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December 10, 2009

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PaulL

This youtube video on Peer Review in 1945 is great. If it still holds true today, no wonder the climate scammers feared honest review.

LUN

matt

actually, Afghan heroin ends up all over the place. The Brits have taken 100 KIA this year so far in Afghanistan, so I wouldn't go there. Just my humble opinion.

I blogged on the analogies between the British destabilization of China in the 1800's through the opium trade and what is not only happening now in Afghanistan, but also in the West.

My hunch is that the terrorists are using heroin as an asymmetrical weapon against the infidel West.

Afghanistan to Pakistan to Iran to the Gulf to a town near you.....all handled by Wahabbites....sounds too logical....

Why the governments of the West can't seem to make the connection I cannot understand. LUN

Extraneus

OT: Maybe this site will help, OL? (I tried to post Veego @ 4 months from the "Pictures" page, but the pic was too big for typepad.)

Speaking of which, it'a amazing how they're able to trace their lineages. My girl's granddaddy is Rikkor von Bad-Boll, who you can see from this site has had 1281 pups, and 2138 siblings! You can keep clicking on the parents' parents all the way to the originals, which look nothing like the modern breed.

How many people can trace their own lines that far?

PaulL

Matt, your blog post is interesting but my point is simple: The Taliban is not forcing Britons to become junkies. They have decided to do that for themselves. If you eradicated all the poppies in Afghanistan, Britons would find another source. In the present, Briton's penchant for heroin is funding the Taliban.

Jane

“I think the point of the comparison is this: Bush endured 8 years of wall-to-wall, 24/7 liberal bashing from multiple networks. Meanwhile, Obama was coronated and has enjoyed wall-to-wall adoration from the same multiple networks. If Obama’s numbers, 11 months in, already approach Bush’s after EIGHT years, then, baby, you’ve got serious problems.”

Janet,

Instapundit has comments?

Janet

Oh I don't know...it probably means from the comments of the article he links to. At Instapundit the quote I pulled is right below the picture of W with the Miss Me Yet line.

Janet

Yeah, it was a comment at the Althouse article linked by Instapundit.

Old Lurker

OT Thanks, Ext. I'm having fun right now with pics from your site... Wow are those beautiful dogs! And Christmas is right around the corner...

JM Hanes

I really look forward to the government trying to defend the science behind AGW in a courtroom. Hopefully they won't end up with a Judge Walton type who admits articles from NYTIimes asserting scientific consensus into evidence.

peter

I am so tired of this pendulum of the health takeover bill passing or not. One day we seem to facing the abyss of socialized medicine, the next day we realize that Harry Reid is a liar, and he doesn't have the votes. It is very emotionally fatiguing, to say the least.

matt

Paul;

It is a global problem, not just the UK, and to single them out when their troops are taking proportionately much higher casualties is unfair. The junkies are in Pakistan, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Spain, Greece and North America. So they make war and poison us from within.Dope is just another weapon with correlary financial benefits.

The new distribution chain relies heavily on immigrant and native Wahabbist Muslims, which is why I believe it may be a part of their Jihad. Cells can then fund themselves independently for major terrorist acts.

Yes, there are other sources, but Afghan heroin is more pure and less expensive than the rest.

Jane

It is very emotionally fatiguing, to say the least.

Yup, and it is taking its toll - at least on me.

JM Hanes

Speaking of AGW (how convenient), I actually managed a video embed for the first time over at Quasiblog in Welcome to COP15, currently one of my favorite little posts evah.

daddy

Peter,

Concerning Harry Reid:


I find myself linking to this youtube interview almost every other week because it shows Harry Reid straightfacedly maintaining ">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7mRSI8yWwg"> that paying Income Tax is voluntary.

That Reid was not committed to an insane asylum as delusional, nor hung from the rafters as criminal, within a week of this coming out, is truly astonishing. That he remains our Senate Majority Leader is unbelievable.

Clarice

Nice work JMH,,I must say though tht I had trouble hearing the utube p
daddy, paying taxes appears to be a voluntary thing for dems--Geithner, Rangel, etc..do it when they feel like it or not.

daddy

Well, you got me there Clarice. That is true, and I hadn't thought of it that way. I take it all back:)

Melinda Romanoff

I had to use a rake to keep everything useful in this thread. Now if I could just find a bag....

If you don't use this site, or something like it, in your arsenal, you will be disappointed.

www.netvibes.com

They do a yeoman's job in building an aggregator. I'll share my log in, as long as no one "edits" my stuff. I've been working on it for about eight years. I like to think of it keeping 20 to 30 active newspapers open on my desktop at any one time.

Just let me know, you'll end up swamped, in a good way, in no time.

Melinda Romanoff

oh, and it's free.

Melinda Romanoff

and I have to fade.

G'night all.

hurr durr

Tom, email me. All you need to know is in the website.

JM Hanes

clarice:

Alas, I'm afraid my skills don't rise to the level of fiddling with the volume.

I was wondering if I needed to make it clearer that the quote came directly from the Welles script. It's so oddball, I figured it would be obvious that I wasn't quoting someone actually talking about Copenhagen, but I'm not sure that anyone who didn't click the "transcript" link would get that. Ditto for understanding that the video was a 21st update of same.

If anybody else has a minute to weigh in with advice, I'd love to know if it would help to be more explicit. COP15

I was also wondering what the YouTube protocol is with regard to crediting the creator of the video. I'm assuming (hoping!) that the fact that clicking on the video link itself takes you back to the creator's page is considered sufficient.

bgates

It's so oddball, I figured it would be obvious that I wasn't quoting someone actually talking about Copenhagen

"China and its supporters blamed America for “endangering the world” by refusing to hand over more cash."

“The American Congress has to be asked: you approve billions of dollars in defence budgets. Can’t you approve $200bn to save the world?”
...
The Earth is Crying Out For Help
...
In the hall outside the United States promotional pavilion at the climate talks, with crowds watching President Obama on video screens as he gave his Nobel Peace Prize speech and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar giving a press briefing inside, a polar bear rearing on hind legs gave a stern warning to the president to make sure an agreement is produced when he comes here late next week.
...
One thin September soon
A floating continent disappears
In midnight sun
Vapors rise as
Fever settles on an acid sea
Neptune’s bones dissolve
Snow glides from the mountain
Ice fathers floods for a season
A hard rain comes quickly
Then dirt is parched
Kindling is placed in the forest
For the lightning’s celebration
Unknown creatures
Take their leave, unmourned
Horsemen ready their stirrups
Passion seeks heroes and friends
The bell of the city
On the hill is rung
The shepherd cries
The hour of choosing has arrived
Here are your tools

-you were saying?

glasater

Rather than a painter--Hitler may have been a paper hanger:)

JM Hanes

Well, when you put it that way, bgates.

Is that Gore's poem in all it's glory? I saw a clip from it somewhere and was wondering what the whole thing would look like. I can just see him sitting there, thinking, "Hey, this is really good!"

Captain Hate

Yeah, he thinks the Arctic is a continent. Or maybe he got it confused with Atlantis. All it needs is a bit about apes, figs and underwater cave and we'll have a true work of genius. Forget T.S. Eliot; we've got ManBearPig with "The New Improved to Eleventy Wasteland".

Janet

The pompousness just oozes from these people.

"The more aristocracy appeared, the more it was despised; there was a visible imbecility and want of intellects in the majority, a sort of je ne sais quoi, that while it affected to be more than citizen, was less than man. It lost ground from contempt more than from hatred; and was rather jeered at as an ass, than dreaded as a lion. This is the general character of aristocracy, or what are called Nobles or Nobility, or rather No-ability, in all countries."
Thomas Paine

Jane

Good Morning!

So, I was out last night having dinner with a friend at our local out-of-this-world sushi restaurant. We sat at the bar which was packed with other locals - business owners for the most part.

I ended up having a conversation with about 10 people next to me, all men and all really really really mad at the government.

Some, have never paid attention to anything, don't have any interest in politics, had the facts all wrong, but are really really pissed.

One guy - who is a big successful turn around guy was all over the facts and pretty articulate about what is happening - and he had just sent money to Scott Brown. He was telling everyone to vote out every incumbent on the planet.

There was not one person supportive of the democrat agenda, health care or anything else.

The point being, in MA you don't have that kind of experience at a local restaurant. People don't go out for cocktails and talk politics - and for the most part they don't even pay attention to politics. Remember every elected federal official in this state is a democrat.

People are really geared up.

Janet

A blast from the past - Media commenting on science. From Ace...LUN
The Times regrets the error.

Clarice

jmh to I always see a spot on utube where the person who posted it has a spot to give the background of the piece. I figured it was Welles and I loved the animation.

Janet

Jane - I sent the link to that school office answering machine youtube to friends and my daughter at VA Tech. Everyone thought it was great. Naomi said they listened to it in a restaurant and all around were laughing.

LUN is the answering machine for a psychiatric office.

centralcal

Jane: Thanks for that "man on the street" report, sounds hopeful.

Janet: Your link was a kick too.

Extraneus

So what's the Dem plan for 2010? There has to be one.

Get all the ugly stuff out of the way in 2009, then bribe everyone with stimulus money next year, while praying for the inevitable recovery even their policies won't completely prevent?

Seems risky.

PMII

Will we all end up in jail because no one will be able to afford this? Hopefully...

PMII

Back to climate change:

If drug companies could (& would) follow the same rules as climate scientists, how many more would die?

verner

But the EPA's legal vulnerabilities go beyond that. The agency derives its authority to regulate pollutants from the Clean Air Act. To use that law to regulate greenhouse gases, the EPA has to prove those gases are harmful to human health (thus, the endangerment finding).

Umm, does this mean that Global Warming goes to the USSC? YAY!!! Can't wait to see AL Gore under oath.

Captain Hate

Can't wait to see AL Gore under oath.

Remember when he robotically droned "There is no controlling legal authority that says this was in violation of law" seven times after shaking down the Buddhists? Do you think that nit is able to think on his own?

anduril

Another straw in the wind? There was a special election for a state senate seat in Kentucky on Tuesday. Here's the first paragraph in Mona Charen's summary:

"The unexpected victory of Republican Jimmy Higdon in the Kentucky state-senate special election -- despite a 2-to-1 Democratic registration advantage -- is another fire bell in the night that national Democrats are going to ignore. Marking the 33rd Republican win in the 50 or so special elections since 2008, the Kentucky race was a referendum on health-care reform. Democratic governor Steve Beshear acknowledged that “the Republican party has been successful in nationalizing this race.” The winning margin was 12 points in a district that was supposed to drop into the Democrat’s lap like a ripe peach."

Clarice

Capt I thought no controlling legal authority was about his dunning for contributions from the VP's office and I think it also involved a claim of peeing from to much ice tea to have received or made a critical phone call from there.
*****************


Michael Barone says the House may avoid a conference committee and emet the Xmas deadline by simply passing whatever P.O.S. the Senate does in which case the cloture vote in the Senate is really a vote for or against Obamacare.

<http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/bios/michael-barone.html

Janet

Off topic...a tiny bit of light shines in the wasteland of television.

LUN from Newsbusters. A video of a comedian that says Tiger's adultery was a failure of character.

Pofarmer

Maybe some kind of aggressively moderate stance between Fox and MSNBC....

Trick is, whenever I see Fox news, my general impression is that it's not all that conservative. Ther is PLENTY of room to the left of it.

Captain Hate

You're correct, Clarice; the patron saint of scientific illiteracy has been involved with so many sleazy activities it's hard to keep them straight. From Wiki:

In 1996 Gore was criticized for attending an event at the Buddhist Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, California. In an interview on NBC's Today the following year, he stated that, "I did not know that it was a fund-raiser. I knew it was a political event, and I knew there were finance people that were going to be present, and so that alone should have told me, 'This is inappropriate and this is a mistake; don't do this.' And I take responsibility for that. It was a mistake."[52]

The temple was later implicated in a campaign donation laundering scheme. In that scheme, donations nominally from Buddhist nuns in lawful amounts had actually been donated by wealthy monastics and devotees.

Robert Conrad, Jr., then head of a Justice Department task force appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate the fund-raising controversies, called on Reno in Spring 2000 to appoint an independent counsel to look into the fund-raising practices of Vice President Gore. Reno on 3 September 1997, ordered a review of Gore's fund-raising and associated statements. Based on the investigation, she judged that appointment of an independent counsel was unwarranted. [53]

Later in 1997, Gore also had to explain certain fund-raising calls he made to solicit funds for the Democratic Party for the 1996 election.[54] In a news conference, Gore responded that, "all calls that I made were charged to the Democratic National Committee. I was advised there was nothing wrong with that. My counsel tells me there is no controlling legal authority that says that is any violation of any law."[55] The phrase "no controlling legal authority" was severely criticized by some commentators, such as Charles Krauthammer, who wrote that "Whatever other legacies Al Gore leaves behind between now and retirement, he forever bequeaths this newest weasel word to the lexicon of American political corruption."

Sorry for the anduril-sized post but when dealing with Weird Al of the Oversized Carbon Footprint...

JM Hanes

"And I take responsibility for that."

Pleading guilty to malfeasance when you've been caught at it -- a politician's best bet for avoiding the "consequences for that."

There's another one for Jane's YouToo campaign.

Pofarmer

ooop's, there is plenty of room to the RIGHT of Fox

Captain Hate

Jenny Sanford files for divorce from her eunuch excuse for a husband who sadly seems to be a model of Repuke office holders in the age of Steele.

JM Hanes

Speaking of YouToo, Jane, it's not just the legal exemptions for politicians!

Via the Corner, Maybe you should get a federal job :

Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time -- in pay and hiring -- during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector, according to a USA Today analysis of federal data.

Federal employees making $100,000 or more jumped from 14 percent to 19 percent during the recession's first 18 months -- and that's before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

Nice work if you can get it, and you may have a better chance of getting work in the gov't sector than any place else, since it seems to be the only growth industry left.

Janet

"... her eunuch excuse for a husband..."
Oh my! I might have to put that in my quote book for future use! Haha

Jim Ryan

Jane, that story of those 10 angry formerly non-political people at the sushi restaurant is amazing. The non-political animal has an incipient conservatism in his soul. He doesn't give a crap about government, so he is by nature averse to statism. (Of course if he's a muddled boob he can fall into statism for the goodies, but leave that aside.) But to wake these people to anger is really amazing. I would have expected them to stay asleep. I'm here in Charlottesville surrounded by lefties, so what do I know.

Do they have Giant Clam (mirugai) at the sushi restaurant?

peter

Aaaah, Charlottesville. I knew it way back when the shopping malls did not sprawl past Barracks Road.

Jim Ryan

Maybe you should get a federal job

I'm homeschooling my kids for government work. I've deleted the Constitution from their curriculum. Instead we're going to learn MS Excel, Powerpoint, and Word and also cover the history of European oppression of non-Europeans. For civics we're going to study how to stop seeing kleptocracy as kleptocracy and start seeing it as democracy or, for extra credit, democratic republicanism.

Jim Ryan

Yeah, C'ville used to be sleepy. When did you leave, Peter?

peter

OT
I am happy that JOM stayed off these lists, and kept us free from overpublicity. LUN

JM Hanes

Steele has been one of the year's biggest disappointments, hasn't he? I sure miss the Ed Gillespie days; he'd have been on every talk show that would let him in the door, arguing the Republican case with the kind of force and clarity we so desperately need. With Steele, I get the feeling that we're better off if he keeps a low profile, which is a pretty sorry state of affairs. Unfortunately, most of the folks in Congress are surprisingly ineffective speakers too.

I thought the shake up in Steele's office was an encouraging sign, but the only change I've seen is that I'm not getting a two ton solicitation in my mailbox every other day. It was enough to put me off contributing altogether.

Porchlight

Jane, that is very encouraging to hear about the guys in the restaurant, thanks.

Some more glimmers of hope - I haven't had time to verify this but I heard Byron York on Laura Ingraham this morning and he says that Reid is bluffing, there is no deal at all and that there is huge opposition to the Medicare 55+ buy in. Blanche Lincoln also says there is no deal.

FWIW.

Jane

Speaking of "Jane's You Too campaign - I need some of you to write up the stuff - I've got a lot of research but you know how I write.

The website is basically done - so - anyone want to contribute?

Captain Hate

I might have to put that in my quote book for future use!

Please do. Jenny Sanford might be the most difficult person in the world to live with, but when I saw Mark Sanford's gelded steer look after he got back from his bangfest with his Argentinian skeezer *cough* Appalachian trail trek *cough* I wanted to shove that idiot face-first into a wood chipper. His man card has been permanently revoked. He's as little a worm as Harry Reid.

Jane

BTW - 2 mornings in a row JMH? What is going on?

Extraneus

Great post by Steve McIntyre on IPCC and the “Trick” if anyone hasn't run into it yet.

Captain Hate

Unfortunately, most of the folks in Congress are surprisingly ineffective speakers too.

I just heard a Grahamnesty quote on Laura Ingraham say "There's no reason why we can't have the cleanest air in the world". Yes there is you bug-eyed idiot; I've been to Iceland which has extremely clean air because all of their electricity is produced geothermically because they're sitting on top of a big volcano. That volcano happens to blow a few times every century and floods the hell out of everything when the glacier on top of it melts but that's what happens.

Porchlight

Great post by Steve McIntyre on IPCC and the “Trick” if anyone hasn't run into it yet.

Agree this is an awesome post by McIntyre. The detail of the spaghetti graph showing the way the Briffa decline was hidden is really amazing.

JM Hanes

peter:

I'm a sucker for rankings like that. Of course, my own list would look a little different.

How did HuffPo and Kos show up outside of the category for annoying lefties? I don't think a lot of Michelle Malkin's personal site design, but maybe she only does one post a day. Hard to tell, which is part of the problem, IMO. I must also be one of the only rightwingers in existence who rarely finds Iowahawk terribly funny. I can't remember the last time I didn't lose interest in one of his longer pieces before I got to the end.

Gateway pundit has a real knack for rounding up stories, but he's gotten so histrionic, that I find myself just checking him out for headlines and links these days. I started noticing the difference when he got back from a trip to Israel a couple of years ago. Allahpundit may have lost his edge, but I think he's one of the most talented pickers around when it comes to MSM stories. I can't fault Instapundit for wanting to pick up a little change, considering how central he is to my online day, but am I the only one who thinks it's incredibly annoying to end up at Amazon every other minute? At least PopSci has some content.

And that's probably more than anyone ever wanted to know about my rankings. OTOH, it might be kind of interesting to see who would and wouldn't make a JOM cut.

Thomas Collins

From Rasmussen today:

"Forty-three percent (43%) favor urgent action on global warming while 43% say not so fast."

With MSM almost unanimously in the gas tank (with the honorable exceptions of the WSJ and Fox News) of the Climate Scientologists, the fact that 43% have seen through this scam is a tribute to CHACO and the others in the blogosphere who have analyzed the Anglia emails and their implications.

Porchlight

I don't think a lot of Michelle Malkin's personal site design

I don't either - I always feel like I'm missing something because I can't find "the place where all the stories are," but it's better than RedState's. Pretty much anything is better than that.

I agree with most of your other comments, JMH, only I do find Iowahawk very funny.

JM Hanes

Jane: I got out of whack on Nobel night, so I'm pulling my equivalent of an all nighter, in order to get back on my usual track.

Chaco had a pair of terms for two different ways of doing that which I can almost remember.

Clarice

I think Barone is right--this will be decided on the cloture vote...and of course the GBO report will ginore that most of the expenditures will occur outside the 10 year period.

Ignatz

--Chaco had a pair of terms for two different ways of doing that which I can almost remember.--

JMH,
You might consider some rubber gloves depending on what "two different ways of doing that" in reference to Chaco means. :)

Danube of Thought

LUN for a very stark and sober assessment of Afghanistan.

Very encouraging report on the MA locals, Jane. My sense is that there is already a rage greater than we had on election day 1994.

If the Senate passes something--anything--and it goes to committee, when it comes back from committee does it still need to get past a cloture vote again? If I understand correctly what I read upthread, that won't be necessary if the House agrees to swallow the Senate product whole.

The arrogance of these people trying to ram something down the throats of a public which they know does not want it is just plain infuriating. Eleven months is a long time to wait...

Ignatz

--Very encouraging report on the MA locals, Jane. My sense is that there is already a rage greater than we had on election day 1994.--

Could be DOT. I do remember similar sentiments in 94 from otherwise peaceful and apolitical fellas talking about armed insurrection.
However I believe I am hearing more anger from the distaff side of the aisle this time than I did with the Bill & Hillary Show.

JM Hanes

Porchlight:

"Pretty much anything is better than that."

Pajamas Media would top my list for design that sucks. It's hard to find their bloggers from the front page, which gets dated really fast, and I think Instapundit's feed takes up a lot of real estate that could be used to headline a lot more of the blogs in their stable.

I really, really, really hate the formatting for the columns when you get there. The advertisements totally overwhelm the content. The inline ad squeezes the author's opening salvos into disjointed 5 or 6 word lines. And who came up with that hugely oversized comment software? There's so little room left, they have to slice even modest pieces in two. I just pull up the print version now, which you can still read in ad-free peace.

I feel like bloggers who move to PJM have gone over to the dark side. How much money would they lose if they let other people keep their original formats the way Instapundit has done? I really miss the individuality of the personal sites which have been subsumed in a tedious unrelenting sameness. I almost never go there unless I've been pointed that way by someone else.

BTW, did I tell you that I really hate PJM's format?

Clarice

It wouldn't even go to Committee if the House just rolls ober and passes the Senate Bill. It only goes to Committee is there is any disagreement between the Houses.

I think there is one shot if the cloture motion passes..A question should be raised about the constitutionality of the mandatory insurance provision and the Senate would be forced to debate that.
It's what Heritage suggests.

JM Hanes

Perhaps I should be grateful for the memory loss, then, Ignatz

narciso

I think you made that quite clearly, JM, but Ledeen, Rosett, Kimball, and Radosh most of the time make the inconvenience almost bearable.
As well as a few others, Moran, is just Chicago
brand Frum, though.

Porchlight

JMH,

Yes, PJM's format sucks and it's sucked from day one. There's just way too much stuff crammed in there and it is hard to discern what's new and noteworthy from what isn't. I guess we can thank Charles Johnson for that.

Site design is one of those things - the worse it is, the more you notice it. HotAir is annoying for several reasons and is certainly not the prettiest site in the world, but at least I have no trouble navigating it.

Ignatz

--It's hard to find their bloggers from the front page..--

Concur JM. I never go there unless someone provides a direct link to a column. "Lost in the weeds" is the kind term for it. Used to read Richard Fernandez all the time at Belmont Club; now he's unfindable, or at least the effort does not equal the reward.

And I have also lost interest in an Iowahawk post or two. But when he's on, can't think of anyone funnier (except maybe bgates).

Porchlight

If Stupak keeps his word about the abortion language, it seems like it would almost have to go to committee. I don't necessarily trust him and his Blue Dogs not to cave in the end, but I'm not sure he'd back down immediately and vote for the Senate bill as is.

centralcal

JMH: am following your critique of conservative blogs (agree heartily with some). One stop not mentioned, which I feel is a daily must, is the Contentions blog at Commentary.

peter

Jim Ryan:
Left C'ville when I took my degree from the university in '76. There were some very pretty places within a fifteen mile radius . Haven't been back there in seventeen years, and when I did go back was pretty appalled by the sprawl. Route 29 was almost completely surrounded by farmland from C'ville until you got up to the DC suburbs back in the day.

cathyf

Does Nancy have the votes in the House without the abortion-funding block?

PDinDetroit

A question should be raised about the constitutionality of the mandatory insurance provision and the Senate would be forced to debate that.

Do we really think that "they" would let the Constitution stop them now? From all appearances so far, they know not that which they have sworn to uphold.

JM Hanes

Major ditto on Contentions, centralcal. It would be worth going there for Jennifer Rubin alone.

Porchlight

Does Nancy have the votes in the House without the abortion-funding block?

cathyf, I don't think so, assuming the GOP stands tall of course. The House bill only passed by 5 votes with the Stupak amendment included. Nancy probably had a few votes in reserve but I don't think she has enough to overcome if Stupak's group holds firm.

centralcal

Just stopped in at Hillbuzz and had a couple of great laughs.

The Michelle Obama gold gift wrap outfit at Oslo got this comment from them: Somewhere the ghost of Liberace snickers."

Plus they have a fabulous picture of Michelle's "stylist." At LUN and scroll down, you won't want to miss this lovely.

Porchlight

My four daily must-reads are JOM, HotAir, Contentions and the Weekly Standard blog. Love Jennifer Rubin.

Porchlight

LOL, centralcal, great find. I also enjoyed this recent entry on Michelle from Cripes Suzette: Today in MOO

hit and run

I have dibs on Jennifer Rubin,by the way.

She was once told that I love her.

glasater

My understanding of the healthcare bill is that after conference it only has to pass the senate by a simple majority.

centralcal

Porchlight: great link! I like how she has labeled Michelle as MOO. Too funny!

Porchlight

centralcal - this one from right after the state dinner is also hilarious. I think Suzette also has copyright on MOO's "little eye": How Now MOO Cow

Jane

Jim,

I'm not sure I know what a miragi clam is, and since I always make a bee-line for the bar I'm not sure they have one. But they may.

This for some reason is my favorite post of the day.

Porchlight

Jane, that was a great post by Surber - thanks for the link. Taibbi is truly a dope, isnt' he? I felt impelled to comment.

Ignatz

--Jane, that was a great post by Surber - thanks for the link.--

There's an excellent post at the AmSpec blog by Joseph Lawler on the dope Taibbi as well. Couldn't link it directly as the URL to the post is broken.

Clarice

glasater--there is only a conferene if the House doesn't immediately pass the same bill as the Senate does.

daddy

Local talk up here is would voters forgive Begich if as payoff for his Vote putting Health Care over the top, if in return he got a commitment from Obama to open ANWR, sort of ala Mary Landreau.

It's all BS, because Begich will vote for it anyway, but this would let him appear to agonize over that difficult decision and finally pull the lever for what's right for the people of the State of Alaska blah, blah, blah.

Then the EPA will once again bottle up ANWR, but Begich will have looked 'principled.'

cathyf

I'm still kind of perplexed by the politics of the House vs Senate process. The House put the Stupak amendment on because they don't have a majority without it. If the Senate bill passes with abortion funding, then that's a poison pill for the House. The only way that the math works is if they have 60 or more votes in the Senate with abortion funding, and between 50 and 60 without. So then they get cloture and pass with abortion funding, and then take it back out in conference, and they don't need cloture just a majority. So the final bill does not have abortion funding.

But that's where I'm confused. It looks to me like they have fewer votes with abortion funding rather than more.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

--Very encouraging report on the MA locals, Jane. My sense is that there is already a rage greater than we had on election day 1994.--

Pat Caddell is a Democrat pollster who appears on Fox from time to time. Look at his face as he goes off. It says even more than the angry words.

Pat Caddell to Politicians: Americans Are Angry & They’re Coming for YOU! (VIDEO)

Sara (Pal2Pal)

I want to wish all my Jewish friends and blog friends a Happy Chanukah.

The Latke Song

Old Lurker

Daddy, if they pass health care and Cap & Tax, our economy won't need any oil from ANWAR.

Cathy, if the Senate bill comes back to the House with abortion funding in it, I'd bet Pelosi will ram it through the House with some of the Stupak folks folding, bought or not. That avenue gets a bill signed by Obama before year end.

Lindsey and the RINO's have already caved on Cap&Trade, so they cram that down in January. Then they will do what they can before November, but they will sleep soundly knowing they have done more to enact socialism here than can ever be reversed, even if they lose both houses (rollback legislation needs Obama's signature). The losers can all go draw checks from Gore's London trading company and live happily ever after. This can all happen if they do it fast enough. Mission Accomplished.

hit and run

Reading the Surber post,this makes me chuckle...

They [tea party protesters] are here to protest Obama’s ’socialist’ health care bill — you know, the one that even a bloodsucking capitalist interest group like Big Pharma spent $150 million to get passed.

On the one hand,according to Taibbi,you've got the Tea Party folks...the dumb rubes who mindlessly march to the tune big business plays for its own selfish and greedy lust are sooooo dumb,they aren't even mindlessly following Big Pharma here! Dumb mindless rubes.

On the other hand,according to Taibbi,you've got,uh,Taibbi...the brave and noble truth-to-power sentinel whose very existence finds purpose in standing up bravely and nobly to the power wielded by the likes of Big Pharma,who just happens to want what Big Pharma wants without a hint that that might be a good point to pause and consider a little highest form of patriotism.

There's a "Real Men of Genius" ad in there.

hit and run

Cathy...how goes getting your health care reform piece published?

I'm eager to read it.

JM Hanes

Old Lurker:

OK. So what's the bad news?

Old Lurker

"OK. So what's the bad news?"

JMH,

Taxes are returning to pre-Bush levels in 2010 before adding on the new ones?

Estate taxes going back to 55%?

Floorsafes have gotten scarce and expensive?

Clarice cannot sharpen pikes fast enough to meet demand?

Hit has promised to reveal himself on a transparent websit, hoping for a contract from Playgirl?

Jane is checking to see if she is covered in Tiger's prenup?

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