November 30, 2009

Top Headline Comments 11-30-09
— Gabriel Malor

If you're just joining us after a long weekend, scroll down for some big stories that broke late last night.

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at 04:26 AM | Comments (59)
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1 Intolerant people piss me off too.

And Skandis.

Damn them.

Posted by: Mortis at November 30, 2009 04:32 AM (hA5JK)

2 Second again?  Shit

Posted by: Kemp at November 30, 2009 04:35 AM (2+9Yx)

3 Governor of Arkansas?   Why yes, I think I did serve as that a few years back----but its largely a ceremonial position.....

Why do you ask?

Posted by: Mike Huckabee at November 30, 2009 04:38 AM (KeOQp)

4

One Huckabee down; one Romney to go.

Hope springs eternal.

Posted by: Bat Chain Puller at November 30, 2009 04:40 AM (SCcgT)

5 One Huckabee down; one Romney to go.

I wouldn't be counting those chickens just yet. IF the media "forgets" his transgressions the public certainly will.

Hell, Fox is not even reporting on this BS about him pardoning the criminal.

Posted by: Vic at November 30, 2009 04:42 AM (CDUiN)

Posted by: HeatherRadish at November 30, 2009 04:50 AM (NtiET)

7

Worst political and scientific classes ever.

Due credit to Professor Reynolds for the first part.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at November 30, 2009 04:54 AM (B+qrE)

8 The banking/investment class leaves a bit to be desired as well.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at November 30, 2009 04:55 AM (B+qrE)

9 Fox may not report it, but the rest of the media will take the opportunity.  It'll get out.  I personally don't think the "media" as a whole is smart enough to stonewall the story.  If they were, they'd sandbag to preserve Huck's chances because they feel he'd be an advantage to Obama if he runs.

Posted by: grognard at November 30, 2009 04:58 AM (v0kvW)

10 Morning m&m's hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, now it's back to doing nothing again.

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at November 30, 2009 05:00 AM (BmbsW)

11 Fox is now reporting that his "60 year" sentence in Arkansas was commuted. No mention of who did the commuting.

They also said police saw him go in the house as they had it staked out. They have fired tear gas into the house and they expect something to break soon.

Posted by: Vic at November 30, 2009 05:02 AM (CDUiN)

12 Uppp, PAB just said Huckabee commuted the 35 year sentence.

Posted by: Vic at November 30, 2009 05:03 AM (CDUiN)

13 I heard the Fox reporter on the scene state that Huck did the commuting. I didn't hear Gretchen, Doobie and the guy with the monkey comment on it though. 

Posted by: RobD at November 30, 2009 05:06 AM (sV3Dv)

14 I have heard and read 3 different numbers on what he was sentenced to in Arkansas. I have heard 95 years, 60 years, and now 35 years from PAB.

One wonders what the real number is.

Posted by: Vic at November 30, 2009 05:09 AM (CDUiN)

15 Scientists at Climatic Research Unit Say "Unequivocal Evidence" Confirms Earth Is Threatened by Giant Homework-Eating Dogs: tinyurl.com/yf4gbdx

Posted by: Melvin Winter at November 30, 2009 05:14 AM (nF4Jh)

16 So, have they caught him yet?

Posted by: katya at November 30, 2009 05:14 AM (sHqiq)

17 I heard that Tiger Woods is beginning to understand the threat that Scandi's pose.  They ain't called Black Man's Kryptonite for nothing. 

Posted by: FORE!!! at November 30, 2009 05:15 AM (T1boi)

18 Earth Is Threatened by Giant Homework-Eating Dogs Hahaha! I'm considering adding to my resume: Certificate in Data Storage from East Anglia University

Posted by: fluffy at November 30, 2009 05:16 AM (4Kl5M)

19

SAN FRANCISCO/CHICAGO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - U.S. consumers
spent significantly less per person at the start of the holiday season this weekend, dimming hopes for a retail comeback that would help propel the economy early in 2010.

The lackluster spending could pressure retail stocks on Monday as some investors were looking for a stronger showing compared with a year earlier, when consumers were being hammered by the recession and credit crunch.

This can't be right. Barry saved or created the economy! He saved or created 15 trillion new jobs! We all have hope and change!

 

Posted by: TheQuietman at November 30, 2009 05:16 AM (1Jaio)

20 Suckabee is done in 2012. I didn't do so here, but over at slashdot I was ripping Suckabee in the 08' elections, since Mike 'Clinton with a Bible' Suckabee is what led to McAmnesty and not Romney getting the nom...

Good riddance, Suckabee the Tax Raiser.

Palin 2012

Posted by: Naqamel at November 30, 2009 05:16 AM (UMwMT)

21 Funny thing about the consumer spending on black friday, I saw a CNN news segment while at the gym on Saturday saying that Americans spent more this year than last. One of these things is not like the other.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at November 30, 2009 05:18 AM (SqAkN)

22

From the Seattle Times, good news!

"Police know that Clemmons was wounded because they have detained other people — Troyer wouldn't say how many — who helped Clemmons after the shootings"

Yeah and those assholes who helped him? How you think that's going for them?

Clemmon must be dead by now.  If he was hit with a 40 cal hydro shock bullet, wouldn't be much leg left.

Posted by: Kemp at November 30, 2009 05:18 AM (qvT/A)

23 Quick comment on Tiger. Feels guilty enough to take a golf club to the face. Does not feel guilty enough to keep his dinky in his pants.

Posted by: Mike H at November 30, 2009 05:19 AM (LdYLm)

24 Oh yeah and it credited Obama's "unprecedented" stimulus bills and economic wizardry.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at November 30, 2009 05:19 AM (SqAkN)

25

Shit, this ISN'T GOOD.  From Seattle Times tweet

"A SWAT team didn't find the suspect in the house, according to police. He's still at large and considered dangerous"

Posted by: Kemp at November 30, 2009 05:23 AM (qvT/A)

26

SAN FRANCISCO/CHICAGO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - U.S. consumers spent significantly less per person at the start of the holiday season this weekend, dimming hopes for a retail comeback that would help propel the economy early in 2010.

Idiots.  People are losing jobs or getting hours cut.  Prices on everything are going up.  People are worried about the future (except the big-screen Wal Mart crowd) and are not going to spend as much this year.  They're not going to buy MP3 players when they're worried about buying groceries!

I saw a CNN news segment while at the gym on Saturday saying that Americans spent more this year than last.

Could they be *gasp* lying?

Posted by: katya at November 30, 2009 05:26 AM (sHqiq)

27 #22
About the hydro shock. Jacked hollow points don't always expand. I forget the percentage but I think it was around 30% due to a number of factors include what material(clothing) the bullet passes through. Still .40 is a pretty effective round even if it doesn't expand.

Posted by: RobD at November 30, 2009 05:26 AM (sV3Dv)

28 Americans spent more this year than last

I can believe that, but only because the dollar is worth so much less than last year.

(I'm not buying anything for anyone over the age of 5.)

Posted by: HeatherRadish at November 30, 2009 05:27 AM (NtiET)

29

Shit, this ISN'T GOOD.  From Seattle Times tweet

"A SWAT team didn't find the suspect in the house, according to police. He's still at large and considered dangerous"

Were the news teams reporting the SWAT guys' movements?

Posted by: katya at November 30, 2009 05:27 AM (sHqiq)

30

#29

No, they are at the scene.  Here's the link:

http://tinyurl.com/ybyqdau


 

Posted by: Kemp at November 30, 2009 05:31 AM (qvT/A)

31

I thought we're in a recovery?

WASHINGTON – With the foreclosure crisis showing no signs of relenting, the Obama administration plans to expand a program aimed at helping people remain in their homes.

And Barry's plan: Let's not get the economy moving again. Let's have the government meddle even more.

The goal of the announcement, expected Monday, is to increase the rate at which troubled home loans are converted into new loans with lower monthly payments, Treasury spokeswoman Meg Reilly said over the weekend.

Industry officials said the new effort would include increased pressure on mortgage companies to accelerate loan modifications by highlighting firms that are lagging in that area.

Treasury's program, known as the Home Affordable Modification Program, "is targeted at the housing crisis as it existed six months ago, rather than as it exists right now," the report said.

Treasury's Reilly said the expanded program would, among other steps, make more aid available to struggling borrowers and expand the number of organizations providing help.

Posted by: TheQuietman at November 30, 2009 05:34 AM (1Jaio)

32
Good morning, hot chicks and douchebags.

Posted by: Dang Straights at November 30, 2009 05:40 AM (Haq+B)

33 Nancy Skinner was just on Fox yelling about how we should be taxed to create green jobs and lying about what was in the CRU emails.

See you next Tuesday, Nancy.

Posted by: Mortis at November 30, 2009 05:42 AM (hA5JK)

34

"Industry officials said the new effort would include increased pressure on mortgage companies to accelerate loan modifications by highlighting firms that are lagging in that area."

 

So let me get this straight, their great idea to get them to redo mortgages is to tattle on them? This Obama guy really is a child.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at November 30, 2009 05:43 AM (SqAkN)

35
Leave that chicken alone Nancy, you perv.

Posted by: Dang Straights at November 30, 2009 05:43 AM (Haq+B)

36 The typical shitty "debate" on Fox with the liberal spewing nothing but lies and the supposed conservative doing a bad job putting her down.

Fox really gets some "winners" for the conservative side on these debates.

Skinner was allowed to run wild.

Posted by: Vic at November 30, 2009 05:44 AM (CDUiN)

37

“We don’t feel we have a need for that anymore.” Rogers’s explanation, according to Hargraves: “In these economic times, I don’t think we’re going to have very many lavish expensive dinners. It wouldn’t look very good.”
Rogers got that right.

Apparently that doesn't include Barry and Michelle's date nights.

Posted by: katya at November 30, 2009 05:44 AM (sHqiq)

38 So let me get this straight, their great idea to get them to redo mortgages is to tattle on them? This Obama guy really is a child.

Did you see the headline on Drudge this weekend where a judge in NY ordered a bank to close out its loan to a couple while calling them names.

Basically he ordered that the outstanding loan be totally forgiven based on really nothing.

I guess contracts are no longer worth a shit in court. This is the new law in the U.S. since the liberals have taken over the courts.

Posted by: Vic at November 30, 2009 05:48 AM (CDUiN)

39
In these economic times, I don’t think we’re going to have very many lavish expensive dinners.

WTF?!  Aren't they air-shipping in fresh kobe steaks every wednesday?  What a crock of shit.  Maybe m'chelle can stop using the air force as her personal taxi, too.

Posted by: Dang Straights at November 30, 2009 05:48 AM (Haq+B)

40 Mornin', Dang Straights.

Posted by: Methos (douchebag) at November 30, 2009 05:50 AM (zyyJm)

41
Hey Mortis. 

The 'douchebag' is unspoken implied, btw.  You know, like 'boy' at the end of every sentence.  Boy.

Posted by: Dang Straights at November 30, 2009 05:54 AM (Haq+B)

42 "I guess contracts are no longer worth a shit in court. This is the new law in the U.S. since the liberals have taken over the courts."  - The Chrysler Takeover pretty much finished that old fashioned idea.

Posted by: GrumpyUnk at November 30, 2009 05:59 AM (vk51m)

43 I thought we're in a recovery?

Black Friday appears to have held the line with 2008, but nothing more. This means that more people are buying cheaper stuff, or that lots of people simply stayed home this year. End-of-year numbers from Wal Mart and Target should be interesting.

The economy has stopped shrinking, but that doesn't mean it's expanding again. Any year-over-year growth rate of less than 5% or so is essentially the same as maintaining the status quo (i.e., bleeding, but not yet dead). Past recessions since World War II have generally been followed by a sharp uptick in economic activity in the following quarters -- but this recession promises to follow a much longer and shallower path upwards.

Unemployment is likely to remain above 7% indefiinitely, barring some major technological or economic breakthrough; that means that a lot of the jobs lost are gone for good. Employers are not going to staff up until the implications of legislation like the health-care bill and cap-and-trade are settled. (This "jobs summit" is going to be a huge waste of time, and is mainly window-dressing for Obama to show how "concerned" he is.)

The job market is going to be very tough for the next three to five years, I think.

Posted by: Monty at November 30, 2009 06:04 AM (4Pleu)

44

Maybe m'chelle can stop using the air force as her personal taxi, too.

That's what you get when you elect a king.

Posted by: katya at November 30, 2009 06:06 AM (sHqiq)

45

That's what you get when you elect a king.

Get over it, I going to be your king for three more years, sucker!

We Won and "I am da One"

Posted by: Barry, The First, Lord of DC at November 30, 2009 06:34 AM (2+9Yx)

46

HeatherRadish at November 30, 2009 09:50 AM (NtiET)

When my union officials started harping on Mitch I knew he was the man for the job.

Posted by: harleycowboy at November 30, 2009 06:37 AM (JKGfQ)

47 Funny thing about the consumer spending on black friday, I saw a CNN news segment while at the gym on Saturday saying that Americans spent more this year than last. One of these things is not like the other.

I think spending on Friday was up, but for the entire weekend, it was down.

Posted by: Steve L. at November 30, 2009 06:49 AM (Gkhxf)

48

Chelsea Clinton Engaged to Marc Mezvinsky

This is the one occasion I might consider abortion.........well no, they'll just not be able to bump nasties and produce another liberal democrat in the mold of Sir Edmund Hillary Rodham Clinton and her tag-a-long dick Bill "The Molester."

Posted by: Fish at November 30, 2009 06:50 AM (6mfq0)

49 For those of you that often read Brit newsites online,  Peter Preston of the Guardian brings up an interesting topic LINK

"Perhaps 320,000 people will buy the print version of the Guardian today. Perhaps a million will dip in online during the day and read between two and 20,000 newsprint words, even including a few of these. Extrapolating October's audited totals, there are 13.2 million UK-based terminal clickers who may come calling online. But there are also another 18.4 million monthly clickers somewhere overseas – and around half of them will be Americans from Anchorage to Atlanta. Which makes a difference when you write, and when you edit. Let's call it the Sarah Palin difference."

Posted by: mrp at November 30, 2009 07:02 AM (HjPtV)

50 6 America needs more Mitch Daniels.


Posted by: HeatherRadish at November 30, 2009 09:50 AM (NtiET)

Heather, you've got Momma's news fu going on.  Thanks for the linky.  I've heard Daniels's name bandied about, but never knew much about him.  Unless he's just playing coy about wanting higher office, it sounds like another example of the world of cut-throat politics discouraging the best people to run.

I guess contracts are no longer worth a shit in court. This is the new law in the U.S. since the liberals have taken over the courts.

Posted by: Vic at November 30, 2009 10:48 AM (CDUiN)

When I saw this story begin on FOX, I thought "here we go again," but the report went on to say that the judge "punished" the bank because the homeowners had been reliable payors for years,  lost jobs and tried everything to get the bank to even talk with them about making some sort of financial adjustment.  Apparently the lending institution took bailout money and gives a big "F.U." to customers trying to contact them.

Not saying what the judge did was right, but after hearing about the bank's attitude, I couldn't get too worked up about it.

Posted by: RushBabe at November 30, 2009 07:04 AM (LKkE8)

51

50

Chelsea Clinton Engaged to Marc Mezvinsky

I was starting to get the idea she played for the other team.

Posted by: RushBabe at November 30, 2009 07:06 AM (LKkE8)

52 When I saw this story begin on FOX, I thought "here we go again," but the report went on to say that the judge "punished" the bank because the homeowners had been reliable payors for years,  lost jobs and tried everything to get the bank to even talk with them about making some sort of financial adjustment.

I looked further into the story. The guy was initially OK on his loan but at the height of the bubble he refinanced the house on an "interest only" loan in order to finance his new business. And like most new small buisnesses, it went bankrupt. He quit even making the interest payments and was way behind.

There is not a lot of "restructuring" you can do to an "interest only" loan when you re not making ANY payments on the interest. All I saw in the Fox article was hyperbole from the judge, and little on actual facts that warranted voiding the contract.

One thing to keep in mind about Fox on-line. Night shift and weekends are dominated by the liberal editors.  They make no effort to clean up AP.

Posted by: Vic at November 30, 2009 07:13 AM (CDUiN)

53 I might be tempted to go out and spend as much or even more money than I did last year, IF I HAD A F'ING JOB.  Thanks, Barry, Harry and Nancy.

Posted by: huerfano at November 30, 2009 07:18 AM (vtuZz)

54 ref Wrecking Ball vs. Car. FAKE. (65%) The car didn't seem to get crushed enough. I'm thinking there was a loose wrecking ball and the guy inserted a vid of a car model getting whacked.

Posted by: Comrade Arthur at November 30, 2009 11:52 AM (GVwYk)

55 So, what - a naked mole rat is a blogger?

Posted by: lorien1973 at November 30, 2009 01:02 PM (IhQuA)

56 Behold the wonder of the naked mole rat - they're almost blind, hairless, seemingly fragile, yet impervious to cancer, don't feel pain, and can go oxygen deprived for a half hour, and they live 30 years. They're like nature's little Matthew Yglesiases.

Posted by: Jim Treacher at November 30, 2009 01:16 PM (GrDz5)

57

Damn spam.

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59

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