“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."

Friday, March 26, 2010

Volcanos Happen, Then Global Cooling?

Volcano Eruption in Iceland Could Cause Gobal Cooling

March 25th, 2010
Digital News

Digital News Report – Scientists are uncertain what the effects of the eruption of a volcano in Iceland will have on the world, but there are worries of global cooling if an event occurs. Last Christmas geologists started noticing deep earthquakes and the expansion of the earth’s crusts near the Eyjafjallaj√∂kull glacier and volcano.

Now the volcano is spewing and burping lava at the surface. Steam and ash are being expelled form the open hole in the earth and scientists worry that if the volcano grows larger it could melt the glacier.

The bigger danger is that this eruption could trigger a major eruption of Katla, a neighboring volcano with a much larger magma chamber. Geologists believe that in the past the Evjafaillaiokull eruption was a precursor to larger eruptions by Katla.

Katla could spew much more ask and sulfur into the atmosphere causing the northern hemisphere to become bitterly cold.


  1. Off Topic As Usual:

    If the Jewish People Of Israel have no rights to nationhood with Jerusalem and the Jewish areas as it's property then no nation has any rights to anything...

    Rat gleefully states that Israel is a criminal nation has no rights to Jerusalem and that is shared by the USA.

    If that is the world's position? It is wrong.

    But if the world continues in it's alice in wonderland attempt to deny that Israel has a right to have it's citizens live in Jerusalem it will pull it's own house of cards down on it's head and I pity the world....

    Am i surprised that the world see no legitimate rights for Jews to hold property in Hebron, Bethlehem, Jerusalem no...

    But then again, the world, and their greatness, never stopped murdering and looting my people since day one...

    So with that being said...

    Screw the Jews, embrace the palestinians... your choice...

    You are embracing poison....

    We have been around long enough to know that societies and cultures that go that direction will destroy themselves...

    In the end, we will survive and proclaim, NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM, as we have prayed for THOUSANDS of years...

    And what of the current world we live?

    They will be added to the lists of peoples we once knew....

  2. "Katla could spew much more ask and sulfur into the atmosphere causing the northern hemisphere to become bitterly cold."

    As if it weren't already.

    Just one more reason to get a nice place in South America.

  3. a letter to the world about jerusalem
    The following op-ed was adapted from one first written for the 'Times of Israel,' a fledgling weekly established shortly after the Six Day War. After the war, the Israeli government announced preparations to return all the captured territories except for Jerusalem, in exchange for peace.

    The response came at the Khartoum Arab Summit Conference that year, at which it was announced that there would be no negotiations and no recognition of Israel.

    Israel came under tremendous international pressure to re-divide Jerusalem, which caused the author to sit down in a "white heat of anger" and write this piece.

    I am not a creature from another planet, as you seem to believe. I am a Jerusalemite - like yourselves, a man of flesh and blood. I am a citizen of my city, an integral part of my people.

    I have a few things to get off my chest. Because I am not a diplomat, I do not have to mince words. I do not have to please you, or even persuade you. I owe you nothing. You did not build this city; you do not live in it; you did not defend it when they came to destroy it. And we will be damned if we will let you take it away.

    There was a Jerusalem before there was a New York. When Berlin, Moscow, London and Paris were forest and swamp, there was a thriving Jewish community here. It gave something to the world which you nations have rejected ever since you established yourselves - a humane moral code.

    Here the prophets walked, their words flashing like forked lightning. Here a people who wanted nothing more than to be left alone, fought off waves of heathen would-be conquerors, bled and died on the battlements, hurled themselves into the flames of their burning Temple rather than surrender; and when finally overwhelmed by sheer numbers and led away into captivity, swore that before they forgot Jerusalem, they would see their tongues cleave to their palates, their right arms wither.

    For two pain-filled millennia, while we were your unwelcome guests, we prayed daily to return to this city. Three times a day we petitioned the Almighty: "Gather us from the four corners of the world, bring us upright to our land; return in mercy to Jerusalem, Thy city, and dwell in it as Thou promised."

    On every Yom Kippur and Pessah we fervently voiced the hope that next year would find us in Jerusalem. Your inquisitions, pogroms, expulsions, the ghettos into which you jammed us, your forced baptisms, your quota systems, your genteel anti-Semitism, and the final unspeakable horror, the Holocaust (and worse, your terrifying disinterest in it) - all these have not broken us.

    They may have sapped what little moral strength you still possessed, but they forged us into steel. Do you think that you can break us now, after all we have been through? Do you really believe that after Auschwitz we are frightened of your threats and blockades and sanctions? We have been to hell and back - a hell of your making. What more could you possibly have in your arsenal that could scare us?

    I HAVE watched this city bombarded twice by nations calling themselves civilized. In 1948, while you looked on apathetically, I saw women and children blown to smithereens, this after we had agreed to your request to internationalize the city. It was a deadly combination that did the job: British officers, Arab gunners and American-made cannons.

    And then the savage sacking of the Old City; the willful slaughter, the wanton destruction of every synagogue and religious school; the desecration of Jewish cemeteries; the sale by a ghoulish government of tombstones for building materials, for poultry runs, army camps - even latrines.

  4. And you never said a word. You never breathed the slightest protest when the Jordanians shut off the holiest of our holy places, the Western Wall, in violation of the pledges they had made after the war - a war they waged, incidentally, against a decision of the UN. Not a murmur came from you whenever the legionares in their spiked helmets casually opened fire upon our citizens from behind the walls.

    Your hearts bled when Berlin came under siege. You rushed your airlift "to save the gallant Berliners." But you did not send one ounce of food when Jews starved in besieged Jerusalem. You thundered against the wall which the East Germans ran through the middle of the German capital - but not one peep out of you about the other wall, the one that tore through the heart of Jerusalem.

    And when the same thing happened 19 years later, and the Arabs unleashed a savage unprovoked bombardment of the Holy City again, did any of you do anything? The only time you came to life was when the city was at last reunited. Then you wrung your hands and spoke loftily of "justice" and the need for the "Christian" quality of turning the other cheek.

    The truth is - and you know it deep inside your gut - some would prefer the city to be destroyed rather than have it governed by Jews. No matter how diplomatically you phrase it, the old-age prejudices seep out of every word.

    If our return to the city has tied your theology in knots, perhaps you had better re-examine your catechisms.

    For the first time since the year 70 there is now complete religious freedom for all in Jerusalem. For the first time since the Romans put the torch to the Temple everyone has equal rights. (You preferred to have some more equal than others). We loathe the sword - but it was you who forced us to take it up. We crave peace - but we are not going back to the peace of 1948 as you would like us to.

    We are home. It has a lovely sound for a nation you have willed to wander over the face of the globe. We are not leaving. We have redeemed the pledge made by our forefathers; Jerusalem is being rebuilt. "Next year" - and the year after, and after, and after until the end of time - in Jerusalem!

  5. So, "misdirection" you're really emigrating, going 'home'.

    Bon voyage.

    Are you really going to leave this land of Nazi fascists, like George HW Bush and President Obama, behind?

    Or are you just quoting someone who did?

    Because you do not have the chutzpah to do so, yourself?

  6. You voting with your feet, "misdirection"?

    Or just wagging your tongue?

  7. Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama 'dumped him for dinner'

    For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.

    After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.

    “It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages”, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House telephone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea”.


  8. With apology to trish, this link by Peters makes some interesting points concerning American "foreign" policy.

    Bam's triple-diplo-whammy day

  9. WiO,

    Keep your powder dry, as will I. Soon it will be Passover, my friend, and it will be celebrated in Jerusalem. Living well is the best revenge.

  10. Bibi is a punk, allen, you're right on target with that zinger!

  11. No Rat, I am not leaving America...

    I am squatting and occupying the illegal lands of America, JUST LIKE YOU...

    we are BOTH criminal squatters.

    I will live and earn a living in the criminal nation America, just like you, and try to get our current leaders overturned...

    America has no standards anymore, after all they let you be a citizen, why should I stop being a citizen?


    I will stay here, causing people like you pain...

  12. Allen: Keep your powder dry, as will I. Soon it will be Passover, my friend, and it will be celebrated in Jerusalem. Living well is the best revenge.


    America will come to her senses, if not? It will destroy herself...

    i will keep my powder dry...

    and for rat?

    I WILL purchase LAND in Jerusalem and no you are not welcome EVER to visit...

  13. There is noo moral equivelncy, 'tween the United States and Israel.

    The US is open to any that wish to enter. Both legally and illegally, with impunity.

    Not so Israel, or all those in the US supported refugee camps in Lebanon, could go home.

  14. I vividly recall two gentlemen of the EB taking the pledge to make no more than one comment per day about Israel/Jews/Zionists etc.

    Both have repeatedly broken their word.

    Why, just this morning, beginning at 07:03:00 AM and ending at 08:29:00 AM, one of them has made 12 such comments. That is one comment every 7.4 minutes.

    One could say, "Liar", but that would connote a degree of rationality sadly absent. A bigot is an irrational creature, driven by bad breeding and fear of the unknown.

    "This year in Jerusalem!" Indeed, every year from now to the end of time.

    PS: breeding: noun: 2. Training in the proper forms of social and personal conduct.

  15. trish,

    I seem to recall you having a distaste for Peters.

    He is not my cup of tea, generally. However, on this occasion he has it about right.

  16. I have no idea who you are speaking of, allen, for I certainly NEVER made any such 'pledge'.

    Another of your many lies.

  17. "...on this occasion he has it about right."

    Send him an email and let him know you think he's on the right track.

  18. How 'bout that Volacaney, huh?

  19. desert rat said...
    There is noo moral equivelncy, 'tween the United States and Israel.


    The people Israel have a 3000 year connection to the land whereas all Americans at best can claim 300 years...

    And if Israel had used the force America had in conquering the lands there would be no arabs alive left in the area called "trans-jordan"

    Israel has sadly not used lethal force the same way any other nation has...

    no moral equivalency...

    Israel has a much better record...

  20. trish said...

    ""uh oh trish, ya better watch what you say, who you quote or...."

    Thu Mar 25, 05:50:00 PM EDT

    Or I'll lose my fellowship at AEI?"

    Yeah, that and, I dunno, can't call yourself a conservative, can't be a republican? Krugman waxes forth on such issue today. His conclusion:

    "For today’s G.O.P. is, fully and finally, the party of Ronald Reagan — not Reagan the pragmatic politician, who could and did strike deals with Democrats, but Reagan the antigovernment fanatic, who warned that Medicare would destroy American freedom. It’s a party that sees modest efforts to improve Americans’ economic and health security not merely as unwise, but as monstrous. It’s a party in which paranoid fantasies about the other side — Obama is a socialist, Democrats have totalitarian ambitions — are mainstream. And, as a result, it’s a party that fundamentally doesn’t accept anyone else’s right to govern.

    In the short run, Republican extremism may be good for Democrats, to the extent that it prompts a voter backlash. But in the long run, it’s a very bad thing for America. We need to have two reasonable, rational parties in this country. And right now we don’t. "

  21. how far we have fallen...

    snipped from former spook's blog

    And don't believe it couldn't happen; until a few days ago, few believed that Al Qaida recruiter Mohamedou Ould Slahi would ever be a free man again. Slahi was one of the chief recruiters for the 9-11 attacks and played a key role in the failed Millenium bomb plot at Los Angeles International Airport. U.S. officials once described him as the "highest value detainee" at Guantanamo Bay. But a few days ago, Federal Judge James Robertson ordered him released. Slahi wound up in the civilian court system after military lawyers declined to prosecute the case, citing interrogation methods used on the accused terrorist.

  22. allen, you were looking for 'out-of-the-box' thinking for a solution to the housing crisis - how about this?

    'get the Chinese to re-value the RMB upward with the carrot of free citizenship to any that purchase a US home'

  23. Krugman needs to read some history. We've always been a country with two "extreme" parties. Some of the nastiest campaigns on record were between the hallowed "Founders."

  24. What, rufus, you think the current Republican approach is a good thing? What about your 'party of stupid' stuff, and all your arguments for HC reform?

    How about some more Frum:

    Barack Obama badly wanted Republican votes for his plan. Could we have leveraged his desire to align the plan more closely with conservative views? To finance it without redistributive taxes on productive enterprise – without weighing so heavily on small business – without expanding Medicaid? Too late now. They are all the law.”

    “ We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.”

    “ There were leaders who knew better, who would have liked to deal. But they were trapped. Conservative talkers on Fox and talk radio had whipped the Republican voting base into such a frenzy that deal-making was rendered impossible. How do you negotiate with somebody who wants to murder your grandmother? ”

  25. "But in the long run, it’s a very bad thing for America."

    Mkay, who is Krugman addressing?

    Democrats are not responsible for seeing to it that we have two reasonable, rational parties.

    It was hard enough for them to get their own heads halfway out of their asses during their time-out.

  26. Ash,

    There is no need to offer citizenship. Really, that proposal hasn't a snowball's chance of becoming a reality. Moreover, why would a wealthy syndicate of Chinese want to leave home in order to invest? I gather, they enjoy the luxuries afforded them at home - a home in which they take great pride.

    No, Ash, the Chinese are good businessmen, who value familial relationships above all else. They could rid themselves of some excess depreciating liquidity by buying US REOs and shorts wholesale.

    Additionally, it has never been the policy of the US government to tie ownership of property, either real or chattel, to citizenship. Such lenient/unique foresight was responsible for funding the building of America's rail system, using British capital. It would be a mistake to change that policy at this late date and under such dire circumstances.

    As to exchange rates, who can know? Neither the Chinese nor the Administration seem to be reporting in good faith.

  27. I have hyperventilating, Ash. I thought the Dems were on the "right side" of history on the healthcare issue. They're way over on the "wrong side" of history on many others.

    I don't pay any attention to the Limbaughs of the world, Nor to the Frums. Neither of them "make policy."

    There are, basically, Two types of people in the world: Those that are doing well, and want to keep things the way they are (we call them Conservatives,) and those who aren't doing as well as they want, and want to "change" things (we call them liberals.)

    Then we have those despicable animals called politicians, and pundits whose job it is to "fan the flames" of one particular group or the other. We call them "Trash."

  28. Should be "I Hate hyperventilating."

  29. Ash quoted: "How do you negotiate with somebody who wants to murder your grandmother? ”

    Fortuitously, that is an excellent justification for Israel's refusal to budge on the "Piece Process".

    PS: "Piece" was used purposefully as in the old WWII joke about German expansionism: "All we want is a piece of Poland etc."

  30. I liked what Bush did with "Pills for Poppa," but if he had been just a little stronger "conservative" we might have avoided the worst of the fannie mae, freddie mac/housing meltdown debacle.

    As Rat has pointed out many times it was Phil Gramm (sp?) that let the genie out of the bottle with deregulation of "derivative financial instruments."

    You pays your money, and you takes your chances.

    Our greatest strength is the two year election cycle for Congress.

  31. Ash,

    I do appreciate your response to my call for "out of the box" thinking. Because I do not agree, does not imply that I lack respect for your point of view. In fact, given the vast Chinese holdings of US debt and other monitary instruments, we should be thinking about bringing them into the process. However, the devil will be in the details.

  32. The use of derivitives was a good idea gone bad. It makes perfect sense to minimize potential losses by widely spreading the risk. Failing to regulate the derivitive market was a grave and potentially fatal error. I seriously doubt that this shortcoming was purposeful, whatever comfort that brings.

  33. "Ending a year of sometimes topsy-turvy negotiations, Mr. Obama and President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia sealed the deal in a morning telephone call, confirming resolution of the last outstanding details. They then announced they will fly to Prague to sign the treaty on April 8 in a ceremony designed to showcase improved relations between the two countries.

    "The new treaty will reduce the binding limit on deployed strategic nuclear warheads by more than one-quarter, and on launchers by half. It will reestablish an inspection and verification regime, replacing one that expired in December. But while the pact recognizes the dispute between the two countries over American plans for missile defense based in Europe, it will not restrict the United States from building such a shield.

    "Instead, the two sides each drafted separate non-binding statements reiterating their positions on missile defense. Russia warned in its statement that it reserved the right to withdraw from the new treaty if it decides that American missile defense plans are developing in a way that threatens its security. The United States asserted in its statement that it would develop missile defense as it sees fit, but offered assurance that the program is not aimed at Russia nor at undermining the security balance between the two countries..."

    Agreement on Arms


  34. "Three days after calling health-care reform a debacle for Republicans, David Frum was forced out of his job at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday.

    The ouster also came one day after a harsh Wall Street Journal editorial ripped the former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, saying he "now makes his living as the media's go-to basher of fellow Republicans" and accusing him of "peddling bad revisionist history."

    "Frum made clear, in a letter to AEI President Arthur C. Brooks, that his departure after seven years as a resident fellow at the conservative think tank was not voluntary. "I have had many fruitful years at the American Enterprise Institute," he wrote, "and I do regret this abrupt and unexpected conclusion of our relationship."

    Frum Kicked to the Curb


  35. Nearly 2,000 House of Representative staffers pulled down six-figure salaries in 2009, including 43 staffers who earned the maximum $172,500 — or more than three times the median U.S. household income.

    Read more: How many staffers do they have?

  36. "As the night follows the day, VAT follows health-care reform.

    With the passage of Obamacare, creating a vast new middle-class entitlement, a national sales tax of the kind near-universal in Europe is inevitable."

    Vat Tax Coming

    Remember, Pelosi has already indicated she favors a VAT tax.


  37. "President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget will generate nearly $10 trillion in cumulative budget deficits over the next 10 years, $1.2 trillion more than the administration projected, and raise the federal debt to 90 percent of the nation's economic output by 2020, the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday.

    In its 2011 budget, which the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released Feb. 1, the administration projected a 10-year deficit total of $8.53 trillion. After looking it over, CBO said in its final analysis, released Thursday, that the president's budget would generate a combined $9.75 trillion in deficits over the next decade.

    "An additional $1.2 trillion in debt dumped on [GDP] to our children makes a huge difference," said Brian Riedl, a budget analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "That represents an additional debt of $10,000 per household above and beyond the federal debt they are already carrying."

    The federal public debt, which was $6.3 trillion ($56,000 per household) when Mr. Obama entered office amid an economic crisis, totals $8.2 trillion ($72,000 per household) today, and it's headed toward $20.3 trillion (more than $170,000 per household) in 2020, according to CBO's deficit estimates.

    That figure would equal 90 percent of the estimated gross domestic product in 2020, up from 40 percent at the end of fiscal 2008. By comparison, America's debt-to-GDP ratio peaked at 109 percent at the end of World War II, while the ratio for economically troubled Greece hit 115 percent last year."


  38. Don't get your panties in a wad; they're overestimating future deficits by a factor of at least Two.

  39. :)

    Rufus, you never cease to amaze.


  40. Cain't help it, Q. I started watching the CBO during Dubya's reign. They predict the present. That's, really, all they lawfully can do.

    Obama's boys know better, but they're just "highballing" it. It's called, underpromise, overdeliiver. It will leave the dumbasses that believe it all with egg on their faces.

  41. Look, if I've got a dead battery on my car it doesn't do any good to run around screaming about a "Blown Engine." It's counter-productive.

  42. Yeah, big Govt always costs less than predicted.

  43. "There are, basically, Two types of people in the world: Those that are doing well, and want to keep things the way they are (we call them Conservatives,) and those who aren't doing as well as they want, and want to "change" things (we call them liberals.)"

    PAP and DRIVEL

  44. "aren't doing as well as they want,"

    Yeah, union members feel entitled to beggar the other for whatever they WANT.

    Union leaders see to it that that happens.

  45. "Yeah, big Govt always costs less than predicted."

    Social Security
    and just about every other Govt Program.

  46. "As Rat has pointed out many times it was Phil Gramm (sp?) that let the genie out of the bottle with deregulation of "derivative financial instruments.""
    The underlying properties had nothing to do with it, for we would have to also indict numerous Democrats to admit that FACT.

  47. "It’s a party that sees modest efforts to improve Americans’ economic and health security not merely as unwise, but as monstrous."


    Whatever else you might say about Nancy and BHO, you have to admit they only strived to make modest, fiscally prudent, liberty preserving reforms.

    Paul Krugman is God!

  48. This place has become a fucking madhouse.

  49. "Now back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program. ...

    One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. ... Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it.

    We have an example of this. Under the Truman administration, it was proposed that we have a compulsory health insurance program for all people in the United States, and, of course, the American people unhesitatingly rejected this.
    From the Shining City on a hill
    to a pathetic slum in the gutter in 5 decades.

  50. Evidence?

    Most of the "great" cities of America.

  51. Ah, Spring. The birdies are singing, the sun is shining, and Doug's pineapple head is 'sploding. Doo doo's flyin everwhere.

    Life is Good.

  52. It's a hap, hap, happy day!
    All our cares have gone away.

    Florida unemployment hit record 12.2 percent in February

    It would be nice to know the real level. No matter, It's blue skies from now on.

  53. Where's the Outrage Over What Just Happened to Student Loans?

    ...another coup...Who knew?

    Well, I'm sure it will all work out for the best...or else...

  54. SKorean navy ship sinks in waters near NKorea

    Rush George Mitchell to the peninsula instantly. The South Koreans simply must become more accomodating.

    Ordinarily, the malicious attack upon a naval vessel of another country would be considered an act of war. Without doubt, the current Administration will use a less harsh characterization...something unprovocative.

    Rubber duckie, joy of joys
    I squeeze you and you make noise...

  55. Not to worry...

    Hamas laid an ambush that killed two Israelis...

    Who cares, we have Universal Health Care!

    VAT Taxes for every one...

    SHHHH dont tell the masses that a vat tax hurts the average folk more than the rich...

    after all, just how many flat screen tv's, toaster ovens and bagels does one NEED to buy?

  56. More from our state dept...

    Hillary Clinton announced that South Korea will have to do some steps to prove their peaceful intentions, this after north korea has blown an "offensive offensive ship" out of the water...

    Hillary went on to say, good will gestures from the south should include several thousand tons of beef steak, flour & corn meal. And since the north was offended by the fact that south korea had a more advanced navy and it was "disproportionate" that they have as fine a navy that they did, the south should had over several missile cruisers and frigates, "just to even the score".

  57. This just in, North Korea off the hook...

    SOuth Korea states that since there is not a completed investigation and you must acquit if the glove doesnt fit, there is no emergency, no crisis

  58. Exactly, the sinking of a small ship does not a crisis make.

    Only excitable boys would think that it did or would.

    An investigation into the cause of the explosion may well be in order.

    Remember the Maine!

    Where a design flaw in the ship and an excitable newspaper publisher pushed US into a Caribbean adventure.

    Another such adventure in Korea would cost millions of lives, minor provocations are just not worth the risk, to the SouKs.

    No matter the opinions of the excitable boys.

  59. SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's military warned South Korea and the United States on Friday of "unprecedented nuclear strikes" as it expressed anger over a report the two countries plan to prepare for possible instability in the totalitarian country, a scenario it dismissed as a "pipe dream."

    The North routinely issues such warnings. Diplomats in South Korea and the US have repeatedly called on Pyongyang to return to international negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear programs.

    "Those who seek to bring down the system in the (North), whether they play a main role or a passive role, will fall victim to the unprecedented nuclear strikes of the invincible army," North Korea's military said in comments carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

  60. "Best week we've had in a long damn time," one senior administration official told The Hill.

    I hear ya.

    And just think: It could be raining buckets of shit again next week.

    Just don't think about it til around mid-afternoon Sunday.

  61. This is the "Most Hugest," Non-Reported Story in History. Corporate Profits come in at $1.47 Trillion in 4th Quarter

    They're "writing-off" like crazy. They only paid about $3B in Corporate taxes in Jan. But, they can only "write 2008 off" once. Eventually we'll start collecting some taxes.

    If I'm missing something here please tell me. Otherwise, I'm popping a bud light.

  62. Vice President Biden spoke at a DNC fundraiser in Texas today. From the pool report:

    He told another story about a quarry swimming hole where as a boy he used to go diving from nearly 100 feet up a rock wall.

    "The frightening part was you go down really far, I mean literally really far. So deep it's totally black. Your chest constricts, you panic and you don't know whether you're swimming down or up.

    "But when you get about 12 to 14 feet from the top you see light and everything is OK. You're still 12 feet underwater, but it's OK. You see light."

    "That's the American people, man. We've gotta give them light," VPOTUS said, strolling away from the podium, into the audience, and pointing with both hands toward a sun-lit skylight above the center of the room.


  63. A "Fuckin" Big Week, Man.

  64. I read a few weeks, ago, that the Fortune 500 Companies, alone, are sitting on something like $600 Billion in Cash.

    They've "written off" everything that could possibly be written off. Eventually, they're going to have to put that money to work. They, also, going to have to start paying a few taxes.

    The Gov. is starting, as of April, to start taking some money in for a change. They, also, have a lot of TARP money that's going back into the Treasury. That means they'll be selling Fewer Bonds.

    That means the Banks are going to have to start "earning a living," again. In other words, lending.

    Banks lending, and money that has to be put to work means "Hiring."

    Will it be in time for the Nov. elections? Prolly not. Pubs are about to catch a break, I think. Possibly, pick up the "house" just as the economy turns.

  65. "Pubs are about to catch a break, I think."

    I don't think so. But I do understand the severe caution from any number of Democratic pundits and analysts at this point.

    I read Rove. Republicans are truly anxious.

  66. Actually, Trish, I suspect you're probably right. I just wanted to give ol' pineapple head a break. I been givin' him headaches since New Years (2008.) :)

  67. Doug's got Sonia.

    Doesn't really need any of us.

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  69. Allen,

    @ Fri Mar 26, 03:52:00 PM EDT

    and Fri Mar 26, 04:03:00 PM EDT

    You're a fast learner!
    Of course we both realise all credit is due master teacher, Rufus.

  70. Paul Ryan on Healthcare Reform

    "Health care experts across the political spectrum acknowledge that a fundamental driver of health inflation is the regressive tax preference for employer-based health insurance. This discriminatory tax treatment lavishes the greatest benefit on the most expensive plans while providing no support for the unemployed, the self-employed or those who don’t get coverage from their employer.

    Reform-minded leaders like Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, and Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, pushed legislative proposals that would directly address this issue. I helped write a plan that would replace the bias in the tax code with universal tax credits so that all Americans have the resources to purchase portable, affordable coverage that best suits their needs, with additional support provided for those with lower incomes. All these ideas, though, were dismissed early on, as they didn’t fit with the government-driven plan favored by the majority. But going forward it’s important that we reconsider this regressive tax issue.

    Then, when helping Americans with pre-existing conditions obtain coverage, we should focus on innovative state-based solutions, including robust high-risk pools, reinsurance markets and risk-adjustment mechanisms. I intend to continue advancing true patient-centered reforms like attaching tax benefits to the individual rather than the job, breaking down barriers to interstate competition, and promoting transparency and consumer-friendly coverage options.

    We should ensure that health care decisions are made by patients and their doctors, not by bureaucrats, whether at an insurance company or a government agency. By inviting market forces into health care, we can encourage a system where doctors, insurers and hospitals compete against one another for the business of informed consumers"

  71. White SEIU organizers silence Hispanic Amnesty Demonstrators!

    The Battle of the Mimes looks pretty silly in many ways. But beneath the makeup and balloons, the SEIU's "silencing campaign" on Sunday showed a lot about the ability and willingness of one of the biggest money/muscle partners of the pro-amnesty forces to use well-orchestrated intimidation to keep debate from happening.

    Perhaps surprising was that the main intent was not so much to silence me but to silence their pro-amnesty marchers. Once the Park Police finally required that the marchers be given the right to speak to us, we could see why SEIU didn't want them to be heard. Pretty radical stuff.

  72. Only 2 and one half million Californians unemployed.

    Obamacare will add 3 billion additional medicaid burden.
    That's gotta help!

    DC is Blue, CA is Blue, so it's bound to turn out all right, right?

  73. Billion Dollar cost for AT&T, Rufie:
    We'll never hear the hundreds of sob stories that result from that.
    We'll just hear more from you.
    Max Bachus:
    "...the wealthy have gotten way too wealthy"

    He who owns 125,000 acres!
    But, of course, that's one thing, profits and income are evil, inherited wealth, another matter.

  74. Sure hope Rufus can explain the superiority of socialized student loans to you, Allen.

    Sucks to be perplexed.

    Good that we have a storyteller to 'splain things.

  75. He can pull 'em out of his anus as fast as we can ask the questions.

  76. "Obama's boys know better, but they're just "highballing" it. It's called, underpromise, overdeliiver. It will leave the dumbasses that believe it all with egg on their faces."
    In your dreams.

    Fact is, they had to keep submitting additional accounting gimmicks to the CBO to finally get under the forbidden Trillion Dollar price tag.

  77. doug-o, those a accounting PROJECTIONS, that they are dealing with, at the CBO, not accounting FACTS.

    Mr Ryan and his proposal, soounds like what I proposed 3 or 4 years ago. Leveling the tax field, but while Mr Ryan's party held sway, there was NO REFORM to either the Health Insurance or Health Care taxes.

    Mr Ryan's team had the ball, and the opportunity to score, but they punted the ball, instead.

    Now, with this appeal attempt, the Republicans are fucked, thoroughly.

  78. allen never answers the real questions, doug. He just makes shit up to suit his position of projected victimhood.

    To use that lying scoundrel as a reference, it diminishes you.

    More so than you already do, yourself.

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  80. Why, I recall the CBO telling US that the Reagan tax cuts would bankrupt the government.

    Now you tell US tales of the accuracy of those projections, while defending the debts and deficits that Mr Reagan created with his policies of cutting taxes and increasing spending.

    He said, to paraphrase, that he regretted bankrupting the future, but the situation he found the country demanded it.

    These are scenes that we've all seen, before.

  81. ... but the situation he found the country IN demanded it. ...

  82. I don't claim the CBO is accurate, to the contrary, Pelosi and company set them up to be lower than the actual costs.
    We all (except Rufus) know that Government programs always end up costing far more than predicted.

  83. Art Bell is filling in for George Nori!
    ...from the Phillipines, I think.
    Sounds in fine fettle.

    Still curious what happened to Ms T.

  84. Kandahar next, huh?
    That could get ugly, 500,000 people, Taliban in control.