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July 15, 2010

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Thomas Collins

I am not worried about this. Let the Dems run against Bush in October. They will look silly. On Iraq and WMD, since the Oministration takes the position that Iraq is a great Ochievement, I don't think they are going to make too much of whether WMDs were or were not in Iraq. Besides, if the Dems need to use that as a campaign issue, they will look deperate.

Thomas Collins

They'll also look desperate.

Thomas Collins

OT alert.

The LUNed (via Instapundit) article is beyond parody. Some journalist is lecturing entrepreneurs on why they aren't hiring and investing in new facilities. Here are my favorite lines from the article.

"And some of it, to be quite frank, Robert, is an appalling lack of imagination and guts on the part of these same CEOs who are complaining and pointing the finger at every else. You know, these guys are very good at cutting. They're very good at blaming others. They're a little less good at coming up with creative new products and services, and they've got a little flabby in that regard in the last few years where the focus has been on surviving and cutting, as it should had been. But they're not the gutsiest group of people in the world.

And by the way, they get into this group think which you - you know, the fact that they all say it, it's sort of like a notion that starts in the country club locker room, and everyone is nodding, and then the one passes it on to the other. And now, you know, this similarity of the comments betrays this sort of group think that is almost self-fulfilling at this point."

That's rich. A WaPO journalist calling entrepreneurs out on not being gutsy enough.

Danube of Thought

That's a weird picture at the linked site. We see three soccer players and three different uniforms. But then soccer is a weird game.

bgates

this similarity of the comments betrays this sort of group think

Maybe entrepreneurs have some kind of secret email list where they formulate and disseminate talking points to make sure everybody stays on message.

Thomas Collins

DOT, my memory (and I didn't watch a lot of the World Cup) is that the goalies often had uniform colors different from that of their teams. But I wouldn't rely on me for any soccer related info.

lyle

"That's rich. A WaPO journalist calling entrepreneurs out on not being gutsy enough."

Like most, ahem, "journalists", Pearlstein got into the business because he failed as a crack whore.


MayBee

ha! bgates!

narciso the harpoon

Pearlstein, wasn't he the one who compared Tea Partiers to terrorists

Porchlight

TC,

Is it just me or does this guy not know the difference between entrepreneurs and CEOs? As in, CEOs are protecting the interests of shareholders and are thus typically more cautious; entrepreneurs are taking risks hoping someday they can be CEOs with shareholders.

And of course he has to hold out Jobs as a shining example of a CEO who does both, or something. I wonder where Apple would be today without all that taxpayer money funneled to them via the public education market (which, to their credit, they were smart enough to get into early on). I think that without that prop, they would have gone out of business 15 years ago.

Rob Crawford

Like most, ahem, "journalists", Pearlstein got into the business because he failed as a crack whore.

You insult failed crack whores.

bgates

They're a little less good at coming up with creative new products and services

You know who's even less good at those things than entrepreneurs? People who aren't entrepreneurs. That's like saying carpenters aren't very good at building things out of wood. What creative new service does the Washington Post offer? The one they specialize in now is often described as the world's oldest.

Ranger

Not completely off topic this from a PPP(from Campaign Spot):

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/231094/obama-trails-romney-huckabee-gingrich-ties-palin-no-really>Obama Trails Romney, Huckabee, Gingrich, Ties Palin. No, Really.

With his approval numbers hitting new lows it’s no surprise that Barack Obama’s numbers in our monthly look ahead to the 2012 Presidential race are their worst ever this month. He trails Mitt Romney 46-43, Mike Huckabee 47-45, Newt Gingrich 46-45, and is even tied with Sarah Palin at 46. The only person tested he leads is Jan Brewer, who doesn’t have particularly high name recognition on the national level at this point.

Remember that PPP is a dem polling firm. Another slavo in the Clintons' revenge campaign?

The Clintons are a vindictive pair. I have a feeling they don't want to just beat Obama, they want to humiliate him.

Captain Hate

Anybody thinking a revived Clintoon team is good for this country must've been in a coma from 1992 to late January 2001.

Janesquaredance

I think he has already humiliated himself - even without an election.

narciso the harpoon

About the Clinton's that line from "Animal House" when Otter explains to Flounder why
his car was trashed, seems timely

 centralcal

The Clintons and their pals seem to be sending some war signals to the Obamanation:

Carville: "The people here have been so let down, the levees, the Federal government let us down, the MMS colossally let everybody down, now the government after they let us down with MMS failed to regulate these clowns. Now they come in and say just blanket stop everything out there...The people at the Interior Department that issued these things don't have the foggiest idea about life here, don't have the foggiest idea about what's going on...They have got to do something about this because the Federal government is about to kill us,
DuPont: Add together all these increases in government regulation, spending and taxes and a dim employment outlook, and the result is a dramatic national decline in support of the White House, Congress and their administration of our national policies.

So what can be done to change America's policies and make our economy stronger? For one thing, we could elect a president with different thinking. Almost any Republican candidate would have that, and, as we will see in a moment, there is one obvious Democrat who would change our course too.

Meanwhile, Slick Willy continues to be oh so helpful to the faltering O-zone:

President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to lift sagging confidence in his economic stewardship by enlisting the help of predecessor Bill Clinton, as a leading business group issued a scathing critique of the administration's policies.
Parking  Lot

((I have a feeling they don't want to just beat Obama, they want to humiliate him))

if Bill wants to turn the knife he can play warm and fuzzy about Bush when the book comes out .. (they have done some speaking tours together have they not?)

Tollhouse

Even though I dislike the Clintons enormously... in the wake of Bush and now Obama, they have managed to maintain a brand of competency.

Even though the economy was mostly being floated by Rubin and his GS cronies to prevent Clinton's impeachment.

Porchlight

The one they specialize in now is often described as the world's oldest.

Ah, but as you once so well stated, bgates, the media can't fairly be described as whores, because you have to pay whores.

narciso the harpoon

What competency, he slashed our military, he cooked the books with Enron accounting, he allowed every competent intelligence asset
to be fired, he passed the CRA revisions that caused this crisis. Had he not vetoed the bill, we would probably have a decent amount of oil from ANWR flowing by now

narciso the harpoon

Meanwhile the Rombots have their priorities on straight, in the LUN

Rick Ballard

Porchlight,

I'm reading Pearlstein's bit in light of Krugman's capitulation and Dick Morris' prognosis (remember the blind pig and acorn). Charlie Cook may well wind up looking like a wild optimist come November.

The snag in the situation can be found here, in a decent analysis of the latest Fedspeak. Having both houses for the next Congress is a very real double edged sword.

Tollhouse

It's all about the perception narciso for the soft left.

The bottom line is that this is the line that the Clintons are going to sell in order for the squishy liberals to be able to critize Obama without being cast out of the party.

hit and run

From centralcal's quote:

President Barack Obama sought on Wednesday to lift sagging confidence in his economic stewardship by enlisting the help of predecessor Bill Clinton, as a leading business group issued a scathing critique of the administration's policies.

Well.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/10/kissimmee-kate.html>Oct 30, 2008

KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA ...

It was the first joint campaign appearance between Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and the former president ever since the former felled the latter's wife in the primaries. ...


"You know what he did?" Clinton said, heralding Obama's reaction to the financial crisis. "First, he took a little heat for not saying much. I knew what he was doing. He talked to his advisers -– he talked to my economic advisers, he called Hillary. He called me. He called Warren Buffet. He called all those people -- you know why? Because he knew it was complicated and before he said anything, he wanted to understand."

Got that?

"If we have not learned anything, we have learned that we need a president that wants to understand and who can understand," Clinton said.

Thank heaven the Clintons were there to help Obama understand!

"The second thing -- and this meant more to me than anything else, and I haven't cleared this with him and he may even be mad at me for saying this, so close to the election -- but I know what else he said to his economic advisers -- he said, 'Tell me what the right thing to do is. What's the right thing for America? Don't tell me what's popular, you tell me what's right, I'll figure it out and sell it.'

"That's what a president does in a crisis," Clinton said, "what is right for America."

He's a giver,that Bill.

MayBee

Obama trashed Clinton's economic record during the campaign.
George W Bush is more gracious to Clinton than Obama has been.
So.....

 centralcal

Wait, wait, wait, Hit - Obama, he's a"giver" too!!!!!

Barack Obama shared some of his style savvy with Warren Buffett on Wednesday, giving one of the world's wealthiest men a tie from his own closet. A source told the Washington Post that Buffett arrived at the White House donning a cravat worse-for-wear, so the president presented him with a red one to slip on.

Bet he learned that from Bill, huh?

Porchlight

Charlie Cook may well wind up looking like a wild optimist come November.

Rick,

Think you're right. If you read Cook between the lines he is saying he thinks it'll probably be even worse for Dems than he's (cautiously, at the moment) projecting.

Danube of Thought

I'm aware that each team's goalie wears a unique uniform, TC. But that means that two of the three guys in the picture must be goalies, and everyone is within a few feet of one of the goals.

Will some soccer freak explain this?

Predator Memes.

They don't dare run against Bush. He's already the 'Good Ole Days'. And anything they try, bang, another snippet from his book.
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Clarice

Yes he is, Hit and thanks for translating that Clinton speak for us northerners.
As for MayBee--I turn away from the board for minutes and she moves in on my man bgates. HARUMPH and double harumph

Clarice

Rick, with some skill any single edge sword can become a double edged sword and vice versa. If the reps take both houses I want people like Ryan and Cantor in charge. I want to see money for the czardoms and carpola cut off immediately. I want to see obamacare repealed, etc etc. I want the President to be aware that unless he undoes the executive orders and EPA rulings which will make us serfs of Chavez and the Saudis, he and MO will be eating canned beans by candlelight.

MayBee

As for MayBee--I turn away from the board for minutes and she moves in on my man bgates. HARUMPH and double harumph

Do you want to risk being mad at me on a day that may be my Birthday?

MayBee

Will some soccer freak explain this?

Denmark is in the red and white.
Netherlands is in the orange (but of course!)
And the Denmark goalie in the goalie box, wearing green.

Clarice

*facepalm* Oh--sorrrrryyyyy

Captain Hate

narc, thanks for your 1:11 comment; it saved me a lot of keystrokes although I still had a major blood pressure spike when I read what you were responding to.

DebinNC


The only pic
I've seen of the Obama-Clinton-business leaders meeting yesterday comes from the WH site: LUN (first pic on left). It's as if the cameraperson called out, "Mr. President, please slump down and wave your hands, and everybody else look bored silly." The pics that the WH think flatter Obama never cease to amaze me.

narciso the harpoon

My political awakening was really with the American Spectator, they flubbed a few things,
and yet weren't able to fully the 'bullet we didn't dodge,' in all it's ingnomimy, 2/3 of
these knucklehead appointees started with
Clinton, Holder, Panetta, Ms. Fernandez, the
departed Ms. Birnbaum, that's where they apprenticed in learning how to screw things up

jwest

Having not been through the process myself I could be wrong, but I seem to remember a discussion on CSPAN about authors and publishers concerning who controls what.

Apparently, the author normally has little say as to when the book is released, how it gets promoted, the cover artwork or in most cases even the title.

The publisher on this particular CSPAN segment argued that authors are in no position to know the intricacies of the business that include the release timing, what attracts attention as far as the cover and title, etc. Seems to make sense.

narciso the harpoon

That picture of Clinton, is priceless, "whar
dang fool thing have you come up with today,
do you have the tiniest clue what you're doing Do I have to bail you out again"

Bill Peschel

jwest, speaking as an about-to-be-published author, I can support your statement, although my publisher was gracious enough to consult with me, so I was able to make corrections and suggestions.

OTOH, I'm a small-time author, not a former president with a 100 percent name recognition. I really doubt even a publisher would dare to pull rank on GWB.

Rick Ballard

There are 15 million voters who will see George Bush and remember that, once upon a time, they had a job. There are 5 million voters who will see him and remember that, once upon a time, they owned a house. There are 70 million voters who will see him and remember that, once upon a time, they got a raise.

How many voters have seen the change they were hoping for since being suckered into voting for BOzo?

HHS/HRSA

Hilly never got free federal school for those who promise(guaranteed) to be diplomats. How about a free medical education and a guaranteed teaching faculty job at a University? It's just for special people, like natives, not that there is even one.

www.raconline.org/news/news_details.php?news_id=14046

narciso the harpoon

I thought we would be rid of te luciferians when the Russian spies left

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Re: George W. Bush and Bill Clinton via Facebook:

George W. Bush The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has announced $1 million in new grants to assist with the long-term reconstruction in Haiti. These grants are aimed at creating new jobs and promoting economic opportunity in four key areas: garment production, health care, the artisan community, and microfinance. Please join us in helping to build back a better Haiti by donating today.
Porchlight

The pics that the WH think flatter Obama never cease to amaze me.

DebinNC, did you see the WH's photos of the Carnahan fundraiser with Obama in Missouri? That was the event where they had to slash ticket prices in half in order to boost sales.

It did not look like a large room.

Captain Hate

I thought we would be rid of te luciferians when the Russian spies left

You don't think anything as hot as the red-haired doll would have anything to do with the looserferians, do you? Although your comment made me lol.

Captain Hate

Goddammit; I meant to type loserferians!! This new laptop is taking me to the Clarice school of innovative typing.

Danube of Thought

MayBee--Good God do i feel stupid.

And to think I was always a whiz at those problems where you had to get the missionary, the cannibal and the goat across the river. Or whatever it was.

glasater

...he and MO will be eating canned beans by candlelight.

Oh, how I'm enjoying that mental visual Clarice...

Thomas Collins
"the missionary, the cannibal and the goat"

Was DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL in effect?

Tom R

When all is said and done, I'm willing to bet that the American people will judge Bush Jr. more favorably than Obama, especially when it comes to character traits like integrity, honesty, etc. I think our allies have already come to that conclusion.

Clarice

Aha! Wait another decade or two and you can be an honors grad, Capt.

Ignatz

--MayBee--Good God do i feel stupid. And to think I was always a whiz at those problems where you had to get the missionary, the cannibal and the goat across the river.--

Now that's funny.

Clarice

Ignatz, as long as he keeps bragging bout the weather, I am discouraging any kind words about DoT..

Danube of Thought

Fox News poll today has Obama at 43%. I'm waiting for the first one that shows him below 40.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

DOT is bragging about the weather? We were freezing a week or so ago and today it is a sweltering 110 degrees and rising.

Ignatz

--Ignatz, as long as he keeps bragging bout the weather, I am discouraging any kind words about DoT..--

Sorry clarice. As penance, it is 93 at our house.

Captain Hate

The bad thing about the summer weather here in NE Ahia is it doesn't cool down at night. The last couple summers it would regularly drop down into the low 60s or upper 50s; this year it stays in the 70s. Here the Iceland volcano had me expecting an even cooler summer this year but the jetstream stays to the north...

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Women 'have better memories than men

Posting with no comment other than I love scientific studies that prove the obvious. ::Ducking::

DrJ

The bad thing about the summer weather here in NE Ahia is it doesn't cool down at night. ... this year it stays in the 70s.

Try it in Phoenix, where the temperature do not fall below 90 at night in the later parts of the summer.

It does not matter that it is a dry heat.

Captain Hate

Yeah but that's "normal" in Phoenix; here the low is around 10 degrees higher than average.

Appalled

DrJ:

NE Ohio does not always believe in airconditioning. Accordingly, warm stuffy nights that don't let one air out the house is misery to the poor folks in Cleveland.

I'm so glad I now live in Atlanta, where they believe in airco, and I won't get a breath of frsh air until sometime in October.

Rick Ballard

As we wait for BOzo to slide under 40, we can cheerfully consider Feingold under 50 - and behind.

Clarice

YaHOO! Rick, YAHOO

hit and run

Sara:
Women 'have better memories than men

I'll put narciso up against whoever you got.

Bring it.

centralcal

lol, Hit! No kidding about Narciso and memory, that's for sure.

narciso the harpoon

Hey, thanks, but I'm not getting in a no win
situation

touristicytroops

BP being prosecuted for terrorism as a victims of the New Orleans Oil refinery monopoly. O is just twice as much the bill as Bill..........YOU PAY.

I think I'll open up a resort in one of those foreign aid give away countries...........ecotourism.......

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Breaking: Well capped, leak stopped!

Oil leak stopped for first time since April

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Re: Narciso's memory.

I believe the scientists would call him an anomaly or the exception who proves the rule.

In any event, I agree, Narciso's memory is phenomenal and off the scale.

DrJ

While this is great news, it should be noted that this is only an interim step. The well ultimately will be plugged from below (a "bottom kill") using mud and cement from a relief well.

My best guess about why they are attempting another "top kill" is to determine if the well casing is intact. If it is, the new top kill procedure can be used to protect the Gulf until the relief well is functioning. If it isn't, then oil will continue to be released until the relief well is ready.

So don't be surprised if the oil flow resumes in a couple of days. That is the best-case plan, as I understand it.

narciso the harpoon

Thanks all of you, I guess I get it from my grandfather, he used to say he had forgotten
some, but he knew more on a host of subjects
than some a dozen people could ever learn.

I guess I came up with the hyperlink before
the computers did

narciso the harpoon

You know once you get past the Romney flacks anonymously dishing to Halperin at the 1; 17 link, it's one of the better items he's written, I know it's a low bar

Clarice

I've been giving this thread soe thought and I think Drudge s wrong. The book won't be released until Nov 9; it's already No 5 on Amazon which means lots of people are interested in it. There are likely to be some leaks but my guess is the publisher will keep a close hand on things--if they can do it for Potter they can do it for Bush--and there is nothing that will be particularly damaging to the Reps running for Congress before then.

ray

"Do We Miss Him Yet?"

YES!!!!!!!

malclave

#5 on Amazon... but how many of those are "journalists" planning to "fact check" the book?

narciso the harpoon

"You betscha" to turn a phrase

Bill in AZ sez it's time for Zero to resign

#5 on Amazon... but how many of those are "journalists" planning to "fact check" the book?

None - they'll be waiting for Journolist to make up stuff so they can repeat it.

Danube of Thought

I'm not bragging, Clarice, I'm complaining. We're being roasted alive out here!

Someone wrote yesterday that it's starting to look as though Scott Brown cares more about being the deciding vote than he cares about the merits of the legislation. I would be hard put to disprove that dismaying proposition.

JM Hanes

Appalled:

"I'm so glad I now live in Atlanta, where they believe in airco, and I won't get a breath of frsh air until sometime in October."

Now that's what I call living death.

Captain Hate

Someone wrote yesterday that it's starting to look as though Scott Brown cares more about being the deciding vote than he cares about the merits of the legislation. I would be hard put to disprove that dismaying proposition.

Yeah the more I think about this glory hound the less I like. He was obviously elected in large part to put the brakes on the Bammy express (well that and Coakley has the mental firepower of Patches Kennedy) of which this garbage bill is part and parcel; and now seems to be actively going against that.

Any insight, Jane?

JM Hanes

Did ya'll see Special Report tonight? Obama did another front row basher in Michigan. When the clip started, the Prez -- with Pete Hoekstra seated practically right in front of him -- was saying (quickly transcribed): "They said no to tax cuts. They said no to small business loans. They said no to clean energy. But that doesn't stop 'em from bein' at ribbon cuttin's."

What's more, Obama was speaking in Hoekstra's home town. Man, do I hope MIchigan puts Hoekstra in the Governor's Mansion.


Elsewhere, in Lockerbie bomber news, P.J. Crowley, at the State Dept, of all places, actually referred to "Scotch" authorities. Sheesh.

Extraneus

On the memory thing, I saw a TV show years ago about a psychology experiment done at some college, where volunteers had to wait in a room before they'd be taken to where the experiment would take place. When they got to that other place, they were asked about the contents of the room they'd waited in.

The room had pencils, books, an open briefcase, pens, a lamp, desk, chairs, wallpaper, etc. The women who were quizzed on the contents of the room - including the color, location, arrangement of the items, etc. - outperformed the men by far.

Something about the aptitude to know which roots and berries to pick is what I got out of it.

Sue

Hannity just said the oil had hit the "coast of Houston". Uh...Houston doesn't have a coast.

Memory flashes.

Years ago in the Smithsonian Magazine I read a marvelous article by a woman whose thesis was that human females undergo menopause, as opposed to all other mammals, because they become too valuable to risk in pregnancy. Their store of memories, acquired skills, and many other capacities become too useful to lose just propagating. Their daughters, less wise, are more expendable in the necessary risks of procreation.

One illustration was old women in Guam remembering what the people had eaten in the last drought, decades earlier. This advantage is in place because there is so much about human behaviour and society that is learned. Not so much so in the less intelligent beasts.

How come this isn't championed by the feminists?
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In case you wanna look.

It was early '90s.
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Janet

I don't know or care if that is true kim, but I am gonna repeat it a lot.

narciso the harpoon

Well one is tempted toward scotch, tequila, straight vodka to deal with these people

Clarice

Probably because those studies are as suspect as the studies on how prehistoric man behaved which are based on little more than prejudices which vary from generation to generation.

Janet

LOL narciso! Hahaha!

Especially from feminists.  Error 404.  Does not compute.  Danger, Will Robinson.

Heh, Janet; that's what I thought. And I've even done that. I mostly get blank looks.
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Impeach, repeal, break for tea.

Don't try putting out your hair on fire with the one five one.
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Janet

To be honest kim, I may not repeat it a lot because I won't remember the details of the post! "there was something interesting on JOM yesterday...can't remember the details...menopause, old women are valuable, Guam...anyway, it was really good."

I actually sorta disprove her thesis. :(

squaredance

No doubt for memory test they focused on grudges.

Jane

Any insight, Jane?

The only thing I can think of is that he believes the bill will create jobs. When I spoke with him in April he said there was a lot to do, and I suggested he do nothing because all the legislation sucked. He said he was determined to create jobs for MA.

I don't think he is a glory hound. I do think he may be naive and not realize that they will screw him every chance they get. And that if true is not good. I know the calls to his office were overwhelming and I assume they were in the negative, so I don't know. I'm really mad about this vote tho.

Janet

This is outta nowhere, but I am getting sick of the unreleased names game. The VIP loans from Countrywide & the payoffs for harassment.

It reminds me of the DC madame story from a few years ago. She ended up killing herself, and I think 2 Republican names were in the press, but that was it. No other names were released. It seemed very sketchy at the time.

Or Graham, poor thing.

Yeah, Janet, you got the take home lesson and won't likely forget it.

Jane, perhaps he aspires to be the next McCain.
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Danube of Thought

I saw a study about how women's preferences in men changed according to their menstrual cycle. Most of the time they prefer a physically fit man with strong masculine features. As PMS sets in they prefer a man with a spear through his chest and a baseball bat up his butt while he is on fire.

Captain Hate

Jane using that bill to create jobs is like hammering nails with a screwdriver. That explanation is really really stupid imo.

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