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March 21, 2009

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kim

In a world with a free press, bgates alone should have been able to ridicule them out of business.
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PeterUK

TM Clarice is locked out of Typepad.

glasater

Clarice--re-boot your computer. Your cache may be loaded up--that's what happens to me sometimes.

Old Lurker

Did you say you're loaded, G?

glasater

Either re-boot or clean out your cookies:-)

PeterUK

"Either re-boot or clean out your cookies:-)"

It wasn't cookies, it was baguettes.

glasater

I'm thinkin' PUK.

centralcal

Poor Clarice, battling her computer and computer comedians!! (But, you guys are funny.)

glasater

OL--a little hair of the dog never hurts on the weekend:-)

PeterUK

Apparently Narciso is locked out as well.God knows how many other poor souls have been cast into limbo.

Old Lurker

Now if we could just lock out TCO until he washes his mouth out with soap...

centralcal

No, let's just lock out TCO, period. He brings nothing to the table but rancid bile.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Testing, one, two.

Just want to make sure the virus isn't catching.

bgates is so good she can probably imitate the writing style of everyone on the internet, including all of the JOM regulars.

A scary talent.

kim

Yes, I'm very disappointed in TCO. I've seen him be useful and insightful elsewhere, but even elsewhere he usually makes a spectacle of himself. What a waste of talent. I had hopes we could get him into shape.
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DrJ

bgates is so good she can...

Brian is a *she*? I had no idea! /ducks

bad

We are so good at ridicule here, we could be POTUS.

Many, without TOTUS.

kim

You know, years ago, when I got locked out of JOM for a year, I thought at the time it was a deliberate tactic by someone connected with Typepad. It followed shortly after a marathon session with John Kerry's defenders. I made no effort to contact Tom, or cry about it, and I eventually decided I was just being paranoid. But, who knows, especially in this day and age.
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kim

I spent the Libby trial liveblogging Just One Minute over at Maine Web Report. Even got a mention once from the Anchoress.
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Old Lurker

Kim, are you worn out from the other thread?

bgates

I had no idea!

You think you're surprised?

I just had to tell my wife!

bad

I just had to tell my wife!

I'm not from Missouri but you'd still have to show me.

hit and run

Either re-boot or clean out your cookies:-)

I usually end up tossing my cookies.

OL--a little hair of the dog never hurts on the weekend:-)

That too.

glasater

Hit--you funny:-)

I'm still thinking on your tete a tete with Verner from the eighties;-)

bad

Gateway reports: LUN

The Connecticut Working Families Party this weekend has organized a bus store that will make stops at Wilton, Connecticut, AIG office as well as the security-patrolled homes of AIG execs who are fearing for their lives.

Fausta reports ACORN is behind the trip.

Chilling....

bad

I think they meant "bus tour" rather than "bus store" in the Gateway post.

kim

Well, Old Lurker, it's distressing to argue with Charlie; that's usually a sure loser. But the whole country has been bamboozled by that issue, and, come to think of it, a lot of other things, too.
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PeterUK

How can you jest when poor Clarice has been cast into the stygian darkness of the ether?

DrJ

Just try a different browser if you think you have a problem related to cookies or some such. There are lots to choose from, depending on your platform: Firefox, Opera, Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Konquerer, Epiphany, Galeon, and probably lots more.

clarice

I downloaded firefox..Didn't work

clarice

Oopps. Yes, it did. Thanks.

DrJ

OK -- you are probably better off with Firefox (if you were using IE), but if you want to go back to whatever it was, clearing cookies is probably the way to do it. If that doesn't work, post back.

bad

Clarice!!!

clarice

I don't know how to "clear cookies" but tis site is working very much better using Firefox.

verner

Clarice, so glad you're back.

Don't you hate the internet god of chaos!

bad

Clarice, were you able to read but not able to post, or locked out altogether?

bgates

So nice to see Clarice back.

I like that guy.

DrJ

I don't know how to "clear cookies"

What browser were you using?

kim

Yah, clarice is a pretty cool dude; and I hear he can cook, too. I really like a guy who can cook.
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PeterUK

Clarice,
Go to the TOOLs option in the control bar,click on.
Take the OPTIONSS in the drop down menu,CLICK ON.
There will be a SHOW COOKIES,click on.
Then take REMOVE ALL COOKIES.There is a more precise bit of surgery but more effort.

hit and run

FREE CLARICE!!!

FREE CLARICE!!!

FREE CLARICE!!!

Speaking of that particular formulation, you know who I miss? http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4GZEZ_en-GBUS287US288&q=%22free+syl%22+site%3Ajustoneminute.typepad.com>Syl.

You know who just had a birthday?

Syl. On the 19th.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SYL!!!

...

...

...

And

...

...

...

FREE CLARICE!!!

FREE CLARICE!!!

FREE CLARICE!!!

bad

She's out Hit. Heard she bribed a heavy with a bagette...

DrJ

Clarice is free? As in "no cost"? Really?

I'll duck yet again.

bad

DrJ, You are incorrigible.

Never believe everything you hear about academiacs.....

dick

With Firefox just click on Tools and then click on Clear Private Data. You can enable what to clear at that point.

Firefox is a huge improvement over IE.

hit and run

Bad:
Heard she bribed a heavy with a bagette...

Reports I'm getting are that she stormed typepad HQ with a sharpened baguette.

No word yet on casualties.

sylvia

posting complications...

narciso

Does it work

kim

Yeah, syl is great. I run into her and MJW on the climate boards now and then.

Also, free narciso. He's locked out, too.
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hit and run

FREE NARCISO!!!

FREE NARCISO!!!

FREE NARCISO!!!

(you may not believe this, but posting this after someone has been freed is necessary)

kim

Ask, kim, and ye shall receive.
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PeterUK

Dick,
"With Firefox just click on Tools and then click on Clear Private Data. You can enable what to clear at that point."

You should point out the dangers of that to the uninitiated.

centralcal

oh god, PUK, I never stop laughing (thank you, Lord!) when you are around.

Free at last, free at last, thank gawd almighty, Clarice is free at last!!

We miss ya missy, even when you are absent for mere minutes!!!

DrJ

DrJ, You are incorrigible.

Why thank you! I do try.

Never believe everything you hear about academiacs.....

Could be, but I'm not an academic (though it looks like it sometimes).

clarice

Just to be sure, I deleted all cookies, too.. Now, of course, I'll have to sign in all over again everywhere..ICK.

Gmax

The Connecticut Working Families Party also known as the Socialist Workers Peoples Party also known as Stalinists and mixed in with a few anarcists, Code Pinkos and of course the usual and unusual useful idiots.

clarice

(Lots of excitement around here today. My grand daughter got admitted to her parent's first choice for elementary school--the UCLA lab school. Don't even ask. But I do think it'll be a good school for her.)

Gmax

Michael Wolff former writer for Vanity Fair and founder of Newser puts the right tone on what the polls are picking up too:

Sheesh, the guy is Jimmy Carter.

That homespun bowling crap on Jay Leno, followed by the turgid, teachy fiscal policy lecture, together with the hurt defensiveness (and bad script for it) that everybody in Washington "is Simon Cowell… Everybody's got an opinion," is pure I’m-in-over-my-head stuff. Even the idea of having to go on Jay Leno to rescue yourself from the AIG mess is lame. Be a man, man.

The guy just doesn’t know what to say. He can’t connect. Emotions are here, he’s over there. He can’t get the words to match the situation.

This began, I’d argue, from the first moment. He punted on the inaugural. Everybody ran around like crazy trying to praise it because if Barack Obama couldn’t give a speech then what?

But now, at week 11, we’re face-to-face with the reality, the man can’t talk worth a damn.

hit and run

Clarice:
Lots of excitement around here today. My grand daughter got admitted to her parent's first choice for elementary school--the UCLA lab school.


Great news Clarice!

I know http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2006/09/torture.html?cid=23130837#comment-23130837>you were concerned

::flexing google muscles::

PeterUK

Clarice,
"Just to be sure, I deleted all cookies, too.. Now, of course, I'll have to sign in all over again everywhere..ICK."

On the bright side,you will have got rid of all those cookies that were put on your computer by the unworthy.Besides,you would have been trapped in the real world with only one day's supply of bread.

narciso

THanks for the tip, sometimes this feels like the Matrix, except I don't have Neo's
hacking skills or other computer dexterity.
With all our alliances, and Mr. Smith at Typepad playing all sorts of games, and well the trolls are those octopus looking things. Well this was one of those posts from the previous thread:

I would say it's 50/50, Kim, half the media campaign against her, and half the economic crisis, which I say 'conveniently' inploded 60 days before an election. That’s a major league violation of McCain/
Feingold (sarc) I wish there was a constitutional remedy for this, but I fear there is not, a concern I shared with my Argentinian correspondent, on that lugubrious day in November. he was the one that shared that insight into Peronism, the similarities with the Obama phenomenon and the incompatibility with liberal democracy, He was really impressed with Sarah, it goes without saying, although he did say that out of earshot of his wife, LOL, He left after the onset of the backlash that was the military coup of 1976. So let us never consider that solution, even if it were Petraeus at the front. One of the first moves he’s made on the military is that he’s nominated Admiral Stavridis of South Com, rather than the more
Forceful General Mattis of Afghanistan and Iraq fame, to head up NATO. The former. an officer very much in the vein of General Jones. One gets a gander of who he’d pick for Army Chief of Staff of Chairman of the JCS, and one isn’t reassured.

The Congress was the real problem, with Pelosi and Reid, but Frank and Dodd, and of course,Obama and Biden, who are the most extreme symptoms of the syndrome. With every step we sink into a greater quagmire, on the fiscal, foreign policy and even the constitutional front, which for life of me, I don't see how anyone can really reverse all of it. HR 875, cap n trade, the so called "Sanford" amendment to the stimulus bill, which makes federalism a joke, The GIVE act, the 'localism' trojan horse for the Fairness Doctrine. The CPSIA , and it’s concern with poisonous books before 1985, a DHS department more concerned with 'man made disasters' and presumedly domestic terrorists like those outlined by MIAC, than the foreign threat. This new approach to Iran, which some have pointed out, validates Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad's offensives upon US and Coalition troops and the nuclear program. I pointed out on an earlier post, consumed by the ghosts of TypePad, that I had discovered another namesake of mine, Narciso Gener Gonzalez, a S.C. publisher, of Cuban background, who ultimately was shot by a member of the Tillman clan. The lesson I take from this, is don't go to S. Carolina, if I can help it.


Old Lurker

"Great news Clarice!

I know you were concerned"

She was concerned because Plan B was for the human dynamo to be homeschooled by GrandMa.

clarice

Yes, hit. I seriously would have tried to set up a new school there if necessary.
Gmax--Carter was small potatoes compared to Obama because he was far less effective at ramming thru his bizarre plans.

I am really getting concerned and that's not simply partisan hyperbole.
He's dangerously naive and equally dangerously almost unstoppable by Congress .We need to encourage Evan Bayh and the Blue Dogs like crazy.

Gmax

Hollow point ammo and target practice Clarice, remember first they came for the AIG bonuses and I did not object...

Pofarmer

The problem isn't that Congress can't stop him, the problem is that they are feeding off each other right no. Nothing is too grand or costs too much. Did you know George Bush ran deficits too?

PD

Jim Sensenbrenner on the AIG bonuses.

Sure beats the position of my Rep., Tammy Baldwin:

"The argument that these bonuses were set by contract rings hollow to the tens of thousands of auto workers and retirees whose pay and benefits were established by contracts. In negotiating the rescue of the automakers, each stakeholder was expected to make a meaningful sacrifice, and great pressure has been applied by the Administration to secure large concessions from workers and retirees. The same standard should apply to high-flying Wall Street executives and traders."

This seems to be an argument that it was wrong to meddle with UAW, so therefore it's right to meddle with other contracts.

Gmax

Caroil Platt Libeau breaks it down for you:

It's beginning to feel a bit like a turning point for the Obama administration. Even its former enthusiasts -- and the president's more honest boosters -- are beginning to look at our new president and finding something distinctly wanting.

The critique is a distinctly dangerous one for the administration. Being cast as without substance, in Noonan's formulation, and having an ideological compatriot like Wolff write something like, "Be a man, man" is potentially politically lethal. And that's particularly true for Barack Obama, a relative newcomer to the national scene.

Gmax

Bottom line, shortest honeymoon in history for a newly elected President. Where is his approval ratings headed? Here is a hint, he is below where Bush was at the comparable period of their Presidencies. Look out below!

matt

the good news, narciso, is that many of us are being drug back into the arena on this. The country has been fat and happy for too long, and the problems have been building for 60 years. The structural meltdown has been put off until now, but perhaps we have the chance to effect real change.

These tea parties are a new phenomenon. They are happening all over the country, and it's not the kooks. It's business owners, housewives, plumbers, etc. The mortgage payers and church goers. They're bitterly clinging to signs right now, but soon it will be petitions and computer terminals e mailing their friends and family.

I think we are seeing the worm turn. Congress is trying to deflect blame onto AIG, but the fact is that Obama, Dodd, and Geithner are in this up to their necks, and the heretofore subservient press is waking up and realizing they've been had. More and more people are also waking up to the fact that these people are statists bent on trashing the Constitution for their own personal interests.There is not even an overriding philosophy driving this bus, but rather a scatterbrained urge to change everything at once before the rest of us realize what is going on. except it's now 8 weeks and the truth is coming out because of their incompetence.

Their goal has been to use the crisis to push through their agenda. However, what they are getting is pushback instead. It takes a crisis to effect real change sometimes, but we now have the opportunity to promote a values based return to common sense. Heck, even I'm blogging now. Venceremos! Hasta La Revolucion Honrada!

clarice

I so hope you are right, but you must remember people who pay such close attention to political events are small..Wander thru the net as I have the best few days and you will see that the "tastemakers" and cultural leaders seem still to be firmly in O's camp. Don't forget Leno's parting words about how much he loved talking with Obama.

Those directly impacted by his craziness might be having second thoughts, but those untouched hardly seem to notice.

mel

March 3rd was the turning point. It's getting some momentum now.

The Connecticut Working Families tour, I'm confused. It's a tad early for their census work, so, is this the weekend to sign people up in support of the President's budget?

I really hope they remember to knock.


PeterUK

Democrat anger at Obama overkill. The Shit is certainly coming off that fan fast.

narciso

The mainstream media is still pretty much in his camp, James Pones (well he was most likely on the Jouronlist) of Time,
castigating those at CNBC, including Cramer, for being part of the elite, Beth Reinhard of the Miami Herald; I know it doesn't make good kindling now, castigating the local tea party that I missed because I don't usually read the Herald, I cam across in in passing, the slander against the troopd in Gaza, along the lines that Gibson tried against Sarah; 'mission from God, etc, etc, that's why a refresher from yesterday's Lincoln Day dinner to clear the palate.

PD

Let me see if I understand the situation correctly.

Congress itself authorized the AIG bonus payments in the stimulus bill, (un)popularly known as "porkulus," which Congress was in such haste to pass that it could not be bothered to actually read.

Now Congress wants to tax those bonuses at 90% by means of a bill that:

* Though it might be crafted not to look like a bill of attainder, certainly is a bill of attainder in intent and spirit.

* Retroactively enacts a punitive tax against people that Congress does not like.

* Uses taxation AS A WEAPON against people who are the recipients of payment that Congress authorized them to receive.

* Punishes other people for the failure of Congress to understand its own earlier legislation.


Is that about right?

glasater

The country has been fat and happy for too long, and the problems have been building for 60 years

Perhaps this wretched period of time will give the baby boomers a chance to redeem themselves.

mel

PD-

They feel since they printed it, they're only lending it to you. They just have to adjust the terms of that implied loan, every now and then.

Quite simple, when you think about it.


clarice

If we're lucky we can expect the following:
(a) he overplayed his hand on the porkulus bill and added to the anger by insisting it be passed with Rep input or giving anyone time to even read it.
(b)A number of companies will not take the money or will return it as soon as possible.
(c) But the expenditures are so large and so unpopular that his really big plans--healthcare, etc. will be stuck in the mud;
(d0 frustrated by the fact that he cannot make the big changes he dreamed would seal his legacy he will piss off every who doesn't already oppose him by a series of increasingly more outrageous acts.

clarice

**withOUT Rep input or giving anyone time to even read it. And then, took a 4 day vacation before getting around to sign it*****

narciso

Having LUned optimistic at the end, I alternate with a similar conversation that
Peter Robinson, the one who put the 'tear
down this wall' line in Reagan's speech about a possible future, with his talk with
a Cuban (not me) and a Colombian.

PD

Not to be outdone by Teddy Kennedy's animus toward windmills where they might affect his view, Dianne Feinstein takes a turn.

Extraneus

There is not even an overriding philosophy driving this bus

I worry that this isn't a true statement, and that the philosophy behind these harmful actions just isn't penetrating the public's consciousness.

Most people have a limited understanding of political philosophy, or an appreciation for the principles behind the founding of our country.

Here's a poll from 1991:

Only one-third of adult Americans can correctly identify the Bill of Rights and fewer than 1 in 10 know it was adopted to protect them against abuses by the Federal Government.

Is there any indication that these numbers have increased in the past 20 years?

I hope glasater is right, and that the silver lining might show up soon.

Perhaps this wretched period of time will give the baby boomers a chance to redeem themselves.

Pofarmer

This seems to be an argument that it was wrong to meddle with UAW, so therefore it's right to meddle with other contracts.

Sounds more like an argument that everyone should be treated the same.

Pofarmer

(d0 frustrated by the fact that he cannot make the big changes he dreamed would seal his legacy he will piss off every who doesn't already oppose him by a series of increasingly more outrageous acts.

But, the question is, is this more or less dangerous for the U.S.?

narciso

Boy it's a night of fluffy bunnies,(sarc)And a reason not to shop at Costco or Whole Foods, since they are supporting a Card Check compromise, along with Starbucks

Jane

Hey - do any of you guys listen to Michael Graham or is he just a local guy?

I just had dinner with him - well he sat across from me, and then gave a very funny speech.

Internet God of Chaos

I had nothing to do with all of this.

I blame Obama.

PD

Sounds more like an argument that everyone should be treated the same.

Possibly. However, Baldwin, being a Dem, would be against making UAW concede anything. So she'd be against contract meddling. But then, given that a special interest group she favors had to "sacrifice," she wants that same treatment extended to a group she doesn't favor. Never mind that contract-meddling was initially a bad thing to her.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Steyn summarizes it for me as only he can:

The first two months of the Age of the Hopeychange have been an eye-opener. I expected it to be ideologically distasteful to me, but I didn’t expect it to be so inept. Not because I had any expectations of President Obama’s executive skills. But I assumed he’d have folks around him who could take care of details like governing, while he pranced around as the smiley-face hopeychange frontman. But the bench is still empty save for a handful of mediocrities.

Daily, weekly, monthly it seems ever more apt. And the trend is constant and consistent.


clarice

Jim, what is going to happen? It is getting scary.

clarice

Jane, I never heard of him. Are you on the chicken ala king celebrity circuit already?

Pofarmer

Never mind that contract-meddling was initially a bad thing to her.

Then that makes it sound even MORE like "What's good for the goose is good for the Gander, not less."

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

It is scary, Clarice. You've been a Washington hand for a long time. Have you ever seen anything like it? Carter was close, but I don't recall his start was as poor.


verner

Jim, what is going to happen? It is getting scary.

Who knows? My greatest hope is that Obama and congress will fall into utter chaos and gridlock and be completely unable to get anything done.

It's our best hope for market recovery. Get the government the hell away from it.

At this point, we are better off without a president than with the one we have.

DebinNC

Wiki on Michael Graham

Leno gave Obama 30 minutes. Obama's on 60 Minutes tomorrow (Ace has excerpts). Then Tuesday BO's preempting the most watched primetime tv spot, which should anger a sizable number of fans. Why? I think the TOTUS stuff is sticking, and his handlers feel it's imperative to refute it...and do so before Thursday when he'd be asked questions about Geithner's bank rescue plan. It's fascinating and horrifying to watch this Admin.

kim

It looks like Cap and Trade carbon encumbering has already succumbed. Too many Democrats don't like it.

And if we don't have the political will to push it here, the only significant sector that still believes it is Europe. There are skeptics and industry resistors over there, too.
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Jane

Are you on the chicken ala king celebrity circuit already?

Something like that. Graham is a local talk show guy - I didn't know if he was syndicated. He's very popular around here altho I had never heard him. I went to a local republican dinner where he was the speaker, and he really was quite good.

Extraneus

Rush said Steyn is substituting Monday.

PeterUK

Obama is getting to the "muddle".

"WHEN the White House announced last week that President Barack Obama will be returning to the nation’s television screens on Tuesday for a prime-time press conference that will postpone the latest episode of American Idol - the talent show watched by 25m viewers - fans of the programme were quick to respond.

“Stop, please stop, Mr O, we can’t take much more,” one angry viewer wrote on an Idol-related website. “Not again!” complained another. “It’s the same speech he’s been giving for the past year.”

There were dark mutterings that by commandeering evening programming only a few days after he appeared on Jay Leno’s popular late-night chat show, Obama was “just like Fidel Castro [of Cuba] and Hugo Chavez [of Venezuela] - always on camera, always giving speeches and lecturing”. "

Telegraph.link 7:06 PM

They would rather watch "American Idol" than the Idle American.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Thanks for the heads up, Extraneus. You sure aren't anything like your screen name. As a matter of fact, you're indispensable.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Tuesday will make ABC's Heidi gaffe look tame.

PeterUK

Kim,

There are those who still believe even when the evidence comes up and bites them on the arse. The dense buggers even went to the Arctic and had to be rescued!


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