Saturday, November 13, 2010

I Remain Wistfully Hopeful That I'm Completely Wrong About Shuler...From Paris

...and that Nancy-prancy-Pelosi will be relegated to flying commercial.  Maybe she and I will have the opportunity to complain about airplane food together.

Beautiful lessons.

To be continued...

Shuler may have a shot.

Nancy Pelosi – The Most Unpopular House Speaker of All Time?

These numbers are eye-popping:

Rasmussen measured Pelosi’s polarization by finding that only 16 percent of Americans have a “very favorable” rating of her while 52 percent have a “very unfavorably rating”—she is broadly and deeply unpopular, with a narrow base of support.

Pelosi was a national negative factor in this year’s campaign—the GOP ran an astounding 161,203 ads attacking her in 2010, costing an estimated $65 million, according to a new study commissioned by CNN. This isn’t a sign that Republicans are “scared” of Nancy Pelosi, as some might try to spin—it’s evidence that the GOP wants to run against her. It’s worth considering that the most anti-Pelosi ads ran in the purple state of Pennsylvania, where five House Democrats went down to defeat. She has a demonstrated capacity to alienate the swing voters who decide elections.

Pelosi Faces Growing Rebellion Against Minority Leader Bid

  • AP

  • Embattled liberal Nancy Pelosi is likely to face a challenge for House leadership from Rep. Heath Shuler, left, a moderate Democrat and ex-NFL quarterback who has been sending signals since last month about plans to run.

Food for thought

Why Wall Street Should Fear Sarah Palin. “Palinomics, embryonic as it is, seems to be rooted in ‘free-market populism,’ a version of conservative thinking that is pro-market rather than pro-business. It says the role of government is to help markets function more fairly and efficiently for everyone, encouraging competition and ‘creative destruction’ (which Palin specifically mentioned in her book). Pro-business policies, by contrast, can end up subsidizing favored companies, raising barriers to entry and otherwise entrenching the status quo. . . . It’s easy to imagine her campaigning against corporate tax breaks, say, or in favor of limiting the size of banks under the belief that as long as they are ginormous, government will find a way to bail them out. That agenda might not attract much campaign cash from Manhattan bankers or Washington lobbyists, but it could be a compelling formula in the new Tea Party-infused Republican party.”

Over his head

ABCNEWS: Obama strikes out in Asia...
NYT: Obama Glow Dims on Trip Abroad...

'Bush eclipses Obama'...
The Decider returns to haunt Mr Nuance...

Lessons, A Jack Russell And A Mountain Lion...From Paris

Lessons.  Heath-Jack-Russell-Shuler is snarling at Nancy-prancy-mountain lion-Pelosi?

Beautiful lesson.

Love it.

Even though you're going to lose this  round Heath, snarl away. You may win next time.


Jack Russell chases mountain lion up tree

A 150lb mountain lion found it was no match for a Jack Russell terrier which trapped it up a tree on a farm in the US state of South Dakota.

Jack Russell Terrier Snarling

A 17lb Jack Russell terrier chased a 150lb male lion up a tree

A 17lb Jack Russell terrier chased a 150lb male lion up a tree

The dog's owner, Chad Strenge, heard frantic barking near the family's farm in Colman, Moody County.

He discovered the large male lion, also known as a cougar, clinging to the top of a tree while the 17lb terrier Jack barked from the bottom.

Mr Strenge used a shot gun to knock the mountain lion from the tree before he chased it - assisted by his dog Jack, and shot it dead.

It looks like the Mercedes S Class

Hyundai's new 5.0-liter V8 to produce 429 horsepower

2010 Hyundai Genesis

2010 Hyundai Genesis – Click above for high-res image gallery

Slated for use in the Genesis sedan as well as the larger Equus, Hyundai's new V8 will use direct injection to produce 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. That's a healthy increase of 59 horsepower and 8 ft-lbs of torque over the 4.6-liter V8 it's replacing, while also increasing fuel economy by one mile per gallon to 18/26 thanks to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai has not mentioned any plans to offer the new Tau 5.0 in any other products, though we'd love to see it shoehorned under the hood of a Genesis Coupe. (Full disclosure: We really want to see a 5.0 battle between the Genesis Coupe and Mustang GT.)


Pope Benedict XVI says internet users risk 'solitude', pleads with them to leave mom's basement, get the cheeto dust off their fingers, and quit translating "Twilight" into Klingon

The school was concerned about racial tensions or uprisings because of the flag. Was it A) The confederate battle flag in Alabama, B) The Mexican flag in Arizona or C) The American flag in California?

Thanks to postal rate increases, prudent job cutting and reduced hours, the USPS shows surprising profits. Just kidding - last year they lost $8.5 billion

Stage 4 = depression: Top Democratic strategists urge President Obama not to seek re-election


Challenges Loom for House Democratic Leadership Post

  • Reuters/AP

  • Rep. Heath Shuler, right, a moderate Democrat and ex-NFL quarterback, is expected to launch bid to take the party's House leadership from embattled liberal Nancy Pelosi.

Your tax dollars

Obama’s America: $27 Light Bulbs

Contractors billed New Jersey $27 apiece for light bulbs, and ran up tens of thousands of dollars in other "unreasonable costs" on a $119 million weatherization program funded with U.S. stimulus money, the state auditor said.

Attacked for being Baptist and giving his church $66,000 in 10 years. (Who is next?)

Rubio’s Religion Attacked

Marco Rubio, the new Florida senator and one of the Republican Party's brightest stars, has been trying to stifle a debate over his religious affiliation amid allegations that, contrary to his claims, he is not a Roman Catholic.

Mr Rubio, 39, a darling of the Tea Party and touted as a future presidential candidate, was born and raised a Catholic by his Cuban parents. However, for the past six years he and his wife have attended the Christ Fellowship, a Florida congregation which describes itself as "non-denominational" but is affiliated to the Southern Baptist Convention, whose theology is firmly anti-Catholic.

According to the St Petersburg Times, Mr Rubio has donated much of the $66,000 he has given to charity since 2000 to the Christ Fellowship.

At last Repubs and Dems agree

Jindal Book: Obama An Arrogant Phony

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal uses a new book to portray President Barack Obama as disconnected from the Gulf oil spill, charging that he was more focused on the political aftermath than the actual impact of the crisis.

Jindal recounts a pair of private conversations with the president that paint him as consumed with how his actions were being perceived.

On Obama's first trip to Louisiana after the disaster, the governor describes how the president took him aside on the tarmac after arriving to complain about a letter that Jindal had sent to the administration requesting authorization for food stamps for those who had lost their jobs because of the spill.

Joe Scarborough: Top Senate Dems have told me privately that Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing

Why is it that no gov’t program, no gov’t entity ever goes out of business?

US postal service delivers less mail, loses $8.5 billion...

Paris Predictions...From Paris

When The WashPost rips on a Democratic President, that President is in a big pot of trouble.

My prediction is that President Obama will not seek re-election, spinning it as "I only care about what's best for our country."  What he really means is that he is sick of the job and he doesn't need it anymore.

The truth is Obama is radioactive.  Too many bad, immature decisions; too many bad outcomes; too many issues brewing; too many notes coming 'due and payable'.

Watch as Hillary's name seeps into discussion as O's natural successor.  She has the grit, determination and following to give the (R) opposing her --likely another woman--a big juicy girls gone wild Presidental fight.  Should be interesting.    

A Very Good Day

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is free

Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi released

Jubilant scenes as Burmese opposition leader and icon of freedom is released after seven years under house arrest

Japan and Russia

Japan Resists The Growing Russian Intrusion

November 13, 2010: Russian aircraft are approaching, and entering, Japanese air space more frequently. Such intrusions are up 80 percent this year. So far this year, Japanese fighters have scrambled 186 times to deal with these alerts. That's a 30 percent increase from last year. In contrast, fighters were dispatched only 24 times to deal with Chinese aircraft and four times for Taiwanese aircraft. Nearly all of these intrusions were my maritime reconnaissance or electronic eavesdropping aircraft.

These intrusions have been increasing over the last three years. Early on, the Japanese launched many aircraft for each intrusion. For example, in 2008, a Russian Tu-95 entered Japanese airspace, near an uninhabited island about 600 kilometers south of Tokyo. Although the Russian aircraft was in Japanese airspace for only about three minutes, the Japanese launched 22 aircraft to intercept. This force included two AWACs aircraft and twenty fighters. It had been two years since a Russian aircraft entered Japanese airspace without permission, and that explained the massive response. But as the intrusions increased, the number of interceptors sent out declined. One explanation for all the Russian activity has been Japanese diplomats pressuring the Russians to return the Kurile islands (off northern Japan). This has caused a lot of tension, and the Russians have responded with more aerial activity. This sort of thing also goes over well inside Russia.

These four islands were seized at the end of World War II, and the Russians kept them. The Kurils had been occupied by Japanese for centuries, but when Russia reached the Pacific coast in the 17th century, they began to send ships down to the Kurils. In 1875, Japan and Russia signed a treaty settling claims in the area. Japan acknowledged Russia's claim to the larger Shakalin island to the north, while Russia acknowledged that the Kurils belonged to Japan.

WashPost bails on O

THE WASHINGTON POST: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012. “We do not come to this conclusion lightly. But it is clear, we believe, that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed.”

Average Fed’s pay: $120,000.

MICKEY KAUS: Psst! Rand Paul Was Right About Federal Pay. “So you have apples in that pay basket! When I heard that Rand Paul had claimed that average federal employee’s compensation (including benefits) was more than $120,000, I thought that can’t be true. Then I read Media Matters’ lengthy response to the claim.”

Oldest Ferrari


Restoring The World's Oldest Ferrari

Ferrari enthusiast Jim Glickenhaus has a new project: A full restoration of the world's oldest Ferrari, a 1947 166 Spyder Corsa that was the first vehicle Enzo Ferrari sold bearing his name. Why? So he can keep driving it

The early days of the Scuderia Ferrari came about through hand-to-mouth survival. Post World War II Italy wasn't exactly pining for Grand Prix race cars, and Enzo Ferrari lacked the resources of former employer Alfa Romeo. Racing to win was Ferrari's first goal; selling cars to customers only paid the bills of the racing shop.

The basic, agreed-to facts of Ferrari's beginnings say Enzo built three chassis for racing, using a 1.5-liter, 12-cylinder supercharged engine dubbed the 125 for the displacement in a single cylinder, tied to a then-unusual five-speed gearbox. After their debut in March 1947, Enzo bored out the engines, first to 159, then to 166, the version that won the 1947 Turin Grand Prix.

Mullahs and Camaros


Mullahs Love Mullets

A vintage Chevrolet Camaro gets a mullah's blessing at a recent rally in Isfahan, Iran. Because although they may hate us for our freedom, they love us for our awesome tire-shredding burnouts.

The “Me” President


One of President Obama's most prominent and least attractive qualities is his vanity.

In the title of the new Weekly Standard cover story, Jonathan Last calls Obama "The American Narcissus" and, as Last demonstrates, Obama has earned the title.

Obama's characteristic rhetorical trope is the presentation of history in a messianic mode featuring himself. Last quotes Obama's June 2008 speech in St. Paul celebrating his securing the Democratic presidential nomination.Obama concluded:

I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment--this was the time--when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.

Obama was at it again in his speech earlier this week to the Indian Parliament. The first person singular figures prominently in it: "I am not the first American president to visit India. Nor will I be the last. But I am proud to visit India so early in my presidency. It is no coincidence that India is my first stop on a visit to Asia, or that this has been my longest visit to another country since becoming President."

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Name that party (CNN edition)


Yes, it's time once again to play name that party. CNN reports:

A suburban Washington county official at the center of an FBI investigation into years of kickbacks says he is innocent and that the facts will prove it.

Jack Johnson, who served as the executive of Prince George's County, Maryland, since 2002, spoke to reporters late Friday after the FBI released details of how he and his wife allegedly tried to hide checks and evidence of illegal payments, even going so far as to flush a $100,000 check down the toilet.

The Johnsons were both charged with tampering with evidence and destruction of records after they appeared in federal court late Friday in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside the U.S. capital.

You work for them dept.

White House Staffers Got a Bigger Raise Than You Did Last Year...

7 of 10 richest counties -- surround DC...

Fed agents raid gov't offices in DC suburb, arrest county executive...
Wife arrested -- with $79,000 hidden in underwear!...

When you listen to “experts” you get unexpected results.

Sunscreen causing rickets in middle class UK children...

I agree, just wish our President undertood the value of a dollar.

Obama’s India trip is worth every penny


Fear Of Flying...From Paris

There is one thing I remain fearful about when I fly.  Sadly, my fear is getting worse.

The closed-in claustrophobic confines of the cabin?  No.

The threat of  an insulting TSA grope-n-grab, watching agents legally get to third base with Grandma?  No.

The unpredictability of the weather, with the certainty of scheduling screw up delays?  No.

The one thing that I find fearfully annoying when I fly is that few options exist for food.  Even in a rare, accidental upgrade to first class,  airplane food insults the palate.

I thought about this recently when I read an article in the Adventure and Travel section of Off Duty. I realized my problem is not the airline.  It's my lack of pre planning.  The article recommended planning ahead, and preparing sophisticated tiny meals, referring to this idea of planning as "thoughtful cooking" and "preflight ritual."  I'll confess.  The tempting recipe for rosemary and garlic peanuts, and toasted pecan/raisin bread smoked duck sandwiches, did calm my fear completely.