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February 05, 2014



What was that book Hayek wrote?

Brookings? didn't they just hire a new sanitation worker or something?

Captain Hate

Shouldn't we have an opposition party to make these points?

Deliberate moral treachery.

Face it, Obama's whole regime has been a moral hazard.

Entrepreneurs?  How 20th Century of you.

We used to work 6 days a week, entrepreneurs still work 7 days a week.


For Obama/Jarret, this is a feature not a bug. They do believe this is a good thing. Seriously.




O-care belief
Don'T worry, now you can be happy." More free time and we pick up the tab by granting you subsidies.Why do I feel like we are going the way of Greece and Spain? Next we will be taking siestas in the afternoon The solid work ethic of we and our forefathers is dead.


Bohica for the Middle Class. Bend over, here it comes again.


"I'm a complete fan of the Affordable Care Act, but now I can't sleep at night," Nelson said. "I can't imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen."

... "You phuked up, you trusted us" --- Eric "Otter" Stratton (Delta House President)

Frau A. Neuman

And I always thought that freedom was a foreign concept for the Democrats. Now we can be free from work. Yippee!

Danube on iPad

Can't wait to see how they spin this:

"Adding to a devastating CBO report of how Obamacare could damage the economy, a Duke University survey of top companies found that 44 percent are considering reducing health benefits to current employees due to Obamacare, confirming the fears of millions of American workers. In its December survey of chief financial officers around the country, Duke also found that nearly half are 'reluctant to hire full-time employees because of the Affordable Care Act.'"

Frau Wohlfahrt

Germany will probably bail out Greece for a third time. The Greek man on the street said, "Everyone knows the Germans *like* to work."

Can we get some of Angela's stash, too?


"You phuked up, you trusted us" --- Eric "Otter" Stratton (Delta House President)"

"Why don't you go ahead and die now."
Dr. Ezekiel 'Mengele' Emanuel
(Death Panel Chairman)


Frau-- not until after Greek Banks 'bail-in' rich depositors. It's the Blitzkrieg again, only without ze panzers.


DoT-- doyou have a link to that?


Smug liberal trope: Vote Republican, It Beats Thinking!

New, reality-based trope: Vote Democrat, It Beats Working!

Jeff Dobbs

Here's a link with DoT's quote


The UN now wants to subvert the Catholic Church. These quotes directly from the document.

"The Committee recommends that the Holy See undertake a comprehensive
review of its normative framework, in particular Canon Law, with a view to ensuring
its full compliance with the Convention."

"The Committee welcomes the information provided by the Holy See during the
interactive dialogue that it has initiated a review of its legislation with a view to
withdrawing the discriminatory expression “illegitimate children” which can still be found in Canon Law, in particular Canon 1139. While also noting as positive the progressivestatement delivered in July 2013 by Pope Francis, the Committee is concerned about theHoly See’s past statements and declarations on homosexuality which contribute to the social stigmatization of and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescents and children raised by same sex couples."

"The Committee recommends that the Holy See bring all its laws and regulations, as well as its policies and practices, in conformity with article 2 of the Convention and promptly abolish the discriminatory classification of children born out of wedlock as illegitimate children. The Committee also urges the Holy See to
make full use of its moral authority to condemn all forms of harassment,
discrimination or violence against children based on their sexual orientation or the
sexual orientation of their parents and to support efforts at international level for the decriminalisation of homosexuality."

"The Committee also regrets that
the Holy See did not provide precise information on the measures taken to promote equality between girls and boys and to remove gender stereotypes from Catholic schools textbooks."

"The Committee is concerned that the Holy See restrictively interprets children’s
right to express their views in all matters affecting them, as well as their rights to freedom of expression, association and religion."

"The Committee strongly urges the Holy See to cooperate in studies to determine the root causes of the practice of anonymous abandonment of babies and expeditiously strengthen and promote alternatives, taking into full account the right of children to know their biological parents and siblings, as enshrined in article 7 of the Convention.

The Committee also urges the Holy See to contribute to addressing the abandonment of babies by providing family planning, reproductive health, as well as adequate counseling and social support, to prevent unplanned pregnancies as well as assistance to families in need, while introducing the possibility of confidential births at hospitals as a measure of last resort to prevent abandonment and/or death of a child."

The Committee urges the Church to..."Explicitly oppose all corporal punishment in childrearing, in the same
way it opposes torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or

(b) Amend both Canon Law and Vatican City State laws to explicitly prohibit all corporal punishment of children, including within the family;

(c)Establish mechanisms to effectively enforce this ban in all Catholic
schools and institutions working with and for children as well as on the territory of
the Vatican City State and to ensure accountability for violence against children; and

(d)Make use of its authority to promote positive, non-violent and
participatory forms of child-rearing, and ensure that an interpretation of Scripture as
not condoning corporal punishment is reflected in Church teaching and other
activities and incorporated into all theological education and training."

"The Committee is however concerned about the situation of adolescents recruited by the Legion of Christ and other Catholic institutions who are progressively separated from their families and isolated from the outside world. While taking note of the Holy See’s response which highlights parental rights and duties to choose schools and seminaries for their children, the Committee also notes that in November 2013, the President of the French conference of bishops recognized the manipulation of individual consciences in some Catholic institutions and congregations."

"The Committee urges the Holy See to adopt a policy for the deinstitutionalization of children placed in Catholic Church-run institutions and for the reunification with their families, where possible. The Committee also recommends that the Holy See take all necessary measures to ensure as a matter of priority that children under the age of three are not placed in institutions.

The Holy See should also enact guidelines for the placement, adequate periodic review and monitoring of placements of children in all alternative Catholic care settings to guarantee the application of standards and to prevent abuse. In doing so, the Holy See should take into account the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children annexed to the United Nations General Assembly resolution 64/142 of 20 December 2009."

"The Committee urges the Holy See to review its position on abortion which
places obvious risks on the life and health of pregnant girls and to amend Canon 1398
relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services can be permitted."

"The Committee is seriously concerned about the negative consequences of the Holy
See’s position and practices of denying adolescents’ access to contraception, as well as to sexual and reproductive health and information."

"Assess the serious implications of its position on adolescents’ enjoyment
of the highest attainable standard of health and overcome all the barriers and taboos
surrounding adolescent sexuality that hinder their access to sexual and reproductive
information, including on family planning and contraceptives, the dangers of early
pregnancy, the prevention of HIV/AIDS and the prevention and treatment of sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs)"

"Guarantee the best interests of pregnant teenagers and ensure that the
views of the pregnant adolescent always be heard and respected in the field of
reproductive health."

Eric in Boise

"Well, If people don't have access to doctors or don't have insurance at all, they'll have an incentive to take better care of themselves. And isn't personal responsibility what you gosh darned wingnuts are always harping on?"

You know this is coming...


Well they can just follow the example of peace keepers in the Congo, Shirley they can't be serious.


One thinks they are picking Brave New World, rather than Orwell, as their preferred text.

Account Deleted

The Brookings study will ring no bells on the plantations unless a method can be devised to translate a BOzocard into a forty with the same ease as an EBT card.

It's gonna take Klein/Yglesias level stupidity to score this study a political winner.


Steyn was riffing on the climate hubs, two of them, happen to be the first states in
the electoral roller derby, Iowa and New Hampshire.


Honestly! I feel as if I am Alice In Wonderland! Pitiful.


Well the Python sketch with the albatross certainly,


Phillip Klein reminds of the Federal Debt Bomb. This is worse than the Cold war Nukes-- 'duck and cover' provided more protection from Nukes than we have from this Debt Bomb:



Memo to: the UN

Start with the muzzies. Mmmkay?

Jack is Back! (But in Typhus Hell)


Saw that. I have often wondered if someone like a Rand Paul would run for President on a platform that would include exiting the UN if that would be a winning proposition. It is collectively the most anti-American, anti-christian and anti-Western values organization in the world and that includes Al Queda.

They kept the report secret until they released it at a presser where the Vatican's Ambassador to the UN was present. They didn't even give him a head's up. A real gay liberation led gotcha moment. Same people that populate the Nobel Peace Prize committees.

'Nuf said.


Ah, Henry Aaron, we know him from other 'Troy McClure' production, like it's just a Flesh wound, back in December, and 'really it didn't even nick' the skin, back in October.

Frau Gar Nichts

OT -
Spotted online:

Make Chelsea Clinton Ambassador to Libya.
What difference does it make?


Did I just walk into a screening of 'Wild in the Streets' and no one told me?


Climate-- another month, still no warming. satellite temp anomaly .29C, mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. 15 full years of no warming now. The best interpretation of the satellite #s is that the 1998 'Super' El Nino, stepped up temps and they stayed there to date. CO2 rising, but not doing anything. Skydragon has been slain by the data. Next Theory please: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2014/02/uah-global-temperature-update-for-january-2014-0-29-deg-c/

Beasts of England

Damn you Thai pad!


Yep-- a brilliant comment of mine was eaten as well. What was it?


Oh-- I remember. Dead Senate dems walking: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-05/vulnerable-senate-democrats-urge-keystone-xl-approval.html

Frau Fliegende Feige

matt @ 1:54 -

Luna latrantes canes non curat

...a little more refined than the middle finger salute.

Jeff Dobbs

FWIW, Table H-2 from the Census Bureau has the two lowest quintiles getting 11% of "Aggregate Income" in 2012. If someone wants to tell me whether that is before or after adjusting for taxes and transfers I am all ears - their website makes clear they look at both, but what am I looking at?

I'll defer to Rick for a ruling on the best source for numbers, but I've been using the CBO (hey, if we're looking at them for Obamacare stats, why not for income distribution).

According to their Dec 2013 report (on 2010 income and taxes) (PDF)...

Bottom Quintile:
Before Tax Income*: 14.7% (Table 1)
After Tax Income**: 17.2% (Table 1)
All Federal Taxes: 4.2% (Table 3)
Individual Income Taxes: -9.1% (Table 3)

And while we're at it....

Highest Quintile:
Before Tax Income*: 51.9%
After Tax Income**: 47.2%
All Federal Taxes: 68.8%
Individual Income Taxes: 92.9%

And the ever-dreaded Top 1 Percent:
Before Tax Income*: 14.9%
After Tax Income**: 11.5%
All Federal Taxes: 24.2%
Individual Income Taxes: 39.0%

*Before-tax income is the sum of market income and government transfers. Market income is composed of labor income, business income, capital gains, capital income (excluding capital gains), income received in retirement for past services, and other sources of income. Government transfers are cash payments and in-kind benefits from social insurance and other government assistance programs.

**After-tax income is the sum of market income and government transfers, minus federal tax liabilities. Federal taxes include individual and corporate income taxes, social insurance (or payroll) taxes, and excise taxes

Jack is Back! (But in Typhus Hell)

Politico is in on the act now:

Looks like it still may be to big to view without right clicking.


So, the December CBO numbers readily show the redistribution from the top quintile to bottom quintile. No surprise there. Brookings tells us that ObummerCare will result in more redistribution from the middle 3 quintiles to the bottom quintile. So Obummer lied when he said he's 'spread the wealth around' instead he's spreading the misery around to the middle class. Nice one Barry.


I have yet to hear of a credible Obamacare winner.
They work less than 40 hours a week.
They don't make much otherwise no subsidy.
They are over 40 and lost their original insurance
they have no need for contraception or pre-natal care but must carry it.
they live in Oregon and have been cheated by the person in charge of the exchange.
According to Obama and Carney that person is a winner.
This is a pretty low bar even for them

Old Lurker

"Executive Summary

1. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will improve the well-being and incomes of Americans in the bottom fifth of the income distribution. Under our broadest and most comprehensive income measure we project that incomes in the bottom one-fifth of the distribution will increase almost 6%; those in the bottom one-tenth of the distribution will rise more than 7%."

So...7.2% is "more than 75", but 5.3% is "almost 6%"

Go Brookings. Say hi to Ben for us.


"Duke also found that nearly half are 'reluctant to hire full-time employees because of the Affordable Care Act.'"

We few, we happy few, can now pursue our dreams of art history. We shall overcome.

Old Lurker

Speaking of Hillary, this came by email:

"Who said it?

1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

A. Karl Marx B. Adolph Hitler C. Joseph Stalin D. Barack Obama E. None of the

2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the
few, and for the few...... And to replace it with shared responsibility, for
shared prosperity."

A. Lenin B. Mussolini C. Idi Amin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

3) "(We).....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something
has to be taken away from some people."

A. Nikita Khrushev B. Josef Goebbels C. Boris Yeltsin D. Barack Obama E. None
of the above

4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a
little bit of their own ... in order to create this common ground."

A. Mao Tse Dung B. Hugo Chavez C. Kim Jong Il D. Barack Obama E. None of the

5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

A. Karl Marx B. Lenin C. Molotov D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most
profitable sector in
(the) entire economy that they are being watched."

A. Pinochet B. Milosevic C. Saddam Hussein D. Barack Obama E. None of the above"

All of the above quotes are from Hillary.

Old Lurker

"75" was "7%"


the Duke study DoT referenced above


press release http://www.cfosurvey.org/14q1/PressRelease.pdf

it is about 6 weeks old and unsurprising.


She is a socialist through and through.
New rumor that Bill had an affair with Elizabeth Hurley back in the day.Supposedly Sizemore,a rather questionable actor is touting this information.Can you say 'Hillary as a victim 5 times without stopping...


Let me tell you what I get from this pathetic framing of a disaster and from Obama's serial lying and whining in the Fox interview.

He knows he has the media back in his pocket.

Beasts of England

From the panem et circenses department:

George Zimmerman will be boxing DMX* for charity.

*Ironically, DMX is a washed-up rapper, not the type of cough medicine Trayvon was using in his Purple Drank!


Too bad. I was hoping for a titanic struggle with heroin. Next time.


JiB, that Politico cartoon is pretty good.

So we seem to be seeing the beginnings of an anti-Hillary backlash from the left.

If they don't want her, whom do they want?


He only thinks he has the media in his pocket. 2014 will tell the true tail. Everyone now knows without a doubt that he is a serial liar. Dana Perino says that by blaming Fox he is shooting down. No other presidents were this petty. It also shows he is very thin-skinned and a bit of a wussy boy. Not attractive qualitis in Ear leader.
My prediction -to bail out vulnerable dims in the senate he approves Keystone sometime this spring to keep them from jumping ship.


should be tale-got distracted by previous Clinton post.


Hillary has gotten ginormus by the way. I just noticed when I saw her walking to a podium recently. She also kind of waddles as she walks.Perhaps it is Christie envy.


The dems want someone that can deliver them from Obamacare's 7th circle of hell.


I think the Dem candidate will be someone unexpected, Deval from MA or some other governor, maybe Booker if they looking for the young vote again.

miss Marple

Well, following my theory that democrat candidates are devolving, it has to be someone worse than Obama, which is a tall order. ( gore was worse than Dukakis, Kerry worse than Gore, and Obama was worse than Kerry.)

My two nominations for the candidate are Cuomo, who is thuggish, immoral, and obnoxious

Or Michelle Obama.

Old Lurker

Bori, you think we are ready for a Black Socialist as President?


fun with spreadsheets...

got my taxes finished and imagine my surprise that my income fell 17.8% yoy and hours working fell 12.9%. looking over my budget the amount of money is about my total expenses for school (and why do education credits and subsidies phase out when they do...good grief).


El ingenioso hidalgo, don Barack de la Mancha.


If they don't want her, whom do they want?

Posted by: Porchlight

Warren or Schweitzer. think the big money will shift to Warren though.


Or Michelle Obama.

Or Fauxcahontas


Well Warren would fit the Prog Dem bill; she's phony enough and stupid enough to be Soro's dancing chimp.


OL, you mean besides the one we have now? Of course a case can be made that O is more Marxist but at this point what difference does it make?


a note about the above is that I didn't include the educational reimbursement as income because it wasn't taxed (and it was less than my expenses anyway). my plan worked though roughly how I thought it would (didn't take as many hours as I wanted and it was more time consuming).

not too shabby.


Warren is a white female version of Obama minus the charisma. I just don't see it. I still think it will be someone younger and unexpected.


Bori-- it won't be deval. Obummer has ruined the black socialist brand for a long long time. deval is like Jeb in a sense.

How about that San Antoine Mayor, he's Latino and a faux 'centrist'.

miss Marple

Could also be Evan Bayh which would lure people into thinking he was a centrist. I think he is counting on being Hillary's vp candidate, however.

Thomas Collins


So much for the Administration talking point that the proposed regulations on social welfare organizations were issued to provide clearer guidance to such organizations in light of the inadvertent delays caused by those back office people in Cincinnati.

Frau Fliegende Feige

"How about that San Antoine Mayor, he's Latino, and a faux 'centrist'."
NK, not to forget that he and his handsome twin brother are both red-diaper babies.



you aren't thinking in terms of DOOM!!! I surprised we have gotten to this point-a one term disaster wasn't enough so we had to try it for another 4 years.

we don't have an opposition party and the administration is ladling in radicals at all levels of the bureaucracy and into the judiciary. and we may joke about 20 and 30 something's living at home and parttime nation, but this all has consequences beyond the economics of it.


I was surprised...jeez.


with Dems it doesn't matter what they are, just what they can't be sold as, and their voters aren't very discerning.


can be sold as...


That's right rich.

And the idiot community organizer from Chicago is not the captain of the ship.

Captain Hate

Could also be Evan Bayh which would lure people into thinking he was a centrist. I think he is counting on being Hillary's vp candidate, however.



My take on the UN Report. LUN.

"You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That's* the *Chicago* way!

The Dalai Lama

Frau Fliegende Feige

"If they don't want her, whom do they want?"

Porch, it may not matter if they *want* her; they mayu be forced to get her by hook or by crook.

Hillary! Über Alles!

Going to disinfect my keyboard...


in re: Warren she was able to take the state even though the lies were exposed. even blue collar workers in the state were not phased because she'll "bring home the bacon" and she had the unions in her pocketbook. I wouldn't put money on it at this point but she's got the same sketchy background and the same money contacts O was able to leverage.

and if it gets worse how many people would be willing to try something radically different if it meant giving up lots of benefits.


I agree that the prospect of electing a female to President will be strong, it just that I think Hil's opportunity has passed. The only thing that will keep her in the race is the money she can generate but if an alternative is found the votes will follow.


Re; the Vatican report, one can't help thinking of that remark of the chaplain of the Saudi version of Annapolis, that surfaced in Dore Gold and made it into Silva's roman a clef,

Frau Fliegende Feige

Common Core as propaganda tool:

Common Core MATH lesson plans attack 200 Election, Reagan, list Lincoln’s religion as ‘liberal’


Frau Fliegende Feige

erm, 2000 election


this was Black Knight Aaron back in December;


Frau Fliegende Feige

rich, Warren also likes to generate the 15-minute Bank hates which many love.


I dunno, there's just so much dirt on her. The MSM can derail her so easily, even more so than last time, because they were still somewhat afraid of her then. They're not afraid of her now.

I'm out of the prediction game since November 2012, but I wonder how we can avoid her.



Democrats are going to run on this record?


And this was him at the beginning,



"dirt on her" - her being HRC


...and the electorate will be satisfied with legal pot and will spend those extra hours navigating Big Poverty.

curing sloth and breaking habits of mind that resulted in a trophy case blue ribbons since elementary school and a college degree is going to take more than a few years of living in the rent's basement.


in re: Hillary. I was surprised how quickly she imploded when the Hsu (a bizarre story an incurious media didn't bother to explore) was discovered. How quickly will she implode when rich veins of scandal are mined from the Clinton Foundation? Two stories come to mind...where did all that Haiti earthquake relief go and all of her toadies that had double duty at State and the Foundation?


Is Huma still servicing working for Shrillary?


her being HRC


miss Marple

Warren was paid $300,000 per year to teach one class at Harvard. I want to know what pearls of wisdom were worth that much.

I also would like to point out that much of that $300,000 was paid through student loans and this does not seem very fair to the students nor the taxpayers who also contributed to her salary through Pell Grants.


The Democrats made 80% or more of Americans losers on an unpopular law, and did not expect negative consequences? Whoa, I bet they don't sell that level of high even in Colorado...


if wiki is to be believed she is? wow she started as a white house intern as well...lucky Clenis didn't get his hands on her.

Jane-Rebel Alliance1

I think the voter fraud in 2014 is going to be legendary - because Obama has got to be scared he is going to be impeached,

Captain Hate

So Huma is still swabbing the dick deck of the HMS Pantsuit? I thought a chill had descended when she compared her marriage to that of the Clintoons.


lol. the lives of others...

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

and on top of this health insurance insanity...we all have been paying needlessly high energy prices for YEARS.
Forced to spend our money on health insurance & pay high energy prices (which makes all goods cost more)...no wonder stores are closin' right & left. People don't have the money to spend on THAT stuff anymore.

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


Can you imagine if this was a Republican administration?

Woman dies in Dakotas with no propane to heat home -

"People have been struggling to stay warm as propane prices more than doubled due to a national shortage.

Tribal officials have declared a state of emergency because about 5,000 homes on the reservation are heated by propane. Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II says many residents are on fixed incomes and can't afford the more expensive fuel."

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