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June 13, 2011

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PuD was conspicuously absent during Wienergate

PuD does read, between blackouts.

scott

That Wisconsin decision is a big f***n' deal.

matt

have the unions announced a temper tantrum at the state capitol in Madison yet?

Ignatz

--Sometimes I think Cleo is tweeting us from the age of the Tudors.--

There's a joke there only bgates, TK or CH could do justice to.

henry

Matt, they already have a (lame) tantrum in progress at their Walkerville camp including a fire department parade and a list of speakers at 7:00pm. The TV news people all looked like their dogs died, and even that Barca idiot couldn't manage a full volume shout. His dying grasp is on the twig of "it hasn't been published by the Sec State yet so it isn't the law" with unknown moves to follow. The comments at Aces picked up a threat of a general strike.

Meanwhile the budget and concealed carry are sailing through the legislature.

PD

PuD does read, between blackouts.

Yeah, reading about the big energy finds about which you're so ignorant.

Danube of Thought

I believe this is PPP:

"70% of voters nationally have an unfavorable opinion of Weiner compared to just 8% with a positive one. He’s really burned his bridges with pretty much everyone. Certainly his numbers are their worst with Republicans. He has a 3/85 favorability spread with them. But it’s hard to take much positive from his 14/60 standing with independents or the 8/63 he pulls with Democrats either.

"60% of voters think he should resign to only 25% who think he should stay in office and 15% who don’t offer an opinion. A plurality of Democrats (46/34) think he should step aside as do a majority of independents (54/28) and pretty much all Republicans (81/11). Interestingly men (66%) feel much strongly than women (55%) that Weiner needs to go."

Danube of Thought

Oh, how I would love to see a general strike in Wisconsin!

Gmax

void ab initio

I believe the proper translation here for the latin phrase in the ruling, is " In your face, Judge Sumi."

JM Hanes

Old Lurker:

"Glasater, there has been talk about requiring Sellers of houses to install certain energy savings devices before they will be allowed to sell their houses."

That little nugget was in the 300 page midnight amendment to the Cap and Trade bill passed in the House. Fortunately, it died in the Senate.

Long-time Lurker, First-time Poster

What happened to Ann? Is she OK?

hit and run

Awesome. I had forgotten all about this. Growing up,the dad of one of my baseball teammates was the general manager of Reunion Arena -- the then home of the Dallas Mavericks.

As a result,our baseball team was . . . well,here -- I just found the jacket from that team in the back of the closet. Let me slip it on...Ok,see for yourselves:


mavericks

BTW,anybody else fit in an article of clothing they've had since 1984?

Oh and as a side note -- teammates' dad never did take us to a Mavericks game. But he did take a few of us to a Van Halen concert! Wikipedia reliably informs me that that was in June of 84 (while the Republican National Convention took place there a couple months later in August).

And of course who could forget attending the draft of 1985 at Reunion: Detlef Schrempf and Uwe Blab -- the original German Mavericks.

Gmax

I hsve not dug into the ruling but I hear the three libs on the Wisc court concurred in part. Which parts I dont know at this time, but its apparently not as close as 4 to 3 would make it seem.

Danube of Thought

Sun's over the yardarm somewhere...

PD

BTW,anybody else fit in an article of clothing they've had since 1984?

Do scarves count?

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

GMAX

I read the decision quickly (it's over 60 pages) but it looked like the minority agreed on some procedural points but not in substance.

glasater

Kudlow was just interviewing WI state senator Robin Vos on his show with the signs in the background saying "shame", etc. and horns were blowing trying to drown out the senators voice.
The kindest thing one can say about liberals and unionistas is they're rude.

MayBee

BTW,anybody else fit in an article of clothing they've had since 1984?

I have a jean jacket from 1984. I wear it all the time. I'm not certain I've ever washed it.

Extraneus

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DrJ

BTW,anybody else fit in an article of clothing they've had since 1984?

I fit into clothing dating from the early 1970s (!) when I was in high school until a very recent change in blood pressure meds that in a few weeks added 20 pounds to my frame. That will have to change.

Appalled

A gift from the past. Most of you all will really like program 80 in the LUN. I guarantee it. A simple guide to Conservatism, as now practiced, explained back in 1945.

hit and run

I don't fit in any of my clothing from the early 70s.

Clarice

Ann, is not well and we are all pulling for her and hoping she will return soon.

___

"70% of voters nationally have an unfavorable opinion of Weiner compared to just 8% with a positive one. He’s really burned his bridges with pretty much everyone. __ DoT, Not I. I want him to stay and sty and stay.

Janet

What happened to Ann? Is she OK?

She's recently had an illness & hasn't been posting...but she's in touch with some JOMers & not forgotten.
Thanks for checking on her, Long-time Lurker.

Jane

I liked hearing about Jane's neighbor who went out before the tornado hit and took down his American flag for safety.

Oh it's even better. It was my flag he took down. He does it every time there is a storm.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

I have a suede jacket that I've had since the '70s and jeans I've had at least since the mid '80s. And I have a garment bag full of "power" suits that I haven't worn in years, but if I went back to work tomorrow, I would expect to fit.

Extraneus

I'm with MayBee. Wieners are important. Nothing wrong with them, generally. It's about time we've had a wiener advocate in the Congress. He should stay as long as possible.

Gmax

CNN finds a significant enthusiasm gap. Keep this in mind as PPP(D) and other lefty posters keep finding ever more Democrats in their surveys to help prop up Zero:

The survey finds 26 percent of registered Democrats “extremely enthusiastic” about voting in the 2012 presidential election; 38 percent of registered Republicans describe themselves that way.

maryrose

The Wisconsin ruling is fantastic news and staying up late to monitor the election results that night was lots of fun.So true about elections having consequences-now we just have to get through the recall votes.
henry: Any info on the dem recalls and getting those fleebaggers thrown out of office?
Ann: Hope you are feeling better soon. I miss your comments and fabulous pictures!

Threadkiller

--"He should stay as long as possible."--

And go out with a bang.

Extraneus

New DNC ad: Why didn’t Republicans talk about any important issues like the economy last night?

hit and run

Obama was in NC yesterday touring a manufacturing company. It's not every day that I agree with Obama,but today is that day!

Via Geraghty:

I also remember something else that David [Jones] said that day. He talked about how, even with a good job at a great company, it was getting tougher for working people to provide for their families without having to cut corners.

What he said was, “Where am I squeezing that balloon to make sure that my family has a life; that we’re moving forward; that we’re progressing?” Now, that was in 2008, before the financial crisis, before the bottom fell out of the economy, before a vicious recession that made things that much tougher for working families.

So the world has changed since the first time David and I met. And for a lot of our friends and neighbors, that change has been painful.

I agree!

Threadkiller

--"BTW,anybody else fit in an article of clothing they've had since 1984?"--

My main man Hit will understand this:

My koozie from the 80's still fits my 12oz.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Re: Debate and jobs/economy and the dem ad:

Seemed to me that Romney tried to bring the subject of jobs and the economy into every one of his answers and he was continually cut off.

Ranger

Via Hot Air Headlines:

Obama Has No Idea How Vulnerable He Is

I recently spoke to someone who is fairly well connected to the Obama White House, and he indicated the president and his team hadn’t even contemplated the possibility of a re-election loss. They comfort themselves with the beliefs the GOP field is fatally flawed, demographics are working to their advantage, and Obama is a spectacularly good politician. Even states such as North Carolina and Georgia will be up for grabs, they are telling reporters.

Based on the objective conditions in the country right now, this self-confidence borders on being delusional. Of course, that wouldn’t be the first such incident for Obama and his team, and it won’t be the last.

Yeah, this is the same team that still thought AZ would be in play after the immigration fiasco last year.

Clarice

ranger, I found that eye popping, too. I suppose everyone not on crack or delusionary has left the mother ship.

hit and run

he indicated the president and his team hadn’t even contemplated the possibility of a re-election loss.

"Well,the big difference between here and '96 is,you've got me."
--stuff Obama (almost) said

Whew!

via "Hot Air" headlines, reeks of credibility,

Perhaps PT Barnum will give us the straight dope on honest carnival barkers,

henry

Maryrose, the fleebagger recalls (3) were certified and should occur one week after the recalls against Rs. The latest news is that both sides are running fake candidates to force primaries and buy an extra month. One R at risk got a big break yesterday (Hansen) when the D running against him got taped insulting/threatening a voter (Clark). The budget votes will happen by next week (also concealed carry) now that Sumi is out of it. Attention will shift to recalls sometime next week -- it will be a long summer.

henry

Hit, my jr high letter jacket still fits -- early 70s.

narciso

They accused W of being in a bubble, Obama's in a bathysphere, going down into the Mariannas. They really 'make their own reality.

Ranger

Yeah, cause this part of the article in question was totally made up:

Unemployment is now 25 percent higher than when the president took office, the deficit is 35 percent higher, and gas prices have more than doubled (h/t: NBC’s David Gregory). According to Pollster.com, the president’s rating on the economy is underwater by more than 19 percentage points (56.9 percent versus 37.7 percent), the widest since he took the oath of office. Only one-in-three independent voters approve of the president’s handling of the economy. According to the most recent CNN/Opinion Research poll, by a margin of more than 30 points, voters disapprove of his handling of health care; and by a margin of more than 40 points, they disapprove of his handling of the federal deficit. And roughly half of the nation believes we’re either in a recession or a depression.

If those conditions just remain the same, no chance Obama will lose. And will Obama's War on Prosperity in full swing, they are bound to get worse.

Pops

""""The survey finds 26 percent of registered Democrats “extremely enthusiastic” about voting in the 2012 presidential election; 38 percent of registered Republicans describe themselves that way.""""

Problem for Obama is the 26 percent of registered Democrats “extremely enthusiastic” about voting in the 2012, CAN'T WAIT TO VOTE OBAMA OUT!!

PD

Mel, you need to get over to Wrigley to fill a seat, there are a lot of them empty tonight.

Don't forget to cheer for the Brewers!

Pops

Obama can't lose, even a landslide defeat in 2012 will mean he'll be remembered as our best African American President, ever.

henry

Unless Cain replaces him Pops. ; )

narciso

So, if you thought this was 'a trap' of sorts, you weren't far wrong,


http://weaselzippers.us/2011/06/14/obama-campaign-sends-out-ridiculously-misleading-video-on-gop-debate/

Ignatz

--Obama can't lose, even a landslide defeat in 2012 will mean he'll be remembered as our best African American President, ever.--

Thought BillyJeff already had that locked up.
Barry will have to settle for the best half white Pres we ever had.

PuD was conspicuously absent during Wienergate

Yes, there are guardians within the Christian Congregation. But as Paul's many letters to the early christians revealed these (Episkopos) are men trained in the model of Christ to be 'innocent as doves, yet cautious as serpents' They shepherd the flock and protect it from the spiritual wolves who would prey on the innocent.
But mostly, spiritual growth is inner directed, though outwardly facilitated by congregating with others of like faith. Proper control is an internal surrender to the guidance founded on scripture, not a deference of personal judgment to the whims or fancy of another.

But that does not even begin to address how one's faith should be defended at law so that all be required to conform. Many will argue the case for that as well. I will not.

You see, I once dreamed I had a son--a Marine!
Imagine how my hopes were dashed when I imagined that he had died for our sins in Iraq. But then I began to wonder: was he real? Who can say?

I am left with the knowledge that I can say meaningless things that most people think sound terribly stupid. But I do not.

Posted by: Al Asad | Friday, September 30, 2005 at 06:27 PM

Threadkiller

He won't be remembered as the first non-"natural born" President*. Chester Arthur holds that trophy.

*Excluding the Presidents that were covered by being citizens at the adoption on the Constitution.

narciso

The Library Tower and LAX stand in spite of such foolishness:


http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/06/14/lapd-dep-chief-downing-we-should-not-demonize-the-muslim-brotherhood/

PD

But then I began to wonder: was he real? Who can say?

For enlightenment on this point, a few viewings of eXistenZ ought to clear things right up.

narciso

Cronenberg, has been very creepy, for a long time, PD.

PD

Somehow I knew narciso would get the reference.

hit and run

So JWF had a story from NYDN where the headline boldly exclaimed that Palin wrote at an eighth grade level in her emails.

In her emails!!!11!!!1!!! Oh the humanity.

The article was better than the headline suggested.

But here's my fun with the whole thing...

Grading Palin vs the Media

PD

Palin in her emails is about a gazillion times more literate than Obama assisted by the 'prompter.

Gmax

Hey I think I just broke the code. Cleo has been playing a deranged lesbian here and we just missed the obvious clues! Forehead slap.

Frau Steingehirn

National Public Internet is yet another Obama WTF product. These just keep coming.

Rocco

Has anyone heard from rse? Praying her and Red are doing OK.

Threadkiller

Grapefruit-head was on Hannity. Good stuff.

henry

It's actually hard to write to a lower grade level -- no run on sentences, only active tense, words of fewer syllables, etc get you a lower grade score. The grade score represents the reading level required to understand your posts (by this standard Cleo & anduril write at grade infinity). The idea is to write clearly and be understood, the lower the grade level the better.

I know this from extensive help from Grammatix during grad school, where writing a paper on the applicability of a blowhard such as Latour can get you trapped in his style of obfuscation.

You would think reporters would understand this basic concept, but it's clear they don't understand much of anything.

And yes a grammatical analyzer for comments would help me a whole bunch.

Danube of Thought

It's the key to writing a persuasive legal brief: simple declarative sentences, active voice, plain language. Don't use language to dazzle; strive to make the words invisible so that the reader only remembers the thought.

Read U.S. Grant's memoirs. Or his written orders to his commanders in the field: they were the stuff of genius. And genius lies in clarity.

Frau Duden

In Puerto Rico,Barry had to work from a written speech in front of him. Did the teleprompter go with Michelle?

My Catholic teaching buddy (The nuns broke her habit of swearing)always said to write short sentences, short paragraphs with simple words in the letters we wrote home to parents. It's also part of Fowler's advice to all writers.

DrJ

It's the key to writing a persuasive legal brief: simple declarative sentences, active voice, plain language.

That's true for technical papers and proposals too. The rookies think that obfuscation through jargon is a good thing. That is not so.

PD

Say what you're going to tell them.

Tell them.

Say what you just told them.

Threadkiller

Terse.

DrJ

It's also part of Fowler's advice to all writers.

Alas, most writers these days have never heard of Fowler. He would sneer at a phrase like "this point in time" which most these days think is good prose. Yuck.

daddy

Why did the chicken cross the road?

So he could be a Lesbian Blogger in Syria.

Jane

Rocco,

I've been thinking of rse as well.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

How can she ever be expected to write a bill or critique a proposed law, if she can't read or write in legislativeeeze? To obfuscate is to be a Beltway elected official or liberal reporter. Good grief, these are emails not White Papers, and emails sent from a Blackberry, no less. I doubt anyone writes an erudite thesis on their Blackberry or other type of smart phone/tablet, if the experiences we hear about by some JOMers is any clue.

sbw

simple declarative sentences

Counsel’s argument sucks.

PD

That any "journalist" would feel a need to go so far as to present an analysis of Palin's email writing level says a lot more about the journalist than Palin.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Via Belmont Club:

“There are no girls on the Internet! The Internet is a place where men are men, women are men, and children are the FBI” — author unknown.

I certify with full certitude that I am WOMAN!

Jack is Back!

BTW,anybody else fit in an article of clothing they've had since 1984?

All my hats, socks and ties are still fitting but their fitting some guy in the Congo or Ecuador since I usually give them to the Maryknoll missions.

I thought the english profs up at Lake Superior State, ridicule with an award, those of obtuse writings. But then Palin is too damn stupid to win that presitigious an award. If she wrote beyone the 8th grade level they would be accusing her of trying to be intellectual.

No game tonight thanks to the Mavs. Another reason to hate Cuban.

And when do the Democrat debates start?

Danube of Thought

Strunk & White are in accord with Fowler.

"Counsel's argument sucks." Sheep lie.

narciso

On the other hand, obfuscation, makes an utterly foolish policy, seem less so:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/will-s-state-department-nominee-get-through-the-senate/2011/03/29/AG7Mm0UH_blog.html?wprss=right-turn

Melinda Romanoff

Rocco-

Fusion went well, Red gained a couple of inches that were well hidden. That one is going to be one tall drink of water that will argue you out of a wallet or two.

Meeting Red, and friend, gives one hope for the future, rse and spouse did an amazing job.

DrJ

Strunk & White are in accord with Fowler.

I was going to mention that other classic. Thanks for adding it.

Since we are on language (at least I am -- I'm starting to write my next proposal) when did the phrase "I will try and do thus and such" become accepted over the more correct "I will try to do thus and such"? I admit that it is a pet peeve that shows only that I'm an irredeemable old fart.

Melinda Romanoff

henry-

I went to the other school.

If I couldn't express a trade idea within 90 seconds, I got hung up on. I HAD to be in the KISS mode, seven hours straight, no breaks (learned that last on the hard way, expensively).

This is much more collegial.

Jim Ryan

There is an unsung hero of writing about clear writing: Richard Mitchell, the Underground Grammarian. His Less than Words Can Say is a good example. Give it to any college kid you know or to anyone older than that who still can't think or write well.

Gotta disagree about short sentences. Long sentences can be just as lucid. Wodehouse's books have plenty of examples, as do some technical, academic articles that I have seen. Of course, cleaving to short sentences is a good rule of thumb, but a writer should try doing without it if he thinks he'd like to have a go at using fewer periods.

Jack is Back!

narciso,

I see, even then, Andrea Mitchell was challenging BaWa for "most objective friend of the important people".

Ranger

Well, Obama's War on Prosperity has now extended to a new front; Productivity Enhancing Technology:

Obama on unemployment: Don’t forget that those ATMs are taking jobs too

He would have loved those Soviet style stores that employed 4 people to fill your order: One to take your order, one to find your order, one to wrap your order, and once to check you out.

Obama's next big push will be to restore the full service gas station in the name of creating jobs. Its a two-fer, more jobs and higher gas prices!

centralcal

Home sick today and haven't been on the computer and barely watching TV. However I just saw a segment on Greta re: the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision.

She is NOT a happy camper. She called it a "dysfunctional court" multiple times, leaving her guest - Dana Perino rather flummoxed. Guess Greta is a Democrat and a Union-ista to the core. Anyway, she also said the fight is far from over and brought up the recall elections.

Jim Ryan

By preferring long sentences, I mean fewer sentences per page, not more words per idea. Why say something in four short and lucid sentences when you can say it in two long and lucid ones? Either way is fine. Spice of life.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Gotta disagree about short sentences. Long sentences can be just as lucid.

My h.s. lit teacher used to teach that we should mix it up. She would call it giving the mind a chance to catch up. Long sentences should always be followed by short concise sentences to sum up. She also used to teach that it was much more helpful to learn to write memos than novels in the real world. She was a big believer in bullet points.

Sarah has a degree in journalism with an emphasis on TV and sports writing, where short sentences and soundbites are a requirement.

Stephanie

We were taught to vary sentence length and combine short sentences with compound ones. Same with words. Transitions were important, too.

Melinda Romanoff

Porch, DrJ, and MT-

I now have my sound system hooked back up for the first time, since the move. I am playing cuts from every favorite LP, from Fats Waller to Pure Prairie League to Chick Corea, and WHO stole all my Al Di Meola?

Picked up a big hum though, so I have to some homework on just what I did.

Back to burning discs, shortly. You all will learn the genius of Manny Albam at some point.

DrJ

Picked up a big hum though

Usually this is a grounding issue. A 60 Hz hum (or its 120 Hz harmonic) -- right?

Threadkiller

Mel, Is the hum only when playing LPs?

Melinda Romanoff

60.

Definitely ground. Actions in haste, ah well.

MayBee

NYTs news alert is telling me Pakistan has arrested CIA informants who helped us catch Obama.

Danube of Thought

I share that peeve, DrJ. Along with the now-totally consummated buggering of "beg the question."

JimR, left to my own devices I often end up with long sentences that just come naturally. Often on review I will try to break them up a bit, simply because I think it will help the reader (even though I know in my heart that these exquisite sentences are actually perfect).

centralcal

Yeah and it's up on Drudge too, MayBee.

Ranger

NYTs news alert is telling me Pakistan has arrested CIA informants who helped us catch Obama.

Posted by: MayBee | June 14, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Smart Dipolomacy!

Melinda Romanoff

TK-

I am ONLY playing LPs, 45s, and 78s.

I have a big rack of the latter. I like to pick out the contra's in the various orchestras. Bix, Cootie, and the like.

It's my little research project, outside of work.

Jim Ryan

that just come naturally

Eventually you hear the muse and you just type what he says to type.

Varying long with short is a good heuristic.

These tips are like tips in jazz for improvisation. Eventually you just play what the muse tells you to play.

DrJ

Eventually you hear the muse and you just type what he says to type.

My writing muse has always been female. She writes really well, and tells beautiful and compelling stories. Sadly I don't have much control over her creativity.

She has never requested dick pics.

jimmyk

Aren't newspapers written at the seventh grade level? So Sarah is writing one grade above the journalists. And that's in unedited, impromptu, informal writing.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Jonah Goldberg: ATMs And Automation

Summary: Bambi's an idiot.

Stephanie

Pet peeves? The truth is or The truth of the matter is...

Both drive me nuts. I always wonder if that means the rest of what they were saying was 'not entirely accurate.'

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