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Wednesday, August 24. 2011
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Irene might be headed to New England. No problem - we can deal with it. It's always a smaller deal than they make it sound. I call it "Weather Porn." And if Yankees can't deal with bad weather, who can? Heck, we enjoy bad weather.
Honey Money - The Power of Erotic Capital
Yes, attractiveness matters. Duh. But, cliche that it is, an appealing, sweet, sexy, witty personality trumps superficial beauty.
Speaking of which, looking for a new husband when over 50
A book about life in the Third Reich: IN THE GARDEN OF THE BEASTS: RITA KRAMER
Taki: A Rotting Carcass Called Europe
The Netherlands to Abandon Multiculturalism
Muslim immigrants to America seem to get with the program - that's why they came. I wonder why they form dangerous and socially-hostile ghettoes in Europe. Might it be because they are given too much? The workers in my Dunkin Donuts used to be all Hispanic women - now it's half Hispanic women and half Muslim men.
Dan Walters: New survey finds same old conflict on California governance
Where a Minimum-Wage Increase Would Bite
Rubio: ‘The free enterprise system has lifted more people out of poverty than all the government anti-poverty programs combined’
Look! No teleprompter! Rubio's grandfather was a reader in a Cuban cigar factory!
No Hope or Change When it Comes to Fannie Mae
Not Free to Choose: The Reality behind Clean Energy Standards
Researcher says tea party voters fear change
Byron York: Spending, not entitlements, created huge deficit
Only Obama can question someone’s patriotism
Watch Out for China's Air Force - The PLAAF is developing a fifth-generation fighter and becoming a high-tech, high-tempo aerospace force.
McArdle: Did Welfare Reform Work?
Obama Added $9.5 Billion in New Regulations in Last Month
Shiver: The Five Most Catastrophic Hidden Costs of the Obama Presidency
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The Ticker stuff is good, but the Ace DOOM ones are just as good, and have a variety.
I should pry open my wallet and subsribe to WSJ, to finish the PLAAF artice... Wonder if its their version on what's up on Defense Tech.
Fred, just 'search' it --after a short interval,
ought to locate it. i DID pry open, but can never find my password, and retrieval in their system is a huge pain, so i just use 'search' too.
Famous Last Words, Hurricane Dept:
"It's always a smaller deal than they make it sound." - Bird Dog, 8/24/11
I invite you to come down to Florida and say that. And be sure to live in a trailer park so you can fully experience what a 'smaller deal' they are in real life.
"Researcher says tea party voters fear change" - Houston Chronicle
We're now linking to biased screeds emanating from one of the most liberal newspapers in the US? What's next, Maxine Waters doing a guest blog? Would you like to guess what the odds are that the survey said "illegal" immigrants, yet we note the article only referred to them as "immigrants"?
Pretty good AGW article here: Climate Prostitutes, Charlatans and Comedians
Re: Obama Added $9.5 Billion in New Regulations in Last Month
Interestingly, O came out recently and claimed his regulations saved money. Of course he didn't say which ones. Maybe it was the same stuff Algore promoted about buying cleaning supplies for govt. buildings from Walmart or Kmart.
Assuming he's referring to regulations on business (his favorite, right?), that is laugh out loud funny! He means to tell us that he crafted regulations that the people running the business didn't think of?
Re: "It's always a smaller deal than they make it sound." - Bird Dog, 8/24/11
I have to say it's a whole lot easier (and truthful) to say that in New England than in Florida, North Carolina, or Louisiana. The only hurricane I can remember that had any effect up north (as far north as Pennsylvania, IIRC), was Camile. You did not want to be in Southern Louisiana or Mississippi when Camile came through.
tea party voters fear change and "tea party movement valued deference to authority and libertarianism" - simultaneously. Which is possible on some things, yes, but not at base. Indeed, if the study is as reported, it shows only that the whole spectrum of US citizens want change even as they disagree on specific changes.
And the things highlghted are concerns of some people, not the "tea party" as such. For example, the "flag burning" Amendment proposal. While I appreciate the desire to demonstrate disapproval of thse who choose that form of "protest," I certainly do not support such an Amendment. Among other things, it actually points out the ignorance of the protestors (and Amendment proposers, too) as burning is the preferred/recommended method of disposing of flags no longer suitable for display.
Everyone is for change, to make things better, but not the normal ham-handed approach that often makes it worse by governance and their 'results of unattended consequences' feedback.
And, yes, ignorance (or absence of basic common sense) does play a role - take for instance the old BullSh!T (Penn/Teller) gag about banning Dihydrogen Monoxide, and how utterly foolish they felt when they found out what it was....
I cannot speak for the Tea Parties, but we do want change; We want to change what isn't working to something that does.
So, today the CBO has issued its latest prognostications for the future GDP as well as the future budget deficits and confirmed pretty much everything the T Party has warned about, and thus validated Paul Ryan's grave concerns about runaway spending.
The Dems want tax increases. Well, huge tax increases are already coming with the end of the Bush-Obama tax cuts in December 2012. The CBO says that those huge tax increases will considerably depress economic growth. That means under the recent debt ceiling agreement passed by Congress any potential increase in tax revenue to the government will be trimmed and the deficit will continue to grow. That's why real fiscal Conservatives argued that there should have been NO increase in the debt ceiling without a major IMMEDIATE cut in spending. The news from the CBO comes too little, too late.
"No problem - we can deal with it. It's always a smaller deal than they make it sound."
Don't bet on it. At least, not any more than you can afford to lose.
If the latest course projections are right, Vermont will only catch the western edge of the storm. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, southeastern NH, and much of Maine will take it on the chin. It's unlikely Irene will be more than a Cat I (well, maybe still a II) by that time, but even a Cat I hurricane is Major Badass to anyone close to the eye.
The worst of canes is highly localized within the eyewall. Now, you can have a 50 mile diameter eyewall, but most aren't. If you don't get a south oriented wind, you'll likely wonder what all the hullaballo was about. For those on the eastern side, however, absent flood, you'll survive, but its not unreasonable to expect roof damage.
P.S. Depending upon your exposure to trees on the north side of your home, it has been my experience that you can get by with boarding the south and east sides of your home only.
Good luck, from a survivor of Camile (inland 120 miles), Elena on the coast, Georges on the coast, Katrina on the coast.
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