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April 19, 2011

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Sue

Dems and others who raged that the rating agencies missed the housing meltdown will have a hard time doing anything other than putting a sock in it now.

Really? How about a trip down memory lane where Dems and others raged about everything under the sun who now can't seem to find a sock for the life of them?

Captain Hate

On the other hand, maybe this gives Obama more leverage as he pleads for tax hikes.

Keep fucking that chicken.

narciso

That is actually the way, he thinks about it Captain, just like he is willing to extort troop's pay to get a budget deal, I'm afraid.

Sue

Brad Watson Channel 8 News goes toe to toe with the O. You have to watch it. And stick to the end. Obama does his "I'm an ass" better than anyone.

Danube of Thought

Minus 17 at Raz today.

Janet

We are witnessing the ruin of our nation.
The west is under attack everywhere...mostly from within it seems. Here's an Am. Thinker article on a Brit veteran going to jail for burning a koran.
From the article -
"Ryan struggled with security guards in court after the sentence was passed. While being handcuffed he shouted: "What about my country? What about burning poppies?""

Danube of Thought

The ratings agencies are populated by dopes who couldn't get jobs in the investment banks or the securities-transaction law firms. They are always the last to know what's happening. Kevin Williamson at NRO has it nailed.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Do we ever have "closed threads"?

Rocco

Emerson's poem "The shot heard round the world" is etched on the Minuteman Statue located at the site of the battle at the North Bridge in Concord MA. But the shot heard round the world didn't happen in Concord, it happened at the Battle Green in Lexington before the Concord fight. The Minuteman Statue is also called the Concord Minuteman Statue but it was made in the image of Captain Isaac Davis, the first officer killed in the Revolutionary War. Captain Davis led the Acton Minutemen to defend the bridge in Concord declaring, "I haven't a man who's afraid." Why would the minutemen from Acton defend the bridge when there were two company's from Concord there as well?

Jim,MtnViewCA,USA

Rush Limbaugh yesterday was seeing a pattern:
debt downgrade, feverish speculation about the debt limit bill, big editorial pushes for highter taxes, taxes on the "rich", removal of tax loopholes, ....
The Dem base is gearing up for a tantrum against, well, economic reality.
You can tax the rich, even eliminate the military but still the problem remains: the US is spending too much.

Rick Ballard

DoT,

The Williamson piece is very good. He picked up on PIMCO's T-dump and explained the possible (probable?) impact of Mad Ben's extrication from monetization.

I'd tack on this piece, which is the most stark revelation of worldwide entrance into the double dip that I've seen. The KSA cut production by 9% in the face of falling demand - that's a 1% reduction in world supply which makes the IMF's world growth projection rather risible.

S&P is to be commended for their grasp of the bleeding obvious but they're still about 18 months behind. There really isn't much utility to a trailing indicator wrt risk.

The worldwide OPM crop failure continues - right along with the fall in BOzo's chances for re-election.

Janet

This is for narciso -
Does Hillary Clinton have a sister? We have friends that lived in Morocco for a long time & they said there was a big deal about Hillary visiting her sister. The stuff on the net says she only has 2 brothers, but I ran across this today.

from the article - "...Hillary’s grandfather, a Moroccan Jew living in Rissani, married an American woman, and then immigrated to the U.S.A.” According to the correspondent “Hillary Clinton visited her grandfather’s home in Rissani and along with Morocco’s King’s sister Lalla Myriem visited the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Chérif – forbidden to non-Muslims.” ”At the same time during this trip Hillary Clinton, she also visited her sister’s daughter who is married to a Berber tourist guide and lives in the Atlas Mountains.”"

clarice

I'm sure that means Lalla's niece.

Janet

okay. thanks clarice.

narciso

OK they are just making it up, as they go along, just like she was named for Edmund
Hillary, who was an unknown in 1947


http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=43

clarice

Well that stepgrandfather was born in two countries then..Even if the "if,and or but" of Hillary is a lie.

cathyf

Sure, Jane, after a week you can't comment anymore. But it's still called an "open" thread forever...

Minimalist Poster

So it's a time-limited thread?

Ignatz

--The KSA cut production by 9% in the face of falling demand - that's a 1% reduction in world supply which makes the IMF's world growth projection rather risible.--

Rick,
I saw yesterday that GS had cut it's US growth forecast to, IIRC, 1.5% from 2.5% after earlier dropping it from 3.5%.
How does the Fed end QEII with those stats and an expanding deficit which needs funding?
And if it doesn't where does inflation, which Ben still claims is nothing to worry about, go from here?

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Ya know,

I'm ready to call it. I think Obama is officially toast.

So, let's nominate Sarah and be done with it. Make Marco Rubio her VP.

(Never before have I suggested that pair-up, but there is something in the air.)

clarice

Oh, Jane, how I wish you are right.

glasater

Here's Zero at a town hall:

Watch Obama Address A Town Hall On Deficit Reduction

If we have to listen to this kind of dreck for eighteen months he is toast.

maryrose

Jane:
I agree with you and have felt this way for sometime now. His recent blow-up at a reporter in Texas shows you how aware he is that the so-called magic is gone. He has too many things stacked up against him. I fully expect the dems to cut their losses at some point and nominate someone else.He is not infallible and the press at some point won't be able to carry his water anymore.

Porchlight

Love the Brad Watson interview, Sue. Obama is a dumbass. Texas was a Dem stronghold for most of the 20th century. But of course, when one believes that history began with the dawn of one's own presidential campaign....

 centralcal

Jane, I like your picks Palin/Rubio, but could also go with Palin/West; Palin/Cain; Palin/Bolton . . . well, you get the picture.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Maryrose,

It was that blow-up with the reporter at Sue's link and headlined on Drudge and Sarah's speech in Wisconsin that did it for me.

Altho I will say I had great fun at the tea party pondering a Herman Cain, Allen West ticket and the opportunity to call every liberal a racist for a few months.

But that would be wrong.

Ignatz

Alan Greenspan advocates letting all of the Bush tax cuts expire resulting in a $4.6 trillion increase on all levels of taxpayers.
Can we now please never hear him described as a Randian libertarian again?
He's more of a Burnsian as in Arthur Burns, Nixon's inept, destructive Fed chair.

narciso

Clean energy is the solution to the deficit,
is there no one in that peanut gallery, who can get out of the haze

Sue

Texas is not historically Republican. I have told you guys how everyone in my town is a democrat. Born a democrat will die a democrat. Mostly they vote for republicans on the national level because they are conservative democrats. Obama is a fool. Lyndon Johnson. Lloyd Bentsen. Ralph Yarborough. Sam Rayburn. It has only been in the latter part of the 1990s that Texas went Republican. Does the name Ann Richards not ring a bell with Obama?

MayBee

There are no red states and blue states! There are, however, dastardly states that won't vote for Obama and pretty much steal Federal money.

Don't ask Obama where the Federal money comes from.

maryrose

One of Sarah's main points is that now Obama has a record of screw-ups that any opponent can mention and attack him with freely. Disagreeing with his decisions is not unamerican or racist.

Sue

What really tickled me was Obama saying McCain only won Texas by a few points and Watson pointing out it was by 10 points. Went downhill from there. ::grin::

Captain Hate

LOL @ Brooksie's column to the left of me (how appropriate) on memorandum "Very few people have the luxury of being freely obnoxious". Really Dave? Ever look around you at Pinch and his minions?

clarice

Not since Animal House's heroine said, "Officer, they're robbing the Piggly wiggly" have I seen such a shrewd move until Jane thanked the cops so I am willing to defer to her judgement.

Still, I think she's way ahead of the curve.

As for Greenspan, what kind of genius married Andrea Mitchell?

Porchlight

Look what happens when just ONE reporter challenges him. The dude cannot hack any kind of pushback whatsoever.

The only reason he has even the slightest chance at re-election is because of the media's abject refusal to pressure him on anything, anything at all.

Captain Hate

Sue, Toonces doesn't like having his lack of intelligence and inability to remember things accurately pointed out.

maryrose

On another thread someone listed states Obama will not win. Wisconsin is now purple and Colorado is not a sure thing. He will have to fight tooth and nail for Nevada and New Mexico. Pennsylvania will be close but he may get that. His piss-poor response to NC's disaster this week shows you how little he cares about southern states. He will be doomed to commit Kerry's mistake of writing off the South.

narciso

Greenspan, someone let him out of the monastery where he should be doing penance,
for his policy snafus,

Janet

Our lousy media has helped create these arrogant, entitled politicians. They rarely ask hard questions or make the politician explain their "sound bite" answers. It's like the MFM are all star-struck. I half expect most of them to ask for autographs.... It is pathetic.

Janet

Look what happens when just ONE reporter challenges him. The dude cannot hack any kind of pushback whatsoever.

So true. This Texas reporter & the FOX news guy right before the Obamacare vote are the only two I have ever seen ask Obama anything hard.

MayBee

Does the name Ann Richards not ring a bell with Obama?

I'm betting it does not.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

What really tickled me was Obama saying McCain only won Texas by a few points and Watson pointing out it was by 10 points. Went downhill from there. ::grin::

It was the look on Obama's face after that comment that screamed " GAME OVER".

Clarice, I'm tempted to call the chief and tell him how grateful and impressed I was. I have no idea why either. For some reason when people do their jobs well, it really gets to me.

clarice

You ought to,Jane. My husband always writes to companies when he gets good service, names the employee and explains why he appreciated their good work.

Usually bosses only get complaints and employees get little feedback for good service.

Sue

I didn't find the questions Brad Watson asked hard. Why does Texas not love Obama? That Obama didn't know how to answer that question without hinting at racism is not Brad Watson's fault. The answer was simple. Texas is a conservative state and they don't perceive me to be conservative enough. Without abandoning my core principals, I can't do much about that. Yada yada...instead he gets pissy.

maryrose

During the primaries Hil tied him virtually in Texas, she thumped him in Ohio, Penn. West Virginia, South Dakota, Kentucky, by huge margins, He cheated in Florida and Michigan and were it not for John Edwards-history would have been different.

Ignatz

--inability to remember things--

If it wasn't CH that wrote that I'd assume it was a kind-hearted euphemism for "liar".

Porchlight

Clarice, I'm tempted to call the chief and tell him how grateful and impressed I was.

That would be wonderful. You can send an email here - I selected "Let me talk to the manager" from the drop-down menu.

http://www.wfaa.com/on-tv/contact/69924367.html

Everyone should send an email with support for Brad Watson and the station, because I suspect a hard rain is gonna fall on WFAA.

Sue

Wait. Did I say core principals? He doesn't have any. Guess racism was the only response available to him.

narciso

He only has talking points, so when confronted
with the facts, he gets that confused look,

Sue

Porch,

I think Jane and Clarice are talking about something else. I'm not sure what but it has something to do with a policeman.

Porchlight

He cheated in Florida and Michigan and were it not for John Edwards-history would have been different.

Yet another instance of the media letting us down. Everyone in the media knew about Edwards' affair during the primaries but they shielded him, as they shield Obama now.

Gmax

I hate to disagree with Sue being she is backing the right horse in the American League, but Texas is most definitely Republican. Those yellow dog Democrats in East Texas were the last to come onboard, but they are voting correctly now. Meanwhile Tarrant County home of Fort Worth, is so solidly Republican that is rivals some West Texas counties in its Republican support and from a much larger base.

Even some counties down along the border trended Republican in 2010. And we picked up two Hispanic majority house seats because of it.

Porchlight

I think Jane and Clarice are talking about something else. I'm not sure what but it has something to do with a policeman.

Thanks Sue - I'm sorry, that was my mistake. But I hope people will send WFAA a nice email anyway. :)

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

I was talking about both - and meant the police chief, but I'm more than willing to say something nice about Brad Watson.

Porchlight

Gmax,

It is Republican now, but it was not "historically Republican" as Obama said.

What Obama knows about Texas (or American history in general) wouldn't fill an NPR freebie mug.

MayBee

I don't get why Obama wasn't better prepared to answer about the space shuttle. Houston should have one, and it makes no sense that they aren't getting one. He could at least have thought of something conciliatory to say about it.

Sue

Gmax,

Texas is not historically republican. Until Bush/Perry, we had only had 1 republican governor since reconstruction. All of the south was historically democratic, including Texas. Which is why I included the most famous Texans, before Bush, in my list of democrats. Johnson. Bentsen. Rayburn. No one outside of Texas knows who John Tower is.

maryrose

Porchlight:
There were rumblings about Edwards in December and early January re; his bimbo eruption but someone but the kabosh on making it public. Similarly when Clenis was being impeached, Juanita's story was kept under wraps.
Core principle for Obama is the Alinsky playbook and the race card.

narciso

I recall how Mickey Kaus, was the one who was the only one who breached the notion, without
naming actually naming him, and that was considered controversial at the time,

Captain Hate

Clarice, I'm tempted to call the chief and tell him how grateful and impressed I was.

Add me to the list of saying "Do it, Jane". As Clarice said, supervisors are always glad to get positive feedback because they're usually inundated with gripes from the perpetually offended.

MaryD

Sent my message, Porchlight. Thanks for the link!

maryrose

narciso:
Because it was the National Enquirer it was dismissed out of hand.

BB Key

Thanks for the link Porch . I sent an email to the manager thanking him for sending someone with balls.... I thought I read somewhere that the WH balked when WFAA said they wanted to send their political reporter and when WFAA pushed back the WH caved....wonder if anyone is job hunting at the WH ?

Chubby

Something I learned recently: you can't access specific Dow Jones indexes unless you register on their site and last week I wanted to check out their Titans index. Their registration process is beyond painful, and after several attempts I gave up, but along the way I learned that in their long list of free newsletter offerings, several were "Sharia finance" oriented. I found that interesting. I have never encountered any other financial site that has similar offerings.

Captain Hate

If it wasn't CH that wrote that I'd assume it was a kind-hearted euphemism for "liar".

Hmmm, I seem to have developed a reputation here. To counter that and, since this POS wonderful software doesn't allow us to edit our comments, I'd like to amend my initial comment on this thread to "Keep on pounding the poultry".

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Bummer's comment to Brad Watson while demiking shows the True Obama as Arrogant Prick about as well as anything I've seen so far.

His condescension towards Watson dripped during the entire interview until he got zinged by the 10 point Texas vote correction. Then he began a slow burn.

Here's another ready made clip for the Repub nominee to use in the general election. The clip could be titled "Four More Years? Of this?"

Jim Ryan

TM, you left out the word "suicide" in the headline.

MayBee

It's especially rich considering Obama made Paul Ryan sit quietly in front of him while he accused him of wanting to throw mentally challenged kids out of daycare. Obama at least got to answer this guy's questions.

Porchlight

Thanks guys for sending those emails.

I wish Watson had replied to the de-miking comment "Thanks for the feedback, but I'll decide how I want to conduct my interviews, Mr. President."

 centralcal

O's whole demeanor in the interview is appalling. I loved how he primps arrogantly with his shirt cuffs before the interview begins. Wants to make sure he photographs well.

Too bad his wife doesn't take note - she seems oblivious to how the camera captures her, judging by the tons of really horrid pictures one can find almost anywhere.

Porchlight

Then he began a slow burn.

His eyes are scary during that whole clip. At minimum he looks very tired & rundown.

Fisher

Smithsonian Trace; newsdesk.si.edu/snapshot/w-atlee-burpee-co

maryrose

Jim Rhoads:
Obama loves to set people up like he did with Ryan having him sit in the front row while he attempted to eviscerate his deficit plan. He felt threatened by Ryan and Obama had to try and suck all the air out of the room. The S&P downgrade caught him Geithner and Austan Goolsbee by surprise and their explanations on CNBC were pathetic. Geithner kept repeating all the same talking points for different questions this morning. Steve Liesman was doing the questioning so it was mostly softballs. Rick Santelli had a few suggestions for pertinent questions but those were not used.

Dave (in MA)


What chicken?

Old Lurker

Went to a party last week in Austin which seems to be about as liberal as MD or MA. (Sorry Porch...) But boy were they all burning angry about the Federal Debt and Fiscal mess. Even the wives were mad and wondering why Texas had joined the union...They took us on a tour of the Statehouse and pointed out how they viewed their rights as a Republic compared to other states. Was interesting.

Only bad part of the Texas trip was the 4.5 foot rattlesnake killed beneath our window at our friend's house, and then on our last day the three footer that bit the family dog as we were leaving. I HATE snakes!

Then went to Chicago for dinner with YL, Melinda and their spouses. That was great fun too! I knew we liked YL and hubby, but meeting Melinda and spouse was a special treat!

Proving I caught up on the threads, re talking to pollsters and republican fundraisers when they call...I just take a deep breath and say what I think Cap'n Hate would say under the circumstances.

MayBee

Then went to Chicago for dinner with YL, Melinda and their spouses. That was great fun too! I knew we liked YL and hubby, but meeting Melinda and spouse was a special treat!

Wonderful!

 centralcal

I just take a deep breath and say what I think Cap'n Hate would say under the circumstances.

lol. Kinda the same for me - although I am proficient in profanity, I do try to moderate it a little bit. Sure wouldn't want to have the calling for donations job!

123 9

20 billion more!The GDP tax guy(not O junior spy man,the British socialist) now controls your IMFs.O was just guaranteeing Chicago housing,not mortgages with China.

Porchlight

Went to a party last week in Austin which seems to be about as liberal as MD or MA. (Sorry Porch...)

Yeah, 'tis true. I think it's a slightly different liberal flavor than I've experienced in northern blue states where I've lived - maybe a bit more open/libertarian - but you are correct. Glad you got to see the Capitol in its newly shined up condition (though I kind of miss the more dullish pink color of the granite before they put the coat of Mop n Glo on it.)

Hope you had a great time despite the snakes!

12 44

1500.50

narciso

Spanish, is a much more expressive language for said purposes, but this is a family blog, right

Danube of Thought

...although I am proficient in profanity

Profanity and obscenity are two very different things. Each has its own place.

Old Lurker

Porch we are returning July 8-10 and hope to have coffee with you???

Threadkiller

I like your new avatar, DoT.

 centralcal

oh, I know, DoT. gawddamn would be profane and effing something would be obscene?

Porchlight

Absolutely, OL. We're in town that week and would love to see you.

bgates

Look who doesn't welcome reporters' corrections! Lucky for him he wasn't in that mood when George Stephanopolous reminded him he's still pretending to be a Christian.

Captain Hate

They took us on a tour of the Statehouse and pointed out how they viewed their rights as a Republic compared to other states. Was interesting.

Isn't the Statehouse great? Looking at the pictures of all the characters that came from the far-flung corners of the state gives you an appreciation for what badasses they surely were.

Captain Hate

Be sure to see the bats fly over the river in July, OL (I assume they're further south now).

Danube of Thought

I don't see my avatar, and I have no idea what it is, nor do I have any control over it that I'm aware of it.

You got it, CCal. I had an uncle who used to say he spoke three languages: profane, obscene and English, but he always confessed to being a bit rusty on the English.

Sue

We're all badasses in Texas. At least, that's what we'll tell you if asked. ::grin::

MarkO

Captain's four words to live by. I prefer the unvarnished version.

Danube of Thought

Arnold Kling is pretty succinct here. Please excuse the long quote:

I don't think of the long-term budget fight as being between Democrats and Republicans or between rich and poor. I look at it as a fight between people with funded retirements and unfunded retirements.

If I have saved enough to support my lifestyle in retirement, then I have a funded retirement. If my neighbor who teaches in public school wants to support a similar lifestyle based on her pension, then she has a retirement that is somewhat unfunded. That is, as of now, her pension plan has only about fifty cents for every dollar of promised benefits.

Social Security and Medicare also are unfunded. Their "trust funds" consist of government bonds. If I took care of my own retirement the same way, the drawer where I keep statements from mutual funds that I own would instead be filled with IOU's from myself. More important, the actuarial shortfall in Social Security and Medicare, like that in my neighbor's pension plan, is very large.

Down the road, someone is going to get the shaft. It could be my neighbor, it could be me, or it could be both of us. That is, people who are relying on the unfunded systems--public sector pensions, Social Security, and Medicare--might find their benefits cut. Or people who are relying on personal savings could wind up having those savings taxed away in order to address the shortfalls in the public systems. Or all of us could have our savings eroded by inflation, from which we may not be able to protect ourselves.

Have a nice day.

Threadkiller

We look like twins, DoT. :-)

Why can't you see your avatar?

That I know, the avatar changes when you change youe email entry.

 centralcal

One of the blessings of narcisolator, Threadkiller, is comment space is wider, because avatars are eliminated.

Old Lurker

For the Austin fans...

Saw the bats on a previous trip, Cap'n, and had never seen anything like it. Apparently last week some had returned but the rest have yet to arrive and have their babies.

The pictures in the Statehouse were wonderful as you say.

Now don't laugh...but we took our first ever Segway tour of downtown Austin and had a blast. Looking back at the exercise threads I missed, I think Segways are a perfect antidote.

Aside from the snakes, the only other out-of-body experience was the night of bar crawling on 6th Street on what happened to be at the time of something called "Texas Relays". That is as close to the Star Wars bar scene as I ever hope to see.

 centralcal

I used to joke that I was bilingual - profanity and English. I stand corrected - I am trilingual. ha.

narciso

This shouldn't surprise but it does:


http://pajamasmedia.com/files/2011/04/Draft-EO-Govt-Contr-Disclosure.pdf

lyle

Treasury sells bonds and who is the biggest buyer? Anyone?

What a scam. I tire of hearing about what happens if China stops buying UST. Hey, how about what happens when Ben stops?

Brokerage firms are in on the scam, prohibiting retail investors from buying TBT or PST ostentsibly because investors don't understand how they work. Give me a break, a third grader could grasp this.

Threadkiller

Thanks CCal.

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