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October 13, 2011

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pagar

"we should find someone better, and who can win the general, and persuade that person to run."

Good luck with that! Any person acceptable to the right is going to have their entire life raked over by the MSM doing their destruction for the leftists.

http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/10/13/abc-news-catches-herman-cain-in-extremely-damaging-scandal/

Sara (Pal2Pal)

I hope the TP doesn't completely abandon Scott or he will lose and Commie Lizzie will be there for six long years. I know he has been a disappointment in some areas, but we need every (R) we can get at this point.

Charlie (Colorado)

Huh? Narciso beat me to it, but here are 22 companies listed by Wiki.

Doesn't matter. Romney is a RINO and so can't have ever done anything desirable, competent, or even merely benign.

matt

In the mid-90's Bain bought a company called DDI from a guy I knew. It did @ $60 Mil/year at the time as I recall. First they bought 50% for @ $89 Mil. Then they bought the balance for @ 120 - 189 mil a year and a half lather. The guy they bought it from was one of America's great skinflints.

The goal was to use DDI as a Vee-Hi-cle to create synergies and buy other companies doing the same thing and then IPO it.They bought out a bunch of shit boxes who were all customers of ours so we knew them very well.

The senior people began chartering 737's for their teams to zip around the country. They announced a subsidiary in Japan and the guy running the company had a high school education and not a lot of common sense.

This was @ 1998/9 or so when the whole interweb bubble was growing and everyone was making money. They went public and Bain cashed in for maybe $100-150 mil. It was still basically a great big can of worms with lipstick.An agglomeration of what we called "bucket shops" with no coherent management and constant infighting between plants.I don't think anyone had ever read a management book.

In '01 the tsunami hit and the company lost 75% of its value. It's better than it was under new management but still a mess. It never came close to it's original value.

Romney bailed out of Bain sometime around then and replaced another guy I knew as the "savior" of the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Companies like Bain are worse than the VC's. Bain are specialists at finding companies, dressing up pig's ears as silk purses; loading them down with debt, and then bailing out.

The only thing they create is debt and long term failures.

To me, one of the underlying issues of the crisis is the debt binge assumed by so many companies for bad acquisitions. Think of the airline industry disaster. We have horrible service and the companies are for the most part in terrible shape. But they do have that massive debt.

Or the banks who all said bigger is better. The heart of the German economy is the mittelstand, the mid sized companies that excel at what they do so that even the Japanese and Chinese have to buy from them.

As far as I am concerned, in many ways today too big to fail should.


Charlie (Colorado)

Pagar, Pat was the first new writer I brought to PJM when I was editing. I think I dun good.

Captain Hate

I've been stewing over Sherrod Brown being in office for almost 5 years.

Danube of Thought

Any person acceptable to the right is going to have their entire life raked over by the MSM doing their destruction for the leftists.

I get the idea that a lot of people here think the MSM are a lot more powerful and influential than I do. And a conservative who blames the MSM for a defeat is a loser anyway.

Extraneus

I switched to boxers a few years ago and have been wrestling with them ever since. The look on the mail lady when I wore my South Parks to collect a package is the only think keeping me on the reservation at this point.

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Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

DOT at 6:44:

I don't blame either McCain or Romney. They are doing what candidates do -- trying to win.

My beef is with the current GOP nomination process. There is nothing I know of requiring the party to buy into the now chaotic primary system that rewards those who have money and can slither successfully around difficult gut issues.

I admit I haven't studied the matter in depth, but I have the impression that the old convention system came up with better candidates.

IMO, the GOP went off track when it imitated the donks' winner take all primary system.

Danube of Thought

Contrast that with how the Tea Party candidates in Delaware and Alaska were treated by Repub central

That idiot in Delaware couldn't have won if the Pope, El Cid and the Holy Ghost had campaigned for her. And the guy in Alaska had a hell of a lot of problems of his own making.

Threadkiller

So much for asking ignatz for a job.

Porchlight

Ha - everyone go to Drudge right now and look at the three photos positioned across the page. LOL

http://www.drudgereport.com

Jack is Back!

News you can use:

In England, if you are a jockey, you can no longer use a whip on a horse in a race. But they still run the wrong way - clockwise compared to our counter clockwise.

But you can still kill an American citizen with a drone and have to apologize to another one's family because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time but was still a terrorist.

Captain Hate

That idiot in Delaware couldn't have won if the Pope, El Cid and the Holy Ghost had campaigned for her.

I'm tired of arguing this with you because you have no way of proving your hypothesis. I have the results on my side. And she was running for Biden's vacant seat which obviously requires no intelligence in a candidate.

RichatUF

In Deleware, didn't the losing GOPer endorse the Democrat?

Porchlight

That idiot in Delaware couldn't have won if the Pope, El Cid and the Holy Ghost had campaigned for her. And the guy in Alaska had a hell of a lot of problems of his own making.

That doesn't excuse or explain the treatment of GOP primary winners by their own party (and operatives like Rove). If people didn't like O'Donnell and didn't think she could win, fine. No reason for the GOP to actively trash her once she is the choice of the Republican voters of DE. It's wrong on its face but for no other reason it shouldn't have been done because it gave Democrats ammunition.

Jack is Back!

Some one call Kofi Annan. We have another notch for the gun:

“There’s a lot of stuff we wouldn’t have to clean up if the city provided basic human rights, like a Port-A-Potty,”

Charlie (Colorado)

My beef is with the current GOP nomination process. There is nothing I know of requiring the party to buy into the now chaotic primary system that rewards those who have money and can slither successfully around difficult gut issues.

State laws in approximately 50 states.

Jim Miller

Jim Rhoads - You might want to look at Jay Cost's post on nominating methods over at the Weekly Standard.

Here's the link.

He has some sensible criticisms, but I am still thinking about his remedies. And I think there are some small steps we could take that would be helpful. (For example, I would be much happier if we could get rid of these idiotic "debates".)

(Incidentally, both parties have moved away from winner-take-all primaries.)

Threadkiller

Oil-for-Poo

Ignatz

--In England, if you are a jockey, you can no longer use a whip on a horse in a race.--

Then they should hire a guy who isn't a jockey to run alongside with the whip.
There's always a solution if you put your mind to it.

Danube of Thought

"I have the results on my side."

Wicht results are those?

Captain Hate

Wicht results are those?

Everything that happened starting with Rove badmouthing her on national television on the night of her primary victory. You may be quite correct that she would have lost with every advantage the Repub party could have offered her, but you have no way of proving it.

Danube of Thought

"State laws in approximately 50 states."

Those laws can't require the GOP to recognize the results.

RichatUF

Delaware. Must be coming down with Claricitis...

Anyway, read a "nothing to see here, move along" piece at Reuters about "who" is funding Big Sloth OWS...wierd...

centralcal

Porchlight: I love that juxtaposition (or as someone called it "Drudgetaposition." All from the same mold, I'd say.

Clarice

Guys, I really have always had my heart set on Assistant Secretary of commerce for Tourism.

If that's already been promised elsewhere, Ambassador to the Bahamas would be nice.

Thank you in advance for your courtesy in this matter.

Janet

Surgeon General - Janet

I accept!!..although I am unsure of what the Surgeon General actually does. Puts notices on things I think??

Warning: I personally enjoy cigarettes but they aren't really good for you like many things in life.

or maybe I'll dictate that wise sayings be printed on everything!
Heads up: Honor your father and mother
Heads up: Do not steal

If anyone protests, I'll just use Jim Ryan's line on them..."Please refrain from taking issue with anything I say."

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

You beat me to it, DOT. Not everything in Wikipedia is accurate but this is:

The composition of the individual state and territory delegations is determined by the bylaws of their respective state and territory parties. Since 1972, almost all have appointed delegates by primary election results, although some, notably Iowa, use caucuses, and others combine the primary with caucuses or with delegates elected at a state convention.

Jim Miller, thank you for linking Jay Cost's article. I hadn't seen it before I posted, honest:>) I agree with his analysis, though. I also agree with his recommendation to go back to the old system. Let's hear it for the smoke filled room.


Ignatz

--So much for asking ignatz for a job.--

My perception is clouded by the fact that those seeking work in the woods are generally the dregs of society TK, one of which I'm sure you are not.

However, if I do ever have a job opening for a relentless mole who tunnels neither to port nor starboard after that one certain natural born earthworm, always just out of reach, you'll be the first person I call.

centralcal

This is for Ann, should she show up tonite:


Gotta love State dinners!

Threadkiller

The State of Hawaii does require the primary winner to be vetted by the particular party. They demand a statement of eligibility. Pelosi struggled on this one. She filled out the form twice.

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/14583

Now, why was that so hard? They had no problem vetting Gore, four years earlier.

Jack is Back!

Clarice,

You can have the Bahamas but I am going to be a bigger bundler for Ignatz and demand that I be given Bermuda where i will keep a keen eye out for those Quighars while making sure the Gosling rum meets our strict alcohol compliance specifications.


Threadkiller

Thanks Ig!

Danube of Thought

you have no way of proving it

Nor can anyone prove that she would have won but for Rove et al.

I think we have seen something close to a consensus here that none of us--or very few--would vote for Ron Paul were he the nominee. By the same token, I think it is a bit much to expect that every Republican (setting aside the crucial matter of independents) unite behind every nominee in every contest. Every so often David Duke runs as a Republican. Are we duty-bound to support him?

glasater

Soooo, who has got a Democratic Senator up for re-election or an open spot?

WA state has Maria Cantwell-D up this year.

Our state is so broke I've read we're not going to have a primary election.

Captain Hate

Every so often David Duke runs as a Republican. Are we duty-bound to support him?

Of course not. I don't owe any allegiance to the Republican party. I only vote for their candidates because they're almost always the less offensive of the two. I would've probably voted for a louse like Mike Castle against a bearded Marxist; but I wouldn't have felt good about it. And I wouldn't have wasted any breath bitching about what a horrible candidate he was to anyone who might have been impressionable enough to act upon that.

daddy

JMH,

Thanks for your 5:11 link to that PJMedia writer compiling incidents of Muslim on Christian violence. From what I read in the local papers in SouthEast Asia every month, I should be able to contribute.

I notice today from French TV that 2 more European Health Workers at a Kenyan Refugee Hospital camp were today abducted by suspected Somali Islamic triggermen and taken across the Border into Somalia. I believe that makes 6 kidnapped so far this month, and the channel says they join at least 400 others currently held as kidnap victims in Somalia.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Voting for the Republican isn't all about the individual candidates. There are such things as having the majority in Congress, being able to have committee chairs on our side rather than the dems, things like that. It drives me crazy when I see any one of you very smart people say you won't vote for this or that Repub when there is so much more at stake in so many ways than any one individual who happens not to meet your own arbitrary test.

Dave (in MA)
Gotta love State dinners!
Toga! Toga! Toga!
cathyf
There are 81,205 pages of Federal govt regulations to be reviewed.
Forget "reviewed". I say get rid of them ALL, and start over. A hundred years ago we didn't have these regulations, and we did just fine. If people injure other people or their property, then they can be sued, but get rid of the armies of government employees making sure that you aren't going to do bad things, and the armies of private sector employees writing procedures and reports promising not to do bad things, and the armies of lobbyists lobbying the government self-defensively.

AFTER we go back to zero regulations, then if we decide, one at a time, that a few of those regulations here and there were worthwhile to have, then go at it. Have congressional hearings, take a vote, and if it passes and the president signs it, that's the law.

What this experiment will show us is that:

-- without the regulations, the economy will be enormously productive;

-- most of the terrible catastrophes which the regulations supposedly protect us from won't happen, and the few that do won't be any worse than the stuff we have no control over anyway like natural disasters;

-- once the economy really takes off, we can afford some luxuries, and some basic environmental and health and safety regulation will be just fine.

Manuel Transmission

Wow, cathy, you have written what I have been thinking for a very long time. I would add two things: 1) take all those regs and symbolically burn them on the Mall as a final flipping of the bird, and 2) have a five year moratorium on any regulation just to let the dust settle, so to speak.

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