panel of the appeals court agreed in a split decision.

"With less than a month until the election, and less than two weeks until the beginning of counting absentee ballots, the secretary cannot be required to undertake the extensive reprogramming and other changes to the election mechanics without complete disruption of the electoral process in Ohio," the majority said in its opinion. "The irreparable harm to the voting public caused by the district court's order is equally clear."

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge George C. Smith in Columbus ordered Brunner to verify new registrations by matching information on them against a database maintained by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles or the Social Security Administration. He also ordered her to establish a process by which the county boards can access the information generated by the checks.

Brunner praised Friday's decision, saying there are sufficient systems in place to verify new-voter registration



Brunner bummers. Well, maybe the Feds will get it.

Rick Ballard


It's a great GOTV issue for Republicans. If McCain were running straight party it would be a winner. It could still be good based upon how it's used by the CD races. Registering every wino in sight isn't the same as getting their sorry butt into a voting booth.



The morning is fine indeed. I am beginning to see the potential of the new evidentiary standard these Alaskan hacks have introduced. Anyone remember this?

Chicago entrepreneur Robert Blackwell Jr. paid Obama an $8,000-a-month retainer to give legal advice to his growing technology firm, Electronic Knowledge Interchange. It allowed Obama to supplement his $58,000 part-time state Senate salary for over a year with regular payments from Blackwell's firm that eventually totaled $112,000.

A few months after receiving his final payment from EKI, Obama sent a request on state Senate letterhead urging Illinois officials to provide a $50,000 tourism promotion grant to another Blackwell company, Killerspin.

I find that, although Robert Blackwell's generous retainer to state Senator Obama was not the sole reason he received state funds—Obama needed campaign contributions too, after all—it was likely a contributing factor. In spite of that, Robert Blackwell's investment in state Senator Obama was a proper and lawful exercise of his right to hire and fire Chicago politicians.



Wow, damming as hell.....

I basically stole this formulation in replying to one of my liberal friends. This report deserves to be treated dismissively, not greeted with outrage. If we do the latter, they'll think we're concerned about it. I prefer, "Fair minded Americans realize what a sorry standard of "proof" this is and understand it is not one by which Senator Obama would like his actions to be judged."

Jim Ryan

Video of Obama campaigning for Odinga.


Draft ad script (I haven't looked up exact quotes):

Anncr: How does Barack Obama explain belonging to a church where the pastor claimed the US bore resposibility for the 9/11 attacks?
Obama: I was not there when any of the controversial statements were made.
Anncr: How does he defend collaborating with radical professor and unrepentant terrorist William Ayers?
Axelrod: He didn't know his background when he started working with him.
Obama: I thought he was reformed.
Anncr: Poor vetting, failure to perform due diligence. Ignorance and naïveté cited as mitigating factors by the man who said he would sit down with America's enemies, Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro and Assad. Would he be prepared? No. Would he have an excuse? He always has.


What it is all coming down to is this: the march toward making repub/conservative thought illegal in this country is underway (has been for decades, but is now picking up serious speed.)

It starts with:

1. Derision/humiliation (news media/pop culture)
2. Curbing free speech
3. Destroying public education (US history not taught)
4. Criminalizing politics/foreign policy

They'll soon be in your religious beliefs too.

Jane Whitman

I woke up thinking how easy it will be to jail Michelle Obama and impeach her husband and Biden if we simply apply the same standards applied in Troopergate.


Yes, Jane--sounds like those Alaskan legislators were using USSR legal textbooks.. I just adore "her action in inaction"--gives you the flavor of the brilliant minds at work there.


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