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November 22, 2010

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MarkO

It's as if someone left it in the cab he was driving.

Thomas Collins

It's amazing that some progs still believe our stature in the world has increased under Obama. I can't think of a country that respects us more now than when George W. Bush was POTUS.

Clarice

It was like putting the smart ass sophomore down the hall in charge of the world's most significant country.You know, the jerk throwing around terms he doesn't understand and spouting every bit of nonsense he picked up from the T.A. who was bonking every girl in the class and bringing grass to the weekend parties..

wasn't it, possums?

I loved his jive ass remarks on the plan home from he NATO meeting that he was diverting the plane to Venezuela to meet with Chavez.

daddy

Well when ">http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/22-11-2010/115867-george_soros-0/"> you've lost George Soros...

Jack is Back!

I only wish we could lose George Soros, daddy.

Neo

Al Gore won't be returning his either.

Captain Hate

O/T Brad "Mr Noodle" Childress fired as Vikings head coach as Favre puts another notch on his gunslingah pistol used for getting people fired while having fun out there.

Neo

You know, the jerk throwing around terms he doesn't understand and spouting every bit of nonsense he picked up from the T.A.

Sounds like that guy that Matt Damon verbally took apart in "Good Will Hunting"

DebinNC

Re Obama's Chavez joke, it was purposeful imo. He went to the press cabin on AF1 specifically to tell them the joke, not because as Henry and Knoller claim afterward he was "punchy" from the trip, but because the growing number of articles about his narcissism, his humorlessness, and his inability to be self-deprecating even in situations when it's expected..like the WH Correspondents Dinner. That his joke bombed just reenforces the truth that Obama's naturally a cold fish.

DebinNC

Neo, that bar scene came immediately to my mind too.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

As far as I'm concerned, at this point winning a Nobel prize is about as important as winning an Emmy, almost.

I had an interesting conversation on the plane yesterday with a woman, who was really quite lovely but terribly concerned that Alaskans were singlehandedly destroying Dancing with the Stars.

I told her not to worry, it was not just Alaskans but every conservative blogger on the planet. I'm not sure that made her feel better of course, but I tried.

Captain Hate

Somebody who was caught doodling pictures of himself should never try to crack a joke. I can't think of any situation where that would work.

Captain Hate

LOL Jane; very well played.

Clarice

Jane is such a troublemaker. And honestly I was just about to nominate her for JOM's Miss Congeniality.

Porchlight

Hi Jane! Welcome back!

Did you fly home via Ft. Lauderdale, by any chance? I am curious b/c we're heading to S. Florida for Thanksgiving and Ft. Lauderdale supposedly has body scanners (though Austin doesn't). Just trying to figure out what to expect on the way home.

Janet

The libs are all concerned about whose gonna win DWTS now? Hahahaha...I would have thought they wouldn't be caught dead watching it. Like American Idol....a show for the rubes until the ratings started pouring in.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Porch,

No body scanners at Ft. Lauderdale which really surprised me - at least in the Southwest terminal. Caro was at the American terminal so she can report from there. Man Tran has his own terminal so I am quite sure he suffered no indignity whatsoever.

Jane is such a troublemaker.

You really don't know the half of it.

Strawman Cometh

The PBS' "All Things One Side Considered" on Wednesday devoted a segment to Bristolgate. A high-falutin' dance critic informed us that Bristol couldn't dance, didn't hold her mouth right and that it would be "a travesty" if she won.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

BTW I have threatened Another Barbara with some really bad things if she doesn't start posting more. I'll give her a day or two to over come the jet lag. But frankly it is not fair for us to miss out on someone that spectacular.

Porchlight

Thanks for the update, Jane. I guess I'll ask at the airport Wednesday when we arrive.

Rob Crawford

A high-falutin' dance critic informed us that Bristol couldn't dance, didn't hold her mouth right...

Wait... what?!

matt

There must be a special room at the Oslo Holiday Inn next to the ice maker where they lodge the swindlers, grifters, and clowns who have received the Nobel Peace Prize.

They get the occasional correct recipient, but the selection process is much more like having Roald Amundsen make the choice. Bitter, dark, and twisted logic nurtured during the long Norwegian winters.

As to the scanners, it depends on the airline and terminal. So far it seems that they are mainly at the major airports and hub airlines. Another point in Southwest's favor, I guess. I can't wait. Some very serious travel coming up.

Captain Hate

A high-falutin' dance critic informed us that Bristol couldn't dance, didn't hold her mouth right and that it would be "a travesty" if she won.

This sounds like Teh Cuda has pawned those tools again. First of all, she has them talking about those parvenu commercial television shows and giving them credibility among the clean toga crowd. Not only that but they up the ante by bringing in an expert to further tarnish their vineer of high-brow foppery. Game, set and match, jackholes; and she didn't even break a sweat. Next she'll steal your souls, assuming you have any.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

I think Bristol is really the major issue facing the country today.

My on-plane companion, who is black, was lamenting the notion that it was unfair to hold Obama responsible for the economy after only 2 years. I told her that anyone who had been the Chief executive of more than a playdate (I stole that) could have this economy roaring by now. It never occurred to her that Obama was incompetent, she thought is was racism. But that issue did not hold a candle to the outrage of the destruction of Dancing with the Stars. Let us keep our priorities straight.

Pagar

You can't make this stuff up.

Obama told us not to criticize him on TV.

Chubby

"Obama told us not to criticize him on TV"

says the nasty punk who spends 75% of his speech time blaming others for his problems

overall I think Bush's way of not badmouthing others will serve him well in the long run

narciso

Btw, Jane that last Brad Thor is one of the best in the series

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

I know narciso, that's the one I read. It was spectacular.

Thomas Collins

Welcome back, Jane. Checked out YouTooCongress for photos of you and caro partying it up on the cruise, but didn't find any. I guess you two have to sift through them and decide what is suitable for a family blog! Was Toomey really that crisp in his responses (see LUN), or did you do a friendly edit? He seems remarkably to the point for a pol.

Glad you tried to set your plane companion straight, and make an Obama supporter do a little thinking.

Thomas Collins

See LUN for more on the revolt against TSA. A man wanting to avoid another TSA pat-down was arrested for stripping down to his Calvin Kleins and recording the proceedings. Apparently TSA would rather feel around than get reliable raw data.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

TC

Man Tran has the pix - well Caro does too, but the ones that will fry Clarice are all with Man Tran. (I don't even bother to bring a camera when I travel with Caro. It is simply no contest.)

Toomey was indeed that crisp, all week. I think I'm still posting day 1. I have high hopes that he will be a spectacular senator.

Jim Ryan

Jane, I doubt that the Founding Fathers intended that the lady you met on the plane should have a right to vote.

We need a civics exam to screen voters, like that one where the average Harvard kid got a D+. No C, no vote.

Thomas Collins

OK, thanks, Jane. I'm looking forward to the pics.

Jane

Here is the first one TC - just for Clarice.

I so hope she hasn't left yet!

centralcal

Jane - no picture, just a red x!!! :(

Janet

I keep checking YouToo also centralcal!(yeah, the photo isn't showing) Keep the posts coming Jane.

Jack is Back!

Since we are discussing "awards", how about the MOH?

Sebastian Junger, the guy who gave us The Perfect Storm, was embedded with Battle Company in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan when Sal Giunta took the actions that resulted in the MOH award. Junger and his film partner Tom Witherspoon were able to get Giunta and his CO Kearney to explain what happened in this short 14 minute video. Well worth the watch time.

When you watch it - you will no longer ever consider if this generation has what it takes to replace the current one. LUN

glasater

Pat Toomey charmed me totally when someone on Fox did a video of him on the campaign trail.
All of his family was involved in the effort including a younger daughter who served as a podium when none had been provided for speaking needs.
It was such a touching and darling story to tell.

caro

OK, I'm back,too. While Jane dashed and flitted from one celeb to another I spent quality time talking to a few.

Porch,in the American terminal area at FLL I went through security line #1. I think there was a body scanner in at least the next line over as I saw a woman in the spread-eagle pose as I gathered my shoes and bags from the belt. The area was pretty congested.

Jane

No way! Sheesh! Well I'll keep trying.

Old Lurker

Wait.

Are you really posting the TSA scanner images of Jane and Caro?

Rick Ballard

OL,

I think I found one of them. I understand the problem now...

(Another) Barbara

Whaddya mean "jet lag" Jane? I'm not home yet, but still trying to get there. Interesting night last night. The fire alarms here in the Westin LAX went off at about half past midnight, so hundreds of us -- after running down too many flights of stairs -- had a pajama party in the lobby here. False alarm, but some excitement (and humiliation; I don't look too adorable in my shabby nightclothes). BTW, they did have body scanners in our section of FTL airport (Continental; Virgin America) but I saw no one scanned or patted down. We were all elders from the various cruises and I can see why no one wanted a closer look. Actually the TSA folks at FTL were about the nicest, most competent seeming airport screeners I've encountered. Two I talked with were witty and bright. Amazing.

Chubby

((We were all elders from the various cru
ises and I can see why no one wanted a closer look))

I was just reading in the UK Daily Mail about some celeb whose favorite 81 yo grandma was just outed as a prostitute working for a firm called "vintage vamps" LUN

(Another) Barbara

Thank you, Jane. I'm blushing, and doubtless will be writing 1,000-word essays here soon. No compliment goes unpunished.

Clarice

Yeah, sure, Jane. I am really jealous of that blank..

Another example of selective reporting I suppose all of us know about Chertoff's connection to the scanners. Did you know Linda Daschle probably is much more heavily involved? A sample of the selectivity from usatoday:

"WASHINGTON — The companies with multimillion-dollar contracts to supply American airports with body-scanning machines more than doubled their spending on lobbying in the last five years and hired several high-profile former government officials to advance their causes in Washington, records show.
L-3 Communications, which has sold $39.7 million worth of the machines to the federal government, spent $4.3 million to influence Congress and federal agencies during the first nine months of this year, up from $2.1 million in 2005, lobbying data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show. Last year, the company spent $5.5 million on lobbying.

Its lobbyists include Linda Daschle, a prominent Democratic figure in Washington, who is a former Federal Aviation Administration official.

Rapiscan Systems, meanwhile, has spent $271,500 on lobbying so far this year, compared with $80,000 five years earlier. It has faced criticism for hiring Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security secretary, who has been a prominent proponent of using scanners to foil terrorism. Officials with Chertoff's firm and Rapiscan say Chertoff was not paid to promote scanner technology. It spent $440,000 on lobbying in 2009."

matt

clarice AT'd me! yay!

Thank you clarice.

Danube of Thought

There's been some discussion here from time to time about states filing for bankruptcy (yr. mst. obt. svt. &c. &c. is perhaps the guiltiest party).

Here's the whole story, from a guy who actually knows what he's talking about.

matt

Jack;

It hit home with me as a close friend was a squad Sgt. at another one of those tiny COP's in the same valley at the same time.Every one of hose kids had a similar overall experience. Daily contact. Villagers who hated them.On the line for weeks at a time.

He heads back again in February, this time as the PSD Sgt. for another friend of mine. That will be his 4th deployment.

Charlie (Colorado)

You can't make this stuff up.

Of course you could.

It's just no one would believe it.

The reason truth is stranger than fiction is that fiction has to make sense.

Colorado Chili

"Washington: hoping for a miracle?

We should begin in Washington, in the aftermath of the seven-hour marathon meeting between Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, and Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, in New York last week.

To view the apparent results of that meeting in context, one would have to recount the gargantuan structure of US military, intelligence, economic and diplomatic support to Israel, painstakingly constructed over many decades, for which there would not be space to describe it all here - if indeed one had the knowledge to do so.

The edifice is so extensive, including direct military aid, weapons transfers, access to US emergency weapons stocks, pre-positioning of US military materiel in Israel, US investments in Israeli technology development, US support for Israel's foreign weapons sales, weapons co-production agreements, all sorts of loan guarantees, assistance for settlement of immigrants in Israel - the list goes on - that literally no single entity in Washington is aware of it all.

In September, the US Congressional Research Service made a noteworthy attempt to capture it, but was probably only partly successful, having no access, for example, to classified US assistance. The annual value of all this is literally incalculable, and well in excess of the $3bn per year usually cited, to say nothing of critical US diplomatic support in the UN and elsewhere.

Given all this, confronted with Israel's refusal to extend its partial moratorium on new settlement construction in the Occupied Territories, and with anything more than verbal pressure on Israel literally unthinkable, the US was hard-pressed to come up with additional inducements which might extend the peace process even a little further.

Into the breach, as he has done so many times before, stepped the redoubtable Dennis Ross. Ross, in discussions with an Israeli counterpart, compiled an extensive list of motivators whose length we do not yet know, but which was verbally agreed between Clinton and Netanyahu in New York, and which will be presented in writing for possible approval by the Israeli cabinet.

We are told it includes a US commitment to block any Palestinian-led effort to win unilateral UN recognition of a Palestinian state; US obstruction of efforts either to revive the Goldstone Report at the UN, or to seek formal UN condemnation of Israel for the deadly Mavi Marmara incident; an ongoing US commitment to defeat any UN resolutions aimed at raising Israel's unacknowledged nuclear weapons programme before the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); vigorous US diplomatic efforts to counter all attempts to "delegitimise" Israel in various world fora; and, most importantly, increasing efforts to further ratchet international sanctions on both Iran and Syria concerning their respective nuclear and proliferation efforts.

To this the US is adding a commitment to supply Israel with some 20 ultra-modern F-35 aircraft worth $3bn - so new they have not yet entered the US inventory - as well as a mysterious "comprehensive security agreement," whose details have not been revealed, but which may include unilateral US endorsement of Israeli troop deployments in the Jordan Valley, in the event of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

And what is Israel being asked in return? Consider this carefully: in return for the above written guarantees, Israel will consider agreement to a brief, one-time-only 90-day extension of the partial settlement moratorium, which excludes not only East Jerusalem, but also the cordon sanitaire of settlements which Israel has carefully constructed to ring the city and deny Palestinian access to it, after which the US agrees, in writing, never again to request an Israeli settlement moratorium."

Your outrage seems a little misplaced.

Billions each year in American Welfare dollars to aid in Israels' 'defense' and they want 35 Billion additional dollars for
F-35's because they want to equalize the
sale of F-35's to Saudis.

Note the difference between a sale and a 'gimme', especially when the bargaining chip is 90 day delay in building settlements.

America comes first Maguire, then Israel.

Colorado Chili

Israeli Court Gives Soldiers Who Used Palestinian Boy As Human Shield Three Month Suspended Sentence

"Last year, South African Judge Richard Goldstone released his report to the UN Human Rights Council documenting what he believed to be war crimes committed by both the Israeli military and Hamas forces during the 22-day long “Operation Cast Lead” conflict in Gaza in 2008.

One of the charges that Goldstone made was that Israeli troops used Palestinian civilians as human shields during operation, and last October, an Israeli court convicted two Israeli soldiers “of using a Palestinian boy as a human shield” during the 2008 offensive. The court’s “ruling said the two soldiers inappropriately ordered a 9-year-old boy to open bags they thought might contain explosive material.”

Today, the Israeli military court that convicted the two soldiers handed out its sentencing. It decided to give both soldiers a three-month suspended sentence and to demote both of them, who were staff sergeants, to the rank of sergeant:

Two Israeli soldiers have each received a three-month suspended sentence for forcing a nine-year- old Palestinian boy to open bags during the Gaza war in January 2009. The military court in the south of Israel also demoted the two staff sergeants, who were from the Givati infantry brigade, to the rank of sergeant. It also ruled that the offence will be noted in the men’s criminal records."

The Tea-Bagger Party is alive and well in Israel.

Captain Hate

Colorado zzzzzzzzz

Rick Ballard

DoT,

I can't see the political imperative which the author of that piece promotes. It's true that Blue Hell bailouts may become an issue (even though BOzo says no) but I don't see any advantage accruing to the GOP for allowing either bankruptcy or, particularly, bailouts to advance in the next two years. The states in question are not battlegrounds and the battleground states are unlikely to be swayed by the situation in states where Democrat round heeled legislators have wreaked havoc beyond repair.

I don't see the political downside to a "they made their bed, now they may lay in it as long as they wish" approach.

narciso

Alright for you real facebook aficionados like Jane, Janet or Ann, how does one link
a review of a business on Yelp, to a Facebook
page, (not mine) I tried bookmarking, sending
as a link, but bupkus to be charitable

pagar

Number of Anti-Israel UN Resolutions This Month: 9 .. Number of Times Obama’s UN Officials Objected: Zero.

The same anti-Israeli BS we've seen every day since the Obama regime got their leftists into the UN positions.

Old Lurker

Rick, I am sure that scan you posted at 5:28 is either Jane or Caro but though I know them both, I'm not sure who it is. Now the feather suggests an indian setting, but that could be true of either one. Could you check with the TSA guys posting these online and offer to subscribe to the premium club making the faces clear. Thanks.

Old Lurker

Pagar, are you TRYING to awaken he whose name must not be spoken?

narciso

How was it, Mr. T, used to put it 'I pity the fool' in the LUN

Rick Ballard

OL,

Don't you want to read Washington's admonition against French interference again? He sure pegged those boys correctly (Lafayette excepted).

pagar

Old Lurker, I'm not really-it's just when something gets my blood pressure up, I just can't seem to ignore them. I promise to try to do better.

Extraneus

The risk that politicians won’t make as much use of their bankruptcy options as they should does not mean that bankruptcy is a bad idea. For all its limitations, it would give a resolute state a new, more effective tool for paring down the state’s debts. And many a governor might find alluring the possibility of shifting blame for a new frugality onto a bankruptcy court that “made him do it” rather than take direct responsibility for tough choices.

Excellent link, DoT.

BobDenver

It just hit me! What political savvy! What cunning!

Last night an episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska airs, featuring Sarah and Bristol having the mother/daughter bonding experience of working on a commercial fishing boat. Watch Bristol club halibut! Watch them work the slime line! Nothing could enhance America's embrace of those two wacky, wonderful Palins more than this!

And tonight ... Bristol is in the finals of Dancing with the Stars!

What brilliant scheduling! How does Sarah do it?!!

Old Lurker

I understand Pagar. But if he rises to the bait, you're responsible for him.

Jane

Glasater,

I can't figure out how to post these pix so I am sending them to you for help - pretty please.

Ignatz

--I understand Pagar. But if he rises to the bait, you're responsible for him.--

OL,
Who needs paleo-anduril when leftard cleo is giving us the left wing-paleo nexus of anti-semitism already?

Ignatz

And cleo is slightly more parsimonious with the cut and paste jobs.

Janet

clarice AT'd me! yay!

Congrat's Matt!!

how does one link
a review of a business on Yelp, to a Facebook
page,

Narciso, Go to your friend's wall. Next to the word attach hit the 3rd icon which is "link". Copy the address of the article you want to attach & paste it in the link area. Hit attach. Then type in the personal message & hit share. This will show up on the wall for all to see.
You can also just send the individual a personal message with the link. The send "---" a message function is under the picture. No one will see it except you & the friend then.

You can practice posting it on my wall if you want & I'll just delete it...or you can delete it once the bugs are worked out.

pagar

" But if he rises to the bait, you're responsible for him"

And Clarice has left and taken the pistoloas with her.
-------------------------------------------
JiB, that 04:46 Link is priceless. Where do such fine young people come from? Especially considering the leftist training the schools are forcing on all our young people.

Jane

Barbara (Another) I cannot believe you are not home yet.

I slept for 9 hours last night and I'm still not caught up.

You are gonna be one tired chick!

Danube of Thought

RickB's, I'm not sure that any political advantage would accrue either way; as a Californian I would simply like to avoid enriching retired teachers and prison guards to the tune of $200K/year.

I fell very confident that this House will not appropriate one cent to bail out profligate states. I think the outrage over such an act would exceed anything we've seen.

Janet

JiB, Thank you for the video link on Staff Sgt. Giunta. Thank You Almighty God for strong & honorable men....I don't know what we would do without them. 17yrs old & working in Subway...a sandwich artist...God bless him.

Danube of Thought

Gratuitous "'s" inexplicable...

News, printed where it fits.

Nice irony there @ 12:42, daddy.
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pagar

"avoid enriching retired teachers and prison guards to the tune of $200K/year."

This is slightly off topic but falls into the same enrichment theme.

"Irish ministers are so concerned over protests that austerity plans to cut chauffeur driven cars and police outriders have been shelved to protect the government amid heightened post-EU bail-out security."

LUN


Jane

Okay - will someone check and see if they can see my first pix?

DrJ

Looks fine this time, Jane.

Captain Hate

I saw it Jane

Jane

And so did Clarice. Mission accomplished. Well, mission just begun really.

Janet

Hahahaha..too funny Jane!

Colorado Chili

"The same anti-Israeli BS we've seen every day since the Obama regime got their leftists into the UN positions."

Tool-worthy fuckheads united in penultimate delusion.

Clarice

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

centralcal

Jane - looks like you spent a bit of time crafting Jane Won signs. I am not gonna believe you were reading a novel while sipping the Grey Goose! Looking forward to more of these pictures.

daddy

Interesting.

Just clicked on a website of a company I am intimately familiar with, and this is the new regulation they are telling us we must comply with in order to get or renew a Visa to visit India:

"Special heads up on the Indian visa. India requires a copy of your birth certificate; yes, I said birth certificate with your application. I know that many of us probably haven’t seen our birth certificates in a long time, so start searching now! If you find yourself needing to send off for a replacement copy please retain any receipts and file an expense report for reimbursement..."

So just to reiterate: President of the United States? Birth Cert not required.

To visit India: Birth Cert required.

Carry on.

DrJ

OT: Kirkwood (South Lake Tahoe ski resort) got 10 feet of snow over the weekend.

Must be global warming. Or global climate change. Or whatever.

Uncle BigBad

What bothers me most about this TSA fiasco is that I, along with everybody else here at JOM could have predicted the public reaction to the new screening procedures.

Was there no one at TSA Central or in the Obama clown car who could have blown the whistle on this travesty?

Yes, these people ARE going to be running our health care.

centralcal

Uncle BB - the answer is: No. No one. (in the clown car)

daddy

"BTW I have threatened Another Barbara with some really bad things if she doesn't start posting more. I'll give her a day or two to over come the jet lag. But frankly it is not fair for us to miss out on someone that spectacular."

Great news Jane.

Another Bub, be forewarned. Start posting more or we're kicking your arse!

Jane

Well first she has to make it home - which apparently is going poorly. Of course if you live in Hawaii, some of that can be expected.

macphisto

it's the old shell game...what are they doing with the other hand while you're watching the hand that's moving the shells?

(i don't know, but i think i know a deliberate distraction when i see one being created)

Janet

Good point macphisto. While the TSA crisis is going on...what else is?

JM Hanes

"While the TSA crisis is going on...what else is?"

North Korea goes nuclear?

Army of Davids

"Waiting for Superman"

Melinda Romanoff

macphisto-

Lame duck surprise is on the menu.

glasater

I'm so sorry Jane but the pix didn't not make it into my email in box.

narciso

With the North Koreans, all we need is ths satellite solar collector, to make things even more absurd

sbw

So I was wondering why Barbara Bush would telegraph her wish that Sarah Palin would stay in Alaska. Do you suppose she, and Rove, don't want the tea parties to mess up Jeb's turn in 2012?

Melinda Romanoff

AoD-

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"

Melinda Romanoff

Barbara is an NOCD.

Melinda Romanoff

"NOKD"

Sorry.

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