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12/31/2017

Happy New Year to Patterico Readers

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:37 pm

Here is to a happy and Moonwalks for sale prosperous New Year!

[Cross-posted at RedState.]

179 Responses to “Happy New Year to Patterico Readers”

  1. 22 minutes to go where I am.

    Patterico (45a4d7)

  2. Happy New Year, Patterico. Hope your not in a below zero area, as I.

    mg (8cbc69)

  3. Happy EST New Years Messers. narciso, Kishnevi, Sammy and mg T Minus 7 minutes etc…

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  4. It won’t be midnight out here on PST (Patterico Standard Time) for another three hours, but Happy New Year.

    Dave (445e97)

  5. I’m posting from 2018. Don’t come in here! Turn back before it’s too late!!!

    McGehee (f4687a)

  6. Back at you on the Happy… but let’s leave trickledown out of it– New Year.

    Meanwhile, at a Chili’s off NYC’s chilly Times Square near CNN’s worldwide telecast nest… “Hello, my name is Kathy and I’ll be your waitress tonight.”

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  7. Happy New Year to all, especially those who are not tired of winning!*

    *Not including Patriots fans.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  8. Happy New Year, everybody!

    nk (dbc370)

  9. Happy CST New Years to Messers. nk, happyfeet, Urbanleftbehind, Dana in KY, Ed from SFV but living in IN IIRC, Beldar, Steve57 and Miss DRJ, if I’m not much mistaken.
    ,
    And my wife who’s in bed alone presumably, aside from Juno the one-eyed wonder dog.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  10. Happy New Year, everybody!

    urbanleftbehind (87ccb0)

  11. Happy and safe New Years!!

    Today was the only day every adult in the US was born in the 1900s, and every minor was born in the 2000s.

    harkin (8256c3)

  12. Yeah, those minors who have never known the joy of meeting someone or saying their goodbyes right off of the gate gantry at the airport.

    urbanleftbehind (87ccb0)

  13. Happy new years talk, mcgehee how have you been?

    narciso (d1f714)

  14. A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year’s Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.

    Assault on Precinct 13: pretty good New Year’s Eve movie.

    Reminds me of a New York Times story that ran today: Clinton backers David Brock & Susie Tompkins Buell steered a total of $700k to @LisaBloom’s firm to suborn false witness against our President.

    New Year’s Eve at the Times or just another Sunday.

    Happy New Years.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  15. Happy MST New Years to my son, daughter, SIL and parents who will never likely read Patterico but I assume several of them are good people.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  16. Who has hog jowls and black eyed peas in the old crock pot?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  17. I’m waiting up to see if Blackfoot Ben accepts Happy New Years on behalf of Mr Brando.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  18. Happy PST New Year to Messers. Colonel Haiku, papertiger, my manager, agent, ASCAP and BMI.

    Ima ride this bit into the ocean.

    I also thank the host in abstentia.

    Pinandpuller (97fffd)

  19. Hey guys, I was looking at the moon just now and I was curious. It’s actually called the Wolf Moon. It looks full the day before, of and after. I’m guessing it’s technically full later tonight. I wondered how often it’s full on New Years. I don’t know, but it’s colder than Mueller’s Russian investigation.

    Pinandpuller (97fffd)

  20. It’s the biggest full moon of 2018. You guys still have a chance to see it. It’s real, and it’s spectacular!

    My 2018 prediction:

    I’m the only one awake when TSHTF.

    Pinandpuller (97fffd)

  21. Listen and understand! That Wolf Moon is out there! It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear. And it absolutely will not stop till Wednesday.

    Pinandpuller (97fffd)

  22. The wolf moon has disappeared from viewing on old cape cod.

    mg (8cbc69)

  23. Happy New Year to you and yours, Pinandpuller.

    mg (8cbc69)

  24. May your New Year be a happy one, pontificators.

    mg (8cbc69)

  25. Hey thanks Mr mg. Are you waiting up for TEOTWAWKI with me or did you go to sleep and get up again already?

    You know I think I’m going to go with uncured bacon instead of hog jowls because I haven’t noticed any appreciable difference in my fortunes. And I didn’t buy hog jowls.

    Pinandpuller (cb7a3f)

  26. Got up to stoke the stove with oak, feed the dogs and let them out, make coffee, bacon & eggs with a side of french toast.
    TEOTWAWKI would be great without Soros!

    mg (8cbc69)

  27. if you go to korea please please there are the thing you need understand about this year

    specifically about the word eighteen

    Eighteen (18)

    Direct translation: Ship-pal / 십팔

    This one is a little tricky as the actual translation is not the problem, but the pronunciation. The number eighteen is pronounced Ship-pal. While a Korean could probably pronounce it correctly, our poor Anglo vocal cords are wired a little differently. Unfortunately, if you say this number with even the slightest error in pronunciation, it sounds an awful lot like the F word in Korean (shi-bal / 씨발). It is actually so similar even amongst Koreans, that ’18’ is often used as slang on chat rooms and video games to replace the F word. Do yourself a favor and avoid the need to say 18 in Korean, it just isn’t worth the risk.

    that said the number 8 is a lucky one they say! Buy many bitcoin we all be rich

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  28. i never seen the remake of Assault on Precinct 13 the original was good fun I remember

    i think i watched it cause of Mr. Tarantino cited it as an influence

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  29. It was that period in trashy Hollywood movie making when westerns were allegories for urban violence, see e.g. Ulzana’s Raid (1972) with Burt Lancaster, and violent urban movies were westerns set in trashy Hollywood’s idea of American big cities. I think Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) was based on Fort Petticoat (1957) with Audie Murphy.

    nk (dbc370)

  30. Petticoat‘s on Amazon but you need a Starz subscription

    maybe someday i get one if American Gods survives the mismanagement they’re doing on it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  31. YouTube is your friend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDVAy-mVeLg

    I guess the real title is The Guns of Fort Petticoat?

    nk (dbc370)

  32. They re made it with your Austin pal, Ethan hawk pikachu, but they ser it Detroit, the closest thing to ban lieu

    narciso (d1f714)

  33. ok bookmarked for later

    i’d also see the remake if it popped up somewhere

    you know what i missed that i need to see is the Miami Vice reboot movie

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  34. i’d also see the Assault remake if it popped up somewhere i mean

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  35. Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:

    Kim Jong-un’s Overture to South Korea Signals Possible Thaw in Nuclear Crisis

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, moved Monday to ease his country’s isolation by offering to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, even as he claimed …

    can we unban the “R” word for 2016 please?

    looks like we’re gonna need it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  36. 2018 is off to a good start – Ringo Starr has been knighted.

    Well done indeed, Sir Ringo!

    Dave (9aedfd)

  37. No you don’t, I barely recognize the place, half the film takes place in Haiti and the hezbillah infested triple frontier

    narciso (d1f714)

  38. oops for *2018* please

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  39. oh. Mostly I just got intrigued cause of I found out Mr. Mann graduated from the high school across the street from me.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  40. also Bob Fosse

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  41. Did he, well I went to High school with one of the cast from law and order svu, the character named barba

    narciso (d1f714)

  42. Hans Herbert Haupt, the only American citizen German saboteur who was executed after secret tribunal, went to my high school.

    nk (dbc370)

  43. Well we have our miscreants as well, the infamous Perez Hilton, no i never ran into him.

    narciso (d1f714)

  44. that’s very sad he didn’t even get to do sabotage on anything

    It took Haupt seven minutes to die in the electric chair.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  45. you can listen to a thisamericanlife on it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  46. Attended my high school:

    Courtney B. Vance
    Steve Ballmer
    Chris Webber
    Robin Williams (transferred out after junior year)

    Dave (9aedfd)

  47. to be clear this isn’t my high school it’s just across the street and in certain lights it looks like downton abbey

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  48. nobody went to my actual high school

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  49. i don’t think my high school even exists anymore to be honest

    it never really caught on

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  50. We also had John Podesta (that John Podesta) and Rod Blagojevich, as well as Edgar Bergen, Johnny Weissmuller, Adrian Zmed and Frankie Laine (who named himself for the school) among others.

    nk (dbc370)

  51. i saw Adrian once at my favorite little neighborhood Japanese place in LA

    it has this charming “Japanese soul food” motif and every plate comes with a teensy slice of watermelon and if I remember right a signature little pasta salad

    gosh we had so many special meals there – at night there was usually a good wait but it was worthwhile for sure

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  52. My (private) high school just celebrated its centennial.

    My (public) elementary school on the west side of Detroit isn’t doing nearly as well. Apparently it was shuttered in 2008 due to falling enrollment, and is now one of more than 100 abandoned schools in the city.

    According to this site, the school has several security systems in place to prevent it from being stripped by “scrappers”. The photos on that page are really poignant – the auditorium stage looks just like it did in the early 70’s when I (sort of) learned to play trumpet in Mr. Zapolowski’s band class. Apart from falling into disuse and disrepair, the hallways and classrooms still look very recognizable. I have dreams about the place from time to time.

    Dave (9aedfd)

  53. Speaking of food, I am going to fry some ham and diced potatoes (which some places have taken to calling hash browns) for lunch (which some places have take to calling brunch). Should I do it right and fry the potatoes in a clean pan with olive oil, or go hillbilly and fry them in the leftover grease from the ham?

    nk (dbc370)

  54. leftover grease for sure

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  55. Comey Greeting..

    “Here’s hoping 2018 brings more ethical leadership, focused on the truth and lasting values,” Comey wrote in a tweet that many will interpret as a nod to President Trump, who fired Comey earlier this year.

    “Happy New Year, everybody.”

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  56. happyfeet called it!

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  57. A Happy, Healthy, Safe, Prosperous and Rational New Year to All of Us, Everyone.

    ropelight (e60772)

  58. In principle, you’re supposed to be able to go out an buy marijuana for recreational purposes in California, as of today, although nearly every city and county has refused to grant licenses for recreational pot outlets, essentially exercising a veto on the legalization referendum. The nearest city to where I live that’s issuing licenses for recreational sales is Santa Ana, which is a good 40 minute drive on the freeway.

    Of course, it is still a violation of federal law, which makes me uneasy about the whole business – state governments should not flout the law of the land, whether the law in question concerns immigration, controlled substances or anything else. They should ESPECIALLY not aim to profit from setting up what is essentially a protection racket in drug trafficking.

    That’s one reason why – despite having smoked my share back in the day – I voted against legalization in November 2016. It wouldn’t really bother me if the feds took pot off the list of controlled substances, or made allowances for states to regulate the sale within their borders (although let’s face it – smoking anything IS a health hazard and pot DOES mess up people, especially kids, who use it to excess).

    Dave (9aedfd)

  59. I will not be participating in the Ransom demands of the State, however.

    My backyard still will end run around 50 percent tax.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  60. My high school started with Mandy Patinkin in one of its inaugural classes and at some point the infamous R. Kelly…and hopefully the guy who will dethrone local corrupt Assessor Joe Berrio, Fritz Kaegi.

    urbanleftbehind (87ccb0)

  61. Hmm. Which word is it?

    Smoking vegetable matter has some risks, but driving a motor vehicle can mess you up too. The lack of research since Nixon made it schedule 1 has screwed public knowledge regarding the cannibinoids, but many delivery systems exist now that carry little risk for tremendous health bennies from this miracle plant.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  62. Ahh…

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  63. and prosperous New Year!

    already there are headwinds

    The lowest wage workers in 18 states will get a boost in their paychecks starting on New Year’s Day, as minimum wage hikes take effect.

    related?

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  64. Same to you, Patrick, and all the commenters here. May the new year and the Wolf Moon bring you its promised gifts: “The Full Wolf Moon will offer a high potential for love, as well as compassion, peace, and forgiveness.”

    And possibly hog jowls and black eyed peas that my friend from Alabama will serve later.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  65. tremendous health bennies from this miracle plant.

    “Medical marijuana” is a joke.

    If they want to prescribe it as medicine, let it pass the same scientific tests for safety and effectiveness as every other prescription drug.

    Dave (9aedfd)

  66. Most doctors who know agree that it is very effective for nausea and anorexia. Except those in the pockets of Big Pharma who want to push the patent medicines.

    Still, even prescription medical marijuana users are illegal under federal law. It affects gun ownership and immigration status among other things. I have not seen any green card cases, but there have been gun cases.

    nk (dbc370)


  67. If they want to prescribe it as medicine, let it pass the same scientific tests for safety and effectiveness as every other prescription drug.

    Already 2018 is looking good. I agree with Dave for the first time (I think).

    Happy New Year to all you guys and gals. Have a healthy and prosperous one for you and your families.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  68. Dave’s a moron hoagie so I’m surprised you don’t agree more.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)


  69. Except those in the pockets of Big Pharma who want to push the patent medicines.

    Or perhaps “Big Pharma” would like to see the drug put through the same rigorous scientific tests for safety and effectiveness as their drugs did.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)


  70. 68.Dave’s a moron hoagie so I’m surprised you don’t agree more.

    You can’t shut up and play nice for one day can you? On New Year you find it necessary to be insulting and vulgar. You leftists are really the bottom of the social ladder.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  71. I’m wishing you a Happy New Year and you’re calling both me and Dave morons. What a douche.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  72. marijuana should just be legal and untaxed cause i hate the government

    i also hate marijuana, personally, though i’m not some kinda goddamn hippy

    and maybe someday I’ll have a lake house and want to sit on the deck getting stoned and watch the ducks piddle-paddle around making soft splishy-splash noises and that’s my right as an American citizen who served his country in the marketing industry

    but i doubt it

    i think a dry cab would serve the moment just fine not everything has to be about getting stoned out of your freaking mind you know

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  73. Yes I see you trying to be cordial during the Holidays hoagie. Christmas Christianism

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  74. I agree. Big business always wants the same fixed costs and regulatory road blocks for new competitors who might challenge its profit margin, and make its seventeen-year patent monopolies worthless.

    nk (dbc370)

  75. CHARLIE PIERCE

    In this interview, the president* is only intermittently coherent. He talks in semi-sentences and is always groping for something that sounds familiar, even if it makes no sense whatsoever and even if it blatantly contradicts something he said two minutes earlier. To my ears, anyway, this is more than the president*’s well-known allergy to the truth. This is a classic coping mechanism employed when language skills are coming apart. (My father used to give a thumbs up when someone asked him a question. That was one of the strategies he used to make sense of a world that was becoming quite foreign to him.) My guess? That’s part of the reason why it’s always “the failing New York Times,” and his 2016 opponent is “Crooked Hillary.”

    In addition, the president* exhibits the kind of stubbornness you see in patients when you try to relieve them of their car keys—or, as one social worker in rural North Carolina told me, their shotguns. For example, a discussion on healthcare goes completely off the rails when the president* suddenly recalls that there is a widely held opinion that he knows very little about the issues confronting the nation. So we get this.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  76. Corker’s net worth has risen by millions since before being elected, to the point of being the fourth wealthiest man in the upper chamber, worth $69 million as of 2015.

    How do you increase your net worth so significantly while you’re working full-time as a Senator? That is not an easy story to explain.

    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/bob-corker-facing-ethics-questions-what-a-surprise-w514493

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  77. With Patricia having mentioned the Wolf Moon, I just got an image of Bun Burn outside all last night howling at it. Only an image — I’m blocking all his howling here.

    nk (dbc370)

  78. Such a liar, this nk.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  79. One thing I know, it’s how to drive while I’m stoned. [YouTube]

    In memoriam to those we lost in 2017.

    Yoda Sr.
    [YouTube]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  80. 42 years ago I was at the Rose Parade and this was going down on the other side of the hills:

    http://www.trbimg.com/img-58694e84/turbine/la-lnelson-1483296437-snap-photo

    harkin (8256c3)

  81. Normally I pepper the ignoramuses with information, but I’ve found their receptors lack ganglion.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  82. Miss him I do.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  83. The nations number one cash crop is illegal.
    Priceless.

    mg (8cbc69)

  84. Calling an inundation of quantity over quality ‘pepper’ is humility indeed.

    harkin (8256c3)

  85. POPE: Forget life’s useless baggage, empty chatter…

    well here’s a douchebag what’s wholly void of any sense of irony or self-awareness

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  86. Most doctors who know agree that it is very effective for nausea and anorexia. Except those in the pockets of Big Pharma who want to push the patent medicines.

    It may well be effective for nausea and anorexia. I’m a bit skeptical that it’s any more effective than the dozens of other safe and non-hallucinatory alternatives, but if so, it should be easy to establish in clinical tests.

    Various opiates are controlled substances (with good reason) yet have managed to pass the tests required for controlled prescription use. (Opiates also highlight the dangers associated with indiscriminate prescriptions; my cousin’s son finally died of an overdose in his mid-30’s last year; his mother died of the same thing when he was about 5; and his whole life was basically one long, slow-motion train wreck thanks to her drug abuse during pregnancy leaving him addled and unable to function like a normal human being from the day he was born).

    My view is also colored by the fact that every one of the dozen or so “medical marijuana” users I’ve known were either life-long stoners or dealers straight-up gaming the system for fun and profit.

    Dave (9aedfd)

  87. My view is also colored by the fact that every one of the dozen or so “medical marijuana” users I’ve known were either life-long stoners or dealers straight-up gaming the system for fun and profit.
    Underground Capitalism of Cannabis has been going on for many decades.
    As with everything else the Fed.govt. should stay the fu## out of the way and let the states voters decide.

    mg (8cbc69)

  88. I have several Koreans in the kitchen cooking traditional New Year food (even though their New Year isn’t till Feb. 13). MY friends and I are doing the traditional Philly New Year. We’re watching the Mummer’s Parade on the 75″, eating cheesesteaks, hoagies, pizza and calzone. My Greek friend, Alex brought 3 dozen baklava and 40 spanakopita which I already informed him if any are left they stay with me! S we’ll have a Philly afternoon and a Korean dinner. The Soju and Saki be a-flowin’.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  89. Because all them possibilities called next to accomplished fact in one
    outgush makes people smell a rat.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  90. Seriously though, back when the Algonquin held sway, a stray seal pup waddling down the trail would be a signal to the tribe it’s time to hunt seals.

    Cuts down on the shark infestation.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  91. Ben, the novice fabulist must be mindful not to ladle out his concoction by the unseasoned ton, lest
    before he perfect his art, he lose his clientele.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  92. As with everything else the Fed.govt. should stay the fu## out of the way and let the states voters decide.

    “Everything else” doesn’t include immigration enforcement, I assume?

    Come on, just like one state welcoming illegal immigrants inevitably entails potential negative consequences for its neighbors, so does a permissive drug policy.

    Dave (9aedfd)

  93. And here’s a rebel pallet. [jpg]

    (meant to write ‘palate’ the first time)

    papertiger (c8116c)

  94. we also had the president of the coca cola company, and a Watergate burglar, but that was on the home campus, which our most infamous alumnus forced to relocate,

    narciso (d1f714)

  95. Dave, brilliant, go work on the Kobach gubernatorial campaign in West part of KS.

    urbanleftbehind (87ccb0)

  96. They still the football whipping boy for Aquinas and Chris Columbus, narciso?

    urbanleftbehind (87ccb0)

  97. I don’t know how curious it is, narciso but it is a bit scary. If I ran a paper there is no way I would sent Jewish correspondents to Iran. Or for that matter any moslem country. The government may “give assurances” but if their lips are moving you can bet they’re lying. I saw Daniel Pearl have his head sawed off on the internet. The perpetrator enjoyed doing it. We don’t need their “news” that bad.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  98. I just got an image of Bun Burn outside all last night howling at it. Only an image — I’m blocking all his howling here.

    That’s the sounds I heard then last night, nk, weird commenters howling at the moon, lol!

    Patricia (5fc097)

  99. One of the Comedy Brigades in the Mummers Parade just did a Boston Tea Party take pulling in a boat and throwing off Cokes and Sprites to give the figurative finger to the mayor and City Council for the “sugar tax” on sodas and other drinks. It’s freezing down in Philly. I don’t know how these guys do it.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  100. Erdbrink is Dutch, but he was a hack at the post, now at the times, repeating regime propaganda

    narciso (d1f714)

  101. HNY, narciso. Mostly been minding my own. Every so often I forage through blogrolls looking for sites I used to read, and drop in for a peruse.

    McGehee (f4687a)

  102. Yes I remember your posts particularly at goldsteins

    https://mobile.twitter.com/lukerosiak/status/946878519677804544?p=v

    Does news matter anymore

    narciso (d1f714)

  103. he also wrote a book where there was gun violence all up in it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  104. Check out the top tweets from 2017 – classic.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Harry1T6/status/947886880703488000

    ———
    A couple examples….

    Sally Khon with deep insight:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSeXnj_W0AEdURL?format=jpg

    One of my faves, although it’s a holdover from 2016:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSeTMzbWkAEzPLX?format=jpg

    Chelsea Clinton’s May be the best but you’ll have to find it.

    harkin (8256c3)

  105. As one scary Jew to another is it OK to wish each other a Happy New Year?

    Or are we reaching down into our treacherous Jew souls and digging deep into our dark little hearts and exchanging the secret hand shake of Jewishness?

    Which we were all taught at birth or at least by this guy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=415HQ1t2ZNI

    Pressure Point (1990)

    Happy New Year to one an all.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  106. , the novice fabulist must be mindful not to ladle out his concoction by the unseasoned ton, lest
    before he perfect his art, he lose his clientele.

    Verbose minutiae pretending to be clever lack the gene sequence for effective communication.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  107. https://philebersole.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/the-new-deals-forgotten-accomplishments/#more-78582

    Family farms not Con Agra..

    the unemployed stood at 10 million in 1940, when Roosevelt broke a tradition as old as the republic and went after his third term.

    In fact, unemployment was somewhat under 10 million, but was declining in the run-up to election day by 100,000 a month, largely due to the immense rearmament program Roosevelt had initiated and to the country’s first peace-time conscription, which he called a “muster”.

    But Dallek completely ignores, for purposes of calculating unemployment, the many millions of participants in his workfare programs, who were just as much employed as, and more usefully than, the millions of conscripts and defense workers in the major European countries and Japan, against which Roosevelt’s record in reducing unemployment is often unfavorably compared.

    [snip] These programs kept between five million and nearly eight million people usefully employed at any time building valuable public sector projects at bargain wages for Roosevelt’s first two terms, until defense requirements and the public sector took over and completed the extermination of unemployment.

    Those unable to work received Social Security, unemployment and disability benefits from 1935 on.

    [snip] It is not really clear in this book that the basis of the New Deal was emergency workfare, reduced work weeks, promotion of both collective bargaining and cartelism to raise wages and prices and, with the partial demonetization of gold, to induce modest inflation.

    There is no real focus on FDR’s guaranty of bank deposits or the trusteeship of insolvent banks merged and refloated with preferred share issues. The entire financial system has collapsed by March of 1933 and almost all the banks and commodity exchanges were closed.

    There is little about refinancing millions of mortgages and rebuilding farm prices by having farmers vote democratically, by category of agriculture, on production levels, to assure sustainable price levels and an adequate national food supply, while maintaining unharvested capacity in what was called a soil bank.

    His public workers schemes massively advanced rural electrification and flood and drought control.

    It was all very innovative, and 1936 was the only election in history (except 1964 with Lyndon Johnson) when a Democratic president carried every farm state.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  108. Kurt Eichenwald is an idiot but my signal to redouble my short term trading account was the moron Paul Krugman’s “prediction” in August 2016 about if Trump is elected the market will crash and stay that way for years. Knowing full well that Krugman is supposed to be some kind of half-as$ed economist I knew he has no knowledge of the stock market and since his predictions on just about everything seem to always prove incorrect I intensified my ST trades even more than I had been.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  109. Here’s to not having anybody shoot at you. Or fighting a 3000dg fire. Have a blessed day, you and yours.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  110. And everyone else.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  111. Trump continues to be a commie puppet.


    Under the banner of “America First,” President Trump is reducing U.S. commitments abroad. On his third day in office, he withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a twelve-nation trade deal designed by the United States as a counterweight to a rising China. To allies in Asia, the withdrawal damaged America’s credibility. “You won’t be able to see that overnight,” Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore, told me, at an event in Washington. “It’s like when you draw a red line and then you don’t take it seriously. Was there pain? You didn’t see it, but I’m quite sure there’s an impact.”

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/08/making-china-great-again?currentPage=all

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  112. I guess the stoopid has some soft spots for recognizing how Rouhani Trump is

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  113. Krugman has been batting .000 since he called on Greenspan to create a housing bubble in 2002.

    “The basic point is that the recession of 2001 wasn’t a typical postwar slump, brought on when an inflation-fighting Fed raises interest rates and easily ended by a snapback in housing and consumer spending when the Fed brings rates back down again. This was a prewar-style recession, a morning after brought on by irrational exuberance. To fight this recession the Fed needs more than a snapback; it needs soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. And to do that, as Paul McCulley of Pimco put it, Alan Greenspan needs to create a housing bubble to replace the Nasdaq bubble .

    (Please refrain from posting Krugman’s excuses/deflection that he didn’t mean it, the web hit him very hard with additional quotes.)

    https://mises.org/library/krugmans-call-housing-bubble

    harkin (8256c3)

  114. Yes ask neda sultan about that, or the Kurdish dissidents murdered in Berlin, when he was envoy.

    narciso (d1f714)

  115. Why does the fact the only time the us neared full employment was when it geared up for war production.

    narciso (d1f714)

  116. The genuine conservatives of that day were Isolationist and didn’t want a growth economy during peacetime, but saw them shy shekels of WAR!!.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  117. shiny shekels..

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  118. Uh, of course, errrr..they themselves don’t do any actual fighting..

    Producers off Broadway.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  119. See I didn’t realize that CNN was viewing anchorman 2 as aspiration.

    narciso (d1f714)

  120. How many bongs to get to this point:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/RichLowry/status/947911818579726337?p=v

    narciso (d1f714)

  121. Cannabis News Network

    mg (8cbc69)

  122. Verbose minutiae pretending to be clever lack the gene sequence for effective communication.

    Naw. It’s my first Deadwood reference of the year.

    As if you needed to understand something beyond putting Dr. Mengele, Typhoid Mary, and the federal bureaucrats in charge of medical rationing is the most horrible extinction level stupidity.

    As if Ben were demonstrating anything beside profound ignorance by skipping past point A.

    Or maybe the point is you want to kill people?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  123. You’re assisting the killing of the English language is what I’m saying so now you should double down on the abstract minutiae if you’re worth your weight in Trump!.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  124. Makes me wonder how CNN can never detect NASA “putting the finger on the scale” , changing historical temperatures daily to conform with their global warming mumbo jumbo.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  125. Language is still meant for communication.

    Took the long way around the barn didn’t you, Ben.

    Just raise your hand the next time you don’t understand something.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  126. Y’all really are uncomfortable discussing the details of Iranian populism. Love/Hate relationship…

    Trump approves…we approve of him…what to do…?

    Whatabout Chappiquiddick?

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  127. Now that’s a simple declaration or.

    Is it bravo or brava!

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  128. Well the main difference is Trump isn’t going to air drop some cash for the mullah’s to hire security.

    Obama isn’t going to rush in to save the Ayatollahs from the Iranians this time.

    Is that plain enough?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  129. That’s a ballsy non-denial denial there pt.

    You’re a credit to your gene pool.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  130. Oh, he gets it,” a source who’s recently spoke to Trump told me.

    I highly doubt it.

    https://www.axios.com/trumpworld-confronts-the-political-realities-of-2018-2521337089.html

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  131. There is an interesting dynamic to the pahlevi accession, some what like 1905 Russian revolution inspired the Persian one, conversely the 1917 one led to the original pahlevi rise, (he had trained wuthe Cossacks)

    narciso (d1f714)

  132. Reza the younger conspired with his father’s enemies — foreign enemies at that — to depose him and take his throne. Nothing good was going to follow from that. Not for his country and not for him.

    nk (dbc370)

  133. foreign enemiesUS of A.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  134. There was probably some input from the foreign office, but it wee more like kemalist reaction which out the persecution of the armenians

    narciso (d1f714)

  135. As a condition for restoring the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, in 1954 the U.S. required removal of the AIOC’s monopoly; five American petroleum companies, Royal Dutch Shell, and the Compagnie Française des Pétroles, were to draw Iran’s petroleum after the successful coup d’état—Operation Ajax. The Shah declared this to be a “victory” for Iranians, with the massive influx of money from this agreement resolving the economic collapse from the last three years, and allowing him to carry out his planned modernization projects.[12]

    As part of that, the CIA organized anti-Communist guerrillas to fight the Tudeh Party if they seized power in the chaos of Operation Ajax.[78] Released National Security Archive documents showed that Undersecretary of State Walter Bedell Smith reported that the CIA had agreed with Qashqai tribal leaders, in south Iran, to establish a clandestine safe haven from which U.S.-funded guerrillas and spies could operate.[78][79]

    Operation Ajax’s formal leader was senior CIA officer Kermit Roosevelt, Jr., while career agent Donald Wilber was the operational leader, planner, and executor of the deposition of Mosaddegh. The coup d’état depended on the impotent Shah’s dismissing the popular and powerful Prime Minister and replacing him with General Fazlollah Zahedi, with help from Colonel Abbas Farzanegan—a man agreed upon by the British and Americans after determining his anti-Soviet politics.[79]

    The CIA sent Major General Norman Schwarzkopf Sr. to persuade the exiled Shah to return to rule Iran. Schwarzkopf trained the security forces that would become known as SAVAK to secure the shah’s hold on power.[80]

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d%27état

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  136. Summarize Benno yes reza shah, was more like kailani, who signed with the axis as well, who was the enemy again,

    http://origins.osu.edu/article/frenemies-iran-and-america-1900

    narciso (d1f714)

  137. Love that history stuff. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Soviet_invasion_of_Iran

    invasion of Iran, also known as Anglo-Soviet invasion of Persia, was the invasion of the Empire of Iran during the Second World War by Soviet, British and other Commonwealth armed forces. The invasion lasted from 25 August to 17 September 1941 and was codenamed Operation Countenance. Its purpose was to secure Iranian oil fields and ensure Allied supply lines (see Persian Corridor) for the USSR, fighting against Axis forces on the Eastern Front. Though Iran was neutral, the Allies considered Reza Shah to be friendly to the Axis powers, deposed him during the subsequent occupation and replaced him with his young son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.[2]

    foreign enemies Back in the US; Back in the US; Back in the USSR.

    Them Ukraine girls really knock you out. Leave the West behind…

    papertiger (c8116c)

  138. Microtargeting, like that aimed at the Cubans and Hindu/Sikh East Indians, now expanded to the Persians, Ben.

    urbanleftbehind (87ccb0)

  139. August to September 1941.

    That comes prior to December 7th. A date that will live in infamy.
    August 25 maybe a date that will live in infamy also.

    Who knew?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  140. Honor thy father.

    nk (dbc370)

  141. Had Iran carried forward as nominal Axis power until a later defeat or until VE/VJ day, does it become an S.S.R. or a partionable flashpoint between the superpowers like Korea or Vietnam. You could say Iran was pardoned temporally

    urbanleftbehind (87ccb0)

  142. …partitioned temporally (38 years apiece, should this regime fall) rather than geographically.

    urbanleftbehind (87ccb0)

  143. An intriguing notion, the back story to seven days in may, from the perspective of 1963, that the great war ocurred in Iran, presumably with the azeri north fighting the royalist south,

    narciso (d1f714)

  144. Ben’s link has the answer.

    Fearing that Iran might be carved up into permanent spheres of influence, Washington quickly secured pledges that both London and Moscow would withdraw their troops six months after the war ended. Meanwhile, America’s stock rose in the eyes of many Iranians as U.S. advisers helped the young Shah plan the economic infrastructure essential for postwar modernization and development.

    British forces pulled out of Iran on schedule, but when the Soviets refused to honor the March 1946 deadline, President Harry S. Truman decided, as Secretary of State James Byrnes put it, “to give it to them with both barrels,” censuring the Kremlin at the United Nations and making thinly veiled nuclear threats. Stalin finally withdrew the Red Army two months later, but only after receiving assurances from Iranian Prime Minister Ahmed Qavam that the Soviet Union would have access to oil fields in northern Iran.

    So Roosevelt was pissed about it, and Truman gave the commies hell if they didn’t leave muy pronto.

    Wonder y Harry didn’t do that in East Europe? Oh yeah. TANKS and Rosenbergs.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  145. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/30232063

    Uh huh. She’s dead now so no chance of pardon. She hasn’t had a Happy New Year for some time now. So much for formulaic justifications.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  146. A similar thing happened in Greece, remind me nk there were two partisan bands the elas and eam (sic), one was backed by Tito’s forces the others by the Brits.

    narciso (d1f714)

  147. Tonkin Gulf Incident was no accident similar to coordinated campaigns of fear. Why adapt when the old way works just fine and dandy? They push your button and you react with your only muscle memory: especially the muscle between your ears.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  148. I think I bad it essentially right:

    https://www.britannica.com/topic/EAM-ELAS

    The tonkin gulf incident wee in response to an earlier insertion onto hainan island, it worked out as well as valuable, rusty, win, et al

    narciso (d1f714)

  149. remind me nk there were two partisan bands the elas and eam (sic), one was backed by Tito’s forces the others by the Brits.

    They were the same thing. EAM was the party, ELAS the military wing. They were backed by all the Allies during the occupation. After the war, Stalin kept his word from Yalta and withdrew his support. Notwithstanding Stalin, Tito kept backing them in the civil war until … listen to this to see how stupid they were … Tito broke away from Stalin and they, the idiots, denounced Tito for it. Then he cut them off, too.

    The Unknown X, the death squads, were backed by the Brits in the civil war. They had played a very small role in the occupation compared to the Communists, mostly providing intelligence rather than armed resistance.

    nk (dbc370)

  150. You cant fix this level of stupid, now kruschev learned that lesson and supplied the forced accordingly

    narciso (d1f714)

  151. I know this stuff personally. All my relatives were involved during the occupation and the civil war. Thirty men were killed in my mother’s village alone during the civil war. Her brother killed at least three of them.

    nk (dbc370)

  152. The ones I doubt get were the November 17th, who came along a generation later, after the colonels and mostly plagued the karamablis and papandreous. They were allowed a quarter century of leeway.

    narciso (d1f714)

  153. There are two November 17s. The genuine one which is now a national holiday in Greece and commemorates the deaths of the Polytechnion students; and a group of hoodlums which hijacked the name and were proven to be nothing more than gangsters and bank robbers not even rising to the level of Baader-Meinhoff.

    nk (dbc370)

  154. Not surprises these yutzes, aware all gaga:
    http://exiledonline.com/november-17-why-this-day-is-so-important-for-greeks

    narciso (d1f714)

  155. Happy New Year to all.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  156. There you go. Back on track.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  157. M-O-O-N that spells “Wolf”…laws, yes.

    Pinandpuller (4c1438)

  158. Normally I pepper the ignoramuses with information, but I’ve found their receptors lack ganglion.
    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd) — 1/1/2018 @ 8:55 am

    Gleaning information from a BB comment is like trying to pick fly sh*t out of pepper.

    Pinandpuller (4c1438)

  159. Apart from falling into disuse and disrepair, the hallways and classrooms still look very recognizable. I have dreams about the place from time to time.
    Dave (9aedfd) — 1/1/2018 @ 7:01 am

    If you have a decent garage sale you could probably buy it.

    Pinandpuller (4c1438)

  160. I agree. Big business always wants the same fixed costs and regulatory road blocks for new competitors who might challenge its profit margin, and make its seventeen-year patent monopolies worthless.
    nk (dbc370) — 1/1/2018 @ 8:40 am

    They should follow the Disney model:

    With only 5 years left on Mickey Mouse’s copyright term, Congress again changed the duration with the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998. This legislation lengthens copyrights for works created on or after January 1, 1978 to “life of the author plus 70 years,” and extends copyrights for corporate works to 95 years from the year of first publication, or 120 years from the year of creation, whichever expires first. That pushed Mickey’s copyright protection out to 2023.

    How Mickey Mouse Keeps Changing Copyright Law

    Pinandpuller (4c1438)

  161. Still awake . Thanks for the reminder about the outrageously fat and allegedly aggressive moon.

    And happy New Year.

    At midnight tonight Sirius, the Dog star is at the highest point it will ever reach in the Southern sky.

    Something else to look at while you are out looking at the morbidly obese moon.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  162. happy new year.

    NJRob (b00189)

  163. Pin: you should look up the big words.

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  164. He, who must be obeyed has been whistling past the Graveyard again.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/02/trump-huma-abedin-jail-email-release-319922?lo=ap_a1

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  165. This is banana-republic-type stuff. One year into Trump’s term in office, his character has not changed. The president of the United States—as John Bellinger warned as early as December 2015 and as I elaborated on in March of 2016—remains the principal threat in the world to the national security of the United States. His aspirations are as profoundly undemocratic and hostile to the institutions of democratic governance as they have ever been. He announces as much in interview after interview, in tweet after tweet. The president has not changed, and he will not change. Whether he has grown or will grow is not even an interesting question.

    https://www.lawfareblog.com/why-trumps-war-deep-state-failing—so-far

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  166. Not surprising Bollinger thought al queda who fly no recognized flag nor abide by any aspect of Geneva convention have rights, just like wittes didn’t understand the history or military tribunals, after you don pardo

    narciso (104f4d)

  167. Before this thread ends let’s all take time to reflect on the most-ignored big story of 2017…

    The Dems/Deep State fabrication of Trump/Russia collusion? Nope

    The Never-Trumpers insistence on ignoring success and wishing Hillary was Prez? Nope

    The Iranian protests? Nope

    The Lindsay Shepherd/Jordan Peterson Canadian Inquisition? Nope

    They all pale compared to this:

    https://jezebel.com/cher-will-not-apologize-for-half-breed-1821681055

    harkin (8256c3)

  168. Today is Al Franken’s last day as a senator.

    2018 just gets better and better…

    Dave (a5c373)

  169. But you’re a liberal, right Dave?

    Admiral Ben Bunsen Burner (69b6bd)

  170. As it was with Friedman big scoop, the answer is no

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DYShor/status/948057849070080000

    narciso (d1f714)

  171. Speaking of Franken and by extension the sexual harassment #metoopocalypse…..

    This is probably my favorite news paragraph regarding accusations:

    “The suit is filed just a month after the Daily Beast reported that Fox News banned [Gene] Simmons for life after he ran into a staff meeting, ripped open his shirt, shouted “hey chicks, sue me!” and “bopped” two female employees on the head with his book, belittling their intelligence.”

    harkin (8256c3)


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