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December 01, 2012



DoT...methinks you are hoping for a cut from Jane...:)


Danube, You and TK have had many go rounds. I have seen both of you be completely honorable to each other, when I doubt I would have been. I understand where you are coming from. But TK certainly does not mean any harm to this Blog.


That is the agreement I have had with JMH, JerryRigged. She asked me to keep the quote concise and post a link, so as not to clutter the site.

Some feel the need to respond, even though I did not ask them, in a very nasty fashion, making the site look like a clearinghouse for drunken sailors.

I will try to remain above that. If the quotes are too long, please let me know.

Spending cuts first!--jimmyk

Hello Mrs Presidente!

It's like conservation of beautiful first ladies--Carla Bruni is out, Angelica Rivera is in. Of course, Ann Romney would have been better.


Meanwhile back at the ranch, didn't bother to note what date it is on the calendar


Danube of Thought on IPad

Narc, I finished it and enjoyed it thoroughly, although I thought Wolfe went a little over the top with the stylized punctuation and sound effects. A lot of laughs.

Did he get the Miami racial stuff right?


Daddy!!!! Almost as if they were separated at birth, 50 years apart. Rodham has never been that beautiful on the outside. But to her defense, she has never been beautiful on the inside either.


I like all the viewpoints...keeps it interesting...

...besides, just because you are asked to stop something does not mean you should. I do like the idea of shorter posts on it...when I am on my Kindle fire, that is a lot of scrolling sometimes!! lol

Manuel Transmission

In keeping with the LI post on a resurgent Tea Party, let me pose a question: if a million geezer and geezerettes marched on Washington and they happened to be carrying (unloaded) M-4 style 'body art' along with a half dozen 30 round clips, do you think that would get the attention of anyone? AFAIK long guns are legal there and they would be in a 'safe' condition.

Nearly straddling the EST witching hour, so HB Clarice, Mrs. Run, and HA to frau.


There are some aspects he got right, but you have to realize that his guide, to the city, was a reporter with a Spitzer or a Charlie Sheen problem, and a sizable chip on his shoulder,

She is not acquainted with spellcheck, apparently;



Wish these sore winners would just leave Romney alone already!

Just reading the name of that link reminded me of a column I read in Sports Illustrated almost 20 years ago about how golf pro Greg Norman was coping with a string of major tournament losses:

The most tragic figure in sports today is the luckless golfer Greg Norman, who has now lost more majors than Colonel Klink. His second-place finish to Corey Pavin at last month's U.S. Open means he's now on the brink of an infamous achievement: If he's the runner-up at the British Open in two weeks, Norman will have finished second twice in every major, thereby completing the dreaded double Silver Slam. We decided to drop in on him and his wife, Laura, at their house on Jupiter Island, Fla., to see how they are coping with such abject failure.

Greg: I'm not sure I can go on, honey. This one might have completely defeated me. More of the Dom?

Laura: '85?

Greg: '82.

Laura: Lovely. And to think you told the press at Shinnecock that you wouldn't lose a minute's sleep over it.

Greg: To reveal my true sense of inner despair would be devastating. How can I let them know how shattered I am to receive yet another humiliating second-place paycheck? I almost refused the $207,000, I really did. Any more beluga?

Laura: Certainly. And you know, what's so sad is that people think all the money you've won heals the wounds. As though nearly $9 million in worldwide career winnings and 67 victories in 13 countries can somehow repair your shattered self-esteem.

Greg: Do they think mere vaults full of cash can fill up the emptiness within me? Shall we take a Ferrari or a Bentley to the polo match this afternoon?

Laura: Depends. Which Ferrari? We have seven now, sweetheart.

Greg: The Dino CT's back? Splendid. Not that it brings me any joy.



That Cologne City Hall is such a beautiful building. If I recall correctly, just out the door and to the left is the hugh excavation of the ancient Roman Forum, which is always cool to prowl around.

About a month back I arrived in Cologne with a guy who had never been there before. We got in the elevator at the hotel, and since we were both on high floors, I told him to stare at the glass back wall of the elevator. On the ground floor all you can see is concrete, but after about floor 3 suddenly you're above a low roof and then the Cathedral (only blocks away) and the old city are spread out in front of you as you continue elevating upwards. It's a feast for the eyes that automatically makes you go "WOW!"

Sort of like Mrs Presidente!

Ralph L

I'm tempted to write Governor Romney a letter to tell him how much his candidacy meant to me
Do so. You don't have to mail it.
Speaking of Romney, what's happened to Sara?

Get some exercise, Jane. Release the endorphins!


I did not know I was asked to stop posting links and quotes, Rich.

I have been asked to not turn a thread into a "birther thread" and I have done my best to respect that wish. I had a tough time, personally, laying on the deck while the non-rude member of this site kicked and stomped me even though my only provacation was posting a link.

My reaction to the beating must be the rudeness you are seeing. We know who gets the flag when the refs catch you fighting on the gridiron, so I should have expected the same on this football blog.

I will continue to post links and quotes that I find interesing if I continue to frequent this site.

Do you want me to leave, Rich? I will if it bothers you that much.


Bill Clinton slipped and fell at Greg Normans' house and needed knee surgery,
I wonder if he was jogging with a HOODIE on.


In light of this, the obvious questions is why do they speaking to this twit;



Poor Nebraska. The got...ehehehehehehheehe.



Since my parents brought me to this country, on this date, many years ago,

Happy welcome to America date Narciso. We are lucky to have you whether you're allowed to be President or not. But if you this gal

as your Mrs President, I'd vote for you even if it is illegal.


making the site look like a clearinghouse for drunken sailors.

I resemble that remark.


Hell Daddy, we drink far less than the AOS crowd.


LOL Daddy!


Ditto, daddy, she's llooks a little like Caterina Sforza, a name you must have come across in your reading of the Hibbert book, on the Borgias,some dubbed her the Tigress of Forli,


I wonder if he was jogging with a HOODIE on.

Gus, They buried the truth at Wounded Knee.

Danube of Thought on IPad

What I wonder is this: does the guy continue to post links to birther stuff because he thinks people want to read it, or because he actually thinks someone will find it persuasive?

I also wonder whether he ever ponders the question of why none of the great living legal minds shares his view. Not one. Many conservative legal scholars; not a single one supports what he is saying. Wouldn't that give one pause? Apparently not. He continues to rely on Leo Donofrio, Larry Klayman and Orly Taitz, and the horribly distorted interpretations they have given to 19th Century court decisions. Why is there not a single law review article supporting his position? He seems perfectly untroubled by that inconvenient fact.

If you were a layman seeking to inquire about a question concerning, say, heart surgery, wouldn't you want to consider the views of a number of sources? Would you really confine yourself to crackpots? Why? Why does the man show no interest in the views of a Judge Alsup, or the Indiana Court of Appeal? Why is he predisposed to reject whatever they say in favor of what some certifiable screwballs say?

I just can't understand it. But I will respond, each and every time, as long as he insists on doing this.




What is in the worn out sports cliche stylebook for the beating Nebraska took? 70-31.


I didn't ask you to leave. Surely you have other topics of interest, but post what you will.


Caterina Sforza, a name you must have come across


I initially thought you were talking about the beautiful mistress of the Borgia Pope, but a look at wiki reminded me now of who she was. Interesting how some of these things tie together.

Earlier when Frau mentioned getting married at a former Premonstratensian abbey, I looked up Premonstratensian as I'd never heard of it. I find out it was an order started by Saint Norbert somebody in 1120, but then I see he was good friends with Bernard of Clairvaux, and that falls into place with books I read last year on the History of the Abbey at Cluny and the torture and execution of another Priest in Langedoc. Suddenly Frau's Marriage place somewhat comes alive. Fascinating.


Rich, it's called a "drubbing". I enjoyed every minute of it. No offense to Nebraska, but the better man won.


JerryRigged, is this example short enough, too short, or too long?

It is today routinely believed that under the Citi­zenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, mere birth on U.S. soil is sufficient to obtain U.S. citizen­ship. However strong this commonly believed inter­pretation might appear, it is incompatible not only with the text of the Citizenship Clause (particularly as informed by the debate surrounding its adoption), but also with the political theory of the American Founding.

It is time for Congress to reassert its plenary authority and make clear, by resolution, its view that the "subject to the jurisdiction" phrase of the Citizen­ship Clause has meaning of fundamental importance to the naturalization policy of the nation.

The Original Understanding of the Citizenship Clause...


Written by:



Daddy. Were you aware that the GREEN BAY PACKERS, training camp, is held at SAINT NORBERT COLLEGE, in.......DePere Wisconsin!!

1 degree of separation.


Rich, Thank you.


If Grover Cleveland and this dreamboat, Mrs Presidente
had a baby in Palau, would the child be a NBC?


I knew it not Gus.

Frau, What kind of beer did Saint Norbert drink?


Is that you DADDY or is that IGNATZ????


great question daddy. crap.

And it is the official birthday for Clarice and Mrs. Hit-and-Run!

Ralph L

Clinton was corridor creeping at Norman's.
But I will respond, each and every time
Must you? If everyone ignored his evil NBC posts for a while, he might move on to other subjects. How about a daily "You're full of it, TK" if you must?

Danube of Thought on IPad

Remembering the numbers the sainted Tom Osborne used to put up against hapless opponents, I am hard put to take offense at Wisconsin lighting the Huskers up like Space Invaders for a cool 70.


Danube, did you watch the game?? Wisconsin taught Nebraska, the meaning of the word RESPECT.
Of course I am a Badger fan, but Nebraska, got EXACTLY what they required.

They were chippy and never said Uncle.
So sad for them.


Gus, I am doing this in honor of the swearing in of the New President of Mexico and his lovely new First Lady.

I am sick and tired of Republican's being called anti-Mexican, so I am engaging in a South of the Border outreach, and I am saddened that apparently only I care enough to demonstrate my Compassionate Conservatism for Mexicans by posting pics of their new First lady. If anyone else cares to join me, there are some great bikini shots of her back when she was a TV Star, but personally I think it's hard to beat her simply as a redhead:

Viva La Mrs Presidente!


Happy birthday, Clarice! Happy birthday, Mrs. Hit and Run! Tops of the morning to you.


Daddy, if Mrs Caliente, swims the Rio Grande to "freedom". I'll be there with a towel for her. But NOT FOOD STAMPS.




Yes, I'm awful.


Ralph, do you want me to not post stuff like this?

when Congress passed as a companion to the Fourteenth Amendment the Expatriation Act of 1868, which provided simply that "the right of expatriation is a natural and inherent right of all people, indispensable to the enjoyment of the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happi­ness," it necessarily rejected the feudal birthright citizenship doctrine of medieval England as fun­damentally incompatible with the principles of the Declaration of Independence. As Representa­tive Woodward of Pennsylvania noted on the floor of the House of Representatives: "It is high time that feudalism were driven from our shores and eliminated from our law, and now is the time to declare it."[35]

Such remnants of feudalism were rejected by our nation's Founders when they declared to a candid world that they no longer owed allegiance to the king of their birth. They were rejected again by the Congress in 1866 and by the nation when it ratified the Fourteenth Amendment.


Written by:

And, if we adopt the "you are full of it" policy, would I be full of it or would conservative Constitutional scholar John Eastman be the one who is full of it?




We seem to be discussing my posting style and not the content. If anybody wants to discuss the content we can move to a "dead" thread and continue.


Well...,almost anybody.


TK, I am not debating nor discussing your STYLE. I believe that I completely understand the nature of your PASSION and DRIVE. And in truth, by and large, I agree with you. However, Danube and others, believe that, whether you are right/correct of wrong, that your, MISSION, and/or your CAUSE/FIGHT, cannot be won. At least as our SOCIETY and JUDICIARY exists RIGHT NOW.

Frau Ich moecht' zu Fuss nach Koelle jonn.

daddy, if it wasn't Kölsch, Norbert was missing out. You asked once about a favorite beer. Need you have asked? Our son in the Seattle area has never had real Kölsch but says Alaskan Summer is his favorite U.S. beer.

In redoing the area around the city hall, the remains of a Roman heating system were discovered and left exposed for viewing. Did you see that, too?

You've probably read the origin of Cologne's name:

In 50 AD, Agrippina the Younger, wife of the Emperor Claudius, who was born in Cologne, asked for her home village to be raised to the status of a colonia — a city under Roman law. It was called Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensis (a "colony of Claudius and the altar of Agrippina"), or Colonia Agrippina, "the Colony of Agrippina".

Frau Ich moecht' zu Fuss nach Koelle jonn.

TK, I was successful with my hazelnut vs filbert fight. Fight on!

My dual citizenship fight, however, is doomed, I'm afraid.
Night, all.


Good night Frau.


Good night Frau.

Gus, the notion that I have thought this to be winable in the last two plus years is a strawman that was foisted upon me by DoT. I have numerously posted "advantage Danube" links showing cases that did not go the favor of my belief. Strangly I am never attacked when I do that.

I do not think this will ever go my way in any court in the United States. Period.

But it is more fun to compare me to Orly Taitz than it is read what I write.


That last post was just sloppy enough to tell me i need to go to bed.



See you soon TK.


Our son in the Seattle area has never had real Kölsch

And here all this time Frau I thought you and Mister Frau were great parents:( Child abusers!

I do love prowling that city Frau. Marvelous Roman ruins everywhere.

Nighty night.


It's Sunday morning and the coffee is fresh. That means, it's Clarice's Pieces time.

one typo. It should be G20 not G2.

I wonder how much this reflects on the "national condition of the United States" and how much on the incompetency and arrogance of the president.

I agree with this take on the article. I read the Spengler article and am having some difficulty believing that that sort of trade pact will amount to much. In short, I don't see how China will be able to continue its export lead development policies with the rest of Asia running trade deficits.

On the other hand, perhaps our best chance of staying alive, in addition to cutting spending on entitlement programs, is to bring in more highly skilled, talented people not yet poisoned by the Western world's descent into darkness and ignorance.

The problem I have with this is that these high skilled people go to US colleges. Also, not to go nativist, colleges can recruit and charge double or triple freight for foreign students-things they can't do with American students. Wouldn't it be better to, I don't know, let Americans fill those tech jobs, surely there is some work that Americans can and will do.


Happy Birthday, Clarice!

And Daddy, tku so much for the wonderful travelog. I love it, a flying St. Jane's island for us!


yikes! The prez said this: "unacceptable for some Republicans in Congress to hold middle class tax cuts hostage simply because they refuse to let tax rates go up on the wealthiest Americans."

Calling his negotiating partners "hostage takers". It's all about the art of the deal I suppose.

and this was his offer: which included $1.6 trillion in tax increases over the next 10 years, $50 billion in new stimulus spending, $400 billion in unspecified Medicare cuts, and a measure to effectively end Congress's ability to vote on the debt limit.

Humm...$160 billion in new taxes, but those on high earners is less than half that. More corporate taxes or defining the rich down to something less than 250k? And the doc fix in Medicare should put the lie to "unspecified, future cuts".


and how about this for some smart diplomacy.

Iran has some folks takin' in the sights at the North Korean launchpad. The administration says their sanctions plan is working.


Happy Birthday, Clarice!
May you have many, many more!
Your "Pieces" was excellent this morning.
IMO, the marriage tax penalty is a disgrace to our nation.


DoT asserts: ``Republican math: Obama created more debt than all the other presidents combined.''
For once we agree. That is indeed typical Republican math because we can say exactly the same thing about Saint Ronald Reagan and, indeed, his less amiable but nearly as duncy acolyte George W. Bush. They all created more debt that all the other presidents combined. DoT's smart enough to figure that out, but lacks the integrity to prevent himself from pretending that he isn't.
DoT's other assertion also reflects Republican math. He writes: ``In a mere six weeks, Chico Escuela has lifted his batting average from .122 to .206. This is the fastest increase in batting average since Babe Ruth.''
But of course, a .206 isn't a successful performance, so no parallel, given the U.S. economy performed extremely successfully in the Clinton years and through much of the 1960s and early 1970s.

From the Investors Business Daily article:
``From fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2012, the deficit shrank 3.1 percentage points, from 10.1% to 7.0% of GDP.
``Other occasions when the federal deficit contracted by much more than 1 percentage point a year have coincided with recession. Some examples include 1937, 1960 and 1969.
``That's just a bit faster than the 3.0 percentage point deficit improvement from 1995 to '98, but at that point, the economy had everything going for it.''

The data are in: Obama's among the most fiscally conservative presidents we've ever had. That, more than anything, is why the economy is taking so much longer to fully bounce back. Though it's not like Obama really has a choice: he understands the fiscal overhang looms large and will, long-term damp growth for generations.
But as the most pragmatic president of our lifetimes, Obama is charting a middle course to maintain systemic stability and float parts of the economy until the global waves, eg Europe's fiscal crisis, Japan's doldroms, China's slowdown, subside.


Happy Birthday, Clarice!! Lots of love to you!


Where the leftist propaganda spreaders get their garbage.



Thanks all. Rich, I'll notify the editors of the typo.

As for the STEM grads we really do't turn out the best of them in numbers that we really need. To get around the H number difficulties some high tech ops set up satellite offices abroad.


Heading back to bed.Later.

Jane - Mock the Media!

HB Clarice and Ms Hit!

This should be everywhere:

A Warm Thank You

To the Editor:

This 50-something, white, conservative Republican wishes to thank America’s youth for sacrificing their financial futures and standard of living so that boomers, such as my wife and I, can look forward to a long and comfy retirement, which we could easily have afforded on our own. Now we have the youth as our guarantors and providers of a little something extra.

As reported by the national exit poll conducted by Edison Research, Americans aged 18 to 29 voted 60% to 36% for Barack Obama. Prior to Obama’s re-election, I believed that it was morally wrong for my generation to pass a crushing national debt on to the next one.

The debt will top $20 trillion before Obama moves out of the White House, and it will include spiraling retirement-related costs that the administration has shown zero interest in bringing under control, largely driven by baby boomers piling into the Social Security and Medicare systems.

With the president’s electoral crushing of Mitt Romney, my overriding sense of morality and guilt have vanished. Thank you, kids!

Edwin D. Schindler

Woodbury, N.Y.

Jane - Mock the Media!

The data are in:

Once again, bubu's brilliance on full display.


HB Clarice and Mrs Hit!


and Happy Birthday, Mrs. Hit!


Thanks Jane. Though brilliance is a wild overstatment. In a land of midgets...


In a land of midgets... bubu is still the village idiot.


Happy birthday, Clarice, your piece's today is sobering, as is Steyn, who adopts a slightly absurd take, on the subject;



You guys are missing the obvious. Mrs Presidente looks very much like a Mexican Sarah Palin, especially around the eyes. Someone photoshop some Sarah-style frames on Angelica - it would be a hoot.

Happy birthday to Clarice and Mrs. Hit!


Also sobering, small business owners have no confidence in Obama. The great American job machine is stuck in reverse.

Melinda Romanoff on Kindle

Happy birthday, Clarice.

Thank you for the great Pieces, today.

FYI: Zero Hedge is a group blot where most of the contributors use the posting handle of Tyler Durden to avoid regulatory scrutiny and punishment associated with posting anything on line. They look to share most of the conventional wisdom from the trading desks, interspersed with some of the fringe theories, i.e.-Peak Oil, Randian Thought, and some Truther malarkey. Wheat and chaff, just needs to be sorted.


Good morning. Happy Birthday to Clarice and Mrs. Hit - may you have a wonderful day and year ahead.

Have my coffee and read Pieces, a lovely start to every Sunday morning. Clarice has some interesting commenters at Pieces too. Always thought provoking to read those as well.


Thanks Mel, I had wondered how that Durden guy turned out so many articles so fast.


Yes, there's always a touch of crazy and sometimes more than a touch, but as henry pointed out, entrail reading, what was the fancy
latin term, is the only reliable guide.


con brio, Happy Birthday, Clarice!


Satire is dead, and she clubbed it mercilessly;


what was the fancy latin term

ymay overcrafthay isay ullfay ofay ellsay.

Note, I got a D in Latin.

hit and run

Happy Birthday Clarice!

Thanks to all who have sent birthday greetings to the young and youthful love of my life. We are in between internet providers, so I am planning on aggregating them tomorrow and forawarding them to her when at work. Doing so on the blackberry not so easy.

She will get a great kick out of them.

I am doing my best to get her to sleep until noon today. Shhhhhh is the word around here for now.


That's in Hungarian, henry, I was referring to Katherine Parker's pathetic offering,


There's so much chum in my fishwrap, it might as well be full of eels, but this takes the cake;


This may have been said. Tyler Durden is Brad Pitt's character from Fight Club



Who is Ed Norton's alter ego, so he doesn't actually exist?


Wow narciso. That nitwit in your fish wrap doesn't know that Lincoln's post-war "begin to heal" consisted of going to a play... is he trying to eliminate the current president?


Read the byline, and you'll do a Picard level facepalm, henry, but he is credentialed, so he must be listened to,

NJ Jan

Belated Happy Anniversary Frau!
Happy Birthday Clarice and thank you for your gift of Clarice's Pieces each Sunday morning.
Happy Birthday to Mrs Hit and Run -- if Mr. Hit & Run is half as entertaining and fun in "real life" as he is on JOM, I know you will have a fun day and certainly an interesting life!

Daddy, I thoroughly enjoy your Alaska and travel posts. I learn a lot and have fun at the same time.

Yesterday was my granddaughter's 1st birthday and my younger, "Texas" daughter surprised us all when she showed up at the party. What a happy day.


Ah, Clarice, bless your birthdate and all the years from then to now. Many more!


How fun, NJ Jan.

Rick Ballard

Happy Birthday Clarice and Claire.


Happy birthday, Claire,

Melinda Romanoff

Happy birthday, Mrs. Hit and Run!


And happy birthday, to you too, Hit,


Captain Hate

On FNS, Geithner and Boehner were interviewed. Turbo Timmay was playing some real semantic games with the concept of spending cuts, particularly with the concept of the "savings" of ending two wars with nothing said about the Libyan adventure that the JEF initiated with no congressional input. Boehner seemed particularly obdurate that there will be a resolution to long term spending one way or another.

Not much to report on the panel yammerings (I need to hear Ed Rollins and Evan Bayh like I need a third nut) other than Kristol pointing out how the Middle East is in the worst shape he can remember thanks to the JEF's projection of American weakness which is being noticed by all.

HB Clarice and Mrs Hit.


Yes, if Rollins is the answer, one has to ask what the question is, Bayh, he voted against Condi, for Secretary of State, I wonder that was all, sarc,

Captain Hate

I don't know if anybody linked this WSJ interview with Harvey Mansfield yesterday but it almost by itself justifies my continued subscription (I assume it's not behind the firewall because it was linked @ AoS) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323751104578149292503121124.html?mod=wsj_share_tweet


Yes, Danube did yesterday, one of the few gentlemen and scholars left in Cambridge left in the social sciences, the other was the late James Q. Wilson, previously it was Richard Pipes, who had a very insightful profile of pre revolutionary Russiam

Danube of Thought

Happy birthday to Claire and Clarice.

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