“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."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Obama Plays the Race Card, Again- (CNN Reports)

Obama polishing up his Negro dialect

Obama urges black lawmakers to rally voters

Now imagine this and the reaction:
Bush urges white lawmakers to rally voters

By the CNN Wire Staff
September 19, 2010 4:12 a.m. EDT

President Obama told members of the Congressional Black Caucus to rally their constituents and tell them that "the time for action is now."

Now imagine:
President Bush told members of the Congressional White Caucus to rally their constituents and tell them that "the time for action is now."

He says his win "wasn't just about electing a black (WHITE) president"

Obama touts his administration's accomplishments
He also takes a swipe at Republicans
Barack Obama
U.S. Congressional Black(WHITE) Caucus
(CNN) -- President Obama urged Congressional Black (WHITE)Caucus members to help rally their constituents and remind them that more work must be done to move the country forward.
The nation's first (thirty something) black(WHITE) president addressed the group at its annual awards gala on Saturday night. He touched on race issues and his win to office, saying it "wasn't just about electing a black(WHITE) president."
"It was about giving every hardworking American a chance to join a growing middle class," he said. "It was about putting the American dream within reach for all Americans, no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from."
Obama told lawmakers that he needed their (WHITE)help to invigorate others to act.
"I need everybody here(WHITE) to go back to your neighborhoods and your workplaces, to your churches and barbershops, and beauty shops," Obama said. "Tell them we(WHITE) have more work to do. Tell them(WHITE) we (WHITE)can't wait to organize. Tell them (WHITE)that the time for action is now."
Obama talked about his administration's accomplishments, including passing the health care and Wall Street reform bills, ending the combat mission in Iraq and bolstering U.S. operations in Afghanistan.
"When I took office, our economy was on the brink of collapse. So, we acted immediately and took some steps to stop our economic free-fall," he said. " And now, our economy is growing. We're adding private sector jobs, instead of losing them. We're in a different place than we were one year ago."
He said the end of the combat mission has brought nearly 100,000 troops home from Iraq.
"In Afghanistan, we're breaking the momentum of the Taliban and training Afghan forces so that, next summer, we can begin the transition to Afghan responsibility."
The president also took a swipe at Republicans, whom he referred to as the "other side."(WHITE)
"Of course, the other side(WHITE) has a plan too. It's a plan to turn back the clock on all the progress we've made."
He said the last election was a "changing of the guard(WHITE) -- now we need to guard the change," he said.
The Congressional Black (WHITE)Caucus is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that serves African-Americans (WHITE)and other under-served communities.

Obama edited one of the most important of the founding documents: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.". Obama said and you can play again that we were "endowed with "certain unalienable rights". Obama edited out the words "by their creator".


  1. Obama, fraud that he is, dusting off his southern negro drawl, even though he has never been in the South, was raised and educated by white people, gives his tele-promted talk to the black folk.

    The hypocrisy is stunning but predictable. Imagine the howling and wailing if some white politician tried to pull this nonsense.

    A racist is a racist regardless of the color of his sheets.

  2. "It was about giving every hardworking American a chance to join a growing middle class,"

    One thing that has always separated America from many other countries and cultures is the opportunity to "better one's self" economically and socially.

  3. Obama is simply doing what Fritz Hollings admitted that Democrats have alway done; "Scare the darkies."

  4. We see dead people. Does the DOJ?

    America’s voter rolls are a mess. But you can’t count on the Department of Social Justice and corruptocrat Attorney General Eric Holder to clean them up. It’s another job the feds won’t do.


    In November 2009, political appointee Julie Fernandes told the entire assembled DOJ Voting Section that the Obama administration would not enforce the list maintenance provisions of Section 8.

    Section 8 “doesn’t have anything to do with increasing minority turnout,”
    Fernandes said.


    This developing scandal of mystery voters and dead voters resurrects the story about the Justice Department’s own website showing more substantial efforts to help felons reacquire voting privileges – even though the department has no statutory authority to do so – than to help ensure the opportunity for military personnel overseas to have their votes cast and counted on time.

    From top to bottom, the Justice Department appears to be rigging voting-law enforcement in favor of interest groups usually seen to favor Democratic candidates.

    “We don’t have any interest in enforcing that part of the law


    This developing scandal of mystery voters and dead voters resurrects the story about the Justice Department’s own website showing more substantial efforts to help felons reacquire voting privileges – even though the department has no statutory authority to do so – than to help ensure the opportunity for military personnel overseas to have their votes cast and counted on time.

    From top to bottom, the Justice Department appears to be rigging voting-law enforcement in favor of interest groups usually seen to favor Democratic candidates.

  5. I knew I didn't trust that little witch.

    But you're right they're going to search in every nook and cranny from her past to find anything to discredit her. She's in for a long haul. You better hope she's feisty enough to take it.

  6. When Obama told the audience that "they" were treating him "like a dog" he was doing the same thing. Using the "code" words that would galvanize his forces and move them to action.

    That you then, as before, pictured him as a dog, played directly into his theme.

    The "Circle of Life" continues.

    Each side playing "who struck John", with gusto.

  7. As to motivating "the Base" with fear, that certainly did not start with Fritz Hollings, nor was it perfected by him.

    Comparing the closing of tax loopholes for traders to Hitler invading Poland, as a Wall Street munchkin recently did, another example of fear and loathing on a rampage in the political process.

    Anything goes in the effort to move "the Base" to the polls.

  8. "One thing that has always separated America from many other countries and cultures is the opportunity to 'better one's self' economically and socially."

    Always reminds me of this:

  9. Here you go,fear as a tool to be used on fools.

    Little wonder bob blames the wolves.

  10. Gotta love elections. How ya going to keep a good recession going when everyone loses interest, and starts politicking?

  11. They're all "lying liars" lying.

  12. The "Circle of Life" continues.

    - Ed

    I once had a conversation, back in my Rand years, regarding the circle of life v. the arrow of time.

    Can't recall the details.

    Someone made coffee. Isn't that nice?

  13. By the CNN Wire Staff

    A watchdog group says it plans to ask authorities in Delaware to investigate Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's finances.

    At issue are more than $20,000 of spending in 2009 and 2010 that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington claims was illegal.

    "It turns out Miss O'Donnell has treated her campaign funds like they are her very own personal piggy bank. She's used that money to pay for things like her rent, for gas, meals and even a bowling outing. And that's just flat-out illegal," said Melanie Sloan, the group's executive director.

  14. Can't hardly start the day without a pot of joe, trish.

  15. Starbucks French Roast.

    Anything else and you Don't want to be on the intertubes with me.

  16. I've had Starbucks a couple of times. Well, okay. More than a couple. And mostly in airports. I really have no opinion on it, other than that it can be a long fucking wait.

    I've heard others say it has a burned taste.

  17. Go back to bed, Trish. Your sleeping patterns are out of sync.

    I know, it sounds bossy, but it's meant in the best way.

  18. Ya live downtown when your life's a mess.

  19. I think I'm drinking something German. Not the beans, of course.

  20. According to charging documents, the unprovoked, fatal attack on Jan. 15 was the start of a months-long shooting spree against Afghan civilians that resulted in some of the grisliest allegations against American soldiers since the U.S. invasion in 2001. Members of the platoon have been charged with dismembering and photographing corpses, as well as hoarding a skull and other human bones.

    The subsequent investigation has raised accusations about whether the military ignored warnings that the out-of-control soldiers were committing atrocities. The father of one soldier said he repeatedly tried to alert the Army after his son told him about the first killing, only to be rebuffed.

    Two more slayings would follow. Military documents allege that five members of the unit staged a total of three murders in Kandahar province between January and May. Seven other soldiers have been charged with crimes related to the case, including hashish use, attempts to impede the investigation and a retaliatory gang assault on a private who blew the whistle.

  21. "Go back to bed, Trish."

    Excuse me, who are you?

    And no.

  22. As far as highway coffee goes, the best, by far, is Dunkin Donuts.

    The best grocery store coffee, my everyday favorite is Eight O'Clock.

    Starbucks is an also ran but I will drink it on the road.

  23. My name is whit and I'm a commaholic.

  24. Don't you go insulting my coffee, there, boss.

  25. "My name is whit..."

    But of course.

  26. It's a wonder there's not more of that stuff. Put a bunch of young men with deadly weapons in such a silly-assed situation, and Nothing good can come of it.

  27. National Treasury depleted, our grandkids paying the debt, lives ruined - so our kids can get killed guarding Karzai's poppy fields.


  28. Browsing the NYT, I see Nick Kristof appologized to Muslims.

    I guess that lets the rest of us off the hook.


  29. Perpetrators of class warfare

    They call it "class warfare." House Republican Leader John Boehner and the Senate's second ranking Republican, Sen. Jon Kyl, say President Barack Obama's proposal to let the Bush tax cuts expire on the nation's millionaires unfairly pits one group of Americans against another in a class war...

    Who Are The Class Warriors?


  30. "This is an impressive crowd — the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base." —Presidential candidate George W. Bush, at the annual Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Oct. 19, 2000

  31. Injuns took scalps. US marines took Japanese heads, teeth and ears. Romans were big time head hunters.

    Not much new there. Send out young men to kill and they do.

  32. True enough, Deuce, but they are supposed to kill the "bad guys".

    Not just anyone happening to walk down the road.

    Little wonder the Generals were miffed at the civilian deaths.

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  34. Ruined a lot of lives, that lack of control that was exhibited by the Staff Sergeant.

    He let his men down, led them poorly, at best. If found guilty I hope they execute his ass, for the damage he has done to his subordinates.

  35. Not much new there.

    A rather cavalier additude I would observe.


  36. Splashed across two pages is the story of a Roman Catholic priest who appears to have participated in car bombings that slaughtered nine people, Protestants and Catholics alike, in the little village of Claudy in Northern Ireland back in 1972. Among the dead were a mother of eight, two teenagers, and a little girl. Police investigators concluded that the late Father James Chesney had a role in the act, and he may even have ordered it.

    In the aftermath, church officials allegedly helped protect Chesney from prosecution—and colluded with British officials in the process. Their ostensible motivation was concern that public knowledge of a priest’s involvement would have made that bloodiest year of the sectarian Troubles in Northern Ireland even bloodier. So the church hierarchy, typically, thought the best approach was to move him to another parish, out of the way and out of the reach of the law. Chesney died in Ireland of natural causes in 1980.

    The terrorist history of a Catholic priest in Northern Ireland

  37. So, Fritz ... why do you think people hated you so much?

    "Fans never did like me from day one, and I never knew why," he said. "I was a good-looking young kid when I was first getting started, and they put me in the ring against a bunch of ugly, hairy guys, and yet I was the one who got booed. The promoters said to me, 'You know, nobody likes you.' "

    Biting the inside of my mouth, not knowing whether I should offer an opinion, I said:

    "Perhaps it had something to do with your name being Fritz von Goering?"

    "Yeah, I guess so," von Goering said. "But I didn't give myself that name. A promoter in Minnesota did."

    In the years after World War II, the most certain way to turn fans against a wrestler was to give him a German or Japanese name. Wartime wounds were still raw. "I wasn't even of German heritage," von Goering said. "I was born in Chicago to an Irish-American family."

    Fritz von Goering is on Facebook

  38. "...additude..."?

    I have no idea where that one came from. Although I did sneeze and it felt like my chest exploded which may have something to do with it. At least, the dog came over and offered a little sympathy unlike some here.



  39. Christopher Winfield, a former marine from Cape Coral, Florida, claims that in February his son, Specialist Adam Winfield, confided in a Facebook chat that he had had a run-in with Gibbs. He also typed a mysterious note saying that some people get away with murder.

    Mr Winfield called the Army Inspector-General's 24-hour hotline, his senator and the army's Fort Lewis command centre. The sergeant on duty at Fort Lewis agreed that it sounded as if his son was in potential danger but said that, unless he was willing to report it to his superiors in Afghanistan, there was little the army could do.

    ''He just kind of blew it off,'' Mr Winfield said. ''I was sitting there with my jaw on the ground.'' He said he specifically told the sergeant of his son's warning that more murders were in the works.

    Army investigators have since taken a sworn statement from Mr Winfield, as well as copies of his phone and internet records. Eight days after Mr Winfield tried to warn the army, according to charging documents, members of the Third Platoon murdered someone else.

  40. Blogger appears eager to delete posts again.


  41. Not much new there.

    A rather cavalier attitude I would observe.

    Quirk you're an insightful reader. I try to be too.

  42. What's a little lack of command and control when one's having fun, especially if one is in command?

  43. I don't see O'Donnell as a witch.

    Girls just like to have fun.

    (I've been told to wean myself from Sarah, or I'll continue to be "mostly full of shit")

    I'm looking for a third way too.

    I got to have some woman to idolize.

    A new non-political way is needed.

    All the girls around here talk nothing but politics.

    I'm looking for a disciplinarian, a woman with a real whip.

    Someone who'd make me put the shit from the horse's hooves in my own shoes for the day, if I didn't clean well enough, walk around all day with horse shit in my shoes, see how I like it.

    I was impressed with that.

    American needs strong women.

    Miss Marion C. may do the trick. I'm heading north on Wednesday.

    If she's got any politics,I'm betting she's a Palin supporter, though.

    But she's not getting me on the back on any horse, what with my back, my horse days are over.

  44. Not much to do with attitude. War and killing is abhorrent to normal men in normal times, but there are some real sick people in the military as there are everywhere and it is hard enough to rationalize the irrational with a normal person.

    If you think it through, one soldier is killing another soldier because both soldiers are there representing someone else. Both parties are enemies or their representative soldiers would not be fighting and killing each other in the first place.

    The distinction between combatants and civilians becomes blurred, especially when civilians are planting IEDs to kill no one in particular, just any American.

    Distinctions in right and wrong and morality get muddled. Put them all together and it should come as no surprise.

    Watch a human face explode and feel another's warm blood on your own face, a dying body going limp from the shock and then spend weeks and months replaying it in your head, you don't know what you would do. Neither does anyone else.

  45. Geez, I think I'll just gloss over that...

    Funny, Quirk sees the Republicans as playing the class card but I see it as the Dems pitting everyone against big business, the successful, well to do and the rich.

    Whirled views.

  46. Agree with all that. I meant nothing by it against you.

    There are some bad asses in the military. I recall a kid from Walla Walla that re-uped to Vietnam because he hadn't gotten a kill. Towards the end of that tour he told us about being at the end off a patrol and he shot an old man in a rice field, cause he was going home soon. 'How did you know he was Viet Cong someone asked' 'They all are fucking Cong' he says. He may have been right about that, anyway he was certainly fired up to pull a trigger. He and his brother ended up as cops in Sandpoint, Idaho.

  47. I think I've said it before, but if I was in command of a unit and the option was wipe out the building or go door to door, I'd wipe it out every time. Save some lives on our side. You shouldn't shoot old men in the back in a rice paddy though.

  48. "Geez, I think I'll just gloss over that..."

    Surely you mean Jesus H. Christ, this is sickening.

  49. Where's Melody when we need her?

  50. Here's Walt when we need him (I won't do this again for a week)


    Trippers and askers surround me,
    People I meet, the effect upon me of my early life or the ward and
    city I live in, or the nation,
    The latest dates, discoveries, inventions, societies, authors old and new,
    My dinner, dress, associates, looks, compliments, dues,
    The real or fancied indifference of some man or woman I love,
    The sickness of one of my folks or of myself, or ill-doing or loss
    or lack of money, or depressions or exaltations,
    Battles, the horrors of fratricidal war, the fever of doubtful news,
    the fitful events;
    These come to me days and nights and go from me again,
    But they are not the Me myself.

    Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am,
    Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary,
    Looks down, is erect, or bends an arm on an impalpable certain rest,
    Looking with side-curved head curious what will come next,
    Both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it.

    Backward I see in my own days where I sweated through fog with
    linguists and contenders,
    I have no mockings or arguments, I witness and wait.

  51. Maybe someone should publish a National Political Dictionary of Code Words in Political Speech so we can see through the rhetoric what is really being said.

  52. I'm divided.

    Bang my head against a wall or nap.

  53. Nap, by all means.

    I've banged my head against the wall. It doesn't really help all that much.

  54. After the pickup gets licensed we're going four wheeling and pheasant hunting. You should see the wheels and tires on this baby. One of those mid sized Toyotas with 67,000 miles. Downside, it's got a tape deck, but you can get any tape you want in New Meadows.

  55. I vote for a little banging followed by a little napping.

  56. Yeah, I was actually kidding about the nap part.

  57. What a difference 20 years makes.

    I didn't know Little Shop of Horrors was a remake from Roger Corman's 1960 movie with Jack Nicholson, which I might watch this afternoon.

    Ellen Greene (Audrey in the Frank Oz version) could sure hit a note. I'm guessing a classical voice background.

  58. Bang hard enough you can do both at the same time.

    You got to admit, a woman between 75 and 80 who can toss off a six hour horse back ride in the mountains like it's the morning jog has something going for her.

  59. whit, that'

    Not funny.

  60. CL, if you're out in the Dakotas--I know this is million to one--do you know a family named Houska?

  61. Soon as I'm finished the G & T, however, I will be ready for a nap.

  62. G and T = gin and tonic, just looked it up

  63. It can also mean--

    2. G & T

    acronym standing for Gina & Tina. better known amongst those that take part in the PNP (Party and Play) scene. (Getting high and having sex)

    Gina or G represents the drug(s)GHB or GBL & T represents Tina, which is a nickname for Crystal Meth.
    Do you have any "favors"? G & T. Or may be identified in string of words by being the only letters in CAPITALS. ex. top lookinG for some fun TonighT.

    according to the Urban Dictionary

  64. No Houska's bob.

    Which is funny because we're related to about half the population of North Dakota.

    Give or take.

    Waitin' for those Bakken shale deposits to break open. Start a Hillbilly reality show. Make the Palins look like proper New England crust we will.

  65. Quirka Tampon Bay dot com link is a real commie rag:

    Tax cuts on subchapter S businesses =

    Tax cuts on a small percentage of taxpayers

    etc etc

    "When Republicans are in the White House prospects for working people dim. For Americans who are not super rich, siding with this crowd means you are voting against your economic interests, and helping the rest of us lose the ongoing class war. "

    OTOH, Obama/Pelosi HAVE done wonders for job creation...

  66. "Soon as I'm finished the G & T..."

    Soon as I'm finished with.

    Lest it go without saying.

  67. Sorry, I'm listening to the Stones this afternoon.

    And watching the Fins at Minnesota.

  68. Trish thinks were giving her extra credit for white space.
    ...little does she know.
    Thus the space.

  69. "G and T = gin and tonic, just looked it up"

    I bet.

  70. "Trish thinks were giving her extra credit..."

    I am sitting on my hands.

  71. Funny, Quirk sees the Republicans as playing the class card but I see it as the Dems pitting everyone against big business, the successful, well to do and the rich.

    Quirka Tampon Bay dot com link is a real commie rag:

    Cut it out. You guys are killing me.



  72. COSTCO Employees should be replaced by Unionized Govt Workers.
    Equality rules.

  73. Can't recall the details...

    Time flies like an arrow, Trish.

    Fruit flies like bananas.

  74. Federal Insourcing: No Taxpayer Savings, Private Sector Damage

    More that seventeen months have passed since the March 4, 2009 publication of the Obama Administration’s memorandum on government contracting.

    That memo highlighted insourcing – the conversion of work currently performed by private sector contractor firms to performance by Federal government employees.

    This shift of commercial activities to government performance not only hinders the private sector, including small and minority owned businesses, but also places additional costs on taxpayers.

    Government intrusion and competition in the private market through insourcing has a detrimental effect on capital investment and job creation – all at a time of stagnant economic growth, a staggering national debt, and a high unemployment rate.

  75. Not even Buckley would approve of that.

    Twain might.

  76. Houska was our Soil Conservation Service guy, lived two houses down. Went fishing together. Kids played. He died unexpectedly of heart failure, really nice guy. Put the local ag community into shock. They were from S. Dakota though, I think.

    Doc ordered a prostate shrinker
    Since I'm no medical thinker
    I've wondered how it targets so
    Just my prostate to ungrow
    Not shrinking my eyes, bladder
    Or pineal gland
    Which wouldn't be all that grand
    Of all my each and every part
    I pray, O dear Lord, let it not shrink my heart

  77. One of the announcers on the game today, mentioned "physicality".

    Is that a word?

  78. Merrian Webster says it is and its first known use was in 1660.

  79. Fucking Pig:

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says illegal immigrants do essential work in the U.S. and he has firsthand knowledge of that -- because they fix his house.

    Powell, a moderate Republican, urged his party Sunday to support immigration generally because it is ''what's keeping this country's lifeblood moving forward.''

    In an interview with NBC's ''Meet the Press,'' he said a path to legal status should be offered to illegal immigrants because they ''are doing things we need done in this country.''

    He added: ''They're all over my house, doing things whenever I call for repairs, and I'm sure you've seen them at your house. We've got to find a way to bring these people out of the darkness and give them some kind of status.''

    Blacks, Whites, and legal Hispanics are all fully employed, you see.

  80. "Geez, I think I'll just gloss over that..."

    Surely you mean Jesus H. Christ, this is sickening

    I think you folks must print out a thread and then throw darts at it to pick one to diss. How else to explain...

    Oh, btw, Starbucks coffee sucks. McDonalds beat it in blind taste tests. It's all in the marketing. Two large McDonalds' coffees with double cream and sugar is usually good for 500 miles or more on the road. That's better than a flex fuel Impala.

  81. Marketing Genius:

    After hiring new employees for new Starbucks Outlet at the hotel, wife flys to big Island to show them how to better market the soap.

    ...I've never tasted the stuff, remember Macdonald's was good in the old (en) days.
    Yuban the current drink of choice.

  82. That mileage claim is just more Big Oil financed propaganda, Linear.

    If you spent more time reading the Ruf, you wouldn't be so gullible.

  83. I always say you get what you pay for because this is the third attempt to download a full CD for free through Vuze. The other two were no problem but this one seems to be giving me shit and I need it. I can't sync my Ipod without it.

    I just bought another new pair of boots. I decided not to get the jeans and my instinct was correct as I got 20 bucks back to spend on Sept 23rd. That just made it that much easier to decide not to return them. woo hoo

  84. The following article is 10 pages long and likely many won't bother to read it. However, I think it describes a worldwide problem and one that impacts in many respects on the various issues we discuss here on a daily basis; immigration, abortion, jobs, entitlements, tax policy, education, etc.

    While the article comments on the worldwide problem of declining birth rates, it concentrates on major factors influencing the declining rates here in the US.

    US One-Child Policy

    One-Child marked a radical change in the trajectory of China’s population, from staggering growth to probable contraction. In 1950, China had 550 million people; today it is home to 1.33 billion. According to projections from the United Nations’ Population Division, -China’s population will peak at 1.458 billion in 2030. But then it will begin shrinking. By 2050, China will be down to 1.408 billion and losing 20 million people every five years.

    At the same time, the average age in China will rise dramatically. In 2005, China’s median age was 32. By 2050, it will be 45, and a quarter of the Chinese population will be over the age of 65. The government’s pension system is almost nonexistent, and One-Child has eliminated the traditional support system of the extended family—most people no longer have brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, or nephews. It is unclear what sort of havoc this atomization will wreak on their society. China will have 330 million senior citizens with no one to care for them and no way to pay for their upkeep. It is, Eberstadt observed, “a slow-motion humanitarian tragedy already underway.”

    By 2050, the age structure in China will be such that there are only 1.6 workers—today the country has 5.4—to support each retiree. The government will be forced to either: (1) substantially cut spending (in areas such as defense and public works) in order to shift resources to care for the elderly or (2) impose radically higher tax burdens on younger workers. The first option risks China’s international and military ambitions; the second risks revolution...

    Article URL


  85. "Powell, a moderate Republican"

    ie, another Oboama voter.

    Trish's hearthrob.

    Nothing like a knife in the back to make the heart throb.

  86. Oh, btw, Starbucks coffee sucks.


  87. The previous article I posted on 'Declining US Birthrates' is 10 pages long and likely many won’t bother to read it. However, I think it describes a worldwide problem and one that impacts in many respects on the various issues we discuss here on a daily basis; immigration, abortion, jobs, entitlements, tax policy, education, etc.

    While the article comments on the worldwide problem of declining birth rates, it concentrates on major factors influencing the declining rates here in the US.


  88. Ten Myths About the Bush Tax Cuts



  89. My lucky day! MLD agrees with me.

    Careful though, Mel.

    I think the moron is going off his meds again.

  90. Where is T, btw?

    Toiling Far From Home for Philippine Dreams
    (better Japanese MSM reporters than Kamikazes, I presume)

    MABINI, the Philippines — Mediterranean-inspired, pastel-colored houses dot the coast and hills of this rural town in the Philippines, dwarfing their traditional counterparts made of unpainted concrete blocks under roofs of corrugated zinc. The larger houses, barely inhabited, many of them empty, belong to overseas workers who plan to return here one day.

    Despite their absence, the workers have contributed money to help build roads, schools, water grids and other infrastructure usually handled by local governments. They pay for annual fiestas that were traditionally financed by municipalities, churches and local businesses. Thanks to their help, Mabini became a “first class” municipality last year in a government ranking of towns nationwide, leaping from “third class.”

    In one village nicknamed Little Italy, where a quarter of the 1,200 residents are working in Italy, the overseas workers paid 20 percent of the cost to construct a public hall.

    “We couldn’t have finished it without the O.F.W.’s,” the village head, Raymundo Magsino, 64, said in an interview inside the building, referring to “overseas Filipino workers.”

    Remittances, which the government says have been rising sharply — from $7.6 billion in 2003 to $17.3 billion in 2009 — now account for more than 10 percent of the Philippines’ gross domestic product. The payments are also the main factor driving the country’s recent economic growth, which would have otherwise remained stagnant.

    But critics, including many overseas workers, say the government has developed an unhealthy dependence on the remittances, turning a blind eye to their social costs, especially divided families and the reliance on them to pay for services while failing to build a sound economy that produces good jobs at home.

  91. Compassionating?

    I find myself compassionating about you all the time.


  92. McDonald's is good but if I had a choice it would have to be Wawa black one sugar. Will you except half an agreement?

  93. Linear Thinker never was a thinker
    Has been attacked by a brain mass shrinker

    My reference above was to the emotional heart, not the physical one, which can give out far as I'm concerned.

    Melody has an unconscious desire to be a cowgirl.

  94. Buy Super Jumbo, Dumbo.

    Might even cover the shit between those ears.

  95. Doug always provides the really necessary info.

  96. Knock off the fucking whitespace, guys and gals!
    More white enslavement serving no usful purpose.
    Trish's fucking commie plot.

  97. With that moron Linear hanging around

    I'm gonna go watch the Seahawks.

  98. Linear Thinker never was a thinker
    Has been attacked by a brain mass shrinker

    The boy does lack nuance, Bobbo.


  99. Amazing Australian Race Article at BC.

  100. Relax Doug.

    Go have another kool-aid colada.


  101. I'm gonna go watch the Seahawks...

    Y'all owe me one. At least a couple minutes of peace and quiet on the web.

    Noblesse Oblige


    My endorsement of Ronald's coffee is only comparative. Cain't remember seein' a WaWa's along I-40.

  102. Sorry you're not going to find a Wawa on I40 only in the tri-sate area. I have to mail Tennessee her Wawa coffee or she goes into withdrawal.

  103. Great Bike jump demo of the failure of excess self-esteem:

    Waiting for Superman

    The failure of Public Education for minorities.

    ...and most of the majority.

  104. If the jump had been five feet closer to the building he woulda...

    coulda, shoulda.


  105. Flips The Cell Phone Shut--(a ditty to be sung round the campfire with a pot of garbanzos and a jug of J Beam)

    O I've just made a date
    Damned if I'll be late
    For Wednesday next at mid day noon
    It really can't come too soon
    With a stately mare
    With whiting hair
    Who runs the horse's stable
    And if I'm lucky and a little able
    I'll score a ride of another sort
    After the mint and huckleberry tea
    With the lithely willing Miss Marion C
    Because my matey
    All's fair tween 18 and 80


    O gittyup gittyup
    And dig those spurs
    Those spurs of hers
    Of Miss Marion C
    In the back of stallion me
    While taking a sip
    From the J Beam cup


  106. How wast, critic Quirk?

    A, F, or in between?

  107. All's fair tween 18 and 80

    Geez, Bob.

    You'd screw a snake (at least in your mind).


  108. Shit I fucked it up

    O gittyup gittyup
    And dig those spurs
    Those spurs of hers
    Of Miss Marion C
    In the back of stallion me
    While taking a sip
    From the J Beam cup

    better reads

    Into the stallion back of me

  109. She only looks forty, that's all that counts.

  110. I want an artistic appraisal, not some shit about robbing the rest home.

  111. Chris Angel

    Chris Angel learned everything he knows at our Souls R Us two-week "Magic and Gun Safety Camp" in Denver, Colorado.


  112. The potry is intended to shoo that philistine Linear away.

  113. Frankly, Bob the beginning needs a lot more work.

    The refrain is better but as you've already seen, it won't hurt to spend a little more time on it.


  114. OK, thanks for being honest.

    For once.

    These things don't come easily for me, if at all.

  115. Quirk, no worries this month with the horoscope there aren't any planets I have under the sign libra.

  116. That's OK Bob.

    I assumed that you intended to read it to Ms C in the hopes that she would momentarily swoon then lay back and huskily moan, "Take me big boy, rough and hard. Do it now".

    Otherwise, I would have suggested that you just rush it off to the New Yorker in the next post.


  117. I know my days are numbered, but if monkeys at a typewriter can do the Bard, I still have an outside chance of getting one write.

  118. Well that does take some of the pressure off Mel.

    I took a quick look at it and this one is going to be hard. Those Libras are so damn wishy-washy.

    By the way, did I mention that I sneezed again and really screwed up my back and chest. I have to get back to the doctor. They mentioned that fractured ribs some time show up later on the xrays.

    I don't think they can do anything about a broken rib; but I ran out of the good drugs and need a refill.

    Again, not trying to complain or solicit any sympathy.

    Just saying.


  119. Q is an enabler.

    Not a noble item for his resume.

    But, there it is.

    Still he has lotsa company in these precincts, so my observations fall on blind eyes. I keep forgettin' we're now into nuance at the bar.

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  121. "By the way, did I mention that I sneezed again…."

    God bless you.

  122. The new used Toyota pickups are nice.

    But pheasant season doesn't start until October, so I guess we'll just have to go poaching.

  123. Get her a good coach, another girl with a history of winning on the pro circuit.

    $10,000 will get you a trained and competitive horse, $5,000 will buy one that will never win.

    Barrel racing is ALL about the horse.

  124. My nephew just got a Mazda Miata. He's racing for the first time in Rally America at NJMP.

  125. I imagine that's right about barrel racing, the rider being more or less along for the ride.

  126. The rider is 10-20% of the deal.

    They can mess up a good horse, but cannot make a poor horse competitive.

    Under $10,000 you'll be buying a has been or never was. If your daughter is not an accomplished rider, don't buy a prospect, get a finished horse.
    That's why you need an accomplished coach/trainer.

    Age not as important as temperament. But even World Champion riders retire when their primary horse is done.
    Seen it time and again.

  127. Tammy Fisher a Montana girl that is the real deal, competing at the National Finals level.

  128. It's highly unlikely she'll ever be much into barrel racing, she's too lazy. And I'm unlikely to buy a 10k horse. She is talking seriously about going to Twin Falls in the future to some horse school, or maybe to Wyoming. I thought the fascination would wear off, but it hasn't seemed to.

    Who knows the heart of a woman?

  129. An Idaho horse they want $20,000 for her.

    I do not know them or the horse, but it is representative of the market.

  130. I think the reason the wife couldn't find a motel in Ellensberg was the rodeo there. There's barrel racing at the Lewiston Roundup. I've always liked to watch it.

    The best trained horses I ever saw were in Spain, where the horses would dance in front of the horns, the rider doing practically noting. Really beautiful.

    Dad said the same thing on a separate trip.

    You wouldn't believe....

  131. That's the deal, bob, if you or she is serious about competition.

    It is not for folks that are not well heeled, or not ready to sacrifice to live that lifestyle.

  132. Not A Good Example Of It

    You get the idea, but no stick stick, horse just dancing inches from the horns, around and around.

  133. I've seen the Lippizaners when they toured the US, bob.

    Fancy dressage horses.

  134. Fucking inbred barbarians...

    PA affirms death penalty for land sales to Israelis

    The PA says the land law is necessary to prevent the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

    The Palestinian Authority on Sunday reaffirmed the death penalty for any Palestinian found guilty of selling land to Israelis.

    The decision came in response to a ruling by a Palestinian court according to which such acts were only a “minor offense.”

    As many as 65 Palestinians have been killed for selling land to Jews in recent years.

    Maybe we should be more like the "moderate" Palestinians that have a death penalty for land sales to Jews..

    Maybe in America we should make it a death penalty to sell to moslems.....

    What's good for the goose?

  135. The Story of "o" has expressed the belief that there has been a continuous "war" between the Israeli and the Muslims since 1949.

    The Palestinians seem to agree with him.

    Trading with the enemy is considered treason, punishable by death.

    If there is a state of war, the Palestinian policy is more than reasonable. It is only if there is no "War" that trading with the Israeli would not be treasonous.

    The Story of "o" rejects that there is peace, but objects to the Palestinians taking a war footing, amongst their own.

    Strange thinking, at best.

    The US, not being at war with Muslims would be foolish to take such a position.

    The US deals with people as individuals, not a members of groups.

    Specifically denying legal discrimination based upon creed or national origin. No reason to change that policy, because of a civil war in northern Arabia.

  136. Panama Ed said...

    bullshit, bullshit, bullshit...

    Hey Rat, Ed or whatever your name is...

    Get off the crack....

  137. Do not project your addictions upon me, amigo.

    Your logic is nonexistent.

    Your idea of what the United States is, or even should be, thoroughly rejected hundreds of years ago.

    So it is written.
    So shall it remain.

  138. This story, only two years behind the "rufus curve"

    Can biofuels beat drugs crops and save lives in Afghanistan?
    By Dean Irvine, CNN

  139. The Costa Rican elites believe they can win in a free trade agreement with China. They are delusional.

  140. g'nite Melody.

    I just won $450 dollars at the Casino, making up for the trip north.

  141. The biofuels industry exacted a promise that the federal government will not investigate environmental impacts. The farm industry got 2 billion tons of carbon offsets for the residue left in fields after corn or other crops are harvested.

    Big coal got a concession to keep the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulating coal-burning power stations by modifying the federal Clean Air Act. The nuclear industry got loan guarantees for new reactors.

    Perhaps the biggest compromise by the House involved the near total elimination of a plan by the Obama Administration to sell pollution permits and raise more than $600 billion over a decade. Instead, about 85 percent of the permits will be given away rather than sold.

    Planet Burning

  142. Quirk, you baffoon, I just coined a word, since we be into coining words these days. How about frienemy, which does not quite fit how I how feel about you, cause you're not an enemy, but you get the drift. In this complex and political sigh we live, one can have lots of frienemies. No?

  143. Forgot the smiley face :)

  144. Lonesome Dove--She learned how to pick a fight, but not how to sleep alone at night

    Quirk, if you need $450 to tide you over till next horoscope pay day, I can help you out just this once.

  145. That's ok Bobbo.

    When I picture you I always picture a smiley face, frienemy mine.


  146. :) There ya go.

    I wish I knew music as well as you. Melody is very good too. I have trouble coming up with stuff.

  147. It's simple Bob. You just get an 8 gig iPod, run a bunch of your CD's into it so that you have about a 1000 when it's full, rotate the inventory once in a while, play it when you are walking the dog or working on the computer, hear a song that reminds you of something or someone(in your case that would be pretty simple), and then remember it to play back later.


  148. Of course, depending on your musical taste, you do run the risk of going deaf over time.


  149. Got it. But I don't have any CD's, nor a CD player, nor an Ipod whatever that is, just youtube and a fading memory, and the car radio. I do the best I can with what I've got.

  150. Sorry. What did you say?


  151. Frienemy, perhaps you need a frienema.

  152. Then there's feminafrienemy, which is when you're on the outs with a girlfriend.

  153. I have an 8g Ipod for sale. Its brand new.

    Did I mention its brand new?