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October 16, 2010

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Melinda Romanoff

Thank you for reading the NYT so I don't have to.

Bob Sacamano

How quickly they forget their own transgressions...

In a joint interview on a Pittsburgh radio station, Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania told conservative Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota that she should "act Like a lady."

Jim Ryan

Peter Berkowitz in WSJ today diagnoses progs' failure to understand Tea Party movement. Quiz question: Is it merely an ignoramous who believes the Tea Party is just racist astroturf? Or does it take someone with a mental disorder of some kind?

VA-5: Please volunteer for or give to Robert Hurt for Congress. It looks like he's ahead by just a few points, but it's unclear. There are lots of races (hundreds, I hear!) but this one is iconic. Hurt is a rank-and-file conservative, and his opponent is a brooch on Nancy's lapel. Man up.

Quiz question: Suppose GOP doesn't take Congress, Obamacare stands, and Dems pass Cap and Trade and it also stands. How long before the stink from the rotting corpse of the American experiment became unbearable?

Extraneus

Much more bite when coming from a Tea Party lady. Especially when hurled at Harry "The Body" Reid, as Mark Levin likes to call him.

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Jane

I think that Iowahawk piece may be the best thing I have ever read (except Vince Flynn)

Clarice

Who among us has not wished to yell."Man Up!" at Allen Colmes when he starts on his interminable fact free whines?

PD

Maybe Christopher and Colmes could dummy up.

Too late.

Danube of Thought

Minus 17 at Raz today.

Danube of Thought

What Iowahawk piece?

caro

This one!

boris

Fond memories of twisty passages all alike. Obama needs a digging wand and a charisma potion.

PD

Who among us has not wished to yell."Man Up!" at Allen Colmes when he starts on his interminable fact free whines?

I remember after he'd left H & C and started in on his blog with the "who is Trig's mom?" smear, as though he was some kind of Sully wannabe. Then he was shocked and surprised at the pushback he got in the comments, and wrote a column about how he was being dumped on for simply raising an issue.

Yeah, an issue raising a charge for which you hadn't the slightest evidence, Alan, and that served no purpose to raise except as smear politics. You well deserved the scorn and derision you got, you whiny slug. Man up, indeed!

caro

This VDH piece is a companion to Iowahawk.

Jane

So now the government is taking over the housing market.

What is left?

Old Lurker

Suggestion:

If it is a beautiful early fall day in your area and you are feeling good this morning...

DO NOT READ CARO's 11:05 LUN UNTIL MONDAY!

Threadkiller

Colmes, before he left H&C, wrote an article claiming Palin's son contracted Down syndrome as a matter of Palin's prenatal neglect or something equally stupid.

I think he was trying to make a point about women need to be at home instead of working, so he dabbled into a DNA related topic, thinking it could be caused by behavior.


Colmes could never man up, his genetics will not allow that.

Threadkiller

OL, wish you said that at 11:06.

What a sport!

Man up, man down. With that toothy grin Harry Reid was attacking a man out on his feet, only held up by a low center of gravity and a rope higher than that CoG. He snarled as a beat a dead horse. That's our Harry.
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Who looks as tricky as Dicky.

he snarled 'as' he beat a dead horse.
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Janet...off the couch & sportin Tea Party chic

Just back from the Post Office sportin my Sturbridge Tea Party shirt...got 2 thumbs up & 1 conversation! Pretty good in Arlington, Virginia. Caro, the shirt design is wonderful...my husband commented how nice they were too.
I'm planning on getting bolder, and BOLDER, and BOLDER. I've been politely quiet too long while the left took over my country.

Jaw meet Java.

as 'he' beat
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Porchlight

That's an Iowahawk all-timer. VDH too.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Suppose a company solicited funds for an $800 billion+ program which consisted of many projects, most of them "shovel ready" as in hard-hat, construction work producing real jobs and real, hard assets for the money invested.
Then suppose the CEO of said company who himself described the projects as "shovel ready" many times, declared a year and a half later to the hoodwinked investors that there really is no such thing as a shovel ready project.
Would that CEO spend more time over the next ten to twenty years of his life in federal prison or fighting interminable civil lawsuits from defrauded investors?

Charlie (Colorado)

Just remember, it's sexist for Angle to tell Reid to "man up!" but acceptable for a Jerry Brown staffer to call Meg Whitman a whore.

 Ann

I have a suggestion. Since these men like Alan Colmes are such weenies, let's really irritate them and tell them to “Palin Up!”

peter

Alan Colmes is actually the brother in law of Monica Crowley, a conservative radio host in NYC, who happens to be gorgeous.

OT, did you know that YELP is a shakedown operation?

LUN

centralcal

heh! Excellent, Ann.

PD, speaking of Alan Colmes, wrote:

"Then he was shocked and surprised at the pushback he got in the comments,..."

I am absolutely gobsmacked. I would have bet a considerable sum of money that Alan didn't have ANY readers, much less commenters. My gawd, will wonders never cease! ::eyeroll::

Donald

One of ya'll told me to man up and read Road To Serfdom after I mentioned getting it and being intimidated.

So far, I'm as manly as Truman Capote.

Just sayin.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

--Alan Colmes is actually the brother in law of Monica Crowley, a conservative radio host in NYC, who happens to be gorgeous.--

So, does her sister read braille?

PD

Lee picks Bucky over Brutus.

Who was that hippie with the GameDay staff?

Danube of Thought

Crowley appears often on FNC, sometimes paired with Colmes. And yes, she's as gorgeous as he is cadaverous.

Threadkiller

--"And yes, she's as gorgeous as he is cadaverous"--

That must be one good looking woman!

Charlie (Colorado)

That must be one good looking woman!

She is. She also has a lovely dirty sense of humor. She was on Red Eye last night.

PD

Ratzkywatzky

Haven't seen that in a while!

Captain Hate

Harry "The Body" Reid, as Mark Levin likes to call him.

I really don't understand why Mark isn't as popular as Rush except that he can be *extremely* combative, which probably appeals to me more than your typical target audience.

Porchlight

Ratzkywatzky

Haven't seen that in a while!

Yay! Good to see it back...

PD

I am absolutely gobsmacked. I would have bet a considerable sum of money that Alan didn't have ANY readers, much less commenters.

I'm not absolutely certain, and I'm certainly not going back to his site to check, but I believe that since Colmes was writing in full-victim mode, he claimed that readers were being directed to his site specifically to dump on him.

What a wuss. Does he want his blog to be read, or not? It was just like that anti-Sturbridge-Tea-Party guy who put up a blog posting about it, and then when we went there and challenged him, got all defensive about how people were piling on. Boo hoo hoo. I told him next time he should just warn us in advance that he wasn't interested in having anyone disagree with him.

PD

"it" = the Sturbridge Tea Party

PD

cadaverous

Not for nothing is he known nonaffectionately as Skeletor.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Preston Sturgess rules.
Oliver Stone and Michael Moore drool.

Old Lurker

I agree with you Cap'n. Mark is like Rush but with a real education and real front line experience in the trenches. Not to take a thing away from Rush, who for a self taught can run circles around credentialed morons. They do both have "schticks" (sp?) that is off-putting to many.

Old Lurker

I agree with you Cap'n. Mark is like Rush but with a real education and real front line experience in the trenches. Not to take a thing away from Rush, who for a self guy taught can run circles around credentialed morons. They do both have "schticks" (sp?) off-putting to many.

MarkO

I prefer the more suggestive and hoary,"Gird up your loins."

Old Lurker

oops

Jane

Just back from the Post Office sportin my Sturbridge Tea Party shirt...got 2 thumbs up & 1 conversation!

Yippeee!

And yes, Caro's design rocks!

Janet...off the couch & sportin Tea Party chic

I loved saying loudly that it was for a Tea Party in Massachusetts. The conversation was mostly about over-regulation here in Arlington & how burdensome it is...can't get anything done without jumping through 50 hoops. Everyone in line had to listen to our conversation.
But the whole thing started with "I like your T-shirt".

Rick Ballard

I'm enjoying watching Nate Silver, Larry Sabato and Stan Greenberg unman up. They all know that BOzo has taken the Democrat Party beyond the precipice (they keep dropping bowling balls into the abyss, hoping to hear one actually hit bottom) but they just can't bring themselves to point to the Abandonate Ogni Speranza, Democratici signs hanging over polling places. Sabato, in particular, has adopted a very ladylike disposition towards politely ignoring the foul odor emanating from rotting Dem incumbents. He daintily includes directions on how to interpret the Gallup generic (which currently shows gains of +68 - the outer limit of the already exceeded anticipated spread) while proclaiming himself constitutionally unable to raise his own projections above 47. Nate points to the same Gallup analysis while edging himself up to the 50 mark.

These 'fellas' need some advice on where to shop for skirts.

PD

Sabato, et al., could take a lesson from Pat Caddell.

RichatUF

I thought that Obama had used the term and variations of it since he's been out on the campaign trail.

Rick-

What I'm not getting is are they trying to give the Dems the bad news gently? It still won't change the outcome on Nov 3rd-but their might be some left that say, "I had no idea this was coming". Gallup's generic ballot typically understates the R support and overstates D support-and they currently have it as a 14 point R spread. If this is truely a wave election wouldn't 50-60 seats be a modest pick up. It seems that the media is trying to puff up the Dem gains over the last two cycles as historic, but they have one fewer seat than what Bill Clinton had in his first term.

RichatUF

but there might be...

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

--They do both have "schticks" (sp?) off-putting to many.--

I don't mind their schticks until they get in the way of their arguments, something that happens to both occasionally.
Of the two schticks, I find the humorous one more palatable than the hostile one.

peter

Alan Colmes used to be a morning disc jockey in New York. Called himself Allen B. Colmes, because he was on ABC. Amazing how many political experts started out as disc jockeys... Rush, Beck, Colmes,

Remember the burnt out guy on WKRP? He's probably got a blog now, too.

Old Lurker

Janet: "The conversation was mostly about over-regulation here in Arlington & how burdensome it is...can't get anything done without jumping through 50 hoops."

May I vent? Please scroll past if you don't like real estate stories. Janet knows we own some small shopping centers in Arlington. Adjacent to one was a single family home that had become a nuisance to the neighbors and an eyesore for all. The county had proven unable to enforce its laws about rats, junk, dead cars on bllocks, drug dealing and whatever. Neighbors asked my partner and me if we could help. So we bought the little house for maybe $500,000, evicted the tenant, cleared the lot, applied a fancy new exterior to the building and gutted the interior with thoughts of finding a medical user compatible with our shopping center and of service to the neighbors. The citizens and their associations settled on wanting a dentist and informed the county that that was their desire and it was supported by all near neighbors. In super liberal Arlington County, our broker found us a 1)dentist, 2) who was female, 3) who was American Indian, and 4) believed in service to the community. With all that in place, we procededed to request the required approval for "a medical use in a residential zone" (a by right exception).

Five years later, we are waiting still for the final approval from the county. The County Council, in voting unanimously to approve our request, asked us to add ADA ramps on two public sidewalks unrelated to our property, but as "a gesture" to the community. We agreed. Our engineer was required to submit $15,000 of engineering detail for the ADA ramps, and though we plan to use the county's outside contractor for the work, the county engineer has yet to approve the drawings. In the meantime, we are not allowed to pull permits to the work to the structure we need to do so the dentist can move in.

And no, we have received no relief in property taxes while these folks decide what we might do with this property.

The neighbors, though, are real happy that the mess is gone.

narciso

Levin, comes off a little too intense, sometimes, that's not surprising considering
the garbage he has to traipse through, most recently holding his own against the clean
toga boys at Patterico and Hot Air, who were
bringing the torches against Christine

Silver from some of the conclusions I have seen him expound on, is kind of a hack, but
Sabato, since he slimed Allen, with a last
minute 'remembrance' in '06, I put in the weasel category,

peter

My Congressman is a hack by the name of Gary Ackerman. He got elected about twenty some odd years ago, and has managed to stay in office despite doing almost nothing except voting himself a raise. This year, a cardiologist, Milano, is running against him. In the last four elections, the Republican machine didn't even put up a candidate, the last opponent was a woman who financed her campaign herself.
The rumor is that Ackerman is so scared that he contacted the Milano folks and asked Milano to withdraw from the race, and then Ackerman would announce that this would be his last term, and would endorse Milano. No pollster as far as I know has questioned the safety of this seat, but you never know.

narciso

Ok, I have Wasserman Schultz, want to trade, meanwhile, just when you thought we were safe
from facepalming, in the LUN

Sue

Alan Colmes is a douchebag. If you want to read smut, visit his blog. I made that mistake once. Won't ever happen again.

Threadkiller

Narciso, did you see PD's comment in the "Bracing For The ALCS" thread?

narciso

Can you fill me in Sue, on what he meant

Danube of Thought

My guess is 58.

Captain Hate

Dear God, narc; give me some kind of heads up when linking to FrumForum. Although having witnessed that vomit-inducing Wasserman Schultz on FNS (a small favor was having Bret Baier doing the questioning instead of red-diaper Chris, so I wasn't literally praying at the porcelain) I can understand a temporary lapse whenever she unfortunately is embedded in your cortex..

Threadkiller

ChaCo, narciso's 1:49 link is good example of what I meant regarding the media shifting blame to the party of their choosing.

The title is "The Right Warms Up to a Carbon Tax" based on a think tank article.

Will any Conservative leader man(made) up and say this is a bs representation of the right?

If they do, and hold strong, there is immediate hope. If not, the stage is set for a MSM blame shift.

caro

My most humble apologies to those who read VDH before OL's warning.

Janet,that is so cool about the PO comments.I am so glad the design is working.Thanks for the feedback.

If you like to listen to podcasts while exercising as I do,Pat Cadell is a guest on the latest Ricochet and he is on fire.

Janet...off the couch & sportin Tea Party chic

The County Council, in voting unanimously to approve our request, asked us to add ADA ramps on two public sidewalks unrelated to our property, but as "a gesture" to the community.

I believe that is called extortion.
Right now Arlington is not a representative government, it is a majority rules type government. Recently an effort was made to get area representatives rather than all the seats being at-large....but it got thrown out. Signatures questioned....who got the signatures questioned...it reminded me of Obama getting his Dem. competitor thrown out in Chicago. The Dems really know how to play the political game well. Republicans that play the game well are labeled evil & are taken to court...like Tom Delay.

caro

And,OL,that story is amazing appalling. And you probably have more like it.I hope you are doubly rewarded for your serenity and good nature.

maryrose

Janet:
So true about Tom Delay and his case of justice delayed. Nancy Pelosi's big mouth was all over this trumped up charge and I understand she spoke to Ronnie Earle personally at the time. I'd love to see how she would do on" Dancing With the Stars"

narciso

That's why I tap before I click, Capt, Mak is pretty good in that stable, all told,Hayward teaming up with Brookings, my best Admiral Ackbar 'it's a Trap' we need a Carbon tax, about as much as another hole in the head

caro

Let's all support Janet in a run for office!

Threadkiller

Crossposted from alcs thread:

Narciso, I remember "bad call" Padres losing the first game to a strike called ball by the ump. That is a tradition in San Diego, to blame others, but I don't know if that is what PD was talking about.

Janet...off the couch & sportin Tea Party chic

Here is a great old video about why our representative government is right (as opposed to majority rules or the tyranny of an elite oligarchy).

Janet...off the couch & sportin Tea Party chic

Let's all support Janet in a run for office!

Oh no Caro! I've got tons more stuff in my past than O'Donnell could even dream of....the whole circle D period!...the college years...the Austin edgy livin'...the...well you get the idea. :)

Rick Ballard

"What I'm not getting is are they trying to give the Dems the bad news gently?"

Rich,

I believe the intent is to keep the remainder of "the base" from staying home in total despair. The NPR Battleground Survey provides evidence that the death knell has rung for incumbents in most of the 86 Democrat districts polled. The average incumbent support among likely voters is 45% while the "I won't vote to reelect whatshisname" is at 49%.

"If this is truely a wave election wouldn't 50-60 seats be a modest pick up."

I wouldn't say 'modest'. It's not a realignment wave, like 1894 with a 130 seat shift or 1932 with a 97 seat shift. It appears to me to be closer to the 1930 52 seat shift or the 1994 54 seat pickup. I'm sticking with the same forecast I made back in March - 75 House and 8 Senate. If the Reps do get 10 Senate seats then I anticipate at least a couple of Dem Senators to develop such a deeply profound strange new respect for the Republican Party that they step across the aisle.

Sue

I don't have a problem with a split Congress. In fact, I prefer that neither party gets full control. It didn't work well when republicans had it. It hasn't worked at all with democrats in control. I think there are enough moderate senators that will have gotten the message if they see their fellow senators fall around them who will be more than willing to stop Obama's agenda and save themselves.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

--I don't have a problem with a split Congress.--

Me neither, Sue. Would you prefer a saw or an ax? Don't be shy, I've got plenty for everyone.

Janet...off the couch & sportin Tea Party chic

RE-ELECT NO ONE

mockmook

Sue,

Nearly all Federal power currently flows from the Supreme Court and lower courts.

We must take the Senate so that we can at least check the worst nominees from Obama.

Porchlight

I can live with it if we don't take the Senate. (though I worry about SCOTUS retirements before 2012)
I just want it to be 52-48 when it's all over so the intraparty war over DE doesn't explode.

Extraneus

Supreme Court Justice Alito Plans to Skip Next State of Union Address

mo91

Am I the only one who thinks Alan Colmes looks like Ren from Ren and Stimpy ?

maryrose

mo91 You are not the only one, yes he does.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

--Am I the only one who thinks Alan Colmes looks like Ren from Ren and Stimpy?--

Yeah he does doesn't he?
And as I think about it Hannity isn't too far off of Stimpy.
That would explain a lot about their show.

PD

Narciso, did you see PD's comment in the "Bracing For The ALCS" thread?

I posted the answer over on that thread.

Frau Trinkaus

"And,OL,that story is amazing appalling. ... I hope you are doubly rewarded for your serenity and good nature.
Don't you remember OL saying there's a reason why Janet smokes and the rest of the DC area JOMers drink?

caro

Ha,Frau,thanks for reminding me.

That might apply to MA jOMers,too.

Heck,it might have spread even further.

Frau Trinkaus

I'd love to see how she (Pelosi) would do on" Dancing With the Stars"
Break a leg, Nancy!

Charlie (Colorado)

Abandonate Ogni Speranza, Democratici

I like it.

Clarice

Or, in the original Lasciate ogni esperanza Democratici.

Comanche Voter

Colmes is always "dummied up". It's a burden he carries. As a political commentator, Allen B. Colmes would make a good disc jockey in a small market town out in Moose Breath Minnesota. He could handle that. But in his current role, he just embarasses himself.

Rick Ballard

Clarice,

I don't think I've ever seen the current level of grim silence from knowledgeable paid commentators that we're seeing in this election. Both sides are refraining from noting the bleeding obvious in the fear of driving down turnout, the Reps because it might knock out a few wins, the Dems because it might increase the number of losses.

The Dems are also scared to death of encouraging voting because of the heavy split against them among Independents. Gallup's first ever bifurcation of the LV model into "high" turnout versus "low" turnout is possibly the single biggest indicator of a blowout that I've ever seen - and no one is even mentioning it.

It's so weird that it's getting a little silly.

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