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December 27, 2014





Something to think about as the ball drops in a few more days.

Someone is going to drop the ball?


"Someone is going to drop the ball?"

They'll drop it alright, if they don't realize that there's no time like the present, that they should live in the moment and Be Here Now.


Picking up on the prior thread. I would not have done what Roberts did, though there is a long tradition of not finding a law unconstitutional if there is any way it can be read that saves it. Perhaps in this case he took the doctrine too far. OTOH--had he pitched it, the Dems could blame the court for tossing out a law that they considered still popular, before we learned how truly awful it was and smacked down the party in the mid terms.The Ct would have been the boogey an, not the party that rammed this POS into law.

More than the switch in Congress, we learned how from the outset Gruber and the team decided voters were stupid and lied about the law. That has longer term repercussions in the growing distaste for large federal programs.
I think for too long Congress has passed legislation of dubious constitutionality, and left the task of pitching it to the courts.


"That has longer term repercussions in the growing distaste for large federal programs."

It is, perhaps, true that most Americans will at least claim to dislike sprawling programs. But since very few will abide suggestions that the programs we're already saddled with should be eliminated or even modified beyond small tweaks, it's difficult to see how SCOTUS green-lighting another one works out to anyone's benefit in the long run.

Miss Marple


I think this falls into the "our ways are not God's ways" category. Sometimes what seems to be a disaster turns out, in the end, to have been better for us.

Too many Americans (myself included in my younger years) have assumed things would always go along the same, with a few bumps along the way. We allowed ourselves to become complacent.

I do believe Obama has cured us of this.


Khadijah is virtually guaranteed a job now in the Leftist ass-o-sphere. Why she's the undergraduate representative to the Haile Selassie Pavilion at the African Education Conference.

Nenge! Nenge Mboko, from Cameroon? Do you remember me? It's Lionel Joseph!


Roberts, wanted to be 'on the right side of history, hence his decision in NFIB, and Hollingsworth, Howell, wants to be as well,
a Leaky lacky and a former lobbyist for the
RIAA, she pretended not to know the issues involved, as her decision disguised as an amici brief shows this,

Brandeis, graduated Sid Vicious,'70 and Flathead '74, among others, of note,


"Tomorrow does not exist..."

That won't help in the concussion litigation derby.



That was my point, had the law been passed as a tax from the beginning would it had passed Constitutional muster?

If not, then why are income taxes, sales taxes and other legal but hidden taxes legal?

Finally as a tax, it falls under the Congress to control, fix or do away with. Unlike other fines or penalties that are under the control of the Executive branch like those of the EPA.

Beasts of England

I had a unique experience in Chattanooga last night and this morning. Had been out with this smokin' hot young babe a few times and she had mentioned wanting to check out some nightclub in the Noog, so we arranged an overnight trip. The place was with-it and hip and we had a big time shooting tequila and watching the beautiful people.

We got back to the room and let the alcohol and other assorted mind-bending substances take their course and - as this is our first time in the horizontal orientation - it was becoming obvious that she was gonna let me know when I hit the right spots. And the more I hit them, the louder she got. Holy carp.

And I don't mean a screamer, but it was close. About 2:30, we get a knock on the door. I try to muster my composure and dignity and answer the door. The dude was doing his best to be cool, but asked us (her!) to hold it down. I told him that I'd take care of it and he went away. When I got back in bed - laughing my ass off - she was undeterred: Little Miss Pierced Bean was not gonna let some night manager interrupt her toe-curling adventures...

About 4:00 he returns. And he is not so cool this time and said he could have to ask us to leave if he got one more complaint. And me, being me, told him that I'd exchange her silence for a 2:00 check out time. He looked at me like I was insane, but I just stared back with a shit-eating grin and he said 'Fine.' and left us alone.

I've never been kicked out of a hotel before, but it happened at about 4:45 this morning. Under threat of calling the police! Ha!! So we drove back to the lake this morning with no sleep at all, but she just passed out a minute ago and I'm about to join her...



this is why, we long came to the conclusion that a Cuba Libre, is a 'little lie'



The liberals are crowing that the video of the protesters yelling "kill the cops" was altered by a Fox station. Anyone hear of that? They are screeching that protesters never once said a bad thing about the police.

Miss Marple

Jane, I believe one station did voice augmentation or something to make it clearer. However, the fact is that not only were those words used, but they have been repeated in various forms all over Twitter and Facebook.

This is more lying being done by the left, using a smidgen of truth.


I thought with Neuharth's passing it would improve, but no it gets worse.



After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang out
After midnight, we're gonna chug-a-lug and shout
We're gonna cause talk and suspicion
Give an exhibition
Find out what it is all about
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang out
After midnight, gonna shake your tambourine
After midnight, it's gonna be peaches and cream
We're gonna cause talk and suspicion
Give an exhibition
Find out what it is all about
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang out
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang out


After midnight does not belong to those who slander the profit of football.


...had he pitched it, the Dems could blame the court for tossing out a law that they considered still popular, before we learned how truly awful it was and smacked down the party in the mid terms.The Ct would have been the boogey an, not the party that rammed this POS into law.


Jeff Dobbs

No worries, TM - if aphorisms are hard, you can always switch to before-isms.

Cecil Turner

Well, midnight is the very edge of tomorrow.

Aaargh, it's mind control! Curse you Belichek . . .


what was that William Goldman line about Hollywood 'no one knows nothing'



We ll all find out in June, but my opinion remains that Roberts will prove wrong critics such as narciso. The Burwell cases coming up from the dc and 4th circuits are statutory construction cases. What did the congress write and what did it mean refarding subsidies. The DC circuit 2 judge majority explained exactly why the subsidies couldnot apply to federal exchange enrollees. It s a rather straightforward case that 6 -7 of the current justices have routinely applied rules of construction that concur with the DC circuit majority. And what is the remedy if the subsies are invalidated? Congress amends the law to attain the political result it wants. IMO, that s the result Roberts insisted on in the ACA case, thus he declined to invalidate a statute that could be constitutionally 'saved'. If he is an honest jurist, it is the resulthe ll insist on in the Burwell cases. We ll all find out for a fact what sort of jurist roberts is in June.


Roberts? Vituperation.

First year exam issue spotting. Hey, look. A tax! That will get me an A.

Does he think he's smarter than Scalia?

Jeff Dobbs

Tomorrow does not exist until midnight.

From where I sit, once the clock strikes midnight, what once was considered that particular "tomorrow" ceases to exist and becomes "today".

Before midnight last, today was tomorrow, and after midnight tonight tomorrow will be today and today will be yesterday.


really they didn't have to go that far, you can ask Mssr, Sterling:




Marlene at the cabin

Good Morning! I have a question. Does the Ramos family have any say in the funeral services? I realize police funerals have certain protocols. But why does Biden have to attend? Why are the politicians always showing up? How is his presence a comfort to the grieving family?


"People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." - Albert Einstein


Tomorrow does not exist until midnight.

Tomorrow belongs to me.


this is why, they sent him:


so the fingerprints behind this heinous act wouldn't be visible,

Jeff Dobbs

Happy Kwanzaa!


Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo




Thanks Miss Marple.

This is quite fun from Howie Carr:

Happy New Year, Jonathan Gruber!


Presumably the coach is attempting to get his team focused on the here and now of GB rather than the playoffs which the toothless Lions of yore had not seen in quite some time.

Tis the season so he should have just paraphrased the Big Guy;

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil wind sprints thereof.

Eric in Boise

"Said he to me, "Now let me see if I have heard you right.
You'd like to go to Morrow and return tomorrow night.
You should have gone to Morrow yesterday and back today
For the train that goes to Morrow is a mile upon its way."

The Kingston Trio

Miss Marple


Good article by Howie! That guy Gruber could be in big trouble.

And If I were Scott Walker, I would file a lawsuit simply for DISCOVERY! I bet Gruber could provide all sorts of helpful information.



'From where I sit, once the clock strikes midnight, what once was considered that particular "tomorrow" ceases to exist and becomes "today".'

I suppose the "tomorrow" in the aphorism is the particular day, like Sunday, not "whatever day follows the current day." This calls to mind the common computer programming abuse "i = i + 1", mathematical nonsense but computers "know" what it means.


"he should have just paraphrased the Big Guy"

And then there is

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.

From that other big guy.


Theodore Dalrymple on the ways people died 400 years ago.
Expressing his surprise that there were coroner's inquests 800 years ago for the common people, he remarks how it seems odd considering the Enlightment didn't occur until much later.
It doesn't surprise me that the idea of the equal value of every human life being invented by man in the Enlightenment rather than where it originated would be entertained by an unbeliever, but I thought TD was wiser than that.


I truly hope gurber is audited with a fine tooth comb by lepage and walker. Let them expose him as a crook, then we can watch the feds dissemble toavoid examining his bills. He s a bad actor, he deserves everything that should be coming to him.

Miss Marple


I agree. What I would dearly like to find out are the other Grubers doing work for the government, either within it or as contractors.

I bet there are EPA contractors on tape somewhere, for example.


NYPD turned their backs on Mayor Bane at Ramos's funeral today.

Rude: turning your back on a funeral eulogist.
Ruder: crashing a funeral and and appointing yourself eulogist.


The EPA is worse.
It has an incestuous statutory relationship with the public's enemies; environmental groups.
They sue the Feds who then go in a backroom with the people suing them and come out straightening their skirt and tidying their tousled hair and declare a compromise has been reached and the creeps get their way and the taxpayers pay exorbitantly for the suit tryst.
If this happened in a courtroom it would be called collusion. Behind Fed doors it's known as regulation and good government.


Absolutely, Issa s replacement andmcconell s senate committes should audit EPA and expose the nasty work they ve been doing for 6 years.

Miss Marple

You cannot convince me that Gruber doesn't have MIT pals who do work for environmental groups and the EPA. He probably learned his billing techniques from them.

That is why I would like to see Walker go after him and ask some pointed questions.

Danube on iPad

It's five o'clock somewhere.


Pakistan is not happy with this season of Homeland, between you and me, I don't think they got to the finale,

it's grubers all the way down, from Holdren, Ehrlich's mini me, to Starchek, nominated for Army Counsel, formerly from Di Fi's shop, to Brennan, who did his best splunge impression, to Howell


It's entertaining to read The Voice of Progressive Idiocy in Wisconsin elevating Gruber over the neanderthal Walker.

Ken Lay

The EPA sucks and all, but I sure wish they'd halt global warming.

It's hot as hell in here.

Eric in Boise

evil wind sprints thereof.

Heh. Missed that the first time.


meawhile, Mazzetti delives a vizzini, about Obama's being an 'intelligence presidency'


actually I thought it was too charitable a portrayal


Danube on iPad

Will the congress remecy the "typo?" Will non-exchange states act to establish exchanges?


Will Lassie chase a squirrel instead of leading Jimmy to the boy in the well?

Eric in Boise

Pakistani officials are furious with Showtime after watching the fourth season of its hit show “Homeland,” which they say portrays their country as an ugly, ignorant, terror-plagued “hellhole.”

It's simply amazing how realistic CGI can make the on-screen experience.


it's remarkable, it's not like they provided sanctuary to bin Laden for a decade, wait. . .

Miss Marple


From that old article I discovered that Gruber worked with a company called Gorman Actuarial.
From their web site I found this:

Gorman Actuarial

Gorman Actuarial, LLC (GA) formed in January 2006 and is located in Marlborough, Massachusetts. It has been certified as a Minority and Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) by the Massachusetts State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA). Its client list includes health insurers who do business in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire and Divisions of Insurance for the states of Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island.

GA’s lead consultant, Bela Gorman, FSA, MAAA is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries with over 16 years of health care experience.

Well, what can we find out about Bela Gorman?

She sits on the board of Stearns Farms in Framingham, which is into sustainable farming and natural foods:


She was a co-author of the report given to Minnesota about health care reforms, submitted Nov. 17, 2011:


I also found her house, which I will not post the info here but it is very large.


so it's a confederacy of grubers,

Miss Marple

Indeed it is, narciso.

People ought to be investigating Gorman Actuarial, because she shows up in consulting with Gruber in Minnesota, Maine and Wisconsin.

Miss Marple

God bless EWTN. They are showing this old Christmas special by The Christophers from the 1950's. There, in black and white, was Snooky Lanson singing "O Come All Ye Faithful."

Older JOM-ers will remember him from "The Hit Parade."


actually even farther than that:



I find it difficult to discern whether EPA-grubers are more damaging than Edu-grubers. Econ-grubers are, IMO, more damaging than either but consideration must be given to the probable future damage made possible by the commie core corruption peddled by Edu-grubers.

It's a problem worthy of a study, with the results to be published in the prestigious Annals of Credentialed Morony

How did Walker's limitations due to lack of a moron's credential allow him to see through the scam perpetuated by a MIT PhD?


software, is much harder to debug than hardware:



narciso's link at 01:09 picks up Gorman Actuarial.
I bet they are every where that Obamacare is.


The more I read about this Dark Money the more I am surprised some of us haven't gotten caught up in it.



Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's oldest child, 8 year old daughter Shiloh, wants to be called John and identifies as a boy.

Her parents obediently complied with her wishes [or started her on them; it's not clear which] and dress her up in little suits and cut her hair like a boy's, blah, blah, frickin blah. The usual mindless PC crap about celebrating diversity.
Study after study shows these people are hopelessly unhappy and disordered so why would any parent who cared about their kids more than their ideology encourage and foster it?

Miss Marple


When I was a kid I was what wasthen called a "tomboy." I was the oldest of 5 kids and the first 4 were daughters, my brother didn't show up until I was 8.

Consequently, I was the child who went hunting and fishing with my dad, got an electric train and a robot for Christmas, never owned a doll (who needs them when real babies come along every so often) and really wanted to be Robin Hood.

My mom still sent me to school in dresses, and I somehow grew out of it as I entered my teen years. I even managed to appreciate fine jewelry, nice clothing, and make-up. LOL!

I think parents make a mistake indulging what may be a transitional period of childhood.


Did the witches of Salem die of asphyxiation or barbecueing? I can see the new series. Colonial Coroner 90210.

Danube on iPad

Earlier this year I had a guide in Rome who had the honor of guiding Chaz Bono around the city for a few days the preceding week. He said he was the most boorish, obnoxious, entitled, rude and bullying young person he had ever encountered. I felt compelled to point out that both of the parents were of Italian ancestry.


gruber does come in wallaby, just in case, you were wondering:


Sandy  "I Stand with Walker 2016"  Daze    ن

One of my favs this time of year, Going My Way...

Won seven oscars, including:
Best Picture
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Director
Best Writing, Original Story
Best Writing, Screenplay
Best Music, Original Song
...and nom'd for three more


Mrs Iggy was too, MM. The difference these days is society seems to want to make a tom boy into a boy boy.
A girl who likes doing guy things is great fun. A girl who turns into a guy is not, most especially for herself.

--I felt compelled to point out that both of the parents were of Italian ancestry.--

Actually wiki says Cher is not dago at all but more Armenian than anything. There's one less dope I have to live down.

Sandy  "I Stand with Walker 2016"  Daze    ن

Then there's Bells of St Mary's, make it 1945, and Going My Way, 1944.


I had a strange feeling of dejavu:



Jerry Brown attempting to destroy CA long after he's gone by appointing a 38 year old radical lawyer with no experience as a judge and almost no private experience as a lawyer to the CA Supreme court.
Rose Bird's revenge.
Bang, zoom, to the moonbeam, Jerry.

Sandy  "I Stand with Walker 2016"  Daze    ن

Here's the 2h05'48" of Bells of St Mary's

Maybe the first ever "silly cat video" begins at this link at the 6'00" point when Father Chuck O'Malley sits on a kitten ! Only gets better from there....

Miss Marple

The bells of St. Mary's
Ah, hear they are calling
The young loves, the true loves
Who come from the sea

And so my beloved
When red leaves are falling
The love bells shall ring out, ring out
For you and me

Centralcal on iPad

DoT: I think Cher is of Armenian ancestry, if I recall correctly and from my present city, too.

Miss Marple

Sandy, I don't think anything is more moving in a movie than when Barry Fitzgerald's old Irish mother comes tottering in, having been brought over from Ireland by the priest (Bing Crosby) who he had been resentful of, while they play "Toora-loora-loora."

Stephen Price Blair

I prefer Hunter Thompson’s “After midnight, all things are possible.”

Centralcal on iPad

According to Wiki, Cher's mother is quite the hodgepodge of several countries and Cherokee - but Cher had no Italian ancestry. Only Sonny did.

Jeff Dobbs

Woke up and mrs hit and run wasn't in bed. I went to the garage and her car wasn't there. In a bit of a panic, I headed out to my car. But then realized I couldn't leave the kids at home without them knowing I was leaving.

When I headed back in - hit and run jr was coming down the stairs. He informed me that mrs hit and run was in princess hit and run's room asleep.

But where's her car?

He told me that she got home around 2 am - being dropped off in a cab. And when she came in, her keys were taped to her forehead.

Her friend was going to stop by to pick mrs hit and run and the kids up for school.

I mean, it was a dream.



If Clair hit does ever run away for good, she'll have a lot of witnesses here on her behalf. Drinking, pool and poker playing, chainsawing..Enough to make the Ladies Temperance Society twist their knickers.


cough::1:58::cough, cc.:)

Sandy  "I Stand with Walker 2016"  Daze    ن


(in caps !)

Sandy, I don't think anything is more moving in a movie than when Barry Fitzgerald's old Irish mother comes tottering in, having been brought over from Ireland by the priest (Bing Crosby) who he had been resentful of, while they play "Toora-loora-loora."

(tears this year, watching that scene...)

Miss Marple

Sandy, I need to get copies of those movies. I can no longer count on the movie channels showing them, since they are in black and white and portray Catholics in a favorable light.

Danube on iPad

I stand corrected. Gotta brush up on my celebrities.

Actually I think that, just as it was when he appointed Rose Bird the first time around, it's Jerry Brown's revenge. He never got over the humiliation of flunking the bar exam the first time, then quickly establishing a reputation as a decidedly mediocre lawyer.

Before the Bird era, the CA Supreme Court had a reputation as the finest state court in the nation. Law textbooks throughout the land were peppered with its opinions, particularly those written by the legendary Chief Justice Roger Traynor.

The word that always comes to mind at the mention of his name is "impudent." Like the time he appointed to some state office the one Vietnam POW who had collaborated with the enemy, thus earning the eternal enmity and contempt of his fellow POWs.

"Asshole" also leaps to mind.

Centralcal on iPad

Apologies, Iggy. By golly, neither of us wanted Cher to spoil your Italian heritage, nor that of my children. LOL.

Chaz is mixed up in too many ways to count, and being only about one-half Italian isn't the cause of it. Too bad, he/she was a really cute kid once upon a time.

Miss Marple

Had the TV on last night and saw there is a movie coming out called "Selma," about the march in the late 60's.

It wasn't enough to tell the true story, of course, so they invented facts.

Unfortunately for the writers and producer, Joseph Califano is still living and spoke up:


Danube on iPad

As I recall, Earl Warren had no experience on the bench anywhere when Ike appointed him Chief Justice.



More evidence for my belief that Neil DeGruber Tyson's idiotic tweet ("12 fingers") was posted to intentionally mock Christians:

Astrophysicist angers Christians with Christmas tweet



The Perry Mason girl i mentioned yesterday, who was discovered after a comment by Earl Warren's wife, at a cocktail party honoring his becoming Chief Justice, eventually became the star of this movie:

It was her biggest role:)


Traynor and his court gave us strict (I.e non-negligent) products liability and other mods that favored legal redistributionism over justice.

Back on the issue of Obama executive fiat:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/12/26/obamas-executive-memoranda-highlights-constitutional-crisis-orders-immigration/.

jimmyk on iPad

"Neil DeGruber Tyson's idiotic tweet"

On a more positive note, this piece in Friday's WSJ makes what seems like a pretty strong case for "intelligent design," not based on biology and the complexity of life, but on physics and the improbability of the universe.


May be behind the paywall.


OTOh, there was a very silly piece by some writer, Richard Boudreaux, how he couldn't relate to America,



they did a remake of that film, sometime in the 90s with Daryl Hannah, as smart a move,
as 'Escape from Witch Mountain' with the Rock


He said he was the most boorish, obnoxious, entitled, rude and bullying young person he had ever encountered.

The only other person I've heard described that way is Chelsea Clinton - and that was back when she was in college.


"Tomorrow does not exist until midnight"!?!


That head-scratcher reminds me a bit of this bit o' cultish Nirvana wisdom that was popular back in College in the 70's: babaramdass'es,

Nom yom go rim gay kyoo!

I think this guy said it best tho':

I think he became Obama's economics czar.


Of course, back in the day, even Mother Jones got into the act, with the Huntress.

Thomas Collins

Must be a newly constructed hotel, BOE. They don't make walls like they used to!

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