Tuesday Night Open Mic for December 1, 2009

We enter December, the time for Holiday cheer and Congress debating bills that will ensure future Christmas days will be filled with disappointed children with no presents because all the money was spent by the reckless federal government. Watching some of the debates in the Senate are literally sickening. Nothing like watching future prosperity being bickered away by two groups who are desperate to ensure their own financial futures. Tonight was the President’s speech on the plan for Afghanistan. I listened to what I could and will listen to the rest tomorrow. I am not happy with the speech thus far. Tonight’s speech and the whole issue of Afghanistan will be the topic for tomorrow night, as I have plenty to say and not near enough time to both review the speech and offer my thoughts tonight. As for the topics below, I will attempt to participate in the conversations today in between errands and I may offer an additional topic or two throughout the day. As always I encourage everyone else to add as well!

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  1. USWeapon Topic #1

    I figured I would offer up a little explanation for Ray as my first topic. Ray asked a valid question of me the other day when I posted about the decisions surrounding Afghanistan. I questioned the fact that he was faltering on the decision making in that situation. Ray noted:

    Didn’t you state that you had no issue with him not making an immediate & rash decision? Why the change in course?

    and

    Did I miss a blog where you reversed course from “I want him to take time and make right decision” (which in your conclusion was get out of Dodge) to “he is lying about ’something’”?

    You are correct, Ray. I did, in fact, say that I had no issue with him not making a rash decision. I think it is far more important to get it right than get it fast. Time flies here at SUFA. When I wrote that particular statement, the date was October 5, and the report from the General requesting troops was made in August. At that point, we were 7 weeks into the President’s “decision making timeline”. I was not upset about the 7 weeks as I felt that if he was completely redoing the entire strategy, it would take 7-9 weeks to coordinate and make the right decisions. I didn’t like taking 7 weeks, as every day without a new strategy or troop reinforcements is another day where our soldiers on the ground are at greater risk. But I felt it was more important to get it right than to go faster than that. We all, at the time, thought an answer would be coming with another week, maybe even two.

    Here we are today beginning week 16 since that request. 4 months. There did come a point where he had taken too long. For me that point came around the beginning of November. At that point, the only answer from him I was willing to accept was an accelerated withdrawal or a radically different approach in some other way. Let’s face it, I clearly said back then that I was OK with the delay because it meant they must be formulating a completely new strategy. I was incorrect. According to what I have read from tonight’s speech, the strategy did not change in any significant way.

    Roughly meeting the General’s request with very little changes to the strategy is a decision that should take a week, maximum. I am a soldier. I understand the decisions and what goes into them. The decision he has made was the easy one that should take no time. Regardless of what decision was made, my grace period for doing it right rather than fast had already passed in early November. As for the statement that he was lying, I felt that way during the campaign. I hoped he was being honest. But I had a feeling then that he was only pandering to the moderates and independents as he could not denounce both wars without getting trounced running against a war hero. The way he has handled the decision making process over the last 4 months continues to make me believe that my gut feeling then was correct. But there was no post in between my giving him some slack and turning on him, so it was a completely fair question from you.

    My thoughts, at this point, and they are only preliminary as I worked tonight and haven’t read the entire speech yet, are that he has taken the coward’s way out. More on his speech tomorrow though!

    • Mother in Law says:

      I couldn’t watch the speech tonight because he says the same thing over and over. I agree with usweapon, could he not make this announcement a month or two ago. We have young men over there fighting for there lives just to come home and be with their families. But first he had to get his health care on the senate floor and then grandstand at West Point how he is going to handle this problem. But then tells everyone we are leaving in 2011. How can anyone with any common sense believe it. I have to wonder what is next? Unless USWeapon gives me some good reasons I am totally against this war because in the years of my life these are no longer called wars but conflicts. No resoutions just going to different areas of the world. I am proud to be an American but not so proud of the president.
      On another note I am the proud mother of the cheerleader.

      • Mom,

        You bring up a important point. “But first he had to get his health care on the senate floor”. The timing of this is pure politics, smoke and mirrors. Give the media an excuse to focus the sheeple’s attention away from healthcare and climategate.

    • Ray Hawkins says:

      I missed the speech last night as I had Krav class – but suffice to say as I’ve already mentioned that this just went in the wrong direction – I guess I’m not shocked. Just disappointed.

    • USW…I saw the speech and will read it again, and like you, will digest it and think about it. Right now, in North Texas, I am looking at falling white stuff. I think they call it snow. I am a snow skier and love to ski but want to visit it….not live in it. And, we Texans being the dare devils we are, know two speeds in this stuff. Fast and stop and stop is usually in the ditch.

      However, I am actually going to try to decipher the speech in two perspectives…(1) as a soldier and (2) as a civilian. I do not know that I can separate the two. But I will try to offer a combined perspective.

      Have a great day.

      • Ray Hawkins says:

        Look forward to the analysis D13

        • Ok….have read, re-read, and re-re read the speech. Had a DP, watching the snow fall in Fort Worth, NOT listening to Fox, nor MSNBC, nor CNN. Not reading the internet news, yet, just his speech and this is what I think.

          The Analysis of D13 (for what it is worth)

          First, the “stage” for his speech is going to get the most criticism from me. Obama, like Bill Clinton, clearly dislikes the military and all that it stands for and then picks the US Military Academy for his speech, or should I say….props. One thing that I did notice from the cadets, was that there was no warmth on the faces of the audience. Stone cold and for good reason. They were marched to the Pavilion and told to listen and then clap when prompted..… A captive audience to announce his desire to send the troops and a great photo op. But that is the way of politicians….much like Bush landing on a carrier. I did not like that either.

          What a walk along the tight rope. First, to appease the right, he took four months to decide to send 30k troops and uses the big….”I”…decided to send these troops. This is the privilege of the commander in chief….he gets to “play” tactician. But that is the way Obama is…he did not say that I am taking the recommendation of my Generals or staff but I have decided to send the troops and proceeded to explain the reasoning. But sending them he is. Then he has to appease the left that elected him (the anti war crowd) and said we will pullout in 18 months. I did not think anyone could rival the stupidity of Jimmy Carter but Obama has won even that accolade. Jimmy Carter tried to stick his nose into tactics and plans and we all know what happened there. Now Obama has this magnificent plan to defeat the Taliban, etal, and then pull out the troops in 18 months. Why don’t we just send them (the Taliban, et.al.)an engraved invitation to slaughter. It should read, “please feel free to sit back and hide for 18 months and then move in and slaughter as we leave. Thank you for your patronage. Signed Barak “I am the world” Obama. mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm. (Reminds me of the promise we made to the Montgnard Tribesmen in 1975. But of course, their ranks of 2.5 million is now less than 300,000 kept in refugee camps for the last 40 years.) So, we now have a plan and made it public worldwide. Talk about transparency. His administration hides bills and executive orders under the disguise that they did not have time but he takes four months to accept a recommendation that his Generals asked for earlier and then diagrams the process even identifying the type of units going and when they are leaving. I can assure you that every Taliban Calendar has the month circled. All they have to do now is retreat to Pakistan and wait and that is what they will do. Hold naked the military mission and people will die because of it, but by GOD do not publish the Stimulus or Health Bill. This type of transparency will kill more soldiers. Death warrants were issued with public disclosure of the strategy. How would I have done it? I would have publicly stated that we will put the troops in and we will leave when it is over….and that date is unknown. Then privately, through backdoor diplomacy, I would have told the Afghan President to get his act together and provide as much civilian guidance as possible in setting up a government, and tell him our troops will be leaving in 18 months and our money as well and then I would have both the Afghan and Pakistan President get together and tell them that we are outta there in 18 months and they will have to deal with the Taliban et.al. without US support either militarily or economically. We owe that region nothing else. BUT what has happened is that Obama has set himself up. In an attempt to appease the right, he gives troops. In his attempt to appease the left, he has a withdrawal date. The reality of it is……we will not be out of there because it is impossible. If you want out…do it now. NOW !!!! Obama has set it up to the point that he cannot pull out if the counter insurgency does not go well because he will not want the legacy of defeat. He will not be able to blame his generals because it is now HIS plan….he said so. His ego just wrote a check that cannot be cashed except by blood…and it will not his. THAT MAKES ME ANGRY.

          Then he appeales to the Islam Religion by claiming that they are one of the worlds greatest Religions and that it has been hijacked by a “few” extremists. This makes the world laugh but is a kick in my gut. So, in trying to appease the Islamic World by blaming the extremists, he is justifying staying there which they, all the Islamic world, do not want. So how is that helping our diplomacy that Obama himself so adequately criticized in his campaign? Ray, this should piss even you off.

          This flies in the face of everything that he stands for and those on the left cannot blame Bush for this one. Obama is in a no win situation now. He set himself up. The United States will look worse and not better now, because we will not be out of Afghanistan in 18 months with a victory of any kind……unless victory is cutting and running IF he stays with his “public” announcement and which he will try to claim he “inherited”.BS FLAG BEING TOSSED NOW. (See it fluttering to the ground?)AND a great BIG I told you so in 18 months….along with flag draped coffins.

          But, this from a retired lame brained Colonel that knows nothing.

          • I think you nailed it Col.

            So, serious question: If Obama isn’t literally trying to demoralize and destroy this nation, what would he be doing differently?

            • If Obama isn’t literally trying to demoralize and destroy this nation, what would he be doing differently?
              Your answer…Demoralize and destroying this nation!

              • So you put it down to incompetency?

                No one that stupid could get to where he is. It has to be intentional! 🙂

              • They tried to make Bush out to be stupid but he got his evil agenda done just like Obama will. His goal is One World Government, end US national sovernighty and be the all mighty Messiah. He is head of UN councilfor God sakes. That’s illegal. In other words, he is not stupid,he is a brillent evil genious..much like Hitler and Stalin. He will be the ultimate destroyer of the US.

            • That is his ultimate agenda: Demonize and destroy this nation and I must say he is doing a damn good job of it so far.

          • Thanks for the analysis D13.

          • Ray Hawkins says:

            D13 – you are anything but “a retired lame brained Colonel that knows nothing”. Excellent analysis and spot on.

            I live not far from Dover AFB – I do not wish to see it busier – not all of us from the left are anti-war. But sometimes this shit does not add up.

            • Yeah, Ray, I know that you are not anti war and you also are right….It does not add up at all. This whole thing is not adding up and I think that people are getting really pissed.

      • D,

        Don’t you just love this global warming? I may need to buy more shovels! LOL

        • Hey, LOI….yes, interesting. But there you go also, LOI…..how insensitive you are. This could not possibly be global warming…it is now…..(ahem) climate change.

          How are you today?

          • I am well today, waiting for the white, fluffy stuff to make its way across. I fear the “little illusionists” will be disappointed in no school closings tomorrow.

            Insensitive? Me? I cry every time I upset Ray or Matt with reality.

            • It’s well known that reality has a distinct liberal bias.

              • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

                For some people, yes.

                Your use of the term “reality” and the term “bias” in the same sentence that way is highly instructive 🙂

  2. USWeapon Topic #2

    General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson Resigns

    General Motors Co. CEO Frederick “Fritz” Henderson stepped down Tuesday after the board determined that the company wasn’t changing quickly enough.

    Chairman Ed Whitacre Jr. said at a hastily called news conference that he will serve as interim CEO, and an international search for a new CEO and president is planned.

    Whitacre thanked Henderson for his work during a period of challenge and change, but said it is time to accelerate the pace of rebuilding the largest U.S. automaker.

    The resignation comes just eight months after Henderson, 51, replaced former chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner, who was ousted March 29 by the Obama administration’s government’s auto task force.

    Henderson has been with GM his entire career and was the government’s choice to run the beleaguered company after Wagoner left. Whitacre, picked by the government in June to be chairman of the new GM, is considered an industry outsider, having run AT&T Inc. for 17 years.

    Read the rest of the article at Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,578526,00.html?test=latestnews

    I find this to be an interesting turn of events. Henderson came in as the career GM guy to replace the CEO that the government fired during the insane government bailout of GM, while simultaneously, Whitacre, and industry “outsider”, was chosen by the government to be the new Chairman.

    According to the article, the board was unhappy with the speed with which Henderson was acting. The board apparently thinks that America’s biggest automaker should be moving faster rather than smarter (isn’t that a common theme lately?). The board stands in the way of the major deal with Opel, and then claims Henderson didn’t do enough.

    Just a hunch on my part, but what is the likelihood that Whitacre was intentionally selected as someone from the outside that they could use to later oust the career GM man? I guess the selection to replace Henderson will reveal more to us. But I have a feeling that this wasn’t as clear cut a business decision as it may appear. Now that the government has its hands so in GM’s cookie jar, I simply cannot trust GM any longer. Plus, I think the Volt is crap, and they are lying about its performance abilities.

    • Bottom Line says:

      I normally don’t like to talk in absolutes when referring to the future, But I don’t see myself ever buying a General Motors(or Chrysler) product again.

      They lost my business for life the second they took the bailout money. They are now on the corporate boycott sh*t-list.

      I have one word for GM & Chrysler…

      “FORD”

    • Ray Hawkins says:

      GM = bunch of idiots. You don’t turn around a company that big with that big of problems in 8 months. It was tactical stuff likely but more so strategic matters that got him axed.

      Guess I have to agree with BL on Ford.

    • This was not unexpected and should not be unexpected. With the terms of the bailout and the way that it is NOW structured, GM will never recover without more bailout and that is coming. It needs to go under. With the labor unions being on the board and the public not being represented except by government….it is doomed to failure. Let it go and give no more money.

  3. USWeapon Topic #3

    House Republicans Blast Democrats, Obama Over Alleged ACORN Ties

    A handful of House Republicans did their best on Tuesday to shame Democrats and the Obama administration for its supposed connections to the controversial anti-poverty group ACORN.

    Republicans also voiced complaints that Democrats are not moving forward with investigations into the organization that is alleged to have committed widespread voter fraud to support Democratic candidates, in violation of the group’s tax-exempt status.

    “ACORN is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said at Tuesday’s two-hour long partisan forum attended by eight Republicans but no Democrats.

    Another source of frustration for Republicans is a legal decision from the Justice Department, made public last week, that says officials at Housing and Urban Development can honor its existing contracts with ACORN despite a recently passed law forbidding federal funds from going to the group.

    Read the rest of the article here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/01/house-republicans-blast-democrats-obama-acorn/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+foxnews%252Fpolitics+%2528FOXNews.com+-+Politics%2529

    Is anyone really surprised by this? Realistically on both sides of the aisle. I am not surprised at all that Republicans are going to continue to use ACORN and its ties as a way to attack the White House and distract away from the real issues we have to face. And Democrats are going to continue to support and protect ACORN in any way that they can.

    Allow me to make my position known on this issue. First, I am not sure that “all roads of ACORN lead back to the White House,” as the article quotes the Republicans as saying. I don’t know that they don’t, but I don’t really think that they do. If there were some rock solid links between the White House and ACORN, I believe that the conservatives would have found and exposed those connections already, whether the Justice Department or the Obama administration likes it or not.

    Second, I do believe that ACORN is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic party. It is clear that ACORN has violated voter rules for their tax exempt status. For that matter, it is clear that ACORN has participated in wide-spread voter fraud across the country, and always in favor of Democrats. I am not buying that all the things we see are “rogue ACORN employees” rather than the organization itself. The fraud, abuse, and illegal activities are systemic and so plentiful that it is clear they are a corrupt organization.

    The government needs to get off their ass and investigate and prosecute and shut down ACORN. They need to start pretending this was a Wall Street Firm that had the audacity to make a profit over the last ten years. That would get the investigation going at top speed.

    Finally, the Justice Department is doing a great disservice by allowing any federal funding to continue to go through ACORN. An organization already proven to be as corrupt as this one should receive a sum total of $0.00 of my tax money.

    Am I wrong?

    • No, you are not wrong. I have nothing to add. It is a rip off. It was NEVER intended to do good. It was intended to do exactly what it is doing. Pretty simple, actually. In your face.

    • USW
      I agree that I think that Acorn has been proven to be corrupt and should be dealt with in a direct matter, no question. They took Federal dollars and without a doubt used it badly. I am all for cleaning house per say and get all them out of getting our dollar. But I also think that it is a sham that everyone is only calling out this group. If we are going to call for a investagation on them, I am all for it. But lets line them all up. A few weeks ago I posted a link that kept a running tally of all the contractors and non profit groups that have been convicted of fraud and other less then legal use of our money. This amounts go into the trillions of federal dollars.
      Lets open all the window and let the bad air out

      • Ellen,

        Well said! How about re-posting the link, maybe every open mic? It would be great if Beck or someone were able to follow-up on that.
        Sorry I missed your first post on it, some days are hectic.

    • NRA’s Dec.cover story is about “Rotten Acorn”, how ACORN has helped pass the worst anti-gun legislation of 2009.

  4. USWeapon Topic #4

    Why Obama Won’t Do What’s Needed to Deal With the Mortgage Crisis

    If the government wants the job done right, it must do the heavy lifting itself. Here are the three proposals to untangle the mortgage mess:

    1. Perform due diligence on all borrowers at risk.

    2. Nationalize loan servicing for private label mortgage securitizations.

    3. Create a transparent national registry for every ownership claim, including every derivative claim, on a mortgage securitization.

    Read the rest of the article at The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-fiderer/why-obama-wont-do-whats-n_b_375798.html

    Allow me to first say that I urge anyone who wants to discuss this topic to please go and read the article at the Huffington Post. It won’t take you that long. I used a very short and to the point section of the article above. It goes into much more detail on these three proposals and why each one is necessary.

    I don’t claim to have the answers. I am obviously looking for someone like BlackFlag, Peter, or anyone else who delves heavily into the economic news to provide us with a little insight on what the author is providing as fact and whether the proposals that he is offering are in any way an effective strategy.

    I will say that I don’t like the proposals because they come under the premise of whatever the problem, the answer is bigger government, more intrusion, and less free market. But I am unsure that something as big as this mess is easily or effectively solved without some sort of leadership. If we operate under the premise that we don’t want government handling anything, who else would take a leadership role to help America deal with this potentially nasty economic reality?

    • USW:

      The proposals are a crock. First of all most folks do not need to escape their negative mortgage. It is their home. If they can make the payments they can continue to live in their home. Someday the value will return, or when they go to sell the home they will have to deal with the negative balance. We all know that if we start walking away from our mortgage that we will not be able to buy another home for many, many years.

      Any potential credibility this author could have claimed disappeared in my mind with two of his statements:

      “If the government wants the job done right, it must do the heavy lifting itself. Here are the three proposals to untangle the mortgage mess:” AN OBVIOUS OXYMORON.

      “You would think that people would have wised up by now. But consider this, the sand states’ economies are all blighted by record multi-year droughts. Yet large blocks of voters are still brainwashed by a cable network that says global warming is not real.” BESIDES HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORY HE IGNORES THE FACTS ABOUT DROUGHTS IN THESE STATES. NEVADA HAD A VERY BAD DRY SPELL IN THE LATE 60’S TO LATE 70’S. SO BAD THAT A BUILDING MORATORIUM WAS IMPOSSED IN THE RENO AREA. ALL BEFORE THE MYSTERIOUS GLOBAL WARMING STARTED TO TAKE AFFECT. AND IT WAS FOLLOWED BY A NEAR NORMAL WET PERIOD, WITH LAKE TAHOE FILLING BACK TO ITS “NORMAL” LEVEL.

      On a more technical issue in this article, my mortgage is with my bank as are most. It allows them to sell it but I see nothing there that allows a third party, namely the owner of a securitized instrument, to interfere in my negotiations with my bank regarding a loan restructuring. They can pressure the bank to not renegotiate due to their position with the bank but the bank has to deal with the reality of a failed mortgage or paying off the securitized obligation. The latter will be less costly in most cases.

      I also love the continued story line regarding fraud in the mortgage market. Who exactly was defrauding whom? The lenders or the borrowers who knew they were using their equity, and in some cases more, to fund their life style. Those who defraud themselves by ignoring reality are the ultimate criminal.

      The private sector needs to tackle this by itself. The govt needs to get the hell out of the way. That includes the immediate halt on these new subsidized, low interest, low down payment, loans.

      The best to you and yours
      JAC

      • JAC….how many times do I have to tell you to quit making sense. You will upset the non thinkers.

        Looking at funny white stuff. Still falling here.

        • I think it is funny that you all have snow but none here in Wisconsin yet!

          • Want it? trying to send it that way. We do need the moisture tho…it is only 35 degrees and nothing sticking to the roads yet. Just on the grass, trees, and houses. Pretty though. Expecting more Friday and the temps saturday will be in the 20’s but then back to 50’s and 60’s.

        • D13

          Goooooood Morning Colonel.

          That funny white stuff is just pieces of sunshine falling to earth. When the sun gets real brite pieces flake off and fall to earth.

          That’s how we northerners deal with it. Create an alternate reality. Of course whether it is snow or sun flakes, both are slick and require driving and walking much slower.

          The best to you this morning my Texican friend.
          JAC

          • How dooooo my friend….ok…little pieces of sunshine….this is cool. So, I am freezing my butt off with little pieces of sunshine…ok…alternate reality. I like that. The roads are clear though…so far, and expected to stay that way until Friday and Saturday. However, it is only 34 here now but to us Fort Worth types…this is cold.

            Tipping a cup o’ hot choc to ya.

      • JAC is correct.

        The market will fix itself. The losses will be written off, property devalued, and those that assumed those risks will have to deal with it.

        It would be fixed in two years if the market would be allowed to fix it.

        It will never be fixed if government tries to fix it.

      • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

        The sad reality is that the government is completely at it again.

        Giving people $8000 towards the purchase of a home and only requiring a 4% downpayment for FHA loans ($8000 is a 4% downpayment on a $200,000 home, so for all homes of $200,000 and under, the $8000 government money is more than enough to meet the down-payment requirement).

        All this is doing is keeping housing values from falling to realistic levels and generating more hightly questionable loans which we will all end up on the hook for, while making the housing numbers “look good” for the moment. It ain’t gonna last sadly.

        Everyone thought Reganomics was Voodoo Economics, and in the end it worked out sorta ok.

        Obamanomics is “Shamwownomics” which is far worse than Voodoo Economics ever was. Fortunately it is unlikely that Obama has the time-table needed to pull off his intended economic illusion. Most likely the housing market will collapse further in the next 3 years, and the commercial real-estate market will probably implode within that same time-frame. It will be horrible economically for quite a while, but it might just save us from the flim-flam men of Washington in the long run. Sometimes it takes strong medicine to cure a particularly intractable disease…

    • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

      USW,

      The only way to successfully deal with this is to deal with the REALITY.

      1. Bad loans were made to unqualified customers due to the government forcing banks to make bad loans in the name of “affordable housing”. This was NOT due to “greed” on the part of the banks, but due to a government mandate.

      In order to fix problem 1, you need to get the government OUT of the housing business entirely. Bad loans don’t make houses with inflated prices “affordable” to anyone. Strong-arming the banks in order to get them to do this is completely irresponsible.

      2. Banks realized that the loans were bad and that housing prices were in a bubble caused by way-too-easy credit and rampant speculation. How many “flip-this-house” type programs did you see on cable in 2005? Because banks KNEW that the loans were bad and the prices were in a bubble, they did everything that they could to cover their own asses. Mortgage-backed securities were used, along with even more exotic instruments which caused fragmentation of mortgage instruments so that the risk was spread out among many different hands. In the end, this made no difference because the risk was still insane regardless of whether it was held by 1 bank or many investors.

      In order to fix problem 2, the easiest thing to do is eliminate the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve artificially sets interest rates to whatever number they feel like. Interest rates have actually been far too low for far too long. The Fed doesn’t have the balls to hike interest rates in a severe recession because that would likely “kill” any recovery. In reality it would not “kill” the recovery. The short-term effect of hiking rates would be more unemployment (which we are going to get anyway), but in the medium to long term, it would mean a stronger dollar, MORE lending by the banks (they would actually be getting a better return on money they loaned out), and a stronger jobs market.

      Elimination of the Federal Reserve would mean that the Treasury once again was the sole proprietor of the printing and distribution of money. In the past, the amount of money allowed into circulation was a multiple of the amount of gold owned by the treasury. It is estimated (but not known) that the treasury holds 400 Billion in gold at the current market price.

      Also, in the past, banks could only loan out a portion of the money which they took in in deposits and they had to maintain sufficient reserves in case of large demand to withdraw money. There is certainly nothing wrong with this practice. Being allowed to loan out 9 times MORE than the amount of deposits in your institution is rampant stupidity.

      If the Federal Reserve were eliminated, interest rates would be set by market forces. This SOUNDS scary, because people like Mathius are convinced that market forces could not possibly control interest rates and there would be wild swings in the market. History shows this does happen from time to time; however, the value of the dollar is now only 5% of what is was in 1913, which is when we started the Federal Reserve system. Do you consider a 95% loss in the value of money over a 96 year period to be acceptable? From 1793 to 1913, the dollar lost NO WHERE NEAR that kind of value.

      3. People were given loans with no money down, and no income verification.

      It doesn’t require a genius, and it doesn’t require federal regulations to realize that this was complete and utter stupidity. Once again, this could be easily solved by getting the government out of the mortgage/housing business AND elimination of the Federal Reserve. Banks ain’t stupid. In the absence of government intervention and in the absence of the Federal Reserve, I would be STRONGLY willing to bet you that 99% of all banks would still have a requirement of 20% downpayment for a house with full employment and income verification.

      There is a reason why the price of housing and the price of vehicles SOARED from 1970-2005. The reason was ARTIFICIALLY EASY CREDIT.

      IT IS STUPID to put $2000 down on a huge SUV and take out a loan for $38,000 over SEVEN YEARS to pay it off, yet that is exactly what easy credit allowed people to do. Under normal market conditions without government/Fed intervention, the price of housing and the price of big-ticket items would never have risen as fast as they did, and such loans would never have been desireable or necessary.

      I am sure I left quite a few things out, but I am tired of typing, so BF can critique this and continue on from here if he so desires 🙂

  5. Arkansans Will Have Opportunity To Review Health Reform Amendments at my Web Site

    After Senate Republicans objected Monday to my proposal to require each Senator to post online any amendment he or she introduces to the health insurance reform bill, today I began posting all amendments to the bill to my Senate Web site. The amendments are available at http://lincoln.senate.gov/arkansas/healthcare.cfm.

    I regret that Senate Republicans blocked this effort for greater transparency in the health care reform debate. Given the magnitude of this issue and interest that exists, I believe Arkansans and all Americans should have an opportunity to fully participate in the health care debate and be able to share their views with their elected representatives in Congress before they vote on the bill or an amendment offered to the bill.

    By posting amendments to my Web site, Arkansans will have the opportunity to view the text of each amendment being considered in the Senate and share their views with me. The Senate Finance Committee, of which I am a member, followed a similar practice while the committee drafted its bill, a process known as “mark-up.”

    I am keeping my promise to Arkansans that I will do all in my power to ensure that as health care is debated in the Senate, they will have ample opportunity to review the bills and share their thoughts and observations with me. This is another step in the long task we have undertaken to improve America’s health care system so Arkansas working families and small businesses can count on having access to quality and affordable health care without facing potential financial ruin.

    As always, please feel free to contact me via my website or by phone. I look forward to hearing from you.

    With Arkansas Pride,

    Blanch Lincoln

    • Sure would like to know what Senate Repubs blocked this. Anyone know how to find this out? She did not name anyone.

      • I don’t know, thought it was interesting though. The site seems to be well laid out and easy to use. Found some thought provoking info,

        Sen.’s Mikulski & Bennett’s proposals start:
        “H.R. 3590
        To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the first time home buyers credit in case of the Armed Forces and certain other Federal employee’s and for other purposes.”

        Can anyone explain what health care reform has to do with:

        the Internal Revenue Code of 1986?

        the first time home buyers credit?

        and for other purposes?

        Other purposes may not need much explaining. I think it translates into “bend over and you might want to bite something, ’cause this is gonna hurt”.

        • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

          You mean you expect legislation to pertain to one topic only and not have any “riders” attached? Surely you were not born yesterday 🙂

  6. Ok, I read it and two other links to it. I don’t understand the hoopla…..the government backed companies (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac..etal) created this problem….which is a problem created in the Carter administration. Want an easy way to solve this problem? First, accept the reality that not everyone can afford a house. Second, go to the banks and mortgage companies that allowed themselves to be blackmailed by the minority groups (Jessie jackson, etc) and revoke their Federal recognition for lending sub prime loans. They are now a private bank with no Federal Guarantee. Third, file civil penalties on the unscrupulous mortgage lenders and the individuals that actually participated fraud and deception. Fourth, revoke the licenses and levy administrative penalties against the individuals and companies that issued false appraisals to secure the loans to start with. Fifth, recognize that individual responsibility is just that. INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY and do not buy into the garbage that “I was lied to” or “I did not understand what I was signing”. Sorry, you should know what you are signing and if you are smart enough to want a home, then you are smart enough to investigate. Last but certainly not least, let the mortgage and housing industry bottom out and we take our economic lumps.

    But, I am just a retired lame brained Colonel that knows nothing.

    D13

    • Sorry, I thought this was posted to USW topic # 4….. See what happens to retired lame brained Colonels? We get lame brained….:smile:

    • D13

      I agree that the reality if that we need to let this bottom out. Just shoring it up as a temp fix doesnt help the situation at all. Let it hit bottom and go from there.
      I think that fraud was on the loose across the board from the Lenders to the People getting the loans. So we need to start holding people up to their actions.
      We need to start holding people accountable for their actions, otherwise nothing changes.

      • Hello Ellen,

        You’re correct in that we need to hold people accountable for their actions. A couple of months ago my 21 year old daughter rented her first apartment. It seems she didn’t bother to read the contract. Ooops. Two weeks after moving in she found out that rent is due on the first of the month instead of the last day. No brainer to most folks but for some reason she it! She gave me the sob story about being broke, “I’m a college student, blah, blah, blah,”, in the hope I would cough up the cash. Instead of money she got questions like “Didn’t you read the contract before you signed it?”, and “Do you know that contracts are legally binding?” Then I told her I wasn’t going to give her the money because if I do, then she’ll never learn to think about what she’s doing, and that there are consequences for one’s actions. Amazingly, she still tells me she loves in our weekly phone calls! Oh, and she got the money somehow.

        • wow – you are mean !! LOL And people think I’m tough – but I would have given in easily !! I guess Im like an Obamalot – talk tough and carry a weiner !!

          • Mean is not the word most often used to describe me 😉

            I’m the last person she comes begging to. I’ve been trying to teach her that lesson all her life while being undermined by her father and his family. He’s remarried now and has two teenage step children. Money is tight and he can’t keep buying our daughter’s love. He always told her I’m just a selfish bitch. I always told her that my job as her mother is to teach her the things she needs to know to survive in this world. If her father and I do everything for her, how would she know how to look after herself? There have been several occasions where I’ve asked her what she would do if her father I both dropped dead tomorrow. You should have seen the look on her face each time. I could tell she hadn’t thought about it beyond “I love my mommy and daddy”. Now, I know that if we both keeled over tomorrow, that she’d be able to take care of herself. Mission accomplished!

    • D13

      Now look whos trying to make sense. Stop it, your making me laugh and it hurts.

  7. Conspiracy Theory, did Tiger stage his “accident” to add distraction
    to the American public? Will he be appointed “Golf Czar” as a payoff? Hehehe

    • I don;t know, but if his wife used a 5 iron to break the back window of an ESCALADE, she must have kept her left arm straight and had great follow through.

      • Is a 5 iron the right choice? I would have gone with the sand wedge.

        • Either way….strong left arm and follow through. 5 iron has a little longer reach for his face tho….depending upon the length of her follow through…if one believes the “rags”.

      • Now that you bring it up, not being a golfer, is breaking a car window with a anything less than a sledge hammer possible?

  8. v. Holland says:

    I watched this last night and I was happy that Jon Stewart was talking about climategate and it was funny.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/

  9. Judy Sabatini says:
  10. v. Holland says:

    Thought this was interesting and insane at the same time.

    “How would you feel if you had studied for your university degree but were unable to graduate because you were overweight?”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8376858.stm

    • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

      More importantly, how would you feel if you PAID a University somewhere between $50,000 and $180,000 for an EDUCATION (supposedly) and then were not allowed to graduate because you were overweight?

      Perhaps we are going to start seeing lawsuits based on “weight-discrimination”?

  11. This isn’t a good sign….

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=ahD2WoDAL9h0

    Arming Goldman With Pistols Against Public
    Commentary by Alice Schroeder

    Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) — “I just wrote my first reference for a gun permit,” said a friend, who told me of swearing to the good character of a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker who applied to the local police for a permit to buy a pistol. The banker had told this friend of mine that senior Goldman people have loaded up on firearms and are now equipped to defend themselves if there is a populist uprising against the bank.

    I called Goldman Sachs spokesman Lucas van Praag to ask whether it’s true that Goldman partners feel they need handguns to protect themselves from the angry proletariat. He didn’t call me back. The New York Police Department has told me that “as a preliminary matter” it believes some of the bankers I inquired about do have pistol permits. The NYPD also said it will be a while before it can name names.

    While we wait, Goldman has wrapped itself in the flag of Warren Buffett, with whom it will jointly donate $500 million, part of an effort to burnish its image — and gain new Goldman clients. Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein also reversed himself after having previously called Goldman’s greed “God’s work” and apologized earlier this month for having participated in things that were “clearly wrong.”

    Has it really come to this? Imagine what emotions must be billowing through the halls of Goldman Sachs to provoke the firm into an apology. Talk that Goldman bankers might have armed themselves in self-defense would sound ludicrous, were it not so apt a metaphor for the way that the most successful people on Wall Street have become a target for public rage.

    Pistol Ready

    Common sense tells you a handgun is probably not even all that useful. Suppose an intruder sneaks past the doorman or jumps the security fence at night. By the time you pull the pistol out of your wife’s jewelry safe, find the ammunition, and load your weapon, Fifi the Pomeranian has already been taken hostage and the gun won’t do you any good. As for carrying a loaded pistol when you venture outside, dream on. Concealed gun permits are almost impossible for ordinary citizens to obtain in New York or nearby states.

    In other words, a little humility and contrition are probably the better route.

    Until a couple of weeks ago, that was obvious to everyone but Goldman, a firm famous for both prescience and arrogance. In a display of both, Blankfein began to raise his personal- security threat level early in the financial crisis. He keeps a summer home near the Hamptons, where unrestricted public access would put him at risk if the angry mobs rose up and marched to the East End of Long Island.

    To the Barricades

    He tried to buy a house elsewhere without attracting attention as the financial crisis unfolded in 2007, a move that was foiled by the New York Post. Then, Blankfein got permission from the local authorities to install a security gate at his house two months before Bear Stearns Cos. collapsed.

    This is the kind of foresight that Goldman Sachs is justly famous for. Blankfein somehow anticipated the persecution complex his fellow bankers would soon suffer. Surely, though, this man who can afford to surround himself with a private army of security guards isn’t sleeping with the key to a gun safe under his pillow. The thought is just too bizarre to be true.

    So maybe other senior people at Goldman Sachs have gone out and bought guns, and they know something. But what?

    Henry Paulson, U.S. Treasury secretary during the bailout and a former Goldman Sachs CEO, let it slip during testimony to Congress last summer when he explained why it was so critical to bail out Goldman Sachs, and — oh yes — the other banks. People “were unhappy with the big discrepancies in wealth, but they at least believed in the system and in some form of market-driven capitalism. But if we had a complete meltdown, it could lead to people questioning the basis of the system.”

    Torn Curtain

    There you have it. The bailout was meant to keep the curtain drawn on the way the rich make money, not from the free market, but from the lack of one. Goldman Sachs blew its cover when the firm’s revenue from trading reached a record $27 billion in the first nine months of this year, and a public that was writhing in financial agony caught on that the profits earned on taxpayer capital were going to pay employee bonuses.

    This slip-up let the other bailed-out banks happily hand off public blame to Goldman, which is unpopular among its peers because it always seems to win at everyone’s expense.

    Plenty of Wall Streeters worry about the big discrepancies in wealth, and think the rise of a financial industry-led plutocracy is unjust. That doesn’t mean any of them plan to move into a double-wide mobile home as a show of solidarity with the little people, though.

    Cool Hand Lloyd

    No, talk of Goldman and guns plays right into the way Wall- Streeters like to think of themselves. Even those who were bailed out believe they are tough, macho Clint Eastwoods of the financial frontier, protecting the fistful of dollars in one hand with the Glock in the other. The last thing they want is to be so reasonably paid that the peasants have no interest in lynching them.

    And if the proles really do appear brandishing pitchforks at the doors of Park Avenue and the gates of Round Hill Road, you can be sure that the Goldman guys and their families will be holed up in their safe rooms with their firearms. If nothing else, that pistol permit might go part way toward explaining why they won’t be standing outside with the rest of the crowd, broke and humiliated, saying, “Damn, I was on the wrong side of a trade with Goldman again.”

  12. Judy Sabatini says:

    For those who might not have seen Obama’s speech last night.

    http://video.foxnews.com/12127582/obamas-afghanistan-address

  13. I thought fuel rods for nuclear reactors used a ten percent enrichment? Any of you science types want to weigh in?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091202/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_nuclear

    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran said Wednesday it will enrich uranium to a higher level on its own, the latest indication the country was rejecting a U.N.-backed proposal aimed at thwarting any effort by Tehran to make material for a nuclear weapon.

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the comment after expressing frustration with the ongoing negotiations over the proposal that Iran exchange the bulk of its low-enriched uranium for more highly enriched fuel rods to be used in a medical research nuclear reactor.

    Officials from the U.N. nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency, said they had no immediate comment.

    Low-enriched uranium can be used as fuel for nuclear energy, but enriched to much higher levels, it can be used as material for a weapon. Iran currently has one operating enrichment facility that has churned out around 3,300 pounds (1,500 kilograms) of 3.5 percent enriched uranium over the past years, but the country needs fuel enriched to 20 percent to power a medical research reactor.

    “I declare here that with the grace of God, the Iranian nation will produce 20 percent (enriched uranium) fuel and anything it needs itself,” Ahmadinejad told a cheering crowd of thousands in the central city Isfahan.

    “We told them, give us the 20 percent fuel (in an exchange),” he said. “But then they started adding conditions. So we said, if you want to give us the fuel we’ll take it. If not, then fine and goodbye.”

  14. I watched the speech for about 10 minutes and after I heard the first few lies come out of his mouth, I turned the TV off. I counted last night and he was on 10 stations…you think that is enough coverage.

  15. PeterB in Indianapolis says:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/01/lord-moncktons-summary-of-climategate-and-its-issues/#more-13529

    It is beginning to look more and more like the “scientists”, the politicians, and the media were ALL involved in the AGW conspiracy.

    In addition to investigating the “scientists” I would suggest that we also VERY LOUDLY begin demanding investigations of the media and the governments which were all involved in this.

    Looks like pretty much everyone of consequence KNEW that AGW was BS, but continued on because “saving the planet” was not the goal. Taking over the planet, yeah, that was more like what they had in mind… too bad they all are getting caught with hand in cookie jar thanks to one guy who had had enough!

    • So if a global conspiracy the size of the AGW has proved to be true, what does that say about Obama’s birth certificate? Is it possible that the DNC has also engaged in a cover up? The DNC is a relatively smaller group than the global AGW crowd. If the AGW folks could pull it off, why couldn’t the DNC pull of a similar fraud? Just asking…..

      • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

        Oh sure, that is certainly possible too. However, by the time Obama’s actual birth certificate is found and analyzed (if he even has one), his time as President will have likely passed and it will be irrelevant.

        As far as the global warming nonsense goes, I think we can have far more impact against that, and it will, in the end, be far more important in the grand scheme of things.

        • Actually, the lawyer who is trying to get her clients’ day in court has evidenc in addition to the BC. I saw/read of DNC documents that ought to be looked into. The over the top emotional reaction of O-supporters, tells me they are afraid of something. I say give the “Birthers” their day in court. Let’s make it a FAIR and OPEN case, with the “Birthers” treated with the respect due to citizens excersizing their Constitutionally protected rights(the right to petition the government). Just think of the trouble that would have be avoided WORLDWIDE had the AGW people treated the skeptics with honesty and respect and not tried to pull off a massive con.

          • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

            Oh I will agree with that, if the “birthers” have actual concrete evidence to support their claims, by all means let it be seen and heard, if you can get a court of law to actually see it or hear it.

            In this country, justice isn’t only blind, it is deaf as well, but NEVER is it mute (although it usually is dumb).

  16. The thing I find so disgusting about Party Politicians is their dishonesty with themselves, which leads to this bizzare belief that WE THE PEOPLE have no memory. They assume we are as brain dead as they.

    http://www.freedomagenda.com/iraq/wmd_quotes.html

    I urge you to read all the way to the end.

  17. Judy Sabatini says:

    Taliban: U.S. Surge Will Only Strengthen Resolve

    Wednesday, December 02, 2009

    The Taliban in Afghanistan said Wednesday that President Obama’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to the country would not work and would only strengthen their resolve.

    “This strategy by the enemy will not benefit them,” the Taliban said in a statement. “However many more troops the enemy sends against our Afghan mujahideen, they are committed to increasing the number of mujahideen and strengthen their resistance.”

  18. This has an easy to read and understand chart of gas percentages and a link to their source.(Matt, Ray, I hope this is not upsetting)

    http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/4176

    Whoever questions Al Gore’s climate alarmism gets labeled as “negationist” worse even than Holocaust deniers. Even human rights, democracy and prosperity give way to the new idolatry.

    Recent research however learns how much the climate alarmists exaggerate “global warming” an its effects. Anti-globalist motives seem to dominate the Copenhagen Climate Conference rather than environmental concerns. This hidden agenda is likely to distort global trade and inflict development and the environment far more bad than good.

    Misleading Climate Alarmism

    There is growing controversy about the causes and the Kyoto approach to “Global Warming”. Growing numbers of scientists affirm that human activity has but a limited impact on the climate. Climatologists increasingly link global warming to natural processes and particularly to increased solar radiation, which passed its peak since 1998. Human activity accounts for barely 4% of the total CO2 emissions, natural processes and volcanoes for all the rest. The greenhouse effect of water vapor is even 900 times larger. As reduction of human activity proves extremely difficult and the proportion of human CO2 in the greenhouse effect so low, climate realists argue that the climate plan can produce minimal effects only and at a very high cost.

    • http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/12/01/breaking-australias-parliament-rejects-cap-trade

      BREAKING: Australia’s Parliament Rejects Cap and Trade
      Photo of Noel Sheppard.
      By Noel Sheppard

      “Australia’s parliament rejected laws to set up a sweeping carbon emissions trade scheme on Wednesday, scuttling a key policy of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and setting a trigger for an early election.”

      So reported Reuters moments ago.

      With global warming-obsessed media pushing for cap and trade legislation to pass here next year as well as for something positive to come out of the upcoming climate conference in Copenhagen, it’s going to be very interesting to see how this gets covered in the next 24 hours:

  19. My daughter asked me what I thought of this site: http://www.american.com – So I immediately thought of asking folks who I know would know more than I !

    Can you take a look at this website and tell me what it is about? What is their purpose? Their bias? etc?

    I also ended up looking at http://www.aei.org – connected – similar? So far the articles and opinions have seemed to be on target 2 me !!

    TIA

  20. My daughter asked me what I thought of this site: american.com – So I immediately thought of asking folks who I know would know more than I !

    Can you take a look at this website and tell me what it is about? What is their purpose? Their bias? etc?

    I also ended up looking at aei.org – connected – similar? So far the articles and opinions have seemed to be on target 2 me !!

    TIA

    • Frank, I took a look, agree, well written articles.

      “Nearly half of all healthcare costs in 2007 were due to labor compensation; prescription drugs accounted for 10 percent and program administration 7 percent. “

      • How much of the hosp staff / medical practice staff is unionized? Watch out to that labor cost with the card check nonsense.

  21. Four Catholic men and a Catholic woman were having coffee after mass.

    The first Catholic man tells his friends, “My son is a priest, when he walks

    into a room, everyone calls him ‘Father’.”

    The second Catholic man chirps, “My son is a Bishop. When he walks into a

    room people call him ‘Your Grace’.”

    The third Catholic man says, “My son is a Cardinal. When he enters a room

    everyone says ‘Your Eminence’.”

    The fourth Catholic man says, “My son is the Pope. When he walks into a room

    people call him ‘Your Holiness’.”

    Since the lone Catholic woman was sipping her coffee in silence, the four

    men gave her
    a look and said, “Well….?”

    She

    proudly replies, “I have a daughter, slim, tall, 38 Double D breasts,

    24″ waist, and 34” hips. When she walks into a room, people say,

    “Oh My God.”

    • THE BEST DRUNK STORY OF THE MONTH

      A drunken man walks into a biker bar, sits down at the bar and orders a drink. Looking around, he sees three men sitting at a corner table. He gets up, staggers to the table, leans over,
      looks the biggest, meanest, biker in the face and says:’I went by your grandma’s house today and I saw her in the hallway buck naked and Man, she is one fine looking woman!
      The biker looks at him and doesn’t say a word.

      His buddies are confused, because he is one bad biker and
      would fight at the drop of a hat. The drunk leans on the table again and says: I got it on with your grandma and she is good, the best I ever had!’

      The biker’s buddies are starting to get really mad but the biker still says nothing.

      The drunk leans on the table one more time, ‘I’ll tell you something else, boy, your grandma liked it!’At this point the biker stands up, takes the drunk by the shoulders looks him square in the eyes and says………………..

      ‘Grandpa, ……. Go home!

    • Judy, you know you asked for this the other day. LOL

      Top 10 Reasons Dogs are Better Than Women

      10. A dog’s parents will never visit you.

      9. A dog loves you when you leave your clothes on the floor.

      8. A dog limits its time in the bathroom to a quick drink.

      7. A dog never expects you to telephone.

      6. A dog will not get mad at you if you forget its birthday.

      5. A dog does not care about the previous dogs in your life.

      4. A dog does not get mad at you if you pet another dog

      3. A dog never expects flowers on Valentine’s Day.

      2. The later you are, the happier a dog is to see you.

      1. A dog does not shop.

      • Judy Sabatini says:

        OH LOI, You’re just imagining things, I didn’t ask for anything, but thank you, they are funny. Just getting even for those ones that I put up, huh.

    • A Man’s Answers to Every Question a Woman Ever Asks

      1. WHY ARE MEN SUCH JERKS?

      It’s a testosterone thing. Much similar to your PMS thing, we men suffer from testosterone poisoning. Why do you think the average life span of a male is typically 10 years shorter (and it’s not just from all the bitching and nagging we have to endure)? Hormone modifies behavior. We’re just misunderstood.

      2. WHY DO MEN ALWAYS HAVE TO OGLE AT OTHER WOMEN?

      Again, this is a testosterone thing. Do you honestly think that all the testosterone just fell out of our bodies the moment we met you? Besides, women do it as well. Women are just much better at not getting caught. I’m fairly certain it’s some sort of photographic memory deal. Women take one quick look and memorize it for later reference. Since men lack this ability, we try to burn it into our memory by staring as much as we can.

      3. WHY DO MEN ALWAYS TOUCH THEMSELVES, ESPECIALLY IN PUBLIC?

      We occasionally need to adjust our little friend and make him happy. It’s much like adjusting your bra. Being in public is just an added bonus.

      4. WHY DO MEN ALWAYS SAY SUCH STUPID THINGS?

      We like to. It’s actually a whole lot of fun to see our partner frustrated by a few simple (and well chosen) words.

      5. WHY ARE MEN SO UNCOMMUNICATIVE?

      You’d learn to keep your big mouth shut too if every time you open it you get into trouble with your partner.

      6. WHY DO MEN HAVE TO ACT LIKE SUCH RETARDS?

      Well, we don’t actually have to; we do it because we enjoy it. It’s the old fashioned pride in a job well done that’s missing in so much of the world nowadays.

      7. WHY CAN’T MEN JUST SHARE THEIR FEELINGS?

      Do we look like women to you? Why is it so hard to understand that men and women are different? How are we supposed to share how we feel when we have no idea how we feel? Unless we’re experiencing some extreme emotion like rage, hatred, disgust, or a brick on our foot, we have no idea how we feel. Personally, I get a headache whenever I try to figure out how I feel.

      8. WHY CAN’T MEN CUDDLE MORE (I.E. LIE DOWN AND HUG)?

      Please… How many hours do you think there is in a day? We oblige you as much as we can, but who the hell (besides women) can stand lying around for hours on end? We men… Men hunters… Need go roam… Starve in cave… Must go find wildebeest… Now sitting on our asses for hours on end on the other hand is a whole other story.

      9. HOW CAN MEN SIT ON THEIR ASSES ALL DAY WITHOUT MOVING?

      Men have very powerful sets of sitting muscles developed by evolution that enable us to sit for extended periods of time without getting tired. In prehistoric times, it was often necessary to sit in one spot for extended periods of time while hunting for prey. The more successful hunters were able to sit very still for very extended periods of time thereby passing on this ability to their progeny. The fidgety types were all gobbled up by saber toothed tigers etc. The end result is that almost all modern men are born with this innate ability.

      10. WHY CAN’T MEN JUST SAY “I LOVE YOU?”

      Men are taught from a tender young age to be self-sufficient. To say that we love you is equivalent to saying that we need you. Most men consider that a character fault. It’s not easy to admit to one’s own character faults.

      11. WHY DO MEN SAY “I LOVE YOU” WHEN THEY HARDLY KNOW ME?

      Ho, Ho, Ho… Aren’t you special? Well, some men think it’s a sure fire way to get into your pants. Surprisingly, it actually still works quite well.

      12. WHY DOESN’T MY PARTNER EVER ANSWER ME?

      We just simply don’t have the energy to answer every single one of your questions. If we think we do not have the answer, or that you will not like the answer, we simply remain quiet and save the energy for other things.

      13. WHY WON’T MEN EVER PICK UP AFTER THEMSELVES?

      Why should we? It doesn’t really bother us that much. Besides, we know darn well you’ll pick it up.

      14. WHAT’S WITH ALL THE BELCHING AND FARTING?

      This usually only occurs after months of courting. It’s our way to let you know that we’re comfortable with you. Believe it or not, it’s actually a sign of affection. Besides, holding it for extended periods of time gives us stomach cramps.

      15. WHY DO MEN HATE SHOPPING?

      It’s an evolutionary thing. Men hunt. Women gather. We just want to go out, kill it, and bring it back. Who wants to spend hours and hours to look at things we have no intention of killing? Err… buying?

    • Payback

      A man walks into a pharmacy and wanders up and down the aisles. The salesgirl notices him and asks him if she can help him. He answers that he is looking for a box of tampons for his wife. She directs down the correct aisle. A few minutes later, he deposits a huge bag of cotton balls on the counter. She says, confused, “Sir, I thought you were looking for tampons for our wife?”. He answers, “You see it’s like this, yesterday, I sent my wife to the store to get me a carton of cigarettes and she came home with a tin of tobacco and some rolling paper. So, I figure that if I have to roll my own, SO DOES SHE!”

  22. A rarity from me – A Note of Optimism

    You should watch this video. It is from a TED conference. The speaker, Hans Rosling, is a Swedish doctor of public health. He is also a great teacher.

    His son developed a software tool for converting statistical data into graphs. Then he made the graphs move over time. All of a sudden, we get a new view of whatever the data refer to. We watch things change. We never knew things changed the way they did.

    The software breaks the data into quintiles. Again, things become visible that were invisible before.

    This tool is going to revolutionize how we study history and how we solve collective problems.

    Rosling’s site is http://www.gapminder.org. Someday, teachers will use it. Students will learn much faster.

    One message: poverty is being overcome around the world. We have lived through one of the most amazing periods in history. Yet we Westerners did not perceive it.

    This video conveys optimism.

    The socialists who think they can tax and spend forever will break the U.S. economy at some point.

    In doing so, they will bankrupt the government.

    The parasites will have to find productive employment.

    This will open up our economy to a new era of freedom and productivity.

    The bureaucrats cannot reverse this process, other than by nuclear war or some biological equivalent. Even Communism could not stop this process.

    The poor will get richer. This will benefit their trading partners: the West.

  23. Judy Sabatini says:

    This one, I’ll go look for more. Be back in a minute.

    The Male Guide to Selecting an Outfit

    ———- ———– ——————- ——-
    | Are there| No | Are there | “What’s a | Are there clothes | No |Buy |
    |clothes in|—->|clothes in | hamper?” | strewn in random |—>|more |
    | dresser? | |the hamper?|———–>|piles on the floor?| |clothes|
    ———- ———– ——————- ——-
    | Yes | Yes | Yes
    +——————————————–
    |
    V
    —————
    | Take whatever |
    | is on top |
    ————— ————————
    | | |
    V V |
    ——– No ——— ———–
    | Is |———->| Perform | “Ohmigosh” | Spray |
    | it | Not sure | smell |————>| with |
    | clean? |———->| test | | deodorant |
    ——– ——— ———–
    | Yes | “Not bad”
    +——————–
    |
    V
    ————– ——— ————-
    |For underwear:| “Which ones are |Will they| “I may get |Place item on|
    |Are there many| for my legs?” | be | arrested.” | dirty pile; |
    | holes? |—————–>| visible?|————->| start over |
    ————– ——— ————-
    | No | No
    +———————————
    |
    V
    ——— ———— ———————————–
    | Is it | Yes | Do you | Yes |But would you rather have a tick on|
    |wrinkled?|—–>|really care?|—–>| your eyeball than iron a shirt? |
    ——— ———— ———————————–
    | No | No | Yes
    +————————————————
    |
    V
    ——– Kinda ——- ———–
    | Does |—————–>| Is it | No | Seek the |
    | it | “Does it what?” | dark |—->| advice of |
    | match? |—————–>| out? | | a female |
    ——– ——- ———–
    | Yes | Yes
    +————————–
    |
    V
    ———-
    | Put on |
    | clothes! |

  24. Judy Sabatini says:

    How to Satisfy a Woman/Man
    Every Time

    How to Satisfy a Woman Every Time:

    Lick, paw, ogle, caress, praise, pamper, relish, savor, massage, empathize, serenade, compliment, support, dig, floralize, feed, laminate, tantalize, bathe, humor, placate, stimulate, jiffylube, stroke, console, bark, purr, hug, baste, marinate, coddle, excite, pacify, tattoo, protect, phone, correspond, anticipate, nuzzle, smooch, toast, minister to, forgive, sacrifice, ply, accessorize, leave, return, beseech, sublimate, entertain, charm, lug, drag, crawl, tunnel, show equality for, spackle, oblige, fascinate, attend, implore, bawl, shower, shave, ululate, trust, dip, twirl, dive, grovel, ignore, defend, milk, coax, clothe, straddle, melt, brag, acquiesce, aromate, prevail, super collide, fuse, fizz, rationalize, detoxify, sanctify, help, acknowledge, polish, upgrade, spoil, reddi-whip, embrace, delouse, accept, butter-up, hear, understand, jitterbug, mosh, locomote, beg, plead, borrow, steal, climb, swim, hold her hair while she’s puking in the toilet, nurse, resuscitate, repair, patch, crazy-glue, respect, entertain, calm, allay, kill for, die for, do a nickel in Attica for, dream of, promise, exceed, deliver, tease, flirt, enlist, torch, pine, wheedle, cajole, angelicize, murmur, snuggle, snoozle, snurfle, hezbollah, jihad, elevate, enervate, alleviate, spotweld, serve, rub, rib, salve, bite, taste, nibble, gratify, take her to Funkytown, scuttle like a crab on the ocean floor of her existence, diddle, doodle, hokey-pokey, hanky-panky, crystal blue persuade, flip, flop, fly, don’t care if I die, swing, slip, slide, slather, mollycoddle, squeeze, moisturize, humidify, lather, tingle, slam-dunk, keep on rockin’ in the free world, wet, slicken, undulate, gelatinize, brush, tingle, dribble, drip, dry, knead, fluff, fold, blue-coral wax, ingratiate, indulge, wow, dazzle, amaze, flabbergast, enchant, idolize and worship, and then go back, Jack, and do it again.
    How to Satisfy a Man Every Time

    Show up….. naked.

  25. Judy Sabatini says:

    Why Dogs are Better than Men

    Dogs do not have problems expressing affection in public.

    Dogs miss you when you’re gone.

    Dogs feel guilty when they’ve done something wrong.

    Dogs admit when they’re jealous.

    Dogs are very direct about wanting to go out.

    Dogs do not play games with you — except fetch (and they never laugh at how you throw.) [Hey ladies, we men just laugh lovingly at how adorable you look when you throw… as long as it’s not a shoe.]

    You can train a dog.

    Dogs are easy to buy for.

    The worst social disease you can get from dogs is fleas. (OK, the really worst disease you can get from them is rabies, but there’s a vaccine for it and you can kill the one that gives it to you).

    Dogs understand what “no” means.

    Dogs mean it when they kiss you.

  26. Judy Sabatini says:

    This should do it.

    Benefits of Being Female

    We got off the Titanic first.

    We can scare male bosses with mysterious gynecological disorder excuses.

    We never ejaculate prematurely.

    We get to flirt with systems support men who always return our calls, and are nice to us when we blow up our computers.

    When we buy a vibrator it is glamorous. When men buy a blow up doll it’s pathetic.

    Our boy friend’s clothes make us look elfin and gorgeous – guys look like complete idiots in ours.

    We can be groupies. Male groupies are stalkers.

    We can cry and get off speeding fines.

    We’ve never lusted after a cartoon character. (OH REALLY? -Kim)

    Taxis stop for us.

    Men die earlier, so we get to cash in on the life insurance.

    We don’t look like a frog in a blender when dancing.

    Free drinks.

    Free dinners.

    Free movies (you get the point).

    We know The Truth about whether size matters.

    New lipstick gives us a whole new lease on life.

    If we have sex with someone and don’t call them the next day, we’re not the devil.

    Condoms make no significant difference in our enjoyment of sex.

    If we’re not making enough money we can blame the glass ceiling.

    We can sleep our way to the top.

    Nothing crucial can be cut off with one clean sweep.

    It’s possible to live our whole lives without ever taking a group shower.

    No fashion faux pas that we make could ever rival The Speedo.

    We don’t have to fart to amuse ourselves.

    If we cheat on our spouse, people assume it’s because we’re being emotionally neglected.

    WE never have to wonder if his orgasm was real.

    If we forget to shave, no one has to know.

    We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her ass.

    If we have a zit, we know how to conceal it.

    We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there.

    If we’re dumb, some people will find it cute.

    We don’t have to memorize Caddyshack or Fletch to fit in.

    We have the ability to dress ourselves.

    We have an excuse to be a total bitch at least once a month.

    We can talk to people of the opposite sex without having to picture them naked.

    If we marry someone 20 years younger, we’re aware that we look like an idiot.

    Our friends won’t think we’re weird if we ask whether there’s spinach in our teeth.

    There are times when chocolate really can solve all our problems.

    Gay waiters don’t make us uncomfortable.

    We’ll never regret piercing our ears.

    We can fully assess a person just by looking at their shoes.

    We’ll never discover we’ve been duped by a Wonderbra.

    We know which glass was ours by the lipstick mark.

  27. Judy Sabatini says:

    I think one of the dumbest taxes that ever existed.

    Let the Death Tax Rest In Peace!

    By Phil Kerpen

    The death tax is fundamentally a moral issue. Americans do not believe that death should be a taxable event.

    While the Senate is busy debating a Washington takeover of health care this week, the House will consider outrageous legislation that is getting much less attention: a bill to keep the death tax and make it permanent. The bill, H.R. 4154, would bring the death tax back to life less than a month before its scheduled repeal at the end of this calendar year.

    Back in 2001 Congress repealed the death tax with a long phase-out that finally ends this year. Because of a Democratic filibuster, they could only pass the repeal temporarily, for one year in 2010, before the tax returns in full force in 2011. The political calculation was that once the tax finally reached repeal, it would be very difficult to bring it back, especially in an election year. That’s exactly why Democrats are now trying to make the death tax permanent now, with the clock ticking down to repeal on January 1.

    The death tax is fundamentally a moral issue. Americans do not believe that death should be a taxable event. The Founders of our country believed this so strongly that they included a clause in the U.S. Constitution that forbids seizing an estate at death as a punishment for treason. Yet we now have a majority party that thinks it’s appropriate to take up to 45 percent of everything a person leaves to his children as a punishment for success, for achieving the American Dream.

    The death tax punishes virtue and rewards vice. It tells older Americans: “You can’t take it with you, and you can’t leave it to your kids.” So it discourages the traditional American virtues of hard work and thrift, savings, and investment, while it encourages lavish, reckless consumption.

    Morality aside, the tax is bad economics. A new study conducted by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin for the American Family Business Foundation quantifies the economic damage wrought by the death tax, finding that repealing the tax would create 1.5 million new small business jobs. Dr. Holtz-Eakin found that repealing the tax would increase small business capital by more than $1.6 trillion, expand payrolls by 2.6 percent, and shave 0.9 percent from the unemployment rate.

    With numbers like that, repealing the death tax should be at the top of the “jobs agenda” for the White House and Congress. Instead we see a rush to reverse the scheduled repeal and keep the tax permanently. It’s not because of the cost—the tax is almost certainly a net revenue loser for the federal government, with many studies showing that the revenue increases from other taxes would more than offset the costs of full and permanent death tax repeal.

    The only real winners in the push for H.R. 4154 to keep the death tax permanently are the life insurance industry, which makes a fortune selling life insurance policies to families who have no other way to pay the tax without losing the family business. A study by Palmer Schoening of the American Family Business Foundation found that the life insurance industry books about $15 billion a year in premium revenue as a result of the death tax, and has spent upwards of $22 million this year alone lobbying Congress to keep the death tax. They also made hefty campaign contributions to all of the key players, including House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel of New York and Earl Pomeroy, the North Dakota Congressman who is the lead sponsor of H.R. 4154.

    The bottom line is the death tax is morally and economically bankrupt, and the effort to keep it permanently, when we are just weeks from it finally being repealed, must be defeated. With all the taxes being proposed lately it sometimes feels like Washington wants to tax us to death. They should at least be so kind as to allow death itself not to be a taxable event.

    • Buck the Wala says:

      Hey everyone! I’m finally back but work has been extremely busy lately and I just haven’t found time. I’ve been trying to read along here and there, but wanted to post a quick comment to this posting.

      As Mathius has said in the past, you can take statistics or polling and do practically anything with them. The argument that the estate tax is bad economics is not nearly as cut and dry as Holtz-Eakin may suggest.

      Take a look at the following for a different take: http://taxvox.taxpolicycenter.org/blog/_archives/2009/6/18/4226020.html

      Hope everyone’s been doing well and hope to be able to join some of these discussions more in the coming days!

      –Buck

  28. Judy Sabatini says:
  29. TexasChem says:

    I wanted to pose this question to you D13 as I am wondering if I am correct in my assumptions in regards to the war in Afghanistan.What is the reason we are in Afghanistan?

    To thwart the Taliban and Al-Qaeda from being in power in Afghanistan to stop their spread of influence into Pakistan since Pakistan has nuclear capability?

    • A simple review of the map exposes the reason.

      http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/middle-east/iran/

      Iraq->Iran<-Afghanistan
      ^ <-Pakistan
      ^
      Arabian Sea

      Look at the North. Caspian Sea. Source of probably the single largest reserve of light crude in the world.

      • http://www.revenuewatch.org/news/publications/051203.pdf

        Caspian Oil Windfalls: Who Will Benefit?

        • Judy Sabatini says:

          HI Flag

          I can’t get, windows won’t open it. Can you give me an idea of what it is?

          Thanks

        • Judy Sabatini says:

          Flag I have to ask you this, mainly out of curiosity. I notice you’re on here for a bit, put a few things up, say a few words, then when somebody asks you something, POOF! you’re gone. How come you don’t come back, or wait until late? Just wondering.

      • BF:

        Need your help understanding the comments in the Caspian Oil Windfall report. Dutch Disease is explained as the “increase in the value of money” caused by increased profits gained from exchange of currency on the global market for oil.

        This doesn’t make sense the way it is described. If there are windfall profits from the exchange then that means an unexpected increase in the supply of local money. This should result in a “decrease in value” not an increase.

        Or is it that because they sell their oil in local dollars that the international demand for their currency increases, thus driving up the value of their currency? That would make sense to me but not linking the increased value to increased profits caused by the exchange.

        Your take on this supposed linkage?

        • I should have used a better document to describe the Caspian Sea ‘play’ then that.

          I am not advocating their understanding of economics.

          I wished to simply highlight the great interest the region has attracted from Russia, USA, China and India.

          I will try to link a Stratfor article.

          • You left out Soros BF.He seems to have a much vested interest as well ehh>?It is simply amazing that one man can have as much influence in the decisionmaking process of so many nations.

    • Nothing is going to stop the Taliban/Al Qaeda from spreading its influence. Nothing that we are doing will stop the war lords of that region unless we cultivate a stronger influence in Pakistan. Iran is fast isolating itself from the rest of the world and the younger more populace of that country is not very radical. The Taliban and Al Qaeda are terrorists and fanatics with the backing of the older clerics. However, BF is correct in that the Caspian Sea is a rich prize to whomever controls the region AND has the technology. BF left out one word….light sweet crude. It hardly needs refining and could arguably be the largest untapped reserve in the world. However, it is a broad two edged sword because you are also correct.

      Of interest is the role that India is getting ready to play and the ever expanding role of China in the region.

  30. Judy Sabatini says:

    It’s Christmas, MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holidays. Why do we have to bow down to those few who refuse to say it? MERRY CHRISTMAS , MERRY CHRISTMAS, MERRY CHRISTMAS. Not Happy Holidays. Had to get my point across.

    ADF defends ‘perfectly constitutional’ Christmas parade
    Allie Martin – OneNewsNow – 12/2/2009 7:30:00 AMBookmark and Share

    Officials in one California city have bowed to public pressure and won’t be using the word “Christmas” in the name of its upcoming parade.

    The town of Merced has held a Christmas parade every year since 1995. It was originally called the “Christmas Parade,” but officials this year decided to change the name to the “Downtown Holiday Parade.” The event is schedule for Saturday, December 5.

    Nate Kellum (Alliance Defense Fund)Nate Kellum, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), says acknowledgment of the Christmas holiday is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

    “What the First Amendment demands is an accommodation of all religious beliefs, including Christianity,” he contends. “And it forbids the hostility toward any religious beliefs, including Christianity.”

    On Monday ADF sent a letter to city officials, offering free legal assistance should any person or group pursue legal action over the city’s participation in a Christmas parade. “City officials shouldn’t self-censor the perfectly constitutional name of their town’s Christmas parade because of unfounded beliefs spread by groups hostile to our nation’s traditions,” Kellum states in a press release.

    • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

      I am making it a point of going to the restaurant Chick-Fil-A at some point during the month of December. Why? Because they have several large billboards around the city that proclaim in large letters, “Merry Christmas” and then in smaller letters off to the side have the name of the company.

      The signs are quite festive, with lots of red, white, green, bells, bows, etc.

      Any company that dares to actually shout “Merry Christmas” from billboards around the city deserves to have me as a customer at least once this month 🙂

  31. Ms. Boxer wants to go after the alledged hacker and not the people defrauding the world. What else do you expect?

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/70249-boxer-hacked-climategate-emails-may-face-criminal-probe?page=2#comments

    Boxer: Hackers should face criminal probe over ‘Climategate’
    By Michael O’Brien – 12/02/09 03:26 PM ET
    Leaked e-mails allegedly undermining climate change science should be treated as a criminal matter, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Wednesday afternoon.

    Boxer, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said that the recently released e-mails, showing scientists allegedly overstating the case for climate change, should be treated as a crime.

    “You call it ‘Climategate’; I call it ‘E-mail-theft-gate,'” she said during a committee meeting. “Whatever it is, the main issue is, Are we facing global warming or are we not? I’m looking at these e-mails, that, even though they were stolen, are now out in the public.”

    The e-mails, from scientists at the University of East Anglia, were obtained through hacking. The messages showed the director of the university’s Climate Research Unit discussing ways to strengthen the unit’s case for global warming. Climate change skeptics have seized on the e-mails, arguing that they demonstrate manipulation in environmental science.

    Boxer said her committee may hold hearings into the matter as its top Republican, Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.), has asked for, but that a criminal probe would be part of any such hearings.

    “We may well have a hearing on this, we may not. We may have a briefing for senators, we may not,” Boxer said. “Part of our looking at this will be looking at a criminal activity which could have well been coordinated.

    “This is a crime,” Boxer said.

    • Judy Sabatini says:

      Hey Cyndi

      I think this whole thing is ridiculous anyway. Did they really think that nobody would find out about it? And talking about how this is a crime, excuse me, but have they looked in the mirror lately?

      BYW, how you doing?

      • They’re making me earn my keep this week, LOL!

        I guess they think if they keep denying it, then they’ll get away with the scam. What a bunch of crooks! At least the Aussies have pulled their heads out!

  32. The Geopolitics of Caspian Oil
    January 26, 2000

    So reading this article – which predates 9/11 – suddenly raises a different perspective of that event…

    Summary
    The leaders of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey met again in Ankara Jan. 21 to hash out the final details of the much-touted Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline. Baku-Ceyhan is one of a dozen various proposals for exporting oil from the former Soviet Union. Despite having U.S. support, it is also one of the least likely to be built. Several pipeline options are on the table, all with strategic and political pros and cons. The existing network certainly cannot handle the projected supply of oil to come from the region. Thus, new pipelines must be put in place. Considering the instability of the region, the significant question becomes: Which pipelines are most likely to be built?

    Analysis
    The Existing Network and Plans for Expansion

    The existing pipeline system for the Caspian Sea region has a limited capacity, consisting of a mere 500,000 barrels per day (bpd). The United States Department of Energy estimates that the region will be capable of producing 3,500,000 bpd by 2010 and 5,000,000 bpd by 2020, vastly more than the current pipelines can handle.

    To alleviate this problem, Russia is building the Tengiz-Novorossiysk line from Kazakstan to access Central Asian oil fields. Furthermore, most of the Caspian’s pipelines can be expanded. Baku-Supsa and Baku-Novorossiysk, each operating at 100,000 bpd, can increase their production up to six-fold.

    Simply expanding the existing pipelines, however, will be both costly and insufficient. Expansion of the Baku-Novorossiysk route will require large outlays for additional sections needed to bypass Chechnya. Due to the conflict in Chechnya, Russia has been forced to use costly rail-links to circumvent the Chechen section of the line. Also, none of these routes terminates near its primary market – Western Europe – instead ending on the Black Sea. A total capacity of more than two million bpd would create immense tanker traffic on the Black Sea and serve to clog the already congested Bosporus.

    Other pipeline plans are in the works to counter this challenge. The U.S. preference is for a one million bpd Baku-Ceyhan pipeline that terminates directly on the Mediterranean. But the Clinton administration has yet to place any financial resources behind the pipeline. Another U.S.-backed proposal – this one with assistance from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank – would pump tanker oil from a coastal port in Bulgaria through Macedonia to Albania. This Burgas-Vlore pipeline, with a capacity of 750,000 bpd, would do much to alleviate the Bosporus traffic and directly supply Western Europe.

    Another option is one that avoids the Black Sea entirely by piping Caspian oil through Iran. Tehran has offered to pay for the construction of an underwater pipeline or to redirect Caspian Sea tankers to Neka, Iran, which has an oil terminal capable of handling 300,000 bpd without additional costs. Iran would then construct a second oil pipeline from the Neka terminal to the town of Rey, outside Tehran.

    Iran then envisions reconstructing two existing pipelines from Rey to refineries in the northern cities of Arak and Isfahan. Thus Caspian oil imports would flow into northern Iran for Iran’s own use – in which Iran is likely to refine the oil for export. But, in order to avoid U.S. sanctions, Iran will utilize its oil-swap program. Iran would export the same volume of its own Persian Gulf oil as it imported from Central Asia, but do so in the name of the Central Asian provider.

    The total cost for all of the Iranian projects is only $890 million, a huge savings from the other options. Iran estimates it could handle all of the export requirements for the entire Caspian basin – a whopping 3,500,000 bpd to 5,000,000 bpd. But not all of these proposals are feasible, due to a combination of economic, political and security reasons.

    The American Preference

    Baku-Ceyhan, likely paired with Baku-Supsa and Burgas-Vlore, will remain the United States’ first choice. Despite Baku-Ceyhan’s prohibitive expense and questionable security, it would achieve a number of political goals. First, it would reward Georgia for its pro-Western line and establish a perennial justification for a U.S. and Turkish interest in Georgian independence. Second, it would provide resource-poor Turkey with a steady energy supply and facilitate Turkey’s development as a petroleum-refining site. The clear disadvantages are inflated costs and the high risk of security problems in the Caucasus and Balkans – two highly unstable regions.

    The Baku-Supsa and Burgas-Vlore pipelines – while large – cannot possibly cope with the 3,500,000 bpd to 5,000,000 bpd the region is expected to produce. This leaves Washington with the option of placating Moscow and Tehran, both explicitly excluded from the initial Baku-Ceyhan plan, by using additional pipeline schemes. The United States would like to influence Caspian oil development, provide an opening to Iran, secure Turkey and Georgia, while not ruining relations with Russia. The United States’ problem is that no single pipeline plan can accomplish all three objectives.

    The Outcome

    As long as Russia participates in the international energy markets – as it did even in the Soviet era – it will continue to develop its own petroleum resources. If necessary, this will occur without Western assistance, as evidenced by Russia’s construction of the massive Tengiz- Novorossiysk with minimal Western funding. In addition, Russia will expand Baku- Novorossiysk and build the Chechen bypass. This will increase Russia’s capacity to export Azerbaijani and Central Asian oil from 400,000 bpd to 2,240,000 bpd. The majority of this capacity will be operational in 2001. The sheer volume of this will undercut any Central Asian attempts to construct additional lines.

    All of the oil delivered via Russian pipelines will reach ports on the Black Sea. The Bosporus simply cannot handle this magnitude of tanker traffic. Therefore, some sort of connection to the Mediterranean Sea will be required. The leading candidate for this is a Balkan pipeline – and a rather massive one at that. Burgas-Vlore fits the bill; if anything, its 750,000 bpd will not be enough.

    For economic reasons alone, some agreement among Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan is inevitable. Cash-starved Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan will only heed U.S. warnings for so long before accepting Iran’s offer to pay for Baku-Neka’s construction. Azerbaijan has recently warmed to the idea of an Iranian oil route. The United States can only avoid this is by signing a $3 billion check to largely underwrite Baku-Ceyhan; a move that Washington has shown little interest in executing.

    Geopolitical Repercussions of Global Energy Decisions

    The Iranian route is a more stable, less expensive route but has clear disadvantages for the United States. First and foremost such a route would effectively circumvent Turkey – a key U.S. ally in the region. Another obstacle is that U.S. investment in Iran is currently barred by sanctions.

    But the Iranian option need not work against U.S. interests. The United States can try to join an Azerbaijan-Iran deal, allowing for an opening of diplomatic ties to Tehran. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said Jan. 24 that Iran is “ready to negotiate” with the United States on the resumption of ties “on the basis of mutual interest and equality.” Tehran’s overtures to Washington could be in response to U.S. interest in developing the Iran-proposed oil route as an alternative to Baku-Ceyhan. Kharrazi’s statement followed a visit by the foreign minister of Switzerland, which represents U.S. interests in Iran. Unfortunately, this would increase the strategic importance of the Persian Gulf, a place and a responsibility from which the United States has tried to break free.

    The United States will reap a partial yield for its policies. Depending on how Washington acts on the inevitability of the Iranian option, warming American-Iranian relations could be a welcome result of the Caspian Sea energy struggle. Georgia will have modest income from transit fees, while Azerbaijan will have at least three separate export routes to fill its coffers. Turkmenistan will have gained a non-Russian export route. Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania will also gain a measure of income from the Balkan pipeline.

    Turkey, however, will be livid with everyone.

    Turkey’s likely response to the United States will be a quiet seething demand for advanced military equipment at lower prices. After all, with U.S. backing, Turkey has firmly stood in the way of Russia’s economic plans. Turkey’s neighbor will remember that and it will take some delicate work to rebuild Russo-Turkish relations. Turkey will also forcefully appeal to the United States that sanctions on Baghdad be lifted enough so Iraq can again export oil through the Daurah-Baiji-Dortyol pipeline network, closed since the beginning of the American-led Gulf War. If reopened, this network would allow Turkey to again receive some sort of transit fees

    Then review this
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Afghanistan_Pipeline#Route

  33. Judy Sabatini says:

    Well, I’m going for the night and hope you all will have a good rest of the night.

    Good night and pleasant dreams to all

    I love you all.

    Judy

  34. v. Holland says:

  35. A little something I snatched from another blog.

    December 1st, 2009 by Rob Natelson
    Americans have been dipping into the history of the Founding Era for clues as to how to get our country out of its current mess.

    Here’s an instructive story: In 1783, the Constitution had not yet been written, and Congress was operating under the Articles of Confederation. Congress had no ability to enforce its laws, no power to tax, and could not even meet its obligations to the newly-victorious Continental Army. Debts kept mounting up. In one humiliating incident, Congress felt compelled to flee from Philadelphia when armed troops demanding their back pay physically surrounded the congressional meeting-place at Independence Hall.

    Congress re-convened in Princeton, New Jersey. Once there, the delegates started to talk about how it would be a great idea to have a national capital in a district of its own. But Congress couldn’t agree on where the capital district would be located. Votes were taken on locations in each of the thirteen states, and they were all voted down. More importantly, Congress was completely broke — it simply had no money to build a capital.

    Faced with a crisis, some of the delegates had an idea. If having one national capital wasn’t feasible, then they would propose building TWO national capitals – one on the Delaware River, and one on the Potomac. And that’s just what Congress voted to do!

    The lesson for today: The biggest domestic national crisis, almost every impartial observer agrees, consists of the massive and unfunded entitlement programs sweeping the federal government toward default and bankruptcy. The second biggest problem is health care costs — rising crazily because the government has replaced the traditional doctor-patient relationship with huge bureaucracies of “third party payers” ( government agencies and insurance companies).

    The obvious cure for both problems is to find ways to disengage government and return these services to the free market. But both of those solutions are off the congressional agenda. Instead, a majority in Congress wants expansion of entitlements and third-party payments

    Politicians haven’t changed much.

    What finally cured the problems of the 1780s was a new Constitution that restructured Congress and clearly defined its powers. It’s becoming more and more clear that it is also going to take some fundamental change to deal with modern congressional irresponsibility — probably a constitutional amendment or two.

    Perhaps we haven’t changed all that much since the 1700’s. Which of course means we haven’t learned a damn thing. Or have we?????

    Sleep tight all.
    JAC

  36. I think I have a new Hero…

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/lord-monckton-shut-down-the-un-arrest-the-warmist-criminals.html

    Lord Monckton: Shut Down The UN, Arrest Al Gore

    Anti-climate cult crusader calls for world to rise up against communistic killers behind global warming fraud

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet.com
    Saturday, November 28, 2009

    Appearing on The Alex Jones Show yesterday, Lord Christopher Monckton went further than ever before in his vehement opposition to the elitists running the climate change scam, calling for the UN to be shut down and for fraudulent peddlers of global warming propaganda like Al Gore to be arrested and criminally prosecuted.

    Monckton said that those who are threatening to shut down economies, bankrupt nations, and deepen the problems of the third world by implementing draconian policies in the name of global warming should be indicted, prosecuted and imprisoned “for a very long time”.

    “The fraudsters and racketeers from Al Gore to the people at the University of East Anglia who have been making their fortune at the expense of taxpayers and the little guy,” should be criminally charged, said Monckton, in response to the climategate scandal.

    “We the people have got to rise up worldwide, found a party in every country which stands for freedom and make sure we fight this bureaucratic communistic world government monster to a standstill – they shall not pass,” he added.

    Monckton said that the United Nations should be “closed down,” adding that he talked to a senior UN ambassador in Canada who told him that he no longer saw any purpose in the UN and it exists “only to enrich itself at the expense of the nations it claims to serve, it’s time it was brought to an end.”

    “We would all save billions if we shut down the UN and just about all of its hideous bureaucracy,” said Monckton.

    Lord Monckton emphasized how the emails released as a result of climategate prove that global warming alarmism was still prevalent in public but behind closed doors, warmist scientist are admitting that the “deniers” as they label people like Monckton are correct.

    “Publicly they’re saying the science is settled, we’re all doomed unless you close down the economies of the west, whereas privately they’re saying to each other ‘we’ve got it wrong, none of this adds up and it’s a travesty that we can’t explain it’.”

    Monckton also slammed Obama’s science czar John P. Holdren, who in his 1977 book Ecoscience called for draconian population measures to be enforced by a “planetary regime” in the name of saving the earth, as an “openly admitted communist”.

    Monckton pointed out how Holdren had been once of the most prominent alarmists in the 70’s warning about the onset of rapid “global cooling”.

    “Now with seamless mendacity he says that what we’re now facing is global warming,” said Monckton.

    “How can anyone like Holdren stand up with a straight face and expect anyone to believe it,” he added.

    Monckton said that the agenda behind the global warming movement was to set up a communistic world government which will be run by people who “do not care how many people they kill with their policies” and that their goal is to “do away with democracy forever by stealth using the excuse to save the planet.”

    Monckton said that the people running the scam had a “deliberate desire to control population by killing people in large numbers deliberately if necessary.”

    The former advisor to Margaret Thatcher said that the warmists were sounding more and more desperate and knew that they had been rumbled as a result of climategate, which would only make it more urgent for them to try and force through a binding treaty in Copenhagen.

    Monckton said that the answer to combating the move towards neo-feudalism and global government was to form a worldwide “freedom party” that would operate nationally in every country in order to defend freedom, democracy and prosperity while routing out every aspect of the communistic takeover.

    “Every time these people try to take it away, we in the freedom party will stop them, and I think now is the time,” said Monckton.

    • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

      In a world where reality mattered, Monkton would get a Nobel Peace Prize, a Nobel Economics Prize, and several other big honors for being a brilliant man.

      In THIS world, everything possible will be done to shut him up and shut him down. Don’t be surprised if there is an assassination attempt soon, or if he dies “mysteriously”.

      • v. Holland says:

        Can I just say that reality *&%$ ‘s and I may have to go play more Christmas music while I work to keep from screaming because it is to early for bourbon.

      • You know Peter B, I had thought of that. He probably has too and has taken steps to protect himself, I hope.

    • Sign me up Lord Monckton!

  37. Of little interest because I do not care who crashes what White House party, but I find the hoopla interesting in that nothing changes over the years. Hope and change and transparency…..If I remember correctly, Bush I did not let White house staffers testify to Congress claiming executive privilege and separation of powers and the Dems were furious. Bill Clinton did not let White house staffers testify to Congress claiming executive privilege and separation of powers and the Repubs were furious. Bush II did not let White house staffers testify to Congress claiming executive privilege and separation of powers and the Dems were furious. And now, Obama will not let White house staffers testify to Congress claiming executive privilege and separation of powers and the Repubs AND Dems are furious.

    Now, if this lame brained retired Colonel who knows nothing, recalls correctly, Mr. O ran on the platform of hope and change and transparency. (Personally, I think his platform was rather small and he ran off the end). So nothing is changing, Rome is still burning (except it is an inferno now) Nero can no longer fiddle because it burned up in the fire, economic restructuring to the left, Afghanistan War to be widened to leave in 18 months, terrorism is on the rise to greater heights ever before known, porous borders, runaway inflation staring us in the face, the greatest shifting of white house power we have ever seen, Czars too numerous to mention with no Congressional Control, a hijacked educational system that is replacing historical fact with innuendo, political correctness to the point of stagnation, the removal of organized religion under the separation of church and state but the introduction of Islam at the same time, taxes going through the roof……I could go on and on…..

    Now, having said that…..IS THERE ANYONE ON THIS BLOG THAT ACTUALLY GIVES A DAMN ABOUT THE PARTY CRASHERS AND WHERE OBAMA’S SOCIAL SECRETARY SAT AT A WHITE HOUSE DINNER?

    Am I missing something here? Our media has nothing else to report on than wondering where a frigging social secretary, who makes $165,000 per year, sat? Who the hell cares whether or not Tiger Woods was jumping in the rack with another woman…hell, it is done at all levels of celebrity and non celebrity status? Who the hell cares whether or not his wife beat him with a sand wedge? (I would have preferred a Taylor Made Burner driver myself). What is so unusual about a celebrity man worth $300,000,000 being chased by every perfect bodied gold digger in the world or celebrity woman chased by every perfect bodied hunk, and we castigate them for being human and succumbing to this idol worship. What is the next subject now going to be? Whether or not they have three ply lavender scented toilet paper in the white house?

    even Fox News can no longer claim fair and balanced…they are jumping on this bullshit throwing bandwagon. Want to do something constructive? Where is the unbiased investigative journalism….or was that a dream.

    Can anyone spell distraction?

    Oh, I forgot, I am just a retired lame brained colonel who knows nothing. I keep forgetting that.

    I am worried about Health Care and tax issues and the media worries about a seating arrangement and a gold digger and professional golf pro.(I know that I am providing Ray and JAC and LOI some laughing material here…but at least I know what I am doing in making them laugh at the day….this from a retired lame brained Colonel who knows nothing.)

    • Side Note: (You always remember things you wanted to say after you hit the reply button.)

      The Untied (no, this is not a typo) States does not have to invade other countries, meddle in economic systems, and try to change governments to make the world scratch their heads and not take us seriously. We have our own stand up comic relief in the media and white house and the hill. Unbelievable. And we want the world to take us seriously.

      Ok, I am done. Time for this retired lame brained Colonel who knows nothing to shut up, grab his snuggie, and hot choc and wait for more snow tomorrow…..and this time it is going to be south Texas…..but not to worry….we have global warming. That is why it is snowing in SOUTH TEXAS. Geez.

    • D13:

      Gooood Morrrrning my dear Colonel.

      I am gravely concerned that you have accepted Mr. Obama as the IN FACT Messiah.

      “(Personally, I think his platform was rather small and he ran off the end).”

      For one to be able to run “off the end” of the platform would also require the ability to walk on air, or to walk on water.

      On the real point of your post, I absolutely agree.

      The sad fact is that many of our fellow citizens eat this crap up everyday instead of digesting the real nourishment they need for freedom to grow.

      The Best to You this morning sir.
      JAC

    • Good morning Col.

      I think you’re right about all this BS being a distraction. Just wait until the three ring circus of the terrorist trials in NY get cranked up. Our alledged leaders are up to no good, and they’re probably going to get away with whatever it is they’re doing. I fear for our nation. Something is wrong ans most people don’t want to hear it, muchless fix it.

    • D13

      You are right on, you really cares about who is sleeping with who. With all that is going on here in this country why would anyone? Outside of trying to get people to think about anything but what is actually happening is why. Every new station deals with this now. Truly sad.

      Lets see:
      Unemployment is going through the roof
      Health care ( enough said)
      Runaway government ( on both sides)

      But the lead story on the news is if Tiger Woods has thrid girlfriends?

  38. Anyone watch Neil Cavuto yesterday? Congress is passing a bill that would allow the government to interfere with any organization/business that may cause a systemic failure to the economy. Some type of board would be set up to oversee and make sure that we never have another huge organization able to create a systemic failure to our economy. The Judge said it was unconstitutional and he was fired up. The Judge said the way to handle this is to let the organization fail without a bailout. Neil interviewed a Congress woman who voted for the bill and he didn’t cut her any slack.

    This is right out of Atlas Shrugged. This is a huge government intrusion in private business. Government could prevent a company from growing too large, even if they were successful at what they were doing, audit their books, etc.

  39. PeterB in Indianapolis says:

    It is interesting to note that most Russian scientists do not believe at all that Oil is only formed by the heated/pressurized decay of aeons-old biological matter (plants, dinosaurs, etc).

    It has been demonstrated in laboratories that oil can be formed in an abiotic process involving synthesis from natural light hydrocarbons within the earth at extreme temperatures and pressures. Russian scientists theorize that this is exactly what is happening CONSTANTLY and that new oil is being formed at a vastly faster rate than anyone previously thought. It still might not be an “endless resource”, but it is theorized that the rate of formation still well exceeds our rate of use.

    If this is true, it is very likely that oil is vastly over-priced and any economist or scientist stating that we have reached or surpassed “peak oil” (where the demand is now out-stripping the supply) are probably incorrect.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenic_petroleum_origin

    The wikipedia article states that most geologists still believe that oil is indeed a “fossil fuel” and that any abiogenic sources are too insignificant to provide a commercially viable source of energy.

    This basically is NOT what Russian scientists believe. They are still firmly convinced that abiogenic petroleum formation is occurring constantly, and at a rapid rate, such that our demand still does not exceed the rate of new formation.

    It is quite possible that “peak oil”, just like “anthropogenic global warming” is complete BS and just a tool of world governments to control people.

    • Peak oil as a tool to control people just could be true.After all the other lies ans BS, why not? Everything is now suspect.

    • If peak oil is phony then my whole contingent argument against global warming policies goes down the drain.

      This means I will have to prove global warming is a hoax instead of just proving the proposed solutions were illogical.

      Damn Russians, always making life harder.

  40. Opening my big mouth again…….just when I thought it could not get worse….

    Boxer: Hackers should face criminal probe over ‘Climategate’
    By Michael O’Brien – 12/02/09 03:26 PM ET

    Leaked e-mails allegedly undermining climate change science should be treated as a criminal matter, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Wednesday afternoon.

    Boxer, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said that the recently released e-mails, showing scientists allegedly overstating the case for climate change, should be treated as a crime.

    Let me get this straight. The top Democratic Senate Environment guru wants to criminally probe a whistle blowing person or persons for disclosing what appears to be the biggest rip off since TARP and STIMULUS.

    More distraction from the far left’s agenda that is now being exposed….perhaps?

    • D13:

      The reality is that this probably was a crime. However, Boxer called for Congressional hearings on the matter, of the hacking.

      I believe the Univ of Anglea is a British institution. Now what jurisdiction does the US congress have over the hacking of a Brit Univ. computer???

      I have seen this called a “hacking” and I have seen referenced to an “insider” who collected the information over a long period and then finally broke into the archives to finish off the data set he/she dumped on the internet.

      I have not seen any definitive stories on who this person or persons is. Then perhaps we will know.

      Meantime, Ms. Boxer is simply showing off the spots she has always had on her warthog hide. And as with all hides of this variety, they should be hangin on the fence to help keep the other vermin away.

      Of course in this case we could just put the witch on a stick and place her in the garden to scare away the crows and other critters. A cackling scarecrow would be more effective than one that simply blows in the wind, I think.

      Admit, you are smiling at the idea.
      JAC

      • Carly Fiorina (of HP fame) is running against Madam .. Senator Boxer. Hope and Change.

        • v. Holland says:

          I’m certainly hoping but I had to vote a couple days ago for a State Senate seat out of 151,000 registered voters the final count was about 11000 actually voted. Just makes me crazy.

        • T Ray:

          I saw Carly interviewed the other day regarding her run for Senate.

          I was sorely disappointed. She sounded like all the other STATIST Republicans.

          The only redeeming thing was she kept pointing out that the USA is broke and that our financial mess must be fixed first. But she kept on about “reforming” health care within the context of being fiscally responsible.

          She has also lost some of her “sex appeal” or “charisma” in my opinion. Perhaps her bout with cancer and the long fight at HP.

          I hold little hope for the Golden State.

          How have you been T Ray.
          Haven’t talked to you in some time.
          Hope all is well.
          JAC

          • Hi Jac, Saw an interview of her recently and had some of the same thoughts. Better than what’s there; still not good.

            • Kathy

              That is a good summation of my feelings as well.

              Better but not good.

              I am afraid that we will be seeing the same thing play out across the country as the Elephant Club finds more and more “new” faces to run under their banner.

              I continue to hope, and even fight, that the R’s will repent but I am losing confidence in any real change happening in 2010.

          • Been busy as the proverbial one armed paper hanger with the hives. I have been reading along mostly but by the time I get done reading it is 9:00 – 10:00 pm PST and most everyone is off for the night. At that time I have to put my wife to bed and since I have been up since 5:30 am, I am usually tired and logic is starting to slip away. Gone are the days when I could program FORTRAN most of the night and not make a mistake.

            Carly and Meg Whitman (the Reps governor candidate) are not true conservatives but then a true conservative/liberterian probably could not get elected here. The closest I have seen is Tom McClintock our local Congressman. He ran against Arnie the first time but could not overcome the glaring Hollywood starlight. I agree CA is truly messed up and solidly in the hold of the unions. Arnie tried to break the stranglehold but was shot down, so crossed over to the dark side.

            • T-Ray

              Sounds much like my days of late. A good assessment of your pickle I think.

              Hang in there T-Ray. We won’t let you perish. You may have to suffer a while and it may take some time but we will come to your rescue.

              But first we need to neutralize the forces that are keeping the power in place. Those forces exist elsewhere so we must attack them where they live. Once their effectiveness is reduced we will be able to make inroads into even the Calif. mentality.

              Of course, it would be easier if you were located on the north end. I suppose your in the south, just to make it more challenging.

              Hang loose T.

              Until later, the best to you and yours.
              JAC

              • I live just 4 mi from Sutter’s Mill (Coloma). This is officially CA redneck country.

              • T-Ray

                Yes sir, it is.

                Been to Downyville or up the Yuba or Amercian rivers?

                Used to be some good places to hangout in the summer.

                There is still some gold in those foothills. Try a little recreational panning with the family. Makes for fun weekends in the woods.

      • Ok ok…so I am smiling. There is not a tax on smiling yet.

      • TexasChem says:

        JAC,

        Which is the biggest crime?Lieing to the world to misinform society in order to tax it more or committing a crime against a select few to expose a crime against world society?

        • Tex:

          The Fraud committed by the GW crowd is by far the “greater” crime. But hacking and stealing information from private files is still a “crime”.

          Unless of course this turns out to be an inside whistleblower. You see the govt has protected this type of crime because they assumed it always works against the “other” guy. They never think it could backfire.

          So, if we are true to our principles a crime is a crime. I am thankful however that the thief put the stuff out to the public before he/she was caught. The Genie is out.

          Now, seeing as I have been handing out punishments for crimes lately it is my decision that the hacker be sentenced to work on my pig farm along with KSM and his buddies. Only the hacker gets to be the boss and hold the trigger on KSM’s collar. His/her job will be to make sure that KSM does the work properly and that new pigs are acquired as needed to assure a constant supply of work, and company for our friends from the east.

          Oh, the hacker will be forced to have dine with me and the family where he/she will be made to eat all kinds of god awful fare. Such as sourdough hotcakes, sausage/bacon and eggs, or an elk roast with carrots and taters, sourdough biscuits smothered in real butter and clover honey. Real torture kind of stuff if you know what I mean.

          All funnin aside Tex, we need to accept that a crime is a crime. However, it is the jury system that provides for true justice. While our hacker is guilty of the crime of theft, it will be a jury that should decide the penalty. This is where the citizens have the opportunity to overturn, or ignore, immoral and/or unjust laws.

          So he/she is found guilty, and fined a whopping $1.00, and given the presidential medal for bravery and public service.

          But what ever you do, do not fall for the trap of relative morality. The concept of “which crime is the biggest crime” is just such a trap. Stay true to the pursuit of a rational life and thus the values that support such a life.

          Do not waiver because the outcome seems right. This leads directly to the belief that “the ends justify any means necessary”. This is the enemy we fight. We must not lower ourselves to their level.

          Stay true to yourself and live free my friend.
          JAC

          • PeterB in Indianapolis says:

            Evidence shows that the emails, data, and code were all carefully compiled into one .zip file. A hacker would not do this. A hacker would go in, grab what he could in a haphazard manner, and get out before being detected.

            The single carefully-compiled .zip file was then placed on ONE server outside of the CRU. A hacker would not do this. A hacker would either hold the information hoping to profit in some way or would release the information to as many sites as possible simultaneously.

            It looks strongly as if this was completely an inside job by a scientist who had simply finally had enough with the BS already.

  41. PeterB in Indianapolis says:

    Check this site out! Government-sponsored global-warming gobbledygook at its finest!

    http://secureamericanfuture.org/?gclid=CPPR_MPEup4CFc5L5Qod8jQzpA

    • v. Holland says:

      “We resolve to face unafraid this dangerous threat” Propaganda at it’s finest, such inspiring words meant to motivate, well, We should all resolve to thank all the scientists and others who were unafraid to face the dangerous threat of the global warming alarmist who were and are the dangerous threat.

    • Many laughable sentences from their Mission Statement, but this one might be the best:

      “We deal in facts and scientific analysis, not political rhetoric.”

      OK, good, then based on these most recent findings, I’m guessing they are right now disbanding this group?

  42. A break from politics…..

    A call out to the Big Ten for FINALLY winning the Big Ten/ACC challenge this week in college basketball. This was due in large part (I’m just a little partial here), to the Badgers win over Duke!

    We have season tickets four rows behind the Badger bench (did you see me on TV?) and it was so much fun!

    Back to reality today……

  43. PeterB in Indianapolis says:
    • v. Holland says:

      I find it revealing that as a precaution we should give away our sovereignty and our economic stability on a maybe but women shouldn’t have mammograms before 50 because it’s not cost efficient.

      • V.H.

        My dear, that was a very, very good one.

        Now that you have thrust the dagger straight to the heart it is OK if you give it a little twist.

        Hope you are well today.
        JAC

        • No no no…JAC…you got it wrong again…..HEAVY SIGH…..

          A brilliant thrust, such as this one…deserves the double handed reverse twist with a lunge….must I take you through basic training all over again?

          • D13:

            I stand humble and embarrased for my digression and lapse of memory.

            However, I did not wish to see V.H.’s victim expire to rapidly.

            Just a little twist to make the victim flinch and quiver. Leaving plenty of time for the recognition of reality to fill the eyes as the life force of slavery passes beyond the demons reach. The final realization that it had been vanquished by a Patriot of Liberty.

            Regardless of the finish, we agree that it was truly a brilliant thrust.

            A tip of the hat and hoist a fine glass of kentucky sour mash to you Colonel.
            May your dreams be filled with peace and your path with the warmth of the sun and family.

            JAC

  44. v. Holland says:

  45. Judy Sabatini says:

    Hello Everyone

    I’m still wondering where all these jobs are.

    Hope all is doing well today.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2009/12/03/john-lott-jobs-summit-unemployment-stimulus/

    • Judy:

      Check your local school district and the city, county, state govt offices. Those are the “saved” jobs.

      The guys who put out all the orange traffic cones along the highways? Those are the “created” jobs.

      Oh, and the truck drivers who are shuttling all the road equipment from one job site to the other, to make it look like somebody is actually doing something.

      Best to you and yours my dear.
      JAC

      • Don’t forgot those sign makers who make the signs that advertise the projects that are using stimulus $$!

      • Judy Sabatini says:

        Hi JAC

        I just said that because I’m so sick and tired of hearing about all these jobs that were saved and created, but what I can’t figure out, is by who.

        I know Reid keeps saying he’s created jobs here in Nevada, not just in Vegas, but right here in Reno. If he has, then why are so many people here looking? Can’t quite figure that one out yet. He has this ad on TV that keeps saying all the wonderful things he has done for the people here, but I choke every time I hear it. The only jobs available here right now, is the seasonal ones at the department stores, and that’s about it.

        Best to you and yours as well my friend.

  46. Judy Sabatini says:

    December 3, 2009 12:14 PM EST by John Stossel
    Who Creates Jobs?

    Today, the White House holds its “Jobs Summit” stunt. It’s typical Washington-think: Assemble interest groups and concoct special tax credits and handouts to the politically connected. What conceit. The political class think that economies revolve around them, that Washington makes things happen, that politicians are the most important players.

    Today’s Washington Post suggests that the way to create jobs is public spending by the federal government:

    Obama’s options are limited, as the administration already has signaled that it is unwilling to make any investments that would add significantly to the nation’s ballooning deficit.

    At least the Administration talks about the private sector:

    “We want to make sure it is not just the public sector doing this in a vacuum,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama. “It’s important we engage the private sector as well.” Administration officials, however, have excluded major trade associations from the summit… .

    Some of those groups privately complain that their job creation ideas, including enactment of stalled free trade deals that they say would boost exports, are opposed by labor unions, which will be heavily represented at the forum.

    The White House, which has clashed with some of the business groups over their opposition to health-care reform and other initiatives, says it has met repeatedly with those organizations and wants to hear fresh ideas.

    Yes. I am sure those “fresh ideas” will come from the trade unions whom the White House just hasn’t heard from much over the past year. At the summit they will also hear from environmental groups “Green for All” and “Coalition for the Green Bank.” I’m sure they’ll have great ideas for job creation.

    Will at least some free-market economists get to speak? No. The White House will hear from Paul Krugman, Joe Stiglitz, and Jeffrey Sachs. “Fresh ideas” won’t be heard from these folks.

    They and the political class can’t imagine a decentralized world where good things happen…without them. But in the real world, that’s exactly how good things happen, and how jobs are created.

    When government sets simple rules that everyone understands and then gets out of the way, free people create jobs.

    Hong Kong demonstrates this. Last century, Hong Kong was third world poor. 50 years ago, its citizens’ average income was under $700 (in today’s dollars) per year. Today, it’s $43,800. Hong Kong got rich because Hong Kong’s rulers, stuffy British bureaucrats, practiced what I’ll call “benign neglect”: they enforced rule of law—kept people from stealing from each other, or killing each other— but then sat around and drank tea. They left people alone, and free people, left alone, created prosperity.

    America’s founders did the same thing. The Constitution announced that American would be a country of limited government. That provided the simple and understandable rules that allowed America to grow into the richest country ever.

    Today’s political class thinks that they can improve on that, but they can’t. Their micromanagement kills jobs. When Washington threatens to drastically change the rules of the game with health care mandates, cap and trade, financial regulation, a second stimulus, and (of course) a “jobs bill”, the private sector can’t make investments with any confidence. At least the Post quoted one businessman who said Washington should stop fiddling:

    Peter Y. Solmssen, interim U.S. chief executive of Siemens Corp., a German conglomerate, said fixed policies would help businesses, large and small. “We both need a certain amount of certainty, which gives us the opportunity and capability to plan.”

  47. Judy Sabatini says:

    They Won’t Be Home For Christmas
    – by Del “Abe” Jones

    Another year, American Heroes
    Are fighting in a foreign land
    But hopefully, with an end in sight
    To this part of life they hadn’t planned.

    They do their duty without question
    And they all stand proud and tall
    They are placed there in harm’s way
    As they answer, our Country’s call.

    They’ll get by the best they can
    And improvise ingenious ways
    To find a way to celebrate
    The meaning of the Holidays.

    Peace on Earth, good will towards men
    Is really, kinda hard to do
    When all around, there are folks
    Whose only wish, is to kill you.

    There are far too many families
    Who will never again know the joy
    That the Christmastime can bring
    And cruel, wartime can destroy.

    The lucky will return back home
    But lives will never be the same
    Forever changed in heart and mind
    By humankind’s unholy game.

    They won’t be home for Christmas
    And sadly, some will never be
    But all of them will share one thing
    That’s the war Hero’s legacy.

    So as you gather ’round the tree
    With your loved ones by your side
    Think about those, ?over there?
    While you enjoy, your Yuletide.

  48. Judy Sabatini says:

    JINGLE TILLS, JINGLE TILLS

    Rushing and fussing I race all round town,
    Trying and buying, I drag bags around;
    Would Jackie like this? Would Sarah like that?
    If I get it wrong, then I’ll look like a prat.
    My blood pressure rises, my wallet grows thin,
    I hate Christmas shopping; I\’d so love a gin…
    This is the season of hope and good cheer –
    I\’ll be glad when it\’s over, at least for this year!

  49. Not quite as good as D13’s review, but entertaining.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/12/03/jon-stewart-rips-obamas-afghanistan-surge-speech

    Jon Stewart Rips Obama’s Surge Speech: Sounds Like Bush in 2007
    By Noel Sheppard

    Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart on Wednesday absolutely tore apart President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan for being a virtual rehashing of former President George W. Bush’s 2007 address concerning a troop surge in Iraq.

    In the opening segment of “The Daily Show,” Stewart asked, “[I]s 30,000 troops the military equivalent of two Advil?”

    From there, Stewart used videoclips to show just how much Obama’s speech resembled what Bush said more than two years ago concerning Iraq.

    “The Daily Show” host also surprisingly demonstrated how people on both sides of the aisle — politicians and pundits alike — hated what Obama had to say (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript, h/t Story Balloon):
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    JON STEWART, HOST: We begin tonight in 2007. Our war in Iraq was going badly. So President Bush proposed a bold new strategy: a surge of nearly 30,000 troops. Flash forward, the war in Iraq seems to have stabilized, but the war in Afghanistan is going badly. This time, the problem will be tackled by a bold, new leader, with the audacity to change, hope, and do what we were waiting for which, YES WE CAN! What shall his answer be?

    (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I have determined that it is in our vital national interests to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

    (END VIDEOTAPE)

    STEWART: What the 30? What, is 30,000 troops the military equivalent of two Advil? No matter what the problem there? What, you got a problem there in Afghanistan? 30,000 troops. If it doesn’t work, call my service. Unless they’ve gotten to him. Maybe he’s giving the same surge speech Bush gave? No, that’s crazy, Jon. That can’t be happening. If that were the case, he would open with some kind of 9/11 reference.

    (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

    OBAMA: On September 11, 2001, nineteen men hijacked four airplanes, and used them to murder nearly 3,000 people.

    • With this clip and the one on ClimateGate, Jon Stewart will be the next target of the WhiteHouse.

      • v. Holland says:

        He had another clip awhile back I don’t remember what he was talking about but he was asking “where is the media” I remember him saying something like, I’m just a pretend media guy and I’m covering these subjects “where are the investigative reporters”. So he may be making a lot of enemies-probably will quit getting invitations to all the so called best parties. 🙂

  50. Judy Sabatini says:

    Twas The Night Before Christmas

    This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan. We received it by email from several different people.

    ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
    HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
    IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
    PLASTER AND STONE.

    I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
    WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
    AND TO SEE JUST WHO
    IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

    I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
    A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
    NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
    NOT EVEN A TREE.

    NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
    JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
    ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
    OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

    WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
    AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
    A SOBER THOUGHT
    CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

    FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
    IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
    I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
    ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

    THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
    SILENT, ALONE,
    CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
    IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

    THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
    THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
    NOT HOW I PICTURED
    A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

    WAS THIS THE HERO
    OF WHOM I’D JUST READ?
    CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
    THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

    I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
    THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
    OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
    WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

    SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
    THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
    AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
    A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

    THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
    EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
    BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
    LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

    I COULDN’T HELP WONDER
    HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
    ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
    IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

    THE VERY THOUGHT
    BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
    I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
    AND STARTED TO CRY.

    THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
    AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
    “SANTA DON’T CRY,
    THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

    I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
    I DON’T ASK FOR MORE,
    MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
    MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS.”

    THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
    AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
    I COULDN’T CONTROL IT,
    I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

    I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
    SO SILENT AND STILL
    AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
    FROM THE COLD NIGHT’S CHILL.

    I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE
    ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
    THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
    SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

    THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
    WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
    WHISPERED, “CARRY ON SANTA,
    IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.”

    ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
    AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
    “MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
    AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.”

    This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan. The following
    is his request:

    PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as
    you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S.
    service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.

    Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
    stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrifice themselves for
    us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.

    Joseph

  51. Yeah, it’s finally snowing in Wisconsin! Did you send it our way D13? We are volunteering tonight as greeters at a very nicely decorated, holiday light exhibit in one of our local parks. Would love to have a layer of the white stuff on the ground.

  52. 12 Days of ClimateGate and Network News Programs Are Still Ignoring the Scandal

    By Julia A. Seymour

    It’s been nearly two weeks since a scandal shook many people’s faith in the scientists behind global warming alarmism. The scandal forced the University of East Anglia (UK) to divulge that it threw away raw temperature data and prompted the temporary resignation of Phil Jones of the university’s Climate Research Unit.

    Despite that resignation and calls by a U.S. senator to investigate the matter, ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news programming has remained silent – not mentioning a word about the scandal since it broke on Nov. 20, even as world leaders including President Barack Obama prepare to meet in Copenhagen, Denmark next week to promote a pact to reduce greenhouse gases.

    MRC’s President Brent Bozell called the networks’ silence a “cover-up” Dec. 2.

    Other news outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and Associated Press have deemed ClimateGate worthy of reporting, but the networks were too busy reporting on celebrity car accidents and the killer whale that ate a great white shark. Instead of airing a broadcast news segment that might inform the public about the science scandal, both ABC and CBS relegated the story to their Web sites. There was one mention of the scandal on ABC’s Sunday talk show: “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/julia-seymour/2009/12/02/12-days-climategate-network-news-programs-are-still-ignoring-scandal

    The networks pretty much CONTROL public information.
    Nightly news Nielsen ratings;

    ABC 6 million
    CBS 5.3 million
    NBC 6.9 million
    18.2 total

    FOX 1.2 million
    CNN .6 million
    .2
    .3
    .1
    2.4 million total cable viewers

    During the “Cold War”, we were taught how the USSR and corrupt communist governments controlled the media, and used them to keep the public loyal to their cause. Today, our government doesn’t even have to take any action to control the media, they do it themselves.

  53. I found this video at National Review.

    http://tv.nationalreview.com/uncommonknowledge/

    • Always looking for signs of hope – this video is one. Lots to get through, certainly, but perhaps light at the end?????

  54. While we were sleeping, the world moved a couple steps closer to
    “OneWorld” government.

    http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/4197

    Our New State Is Undemocratic. Is It Also Illegitimate?

    From the desk of Paul Belien on Wed, 2009-12-02 22:10

    Yesterday the Lisbon Treaty came into force by which the European Union has become a state in its own right. Though many of them do not yet realize it, 500 million Europeans now have a common government to which the governments of their own countries are legally subservient. Since yesterday, the 27 member states of the EU have been reduced to the status of provinces.

    The Lisbon Treaty, which is the basic charter (i.e. its Constitution) of the new EU state, stipulates that the parliaments of the 27 provinces are obliged to “contribute actively to the good functioning of the Union.” It is their legal obligation to further primarily the interests of the Union, rather than those of their own people.

    Earlier this week Michel Barnier, the French member of the European Commission, explained to the Paris newspaper Le Figaro that “the European Commission is the EU’s Prime Minister.” Many Europeans think this is a metaphor, but, unfortunately, it is to be taken literally.

    The European Commission is, as Barnier said, “a collective Prime Minister bringing together 27 countries which are united in their destiny.”

  55. http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/12/public_option_great_britains_w.html

    The UK consists of a multi-tiered system of public coverage that varies dramatically between the four nations served: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    In an attempt to address long wait times for English patients, the English system initiated a change in 2000 called “devolution.” This allowed private hospitals to compete with state hospitals, decreasing wait times in England compared with sick residents of nations that forbid the involvement of the private sector.

    Without the devolved system, those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland willing to pay for faster care (such as cataract and hip replacement surgery as allowed in England using “Independent Sector Treatment Centres”) are prevented from doing so by law.

    For “non-critical” services like physical therapy and podiatry in Northern Ireland, wait times continue to exceed two years. Of the nation’s 1.7 million residents, over 140,000 are on a waiting list to either be seen by a doctor for the first time or for a non-emergency hospital admission. These 2007 figures, according to Northern Ireland’s Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, exclude patients whose visits and hospital stays were “deferred” or who missed an appointment. Such patients are counted statistically as “Completed Waits.”

    The United Kingdom’s public option, faced with skyrocketing healthcare costs and under budget pressure, decreases costs by rationing care.

    Each year, 9,000 British patients are denied kidney dialysis. An additional 15,000 are refused coverage for chemotherapy, and 17,000 are denied heart surgery.

    • Wow!

    • I have never had to wait more than 1 day to see a doctor, if the health care costs are skyrocketing here I hate to think what word you would describe the costs of Americas system. A friend I have in the states has to buy medicine from a local aquarium to treat a persistent problem she has, she cant get health insurance so she has to buy medicine that is meant for fish to treat herself, madness.

  56. Judy Sabatini says:

    How do all

    Hope you’re all doing good today.

    SEEMS WE SENT IN THE CLOWNS…..

    So, Let’s Recap–

    1. The American people elect a black president with a total of 142 days
    experience as a US Senator from the most politically corrupt state in
    America whose governor is ousted from office.
    The President’s first official act is to order that Americans pay for
    abortions around the world. Second was to order the close of Gitmo and make
    sure terrorists civil rights are not violated. (He really screwed up!!)

    2. The Democrat controlled U.S. Congress rushes to confirm a black
    Attorney General, Eric Holder, whose law firm we later find out represents
    seventeen Gitmo Terrorists. (An honest mistake?!)

    3. The CIA Boss appointee, Leon Panetta, has absolutely no experience,
    has a daughter Linda, we find out, who is a true radical anti-American
    activist and a supporter of all the Anti-American regimes in the western
    hemisphere. (But there were socio-economic factors involved!)

    4. We got the second most corrupt American woman (Pelosi is #1) as
    Secretary of State; bought and paid for. (You can put lipstick on pigs, but
    they still stink!)

    5. We got a Tax Cheat for Treasury Secretary who did not properly file
    his own taxes for 12 years. (He said he misspoke!)

    6. A Commerce Secretary nominee who withdrew due to corruption charges.
    (Another honest mistake???)

    7. A Tax cheat nominee for Chief Performance Officer who withdrew under
    charges. (Hmmm… another screw-up?)

    8. A Labor Secretary nominee who withdrew under charges of unethical
    conduct. (Ok, maybe this person was just plain stupid.)

    9. A Secretary HHS nominee (Daschle) who withdrew under charges of
    cheating on his taxes.. (I’m running out of excuses for these morons!!)

    10. Multiple appointments of former lobbyists after an absolute campaign
    pledge that no lobbyists would be appointed. (Dear God, I need a drink!)

    All this occurred just during the first three weeks. . . but who’s
    counting?

    Since then Michelle Obama has a staff of more than 20-compared to Laura
    Bush’s one (that is right, 1.)

    We find that Acorn (Obama was one of the main supporters/beneficiaries ) has
    more than 200+ partially government funded ‘non profits’ that are trying to
    destroy the Country-and the Obama team ‘will not investigate them’.

    And how about the 20+ ‘Czars’ that report only to Obama?

    America is being run by the modern-day Three Stooges ; Barry, Nancy and
    Harry and they are still trying to define stimulus…”it’s the spending,
    stupid!!!”

    The congress passes the $800,000,000,000 (that’s $800 billion)
    pork-loaded spending bill where the government gives you a smidgen of your
    tax dollars ($13 per week), making you feel so good about yourself
    [stimulated], that you want to run out to Wal-Mart and buy a new
    Chinese-made HDTV and go home and watch Telemundo!

    Only in America , what a country…

    Pray for our country. Here’s the good news though – Obama took Air Force
    One to Denver to sign the stimulus package, wasting only 10,000 gallons of
    fuel OR 24 JOBS FOR ONE YEAR. Don’t you just love this hypocrite?
    Speaking of praying, Obama has now been president for seven months and
    yet he & wife (first lady) Michelle, the Christian family they claim to be,
    have not attended church since the inauguration. He must miss Reverend
    Wright!
    And of course the latest is the Health Care Reform that America has been
    screaming for?? Who?? That now has opponents and we are the “unAmerican
    nazis”.

    The good news? AMERICA IS FINALLY WAKING UP TO THIS FASCIST AND HIS MINIONS!
    Please make sure all of your friends and family help fight for this country,
    to rid it of this Chicago gangster and his cohorts in crime!

    In these times ‘I’ll keep My God, My Freedom, My Guns and My money.
    Anyone that supports this insanity can keep “THE CHANGE”.’

  57. Judy Sabatini says:
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  59. Judy Sabatini says:

    Decorated Veteran, 90, Fights to Raise Flag in His Yard

    Thursday, December 03, 2009

    A veteran of three wars who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor is now facing an unlikely enemy — his neighbors.

    Col. Van T. Barfoot, 90, has raised the Stars and Stripes every day at sunrise and lowered them every day at sunset since he served in the U.S. Army. But on Tuesday he received a letter from the law firm that represents his homeowners’ association, ordering him to remove the flagpole from his Richmond, Va. yard by 5 p.m. on Friday or face “legal action.”

    SLIDESHOW: Medal of Honor Winner Col. Van Barfoot

    The homoeowners’ association at Sussex Square community told Barfoot that the freestanding, 21-foot flagpole that he put up in September violates the neighborhood’s aesthetic guidelines.

    Barfoot had sought permission to install the pole shortly after he moved into the community — a complex of townhouses where the grounds are community property — last June. The board denied his request in July.

    But Barfoot and his family say there is no provision in Sussex Square’s rules that forbids erecting flagpoles. And for Barfoot, that’s a cause worth fighting for.

    “There’s never been a day in my life or a place I’ve lived in my life that you couldn’t fly the American flag,” Barfoot said in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    In a statement released last night, the association sought to defend its position against a growing chorus of outrage.

    “This is not about the American flag. This is about a flagpole,” reads the statement from the association, which insists that Barfoot directly violated its board’s July ruling.

    “Col. Barfoot is free to display the American flag in conformity with the neighborhood rules and restrictions. We are hopeful that Col. Barfoot will comply.”

    The statement reminded the public that many American flags hang from homes in the Sussex Square community, and that the board members object only to Barfoot’s freestanding flagpole.

    But Barfoot says he has always flown the flag from a height: “Where I’ve been, fighting wars … military installations, parades, everything else, the flag is vertical. And I’ve done it that way since I was in the Army,” Barfoot told the paper.

    Barfoot is one of the country’s last living World War II veterans who received the Medal of Honor. He also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War and earned a Purple Heart. In WWII, Barfoot showed his mettle in Carano, Italy, where he single-handedly destroyed a set of German machine gun nests, killed eight enemy soldiers, took 17 prisoners and stared down a tank before destroying it and killing its crew — all in a single day. Exhausted by his herculean efforts, he still managed to move two of his wounded men 1,700 yards to safety.

    “Sgt. Barfoot’s extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and aggressive determination in the face of pointblank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers,” reads the official citation for his Medal of Honor.

    Barfoot’s resolve is now once again being tested.

    “I’ve flown the flag at my home as long as I can remember,” said Barfoot, who lived in rural Amelia County before moving to suburban Richmond. “This is the first time in the last 36 years that I’ve been unable to put my flag up on the same pole, the same staff and take it down when it’s time to come down.

    “I don’t have any qualms with [the board’s] authority, but the thing about it is that I cannot get enough conversation out of them where we can try to work out a solution,” Barfoot said.

    Neighbors largely have expressed their support, but he realizes that ultimately it’s up to the nine-member association board whether to grant an exception to the rules.

    “Emotional torture is what they’ve done to my father,” said his daughter, Margaret Nicholls. “He has lost sleep, he worries about it constantly. He just doesn’t understand. He thinks that if it’s on his property they can’t tell him what to do.”

  60. v. Holland says:

    Wow -I was just impressed-listen and see what you think.

  61. v. Holland says:

    Ah the cover my own behind has begun.

    Climategate: Mann now turns on Jones

    Andrew Bolt
    Friday, December 04, 2009 at 06:51am

    The Climategate conspiracists are now blaming each other, with Michael Mann clouting his former friend Phil Jones with his hockey stick:

    One of the scientists to whom the emails were addressed, Professor Michael Mann, the Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University has moved to distance himself from some of the comments in the emails that suggest scientists did not want the IPCC, the UN body charged with monitoring climate change, to consider studies that challenged the view global warming was genuine and man-made.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight, Prof Mann said: “I can’t put myself in the mind of the person who wrote that email and sent it. I in no way endorse what was in that email.”

    Prof Mann also said he could not “justify” a request from Prof Jones that he should delete some of his own emails to prevent them from being seen by outsiders.

    “I can’t justify the action, I can only speculate that he was feeling so under attack that he made some poor decisions frankly and I think that’s clear.”

    Prof Mann then argued however that there was “absolutely no evidence” that he too had manipulated data, while he also said “I don’t believe that any of my colleagues have done that”.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/climategate_mann_now_turns_on_jones/

  62. http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwuekwe/multimediafinal.html

    Unemployment – like a cancer on the nation.

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