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The S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Amongst Yourselves

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

30 Responses to “The S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Amongst Yourselves”

  1. Meanwhile, out where honest men and women work in the Land Outside The Beltway
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/.....8892.story

    “Many residents in this conservative region had supported the government shutdown as a way to make Washington more fiscally responsible. “But one appropriate role for these guys is to lend a hand after disasters like this,” Christen said, “and they’re not here.”

    Amount of media interest?

    [crickets]

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    As some here may already have gathered, I’m a big fan of old TV shows from the 60’s. Right now, I’m watching my way through the original MISSION: Impossible series on DVD.

    Inasmuch as the plots from the first three seasons were often rather clever, it occurred to me that the world really hasn’t improved much at all. While the show got its stories from corrupt third-world scenarios, the enemy was clear, not obscure and the IM Force had to manipulate and eliminate the bad guys for the benefit of the West.

    Here we are, almost 50 years later and not much has changed, really. But then, taken on a much larger scale, say…of the Roman Empire and how things change subtly, gradually, almost un-noticeably, there has been change.

    The US is now a laughing stock and not to be feared or respected.

    The effort to remove its superpower status is working and one can only imagine why that is. For the national socialists/statists is it, “Better to rule in hell than serve in heaven”?

    Or, is it more likely that the power-brokers are so concerned about where the salad fork goes, they fail to notice that the Titanic is going down by the bows?

    Or maybe a combination of things.

    However, I thought, “How easy it would be to re-vitalize this series and use all the various ‘crises’ that the democrats have created as well as the turmoil they’ve instigated worldwide as scripts for the show.”

    No need for politicians in the show…US politicians that is because the show most frequently went to “Corruptistan” to oust the despotic leader by setting up a twisted web of distrust amongst all the thugs. It was pure gold.

    I also loved the way they would break the bank of other crooked leaders or steal their gold. Sometimes it was hilarious but always it was gratifying. Another bad guy gets theirs.

    And it would practically write itself. The IM Force has to eliminate some national el presidente who setup a straw purchase of illegal weapons so his own people would be killed by them and he could claim it was all done by the bad guys. A few plot twists here and there, some good drama, and the American people would suddenly be educated on Fast & Furious.

    Sadly though, the producers in hollyweird would want it all to favor the despots and make it seem like the sheiks and dictators were victims of an over-powerful U.S. Thus, such a series would fail in its first week.

    Maybe that’s why it did exactly that when it returned to prime time in 1988 and 89.

    But I can hope, I guess. Maybe the pendulum will eventually swing back the other way. I will be gone from this earth, though, I think by the time that actually happens.

    • The show still comes on Memorial TV Network (Me TV) @ 2am eastern/pacific weeknights. I pick it up the old fashion way, over the antenna.

      http://metvnetwork.com/programs.php?showID=51

      I think it was Peter Graves who once mentioned in an interview that a Russian embassy employee (KGB) asked him why all the ‘bad guys’ had Russian accents. He answered, “Don’t they?”.

    • canary

      Noyzmaker/heh heh. With all the cable and television shows no one dare do a fiction series on the middle-easterners as the bad guys.

      I just came across an old stereo w/8 track. Second one I’ve found that has great pick-up without an antenna.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I watch MeTV as well. I have only an antenna also. Will NOT pay upwards of $100+/month to get channels I will never watch, let alone allow them to poll my viewing habits.

      For some series, well…let me start at the beginning. In my youth I spent many a winter engaged in building models in front of the TV. I hate winter. Not a winter-sports kind of guy. Love summer, spring and fall though. But when the winter weather came, I had no desire to go outside.

      Some 40+ years later though I always said “I’ll NEVER be that twit with all those VHS tapes along the wall, of old TV shows and movies”. Well….when DVD’s came out…I…uh….changed my tune. First it was Star Trek, the original series because it wasn’t on TV over the air anymore. But…it’s great background noise to me when I’m doing an inside project.

      It then went to Lost In Space…where I can confirm that the series sucked in 1966 and it still sucks now. There were two notable episodes though, made better by the outstanding Marcel Hillaire, who closed the show out with “The Junkyard Planet”.

      It then went to “The Wild Wild West” which I missed most episodes of when it was newly aired….but liked it because of the 19th century sci-fi aspect of it. Will Smith re-did the bit and it was ok…but…not up to scratch for the respect I had for Ross Martin as Artemus Gordon who was a master of disguise and was the brains to Bobby Conrad’s brawn.

      But I have in my collection several TV series of the 60’s to include The Addams Family, Gilligan’s Island, The Twilight Zone and many others. And compared to today….the escapist fun of it is what made it so great. Stories so outlandish that they could not be told any other way.

      Today’s sitcom formulas are not going to be timeless. The recent remaking of “Battlestar Galactica” though is going to stand the test of time and will be praised for a long time; It’s also in my collection.

      Sillyness was part of the whole bit though. Maybe “chewing gum for the eyes” as Frank Lloyd Wright stated but when you just want to watch something that doesn’t require a lot of thought and laugh along the way…or just escape totally….much of 1960’s TV accomplished that; A break from reality.

      Many might disagree though. In many ways, TV shows have improved but in many ways they rely too heavily on “impact” I guess, for lack of a better word. The CIS series were fun until they started trying too hard.

      In any case, when I’m building a model, I’ll have either a football game on or have an old episode of a 1960’s TV show on. It’s like hanging out with an old friend.

    • captstubby

      my DVD library probably shares many in your collection.
      may invest in that new fangle BluRay thing someday.
      and i never could paint the Universal Monsters to look like Bamas illustration.

      I also have used “….the escapist fun ” over the years , in trying to give a perspective of the times,especially to my oldest son.
      told him the Bond Movies were Comics for adults.
      and loved every minute of them.
      its simply that;
      FUN.
      the most important ingredient has been entirely omitted from Movies and TV.

      the Liberals have made quiet a living mocking our fathers for what was on the Radio Movies and early Television .
      that this was the same generation the grew up during the War To End All Wars, the First Great Depression, WW2, Korea and Sixties ,
      plus everything life throws at you.
      if they what-ed Real Life, all they had to do was look out the window, they were living it daily.
      the Left actually expect to sell the notion that these people somehow could not distinguish what was entertainment ?
      as if today’s Progressive “hard Hitting Reality” based BS is real?

      sorry to spoil the nostalgia mood .

  3. captstubby

    ” the enemy was clear, not obscure ”
    its still clear today,
    its our own Goverment that is trying to destroy us.

    funny that you brought this up now.
    i too open some Dandelion Wine recently .

    must be the season change.

    oh, have you got to one of my favorite shows yet;

    season 3 episode 4 “mercenaries”

    and i enjoyed it this time as much as i did back then.

    this message will self destruct in…

    • “Because you have not accepted your Mission, Mr. President, this nation will self-destruct in 5,4,3, ..”

    • Rusty Shackleford

      A favorite of mine as well, where Barney melts the bad guys’ gold and drains it out the bottom of the vault.

      Another is one where they ruin all the counterfeit currency that the bad guy has stockpiled.

      My biggest surprise was seeing a (very) young Sam Elliot. When I saw the credit I said, “no way!” but as it turns out….way.

      Paris (Leonard Nimoy) was no replacement for Martin Landau though I thought that Lesley Ann was easier to look at than Barbara, though Barbara did a much better job.

      Of course, somewhat hilarious is Peter Graves’ Aussie/Brit accent which sometimes was halfway decent and in the next scene non-existent. Nimoy couldn’t do accents either.

      Many character stars were in that show and it was fun to see them and then cross-reference them in my mind between Star Trek, Wild Wild West, and even Lost In Space.

      And the cars! Wow…seeing factory stock Ford Galaxys, some 1970 Volvos and the ubiquitous Citroen LeDandy. To say nothing of extensive use of Hudson taxicabs as staff cars for the bad guys, which actually is a passable ploy because eastern bloc nations copied much of the west’s automotive engineering.

      I think it is a show that holds up very well but could be re-done in the fashion that “Battlestar Galactica” was re-done with excellent actors and scripts and making it more substantial than the 1970’s kiddie T&S display with very poor presentation.

      I won’t watch the Tom Cruise movies simply because Greg Morris, “Barney” of the original series walked out during a screening of the first one in the 90’s. If he hated it, then it’s not worth seeing, AFAIC.

    • Rusty, I worked for a guy several years in business development research for his group of companies. This guy was close mouthed about his background until the day I began explaining my view on the relative merits of currency arbitrage and how it affected several of his subsidiaries. He said, let’s got get Lunch.

      To my surprise, we got sack lunches from a Deli and went to Cheesman Park (Denver) where we took a bench well away from other people and he began to tell me about his background. With an Agency of our federal government. As an agent to debauch the currencies of several Western Hemisphere nations. (this was the 80s). He went into quite some detail about who, how and why and I never again spoke to him of leveraging currency values, arbitrage or any other direct financial matters. There was no point in my hauling coal to Newcastle. He was the source of my education re: Money in a manner that will never be taught in formal educations. Valuable, would be a vast understatement.

      Which plays into your remembrance of melting the gold. There was a tale that day very similar to that which I suspect would be impolitic for me to recount my memory of. But suffice to say, that Episode wasn’t exactly fiction.

      Shhh.

  4. captstubby

    “As always, should the Democrats be caught, the Media will disavow any knowledge of their actions.”

  5. Petronius

    How Tort Lawyers Helped Destroy American Manufacturing

    Perhaps you read that Chrysler is expanding its engine plant in Mexico, adding another 500 jobs-that-Americans-won’t-do. The Saltillo Engine Plant makes the 5.7-liter and the 6.4-liter HEMI engines for the Ram 1500 pickup, the Chrysler 300, the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Chrysler has also added three other plants in Mexico, including one engine plant, a stamping plant, and an assembly plant which makes Ram pickup trucks.

    You may also remember how Nerobama shelled out billions to Chrysler in 2009, ultimately resulting in the acquisition of the company by Fiat and the United Auto Workers retirees’ trust, while also shedding 789 surplus Chrysler dealerships whose owners just happened to be Republicans. It was what Liberals call a two-fer.

    That “investment” in Chrysler is at last paying dividends. In Mexico. For Mexicans.

    Everybody knows how tort lawyers have driven up the cost of health care in America. But the impact of tort lawyers on American manufacturing has attracted little comment.

    The doctrine of strict liability for defective products took root in American tort law by the 1960s. Strict liability, or “enterprise liability” as it is now more generally called, displaced the traditional negligence doctrinal framework of duty, proximate cause, reasonable care, and individualized justice.

    The theoretical thrust of enterprise liability was redistributive justice for victims. But the actual result was to redistribute resources (wealth, money) from American corporations and their owners (stockholders) to attorneys, expert witnesses, and occasionally to individual plaintiffs.

    For plaintiffs’ counsel to win a defective products lawsuit only a few simple steps were required. For manufacturing defects, these were a showing in court of (1) a physical injury plus (2) causation, i.e., that the injury resulted from defendant’s product. For a design defect, you had to show both (1) and (2) together with (3) expert witness testimony that something––anything!––could be done to make the product safer.

    It was no longer necessary to prove that the product was unsafe, or that the warning label or instructions were inadequate. It was only necessary to show that they could have been done better. And once shown, the manufacturer was subject to strict liability for compensatory damages.

    Traditional tort defenses such as the defendant’s reasonable conduct (the company exercised reasonable care to assure the safety of its products), contributory negligence (plaintiff’s misuse or mishandling of the product), assumption of risk (plaintiff knew the item was dangerous), and intervening and superseding cause (other, external risk factors were involved) were no longer of any avail.

    Moreover, the defendant’s liability was not always to the individual victim, but across-the-board to an entire class of victims. The litigation was no longer a matter of individual justice between two parties. It was a public affair with social goals.

    By the 1960s, an ethos of victimization had permeated our culture and spilled over into American jurisprudence. According to this ethos, individuals could be broadly grouped as “disadvantaged” or “privileged.” Among the disadvantaged could be found various subgroups of sufferers, whose suffering was perceived as socially unjust. The status of these subgroups was something that society was deemed to be responsible to remedy. The conclusion was that certain groups of victims deserved to be compensated, and somebody had to be held accountable. And the injured parties deserved to be compensated not as individuals receiving corrective justice on an individualized basis as a matter of moral principle, but instead as members of a class, as a particular set of victims. Among those victims recognized in law were those who had been injured by defective products.

    In this climate the manufacturers, as well as distributors and retailers involved in sale of the products, were deemed to be privileged and able to compensate those who suffered. Sometimes manufacturers were made strictly liable even when they had no knowledge that their products were defective or dangerous, e.g., the asbestos cases, before medical researchers had discovered a link between asbestos fibers and lung disease. In the asbestos cases, liability was assessed and damages awarded based not on traditional doctrines of negligence law, but on theories of public policy and social justice.

    Strict product liability has led to such famous cases as Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants (the hot coffee case), the case of the passenger who sued the cruise liner after getting his feet sunburned while lounging in a deck chair, and Maclaren, the manufacturer of quality baby strollers, which was bankrupted in litigation after a baby’s finger was clipped in a hinge.

    The rationale behind enterprise liability was the deep pockets theory––in other words, that companies could protect themselves with liability insurance and could redistribute the costs of insurance premiums and of jury awards for compensatory damage to consumers through price increases. The marketplace pass-through approach seemed to be working fine with other burdens that Liberals inflicted upon the business community, such as corporate taxes and government regulations, so why not also with the costs of liability?

    Indeed, some manufactures, such as tobacco companies, had good pricing power. But many others, such as auto companies, did not. The introduction of free trade and stiff foreign competition made it almost impossible for most American businesses to raise prices as a practical matter. And as many companies discovered, having once been burned in product litigation, they could not thereafter qualify for liability insurance. Instead, they found themselves placed at the mercy of tort lawyers and the idiosyncrasies of American jurors.

    Under the ethos of victimization, mass tort suits became popular, and generated a new culture of tort lawyering. These class action lawsuits and the resulting settlements engulfed entire industries. Once the courts had signaled their receptiveness to claims grounded in strict liability, it was only a matter of time before litigators took advantage. As they did so, however, these mass tort suits created an unfriendly business environment, so that manufacturers were incentivized to leave the United States.

    American companies that tried to stay American were bankrupted by a quadruple whammy of tort litigation, taxation, over-regulation, and unionization. And so American companies––assailed on all sides by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (tax collectors, regulators, unions, and tort lawyers)––moved abroad to find greener pastures.

    Products once made in America are now made in China or in other emerging markets by Chinese or other foreign companies and then exported to the United States for sale to American consumers. The foreign companies that make these products are essentially immune from tort liability, since most of them have little if any wealth-presence in America that might be subject to redistribution. Many of them are slippery characters who play by fast-and-loose rules, and are judgment proof even in their home countries. Moreover, since they do not operate in the United States, they are not subject to the burdens imposed on American businesses by the Federal and State taxing authorities, regulatory agencies, and labor unions. And as all of us have sometimes seen, goods imported from China under our free trade agreements may have serious defects that cause injuries or property damage.

    The result for America has been a slow economic decay since the 1960s, including bankruptcy for once proud American businesses that attempted to stay American (GM, Chrysler, Delphi, AIG, airlines, railroads, etc.); losses for their shareholders; closed factories; unemployed American workers who have lost good manufacturing jobs; ruin of America’s industrial base; bankruptcy of cities and towns; government bailouts and take-overs; and harm or at least disappointment for American consumers swamped with cheap, shoddy, and sometimes dangerous foreign-made goods.

    Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said that the practice of law is the prediction of what courts will decide. When the traditional doctrinal elements of negligence law––duty, proximate cause, reasonable care, and the various defenses––lose their meaning, tort law is no longer the subject of logic, common sense, individual justice, moral principle, and precedent. Instead tort law becomes the subject of shifting social policy considerations and the emotional exuberances of juries. As such the law becomes unpredictable. When the law is unpredictable, what happens then to the rule of law?

    We may recall that as the tort lawyers filed their medical malpractice claims, and medical liability careened out of control, generating unnecessary medical tests and procedures, and driving the cost of health insurance premiums higher and higher, the pressures mounted for government operation of the health insurance industry, leading at last to the passage of ObamaCare, its successful fight through the Supreme Court, and ultimately driving all of us toward the government takeover of the entire US health care system with higher costs for less treatment. Something similar has happened with American auto companies.

    In the last decade of the twentieth century there were signs that courts had begun a slow retreat from enterprise liability and a return to traditional negligence doctrines. But the damage has been done, and the shift, if it comes, may come too late. For now the Age of Obama is upon us, and American businesses face a whole new range of existential threats.

    • This is Truth to 16 decimal points

    • canary

      All I know is GE sent their energy saving and old light bulbs factories to Mexico. You can tell by the packaging and lumens and all, that they are garbage with little output, and way overpriced for such garbage. Is Walmart and Target which only carries the ones made in Mexico are making a killing off overpriced garbage.

  6. captstubby

    Petronius ;

    M: “It happens to be 3 a.m. When do you sleep 007?”
    Bond: “Never on the firm’s time, Sir.”

  7. Astravogel

    Drudge Report today (13 October) says that EBT (aka Food Stamps, the Dole, &c)
    cards quit in 17 states. Computer ‘glitch’ Xerox said. One commentor said shopping
    was pleasant again, and to do this every month. Sure looks good for our health records.

  8. How to understand the democrat party’s thinking via the social welfare state

    3. This relationship between government and the governed properly diminishes the sovereignty of the individual in favor of the state. As a political entity, the state is superior to the individual and is prior to the individual. Moreover, the individual cannot exist without the state. For these reasons the individual must be subordinate to the state. Any contest between an individual’s claim of authority over himself and his property, on the one hand, and the state’s claim of authority over him and his property, on the other hand, is to be settled in favor of the latter, barring exceptional circumstances.
    The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., M.D. page 240 paragraph two. http://tinyurl.com/kemed3e

    So there you have it. The democrats treat us like we are ALL on welfare, because we are, the SOCIAL WELFARE STATE. You don’t own those federal parks and malls, the government does, which is a separate entity from “The People” which is exactly why there are two separate and unequal entities in America: The American People & Washingtonians.

    • Mith, from CANYON, third Volume of my trilogy … this excerpt speaks to the penumbra of how I believe the 14th Amendment and 13th Amendment are interpreted behind the closed doors of Privy Councils.

      [excerpt]

      Two men sat at a kitchen table. The year, 2001. The attack on the World Trade Center still raw in the emotions, shaping this Autumn late afternoon. Leaves scattering across the yard in the wind, catching up in small piles against a corner of the fence looked like an artist’s palette with its many dabs of color. A Fall change of season storm coming. The nation in shock.
      “It’s one of many dates which changed the nature of America from what our founding fathers set forth into what we are today.”
      “The Fourteenth Amendment? Really, Dad?”
      “Let’s step back and look at the wording of the Thirteenth Amendment, first.” Murray Solomon sat back in the kitchen chair, recited from memory. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” He pulled on his coffee, looked at his son. “Can you tell me why this language is so dangerous?”
      Ethan Solomon just watched his Father’s eyes. Waiting.
      “Alright. Maybe you’ll cover this one day at law school, but I suspect not. The Thirteenth says involuntary servitude. It says nothing outlawing voluntary servitude.” He rocked the chair back on its legs.
      “Dad, slavery is dead and who on Earth would volunteer for servitude as this Amendment envisions?”
      “Son, if you’re going to be a lawyer you’ve got to do a lot better than that.”
      “Then explain it to me.”
      Murray set the chair back down, “It hasn’t happened yet, but someday it will. Judicial process in this country is drifting every year farther away from original intent. Finding things in the Law which aren’t there. Do you remember Arnold Marks?”
      “Sure.”
      “Our esteemed neighbor and attorney for the Justice Department told me one night over a cookout about new thought in the legal process coming out of academics in the Northeast. Law departments and their progressive research staffs. Said it was beginning to seep into Justice.”
      “Okay, what?”
      “That involuntary servitude to federal or state demands should be looked upon as voluntary servitude because of the right to vote. We have a representative form of government. We, the people elect Representatives and Senators to do our business for us in Washington. These, in turn, appoint the many people who run the actual business of government.”
      “I’m following you.”
      ‘If these elected representatives decide that you or I must do that which is contrary to our natural freedom it will be decided in the Courts as voluntary servitude because we freely elected these men and women to decide for us.” He paused, “Do you see?’
      “That’s bullshit, Dad.”
      “Bullshit has no meaning to legal theorists, son. Nothing at all.”
      “Under that kind of reasoning you’re saying the government can force us to do things and call it voluntary because we voted for it?”
      “The Thirteenth says nothing to define voluntary servitude.”
      Ethan watched his Father carefully. He was the smartest man he’d yet known and his opinion was almost always worth paying attention to. Except for girls and cars and music. Then he was just a Father.
      “Dad, that sounds a lot like the kind of reasoning that led Germans to turn on the Jews.”
      “Doesn’t it just?”
      “Why on earth would ..?”
      “Nationalized medicine.”
      “ .. what?”
      “The Democrat Party and left leaning Republicans have been plotting for decades how to get to nationalized medicine. Their true aim is revealed by Lenin. Who said socialized medicine is the keystone arch of the socialist state. That’s their aim. And that’s how strong America’s foundations are that ever since Progressives became fashionable during the Civil War, that mindset has been working to transform America into Socialism.”
      “You’re saying socialized medicine will be approved under the Thirteenth Amendment?”
      “Not at all. I’m saying that when they finally have the right environment to push for nationalized medicine the back-room arguments among the men and women who decide such things will be along the lines of the people volunteered for this because they voluntarily voted for those who passed the legislation bringing it to pass.”
      “Holy shit, Dad, that’s diabolical.”
      “Quit using those words around me, son. If you’re going to be a trial lawyer you’ve got to start housecleaning what comes out of your mouth.”
      “Yes, sir.”
      “True all the same. But we started with the Fourteenth Amendment. In this,” he stretched out his arms, “our discussion how did this all come about. It’s a trail of small deviations that in the end have steered the mighty USS America so far off course we’re actually going backwards.”
      “So, tell me. What’s with the 14th?”
      “July 9, 1868. Congress voted to make Law what Lincoln had forced with bullets and bayonets. Prior to the War Between the States citizenship was referred to, and this is the critical point, as belonging to those people among the several States. Nowhere in the Constitution is there reference to a U.S. citizen. It only recognizes the Citizens of each State. Until the Fourteenth Amendment we were Citizens of each State. Look it up at Article IV, Section 2 and Paragraph 1. What Lincoln accomplished through the distraction of his war, and what his centralized federalist movement accomplished was to create, whole cloth, an entirely new definition, or class of citizen. The citizen of the United States. This had never been before. Prior to Lincoln’s war America was constructed along the ideals of Jefferson. A voluntary union of confederated states. Confederated sovereign States. One polity formed out of sovereign states. With a central authority to carry out the business and will of those States. America was turned on its head and gutted by Lincoln’s war, from sovereign states in union with one another, coerced by the victors into a nation of forced unity, ruled by a centralized federalism superior to state sovereignty.”
      “That’s not how my Constitutional Law and Government class explained it.”
      “I daresay. But I will say this, and I want you to listen closely.”
      Ethan nodded.
      “It is vital to keep you distracted from intellectually reasoning out these things. It’s not necessarily part of each Professor’s job description to distract you from thinking this through for yourself, but it is their job to keep you on their straight and narrow. The community of Law cannot have you being a free thinker. You must conform in order to enter their fraternity. Distraction is their primary strategy.”
      “Distraction by what?” Ethan asked, a little too curt. No one, especially the young likes to be told they’ve been a sucker.
      “Work. Requirements. Forced behavioral patterns. Expectations. The promise of inclusion if you perform according to their assumptions. Distractions come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Mostly distraction arises in presumption, something we do to ourselves. Presuming an assembly of words means what we think it means. Instead of tearing it apart and applying context to what is said or written. Not being distracted means ..”
      “Yeah yeah, I know. Keeping your eye on the ball. ..”
      “ .. eye on the .. yes, exactly. It takes concentration and purpose to keep yourself from being caught up in the endless distractions flying around all the time.”
      “Alright, then,” Ethan stood from the table, “time for me to not be distracted into being late for my study group.”
      “I love you, son.”
      “Yeah,” Ethan said as he put on his coat and hand on door, “me too, Dad.”
      As Ethan’s shadow moved down the sidewalk towards his bus stop Murray said in his mind, “Stay focused son. Distraction is everywhere and getting worse.”

      GBJ

    • In short, there are two competing political thoughts that seep into the legal profession.

      #1: The Constitution outlines what the federal government CAN do, and if it’s not listed, it’s a state obligation. (Conservative thinking)

      #2: If the Constitution DOESN’T specifically list what the federal government CAN’T do, then it’s the federal government’s responsibility to do it, using the “Necessary and Proper” clause to accomplish it. (liberal “thinking”)

      Also,

      #1: Our rights are “inalienable” or permanent, definite, god-given, unable to be taken away, an absolute. (Conservative thinking)

      #2: The citizen’s rights are relative to the time, the need, and the circumstances. Gun rights are not “absolute” because a killer may not possess a gun, nor the mentally ill. And from there, the door is open to gradually eliminate the right until it no longer exists, circumventing the unpopular and tedious mechanism in place to amend the Constitution of a right liberals don’t want you to have. (liberal “thinking”)

  9. Svengali Mithrandir January 2, 2013 at 11:23 pm
    Sweetness-Light.com http://tinyurl.com/lfsgbtc

    ****WARNING WARNING WARNING****

    Just so you are not disappointed in the future, the Republicans generally couldn’t make a cogent argument for NOT RAISING TAXES in the fiscal cliff negotiations, be rest assured of a few more things:

    ►The debt ceiling WILL go up, with some ridiculous promises that will never happen. It will be kicked down the road as it always has, and nothing will change. The Republicans can’t withstand the headlines, “Republicans Don’t Want to Fund _______!!!”

    ►The Hurricane Sandy funding WILL go out, chock-full of pork and other useless things, because Republicans can’t stand the heat of the debate when they know the only argument to hit the airwaves is, “Republicans Hate Hurricane Sandy Victims!”

    ►Obamacare WILL be implemented on schedule despite the House of Representatives controlling spending, they will not withhold spending b/c the argument will be, “Republicans Want to Take Your Health Care Away!!!!”

    ►Any other event that comes up, Republicans will cave in this fashion:
    1. Do a lot of posturing and sabre-rattling.
    2. Take a couple straw polls to show they are rock-ribbed.
    3. Get beat up in the media.
    4. Harry Reid / Biden / Obama / Pelosi will get their speeches all over the airwaves.
    5. Republicans go on Sunday morning talk shows to be interrogated, and will be totally unprepared, and fail to make their counter-point.
    6. Wait until the last minute, hoping their voters will give them credit for it.
    7. Cave in to whatever democrats want.
    8. A scrap will be thrown to the Republicans, so they can go out and say, “Well, the overall bill is good, despite agreeing to party-crushing, humiliating, constitution-smashing agreements, BUT at least we got ______________ in the agreement!–tee hee!”

    –That was 9, going on 10 months ago. It appears that I was right then, and will probably be right again, as Republicans are retreating more than the person who invented retreating: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-G.....-GOP-Offer

  10. canary

    GetBackJack/

    -“Meanwhile, out where honest men and women work in the Land Outside The Beltway
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/…..8892.story
    Amount of media interest?”-

    Agree. Just shocking this did not make the media. The red state should haul some of 75,000 dead cattle to the capital and dump them to rot in DC.

    Well, at least this happened in a civil red state where gangs and thugs won’t be banging and looting like after New Orleans.

    • canary

      Just googled key words.

      Not even FOX, AP, & South Dakota’s Governor site updates have yet to mention one word from our foreign potas.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      DailyMail.co.uk: China overdoes cloud seeding to end drought… and blankets Beijing in snow

      Nov 2 2009

      Chinese weather scientists were embarrassingly caught out by a sudden cold snap yesterday.
      They had decided to ‘seed’ clouds with chemicals to produce rain and ease a drought in Beijing.

      The operation went exactly as they had hoped – except that temperatures dropped sharply and the precipitation fell as snow.

      It kept going for half the day, blanketing the capital’s streets and hitting air and road travel. It was the earliest snow in Beijing for ten years.

      Chinese meteorologists have for years been honing the technique of making rain by injecting special chemicals into clouds.

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new.....z2hdyh39ge
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  11. Astravogel

    Wal Mart in Mansfield, Louisiana, allowed EBT card holders to shop
    anyway, although there was no way of determining whether they had
    any funds therein. The shelves got cleaned out. When the ‘glitch’ was
    fixed, one woman had $700 worth of groceries and .49 cents on her
    card. Her math skills were so poor that she didn’t know her balance,
    I suppose. I credit Wal Mart for allowing this, however, as kids did
    get fed. Drudge Report 14 October, 2013.

  12. canary

    Breaking News. The Washington Redskins have officially changed their name.
    They removed Washington from their name because
    They found it embarrassing.
    Go Redskins! Kick them back Redskins!

    • As a 1/32nd Meherrin Indian, I must say I agree with the above name change. As a lifelong Redskin fan, these limp wristed phonies who claim to be offended by the name of a sports team need to get a life, or I’ll get out my scalpin’ blade.

      Although, after much consideration and introspective thought, I do admit they need to change one thing for sure, their whole defense!

  13. canary

    Obama tells entire World he has to stop focusing on bloggers and so should everyone else.

    You can blindly listen to Obama in one of his little speeches and he never fails to speak like a tyrant.

    “… And now that the government has reopened and this threat to our economy is removed, all of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists, and the bloggers, and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do, and that’s grow this economy, create good jobs, strengthen the middle class, educate our kids, lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul. That’s why we’re here. That should be our focus.”

    Obama is a veracious follower of the news the old press guy told us. Forgot his name, but he came out dissing Obama again, saying that Obama was making a fool of himself over the government shutdown b.s. He was one of his older staff that also said he was veracious speaker. And then we had Michello saying Obama is a tireless veracious note (as in sticky notes too) reader who kept up with every move that goes on during his administration when getting flack for all that travel, sports, fun, and fundraisers before last re-election.

    He also wrote he spent a lot of time listening to Rush and Sean Hannity in the evenings, giving more names. How they did not get under his skin, but you know they did or he wouldn’t have
    lied in his dam book, and then told America to quit listening to Rush.

    And! Knowing things were signed he again blamed the Tea Party for the government shutdown, making that twice now. I guess he’s not as cute as waving a little ole tea bag in front of an audience full of supporters and school age children in Missouri laughing at the participants of the Tea Party. Obama is trying to revive the Tea Party and so he must have a s tragedy behind it, so I think the Tea Party should rename it self just like the Democrats always rename everything.

  14. captstubby

    this slipped past my radar,
    its been a long week and i do believe we all need this about now.

    Gary Sinise named an Honorary Marine
    Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, pins an eagle, globe and anchor emblem lapel pin on actor and musician Gary A. Sinise after naming him an honorary Marine at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., on Aug. 29, 2013.

    Gary Sinise, the actor who played Lt. Dan in the 1993 movie “Forrest Gump,” has been named an Honorary Marine.
    Gen. James F. Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, said Sinise earned the recognition because of his efforts to support military veterans.
    “There is little I can say to enhance the rich reputation Gary Sinise has earned,” Amos said during a ceremony at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. “What I can do, what I am privileged and proud to do, is to recognize this humble patriot’s selfless service by making him an Honorary Marine.”

    120824-N-IV546-039 WASHINGTON (Aug. 24, 2012) Fleet Master Chief Michael Stevens delivers remarks during a ceremony to name Gary Sinise as a honorary chief petty officer at the Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center. Stevens presented the privilege on behalf of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick D. West. Stevens was named as the next MCPON. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass
    On June 8, 2011, he put on a real space suit to become one of the few people to fly in a U-2 spy plane at up to 70,000 feet
    Sinise is a supporter of various veterans’ organizations, both personally and through the Lt. Dan Band. He frequently performs on USO tours at military bases around the world.
    Sinise is also on the Advisory Council of Hope For The Warriors, a national non-profit dedicated to provide a full cycle of non-medical care to combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen from each military branch.
    Sinise has co-narrated the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C
    Sinise serves as the National Spokesperson for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. He spends much of his time raising awareness for the Memorial and other veterans’ service organizations
    Sinise narrates the online virtual tour for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and spoke at the centennial celebration of Reagan’s birth at the library in February 2011.

    • canary

      Good fine. Many military charity organizations, disabled vet conventions, endless with his time.
      Such a prestigious award I would like to see footage.

    • canary

      That said, and starting with a new paragraph as to not spoil the moment he earned, my first thought is the chief commander and the fake 1st wife and v.p.’s wife 1 minute commercials of fraud to the country of their 1 lady and vp lady in charge; all must be boiling and seething by the contrast of disdain they deserve and earned. grrrrrrrrwwww.

  15. Petronius

    Late on Wednesday Congress raised the debt ceiling (lending ceiling).

    On Thursday the Federal debt crossed the $17 trillion threshold.

    $328 billion in new debt was added in one day.

    That is over $1,000 for every man, woman, and child in America. In one day.

    And Nerobama told us that raising the debt ceiling wouldn’t result in more debt.

    Wow. It took him only one day to break that promise.

    What a whopper. What a liar.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com.....n-first-t/


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