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March 16, 2011

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Rob Crawford

Gordon Lightfoot, lyle?

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

In the old days, in times of crisis as serious as the Middle East and Japan meltdowns (not to mention Afghanistan and Iraq), the President, no matter his party, would go on national TV during prime time, explain the problem and spell out step by step what he and the resources of our government were doing about it.

Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis, Johnson and the Vietnam war, Nixon and the seventies economic troubles, Carter and the energy crisis, Reagan and Grenada, the Space Shuttle disaster, Bush I and Kuwait, Clinton and Kosovo and Libya, W and 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq. Arguably there are more crises going on today in the world and at home which rise to the level of those past crises.

We now have a president honchoing a conference on bullying, minding his NCAA brackets, golfing and going off to Rio for a week.

Is it overstatement to charge him with the equivalent of fiddling while Rome burns?

Rob Crawford

Is it overstatement to charge him with the equivalent of fiddling while Rome burns?

Personally, I think he has a firm grasp on his own ability to address the country's concerns.

lyle

Nope, Rob. Non-Canadian.

Rob Crawford

Well, lyle, that leaves out William Shatner.

lyle

Sadly, yes, Rob.

Thomas Collins

Sounds like a riff on Bruce Springsteen, lyle, but I don't know enough about music to hazard an educated guess.

Threadkiller

This clown has jumped the Presidential shark. This whole time I thought I was watching reruns of the 70s mini-series “Carter”. I was wrong. Carter would at least bring a hammer and some nails and really try to help.

PaulL

I recognized Union Sundown right away.

Rick Ballard

MayBee,

That's a good point. She may have calculated the correct odds for '12 and determined to get everything she can in the next 18 months. She's always been rather porcine in that respect (as well as many others).

I just wish he'd stay down there.

Neo

In a move ignored by the media, OMB director Peter Orszag circulated a directive to federal agencies ordering them to begin funding ACORN again. ACORN is the hyperpartisan lead group in the Health Care for America Now (HCAN) coalition and has long supported a government takeover of the U.S. health care system.

The fiscal floodgates will soon re-open for ACORN despite a congressional ban on funding the activist group that has long been a practitioner of election fraud.

Pops

I've been off the net for a while and am looking for the latest world news headlines?

Anyone heard who Obama picked to win in the final four, what he scored in his golf outing? What outfit Michelle is wearing to Brazil? Any new bullying news? Or who he played one on one b-ball with today? Who's his favorite women in history?

I'm dying for some news, all I'm getting is Nuclear Meltdowns, Tsunamis, North Africa wars, middle eastern meltdowns and no US budget.

What purse is Michelle taking?? I got to KNOW!!

Pops

Obama took the place of Charlie Sheen...all we get is:

..whats that got to do with me?
...

japan:
whats that got to do with me?

Nuclear fallout:
whats that got to do with me?

Libya:
whats that got to do with me?


Budget:

whats that got to do with me?

Frau Ungeheuer

Time for a new Sec. of State. Obama has worn this one out.

Old Lurker

So who was # 1006?

Jane

The fiscal floodgates will soon re-open for ACORN despite a congressional ban on funding the activist group that has long been a practitioner of election fraud.

We need to find some solutions for stuff like this.

maryrose

Mel:
How did your lunch go?
I still can't believe that we are not helping the Libyan rebels. It's like Lockerbie all over again. We need someone to take out gaddafi. His punk son is already declaring victory. Where is our crack CIA or spy network. Someone is asleep at the swich.
I think Hillary is lining up some cushy soft landing for herself and doesn't want to be near the SS Obama when it goes down in 2012.I think she is really disillusioned with the good old boy democrat party.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Since when can an OMB director contravene Congressional mandates?

Danube of Thought

I've always thought this "White House Insider" was phony.

BobDenver

Oh, please, let him be real.

Melinda Romanoff

maryrose-

We had a very nice lunch overlooking Michigan Ave in a restaurant I would go to again, but not for the food. My fault in ordering what I did.

The company was lovely and the conversation both scientific and scheming. When OL, en famille, arrives in Chicago, we're working on the venue for a proper shearing, I mean, warm reception for such vaunted visitors.

Which reminds me, rse, how do we connect without raising the hackles on the back of your husband's neck?

PaulL

Clue for lyle's question:

This singer would not pose for a photo with Ibama, even at Ibama's urging.

Melinda Romanoff

Jim R.-

It's Wednesday! That's how he can get around it.

Everybody in Chicago knows that.

clarice

DOT: "I've always thought this "White House Insider" was phony."

Once again, that makes two of us.

I expect if this continues Jane will tell us to get a room or something.

Jim, I expect Congress will have something to say about the turn on of the ACORN spigot again..they can make it real uncomfortable for OMB

PaulL

Wash insider sounds like a female writer to me. I'm doubtful that it's real anymore although I don't disagree with the overall premises.

MayBee

This singer would not pose for a photo with Ibama, even at Ibama's urging.

Ok, lyle's answer is Dylan.
I have to admit I don't know most of Dylan's music.

Charlie (Colorado)

Do you suppose O is autistic?

No, but I bet you could make a case for Asperger's.

PaulL

The great Jay Cost wrote this this morning:

So really, there is very little for Obama to do. He must bide his time until the fundamental equation of 2012 works itself out. For how consequential it is, this equation is really quite simple:

Optimism over the Economy – Concern about the Deficit – Backlash to the Health Care Bill

If this "number" is greater than zero, Obama gets reelected. If it's less than zero, he doesn't. That's all there is to it, and at this point there is very little Obama can do to goose any of the numbers. Republicans on Capitol Hill won't go for another round of stimulus, a significant deal on the deficit is unlikely, and opinions on the health care bill have solidified. Really, the only thing that Obama can do is hope the economy swings around enough to overcome the political liabilities of the deficit and the health care bill.

I think he's right. We all tend to get bogged down in the little things but it's actually very simple.

Rick Ballard

IMO - the tweeter mobs are about as democratic and legitimate as the teacher's, police and fire union thugs in Wisconsin. Clinton is negotiating the price of letting the tweeter leaders live with the Egyptian military. BOzo made some promises re increased aid in order to get Mubarak to retire and now they want the money.

Remember - the ME was supposed to be 'ablaze with democracy' at this point as the commies freedom fighters executed the grand Cloward-Piven strategy, the success of which was largely dependent upon getting control Saudi oil in order to exact the most regressive tax imaginable upon the world in order to immiserate the maximum number possible of people.

BOzo may announce a deal with Lula re Brazilian oil while he's on the Copcabana next week. After all, Lula just renamed the Tupi field after himself in a very Chavez like move and supporting fellow commies is BOzo's favorite pastime.

The Egyptian tweeters better hit the mosque tomorrow and pray earnestly that the military is satisfied with the ransom extorted. Daffy isn't the only Mohametan tyrant capable of mass executions pour encourager les autres and BOzo is a rather fickle ally in all respects.

clarice

Exactly, Chaco..The very description I was thinking of..I wonder if that's he uses the teleprompter so much and is always umming when he doesn't

maryrose

I was just going to post that I also believe this is a phony sham. Pelosi going after Obama is just not credible. I also think Issa is going to expose Obama and the dims in ways we can't even imagine. As for a real scandal-look to Chicago. There is a reason Reczco is still in the wind and look for a deal for Blago. Blago knows where all the bodies are buried.
As for FBI chief- Fitz and Gorelick need not apply. Too much baggage and not enough confirmation votes.

bgates

Another heartening set of comments to another boring hagiography from the state-adoring press. This time a Politico article linked on Yahoo's front page, not mentioned by Drudge, but the comments nonetheless put the "O" in "loathing".

Captain Hate

No, but I bet you could make a case for Asperger's.

Asperger's syndrome symptoms include:

* Engaging in one-sided, long-winded conversations, without noticing if the listener is listening or trying to change the subject
* Displaying unusual nonverbal communication, such as lack of eye contact, few facial expressions, or awkward body postures and gestures
* Showing an intense obsession with one or two specific, narrow subjects, such as baseball statistics, train schedules, weather or snakes
* Appearing not to understand, empathize with or be sensitive to others' feelings
* Having a hard time "reading" other people or understanding humor
* Speaking in a voice that is monotonous, rigid or unusually fast
* Moving clumsily, with poor coordination

Libya:
whats that got to do with me Why were those people chanting Bush's name instead of mine?


Tammy Bruce played that White House clip earlier today; I was shocked it wasn't a bgates construct.

Henry

Our friendly WI thugs have launched their recall add campaign, three different adds in a row during 5:00 news.

jimmyk

I don't think it's Asperger's. Yes, the lack of empathy is there. But while I'm no expert, people with Aspergers's can be extremely accomplished and focused in a narrow area. They are not generally lazy frauds with no accomplishments of any sort. BHO is just a self-absorbed slick poseur. They've been around for ever.

clarice

That might explain the teleprompter,CH

Rob Crawford

We need to find some solutions for stuff like this.

"When in the course of human events..."

Captain Hate

jimmyk might be right. As Porch has said in the past his weirdness might be as a result of having been abandoned by both parents and developing a personality to cope with that. It's usually ill advised to play amateur shrink; the pros do poorly enough.

His self-absorption is one for the books though. The golfing and ostentatious bracket-choosing almost seem like a "let's see if I can get away with this" kind of game.

hit and run

Rick:
I just wish he'd stay down there.

I may not be White House Insider -- but my sources say that he truly considered it,but finally gave up the idea,not wanting to have to learn speak Brazilian.

maryrose

I go with narcissistic personality disorder.
Also I think Michele gave Obama an ultimatum -Rio or else
Obama is a wuss and answers to Valerie Jarrett and Michele. Rahm and Axelrod probably got their fill of that kind of nonsense. Daley doesn't seem to be making much of a difference.
I agree with Jay Cost- Economy will rule in 2012 and with redistricting and certain states in play I don't see how Obama wins. He is definitely not getting Ohio or Virginia or Indiana or Florida.

bgates

Incidentally, I think kids who lack coordination, can't read body language, and generally interact awkwardly with others have enough troubles without being saddled with a label that is pronounced "Ass Burger".

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

henry:

Is there any organized opposition to the recall campaign. From all the dem kveching, I would have thought Koch and his evil empire would be pouring billions and billions to keep Walker's legislative support intact. I guess he hasn't though or that would be all over the airwaves by now.

Rob Crawford

Hey, Charlie, just who the heck is the Chicken Little commenting under the name "A physicist" at the Tatler?

bgates

I may not be White House Insider

Interesting non-denial.

MarkO

He's just not that smart and he's a liar.

Regressive support for Nukular

I am 'stunned' at the Wikileaks discovery that the IAEA warned Japan two years ago about danger related to the MASSIVE stockpile of used rods they keep on site.

Just another cost-saving measure. It's expensive to relocate. Beancounters and engineers fuck the Public, once again

Janet

Time for a new Sec. of State. Obama has worn this one out.

LOL Frau! Too funny!

and you are still right MarkO. Still right.

bgates

Beancounters and engineers fuck the Public

Hey, now. I can speak for most of the engineers out there when I say we don't fuck anybody.

.

Henry

Jim Rhoads- yes there is both organized opposition to the recalls and organized recall efforts against the Dems. What I was told is the Dems/unions went into the weekend with $800,000 on hand for recalls. Fundraising is starting on the Rep side, but Koch bros aside they lag that amount. The WI branches of Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity ran a bunch of ads (very hard hitting) the past three weeks and have started another fundraising effort as well. I am working on getting a better list of what's up, but business picked up today and I got stuck in meetings. I know of an upcoming recall defense fundraiser in Brookfield, next week if I remember correctly. I should be able to get more details tomorrow.

Captain Hate

Wikileaks: Appreciated by assholes everywhere while accomplishing nothing to help mankind.

OldTimer

Bob Dylan, Lyle? It won't be sundown until the sleepers awaken..

Ignatz

--Incidentally, I think kids who lack coordination, can't read body language, and generally interact awkwardly with others have enough troubles without being saddled with a label that is pronounced "Ass Burger".--

Hilarious.

Rob Crawford

Hey, now. I can speak for most of the engineers out there when I say we don't fuck anybody.

"What's the number one form of birth control among engineers? Their personalities" -- head of the engineering school, to a class full of engineers

This also brings to mind Heinlein's line about people rejecting the hard work that improves their lives...

lyle

Ok, lyle's answer is Dylan.

Ding!

Too bad he was clearly writing about non-public unions. Ironic that this chorus pertains to public unions now.

Rob Crawford

Not the one I was thinking of, but:

"The future is better than the past. Despite the crepehangers, romanticists, and anti-intellectuals, the world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better. With hands...with tools...with horse sense and science and engineering."

Rob Crawford

Ah, here's the one:

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as "bad luck."

maryrose

I remeber going to some parties at Case Western Reserve Univerity's Engineering school and thinking there's a lot of gearheads here. However most of the men were very polite and would be equivalent to the modern day nerd.They couldn't really hold their liquor as well as the guys from Cleveland State University down at the Agora.

PD

Well, since we've gotten on the topic of birth control:

Vasectomies Spike by 50 Percent During March Madness

pagar

"So who was #1006.

That was mine I believe, linking to the fact that Obama was due to receive an award for transparency this afternoon. That is after 4 more closed to the public/press meetings today.

LUN

Pops

Threes cheers for Clapper...who now we find it turns out was simply speaking the truth about Khadafi.

Clapper must have known Obama planned to do absolutely nothing to help get rid of Khadafi, regardless of the words he mouthed for the public.

And knowing we would do nothing, Clapper's assessment was spot on...Khadafi wins because Obama doesn't have the balls to do anything without tons of cover from the 'international community'.

If the Senators had actually thought about they may have been smart enough to ask Clapper....Is your assessment based on your knowledge that your boss is a coward and unwilling to take the heat for making a decision??


It would be so funny for Boehner to say about passing the debt ceiling that he is waiting for concensus from the 'international community'.

pagar

After reading several of the posts from Henry about Wisconsin recalls, you might want to read the guest post at Legal Insurrection.

"wisconsin-recall-polling-analyzed."

LUN

Henry, can you tell up who determines if the recall signatures are valid?
Some may recall where Obama won against Alice Palmer in Chicago in 1996 by getting the signatures on candidates against him declared invalid. Could that be done in Wisconsin?

My guess is if the Democrats/Union members are signing these recalls, a percentage of the signatures will be phony because Democrats/union members always lie/cheat.

Charlie (Colorado)

Hey, Charlie, just who the heck is the Chicken Little commenting under the name "A physicist" at the Tatler?

Well, I really do think it's be unethical to give it away, but he is indeed a physicist with a specialty wildly far from nuclear engineering and he's at a major state university.

But keep your eyes open -- I just presented him with a quantitative challenge that I don't think he'll accept, with stakes of revealing his name and affiliation if he accepts and loses. He either makes a quantitative statement of his expectations -- which have actually lessened considerably from his first hair-on-fire posturing -- or he makes it clear that he won't risk associating himself professionally with what he'll say anonymously.

Frau Ungeduld

My heart is heavy after reading Sara's link that the WI police did *not* stop union goons from stopping petition collectors. Where is this going to end? Police fail to guard public property. Teachers ditch school *with* their students to disrupt the state government. It's the Daily Kos cry of "Whatever it takes." When do we get to be mad as hell and express it?

hit and run

Pagar:
because Democrats/union members always lie/cheat.

To be fair,I don't think they always lie.

When they say they want to kill Walker,I believe them.

Rob Crawford

Saw that, Charlie. Yeah, the lack of quantitative reasoning jumped out at me in that comment, as well.

And I loved the "look at this photo!" ploy. A blurry, lo-res photo, with no before shot, no solid sense of what we're looking at, but we're supposed to believe he can identify internal structural failures by zooming in?! That photo was picked by the NYT specifically because it looks bad; all you can tell from it is that the building's exterior has taken some severe damage.

glasater

Krauthammer's already diagnosed 0 as Narcissist.

Huckleberry

Grant Hill responds.

Henry

Pagar, not sure who verifies signatures but the WI Sec State is a Dem who refuses to clean up voter rolls (minor stuff like address doesn't exist, felony conviction, death certificate).

Captain Hate

Mrs H always has NBC on in the morning which means if I'm passing through there's a chance I might have the nits from the Today show inflicted upon me. Today I saw pinhead Matt interviewing somebody from the Association of Concerned Scientists who either drew a short straw or the entire organization is made up of unphotogenic people with perpetual frowns on their faces and, based on appearances, don't place much stock in personal hygiene. Needless to say, doom and gloom was the overwhelming choice du jour.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vjnjagvet

Thankfully not all engineers suffer from the malady Rob described above or I wouldn't have been around to get all of those nice birthday greetings last week. Just sayin'.

pagar

"To be fair,I don't think they always lie."

What I should have said was "some will always cheat/lie. I'm sure some will tell the truth even about their really bad intentions.

maryrose

Here is the remedy for thugs stopping a person from signing a petition. Go up to the presiding police officer. Speak up and ask him to assist you in getting to the table to sign the petition. If he refuses write down his badge number. Call his commander. After that call the police chief.then call the mayor,followed by your local state rep followed by your senator ,follwed by the Governor. Forget Sec. of state he's in the bag for the unions.

glasater

Here's a headline that will warm Pagar's heart or maybe not:

Obama Has A Secret "Shock and Awe" Plan To Punish Banks And End Foreclosuregate

0 seems to like the 20 bil figure as in shaking down BP for that amount.
Now he started at 20 bil for bankers as in BoA JP Morgan Wells Fargo, etc. but the price tag seems to have risen to 30 bil.
Has anyone checked their bank statement to see all those extra fees a bank can hang on to the statement?
Wonder how much Warren Buffet likes BOzo now... (he owns a chunk of Wells Fargo)

maryrose

Seems like Obama is a one man spread the wealth around tornado. Now he's after the banks and trying to force them to lower principal mortgage amounts. Defund Warren's new agency and any Obamacare little organizations that are not up and running yet. Starve all programs that have the Obama imprimatur on them. Eric Cantor promised to do this on CNBC this morning and I am going to hold him to it.

PD

but we're supposed to believe he can identify internal structural failures by zooming in?!

Sure. You scrape off the top level of pixels to reveal the structure underneath.

PD

I think there was an episode of Nowhere Man that actually used that "technique" during a photo analysis scene.

Jane

Just got back from the monthly Sturbridge Tea party meeting.

Our tax day rally is on Patriots Day (Monday aka marathon day) and we are having a pig roast in the middle of downtown Worcester. Tickets are $20.00

You are all invited. Let me know when you will be arriving - first come first serve for the Caro Suite, after which I will endeavor to find places for all to stay.

Get off the couch, visit Jane and save the country.

Make sure you buy your tickets from me (hint hint Dave, Rocco and TC.)

Threadkiller

From Huckleberry’s link.

”My mother always says, “You can live without Chaucer and you can live without calculus, but you cannot make it in the wide, wide world without common sense.” As we get older, we understand the importance of these words. Adulthood is nothing but a series of choices: you can say yes or no, but you cannot avoid saying one or the other. In the end, those who are successful are those who adjust and adapt to the decisions they have made and make the best of them.

I need to sneak this into the teleprompter at the White House.

Ayes:0 Nays:0 Present:1

glasater

Did anyone beside me see the report from CNBC regarding a daily report generated from the bowels of Treasury on the daily activities in the US markets?
Its as if 0 wants to know how well the country's businesses are doing so he can shake them down!

Lazy Larry

In WI, I am looking forward to the Dems successfully recalling 0 Repubs and the Repubs successfully recalling 6 Dems. Oops.

PD

Its as if 0 wants to know how well the country's businesses are doing so he can shake them down!

You're assuming that he'd want facts in hand, which seems a dubious proposition.

Rick Ballard

GL,

The banks would go for $30 bil in a heartbeat. Ain't gonna happen and it wouldn't make a bit of difference if it did. There are about 7 million homes delinguent or foreclosed and the average delinquency at first report (90 days) is over $6K. The BOzo plan would provide all of $4,200 worth of wholly unjustified 'help' to the delinquent. BOzoconomics has 'helped' the average value of the average house to drop by >$10K in the past year.

He's offering half an aspirin as a cure for terminal cancer.

Extraneus

Just got back from the monthly Sturbridge Tea party meeting.

Patriots' Day (sometimes incorrectly punctuated Patriot's Day or Patriots Day) is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed in Massachusetts[1] and Maine[2] (once part of Massachusetts), and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin.[3]

I have the shirt on, Jane. Will see if I can make it.

matt

am at a major electronics manufacturing trade show in Shanghai. The effects on the technology supply chain from the earthquake are going to be significant. My latest meditation. LUN

pagar

Nothing Obama does or wants to do warms my heart.

The key to fixing the foreclosure mess is getting the fraud out of the System.

"In Maryland banks/lawyers accused of forging 1000 deeds"

LUN

Janet

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

Extraneus

Sarah Palin, embarrassingly dumb naughty librarian wannabe:

Access to affordable and secure energy is key to economic growth, which in turn is key to job growth. Energy is the building block of our economy. The President is purposely weakening that building block and weakening our country.
Rob Crawford

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

maryrose

glasater:
I saw that report and having a daily briefing on the overall financial picture doesn't seem to be helping Obama. Maybe he doesn't read the reports. His economy is still in the tank and the Nasdaq has lost all its gains for 2011.

Janet

WH's Carney To Tapper: "You Have Reporters In Japan"...find out your own d#*n self.

(I added the last part)

Janet

Janet, how does that Nosferatu keep getting reelected?!

Hahaha! I had to look up Nosferatu. I tell ya, I wouldn't let Waxman in my home...he goes on the monkey & rhubarb no enter list.

Threadkiller

Rob, how do we get Jerry Brown?
Same answer.

Extraneus

Even I'd agree with a no-Nosferatu rule, Janet.

centralcal

Thanks for that link to Tapper v. Carney, Janet. I saw hints about it while sneaking internet peeks today at work.

We (and most of our friends in the world) are so screwed with this bunch in charge!

Jane

Ex,

If you come, TC, Dave, and Rocco won't be able to stay away - and maybe I can get all those Connecticut people like boat builder to make the trip.

Cool!!!

MayBee

Really, I think Tapper was asking a ridiculous line of questions.

MayBee

SARS
Bird Flu
H1N1 Flu
Japanese Nuclear Fallout

These are the last few things the media had convinced Americans we were in grave danger of dying! from.
Let's see where the Japanese nuclear plant fallout lands in the arc of history.

Jane

Maybee,

Do you still have sway with Tapper?

PaulL

I'm extremely worried about Y2K. Or, did that already happen? Y3K I mean.

Plus when is BP going to plug the damn hole like Ibama told them?

And when is Ibama going to fix the other hole, the one in the ozone that Bush put there?

et cetera

maryrose

Jay carney can't give an answer because Obama and company don't care enough to find out what is happening in Japan. He's too busy with his Brackets and golf game to do anything substantial on foreign relations and whatsmore it's not about him so no interest.

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