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February 04, 2010

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LTC John

General, Admiral, Field Marshal, Grand Moff.... whatev.

You really can't expect the layers of editors and fact checkers to catch such a non-obvious mistake, can you?

narciso

There is a serious point to all this, which Admiral Mullen seems to have eluded;

"Mr. President, we have two active campaigns
in Afghanistan and Iraq, with action heating up in Pakistan and Yemen, we have our own soldiers being gunned down on a military base
back home, we don't have time to spend a week, much less a year debating this"

PaulV

Clarice,
Jim Treacher needs a hired gun, no, I mean an attorney. LUN

clarice

My son used to have a driver who picked him and a number of other kids from their schools and drove them home. A lovely man names Mr Sedgewick. One afternoon as they were coming thru Rock Creek Park a driver crossed over the line and hit the cab head on. My Sedgewick fainted and the children were petrified. It turned out the driver was a secret service agent who claimed he'd been fighting off a bee when he caused the accident.

He was never charged.
Mr. Sedgewick's firm made him stop transporting kids because they feared liability.

I empathize with Treacher.
(I never believed the bee story and am certain if any non-LE officer had some up with that one, he'd have been charged.)

narciso

Timothy Egan, who was last complaining that
other authors were more deserving than Sarah
or something, is at it again, comparing her with John Edwards, forgetting he was the vanilla flavor of "Hope and Change"

centralcal

PaulV: No kidding about needing an attorney! Jim Treacher's story is quite disturbing.

davod

Off topic: Obama has just politicised the National Prayer breakfast.

clarice

(Good grief, I cannot type at all without more coffee.)

Rob Crawford

Obama has just politicised the National Prayer breakfast.

So what? Every time Obama has a difficult BM, he blames Republicans for not working with him.

Jack is Back!

22nd and M has a CVS?

Wow that section of town has come a long way from my Beowulf days where they would show vids of what happened at Dewey Beach the weekend before:)

Tommy Boggs is in that vicinity if he needs a lawyer and an unwelcome lobbyist at the same time.

centralcal

Well, davod, I was praying the whole time that he would just shut up. (and used the mute button, just in case my prayer went unanswered).

I just cannot stand looking at or listening to him any more.

Jack is Back!

I never knew Totus was so religious.

narciso

That's outrageous Clarice, how did they do that to Mr. Sedgwick, if he wasn't at fault
in such a situation, I know rhetorical question

DebinNC

wiki: Mullen did not directly fight in the Vietnam War, and has never been in direct combat

That NYT piece indicates our highest ranking military member is a David Brooks clone, enthralled by the DC social circuit and the educated elite who reign there. His concern with d-a-d-t seems to be with how to implement it, not its effect of our fighting men and women on the battlefield...something he's never experienced.

PaulV

REMF live a different life than men who do the fighting.

narciso

How does one graduate from Annapolis, at the height of the Vietnam War, '68, and not see
combat. He was also one of those that Petraeus
had to bypass in order to implement the surge,
I guess that was why the colloquoy I wrote up above, wa just rhetorical

Jack is Back!

Mullen may have his problems but at least he isn't ">http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/02/03/ambassador_at_very_large'> "the biggest dick".

Ignatz

--Obama has just politicised the National Prayer breakfast.--

What did he say?
I looked around and didn't see any comments about it elsewhere.

matt

Obama's faith is are now a private matter, but we are assured by the Washington Post he calls on this faith all the time. I smell more propaganda.

Funny how he just sort of bailed the whole family out of the church thing after his Rev. Wright moment.

What does this tell us about the man? Did he believe the Rev. Wright claptrap and is now adrift without a rudder? Or was it all just BS? Even on Christmas he couldn't bother to find a church.

centralcal

Here you go Ignatz, from Gateway Pundit, the video of BOzo's "stump speech" at the prayer breakfast.

LUN

Janet

Thanks for the link centralcal...it makes me question his citizenship even more. Usually if libs make fun of "something", the "something" is true, good, or honorable.

laura

My husband, has a very good friend, who was in the Naval Academy class of 68 with Mullen, Webb, North, etc. The 30 year marine is not happy with Mullen.
I think Mullen is one of these flag officers that came to their stars during the Clinton admin, a very weak lot indeed. The military in the 90's was bent on promoting the most PC, squishy candidates available. I have absolutely no idea how people like Petraeus got through with his spine intact. Casey is another example of a weak horse and almost lost Iraq for us.

Extraneus

I'll take BS for $800, Alex?

narciso

There is something off about that, this is his
true face, the one he didn't show at the GOP
retreat last friday

Captain Hate

it makes me question his citizenship even more. Usually if libs make fun of "something", the "something" is true, good, or honorable.

Further evidence that the meltdown is on. As numerous comments have pointed out, he's not very smart and when he starts throwing in snarky asides like this it doesn't do anything to win over the non-koolaid drinkers.

btw, I heard somewhere (maybe Laura Ingraham) this morning that Tim Tebow gave him a printout of DC churches since Il Douche seems to be having such a difficult time locating any. I really like Tebow; all the naysayers that talk about how he won't be successful in the NFL remind me of all the geniuses that passed up drafting Kurt Warner (and instead took busts like Todd Marijunanovich, Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, Akili Smith and other overrated bums) who went on to take two of the most failed franchises in the league to the Superbowl. The "combines" that those idiots place such unwarranted credence don't measure character.

Danube of Thought

Very surprising to me that a guy can get four stars in this era without having seen action. Let alone become JCS Chairman.

matt

it is just another example of PC. He is is "only following orders". We can expect the JCS to pretty much fall in line.

Petraeus spent most of his time in Airborne units, where PC does not thrive very well. When you are at the tip of the spear, the BS tends to get in the way of the job and even most of the military politicians don't mess with the people who actually have to spill their blood.

centralcal

okay, this is very far off topic, but I just cannot help myself.

Has anyone noticed that Fashion Icon MOO is losing her eyebrows? They have crept up higher on her forehead and are getting thinner and thinner, which in turn makes her eyes kinda bug out. She is starting to look really peculiar.

okay - back to all the really serious subjects.

laura

Matt, they may not mess with the tip of the spear, but the DC types sure do seem to know how to weed out the warriors before the make O6 or O5. Petraeus is a rare bird.

Ignatz

Thanks for the link centracal.

How is it a tall, skinny, black, American can so eerily remind one of a short, stout, white, Italian from 70 years ago, just by standing with his nose in the air, swiveling his head to and fro over a crowd?

Jack is Back!

I heard parts of the speech and only remember him invoking "never question my faith". First it was "never question my patriotism", then it was "never question my associations", then "never question my birth place", then "never question my loyalties" and now its faith. Well how the hell can you question the faith of a guy who hasn't even got a church he goes to on a regular basis. I question his values, his fitness for duty and his future as a leader.

Rob Crawford

First it was "never question my patriotism", then it was "never question my associations", then "never question my birth place", then "never question my loyalties" and now its faith.

You're just not supposed to question him.

Ignatz

OT, but can Rick, Mel or one of the other financial brains explain to me what lumber is doing? It's now up about 90% from the lows of last spring, it's up when the dollar is up but it often goes up when the dollar goes down, it often goes up when virtually all other commodities are down and of course when they're up as well.
As far as I know it's notable for having very little history of manipulation previously, the construction market certainly doesn't seem to justify the rise and it is still too early for its usual springtime pop.
In looking at the charts seems like it's at its highest level since early 2007 at the start of the subprime debacle.
Is it telling us recovery is in the air, China is buying all the worlds lumber or some Soros is cornering the market? Or none of the above?

Jeff

The lumber spike could just be the march of the greens who have fought against logging for decades.

Ignatz

--The lumber spike could just be the march of the greens who have fought against logging for decades.--

Jeff,
There was a huge green spike in the mid nineties but there was a precipitating event; federal judges locked down the supply from federal lands as the tree huggers demanded.
There's no precipitating eco event now that I know of. Arguably the demise of cap and trade actually removed value from forests since they would have benefited as carbon credit owners.

Rick Ballard

Ignatz,

I don't have an answer. Car loadings don't support the move, nor do permits or starts. The D. H. Horton earnings call was cheering. Until you read the part about it all being based upon the first time buyer tax credit.

Why not sell a few May contracts with the intent to deliver? Milling and trucking costs are known and you've got plenty of trees to work with.

clarice

Sorry to be so late responding, narciso, but I was out.

Mr. Sedgwick worked for a cab company which apparently hadn't known until then that he was ferrying a carload of unaccompanied kids, something their insurance didn't cover. Or so they said.

He was the most wonderful man and looked after the children in his care as if he were a loving grandfather to them. All the kids adopred him.

bgates

Ignatz - remember that 2004 debate? ("Need some wood?") Maybe Bush and an evil cabal are manipulating the price for their own benefit. It's the perfect scam, because there's nobody who can report on it.

No, there are no journalists out there who could reveal Big Wood.

Mustang0302

General Chaos, Colonel Mustard, Commander Cody, Major Pain, Captain Crunch, Sergeant Pepper, Corporal Punishment, Private Matters...

BHO just referred to some USN HN/HM as a 'corpse-man.'

Don't take it personal, Doc.

It was TOTUS' fault.

Melinda Romanoff

Ig-

I have some ideas, but I'll call the floor to find out the latest. I suspect the word "China" will come up in the conversation at some point.

On the road, back in a couple of hours.

clarice

Well, there you have it! Ig needs some research and Melinda runs off to help him. I ask for help with a scam business opportunity to finance the purchase of a much needed place on the Costa Brava and....bupkus..PHEH

Ignatz

--I suspect the word "China" will come up in the conversation at some point.--

That's what I'm suspecting Mel. For the first time in about 20 years I had some interest shown last summer from China for exporting logs to them. Nothing came of it, but to even hear from them was unthinkable a few years ago, given New Zealand and Siberian softwood supplies.

--Well, there you have it! Ig needs some research and Melinda runs off to help him. I ask for help with a scam business opportunity to finance the purchase of a much needed place on the Costa Brava and....bupkus..PHEH--

Maybe I've always been Melinda's favorite. :P

clarice

Yeah, MAYBE!

PHEH

Melinda Romanoff

Do I look like a realtor?

Oh, better ask daddy that one...

And I have to follow the Patriot Act a bit more than others around here....

clarice

What kind of Illinois citizen are you who has no interest in a great scam?

Melinda Romanoff

My floor contacts were a bust. They're all focused on the Unemployment figures tomorrow AM (I'll be the one wearing Depends). "Lumber? Does that trade here, now? You want Lumber?"

But I did find this gem from today, which covered things pretty nicely, and there is a "normalized"* summer price bump in the out months.

*What I would expect to be normal, i.e. more expensive in the summer building months. You can find today's prices here.

Melinda Romanoff

One without a rap sheet, thank you.

'Scuse me, I have to adjust my halo.

Rick Ballard

Mel,

I don't want to clog the current thread. That lumber link suggests that mills which have remained open are squeezing cash buyers. That shouldn't last too long.

Did you see the GS job forecast article at Zero?

People should print and frame this tidbit:

Our labor market and monetary policy forecasts essentially envisage another 1991 or 2001-style cycle. We expect the unemployment rate to peak in the first half of 2011, 1½ to 2 years after the end of the recession.

If GS is right (I definitely lean toward their prediction) then it's Bye, Bye BOzo, with the Dem majority gone in '10 as an appetizer.

Ignatz

--That lumber link suggests that mills which have remained open are squeezing cash buyers. That shouldn't last too long.--

Might last longer than one would think, even though starts are still low, Rick.
Timber companies have been slashing inventories and production since 2007. I suspect they may have cut inventories to the point that any incremental increased demand is leaving them looking for wood.
Or perhaps my suspicion is more in the way of a hope. :)

JM Hanes

Well, shoot. Wouldn't you just know that this would be the year I finally decide to break ground on new digs. So, steel and concrete? I hear you can do a lot with straw bales......

clarice

Steel and concrete can be very nice..and there's always old cans and bottles (might qualify you for a hefty federal grant).
Mel, hel me in my plan and I promise that I will make it a first priority to befriend the chef at El Bulli so that you can be one of the lucky 5,000 (out of 40,000 requesters) who gets to eat there.

Rick Ballard

Ignatz,

I was referring to squeezing cash customers, not to prices falling all the way back. Rail car loadings indicate that we may have touched bottom. That GS report indicates that we're going to hug that bottom for a while before we see a "real" upturn.

I'm just cheerful that things aren't getting worse. When the market finishes this adjustment I might even get back in. Eight more days like today and it will be at fair value. Seven more days if it follows Asia's lead tomorrow.

Melinda Romanoff

Rick-

Two themes there, the mills are squeezing cash, because they can't keep it (big deflationary signal) and the GS stuff we were chasing around yesterday.

Good stuff.

glasater

Eight more days like today and it will be at fair value

Do you really want to see Larry Kudlow have a heart attack on TV?

Mel--

Mr Santelli had a couple of fine rants once again today.

What a terrific guy and give him my best:-)

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