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September 25, 2010

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Chubby

((Could be. I think it looks retro-50's sharp. But, I am partial to that design era.))


Mid-century modern is one of my favorite design eras as well. It seems that in that era everything was thought out for maximum efficiency without sacrificing anything by way of elegance or beauty. I really can't stand the trend today for form over function. Pedestalled bathroom sinks with no counter space for bathroom paraphenalia makes no sense to me at all. Just like liberal political ideas make no sense to me.

anduril

Another step closer to renewed civil war:

Iraq's Awakening stripped of their police ranks
By Leila Fadel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 26, 2010; 4:24 PM

BAGHDAD - Hundreds of police officers, formerly members of an American-backed Sunni paramilitary force, will be stripped of their ranks in the Sunni Arab province of Anbar, tribal leaders and Anbar police said Sunday.

The officers called the move by Iraq's Interior Ministry, which oversees police, a threat to security in Anbar, once a stronghold of Sunni insurgent violence. In 2006, a group called the Awakening, some of them former insurgents, rose up with tribal and U.S. backing to battle al-Qaeda in Iraq. The same strategy was mirrored across the country with American backing and funding, and what became the Sons of Iraq is credited with helping calm Sunni Arab areas.

In 2007, the U.S. military transformed many of the Awakening members in Anbar into police officers. Now many, such as these 410 men, are being stripped of their ranks, are being targeted by al-Qaeda in Iraq or think the Shiite-led government is trying to get rid of them.

"This committee in the Ministry of Interior is sectarian," said Ahmed Abu Risha, the head of the Awakening and a tribal leader in Anbar. "When you dismiss those who fought al-Qaeda in the streets, this is support for al-Qaeda. What I expect are dire consequences."

Janet ...feral trash & proud of it!

I really want to write them and tell them to take my name off their mailing list, but I can't decide how to word it. Maybe I need to wait a week or so until I'm not so angry.

Porchlight -
I tend to write companies about their "green" promos. I finally got to where I said I really liked their product, but would not purchase it while they were promoting the green agenda. That way I wasn't always saying I would never buy their product again (in which case, they had already lost me as a customer...so why try to please me).
I also got to where I pointed out that their business was selling XX...& what did promoting an agenda have to do with that.

Porchlight

Just tell 'em that they obviously don't want your money (and why), so you're happy to oblige them.

PD,

Thanks. That is probably the best approach. Irrationally, though, somehow I want to convince them that since a majority of Americans support SB 1070, they are insulting a huge number of their customers. But I think they are willing to do just that if it allows them to enjoy their righteousness about it.

pagar

Someone mentioned that the SF Chronicle feels something needs to be done about climate change and the Republican needs to do something about it. IMO, the first thing the Republicans should do is stop any spending at all on climate change. After they do that, there are countless other things that the need to stop spending on.
Did anyone realize that we are borrowing money from China to send to China disguised as foreign Aid?

How stupid can we be and still survive?

Porchlight

True Janet, why give them the idea they've lost me as a customer - that gives them no incentive to change. Maybe I will make an impassioned plea to them to change their ways, else they lose business. Thing is I think they're doing this simply for the sake of the warm fuzzy feelings it generates in them. Their magazine already folded - print mags are hard to keep afloat, but the preachy tone didn't help, nor did the 9 chicken recipes/month without a vegetable in sight.

Captain Hate

Porch gets it exactly right on Althouse; reading the thread's comments it's pretty funny how she jumps in and blames the negative comments on her being a woman which pretty much removes her from any future serious consideration.

Porchlight

It seems that in that era everything was thought out for maximum efficiency without sacrificing anything by way of elegance or beauty.

PD,

I totally agree. I think back then it was a combination of the Depression and the war influencing modernist sensibilities. My parents are fortunate to live in a 1954 modern house (Philip Johnson) and even with its smallish bedrooms (the monkish Johnson thought large bedrooms were decadent) and spare, sharp-angled living spaces, there is a place for everything and everything in its place.

Clarice

porch, I've told everyone from the Univ of Wisconsin to United Airlines that it would be wise when seeking my money and custom to recognize that not all therir pet agendas are universally held.

I remember before the election writing a column that the fancy fashion magazines were uniformly pimping for Obama and their advertisers who would be hurt if he were elected kept them afloat. Now those advertisers and retailers are hurting. (Saks if not kept alive by people who buy their sables, it's the middle and upper middle class..the same is true of Gucci, et al.)
Penzey markets fine spices and dumb politics.

rse

Frustrations over economics and tax policy etc is starting to break through but too often if they are women they say "I am worried about that but what about abortion."

Women need to better understand how much they have been played over this single issue.

They either need to appreciate that this is apparently the only individual liberty being supported or they need to think about what areas only the federal government can do and what can never really be an effective area of control.

"Do you understand they are playing you on this issue to control your vote" should be a theme to numerous groups playing identity politics this year.

I've been fascinated just this weekend how this kept coming up in social situations.

sbw

Porchlight, how about:

Dear X,

Did you know that you can be righteous and not be right? Did you know that you can alienate potential customers by posturing that has nothing to do with your product? And did you know that your so-called progressive approach is regressive, impractical, and at odds with history?

I do like your product, but you get in the way of selling it.

Regards/porchlight

rse

Agree on Penzeys spices.

Jack is Back!

A simple question to ask democratic candidates: Do you support President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid and their legislative agenda and passages so far? The iummhs and huhs could cancel out all the rhetoric.

PD

porch, I've told everyone from the Univ of Wisconsin to United Airlines that it would be wise when seeking my money and custom to recognize that not all therir pet agendas are universally held.

Yep. I don't like this kind of thing even when I don't know what the agenda is. Example: Pepsi Refresh, where every Pepsi you buy results in a contribution to some charitable project.

Bah. How about you, dear Pepsi, lower your prices by the amount that you'd be donating, and let ME decide where I will send my charitable donations?

pagar

"If you invite an unhousebroken dog into the house, you really can't complain when he craps on the carpet."

I think this is could be worked into a Tea Party ad. Considering what was known(about his friends such as William Ayers and his lack of credentials/work record) about the One who is now complaining he is being treated like a dog

Porchlight

Thanks, clarice and sbw and everyone. I think I will at least try to appeal to their bottom line.

PD

A simple question to ask democratic candidates: Do you support President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid and their legislative agenda and passages so far?

"And if you don't, why did you vote for all of it?"

Rob Crawford

A simple question to ask democratic candidates: Do you support President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid and their legislative agenda and passages so far?

People have been beaten for asking that, BTW.

MoodyBlu

Porch,

Could be. I think it looks retro-50's sharp. But, I am partial to that design era.

Not sure how "football" it looks though - that did cross my mind. I'd be curious what the Denver fans think.

As a Denver fan it makes no difference to me since the Broncos couldn't get in the end zone if the Colts were still in the locker room. Maybe a sign painted "It's OK to enter Broncos"!

Jack is Back!

Rob,

Yeah but I carry. And I am still waiting until the SEIU idiots go on the attack on someone who has a CWP.

Jack is Back!

Boy is Miami disappointing tonight. Between them and the skins, I am down,down, down.

Danube of Thought

"But for an agenda that would undermine this nation's need to move forward on addressing serious issues such as climate change, health care and immigration."

Well, heaven forbid that we should ever move backward. But why is it that this formulation is the exclusive preserve of the Left, and that it always--without a single exception in our history--means that moving forward is synonymous with increases governmental involvement.

PD

Jeff Zucker blunder timeline

Ignatz

--(the monkish Johnson thought large bedrooms were decadent)--

A monkish homosexual. Now there's a fairly rare bird.

PD

Martha Stewart’s cable debut flops on Hallmark

Sure didn't see that coming!

Porchlight

A monkish homosexual. Now there's a fairly rare bird.

Yeah, he was at that. When asked why he thought bedrooms should be small and unadorned, he referred to his own houseguests in New Canaan, saying "if people want to visit me, they can damn well take the last train back to Manhattan."

Rob Crawford

Thinking back on the 23,000+ false registrations in Dallas -- WTF can we do about this?

Purple fingers will help, but that won't prevent false absentee and mail-in ballots.

centralcal

Soooo - according to Drudge the Wisconsin appearance by Obumbles is supposed to be his major campaign style comeback with thousands cheering and fainting in the aisles.

Jeesh - just this week he couldn't fill a 650 person venue (only 450 showed up, probably mostly MFM) and now thousands will clamor to see him? okey dokey.

PD

Well, this is the People's Republic of Madison, after all -- Berkeley of the Midwest.

We'll see. I know I won't be taking time out of my busy sock-sorting schedule to go see him.

PD

A quick consult with my sweetie confirms she won't be going to see Obama, either. BSF takes precedence, can you imagine?

Ignatz

--BSF takes precedence...--

Busy Sock Fun?
Big Sock F*&%g deal?

PD

BSF

rse

LUN is an amazing and brief article called "Marxism's Nuremberg".

Wow is the best summation for it.

PD

From rse's link:

In the Phnom Penh trial, real Communism is confronted with its victims. The trial reveals not only how useful Marxism is for claiming, seizing, and exercising power in absolute fashion, but also a strange characteristic of real Communism. No one seems willing to claim the mantle of Marxism, not even former leaders.

That made me think of an analogous situation here. Leftist Democrats in Congress in enacting their agenda make us the victims of it. When faced by angry hordes of us, they seem unwilling to stand up and be counted as leftist Democrats. Suddenly they're all fiscal conservatives. Suddenly they're not embracing their accomplishment of shoving ObamaCare through.

PD

Why do Cialis commerials always end up with the two people in a pair of bathtubs?

Dave (in MA)
Why do Cialis commerials always end up with the two people in a pair of bathtubs?
Outdoors, up on a hill. I think maybe it gives you superhuman strength.
MoodyBlu

PD,
Why do Cialis commerials always end up with the two people in a pair of bathtubs?

All they have left after the "Three Stooges of the Democalypse"?

(Love that, Rick)

JM Hanes

"What I expect are dire consequences."

That writing hit the wall the day Obama took office. He didn't even bother with a seminar on Iraq. He'd already managed to muck up his relationship with Iraqi leadership when he was still a candidate.

narciso

So, some housekeeping tips since I've been out for most of the day, One in the vernacular of the health care plan, I'm now
an Amish Baptist, two, guess who's coming to Miami next Wednesday

Threadkiller

--"Why do Cialis commerials always end up with the two people in a pair of bathtubs?"--

Jeff Zucker must write their commercials.

 Ann

glasater, caro and JMH:

There are some incredible photos here: Top Photography Prizes

Show this one to your Climatetard friends:

FLIGHT OF THE RAYS
Photobucket
Spectacular view of thousands of Devil Rays as they mass off the Californian coast

You will love the climatetard photographer wisdom:

Schulz said: 'During an aerial expedition I came across something I had never seen before. Not even my pilot, who has surveyed this area for 20 years, had seen anything like it.

'As we got closer we started to discover its nature: an unprecedented congregation of rays. The group was as thick as it was wide, all heading towards the same direction.

'I have asked around why this took place but no one has been able to explain it to me.

'After such a unique sighting, I realise there are so many marvels in the oceans that we are yet to understand. Our knowledge of the oceans is so limited. I just hope that we are in time to rescue it before it collapses from pollution and over fishing.'


Threadkiller

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3xUmCMQ0gY "> Jackie Chan Cialis commercial.

Rob Crawford

Ann, that's an awful lot of predators in one place to think the ocean's are "collapsing".

Rob Crawford

Just saw over at Hot Air that "moderates are organizing". One of the groups has named itself "Third Way", and counts Commissar Sebelius as one of its "chairs emeritus".

If you poke around in history a bit, you find that the "third way" was fascism.

matt

the fish are obviously on a ray-cation.

As to fisheries, they are collapsing around the world because there has been no workable fisheries management solution.

When you see illegal Taiwanese or Korean ships scoop up entire schools of Yellowfin in the Sea of Cortez because someone in the fisheries department is getting paid off, or read about how the PRC fleets have sweetheart deals with some of the countries in Oceania or how the Spanish have sucked most of the cod from the North Atlantic, you start to understand the global nature of the problem.

There is no incentive to mediate the catch, as they have done in Alaska. Even there, there is deep concern about stocks of salmon, crab, and even halibut.

We will see sights like the rays, but when it comes to feeding ourselves, the outlook isn't too good.

Rob Crawford

As to fisheries, they are collapsing around the world because there has been no workable fisheries management solution.

Private property works every time it's tried.

cathyf
As to fisheries, they are collapsing around the world because there has been no workable fisheries management solution.
Tragedy of the Commons.

Pretty soon our health care research is going to suffer the same tragedy...

JM Hanes

Ann:

"I just hope that we are in time to rescue it before it collapses from pollution and over fishing.'"

Seems like a silly thing to worry about, when the whole world is going to cave in once we've sucked out all the oil that keeps it inflated.

caro

I think ray wings taste like scallops. Yumm,yum.

Is the hummingbird attacking the viper or the viper attacking the hummingbird?

Ann,thanks,those are fabulous photos.

glasater

Thanks for the photo link Ann!

Liked the comment regarding the drops of water reflecting the foliage with the fly. Thought it was photoshopped!!
Boy do folks have some misconceptions what that program can do:-)

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