“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” - George W. Bush

All The Best


I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.

My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.

At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.

An elephant never forgets.
Be well.

Deuce, 21 June 2018

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rick Santelli Without a Teleprompter :: Barack Obama With a Teleprompter

Wouldn't you love to see Obama get his skinny stupid ass kicked is a debate with Rick Santelli?

Now we hear from Genius, the Dumbest US President Ever:


  1. We have a "Recession" Problem. We're not creating jobs.

    Great new factories are being built - in China. And Korea. And, India.

    But, not in the U.S.

    Why? They'd have to "bring the money home," and pay taxes on it.

    They gotta fix that shit.

  2. What could possibly go wrong?

    We are AAAA and have a AAAAA president who was obviously a A+A+A+A+ student, a AAAAA thinker and needs a teleprompter to provide us with bromides and grammatical errors.

  3. We have received a DMCA complaint for your blog, The Elephant Bar.

    That's about copyright, Deuce. Someone didn't like their video or image posted, or commentary lifted.

  4. Santelli, Santorum, had those two confused, for a moment.

    The GOP lost two of the six seats that they held, in the WI recall elections, yesterday.

    Victory is claimed, as the Dems picked up two seats and the GOP did not lose control of the Senate, there.

    With a few more wins, like that, both sides can continue to claim victory and their mandates.

    Next week it is two Democratic Senators that face the electorate in recalls.

    The band plays on.

  5. It is more than that. I now know the source of the complaint.

    There is no infringement of intellectual property, Anything published at the EB is not edited and is sourced from information already in the publlic domain. The EB is a non-profit, non-commercial blog. All information is gatherd from Google sources using tools provided by Google to post on a Google provided service. We don't advertise. We always give credit and a link. We serve no commercial purpose and make the assumption that any entity that freely publishes information on the web does so with the intention of disseminating their published works as widely as possible. We assist in that process and add the additional benefit of our crticisms and freely provide that assistance back to the source without any commercial considerations.

  6. Our AAAAAAA++++++++ President is simply cursed with a D-D-D-D-D-F Telepropmpter, and bad handlers, is all it is.


  7. Deuce said...
    It is more than that. I now know the source of the complaint.

    Do tell us...

    Inquiring minds want to know...

  8. I bet it was because Rat was bragging about those "hit" squads in Central America...

  9. Make no mistake about this, we will get shut down.

  10. Was it because I called Obama a moslem?

  11. Or the fact that I called Obama's birth certificate a fraud?

  12. Or my wishing to see the black rock of mecca removed from planet earth and shot into the sun?

  13. Or is it because I said that the post office assigned Michelle Obama a zip code for her ass?

  14. Or because I called Obama's mother a cracker?

  15. The unions got thumped in Wisconsin. They tried to send a message and received one back; people are tired of their bullshit.

    After tens of millions of dollars spent by outside interest groups, dozens of attack ads and exhaustive get-out-the-vote efforts, Democrats on Tuesday fell short of their goal of taking control of the state Senate and stopping the agenda of Gov. Scott Walker

    Read more: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/article_0eab6966-c2a9-11e0-a206-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1UdAraBwn

  16. If wordpress has a fee, I'll help pay.


  17. Melody,

    You suggested in the past about Wordpress. I simply do not have time to go through the learning curve with Wordpress. if you have the time and can start the construct of a rudimentary model with a link, that would be helpful. thanks.

  18. 30 million dollars and a state wide door knocking action that dwarfed any other election in the state's history and the democrats still did not win...


    too funny...

  19. Londonstan is burning down, burning down, burning down.

    Londonstan is burning down, my fair lady....

  20. Hard to feel any sadness about londonstan...

    it's the chickens coming home to roost ya know...

  21. Same with the Syrians....

    Syria is burning down, burning down...

    Syria is burning down my fair lady....

  22. Hard to feel any sympathy for a people that have supported terrorists that have been murdering Americans in iraq and Jews in Israel for a long time...

    Syria is burning, anyone got any marshmallows?

  23. Somalia is having a famine...

    Islamists are not allowing aid to get thru to the starving people...

    pirates abound on the coast....

    Somalia is burning down, burning down....

    Somalia is burning down, my fair lady...

    Hard to really give a shit....

  24. Some blunt monster with uncounted heads!

    Some fusty nut with no kernel!

    Some spongy common-kissing barnacle!

    Some mewling dizzy-eyed pumpion!

    I leave off, disgusted.


  25. Some tottering beef-witted measle!


  26. Republicans Take 4 of 6, Retain Control of WI State Senate

    2 Dems Face Recall Next Week

    And this time it's payback.

    Great new factories are being built - in China. And Korea. And, India.

    But, not in the U.S.

    Year over year, 2010 to 2011, US manufacturing shipped is up 7.6% by dollar value, and orders are up 9.4%. We're doing okay, coming off a bottom.

  27. Gaza just opened a new 5 star hotel...

    and they just fired rockets at Israel....

    180,000 gazans got free medical care in israel last year.

    I wish the israelis would cut off all fuel, food and water to gaza and make egypt take responsibility for it's historic land of gaza....

    gaza is burning down, burning down

    gaza is burning down and America gave ONLY one billion.... (last year)

    Hard to give a shit about the savages of gaza....

    let the brother arabs take care of them....

  28. Whoever did it shall stifle in their own report,
    and smell of calumny.


  29. ms T:

    Year over year, 2010 to 2011, US manufacturing shipped is up 7.6% by dollar value, and orders are up 9.4%. We're doing okay, coming off a bottom.


    checker player...

    the dollar is 20% WEAKER than last year....

    can anyone say toilet paper currency...

  30. Somalia is burning down, my fair lady...

    Hard to really give a shit....

    One out of every 20 Israelis took to the streets in last week's massive protest, chanting "bring back the welfare state".

    Hard to give a shit.

  31. Where will the next flash mob be?


    Phila? (already happened)





    One can only wonder....


    I cant wait to see a flash mob meet a concealed carry person or persons...

    Gee officer, I was never so scared in my life...

    I want those people arrested....

    I dont feel so well, take me to a hospital....

    I have a question, when faced with an angry flash mob intent on murdering you, do you:

    a. go for head shots?

    b. try to line the shots up to get multiple zombie kills with each shot?

    c. just aim for the biggest/most agressive targets 1st

  32. Ms T:

    One out of every 20 Israelis took to the streets in last week's massive protest, chanting "bring back the welfare state".

    Hard to give a shit.

    19 out 20 israelis didnt give a shit...

    Nor did I

  33. Yep, Israel is having a tent city with guitars and bbq's protest...

    no one being killed...

    no one arrested....

    no one raped....

    no one breaking any laws....

    NO ONE gives a shit...

    so really Ms T?

    No one gives a shit about your giving a shit about anything about israel....


  34. the dollar is 20% WEAKER than last year....

    can anyone say toilet paper currency...

    WiO does not understand that manufacturing orders are counted like eggs or marbles, and you can't "inflate" them by devaluing the paper they're written on, and they are up 9.4%.

    Dollar is weaker than China's currency? No, China has pegged their currency to ours.

  35. But in another historic I dont give a shit moment?/

    the wymyn's slut walk was held and no one really gave a shit...

  36. WiO does not understand that manufacturing orders are counted like eggs or marbles, and you can't "inflate" them by devaluing the paper they're written on, and they are up 9.4%.

    Dollar is weaker than China's currency? No, China has pegged their currency to ours.

    You are extremely ill-informed....

    But then again?

    You work for the government.

    The Yuan HAS risen by as much as 20%

    But dont let real facts confuse you checker player, we dont expect government workers like you to have a clue about real business....

    go play with linux and cheat codes...

    Leave business to the real workers...

  37. Southern Sudan has become a nation...

    Northern Sudan is pissed...

    Wont be as easy to rape and pillage anymore...

    I dont give a shit about "sudan"

    Southern Sudan? Has full relations with Israel....


  38. The DOW looks like it is heading to a dow 8000...

    Let's hope so.....

  39. It's true, T, that products shipped are up (however, the last report had "factory orders down 0.2%, which is worrying.)

    But, manufacturing is, now, regrettably, a much smaller part of our economy, and they Are doing it with less people.

    Manufacturing More, with fewer people is good, if you're expanding the number of plants, thus holding onto your employment base. We have a bit of work to do in that regard.

    Anyways, we're running a huge manufacturing deficit with the rest of the world, especially China. We have to cut into that to some extent.

  40. Londonstan is waking up...

    They have approved harsher measures...

    Water Cannons are to be used...


    meanwhile Obama has killed 27 pakistanis....

    really who gives a shit

  41. Italy is about to go tits up.....


    I guess they better start shipping all those illegals home...

  42. Libyans are killing each other everyday!

    Libya is burning down, burning down, burning down

    Libya is burning down my fair lady...

    and do we really give a shit?


    More important to talk about michelle bachman's newsweek cover shot of her scary eyes...

  43. I think the complaint filer has to be Democratic Party apparatchik, or someone connected with CAIR or the muzzie bros.


  44. Barack Obama is going to "kill" romney...

    make fun of his skinny jeans and call him weird....


    I want to make fun of Obama's islamic heritage and his ordering hits on Americans and selling automatic weapons to mexican drug cartels

  45. Libya! Obumble's one sterling foreign policy success!!!


  46. Iran is still holding Americans hostage....

    No one cares...

    Personally? If we awoke tomorrow with news that head of the republican guard became the head of OPEC?

    No one in America would give a shit...

    Me? I'd like to read he was run over by a tank...

  47. Gay people want the right to marry...

    Fine, make sure they get the marriage tax penalty too.

  48. Seems the Camp that the Norway kids were murdered in?

    ONE week before the shooting? they had a camp for kids to teach them to run the blockaid against israel and support hamas....

  49. If you do get shut down I'll have my daughter put up an The Elephant Bar Too as a temporary refuge till you figure out something more substantial. Be just a place to keep in touch, temporarily.


  50. interesting news...

    Krokodil: The drug that eats junkies
    A home-made heroin substitute is having a horrific effect on thousands of Russia's drug addicts

    Russia has more heroin users than any other country in the world – up to two million, according to unofficial estimates. For most, their lot is a life of crime, stints in prison, probable contraction of HIV and hepatitis C, and an early death. As efforts to stem the flow of Afghan heroin into Russia bring some limited success, and the street price of the drug goes up, for those addicts who can't afford their next hit, an even more terrifying spectre has raised its head.

  51. Here's why class actions are good --A proposed settlement has been reached with Verizon Wireless ("Verizon Wireless") in a class action, Cowit, et al., v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, No. A0505869 (Ct. of Common Pleas,Hamilton County, Ohio), related to a lawsuit about whether Verizon Wireless failed to provide roaming service without any roaming charges under the America's Choice II Calling Plan. Verizon Wirelessdenies all of the claims.
    WHO IS INCLUDED? The Settlement Class includes all current and former customers of Verizon Wireless who, since February 21, 2005, subscribed to its America's Choice II Calling Plan.

    That's me, about the third class action this year. Keeps them honest.


  52. Young Yobs In Photos

    Some as young as nine and ten. Almost makes one think of some character out of Dickens.


  53. Probably the wiener picture that raised the complaint.

  54. Gasoline supplied over the last 4 wks is down 3.4% compared to the same period last year.

    This has been going on for quite some time, now. A few months, at least.

    I think this "gasoline supplied" number is one of the most important economic numbers that's published, and it comes out every Wed.

    EIA Report

  55. .

    Rick Santelli is a dick.

    He started out as a voice of reason. He has now drunk the Kool-aid. He impresses people who figure a reasoned argument is based on volume. The only way he can make a point is by screaming. The guy needs volume control.

    A Tea Partier in a pin stripe suit.


  56. But, why, exactly, is he a dick?

    Cause he talks loud?

    Cause he wears a pin striped suit?

    Cause he drinks TEA?

    All you've said is "I don't like the guy."


  57. He's kind of a funny dick, though. :)

    I guess the tea partiers were a necessary reaction to the far-left wind loons that Obammie initially brought to the White House.

    I mean, Mao Christmas Tree ornaments? jeez.

  58. I guess the tea partiers were a necessary reaction to the far-left wind loons that Obammie initially brought to the White House.

    I mean, Mao Christmas Tree ornaments? jeez.

    dont forget the line up of whitey hating czars. (all at a couple hundred grand a year

  59. .

    But, why, exactly, is he a dick?

    Try watching the guy on CNBC if you are actually interested.

    Or, just take everything I have said in the past about the Tea Party and picture their philosophy being projected at four or five times the decibel level.


  60. .

    Volume is not an argument.

    It may represent passion but it contributes nothing to accuracy.


  61. Please expand Q. He has always been a showman but where is he wrong and to the point, where is Obama right?

  62. Mao Christmas Tree ornaments




  63. Yes, yes, expound Quirk


  64. WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is hosting an Iftar dinner Wednesday evening to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

  65. Deuce said...
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is hosting an Iftar dinner Wednesday evening to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    I am thinking of driving a bbq smoking pork truck during lunchtime in selected suburbs....

  66. If you had any balls you would load that mercedes up with melted lard and drive up Pennsylvania Avenue!!!

  67. We have traditionally collected about 19% of GDP in taxes.

    For several years, now, we've been collecting about 15% That's a difference of about $500 Billion/yr.

    When someone brings that up, Santelli blows it off, and goes on to another "tea party, anti-tax" rhetoric.

    Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying "you," necessarily need to give Obammie more money; However, the issue of very low tax receipts has to, AT LEAST, be talked about.

    Look, if you have a John Deere hay baler, and it breaks down, and quits "baling," you might spend a few minutes cussing John Deere, but then you've gotta start taking things apart, and figuring out why it's not working.

    Santelli just wants to yell. It's time to start "figuring it out."

  68. :)

    I just learned something! (Yes, I'm still capable of learning simple things)

    In the ads in the papers around here for alfalfa often they say "second cutting" as if that's a great thing.

    It is, I find out. My farmer is doing a second cutting right now, and he mentioned something about how good second cutting is.

    (hardly ever get it around here)

    Anyway, second cutting has a lot more nutrient value than first cutting. More leaf, less stalk.

    Just always keep that in mind. :)

    Might come in handy.


  69. Brain, remember second coming of Alfala

  70. :) haha One of my favorite programs from the Golden Age of TV.

  71. Here's a stockbroker with a sense Asian of honor --

    A South Korean stock broker jumped to his death from a high-rise office amid worldwide market turmoil.

    The 48-year-old broker, identified only as "Seo," sent text messages to colleagues expressing regret over severe losses, just minutes before leaping to his death Wednesday in the city of Daegu, according to Chief investigator Lee Kang-ho.

    Lee said Seo's text messages included an apology to his clients. The messages said prices of the stocks owned by his clients nosedived and he felt sorry, a Daegu police spokesman told AFP. No separate suicide note was found.


  72. If the Super Committee cannot come to bi-partisan terms, well then ...

    If the committee fails to agree on a package or the full Congress fails to pass it,
    a so-called "trigger mechanism" would enact $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts to serve as the second installment of deficit reduction measures.

    These cuts would be split between the national security and domestic arenas
    but that the biggest entitlement programs would be excluded from these automatic cuts.

    Major cuts to the military, if the Democrats do not agree to privatize Medicare, for those under 50 years of age, today.

    If it plays out that way, the Partiers will have done a good thing, even if they did not mean to. The GOP did stand firm, and will be getting spending cuts in military funding to fulfill their staunchly held Federal deficit cutting position.

    An automatic trigger, if JFKerry and his cadre cannot come to terms with Jon Kyl and his.

  73. .

    Please expand Q. He has always been a showman but where is he wrong and to the point, where is Obama right?

    Mine was a comment on Santelli not Obama.

    Santelli started out right. He still makes more sense than Steve Liesman, Fed apologist, and his CNBC nemesis. However, after he had his little rant a few years ago, they started calling him a hero of the tea party movement on CNBC and he started taking himself way too serious.

    Where is he wrong? Where is the Tea Party wrong?

    He is against excess spending. Who the hell isn't? He argued agaist the stimulus. As it turned out that was correct (mainly because the priorities for the money were misallocated). However, he was also against TARP. He would have let the world go to more shit than it actually did in order to make a point. Like the Tea Party he is willing cut off his nose to spite his face. (I wonder if any of his Tea Party pals are actually unemployed right now? It's alwaqys easier to bitch bail outs and unemployment benefts when you are employed.)

    As for taxing the rich or cutting loopholes and subsidies for corporations, forget it. Like his Tea Party buddys, that's not in his vocabulary.

    He looks at the current decline in the market as justification for his position. What he fails to accept is that while most were already predicting a slow down in the economy, you don't have the market drop 2000 points in two weeks without something precipitating it. That something in my opinion was to a large extent the Tea Party he admires so much and their role in the debt ceiling debacle.

    As far as Obama, I have nothing good to say about him. However, I think you are fooling yourself if you think he would lose a debate with Santelli. On the one side you have some whack job screaming at the top of his lungs about Tea Party philosophy and on the other Obama throwing out lies and assurances that everything will be ok as long as we have a 'balanced approach' to our problems.

    What does the American Public see? Well, the latest polls I've seen show that support for the Tea Party has dropped from 31% at the time of the last election to 18% now. CNN just had a poll yesterday
    showing that the public places most of the blame for the debt ceiling debacle and the downgrade on the GOP and primarily on the Tea Party.

    In any debate between Santelli and Obama, you might see Santelli as the clear winner but I don't know how many others would.


  74. In the meantime, we're just lunatics, dancing naked under the full moon.

    Wall St won't even admit that we're in a recession, yet.

    Once they do have to admit it, they'll spend months/years? looking in all the wrong places for the cause.

    Then? Well, we might be speaking Chinese before they admit to the real, honest to God solution. :)

    Meantime, get out of debt as much as possible, stay out of the markets, and buy a flexfuel.

  75. .

    He has always been a showman...

    Just what we need leading the debate on the economy.



  76. Ever since Standard and Poor's stripped the United States of its AAA credit rating Friday, fears have been building that rating agencies may also downgrade AAA-rated nations in Europe, since they are also struggling with mass debt problems.

    On Wednesday, shares of French bank Societe Generale, or SocGen, tumbled 15% on the Paris stock exchange amid speculation that France, Europe's second largest economy after Germany, may be first to face a rating cut.

    Even though the major rating agencies have reiterated France's AAA rating, "there's growing concern that France could get downgraded," said Tom Schrader, managing director at Stifel Nicolaus. "There's fear that S&P might do something stupid."


  77. ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police and sheriff's departments in states that produce much of the nation's methamphetamine have made a sudden retreat in the war on meth, at times virtually abandoning pursuit of the drug because they can no longer afford to clean up the toxic waste generated by labs.

  78. Dang, them Corporate Profits are really up this year, eh?

    Maybe, someone should tell the guvmint, since Corps paid a whopping $6,239 Million in Income Tax in July.

    Year to Year? Dead flat.

    Corp Income Taxes account for about 7% of tax collections YTD

  79. There is no infringement of intellectual property, Anything published at the EB is not edited and is sourced from information already in the publlic domain.

    My buddy pal hosts my blog on his own computer and I can put anything I want on there without fear of a DCMA nastygram from him.

  80. WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration may turn thousands of government-owned foreclosures into rental properties to help boost falling home prices.

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency said Wednesday it is seeking input from investors on how to rent roughly 250,000 homes owned by government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration. All of the homes are foreclosures.

    The U.S. government rescued the two mortgage giants in September 2008 and has funded them since the financial crisis. Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee about half of the nation's mortgages and nearly all new mortgages.


    Pick a day, any day, call it National Auction Day.

    Use the internet and auction every one of these properties on the same day. Announce that any foreign resident that purchases $1 million worth of property for cash and passes all security background checks gets a green card.

  81. Do that once a month for twelve months until they are all gone.

  82. Come on Obama, show him how it is done, be a man, you step down

    The United States is poised to shift its position on Syria by calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down because of the violence he has inflicted on his own people and his failure to implement meaningful reforms for the last five months.

  83. All those buildings, Deuce, just another part of our "National Heritage".

    They represent a small addition to the real estate portfolio managed by the Federals.

    Over 20% of all the real estate in the country is under direct Federal management. Those 250,000 pieces of property, insignificant in comparison to the current properties in the Federal portfolio.

    There are very strict rules & regulations concerning the sale of Federal properties. The rules make the sales of Federal real estate very difficult propositions.

  84. Ho hum, Gasoline Up $0.10, Dow Down 500.

    Just another day in Paradise.

  85. Word press

    Click the link on the left that says get started here and create a blog.

    Once you've done that go to your dashboard, on the left side. There will be a link to import, under the tools setting. It will give you a list of places from where you can import.

    Import away.

  86. I don't have the authority to do it or I would do it for you.

  87. There's a Choo-Choo Train A-Comin'

    Mick Winter

    There's a train speeding toward me. Toward all of us, actually. I'm aware of the train. A number of people are. Far more people aren't. But it is coming, regardless of awareness or non-awareness.

    I can see it coming. So how do I deal with this approaching train? I have a comfortable chair and a computer and I sit in the middle of the tracks with a cup of coffee and I read about the speeding train.

    There's lots to read about the speeding train. I read reports from people who also know about the speeding train. They like to write about it. And go to meetings and conferences about it. They even write books about it that are purchased by other people who also know the train is coming.

    I enjoy reading these reports. There are reports from people who see it speeding toward us and like to describe how the train looks, its size, its strength. Others conduct informed—and not so informed—discussions on the speed of the train and whether or not it's accelerating, slowing down or simply going at a steady rate, and when it might be expected to arrive.

    Others like to discuss why the train is speeding, and who or what can be held responsible for its speeding. And, yes, there are even some who say there is no train at all or, if there is one, that it certainly isn't speeding, but simply sauntering along—perhaps like an Amtrak passenger train—and if it's expected to ever arrive at all, it won't be for a long time.

    There are some who spend a lot of time wondering where the train came from, who was responsible for the train, who's in charge of the train. Still others discuss whether or not the train can be stopped, or slowed down, or perhaps diverted somewhere else. Some suggest that there are other, better, ways of transportation than a train. Some observers comment that this is no way to run a railroad and someone should do something about it.

    to be cont.

  88. Others say not to worry, because they will certainly do something about it. In fact scientists and politicians are working on a solution right now. With American esprit and Yankee ingenuity, there's nothing that can't be taken care of, and they're doing wonders with technology these days.

    I read all these comments and reports as I sit in the middle of the tracks in my comfortable chair sipping my coffee, staring at my computer screen and contemplating the train speeding toward me.

    I watch all the required movies, read all the recommended books and surf all the obligatory websites. I'm a frequent reader of TheRailroadTrain.com, TrainBulletin.net, LifeAfterTheTrainCrash.net, and DryThrottle.com. My favorite topic is how to prepare for the train crash, what to do after it happens, and how important it is that our communities work together to deal with the train crash. I even wrote a book called Train Crash Prep, and operate a website called Beyond TrainCrash.

    I continually search for new ideas on how to prepare for and deal with the upcoming Train Crash. I'm really quite an expert at encouraging everyone else to do what is necessary and I try to seek out people who share my opinions about the approaching train so that we can have agreeable conversations.

    It has recently occurred to me, however, as I sit here in my comfortable chair with my cup of coffee and computer in the middle of the tracks and watch the oncoming train, that there is one nagging little thought that I have apparently failed to act upon. It's a simple thought really, but one that I perhaps ought to consider a bit one of these days when I have some spare time.

    Maybe it's time to GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY OF THE TRAIN!


  89. you don't have the market drop 2000 points in two weeks without something precipitating it. That something in my opinion was to a large extent the Tea Party

    If one listens to Quirk long enough one realizes he might well agree with those nitwits that compare the Tea Party to the flash mobs and the yobs.

    Full disclosure: I'm not Tea Party.


  90. It was the GDP Report that woke'm up.

    Then came consumer spending down 0.2%, and Factory Orders Down 0.2%.

    That was the "oh shit" moment.

    The rest of this is just excuses.

  91. And, Then, the Bernanke came out and said, "Yeah, we're hosed. And, btw, I can't do anything about it."

    He was heard mumbling, as we slumped off the stage, "they should have listened to Rufus, the dummies."

  92. as "HE" slumped off the stage. :)

    I wuznt invited.

  93. Obama never rests does he. Not only is he a dumb shit he is a lazy dumb shit

    White House press secretary Jay Carney defends President Obama's upcoming 10 day trip to Martha's Vineyard. Carney is asked why the President is taking such a vacation when he constantly says he "will not rest" until the jobs issue is resolved:

  94. I think that moron honest to God thinks he got elected "King."

  95. Alfalfa alert --

    BP, Pullman, Washington

    Farmer b and alfalfa farmer k checked in with the Washington State University Cattle and Horse Farm today about the current price of second cutting alfalfa.

    $285/ton they bid.

    And you city slickers are all locked in to the stock market!



  96. They don't call us cow colleges for nothin'.


  97. Well really, Hank was kinda a bull shitter in a way, and couldn't wait to get the hell away from Walden Pond. Word is, he really only spent about a year there, and missed his coffee, cream, and donuts.

    He was one of the first though to take some of the teachings of the east to heart.

    I don't think he ever went back to the wilderness.

    There is that unforgettable passage about the loon though, and the depth of the pond, and much more metaphor.

    He would not have made it as a French mountain man fur trader out this way.

    Wasn't man enough for our mountains, as is said here.



  98. Really didn't want anyone to analyze it, I just thought it was a nice relaxing article to read.

  99. It was, indeed, a good article.


  100. Heh, Qadhafi's son rises from the dead once again --

    Aug. 10, 2011

    After being reported dead for the second time this year, one of Moammar Gadhafi's sons and the head of an elite Libyan military unit appears to be alive and well.

    A man who Libyan state television called Khamis Gadhafi, head of the feared 32nd Brigade or Khamis Brigade, appeared on the channel overnight in an apparent attempt to dismiss rebel claims that he had perished in a NATO airstrike last week.

    READ: Moammar Gadhafi Son Reported Dead, Again

    The video shows the man, who closely resembles the 28-year-old, touring a hospital in Tripoli where he visited several people state TV said were wounded in a NATO airstrike.

    A rebel spokesperson had said Friday that Khamis was killed in a NATO airstrike on the front line city of Zlitan, but a NATO spokesperson in Naples, Italy, said the international organization could not confirm that report. At the time, another rebel spokesperson told The Associated Press that he, too, was unsure of Khamis' death.

    If genuine, the video marks the second time this year that Khamis has been rumored dead only to reappear on state television. In March, it was widely reported by the opposition that he had died of severe burns after a defecting Libyan pilot crashed his plane into Libya's central military compound in Tripoli. Days later, Khamis reappeared on state television greeting jubilant regime supporters in Tripoli.


  101. .

    If one listens to Quirk long enough one realizes he might well agree with those nitwits that compare the Tea Party to the flash mobs and the yobs.

    Naw, on their best day, the flash mobs and the yobs couldn't hope to accomplish the damage cuased by the Tea Party in Congress.

    The flash mobs and yobs are merely motivated by greed. The Tea Party creates their mayhem in the name of 'principle', something much more dangerous. Kinda like burning down the village to save it.


  102. In a statement released during Allen's briefing, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the shot associated with the crash were both killed by the US strike in Wardak province in the eastern part of the country. Several other Taliban associates were also killed.

    Allen said US forces did not kill the Taliban leader who was the target of the original mission.

    "We will continue to exploit that target. We will remain in pursuit," Allen said.

  103. Thoreau did not intend to live as a hermit, for he received visitors regularly, and returned their visits. Rather, he hoped to isolate himself from society to gain a more objective understanding of it. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau's other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period. As Thoreau made clear in his book, his cabin was not in wilderness but at the edge of town, about two miles (3 km) from his family home.

    Encamped at the edge of town and only 3 kilometers from his family home.

    Although he criticizes the dedication of his neighbors to working, he himself is quite busy at Walden – building and maintaining his house, raising thousands of bean plants and other vegetables, making bread, clearing land, chopping wood, making repairs for the Emersons, going into town, and writing every day.

    :) he criticizes the dedication of his neighbors to working

    There's the old protestant work ethic for ya. HEH Let the machines, and the neighbors do the work!

    Thoreau writes about the visitors to his house. Among the 25 or 30 visitors is a young French-Canadian woodchopper, Alec Therien, whom Thoreau idealizes as approaching the ideal man

    Where is the solitude in all this?

    to cultivate 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) of beans. He plants in June and spends his summer mornings weeding the field with a hoe. He sells most of the crop, and his small profit of $8.71 covers his needs that were not provided by friends and family.

    his small profit of $8.71 covers his needs that were not provided by friends and family.

    :):):) Good old "friends and family"

    Guy was a shurker, a lazy ass.

    Thoreau visits the small town of Concord every day or two to hear the news

    Real true solitude

    Shit, faker.



  104. Thoreau gets caught in a rainstorm and takes shelter in the dirty, dismal hut of John Field, a penniless but hard-working Irish farmhand, and his wife and children


    Thoreau discusses whether hunting wild animals and eating meat is good. He concludes that the primitive, animal side of humans drives them to kill and eat animals, and that a person who transcends this propensity is superior to those who don't. (Thoreau eats fish and occasionally salt pork and woodchuck.)[4] In addition to vegetarianism, he lauds chastity, work, and teetotalism.

    Woodchuck Is Us :):)

    and ate moose on a trip to Maine while he was living at Walden

    A real Sarah Palin :):):)

    Thoreau relates the stories of people who formerly lived in the vicinity of Walden Pond. Then he talks about a few of the visitors he receives during the winter: a farmer, a woodchopper, and his best friend, the poet Ellery Channing.

    My ass, some solitude. :)

    Now this is good --

    "I do not say that John or Jonathan will realize all this; but such is the character of that morrow which mere lapse of time can never make to dawn. The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star."

    What's dark to us is light to them...the dead.

    Passages like that make it worth while.



  105. Critical response

    American poet Robert Frost wrote of Thoreau, "In one book ... he surpasses everything we have had in America."[10]

    Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson judged Thoreau’s endorsement of living alone in natural simplicity, apart from modern society, to be a mark of effeminacy, calling it "womanish solicitude; for there is something unmanly, something almost dastardly" about the lifestyle.[11]

    Poet John Greenleaf Whittier criticized what he perceived as the message in Walden that man should lower himself to the level of a woodchuck and walk on four legs. He said: "Thoreau's Walden is a capital reading, but very wicked and heathenish... After all, for me, I prefer walking on two legs".[12]

    John Updike wrote in 2004,
    “ A century and a half after its publication, Walden has become such a totem of the back-to-nature, preservationist, anti-business, civil-disobedience mindset, and Thoreau so vivid a protester, so perfect a crank and hermit saint, that the book risks being as revered and unread as the Bible.[13]

    I love the guy, the big phoney.


  106. For the bar's vegetarians --

    New Rolo McFlurry

    Put some brandy on top of that and you are ready for a U of I football scrimmage, in any weather.


  107. I was so excited to walk into Wawa today to find a new vegetarian salad that I immediately emailed them to let them know the good choices they are making and that I would like to see a veggie wrap that doesn't contain just lettuce, tomato, and onion.

  108. The US Treasury said it was "taking aim at the financial infrastructure that is helping provide support to Assad and his regime's illicit activities."

    The move freezes the US assets of the businesses and prohibits US entities from engaging in any business dealings with them, the Treasury said.

    Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen charged that the state-owned Commercial Bank of Syria was "an agent for designated Syrian and North Korean proliferators."

  109. I don't know if the dance was good, bad, or indifferent, I couldn't take my eyes off the Robin's Egg Blue Panties


  110. That's a nice well made nest, by the way. My daughter put her camera into a swallows bird house the other day and got a really good picture. But the place was quite filthy inside, lots of feathers, junk, pieces of tin, bottle caps.....


  111. I thot blooger had kilt you. :)

  112. Blogger just wanted to scare Deuce into toeing the DNC party line.

  113. But Lapan said Wednesday that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had never intended to keep the names secret. He said the delay in their release came as a result of a request from military commanders from the Special Operations community to review the policy of releasing names "because of possible [security] implications for the families" of those killed, FOX reported.


    Lapan said that after Panetta attended the ceremony, he "decided to follow the law" and Defense Department policy and release the names, according to FOX.

    A law passed by Congress in 2004 calls for the public release of names of all those killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  114. I would like to see a veggie wrap that doesn't contain just lettuce, tomato, and onion.

    Well, then, make it bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion.

    Like a normal earthling.


  115. For QUIRK - Using and Abusing The Tea Party

    Quirk is taking out after the Tea Party cause he's a democrat at heart and can't help acting like an adolescent yob and flash mob needing something with which to deflect criticism away from his party, which has gotten us into this pickle.

    If Obumble goes down big time there are lots and lots of dem Senators going down with him. Pubs may well control all the branches of government again.


  116. .

    Quirk is taking out after the Tea Party cause he's a democrat at heart...

    More wisdom from the West?

    As expected, no.

    I do agree with the Dems on one thing. The current debt crisis we are in will be best resolved with a balanced approach. Doing as the GOP wants will take longer and result in more pain. Under either scenario, it will take an awful long time before we see any growth, the ultimate solution to our problems.

    As far as the rest of it goes, The Dems and GOP are two sides of the same wooden nickel.

    The Dems have their constituencies (the unions, certain ethnic groups, government workers, etc.) The GOP has their constituencies (banks, big business, wall street etc.) They both represent elites and big groups. Unfortunately, they do not represent me.

    You calling me a Dem really doesn't bother me at all. It is typical of the Kool-aid drinkers mentality (on both sides) that you are either for us, and all the bullshit we spout, or you are against us.

    Which brings us to the article you posted. Like much coming from the Weekly Standard this one is laughable, more Kool-aid for the kool-aid drinkers.

    First, I agree with his list of things that got us into the current debt crisis, although it is painfully short and leaves out key elements.

    The rest is merely silly (to anyone who can read and has a passing knowledge of current political history).

    His argument is encapsulated in the following sentence,

    "So why is this movement [The Tea Party] now so frequently mentioned as a prime factor in the countries deficit woes?" Pure Red Herring.

    Nobody has accused the Tea Party of creating the debt crisis. What they are accused of based on their performance over the past couple months is to make the situation worse. They were the driving force behind the GOP pushing the debt ceiling fight to the midnight hour. Had the debt ceiling been raised as normal it would have been raised independant of the long-term debt issue. Likely, we would have not been subjected to the debt downgrade that has to a large extent precipitated the recent 2000 point market drop.

    The Tea Party pushed the conflict over future debt to the last possible minute giving S&P an excuse for bringing politics into the discussion over what should have been a straight forward decison on could the U.S. pay its debts.

    For those that say without the fight on the debt ceiling we would not have come to a 'solution' on the debt moving forward, we have seen the results of that solution; the downgrade, the market drop, peoples' continued disgust with the people in D.C., from both parties.

    While I can understand the last argument, I would argue that the Tea Party made the settlement even worse. Boehner is a guy who was looking for a deal. By all reports, he and Obama had a balanced deal that would have cut the deficit by $4 billion. The reason it fell thru? The Tea Party's rigidly philosophical stance.

    I agree with Jay Cost's position that the Dems own the economy and that they will likely suffer in 2012. The GOP got us into this funk but the Dems have done nothing to get us out. I disagree with his comment that the Dems own the deficit. The two parties own the deficit. More importantly, I have seen nothing the GOP has offered that would stimulate the growth we need to get us out of this problem.

    Cost's argument that you can't really blame the Tea Party because it is not actually a party but a movement with no designated leader is specious. The only thing that counts about the Tea Partiers is how they vote.

    I would love to see the data behind his statement that 25% of Americans consider themselves Tea Partiers. Based on recent polls, I would say he is looking at last year's numbers.

    Keep skimming the articles from the the Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, and the American Thinker. It will give you that Kool-aid high you need so you can keep shoveling the horseshit too.