December 30, 2010

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— Gabriel Malor

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1 lightening?

Posted by: maverick muse at December 30, 2010 02:07 AM (H+LJc)

2 Posti lion?

Posted by: Ex-Republican genius at December 30, 2010 02:12 AM (le5qc)

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We have spent so much time arguing about the 2010 elections, and a lot of acrimony concerning the races in DE, NV, and AK and the Tea Party movement in general. Again the old call of RINO vs Conservative candidates in blue States. Here is great article in The American Spectator which puts this all in perspective with a really insightful look at the elections.

Getting Below the Surface

Highlights:

Lead Paragraph:

We of course know that the November 2, 2010, elections were historical on many different levels. The Republican gains of 63 seats in the House and 6 in the Senate dwarf the Republican Revolution of 1994 and double the historical average gains in the Senate for a party out of power. These gains were made despite a cash-strapped Republican National Committee (RNC), strategic decisions by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) to spend $8 million in the long-shot California Senate race instead of Washington and Colorado, and the fact that the RNC, NRSC, and National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) had a zero ground game.

That last highlighted bit is something Ace and I discussed and agreed on. We were disappointed by not getting the 100 seats in the House and taking the Senate, but those expectations were built on a false premise, or if you will, wishful thinking. We were cruising on the “enthusiasm gap” fully expecting hoards of Republican voters to head to the polls in a wave of anti-Obama rage while the dispirited Dems sat at home.  Well, we did get the hoards of Republican voters in the Red States, but not so much in the Blue States. The Dem machine (read unions) went into their full court press and in States with a heavy union presence they had a huge GOTV effort. Result, we didn’t have very many “wins” in the blue States.

Second Paragraph:

But what the November midterm elections did do was confirm and destroy some of the most talked-about conventional wisdom about the so-called Tea Party movement, as well as raise some warning flags for Republicans moving into the 2012 election cycle.

It breaks down a little here because they don’t come right out and say what the “conventional wisdom” was but they do talk later about missed opportunities. My take on the conventional wisdom was that the Party bigwigs dismissed the Tea Party and had their asses handed to them in the primaries where the Tea Party/Sarah Palin/Jim DeMint provided challengers. What was confirmed? Probably you can’t win blue States without equaling or bettering the union GOTV effort.

The article continues talking about the local elections, particularly the Soros funded SAS project where Republicans took back key swing States there.

So what were the “missed opportunities”:

THERE WERE MISSED opportunities. The easy ones to highlight are the U.S. Senate races in Colorado and Nevada and even Washington. (I'm sorry, Delaware was not a lost opportunity; Christine O'Donnell was a deeply flawed candidate, but Mike Castle would have lost the race as well.) Poorly run campaigns (Nevada), combined with mismanaged funds (NRSC) and a nonexistent ground game, caused many of the GOP Senate candidates to underperform by two to four points from their last pre-election poll numbers and final results. 

Note that highlighted thing there. I went back looked at the districts after the election and yes, the districts that she won are the same ones that Castle normally won. But it wasn’t enough in a Statewide race. On the NV race, I am not sure I would call it a poorly run campaign, at least not after the initial few weeks after the primary. Barky Harry won based on the casino unions.period.all. After Angle learned how to talk to the press (i.e. don’t talk at all) the press was forced to go back years and years for their smears which was not as effective. She caught up with Barky Harry and passed him in the polls. Unfortunately the polls don’t capture the GOTV efforts and the unions prevailed.

Also missed:

What was also missed amid the euphoria and the staggering state-level gains is that more than 26 percent of incumbent state legislators, or nearly 1,300, were not challenged in the general election. In what was generally viewed as a wave election, it makes one wonder what could have happened had more state legislative candidates been groomed to run.

That is very common here, half of my down ticket races were Dem only.

Much of the blame for a lack of contested races on the state level lies with Republican state parties.

That statement should be engraved in stone and sent to every State Republican Party.

But this is where a happy by-product of the so-called "Tea Party" movement comes in: a growing network of grassroots conservative organizations not aligned with the Republican Party that are recruiting, training, and running candidates on the local and state levels, and preparing for the 2012 election cycle.

Spectator calls this a “happy by-product”. One wonders about that statement. That is how a Party becomes marginalized over time. This could become a real problem for the Republican Party and defeating Dems in general, particularly if the current Republican leadership continues crossing the aisle and accommodating the communists.

So all you Republican Party big wigs, you better take that last bit to heart. No more McCains, no more Bushes, and you better start fighting and behaving more like DeMint.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 02:16 AM (M9Ie6)

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Remember "Big Oil"? The last time gas prices went up it was because of  "Big Oil" and "speculators".

Now that Lord Barack is preznit it's because of market forces! Y'know, supply and demand:

Winter no longer means lower gas prices

Motorists can no longer rely on gasoline prices dropping in the winter.

While demand for gas in the U.S. falls, the price hasn't followed. In the last four months, the average pump price of gas has surged more than 30 cents the last quarter to $3.14 per gallon for regular unleaded according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.

"It's high," said Kevin Pugh, owner of Kevin's Boulevard Service Sunoco in Scranton when asked about gas prices. His station charges $3.19 as of Wednesday afternoon. "I just buy it from a distributor. If it's up, it's up. If it's down, it's down."

The old rule about gasoline prices dropping in the winter no longer applies.

Demand for gasoline comes from all over the world, and there are rumbles of instability in some oil-producing nations. One of the world's largest refineries, in the U.S. Virgin Islands at St. Croix, had technical issues that crimped its 500,000 barrel-per-day production.

"You can't assign seasonal limit in the crude market," said Barbara Shook of Houston-based Gas Intelligence & Oil Daily. "The strange behavior in some nations and burgeoning demand in Brazil, Russia, India and China will have a greater effect on price. U.S. demand may level off and decline long-term and we may see no decrease in price."

So long as a barrel of crude oil is near or more than $90, drivers can expect to see gasoline above $3 per gallon.

"Gasoline is sold into a global market, and the U.S. is one buyer," she said.

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Now that the new bogeyman is the free market I guess it's time to do away with it.

Posted by: Ed Anger at December 30, 2010 02:17 AM (7+pP9)

5 Posted by: Ed Anger at December 30, 2010 07:17 AM (7+pP9)

Well Ed I note the particular lack of the real reason gas prices are going up despite flat or falling demand. Gas is a commodity and the dollar is rapidly becoming worthless thanks to the liar 'n chief.

So the newspapers are doing their normal thing.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 02:21 AM (M9Ie6)

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Now that the new bogeyman is the free market I guess it's time to do away with it.

Posted by: Ed Anger
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No, do away with dependence on oil.  And not just foreign oil, but all oil as much as we can.

43% of all the oil we use goes into autos.

We should have been building nuclear power plants the last ten years..  now that electric car technology is maturing we could be just about ready to start weening ourselves off the foreign oil teat.. but no, we'll either have to burn dirty coal to power those things, which is downright stupid, or continue on as we have with ever-increasing oil prices.

Although the American consumer is so stupid they will probably gladly buy those electric cars and power them with dirty electricity from coal powered plants and truly believe they are being "green".

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at December 30, 2010 02:28 AM (Do528)

7 Chi-town; you have some HUGE misconceptions about auto emmisions, nuke power, and coal power generation.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 02:34 AM (M9Ie6)

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So all you Republican Party big wigs, you better take that last bit to heart. No more McCains, no more Bushes, and you better start fighting and behaving more like DeMint.

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That's just silly, Vic.  Nothing has changed.  DeMint cannot win a race in every state and every district.  The Tea Party candidates like O'Donnell and Angle proved that the Tea Party is not very smart about picking the right candidates for the state they are running in.

The lesson to be learned is that where there was a strong ground game, we had a much better chance of winning.  That's where the Tea Party enthusiasm helped this year.

The trick for the GOP will be trying to keep that enthusiasm going for another 2 years... not going on a purity binge.


Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at December 30, 2010 02:40 AM (Do528)

9 Gas is a commodity and the dollar is rapidly becoming worthless thanks to the liar 'n chief.



Yes I was reading the printing of money is driving the market to commodity's of which the crude  is now being sought the most.. And gas price has been high every cold season in quite a long time just due to refinery change to heating oil which also takes a hit.


Posted by: beanervt at December 30, 2010 02:42 AM (ylgC/)

10 DeMint cannot win a race in every state and every district.

As I said last night, if you take that defeatist attitude to its logical conclusion you may as well drum those "permanently blue" States out of the union because they are destroying the union and if we have no hope of stopping them we may as well get rid of them.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 02:43 AM (M9Ie6)

11 Chi-town; you have some HUGE misconceptions about auto emmisions, nuke power, and coal power generation.
Posted by: Vic
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Oh really?  Care to enlighten me with some links?

And perhaps I wasn't clear enough.  The point  of moving to electric cars (not ALL cars and trucks need to be electric, but a good portion of the driving done in this country will likely be done in mostly-electric cars in 20 years) is getting off oil.  $700 Billion a year leaves our shores and goes to purchase foreign oil.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at December 30, 2010 02:44 AM (Do528)

12 Postilion   
Agincourt, French Knights v. English Longbows and the Law of Arms
 
From the quickening to the quickening.

Though you have made me see troubles,
   many and bitter,
   you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
   you will again bring me up.
Psalm 71:20

Liszt's Sursum corda,   "Let us lift up our hearts."




Posted by: maverick muse at December 30, 2010 02:46 AM (H+LJc)

13 It's not defeatist.. it's realistic.  And your attitude simply ignores reality.  It's like plugging your ears and singling La La La La I can't hear you!

We barely got Kirk elected here in Illinois.  And we couldn't get Brady elected governor in the same election because he was viewed as too far to the right.

Following your advice is a recipe for massive defeat.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at December 30, 2010 02:49 AM (Do528)

14 Oh really?  Care to enlighten me with some links?

How about a condensed version of 30 years experience in the utility business.

First off cars burning gasoline and using a catalytic converter are NOT dirty.

Second off, to replace all gas burning vehicles with electric cars driven from nukes at an average cost of 5B per plant it would take money many times the size of the national debt. In short, there isn't enough money on earth. Personally though, I would be glad to go to an electric golf cart provided ALL other vehicles were removed from the highway.

Third off, current generation coal plants ARE clean. What the idiot eco-tards want is CO2 free which is physically impossible for ANYTHING that burns a product with carbon in it.

ALL for a phony globull warming scam. There have already been hundreds of links and posts here documenting all these scams.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 02:52 AM (M9Ie6)

15 'Gameboy with a light accessory?'

That idiot stole a first-generation Gameboy from a kids coffin?!?  The same ones you can find for a couple of bucks??

Posted by: nickless at December 30, 2010 02:52 AM (MMC8r)

16 Building oil refineries is out of the question. With capacity remaining static, while the population has been increasing, the wrong conclusion will repeatedly be drawn by the political class. The Carter Days are here again, the skies above...oh wait! 

Posted by: Paul Wellstone's Funeral at December 30, 2010 02:53 AM (0ba8c)

17 Following your advice is a recipe for massive defeat.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at December 30, 2010 07:49 AM (Do52

If we get rid of Chicago we will be a long way toward fixing it. 

Your strategy has already been defeated and shown to be worthless.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 02:53 AM (M9Ie6)

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That idiot stole a first-generation Gameboy from a kids coffin?!?  The same ones you can find for a couple of bucks??

It's not like the kid is gonna use it! [ducks]

Roll Tide!

Posted by: Paul Wellstone's Funeral at December 30, 2010 02:57 AM (0ba8c)

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Yes I was reading the printing of money is driving the market to commodity's of which the crude  is now being sought the most.. And gas price has been high every cold season in quite a long time just due to refinery change to heating oil which also takes a hit.


Posted by: beanervt at December 30, 2010 07:42 AM (ylgC/)

Well, $3/gal gas in the winter is supposedly "unprecedented" and gasoline prices are always higher in the summer.

As for QE2 and commodities -- they're all going up because of Helicopter Ben's mad money printing skillz. Hobos rejoice because they don't have to steal as much copper for a bottle of fortified wine.

Posted by: Ed Anger at December 30, 2010 02:59 AM (7+pP9)

20 Hobos rejoice because they don't have to steal as much copper for a bottle of fortified wine.

But Ed, that assumes the price of Boone's Farm will not rise as well. Wine is also a commodity.

The only thing that will stay constant is the income of retired Morons like me.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 03:03 AM (M9Ie6)

21 I'll have to go out in the fields and steal some of that gov subsidized corn and make my own ethanol.

Just got to figure out how to hide the stink with a cop living a few hundred feet down the street from me.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 03:11 AM (M9Ie6)

22 Morning all!  We've got black ice on the roads out here.  Temps in the 20's.  Furnace was going off all night.  Paging Al Gore.

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 03:13 AM (ihSHD)

23 Malkin on Fox talking about her Nannie list. We'll have to see if we can find it.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 03:15 AM (M9Ie6)

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 03:18 AM (M9Ie6)

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Heh!  Op-ed in this a.m.'s WSJ:

"According to figures compiled by the Citizens Budget Commission, in fiscal 2011 the city has 9,419 sanitation workers, who also do snow removal.   That's down about 500 employees from 3 years earlier, though spending is up $200 million.

Meanwhile, the city has no fewer than 14,530 workers spending $8.4 billion on social services, up $1 billion and 500 employees from 2007.  There are 6,100 public employees working on environmental protection and another 12,100 at the housing authority plus 6,400 devoted to 'health and mental hygiene'.  Oh, and the city's pension contributions are climbing to $7.49 billion in fiscal 2011 from $4.7 billion in 2007. 

These spending categories don't fully explain the snow-shovel breakdown.  But they are illustrative of a city government that thinks it has a writ to do everything.  One lesson is that a government that tries to do too much ends up not being able to do the basic things its citizens expect, such as clearing streets of snow."

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 03:22 AM (ihSHD)

26 LOL, CA wants a 6B bailout from a "disaster". Gee imagine that.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 03:22 AM (M9Ie6)

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"$700 Billion a year leaves our shores and goes to purchase foreign oil."

And yet the US sits on massive oil deposits, or has them just offshore (see China/Cuba drilling off Florida coast, tar balls washing up on California shores due to oil seepage, etc.) And we have massive, massive natural gas deposits that could be freaked.

So nah, ain't seeing the need for hopped up golf carts to drive to work in.

Posted by: Asian Carp Czar at December 30, 2010 03:24 AM (V6Nu2)

28 These spending categories don't fully explain the snow-shovel breakdown.

On F&F this morning someone was implying that the Sanitation Workers union was doing a work "slowdown" to protest the cutbacks.

Note they cutback numbers of workers but spending went up. That is the product of those golden retirements.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 03:24 AM (M9Ie6)

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The point  of moving to electric cars (not ALL cars and trucks need to be electric, but a good portion of the driving done in this country will likely be done in mostly-electric cars in 20 years)

Twenty years? I wish we could bet on that. We'll be lucky if 25% of the cars will be electric in that time frame. At the rate we're building infrastructure, what you're saying is a pipe dream. They're still suing in court over the issue of transmission line construction. By the time every environmental impact study is complete, candles will be necessary in order to read a book at night.

Posted by: Paul Wellstone's Funeral at December 30, 2010 03:26 AM (0ba8c)

30 Regarding blue states,  here is my opinion:

Occasionally we get lucky and the democrats run a really BAD candidate like they did in the Illinois Senate race with that mob banker.  In that case,  the dem voters are so appalled that you can get someone like Kirk elected.  So in cases like that we should run someone more "electable" for blue voters.

But in some cases,  like Nevada or Delaware,  we aren't going to be able to overcome the GOTV of the unions or the general liberal trend of the voting pool.  In those cases,  we should run a conservative if for no other reason than to get the message out and inflict damage on the democrats,  knowing full well we probably won't win.  At least the message gets out and makes some people think,  and it encourages the GOP.  In a few cases we might get lucky and pull off a surprise victory.

Posted by: Miss Marple at December 30, 2010 03:28 AM (Fo83G)

31 News Alert 4.2 Mag earthquake in Indiana

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 03:29 AM (M9Ie6)

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Wow!  I wonder what TX Jew thinks of this:

"Two years ago, Ration Oil Exploration LP, an energy firm here (Tel Aviv), employed 5 people and was worth half a million dollars.

Ratio's market capitalization now approaches $1 billion.  The rally at Ration is thanks to the company's 15% stake in a giant offshore gas field called Levethian, operated by Houston based Noble Energy Inc. 

On Wednesday, the frenzy got fresh fuel:  Noble confirmed its earlier estimates that the field contains 16 trillion cubic feet of gas--making it the world's biggest deepwater gas find in a decade, with enough reserves to supply Israels gas needs for 100 years."

Of course Lebanon claims they have dibs, and Iran has weighed in and said Lebanon owns 3/4 of it.  Plus there are ramifications for the U.S. companies (possible retroactive taxes, retroactive changes to lease agreements). 

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 03:36 AM (ihSHD)

33 Vic,  sitting here right south of Indianapolis and didn't feel a thing.  Neither did my daughter,  who is staying with me,  nor either of our dogs.

Maybe it was over towards Shelbyville or something.

Posted by: Miss Marple at December 30, 2010 03:37 AM (Fo83G)

34 not going on a purity binge.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry


Nice way to ignore all but one sentence in that Spectator article. That shows mad editing skills.

Did ya miss the part where Castle probably would have lost too? Care to enlighten us on how the Tea Party 'purists' would have been guilty of that crime against the status quo?

Posted by: Blue Hen at December 30, 2010 03:40 AM (1O93r)

35 Chi-Town, don't forfeit and wave the PC victory flag.

Look what you've done, getting me started.

Why require all to accept dhimmitude? That's authoritarian reality, forcing all into revisionist subjugation. I'm not buying it!

I don't accept that as my reality to leave for posterity, though I see clearly the pervasive federal authoritarianism spending and mandating of our nation's ruin. Most people do see our nation's ruin from PC policies, mandates, decisions and even legislated laws. So because evil exists, I must condone it to rule me? No. I will not.

Find your stamina to endure, to keep pressing, to hold what ground yet remains constitutionally sovereign, while refusing to relinquish what authoritarians presume to usurp. Why cling to a GOP baby blanket as if what Bush reformed the Republican Party into, progressive socialist big spending federal authoritarianism "leaving no child behind" as the Pied Piper led them all into the river to drown. Not what you want or think America "needs".

Rather, work to nourish the renaissance of Constitutional Governance, one election after the next, again and again. Persistence.

Constitutional Governance is the realistic point. It is the only standard by which Americans have rallied under attack, and will ever rally to fight for each other.

Conservatives prepare now to persevere with nothing/everything to lose rather than give up the ghost as a defeatist coward hiding in the ditch as if it's possible to save your own skin by sabotaging or abandoning your duties as an American citizen, to demand the accounting and removal of those who govern corruption. We're all scared.  But our American constitutional heritage and birthright are not simply to be forfeit.

What exactly would any sub-elitist gain or keep by promoting authoritarianism as the inevitable master of existence? Go along to get along and by negligent transference, of OUR existence?

Now, go figure to get involved with at least one other to forge an alliance to conserve and protect the US Constitution for posterity. Idea determines Form. At the very least don't preach irrelevance of the ideal due to discomfort, indifference, or fear of ridicule.

Posted by: maverick muse at December 30, 2010 03:40 AM (H+LJc)

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Posted by: Paul Wellstone's Funeral at December 30, 2010 08:26 AM (0ba8c)

Believe it or not, The Seattle Times (lefty rag) actually had an article in Sunday's auto section that questioned what's going to happen to all the batteries in hybrid cars.  It talked about the primary people driving them care about the environment, but it's not known how long the batteries will actually last and where they will go once they no longer function.  I didn't realize it until I read the article, but the batteries for those cars are on average 500 lbs!  That's a lot of battery! 

The thing about "green" energy choices.  They cost more and they really aren't so kind to Gaia.

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 03:43 AM (ihSHD)

37 Maybe it was over towards Shelbyville or something.

All they said was central Indiana".

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 03:46 AM (M9Ie6)

38 I got a question: How the fuck are we going to charge all of these electric cars? It takes hours for these things to recharge. A home charging station would easily require a qualified electrician. Can you imagine the process that would be required in some dumbass Dem stronghold like oh say... Chicago? Or New York? It can take hours to charge one. Think changing over filling stations would do it? Think about the average time per visit is now. Think of how many cars a station can servcie in a two hour period. Now put that to one side, since we're talking about recharging U-boat surplus batteries, not a 16 gallon tank.

Posted by: Blue Hen at December 30, 2010 03:47 AM (1O93r)

39

Oh, and there's this headline:

"Obama Bypasses Senate To Fill Posts"

Included in the article:

Sidestepping Congress, he named the first U.S. ambassador to Syria in nearly 6 years and a deputy attorney general in recess aapoiintments after the nominations ran into trouble with the Republicans.

Heh! 

At the Justice Department, James M. Cole was appointed to the No. 2 post of deputy attorney general.  The nomination of Mr. Cole...was blocked by Republicans amid concerns over his role as an independent monitor at AIG...Mr. Cole served 13 years at the Justice department and is a longtime friend of ...Eric Holder.

 

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 03:49 AM (ihSHD)

40 I didn't realize it until I read the article, but the batteries for those cars are on average 500 lbs!  That's a lot of battery!

ja, Das war eine furchtbar problem.

Posted by: Unterseeboot Kapitien Blau Hen at December 30, 2010 03:50 AM (1O93r)

41 Posted by: Blue Hen at December 30, 2010 08:47 AM (1O93r)

As I said in my reply above, there isn't enough generation capacity or the money to pay for it to do a conversion.

What the eco-commies want is to eliminate all personal transportation and force everyone into buses and trains just like 50s era Russia.  That is their favorite government.

And like the 50s era Russians, the apparatchiks would be exempted and have their own luxury Zils. The eco-commies all expect to be the 21st century apparatchiks.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 03:52 AM (M9Ie6)

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I got a question: How the fuck are we going to charge all of these electric cars? It takes hours for these things to recharge. A home charging station would easily require a qualified electrician. Can you imagine the process that would be required in some dumbass Dem stronghold like oh say... Chicago? Or New York? It can take hours to charge one. Think changing over filling stations would do it? Think about the average time per visit is now. Think of how many cars a station can servcie in a two hour period. Now put that to one side, since we're talking about recharging U-boat surplus batteries, not a 16 gallon tank

 

This and battery disposal are things I always bring up to my idiot friends who think this crap is all that.  The aging electrical grids across the country will not accomodate the drain that millions of people charging their cars overnight (because you have to charge them for at least 12 hours) to drive around 100--it's a total waste!  Think of the emissions created from just building one of these clown cars.  One woman I know who already has a Prius, said that owning a Leaf or a Volt would be her next car.  When one of our other friends said "I could never do that, we lose our electricity too much (usually from windy conditions), the other woman said, "Well obviously this would be our third car."  Yeesh!  I also mentioned that not only do you have to get your house retrofitted to accommodate the charger, but you have to pay an additional several thousand dollars for the charger.  This idiot woman just looked at me and said "I'm pretty sure those come free with the car."  Whatever bitch!

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 03:54 AM (ihSHD)

43

Ann Coulter wrote a nice piece for today that deserves some air time.

Should that read: "Ann Coulter wrote is a nice piece..."

Posted by: legislated charity & ringing gongs vs quiet Love at December 30, 2010 03:56 AM (gMONh)

44 This idiot woman just looked at me and said "I'm pretty sure those come free with the car."  Whatever bitch!

That sounds like it could have come from my idiot brother in law. I also noted that these batteries require heavy metal mining. Therefore, he is either condemning the planet to more strip mining, or condemning men other than himself to increased mortality through deep shaft mining. The room became rather quiet after that.

Posted by: Blue Hen at December 30, 2010 03:59 AM (1O93r)

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Headline - "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tampa

Bad enough that but the money line at the end of the article:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has recently said he wants to see more states hold similar programs.

I suspect the reason oil is being driven out of this country is to insure an insufficient supply of tar is available for the inevitable outcome.

Plus - is there an existing Enemies List?  No, not the one the left and every other U.S. adversary maintains, I mean an enemies list of this Constitutional Based Republic?

Posted by: Shwing N. Richard D' Turd at December 30, 2010 04:01 AM (Z/oEY)

46

Remember when whistleblowers were courageous and applauded?  The NY Post reports "Three snitches" (nice term) have come forward and stated that poor snow removal response was a deliberate work slow-down by Union workers who are pissed off over Bloomberg's budget cuts.

The Sanitation Department last night denied there was a concerted effort to slow snow removal.

"There are no organized or wildcat actions being taken by the sanitation workers or the supervisors," said spokesman Matthew Lipani.

Joseph Mannion, president of the union that represents agency supervisors, said talk of a slowdown "is hogwash." But he admitted there is "resentment out there" toward Mayor Bloomberg and his administration because of budget cuts.

His counterpart at the rank-and-file's union, Harry Nespoli, has also denied there is a job action, though he admitted his guys are working lucrative 14-hour shifts.

Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said only: "We would hope this is not the case."

But multiple Sanitation Department sources told The Post yesterday that angry plow drivers have only been clearing streets assigned to them even if that means they have to drive through snowed-in roads with their plows raised.

And they are keeping their plow blades unusually high, making it necessary for them to have to run extra passes, adding time and extra pay.

One mechanic said some drivers are purposely smashing plows and salt spreaders to further stall the cleanup efforts.

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 04:02 AM (ihSHD)

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WASHINGTON – The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a positive sign that the job market is slowly improving.

 

Good news comrades!! During the Christmas Winter Solstice Event rush applications for unemployment fell. This has never happened before. It must be a sign that Comrade Chairman Obama has healed the economy!!

Posted by: TheQuietMan at December 30, 2010 04:03 AM (1Jaio)

48

That sounds like it could have come from my idiot brother in law. I also noted that these batteries require heavy metal mining. Therefore, he is either condemning the planet to more strip mining, or condemning men other than himself to increased mortality through deep shaft mining. The room became rather quiet after that.

 

Oh yes, there's that plus they assembly of said batteries in Chinese sweat shops.


Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 04:03 AM (ihSHD)

49

I also mentioned that not only do you have to get your house retrofitted to accommodate the charger, but you have to pay an additional several thousand dollars for the charger.  This idiot woman just looked at me and said "I'm pretty sure those come free with the car."  Whatever bitch!

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 08:54 AM (ihSHD)

I'm pretty sure there are currently tax credits to cover most of those costs.

Posted by: Ed Anger at December 30, 2010 04:03 AM (7+pP9)

50 Electric cars will be a while. I was thinking of building one, and got on an electric car mailing list. By and large, EV enthusiasts hate cars and hate people and think that making people drive EVs is a fitting punishment for living and being capitalists. Everyone can spout the "85% of all trips are under 35 miles" statistic all they want, but the fact of the matter is not only can most people not afford a car for short trips and a different one for long trips, its also a bad distribution of resources. My wife's Honda Civic gets about 30mpg in the short commute, and you can get in it and drive it 15 hours straight and go 750 miles and get about 40mpg, and its pretty dang clean while doing it. The EV guys are like, hey, the electric grid has lower utilization at night so we can all recharge at night, no problem. Of course, that takes all the slack out of the system - no time for maintenance, etc. I don't doubt at some point there will be a move away from internal combustion, but it will take a while for the tech to make it really feasible.

Posted by: blaster at December 30, 2010 04:04 AM (MrMxG)

51 Also, as far as headlines, that Cracked piece is actually a pretty decent piece of news analysis.

Posted by: blaster at December 30, 2010 04:06 AM (MrMxG)

52

 

Good news comrades!! During the Christmas Winter Solstice Event rush applications for unemployment fell. This has never happened before. It must be a sign that Comrade Chairman Obama has healed the economy!!

 

I went out for drinks with friends last evening, and I had to sit and listen to one of them go on about how the economy is "bouncing back" (based on her empiracal evidence of when she went out to a boutique in her swanky Seattle neighborhood, Magnolia, they were running out of dress shirts and ties for men).  The proprietor told her that it seemed more people are going out for New Years this year in comparison to last year.  I just bit my tongue.  This area is really in a bubble because Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon and Starbucks are all doing ok right now.  She also disagreed with me about Social Security being broke. 

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 04:07 AM (ihSHD)

53 I also mentioned that not only do you have to get your house retrofitted to accommodate the charger, but you have to pay an additional several thousand dollars for the charger.  This idiot woman just looked at me and said "I'm pretty sure those come free with the car."  Whatever bitch!

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 08:54 AM (ihSHD)

I'm pretty sure there are currently tax credits to cover most of those costs.
Posted by: Ed Anger

This presupposes that you have a garage or port to do this. Most people in cities have no such option. And we're talking about increased power demand from states that have been actively fighting increased power generation and transmission. This is like Montana fighting for a deep sea port.

Posted by: Blue Hen at December 30, 2010 04:10 AM (1O93r)

54 This idiot woman just looked at me and said "I'm pretty sure those come free with the car."

Ask her about how that works in the used car market.

Posted by: nickless at December 30, 2010 04:13 AM (MMC8r)

55 She also disagreed with me about Social Security being broke. 

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 09:07 AM (ihSHD)

 

It seems the number one ingrediant it takes to be a liberal is ignorance.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at December 30, 2010 04:14 AM (1Jaio)

56

So Gov. Richardson is thinking about pardoning BTK (Billy the Kid) because he is "weighing whether to honor a promise his long ago predecessor may or may not have made."  Apparently, BTK was a snitch in an unrelated murder.

"Descendents of Gov. Wallace and Sheriff Garrett say that's bunk.  They contend no clemency was offered and firmly oppose one now.   But some historians insist the Kid had a deal that should be honored to uphold the integrity of the state."

I say let the dead bury the dead. 

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 04:15 AM (ihSHD)

57 That Cracked story needs more play. That is one of the most devastating things I've read about the MFM ever.

Posted by: Zakn at December 30, 2010 04:16 AM (zyaZ1)

58 Also, as far as headlines, that Cracked piece is actually a pretty decent piece of news analysis.

I was floored that the most capable analysis of the Tea Party movement I had yet read in a non-conservative publication was in Cracked.

Posted by: nickless at December 30, 2010 04:16 AM (MMC8r)

59

I'm pretty sure there are currently tax credits to cover most of those costs.

 

True for now, but I think they'll eventually cut that off (when enough people are buying said cars).  I see what you did there!

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 04:18 AM (ihSHD)

60

Hey, beginning in Jan., all first class stamps will be designated "Forever" stamps. 

"The move is designed to help customers cope with postage increases" and will be announced 1/14. 

I wonder if they are planning a bunch of increases in the coming year.  It makes me suspicious.

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 04:20 AM (ihSHD)

61 In re the economy, I think there are probably some good signs out there. Granted, I live in the DC area and we are awash in gubmint money, but I am seeing a LOT of employment activity happening in the private sector. I lost my job at the beginning of November and I had a ton of calls and interviews. And people I know who have been looking for work for a while are landing jobs. Granted, it is a different story in Cleveland, but in some places it is getting better - and it has to get better in some places before it can get better in a lot of places. I think the American economy fundamentally can't be held back forever - I think Democrat policies have made things worse, and have made things bad for longer than they otherwise would have - but things are going to pick up. Gas prices going up are not going to help in the short term, but they'll either go down or we will get used to them.

Posted by: blaster at December 30, 2010 04:23 AM (MrMxG)

62

Uh oh, warm temps in Pittsburgh may delay the Winter Classic, the NHL's outdoor hockey game scheduled for Jan. 1.  This could affect the 30k out of town fans who are scheduled to attend the game.  Rain is predicted for that day. 

The obvious solution to this problem is to enlist the services of Witch Doctor, Al Gore.  He can do his global warming dance, and there will be snow. 

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 04:24 AM (ihSHD)

63 Re batteries and used cars. I think that the battery issue is considered a feature not a bug. In Japan, their tax policies essentially eliminate the used car market. Its cheaper to buy new. That helps the car companies. I think the car companies would just as soon see the used car market go away. Imagine what it would do for them to see 100% replacement of our fleet of vehicles in the next few years. Of course it would be hugely disruptive to other sectors of the economy. But GE and the union owned car companies would be doing fine. What a coincidence.

Posted by: blaster at December 30, 2010 04:28 AM (MrMxG)

64 The EV guys are like, hey, the electric grid has lower utilization at night so we can all recharge at night, no problem.

There's not enough power at night. Hell, there is not enough power in the night and day combined. If everything else was shutdown, maybe.

These people are idiots living in a dram world. That is the people who really think it will work. Most of them know it will not work. Electric cars are not their objective.

As I said earlier, zero cars for the proletariat is their objective.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 04:28 AM (M9Ie6)

65 There is a term - watermelon environmentalists - green on the outside, red on the inside. The people who think that people are an infestation on the Earth and need to be eliminated (except of course for themselves, I reckon) are the scariest, because they mean it. Too many reports that the only way to fix things is to simply stop growth for decades, or to go into decline.

Posted by: blaster at December 30, 2010 04:35 AM (MrMxG)

66 earthquake here in the midwest. it must be global warming

Posted by: jc at December 30, 2010 04:36 AM (5rqJ3)

67

I think the car companies would just as soon see the used car market go away. Imagine what it would do for them to see 100% replacement of our fleet of vehicles in the next few years.

Of course it would be hugely disruptive to other sectors of the economy. But GE and the union owned car companies would be doing fine.

What a coincidence.

 

Hmm, I can see the announcement coming some time next year "Cash for Clunkers 2.0!"  That pretty much decimated the used car market as driveable cars were destroyed.  Not very green, I might add.  Vehichles couldn't even be salvaged for parts (which I thought the whole greentard meme is reuse and recycle).

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 04:36 AM (ihSHD)

68 I'm waiting for bonds to freak the fuck out. Do you really think Congress will bail out the States? So that means all the Banks (Including the Fed) go down.


Ok I'll go back to zerohedge...sigh...

Posted by: Zakn at December 30, 2010 04:37 AM (zyaZ1)

69

The wife has hit upon a breeeeeel-ent idea:

Survivor - DC!

So here's the deal-ee-OH.

All members of Congress are issued a standard Marine Corp Fighting Knife.

They are then locked into their respective assigned Committee rooms with a chunk of meat and a mandate to "Slash Federal Spending and Regulation in keeping with a strict Constitutional interpretation" before they're allowed to leave the room.

Simple, no?

Of course this will not happen - yet.  So until we're able to see this through, I propose a Survivor - DC! Fantasy League.

My personal favorite pick?

Alan West, Awesome - FL

Posted by: Shwing N. Richard D' Turd at December 30, 2010 04:38 AM (Z/oEY)

Posted by: Zakn at December 30, 2010 04:38 AM (zyaZ1)

71

27 RunningGrn,

 

yeah the sanitation version of "blue-flu" killed a newborn....

 

I'd love to make a film about a serial killer who targets public union officers for termination based on their shitbag antics after they cost her her child.

Posted by: sven10077 at December 30, 2010 04:44 AM (kq1lG)

72 But the most interesting comment appeared to be a back-handed compliment. When asked about Obama's biggest misconception, Haggard, 73, said, "He's not conceited. He's very humble about being the president of the United States, especially in comparison to some presidents we've had who come across like they don't need anybody's help. I think he knows he's in over his head. Anybody with any sense who takes that job and thinks they can handle it must be an idiot."

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at December 30, 2010 04:45 AM (tvs2p)

73 Well, kind of on cash for clunkers - yes, it was intended to push new car sales - one to subsidize the sale and two to get rid of a used car. That boosted the used car price making a new car a relatively better deal vice a used car. I am not sure how green/not green it was. Keeping a car on the road could go either way. Cars are actually recycled pretty well. I have a friend in the steel business whose job is buying junk cars and shredding them - he doesn't care about parts. Turning a 74 Dodge Monaco Bluesmobile into new steel is probably a better use of it than keeping it on the road. But that isn't mostly what got turned in for cash for clunkers. But here's the thing - it takes a "fundamental transformation" to rotate our transportation stock out. And it just won't happen on a "free market" basis until it makes market sense. They want to be in charge of it. They really don't care what "it" is.

Posted by: blaster at December 30, 2010 04:46 AM (MrMxG)

74

There is a term - watermelon environmentalists - green on the outside, red on the inside. The people who think that people are an infestation on the Earth and need to be eliminated (except of course for themselves, I reckon) are the scariest, because they mean it.

We have a ton of them out here.  They are your typical affluent Limousine Liberals who shop organic at Whole Foods with their reuseable shopping bags that were sewn by some underage child in a Chinese sweatshop.  They have illegal aliens cutting their grass and cleaning their homes, vote straight Democrat ticket every election, buy new cars every 3 years, enjoy their second homes at the lake in the summer, and fly all over the place to ski in the winter dressed in the latest technical wear and with the newest, fattest titanium skis.  Their private school attending children carry the latest cell phones, Ipods, Ipads, and have the most current gaming systems and the most expensive sneakers. All the while, they decry consumption, consumerism and evil corporations while sipping on their free trade, organically grown, responsibly harvested chai lattes.  (In between Hot Yoga and Pilates and before their facials and spa treatments).

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 04:46 AM (ihSHD)

75 runningrn that sounds like such a bigtime stereotype but yes they are everywhere. I have laughed for ten years at the SUVs with the Gore/Kerry/Obama stickers on them - I wonder what part do they not get?

Posted by: blaster at December 30, 2010 04:51 AM (MrMxG)

76

Karl, at Patterico's:

Indeed, the “emerging Democratic majority” thesis does not even account for at least one major “known unknown.” Given the current political environment, it is a very fair bet that in the US will ignore its debt problems until they mushroom into a crisis. We may not know exactly when this will occur, but it will be all the more shocking the longer it is downplayed by the governing and chattering classes.

The debt crisis has a potentially profound effect on political alignment in this country. It will almost certainly result in a downsizing and restructuring of the government in its current form at all levels. It will likely weaken the public employee unions that provide the funds and the footwork for the Democratic Party.

Posted by: Mama AJ at December 30, 2010 04:52 AM (XdlcF)

77

Posted by: blaster at December 30, 2010 09:51 AM (MrMxG)

I live amongst these people!  It's crazy!

 

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 04:52 AM (ihSHD)

78 Another thing that happens is that there is a marriage gap in party affiliation - single people are more likely to be Democrat, single women even more so. A person with 4 kids like myself would never ask "who actually *needs* an SUV?"

Posted by: blaster at December 30, 2010 04:56 AM (MrMxG)

79

Heh!  This story warms the cockles of my heart:

"In the latest blow to the beleaguered music industry, revenue from its chief bright spot, concert tours, declined sharply in 2010, as strapped consumers stayed home and aging actsfailed to make up for a thin crop of young superstars. 

The box office take for the 50 biggest grossing tours in the world fell 12% to $2.93 billion, from $3.34 billion in 2009...

Signs of trouble have been brewing.  Though industry-wide total grosses had increased in 8/9 previous years, that growth had largely been driven by rising ticket prices even as the number of tickets sold held roughly even. 

That led many in the industry to warn that if fans' tolerance for rising prices were to wane, the gravy train  could come to a halt."

The median age of the performers in the most popular concerts is 51!

(Top 10 draws in order:  Bon Jovi, AC/DC, U2, Lady Gag, Metallica, Michael Buble, Walking with Dinosaurs, Paul McCartney, The Eagles and Roger Waters).

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 05:01 AM (ihSHD)

80 The median age of the performers in the most popular concerts is 51!

That alone should tell them something, but it wont.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 05:06 AM (M9Ie6)

81

82 Vic,

 

we're turning into EUrope where the "youth demographic" seems to be 63....

Posted by: sven10077 at December 30, 2010 05:07 AM (kq1lG)

82 By controlling the amount of money in circulation, government has an absolute control of inflation or deflation. Being a large imported commodity oil/gas is simply the first place that inflation shows up - it does not 'drive' inflation - inflation is caused by having more dollars in circulation than the size of the economy requires. Deflation occurs when there are too few dollars vs the GDP. There is no mystery here people. The government is inflating the currency, gas prices will go up - end of discussion.

As I pointed out earlier, the government is inflating the currency to keep the interest charging entities in the economy from owning all the money and totally shutting the economy down. If you want a stable non-inflated currency you can't allow people to charge interest - since interest due is an exponential growth curve which will eventually exceed any fixed amount of currency in the economy. Our ancestors understood this; we need to understand it also.

Posted by: An Observation at December 30, 2010 05:11 AM (ylhEn)

83 The median age of the performers in the most popular concerts is 51!

That concerts are more about nostalgia than getting laid music? 

Posted by: Cincinnatus at December 30, 2010 05:14 AM (QKoKu)

84

84 an observation,

sorry disagree...interest is fine and healthy it is the fee you pay or get paid for taking your personal purchasing power out of circulation or borrowing someone else's....

 

they are unleashing the inflation fairy becuase they are addicted to low interest rates that 2 decades ago would have seemed insane....

 

the feds arepreventing the average worker from yielding the proper results from their potential thrift.

Posted by: sven10077 at December 30, 2010 05:18 AM (kq1lG)

85

One mechanic said some drivers are purposely smashing plows and salt spreaders to further stall the cleanup efforts.

Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 09:02 AM

I saw the NY Post stories -- there are two right now, one about Patterson thinking about how to investigate -- and my first thought was: Reagan would have known what to do.

Congress has to kick unions out of the government-jobs scene, and do it fast.

Also: arrests, imprisonment for those who instigated and participated in the slowdown.

Posted by: MrScribbler at December 30, 2010 05:20 AM (Ulu3i)

86

What happened to the geologists who were saying 50 years ago that there are vast, untapped deposits of oil and other fossil fuels under every state in this country and under every continent on this planet and under every ocean, and that all continents are, in fact, virtually floating on huge oceans of oil, natural gas, etc., created by natural events under a variety of circumstances millions of years ago? Remember, the first oil well was in Pennsylvania - NOT in Texas or in Saudia Arabia.  A monstrous scam is being run here by evil environmentalists in collusion with evil governments for insideous and diabolical reasons. Geologists were saying 50 years ago that there were enough fossil fuels to last a thousand years, even if consumption quadrupled.

Even if that wasn't the case, which it is, there is technology available which would enable an industry to manufacture oil and natural gas and yes, even coal, too, replicating the circumstances under which those fossil fuels were created by "nature" millions of years ago.

This "greenie", wind power, solar power and other environmentalist propoganda is pure bulllshit, a snow job on a massive scale, all to lay the foundation for Communism. Most people are too uneducated and too ignorant and too gullible to realize that they are being scammed. Electric cars? Ridiculous!!! Electricity generated by wind power? Bizarre. For which we can thank the deliberate dumbing down of Americans ...., Europeans, and Asians, too. A planet of fucking dimwits.

Posted by: Brian at December 30, 2010 05:22 AM (sYrWB)

87 we're turning into EUrope where the "youth demographic" seems to be 63....

At least the music industry is anyway. That is something many of us have been noticing. The youth of today is "discovering" classic rock. The new stuff just sucks and not just to us oldtimers.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 05:22 AM (M9Ie6)

88

Overtime is being overpaid if this is how the workers are acting.  That and civil worker unions should be abolished.

Posted by: Cincinnatus at December 30, 2010 05:23 AM (QKoKu)

89

89 Vic,

quite....South Park incidentally tied into this with their brilliant satire of the Britney Spears media jihad.....

 

you can find the next britney in any trailer park where a 100,000 makeover and a voice tuner can make you millions and not produce a single memorable work on the way to the next one.

Posted by: sven10077 at December 30, 2010 05:25 AM (kq1lG)

90 It's more an anomaly than a trend. We've seen these "Recovery is HERE" banners from the MFM several times in since 1/20/09;

The "Green Shoots" in April and May 2009

"Cash for Clunkers" August 2009

The 5.9 percent Q409 growth, due to inventory replenishment

"Recovery Summer"

Several times in the Great Depression there were upswings, and loads of false dawns. It's not the initial shock that demoralizes, it's the false hopes that get dashed, that job that looked like it was yours that you didn't get, the contracts that got cancelled, etc

I'm in the freight logistics business, and I'm not seeing a big upsurge here

Posted by: kbdabear at December 30, 2010 05:30 AM (vdfwz)

91 If you charge Electric Cars at the same rate that you refuel gasoline driven vehicles the average 500 Megawatt nuclear power plant could recharge 85 cars. Extend the time from 5 minutes to 8 hours and that power plant could recharge 12,240 cars. One million cars recharging would require 82  nuclear reactors around Houston alone.

So much for EV's.

Posted by: An Observation at December 30, 2010 05:30 AM (ylhEn)

92 And yes the Watermelon greenies understand that, the goal is to take cars away from the prols.

Posted by: An Observation at December 30, 2010 05:31 AM (ylhEn)

93

Hey, all!  Good morning!  Just stopping by to drop off a link to an interesting site:

North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns

It's really pretty fascinating, especially when you realize that it's all been compiled by one guy as a hobby.  I'm a bit of a geek about accents and dialects, and this site is pretty doggone interesting!

Posted by: MWR at December 30, 2010 05:32 AM (4df7R)

94 Being a large imported commodity oil/gas is simply the first place that inflation shows up - it does not 'drive' inflation - inflation is caused by having more dollars in circulation than the size of the economy requires.

I also have to disagree.  The problem with oil and gas are not just that they are imported, their production is also artificially restricted.  Fuel for transportation is a component of every product and service we buy.  Artificially inflating it's price through government and cartel action causes real inflation in other products.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 05:37 AM (S5YRY)

95 Frankly, we're lucky that Wiemar type inflation is being held in check by the collapse in demand for commodities.  When the rest of the world starts recovering, at least those parts that are rejecting the Keynesian tactic, we will be so boned you will need an F150 to carry the money to fill it up.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 05:40 AM (S5YRY)

96 On the NYTimes/Israeli story, is Friedman freaking out because some people drawing high salaries at the Times are going to get the ax, and he fears that he is one?

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 05:47 AM (S5YRY)

97

98 Toby,

well yelling at dictators like that gets you killed....

Posted by: sven10077 at December 30, 2010 05:48 AM (kq1lG)

98 Stole from the Jawas.  Pardon if it has been posted previously.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNsQfToAFyo

Posted by: CUS at December 30, 2010 05:50 AM (wOGfT)

99 #97 - at least that will support sales of new pickups! But only Silverados and Rams will be approved for currency hauling.

Posted by: blaster at December 30, 2010 05:52 AM (MrMxG)

100 I'm in the freight logistics business, and I'm not seeing a big upsurge here

Problem is, it took WWII to get us out of the depression. Nothing like that is ever going to happen again.

Posted by: HH at December 30, 2010 05:52 AM (6oDXl)

101 Well there is always a new war on the Korean peninsula to shake things up. But I suspect that would be disruptive in ways that are not good.

Posted by: blaster at December 30, 2010 05:54 AM (MrMxG)

102

From the timesunion dot com.  Scott Ritter (remember him?  UN weapons inspector) has a pattern of bad behavior in regards to underage females.  He will be going on trial soon and a judge has decided to allow prior arrest records to be used in court.

Ritter's sex charges from 2001 unsealed Judge finds "prior bad acts" can be used as evidence at his trial The problem for Ritter, 49, a volunteer fireman and married father of two daughters, is that the encounter with Venneman is at least the third time he's been snared in an Internet sting case involving police posing as minors. Now, the past is coming back to haunt Ritter.

A Pennsylvania judge ruled last week that two Colonie case files involving Ritter be unsealed so they can be used as evidence against him at his upcoming trial.

In the spring of 2001, Colonie police say Ritter twice showed up for meetings with what he believed would be teenage girls. The first time, Ritter was questioned but let go by police who had been posing as a curious 14-year-old girl.

Two months later, Ritter turned up at a fast-food restaurant, where police said they had set up a sexual meeting while posing as a 15-year-old girl. Ritter was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a minor. Despite his national prominence, Ritter's arrest was not publicly announced.

Several months later an Albany County prosecutor agreed to classify Ritter's case as an "Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal" (ACOD), an outcome in New York state's criminal law in which a prosecutor agrees to excuse a defendant's behavior in exchange for six months to one year of good behavior. After that time, the case is legally dismissed and the records are sealed from the public as though the incident never occurred. With an ACOD, a defendant becomes legally allowed to deny the arrest occurred, except in special circumstances, such as applying for a job as a police officer or a teacher.

In Ritter's case, his prosecutor was later fired for her decision.

Ritter's charges in Pennsylvania are more serious. He is free on $25,000 bail and charged with five felonies, including unlawful contact with a minor, which carries a potential prison sentence of up to seven years.

Prosecutors in Pennsylvania argued in pretrial motions to unseal Ritter's Colonie arrest records because the past encounters are evidence that Ritter knew what he was doing was a crime, and not fantasy.

"All three involve minors, all three involve females, all three involve communications over the Internet, all three involved undercover police and all three involved the defendant's desire to masturbate in the presence of a minor while she watched him," said Michael Rakaczewski, a Monroe County assistant district attorney, in a motion to the court.

"The prior bad acts demonstrate the defendant's motive," Rakaczewski added. "The defendant may claim he did not believe the victim was a minor and never intended to expose himself to a minor. However, the fact that he did so twice before would negate this defense."

The judge agreed, ruling that Ritter's alleged "prior bad acts" may be used as evidence against him at his trial set to begin March 8.



Posted by: runningrn at December 30, 2010 05:57 AM (ihSHD)

103 I'm expecting Japan to announce that they are a nuclear power any day now.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 05:57 AM (S5YRY)

104


Problem is, it took WWII to get us out of the depression. Nothing like that is ever going to happen again.

 

Sez you!

I'm King of the World!

Posted by: Barack Obama on the bow of the USS Titanic at December 30, 2010 05:58 AM (ihSHD)

105 I liked that Cracked list of misreported news items.  Shocked at their honesty (basically) about the Tea Party. 

Posted by: Y-not at December 30, 2010 05:58 AM (IDL9N)

106

I'm expecting Japan to announce that they are a nuclear power any day now.

 

If they were smart, they would be.  Trouble is, they've been depending on the US to do the heavy lifting.  It's like being on Welfare.  You don't do anything for yourself once Uncle Sugar's taking care of you.


Posted by: Barack Obama on the bow of the USS Titanic at December 30, 2010 05:59 AM (ihSHD)

107

 is Friedman freaking out because some people drawing high salaries at the Times are going to get the ax, and he fears that he is one?

 

I'm sure he and Krugman will always be safe, but it would be so fun, wouldn't it!

Posted by: Barack Obama on the bow of the USS Titanic at December 30, 2010 06:01 AM (ihSHD)

108 I'm sure he and Krugman will always be safe

I'm not so sure.  They have a 400 million dollar note coming due, and no way to pay it.  Trimming the high earners might be required in reorganization.

It's not like they can do anything against the Pressman's Union.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 06:03 AM (S5YRY)

109

Posted by: Barack Obama on the bow of the USS Titanic at December 30, 2010 10:58 AM

(Laughs)

But no, there is no way any war in the future will bail anyone out. It will just be destruction, death, disease, and no money to help afterwards.

Even if NK implodes on it's own, even without any kind of war, that is seriously going to hurt both SK and China.

With a war? Bad news for everyone involved.

Posted by: HH at December 30, 2010 06:08 AM (6oDXl)

110 f you charge Electric Cars at the same rate that you refuel gasoline driven vehicles the average 500 Megawatt nuclear power plant could recharge 85 cars. Extend the time from 5 minutes to 8 hours and that power plant could recharge 12,240 cars. One million cars recharging would require 82  nuclear reactors around Houston alone.

So much for EV's.

Posted by: An Observation
---------
Lol.. I think you misplaced some decimals there..

If all the cars and light trucks in the nation switched from oil to electrons, idle capacity in the existing electric power system could generate most of the electricity consumed by plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. A new study  for the Department of Energy finds that "off-peak" electricity production and transmission capacity could fuel 70% percent of the U.S. light-duty vehicle (LDV) fleet, if they were plug-in hybrid electrics.

Linky..  http://tli.tl/zYtAEr

Since electric cars will be coming online slowly, the current infrastructure will handle them with no problems.

Posted by: ChiTown-Jerry at December 30, 2010 06:09 AM (f9c2L)

111 88 Idiocracy baby; it's what's for breakfast (lunch and dinner too -- probably afternoon tea and Sunday brunch as well).

Posted by: unknown jane at December 30, 2010 06:13 AM (5/yRG)

112 ince electric cars will be coming online slowly, the current infrastructure will handle them with no problems.

Posted by: ChiTown-Jerry at December 30, 2010 11:09 AM (f9c2L)

You are FOS

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 06:15 AM (M9Ie6)

113 A new study  for the Department of Energy finds that "off-peak" electricity production and transmission capacity could fuel 70% percent of the U.S. light-duty vehicle (LDV) fleet, if they were plug-in hybrid electrics.


Hybrid vehicles are not EVs.  Not at all.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 06:19 AM (S5YRY)

114

This whole thing about EV's is just crap. Not that there is nothing wrong with the idea, but for god's sake try to figure out where the Electricity comes from!

And can any of you having one, even if you could charge it from home, ever try to figure out what your electric bill would be?

Oh, and how well do those vehicles do in the bitter cold? Not to mention the battery problems posted above.

Unless you are pulling power from the "Ether", there is no way on this planet that power is 'free', or that you won't be charged heavily for your use of it.

Posted by: HH at December 30, 2010 06:29 AM (6oDXl)

115 The facts regarding current generation capacity is that we haven't even kept up with normal demand in  increasing capacity. We quit building any kind of base load power plants in the late 1980s.

What we have been adding is "low capital cost" gas IC turbine in 200MW units on skids. They use those during peaking periods and they literately cost a fortune to operate. We tried a period of adding small cogen gas turbine plants but the price of gas went through the roof.

The only thing that has kept major portions of the US from rotating blackouts right now is the fact that the economy is in the shitter. That and weather is what really controls how much electricity we use, not freaking home light bulbs.

Taking 200,000,000 cars off the road and replacing them with electric vehicles is physically impossible regardless how you implement it.  Any eco-tard who advocates this is either terminally ignorant or has other motives at work. mainly just getting all POVs off the road.

Dasvidanya Komrads

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 06:41 AM (M9Ie6)

116 110 I'm sure he and Krugman will always be safe

I'm not so sure.  They have a 400 million dollar note coming due, and no way to pay it.  Trimming the high earners might be required in reorganization.

It's not like they can do anything against the Pressman's Union.
Posted by: toby928™ at December 30, 2010 11:03 AM

The NY Slimes - Too Big, Too Liberal, Too Connected to Fail

Posted by: BA+rA+ck ObA+mA+ at December 30, 2010 06:44 AM (vdfwz)

117 Who the hell is talking about taking 200 million cars off the road all at once Vic? No one.  You twist this shit around like crazy to make it form to your world view.

As the rate of EV's and plug-in hybrids coming online increases we will increase our capacity as needed.  That, however, is still a long way off.  Off-peak usage will help tremendously in that regard and pricing will be a factor to make sure that happens.  Off-peak costs to the consumer are about half what they are at peak in some areas of the country.  It's a no-brainer.

Posted by: ChiTown-Jerry at December 30, 2010 06:47 AM (f9c2L)

118 As the rate of EV's and plug-in hybrids coming online increases we will increase our capacity as needed.

Is there some evidence for this?  I mean, I'd like to agree with you, but we are having supply problems now, and not significantly increasing production.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 06:49 AM (S5YRY)

119   It's a no-brainer.

Posted by: ChiTown-Jerry at December 30, 2010 11:47 AM (f9c2L)

I am beginning the think you are one of the former brainless liberal trolls from the past returned in a sock. 

There are currently 200,000,000 cars on the road. There is currently not enough generation in the NE and West for normal loads. If you took 20 fucking years to take all those cars off the road you could not replace them with electricity without bankrupting the nation to the tune of twice the current national debt.

Yes you ARE a no brainer.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 06:53 AM (M9Ie6)

120

Gasoline-fueled, Internal combustion engines are currently the most efficient, most practical and most effective engines for motor vehicles. The absurdity of battery-powered motor vehicles should be obvious to everybody, well, except for dimwits. Even nuclear powered steam engines would be more sensible.  The slimy environmentalists and incredibly ignorant politicians are going to create pandomonium with their screwy electric cars.

BTW, there are several patents for much more efficient internal combustion engines which the auto industry and other engine manufacturers have never bothered to develop, a few of which have been illustrated and described in Popular Mechanics Magazine over the years, and one of which with a cylintrical engine, a little larger that a gallon milk container, could power a mid-size car with greater efficiency than the engines being used now. The public is so uninformed as to their options. They believe whatever the dummies in the MSM and equally ignorant government bureaucrats tell them.

Posted by: Brian at December 30, 2010 06:53 AM (sYrWB)

121

BTW, there are several patents for much more efficient internal combustion engines which the auto industry and other engine manufacturers have never bothered to develop, a few of which have been illustrated and described in Popular Mechanics Magazine over the years, and one of which with a cylintrical engine, a little larger that a gallon milk container, could power a mid-size car with greater efficiency than the engines being used now.

So why haven't they been developed?

Posted by: HH at December 30, 2010 06:58 AM (6oDXl)

122 BTW, there are several patents for much more efficient internal combustion engines which the auto industry and other engine manufacturers have never bothered to develop

They must have some inherent problem or the auto companies would be developing them.  The effin CAFE standards have been hurting the manufacturers for decades now.  Why would they be selling small cars at a loss to meet them, if they could just build a better mousetrap?

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:00 AM (S5YRY)

123 damn your fast fingers

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:00 AM (S5YRY)

124 If all that crap they printed in Popular Mechanics/Science had come true we would all be flying small aircraft to work now.

The best thing about those mags were they always had pictures of nice chicks in bikinis riding boats.

Posted by: Vic at December 30, 2010 07:02 AM (M9Ie6)

125

Toby, think about it. If what Brian posted were true, don't you think any small or Communist country in the world have put that into production?

The only car II can think of is the Trabant. And you know how that worked out.

Posted by: HH at December 30, 2010 07:06 AM (6oDXl)

126 Yeah, it's like the secret carburetor that gets 150 mpg, but the inventor was either bought off or murdered by Standard Oil, depending on the teller.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:08 AM (S5YRY)

127 Or Brown Gas.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:10 AM (S5YRY)

128 BTW, there are several patents for much more efficient internal combustion engines which the auto industry and other engine manufacturers have never bothered to develop

They must have some inherent problem or the auto companies would be developing them.

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If I recall, most of the problems are on the mass-production side.  I forgot if this was a materials issue, or actually being able to make the darn things thousands at a time at a feasible cost.

Posted by: CUS at December 30, 2010 07:10 AM (wOGfT)

129 Ever notice that you hear "rear their heads" all the time, but you never hear "head their rears."  Why not?  People do that all the time.  Think about it.

Posted by: rdbrewer at December 30, 2010 07:10 AM (guKJD)

130

"They must have some inherent problem or the auto companies would be developing them."

Yeah, right, like there aren't any "inherent problems" in those fucking toy electric cars.

Have your fearless leaders mentioned any of the many shortcomings of these Mickey Mouse battery-powered toys which they are now selling as cars.

You want to see "inherent" and "indigenous"  problems??? Geezez, these fucking car companies are now going into the business of being toy manufacturers.  Any day now, G-M will merge with Mattel.

Posted by: Brian at December 30, 2010 07:13 AM (sYrWB)

131 Yeah, right, like there aren't any "inherent problems" in those fucking toy electric cars.

Preaching to the choir, Brian.  The market makes efficiency, always.  Subsidies and taxes always make inefficiencies.

Unless there are actual national security concerns being addressed, we should always let the market decide what's best.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:16 AM (S5YRY)

132

If I recall, most of the problems are on the mass-production side.

Now C'mon. Mass production brings down costs. If such engines existed, don't you think the Soviets would have developed them, produced them, and sent them to say, Cuba, just for the PR?

I'm just calling BS on that whole story-line.

 

Posted by: HH at December 30, 2010 07:18 AM (6oDXl)

133

I'm seeing what I call a Jim Bohanan mindset here ...., you know, the radio talk show host, who always had the attitude that if he didn't know about it already, it never happened. (Ah yes, I remember fondly the time that he agrued with me about the existence of ground radar, only to have other callers tell him as nicely as possible that he was a putz.)

Posted by: Brian at December 30, 2010 07:23 AM (sYrWB)

134 Mass production brings down costs.

Maybe not enough.  I can imagine a super-efficient engine whose complex or high-tolerance nature means that even mass-production won't make it competitive with the standard gasoline engine.  In fact, that's probably the case with these, or their longevity and reliability.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:24 AM (S5YRY)

135 I'm seeing what I call a Jim Bohanan mindset here ...., you know, the radio talk show host, who always had the attitude that if he didn't know about it already, it never happened.

Actually, it's the opposite.  I think that if it were true, we would be using the galt-motor now.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:26 AM (S5YRY)

136 Cars are actually engineering marvels if you think about it.  Highly complex machines that will perform simply, economically and reliably for years while being operated by complete idiots.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:28 AM (S5YRY)

137

 I can imagine a super-efficient engine whose complex or high-tolerance nature means that even mass-production won't make it competitive with the standard gasoline engine. 

But that isn't what Brian was posting...

Posted by: HH at December 30, 2010 07:29 AM (6oDXl)

138 But that isn't what Brian was posting...

I understand.  I'm just being pedantic in saying that mass production does not make every mechanical device price competitive, even though it will certainly lower the per unit cost.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:33 AM (S5YRY)

139

and reliably for years while being operated by complete idiots.

Sorry, I was texting while driving. What were you saying?

Posted by: HH at December 30, 2010 07:33 AM (6oDXl)

140 Also, maybe the new efficient motors are fine in concept and design, but require machined titanium, or worse unobtainium, to actually work.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:36 AM (S5YRY)

141 Like the Akula Class Russian submarines.  Deepest diving attack submarine in the world, but only state control of material and labor lets you build a sub with a titanium hull.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:38 AM (S5YRY)

142 can anyone tell I'm bored and just trying to lay low until the new year?

I bet I make the Top 10 list this week.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:39 AM (S5YRY)

143

The galt motor, huh?

Oh, that's right; I read on one of my Googles that this is a satirical website.

Posted by: Brian at December 30, 2010 07:40 AM (sYrWB)

144

or worse unobtainium

You realize of course, that it was mined in the early '50's in Nevada. Near Groom Lake.

Not connecting any dots here...

Posted by: HH at December 30, 2010 07:46 AM (6oDXl)

145 The galt motor, huh?

So, why don't the auto companies develop these wonder motors?  There has to be reason.  It's either a logical business one, or conspiratorial one.

Just come out and tell us which one you believe it is.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:46 AM (S5YRY)

146

Pedantic, huh? Whoa, I haven't seen that word since I was in college.

Oddly enough, it was a football coach who used that head-scratcher .... in the wrong context.

Posted by: Brian at December 30, 2010 07:48 AM (sYrWB)

147 Personally, I'd rather see some workable version of compressed air-powered commuter cars developed.  It seems so sound in concept but the icing effect that killed the Thresher has to be worked around.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:51 AM (S5YRY)

148

in the wrong context.

LOL...

Posted by: HH at December 30, 2010 07:51 AM (6oDXl)

149 And of course there was the failed "Chili and Beans" engine., but the less said about that the better.

Posted by: HH at December 30, 2010 07:54 AM (6oDXl)

150 From the Italian Pedante:  teacher or schoolmaster

a person who is overly concerned with formalism and precision, or who makes a show of their learning.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 07:56 AM (S5YRY)

151 And since I'm in a pedantic mood, let me point out that fossil fuels and nuclear materials are an energy source, electricity and ethanol are just energy mediums.

Posted by: toby928 at December 30, 2010 08:02 AM (S5YRY)

152

Speaking of coaches, you know what?

Going back to horse-drawn stage-coaches would be more practical than electric toy cars.

All that horse shit would provide more jobs for unionized sanitation workers, too.

Hey Obama, I think that I just stumbled onto something here!!!! 

Posted by: Brian at December 30, 2010 08:04 AM (sYrWB)

153

Just think; when NASCAR gets electric toy cars, the Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio will be where all of the race-car action will be.

BTW, why do I suspect that this is another diabolical scheme to redistribute the wealth? Third world countries will still be driving Cadillacs with internal combustion engines and we'll be driving electric toy cars by Mattel.

Posted by: Brian at December 30, 2010 08:25 AM (sYrWB)

154 This is a very bad idea

http://bacn.me/k064

At the very least, this is a horrible omen to mark the beginning of 2011.  It may even awaken the great old one.

Posted by: Follower of Cthulhu, former republican at December 30, 2010 08:50 AM (F/4zf)

155 Sorry disagree...interest is fine and healthy it is the fee you pay or get paid for taking your personal purchasing power out of circulation or borrowing someone else's....

 You don't understand the power of fundamental principles do you? Some liberal economics prof teaches you some liberal talking points and you just buy them without examining them carefully

Here are a few points to consider:

A. Interest follows an exponential growth curve.

True or false.

B. Exponential growth curves will exceed a fixed level given enough time.

True or False.

C. Interest was forbidden by our ancestors because:

1. They were just dumb asses

2. They understood points A and B.

The correct answers are:

A. True

B. True

C. 2

Or do you think the answers are

A. False

B. False

C. 1


.




Posted by: An Observation at December 30, 2010 12:52 PM (ylhEn)

156 I also have to disagree.  The problem with oil and gas are not just that they are imported, their production is also artificially restricted.  Fuel for transportation is a component of every product and service we buy.  Artificially inflating it's price through government and cartel action causes real inflation in other products.

Thank you for stating the classic liberal talking point. To demonstrate that it is false is pretty easy. If inflation is driven by oil - please explain all the inflation of currency which occurred before the invention of the automobile.

Real inflation is controlled exactly by governments - since they determine the amount of money in circulation. For a given GDP having more than 1/6th the GDP worth of currency in circulation causes inflation; having less causes deflation. The price of any one commodity can't have an overall effect. The price of a barrel of oil has remained pretty much constant in terms of silver.over a long period of time; it is the value of the dollar itself which has varied.

Posted by: An Observation at December 30, 2010 01:23 PM (ylhEn)

157 As to China's Aircraft Carrier killer missile:

1. the phalanx is more for fast moving low altitude weapons. It puts a lot of lead out in front of the target and lets the missile plow into it. Doesn't work so well for ballistic weapons as shown.

That said, ballistic weapons don't work so well when used on moving targets that have surface to air missiles and high speed aircraft along with 1-15 screening vessels to track and target the missile as it reenters atmosphere.

Think line drive versus a high pop-up. Which ones easier to catch?

Of course a nuke warhead evens things out but they've been around for a while and there are plenty of ways to destroy them or render them ineffective.

The only thing new is that China is building them and the only target they can be for is the U.S.'s 7th Fleet.

Trust me, the squids have thought about threats like this for the last 60 years and won't be standing around wide-eyed if one ever shows up over the horizon.

Posted by: jakee308 at December 30, 2010 02:00 PM (fhTf7)

158 From the Fox News story "Eight Botched Environmental Forecasts" "He (Paul Erhlich) added, 'Scientists don't live by the opinion of Rush Limbaugh and Palin and George W. They live by the support of their colleagues, and I've had full support of my colleagues continuously.'" I think his choice of nemeses is telling. What's also telling is that he "lives" by the support of colleagues. So to him, science is nothing more than opinion driven bullshit based on how many Facebook BFFs he has. Such is science in the mythological age of Obama.

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