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September 27, 2009


Captain Hate

Now Rivers is another story. Everyone I know loves the guy, but just looking at him rubs me the wrong way. I can't even remember why, it is just a visceral reaction.

It's because he's a mouthy little punk who jaws it up with the fans a lot. My fellow younger Terrapins hated him in college because he would give throat-slash gestures to the fans before we came back to ultimately win; all four times he faced us. I think he's a very talented quarterback who should dial back the attitude, but maybe that's what motivates him to play as well as he has. To his credit, as I think I mentioned here before, he won my respect for playing in the AFC championship game with a cracked ankle so I'm sure his teammates respect that attitude.

Captain Hate

Btw I was heartened to not see McCain's name in that poll. Although he might've been referred to as "The Other".


I bet Chad won some similar cred in Florida today for the nose-bridge blood.


I wonder too bgates. I love him as a general, but I need to know a little more about his political beliefs. I took the poll and voted for Sarah and other. Other than Sarah, it shows how weak the Rep. leadership roster is.

I want strong, unapologetic conservative.


That hack Abramson admitted during the Jones fiasco they have 1300 reporters but couldn't find the time to cover it. Ironically, James O'Keefe said he spent $1300 going around exposing ACORN this summer.

The Times could dismantle ACORN in a week if they wanted to cover it, but they simply don't want to.


Speaking of dangling participles and such, in honor of the late Mr. Safire, his "Rules for Writers":

* Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.
* Don't use no double negatives.
* Use the semicolon properly, always use it where it is appropriate; and never where it isn't.
* Reserve the apostrophe for it's proper use and omit it when its not needed.
* Do not put statements in the negative form.
* Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
* No sentence fragments.
* Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
* Avoid commas, that are not necessary.
* If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
* A writer must not shift your point of view.
* Eschew dialect, irregardless.
* And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.
* Don't overuse exclamation marks!!!
* Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
* Hyphenate between sy-
llables and avoid un-necessary hyphens.
* Write all adverbial forms correct.
* Don't use contractions in formal writing.
* Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
* It is incumbent on us to avoid archaisms.
* If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
* Steer clear of incorrect forms of verbs that have snuck in the language.
* Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixed metaphors.
* Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
* Never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
* Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
* If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times, resist hyperbole.
* Also, avoid awkward or affected alliteration.
* Don't string too many prepositional phrases together unless you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
* Always pick on the correct idiom.
* "Avoid overuse of 'quotation "marks."'"
* The adverb always follows the verb.
* Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.


I wanted to point out an unquestionably patriotic, competent leader who was indisputably not a Republican, and...
Tom Hanks?
I could have said Paul Newman, I think, a couple of years ago.
Who are some others?

Sara (Pal2Pal)

irregardless? Is there such a word, I don't think so.

Captain Hate

Maybe Robert DeNiro


"All 15 members of The Council have already been appointed by President Obama. The two part Plan consists of 53 boards"

15 members have already been appointed.

53 more boards to go, all to provide jobs to leftists. Of course, in order to find the savings necessary to pay these hundreds of leftists on the 53 boards, more seniors will have to get their end of life counseling earlier than they expected. However, its all good for the leftists who will get these great new positions on the 53 boards. The members of the 53 boards will need staff, who knows; maybe the bill could become known as the leftist full employment death panel act.



No update's I can find on Bruce Weyhrauch's case before the Supreme Court. Will keep my eyes open.


Your link shows a continuation of the pattern of AGW proponents picking and choosing data to fit a preconceived conclusion, and censoring the data that doesn't conform. Thanks for always posting that stuff. Sad that it happens so often, but worth knowing about it when it does.


There are very few men that other men will follow into combat with absolute trust. They troops know that Petraeus will not waste their lives. They know that under Petraeus, the mission is worth the sacrifice. He has that level of trust and approval. A soldiers approval is a very difficult thing to earn.

You can pick 100 stories from his life, but I'll give you one. Back when Petraeus was a 2LT, the lowliest form of officer, there was a Battalion race. A buddy of mine was the winner. Lt. Petraeus was 2md, and boy was he pissed. He was burning up inside because he lost, but he was utterly gracious with the victor.

He has his PhD in International Relations from Princeton and is one of the most interactive CO's in the military. He will listen to Sgt's, Corporals, and Lt's if they have good ideas.

He does not have rounding yet, which is my one concern. He doesn't know business or economics, but he's got common sense beyond 99.9% of the planet. the best people gravitate towards him. Just my $0.02

Melinda  Romanoff


Unbeknownst to me, I have, apparently, made a life's work out of breaking each and every one of those rules.

At least I've got that going for me...


I wonder who designed the O logo?


Like a glove!


RIP, William Safire. How fitting that commenters are discussing good writing tonight.

Melinda  Romanoff


Petraeus would have to be a "natural" economist. His marshaling of his assets and conservation of same would be a perfect example of the "Invisible Hand".

The small business reflexes might be natural to him at this point. At least that's how I read it.

I think he's probably rounder in this than you might think. You have to understand how an economy works so as to be able to efficiently destroy it.

I wouldn't sell him short. It's the sycophants you have to watch out for...

This is a pretty good reference point from where to start off (LUN) (daddy-
pick this up at the library, very good 2-pack)


Sorry, I thought I had the right size.


Original MikeS

It appears that Bill is also interested in engaging the public through the arts.



You can't spell DOPE?

Melinda  Romanoff

Sorry, been rootin' around for this link to what I had on...


Heh...I thought about an OBEY logo considering he stole just about every image he ever made a buck from. And I didn't think the Weather Underground would mind me stealing their logo...

Melinda  Romanoff

Moved on to this, I bought this because I knew Brown and Manne, not Sample. Best "On Green Dolphin Street" version I've ever heard. And Ray Brown did this set on a couple hours sleep on the plane back from Tokyo.

Just amazing stuff.


OT: I just heard from Tom Bowler who posts here and who posted an inquiry about who here was going to DC - but we never connected. See the LUN for his experience in DC and pix. (I love the part about the Black family reunion)

Goes to show that tea partiers are really racists!

Dave (in the People's Banana Republic of MA)

Melinda, thought there was a chance that you might be interested in this: http://forums.allaboutjazz.com/showpost.php?p=486822&postcount=68

Melinda  Romanoff

Thanks Rocco, just rub it in. I can't get any pictures, at all, due to my ineptness, in any of my posts.

JM Hanes


What a hoot! It took the semicolon to send me back to the top of the list, before I got it, though.

Melinda  Romanoff

Thanks, Dave.

I think that might fill in some holes in the inventory, but I am very partial to the Rudy Van Gelder recordings. The quality is the best, as far as recording sessions goes. He does it right, right from the get go. You can tell the difference right away.

Not that I'm biased or anything...

Dave (in the People's Banana Republic of MA)

Here's a write-up of the set. I don't know how bestbuy can sell it for $11.99, but I snagged a Bill Evans box the same way.

Dave (in the People's Banana Republic of MA)

Oh yeah... I also got the Interplay and Fearless Leader boxes new from Amazon for under $15 each thanks to a tip from the same thread.


I'm sorry Melinda. Maybe I can make it up to you with this song. It's ain't jazz, but like you, always brings brightness to my day.

Melinda  Romanoff


Call me whiny, but I actually prefer LPs. I'll spend more time chasing down a record that "fills a hole" than I will with CDs, unless its never released material, then I'm all in.

I still hit estate and garage sales for 78s and LPs, drives the spouse nuts.

Besides, once I clean them on the NittyGritty system, unless someone's been playing them with a Phillip's head stylus, they play like the first time. Really amazing.

But I digress, thanks for the link, I'll follow up on the actual cuts to compare it with what I have.

Dave (in the People's Banana Republic of MA)

Oh, one of those people. ;^)

Melinda  Romanoff

Yep, one of them.

And I know how to make apple butter, so there.

Melinda  Romanoff

And is why this place has gotten a lot of my money. LUN. (bookmark this one, if you're going to bookmark anything I link to...)

And check out their "True Blue" site as well.

They are one of the best out there, by far.


Back from Eastlake and what a grand time it was! We sat at the landing point on #8 to watch all the action. Could see #7 green, #4 green and all of #8 from there. My daughter's friend (one of her golf team buddies) got hit by a drive from Angel Cabrera. Nice welt on her arm in the shape of a golf ball complete with dimples. He is mucho pendejo, not an I'm sorry or are you ok even after he was told he hit someone. So no sympathy swag. Oh well.

All in all an excellent tourney and congrats to Phil and Tiger.

Melinda  Romanoff

And, on that note, I'm going to fade. I hope everyone has a nice week.

G'night all.


Vinyl all the way for me, too.

Dave (in the People's Banana Republic of MA)


Dave (in the People's Banana Republic of MA)

Is it too late for Mr. Maguire to rename this an open thread?


Seems someone at the Telegraph is popping the champaign corks.

The dollar is dead - long live the renminbi.



Probably. I sort of forgot that this was the dog-bites-man story of the NYT's British study subject cranking out "what's the big f'ing deal" excuse.


I read that whole article and I still don't know what the hell a renminbi is?




Styen has something flagged up at NRO that is a bit of a headscratcher: The head of MI6 discussed the issue in London with Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Saudi officials after British intelligence officers helped to uncover the plant, in the side of a mountain near the ancient city of Qom.

Did Obama with his big, showy pronouncment burn a British intelligence operation or British assets?



Thanks Rich...I gotta get out a bit more often I guess. You'll notice I don't have much to say on the economic topics and threads. I'll leave that to guys like you and Mr Ballard. You guys haven't been wrong yet!


Ooops. It is Steyn. And here is the link.

It's quiet tonight, sorry for spamming the thread.

Dave (in the People's Banana Republic of MA)


At first, said Phillips, "the lead male got a stone and started bashing the hell out of it.

"Another thing they were interested in was in defecating and urinating all over the keyboard," added Phillips, who runs the university's Institute of Digital Arts and Technologies.

So, not Shakespeare but DailyKOS instead.

Charlie (Colorado)

Did Obama with his big, showy pronouncment burn a British intelligence operation or British assets?

No. Remember that the nasty little weasel respected president of Iran announced the new plant shortly before the formal statement by France, the UK, and the US.

My guess would be that we informed the IAEA, who then informed Iran.


I NEVER in my wildest dreams thought we'd turn our backs on Israel. Boy did you call that one right Rich. Imagine American jets sent up to intercept Israeli jets!

I do think Iran's neighbors are more worried or as worried as Israel about Iran's dominance in the region.

Time to turn out the lights here too..nite

Charlie (Colorado)

Hah, Sara, Merriam-Webster's says:

Irregardless originated in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century. Its fairly widespread use in speech called it to the attention of usage commentators as early as 1927. The most frequently repeated remark about it is that “there is no such word.” There is such a word, however.



Hardly, you find some great stuff. And I don't know exactly how right I've been when the econotalk gets started, mostly just going with the flow.


And if that isn't bad enough, let me add this warning: At least a few people visualize metaphors when they read. So, if you mix metaphors, part of your audience will be confused, amused, or both.
As both a visualizer and a metaphor mixer, I mix in order to amuse. So perhaps a different warning is in order -- non-mixers might just be confused rather than amused!

Crap the cartoon I shamelessly stole from Greg Mankiw's blog didn't display correctly. link.

Thanks for the background Charlie. I haven't followed the story closely, but I did find it odd that Obama would have announced the "discovery" at the G-20 conference after he breathlessly told us he wants a world without nuclear weapons* and chaired a pointless meeting of the Security Council.

*Although this is an older article, Obama wants to eliminate our nuclear weapons, in part, because he'd like to spend that money on something else.


So let me very parochial in my bias, Anne Applebaum, argued against Polanski's detention in the Post, is married to the Polish prime minister, who probably has little love for Obama right now. Applebaum
whose book on the Gulag won an award, was one of those dismissive intellectuals about
well you know who, I don't recall her current thoughts on the subject

Dave (in the People's Banana Republic of MA)

RichatUF, I was fiddling around with Windows Movie Maker last night and came up with this.

I struggle to understand what he says.

Whoa, Dixie, from around seven in the evening. I'm massively complimented that you mistook me for Steve McIntyre. I linked his blog because of the blockbuster post about the Yamal series, which daddy has well understood. Showing that this Yamal series is hokey if very important because it is in most of the temperature reconstructions that show a hockey stick. See particularly Ross McKitrick's comment #10, which gives perspective to the importance of Steve's finding.

Steve's a pretty amazing fellow. He's been trying to get this data archived for years, and he deconstructed it in a matter of days. More and more, there is evidence of fraud in the critical works of the climate alarmists. It is a stunning story.

Very funny list of rules from William Safire; he's laughing at us from the clouds, now.



That was pretty creepy. Was that of the police moving in on the G-20 protestors? And where did you find Obama's picture?

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Charlie: Who knew! I cringe when I hear someone use it.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Okay, if you have a weak heart, I urge you not to read this as the shock might kill you.

Howard Fineman of Newsweek and MSNBC:

The president’s problem isn’t that he is too visible; it’s the lack of content in what he says when he keeps showing up on the tube. Obama can seem a mite too impressed with his own aura, as if his presence on the stage is the Answer. There is, at times, a self-referential (even self-reverential) tone in his big speeches. They are heavily salted with the words “I” and “my.” (He used the former 11 times in the first few paragraphs of his address to the U.N. last week.) Obama is a historic figure, but that is the beginning, not the end, of the story.

There is only so much political mileage that can still be had by his reminding the world that he is not George W. Bush. It was the winning theme of the 2008 campaign, but that race ended nearly a year ago. The ex-president is now more ex than ever, yet the current president, who vowed to look forward, is still reaching back to Bush as bogeyman.

He did it again in that U.N. speech. The delegates wanted to know what the president was going to do about Israel and the Palestinian territories. He answered by telling them what his predecessor had failed to do. This was effective for his first month or two. Now it is starting to sound more like an excuse than an explanation.

Members of Obama’s own party know who Obama is not; they still sometimes wonder who he really is. In Washington, the appearance of uncertainty is taken as weakness—especially on Capitol Hill, where a president is only as revered as he is feared. Being the cool, convivial late-night-guest in chief won’t cut it with Congress, an institution impervious to charm (especially the charm of a president with wavering poll numbers). ...more

Sara (Pal2Pal)

I would venture to say that "the appearance of uncertainty" is taken as weakness by the world, as well as Capitol Hill.

Dave (in MA)

RichatUF- yes, that was G20 crowd-control footage, the Marx/Engels/Lenin/Obama picture (my default LUN) was something that I did during the election, and the last part was something that I swiped off the 'net.


If ever there was a day to honor, syntax, grammar, and style it is today.

Requiescat in Pace, Mr. Safire.

Shouldn't that be "if ever there were? "

Captain Hate

Wow, the scales fall from Howard Fineman's eyes; guess he just blew his invite to Tweety's chat-fest and can no longer expound with journalistic giants like Sully, Katty Kay, Nora O'Donnell and other ignorant glad-handers.

Regarding Melinda's affinity for vinyl: The best day of my life was when cd's were introduced and my listening experiences were no longer marred by the snap, crackle and ungodly pops of those horrid retro wastes of good petroleum. There should be a second disco demolition night at the new Comiskey to rid the world of all vinyl recordings.

And while I'm on the topic of things that Melinda doesn't like: I fulfilled a musical quest of 20 years Saturday night be seeing Evan Parker perform at Oberlin's Fairchild Chapel with Ned Rothenberg. Outstanding acoustics for an outstanding performance.

Captain Hate

btw, I didn't turn the stupid italics on and the way I know that is that TyphusPad didn't erase my comment after posting it.

If anybody is interested in the performers I saw Saturday, LUN for a Youtube snippet of the duo.


the 'sorcerer's apprentice' is not pulling off the magic,anymore, of course the alternate explanation is he's not doing the right thing, on either end. but that's just crazy talk.

hit and run

Captain Hate:
TyphusPad didn't erase my comment after posting it.

Heh. It ate mine roughly ten minutes before your comment. Apparently it was sated and left yours be.

You're welcome!

Captain Hate

Maybe typhus has entered into a Faustian mind-meld with the Teleprompter in Chief. I think we should all be on alert for if any regular posters preface comments with "As I've always said".


Good news - the presidebt is off to Denmark to get Chicago the Olympics. He's going in a separate run from Michelle and Oprah so he can spend more time golfing and enlarging that dreaded carbon footprint. But no worries, the staff comes by daily to dust off the desk.

I'm sure this means that Afghanistan has been won, Iran decided to abandon nukes, everyone has free health care and the economy is soaring.

Let's celebrate.


Oh, great. Olympics the Chicago Way. What could go wrong?


Good luck getting into or out of O'Hare on time and with your baggage. LOL

Old Lurker

Did everyone see Presidebt's comments about his proposed reorganization of the U.S. education system, particularly regarding the length of the school year, the number of teaching days, and making school buildings available as baby sitting locations on weekends etc?

You think we don't have enough medical professionals to cover another 50M patients (and for less money)...where are all those surplus great teachers hanging out?

Is there no aspect of our lives not now under federal control?


You're being rhetorical, this early in the morning, the answer is no.

Captain Hate

Yes, in view of how well the Annenberg Challenge improved Chicago schools, why wouldn't the Once be considered the go-to guy for restructuring the education system.

Rick Ballard

"and the economy is soaring"


I think you mean 'soring' - to be followed someday by scabbing. John Maulding does a decent 'by the numbers' on unemployment which explains the desire of the regime to 'keep kids in school'. It isn't just a longer school year - it's another year or two of glorified babysitting to keep them off the jobseeker rolls.

AFAICT, the only "positive" factor which Mauldin missed is the increase in the number of early retirements. That's going to account for an additional 20-40K potential job openings per month. OTOH - it puts social security in deficit about six years earlier than projected.

I don't believe that it's too early to strike up a "Where are the promised jobs?" anvil chorus for next years election. Democrat policies are going to smother any recovery in the crib and they should rightfully pay for it.

Old Lurker

To Rick's point...several stories last week about unemployment among the young people exceeding 50% for the first time ever. No connection has been drawn to the recent increase in the minimum wages, nor to the very real reasons any employer would worry about adding new bodies, nor to the impact of all these real and coming mandates and their impact on small businesses. Nor is their any apparent regard at the national level of the role of small business in job creation.

Bradley J. Fikes

Hoyt deserves more credit than you give him. He's exposing the behind-the-scenes decisions behind the stories, which enables people outside the tent to write about them. And note that Hoyt disagrees with some of Shane's decisions. That has to hurt.

The ombudsman position is bringing some glasnost to the NYT. Any progress is worth praise, even if you want to see more.


My theory: Hitler was a girl.

I wonder how that will go down in the “Feminist Studies” departments.

Captain Hate

Bradley, I don't want to see "progress" for the NYT; I want them to completely fall as badly as the Berlin Wall.



Good find. I wish his take that deflation is going to be a problem because of the unemployment situation would get more play.


The Administration will send out Summers to explain how "job creation" is improving on their Google index-a real leading indicator. Never thought I'd see the day where Europe would have tax cutting political parties winning elections and the US wanting to retry the failed policies of the New Deal and Great Society. It's going to be a long couple of years.

Bradley J. Fikes

Captain Hate:
Wouldn't you settle for the NYT's leftist bias falling? Isn't that the really important thing?

Old Lurker

"It's going to be a long couple of years."

Amen to that. Has it only been eight months?

Captain Hate

Bradly, it would be important if I considered it practicable. This isn't something that began recently; this goes back at least as far as Duranty and the Sulzberger family covering up the Holocaust. The train's left the station anyway as the fishwrap industry is rapidly becoming the 21st century's buggy-whip manufacturers. It probably would've happened anyway with the internet replacing them, but their lefty garbage certainly accelerated it and removed any reason to sympathize with their deserved plight.

Captain Hate

That's "Bradley" of course; sorry...

See Dixie's comment around 7:00 PM last night.

Yeah, Brad, too many consider your hope to be the impossible dream. Just as good money drives out bad, so does true news drive out false. The media elite have become 'bad' and are being replaced. There is no correcting them likely.

Captain Hate

Laura Ingraham is blasting Il Douche for speaking with McChrystal as many times since he's been in office as he's appeared on David Letterman this month.

Surely thoughtful lefties and centrists are getting the message.

Dixie's comment is at 6:53 PM. It is worth rereading, two comment blocks back.

Jack is Back!

I once flew from Chicago to DC (National) back in the late 70's and sat next to Bill Safire. I never introduced myself but I knew who he was since he had his briefcase on his lap and his luggage tag was his New York Times calling card. He was busy writing in a yellow lined pad (probably his next day's column) and had notes and magazines and other papers all over the place. He was writing with a pencil in long-hand and had nez perce glasses on. When we landed he and got up at the same time but since he was at the window seat had to wait to get out to the aisle. He asked me to reach up and pull down his little suitcase for him, which I did. My only close encounter with Safire but I soon became a big friend of his "On Language" column which I think may have started in the Times around that time.


"Nor is their any apparent regard at the national level of the role of small business in job creation."

What is really maddening is that the Bush tax cuts specifically targeted small business, yet were hailed as "tax cuts for the rich" with no critical thought given whatsoever.

Old Lurker

"their" = "there". Mother would not be pleased.


He answered by telling them what his predecessor had failed to do. This was effective for his first month or two.

Actually, as he told us all through the campaign what Bush had failed to do, it was already tiresome by that first month or two.


Laura Ingraham is blasting Il Douche for speaking with McChrystal as many times since he's been in office as he's appeared on David Letterman this month.

Which is more times than he held meetings of that Afghanistan committee he chaired while in the Senate.

That laser-like focus on dealing with Afghanistan, you know.

Rick Ballard

I'm supposed to hope for a better propaganda organ for everything I despise? I'll have to think that one over for a few decades - in the meantime, the only 'good' Times is a dead Times (and a flock of bankrupt Sulzbergers).


I still can't decide whether deflation is going to beat inflation as the most probable outcome. Uncle Ben's money pump isn't going to be able to be turned off if deflation is the root problem. The Fed is not exactly solving the zero velocity problem but I haven't a clue as to what they could do to fix it.

hit and run

Captain Hate:
Laura Ingraham is blasting Il Douche for speaking with McChrystal as many times since he's been in office as he's appeared on David Letterman this month.

Remember from the campaign, http://townhall.com/columnists/AmandaCarpenter/2008/05/29/obama_never_tried_to_meet_petraeus>Obama never sought a meeting with Petraeus until after McCain started ridiculing him for not doing so.

Not meeting with Petraeus as a Senator and candidate is one thing, and even it is no small thing.

But basically shutting McChrystal out when you're the CiC?

And will allow the use of Saudi airspace.

There is news at the Daily Express that Riyadh is on board with Israel bombing Iran.

Captain Hate

Remember from the campaign, Obama never sought a meeting with Petraeus until after McCain started ridiculing him for not doing so.

Oh yes, hit; that was back when "The Other" was campaigning like he wanted to win...


My bad on the italics. Suitable punishment suggestions invited.

Captain Hate

Suitable punishment suggestions invited.

Ridicule the trolls more frequently; it's a tough job but...


eh peter, join the club. WE punish you by demanding your presence.

Dave (in the People's Banana Republic of MA)

New thread, and it's on the McChrystal issue.


I was reading Gawker yesterday on the John Edwards/Elizabeth Edwards/campaign videographer chick love triangle. It seems Silky Pony used to make fun of John Kerry all the time, until he was nominated as his running mate.

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