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December 22, 2013

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21_cathy_f_in_tripep@d_prison_98

jk -- you said that the old system has a $5000 limit on flex accounts -- that's not a limit in the law, it is just that some employers limit the amounts. One of the most expensive uses that a large flex account gets used for is for private schools and/or treatments for kids with disabilities. These can run tens of thousands of dollars per year.

Just another little "unexpected" effect where the limits on flex accounts will put pressure of taxpayer-funded treatments from families who could afford to pay their own way with pre-tax dollars, but can't hack it after paying high rates of taxes.

JIB

Well, the Redskins may have found another way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Had the Boys with a 4th and goal to go on their 10yd line, Romo with a bum leg, finds his receiver for the TD. Only a minute to go.

daddy

Just got to Clarice's Piece today and it is absolutely great! Beautiful job.

Then immediately followed that with Alice's link to how to sidestep ObamaCare, which is hugely positive, and then that was followed by JiB's link of the Chicago Tea Party "brand-name, blue ribbon negro organizations".

What a great wake-up, folks! Thanks all, for that.

gabby haze

" suddenly includes ads for something called 'coffee enema kits?'

Happens Every.Damn.Time."

That's too much info, but at least your searches aren't conjuring Ensure or scooters.

Jojo

Matt, we are becoming the socially liberal nation that social liberals, be they fiscal conservatives or Democratic big spenders, envision as the best of all possible worlds.

Did you see this?
Belgium: Senate Panel Approves Measure Allowing Doctors to Euthanize Children

by Steven Ertelt | Brussels, Belgium | LifeNews.com | 11/27/13 11:08 AM

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/11/27/belgium-senate-panel-approves-measure-allowing-doctors-to-euthanize-children/

Breakfasting on Kool-Aid.

'awakening to a greater civility'.

jimmyk

that's not a limit in the law, it is just that some employers limit the amounts.

Hadn't realized that, cathyf. Every employer of mine and of Mrs K had a $5K limit per person on the medical.

A lot of these deductions are nutty, in my view, but eliminating them is still a tax increase if they're not offset by cuts elsewhere.

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

Congrats to Peyton Manning. Love that football baby you are sporting.

51 for now.

maryrose

clarice: Great article, we finally have Obama on the run from his lies.
Jane: For someone like myself who can't drive at night, a longer day suits me just fine. After a deluge of rain here in Ohio today is sunny and bright. Looks like light snow for Christmas so I am a happy camper. Started a new Cookie baking tradition with my two sisters who have faced and conquered medical difficulties this year. I am truly grateful for them and their families.
Rich: Get the degree. Nothing like the pigskin to sell yourself and it shows you are tenacious and willing to go the distance.
Miss Marple: Have a blessed Christmas. I am going to 4:00PM Mass where a former colleague will be singing and playing guitar. I know it will be SRO but I've grown accustomed to big crowds at the holiday masses.

AliceH

One reason Venezuelan car owners may not be fazed by government raising gas prices is that 90% of gas is being purchased on the black market anyway.

Just spitballing there.

maryrose

Steph: Glad you are on the mend. I would love to sample all those goodies you are creating in your kitchen.
Once again I am afraid to ask if the Browns have won their game against the Jets.Oh well,there is always next year.

Beasts of England

Between the divinity, the slab pie, and all the other baking stories; y'all are making me gain weight...

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

Not my searches I've never heard of a coffee enema. Just puzzling why when you show up it gets added to the ad rotation.

Threadkiller

Hi cathyf.

http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2013/12/tolerating-everything-except-intolerance/comments/page/2/?cid=6a00d83451b2aa69e2019b035eaee5970d#comment-form

henry

Well, fracking is reducing fuel prices leading to more freedom from the urbanizers while getting in the face of the sky dragon fabulists. As long as non-gov motors improve fuel economy on full size pickups (as well as econoboxes), & miles driven fall with economic activity -- the OPM flavor known as transportation spending will remain in free fall. The spenders look to higher gas taxes rather than to restructuring Davis Bacon Act redistribution into efficient road repair. The left couldn't raise gas taxes in WI even when they had complete control of the state house & governor. If they want to drop their polls below 30%, a higher gas tax is the ticket.

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

And just EHEN we segue to delicious food I go and ruin it with my ad observations.

Sorry bout that.

I have a cookie recipe that I was gonna try today that calls for lemon cake mix with pudding and cool whip and can't find the cake mix pudding in the lemon flavor it calls for. Anyone know if I can add a box of pudding mix to regular cake mix and cool whip and not produce a mass of goo?

Danube on iPad

So tonight's Bears-Eagles tiff is meaningless.

daddy

God Bless Mark Steyn.

Beasts of England

Here's one line from Cracker Barrel's mea maxima culpa to its customers, via Facebook today:

'You flat out told us we were wrong.'
Danube of Thought

Let us examine exactly what it is that is "alive" before the Alabama Supreme Court. Here are the issues on appeal, as stated by Mr. Klayman in his brief:

1. Whether under the exceptions to the mootness doctrine this case is ripe for review, even though the election about which it revolves is past.

2.Whether the Secretary of State has a duty to investigate a candidate's qualifications when credible evidence and information from an official source has been presented that indicates the candidate may not be qualified for office.

That's it. No issue of whether Obama was eligible, merely whether the Secretary of State had a duty to investigate. (The "official source" referred to by Klayman is an Arizona sheriff who has no official status in Arizona.)

rich@gmu

jimmyk-

>>> It’s that you could mount your opposing argument without insulting people.<<<

the line I wanted to quote. I take it that A&E has climbed down and it will all go away. However, another mob made sure that someone who wrote something intemperate got fired from her job.

rich@gmu

maryrose-

thanks.

Threadkiller

Courts should not be bothered with review of the power of the office of a Secretary of State and how those powers are wielded.

Out of State expert witnesses shouldn't waste the court's time.

matt

After reading both Steyn and Steorts, I'm with Steyn. The Marxist libertines (which by the way is an oxymoron as Marxism has been practiced. Ask a gay Cuban) are advancing their cause very successfully.

The Episcopalians and Velveeta intellects are nodding their heads and agreeing that it is time to trash 3,500 years of the philosophical underpinnings of much of our society. Logic and faith are the enemies.

Christian apologetics takes one leap of faith; that of the belief in a Judeo - Christian God. Otherwise it is very well grounded in logic, metaphysics, and ontology.

And yet today's Left believes, essentially, in nothing. There is a great void that can only be fulfilled with a State in which the law morphs according to the latest whim and to the id.

We are reduced to Buddy Jesus and I'm OK, You're OK when almost every form of perversion can reach right into our children's computer hard drives. How is undertaking a austere moral code in the face of an unprecedented assault on our civil rights wrong?

Just as they want freedom from religion I want freedom from having to withstand the more disgraceful conduct of my fellow human beings.

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

"However, another mob made sure that someone who wrote something intemperate got fired from her job."

And got a quote from her dad calling her a "#!&$@#$g idiot."

And got her groveling at the alter pulling her hair out about how "I'm a liberal and one of you and I care about AIDS eleventy!"

Which reinforced her dad's description of her -just not how he intended as he's evidently a lib, too.

Jane

This is great- As Insty calls it: SADISM FLOWERS ON THE INTERNET: So, Justine Finally Landed. . .

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

"Marxist libertines (which by the way is an oxymoron as Marxism has been practiced. Ask a gay Cuban)"

Any bets the gay Cubans were pro Castro? Marxes Useful Idiots. The gays here could learn a thing or two if they'd get their mouths off the asses' ass.

jimmyk

And of course the media makes a hero out of this kid, "Oy vey" is right. I guess his studies hadn't quite made it to Leviticus 18. What would they do to a kid whose speech actually adhered to the religious view?

http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/the-most-amazing-kids-of-2013-1387314169-slideshow/duncan-mcalpine-sennett-photo-1387490667413.html

Ignatz

It's not at all clear whether oil prices are a causation of or only a correlation with recessions.
What brings about the high oil prices is more likely the cause. Most oil price spikes are also closely associated with general inflation or other commodity inflations independent of supply/demand oil issues.

Danube on iPad

"Courts should not be bothered with review of the power of the office of a Secretary of State and how those powers are wielded."

Of course they should, and this one will do so. But no one should pretend that they are going to rule on Obama's eligibility or the authenticity of his birth certificate. Those questions are not before it.

The applicable state statute does not refer to "witnesses," it refers to "official source." The appellees contend that that means an Alabama official.

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

Ignatz, unless the govt drops a $1 per gallon tax on gas then the proximate cause of the recession is pretty well established. As is the resultant decline in gallons consumed as the marketplace reacts by finding ways to squeeze more into each petrol dollar spent.

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

And don't conflate oil prices with pump prices which include said govt taxes and weigh heavily on oil prices due to said efficiency factors exerted by the marketplace.

matt

Not only will the chemical industry benefit, but all industries downstream from it will as well; plastics, coatings, pharmaceuticals, and on and on.

With many states trying to increase road taxes because of improved fuel economy, I find the whole thing laughable.

And what most of the eejits also forget is that the United States is unique in its need for automotive transportation. The distances and population dispersion is such that the car is the only economical conveyance between most places in the country.

I truly believe a part of the Left's drive to make automobile transportation is to place a ball and chain on the mobility of most Americans. It part of their multi-pronged effort to subjugate us.

DrJ

Matt, FWIW I count plastics, coatings and pharmaceuticals as parts of the chemical industry. Much of semiconductors, too, though here it is a smaller component.

rse

matt-their lit says that cars allow us to stick to ourselves and avoid others. Streetcars supposedly force interaction and a recognition that people are more important than time.

Not making this up. It gets worse too when we get into Illich's vision where equity mandates no speeds more than about 15 miles per hour.

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

Don't forget the mobility limiting factors inherent in obamacare, Matt. It's almost as if they sangria ensure the ambassador tethered tightly to their plantations.

Next up mobility taxes and chattel taxes as you petition the Massa to 'please keep my family together' with IRS enforcement at the barrel of their guns. Tell me again what progress progressives have made?

Threadkiller

Klayman has presented the court with a case they should rule on.

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

Sangria? Ambassador? Autocorrect sure is weird.

Want to

Slaves are

henry

Steph, that was some fine neo-post-modern writing until you turned it into English. ; )

daddy

In my job we are acutely aware of the price of gas so a few years back the company instituted a program to figure out how to operate our aircraft as fuel efficiently as possible (while still remaining SAFE while doing so).

Examples of how to save gas that we've incorporated, are to descend at different speeds than we previously used to, in order to get the most nautical miles flown during descent for the least amount of fuel, and when able weight-wise, to taxi with one engine shut down, prior to takeoff, then cranking it up and having it stabilize for it's 3 minute warm up prior to taking the runway and taking off---tricks like that.

The company also instituted a program where for each particular flight the electronic readouts of the Fuel on board before and after that flight are compared with the predicted fuel burns for that particular flight, so that we have a way of evaluating how we did personally at saving fuel on any particular flight.

I like the program in that it is informative, but also in that there are no rewards and no punishments for either burning more than expected or for saving more than expected. That sensibly prevents guys from pushing the safety envelope in order to try to save gas to get some sort of reward, and I hope it stays that way.

The information is only provided to the particular Captain of that flight, so I know only how I am doing, not how anyone else is doing, and vice versa.

Can you imagine the US Govt doing anything so sensible? I can't.

Anyhow, per the last leg they have for me (Sydney to Hong Kong from last week), a 9 hour leg, they provide these numbers:

Actual Burn: 118,500 (lbs)
Planned Burn: 118,761 (lbs)
Fuel Over/Under: 261 lbs under planned burn
Gallons Over/Under: 39 Gallons under planned burn
My Savings for Dec: 2,715 (lbs)
My Savings for 2013: 89,827 (lbs)

So basically I've saved 90,000 lbs of gas for the company, or @13,450 Gallons for 2013. Then you multiply that by whatever the cost is of Aviation Gas around the system and you can see that the company has done well, especially if similar numbers apply for the other 2,000 or so Captains in our system. Again, can you imagine a non-private company or the Govt doing anything so sensible? I can't.

And for what it's worth, if after looking at the weather and the pre-flight planning I decide I need more gas onboard for safety or bad weather or whatever, I simply request it and it gets put onboard without complaint.

So yes indeedy, when gas taxes or gas prices go up, I do get "fazed", 'specially when we don't know by how much.

Off with the dogs. They are happy I am home:)

NKonIPad

Henry-- when our country cleans out the fascists in EPA, the next big thing will be nat gas refined into Diesel @ mid $2/ gallon equivaent for clean diesels that get 40 mpg hwy for sedans and compacr SUVs. That will put several thousand $$$$/yr into to family budgets. Oh, they have to spend the $$$ on exchange care... We 'll have to do something about that.

DrJ

cars allow us to stick to ourselves and avoid others.

Then iPods and iPhones and their equivalents should be banned.

In the old days I used to enjoy talking with people on chair lifts when I skied alone. About a decade ago people stopped talking because of their infernal iPods, which of course are much more interesting than meeting someone new.

If is the same on subways and buses.

So much for the mingling of the commoners.

Ignatz

--Ignatz, unless the govt drops a $1 per gallon tax on gas then the proximate cause of the recession is pretty well established.--

No it's not. It's proximate but whether it is cause or effect is not established.
Was the spike in 2008 really established as the cause of the 2008 crash/recession? It seems pretty clear to housing, banking and Fed policy not only were more causative but the last was largely responsible for the rise in oil and other commodities and the housing bubble itself.

In the time frame we're referring to Fed policy and the associated commodity spikes and troughs it produces has been more causative than oil prices per se.
Even the oil "shocks" of the 70's were largely a product of fiscal and monetary policy more than simple oil price up=economy down equations.

It is very difficult IMO to lay the cause of the last four consecutive recessions, stretching back over 30 years, to oil.

On top of monetary, fiscal and regulatory policy is the fact that in an ordinary business cycle commodity prices generally tend to increase as supply and demand converge from the wife gulf that obtained at the end of the last recession. That doesn't mean those prices cause a recession; it's very likely they're only a signal.

Ignatz

*wide* gulf. Sheesh.

gabby haze

"On top of monetary, fiscal and regulatory policy is the fact that in an ordinary business cycle commodity prices generally tend to increase as supply and demand converge from the wife gulf that obtained at the end of the last recession."

I'm gong to task you, Pilgrim. Was that the '80s? No matter.

Let me open with a basic question; When was the Petrodollar established?

Danube on iPad

"Klayman has presented the court with a case they should rule on."

Of course it should, and it will. But no matter how it rules, the ruling will have no effect on the Obama presidency. None. Zero. But one would never know that from reading the Birther Report.

Threadkiller

You won't learn anything from the Birther Report when you read a coachisright link, we find out.

Danube on iPad

"You won't learn anything from the Birther Report when you read a coachisright link, we find out."

For well over a year the Birther Report has been informing us of a series of "bombshells" that are going to blow up the Obama presidency. The loon Zullo actually believes he is "assisting with the evidence." i did not suggest that the Coachisright item made any of the loony claims we get from the BR. I don't really know whether the Coachisright people are aware of what issues the court is going to decide.

DebinNC

Stephanie, lots of recipes feature a cake mix + pudding mix, such as:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lemon-cake/

boricuafudd

Ig
There are conflicting sides on the issue. I believe that particularly the past recession the rise in the cost of fuel had a major part in bursting the Housing bubble.

If we go back, the higher fuel cost were eroding profits at many industries, causing many investors to seek alternative investments.

Real estate and its derivatives were seen not only as a safe investment but the returns were better than other traditional investments.

Thus more money went to the Housing market, expanding the exposure for many. The cost of fuel kept rising and the Housing market was awashed with investors looking in the action on what had been a relative safe investments.

The rising fuel prices were not just eroding the profits of large businesses but also the disposable income of the people that were getting the mortgages, until the bubble pop.

narciso,

It's a very complex interplay, boricua, Yergin focuses upon part of it, in his last 'the Quest'
which shows how the previously dormant Russian and Chinese oil industries, but the speculation generated by Goldman and Solomon Bros, commodities department Phibro, I think it was called, just fed the fire,

Stephanie

Made em with a regular lemon cake mix and 1 1/2 tubs of cool whip and 1 packet instant vanilla pudding mix and one egg. spoon into one inch balls and roll in confectioners sugar and bake at 350 for 11 mins.

Yummy!

Don't know if they are identical to the recipe, but they came out great. And so easy.

Threadkiller

Not knowing what people at coachisright are thinking makes a perfect excuse for bringing The Birther Report into the conversation.

Danube on iPad

"Not knowing what people at coachisright are thinking makes a perfect excuse for bringing The Birther Report into the conversation."

Why does one need an excuse for bringing the Birther Report into the conversation? You do it incessantly, offering no excuse whatsoever.

I don't know what the people at Coachisright are thinking because I had never heard of them before you dragged them in from left field today. I do note that what they said in your linked piece has been picked up and published, almost verbatim, by the loons at Birther Report.

Danube on iPad

I note that both sites describe the case as "huge." Tell us, TK: why is this case huge?

Threadkiller

Past postings are relevant to save face for botching a current posting.

Independent searching of The Birther Report should always be blamed on others.

Studing the loons does not satisfy a hobby.

Hints are needed from others.

Danube on iPad

You have become quite pathetic. It's sad to watch. Self-pity is a disgusting thing.

The question whether or not the Alabama case is "huge" is, of course, to be avoided at all costs. You simply lack the courage to address it, but instead resort to obscure, whining references to whether or not this, that or the other loon website should or should not be cited.

Come on, don't be gutless: you posted a link to a discussion of the matter before the Alabama Supreme Court. Is that case "huge?" is there some reason you are unable to take a position on the very point raised by your link?

Man up. Grow a pair of balls.

Threadkiller

Insults are necessary.

Danube on iPad

Facing the issues raised is what is necessary. You lack the courage to do it.

You posted a link to an article describing the Alabama case as "huge." From that moment on you have cravenly avoided questions about whether it is in fact huge and, if so, why. Instead you have chosen to quibble about whether the one website or the other should be cited, even though on this question they are indistinguishable.

I realize that you feel very sorry for yourself for having been insulted. Try to be a man and stop whining about it.

Threadkiller

Hobbies cause sleepless nights.

Telling a testicular cancer survivor to grow a pair of balls is the courageous way to face an issue.

Realizing that someone feels insulted justifies more insults.

Ignatz

--Ig.....The rising fuel prices were not just eroding the profits of large businesses but also the disposable income of the people that were getting the mortgages, until the bubble pop.--

I understand the theory, boricia; I just consider it an inadequate mechanism for an organism as complex as a large economy.
The theory also ignores the point I made that gas prices rise for a reason and consequently, any role they play is either as a symptom or a secondary or tertiary cause not as a or the primary one.

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