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July 14, 2012



Things are getting better. Clarice's Pieces are back on Sunday morning and today it is really, really good. Loved that bread article too and looking forward to the promised wine story. Life is good.

Jack is Back!


Another humdinger.

My dearly departed MIL use to say about the Obama types, "they think their IT but they can't be because I AM".

With all the bad news for the Dems and their clumsy attacks on Romney so early in the game you have to wonder what they have left and whether they have the resouces ($$$$) to even play?


Excellent pieces, Clarice. Just today the Sunday Times has yet another article whining (or should I say whinging?) about Citizens United. It's ok for unions to spend billions to sway elections, but not corporations or millionaires.
This thread about first jobs is great. My first earned money was at the age of 12 getting paid $5 to stand on a street corner and hand out leaflets for a Democratic congressman from Queens. My best friend at the time had parents involved in local politics, an he invited me. That five dollar bill seemed like the lottery to me. My first real job was bizarre. I was an inventory taker. We would go into stores and count all the merchandise. Did that in high school and college. The company name was "Autronic Inventory Data Service" which they proudly abbreviated as "AIDS."


Thanks, all. Peter, before Citizens United papers like the NYT also had a much more powerful voice in politics. That decision, somewhat evened the playing field with respect to union and media influence.

hit and run

mrs hit and run makes an appearance on LegalInsurrection this morning.

That is, a pic she took of a bumper sticker.


Hurrah, Hit. Anyone but Obama..


I woke up among the pinetrees. overlooking the lake and first thing I did was read Pieces - fab, and then I went back to sleep, in the gorgeous Maine air.

Melinda Romanoff

Excellent work, as always, Clarice.


Great Pieces, Clarice.

OT, I occasionally glance at the NYT's "Ethicist" pieces just for amusement (since "ethics" generally means "conforms to leftwing dogma"). But this was too good:

My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership....I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort. My issue: Should I acknowledge this affair and finally force closure?

[Response]Don’t expose the affair in any high-profile way. It would be different if this man’s project was promoting some (contextually hypocritical) family-values platform, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

To be fair it goes on a bit more ambiguously, and I suppose it's possible this philanderer's cause is something other than leftist, but if you ever wonder how the MSM rationalizes bias, look no further. A "Tu Quoque" or "Ad hominem" is fine as long as it protects the cause.


In Virginia — where Obama spoke on Friday to a predominantly African-American audience — one in five voters was black four years ago.

Centreville High predominantly black? I seriously doubt it. So the reports of Maryland license plates being the norm probably ring quite true...

hit and run

I woke up among the pinetrees.

I've done that before. Get drunk, get lost, then pass out somewhere in a forest.


Yay - Clarice's Pieces is back for my Sunday morning reading. Nice to see some of our regulars names in lights too.

The big story within the story is what is happening with liberals (and independents) and their sudden slide into distrust of the news. I am glad you included that data with the union contribution data in your column, Clarice.


Well, the left had no problem with Clinton's ethics.

"I'd be happy to give him [oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal." --Time contributor and White House correspondent Nina Burleigh
Captain Hate

Damn that NYT "ethicist" garbage reads like something out of a lampoon of Pravda. What an effing joke of a sub-tabloid Pinch runs. Also, what kind of a metro-douche would consult the NYT about how to deal with his wife whoring around with some government apparatchik? No wonder she doesn't respect him; or any concept of right or wrong. This is like something out of "The Inner Circle".


Lawyers-- Ig is a very rare client of legal services who gets that telling the whole story to their lawyer is the smart play. Virtually all clients make the mistake of telling their lawyers only the 'good' parts of the story-- experienced lawyers know this and act accordingly-- or should.


Thanks, everybody. Jimmy the Ethicist is an upper West side schlub of schlubs IMO..I don't think I ever read a column of his with which I agreed.

CC, maybe there's hope that the Andrea Mitchells of the media have finally made people--even not bright people--see the light.

Jane, how nice you are up in Me this weekend. What a beautiful state.

Danube of Thought

Minus 15 at Raz today.

Tied with Romney at 45.

hit and run

This Mankiw post is . . . interesting:

Because transfer payments are, in effect, the opposite of taxes, it makes sense to look not just at taxes paid, but at taxes paid minus transfers received. For 2009, the most recent year available, here are taxes less transfers as a percentage of market income (income that households earned from their work and savings):

Bottom quintile: -301 percent
Second quintile: -42 percent
Middle quintile: -5 percent
Fourth quintile: 10 percent
Highest quintile: 22 percent

Top one percent: 28 percent

The negative 301 percent means that a typical family in the bottom quintile receives about $3 in transfer payments for every dollar earned.

The most surprising fact to me was that the effective tax rate is negative for the middle quintile. According to the CBO data, this number was +14 percent in 1979 (when the data begins) and remained positive through 2007. It was negative 0.5 percent in 2008, and negative 5 percent in 2009. That is, the middle class, having long been a net contributor to the funding of government, is now a net recipient of government largess.

I recognize that part of this change is attributable to temporary measures to deal with the deep recession. But it is noteworthy nonetheless, as other deep recessions, such as that in 1982, did not produce a similar policy response.

Captain Hate

It's bad enough when Rove pulls out that stupid white board in his back and forth with Trippi on FNS; but when he has the wrong data on it you wonder WTF.


Clarice, I loved your offering this morning.


On Topic GZ-- so the disclosure process puts this case further into farce. NO EVIDENCE of GZ's malice or depraved killing. NO EVIDENCE of GZ racial animus. EVIDENCE of police misconduct and leaks to force an arrest to placate 'the community.' GZ lets his wife perjury herself all over the courtroom in her Bond testimony. Doesn't even say 'BTW' when he testifies. The judge may withdraw, because his dicta in his second Bond ruling prejudges GZ's credibility, where GZ's credibility will be a major issue at trial. Pathetic. The State prosecutor has no plausible way to win conviction, except by a racially prejudiced jury, so she rants at the HLS and tells it to shut up Prof. Dershowitz-- AS IF. What an outrageous spectacle. I said in March thisthing would devolve into face and no good would come of this. Anybody still say it was a brilliant move by GZ to get out of his SUV that night?


Jimmy, that question reads like something the Yale students used to send Ann Landers.


Shorter NYT training module. "Droit du signeur is ethical. She's contributing to the cause; and now that you know about it, so are you."


JimmyK/CH-- the NYT 'ethicist'- an oxymoron if there ever was one. Let's play a game -- rewrite the NYT response to the Fed gov't official playing the horizontal hula with the guy's wife if it were 5 years ago during the Bush admin, or next year in a Romney admin. BTW-- the guy asking the question? I want to slap him like Don Corleone slapping Frank Sinatra -- I mean Johnny Fontaine-- and screaming "YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN-- LIKE A MAN!!!"


Hit NYT ethicist on google and the column comes up. You can leave your comments on it there.Mark and ext and CH. Just saying..

Captain Hate

Sorry Clarice but there's no way I'm wasting my time trolling Pinch's site. It would be like tip toeing through a field of dogshit.

hit and run

Jimmy the Ethicist is an upper West side schlub of schlubs
Hit NYT ethicist

I'm confused -- are you accusing Jimmyk of being that NYT ethicist, or me?


Clarice-- who needs the NYT when we have JOM-- a far more intellectually gifted and fun website. BTW-- the NYT's ethicist = "Situational Ethics". "Situational" great for baseball, ethics? not so much.


JiB-- 'Bam will never run out of money-- if need be the Gulf Sheiks, Putin and the ChiComs will step up and deliver the laundered money to him. The question is does his over the top "Kill Romney" stuff cost him votes, or does it supress weak Indie voters for Romney?


NK, the "Kill Romney" stuff does not, IMO, cost him votes among his base and also does not suppress weak Indie vote for Romney. so, it's a draw.


--Anybody still say it was a brilliant move by GZ to get out of his SUV that night?--

In retrospect I suppose it wasn't a brilliant move by JFK to take a ride in an open car in Dallas but I don't think many people would blame him for subsequent events.

Agent J

Clarice, I had a problem with "My Problem Is I'm Too Good" article, it ended to quick..when I get to reading something great, I don't want it to end.

I, being a follower of Clarice, googled NYT ethicist..I wanted to see it in its full context..I think I have seen that email before.

Please let it rain!


Late to the party: "So, what was your first job?"

Other than paperboy, I was a compositor in a hot lead composing room putting Linotype copy into a chase to make up newspaper pages. Had to learn to read copy upside down and backwards.


Great pieces clarice, it certainly raised my spirits. :)


I see Powerline has also linked Clarice's Pieces.


Heh, Hit, a misplaced comma is at fault:

Try this:Jimmy, the Ethicist is an upper West side schlub of schlubs....


sbw ,in high school we put out a weekly paper and we editors had to hand set our type at the printers every week. I, too, can read upside down as a result. I suppose that's a useful talent for a spy of some sort.


Great piece's, Clarice, Moliere would have a banquet of targets, with this administration, Without naming names, we can think of two of the scribe class, who wouldn't even bother to consult Cohen,

hit and run

On This Date In 2008 (actually yesterday) we witnessed a historic first: "an African-American poised to be the presidential nominee of a major party addressing the nation's oldest civil rights organization."

This week we saw another historic first: an African-American president refusing to address the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

Obama sent ol' Biden to the NAACP national convention instead.


******BREAKING NEWS********

In what many are describing as a dramatic turn of events former Govenor Mitt Romney has stepped down from his presidential bid citing pending legalities involving a federal investigation into his financial record. In a midnight phone conference involving Republican national committee representatives and members of the republican leadership a unanimous vote was taken and former governor Sarah Palin will become the parties new presumptive nominee. Palin cited being able to see the former Soviet Union from her bedroom window as ample foreign policy experience to lead America on a world stage.

hit and run

One closing reminder regarding the Obama "my problem is, I'm too good" moment...

Jan 18, 2008:

Obama poked fun at John Edwards and Hillary Clinton for their response to the "what is your weakness" question at the MSNBC debate. Obama said that he answered the question as an "ordinary person."

"Folks, they don't tell you what they mean!" exclaimed Obama.

"I thought that they meant 'what's your biggest weakness?!' So I said 'well you know I don't handle paper that well, you know, my desk is a mess, I need somebody to help me file and stuff all the time.'"

"So the other two they say well my biggest weakness is 'I'm just too passionate about helping poor people.' I am just too impatient to bring about change in America.'"

Obama joked, "If I had gone last I would have known what the game was. I could have said 'well you know I like to help old ladies across the street. Sometimes they don't want to be helped. It's terrible.'"

Now that he's president, Obama is just playing the game.


Ig-- no GZ is not to blame for the farcical events ( except for not being up front with his lawyer about what he was doing with the contributions.) But in a small way I do agree with Serino, GZ is a busybody and a law enforcement dilettante. He's no criminal, but he's no hero either.


Clarice, I don't doubt that your early writing and editing, leavened by a little lawyer training, helped form you into the excellent columnist you are today.

Yet another worthwhile Pieces that deserves to be read and passed on.


HEH, Hit. How's the cassoulet coming along. The last time made one it was from a Julia Child's recipe that took a couple of days and it was so rich we all had to go for a walk after eating it.


BTW-- JFK is a poor example. JFK was a doped up reckless psycho who probably would have insisted on an open car no matter what the established danger.


If you don't put a little more effort into making leftists look bad, instead of these obvious parodies which convince no one, I'm afraid Mitt may cut off the paycheck and insource your contract.
Then how will you afford all the booze? Step lightly my friend.



Mr. President B. H. Obama resigned today after admitting he was not a natural born citizen and confirming vast suspicion that he had been born fully grown from a sea shell, somewhere in Oceana. “My work here is finished,” Mr. Obama bravely said as he boarded a helicopter, flashed the peace sign and gave a weak wave, redolent of his idol, Richard Nixon.


Clarice has made the big time,it is mentioned right under the article "France's National Front to sue Madonna over Le Pen swastika"

IMO, I like the bad blue site better than Drudge.

"Hit NYT ethicist on google and the column comes up"
Wasn't that the cause of the problems Penn State is now having. Some one decided that bad things should not be made public for the greater good of the football program?

Point #2 on the NYT's leftist propaganda article:
"His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership"

IMO, the Obama regime has no project that is supposed to demonstrate American leadership of anything. They don't want American to look like leaders.


DD was trying to sleep it off and woke up vomiting on the keyboard.




MarkO's parody is just as implausible.. but at the same time, just as plausible.


--But in a small way I do agree with Serino, GZ is a busybody and a law enforcement dilettante. He's no criminal, but he's no hero either.--

IMO, with more "busybodies" like Zimmerman the country would be much safer. This country was founded on self help.
It's the idea that honest citizens should cower in their cars and homes while criminal rule the streets that lets the criminals rule.

Rick Ballard

"The question is does his over the top "Kill Romney" stuff cost him votes, or does it suppress weak Indie voters for Romney?"

Clarice picked up on the loss of trust in the MFM this morning (per Gallup). There's another Gallup offering which hints at the answer to your question. The Gallup headline, "Young Voters Back Obama", is actually belied by Gallup's own Presidential Approval Rating data which averaged 56% over the past three months but is currently at 51%. His approval among Hispanics took a real dive as well.

The fact he's holding campaign events in high school gyms is rather telling. I suppose it goes along with focusing his appeal to a much, much more selective audience.

hit and run

How's the cassoulet coming along. The last time made one it was from a Julia Child's recipe that took a couple of days and it was so rich we all had to go for a walk after eating it.

I'm going to do it next weekend. mrs hit and run also referenced a Julia Child recipe yesterday. So far, I think I am going to riff off of this one. I can't possibly follow any recipe exactly, not my style. More like guardrails on a culinary highway. Or something. But it does call for 16 cloves of garlic . . . I can't fault it for that.


'Spinal Tap' and 'Princess Bride' along with Python, are the only proper tools to understand this administration, when contacted by seance, Kafka interjected something in Czech,


RickB-- the Fairfax County HS gym is a big tell IMO, plus driving in supporters from Md to have an enthusiastic HS gym sized crowd. 'Bam has got to win BIG in NOVA. If he's sucking wind in NOVA he has NO chance in Va. If he has no chance in Va, he has to win everywhere else, Ohio, Co, NM, Wisc, Pa., Iowa in order to win by a few EVs.


16 cloves, doesn't that seem excessive,


Ig-- agree to disagree. In a place like Sanford, or ChiTown, NYC, Phoenix-etc, the right level of involvement would have been to wait for the cops in route.


Well give us a day's heads up, Hit, so we can join you and protect you from overeating. (That recipe looks great.) 16 cloves of garlic, BTW, makes it especially healthful.


Is this like tupperware,

hit and run

The fact he's holding campaign events in high school gyms is rather telling.

I like Matthew Continetti's piece:

The White House took desperate pains to note that the president talked to an “overflow crowd.” What it did not mention was that an overflow crowd in a community college gym could not fill the seats in, say, the OSU stadium. There was a time when Obama regaled audiences of 30,000, 75,000, 80,000 people. Now he speaks to true believers at high schools. By the end of the campaign he may well find himself, like Spinal Tap, playing to a threadbare crowd at Themeland Amusement Park in Stockton, California (a city which, fittingly enough, is bankrupt). The sign outside: “PUPPET SHOW AND PRESIDENT OBAMA.”

hit and run

'Spinal Tap' and 'Princess Bride' along with Python, are the only proper tools to understand this administration

Heh, didn't see your comment before posting the Continetti piece...


It's the idea that honest citizens should cower in their cars and homes while criminal rule the streets that lets the criminals rule.



"It's the idea that honest citizens should cower in their cars and homes while criminal rule the streets that lets the criminals rule."

When the US Border Patrol is instructing their agents to "RUN and HIDE", IMO the nation has open borders and every criminal in the world can just walk on in.


Obama finally admits he WAS RAISING TAXES:

Friday, Richmond Virginia:

QUOTE: "By the way, if you’ve got health insurance, you’re not getting hit by a tax."

Don't you me YOUR tax sir?
you're not getting hit by MY NEW TAX...

Danube of Thought

Anybody still say it was a brilliant move by GZ to get out of his SUV that night?

Who ever did?


Here is Dave (inMA)'s photo & Iowahawk's comment from awhile ago - "Funnier than Spinal Tap playing the amusement park ampitheater. At this rate, he'll be spinning a sign for Mattress World by election day." Ouch!

Rick Ballard

I look at the enthusiasm of the youth vote in '08 as the culmination of a drive which began with the Deaniacs in '04. When Dean sold the Democrat Party to Soros/Bing/Lewis in 2005, part of the sales pitch involved the demographic data which shows 2008 as the 'now or never' election wrt being able to fully exploit the imagination coupled with carefully nurtured ignorance which makes youthful suckers such easy marks. 'Now' is over and it will be 10-15 years before a new youth cohort will exhibit the same degree of sycophancy displayed by today's rather remorseful group.

Obama has provided a singularly educational experience for the 2008 18-29 year olds. They know a lot more about politics today than they did when they committed the error which impoverished them.

hit and run

Hell hath no apathy like youthful voters scorned.


That's really great, janet. Her BTW is a (badly filmed) video of that Spinal Tap bit:

Mark Folkestad

MarkO, interesting that you should mention Ear Leader departing on a helicopter in your little fiction, evoking Nixon's departure. Does anyone remember the hell the Left raised over the money the Secret Service insisted on spending for a helicopter pad at the Western White House, to better protect Nixon? It didn't really enhance the potential selling price of the estate nearly as much as the cost, but the Left was howling that Nixon should repay the entire cost, and then face some sort of charges for unjust enrichment.

NK, would you take me on as a student, so that I might learn not only to be blameless in my actions, but that all of my moves might be "brilliant"?


Having been an auditor for many years in my practicing CPA days, I too can read a document upside. I once had a CFO lying to me about some problem contracts, little did he know that I had already read the memo lying on the controller's desk when I had spoken to him on the subject a day earlier.

Partner called owner, and adjustment to financials was booked and CFO was looking for gainful employment within about a week or so.

Very handy skill.


And I have to admit that I am going to take enormous satisfaction from firing Obama and his lackeys in the Senate in November. I do hope the Double Douche and the Pitzer Putz are around then, I do so want to laugh in their faces. The four year nightmare is almost over. Hang in there.

Rick Ballard

"Hell hath no apathy like youthful voters scorned."


Very true. It will make for a rather spectacular dynamic when contrasted with the steely resolve of those spending their evenings oiling Colts as they reflect upon the truth of Matthew 5:9.

joe spineless

" . In a place like Sanford, or ChiTown, NYC, Phoenix-etc, "

It's working out well in Chicago, murders are only up 40% this year. "Hello police, there is a druggie looking in my neighbors Windows. Oh, you'll be here in 30 minutes, great. BANG! BANG!"

Beasts of England

It's a sunriser somewhere. The Beast stayed out all night long on the lake. God bless America.

@Ignatz. The answer is yes, but you're too polite to ask..,

Beasts of England in five voters was black four years ago.

Syntax alert.

Beasts of England

@GMax - Handy skill, I'm sure. Does it create wealth?

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