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February 05, 2010

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Janet

Here Jane...LUN

Soylent Red

You all voted for change and I am going to pour it down your throat like I would a sick child who needs her medicine.

That, right there, is the essence of democracy. Our betters making arbitrary decisions about what's good for us, then forcing those decisions us because we just don't know what's good for us.

In fact, didn't Thomas Jefferson say that?

Maybe it was George Jefferson...

Jane

Love it Clarice. I'd go down to RI to work against Patches.

pagar

Thanks, Rob C, I was just on my way back to correct my previous statement which could have been misconstrued as indicating that I thought Obama had done well in some interview where the reporter was not hostile. That is not the case. I do not think Obama has ever done well in any interval with anyone American.

clarice

Thnx, Jane and thank Janet for responding..I was away and couldn't answer.

Captain Hate

The comments on Patches are hilarious, both at AT and The Hill.

SunnyDay

Way Off topic

We lost a local soldier this week. LUN if you would like to leave comments for his family to see. We are losing our best and brightest. I pray that it is not in vain.

Sue

The Obama administration has put out a list. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/02/white-house-challenges-republicans-claiming-credit-for-projects-they-tried-to-stop-.html#comments>Check it out.

The document put out by the White House includes highlighted press releases and newspaper clippings showing Republicans who voted against the Recovery Act accepting praise for Act-sponsored projects in their home districts.
Janet

LUN is the article and video of the I want to be buried in an Obama tshirt story.

Ignatz

--The document put out by the White House includes highlighted press releases and newspaper clippings showing Republicans who voted against the Recovery Act accepting praise for Act-sponsored projects in their home districts.--

Do they have any pictures of the non existant congressmen from the non existant districts accepting praise for the non existant projects?
More seriously, shame on those Republicans if the WH story is accurate.
However, as a political strategy, it seems much more likely to persuade Republicans not to publicly praise Porkulus-2 than to vote for it.

clarice

Thanks, Sunny Day. How nice to see you again! I have been wondering about you.

pagar

Things are looking Better if you like trouble for the Obama Administration.


"The Obama administration has to deal with Franken even though Franken serves no purpose any longer since Franken isn't the 60th vote.

There is a special place in political hell for the people who embraced Al Franken. And the Obama administration is in that place right now."

niceneasyhep

Obama's roots are all CIA. His dad was an informant, got cash, Harvard, etc. We can't dispute his birth because of national security.

Spock, like O, was born on a hot planet called Vulcan cause it was hot, not like hell, but hot. Spock has pointy ears like that guy who came from hell. He wants to be nonemotional so he can say he's not a psychopath like lucifer, but he can't be a computer cause he's lucifer, so he finds himself for what he is; O destroying all the things that made him mad like banks and the US economy, etc. as he gives away all the cash to foreigners and destroys America. It's like that movie where that guy is born weird and rises to power.........

There were some suspicoius fires down the street. Lot's of ambulances picking up old people.

Mike Huggins

Whoa... (say in Keanu Reaves voice)

Janet

It's like that movie where that guy is born weird and rises to power.........

Shrek?

Cecil Turner

Republicans who voted against the Recovery Act accepting praise for Act-sponsored projects in their home districts.

Utterly lame. Much of the stimulus spending was to state and local governments for ongoing projects. Besides, one can vote against a spending bill containing bezillions of dollars in pork and yet support a local "shovel ready" project that happened to get some of the funding. The idea that Republicans have to steer clear of every project that got some funding from ARRA is Dem propaganda, pure and simple.

centralcal

In other news, according to Mediaite the NY Times is working on "some big, shocking story" about Gov. Paterson's sex life.

Hhhmmm, now let me see if I can remember what big ego he p*ssed off recently. Nope, nope, can't quite remember who it was. snort.

cookie

According to Gawker, Paterson and his wife are swingers. Visuals of Steve Martin and Dan Ackroyd in plaid bell bottoms going into Plato's retreat.

Extraneus

Dana Milbank gets off to a good start ridiculing our newest senator.

DebinNC

Tapper says the "document put out by the White House" claims: Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), who is shown posing with a giant check in a Nov. 5, 2009, article in the Cedartown Standard. Gingrey presented Cedarville with $625,000 in stimulus money"...

It's called the Cedartown Standard because it's in Cedartown, GA, not Cedarville. Idiots.

Frau Schnulze

Glad to hear that Jane is going to help with Patrick's road to recovery. In the spirit of PUK, here's a real old "oldie" which proves that RI deserves better than Patches:

Carolina Blues (1944)
Notable for the inclusion of the song "Poor Little Rhode Island":

Poor Little Rhode Island,
The smallest of the forty-eight.
You've got no prairie moon
For which coyotes croon,
But I still think you're great.

You're such a teentsy weentsy
Poor Little Rhode Island.
Let all the Texans 'yip-i-ay,'
You're still the best part of
This land I dearly love,
And I'll include I-o-way.

They've written songs about the South,
They've written songs about the North,
And I've heard them say
There's nothing finer than Carolina in the morning,
But how about the nights in
Poor Little Rhode Island?

Be careful if you're fancy free
In Providence one day.
She stole my heart away;
I dream of her constantly.

Let the sun shine bright
On your Old Kentucky Home,
Rhode Island's the place for me.

Words by Sammy Cahn Music by Jule Styne

Frau Schnulze

Whoa!avatar red alert.
narciso, you are so right, again, about Palin. Somehow the Alaskan life and Dune relate.

MikeS

Republicans who voted against the Recovery Act accepting praise for Act-sponsored projects in their home districts.

Who's freaking money is this? Obama is giving away my money and he doesn't want my representatives to even show their faces?
I will go for that idea if I get my money back.

Janet

From the Milbank article -
"Senator Centerfold laid out his positions. How might he work with Democrats? "I need to see what issues are coming up." His stance on gays in the military? "I want to speak to the generals in the field." A filibuster of the labor board nominee? "I'm going to look at everybody's qualifications." The jobs legislation? "I need to see what's in the bill." "

Now what exactly is wrong with those answers?

...and here is Milbank holding up who he wishes was the Senator from Mass. -

"I could tell this bear what to do, and it would only look a little better than me in a centerfold."

royf

That's exactly how this smear needs to be answered. Hey this is taxpayer money and I will always be glad when some is returned to my constituents.

Might even throw something in there about needing to put some lipstick on the pig

Ignatz

Again, I may be the lone voice on this, but if my congressman correctly votes against that pig of a bill, porkulus, and then comes back home and crows about the porkulus swill being spent in his district, he's being an unprincipled idiot and giving the dems a wide open shot.
In the case of what Boehner said, it seemed pretty innocuous. He just said if the slop was getting tossed anyway it might as well be tossed where the pigs are.
There may be extenuating circumstances on the others too but I'd like to see em before I abandon Occam's razor and give their typical boneheadedness a pass.

MikeS

I think you're right Ignatz. On the other hand I would like my Rep to show up and say, "This money could be spent better ways."

clarice

They could always point to a number of the really stupid projects that had been funded and point out the ones they were praising actually had a good purpose. Remind voters they were in no position to stop the giveaways and the best they could manage to do was make sure that in THEIR districts it went for something useful.

pagar

"This money could be spent in better ways."

"For 2010, Congress has appropriated $290 BILLION for programs with expired authorizations.

Please Note
"House and Senate rules — dating from the 19th century — generally preclude the Congress from considering appropriations that are unauthorized. In both the House and the Senate, legislation containing unauthorized appropriations is subject to a point of order. However, House and Senate rules are not self-enforcing. An individual Representative or Senator must raise a point of order for the rules to be enforced. If no Member raises a point of order, an unauthorized appropriation may proceed through the legislative process."

This is INSANE!

bgates

The ABC piece mentions about nine R's; two of them are praising things with no price tag mentioned, one's happy about a $600M hospital, one about $8B for high-speed rail, and the other five are mentioned as proud of projects costing a total of $18 million.

If every Representative and Senator had merely one $3 million project to crow about in the stimulus, the bill would have been 99.8% less expensive.

bgates

Or maybe this is another case of Obamalocks and the Three Numbers, where a million in Republican-approved spending is too expensive, 500 billion in Democrat-written/Bush-approved deficits are way too expensive, and 2 trillion in Democrat-written/Obama-approved deficits are just right.

DebinNC

Here's a really stupid $6M Porkulus project (in my bil's SW GA district) that the locals didn't ask for and don't seem thrilled to have received...especially when there's a hospital a few miles away that was flattened by a tornado several years ago and isn't yet fully operational.

SunnyDay

Thank you, Clarice! I'm here - just reading, and usually way behind everyone else.

MikeS

where a million in Republican-approved spending is too expensive

The 2009 budget that President Bush proposed, included a $178 billion cut in Medicare over 5 years. The savings would have gone toward improving Medicare's sad financial condition.

Dems had a different idea. They proposed a $500 billion cut in Medicare over 10 years. The savings would have been used to fund a risky health insurance experiment.

centralcal

SunnyDay - behind everyone else? Oh, honey, join the club!

Seriously, I also have missed your comments.

centralcal

SunnyDay - behind everyone else? Oh, honey, join the club!

Seriously, I also have missed your comments.

centralcal

Well, I repeat myself! lol.

Danube of Thought

My principal objection to Palin is that she can't be elected. If she's the GOP candidate in 2012, Obama or Hillary wins.

Don't we all agree that Patrick Kennedy is in actual fact R-worded?

SunnyDay

easy to do, CC! :D

hit and run

Clarice, thanks for the tip on the typewriter thing. Alas, right now I am sitting in front of the fireplace with 8 candles burning throughout the house. Not for the romance,but because the power is out.

This comment brought to you via BlackBerry by Global Warming. And all day snow and freezing rain. But mostly Global Warming.

narciso

I don't know if she'll run at all, whether she could win the nomination, (I'd say a better than average chance) But we don't want
the same calculations that gave Dole and McCain, because they were supposedly more electable.

Rick Ballard

"This is INSANE!"

Sure. After one full year of Dem job killing Keynesian "stimulus" the total number of employed has dropped by more than 4 million. As proof of their insanity, they're going to double down (the Dem economic playbook only has one page and one play).

The really amusing aspect of his utter incompetence regards the probability of the avalanche which BOzo has launched wiping out Dem control of numerous state legislatures as well as the House and Senate. Should that occur, then redistricting is going to be a lot of fun.

clarice

Hit, we are home --snow's been falling all day and we are hoping there'll be no power outage..If there is we plan to seize our cat, immobilize her claws and use her as an electric blanket substitute.

narciso

Hope you're ok,Clarice, that's the kind of weather I was worried about last February

daddy

Just to show that the "Ellie Light" version of a "Time to Trash Sarah Palin Campaign" remains in full swing in Alaska:

The Anchorage Daily New's ">http://www.adn.com/palin/story/1125241.html"> "Sarah didn't Pay her Cabin Taxes" story has 154 comments, mostly negative.

The ADN's "E-Mails Show that husband Todd Palin gave Sarah political advice while Governor" story has 211 comments, mostly negative.

But the ADN's story, "Senator Begich tries to overturn the Supreme's Corporate Finance Ruling" has only 13 comments.

All 3 stories were posted on the same day, 5 February.

And what I just noticed having previously posted this on another thread, is that 1 hour ago the first story had 169 comments, which is now down to 154, so somebody at the ADN website is doing some comments editing without telling us.

narciso

Here are some comments from a twitter account of her speech in Salinas, Kansas, in the LUN

mefolkes

Thanks, Daddy. The property tax attack on Palin surprises me. Mat-Su must be a special case. Every real estate agent I've been talking with in Alaska insists that there is no real estate/property tax outside of municipal boundaries. With your schedule, I would imagine you would be within a short commute of the airport in Anchorage. I'm buying land near Klawock and Craig on Prince of Wales Island, and all parcels under consideration are not likely to ever be within a municipality and are guaranteed not to ever have taxes.

Danube of Thought

Don't get me wrong, Clarice, but I would dearly love to be settling in for a rare D.C. Blizzard right now. All my life I've felt that when it was snowing it was a truly magic time. Then when the sun comes out and it goes up to 42 degrees, depression sets in. But the magic time is worth it. Have fun, and be thankful for the cat.

clarice

narciso this is very uncharacteristic weather..I believe we haven't had this since 1922. Normally winter in DC is very temperate with perhaps one or two rather small snowstorms. This year is very unusual.

SunnyDay

daddy, on the second page, this is posted:

Those people are deranged.

SunnyDay

oops, this is the quote. I guess I used the wrong thingies.
********************************
Any how.... a quick look at the Borough Property Tax website certainly clears a few things up. First, one of the lots has the owner listed as Richter Investments and the other as Scott Richter. The Palins are listed secondarily on the docs. However, he quit claim deeds from Debby Richter

(Scotts ex and current director of the Permanent Fund) to Scott Richter...no mention of the Palins. The tax bills were definately sent to Scott Richter's business address, not the address of the Palins. Looks to me that Scott Richter (a contractor) is still building on the buildings and hasn't conveyed title to the Palins. In that case it really isn't up to the Palins to report anything..it's up to Richter.

clarice

DoT, my son who now lives in L.A. wishes he could be here now, too. He loved snow days when he lived here--In fact, they were the only weekdays we didn't have to pry him out of the sack.

Sunny, great sleuthing work..Why not post it on the adn site..?

Danube of Thought

Glad to see the Ryan plan getting some ink, if only in obscure places.

Question: do we run on this in November, or do we just decide we're going to do some major ass-kicking without sticking our necks out? My instinct would be to make it a part of the GOP platform (new Contract with America), because I sense we're at a point where people know that the gravy train has to be diverted.

Rick Ballard

Re - Palin Cabin

Here's the property detail. You can use the map feature to locate the property on Safari Lake. GoogleEarth doesn't show any structure[s] existing as of 2006. Title was granted to Scott Richter via quitclaim on 10/25/07. Property taxes typically are not assessed on a residential structure until a final inspection is completed and/or permanent power established. That's also the point at which the assessor's office is notified.

There's not even much smoke involved on this one, let alone fire.

daddy

"I'm buying land near Klawock and Craig on Prince of Wales Island, and all parcels under consideration are not likely to ever be within a municipality and are guaranteed not to ever have taxes."

Let's hope it stays that way mefolkes.

This Palin case to me is nuts. The cabin is 100 miles north of Anchorage, so that means it's out in the boonies. It can't be driven to since there are no roads. You either fly in in a floatplane to the Lake it's on, or you use a snow machine in winter. So the Municipality provides no phones, no electricity, no water, no power, no Police, no Fire, no garbage removal, no Meals on Wheels, no nothing---no services of any kind. Yet if you put up a cabin on property you own suddenly you owe extra taxes to the Municipality for nothing.

IANAL, but it seems to me thats almost as nutty as last year when Mayor (now Senator) Begich, tried to prosecute that guy for building a snowman in his front yard in Alaska in the middle of winter, by calling it a "public nuisance."

Uh oh, Clarice, I just thought of something.

Begich is in DC and you're expecting a blizzard. Please please please don't let you grandkids go outside and build a snowman. We need to keep the Feldman's out of jail.

daddy

Well I've got to go out templing now. Full report to follow.

But for gosh sakes folks, anybody who loves Clarice, please keep the pressure up and don't let her build a ">http://www.adn.com/opinion/letters/story/632978.html"> Snowzilla!

Ignatz

--Question: do we run on this in November, or do we just decide we're going to do some major ass-kicking without sticking our necks out?--

I think they should run on it.
I believe independents are looking for just this kind of sensible and sane fiscal policy as an alternative to the various Bolshevik plots Barry Ilyich keeps hatching.

Rick Ballard

Well, that kinda shoots the "final inspection/permanent power" bit. MatSu doesn't even have a building department, as such. Without pictures of the interior there's no way of knowing whether the cabin is even habitable.

That reminds me - has Uncle Tony's involvement in the purchase of Hog Butcher's Hall for the Obamas (in exchange for State Senator Obama's vote on legislation favorable to slumlords) ever been laid to rest or is Fitzgerald still hiding the ball?

Ann

It is a winter wonderland in Col, Ohio. My husband and I just watched "The Hurt Locker" in front of the fireplace. It was good.

The power has gone on and off and I think we are all snowed in for the weekend here but that is okay. I can amuse myself with pictures of the first couple:

Photobucket

I can't even imagine what the press would say if this was Laura and George Bush.

narciso

I was thinking about that Rick, the house that
REzko built, with a little help from the Auchis, never seems to enter the conversation.

Ann

It is better if you see it frame by frame:

Photobucket

Obama is such a great guy. Doesn't he look happy?

Soylent Red

Power out for a couple of hours in Charlottesville.

So your old buddy Soylent thought to himself, "I have no lights, no TV, no internet. I do have plenty of snow and beer. Hmmm..."

I have spent the last four hours drinking beer and constructing a 10 x 8 snow fort. Ran out of beer and the ability to align snow blocks straight and plumb, so I retired for the evening.

Did not run out of snow.

Heck of a good time. Neighbors think I've gone barmy.

Ann

Who is in charge here?

Photobucket

daddy

A DC Courtroom:


"Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?"

"Yep."

"State your name?"

"Wolverine Feldman."

"And your age?

"4."

"Where were you on the night of The SuperBowl?"

"At Grannys."

"Can you point out "Granny"?"

"She's over there with that ball and chain thing around her leg."

"Now did you or didn't you go out during halftime and build a Snowman in Granny's front yard?

"Yep."

"And was it fun?"

"Yep."

"And who suggested you go outside and build a snowman?"

"Granny."

"And did "Granny" tell you that since Senator Begich came to town, it might be illegal to build a snowman in the front yard?"

"Nope."

"And how did Granny get you to go outside in a blizzard at halftime to build a snowman?"

"She said she'd have home made cookies and Hot Chocolate ready when I finished."

"And did "Granny" have home made cookies and Hot Chocolate ready when you finished?"

"Yep."

"And what kind of home made cookies did she make for you?"

"Yummy ones. Granny's a great cook!"

"Let the record show that the Defendant, "Granny", willfully bribed the Witness to illegally build a public nuisance snowman in her front yard during Super Bowl weekend...No further questions your Honor...The Prosecution rests."

Ann

This will sober anyone up, Soylent:

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daddy

"Does the Defendent "Granny" wish to call a character Witness?"

"We do your Honor, and to the stand we call Soylent."

"Soylent? Ha Ha Ha. Motion denied. This Court finds the Defendant is guilty. Take her away boys...but first, can we get that cookie recipe?"

Mustang0302

WOLVERINE!!

daddy, about that 3-wire trap in the E. Med, VRC or VAW?

Ann

Did someone say cookie recipe? Marlboro Man’s Favorite Cookies are Oatmeal Crispies and they are here: They are good and they are gone. Made them for the guys with the snow plows in our neighborhood

I think it is time for a new JOM cookbook.

Melinda Romanoff

Ann-

At least she's moved on from the Sam Browne look.

daddy

VRC. US-3.

Melinda Romanoff

Ann-

I will NOT bring up a new family research project, unless forced, because we're out of it.

Oatmeal Pie!

Assembly instructions are here.

AL

“…After one full year of Dem job killing Keynesian "stimulus" the total number of employed has dropped by more than 4 million.”

Rick, YOU should know better than that.

Progressive left use Keynes theory as justification to channel government spending to their cronies, grow government sector of economy, and put in place non-expiring entitlement obligations.

Conservative right fights this leftist policy tooth and nail, and deservedly so.

And both right and left are erroneously convinced that primary aims of Keynesian spending are job creation and jump-starting of economy.

Nothing is further from the truth. After studying Great Depression, Keynes proposed to use government deficit spending to arrest downward deflation spiral, stabilize consumer market spendings, and thus give the economy time to start healing itself. According to Keynes, such government spending should be temporary, given to private sector, and perform useful jobs, like improving infrastructure. It is purely damage control measure aimed to stabilize the consumer market, and by no means advisable or effective to stimulate economy to start growing and create jobs.

Kind of sad to see how Keynes theory is systematically vulgarized, misplaced and misrepresented, and used by ideological hacks on both right and left.

bgates

Mel - Sam Browne? I thought it was Chuck Vogelpohl.

Melinda Romanoff

bgates-

not high enough, and the weight belt is too wide for the event. Please note the lack of tannin in the "Chuck", as opposed to the "Sam".

Much more fitting for a Floatus.

(I'm not fixing that, BTW)

clarice

Nah, the wolverine wanted to be here for the snowstorm but she's stuck in L.A. where it's raining until NEXT week when we all get together in Sarasota.

It looks to me like it's stopped snowing for a while, but my husband says that's because I can't see. I thought there wasn't much accumulation but an hour or so ago he told me there was at least inches and it's supposed to continue thru to tomorrow night.

Many jurisdictions around here have already run thru their snow removal funds so this should get dicey soon.

clarice

**at least SIX inches*

Melinda Romanoff

AL-

That's not the way I remember reading Keynes, but my library is still in boxes, so I'm not going to make a full case. Just that memory serves me as that the point was to smooth the business cycle, as opposed to stopping deflationary trends.

Big difference.

Melinda Romanoff

I'm still beat from six hours in the truck.

G'night all.

Ann

Funny Mel and bgates!

I think she finally realized the "big belt" fashion look (especially the ammo belt) made her seem to masculine next to the skinny flim-flam man she married.

Honestly, I would trust her over her husband in defending this country. At least, she is scary enough to say BOO!

Btw, best comment of the day goes to Clarice, again.

**at least SIX inches* :)

Damn, I miss PUK!

Mustang0302

Thanks, daddy. Very cool. The fleet misses 'em.

narciso

Is this what you're talking about daddy, in the LUN

bgates

**at least SIX inches* :)

Damn, I miss PUK!

.

Ann

bgates, you are so bad!!! :}

AL

“…Just that memory serves me as that the point was to smooth the business cycle, as opposed to stopping deflationary trends.”

Well, kind of right, Melinda. Smooth the business cycle, by limiting Recession downfall. In most severe case, to stop the Depression by arresting deflationary spiral. Keynes specifically mentioned that to stop deflation, all means are justified, even paying one worker to dig holes and to another worker to fill it. Later in life he even mentioned that infrastructure projects usually are not effective because money are not spend fast enough to be effective as damage control. Obviously, he did not consider such measures to be effective on upleg of economy cycle, to propel GDP and employment.

Some countries developed the concept further. Russia, Norway, Alberta used accumulated Oil Stabilization Funds to smooth the recession, and so did Chile with their Copper Stabilization Fund. Canada and Australia halved their government debts in boom years, and now have good credit rating to incur some debt. China simply uses accumulated trade surplus money. US? Spent like crazy in good times, and now is surprised that on rainy day has nothing to spend and troubles to borrow.

Rick Ballard

AL,

You would have to take up the vulgarization of Keynes with Krugman and the Democrats. I would tend to agree that he might not agree with their appropriation and abuse of The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money but he did compose the siren song:

At the same time we must recognise that only experience can show how far the common will, embodied in the policy of the State, ought to be directed to increasing and supplementing the inducement to invest; and how far it is safe to stimulate the average propensity to consume, without foregoing our aim of depriving capital of its scarcity-value within one or two generations. It may turn out that the propensity to consume will be so easily strengthened by the effects of a falling rate of interest, that full employment can be reached with a rate of accumulation little greater than at present. In this event a scheme for the higher taxation of large incomes and inheritances might be open to the objection that it would lead to full employment with a rate of accumulation which was reduced considerably below the current level. I must not be supposed to deny the possibility, or even the probability, of this outcome. For in such matters it is rash to predict how the average man will react to a changed environment. If, however, it should prove easy to secure an approximation to full employment with a rate of accumulation not much greater than at present, an outstanding problem will at least have been solved. And it would remain for separate decision on what scale and by what means it is right and reasonable to call on the living generation to restrict their consumption, so as to establish in course of time, a state of full investment for their successors.

What statist could fail to be entranced by such lyrics?

daddy

Narciso,

It was ">http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/US-3A_DN-SC-87-06468.JPEG"> this plane and squadron but I think both have now been defunct for almost a decade now.

Flodigarry

Ann -

That is just.not.right. Who claps like that?

You can't avoid the sense that MO wants nothing to do with BO.

AL

Oh, no, I stopped to discuss with Leftists some time ago. You know, I am allergic to bull.

As for Keynes, he undoubtedly was carried away by chimera of full employment. To be fair, market manipulation by increasing or decreasing of Central/Federal banks interest rates (it is totally another matter as anti-deflationary spending, BTW) is standard practice around the world. But by no means could it eliminate business cycle, just smooth them.

And why is it good thing to eliminate business cycle? Rethoric question, to be sure. Periodically corporations, countries, etc., should trim the fat, wake up from routine, change leaders, and start to innovate aggressively. There is no substitute to creative destruction of Recession to accomplish this.

Frau Regenschirm

Stay warm and dry all of you caught in frigid climate change territory. We here in CA are just all wet --as usual. Ann, the cookies look very tempting. Have you tried the Pioneer Woman's apple dumplings? They are unbelievably easy and sinfully good. I made half the recipe yesterday to save our bodies from total disaster. LUN

Flodigarry

Daddy - I've instructed my younger sister, who lives in Alexandria, VA, to build a SnowZilla in honor of the land I introduced to her last year. She loved AK, and being from Buffalo, has a great deal of experience to lend to the effort.

daddy

Hey this is cool Clarice,

We're getting ">http://www.adn.com/2950/story/1126505.html"> hit with a Blizzard at the same time as you guys.

What's that old saying? Blogger's that blizzard together despise the Washington Wizards together?

Flodigarry

Clarice - I thought of you today. I was on a conference call with an attorney based in D.C. When the group was talking about being prepared for the blizzard, where one would expect advice to stock up on milk, bread, water, etc. Instead, the attorney, piped up about the shortages of toilet paper. After that comment, it was hard to keep the conversation on track.... ;-)

Here's to hoping you have an adequate supply of paper products.

narciso

Is that an A-6 Intruder or a Sky Raider, daddy

daddy

Neither Narciso,

It's a Viking, a version of ">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-3_Viking"> this, but because of it's interesting "Whoop whoop" engine sound it wound up colloquially being called The Hoover, for the vacuum cleaner:)

daddy

"I've instructed my younger sister, who lives in Alexandria, VA, to build a SnowZilla."

That's cool Flodigarry.

Having looked back at those ADN stories last year when Anchorage was pestering and harassing that guy who built Snowzilla, I noticed an amazing double standard.

it struck me that Mayor Begich of Anchorage was never 1 single time that I could find, mentioned at all in any of the ADN stories negatively. He was Mayor, it was his City bureaucrats harassing this guy, yet Begich was given a complete pass about the entire thing by the paper. Only in letters to the editor comments do you see folks giving Begich, the guy where the buck should have stopped, any grief at all.

Yet every time anything happens within 6 degree's of separation of Sarah Palin, the paper instantly springs into action, and when they're not standing as a soap box for her critics to damn her, they go ahead and damn her themselves---ie wearing a logo'd jacket of Todd's Model of Snow Machine, or causing unwanted tourist traffic in Juneau by being pretty, or this new cabin tax nonsense in the hinterlands 100 miles north of town, or a million others. She's damned before she can get out of bed in the morning. Yet Begich can have his City officials hassling a private citizen right in the city he governs for building a snowman in winter, and somehow no newsman ever thinks to even write a word about his opinion or responsibility for the thing. Argggh!

clarice

flodigarry,Thanks we are completely stocked with everything but a back up generator which I hope will prove unnecessary.

Cecil Turner

After one full year of Dem job killing Keynesian "stimulus" the total number of employed has dropped by more than 4 million.

It's hard to tell if this invalidates the Keynesian (or whatever) approach, since the spending appears largely to've been aimed for political effect:

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President Obama in last year's presidential election.
Gibbs says "There's no politics at work when it comes to spending for the recovery." I think this latest flap illustrates how focused the White House is on the political side of all this, and see no benefit in letting them get away with it. Besides, I'll get excited about various GOPers taking credit for funding projects when the Dems start taking credit for the deficit.

bgates

Gibbs says "There's no politics at work when it comes to spending for the recovery."

Every word out of Gibbs' mouth is a lie. Even the spaces between the words are lies.

sbw

Hey, cooks! That oatmeal cookie recipe calls for instant oats which we NEVER keep in the house because they o not compare in taste and texture to regular, five-minute oats (we keep 25-minute steel cut in the house for special days).

What happens if we substitute 5-minute oats for the 1-minute oats in the cookie recipe?

clarice

sbw, In most recipes you cannot substitute the different oats. Sorry. I wouldn't risk it. They behave very differently.

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