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January 20, 2015

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Old Lurker

My problem with 529's is the same as with 401K's et al. They know what you have and where it is...and that makes it to easy for the government to come get it.

One of my oldest friends has had one financial planning rule for structuring his assets these last fifty years: "Confuse it and Lose it".

While he has always paid his taxes honestly, if he were to decide that enough is enough, the IRS would never touch him.

Old Lurker

too

jimmyk

disillusionment with democratic will itself

Projection. It's the left that is disappointed that the democratic will has just made their hero pretty much powerless to accomplish anything in his last two years other than by the distinctly undemocratic executive order. Stupid voters!

Jack is Back!

Why just me? How about Sandy? or Matt?

As I have said before, when it comes to canonical law and Catholic spiritual doctrine I will listen to the Pope. When it comes to politically inspired agenda of global warming, income inequality, wealth distribution, free market economics, free speech, terrorism and the other issues he is want to express then I consider him like any other political observer.

Also, he is a South American bishop and a Jesuit with a built-in social justice bias that does get mangled in translation from Spanish to Italian to English from time to time. Another reason he should make all his remarks in Latin:)

jimmyk

They know what you have and where it is...and that makes it to easy for the government to come get it.

I figure they pretty much know what I have and where it is anyway. Even Swiss bank accounts aren't what they used to be. The only thing the IRS might have trouble figuring out is capital gains, as even I have trouble figuring that out. But I'm sure if I were audited, I would be guilty until proven innocent.

NKvirusedand back

jimmyK@3:54 -- very true; the old white libs are projecting their profound disappointment (and now for some anger) in all things Obummer. They can't believe how little was done in 2 years of monopoly parliamentary type power (09-10), and nothing or worse (from their perspective) the last 4 years. Now Obummer is a fullon racialist that is attacking their economic lifestyle. You know these old white libs... they are your and my colleagues and acquaitances in NYC!

NKvirusedand back

OL-- there are precious few buckets of cash left for the Progs to seize and nationalize; 529, 401-k accounts and consumer credit card balances. 529/401-k are the immediate targets because they are creatures of the IRC. Complain all you want, where would we be today if therte had been a Harry/Nancy Congress to date?... rhetorical question, we'd be on Jane's island.

pagar

Might want to make a copy.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/01/rnc-releases-obamas-sotu-by-the-numbers/

I put it on the last dead thread in error.

jimmyk

Apparently something called a "Sexual assault activist" will be present at the SOTU. Ashe Schow has the right response.

Ashe Schow ‏@AsheSchow 5m

AYFKM MT @marieclaire Sexual assault activist Emma Sulkowicz will be at tonight’s SOTU.

More details on who this person is here:

In September, Columbia senior Emma Sulkowicz began carrying her mattress around campus to protest the school's handling of her rape case. Tonight, she'll attend the President's State of the Union address—though likely without said bedding in tow.

http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/news/a13058/emma-sulkowicz-state-of-the-union/

Miss Marple

Idea for a commercial, entitled "Obama's America":

Open showing a nice middle class family, black, who have saved and are now proudly watching son graduate. In theri hands, they hold a check from their 529 plan which will pay for his first years of schoolin.

Up walks a white government worker (obnoxious Lois Lerner or Gruber type) who snatches the money from their hands and says, "You have to give me some of that to help this kid here, because his parents didn't save any money.

Cut to a white slacker type with Honey-Boo-Boo type parents, who grin.

lyle

AmSpec:

Millions will watch Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, but only a couple of dozen will do so from the most important perch: the first lady’s box.


President Obama’s list this year includes a doctor working to stop the spread of Ebola, union workers benefiting from a stronger economy, a victim of gun violence, a government worker freed in a prisoner exchange as part of the outreach to Cuba, and an illegal immigrant who has remained in the country under Mr. Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty.

lyle

MM for head of RNC! Stat!

RickB

The damage done to the Fascist Party by President Joe Isuzu Shamwow won't be complete for at least three more election cycles. It''s reasonably clear that his future plans as Field Marshal of the Free Shit Army involve continuing extortion as a Black Klan racist.

I wonder if MLK had enough background in micro-measurement to attempt an analysis of the content of the President's lack of character?

anonamom

They absolutely will not give up the "intelligent" meme, will they?
Despite what their lying eyes show them every day.

Thomas Collins

I think the big picture on Pope Francis is that he is acting, as one would expect one of God's Marines to do in the 21st Century, to keep the money flowing from the West while he concentrates on building up the flock in Asia and Latin America and Africa. His receptivity to complaints about Western interference in family planning matters is instructive.

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/117805/pope-dont-breed-like-rabbits/

NKvirusedand back

MissM@4:06-- you beauty, great advert. One suggestion, make the black family a USMC Gunny Sgt, and his first responder EMT wife, and the dreadlock white slacker's unmarried mom was a pole dancer until she got genetic cellulite so now she's on Federal Disability and foodstamps.

Jack is Back!

OL/NK,

We thought about a 529 for Frederick but set up a Q.Dot trust and vested him with real estate and a foreign stock partnerhip via the family. When he is ready for college or decides to make big money and become a plumber, then he can access that for his expenses.

Of course, if he becomes a plumber, I have it in the trust that I get to fly his Citation 500 Sierra anytime I want:)

NKvirusedand back

JiB@4:17-- excellent family finance plan. May I add one detail. To earn the Associate's degree he'll need to become a plumber's apprentice, Young Mr. F will have FREE Comm Coll tuition! It all works!

Old Lurker

Hey Rick....will this have an impact on demographics in Japan?

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Old Lurker

Ooops. here is the quote:

"Nearly 50 per cent of all Japanese adults are not having sex, according to a study, dealing a new blow to government efforts to halt the sliding birth rate.
The report, conducted by the Japan Family Planning Association, determined that 49.3 per cent of the 3,000 people interviewed had not had sex in the previous month.
Of the men interviewed, 48.3 said they had not had sex for a month, while 50.1 per cent of women had abstained. Both figures were up about 5 percentage points from the previous study, conducted in 2012."

jimmyk

Oh, and Emma Sulkowicz is a Visual Arts major, whose senior thesis is entitled "Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)," consisting of her carrying a mattress around with her.

I'm sure employers will be lining up for her.

Old Lurker

Jimmy, most women who work on matresses are self employed.

Jack is Back!

jimmyk,

Sleepys?

NKvirusedand back

Photo @4:23-- for those of you who wondered what the RickB's Lackwitz Sisters looked like... there she is. Coming soon to a Coffee Bar near you.... "should we leave room for milk?"

Jane

I cut out of work at noon and went to see American Sniper.

Lots of people there for noon on a weekday.

Kyle makes me feel honored to love my country.

Old Lurker

JiB...QDOT because your wife is Belgian, right? Frederick is US, correct?

Hmmmm. I see the complication.

NKvirusedand back

How many tissues Jane?

Old Lurker

This isn't anything to worry about, right?

WSJ just now "Yemen—Houthi militiamen have taken over the presidential palace in Yemen’s capital, Interior Ministry officials said on Tuesday, causing panic as fighting spread across San’a and residents emptied the streets and stocked up on food and other supplies."

Old Lurker

Or this from the British papers "Iran and Hezbollah are planning 'imminent' joint invasion of Israel's northern Galilee region according to 'high level intelligence' "

Jack is Back!

OL,

Correctomundo. Miami law firm with lots of experience in that combo:)

Buckeye

No worries. I'm sure Zero will be glad to give the Israelis a helping hand.

Iggy

They know he's not very bright but he agrees with all their stupid crap so they are faced with the dilemma; acknowledge that dumbasses believe what they do which shatters their meme of 'four legs smart, two legs dumb' or keep the fantasy intact and pretend no one else notices the guy is all booster and no payload. [a little Beasts humor there]

Buckeye

JiB

So will the Citation have an N prefix or OO prefix on the tail?

Old Lurker

"So will the Citation have an N prefix or OO prefix on the tail?"

Better question: will the bar be stocked, or will that be my responsibility when JiB swoops into Nantucket to pick me up?

Jack is Back!

BS, McCain: Tell me one thing that is "wonderful" or "honorable" about Islam as a religion. Have these jerks ever really read the Qu'ron and all the haditha that come out of it?

NKvirusedand back

JiB-- there are indeed many wonderful honorable and charitable provisions in the Koran. Of course, they all are directed at adherents in the Unmah to be charitable to other adherents; as to the rest of us? the Koran orders the sword, or at best, permanent inferior status.

Jack is Back!

Considering he will be a Union plumber, it will be stocked with Bilecart-Salmon champagne and Belvedere Vodka. But the tail insignia has yet to be determined.

Miss Marple

Jack,

All they see is the $$$ flowing from the kingdom. Prince Bandar was very good at talking up the beauties of the faith while ignoring all of the stuff like beheadings, which apparently no one is supposed to talk about.

Only now ISIS is heading towards them, and they don't want the random, mass-volume beheaders, preferring their carefully controlled beheadings. So they are building a huge fortified wall. (Which we also aren't supposed to notice since we have been told you can't do it in a desert area or something.)

So, there you go. And it still seems to me that I, a Midwest grandmother, know more about foreign affairs than many in DC.

Old Lurker

Plumbers are so expensive on Nantucket, you can bring Frederick with you and we can rent him out to my neighbors. Free fuel for the jet for JiB & me!

Thomas Collins

The new MassGuv may have more of a sense of humor than I thought:

"At the end of a press conference on the state budget Tuesday morning, a reporter asked Baker about the allegedly deflated balls. "There's no good place to go when you're talking about allegedly deflated balls," Baker responded. [From State House News]
pagar

http://babalublog.com/2015/01/20/cuban-resistance-leader-antunez-to-be-boehneers-guest-during-sotu-speaks-truth-to-power/

Meanwhile, we have these sellouts:

http://babalublog.com/2015/01/20/hall-of-shame-78-bigwigs-some-of-them-cuban-exiles-write-love-letter-to-present-occupant-of-the-white-house-ask-for-more-concessions-to-castrogonia/

People who desire to be free have been betrayed.

jimmyk

most women who work on matresses are self employed.

Heh, but most don't have "Invited to the SOTU" on their resumes. I wonder if she'll bring her mattress. And will she get a shoutout from the CiC? It would be great if she's seated with the Solon of Scranton.

RickB

Pretend you're a Progressive Fascist (place your head on a door frame and have someone slam the door a few times). You know Field Marshal Shamwow is a vindictive (REDACTED), you know you can't win outside of Blue Hell with Field Marshal Shamwow's antics but you also know you may lose control of Blue Hells if you offend Field Marshal Shamwow and his FSA.

Now, are you willing to proffer your honest assessment of Field Marshal Shamwow's intelligence or can we all just agree he's a real genius?

NKvirusedand back

Nice touch by Boehner. Interesting contrast to the Lackwitz mattress hauler.

Cecil Turner

The Forbes article is not specific.

The 142K figure isn't from the Forbes article, it's from the GAO report . . . and there, the number is titled "total household income" (p.20). They follow with an interesting addendum:

We are 95 percent confident that the median income for families with 529 plans or Coverdells was between $125,400 and $159,400.
I have no idea where Ben got his AGI info, nor whom he was calling a liar . . . but I suspect tinfoil (possibly in the shape of rabbit ears) was involved.

Iggy

Emma slightly weakened her case by having sex with her supposed rapist twice before the alleged rape.

Here is the guilty-even-after-being-found-not-guilty guy's story.

NKvirusedand back

Iggy-- did you read this in the Lackwitz girl bio:

"Sulkowicz is the daughter of Sandra Leong and Kerry Sulkowicz, both psychiatrists from Manhattan."

Well that covers the mattress hauling. Back in the day, I dated a girl in HS whose father was an Upper West Side Shrink-- he was quite normal and pretty funny in a Woody Allen sort of way. The girl? she was normal in HS. we went to the same University, where she promptly went nutz and needed a lengthy check up from the neck up.

Stephanie De Nile is a river in Progtopia

Good news. The echo results came back good and the chemical stress test is scheduled for Thursday morning. One down.

Congrats DrJ. As Miss Melly would say "it's always wonderful when babies are born"

jimmyk

I think of it this way: Emma Sulkowicz will occupy a seat at the SOTU that could have been taken by, for example, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Or Taya Kyle.

Extraneus

Good link to Shamwow's long list of broken SOTU promises, via Drudge:

MONTAGE: 112 UNKEPT PROMISES FROM EARLIER OBAMA SOTU ADDRESSES

And from the comments:



Miss Marple

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/dgreenfield/obama-turns-to-speechwriter-from-richest-town-in-connecticut-for-gritty-everyman-prose/#.VL7WntVT5Q4.twitter

The examples are NOT Hemingway, despite the speechwriter's nickname.

Miss Marple

Stephanie,

Good news on the test! Keeping my fingers crossed on the other one!

Extraneus

Congrats for the good news, Stephanie. We hate the thought of you being ill after storing the mental images of your yearbook photo and wardrobe malfunction.

clarice

Thanks, Janet.

Jack is Back!

Excellent news Stephanie.

Now. Who will be This Year's SOTU "Designated Survivor"?

I am picking HHS.

http://nation.foxnews.com/2015/01/20/who-will-be-year-s-sotu-designated-survivor

NKvirusedand back

Polling such as this demonstrates the unfortunate power of the Legacy Media to shape the attitudes of LiVs by being a filter of what the see and hear. Bounce in approval Polls? Obummer can't do anything visible and gas prices have been cut in half DESPITE Obummer. Voila LIVs are less angry -- and that's fine. http://reason.com/blog/2015/01/20/pew-americans-say-obama-is-a-good-man-wh

Extraneus

What's with this guy?

Pope: Catholics need not breed 'like rabbits'

Pope Francis, after a visit to the largest Catholic nation in Asia, says Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children and need not reproduce "like rabbits.''
anonamom

I've got to go with the "lost in translation" explanation JiB is offering.
(I so hope!)

Though his has long been the official position--nobody is compelling Catholics to have eight or ten or twelve kids; and supposedly the natural method works well as described; problem is the number of days that "contact" needs to be avoided is difficult for most couples.

So, 95% of married Catholics practice more conventional forms of birth control, without too much concern re: our immortal souls.

new lurker

Well, anonamom, that makes you Catholics just like us Episcopalians! Heehee.

Miss Marple

Jack,

They just announced it is Anthony Foxx, the Transportation Secretary.

exdemocrat

OT question for the constitutional lawyers here (and any who will play one on TV for a bit):
What qualifies as a "religion" for the purposes of protection under the First Amendment?

Stephanie De Nile is a river in Progtopia

Guy I worked with was number 11 of 18 kids. One set of twins. I can't even imagine. The housing arrangements must be unbelievable not to mention bathroom schedules. IIRC all the kids went to college, too.

RickB

How long did it take the church to figure out that renting out money is no more sinful than renting out a donkey? When did the church ever reward intellect coupled with initiative any more than did the Chinese dynasties or the Pharaohs? It's unfortunate that this Pope appears to accept the Club of Rome "limitation" idiocy but one should never be surprised with displays of ignorance from those whose interest has never been sparked by curiosity regarding causation.

Publius of Idaho

Just catching up, but it is no wonder that Harry Reid has such a despicable disposition. You would too if your office walls were painted a pizz-green yellow.

Extraneus

What about "Be fruitful and multiply"?

Isn't there a certain beauty in large families? A guy at work just had his fifth kid, and I congratulated him more warmly than I would someone with one or two.

I've never had this conversation with my son, but if I did, I'd recommend that he marry someone with whom he could have five kids. Who wouldn't want a bunch of kids and grandchildren over for the holidays when they get old, or their kids to have lots of aunts, uncles and cousins?

More to the point, what is the moral argument for having fewer children? Why would the Pope make such a claim? Is he thinking of these NFL players who have five children with five different women?

Threadkiller

JiB...QDOT because your wife is Belgian, right? Frederick is US, correct?

Hmmmm. I see the complication.

So did The Founding Fathers.

Threadkiller

Oops

Janet

Love Extraneus's 5:28 pic.

Extraneus

Btw, I saw the stuff about Fox getting sued for saying there are no-go areas in France. Is that untrue?

Miss Marple

I am the oldest of 5. We are all 2-3 years apart. My siblings are my greatest friends.

We all live on the south side of Indy after having lived elsewhere, and our children are all friendly and close. We get together every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, and often in the summer for cook-outs or eating out at a pizzeria or something.
I am the oldest, and since my parents are now gone am the oldest of everyone. I am grateful my folks had 5 of us. I am sorry I didn't have more, but my life didn't turn out where I could. My son has 3. My daughter is now single and lives with me, and I don't know if she will ever re-marry. She is close to her nieces and nephews, though.

There are lots of Catholic families around here who had 8-10 kids, and they all hang together and are close. I think (speaking from experience) that the older siblings take care of the younger ones, so they have a stronger sibling bond.

It is hard work for the parents, but the gift of memories you give your kids is priceless. I cherish my memories of my childhood and how my parents figured out ways to take cheap vacations, fun activities around the area, and let us play outdoors until dark.

Highly recommend a larger family if the couple is in agreement. I do not think you would regret it.

Miss Marple

Oh, looky here.

In 2007 the Obamas dumped a bunch of money into 529's for their daughters.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB123999559891729809

Miss Marple

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-threatens-veto-bill-protect-premature-infants_824167.html#.VL7g-VN84fQ.twitter

Danube on iPad

Happy for you, Steph. Continued good luck.

Captain Hate

Great news, Steph.

Certainly a lot better news than Chip Kelly plans on going full Costanza and do whatever it takes to draft Mariota. Judging on how well Ducks QBs have done since Dan Fouts, I anticipate a lot of Philthadelphia waitresses to be wearing sunglasses on Mondays because they "walked into a door".

Danube on iPad

Exdem, the short answer is that it must be a sincerely held belief, the exercise of which poses no threat to public safety.

Check out Sherbert v. Verner (1963).

jimmyk

On the topic of this thread, Vox is getting royally fisked (it's a day ending in 'y'):

Political Math ‏@politicalmath 11m11 minutes ago

Oh my god, @voxdotcom. Seriously? How do you justify this statement?

https://twitter.com/politicalmath/status/557679517637292032/photo/1

jimmyk

Glad to hear the good news, Stephanie.

Miss Marple

jimmyk,

I just saw that on Twitter!

I bet Vox doesn't even see the problem! Can't wait until AmishDude (mathematician) sees that!

pagar

Looks like Madoff could have been free much longer if he had had the right prosecutor.

"Oberlander alleges that after the government set Sater free with a slap on the wrist, he went right back to conning unsuspecting innocents. According to Oberlander’s suit, Sater managed to build up a real-estate company, find investors, and secure funding from banks without disclosing his criminal past, and proceeded to defraud new victims of millions of dollars. Lynch then fought to keep the details of Sater’s case secret, despite having issued a press release trumpeting his role in the crime for which he was convicted at the beginning of her first tenure as U.S. attorney."

" Luke Bolar, a Vitter spokesman, tells NRO in an e-mail that Lynch’s potential secret docket and possible failure to comply with federal law are huge concerns for the senator. Bolar says Vitter is also raising questions about why Lynch has sought to block the release of flood-insurance documents in another case, documents that he describes as “likely revealing widespread fraud perpetrated against victims of Superstorm Sandy.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/396640/loretta-lynchs-secret-docket-ryan-lovelace

Jim Miller

So, in the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, we might have a genuine locked-room murder mystery. (Note, please that I said "might".)

I have always thought there were way more locked room mysteries in fiction than in real life.

(If you aren't familiar with the story, check the NYT story, which I have linked to, on my site.)

Ben

'I don't know' is key to Ryan's understanding of complex issues..

"Since elected to the papacy, Pope Francis has seemed to drive a wedge between American conservatives and the Catholic Church.


On Thursday, he drove that wedge just a bit deeper, by acknowledging that climate change is mostly man’s fault.
“I don’t know if it is all [man’s fault] but the majority is, for the most part, it is man who continuously slaps down nature,” Francis told reporters. “We have in a sense taken over nature.”

Pope Francis has long advocated for protection of the environment and climate, but Thursday’s comments mark the first time the Pope has acknowledged humans’ role in causing global warming.

His theological justification for both environment and climate action has been that respect for the “beauty of nature and the grandeur of the cosmos” is a Christian value. Later this year, Francis is expected to tell the planet’s 1.2 billion Catholics why acting on climate change is essential to the faith using an influential church document called an encyclical.

Though the vast majority of climate scientists agree with the Pope on this point, many members of Congress — 169 members, to be exact, — are on record denying the science of human-caused climate change. Thirty-five of those members of Congress are self-identifying Catholics, 12 of whom have used the tenets of Catholicism to justify certain policy positions.
ThinkProgress has compiled a list of those 12 Catholic members of Congress who cite their religion as part of their political ideology, and are also on record denying climate change. We reached out to all of them to see if the Pope’s words might change their minds. No one has responded yet, but we’ll update if anyone does. That list is below.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI-01)


Indeed, Ryan’s personal politics have often intersected with his Catholicism. In an interview with The Brody File, Ryan said the Catholic principle of “subsidiarity” guided his thought process while he was crafting his budget. He’s cited his faith as a need to push comprehensive immigration reform, telling Rep. Luis Gutierrez, “You’re a Catholic; I’m a Catholic; we cannot have a permanent underclass of Americans exploited in America.”
But when it comes to climate change, Ryan disagrees with the head of the Catholic church. “I don’t know the answer to that question,” Ryan said this past October when asked whether climate change was real and caused by humans. “I don’t think science does, either.”

Ryan’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

Jane

I'm going to have to bow out of the live blogging tonite. It's not even 7 PM and I can barely keep my eyes open. And if I can, the last thing I want to see is some guy lying thru his teeth.

Miss Marple

Jane, I will do my best to fill your shoes.

Get a good night's sleep!

Iggy

--I am the oldest of 5. We are all 2-3 years apart. My siblings are my greatest friends.--

I beg the court five minutes for rebuttal.

Extraneus

So the Pope disagrees with "Turn the other cheek," and "Be fruitful and multiply." Instead, he's for punching people who insult your mother and claims a moral responsibility to limit family size.

What's next? Stealing and murder are ok? No need to honor your father and mother?

jimmyk

@politicalmath is walking it back a little bit, but I still think the Vox piece is fisk-worthy. For example this:

"The 2012 GAO report found that 47 percent of all families with Coverdell or 529 accounts made more than $150,000 per year."

followed later by:

"Meanwhile, 529 savings accounts, are relatively uncommon — just 3 percent of households have them — and skew more heavily toward families making six figures or higher."

So 53% made less than $150,000/year. That's "skewed heavily toward families making six figures or higher"? If so, a lot of them are making between $100K and $150K, which is not exactly rich.

rich@gmu

fisking Vox ... like shooting fish in a barrel.

evening everyone.

rich@gmu

good new on the Stephanie. Hope you are feeling better.

Congratulations GrandpaJ and new granddaughter.

Miss Marple

Iggy,

Everyone's opinion is colored by his/her own experience.

I am only giving my opinion based on my childhood.

If you had a bad experience due t family size (not based on an individual who is disturbed as you have often discussed) then feel free to discuss. You won't hurt my feelings.

Ben


"A lot of tech-heads have questioned whether North Korea was truly responsible for the Great Sony Hack. We now learn from Engadet that the NSA knew all about it because No Such Agency had hacked NK first. How did they know? Because the NSA inserted backdoor programs into North Korean computer systems years and years ago.

(Which makes sense. The Promis story, which now seems like ancient history, was built around that premise.)

Here comes the troubling part: The new information supposedly comes from newly-released Snowden documents published in Der Spiegel. Yet Engadget was able to confirm and expand upon the story through anonymous government sources!

Seriously? Are we supposed to believe this? NSA insiders "anonymously" expanding upon a Snowden revelation? That doesn't seem right.

But it all gets stranger still.

Although the Engadget piece on North Korea cites the Der Spiegel article, the latter does not mention North Korea at all. Der Spiegel offers what seems like a legitimate discussion of the Snowden revelations -- or at least, of someone's revelations. (There have long been rumors of a second leaker.) The German piece is worth reading in its own right, even though you have to peek between the lines to see how it might be relevant to the Great Sony Hack.

But the Engadget article...well, it's very different. It seems planted.

Engadget speaks of backdoors that have been placed directly in the NK systems. By contrast, Spiegel speaks of methods used by the NSA to eavesdrop -- silently and anonymously -- on electronic traffic flowing to Chinese intelligence. This haul is said to include material from smaller neighboring countries (which may or may not include NK).

Moreover, the Engadget article raises a very good question: If the NSA knew about the Great Sony Hack from Day 1, why did the Agency do nothing to stop it? Engadget does try to answer that question, but the solution they offer is none too persuasive.

What's going on here? Can you dope out this mystery?


http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/

clarice

Great news, Stephanie!

jimmyk

Oh, great. That's what the elections were about?

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/joni-ernst-to-focus-on-bipartisanship-in-state-of-the-union-response/article/2558976

Miss Marple

jimmyk, I will wait and see.

A lot of this rebuttal is what the leadership wants.

So I view it through that lens, which still isn't pretty.

Iggy

Was only joshing MM. No rebuttal toward your experience intended.

Miss Marple

Our next president if the terrorists attack tonight.

Miss Marple

Iggy,

When I have been here longer I will recognize when you are joking. Sorry!

maryrose

I am number three of 7 children and the oldest girl.
I totally concur with MM in that my sisters are my best friends.It was great growing up in a big family and we do get together for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
Miss Marple is a good resource for Catholic doctrine because she is a convert.
16 years of catholic education did help me become stronger in my faith.Narciso, once a Catholic ,always a catholic.

jimmyk on iPhone

"A lot of this rebuttal is what the leadership wants"

That's the problem. Wouldn't it be great if she went off script and gave a JOM-like response? What could they do to her?

Iggy

--When I have been here longer I will recognize when you are joking.--

Basically, I'm always joking. I'm just not that funny so it's hard to tell.

rse

Hey MM--he would be my alma mater's first Pres unless we count the 2 years Progressivist Woodrow spent there before moving on to Princeton I believe.

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