Powered by TypePad

« Stroll With Me Down Shakedown Street | Main | Hire The Handicapped »

March 24, 2009

Comments

Elliott

He will start emission restriction dead end, I analyze. (Did I break the rules by posting a coded message that didn't mention Harvard?)

AL

Frigging unbelievable. Fluorescent lighting?!

The guy is more technically and scientifically illiterate than Neanderthal. Same his advisers.

LED lighting (and there is OLED lighting!) is way better, from any point of view.

And there is drain-water heat recovery, which by investment of 500 bucks (if you are handy one – you can do it for 200) reduces water heating bill in detached home by 25-40%.

http://www.renewability.com/dhrt.htm

And there is solar water heating, which in Continental US could reduce remaining electricity bill for water heating in half, over the year.

And there is extremely simplistic heat-exchange ventilation, which could be installed by DIY handyman by 1000$ and eliminate completely winter heating bills in most of continental US:

http://www.villavent.co.uk/heat-recovery-ventilators.htm

And there is air-to-air heat pump heating, which can cut three times heating bills in coldest parts of continental US.

And finally, there is frigging district heating:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_heating

daddy

Well at least now we know he wasn't hanging out at Star Trek Conventions during his spare time in college. Perhaps he was volunteering at the Special Olympics.

Captain Hate

Hey daddy, good luck in the rest of the tourney; I have you guys winning it all in my bracket. Yes I know that puts me in the same category as the jug-eared illiterate in the White House but I'm sure I spent less time putting mine together.

Daddy

Thank you Captain Hate,

Ughh. T'is distateful to have him as my B-Ball bedfellow, but what the heck can I do? Was pleased to see my boys staying after their game to boo Doook. And Memphis was simply ferocious. We got very little up here of any of those games, but hopefully that'll change now as the numbers decrease. I think its 1 final beer and off to bed. Good night.

mike191

What was the REAL input Obama made as editor of The Harvard Review?

PeterUK

"We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars".Obviuosly not Obaaamaaaa.

verner

Oh dear, even Andrew Sullivan is getting a little um...eh...soft on him

verner

LUN for the sullivanator

verner

Coulda been worse; coulda been "Oar-ee-o".

Obviously didn't spend any time in that million dollar planetarium he earmarked to his campaign crony.

Captain Hate

Ughh. T'is distateful to have him as my B-Ball bedfellow, but what the heck can I do?

Nothing, it's still a free country in that regard although you'd think that the "nuanced" Bammers would reflect that he has more of a choice on schools in his bracket pool than some of his daughters' classmates' parents will when educational vouchers are done away with.

bad

I wonder if the lefties will continue to spew NOOKYOOLUR....

Funny thing, I know many people who say it that way.

But I don't know a single person that says OAR-ee-on.

Pofarmer

This ain't good.

U.S. Seeks Expanded Power to Seize Firms
The Obama administration is considering asking Congress to give the Treasury secretary unprecedented powers to initiate the seizure of non-bank financial companies, such as large insurers, investment firms and hedge funds, whose collapse would damage the broader economy, according to an administration document.
LUN

sbw

Don't blame TelePrompTer.

Extraneus

Makes you wonder what would have happened without the bailouts, doesn't it, Po?

Old Lurker

Where to start the day...which thread?

WaPo front page sets the stage, headlines are enough:

1. President wants authority to sieze non-bank firms.

2. EPA moves to address AGW impacts through Clean Air Act, not waiting for Congress.

3. China (& Russia) move to replace dollar as the global reserve cuurency with some IMF creation.

No need to read the details.

hit and run

Jacob Weisberg dies a little inside each time Obama does this.

Extraneus

Yup. Government siezing more power, country losing it.

PeterUK

The government is going to have to take your guns,soon.

fdcol63

I think Obama's pronunciation of "POK-eee-ston" is pretentious.

Pofarmer

Makes you wonder what would have happened without the bailouts, doesn't it, Po?
Oh, hell no, there's no wondering to it. Firms would have gone bankrupt, assets would have been cleared from the books, bankers would have lost their cushy salaries, and the world would have continued to spin and we would have seen different sources of credit and banking.

Old Lurker

PUK, I left the good news from your side of the pond off my list:

1. Britian deploys airplanes with heat sensors to identify homeowners who waste energy so that officials can approach the property owners from the ground.

2. Flatulance tax seeps Europe, assigning per cow taxes based on how good or bad each contry behaves.

bad

The government is going to have to take your guns,soon.

They'll pry 'em out of my cold, dead hands.

Lord Whorfin

The true test?-How does he pronounce "Betelgeuse"

Pofarmer

The government is going to have to take your guns,soon.

They'll pry 'em out of my cold, dead hands.

Something tells me that there's a bunch in this administration that don't mind that scenario. They aren't the ones having to do the trigger pulling.

PeterUK

Daddy,

"Flatulance tax seeps Europe, assigning per cow taxes based on how good or bad each country behaves."
That sounds like punishment duty.What do the inspectors do,follow each cow around with Fartometer?

clarice

Nah--it's how he says Uranus.

PeterUK

bad,
The only way you can keep the government away, is by having your own nuclear weapons.Works for the Norks.

bad

Barney Frank calls Justice Scalia a "homophobe."

He'd probably soil himself if Scalia called him a "homo."

What a douchebag.

bad

LOL Clarice.

Our kids wonder how we kept a straight face in class discussing "Yer-ain-us."

GMax

Apparently even Zogby ( I know its Zogby but he is usually high on the Democrat side when he is wrong ) picks up the huge shift in sentiment in voters having second thoughts about the Teleprompter in Chief.

He calls it 50/50 today.

Jimmy Carter keeps coming to mind, and the comments to the Mad Mullahs of Iran about a "Coke and a Smile" did not help in the least.

Khorn

OAR-ee-on, that actually explains a lot. I remember years ago watching the NOVA (I think) special on alien abductions where they showed some old clips of the contactees from the 1950s. These were people who met kindly space brothers that wanted to save mankind from ourselves, not the anally obsessed grey guys everyone seems to run into nowadays. Anyway, one contactee made sure to explain to the interviewer that his space friends came from OAR-ee-on, not Orion. So the question is whether Obama is from outer space or just gets his advice from there?

Charlie (Colorado)

Po, if it doesn't make you wonder what would have happened without the bailouts, maybe you should try it. But think about the goddamned details instead of just resorting to more slogans.

"we would have seen different sources of credit and banking."

Which would be what?

Charlie (Colorado)

You know, I've heard other people insisting that ORion was the "correct" pronunciation. I wonder if it's not one of those linguistic "U vs non-U" markers, like "Jenjiss" for Genghis.

bad

lol Khorn

Jane

LOL Khorn

Uncle BigBad

What about Eggwipe, Pa. (Spelled Egypt)? Then there's Chi-Lie, NY (spelled Chili). Don't forget Palesteen, TX (spelled Palestine), and even obscure TUX-e-do, TX (spelled Tuxedo).

And I don't even want to go to St. Cloud, MN or Des Plaines, IL.

clarice

I think Khorn is really on to something.

bad

I think that how the company pronounces "Orion" is probably the way to go.

DebinNC

NASA's upcoming Orion space capsule is delayed to help pay for "education". You'd think BO would have heard the word numerous times during the campaign, given the importance of FL.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

"we would have seen different sources of credit and banking."

Which would be what?

The thousands of foreign, national, regional and local banks which did business prudently and are still profitable. Just like any industry that capsizes there are thousands of eager large and small fry waiting to take over.
The government is accreting power through these bailouts it will probably not willingly give up.
I'm not convinced it would have cost any more to let the market sort this out (probably less over time) but I am certain it would not have had the political cost of giving the management of our economy to the Feds.

Enlightened

Why didn't fed or state authorities look to chartering new banks with locked up money market accounts and t-bill funds to buy up home loans and personal or car loans from the older banks??? Why the rush to enable abject losers? Oh waah - the bondholders and shareholders get bit in the ass - tough.

There's almost 9000 banks in the US the majority do not need a bailout, did not manipulate their credit and probably would do well with a bigger market share. The good banks and creditors can absorb the good assets from the losers and the bad assets get unloaded for the crap they are and the FDIC can restructure the losers to protect the deposits.

Porchlight

Told the Orion story to my husband this morning.

He replied with one word: "MOAR-ee-on."

Danube of Thought

This tends to confirm my suspicion that, at bottom, Obama is not really an educated man.

bad

You're making progress, Porch.

MayBee

Hilarious!

matt

I think the Frank comment is a lot more insidious than that,bad. I believe he is trying to set the stage to force Scalia to recuse himself on a gay marriage vote if it comes before SCOTUS. If Frank can hammer home the message, he will create more public clamor for Scalia to either watch himself or take that worst case option.

We are living in the age of the Mau Mau's again. yell it loud. It doesn't matter if it's true, but if some of the mud sticks, mission accomplished. The Left Wing has a serious case of demonization of their opponents.

Danube of Thought

I would bet my final dollar that Scalia would not recuse himself it that legislation is challenged in the USSCt.

Charlie (Colorado)

Okay, Po, now tell me how you think that process would occur? Who would be processing the commercial paper for payrolls? How long would it require to establish those things? how would the assets of the big companies that have to go be reorganized? Which courts would have jurisdiction? Where would the smaller banks go to recover the money they have in money-markets managed by the bigger banks? What would FDIC do for funds as those other smaller banks become effectively insolvent because they can't recover?

Sadly, the people who have to deal with this, in either this administration or the previous one, don't have the advantages you do, which is to say, the ability to parrot slogans without taking responsibility for the results.

Charlie (Colorado)

I think the Frank comment is a lot more insidious than that,bad. I believe he is trying to set the stage to force Scalia to recuse himself on a gay marriage vote if it comes before SCOTUS.

I would bet my final dollar that Scalia would not recuse himself it that legislation is challenged in the USSCt.

I'm with DoT on this: force him how?

bad

Scalia is no pantywaist or shrinking violet.

I pity the fool who tries to push him around.

Enlightened

"Sadly, the people who have to deal with this, in either this administration or the previous one, don't have the advantages you do, which is to say, the ability to parrot slogans without taking responsibility for the results."

Sadly, bailout afficianados continue to parrot slogans in lieu of results.

Porchlight

You're making progress, Porch.

Thanks, that was my reaction, too. The odds of him voting for Obama twice are dropping daily. As others have noted, when your supporters start laughing at you, it's not good.

Enlightened

"I'm with DoT on this: force him how?"

Ethics experts have previously said the impression that Scalia had already "made up his mind" based on previous comments or actions should require him to drop out of the proceedings. Apparently Frank thinks he can goad Scalia into a controversial remark thereby forcing a recusal.

Pofarmer

"we would have seen different sources of credit and banking."

Which would be what?

Maybe some of the 4 TRILLION we're being told is "sitting on the sidelines". Maybe the stronger regional banks.

It wasn't always thus.

Pofarmer

Okay, Po, now tell me how you think that process would occur? Who would be processing the commercial paper for payrolls? How long would it require to establish those things? how would the assets of the big companies that have to go be reorganized? Which courts would have jurisdiction? Where would the smaller banks go to recover the money they have in money-markets managed by the bigger banks? What would FDIC do for funds as those other smaller banks become effectively insolvent because they can't recover?

Well, you would think by NOW, 6 months on, they would have figured out some other track, than calling for nationalizing and controlling even MORE of our economy.
When do you say "Enough". These banks need to stand with the consequences of their actions. Let the Feds step in to keep things organized on the periphery. Provide commercial paper if it's neccessary, things like that, but you don't prop up whole system that's failing. It should be obvious by now we have NO IDEA what this is going to cost, and never did.

Enlightened

A lot of people thought they knew everything about these bailouts. And here we are, still puking the "wait a little longer, spend a little more" meme.

A lot of bankers and agencies stayed above that toxicity - and there they stay.

I'd take their suggestions over these stupid know-it-alls who know NOTHING any day of the week. They were too smart to jump into a toxic cesspool simply because someone said "you have to".

PD

And I don't even want to go to St. Cloud, MN or Des Plaines, IL.

What's special about St. Cloud? It's pronounced as you would expect; at least by the people there.

Jane

I think Frank is trying to create a different headline and deflect attention away from his problems in the financial mess.

And I bet someone already said that.

cathyf

Hey, cut the guy some slack here. There is a town in north western Illinois pronounced OAR-ee-on. (It's right near Milan pronounced MY-lin and Viola pronounced vy-OH-la.) And Obama was their senator for four years after all...

sbw

And we have Vienna - pronounced VY-en-a.

Pofarmer

So, how would you guys pronounch Auxvasse?

PD

Hey, cut the guy some slack here. There is a town in north western Illinois pronounced OAR-ee-on. (It's right near Milan pronounced MY-lin and Viola pronounced vy-OH-la.) And Obama was their senator for four years after all...

What, you think he was paying attention?

Porchlight

So, how would you guys pronounch Auxvasse?

If it was in Texas, I'd guess "OH-vus."

bgates

Hey, cut the guy some slack here. There is a town in north western Illinois pronounced OAR-ee-on.

He's not stupid, he's just provincial.

The best part of the story is that he blamed his "prepared remarks" for the error.

hit and run

Cathyf:
Hey, cut the guy some slack here. There is a town in north western Illinois pronounced OAR-ee-on.

And there's a town near Houston named Humble, where the H is silent...UM-bull.

I bet if Bush had....yada, yada, yada, he was their Governor for eight years after all.

Enlightened

"So, how would you guys pronounch Auxvasse?"

Oy Vey?

bad

I keep going back to the incredibly bright, Ivy League graduate who has no exposure to Orion, The Hunter.

All three of my kids knew the reference as well as the pronunciation.

bad

I'll bet Bill Ayers wouldn't have made that mistake.

Has anyone checked for "Orion" references in his two autobios?

Porchlight

Ooh, bad, good idea re: the autobios. Someone really ought to put the full text of those online so we can search more easily. (Copyright be damned, to keep earning money from them would be "greedy," wouldn't it? Mao never copyrighted his little red book, after all.)

Hit, re: Bush, I almost typed the exact same thing using Palestine ("Palesteen"), TX.

bad

According to Amazon, there are no references to "Orion" in his books.

davod

Bush could have stopped of the attacks on his lousy speech habits if only he had purchased an educated teleprompter.

Porchlight

Bush didn't have TOTUS like Barack does. TOTUS is all-pro.

Pofarmer

Back again.

Auxvasse is pronounced "Aahhhh-vahs"

It's quite comical to try to get the St. Louis crowd to pronounce it.

daddy

So PUK,

A "Cutting the Cheese Tax" to add to your "Cheese Tax"?

And OT by the way, concerning your Oscar Wilde's lying in the gutter looking up at the stars quote from up above. Came unexpectedly across his grave a few years back in that Poet's graveyard in Paris, where Jim Morrison and Abelard and Heloise lay in state. Wilde's was a sort of white winged Babylonian sphinx, big as a HumVee, but when we got closer it was covered with about a thousand red lipstick smooches on it that looked exactly the shape of Pamela Anderson's lips. We were already toasted anyway, so I just giggled and left, but I've always wondered if those possibly could have been original or were simply add-ons like Edgar Allen Poe's annual rose and bottle of brandy(?) offering.

Anybody out there know the answer to that, or is that a mission for the next JOMer in Paris?

daddy

There's a funny scene in an old Futurama episode where the Professor criticizes Fry for doing that old "Your Anus" planet joke. The Professor then lectures that they changed the name of the planet in the 26th Century to prevent such stupid juvenile school-kid jokes.

"So what'd they change it to?" asks Fry.

Replies the Professor, "Urectum".

bad

From Porch's link:

The plan right now is for me to be there doing my job, but I'm a little uncomfortable with the layout of the room. The Huffington Post correspondent's chair is right behind me, and I don't like having my back to him. Posted by TOTUS at 7:10 AM
Captain Hate

Give Bammers a break; the only star the Dunham family was interested in was the red one.

daddy

"I keep going back to the incredibly bright, Ivy League graduate who has no exposure to Orion, The Hunter."

Yeah Bad, and it's not like growing up in Hawaii isn't the greatest place on planet Earth to do stargazing. Ignorant doesn't begin to cut it for what our President doesn't know.

clarice

Daddy- checking around the IT I found this (plus some pics illustrating the smooch marks):
"For whatever reason, the 10-ton male angel that covers Wilde seems to invite misunderstanding and abuse. I overheard one young French girl admiringly describe it as "Japanese." Although it looks vaguely Mayan to me, the angel was inspired by the Sphinx. It was sculpted by American artist named Jacob Epstein and financed by an "anonymous" lady. "Every man kills the thing he loves ..." would do just fine as an epitaph. No brave person has attempted to dynamite it, but there is a vast conspiracy to finish it off kiss by kiss. Hundreds of lipstick kisses in pink, red, brown and purple have been planted all over it, especially in the lower reaches. Although much of the color was scrubbed away between All Saints Day and the centenary, the animal fat in the lipstick ensures that the mouth marks will remain in the stone forever.

As the Irish were leaving, an elderly woman arrived and began to rearrange Wilde's tomb as if it were part of her backyard. Madame C.H. has been puttering around the tombs in Père Lachaise for 15 years. Wilde is a favorite. "The notes were a form of pure love" she says, referring to the old custom of stuffing messages around the angel's toes and knees "but the kisses are degrading." I couldn't find any traces of the messages Madame was referring to but I copied down some of the multilingual graffiti that was still legible: "You taught me what is love," writes Luca from Pescara. "What's the craic?" asks Aisling from Dublin. The chorus adds: "Wilde, je t'adore!" "Oscar, it is still pure Greek!" and "You are the best! You can never die!" Deeply etched were the words "The Man."

For Wilde's grandson, who pays for the upkeep, the kisses are the last straw. "I don't know what to do now," he told the London Observer last month. "Perhaps I should write to L'Oréal asking them to put warnings on their lipsticks." He ordered a plaque for the base of the tomb that reads (in English and French): "Respect the memory of Oscar Wilde and do not deface this tomb. It is protected by law as an historical monument and was restored in 1992." Perhaps the tomb smoochers think that they are showing respect. Perhaps they look at themselves in the mirror afterward and say, "Oscar Wilde's kiss is still on my lips."
"

verner

Daddy, I confess to being an Oscar Wilde fan, and yes, while at Pere Lachaise a couple of years back, I placed lilies (one of Wilde's favs, along with sunflowers) on his grave.

No kisses though.

His Grandson is being priggish--I think Wilde would have loved the spectacle.

And for anyone who has a few days in Paris, I recommend a walk through PL--Proust, Piaf, you name em, they are likely there.

bad

Lipstick looks so much better on flesh. Pity to waste it on stone...

verner

Scroll down for a pic of Oscar's grave

LUN

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Okay, Po, now tell me how you think that process would occur? Who would be processing the commercial paper for payrolls? How long would it require to establish those things? how would the assets of the big companies that have to go be reorganized? Which courts would have jurisdiction? Where would the smaller banks go to recover the money they have in money-markets managed by the bigger banks? What would FDIC do for funds as those other smaller banks become effectively insolvent because they can't recover?

Not Po, but it would work sometething like this;
Mark to market accounting would not be used as the regulatory capital requirement criterion, but would be replaced by a cash flow forecast. The uptick rule would be reinstated.
These two regulatory adjustments would have alleviated a great deal of the pressure from all of the banks.
Since the banks would have had much less pressure on their capital there would have been much less problem with commercial paper, which was largely caused by money market fnds not buying it in anticipation of redemptions following Lehman's collapse. Less pressured banks would have much more willingly substituted their lending facilities for the brief crunch in commercial paper. and it would have taken very little time at all to switch lenders had the government relieved the credit crunch in the first place by liftng its idiot regulations.
If a large bank had to go it would go as they have before; by being put into receivership and either reorganized into a smaller profitable unit or gobbled up by healthier institutions. Citi and BofA are vastly larger than any other recent bank bust but neither is so big we couldn't get along with them in much smaller pieces. After all we did just that only ten or so years ago.
The FDIC would reimburse that portion of any smaller bank which was either already covered or that the Fed could cover by expanding its balance sheet.
I don't believe anyone is arguing that the Federal government should have done nothing, other than TCO.
But it seems evident that the Fed and FDIC could have done more good by using their existing resources and expanding the Fed's gigantic balance sheets to keep this quarantined from congress and the executive. It was a political decision by Bernanke to involve the Treasury and congress, when neither showed much enthusiasm for sticking their nose in it, and once they came in the decisions and interventions became far less easy to reverse and far more politically motivated.
Even if the short term economic fallout from restricting intervention to the Fed and FDIC would have been greater, which is not at all clear, the longer term damage would have been far less than the floodgates of bailout mania are and will continue to be.

daddy

Wow,

Thanks Clarice and Verner. What wonderful stuff I learn hanging out here. On our visit, my co-pilot and I were on a nutty mission to take a colored drawing of Flat Stanley and get a photo of him on Jim Morrison's grave for a Second Grader, and the rest was just bonus nuttiness. We had been up all night, and this spur of the moment adventure was like Otter and Bluto in Animal House at 2 am, "Road Trip!" Now I know I've got to go back. It's also fascinating how Oscar Wilde was apparently so well liked by ordinary American's on his cross country tour, when the general idea was that they would hate him. I vaguely remember that from a few years back, but suspect Verner is much more knowledgeable about it.

Captain Hate

Btw, what is the BFD about Jim Morrison's grave? The first time I went to Paris a friend of mine, who should've known better, asked me if I was going there. That immediately put me in the WTF mode; responding that there would be otherwise enough ugly Americans there making asses out of themselves without moi looking for the headstone of some dissolute soak. A subsequent trip failed to pique my curiosity for that also.

Otherwise I love Paris; I'd go there annually if I could talk Mrs Hate into it. Or if she'd let me go solo.

verner

He was Daddy, and utterly outrageous. During his America tour, he stayed in my hometown Memphis for a day or two.

Memphis was very much the Irish town, and a hotbed of Fenian activity. Wilde was properly wined and dined by the gentry, and may have even made a visit to the famous MANSION, Memphis' premiere...house of "sport", that also happened to be a major center of they city's gentlemen's social activity.

Wilde didn't seem too impressed however,because he hardly mentions the stop in his correspondence of the trip.

Wilde was a genius, and a tragic figure. He was sick, broke, estranged from his children when he died in Paris. Very sad.

Jane

I can beat that Capt Hate - the first time I went to Paris I hailed a cab and the first thing the cabbie asked me was if I wanted to see the tunnel where Diana was killed.

verner

Captain, I'll go to Paris, any time, any day with nothing but a toothbrush if I must.

Walking the streets of Paris has been one of the greatest joys of my life.

MayBee

A for real update from Politico:

A quick glimpse inside the East Room tonight:
Reporters will surround POTUS in a semi-circle. No signs of his preferred teleprompter. Obama is rumored to be ditching the teleprompter on both sides of the podium and will be reading off a box toward the back of the room. -- Amie Parnes (6:20 p.m.)

daddy

Verner,

If that Memphis joint still exists I'd love an address, as Mel on my Chicago visit was gracious enough to take me to Fado's, one of the finest old refurbished W----houses in the city, and I'd like to keep that streak going.

verner

Actually daddy, it was torn down at the turn of the century. The site is right near the Peabody, on Gayoso.

No doubt, however, you can find all sorts of male oriented entertainment in Mphis, though I personally don't think pole dancing has anywhere near the class of 19thce high class bordellos...

Captain Hate

Walking the streets of Paris has been one of the greatest joys of my life.

Moi aussi! Can anybody tell me if it's still safe to walk around the church in Saint Denis where the kings are buried and was trashed by the mobs during the revolution (it might be a cathedral but it seemed a bit small for that designation bwtfdik)? When I heard that the rock-worshipers were burning cars in that area a couple years ago I was concerned about that since I haven't been in that area since the late 80s. It seemed a bit seedy at the time but what does this tourist know about that.

Danube of Thought

"Ethics experts have previously said the impression that Scalia had already "made up his mind" based on previous comments or actions should require him to drop out of the proceedings."

Doesn't matter. Unless Scalia himself agrees with these "experts," he won't recuse himself--no one can force him to do it. And he won't.

Porchlight

I was supposed to turn 21 in Paris, after a semester abroad in London while in college, but I got sick and had to fly home early. I did go back several years later with my family, but we spent so little time there I didn't get much of a feel for the city. I really only know it from novels and movies.

Consequently my favorite city in the world is still London, with New York in second.

Danube of Thought

Just strolling down memory lane (hand in hand with Google), I recall the failed efforts of the Sierra Club (remember the duck hunting trip with Cheney?), the atheist Newdow, and somebody-or-other in one of the Gitmo cases to "force" Scalia to recuse himself.

Danube of Thought

I'll correct myself: in one of the atheist cases he did recuse himself, after he had made public comments about the case while it was pending.

Captain Hate

Ethics experts have previously said the impression that Scalia had already "made up his mind" based on previous comments or actions should require him to drop out of the proceedings. Apparently Frank thinks he can goad Scalia into a controversial remark thereby forcing a recusal.

Who are these "ethics experts" and why should I give a flying f*** what they say? I'm glad that a lisping mince-meat like Barney's Frank can flit around assassinating other peoples' characters while paying no price for his complicity in the financial meltdown. It enhances my appreciation of the fine people of Massaholeits.

Porchlight

Obama is rumored to be ditching the teleprompter on both sides of the podium and will be reading off a box toward the back of the room.

The teleprompter jokes are getting to him, huh? So now instead of left-right-left we'll get the distant stare toward the back of the room.

If the reporters really wanted to protest, they would turn their backs toward Obama to face the box, and just take notes from it as the words scroll by.

Mike Huggins

Now that "the One" has spoken, I expect that "Oar-e-on" will be the defacto "offcial" pronunciation for the Nebula.

Typcal "MO-vee-on.org"-type: "Oh, my gosh, I've been mispronouncing it for years. Thank you President For Life Obama!!!"

The comments to this entry are closed.

Wilson/Plame