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His Majesty the King always seeks accord and fraternity among his ministers and servants. However, occasionally the dictates of the Royal schedule mandate that His Majesty’s pronouncements be delivered later than his subjects might wish.

The economic argument for having more kids. Blithe reliance on technology to solve our future problems (demographic and otherwise) seems like a really bad idea. What if Kurzweil is wrong? A growing population is, generally speaking, a creative and dynamic one. When people stop having kids, it doesn't bode well for civilization.

This cool blog I read sometimes found a pretty damning story about Obama’s boondoggle of a “stimulus” program, and how it was pretty much political bacon for his leftist base. You should check it out.

I've been talking for awhile about Japan's decline, and this story is just more evidence of that: Japan records first trade deficit since 1980. Some of this is due to the tsunami and costs of rebuilding in the wake of that disaster, but that merely hastened rather than caused the decline.

“Making It In America”. This is a really good and fair-minded article on the state of manufacturing in America. In short: manufacturing in America is doing just fine, but technological change means that a robust manufacturing sector may not translate into many new jobs.

Perhaps the grimmest paragraph is this one:

I never heard Maddie blame others for her situation; she talked, often, about the bad choices she made as a teenager and how those have limited her future. I came to realize, though, that Maddie represents a large population: people who, for whatever reason, are not going to be able to leave the workforce long enough to get the skills they need.

Another takeaway from this article: bad decisions made when you're young can haunt you forever. This has always been true, of course, but it is even more so now.

US Sovereign Debt: all the different ways in which we might be boned.

Here’s some candy for the incorrigible optimists among you. Decline is a choice, not a destiny...but we’re running out of time to make the adjustments necessary if we want to get the curve moving in the opposite direction. I do agree about the overblown claims about China, though: China will not “overtake” the US in any meaningful sense. We need to worry about our own future and let the Chinese worry about theirs.

A bunch of socialists are going to gather together and agree with each other about how Capitalism is at the root of all evil, in spite of the fact that almost nowhere in Europe -- or America, for that matter -- does real Capitalism actually exist.

The point is to create value, not “jobs”. If only we could get His Majesty the King to understand this simple concept...well, no, because he’d still be only one among tens of millions who need to learn that fact.

The point is, our goal should never be to “create jobs”. Our goal should be to enable people to contribute something valued by other people. The value is the point, not the work. If someone finds a way to provide value to hundreds of millions of people and it requires no more effort from them than batting their eyelashes, that would be a win.

Don Boudreaux responds to that NYT thumb-sucker from yesterday about how teh China is stealing all our jerbs.

Senator Rand Paul "detained" by TSA in Nashville. I predict a gigantic can of whoop-ass being opened on the TSA in the not-too-distant future by Pauls pere et fils. (The TSA tries to redefine “detained” so as to make themselves look less like bureaucratic assholes, but fail in their mission as they so often do.)

That walking avatar of soulless anti-worker evil, that modern-day Sauron, that hated scourge of the American working class known as Governor Scott Walker...may just be on to something here.

Steyn: The sinking of the west.

In the centenary year of the most famous of all maritime disasters, we would do well to consider honestly the tale of the Titanic. When James Cameron made his movie, he was interested in everything except what the story was actually about. I confess I have very little memory of the film except for Kate Winslet’s lush full breasts and some tedious sub-Riverdance prancing in the hold, but what I do recall traduced the memory of honorable men: In my book, I cite First Officer William Murdoch. In real life, he threw deckchairs to passengers drowning in the water to give them something to cling to, and then he went down with the ship — the dull, decent thing, all very British, with no fuss. In Cameron’s movie, Murdoch takes a bribe and murders a third-class passenger. The director subsequently apologized to the First Officer’s hometown in Scotland and offered Ł5,000 toward a memorial, which converted into Hollywood dollars equals rather less than what Cameron and his family paid for dinner after the Oscars.

Like Steyn, my only memory of Cameron’s execrable movie is Winslet’s outstanding bosoms.

The moral foundations of economic behavior.

Public sector pensions: they got a few things right (precious little), but a whole lot wrong. I do think that 401(k) plans are badly-designed as retirement instruments, though I wouldn’t call them a “scam”. They were created during a boom time in the market, and the designers obviously weren’t thinking about periods of down-cycle equities markets. But even with that, they may be safer than traditional pension plans, simply because pensions (public and private) may prove to be completely unsustainable. At least you own the money in your 401(k); it’s an asset that has a present value, and can be used as (say) collateral for a loan. Just try getting a loan against a future pension payment or Social Security check. A pension payout is just a promise made to you by people who have every motivation to lie.

Yeah, I know: Bill Moyers. But still, the interview with David Stockman on crony capitalism is well worth watching.

Remember always that the Democrat drum-beat in the coming months will be “All Is Well!”. Even if it isn’t. Perhaps especially if it isn’t.

What’d I tell you about the MSM hallelujah chorus gearing up to get their boyfriend re-elected? Teh Krugman: ALL IS WELL!

His Majesty the King has managed to alienate even the Bruins goalie. The goalie is apparently a fervent Tea Partier. Good on him, I say.

The liberal arts wing of the modern academy has been laid waste by many marauders, but none have pillaged so pitilessly nor done so much damage as the "race and gender" historians. The perversion and twisting of history -- particularly American history -- is at the root of much of the rot that afflicts the humanities and liberal arts curricula. Howard Zinn is perhaps the most feculent example of this miserable breed. Post-modernism, cultural Marxism, semiotics, victim-group advocacy: all the demons are here. The good news (if you can call it that) is that five decades of concerted mismanagement of their field has left the history department and the liberal arts wing in general bereft of influence and power: no one takes those clowns seriously any more, and they have no one to blame but themselves.

Here's the problem with the cost of healthcare: it's hard to think about it in objective terms. Everybody's in favor of reducing costs when we're talking about strangers; not so much when we're talking about ourselves or our loved ones. An extra month in the life of a terminally ill cancer patient bought at the cost of (say) a hundred thousand dollars may not seem like a good exchange...unless you're the patient who lived for those extra thirty days. It's true that we as a nation and a culture need to have a discussion about life and death, and how to treat patients in the last stages of disease or old age; but shrugging those terrible decisions off onto the shoulders of government-appointed "experts" will lead us in a direction that very few of us actually want to go.

Another "win" for single-payer healthcare. Incentives matter, even when liberals pretend they don't.


Posted by: Monty at 08:37 AM



Comments

1 Obama should vote for the Rebulican and make it unanimous

Posted by: CheshireLion at January 24, 2012 08:41 AM (tqE0E)

2 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable tyrant.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Team Meteor. Now with Cheesecake at January 24, 2012 08:49 AM (8y9MW)

3 RE: the Bruins goalie. I mentioned on the Headlines thread that it's just ridiculous. When did it become mandatory that an American citizen -- or indeed anybody -- must meet the President if so invited? Sorry, when exactly did this country become a monarchy with a ruler who demands ultimate fealty? Because last I checked there wasn't anything in the Constitution that says, "The citizens of these United States, yea of any nations so represented,who shall achieve greatness in an act of sport, shall without exception meet, shake hands, and shoot the shit with the President, so that the Executive may shoot a photo op that makes him seem more like a human and less like an aloof, aristocraticautomaton with enormous ears and a Frankenstein head scar." Pretty sure I would have noticed an amendment like that. Pretty sure the Pledge of Allegiance is to the FLAG, not the charlatan in the Oval Office. Meeting the President is supposed to be an honor, but how is it an honor when you don't respect him? Last I checked we still had some degree of freedom of association in this country.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 08:50 AM (4df7R)

4 Doom Kitteh is staring into my soul.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 08:53 AM (4df7R)

5 Doom Kitteh is staring into my soul.
Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 08:53 AM (4df7R)

Assuming you have a soul?

Posted by: nevergiveup at January 24, 2012 08:57 AM (i6RpT)

6 "Sorry, when exactly did this country become a monarchy with a ruler who demands ultimate fealty"

Jan 20, 2009.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Team Meteor. Now with Cheesecake at January 24, 2012 08:57 AM (8y9MW)

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His Majesty the King always seeks accord and
fraternity among his ministers and servants. However, occasionally the dictates
of the Royal schedule mandate that His Majesty’s pronouncements be delivered
later than his subjects might wish.

As long as they let him get away with it he'll continue to violate the law.

Posted by: Vic at January 24, 2012 08:58 AM (YdQQY)

8 When people stop having kids, it doesn't bode well for civilization.

Our problem is who is having the kids here, not the actual rate of birth.

Posted by: Vic at January 24, 2012 09:00 AM (YdQQY)

9
Good for Tim Thomas.

Consider the reverse of the situation with Obama: would you invite that motherfucker toYOUR house? No? Then why would you GO to that motherfucker's house?

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at January 24, 2012 09:00 AM (hVVZR)

10

NYT: Newt 84% Chance of Winning Florida

http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/50307

It's on!

Posted by: Doctor Fish at January 24, 2012 09:00 AM (TkGkA)

11 Monty, the Daily Doom is the best part of Ace o Spades. I am constantly astonished at how much information you can manage to compile on a daily basis.

Posted by: DiogenesLamp at January 24, 2012 09:02 AM (t3mKS)

12 LOL, I have been saying for a lng time that manufacturing in the U.S. was doing just fine. Before the collapse the U.S. was very far out in front in terms of manufacturing. China wasn't even close.

Posted by: Vic at January 24, 2012 09:03 AM (YdQQY)

13
Howard Zinn and James Cameron:
My son was required to get and read part of Zinn's book "An American History" for his High School sophomore American history class.
The class was taught by a former US Navy officer, a graduate of Annapolis. This guy loved Zinn, and at first it really bothered me. I never spoke up and went to see the principle, etc., but I heard not a few parents did. The bottom line is that the history teacher was a goof, and by the end of the year the students had ceased to take him seriously. My son saw the book as somewhat ridiculous (he had help from me there).
But like Carmeron's pop-culture make believe history of the Titanic, this is now out there, and in the heads of the young (like my young'n). The final conclusion is that whether they believe this stuff or not, they seeds of deep doubt in the culture and our way of life have been planted.
What if? What do they young REALLY believe? It's not just skepticism or cynicism, it's turning every paradigm upon which "Western Civilization" functions on it's head. They emerge not convinced of anything and more confused in their heads as they head out into the real world where they have to function as thinking human beings. Because they believe in nothing, they are vulnerable to anything.

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes.... at January 24, 2012 09:04 AM (RFeQD)

14 We need to worry about our own future and let the Chinese worry about theirs.

THIS

Posted by: Vic at January 24, 2012 09:04 AM (YdQQY)

15 Our problem is who is having the kids here, not the actual rate of birth.


Posted by: Vic at January 24, 2012 09:00 AM (YdQQY)

I believe the culture of death manifests itself in numerous ways. Abortion, Homosexuality, Drug Advocacy, Sexual excesses, reckless spending of other people's money, etc. It all moves towards the same destination.
America was unique among nations when it was created, and the forces of oppression have been working ever since to kill it.

Posted by: DiogenesLamp at January 24, 2012 09:05 AM (t3mKS)

16 I think Huntsman's child rearing economic strategy was that after the coming economic meltdown, he'll be able to have the gals and Mrs.cover several corners in town at once, IYKWIM.

Posted by: CoolCzech at January 24, 2012 09:05 AM (U+BDE)

17 Doom Kitteh looks a lot like the fuzzy bastard who woke me up at 4 this morning.

Posted by: HeatherRadish at January 24, 2012 09:05 AM (ZKzrr)

18 Can someone stand up and yell "You suck cock!"?

Posted by: Mr Pink at January 24, 2012 09:05 AM (MlVck)

19 "the final conclusion is that whether they believe this stuff or not, they
seeds of deep doubt in the culture and our way of life have been
planted."

That's actually being pushed as an education agenda, even here in Texas. To teach "critical thinking" they're supposed to ask, "Was the Revolutionary War necessary?" and all other kinds of clap-trap.

Yes- the *point* is to make them doubt American Exceptionalism.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Team Meteor. Now with Cheesecake at January 24, 2012 09:08 AM (8y9MW)

20
Get Ready for Higher Gas Prices
Thanks to the EPA

An oil refinery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, will shut down by mid-February. It is owned by Hovensa, a joint venture of U.S.-based Hess Corp. and Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA).

Losses at Hovensa . . . have totaled $1.3 billion over the past three years and were projected to continue due to reduced demand caused by the global economic slowdown and increased refining capacity in emerging markets, said Brian K. Lever, president and chief operating officer of Hovensa LLC.There are various other causes for the shutdown and this may be among them:

In January, Hovensa entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department in which the company agreed to invest $700 million on pollution controls after a series of chemical releases affected people living downwind from the refinery. Hovensa also agreed to pay a $5.4 million penalty for violating the Clean Air Act.

Under current market conditions and having experienced substantial losses during the past three years, investing an amount equal to 53.85 percent of those losses as required by the EPA could be quite burdensome. Closure of the St. Croix refinery may well effect U.S. domestic gasoline prices adversely, . . .

http://pjmedia.com/blog/get-ready- for-higher-gas-prices/?singlepage=true

Posted by: Ed Anger - Certified Kos Kid at January 24, 2012 09:08 AM (7+pP9)

21 Anyone actually plan on watching the SOTU? I have yet to sit thru an entire Obama speech or presser without breaking out in a nasty rash. Honestly, this one will be hideous - you can just see the Vulture Capitalism coming.

Median income down 10 percent, and this toad will croak about how making the rich even less successful will somehow constitute "progress."

Posted by: CoolCzech at January 24, 2012 09:08 AM (U+BDE)

22 The ridiculous smearing of Tim Thomas begins...

"Don't know if its fair to point this out, but Tim Thomas has three children named Kiler, Kelsey, and Keagan..."


Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at January 24, 2012 09:09 AM (AQD6a)

23 "But like Carmeron's pop-culture make believe history of the Titanic"

...largely lifted from a Nazi propaganda film. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_%281943_film%29


21st American proggs would blow Goebbels' mind.

Posted by: HeatherRadish at January 24, 2012 09:09 AM (ZKzrr)

24 Link to Tim Thomas smear.

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at January 24, 2012 09:10 AM (AQD6a)

25 OK, forget it, embedded links aren't happening...

http://tinyurl.com/87zld7a

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at January 24, 2012 09:10 AM (AQD6a)

26 Link in my above post broken with space after higher-

Full link now in my name.

Read the whole thing.

Posted by: Ed Anger - Certified Kos Kid at January 24, 2012 09:10 AM (7+pP9)

27 I pushed for a 401k at my job ih the 90s and was on the selection committee...but the outfits who administer these things aren't very transparent. so this year I suggested we kill the whole thing (to get at my money and move it to vanguard.) but everyone had a cow.they'll be sorry, when O trakes our money and gives us an annuity instead.

Posted by: jeanne! at January 24, 2012 09:10 AM (Ia6LD)

28
19 "the final conclusion is that whether they believe this stuff or not, they seeds of deep doubt in the culture and our way of life have been planted."That's the point of all liberals do and say. Even those obnoxious commercials featuring Stupid White Men are just a means of chipping away at our collective view of the importance of fathers. Libs think they can only win by undermining everything Americans traditionally believe in.

Posted by: CoolCzech at January 24, 2012 09:10 AM (U+BDE)

29 Posted by: CoolCzech at January 24, 2012 09:08 AM (U+BDE)

Not me; I don't drink.

But, for someone so inclined, you could make a pretty good drinking game: take a drink any time he says "Critical Point," "Critical Moment," or "Fair Shake."

You should be plastered long before the speech is over.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Team Meteor. Now with Cheesecake at January 24, 2012 09:12 AM (8y9MW)

30 "Libs think they can only win by undermining everything Americans traditionally believe in."

Well... they're right.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Team Meteor. Now with Cheesecake at January 24, 2012 09:12 AM (8y9MW)

31 Anyone actually plan on watching the SOTU?

Posted by: CoolCzech at January 24, 2012 09:08 AM (U+BDE)


I will suffer through a chick flick instead of watching O'Stumblefuck. Pretty Woman and O'Bama's SOTU are equally matched with the very effeminate leads Julia Roberts and Barky Obama.

Posted by: Doctor Fish at January 24, 2012 09:14 AM (TkGkA)

32
Republicans will hold the House next year and for the next decade, House speaker John Boehner told POLITICO in an exclusive interview.

Boehner dismissed Democratic claims that House control is up for grabs and argued that the once-in-a-decade redistricting process has made the GOP’s hold on the majority ironclad.




And we're jinxed.....

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at January 24, 2012 09:16 AM (3wBRE)

33 Look, we all know that Western Civilization ruined the utopian hunter/gatherer societies in which there was no oppression, war, poverty, climate change, or disease. The paradise that is the OWS camps prove this point, wingers.
Dysfunctional economies are also that way because the rich don't enough taxes.
Excuse me while I jet off to Davos to fix the world.
Peasants.

Posted by: Jedi Crimson Tide at January 24, 2012 09:17 AM (B+qrE)

34 Off, off damned sock.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at January 24, 2012 09:18 AM (B+qrE)

35
...they'll be sorry, when O takes our money and gives us an annuity instead.


Posted by: jeanne! at January 24, 2012 09:10 AM (Ia6LD)
This action would foist open rebellion in America, and it wouldn't be peaceful demonstrations. If the administration believes the public will permit this action without reprisal, they are delusional.

Posted by: Doctor Fish at January 24, 2012 09:19 AM (TkGkA)

36
Have been too busy being the dedicated new guy to participate here much.
Sneaking a bit today as I'm on my own working through a technical manual (ugh, learning really is harder in your 40s).
Pre-lister appraiser comes by the house to tell us just how badly we're boned today.
Since we're rural and there have been no comp sales nearby (honestly no houses quite like ours in the area) the agent had no idea what to list us for and sung a tune of doom gloom. He's already sent us info from our lender on doing a hardship short.
When he sang that song on Friday to my wife and she called to tell me about it I got so stressed I almost upchucked.

Posted by: ScottJ at January 24, 2012 09:20 AM (WAhu6)

37 This isn't particularly DOOMy, at least not to the average American, but the Oscar nominations are out for this year's ceremony (click my name to see them), and good grief are they boring.

BEST PICTURE:
“The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer“The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers“Extremely Loud Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer“The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers“Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers“Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers“Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers“The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined“War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”George Clooney in “The Descendants”Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”

Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”Viola Davis in “The Help”Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” (MWR: Oh, there's a fucking surprise. Streep's next role is in the fictional short based on true events, "Watch Meryl Streep Take a Dump." She'll probably be nominated for Best Actress for that, too.)Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”

Directing
“The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius“The Descendants” Alexander Payne“Hugo” Martin Scorsese“Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen“The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick

It makes me beg the question -- have ANY of the films nominated in the major categories (Best Film, Actor, Actress, Director are my top four; YMMV) actually A) done brisk business, and B) made a profit? Or at least broken even? I realize that the Oscars are Hollywood's opportunity to fellate itself and lavish tongue baths on their darlings, but good Lord!

So maybe this IS DOOM related, but only in a very narrow, Hollywood sense. Because when all Hollywood chooses to reward are films with little to no mass audience appeal, then you know they really don't care about what their audiences actually enjoy and want to watch. And when the studios don't care about making movies people want to see, people end up not seeing any movies. This is a bad business model from top to bottom. Anyone with a brain could figure that out given the paltry offerings the studios have given us for the last several years and their pitiful box office receipts, but it really hammers it home when you read the Oscar noms and it reads like a laundry list of the most haughty, ass-kissing, mind-numbing losers in Tinseltown.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 09:22 AM (4df7R)

38 ARRRGH, okay, someone help me with how to get paragraphs to appear in my comments please? Since the blog broke yesterday my comments keep ending up like my Oscar comment above: big, solid blocks of seemingly unbroken text, and it is MAKING ME ANGRY. I'm assuming we aren't supposed to use HTML tags, so what do I do?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 09:23 AM (4df7R)

39 How come we can't space our replies anymore?

Posted by: nevergiveup at January 24, 2012 09:23 AM (i6RpT)

40 Hey morons:

Just because HTML is broken it doesn't mean carriage return is.

See.

You just have to do it

manually.

Paragraphs make for easier reading.

Posted by: Ed Anger - Certified Kos Kid at January 24, 2012 09:24 AM (7+pP9)

41
Oh and not watching the SOTU. Don't even have the TV working in my rental (other than my DVD player).
I plan to be re-assembling shelving units.

Posted by: ScottJ at January 24, 2012 09:24 AM (WAhu6)

42 Can someone stand up and yell "You suck cock!"?

Now that's a wequest I can stand ewect for!

Posted by: Bawney Fwank at January 24, 2012 09:25 AM (5Odcb)

43
I have to manually insert the BR tag?<br>
<br>
Really?

Posted by: ScottJ at January 24, 2012 09:25 AM (WAhu6)

44 Preview of tonight's SOTU:
"Some say (the part of some will be played by a closeup shot of Jim DeMint's left nostril) that we must set fire to our granparents and close all of schools in the name of fiscal austerity, others say (the part of others will be played by Joe Biden feeling his scalp for possible imminent plug failure) that we must embrace the failed, catastrophic, veneral-disease-riddenpolicies of the previous 43 presidential administrations. I reject this false choice and call on Congress to enact legislation to make everything great via new federal block grants to labor unions, green energy companies, and the Motion Picture Association of America."

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at January 24, 2012 09:25 AM (B+qrE)

45 40 Hey morons:Just because HTML is broken it doesn't mean carriage return is.See.You just have to do itmanually.Paragraphs make for easier reading.
Posted by: Ed Anger - Certified Kos Kid at January 24, 2012 09:24 AM (7+pP9)
Yes. I did that. I put three carriage returns between each paragraph in my earlier comment. As you see, it had no effect.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 09:25 AM (4df7R)

46 OK, forget it, embedded links aren't happening...


I wonder if this HTML-less version of the comments is permanent?

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at January 24, 2012 09:26 AM (vbh31)

47 So maybe this IS DOOM related, but only in a very narrow, Hollywood sense.

If you think of Hollywood's product as what the body politic dreams about -- a summation of our hopes, dreams, fears, aspirations, and sick fantasies -- then our entertainment choices say quite a lot about us. We can complain that Hollywood isn't making the movies we like, but we keep showing up at the multiplexes anyhow.

My strategy is just to ignore movies I don't like. I haven't seen a single one of this year's Oscar contenders, and I don't intend to.

For me, television has been where the good stuff has been happening for the past two decades anyhow. "The Wire" is worth a hundred of whatever shit the big studios are pumping out these days, and "Archer" is about ten times more hilarious than any big budget comedy movie I can remember in the past decade.


Posted by: Monty at January 24, 2012 09:26 AM (/0a60)

48 Soap MacTavish: I've been putting embedded links in my screenname; they still work there.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 09:27 AM (4df7R)

49 Yes. I did that. I put three carriage returns between each paragraph in my earlier comment. As you see, it had no effect.



Did you use (Windows) SHIFT+Enter?

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at January 24, 2012 09:27 AM (vbh31)

50 My paragraph

return is working?

Posted by: Vic at January 24, 2012 09:28 AM (YdQQY)

51 So, yeah...comments are still text-only.

Posted by: Monty at January 24, 2012 09:28 AM (/0a60)

52 RE: Senator Rand Paul --
There's plenty of case law to support Paul's statement that he was detained. Custody begins when a person is not allowed to leave. He states that he was placed in a cubicle, and when he asked to leave he was yelled at and told to go back into the cubicle. He wasn't allowed to leave the cubicle until escorted by a uniformed police officer. Therefore, Paul was is custody, regardless of the TSA's pronouncements to the contrary.
The TSAdrones get to treat citizens in a way that would have gotten me in serious trouble. It is security theater anyway because the TSA has not captured a single terrorist before an attack -- if those officious dolts had actually captured Achmed the Not-Dead Terrorist, they would be telling us.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop at January 24, 2012 09:28 AM (M0NzJ)

53 And now, the dawning of the GLORIOUS AGE OF UNBROKEN ENORMOUS WALLS OF TEXT.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at January 24, 2012 09:28 AM (B+qrE)

54
Just because HTML is broken it doesn't mean carriage return is.
Posted by: Ed Anger




Natural selection finally favors those who learned keyboarding in the pre-wordwrap era.


Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at January 24, 2012 09:28 AM (3wBRE)

55 Did Pixy disable HTML?

Posted by: joncelli, too stressed by half at January 24, 2012 09:29 AM (RD7QR)

56
I have to manually insert the BR tag?<br><br>Really?
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No.

You hit the return key.

If what you pasted looks formatted, click the start of a paragraph, hit the backspace key until it merges with the previous text.

Then hit the enter key twice.

Repeat for each paragraph.

Posted by: Ed Anger - Certified Kos Kid at January 24, 2012 09:29 AM (7+pP9)

57 "And now, the dawning of the GLORIOUS AGE OF UNBROKEN ENORMOUS WALLS OF TEXT."

It's because of the douche-nozzle who kept breaking the blog yesterday.

Obviously ace needs to give the Master Keys to someone who is actually on the blog all day and can step in immediately to fix that kind of thing.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Team Meteor. Now with Cheesecake at January 24, 2012 09:29 AM (8y9MW)

58 Natural selection finally favors those who learned keyboarding in the pre-wordwrap era.Or turned them into congressional types that favor SOPA. Luddites be luddites.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at January 24, 2012 09:30 AM (B+qrE)

59 Monty: Agreed, but the box office take for Hollywood for the last few years -- this past year especially -- have been absolutely awful. People AREN'T going to the movies. I just wonder if Hollywood will actually figure it out and fix their product to have a broader appeal, or if they'll just keep bitching that the audiences are too stupid to recognize quality filmmaking.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 09:30 AM (4df7R)

60 I had a Howard Zinn book once. Can't remember the title offhand. It's the only book I've intentionally destroyed (needed space for something that wasn't crap, and didn't feel like it was worthy of taking to the used book store).

Posted by: Ranba Ral at January 24, 2012 09:31 AM (G99e4)

61 Ah, should have read above. Insert carriage return:

Attempt to bold text.

Use italics.

Let's see how that works.

Posted by: joncelli, too stressed by half at January 24, 2012 09:31 AM (RD7QR)

62 Meh. No formatting. C'est la vie.

Posted by: joncelli, too stressed by half at January 24, 2012 09:32 AM (RD7QR)

63 So not a carriage return, but a soft return?Testing.Testing.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 09:32 AM (4df7R)

64 Nope, that didn't work. Trying Enter again.

Testing

Testing

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 09:32 AM (4df7R)

65 Nope. Nothing.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 09:33 AM (4df7R)

66
I wonder if this HTML-less version of the comments is permanent?
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1) Ace could be giving group punishment for the asshole behavior of a few.

2) There may be an effort afoot to fix things -- at AoSHQ speed.

Until we get a message from Pixy or the head Ewok it's anybody's guess.

Posted by: Ed Anger - Certified Kos Kid at January 24, 2012 09:34 AM (7+pP9)

67
(Bloomberg) Warren Buffet's Burlington Northern
Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to
benefit from the Obama administration’s decision to reject TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.
With modest expansion, railroads can handle all new oil
produced in western Canada through 2030, according to an analysis of the Keystone proposal by the U.S. State Department.
Pipeline
shipping costs remain lower than rail, and a lack of readily
available tanker cars may create a bottleneck.
The availability of tank cars may create a temporary
“hiccup” in transport capacity, according to Tony Hatch, an
independent railroad analyst in New York.




The peasants must pay so Barry's tax dodging buddy can make more money

Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 24, 2012 09:34 AM (1Jaio)

68 I've been putting embedded links in my screenname; they still work there.


Hmmm. I thought that was what was behind this whole kerfuffle to begin with?

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at January 24, 2012 09:34 AM (vbh31)

69 Hey! My testing comment changed, and now it looks right! Let me try again, then I'll quit with the testing comments, I promise.

Testing.

Testing.

And to be mildly on-topic: Obama is a stuttering clusterfuck of a miserable tyrant.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 09:35 AM (4df7R)

70 If the administration believes the public will permit this action without reprisal, they are delusional.

Posted by: Doctor Fish at January 24, 2012 09:19 AM (TkGkA)
You mean like the way we the people (or our Congressional leaders) reacted at any of the other unConstitutional power grabs by the Ř?
The 401k theft will be done on a stealth basis, much like the confiscation of gold by the Ř's hero FDR. Once done, like Obamacare, it will be impossible to undo, and it will be done so fast, you won't have time to react. Besides, 50% or so don't have 401k''s, so their dog in the fight wants to bite those that DO have 401k's (all in the interest of the chirren and fairness of course)!
The progs have been planning this for a long time.

Posted by: Hrothgar at January 24, 2012 09:36 AM (i3+c5)

71 Hmmm. I thought that was what was behind this whole kerfuffle to begin with?
Posted by: Soap MacTavish at January 24, 2012 09:34 AM (vbh31)

I think that was from folks using HTML tags, not URLs.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 09:36 AM (4df7R)

72 Working on it. I was tied up like a very tied-up thing today, so I put in a quick patch to disable almost all HTML. Line/paragraph breaks should be working properly again (there's an odd browser difference in how that behaves). General formatting (bold, italics, etc) should be back tomorrow.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 24, 2012 09:37 AM (2yngH)

73 Thank you, Pixy!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 09:38 AM (4df7R)

74 test

Posted by: Ed Anger - Certified Kos Kid at January 24, 2012 09:39 AM (7+pP9)

75 Thanks for the work, pixy. Sorry the little shitheads had to make your life difficult.

Posted by: joncelli, too stressed by half at January 24, 2012 09:39 AM (RD7QR)

76 So, pipelines are environmentally dangerous or something, so let's put millions aof barrels of crude in tanker cars and ship them thousands of miles over substandard railways pulled by huffing diesel locomotives. I have to stop, the lack of formatting and this kind of content are giving me a headache.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at January 24, 2012 09:40 AM (B+qrE)

77 No winks?

How howwible!

Posted by: Bawney Fwank at January 24, 2012 09:41 AM (5Odcb)

78 Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 24, 2012 09:37 AM


Thanks for your efforts. The only two things I was personally jonesing for were the natural line break and definitely the emphasis/italics.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at January 24, 2012 09:41 AM (vbh31)

79 I think the term "Crony Capitalism" doesn't convey the actual situation.
I think "Corruptalism" might be a better term.
I am thinking of Obama, Immelt, and Buffet as I write this!

Posted by: Hrothgar at January 24, 2012 09:47 AM (i3+c5)

80 46 I wonder if this HTML-less version of the comments is permanent?
___________
Rubble don't make trouble.

Posted by: Anachronda at January 24, 2012 09:50 AM (6fER6)

81 SOTU Preview: Obama to Fight for Fairness and Income EqualityPresident Obama is set to give his third State of the Union address Tuesday night before a captive Congress and nation.Obama on Saturday gave the country a glimpse of what he is likely to
focus his speech on Tuesday night and in turn set the message for his
bid to recapture his chief executive position. "We can go in two
directions," he said in a video on his re-election campaign's website.
"One is towards less opportunity and less fairness, or we can fight for
where I think we need to go: building and economy that works for
everyone, not just a wealthy few."


So it's going to be the same old community organizer rabble rouser shit




Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 24, 2012 09:50 AM (1Jaio)

82 "For me, television has been where the good stuff has been happening for the past two decades anyhow. "

Easy. You can show a lot more in 16 hours (about a 22-episode season of a one-hour show) than you can in 1.6 hours.

Posted by: HeatherRadish needs italics at January 24, 2012 09:51 AM (ZKzrr)

83 "Howard Zinn .... no one takes those clowns seriously any more"

Hey, wait a just minute! I do!!

Posted by: MATT DAMON!!1!FTW!!!! at January 24, 2012 09:57 AM (nt/qT)

84 Americans For Tax Reform is offering a variety of Bingo cards for tonight's Date Night entertainment.

http://tinyurl.com/7vrv8rh

Posted by: Nash Rambler at January 24, 2012 10:00 AM (oxgwp)

85 Our problem is who is having the kids here, not the actual rate of birth.
Posted by: Vic at January 24, 2012 09:00 AM (YdQQY)

Amen.
Besides - things are pretty DOOMY, as we all know. Why bring kids into a mess like this, wherein the future is bleak? Things are not going to get better - just worse. Technology is theONLY thing that has been making life any better for the last 100+ years.
Let it crash down and burn (after I'm gone).

Posted by: Reactionary at January 24, 2012 10:00 AM (xUM1Q)

86 Can someone stand up and yell "You suck cock!"?

Posted by: Mr Pink at January 24, 2012 09:05 AM (MlVck)
You betcha!!
It's why I'm on my 19th job of the year!

Posted by: Paper or Plastic? at January 24, 2012 10:01 AM (nt/qT)

87 The demographic that is voting for Obama and having lots of kids does that because the Dems pay them to have kids.

Posted by: Vic at January 24, 2012 10:09 AM (YdQQY)

88 55
Did Pixy disable HTML?

After yesterday's round-robin Charlie Foxtrot, that's a good thing.

Posted by: DarkLord©, Rogue Commenter at January 24, 2012 10:10 AM (GBXon)

89 The idea that you can prolong someone's life for a month at the cost of $100K is hogwash. MOST of the money spent at the end of life is either "intended" to prolong a very painful life, while ending it prematurely, or to keep the elderly alive in nursing homes after basically everyone else has forgotten them.

There was an article linked here in the last month or two (IIRC) about how doctors don't do any of that crazy life saving stuff when it is THEY who face death. The fact is that the treatment in many cases is worse than the disease. AND it costs a shitload of money to boot.

Frankly one of the big problems with this whole scenario is LED by the right who have a serious "culture of life" fetish going on.

Terry Schaivo. End of discussion.

Posted by: deadrody at January 24, 2012 10:14 AM (eOvu0)

90 I might swap out the comment editor - this one produces odd HTML which is hard to validate to prevent malformatted comments. I have a new one that works better, so look for that in the next couple of days.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 24, 2012 10:17 AM (2yngH)

91 - A growing population is, generally speaking, a creative and dynamic one. When people stop having kids, it doesn't bode well for civilization.

The most frightening thing is that it's so true. There is no way of reducing population by controlling births without literally destroying the civilization. The only way to decrease population and still make the civilization viable, is age-neutral, statistically random mass murder. Perhaps that's why war is infused into human nature.

Posted by: Hive Minds Think Alike at January 24, 2012 10:18 AM (sOPIV)

92 18 Can someone stand up and yell "You suck cock!"?
Posted by: Mr Pink at January 24, 2012 09:05 AM (MlVck)
Ahem.

Posted by: Larry Sinclair at January 24, 2012 10:25 AM (DrWcr)

93 Pixy !

Posted by: Jean at January 24, 2012 10:34 AM (WkuV6)

94 Terry Schaivo. End of discussion.
If you put down your dog by withholding food and water, you'd spend time in prison. But when the state says do it to a human being against the wishes of her family, so a guy who has already started a family with a new woman can get a payout, that's chill.

Our civilization is already dead, we're just spasming a bit.

Posted by: HeatherRadish needs italics at January 24, 2012 10:35 AM (ZKzrr)

95 Very Best of Doom blog entries, ever, Monty. This is a way better than a modern college course (like Zinn's history) and much more affordable. Hope more people put all the economic puzzle pieces together fast and reroute the titanic before it is too late. Back to laundry.

Posted by: nebraski at January 24, 2012 10:49 AM (0571E)

96 Fuck Bill Moyers. Fuck that sanctimonious asshole with a rusty chainsaw sideways. Every time I see his pious, smirking mug on my TV, I want to punch him in the nuts.The guy was a high-level hatchetmen on LBJ's goon squad back in the 60s, doing dirty deeds to the political enemies of his corrupt boss, and he has never been called out on it.

There are few men in public life I loathe more than Bill Moyers.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 24, 2012 11:32 AM (SbxFW)

97
<<reliance on technology to solve our future problems>>
I rely on my kids to solve my problems with future technology.

Posted by: katya, the designated driver at January 24, 2012 11:45 AM (bMLFV)

98 Doom Kitteh is staring into my soul.
Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at January 24, 2012 08:53 AM (4df7R)


Assuming you have a soul?

Posted by: nevergiveup at January 24, 2012 08:57 AM (i6RpT)





Check Rum's mini-storage. She's got a stockpile, including mine.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at January 24, 2012 11:52 AM (XCHGh)

99 You know, I don't think I would be all that upset if mega doom happened before the election and took out all of our so called leaders. Sure, we might descend into anarchy, but we have guns and ammo. We'll be fine.

And the hobo hunting will be excellent.

Posted by: shibumi at January 24, 2012 12:28 PM (z63Tr)

100 Making It In America

Thanks for pointing that one out, it was excellent.

Posted by: t-bird at January 24, 2012 01:04 PM (FcR7P)

101 Japan's situation will only get worse. With each passing year they'll have fewer people capable of doing a full shift in a factory but with at least three decades of life still in them. The companies will have no choice but to shift production to other countries with a younger population to operate the assembly lines.

A decreasing population is just the tip of the iceberg. It's the composition of that population that is the real story.

Posted by: epobirs at January 24, 2012 01:15 PM (kcfmt)

102
I love that doom kitteh. Looks like the horde that descends on my front porch because I (in my beginning crazy cat lady stage) started feeding them.

Posted by: Sarah at January 24, 2012 01:53 PM (gCAFk)

103 Disagree....Winslet's "bosoms" areneither "lush"nor"outstanding".

Posted by: phxjay at January 24, 2012 02:03 PM (c+W7U)

104 " ... technological change means that a robust manufacturing sector may not translate into many new jobs."

Once again, Monty (unwittingly?) proves that Barry was right.

Posted by: Gerry at January 24, 2012 02:18 PM (FkaoI)

105 In Cameron’s movie, Murdoch takes a bribe and murders a third-class passenger.

This struck Cameron as more realistic, because it's exactly what Hollywood denizens would do. The idea of doing something honorable would literally never occur to them. Scum.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 24, 2012 02:21 PM (3aRdy)

106 They were created during a boom time in the market, and the designers obviously weren’t thinkingabout periods of down-cycle equities markets.

FIFY.
Luck comes in two flavors. Surely all grownups must realize that.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 24, 2012 02:23 PM (3aRdy)

107 The value is the point, not the work. If someone finds a way to provide value to hundreds of millions of people and it requires no more effort from them than batting their eyelashes, that would be a win.

Not if one subscribes to the labor theory of value, as Marxists Democrats do.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 24, 2012 02:26 PM (3aRdy)

108 You may have been talking about Japan's decline for some time, but that doesn't mean you know what you're talking about. The trade deficit is clearly caused by the high yen, which in turn is a result of the low dollar, which itself is caused by the poor American economy, and the effort of American interests to keep the dollar to boost American exports. Get back to us when you can link to something other than an American establishment newspaper gloating.

Posted by: Ampontan at January 25, 2012 12:07 AM (yNP7I)

109 You made a few good points there. I did a search on the matter and found a good number of people will agree with your blog.

Posted by: How to Sharpen a Plane Blade at January 31, 2012 08:23 AM (mIhy6)






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