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June 13, 2011



Oh, and ditto 'As a matter of fact...'

Implies the rest you were telling was fiction.


Is this what desperation looks like?

The ADN is trying to resurrect the Palin e-Mail story by claiming that no E-mails of her first month in office were released so obviously she must be hiding something:

"That means, if the record is to be trusted, Palin did not send or receive a single email about state business during a time when she was busy taking the first major actions of her new administration. That means zero emails during a period during which, among other things, Palin put out her proposed state budget, appointed an attorney general, killed the contract for a road out of Juneau and vetoed a bill that sought to block state public employee benefits to same-sex couples."

Many of the 525 commenters to the ADN story about this are sure this is the smoking gun that will put criminal Sarah in jail for good: For example, this guy named Card:

"She is a criminal and a thief, She got mansions on credit, (via campaign funds) for 25%, and philandered who knows how many more undercover deals with scumbag politicians and big money investors from the oilfield. She was MADE to Resign, therefore the thought of presidency is an absolute insult to the american citizens.
How dare you Palin charade around in your fancypants acting all innocent! You are a disgrace to Alaska! An EPICFAIL! btw everyone knew we would be missing documents lol its expected from the new ultimate C.B.C. Leader. Mrs. Palin maybe you should go run for the presidency of Iraq, you'd fit right in!"

More from the ADN reporters: "the nearly month-long gap in the record raises questions about how effective that was in recovering the documents. It also raises the question of how many other emails that Palin sent on state matters might also be missing from the record."

Danube of Thought

I think Greta is definitely on Walker's side. I also think she's correct about the state of that Court.


Did somebody say "ground" already? :-)

BTW Mel, did you see the review of my friends digital to analog converter?

DrJ called it "nose bleed" right after he mentioned $40,000 speakers. He keeps me drinking.


Mel, TK has a valid point. Phono cartridges pick up all sorts of electromagnetic mischief, for example, from an amplifier power transformer or the wall mains. Proper grounding is always the first issue to address; then look at the EM fields if you find hum only in phono playback.


TK, I do try to keep you drinking.

In audio I just think that most of the conventional measures are not the right ones. Amplification or digital conversion comparatively is easy, and transduction is hard. Room acoustics are the hardest of these.

I think $40k speakers are nuts, at least for those of us who are mere mortals. But more power to those vendors if they have customers.


DrJ, the ground wire on the phono is for shielding. I think our answers are one in the same. :-)


It's sad, daddy, when the brain slug chews right into the cerebral cortex, well we know what happened with Captain Terrell, he had to phaser himself to make it stop,

So in light of this story, anybody raise their hand, if they think Raymond Davis overreacted?



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

Posted by: MayBee--

Caught him? We can't get rid of him.


" Sheep lie."

Man. Don't I knwo.


know. I got so nervous with that thought. You can understand. And, I thought I hit preview. Time to hit the sack.

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

JIB when were you at K.I.Sawyer? Use to work the 52's on their bombing run's when I worked at the ARTCC in Detroit and Chicago.


Excellent point Narciso,

Makes you think that perhaps CIA operative Davis may have had a compelling reason for pulling his gun in Pakistan 2 months back to prevent himself from being gunned down in Lahore.

BTW, anyone yet under investigation by Fitz for outing him?

Jim Miller

Since we have begun talking about the length of sentences, Carl Sandburg has one that's a beaut.

In his one-volume biography of Lincoln, he starts out to describe the US just before the outbreak of the Civil War. He begins, "Only tall stacks of documents recording the steel of fact and the fog of dream could tell the intricate story of the shaping of a national fate; . . . " -- and ends almost a page and a half later.

And, believe it or not, the sentence works, though I wouldn't want to read it out loud.

(I wanted to quote the whole thing at some Lincoln anniversary but decided that, though it was just one sentence, that long a quote went beyond fair use.

I've enjoyed browsing through the biography. I'm no Lincoln scholar, so I won't make a judgement on its accuracy.)

Danube of Thought

If you want long sentences, try Faulkner. Or Kerouac. Not my cup of tea. And I'm not crazy about Sandburg, either, but not only because of long sentences. I would include him with Ghandi, Cronkite, Arthur Miller, Adlai Stevenson and Kofi Annan on any list of the most overrated of modern dopes.

Shall we begin to marshal a compendium of jaw-droppingly stupid things Donald Trump has said? Any suggestions as to where to begin?


It's like a six course meal, Jim, one is out of breath just reading it:


Strawman Cometh

Speaking of Palin emails. When he speaks fairly, he is très amusant


"...stupid things Donald Trump has said? Any suggestions as to where to begin?"


Trump from last week: ""The fact is that whether you agree with the (Ryan) plan or not, his timing was horrendous."

My question. When the hell then is the unhorrendous time to bring up the question if not precisely now when we are facing economic doom, a vote on raising the Debt Ceiling, a downgrade of our bond ratings, a 99-0 rejection of the sitting President's Budget, no budget from the Majority Dem Senate in 2 and a half years, a President offering to Bailout Greece, the CBO saying the Program is going broke by 2020, and Presidential debates already ongoing on the networks?

Hows that for a run-on sentence?

Strawman Cometh

Matt ,
Congrats on another instalaunch.
But you gotta clean up your typo for the big stage: "once again head blaming"


Matt's latest at Insty. Conning the country on jobs.

Thanks Straw.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

I have just read more than once that Pakistan's action re: bin Laden CIA informants is close to an act of war. Does anyone here see it that way?

Frau Duden

" (Palin"s)emails sent from a Blackberry,..."

Barry got to keep his Blackberry; will we ever get to read his emails?

Sara (Pal2Pal)

What a ^#$%@! Obama is.

More Hope and Change… Desperate Mother Sells Letter From Obama to Pay Rent

Charlie (Colorado)

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

It's worth remembering that Ernest Hemingway wrote at about a 5th grade level on the same scales.

Manuel Transmission

Ok all you audiophiles, here's the deal: ground pins are NOT your friend. Take every power cord and use those 3:2 cheaters and plug 'em all in to a common power strip. Now check your hum. Chances are you may need to plug the preamp third pin to gnd or at least tie a separate lead from that lug on the back to a good gnd. I have a $1k chemical gnd rod to get below 1ohm, but that is more for lightning protection.

After getting that basic setup working, flip the polarity of each power plug for minimum hum. Most modern eqp has this stuff done pretty well, but a lot of the older stuff doesn't and sometimes the age affects filter caps, too.

Lastly, I think someone mentioned it earlier, balanced line drivers to the power amps are hugely effective especially if you are running more that a short patch cord.

On a separate note, once I heard Maggies 35 yrs ago, my ears never could listen to anything else at any price. They are a bit like stacked Quads without the edginess. Probably the best bang/buck if you can find room for them.



Hope you feel better. I don't think Greta was referring to the outcome of the decision with that remark. She's from Wisconsin, and I bet she was talking about personal experience.


OT (if there still is a topic) but does anyone have any good reading suggestions on cholesterol? My doc wants to put me on statins? Any good literature on the pros and cons of statins? Is there a way to naturally lower bad cholesterol (besides exercise, which I already am doing?)


Red wine, Peter :)



I thought it had been reported that Green Tea helps, so I googled Green Tea and came up with a number of sites, such as this one, which says Green Tea reduces cholesterol.



If your Wind Power deal is dead, looks like ours is finally being pushed thru.

This weak ADN story Fire Island wind power project moves closer to reality, is very sparse on facts, neglects to say that the Fed's are now supposedly offering up to (I think 80 Million or so) to get the project going, and that the output has dropped from 35 to 17 megawatts of power. Regardless, it looks like the fix is in so I think we will have the thing installed and and we'll get to see how it works. FWIW, no mention of the problem of laying electric transmission cable across the inlet where the endangered Beluga swim, exactly the same Beluga's that cause a complete shutdown of dredging for the Anchorage Pier when they are spotted anywhere in Cook Inlet. Amazing how that stuff so far only seems to prevent non-green development projects.



Eat oatmeal. peter, but if all the recommended stuff, diet and exercise don't work, statins have a good record. I take CoQ 10 with them.
remember that there is n proven relationship between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol and between blood cholesterol and heart disease.
It may be another one of those badly thought out things, still if you can without going crazy get it down low enough so that you needn't take very high doses of statins why not follow the medical lemmings.

MT, I didn't understand one thing in your last post and I know it's not because I read it in the morning before coffee.


***there is nO proven relationship******


Greece Crippled by Protests, Strike Over Austerity

On Monday night, Standard & Poor's slashed Greece's rating from B to CCC, dropping it to the very bottom of the 131 states that have a sovereign debt rating. That suggests Greece's creditors are less likely to get their money back than those of Pakistan, Ecuador or Jamaica.

It's an astonishing low for Greece. As recently as January 2009, the country still had a stellar A rating despite a hefty debt burden.

Hmmm... Is there anything we can glean from this?

Melinda Romanoff


Each stereo component's power cord may or may not have three prongs that go into the wall. The third, round pin, is the ground and will more than likely contribute to the hum I was experiencing (low level buzz in the background). He was mapping out how to strip out what would contribute to the hum and to strategically use each cord against each other by using the 3 prong to 2 prong converter and flipping the prongs back and forth in the outlet.

I won't go into competing harmonics.



DoT and Jane: I agree about the state of the court and Greta calling it dysfunctional would have been correct (we all learned from the Prosser v. Kloppenberg [?] battle about that court).

She never once said, despite that opinion of the court, that it made the correct call, in fact she didn't address the merits of the decision at all and was quite "fired up." She was NOT happy at all. Before signing off the show, she said her viewers were really up in arms over her comments, so I wasn't the only one who "misinterpreted" her.


Mel, I have some old Al Dimeola LPs you can borrow, esp. since my turntable has been in the attic for 13 years

And thanks Clarice for the advice about cholesterol. My good cholesterol and ratios are fine, just my total number and ldl are too high

like to thoroughly research drugs before I take

Jack is Back!

Agent J,

Just saw your note.

I was there from '66 to '69 with a few TDY's and a session over Nam thrown in for good measure.

I use to paint you guys at the RBS in Chi and Det during our bomb/nav training runs.

Much thanks for keeping us separated from an early death. You guys are much appreciated but then not much commercial up where we were but always a wanderer or two.


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"?

Having read that yesterday, this stuck out in my reading at the coffeeshop this morning:

Because of the myriad of possibilities, auditing an Oracle database can be a daunting task. In order to try and simplify the discussion of what can be done, we will discuss a couple of simple examples that we will explore and work through.

In this case, I'd not just change "and" to "to", I would shorten the entire "In order to try and" to "To" because "In order" is usually superfluous.


Didn't Prosser himself say the court was dysfunctional? I think there was a report a while back describing his frustration trying to get anything done with "Call me Shirley" Abrahamson on the court.


Hmmmm... even politico is starting to practice journolism (via Drudge):

Top Barack Obama donors net government jobs

Gips, a vice president of Colorado-based Level 3 Communications, delivered more than $500,000 in contributions for the Obama war chest, while two other company executives collected at least $150,000 more.

After the election, Gips was put in charge of hiring in the Obama White House, helping to place loyalists and fundraisers in many key positions. Then, in mid-2009, Obama named him ambassador to South Africa. Meanwhile, Level 3 Communications, in which Gips retained stock, received millions of dollars of government stimulus contracts for broadband projects in six states — though Gips said he had been “completely unaware” that the company had received the contracts.

More than two years after Obama took office vowing to banish “special interests” from his administration, nearly 200 of his biggest donors have landed plum government jobs and advisory posts, won federal contracts worth millions of dollars for their business interests or attended numerous elite White House meetings and social events, an investigation by iWatch News has found.

Gee, its almost as if Obama learned the politics business in Chicago or something.

Just one of the finding from their investigation:

• Overall, 184 of 556, or about one-third of Obama bundlers or their spouses joined the administration in some role. But the percentages are much higher for the big-dollar bundlers. Nearly 80 percent of those who collected more than $500,000 for Obama took “key administration posts,” as defined by the White House. More than half the 24 ambassador nominees who were bundlers raised $500,000.

As they say, read the whole thing.

Danube of Thought

Minus 17 at Raz today


"Try and" in place of "try to" has become entrenched in both written and spoken English. I am guilty of it myself occasionally (though not so much in writing).

PD is correct - the first part of the sentence should be shortened to "To." Can probably slice off "that we will explore and work through" as well, but the sentence will still be repetitive ("simplify the discussion"/"discuss a couple of simple examples").

There are so many ways to go wrong in writing.


So the work of Cole, Ross, et al, really helped out,@#%$#$^$*^%&( they leaked the secret prisons):



Ranger, that came from Politico? Wow.


OT (if there still is a topic) but does anyone have any good reading suggestions on cholesterol?

I would start with this article by Taubes. I would also be very skeptical of what your doctor says and come to your own conclusions. My cholesterol was a bit high and my doctor gave me the standard carp about reducing fat in the diet. I'm convinced that low-carb, weight loss, and exercise is the way to go. Eat all the bacon and eggs you want. Statins only work as long as you take them (meaning if you rely on them you'll be on them the rest of your life), and do have some side effects.


Its a long story, and there are some choice swipes in it:

Public Citizen found in 2008 that President George W. Bush had appointed about 200 bundlers to administration posts over his eight years in office. That is roughly the same number Obama has appointed in a little more than two years, the iWatch News analysis showed.

And this bit it interesting:

The appointment of George Washington University law professor Spencer Overton illustrates how the administration has rewarded many top fundraisers.

Overton wrote in 2003 that the influence big donors wield in elections means that an “overwhelming majority of citizens are effectively excluded from an important stage of the political process.” Yet Overton bundled at least $500,000 for Obama. He was named to the Obama transition team and in February 2009 was appointed principal deputy attorney general in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy. Overton visited the White House more than 80 times from January 2009 through the end of 2010 for events ranging from small meetings with high-level staffers to social and entertainment events, sometimes with his wife, records show. Overton resigned the $180,000-a-year job in July 2010. He declined to comment for this story.

Like I said, read the whole thing... I have a feeling this will be a big issue soon.

Danube of Thought


The cost of living in the U.S. rose more than forecast in May reflecting higher prices for everything from autos to hotel rooms, signaling raw-material expenses are filtering through to other goods and services. The consumer-price index increased 0.2 percent, compared with the 0.1 percent median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, figures from the Labor Department showed today in Washington. The so-called core measure, which excludes more volatile food and energy costs, climbed 0.3 percent, the biggest increase since July 2008.

Overton, no naw he has no agenda, just every
touchstone of the Soros playbook:



It's a slog, but fascinating to listen to the Teaching Company course Building Great Sentences: Exploring the writer's craft

- Why do some lengthy sentences flow effortlessly while others stumble along?
- Why are you captivated by the writing of particular authors but not others?
- How can you craft sentences that reflect your own unique outlook on the world?


even politico is starting to practice journolism

Perhaps the "broken clock twice a day" phenomenon?

Jack is Back!


If you know of a good analysis regarding the Pakistani mind and how it works and why it works that way you should let John Brennan in on it as well as Panetta and Patraeus. They have the most tilted way of the world even more surrealistic and existential than the Chinese. At least with the Norks, for example, you can read their minds and handwriting. But the Paki's are like the Orcs.


Not surprisingly, he begins here:

Overton became interested in election law when he served as counsel to the NAACP Legal Redress Committee. He drafted legal memoranda and testified before the judiciary committees of the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate regarding the application of the Voting Rights Act to the proposed merger of Detroit Recorder's Court with Wayne County Circuit Court. His interest deepened when, as a lawyer at Debevoise & Plimpton, he represented the Democratic National Committee in the Lincoln Bedroom and White House Coffee campaign finance investigations by Congress and the Department of Justice.


Other worthless turns of phrase:

"At the end of the day"

"To be honest" (what are you otherwise?)

"To me, ..." (well of course, whose opinion did you think you were expressing if not your own?)

That last one is especially prevalent among the ESPN studio analysts. They love "beg the question" as well. And "ironic", misused to mean "unusual."


Their biggest issue, has always been redressing their losses over India, JiB,
back when India was more in their orbit, we
allied with them, the Peshawar base from which Gary Powers flew, I'm cribbing partially from Hitchens, on this. I imagine this was part of the thinking behind letting AQ Khan off the hook. They set up the camps in Kashmir, which created the Harakat's, Lashkar's, even under Benazir they were entertained. And like the frog, she was stabbed by the scorpion's tail
in the end,


statins...it depends on your ratio between good bad hdl.ldl...If your total is 200 or below, with no other values in CAD, diet (mediterranean diet or Orzag) exercise; a little red wine, plenty of H20, good company and engaging conversation, you'll be ok. Now if the ratio is high between the 2 values and total cholesterol over 200 with high triglycerides, talk to your doctor about a statin regimen.quickly.
Statins lower high risk levels quicker than lifestyle changes, there are dangers in long-term usage re: damage to kidneys and liver.

mel--please tell rse & family my prayers are with them all and I'm delighted @ your report :)

narciso..I figured out one of your enigmatic lead-ins to a link you made..I'm so proud..one of my faves.....KHANNNNNNNN !

Hooray for Wisconsin! Look out NLRB!

Danube of Thought

I have just read more than once that Pakistan's action re: bin Laden CIA informants is close to an act of war. Does anyone here see it that way?

I think they're all Pakistani citizens, in which case it's a sovereign applying its own law to its own people within its borders.


You see why he was so valuable, he echoes
the DNC talking points perfectly:

Overton served as on the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform at the American University Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM)[3] from May–September 2005.[4] He dissented from the commission's final recommendations, taking issue with the Real ID proposal.[5] Overton wrote that this recommendation for voter identification was "more extreme than any ID requirement adopted in any state to date"[5] and was "so excessive that it would prevent eligible voters from proving their identity with even a valid U.S. passport or a U.S. military photo ID card," stating that "the Commission's Report fails to undertake a serious cost-benefit analysis. The existing evidence suggests that the type of fraud addressed by photo ID requirements is extraordinarily small and that the number of eligible citizens who would be denied their right to vote as a result of the Commission's ID proposal is exceedingly large."[5]


Well that's the pretext, Danube, but not the reason, why they did in, the burned our station chief, twice, as Wretchard points out, they are raising cain, over providing support to the drone program,

Melinda Romanoff

A. Weiner has a new fan.

Gloria Allred now representing Ginger Lee.



I think I routinely violate at least half of the rules mentioned.

That mean I write above an 8th grade level, correct?


Ext, try the grammatical analysis in Word. It will give you a score.


Other worthless turns of phrase:

None as contemptible as "doing the ___ thing".

Mark Folkestad

Peter, I'm on a statin, and one of the surprises is that I have to completely avoid grapefruit, which I love. Oranges, lemons and limes are okay. As far as drinking red wine for its protective factor goes, unless you want an excuse to drink wine, grape juice has the same factor, and it doesn't have the tempting toxin, alcohol.


I don't see it in my 2003 version, Henry, but if it's there, I'd rather put Sarah Palin's Letter From God to the test, just to make sure.


Mel, Jane

Thanks for the updates. I went to bed shortly after posting that. Great to hear Red's doing OK.

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).
Me, too.

Me write good word.
Me make clear talk.
Me no need level.


Ext, the analyzer is still there (grammar & spell check under the review section) but it doesn't give a score in the version I have now. : (

Danube of Thought

Perhaps so, Narc, but none of that constitutes an act of war.


Aw jeeze, new Weiner pics of him dressed in bra and pantyhose. Lends new meaning to his "Tights and capes sh*t" comment.


The Shahzad hit on Times Square, had it been successful, would better have fit that definition,


I think C.S. Lewis referred to a principle of the old Greek writers that if you find a sentence you've written particularly pleasing, it's sure to be suspect as horrible and should be struck. I think he also said that this feels like cutting off your own arm.


Again via Drudge:

Beijing battling protest fires on all fronts

And the term "protest" is a tad understated:

...Such incidents, while distressing, are not uncommon. Witnesses said that the centre of town was bedlam, with smashed windows, blazing police vehicles and teargas explosions as rioters hurled missiles at an official building....

The protests followed bomb attacks on government facilities in two other cities in the past three weeks, and ethnic unrest in the northern region of Inner Mongolia last month.

But they have a great new commuter rail system, so its not all bad.

Melinda Romanoff


Schumer, however, was not commenting on his protege.


Paging, Tom Friedman, Tom Friedman, to the red courtest phone,


Good grief, ranger, haven't those people read Friedman?


He really is the gift that keeps on giving. And besides, you can only get away with that on Halloweinie! Tights and capes, LOL!

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Aw jeeze, new Weiner pics of him dressed in bra and pantyhose.

Not to be a perv but this I must see. Where is the link? ANd are they Nancy pelosi's bra and pantyhose?


Here, Jane.




If I weren't busy today, I'd photoshop a cape on that pic with a Tights and Capes Banner along the bottom!


Weiner seems to be giving us a useful lesson on why, when you a player that gets caught in one of these sex things, you apolgize and quit.

Having made himself the moral equivalent of Brittney, Paris, et al, the tabloids will make sport of him in the same way.


I have to run but it just occurred to me that Hillary friend and BIG donor Ron Burkle owns the NE. Odd since Hillary and Huma are such good friends...later


No, he's much worse, Appalled, they don't seek force recusal on court cases, or try to
put corporate sponsors out of business

Danube of Thought

That Enquirer pic seems suspect.


That looks like he is considerably younger. His stomach is flatter, for one thing.


Weiner keeps getting in trouble

Queer Huma won’t burst his bubble

Marriage a sham?

It was their plan

To make their wardrobes double

Rick Ballard

The caption notes that the pics were from his coming out party at 18 (my translation).


It was taken while he was in high school.


New thread.


Careful going to ext's Weiner link--I got all sorts of virus warnings and my Firefox disappeared.

Not that big a story--something he did at a party as a teenager.


Really, Jimmy? It's the UK Daily Mail site.


Ext, my computer locked up, delaying my limerick. No virus warning though. Scanning now.

Jane (sit on the couch or save your country)

Re Weiner: I'd like to know what John Stewart knows and when he knew it.


Not sure, a link on that page? Or maybe a coincidence. I had to move to another computer. The one I was using is now dysfunctional. (Not your fault, you're right, it's a legit page.)

Manuel Transmission


if you are still on this thread, I was pointed to the LUN a few weeks ago regarding the SCAM that is cholesterol. The co-author, Mary G. Enig, Ph.D is a researcher that has been fighting the battle of what is good nutrition since the '50s. I think everyone here would either already know of her or quickly agree with a lot of what she has to say.

Bottom lines: cholesterol doesn't mean squat re heart health (Gasp!); transfats from natural sources -- good, transfats from factories -- bad.


But they have a great new commuter rail system, so its not all bad.

Yeah. They can travel to their violent protests much quicker.

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