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Thursday Morning News: Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime

At this time next week, I will be lolling on a beach in Maui.  Ahhhhh.   I can hardly wait to get out of the stifling humidity of NJ, a humidity I haven’t been able to escape now that my AC is kaput and I am determined to ride out the rest of the summer without it.  (Well, that plus the fact that a replacement is supposed to cost me nearly $6000 for my modest townhouse.  Does that number seem high?)  The AC went out after the plane tickets were bought so Maui it is and I do not regret it.  If the pictures are accurate, here’s where I’ll be having breakfast next Thursday.


On to the news:

Corzine is still trailing Christie in the race for New Jersey’s governor.  It doesn’t look like Corzine has closed the gap much.  Christie leads by 12+%  The DailyKos poll has him leading by only 8%. which is the most optimistic poll.  With DailyKos polling only the Obama supporters who are men between the ages of 14-30, with jobs in the finance industry who have posters of Jon Favreau on the walls of their bedrooms in their mom’s house, that’s still not good news for Corzine.  Ya’know, you can’t blame this on racism, not that the Kossacks won’t try. Hmmm, maybe Corzine should have tried harder to be a good Democratic governor instead of a DINO placeholder.  Oh, well!  Too late to cram for it now.

Simon Johnson at baselinescenario is following the Fed’s claims that it can protect consumers better than a new Consumer Protection agency of the type that Elizabeth Warren favors.  Johnson’s not buying it.  It’s not part of the Fed’s scope or mandate and it doesn’t work in the Fed’s favor.   Part of an ongoing series of arguments that are not to me missed.

Alegre points to a piece by Peter Daou on the Overton Window at The Huffington Post.  I can’t disagree with anything in Daou’s piece but I think what is getting overlooked is the reason that Obama started in the center and worked his way right.  I think this was part of the design in electing Obama in the first place.  The establishment press loved him because they knew he would be weak and beholden to them for getting him into office in the first place.  It explains why Michelle has been deep-sixed on the political stage and relegated to a Republican First Lady style public role.  It’s to keep the press at bay.  So much for feminism in the White House.  Obama’s reluctance to start left and negotiate from there indicates a fear of the press, who would have savaged him on the health care issue.  So far, the media is supporting his plan, with the exception of the Limbaughs and other right wingers.  That worries me because the establishment media doesn’t like change.  Obama could have used his political capital and his majorities in both houses to come out of the inauguration like gangbusters and take everyone by surprise with a well constructed universal health care plan that would cut out the middle men.  That didn’t happen and I don’t think it was just fear of the media that prevented him from doing it.

But what is preventing Obama from doing it?  I keep reading “faith based” musings from Democrats and liberals who assume that Obama has some greater purpose that he isn’t telling us yet.  Like this one from Robin Wells:

Joking aside, I have this fervent belief that Obama has somewhere, deep down in his pockets, the keys to escape.

Or this one from Michael Moore:

I take all of the things that make me nervous about the decisions that Obama has made, and I look and them through that lens – that it’s some kind of master plan. It’s like his continued support of a government-run option for health care. If a true public option is enacted – and Obama knows this – it will eventually bring about a single-payer system, because the profit-making insurance companies won’t be able to compete with a government plan and make the profits they want to make. At some point most of them will probably have to bow out of the business.

It sort of reminds me of Saint Paul telling us that we see through a glass darkly but soon all will be made clear.  Surely, the judgment day is coming when Obama will return and smite his enemies and usher in an era of liberal paradise.  We cannot know the day or the hour.  But it’s coming.  We mere mortals shouldn’t question his ways of Obama.  Um, this is creepy.  I even see Paul Krugman almost slipping into this mindset.  But the signs do not point to an Armageddon followed by 1000 years of New Deal-Great Society 2.0.  Can we just put away the glazed out expressions and deal with reality here?  Obama is not a god and we don’t have to make burnt offerings and read the smoke to figure out what he wants.  There is no such thing as 11 dimensional chess.  He’s just not a very strong or progressive president and he’s not going to save the day.  Period.

And here’s a cold dose of reality from the New York Times for the believers.  In Obama Injects Himself Into Health Care Talks, the veil is pulled back to show that Obama already cut deals for undermining the public option back in the spring:

In pursuing his proposed overhaul of the health care system, President Obama has consistently presented himself as aloof from the legislative fray, merely offering broad principles. Prominent among them is the creation of a strong, government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers and press for lower costs.

Behind the scenes, however, Mr. Obama and his advisers have been quite active, sometimes negotiating deals with a degree of cold-eyed political realism potentially at odds with the president’s rhetoric.

Last month, for example, hospital officials were poised to appear at the White House to announce a deal limiting their industry’s share of the costs of the overhaul proposal when a wave of jitters swept through the group. Senator Max Baucus, the Finance Committee chairman and a party to the deal, had abruptly pulled out of the event. Was he backing away from his end of the deal?

Not to worry, Jim Messina, deputy White House chief of staff, told the lobbyists, according to White House officials and lobbyists briefed on the call. The White House was standing behind the deal, Mr. Messina said, capping the industry’s costs at a maximum of $155 billion over 10 years in trade for its political support.

Some Democrats and industry lobbyists now argue that, in negotiating deals through Mr. Baucus’s panel with powerful health care interests, the White House was tacitly signaling as early as last spring that it might end up accepting something more modest than the government insurer the president has said he prefers.

The Rapture ain’t coming.

I don’t like to dwell on the trivial and distracting but here are two takes on Hillary’s (quite understandable) retort to a student journalist in Africa who asked whether she deferred to the Big Dawg while doing her job.  Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian thinks Clinton is due some respect for the job she has taken on and gets no credit for.  Tina Brown, that middle aged mean girl at The Daily Beast writes the most loathesome piece of tripe I’ve read since Sally Quinn told Hillary to take some time off after the primaries and visit an ashram or something to get her moral bearings.  (Wasn’t Sally Quinn the woman who ended her husband’s first marriage with an affair?  Someone remind me.)  One can almost imagine MoDo, Quinn and Brown doing lunch and plotting their next nasty knifing of a powerful woman.  What exactly is their problem with powerful women anyway?  Is it that nastiness is the only power they possess?  Ok, I’ve given these people waaay too much time.  Moving on…

Yes, that’s Tina Fey playing teacher.

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  1. Flip-flopper or lying crapweasel?:

  2. I think POTUS is lazy. I was struck by the many vacations taken during the campaign Everything put forth has been written by congress. Where was the admin’s stimulus bill not to mention health care legislation? Everyday, I’m more convinced he’s the errand boy. Unfortunately, he’s not “delivering.”

    • Lazy? He has a way to go to catch up to George W, who by 911 had set a record for time away from the White House.
      But then see my Molly Ivins comment below.

      In 2000 Michael Moore came out for Nadir because in his opinion there was little difference between the two parties.
      Well, he was dead wrong about Al Gore, Partly right about John Kerry (his endorsing Obama despite his constituents overwhelmingly voting for Hillary proves he’s a sell out) and right on the money about Barack Obama with that opinion.

      I visited his website to find his position on Obama’s “reform” vs Single Payer, he is pussyfooting around the issue. I guess he doesn’t want to upset the O-bots out of fear they’ll boycott his new movie. Capitalism: A Love Story.
      Sorry, Mike, looks like Fahrenheit 911 is the only DVD of yours that I’ll be owning if you can’t speak out against this give-a-way to the very same industry you skewered in Sicko.

      • Michael Moore is no better than the talking heads on FOX News he hates. He is a coward who only knows how to stand up to authority when it is the Republicans and he knows the progressives have his back. But he doesn’t have the courage to call out Obamacare and fight for single payer. From now on I will ignore him whenever he opens his big mouth the next time a Republican is in office. We all know it’s to line his pockets with money with a new documentary that will probably still blame Bush for what is happening with the economy right now.

    • Those of us who were actually studying the candidates (vs. believing the media) knew that, yes, the guy is lazy and never worked very hard in any of his prior jobs/elected positions (also perhaps why his collegiate records are sealed/missing??) so why expect something different if he became President?

      • I prefer to stay away from the word ‘lazy’, which is too easily associated with ‘shiftless’. Let’s not go there. Besides, I don’t think it’s true. I think he’s just massively self-absorbed in the best ambitious but empty, corporate executive sense of the word.

  3. Oh, what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive! (Sir Walter Scott)

    Lying always come back to kick the liar in the butt.

    The problem with lying is it takes a lot of effort to remember all the lies — which is why 0zero has trouble speaking without his teleprompter.

    Health care is a mess and it is getting messier.

    • Only if you have an honest media and no legions of adoring ‘bots to make excuses.
      Obama is like Bush in that respect. A fawning media (that would have been howling for Al Gore’s head had he been president on 911) and a group of dead enders that would have approved of him stealing candy from babies.

  4. It turns out that the question to Hillary WAS NOT mistranslated – the student did ask Hillary what “Mr. Clinton” thought.

    • oy ve.


    • Another correction: those huge Obama-as-Hitler posters at the protests? Turns out they’re coming from the Lyndon LaRouche far-left supporters.

    • I thought that would turn out to be the case. I noticed on the video that she hesitated and looked around at the translators before answering the question. Since the question was asked in French I figured she had just enough knowledge of the language to catch the meaning.

      • but the student apologized afterward and said he meant to say President Obama. Huh?

      • The two women on the stage weren’t translators, neither were opening their mouths as the student put his question.

        • I just heard a clip of Tina Brown on Morning Joe & it was appalling. She said, “The problem is, her (HRC) triphas gone a week too long & we just need to bring her home…she’s hot, she’s tired, she feels fat & she just needs to get home.” How incredibly patronizing, insulting & retro! She “feels fat?!” Hillary is witnessing stories of massive, brutal rape as a terrorist tool & Tina thinks her focus is on her hair & weight? How petty & inane can she be? And this is TB being ” nice @ supportive.” Murphy: if you are reading, can you do a reponse prowl to TB?

    • Some things remain the same.
      Any of you remember when his writer’s lame jokes would flop, David Letterman would utter the name Buttafouco and the dimbulb audience would titter.
      All the late night “comedians” would go to a Clinton/Monica joke when they start to lose the audience.
      Same for the media, they go with what works, a public more interested in the latest missing blond cheerleader story rather than news that, thanks to Wall Street and Obama, they will be living under a bridge with the rest of the home;less soon.

  5. Drudge Report:

    RASMUSSEN POLL: Obama Approval Rating Falls to New Low: 47 %… Developing…

    • More polls:

      Pew Research Center shows 61% of those polled say the people are protesting is appropriate (part of democracy). Only 34% thought it was inappropriate or “un-American.”

      Also shows that Independents, in watching the protests and the media/WH response to them, are becoming MORE sympathetic to the protestors’ views by a 2 to 1 margin.

      Lesson learned: Sneering and name-calling does NOT help the cause. Looking at you, Nancy Pelosi.

      • On the left side of this page, Media Matters sets the record straight — Pelosi and Hoyer weren’t calling the protestors “unAmerican.” Instead, they were calling the protestors’ disruptive TACTICS – unAmerican.
        Got it now?

        Lordy, Lordy – the spin, the spin!!
        Uh – the tactics aren’t happening by themselves – but are performed by PEOPLE – supposedly those “unAmerican” types.

        • I wonder how she is going to work, threatening to put an end to the primaries to FORCE Hillary out…hemmm. I see a little re-writing going on here.

        • uh…and how do they justify her suggestion that they’re all Nazis?

          • good question, thank you very much.

            Apparently Independents don’t like the way Pelosi treated the protestors, period.

            There were lots of claims made: un-American, Nazis , racists, crazies, aud nauseum.

            Doesn’t matter what Media Matters says. The Independents were offended by the name-calling.

            That’s what will matter in 2010.

          • In other news, Dianne Feinstein has complained to the White House that Obama’s political operation, Organizing for America, is “deluging” her offices without making appointments beforehand.

            “Tactics,” indeed. LOL

  6. Let’s face it, the only people who couldn’t predict just how Obama’s health care debacle was gonna play out were the willfully blind who refused to see him as he has always been. Unfortunately, even some of those who know better allowed themselves to believe that on this one issue, he would somehow, some way, for some reason, be different.

    • All of these supposedly keen “progressives,” like Moore, didn’t bother to see where his funds were coming from, or research his Chicago background? It was all there–with very little digging. Pathetic.

      • Yep. And even Frank Rich never informed his readers of the information clearly posted on opensecrets.org, describing the huge donations Obama got from the big health corporation involved.

        Pathetic indeed. It was all there, if they had looked.

      • Heck, they wouldn’t even answer questions from those of their own ideological bent.

        When I asked I got the “its unimportant because Congress is just gonna change whatever he creates anyway.” How IS that going anyway?

        The guy had no plan even as he took the helm to be party leader and supposedly next up is “social security” Oh goody.

    • Cinie, that post you wrote the other day on your blog about why single payer is off the table was excellent!

    • Charlie Brown: meet Lucy and her football

  7. Here in the Richmond Va area, you can cool about 2500 sq.ft. for around $3500. That doesn’t buy the top-of-the-line unit but will get you a good energy-efficient 2nd tier one. You can save by getting an off-brand unit (that is built by the same people who make some of the name brand ones) but is less expensive for lack of the brand name. Many ac contractors sell them with their own names on them.Usually they have a 10 year warranty on them the same as the brand name ones.

    • We are having to replace one of ours. Spending a little more than $3500, but don’t forget, if you get a 15 SEER or higher, you are eligible for a tax break up to $1500. The tax break is good through 2010.

      • I have already replaced 2 furnaces and 1 ac since I have lived here. I have 2-zone and 2 of everything. Yikes!I’m saving up for the last ac but sounds like I should get it done before the tax break goes away. I need to check the SEER on the one I already replaced,too. Thanks for the tip!

        • I know what you mean. This two-zone stuff is a pain in the wallet. We’re replacing one, but I know the second one is in our future.

          I’m surprised that whomever sold you the most recent ac unit didn’t tell you about the tax break.

      • We just replaced our 2 1/2 ton unit with a 3 ton Bryant which is a cheaper version of Carrier for $2100. They also replaced the ‘return’ which was only large enough for the 2 1/2 ton unit and led into the house. The only reason we could upgrade without replacing the heating unit and coil within the garage was because that was rated for 3 tons.

        IIRC. We were told if you try and order a 16 SEER unit and higher they have to be specially ordered which takes about a month for them to finally receive. So plan ahead if you are going that route. And that the tax rebate only really applies if you replace the whole heating and cooling unit from what the estimators said. Which is where the $6000 to $12,000 price tags come in.

        A further tip it appears a lot of the a/c installers do not like the new R-22 units. You have to replace the entire HVAC system. It runs at a higher pressure than current units and since a/c companies have started placing zinc in with the copper. It appears the new coolant is corrosive to copper. Which is what is within all a/c units. So you might have a first generation R-22 unit with only copper, as they need to get rid of that supply. So be sure and check what generation it is. And just to add another bit of interest there is copper tubing used outside of the ac units so that is also subject to corrosion. It might be good to chat up the estimators when they come out about the R-22 units and get a few estimates from them for different set ups.

        I found a great website that runs down all of this with actual a/c installers offering advice prior to inviting out several installation companies. Just reading this site gave me a better foundation for asking questions and making sure the estimates were accurate. They are great at answering questions as well, but the with the wealth of information already offered on the forum, I didn’t need to ask.


        Hope this helps.

    • True enough. I purchases an American Standard, which is made by Trane.

  8. RD: very excited for you going to Hawaii, though a tad jealous.

    The Brown piece was actually quite objective by Tina’s standards. I guess I’m so used to seeing her spew like Dowd that I was surprised she actually gave Hillary any “support” at all. Of course, the ridiculous mention of her hair in the humidity is just idiotic. They all think they are so special, with their HuffPo & Beast & Times. I wouldn’t even have lunch with them, because you can imagine exactly what it would be like–self-important, superficial gossip.

  9. Meanwhile, real pioneers are busy working:

    Clinton heads to Liberia to show women power

    Clinton has made women’s rights a key theme on her 11-day tour, which included a lightning visit to the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to comfort survivors of a rape epidemic.


  10. In case I forget, RD, have a wonderful, wonderful time on your vacation!

  11. Retail sales dip 0.1 percent in July
    Retail sales post unexpected 0.1 percent decline in July, raising new worries about consumers

    The Commerce Department says retail sales fell 0.1 percent last month, a much worse performance than the 0.7 percent gain that economists had expected.


  12. My question is why the camera was covering this woman and not the speaker? Seems kinda fishy to me.

  13. RD, when I went to Maui 14 years ago, Kapalua Bay had the best seafood buffet on Friday’s nights. Don’t know if they still do it, but it’s excellent.

  14. That Tina Brown piece pi$$ed me off when I read it. She implies that Clinton was in a bad mood because the humidity was causing her to have a bad hair day and maybe she was annoyed with Bill for partying on his birthday without her. STFU Tina.

    • Believe it or not, Tina Brown was largely complimentary to Hillary on “Morning Joe” today, stating that she has been “nearly flawless” as SOS, and then somewhat deteriorated by stating that he percieved gaffes on the African tour were due to pushing too hard. Frankly, I agree with her that Florida in 2000 was a gift from one brother to another.

      • Liberals, if you can call them that, are so used to keeping the debate far right that they now actually apologize when one of their own points out obvious facts, like FL was not the best show of democracy as a presidential election was decided there where the governor was the brother of one of the candidates. She didn’t even say it was a gift. Democrats are so pathetic. I wish Hill were President now. She’s not afraid of reality-based arguments, even if they offend the media and the right wing.

  15. Why oh why did I read that Brown piece?!?!?

    It never ceases to amaze me just how many of these writers are able to fit inside of Hillary’s head and become psychoanaylists. I can’t think of any other single person who has been written about in this way so consistently for so long. This one takes the cake for me.

    What a hack, she runs about as deep as the kiddie pool. ARRGH!

    • Ugh. I can’t even force myself to read her anymore. She and her fellow women writers should get some psychoanalysis for themselves. Maybe they can overcome their Queen Bees and wannabes envy of Hillary.

    • She obviously has trouble with her own hair, and with being middle aged. And just projects it onto Hillary.

      I would much rather not have read that piece either.

  16. Think of replacing the AC this winter. In off season many units are discounted because of new models coming out the following season. Also ask about used models. Some units are installed and the purchaser decides it is not powerful enough or too noisy, etc and they are replaced after a very short use and still have a good warranty.

    President Obama did not want to do any health stuff this year. His priority was the bank bailout and he used all of his juice for that even though the public was very much against it. He had stalled on health reform until his base demanded it, then they tried to rush it though just like the bank bailout. He seems very disinterested to me with the health reform with vague conflicting malarkey being spouted. The protests are being met with criticism that has nothing to do with health reform because they cannot counter criticism with anything specific in the bill and they do not seem to know what they are talking about. He sounds like a car salesman selling a vehicle that he knows nothing about as in “Yes it gets 500 miles per gallon and you are an evil person for asking that”.

    • Agree. Sneering and name calling is not a productive way to convince the public that your plan is a good one. Especially Independents, who won’t play tribal games. That’s WHY they’re Independents.

      All it has actually done, is backfire.

      • New accusation from Harry Reid himself: Protestors are “evil-mongers.”

        Does he know how many single payer advocates are attending these meetings?


  17. Dick unleashed. Cheney Uncloaks His Frustration With Bush

    “Cheney’s imprint on law and policy, achieved during the first term at the peak of his influence, had faded considerably by the time he and Bush left office. Bush halted the waterboarding of accused terrorists, closed secret CIA prisons, sought congressional blessing for domestic surveillance, and reached out diplomatically to Iran and North Korea, which Cheney believed to be ripe for “regime change.””



    • Heh:

      “In the second term, he felt Bush was moving away from him,” said a participant in the recent gathering, describing Cheney’s reply. “He said Bush was shackled by the public reaction and the criticism he took. Bush was more malleable to that. The implication was that Bush had gone soft on him, or rather Bush had hardened against Cheney’s advice. He’d showed an independence that Cheney didn’t see coming.

      The puppet became a real boy?

      • And it only took 4 freakin years!

      • I read somewhere recently that in his last year in office, Bill Clinton was a fairly frequent visitor in the White House. He was helping Bush with post-presidency plans or something. I wonder if it was more than that?

  18. Clinton’s Flash of Pique in Congo

    Mrs. Clinton’s answer on Monday has quickly become the No. 1 sound bite from her trip. Her whole seven-nation Africa tour, which has had quite serious intentions, like combating Congo’s appalling rape epidemic and raising her personal profile within President Obama’s administration, may end up being reduced to this:


    Yea, well maaaaybe the reason it has become the “# sound bite and focus of her trip” is because you idiots frame everything about her that way! They largely ignore the detailed work she is doing as SOS, but if she sighs the “wrong” way, it’s news for f*cking weeks. I am so tired of the juvenile nature of the media.

  19. Karma. Specter behind Toomey by double digits in PA general.


    Sestak is closer to Toomey but he’s behind Specter in the primary.

    • Harry Reid and now Arlen Specter victims of the anti-Obama ground swell.

      • Couldn’t happen to 2 more deserving guys!

        Unless we were to lose control of the Senate…oh…I forgot….we already have!

  20. It isn’t fear of the media that is pushing Obama to the right, it’s the money.
    When I read that NYT excerpt I was struck by a Molly Ivins moment. George W. Bush would do the same thing when governor of Texas. Publicly he would come out in support of a certain piece of legislation then do backroom deals to scuttle it. I’m going to have to dig out my copy of Shrub and reread it for more clues to Obama’s methods.
    When Health Care “Reform” goes down in flames or if some abomination gets passed he has ready made scapegoats in the form of the Blue Dogs and republicans, the O-bots will eat it up.

    • Try reading this- Paul Street “Obama’s Audacious Deference” a review of the “Audacity of Hope”.

      It’s from January 2007 and he had Obama’s number back then.

      The piece begins.
      Now that Barack Obama has made the obvious next to finally official by declaring a presidential “exploratory committee,” we can be sure that the Republicans Noise Machine will portray him as a dangerous agent of the “left.” The claim that the centrist, corporate-neoliberal Obama is a man of the left will be totally absurd …

      It also leads me to wonder if Scialabba bothered to read Obama’s book beyond the dust jacket. Did Scialabba see the part where Obama relates youthful discomfort with his college roommates’ “irresponsible” criticism of “capitalism” and then confesses respect for Ronald Reagan’s supposed success in embodying what Obama calls “American’s longing for order” (p. 31)?

      How about the part where Obama commends “the need to raise money from economic elites to finance elections” for “prevent[ing] Democrats…from straying too far from the center” and for marginalizing “those within the Democratic Party who tend toward zealotry” (p. 38) and “radical ideas” (like peace and justice)?

      Paul Street is a “veteran radical historian, journalist, and activist and anti-centrist political commentator in Iowa City, Iowa. Street is the author of Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004), Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era (New York, NY: Routledge, 2005), and Still Separate, Unequal: Race, Place, and Policy in Chicago (Chicago, 2005). Street’s next book is Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: A Living Black Chicago History (New York, 2007).”


  21. With DailyKos polling only the Obama supporters who are men between the ages of 14-30, with jobs in the finance industry who have posters of Jon Favreau on the walls of their bedrooms in their mom’s house …

    Can’t stop laughing!

    Have a great vacation.

    • How, sad, they still think women don’t count…here is some shocking news:
      Women Count


      • Be counted, sign the petition!

        • I signed the petition.
          With backtrack in office I really do not have a whole lot of hope that things will change. But maybe it is a beginning.



          • We may have a good chance, because they can see we are not going back and sitting quietly with only 17% representation in governance. Nope, we are not going to sit down and be quiet!

            Thanks for signing. 🙂

  22. Roubini’s not buying all the Happy Talk:

    A ‘Jobless’ And ‘Wageless’ Recovery?
    Nouriel Roubini

    These factors suggest a sluggish economic recovery for the U.S. in the coming years until new sources of growth emerge (such as exports to emerging markets, investment, new energy and technology). Factors such as unsustainable public debt, higher structural unemployment, lower credit growth and higher taxes in the future will also constrain growth.


    • yup, yup, yup

    • I’ve been saying this for months, and I’m not even an economist.. It’s just common sense. Obama’s various bailout programs have only bailed out business, not the consumer. Too much emphasis has been placed on allowing capitalism and free markets to do their jobs, but, historically, the “laissez-faire” approach to economics has never–repeat, never–been a winner.

      What we need now is an FDR approach to what ails us, along with a more Japanese approach to having a government policy that favors certain types of manufacturing. Unless we go back to a manufacturing economy, we are all dead in the water.

      • Wouldn’t it be great if the US started manufacturing items again?

        I would love to buy items once every decade again and pay a higher price for a living wage and quality rather than made in China stuff that often breaks after a few uses.

        Recently bought a set of tongs that worked one time. It’s not like tongs are high tech or that I was lifting a side of beef with them. And don’t get me started on can openers, never thought I would miss that avocado one from the thrift store. It was ugly, old and loud but it worked forever.

  23. Just found out that the New Statesman did a special on “Obama’s Empire” on July 30.

    “The 44th president of the United States was elected amid hopes that he would roll back his country’s global dominance. Today, he is commander-in-chief of an unprecedented network of military bases that is still expanding. ”


  24. This is from Judith Warner’s blog in today’s NYT. She gets it–please comment.


    • I went over and posted.



    • >>>>There could have been no more dramatic setting: Overruling the security fears of her aides, she traveled to eastern Congo, where hundreds of thousands of women have been raped over the past decade. She visited a refugee camp and met with one woman who was gang-raped while eight months pregnant; she heard of another who’d been sexually assaulted with a rifle. She was told of babies cut from their mothers’ bodies with razors. She spoke of “evil in its basest form.” She promised $17 million to fight sexual violence.
      And back home, all anyone could talk about was Bill.

  25. http://hotair.com/archives/2009/08/13/rasmussen-toomey-leading-specter-by-double-digits-after-townhalls/

    This does not look good for dems in Pa



  26. Such precise ways of putting things RD.

    ps: have all kinds of fun next week…
    or bliss or? You will…

    I can barely take the news anymore. It’s insane, and, why does everything seem like it is slipping bigly into a non Rapture?

    ps; I just saw Violet has a whole new design up! Fab. And i got my upgrade plus wireless wonderment and so I can see the films now!

    I was really missing what you were putting…..


    hugs from the socal beach pal….

  27. Riverdaughter
    Have a great time on your vacation. See the beautiful sights, rest, enjoy the time with your daughter.



  28. RD, have a wonderful time in Maui. It’s my favorite place on earth. I prefer the Waimea coast, but the last time I was there (15 years ago, I’m sorry to say) we stayed in Kapalua and had a great time.

    Someone above made a good suggestion on waiting until, say, November to purchase the new a/c unit. Under no circumstances should you be paying more than $3500. Keep looking, talk to friends, and do some serious research, because anyone who’s quoting you a $6000 price tag must think you have a big “X” chalked on your back.

    • Good advice.

      We called out like 7-8 different companies for estimates and went with a company that we had a history with for different service.

      Just talking with several of them you could tell who was trying to pad the bill with unnecessary items and who was genuinely helpful.

      One estimator was looking to cut a huge new hole in our kitchen ceiling rather than use the current system in the hall. The look on my face stopped that. His estimate was $1500 higher than the company we used. Which had a great reputation and we had previous experience with.

  29. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/aug/13/new-jobless-claims-rise-unexpectedly-while-continu/

    Tell me again how things are getting better !!!!!!

    Second link to follow

  30. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/aug/13/retail-sales-dip-01-percent-july/

    less people working = less people buying !!!!!!!!



  31. Great round-up, RD. And yeah, the level of faith-based, “he really is the messiah if only we poor non-believers had eyes to see” is creepy as hell.

  32. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090813/ap_on_bi_ge/us_foreclosure_rates

    So far it looks like July sucked !!!!!!!



  33. “I keep reading “faith based” musings from Democrats and liberals who assume that Obama has some greater purpose that he isn’t telling us yet.” … and his promise of “government transparency” equals OXYMORON. Anyone who buys it? Just MORON!

  34. yay, riverdaughter!
    “…Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian thinks Clinton is due some respect for the job she has taken on and gets no credit for. Tina Brown, that middle aged mean girl at The Daily Beast writes the most loathesome piece of tripe I’ve read …. One can almost imagine MoDo, Quinn and Brown doing lunch and plotting their next nasty knifing of a powerful woman. What exactly is their problem with powerful women anyway? Is it that nastiness is the only power they possess? Ok, I’ve given these people waaay too much time.”

    that about sums it up! mean, selfish and truly ignorant, they think their s%#t doesn’t stink!

  35. […] 14, 2009 · Leave a Comment Riverdaughter: I keep reading “faith based” musings from Democrats and liberals who assume that Obama has […]

  36. I heard a caller ask a guest on Diane Reem’s NPR show about how to check donations from Healthcare related companies to Congressmen/women. The guest on the show mentioned Opensecrets.org and the fact that ou are a you can look up the donation information. Ms. Reem was surprised. She hadn’t known about the site before. This is our source for information. Its really bad when all of us at home know more than the talking heads of media. Ms Reem has really lost my respect this year. Of course, in her mind, Obama can do no wrong and any criticism means you are a Republican Right Winger.

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