127 thoughts on “The GOP’s Political Deficit”

  1. gracious host in the wee small hours of this morning:
    “Bob, today’s heat presents an argument for public nudity.”

    thinking of critters scurrying around critterville au natural is not a good way to start the weekend, boss.

    btw, could those one on ones between prez and speaker have been a way to float various ideas, run stupid flags up the pole and fling feces at the wall to see what sticks by leaking fake plans?

  2. wooohooo

    We’re up very early because the Russian River Peace Navy is setting sail this morning as part of the Healdsburg Water Festival…we’re escorting Vira the only mermaid certified by the state of California….

    I wonder what Obummer will serve at the meeting this AM
    humble pie, crow…

  3. Been wondering whether or not he who must not be named is still an obot, or whether we can write up the obotuary for that relationship, too.

    Politics is the art of culling your supporters until you can all meet in a phone booth, or a restroom stall for repubs.

    I wonder if obummer has reached the phone booth stage yet.

  4. Swear to God, I’m writing in Hill C or Al Gore come primary time–

    Didn’t watch KO last night, despite knowing Gracious Host would be on. Had company all PM, so we watched Paranormal Challenge & made snide remarks about Zak Bagans’ strange taste in shirts. Will try to download this video later though.

    PS The thought occurs to me: if it’s hot enough in DC to warrant public nudity (thank God, it’s not quite that bad here in Knobite Corner yet), I’m sure we’d have a lot of questions answered–like whether Boehner is that color not found in nature all over for starters–

  5. The only way the President can stage a comeback is the time-honored method of forcing resignations and saying, “I got bad advice.”

    I particularly hope we see the end of geithner’s pubic career.

  6. Here is another great example of Free Market Capitalism, the race to the bottom of the barrel in the grand USA. This sounds like a case for Medicare fraud that you can count on.

    More than four in 10 Americans now meet their end in hospice care. Hospice got its start in the 1960s as a social movement. Volunteers, often meeting in schools and church basements, organized care so patients could die at home with loved ones, instead of at the hospital laced with tubes. Hospice care has evolved from its charitable roots into a $14 billion business run mostly for profit.

    During the 2000-2009 period when Medicare’s hospice rolls doubled to 1.1 million patients, the government’s bill quadrupled to $12 billion. The average for-profit patient costs the government $12,609, 29 percent more than a non-profit patient, because the for-profits find people who live longer. Patients stay an average of 98 days in for- profit hospices versus 68 days at non-profits, which have a 0.2 percent profit margin, according to Medicare. The margin at for- profits is 50 times higher at 10 percent. VistaCare ran hospices in 30 states and was bought by Gentiva last year for $1.09 billion. Vitas’s average patient stay is 79 days [$15,721]; Gentiva’s is 92 days [$18,308].

    Kevin J. McNamara, the CEO of Chemed, told analysts in January the key to making money in hospice is minimizing labor costs and increasing back-office efficiency. Vitas’s arc to the top of the industry began when its purchase by Chemed was completed in 2004. Chemed earned $81.8 million last year on $1.28 billion in revenue, with Vitas and its 58,000 patients responsible for 98 percent of profits. Chemed’s other operating unit is the Roto-Rooter drain-cleaning and plumbing chain. Vitas’s efforts to save money on labor have hurt patients, former employees and patients’ relatives said. In 2009, a Medicare oversight report found nearly a third of hospice patients were not getting services in care plans that describe the treatment and visits providers promise to give them.

    Remember that the way you leave hospice is in a box.

    Here is the scary article from Bloomberg.
    Hospices Neglect End of Life
    By Peter Waldman, July 22, 2011 12:04 AM EDT

  7. My Friend Helen Part I
    I have a friend I’ll call Helen. She is 71. During campaigns we address and stuff envelops together. Helen was not quick–minded and she had a speech impediment. Helen’s mother abused and neglected her, and convinced Helen that she was inferior. Through seven decades, Helen’s chief affliction has been her lack of self confidence. But, Helen worked through High School to help support the family, and graduated with her peers when she was 18.
    Helen never married. She supported herself spartanly by working at counter jobs that neither paid well, nor contributed to her health care or pensions. Still, during the 60s and 70s at least, she put a little money into a savings account. She worked diligently on the unyielding concrete floors of W.T. Grant and Woolworths for 50 years.

    To be continued…

  8. My Friend Helen Part II

    On a sleety November morning, Helen stepped out of the little North End cabin she rented, and slipped. She hurt her knees. Over the years arthritis has made things much worse. Now Helen moves around mostly by wheelchair.
    Helen’s income is her Social Security pension money, about $550 per month, which is supplemented by Medicare. She plunders her savings account to pay for supplemental insurance, and to pay for her medicines. She shops at Goodwill, doesn’t drink, gamble, or take dope, but it is still hard for her to get to get by.
    Now, the man for whose campaign she addressed and stuffed envelops, wants Helen to sacrifice a little, so that the bankers, whose swindles nearly broke this nation, can have even lower taxes. That man ought to be ashamed to show his face in public.

  9. Ms Cracker,

    No one is accusing of woo-hooing under false pretenses, or of misappropriating another person’s rightful woo-hoo.

  10. XR

    The one small bright piece of news for your friend Helen is that if plan proposed reorganizing SS comes about, it would bring her up to almost twice what she receives now presuming she could live long enough for it to go into effect.

  11. I called DC to speak with my Toad, Joe (You Lie!) Wilson early yesterday afternoon. The fella who answered the phone said he was on his way back to the district. I asked what he would be doing back here. Was told meeting constituents and going fishing.

    I didn’t unload on the nice fellow (he’s an active duty USMC officer) but asked him to pass my greetings to the Rep along with my take on the economics of the situation and the Goopers role in creating and ‘solving’ it.

    The Marine had served three tours in Iraq, is an Infantry major and insisted on calling me sir despite my remonstrations that he not do so.

  12. Flatus

    Many states are slashing Medicaid to balance their budgets. It would depend on the state. Probably Helen qualifies given her circumstances but no guarantees and certainly no surety in the amount. That’s what makes all this balancing on the back of middle and low income so heinous.

  13. From the previous thread:

    Hillary isn’t the same as Obama. Yes, she is a bit too hawkish. However, she knows how to stand up and fight for what she believes in. She would never let the repubs walk all over her the way Obama has.
    As for a primary challenger, Hillary is probably the only one who would stand any chance against Obama. But even she would face an uphill battle since Obama still has a substantial group of supporters who blindly support him. It would take someone with high name recognition, the ability to raise huge sums of money, and a spine of steel. Hillary is the only one who meets those three conditions. Furthermore, I don’t think she wants to run. All the sexism and racism charges made against her and Bill in ’08 would surface again; we’d have a bloodbath, I believe. We’d weaken Obama more than he has weakened himself, giving the repubs a better shot at the presidency. Hillary knows that. She’s won’t be a party to it.

  14. Hospice is for people who haven’t long to live, which is why people don’t get out of hospice alive. Both my mother and my mother-in-law died post 2000 with the aid of two different non-profit Hospice organizations. One mom died nearby at her own home, Sweetie and I moved in to serve her. The other mom died here in our home. Both moms were terminally ill, otherwise they would not have been allowed into the hospice programs. Both were very well cared for by their hospice staff and by us. Both died in our arms.

    The savings to Medicare, Blue Cross, and Humana were extraordinary, because these two women decided to avoid expensive, but ineffective palliative therapy procedures and long hospital stays. Inexpensive morphine and breakfast in bed worked just as well.

    The dangers of for-profit hospice are three, one of which Purple noted @ 9:34 : declining standards of care in order that the ceo can take more money. Another is that for-profit care givers are strongly motivated to sell ever more care to confused and vulnerable people, defeating one of the very purposes of hospice. The third is that any savings always accrue to the ceo, rather than to patients, staff, stockholders, or insurers.

  15. Flatus,

    How does wilson rate having a Marine Major answering his phone ? My rep has a pimply college student.

  16. So, who do we want to challenge this bustard in dove’s clothing ? As far as I know, Bernie Sanders is the only one who has openly opined that we need a real Dem to challenge obummer.

  17. Question for the press corps to ask, when they aren’t too busy on that terribly important anthony casey story :

    “So, if we all have to make a little sacrifice, Mr. President, what sacrifices are the koch brothers, rupert murdoch, richard scaife, and donald trump going to make under your plan ?”

  18. X, Nanny, I figure it’s because he’s a retired colonel. Why answering the phone? I didn’t ask, but because the boss was gone and it was Friday afternoon, the major let the troops off early and he stayed to watch over the office. He seemed like a thoroughly nice guy. From Pennsylvania.

  19. But I thought active duty military personnel were prohibited from engaging in political activity. Is that a misconception on my part?

  20. He’s assigned there as a staffer for a one-year period–part of a probably worthwhile program of helping critters understand the serving military and vice versa. The officers picked to serve in such positions are hand-picked from a pool of volunteers.

    In so far as their staffing touches the political side of the critter’s activities, special dispensation is granted; but there is no passing of posters or fundraising or anything as tawdry as that.

  21. ronnie, taxes and debt ceilings:

    “…..Reagan did push through deep, across-the-board cuts in tax rates in his first year of the presidency in 1981, fulfilling a campaign promise.

    But the following year he signed the largest peace-time tax increase in U.S. history, the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982. He raised taxes in every succeeding year of his presidency except the last. As California governor, Reagan also signed the biggest tax increase in state history……

    …. during Reagan’s two terms, he presided over 18 increases in the debt ceiling. He even publicly scolded Congress for playing hardball politics with the debt limit and bringing the nation “to the edge of default before facing its responsibility.”


  22. I just had an idea for erasing a fairly large chunk of the debt : sell some assets.

    We don’t really need Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama, and what they’ve got, we can get cheaper from China. They’re expensive to keep up, and hardly worth the effort. We could save tons of money by selling them.

    The trouble will be, once these undesirables become part of India, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, or Japan, how do we keep them from creeping back into the US as illegals ?

  23. We could probably get more for our chunk of Antarctica than we could for South Dakota or Arkansas, but at least we wouldn’t have to take care of them.

    I expect that the Indian casinos would want to buy Dakota for the sacred Black Hills, and they have walleyes in those huge reservoirs.

    Arkansas has access to Some Big Reservoir, plus…uhh.

    We could sell the Alamo. The Zetas would love it. And, they can afford it, and could pay in bales of greenbacks. Those Mexican drug gangs own most of the money in Texas, you know – make the koch brothers look like trailer trash.

  24. I know that a few Texans would be angry if we sold the Alamo to Mexicans, but most Texans come from somewhere else, like Mexico, and don’t really care much.

    And, if Texans don’t want the Zeta’s to buy the Alamo, they can stop the deal by not buying the Zeta’s dope. Between the Alamo and the dope, we know which Texans really care about. ‘Bye, Alamo.

  25. The part where the light dawns.
    by Taylor Marsh

    It’s amateur hour in the White House briefing room, starring Pres. Obama, because he naively bet his whole position on the premise that he could serve up entitlements to seduce Republicans into making him look good with Independents, but instead gets caught in the age old Republican stiff-arm, which hit Obama and his team in the face like a fire hydrant breaking open on a smoldering summer city street. But instead of getting cooled off by the blast it sent Pres. Obama into orbit. Whenever you see him as pissed off as he was on Friday night you can bet he’s worried about his own political hide.

  26. This from Taylor’s piece.

    It’s time for Pres. Obama to simply act like the president and do what he has to. Invoke the 14 Amendment and put to the test what he believes to be true. That in the end We the People will see his reasonableness against the Republicans’ ideological wingnut crackpotism, by simply stating, “I did all I could, but the one thing I wouldn’t do is allow this country to go into default.”

    Then let the chips fall where they may.

    It might even work, too.

    It would certainly be the first principled move Pres. Obama has made since the entire debt ceiling money gunfight began. But Obama doesn’t do principle, he uses them to beat his base over the head.

  27. Jamie,

    Where can I find this “plan” proposed reorganizing Social Security that would bring Helen up to almost twice what she receives?

    I have a friend in Pennsylvania that is on Social Security and was on Medicaid last year. As a result of the 2010 election, Pennsylvania is now solidly Republican with new governor and both branches of the legislature. With the Republican war on social programs including Medicaid he is now $47 over the amount to qualify for Medicaid. He is appealing the ruling.

  28. Purple,

    I wish your friend good health and good luck.

    All I have heard are various plans to either slow the increase in SS benefits or to cut payments approximately $500 from each Soc Sec recipient, about 7.5% of Helen’s annual benefit. These whacks at the well-being of seniors are “balanced” by a plan to permanently lower the top income tax rate to 23%, which stupidly supposes will spur job growth.

    re tax rates spurring job growth, if there were any job growth our rip up rulers would say (in the privacy of their antique chestnut panelled boardrooms) that we have to export more jobs.

  29. X,
    Heck with selling off Antarctica–it’s yet too unexplored, Let’s just use our eminent domain and convert the littoral of Alaska to condo space with toasty-warm beaches compliments of Global Warming supplemented by Tokyo Electric and the Japan Current.

  30. I’m really getting tired of Obama talking about the Democrats as if he isn’t one himself.

    Perhaps he is right.

  31. Jeez, Flatus you are a genius. Good thing I didn’t have a mouth full of coffee.

    Anyway, yah ! And, the funky little restaurants on the boardwalk can sell self-broiling fish.

  32. I feel badly for Amy Winehouse and for those who loved or cared for her.

    I’m not really familiar with her music. It is always tragic when someone is destroyed by their addictions.

  33. PIT

    I published it a few days ago with the chart. Apparently, the lowest amount paid will be 125% of poverty less the Medicare payment. For a single person this was a check of about $1100.

    I’ll see if I can find it again. The ones who got whacked were on the upper end plus proposed means testing. Nothing legislated or even in writing yet.

  34. PIT

    That 125% of poverty was in the Gang of six proposal

    Shift to the chained-CPI (a more accurate measure of inflation) government-wide starting in 2012, along with the following specifications for Social Security: (1) exempt SSI from the shift for five years, and then phase in the shift over the next five years; and (2) provide a minimum benefit equal to 125% of the poverty line for five years.

    Here is the chart: For a single person, this would be $13,613 or $1134 a month less the approx $100 Medicare payment, so your friend would get a shade over $1000. Whether she would be entitled to any additional state assistance on top of that would be the question.

  35. Obama: We Offered Cuts to “Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security”
    By: Jane Hamsher

    It’s been two and a half years since we first said Obama was trying to cut Social Security. Denial is no longer possible. Barack Obama, 7/22/2011, 6:06pm ET:

    “We then offered an additional $650 billion in cuts to entitlement programs — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.”

    Still waiting for the “epic shitstorm.”

    Ha, I hope Jane doesn’t hold her breath waiting for a storm from Democrats??? Not gonna happen..

  36. If the Democratic Party doesn’t stand up to the sanctimonious, lightweight Obama; it deserves to lose.

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  39. Let the dam’ bush tax breaks expire.

    But sell SD, anyway. The ruling Whites have treated the Indians out there so badly for 140 years, it would be really great if the Indians could buy the place and put the Whites on a reservation for a while. HAHAHA

  40. Former Chief of Staff General John Shalikashvili died at 75.

    I suppose the neo-cons will throw a party.

  41. CNN Poll: Drop in liberal support pushes Obama approval rating down
    By: CNN Political Unit

    According to the poll, the president’s 45 percent approval rating is down three points from June. Fifty-four percent of people questioned disapprove of how Obama’s handling his duties, up six points from last month. His 54 percent disapproval rating ties the all-time high in CNN polling that the president initially reached just before last year’s midterm elections.
    “But drill down into that number and you’ll see signs of a stirring discontent on the left,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Thirty-eight percent say they disapprove because President Obama has been too liberal, but 13 percent say they disapprove of Obama because he has not been liberal enough – nearly double what it was in May, when the question was last asked, and the first time that number has hit double digits in Obama’s presidency.”
    Looking at that figure another way, roughly one in four Americans who disapprove of the president say they feel that way because he’s not been liberal enough.

  42. The president wins another round
    But with liberal support at risk, Obama should think twice about a “grand bargain” to cut entitlements

    And while Obama supporters insist the president would never cut Social Security or Medicare, that he’s merely been exploring every possible route to a deal with the GOP (some even suggest he’s faking them out), they ought to remember they’re dealing with a completely unprincipled enemy. The great Digby noticed that right-wingers are already raising money attacking Obama for breaking his promise not to cut Social Security. Check out the conscience-free Erick Erickson’s scurrilous fundraising appeal for the crackpot site Human Events, which is trying to start a Web-based campaign to reach younger voters with the “truth” about Obama:

    Dear RedState Supporter,

    It’s the devastating truth that young voters will believe whatever Barack Obama tells them.

    First he says he’ll never consider cutting Social Security. Now he says he WILL consider cutting Social Security. And the young will go along with it. Just because he says it’s right.

    “Don’t worry, Dad, President Obama says you’ll hardly notice the cuts.”

    If I were counting on Social Security today, I’d be dead scared.

  43. Introducing the GOP’s Divine Right Pledge
    By Michelle Cottle, July 20, 2011 8:16 PM EDT
    Perry is hardly the first to receive a presidential summons from his Heavenly Father. George W. Bush used to speak of how God had made clear that He wanted W. to become commander in chief.

    People that talk to God are religious and it is called payer.
    People that God talks to are psychotic and it is called auditory hallucinations.
    Anyone hearing voices? Palin, Bachmann, Perry!

  44. Ah, me. I also would like to know how he who must not be named is feeling re his hero. Someone said o talks re dems as if he weren’t one, and that made me think. Maybe he feels he isn’t a dem anymore, just as Ike was no longer military after he became pres. Hmmmmm. His vagueness in his first two years gave away his biggest strength, a dem congress, and now he is evaporating. Pretty soon there won’t be a pres,
    don’t you think? But as for the dem party considering a new candidate – HA! The party is responsible for him in the first place. Donna Brazile and all the other o pushers need to be got rid of, and that ain’t gonna happen. We just can’t let a repub get in the white house and need to be getting used to the idea. Maybe a minder for o.

    This heat and drought is beyond a nightmare. Where are all the doubters who snickered and sneered last winter cuz it snowed?

    I haven’t heard much of Amy Whitehouse’s singing, but I liked what I heard. What a shame.

  45. General Shalikashvili is the general that republicans claimed betrayed us by not agreeing with rumdum and cheney.

  46. CBS : “A Justice Department official familiar with this subpoena just told me that the attorney general’s office never saw it and that it had not been submitted to the department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. for review. If that’s correct, it suggests that U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison and Assistant U.S. Attorney Doris Pryor did not follow department regulations requiring the “express authorization of the attorney general” for media subpoenas — and it means that neither Attorney General Eric Holder nor Acting Attorney General Mark Filip were involved.”

    These Assistant US Attorneys sometimes need training wheels before they are allowed out on the front walk.

  47. I’m guessing that 2 – 3 Supreme Court seats will open up in the next 5.58 years.

    Would we like to see a 30 something antonininny replace the senile one ? Would we like to see 30 something alito replace ginzberg ? Would we like a Supreme Court Justice who believes the Donation of Constantine is the basis for US law ? Think of scalia and his intermittant ‘originality’ doctrine, thomas and the “Let’s scrap it and start over fresh” doctrine, alito and the ‘talking wallets’ dogma. How crazy can rip ups make them ? As reagan would say, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Just something to think about it.

  48. Good morning,

    May the Republican’t Brand go down in flames. They are over-brewed!

  49. What is going on with the media? The Central Florida Pipeline spills 30,000 gallons of jet fuel into a creek that feeds into Tampa Bay and there is almost no mention of the event including the St. Pete Times with nothing. When Exxon Mobil spills 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River there is major outrage from the media. Double Standard?

    Officials try to prevent fuel from spilling into Bay

    The Central Florida Pipeline, which carries jet fuel between Orlando and Tampa, was shut down after a section near Mango ruptured Friday night. More than 30,000 gallons of fuel gushed into a creek near E. Broadway Avenue and Williams Road, officials said.

  50. ‘Super Congress': Debt Ceiling Negotiators Aim To Create New Legislative Body
    Ryan Grim

    WASHINGTON — Debt ceiling negotiators think they’ve hit on a solution to address the debt ceiling impasse and the public’s unwillingness to let go of benefits such as Medicare and Social Security that have been earned over a lifetime of work: Create a new Congress.

    This “Super Congress,” composed of members of both chambers and both parties, isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, but would be granted extraordinary new powers. Under a plan put forth by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his counterpart Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), legislation to lift the debt ceiling would be accompanied by the creation of a 12-member panel made up of 12 lawmakers — six from each chamber and six from each party.

  51. “…sell SD…. it would be really great if the Indians could buy the place and put the Whites on a reservation for a while”

    xr, can’t sell. questionable title. don’t own big junks therein like black hills and maybe rapid city.
    speaking of reservations, where’s old friend rez?

  52. Why a New Poll in Ohio Spells Trouble for Obama in 2012
    William Galston

    Over the past half-century, Ohio has been the quintessential bellwether state in presidential elections. That’s why the nascent Obama campaign should be paying careful attention to a Quinnipiac survey of the Buckeye state released this week, which shows the president with weak job approval numbers and an unimpressive lead over Mitt Romney. The Ohio results bolster the view that if the economy doesn’t improve before next November, a majority of the electorate may well be open to the idea of firing the man they placed in charge less than three years ago.

  53. Wow, a ‘super congress’ composed no doubt of ‘super congressmen’. Sounds like a ‘super clusterf–k’ to me.
    Am still looking but can not find any constitutional basis for such an act.
    How dumb can these people get?
    Time for Obama to go it alone, and leave congress out of the equation, they have shirked their responsibility,and can no longer be considered a relevant player.

  54. thinking of rez. thinking of vacations. thinking of lazy sunday music.


  55. patd,
    Hello. The vacation was wonderful.
    Spent time with both our families, and enjoyed the view of a country that has had more than abundant rainfall this year. The country was beautiful and the crops were amazing. Rarely if ever will you see WY and NE as green and lush this time of year.
    Ate well , drank well, and did a lot of sitting on the front porch reading books and listening to music.

    Good to be home and to begin to reconnect with the world, dismal though it be, and begin to catch up with all here.

    Have a good one.

  56. Pat,

    No questionable title. We bought it from Napoleon. At Ft. St. Antoine on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi, the French claimed everything to the west. Presumably, that meant all the way to Alsace. This may be a fatal flaw in French title. However, we cured that flaw when we stole South Dakota fair and square from the Indians, by extorting a peace treaty out of the Oglala, Siseton, Hunkpapa, et alia. Now, we can make out like bandits by letting the same folks redeem it.

    Or, we could sell it to the most crowded country on earth, Monaco. Monaco really needs the lebensraum, and they could have plenty of space for their Grand Prix without having to disrupt businesses. Win-Win.

  57. The people of Greenland would probably like a place that isn’t all black and white. South Dakota is rich in beige.

  58. The re-enactment of the Battle of Bull Run was inconclusive. The reb re-enactors are claiming victory, but they make lots of stupid claims.

    It looks like we are in for a long and fake bloody war of re-enactments.

  59. I don’t know if I would want to fly right now. Another example of stupidity at work.

    FAA Shutdown Leads to Widespread Job Loss, Cheaper Airline Tickets
    July 23, 2011

    Nearly 4,000 people are temporarily out of work and federal airline ticket taxes have been suspended after efforts to avert a shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration failed Friday amid political wrangling over a $16.5 million cut in subsidies to 13 rural communities.

    The subsidy cut was included by Republicans in a House bill extending operating authority for the FAA, which has a $16 billion budget. Senate Democrats refused to accept the House bill with the cuts, and Republican senators refused to accept a Democratic bill without it.

  60. Typical Michele Bachmann, says one thing and does the opposite. She voted against the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.

    Bachmann changes tune on ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ pledge
    By Peter Hamby, July 16th, 2011 02:30 PM EDT

    (CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has come around to the conservative “Cut, Cap and Balance” pledge and will sign it on Monday in the key early primary state of South Carolina.

    Bachmann’s campaign revealed the decision Saturday in an e-mail announcing a two-day trip to South Carolina next week.

    H R 2560 RECORDED VOTE 19-Jul-2011 8:23 PM
    QUESTION: On Passage
    BILL TITLE: Cut, Cap, and Balance Act

    Republican Ayes 229, Noes 9, Not Voting 1
    Democratic Ayes 5, Noes 181, Not Voting 7
    TOTALS Ayes 234, Noes 190, Not Voting 8

  61. Welcome home, Jace. Glad you had a great time. Now, it’s time to live with the beige and the heat, eh?

  62. Eprof,
    Good to hear from you. Yes beige is the right word.
    As for hot that goes with out saying, in fact it is so hot just now that I can only hope that some of the less intelligent republicans, take your pick, will be consigned here for eternity. Would serve them right.

    How goes it down in your neck of the woods? Much the same as here I suspect.

    Stay cool, and stay in touch.

  63. This is day 50 of 100 degrees or more for us, although we have cloud covering right now and the temp is only in the low 90’s but with very high humidity. We’re hoping for rain one of these days. Less than an inch so far for the year.

    AZ politics are the usual crazy. Now, people are upset that weather reporters used the Arab word, Haboob, to describe the massive dust storm we experienced on the 5th of July. Russell Pearce of sb1070 fame is facing a recall election in November from his Mesa district. Not going to happen. It will probably only strengthen his anti-immigrant politics. We now have a private financed fence building project on the border with prison labor. Two new laws will make it harder for public service folks, including teachers, to unionize or stay in a union in the future. Brewer is her usual bat-shit self as she gets ready to run again for governor. Other than that, you didn’t miss much in two weeks.

  64. Eprof,
    I would say that it has been a rather busy two weeks from the sounds of things. I can’t blame the Arizona political climate on the heat, because it is always hot down there. I can only think that in Brewer’s case at least, the peroxide has gone clear to the brain. As for Pearce he just has shit for brains.
    Is sheriff Joe directing the fence building? Sounds like it might be right up his alley, convict labor and what not.
    In the meantime our good friend XR is trying to sell off my native Wyoming along with my wife’s home state of Nebraska, and the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.
    Fightin’ words if you ask me, not that anyone did.
    I think that we would do well to be ever vigilant, lest he throw in Arizona, just to sweeten the pot.

  65. admiral
    أمير amīr, commander. Amīr al-bihār = “commander of the seas” was a title in use in Arabic Sicily, and was continued by the Normans in Sicily in a Latinized form, and then adopted successively by Genoese and French. Modern French is “amiral”. An English form under King Edward III (14th century) was “Amyrel of the Se”. Insertion of the ‘d’ was doubtless influenced by allusion to common Latin “admire”.[2] [1]
    الطوبة al-ṭūba or at-tūba,[3] “the brick”. The first record of the word in a Western language is in 12th century Spanish.[4] It entered English from Mexico in the 18th century. The Arabic dictionary of Al-Jawhari dated about year 1000 made the comment that the Arabic word came from the Coptic language.[5] [2]
    الغطّاس al-ghaṭṭās, literally “the diver”, presumably a cormorant or others of the pelecaniform birds, which are diving waterbirds.[6] The derived Spanish alcatraz has its earliest record in 1386 as a type of pelican.[4] “Alcatras” was in English in the 16th century borrowed from Spanish and did not include albatrosses.[7] Beginning in the 17th century, every European language adopted “albatros” with a ‘b’ for these Pacific Ocean birds, the ‘b’ having been mobilized from Latinate alba = white. [3]
    alchemy, chemistry
    الكيمياء al-kīmiyā, alchemy. The Arabic entered medieval Latin as alchimia, first attested in about the year 1140 in an Arabic-to-Latin translation by Plato Tiburtinus.[4] The Arabic word seems to have had its root in a late classical Greek word (the alchemy article has more details). The late medieval European words alchemy and alchemist gave rise in the 16th century to the words chemical and chemist, beginning in French and Latin. [4]
    alcohol http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arabic_loanwords_in_English

    ha ha ha ……alcohol is an arabic word……

  66. haboob
    “habu:b”, a large dust storm occurring in the desert.
    حريم harīm, women’s quarters in a large household. The Arabic root-word means “forbidden” and thus the word had a connotation of a place where men were forbidden. (Crossref Persian and Urdu Zenana for semantics.) 17th century English entered English through Turkish, where the meaning was closer to what the English is. In Arabic today harīm means womenkind in general. [65]
    حشيش hashīsh, hashish. Hashish has the literal meaning “dried herb” and “grass” in Arabic. Its earliest record as a nickname for cannabis is in 12th or 13th century Arabic.[47] Earliest record in English is in a traveller’s report in 1598. [66]
    henna, alkanet, alkannin, Alkanna
    الحنّاء al-hinnā, henna. Henna is a reddish natural dye made from the leaves of Lawsonia inermis. The English dates from about 1600 and came directly from Arabic.[48] [67] Alkanet dye is a reddish natural dye made from the roots of Alkanna tinctoria and this word is 14th century English from Spanish alcaneta | alcana, and medieval Latin alchanna, from al-hinnā.[49] [68]
    hummus (food recipe)
    حمّص himmas, chickpea(s). Chickpeas were called himmas in medieval Arabic and were a frequently eaten food item.[50] Himmas was later borrowed into Turkish as humus and entered English from Turkish in mid 20th century. The Turkish and English hummus means mashed chickpeas mixed with tahini and certain flavourings. In Arabic that is called himmas bil tahina. All evidence points to the origin of the recipe in Syria and Lebanon. See hummus. See also Addendum for Middle Eastern cuisine words below. [69]

    this is the most fun I’ve had all afternoon.

  67. till I read that list I woulda thought “haboob” would perfectly describe someone who became offended at someone on tv’s describing a dust storm as a haboob….

  68. Prediction: Bachmann will implode. She’s too tightly wrapped to go the distance with the big boys…..the “headaches” was just a shot across the bow.

    I mean, she’s no Sarah Palin…….

  69. So if alcohol is an Arab word, why are they so touchy about the stuff? And this haram thing, when you have a good idea run with it.
    It seems to me that the Arabs may well have been some of the earliest proponents of drinking and chasing women.

  70. Sturg,
    How can someone be tightly wrapped, and a loose cannon at the same time?
    I don’t care how or where she implodes as long as it is live on the tube.
    I would love to see Bachmann have her ‘Howard Dean’ moment, but I fear that she is too smart. If some of her previous comments and nonsense have not disqualified her, nothing will.
    She is a bit like Palin in that the more outrageous she becomes the more coverage she gets. In the press at any rate, outrageous is the new normal, and Bachmann gets a pass as a result.

  71. The first alcohol was beer made in Sumeria. Sumerians developed hundreds of beer recipes before they were demographically swamped by Semitic and Caucasian settlers by 1500 BCE.

    The Sumerian goddess of beer (beer making was women’s work unlike in Medieval Europe where women were forbidden to approach the brewery lest their ‘impurity’ sour the wort) was named Siduri. Siduri sat on the bank of the river consuming the ingredients and regurgitating lager.

    This is why I drink wine.

  72. Jamie,
    Thanks for the Norway link. This is one of the toughest and depressing stories that I have come across in a long while. In truth I have been more or less avoiding it.
    Ugly and demonic is the best description I can come up with, the carnage simply defies imagination.

  73. XR,
    It is bad enough that you consider selling of my native state of Wyoming, now you have sullied all my romantic notions about beer and it’s origins, not to mention it’s usefulness to modern man.
    Alas man, have you no shame?

  74. Oh, Oh,
    My comment is awaiting moderation.
    Just to be perfectly clear , I never do anything in moderation.

  75. This right wing Christian fundament-ist, who killed ?98? Norwegians is apparently too foghing stupid to know that now the Muslims have 98 (plus him) fewer to kill, when his idiots’ crusade begins.

    He doesn’t want Norwegian Kultur to be swamped by Muslims. Presumably, he wants to protect Max’s Voertoel (a beer made north of Trondhejm out of rye, for heaven’s sake. It is the worst beer I ever tasted) from being replaced by ka’at or hashish. Presumably, he doesn’t want lutefisk replaced by shawirma, doesn’t want the old ship barrow replaced by a Taj Mahal, or the old village stave church replaced by a Blue Mosque. Pretty weird, eh ?

    He wants to be arraigned in a uniform. Okay. How about the uniform of a psych ward patient : A smart, well-starched straight jacket over a hospital hospital gown (open at rear) and hospital slippers ? If he really insisted they could put epaulettes on the straight jacket, and a foil helmet on his head.

  76. Jace,

    Shame ? Have I any ? No. Not when my country is at risk of dishonoring it’s checks ! THAT would be shame.

    You, sir, could save your native land from ignominy by placing a subtantial bid for the place. Otherwise the Arapahoes will probably get it. Or – horrors – exxon !!!

    Btw, if WY is so great, what are you doing in 140F AZ ?

  77. I spent some glorious time in Norway, and never met a creep or villain there, although I suspected that there must be a couple, at least. I mean, they can’t all have been killed off in the constant Viking vendettas, or bred out by raping Irish, British, German, Lett, French, Dutch, & Finn maidens.

  78. I like ‘Reichwinger’. I think that I hafta steal that word, if you don’t mind. Or, at least rent it.

  79. jace says: July 24, 2011 at 10:55 pm : “Oh, Oh, My comment is awaiting moderation.”

    Always be moderate in your moderation, lest you become immoderately, or even pathologically, moderate.

  80. This correspondant has heard that during the Battle of Bull Run Re-enactment the Confederate re-eactors swept forward and came upon convertibles occupied by some of the well-to-do of Washington, DC who had driven over to witness the mock battle. My informant tells me that the Confederate re-enactors were very polite to the ladies present, even though they be from Northern parts.

    I fear that the re-enactment of the Civil War will be long and harrowing for the families of the re-enactors, and the nation generally. May God have mercy on our souls.

  81. Not yours, Mr. Paranoid ? Well thanks anyway for letting me use it.

    Sleep well. Your reichwing protectors are ever vigilanting

  82. XR,
    Here is my sad story, I left Wyoming because I did not want to be the last liberal left standing in a less than liberal state. I arrived in Arizona, only to find that there was a bounty on liberals here.
    I would have put in a bid for WY, a long time ago, however circumstances were such that I was unable to afford a ticket to a free lunch.
    I love this place for reasons that still escape me, I especially love it during the winter months, and I consider the heat a small price to pay for not having to own a snow shovel or a lawn mower.

    Good as always to hear from you.

  83. Tonight I pretended that I was president Obama.
    I wanted steak and red wine for dinner.
    Cheryl, thinking that it was too hot to cook offered me beer and deep fried tacos. I dithered and protested enough to look good however in the end I went for the beer and tacos. Kind of an Obama compromise. It really did not cure my need for steak, but it did leave me feeling as though we had compromised. I think that I will call a press conference for tomorrow.

  84. Jace, good to see you back in the neighborhood. On the moderation thingie, occasionally our new automatic spam filter gets backed up and takes a moment to clear a comment but usually gets it done in a few minutes. If not, just shoot an email to help@craigcrawford.com

  85. Craig,
    Not to worry, I think that happened to me once on another occasion.At this hour of the evening my comments could probably stand some moderation.
    Good to be back.I think that you all have been busy.

    Love the videos of you on Countdown. Don’t get Current so this is the only way I can see you there.

    Keep ’em comin’

  86. Thanks Jace.

    Don’t want to be geeking out on everyone, but just so you know how the filter works, it actually scans every comment through its ever expanding database for spam potential before posting. Although very fast, every now and then there is a slight delay.

    More about it on WHY WAS MY COMMENT HELD? under HOW TO COMMENT drop-down menu above (or on the right sidebar).

    Hey, just because you might get moderated on occasion is no reason to be moderate.

  87. It seems to me that I am the only one who is given the option to delete or edit at the ends of my comments. Is this a not-so-subtle suggestion>

  88. Bethyboo, the editing tools only appear for your comments, as it does for all other commentators. Each commentator will see the tools for their own posts but not for others.

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