A Stroke Of Leftist Genius

Posted Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 7:52 PM
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  • A healthy meal for $2.50 a person...for 6 people. 1/2 lb ham

    1 lb beans


    soak beans overnight, cook with ham for about 2 hours. Serve with cornbread.

    Total cost per person - less than 1 dollar

    1 lb ground beef

    1 lb pinto beans

    1 can tomato sauce

    chili powder to taste

    an onion

    Serve with tortillas or crackers - total cost per person, about $1.50


    Oh, and GI, Obama (and other democrats) do quite well in fundraising because they depend on mostly rich donors. Republicans have more trouble because most of their donations come from "the little guy," many of whom are out of work at this time...thanks to the Democratic induced housing crisis and economic collapse.

    -- Posted by MrsSmith on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 7:38 AM
  • Good to see you cover both bases John F. Kerry. Now you can say you told us so no matter the outcome...something like "I predicted a one term president before I predicted his re-election".

    Obama may or may not get re-elected (I putting my money on NOT), but regardless of the outcome, he will not have a majority in either house.

    -- Posted by Husker23 on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 11:30 AM
  • **** LIBERAL SPENDING has broken the bank.

    That's the non-stop Neo-Con Mantra.

    The two Bush Presidencies are responsible for all of the national debt.

    Poppa Bush piled up more national debt than all other president's combined.

    DubYah the Dumb Bush piled up more national debt than all previous presidents (includng Poppa Bush) Combined.

    That dadgum treacherous liberal Clinton balanced the budget, cut the federal payroll and an enormous amount of redundant rules and regulations -- and actually reduced Poppa Bush's debt.

    The Bush Family has left this nation with two serious depressions, 1980's farm foreclosures and auction, business and residential foreclosures and bankruptcies and near total economic devastation ----TWICE.

    Mickel and Backasward Enrique, Mrs. Smith the brilliant historical revisionist and other NeoCons keep screaming about liberals breaking the banks.

    Reality -- by the time the Bush Family finished their destruction derby, there were no banks left to break. All you lucky Neo-Cons got to join all us stupid spendthrift non-Neo-Cons in bailing out banks, auto makers and insurance companies.

    All that Commie/Nazi/Fascist president put into office with a total landslide did was structure the second bank bailout so we are getting our money back with a profit and the idiots who wrecked their companies, don't get to reward themselves with Billions more of our money.

    Thank God and Greyhound that millions of small donors came up with an average of less than $75 per donation to help elect a President who was never a Texas and Maine Drunk, and get civilian leadership for the military which is not 100% Draft Dodgers -- a la Dubyah, Shotgun Dickie and Clueless Donnie Rumsfeld.

    It required the world's first CENTRIST -- Commie/Nazi/Socialist/Fascist/Maoist/Likud/Muslim extremist -- to keep this nation from complete economic collapse after DubYah and the Draft Dodgers [With help from Haliburton, KBR, ENRON and BlackWater] completed their destruction.

    The banks who skinned Persian Gulf OPEC interests of something in exess of $15-TRILLION are scrambling for capital.

    Private fund sources from Riyadh, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, through to Berlin, to Tangiers, to Tunis, Macao, Singapore and Mumbai are financing real estate purchases in the U.S. in massive numbers.

    We ship them US dollars for more than half of our oil and gas needs, they are shipping them back here to buy distressed property.

    A long-time developer and quality custom home builder, victimized by his bank playing games, just sold six high-end custom homes to pay off the bank and prevent them from foreclosing on him, as banks have crippled so many builders and developers.

    Some benevolent "camel jockey" just picked up six $350,000-%490,000 custom homes for $1-MILLION total -- basically 50% of construction costs.

    A central Illinois farmer went above $5,000 an acre for prime land adjacent to his farm, trying to expand for his sons' furtures.

    An anonymous bidder finally won from another anonymous bidder for $7,800 per acre.

    With 160 bu. of $2.75 corn, try to farm that and make a profit. Even with 75 bu. of $8.50 soybeans, you can't produce enough to service $7,000 per acre debt.

    A whole bunch of uber-conservative Neo-Cons are now working for overseas investors, who face Mecca, and kneel on their prayer rugs five times daily.

    Then they get on various blogs and blame those hated liberals for the fact they will never again control their own destiny -- DubYah and the Draft Dodgers sold the nation's future to China and the Persian Gulf OPEC powers.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 6:59 PM
  • Sam,

    I find your use of "comrade" interesting. The Oxford English Dictionary offers these definitions:

    * noun 1 (among men) a companion who shares one's activities or is a fellow member of an organization. 2 (also comrade-in-arms) a fellow soldier. 3 a fellow socialist or communist.

    -- DERIVATIVES comradely adjective comradeship noun.

    -- ORIGIN Spanish camarada 'room-mate'.

    I note that your use of "you" every time you say "liberals" or "comrades" signifies that you don't think of yourself as a fellow member who shares the activity of improving the human condition in the United States. I think I've asked this before of you: what alternative(s) do you propose and why do you think that your alternatives are any more likely to work and make for real positive change than that/those which President Obama is currently advocating? For example, while public education has its problems, it is still one of the best educational systems in the world and serves the majority of people, giving them access to learning, power, knowledge, credentials, and it's heavily subsidized by both federal and state dollars. Why can we not continue to improve it along with other systems (health for instance) with government help? I see localities as being divisive, sometimes looking out only for their interests, and not necessarily providing curricula that foster understanding, openness and knowledge. My other question is why do you continue to implicitly name social change as socialist or communist? Democracies are about change and critique, and the betterment of the human condition. Sam, you're a smart guy, so why do you continuously resort to categories that push us backwards rather than forward?

    Res Just

    -- Posted by Resilient Justice on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 7:18 PM
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    Funny how this thread got hijacked from Sam's topic to everybody's favorite little pincushions.

    How about, just once, on a thread...THIS thread...folks just address Sam's points?

    The promise of 8% unemployment? (a number that is twice as high as it should be...)

    Health care premiums being lowered by $2400? Anybody care to tackle that one?

    Did our President REALLY say those things? Did the administration really say we should expect about 10% unemployment to be the new norm? Is herndonhank old enough to truly remember the mantra "A chicken in every pot..." and "...prosperity is just around the corner..."? Will Gilligan ever get off the isle?


    -- Posted by Mickel on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 8:11 PM
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    So...If I disagree that the economy is 'roaring' back, I'm a drugged up r/b con-bot as defined by you, Senior Loud, rrw, and company; as opposed to someone who might actually be an independant thinker...but disagrees anyway.

    You are sure living up to YOUR stereotype, huh?

    -- Posted by Mickel on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 9:06 PM
  • Mickel,

    Here's a pretty thoughtful essay that addresses Sam's post as well as your questions. You'll see that this piece is written by someone who usually argues from a moderate-to-conservative stance. His stance is that the future of the United States is exceedingly bright, and he gives some excellent reasons for why this is so. The whole piece is illuminating and informative. Res Just


    -- Posted by Resilient Justice on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 10:37 PM
  • The doom and gloom death of America is a long ways away.

    China is becoming less of a threat.

    In the early 2000's China's advantage with wages was 22% better compared to the US. last year, it was a mere 5% better.

    Also, China thinks its getting the management skills it needed from foreign countries and is starting to discourage foreign investment.

    There also isn't a lot of innovation from China. They are great at reverse engineering and they've had a good run at it. However, stealing ideas wont make you money in the long run. Eventually you have to come up with your own. and since the emphasis in that part of the country "is be the same and don't stick out" they have awhile to go before they will be a major innovation center.

    As for the unemployment, this isn't the first time the US has seen 10% unemployment. We've bounced back before well do it again. Personally, I feel that the unemployment rate will be the last thing to improve in the economy. Consumer Demand needs to increase before companies need to hire people back. It's kind of hard to justify having enough employees for 10 million in sales well your only doing 7 million.

    with the debt we have it wont matter if taxes are raised or lower right now. I think leave them alone for right now and get the spending under control. Bad economic times of uncertainty isn't really the best time to bring in major legislation. Status quo with the heath industry wasn't perfect, but it wasn't so broken we needed a massive bill right now.

    get the economy going again and then worry about the individual pieces.

    -- Posted by npwinder on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 12:11 AM
  • Mickel,

    "Old enough to remember a chicken in every pot."


    Also old enough to remember when my devout Republican father could sit down and reasonably DISCUSS political differences with Democrats.

    Remember when the only Republican congressman in one plains state, advised us he could not aggressively support a GOP candidate for the state legislature -- because the only way he was keeping his House seat was because the Democrats wanted one Republican to carry the state's requests if the GOP should get control of the House.

    His concern, "I can't support you strongly or they will come after me."

    Not long after the Democrats -- aka DixieCrats -- left the National Democratic Party, took their state treasuries with them of course, and were welcomed into the GOP, bringing their racism, corruption and lying ways.

    A good many original Republicans became independents -- my father and I among them.

    Realistically, looking at primary votes, I move from registering as a Republican to Democrat to have a vote in the primaries.

    Within a 64 month period, switched registrations more often than Miz Sary switched colleges.

    I remember Thomas E. Dewey trying to be the first Mafiosa President. Made the front pages with a near miss against that Missouri farmer.

    J. Edgar Hoover knew Dewey was a "hired hand" for one Mafia family and used his powers as NYC district attorney to cripple the other Mafia families.

    I remember Congress approving $25-MILLION to buy back nuclear generation rights for the entire Tennessee Valley Authority area from Dixon-Yates, after Ike rewarded his golfing buddy with an executive order giving those rights to DY.

    I remember an all night trip in 1944 to pick up a sick, pregnant woman returning home by bus after seeing her husband ship off to fight in Europe. As an 11-year-old, my job was to wipe the fog off the inside of the windshield, so my father could see the highway.

    I remember WWII veterans hauling brown glass liter jars filled with meth, dexadrine, benadrine and a half-dozen other pills in the trunks of their V-8 Fords and Mercury sport coupes.

    Pills handed out like popcorn by military and VA doctors for "battle nerves" --"combat fatigue" and the pain of multiple wounds and tropical infections.

    Yeah, and I remember a Marine cousin dying of one of those infections in 1952, seven years after coming home from the Pacific.

    I remember students eagerly competing for the right to carry books for 40-year-old veterans attending high school on the GI Bill, while still on crutches and in wheel chairs.

    I remember the body bags stacking up on the docks at Pusan Harbor, before the amphibious attack at Inchon sent the North Koreans scrambling.

    I remember Dick Nixon and CREEP's direction of the Watergate burglary.

    I remember the GOP's brightest young star, Leon Panetta, standing before a press conference announcing his resignation from VISTA director, while staff distributed copies of the White House letter ordering him to fire Civil Service employees and replace them with GOP party hacks.

    I remember Reagan's AG Secretary Block's plow under program which wiped out nearly every small farm town in eastern Washington.

    I remember Earl Butz' joke aboard a jetliner which cost him his job. Mimicking an older Italian woman talking of the Pope's stand on birth control, "The Pope,he no playa da game, he no maka da rules."

    Yeah Mickel, I even remember Boone Pickens financing the "swift boating" of John Kerry. Several million supporting DubYah and the Draft Dodgers attacking a legitimate combat hero.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 12:43 AM
  • Wow

    You people are funnier that the comics strips. Just think, the newspapers could save a bundle not having to pay the outrageous fees to the comic artists as you people are giving it away for free!

    Keep up the good work.LOL :);)

    -- Posted by Fundin on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 10:55 AM
  • You're going in circles little hank...with these "adults" that can't seem to comprehend simple math. $1.00 in income minus $1.10 in taxes to pay for entitlements and socialism = fewer willing workers and more Gilligan Inglaterra's as "career students".

    Of course they want entitlements...these are truly the sucklings of America. These are the target audience for the liberal agenda. Gimme, gimme, gimme. And if you don't, then you are A) a racist; B) a member of the Rush Limbaugh fan club; C) selfish; or D) all of the above.

    Answer a simple question my loyal, blinded liberal followers - If I am eligible to receive the same benefits as every other person in America, then what is my incentive to work?

    When there are more people in the cart than pulling the cart...then what? Every single dollar the government "gives" away in these entitlement programs had to be taken away from someone else. Just a smidgen of forward thinking please.

    In an attempt to get back on topic (that is frequently hijacked by Gilligan and his "ilk"), these liberals have set a standard of zero accountability in every big issue.

    Barack promises lower unemployment, transparency and open discussions, buyout packages improving the economy...no accountability.

    Algore says global warming...now due to high and low temperature swings, we call it global climate change. Look at the data and tell me how swings in temperature and precipitation can qualify as anything but normal. Oh yes, because we have zero accountability. If global warming were truly a trend, why does that trend not continue from year to year. How does a "trend" jump from cooling to warming to cooling again? Sounds like the last 400,000 years to me. Ah, but nothing a huge tax can't fix, right?

    This is the mindset of the liberal today. I can give you all the empty promises you want. Maybe I should switch parties and promise every citizen a corvette, a pony and a 3 bedroom home in the suburbs. Maybe I could be elected...liberals beware in the next election...it may just be me you are voting for.

    -- Posted by Husker23 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 4:03 PM
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    "And 25 miners in West Virginia are dead because the union-busting owner didn't want to make less the $18,000,000 in a year. Watch and learn old sucklong."

    And here I thought the miners were dead because of a cave-in.

    rrw - you gotta pick your battles better my man. When it comes to the industry of mining in America; you are talking about a business that is safer than being a cab driver. My expertise on this is three years of research of safety practices of the mining industry for developing grain handling procedures and practices for companies right here on the plains. Everybody in the safety industry knows that MSHA, the independant mining companies, and yes; even the insurance companies writing risk on this industry are WAY ahead of the curve when it comes to mitigating loss, and that includes protecting workers. In fact, the best procedures for respirators come from work done in mining.

    You should keep your rants more natural, like: 'Donovan McNabb is so good for Philly, they traded him to their division rival Washington Redskins, 'cause obviously he poses such a threat.'

    See how natural that feels when you say it?

    -- Posted by Mickel on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 9:13 PM
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    Res Just - with all respect...that article is like popcorn without butter...a lot of fluff that isn't very satisfying. Oh...then it gives you gas.

    David Brooks is conservative just like John McCain. Which means hardly at all. Brooks very well used to be conservative, but that has given way to trying to be popular in the media...demonstrated by the library of articles he has penned for the NYT trying to blend liberalism and conservatism like black and orange and trying to call it yellow. He showed his liberal bias about a year ago with his gushing over Obama and trying to wear Obama's sphincter as a hat.

    In this article, it's obvious that Brooks is trying to hypnotize with exuberant optimism about our future using a static snapshot as a benchmark. Problem is, that snapshot is going to look a lot more worn and tattered before Mr. Brooks metrics will begin to kick in.

    Actually - I thought this article was more interesting: http://biggovernment.com/prahe/2010/04/0...

    -- Posted by Mickel on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 9:26 PM
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    GI - embarrass myself? I guess in order for me to be embarrassed on THIS blog it would take an act against myself...as no one else has been up to the task.

    When you get out of college and decide you want to actually pursue some field; you can focus on something that is called excellence. When you strive for excellence it will become amazing to you may learn or accomplish.

    That being said...evidently, 25 men in West Virginia are buried in a mine and from the latest report, there still is a chance some may be alive. These sort of incidents aren't near as common as they used to be. The reason? The pursuit of excellence. See, GI, the evil capitalists don't make money when they are spending all their time digging out dead people, or trying to hire people (and then train them at great expense) to replace the people that they so wantonly killed. No, these evil capitalists make money by selling a product that they harvest as inexpensively as possible. They pursue excellence in the areas of reducing machine wear and tear, reducing employee down-time (proper protective gear, proper training, proper health monitoring, and proper shift rotation - all of which are mandated by MSHA and as I said before - this industry is way ahead of the curve of most every other industry on the planet). Loss mitigation is incredibly important, and not just because it is the law; but because it makes good business sense.

    Hey - Obama has killed more Americans by not getting us out of Iraq (like he promised) than this mining company...where's your logged complaint? You are so transparent.

    -- Posted by Mickel on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 9:41 PM
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    ps to my last post to GI - usually they wait until the triggered incident is over and the investigation is completed before they actually assign blame to the company. In this instance with the loss of life...MSHA will have an investigation; and in my experience, it will be thorough. I'll accept whatever they say...and you could very well be right...this evil company may have killed less people than President Barack Obama.

    Didn't he order the murder of three black teenage Muslim pirates off of the Gold Coast about a month after he was in office?

    -- Posted by Mickel on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 9:47 PM
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    To Herndon Hank - After reading what you said, I immediately thought CENSORED. After all, how can you defend CENSORED with logic like that? What I would like to know is why you believe CENSORED?

    The one point you did make, CENSORED, was moot when you consider the truth, which you love to CENSOR.

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 9:50 PM
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    Think nothing of it rrw. I just adopted this inane sense of reason; removed logic and accountability and WHAM!!! It was just like thinking like a liberal!! (did I just borrow a line from a movie on that one...?)

    Now I figger all I gotta do is pee on a Bible; kill some babies; dress up in a bed-sheet; and yell the F bomb frequently and I too can join the Democrat party!

    Just like Obama said: "I'm gonna up my intensity...so up yours!"

    -- Posted by Mickel on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 10:11 PM
  • Oh, Mickel, that butter you're talking about is what will kill you. What do you have against plain popcorn anyway? At least it's honest, not covered up, and is healthier for you and more nutricious. Isn't it interesting that conservatives always turn against other conservatives who offer a way out of a myopic view? Brooks's essay is far more informed than the anything posted on the web site you cited and with all due respect, it's far more visionary than anything you might come up with, and he's a conservative! The analysis he provides of upcoming demographic change and the explosion of the population in the United States is enough to warrant a serious look at how this country is likely to change and for the better. You should be rooting for one of yours, man. Lame, indeed, not to do so.

    Res Just

    -- Posted by Resilient Justice on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 11:56 PM
  • Wait Wait, don't type any more, I need to go out and get some more popcorn and beer, this stuff is great. Way better than the soaps.

    -- Posted by Fundin on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 11:04 AM
  • Man these comicrat blogs are getting way too similar, sorta like reruns. the soaps don't even have this much dram

    -- Posted by Fundin on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 4:27 PM
  • Hey bill why so snotty towards Fundin?

    Don't like fun being poked at You?

    I like his Comicrat tag, the shoe fits.

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 6:04 PM
  • Yes snotty Bill, you like to run with Loud and toss around snarky putdowns. Feathers a bit ruffled?

    No date tonight college boy? I have visions of a cluttered dorm room, thick black glasses, maybe even a pocket protector. Let's see maybe Selleck Quad or Neihardt... no not Neihardt that is an Honors dorm.. you wouldn't fit.

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 6:33 PM
  • So explain to me the space-time continuum of the movie Star Trek. I am still lost on this one.

    -- Posted by Hugh Jassle on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 7:06 PM
  • I kind of get that, though in the original series, the Enterprise did hit warp 11. But in the latest movie, we see where JT Kirk, who's father died in a Romulan attack, still meets up with Spock in the Federation Academy, then meets up with Spock from the future. Who's reality is "real", the present, or the future? Can both occur at the same time?

    -- Posted by Hugh Jassle on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 8:24 PM
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    GI - Such a lark...cogent thought? Oh you mean in the spirit of your fine example about how the economy is (excuse me...not "roaring" back as you inferred on another thread a couple of months ago) shall we say, stagnantly hovering somewhere in the vicinity of mediocrity?

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a8xSP8Wb3iW8 This article actually states that economists expect a near 10% unemployment rate for the year. How encouraging.

    http://www.ttnews.com/articles/lmtbase.aspx?storyid=792 Hmm. Ya think unemployment in the housing construction industry signals anything other than a dearth of economic optimism?

    http://cbs3.com/local/Foreclosure.Suicide.Philadelphia.2.1584571.html Evidently Obama has killed more homeowners than he has Gold Coast Pirates.

    Certainly the economy couldn't be sucking the life out of the middle class; the veritable life-blood of the country. Not with the indicators of home-building, home-buying and home-retention so robustly trending downward? And yet you spend your time defending the perpetrators and the perpetuators of the problem with condescending, come-uppance oriented little snippets in an attempt to put 'Con-Bots' back into their little closets. (Thanks to Senior Loud for the cute little moniker) How worthy of your studies at UNL. (pssst...if I were you, I'd try to get my money back...)

    You certainly do make me laugh out loud. Literally. Out of the many businesses I've owned and operated; I've had to interview countless people for positions. Everytime I came across a little commiecrat GI clone...you know the type...sanctimonious, snarky little know it alls, whose only contribution to society is what they daily flush down the community sewer...I would sit back in my chair, and at a speed of about Warp 11 give them the old "Don't call us, we'll call you" line.

    I would suggest you develop a fine "lib" veil to wear if you hope to find employment amongst the evil capitalists who employ the mass of the nation in the private sector. Otherwise you will make a fine minion at the DMV.

    -- Posted by Mickel on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 10:35 AM
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    Res Just - myopia? Hardly. Brooks and Obama are, in my view, in alignment with each other on too many issues for me to be comforted or soothed with Brooks surfacy little article.

    Brooks sold out. Follow his advice if you wish. I've lived very well with my core principles, however, and do not wish to homegenize them with Brooks brand of fine manure.

    And thanks for your attempt at throwing out a floating device. But I would just rather swim.

    -- Posted by Mickel on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 10:41 AM
  • bill is still on a six pack root beer high , loud

    you can't expect him to make any sense. + he missed his chess match and couldn't find his pointy spock ears for the trekkie ***********.

    You comicrats are a lot of fun. Little snarky names for opponents, pocket protectors, OH! slide rules! Bill has one of those also. Selleck does have good food service now.

    Niven need to read these posts, it is sorta like a flash crowd.

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 11:07 PM
  • NO NO NO It is COMIC Rats or comicrats depending on the application.

    "Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you on experience" this is for comicrats.

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 11:40 PM
  • this is kind of like fishing, never know what one will catch! Ha Ha HAW

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 11:40 PM
  • Gawd what a dunce. Boojum is from a lewis carrol tale, 666 is a highway in new mexico. (a real pretty drive)

    if I was statan's minon wouldn't you think it was getting a bit hot right now???

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 11:49 PM
  • shoot just a bit of a keey board prolem

    that would be satan's minion(don't kno who statan is)

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 11:51 PM
  • Man, it is just about midnight and you are still posting links to !businessweek!?

    where is the heck is my pitchfork when I need it!

    can't even conjure up a good demon to harass RFW,

    crap ol satan is going to be upset with me, haven't met my quota for this week

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 11:59 PM
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    GI - " The unemployment rate has nothing to with Obama, he was handed a tanking economy with enormous unemployment."

    That's BS and you know it. Check BLS data. The Obama administration has their blood and hands all over the current unemployment rate. A person of your high powered intellect ought to be able to google that. Gee, if you can get THAT one wrong...is the rest of your post worth addressing? Hmmm.

    The housing industry and manufacturing orders are two of THE leading recovery indicators. Sorry to leave you sucking on a lemon on that one. But it really looks natural on you. One other leading recovery indicator as Sam can tell you is an increase in trucking. Surely you aren't interested in that...These people are hard working folk and don't have alphabets after their name.

    Why not blame Obama for suicides in Philadelphia? It's HIS economy isn't it? Should we blame you instead? Hey, Obama has killed more people in Afghanistan than this mine owner in West Virginia.

    Interesting thing that...Obama praised Senator Byrd (the KKK member of West Virginia) and Senator Rockefeller for their work on improving mine safety. So I guess the accountability for the mine explosion goes to these two clowns absolving evil capitalists everywhere of killing hard working Americans. Thank you God for President Obama!

    -- Posted by Mickel on Sun, Apr 11, 2010, at 5:28 PM
  • Dadburn boys,

    Was going to discuss the finer points of three-quarter rig saddles and tackleberry buckles, but after contemplating zipping along at Warp Ten with Scotty sippin' on a fine single malt -- I'm goin' back to trying to understand why they call it a three-quarters rig, when it is more than one and less than two.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Mon, Apr 12, 2010, at 12:53 PM
  • Mickel,

    Responsibility for the Performance Mine disaster within Massey Energy Company goes directly to Massey management.

    More than 100 safety violation citations in recent months. Repeated violations for improper ventilation in a "gassy" mine.

    It is not uncommon for mines with lengthy tunnel systems underground to open coal veins which release larger amounts of methane -- aka Natural Gas.

    Responsible owners planning to develop deeper veins and reserves further from the shaft's headworks, begin enlarging ventilation capacity and installing added ducting before the digging even begins.

    The good operators seek to reduce any traces of methane before added digging commences. Massey pays the fines, because fines are cheaper than ducting - Their annual report logic -- "Sometimes we are forced to accept unpleasant tradeoffs in order to increase production as required."

    Translated -- Pay the fines, risk killing workers, and dig, baby, dig.

    Notice Sam censored me on something.

    Seem to recall that was the entry referencing a certain Senator presenting divorce papers to his first wife, mother to his children, in the cancer ward.

    Funny, total inappropriate imagery of the President of the U.S. is fine and dandy.

    Factual outlines of newo-con idols' behavior is not.

    By the way Sam, checked the DOW lately?

    That must prove those Wall Street traders are all Socialist/Capitalist/Anarchist nutcases.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Fri, Apr 16, 2010, at 3:13 PM
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