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April 25, 2014



Picketty went to the Foucault - Derrida Institut d' Pensee' Magique at L'Ecole Polytechnique from what I understand. How could he ever be wrong? 10,000,000 Minitels can't be wrong!

As to Hillary she has been racking up tens of millions in speaking loot, just like her purported hubby, saying how unfair it all is on her way to the bank.

As to Gates, he rooked the software designer and IBM with DOS. Quite the con. He didn't own the rights when he began negotiating with IBM and conned the developer, who basically got bupkis. He is driven but his ethics were definitely lacking. My IBM buddies were part of the PC development team, which basically revolutionized the world.

We put the the Jon Voight - Cary Elwes movie on John Paul II on last night at our local cathedral (now 2nd largest Catholic after St. Pete's)and had close to 300 Catholics and others there. It was a great film. I truly believe that JP II did more to change the world for the better than almost anyone in the 20th century.

Noonan's column today was excellent. At his age and from his milieu, priests were the heroes. They gave hope to Poland through the Nazi and Russian depredations and could never let up their guard because the secret police were always after them. The sex scandals just didn't register because they were incomprehensible to a very frail man from a very different background.

It is no excuse because the archbishops who covered it up should be cast down into purgatory, if not hell itself, for a great long time. But understanding can offer some closure.

One of the things that charms me about Poland is the level of critical thinking and liveliness in the intelligentsia. They have been harshly disabused of the false promises of communism and totalitarianism.

JP II's efforts to heal the wounds with other religions, especially Judaism could have, I think, come only from someone with his life experience and intellect.

Danube on iPad

Meet Donald T. ("as in Terrific") Sterling:


Four roughly four decades one of the great assholes in sports.

Jim Eagle

Well, matt, we do have Saint Maximilian Kolbe and the 108 martyrs. Poland has made many contributions to the freedom of mankind and John Paul II is one of the most prominent. Our young priest is in Rome for the next few weeks since John Paul II was his "dedicator" for his ordination last May. He is just turned 30 and from our parish.

I knew him back in 2003 when he was one of our greenskeepers and was preparing to go into the seminary. Still has a good golf game but a more energetic intelligence and devotion to his parish family. His biggest test is saying funeral mass for those he has known all his life. Tough kid.

Danube on iPad

For those who wish to feel sick:



Why is it bad that a side effect of this--or any other innovation generated by the capitalist profit motive--is that some people get rich?

Boatbuilder, I was half joking about Gates, and of course I agree with your general sentiment. Apart from my dislike of Windows, I think of Gates as more of a skilled mass marketer, not a great innovator. Like George Eastman or perhaps Henry Ford, he mostly took others' ideas and figured out how to capture a large market. The result was a flawed product that many of us have to grit our teeth and use anyway. But I don't begrudge him his wealth.

James D.

DoT, that's just mind-blowing.

Even knowing how insane our universities are, that story shocks me. I suppose it shouldn't.

Centralcal on iPad

Events in Iowa May affect Rand Paul:


Jim Eagle


But, if history is any indication, those assholes in Darthmouth won't be the ones in the Armed Forces saving our collecrtive ass from time to time but they will be the wrench in works every time. For some reason, Darthmouth is where Frederick has his sights on since we spent 4 good days there a few summers back. I have my work to make sure he understands that place is not for him.


If I were part of that Dartmouth group, I think I'd reschedule the "Phiesta" as "Dead White Guys" day (only to raise funds, of course). Play Wagner, and pass out togas and German WWI helmets at the door.

Jim Eagle

Want to go to MIT and get your engineering degree? Go here.

I taught a semester there and often wondered how those poor souls did in the real world.


ccal @ 4:17...interesting. Rand Paul is speaking at the Maine State GOP convention tonight in Bangor. Bangor has a beautiful new convention center,both parties are holding their conventions here. The Bangor Daily has a picture of Sen. Paul holding a lobster at McLaughlin's Seafood (best seafood casserole in town). It was thrown into a boiling pot of water and was his lunch. Someone call PETA! Ha!


Well Dartmouth was kind of crazy, when D'Souza, and Ingraham were attending there
thirty years ago, and wrote about it, in the review, it's been turtles all the way down, since then,


Matt-- i agree about JPII, he is one of the great heroes for late 20th century freedom, with reagan thatcher, friedman and lech w.

JIB-- dartmouth is done, it s as bad as brown. My nephew goes why I don t know, he s a science geek, I guess he got a boatload of money. He s a oph and has already been indoctrinated.

BTW is daniela orthodox catholic and takes offense at the gutter use of the word for christian religious feast? No? I didn t think so.


If you've lost the English PhDs in Massachusetts as far as
Common Core goes, then its days are numbered.
Her (very smart) seventh grader couldn't make heads or tails out of the test questions--nor could I.
Watch out Arnie!

From Insty:



I thought Dartmouth used to be, at least, one of the few Ivy league schools that had a strong conservative voice with the Dartmouth Review.

There are some organizations that are fighting back, including these:




Beasts of England

I'm gonna take a siesta before that's deemed racist, too!


At the grocery store earlier Veterans were soliciting donations. As I donated I asked the guy how the VA in MA is. He said it is just like all the other VA's across the country. It bummed me out.


Steyn does provide his spin;


Jim Eagle


Thanks for that. I am a very critical opponent of common core while being the president of our school board! This is another arrow in my quiver to use which I have no trouble doing. The Diocesan school superintendent is so put up with me she has shut down my email account. That's okay because I now harrass the bishop himself who is a cuban refurgee. He knows all about one size fits all.

Jim Eagle


Be careful, those guys are scams. We had to chase them our ther in Florida.

miss Marple

Good evening, all!

Scored some swell stuff at the auction, including cheapo Waterford crystal. My sister got an almost new Toshiba flat screen for 60 bucks.

I am tired and sunburned ( gratefule for the sun) and am watching the prelims to the canonizations of the popes on EWTN.

Just wanted to stop in to say hello.


Had a photoshoot with a reporter from our local newspaper a few years back that was at our local VA.

The biggie program in our local VA is for treating alcoholism and drug addiction. There is a nursing home for the aged vets and the whole complex gets pretty good marks for service as a whole. Doctors are good and not too much waiting time.

The fellow we were profiling was a Iraq War vet who was trying to get his life back on track after being homeless and on drugs and living on the streets after he got out of service.

One of the program directors who was trying to get more government funding was using our article to help get people to understand that homelessness is a big problem and that they're not just men. There are quite a few women vets who have drug and homeless problems also.


Since John Paul II has come up a few times today, the following is well worth reading:


Danube on iPad

I have nothing but admiration and gratitude for the VA here. They are unfailingly courteous and helpful, and give the impression of doing the best they can with what they have. They are, of course, a huge govt bureaucracy, with all that entails. I use Medicare and a supp, but get my meds (lots of them) from the VA.


Reason why he has a ready chair at Morning Joke;


Jim Eagle


You go to VA? I admire your paitience and commitment.

Here in mid Florida we prefern to avoid the death lines. Good to know that some where the VA is doing what they should do.


So in retrospect, the glorious victory at the Malabar front, was not as advertised;



From Dr J's WSJ article on Pope John Paul:

"He believed that Judaism was a living and an abiding faith and that the tie that binds Jews to God is unbroken and is not diminished by the advent of Jesus or the advent of Christianity," says Mr. Levine. "And that's a phenomenal insight and phenomenal gift because it allows the sustenance of both Judaism and Christianity without diminishing either one. And I have Jewish friends who still think, you know, 'What is this Christian nonsense?' Who are you to say? Who are you to think that?"


Christianity stands on the foundations of judaism, Isaiah told of his coming 500 years before;


Jim Eagle

I remind Frederick eveyday, we are all Jews but just another forward order. I have noticed over the years how Catholics have become the greatest protectors of the holy land and the Israeli naiton as well as teh Jewish orthodoxy, much thanks to John Paul II.

Danube on iPad

Wow. See the end of Mavs-Spurs?

Danube on iPad

Only for meds, JiB.


she really can't catch a break;


Captain Hate

So in retrospect, the glorious victory at the Malabar front, was not as advertised;

That 8 meeyun number was such a hot steaming pile that anybody believing it should be incarcerated for being a felonious level dumbass.

What happened in the game, DoT; I like both teams so I'll be upset that either lost.

I went to a nice piano trio concert this afternoon at Case Western Reserve U featuring the head of the music department, David Ake. It was the first time he's played in a concert setting in about a year and he sounded outstanding. He released a disc last year that got very positive reviews from Downbeat that obviously I have to pick up.

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

an update - Gosnell Movie
A historic crowdfunding campaign for a movie about America's biggest serial killer, abortionist Kermit Gosnell and the media cover-up.


raised of $2,100,000 goal
16 days left

Captain Hate

Never mind; I saw that Vinsanity hit a three at the buzzer. Both #1 seeds are down 2-1.

Danube on iPad

Indy is now at 2-2.

I'm hoping to see Sterling get kicked out of the game.

Captain Hate

Yeah I didn't realize the Pacers played this afternoon.


They probably didn't either, lol;


maybe if he had signed a prop 8 petition, it would matter,

Jane on Ipad

Huckabee is doing a segment on Justina. He would be a hell of a lot more persuasive if he learned how to pronounce my state.

She has been held almost as long as the Iranian hostages at this point.

Captain Hate

This is worse vetting than for the JEF:



"And I have Jewish friends who still think, you know, 'What is this Christian nonsense?' Who are you to say? Who are you to think that?"

For what it's worth, I'm around religious Jews a lot, and I've never heard such attitudes, only respect for Christians and gratitude for their support of Israel. I'm guessing he hears that from liberal Jews who are not particularly respectful of any religion (including Judaism).

Captain Hate

I'm sure TMZ's Top Men are furiously working on this story:



they told me if I voted for McCain, journalists would be indicted;


Captain Hate

Just say No:



there have been more then a few 'winning the future moments' in recent months coming from him;



I would encourage you to read Wretchard ("Belmont Club") if you haven't over the last week or two. His dripping contempt of Obama's foreign policy simply has to be read.

Today's is lighter than most, but very similar in tone:



I saw that George Clooney is now engaged to what seems to be a virulent anti-Semite who is Druze. Figures. Leftists are so predictable.

It is interesting in that the major support group for Israel's right to exist these days is a bunch of evangelical Christians and Catholics.

The secular liberals have bought into the Arab - Russian - European anti-semitism. So it will be a bunch of Israelis and probably a bunch of those "benighted PTSD/halfwit/stooge" American soldiers defending Israel and kicking Arab ass next time.

Even now with the Syria mess and Iran ascendent the Saudis don't seem to have made the deal with Israel that would have been so logical.

One of the quickest ways to settle down the Eurasian landmass would be for Russia to get its nose bloodied again. But there is no one to stand up to the bully. And that pretty well sums up our world these days.

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

I would encourage you to read Wretchard ("Belmont Club") if you haven't over the last week or two.

Agree. Here is a link to yesterday's post - http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2014/04/25/if-the-phone-doesnt-ring/

a bit - "Obama’s been willing to use force, he’s just never leveled about why he does it and who he is ultimately supporting. ... supply arms to nameless “rebels”; or engaging in kinetic military action in places like Yemen, Pakistan and Libya for which no declaration of war exists. ...— who was Obama actually backing? Darned if the public knows."

Jane on Ipad

Wow Janet, that is truly great.


We she is Druze, has represented Assuange in the past, I don't get the antisemitism bit,
compared to Elizabetta Canalis or Stacey Keibler, she looks ok,


I remember when Sarah Palin in that gotcha' interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson was snottily asked "Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?", and then was asked to explain it.

Anybody have a single clue what "The Obama Doctrine" is?

Would love to have that question asked of those pompous Media jackasses.

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

from Dr.J's 9:13 link - "Obama symbolized the triumph of style over reality, where nothing mattered except whether you could sell a lie to gain a permanent majority. And for that the West threw aside its founding principles, discarded its ancient moral codes and embraced the Moment. Now the Moment is biting back."


as compared with Cohan's tree murder, here's another tome which will not get 1/100th of the attention;


As compared to that odious Becker book, which whitewashes the assault on traditional marriage,

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

"It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people … they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made." ~ The Great Gatsby


Perfect quote, Janet.

Lately I've been thinking that we here at JOM are becoming stenographers for the collapse of our Constitutional Republic.


Posted by: matt | April 26, 2014 at 02:59 PM -

matt. that comment was too long because I've been drinking. when I'm sober i'll take it under consideration.


oddly, since that is how jomers roll, I went on an adventure to find the book (to make the author part of the 1%) but was unable to find it. one store it isn't ordered and one was sold out (Tysons Corner ... wtf).

so I decided drinking heavily was in order ...

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

stenographers for the collapse of our Constitutional Republic.

Yes, daddy. I think so too.
...& what a great point about Palin & the Obama Doctrine. :(


She has been held almost as long as the Iranian hostages at this point.

Posted by: Jane on Ipad | April 26, 2014 at 08:09 PM <<<

would a habeas motion on the 13th amendment in federal court starting moving the ball?

i would contribute (not much, but something) if a lawyer wants to take it up.

people need to be jailed over this.


Which book, are we talking about,


Meanwhile, a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie is being prepared here. The latter is from the garden. The Strawberries ripen a bit later.


The masses have been bought with free stuff. That's why Obama is still King.


the rebels in Libya and Syria were more often than not, tied to AQ, but if you don't define it,



And now for something completely different;




Last night I was reading a very interesting history of the founding of Melbourne, Australia: 1835: The Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia

Fascinating book, and valuable to me in finally providing a decent handle on the hardcore effort at taking over the continent beyond the early Sydney and scattered Penal Colony efforts.

Anyhow, the guy who essentially went in and cut a treaty with the Aborigines for what became Melbourne was a son of a convict named John Batman. Bit of an unsavory chap, as this description by his artist neighbor: ...a rogue, thief, cheat liar, a murderer of blacks and the vilest man I have ever known."

The author tho' mentions this:

A further spur for (Batman's) action over prudence might have been provided by the fact that Batman was afflicted with syphilis, which was to claim his life just four years later. As Alistair Campbell has pointed out, 'Cerebral syphilis in it's early phase has a stimulating effect, and some artists, explorers and others have realized their greatest achievements under its influence.' Cecil Rhodes, for example, had the same condition. Perhaps more pertinently, by 1835 Batman's disease was far enough progressed for him to know that if he was to fulfill his long-held dream of colonizing the new country, there was no time to waste.

I had no idea there was any sort of stimulating effect associated with syphilis. I thought it just killed you while sometimes driving you mad. Perhaps so, as I think Oliver Wilde also had it. Had any of you guys ever heard of that?

I suppose it caught my eye since it seems to be the number 1 malady that Dr Maturin deals with in every Patrick O'Brian novel.


so anyway my book shopping (before I get into trouble) ...

couldn't find "Capitalism the 21st Century" (and figure it is a new Marxist track and don't really need to read it) so I picked up "Who Owns the Future" by Jaron Lanier which takes up some of the themes. I'll pick up the other book soon enough.

My note at first blush ...

Consumers are undervaluing information and producers are overvaluing information which has been the cause of growing "inequality" in recent decades. The information producers, the "Siren Servers" as it were,are producing (generating...i'm drunk, and brainstorming, so watch out) an economic profit, which isn't dissimilar to the railroads in the 1850s. People are consuming their privacy for convenience and enriching the new tech elite at the consumers expense (eg. like auto safety ... consuming the margin of safety or risk ... and Risk is an awesome deftones song).

An easy example would be the AOL buy of Huffington Post.

jamming out ... and heading to the bar for more drinking.


stenographers for the collapse of our Constitutional Republic.

"I am Sparticus Tacitus."


>>>Which book, are we talking about,

Posted by: narciso | April 26, 2014 at 10:35 PM <<<

i have no idea ... and what the hell. anyway ...


and it is Capital in the 21st Century ... i'm a college student and drunk, but mostly drunk. watch out.


Well that's very good insight, I use coffee to fire the neurons, but different strokes,


thanks narciso. i'll get out of here in a minute. just looking for my place.

thought i could make some economists misty eyed.

but given **everything** these last few weeks and just rather drink.


Jaron Lanier, was hawking the 'brave new world' of virtual reality, and missed the internet, 20 some years ago, William Gibson came closer in some ways, farther in others,


so much inanity, could generate it's own singularity;



i'm a college student and drunk, but mostly drunk.

If you're drinking tequila I think that makes you a racist:)

Which reminds me---did the Aussie Abo's have alcohol?

We know the Incan's and mayan's and Aztec's had alcohol, but how about the North American Indians? I'm confident there was no alcohol among the northern Canadian/Alaskan tribes.

We know the Mongolian's had alcohol (fermented horse milk) and the Hindu's and the African's north of the Sahara, and I think also the Polynesians had a form of alcohol.

The Tierra Del Fuegians did not. Anyone know if the sub-Saharan Africans had alcohol, or the New Guinean's, and I also have to wonder about the Pre-Columbian Brazilians.

Wonder if that's all laid out conveniently on some website?

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

I've been looking through old posts on my FB page. So many good articles...but it is like we're shouting into a void.
Where's the TV channel with Richard Fernandez, VDH, Glenn Reynolds, Dennis Prager, Thomas Sowell, Dennis Miller, Mark Steyn, Daniel Greenfield, the Powerline guys, Bill Whittle,...??????



a bit to strong on Lanier. he was part of the technologist movement but he is looking for a more humanist approach and should have opened eyes with his "digital Maoism" essay. He coined the term "virtual reality" before anyone else had gotten their.

Captain Hate

Anybody have a single clue what "The Obama Doctrine" is?

Support al-Qaeda and lie about it.



Where's the TV channel with Richard Fernandez ...

You mean that racist, reactionary Fox news? Ewwwww!

Seriously, I agree.


I use coffee to fire the neurons, but different strokes,

The only reason I've been a tad skeptical of the oft repeated claim that Voltaire drank up to 80 cups of coffee a day is the unavailability of toilets in 18th Century Paris.

I am a frequent guzzler---5 to 10 cups a day on average, but I'm only able to get away with it because I'm off in the backwoods of Alaska disturbing nobody but the bears:)



i'm turning that into a tee-shirt.

now i'm really out.

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

Hey Rich...don't get drunk.
Come meet me at church tomorrow. 9:00 am McLean Bible Church. Tysons campus - http://www.mbctysons.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=82584

I'll wait by the front door. Jeans, cowboy boots, & a long black sweater.


Yes Mam, Janet. Concur completely with your 11:14.

We all recognize it, but seem unable to do anything about it.

Very frustrating.


Now reading Lanier, would drive me to drink, he sneers at the free market, as if there is an alternative, he ignores the foundations that promote a statist vision, an anti Western vision,

Back in the 90s, I was reading Misha Glenny in the New York Review, and he was ra ra to get involved in Bosnia, when we actually did get a few airstrikes in, he was less enthused, back then, the Spectator was much more skeptical, although they did not become openly oppositional till Kosovo,

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

Here's one from Dec. 2011 - EPA Ponders Expanded Regulatory Power In Name of 'Sustainable Development'

"From the article - "It defines sustainability in sweeping fashion as the ability “to create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations.”" What are the economic requirements?...heck, what are OTHER requirements?



Am shocked to learn that this NBA racist Team Owner has been a supporter of Dem Politicians.

Off to drink. Later.


since then, he's become an expert on organized crime, and hopefully he understands better the links between paramilitary organizations and the former, the first being the sinews of AQ, which was operating in the Balkans in that time,


Best scene in the Simpson's Movie:)


Top Men, with their 'cunning, cunning, plans'



And Obama has a SPINE OF STEEL, without a hint of Negro dialect. He's wonderful.

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

shouting into the void for years -

from narciso's link - "To satisfy CRA examiners, Clinton mandated "flexible" lending by large banks. As a result, CRA-approved loans defaulted about 15% more often, the NBER found."

more -
""Since 1992, nonprofit community organizations estimate that the private sector has pledged over $1 trillion in loans and investment under CRA."

Other documents reveal how the community-activist group ACORN and other organizations met with Rubin and other top Clinton aides on "improving credit availability for minorities.""

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

more - "In 2000, HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo lit the fuse on the subprime bomb by requiring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to purchase subprime, CRA and other risky mortgages totaling half their portfolios.

A 1993 memo, "Racism in Home Lending," captured the tone of Clinton's affordable-housing crusade. It proposed coordinating with the Washington Post and Congressional Black Caucus on bank investigations."

What?...coordinate with the WaPo! Why would they think the WaPo would go along with THAT?


I mentioned how the Center for Biological Diversity is the real point of the story;



When they complain about the repeal of Glass Steagall, they have a point, but not in the way they think;

Memos also reveal how Clinton aides held repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act hostage to strengthening the CRA. They gave Republicans deregulation of banking activities in exchange for over-regulating how those banking activities applied to low-income communities.

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the earlier link is from the successor to the Green Room, the not 'in fairness' part of Hot Air;


And to sum up:


From the event last night;



Great pieces Clarice, as always. I think that while the Government policies started the ball the rolling it was the hijacking of the Civil Rights movement by the Black Power movement that sealed their fate.

As the anarchist and mostly atheist Black Power movement veered away from any form of authority but Black authority. When the Democrats and the Black Power leaders joined forces it was the beginning of the end all AA's around the country.

Anyone who is not Black cannot provide any dissent without being labeled racist, which immediately ends any discourse on the subject.


It's a beautiful morning in Roma!
(per my television).


800,000 people--past The Bridge of Angels to the second bridge, all the surrounding piazzas filled--standing for hours.

The visual representation of humanity's yearning for connection to the best that is in us all.

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