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December 04, 2013



This is what they were doing when they didn't have the site fixed, let Volodya steal his lunch money on Syria.


"Hi, I'm (insert talk show host name here) and I'm here to tell you about the opportunity of a lifetime. Your own Trillion dollar coin! Yes! One. Trillion. Dollars.

For a limited time the United States Mint has authorized the production of one ounce coins minted from the country's unobtanium stockpile.

For further information call my good friends at Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe at 1-800-Satan Lives.

Help fund Obamacare and free stuff for everyone by calling now or on line at www.healthcarefiasco.gov

The first 50 successful registrants will receive a free audit by the Internal revenue Service valued at $2,000!"


Since we're talking absurd;


Old Lurker

But Matt, on the other channel the actor promises that if I buy enough coins, he will give me a safe to keep them in. Will you match that offer?


Meanwhile Carlos Slim notes the Syrian matter is causing some headwinds in the 'AQ is on the run' meme.

Jack is Back!

I gave mine away today at the Salvation Army kettle in from the local Publix. By the time I realized what I had done the guy was half-way to Fiji on a NetJet.

Jack is Back!

I have to cross-post this because its family:)

Tomorrow we celebrate Sinterklaas where Frederick will leave some oranges in his shoe and some milk and cookies on the hearth for the Old Bishop and his pal Zwarte Peet and the Kleine Peets in the hopes of some neat new things:

[Some of] My nephews and nieces in Belgium - Obviously a bunch of little rascists:)


--But Matt, on the other channel the actor promises that if I buy enough coins, he will give me a safe to keep them in. Will you match that offer?--

You mean the Nigerians haven't asked you to help them out with the $1T coin their aunt left them when she croaked?
They're not even asking for one thin dime in return, just your name, address and SSN.
You can use my email address and I'll go have halvsies with ya, OL.


What's the world coming to;



evening all

Dave (in MA) (WTF Typepad)

From the Boston Herald article: "When asked if she sees a clash looming between Hillary Clinton's centrist wing of the party vs her liberal branch, Warren dodged any mention of the former U.S. Secretary of State."



yeah, the fake cherokee trying to scalp the front runner!


William Devane is already under contract.

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Of course. The midpoint between Lenin and Mao is accurately described as centrist. Fauxcahontas and the Red Witch have very different visions for the collective with the Red Witch taking a moderate review regarding who will be sent to the gulags.


Centrist?-- heh

The Herald is right about one thing, 2015-2016 is the deathmatch between the Dem Alinskys and Clintonistas.


Ok, getting caught up after a long day of meetings. I will commit the offense of commenting on a topic from the previous thread. Iggy @11:50am:
Turley is the guy you don't want giving your son a ride in his car; with Toobin it's your daughter.

Was Turley in some kind of scandal? I know Toobin's story.

Jane: Have Noonan and Turley only fallen off the wagon because he has been so unsuccessful?

Turley, being a lib Dem, has done a much greater service than Noonan. Noonan is just trying to pretend that she was never on Barry's side, but should never be forgiven for her support. Turley, on the other hand, was the most powerful voice in the hearing yesterday precisely because he's a lib and (former?) Obama supporter.

Miss Marple

I think it quite interesting that we have no one being touted as a candidate except Hillary. Why is that?

Cuomo, Warner, Bayh, Dean, and a bunch of others are really quiet.

And no one seems to be going to Iowa.

So, either Hillary is the designated candidate and everyone else has been told to forget it, or she is a stalking horse for someone else.

Who would that be?


Miss Marple-- if HildaBeast runs the Cuomo, Bayh, O'Malleys won't run, period. Her challengers would come from the Left, Dean, Fauxcohontas, whomever Barry designates.

Beasts of England

Damn you Thai pad!

Beasts of England

Seignorage only occurs when we accept the stated value of the currency and it is useful as tender or redemption.

Trillion dollar coin? I'll give you $5,000...


-Was Turley in some kind of scandal?--

Also from the last thread in response to CH's well taken point I was being unfair;

It was based solely on appearances of course and I could be way off base; so don't say I'm not fair.
For all I know it's exactly the opposite. :)


With the polling as it is, how long before they start calling Hillary a conservative Democrat? Before the end of the year is my guess.

Miss Marple

One other challenger from theLeft NK.

Michelle Obama.

I know I sound like a tin-foil crank, but I do not think Valerie is ready to leave, and Michelle would attract the LIV's.

They are not above doing this. Any objection would be attacked as racist/sexist.


It was based solely on appearances

Impressive powers of perception re Toobin, then. I guess I was thrown off by CH's "Turley is a smart guy who fell in with the wrong crowd." But I will reiterate that I have some gratitude and even respect for Turley, but none for Peggy and certainly none for Toobin.


--...or she is a stalking horse for someone else.

Who would that be?--

Hillary will never be prescient.

Some Guy

2015-2016 is the deathmatch between the Dem Alinskys and Clintonistas.

Let's hope it is one of those murder/suicide outcomes.


--...how long before they start calling Hillary a conservative Democrat?--

Hillary will never be precedent.


And Michelle will never run for anything.


she might run for a food truck...

I saw the headline on Drudge that the temperature was minus 40 and my first thought was Celsius or Fahrenheit...


Barry appoints Moochelle to run against HildaBeast? hey he's dumb enough and self-loving enough to do that. That would be great as far as I'm concerned, it would give us a conservative Repub POTUS.



I see what you did there young man.


Tis the season to.....
watch Leon Redbone sing Frosty the Snowman, with an assist from Dr John.


Well as I was saying, he's been occasionally
right, although he went into the Gitmo swamps back in the latter 00s.

So the Syrian brouhaha has a certain rhyming quality with Afghanistan thirty years ago, now they seem to be having talks with a Saudi educated Syrian cleric, with a yen for theocracy, then, a Saudi educated Afghan cleric with a yen for theocracy, he along with Hekmatuar brought the bulk of the foreign fighterz


I saw Leon at The Roxy on Sunset in 1978. There were a number of patrons in the audience dressed like him. I feared I had walked in on a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Weird cat, Leon.

Danube on iPad

I saw a piece by a guy yesterday in which explored the stunning ignorance of Yglesias in great depth. Also shredded his skills as a writer.

Danube on iPad

The radioactive material in Mexico has been found.


I think I posted it,


it was mildly entertaining, to gauge his lack of knowledge, when he was at the Atlantic, we're talking James Cameron,

BB Key

I had a Redbone Coon Hound . My brother named him Leon .


Who gives a damn that "Martin Bashir" resigned from MSNBC?

I've seen that headline in at least four places today. Who cares? Libs?

The disgusting wimps should have kept him on. Surely they cheered his comments.


George Neumayer with a postmortem on the California Republican party and a description of the prime suspect in the killing. Hint; his first language is Austrian.


I've never bothered to read Yglesias, although I was fascinated by his duet with Willie Nelson.


Frankly, Jeff, doesn't that undermine the whole deal;



I think ValJar should run.

Where was it found Dot?


One mile from the site of the container, so the Horde informs me;


we might have found a replacement for Bashir;



MarkO brings it again!


Too much is said of Yglesias, already, Taranto does a yeoman job of pointing out the insanity;

Charles Ornstein of ProPublica.org watched "a glowing news conference" Sunday, and on Monday "decided to log . . . and take the Web site for a test drive." It wasn't going anywhere: Ornstein experienced "long delays loading pages, an endless circle of tasks (some already completed) and ultimately an error message." He supplies screen shots and a transcript of a live-chat help session that goes on for nine minutes before a customer-service rep called "Kassie" tells him to try back later. When he does, "I couldn't even log on."

Beasts of England

Way too classy, Ig.



Taranto also points out how the vulnerables democrats like Begich and Landrieu, are trapped by the law, unwilling to challenge it, or their party, or as I would have put it, the explosive collars in the Running Man,

Danube on iPad

Didn't read the whole article, Jane. It wasstill in its container, notfar from the stolen truck.

The indispensable Noemie Emery gets it exactly right:

"By threatening their lives as well as their budgets, Obama has created a huge class of losers, who statistically overrun the small class of winners and outweigh them in savvy, no doubt. 'A significant minority of losers or self-perceived losers and a few high profile bad outcomes are more than enough to cause real political problems,' as Kaiser Foundation head honcho Drew Altman informs us. They’re not a minority, and they have, and they will.

"As National Journal's James Oliphant tells us, the plan will insure about 25 million, about half of the number serviced by Medicare, at the expense of almost everyone else in the country, who stand to lose something — in anxiety, money, or care. Those helped 'represent just a relative handful of people, many of whom sit at the lower end of the political spectrum, and engage little with the political process ... that’s what’s going to make any sort of renewed national sales pitch so difficult. Among the politically active, the damage is done.'

"This is what political unviability looks like. We will have to do something to help the uninsured to get coverage. But it will have to be something else."

The website is just a short-term distraction.


This might fall under questions no one is really asking;


his sponsors paid good money, and he just sits there;


On the last thread someone (I think it was Porch) confirmed those on Fed and State High Risk Plans were being dumped on the Exchanges.

I knew that much - what I am really curious about is what these specific people are finding with their Exchange Options. Can they "afford" them? Are their doctors in network?

The reason this is of interest to me is over the last few months on twitter, I've read a number of pro-ACA tweets asserting those with pre-existing conditions 1) "could not get" pre-ACA insurance and 2) when asked, seemed utterly oblivious to the existence of these subsidized HiRisk plans, much less being aware they were closed down to new customers in March -- by the WH.

Have any reporters tried to find any of these people at all? It is one of the primary goals of ACA to address, after all. plus, it's another 150K-200K people whose insurance is being dropped.


I predict the dem nominee will be Brian Schweitzer, former gov of Montana.

From Wiki: Upon finishing school, Schweitzer worked as an irrigation developer on projects in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. He spent several years working in Libya[9] and Saudi Arabia, and speaks Arabic.[10] He returned to Montana in 1986 to launch a ranching and irrigation business in Whitefish.


Obama, Dems hope minimum wage distraction will take Obamacare heat off

If true, that's pathetic.


Maybe if they weren't making the dollar like confetti, with QE infiniti, rhetorical question


Probably correct Caro; they're gonna need someone who can pump effluent.

And that Arabic will help him out in Benghazi and Afghanistan.


This is (probably) where the WH pro-minimum-wage-hike schtick comes from.

This is another analysis without the spin or subterfuge.

I haven't read through them yet - slow going. Just thought some here might be interested in details behind the latest squirrel.


lol, Iggy. And true.


Noemie's article on Obama's "inverse genius" was first class fabulous.


Someone called for this rock-ribbed Republican?

Hagel announces $1B in Pentagon staff cutbacks, amid budget talks

Beasts of England

Budget talks? We're getting a budget? Novel concept...


[OT]Crossposted for JiB:

JiB, if I were taking my wife to Amsterdam in the Spring, is there a particular place you might recommend to stay?

And, aside from Rembrandhuis and a canal tour, what would you recommend visiting?

Rijksmuseum is sooo big.

We sill be visiting Nijmegen, too, where I worked long ago.

Danube on iPad

Good question, Alice. As a related matter, if they apply on an exchange, are they even asked about any pre-existing conditions? I would guess not.

I did read one story a week or so ago about someone who was dumped from a now-noncompliant state high-risk program and couldn't get an Obamacare policy, but that may have been a website issue.


At this point, i'll settle for one that's hinged, there is a quest worthy of Diogenes;



Foreign Policy Magazine is reporting that the Administration is caving in to the Chinese ADZ over the Senkaku Islands. The Solon from Scranton has spoken.

In other news, the RMB Yuan has surpassed the Euro to become the second most used currency in financial transactions globally.

Japan is screwed.


'We really dodged a bullet,' not once but twice,


Here's an article from HotAir regarding Obamacare pricing for someone with a pre-existing condition (although they this person doesn't seem to have been in a high risk pool before):

Binns had been trying to navigate the government’s health care website since October to find affordable insurance for her husband, a 60-year-old who has a pre-existing condition and whose job doesn’t offer coverage.

What she finally found for him Monday carries a premium of more than $400 a month and a $5,000 annual deductible.

“How can I pay this kind of money out?” she asked. “It’s going to take at least a second job and praying that I would make enough on a second job just to pay for this health insurance.” …

“I thought this was going to be the miracle for us,” she said, “and it’s not.”

This $400 a month seems to be for the husband only.



“I thought this was going to be the miracle for us,” she said, “and it’s not.”

I wonder how many people had the idea that they were going to get "free" insurance out of this whole deal. $400/month with a $5K deductible seems pretty reasonable for a 60-year-old, never mind the pre-existing condition.


I had the same thought jimmyk about the cost for the husband. I think many believed they wouldn't pay because it was sold that way (and that suggestion Ignatz made this morning about humans needing to be lead by sloths henceforth).

There are now changing the messaging now:

"The Department of Health and Human Services has crowned a YouTube video entitled “Forget About The Price Tag” as the grand prize winner in a contest meant to encourage young people to sign up for Obamacare." from the Daily Caller

Danube on iPad

"is there a particular place you might recommend to stay?"

The Hotel Pulitzer.


to tell the truth, the best thing would be to cut the Pentagon by 20-25%. It is a paperwork machine as much as anything else. Colonels get coffee for Generals and the whole job in many cases is to keep your program alive at any cost.

In the year 19 and 63 my father's greatest accomplishment was to close out one of his programs on time, successfully, and under budget. It had never been done before. I'm not sure if it has been done since.

As to Obamacare we should do our own ad promising the kids a hot new car of some make and then delivering a clapped out Volvo or something. They would relate better to this kind of pitch. We need Joe Isuzu back for this.

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According to eHealth, coverage ($5K deductible)for a 60yo male in Akron could have been purchased from Anthem in 2013 for $226 versus the Kaiser plan at $418 this year. It's only an 85% increase. Mr. Binns' pre-existing condition would have pushed his premium much higher in 2013 but $418 is obviously no bargain.

Danube on iPad

I agree with Allahpundit:

"The takeaway from all of this, really, isn’t that there’s no limit on the president, it’s that there’s no way of enforcing the limit. You might very well get a bipartisan group of federal judges to agree with Turley that Obama’s over the line. But they can’t issue that ruling without first hearing the case, and the vagaries of the law on standing to sue are such that often there’s no one who’s legally empowered to bring that challenge. The most productive thing that could come out of this hearing, I think, is an effort in Congress to expand standing for challenges to executive power. Two big problems there, though. One: Good luck getting Democrats to go along with it, especially at a moment when O’s power grabs are keeping some of the nastier political backlash to O-Care at bay. By covering his ass, they’re covering their own. Two: Even if the Senate flips next year and O is somehow pressured politically into signing a bill that would constrain his own power (good luck with that too), standing’s not a simple matter of passing a bill. There are constitutional components to it that can’t be changed by statute. You’d need an amendment, and there’s bound to be resistance both in Congress and in the state legislatures to the idea of expanding the Constitution to let private citizens potentially gum up the executive branch with lawsuits by making standing broader."


Thanks for the link, C.R.

$400/mo w $5K deductible doesn't sound great to me, but assuming good network and high % coverage after deductible, it's probably okay, I guess. And given pre-existing condition, it's actually fantastic.

I wonder, though - how were they paying for care w/o insurance that this looks worse for them?

Jack is Back!


Just back from a Christmas Chorale rendition and dinner. Will send you an email but look at the Hotel Europa. World class restaurant.

"she is willing to pay a higher premium, larger deductible and out of pocket cap to provide for the uninsured."
You know, that was pretty much the system we HAD, and I think it worked pretty well. People were uninsured because they were foolish, or because they were truly destitute. If they became very sick, then they went bankrupt, lost everything, and then the rest of their medical bills were paid for by the "higher premium, larger deductible and out of pocket cap" from the rest of us.

Foolishness is probably incurable -- I don't know what else to do about the person who gambles the rent/food money at the track, or drinks it, or puts it up his nose. The best we can do is to arrange things so that they suffer most from the natural consequences of their actions, but realize that those consequences probably can't be limited to them. As for the truly destitute, they are rare enough, and very sick people are rare enough, that we can afford to support a small number of very sick destitute people.

The key to the system we had which more or less worked is that the handouts were not free, and there were strong incentives for everyone who could provide for themselves to do so, leaving the charity for small numbers of people that the rest of us could pretty easily afford.

Jack is Back!

Saw is sbw of course.

Danube on iPad

"the best thing would be to cut the Pentagon by 20-25%."

Where did that number come from? As it is, I believe we're proceeding from ten carriers to seven. Is that a wise move? And of course there's a proposal under consideration to close all the comissaries, which cost chump change. Wise?

How many armored divisions should we have?

"Colonels get coffee for Generals"

No they don't.

"... and the whole job in many cases is to keep your program alive at any cost."

It is true that probably 85% of what goes on in the Pentagon is about buying stuff. It's been that way for many decades. You don't maintain the capability tofight two simultaneous wars without spending money, and it's inevitable that people will argue for the allocation of scarce resources to the programs they believe in.

Beasts of England

And we still receive extraordinary technological spin-offs from our military expenditures.

Captain Hate

Good luck getting Democrats to go along with it, especially at a moment when O’s power grabs are keeping some of the nastier political backlash to O-Care at bay. By covering his ass, they’re covering their own.

He's only deferring the pain. I know that those nitwits don't think in those terms but if they're only looking for short term relief, they'll eventually get just what they deserve.

Danube on iPad

"And we still receive extraordinary technological spin-offs from our military expenditures."

We do indeed, but there's no question that DoD is horribly inefficient, and inherently it must always be so. It is necessarily a monopoly, undisciplined by market competition, and disbursing nothing but other people's money. Dog bites man.


Ace borrowed my Gruber line, re a particularly maladroit response to Mark Pryor by Top Man


The problem is this jackalope, took the Iowa Peace Pledge, and he seems insistent on keeping it, so they cut not only weapon systems, but
troop levels and commisaries, that stinks like
the Fulton Fish Market at noon,


And in a similar light;



Holy Cow. Do you guys ever start the thread on topic? Oh well. Like Maguire gives a shite.

Rob Crawford
It is true that probably 85% of what goes on in the Pentagon is about buying stuff.

Because the Pentagon is the administrative center for the US military. There are no combat formations stationed there, after all.

Jane on Ipad hi there NSA

$400 is less than I pay with a 3k deductible, 65% co-pay with no pre-existing condition. (I think that is what it is - all I know is I've paid about. 11k out of pocket this year under Romneycare.) My monthly premium is $500.

And compared to Obamacare, Romneycare is spectacular - and horrid compared to what I had before.

Jane on Ipad hi there NSA

BTW Peter Schweitzer is about to go on Hannity and say Obama never had a one on one meeting with Sebelius, in 3.5 years.

Rob Crawford

The biggest issue with not reigning in Obama's power-lust is that it makes a civil war more likely. The more power an office has, the more tempting it is to not give it over, or to more blatantly cheat for its acquisition.

Want to combat corruption and keep the US a place where politics is a peaceful pursuit? Then reign in the government.

Keep giving the government power, and at some point someone will decide that much power is worth killing for.


Yet it was a target a dozen years ago, and not by accident, as I learned from Thiessen, the
main target area, was where their Middle East
trackers were located,


Wow, Jane, I should be so far beyond shock at this point, but that is truly shocking...on his signature achievement.


The Gitmo bar, is busy teaching any ally that works with us, like Poland today, that if you provide the resources where a nazgul like Al Nashiri is interrogated, he was the head of AQ's naval division, you will pay a price.

Jane on Ipad hi there NSA


I have never ever thought Obama does anything - ever, any day, any week, any year - except read from a TelePrompTer and be coached on how to pronounce words.


Her staff wrote the 28,000 pages of regulation, that comprise this Fustercluck of viral coding,

Rob Crawford

BTW Peter Schweitzer is about to go on Hannity and say Obama never had a one on one meeting with Sebelius, in 3.5 years.

They're trying to cover his hind quarters. He didn't know, how could he have known, when she never met with him?!


Way OT, but if you enjoy Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, and you should, do try the Oyster Bay. It went really well with a Thai green curry this evening.


As for the Noonan, her brief spite of 'selfawareness' is given due course here;


This thing with "narrow networks" and Obamacare plans -- what happens when someone is on vacation in another state and they get sick or have a heart attack -- is none of that covered?

WonderBoy spent 10 weeks this summer out of the country. He bought a modest 90-day plan specifically designed for college students studying abroad. How is that going to work for rural people where a trip to the nearest WalMart takes them to an area where there are no in-network providers or facilities?

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The Democrat Party may be moving BOzo to nonperson status. Why wouldn't they look at his plan to continue OFA after the WH has been fumigated of his presence as theft of party resources? In fact, why wouldn't the Democrat Party look at his megalomania in the same manner in which you do?

He's a dead albatross to the party and the stench rolling off him and his pathetic "signature" legislation makes him the biggest liability the Democrat Party has ever had.


Well he's made his feelings about rural 'bitter clingers' rather clearly hasn't he, but as we see examine this Jabberwocky, we see it's 'no good for children, animals, or other living things.' which is typical of what his tenure did for Altgeld Gardens,

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