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January 17, 2009

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Stephanie

Clarice,

Big news down your way...

Mini-Madoff. I don't think this is the last of these we will see...

LUN

rse

Does anyone here have children attending a school that is insisting all students must watch the historic event on Tuesday either in an assembly or classrooms?

hit and run

Jennifer Loven at the AP has a good headline:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090117/ap_on_go_pr_wh/inauguration_rdp>Packing a nation's hopes, Obama rides rails to DC

I agree!

As in, I hope we survive this disaster of a president.

Just don't ask me what the article said. I didn't read it.

PeterUK

Clarice,
The acronym is DUDS, Rally for DUDS.

Lili,like a nun.

jean

Peter Oh my we had both my parents embalmed.Your right it was a total waste.The things one does just because your told to

clarice

Yes, Stephanie, I read that this morning.
Amazing..

I read yesterday that invetigators think Madoff had not made a single trade..how's that for a ponzi scheme? A pure play...Of course, it's hard to believe--if that's true--that no one else knew.

Jane

Where did you find out about Bidens son?

Jean,

I heard it (most likely on Fox but not necessarily) yesterday. So no link. Sorry. the point of the story is that junior Biden would get to see his father inaugurated, and hang around Washington thereafter.

Stephanie

I'm in a firmly rep area. My husband just informed me (I asked) and they are being "strongly encouraged" to have the TVs on... he is a retired teacher who now subs and is on a long term sub assignment... he is torn... if he doesn't show it, will they call him in for more assignments?

The rot is pervasive...

jean

UBP kept investing with Madoff after UBPs own researchers said stop and take a closer look.Now I bet UBP is open to some angry clients

jean

Jane I wasn't questioning you.I just wanted to know more

Pal2Pal (Sara)

When I went to do a channel check, I discovered that my sneaky son password blocked all the news stations and won't unblock until after midnight 1/21/09.

JM Hanes

Dana Perino is on FoxNews. What a relief.

Pal2Pal (Sara)

I'm not surprised about the schools. The first time I saw a TV brought in to the classroom was for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. Why this was considered important for 2nd grade American kids to watch escapes me now. But there you have it.

clarice

UBP denies that report. I don't know what's worse --having ignored the warning or claiming that exercising "due diligence" the operation's crack investigators didn't realize a crazy man who made no trades was engaged in a jinormous Ponzi scheme.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20090114/tbs-uk-madoff-ubp-sb-29d6e98.html

centralcal

Sara: What your son did is hysterical! Think he's telling you something, Mother. (must say Mother, the way our children say it!)

jean

Clarice I'm still convinced at some point during the Obama term I'm going to be drawn to DC.for my first demonstration.Still think your opening a B&B for first time demonstrators of a certain age will be a goldmine

Pal2Pal (Sara)

Centracal: That's Muh-UH-uh-UH-uh-ther.

clarice

Jean, the sharpened pikes are ready..

Bill in AZ

Does anyone here have children attending a school that is insisting all students must watch the historic event on Tuesday either in an assembly or classrooms?

Yes - sadly, a prestigious University.

from my daughter...
"Oh, and she says we just finished a presidential term that was filled with lies, deceit, and immoral behavior."

She has to write a paper - I suggested she should take her profs suggestion and write about the lies, deceit, and immoral behavior of the MSM for the last 8 years. (c'mon, I know it's more like 50 years, but this isn't a thesis).

Pagar

Peter, IMO that bologna sandwich is exactly why we have a Obama presidency, too many Republican lawmakers are not doing the jobs they are being paid to do.

peter

That Lindsey Graham is a little suck up, isn't he? No pride whatsoever, especially when the Dems tried to smear him over his sexual orientation.

PeterUK

Barrack Hussein Obama to "Reach Out to Muslims".

"Now if you feel that you can't go on (can't go on)
Because all of your hope is gone (all your hope is gone)
And your life is filled with much confusion (much confusion)
Until happiness is just an illusion (happiness is just an illusion)
And your world around is crumbling down, darlin
reach out come on Bro reach on out for me
reach out reach out for me
I'll be there with a love that will shelter you
I'll be there with a love that will see you through

When you feel lost and about to give up (to give up)
Cause your life just ain't good enough (just ain't good enough)
And your feel the world has grown cold (has grown cold)
And your drifting out all on your own (drifting out on your own)
And you need a hand to hold, brothers
reach out come on Bro reach out for me
reach out reach out for me
I'll be there to love and comfort you
And I'll be there to cherish and care for you

I'll be there to always see you through
I'll be there to love and comfort you
I can tell the way you hang your head (hang your head)
Your don't feel loved now, now your afraid (you're afraid)
And through the tears you look around (look around)
But there's no piece of mind to be found (no piece of mind to be found)
I know what your thinking,
You're alone now, no love of your own, but brothers
reach out come on Bro reach out for me
reach out reach out.......... just look over your shoulder
I'll be there to give you all the love you need
And I'll be there you can always depend on me
I'll be there to always see you through
I'll be there to love and comfort you."

peter

OT
Can you put fenugreek in Chili?

Pal2Pal (Sara)

Bill in AZ: Turn her on to some of these facts and figures to write her paper. The class can watch her prof's head explode.

Democrat Fiscal Insanity

Porchlight

Can you put fenugreek in Chili?

You could, but I probably wouldn't, personally.

Did you know that fenugreek is an ingredient of artificial maple flavor? Just open a bottle of fenugreek capsules and the Log Cabin scent will hit you.

Jane

Jane I wasn't questioning you.I just wanted to know more

Jean,

I didn't take it that way, sorry I must have come across badly.

I put maple syrup in my chili.

Harumph!

JM Hanes

Obama debarks his train in Union Station. Get it?

peter

Porchlight, thanks for the reply. I bought some fenugreek at Sahadi's and I am not sure what to do with it. I have been putting some in salad dressing.

Captain Hate

That Lindsey Graham is a little suck up, isn't he? No pride whatsoever, especially when the Dems tried to smear him over his sexual orientation.

I lost whatever scrap of respect I had for that bugeyed loser when I saw him and Lurch on FNS last year after an all-night cluster-eff in "dealing" with the financial meltdown. Lindsey looked pathetic because he'd been up all night scurrying around to try to really do something about it, no matter how futile his efforts were. Lurch looked pretty chipper (given the caveat that we're talking about a gasbag that looks like a horsefaced corpse) because, like everything else in life, he hadn't done a damn bit of work other than ponderously pontificating on everything and probably exited to have martoonis, lots of 'em, with Terraaaayyyyzzzaaa. So there was Reporting for Doody telling twatboy Chris Wallace about how essentially involved Ozero was in providing leadership for the bailout and Lindsey is yawning and nodding off. What a tool!

clarice

It's used a lot in Indian cooking--here's a bnch of recipes...I like it..it smells a whole lot better than asafoetida which believe it or not really is delicious when cooked up.

http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Fenugreek_Recipes

Fenugreek is rumored to make your breasts bigger..so depending on your wihses eat a lot or very little of it.

Porchlight

I put maple syrup in my chili.

I've done that before, too! I've also done chocolate syrup and, once, in college, strawberry jam.

I didn't mean that the maple flavor be totally unwelcome in chili, just that I think of fenugreek as more of an Indian spice.

Salad dressing sounds like an interesting application. There used to be a great French restaurant in Westport, CT, Chez Pierre, that had a signature salad dressing wth curry powder in it. I couldn't get enough of that dressing.

Extraneus

I believe I survived eight years of Bill Clinton without ever having seen a speech, proclamation or extended utterance of his, save for his never having had sex with Monica, explanation of the meaning of "is," and the immortal fake crying when he saw the camera at Ron Brown's funeral. I have yet to see an Obama speech, and I don't think I'll have any problem avoiding the pleasure no matter how long he tickles the loins of the MSM.

Jane

I have yet to see an Obama speech, and I don't think I'll have any problem avoiding the pleasure no matter how long he tickles the loins of the MSM.

Actually his 2004 speech at the democrat convention was spectacular, and I predicted that night that one day he would be president. I sort of expected him to have a few more accomplishments under his belt before it happened.

Of course a lot of rhetoric has passed under the bridge since then, and most of it very very empty. So you are probably better off.

I can tell you how I feel about Obama's goal of uniting America. I'll always love my country, but democrats have a lot of work to do for me to ever trust them again.

JM Hanes

I was surprised to see just how many presidents and wannabes have done some whistle-stopping of their own. Truman's Train bears a certain resemblance to the Obama special, although you won't be surprised to notice that the Obama Seal assumed a new prominence. The decorative metallic scallop overhead looks like the descendant of a working canopy in Teddy Roosevelt's day.

And who can forget the historic Gracie Allen campaign? Pretty much everybody, it seems.

Mel

jean-

The nominal nominee for Sec. of Education, Arne Duncan has a skill that might come in handy in DC.

Buying expensive sh!@ that has little to do with education. (LUN)

Sort of a tradition here, Betcha didn't know the largest landholder in Chicago is Board of Education? And they own a radio station too.

Danube of Thought

Now the national intelligence director has weighed in on the subject of aggressive interrogation. He's for it. LUN

kim

Thanks for the link to the Gracie campaign, JMH. Gad, she was good, wasn't she?
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Pagar

From Mel's Chicago education link:

""We also look at it as a waste of money because the schools didn't even know they were getting the equipment, schools didn't know how to use the machines and weren't prepared to implement them into the curriculum," Sullivan said."

Since it's been a while since I was in school, maybe some one can explain how Cappuccino machines are normally implemented into the curriculum?

Meanwhile those going to Washington are apparently going to need to bring more that TP. If one wants for hire ladies/lads of the evening (for example)- The This Ain't Hell site says:

Well DC government is now concerned about the prostitutes plying their trade during the Hope and Change of the next few days;

District police have placed signs along 5th and I Streets. They read, “Warning, Prostitution Free Zone.” Those who disobey could be fined 300 dollars, and even jailed.

LUN

kim

Pyongyang goes all Teheran on Seoul.
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Extraneus

If there was ever a time to unify in recent history, it was under Bush. Everyone seems to have forgotten the feeling of uncertainty as to whether the Muslims might have had five, ten, twenty or more 9/11s in the pipeline at the time. That was the feeling that led to Iraq, and the Democrats' begging to be allowed to go on record supporting it.

But unification just wasn't in the cards. As soon as it became safe, they went all out to undermine him, and us, at every turn. Nobody called them on their obvious lack of patriotism, but they still whined about it pre-emptively.

Unification is like bi-partisanship. Great if Democrats are calling the shots. Impossible otherwise.

I have no desire or intention to unify with these cultits.

sbw

I'm glad to find another Gracie fan. She was brilliant!

PeterUK

A slight punctuation error.

"“Warning, Prostitution, Free, Zone” Those who disobey could be fined 300 dollars, and even jailed."

JM Hanes

If the seasteading thing doesn't work out, we can Rent a Train -- and pick St. Janiacs up as we go.

Here's a shout out to Obama, who is going to need a bigger bus. Moving right along, I ran across some pix of Blago's Office and realized that Obama's weakness for pomp & circumstance is just another manifestation of doing things the Chicago Way.

In other FoxNews, Kelly Wright reports on Obama memorabilia and collectibles, from "bling to bobbleheads," with sales of $200,000,000 in the last two months alone. No wonder Obama has his lawyers working on protecting the Obama image from commercial exploitation -- by others, one presumes. As the head honcho over at the King Center said of their intellectual property (which includes MLK's words, image and likeness), they're not trying to discourage anybody, but, “If you make a dollar, we should make a dime.” -- which makes it pretty hard to question the precedent for Obamenomics.

Switching channels.... we're deep into soft lens retrospectives of this historic day. Future victims of hypothermia have apparently already begun to gather on the Mall. Thus endeth today's lesson. Over to you, TM, wherever you are, or anyone else who wants to go Next.

SWarren

I don’t know if this has been linked on a previous thread, but I have never heard this before. Is Conason just trying to make Holder look acceptable?
Who knew? Marc Rich was a Mossad asset?

The Real Reason Bill Clinton Pardoned Marc Rich

~snip~ It is clear that Holder and his colleagues in the Justice Department had ample reason for concern over the proposed pardon, in part because pardoning a fugitive violated precedent. But for the Post to call him "the pardoner" in a front-page headline directing readers to the editorial was grossly unfair. Clinton had sole constitutional discretion to grant the pardon, and he would have done so whether Holder liked it or not.

But Holder understood that there were deeper reasons why the pardon was likely to be approved, which had nothing to do with the political and charitable contributions of Rich's ex-wife, the Manhattan socialite Denise Rich. The New York Times offered just a hint in a front-page story that appeared shortly after the Holder nomination was announced. Only at the very end did the Times mention the pressure from "the Israelis" that had persuaded Holder not to oppose the pardon -- as he told Beth Nolan, then the White House counsel.

Placed in its international context, that remark puts an entirely different coloration on Clinton's decision and on Holder's forbearance.

(cont'd at LUN)

Pal2Pal (Sara)

Since Democrats are some of the most intolerant people in the country, I expect to see the next 4 years be ones of the worst bigotry, antisemitism, and racist hatred this country has seen to date. And all wrapped up in political correctness and nannystate-ism.

JM Hanes

It's everywhere. So I decided to zone out with a movie, and TNT is playing Independence Day. Get it?

Guess we might as well throw this message from President Thomas Whitmore into our hopper of model speeches:

Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!
Oh gag. On Monday morning, Soledad O'Brien will be our personal escort on the journey from MLK to Obama. She will include MLK's entire "I Have a Dream" speech, which I love, but which I'm sure I'll have other opportunities to watch this week. How much do you suppose they had to pay-to-play it? The King Center will be rolling in dough by next weekend.

Somebody really needs to block my news channels too, Sara.

Danube of Thought

I give up. Hitting "preview" no longer seems to work.

Who will rid us of this meddlesome Previous/Next demon?

Time for football, then some serious seclusion with Kit Kat bars and vodka.

Danube of Thought

I long since stopped reading anything Conason writes, or listening to anything he has to say. He is a credulous fool, and will compromise basic honesty to advance his weirdo agends. I hope his crotch rots out.

JM Hanes

For the folks who haven't been watching today's events, our newly minted Mr. Lincoln co-opted the Revolution and the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia. By the time Tuesday rolls around, he'll have the folks who crossed the Alaska land bridge in his pocket too.

Jane

Time for football, then some serious seclusion with Kit Kat bars and vodka.

I'm not sure I've ever had Kit Kats with my grey goose. Clearly that is something I must try.

Extraneaus,

You said it better than I ever could. I really wish I didn't feel as strongly about this as I do.

JMH,

You are doing a spectacular job!

Extraneus

Cultits and all, Jane?

Extraneus

Merde, I'm all out of Kit Kats.

glenda

"Crotch rot" ...There you go, DoT--singing again!!!

Jane-trying to catch-up on everything--listened to the podcast--now--Can we be BFF?
You were fabulous--cool, calm and stating the facts--dickey does interrupt, but it makes him look like he's trying to stop you from making your point-which is the media is so far up Obama's caboose, they will never find their way out to ask any question of substance!!

Clarice, lucky girl, now that you are safe and sound in Fla!! I cannot imagine the anxiety D.C. residents with brains must feel at this time. I won't watch history, it's bad for my health to be angry and sad about our future. We all need to start a new Crusade before Waxman, Conyers and Pelosi shut down dissent and free speech!

JMH-thank you for the commentary...COURAGE!
hee!

glenda

SR...Still need recipes? Mine are easy with not a lot of fancy, but have kept me overweight for years!!

Ralph L

I have no desire or intention to unify with these cultits.
Stick with the natural, uncultivated ones.

Pagar

The underlying story was linked before in this thread, but for those who don't understand how dizzy some investors are, Hillbuzz has created this article:

Hedge Funds are the biggest scam we’ve ever encountered in our adult lives.

That’s the same con deliberately worked into all the Hope! and Change! propaganda of the past year. No one knows what change is coming. No one can define what we are supposed to hope for, or expect. It is different for everyone, with no big picture realization that a major train wreck is coming. Everyone wants to play make-believe.


There are many, many more hedge funds that are going to collapse in the days ahead.

cathyf

Somebody way upthread (like back several pages, so sorry, I'm not up to the effort of finding it) quoted Geithner to the effect that with the back taxes he paid in Nov it wasn't that he didn't realize that he owed them, but that he didn't realize that he hadn't paid them yet.

So, can I anticipate Secretary Geithner testifying before congress next year that the deficit is $350 billion smaller than he thought it was going to be, because while he thought he had spent the second half of the TARP funds, it turned out that he had forgotten to mail the checks?

Ok, confirm him!

Soylent Red

glenda:

Bring 'em on. Do it over here.

2:50:00 left by my clock.

PD

If the Geithner nomination goes through, perhaps we can press our elected representatives to have April 15 declared Timothy Geithner National Non-Payment of Taxes Day.

Jane

Glenda,

I would be honored to be your BFF. Wait til you meet Maddie, my only other BFF. She is my snorkle buddie from the cruise.

Stephanie

Just got back from the mall and it looked like Christmas Eve. The restaurants were full, the stores were busy, and the movie theater had lines out the door. The parking lot was packed... must be that hope and change.

Lots of O apparel for sale and on the shoppers. I had on my "My Pit Bull Wears Lipstick" hoodie... Dissent is patriotic!

matt

O is going to walk across the reflecting pool tomorrow at 10:00 am, after which all will bow down and acknowledge him as The One.

PD

We doubt that Obama will lay explicit claim to Reagan at this world historic revival, but he will certainly claim that it is morning again in America.

I think it's quite unlikely Obama will lay any claim to Reagan. In reading Dreams from My Father, I saw two references to Reagan:

p133:

In 1983, I decided to become a community organizer.

There wasn't much detail to the idea; I didn't know anyone making a living that way. When classmates in college asked me just what it was that a community organizer did, I couldn't answer them directly. Instead, I'd pronounce on the need for change. Change in the White House, where Reagan and his minions were carrying on their dirty deeds. Change in the Congress, compliant and corrupt. Change in the mood of the country, manic and self-absorbed. Change won't come from the top, I would say. Change will come from a mobilized grass roots.

pp203-204:

Just talk. Yet what concerned me wasn't just the damage loose talk caused efforts at coalition building, or the emotional pain it caused others. It was the distance between our talk and our action, the effect it was having on us as individuals and as a people. That gap corrupted both language and thought; it made us forgetful and encouraged fabrication; it eventually eroded our ability to hold either ourselves or each other accountable. And while none of this was unique to black politicians or black nationalists -- Ronald Reagan was doing quite well with his brand of verbal legerdemain, and white America seemed ever willing to spend vast sums of money on suburban parcels and private security forces to deny the indissoluble link between black and white -- it was blacks who could least afford such make-believe.

To the extent that what he wrote reflects what he believes, Obama is no Reagan fan. This characterization actually is quite harsh compared to many in the book. Most of the time Obama seems to attribute ill-doing on a given individual's part to that person simply making choices that are not in his own self interest. Not so with Reagan: Obama imputes actual malice.

BTW, that stuff about suburbs and white America is bogus. Obama writes about white flight from poor neighboorhoods, but he also chronicles that many black people also (perhaps after much soul-searching) also have a goal of getting their kids out of those same neighborhoods -- by moving to the suburbs.

Uncle BigBad

At least one of the high schools here in Abilene will turn on all their classroom TVs plus a giant TV in the auditorium for the inauguration. I don't suppose watching is required, but I don't know how any student can avoid it.

Speaking of curries, a good use for leftover mashed potatoes: Add enough half & half to the potatoes to the consistency of soup. Sprinkle generously with your favorite curry powder and whatever herbs you have around, and heat. Bring out the cheese board and you have an easy lunch.

PD

Good grief. I should have tried to work even more instances of "also" into my last sentence.

Sheesh.

PD

From And the Russians Stayed, Nestor T. Carbonell (reading at narciso's recommendation):

As the revolutionary process unfolded, the discussions at home centered on Castro. Who is he really and what is his background? How was he able to seize unlimited power? Does he have a master plan,or is he wavering and improvising without any set course or preconceived design? Is he totally in charge, or is he being led or influenced by others? We knew of Castro's record of violence since his university years, and of his intransigence and insatiable ego. We also were aware of the radicalism of some of his colleagues. But we didn't have too much information on Fidel himself: his family heritage, proclivities, and ideological tendencies or commitments.

Other than the violence, remind you of anyone?

How comforting, as Tuesday approaches.

narciso

Well it looks like the rest of 'you bitter clingers', seem to have said your piece, so let me offer mine. I wasn't lurking, I was
getting my printer re-initialized, after 4 hours. That event in Baltimore, really,
creeped me out. It didn't seem like anything
that happens in this country, it recalled Canetti on crowds, or Fouad Adjami, on same
and Arab nationalism, and my Argentine friend, would doubtlessly concur. Or let's bring the example closest to home, Fidel in '59. Even if one had confidence in his judgement, which I have some serious doubts about, this type of adulation is scary. We've had a medium size downturn, a few tough years of war abroad, add in the trauma of Katrina, inflicted on us by Shephard Smith and Geraldo Rivera; what's going on with this country among 52%. My parents came to the States to escape this 'cult of personality'; I know that statement
seems a little ironic, considering at least one of my most prolific writing interests.
And that I'm venturing from my previously only partially hinted at/disclosed location in part because of it. What's the dress code for those things anyways,But not really,there's a record of achievement and performance under fire I've never even read about; mostly from facing a cacophony of groundless charges and distortions. I hope the eye of the storm has settled down, some, next month when I get over there, but I doubt it. Who was the wiseguy, who said we'd be dealing with him for 10 years. Don't. . . do that again, in other news, it looks like Israel's signed up for another Hudna, or the Treaty of Hudabiyah; which ever comes first. Well it will last until shortly after Netanyahu's election.

Yes, PD, he's got a chip on his shoulder, at least the size of the Washington Monument, and he fundamentally
misunderstands Reagan's message, and that of any likely successor in his footsteps. Than again if you're mentors are the triunvirate of Ayers. Wright and Pfleger, of course you're going to miss the point.
On Geithner, one of the most distressing things I heard was from Rick Edelman, one of those level headed investment advisors on Fox Radio, when everyone else was panicking, who wasn't keen on his violations, but was willing to let it go
because of the severity of the crisis.

Rick Ballard

It appears that the Israeli's are going to honor Obmama by not killing any more of his supporters. Until after the inauguration. They're also not pulling out of Obamistan until his supporters stop firing rockets.

I'm sure RW has the perfect long term solution tucked away in Sandy Berger's boxers, ready to be implemented on Tuesday afternoon.

Pal2Pal (Sara)

Damn It! This is Starting to Piss Me Off

PD

Leadership in the face of danger:

"Friends, voters, citizens of Riverbank," he said in his grand official voice, "thank you for coming! Again I say, thank you!"

The badger folded his paws over his stomach proudly. "Now then, as your duly elected leader, let me assure you that I am always working tirelessly on your behalf, and I will continue to do so as long as I remain your duly elected leader. Rest assured I am doing all I can. We must all do everything we can -- at all times, to make Riverbank a better place to live. I want personally to thank you all for coming. Good night!" He turned to waddle back into his house.

"Attention, Lord Mayor," called the bright blue kingfisher. "What about the dog?"

The Lord Mayor of Riverbank seemed slightly startled. "Dog? What dog? We don't allow dogs in Riverbank. Who said that?" The badger peered around and noticed Admiral King-Fisher sitting on a branch above his head. "Oh, Admiral, it's you. Well, as you know, doges are out of the question. Impossible. I won't support any dog issue, rest assured. No, please, no need to thank me. That's what I'm here for. Ahem, now, if you all will excuse me, I have a very tight schedule at the moment. I really must be going."

"Halt!" the kingfisher persisted. "Mayor Badger, what about the dog? Something will have to be done."

Bodger Badger, Lord Mayor of Riverbank, bristled at this. "Are you suggesting, sir, that I have been shirking my duties? Of course something will have to be done. I know that. As your duly elected Mayor, let me assure you that the situation is being examined very closely."

"Is that all?" demanded the ducks. "Aren't you going to do anything?"

"Examining is doing something," insisted the badger. "I expect to make a statement any day now."

He's monitoring the situation, you know. What's to worry about?


(From The Tale of Annabelle Hedgehog, Stephen Lawhead)

clarice

jmh..you did such a good job, and saved me so much time and agita in the process. I propose we make you official recorder of all O events and speeches.

Stephanie

Sara,

This is the same crowd that brought you the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta (remember the Clinton's running around Olympics then) that was such a scandal because the streets of Atlanta resembled a flea market of kitch and crassness with such poor planning and commercialism that Juan Antonio Samarach was given to deviate from his "best games ever" tag and diss us on his way out.

Why would you expect anything different now?

Pal2Pal (Sara)

Stephanie: Please tell me they didn't have Clinton condoms. What kind of man would put on an Obama condom? Ewwwwwwwwwww!

Rick Ballard

"What kind of man would put on an Obama condom?"

It's limited pretty much to pygmies. A small niche market, sure, but there were honesty in advertising constraints that limited the roll out.

bad

"What kind of man would put on an Obama condom?"

A Trig troofer, for one...in place of the real thang...

Stephanie

They had flag condoms of all the countries.. it was grotesque...


As for the other, it seemed like every flea market and traveling amusement show was set up here. We had jewelry vendors, leather vendors, t-shirt vendors, bobble head vendors, you name it vendors and 3 amusement parks set up in the downtown area... including those sky shot carnival things like they have at the beach. The really sad part was they sold so many vendor licenses (oversold) that alot of vendors got poor locations and little traffic and lost their shirts (but somehow the politicians all raked in the dough)... other than right around Centennial Park and on the direct routes to/from the Marta (subway) Stations, no one was on the side streets at night or during the day... just like normal.

I'd be willing to bet the strip clubs in DC are doing gangbusters, too. The girls here had Olympics g-strings just for the occasion. Some girls cleared 6 figures in just under three weeks...

It was the same for the Superbowl, too. Of course IIRC that was when Ray Lewis had his run in with the law and was charged with murder. Now he's playing for the Ravens tomorrow. Ain't it grand??

I saw someone on another site wondering about the over/under on a nightclub shooting in DC over the next few days...

narciso

Cuomo pere, comparing Obama to Lincoln on Huckabee, "Somebody please. . ." Of course
it used to be that he only compared himself
to Lincoln. Haven't read Carbonell in a long while, but the words still linger in my mind. If you know Spanish, Enrique Ros, Ileana's father has a whole series on Castro's early days, the real story of the Bay of Pigs, the international expeditions of Guevara in Africa and Latin America; guerilla operations in the same period. Glad my recommendation was fruitful, PD, Cuban historiography seems to either be encyclopedic like Lord Hugh Thomas's two volume 1,000 page account, or hagiographic, like George Anne Geyer, "Guerilla Prince", which relies heavily on the conspiracy ridden tales of rogue FBI agent William Turner and ramparts writer Warren Hinckle.

Picked up "Kill Bin Laden" from Dalton Fury, the head of the Delta teams at Tora Bora, turns out the tale of how Bin Laden got away was much more nuanced that Smucker, Schroen, Berntsen, Scheuer, even Clarke suggested. More along the lines of
what the late Robin Moore, wrote in his treatment of early operations in
Afghanistan. He sees it as an important battle, where the outcome was far from decided.

Stephanie

Two U.S. attorneys appointed by Dubya are refusing to leave the Justice Department when Obama takes office. Their explanation: they've got too many corrupt Democrats to prosecute!

Rest of the story LUN.

Pal2Pal (Sara)

I just read that some celebrity was sooooooo happy the children would now have a hero to look up to. Hero? WTF heroic has Obama ever done? If they want a hero, they have a bona fide hero in Capt. "Sully" THE HERO OF THE HUDSON.

Stephanie

But.. But I thought that the Hollywood line was that kids don't emulate things they see on TV or in the media?

It's so confusing.

PD

Yes, narciso, thanks for the recommendation. I've started in on Suchlicki as well.

Love Groove Dance Party

Symbol Susan?

Boss? The UFOs and Space aliens are a good idea. Paid by foreign agents(as opposed to being paid)at their embassy, two dead drops and freed today.

narciso

I was reminded by Don Surber, the web sage of Poca, West Va, that Secretary of State designate Hillary calling Afghanistan a 'narco-state' is not a contructive way to engage in diplomacy; as the Afghan foreign minister might have put. So castigating our allies in Afghanistan, implicitly giving support to AQ and the Taliban; negotiating with the likes of Iran and Hamas; sounds like 1993 all over again, Forcing Israel into an unforceable peace deal against them.

rhymin simon

Mr. Goodwill Hunting invited Mr. Tibbs to dinner to find out what the Truth IS. Because in the day they used to speak Truth to Power. Mr. Tibbs responded you want the truth ! You can’t handle the Truth, cause last time we were debating what the meaning of “is” is. But by the way we are not in Kansas anymore so goodbye Yellow brick and the truth lies bleeding in the sand like a candle blowing in the wind. You see No way out so look at the Big clock for we are Back to the future. With the big three going the way of the Deloren.
Well the find some life on mars so here is to the Rocket man can you here Major Tom well tall the young dudes carry the news because we are all John Galts and Winnie make sure that the honey is not synthetic and made in China with malomine.

rhymin simon

A great distinction between now and the great depression is that the educated /sophisticated class of the working populace are getting laid off.Can they really be re-trained and will they accept lower wages. There will be a lot of anguish over the small fortune spent on education for minimal job prospects. Fortunately or unfortunately how you perceive it, but many liberal arts colleges may be on the verge of bankruptcy in the near future especially if they had the same returns as the Yale and Harvard endowments had this year.
It is just sweet irony that Joe the Plumber has a book contract and has become a tv journalist without the benefit of a college degree. Some sad sack who went to journalism school wrote a NYtimes op-ed complaing about it. Hey pretty soon Joe the Plumber will switch position with Donald Trump looking at how his Chicago and Atlantic City deals are doing and tell him you are fired!
Its great seeing individuals who had two PHDs in the unemployment line. The first PHD is in some liberal arts area and the second lost his money with Bernie Madoff.

And where will legacies get you when all the old white shoe invesment banks have closed up shop. Unless you went to Kennedy School of management and were friendly with Chuck Schumer so you could screw up Lincoln Savings (Keating) and Indymac Bank.

Of course we can all become community organizers. During the depression that was the one with the tin drum garbage can that the HOboes used for heating but not to fear we are in a period of global warming.

Pal2Pal (Sara)

simon: You ask a good question. One of the lessons I learned from my Mother was how she graduated from Berkeley with her Masters in Economics and Personnel Management and her first job was typing envelopes in the credit dept. of a San Francisco dept. store for $19 a week. They had to wear a standard navy blue dress with a white collar and had to stand for cleanliness and straight stocking seams inspection every morning. She considered herself one of the lucky ones to have a job. The year was 1931. It wasn't until 1943 that she finally got a job in her own specialty and got her career off the ground. She said the lesson she learned during the Depression years was one of humility.

Daddy

Well somehow I'm not discouraged. I never expected anything better from the MSM, DC, etc. But tonight I stood all by myself in the Safeway Lobby of my local Anchorage Mall with a clipboard and a pen and blank sheets for petition signatures. I'd never done it before and felt somewhat awkward and didn't know what to expect. In about 5 minutes I had my pitch down to a simple "Petition to limit property tax increases." In just under an hour I had both my sheets completely filled up, and had way more "Thank You for doing this" and hand shakes than "Not interested"s"

Just an anecdotal example, but I think the people I met tonight at my local grocery store were way more concerned about out of control budgets and taxes and politicians, than listening to David Gergen tell them "Kumbaya."

Stephanie

You go, Daddy!! Hold their feet to the fire and their nether regions, too if it'll help.

Mantra for the next four years... don't back down, don't give up, don't give in.

Complacency and silence give fools room to maneuver...

Jane

Clearly it's more than 8 degrees here - because it is snowing like a loon.

Where is Al Gore these days?

kim

Minus 50 Fahrenheit in Maine, Jane, a state record low. Maybe that was yesterday.
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Captain Hate

Cuomo pere, comparing Obama to Lincoln on Huckabee, "Somebody please. . ." Of course
it used to be that he only compared himself
to Lincoln.

Unsuper Mario's just jealous that the only political figure that has a higher ratio of MSM-generated hype to accomplishment was able to get over on the entire nation, not just New Yawk. Other than McCain's prodigious ego getting pricked, that's the only thing I can get pleasure from Obastard's win.

kim

Still 'somebody, please' is a pretty apt sentiment.
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Jane

Where are all the peeps? Too frustrated with the format?

peter

I am finding it particularly hard to watch David Axelrod on Stephanopoulos this am.

Captain Hate

Still 'somebody, please' is a pretty apt sentiment.

Of course it is, but it would also apply to the NPR drones who have been boring us for years with the "gravitas" of Mario and his gaseous pronouncements tailored to get over on the pinheads who slavishly watch their Dick Cavett beta tapes.

Mel

peter-

I have been "listening" to Axelrod for so many years, that it reminds me of how I would get up to change the channel on my B&W TV.

I still change the channel though.

Smarmy, and nothing from his mouth is at all accurate.

Depressed Atlas

"Where are all the peeps? Too frustrated with the format?"

Yep.

Ralph L

I kinda like the preview mode--it refreshes much quicker because there's no sidebar stuff--but it is weird having the comment box at the top of the page.

Boatbuilder

I just spent some time over at PowerLine. It's pretty depressing. The idea that intelligent conservatives have to engage in extended analysis to determine whether Obama's fluffy non-answers on card check demonstrate admirable pragmatism or Clintonesque dishonesty is mind-boggling. This issue is about as clear and straightforward as it can possibly be.
I like those guys, but sometimes lawyers can get caught up in their own nuance.
They did lead me to a very good (short)piece by Ross Douthart in the NYT Review of Books about Buckley, Reagan and "conservative populism". I would link it if I had those skills, but I don't. Worth reading.

narciso

I ellipsed it, Kim, because I don't want to sound too derivative, but you get the point. Huckabee, retread Hannity,and then Geraldo, and no Red Eye, that's got to be a violation of the Geneva and Vienna
Conventions. I guess I have no choice than to watch the first episode of Beck, seeing who's going to be on, everything else will be like something Jack Bauer cooked up His heart is in the right place, but he gets extremely overwrought over things. I know don't everyone yell out 'projection' all all once. I'm well aware of exactly how I sound at times. First payment, came through
Jean, by the way. thanks for everything and you too, Mel, ignore all my whining of late. You're right, Clarice, there's a long fight ahead, and I have to put up the proper attitude, or I'll have to change my handle to something like "Bucky" I'm going to try to catch some sun, and check back with you later, so I'll look somewhat like someone who's lived in South Florida. If there's a particularly pernicious lie, I'm sure Newbusters will catch it. I'm blessed to be living down here, have my wonderful family, and a great group of friends, all connected through the 'inner-tubes' thingy.
Watch those crazy courts up there Daddy, the one's down here, told chuckling Charlie
a property tax cut is not a 'tax cut' at all. Then again, these voted in favor of Exxon, so they're not completely mad. Any recommendations about places to stay other than the Omni Shoreham Hotel their prices are a bit steep, I'm just saying.

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