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Wednesday, May 15. 2013
Stunning college degree gap: Women have earned almost 10 million more college degrees than men since 1982
Kevin Drum on why the robots will rise up and take all our jobs
Progressive Group: IRS Gave Us Conservative Groups' Confidential Docs
Spring is in the air, which means that it’s time for another insane moral panic regarding the Great Egalitarian Unmentionable...
Another Example of Editorial-Page Fiction at the New York Times
Times defends IRS
But if the shoe were on the other foot?
Obama’s aloof mien and holier-than-thou rhetoric have left him with little reservoir of good will, even among Democrats
IRS Told Pro-Life Group It Must Promote Abortion
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I wondered about this at the time:
In Nov. Dec 2004 through January 2005 a family member worked on the Bush Inaugural events as an independent contractor.
That year's taxes were audited -it was the only time he's been audited in 30+ years of filing taxes as a small business, independent contractor.
Really! Is anyone (with a working brain) surprised that the IRS targeting leads back to the White House?
Given that Obama's election campaign technique includes a healthy dose of looking into official records to find information not readily available to just any candidate, yeah, I think he not only knew, but he authorized it.
Sadly, he'll never be impeached.
No, impeachment is a bad idea. Let the drip, drip, drip of daily bad news become his end by The Death Of The Trillion Cuts.
I agree. Impeachment proceedings would only serve to turn him into a sympathetic victim figure for the left and low info voters to rally around...the mean ol' whitey puttin' down the hapless minority again.
The link about the pro-life group points to the same page as the link below it.
Kevin Drum on why the robots will rise up and take all our jobs
It's only a matter of time before SkyNet arrives and we're all up the fecal stream in a leaking native water craft made of cement without any means of propulsion.
Warmists in retreat on sea level rise, climate sensitivity
No - they will never give up even though they are all up the fecal stream in a leaking native water craft made of cement without any means of propulsion.
Progressive Group: IRS Gave Us Conservative Groups' Confidential Docs, Editorial-Page Fiction at the New York Times, West Wing Of White House Authorized IRS-Gate Targeting
Finally, it would seem that our liberal media masters are waking up which means that this Administration is heading up the fecal stream in a leaking native water craft made of cement without any means of propulsion.
Hmmm - I'm sensing a theme here
Has it ever occurred to anyone that it's better to be up the creek (from home) than down the creek (from home) without a paddle? Up the creek, the current will take you home, if you don't sink first. Down the creek, you're, well, up the creek.
That assumes that the craft is sea worthy which, as described, it isn't. So either way, your sinking into a stream of crap - think swimming in a septic tank.
Now one could postulate that swimming down stream might be easier than swimming up stream and I'll grant you that. However, the gestalt of the phrasing is that you are up to your neck in shit and slowly sinking beyond your capacity to formulate an exit strategy.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :>)
--an old southern expression "sold down the river" --came from the slave era --if you got sold up the river, that was better, your loved ones would be downstream and you had a better chance of seeing them again. So any bad betrayal --having nothing to do with the river --would, could, be described as so 'n so sold someone, or vice versa, 'down the river'.
In related news:
D.C. turns on Obama
The fact that this is coming out of the left-leaning Politico is of note.
I made this prediction in the comments in yesterday's post.
Obama is obviously damaged goods now, time to start preparing the field for HRC 2016. The press is always the Dem/left's useful tool until it isn't.
Unless there is video taken by a lefty of Amb. Stevens being (figuratively) shot by Hillary firing the proverbial smoking gun, the press will fall all over themselves to prop her up between now and 2016.
In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if in the press's eyes, she becomes the antidote for the (minor and understandable) misfortune of the Obummer administration.
Do you know that the Russian ambassador to Kenya is (or was, dunno if a recent change) the father of that red-headed Bond Girl (as press dubbed), Russian spy Anna Chapman? And her couple years in London before coming to USA, she was with Barclay's --and showing selected folks how to set accounts that would let them sell naked shorts thru dark pools --those things Clinton made legal, and that disconnect custody from cash. Her specialty target? BP.
Imagine for a moment that ObamaCare had already been well established when the IRS targeted administration political "enemies" (the term the President himself used).
Does anyone, left or right, doubt for one moment that the IRS wouldn't have used those tools in its targeting of individuals, to "question" the need for important prescriptions, to delay potentially critical surgeries, and perhaps even to examine the medical care needed by a spouse or a child?
Now that we know the current IRS commisioner is the same person who used to do similar investigations for the Clinton administration, during his term as a lowly agent, and has seen his career benefit enormously (obviously), we also know that this is the long time culture of progressive agents-in-place of the Democrat power structure.
A prediction: no one will be fired; no one will even be disciplined; and, in the end, Republicans in Congress will trade pursuit of these "scandals" (which are really tyranny in action, if you are the subject) for some deal on the Defense budget, or the like.
[MY HERO OF THE HOUR] Sorry Buddy--you have to step aside for this week. My hero is the reporter on ABC, Trey Hardin. When I saw the original of that report on my nightly news I choked on my beer ! First time in sooo many years an MSN reporter has had the courage to report. I am hoping that because he framed it as his own insight that he will still have a job next week--but, I seriously doubt it. If he does it will be reporting from somewhere in Afghanistan -- you can count on that!
For some odd reason I cannot remember, I happened to be watching the ABC national news yesterday evening and I was quite surprised at the type of reporting done by Trey Martin. Beyond the base assumption that all media is liberal by definition, the fact that the ABC Nightly News editors and managing editors let this one get through is simply astounding. ABC has been one of the stalwarts in the sycophantic adoration of the African American Messiah.
My only thought is this - there is something called a preference cascade first proposed by Timur Kuran of Duke University. The concept basically states that "a massive shift in political power occurs when long-submerged sentiments burst to the surface, with public opposition to the incumbent regime feeding on itself".
I think we've reached the point where the abuses couldn't be ignored, the internal polling showed this resentment, the proliferation of individual and very different abuses of power could no longer be ignored and thus, the media has to play catch up - or to put it another way, they are climbing aboard the band wagon all striving to be on top of the pig pile.
A 'wee waltz' for you...
(I think that might be Flogging Molly backing her up).
--oh, oh, my. And boy did them Irish lady backup singers ever get into the song! A keeper --you were right.
Sometime, look up "Wilderness of this world" for the same kind of lyrical appreciation for a blue indigo look at the planet from somewhere lofty above. The studio performance from the 'Human Remains' album is best intro, as the live plays are, well, live plays. Great, but quirky --best to meet the music at its sound best.
Back on ELH for a moment --BD's pick on 'Making Believe' was the 1991 version. A year later, her harmony backup, Jon Randall, was singing a completely different harmony line --i don't know if you caught that one, the 1992. He's jumping whole octaves between lines --it's ethereal --you gotta try it sometime! Same out-of-this-world theme of soaring, as ELH achieved in the Dublin 'waltz'.
Being a young (W Tex I believe you've said) lad I thought you might. I've seen 2 songwriter credits for "Waltz Across Texas" (Ernest Tubb and his nephew Talmage Tubb...yes, real names.. and also ELH & Rodney Crowell from her "Hot Licks" backup band. I suspect ELH co-wrote a slightly different version).
Listened to Terry Allen's "Wilderness Of This World"...nice tune.
Couldn't find the ELH/Jon Randall version of "Making Believe" (an old Louvin Brothers cover). I'll keep looking.
Sent'cha an e-mail btw. It may have ended up in your trash bin. Pretty sure you've heard Alison Krauss before.
oops! Didn't mean to lead you astray. Something was naggin' at me and I check..."Making Believe" was written by Jimmy Work not the Louvins.
Flogging Molly --LOL --''Irish Punk/Folk''
Yes they do
I'll leave you with this ELH tune "Red Dirt Girl". Emmylou is a natural RDG...born in Birmingham, Alabama.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvaz_kNZqpY (a great DVD as well).
From the CD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXCZbPkfgL8
(it was produced with a "muddy sound" kinda like "Red Dirt Mud").
I also recommend: "From Boulder To Birmingham"...written for Gram Parsons.
Now it gets a little weird:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gram_Parsons (scroll down to the "Death" section and read the history. A re-listen to the tune brings more meaning to the lines ELH wrote. A sad song it is.
You might, hopefully, come back to see this:
It's 1hr43mins long and is a BBC documentary on Gram Parsons. ELH comes into view just past the 1hr mark. It is truly a sad tale of a talented but undisciplined young songwriter who helped to change the course of acoustic music.
From the McCardle article:
"Between Benghazi, the discovery that Kathleen Sebelius has been leaning on insurers to finance their Obamacare PR, uncovery of a freelance political inquisition by the IRS, and last night's revelation that the Department of Justice had been trolling through the phone records of AP reporters, this has been the most scandalicious week in living memory. I mean, sure, none of it rises to the level of Watergate. But while the gravity may pale in comparison, the volume is breathtaking."
None of it rises the level of Watergate? Huh? Every one of these, IMHO, rises beyond the level of Watergate. And these don't even include everything the press has ignored during term 1 - Fast & Furious, Billions bilked from green giveaways... the list is enormous. It baffles.
Degrees: How many were in worthwhile (get a job) degrees?
Still, it shows deliberate sexism. Unequal outcomes ALWAYS indicates discrimination!
Climate Change Slows! Forecasts Revised! We know who is hardest hit, and it be not women, children, and minorities.
MSNBC: Of the nuts, for the nuts, by the nuts.
That pro-life org should have put out all kinds of info on abortion--Gosnell, pictures of dead babies, claims ot the pro-abortionists...