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March 16, 2011

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Ignatz

--Janet, how does that Nosferatu keep getting reelected?! Does he represent Santa Carla, CA?--

Nope, Beverly Hills. The only place with more spoiled brat vampire wanna-be's than Santa Carla.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

For what it's worth: I love engineers. Know any single ones who are looking for someone who would be their loyalist fan?

macphisto

i've been saying for over two years that Obama's lack of affect, etc. are easily explained by the theory that he's under the influence of depressants, either drugs prescribed by a physician (which can be legitimate prescriptions or Jacko/Elvis-style fraudulent ones) or illegal drugs. when he hasn't got the hyperactive crack-baby thing going on (which suggests a return to his previous cocaine use) he looks so smacked-out that he makes William S. Burroughs look lively. folks have suggested in the past that Obama is drinking, but that would be obviously detectable--e.g. people would be able to smell it at public events--and besides, O is from the drugs generation.

Threadkiller

Nobody wants to hear what I have been saying for three years about him.

Rob Crawford

For what it's worth: I love engineers. Know any single ones who are looking for someone who would be their loyalist fan?

Yeah, but...

rse

mel-

someone recently posted a windy city address I can use if that works. Hubby married me when I already had a life and career and is mostly amused I can run into people all over.

Made reservations today for that Tuesday and Wednesday night on Michigan Ave near East Illinois.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

D.C. GOP HQ Windows Shattered By Small Caliber Pellets

Paul Craney, the executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee, got quite the surprise when he came into the office today — someone had shot out the windows of the party’s headquarters at 1275 K Street NW with what appeared to be small caliber pellets.

“All I can say is that whoever did it either is targeting glass windows or the D.C. Republican Committee,” said Craney in an email this afternoon. Craney told us that the damage occurred around 1:30 a.m. last night, when the building’s security company left him a message about a glass break…

maryrose

TK:
What have you been saying for 3 years about him?
How about bipolar disorder? It would explain that flat response if he's taking medication for it.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Yeah, but...

LOL. Story of my life, there is always a but and rarely a butt.

pagar

Henry, Thanks for your reply on who checks the signature on the recall sheets. Apparently the Soros SOS project works perfectly. I still don't understand the bit about the SOS decides when a bill goes into effect by withholding publication of it.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Two Michigan democrats were charged today with nine felonies for allegedly forging election paperwork to get fake Tea Party candidates on November’s ballot

At least somebody is doing something to stop these thugs.

daddy

Matt just got instalanched at Instapundit!

Some thoughts on the effect of the Sendai Earthquake on the technology supply chain.

Good job Matt!

Melinda Romanoff

Nooooo, that's a no good.

At earthlink dot net, you can try my nickname, and raise it by 191, before playing with the circa date.

Mind my filters, and sender request.

Or, you can dogleg it through the host of the voice in my head blog. If you can hit it. (heh, that's funnier than I thought.)

If that doesn't work, we'll go at it another way.

Rob Crawford

LOL. Story of my life, there is always a but and rarely a butt.

They're both complete jerks.

pagar

Two Michigan Democrats doing what Democrats do best--Lie and cheat.

clarice

I always think matt's stuff deserves wider circulation.

MayBee

Jane- nope. I gave up my Twitter account a few months ago.

narciso

About the Washington insider, I thought it was oddd we knew more about the situation,
than he/she did. A physicist is real, Charlie. not Dr. Emmett Brown's doppelganger, looking for the flux capacitor.

centralcal

I always think matt's stuff deserves wider circulation.

Well . . . when TM disappears mysteriously and comments reach 1,000+ we should all convene at Matt's Meditations.

Melinda Romanoff

Mail check in the AM, and then off to AZ.

G'night all!

Threadkiller

I love you maryrose, but if I say it on this thread Jane will not let me stay at her house.

maryrose

It's ok TK,I just remembered what it was about. All this hidden stuff is going to come out about Obama and then we will see how easy it is for him to get re-elected. He's going to be in the race of his life and won't be able to phone it in. I'm looking forward to watching him scramble.
On greta tonight they had a clip of repubs from Wisconsin in Wash. DC for a fundraiser and they had all these union people running around-no security check babbling about workers rights. One guy said they won't take away our bargaining rights. Hello-that bill has already been signed. I said to my husband"Don't any of these deadbeats have jobs?"

Danube of Thought

When I hear of an organization whose name contains the word "Concerned," I reach for my revolver.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

They're both complete jerks.

Unless they are dems or Anthony Weiner/Barack Obama types, I'd take my chances. :)

TZ Mask

Rep. Waxman: "Mistake To Move Forward" With More Nuclear Plants

Nostraldamus: Look what it did to me!

Comanche Voter

Krugman may be just an apprentice Wormwood--but he's a Black Belt Level Five jerk.

As for the workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant--a little more than twentyfive years ago I was involved with the post accident legal work after an explosion and fire that killed 6 workers at a major West Coast refinery--and injured many others. An 8 inch pipe carrying naphtha (gasoline) at 500 F and 700 PSI had ruptured and ignited right over the control blockhouse on the unit. The workers outside the blockhouse died in the initial explosion. The workers inside the blockhouse stayed at their posts working to shut the unit down and stop the flow of naphtha. The whole scene looked like a small corner of Hell. Other workers (the refinery fire crews) came to the edge of the unit and helped put the fire out. Refinery blockhouses are designed to withstand fire, but in a really big explosion, all of the oxygen in the vicinity is consumed--and in one major explosion in a Louisiana refinery the whole crew in the blockhouse suffocated for lack of oxygen.

The point of this long tale is that industrial workers frequently feel a great affection for the plant where they work--they may, or may not like management, but they like their plant--whether it is Fukushima or a plant on the U.S. West Coast.

I'm not surprised at the dedication of the Fukushima workers.

In a sense refineries and nuclear power plants have one thing in common; they are among the safest places in the world to work--so long as the genie is kept inside the bottle.

Rob Crawford

A physicist is real, Charlie. not Dr. Emmett Brown's doppelganger, looking for the flux capacitor.

Sorry, but, the guy's a crank. He undoubtedly has a degree and teaches, but that doesn't mean he's not a crank.

1. He apparently believes it will be necessary to use a nuclear bomb on the reactor site. Basically he'd be trading a large mess for the relatively small one the world has now.

2. When pressed to actually quantify his claims, he refuses to do so. This despite slinging insults about the rest of us not thinking with "math-science-and-engineering".

3. He's mis-citing his sources. In one case I found he was using a hypothetical case as a statement of conditions at the reactor. The "errors" are always in the direction to sensationalize.

I had a physics prof in college who was a flat-out crank. He was a decent teacher, but a crank. He thought the human body was arranged to be a radio antenna centered around the genitals, for example. This guy's giving off the same vibes.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Insty has this up:

Hiawatha Bray emails: “I know you’re a big fan of Old Man’s War. I just heard on CNN that at the damaged Japanese nuclear reactors, officials are asking older workers to stay on and try to prevent a meltdown. One worker who volunteered is 59 and six months from retirement. Older workers are being recruited because it’s believed that because of their advanced age, they’ll die of other causes before the effects of radiation can kill them. Pretty scary. God bless these brave people.”

God bless them, indeed. However, it does make sense. And older workers are past childbearing age and won't pass on radiated genes that cause birth defects.

Rob Crawford

"When I hear of an organization whose name contains the word "Concerned," I reach for my revolver."

Why? A pistol can hold more rounds.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

It wasn't me, pointing finger at Rob over there.

Captain Hate

1. He apparently believes it will be necessary to use a nuclear bomb on the reactor site. Basically he'd be trading a large mess for the relatively small one the world has now.


What is it with these imbeciles and nuclear bombs? Weren't some clown posse members suggesting using one on the Gulf spill? What could go wrong with that?

He thought the human body was arranged to be a radio antenna centered around the genitals

That's the Playboy philosophy, no?

PD

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clarice

O must have attended something at the Italian or Malaysian embassy down the street from us because there was a huge presidential motorcade in rfont of my house tonight at dinner time...returned about 9:30-10:00

maryrose

I didn't know that you lived so close to all the action clarice. You have a window on history there.

clarice

I live on a corner In the other direction Bob Johnson then head of Bet and a big Clinton backer had a house. One night my husband noticed a limo had been parked in front of our house for quite a long time and he stepped outside to investigate. It was then Pres, Clinton, reading something as he waited to make his entrance at Johnson's shindig.


It's mostly pretty quiet around here though unless one of the Embassies is having its national day celebration or a dignitary is visiting.

Jim Ryan

Cap'n, I'm in Pittsburgh on business. Aren't you in Cleveland? Of course I visited my favorite Pittsburgh dining establishment: Fathead's. Come to find out, they've opened a branch in Cleveland. Highly recommended if 42 great types of beer, a slew of great sandwiches, and a belly laugh float your boat.

Gosh, I love the U. of Pitt architecture. Truly magnificent, over-the-top gothic art deco.

glenda

Obama is not autistic. He is not that gifted. The spectrum is wide, but narcissitic personality disorder, NOS with affectations of drug abuse - led around and schooled by anarchists. His abandonment issues contributed to his inability to empathize or have a true faith in God or country. Much more Manchurian Candidate than Rainman.

Danube of Thought

I'm seeing Shemp (tivo three-hour delay) from Japan sounding like the poor wretch watching the Hindenburg go down.

clarice

No real news of Japan yet. Heading to bed. Niters.

Captain Hate

Thanks, JR; I'll google it and check it out. Is that 42 on tap? Because we have a statewide franchise, The Winking Lizard, that has lots of brews and runs specials every month.

Yeah DoT, I heard that Princess Shemp had a nukular expert on that informed said wretch that when water meets hot reactors, steam happens!!eleventy1!

LUN for Iowahawk hilarity

daddy

ADN is reporting that yesterday "Members of a presidential commission charged with investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil spill used a hearing on the hill Wednesday to make recommendations for regulating oil drilling in...Alaska." Link.

The story says that "the commission recommended against a moratorium on Arctic drilling...", but my cynical biased perception from the story is that the commission's recommendations are so clogged with requirements and mandates and qualifications and studies that in essence it is a proclamation to never drill masquerading under the guise of permission to drill.

Regardless, what it overall demonstrates to me once again is the folly of not drilling in onshore ANWR, which would render all these offshore handwringing blatherfests moot.

Jim Ryan

Yes, on tap. Two or three are the pub's own brews, but the rest are not.

Captain Hate

JR, I just looked it up; it's over in North Olmsted and I think I've been there and it was pretty damn good with lots of beers on tap. We met a couple that Mrs H works with the wife in Lakewood and the place we initially planned on going to was packed so it was a fallback place which, in retrospect, should've been the first choice. It's closer to maryrose than to me but I'd love to go back.

narciso

It's as if there hasn't been drilling in Alaska, ever, for such a comment to emerge;

"The Arctic poses a different set of risks. It's shallow water, but has its own threats of terrible fog, very severe hurricane-type forces, darkness over much of the year, ice ... those are all going to need special attention," William Reilly, co-chairman of the commission, said.

Captain Hate

daddy I just want to let you know that I have the Holes making the Final Four. I'm sure I'll take major pipe for that choice but I think Thad Matta's tendency to only go 7 deep will cost him. IOW they're probably a lock for national champions.

Whatever NCAA idiots put together the brackets made the East murderer's row and made the Southeast a bunch of WTFs.

narciso

If we don't drill in the Bering and the Chukchi, rest assured the Russians will, and they don't cotton to environmmentalist, didn't they try one for treason, not that long ago.

Jim Ryan

Glad you liked it. This time, I got the bumper sticker. It's a picture of Fathead, naturally. They guy cracks me up.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

terrible fog, very severe hurricane-type forces, darkness over much of the year, ice

Ooooooooh, so scary. You want terrible fog, try driving down Bedford mountain (PA) at midnight. I'm not getting why fog would present a major problem to a stationary oil rig. Darkness, hmmm, they never heard of lights in Alaska? The hurricane-type forces, maybe, but it seems that Alaskans and Alaska industry manages to deal with these "forces" and perhaps they would tell the neophyte oil and gas people how to also, as I'm sure they've never had to deal with these "forces" anywhere else in the world.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

I forgot ice, something no one anywhere has ever had to deal with before either.

These libs are afraid of their own shadows. Mr. William Reilly, they have REAL men and women in Alaska, not the wimps you've spent your life around.

Stephanie

The hurricane-type forces, maybe, but it seems that Alaskans and Alaska industry manages to deal with these "forces" and perhaps they would tell the neophyte oil and gas people how to also, as I'm sure they've never had to deal with these "forces" anywhere else in the world.

Todd Palin doesn't seem to have a problem with these forces in the Iron Man Challenge. Wasn't he an oil worker at one time? Maybe they should call him before the committee to testify to the truth of these claims.

narciso

And you forgot the vampires at Barrow, Sara,
but probably they don't venture far from there. LOL

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Todd Palin doesn't seem to have a problem with these forces in the Iron Man Challenge. Wasn't he an oil worker at one time? Maybe they should call him before the committee to testify to the truth of these claims.

Todd worked on the North Slope at the oil fields there. And the other half of the year, he had his own fishing boat, which last year he turned over to his 21 year old son. Plus a fact I just learned recently, he built the house they live in and flies a sea plane.

daddy

"It's as if there hasn't been drilling in Alaska, ever, for such a comment to emerge"

And Narciso this is after the Shell guy at the Alaska OCS Drilling Public Hearings last week told us there had already been over 4,000 studies done on offshore oil drilling in Alaska. Does everybody in DC arrive on a turnip truck?

This is why we are crazy to not open ANWR asap and obviate the need for another 4,000 studies. Drill on land, connect to the existing pipeline and be done with it.

Cap't,

I am so far behind on Bracketology I'm useless. Hard to follow over here. Today is Shanghai and its just NBA stuff on tube. Am glad to hear your opinion though. That's encouraging. The wife and In-Law's are all Ohio State alum's so this time of year always gets tricky for family get-togethers. Well, off to the Blarney Stone and if Matt is still here I hope he shows up.

Sara,

Screw looking for engineers. What with your ability to stay awake at all hours of the night, you'd be great in this business. You need to be a cargo-pilot. Ratio's about 1 gal to 10 guys so just showing up for work you already start out as a 10, and if you're good at drinking beer, you'd be an 11:) Take care and hope you're feeling okay. Bye.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

I don't know if he has a personality disorder or he's autistic or has Aspergers, I do know that he is certifiably delusional. He told a group of big dem donors as reported by The Hill:

"When you look back at the track record of work that we've done over the last two years, I think it's fair to say the promise we made to the American people has been kept, that we have delivered in change that we can believe in," Obama said.
Sara (Pal2Pal)

Screw looking for engineers. What with your ability to stay awake at all hours of the night, you'd be great in this business. You need to be a cargo-pilot. Ratio's about 1 gal to 10 guys so just showing up for work you already start out as a 10, and if you're good at drinking beer, you'd be an 11:) Take care and hope you're feeling okay. Bye.

I think I'm slightly old to become a pilot, but I could get up to speed on beer drinking if I had to. Although it has been years since my beer drinking days, and even back then I preferred Colt 45 Malt. I'm not locked into engineers, in fact, about my only criteria is a breathing male. :)

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Oh and to your last question, I'm doing okay. Relative to a year ago, I'm Miss Twinkletoes as evidenced by my growing desire to get out and start trying to gin up a social life again.

matt

back at the hotel after meetings, and on the way to Shenzhen. Thanks all for the kind words.

Having a child with Asperger's and working in the engineering and gearhead community, I noticed a correlation in the conduct of many engineers and the symptoms of Asperger's.

I deal with a lot of senior management types and sometimes shake my head at how some of them are in the positions they are.

I came to the conclusion that God sometimes gives someone one great gift, but forgets the rest of the whole man (most Asperger's folks are male. I have seen this repeated in some great people as well. They often have an incredible talent, but sometimes fatal flaws.

I came to the conclusion that there are some people who can't help being Asperger's, but there are far more who can help being assholes.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Amen to that Matt.

Stephanie

I'm an Aspie as is my daughter. It may be more prevalent in males, but it is also most likely genetic. The clustering of Aspies is well documented around high tech areas (Silicon Valley, Research Triangle NC, etc) and there are many wonderful schools that have sprung up in those areas to work with the kids of Aspies. Programmers, engineers, physicists, and most fields that are prone to a head-down, non-social detail oriented work environment are heavy Aspie. Many tend to be OCD as well.

Agent J. (formally known as "J"..

I came to the conclusion that there are some people who can't help being Asperger's, but there are far more who can help being assholes.

Is that not the most universal statement ever made.

glasater

Mr Ballard-

Think you're spot on regarding mortgages and thanks for the link.
Am still ruminating on your comment from the previous thread on the R's versus D's and reluctance to tackle the spending problems. Don't know if the R's are playing chess or checkers.

And maryrose-
I so glad there is another CNBC nut in this crew:)

Sara (Pal2Pal)

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Top o' the Mornin' To You

Jim Ryan

In the WSJ this morning Mort Zuckerman is calling for "substantial new stimulus" to get the ol' economy moving. Because the last stimulus didn't work. But he says it should come with promises to cut spending in the future so that businesses can rest assured.

Jim Ryan

Top o' the morning to you, Sara. Two of my grandparents had Irish accents.

Nuts, I'm not wearing green this morning. That's not going to go well.

Captain Hate

Speaking of the WSJ, they have an editorial on the "Miami Political Hurricane" pointing out that you can forget about the MFM's concentration on the protesting doofuses in Madison and the garbage polls; the recall is the *real* poll to pay attention to, particularly how low and middle class Hispanics wore shirts and carried signs saying "Vote si". 88 to 12 against the profligate spenders, bitchezz.

Rob Crawford

You want terrible fog, try driving down Bedford mountain (PA) at midnight. I'm not getting why fog would present a major problem to a stationary oil rig.

Please. No one's ever drilled for oil in the fog! Or Pennsylvania!

(Yes, I know the first oil boom was in PA. The second or third was right here in Ohio.)

Sara (Pal2Pal)

For our many world travelers here at JOM a PSA:

WASHINGTON — The United States has authorized the first evacuations of Americans out of Japan, taking a tougher stand on the deepening nuclear crisis and warning U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to any part of the country as unpredictable weather and wind conditions risked spreading radioactive contamination.
Melinda Romanoff

Sara-

I've made that drive with ice, lots of fun. I was happy not to be playing with a trailer.

rse-

I responded at 10:17, last night.

Janet

Hispanics wore shirts and carried signs saying "Vote si". 88 to 12 against the profligate spenders,

IMO a big miscalculation for libs is the assumed Hispanic vote. Endless fees & regulations are a big pain in the butt for start up businesses & construction jobs which are heavily Hispanic here. We need to lump all types of taxes into our "less taxes" mantra. Call the politicians what they are...money addicts. They are addicted to YOUR money.
I think the uber environmental stuff is a big loser in the Hispanic community too. Most are looking to move up the economic scale (like any sane person) & they want nice big trucks & bigger homes.

DebinNC

It's been a week since authorities identified the person who emailed death threats to multiple WI Republican legislators. Is there any reason other than the possibility this person is a minor to explain why we don't know her/his name?

maryrose

Jim Ryan:
I've been to Fatheads and loved it. It's about 10 minutes from my house.
Happy St.Patrick's Day to all! I will soon begin celebrating in earnest.

cathyf
I'm extremely worried about Y2K.
I'm a lot more worried about Y2.1K -- the year 2100 is not a leap year. But before that, I'm way worried about January 19, 2038, 3:14 a.m. GMT.
maryrose

Jim Ryan:
I've been to Fathead's and loved it!It's about 10 minutes from my house. Happy St.Patrick's Day to all!I will soon commence my annual celebration with friends and family.

PD

But before that, I'm way worried about January 19, 2038, 3:14 a.m. GMT.

Thinking about the 32-bit word size?

pagar

"Is there any reason other than the possibility this person is a minor to explain why we don't know her/his name? "

The person is a Democrat.
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If you can one read one blog post today, IMO it should be:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/03/the_neighborhood_mosque.html

There is no excuse for allowing this to happen.

larry

Haven't gotten to the end of the thread, but here goes a couple days' worth.

Alas, I must break the silence about the elephant in the room. Maybe we're all in denial, but our dear friend, Rick Ballard has developed the stutters. There, I said it and I'm glad. Just the first step on a slippery slope?

LUN for The Screwtape Emails. Thanks tons, Janet for reminding me of something I last delighted in reading at least 35 years ago.

@Danube of Thought - how about "Winning isn't everything it's the only thing".
Makes no sense at all but passes for wisdom because it was said by a winning football coach.
Posted by: middyfeek | March 16, 2011 at 02:27 PM When I first heard it (In 1958, long before Lombardi's public utterance, from USAF Academy athletic director,
George B. Simler, then O6. Main instigator for Commander's Trophy) it was "Winning isn't the most important thing........"
Makes more sense.

Posted by: clarice | March 16, 2011 at 02:41 PM She's just copying what you've already done, Clarice. BTW, seems I read somewhere in these threads there's been some
unlicensed pistola wielding? Say it ain't so!

Not to denigrate the efforts of those courageous Fukushima 50, But WTF are they trying to do? Aren't they just going to pour cement over the whole thing? Why do these brave souls have to risk near-certain death by radiation poisoning?

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