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Melinda Romanoff

Actually, the US Real Estate market had built a bubble before. It just happened to deflate, as well as everything else, after reaching a peak in 1927. Sound familiar?

I'm still trying to finish the book.

Melinda Romanoff

TM-

Are you going to pin a headline on this trip through the mixmaster?

Cost and lost opporunities don't matter.=

Approaching post normal warp speed.
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Melinda Romanoff

Losses don't just "go away".

Sue

Cool. Leonhardt doesn't even deserve a headline.

daddy

Real Estate Bubbles?

Why they're ">http://www.adn.com/2010/05/29/1300188/hardy-hopefuls-can-try-for-land.html"> giving land away for free up here!

Well, maybe not exactly for free. All you have to do is on 16 July run like hell 200 or so miles out in the middle of the bush, throw down some stakes and a tent pole, and you've got your 40 Acres and a Bear. Or something like that...

John P. Squibob

Uncle Miltie was right, rhetorically asking:

Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler somehow than economic self-interest?

Ignatz

Does TM specialize in self refuting libs or is it just too hard to find any other kind?
Surely there is someone less boneheaded than the clowns he shoots down.

Danube of Thought

I fervently hope that between now and election day 2012 tens of millions of people who generally don't think often about such stuff will begin to consider just what the hell the federal government is supposed to be.

Dave (in MA)

daddy

Two very cool photos from the Cassini spacecraft of moons of Saturn aligning as the spacecraft zips around the planet.

1) ">http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100531.html"> From 2 months ago.

2) ">http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090505.html"> From 2006.

Janet

If so, why are these regulators immune to normal human psychology?

The answer - they're not
Exactly right. Reminds me of this quote:

"The claims of these organizers of humanity raise another question which I have often asked them and which, so far as I know, they have never answered: If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?"
Frederick Bastiat

daddy


Our domestic News Media sucks.

How come I have to go all the way over to England to find out ">http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article7140607.ece"> New York City has an infestation of bedbugs?

And I bet that scouring your papers and broadcasts this a.m. you also didn't discover that its ">http://www.nowpublic.com/strange/national-leave-work-early-day-june-2-2009"> National Leave The Office Early Day.

When the heck are we going to get a decent News Media in this country?

Well, at least its not all bad, as on the bright side, they probably also forgot to inform you that its ">http://blogs.suntimes.com/shinyobjects/2009/06/national-neil-diamond-day-its-coming-to-america-today.html"> "National Neil Diamond Day" (a blessing in disguise to not know that if you ask me),

And its also ">http://edhelper.com/DailyThemes_875.html"> "National I love My Dentist Day", which they obviously don't have in Britain, so big deal if we have to get our Bed Bug info from the Limey's. So sure, we got chiggers and mites and bedbugs, but we also got Mint Flavored Crest and toothbrushes...and no Fergie! Cheerio!

What's the Word?

Cracklin' Rosie has the poise and confidence of a seasoned spirit.
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L!ink U!nder N!ame

There's a nice article at Watts Up by Harrison Schmitt about the incompetence of government about the oil spill and the ignorance of this administration about energy policy.
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fdcol63

It's simple. The elites who advocate Big Government do so because they do indeed believe that they are better and smarter than the rest of us.

And they want to control us.

On the Road to Wigout Pier.

Yeah, George Orwell is a feature, not a bug.
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bunkerbuster

Pruning back government is never easy, whether the government is run by liberals or conservatives. Sure, conservatives like to talk about trimming government, but the records show they don't actually do that when given the chance.
Here's an idea, if conservatives really want to trim Big Government, why not start the trimming in areas where liberals -- arguably more than half the country -- agree. That would be spending on the military, restrictions on civil liberties and government involvement in promoting religion.
Perhaps if conservatives can agree to trim the government in those areas, liberals would agree to trim it in terms of using the government to help people who can't afford to pay for school and health care.

centralcal

Dave (in MA): Your thoughts expressed at 2:28 am, mirror mine exactly.

Gedaddaheah!

OK, I mention Craclin' Rosie, and dear bunkie wants whine for breakfast.
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Jane

LOL Centralcal. You made me look.

Janet

Paul McCartney tells us to lay off the great guy Obama so I guess we must obey. I mean he is a musician and all - a big expert - so we should listen. Made of the fine Liverpool clay.

Rob Crawford

Paul McCartney tells us to lay off the great guy Obama...

Paul McCartney can do something rude to a part of his anatomy best left hidden.

MarkO

Wings was the band the Beatles cxould have been.

Rob Crawford

Wings was the band the Beatles cxould have been.

Meh. The Traveling Wilburys was better than either of them.

anduril

Speaking of Wings, today's WSJ reports that a transcript of cockpit conversations has been released in re the Polish air crash at Smolensk: Polish President Was Warned: Transcript Shows Pilots Consulted an Official on Board Before the Fatal Crash.

OK, I'm not a pilot, but my view is that in similar circumstances I'd want the pilots to make a land/divert decision based on their own expertise, rather than in consultation with the President using the FM Protocol Chief as an intermediary. Consultations with another highly experienced pilot might be different.

About 15 minutes before the plane crashed, Mariusz Kazana, the Polish foreign ministry's protocol chief, entered the cockpit and was told by the captain that a landing at Smolensk would be impossible because of limited visibility, saying that "in the current conditions, we won't make it." The captain then suggested he would try to land the plane, but if it proved too risky, he asked Mr. Kazana what he should do next.

Mr. Kazana replied: "We have a problem, then," according to the transcript.

Four minutes later, Mr. Kazana told the crew: "There's no decision yet from the president about what to do next." No further conversation between the crew and Mr. Kazana was recorded.

The transcript also showed the pilots ignored repeated automated warnings that they were about to hit the ground and appeared to recognize only in the last seconds of the doomed flight that they would crash.

So, there appears to have been no Plan B. It appears safe to say that in any other circumstances with any other passenger at the top of the protocol list no landing would have been attempted in those circumstances.

In the 11 minutes that followed Mr. Kazana's words on the president's reaction, the pilots were busy managing the plane's descent to Smolensk. Then, about one minute before the crash, the plane's terrain proximity warning system sounded its first automated alarm. But the plane continued to descend as pilots apparently ignored two more warnings as well as automated commands to "pull up."

Thirteen seconds before impact, the co-pilot said the plane would divert to another landing strip. But the aircraft continued its descent, eventually hitting trees, including one that sheared off part of the left wing and sent the plane spinning. The transcript says the last audible sounds from the crew were shouts and curses in Polish.

Janet

So it is Bush's fault that algore's marriage is failing...

CBS News: "It's been ten years since that oddly public passionate kiss at the Democratic convention. That was followed by Gore winning the popular vote for President but losing the electoral vote. Family friend Sally Quinn says that may have done the marriage irreparable harm."

Here is an interesting bit on Sally Quinn.

She writes the On Faith column for the WaPo now. From Wiki - "In an On Faith blog posting on the Washington Post website, Quinn—who is not a Catholic—wrote that she was "determined to take [communion] for Tim*, transubstantiation notwithstanding" and that she "had a slightly nauseated sensation" after taking it..."
*Tim Russert

See, she is a big religion expert. Made of Georgia clay.

Danube of Thought

Minus 14 at Raz today.

glasater

Wouldn't it be sacrilegious for a non-believer to take communion?

And seeing/hearing Pelosi speak about "the word" made me nauseous.


macphisto

completely OT, but the Neil Diamond reference reminds me of the Memorial Day parade we had in Felton, the town near which i live. it's a charming affair with more of an American small town feel than you'd expect six miles from Santa Cruz. there were lots of vets (i had no idea there were so many Marines living around here), Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts/Girl Scouts, the kids from the local preschools, folks with restored military vehicles and fancy old vintage 50s American cars, a bagpipe band, the local fire departments tossing candy from the fire engines to the enthralled little kids watching, and on and on. but my favorite was the antique fire engine with a platform on the back containing a full jazz band--drums, string bass, two guitars, trumpet, alto, tenor--who, with the sax section singing none too well, were tearing through "Coming to America." there were two women sitting on the sides of the truck with signs held facing away from the crowd; when the band hit the chorus they turned the signs around to reveal "TODAY!!!" and waved the signs like cue cards or the handmade signs folks hold in the background during "Trackside" on Speed Channel. it was silly as hell, but also very touching in an odd sort of California coastline way. i got to thank aged vets and newly-minted Marines, so it was a good day.

Jane

Minus 14 at Raz today.

What happened to the minus 20?

Cecil Turner

OK, I'm not a pilot, but my view is that in similar circumstances I'd want the pilots to make a land/divert decision based on their own expertise . . .

You keep beating this clueless drum (for political points, I'd guess, though I can't see where it gets you), despite being told several times pilots don't have an option to try an approach below weather minima.

Meanwhile as to the reason they were allowed to shoot an approach:

The airport, which should have normally been closed due to the severe conditions, was not declared closed as its management feared that this could cause a diplomatic incident. [emphasis added]
So instead of having a standard conversation (e.g., "airfield closed, recommend divert to alternate, say intentions") they're talking around the issue in Russian. If we're going to speculate on mishap causes, that, and the ludicrous approach procedure--that got them below the minimum descent altitude, and even below airfield elevation prior to arriving at the landing point--is the logical cause. (It shouldn't be too hard even for non-pilots to recognize that if you fly below ground level, it probably won't turn out well.)

macphisto

"Paul McCartney tells us to lay off the great guy Obama"

my sweetie would use the favored smartaleck remark of her mom: "i tell you shut up." i'm leaning more towards "Macphisto tells Macca: lay off the hair dye and have a little dignity."

Janet

LUN groups want FCC to police hate speech.

A link in the article lists all 30 organizations. One that Glenn Beck is highlighting today on the radio is Free Press.
"Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism, and universal access to communications."

Jane

EX GOP FL Party Chairman arrested.

No one knows what for yet.

He was Charlie Crist's pal.

Jim Miller

Test

Jim Miller

Here's the Leonhardt article if, like me, you want to read the whole thing. (I'm about to do a post on it.)

By the way, it will be published 6 June 2010, if you are wondering why you hadn't seen it in print.

Janet

"diverse media ownership" will be huge in trying to undermine talk radio.
Also "diverse representatives of the faith community"...which is pushed by the So We Might See interfaith coalition.LUN

I tell ya, the kook leftists are gifted in getting organized. All these organizations were just lying in wait..ready to go...the minute someone like Barack Obama was elected.

bunkerbuster

The groups whining to the FCC have it backwards. The Internet does not foment hate speech so much as it entices bigots to expose themselves in ways that tend to nip any potential political careers in the bud.
A generation of wingnuts are severely dimming or eliminating their political prospects by hosting hatred and other forms of paranoia and stupidity on their blogs. What's not to like about that?
Andrew Breitbart couldn't win election to dog catcher, given the racist crap he welcomes on his sites. Sure, he enjoys the attention, but he's strictly preaching to the choir. In an earlier era, guys like him had no choice but to pretend to be mainstream, which means coding their insecurities finding ways to wrap racism into other issues. They don't have to do that anymore, as they own their own microphones.
The Internet doesn't enable bigots so much as it enables those who oppose bigots to conveniently catalog their insecure lunatic ravings.

Janet

Yeah Glasater, I think she confused "determined to take [communion] for Tim with making a toast. She is clueless as to the basic tenets of Christianity. How different denominations view communion is something the On Faith writer could look into you would think.

bunkerbuster

Rush Limbaugh is another example. He's never run for anything and never will. Nor has he helped the political career of anyone. He's strictly and vehemently all for himself. He has no understudy, no legacy, no political organization, yet, somehow, is the premier conservative media icon. The biggest star in their universe. But what, really, has he ever done for conservative political causes other than to salve the intellectual inferiority complex of wingnuts?

Porchlight

it was silly as hell, but also very touching in an odd sort of California coastline way. i got to thank aged vets and newly-minted Marines, so it was a good day.

That's a sweet story, macphisto. On Monday we went to a grand opening of a friend's snow cone hut down in an interesting old Austin neighborhood and watched a band called the Founding Fathers do instrumental versions of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, etc. in full Revolutionary War era costumes. They had some neat originals, too - "No Taxation Without Representation," "Kill The British," etc. Unusual even for Austin. ;)

Janet

Matt has a really good post on the FCC thing at his blog...Is The Light of Democracy Going Out in America.

Ignatz

--liberals-- arguably more than half the country --

That argument only exists within the crania of liberals.

Danube of Thought

A gem from Commentary:

Gallup’s generic ballot poll (courtesy of the indispensible RealClearPolitics) shows a 49-43 percent lead for the GOP, the largest lead for Republicans since the poll started in the midpoint of the last century. The fact that this is almost unsurprising is evidence of the dangers facing the Democratic Party, and the modern liberal agenda, this November.
Ignatz

--Perhaps if conservatives can agree to trim the government in those areas, liberals would agree to trim it in terms of using the government to help people who can't afford to pay for school and health care.--

Translation:Perhaps if Charlie Brown will just line up one more time Lucy won't pull the football away.
Your framing of the question displays your dishonesty.

Rob Crawford

But what, really, has he ever done for conservative political causes other than to salve the intellectual inferiority complex of wingnuts?

You got a little projection on your chin there.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

BB is particularly pathetic today.

IMO, of course.

Rob Crawford

BB is particularly pathetic today.

My guess is he didn't get his talking points for the day. He's trying to wing it.

fdcol63

" ... That argument only exists within the crania of liberals ..."

Crania, which incidentally, are embedded in their rectums.

Pagar

Over at zero hedge, they are pointing out another BP disaster.

May God bless all those in the media field who REFUSE to simply read the leftist propaganda handed out by the Obama Administration on a daily basis. Keep an eye on the Big Government site as they attempt to document the leftist fraud in just the census.

"With the aid of a hidden camera, I witnessed and captured evidence of wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars–one systemic failure after another of this a Constitutionally mandated entity during a time of great recession and high unemployment."

IMO, there will not be one believeable figure come out of the census report.

Danube of Thought

liberals-- arguably more than half the country --

Gallup, June 15 2009:

PRINCETON, NJ -- Thus far in 2009, 40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal.
Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

I agree with Pagar. And I suspect all who don't believe will be accused of wingnuttery and will be deemed wingnuts.

I am beginning to believe being called a wingnut as akin to being called a Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Stick a feather in my hat and call me macaroni.

Jane

Jim Rhoads.

Can you look at the "Apparently Actions Do Not Speak Louder Than Words" thread? I'm confused about why just not saying anything is not good enough under Miranda. What can they do to you?

Ignatz

--Crania, which incidentally, are embedded in their rectums.--

To be consistent that should probably be recta. :)

fdcol63

DoT,

The problem with your Princeton stats, IMHO, is that liberals often prefer to self-identify as "moderates".

Danube of Thought

If so, why are these regulators immune to normal human psychology?

Those who actually think they are should look into Public Choice Theory (Google it). It won a Nobel Prize in economics for James Buchanan.

Rob Crawford

To be consistent that should probably be recta.

'Recta? Nearly killed eh'!

anduril

Talk about clueless:

pilots don't have an option to try an approach below weather minima.

BUT THEY DID.

Nor does it appear from your source that the pilots were "allowed" to attempt a landing:

Controllers instructed the pilot to abort the approach; when he did not, controllers advised the aircraft to fly to one of the suggested alternative landing points. According to Aleshin, this order was repeated several times but the crew continued with the approach and crashed.

While the Russians, for fear of a diplomatic flap, had not had the airport "declared closed," they were treating the airport as closed for all but the suicidal in their communications with the plane. The pilot ignored repeated "instructions" and "orders" from the Controllers. The cockpit transcript clearly indicates that the crew understood the risks, that they would attempt an approach but didn't think they would "make it."

The communications with the President are cryptic and can be understood in the sense that the pilots were pressured to attempt a landing that in their professional judgment was extremely ill advised:

The captain then suggested he would try to land the plane, but if it proved too risky, he asked Mr. Kazana what he should do next.

Mr. Kazana replied: "We have a problem, then," according to the transcript.

Four minutes later, Mr. Kazana told the crew: "There's no decision yet from the president about what to do next."

I understand it this way:

Pilot: I'll try, against my best judgment, but if it's too risky what should I do next?

Protocol Chief: If you can't land, that's a problem (implying that the President really, really wants them to land and will be displeased if they don't).

Protocol Chief: (4 minutes later) The President has given no instructions on what you should do if you end up aborting your approach (implying more pressure to make the landing, since providing alternative instructions would make an abort decision easier).

Meanwhile, if we're to believe the Russian accounts (which don't appear to have been released in transcript form yet), the Controllers were "instructing" and "ordering" the pilots to redirect and were providing the pilots with alternatives. The "instructions" and "orders" were ignored and instead advice was sought from politicians.

My surmise is that the pilots never would have even made an approach but for pressure from the politicians. Under such pressure, they took their approach much closer to the edge--to the verge of an actual attempted landing--than they would have done under any other circumstances and, in fact, went over the edge. But for misguided meddling by politicians this tragedy would never have occurred.

Janet

Glenn Beck is playing Helen Thomas audio clips. Why is that women even sitting in the press area? Are press credentials like SCOTUS? Life appointments?
I remember the press shaming and ripping apart that Jeff Gannon guy for daring to enter the sacred press zone. His past was too shameful. Well let's look into the past of some of these other reporters.
The inbreeding between our MSM and the Dems is just sickening.
Like that Sally Quinn above, married to some WaPo editor...family friend of the Gores. That Vietnam poser Blumenthal once worked for the WaPo owner...Stephanopoulos accusing O'Keefe of being partisan. It all is a giant joke.

Janet

Sorry for all the rants this morning. I need to chill out and ponder my new life motto, "Dare to be Dull...".

Danube of Thought

Oil in the Gulf will be the defining image of this failed presidency. But at least it will have its humorous moments:

A spirited demonstration by an actress from a 2005 blockbuster closed off one of the gates to the White House Tuesday.

Q'orianka Kilcher, 20, chained herself to the fence near the White House gate, and then her mother, who was traveling with her, threw a thick black liquid onto Kilcher. It looked like crude oil. That seemed like a good guess -- after all, isn't that what most protesters are taking a stand against these days?

Needless to say, hazmat crews swooped in on the scene.

As it turns out, it was just black paint. Hazmat crews quickly figured out it was not toxic.

anduril

So instead of having a standard conversation (e.g., "airfield closed, recommend divert to alternate, say intentions") they're talking around the issue in Russian.

The Russians maintain that that's exactly what took place--as standard a conversation as could be had in the circumstances: the plane was informed that landing would be impossible due to weather conditions, they were recommended to divert to alternatives and when the pilots stated their intention to continue and to attempt a landing they were ordered not to do so:

According to the news agency Interfax, the pilot was told that Smolensk North Airport was enveloped in thick fog and strongly advised against landing,

Nor did the Russian controllers simply acquiesce in the pilot's stated intention to "attempt one approach, and if landing was not possible, ... divert":

Controllers instructed the pilot to abort the approach; when he did not, controllers advised the aircraft to fly to one of the suggested alternative landing points. According to Aleshin, this order was repeated several times but the crew continued with the approach and crashed.

The Controllers appear to have done everything in their power to prevent the foolhardy approach. And the Polish authorities themselves have confirmed that the pilot was fluent in Russian:

...according to Tomasz Pietrzak, the former commander of the Polish 36th Special Aviation Regiment, the pilot in charge of the flight Arkadiusz Protasiuk knew Russian perfectly.[21][63] Protasiuk had landed in Smolensk three days before the crash, when he was part of the crew bringing Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to the April 7 ceremony, and at the time no communication problems with ground control were reported.[64]
Danube of Thought

President Oilspill has become toxic:

Congressmen Jason Altmire and Tim Murphy have previous engagements. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Rep. Mike Doyle are out of town on anniversary trips with their wives. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato will be campaigning in Philadelphia.When President Obama and Sen. Arlen Specter land at Pittsburgh International Airport today, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will receive them by himself.The rest of the region's top elected officials declined White House invitations to attend Obama's speech at Carnegie Mellon University this afternoon, their offices said.
Neo

Yeah, the SEC really did it's job

anduril

Pretty clearly the Russian controllers initially attributed the ignoring of their orders to communication problems--poor Russian on the part of the Polish pilot. The cockpit transcript shows what the real reasons were that the pilot ignored the Controller orders. And the Poles confirm that lack of ability in Russian wasn't a factor.

Ignatz

Speaking of the SEC,
here's the indispensable Bill Isaac at Forbes on the FinReg disaster making its way through Congress.
He and Bill Seidman steered us through the S&L disaster.
A must read IMO.

hit and run

The rest of the region's top elected officials declined White House invitations to attend Obama's speech at Carnegie Mellon University this afternoon, their offices said.

Are these elected officials' decision not to support President Obama acts of near sedition,or merely just evidence latent racism?

Clarice

Both, hit, both.

centralcal

LOL, DoT - Rush is reading that article about Obama at Carnegie Mellon on air.

hit and run

Speaking of latent racism,anyone else remember when Michelle went to Canegie Mellon http://thevimh.blogspot.com/2008/04/carnegie-mellon-atypical.html>back during the campaign:

While the crowd was indeed diverse, some students at the event questioned the practices of Mrs. Obama’s event coordinators, who handpicked the crowd sitting behind Mrs. Obama. The Tartan’s correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, “Get me more white people, we need more white people.” To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, “We’re moving you, sorry. It’s going to look so pretty, though.”

We need more balloons! All balloons! All balloons should be going!

Pagar

"making its way through Congress"

IMO, the nation would be better off if Congress passed absolutely nothing pertaining to anything.

Speaking of Congress, we are apparently now seeing Obama Endorsed Candidates in Segregated debates where white candidates are Excluded

Barbara

Meanwhile back in Iran....

As the euro declines, Iran's Central Bank is selling $45 billion in euros ( from it foreign exchange reserve for...DOLLARS.

LUN
According to the article, "The move is a sharp departure from a September 12, 2009 order by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the euro replace the dollar in valuing the country's Oil Stabilization Fund amidst growing tensions with Washington over Tehran's nuclear program. " (Actually, Ahmadinejad's policy to accept only euros in payment for Iran's oil goes back much farther than that.)

Other Perisan Gulf states considering similar action.

:-)

PaulV

Wonder how much currency speculation will cost Iran? 20% while cost of oil goes down

Ranger

Why is the answer for these people always more "regulation."

The SEC missed what was going on because it was too chummy with the Democrats running Wall Street.

The MMS inspectors missed the dangers leading up to the oil spill in the gulf because they were too chummy with Obama's big doner BP.

So, of course, the answer is more regulators who can miss the next crisis because they are too chummy with what ever Democrats happen to be running things at the time.

It is a pretty neat system though. Create regulations, give your Dem frinds jobs and regulators, then don't enforce the regulations. Then, when the system fails, demand more regulations, which will create more jobs for your Dem friends to no enforce.

Rob Crawford

Why is the answer for these people always more "regulation."

Not always. Sometimes they want to press criminal charges.

glasater

Great link Ignatz and thanks!

And also to Barbara re dinnerjacket switching to dollars and gold.
Perhaps it's time to take the opposite side of his "trade":)

Anyone watching Buffett and the Moody's fellow testify before the FCIC?

It's pretty interesting...

Dave (in MA)

Who regulates the regulators?

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Jane at 11:39:

I just responded to your question on that thread. It's a bit long, but I hope it helps.

Jane

Jim,

Thanks. It makes sense now.

Rob Crawford

Who regulates the regulators?

The barber!

Ranger

CNBC is showing Obama's speach live, in a small window, with BP Wedcam of the oil leak in a much larger window on the screen. Ouch.

Danube of Thought

Ed Morrissey has some fun with these incompetent dunderheads:

If the White House attempts to wash its hands of the Gulf spill response now, it will only feed the perception of incompetence that has increasingly taken root in the coverage of the disaster. Just the backpedaling seen in this effort after Obama’s “buck stops here” moment on Thursday will be seen as vacillating and hardly courageous. The Post describes the BP response as “seat of the pants,” but that also appears to describe well the White House strategy for both managing the disaster and running the PR campaign that supports it.
PDinDetroit

The First Black US President cannot be stained by the Gulf Oil Leak.

Danube of Thought

Wahoo! Even MoDo has lost the tingle:

This president has made it clear that he’s not comfortable outside whatever domain he’s defined. But unless he wants his story to be marred by a pattern of passivity, detachment, acquiescence and compromise, he’d better seize control of the story line of his White House years. Woe-is-me is not an attractive narrative.

Read the whole delicious thing here.

glasater

Ranger's comment on Zero's speech shown live on CNBC with the oil spill continuing in a larger frame window is ironic indeed when his words went on and on about how government is the answer to all inequities.

PDinDetroit

OT - Ford Motor Company to discontinue Mercury Brand. LUN.

Probably out of some misguided "environmental" concerns...

Dave (in MA)

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/rids/20100602/i/r1661874938.jpg> MO and Harry in some strange WTF yoga ritual.

Dunsinane in name only.

Out, out, damned spot.
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Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

DOT:

Seat of the pants or pants on the ground?

Jane

Who would have thought that we would ever consider MoDO "delicious" again?

Amazing.

Old Lurker

Ranger: "It is a pretty neat system though. Create regulations, give your Dem frinds jobs and regulators, then don't enforce the regulations. Then, when the system fails, demand more regulations, which will create more jobs for your Dem friends to no enforce."

Ranger, I think you just described the state of the world about 60% into Atlas Shrugged.

PDinDetroit

DoT - MoDo's post could be summed up with the following statement:

Obama, Great On Paper, Terrible in Reality.

Ignatz

Every extra day that well gushes is one day closer here in the US to Cap and Trade and billions more rained on the whirly gig makers and solar powered piglets at the trough.
Thanks BP and Transocean. Two foreign based companies I might add.

Danube of Thought

Pollster.com composite: Approve 46.2%, Disapprove 49.5%.

PDinDetroit

Every extra day that well gushes is one day closer here in the US to Cap and Trade and billions more rained on the whirly gig makers and solar powered piglets at the trough.

Anyone ever find out how the initial explosions occurred?

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Check out this morning's Althouse post on MoDo, Jane. On it, she also has a great lampoon of His Travesty by that notable wingnut, John Stewart which is worth the 7 minutes.

Dave (in MA)

PD,

4/20 WAS AN INSIDE JOB
THE JEWS ALL STAYED HOME FROM WORK AT THE DEEPWATER HORIZON ON 4/20

!1!!111!!

Danube of Thought

I am delighted to learn that the lowlife scumbag Joren Van der Sloot is the prime suspect in the murder of a young woman in Peru, and a manhunt is underway throughout South America. A life term in a Peruvian prison would do wonders for this creep's attitude problem.

Clarice

Beat me to the punch, (again) DoT

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