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April 20, 2011

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daddy

CentralCal,

I always found that sleeping on the Carrier was the best sleep ever. I think it must have had to do with the very gentle, almost imperceptible motion. So look forward to some good Zzzzzzzzee's!

But on the other hand, did you happen to see my link to Granny Overboard" from yesterday, cautioning you not to get sick on the boat?

Jane

Our Offer of Judgment has no teeth.

I've used an offer for judgment very successfully - always when someone makes a frivolous counterclaim when they don't have a case. It's a great tool.

I still think the way to manage med mal suits is to cap attorney's fees. It gives both sides a huge incentive to get to the table and work it out.

Jane

Is there any way to check the purchase price of the home against the current property value or is that a personal matter?

Rocco,

Easy to check, but since housing prices in Southbridge have been in a freefall for a long time, it will be hard to prove.

clarice

An outfit called zillow gives house value estimates if you plug in the address of the property.

Chubby

I've never experienced motion sickness but the opposite? I was going out with a helicopter pilot and he took me up in a glass bubble bottomed helicopter, it was a fun ride, lots of swoops, flying down low over the water. I was perfectly fine until the ride was over and I stepped out onto terra firma ... at the moment my feet touched the ground, I was so overcome by dizziness that I almost fell over ... it was a wierd experience

Danube of Thought

Speaking--as surely we must have been--about capping damges and Wisconsin Chief Justice Abrahamson, let me get a bit esoteric and describe what she did in that state (she wrote the majority opinion).

The legislature passed a law setting a limit of $350,000 on "non-economic" damages, i.e. pain-and-suffering. The Abrahamson court struck it down as a violation of the equal protection of the law. Her reasoning: the legislature separated plaintiffs into two categories, those who had suffered less than $350K worth of such damages, and those who had suffered more than that. The latter group were treated unequally, in that the former could recover the full extent of their damages and the latter could not.

Poof! There goes a legislative prerogative, preempted by judicial fiat.

Danube of Thought

Pleased to report that the two savages--there is no other word--who attacked that woman in a McDonald's in Baltimore have been identified and apprehended. One 18, the other 14.

Chubby

Glasater, thanks for the link about the oil markets.

I used to have a lot of oil stocks but will not touch them now (well... I'm thinking maybe Chevron...) The Zero Hedge post makes the oil scene seem even more confusing to me; a couple of weeks ago an analyst at GS was dissing oil speculators and now Obama seems to be echoing exactly what he was saying. And yet GS is one of the major speculators? It is so confusing, that is I why I stay out of it. It's all about timing and speculating about timing is gambling, not "investing" imo.

On another topic: I have been thinking about the gold and silver bull markets, and while everyone is saying the bull market in pms is due to the USD going down, I wonder if there are other factors at play. Now that we have a "global economy" I wonder if gold is going up because so many other cultures in the world greatly value gold for its own sake (and always have.)

Extraneus

National Labor Relations Board To Boeing: You Must Stay In Washington State At The Mercy Of Unions

The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) says it will seek an order to require Boeing to place the second 787 production line in Washington state, in response to charges filed by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) 17 months after Boeing selected North Charleston, South Carolina to host the site.

Acting general counsel Lafe Solomon says the NLRB "found reasonable cause to believe that Boeing had violated two sections of the National Labor Relations Act because its statements were coercive to employees and its actions were motivated by a desire to retaliate for past strikes and chill future strike activity."

Jane

Just got off the phone with a tea partier also affected by the lock out. He thinks the whole thing was orchestrated by a reporter.

We really have an amazing press don't we?

Extraneus

One 18, the other 14.

What about all the other people who just stood around and watched, shot video, etc.?

clarice

DoT--My understanding is that the victim is a transvestite who refused to leave the womens room and that despite the fact that it looks like he had a seizure; he got up and walked the minute the cops arrived. Of course, it doesn't justify the attack, but it does change the scenario.

As for the Boeing case, I doubt any court will sustain the NLrb. If it should, I suspect (hope?) a new administration will undo it. Remember two of the NLRB members were rushed thru as recess appointments to avoid confirmation hearings.

Danube of Thought

Just read that added info about the McDonald's incident. I think that's the claim being made by the guy who shot the video.

One of the guys, I think he's now the head of the NLRB, was a rabid union lawyer.

2012 is gonna be big, let's face it.

Jane

The Boeing case is pure thuggery, imagine the ramifications of that. Strikes against Boeing have cost the company over a billion dollars, and Boeing gave labor an option - enter into a no-strike agreement for (I think) 5 years or they would build the next plant elsewhere. I believe the jobs in Washington stay - they just don't get the new jobs. If Obama is re-elected every corporation will leave the country.

daddy

"We really have an amazing press don't we?"

You bet Jane.

Right on cue (Earth Day & the BP OIl Blowout anniversary) we get the AP in the ADN telling us why we cannot and should not drill in offshore Alaskan waters. Drill off Alaska coast? Gulf mess renews debate.

"A year after the disastrous Gulf oil spill, the prospect of a major accident in oil's next frontier - the icy waters off Alaska's north coast - has experts even more concerned."

IMHO, Carte Blanche from AP to continue the Moratorium.

Rocco

Jane

$175,000.00 for a 4 bedroom colonial seems like a steal to me. Everything I can find on the web is around $300,000.00.

Jane

Well it's Southbridge, If I have time this weekend I'll drive by. My best friend here is a realtor and she will know if it looks funny.

Thomas Collins

For today's funny of the day, take a look at the LUNed article (via Instapundit), and then scroll down to Sasha Volokh's April 21, 2011 11:34 PM comment.

See what happens when you let threads go on too long, TM?

daddy

Jane,

I just want to make sure that when you and Caro come back from Paris you make sure to break the law and smuggle in a couple illegal KinderEggs.

Amy's kids will love Aunt Jane forever for doing this, and you could probably even get a smile out of Dick if you gave him one:)

narciso

I don't know if he's credentialed, but he's proved he's an idiot:

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/union-wife-union-buster?page=0,0

Extraneus

The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) says it will seek an order to require Frances and Roger Willams to place a second bed & breakfast in Wiscasset, Maine, in response to charges filed by the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) 17 months after the Williamses selected Montpelier, Vermont, to host the site.

Rocco

Has enlightened been posting, I haven't seen any posts from him?

Extraneus

Did you see the History of Vibrators slide show, TC? Those early doctors had it rough.

Ignatz

--everyone is saying the bull market in pms--

I'd have to guess the demand for pms is slim to non existant and shorting it is the only reasonable course.

narciso

This puts part of that other poll, in context,


http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/inside-job-more-than-half-of-democrats.html

Extraneus

rse will like this.

Tea party gets involved in local school board elections

Is "partyers" preferred over "partiers" by the more educated? I wouldn't know.

Rick Ballard

Ignatz,

It's a cartel product and demand has nothing to do with what you will pay for your share of the supply.

sbw

"Sea Band wrist band thingies"

Taste like cardboard.

Extraneus

Harry Reid’s high-stakes China gamble

Details are slowly trickling out about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s secret, week-long trip to China with nine other senators [and their spouses]. The lawmakers have given out minimal information about their itinerary because of supposed “security concerns.”

[snip]

The Senate group included six other Democrats and three Republicans: Richard Shelby R-Ala.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) , Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

It’s unclear whether they stayed on for dinner at one of the restaurants Wynn and the others have brought to Macau, such as Joel Robuchon’s world-class French restaurant or Don Alfonso Iaccarino’s equally stunning Italian restaurant.

But they ate well, Reid told China’s Vice Premier Wang Qishan on Wednesday. Wang, whose government is in the midst of a major crackdown on dissident leaders, told Reid it was “a great pleasure for me to have an opportunity to meet 10 heavyweight U.S. senators,” according to Xinhua News Agency. “Such a formulation alone reflected the weight you place on China-U.S. relations,” Wang said.

Extraneus

'He panted, sat on the grass and died': Witness describes horrific final moments of Florida Britons as they tried to flee gunman

Describing the moment he saw Mr Cooper, the witness told the Sun: 'I saw a blond-haired man bleeding from three gunshot wounds to his chest. 'He staggered underneath a clothes line and over tree roots. He panted, stopped and just sat down on the grass where he died.'

His attention then turned to Mr Kouzaris, he said: 'This dark-haired man shuffled across the street bleeding from a bullet wound to his head and slumped in a driveway next to the front of a pick-up truck.'

Charged: Shawn Tyson, 16, who has been arrested over the murders of the British holidaymakers

Ignatz

--Ignatz,

It's a cartel product and demand has nothing to do with what you will pay for your share of the supply.--

Heh. Actually, Rick, chemo reduced the local domestic supply from the older well to zero a few years back, just as a new frackin' well was coming online.
The new well's local influence should dwindle via a distant college, next fall.

Danube of Thought

For anybody who hasn't seen Jack Cashill's dissection of Dreams From My Father, here you go.

It's an hour long, so don't start it until you have some time for it (cocktail hour might be just perfect). The case that Obama is not the author is very powerful; the case that Ayers did it is pretty good, but is obviously more speculative.

Compelling.

Jane

Daddy,

I can probably get them on sale because easter will be over when I get there.

I'm looking most forward to Normandy.

Extraneus

I don't mean to litter the thread, but

Tyson lives less than 100 yards from where both men were shot dead. He had been out of jail less than 12 hours when he allegedly carried out the killings
Jim Miller

DoT - Thanks for this phrase: ". . . we had a particularly insane judge". I immediately jumped to the conclusion that you had some who were just average insane, and some that were just a little bit insane.

And thanks much for that reminder on Abrahamson, who may not be insane, but is more than a little bit arrogant.

centralcal

My lord, Extraneus, what a gruesome and horrific story that is.

Reminds me of years ago when I used to frequently shop, dine, and visit San Francisco on a regular basis. We used to shudder that anything untoward would happen to the car as we passed the Oakland exits. Everyone knew, not to take any of those exits.

glasater

One Angry Rant

I feel this guys pain...

centralcal

glasater: I guess we don't realize how close to the surface the pain is, nor how deep, nor how pervasive, until someone else expresses what we are trying so hard to control.

I know, because I got a bit of a lump in my throat, and I don't usually like the foaming at the mouth losing it this guy exhibits. It made me realize how much we are having to choke back.

Jane

Glasater,

That was great.

Extraneus

drinkingwithbob.com

A rant like that started the tea parties. Bring it on, Bob.

Threadkiller

That is what drinking with threadkiller looks like.

Janet

Here is the Politico post on Birtherism:Where it all began.

It gets so many facts wrong. I hate our media. It is sad that I know more facts than most reporters. I feel like I did during the Libby days.
Now I don't know the whole story, but the reporters don't either. The one guy that knows the story the reporters refuse to ask. Instead the MFM makes fun of people looking for the truth. I hate our news media.

Janet

That Politico post has 1288 comments. I think there is an interest....

Gmax

When I read Barack is not qualified to be President, I immediately assume that we are talking competency, and given that running a protest rally is not quite the same as running a business or running a State as a Governor, I figure that is a given. Frankly that is certainly a better attack than where he was born, given mom was an American citizen.

glasater

When I saw the video of One Angry Rant I was kinda stunned at first and then I had to chuckle just a bit because he did all the work for me:)
But I'm going to keep that one around for the times I feel my head is going to explode and once again let this fellow do the work.

Heading home from Vegas tomorrow and can pass along one insignificant piece of info on Trump Tower. Have a view of this building out our hotel window and have been watching for the room lights when its dark outside. Very few have been "on" for the six nights of the TT vigil indicating pretty low occupancy:)

Thomas Collins

Just goes to show, Extraneus, that the history of technological developments can be downright stimulating!

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Via TMZ:

Judge Stephanie Sautner just threw the book at Lindsay Lohan for her probation violation, sentencing her to 120 days in county jail!!!

Lindsay has been remanded into custody and taken to the basement of the courthouse for booking. Lindsay's lawyer has said she'll appeal, which means Lindsay is entitled to post bail.

Lohan was also ordered to complete 480 hours of community service -- 360 of those hours must be performed at the Downtown Women's Center, so Lindsay can see how needy women have to live. The remaining 120 hours will be served at the L.A. County morgue.

narciso

They are so confident, that they know what they don't know, Janet, reversing Rumsfeld's
statement of humility, and they discourage anyone who wants to do any further inquiry

Jane

Hannity is doing a media bias special as we speal.

Danube of Thought

JimRhoads, here is the lobster contact info you asked about:

Graffam Brothers Seafood in Rockport, Maine. You can look them up on Google, or www.lobsterstogo.com. Their telephone number is: 1-800-535-5358.

On three experiences, I can vouch for them unequivocally.

Threadkiller

Just when and how did all that birther talk begin? You would thing the Politico would research themselves. They may find it started with Hillary Clinton and they wrote about it in 2008.

"Not quite the talking point" by Ben Smith

February 26, 2008

Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a Clinton surrogate, says on MSNBC, "I have no shame, or no problem, with people looking at Barack Obama in his native clothing -- in the clothing of his country."

This, er, overstates the Clinton campaign line that there was no smear involved because there's nothing wrong with the photo. Though if you want to be generous, you could say she meant his ancestral, rather than native, country. (If you're really splitting hairs, it was apparently more Somali than Kenyan clothing.)

But in any case, it's another incident where -- judging from early blog and email reaction -- the dynamic of offense and outrage has, so far, very much favored Obama. I'm not sure that will work with a less liberal general election audience, but even the GOP leadership seems to think it's likely to.

Here is the Clinton “surrogate” talking about his Native country no less than twice.

The left has always started this topic, always.


Threadkiller

You would thing think...

narciso

Well they couldn't be bothered with looking into their own archives, I mean seriously,

Rocco

If he sees a green and red, with the green to the left, he knows it's a vessel coming straight at him

And any vessel approaching from dead on to 22 1/2 degrees abaft the starboard beam has the right of way...I just love the nautical lingo!

nite all!

Chubby

((I'd have to guess the demand for pms is slim to non existant and shorting it is the only reasonable course.))

hahaha Mr. Ratskywatsky.

Chubby

((It's a cartel product and demand has nothing to do with what you will pay for your share of the supply.))

tough noogies Mr. Ballard :)

narciso

'Nothing to see here, move along'


http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/04/22/need-a-vacation-brazil-is-a-neat-place-to-go/#comments

PD

Yes, and if you were at the ship's precise center of mass, you would feel no motion. The ship would, however, appear to be rotating around you.

Also known as, "you lose some, and you lose some."

PD

I find doubling down on Gin & Tonics helps a lot. You get just as sick, but it doesn't bother (you) as much.

Because if you drink enough of them, you're too busy throwing up to notice how awful you feel?

PD

The port side of a vessel is assigned a red light and the starboard side a green light. These lights are so the captain of your vessel can determine which direction an approaching vessel is moving at night.

What if the captain has red-green color blindness?

Melinda Romanoff

glasater-

Great info!

Trump is fully, and completely broke. He always goes into some spectacular TV blow out before filing on something. The size of this PR blitz tells me he's done.

I'll bet money on this one.

PD-

If you're red/green color blind. You are NOT in the maritime services, except as a marine.

PD

I just want to make sure that when you and Caro come back from Paris you make sure to break the law and smuggle in a couple illegal KinderEggs.

Perhaps you could get some for Sara, too, so she can have CADBURY EGG and KinderEgg time! :-)

bgates

What if the captain has red-green color blindness?

Or if the ships are approaching or receding from each other at a significant fraction of the speed of light?

Melinda Romanoff

PD-

I'm in Southeastern WI on Friday. Where are you?

PD

From the "huh?" dept.

Almost three years after breaking up two marriages, country singer LeAnn Rimes admits that she “didn’t do it the right way.”

So there's a "right way" to break up two marriages?

PD

Mel, in Madison as usual.

PD

Or if the ships are approaching or receding from each other at a significant fraction of the speed of light?

Well, I didn't want to ask about the obvious cases like that.

PD

Mel, you're not supposed to be voting in your elections, you bad boy.

PD

*our* elections.

Sheesh.

Melinda Romanoff

hmmmm.

What time are you ducking out of work?

Danube of Thought

What if the captain has red-green color blindness?

That's why the navy wouldn't let Roger Staubach take his commission as a line officer; he had to enter the Supply Corps. Somehow they didn't detect the problem on his entrance physical for the academy.

David Robinson was precluded from both aviation and the submarine service upon graduation because he was seven feet tall, and for that reason they only held him to a two-year hitch. They say he was only 6'7" when he entered (the max at the time), and then grew like Jack's beanstalk. Works for me.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Thanks, DOT. Got on my bookmarks. I used to spend summers on Cape Cod in the late eighties and have missed the live lobsters ever since.

On the Boeing situation, it looks to me like this is a pure political payback to the unions. IMO it stretches the "runaway shop" doctrine well beyond its rationale -- preventing a company having a union contract from closing its plant covered covered by the CBA, relocating out of the union's jurisdiction, and hiring a non-union work force. This activity has been held to constitute a "refusal to bargain" violation of Section 8a5 of the NLRA.

But the case is also well set up for SCOTUS review. The case will be filed in the Board's Regional Office in Seattle. It is virtually a cinch a Complaint will issue and the Board will find for the General Counsel. Boeing will likely decline to comply with the Board's order, and the GC will seek enforcement in the 9th Circuit. Of course that court is likely to rubber stamp the Board. A request for SCOTUS review is certain.

narciso

Here's another element for Wallaby Weirdness


http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/decisive_freedom/

Melinda Romanoff

Actually, it falls under the Exec. Order issued at the end of '09 that placed union personnel over every decision, financial or otherwise, in every govermental department.

I'll see if I can dig up the order, it seemed a mystery when issued, bit it, obviously, was done so to force this election.

daddy

Well here's an interesting case.

We just discovered that 1 of our Anchorage Police Officers is actually an illegal alien from Mexico. He's been on the force for 6 years and stole the identify of an Hispanic American in order to get hired in the first place. Arrested yesterday, he has already resigned, and while standing in orange prison gear and handcuffs in front of a Judge today he pleaded not guilty to Passport Fraud, a felony carrying a maximum 10 year sentence.

The Judge set bail at $50,000.00 and approved conditions for his home confinement and electronic monitoring.

Weird.

narciso

He can hang out with the 'Ground Hog Day' Jihadist, they found some months ago, daddy

PD

I work at home, hours my choice.

PD

You know, that million dollars of taxpayer money that Kloppenburg's going to waste on a recount is money that could have been going to teacher salaries.

She's robbing the unions!

daddy

Narciso,

This is on the heels of last months arrest and trial of an Anchorage Police Officer for 14 counts of Sexual Assault, 6 while misusing his position as a law enforcement officer.

PS Friends don't let friends read Craig Medred:) Boy, does he hate Sarah.

Danube of Thought

With the leer of arrested development written large across her face, the drooling dunce Susan Collins declares her opposition to the Ryan budget.

Will some crack investigative journalist attempt to explore what principles inform her legislative decisions?

I am moved to doubt...

narciso

Well it is so 'unexpected', Danube. how can one find what is not there, I think something
like the 'call of history' might be driving it.

Ranger

Moe Lane, via Instapundit:

Which looks better and better every day, when compared to 2011. Hey, remember when gas was $2.20 a gallon and the unemployment rate was 4.4%? What happened with that? …Oh, right, the Democrats won the 2006 Congressional elections.

Amercians had no idea how good they had it.

Melinda Romanoff

Hmmmm.

PD-

Can we bring this up tomorrow?

I would love to try to meet. Maybe in Cambridge, or Ft. Atkinson?

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

What possible reason could she have for this announcement? Can Leeeza and Olympia be far behind?

PD

Mel, visit snake dot net, you'll figure out my email address easily.

Melinda Romanoff

noted.

daddy

"Can Leeeza and Olympia be far behind?"

No, this is the cover they needed.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Tornado hit St. Louis and went through the airport, including a 757 on the runway.

Stephanie

Just a note... it's been a busy week. And some excellent news - Region champs and she finished 3rd!

LUN

rse

Yeah Stephanie!

Thanks for the school board link further up. One of the regional ed lab is in Utah so it's an early launching pad for bad ideas.

Speaking of Ayers. That Alpine School District was particularly incensed that they were a part of the radical National Network for Educational Renewal and that Ayers was the invited speaker last fall.

They'd probably be even more upset if they knew that Soros sent in one of his lead trainers, fresh from Eastern Europe, to train NNER participants back in 2006.

Or that the man who set up NNER and invited Ayers to speak was also involved with pushing radical ed reform internationally as agreed at a certain UNESCO meeting in Moscow in 1968.

Sometimes real life can be odder than a cheap paperback until you see the underlying reasons for so many intersections.

MJW

DoT: The case [Cashill makes] that Obama is not the author is very powerful...

An even better case is made by the writer of this piece. It's Obama, himself, in an article he wrote when he was a student at Columbia University.

clarice

Congrats, Stephanie!!

clarice

MJW, actually that article is more coherent than any of
O's current off the cuff remarks, isn't it?

Melinda Romanoff

Congratulations, Stephanie!

clarice

Wa Po:
ared Bernstein, chief economic adviser to Vice President Biden and a White House advocate for more spending to create jobs, is leaving at the end of April to join a prominent Washington think tank. Bernstein is close to labor unions and has been skeptical of free trade arguing that more government spending to boost the economy was critical. Bernstein is not an economist by training; He studied music, social work and other fields and got his doctorate from Columbia in social welfare.


****

Figures.

Jim Ryan

doctorate from Columbia in social welfare

That's put me right off my pie. Blech!

Melinda Romanoff

Jared Bernstein is where Biden gets his smarts. He is painful to listen to, just another self-credentialled operative, who would be called a "community organizer" back here.

If he survived the first night.

clarice

Well, I ca't wait to learn what prominent think tank has hired this prominent thinker.

Rick Ballard

RSE,

Which authors do you like for humor? It's going to be very hard to hold the Muddle's attention or interest without a rather large dose of humor and humor concerning a pernicious social disease based upon an inherent epistemological fallacy which has resulted in the deaths of over a hundred million and the immiseration of billions of people isn't particularly easy to conceive.

Elliott

Only yesterday someone told me I could find confirmation of Obama's brilliance in his law review articles, which were, I was assured, numerous.

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