Top Headline Comments 08-20-09

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1 Poop.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at August 20, 2009 09:00 AM (SqAkN)

2
Nice to see that asshole Michael Moore pushing the Democrats over the cliff.

Posted by: Tweet Bonham Carter at August 20, 2009 09:01 AM (NryIE)

3 Something soothing for the morning thread
The Rev. Fred Lane and hit Hittite Hotshots- Car Radio Jerome
You know how some music is so bad, it's good? Well, not only does this track fall into that category, but, well, it's also good good.
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Them fellers from that treadmill video dun gone and done it again

Posted by: Hairy Truman at August 20, 2009 09:04 AM (e8YaH)

4
Good Morning Morons

I see that they have turned lose the Lockerbie bomber for humanitarian reasons (prostrate cancer). He will get to return home to Libya. There wouldnt be any prostrate cancer if they had executed the SOB when they convicted him. This is why the U.S. should grab these SOBs or do like Israel and just take them out with hit squads.

In any case, there is one good thing about this. It will be a very painful death and he deserves every minute of agony he will get.

Posted by: Vic at August 20, 2009 09:10 AM (CDUiN)

5 Shell Game: Democrats May 'Split the Bill'
Simple game:
1) Split the 'most expensive provisions' off from the rest ofthe bill; load it with pork to placate the 'dogs they need to get it through the House, and then it's on to the Senate. The 'dogs can then go home to their district with two wins: One, making the bill considerably cheaper; and two, lots of nice taxpayer money coming into the district.
2) Send this bill to the Senate, where there is specific language in the bill added to make the bill legally equivalent to a budget bill. It is then eligable to be passed through reconciliation, a process by which the senate reauires only a simple majority to pass any bill which specificially deals with taxes or debt reduction (iirc), and get it through with maybe 52 or 53 plus Collins and Snowe.
3) In the conference committee, add back in the parts of the bill stripped out to make it palatable to the blue dogs in the house.
4) Socialism!!

Posted by: Darth Bob Shrum at August 20, 2009 09:13 AM (e8YaH)

6 U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly riseThu Aug 20, 2009 8:54am EDTreuters.com
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week, a government report showed on Thursday, fanning worries of an anemic recovery from the worst recession in 70 years.
Initial claims for state unemployment insurance benefits rose 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 576,000 in the week ended August 15 from 561,000 the prior week, the Labor Department said. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast new claims slipping to 550,000 last week from a previously reported 558,000...

Posted by: Adam Smith at August 20, 2009 09:14 AM (VRZ7Z)

7 Unexpectedly to whom? Seems like a little editorializin'. God these people really live in a bubble

Posted by: Darth Woody Wilson at August 20, 2009 09:17 AM (e8YaH)

8
hahaha @ 'unexpectedly'

Posted by: Tweet Parsons Project at August 20, 2009 09:17 AM (NryIE)

9 It has been 40 days since the last observed sun spot.

Posted by: maddogg at August 20, 2009 09:18 AM (OlN4e)

10 Working on my sockpuppet count, you know

Posted by: Darth Woody Harrelson at August 20, 2009 09:18 AM (e8YaH)

11
re: the Democrats shell game

Fine. If they do it, they'll pay in 2010.

Posted by: Tweet Parsons Project at August 20, 2009 09:18 AM (NryIE)

12 This is in that same article above:

That bill would likely set new rules for insurers, such as requiring they accept anyone, regardless of pre-existing medical conditions. This portion of the health-care overhaul has already drawn some Republican support and wouldn't involve new spending, leading Democratic leaders to believe they could clear the 60-vote hurdle.

This is another case where any Republican voting for this unconstitutional BS should be kicked out of the Party. First off there is NOTHING in the Constitution giving the federal gov the authority to tell the insurance companies to do squat. Second, if you force insurance companies to cover all expenses, including preexisting conditions, guess whatIT AINT insurance anymore.

Repubs need to get the message that we dont want a single line of this shit sandwich.

Posted by: Vic at August 20, 2009 09:19 AM (CDUiN)

13 BTW, I assume for some Republican support they mean the commie twins from ME.

Posted by: Vic at August 20, 2009 09:20 AM (CDUiN)

14 You have good reason to fear the Obama adninistration.

Posted by: maddogg at August 20, 2009 09:21 AM (OlN4e)

15 "To the little girl in the red
dress who lies here who made my flight from Frankfurt such fun. You
didn't deserve this. God Bless, Chas."-A card at a makeshift memorial
following the Pan Am 103 bombing. It references 3-year old Suruchi
Rattan of Michigan, who was murdered along with four family members.
She would have preferred a comfortable death, too.

Posted by: Cathy at August 20, 2009 09:21 AM (rGxFV)

16 Unprecexpectedly!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Don Lemon at August 20, 2009 09:22 AM (SqAkN)

17 So, how many jobs have been created, saved and/or set aflame with hairspray and a Bic lighter via the Incredible Ineffectual Crapulus of 2009tm?

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at August 20, 2009 09:23 AM (B+qrE)

18 wow Just wow. http://tinyurl.com/kmdjct

Posted by: trailortrash at August 20, 2009 09:24 AM (wiDZf)

19 How about they force those evil for profit car insurance companies to cover people with 3 preexisting DUI's and multiple hit and runs? That will teach them and lower cost for everyone for sure!

Posted by: Moronic Lib at August 20, 2009 09:24 AM (SqAkN)

20
Our motto for 2010 should be "Let's Act Swiftly Boldly To Take Our Country Back."

Posted by: Tweet Bonham Carter at August 20, 2009 09:25 AM (NryIE)

21 The agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is the largest buyer of health care in the United States. Its programs are at the heart of efforts to overhaul the health care system. If it had an administrator, that person would be working with Congress on legislation and could be preparing the agency for a new, expanded role.
The vacancy stands out like a sore thumb, said Dr. Denis A. Cortese, president of the Mayo Clinic, often cited by the White House as a health care model.*

The position, which oversees the governments two largest health-care programs, pays for health benefits for 98 million Americans, yet it has not had a Senate-confirmed head since 2006. The unusual length of this period, which dates back to the last administration, stems largely from the Democratic Congresss refusal to confirm the eminently qualified and knowledgeable Kerry Weems, who was nominated by President Bush in the Spring of 2007.

And its not just Congress that is puzzled. According to the Mayo Clinics Denis A. Cortese, also quoted in the article, [t]he vacancy stands out like a sore thumb. *

They didnt want a conservative in fouling up their plan ala CBO. Mayo clinic seems to be privy to the whole shell game. I think those guys are maybe smart.

Posted by: M.R.I. at August 20, 2009 09:25 AM (aVQo/)

22 @14, Yes, when you've lost Hentoff, you've pretty much lost every jazz buff over 80. And they vote.
I wouldn't belittle this factor. I'm a member of theBrubeck caucus, myself.

Posted by: comatus at August 20, 2009 09:27 AM (+Fcaz)

23
What happened with Geithner's/Obama's plan for toxic assets?

What happened with Geithner's/Obama's plan for preventing mortgage foreclosures?

Funny how these Obama Failures are getting little notice. I guess Obama and the media are hoping people forget about these things that were so very important in February and March.

Posted by: Tweet Bonham Carter at August 20, 2009 09:28 AM (NryIE)

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 20, 2009 09:29 AM (Haq+B)

25 That just means FUNEMPLOYMENT is doing better than ever!

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 20, 2009 09:29 AM (Haq+B)

26 First off there is NOTHING in the Constitution giving the federal gov the authority to tell the insurance companies to do squat.
Unfortunately, the enumerated powers clause has been abridged to the point of being obliterated completely. Ever since at the very least 1942 where the Soup-ream court ruled that the Interstate Commerce clause could be used to regulate produce that was to be consumed by its own producer in the same state, pretty much anything that has to do with an economic transaction has been fair game.
However, you are correct that there is nothing in the Constitution about regulating, producing, or consuming health product. It's just not going to win the argument with people who use the Constitution to wipe their ass with. It's not a winner. Most people don't know what's in the Constitution in the first place, and don't really care.
Where you will get traction, I have found, it to tell people
1) Barack Obama is going to CUT (very important) HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS (also important) from YOUR MEDICARE (people love that Medicare)
2) The GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED PLAN (people hate government control) will MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO BUY YOUR OWN INSURANCE (again, it's a choice thing).
caps for emphasis on exact wording
People are accustomed to hearing about someone in the government threatening to take away their social security. They usually don't trust the government.Finally, folksdon't want to be thought of as criminal for doing something (buying insurance)that they do now.

Posted by: Darth at August 20, 2009 09:31 AM (e8YaH)

27 How about they force those evil for profit car insurance companies to cover people with 3 preexisting DUI's and multiple hit and runs? That will teach them and lower cost for everyone for sure!

LOL, the 3 existing DUIs; no problem, but it will cost you your right arm, left testicle, and all future male children. Multiple hit and runs with those DUIs and you will not need insurance in most States. You will be in jail. That is unless you are a Kennedy from MA.

Posted by: Vic at August 20, 2009 09:31 AM (CDUiN)

28 Waxman is demanding a list of insurance execs making over 1 mill? Not an awesome move, m'friend.

Posted by: Duhgee at August 20, 2009 09:31 AM (AHyG/)

29 Oh yeah, the Philly Inquirer had a great "funemployment" story yesterday.

http://www.philly.com/philly/jobs/20090819_Jobless_-_but_painless_.html


All the cool kids are doing it!

Posted by: BlackOrchid at August 20, 2009 09:31 AM (Ia97r)

30 16 Unprecexpectedly!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Don Lemon
lol so full of win

Posted by: Darth Don Lemon at August 20, 2009 09:33 AM (e8YaH)

31 It has been 40 days since the last observed sun spot.
Clearasil. Wish I'd tried it sooner.

Posted by: The Sun at August 20, 2009 09:33 AM (SCcgT)

32 The New York Times, on behalf of Leon Panetta, today offers a front page rebuttal to The Daily Beast exclusive that Gabe linked to with flaming skull yesterday. CIA Had No Secret, Illegal Assassin Squad Panetta Is a Fool; Pelosi Still Lied.

Funny thing, while it is clearly an ass-cover article, spoon-fed by an embarrassed Panetta staff, the Times never mentions the online site or article it is rebutting.

And the entire retort amounts to one, anonymous quote:

Its wrong to think this counterterrorism program was confined to briefing slides or doodles on a cafeteria napkin, the official said. It went well beyond that.

This is direct response to this:

But once Panetta had spoken with Tenet, Goss, and Hayden, he learned that this secret program wasnt much more than a PowerPoint presentation and a task force assigned to think it through.

The Daily Beast alsoreported this:

The Daily Beast has learned that shortly after his electrifying June 24 disclosure, Panetta spoke personally with each of his three predecessorsGeorge Tenet, Porter Goss, and Michael Haydenand only then realized the mistake hed made about the program.

Which the Times watered down to this:

The C.I.A. this summer conducted an internal review of the assassination program that recently was presented to the White House and the Congressional intelligence committees. The officials said that the review stated that Mr. Panettas predecessors did not believe that they needed to tell Congress because the program was not far enough developed.

After the misleading headline, an unprofessional willingness to be used for political purposes, the Times waits until the next to last paragraph to reveal:

Officials said that the C.I.A. program was devised partly as an alternative to missile strikes using drone aircraft, which have accidentally killed civilians and cannot be used in urban areas where some terrorists hide.

Really? The U.S. didnt want to kill civilians? Ive been lied to the past eight years.

This as much about Old v. New media as Panetta v. GOP.

Posted by: CJ at August 20, 2009 09:33 AM (9KqcB)

33 Multiple hit and
runs with those DUIs and you will not need insurance in most States.
You will be in jail. That is unless you are a Kennedy
Don't forget multiple sexual assaults, some of them with your nephew.

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 20, 2009 09:34 AM (Haq+B)

34 Unfortunately, the enumerated powers clause has been abridged to the point of being obliterated completely.

Just because the liberal commies have been wiping their ass with the Constitution since FDR doesnt mean that we need to quit yelling and harping about it. As long as we are silent on it they will go further and further into the what Constitution mode.

Posted by: Vic at August 20, 2009 09:34 AM (CDUiN)

35 31 It has been 40 days since the last observed sun spot.
Clearasil. Wish I'd tried it sooner.
lol so full of win

Posted by: The Death Star at August 20, 2009 09:34 AM (e8YaH)

36 Damn, CNBC just highlighted a logging company I think it was BZ that is up over 1,400% since april. Was almost broke down to 3 bucks a share now over 30 or something or other.

Imagine having 10 grand in that bad boy in April, sheesh.

Posted by: TendStl at August 20, 2009 09:34 AM (XLRes)

37 @23: Obama is a great President who should have his face on the $10 bill in ten years. And quite possibly, Teddy Roosevelts's face on Mt. Rushmore s/b recarved to look like Obama (assuming there's enuff granite left for his ears.)

That slut Contessa Brewer thinks so.

Posted by: CoolCzech at August 20, 2009 09:35 AM (kzhuA)

38 This was posted by Rewrite! last night, but it is a well written summation of the problem - still can't believe CNN still has this up.
CNN --5 freedoms you'd lose in health care reform
If you read the fine print in the Congressional plans, you'll find
that a lot of cherished aspects of the current system would
disappear... Call them the Five Endangered Freedoms.
http://tinyurl.com/nu4hxr

Posted by: Jean at August 20, 2009 09:35 AM (L64A6)

39 Imagine having 10 grand in that bad boy in April, sheesh.

You'd just get hammered with the capital gains tax.

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 20, 2009 09:36 AM (Haq+B)

40 The GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED PLAN
That's what it is and I hope more people insist on calling it that.

Posted by: Mama AJ at August 20, 2009 09:36 AM (X6Zdh)

41 Obama Saves and Creates More Jobs!

The stimulus is working! The stimulus is working!

Quick must pass healthcare!

I may have exagerated a touch on the first, second well, really all three, to be honest.

Posted by: Hussein the Plumber at August 20, 2009 09:37 AM (RkRxq)

42 Newsflash! An angry, confused,minority has has hijacked healthcare reform in America!Stop the congressional mob!

Posted by: Duhgee at August 20, 2009 09:37 AM (AHyG/)

43 How about this stupid question from the CNN/Money Poll:

Would you be willing to pay more in taxes for the promise of reducing your health care costs?



Emphasis mine.

Posted by: Vic at August 20, 2009 09:38 AM (CDUiN)

44 The vacancy stands out like a sore thumb
Yeh, I'd sent that to Ace, hoping that he'd pour on the snark. How can anyone take this guy seriously when he won't do something entirely within his power to fix now?

Posted by: Mama AJ at August 20, 2009 09:39 AM (X6Zdh)

45 Well if they cap the amount someone has to pay out of pocket to the evil insurance companies for existing DUI's along with hit and runs, and then create a government car insurance company which can continuously be a black hole of taxdollars, that will be a win for everyone in the country. The evil car insurance companies will not only not make a profit, they will go out of fuckin business. Also, no one will be forced to buy the government insurance, they will just do so because they have to have car insurance to drive. It will end in a big win win I am telling you.

Posted by: Moronic Lib at August 20, 2009 09:40 AM (SqAkN)

46 I see that they have turned lose the Lockerbie bomber for humanitarian reasons (prostrate cancer).

Heh.

On prostate cancer, a Lancet Oncology global study last year found that
91.9% of Americans with the disease were still alive after five years
compared to just 51.1% in the UK.

Posted by: lauraw at August 20, 2009 09:41 AM (oSytL)

47 You know I have been wondering about this Lockerbie bomber getting released. I heard that the doctor said is Cancer is too advanced for treatment. What if this motherfucker gets on a flight and comes to the US for treatment and lives an additional 10 years?

Posted by: TendStl at August 20, 2009 09:41 AM (XLRes)

48 Shock. AGW dips still full of it.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at August 20, 2009 09:42 AM (B+qrE)

49 Just because the liberal commies have been wiping their ass with the Constitution since FDR doesnt mean that we need to quit yelling and harping about it. As long as we are silent on it they will go further and further into the what Constitution mode.

Let me preface by saying that I self-identify as a Constitutional Reactionary. I'd roll us back to the 15th Amendment and obliterate 150 years of SCOTUS tinkering if I could.

These are two seperate fights.One can't use one now-obscure argument- namely, it's un-Constitutional- to advocate another position- namely, Deathcare will ruin our health system and bankrupt us that much sooner.

Theymust remainseperate arguments. If you make them together, you are more easily dismissed as a right-wing wacko, or worse, a Ron Paul supporter. Had we as conservatives already laid the groundwork by making politically interested people prepared to accept the enumerated powers as presented by our Founding Fathers (dammit, I won't say 'framers') as a basis for the unconsitutionality of Deathcare, then we could bring that gn to the fight. But we have not made a strong enough case for it.

If you make the case for each point seperately, which I believe we must do in order to restore this nation from tyrannyto a Republic, then each argument can be won. If you make the cases for both in the same fight, then you may end up losing both.

Posted by: Hairy Read at August 20, 2009 09:43 AM (e8YaH)

50 HOLY O TURNS 'FAITH' HEALER

Not quite as good as John Kerry promising Christopher Reeves will walk if he got elected...but I'm sure someone's scrofula was cured after they touched the hem of his garment.

Posted by: HeatherRadish at August 20, 2009 09:43 AM (NtiET)

51 News Flash!
Obama Administration to Scrap "Yes We Can"meme. Tired, Hollow Saying to be replaced with:
When the Lies Aren't Working - Get Better Lies!

What's that going on with Chris Mathews' leg? That's just weird!

Posted by: Hussein the Plumber at August 20, 2009 09:44 AM (RkRxq)

52 What if this motherfucker gets on a flight and comes to the US for treatment and lives an additional 10 years?

Never happen. I've been told over and over by leftists that no one gets any treatment in the U.S. ever without insurance.

Kind of like there's no gun crime in Chicago, since guns are banned there.

Posted by: HeatherRadish at August 20, 2009 09:45 AM (NtiET)

53 Zero voters.

Posted by: maddogg at August 20, 2009 09:45 AM (OlN4e)

54 Would you be willing to pay more in taxes for the promise of reducing your health care costs?

I'll take "questions that are so logically inconsistent that my pre-schooler can spot the stupidity in them" for 1,200, Alex.

(Emphasis also mine. That one makes my head hurt.)

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at August 20, 2009 09:46 AM (B+qrE)

55 1 Poop.
Done. Now what?

Posted by: Darth Seth Rogan at August 20, 2009 09:47 AM (e8YaH)

56 Leipold said later in the BBC interview that there is an urgent need for the suppression of economic growth in the United States and around the world. He said annual growth rates of 3 percent to 8 percent cannot continue without serious consequences for the climate..*

And this is why Europe loves Obama. The final plan is to make us slaves to an inescapable mountain of debt 15-20 years out (perfectly coincident when single payer comes fully online, social security/medicare-ade trust fund problems). I think the only solution is a radical downsizing gov't by several orders of magnitude (leave the military intact).

Posted by: M.R.I. at August 20, 2009 09:47 AM (aVQo/)

57 Next I want the government to target Pappa Johns. It is unfair that everyone can not have a Pappa Johns pizza whenever they want to. So I want the government to force them to not only cap how much they can charge for a delivery regardless of how many pizzas you order or what toppings you get, but then force them to deliver 50 miles outside their normal delivery area for no extra fee. I am not sure yet if I want a government Pizza company but maybe one day if we try hard enough we may get there.

Posted by: Moronic Lib at August 20, 2009 09:48 AM (SqAkN)

58 Next I want the government to target Pappa Johns

No; next they must have free lawyer care so we can all sue each other and the government continuously over really silly shit.

Posted by: Vic at August 20, 2009 09:50 AM (CDUiN)

59 Oh. Well this is certainly good, welcome eh news.

Certain to work out wonderfully.

Posted by: Hussein the Plumber at August 20, 2009 09:51 AM (RkRxq)

60 It is unfair that everyone fat people with high cholesterol can not have a Pappa Johns pizza whenever they want to if they want one and have $15.

FIFY.

Posted by: Dr Obama at August 20, 2009 09:52 AM (NtiET)

61 Would you be willing to pay more in taxes for the promise of reducing your health care costs?

I'll take "questions that are so logically inconsistent that my pre-schooler can spot the stupidity in them" for 1,200, Alex.

(Emphasis also mine. That one makes my head hurt.)

Yeah... is it just me or does this whole thing remind one suspiciously of those quick-change scams people run on gas stations?

"Now, you give me a twenty for those two tens...."

That scam relies on rushing peoples' decisions as well. Other similarities?

Posted by: jdub at August 20, 2009 09:53 AM (t9pKb)

62 Wow that is a great idea. The government should target Cochran and Cochran. Force them to cap the amount they can charge their clients regardless if they are triple murderers or multiple time child rapists, and then force them torepresent everyone who asks, even people who can not pay and are sitting on death row. Damn why didn't I think of that.

Posted by: Moronic Lib at August 20, 2009 09:54 AM (SqAkN)

63 Cbreakthrough. lean coal

Posted by: maddogg at August 20, 2009 09:55 AM (OlN4e)

64 I have no idea how # 64 got mangled.

Posted by: maddogg at August 20, 2009 09:56 AM (OlN4e)

65 two cut and pastes, maddog
it's cool, I can read retard

Posted by: Darth Retard at August 20, 2009 09:57 AM (e8YaH)

66 On prostate cancer, a Lancet Oncology global study last year found that
91.9% of Americans with the disease were still alive after five years
compared to just 51.1% in the UK.

Yup. This asshole will probably live forever, but it had to take Frank Zappa.

Posted by: Farmer Joe at August 20, 2009 09:57 AM (z4es9)

67 Cbreakthrough. lean coal
That dude better watch his back. The last thing the envirofascists want is cheap/free energy. They're gonna go after him and his research.

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 20, 2009 09:58 AM (Haq+B)

68 I'm gonna sue Pappa John's for emotional distress. They were in my little town, then they closed down and left. How can the gov't allow this??

Posted by: Mama AJ at August 20, 2009 10:00 AM (X6Zdh)

69 On prostate cancer, a Lancet Oncology global study last year found that 91.9% of Americans with the disease were still alive after five years compared to just 51.1% in the UK.

but remember, we spend 2x much on healthcare as other countries and the outcomes aren't any better! remember that talking point?
well, I'm an english major, but with my feeble math skills I suggest that 91% is pretty damn close to 2x as much as 51%.
but it's not like prostate cancer is common or anything. heavens, no.

Posted by: jdub at August 20, 2009 10:00 AM (t9pKb)

70 But let them run the health care system:
Hundreds of auto dealers in the New York area have withdrawn from the governments Cash for Clunkers program, citing delays in getting reimbursed by the government, a dealership group said Wednesday. The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, which represents dealerships in the New York metro area, said about half its 425 members have left the program because they cannot afford to offer more rebates. Theyre also worried about getting repaid.
---------
Just another Democrat led initiative that is a total success...

Posted by: Jay at August 20, 2009 10:01 AM (/ZX77)

71 Papa Johns, I have to say, is good pizza. A little on the sweet side, but that's what you get for using such good ingredients I think. They don't deliver to my house, so I'm thinking of moving within 2.2 miles of one.

Posted by: Truman at August 20, 2009 10:02 AM (e8YaH)

72 #6,
Ah yes, the ever popular unemployment numbers rise unexpectedly. It's amazing that everything that happens is unexpected by these "experts".

Posted by: TheQuietMan at August 20, 2009 10:04 AM (1Jaio)

73 Um, we've uh, come to expect the uh, unexpected.

Posted by: Idiot Intelligensia at August 20, 2009 10:06 AM (aVQo/)

74 but it's not like prostate cancer is common or anything

The only people who get prostate cancer are men who've already used up their Quality-Adjusted Life Years. If we treat them, we can't pay for genital reassignment surgeries. Do you really want to live in a failed America that callously lets Grandpa live while forcing his grandson to work for years to save up for an elective choppadikoffamy procedure? Hope! Change!

Posted by: Dr Obama at August 20, 2009 10:09 AM (NtiET)

75 Just heard on Bloomberg that Americans are drinking less and there is less drinking in pubs in england. Americans are drinking more wines and beer and less hard liquor. And I can remember cramer saying that alcohol for drinking purposes was recession proof. This is like no other recession.

As regards the jobless claims either someone caught an error in math finally or, people realizing the economy is very bad, tried searching for jobs for a much longer time before they gave up and filed for unemployment.

Posted by: muffy at August 20, 2009 10:10 AM (p302b)

76 Um, we've uh, come to expect the uh, unexpected.

But lets not be quoted out of context.

Posted by: Vic at August 20, 2009 10:14 AM (CDUiN)

77 Just heard on Bloomberg that Americans are drinking less

That is old news from a 50 year study first published in 2006. We are drinking less on the average than people did 50 years ago. That is not surprising given all the yuppies on health kicks.

As for me; I am drinking a lot more now than I did 50 years ago.

Posted by: Vic at August 20, 2009 10:18 AM (CDUiN)

78 a Lancet Oncology global study last year found that 91.9% of Americans with the disease were still alive after five years compared to just 51.1% in the UK.
And just wait until Obama starts prescribing the red pill instead of the blue one. Those numbers will be more in line!

Posted by: Jay at August 20, 2009 10:19 AM (/ZX77)

79 "Good News. Army's research on Autonomous Scout Robots shows progress. Can navigate village, sweep perimeter and not bump into pedestrians."

AVOID the pedestrians?! Then why the hell did we add the bayonet? Who specs out these bids?

Posted by: richard mcenroe at August 20, 2009 10:23 AM (fz2NR)

80 Yup. This asshole will probably live forever, but it had to take Frank Zappa.
I'm waiting for him. When he gets here we're gonna lock him in a roomplaying an endless loop of Dinah-Moe-Humm.

Posted by: Frank Zappa at August 20, 2009 10:35 AM (SCcgT)

81 Israel Says Russia May Reconsider Plans to Sell Missiles to Iran


By ELLEN BARRY
Published: August 19, 2009



MOSCOW The Israeli president, Shimon Peres, said Wednesday that his Russian counterpart, Dmitri A. Medvedev, had promised to reconsider Russias plans to provide advanced surface-to-air missiles to Iran, a deal that Washington has also sought to halt.

The missiles would offer Iran considerable confidence that it could prevent airstrikes on its nuclear sites.
[...] Russia signed a contract with Iran to deliver S-300 missiles, which
have a much longer range and higher accuracy than Irans present air
defense systems. But amid the objections of Israel and the United
States, Moscow has never delivered the missiles.

tinyurl.com/kv3wb2

I wonder how many components of the S-300 family (tinyurl.com/mnaxee) can be shipped by covered by logs on a Russian freighter?


Posted by: Wasp54 at August 20, 2009 10:40 AM (ZBeai)

82 @70: but remember, unlike breast cancer prostate cancer is solely a male disease. So anyone unduly concerned with prostate cancer is obviously sexist and insensitive.

You chauvinist pig.

Posted by: CoolCzech at August 20, 2009 10:49 AM (kzhuA)

83 Poop.
Done. Now what?
I need another coffee 1st!

Posted by: TMI_pun at August 20, 2009 11:00 AM (zDEa5)

84 Obama: "We are God's partners in matters of life and death. And boy,it's timeto do alot more on the death side! Hmm, where is my Quality Adjusted Remaining Years chart?"

Posted by: Duhgee at August 20, 2009 11:14 AM (AHyG/)

85 Latest Joke:

Obama to Talk Health Care With Conservative Radio Host

He will talk to Michael Smerconish who is a conservative who voted for Obama. There can be NO conservative who votes for the most liberal Commiecrat to come down the pike since Ted Kennedy.

Posted by: Vic at August 20, 2009 11:24 AM (CDUiN)

86 Hehe. Octomom accuses Kate Gosselin of being an attention seeker.

Posted by: katya at August 20, 2009 11:35 AM (jZsac)

87 Deep-seeded? Deep-seeded? Deep-seeded? DEEP-SEEDED!?! Is someone having a stroke?

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