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Thursday, January 24. 2008
The Anchoress advises Repubs to grow up. That's always good advice for everyone. It's so difficult, though. I want everything I want, for free, right now.
"Hey, I know, because I've done a study." neoneo
Yale celebrates abortion. That is sick and disgusting. Hey, Yale - try celebrating and struggling with knowledge and morality for a change, Eli. Lux et Veritas. It might do ya good.
View from the Right reflects on Thompson. Fred was closest to my views, but he was neither locked nor loaded. We will make an opening for him at Maggie's, though, if he wants to write or to make videos for us.
Bernanke hopes people will spend any tax rebate on things that are domestically-produced. Like what? Well, maybe another nice Colt for carrying. No - I'll put my rebate in the bank.
Sarko's new wife is a hot tamale...with a history. Blue Crab includes a link to a NSFW photo of the innocent blushing bride.
Who is this pussy trying to psychoanalyse my views of global
How unionization damages economies. Those numbers don't lie. I have always been sentimentally (eg weakly) supportive of unionization, but their time is long past. People have learned mobility, and work has gone global. you cannot turn back that clock. I would never join a union now: It's beneath my dignity, and I know what I am worth (which is not a whole lot because writing. like musicianship, is a common and vulgar talent). However, I happen to be slave labor on Maggie's Farm, chained in a rat-infested, Cuban-ceegar-smoke-filled, unheated, dirt-floored basement in global-cooling-afflicted New England. Save me, AFL-CIO!
Needed on our growing blogroll: Watts Up With That? Cool blog, sympatico.
Need more Gramci insight? He is the Head Coach of our Dems. I forget where I found this additional good Gramcsi link. It's all so obvious, and I do not like it at all because it is about slavery to the State - not about freedom...as you know.
Image borrowed from S,C&A's book cover collection: Rejected by Publisher
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Kubler-Ross is unscientific for actual grief - there is no evidence that people go through such stages and plenty of evidence that we are very individual, not rigidly patterned in our grieving. Thus, I don't see why he should resurrect an outmoded psychological concept to explain why people disagree with him.
It does highlight the shallowness of his scientific thinking though, doesn't it? I have maintained for several years now that whatever is happening to the climate, the climate-changers are driven by social, tribal, and cultural spurs, not scientific ones. I'll keep this in my files as further evidence.
"Individual reactions to my presentations are wide-ranging, from anger to depression, and it has been difficult for me to understand this wide spectrum of emotions."
What a fool, and how embarrassing that he feels he needs to explain the varied reactions to his 'science of bullshit' by using Kubler-Ross. People react emotionally to his claims because the claims are bogus. They're not grieving, for crying out loud. They may be moaning at another voodoo scientist whining about how 'bad' man is.
AVI - you're right - there is no script for grieving. I wonder how many people felt guilty on top of their grieving when they realized they skipped one or two of Kubler-Ross's stages. Shallow science, indeed.
Yes AVI, though that is not a phenomena limited to science... 'social, tribal... cultural...'.
Within a Reagan quote via the Anchoress...
"...if you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later..."
A good thought to keep in mind... I think, that compromise is not a vulgar word.
Prof. Running, and his sage wisdom, seems to think that we'll all come to our senses evenually and embrace the Left's dogma that humans are responsible for everything. So let's see, I know I'll take human involvement in global warming seriously when I see the all night lights in Vegas, LA, and NYC, changed out to CFB's; when the lights in every office building in every city are required to be turned off during the night; when South America outlaws logging out the Amazon rain forest; when the CO2 curve starts leading the atmospheric temperature curve instead of lagging; when the Greenies embrace nuclear power generation. Because of my grandkids, I'm not going to support wrecking what's left of our manufacturing economy until there's some solid proof.
The Anchoress..."As I promised many moons ago, after I vote in the primary election I will be leaving the GOP - which I joined in support of George W. Bush - and re-categorizing myself as an unaffiliated voter"
Then we get a several hundred word essay on the disappointment of the Republicans on the positions the current crop of wannabe's.....way to fight the good fight ..Anchoress has obviously never read or understood Teddy Roosevelt's speech, "The Man in the Arena". But so be it.
Part of the duty of the rank and file of a party is to shape the issues their wannabes will be debating and thus aid in charting a course that will garner the greatest amount of votes in the general election.
It's getting a bit irritating to hear the RINO's (of which there are plenty) opine that Reagan is dead and not coming back so forget him. The issue isn't at all Reagan the man, but Reagan's policies. Thomas Jefferson's been dead a good many years too but few would make the argument to disinter him just to reinforce the meaning of the Declaration of Independence (interesting sidebar..he was 32 when he wrote that), or do the same to the attendees to the Constitutional Convention.
As generals maneuver to shape a battlefield prior to an engagement, so the rank and file of a party do the same. Smart candidates listen and begin to place emphasis on those aspects of their records that resonate the loudest with the precinct walkers, envelope stuffers, and phone bank irritants. They build from that the platform on which to run. Occasionally you will find a leader so in tune with the rank and file that not much fine tuning is necessary. Often you don't. This is a don't year.
The Anchoress ostensibly is the foulest of fair weather RINO's and is a perfect example of why woodsheds should be applied to them, not those in the arena.
The next shoe to drop into the bailout inbox. Bohica taxpayers. (Bohica..Bend over here it comes again)
Bond insurers in trouble
This could be a financial nuclear bomb. Seriously. The major bond insurers are in serious trouble and losing spectacular amounts of money. Ambac, the 2nd largest, just announced a 4th quarter loss of up to $32.83 a share. I’ve never heard of a loss that big, have you? MBIA, the largest bond insurer is in similar trouble.
In a serious twisted piece of financial chicanery, any bond insured by a bond insurer takes on their financial rating. The bond itself could be toxic garbage, but if AAA-rated Ambac insures it, then that bond becomes AAA too. How cozy.
The problem is, the bond insurers now are in serious danger of losing their AAA rating. If (when?) that happens, we will be in uncharted territory.
Losing the AAA stamp would cripple the bond insurers and throw doubt on the ratings of $2.4 trillion of debt the industry guarantees, causing as much as $200 billion in losses, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Among other things, municipalities routinely insure their bonds. This allows them to offer the bond at a lower interest rate, thus keeping their expenses down. Without insurance, any bonds they issue will have to be at a higher, more expensive rate of interest - at precisely the same time they are getting revenue shortfalls due to the real estate slump.
Bob Morris @ Jan 18th 2008 07:04
Yes, I hear from my WS pals that the bond-insurance folks are in deep doo doo. That is a big mess.
When I was brokering in the bond area I ALWAYS informed my clients that a AAA rated bond was not always a AAA rated bond. Just as a little powder and a little paint make a woman what she ain't, the AAA rating could be a purchased rating. Now we may see the once unthinkable materialize.
It is imperative that bond buyers examine the underlying issuer to make sure the rating is based on solid fundamentals and not some lipstick on a debt pig.
Re: Yale celebrates infanticide
The murder of 50 million boys and girls in USA over the last 35 years is something to mourn not celebrate.
"Why does dismembering a child with sharp knives, pulverizing a child with powerful suction devices or chemically poisoning a baby with any number of toxic chemicals, fail to elicit so much as a scintilla of empathy, moral outrage, mercy or compassion by America’s liberal elite?" from Rep. Chris Smith’s address to the 2008 March for Life http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resource.php?n=476
"The murder of 50 million boys and girls in USA over the last 35 years is something to mourn not celebrate."
Habu - you forgot to say, "With the exception of black people..." in the front of that sentence.
I guess it's the rage blinding you but if you'll notice, I didn't write that... Dolt.
Dolt. noun: a person who is not very bright
Talk about rage blinding you, Habu. You signed that as 'Meta'.
We all know you're 'Leag'. Get a grip. You've left the 'Leag' nic on a few of your famous WALLS OF TEXT. You're also 'Samantha' and anyone else on the blog whose name appears for the first time only to disappear into the ether when you're done tearing someone up in an unprovoked attack and don't want anyone to know it's you or when you're mocking the blog hosts.
remind me never to piss off meta -- (shivers, sweats, hides under bed)
Me thinks one of herselves is Maggie, so keep a firm grip on your wallet.
You little vixen. I guess next to Charlie Chan you're the top sleuth in ferreting out who is who on this site. OK you've exposed the entire site. We're short of staff so I had to take up the slack...just a few characters..
Assistant Village Idiot
The real "tell" is the fact that vowels are used in each of these characters. How did you figure it out?
I dunno from Sjxzj but there IS a Szyk.
Artist, cartoonist, escapee from the holocaust, and a deadly pen against hitler, mussolini, tojo, their ideologies, and their minions.
I must thank you for uncovering the mastery I possess in simultaneously maintaining so many posters. I do not believe I have a peer in all of the Internet world capable of doing what you say is the truth.
I must say that it requires an alacrity and a quick and penetrating intelligence to be able to do it all. Nothing pays off like coming from a great gene pool and then perfecting those inherited talents for the good of all mankind.
Now that you have so cleverly unmasked me I am sure to be acknowledged as a blogging savant without peer. This will of course simply be another validation of my superior abilities. A validation I truly must say I don't need. I know my own genius and the validation of lesser minds is of little value.
My one hope is that the joy I have brought you can continue to enlighten you and provide you with a challenging though unattainable goal. Thank you.
Again, welcome!, Habu.
All you say about yourself in this comment is true except that I'm not sure your gift is for the good of mankind. In fact, considering the blogs that have banned you, I'm sure it's not for the good of mankind because of all those people who miss your savantness. Their loss, I must say!
If the validation of lesser beings is of little value, why do you bother caring about the joy you bring me through your superior enlightenment and challenging, unattainable goals? That's not very nice. You hurt my feelings.
But, hey, good job trying to throw us all off the truth. We didn't see through that much. I like how you put 'real' commenters on that list with your fake ones.
Habu the Magnificent ......sight of The Knights of Smart galloping without horses......
There's great irony in the blogs that band me. They were the a nd to my knowledge still are, considered to be the most vulgar and hard core. I should have realized that the alphas running those sites could never handle a contra opinion but instead truly had a need to be constantly praised for their vision.
The Rottweiler guy couldn't handle me for even a week. He turned out to be all bark and no bite. The others I can't even remember but they took a much higher dose of Habuian abuse prior to cutting the channel.
I do hope you know that all that I wrote about savant etc was tongue in cheek stuff.
Habu. Of course you are serious about your 'supreme confidence and knowledge' .... to quote you from some other thread the other day when you were spanking Buddy, Luther, and me. I think you are a savant. I think you're a testy little bastard, too. But so what.
I might have you beat on being banned from blogs....and for the exact reasons you state. There are some mighty big egos out there blogging.... ha ha ha.... and I have had some fun. Misha is a mama's boy.
I wear my bans as Blog Merit Badges. :)
Re: The Anchoress
Abandoning Republican party joins y'all to the ranks of those you castigate girl.
So, who will your petulent hide pull the handle for... Mormitt says he'll be your date cause, he ain't a Republican either...Rudy beggar says he'll be your man if ya'll don't mind him wearing your dresses, cause they'll fit.