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November 29, 2011

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centralcal

Best of wishes to you and Querida, Matt! Happy honeymooning!

gmaX

Is climbing mountains a new euphemism that I am as yet unacquainted? Grin.

Benjamin Franklin

Another whistleblower bites the dust. No C.O.D. yet. I'm sure nothing untoward will be found. heh


http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/nov/29/nv-notary-public-death/

Authorities say a Las Vegas-area notary public was found dead several hours after missing sentencing on a misdemeanor fraud charge.

Las Vegas police say it could be weeks before investigators know how 43-year-old Tracy Lawrence died.

Her body was found about 11:30 a.m. Monday at her Las Vegas apartment.

Police Sgt. Matt Sanford says there's no apparent sign of foul play, and coroner toxicology tests could take up to eight weeks.

Lawrence would have faced up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine earlier Monday for her guilty plea Nov. 17 to one criminal charge of notarizing the signature of a person not in her presence.

KSNV-TV reports ( http://bit.ly/vWSDtv) that Lawrence admitted notarizing tens of thousands of fraudulent documents as part of a wider foreclosure fraud scheme.

Soylent Red

Testing

hit and run

Yay! That made my day,matt. I'm a sucker for love stories.

Congrats to you both.

I'm going New American Standard on this one...

"Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun."
--Ecclesiastes 9:9

Soylent Red

Congrats Matt. Wishing you many happy years.

Janet

Congratulations, Matt! Wonderful!!

MayBee

<3 <3 Yay Matt and Querida!

Congrats to the Max, er matt.

Good luck to Querida.
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Jane

I don't believe any of the women in the Cain thing, but I also think he is toast. I still can't wrap my arms around a woman having a 14 year affair with someone, with no break-up and then outing him to the entire world. The whole thing reeks of a pay-off.

Jane

WOW Matt, who knew? (Well I suspect some people did, just not me.) Have a wonderful honeymoon. BTW it's 95 in Manila.

I have my passport.

We seriously should be working on that island.

Threadkiller

Matt, congratulations!

pagar

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/11/woman-facing-sentencing-for-foreclosure-fraud-admitted-to-preparing-tens-of-thousands-of-fraudulent-documents-for-lps-found-dead.html

"Update: Holy moley, the initial press reports omitted the key fact: it was Lawrence who turned Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on to two mid level LPS employees who face up to 30 years in jail each if found guilty."

There should be some seriously worried higher ups in the LPS organization.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Either Cain Is the boldest roue' since JFK or he is the victim of a concerted effort to destroy him. Take your pick. Note that the one thing that all of the accusers have in common is their need or desire for financial "assistance". I generally agree with Stephanie's analysis on the merits. Nonetheless, his candidacy is over.

Benjamin Franklin

Boy. It takes a lot of smoke before you see fire. Maybe if Cain
had suggested Amnesty, you'd have sent him down the chute, sooner.

gmaX

I suggest Cain go spend a bunch of Sundays in Rev Wright church. After that he will be hailed a hero and can even hang around with faux commie and real commies like Van Jones and Chavez with nary a care.

MayBee

Ginger White was just a woman in his neighborhood.

MayBee

The LA Times has a video of Cain and some women, but they will not release it.

Barbara

Congratulations, Matt! What a wonderful surprise.

henry

Way to go Matt!

Otherwise, anybody know about software that scans and finds duplicate signatures? It needs to scan around 600k real quick since any temps hired by the GAB will come from Madison.

MayBee

Porch- I think if I ever met a major media WH reporter, I would have to ask him his thoughts now about the whole President Elect thing.

Man, the country was just looney for a while then. Between the official seal, the hating Bush for not getting kicking the Australian PM out of the Blair house, and the excuses for the flat inaugural address (remember that? Maybe he gave a boring speech on purpose! to signal how serious he is!) there was a huge number of people who were just off the rails.

maryrose

Congrats Matt and Querida!

Old Lurker

Best wishes to you both, Matt.

Soylent Red

Boy. It takes a lot of smoke before you see fire.

Racist.

peter

Congrats, Matt. Much felicity to you and your bride.

Jack is Back!

Matt,

Bueno suerte.

We love Chile. And Patagonia, Punta Arenas and the fjords are superb. Are you going to Anarctica?

Lucky man.

PD

This long Thanksgiving weekend was kid's book reading time for me. I'm about halfway through the Laura Ingalls Wilder "Little House" series. I'm also reading the "Homelanders" series by Andrew Klavan (he who no doubt many of you enjoy for Klavan on the Culture at Pajamas Media). This series is more for teens than younger kids. The first book (there are four) opens with Charlie West (the protagonist) regaining consciousness to find that he's strapped to a chair and in pain. He can hear men outside the door of the room talking about coming in to kill him. He figures out that the men are part of a domestic Islamofascist plot, but cannot figure out how he got into his predicament because he has no memory of the past year's events. A little more intense than Brains Benton!

If you have teen readers who like thrillers, you might want to mention the series to them. It's free of some of the usual junk, like swearing and gratuitous sex. The protagonist goes to church. He's considerate. What a weirdo. :-)

I finished the second book in the series today. One repeated theme is Charlie's realization from having basically his whole life ripped away, is how much meaning the ordinary events of life have and how we take them for granted because they're "just there." Like having Mom ask each morning how well he slept. Or time spent with friends at lunch in school. Having a home to live in. Living in a country where you have freedom and can strive to be what you want.

Barbara
"...the excuses for the flat inaugural address (remember that?"

MayBee,

His speech was truly forgettable, but what really bothered me was that he did not begin his inaugural address in the traditional way by acknowledging the dignitaries on the podium. No, not King Barry the 1st. He began with, "My fellow citizens." Apart from his direct snub of the outgoing President, I remember wondering if he was referring to the citizens of our country or the citizens of the world - given his overblown global stature and ambitions at that time.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Congratulations, Matt. What happy news.

Danube of Thought

Wonderful news, Matt. All the happiness in the world to both of you. And we'll understand if you're in radio silence for a while.

Threadkiller

Maybee for the win!

Thomas Collins

Congrats to Matt and Querida!

rse

Oh, have a wonderful honeymoon matt. And get pictures. I get a kick how Alaska, parts of Scandinavia, and then Patagonia look like the same fjord designer came in with a chisel.

PD- I don't know where you live or the age of the kids but older books, especially out of print, have the good old fashioned, intriguing tales. The more current, the more political issues involved. Also the British still tell a better story.

This rec also involves Porch. There's a series about a magic coin that only gives you half the wish and it's never the half you were expecting and it's wonderful for elem especially. Will have to check with the kids but an older librarian should recognize as they are very famous. Also a good reminder that intentions aren't usually the result. Good to know before you are 10.

Janet

Here was the closing prayer at Obama's inauguration -
"... the closing part of Joseph Lowery's closing prayer at the Obama inauguration:

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest,
and in the joy of a new beginning,
we ask you to help us work for that day
when black will not be asked to get in back,
when brown can stick around,
when yellow will be mellow,
when the red man can get ahead, man;
and when white will embrace what is right.
That all those who do justice and love mercy
say Amen."

Danube of Thought

Many historians will look back on that inaugural speech--of which not a living soul, less than three years hence, can remember a single clause without the aid of Google--as the moment when a nation began to say "uh-oh."

Flat. Empty. Unforgivably boring.

sbw

rse: The Defeat of the Mind

Just got back to the blog. Thanks for the pointer.

Matt: I do!

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing the occasion with us.

Clarice

Best wishes Matt and Querida..Muchas Besas e embrasos.

Cecil Turner

Well the one that does is that he has been an unserious candidate who didn't trouble himself with gaining knowledge of the issues or forming positions he could defend.

Bingo. While the accusations may not have anything to do with his unsuitability for office, the reluctance of people like myself to defend him has everything to do with it. Hence a sort of rough poetic justice.

The other part of that is that I find him utterly unbelievable on the subject . . . and still don't care. (Might like him better if he owned it. But still wouldn't go out of my way to vote for him.)

RichatUF

Congratulations to Matt and Querida. What wonderful news.

I recommend La Serena (and have recommended it as the place for JOMers to decamp to when DOOM! comes).

Cecil Turner

Go Matt! Congrats.

narciso

Btw, TNT is restarting the weekly movie thing, first up, the sequel to Presumed Innocent, 'Innocent' with Bill Pullman as
Rusty Sabich?

pagar

Best wishes, Matt and Querida! A really great place to build memories.

Jane

I just went back and check. The troll offered no congratulations.

Any of you who want to consider him part of our community should rethink your delusion.

rse

DOT-

You forgot the part about FLOTUS wearing living room draperies.

RichatUF

Mel-

That was the story. I must be getting old because I vaguely remember that they were brough to the US and plead guilt to counterfeiting charges, but google didn't bring up anything.

Ugly business with Cain's candidacy as well. Hummm...where can we find a candadiat that has no history and has taken all sides to all issues in speeches, but votes present when it matters. If only we could find that Super Moderate!

MayBee

as the moment when a nation began to say "uh-oh."

Yes.

Jim Ryan

Congratulations, Matt.

(Another) Barbara

I still can't wrap my arms around a woman having a 14 year affair with someone, with no break-up and then outing him to the entire world. The whole thing reeks of a pay-off.

Both could be true, Jane. . . that they had a long-term affair and someone promised her a reward for speaking out. She may have felt like a woman scorned after learning about his alleged approaches to other women when she believed herself to be the one and only. Didn't she also say he had made no contact with her over the past eight months? That may have felt like abandonment to her.

MayBee

Janet- I had forgotten that dreadful bit. Oh, we were a nation insane.

Stephanie

Wow. Congratulations Matt!

centralcal

From NRO, remarks by Romney on FNC tonight:


“I’m standing by what I did in Massachusetts,” Romney said on Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier. “I’m not trying to dust it aside. I’m absolutely firm that it was the right thing for our state. I’ll defend that and I understand it has political implications. And if it keeps me from winning a primary, so be it. But that happens to be the truth.”

[snip]

Romney said he “absolutely” still supports the individual health-care mandate in Massachusetts, but reiterated he does not support the mandate at the federal level.

I find this really troubling. A mandate here, but not a mandate there. This makes no sense to me.

PD

PD- I don't know where you live or the age of the kids but older books, especially out of print, have the good old fashioned, intriguing tales.

"Who Rides in the Dark?"

Threadkiller

Speaking of community, where is Frau?

Danube of Thought

I still can't wrap my arms around a woman having a 14 year affair with someone, with no break-up and then outing him to the entire world.

Jennifer Flowers?

centralcal

Oh, we were a nation insane.

Absolutely not, MayBee. We were a nation with huge swaths who were insane, while the rest of us observed in utter horror.

RichatUF

Oh, we were a nation insane.

Seems about right. The financial crisis came on at just the right time though. Only in America could 53% of the people believe that a Chicago politician with a thin record and a paranoid level of secrecy about his personal life could put the US on the "right track" after the Septemebr-October 08 crisis. Go figure.

Benjamin Franklin

Which Fraus?

Stephanie

Dear Patriots and Supporters,

As you probably heard yesterday, a troubled Atlanta business woman used national media outlets to promulgate a fabricated, unsubstantiated story about a 13 year affair with me. I am writing you today to assure you that this woman’s story is completely false.

I do know Ms. White. I have helped her financially at times over the past few years, just as I have helped many friends and acquaintances throughout the years. I thought Ms. White was a friend in need of a supportive hand to better her life.

Ms. White has made it apparent that she was abusing the friendship.

But now I am asking for your friendship. I am also asking for your prayers and support. This is a trying time for my family, my campaign, and for me. It is also a trying time for our country as we are all distracted from the truly important issues facing our nation.

This evening I have an important speaking engagement at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, where I will be outlining my foreign policy and national security plan. While recent events have taken a toll on me, the people in the audience this evening will not know it. I will deliver my message with vigor and enthusiasm.

Let me assure you, I am not deterred. America’s future is too important. We will continue on this journey to make America great once again.

Thank you and God bless.

Sincerely,

Herman Cain

RichatUF

Mel-

What do you make of the recent bank downgrades and the latest, greatest Eurozone plan? I'm stumped by the whole thing-do people really believe that some solution will magically appear?

Jane

AB,

I'm not buying it. It would take a lot to out yourself to the entire world. The reward better be pretty spectacular. Imagine it was you. How much money would it take to buy you?

(Another) Barbara

The troll offered no congratulations.

Any of you who want to consider him part of our community should rethink your delusion

That made me feel bad. As a relative newcomer and an irregular poster I usually don't offer sympathy or congratulations or whatever is appropriate to the occasion, unless the person has made some contact with me over something I've said or if I've had the pleasure of meeting him/her. Otherwise it seems presumptuous, like I'm trying to force myself in where I'm not well known and not acquainted enough to speak personally to someone. It's an embarrassment either way -- staying silent or joining in.

I wish I knew more about Matt and Querida. Nonetheless, I am happy to hear of their marriage and wish them a long and happy life together.

RichatUF

centralcal-

What else is he supposed to do?

MarkO

"I still can't wrap my arms around a woman having a 14 year affair with someone, with no break-up and then outing him to the entire world."

Let's think carefully. Oh, he just now broke it off with her. Woman scorned and all that? Count on it.

No more master bridge building engineers.

Jim Miller

There is a local sex scandal in this area, starring a county exec, Aaron Reardon.

I mention it because the person who revealed the scandal was, apparently, the "other woman". I can't say I've seen a good explanation of her motives, though revenge for being dropped after all these years is a possibility.

Reardon is a Democrat, so there hasn't been much attention given to the scandal, even locally.

Jane

But AB,

You just did.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

I understand there is a plausible legal argument for the position that a state may constitutionally mandate medical insurance, but the federal government may not.

But I don't understand Romney's reasoning that as a matter of public policy, a medical insurance mandate is somehow ok for a state but not ok for the country.

MarkO

At least this would be telling the truth about how such things work:

"I do know Ms. White. I have helped her financially at times over the past few years"

Apparently, he pulled his funding.

Stephanie

Jane, the woman got served with her latest eviction notice last week. I gather it wouldn't take much. She's in some seriously icky apartments now judging from the background where the Channel 2 crew caught up to her. Plus she has kids in tow.

Eviction in the ATL entails the sheriff showing up and dumping your stuff on the curb and the landlord changing the locks. And she's had this happen multiple times.

She has no job and no prospects with kids to mollify and Christmas is coming up. I figure 6 months rent would suffice... say about $5 grand all told.

Jane

But I don't understand Romney's reasoning that as a matter of public policy, a medical insurance mandate is somehow ok for a state but not ok for the country.

Particularly when Romney pushed it as a great thing for the rest of the country.

Jim Ryan

Jim, Romney might argue that Mass really was that leftwing and genuinely wanted the mandate and that he signed the bill because he was trying to do what his constituents wanted instead of arrogantly imposing his view on them. The USA, on the other hand, he might go on to argue, is overwhelmingly more conservative and genuinely does not want the mandate and so he happily will oppose it because he, too, is against it.

Not saying it's a great argument, but it's an argument. The reply, of course, is that a statesman protects a minority from violations of their rights and would not sign the mandate on the wishes of an overwhelming majority.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Jane:

I guess Mitt has made the decision that "that's my story and I'm sticking to it" is the best of many poor options.

Sara

But I don't understand Romney's reasoning that as a matter of public policy, a medical insurance mandate is somehow ok for a state but not ok for the country.

How many times does Romney need to explain that he does not believe in the one size fits all position and that health insurance should be on a state by state basis?

Matt: Congratulations to you and your bride.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Good point, Jim. You're doing a lot better than Mitt and his minions on this sticky wicket.

Melinda Romanoff

Best wishes Querida and Matt!

Melinda Romanoff

rse-

That would be Edward Eager's Half Magic series.

gmaX

Why would someone who had an extended multi year affair with a married man, talk about it suddenly? That is what makes so sense to me. Supposedly she cared deeply for him, but she shows it by exposing it and tanking his prospects? That sounds like revenge for being scorned, or the crazy, or someone willing to lie for cash. I cant come up with any other motives. Am I missing one?

Benjamin Franklin

" The troll offered no congratulations."

Sometimes I wonder whether I should,

Congrats to Matt and his new partner.

For you, there are wishes for happiness, but for that happiness there must be a search for knowledge.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

Even if mandated health insurance should be on a state by state basis, Sara, would you support it for your state? A lot of folks believe the Massachusetts experiment never really worked in Massachusetts.

centralcal

What else is he supposed to do?

Perhaps, acknowledge that it is a flawed concept that makes it worse for everyone (doctors and patients and hospitals) and better for no one? We could ask Jane who has to live with his wonderful mandate in MA.

Perhaps he could point to someplace, anyplace, where government run healthcare (on a small or a large scale) has worked successfully to improve healthcare for both those who need it and those who provide it?

I will wait for those examples, to re-evaluate the concept.

pagar

With out looking, can you guess the political party of the filer?

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/11/29/former-philadelphia-schools-chief-arlene-ackerman-files-unemployment-claim/

"who was given a nearly $1-million buyout earlier this year, has applied for unemployment.
------------------------------------------
"do people really believe that some solution will magically appear?"

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/bank-america-verge-breaching-500-our-question-day

At least 3 of the top 50 BAC stockholders are listed as retirement systems. Another is listed as Government Pension fund with 65+ million shares held.

No word on whether they believe the rabbit and the hat will appear with a BAC logo.

(Another) Barbara

Imagine it was you. How much money would it take to buy you?

I don't know how one answers a question like that. I've never lusted for money and I have enough to live satisfactorily so I'm not the person to ask.

I was not presenting that as any theory, but was only saying that the two may not be mutually exclusive: that the affair could be a reality and that there could have been a reward for discussing it.

Or a threat. She said, I believe, that she was told it was about to come out whether she admitted to it or not, and that's what drove her statement.

In truth, I don't think it matters very much, except I feel sad for his wife and family, and for the humiliation this has brought him. He was a poor candidate and it would have been impossible for him to be our party's nominee, even without any of these allegations, unless we yearned for a disaster next November. Seems to me that should be obvious.

MarkO

Teo y Querida, felicidades. Vayan a Punta del Este.

Stephanie

How many times does Romney need to explain that he does not believe in the one size fits all position and that health insurance should be on a state by state basis?

Weak sauce as one size fits all applies to all inhabitants in the state as well and treats them as a collective and not as individuals as he's imposing his view. A severe failing for a conservative.

Might as well be saying that health care should be mandated on a county by county basis as that is where the health departments do their bidness. That actually makes more sense if you are going to go with that argument.

One size fits all is a union condition. All members are treated equally. Health insurance is just a sliver of union thinking wrt large.

One very important reason I try to consult when I work as I can dictate my own contract for the duration as far as hours, vacation, benes and such. Fact is I don't need health insurance at all as I'm covered under my husband's retirement and it sucks that most employers force it on me cause they provide it to all employees, and if I opt out, I don't get a requisite bump in salary for saving them money.

And one very big reason why I'm anti union. My circumstance isn't like my cubicle neighbor's and I don't like being subjected to one size fits all employment.

Mitt's approach is one more step into that union and leftist mentality of 'fairness and equality' claptrap. And it is anything but fair or equitable.

MarkO

Ann Coulter in spirited defense of the Late Herman Cain. She says, no semen stained dress, no affair. On such rousing logic are campaigns resurrected.

Rick Ballard

Ya know, maybe T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII is the right man to ride us to victory. Perhaps we are personally and universally mandated to drop our individual rights and give him the ride he deserves.

gmaX

Buried in the Gallup poll is this nugget:

Obama’s approval rating has decreased among all six partisan/ideology groups Gallup tracks on a regular basis since January, but it has dropped the most — 10 percentage points, from 40 percent to 30 percent — among pure independents. These are the roughly 14 percent of national adults who neither identify with one of the two major parties nor indicate a leaning. Obama’s approval rating has declined by nearly as much — eight points — among moderate/liberal Republicans, from 29 percent to 21 percent.

He is toast. I dont know why some of you cant let yourself see it.

gmaX

Let's put it this way. Right now there are more Republicans than Democrats. Zero loses more democrats than he gains republicans and indys are about 2 to 1 against Zero. There is no combination of those groups that cobbles together a victory. NONE.

Rick Ballard

Gmax,

There's the Truman history - unfortunately for the Prince of Parasites, the four quarters from this point in '47 to Truman's victory in '48 showed GDP growth of 6.2%, 6.5%, 7.5% and 2.2%. I doubt we'll see 3% prior to BOzo's humiliating defeat.

Janet

On the Barney Frank thread, daddy had this really interesting post about Climategate linking to an older post of his on Darwin. Really interesting....how these groups plug in & grow & lift each other up.

I just don't see how we end all the corruption & waste unless we can disconnect ALL these leech organizations from our tax money. We have got to shrink the federal government. We fund all the leftist nonsense with our tax dollars....that is what is so frustrating to me.

PD

Ann Coulter in spirited defense of the Late Herman Cain. She says, no semen stained dress, no affair. On such rousing logic are campaigns resurrected.

I didn't see her, but it sounds about equivalent to "Let's see the evidence before we believe her allegations," which I agree with.

Jane

For you, there are wishes for happiness, but for that happiness there must be a search for knowledge.

Then I suggest you get cracking because your ignorance is nearly as massive as your rudeness.

MarkO

"Let's see the evidence before we believe her allegations,"

No dispute here. Unfortunately, eyewitness testimony is admissible evidence. There are more eyewitnesses to these escapades than were available at the trial of Sirhan Sirhan.

But, keep waiting. I don't like the idea that Cain thinks I'm really stupid.

macphisto

i'd like to offer my best wishes to Matt and Querida on the occasion of your marriage. it takes a lot of effort and a lot of luck to make things work in the world today, and i wish you the strength of both. have fun!

Sara

Even if mandated health insurance should be on a state by state basis, Sara, would you support it for your state? A lot of folks believe the Massachusetts experiment never really worked in Massachusetts.

I don't know if I would or wouldn't until I heard the basics of the plan.

Alot of people may believe it didn't work in Massachusetts, but the polls taken in MA say that the majority are happy with the system.

But what I would want here is not the question, is it? The question is whether Romney would try to force healthcare mandates on the whole country and to that I say, no he would not, and I say that, because he says it every time he speaks on the matter. Not only does he say that one size fits all would never work in this country, he also makes it clear that the MA model isn't designed to work anywhere but MA. Apparently, this isn't as clear to others, but I think it is not only clear, but also is the common sense answer.

Danube of Thought

As I write, the once-proud Blue Demons are absorbing what we scribes call a savage drubbing at the hands of the Buckeyes.

Danube of Thought

I watched Romney on Special Report. He makes my skin crawl.

daddy

Big Congratulations Matt.

Just catching up. Have a wonderful Honeymoon and teriffic future life together. Great news. Yippee!

Guess I'll crawl to the polls.

Well, watching Obama makes my skin gallop.
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daddy

AB,

So I sugarcoated Mark Steyn's opinion of Newt? Ha!

Didn't catch much of the show, but pretty much just the bit where some guy called in and accused Mark of Cheerleading for Romney, and Steyn had some fun line about that in response, like "Sure Newt's more Conservative than Mitt, but that's like saying you're the owner not of the second but of the best gay bar in Riyadh" or something nutty like that. Made me laugh out loud.

Well I guess as Bob Dole used to say about people who hated his guts, "mark them down as undecideds".

glasater

Congratulations, Matt and best wishes to your bride. What a wonderful way to celebrate your wedding!

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