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January 14, 2011


joker was right its a bat man

So, moody blues departure is about using the dying as they ascend into the light,sun and cease to be,not knowing more of lucifer,s creations.Far out,lie christ being raised by history and batification of a miracle man to an afterlife for the sin.


First comment. Nothing to say, just hi to everyone.


Damn. I hate when that happens.

Rob Crawford

Today, Democrats want a generous social safety net and de facto open borders with occasional amnesties, with no real attmept to mask the politicl goal of creating a new class of Democratic voters. Krugman admits that this puts a burden on unskilled native Americans, but hey - the Democrats are the good guys.

More importantly to the left, it punishes American citizens and devalues American citizenship. We are history's worstest villains, after all.


just want to say I enjoy your posts. I've taken just about all the moralizing I am willing to stand from Paulie Walnuts, emphasis on the" Nuts"


--Damn. I hate when that happens.--

Being second or being the following act to the Luciferian?


You know that scene ">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur3CQE8xB3c"> Malkovich, Malkovich from Being John Malkovich?

Would that somebody could do the same for Krugman, Krugman. It'd make just about as much sense.

Danube of Thought

I'm wondering how widely it is now understood that Paul Krugman is cuckoo. (That understanding has certainly made great strides in the past week.)

I promise, tomorrow morning i'll go back and dredge up J.K. Galbraith's mid-1980's musings about the evident success of the Soviet economy. Something about the fashionably-dressed ladies of Moscow, or some other leading indicator.

Extra Extra

For someone who canceled their Times subscription, this Maguiver guy should does read it quite a bit. Does he pick it out of the trash at the train station? Or he is using the Internets to get it?


extra extra -

Ever heard the old saying, "Why buy a cow when you can milk her through a fence?"

I'll just bet you have.

Danube of Thought

"Does he pick it out of the trash at the train station?"

That must be it. No other way he could know what Krugman has written without subscribing to the Times. And isn't it amazing how, having picked it out of the trash, he can provide links to it?

Extra Extra

To click what you call "links" would probably require me reading his post. Way too long, I just go straight to the comments. They usually don't have anything to do with the actual post anyway.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

So a new CBS poll says 77% of Americans polled want Congress to cut spending and it comes out the same day it is announced that Obama wants to raise $1 BILLION for his 2012 reelection campaign. What's wrong with that picture?


Sara- isn't that crazy? I wonder how that will play in this economy.


Anyone else read that $1 BILLION in Sara's post in Dr. Evil's voice and their pinky in their mouth?

You will now.


Sara (Pal2Pal)

Maybee: That $1 BILLION is obscene.


Maybee, you're knocking them out of the park at Althouse again.

In 20 years, our future President will launch his logical career in Jared Loughner's living room



Sara, you might want to drag that post to that Ayers' ghostwriting thing in the WaPo over here and post it again so everyone will see it in the morning. I think it could be the straw that pulls this straw man apart.

But that's just my tin foil hat wearing opinion.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Here you go Stephanie. And BTW, if anyone has been on fire, it is you these last few days. You go girl!

Writes Mark Rudd in the Washington Post:

In 1970, when I was 22 years old — the same age as Jared Loughner — I was a founder of the Weather Underground, an offshoot of the antiwar group Students for a Democratic Society. My willingness to endorse and engage in violence had something to do with an exaggerated sense of my own importance. I wanted to prove myself as a man - a motive exploited by all armies and terrorist groups. I wanted to be a true revolutionary like my guerrilla hero, Ernesto "Che" Guevara. I wanted the chant we used at demonstrations defending the Black Panthers to be more than just words: "The revolution has come/Time to pick up the gun!"

As the Weather Underground believed in the absolute necessity of bombs to address actual moral grievances such as the Vietnam War and racism, Loughner might have believed in the absolute necessity of a Glock to answer his imagined moral grievances....


I'll just post Maybee's correction now and go to bed for the night. I read it this way the first time...

In 20 years our future president will launch his political career in Jared Loughner's living room.

Is there a name for the condition whereby you read all of the posters at JOM (even at other sites), especially Clarice :kisses:, with the correct words already put into place for the wrong ones posted from their mobile media? If not, there should be.

I think I remember one coined for typo mental auto correction, but if not that could use one, too.

Something for Daddy to ponder tonight. :)


Thanks, Sara. I've been slowly getting really pissed the last several days, and when I get pissed I get really snarky. Between this BS and the snow induced cabin fever ... Oo
Thanks for reposting that, though, I can't shake the feeling that it exposes something that could be really important. These bastards like to play their games in plain site and giggle as they deny their connections when they are outed by Beck and others.

Play games, project and deny. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

I hope they rot in hell for what they are attempting to do. And it really pisses me off THAT IT'S SOME OF THE SAME PLAYERS ALL OVER AGAIN with a new PC puppet God as a shield. F*ers just won't give up will they? They should be under the jail. AND their little dogs, too.

Eliminationist rhetoric they say? Why yes, yes it is. Emphasis on the rhetoric, aholes. F em sideways with a snow machine.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Now this is what nuts sounds like (Loughner's video)

I can see why he made people uncomfortable.


Is there a name for the condition whereby you read all of the posters at JOM (even at other sites), especially Clarice :kisses:, with the correct words already put into place for the wrong ones posted from their mobile media? If not, there should be.

Hilarious, Stephanie.


ese,Stephanie:Extra sensory editing.


Interesting video, Sara. So he did have some political thoughts after all, just incoherent ones. I wonder who influenced his "illegal war" comment.



I'd like to read that Galbreath piece.

I am very interested in the time period where those who hoped for a socialist transnational future still thought it would come out of the USSR.

When it became clear that was not going to happen higher ed and now K-12 admin became the repository for the same instincts. Same mission, change in direction.

I see the Euro as part of the same pattern- the self-named intelligentsia, unaccountable through democracy, in control.

Stephanie- It has been a long week. Driveway is still iced over but streets are now clear. Never thought I'd so look forward to the grocery store.


ESE, I like that, Clarice and Stephanie!

And if they ever shut down the net, we'll be well-practiced in mind-to-mind messaging :)


OT - I was amused to discover that fasting during Ramadan is not for a month with only bread and water; it's only during daylight hours: no sex, no cigarettes, no alcohol, no food, but after sunset there's great feasting.

Anyway, we already have that imposed on us all year round in the West at work: no sex, no cigarettes, no alcohol, no drugs and if you're lucky, you go home at night and make dinner.


ESE in action: I had a very interesting conversation with a Pakistani couple while doing a smog check. Inside the office his wife was reading the Koran and she complained to me how difficult it was to understand.

Outside the husband and I spoke about Islam and when I said, who wrote the Koran? the light dawned on him that God's message to Mohammed may very well have been altered by successive writers. That would explain all the contradictions.

ESE - reading what the source intended.


Amusing video, seems pertinent: Pat Caddell: I can’t help thinking Paul Krugman’s a bit of an a**hole. Only as I heard it there was no "bit of an" about it.

Danube of Thought

Good morning, rse (and all). Here's an excerpt from the Galbraith masterpiece:

John Kenneth Galbraith, the distinguished Harvard economist, wrote in 1984: "That the Soviet system has made great material progress in recent years is evident both from the statistics and from the general urban scene. . . . One sees it in the appearance of solid well-being of the people on the streets . . . and the general aspect of restaurants, theaters, and shops. . . . Partly, the Russian system succeeds because, in contrast with the Western industrial economies, it makes full use of its manpower."

It's from an article he wrote in the New Yorker of September 3, 1984 (!), and the title of it began with "Reflections:" I have found only an abstract of the full article, with access (at the New Yorker site, anyway) available only by subscription.

That excerpt comes from this AEI piece, which contains further delicious quotes from the likes of Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. and other useful idiots.


Charles Blow, of all people [edits]:

Immediately after the news broke, the air became thick with conjecture, speculation and innuendo. There was a giddy, almost punch-drunk excitement on the left.

The dots were too close and the temptation to connect them too strong.

Within hours of the shooting, there was a full-fledged witch hunt to link the shooter to the right.

The only problem is that there was no evidence then, and even now, that overheated rhetoric from the right had anything to do with the shooting.

The American people know it, too.

Furthermore, most agreed that focusing on conservative rhetoric as a link in the shooting was “not a legitimate point but mostly an attempt to use the tragedy to make conservatives look bad.”

Well done, Democrats.

You can’t claim the higher ground in a pit of quicksand.


((It’s only right, this side believes, for the affluent to help the less fortunate.))

Actually, the government takes away from the affluent's inclination to help the less fortunate by leaving them so much less after tax money to give. So helping the needy via coercive taxation not only creates a dependent class but dulls the affluent's impulse of generosity. Few people who genuinely want to help the needy want to see their money spent on luxury vacations, booze bills and kobe beef dinner parties for politicians.

(and his sneaking in the word "violent" to describe the right's "rhetoric" was despicable)

Danube of Thought

Ah, what the hell. As long as we're having so much fun, let me adduce a few further morsels from the same AEI article:

In 1982, the learned Sovietologist Seweryn Bialer of Columbia University wrote in Foreign Affairs, "The Soviet Union is not now nor will it be during the next decade in the throes of a true systemic crisis, for it boasts enormous unused reserves of political and social stability."

This view was seconded that same year by the eminent historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., who observed that "those in the United States who think the Soviet Union is on the verge of economic and social collapse" are "wishful thinkers who are only kidding themselves."

. . . .

Equally imaginative was the assessment of Paul Samuelson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Nobel laureate in economics, writing in the 1985 edition of his widely used textbook: "What counts is results, and there can be no doubt that the Soviet planning system has been a powerful engine for economic growth. . . . The Soviet model has surely demonstrated that a command economy is capable of mobilizing resources for rapid growth."

. . . .

But the genius award undoubtedly goes to Lester Thurow, another MIT economist and well-known author who, as late as 1989, wrote, "Can economic command significantly . . . accelerate the growth process? The remarkable performance of the Soviet Union suggests that it can. . . . Today the Soviet Union is a country whose economic achievements bear comparison with those of the United States."


They have never been right about anything, have they Danube, and yet they have earned
the cache of 'wise men'


Making connections:

Obama, in Tucson: ". . .let's use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations . . ."

Rudd, about the 1970s Weather Underground: ". . . his imagined moral grievances."

Today's teachable moment assignment: How do you check your moral framework to rid it of idolatry?


((The American people know it, too. ))

I believe that is a true statement. The FF's were far more enlightened and courageous than the current crop of politicians, therefore they had more wisdom. And their wisdom placed their faith in the good common sense of the people. Yes, some of the people can be fooled for some of the time, but once they know they are being lied to, the lies just don't work any more. Humans are funny that way, most have an innate repulsion for lies. And that instinct doesn't go away even in totally propagandized societies like the former USSR. The trick, as always, is figuring out WHO the liars are.


Somewhere there is a cache of foolish women.


Chubby: once they know they are being lied to, the lies just don't work any more. Humans are funny that way, most have an innate repulsion for lies

And well they should be repulsed. There is no greater personal insult than to have someone undermine the evidence you use to plan your future.


Re the affluent being helped rather than the less fortunate:

Per David Rosenberg:

So now the Fed has added a third mandate to its charter:

1. Full employment
2. Low and stable inflation
3. Higher equity valuation

Per Ambrose Evans-Pritchard:

The Fed no longer even denies that the purpose of its latest blast of bond purchases, or QE2, is to drive up Wall Street, perhaps because it has so signally failed to achieve its other purpose of driving down borrowing costs.

Unfortunately, a rising stock market doesn’t help the average American as much as you might assume.

Per Robert Shiller in 2001:

Nevertheless, the evidence of a stock market wealth effect is weak; the common presumption that there is strong evidence for the wealth effect is not supported in our results.

OK, so who the hell is being benefited by QE? Per Yves Smith:

As of 2007, the bottom 50% of the U.S. population owned only one-half of one percent of all stocks, bonds and mutual funds in the U.S. On the other hand, the top 1% owned owned 50.9%.

Had Samuelson text in ECO 101 in college. He predicted wrong that USSR economy would soon be bigger than US economy. Stupid is as stupid does.


So, Serwer, has another idiotic column, this time on King and the Pentagon, up, and the silly press release on the Roman Empire's fall on global warming, leaves out that happened in another cooling cycle.

Meanwhile, thanks to Assange, we probably can't get a good read on what's actually happening in Tunisia, or many other places,
right about now


Most New Dealers in Roosevelt's "brain trust" were admirers of the Soviet system, and it inspired many of their policies. Funny how the failure of the Soviet system didn't result in re-thinking these same policies.


The theory is that no one will invest unless he thinks that return on investment will justify risk. Which explains why unemployment is still high and that Porkulus was epic fail. Keynes later came to realize that his initial ideas were wrong and that best stimulus would be reduction of tax burden on employers by reducing employer's share of payroll taxes.

Danube of Thought

Had that same text--I believe it was by far the most widely used basic econ text in the 60's and 70's.

Captain Hate

The trick, as always, is figuring out WHO the liars are.

The MFM/STM keeps doubling down on stoopid; it's pretty goddamn bad when Charles Blow has to point out to the senior dimwits that they're digging a hole to nowhere but I don't mind giving him credit for acknowledging the painfully obvious.

Meanwhile, thanks to Assange, we probably can't get a good read on what's actually happening in Tunisia

From what I've read in the WSJ, what's going on in Tunisia is very good. Because of that it was probably completely unanticipated by the numbskulls in the State Dept. and/or is actively being opposed.

Danube of Thought

P.J. O'Rourke absolutely eviscerates Krugman and the Times.


Editorialized the Times: “It is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority of these threats.” Interesting how a few small changes would make that sentence appall the Times as much as the Times appalls me: “It is legitimate to hold Muslims and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced 9/11.”

The most cringe-inducing article was titled “In the Shock of the Moment, the Politicking Stops .  .  . Until It Doesn’t.” Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg wrote, “Some Democrats were urging [President Obama] to look back to recent history, when President Bill Clinton seized the political high ground after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.”

In the matter of self-serving, bitter, calculated cynicism, there wouldn’t seem to be much left to prove against the Times. Judging by what I’ve heard from my fellow conservatives, the issue is decided. The New York Times is a worthless, truthless, vicious institution. But I disagree. I think things are worse than that.

Danube of Thought

And a liberal guy named T.A. Frank (of the Washington Monthly) lambastes the media in general in The New Republic.

Captain Hate

Pinch may as well hire Howell Raines and Jayson Blair back; can you honestly say it would hurt their integrity?


per miami herald: No one can say the Obama administration wasn't warned that Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled his northern African nation Friday night, was unpopular with his people.

That apparently was a regular theme of Ambassador Robert F. Godec, according to State Department cables made public last month by the website WikiLeaks.


Galbraith and I were in Russia at the same time (also Riga,Latvia and the Ukraine. He must have traveled with blinders on. I, and everyone I worked with who traveled there in the 80's , came back with the strong feeling that the USSR was terminal.


((There is no greater personal insult than to have someone undermine the evidence you use to plan your future.))

I think most people are repulsed even by much smaller lies, the one exception being the answer to "Do I look fat?"


Blow's complaint, was that the media scrum,
'blew up' in the face of the press, like Wile E coyote and let the roadrunner from Wasilla get away, anyways that's might be the way, Klavan might illustrate it. It wasn't about ethics or conscience. But as the Stones sang, 'you can't always get what you want' so small steps. He still thinks
the 'preponderance of violent rhetoric is on the right,' just like Galileo, people keep saying 'e por se move'


DoT, in a rare moment of disagreement with you, I have to say that I think Frank's explanation is far too generous. My hypothesis is that the template they chose to follow--set up by lefty blogger friends of theirs and Dupnik--was the one promoted by the NYT and they ran with the herd.


--Funny how the failure of the Soviet system didn't result in re-thinking these same policies.--

There's no such thing as a fallen idol to a leftist.
Every time their dreams go up in smoke it was always because the leftism just wasn't pure enough, had somehow been tainted by nasty capitalists or the selfishness and ignorance of the masses they claim to love. Which also explains the true believer's tendency to quash any dissent at any cost.


From the Onion via Hot Air and Dennis Sevakis:

NEW YORK—According to media analysts, the nation's TV commentators and political pundits have proved uncannily accurate when describing the deeply disturbed inner thoughts of accused Arizona gunman Jared Loughner. "It's strange, but when it comes to getting inside the mind of this human being who seems to possess no empathy, sense of morality, or hold on reality, and who is motivated only by personal animus and self-glorification, the nation's major political pundits have been amazingly adept," said Horizon Media analyst Bob Cullen, who has studied extensive tape of commentators on all major TV news programs and found their remarks on "what the killer is thinking" to be consistently thorough and detailed across the board. "It's almost as though they have some way of knowing, firsthand, exactly what this demented and highly dangerous individual with the eyes of millions upon him is going through." Researchers at Horizon Media also reported that a number of prominent TV pundits appeared to be mimicking the exact same chilling gleam in Loughner's eye for what they could only speculate was "dramatic effect."


The experience of Mao, Moscow, Hanoi, Phomh Penh, Managua, doesn't ever faze them, Caracas 'wonderful democratic revolution'
favored by the FCC's zampolit, Mark Lloyd,
seems to be the preferred model. While wily
Oprichniki like Putin, say nyet to the dirigism, at least.

Danube of Thought

A partner and good friend went to Moscow as Ted Turner's guest in 1986 for the "Goodwill Games." It was a two-week venture, but my buddy blew town and came home after one week (ungracious guest). Said he had never been in such a shithole in his life.

Galbraith always saw what he wanted to see. Naked evidence that everything he believed about economics was false never registered with him in the slightest. He was, after all, John Kenneth Galbraith, and he always knew better.

In a similar vein I recall a Times editorial back in the Brezhnev days expressing great confidence in the Soviet economy , notwithstanding a few speed bumps they were encountering at the time. In the Times's view, Brezhnev had already set about instituting the needed "reforms," after which the ship was sure to right itself. The idea that the entire system itself was fatally flawed simply was not to be considered.

Captain Hate

Here's hoping that the Tunisian situation leads to the export of couscous cuisine for the world. One of the best dining experiences ever pour moi was at a Tunisian restaurant in Paris, the favorite eatery of Emilie our exchange student, a notoriously picky eater.


I hope I haven't relapsed into being too cryptic, again. zampolit or commissar, not
czar, is what we are laboring under, Oprichniki is a catch all term, originally Ivan the Ivan the Terrible's era, applied by WEB Griffin, to all Russian secret police

Rick Ballard


Thanks for a really excellent piece. When you write

That did not strike me as a workable model for the United States and I did not then and do not now see the moral virtue in promoting an economic system that predictably leads to high unemployment, low growth, and dependence on the public sector.
you capture the rationale for opposing the prog slavers through to the final collapse of the pernicious idiocy which has killed, enslaved and immiserated hundreds of millions over the past two hundred years.


Great, 'Maverick' drinks the koolaid yet again, why should I be surprised.

Captain Hate

What is it this time narc?

Btw, I'm cautiously optimistic on what Priebus can do given his success in Wisconsin.


Repost, blogger ate first two. Had a nightmare last night with Krugman writing crap wearing only a blue G string. Apologies


His column in the Washington Post, about the 'great speech' and we don't want him to fail, 'yes we can. Priebus, we'll see about.
And Paul V, 'these goggles do nothin',
thanks for that.

Danube of Thought

It is clear to most people that the European welfare state is on the brink of collapse after a span of less than a human lifetime. And it takes nothing more than ordinary common sense to recognize that it has never been anything other than a wealth-transferring Ponzi scheme in which the bills are now coming due.

The behavior of the people in the streets in Greece, France and Britain over the past year are simply the result of the failed experiment with the Euro, in the eyes of Krugman. The idea that today's young people are simply not willing or able to keep the promises the older generation made to themselves is not worthy of discussion or consideration.

Captain Hate

What exactly was it that Paulie the Enron consultant made his economic bones on? Somebody once told me he made sense on some shred of economic minutiea which is doubtlessly very abstract.


the European welfare state is on the brink of collapse after a span of less than a human lifetime

1917-1989 = 72 years.

1945+72 = 2017. Huh. Never thought of that comparison before.


That was a nice takedown from P.J O'Rourke. He didn't even have to mention Krugman.

The thing that would really put the cherry on top of this whole issue for me would be for Sarah Palin to post a long, gruesome, annotated list of vile lefty quotes, with links. The fantasized mashing of faces through plate glass windows, the praying for clogged arteries due to the black man's predisposition, the disgusting things they said about Bush, and on and on.

We all know the really vicious rhetoric comes from the left, but to have it rubbed in their faces, shoved down their throats, pushed all the way through their rancid gullets by the fresh-faced happy lady from Alaska... Their slimy names named for all to see... Well, that would give me pleasure. :-)


Sorry to say, Narciso, you are being too cryptic for me

It sounds interesting though.


re:Galbraith...and Russia in the 80's...
that is because you see life as it is..the elites see life as they wished it would be.

Honesty and character is a good thing:),Ms.Pieces

I almost thanked anduril for his "blow"post, but I see your comments have astutely(and originally) pointed out what CBlowhard was saying. :)

again, what better place than JOM and TM to get a complete picture.?..with footnotes!


I think it has come to the point where the authorities get involved with Krugmann, I seriously believe Palin, Beck and Limbaugh are going to drive Krugmann to harm someone.

The man already has parties where he symbolically burns 'his enemies'. How long before he shows up in a red G-string rambling about how the right wing is out to get him.


glenda, perhaps he got the super special potemkin treatment and was willing to believe it, while I had to travel in an unusual "official" but not diplomatic or VIP status with no special fluffing being done by the authorities.


Beck, Limbaugh, and Palin just ought to come out and admit they have driven Krugmann, Marr, Olbermann, Mathews, etc. crazy and people should fear what those lefties will do.

Afterall, they are the experts on making people strike out, they should know when they have pushed these liberals over the edge and let the authorities know.

Captain Hate

Speaking of PJ O'Rourke, I'm just finishing up Give War a Chance after which I'll do the same for Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (a thoroughly enjoyable read) so that I can clear the decks for Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin


He did believe all the bunk about convergence of capitalist and communist
systems, Mitrokhin didn't have any entry on him, so he came to his ridiculous notions on his own, while skiing in Gstaad.


The thing that would really put the cherry on top of this whole issue for me would be for Sarah Palin to post a long, gruesome, annotated list of vile lefty quotes, with links.

I think that is a fabulous suggestion. The media wouldn't be able to resist spotlighting it and thus the info would get out to millions who've never seen it before.

And all links should be to mainstream publications so that no one can hide behind feeble defenses that it was all made up by the right wing noise machine.

Captain Hate

glenda, I'm here for you :)


Very funny, pops.
Capt O'Rourke's books are all great. I loved All the Trouble in the World, too


“As the truth comes out about this nutcase, doesn’t it seem like the media can’t believe that the killer doesn’t care about them? It’s like they think they had an impact on him, when in fact all he cares about is UFOs.”

Charlie (Colorado)

no sex, no cigarettes, no alcohol, no food,

No water


Ramadan,An excuse for another month of laying about, doing no work and living it up all night.

Captain Hate

clarice, I was reading this because somebody on line (AoS iirc) was howling about The Very Deep Thoughts of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. I was feeling a bit guilty about taking pleasure in items ridiculing the vomit-provoking books of daft Dhimmi Earl (with all the stored up adultery of the heart he might be good at porn; poetry not so much) but the skewering of Rosalynn (pronounced with a long "o" by co-harpy Eleanor Clift) is comedy gold for that bitter shrew.


yes, I remember your stories about a certain Moscow hotel..:)

why, thank you, Capt.H..:)

DoT...O'Rourke at his best in WS..good read!


Gosh, Capt, I don't remember that one. I have the book around her somewhere and I'll have to put finding it on my ever larger list of to do's.


--It’s only right, this side believes, for the affluent to help the less fortunate.--

And this is the petard the dumbasses have hoisted themselves on.
It is obvious that in fact the affluent already help the less fortunate to a shocking degree when one considers the percentage of income tax paid by the wealthy.
But of course the welfare state as it pertains to the feds and the vast budgetary problem as it pertains to the feds, is essentially social security and medicare, both of which were sold and continue to be sold to the country as self funding pension-like systems.
As reluctant as the right is to jump in and strangle these twin insatiable monsters in their beds, the left is even more frightened of admitting SS and medicare are unsustainable frauds that will require massive general taxation of everyone and means testing to survive, because they know neither will survive, intact, an honest discussion of their future.


((Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa))

Although I've never felt any groupie urge toward any rock star, I did go through a phase where I was totally infatuated with Vargas Llosa through his writings. I'm past the infatuation somewhat now, but prolly all I have to do for it to reignite is read "Conversation in the Cathedral." Gee thanks :)


From Neo's link I found this worthy video of Horowitz and Caddell--about 10 minutes of a little history lesson.


The Carter essay is reprinted here:

Danube of Thought

Since good reads have been broached, please allow me to suggest Cryptonomicon (1999) by Neal Stephenson. Thus far I have only felt secure in recoomending it to one other person, a very bright and somewhat zany brother-in-law. It defies des.cription, but is long on early and present-day computer-technical stuff, the enigma system, Douglas MacArthur, Shanghai, Guadalcanal , private currencies,--well, you get the picture (maybe). It is also screamingly funny. There are a few--a very few--JOMers who I think would love it, but I ain't naming names.

Alan Turing plays a significant role, and if he was't fabulously gay in real life, his heirs may have quite a beef.

hit and run

I think that is a fabulous suggestion. The media wouldn't be able to resist spotlighting it and thus the info would get out to millions who've never seen it before.

I also like Extraneus's suggestion.

Every so often I am reminded at just how little so many people know that I take for granted -- spending so much time following news/politics online as obsessively as I do.

Just think -- your neighbor,your sibling,your parent,your co-worker who doesn't follow this stuff like you do -- you think they realize the extent to which the left has ...well... used all sorts of eliminationist rhetoric over the past decade?


OT: DMV is often used as the poster-child example of "do you want your health care run like this?" This year my driver's license was up for renewal, and I had to appear in person for the eye test. I discovered that there is now a branch office a few miles from me in a little office-suites building, *and* it's open on Saturday, so I hied me over there today. They were competent, efficient, and friendly. In and out, less than 10 minutes.

Today's pleasant surprise. If only all government ran so well.



You've convinced me to un-suspend the hold that I have for the book at the library.



Thank you. Thank you.

One of those names pulled up a link I knew existed but had never been able to quite find.


I have tracked down the ideas we are pushing via these new Common Core national standards back to psychological experiments in the USSR and a time when such archives were only open to a few.

You know something is a bad idea when the furor in a totalitarian state over it makes it all the way to the Central Committee in 1977.

Leave it to our ed cartel to be the last true believers in the socialist/transnational dream.

Basically the new standards are designed to move away from academic learning because it's not fair in public ed to have anything that could produce a normal distribution of outcomes.

Repubs in the House-keep those ed labs defunded unless you want to finance the US demise.

hit and run

It is obvious that in fact the affluent already help the less fortunate to a shocking degree when one considers the percentage of income tax paid by the wealthy.

Yes but....

This will be much too simple and overreaching a statement to defend in all its particulars,but you go to comment with the time you have,not the time you wish you had:

Is there a more convoluted and inefficient means of helping the less fortunate that funneling the money through the federal government?

The affluent are forced to contribute to a shocking degree to programs said to help the poor. It's the extent to which the poor are helped -- relative to the contributions made -- that is just as shocking to me.


Seeing as he is one of the few really worthy nobel prize winners in a while,
and he led a kind of Tea Party, in Peru, in the late 80s, against Alan Garcia, whose now joined the sensible party


They were competent, efficient, and friendly. In and out, less than 10 minutes.

There's an office like that near my workplace. Last time I was there I was in and out in the same amount of time.

However, I was the only customer there at midday, so it left me wondering exactly how much it costs to run this office that no one seems to know about and that appears to serve very few customers, but has at least 10 people working in it.

Captain Hate

PD, our local DMV seems to have become more, for lack of a more appropriate term, efficient. Part of that is Ohio's insatiable appetite for revenue during the economic disaster inflicted on us by Twitch Strickland, leading to you being able to renew your license stickers for 2 years at a time. The denizens there are also quite friendly unlike the dour drones which previously populated the offices. The setting has all the aesthetic appeal of the architecture of Bonn, Germany, to use a non-commie example.

Ok I'm probably tuning out for a while so I can watch my Terps against Villanova. This is an important game because we have zero good OOC victories which the Stalinists which populate the NCAA Selection Committee will probably cast a dim view on if we're "on the bubble" coming into selection Sunday. We'll probably lose but hope springs eternal for a Terp, for which being a fan is not for the easily discouraged.


He must have traveled with blinders on. I, and everyone I worked with who traveled there in the 80's , came back with the strong feeling that the USSR was terminal.

Sounds similar to the way that Walter Duranty and Malcolm Muggeridge were in Russia at the same time, but reached, shall we say, "somewhat" different conclusions about the Soviets?

JM Hanes


I might give T.A. Frank more credit if his central point hadn't been that just because "much of the right truly has become unhinged" doesn't it make it fair to blame them for an unhinged act that gun control, heightened security and better mental health services might have prevented. Ditto for Charles Blow's welcome moment of sanity, which could also qualify as a backhanded defense of his own eliminationist stock in trade.

Nevertheless, both op-eds represent a salutary dose of reality based thinking for a change, however fleeting its effects may be.

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