“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, September 20, 2012

Making sure everyone gets a shot.

And Romney replies:


  1. It is a clear picture of Obama’s mindset.

  2. And it matters about five-eighths of fuck-all because we've been conditioned to become a nation of dependents. Make the non-payers in the red states pay and they'll turn blue faster'n the ghosts in Pac Man.

    1. .

      Good to see you back T. Hope you're doing well.


    2. Why should T NOT being doing well?

      That cancer stuff was all a fraud, just like the lesbian thing.

      T's opinions on popular events are fine, it's the personal so called facts about him that gets murky.

  3. Every law, every single thing any government does is a "redistribution" of wealth.

    Every company Bain busted involved huge transfers of wealth.

    The biggest "redistribution of wealth" in history began when the ever-so-pious Puritans landed at Plymouth.

    My grannie's family got "redistributed" all the way to Oklahoma.

    How about all them folks that got "redistributed" from their homes in Africa to George Washington's Plantation?

    Redistribution? It' the American Way.

  4. Romney's idea of redistribution (and, he's a Huge Supporter of it) is to redistribute all those pension fund assets of the companies he bankrupted down to his personal checking account in the Caymans.

    While, at the same time, redistributing the liabilities to ME, through the U.S. Pension Guarantee Trust.

    1. I particularly like that program that redistributes some of T's income to pay for my VA Benefits, but I'm just a touch more dubious of the program that redistributes some of my money to pay Bob not to farm some of his land.

    2. On the other hand, I do like the cheap food that our agricultural system has given us, even if we did have to "redistribute" some of that Native American land, and T's salary does seem cheap enough when I consider how much safer my Grandkids will be as a result of the work that she does.

    3. And, I did "redistribute" my youth around to give the country 3 pretty cheap years.

    4. The American Taxpayer supported Mitt Romney's father when he was young, and now Mitt Romney derides the 47% as "Victims, and Takers."

      Oh, Obama jumped 4 points in the Rasmussen Poll in the last two days.

      The Greedy Asshole, and his intolerant friends are going down. Good Riddance.

  5. The most interesting part of what's happened the last couple of days is how many people that are incensed over that 47% that don't pay "income" tax that are, themselves, in that 47%.

    If you make the Median Income, or less, and have a family, it's a good chance that you Don't pay Federal Income Tax. You pay "Payroll" Tax, and, probably, "State" Income Tax, but the likelihood is that you Do Not pay "Federal Income" Tax.

  6. The Senate Republicans got together yesterday, and filibustered, and killed, a bill that would have spend 1/3,700th of the budget to help returning Veterans find work.

    It was a bi-partisan, paid-for bill to help the 250,000 Unemployed Iraq, and Afghanistan Veterans get jobs.

    The Four Republicans that wrote a good part of the bill joined in the Filibuster. The Republicans (read Mitch McConnel, Jon Cornyn, and the Tea Party) were afraid that a poplular bill so close to "Election Day" might, in some small way, help Obama.

    So, they gave the Veterans a good fucking. One. More. Time.

    The Republican Party has gone purely, batshit crazy.

  7. Hey, I got a good idea. Let's pop the blind sheik back to Egypt as a goodwill gesture, right after the elections.

    G. Beck has three DoJ and State sources that say the current negotiations to do just that are going fine so far.

  8. Vote Ummah -

    Vote Obama

    Has a nice ring to it, does it not?

    ObamaUmma or UmmaObama


    1. Can you describe at least three (3) nice spots to cast a Royal Coachman in the photo of the Gallatin River app. 20 miles out of Yellowstone Park?

  9. Hey, I got a great idea. Let's disarm the guards of our Ambassadors in the mid-east, so they can be easily gunned down by the muzzie brothers. Let's take their bullets away, so they can't shoot back!!

    1. Just like Reagan did to the Marines in Lebanon.

    2. Hardly the same... But the good news? it was Hezbollah funded and supplied by iran..

      you know those Iranians that your best friend Rat says never hurt a single American?

    3. No, dip shit, I said they had not killed the THOUSANDS you claimed they had.

      In fact the Israel body count of US sailors is higher than the Iranians if we include the later half of th twentieth century.

    4. EXACTLY the same. You're wandering over into My crib, now, bubba.

  10. Yellowstone Park - Another nice little example of "Redistribution." They take money from Mississippians so Eyedeehoans will have a pleasant place to flyfish, and look at bears.

    1. That doesn't even make any sense. First, very little of it is in Idaho. Second, you are as welcome as I am to take a tour.

      You are too lazy, however.

      And, I am happy for that.

      Bait fisherman.

    2. "fly fisherman" - Indian for "Man who raises skinny kids."

  11. Coal mine out this way just announced a 1,200 employee lay-off and mine closure.

    More good news from the Obama/Umma Economy!

    1. Natural Gas, Wind, and Solar are eating Coal's lunch.

      They don't like it, but they're going to have to either "clean up" the coal-fired plants, or shut'em down. And, the same for the mines.

    2. Natural gas is competitive. You are right there.

      Out in Wyoming I saw a five HUNDRED car coal train, heading east.

  12. Tetons over Jackson Lake.

    The kind of country Rufus and Rat want to sell off to Ted Turner, or if he is finally dead, to his estate.

    You go south out of Yellowstone, immediately you are into Grand Tetons National Park.

    Playground for Idahoans.

    I think I may have turned one on my first shift. Biker comes in, says, "I can't stand Obama." Looks around, asks "What Romney like?"

    Picking up on the I can't stand Obama line I say, "No matter what you might think of this policy of his or that, at least he is an American."

    Then add, "Did you know when Obama was running for the Illinois legislature, and later Senator, he made a big deal out of how he was born in Kenya?"

    And add again, "Have you seen the UTube video of Michele bragging about his Kenyan birth?"

    "Really, on YTube?"

    "Yup, it's still there I think. Google Michele tells of Obama's Kenya birth or something like that."

    "I'll do that."

    I give him some literature and tell him to check if he is registered and if not to come back and we'll get him signed up.

    Out he goes, literature in hand.

  13. Big news for the libertarian/Paul types. Romney made big noise about how he doesn't like the Fed, how they need to be reined in, how they are ruining the economy by printing money.

    1. bob, on a contrary note...

      the USA is going to owe another 72 TRILLION for unfunded retirements in the next 20 years..

      if you do the printing of money? you are devaluing that debt...

  14. The first is a comparison of Davis and the president. A series of photos of the two are juxtaposed. Gilbert points out similarities in the shape of the head, the eyes and brows, the mouth and nose. They have the same deep, resonant voice. Obama is beginning to show the age spots that speckle the face of the older Davis. The pair have strikingly similar bodies -- the identical height (6'2''), the same build.

    Then there's the guy Gilbert calls "the Kenyan," Barack Hussein Obama, whose name was pronounced "Beer-ick." The African student has a very round head, a very black and shiny face with prominent cheekbones, and much fuller lips and a broader nose than the president's. He's only about 5'10" and wears thick glasses.

    Read more:


    I'm not an economist, WiO. I do remember Hemingway saying in France in the twenties it suddenly came to him what a slick way it was to get rid of debt.

    I suppose one should be a borrower in times like these, pay back with cheap money.


    I've got a great idea. Why not, instead of meeting with Netanyahu, when the mid-east is blowing away, let's go on Letterman, and The View?


    Yeah, man!@!!!

  15. That cancer stuff was all a fraud, just like the lesbian thing.

    T's opinions on popular events are fine, it's the personal so called facts about him that gets murky.

    Of course you know, this means war.

    1. Ah, good, a war.

      Been too quite around here.

  16. Wind Power Industry Withering Without Billion-Dollar Federal Subsidies...

    see Drudge Report

  17. Republicans want to kill kids.

    Republicans want to raise your taxes.

    Republicans want to be energy dependent.

    Republicans want an American to be President.

    Republicans want corn for export.

  18. Saw that chair and immediately thought of you, dear Ruf.

    International Yellowstone.

    They said they were from Florida, but the accent was oriental.

    West Yellowstone, the village, just outside the west entrance to the Park, is like being at the United Nations. Neat little place, for sure.

    Those girls and I watched Old Faithful together.

    The fires of yesteryear in Yellowstone were mostly growing up now in new pines and firs. Very little brush, I was surprised at that.

    Was not able to find the main Park headquarters with the Big Knowledgeable Rangers I had hoped to talk with about the elk and wolves. So really have nothing to report on that score. The bears around Yellowstone Lodge had killed a person last year, so they were now immediately tranquilizing them and taking them by helicopter back to the outback. From where, one employee told me, they immediately began the walk back to Yellowstone Lodge. A round robin deal.

  19. Fire damage and new growth timber, Yellowstone.

    West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce,_Montana

    Things to do in West Yellowstone.

  20. Old Faithful/Yellowstone Lodge

  21. If I'd have had a cape, a sword, and a Suit of Lights, I could have played BisonFighter, but decided to leave it to Quirk, if he is ever out this way.

  22. 85% of Likely "Undecided" Voters Don't see themselves as part of the forty-seven percent.

  23. Fares may go up on 'the Strugglebus'.

    from Hot Air

    Here I thought only Evil Oil had tax credits, subsidies, and such.

    Looks from the article that both political parties have been supporting wind energy. Even the evil Republicans.

    Lots of wind farms in Wyoming. Lots of wind too when we came through.

    1. Don't worry, the Republicans voted overwhelmingly for the OIL companies to keep Their tax credits.

    2. No Farm Bill this year. Boehner refused to bring it up.

      First time in history, I think.

      No help for the Veterans in getting jobs. The Senate Republicans took care of that.

  24. Best description of hunting a buffalo: It is like shooting a Ford F-150.

    1. The F-150 moves, the buffalo stand around.

      AZ Game & Fish have a buffalo hunt, it's nothing more than target shooting.

    2. With big honkin targets!

    3. Try it from horseback, bareback, with a bow and arrow, on the stampede, and get back to me.

      I read that the Sioux had bows that could put an arrow all the way through, and out the other side.

      Launched from hands with most fingers missing, an offering to Wakan Tonka.


  25. When the tape of Romney's fundraiser was played for the above-mentioned "Likely, but Undecided"

    24% said it made the less likely to vote for Romney, but

    20% said it made them More likely to vote for him.

  26. A Commentary By John Stossel

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    All political candidates call themselves freedom-lovers, but they are not. Neither major party really opposes government control of the economy or of our personal lives. I'm a libertarian because I see the false choice offered by political left and right: Democrats talk about personal liberty; Republicans talk about economic freedom. But what they do once in power belies their words.

    I say we're best off if government just leaves us alone to our peaceful cooperation with whomever we please. Let politicians advocate moral behavior. Let them give to charities. But leave government -- which is physical force -- out of it.

    That's why I like Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico. He's the Libertarian Party candidate for president. As governor, Johnson vetoed 750 bills, and yet he got re-elected in that blue state.

    I asked Johnson what it means to be a libertarian.

    "Fiscally responsible, socially accepting ... more liberal than Obama on several issues, more conservative than Romney on several issues."

    Johnson proposes to cut federal spending by more than 43 percent: "Balance the federal budget now. I think that unless we do that, we're going to find ourselves in a monetary collapse."

    To do that, he'd go where the money is. He'd cut the big programs that will soon bankrupt us. That includes Medicare. Conventional wisdom says what he's proposing is cruel and, for a politician, suicidal.

    "Look, we've got to slash Medicare spending. If we don't, we're going to find ourselves with no health care whatsoever. Medicaid, same thing. Military spending, same thing."

    The left claims that without social spending, people would starve in the streets!

    "This is the exact reaction that I got as governor of New Mexico, having vetoed all that legislation. ... Kids were going to starve, all the worst things were going to happen, and none of them did. And I got re-elected."

  27. No Shit Sherlock Nominations are in. Obama Regime heavy favorite for most innovative narrative on Libya, taken hook , line and sinker by the US MSM that have yet to plumb bottom.

    WASHINGTON — The White House, after more than a week in which it has come under fire from Republicans, is now calling last week’s assault on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, a “terrorist attack.”

    “It is self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack,” the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters traveling on Air Force One on Thursday. “Our embassy was attacked violently and the result was four deaths of American officials.”

    Also on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the creation of a panel to investigate the attack. The panel, called an Accountability Review Board, will be led by Thomas R. Pickering, a veteran diplomat and former under secretary of state. The board is authorized by a 1986 law intended to strengthen security at American diplomatic missions.

  28. Democratic rule in Philadelphia:

    Poverty rose significantly in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties over the last two years, while the city's median household income in 2011 ranked second-worst among the nation's 25 largest cities.

    “These are very bleak and disconcerting statistics,” said Mark Zandi.

    From 2010 to 2011, Philadelphia's poverty rate jumped from 26.7 percent to 28.4 percent.

    Nearly 40 percent of city children were living in poverty in 2011, a rise of three percentage points from 2010, according to the report.

    And Philadelphia's median household income in 2011 was $34,207, $16,000 less than the national figure of $50,502, census figures show. Of the top 25 American cities, only Detroit had a lower median annual income, at $25,193. In 2010, Philadelphia's median household income was $34,400.

    Let’s see what has been going on:

    * Detectives have talked to the father of a "person of interest" in Wednesday's Broad Street subway shooting and are waiting for him to bring his son to police later today.

    Shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday, a southbound Broad Street Line train had pulled into the Susquehanna-Dauphin station in North Philadelphia when a male fired a gun from the platform into the car, which was packed with teenage students.

    A 17-year-old Fels High School student was shot in the arm and a 14-year-old Hartranft School student was shot in a leg, police said.

    * Police are on the hunt for a 21-year-old man who escaped from their custody at the 24th and 25th police district headquarters on Whitaker Avenue near Erie Thursday morning.

    Felix Gonzalez, who was arrested Wednesday on drug charges, swapped arm bands with another prisoner at the district and escaped, cops said. The man, whose last known address is on Kip Street near Westmoreland, is a repeat drug offender, according to court documents, and was being held on $50,000 bail.

    * The transgender woman found murdered earlier this month in Frankford has been identified as a former staff member at a local LGBT agency.

    Police found the body of Kyra Cordova Sept. 3 in a wooded area off of Adams Avenue.

    Cordova, 27, who went by the name Kyra Kruz on social media, is a former volunteer and employee of the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative.

    * A 34-year-old Southwest Philadelphia man is facing murder charges for allegedly shooting a Mayfair woman to death in Kensington Friday night, according to police.

    Cops said 39-year-old Nilsa Gbayor, of Cottage Street near Wellington, was shot several times on Jasper Street near Allegheny Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. on Friday. She was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries.

    Idris Phelps, 34, of Linmore Street near 67th in Southwest Philadelphia’s Elmwood section, was arrested after the fatal shooting and charged with murder and related offenses, police said.

    * PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 28-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for a cold-blooded double killing in 2008.

    The victims, an African immigrant couple, had come to Philadelphia in search of the American dream.

    Philadelphia prosecutor Bill Davis says Donald Guy and co-defendant Thomas Foggy, who pleaded guilty and cooperated with authorities, entered the “Urban Wear” mom-and-pop clothing store in Feltonville four years ago and announced a robbery.

    Both Guy and Foggy were armed, Davis says:

    “Inexplicably, Donald Guy started shooting, and he shot Amissi, the husband, three times in the head — shot him in the face and twice in the head — and then proceeded to approach the wife. He had no more bullets left in his gun, so he dropped it, grabbed the gun from Thomas Foggy and shot Bintou Soumare, the wife, twice, including once in the head.”

    The victims were unarmed. The haul was a pack of undershirts.

  29. Most of the bumper stickers for Obama/Biden are faded remnants from the last election.

  30. More Philadelphia Democrats

    NORTH PHILADELPHIA - September 19, 2012 (WPVI) -- Authorities have arrested 7 people and seized over 25 bundles of heroin in a sting operation in North Philadelphia that began after a double murder.

    Officials say 40-year-old Carlos Escobar and 55-year-old Miguel "Jose" Gomez were running an "Open Air Heroin Drug Market."

    The Joint Law Enforcement Intelligence Committee (JLEIC) started tracking Escobar, Gomez and their colleagues in May.

    Authorities say Escobar and Gomez are known felons with multiple drug arrests and convictions.
    Video released by police allegedly shows Escobar providing what was dubbed Black Jack heroin at 7th and Cambria.

    "DEA conducted what is called the surge initiative. Surge is targeting specific blocks in Philadelphia that are known for both violence and heavy drug sales," Assistant District Attorney Brett Furber said.

    Detectives say Gomez also was captured on camera delivering the powerful narcotic.

    "He was using his house on the 2900 block of Marshall Street as a stash location for some of these drugs," Furber said.

    Action News went to the house.

    Gomez's daughter Elia denied her father operated a drug operation.

    "[Investigators] came in here with the dogs, all they found was $126 cash," Elia Gomez said.

    Officials say the suspects would sell the drugs in the early morning hours and continued throughout the day 7 days a week.

    Throughout the course of the summer, as a result of an intensive investigation, agents and officers of the JLEIC were able to make 40 arrests, and 52 seizures of heroin which included approximately 17 controlled purchases of heroin.

    The investigation that eventually led to the arrests Tuesday of Escobar and Gomez began on March 12, when 17-year-old Dexter Bowie and 18-year-old Jonathan Stokely were both shot to death while riding on an ATV at the corner of 9th and Indiana.

    After this double murder the JLEIC, identified the Philadelphia Police Department's 25th District as a priority, and devoted resources to the area.

    The JLEIC obtained information from a DEA confidential source of the drug trafficking operation. Officials ascertained the operation was taking place at 7th and Cambria Streets, which was one block away from where the two teenage boys were murdered in March.

    31-year-old Lloyd Christopher Butler and 26-year-old Zaiee Talbert have been charged with the murders of Bowie and Stokely.

    The following individuals were arrested and charged with 17 counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, 17 counts of Conspiracy and several other related charges:

    40-year-old Carlos Escobar, 3400 block of Hartville Street
    55-year-old Miguel "Jose" Gomez, 2900 block of N. Marshall Street
    37-year-old Jorge Gonzalez, 3700 block of N. Randolph Street
    35-year-old Carlos Jiminez, 3000 block of Indiana Street
    51-year-old Jose Ramos, 3200 block of N. 6th Street
    34-year-old Pedro Mendez, 4500 block of W. Marshall Street
    26-year-old Melvin Montano, 300 block of E. Ontario Street

  31. Gee, I wonder if they had work permits?

  32. I hope the Philly cops didn’t profile them.

  33. You missed all these stories and reporting by MSNBC?

  34. Had enough yet?

    Police: Arrest in slaying of teen at East Mount Airy playground
    A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged Tuesday in the murder of a 17-year-old boy at an East Mount Airy playground Friday night, police said.

    Saleem Snead is facing charges including murder, illegal gun possession, conspiracy and related offenses. He’s accused of shooting Paris Talbert, 17, of Elkins Park, to death late Friday night at Finley Playground, on Hortter Street near Lowber Avenue. It’s unclear what led to the fatal shooting.

    Snead is set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Sept. 26, according to court documents.

    Talbert's shooting was one of six at city playgrounds in a little more than a month. On Monday night, 18-year-old Kharee Tillmon was shot to death on the playground at Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center on 22nd Street near Huntingdon in North Philadelphia. So far, there have been no arrests made or suspects identified in Tillmon’s murder.

  35. Care to fill in the blanks on the perp’s description?

    A 31-year-old man is in stable condition after being shot in his abdomen in West Philadelphia Friday night, police said.

    Cops responding to calls for gunshots found the victim on Christian Street near 59th around 8:20 p.m., but said the man was likely shot on 62nd Street near Larchwood Avenue and ran from the scene. Police said a fight occurred on that corner before the shooting was reported.

    Medics took the victim to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police found one shell casing on the corner of 62nd Street and Larchwood Avenue, and four witnesses were taken for interviews at the Southwest Detective Division.

    A detailed description of the shooter was not immediately available.

  36. A large part of the Veterans Bill the Senate Republicans killed was to help Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans get hired in Law Enforcement.

    Probably a thousand, or more, would have been in the Philadelphia area.

  37. Afghanistan is Obama's War now. He said it was the necessary one. Last I read we have given up on trying to train the Afghan security guys, because they keep shooting us.

    Why doesn't Homeland Security use some of its wasted billions to help out Philly?

    Sounds like a lot of illegal alien activity there.

    Oh, I forgot.

    We're not enforcing the immigration laws any longer.

    1. Homeland Security might take a long look at Chicago too. More killed there, many more, than in Afghanistan each month.

      That community needs to be 'organized'.

      Oh, wait, Obama and Ayers already did that, with the Annenberg Challenge or whatever it was called.

      Instead, Homeland Security seems to be focused on Tea Party types.


    2. Really?

      Obama Deports TWICE as Many Illegals as Bush

      Don't you Ever get tired of being wrong?

      never mind . . . . . silly question

  38. State Department spends your tax money denouncing mo movie -

    As if the movie had anything to do with the attack in Libya.

    I don't know what to call this. Craven crawling comes to mind.

    1. .

      The word craven comes to mind.

      A real pussy riot.


  39. Things aren't so good in Ohio -

    The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday September 14, 2011 9:14 AM

    Ohio households were poorer last year than they’ve been in more than 25 years, and the number of people living in poverty is higher than it’s been in more than 30 years, according to a census report released yesterday.

    “People are getting squeezed from every direction,” said James Newton, chief economic adviser to Commerce National Bank.

    When adjusted for inflation, the 2010 annual median household income in Ohio of $46,093 was down by $543 from the previous year, and down 15.3 percent from the peak of $54,395 in 2000, according to the census’s Current Population Survey, which was released yesterday.

    The inflation-adjusted figure hasn’t been lower for Ohio since officials began keeping that record in 1984, census officials said.

    Ohio’s level of poverty — 15.3 percent — was worse than the nation’s, which was at 15.1 percent. Ohio’s level jumped 2 percentage points from 2009; it has never been this high since those records were first kept in 1980.

    The worst year before 2010 was 1994, when 14.1 percent of Ohioans were in poverty.

    The 15.3 percent translates into 1.74 million Ohio residents living below the poverty line last year, which means a family of four making less than $22,300 a year. About 639,000 Ohioans younger than 18 were in poverty, and 244,000 children younger than 5 were.

    “If this isn’t a wake-up call to our policymakers, I don’t know what is,” said Renuka Mayadev, executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. “We have to stop the backward slide.”

    After two major tumbles by the stock market, a burst housing bubble and a weak recovery from the Great Recession, Ohioans’ household balance sheets are hurting.

    “It’s just been this cascade of unfortunate things since then,” Newton said.

    Though rising inflation has played a part, “obviously, it goes beyond that, because you would expect over three decades of time to see some growth in real income levels,” Newton said. “This is suggesting that Ohio is doing poorly” partly because of the massive loss of high-paying manufacturing jobs.

  40. Cops don’t prevent crime. They do clean-up. In a civil neighborhood, you don’t need cops to keep the peace.

    You have a culture of victimhood and scamming the system. You have a culture of dependence and entitlement, homes without anyone that works. There is no shame in the rampant illegitimacy other than the shame of using the word. The culture has been cranked down to the culture of thugs, misogyny and vulgarity.

    The cockroaches are winning.

    1. Non, non, mon ami; A visible police presence Does prevent crime. Been proven many, many times.

    2. The more localized the presence, the better it works as a deterent.
      It's the "Beat Cop"

  41. There is simply no reference in US history for anything like it. Society has realized the ancient mariner’s fear of falling over the edge of discovery. We rationalized away all norms of human behavior, responsibility and ethics and are left with getting swept into the cesspool. We need to cut our losses and allow devolution to defensible areas and allow the Darwinian process to cleanse the flotsam.

    The federal government needs to be dismantled and newly formed states of like minded people allowed to do the mending.

    1. Vote for Gary Johnson then, Duece.

      Neither Mr Romney nor Mr Obama will be scaling back Federalism.

    2. Graffiti control, start with the little stuff.

      Worked in New York City.

    3. graffiti is not the problem in Philadelphia

    4. Obama will be increasing Big Brother.

      Romney might keep it from growing more.

      Though it's arguable.

      New states?

      Idahomontana sounds good.

      F with Montana's gun rights, they have a right to secede.

      Also, for those interested in as to whom can secede from the United States, Montana is the lone state that can leave the United States, under specific circumstances. If the United States was to ever violate their contract with Montana, which declares all citizens of Montana have the right to bear arms, Montana could leave, and form their own Nation.

    5. Idaho was carved out of Montana. Interesting story; you need to read it.

  42. Apple Inc.'s move to unseat rival Google Inc.'s software from its mobile devices sparked a worldwide consumer backlash, marking a rare strategic blunder by the world's most valuable company.

    Apple is facing vociferous complaints from consumers over the mapping application that it released on Wednesday as part of its latest iOS 6 mobile operating system. Apple's maps application replaces Google's maps data that has been part of the iPhone since the device's 2007 release.

  43. The audacious killing of Mr Litvinenko, 43, who was poisoned in a Mayfair hotel, plunged relations between London and Moscow into their deepest freeze since the Cold War. The inquest is likely to renew tensions between the two countries at a time when both sides have been inching towards a new diplomatic detente.


    Lawyers for Mrs Litvinenko, who attended yesterday's hearing with the couple's son, Anatoly, said she and others believed the Russian state was responsible for her husband's death.

    Ben Emmerson QC said: "If that hypothesis were to be evidentially substantiated, this would be an act of state-sponsored nuclear terrorism on the streets of London." A report by the Metropolitan Police summarising the findings of its investigations, including the question of whether Mr Litvinenko was assisting British intelligence, is due to be submitted to the inquest and interested parties within the next fortnight.

  44. Israel is accusing Iran of being the biggest nuclear threat to the Middle East as it seeks to deflect pressure over its own undeclared possession of atomic arms.

    The two nations argued Thursday at a 155-nation meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The sharply worded debate reflects tensions between Israel and Iran that could spiral into armed conflict.

    1. Comical, that the nation without a nuclear weapon could ever be considered a more dangerous nuclear threat than the nation with one.

      Oximoronic, to be sure.

    2. Non-sense.

      Obviously you can't be a nuclear threat without a nuke.

      But Israel has never threatened Iran, or the US, or anyone else as Iran does daily, doesn't have a jihad doctrine, nor a martyrdom doctrine. Only lacking is the nuclear weapon. Once Iranians get that....

      Egypt had no nuclear weapon when they attacked Israel, so there is an instance where a nuked up nation was attacked, and the nukes didn't do much deterring.

      Though we do have to factor in the Soviets at the time....

    3. The Israeli, boobie, in the person of Bibi, has been calling for the US to attack Iran, since 1992.

      A clear and immenent present danger, if you were in charge of Iran.

    4. The federal government needs to be dismantled and newly formed states of like minded people allowed to do the mending.

      desert ratThu Sep 20, 07:39:00 PM EDT

      Vote for Gary Johnson then, Duece.

      Hey, what's going on here?

      I recall the crapper dissing Sarah for having an Eskimo husband who talked a little secession over the clam chowder barrel.

      Said what a traitor anyone who thought like that must be, or married such a man.

      Now, the very same crapper is urging Deuce to vote for Johnson if he wants a secessionist friendly candidate.


      Crapper, the Israelis, not Israeli, which implies one Israeli, are responding to the cultural threat from the Iranians, who have vowed a world 'without Israel, without the US'.

      They have urged us to help take out the nuclear threat. Which is against us both. That is what they have urged.

      "We are muslims, not Persians. If this country must burn to advance Islam in the world, let it burn." the assahola

      But, then, you really do know that, crapper. You just don't like Jews.

    5. And the threat is against Europe too. In fact, against everyone.

    6. Tten let the Europeons defend themselves

    7. Tten let the Europeons defend themselves

    8. Tten let the Europeons defend themselves

  45. Therein lies the common ground. Pakistan needs a political settlement in Afghanistan to avert a civil war that will bleed into its territory and reignite ethnic tensions and jihadism.

    And that settlement can only be forged while U.S. forces are in Afghanistan. America, too, has little interest in seeing chaos spread in nuclear-armed Pakistan and the re-emergence of jihadi havens in Afghanistan.

    The Obama administration, which once thought it could strong-arm Pakistan, must work with it and partners in Kabul to avert a civil war in Afghanistan. The Pakistani foreign minister is in Washington now.

  46. On this day in 1973, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in a nationally televised, "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match. She earned $100,000 in the winner-take-all battle, defeating Riggs in straight sets.

  47. I hope you appreciate, Quirk, though I doubt you will, that I had to hike ten miles and then go the last 300 yards on all fours in grandfather's buffalo coat to give everyone that close-up shot.

    It is extremely dangerous work, though I don't brag about it, only point it out.

    The life of a wildlife photographer is not an easy urban one.

    These are beasts primeval and at 3,000 pounds can take you out with one hoof.

    And not even notice.

  48. Replies
    1. :) heh

      And how Obama's true personality shines through.

  49. The fakaroo Cherokee is getting arrows broken by Brown in the Massachusetts Senate debate. She denied asbestos related injury claims when she was in the insurance business.

    Rufus would not have done that.

    1. You got it wrong again, dumbshit. Don't you Ever get embarrassed?

    2. You would have denied asbestos claims??

      Mean dumb motherfuck you are.


      Saving uncountable lives and helping people, what a crock.....

    3. No, that is exactly opposite of what she did. Get your warped brain out of American Thinker-ville, and go read something for a change.

  50. Black Christians being crucified -

    While Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration continue to grovel over the existence of the First Amendment and a movie that insults Mohammed (while ignoring if not applauding a play insulting to Mitt Romney's church), Christians in Egypt are enduring far more than insults.

    Read more:

    This is all part of Obama's moves to open up Egypt, support the 'arab spring', and have 'democracy' all round.

    This is the Egypt that Hillary said was 'stable'.

    From that awful American Thinker site that actually reports some stuff.

  51. The report by the "troika" of inspectors from the IMF, ECB and European Commission is expected to say Greece's debt ratio won't reach that goal on current trends. Unless Greece's economy bounces back unexpectedly, that would leave no way around a restructuring of euro-zone loans to Greece at a later date that could cost taxpayers in Germany and elsewhere tens of billions of euros.

    One option being discussed is for euro-zone governments to write off some or all of the €53 billion in bilateral loans that they lent Greece under its first aid program in May 2010. However, Germany and France aren't keen on taking such a large hit.

    In any case, such painful decisions are likely to be pushed into the future, as Europe looks for a way to keep the Greek crisis quiet while it strives to shore up investor confidence in the larger economies of Spain and Italy.

  52. A senior member of the Royal College of General Practitioners was under investigation last night after advising medical students to act less “overtly gay” to ensure they passed exams.


    In one passage of the guide, Dr Una Coales's MRCGP CSA Book, she writes: "One candidate was facing a third sitting and yet no one had told him that his mannerisms, gait and speech were too overtly gay, and that he was sitting an exam administered by a right-wing conservative Royal College.


    Approached for comment last night, Dr Coales said: "I'm not for a minute suggesting the college is racist or homophobic. These are merely tips to neutralise subjective bias, if any, in 10-minute assessments involving a total of 26 random actors and examiners who have never met the candidate."

  53. While neighboring Israel nervously braces for the possibility of war with arch-enemy Iran, Palestinians are greeting the crisis with a yawn.

    Opinions about the international showdown over Iran's burgeoning nuclear program are mixed, but Palestinians largely don't see themselves a party to the conflict and don't expect to be drawn into any violence — even though two decades ago Iraqi missiles toward Israel sent them scurrying for cover too.

  54. No one is going to put this country back together. In order to do it, someone has to be repressed. If a country with a population of 300,000, Iceland can govern itself, which state can’t? Pennsylvania less Philadelphia would do just fine on its own. Philadelphia itself is a government imposed entity whereby Philadelphia County declared itself a city and swallowed up everything in the county. Viable neighborhoods and towns are burdened with areas that are no-go areas. The entire state is burdened with Philadelphia.

    Here is another example:

    The Philadelphia School Reform Commission moved Monday to borrow $300 million to bridge a massive deficit, emphasizing the bond deal will probably be the district's last for several years.

    In a brief, sober meeting, the commission approved a tough five-year financial plan for the district as a prelude to the bond sale to cover a deficit of more than $200 million in the current $2.5 billion budget, as well as a shortfall anticipated in the fiscal year that begins next July 1.

    Thomas E. Knudsen, the school district's chief recovery officer, called the size of the financing "staggering." And, if the district does not make major changes and continues on its current course, he said it could be facing a potential shortfall of $1.35 billion over the next five years.

    "But things have to change," Knudsen said.

    His five-year plan, which was adopted by the SRC, maps out a strategy for averting that calamity by reining in labor costs, changing practices, closing underused schools, and seeking additional revenue sources.

    For months, Knudsen and the SRC have been talking about taking such actions to redress long-standing financial problems and bring expenses in line with revenue. By approving the plan, the commission signaled that it intends to implement the changes.

    In July, the SRC reached a labor agreement with the district's blue-collar union that preserved jobs but will provide $100 million in savings over the next four years through its restructuring of wages and benefits. Knudsen said the district intends to seek savings of between $167 million and $180 million per year as it negotiates with other unions.

    Under the "bare bones" financial blueprint, the SRC's top priority remains offering a quality education. But Knudsen said the district does not have enough money to carry out the commission's ambitious goal of increasing the number of spots for students in high-performing schools, such as expanding successful charter schools. Although the plan the SRC adopted includes $194 million over five years to continue, that is "substantially less" than the district believes is necessary.

    The district's chief recovery officer also said he does not believe that the district will be able to return to the bond markets to cover other deficits for at least five years.

    "We must proceed with the greatest care; a deficit borrowing is an extraordinary action that we will not be able to undertake again in this planning horizon," Knudsen said in a letter accompanying the five-year plan.

    “Under the best of circumstances,” he said, the bond deal will add approximately $22 million each year to the district’s annual debt cost of $264 million.

    The federal government spends $300 million each day in Afghanistan.

  55. Another year, the same old shit from the same losers and apologists. Lowe4 Merion borders Philadelphia. Think more money is the answer, read on. Nothing has changed in eight years.

    What if Bill Cosby Is Right?

    By Debra J. Dickerson
    September 2004

    Last January, some two dozen angry black residents jammed a school board meeting in Lower Merion High School’s library. They were members of Concerned Black Parents, a 12-year-old organization that advocates for the district's 500 black students (out of 6,684 total), and were galvanized by the No Child Left Behind statistics released earlier that month. Most of the district's black children were failing by NCLB standards, so the parents decided it was time to deliver a manifesto. “Educational inequity is not a new problem,” CBP president Morris Mosley declared. “It's been going on for generations in a manner that has pushed our children farther and farther behind their peers.” The white Main Line learned what blacks had always felt–that they've been eaten alive by the Lower Merion School District, one of the best public school systems in the country. A stunned silence greeted Mosley's remarks; the meeting adjourned shortly thereafter without one word of acknowledgement of the gauntlet which had just been thrown down. For once, the Main Line had some catching up to do. The numbers don't lie.

    With an average household income of $86,373, LMSD can spend $19,392 per pupil annually, more than twice as much as the majority of Philadelphia's schools and more than nearly every other American public school district. Lower Merion High School, one of the district's two high schools, was one of the Wall Street Journal's top 60 high schools in April 2004, public or private, and given that the median Lower Merion home costs $334,500, it is unsurprising that 94 percent of graduates attend college. District schools routinely win some of the most prestigious state and national competitions, such as the National Science Olympiad. Eighty percent of the district's students are proficient or better in math and reading on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). But what the white Main Line sees as a source of pride infuriates South Ardmore, where most of LMSD's few blacks live. Only 27 of LMSD's 500 black students are identified as gifted; for whites, 790 out of about 6,000 make the cut. (That's five vs. 13 percent.) One in four blacks is in special ed.

    Most alarming, 60 percent of black students are not grade-level proficient in reading and math in a school district flush enough to provide many staffers with snazzy digital organizers and to test-drive a global positioning system to track its school buses. Which is why, at that highly charged January meeting, Mosley also said, “We are particularly enraged that this district dares to take credit for being one of the top school districts in the state, even the nation, at the same time that it allows ourAfrican-American students to stagnate!”

    One district, two very different realities–that much is clear. What we don’t know is whose fault it is that Main Line children are doing so poorly–whether the school district is to blame, or whether, as Bill Cosby has pointedly suggested in recent remarks, much of the fault may lie with black parents and students themselves.

  56. I was wrong, it has changed, it has gotten worse:

    Lawyers for seven families who saw their federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District thrown out last week are huddling now to determine if they will appeal the ruling, handed down last Thursday.
    “Obviously we are disappointed,” Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia lawyer Jennifer R. Clarke said. “We will meet with our clients over the next couple of days and we will let them let us know what they want to do. That is the conversation we will be having.”
    The law firm DLA Piper LLP also represents the plaintiffs.
    The original suit, filed in 2007, alleges that African-American students are disproportionately placed in special education and low-level classes in Lower Merion.
    It contends that African Americans make up about 14 percent of the school district’s special-education programs, even though they comprise just eight percent of the district’s overall population. Plaintiffs also claimed that between 2005-08, no African Americans were enrolled in advanced or accelerated programs.
    “Even assuming that plaintiffs put forth evidence that their constitutional rights were violated, there is no evidence that the School District did so based on an official policy or custom, or that it was deliberately indifferent to plaintiffs’ rights,” reads the decision by Chief Judge Harvey Battle III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
    “The School District’s awareness of an achievement gap between Caucasian and African-American students and its failure to eliminate that gap is not evidence of intentional discrimination or deliberate indifference,” Battle continued.
    In a letter to the Lower Merion School District staff, Superintendent Christopher McGinley said he hoped the ruling would enable the district to begin the healing process.

    Monday, 24 October 2011

    Healing process? How about a reality check and start with sending the parents a mirror to look into?

  57. Care to guess what it cost Lower Merion taxpayers to defend itself from these seven families that got their lawyer to sue in federal court pro bono?

  58. Now why would Lower Merion have to go to Florida to recruit a substitute teacher?

    Also last week, the district settled in federal court with a former substitute teacher who alleged she had been discriminated against on the basis of age and race. The suit was filed 17 months ago.
    Forty-seven-year-old African-American Besslindora Goree claimed she was recruited from Broward County, Fla. in 2010 to Lower Merion under the presumption that her long-term substitute position would result in a permanent position, according to the complaint.
    The complaint further cites that she was not treated as well as her white counterparts, claiming that, among other things, she was not assigned a ‘buddy” – an experienced teacher – to help her familiarize herself with district policies. She was assigned to teach about 150 students while, according to the complaint, a white teacher was assigned just 90.
    The complaint alleges Goree was passed over for a white woman in her mid-20s.

  59. This bullshit is a result of federal regulations, federal commissions, federal courts and the bullying of states and municipalities by federal you name it. It costs the states taxpayers billions. It offers nothing in return.

    Every single incident emboldens the next suit. The racial industry grinds away and is supported by municipal unions who derive their existence from federal regulations.

    This simply cannot be fixed. The game is rigged. The federal system is corrupted beyond repair. It is institutionally sanctioned and protected by a gauntlet of lobbyists, lawyers, unions, career politicians and every form of repression from federal judges, police and taxing agencies, the US media, and an industry of tax-exempt, self appointed interest groups.

    You cannot do a thing about it other than nip them occasionally on the ankles. The system needs to face the wrecking ball. There is nothing great about it, nothing fair and nothing worth preserving.

    It is the creation of presidents like Jackson, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter and Bush. Obama is the bastard child of the institutional claque that proceeded and created him.

  60. This is really choice:

    Tim Pawlenty, a close ally who was on Mr Romney’s vice presidential shortlist, left his post to become the chief lobbyist for America’s banking industry.

    The news came during the Republican hopeful's worst campaign week so far and coincided with an attempt to restyle himself as a champion of the poor after a damaging video had seen him effectively disown half the American population as 'dependents'.
    Mr Pawlenty, who had been widely expected to take a job in a Romney cabinet, hailed Mr Romney as “a truly good man and great leader”, and stressed that he would be banned from party-political work in his new job.

    However, he did not explain why he needed to leave the election campaign immediately. He is due to take up his new role on November 1 and is expected to be paid about $1.8 million a year.

    1. Maybe he was willing to sell his soul for a successful campaign, just not for an "unsuccessful" one.

    2. No one has ever sold their soul for the Obama campaign, and that is for sure! O no, not ever never.....

    3. You dismiss Lester crown? So flippetly

  61. Irish Fire Insurance

    A man and his wife moved back home to Cork, from London.

    The wife had a wooden leg and to insure it in Britain was £2000.00 a year!

    When they arrived in Cork , they went to an Insurance agency to see how much it would cost to insure the wooden leg.

    The agent looked it up on the computer and said to the couple, '¤39.00.'

    The husband was shocked and asked why it was so cheap here in Ireland to insure, because it cost him £2000.00 in England!

    The agent turned his computer screen to the couple and said, 'Well, here it be on the screen, it says:

    *Any wooden structure, with a sprinkler system over it, is ¤39.00.*' Ta be sure-ta be sure !

  62. Sounds like Rufus has gone back to work selling insurance, helping people, saving people's lives, even creating people, like Obama is said to have done with jobs!

  63. After 200,000 years of hunting and gathering, the transition to these insane mega-cities is no easy task. And Jefferson said if we grew cities like Europe we'd begin to eat one another.

    Always have said the human race is mostly ungovernable. All the fault of the farmers. Sorry, we simply didn't know what we were doing.

    Talked with a nice lady in the lobby late last night. From Kentucky, she used to live in the northeast. Said how crowded it was. I had to laugh. It's crowded here, I said. I asked, what makes Lexington so rich, so clean? The horses. The horses support all that? You bet. Go to one of the horse auctions, you'll see real money, she said.

    Advised I take the Bourbon Tour. Since my wife doesn't drink, maybe Ruf would like to go.

    She said Baltimore, downtown at least, had improved, but the rest, all gone to hell.

    Task for the day - flip two to Romney.

    1. The horses. Noble. They at least are able to live in a herd without continually buggering one another. A little nipping over fillies once in a while is all.

  64. Obama hands over Middle East to Islamic supremacists — on The Glazov Gang

    On this week’s Glazov Gang, Ben Shapiro, Leon Weinstein and Gershon Kelman gathered to discuss Obama Hands Middle East to Islamists. The discussion focused on the assassination of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the overall catastrophe of Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East. See all three parts of this three part series below.


    The Rufo/ObamoUmmao Foreign Policy

    No 'selling of the soul' to the Devil here, o no, not at all.......

  65. Lizzie Warren, The Faux reader calls her.....



    In a full blown meltdown, Ann Romney lashed out the Republican
    Party and told them that they were lucky to have her husband
    as their nominee.


    1. She's right, they could have had Dr. Demento, or The Pope, or that gas bag Newt, or Perry, who can't remember anything at all.

  67. Egypt had no nuclear weapon when they attacked Israel, so there is an instance where a nuked up nation was attacked, and the nukes didn't do much deterring.

    Israel nuked up in 1976, after the Yom Kippur war. The Israelis assembled about twelve plutonium fission weapons like Fat Boy, the Nagasaki bomb (larger in yield but much smaller in size), and a CIA analyst "accidentally" let that fact slip out to a handful of US aerospace executives, and from there was it leaked to the press. Officially, the Israeli government continued to say only that "Israel would not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle-east" and this was technically true, because the United States kept a small stockpile of nukes in Saudi Arabia for possible use against the Soviet Union. Privately, the leak was welcomed by the Israeli leadership. It started a chain of events that brought an official and long-lasting "cold peace" between Israel and Egypt two years later.

    1. don't ask T anything..

      no need..

      just go to her/his online site to find it's answer...

      talk about an insane person.

    2. Golda was just passing gas then --

  68. The environmentalists fighting Keystone XL have had allies, and for a time, one of the most effective was the man who's now Romney's chief energy adviser: Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm.

    In 2009, the 66-year-old founder and chief executive of Continental Resources formed a lobbying group of fellow Oklahoma oilmen and reached out to state governors, landowners and environmentalists along the proposed route. Hamm feared Keystone XL would flood his firm's backyard with cheap Canadian oil.

    "We basically stopped Keystone at the border," Hamm said in an interview with Reuters, explaining how the alliance was able to stymie permits for the line. "We didn't want all that oil dumped in Oklahoma."

    A year later, in 2010, Hamm turned around and backed the line after his lobbying succeeded in persuading the operator, TransCanada Corp., to add a $140 million extension, or spur. That addition would pick up Hamm's crude and that of other nearby U.S. producers and carry it to the refining hub along the Gulf of Mexico coast.

    "When that changed, we felt like we had to support it," Hamm said.

    The spur line could allow Continental to net an extra $20 per barrel for the crude it ships down the line. That adds up to as much as $200 million a year for Continental, after transportation costs, according to Reuters calculations that were vetted by industry analysts . . . . . .

    Just in case you think you know anything about anything

  69. Pakistan Police Fire on Crowds Protesting Anti-Islam Video

    Muslim-on-Muslim firefight. In the NAV, we call that a twofer. Get your popcorn.

  70. Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004. I am surprised it is that high.

  71. Romney Releases 2011 Tax Returns; Paid $1.9 Million on $13.7 in Income...

    ...donated $4,020,772 to charity

    Doubles rate of Obamas' giving...

    Rufus Releases 2011 Tax Returns; Received $88,000 non taxable Cherokee Casino Cash....donated $15,000 to Doyle's Charity and Gifts....

    Received $2,500 Tax Refund.....

    developing, Drudge

    1. So you see what an effective political operative I am, Rufus.

      You demanded Romney's Tax Returns, so bingo, there they are, the most recent, too.

      One simple phone call through the Central Committee here direct to Mitt.

    2. I paid a higher percentage Just in Social Security, and Medicare Taxes than that asshole pays, Total. Unfreakinbelievable.

    3. rufus says...

      I paid a higher percentage Just in Social Security, and Medicare Taxes than that asshole pays, Total. Unfreakinbelievable.

      So freaking what?

      The TOTAL that MITT PAYS is hugh. It's MILLIONS for god's sake...

      The argument that somehow the PERCENTAGE is the important issue are being specious.

      Concerning Social Security and Medicare, will Mitt receive any monetary benefit greater than any other payor into the system will get?

      Will not Mitt require in actual pay out the very same amount as someone like you Rufus, that will have paid in only 1/1000th of the amount that MITT paid?

      So are you advocating that people should pay based on their needs? If a wealth man has money, he should have to pay at the same rate, for taxes, for food, for all business transactions...

      Really, in real dollars Mitt's one year is great than 100 "average" payees input and they all get about the same back out...

    4. Mitt Romney, almost certainly - by his owns words - does not pay Social Security or Medicare Taxes.

  72. There's a nifty little bar here in Lexington called Husbands Day Care Center.

    Wife drops you off at 9:00am, picks you up at 5:00pm, only charged for the drinks.

  73. Slow three hours at the Republican Campaign Headquarters earlier today. TGIF.

    Did get to meet in Plenary Session with the local Republican Central Committee, however.

  74. Philly Approves Housing Project Intended Only For Gay Seniors...

    Shit, no wonder Philly is on the skids.

    Those democrats that run the place are so damned dumb they don't seem to realize this violates all the non-discrimination laws they have worked so hard to shove up everyone else's ass all these years.

    Age and sexual orientation discrimination for starters.


    I've seen these ads, good ads.

    Democrats want to kill coal miners jobs, leave their families destitute, the wife and kids out of a home, on the street.

    1. 1,200 miners out of a job for good just the other day around the tri-state area.

      This is not temporary, this is permanent.

    2. What about all those Renewable Energy (Wind) workers that the Pubs are putting out of jobs?

      What about the Jobs Bill for the Millions of American Veterans that the PUbs killed?


    What have I been saying?

    All this administration does is f-around.

    If this were the Bush Administration, or some deal in the Romney camp, we'd never hear the end of it.

  77. ANOTHER solar company goes down.

    Recipient of $400 to $500 million of your money, it couldn't cut the mustard. Liquidation. Total waste.

    I'm beginning to wonder how we will get heat this winter.

    It's one thing if you live in Mississippi, where it's warm, another if you're north of the Mason-Dixon.

    1. don't you EVER fact-check "ANYTHING?"

      though the Department ultimately lent the company only $70 million.

      In a blog post on Thursday, DoE spokesman Damien LaVera wrote that because of "the strong protections we put in place for taxpayers," the government's loss on the Abound loan likely won't be more than $60 million once the liquidation process is complete.

      "While disappointing, this outcome reflects the basic fact that investing in innovative companies -- as Congress intended the Department to do when it established the program -- carries some risk," LaVera wrote.

  78. BroilJAB wrote:

    Fox claimed the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya was a spontaneous reaction to a video.

    Did you see what they did to the filmmaker?

    Glad we live in a free America under Obama now.

  79. You are right Rufus, it was less money lost.

    Abound Solar to Suspend Operations, Will Seek Bankruptcy
    By Christopher Martin and Jim Snyder on June 28, 2012

    Abound Solar Inc., a U.S. solar manufacturer that was awarded a $400 million U.S. loan guarantee, will suspend operations and file for bankruptcy because its panels were too expensive to compete.

    Abound borrowed about $70 million against the guarantee, the Loveland, Colorado-based company said today in a statement. It plans to file for bankruptcy protection in Wilmington, Delaware, next week.

    The failure will follow that of Solyndra LLC, which shut down in August after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the same U.S. Energy Department program. Abound stopped production in February to focus on reducing costs after a global oversupply and increasing competition from China drove down the price of solar panels by half last year.

    “Aggressive pricing actions from Chinese solar-panel companies have made it very difficult for an early stage startup company like Abound to scale in current market conditions,” the company said in the statement.

    U.S. taxpayers may lose $40 million to $60 million on the loan after Abound’s assets are sold and the bankruptcy proceeding closes, Damien LaVera, an Energy Department spokesman, said in a statement today.

    “When the floor fell out on the price of solar panels, Abound’s product was no longer cost competitive,” LaVera said.
    Bankruptcy Warning

    Cliff Stearns, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight panel that has held several hearings and collected thousands of administration e-mails relating to Solyndra’s guarantee, said he didn’t think Abound’s closure warranted its own investigation.

    “We know why they went bankrupt. We warned them they would go bankrupt,” Stearns, a Florida Republican, told reporters today. “The larger question is why the administration was pursuing a green-energy policy in which companies are going bankrupt and wasting taxpayer money.”

    It was only some tens of millions. Solyndra lost over $500 million.

    But, notice, the Republicans warned them about it.

    “The larger question is why the administration was pursuing a green-energy policy in which companies are going bankrupt and wasting taxpayer money.”

  80. So, when the published poll shows Obama ahead by, say, 48-45, he’s really probably losing by 52-48!

    This, remarkably, is just what BubblePlumbPolling is showing.

    Best poll in the polis.

  81. Why do the solar panels that used to sell for $10.00/Watt now sell for Less Than $1.00/Watt.

    1. Why do our solar companies keep going broke?

      (Rufus, if I were in Congress I would vote to fund some of this alternative energy stuff too, see how it works out, but with a lot more accountability. I'd also make my vote contingent on doing everything else as well, nuclear, natural gas, coal, the works)

    2. They do, Bob. An ex. being, the Hydro-fracking technology was developed, and refined with a lot of government money, and research.

      But, the fact is, fossil fuels are finite, and Nuclear is getting more, and more expensive, and controversial.

  82. 28 references to Cayman Accounts in guess whose 2011 Tax Return.

  83. Mitt Romney is definitely a member of the 47% - He Does Not Pay "Income" Taxes.

    1. 40 some-odd entities created solely for "Tax Avoidance."

    2. You are grasping, Rufus.


      And, you always forget, we know Obama cheated on his taxes.

      MSM doesn't cover it.

    3. And none of this tax talk makes any difference anyway.

      It's just the Obama campaign trying to change the subject from all the misery in the country under their watch.

  84. Four bison for sale at the Kentucky State Park!


  85. Replies
    1. :)

      Finally, a refreshing post.


      (I got a great shot of an empty toilet seat along the highway today. A real throne. Can't decide what to name it yet)

    2. The Rural Rufus, maybe, or the Rufus Rural Refuse, perhaps. I'll sleep on it.

  86. Love this guy, or hate this guy (there was a time when I despised him,) what he's saying, here, is something we all need to think about:

    What's working


  87. Regarding Romney and the presidency, Emmett cites a bit of Mormon lore called the White Horse Prophecy that has floated around since the time of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. It suggests that Mormons believe a time will come when the U.S. Constitution is eroding and Mormon leaders will save it and usher in a new theocracy with Mormons in charge. Emmett’s great-great-grandfather talked about it. In a discourse from 1855, Young wrote that "when the Constitution hangs, as it were, upon a single thread, they will have to call for the 'Mormon' Elders to save it from utter destruction; and they will step forth and do it."

    Romney has said that he considers the White Horse Prophecy just a matter of speculation by church members. "I haven't heard my name associated with it or anything of that nature," he told The Salt Lake Tribune in 2007. "That's not official church doctrine…I don't put that at the heart of my religious belief" . . . . . . .

    . . . .

    But Emmett begs to differ. “I can guarantee you that there are millions of Mormons who believe this prophecy and see Romney as potential fulfillment of it,” she says. “As a Mormon, you grow up hearing about this prophecy. I think Mitt believes he has a mandate from God to become president so he can help move this along. I don’t know if it’s a conscious thought, but it's in his subconscious.”

    Emmett says she thinks Romney’s biggest fault is that he has a “serious problem telling the truth. There is flip-flopping, which he has done more than any politician in modern history, and then there is out and out lying,” she says. “This kind of thing has sadly been a part of the church from the very beginning. Some modern apostles actually taught that it is not always the best thing to tell the truth if it interferes with preaching gospel.”

    Brigham Young's Great Grand-daughter talks Mormonism

    1. HAhahahahahhaha

      You are seriously dragging the bottom of the lake bed now, Rufo. First, it's the race card. Then it's the wealth card, then the tax card, forgetting all the while how Obama didn't pay, while Romney actually has paid what he legally owed, and forgetting all the while about Rezko, etal., the Marxist craparoo, the whole seedy past, now you are playing 'the Mormon card', and, I can guarantee the readers, you don't know a god damned thing about Mormonism, or Mormons, Rufus.

      Rufus, you are making a great BIG fool of yourself.

      And, you didn't use to be a fool.

      That is what is sad.

      What's next? The underwear card?

      You tried the wealthy horse card a while back, so, I think it is the fancy expensive celestial underwear card we can expect next.

  88. If you don't have a job (or, if you're severely "underemployed") it doesn't matter how low the interest rate is; you still can't afford the loan.

    And, That is why QE I, and QE II didn't cause inflation, and QE III won't either.

    And, with that, Goodnight. :)

    1. And if you just lost your job as a miner because the Obama EPA put your employer out of business, just like they promised they would do, you are truly shit out of luck.