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December 06, 2013

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Jeff Dobbs

Here, have a picture of hit and run jr and a stop sign, taken Tuesday.

As of last night's homework assignment, I now remember how to calculate the area of an octagon.

In our neighborhood we were faced with an opposite kind of problem to the stop sign issue Janet faces..

We're out in the sticks, and there's nothing out there but our neighborhood and an old dairy farm.

We wanted the roads in our neighborhood to be county maintained. So the county came out and inspected the roads. Well, they had to widen each side by eight inches. Then, every resident who had any kind of plants at the curb next to their mail boxes had to remove them. No plants within six feet of the roads.

And finally, the roads were terribly under-signed. Need a few more speed limit signs. Fine, whatever. But then they also insisted on having sign indicating the round-about was coming up with circular arrows, a sign at the round-about showing a median coming up, and on the road leading into the neighborhood as you approach the round-about, a sign warning you to slow down.

They must really work, too -- no one has ever gone careening into the round-about.

We've (fellow male neighbors and I, not mrs hit and run and I) often talked of hacking a few of those signs down because they're blockin' out the scenery and breakin' my mind. But we've really mellowed out in our old age, so no such late night hijinks seem likely at this point.

Old Lurker

AOG, At his age I spent many a night with the Sears catalog back in the day.

A few years later it was sneaking Playboy Mags.

These days I do the same with the Grainger annual massive catalog of building things and tools.

Circle of life or what?

:-)

Porchlight

Do not ever compare Amazon to iTunes. iTunes is just a few steps above malware.

Old Lurker

Rich, I was not thinking of Amazon, I was talking about those guys the FAA shut down who were spotting feral pigs for hunters...

Hit, do you remember that "Letter to The Editor" a few years ago (allegedly) from some lady who wanted the county to move the "Deer Crossing" sign further up the street from her house so the deer would stay farther from her garden?

boatbuilder

looks like Dana has an imaginary wife with imaginary Obamacare coverage to compliment his imaginary son. A trifecta.

Ignatz

--LOL@12:45. ACA "qualified health plan" policies are not yet in effect...--

LOL, indeed. It's like a proximity fuse.

--We keep telling you guys ACA is stealth 'Medicare for all'.--

Yeah, you keep telling us that but we know better. It's stealth Medicaid for all.
Good luck selling that fright pig to anyone.


--btw the approval was needed for a Cat-scan and under previous guidelines, without EMERGENCY status the $1650 cost would have been denied without prior approval.--

Prior approval is what is known as a cost control because in a non emergency situation the doc has to demonstrate a need for the scan medically.
But Barrycare is going to bend the cost curve down? Right.

Jeff Dobbs

That's right, OL...Heh.

henry needs to write a letter asking that the deer crossing sign is moved closer to him.....

MarkO

Why only Democrats that have dogs? Why not those who love cats? Petless Democrats should be targeted as well.

jimmyk

Prior approval is what is known as a cost control

I always get a chuckle when the single-pay crowd talks about the ratio of administrative costs to expenditures on care, and how low it is with Medicare. As if (a) that ratio can't be made really low by increasing the denominator; and (b) expenditures are equivalent to actual care (doesn't matter how or when it's spent). But I'm sure that's the kind of logic that Barry was using when he called profit "overhead."

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

It's Modern Family Season 3 Episode 4 Door to Door.

Huh? Whatchew talk'n 'bout, gal

Ignatz

--iTunes is just a few steps above malware.--

Yeah, I "upgraded" a few months back only to find the "power search" function, the only thing that made itunes usable, gone.
An email and a call confirmed, "yep it's gone, tough noogies".

Any music I now buy from Amazon. I sometimes wonder if Apple is trying to kill itunes without actually having to wipe their fingerprints off the knife.

Captain Hate

Every time they upgrade iTunes they make it worse.

Jack is Back!

Remember Sid (Viscious) Blumenthal?

Well he is back in the news. Oh, and so is his son Max, who is a real bucket of piss, according to Alan Dershowitz. I hope they nailed these anti-semites tightly to the Clintons for all to see.

rich@gmu

OL-

hummm, maybe it was funnier when was thinking about it...

a politician hunting service...Amazon, 2 Tag Special...

anyway...my brain isn't functioning, finals next week, and this coffee isn't quite working.

Jack is Back!

Apple doesn't write code and scripts for PC very well. All their top software coders are Apple product oriented. So, iTunes for the PC crowd isn't the same as the Apple product crowd from what I can tell.

I have never had a problem with iTunes.

Porchlight

LOL:

"President Obama paid tribute to Mandela in his own special way… with a picture of himself, plus a quote from himself. Little did Nelson Mandela dream that he would be held in a cell where Barack Obama would stand one day." - John Hayward

Jeff Dobbs

Addressing ongoing issues with the Affordable Care Act today, President Obama announced a fix to one of the more troubling technical challenges healthcare.gov has faced.

"We have made significant strides in all areas we are addressing," the President said. "Notably we have what we consider to be a major breakthrough with the glitches we have encountered on the back-end of the system, in what are commonly referred to as 834's." The fix, Obama said, was to "rebrand and rename this back-end process and the forms and data that are generated to 835's." Obama went on to insist to reporters present that they indicate that the fix was completely his idea.

A spokesman from the Health and Human Services department, who was granted anonymity because he was unauthorized to mock the president, agreed saying, "oh, hell yeah, that was all his idea. No one else will touch it with a ten foot pole, but he won't shut up about it."

Ignatz

Speaking of Amazon, I was telling Porch about this kinda hidden little gem of a Holiday movie a while back; It Happened on 5th Avenue. Superb.
Amusingly, it followed another classic, Christmas in Connecticut, with Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet the other day and both received two out of a possible four stars from whoever rates movies for cable and satellite providers.

Whoever it is must have an employment contract with the Helen Keller School.

Captain Hate

I don't see how Rodham can overcome her links to Sid, especially with his drug addled kid going Protocols of the Elders of Zion Revisited. Sid was the brains behind that Vast Right Wing Conspiracy nonsense.

Jack is Back!

Helping to get all of you into the Christmas Spirit:

h/t Don Surber

Porchlight

And let us not forget that MLK appropriated the "bends toward justice" quote from a white guy, which Obama did not know when he attributed it to MLK, which he didn't even bother to do in the Mandela statement.

http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/11/15/arc-of-universe/

Porchlight

Christmas in Connecticut got two stars? Outrageous.

I just ordered both from Amazon. Thanks, Iggy!

Porchlight

Amazon has a photo of Mandela up on their homepage. Sheesh.

anonamom

Here's my take on the jobs numbers.

Employers were happy Ted Cruz stepped up to the plate and closed down the government, and they are delighted at the total disaster
the Obamacare website roll out proved to be---they, like the young people, expect it shall be repealed.

centralcal

Just heard on the radio that Covered California has a big holiday ad campaign this month targeting mothers and grandmothers. What to get your young adult for Christmas? Obamacare!

The insanity in California never ceases to amaze me.

Janet

That 2:20 post wasn't me...it's not anything bad, but it wasn't me.

Porchlight

I thought that one didn't sound like you, Janet..

jimmyk

At the risk of offending lots of people (maybe DoT?) I've been sorely tempted to try to make a comparison between Mandela and Pinochet. I know that Pinochet did some terrible things in the early years, but so did Mandela's ANC. The regime that Mandela helped to end was certainly awful, but Allende's rule had been an utter catastrophe as well, though not based on racial discrimination. The end result of Pinochet's rule was a flourishing capitalist economy, one few relatively stable successes in South America, and a democracy. The end result of Mandela's rule is a crime-ridden impoverished mess, albeit a democratic one. But Mandela has been made into a secular saint, while Pinochet was hounded until he died, and is considered in popular culture to be one notch above Hitler.

I'm not suggesting that Pinochet was the greater man, but it seems to me his treatment compared to Mandela's is totally out of proportion to their actions and achievements. I think a lot of that is explained by the fact that Pinochet implemented capitalism while Mandela set up a redistributionist worker's "paradise."

anonamom

Retired US diplomat on Mandela and ANC:

http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/2013/12/nelson-mandela.html#comment-form

Miss Marple

I have noticed a distinct piece of magical thinking with democrats.

They notice that a president's popularity rises with lower unemployment numbers.

This is true, as long as the unemployment numbers reflect the actual state of the work force. Popularity is dependent on those numbers being real and reflecting how Americans perceive the economy.

If unemployment numbers are faked, however, they will not cause an increase in popularity, because the public is not basing their opinion of the president from what they read in the papers, but from their actual experiences and that of their relative, friends, and neighbors.

Apparently the Obama people think if they can get lower numbers printed in the paper, they will cause his popularity to rise. This is magical thinking and has nothing to do with how the public reacts. Many of them are not reading papers or watching news shows, anyway.

A similar thing is going on with Obamacare. No matter how many fake success stories they print, individual consumers know how their policies have increased in price while giving them less coverage. Those consumers are going to judge Obama by their own experiences, not some fake stuff on the internet or in the media.

Jane

Here's my take on the jobs numbers.


Love it Anonamom!

centralcal

Ace is getting kudos from many on Twitter re: his MacGuffin blog today.

I have to say, he really nailed "it."

Jane

Does anyone believe the numbers out today? Obama has fudged every number that has ever come out. On what basis should we believe this batch?

narciso,

Well the left persecuted Pinochet and lauded
Mandela, regardless of the methods used,

boatbuilder

looks like Dana has an imaginary wife with imaginary Obamacare coverage to compliment his imaginary son. A trifecta.

But then, I have an imaginary life. I get
a cheap, kinky thrill out of being mean to
Dana to ingratiate myself with creeps here.
Daily, I win the trifecta of being a mean,
little creep, a real loser and a fuck'n psycho.

pagar

Affordable Care Act is no more!

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2013/12/06/team-obama-takes-affordable-out-of-latest-obamacare-campaign-n1758790?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm

Danube on iPad

"I'm not suggesting that Pinochet was the greater man..."

By all means, suggest as you like. I've finished with this topic, and my admiration for Mandela is undiminished.

Thomas Collins

Let's assume the numbers aren't fudged. It's an indication of the continuing influence of MSM that this far into the Obama "recovery", Team 404 is successfully spinning the notion that these are good numbers.

peter

blockin' out the scenery and breakin' my mind

I see what you did there, hit, or should I say Five Man Electric

Janet

anonamom's link to DiploMad at 3:46 is a balanced look at Mandela.

(A) nuther Bub

Nelson Mandela rarely missed an opportunity to pillory the West and its policies at the same time he praised the planet's most vicious tyrants. It is therefore astonishing to me to read the adoring and even idolizing comments of many who should know better, and grating to realize that from here forward he will be granted eternal sainthood. Yes, he did have a beautiful smile, which will look great on T-shirts and all the memorabilia soon to emerge. Barack Obama has a beautiful smile too.

clarice

Good point jimmy k.

jimmyk

my admiration for Mandela is undiminished.

Not my point, which was only to compare and contrast, but feel free not to play.

narciso,

Yes, Che is celebrated, Allende is mourned, even though he took the coward's way out, Rather, Brokaw, Bawa Wawa, and their successors
have few if any words of reproach for the Castro Bros. or the Ortegas, et al,

similar sentiments predominate the top echelon of the US Govt from Kerry to Obama to Biden, et al,

jimmyk

It is therefore astonishing to me to read the adoring and even idolizing comments

Some of that is the same phenomenon we see with Obama: A reluctance to criticize a black leader, coupled with a different standard, such as in Diplomad at 3:46: Wow, an African leader who doesn't turn out like Idi Amin! Sort of like Biden's "clean and articulate."

narciso,

The samw attitudes seem to predominate in the attitude toward Islamist radicals, I understand what Zawahiri underwent, which makes him much more dangerous then Bin LAden who was a dilletante,

Danube on iPad

"Team 404 is successfully spinning the notion that these are good numbers"

I'm not sure how successful there spin is. But on Obamacare, spin won't matter: it's going to have a real and adverse impact on many millions of peopl, and they will be immune to spin.

Danube on iPad

"Yes, Che is celebrated..."

Certainly not by me. Certainly not by many of the world leaders who will attend Mandela's funeral.

Extraneus

Excellent @ 3:45, Jimmy. Didn't offend me at all.

clarice

I remember when Sid sued Drudge for slander (Sid had to toss in the towel and ended up having to pay Drudge's costs). He deposed Barbara and Michael Ledeen, believing in his paranoia that they had told Drudge he beat his wife--they hadn't. His lawyer wanted to catch Barbara in a lie I suppose and asked her if she disliked Sid, "I hate him," she responded. End of hat line of questioning.

Janet

That Ace link is wonderful!

Dave (in MA)
AOG, At his age I spent many a night with the Sears catalog back in the day.

A few years later it was sneaking Playboy Mags.

These days I do the same with the Grainger annual massive catalog of building things and tools.

That's disturbing. Liquid Friday lunch, perhaps?

I suppose we should just be happy that it's not other periodicals that are serving this purpose.

Janet

Yes!...he's a hero because he did what he should have done.
the soft bigotry of low expectations.

Porchlight

Certainly not by many of the world leaders who will attend Mandela's funeral.

How many, I wonder? I think quite a lot.

narciso,

I knew of Sid Vicious, as the scourge of the neocons, when they were challenging the myriad idiots, he followed the Marxist analyst so well, he collaborate with Phil Agee on a collection of essays.

SLloyd

bin Laden wasn't a dilettante. That's preposterous. Are you saying that he just toyed at being a murderous terrorist? That he wasn't a dedicated pro? Get real!

Now Obama, there is a decadent dilettante.

MarkO

Ace has a valid theory. There are now many more willing to see that Obama's just not that smart.

He is the tabula rasa on which his followers write their own description. He's the best pick up artist in the bar.

narciso,

I was speaking of background, Zawahiri suffered three years, at the Citadel, the chief fortress
not far from where Obama would speak.

rich@gmu

thanks for the ace link. hadn't thought of that...which is way I suppose I read here and there.

in class...it is raining...it is the last Friday before exams.

glad the semester is almost over.

rich@gmu

in re: the jobs numbers.

apparently they were massaged in the run up to re-election and by being able to massage the participation rate they can make them seem better.

suppose the spin worked a bit even with the un- and under- employment, especially in his target demographic. but going forward, it is similar to the ACA-it affects millions of people and those people can't be spun.

and there appears to be a late start for class, this is ridiculous...maybe get something to eat. just when I want to leave...class begins.

Danube on iPad

Blumenthal...Blumenthal...say, isn't he the fellow who was involved in that wife-beating thing?

And wasn't there a DUI in there somewhere?

Jack is Back!

The interesting or great thing (depending on how much you want Obama to fail) about these job numbers is that there are now more people who will lose their employer provided health care during the runup to the 2014 bi-election. All these new hires are finally off the unemployment benefits feeling good about working and bringing home a paycheck only to be seriously disappointed once again.

I feel for everyone in the work force now not knowing if they can keep their health care insurance, their doctor and their current budget.

He can crow all he wants about stuff he has no contribution to such as energy production and economic activity but 404 Care is his waterloo squared. The only thing we will need is our own "Bute de Lion" to climb and view the venue of devestation after its all over.

rich@gmu

yes, think he is photogenic in his mug shots. classy guy.

AliceH

FYI, about those Electronic Medical Records... CMS announced another year's delay on "Stage 2, meaningful use" criteria.

Seems the only thing these jerks won't waive or delay is cancelling individual insurance policies.

Extraneus

Elizabeth Warren, Socialist Hero, Threatens Her Critics

I saw this earlier, but didn't realize that the critics were libs.

In a sign of the left’s new aggressiveness, a coalition of liberals is trying to marginalize a centrist Democratic policy group that was responsible for a Wall Street Journal op-ed article this week that said economic populism was “disastrous” for the party.

The coalition, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and three other liberal advocacy organizations have urged their members to contact a group of congressional Democrats who are honorary leaders of the centrist group, Third Way. It published the op-ed article on Monday contending that the liberalism of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio of New York City and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would lead Democrats “over the populist cliff.”

The article — written by Jon Cowan, president of Third Way, and Jim Kessler, its senior vice president for policy — criticizes progressives like Ms. Warren and Mr. de Blasio for opposing measures to cut costs to Social Security and Medicare.

The liberal groups’ campaign has already gotten results, the latest indication that the liberal wing of the Democratic Party is ascendant.

Dave (in MA)

Him who speak with forked tongue about Fauxcahontas in heap big trouble.

narciso,

There is no other wing, Red Squaw who is behind the theory undergirding the TARP, Obamacare,
the Consumer Gosplan, leads the way, we though
'you didn't build that' was absurd, it is their m,o, and yet the Top Men doff their hats, and ask for a cup of gruel,

Lloyd

AOG, At his age I spent many a night with the Sears catalog back in the day.
A few years later it was sneaking Playboy Mags.
These days I do the same with the Grainger annual massive catalog of building things and tools.
Circle of life or what?
:-)
Posted by: Old Lurker | December 06, 2013 at 02:07 PM


Who is surprised? Better question, who cares?

rich@gmu

semester coming up to the end...sitting on 2 a's and a b. exams next week. just a heaping serving of awesome.

rich@gmu

fuck off Llyod.

You're welcome.

narciso,

Speaking of useful idiots;


http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/12/john-kerry-getting-to-no-with-the-palestinians/

Old Lurker

:-) Rich

daddy

Let me be the first to urge Congress to allow British Citizens living in Britain to vote in our Presidential Elections.

I say this because it is obvious that the British Media is doing a better job educating their Public about what's going on in this country than our domestic media is doing.

Example A: UK Mail: IRS lawyer at the center of tea-party targeting scandal told Congress 'I don't recall' – a whopping 80 times!

(Plus they'd probably be opposed to Nationalized Health Care.)


Lloyd

semester coming up to the end...sitting on 2 a's and a b. exams next week. just a heaping serving of awesome.

Posted by: rich@gmu | December 06, 2013 at 05:33 PM

Who cares?

Shut up you narcissistic little jackass.

As college students go, you're as boring and tedious and as neurotic and as obnoxious and as creepy as they get.

Jack is Back!

ULINE are wimps compared to Graingers

OL and AOG - Man up!

Threadkiller

Hey, American Citizens have voted twice to make a British Citizen President. Your idea may not be that far fetched, Daddy.

Sorry, that begged for me to make a comment.

Out.

Glasgow Gus

"But Barrycare is going to bend the cost curve down? Right."

But there is no cost for those who suffer kidney damage waiting for the beancounters to get off the sofa. Quick responses are necessary to save lives and prevent further complications with more cost associated.

Of course if the delay results in loss of life, revenues are still safe.

Jack is Back!

Damn. Never knew Beckel lived in Brookmont. I used to date a lady there when i was very young and single and working at the Morgantown power plant for Pepco.

Jack is Back!

Anne,

CVS called and your Prozac is ready for pickup.

daddy

Local Headline reads To promote wind power, US will allow eagle deaths

For years up have we have been discussing a plan to have the huge Cook Inlet Tidal flows generate Electric Power, but the squelcher has always been the Eco folks saying it would be detrimental to the local Beluga population. We have over 100,000 Beluga's in Alaska, so I await the headline saying To promote Tidal Power, US will allow Beluga deaths.

Extraneus

Judge orders Colo. cake maker to serve gay couples despite beliefs

narciso,

Well daddy, the Guardian had a project targeting a particulat county in Ohio, don't encourage them.

narciso,

'they have to take one for the team'

Extraneus

Is the thread Llarwyned?

For shame.

Lloyd

Damn. Never knew Beckel lived in Brookmont. I used to date a lady there when i was very young and single and working at the Morgantown power plant for Pepco.

Posted by: Jack is Back! | December 06, 2013 at 05:54 PM


Who cares, you creepy little loser? You sick freak.

Glasgow Gus

Why do 'christians'(?) like Palin suffer from self-inflicted igorance as though they were in some kind of trance?

Why do they persist in asserting Jesus' B'day is December 25th? The only thing 'holy' about Dec 25 is the is holes such thinking creates in History, and those inconvenient facts which are so irritating to the sappy sentimental.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtRinkNUNuI

Extraneus

Ace continues on the MacGuffin theme...

As I Was Saying Earlier...

jimmyk

the soft bigotry of low expectations.

Yes, though to be fair (not that the left ever is), there is a higher "degree of difficulty" in Africa than in, say, Eastern Europe. But again, that's also true of South America.

Miss Marple

Christmas is the day that the Church decided to commemorate Christ's birth. Almost all Christians understand it was really in the spring, but the particular day doesn't matter, as long as Christ's birth is celebrated.

In England, the Queen's (or King's) birthday is always celebrated in late May or early June, in order for the trooping of the colour to occur with a greater chance of fair weather. This date is used regardless of when the monarch's actual birth date is.

The date in both cases is one of convenience and celebration. Use of December 25 as Christmas does not mean that we Christians are so stupid, nor do we misunderstand history, any more than the British are stupid or misunderstand when Queen Elizabeth was born.

In conclusion, get a life.

Glasgow Gus

I wonder what if there is an extradition treaty between SA and the Netherlands (Hague)?

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/12/nelson-mandela-funeral-george-w-bush-will-attend-mandela-179061.html

daddy

As of last night's homework assignment, I now remember how to calculate the area of an octagon.

Octogons? Who cares about Octogons?

Hexagons is where it's at!

Glasgow Gus

"Christmas is the day that the Church decided to commemorate Christ's birth."

Hmm. I think you meant to say Constantine the Great, but many do say he was the first Pope of Babylon the Great.

Miss Marple

Glasgow Gus,

You just go right ahead with your attitude.

Myself, I am celebrating Christmas, whether you like it or not.

narciso,

Wow, that's really cool, I hadn't known that view of Saturn, before.

Glasgow Gus

Oh, I celebrate Christmas all right, but I recognize that it is a celebration of Heathens and worship of the Sun, not the Son.

Extraneus

From daddy's Daily Mail link:

IRS lawyer at the center of tea-party targeting scandal told Congress 'I don't recall' – a whopping 80 times!

Can we just prosecute this guy in 2017? I'm asking nicely.

Glasgow Gus

http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm

.

daddy

The truth of Mark Twain's quote, example 10,000.

"It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense."

FOX just reported this on TV: Artist sues over Statue of Liberty stamp image:

An embarrassing mistake involving a Statue of Liberty stamp could come back to haunt the U.S. Postal Service.

The "forever" stamp design released in 2011 was not based on the statue in New York Harbor, as intended, but on a replica outside the New York-New York casino hotel in Las Vegas.

Now, the sculptor who made the Lady Liberty of the Las Vegas Strip is suing the government for copyright infringement.

KayyyyRooooo.

Extraneus

Don't mind Cleo, MM. Seriously.

Extraneus

Here's William Wilkins, btw, man of 80 "I don't recalls."

I leave no further comment on the matter.

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