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April 12, 2010

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daddy

A good point TM, to which I can unfortunately add nothing.

However comma, this is an interesting OT story which tells us that Scientists have just discovered ">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8611771.stm"> massive undersea vents in the Caribbean which at the moment are continually pushing out water columns of heat so hot they could melt lead.

Its interesting to me because in many AGW stories the hypothesis is that man made CO2 will somehow screw up the Gulf Stream as a Heat Conveyor Belt, thus clobbering the climate of the Northern Hemisphere.

Geology writer John McPhee already told us in "Rising From The Plains" that the mid Atlantic hot spot had tunneled under the North American Continent, created Bermuda, and now was over near West Africa as the tectonic plates shifted westward above it, exactly as the Hawaiian Islands arise as their chunk of Pacific Plate moves over the Pacific Hot Spot. But I don't recall ever reading in all the AGW literature about considerations of how much heat is added to the Gulf Stream by undersea venting, and what happens when that drops or increases as a result of massive heat release due to earthquakes/volcanos along the South American coasts, nor for that matter what happened when the Panama Isthmus arose between North and South America some few million years ago and cut off the flow of water from the Pacific to the Atlantic through that old strait.

My overall point, is that I don't know, but I am fascinated to find out about these new vents, and to see if any of this is consequential enough to be included in the new theories trying to understand the Gulf Streams Heat conveyor system, and if these naturally occurring temperature contributing sources are incorporated into the AGW models, or if its all simply left to Al Gore and Hollywood to explain it to us as cow flatulence and the internal combustion engine.

But speaking of Hillary, did she have anything to say about Sir Edmond Hillary's ashes 2 days back being sent to be dust on Mt Everest? He's the guy she said she was named for after he climbed Mt Everest even tho' he didn't climb it till years after she was born, but whatever, she may have been confused from dodging all those bullets on the Bosnian Tarmac with Cheryl Crow and Sinbad, so if she's not making sense to our allies, tell them to join the club. Hillary for Supreme Court Justice!

Neo

Bill Gates or Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ?

Neo

If we’re hit with a bio attack, Windows will go "nuclear'

Jane

Oh no! Microsoft has taken over our defense. WEll they can't be any worse than Obama.

There are always two opposing quotes on everything from this administration. It's all plausible deniability.

Willy G

If Iran strikes Isreal, Tehran will be turned into a parking lot, er, I mean blue screen of death.

Captain Hate

Per daddy, I don't think I ever read a John McPhee book on any subject, including those as dust-dry as geology, that weren't written in an extremely engaging style that made them page-turners and time well spent.

Captain Hate

weren't == wasn't. And everything after that should be singular lest I sound like Il Douche per the AT article.

Janet

Oh no! Microsoft has taken over our defense. WEll they can't be any worse than Obama.

Like the suggestion that Disney take over and manage some US cities. At least they would strive for success.

aliene, all in the day.

Krauthammer yesterday was good on how crazy this all is. If the US nuclear umbrella is withdrawn, it will encourage proliferation.
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fdcol63

This Drudge headline really gives me the hee-bee-jeebies:

GOOGLE FRANKENSTEIN: CEO SAYS MACHINES TO CHOOSE YOUR NEWS

I was already worried that Google's far-left liberal bias would just make some cached internet content just "disappear" down the memory hole. You know, like those news articles that expose the Left's hypocrisy?

But now, they also want to control all the news content that you read ... period?

Scary.

Captain Hate

Oh no! Microsoft has taken over our defense. WEll they can't be any worse than Obama.

At least they provide a product that the majority of the public doesn't claim to not want, despite how much they may complain about its performance.

Rob Crawford

Like the suggestion that Disney take over and manage some US cities. At least they would strive for success.

I vastly prefer their takes on New Orleans to the real thing.

glasater

Concerned about Google?

There's only one thing to do:

Apple Fights Rival Google on New Turf

Go Steve Jobs!

anduril

As I suspected would happen quickly, hard questions re what the hell happened with that Polish military flight are starting to be asked--and the questions are not based on childish conspiracy theories. The WSJ quotes Lech Walesa (Lech Kaczynski started out as a labor lawyer who was active in Solidarity, so Walesa knew him well):

Already on Sunday, questions were being asked on television and Polish Facebook walls about how the government could have allowed so many leaders to travel on the same plane.

"This shouldn't have happened," said Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and iconic leader of the anti-communist Solidarity movement, speaking to reporters in the Baltic seaport of Gdansk. Mr. Kaczynski and his identical twin brother (who wasn't aboard the plane) also were influential members of Solidarity.

Referring to the pilot's decision to land in thick fog, which Russian authorities say caused the crash, Mr. Walesa said: "I don't believe the pilot was making decisions on his own, this is not probable. I flew those airplanes, and in case of any doubt, they would always come to the commanders and ask for the decision," Mr. Walesa said, adding: "We don't know, let's leave it for now."

Poles may awaken soon to the unsettling realization that one of their top leaders may have behaved in an almost criminally irresponsible way. Certainly Walesa doesn't appear to have too much doubt. Walesa has undoubtedly travelled frequently on those types of flights.

Oh, here's something creepy or eery from the same article:

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the president's twin, returned ashen-faced on the plane with his brother's corpse, after identifying the remains in Smolensk.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski was supposed to have been on the flight with his brother, but switched with another politician at the last moment, said Adam Bielan, a member of the European Parliament and close aide to the president, in remarks on television.

anduril

Hey, what's wrong with turning National Security over to Microsoft? I haven't had much experience with Windows since about 1997, but I hear on all sides at JOM that doing computing with Windows is an excellent adventure. Well, except for the status conscious who want to signify that they can afford to throw money around. Those people throw their money at Steve Jobs instead of Bill Gates.

anduril

The NYTimes also quotes Walesa, and adds additional information, including from a Polish newspaper:

Investigators examining the crash of the Polish president’s plane appeared Sunday to be focusing on why the pilot did not heed instructions from air traffic controllers to give up trying to land in bad weather in western Russia.

Their inquiry may lead to an even more delicate question: whether the pilot felt under pressure to land to make sure that the Polish delegation would not be late for a ceremony on Saturday in the Katyn forest, where more than 20,000 Polish officers and others were massacred by the Soviets during World War II.

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Still, attention has been drawn to the pilot’s state of mind because of a previous incident involving the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, who died along with numerous other senior Polish government and military officials in the crash.

In August 2008, during Russia’s brief war with Georgia, Mr. Kaczynski got into a dispute with a pilot flying his plane to the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, according to reports at the time. Mr. Kaczynski demanded that the pilot land despite dangerous conditions, but the pilot disagreed and diverted to neighboring Azerbaijan.

Mr. Kaczynski threatened that there would be consequences for the pilot, the Polish newspaper Dziennik reported. “If someone decides to become a pilot, he cannot be fearful,” Mr. Kaczynski said. “After returning to the country, we shall deal with this matter.”

That pilot was not disciplined and received a medal for his service. But the defense minister later said that the pilot had suffered depression in the wake of the incident.

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The controller said the pilot, after trying several times to land, indicated that he wanted to try once more.

“He said that if he did not land, then he would go to an alternate airport,” the controller said.

The traffic controller said that at that point, the pilot was asked for the plane’s altitude, but stopped responding to communication from the traffic control tower.

narciso the harpoon

sarcasm is one of your highlights, isn't it anduril

narciso the harpoon

Isn't it interesting how the leader who's pro Israel, pro Georgia, pro American, has to be
portrayed as crazy or erratic, within hours of his death

anduril

The Timesonline refers to

President Lech Kaczynski’s apparently reckless insistence on landing on an unsuitable foggy airport cost the lives of some of Poland’s most distinguished military and academic figures.

without further elaboration.

That article, Behind the grieving faces is a thriving nation, stresses what a success story Poland is these days--the only nation in Europe whose economy grew last year, etc. All the more reason for Poles to reflect on the quality of their leadership. These are questions that will surely come up during the Presidential election that will be held in June to replace Kaczynski. Poland, for all its current success, can ill afford the type of decision making that Kaczynski exemplified. And I speak as one who admired some of his stands on moral issues.

Here's the meat of the article:

Yet the Poland that is now so convulsed in grief has another side to it. Never in its history has Poland been so prosperous or so secure. Last year its economy was the only one in all of Europe to show GDP growth, of 1.7 per cent. The country’s banking system is solid, its public finances sound. The currency, the zloty, is inconveniently strong. Clapped-out communist-era infrastructure is giving way to excellent modern roads, railways and public buildings. Its state education system puts Britain’s to shame.

Poland matters. Its 38 million population is bigger than the combined total of the other former communist countries (Hungary, Slovakia etc) that joined the European Union in 2004. In America’s eyes, Poland’s military matters more than that of any other country in continental Europe. Unlike the toy soldiers employed by many other so-called Nato allies, Poland’s soldiers turn up, fight and die in missions overseas. In return, America insists that Nato makes real plans to defend Poland if necessary.

The country has lately gained a new role as a diplomatic heavyweight in Europe. The late President had many virtues, including an acute sense of history and scrupulous integrity.

But they were all too often overshadowed by his failings: obstinacy, pettiness and a sometimes startling lack of perspective. In the 2005-2007 period when Law and Justice, the main opposition party led by the President’s twin brother Jaroslaw, was in office, ill-chosen tactics, amateurishness and startlingly bad public relations risked making Poland a laughing stock.

Since then, Poland’s wily, soft-spoken Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and his heavyweight Oxford-educated Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski have brought about a diplomatic renaissance. Poland has defused tension with Germany, revived the Visegrad grouping of Central European former communist states, built a strong friendship with Sweden and managed a remarkable breakthrough with Russia, epitomised by Vladimir Putin’s attendance at a ceremony in Katyn on April 7, just three days before Mr Kaczynski’s own ill-starred visit there. Politics at home looks good too: whereas many other former communist countries flounder under weak minority governments, Mr Tusk’s coalition administration is smooth, effective — and popular.

anduril

Isn't it interesting how the leader who's pro Israel, pro Georgia, pro American, has to be
portrayed as crazy or erratic, within hours of his death

Are you suggesting that "Poland’s wily, soft-spoken Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and his heavyweight Oxford-educated Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski" - who are also non-erratic - aren't supportive of Israel? Have you done any google searches on, say, "Tusk Israel?" Or is paranoia one of your highlights?

Not paranoia, but still something interesting.

Now you are being silly and way oversensitive, anduril. Calling one fella pro-Israel is not calling another one anti-Israel.
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narciso the harpoon

I just find the tenor of the coverage remarkable, specially so soon after the tragedy, it's kind of in light with this
offering from the states about the tea party,
inthe LUN

anduril

narciso, i'm heading out to give blood. google kaczynski and you'll find that his personal style has been making news ever since he got into public life. it would have no matter what his views on israel.

narciso

From O'grady's column, Correa always seemed more like Obama than anything else, American
educated, but with ties to the local insurgent group.

This is the way they rephrase stubbornness when they like you, in the LUN

narciso

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/04/11/obama_were_still_working_on_our_democracy

Rick Ballard

When will Gates tire of holding the seltzer bottle in the BOzo and His Insane Clown Posse show? No one expects anything resembling a coherent plan to be generated by BOzo but Gates has an actual earned reputation. Why is he throwing it away by being associated with this maladministration?

I was hoping for a tie in between BOzo's fantasy and the non-bailout bailout (maybe, if needed, sooner or later) of Greece. Both "plans" share a chimerical quality that is only equaled by their opacity and irreality.

Rough men are getting it rough, now.

I think it is loyalty to the military, Rick. He knows they need his protection.

Another interesting thing. When he kept Gates there was talk of a year long deal. Well, we are well past that, and no talk of replacing him.
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Ignatz

--google kaczynski and you'll find that his personal style has been making news ever since he got into public life--

It seems odd we should be interested in Kacyzinski's personal style in relation to this incident but any notation of Putin's is considered a childish conspiracy theory.

You first told us the crash was the last thing Putin could have wanted as it would harm his attempts to woo Poland into his arms.
The next day you quoted and linked, without noting the contrast, several stories demonstrating that Putin was in fact the recipient of respect and admiration from Poles in the aftermath of the crash. Perhaps he is a slightly more clever judge of the repurcussions of such an incident?

It is more likely than not that he is just cynically exploiting a tragic accident for his own political ends.
But to dismiss treachery from Putin out of hand, the political lineage of whom contains the Czars, the Bolsheviks, Lenin, Beria, Stalin, Trotsky, Andropov ad nauseum, regarding an incident which occurred on Russian soil near Katyn, in a Soviet built plane, the only information and investigation of which is of Russian origin would itself seem almost childlike in its credulity.

narciso

This was the Fox piece that used that worn out template, in the LUN.

Danube of Thought

From AFP, under-the-radar news about Japan:

TOKYO — Greece's debt problems may currently be in the spotlight but Japan is walking its own financial tightrope, analysts say, with a public debt mountain bigger than that of any other industrialised nation.

Public debt is expected to hit 200 percent of GDP in the next year as the government tries to spend its way out of the economic doldrums despite plummeting tax revenues and soaring welfare costs for its ageing population.

Based on fiscal 2010's nominal GDP of 475 trillion yen, Japan's debt is estimated to reach around 950 trillion yen -- or roughly 7.5 million yen per person.

Japan "can't finance" its record trillion-dollar budget passed in March for the coming year as it tries to stimulate its fragile economy, said Hideo Kumano, chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute.

"Japan's revenue is roughly 37 trillion yen and debt is 44 trillion yen in fiscal 2010, " he said. "Its debt to budget ratio is more than 50 percent."

Without issuing more government bonds, Japan "would go bankrupt by 2011", he added.

Clarice  Valkyrie

Maybe the Japanese could see off some of their women to the Chinese to erase the debt.
The Chinese are 30 million women short.

MarkO

Or, 30 million short women.

Rick Ballard

"Without issuing more government bonds, Japan "would go bankrupt by 2011", he added."

Hmmm -

Without issuing more government bonds, Australia, the UK, the US, the EU, China and Japan "would go bankrupt by 20110", he added.

There, that's much more accurate. All we need to do is identify the source of funds necessary for the purchase of all those bonds and everything will be just dandy.

Old Lurker

Not to mention CA, MI, NJ, NY

Rick Ballard

And IL - it's right up to it's nasty nose as well. Every Blue Hell in the US is in the same leaky boat and the Dems keep drilling bigger holes to let the water out.

Charles Pettis at China Financial Markets has an outstanding piece describing how the Chicoms rape their citizenry in order to maintain the illusion of solvency. If you read it carefully, substituting Citi, B of A, Wells Fargo, JPM and GS where appropriate you can actually see where Uncle Ben's stole his blueprint.

MikeS

It's a trick!
The plan is for Charley Gibson to interview the Repub candidate for Pres and ask, "Do you agree with the Obama Doctrine?"

narciso

Well it would be Diane Sawyer, (I know what you mean) and no, I don't agree

Jane

Why is he throwing it away by being associated with this maladministration?

I was thinking about that yesterday and decided he was being threatened.

Danube of Thought

Nice that Obama is holding his nuke summit without the PM's of Britain and Israel.

Pagar

Why would he invite those people? He doesn't even seem to like them

Ignatz

More evidence as if we needed any, of Putin's pernicious disruption of former satellites and provinces provided by Ed Morissey at HotAir.

narciso

Three guesses and the first two don't count

glasater

The only thing I can think of that could possibly ameliorate the financial chaos around the world is to change all the currencies drastically.

To what I don't know.

Ignatz

--Public debt is expected to hit 200 percent of GDP in the next year as the government tries to spend its way out of the economic doldrums despite plummeting tax revenues and soaring welfare costs for its ageing population.--

It has been over twenty years since the Nikkei cracked. That Japan has not in all that time elected one government which will apply the needed dose of castor oil to unclog their economy but has instead returned essentially the same band of fools who try the same magic mushrooms (to coin a phrase) over and over to make everyone smile as they shoot out over a bottomless abyss does not bode well for any advanced country extricating itself prudently from its mounting debt burdens.

Rick Ballard

What possible motive could Putin have had for such an act?

Unfortunately for the Kremlin, yet another event last week may doom all of these carefully laid plans. A press release by the American oil and gas exploration company Wood Mackenzie announced the discovery of huge quantities of shale gas in Northern Poland and its imminent exploitation by American companies holding 44 licenses to do that. For Poland, which currently imports three-quarters of the natural gas it needs from Russia, the 47 trillion cubic feet of gas discovered would suffice for 200 years of present consumption. The discovery further boosts proven E.U. gas resources by almost 50 percent and will almost certainly transform Poland into a major exporter to those neighboring countries that have also been at the receiving end of Russian energy blackmail.

It's not as if Russia's only viable source of income is threatened. It's almost like the silliness re Georgia and the pipeline from the Kazakh fields.

cathyf
The Chinese are 30 million women short.
I've kind of wondered why the Chinese don't go after the North Korean women. I mean drum up some pretense, maybe get it to look like the NoKos started it, and move in and occupy. Chinese army guys get their pick of the local women, and the NoKo men are the ones who are outta luck. Given that it's the NoKo, the rest of the world will want for the Chinese to succeed, no matter what their mealy-mouthed protestations.

Win-win-win all the way around!

Richard Aubrey

cathy.
I gather the Nork women are, like everybody else in that country, kind of slender.

anduril

Ignatz, I think the Poles would be highly insulted at being lumped in with Kyrgyzstan in almost any respect.

anduril

NoKo's total population is 23 million. Nubile females are, of course, far fewer than needed to satisfy the 30 million short-women-fall. Maybe that's why the trade in - and outright kidnapping of - Vietnamese women to provide wives for rural south China guys is so big. Lots more women in Vietnam.

narciso

You don't get it, it's the way to Siloviki, which plays not a small part in Edward Lucas's
old work, view all former Russian possession

RJ

Maybe the Japanese could see off some of their women to the Chinese to erase the debt.

They could make them a premium option for 2011 Toyotas.

Let's see Gubmint Motors compete with that!

Ignatz

--Ignatz, I think the Poles would be highly insulted at being lumped in with Kyrgyzstan in almost any respect.--

No doubt, but it's not me doing the lumping, but rather those Russians like Putin who refuse to recognize Russia proper as the boundary of their country.

Jane

OT: DId you guys see this:

President Obama said Sunday that the United States is still "working on" democracy and a top aide said he has taken "historic steps" to improve democracy in the United States during his time in office.

boris

Somehow the term "democracy of result" springs to mind.

Captain Hate

Jane I think Preznit Superfly's definition of "improve" differs significantly from mine.

The Furry Freak Brothers

don't ask, don't tell for nukes?

Jane



Jane I think Preznit Superfly's definition of "improve" differs significantly from mine.

I just find the notion that he thinks he can improve on the founding fathers more offensive than I can express here.

Old Lurker

Jane, to your point, go look at the picture posted on Lucianne.com

anduril

Sometimes I read about things other than Poland. Here's a Robert Rector article at NRO that I thought was excellent: Understanding Illegitimacy.

anduril

Special for all you Russophobes--tell me if this doesn't get you a bit choked up:

Russia's active involvement in the investigation signaled what one Polish correspondent called a "turning point" in relations between the two nations.

"It is the first time I saw Putin truly moved and upset as he hugged Tusk," Krystyna Kurczab-Redlich, a longtime correspondent of Polish media in Russia and an author of many books on contemporary Russia, said. "This is a real turning point."

Jane

OL - I can't tell you how angry I am about those remarks - almost as angry as I am at all the taxation without representation that is going on.

anduril

Oh! Check Out This Cool Interactive Map Of The State Pension Crisis, from AEI. Find out where not to be and where to flee.

Old Lurker

Ditto, Jane.

Captain Hate
In 1963, as Pres. Lyndon Johnson was launching the War on Poverty, 7 percent of American children were born outside marriage. White House staffer Daniel Patrick Moynihan, later U.S. Senator from New York, warned the nation of the calamities associated with the growing number of out-of-wedlock births. For more than 40 years, our society has ignored Moynihan’s warnings.

No, his warnings weren't ignored; they were roundly ridiculed by "community organizers" to the fawning approval of the MSM. This is how the rot took hold to bring us where we are.

anduril

From the depths of the neocon swamp, a truly frightening (really, this is not a joke) glimpse into the inner policy making circles of the WH: Valerie Jarrett: Obama’s New Nuclear Advisor?

Clarice

some Monday deliciousness from Ras:

Three weeks after Congress passed its new national health care plan, support for repeal of the measure has risen four points to 58%. That includes 50% of U.S. voters who strongly favor repeal.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters nationwide finds 38% still oppose repeal, including 32% who strongly oppose it.

Janet

This is how the rot took hold to bring us where we are.

So sad, but true. Ann Coulter makes this point a lot about the "noble single mother" that drives so much of the liberal policy. The "noble single mother" was used a lot in the health care propaganda.

Ignatz

--Special for all you Russophobes--tell me if this doesn't get you a bit choked up:--

Can't speak for others, but I'm a Russophile and simultaneously a Russostrongman/dictatorphobe.
It does choke me up that as ruthless a cur as Putin could so easily fool people into thinking he is motivated by anything other than a single minded and conscienceless pursuit of power.

The one thing missing in the AEI graphic and which always seems to be lacking is a comparison of these unfunded liabilities to the size of the respective state economies. That I suspect would give a truer idea of the risk than mere size or percent unfunded.
Another valuable aid would be size of unfunded liability relative to overall state indebtedness, reserve funds and budget shortfalls. A state with a relatively sound budget and fiscal policy would be in far better position to fix its underfunding even if the bare numbers seemed foreboding.

Jane

BTW,

SCott Brown is on the radio right now. He is just getting off a plane from Afghanistan. He says he is not avoiding the Palin Tea party, but he has too much to do. He is still setting up his office.

The interview is pretty good. He sound like it is all about doing his job.

anduril

A state with a relatively sound budget and fiscal policy would be in far better position to fix its underfunding even if the bare numbers seemed foreboding.

The WSJ had this editorial last week, In Praise of Illinois: Democrats take baby steps on pension reform, in which they paint a very bleak picture for Illinois. Part of the problem, of course, is that every day the hole gets deeper. Excerpt:

A new report by Charles Wheeler of the University of Illinois Springfield summarizes the state's problem this way: "To say Illinois faces a hole in funding its public employee pension systems is like saying the Grand Canyon is an impressive ravine." He finds that the state's five retirement systems "will need roughly $131 billion to cover benefits already earned by public workers, with only $46 billion in expected revenues to cover the costs."

In other words, the state only has about 35 cents for every dollar it must pay in the future. If Illinois were to devote every penny for three years from its income and sales taxes, it still wouldn't have enough to met these unfunded liabilities. No wonder the state's credit rating is the second worst in the nation, behind only California.

State workers can retire with full benefits at age 55. Most get an automatic 3% wage increase each year, regardless of inflation. Workers can and do get retirement benefits while still working full-time for the state. More than 3,500 state workers pocket annual pensions of more than $100,000, and the highest pension is $391,000 a year, according to National Taxpayers United of Illinois.

It took public outrage over these benefits and a chronic budget deficit of $6 billion to get the legislature to act. The reforms include increasing the retirement age for full benefits to 67; capping annual pensions for the highest paid workers at a still high $106,800, and prohibiting double dipping on a pension and public paycheck at the same time.

As Kristina Rasmussen of the Illinois Policy Institute points out, "these were the bare minimum reforms. They only apply to newly hired employees, not existing employees."

A little googling would give a more complete picture, but the situation is certainly grim. But maybe it's good that push will come to shove at some point.

Danube of Thought

Looking at the Raz numbers cited by Clarice, one would be astonished to learn that any Republican senator would express the slightest reservation about seeking to repeal Obamacare. One would be astonished, that is, until reminded that these are, after all, Republican senators.

Ignatz

--One would be astonished, that is, until reminded that these are, after all, Republican senators.--

Heh. How is it they find so many dumbclucks with the guile and iron nerve to set out to become Senators and yet whose spines turn to linguini in clam sauce the minute they hit DC?

Melinda Romanoff

anduril-

Until there is a cap on the total compensation an Illinois government worker can receive as a "pension" (i.e. six or seven different pensions), there is no reform.

MarkO

(Un)civil disobedience. Let's go all 1960's on them. We have the experience and we're all on the same side this time.

narciso

One can't have read Lermontov, and Tolstoy
(although I'm not adventurous enough to have attempted War and Piece) and Solzhenitsen and not have picked up an appreciation for Russian culture, but that does not excuse historical blindness

MarkO

By the way, as I slide around the Internet, looking for an honest man, it seems to me that Andrew Breitbart is about the only person with enough courage to say "liar" or "racist" or any of the words necessary to dislodge this crew of, well, liars and racists.

Clarice

Almost all our pols are apparently stupid..so don't stop screaming for repeal until even the dumbest catch on.

narciso

In other totally surprising news, (sarc) they gave the Pulitzer for Commentary to Kathleen
Parker, and Cilizza wonders why Sarah is so sarcastic in the LUN

Janet

I agree MarkO! Where are the strong men? I am done with those that are swayed by the old media...they are the worst.
No more fancy words, polite rebuffs, or complicated explanations and backtracking. If the Dems or the media lie, call em out. That is why Rep. Joe Wilson was such a hit at the Tea Parties too. God bless Breitbart.

Bill in AZ

Breitbart and Sarah Palin are two of the very, very few who understand that we need to defeat the media before we will make any progress against the socialists.

Boatbuilder

Narciso--That Fox News piece criticises Tea Partiers for referring to Obama as a socialist, stating that in reality he is a "European-style big government liberal."

And the difference is....?

The ignorance of the average MSM reporter is stunning.

Progs are sick socialists.

Yeah, socialized medicine, socialized banking, socialized auto production, socialized energy. I guess we can still take in each other's laundry.
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Jane says obamasucks

This is bad news but not insurmountable.

narciso

Where do they get the authority for that decision, Jane?

Jane

Where does the Judge get the authority? Or the governor? In true Deval Patrick/barack Obama tradition they just make it up.

BTW Deval Patrick announced that he is in complete agreement with the Tea parties except the whole truther part.

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