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  • The biggest favorite for the nomination (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by CoralGables on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 01:18:35 PM EST
    in a home state on the GOP side thus far...Walker receives 40% with Rand Paul the only other contender reaching double digits at 10% in Wisconsin.

    To be fair, I haven't seen another home state poll for a GOP candidate other than Florida where Rubio and Bush are nearly tied at 31% and 30% each.

    On the downside for Walker...he gets stomped in Wisconsin in a match up against Hillary 52-40.

    Yeah (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 01:33:08 PM EST
    I saw where Walker gets wiped out in WI. Not the first poll to show that. It shouldn't surprise anyone though. Paul Ryan couldn't carry is congressional district either.

    The most hysterical one though is Jindal who comes in at an approval rating of 27%. A friend of mine who lives in LA says that everytime he leaves the state to do presidential campaign stuff the people of LA say can we take the keys of the governor's mansion so he can't get back in or they'll say fine, you're leaving but please don't come back.


    And they keep punishing him (none / 0) (#32)
    by NYShooter on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:53:06 PM EST
    by re-electing him: Twice to The House of representative, then to the Governorship.

    Yep (none / 0) (#38)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 04:23:46 PM EST
    I guess they are what you would call slow learners.

    ... can claim buyers' remorse after re-electing an incumbent for a second term. We're certainly no exception out here.

    Hawaii voters re-elected Gov. Linda Lingle in 2006, and it wasn't until about halfway through her second term that the fiscal problems associated with her administration's mismanagement of state affairs really came home to roost.

    (One example would be redirecting federal TANF funds to the Honolulu Symphony and the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which the feds compelled her successor Gov. Abercrombie to repay.)

    Lingle both highlighted and compounded those issues with her absurdly irresponsible "Furlough Fridays" decision to close Hawaii public schools one day per week as a means to balance the state budget. And then she wondered why she only got 34% of the vote when running for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

    But never fear, because she's now got a new gig. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner recently named Lingle as his administration's chief operating officer.



    Just curious (none / 0) (#125)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 04:21:01 PM EST
    Do you think that Hillary can keep on running a "no interview" campaign and defeat the Repubs??

    Do you think she can avoid not only the press but a continual rain of TV ads showing her avoiding answering questions??


    I believe the Romney strategy (5.00 / 1) (#127)
    by Repack Rider on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 05:32:40 PM EST
    ... and the G.W. Bush strategy of press avoidance have been discredited.  These two proponents of the "no questions" strategy have the stink of death on them.  As we have seen over the last 25 years, Ms. Clinton can hold her own with the press better than any living Republican.

    Are you suggesting that she has forgotten how to do something she has shown herself capable of for decades?  What would cause her to lose this ability?


    Honestly (5.00 / 1) (#128)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 05:41:41 PM EST
    the way the GOP clown circus is acting I'm surprised anybody is paying any attention to her with regards to the press. So much comedy on the other side with Rand shopping conspiracy theories and Jeb unable to answer questions.

    Good lord Jim she's talked to the press more than all the other GOP candidates combined and just because the GOP wants her to talk to the press RIGHT NOW does not mean that she has to do it.


    et al (none / 0) (#129)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 07:13:53 PM EST
    Ga, yes, we know that she is old. And that she has talked to the press in the past, but the question is....what has she done for them lately?

    As for the clowns on the other side, I note that it is often deadly to disrespect your opponents.

    Most knowledgeable Demos remember Reagan and don't have to have that explained.

    Repack, I am saying that she hasn't "done" and that arrogance is a disease that many "stars" let destroy them.

    Mordiggian, experienced and savvy? Well Walker has won three elections against everything the Demos could throw at him. Reagan had little national experience and, in case you don't know, Bush II is  no longer president.


    Do you (5.00 / 1) (#131)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 07:34:15 PM EST
    want even less people to vote for the GOP? Old? That's the entire GOP base. Offend your own voting base is pure genius. LOL.

    You don't get to define the terms of the debate Jim. We know that Republicans think they should tell the "little ladies" what to do but she's going to do what she's going to do and that is talking to voters which is a lot more important than talking to the press at this stage of the game. There's going to be a lot of time to talk to the press once the voting in the primaries kicks off.

    And yes, the only thing that the GOP ever talks about is Reagan. They seem to think the rest of the country has forgotten the other two GOP presidents and then again, there are millions of voters who Ronald Reagan is some long ago president. I guess when all you have is the past all you can talk about is the past.


    Unfortunately for your premature (none / 0) (#132)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 08:00:08 PM EST
    visions of victory by Walker, he is polling behind Hillary in WI:

    But while Walker might face little resistance during his own party's primary, the general election could pose a different situation. The poll found that the governor trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 12 points, 52-40 percent, in a head-to-head match-up.

    Now, I don't want to be mean and nasty to a Social
    Liberal, but you do realize there is more than a modicum of a difference between the WI Democrats and those on a national level, don't you?  

    Your attempt at whistling "On, Wisconsin" whilst striding past the graveyard is amusing, if nothing else.


    et al 1 (none / 0) (#134)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 07:07:36 AM EST
    Ga, try as you may the gender card isn't going to work all by its lonesome. You can thank Obama's use of the race card for wising up voters to the fact that electing someone because of their group identity is not the smartest thing in the world to do.

    Hillary has a long history that comes into play. Enjoy the show.

    Mordiggian, since you are a resident of WI you undoubtedly know more about the Demos of WI...wait...you don't live in WI...

    And my view of the WI Demos is that they are further to the Left than the national "level," what ever that means.

    BTW, the election won't be won by the base of either party. It will be won by the 20% in the middle, aka "Social Liberals."

    Who don't like things like this.


    You (5.00 / 1) (#136)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 08:41:29 AM EST
    see you just named the problem for the GOP. They can't see their own problems. They think that people are only gonna vote for Hillary because she's a woman not because of the anti-woman policies of the GOP. The GOP has spent the last decade or more picking on women. For heaven's sake the GOP can't even pass a sex trafficking bill with out trying to ban abortion in it. So the message from the GOP is that if you get pregnant from being a sex slave sorry little lady. No solution for you! You must stay pregnant and deliver a baby for your master!!

    et al 2 (2.00 / 1) (#140)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 09:47:40 AM EST
    Ga, you have no specifics so you just make wild claims.

    Mordiggian, nope, I am not an expert on WI voters but I do know that he won't be running against Hillary in the Repub primary.

    Of course, according to you the Repubs should give up and crown Queen Hillary, she of Emails, Benghazi and Whitewater fame. Of course anyone named after the famous Sir Edmund Hillary... oh, wait. She was born before he became famous...so that was just another lie she has told to give herself fame.

    Of course she could solve the debts run up by Obama. After all she made $100K in one year trading cattle futures even though she had zero experience. I wonder why she stopped??


    Well one thing we know about (5.00 / 3) (#145)
    by jondee on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 12:24:25 PM EST
    Scott Walker: he's a deeply committed social liberal who'll fight tooth-and-nail for a single payer health care system; a passionate advocate for the protection of the rights of women, workers, gays and other oppressed minorities..

    This explains why true social liberals like Jim can devote themselves to defending Walker's unimpeachable record on social issues and to deflecting unwarranted attacks on the man.


    Jim Will Do Whatever... (5.00 / 1) (#146)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 12:31:51 PM EST
    ...Fox News Tells him to, the idea that he process information is funny.

    et al 3 (none / 0) (#159)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:05:58 PM EST
    Scott, evidently you can do nothing but blame Fox. Do you actually have any facts??

    Mordiggian, I know you are not perfect, but could you explain how Hillary gets elected without an election??? BTW - Have you considered what happens when there us just one opponent against Hillary?? Have you considered the dynamics??? Have you looked at the weighting of the polls?

    Interviews with 1,018 adult Americans conducted by telephone by ORC
    International on April 16 - 19, 2015. The margin of sampling error for
    results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
    This sample includes 615 interviews among landline respondents and 403
    interviews among cell phone respondents.
    6:00 a.m. ET on Monday, April 20

    BTW - He may have reduced the deficit. Unfortunately all that means is that the national debt is not growing as fast... That's like a person with cancer getting chemo to let them live longer. It still went from around $5B to around $10B under Bush in to years to near $18 under Obama in around 6 years. That's significant.

    Ga, politics is politics. Now. Get specific.

    Jondee, my take is that Walker will be every bit as good as Obama has been for a single payer health care system... Make that any Repub...

    BTW, anybody ready for some good reading?? Check out BTD's post above.


    Hillary's got more baggage than UAL carries in a month.


    Jim Latest Dumb Assery... (5.00 / 1) (#183)
    by ScottW714 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 08:54:07 AM EST
    ...trying to wrap everything into one post via 'et al'.  I seriously can't stop laughing at the old man screaming at the kids on the lawn.  And as one post mentioned last week, they are his own damn kids.

    OK Jim, Fox New is nothing but opinion, they were sued and won claiming that their product isn't actually news.  I will repeat, Fox News claimed their product was not news.  

    But you know that, and willingly choose to believe opinion as fact.  You have even said as much about O'Reilly, that it doesn't matter that he lied because he is not a reporter reporting fact, but an opinionator.  But hot damn if you don't come here and manage to repeat what you know to be opinions as facts.

    That is on you, not me.  You choose to watch opinion and process it as fact, that is a defect in you, not me.


    Scott, when you have an actual (none / 0) (#187)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 10:11:59 AM EST
    point to make about something reported on FNC as NEWS rather than opinion let me know...see O'Reilly for opinion...see Hannity....see Maddow....see Tweety.....see the Rev Al....

    Oh, wait, that's MSNBC



    Romney Beats Obama !!! (none / 0) (#192)
    by ScottW714 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 01:31:58 PM EST
    Scott, when you have an actual (none / 0) (#188)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 10:11:59 AM EST
    point to make about something reported on FNC as NEWS rather than opinion let me know...see O'Reilly for opinion...see Hannity....see Maddow....see Tweety.....see the Rev Al....

    Oh, wait, that's MSNBC



    Jim, explain how Walker overcomes a (none / 0) (#162)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:16:34 PM EST
    20 point difference in 18 months?

    Funny how reducing the deficit he got from Bush doesn't count for you, Jim. I guess that's better than admitting you were mistaken that Obama increased the deficit.

    Don't you get embarrassed when caught out passing on lies from Fox News?



    pssst,,,, (none / 0) (#164)
    by sj on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:19:01 PM EST
    ...you can stop feeding it now....

    I still want to know how not reducing (none / 0) (#167)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:24:41 PM EST
    the deficit fast enough is worse that the initial charge that Obama was adding to the deficit that he made here earlier.

    And you actually still think (5.00 / 2) (#168)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:26:20 PM EST
    you will know.

    And you are going to get (5.00 / 1) (#170)
    by sj on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:33:07 PM EST
    that information where, exactly?

    He's going (none / 0) (#172)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 06:01:49 PM EST
    to deny it. Even showing numbers won't work. It's hysterical how the GOP has created a cult incapable of facts penetrating.

    et al 4 (none / 0) (#174)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 07:24:24 PM EST
    Mordiggian, it's easy. The more people see of Hillary the worse she looks. That's why she is limiting her appearances.

    That won't work. She has lots and lots of baggage. The latest re the contributions is just the first of more to come.

    As for the polls, what you have is the Repub support split. People who don't like Walker have only 1 other choice, Hillary so they set it out. When it gets down to 1 on 1 that's a new ballgame. And let's look at the poll when we can see the details. The actual party affiliation of those polled will be interesting.

    And I have never commented re the deficit. Why? Because one year, or even a series of years, is just a snap shot. It's like you reducing your credit card spending but still increasing the long term charges (debt). And my figures re Bush and re Obama are real. The debt continues to grow.

    And that's what I wrote:

    Of course she could solve the debts run up by Obama. After all she made $100K in one year trading cattle futures even though she had zero experience. I wonder why she stopped??

    So quit playing word games. Or maybe you don't understand the difference between DEFICIT and DEBT????

    Ga, sj, Scott and Howdy. I call your attention to my pointing out what I wrote. You would be a better position to be taken seriously if you read what I wrote instead of believing what Mordiggian claimed.


    I showed (none / 0) (#175)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 07:33:09 PM EST
    you a link above which you ignored showing the GOP holding up a sex trafficking bill and you have no response to that.

    Are you delusional? Her numbers have GONE UP since she started her campaign. She's now beating the GOP by bigger numbers than she was before.

    You can't handle the truth. The truth is the GOP is running a crazy train pandering to the far right. No matter what the poll the GOP can't break the low 40's. And people see what the GOP stands for because of their behavior in the house and senate. So unless someone is going to take on the right wing of the GOP and do a sister souljah on them and call them radicals that they are then all the GOP candidates are going to just be perceived as clones of the nuts. And the GOP has absolutely shown that they have no ability to stand up to the nuts. As a matter of fact they are running as fast as they can to APPEASE the whackos.


    If yo're saying in a convoluted way (none / 0) (#176)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 07:56:27 PM EST
    that Hillary doesn't want to get the voters tired of her,p I quite agree.  

    That you think staying on the sidelines except for the early states this year will somehow eat into her now-double-digit  lead against all comers, along with her "baggage"(Whitewater, Vince Foster, etc) that everyone knows about right now, is delusional.


    As for the difference (none / 0) (#182)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 05:51:08 AM EST
    Between the debt and the deficit, I'll let Paul Krugman explain it to you:

    You can see that misunderstanding at work every time someone rails against deficits with slogans like "Stop stealing from our kids." It sounds right, if you don't think about it: Families who run up debts make themselves poorer, so isn't that true when we look at overall national debt?

    No, it isn't. An indebted family owes money to other people; the world economy as a whole owes money to itself. And while it's true that countries can borrow from other countries, America has actually been borrowing less from abroad since 2008 than it did before, and Europe is a net lender to the rest of the world.

    Because debt is money we owe to ourselves, it does not directly make the economy poorer (and paying it off doesn't make us richer). True, debt can pose a threat to financial stability -- but the situation is not improved if efforts to reduce debt end up pushing the economy into deflation and depression.(Ed)

    That was from Feb of this year.  This is from last year:

    About those projections: The budget office predicts that this year's federal deficit will be just 2.8 percent of G.D.P., down from 9.8 percent in 2009. It's true that the fact that we're still running a deficit means federal debt in dollar terms continues to grow -- but the economy is growing too, so the budget office expects the crucial ratio of debt to G.D.P. to remain more or less flat for the next decade.

    Things are expected to deteriorate after that, mainly because of the impact of an aging population on Medicare and Social Security. But there has been a dramatic slowdown in the growth of health care costs, which used to play a big role in frightening budget scenarios. As a result, despite aging, debt in 2039 -- a quarter-century from now! -- is projected to be no higher, as a percentage of G.D.P., than the debt America had at the end of World War II, or that Britain had for much of the 20th century. Oh, and the budget office now expects interest rates to remain fairly low, not much higher than the economy's rate of growth. This in turn weakens, indeed almost eliminates, the risk of a debt spiral, in which the cost of servicing debt drives debt even higher.(Ed)

    Still, rising debt isn't good. So what would it take to avoid any rise in the debt ratio? Surprisingly little. The budget office estimates that stabilizing the ratio of debt to G.D.P. at its current level would require spending cuts and/or tax hikes of 1.2 percent of G.D.P. if we started now, or 1.5 percent of G.D.P. if we waited until 2020. Politically, that would be hard given total Republican opposition to anything a Democratic president might propose, but in economic terms it would be no big deal, and wouldn't require any fundamental change in our major social programs.


    To be fair, there has been some real good news about the long-run fiscal prospect, mainly from health care. But it's hard to escape the sense that debt panic was promoted because it served a political purpose -- that many people were pushing the notion of a debt crisis as a way to attack Social Security and Medicare. And they did immense damage along the way, diverting the nation's attention from its real problems -- crippling unemployment, deteriorating infrastructure and more -- for years on end.

    et al 5 (none / 0) (#186)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 10:08:29 AM EST
    Mordiggian, you can wiggle and squirm but no one can say that "deficit" and "debt" are the same.

    Not even ultra Leftie Krugman.

    And btw - One more time....I didn't say anything about the deficit. You brought it up as a means to try and defend the huge increase in the national debt.

    Ga, tell us something new. What's next, free condoms for all??? Outlawing the Catholic Church's canons on contraception? Why don't we make the Church of Christ use musical instruments during their religious services?? I'm sure some female piano tuners are being put out of work...


    Next time (none / 0) (#189)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 11:17:35 AM EST
    Read what I posted.  The 1st excerpt is about the deficit, the 2nd is about the Debt.

    Keep trying to move the goalposts, Jim.


    Got it turned around (none / 0) (#191)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 11:28:25 AM EST
    But here's the takeaway from the Leftie economist who happens to be correct about the effects of austerity in Europe, about the deficit and the debt:

    About those projections: The budget office predicts that this year's federal deficit will be just 2.8 percent of G.D.P., down from 9.8 percent in 2009. It's true that the fact that we're still running a deficit means federal debt in dollar terms continues to grow -- but the economy is growing too, so the budget office expects the crucial ratio of debt to G.D.P. to remain more or less flat for the next decade.

    You're quite welcome


    So unless (none / 0) (#190)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 11:20:57 AM EST
    we make sex slaves bear children condoms are going to be handed out to everybody? Honestly you have gone off the deep end.

    free condoms for all (none / 0) (#194)
    by jondee on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 02:36:03 PM EST
    along with free sex education for all, sounds like a great place to start..

    It couldn't help but be an improvement over the conservative Christian, primitive-medieval approach which has been an unmitigated disaster for the world.


    et al 6 (none / 0) (#195)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 03:11:46 PM EST
    Mondriggian, you are the one who brought up the deficit, not me.

    So you own any movements, etc. ;-)

    BTW - Ah yes, the eureopean economy is doing so well that the EU is falling vs the dollar.

    One More Time - My comment was about the national debt. Quit trying to reframe. We all see what your doing.

    jondee, ah yes indeed, the world was so much better under Mao, Stalin and Hitler. Of course Hitler had girls having babies... Did that qualify as sex education??

    Ga, the problems are fixed and all is well. So there goes your "sex slaves" BS.


    Yes, Jim (5.00 / 1) (#197)
    by jondee on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 03:20:36 PM EST
    birth control and free public education: you don't get much more commie than that.  

    Read what Krugman says about (none / 0) (#200)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 03:35:02 PM EST
    The debt.

    And you made the crack about Obama increasing the deficit, when I pushed back with the fact that the deficit actually went down you changed it to the debt, etc.

    But, please, et all the excuses you like, you didn't mind the debt that Bush II added to, you just excoriate his successor for not dealing with it quickly enough.

    Thanks for showing us what a consistent political thinker you are.


    No (none / 0) (#202)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 04:37:54 PM EST
    You can have your opinions, but you can't just make things up. From my comment #140.

    Of course she could solve the debts run up by Obama. After all she made $100K in one year trading cattle futures even though she had zero experience. I wonder why she stopped??

    You came back with #143:

    He's reduced the deficit he inherited

    And I agreed. From my comment #159:

    BTW - He may have reduced the deficit. Unfortunately all that means is that the national debt is not growing as fast...

    You doubled down in your comment #167:

    I still want to know how not reducing
    the deficit fast enough is worse that the initial charge that Obama was adding to the deficit that he made here earlier.

    You are either being dishonest or you don't know the difference between deficit or debt.

    Either way, I have proved my point and won't respond to more of your false claims.


    The GOP (none / 0) (#201)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 03:37:00 PM EST
    finally caved. The hassert rule is going away soon probably anyhow. It's antiquated and useless.

    I was in the doctors office this morning (none / 0) (#165)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:22:41 PM EST
    and the Food Network was on.  When checking in I nodded toward the TV "Food Network??"
    "Yeah.  We can't have it on a news station.  Remember before there was left wing news and right wing news and it was just news?"
    "Yeah, I remember"

    My take is that certain bogus social liberals (none / 0) (#193)
    by jondee on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 02:26:33 PM EST
    on the far right don't really care all that much about whether the U.S EVER comes close to adopting anything like a single payer healthcare system.

    They'd rather carry on their single-minded jihad against the single payer supporters who hate America and against "union thugs" who don't know their place.    


    Your leader had a shot (none / 0) (#196)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 03:13:35 PM EST
    at single payer and chose to provide "Demo base member payee."



    So, somehow (5.00 / 1) (#198)
    by jondee on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 03:23:00 PM EST
    once again, that forces you to throw your lot in with those most adamantly opposed to a single payer healthcare system..

    The thought that the Republicans (none / 0) (#199)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 03:26:56 PM EST
    would roll over and play dead on singe-payer when they didn't vote for ACA in the real world is sheerest fantasy.

    jondee, Cruz will do as good a job (none / 0) (#203)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 04:42:03 PM EST
    ...heck any Repub Prez...will do as good a job on a single payer system as Obama has done.

    Opposed? Again. He had the chance to do it. He chose to provide welfare for insurance corps and his base.

    The reason??? He doesn't think his base should pay.


    Sorry I'm not perfect like you, Jim (none / 0) (#141)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 10:02:05 AM EST
    but the point remains, he's 12 points below Hillary in his own state after eGhazhi has been hyped throughout the MSM for almost a month before the poll was taken

    How he gets from not carrying WI against Hillary in a general election to being a successful Republican nominee is something that you've yet to detail with any facts or a logical explaination, not that there's anything wrong with that.  😂


    Jim (none / 0) (#142)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 10:08:25 AM EST
    apparently you are not aware of the rider the GOP put on the sex slavery bill.

    Here's a link

    Not that you'll read it but you are all wrong on the facts but then again that is nothing new.


    He's reduced the deficit he inherited (none / 0) (#143)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 10:16:27 AM EST
    From GWB:

    WASHINGTON -- The federal government's 2015 budget deficit will fall slightly this year to $468 billion, the lowest since President Obama took office, according to the annual budget outlook released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.(Ed)

    The annual deficit topped $1 trillion for each of Obama's first four years in office, including a record $1.4 trillion in 2009. Deficits have since fallen due to a combination of federal spending cuts and economic growth. (Ed)The government had a shortfall of $483 billion in 2014

    But Fox News Says... (none / 0) (#144)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 10:31:23 AM EST
    ...pretty much whatever Jim regurgitated.

    The debt.
    For republicans to argue they are better at managing money is simply ignoring reality and history.  

    But Jim will most certainly explain how giving tax rebates and engaging in a war the same year reduces the debt, as in the trillion dollar war will pay for itself.

    But Fox News says...


    I know what the polls tell me (none / 0) (#135)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 08:32:11 AM EST
    about the voters of WI, and since you're not a resident of the state either, (aside from your unsourced assertion about WI Dems that you probably pulled from your a** as you do with similar assertions you "cite" in your battle against Far Lefties here), that means we're both in the same boat.

    Facts be facts, Jim.  Remember how Gore couldn't carry TN in 2000?  If Walker can't get 51% against Hillary in WI in the polling today, how is he going to change that between now and the WI primary, let alone the Republican Convention?

    Sorry to be so blunt with the truth, but I'm just trying to keep you honest with the facts.


    The numbers (none / 0) (#137)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 08:42:58 AM EST
    are so bad for Walker that he could possibly drag down people like Paul Ryan and the entire GOP delegation in WI.

    Perhaps now isn't the time (none / 0) (#126)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 04:51:50 PM EST
    for Hillary to saturate herself on the airwaves months before any of the initial primaries/caucuses have even begun yet.  She'll be at the Harkin Steak Fry and more available to local media in Iowa, a few months from now.

    And, if she was running against a serious and savvy candidate, you would be correct.  Given the current Republican lineup, however...........


    The first month of the campign? Sure. (none / 0) (#156)
    by ruffian on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 04:48:56 PM EST
    Even the first 6 months.

    Orphan Black (none / 0) (#158)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 04:52:58 PM EST
    is now an obsession.  Right up there with GoT and Dexter.

    You should try it.  I binged the whole series over the weekend and today.  Just saw the 3rd season premier.


    Justice Department (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by CST on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:01:28 PM EST
    "said to be leaning against comcast merger"

    I just love this quote:

    "There is no basis for a lawsuit to block the transaction," said Sena Fitzmaurice, a Comcast spokeswoman. The merger "will result in significant consumer benefits - faster broadband speeds, access to a superior video experience, and more competition in business services resulting in billions of dollars of cost savings."

    Emphasis mine.  REALLY?  This merger will bring more competition?  How stupid do these people think we are.

    For a great visual (none / 0) (#7)
    by CST on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:06:59 PM EST
    of what a localized monopoly looks like - here are some pretty pictures

    For a Year... (none / 0) (#10)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:26:11 PM EST
    ...I lived in an apartment that was zoned as the completion.  I had TV Land, it cost significantly more and believe it or not, they did not have HD.  Granted it was about 7 years ago, but I was the only person with an HD who didn't get an HD signal.

    That is when Houston had Time Warner, which IMO kicked A.


    my current beef with Comcast (none / 0) (#13)
    by CST on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:42:48 PM EST
    Is now that everyone is "cutting the cord" they started charging you for cable even if you only want internet.

    If I wanted just internet it was $80 a month.  For internet, basic HD cable, and HBO it was $90 a month.

    So basically they are forcing you to support a failing business model (cable TV) by charging you for it anyway.  But since they are the only ones in the area who offer Broadband internet, it is what it is.


    I'm not sure (none / 0) (#16)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:52:42 PM EST
    exactly what everything is here but at one time it was like $110 for Comcast broadband. and then to add on TV it was like $50.

    I have had them all at one point or another I think. Comcast pretty much owns the wires around Atlanta. Everybody else has it but Comcast is the only one where you can get a decent signal. I pay about $200 stinking a month for Comcast but I swear here in GA we're getting ripped off by everybody when it comes to this kind of stuff. I pay that much and I don't even have any premium plans. I have cable plus or some such. I had another provider and I kept losing my internet connection. Anyway I just write it off as a business expense. I have to have it for work.


    yea I realize my rates (none / 0) (#19)
    by CST on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:05:57 PM EST
    aren't that bad compared to a lot of people.  But I live in an apartment in a really dense area, so there is a lower cost associated with running the wires.

    It's just the blatancy of it.  A year or two ago the total cost was the same but the breakdown btwn internet and cable was about 50/50.


    My DSL is $40 a Month... (none / 0) (#23)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:25:59 PM EST
    ...and another $10 for phone line.  Not as fast as Comcast, but I can stream HD movies no problem.

    If we traded places, you wouldn't think so. (none / 0) (#24)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:28:55 PM EST
    Oceanic Time Warner was so awful that we shifted our cable TV and internet service to Hawaiian Telcom a few years ago, and have never looked back. We can't do satellite TV like Dish or DirectTV because of the restrictions in place with our condo association. But when we make the shift in primary domicile to Hilo in June, we'll be in our own house and will probably look into alternatives to cable TV.

    For Me TW Was a Delight... (none / 0) (#34)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 04:06:58 PM EST
    ...not only could you talk to someone right away, there prices were very nice.  And it didn't hurt they had office around the corner.  Then Comcast.  I want to say my rates in creased 30% and because my condo was on the wrong side of the building, no dish.  

    They actually billed everyone in Houston during IKE, you had to call to get the 12 days when no one had power.  When I moved they assured me my email would be good for a month, gone the day I left, and I didn't save any of it.  The thing was my gf had Comcast as well, so it wasn't like I was leaving them.  I was so PO'ed, didn't save anything.

    I now have DirecTV, a little pricey, but well worth it IMO.  It even predicts downpours.  It goes out occasionally when there is a downpour, but it goes out about 2 mins before the drops hit the ground.  It's been been handy to button down the hatches.  But that is my only real problem with satellite, but it's rare and never lasts for more than a couple mins.


    I haven't had a problem with rain (none / 0) (#47)
    by sj on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 05:23:02 PM EST
    and DirecTV, but have sometimes had the dish covered by/with snow and that interfered with the signal.

    It actually happened yesterday, in fact. I hate Spring snowstorms. But we lucked out again, in that not very many trees were in leaf. And -- since the snow was practically sodden it was so wet -- everybody's yard should look great tomorrow.


    Talking abut the trees in leaf (none / 0) (#102)
    by Amiss on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 03:25:34 AM EST
    Herein New Englland, they are saying that because f the amount and the length of the winter, the leaves were covered too long and Lyme disease ticks will be really bad this year.

    sj I Would Imagine... (none / 0) (#148)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 02:59:51 PM EST
    ...you don't get the downpours we get, especially during hurricane season.  It's not rare to get an inch in an hour, probably happens once a month.

    As a matter of fact, Friday night places in town got 4 inches of rain over night.

    I have been here long enough that I don't even think about it, but when I first moved here I would go out on the balcony to watch it rain.

    It's an easy fix, switch to the standard definition channel until it passes.  


    You're right (none / 0) (#151)
    by sj on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 03:50:43 PM EST
    I'm not accustomed that kind of rain. Good thing, too -- mu dog would absolutely hate it.

    Our Direct TV goes out (none / 0) (#153)
    by fishcamp on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 04:33:59 PM EST
    with every rainstorm.  We don't get many storms these days.  Hurricanes are bad with Direct TV.  

    I have DISH (none / 0) (#155)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 04:48:41 PM EST
    had DIRECT too.  My signal was dropping out a lot with weather and it turned out I needed to have to dish realigned.  Over time it had drifted to the point that I hit a good signal in good weather but any rain and it was gone.  Now it's way better.  Still drops out in very heavy rain there is a huge difference.  

    Switch to Standard Definition... (none / 0) (#184)
    by ScottW714 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 08:55:41 AM EST
    ...when it goes out.  I never had a storm in which SD didn't work with DirecTV.

    Yes (none / 0) (#185)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 08:59:15 AM EST
    that too.  Dish switches automatically.

    mu dog? (none / 0) (#163)
    by sj on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:18:28 PM EST
    Saw that (5.00 / 1) (#166)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:23:59 PM EST
    i thought it might be a musical group I never heard of.

    Comcast billed us too even though we did not (none / 0) (#63)
    by vml68 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 07:53:00 PM EST
    have power for a couple of weeks after Hurricane Sandy. I am ashamed to say that I was too unmotivated to call and be on    hold for what feels like a lifetime. I just paid the bill.

    You sound (none / 0) (#68)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 08:36:10 PM EST
    like all the people around here. We are also have to spend eight hours on the phone to solve a one minute problem.

    same here and I think Comcast (none / 0) (#49)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 05:35:01 PM EST
    internet sucks. I have Blast, 50 MB, and it is so slow. There are huge latency issues. At least once a day I can't connect to TalkLeft, and the pings and tracert show there are more than 30 hops and it gets stuck someplace in Denver, Houston or New York. When I log in using my iPhone and ATT instead of my comcast network, it connects right away.

    The close captioning is another reason I'd switch. Comcast only allows cc to be on or off. Watching a Spanish program, even one that offers cc in English and Spanish, Comcast's choices are either on or off, and when on, the captions are only in Spanish. I have to use an antenna to watch, bypassing Comcast, to get the available cc language choices. It's a pain.

    Comcast also has crummy channel selection here. I can't get MundoFox even though it is free over the air with an antenna. It doesn't carry Unimas' U-Videos which lets you watch the shows online with English captions, even though I get Unimas and Univision. Other cable companies carrying those stations include access to UVideos.

    Telemundo is starting Senor de Los Cielos 3 next week, and I will have to use the antenna to get English subtitles, even though Telemundo offers them in either language.

    It's also hugely expensive and keeps getting more so.


    We've had latency issues out here for years. (none / 0) (#52)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 06:09:24 PM EST
    Because of our respective states' geographical remoteness from the rest of the 48, Hawaii and Alaska are only just now beginning to see the benefits of real broadband internet service. I remember the first time I logged onto broadband wireless from my laptop while on a business trip to the Bay Area. The speed at which the page connected and opened simply stunned me.

    It was only then I realized that what was being sold to us as "broadband" in the islands wasn't really broadband at all as the rest of you know it, but actually a high speed version of DSL. Upon further research, I discovered that there was only so much bandwidth assigned to Hawaii, Alaska and the U.S. Pacific territories as opposed to the rest of the country, though that's now changing.

    Further, in the evening about 9:00 p.m. Hawaii time, when the major banks start transmitting huge amounts of data to the mainland prior to the start of the east coast's business day (we're six hours behind the east), that's when our latency issues really hit home. Those bank transmissions would use up so much of the islands' bandwidth that our home service often resembled the "dial-up" internet of yore. We simply avoid going online between the hours of 9:00 and 11:00 p.m.



    Interesting (none / 0) (#55)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 06:49:51 PM EST
    digital cable is just now becoming available in my area.  Up till now cable has been close to nonexistent.  For example I could only get the most basic.  Not even a box.  Just a plug into the back of the TV with maybe 30 actual channels.  No internet.

    This is now changing and I was considering switching when my Dish and Internet cotracts are up.  Maybe I will wait for satisfaction reports.  My sister just switched from dish and got the internet bundle.


    Watch Out for... (5.00 / 1) (#138)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 08:59:10 AM EST
    ...Comcast and it's pricing, which seems really good, until you get a bill six months later, call in, and realize that pricing was a 6 month special.

    Both Comcast and my phone service pulled that non-sense.


    Major changes in Medicare-"Doc Fix" (5.00 / 3) (#14)
    by KeysDan on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:45:10 PM EST
    signed into law by President Obama: The Medicare payment formula for physicians has been repealed and replaced with a payment increase of 0.5 percent per year for 5 years.  Then, a new reimbursement formula is to go into effect based on value of care v. volume of patients seen.  The bill provides a framework for the new "value" reimbursement, but it also provides for a "technical advisory committee" to develop alternative models that judge quality of care and to determine, accordingly, rewards and penalties. The five-years will surely be needed for the transition.  

    The bill funds Children's Health (CHIP) for two years and provides $7.2 billion for community health for the same period.  

    About $140 billion of the cost over 10 years will be added to the deficits. (The bill is estimated to cost $210 billion over 10 years; $70 billion will be offset primarily by Medicare beneficiaries.) Premiums for both Part A and D will be increased from 50% to 65% for incomes (MAGI), single of $133, 501 to $160,000, and double that for couples, and to 80% for MAGI of $160,000 to  $320,000 and double that for couples. After the year 2020, the income levels will be indexed for inflation with the base calculated as if there were no freeze until 2020.  

    After 2020, "first dollar" supplemental Medicare insurance (Medigap) policies would not be able to cover the Part B deductible for new policies, supposedly, to discourage beneficiaries from seeking care.

    While not suggesting the need for a "tag day," for upper income beneficiaries, the continuing income-related costs tend to undermine the paid benefits system, increasing the program's political vulnerability. The AMA is delighted with the "doc fix," which is permanent, but children and community health are temporary.    The budgetary shortfall of $140 billion is likely to fall more and more on Medicare beneficiaries necessitating a lowering of the income thresholds over time.  But, hey, the bill does prohibit social security numbers on Medicare cards--a "thoroughly modern millie," contribution.  And, the bill garnered that treasured "bipartisanship."


    Seems to me (none / 0) (#18)
    by sj on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:04:52 PM EST
    After 2020, "first dollar" supplemental Medicare insurance (Medigap) policies would not be able to cover the Part B deductible for new policies, supposedly, to discourage beneficiaries from seeking care.
    That people could not seek care without paying for a medigap policy...

    Chief Justice John Roberts (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by Zorba on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 04:50:26 PM EST
    was called to jury duty in Montgomery County, MD.  
    He did report for duty, but was not chosen.  It was a civil case.


    Well, it would certainly be interesting to serve on a jury that included the US Supreme Court Chief Justice.
    I wonder what the attorneys for the opposing sides would think about this?  
    Although, for a civil case, it would probably matter less than a criminal trial.  I don't know, but it would be interesting.

    Working in electoral politics as I do, ... (5.00 / 1) (#74)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 09:53:22 PM EST
    ... I'm often reminded of the best advice I ever received about working on campaigns from the late Bob Oshiro (a local legend in the Hawaii Democratic Party), to the effect that the best campaign advisors are seldom if ever seen by the voting public, and are never heard expressing their own opinions publicly to the media during a campaign.

    After reading this Guardian article about David Axelrod, who's inexplicably advising Labour Party leader Ed Miliband from afar during the current British election campaign, I'm convinced that he must've cut class with fellow Democratic consultant Joe Trippi on the day that particular lesson was to be imparted to them.

    Suffice to say that I'm hardly a fan of Axelrod, and in this particular instance, there is an unseemly quality to his overtly partisan criticism of Prime Minister David Cameron's government, coming as it is from someone who's not a British citizen and is thus ineligible to vote in the United Kingdom:

    "British voters are catching on that these blandishments that David Cameron is offering have an expiration date on them and the expiration date is 8 May. As soon as he is returned to office, he will return to the very same policies that have conspired against working families for the past five years."

    Surely, given that the UK's electoral history long pre-dates our own, there are British subjects who know how to run political campaigns. Next time, Mr. Miliband really ought to consider hiring one of his own Labour members, and not waste $450,000 of his party's money on procuring four visits from a blathering and self-absorbed American political consultant, who talks in glittering generalities and quite obviously never wastes an opportunity to toot his own professional horns -- even if it's at his own client's potential expense.


    American political operatives (5.00 / 1) (#76)
    by caseyOR on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 10:46:34 PM EST
    working for British politicians is not new. A number of Democratic politicos worked for Tony Blair and Labour back in the 90s. Joe Trippi was one of those operative, also Mark Penn and Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg.

    David Cameron has also made use of American political advisors.

    Speaking for me only, I do not understand why any foreign politician, after taking a look at the complete mess we have made of electoral politics here in the U.S.A., would want political advice from Americans.


    If Axlerod took Oshiro's advice... (none / 0) (#81)
    by unitron on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 05:31:29 AM EST
    ...he wouldn't be getting any time on the electric TV machine or with the Sunday talkmobs, and none of us other than you and maybe a couple of others would ever have heard of him.

    In which case he might have doubts about whether he really even existed or not.


    David Axelrod and his breed have instead made it all about them.

    The higher their profile... (none / 0) (#108)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 10:15:34 AM EST
    ... the higher their prices.

    Are consultants like ad agencies; do they take a cut of the ad buys?


    I don't, but there are some who do. (none / 0) (#123)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 02:41:51 PM EST
    I tend to work on campaigns in which a candidate has a limited amount of funding available, which makes implementation of cost controls imperative to both its operations and its prospects for success. And truthfully, very few campaigns have the capacity to spend money with impunity.

    Further, I believe in the purchase of air time for strategic purposes, rather than mere saturation effect. I'm actually very selective of those days and hours when I want my client's ads to appear in the media. For example, why pay for ads to run at 2:00 a.m., when few eyeballs are open to see them, or at midday, when most people are at work or school?

    One of the primary reasons why the costs of large campaigns often spiral out of control is the financial incentivizing of those factors such as media advertising, which actually encourages excessive and often wasteful spending. To a great extent, cost control is also quality control.

    The more ads produced and aired by a campaign, the more mediocre the overall work product tends to be and the greater the risk incurred for stepping on one's own message. You need to identify your campaign's theme and then stick to it, and resist the urge to respond gratuitously to whatever an opponent says and does.

    Campaigns that are endowed with large war chests also tend to attract a lot of political mercenaries and associates, whom I liken to lampreys. They attach themselves to the body of the campaign, and find various ways to encourage expenditures on items and initiatives that are financially lucrative for them personally, but are actually of minimal practical value to the campaign itself.



    I am (none / 0) (#82)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 07:05:03 AM EST
    glad Hillary decided not to use him.

    True story: (5.00 / 2) (#94)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 03:36:07 PM EST
    Four years ago, I had to clean up a mess left by one of Axelrod's D.C. associates, who glommed onto a local City Council candidate and was charging the guy $26,000 / mo. for her advice, such as it was.

    The advice this woman had given this candidate was so superficial that the only way she was worth six figures per month, would be if you moved the decimal point three places to the left when you wrote the check. I urged the candidate to stop throwing good money after bad and fire her immediately, which he did. Worse still, she had sub-contracted with someone in D.C. to prepare campaign walking pieces and mailers, which the candidate had paid for and which she now refused to hand over to the candidate.

    I called her up personally, introduced myself and cut right to the chase, telling her that she had 24 hours to release the campaign material for which her former client had already paid her handsomely, or we would call the authorities and file a theft complaint against her -- and since we were in Honolulu and she was in Alexandria, VA, that made it an interstate case. I also told her that I'd call some friends of mine at the DNC to let them know exactly what she was doing.

    She was likely convinced I was bluffing, since she blustered and cussed me out and hung up on me. So I called my friend in D.C., who's actually a pretty high-ranking official in the party. The next day, the material was airfreighted out here to the candidate.

    Axelrod and his friends in D.C. on both sides of the spectrum have turned political campaigning into a 24/7/365 industry for their own material benefit, and are really little more than glorified shakedown artists. They've inflated the costs of campaigns astronomically over the last 25 years, and the only thing they've really accomplished is to coarsen and polarize the public debate in this country.

    While I also charge for my time as a political consultant, my rates aren't 10% what theirs are -- and quite frankly, I'm probably better than 95% of them.



    This may keep one off the streets (none / 0) (#85)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 07:33:09 AM EST
    And the Sunday shows

    James Carville to do judge Judy style TV show

    The ragin' cajun political consultant James Carville filmed a pilot for a Judge Judy-style courtroom show called "Carville's Court," the On Media blog has learned.

    The reality show featured the former Bill Clinton campaign strategist presiding over small claims cases in New Orleans and issuing both legal rulings and moral advice. In a pilot episode, Judge Carville rules that a man owed $3,800 to a woman for failing to adequately decal her car in Betty-Boop paraphernalia. In another case, Carville denies a woman's request for $1,000 from injuries sustained while she and her future sister-in-law were drunk on a rafting trip.

    "I'm bringing that same no nonsense common sense to every day Americans, people from all over America who come to New Orleans, my home turf," Carville says in the show's opening credits. "This court room is unlike anything you've ever seen on TV, and so am I. So get ready for some plain spoken justice and a whole lotta Cajun common sense."

    That's really a shame. (5.00 / 2) (#96)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 03:44:05 PM EST
    Carville's normally one of the smart consultants. Unfortunately, he and his wife have become so enamored with the limelight that they've turned into their own best parodies, probably without even realizing it.

    And you're the only Social Liberal (5.00 / 1) (#79)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 04:19:40 AM EST
    in your part of TN.

    See how that works?

    When Rubio (5.00 / 2) (#106)
    by lentinel on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 09:50:36 AM EST
    announced, I saw several commentators delivering the story.

    In each case, they described Rubio as, "handsome".

    Forgetting for a moment the relevance of this assertion, who, I would ask, is the arbiter in matters such as these?

    There was a time when I (5.00 / 3) (#112)
    by Robot Porter on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 10:56:20 AM EST
    the press would never use such a description without attributing it to someone.  Those days are long gone.

    But as observers, it's important to train ourselves to spot such things.  For example, if the press describes a candidate speech as "a blistering attack" realize that unless it actually raised blisters they are editorializing.

    On television it's become much worse.  Now music and sound effects are regularly added to news stories.  Often creating intentionally misleading effects.

    It's best to watch unmediated content whenever possible.  C-Span is a great source of this.


    lol - blistering cliches! (5.00 / 1) (#116)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 12:41:25 PM EST
    The Press (none / 0) (#107)
    by christinep on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 10:07:08 AM EST
    needs to say something ... and maybe this fascinating description (if that) is all anyone can come up with when it comes to Rubio :)

    Marco Rubio, the world's (none / 0) (#115)
    by KeysDan on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 12:06:32 PM EST
    oldest young man, is "handsome?"   Having seen Rubio on the Florida campaign trail, I would be hard-pressed, despite the subjectively of appearances, to describe him as such.   In that department, the very best I might be able to do is note that he never wears brown shoes with a blue suit.

    But, Rubio does seem to be the media's Republican candidate du jour--what with Rand being so irascible and arrogant right out of the starting gate, Walker continuing to seem unready for prime time, and Bush clinching that he is a generational Bush triplet.   And, the other miscreants are let, for the moment, to mind the clown car.  And, bidding time until Lindsey announces.

    Frank Bruni (NYT, April 19) reports that Rubio looks, physically, like he might be ready for the presidency....in 2028.  That might be a more timely campaign for Rubio for in that year he might, just might, catch up in vision and polices to 2015.   And, by 2028, he might, physically, look wizened and hydrated. And, only be a decade or so out-of-touch.


    No. Kidding. (5.00 / 1) (#117)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 12:47:49 PM EST
    "looks presidential" is another stomach-turning trope.

    I'll shut up now; the rest of my rant is the standard stuff.


    FBI Admits Systematically Lying for Decades (5.00 / 2) (#133)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 08:01:27 PM EST
    The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

    Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory's microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country's largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.

    I heard about that this morning! (none / 0) (#147)
    by sj on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 12:56:11 PM EST
    This should have its own post I think. It's kind of a big deal.

    We were phoned by Hillary for America tonight (5.00 / 1) (#178)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 10:21:51 PM EST
    Made our first campaign contribution.  We have some money for Bernie too to get started on if he runs.

    Was told Clinton is starting low key, but starting early.  Looking for funds to hire staff and canvassers.  My phone caller was full of info, answered all my questions and openly discussed the challenge of squaring off against Koch money and Rove Super PAC moula.  Best campaign fund raising call I have ever received.

    I'm a Clinton supporter yes, but hey Bernie...call me, define the real issues with Clinton my man....eat up the air waves and blow the doors off the Republicans in 2016 with real issues and real discussion.

    Music Beat... (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 01:37:57 PM EST
    The lineup for the summer shows at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium have been announced, and it's a monster Boppers.

    Van The Man w/ Taj Mahal?  Santana?  The Who (minus two) w/ Joan Jett?  In the heart of Queens?  Oh baby let the good times roll.  Gonna miss The Who as I am booked for CrawfishFest that weekend, that but I simply can not miss Van and Santana, even if it puts me in the poorhouse.

    And a consolation prize for Deadheads who won't be in Chicago, the Fare The Well concerts will be simulcasted live in a movie theater near you.  

    I've seen Santana five times, ... (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 04:08:29 PM EST
    ... and would gladly do so a sixth time given the opportunity. The man is a virtuoso on the electric guitar. The last time I saw Taj Mahal, he shared the bill with Jethro Tull at a totally funky and intimate 500-seat nightclub / concert venue called Gussie L'Amour's, which was on Nimitz Hwy. near Honolulu airport and has since been demolished so that a Ford dealership could expand its lot. That was an awesome evening. (Two words to the folks who allowed Gussie's to be destroyed: Boo. Hiss.)

    In 1969 (5.00 / 2) (#56)
    by Repack Rider on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 07:11:10 PM EST
    ...on Tuesday nights any band could get an hour audition on the big stage at the Fillmore West. Door was $1 and you had never heard of any of the bands.  Some of my friends signed up to play, so I went.  They had to follow another audition band, the "Santana Blues Band."

    Nobody could follow that.  In a month or so Santana went from that audition and playing free in Provo Park (Berkeley) to being the toast of the town.

    One other band went from a Tuesday audition to a headline gig at the FW, and that was Tower of Power.

    As a roadie for another SF band, I worked on several Santana shows in the '60s, including one in Milwaukee.

    A couple of years ago I had dinner with Taj Mahal and his friend Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers.  Lester did the cooking along with his son Dylan, and there is a video of the dinner on YouTube.  (Part 2 of the video)


    In 1971 (none / 0) (#57)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 07:30:42 PM EST
    i saw Santana at the Fillmore East.  Amazing,  I had just landed in NY from my three month backpacking in Europe trip and was headed back to the Midwest the following day to gather my "stuff" and come back to live.  

    Interestingly almost exactly 10 years later the Fillmore East would become the greatest gay dance club that ever existed or ever will exist.  It was private membership only and my partner at the time was friends with founder Bruce Mailman and worked on the construction.  We were both charter members.

    The Saint




    Heh (none / 0) (#90)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 10:40:31 AM EST
    a couple of things about that wiki link.

    I knew the person who performed with the Boa.  Who's name was Bruce.  The Boa I mean.

    I had a brief fling, a few months, with lighting wizard Richard Sabala.

    And more that the disco ball was dropped thru that hole in the dome. Including Divine.  

    I saw most of the performances listed because my partner and I were religious.  Attending church, as it was known, every Sunday morning from the opening party to the closing one.  
    At one of the later parties a little twink who looked like he might have arrived in NY from  Nebraska the previous week danced up to me, my partner and I were always together, and said
    "How long have you guys been coming here"
    "Since the opening party"
    "Do you guys ever go to any other gay bars?"
    "Not really"
    He kissed me hard and disappeared.

    I will stop chattering now and go work in the yard before it rains.


    Great (none / 0) (#62)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 07:49:33 PM EST
    dinner videos.  The greens made me hungry.  It's been a while.

    Lots of visual texture inside and out (none / 0) (#92)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 01:41:43 PM EST
    of that house.  Cool painting on the cabinets.  

    The house in the video (5.00 / 3) (#109)
    by Repack Rider on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 10:33:27 AM EST
    ...Belongs to longtime friends who are artists.  They will be thrilled to hear that you noticed the decor, which is truly unique.

    Their chosen medium is mosaic, and they have public projects all over the Bay Area.

    One of their projects was a public mosaic monument in Fairfax, California, commemorating the activities there during the '70s that led to the modern sport of mountain biking.  As one of the central figures of that activity, my name is on the monument.

    How many people get a civic monument to their activities, not only during their own lifetimes, but while they can show it to their mother?


    That's pretty cool, Repack. (none / 0) (#181)
    by Mr Natural on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 02:19:59 AM EST
    Loved the bicycle seat - seat tiles.  The fallen red and yellow leaves on the ground around the installations gave this crazy effect like they had spilled right out of the mosaic.  Did I see a rattlesnake?

    The dinner @ Lester's video is wonderful. (none / 0) (#111)
    by oculus on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 10:44:31 AM EST

    One of these days I'll try making cornbread (none / 0) (#118)
    by Mr Natural on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 12:52:43 PM EST
    in a cast iron pan.  Until then, I'm stuck with the "cakey" stuff Dylan Chambers was talking down.  

    But - cakey cornbread is better than no cornbread, any day.


    If it has sugar in it then it is cake (none / 0) (#160)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:07:39 PM EST
    not cornbread.

    This guy.... (none / 0) (#4)
    by ruffian on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 01:50:00 PM EST
    ...needs to cut the frickin' apology tour and stay off the TV.  He should be glad he is not in jail. I hope his heirs are prepared to lose their inheritance in a lawsuit, and deservedly so. No, it couldn't happen to anybody, idiot. Really p's me off.

    Seriously... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 01:57:26 PM EST
    I think the reality tv stardom of George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson have emboldened gun-slinging doucheb#gs everywhere.

    Don't (none / 0) (#9)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:24:39 PM EST
    forget your pals the NYC who got away with strangling a guy on tape.

    It's bad everywhere though.


    I hear ya... (none / 0) (#12)
    by kdog on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:32:59 PM EST
    but at least the choke artist cop hasn't done a tv interview stating he has no regrets and praising the lord!  To my knowledge at least.

    To be sure the police state, over-criminalization, and brutality problems are a 50 state affair.


    Haha (none / 0) (#17)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:01:40 PM EST
    the benefit is there are probably too many people like you in NYC that he knows better than go on TV and lose all anonymity.

    One would hope... (none / 0) (#20)
    by kdog on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:05:59 PM EST
    anybody from anywhere would know better, basic common decency and all that...but these are strange days we're living in Sister.

    Besides, I guess it's easier to panhandle for internet donations with tv exposure..."spare a dime for a copper/wanna-be copper who's down on his luck killing negroes?"


    Yeah but (none / 0) (#21)
    by Palli on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:18:37 PM EST
    What do you bet Dan Pantaleo is one of the NYC cops who revels in writing racist comments on The Rant Forum?

    Odds are good... (none / 0) (#22)
    by kdog on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:23:34 PM EST
    We like to pretend there is less racism and/or prejudice in the blue states, but the truth is we just hide it better.  

    We spew our bile anonymously on the internet like "civilized people"...lol.


    I actually (none / 0) (#27)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:47:32 PM EST
    think there is less of it and the ones who do have it hide it better, yes. I remember going to NYC in the 1980's when I was in the rag trade and seeing white girls and black girls walking down the street as friends. You would never have seen that in SC where I was from. Later on I went to work for another company and one of the African American girls and I became good friends. We would have lunch together all the time and people were always staring. I always wondered why until one day I realized that either I had broken that unwritten rule that white girls and black girls couldn't be friends or they were so unused to seeing it that they just started like you stare at circus freaks. Of course, I didn't care because I've never cared what the wackos thought of me.

    And when (none / 0) (#29)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:49:41 PM EST
    I was in the rag trade I became really good friends with a buyer from Syracuse who was black and we used to have dinner when we were in NYC all the time along with a Jewish lady who lived in NYC. Never would've happened in SC.

    I don't know (none / 0) (#41)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 04:42:27 PM EST
    where you are but you almost could say SC is a world unto itself in a lot of ways.

    Even sometimes when I go back there I think I have stepped into some kind of time warped country and that is just coming from GA.


    NJ, originally, CA, now, (none / 0) (#42)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 04:47:18 PM EST
    and about a half-dozen states in between.

    Well (none / 0) (#44)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 04:52:23 PM EST
    I can tell you that I have friends that grew up in NJ and GA kind of weirds them out the way a lot of the people act here. A lot of it is the southern fried fundamentalism that doesn't exist in the mass quantity in other parts of the country that it does here.

    My sibling lives in SC so I visit often. (none / 0) (#61)
    by vml68 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 07:45:26 PM EST
    Have always found it a very friendly place.  
    A while back you mentioned the Isle of Palms. My sibling lives about 10 mins from there, so I take my dogs for a run on the beach there whenever I visit. I wonder if we have ever crossed paths.

    Most of my family (none / 0) (#64)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 07:53:40 PM EST
    lives on the opposite end of the state but I do have family in that part of the state but I do not see them often. I used to go to Isle of Palms a lot but not in a long, long time so we probably haven't crossed paths.

    You are mostly in the tourist part of the state there. The upstate part of the state is the home of Bob Jones University and all kinds of wacko stuff going on in that area.


    A couple of years ago I commented on here (5.00 / 2) (#67)
    by vml68 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 08:21:20 PM EST
    that I was shocked they did not teach evolution in school there and that my nieces were horrified to learn that I believed in Evolution.  That, combined with the fact that I don't go to church or believe in God had them convinced that I was going to Hell. My whole family is very religious.

    My older niece (now 13 years old) got into a magnet school for talented and gifted kids in sixth grade. On a recent visit, I was thrilled to hear her talk about Feminism, Gay Rights, Women's Rights, etc. She mentioned that a few of her classmates were atheists. I said, " I guess now Aunt V is not the only person you know who will be going to hell". She gave me a sheepish smile.


    Actually you don't hide it better (none / 0) (#161)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:08:45 PM EST
    You just deny and try to act like no one knows.

    I Saw the Interview... (none / 0) (#8)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:20:37 PM EST
    ...and the person who hired him should be fired as well.  To Matt Lauer's credit, he made the guy stand up and show where each weapon was located.  Taser on the chest, centered, and gun in the normal spot on his belt.  And his defense, 'It happens all the time'.  No it doesn't, please stop using something we all know not to be true as an excuse.

    The guy was confused easily and he had that old person shake.  He kept avoiding the answers and talking about Chicago drugs (heroin) in Tulsa.

    Just no way that guy should have been a cop, he is 73.


    ... but also indicted as well, for falsifying public employee personnel records in order to make it appear as though this clown had met all the requisite qualifications for the post. The general public should not have to tolerate the presence of those officials who'd treat the public domain as though it were their own private reserve.

    (Sigh!) Then again, this IS Oklahoma we're talking about.


    $160,000 to be an amateur cop gunslinger (none / 0) (#33)
    by Palli on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:53:50 PM EST
    seems lowballing the opportunity. What other beanies does Tulsa LE get: sucker sitting at the poker table, cop free rounds at the cop bar?

    Several thoughts (none / 0) (#15)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:48:33 PM EST
      Initially, if "first and foremost" you want to apologize to the family, you should do it first. I'll grant he began by responding to a direct question and anyone would be nervous, so some slack is allowed. However, not only did he not begin with an apology, it sure seemed that the apology was inserted after he began a defensive explanation, and seemed to realize he was striking the wrong tone. Even still, the apology  was quite perfunctory and he then he began seeking sympathy by bringing up that he was a cancer survivor.

      Second, I strongly question the decision by his attorney to allow him to be interviewed. He was better than Jerry Sandusky but I can't see any way that was helpful to him and it's hard to see how a lawyer would think it would be. Of course, his lawyer gets to be on TV too.

      Finally, I'm still somewhat amazed that a reserve officer is allowed to carry a weapon and provide backup on a controlled buy operation. Many jurisdictions have reserve or auxiliary officers, but I was not aware there were jurisdictions that permitted this. Around here, the auxiliary officers do things like direct traffic and provide crowd control at sporting or other major events and carry only radios.

       When I was just out of school I worked on contract as a city attorney for a small town nearby and we made the decision not even to let the auxiliary members drive the vehicles because of liability/insurance  issues.



    I think you can apologize to the family (5.00 / 1) (#71)
    by ruffian on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 09:17:46 PM EST
    In 100 ways that do not involve an appearance on The Today Show. Self serving BS. I hope it backfires big time. I don't know why this one tweaks me so. Maybe just the sheer cluelessness.

    Agreed (5.00 / 1) (#86)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 07:37:04 AM EST
    the guy really bugs me.  I think it's the sense of entitlement.  He is clearly used to everyone buying his BS with a smile.

    I think he should be in jail.  In the cell next the sheriff.  Or maybe the same cell since they are so close.


    The Family in the Background... (none / 0) (#139)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 09:32:05 AM EST
    ...made the entire thing appear what it was, a publicity stunt for a guy trying to duck out on killing another human being.

    Orphan Black (none / 0) (#99)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 06:07:55 PM EST
    im about halfway thru the first season and I'm totally hooked.  It's very good. Like, Dexter level good.  I think you would like it.  But like Dexter you really have to start from the beginning or it will make no sense.  
    I'm so glad I recorded the marathon today.  I plan to watch the first two seasons before breaking into the third which starts tonight.  From HuffPo-

    "Orphan Black" hasn't been around long, but there are a few certainties we can count on when it comes to the clone-intensive show starring Tatiana Maslany.

    We know Maslany will inhabit each clone identity so thoroughly that we'll forget one woman is playing half the cast. We know each clone will have a male friend or lover -- think Alison's husband Donnie, Sarah's hunky boyfriend Cal, Cosima's science pal Scott -- who will be simultaneously impressed and a little afraid of each woman's boldness and bravery. One of the smallest but most welcome subtexts of this energetic BBC America show centers on the idea that men find the sisters, who stick by each other and fight hard for their autonomy, attractive as either friends or lovers. "Empowerment is sexy" isn't the show's tagline, but it could be.

    And this season, the show has added male clones played by Ari Millen to the mix. The good news is, Sarah, Cosima and the other clones retain most of the real estate in this gorgeously grimy biothriller, and watching the established characters relate to each other is still a lot of fun. It's an unrelenting joy to watch Maslany find new ways to differentiate the clones; this season, I noticed just how much she changes the timbre and intonation of each character's voice, and to see her as one clone playing another is still a joy to behold (though I hold that last season's clone dance party took the concept of fan service too far).

    Btw (none / 0) (#100)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 06:28:00 PM EST
    the premier tonight is being "clone cast" on 5 different networks.  BBC, IFC, AMC, SUNDANCE AND WE.

    Not sure if the whole series is going to run on all 5 but, nice touch.


    Plus (none / 0) (#110)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 10:41:29 AM EST
    they have the Irish nanny from Dexrer in a great role.  And Darrio from GoT and some others you would recognize.

    sounds like another one for my summer (none / 0) (#157)
    by ruffian on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 04:52:52 PM EST
    hibernation binge watching - thanks!

    have you watched Bloodline on Netflix yet? Crazy good!


    Oh man.... (none / 0) (#169)
    by sj on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:29:23 PM EST
    :: holds head ::

    I have all kinds of shows added to my "seriously intrigued" list. Bloodline... Orphan Black... Daredevil... Outlander... Extant (which I had forgotten about).

    Add that to my current "must-see" programs and I don't know how will I ever catch up on my TV...


    The great thing is (none / 0) (#171)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 05:34:07 PM EST
    you can catch up.  I didn't start watching GoT till the 4th season and just started Orphan Black in the third.  Still have Justified, Wired, Blood Line, Orange is the New Black and others to look forward to

    PreviouslyTV (none / 0) (#173)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 06:29:10 PM EST
    Sarah-as-Rachel smacking Alison-as-Sarah is pretty disorienting; especially, I would imagine, for Sarah and Alison.

    It gets weirder still (none / 0) (#26)
    by Palli on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:45:49 PM EST

    Another Reserve officer, a once  pro wrestler and now murderer in prison, is in endless litigation with Tulsa Sheriff.

    Sanford FL has a Reserve cop program. Question: Had Zimmerman applied to be one of them...was he ever rejected... or was he an "volunteer undercover reserve officer" and it was covered up? Not just asked in jest-I can believe any kind LE cover-up with evidence finally coming to attention.


    Zoned as the Competition (none / 0) (#11)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:27:08 PM EST
    For some reason spell check doesn't work in the subject line.

    Were I Loretta Lynch, ... (none / 0) (#25)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:41:22 PM EST
    ... I'd thank President Obama for his consideration and patience, and then request that he withdraw my nomination for the post of U.S. Attorney General. Nobody deserves to be kept on ice like this for five friggin' months.

    5 months kept on ice (none / 0) (#28)
    by Palli on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:48:06 PM EST
    is no record for this Congress when the President is a Democrat and  African American.

    I guess (none / 0) (#30)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 03:51:20 PM EST
    they really don't dislike Eric Holder as much as they say they do. What a bunch of bozos.

    The Republicans do not (none / 0) (#36)
    by KeysDan on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 04:13:09 PM EST
    like Eric Holder, but they know he wants out.  So, have to keep him in.   That seems to be the mindset.

    If that's really the mindset here, ... (none / 0) (#37)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 04:15:19 PM EST
    ... then it's an extraordinarily childish one.

    INFOWARS-the previously requested story (none / 0) (#45)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 05:03:41 PM EST
    in 6 parts

    I am telling this in a familiar format.  Episodes 4-6 first, then some time later when I feel some confidence I will not have legal problems I will post episodes 1-3.   And if you think that sounds paranoid it's only because you don't know these people like I do.
    I do it in honor of the new trailer and because, like Luke, my story is about an apparent chance encounter that precipitates what first appears to be a senseless tragedy that ultimately sets me on the path to finding my true destiny.
    And, heh, because the director of the new movie is also involved in my story.
    So this part of the story begins just after the "tragedy".  The machinations and politics of which will be explained later in parts 1-3.

     A New Hope

    As I drive home at about 9:30 am having been stopped on my way in the building and brought to the chambers of the Emperor for discipline my primary concerns are basic.  Namely food.  I am famously inept at managing money and in spite of the fact that I have been making a 6 figure salary for  3.5 years I am penniless.  In my wallet I have 5 charge cards.  All over the limit.  The previous day, yes the previous DAY, I found a fabulous deal on a used John Deer riding mower and in spite of the fact that I couldn't really afford it I decided in my wisdom that I could not afford not to.  So I spent literally my last 500 bucks and bought it so I was the owner of a steal of a bargain that I now had absolutely no use for as far as I knew.  This decision is much on my mind now.  
    I could do this, be penniless, because my former place of work had three incredibly well stocked kitchens and pathetically I had done this before.  That is, survived by eating at work and that was my plan for living until my next paycheck which had been a week or so away.  Obviously that was no longer an option.  As I drive the 8 miles home my mind is buzzing with lists of those I might hit up for living money until I get my first unemployment check which is a couple of weeks away and with painless affordable ways to kill myself.  It was a low place.  Made marginally less low by the afore mentioned unemployment benefits that I knew were coming.  I knew because they told me.  Now, if you know how these things work you know that if they fired me for their stated reasons of substandard work and if their goal was clearly to screw me, which will be made evident in episodes 1-3, then why, you might fairly ask would they allow me to collect unemployment.  The reason is simple.  Their stated reason was bull and they knew if they stopped me I would appeal which would ultimately reveal not only that fact but the details of how they obtained the information on which they acted.  They could not allow this to happen because if the rest of the employees knew these things they would have a big PR problem.  Easier to give me unemployment.

    So as I drive and sink deeper into depression, my phone rings.  It's a delightful little old man with high pitched voice and a slight Irish accent.   He explains that he got my number from the lady I bought the lawn mower from.  It seems he arrived minutes after me with his heart set on the John Deer and was calling just in case, for whatever reason, I should decide I did not want the thing.  I said, as a matter of fact, he was in luck.  He was thrilled. "I will come over and give you a check RIGHT NOW." He said.  "Before you change your mind." I said that worked for me.

    He was prompt.  He arrived at my house minutes after i did and gave me a personal check for 500 dollars which I took directly to his bank, cashed, and then went to the store.  He did not however have the ability to take the mower with him in his Buick and said he would return with a truck.   I explain my situation and say that's fine but he has to make sure he comes soon since I will have to be out of the house by the end of the month.  The date was the 11th of April.   He says he understands.  We shake hands and he leaves.  

    I never see him again.

    I don't remember his name.  I'm sure he told me but I had other things on my mind at the time.  All I have is his phone number.  Which I call hundreds of times and get no answer and no reply to my many messages.  I try going to his bank to at least find out his name.  You can probably imagine how eager the bank was to give out the names of their customers.  I go to the local police.  I explain.  They look at me and each other and one says.  "Let me get this straight,  you want us to find this guy because YOU owe HIM money?"
    "Well, actually I own him a lawnmower, but yes."
    "Look, I'm not trying to tell you your business but if you ask me its on him.  If you want to file a report we will take it but honestly it's not going to be high on the to do list."
    I even stayed to the 14th of the following month, May, to give him time to respond.

    He never did.  I got the money I needed and I kept the lawnmower.  I used it today.  But that was when the worm began to turn.

    Episodes 5 and 6 to come.

    I think I've heard that bit (5.00 / 1) (#50)
    by sj on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 05:39:18 PM EST
    of story before. The bit about the lawn mower. It makes me smile.

    I wonder what happened to the lawnmower guy (5.00 / 1) (#72)
    by ruffian on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 09:27:33 PM EST
    Mayne someone sent him to help you out? What an interesting story.

    I would have the same feelings driving home if I were fired suddenly...all the kicking myself for not having saved more, spent too much, etc, not having enough on hand to pay the rent,etc. I'm glad to know your story ended well - t makes me not so fearful.


    Someone? (5.00 / 1) (#84)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 07:22:24 AM EST
    ha, yes I have considered guardian angel, leprechaun, etc.

    The truth is the only thing that seems possible is that the poor old guy must have died or become very sick.  I tried to find him.  I hope he is ok.


    Or at least (5.00 / 1) (#87)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 07:48:38 AM EST
    I hope he knows I think of him every time I mow the yard.  Which is more than twice the size of the be I bought it for.

    I have about a acre here so I really need it.  


    Cutnpaste it and make a diary, (none / 0) (#46)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 05:19:03 PM EST
    that way all the episodes will be together...

    Where's the fun in that? (none / 0) (#48)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 05:24:18 PM EST
    Another similarity

    Parts 1-3 are not as interesting and have a lot more CG.


    Howdy, you need to (5.00 / 2) (#54)
    by Zorba on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 06:31:23 PM EST
    write your autobiography at some point.
    And so does fishcamp, for that matter.
    You two have had very interesting lives.   ;-)

    I was just (5.00 / 1) (#58)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 07:33:43 PM EST
    thinking the same thing though I think I would include you too Zorba.

    Thank you, Ga, but (5.00 / 1) (#65)
    by Zorba on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 08:04:06 PM EST
    my book would mainly be a Greek cookbook.   ;-)

    Works for me (5.00 / 1) (#66)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 08:06:37 PM EST
    That said.  I think your information storehouse is larger than that.

    Well, maybe (5.00 / 1) (#69)
    by Zorba on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 08:36:52 PM EST
    gardening, and canning and freezing food, too.   ;-)
    Oh, and how to raise beef cattle, prepare venison, and a few other kinds of down-home, practical, food and farm related items like that.
    I mean, it would sort of be more like a modern day "Whole Earth Catalog," I think.
    Nothing terribly exciting, really.

    I got a lot of knowledge (5.00 / 1) (#70)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 08:40:43 PM EST
    growing up about the kinds of things you are talking about but seriously have friends that are 10 years younger than I am who know how to do zero of the same things I do. They've never canned anything, sewn much of anything or done a lot of the things both of my grandmothers taught me to do. Don't think that there's not a market for that kind of book.

    Greek Cooking would work for me :). I have one and it came from a church in NY. I got it on Amazon and they had to back order it for me. Since then Greek cooking has gotten more popular and the cookbooks are easier to find :)


    As long as you included all of the stories.... (5.00 / 2) (#80)
    by unitron on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 05:15:14 AM EST
    ...that go along with the recipes, you could probably get a cookbook and an autobiography out of it.

    Some of the recipes, (5.00 / 1) (#93)
    by Zorba on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 03:11:37 PM EST
    if not most, would involve more family history than autobiography, with at least some of the family history going back to Crete and mainland Greece.
    I've sort of always thought that I should write down, or at least record, the family history before I forget it all, since my parents and grandparents, and their generation of relatives, are all dead now.  Since I'm the oldest of the siblings, I seem to have accumulated more family history stories than the younger sibs.  Especially from my maternal grandmother, with whom I was closer than the others were, and half her stories were in Greek, anyway, which they were never fluent in, the way I was.

    One of the best gifts I've ever received (none / 0) (#149)
    by sj on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 03:44:23 PM EST
    was something like that. It is a cookbook with recipes solicited from many members of my family -- all descendants of my great grandmother. It has photographs and a brief history of my great grandmother and great grandfather, and of each of their 10 children.

    Little Grandma has a LOT of descendants.


    my life isn't very interesting (5.00 / 2) (#91)
    by fishcamp on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 01:28:04 PM EST
    right now during tarpon season.  It's long and hot out there, and it's hard to make them eat chicken feathers, instead of real bait.  When people miss the fish, I tell them not to worry, they're just fish.  I think a moral comes with that, but I'm too pooped to pop.  

    I would ask you please to use no names (5.00 / 1) (#53)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 06:15:48 PM EST
    i planed to avoid it I would ask others to.  He has not given his permission for this.

    And CG is computer graohics.


    Sure, no prob. As you had mentioned names (none / 0) (#59)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 07:40:10 PM EST
    previously, I did not know it was hush hush. Sorry!

    One of the reasons (none / 0) (#60)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 07:44:07 PM EST
    i waited for another thread.  One of the reasons it's not a diary.
    Just trying to respect the space of others.  

    names. AND you waited for whole 'nother thread, to boot.

    I get it now.

    Seriously, dude, I get that you are nervous but that also you want to share your experience.

    Here's my suggestion: You are not ready. Stop now.

    I'm sure your story is interesting, but it's not eff'n Watergate.

    Blabbing on a dopey blog got you into this mess in the first place (or fostered your rebirth, however you want to look at it). I'd suggest learning from your experience.

    If you can't stop, then man-up and accept whatever fallout you get from telling what you consider intimate secrets to complete strangers.

    I'm sorry that I encouraged you at the start.


    Touchy! At this rate we'll never get (5.00 / 1) (#78)
    by oculus on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 01:06:43 AM EST
    Parts 1-3.

    wtf (5.00 / 2) (#83)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 07:19:46 AM EST
    i thnk someone needs a med check.  They will come when I feel like it.   Who cares.
    It's to early for this drama.  

    (Snk.) (5.00 / 2) (#98)
    by oculus on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 05:01:12 PM EST
    Ha! Ya, weird, I guess I had a flash-back (5.00 / 1) (#101)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 12:42:11 AM EST
    to middle school all of a sudden. School yard secrets, who knows, who doesn't, who shouldn't, etc., ...

    My 7th grade son just went through a minor but kinda similar useless issue with some girls he's known since kindergarten...my patience for this type of thing was exhausted decades ago.

    No worries, I'm out for the remainder of the drama!


    You're being (5.00 / 1) (#97)
    by Zorba on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 03:49:28 PM EST
    more than a bit rude to CaptHowdy.  He can write about what he wants, whenever he wants, whether you're "sorry" that you encouraged him "at the start" or not.
    I'd suggest that you learn to back off and not get all in a huff if stories/comments/etc, don't turn out the way you expected, with the detail or at the pace you expected.
    It's a blog.  He, and you, for that matter, can write what he wants when he wants, as can you.  He's not under oath in a courtroom.

    Lordy (none / 0) (#105)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 09:11:46 AM EST
    Z if you had known him in middle school we might all be happier.
    Sorry all.  Really.  That psycho response was the last thing I expected from my silly little story.  But it does justify my original reluctance to discuss anything dicy in a public forum.
    I plan to finish the part of the story I started when I get to it because I think it's a good story.  The other part will not appear here.  If interested email me at the address on the info page and if I feel I know you well enough to trust you (you probably know who you are) I would love to tell the story.  It's good.

    If he's at least (none / 0) (#119)
    by Zorba on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 01:11:51 PM EST
    12 years younger than I am, I wouldn't have known him in middle school as a fellow student.
    I might have been his teacher, though.    ;-)
    You do what feels right for you, Capt., and don't worry about the rest of us.

    I would think the bank would have (none / 0) (#120)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 01:16:40 PM EST
    taken your name and telephone and given it to him if  you requested it.

    They took my info (none / 0) (#121)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 01:25:05 PM EST
    Did you ask them if they passed it on?? (none / 0) (#130)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 07:18:56 PM EST
    If they did and he didn't respond then you have no obligation that I can see.

    Ferguson new news (none / 0) (#73)
    by Palli on Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 09:28:46 PM EST
    Mayor Knowles & Ferguson City Council, 1 week after an election and just before newly elected members will be seated, has just pushed through the hiring of high-powered & expensive Chicago Atty. Dan K. Webb to negotiate the DOJ Consent Degree for the municipality!
    Clearly, the intent is as much to bankrupt the city as it is to save as much of the apartheid system as possible.

    Webbs's career post US Atty has specialized in white color crime. Pun intended

    The other trailer everyone's talking about (none / 0) (#88)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 09:52:50 AM EST
    So happy The Americans is getting some love (none / 0) (#89)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 09:58:00 AM EST
    "Jane the Virgin," "The Americans," "Inside Amy Schumer" and "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" were among the entertainment programs that won Peabody Awards this year. The honorees were set to be announced Thursday morning on "Good Morning America."

    The Peabody Awards are one of the oldest media awards in the United States, and recognize scripted entertainment, documentaries, radio programs, podcasts, individuals, websites, institutions and all kinds of news programming. On Tuesday, the Peabody Awards announced that David Attenborough, the creator of countless acclaimed nature documentaries, received an individual award for his extensive body of work, and the long-running radio program Afropop Worldwide got an institutional Peabody. Awards in news, documentaries, educational programming and children's shows will be announced next week.

    The 74th annual Peabody Awards ceremony will be held in New York on May 31, and Fred Armisen of "Portlandia" will be the evening's emcee.

    Season finale next wed.  Looks like a good one.

    The Mouth That Roared, Chapter 30: (none / 0) (#103)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 05:14:27 AM EST
    Gov. Chris Christie sure seems to be everywhere these days, except perhaps where he really should be right now -- at the New Jersey State House in Trenton, dealing with the fiscal mess he once promised everyone that he'd fix.

    Last Friday night, he attended a GOP-sponsored townhall forum in Exeter, NH, where he wondered aloud whether President Obama actually cares about his country:

    "I feel like we really have had a President for the last six and a half years that we still don't even know. We don't know what he really believes in. We don't know what he really is willing to fight for. We don't know whether he's really willing to fight for anything. We don't know who he really likes or dislikes. We don't know whether he really cares about his own party, or the other party, or about the country."

    Meanwhile, given Christie's tanking approval ratings back home, New Jersey residents have obviously concluded that their governor no longer cares about them.


    Apparently (none / 0) (#104)
    by Palli on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 07:14:54 AM EST
    35% of NJ people polled have been on the  enrichment side of Christie corruption.

    Site Violator (none / 0) (#114)
    by Yman on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 11:46:48 AM EST

    SITE VIOLATOR: (none / 0) (#124)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 03:00:12 PM EST
    This is the only Spam I want to see.

    How Washington derailed Amtrak: (none / 0) (#150)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 03:50:41 PM EST
    As airlines continue to pull out of small markets and consolidate service in hub cities, passenger trains remain the only viable option for interstate / intrastate travel that some communities such as Hattiesburg, MS have left. And in the densely populated eastern corridor, major highways and airports are operating at over-capacity. So why can't we get our rail act together?

    National Journal | April 18, 2015
    Why Can't America Have Great Trains? - "Thirty-nine minutes into his southbound ride from Wilmington, Delaware, to Washington, D.C., Joseph H. Boardman, president and CEO of Amtrak, begins to cry. We're in the dining car of a train called the Silver Star, surrounded by people eating hamburgers. The Silver Star runs from New York City to Miami in 31 hours, or five more hours than the route took in 1958, which is when our dining car was built. Boardman and I have been discussing the unfortunate fact that 45 years since its inception, the company he oversees remains a poorly funded, largely neglected ward of the state, unable to fully control its own finances or make its own decisions."


    For the same reason LA (none / 0) (#152)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 03:58:24 PM EST
    doesn't have a RED LINE.   If they did fewer people would spend money on cars and oil and all the supporting infrastructure related to one person one vehicle.

    Red Line? We have a Red Line. (none / 0) (#154)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 04:47:15 PM EST
    And Blue and Purple rail Lines too, and Orange and Silver transit lines, in addition to plenty of regular old bus lines.

    Here's a pretty good description of LA's public transportation improvements.

    That it's all not enough is certainly a argument with merit.


    And there's the Gold Line to Pasadena, ... (none / 0) (#177)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 09:25:41 PM EST
    ... which is presently being extended to Azusa effective next year. Whenever I fly into town, I take the Flyaway motorcoach from LAX to Union Station, and then the Gold Line to Sierra Madre Villa Ave. in Pasadena, which is about four blocks south of my mother's place. If the timing's right, I can be in Pasadena 80 minutes after leaving LAX, and the fares total $9.50 one way so the price is right, too.

    Public transportation in SoCal is much improved from the time I was growing up there. When coming in from LAX, I much prefer the Flyaway bus and Gold Line to the SuperShuttle vans. The last few times I've taken the latter, they were staffed by crazy Russian and Korean drivers who were intent on re-creating Disney's "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" for me.



    also. Which, like the Gold, I was unaware of, so thanks for the 411.

    The only pub trans we take these days is the Flyaway from Van Nuys to LAX. Unfortunately our jobs/scheds are not accommodated by pub trans.

    For all its detractors I think it's clear that LA's pub trans is improving.

    Whether it's enough, or ever will be enough, is a legitimate discussion.


    The red line gets me cheaply and efficiently (none / 0) (#180)
    by oculus on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 01:03:40 AM EST
    from Union Station to a couple blocks from Walt Disney Hall at the Civic Center.  

    Jim, you talked about adding to the debt (none / 0) (#204)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 05:28:15 PM EST
    which, by definition, is done by adding to the deficit.

    When I pointed out the deficit was down, you went on a snit fit because you used the word debt, and so on.

    Good evening.