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November 27, 2010

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Army of Davids

Credit default swaps (CDS) measuring risk on German, French and Dutch bonds have surged over recent days, rising significantly above the levels of non-EMU states in Scandinavia.

Spain needs to roll over/issue around some 250 billion Euros in the next 3 years. Bond vigilantes won't let this happen. 20% unemployment and still more austerity measures needed. Add in more downside risk to the housing and banking sectors.

The ECB will have to come in again. EU/IMF backstop facilities likely won't be enough and haircuts are very unlikely at this stage.

What does it mean? Big problems coming in EuroLand.

Danube of Thought

I think it means Obama must accelerate his efforts to convert the US economy to the European model while the European model is still there.

Jane

Poor Tiger.

Old Lurker

Here at JOM, don't we usually give TM the courtesy of staying on topic for the first one or two posts?

Is AoD a bot?

As to the subject at hand, someone posted here yesterday my favorite explanation of the fat lip: "...Honey are you sure you want that pie for breakfast?"

LouP

The countdown begins until some liberal pundit reminds us of how hard and dangerous it is to be President. Surely the lesson learned here is that it's time to appoint a new Czar.

Jack is Back!

LouP,

I suggest Don King. He is known as the 'boxing czar" and he can bring in a good staff headed by a "cut man". I can see him and Barry now as he looks at his lip, he turns to the cut man and says, "he coulda been a contendah".

matt

did they get video of Bammers getting cut?

Ignatz

If it had been my elbow that gave Barry a fat lip I think I might have it bronzed, although that might present certain practical disadvantages.

Janet the tea-vangelist!

Poor Tiger.

I agree. Almost our entire entertainment/media industry celebrates promiscuous lifestyles...books, movies, newspapers, TV, rappers, most other music too, MTV,....
..yet when Tiger is caught living that lifestyle, he is ridiculed.
I don't understand our culture at all anymore.

Maybe in our race to discard our Judeo-Christian heritage, we are at the half way point. We say the 10 Commandments don't matter....but we still like to punish people that break them.

glasater

I'm wondering where is the outcry against Zero playing basketball while a war in the Koreas could be imminent...

Danube of Thought

He has shown his trademark leadership style on the Korean matter, hasn't he?

LouP

Well, that didn't take long. NPR has declared that Obama's fat lip gives him street creed, that a vivid scar would "fortify Obama's profile" as "he contends with Kim Jong II, Mahmoud Ahmadinejab or Vladimir Putin," and that "an elbow in the chops is a battle ribbon in basketball."

http://www.npr.org/2010/11/27/131625144/a-fat-lip-might-give-obama-street-cred

Stay tuned for further developments re the new Czar.

Stephanie

Is anyone wondering why our tall skinny president is playing basketball with short pudgy latinos?

He gets a bigger handicap than I would against Tiger, I think.

DebinNC

Several interesting tidbits from the Montreal Gazette on our Wuss in Chief's minor boo boo, especially that it apparently incapacitated him. His bil's Oregon State U. bb team was touring the WH and planned to meet with Obama afterward,..."But because of Obama's mishap, the players visited with the first lady instead." Either getting 12 stitches felled him, or Obama the Vain couldn't stand being seen or photo'd with a swollen lip. Ironic that his selfishness trumped the disappointment of young black bb players who no doubt admire him..

PD

Somehow I doubt that the "street cred" brought about by a fat lip would figure as heavily with Kim Jong Il as much as that photograph of poor, pitiful Obama looking disconsolately out the WH window.

As DebinNC said last night: "if ever a pic projected weakness, it's that one."

What a pathetic joke NPR is.

PD

Ironic that his selfishness trumped the disappointment of young black bb players who no doubt admire him.

Maybe Michelle served them some pie to assuage the pain of their grief.

Thomas Collins

Somehow I doubt this incident is going to vault Obama over Andrew Jackson and Teddy Roosevelt in the manly POTUS power rankings. Hoewever, we now have a new nickname for him: Boo-boo in Chief.

matt

I just looked up the Fat Albert cartoon, and the linguistically challenged character was called Mushmouth. How appropriate is that?

ubm dubn washboard nib slobbin gribben nuh.....

Cassandra

Kinda makes one wonder whether some of those NPR types haven't been moonlighting over at The Onion? This is very funny stuff:

...an elbow in the chops is a battle ribbon in basketball. Mediocre players don't have to worry about their dental work. An elbow is given to aggressive players who swing their own sharp limbs to grab a ball or push off a defender, although the White House stressed that the president was elbowed inadvertently.

Translation: to the ignorant and afeared, this incident might seem kinda random and accidental. Unpresidential, even. Fortunately the magic of professional journalism has espied within it a deep emotional truth about the President's much dissed foreign policy mojo.

Thank God for unbiased journalists.

Porchlight

that a vivid scar would "fortify Obama's profile" as "he contends with Kim Jong II, Mahmoud Ahmadinejab or Vladimir Putin,"

Is that an admission from NPR that his profile needs fortifying? Looks like one to me.

Ignatz

--Mediocre players don't have to worry about their dental work.--

Oh brother. While anyone can catch an occasional errant elbow, my experience is that it most often occurs precisely to those mediocre knotheads who are always a half step late to their spot or the rebound and catch an elbow from the guy who just made the play they were supposed to.
Either that or some trash-talking, whining, wannabe gets his comeuppance. Hmmm.

Stephanie

If his "profile" needs fortifying he should talk to Bob Dole.

JM Hanes

Army of Davids:

Please stop spamming JOM by posting the same comment on multiple threads! It's incredibly annoying.

JM Hanes

Let me get this straight: the President is blaming a Latino? Just wait till La Rasa finds out. A smarter guy whoulda' blamed a pretzel.

MarkO

I hope this doesn't make his lips purple.

DebinNC

An elbow is given to aggressive players who swing their own sharp limbs to grab a ball or push off a defender

I bet Obama is a very aggressive player when playing with subordinates or fans disinclined to hurt him. Before the NC primary ESPN wrote about Obama's scrimmaging with the UNC tarheels. The AP pic makes Obama look like he's doing well, when video of the very brief event is laughable. Obama admits to superstitously playing bb on the day of every primary, except one he lost. I wonder if he feels similarly compelled to play bb (or golf) before every major decision now?

The article mentioned him picking the best players for his team, taking the ball out himself, keeping the score, and calling all the fouls. I wonder if that's still his mo? And ESPN's anecdote at the end about Obama's strange laughing fit on the court is such a red flag to any who'd been willing to see. It's really disturbing that this unstable megalomaniac is the prez.

Barbara

"...the president was elbowed inadvertently."

I don't know who planted an elbow in zer0's face, but I'd like to buy him a drink.

Stephanie

Yes a latino, Rey something or other of the Hispanic something or other institute. I googled the group last night and got their facebook. Let's just say Rey didn't miss the pie table at Thanksgiving this year or any other...

As for being elbowed inadvertently, the president had to be almost in a crouch to be down to the level of this guy's elbows if the guy was standing or right under him as he came down from a layup. Either way, it doesn't say much about his skillz that he was outmaneuvered by a "footballer."

Jane

My latest cruise recap on Phyllis Schafly is up at You Too.

She still freaks me out a bit.

Stephanie

Speaking of footballers, where's JiB with the results of the Wimmin's World Cup quest? Isn't it today?

From ESPN: Italy's key striker has a twisted ankle and will miss Saturday's Women's World Cup qualifier against the United States.

Also on the same page:

African soccer's ruling body will investigate claims that Equatorial Guinea fielded a man on the team that played in the final of the recent women's continental championship.

The Confederation of African Football said Friday it would look into a protest lodged by the Nigerian Football Federation over "the gender status" of a player, which it did not name.

"The protest has been registered and submitted to the competent committee, CAF Sports Medicine Committee, for inquiries and follow up," CAF said.

Defending champion Equatorial Guinea lost to Nigeria in the Nov. 14 final. The Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana teams all complained that Equatorial Guinea had fielded men at the tournament.

Only Nigeria has lodged an official complaint with CAF. Both Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea qualified for next year's women's World Cup in Germany.

So much for "athletic grace and beauty." DADDDDDYYYYY...

Sue

I want to know who threw the punch. And I hope there is video of it.

macphisto

you know Obie's in trouble when even his hand-selected sparring partners draw blood.

Stephanie

Found it, 1-0 USA at halftime. That means the ladies are up 2-0 on aggregate.

On ESPN360 if anyone is interested.

Go USA!

Sue

I should have googled. We know who threw the punch.

macphisto

it strikes me, reading Stephanie's comment, that a 12-stitch cut isn't a elbow-to-the-chops injury unless the elbow in question is swinging like a barroom door. i think that Senor Raza head-butted El Presidente while driving over him to the basket, and they can't dare admit it because it'll destroy his self-image as black.

peter

I don't know who planted an elbow in zer0's face, but I'd like to buy him a drink.

at least one of the secret service agents looks as if he is thinking that very thought!

MayBee

I think it's funny that they seem so hesitant to name the basketball game participants. It keeps being described as a WH and family members game, but this guy was obviously neither.

Sue

Someone must have forgotten to tell Rey Decerega that Obama was a bench warmer and to go easy on him.

daddy

Go To Hell Duke, Go To Hell Duke, Go To Hell Duke!!!

Good morning.

Tom Collins,

Northwestern is also on the tube. Which instrument does the Deadhorser play and how do I spot her at halftime marching?

Sue

I take it Duke won?

JM Hanes

Sue:

" And I hope there is video of it."

Absent video of the actual event, a brief post-game Slideshow from a Reuters' photostream may have to fill the gap. Photo #2 is apparently the before shot of the before and after. Hard to tell.....

Ignatz

--I take it Duke won?--

Not necessarily Sue.
"Go to hell, Duke" is a nearly universally appreciated exclamation that is suitable for any occasion, rain or shine.

caro

Oh,TC,look at those Badgers!

Jack is Back!

Stefan,

Darn forgot women soccer was on. It's gators v. Noles on tv for me. Go gators!

JM Hanes

I bet the White House is none too pleased with this AP photo either. I see metaphors there just screaming for air.

Stephanie

The ladies won. 1-0. Woo-hoo!

Oh, and chop chop! At least until the damn song gets really annoying. I'm splitting time between Gators/Noles and Tigers/Hogs.

I did see that the Canes got beat in OT by the Bulls.

I'm biding my time til the Tech - Georgia game. My football season will be complete if, by some miracle, Georgia remains bowl ineligible. :)

narciso

Is it the default setting, like hating Nick Saban?

daddy

Sue,

7 - 7, 1st Quarter, Heel's with the ball. Both teams stink, but Duke Stinks worse!

Sue

daddy,

So who am I rooting for? I'm behind it seems, since I didn't realize go to hell Duke meant more than they are kicking someone's ass. ::grin::

JM Hanes

Other notable and not so notable details from the AP:

"Obama's motorcade obeyed all traffic stops, the custom for nonofficial trips, during the return to the White House."

"Obama had no public events scheduled during the long holiday weekend. His stitched lip, however, could make for some interesting small talk on Tuesday, when Obama is to meet with the congressional leadership."

We'll be looking a gift horse in the mouth this week, metaphorically speaking.

Donald

I elbowed Jason Ringenberg in the chest once. But I didn't mean to and was horrified. He was just kinda clumsy, which is pretty awesome seeing as how he's the whirling dervish's whirling dervish.

The guy that played drums on the original music for the Resevoir Dogs movie and Warner Hodges were playing also. Warner could deal ceptin for the 4 packas a day habit.

He's quit now!

daddy

Sue,

If you are a decent honorable human being obviously you will pull for the Tarheels. If you are useless scum of the earth then naturally you are for Duke. Simple as that.

10-7 Heels in the 2nd Quarter.

Sue

Well, go Tarheels. (I don't want to be any scummier than I already am, being a Cowboy's fan and all).

Thomas Collins

Yes, caro, the Badgers are giving the Wildcats a whoopin' today. Looks as if the Badgers will be going Rosin' this year, and the Wildcats will be going to the Texas Bowl or the Pizza Bowl.

Jack is Back!

Stefan = Stef,

Damn smart ass smart phone:)

Thomas Collins

Deadhorse plays the mellophone, daddy, but she adandoned her Wildcats to come back east for Thanksgiving weekend.

mockmook

Actual in-game picture of goal-scorer Amy Rodriguez:

scrappy

Stephanie,

Not only did they win, but they looked fabulous doing it.

On to the World Cup!!!

caro

the Badgers are giving the Wildcats a whoopin'

You can say that again. U Rah Rah

Where's Clarice?

Jack is Back!

As a small government conservative I think one of the great accomplishments of government was title IX. Go USA women - any competition.

TC,

I take it the daughter is familiar with the Stan Kenton Mellophone arrangements?

Pagar

The PC way to play Basketball.

Thomas Collins

I'll ask her, JiB, when she gets back from the sports bar at which she is watching her Wildcats maneuver into strategic comeback mode!

daddy

TC,

I hope Nicole knows how to play the blues on her horn.

17 - 42 and it ain't even halftime yet. Ouch!

Ignatz

--(I don't want to be any scummier than I already am, being a Cowboy's fan and all).--

Not to worry Sue, as a Cowboys fan you're already the dregs of society. You could only sink lower by rooting for the Broncos. :)

Thomas Collins

49-17 now, daddy.

Yesterday she was complaining to me that there has been no Heisman buzz about Dan Persa. She bleeds Wildcat purple.

Planning a trip to Pasadena, caro?

PD

Go Bucky.

But they are letting the Wildcats have way too many easy scores.

PD

If you are a decent honorable human being obviously you will pull for the Tarheels.

It's not an option to dislike both teams?

Thomas Collins

Now that Boise State has lost, who is likely to be Wisconsin's Rose Bowl opponent if Oregon ends up in the BCS Championship Game.

Janet the tea-vangelist!

This is from Debs ESPN link at 2:28. Back in the primary days.

That laughing fit description IS disturbing.

daddy

"It's not an option to dislike both teams?"

Only if you're Captain Hate, but that's because his Maryland Terp's are getting beat by a 3rd NC Team today, NCState, so he's been given a special dispensation for hatred.

Alright Sue, pull my Heels thru in the second half. Since it's already getting dark up here in Alaska, I have to take pup-dog out for the daily walk before its turns completely dark. Currently 21 degrees and overcast. Ughh!

caro

TC,I think I would rather go back to Madison for a game.I will be watching,however.We were in the Rose Bowl my freshman year and that was really exciting.

PD,I meant to tell you that I saw Lileks using a new little MacAir and stopped to talk to him about it. He was doing some video editing and gave an enthusiastic thumbs up.He has an iPad,too.

caro

Daddy ::wagging tail::

PD

caro, good to hear it. I've been thinking about it since Apple eliminated the stiff price premium for SSD with the new lineup, and Apple had a Black Friday sale yesterday ($101 off) so...

... so not wanting to buy a machine I've never actually tried, I went to the nearby Best Buy to make sure that I'd be able to read the screen comfortably. No problem there. Then I made the mistake of lifting up the machine and taking a closer look at the physical package: To hold it is to love it. Oh I am such a sucker.

It's en route from Shanghai now. I wonder if I'll break it transferring the 3 million+ files from my MacBook Pro.

PD

Maybe Bucky can exceed the 80+ points they scored a few weeks back. Sheesh.

Thomas Collins

OK, I shouldn't automatically count the Badgers out of the BCS Championship Game. LSU is behind, and TCU is having a tougher game than expected. If Oregon loses the Civil War, Auburn gets knocked off in the SEC Championship Game, LSU loses to Arkansas, and TCU doesn't have a decisive win over New Mexico, things could get interesting for Wisconsin's BCS Championship Game hopes (although it's unlikely that everything noted above will happen).

PD

Wow. A story of malfeasance that actually names the perp as a Democrat.

Janet the tea-vangelist!

I would like to see a picture of Rey Decerega.

DrJ

PD,

You'll like the SSD. My main box has one for the OS and programs, and it is very fast. The bulk files are elsewhere, of course. FWIW, I used Intel's 80GB unit, and that's plenty if you split the files.

DrJ

63-17, Badgers. Wow.

PD

In other news:

Because only truly classic films get remakes, next year we'll be treated to a remake of Judge Dredd.

Yes, that's a link to Perez Hilton, who captions his article:

First Image Released From Unnecessary Judge Dredd Remake

There's a certain irony in a guy like Hilton calling something unnecessary.

Thomas Collins

Jane or Dave(in MA) or Rocco or other Bay State JOMers, did you see PD's 5:53 PM link? Middlesex County Sheriff DiPaola killed himself.

PD

I would like to see a picture of Rey Decerega.

He's off communing with Vince Foster.

Thomas Collins

So, if Auburn or Oregon go down next week, does anyone think LSU (if it comes back and beats Arkansas), Stanford or Wisconsin should jump TCU for a spot in the BCS Championship Game?

PD

I used Intel's 80GB unit, and that's plenty if you split the files.

Split the files? I need my 3 million files! :-)

DrJ

You don't need them all that quickly...

matt

back to the subject of global warming, "Britain to freeze for weeks". LUN

Stephanie

Yes, Narciso, the default setting is "to hell with Georgia" as is "to hell with Duke."

Janet, I'll see if I can rummage in my history file and find that pic of ghey Rey.

JiB, no problem on the spelling, but I think you might like this website LUN as would anyone else with a dumbphone.

DrJ

"to hell with Georgia"

Really? I don't know anything about football there, but I have a couple of friends on faculty at UGA.

Or is this a pro-GATech bias?

Thomas Collins

Arkansas 28, LSU 20 (early in the fourth quarter).

hit and run

TC:
and TCU is having a tougher game than expected. ... and TCU doesn't have a decisive win over New Mexico

Um. I've been outside.

It's 52-17 now at the end of the 3rd.

Less tough and more decisive now,wouldn't you say?

Ignatz

Perhaps Stephanie is a rambling wreck.
Or even a hell of an engineer.

Stephanie

Pictures of ghey Rey LUN

Thomas Collins

TCU is making its case for a BCS Championship Game spot if Oregon or Auburn falter next week. TCU 52, New Mexico 17 after 3 quarters.

PD

You don't need them all that quickly...

Kinda depends on what I need them for, no?

hit and run

Make that 59-17

PD

Bucky 70-23 final.

I want to know how NW got 23 points.

Stephanie

A hell of an engineer!

Actually, my family are rabid Jackets fans. I got accepted and didn't go. Went to Georgia Southern to follow the HS boyfriend (which we broke up shortly after and later I had to withdraw to get my tonsils out due to the crappy weather there).

Definitely screwed up on that one. Of course, at the time the ratio of guys to girls was about 13-1 and the ratio of normal guys to girls was about 50-1. Plus there weren't even any decent dorms, and the campus was next to some really bad section 8 project housing and only 8 miles from home.

DrJ

PD, sure it depends on what the files are. What I meant is that it is fine to split files between drives, one of which can be a SSD. Clearly that's not an option for an Air, or most laptops.

PD

DHS seizes more domain names.

Donald

Stephanie has the good guys and bad guys backward on this Georgia-Georgia Tech thing.

So, um, uh,...sic 'em!

harrjf

"I need my 3 million files!"

And I thought I was a packrat. You must have a great indexing system. Hopefully a good backup approach also.

My kids are probably on the field for the Badgers 5th quarter. For those of you that have never participated, they make the band wait for fifteen minutes until the stadium empties a bit. They had to implement that approach due to the fans jumping around in the upper deck. You could feel the deflection.

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