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September 09, 2010

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Porchlight

I'll go out on a limb and say that 100% of the Democrats who would get excited about Elizabeth Warren are already planning to on November 2.

jimmyk

people with whom he Tweets, i-chats, and chirps

It's another Pauline Kael moment.

Captain Hate

I can't wait to read or watch douches like this and Brian Williams on November 3.

narciso

Brent is a fellow of no large talent, Warren of course, came to public notice, representing
a fraudulent study, so she fits in well with
the administration

Charlie (Colorado)

ACtually, as badly as things have been looking recently, he could be right. It might bring out dozens of new votes.

Porchlight

planning to vote, ugh

Porchlight

LOL, Charlie.

daddy

Speaking of unspoken political announcements, Lisa Murcowsky has refused to make any comment as of 9 PM Eastern time today about if she will or if she won't become a Write-In Candidate.

Obviously she is well aware that everybody out here knows she is considering to run, either as a write-in or as the Libertarian candidate. Talks were continuing with the Lib party honchos as of yesterday, which would allow her name to be on the ballot.

It was a topic on all 3 AM Conservative Talk Show's today, with plenty of opinions all over the map, but IMHO overall a rapidly increasing disgust, distrust, and loss of respect for the lame duck Senator. Consensus seems to be that the folks around her and advising her, who are beholden to her to maintain their jobs, personal power etc, must be the ones desperately trying to keep her in the race, all in order to maintain their positions. Don't know if that's what's actually happening, but all seem to agree it is amazing she has said nothing at all today when she has to know this is Topic A up here in Alaska.

PD

C'mon guys, get real. This would be a great move by the president. There's a critical shortage of ivy leaguers in this administration. He needs to balance the heavy preponderance of people with real-world experience.

narciso

I think she has "River Kwaied" all her bridges, then set fire to the remaining timbers, daddy, People are willing to stand with you, if you believe in something. She hasn't explained what principle she stands for

PD

Chris Collinsworth: Brett Favre is "like a magician."

Long night ahead.

Jane

I heard she is a bitch. Is that why they like her? And who in their right mine would agree to work for Obama when they already have a public pension?

PD

She hasn't explained what principle she stands for

She might not have explained it, but the driving principle is obvious: Getting elected. No matter what.

Though I would characterize that more as being *without* principle.

reliapundit

elizabeth edwards would be better.

seriously: there are only 2 possible things that can turn this around for the dems: (1) obama resigns or (2) bombs iran.

Captain Hate

The only predicate I want to hear in a sentence with that drug-addicted hilljack Favre as the subject is "career (or life) ending injury".

daddy

Hmmm, Concerning TM's topic

Wanted to see if Alexandra Gutierrez (Dave Weigle's News Director girlfriend in Alaska,( who called the Miller/Murkowski contest a tad wrong) might be among those excited about this appointment, but no, she is too excited about Politico's hiring of Mike Kinsley and Joe Scarborough to absorb TM's breaking news.

This page ">http://topsy.com/www.danagoldstein.net/dana_goldstein/2010/09/imaginging-the-kinsleyscarborough-conversation-at-politico.html"> she linked via twitter indicates she's INFLUENTIAL, but even her boyfriend Weigel, who twittered just above her and is HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL, also seems not aware of TM's breaking news.

Any other INFLUENTIAL or HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL lefties you guys think I should be looking at regarding this important non-announcement?

Jane

I don't think bombing Iran will help. First of all he will miss, and secondly shortly thereafter he will surrender. So as far as I'm concerned it's a lock

There are a lot of primaries on Tuesday including MA - we will learn a lot then,

Captain Hate

Bombing Iran will only piss off people who are still in the tank for Obomber and won't convince anybody that's already opposed to him that it's anything but an election ploy.

daddy

"C'mon guys, get real. This would be a great move by the president. There's a critical shortage of ivy leaguers in this administration. "

PD,

I don't know about that. Senator Begich snottily commented the other day that Washington didn't need Joe Miller because he was another Ivy League Lawyer and when I criticized Begich for saying that, the ADN deleted my comment as a violation beyond the pale, so apparently Begich and the ADN think more College dropouts are what's needed, not Ivy Leaguers. Personally tho' I think what's really needed in DC are Ivy League College Dropouts. That's the ticket!

narciso

kingsley and scarborough, I'm speechless, Politico striving for the relevancy of 1986

Pofarmer

Yet another govt beauracracy to watch over us. Yes, I'm sure this will win folks right over.

daddy

Not to criticize our leader, but in honor of another terrible but highly overrated writer whom I find at least as tedious as Budowsky, I suppose TM might have titled this piece "Waiting For GodKnows."

PD

CH, I wouldn't go that far about Favre.

I don't even begrudge him leaving the Packers. But I really don't like this thing of agonizing over retirement and then deciding, "Oops, didn't mean it." DIdn't like it with Michael Jordan, didn't like it with Roger Clemens, didn't like it with Favre.

daddy

"I really don't like this thing of agonizing over retirement and then deciding, "Oops, didn't mean it." DIdn't like it with Michael Jordan, didn't like it with Roger Clemens, didn't like it with Favre....Don't like it with Murkowskee" There, fixed that:)

PD

Well, I was thinking about athletes, but yeah, add her to the list.

LibertyAtStake

Public Obamagasms are now illegal in 47 states. You'd think a guy who writes for the Hill would have gotten the memo already.

http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
"Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

Captain Hate

PD, I think the Packers will clean the Vikings clocks this season; Aaron Rogers showed me a lot in how he came back against the Cards in the face of a HOF clinching performance by Kurt Warner. The problem with using Favre is that it sets developing a QB for the future back for as long as you have him; and anything less than a Super Bowl appearance is failure. Favre won't have nearly the season he did this season as he did last year, with history as a guide. I'm really gonna enjoy the gunslingah driving Mr Noodle Childress crazy this season.

Mark Folkestad

So, Captain, would you have been happier if the Saints' dirty tactics from the last Super Bowl had resulted in a career-ending injury instead of taking Favre out of the game? So foul and reprehensible play is preferred over what you consider Favre's sins? By the way, what are those sins? I'm a Vikings fan, watching the Vikings-Saints game at the moment, who never despised Favre even when he was with the Packers. Strange thing to start an off-topic battle over.

PD

Aaron has done well enough that Green Bay is Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood now.

lagtime

Probably a Jurnolist

Mark Folkestad

Daddy, if you're still hanging around, do Alaskans have any favorite pro sports teams? Are you stuck rooting for the Seattle teams? I'll probably spend my first several years in Alaska rooting for teams in my native Minnesota.

Janet

Here is Elizabeth Warren's wiki page.
Apparently she appeared on the Charlie Rose talk show....I'm against her just for that.

Porchlight

Cap'n,

I have to agree with Mark (of course I'm a Vikings fan as well). I'll admit Favre's drama gets a bit tedious, but I admired him even when he was a Packer.

Also, by your definition, "using" any Super Bowl-winning QB is problematic.

I like Rodgers too and I love Warner.

Who's your team, anyway? I'm sure I can find something insulting to say about them in retaliation for your making fun of my beloved Viqueens. ;)

Porchlight

p.s. isn't Favre a 'Pubbie? Let's at least give him some credit for that. :)

Don Draper

Time for a tagline change from "Plug the Damn Hole!" to "Burn the Damn Koran!". Bonus points: It rhymes.

Janet

How about "B'ur'n th'e D'a'm'n' 'q'u'ra'n''"?

jimmyk

Apparently she appeared on the Charlie Rose talk show....I'm against her just for that.

Janet, I do find Charlie Rose insufferable, and never watch him, but he did have Milton Friedman on twice. And while he didn't fawn over Milton as much as he does over his lefty guests, he was still respectful. (The interview is on youtube.)

Captain Hate

Favre has been a glory hound all his career who put his own stats above the team. His career interception record is so far in the stratosphere that nobody will ever touch it because no franchise will ever let themselves be raped by a player the way the Packers did.

I hope he plays forever. I enjoy watching his teams lose in the playoffs because of some dumbass interception he puts up for grabs. That horseshit began in the 90s when the Eagles would stack up the run begging him to put up a balloon which he inevitably does. There's even a website that documents some of his biggest choking dog performances.

Plus I love to see assholes like Peter King and all the ESPN shitheads whine about his failures in the clutch. It's great entertainment.

My only question, Mark, is why do you care about such a player who's led a charmed relatively injury free career who won't give it up? Do you really buy into that "joy of playing the game" garbage? I hope not for your sake because that's such a pile I wouldn't know where to start to dig out from under it. There's a reason I admire people like Kurt Warner who know when it's time to leave; and he got blasted by the Saints without whining about it. Sports at the highest level are for the young; it kinda sucks but that's how it is. If he ends up getting busted up this season, I have absolutely no sympathy for somebody who was too stupid to know when to hang it up.

Melinda Romanoff

Mark-

I have no idea how old you are, but to take hits willingly at 40 is beyond brave. George Blanda did it deeper from the line, longer (I saw him kick straight up style, for points!).

I'm 50, and what Brett is doing is embolding. So maybe I CAN go to Olympic Valley again this spring, for two weeks!

Mark Folkestad

Captain, it is simply because I do not share your perception of Favre as being a supreme glory hound.

Porchlight, let me know if I ever shared my story involving Carl Eller, the day he showed up to pick up his girlfriend at the summer rental frat house. If not, I'll send you the story. I knew a few other Vikes years ago.

Captain Hate

Porch, I've been a Redskins fan all my life; so have at it because you'll have plenty of opportunity.

Sorry if I'm being offensive but I really hate Favre and always will. And I'm extremely opinionated with a big mouth; but you knew that. Imo Favre worship isn't that far from the same type of phenomenon that put the Indonesian Imbecile in the Whitehouse. Although to Favre's credit, he's actually done something positive.

narciso

Years ago, I used to watch Charlie Rose, but sometime around the 00s he became insufferably
ponderous, that doesn't mean he didn't occasionally get a good interview, in the LUN

PD

"Greatest smell in the NFL"

Now there's a slogan.

PD

I'm 50

Whippersnapper.

Mark Folkestad

Mel, I'm 59, and I am finishing recovery from surgery for a broken back. I'm well aware of the limitations of a human body. The Vikings have had a few tough, grizzled quarterbacks in the past. Think in terms of Joe Kapp and Fran Tarkenton. Kapp was criticized, shortly before the Vikes' first Super Bowl, about not being a "classic quarterback". Kapp's response was "classics is for Greeks!"

laura

Me too, Mel and I wouldn't trade down for anything

squaredance

A Federal Judge just declared don't ask don't tell as unconstitutional, on 1st amendment ground no less (how in the blue blazes does this have anything to do with freedom of speech? The Armed services are volunteer, for Pete's sake. Invoking the constitution to push cultural Marxism clearly has reach the point of an autonomous action of the leftist brain stem.)

Open homosexuality has made a joke out of some of the EU "Armies". Another disaster. Another highly destructive bit of social engineering from the bench. Those who think that this is a trivial matter have never had to command troops in actual battle, and that includes sycophants in the DoD. Decent soldiers are not going to follow a man into battle who sodomizes another man or is some other man's catamite. It is absolutely idiotic to imagine otherwise. The Left full well knows this, that is why they hunger for it.

Soon we will reach the point of no return in our decadence. I am sure this particular bit of theater was planned by the administration. It is hard to see how this can be taken to the SCOTUS for only the federal government has any standing.

Between Obama, the Democrat Party and the Quisling Gates more destruction has be brought on the military than all of our enemies combined and all in a time frame of less than two years.

They are just destroying the military.
In a handful of years we will not be a world power at all. Who is going to take us seriously? Will we have gay theater commanders now? Gay lawsuits? Gay quotas?

It is all designed put publicly humiliate the military and chase decent warriors out of it. The feminist stuff of the '90's was bad enough, and that needs to be undone, just wait till this stuff gets embedded in the bureaucracy of the Pentagon.

That is the goal. Who is paying for it?

Why does the nation take this lying down?

All this destruction for gays? 2% of the population? Just excuse to undermine the armed forces and to once again strike out at all that is good and decent.

Once this would have been unthinkable. This is how far this country has been pushed to the abyss. The powerful RINO are out there calling for a "Truce on Social Conservative Issues". How ghastly. Unless the nation can shirk off this nonsense and do so openly and vigorously we are doom. It matter little who wins in Nov.That is the point of these outrageous assaults on basic decency.

It is time that we stop being intimidated by this "culture" of death, nihilism, perversity and indecency. Did I say "culture"? I should have said "cult" for that is what it is.

When will we stop and say that we have had enough of this and do something about it?

It is becoming a great danger.

Melinda Romanoff

Cap'n-

Have you ever played at pro level?

I've done so in only one sport, and one alone. I was lucky to do so, and am still grateful to my late father for giving me the chance to learn it, and succeed.

So, when somebody risks their balls for a bit longer and can succeed, and Favre has, I'm a bit jealous, and admirable for his efforts.

Lighten up.

Captain Hate

Captain, it is simply because I do not share your perception of Favre as being a supreme glory hound.

I'm obviously not gonna change your opinion but where are the Vikings at QB after this season? Good luck on making the Super Bowl because your owner has thrown all his cards into the here and now. Maybe there'll be a strike/lockout next season so maybe that's a smart move, but I don't think so.

Mark Folkestad

Captain, don't worry about it. You just enumerated your most endearing qualities. But be on notice that even your friends might line up to kick your backside at times

Melinda Romanoff

And I took too long to type that.

PD

And I'm extremely opinionated with a big mouth

Never noticed.

daddy

MeFolkes its awful sports wise up here.

In the only real sport that matters (college Basketball) the whole damn place pulls for Duke, since Duke showed up here for a couple games a decade back, and recruited 2 players (Trajan Langdon and Carlos Boozer) out of Alaska.

Baseball wise the team is Seattle (ughh) shown live and then shown on replays starting about midnight. The good news is unlike when I lived in NC, you're not a prisoner of The Stinking Atlanta Braves (insert retching noise). All in all I suppose you'd say we are an American League city thank goodness.

Pro football we're always shown the SeaHawks, but its good up here for Monday Night Football because you're wide awake during the game since it's in the late afternoon, instead of nodding off in the 4th quarter if you're watching from the east coast. Used to be a bummer back when I'd stay at the Hilton and the satellite couldn't look far enuff over the horizon to get all the games, but now with excellent cable service we get just about whatever you want whenever.

I think Hockey is considered a sport by some up here but I don't know much about it. Seems we have a decent double A or semi-pro Hockey Team (The Aces) which locals follow pretty intently, and half the local Stadium Rink allows you to drink beer, and the other half is supposedly kid friendly.

Neither College has a football team, Fairbanks or Anchorage. The Hi Schools do, even Barrow, but they start playing in late summer and are over around Halloween due to the early winter. Colleges have the standard B-Ball, Hockey, cross-country teams etc, and all the winter events---Nordic this and that etc.

We also have a double a baseball team that plays Fairbanks and probably Spokane etc. Not exciting but cheap fun.

Most fun is probably the fat chicks on rollerskates with helmets, elbow pads and tattoo's, especially when we take on the hogette's from Fairbanks. An opening may still be open for JMH's daughter Drury, but I don't think so because from her pictures she's probably way too cute.

I think you'll love it all!

Porchlight

Good luck on making the Super Bowl because your owner has thrown all his cards into the here and now.

That's not unusual. Some owners keep an older QB, some keep a star QB for as long as they can before he goes to the next team for more $. It's always a gamble.

Maybe Favre is a glory hound, so what. I don't worship him, I like him. He's a Mississippi kid, a devout Catholic, a McCain/Palin voter, and does fine charity work. And he's a great NFL quarterback. Okay by me.

Janet

I agree squaredance. Are you coming to the 9-12 Tea Party? I am meeting up with Jane & Caro tomorrow. I hope the Tea Party is scary big. Looks like there are gonna be some big road closures though for a triathlon.

Captain Hate

Mark, I still play basketball on the weekends at age 60 so I know what it's like to love to play the game (although a sore hip has kept me out the last couple weeks so I might be at the end of the road; this after severing an achilles tendon in 2001). I'll hate to stop playing but when it's time it's time.

Mel, STFU with that pro garbage and drive down to Cleveland so I can light you up.

Porchlight

His career interception record is so far in the stratosphere that nobody will ever touch it

Well, a good chunk of that is that 1) he's been playing a long, long time, and 2) he hardly ever misses a game, and 3) when his team has been good, which is frequently, his offense spends a hell of a lot of time on the field. So if you're talking number of INTs, all those things factor in. If you're talking ratio of INTs to completions, that's a little different, but not totally unrelated to time on the field.

He takes some chances with his throws, for sure. On the whole it's worked out pretty well.

Melinda Romanoff

Mark-

Do NOT ask for help (too much) from your inamorata.

Go slow.

Use your legs AND arms at the same time, while keeping your spine straight.

In the future, you can never do enough Trunk lifts (b), and always keep your shoulders square to the hips when lifting.

I have experience at this, and go slow, but steadily, in your rehab.

Tylenol Extra Strength will knock back the spasms fastest.

daddy

Good job Janet,

Say "Hey" to the gals tomorrow. Would you mind finding out from them what the heck was Charles Murray's favorite Irish Pub in NYCity? I have been unable to get a straight answer out of them for months now and would appreciate it if you could nail down that tavern for me:)

Janet

And I'm extremely opinionated

Is that a bad thing?...are we not suppose to be? I'm in trouble if it's frowned upon to be opinionated.
I like Favre too Porchlight....mainly cause he's my daughter's randomly chosen favorite player from when she was young. She has a Packers winter scarf???? I don't know why she picked him.

Mark Folkestad

Thanks, Daddy. Out on my little island I'll have whatever Dish Network or Direct TV offer. Even the cable operation that serves Klawock and Craig is feeble compared to what I'm used to. I'll watch the Seahawks with interest, so I can needle my godson, who roots for them despite having left Seattle during grade school. The Mariners I'll watch so I can console a dear old rancher's widow who never misses a televised game at her Washington ranch. Hopefully, Susan and I will be so busy with hunting and fishing that professional sports will be only of minor interest.

Janet

Will do daddy!

narciso

Cue up the wambulance for this fellow, in the LUN, who would probably feel the same way about any of us

Melinda Romanoff

Cap'n-

I can play near here.

And could you please convince the Cleveland Model Supply to turn over the silk screen racks for printwood before I arrive?

Porchlight

And btw Cap'n you always crack me up even if you are mean to the hapless Vikes.

Mark F, do drop me a line and share those stories sometime.

Mark Folkestad

Mel, the bone healing took eight months. But the orthopedic surgeon said that the muscles and nerves might take another two years. He had to go in from both front and back. I just have to push myself to hike farther and longer, with increasing pack weights. Our cabin will be built with milled logs, cheating in some folks' eyes, but much easier and quicker, and we will have a used Bobcat for the heavier stuff.

Captain, sorry to hear about your hip and tendon. Good going on hanging in there.

Porchlight

I don't know why she picked him.

Because he's cute? ;)

narciso

I read the review of Parker Spitz, on Newsbusters, it is just the thing, for those chasing the HLN test pattern

Charlie (Colorado)

Decent soldiers are not going to follow a man into battle who sodomizes another man or is some other man's catamite.

(1) Alexander the Great
(2) Gaius Julius Caesar
(3) Baron von Steuben
(4) Field Marshall Montgomery

Extra credit for reviving the old fashioned word "catamite".

Melinda Romanoff

Janet-

If he wasn't lying about McSorley's, I'd be shocked.

PD

He's been playing a long time, but games like the playoff game against the Rams a few years back where he threw six (!) picks will up your interception count rapidly.

That was painful to watch.

Porchlight

(3) Baron von Steuben

He didn't really lead anyone in battle, though, did he? He trained Washington's men - a monumental task, but not the same as leading them in battle. And then became Inspector General.

Strangely enough, I have lately been reading Patrick O'Brian's The Commodore, where the word "catamite" makes many appearances.

Porchlight

That was painful to watch.

Very true.

Melinda Romanoff

Mark-

Stay square to your hips, and you'll be fine.

Which joint are they using for the cabin logs?

Are you going to use a "recycler" design for the fireplace? [ It involves a slab of pig iron for the fireback. ] Intricate, but sucks cold air off the floor and shoots the heated air back at mantle level, and completely seperate from the flue system.

Not that I have any experience in building high altitude cabins...

Pofarmer

"All this destruction for gays? 2% of the population"

Tyranny of the minority. Divide and conquer.

Melinda Romanoff

Oh, and completely seperate from the firebox.

glasater

Extra credit for reviving the old fashioned word "catamite"

Captain H uses that word on occasion.

It appears that the loony Ninth has influenced the judiciary in CA and not in a good way.

Captain Hate

Mark, sorry about your back; that sounds like a long road back. Best wishes on that.

Regarding my tendon, that took a year to recover from but I just play with a heel insert because the tendon is permanently hyper stretched. I'm not sure what the hip problem is but it might be bursitis which my father suffered from only in his shoulder. I'll stop complaining before I start sounding like the codgers that are always bitching about aches and pains.

Mel, isn't Jim Rhoads from Erie? I went up to their jazz fest on a Sunday a couple years ago. I'll be all over the Cleveland Model Supply for you.

Mark Folkestad

First, I meant to say NFC championship game, rather than Super Bowl, last year when the Saints played dirty.

Mel, I'll be using "D-shaped" milled logs, basically landscaping timbers with one rounded side. We will be joining them with plywood splines glued into routed channels. The corners will be posts and the channels and splines will be the joinery there as well. The new cabin will be rather large, and modern. On the main floor, we will have a Kozy Heat fireplace insert in a large masonry stack. It will be gasket-sealed and have outside combustion air. This will be roughly in the center of the main section. We have no intention of "wicking" heat to the outside by having the fireplace on an outside wall. The masonry stack will also serve as support for the inner ends of beams. We will also have a Yukon furnace, wood/propane, in the basement, which can use only propane if we are gone in the winter. In that part of Alaska, the winters are far milder than my native Minnesota, but I still want no risk of freeze-up. The elevation of the cabin is only going to be measured in tens of feet above sea level. The tract we want in on the ocean, with a quarter-mile of shoreline. We will have a 3KW wind generator, a bank or two of PV cells, a backup gasoline generator and a bank of batteries. Our domestic water will be rainwater harvesting with a 3-stage filter and UV sterilization chamber. Two big plastic cisterns will be in the basement. The foundation will be anchored into limestone bedrock. You can look me up on Facebook and ask for more details. And I should add that a lot of the participants here will be welcome guests when we have the new cabin complete. Some are already planning on visiting.

JM Hanes

In case I'm not the only one who missed it, yesterday was the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. I understand it was also MayBee's birthday.

Elliott

Good morning, JMH. I imagine you're right, but I'm reserving judgment until Pheidippides gets here.

Ralph L

Does that take into account the calendar change?
I mean the battle, I know MayBee isn't that old.

Elliott

Do you mean the absence of a year 0, Ralph L? Because now that I think about it 490-2010 is 2499 years.

BobDenver

Wikipedia (I know, I know), using information from Herodotus and Phillip August Bockh, Places the date at September 12 on the Julian calendar. Or maybe August 12. I could guess what that would be on the Gregorian calendar (9/23 or 8/23), but I'm not sure that I'm doing the calculation correctly.

BR

9/9/10 - The Sixth Anniversary of CBSgate.
Yayyyy for the blogosphere!

daddy

Hey,

Here's a picture of ">http://img.youtube.com/vi/MBLetu1LFU8/0.jpg"> this handsome Budowsky guy who wrote this story.

daddy

Well it's not all bad news for Obama. For instance, on his next scheduled big speech, he won't have to have Art students bused in from Starbucks to fill the seats. They'll already be there:

">http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/parents-mark-your-calendars-september-14th-is-obama-day-at-school/"> Parents, Mark Your Calendars: September 14th Is Obama Day At School!

"Yesterday, White House sources confirmed that President Obama will deliver another back-to-school address aimed at all of the nation’s children. That’s right, the president will make September 14 the second-annual Obama Day at your local school!"

Hard to say which of us, (me or the kids) is more excited about this glorious opportunity to hear our hopey-changy dear leader a second time. Hope they're already working on their Obama songs.

daddy

Similar to the Law Suits brought against the Administration for the Gulf Oil Moratorium, Alaska today got into the act and is suing the Fed's for the shutdown of exploratory drilling up here:

">http://www.adn.com/2010/09/09/1446472/alaska-sues-over-drilling-suspension.html"> The state claimed Thursday that the Interior Department illegally halted offshore drilling in Arctic waters.

Don't know if this will fly but it's a step in the right direction.

"Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar illegally imposed a moratorium because he failed to consult with state officials, did not consider the economic effects and did not issue a written decision explaining the basis for the action. Such requirements are specified under the federal Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act."

">http://alaskadispatch.com/dispatches/politics/6745-alaska-sues-over-offshore-drilling-moratorium"> The Alaska Standard blog, actually has a better story than the ADN, (above) and tells us that during Salazar's recent fact finding visit up here, that Governor "Parnell said he had tried to meet with Salazar last week but the secretary refused to meet with him."

In the Gulf case you'll recall Salazar lied about the 7 scientists.

Up here the Fed's are saying it's not a Moratorium so we can't sue them for a Moratorium, but if I read this correctly, last week Salazar, while refusing to speak to the Governor, in a press conference "definitively described the ban on Alaska drilling as part of the moratorium."

I suppose the big question is which side of Salazar's mouth to believe.


Janet

I read the review of Parker Spitz, on Newsbusters, it is just the thing, for those chasing the HLN test pattern

Narciso, I can't believe CNN hired Spitzer. I'm all for forgiveness, but some behavior should end any leadership or spokesperson standing.
In a nation of millions, why would they hire such a tainted old figure?

Neo

The only reason I can think as to why CNN hired Spitzer is that it must have been hidden in the settlement of one of those old lawsuits Spitzer threw at Wall Street.

peter

Since this has turned into a sports thread, I would like to comment that I have never really enjoyed watching football. I am not sure why. I always preferred baseball, and was always slightly depressed after the last out of the baseball season. However, last year, in my office, I won the office pool based on the point spread. One thing I have never been able to understand is how the Las Vegas point spread setters are so accurate. So many scores wind up within a point or two of the point spread. Last night's game had the Vikings as 4 and a half point underdogs, and they lost by five. I really do think that too many people are too involved in sports, and it becomes like an opiate. Here in New York, you have two major league baseball teams, five or six minor league teams, two men's NBA teams, a women's pro basketball team, three hockey teams, two football teams, etc. A lot of my friends have no idea what is going on in the world of politics because they have sports radio on constantly as their only source of news.

peter

So, is Elizabeth Warren a tax cheat like all the others? LUN

Janet

Yeah Neo...I'm always thinking blackmail too. It is my only explanation for my Senators Webb & Warner voting for some of the Dem. nonsense.
I wonder sometimes if Dems pick candidates with some hidden scandal on purpose to hold over them while they are in office. Of coarse Spitzer's wasn't a hidden scandal in the end...& he STILL gets taken care of! I guess Fannie & Freddie were full.

Neo

It is really amazing that US foreign policy can now be disrupted, put on it’s heels, by any idiot with a fire permit and a pile of books.
I guess the trick to stop any further burning of US flags is to claim that Betsy Ross was a closet Muslim.

Captain Hate

Janet, Spitzer's a perfect fit for the MFM: Completely lacking in character, worships power, obsessed with sex, untrustworthy. I'm not seeing a problem here...

Janet

So, is Elizabeth Warren a tax cheat like all the others?

I've been running across Geithner one dollar bills here in Virginia recently....everyone go out, buy a red pen, & get to work!

pagar

"In the Gulf case you'll recall Salazar lied"

He is a member of the Obama Administration, why would anyone expect him to do otherwise?

Jane (woof woof)

Janet,

What's the weather?

Here we come!

sbw

Editorial from yesterday:

With the 9/11 anniversary at hand, and with many major media pundits adrift, we trust cartoonist Chris Muir, at right, to call attention back to the facts:

America has treated individual Muslims better than any other nation on Earth — including those nations where Islam and government are closely connected. Americans are not asking for thanks for what they have done, because by their nature Americans are concerned about the quality of life for all. Americans believe in, and ask others to follow the principle of reciprocity expressed in the Muslim Sunnah (An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadeeth: No. 13) “None of you [truly] believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”

The 20th century is filled with instances where America took principled stands for others: In World War II against Japan and Germany, in Kosovo, and more recently in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Where double standards oppress, expect Americans to stand strong.

Expect Americans to oppose terrorist groups who call themselves Muslim and who wantonly kill non-Muslims and other Muslims alike. In the end, peace is not the absence of war; it is the absence of the need for war.

The world will move closer to peace as other Muslims increasingly embrace Islam’s reciprocity and dare to speak out against having their religion hijacked by violent extremists.

Neo

From peter's link:

41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes -- and they're not alone

We now know that federal employees across the nation owe fully $1 billion in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

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