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March 20, 2012

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Jim,MtnViewCA,USA

Thanks for the info on "The deuce you say".
I was wondering about it recently and nearly made it to bing.com to find out.....
PG probably spelled it funny because he was a humor writer and it made people smile. I bet it is as simple as that.

Jack is Back!

Heh!

"A refrigerator magnet distributed at the 2004 “Sound Of The Baskervilles' Master’s Dinner” read: “Watson, I'm afraid I'm 150 this year." "The deuce, you say, Holmes! Why you scarcely look 100!!"

Danube of Thought

I tell ya, I got jammed full of Percocets after knee surgery a couple of weeks ago and they seriously messed with my mind. I'll take visions of ripe nether hemispheres any day.

I thought it was Jane who imposed the ban....

Melinda Romanoff

DoT-

You only have 2:08 hours left.

Jack is Back!

Mel,

Did you take in any games when in AZ? My Reds are there now. And I know you are a Cubs fan.

Melinda Romanoff

JiB-

No, I am not a Cubs fan. Nor am I a particular fan of baseball. I did the half work/half play type of trip.

Jack is Back!

well thats a bummer:)

Sara

If the girlfriend was on the phone with the victim, then the reports that all he had on him was a bag of Skittles must be inaccurate. Right?

narciso

So there was a primary today, or was that a figment of someone's imagination;

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/03/20/erin-burnett-annoyed-she-appears-in-rnc-ad/

MaryD

Very OT, but may I put in a plug for a fairly new web site, "The Washington Free Beacon".

The great Matthew Continetti is writing the editorials,and the news items tend to be about all of the stuff the MFM ignores or spins. I think that most of you would enjoy the site.

LUN

Jane (get off the couch - come save the country)

Nice to see you strawman, where ya been?

matt

speaking of ignored, I was in the Mid-South last week and read about the president's executive order to reinvigorate manufacturing and just about puked. Not sure if it was a topic here as I didn't have a chance to check in much.

He is either delusional or criminal. He is clueless on manufacturing and on defense. LUN

narciso

Why do we have to chose between alternatives , Matt;


http://freebeacon.com/carney-attacks-new-ryan-budget/

centralcal

I agree, MaryD, the Free Beacon is a great site.

centralcal

This Tweet by Drudge has me nervous to even click on the link, just sayin':

Drudge Report ‏ @Drudge_Report
Cameron 'tucked in bed' by Obama during trip... http://drudge.tw/GCG4tH

jimmyk

White House says Trayvon Martin, the teen killed by neighborhood watchman, is local issue

On the other hand, whether your insurance plan covers birth control is a matter of national significance and requires federal intervention.

Extraneus

I agree, Mary. I sent them a donation a few weeks ago when they first went online. So far this cycle, my only other donation has gone to James O'Keefe's Project Veritas.

Sara

Kirk Cameron was on Fox and Friends this morning promoting his new movie, "Monumental," about Plymouth Rock or something. Get your special showing tickets at monumental.com, I think.

narciso

Cameron was talking about the insights that the Pilgrims had gained in their exile in Holland, of course such a notion is so far beyond Anne Curry, he might as well be speaking Sanksrit.

http://www.therightscoop.com/cumulus-aiming-to-take-out-rush-limbaugh-with-mike-huckabee/

Sara

Just saw this linked on FB:

Preliminary exit poll results find that six in 10 Illinois voters see Romney as the candidate with the best chance of beating Barack Obama, a bit better than his average across exit polls this year. More strikingly, Romney also leads Rick Santorum, albeit narrowly, as the candidate who "best understands the problems of average Americans."
Danube of Thought

whether your insurance plan covers birth control is a matter of national significance and requires federal intervention

As is your child's lunch at school.

narciso

Here's the LUN for the film;

Threadkiller

"Illinois PayToPlay has learned that, in addition to the Postman video recently released by Jerome Corsi on World Net Daily, Corsi also holds a 2011 recorded interview with former Rezko associate Daniel T. Frawley.

The recording was made late last year in Chicago in a meeting that involved Corsi, Frawley and three other persons who gathered to discuss the possibility of writing a book.

The recording reportedly includes a description of how, in 2004, during Nadhmi Auchi’s visit to Chicago, Auchi, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, and Barack Obama met in the basement “cigar room” inside Rezko’s 30-room mansion in Wilmette, Illinois where they discussed, among other things, the purchase of a 62-acres plot in the South Loop."

http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2012/03/20/besides-the-postman-video-jerome-corsi-has-another-about-obama/

" A January 2012 lawsuit pitting a Chicago investor in the land purchase, Semir Sirazi, against Auchi was linked in a previous Illinois PayToPlay article.

In response to an inquiry concerning access to the Frawley video, Corsi confirmed that Auchi’s ’04 Chicago visit was discussed but that the video would only be released with Frawley’s approval.

A recent post on Illinois PayToPlay reported that Frawley claims that he gave Rezko $400,000 in cash that Rezko then gave to Obama.

Frawley faces sentencing in mid-April on a bank fraud charge to which he pled guilty in February 2011."

Threadkiller

And there is this:

http://rbo2.com/2012/03/20/vettheprez-lying-liars-guess-whos-coming-to-dinner-nadhmi-auchi-illinois-state-elites-the-obamas/

centralcal

narciso: about Huckabee being an alternative (or threat) to Rush, I wonder if Cumulus has noticed his Sunday night TV ratings? Last Sunday night he had 895,000 viewers. Now, that did beat all the other cable competition, but he has a long way to go to be competitive with Rush as far as a following.

daddy

Here's some OT Hot Air,

Fun time at the Jet Lag lounge last night in Japan.

For exercise I decided to walk the long way into town through the local rice fields of Narita. It wasn't yet green as in this picture, but the fields were laid out just like this and it was interesting to see the locals using small tractors and shovels to shore up the dikes for spring planting. A beautiful couple mile walk, that eventually takes you up past the ancient sacred Temple complex, then up the windy old medieval street to the Jet Lag.

I was a hero last night as, over my shoulder in a tote bag I carried a bottle of this, Crystal Skull Vodka for the Bar owner, who has been begging for one for a year or so now.

That won me permission to walk the Bar Owner's dog, so I put the collar on Inop (short for "Inoperative", a miniature Swiss Grayhound), and off we wandered the back allies of the town for a bit. It is fun to walk a dog in Japan. Seems like all the locals along the small streets know the quirky little pup, and we must make a humorous pair as so many laugh and smile at the two of us as he drags me along. It is tho' a society where you have to clean up poop immediately, so I had my plastic bag in my pocket and did my civic duty proper.

Then I hung out on a bar stool until friends started arriving and off we went for noodles and gyoza after a bit.

The highlight of the night tho' was when a very good co-worker friend showed up, who happens to be a Hot Air Ballonoist in his spare time. He pulled out his Iphone and showed us that he is now the proud owner of Oggy The Dragon.

He's been ballooning now for about 5 years and has a standard Hot Air Balloon, but apparently Oggy came on the market unexpectedly, so he scooped him up, and it was fun to hear how he is invited to drive around the country and display Oggy at various Ballooning and Sports events. He says Oggy is 13 stories tall, so when you get him inflated and upright his head is way above treeline level and it creates quite a stir among local traffic. Says his kids love it, and he frequently will his regular balloon almost fully inflated when the kids get off the school-bus, and that they'll hustle on over, jump in the basket, and off they go. I'll post some more shots of Oggy getting inflated in a following link, but it was interesting to listen to my friend describe some of the particulars that go along with Hot Air Ballooning. He mentioned how he is so much more aware of the lower atmosphere, of differing wind currents at different levels, of what happens to the wind at exactly sun down, stuff like that. What surprised me a bit was him saying that you have to be aware of the Coriolis effect. He said that as you're coming down and trying to pinpoint land where your ground team is, that you have to play all the winds and calculate ahead of time where you need to overshoot a little bit, and then the Coriolis, the rotation of the earth as you are slightly hovering, rotates the earth under you and if you've calculated that correctly it moves directly under you at touchdown. I would never have thought of that, and found it fascinating.

Anyhow, a teriffic night in all respects, and now I'll see if Typepad will eat this or allow me to post with so many links.

centralcal

Posted perfectly, daddy. Loved the photos.

daddy

Yay. It took!

Here's more of Oggy The Dragon:

1) Waking up

2) Hanging out with friends

3) Thirsty Oggy!

4) If in Indianapolis, walk up and say "Hey"

NK

JimmyK-- thanks for the 'Local issue' link. WOW, the 'Bam people are #%$@less over a florida black kid/hispanic local activist disaster. The politics are too volatile for even the Community Organizer In Chief to wade into. Wow, racial politics now bites 'Bam in the ass. Couldn't happen to a better guy.

Threadkiller

Comedy.

http://sgtreport.com/2012/03/breaking-news-illinois-gop-primary-results-posted-24-hours-early/

Sara

Did Santorum really just say that if Romney gets the nomination, voters should stick with Obama? I am seeing that all over FB, supposedly from Fox.

Sara

Whoa! Watching some voter "factoids" about Illinois. 76% of Illinois residents are over 18. Talk about a dying state.

Ben Franklin

They send us fruit-pickers, we send them arms. Sounds fair.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/03/19/142425/mexico-awash-in-weapons-has-just.html#storylink=cpy

Janet

I'm really getting into the pithy intros to stories. Instapundit - "LIFE AMONG THE BARBARIANS:"

Weasel Zippers - "Mega-bullshit alert."

narciso

There's always an angle to their 'dispasssionate' studies,


http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/03/20/church-no-longer-cool-blame-the-republican-brand-say-experts/#comments

Extraneus

That's quite a tan. Is he Hispanic?

I've said it before, but I never look at this fool without picturing him in a suave smoking jacket and ascot, asking the mirror whether he isn't the coolest dude in history.

centralcal

And, the mirror cracked, Extraneus.

Ben Franklin

'Nuff said on Catholic Christian Conservative Compassion.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-usa-campaign-santorum-joblessbre82j0nb-20120320,0,7898443.story

""I don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. It doesn't matter to me. My campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates," Santorum said during a campaign appearance in Illinois, which on Tuesday holds the next contest in the state-by-state battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania known mainly for a strong religious conservatism, is battling Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the frontrunner in the race to oppose President Barack Obama in the November election.

Santorum used his economic comments to attack Romney as not being a true conservative."

Extraneus

He clearly is, though, if you consider the ratio of position-in-life to IQ. I could be wrong, but I don't know that anyone has ever matched that.

Strawman Cometh

we send them arms

If the "we" refers to you 0bamarats, then, yeah, own it.

narciso

There is text, then there is subtext,;


We need a candidate who’s going to be a fighter for freedom. Who’s going to get up and make that the central theme in this race because it is the central theme in this race,” Santorum told a crowd of about 200 voters during a rally here on Monday.

Ben Franklin

"own it."

Strawman, is the perfect handle. Own it.

pagar

Daddy, the pictures and stories are wonderful. You truly have an amazing life.

boris

Semantic1eo, is the perfect self awareness unctuous handle. Own it.

Oh that's right ... banned ...

Clarice

daddy, I love Narita. Thanks for the pics.

OldTimer

Spring is official! And here's that lovely Texas wildflower so beloved by bad and others, compliments of Governor Perry...

https://twitter.com/#!/GovernorPerry/status/182243070509723648/photo/1

Captain Hate

I was reading the comments @ jimmyk's link; damn are they brutal. Can we bring back literacy tests for voting; it might make the results extremely easy to tabulate with a 10 key adding machine.

If Porch shows up tonight, I was reading an article in the WSJ on SXSW and I've gotta ask wtf has happened to that event? It seems to have been hijacked by Brooooooooooooce and is serving as a classic crock emporium rather than as a forum for edgy new talent. Although watching TEH BOSSSSSS hang on like Brett Favre just waiting to get broken in half is funny in its own hypocritical and pathetic way. Too bad for anybody that was counting on SXSW being any good no matter which side of the stage they were on. I'm pretty sure payola could happen again (assuming it isn't now which might be shamefully naive on my part) and nobody would even notice. The moooozik biz is as full of lowlifes as politics.

centralcal

So pretty, Old Timer, thanks for linking.

Melinda Romanoff

Pagar-

A salve for thy wounds.

Heheheh.

Sara

4% of Vote in:

Romney 54%
Santorum 28%
Paul 10%
Gingrich 7%

Danube of Thought

Unctuous is quite apt. Oleaginous would also do. I prefer weaselly.

But always there is the sagacity: the parallels between 1932 and 2008 are not trivial. And don't you people forget it.

Melinda Romanoff

Sara-

This will be a manufactured result by Axelrod. Discount the totals for Mitt by at least one third.

Sara

Uh oh.

Bring back the butts, DOT needs distracting.

Melinda Romanoff

Dinner!

Sara

CNN has called it for Mitt Romney.

Right now it is about 55% to 27%

narciso

First and possibly the last time I hear of that event, I guess it's the successor to Hullapalooza, are they just going for the weirdest possible scenario, Captain;

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-20/usda-excluding-rural-home-loans-from-environmental-reviews

Ignatz

Distracting enough?

Captain Hate

Porch could probably give some perspective, narc, because I've only noticed it sporadically and from afar. There've been some in the past where some new acts just tore things up. The writer of the piece, Jim Fusilli (not as in the Kramer pasta dolls; he can be kind of uneven but is at least worth paying attention to because I've found out about more things flying under my radar than most) was stumping for a group, Ari Picker's Lost in the Trees, who were completely overlooked by all the big name hype; which is pretty damning testimony.

Maybe it's just run its course....

Danube of Thought

"DOT needs distracting."

Why?

Ben Franklin

Everyone can agree, that is true porn, Ig.

narciso

Well it's pretty much a fait accompli, one question about the LUNed presentation, is it really that hard to focus the camera.

centralcal

Well, Iggy, that is a butt that Janet (and several of us others) can't complain about!

OldTimer

Is this part of the progressive miasma affecting the entire Illinois body-politic, or do Republicans really not feel any fire for the candidates..

- LUN

Ignatz

--Well, Iggy, that is a butt that Janet (and several of us others) can't complain about!--

And it's buck-tooth nekkid, as Jed Clampett would say.

pagar

Thanks Mel!
--------------------------------------------Narciso, You're right. It can't be that hard to focus.

Rick Ballard

Court watchers -

Two assumptions:

1. The tenor of the questions asked in oral argument next week by Kennedy are so negative that the probability of him voting to dump Obacare exceeds 70%.

2. The questioning on severability indicate that the majority is leaning towards finding the issues non-severable, thereby dumping the whole mess.
__________________

What is the shortest amount of time required before publication of the decision?

Who would you consider most likely to write the majority opinion?

My guesses are six weeks and Roberts but my hope is that Thomas writes it and includes rollback language on Commerce Clause interpretation.

Jane (Bad says Obama sucks)

I just got back from the agenda 21 meeting. About 100 people showed up which was good to see. I couldn't understand the guy, who has never heard of a topic sentence, but I came away thinking we are far too late to stop the gvt from stealing our property rights. It felt like doom.

Romney just gave a good victory speech. He is improving.

Danube of Thought

Leave him out there long enough and he'll fire up his own exploding cigar:

"Rick Santorum was fighting to maintain the credibility of his bid for the Republican nomination Tuesday after a series of gaffes and organizational failures started to drain momentum from his campaign.

"As voters headed to the polls in Illinois for the latest primary, Mr Santorum found himself on the defensive after letting slip that he 'didn't car'" about the unemployment rate.

"'I don't care what the unemployment rate's going to be,' the utra-conservative said at an Illinois campaign event, 'Doesn't matter to me. My campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates. It's something more foundational that's going on.'

The clumsy remarks, which were intended to appeal to conservatives concerned about fundamental issues, were seized upon by his rival, Mitt Romney, a relatively moderate former management consultant who has derided Mr Santorum as 'an economic lightweight.'"

Clarice

Rick, I hope you're right.
I think Obama's going to fold on Keystone pronto.

Danube of Thought

Rick:

I've been fooled so often by the tenor of the questions that I no longer try to read anything into them.

If the Chief Justice is in the majority he selects the author of the majority opinion. I would dearly love that it be Thomas.

No idea on the timing.

centralcal

Good speech by Romney. But, I have become cynical - ah, yes, I have - about teleprompters. I so wish, he could have given his speech without one.

centralcal

This is what we have to unite to defeat:

Polishing GG as I write.

centralcal

And, now, in fairness to the artist of the above photo, his link.

Melinda Romanoff

Clarice-

Keystone doesn't mean squat. If he flips on the Gulf leases AND reopens the refineries, crude will drop to $35 (at least) and gas reaches >$2 again. If he does it after Labor Day and those results ring true, I just hope the public figures out that entrusting one person with that power, once, is enough.

MarkO

narc, when did Rick opt for freedom? He's the one who told me I didn't have the right to be left alone. You can see I'm over it.

How foul has Obama been that he's given a bad name to all users of teleprompters? It's like that bad Christmas candy I had in the 50's.

I love to check his demeanor against those shown in clips in The World at War. Eerie.

Clarice

Oh, it means, squat--It means to me that he is now putting the "gang greens" under the bus..at least until the election is over.

Janet

or do Republicans really not feel any fire for the candidates..

That is me, OldTimer. I didn't vote in the Virginia primary. It was just Romney & Paul (couldn't write anyone in)....I was gonna vote for Romney, but I couldn't. I will if he's the guy in November but I have zero enthusiasm. I'm just waiting to vote against Obama.

Ben Franklin

" If he flips on the Gulf leases AND reopens the refineries, crude will drop to $35 (at least) and gas reaches >$2 again."

OMFG ! Are you actually making a prediction? Isn't your Series 7 in jeopardy with such wildly irresponsible, market manipulating, pocket lining feats of legerdemain?

$2? holy moly. No wonder you, like Maguire, wear suspenders and belts; looking both ways on a one-way street. You should really keep your predictions closer to the vest, so we don't know the extent of your leaded thinking.

Melinda Romanoff

Clarice-

It's a constant rotation of leverage for donations. They will manipulate decisions, hourly, for donational effect. Yes, they are that sensitive to it and is why they MUST have a complicit press. No goals, just fresh money and maintenance of power.

I can't imagine how the bailout of the TBTF banks fit into that picture. Largest use of US cash ever held up for ransom?

Nah....

Jane (Bad says Obama sucks)

I would never call Santorum an " ultraconservative". He is as big government as it gets. I don't recall another republican election where the candidates were so nasty to each other.

centralcal

I am with Janet - no fire at all for any of the candidates. None. Zilch. The only fire is the smoldering one to flare up and extinguish Obama and all of his minions.

And, then... well, I am just not sure.

Jane (Bad says Obama sucks)

If he reverses on Keystone he will look like an idiot, unless he announces he resolved the environmental dilemma which won't pass the laugh test.

Melinda Romanoff

c-cal-

Then we pay attention to Mr. Ryan. I like his playbook.

Melinda Romanoff

Jane-

I have it on good authority that Santorum's intellect is as deep as the first question asked, after that, you hit air.

narciso

Such an unexpected result, sarc;

http://www.wgntv.com/news/elections/chi-rep-jesse-jackson-jr-out-to-early-lead-against-halvorson-20120320,0,5059366.story

Danube of Thought

Imagine what kind of dunce it takes to view a lessening of coercive government constraints on free market activity as "market manipulation."

Think of it: we'll "manipulate the market" by allowing increased demand to bring forth increased supply. It's only one further heinous step until we manipulate the demand and supply schedules such that they intersect at a market price. At that point all is lost, and we can all pray for, say, Stephen Chu to tell us what must be done.

Clarice

Today--for what it's worth--the waPo indicated Rick is very close to the head of Opus Dei. If true,that puts him in the real nut category AFAIAC

Melinda Romanoff

DoT-

Could I entice you in a nice Lake Shore Drive investment?

Melinda Romanoff

And G'night all!

Clarice

Bedtime for me, too..not that you should draw any inferences from the fact that Mel and I hit the sack at the same time most nights.

Jim Rhoads a/k/a vnjagvet

On balance, I think the good guys made progress today. Maybe it's just the real big margarita I made myself tonight. Whatever. Check y'all out tomorrow.

Captain Hate

Well you're in 2 different time zones so that even thought it's simultaneous, more or less, it's not at the same time.

Captain Hate

even thought

Danube of Thought

Hell, I'm saying Nytol as well, even though it's barely eight out here.

I hate Mr. santorum rather intensely, and would like to see him routed from the political field in disgrace. I believe we may be getting there.

narciso

Let me ask you something, Danube, if you were running, for office would you try to blur the bright lines as Mitt is doing, or stake
out significant policy differences,

Sara

blur the bright lines as Mitt is doing,

What does that even mean?

jimmyk

I'm still unconvinced that any of the three deeply flawed candidates is significantly better or worse than the others. Opus Dei? There's so much myth and innuendo thrown around about that group, it's very difficult to know what's real, whereas I know credible and decent people to defend it.

If I felt that Romney believed 51% of what he was saying, I'd be more enthusiastic about him, but I don't. And the chutzpah of him to jump on Santorum for his "I don't care what the unemployment rate is"? But I'll happily vote for any of them in the general election, and be thrilled when Barry's gone on January 20th.

matt

Tthe race against Reagan got pretty nasty in 1976 and again in 1980. Establishment Republicans hated him.

People forget how GHWB went after him, and yet Reagan had the incredible common sense to forgive past slights and put Bush on the ticket.

He was much smarter than people gave him credit for. He outfoxed GHWB, Carter, the Dems, a lot of his own party, and Gorbachev. I wouldn't want to play poker with the man and I stand with his decisions @ 85% of the way.

Captain Hate

What does that even mean?

If I might take the liberty of speaking for narc, and he can correct me if I'm wrong: You're the only person that seems to understand exactly what Romney stands for.

narciso

Well they are going for the Dan Brown vote, while has their been an examination not a whitewash of CRT, rhetorical question, yes
there was a better way to make that point,
do weeblo scouts write these remarks, I think I'm insulting weeblo scouts,

I don't know what to think about the administration's reactions to the Zimmerman
fustercluck, they want to be 'nudged' into the right attitude, I guess,

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