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October 24, 2010

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daddy

Speaking of Write In candidates:

Yesterday I awoke in Newark and thought it would be a good idea if I bussed in to Manhattan and performed that important experiment we were nattering on about all last week at JOM, namely: Can a Penny flung off the roof of http://www.horrorphile.net/images/king-kong-kong-and-empire-state-building1.jpg "> The Empire State Building kill ">http://janezlifeandtimes.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/deborah-kerr.jpg"> Deborah Kerr? (or any other anonymous Yankee fan).

Had high hopes for the project, and even thought of taking along some Jap 1 Yen aluminum penny's and a couple 1 RMB Chinese coins to boot. That way, if the experiment worked, they'd suspect the culprit was Chinese, and I'd skate.

But the bus ride into town was so long that I got thirsty, and decided to postpone the experiment till after other errands and lunch. So exiting the Bus Station I stopped off a few minutes to say "Hey" to my old friend at Times Square">http://www.mccullagh.org/db9/10d-13/times-square-naked-cowboy-1.jpg"> The Naked Cowboy, (poor bast@#d, he's non-Union, so he has to work on the weekends as well---bummer) And I zipped on down to ">http://propellerbooks.com/Publish/images/Strand_Book_Store.jpg"> The Strand Bookstore down about 12th and Broadway, and loaded up on stuff to read for the long flight home. Amazingly, did not see a single Obama book, not 1, on any of the tables or displays at the Strand. FWIW I Noticed the exact same thing 3 days earlier at ">http://www.projectwoman.com/uploaded_images/paris13-723339.jpg"> Shakespeare's in Paris. Very telling when even the French aren't willing to display Obama's BullS@#t any longer.

Whatever, loaded up now with Trip Lit, I walked the remaining few blocks to my Campaign Headquarters at 15 East 7TH St, ">http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/cushman/full/P02710.jpg"> McSorley's Old Ale House, est 1854 to see how my campaign funding was coming along. Long time JOMer's will recall that as I spend about as little time in the Big Apple as Hillary, and because I'm better looking than she is, that I announced my candidacy for her Senate Seat last year, and I announced on this very website that I had set up a Campaign Fund for donations at McSorley's.

Was a gorgeous day, blue skies, beautiful sweatshirt temp, and the cute brunette was pouring at the corner of the bar that I was able to elbow my way into, so you can imagine my disappointment when I discovered that nary a one of you SOB's had so much as donated a nickel to my election find:(

Well right then and there I decided to drown my sorrows, so out the window went the "Penny's From Heaven" experiment, and many brews later I stumbled out sadder but wiser, not about terminal velocities of Jap money, but about the true nastiness of Write In Political campaigns. And here all along I thought I was ahead in the polls. Bah humbug.

peter

dADDy, so close and yet so far. We'll have to get together the next time you are at McSorley's

pagar

Pajamas Media is still asking for reports from
military voters/families or friends who experience ballot delays/problems. Please, if you know anyone try to enlist their help. Things are not going to get better in 2012 if no one works to make them better.

I still maintain that when the people who have control of all aspects of US voting belong to the union, who are the largest spenders in campaign funding, there is no reason to expect them to eagerly work to get ballots to soldiers on time. The system simply must be improved before 2012.

"Sixteen states and territories, at least, blew it and didn’t mail ballots on time."


pagar

Things are about to get a lot worse for California, according to a report over at Doug Ross's site.

Party of Locusts.

"The federal government could impose steep taxes on California businesses beginning in 2012, and the state could lose $400 million in federal dollars annually."

Why would anyone think Jerry Brown will improve things? The report also covers New York and says Illinois is in the worse shape of all.

Janet the tea-vangelist!

An interview with Sean Bielat.

Favorite book - Master & Commander series
Song - Sweet Home Alabama

Okay, this guy better win....

Rick Ballard

Pagar,

You're talking about the rotting edge of the progressive disease. The OPM addicts in NYC, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle will be going cold turkey soon and it's not going to be pretty.

mockmook

I know all of you are clamoring for my report on the Sunday political shows:

Face the Nation:

Rove was great, but was limited to defending Repub funding. They let Holland yammer on endlessly on the greatness of the Dem/Obama agenda.

With Holland, no attempt was made to scrutinize Dem funding. And, Schieffer didn't inject the substance of the Repubs objections to the DISCLOSE act.

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Chris Matthews show:

Unbelievable Dem propaganda. Sully was the "conservative" (bashing the Repubs, of course).

They had a great laugh over the "ignorance" of O'Donnell regarding Separation of Church and State.

I can't believe they can look at themselves in the mirror, so dishonest.

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MTP:

More Dem propaganda.

Steele did pretty good.

Santelli and Brooks were useless.

The "liberals" on the panel push Dem propaganda, the "conservatives" think they are on a show where facts are analyzed.

This panel also had a good chuckle over O'Donnell's "gaffe".

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Fox News Sunday:

The slobbering over Juan Williams makes him look like a tool; very hard for him to appear "independent" now.

Wallace did make Manchin look like a fool on his flipflops on ObamaCare and Cap and Tax.

Don't know why Raese didn't want to come on the show; seems like a mistake to me.

Janet the tea-vangelist!

All that needs to be said -

Where does the phrase "separation of church & state" appear in the first amendment?

That phrase isn't there?....THAT was O'Donnell's point.

I encourage all Americans to read the first amendment & see for themselves that O'Donnell is correct.

Jack is Back!

Mak,ala,aka JOMOs

I noticed in this thread that bgates stated he spent 2 years on Cardiff. I am assuming that is Cardiff, Wales. My wife went to college (boarding high school) in Llanwit Major at Atlantic College in the old St. Donat's Castle previously owned by William Randolph Hearst and given to his girl-friend Marion Davis as a gift.

In addition, I was involved with the Barrage Project on Cardiff Bay and also developing the Bute Avenue Project. But I don't ever remember it raining in Cardiff, are you sure bgates:)

PD

"Was a gorgeous day, blue skies, beautiful sweatshirt temp, and the cute brunette was pouring at the corner of the bar that I was able to elbow my way into, so you can imagine my disappointment when I discovered that nary a one of you SOB's had so much as donated a nickel to my election find:("

Well? Was she poised? Confident?

Such crucial details omitted!

sbw

Dave in MA: "The local NPR outlet is letting donors specify that their donations will go only to the station and not to NPR."

And, since all donations are fungible, this frees simply means the money is laundered before being shipped to NPR as the local share. These people don't think much of their supporters, do they.

rse

Is anyone here keeping up with the federal judge's determination to impose racial hiring quotas on FDNY?

LUN is the Heather MacDonald story on the out of control judiciary.

When you've lost Bloomberg . . .

Jack is Back!

Good news - bad news:

First the good news. Paul Krugman has left the States.

Bad news. He is now spouting Keynesian spend, spend, spend then spend more in the UK where they are undergoing the most vigorous deficit culling since WW2. LUN

Got to love the headline:)

Extraneus

Mak,ala,aka, tribesfolk.

So I guess they're hoping Christine O'Donnell will be the Dems' consolation prize next week. If they can only beat this one witch, it'll make them feel like they have a good chance to defeat Sarah Palin in 2012 using the same b.s. strategy.

DebinNC

Mark Steyn on what's at stake in this election.

PD

Janet's exactly correct. O'Donnell's point was extremely simple: Does the phrase "separation of church and state" appear in the first amendment?

It does not. Which can be verified by inspection by anyone who cares to take a couple of minutes to do so.

But it's more important to assiduously miss the point, then yammer on ignorantly about how dumb *she* is about the content on the Constitution, perhaps throwing a bit of "what happened in 1773?" idiocy for good measure.

mockmook

RE" O'Donnell

I think her point was even clearer and more republican:

The Constitution limits the Congress from establishing a state religion. However, the local communities should be able to determine what is taught in local schools (including religious instruction).

So horrifying; that kind of thinking is unprecedented. Never, ever, ever, in America's history have local communities determined what was taught in their local schools.

Jack is Back!

I am sure that Christine O'Donnell would have nothing to worry about if she lived in Colorado. In fact, they would probably appoint her to the commission. LUN

Janet the tea-vangelist!

Like mockmook pointed out - The "liberals" on the panel push Dem propaganda, the "conservatives" think they are on a show where facts are analyzed.

The Dems/MFM play offense. They state "the truth" & then the conservative must disprove the Dem/MFM "truth".
Rarely are they made to prove their "truth".
They just mock us & call us stupid for not believing their "truth".
I am used to it in the evolution/creation debate, but it happens with AGW too.
It is way past time to start asking THEM to prove their ideas & statements. And to call us names is NOT an answer.

Clarice

Very funny, daddy. Glad you got enough fuel to get home.

rse

"In America, one party is openly committed to driving the nation off the cliff, and the other party is full of guys content to go along for the ride as long as we shift down to third gear. That’s no longer enough of a choice. If your candidate isn’t committed to fewer government agencies with fewer employees on lower rates of pay, he’s part of the problem."

From the above Steyn link.

Amen

bgates

I don't ever remember it raining in Cardiff

I've never been to Cardiff, Wales. I note that TripAdvisor lists it as #11 in their UK destinations, from which I gather that it's not as sunny as Edinburgh (their #1 in the UK).

I lived in the little town of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA. It didn't rain a whole lot there, but I didn't think I remembered the legendary 330 days of sunshine. Checking the Cardiff by the Sea weather website, I see they're forecasting fog only 2 nights out of the next 4, and rain only 2 days out of the next 5. That must be that summertime marine layer again.

Pagar

I don't think leftist read the Constitution.
They read what they want to read and claim it is there ever if it is not.

It is just like reading MSM news. They don't write the facts. They write what they would like the facts to be, in other words, leftist propaganda. Nothing they write can be believed if you want the truth.

jimmyk

So Schiller made another pathetic non-apology apology, not to Williams but to her colleagues for the fact that "she and other NPR managers 'did not take the time to prepare our program partners and provide you with the tools to cope with the fallout from this episode.'" In other words, she's sorry for doing it in a way that exposed her and her cronies for being the unprincipled hypocrites that they really are.

Porchlight

Favorite book - Master & Commander series

Wish I could vote for this guy.

daddy

Speaking of religious texts that are dry as a bone...

Hopefully not offending anyone, but in the spirit of Mark Twain's classic line that The Book of Mormon "is chloroform in print."...

Well about 3 am we launched from Newark for the 6-7 hour leg back home over northern Canada. Our body clocks were back somewhere in Russia, so tis a chore sometimes to stay awake. The great radio station out of Toronto, 740 AM, which plays nothing but classic Jazz and Big Band stuff is great for about a 300 mile radius, but after that it's pretty much lonely static and silence for the next 5 hours, so your working hard to stay awake.

My good partner this trip had been working on a Bible Concordance study all week and he was deep into the "Begats." This had amused me all week, watching as after a couple hours his eyes started slowly closing and his head started dropping forward as he habitually nodded off. I was good naturedly ribbing him about how much easier it woulda' been if the world was only 3000 years old, not 6000, ergo his studies would have been a whole lot easier if we could eliminate about 50 Begats and just have Methuselah begat Abraham and get on with the story. Had a fun and interesting time touring the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Almaty Kazakhstan BTW.

Anyhow, there we was, 6 miles high, 450 miles and hour, and on that last leg as "Joe" nodded off on sawdust dry religious text, I was wrestling with the new "The Illustrated Edition of Charles Darwin's "On The Origin Of Species." Full of fancy pictures of obscure pigeon mutations etc to liven it up. Well in Chapter 5, "Laws of Variation" just after exciting discussion on dung beetles losing their "tarsi" (whatever that is), and hermaphrodite barnacles, came upon (if you'll please indulge me) this monster of a sentence by Mister Darwin:

"Finally, then, I conclude that the greater variability of specific characters, or those which distinguish species from species, than of generic characters, or those which the species possess in common; that the frequent extreme variability of any part which is developed in a species in an extraordinary manner in comparison with the same part in its congeners; and the not great degree of variability in a part, however extraordinarily it may be developed, if it be common to a whole group of species; that the great variability of secondary sexual characters, and the great amount of difference in these same characters between closely allied species; that secondary sexual and ordinary specific differences are generally displayed in the same parts of the organisation, are all principles closely connected together."

Okay? Anybody know what the hell that means?

Now try it at 4 AM over Winnipeg!

"Kaplunk" went the volume, dropping from hands upon the cockpit floor. And "Kaplunk" and "Kaplunk" and "Kaplunk" all over again, like the body of King Kong from the Empire State Building. I am sure an external observer would have being laughing their rear ends off trying to fathom what I was actually trying to do. Joe enjoyed this, and said my eyes kept rolling back into my head as if I was an epileptic. He was quite amused. In retrospect I calculate now that at 450 miles an hour times probably 30 minutes, it took me over 200 miles to even figure out how to read that sentence. And it still hasn't "begat" understanding.

Anyhow, just thought I would pass that on as we wait for TM's first Monday post.

And why we can't pull out PlayBoy's to help stay awake like in the good ol' days is beyond me. An accident waiting to happen. Grrrrr.

caro

That Mark Steyn piece is really scary.Thanks for the link,Deb. We need to know.

Jack is Back!

bgates,

That was all tongue-in-cheek about rain in Cardiff. That place is in the top 10 of wettest places on the face of the earth. It also (until the barrage was built) had a top ten tide in the bay up to 14 meter differential.

Rick Sanchez ex-CNN Reporter

14 meters? What is that in English?

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

--Wanting to teach people a lesson in how bad it can get got us where we are today, didn't it, Threadkiller?--

Possibly. It could just as plausibly be argued that voting for squishy, tax collectors for the welfare state like Whitman is what got us here as well.

Janet the tea-vangelist!

That's what I kinda think too Ignatz. The media tells us "everyone" wants centrist Rinos...the Rinos in the Republican old school believe them & give us Rinos....so all we've got to vote for are Rinos. Like rse posted from Steyn - "the other party is full of guys content to go along for the ride as long as we shift down to third gear.".

A Rino is no different than a Dem...possibly worse, because they ruin the conservative/Republican name.

rse

The Reps who believe there's nothing wrong with the public trough and elections are about who gets to feast there will remain a problem whatever happens next week.

We need for them to start appreciating who their real constituency and priorities are going forward unless they are tired of public office.

Clarice

I believe the last email I got from PUK was late at night on Oct 24, of last year. I was too tired to respond that night. I didn't see him on JOM after that and by Oct 31 I started looking thru my emails to see if I could find names and addys of his Brit friends to have them check up on him. On Nov 1 I heard back from one of them and learned he had passed. I don't think anyone knows exactly when he died.

I will cherish his memory and the joy he brought us all forever.

daddy

" The media tells us "everyone" wants centrist Rinos...the Rinos in the Republican old school believe them & give us Rinos....so all we've got to vote for are Rinos."

Janet,

Look at that Lisa Murcowskee ad if it's appearing up there at your top left of JOM. It says vote for Lisa because "she reached across party lines 300 different times." Thats the ad that's posted on my JOM screen at top left. To me that ad does more to reinforce why she should be tarred and feathered as opposed to reasons to vote for her, but obviously her campaign guys think being a "moderate Rino is what the voters want to hear. Frightening.

JM Hanes

daddy:

"Look at that Lisa Murcowskee ad if it's appearing up there at your top left of JOM...."

Fortunate are the folks who use Safari (or Chrome); we've got AdBlock! It's like a narcisolator for advertisements. It doesn't get them all, but it makes a big dent. The guy who developed it is so grateful for shareware donations that he emailed personally to thank me!

mockmook

I'm sorry, I just don't get the "winning" by losing argument.

Will things really be better if Brown beats Whitman?

How well did that Obama guy work out?

Vote Whitman, vote for incremental return to sanity.

daddy

Thanks for that JMH,

I don't have that blocker technology so I keep fluxing between an anti-Miller ad run by Lisa showing Miller looking cold and evil, reading "Joe Miller leaving Alaska out in the Cold",

And the one I mentioned earlier of a smiling Lisa and her fabulous "Lisa crossed party lines 300 different times."

Pagar

"A Rino is no different than a Dem...possibly worse"

IMO, a Rino should be considered much, much worse. I expect to have a Democrat do absolutely nothing that will help and plenty that will make things worse. I don't see any reason for that when there is a Republican in office.

narciso

Much much worse, in the LUN

JM Hanes

I might be willing to agree, Pagar, if conservatives didn't toss that term around so indiscriminately.

mockmook

We've been pleasantly surprised by Christie, perhaps we could be with Whitman as well.

I just don't believe surrendering CA to Brown helps us, and it literally kills many good people's lives in CA.

JM Hanes

Refusing to vote at all is one thing, although I think refusing to make hard choices is hardly an exercise in political courage. Cynically voting for the left is playing a dangerous game that's far more likely to backfire disastrously than it is to teach Republicans some putative lesson. I can see it now: one faction votes for the Dems to punish the RINOs, while another throws the election to punish the folks who put Christine O'Donnell on the ballot. Good times!

Obama's extremism may have finally gotten the country up in arms, but I simply cannot understand how anyone can justify handing Democrats the power to push Obamacare, and government by regulators, czars and executive fiats, beyond the point of no return on the off chance that it will somehow improve conservative odds somewhere down the road. How exactly is actively precipitating such mayhem better than being a RINO?

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

My original point was not that one shouldn't vote for the lesser of two evils such as Whitman; I have done so before and no doubt will again.
My point is the lesser of two evils is still evil and the outcome is not likely to be anything other than bad. People's exhibit #1: Ahnuld.
Having said that, at some point do RINOs so damage the brand through bad policy and so corrupt the party by promoting more bad policy and more RINOs that it becomes better to let the left take the blame for how bad things are?

Pagar

The Rino term I suggest is best exemplified in the Delaware Senate primary. The Castle candidate offered the voters the choice between him voting for many of the Democrat plans or Chris Coons voting for the same plans. There are those who say it would have been best to go with Castle. The world will never get better for conservaties if people don't have a choice. O'Donnell gave people that choice. The problem started when the national Republicans decided that they did not really want Republican conservatives selected by the people they wanted who they wanted. Which is the reason we have many of the problems we have today. The national Republican group want to maintain their Old Guard, not people selected candidates. We have the same problem in Alaska.

glasater

Decades ago there was an organization in CA called the California Republican Assembly that tried very hard to promote genuine conservative candidates.
The folks behind this organization tried to get around the Republican state politics but unfortunately it never really got going except for perhaps a two year cycle.

CA is truly a mess politically on both sides of the aisle and short of a type of dictatorship--it will continue to slide into oblivion.

Threadkiller

--" Cynically voting for the left is playing a dangerous game that's far more likely to backfire disastrously than it is to teach Republicans some putative lesson."--

Do not fear. I will be casting my vote for Whitman. I just hope I don't get accused of “Campaigning”, which includes wearing political paraphernalia, as I approach the poll.

I will be wearing a clothespin on my nose, but I guess that could represent either party.

JM Hanes

I agree that we need a major shake up in DC. The lesson in Delaware, though, is that tea party style conservatives need to field stronger candidates.

narciso

As opposed to that string of luminaries that preceded her, Copeland, Chatworthy, Ting (who ultimately ended up supporting Obama, Protrack

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