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Monday, February 2. 2009
Back from NH. Image of your NJ above. Man, do I enjoy that funky old Cannon Mountain. It's like the anti-Vail. Thanks to all for filling in for me. While away, I see that Pajamas Media is having problems with its biz model. That's too bad, because I like them. But business is business. It's a tough game to appeal enough to make people part with their money or time. We don't even bother trying to make money here. Not worth the hassle, and ads take up space. No, we aren't Commies, nor do we want gummint money. We just do what we like to do.
Speaking of Pajamas, the myth of the widening income gap. But if you repeat it often enough, people believe it.
When social retards get together. I have a touch of that, but I can semi-fake normality when I need to. Can't you?
The AP's "nihilistic philosophical tic."
The War on Rush. Trouble is, Lefties, every time you hit him he gets stronger. Besides his quick intelligence, his talents are his humor, his self-deprecation, and his obvious genuine warmth towards callers regardless of view.
The labor movement takes its pound of flesh. "Movement"? Maybe it was a "movement" in 1920, but now it's just an antiquated, corrupt, political power and money base of insiders.
What are banks for?
There is American Weeniness and American Grit. We prefer the Grit. And we like grits, too.
DC's sole liberal radio axed. What do they listen to, there? Rush?
A key point, which we often make here: Liberals deal differently with foreign and domestic opponents. Is it self-hatred? Or what?
Obama will continue Bush's war crimes. Miraculously, it's not so evil now.
Let's be a little multicultural, and respect wife-beating. Diff'rent strokes, right?
It's a disaster! Neo on disaster-mongering.
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I have decided to become a tax cheat. The potential up side is tremendous. GOVERMENT WORK!!! If I'm lucky I might get a cabinet position. I'm going to revise my resume and high light my tax evasion skills. I'll even throw in that I'm a wife beater. I'll get more brownie points for that.
I'm going to get away from these sheep by hook or by crook. Luther, there's no way I'm going to help you plant your Victory Garden. I'm going to be to busy this Spring planting my wacky tobacky garden. I need a cash crop this year.
Your humble ,tax cheating, wife beating, stoned Knight.
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jappy dear ... You're too good a person to be convincing as a tax cheat. It'll never work. All the tax cheats are Democrats -- apparently. And Old Politicians. Who are more than ever in love with themselves, because they got the Empty Suit elected, so it shows how much better they are than the Grown-Ups in the room.
So they will remain sappily in love with themselves for a few years yet. Let's hope that the Republicans in the Senate have enough of the old gonad stuff to keep paring down the Democrat "stimulus" bill, and that they won't let Mr. HopeyDopeyChangey charm them out of it.
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re. War on Rush :
Maybe the results of the election, and the fruits there of, has turned me into a sad-sack whiner... Maybe it's time to zip it, but, Can anyone see even a glimmer of optimism, concerning the sorry state of the nation and culture, and what the future holds ...only two weeks after the swearing-in ceremony.
Seems as tho Rush Limbaugh is the only harbor in the storm.
Have to agree with you about the desultory feelings and the yearning for a bright spot. I was optimistic in the beginning. That was wishful thinking more like it. I hope Obama makes a big mistake just to get us out of this prolonged blues state.
As for Rush, I bet he's loving it. I read somewhere today that the only liberal station in DC had to shut down. That's not particularly inspiring, but I agree with Marianne - ask questions, and Rush will do it. His audience share has probably skyrocketed thanks to Obama. That makes me smile.
The "war on Rush" that Duc talks about is bothering those of us who sympathize with him more than it's bothering Rush, I think. He's used to being under the gun, and he performs very well there -- which infuriates the radical left. People who are infurated make mistakes. You watch.
What we should plan to do, Duc, is not just sympathize with him, but join him in tackling the tough, everyday job of asking awkward questions, pointing out the Left's mistakes, day after day after day. In my long working lifetime I learned that repetition, constant repetition is the key to convincing the inattentive public. If you say it often enough, people begin to believe it. The Left knows this. Look at the successful smear job they did on Bush. The public relations courses I took emphasized this over and over, and I watched it work. Constant repetition changes minds. In those who have minds.
The war on Rush is not really about Rush. It's purpose is twofold: (1) Deflect the miserable showing that Obama has made in his debut as the man-boy President by making Rush the focal point of criticism; and (2) Begin the process of curtailing the free speech of those who oppose or dissent.
As we can see from the Geithner and Daschle appointments, the Democrats are above the law. The law is for keeping the yoke of servitude on the little people.
Regarding the banks, mergers have been done to realize economies of scale. This can work to a degree on the cost side. However, there are no economies of scale on the client side if "knowing your customer" is important.
The banks have tried to turn credit scoring into a science. Unfortunately, it never will be. The concept of expected loss works in a stable environment, but not in a Black Swan event like we are experiencing today.
Like any other business, if you forget the fundamentals, you will lose.
The banking system is far being recapitalized. How and when that happens will have a much greater impact on our collective economic health than multiple, pork-filled stimulus bills. I'll comment more when the subject matter is posted.
The democrats are above the law. All they have to do is stand in front of a pile of stalwart friends and look all sad as they apologize for the most egregious crimes. Then they get elected, appointed into office. It is just disgusting! And when they don't apologize, they just deny they did anything like that Craig guy. If a republican did some of those things, they'd be out.
I watch Charles Krauthammer every night. He always calms me because he is so brilliant and so right. Tonight he was so cynical I couldn't believe it. Very unlike him. They were talking about Judd Gregg's appointment. Leave it to Charles to figure out every angle of it. ugh..... It makes Obama look Machiavellian - despite any good motives on the part of others!
Meta, Lenin would describe Judd Gregg as a useful idiot. This is my representation in my beloved state: Carol Shea-Porter, so far num-nuts Judd Gregg and the infuriating Jeanne Shaheen. Do you think for one second when I call or write these people that they listen to me? Sometimes I think all of New England has lost their mind; but not me! Cuz I've got 2 rubber blue balls that I bounce off my padded cell and keep me entertained all day long. You can keep the elephant, I'm having lots of fun with my blue balls. : )
I don't like the elephant anymore. He went number 2 in the parlor. Can I have your balls?
I'm sure you have more balls than many of the new breed of males we see around today. So stop hoarding.