“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."

Monday, September 03, 2012

Nooo, not that veil.

Veiled Female News Anchor May Signal Waning of Secular Egypt

 CAIRO — A long-standing ban against veiled women newscasters on Egyptian state TV was lifted over the weekend, following a decision by the new Islamist-dominated government's top media official. It was a decision that drew applause from women who wear the veil, and condemnation from others who adhere to a more secular society. Fatma Nabil, the new veiled TV anchor, was shown delivering the afternoon newscast with a male anchor on Egypt's Channel One station. Egyptian Information Minister Salah Abdel Maksoud, who belongs to the politically influential Muslim Brotherhood, told the press Saturday that more veiled women announcers were being recruited by state TV, after secular-leaning regimes banned them for decades.


  1. Russia's grain export prices are expected to rise further this week after Egypt, the world's biggest wheat importer, bought 240,000 tonnes of Russian wheat this weekend. Egypt's General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) agreed to buy Russian wheat from Venus, Glencore and Soyuz during its fourth international wheat purchase since the July 1 start of the 2012/13 fiscal year.

  2. Last Jewish synagogue has been forced to close in Egypt.

    Christian Copts are next on the hit list.

    1. So what do Obama/Hillary do?

      U.S. Nears Aid Deal to Relieve $1 Billion in Egyptian Debt...

  3. I'm not sure if you folks know it, but there are really 50 separate elections for President--here's one, for example -

    North Carolina

    Poll Date Sample MoE Romney (R) Obama (D) Spread
    RCP Average 8/22 - 9/2 -- -- 47.3 45.3 Romney +2.0
    PPP (D) 8/31 - 9/2 1012 LV 3.1 48 48 Tie
    High Point/SurveyUSA 8/26 - 8/30 543 RV 4.3 46 43 Romney +3
    Elon Univ./Charlotte Observer 8/25 - 8/30 1089 LV 3.0 47 43 Romney +4
    CNN/Time 8/22 - 8/26 766 LV 3.0 48 47 Romney +1

    See All North Carolina: Romney vs. Obama Polling Data

  4. Judge Assem el-Gohari, the official in Egypt's justice ministry responsible for tracing embezzled funds, also expressed frustration at Britain's response.


    Shortly after Mubarak's downfall, Egypt's interim government called on the West to freeze the assets of several former regime members who were suspected of siphoning public money.

    According to the BBC probe, Britain took 37 days to begin carrying out the request, in contrast to Switzerland, which began freezing assets within half-an-hour.

  5. The Mexican maid asked for a pay increase.

    The wife was very upset about this and decided to talk to her about the raise.

    She asked, “Now Maria, why do you want a pay increase?”

    Maria: “Well, Señora, there are tree reasons why I wanna increaze. The first is that I iron better than you.”

    Wife: “Who said you iron better than me?”

    Maria: “Jor huzban he say so.”

    Wife: “Oh yeah?”

    Maria: “The second reason eez that I am a better cook than you.”

    Wife: “Nonsense, who said you were a better cook than me?”

    Maria: “Jor hozban did”

    Wife increasingly agitated: “Oh he did, did he?”

    Maria: “The third reason is that I am better at sex than you in the bed.”

    Wife, really boiling now and through gritted teeth asks, “And did my husband say that as well?”

    Maria: “No Señora… The gardener did.”

    Wife: “So how much do you want?”

  6. :)

    And we read now too that the Egyptians have moved tanks into the Sinai. To fight the terrorists, they say. So far, no tank battles with the terrorists have been reported. They are of course in the process of negating the peace treaty. Some people here used to piss and moan about the money we were paying the Egyptians and the Israelis through the peace treaty deal. It worked for three decades and more keeping the peace. Now, the Egyptians are in the process of negating the peace treaty, still getting paid, and the Muslim Brotherhood now controls all those wonderful weapons our technology built.

    Wonnerful, wonnerful.....

  7. Taking a look through Obama's mid east veil -

    And there you have it -- Obama's strategy revealed. He will not stop Iran's development of nuclear-tipped missiles -- although we have the power to do so, especially in a joint effort with Israel, or even in by a unilateral Israeli strike covertly supplied and supported by the US. Instead, Obama will rely on an antimissile defense system to counter the incomings from the Islamic Republic of Iran, whether aimed at Israel or others among Iran's enemies in the region (we've already been threatened with military retaliation should the US act against Syria).

    Read more:

    wonnerful, wonnerful

  8. Colorado

    Poll Date Sample MoE Obama (D) Romney (R) Spread
    RCP Average 7/31 - 9/2 -- -- 47.6 46.6 Obama +1.0
    PPP (D) 8/31 - 9/2 1001 LV 3.1 49 46 Obama +3
    Keating (D) 8/21 - 8/22 500 LV 4.4 48 44 Obama +4
    Purple Strategies 8/13 - 8/14 600 LV 4.0 49 46 Obama +3
    Rasmussen Reports 8/6 - 8/6 500 LV 4.5 47 47 Tie
    CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac 7/31 - 8/6 1463 LV 3.0 45 50 Romney +5

    See All Colorado: Romney vs. Obama Polling Data

  9. Traitor caught in the act -

    Obama's hot mike moment with Medvedev -

    Your foreign policy in an unguarded moment.

  10. But I do have to disagree with the esteemed D'Souza that this is the primary motivating factor that drives Obama's rage.

    Obama's political ambitions have been endorsed by the New Party, The Socialist Party USA (Workers of the World Unite), the Communist Party USA, and of course, the de-facto socialist party of America, the Democratic Party. There is no real secret about where Obama comes from or where he wants to take us. Never in the history of our nation have we had such a powerful leader whose entire life has been so thoroughly steeped in socialist revolution and communist ideology, and who has so openly advocated such anti-American ideas.

    Read more:

    The issue discussed is whether Obama is more motivated by anti-colonialism (d'Souza) or outright Marxism (writer of article).

    I don't see that it matters much.

    The movie 2012 was excellent.

    See it!

  11. I know I'm laying it on pretty heavy, but I have the day off -

    For all the ranting and vilifying of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, unions had zero problems investing money with the firm. As Deroy Murdock of the New York Post wrote on September 1,”Bain’s private-equity executives have enriched dozens of organizations and millions of individuals in the Democratic base — including some who scream most loudly for President Obama’s re-election.”

    Here is the list:

    Government-worker pension funds are the chief beneficiaries of Bain’s economic stewardship. New York-based Preqin uses public documents, news accounts and Freedom of Information requests to track private-equity holdings. Since 2000, Preqin reports, the following funds have entrusted some $1.56 billion to Bain:

    * Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund ($2.2 million)

    * Indiana Public Retirement System ($39.3 million)

    * Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System ($177.1 million)

    * The Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension System ($19.5 million)

    * Maryland State Retirement and Pension System ($117.5 million)

    * Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada ($20.3 million)

    * State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio ($767.3 million)

    * Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System ($231.5 million)

    * Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island ($25 million)

    * San Diego County Employees Retirement Association ($23.5 million)

    * Teacher Retirement System of Texas ($122.5 million)

    * Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System ($15 million)

    These funds aggregate the savings of millions of unionized teachers, social workers, public-health personnel and first responders. Many would be startled to learn that their nest eggs are incubated by the company that Romney launched and the financiers he hired.

    This serves as another undercutting of the president’s pathetic campaign narrative against Mitt Romney and the Republicans. Moreover, Tom Blumer wrote on Newsbusters yesterday, that:

    On August 12, the Boston Globe’s Scott Helman generated a ten web-page tome on Bain and private equity. Included therein was this gem of a quote, which one would think might have raised “uh-oh” alarms among many of Bain’s fiercest critics on the left (at Page 8 of 10; bolds are mine throughout this post):

    Take the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which has some $1.25 billion invested with Bain. A spokesman for the system, Ricardo Duran, says in an e-mail that its fiduciary duty to 856,000 members and their families is paramount. ‘With that as a backdrop,’ he says, ‘the scrutiny generated by a heated election year matters less than the performance the portfolio generates to the fund.’ And private equity, Duran says, has been the best-performing asset class in the system’s portfolio over the past 24 years.

    XXXXXXX A spokesman for the system, Ricardo Duran, says in an e-mail that(((((((( its fiduciary duty to 856,000 members and their families is paramount. ‘With that as a backdrop,’ he says, ‘the scrutiny generated by a heated election year matters less than the performance the portfolio generates to the fund.’)))))))))XXXXXXXX


    Fiduciary duty, what a concept!

    1. .

      Bob, what is there about being a corporate raider and the rest of Romney's history in business that you actually think qualifies him to be president?

      Would it be his ability to leverage up the country and then sell it? Heck, I would think we have Obama, the FED, and Congress leveraging us up enough already.

      Would it be his looking out for the fudiciary interests of his investors. The only 'investors' Romney would have are the corporate fat cats, the banks, and the military industial complex. Once again, I think they are doing pretty well already.

      I know it can't be his mathematical skills your impressed with. Anyone who has looked at his budget proposals would know immediately that the guy can't even manage the simplest addition and subtraction.

      Perhaps, it is just his ethics and overall aptitude for business?

      Here is how Romney handled his fiduciary responsibility with Bain and Company.

      Bain and Company

      This is how he handled the day-to-day at Bain Capital.

      Bain Capital


      Lord, talk about dumb as a skunk.


    2. .

      Romney's corporate history.

      Find a company with significant cash flow. Buy into it through leverage and then leverage it more once you take it over. Skim as much money as you can off the top. Add additional fees, salaries, etc. for you and your peeps. If the company can still survive with all that leverage and the interest associated with it, that's great. You can eventually dump it and make more profit. If it doesn't make it, no problem, you have already got yours up front.

      The presidency is a perfect gig for this guy. Cash flow? heck, you can print as much cash as you want. This is his ultimate wet dream. Leverage it up? Well you are the expert. Skim your share off the top? There's plenty of deals to be made and you always have that golden parachute that is open to all ex-presidents. And if the country doesn't make it? Hey, let's get serious here. The name of the game is maximizing profits for you and your 'investors'. This is only a four to eight year gig not a lifetime job.


    3. Where do you get off using a loaded propaganda term like 'corporate raider'?

      You ought to know better.

      It's a corporate dog eat dog world out there, Quirk. Even little old me, I've been through a hostile takeover myself.

      Again -

      Take the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which has some $1.25 billion invested with Bain.

      Good enough for the socialists teachers in California, who have never made a capitalist buck in their lives, living off the taxpayers dime for salary as they do.

      When they want some results for their retirement fund, they turned to Bain.

      You are disturbing my sleep.

    4. that you actually think qualifies him to be president?

      Because he has shown an ability to deal with the world as it is, not as it should be according to Obama's fantasy, gotten from Frank Marshall Davis, and the terrorist Bill Ayers, and all the others.

      Frank Marshall Davis, and all the others, intellectual and cultural punks of the very first order.

      I'll take Romney. I'd take George Obama.

      As far as your levitating gurus are concerned, well, they are simply not much into economics.

      They may be ultimately metaphysically right about that, are in fact, but they are not going to be able to bring the unemployment rate down.

    5. Give the gurus up, Quirk, at least for this important election.

      Most people simply do not want to navel gaze half or totally naked, and once a week dine on a little alfalfa leaf and water.

    6. The democrats have found themselves at last some fitting housing -

      The Crack Hotels of the DNC
      By John Fund
      September 3, 2012 8:49 P.M.

      The DNC shines the spotlight of the world stage on our Queen City. Delegates from all 50 states, 15,000 journalists, and more than 350 foreign leaders will experience Charlotte . . .

      — Charlotte Business Journal, August 31, 2012

      I can’t speak for the delegates or ther foreign dignitaries, but many of the journalists I have spoken with here are appalled at the accommodations in Charlotte to which they were assigned by the DNC. National Review was assigned to two Knights Inn properties. Everyone who saw them fled immediately across state lines to an available Marriott in South Carolina rather than stay there. As one of our political correspondents reported:

      The Knights Inn was the worst hotel I have ever seen, and I’ve stayed in many bad motels in my life. Two guys were dealing drugs in the room next to me, and a prostitute was working out of the parking lot. And this was in the early afternoon. The room itself was dirty, full of other people’s stuff, etc.

      I have never requested a hotel change in 3 years at NR. This was the first time I felt absolutely compelled.

      It’s not as if the DNC couldn’t have figured out something was wrong with the properties. TripAdvisor had these recent comments on one of the Knights Inn properties: “wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy,” “scared to death,” and “pimps and prostitutes at night.”

      Nor was National Review singled out. Staff members from Politico and the Hill abandoned their assigned hotels, too. Staffers from the Hill found refuge in a cheap Microtel and considered it a comparative oasis.

      Tucker Carlson, editor of The Daily Caller, told me that the Quality Inn his staff was assigned to was “the worst hotel you can imagine.” TripAdvisor carried these recent reviews: “barely a Bates Motel,” “scary area and parking lot,” and “the worst.”

      Some of the scarcity of good hotels is due to Charlotte’s relatively small size. It is the least populous city to host a national convention since the GOP held theirs in New Orleans in 1988, and the Big Easy had lots of hotels because of its popularity with tourists.

      But there really is no excuse for anyone, especially women, to be assigned to hotels that are beyond dingy and in some cases clearly unsafe.

    7. A curious specter will be hovering over the Democratic convention this week. It is the ghost of Frank Marshall Davis, Communist Party USA member 47544 and mentor to a young Barack Obama.

      Read more:

      Frank would fit right in at those motels in Charlotte.

    8. .

      As far as your levitating gurus are concerned, well, they are simply not much into economics.

      And you are into economics? Lordy, Bob, Romney/Ryan have explained to you what they are going to do to you and you still support them. You are evidently a masochist.

      Because he has shown an ability to deal with the world as it is...

      I assume you mean a world of givers and takers, in fact, a zero-sum game world. What amazes me is that you so willingly volunteer to be one of the givers cheerfully smiling as you shout, "Thank you sir, may I have another."

      Move over Chip Diller, it's Bob's turn.


    9. Who's Chip?

      Anyway this -

      What amazes me is that you so willingly volunteer to be one of the givers cheerfully smiling as you shout, "Thank you sir, may I have another."

      is just the way I roll.

      It's in the Bible, and only a fool would try argue with that.

      So you see, Ruf, who accused me of being a 'taker' has it all wrong. I'm a 'giver'. And Ruf is the 'taker' of course, of Casino Cherokee Cash, and farm program cash, through his father, but then he has given back, by saving 'uncountable' lives by selling insurance, life insurance presumably.

      But you, Quirk.....oh well, I won't go into my accountant's report on you again, unless pushed.

    10. Further, in Ruf's defense, it can be stated with certitude that he does 'share' the Cherokee Cash with his white half, because Ruf only has one stomach, unless he is chambered like a cow, and a Budweiser only goes down one way.

  12. An elderly couple, who were both widowed, had been going out with each other for a long time. Urged on by their friends, they decided it was finally time to get married.
    Before the wedding, they went out to dinner and had a long conversation regarding how their marriage might work. They discussed finances, living arrangements and so on.
    Finally, the old gentleman decided it was time to broach the subject of their physical relationship.

    'How do you feel about sex?' he asked, rather tentatively.
    'I would like it infrequently.' she replied.

    The old gentleman sat quietly for a moment, adjusted his glasses, leaned over towards her and whispered –

    'Is that one word or two?'

  13. Since I am going to be in Missoula in a day or two, I was trying to find in For Whom The Bell Tolls where the trees along the avenue to the University of Montana are described. They are still there, just like that. It is in Chapter 16 I think, unless I am totally nuts, always possible, and it is in A Moveable Feast. Couldn't find it, but did find this, always a gen in my mind.

    “Yes,” Karkov said and put the cigarette case away. “I am not a defeatist, you understand, but it is always possible that such serious times might come again and you cannot get this anywhere. Have you seen the communiqué from the Córdoba front? It is very beautiful. It is now my favorite among all the communiqués.” “What did it say?” Robert Jordan had come to Madrid from the Córdoban Front and he had the sudden stiffening that comes when some one jokes about a thing which you yourself may joke about but which they may not. “Tell me?” “Nuestra gloriosa tropa siga avanzando sin perder ni una sola palma de terreno,” Karkov said in his strange Spanish. “It didn’t really say that,” Robert Jordan doubted. “Our glorious troops continue to advance without losing a foot of ground,” Karkov repeated in English. “It is in the communiqué. I will find it for you.” You could remember the men you knew who died in the fighting around Pozoblanco; but it was a joke at Gaylord’s. So that was the way it was at Gaylord's.

    I was going to include a passage from A River Runs Through It about Missoula in my travelogue.

    The people get worse, the further away you get from Missoula, Montana, according to that author.


    Has everyone died, or something, save Sam and I?

  14. Nope. Just not posting much

  15. Replies
    1. Feel like I'm muttering to myself half the time.

      Quirk would agree.

      When he's around.

  16. Good news -

    Hill Poll: Voters say second term undeserved, country is worse off
    By Sheldon Alberts - 09/04/12 05:00 AM ET

    A majority of voters believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago and that President Obama does not deserve reelection, according to a new poll for The Hill.

    Fifty-two percent of likely voters say the nation is in “worse condition” now than in September 2008, while 54 percent say Obama does not deserve reelection based solely on his job performance.

    Only 31 percent of voters believe the nation is in “better condition,” while 15 percent say it is “about the same,” the poll found. Just 40 percent of voters said Obama deserves reelection.

    The results highlight the depth of voter dissatisfaction confronting Obama as he makes his case for a second term at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    They also strongly suggest Democrats need to convince voters the election should be a choice between Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, rather than a referendum on the president.

    Obama’s biggest problem remains voter unhappiness with his handling of the economy.

    Fifty percent of voters said they were “very unsatisfied” with Obama’s stewardship of the economy. Another 8 percent said they were somewhat unsatisfied.

    More voters in The Hill’s poll think Romney will win the fall election than think Obama will win — despite state-by-state polls that suggest the president would have an edge in a number of swing states if the election were held today.

    The poll found 46 percent of voters believe Romney will win the Nov. 6 election, compared to 43 percent who said they expect Obama to win.

    The Hill’s poll was conducted Sept. 2 among 1,000 likely voters by Pulse Opinion Research. It has a 3 percentage point margin of error.

  17. GM had good sales in August. Up 10%. Lots of "small" cars. Something, at least, is working the way it should (according to theory, anyway.)

  18. The good news is: We have a lot of low-hanging fruit in the U.S. - gas hogs that we can replace with more efficient vehicles.

    The Bad news is it takes, on average, five or six years for that fuel-efficient car to filter down to the lower-income "used-car buyer" that needs it the most.



    Things are working the way they should. (According to theory, anyway) When you got a shit President who gives himself a grade of 'incomplete' and a Vice-President Biden, who is the brains of the operation, it's exactly what one would expect.

  20. Obama: I give myself an “incomplete” on the economy

    Poll: Only 31% believe we’re better off than four years ago
    Sep 4, 2012 10:01 AM by Ed Morrissey

    Right in line with theory.

  21. .

    According to R.L. Polk,

    Average age of car on the road: 10.8 years.

    Average lenth car is held by new owner: 6.0 years

    Average time used car is held by a second owner: 50 months


    1. Like I said: Five or Six Years.

      The good news is, Half of the miles driven are by cars Six Years Old, and Newer.

  22. .

    Democratic convention starts today.

    Time to shift over from knocking Romney and start knocking Obama.


  23. I can't knock Obama. I'm too anti-republican right now for that.

    This is a "liquidity-crisis," and the last thing in the world you want in such a situation is the republicans (that got you into the mess, in the first place,) in charge.

  24. Let's knock Obama all week!

    I'm in.

    I hear they have a real shit line-up of speakers.

    County Commissioner from Wakookie County, guy running for sheriff first time from Spokane, some rising illegal star quality immigrant from Tiajuana......nationally and internationally recognized stuff!

  25. the republicans (that got you into the mess, in the first place

    Pure Horse Shit

    It was the democrats and Bwarney Frank and Chris Dodd and Fanny and Freddie, and everybody with a brain knows it.

  26. If Obama finally 'completes the course' we will have unemployment at 20% like Spain, the credit rating of Greece, and a national debt like no one has ever seen, except maybe Weimer Germany.

  27. .

    Criticism No. 1


    The lack of jobs.

    Promises made but not kept about jobs.

    Misplaced priorities.


    The economy is the biggest issue on the voters radar screen in the national polls, the economy in general and jobs. The economy won't get better without demand and demand won't get better until less people are unemployed, underemployed, or working for peanuts.

    Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.

    And Obama is clueless.



    1. Clueless.

      But remember, Biden is the brains of the operation.

      A real confidence builder, that.

    2. Are you suggesting the Feds should belly up, shoulder more debt and spend spend spend to create jobs?

    3. .

      Speaking of clueless, how's it going Ash?

      No, I am not suggesting that at all. In fact, if you followed this blog closely you would realize that I believe neither Obama nor the Pubs can do anything about jobs and that it will take time and the machinations of the business cycle to get us out of the current funk we are in.

      What I am criticizing Obama for is his complete indifference to jobs up until the past few months when he came to recognize it as a political issue. I am criticizing him for promising to bring the unemployment rate down below eight percent and failing to do so. I am blaming him for failing to take actions in his first two years that might have actually helped with jobs. I am blaming him for ignoring issues that were important to the majority of the American people during those first two years and instead pursuing his own agenda. I am blaming him for failing to take action in those first two years when the Dems controlled both houses of Congress that might have actually created some jobs and kick-started the economy. I am blaming him for characterizing the tepid job growth over the past two years as improvement when it doesn't even keep up with population growth much less cut into the unemployment numbers. I am blaming him for prioritizing stimulus money on shovel-ready jobs that weren't shovel-ready and cutting taxes were they didn't need to be cut. I am blaming him for touting the jobs that are being created when half those jobs are low paying and most can't match the salary of those that were lost. I blame him for ignoring the issues of long-term unemployment, declining workforce participation, and shortened average workweek. I blame him for spending three years blaming George Bush for all the problems Obama promised to solve.

      That's what I'm saying Ash.


    4. In other words, you're, basically, just blathering on.

    5. Quirk, buddy, you contradict yourself in that post. The first paragraph states that 'neither the pubs or Obama can create jobs only the business cycle can' and then in the second paragraph you rail on about Obama not creating jobs and not pretending to care about creating jobs. The first complaint is contradictied by your first paragraph and second is suspect as you really have no clue what Obama is thinking i.e. what he is indifferent to.

    6. .

      Oh my mistake, Ruf. I was talking about jobs and I failed to mention peak oil and those dasterdly oil barons. Naturally, you would consider anything that didn't contain those things as blathering.

      You're a one trick pony my friend.


    7. .

      There is no contradiction Ash.

      You asked me what I was suggesting Obama should be doing right now and in the first paragraph I gave you my opinion that there is little he can do right now, just as the FED has shot their wad and are unable to control events, just as the GOP hasn't a clue as to what to do.

      The balance of my post was a shot at Obama for being ignorant of the magnitude of the problems when he took over and/or just feeding the American people a line of bullshit, for making promises he couldn't keep, for failing to recognize or care about one of the two biggest problem facing the US when he took office, for failing to prioritize jobs and instead pursuing his own agenda and wasting political capital early on in his presidency when he controlled both houses of Congress and could have got whatever he wanted, for failing to provide solutions in the stimulus that were actually 'shovel ready' early on when they might have done some good, for trying to to put lipstick on a pig with his stories about the 'progress' he is making on jobs, and for continuing to blame everyone else for his inability to do what he promised he would do.

      Go back and read the original post, Ash. It's not that difficult to follow.


    8. .

      ... second is suspect as you really have no clue what Obama is thinking i.e. what he is indifferent to.

      Nonsense, Ash.

      Unlike some here who listen to what their favorite pol says, drink the kool-aid, and nod their heads, I look at what they do (or don't do) and judge them on their actions.


    9. judge away but you still don't know what he is thinking or cares about. The bulk of your criticism is that Obama pursued health care at the expense of jobs yet you state that there is little he can do about the business cycle. I would suggest that he can multi-task and that, in addition to pushing the health care angle he also pushed congress to spend more and tax more to create jobs and try to address the deficit. The GOP has been particularly intransigent about any additional spending or taxing. Even when he had, as you like to dream, total control the GOP played their filibuster card requiring 2/3rds approavl as opposed to majority control.

      I don't beleive you've drinken any kool-aide, or any other beverage or food that provides food for thought. You are just shooting a howitzer of talking points out stamping your feet in frustration at being powerless in the face of all those dicks you detest.

    10. .

      Obviously, you are entitled to your opinion Ash. My opinion is that you, like Obama, indulge in the blame game merely as an excuse. You talk about filibusters but the filibuster wasn't a problem in stopping Obama from getting Obamacare passed. Why should it have been a problem passing a meaningful jobs bill?

      Excuses are like assholes. Everybody's got one. As for the kool-aid, funny coming from a guy making excuses for a guy who has been making excuses for the last four years, blaming everyone and his brother for the things he hasn't got done. Well, blaming everyone but himself that is.

      Nothing is ever Obama's fault fault according to Obama.

      And Ash shouts "Right on!"


    11. .

      It amuses me that you suggest I am using talking points when I reject all of the talking points on both sides. It's also a little funny that I get blamed by both sides for the same thing.

      The irony is that you buy into the biggest talking point Obama has used in the four years of his presidency, that George Bush is the reason for all the problems we have today and that them bad ol Republicans are the only reason he hasn't been able to fix everything.

      You are always good for a laugh, Ash.


    12. You are the one asserting the immutable business cycle!

  28. Obama wooing the Catholic vote:

    Dem platform backs taxpayers subsidies for abortion through birth
    Manufacturing drop “sharpest” in 3 years in August

  29. Energy and regulation. You might think the above litany would be enough. But Obama wasn't finished.

    He killed the Keystone pipeline. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put that at "more than 250,000 permanent jobs in the long run" that were killed.
    He put a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf (19,000 jobs), restricted Gulf drilling overall, and outright banned drilling in the eastern Gulf for 7 years (230,000 jobs).
    And of course, no drilling in ANWR or offshore on the east or west coasts. But Obama is not against offshore drilling everywhere; he provided $2B in loans to Brazil to drill offshore there.
    The Government Accountability Office estimates that new EPA regulations will result in two to twelve percent of coal plants being closed.
    Obama is not against all energy companies -- just those that actually produce energy. You might have heard of Solyndra, a solar-panel company that received over $500 million in government funding, then went bankrupt. Other government-funded "green" companies that went bankrupt: Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt, Mountain Plaza, and Olsen's Mills. Obama has the reverse-Midas touch when it comes to green energy. (Or maybe it has to do with his "green jobs czar" being a self-described communist.)
    If your child was having an asthma attack and you found yourself without an inhaler (they're not called breathalyzers), you could have made a quick trip to the local drug store and got one over-the-counter. Not anymore. Now you will need a prescription, and it might not work as well.
    And of course, "pro-choice" Democrats are not so pro-choice when it comes to light bulbs.
    Business regulations too numerous to mention: the EPA's climate change regulations, OSHA's "occupational noise" regulation, the EPA's new ozone regulations, Dodd-Frank, the EPA's training requirements for renovation projects, etc.

    Question for the reader: if you were to pivot and focus on jobs like a laser, would you flood the country with new job-killing regulations as fast as your czars could create them?

    I close with a quote.

    "If the president loses in 2012, we will lose too, and the country will once again be in the hands of rightwing extremism. There is no option to the left of President Obama." -Sam Webb, chair of the Communist Party USA, addressing the party in 2010.

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  30. They are paying people, and busing people in trying to fill The Bank of America Stadium.

    They may get her done. The rain gods willing. But what a sad sad spectacle it is.

  31. The three-day convention is expected to draw tens of thousands of people including nearly 6,000 delegates from across the country. Performers include the Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige and Latino power star Marc Anthony.

    During the first two days at the Time Warner Cable Arena, First Lady Michelle Obama, Keynote Speaker and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and former President Bill Clinton are expected to speak. DJ Cassidy, Ledisi, Amber Riley, former American Idol contestant Jessica Sanchez and Branford Marsalis will also take the stage.

    About 15,000 people are expected on the first two days, according to the convention's website.

    High-profile speakers include Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren.

    On Thursday, Obama will accept the nomination at the Bank of America Stadium which has capacity to seat over 73,000 people. Marc Anthony will sing the National Anthem and other musicians performing are the Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, Earth Wind and Fire, James Taylor, Delta Rae and Inspire the Fire.



    the Foo Fighters, Mary J. Bilge and Latino power star Marc Anthony.


  32. Busing the plebs in like Fidel Castro used to do in Havana -

    This is straight sugar cane field stuff -

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – College students from across North Carolina will arrive in Charlotte by the busload. Same with members of predominantly black churches in neighboring South Carolina.

    Their goal: help fill a 74,000-seat outdoor stadium to capacity when President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination Thursday night.

    Anything short of a full house on the final night of the Democratic Party's national convention will be instant fodder for Republicans eager to use empty seats as symbols of waning voter enthusiasm for Obama.

    Democrats have been fretting for months over whether the president can draw a capacity crowd at Bank of America Stadium. Polls show voter enthusiasm is down, as are Obama's crowds for his battleground state campaign rallies.

    Obama advisers insist the stadium will be filled when Obama delivers his speech. Vice President Joe Biden also will speak Thursday night, along with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who will vouch for Obama's national security credentials.

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    1. Gym at Frank Marshall Davis Elementary Commune School??

  34. JOBS?

    Romney wanted to let the entire American Auto Industry go bust. How's That for "creating jobs."

    The work on the Keystone XL Pipeline NEVER STOPPED.

    There are MORE RIGS Drilling in the Gulf than during Bush's Presidency.

    Oil Production IS UP by Over a Million Barrels/Day since Obama took over.

    Iowa, S. Dakota, and, soon, Minnesta get 20% of their Electricity From Wind. Texas gets about 10%, and it's one of the biggest economies in the World.

    California is getting 1,000 Megawatt Hrs from Solar almost every day now.

    Ethanol is Replacing A MILLION BARRELS/DAY of Imported oil.

    1. And, Yet,

      Everytime the Pubs get a chance to kill a JOBS-CREATING RENEWABLE ENERGY BILL, They take it.

    2. .

      Your're post started out with the question on jobs. This is Dem week. What have they done for us lately?

      (See my response to Ash above for the answer.)

      As for the other stuff, I'll get to that as the week winds on.


    3. One of the primary drivers of the "Great Depression" was The Assembly Line. Another was the Farm Tractor.

      Today, you have Robotization, and Computerization.

      We just don't need as many "worker bees."

      The answer, if there is one, is "education, and retraining" - two things the Pubs have fought hammer and tong.

    4. Remember, there are about 3,000,000 Jobs out there going "unfilled." The Employers say they just can't find the qualified workers.

      As far as programs, there have been any number of "capital equipment" tax credit-type programs. The auto industry took hold after the "cash for clunkers" program, that the Republicans hated so much.

    5. .

      As for the 3,000,000 jobs unfilled, one has to take that with a grain of salt. It is one of the many excuses used by the business community when they are being pressured to hire more. It is right up there with "Given the uncertain tax and regulation environment in D.C. right now we can't take the risk of hiring additional people." They have been using that one for the past two years even the companies that benefitted most from government intervention.

      As for taxes, employee costs are written off on a company's taxes. Regulation? They may be combursome in some cases but I don't really buy their direct connection to hiring. If a company needs a worker and can make a profit off him, it will hire him. If it can make the same amount of profit and get by without hiring him it will. If there is insufficient demand to justify hiring a new worker nobody is going to hire him.

      As for the training, with all the college graduates that are availible, there are 3 million jobs sitting idle? Not likely. More likely, there are $3 million jobs out there which require skills the companies are unwilling to pay for. And why should they when they are already making record profits at the employment levels that exist?

      I'm not saying there isn't a shortage of trained people available for some of thes specialized fields; but, I suspect there are enough qualified people. In the past, companies would take qualified people and train them for specialized work. It appears that might not be the case anymore.

      It used to be the last thing you cut in a recession was your workforce. Today it's your first. Companies have established a new normal. As noted in a preceeding post, macro factors such as globalization, robotization, and computerization, have reduced the amount of good paying jobs that were out there. Education and retraining are good ways to attack the problem; however, they are insufficient until there is enough demand to justify additional hiring.

      If the demand is there and a company can profit by hiring an employee it will find a way to get a qualified, trained, productive worker even if it has to do the training itself. If they want to maximize profits, they have to.


    6. .

      There have been numerous studies done on the "cash for clunkers" program and the reviews are mixed ranging from effective stimulus to boondoggle.

      The total cost in these studies to the government range from $2,000 per car to $45,000 per car. An Edmond's study puts it at about $24,000 per car.

      The studies range from the basic to the comprehensive including such things as lost opportunity costs, environmental impact, fuel savings impact, etc.

      However, most agree that the program's effect on jobs and hiring was negligible. There were huge increases in sales in July and August of the first year but those were taken mainly out of existing inventory. Sales plummeted in the following months, from lack of inventory in September and from a normalization of buying patterns in subsequent months. Most studies suggest that the majority of vehicles involved would have been purchased eventually anyway.

      As I recall, it was suggested that only about 125,000 additional sales netted out of the program, an amount insufficient to create new jobs.