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October 19, 2011


JM Hanes

Home alone, I see, so here's a last one for the road:

Daniel Foster, over at the Corner, has an interesting item on how Judd Gregg went about attaching the Obamacare amendment that required HHS to demonstrate that the CLASS Act would be actuarially sound -- the poison pill which just killed it dead.

Foster comments:

This is to my mind an example of why the GOP will always need guys like Gregg. He was a middling-to-solid conservative, but with an undoubtedly spotty scorecard from all the usual suspects — ACU, CFG, and the like. But like a Mitch McConnell or an Orrin Hatch, Gregg was a master of the Capitol Hill process, and sometimes playing that process well matters more to getting conservative outcomes than having all the right policy positions.

So, you can just commence the spinnin' in that grave, Teddy, bless your little heart.


Ah yes TM,

"So it's very upsetting to me to think that somebody showed such bad judgment that they would allow something like that to happen and we will find out who and what happened in this situation and make sure it gets corrected."

Obama will lie and defend his best bud Holder, but Hillary is expendable and will be thrown under the bus:


A couple days ago there was some discussion about Hillary looking so haggard and unkempt lately. Obviously, she feels the sword of damacles hanging over her.


So it would seem today is a victory for the likes of Bel Hadj and Sallahi, 'heck of a job'


Below the slug, it's like he doesn't really learn from the past:



So they give directorships to anybody like the cracker jack prize



We get to see the photos of dead Gaddahfi, but not OBL.

A high crime and misdemeanour.

narciso, that bit at the bottom of your link about this administation creating a 'cloud' so interactions between the Feds and the IPCC could be hidden from Freedom of Information requests is roiling the climate blogosphere. It's a direct reaction to the ClimateGate email release and is insidious and criminal.


How does one say 'Doom' in Greek,


How did that cloud work, was it an algorithm that collected the emails

Danube of Thought

Minus 20 at Raz today.


Got, it might have missed it the first time,
of course the same people who faulted Sarah
for conducting some of her government business
that way; 'look squirrel'

Danube of Thought

BREAKING: Moammar Qaddafi's body is being flown to Milan, where it will be hung upside down from a lamppost.



What Charlie said was bullshit. If you want me to call it that, I will. I figured saying he lectured me was a more polite term. I'll remember not to use it next time and just call his "expansion" of something I said what it really is.


I got the feeling in the last few weeks that Europeans are sick of the Greeks.



I think the Greeks are sick of the Greeks.

Captain Hate

I'm disappointed he never did a remix video of "Addicted to Love" with his hawt female security team. Or with background music from Calypso Louie for compensation for the swag that GadaffyDuck sent to him and his bow-tied drug and gun running thugs minions.

More @ Watts Up and @ L!ink U!nder N!ame.

No, the 'cloud' was meant to make the deliberations between this administration and the IPCC unavailable for public review.


It's like that plant in 'Little Shop of Horrors' you can never feed it enough.


I just hope they did not shoot Fred Ward by mistake.


How is pinning F&F on the Bush administration helpful to the Obama administration? Continuing and expanding something Bush started is a good defense because...?

Captain Hate

It's their default response to any problem, Sue. They say it, along with everything else, without thinking.


I read an editorial from the St. Louis Dispatch in yesterday's local rag (they run editorials from around the state and nation at least once a week, flavor or something). The editorial was about OWS. If that editorial was all I knew about OWS, I'd think OWS was doing us all favor. I'll go look for it to see if it is on the www.


Sue, did you see my post a couple of days ago highlighting odummy's 2009 speech in Mexico?

O says he instructed Holder(by name) to review the policies regarding border issues. Guns, drugs, and human trafficking.

If it were a Bush plan, Holder would have demolished Issa at the hearing.


Here you go, Sue, one can catch diabetes from
all that saccharine:



The editorial that ran in my local rag last night...

What do you call OWS? A start

But it's useful to remember that the whole thing began only a month ago. It's too young to be a full-bore movement, too scattershot to be very effective. It is, however, an outcry — a recognition that some fundamental tenets of the American social contract are in tatters.


America has its own set of problems. Massive wealth inequality has converged with structural economic dislocation caused by globalization and digitalization. The result is an economy that doesn't offer much promise of a middle-class lifestyle.

I can't help but wonder what the editorial board said about the TEA party. I might even see if I can find something if I have time later on.


The BBC called Occupy London an anti-capitalism movement, which I found refreshingly honest.


Duke and Duke, always rears it's head, remember that fellow Alex Patton, who was telling the GOP to move away from the Tea Party



That's funny. I just read the entire editorial online and this part was left out in our local paper...

Someone within the Occupy leadership — and therein lies a problem, because the Occupiers are at the touchy-feely stage in which they believe everyone is a leader — should absorb Saul Alinsky's 1971 book "Rules for Radicals."

Sure, it's leftist, but in 2008, even the first Tea Party organizers found it useful. They narrowed their focus to one issue — government spending — voted in Republican primaries and packed Congress.

"The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition," Mr. Alinsky wrote. And "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."

Sooner or later, the Occupiers or some successor movement will get around to that. The trick will be to avoid being co-opted — as the Tea Party was — by big-money interests.

Speaking of whom: On Wednesday, Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup, said he'd be happy to meet with Occupy Wall Street protesters, calling their concerns "completely understandable."

Let the co-opting begin.


" It's a direct reaction to the ClimateGate email release and is insidious and criminal."

I doubt if there is very much done by the Obama Admin that is not insidious and criminal. That would be especially true when John Holdren is involved.


Seeing how the covered the Gladney matter, gives you a flavor of their coverage:




I suspected that from the editorial I read last night. This is from your link. The first person who posted there...

The Post-Disgrace has been losing readers for quite some time now. They throw their Sunday paper on my driveway for free and I can't get them to stop. They should be charged with littering.

I think no further questions are in order,


Captain Hate

Are Duke and Duke's Florida Top Men trying to watch VHS tapes on their Beta machines again?


jmh, I agree that Judd Gregg is the CLASS hero.


That being said, he's got to improve his game, fumbling on Piers Morgan, actually going
on Piers Morgan, was the first mistake,

Jack is Back!

So, are you bored reading editorials in the St. Louis Post Dispatch? Or are you sitting there thinking if you are smarter than a college professor? Then for a 5 minute hiatus take the test in LUN. [Full disclosure, I got 82%].

Jack is Back!

From Paris Fashion Week, the newest in Fall head wear:

Acorn with a nut attached.


It is, however, an outcry — a recognition that some fundamental tenets of the American social contract are in tatters.

Yeah, one of those in tatters is that you would never get rich working for the government. How things have changed.


Scored an 85, that pitch reminded me of Lucy
with VitaVitaVegimin,


Mine: You answered 29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %

Captain Hate


Janet--not too bad for a cro-magnon

I got 90.91!!! Not to brag, but...I got 90.91!!!

Thomas Collins

Looks as if the Occupy Boston invaders and the indigenous Boston winos need a mediator. See LUN.

My favorite paragraph from the LUNed article is this one:

“It’s turning into us against them,” Warner said. “They come in here and they’re looking at it as a way of getting a free meal and a place to crash, which is totally fine, but they don’t bring anything to the table at all. It gets really frustrating.”

Imagine that. An Occupy Boston layabout complaining that the winos bring nothing to the table.


They said I got this wrong. Now tell me, why is "government is not helping anybody" the wrong answer? ::grin::

Question: If taxes equal government spending, then:
Your Answer: government is not helping anybody
Correct Answer: tax per person equals government spending per person on average


An Occupy Boston layabout complaining that the winos bring nothing to the table.

Did they leave their bottle at their other residence?

Melinda Romanoff


87.88% (and I know they had one answer incorrect.)


You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %
Everything I know I learned at JOM.

Janet--not too bad for a cro-magnon

I'm just thankful there weren't many questions about New Spain...I don't know much about that!

Janet--not too bad for a cro-magnon

Everything I know I learned at JOM.

Same for me, Caro. :)

BB Key

30 out of 33 90%



Which one did they have wrong?


31 out of 33 - 93.94%
If I did better than Mel, the test is bogus.



I was thinking the same thing about JiB. If I scored higher than he did, he wasn't taking it seriously.


I got James Madison.




Honestly, I demand a recount, on at least two
of those questions, lol

Melinda Romanoff

Historically, what has Congress usually done during severe recessions? Correct ans. (for them) was lower taxes and increases spending, when actually, Reagan and W were the anomalies in lowering taxes as Congress ramped up the spending. My holey knowledge tells me Congress, as a rule, raised both taxes and spending except for those two times.

Thomas Collins

32 of 33.


I matched Melinda and Sue although I have to admit I didn't read one question properly.

Thomas Collins

Sue on winos:

"Did they leave their bottle at their other residence?"

Takes the lead for my "JOM Quip of 2011" award!


Surprised myself with 100%.
Obviously something wrong with the test.

Bill in AZ sez it's time for Zero to resign

Anyone else have a problem with that test? It said I answered 6 incorrectly, but in 5 of the cases I did choose the correct answer, but it said I chose a different answer. So I am 32 of 33, and the test is a fail.

Bill in AZ sez it's time for Zero to resign

I must have signed into the test at the same time as a bored OWSer, and the test stuck me with some of his 1 out of 33 answers.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

I was ok until the last question. Sue and I were thinking alike on that one. My verdict: faulty question.

(Another) Barbara

Isn't it a weird feeling to find that events in one's lifetime now qualify as questions to be used on a test of civic literacy?: Roe v. Wade and the Cuban Missile crisis, for example. They felt like giveaways until I recalled my age vs. the age of most test takers.

Memorable to me: I bought our first television set during the days of the Cuban crisis. Had only been married a few years and had two little babies, aged one and two. We owned virtually nothing -- as was true for young marrieds back then -- and certain we were about to die, I bought the television on a lengthy time-payment plan. Didn't imagine I'd ever have ever pay more for it than the $25 it cost to bring it home.


My memory of the Cuban Missile crisis is being told to hide under my desk when we got bombed. I think I was in the 6th grade.

Dave (in MA)

My memory of the Cuban Missile crisis is that I saw a TV show with Charlie Sheen's father as a Kennedy when I was in 9th grade.


Harrumph Dave!


I don't really remember it, I was born in 1958, but I have memories of thinking communists were going to get me and being afraid of lightning because I thought it was the communists doing it. The electricity would go out during a storm and I thought the Soviets Union was here. I'm pretty sure I didn't know what the Soviet Union, or communism, was.


I think it is amazing that at those ages we were even aware. Do you think anyone in elementary school has a clue about the threats facing this country? I don't.


I got 31/33 for 93.94%. Sending it to my dad and will be disappointed if he gets less than 100%.


For you quiz nuts, here's ISI's longer test from 2007 - 60 questions instead of 33:


I got 56/60, almost exactly the same score.



I'm sure my parents didn't realize I was noticing what what was being said on the news and probably what they discussed with each other. I guess I was. I remember thinking the "iron curtain" was a real curtain made of iron. I wanted to see it.


I remember thinking the "iron curtain" was a real curtain made of iron.

Me, too! I can still picture it how I pictured it then.



I read a book about Amelia Earhart in early grade school. I remember vividly the picture I had of her being lost behind that iron curtain. I kept trying to get an idea of how large it would have been in order to keep people behind it.


I kept trying to get an idea of how large it would have been in order to keep people behind it.

About as large as the Berlin Wall, I guess.

I remember even in 1989 being surprised that the Berlin Wall wasn't 40 feet high, as I'd always imagined it.

Thomas Collins

I remember ads with a dark shade moving across Europe (we didn't have a color TV, but I now figure it must have been red for the Commie advance). Although I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and Sputnik, my most vivid memory about Communism in my yute was arguing with a Commie in high school during a 1969 student day where students taught classes (he was teaching the Marxist class). He was quite upfront that he thought human nature could be changed, and Communism could do it. He was (and for all I know might still be) a true believer that the Commies were creating a new improved man.


Speaking of screwed up.
DHS has apparently decided they have the authority to decide which illegal aliens are authorized to work in the US.


Anyone believe our unemployment rate is too low?

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Well, the stupid one here got 100%.


pagar, as far as i can recall INS, Homeland Security's predecessor , was able to and did issue work permissions to illegal aliens who met certain criteria..usually those were set by Congress (say Cyban refugees awaiting processing) but sometimes they did it on their own for aliens who had filed for amnesty or had sought refugee status or such.

JMH, You are right on the "legal tender argument", I think.



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