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3/21/2014

Friday Morning Random Links

Filed under: General — JD @ 7:42 am

[guest post by JD]

Paul Krugman admits he hasn’t even read that which he rails against.

SanFranNan goes on a rant about calling ObamaCare ObamaCare, and then slips further into her delusional world calling it affordable affordable affordable affordable affordable affordable…

It is like Jonah Goldberg was reading one of the comment threads here. the emptiness of the right side of history is an apt descriptor.

WaPo shockingly falls for a bizarre Koch Brothers conspiracy, promoted by ideological leftist group. In other shocking news, the reporter has marital ties to uber-leftist progressive group run by Podesta, who routinely traffics in Koch Brothers nonsense. Charles and David should charge these people rent.

Palate cleansing video about bike lane safety in NYC.

Enjoy March Madness!!!

—JD

161 Responses to “Friday Morning Random Links”

  1. Racists

    JD (534747)

  2. Teh Krug says, “Life is short”! Krug knows short—in stature and intellect. Da diminutive dimwit!

    Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba)

  3. UNEXPECTEDLY!!

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  4. It is not the right side of history – it’s the right side of the “moral divide” you want to be on.

    Sammy Finkelman (798a49)

  5. That the esteemed Dr Krugman doesn’t read what conservatives write surprises me not in the least; if he actually did read, he’d have found his own positions so thoroughly demolished that he’d have to either become conservative himself — please refer to snowballs in Lucifer’s realm concerning the probabilities — or admit, to himself, that he didn’t have any flaming clue concerning what he was saying.

    I can’t recall where I saw this, but it’s amazing how little liberals think about what they say, given the amount of time they spend contemplating their own navels.

    The unsurprised Dana (3e4784)

  6. Greetings:

    It’s always nice hearing from the First Female ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress.

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  7. The unsurprised Dana #5 – the said esteemed Dr Krugman, like many ‘Liberals’, only has flaming clues – what they lack are fact-based reality-based clues …

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  8. Alastor: Correction humbly accepted.

    The appropriately chastised Dana (3e4784)

  9. Re. Krugman: Why bother to write about reality when when your base, and the managing editor of the NYT, salivate like Pavlov’s dogs when properly stimulated with any number of well known strawmen. In fact, there is little reason to think that Krugman’s dispatches are written by a sentient being. They could just as well be assembled by a fairly simple word processing program driven by random numbers linked to the appropriate leftie dictionary.

    Re. biking in NYC: Notice how polite the officer is while giving the bike rider his ticket. I imagine the enforcers from Tammany Hall were equally at ease as they shook down the mom and pop storefronts in their wards. Also note that the bike rider didn’t have a helmet. This would be an imprisonable offense in many progressive locales. One must wonder how Bloomberg let that slip by. And given the lack of social responsibility evidenced by the absence of a helmet, it is surprising that the officer didn’t insist that this miscreant provide proof of insurance via Obamacare. Surely there are NYC penalties for Obamacare tax avoidance? And to compound the threat to our progressive utopia, this person appears to be on a mission to destroy a substantial portion of NYC commerce via bicycle collision. All without a helmet! This certainly does not conform with the march of history that underlies Marxism, let alone Obamahism.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  10. Say, didn’t he like, win a Nobel prize or something? I think I might have heard that somewhere. He sure seems modest and quiet about it, though.

    elissa (d86ea7)

  11. Of course Nancy is upset. She thinks it is more accurate to call it Pelosicare.

    Amazed_476 (78a5e8)

  12. Of course the former Speakess of the House thinks that it’s affordable, affordable, affordable! She comes from money, and then married more money, has lived in luxury her entire life, and gets her health care through Congress. For her, almost everything is affordable.

    It’s just when you get down to those of us who have to do something really radical like actually work for a living that things she finds easily affordable are very expensive, are not nearly as affordable for us as she thinks they are. But, then again, just how much actual experience do Democrat politicians have with working for a living?

    The Dana who works for a living (3e4784)

  13. Iran building a 2/3 scale model of the Nimitz I mean they are building a copy the way Hollywood would. Complete with the Nimitz number 68 painted in white near the bow.

    Iran Is Building a Fake U.S. Aircraft Carrier

    It’s really a barge.

    U.S. officials can’t figure out what the Iranians want to do with it. They think maybe they want to photograph its destruction. Maybe it’s to train people to attack it?

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  14. The difficulty with claiming to be on the right side of history is that our view is so short sighted,
    like thinking 100 years of data (out of millions of years post pre-life history) is enough to tell us what the climate is doing.

    Of course, if you want to know who truly ends up on the right side of history, just read the last chapter of The Book.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  15. Could be that Hansen has successfully defied Godwin’s Law:
    http://www.hoover.org/publications/defining-ideas/article/171246

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  16. And Rushbo has in his hands a document that supposedly is a summary from Chinese intelligence, sent to the Russians, that the Malaysian 777 was intercepted and escorted to Diego Garcia by US forces to get something or someone on the aircraft.
    But I’m told by my reliable sources that if such a thing happened, it would be too hard to keep all of the US troops with knowledge of the event from leaking information in this day and age.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  17. Krugman claiming it is hard to find conservatives denouncing massive government bailouts is much the same as liberals claiming there is no voter fraud.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  18. 16. Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 3/21/2014 @ 10:20 am

    And Rushbo has in his hands a document that supposedly is a summary from Chinese intelligence, sent to the Russians, that the Malaysian 777 was intercepted and escorted to Diego Garcia by US forces to get something or someone on the aircraft.

    Clearly disinformation from Putin.

    I’ve been getting the feeling for some time – I haven’t mentioned it – that the disinformation we’ve been getting sounds Russian.

    What I can’t figure out is why Putin would want to do this.

    This is not the sort of disinformation that would divert U.S. military assets – this is aimed at the public, and aimed at creating an alternative (anti-US by the way) theory for the loss of the plane)

    Did some associate of the Russian government have something to do with the loss of the plane? Does somebody in the Malaysian government who is covering this up ties to Russia?

    I know Putin sometimes supports terrorism (he was probably repsonible for the 1999 bombing in Moscow attributed to Chechens that had a large role in convincing Yeltsin to turn over power to him.

    Could he have been involved in the original incident? This would be, though, a little departure form him, and it is not clear how hw would have wanbted to exploiut this, had the hijacking gone off as planned.

    Maybe there is some Russian involvement, but there were some triple crosses involved here.

    But I’m told by my reliable sources that if such a thing happened, it would be too hard to keep all of the US troops with knowledge of the event from leaking information in this day and age.

    Same thing with the story of the Normandie shotting down TWA Flight 800.

    As nk says, it’s only a country like Vietnam that could hide this. Which also means, though, that Malaysia couldn’t know this and hide this.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  19. “I’ve been getting the feeling for some time”

    Sammy – There are blogs devoted to talking about your feelings, several categories in fact.

    I’m sure Mr. Feets would be happy to provide some links.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  20. That’s a different kind of feeling.

    It just feels like there is some Russian involvement in the coverup – I can’t figure out why. But Im telling you that’s a piece of the ouzzle.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  21. Robert S. Strauss is dead.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/us/robert-s-strauss-presidential-confidant-and-deal-maker-dies-at-95.html

    I heard about him as the Democrat Party fundraiser who became Chairman of the DNc after McGovern lost. I didn’t realize or remember that he was the last Ambassador to the Soviet Union. I gues sthat didn’t get that much news attention.

    It didn’t surprise me so much that he died.

    It surprised me that he was 95 years old!

    And then today I read this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/21/us/politics/lawrence-e-walsh-iran-contra-prosecutor-dies-at-102.html

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  22. More or less random file from the Sammy Files:

    BTW, Clay White, who told Macleans magazine that even Clinton’s uncle (or the reporter interpreted it as even, had some slot machines in Hot Springs, is the *same* person who told Robert Lacey, biographer of Meyer Lansky, details about the FBI surveillance there in 1963.

    Oh, you want to know what that was:

    In 1963 we initiated the VEGMON caper – Vegas money. We traced the money as it poured out of Las Vegas. The money got to Chicago, to
    Miami (where Lansky was residing), and to New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Tampa, and Milwakee. It also reached lesser places such as New Orleans (where Carlos Marcello had a piece), Providence, Rhode Island (where Raymond Patriarca had a hunk) and St. Louis (the home site of Morris Shenker, a court attorney who has represented many of the St. Louis and Kansas City mobsters).

    The Las Vegas office bugged one of the mob-run casinos (the Fremont) and learned that Ida Devine, the wife of Irving “Niggy” Devine, owner of the New York Meat Company, which supplied the hotels in Vegas, was being used as the prime courier for skim money.

    So the Bureau conducted a nationwide surveillance of Ida. She left Las Vegas by train. On January 10, she arrived at Union Station in Chicago. There she was met by George Bieber. Bieber was the law partner of our friend, Mike Brodkin. Whereas Brodkin was extremely close socially and professionally to Gussie Alex, Bieber worked hand in glove with Felix “Milwakee Phil” Alderisio.

    Bieber escorted Ida to the Ambsassador East Hotel on Goethe Street, a couple of blocks from Gussie’s condominium on Lake Shore Drive. It is one of the posh Chicago blocks, next door to the Ambassador West, the home of the famous Pump Room where Gussie and Margaret dined frequently with Sidney and Bea Korshak.

    Bieber and Ida spent a couple of hours at the hotel, When they reemerged, they went back to Union Station where Ida left on the 4:43
    en route to Hot Springs, Arkansas. . .

    - Roemer: Man Against the Mob: The Inside Story of how the FBI Cracked the Chicago Mob by the Agent Who Led the Attack by William F. Roemer
    Jr., (Donald I. Fine Inc. New York, 1989) page 131-132.

    Now, you see, the people being investigated knew that they were being investigated. This is how it happened:

    The picture was growing more complex when, one day toward the end of April, 1963, the FBI agents listening to a conversation coming
    live from Eddie Levinson’s office in the Fremont were amazed to hear Levinson reading out to Niggy Devine the contents of a confidential Justice Department memorandum which the agents themselves had only just received. Written in Washington the previous week, the memo summarized the findings of the Fremont bug and the surveillances that
    accompanied it, including details of the cross-country train journeys of “the lady in mink.”

    “My God, Niggy,” exclaimed Levinson. “They know about Ida!”

    Levinson’s consternation was hardly greater than that of the listening FBI agents as, following Levinson’s progress, word for word, through a copy of the document that they themselves held in front of them, they participated in the only known read-along in the thinly documented history of secret surveillance.

    Four days later, the FBI’s bug in the Fremont office went dead, and the FBI was to find itself the object of attack in a court action for
    illegal entry, invasion of privacy, and violation of constitutional rights. The suit against the FBI was framed and filed by Levinson’s
    formidable Washington lawyer, Edward Bennett Williams.

    - Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life by Robert Lacey (Little, Brown and Company, 1991) page 298.

    This means of course, they had at least one spy in the Justice Department working under RFK – and if so, were in a position to cover up some things later.

    An FBI electroic surveillance transcript from August 19, 1963 indeed indicates there were such spies.

    Siegelbaum: . . .it’s counterintelligence information. I was supposed to drop a copy to you. . . .

    Malnik: What is this a copy of?

    Siegelbaum: This is information they got from the Justice Department, from somebody, highly intelligence [sic] – somebody the boys know. Ya know, they can be informed. Just like you have your contacts, they have their few friends. This is from Justice.

    - excerpt from F.B.I. Electronic surveillance (illegal bugs) of a conversation on Monday, August 19, 1963 between Lansky associate
    Benjamin Siegelbaum and Miami lawyer Alvin Malnik. Malnik was later reputed to be the man in line to succeed Meyer Lansky.

    (However, before Meyer Lansky died, there was a bombing, or what was made to look like a bombing, of Malnik’s car, and he went for several years
    to Saudi Arabia, where he served as an adviser to Prince Turki bin Adbel Aziz, brother of King Fahd, returning to the United States only after his son Mark had gone to Saudi Arabia, converted to Islam, and married into a family of in-laws of the royal family.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  23. It’s important to explore your feelings and you can’t keep that stuff bottled up.

    You have to sing your truth.

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  24. “You have to sing your truth.”

    Journaling and dressing like anime characters helps, plus lesbian pron.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  25. a proposition
    this nation can ill afford
    ferret-faced Krugman

    Colonel Haiku (8d508b)

  26. daleyrocks #25 – we must remember, with suitable sorrow, that some unfortunates are deathly allergic to pron … those poor souls can never safely enjoy a pron cocktail, for example …

    Alastor (54b49a)

  27. NPR’s discussion of the skyrocketing Obamacare costs never called Obamacare Obamacare.

    Peter B (d25aba)

  28. Alastor – Certain types of clam I am told as well.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  29. daleyrockss – I have indeed heard that shome people have problemsh with that short of shellfish …

    (with apologiesh to Sean Connery)

    (shubtle shmile)

    Alastor (54b49a)

  30. In hopes of brightening the mood around here, Russia and China are about to formalize purchase of the former’s oil and gas with the latter’s currency of choice.

    Bye, bye petrodollar.

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  31. The Taper’s end signaled for October?

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-21/bullard-doubles-down-yellens-six-month-fedian-slip

    Security purchases done, debt, not sure.

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  32. 32. The consequences of removing $1 Trillion from the world’s flow of currency will happen alongside an unknown retraction by China’s investors.

    Already movement of money out of Hong Kong and London’s luxury markets has been observed.

    Not that we were feeling the wealth effect, but we feel the 1%er’s loss?

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  33. No. 3 Duke sent packing by No. 14 Mercer. Mercer? Who dey?

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  34. i can buy oils with food stamps??

    america eff yeah!

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  35. Walmart sells gas that is made from American oil.
    America, you betcha!

    mg (31009b)

  36. Boy, it’s really hard to decide whether this is good or bad.

    Jimmy Carter: Obama the Only President
    So Far Not to Call Me for Advice…

    elissa (c3779f)

  37. lefty mooks are an
    embarrassment of riches
    and the joke’s on them

    Colonel Haiku (8d508b)

  38. He sure seems modest and quiet about it, though.

    Comment by elissa (d86ea7) — 3/21/2014 @ 9:36 am

    You noticed.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  39. The Bat Whisperer is especially put out that her bestest buds in the Geritol are eschewing a visit to her surgeon plastique and hanging up the thumbscrews.

    Its going to get lonely in her romper room.

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  40. The law of unintended consequences in action.

    Whenever they enact bike lanes, they also enact bike regulations. And one of those regulations is that if there’s a bike lane, bikes have to use it.

    So all those bike people who protested and petitioned and help fund bike lanes, got what they deserved.

    They wanted government oversight and protection and now they’ve got it.

    And with it comes the regulations and fines that are inevitable with government control.

    jakee308 (7a57ce)

  41. teh past is not dead
    hell it ain’t even past yet
    wrap mind around dat

    Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2)

  42. I’ll take it farther. Bicyclists who thought that Bloomberg was doing them some kind of favor were idiots. They were his ants, on his ant farm, that he paid about around $650 million to buy, and he was just fencing them in to their assigned areas. Whatever. I never feel sorry for anything that happens to a New Yorker. I get angry when they export their dystopia to the rest of the country.

    nk (dbc370)

  43. Cause Bloomberg never did give nothing to New York
    That he wouldn’t have, wouldn’t have thrown in his trash can
    And cause only people are the the toys
    That will ever do for a magalomaniac.

    nk (dbc370)

  44. So please it’s not for free
    When I buy it by teh pound pound pound pound
    Smoke weird joint see bright lights
    Kim K going down, down, down, down
    She blows white bubbles

    Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2)

  45. Even the TEAs elected and then redeemed by K-Street are no better than dipsh*ts.

    http://pjmedia.com/davidsteinberg/what-renee-ellmers-claims-she-has-same-immigration-stance-as-cruz-paul-lee/

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  46. Yeah kid, dance with the Devil and not expect to be kissed?

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/professor-capehart-lectures-rep-paul-ryan/

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  47. I guess what’s going on in Africa is just a bit — but only a bit — more nonsensical than what’s going on throughout the Western World because although the particular cultural/social policymaking in places like Kenya (not to mention Sharia-ized Europe) at least applies to a larger number of people (ie, males and typical male nature), it runs aground when it comes to the concept of “consenting adults.” But, hey, c’est la vie! However, it would be somewhat rude if such countries also legally mandate that bakers offer a product that has a whole slew of small figurines on the top of a wedding cake.

    news.yahoo.com: Kenya’s parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female lawmakers who stormed out, reports said Friday. The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband’s choice, but male members of parliament overcame party divisions to push through a text that dropped this clause.

    As in many parts of Africa, polygamy is common among traditional communities in Kenya, as well as among the country’s Muslim community, which accounts for up to a fifth of the population.

    Mark (cc48f8)

  48. Nature’s blender:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/files/2014/03/wicked-debris.jpg

    About that northern corridor…

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  49. what’s world coming to
    polygamy pygmies heh
    lasers in jungle

    Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2)

  50. ==I guess what’s going on in Africa is just a bit — but only a bit — more nonsensical than what’s going on throughout the Western World because although the particular cultural/social policymaking in places like Kenya (not to mention Sharia-ized Europe) at least applies to a larger number of people (ie, males and typical male nature), it runs aground when it comes to the concept of “consenting adults.”==

    I’d love to see recent emergee from our public school system try to diagram that sentence!
    :)

    elissa (526988)

  51. Wu Sweargen hang dai

    Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2)

  52. That’s f***ing Wu, Haiku.

    nk (dbc370)

  53. A capital letter at the front and a period at the end a sentence do not make.

    nk (dbc370)

  54. is she saying “affordable” or freudian slipping and sayin “a fraud able”?

    jb (030df7)

  55. Throw him to Wu’s pigs.

    SPQR (768505)

  56. Is that what they do in Deadwood? No, I’ve never seen the show. I searched Haiku’s phrase out of curiosity.

    felipe (6100bc)

  57. What is bigamy? Two wives.
    Is it a crime? Yes.
    What’s the penalty? Two wives.

    nk (dbc370)

  58. What do you say to
    a man with two wives?
    “That was big of you”.

    felipe (6100bc)

  59. Gritty westerns fan I am not of. The new True Grit was tolerable. Open Range too. Hollywood sucks.

    nk (dbc370)

  60. Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 3/21/2014 @ 5:58 pm

    Did the Bracketeer in Chief have that covered?

    askeptic (2bb434)

  61. yep Deadwood series
    don’t wanna go down that road
    road to Wu’s pigpen

    Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2)

  62. Great writin’ but left me wondering if all them gritty western types swore like sailor’s with bad hangovers. My wife asked if I’d ever tallied and averaged the number of F-bombs in an episode.

    Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2)

  63. Open Range was very good, can’t ever get enuf of Robert Duvall (probably won’t be with us much longer) and I enjoyed the True Grit by teh Coen Bros, few if any of their movies I don’t like. I do notice that Jeff Bridges wasn’t able to leave that Rooster Cogburn accent behind, he’s sounded like that character ever since.

    Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2)

  64. The Inmarsat data, FWIW.

    http://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Search-MH370-WaPo.jpg

    If one includes motive, and a jump seater, the only reason to look at the southern corridor is because no one is cooperating on the northern corridor.

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  65. Northern Myanmar on the Chinese/Indian frontier

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  66. 67, 68.

    And, if one believes all these maps with more-less the same position of ‘corridor’ semi-circles that appear in main-stream media, there is a remote yet a surprisingly large airport Puta-O (Putab) where MH370 could comfortably land in early morning hours (could even still be dark). Nobody, except those planning this hijacking at the first place, would have to know. And of course, reasons for doing something like this, and the faith of the passengers and crew, is anybodies guess. But hope would exist.

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  67. 65. Open Range was very good, can’t ever get enuf of Robert Duvall (probably won’t be with us much longer) and I enjoyed the True Grit by teh Coen Bros, few if any of their movies I don’t like. I do notice that Jeff Bridges wasn’t able to leave that Rooster Cogburn accent behind, he’s sounded like that character ever since.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2) — 3/22/2014 @ 10:30 am

    Das Boot was good. If you enjoy damage control. Which I do.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  68. Run Silent, Run Deep.

    Another good damage control movie.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  69. I thought I’d throw those in for daley. Since he likes calling me Admiral so much.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  70. Run Silent, Run Deep.

    The book, and books, by this author were not too shabby either.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  71. “I thought I’d throw those in for daley. Since he likes calling me Admiral so much.”

    Steve57 – You’re not acting like an imperious disingenuous douchebag this morning, so there’s no need to call you Admiral, yet. The day is young.

    Derp.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  72. The book by Crenshaw wasn’t too Shabby. He literally wrote the book on driving boats.

    http://www.amazon.com/Shiphandling-Edition-Russell-Sydnor-Crenshaw/dp/0870214748

    I enjoyed his memoir.

    http://www.amazon.com/South-Pacific-Destroyer-Battle-Solomons/dp/1591141435

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  73. I would just like you to know, daley, that a Marine DI couldn’t make me quit. Figure your odds.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  74. Would you girls behave.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  75. Notice I didn’t mention the Richard Gere movie. Which had no damage control.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  76. 77. Would you girls behave.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 3/22/2014 @ 11:23 am

    I’ll do my part. So long as no one mentions a promotion.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  77. Well, there is a 2:1 sale at……

    askeptic (2bb434)

  78. The book, and books, by this author were not too shabby either.

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 3/22/2014 @ 11:08 am

    Read every one. Made a big impression on me when I was a kid. I almost went into the Merchant Marine, actually. But my mother put her foot down. She said no son of hers was going to go on long sea trips with other men, and come back with an earring in his ear and walking funny.

    No, the part about my mother is not true. I’m teasing somebody.

    nk (dbc370)

  79. Steve57 – Sing your truth sailor.

    Surrounded by hypersensitive Heathers.

    Hug it out girls.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  80. I wasn’t the toughest guy in the Navy. The Marines took a guy aside at AOCS, and said “look, we can’t break you. Work with us.”

    Steve57. Not tough.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  81. 82. Steve57 – Sing your truth sailor.

    Surrounded by hypersensitive Heathers.

    Hug it out girls.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 3/22/2014 @ 11:40 am

    I don’t want to get banned. Still…

    http://www.nrl.navy.mil/chemistry/6180/6186/damagecontrol.php

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  82. “I would just like you to know, daley, that a Marine DI couldn’t make me quit.”

    Steve57 – Quit what, being an imperious douchebag? Were you ordering the Marine DI around?

    You keep saying you get it, but you do not. I don’t know what you believe I am trying to get you quit.

    I am merely recognizing and celebrating the persona you have developed on this blog.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  83. I’ll quit.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  84. Maybe. I still think I’m right about most things.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  85. I was right about Obama.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  86. Speaking of damage control, Marvel had a series that featured a company whose job was to repair all the damage wrought by the superheroes in the world. The great thing about it (for me) was that one of the foremen was a dead ringer for James Coburn.

    https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0LEV0Ou4i1T6kcAJKJXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0b3QyYzNqBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDI2NF8x?_adv_prop=image&fr=uh3_my_web_gs&va=damage+control+comic+book

    felipe (6100bc)

  87. Sorry about that long link. I’ll start to use the “link” tab in the comment section.

    felipe (6100bc)

  88. CA DMV Data Breach

    The latest news in how government can’t be trusted with your personal information…. Obamacare is going to be even worse but hey, its OK, it is affordable!

    steveg (794291)

  89. felipe,

    It was to bring up damage control I don’t see how I could’t bring this up.

    http://www.hnsa.org/doc/dc/index.htm

    Handbook of Damage Control,

    Back when it needed doing.

    Light reading for your bed side.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  90. “Maybe. I still think I’m right about most things.”

    Steve57 – We all think we are right when we express opinions. Nobody is asking anybody to quit anything. This blog tries to encourage different opinions, not shut them up.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  91. It was

    *If I was…*

    Optical mouse strikes again.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  92. daley, I agree.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  93. Speaking of quitting:

    famous line of dialogue from Brokeback Mountain;
    “I wish I knew how to quit you.”

    famous line of dialogue from broke America to Barack Obama;
    “I wish you knew how much we want you to quit your job.”

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  94. Steve57, thank you for this valuable link. I have already started to peruse it.

    felipe (6100bc)

  95. 85. …You keep saying you get it, but you do not. I don’t know what you believe I am trying to get you quit.

    I am merely recognizing and celebrating the persona you have developed on this blog.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 3/22/2014 @ 11:57 am

    I’m not out to get anyone to quit. I’m not even out to get anyone for being inconsistent.

    Life is short.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  96. felipe, I’m here to help.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  97. The Obamas are so tacky.
    Apparently, Michelle is claiming their trip to China as “a cultural exchange” rather than a vacation.
    That way, the taxpayers pick up the entire tab.

    If it had been classified as a vacation, then she and Barack would have to pay for the hotel room & board (but not the transportation or Secret Service detail.)

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  98. The Obamas are so tacky.
    ….

    Comment by Elephant Stone (6a6f37) — 3/22/2014 @ 2:21 pm

    Nothing personal. But that wasn’t hard to pick on.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  99. I can’t quit this job, babe… but I gots to put it down for a while…

    Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2)

  100. How’s the Fiat, Colonello?

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  101. It;s March 22. The ceasefire negotiated by Ukraine and Russia expired at midnight, March 21.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/world/europe/ukraine.html?hp&_r=0

    BELBEK, Crimea — Russian forces pushed Saturday to complete their expulsion of the Ukrainian military from the disputed Crimean Peninsula, smashing through the gates of a base here with armored vehicles, firing weapons into the air and demanding that the cornered Ukrainian soldiers surrender.

    Sammy Finkelman (798a49)

  102. Why not?

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  103. Has it struck anybody else that “we”, if you consider Obama, Kerry, Nuland and Merkel “we, did everything that Putin needed to annex the Crimea? Starting months ago? And that “we and the new gangster gang government in Kiev are doing everything he needs to let him keep it? And that the real suckers in this are the dumbass protestors (the ones who were not Russian agents provocateur) who got themselves beat up, blown up, and killed? That this may not be Sudetenland but Poland? A collusion between the West (us) and Russia? Ending as it has — “we” the West with dependent kleptocrat puppets in Kiev, and Russia with sovereignity over Crimea?

    nk (dbc370)

  104. #103… fine, Steve… new fuel pump.

    Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2)

  105. the whole thing, is in the tradition of the old Hitchcock standby, the macguffin.

    http://www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-33-more-ukrainian-bases-fall-to-russian-forces/

    narciso (3fec35)

  106. 107. Comment by nk (dbc370) — 3/22/2014 @ 8:08 pm

    Has it struck anybody else that “we”, if you consider Obama, Kerry, Nuland and Merkel “we, did everything that Putin needed to annex the Crimea?
    Starting months ago?

    Months ago? Months ago, they never imagined he would or could make a move like this. They thought once Ukraine is out of his orbit, it stays out. In one piece.

    From one point of view, the annexation of Crimea is might actually be a good sign, as it might mean he gave up on the rest of Ukraine.

    You realize this is 6 or 10 degrees east of where the Iron Curtain was in 1956 or 1968? In 1945 the Yalta Agreement let Stalin keep the annexed territories he got in his agreement with Hitler, and later with Romania and Finland, all that he had on June 22, 1941, in exchange for free elections in Poland, which he didn’t keep.

    Now the point in contention is Yalta, itself!!

    The only problem is this may not be the end. But Putin probably really wants to separate the fate of Crimea from anything else. He wants this sealed before he might move to do anything else.

    It’s a priority because of the Russian Black sea Fleet (although Obama, Kerry, and Nuland and the new Ukrainian government were quite prepared to let him keep it there, at least for next couple of years, and probably extend the lease beyond 2017.)

    Other parts of Ukraine are slightly important to him because of all the Russian agents there, who might reveal things if left behind, but it is not all so important. He’s probably not all so ready to go after Odessa, or Transnistria (which seceded from Moldova) immediately.

    The Crimea thing was also the execution of a contingency plan, and he didn’t have a contingeny plan (what locations to seize, and so on like that) for the other places, and it could take time to work one out.

    And that the real suckers in this are the dumbass protestors (the ones who were not Russian agents provocateur) who got themselves beat up, blown up, and killed?

    They might be suckers, but it is not a gangster government, although I think it’s got some agent provocateurs in it. Not at the top.

    That this may not be Sudetenland but Poland? A collusion between the West (us) and Russia?

    Poland 1945 you mean? In that case, the West lost both the part of Poland it gave away and the part it didn’t, after a couple of years.

    Ending as it has — “we” the West with dependent kleptocrat puppets in Kiev, and Russia with sovereignity over Crimea?

    If it ends that way, and it probably won’t end woth kleptocrats in charge in Kiev – Yulia Tymoshenko being much more than a kleptocrat, and she probably won’t actually wind up in charge, although she seems to be the only person who knows how to counter Putin, and she may succeed in holding onto the rest of eastern Ukraine – if it ends up that way, that might be considered a good trade, since before Putin had a kleptocrat puppet in all of Ukraine.

    In addition, we get a new, realistic policy towards Russia on the part of Obama.

    Sammy Finkelman (798a49)

  107. 109. They’re all still in the Crimea, aren’t they?

    Putin will probably want to get this completely finished before doing anything else, because if it is linked to anything else, they both might be reversed.

    Also he probably hasn’t got as good a contingency plan developed for other areas, like he had for the Crimea.

    Sammy Finkelman (798a49)

  108. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGuffin

    In fiction, a MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin or maguffin) is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation. The specific nature of a MacGuffin is typically unimportant to the overall plot. …

    The director and producer Alfred Hitchcock popularized both the term “MacGuffin” and the technique, with his 1935 film The 39 Steps, an early example of the concept.[4] Hitchcock explained the term “MacGuffin” in a 1939 lecture at Columbia University: “[We] have a name in the studio, and we call it the ‘MacGuffin’. It is the mechanical element that usually crops up in any story. In crook stories it is almost always the necklace and in spy stories it is most always the papers”.[5]

    To us maybe, the Crimea may be a MacGuffin, but Putin has got some reason. It might be it;s actually the only patt of Ukraine he had any contingency plans to grab, but it also could be the Black Sea fleet, although that, itself, might be a MacGuffin.

    I mean, he’s not actually planning to go to war, somewhere, is he? So what for does he need the fleet?

    Sammy Finkelman (798a49)

  109. 108. #103… fine, Steve… new fuel pump.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2) — 3/22/2014 @ 8:35 pm

    Good to hear. I broke a cam belt on a Nissan that I loved. 1.8L turbo. Ruined the engine.

    It was like a $10.00 part. Had I known.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  110. Ten bucks in 1980s dollars

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  111. Nope. Poland 1939. And I had Kuchma’s son-in-law, Viktor Pinchuck and that old gang of his in mind, not Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko is past her “Best by:” date. She’s there just for the sentimental value she has to the dumbasses. She’ll never be allowed real power.

    Now, for the “collusion” part, I’m fifty-fifty on malice vs. incompetence. Putin’s sport is judo, after all. He turned the West’s moves against it. That’s undeniable. What makes me fifty-fifty is that I’m not as ready to assign the same incompetence to Merkel as I am to Obama. But she may have been a helpless onlooker instead of a co-conspirator. We do have Nuland’s “F*** the EU”.

    ???

    nk (dbc370)

  112. Well it’s a whole barrel full of monkeys, ever since Angela went all verklempt on nuclear, she’s ceased to be sensible,

    Now we don’t need to godwin, this is a classic feint from the Czarist era,

    narciso (3fec35)

  113. If we’re talking 1939…

    http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/yangtze.htm

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  114. Yankze river patrol, baby.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  115. I missed the “t.”

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  116. Yep… timing belt breaks on an “interference” engine and its munched. The 1300 engines in early Xs (’74 thru ’78) were interference, 1500s (’79 thru ’89) weren’t. I did the same thing on a ’91 Colt I had.

    Colonel Haiku (f4b9a2)

  117. the mechanism is the important thing;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dd%C5%8Dha

    narciso (3fec35)

  118. Except for that I enjoyed my Nissan Bluebird. I never knew a 1.8L engine could be so strong.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  119. this thread is filled with arcane references and little succor for a soul what is weary of the inexorable and humiliating decline of our once great country

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  120. oh.

    thank you

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  121. Mr. Feets, I’m doing what I can to enjoy the decline.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  122. h9omemade ice creams help plus also I learned how to make a tennessee negroni

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  123. they taste like dark and somewhat illicit grapefruits

    I really like them a lot

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  124. it’s like twitter had its own car made for it

    what has a limited amount of character

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  125. Mr. Feets, I plan on running the Silver State Classic in a Mazda Miata stuffed with a 302 Ford.

    So much for the decline of our country.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  126. I may have to sell my house.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  127. 134. If’n I had a son he’d be bon vivant like Mr. 57.

    After he made it on his own.

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  128. After he made it on his own.

    Comment by gary gulrud (384f70) — 3/22/2014 @ 10:18 pm

    Ask nk how many daughters Epaminondas had.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  129. Today’s Fullbore Friday.

    http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/2014/03/fullbore-friday_21.html

    We always remember Pearl Harbor – but that second week of DEC 1941 war was breaking out all over the Pacific. Something different for Pearl Harbor. Capt. Colin Kelly Jr., early leadership example…

    On the morning of Dec. 10, 1941, six B-17Cs of the 14th Bomb Squadron, 19th Bomb Group, sat in the rain at a rough landing strip near San Marcelino on the Philippine island of Luzon

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  130. …As it approached Clark, the bomber was hit by enemy fighters.

    The first attack killed TSgt. William Delehanty, wounded Pfc. Robert Altman, and destroyed the instrument panel. A second attack set the left wing ablaze. The fire spread rapidly into the fuselage, filling the flight deck with smoke.

    Captain Kelly ordered the crew to bail out while he still had control of the doomed bomber. Fire began to engulf the flight deck. SSgt. James Halkyard, Pfc. Willard Money, and Private Altman went out the rear. Navigator 2d Lt. Joe Bean and Sergeant Levin, after a time-consuming struggle, pried open a stuck escape hatch and took to their chutes.

    The nose of the aircraft was now an inferno. Colin Kelly remained at the controls as copilot 2d Lt. Donald Robins moved to the upper escape hatch. At that moment, the bomber exploded, hurling a badly burned Robins clear of the aircraft…

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  131. Epaminondas Polymenakos only had two sons that I know of, Georgios and Theodoros. They came to America and shortened their names.

    The Theban Epaminondas never married and left no acknowledged children. He is said to have said that he had a daughter that would live forever — his victory at Leuctra — the conceited pederast.

    nk (dbc370)

  132. No, his dying words that his daughters were Leuctra and Mantinea.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  133. 113. Right, but how is that a MacGuffin? Maybe the Black Sea fleet is aMAcGuffin, but what’s real is Russian crime.

    In fact, that is exactly why Putin might want to grab Easterrn Ukraine (and Odessa maybe)

    But they can relocate.

    Sammy Finkelman (798a49)

  134. You left out the pederast’s victory at mantinea.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  135. Epamindas was one of the most important figures in Greek history.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  136. Epaminondas

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  137. But then Phillip of Macedon came along. Vanity of vanities, everything is futile.

    nk (dbc370)

  138. I read the same expression from Socrates. That some men choose to have children and some to let their works be their progeny. I thought it was pretty dippy coming from him, with any number of great men, who left both children and great deeds to be remembered by, as counter-examples.

    And it’s not necessarily so that either man was a pederast. I am more inclined to believe that they were painted that way by historians who were pederasts — medieval monks who transcribed the ancient fragments in-between buggering novices, among others.

    nk (dbc370)

  139. Yeah. It does not make it wrong.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  140. Phillip was his guest/hostage as a boy and was tutored by him.

    nk (dbc370)

  141. If you put it that way. He was a good general.

    Steve57 (4507bb)

  142. I don’t approve of personal failings. Just saying. Good generalship is good generalship.

    Steve57 (4507bb)

  143. Surrounded by hypersensitive Heathers.

    Hug it out girls.

    Such mockery reminds me of a liberal who I’ve spoken with on occasion in the past. He’s devoutly loyal to the Democrat Party and, at least until recently, has said the names “Barack” and “Michelle” with a tone of great admiration and respect. I’ve snickered to myself when I’ve observed that reaction, although such reverence on his part seems to have drooped more recently—probably not helped when I told him some time ago that reliable sources indicate Obama swings both ways.

    The two-faced nature of such liberals’ reaction towards issues involving the GLBT agenda, which is so fashionable among the left in today’s era, always amuses me, because the guy I’m describing often will, at the same time, mock guys for their lack of masculinity. Call it Alec Baldwin Syndrome or merely an off-shoot of “limousine liberalism.”

    Mark (cc48f8)

  144. My son remaining at his station of birth.

    http://americandigest.org/mt-archives/american_studies/horseman_passing_by.php

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  145. I represented a guy like that on appeal. Really. He tied his horse in the Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois, Commons. The city impounded it. He couldn’t pay the $200.00 impound charge so they euthanized it. Meantime, hanging around without transportation and without a job, he went broke. He broke into a house and stole some food from the kitchen. That’s all, just food. Five years. Day for day good time and 90 days administrative, he served 27 months all told.

    nk (dbc370)

  146. Newton CT won the state hockey tourney.

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  147. 152. …Such mockery reminds me of a liberal…

    Comment by Mark (cc48f8) — 3/23/2014 @ 8:41 am

    It doesn’t bother me. Heard worse from the Marines.

    Steve57 (4507bb)

  148. I didn’t know all of this about Epaminondas and Thebes. I didn’t know that some of Plutarch’s Lives are missing.

    Sammy Finkelman (798a49)

  149. More cold:

    By Wednesday, Duluth and International Falls, Minn., will experience at least two days of highs in the teens and subzero overnight lows this week.

    Highs in the 20s will return to Minneapolis, Detroit and Chicago. Temperatures will be held to the 30s southward to St. Louis and Cincinnati on Tuesday.

    gary gulrud (384f70)

  150. On the Inmarsat “correlation”:

    We engineers tend to be well-schooled in the Calculus but amateurs in Statistics.

    Until we have a PhD statistician evaluated the population of representative routes against which the MH370 data are measured and the test of significance score I’m afraid “groundbreaking analysis” must remain speculation.

    The realities of the Southern Ocean are rendering the assumed crash site a total loss.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)


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