Then the chin went away and he looked like this.
Now his eyebrows seem to have been repositioned. Some people just don’t know when to stop.
Then the chin went away and he looked like this.
Now his eyebrows seem to have been repositioned. Some people just don’t know when to stop.
I love this woman. All hail Janet!
To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.
When you have $22 billion, giving ten million to a guy to publicly advocate for the cause of your lifetime is cheap, especially if he salutes and does it. Sheldon Adelson got his money’s worth with Newt.
In December, Gingrich proclaimed the Palestinians “an invented people.” Israel’s Haaretz daily reported later that month that Adelson approved of the remarks. And Gingrich has said that one of the first executive orders he would sign if elected president would move the American Embassy to Jerusalem.
That embassy pledge isn’t new in American politics. But Gingrich also said that Isreal’s official capital, Jerusalem, must be defended as such. I’m not certain what that means, but I’ll guess that it’s a call to reject sharing the city, a negotiating point in all peace talks. He simply dismisses the fact that Jerusalem is central and foundational and sacred to all three Abrahmic relligions. (Fine from a private citizen, but reckless from a public politician running for Presdient.)
Adelson is an ardent Zionist who advocates for the U.S. to adopt the most hard line policies on Israel, stuff even Netanyahu rejects – the kinds of positions opposed by large numbers of Israelis, perhaps even a majority. Positions that ignore danger, shut down negotiatios and invite war.
At least, he doesn’t pretend. He puts his money where his mouthpiece is. And there’s plenty more where that ten million came from.
Will the apologists for our emerging American oligarchy try to talk their way around even this?
According to the Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, the United States has an economic freedom score of 76.3, which makes the United States rank tenth out of one hundred seventy-nine ranked countries. Hong Kong ranks first, with an economic freedom score of 89.9.
For those who don’t know, here‘s who they are:
Heritage’s stated mission is to “formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense”.
They think we’re not doing so well. And in case you didn’t know, here’s who they are:
Heritage is primarily funded through donations from private individuals and charitable foundations. Businessman Joseph Coors contributed the first $250,000 to start The Heritage Foundation in 1973. Other significant contributors have included the conservative Olin, Scaife, DeVos and Bradley foundations.
In 2007, Heritage reported an operating revenue of $75.0 million dollars. As of February 2011, Heritage reported 710,000 supporters. Heritage Foundation is also a part of the Koch Foundation Associate Program.
Those are family foundations, very very conservative family foundations that provided much of the funding for the anti-Clinton crusade of the 90’s: the eternal Paula Jones lawsuit, the fake Whitewater ‘scandal’ – even personal financial support for the public accusers around the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
They are also drivers of a new American oligarchy. Putin would love them.
Lessons in spam: How [not] to Sound Like A Person:
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We all get robo-spam, those announcements of the latest ‘enhancement’ drugs or miracle weight loss systems. For every one that gets through, 100 others are probably kept out of your inbox by a blocker.
Same with blogs – Aksimet on WordPress does a fine job for
Whatever Works. (It’s blocked almost 14,000 spam comments from making it through, but does hold them for review, just in case.)
Robo spammers (see above) have been working at creating auto generated and specific ‘comments’ based on the content of a post. Sometimes they’re even successful, but not often. Sheer awfulness still reigns supreme. It’s a Beta world so far.
But that could change. I notice lately that the language is a bit sharper, the comment itself more relevant, almost believable.
The goal for now is commercial, to encourage a blogger to click through. Which means of course that the goal is to deceive.
I do wonder about future implications for us all when deception is run by software, is automated, targeted and widespread.
Watch it – you know you want to! Maru is one determined cat, who lives in so clean and uncluttered a house that it makes me wonder if he is really a visitor from the future – where they’ve somehow conquered dust and dirt and grease?
Polls not looking good for Mr. “I will be the candidate”.
. . . after several days in which Romney has hammered Gingrich over his consulting work for mortgage giant Freddie Mac, the former Massachusetts governor leads the former House speaker, 40 percent to 32 percent.
The one, the only, Patsy Cline. (Listening, I sorta picture Newt doing this about 11pm last night. The ‘you’ he’s searching for, of course, would be himself.)
Republican candidates proclaim Obama’ an economic failure, mistaking slow growth for no growth or contraction. Or they’re just lying. Here are seven headlines from the front page of the Business section of my paper this morning:
Aren’t the candidates here in Florida? Maybe they should read the papers.
Andrew Sullivan surfed the interwebs tonight so we didn’t have to and gathered this damning round-up of conservative post-debate commentary. Not seeing anything but good news for Romney here:
Rod Dreher thought Romney wiped the floor with Gingrich:
Romney won this debate, and probably Florida, and so the nomination. Newt collapsed, as bullies and blowhards often do when somebody fights back. Santorum auditioned for Romney’s VP, and greatly enhanced his chances. Ron Paul shines on, that crazy diamond [great line].
Will Wilkinson seconds him:
Romney started strong, completely obliterating Newt on immigration and questions about his finances, and then stayed strong. Santorum again turned in an admirably dogged performance, but so what? Romney won the debate and the nomination.
Larison likewise expects a Romney win in Florida:
Romney held off Gingrich, and Gingrich was flailing most of the night. Unless something strange happens in the next few days, Romney should hold his lead in Florida. Santorum may have gained a little, but nowhere near enough to challenge for second place. Paul did a decent job tonight, but Florida is not a good state for him and he’s already looking to the caucus events in February.
There’s much, much more at the link. All of it worth a read if you’re interested in the Florida vote on
Or just read the rest here after the jump.
National Review Online is going after Newt. There’s a devastating statement by former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole – and here (on the left) is the poll on their homepage. Bill Buckley, the late NR publisher, conservative deity and very definition of the elite Ivy League northeasterner of whom Newt is so contemptuous (actually I think he’s really jealous), would likely approve.
The piling on is getting serious now. Newt could yet win in Florida, but his time in the sun is running out.
From Dole’s statement:
. . . it is now time to take a stand before it is too late. If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state, and federal offices. Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself.
. . . Gingrich [as] nominee could result in a landslide victory for Obama and a crushing defeat for Republicans from the courthouse to the White House.
There are dozens of excellent sources and charts available from very credible sources that reinforce the truth of the debt. Reagan and Bush II did the dirty. Clinton and Obama were left to clean up the ‘messes’.
This chart has been graphically sexed up, but the data is right out the US Treasury Dept. (h/t friend Ed)
UPDATE: Okay, this hurts. Links in the comment thread for this post, challenge this chart. The links are to Politifact and WaPo and taken together are persuasive that this info is not entirely honest. I think it is still very fair to say Reagan and Dubya were the worst offenders . . . while the challengers both put Obama at the top based on an assumption that the growth over the next five years will stay at the same rate as the last three. That assumption is, I think, preposterous and somewhat sullies their conclusions.
Nevertheless, I am eating a bit of crow here. And as much as it hurts, I’ve acknowledged as much in the comment thread to the man who provided the links – Alan Scott. How ’bout that.
(UPDATE: I have just been informed it is Thursday. Wanna make something of it?)
American TV defined this as Rock & Roll (because of the backbeat?). I loved The Platters and fell in love regularly under the spell of their songs.
For a long time, the US Department of Agriculture has designated different planting ‘zones’ throughout the country as a guide for growers. Their ratings are based on ‘extreme minimum temperature’. Garden books and seed packets usually say in what zone a plant can flourish and in what zones it can’t. But it’s the agricultural industry itself, the largest consumer of such data, that must pay the closest attention to these ratings to assure successful crop yields.
So with this change, the USDA now joins the Pentagon and NASA in acknowledging that global warming is real and must be part of all strategic planning. (I don’t mention any international science organizations or UN agencies because our conservative brethren know them all to be anti-American.)
My area of SW Florida has always been 9(b) – but now it’s officially a 10(a) zone. The temperature variation is not large (we go from a 5 to 10 degree variation to a 10-15 degree variation), but the USDA sees it as permanent.
. . . entire states, such as Ohio, Nebraska and Texas, are now in warmer zones . . . it reflects the new reality.
They’ve moved 18 key cities from Fairbanks to Honolulu into warmer zones.
It’s great that the Federal government is catching up with what the plants themselves have known for years now, that the globe is warming” . . . said [a] Stanford University biologist.
This is unlikely to be the last time they will have to adjust the zones. What’s most shocking to me is the speed of the temperature change – the data they used was collected from 1976-2005. That’s stunning.
(Also, here in zone 10a, we’ve been in drought for four of the last ten years. )
Here we go again – Time Magazine knows not to challenge its readers. It’s American readers that is.
An overwhelming majority of Americans approved of the overall message in President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, according to a CBS News poll of speech watchers.
According to the poll, which was conducted online by Knowledge Networks immediately after the president’s address, 91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved.
Last year, 83 percent of viewers approved of Mr. Obama’s State of the Union remarks.
We have a political aristocracy in America that is increasingly becoming hereditary as well. We scold Syria and belly laugh over North Korea, but we’re in the game too (this is my own very incomplete list, but check out Oligarch Kings for more on the subject).
(Of course, there were the Adamses, father and son, in the early 1800’s and the 20th Century Roosevelts – although their relationship was very distant.)
So, who am I missing?
The Chaplin adds two more 19th century names:
One of the most interesting things about these people is that many of them are interrelated, i.e., one family to another.
Isn’t that why we have to protect them from taxes?
Atrios explains in just a few words what Democrats can’t seem to explain at all.
“It looks like the LTRO is having a positive contribution. Does it solve all of the problems sustainably? Probably not,” said Andrew Bosomworth, a senior portfolio manager at Pimco.
“At the end of the day, it comes down to growth — that’s what these countries need to keep their debt sustainable.”
Everybody has been getting it backwards.
1) Cut spending
When the reality is:
1) Increase spending
3) pay down debt
They don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh, so NASA actually thinks the globe is warming just like those other delusional environmentalist whackos at The Pentagon. They even say so in this article at their website.
Just look at this lying timelapse video they created – Global Warming: 1880-2011. Disgraceful.
From my paper this morning, this Letter to the Editor:
I stopped subscribing to the paper over a year ago except to purchase a Sunday paper for sports/movies, as the paper has moved way too far to the left to be credible anymore.
As the country is center right, your paper has continued to move further left. Hopefully a change in direction will be made to restore the paper’s credibility and for more balanced news.
The writer so disapproves of the 20 or so inches of daily editorial opinion (which he doesn’t have to read) that he chooses to shut out the news and close himself off from the area’s primary source of local information.
Face, meet the Nose – before it’s gone.
Also this, from my paper’s web edition this morning – on the editorial page:
But there does remain the matter of those ‘liberal’ editorials. So I guess it’s all or nothing, as Rush says. Anyway, it’s a small price to pay when you are striking blows for liberty. Or something.
Maybe it’s time for him to again whine that it’s not fair!
Why do I continue to watch these debates!
Perhaps because I am as big a fool as Brian Williams, he who is ‘moderating’ tonight’s ‘debate’. So far, it’s the worst yet. A full 33 minutes in and Williams has yet to ask a single question of substance.
Candidates need not have any policy positions to be in Brian’s debate. They just have to be willing to be like the pundits and talk about the horse race – and about what the other candidates have said about them.
He’s also trying to tease Romney and Gingrich into a fist fight
Finally, the candidates themselves have begun answering his stupid questions with policy answers. He hasn’t yet noticed. Hard to see stuff like that when you’re transfixed by the face you see in the mirror.
This is from Andrew Sullivan (his headline too – paraphrasing it only weakened it) at The Daily Beast. There’s a graphic at the link that for some reason I’ve been unable to use here. Can’t save it, snip it or copy it. Well, I can, but when I try to insert it here . . . FAIL. Don’t now what that’s about. So be it.
At the site, there’s a pix of the serial adulterer, Mr. Gingrich. It features this text:
Using daughters from your first wife to convince everyone that your second wife is lying about your third wife.
Leno was funny again, so let’s start there:
“Mitt Romney, whose father was born in Mexico, is now talking up his Mexican heritage. Not to be outdone today, Newt Gingrich said he once cheated on one of his wives with a woman named Juanita.” – Jay Leno
My favorite line:
Romney seems to share his family’s remorseless drive to rise – whether it’s trying to persuade the French to give up wine, or . . .
Seriously? Very Islamic of him.
Agreed, they are a persistent clan. No one could deny that. His own father was a Governor, ran a huge company and ran for President, just like Willard. But Romney the Elder was born in Mexico – how could he have been considered a candidate? Anyone know?