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January 10, 2012

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Neo

I'm sure our community organizer never saw this coming ...

Institute for the Study of Civil Society (UK): Energy experts warn that unwarranted support for wind-power is hindering genuinely cleaner energy

The focus on wind-power, driven by the renewables targets, is preventing Britain from effectively reducing CO2 emissions, while crippling energy users with additional costs, according to a new Civitas report. The report finds that wind-power is unreliable and requires back-up power stations to be available in order to maintain a consistent electricity supply to households and businesses. This means that energy users pay twice: once for the window-dressing of renewables, and again for the fossil fuels that the energy sector continues to rely on. Contrary to the implied message of the Government's approach, the analysis shows that wind-power is not a low-cost way of reducing emissions.

Melinda Romanoff

Jared Bernstein is not an economist. He has a PhD in Social Welfare from Columbia, whatever that is. And was Slow Joe's Economic Advisor until last year.

He has less economic credentials the Slow Joe, who could at least raise money.

Comanche Voter

Krugman has as big an ego as Obama's. And his head is just as empty as Obama's on most issues.

Danube of Thought

"You can’t make them happy and it’s no use trying."

He could be talking about the Rev. Al and Jesse. Or the poverty industry. Or the rent-seekers in general.

matt

the business elite in this country try to buy or rent every politician they can just like the unions do.

Obama is probably the biggest union whore of the past 50 years at a time when the unions have incredible clout. Can't wait to see the ads on that one, especially with his sweetheart deals with the UAW, SEIU, Machinists, and teachers. he has slipped hundreds of billions to his BFF's.

Romney is a corporate whore, but less a whore than Obama any day of the week.

Clarice

What was Krugman's take on whether military experience was an important credential for the presidency? Was it the same when Kerry ran as it was when McCain did?
Just asking.

narciso

'He's not an economist, but he plays one on TV, and he did stay at a Holiday Inn, once'


He also was appointed the Executive Director of the Middle Class Working Families Task Force and is responsible for direct management of the project. Paul Krugman, a Nobel laureate in economics and a noted liberal columnist, argued in November 2008 that, given the centrist makeup of President Barack Obama's economic inner circle, the new Economic Recovery Advisory Board could be used to "give progressive economists a voice," and mentioned Bernstein and fellow EPI economist, and EPI president, Lawrence Mishel among others as progressive economists who might be suitable for the board.[8

Clarice

OT But we are getting very close to emulating old Soviet law where factory managers faced criminal sanctions for not meeting quotas even though govt suppliers had not provided them with the wherewithal to do that.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/business/energy-environment/companies-face-fines-for-not-using-unavailable-biofuel.html?_r=1

NK

Tom M is correct that Turbo Tax Timmie never "worked" for GS. Course GS -- through Hank Paulson-- put Timmie at the NY Fed just in time for TARP. One thing about Geither -- his dad gave Ford Foundation $$$ to 'Bam's mom while she was in Indonesia. Did any JOMer cite to this before? I am stunned by this 'Bam/Timmie family connection. from Wiki-- "His father, Peter F. Geithner, was the director of the Asia program at the Ford Foundation in New York in the 1990s. During the early 1980s, Peter Geithner oversaw the Ford Foundation's microfinance programs in Indonesia being developed by Ann Dunham Soetoro, President Barack Obama's mother, and they met in person at least once.[10]"

Dave (in MA)

But we don't need voter ID.

centralcal

Wow, NK. Obama's circle only gets tighter, never looser.

NK

CC-- you didn't know about this either? TomM did you know this?

centralcal

NK, there are so many circles within circles when it comes to Obama, I honestly cannot remember them all. Glenn Beck in his Fox heydey was great at diagramming the generational relationships of Obama and his small group. Don't remember Geithner being brought up before, but narciso or Clarice might.

narciso

There was this piece, on a thread from March 2009


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2208130/posts

NK

OMG-- the left-wing Ford Foundation got 'Bam into Occidental Col and Columbia U then passed him off to Bill Ayers? Oh man-- were's the Red Queen?, this is the Manchurian POTUS, it's like some kind of evil spawn of a leftwing orgy.

pagar

I believe Clarice's link should be required reading for all voters. I'm trying to think of something that is stupider. I was thinking about the requirement for rabbits to be licensed, but at least the rabbits exist.

MarkO

All over the blogosphere the learned are questioning the use of what they think is an obscure phrase, "net, net." That tells me that they simply have no experience in finance and didn't even take a class.

I feel certain that Obama would not know the meaning of the phrase or how it is used in real business.

Any takers?

Danube of Thought

Then let's try "triple net" on him.

MarkO

LOL DoT, LOL

centralcal

MarkO - careful with the use of LOL's, you don't want us thinking you are "Anne," ha ha ha.

Threadkiller

A half court has a net. A full court has a net net.

MarkO

Enough mirth. We are limited to one LOL.

See, I told you. Doom.

Sara

When you lost Harry Belefonte...

Boatbuilder

Todays WSJ has front page quotes from Gingrich and Huntsman attacking Romney for his Bain background. Gingrich says he was "looting" companies, which is precisely how every Dem attacks anybody who has ever worked in investment banking (it's how Dannel Malloy slandered Tom Foley here in CT, and that alone disqualifies Newt completely for me.
Huntsman says "Governor Romney enjoys firing people..." I have never been a huge Romney fan, but I'm warming to the guy. What we need in Washington more than anything else is a President who "enjoys firing people."
Then Romney blows it with a quote about "stating at the bottom...and worrying about whether he'd be able to hang on to his job." Probably out of context, but sheesh!

matt

you can't play tennis without Annette.

Gmax

I owe TM a great debt. Because I hang up on the NYT any time they have the temerity to call about a home subscription after telling them how pitiful and small they are these days, I would never ever know what the great Paul Krugman has to say on any given issue. But nearly daily these days I am treated to a serving of the great man. How can I ever repay the debt?

Sara

Fox is already calling the NH race with Romney at 36%, Ron Paul 25%, Huntsman 17%. Polls closed at 8 PM EST.

pagar

I don't believe I have ever visited the Ron Paul anything, but Google lists this as a link on Peter F Geithner. It has some different stuff in it than the link Narciso put up or the AIM 2009 article.

http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?191373-Obama-s-MOTHER-worked-for-Geithner-s-FATHER-in-Indonisia...Oh-What-a-Tangled-Web...

"Now you can see why China is lending us all this money for Socialist/Marxist agendas? China knows that if the US is to become Socialist/Marxist, our country will no longer lead the world in innovation and technology. China has their own plans for world "hemogany". In fact, Chinese leaders know that Communism doesn't work, and this is why they have adopted a simulation model of Western government through their "Strategic Moderization Objective"."

"There is also a solid link between the Islamic Banking Cooperative, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, The Ford Foundation, Devron Bank of Chicago and the Bank of Indonesia (Stanley A. Dunham was a research coordinator at this bank and a program officer for the Ford Foundation)".

Gmax

Obama seeing 28% of the voters in the primary desert him for someone else! Uh oh spaghetti ohs...

Paul Zrimsek

Does this mean they're finally going to stop quoting Warren Buffett at us all the time?

Sara

Boatbuilder: Everything I've read about Romney says he is the guy who always excels which pleases his employers, although I think his first paying job was as a security guard at Chrysler. However, I still find it hard to see him doing anything that would get him fired. I do think that anyone who has spent 2 1/2 years of his life trying to convince the wine drinking French to become alcohol abstaining Mormons has experienced his share of rejection in life. :)

narciso

"we come not to praise Krugman, but to laugh at him' Meanwhile, there's a bit of a disconnect here;

http://bigpeace.com/ipt/2012/01/10/terror-plot-in-tampa-cair-defends-suspect/

Rick Ballard

"stating at the bottom...and worrying about whether he'd be able to hang on to his job."

Net, net self analysis or the opinion of a hand picked advisory team?

Jim Miller

Clarice - That biofuel article was written by Matthew Wald, who, in the past, has been in favor of energy sources that didn't work, and opposed to energy sources that do.

Extraneus

It hasn't been much commented on, but why did Todd Palin come out for Gingrich on the eve of Romney taking NH with Gingrich tanking and not even in the running? Seriously. Todd's not a loose cannon free agent. He's been plotting with Sarah all along. Was that some sort of misdirection play?

Jim Miller

Interesting. According to the exit poll, Romney is getting 45 percent of the Republican vote.

narciso

Well it wasn't for New Hampshire, clearly, I imagine it's for the latter states,

Gmax

Zero down to 42% approval in Gallup today. Since that is not LV, he is doing even worse when you screen for likely voters. I may have been too generous earlier saying he will get in the low to mid 40s.

Jim Miller

And, again according to the exit polls, Ron Paul won the liberal vote, barely.

But you can say that the more conservative the vote, the less likely they were to vote for Paul.

Boatbuilder

Rick--definitely the advisory team. Only highly qualified professionals posess the genius to conclude that Mitt can take this thing if he can convince Everyman that he feels their pain.

Rick Ballard

Controller Chiang's California Doomin' Report came out today.

Pertinent section:

Compared to December 2010, General Fund revenue in December 2011 was down $2.0 billion (-19.2%). The total for the three largest taxes was below 2010 levels by $1.9 billion (-19.4%). This was driven by personal income taxes, which came in below last December by $1.0 billion (-17.4%), and sales taxes, which were below last December by $542.8 million (-25.2%). Corporate taxes were $300.7 million lower (-18.4%) than December 2010.

Yessiree, the economy just keeps gettin' better and better.

Janet

This Prager video linked from Instapundit is wonderful.

Boatbuilder

Romney should accept that being filthy rich is part of his political profile, and treat it as a virtue, istead of this "I'm really a regular guy" crap. Being filthy rich, he's beholden to nobody. Say so. Look at Bloomberg. Nobody seems to resent or hold it against him that he has more money than God. Or the Kennedys. Or Schwartzenegger. Or Rockefeller, Roosevelt, etc.

Ranger

Zero down to 42% approval in Gallup today. Since that is not LV, he is doing even worse when you screen for likely voters. I may have been too generous earlier saying he will get in the low to mid 40s.

That would hold normally, but I am not sure it applies to Obama. I actually think Obama goes up slightly with a LV screen because of the higher education of LVs. All those BAs and MAs that the Ben-Danas of the world have cranked out over the last half a decade will still vote for Obama either out of "guilt" or a desire for "social justice." The people who have turned hardest on Obama are the HS grads who are suffering the most from Obama's efforts to "transform America."

centralcal

Off political candidate news for a moment.

Just southwest of us is Harris Ranch. A cattle operations with a fabulous restaurant outpost on a desolate stretch of I-5. They raise Angus beef cattle and supply markets, restaurants, etc. over a wide area.

Activists (okay, domestic terrorists) torched 14 of their trucks and they are making noise that this is just the first strike against the "enemy."

This country is getting scarier by the day.

Gmax

Ranger

Whether they stay home or vote for a Massachusetts Moderate, they are not voting for Zero. With no significant opponent he only gets 80% in the Democrat primary? Skidmarks, I am telling you.

narciso

Except last time the RV/LV were about four to five points against Obama.

Gmax

Dont forget the Jay Cost analysis of a few weeks ago that demonstrated that sitting President tend to underperform their approval rating. Disapprove is a no. But a slice of approve still dont vote for ya. Sucks for Zero but that the facts.

Ranger

Gmax,

I definately think Obama is toast, I just think it will be closer to 45-46% that he gets. I would love it to be down around 42%, because it would be a humiliation that would crush him and ensure he is treated like Carter was when he lost, as well as be the kind of mandate the next president and congress need to undo everything Obama has done domesticly.

centralcal

Ranger, no matter what the percentage (as long as it is on the losing side), Obama will be treated worse than Carter when he loses. He was the "One" - and he quickly became "Zero."

Sara

Clinton managed to pull it out with 42% of the vote because of Perot. What scares me is if they are torching trucks, bringing rats and disease to Washington, DC and other cities, and forcing small business owners out of business like those restaurants in NYC, how much longer before one of them decides to pull a Sirhan Sirhan on one of the Republican candidates? Every time I see one of these candidates being mobbed, I hold my breath. When I hear how campaign events had to be canceled or cut short because of protestors, I get a shiver. How many of these crackpot Jarod Loughners are out there?

pagar

Centralcal, that 9:05 link is scary.

Melinda Romanoff

OK, everybody's come in with an opinion of what the "Likely Voter" share will be, but I've seen no forecasts for the manufactured vote. I would like some serious thought put to this margin.

I know Milwaukee County will come in at 104%. Cook County will be under 100%. Are there any other thoughts on this?

centralcal

Yeah, pagar. Talk radio and local news media are all worried about what it may portend.

We live in troubling times. Us v. Them. My biggest fear is that Obama and his acolytes have increased the numbers of "Them" while we were...where in the Hell were we, again? Nitpicking each other?

Sara

Romney is leading in polls, has more local endorsements, and raised more money in the state [Utah] than Huntsman.

The people who know him best don't like Huntsman so much either.

Jim Miller

Anyone seen any actual numbers on the Democratic primary in New Hampshire?

Frau Genug-ist-genug

The comments are the worst, cc. Only one person takes the criminals and the supporters to task.

mockmook


Sara, we get it, you love Romney.

Do you really think your pom-pom bonbons are making us love him too?

mockmook


CNN focus group with "undecideds", first guy:

If Ron Paul isn't the nominee, I'm voting for Obama.

Gmax

Ron Paul endorsed Cynthia McKinney last Presidential election. What makes him a Republican exactly?

Gmax

Mel

The buses can stay in Chicago this election, you must produce ID in Wisconsin to vote this go around. They will have to figure out a new way to cheat, that wont work.

centralcal

Mockmook:

First, your name is really hard to type after having my evening cocktail! ::grin::

Second, you are a really astute commenter.

Third: Sara thinks "others who shall go unnamed" shake the pom-poms. ha ha ha ha ha. Go figure!

Jim Miller

"Ron Paul endorsed Cynthia McKinney last Presidential election. What makes him a Republican exactly?"

He isn't, not really He's a RINO, a genuine RINO, or, as I prefer to say, he's a parasite on the Republican party.

Frau Genug-ist-genug

matt, if you truly consider Romney a corporte whore, would it be hard to vote for him, if he is the candidate?

When I see online trashing of Romney elsewhere, I often wonder if those posting are Axelturf paid tools. It's usually about his being rich and a Mormon.

JM Hanes

Extraneus:

"It hasn't been much commented on, but why did Todd Palin come out for Gingrich on the eve of Romney taking NH with Gingrich tanking and not even in the running?"

I don't know, but Palin herself also came out and said that Romney was the candidate the Obama wanted to run against and that the press would make it so, which I'd read as an endorsement of Anybody But Romney.

mockmook

You are too kind, cc.

Yeah, I finally hit pom-pom overload.

Frau Genug-ist-genug

matt, my second remark did not refer to your comment. I respect your opinions. I just wondered about it as many here have declared ABO.

Clarice

Slightly OT but my spidey sense says the SCOTUS is getting sick and tired of Administration overreach and is about to, pardon the expression, lay down the law.

Gmax

That would be likely in the VRA case on Texas as its up and a very hanging curve. Greg Abbott thinks Texas wins, so you might see a Roberts court put the lumber to Holder and Obama in the very same case...

caro

Like many,I am so disappointed in Perry. He's lost that Texan feeling.

As for the Tea Party,I wish there had been a clear TP candidate. That didn't happen and we resume attention to the states. Utah turned in Bennett for Mike Lee last time and now two have come forward to face Hatch in the primary. He is very powerful here, but at least we will have options.

CC,I feel your pain.

Gmax

Should be be letting Iowa and NH be picking our candidates? And should a primary for a party to be open to all comers, or should you be at least nominally a member of the party. Paul support is the cult he built, but its greatly augmented by Democrats in NH.

Clarice

Heading off to bed, but here's a real fun story.


http://bisserjeta.hsara.com/2012/01/100-year-old-prostitute-still-going-strong/

Sara

What are you talking about Mock-Mock? I've posted news stories about Gingrich, Paul, the last one on Huntsman. You can support anyone you want, just as I can. That's the beauty of America. You sound like a sore loser to me, which is too bad, since we really don't have room for any sore losers if we plan to win in the General.

caro

((One of my last clients, bless him, was a  shy computer programmer, and he set up a Facebook page for me, which really helps to set up appointments since I can only cover about 30 metres of pavement in a day nowadays, and that’s with my Zimmer frame.))

Ha ha, Clarice, a great laugh on one's birthday.

caro

Jim Miller, thanks for the beautiful look at Ranier. We are really desperate for snow here.

I was born in Seattle, BTW.

jimmyk

Janet, that was a great video of Prager. I think I might support whoever he is supporting.

JM Hanes

One of the best dibs I ever called: Darrell Issa

JM Hanes

Happy Birthday, caro! Let the snowing begin!

daddy

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JM Hanes

I'm sorry, I just can't help it. Jim DeMint agrees with me:

"I want to help deliver a conservative Senate, otherwise it doesn’t matter who is in the White House.” he said.

Manuel Transmission

In my usual day late/$ short, here is the infamous Czars Czuk along with a certain Birthday Girl and her artistic 'Sailor's Hat'.

Barbara
She has particularly fond memories of World War II. “All those marines,” she says wistfully. “Some historians say the invasion of Sicily might not have succeeded had the entire British 51st infantry division not spent a morale-boosting night with me before they shipped out.” (LUN)

Clarice,

You made my day!

Topsecretk9

When is TM going to realize he's really sparing with Robyn Krugman, not Paul?

Paul, is about the most nurtured male there is and it is his wife who really writes the column, or it doesn't get printed without her sign off.

Janet

Thanks for the picture, Manuel Transmission!

Clarice

Dang, I keep missing ts. If only I didn't need to sleep.
I loved all of that Maltese story though it's so perfect I wonder if it wasn't made up.

steve

I'm a little late to this discussion but want to echo what I think is the important element of Tom's post: Romney needs to stop trying to stress that his experience 'creating' jobs qualifies him to be President. We all know Presidents don't create jobs. Romney should stress that he alone among the candidates (including Obama) knows the debilitating effects government regulation, tax hikes and a President who practices crony capitalism and wants to stomp on the necks of those he dislikes have on the confidence of businesses and entrepreneurs... and that he alone knows what needs to be done to restore confidence. Romney can stress that he knows how to get business to start spending their record piles of cash... and that Obama's demonizing business isn't the way to do it.

More details here

Porchlight

Right, JMH. But deMint said a *conservative* Senate, not just a Republican one. Without conservative enthusiasm for the person at the top of the ticket, that task is going to be much more difficult.

Porchlight

You sound like a sore loser to me, which is too bad, since we really don't have room for any sore losers if we plan to win in the General.

Sara,

Of course you can support anyone you like. But if your goal here at JOM is to bring people over to your chosen candidate, you might want to think about another approach.

However, if that is not your goal, by all means, have at it.

MarkJ

According to Paul Krugman, we shouldn't trust, and we must raise taxes on, anyone who lives in a house like this:

http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/paul-krugmans-house/

Need I say more?

Appalled

Sara:

The Romney anti-mystique is certainly a phenomenon -- and its something Romney's advisors had better figure out. I'm not sure the correctives that would satisfy the average JOM anti-Romney person would work best in the general election, but Romney is going to have to work very hard, at the very least, persuading his right flank that he means the Conservative things coming out of his mouth.

I am curious, though (and this is to you, Porchlight), what would do that for you?

Porchlight

Appalled,

It wouldn't really change my mind about what Romney believes (if that makes sense). But it might persuade me that he's can build a proper coalition within the Republican party, both during and beyond the campaign.

Beyond that, I'd just like to see him make stronger arguments. Everyone says he can mount a ringing defense of capitalism in response to the Bain accusations, but where is that defense? So far he's shown no indication that he is able or even willing to mount it.

I look at him and I see a tough campaigner in terms of self-control and sharp jabs to (GOP) opponents, but a poor candidate in terms of being able to state clear views and persuade. I'm increasingly scared he's going to lose to Obama.

Jim Miller

caro - You're welcome. I was lucky to capture that Mt. Rainier picture when I did, since it lasted for just a few minutes.

(I'm leaving it up on the main page, in case others want to look at it.)

Today, tomorrow, and, probably, Friday, should be good days for seeing Rainier, and St Helens through the web cams. St. Helens is often especially pretty at sunrise and sunset.

(I have links to all the web cams at my site.)

Clarice

Tom Friedman's house is much the same. (His wife's family was very rich.)

Mark Folkestad

Cross-posting this. ChaCo's mother passed away this morning, age 77.

lyle

"...because it would be a humiliation that would crush him and ensure he is treated like Carter was when he lost..."

Wouldn't one have to possess, y'know, actual humility to feel humiliation?

Trust me, Bammy will be feted by all the right people once he's out of office--mercifully a little more than a year from now--for the rest of his life. Who knows, he may wise up and try to start scoring as much cooter as Slick.

cathyf
domestic terrorists) torched 14 of their trucks and they are making noise that this is just the first strike against the "enemy."

This country is getting scarier by the day.

Really scary. So when do you think they will start going after the 4H kids who raise livestock for show? Are we going to see dead kids?

Jane

Thanks for the picture, Manuel Transmission!

And the memories. That was truly a great day.

centralcal

cathyf - as a former 4H leader, I sure hope not. Can you imagine the damage they could do at County fairs? Or maybe they will scope out country roads and start torching dairies? Actually, very little seems off limits to these thugs.

centralcal

I haven't watched it, but over at Daily Caller they have an O'Keefe video of the Live Free or Die state handing out ballots in the names of dead people. Apparently, NH is not a voter ID state?

centralcal

sorry - the above comment was meant for a different thread. sigh.

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