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February 12, 2011

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Jane (get off the couch - come save the country)

Wake up! It's Saturday!

Extraneus

Jay Cost: The Fred Thompson Experience

If you're a potential GOP contender for 2012, or a strategist advising him, what's the lesson from this? It's that all the work through 2007 really didn't contribute much to the final outcome. If anything, it was counter-productive. McCain had basically imploded by Labor Day (remember when he was flying coach?). Meanwhile, Romney spent so much time twisting himself into a cultural conservative knot in Iowa that he lost New Hampshire ... to McCain! That's a sure sign that the 2007-08 contest was too long: it dragged on for so much time that McCain literally had time to be the frontrunner, collapse financially and in the polls, yet come back to win (the primary) in the end.

Combine the Thompson gambit and McCain's return from the dead, and you wind up with this conclusion: most of 2007 was a waste for Republican nominees. Why should prospective candidates waste 2011, as well?

Pagar

More fiscal insanity!

"75 DC teachers fired by Rhee to be re-hired, paid two years' salary"

I do not understand how this nation can survive these repeated attacks on taxpayers.

"In a practice that had been in place since long before Rhee, their provisional contracts were terminated because they received negative performance evaluations after their first year."

DGS

For the Massachusetts residents, or anyone else who wants to comment. With Massachusetts losing a representative and needing to redistrict, which of the representatives do you think will be redistricted out. Currently they are all members of the Democrat party so it won't effect the unfortunately few Republicans in the state.

My guess is that the powers in the state will try and eliminate Steve Lynch. Any other ideas?

Extraneus

Here, Pagar. Somebody's attempting to show the way.

Wisconsin governor wants to sharply curb unions

The proposal drew outrage from labor unions and Democrats in the state, which has a $137 million budget deficit in the fiscal year ending June 30 and larger deficits to come.

"If Republicans get their way, workers will no longer be able to negotiate over the hours they work, the safety conditions they labor under or the health insurance and retirement benefits they and their families depend on," Senate Democratic Leader Mark Miller said in a statement.

Walker has a Republican-controlled legislature.

Jack is Back!

Buenos Dias para El Chilean Fjords,

Como esta, JOMers!

New post up at LUN. We are currently cruising the Chilean fjords. 52 03.73" S and 073 44.70" W.

6.8 quake (Terremoto) yesterday but no effect on us. They have them every hour on the hour in Chile but his one was a heavy hitter but no damage where we were.

term limits only way to freedom

MCCain and Kerry and the otherd are like Mubarak.She lost because she made an agreement with that type.After the tea party they still wont lrave once they get hold of the cash they have to be kept.Congressmen who took a 4yr service agreement and tiurned into a double career controlling billions and workers and corps with best benefits in the world like Kennedy just make most wonder why they dont have a chance to serve.Kennedy and his legacy of putting family in govt jobs and never giving anyone a chance to serve are just money,nothing else.Their legacies funded a lot of govt work and money only because they wouldnt leave;a reality the world and govt workers or those who want this have to agree with before going into service or being served.Dems are great excuses for the devil and its work(er)s,but the reality is Mubarak.The tea party will fail and we all will get pats on the head for trying as the dictators stay.

Janet

A repost from the end of the other thread -

Soylent emailed that there was some excitement in his area (Camp Nathan Smith, Kandahar City)....they were all okay & we might hear about it in the news.

and

This must be the story. 5 killed in clashes between gunmen & police in Afghanistan


Pagar

"That's a sure sign that the 2007-08 contest was too long: it dragged on for so much time that McCain literally had time to be the frontrunner, collapse financially and in the polls, yet come back to win (the primary) in the end. "

IMO, the 2007/2008 Republican campaign was controlled entirely by the leftist MSM and nothing has been done to change that for the 2012 campaign. As long as candidates are selected by caucuses and open primaries, the winners are not being selected by the Republican voters,IMO.

Jane (get off the couch - come save the country)

My guess is that the powers in the state will try and eliminate Steve Lynch. Any other ideas?

Hey DGS - where ya been? Nice to see you!

Barney has announced he is running again, which sort of undermines the obvious selection of him and his district. Lynch is the most conservative so you are probably right. When does it have to be done by?

Pagar

Wisconsin looks good, but in Indiana:

"But even worse is the fact that Indiana Governor, and likely Presidential candidate, Mitch Daniels, is already working to appease the union bosses -- even before officially announcing he's running for President!"

LUN

"Mitch Daniels And The Right To Work"
I do not understand how any American has the right to keep other legal Americans from working. It is criminal, IMO.

PaulV

Will none of them run for Senate?

jag

"Steve Lynch?"

Good guess. He isn't exactly in lock step with either Mass or congressional Democrats.

Look for them to buy him off with some kind of sinecure....something federal that Obama can feed him as Barney is "too important" to the party. I don't think they want to get into an outright battle between Barney and Lynch because Lynch would likely pull a lot of blue collar votes with his union background.

If Lynch is smart, it will be a GREAT sinecure. Very lucrative.....if not federal maybe a national union position in the middle six figures.

Since Lynch hasn't shown much proclivity to move up, politically, either in the state or nationally, that would seem to indicate he'd be ripe for a juicy bribe.

Rocco

I agree, I think Lynch is out. I've heard him referred to as a Dino by some. I just wish our reps would be required to live in the same district they represent. If firefighters and cops have to live in the town or city they're employed in, why doesn't that apply to our congressional representatives?

OldTimer

Big Government has the Mitch Daniels Right to Work story also, in LUN.

His vacillation on this critical issue has forever tarnished his presidential credibility in my mind. One of the biggest battles we face in 2012 is depending on candidates who will bravely take on union corruption and influence across the country. Another case of "by their fruits ye shall know them"?

Neo

Pagar: I guess they will just have to layoff 75 other teachers to make room and money available

Army of Davids

That 70s show.

Welcome Back Kotter.

The rent is too damn high.

DGS

Jane,

Where have I been?
First, as I said once, I usually comment only one or two times a month.
Next, I changed jobs within the company so am spending much more time than normal working.
Third, we got back from nine days in Barbados a couple of weeks ago.

narciso

His "Lando like' offer to Sibelius, the fact that he doesn't see anything wrong with death
panels, he is coming off awfully splungy in my view.

Neo

PARIS (AFP) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Thursday that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.

"My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure," he said in a television interview when asked about the policy which advocates that host societies welcome and foster distinct cultural and religious immigrant groups.

"Of course we must all respect differences, but we do not want... a society where communities coexist side by side.

"If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France," the right-wing president said.

I just loved that "special" touch at the end.

narciso

Really, Mitch, that's the analogy you want to use, in the LUN

Danube of Thought

"If Republicans get their way, workers will no longer be able to negotiate over the hours they work, the safety conditions they labor under or the health insurance and retirement benefits they and their families depend on,"

Correctamundo. You catch on fast, asshole.

Ranger

Since we have quite a few Steyn fans here (via Instapundit):


http://dailycaller.com/2011/02/11/mark-steyn-the-guy-in-charge-of-u-s-intelligence-is-an-idiot/>Mark Steyn: ‘The guy in charge of U.S. intelligence is an idiot’

Army of Davids

"The problem is not simply that EPA is issuing a lot of regulations. Rather, it is that it has significantly increased the number of rules.... When several of these massive regulations are piled on top of one another for an industry, the cumulative impact can be overwhelming. The result: industries are effectively regulated out of business."

William Kovacs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

tjs

Teacher Corps will be federal and not subject to State law.

Pagar

"Teacher Corps will be federal and not subject to State law."
Is there some background to this?
???????????????????????????????

Ignatz

--"If Republicans get their way, workers will no longer be able to negotiate over the hours they work, the safety conditions they labor under or the health insurance and retirement benefits they and their families depend on," Senate Democratic Leader Mark Miller said in a statement.--
Patron saint of Dems generally and the labor movement in particular, signer of the Wagner Act, FDR, in a letter to the president of the National Federation of Federal Employees in 1937:


"... Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations ... The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for ... officials ... to bind the employer ... The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives ...

"Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people ... This obligation is paramount ... A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent ... to prevent or obstruct ... Government ... Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government ... is unthinkable and intolerable."

Jane (get off the couch - come save the country)

DGS,

Congrats on the job, and kudos on the trip!

Stephanie

More layers of dumb in that rotting Onion of a WH.

LUN

FooBar II

Neo- Doesn't it seem like we hardly hear about Europe any more? We especially hardly ever hear what European leaders have to say.
Maybe I was looking in the wrong places, but were there any reports about what they said about Egypt, or who Obama talked to about the situation there?

Their opinion of our President used to be soooo important.

not foo bar ii

oops

glasater

Mubarak slammed U.S. in phone call with Israeli MK before resignation

sue

Glad soylent is alright

Ignatz

Barry refers to himself as the gipper;

President Obama recounts an anecdote about the 2004 Democratic National Convention at White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' final press briefing:

"The most challenging problem was what tie to wear. And this went up to the very last minute. I mean, 10 minutes before we were about to go on stage we were still having an argument about ties. I had bought five, six ties. And Michelle didn't like any of them, Axelrod didn't like a couple of them -- him being one of the best dressed men in the world. So we really valued his opinion.

"And then somebody -- I don't remember who it was -- turned and said, 'You know what? What about Gibbs' tie? What about Gibbs' tie? That might look good.' And, frankly, Robert didn't want to give it up because he thought he looked really good in the tie. But eventually he was willing to take one for the gipper, and so he took off his tie, and I put it on. And that's the tie that I wore at the national convention."

First, in support of MarkO's observation that Barry just isn't that smart, it was "win one for the Gipper" as in give it your all for your dying teammate not "take one" as in sacrifice for your self-important boss who can't even decide which frickin tie to wear on his own. Pathetic.
Second, Axelrod is one of the best dressed men in the world? Maybe he buys expensive suits, I don't know, but he always looked a combed-over, foul-tempered badger wearing a suit two sizes too big to me.

PD

Yes, Scott Walker is looking very promising so far.

One of the things the union flacks and members screech about immediately whenever action of this sort is proposed is the idea that state employees should pony up a little more for their health insurance.

I say, screech some more: Given that they pay almost nothing for better insurance than most of the rest of us, they help make the case against themselves. We who foot the bill for their insurance while simultaneously paying more than they do for our own, are highly unamused by and unsympathetic to the stuck-pig routine.

PD

Any attempts by Obama or his shills to portray him as in any way like Reagan are completely refudiated by Obama's own words about Reagan in "Dreams." He's uniformly dismissive of Reagan, his values, and policies.

I know, I know. Not fair to use a leftist's own words against him.

And they might not be his "own" words, of course. But he can hardly use that defense.

PD

Mubarak slammed U.S. in phone call with Israeli MK before resignation

Hey, come on. To take this article seriously requires that we believe Mubarak understands the situation in Egypt better than Obama.

Ranger

To paraphrase a comment that was made after the fall of South Vietnam...

After the fall of Mubarak, the voice of the United States will be very hard to hear in the Middle East for quite a long time.

And the WaPo dares to speak truth to power:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021103048.html?hpid=topnews>Mubarak resignation creates political vacuum for U.S. in Middle East

But a senior Republican member of Congress who has access to intelligence reports said U.S. spy agencies have seen recent indications that other Middle East leaders were dismayed by the United States' treatment of Mubarak.

"The other countries are mad as hell, and they're mad as hell at us," said the lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter candidly.

MayBee

I can't believe the audacity in Obama referring to himself as "the Gipper". I really am beginning to wonder how big his ego can possibly be.

narciso

Rhodes, Kerry, ans Malinowski, what is that phrase about the three monkeys, again?

Thomas Collins

Lynch is one of the Mass. Dems for whom I have respect, even when I disagree with him. His Boston office is pretty responsive. I called the Boston office during the ObamaCare debate to complain about a procedural vote by Lynch. I expected some BS talking points. Instead, his aide started arguing vigorously with me that I was wrong on the import of the procedural vote. I was impressed that the aide was willing to take the time to explain Lynch's position. If Mass. keeps Hot Bottom's pal and loses Lynch, the overall quality of the Mass. delegation will drop even more than it has.

Neo

Out of the Huffington Upheaval comes ...

British Prime Minister David Cameron is cutting government spending in favour of something he calls the “Big Society.” It means volunteering — doing things for free that the government used to hire people to do — and has been variously translated as freelance dentistry and delivering chickens to old people. Neighbours will spontaneously rub ointment on you, the Independent suggests.
The "Great Huffington Unwashed" seem to think Arianna Huffington is taking a page from Cameron. (I've been trying to understand this fad of unpaid internships .. this may explain finally it)

Ranger

Oh, and funny how we are not getting leaks of how badly Barry's handling of the Egypt situation has damaged our influence in the rest of the ME. Suddenly, when the intel makes a Dem president look bad, the information stops flowing to the press.

Threadkiller

">http://mcclintock.house.gov/2011/02/hr-72---identifying-federal-regulations-that-impede-job-creation-and-slow-the-economy.shtml"> HR 72 - Identifying Federal Regulations that Impede Job Creation and Slow the Economy

“As Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee of Natural Resources, my colleagues and I are excited and eager to undertake the mission outlined in House Resolution 72: to identify the federal regulations in this field that are impeding job creation and slowing the economy…


Or we could look to the Klamath, where this administration is pushing to tear down four perfectly good hydroelectric dams that generate 155 megawatts of the cleanest and cheapest electricity on the planet – enough to power over 150,000 homes -- because, we’re told, of catastrophic declines of salmon.

When I suggested building a salmon hatchery instead, I was informed that there already is one: it produces 5 million salmon smolt each year – 17,000 of which return to that river as fully grown adults to spawn – but they’re deliberately ignored in the population counts. To add insult to insanity, as they tear down these dams in the name of saving the salmon, they’re also tearing down the fish hatchery.

…Ronald Reagan was right: in this crisis, government is not the solution to our problems – government is the problem. The good news is that’s within our power to correct – and it was clearly the mandate of the American people in 2010.

And we will act on that mandate beginning with a series of hearings and actions directly related to this much-needed resolution.

Neo

Joshua Goldberg, Jonah's brother, appears to have died from a fall.

OldTimer

Terribly sad and OT, but Thomas Lifson has written of Joshua Goldberg's sudden passing. See LUN.

Joshua is Lucianne Goldberg's son, so for those who are Lucianne dot com readers, many are leaving comments at her site. This is very sorrowful and shocking news for longtime Lucianne readers and posters.

DGS

TC,
That is one reason I expect that he will be redistricted out. He is the best of a very bad bunch.

Neo

The fallout from the freeze in Mexico may end up being worse than first thought, according to some reports. For the latest coverage on this story, see Freeze hits Mexican vegetables.

Freezing temperatures across a wide swath of Mexico the night of Feb. 3-4 could have a huge effect on supplies of tomatoes, peppers and other winter vegetables.
Mexico freeze threatens vegetable crops

The freeze reached fields as far south as southern Sinaloa. Crops in the border state of Sonora could be devastated.

“The last time there was a freeze of this severity was 1957,” said Jerry Wagner, director of sales and marketing for Nogales, Ariz.-based Farmer’s Best. “It’s still too early to tell, but there’s a lot of damage.”

All of the growing regions Farmer’s Best ships from suffered freezing temperatures, Wagner said. The company’s full line of vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash, was likely affected.

This is likely more "Global Warming"

PD

This is likely more "Global Warming"

I'm sure several crack journalists will ask Algore whether this doesn't contradict his thesis, and how does he explain it.

Frau Talsperre

TK - I'm sure this administration would approve of creating jobs by removing CA dams and "freeing" rivers. The same people think it is fine to flood *completely* the once stunning Hetch Hetchy Valley for the faucets and toilets of San Francisco.

jimmyk

Ignatz, good find on the FDR quote. But how much of a stretch would it be to do a "You Too" on FDR and apply what he says to non-government unions:

"Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole peopletheir employers ... This obligation is paramount ... A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent ... to prevent or obstruct ... Government private business ... Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Governmentbusiness ... is unthinkable and intolerable."

The idea that collective bargaining is some fundamental human right (as suggested in the linked article about Wisconsin) seems to me preposterous--yes, especially for government employees, but more generally.

jimmyk

"Axelrod didn't like a couple of them -- him being one of the best dressed men in the world."

Dare I make a snarky comment about BO's grammar ("him being")? I think "he" would be proper usage here.

Elliott

Mubarak slammed U.S. in phone call with Israeli MK before resignation

Not even a hint of gratitude to Obama, who was as loyal to Mubarak as he was to his guide and mentor Jeremiah Wright?

"The other countries are mad as hell, and they're mad as hell at us," said the lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter candidly.

The following takes place between 7 and 8 p.m. on the day of the Egyptian President's resignation:

Unidentified King/Emir/Sheik: When they come for me, Barack, I hope you'll be more a help.

POTUS: I stick my neck out for nobody.

clarice

POTUS: I stick my neck out for nobody.... except Chavez and Castro and Zelaya and [name persons inimical to US interests].

Pagar

"“The last time there was a freeze of this severity was 1957,”"

Maybe, we can send people to North Korea to learn how to not survive when there is no food.

Meanwhile, the insanity of using corn to make:

"The New York Times noted in an article yesterday that food prices are expected to rise this year as a result of significantly lower supplies of corn reserves — the lowest since 1996 — and a higher use of corn for ethanol. The food vs. fuel tug continues, with the ethanol mandate, the ethanol tax credit, plus massive subsidies causing more and more corn to be diverted to ethanol production rather than food."

If ever there was a government program that
should be eliminated today, it is using taxpayer's money to take food out of the world's food supplies and using it to make ethanol. It is total 100% government generated fraud.

Ranger

Well, according to http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/02/12/egypt.revolution/index.html?hpt=T1>CNN, the Egytian military has gotten what they wanted. The demonstrators are dispersing.

Protester Yehya Kheireldin said an "unspoken plan" had been reached between the military and a group of protest organizers to take down barricades and tents in Tahrir Square, even though some people wanted to hold out longer.

"Its time to start rebuilding the country" Kheireldin said, pointing to the hundreds of volunteers armed with brooms who are sweeping away the debris left by the sit-in.

...

Kheireldin said some protesters did not want to leave Tahrir Square because they had found "free food and a place to sleep." Others did not trust the new military government, but Khereldin said they were a minority.

Of course, the cost of this victory was blowing up the Egyptian constitution.

PD

Of course, the cost of this victory was blowing up the Egyptian constitution.

No wonder Obama's for it.

Neo
“What we will be doing is ignoring the people’s business of creating jobs and frankly putting ourselves in the role of a clogged toilet,” said [(D-Enron) Rep. Sheila Jackson] Lee. “That means we are doing nothing. We are stuffed up.”
... but we already knew they were full of ..it.
MarkO

I, for one, celebrate the fact that Egypt has moved from a military dictatorship to a military dictatorship. All credit to Obama.

Jane (get off the couch - come save the country)

What kind of fall killed Goldberg? That's really sad.

clarice

I can't find more details, Jane. I agree. It is very sad.

C.R.

The only information I've seen about the fall was that it was an accident. Jonah Goldberg left a brief comment at The Corner. Josh was only 43.

Chubby

The Swiss banks that froze Mubarak's accounts surely made tons of money off his business over the years. If they were so offended by doing biz with him, why did they take his business in the first place? Is it possible that some higher ups in Egypt give the order for his assets to be frozen? Is it possible he is under virtual house arrest and may be put on trial as a scapegoat?

bgates

The idea that collective bargaining is some fundamental human right seems to me preposterous

How about we just return to a pair of negative rights - the government can't stop employees from bargaining collectively, neither can it stop employers from firing and replacing the lot.

(Or as Barry might say, if employer want to fire, him can fire.)

glasater

Is it possible that some higher ups in Egypt give the order for his assets to be frozen?

Really speculating here and almost have my tinfoil hat on--but wondering if the 'O' man had something to do with putting the squeeze on the Swiss. After all, the IRS has been after the Swiss Banks trying to get to US so-called tax dodgers.

clarice

I imagine from the size of her, SJLee,B.A. Yale.J.D. Univ of Va., knows from clogged toilets.

Pagar

"To add insult to insanity, as they tear down these dams in the name of saving the salmon, they’re also tearing down the fish hatchery."

That is why "the rent is too damm High"

Not only are we paying public employees to come up with these insane ideas. We have to create more buildings for them to be in while they come up with these insane ideas. We have to come up with the money to tear down the perfectly good dams and fish hatchery to implement their insane ideas.
Get rid of the unnecessary government employees and reduce the insanity and reduce the rent.

Elliott

(Or as Barry might say, if employer want to fire, him can fire.)

I am of the belief that in Baracksprach the proper collocation to convey that sentiment without alarming the Workers would be: "If you like the collective bargaining plan you have, you can keep your plan."

bunky

Too funny that the Fox reporter complained of the stench from "filth" in Cairo. What no porta pots in moderate Muslim brotherhood land?

RichatUF

The arc of Baracksprach is long, but it bends towards gibberish and sophistry.

Jack is Back!

Just a quick note. We have a big glacier coming up at 4:30pm ship's time (probably around 2:30pm EST). So, what we wanted to post on the Magellanic Penguin Colony at Otway Sound is postponed until we can do it justice. We have some video that is YouTube perfect. They are quite the characters.

But thanks for all the kind comments and encouragement. Master JiB is very happy with the results of his observations and impressions.

Jack is Back!

Master JiB wants me to add that today is also Charles Darwin's birthday and there is a little known fact - he was born not only on the same day as Honest Abe but also the same year.

Pops

A few simply questions on press should ask Obama:

Just how high can the debt go before in ruins the economy? You plan to borrow another 1.5 Trillion this year and 1.5 Trillion next, do you have any idea how that will impact the economy?

How much is enough for an business to fork over. First they pay salaries, then they pay benefits, then they pay dues, then they pay fines, and they pay increased cost, plus their taxes and now you call for them to 'share' their meager profits which is what's left after everybody else took a cut...how is this thinking NOT socialist?

Is their any level of depravity, of wonton destruction of human life, of just plain sickening devaluing of people, and damaging and destroying lives that has to happen before you would think to speak out about the ever more sickening abortion industry.

Chubby

not to mention pensions

matt

ignatz;

Barry has compared himself or been compared to Reagan,FDR, and Lincoln so far. I think he is more akin to Zelig.

all I have to say right now regarding Obama and Mubarak is "Mubarak, meet the bus". It is getting very crowded under there.

Captain Hate

I imagine from the size of her, SJLee,B.A. Yale.J.D. Univ of Va., knows from clogged toilets.

LOL; those Carter era low flows would be considered Mission Highly Improbable. There's probably a resident plumber at chez Lee; maybe an illegal to do the job no citizen would undertake. Time for a crackdown, to coin a phrase.

Frau Talsperre

"I really am beginning to wonder how big his ego can possibly be."

Maybee, he said after two weeks in office that he "was good at it," (presidency) and today he said, "I'm enjoying it." Nothing about the difficulties and responsibilities. Nooooo, it's just so cinchy and all, especially the sports tv hours, cocktail parties, fun with Reggie, motorcades and prepared speeches.
Pfui!

matt

Jib;

Are you sure your son is writing that blog? It is very well done.Please congratulate him on it. I await every installment now.

Frau Talsperre

"Dare I make a snarky comment about BO's grammar ("him being")? I think "he" would be proper usage here."

Put me in the "his being" camp. I'm from the Fowler's English crowd.

A pronoun immediately before the gerund (verbal noun) is usually in the possessive case. Yes, there is the case for the verbal adjective.

No transformational grammar for me, nosiree. Choke on that Chomsky!
(See ChaCo, a virgo through and through)

Janet

Grammar snark? Noooo!, I won't be able to play. :(
Again...zero, zilch, nada high ground.

caro

Put me in the "his being" camp.

I'm there with you,Frau.

caro

I just got an email with this link,an interactive map of the Middle East and north Africa. You match the name with the country. Boy, I have tried to learn all these in the last several years, but the Stans and the second tier from the Med African countries still are evading. This tool with really help.

jimmyk

I thought about "his" versus "he" (which is why I hedged a bit). In this case "he" sounded right to me, and I think (though I'm not sure), this reference from the Cambridge Grammar of the English language backs me up:


There is one respect in which ‘gerund’ and ‘present participle’ clauses differ in their internal form: with ‘gerunds’ the subject may take genitive case, with plain or accusative case a less formal alternant, but with ‘present participles’ the genitive is impossible and pronouns with a nominative–accusative contrast appear in nomiative case, with accusative an alternant restricted to informal style. Compare then:
[39] i. She resented his/him/*he being invited to open the debate.
ii. We appointed Max, he/him/*his being much the best qualified of the candidates.

Translating this, I believe "his" is correct in the first case, "he" is correct in the second, and in each case "him" is regarded as "informal."

MayBee

There's just so much besides questionable grammar in Obama's tie-gifting speech.
There's Gibbs as the hapless onlooker, getting pantsed by the popular kids.
There's Obama as the guy who takes your tie and keeps it, even though he's a millionaire and could buy his own ties all day long.
There's Axelrod as the image maker, the guy with the leisure suit and the combover, encouraging Barack to take someone else's tie (not his!).
And there's Michelle as the over bearing and critical wife. Not liking any of the ties.
There's the tie encased in glass with a picture and a note, perfect for a future generation Gibbs who has hit hard times to bring for appraisal to the Antiques Roadshow.

Finally, there's Obama as The Gipper.

Elliott

MayBee, I think you have resolved the issue of presidential lieu de naissance: he's straight out of a Raymond Chandler novel.

hit and run

There is one respect in which ‘gerund’ and ‘present participle’ clauses differ in their internal form: with ‘gerunds’ the subject may take genitive case

Nothing is worse than bad grammar. Symptoms may include genitive warts caused by a textually transmitted disease.

Captain Hate

Agreed Maybee; it's a treasure trove of unintentional hilarity centered on the individual that David Lettereunuch couldn't find anything to joke about.

Theo

Well I learn a lot from this erudite crowd. But the last thing that I expected (or frankly wanted) was grammar lessons. The brain power around here could surely be put to better use.

Janet

Here is the video of Maher saying he doesn't believe Obama is a Christian.

What is odd to me is how unknown Obama is to even people that support him. They seem to be okay with him lying about gay marriage & his religion. They are all yucking it up about how you have to lie to be a politician. Kinda sad. Only the big hair guy on the end (Don King?)thinks Obama is a Christian.

daddy

JiB,

Glad you guys are okay. I was worried about the Chilean Earthquake precisely because today's birthday boy (Darwin) was hit with a very strong earthquake when he was in Chile in 1835 and very ably chronicles its frightening effects. He actually considered himself more an incipient Geologist at this time of the voyage, so when he saw the destruction in Chile and realized how level terrain could be uplifted or sunk by earthquakes, it allowed him to make the intellectual jump that mountain chains could arise over the eons by such action, and he then used that thought to try to figure out the mountain ranges of South America. An outstanding example of his amazingly inquisitive mind. Am sure you know all this JiB but I enjoy observing your journey thru Frederick's eyes.

If anyone cares, heres a ">http://crosscut.com/blog/crosscut/19361/Darwin-on-an-earlier-Chile-earthquake/"> link to young Charles Darwin's observations and conclusions on the Concepcion earthquake from "Voyage of The Beagle," which interestingly sound like a college level version of Frederick's blog.

Keep safe and keep posting. Thanks.

Janet

There is one respect in which ‘gerund’ and ‘present participle’ clauses differ in their internal form: with ‘gerunds’ the subject may take genitive case

Is this even written in English? I thought this was Latin or something.

Captain Hate

Janet, I think that's Cornell West taking a brief respite from appearing on his personal butt plug, Tavis Smiley's, unwatchable show on PBS. Even lib friends are offended by that bit of taxpayer supported garbage.

Extraneus

"I really am beginning to wonder how big his ego can possibly be."

Is there any doubt that Sarah Palin could take this one weakness of his and blow him out of the water with it? Seriously, how could Obama handle being ridiculed, Alinsky-style, by Sarah Palin of all people?*

And you know she'd pick just the right blade.

If she jumps in, I will pay for the chance to see that debate.

*Remember McCain's one and only good ad?

Captain Hate

There is no doubt, Ext; zilch, nada, the null set. She just about had him torching a pack of Kools at a sitting she was so deep inside his empty dome. Every one of those jibes in her acceptance speech cut him to the quick; and that they were delivered so effectively during a 'prompter snafu just made it that much more delicious.

Ranger

Instapundit observes:

GALLUP: Unemployment Up To 10.3 Percent. I’ve noticed a divergence between the Gallup numbers and the “official” numbers lately. I wonder why that is? Is it seasonal adjustment, or something else? Underemployment is up to 19.7 percent.

Its not just the unemployment level that will continue to hurt Obama, it is the divergence between the "official" unemployment levels and what people are living.

jimmyk

The brain power around here could surely be put to better use.

Sorry, Theo, but I only brought it up to ridicule our supposedly brilliant, Ivy League-educated, super intellectual president.

Frau Talsperre

Yes, indeed, hit, and we are all reminded to wash our hands diligently following exposure to genitives. Gerunds remain kosher, especially if used in conjunction with a nominal dill pickle.

Never fear, Janet. You are safe from grammar abuse. There's a mark on your house that protects you.

Extraneus

Mark Steyn: ‘The guy in charge of U.S. intelligence is an idiot’

(Via Instapundit.)

Janet

Gerunds remain kosher, especially if used in conjunction with a nominal dill pickle.

Hahaha Frau!

maryrose

Is it just me or do Obama and Moochelle seem ill-matched? Barack wants to be cool and Michelle is just an upperclass wannabee.
Janet: Some of that grammer lesson had some Latin rules in it. For example there's the nominative, genitive, dative, accusative and
ablative form of words in Latin.5 different ways to say farmer.

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