“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

MSNBC deeply offended about President Obama being called racist by Glenn Beck

MSNBC has been deeply offended all day about Glenn Beck's comment calling Obama a racist on FOX. Obama is not a racist but then neither was George Bush. However, MSNBC has selective indignation and of course Chris Matthews, the tingling tower of flatulence, spittle at the ready, poured it on. Shall we roll back the tape? Except this time it was MSNBC that was hosting a commenter on George Bush.


  1. I think you're wrong. I think he's, definitely, a Racist.

    I don't believe anyone could have sat in Jeremiah Wright's congregation for 20 years (and, even taken his kids there) if he/she was not a Racist.

    I think he reaffirmed his racism when he, automatically, inferred that the problem between the Professor, and the Cop was because of the Cop's "Racism."

    He's a lightweigh, a Con-Man, a Marxist, AND a Racist.

  2. We hit the "Quadrifecta."

    Yea, for us.

  3. Doug Says,

    I think you're wrong. I think he's, definitely, a Racist.

    I don't believe anyone could have sat in Jeremiah Wright's congregation for 20 years (and, even taken his kids there) if he/she was not a Racist.

    I think he reaffirmed his racism when he, automatically, inferred that the problem between the Professor, and the Cop was because of the Cop's "Racism."

    He's a lightweigh, a Con-Man, a Marxist, AND a Racist.

  4. Well said, Rufus, even if you did steal my thoughts.

  5. That's what happens when you "think out loud," Bubba.

    Like Deuce says, "We Cut and Paste, Freely."

    Ya gotta be careful in the "Blogosphere."

  6. I love Miller, but I hate it when he displays his double standard for his old pals on the left and BHO.
    The very same thing that he would condemn somebody on the right for doing, he'll excuse for his old leftist buddies and BHO.
    Just like 'Rat.

    As Rufus and I point out, the most basic test of whether monkey boy is a racist is taking his young girls to see kkk wright.

    Would you EVER claim some white boy tht took his young kids to Klan meetings for years was not a racist, Deuce?
    Of course you wouldn't.

    Same rules apply to the Marxist Monkey.
    I've discussed it with Starling, he feels the same way, only with more vigor, being black, and having acloser connection to Rev. KKK.

  7. The blogosphere, eh, Rufus:

    17. We checked: After six months, they can’t fire you.

    18. If nobody blogs about it, we think you’ll be OK.

    I'll fetch the whole list.

  8. I think the last time Doug agreed with anything I wrote was about four, or five hundred days, ago.

    I'm going to bed while I'm ahead.

    Hmm, does Doug agreeing with me mean I'm "really" ahead?

    Shit, now my head hurts.

    G'nite all.

  9. 21 Things You Can't Say to Obama

    Dear Dr. Politics:
    I am reliably informed that following Barack Obama’s last news conference, a list was circulated in the White House of 21 things the staff was not allowed to say to the president.

    The mainstream media refuses to publish the list.
    You are our only hope, even though we have the utmost contempt for you.

    Glad to oblige.
    Here are “The 21 Things You Cannot Say to the President after a News Conference”:

    1. Hey, we hear the Golf Channel is going to carry it next time. Well, actually, only the Golf Channel is going to carry it next time.

    2. Don’t worry. We’ll get ’em next year.

    3. Professor Gates called. He can’t find his house keys.

    4. You want to take a mulligan on this one?

    5. We did try to plant a question about Bo, but nobody would go for it.

    6. Saying, “I don’t know all the facts ... but the police acted stupidly” is a little like saying, “I don’t know if there are weapons of mass destruction ... but let’s invade Iraq anyway.”

    7. We’ve decided to call the whole news conference a “teachable moment.”

    8. You want a cigarette?

    9. Biden called.

    10. William Henry “Bill” Gates is the Microsoft guy. Robert Michael Gates is the secretary of defense guy. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Harvard professor. They are not related and have never performed in Vegas together. Gibbs will walk this back in the gaggle.

    11. Tape it over? But, Mr. President, these press conferences are live.

    12. The reason we can’t put the questions on the teleprompter is because we aren’t supposed to know the questions in advance.

    13. Those bunched-up clothes in the bed turned out not to be Douglas Elmendorf.

    14. That reporter wasn’t from North Carolina; he was from North Korea.

    15. Hillary called.

    16. You want a blue pill?

    17. We checked: After six months, they can’t fire you.

    18. If nobody blogs about it, we think you’ll be OK.

    19. Now, is somebody willing to rehearse more and play golf less?

    20. The only poll that counts is the one on Election Day.

    21. Rahm wants to see you in his office immediately.

  10. You can be ahead going in either direction.
    Toward the light, or...

  11. The Swede continues to cause trouble even as he boycotts the Bar:
    Doug said...
    Jeepers al-Bob:

    You birthers are giving us a bad name:
    How do you explain that the Messiah's birth was reported in both Honolulu papers?

  12. In the wake of the seizure, dozens of demonstrators gathered in central Seoul to denounce the North. Some burned a North Korean flag and a photo of the country's leader Kim Jong Il and one believed to be of his third son, Kim Jong Un, who has come under intense media scrutiny in recent months as a possible successor.

    Some protesters carried signs calling for the immediate release of the fishing boat and crew.

    The Unification Ministry, which is responsible for handling relations with the North, made a formal written request to North Korean maritime authorities asking for the boat's release, spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo said.

    Fishing Boat

  13. Jeezus Linear, don't you ever sleep?

    Nice images. They're goin' in the vault.

  14. The very point that he declares..

    No Jews shall live in East Jerusalem....

    PROVES he is a racist....

    nothing more is needed to be said...



  15. You birthers are giving us a bad name:
    How do you explain that the Messiah's birth was reported in both Honolulu papers?



  16. L.S./M.F.T.

    Or, as we used to say in grade school,

    Loose Straps/Mean Floppy Tits

  17. I do not claim folks are racist, doug.

    That goes to motiv, and I cannot see the workings of their minds.

    allen brought us an expert that told us that, Ben Stiller, Woody Allen, Barbara Streisand, Howard Stern and Dustin Hoffman are all racists, being that they are considered to be anti-semetic Semites.

    I'd say that Obama took his kids to Wright's church, for ten years, considering the age of his kids, 20 is out of the realm of reality, to be able to sit next to Oprah.

    Claimng racism is a derivitive of the "Hate Crimes" mentality, which I also reject.

    I won't claim victimhood, even it I am, being victimized. While so many here at the Bar seem to embrace that social status.

    Going out of their way to claim that they are victims of the evil thoughts, of the 'other'.

  18. What action did Obama take, that disadvantaged Sgt Crowley?

    That ended his career?

    Or are we demonizing the projected thoughts of others and wrapping ourselves in the standard of PC speak?

    Fuck that idea.

  19. Fuck Glenn Beck and that rapper, too.

    Always looking for the moral equivalency, aren't we.

    AS if the rapper's ignorance excused Beck's.

  20. Now we could discuss the hyppcrisy of MSNBC and their owners, at GE.

    But no one went there.

    Instead it's all about Obama, all the time.

    Now you're all in a rage, about his empty rhetoric, which for the past 8 months you all have derided the effectiveness of.

  21. I'm not in a rage. It's just my considered opinion that he's a light-weight, racist punk.

    I don't think you would keep the associates he has if you weren't.

  22. I would not disagree about the company he keeps. They are not the folks that hang out around my pool.

    They certainly would not be found in the National Forests, recreating.

    And your considered opinion, rufus, carries more weight than many of the others, here. Those that inform us that anyone that disagrees with their considered opinion is a racist.

    The boys that cried wolf.
    When all there was, a Shitzu.

  23. "The boys that cried wolf.
    When all there was, a Shitzu."

    like the one that posted about the email message by a Boston cop yesterday

    pot meet kettle; too funny

  24. Yeah, that one.

    The National Guardsman and Police officer that e-mailed his National Gaurd compatriots about the "jungle monkey", Gates.

    When I was a youth, the term was "jungle bunny", but times and terms change.

    The Boston mayor, took offense.

    I fail to see how posting that story to the EB, without comment, can be taken as having any politcal or racial overtone.

    Other than as an update as to the cultural reality, in Boston.

  25. That the City had a copy of the e-mail would indicate, to me, that the Officer sent it from a City computer.

    Though that was not mentioned i the story.
    If it was not sent from a City computer, over the City's contracted and paid for network, then one of the reciprients must have really "taken offense" at the content.

  26. "Jungle Monkey" not a term used in Sgt Crowley's professional lexicon, I'd venture to guess.

    From what has been reported, about Sgt Crowley, it is not part of his personal lexicon, either.

    To bad that e-mailing Officer never took Sgt Crowley's class on "Race Relations".
    He'd still have a job, if he had.

  27. Three simple things that make us great:

    1. Respect for the Individual

    We’re hardworking, ordinary people who’ve teamed up to accomplish extraordinary things. While our backgrounds and personal beliefs are very different, we never take each other for granted. We encourage those around us to express their thoughts and ideas. We treat each other with dignity. This is the most basic way we show respect.

    -Respect for the Individual-
    Servant Leadership
    Open Door
    Open Communications
    People Development

    -Service to our Customers-
    Aggressive Hospitality
    Sundown Rule
    Satisfaction Guaranteed
    Sense of Urgency
    The 10-foot Rule
    Community Minded
    Quality Always!

    -Striving for Excellence-
    Continuous Improvement
    Dissatisfaction with the Status Quo
    Results Oriented
    Integrity Always!
    Competitive Spirit
    Failure Allowance
    Risk-taking Encouraged
    Expense Control
    Change Agents
    Compliance with the Laws

    The "Walmart Way", it does lead to success, aye?

  28. I find it somewhat odd that this whole Gates arrest becomes a screaming match about racism though I guess that reflects on how race is such an issue in the States. From my perspective any cop who arrests someone for "disorderly conduct" when originally going to check out whether said person was breaking into a house that turned out to be theirs is what was stupid about the bust. It screams of typical authoritarian police behavior - 'you back talk me and I'll bust you!'

  29. Which is why Mr Gates was lucky he had such a compassionate Officer, such as Sgt Crowley respond.

    He was merely arrested and released.
    He could well have been tasered, too.

    "Don't tase me bro'!"

    I think you're on target, ash, Sgt Crowley's actions, kind of typical police behaviour, which has nothing to do with race.
    As the black officer that was with him and supports him, exemplifies.

    But it's become all about race, the easy target.

  30. Well, My experiance is, when you yell, and cuss at a police ociffer you're going to jail.

    And, you might have a "bumpy" ride getting there.

  31. hmmm, America, land of the free...

  32. Ain't no such thing as "FREEDOM" son.

    We just strive for parameters that are loose enough to thrive in.

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  34. The Police use a blending of soft and hard power, in an attempt to control most situations with a preponderance of force.

    With options ranging from soft to hard. Discussion to lethal force.

    The behaviour of the suspect providing a great part of the input into their decision making processes.

  35. Free to conceal carry but ya gotta hold your tongue ;)

  36. Mr Gates should have stayed on his porch.

    In the meantime, Senator Grassley is working, 'round the clock, to have Teddie Kennedy HealthCare Bill readable by recess.

    Are you sure we're playing Chess and not Go>

    The object of the game is to control a larger portion of the board than the opponent. A stone or a group of stones is captured and removed if it has no empty adjacent intersections, the result of being completely surrounded by stones of the opposing color.

    Placing stones close together helps them support each other and avoid capture. On the other hand, placing stones far apart creates influence across more of the board.

    Part of the strategic difficulty of the game stems from finding a balance between such conflicting interests. Players strive to serve both defensive and offensive purposes and choose between tactical urgency and strategic plans.

    Go originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago

  37. Have to try to be polite, ash.

    There is a price to be paid, for being rude. For not treating other individuals with respect.

    Does not pay to disrespect the representitives of the State as they perform their duties.

  38. Mos specially when you're outnumbered, and they're armed.

    Mr Darwin selects for "polity" in the Colonies, Ash.

    Gun Ownership was never anything more than an appeal for "peace."

    Hence, the name of Samuel Colt's most famous short-iron - "The Peacemaker."

  39. And, in .45 Caliber, it could keep a whole Lotta "Peace."

  40. But Mike Hammer, rufus, would feel naked without his 1911

    Some of John Browning's best work.

  41. What is funnier than funny, Mickey Spillane sold over 225 million copies of his books, internationally. In 1995 he received an Edgar Allan Poe Grand Master Award.

    In 1980, seven of the top fifteen best selling novels in US history were authored by Mickey Spillane.

    But he did not qualify as a PBS intellectual. No indeed.
    But he knew people and the characters traits that entertained them, well enough that they spent their money, for his character.

    More so than any other.

  42. In 1972 he put his wife on the cover of his paperback offering, over 1,500,000 copies in print.

    "I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friends."

  43. I luurve President Barack Obama

  44. The boys that cried wolf.
    When all there was, a Shitzu

    Bull Terrier + Shih tzu =
    Bullshitz, a gregarious but unreliable breed

  45. In certain situations, you must bow to authority or face the consequences. Which is exactly what happened to Gates. The authority is not the SGT, but the badge he wears.

    Post something here that the hosts don't like and it gets deleted. Why? Because they have the authority to do so.

    Try yelling and screaming at or calling a flight attendant a derogatory name. See what you get.

    It's all about who has the authority.

    Unfortunately, the Racist Obama currently has THE authority, and we shall face the consequences.

  46. Answering the question on everyone's mind at the bar:

    A Poignant Moment...

    "We can, I think as the president has said many times, disagree without being disagreeable, and I think it will be a poignant moment."

    One issue about which the trio was likely to disagree was on the brand of beer to be imbibed when they hold their meeting at a picnic table outside the Oval Office, the very same setting for a meeting between Obama and his former rival for the presidency -- now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Gibbs said the president would drink Bud Light, while Gates has said he likes Red Stripe and Crowley to the president he prefers Blue Moon


    My daughter prefers Blue Moon also. SGT Crowley has good taste in beer, if not drinking companions.

  47. Bingo!

    Ditto, Gag Reflex.

    Anyone; white, black, female, male, young, old or otherwise should know to respect the authority. Fools do not respect authority and are the ones who most often pay the price for their foolishness.

    In it so much to ask a citizen to be polite to an Officer of the Law? After all, they put their lives on the line every day. Mr. Gates should have thanked the Officer to responding to a call which could very well have resulted in that Officer's death. But nooooo, he had to go and show his posterior. I agree, once the Officer had ascertained the situation, he should have beat a hasty retreat.

    The real issue here is the President wading into the issue and on the wrong side at that. I'm sure that BHO expects a certain amount of respect for his authority.

    His words have probably diminished the authority of Law Enforcement while giving credence to the rants of the bitter and malcontent.

  48. The authority Obama has isnt so much his, but the office he occupies. It is his to abuse, but ours to obey, or risk the consequences.

    This authority I speak of is even Biblical. Check out Romans 13:1

  49. "I agree, once the Officer had ascertained the situation, he should have beat a hasty retreat."
    That's the point:



  50. Okay, you don't have to shout.

  51. Linear,
    Drink Diabetes away:
    resveratrol, the chemical in red wine
    ...resveratrol, the chemical in red wine that is thought to protect against diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's and other age-related conditions.
    Gotta go to town.

  52. I was shouting at the A-Holes disagreeing with you, Whit!

  53. The Proof remains him taking kids to see and hear kkk Wright.
    That and his actions now are the proof.

    Any white guy repeatedly taking his kids to a KKK meeting would unequivocally be labeled a racist.

    Case Closed.

  54. Rat's Ophrah Excuse is just that:

    An Excuse.

  55. No, doug, it is not an excuse.

    It is an acknowledgement that the church that Oprah regularly attended, that it is not analogous to a KKK meeting.

    That is where we part company.
    Not on whether or not the police behaved properly.

  56. Islamist sect leader shot dead after 600 killed in Nigeria siege.

    Nigerian security forces claimed to have defeated a well-armed Islamist sect after four days of bloody fighting that left hundreds dead and forced thousands to flee their homes in the northern town of Maiduguri.

    Army soldiers captured Mohamed Yusuf, the leader of the sect, and took him to a barracks. He was later transferred to the police and shot dead in their custody. A spokesman said Mr Yusuf had tried to escape.

  57. You see, ash, just how lucky Mr Gates was:

    He was later transferred to the police and shot dead in their custody. ...

    How fortunate we all are, to have policemen like Sgt Crowley on the job, as opposed to those, say in Nigeria.

  58. July 30 (Bloomberg) -- The US government's $1 billion “cash for clunkers” program is being closed because it is almost out of money six days after it began, a person familiar with the matter said.

  59. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon continued to defend the federal stimulus plan on Thursday, joining state Democratic leaders in an effort to tamp down criticism from one of Arizona's most powerful Republicans.

    At a news conference in front of downtown Phoenix's Kenilworth School -- his second of the week focused on the benefits of the $787 billion package -- Gordon made the case that the money was putting Arizonans back to work, especially in local schools.

    More than $200 million has already been dedicated to rehire teachers or keep them employed, Gordon said.

    One of them is the wife of state Rep. David Schapira, Rosemary Schapira, who was laid off from the Kyrene School District earlier this year. Because of stimulus money now flowing to schools, she said she was offered a job this week as a 5th-grade teacher at Chandler Traditional Academy.

    On Monday, Gordon told reporters at Sky Harbor International Airport that 285 people would have jobs because of $10.5 million in stimulus funds to build a new airport taxiway.

    "The stimulus package is working. It needs to move faster but it is working," the mayor, a Democrat, said Thursday. "These are not made-up jobs. They are real.

    The piece then moves on to Mr Kyl's representitive who says that Mayor Gordon is out of step with Arizona voters, whom he admits do not know the facts or are misinformed.

    “Mayor Phil Gordon and the Democratic Party officials who organized today’s press event are woefully out of touch with the thinking of most Arizonans when it comes to stimulus spending," Wilder said. Nearly three out of four Arizonans "disagree with Mayor Gordon and say that the stimulus has hurt or had zero impact on the economy."

    Herding the sheeple, that is now the GOP's task, here in AZ? Leaving them misinformed as to reality and playing to their fears.

    "In the Kyrene School District, $1 million means 20 teachers jobs. Without that stimulus money Kyrene was looking at at least a $9 million cut," said Waters, whose legislative district includes Ahwatukee, south Tempe and west Chandler.

    "That's a lot of jobs, that is a lot of lost programs, that is a lot of increased class sizes.

    -- Scott Wong

  60. Who says "Oprah" can't be a Racist?

    If she, regularly, attended JW's Church, I would have to take another look at "Her" Post-Racial Qualities.

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  62. Sure Oprah can be a racist, the most successful female media entrepreneur in the United States, today.

    The woman that controls the NYTimes Best Seller list, with her reccomendations and asides.

    If she is racist, then the word no longer has meaning. Same as if Dustin Hoffman and Ben Stiller are racist anti-semites.

    I'd say that it is likely that Wright became more bombastic over time, and that is why she left a year or two before Obama.
    Her ear was more 'in tune' to what Wright was preaching from the pulpit. I'd submit that Obama did not even listen, to Wright. Rather that he was busy, with his blackberry and social encounters.

    I'd venture to say, based upon Oprah's cultural acumen, that Wright's shift to his more bombastic preaching was a latter day transformation. Causing her to leave the congregation.

    Not a 10 or 20 year standard that he maintained throughout.

  63. Blue Moon. We used to get the occasional six pack from Trader Joe's or Wegman's. Seems like light years ago now. 2001, 2002. I don't recall the taste of it. Which is not to say it isn't. Tasty.

    Red Stripe I've oft seen but never had.

    Bud Light: I just don't get it.

  64. The real story is the billions of dollars that GE has recieved from the Federals, now that one of its' finance arms has been reclassified as a 'bank'.

    That puff ball journalism and tingles in the leg led to huge corporate cronie Federal payouts.

    We just won't talk about the real backstory, while calling folks names, letting that take up almost all the oxygen in the room.

  65. No word on Biden's beer of choice? He apparently was at the picnic.

    The embassy foyer has, as always, three wall-mounted photos side-by-side. From left to right: the President, the Vice President, and the Secretary.

    Joe Biden's photo has his head about three times as large as the other two - and with open collar and a smarmy, car-salesman-y kind of grin ("Look, would I shit you, man?" Possibly fourth cocktail photo.) Has a rather arresting prominence. If you didn't know better, you'd think Biden was the big cheese. And has more teeth than a man should have.


  66. July 30 (Bloomberg) -- The US government's $1 billion “cash for clunkers” program is being closed because it is almost out of money six days after it began, a person familiar with the matter said


    Fucking moronic idea in the first damned place.

    A flash in the pan. What'd I tell Rufus?

    If it wasn't so damned ignoble, I'd have to razz him a bit.

  67. Red Stripe was Avery Tolar's (Gene Hackman) beer of choice during those intense workouts in the islands in "The Firm". First I heard of it. Then I tried a six-pack when I saw it at TJ's. Tasted like piss, as I recall.

    Blue Moon is an unfiltered Belgian Wheat beer if memory serves me. I remember being a little surprised on one of those rare instances when I poured it into a glass. Murky. But satisfyin'.

  68. Bud Light: I just don't get it.

    Betcha Barry stocks the fridge with Amstel Lite, or Heinie. He just picked Bud Lite for the blue collar publicity.

    Whaddya know, Edith? He's a reg-lar guy after all!

    Bud Lite with Arugula? Maybe with cherry tomatoes and a nice Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and soda crackers?

  69. Bwahahahahaha

    Because, I like to see grown men squirm and what better place to express admiration for someone who apparently isn't a fan at The Bar.

    But...shit, it only took 7 hours for someone to respond. A little late to amuse myself from a boring afternoon at work.

  70. I remember Red Stripe from 20 ...errrr...30 years ago when I was in Jamaica. Seemed a reasonable enough jar of light beer for the beach at the time.

  71. Ale's gentlemen, and Ladies, Ale's where the tasty actions at. Stout to if ya got some backbone.

  72. Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley spoke after meeting with President Barack Obama and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., along with Vice President Joe Biden. Crowley described himself and Gates as "two gentlemen who agreed to disagree" about the confrontation that led to Gates' arrest.

    He said that the conversation centered on moving forward, not reliving the events of the past two weeks, and that they plan more meetings.

  73. If it's a medical emergency, Erie County 911 will respond, but there is one address many of its dispatchers know by heart.

    They find Scott Graham usually waiting at that Buffalo address for his ambulance several times a week.

    "Sometimes two times a day," Graham told 2 On Your Side. He suffers from Sickle Cell Anemia, a blood disorder. If left untreated, it can block blood flow to limbs and organs.

    "It feels like somebody shooting me with battery acid, and I'm stepping on razor blades, and I'm having a heart attack at once," he said talking about the pain the disorder causes.

    Graham doesn't have a job, insurance or car. So, when he feels bad, he doesn't call a cab. He calls 911 to have an ambulance drive him to the hospital.

    A 2 On Your Side investigation found that from January 2006 to May of this year, Rural Metro Ambulance picked him up 603 times.

    Medicaid picked up the tab for each ride, costing taxpayers at least $118,158.

    Graham estimates he's requested even more rides. "I'd say about a thousand times."

    Rural Metro and Erie County chose not to respond on camera about Graham's case. The county follows the same rules most emergency systems follow across the country. If you call, they must haul you to the hospital, no matter what your call is about.

    Graham says he requests an ambulance because he can't see his doctor as much as he needs. He also says he gets help quicker by arriving in an ambulance rather than by cab.

    2 On Your Side contacted Medicaid to have them look into the number of times Graham used an ambulance. Medicaid appeared more interested in how we got the information, rather than how much it cost taxpayers to pick him up.

    Medicaid fraud and abuse costs $60 billion each year nationwide

  74. You're, right, Rat. She is, probably, smarter than Obama. She could still be a "racist."

    Or, not.

    I, really, don't much care, I guess. I've never watched even one of her shows.

    But, I don't "get" the line of thought that Obama can't be a racist, because Oprah went to the "Same" Racist Church that he went to.

    I'm not upset about the "cash for clunkers." Turns out, they didn't put enough money in it to get beyond a couple of days.

    The funny thing is, if they would have thought about it a bit, they would have realized these parameters basically described a, pretty much, "Average" car-buying event.

    The Mean age of a trade-in probably isn't too much less than fifteen years, and it's pretty common for a new (2009/2010) vehicle to attain 8 mpg better mileage than a fifteen year old tradein.

    The program is pretty small potatoes compared to most gov programs, and maybe it will help in some small way to get people out moving around, again.

  75. They're not "Treating" his sickle cell. It IS Treatable.

    This is kinda what I've been talking about. The ER is doing what is in their "charter;" but it would, probably, be cheaper to treat the man than to keep hauling him back, and forth, in an ambulance.

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  77. It is not making the case tha Obama is not a racist, just that the evidence for it, as motive for his remarks, is weak.
    There are possible alternative reasons for his behaviours.

    doug leads us back to Mr Wright, who is a bombastic Marine with a reverends' collar. Obama joined that congregation for political reasons, stayed for the same.

    It was Oprah and the fellow elitists of Chi-town's black community that drew Obama's attention to that church, not the preaching of the Marine in a collar.

    But then, if everyone is a racist, no one is. Then it is just the norm, and unremarkable.

  78. I would readily agree that Obama has a predisposition against the police use of authority, through force or arrest powers.

    He may have a different perspective of why the police behave as they do, than I, you or ash have.

    Obama may have more empathy for Professor Gates than he does for Sgt Crowley or his black partner.

    But predisposed empathy towards a suspect and prejudice against the police does not have to be ascribed to racism. Indeed, in this case it is not racism that is evident, on Obama's part, but that predisposition against the police nd their percieved abuse of authority.

  79. Probably the best ale, perhaps the best beer, on the face of the earth: Rochefort. If you've got the cash, it's worth getting your mitts on. Trust me.

  80. "He just picked Bud Lite for the blue collar publicity."

    It IS a nice, inoffensive beer in that way, isn't it?

    If I were going for that, I'd go one better: OMB. In a suitcase.

    Or, demonstrating sympathy for those who are truly suffering, I'd go totally down and out with a nice malt liquor. Feelin' your pain and all.

    Or some Mad Dog.

  81. It IS a nice, inoffensive beer in that way, isn't it?

    Don't ask me. Never drank the stuff.

  82. One need never have tasted it, or to have a taste for beer, to understand its symbolic value as an Everyman's beer.

  83. The brand does some good. After the Northridge Quake the big Bud brewery along I-405 put up drinking water in plain white generic cans. We hauled them by the truck load out to the disaster assistance centers for distribution. All gratis, as far as I know. The interesting thing seemed to me that, like Wal*Mart in similar situations, they were ready to go in a heartbeat.

    Nothing wrong with an ice cold Budweiser longneck. I'm just not a Lite drinker.

  84. "Nothing wrong with an ice cold Budweiser longneck."

    Nope. It's just in a perfect universe of beer.

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