Glenn Reynolds: The Capital City Thrives While The Hinterlands Wither

It's not science fiction. It's America 2012.

Why yes, I am having trouble finding things to post. But anyway:

You know the story: While the provinces starve, the Capital City lives it up, its wheeler-dealer bigshots growing fat on the tribute extracted from the rest of the country.

We don't live in The Hunger Games yet, but I'm not the first to notice that Washington, D.C., is doing a lot better than the rest of the country. Even in upscale parts of L.A. or New York, you see boarded up storefronts and other signs that the economy isn't what it used to be. But not so much in the Washington area, where housing prices are going up, fancy restaurants advertise $92 Wagyu steaks, and the Tyson's Corner mall outshines -- as I can attest from firsthand experience -- even Beverly Hills' famed Rodeo Drive.

Meanwhile, elsewhere, the contrast is even starker. As Adam Davidson recently wrote in The New York Times, riding the Amtrak between New York and D.C. exposes stark contrasts between the "haves" of the capital and the have-nots outside the Beltway. And he correctly assigns this to the importance of power.

Washington is rich not because it makes valuable things, but because it is powerful. With virtually everything subject to regulation, it pays to spend money influencing the regulators. As P.J. O'Rourke famously observed: "When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators." But it's not just bags-of-cash style corruption. Most of the D.C. boom is from lobbyists and PR people, and others who are retained to influence what the government does. It's a cold calculation: You're likely to get a much better return from an investment of $1 million on lobbying than on a similar investment in, say, a new factory or better worker training.

If we were living in The Hunger Games, we would need... longbows.

Open Thread, too.

Posted by: Ace at 03:57 PM



Comments

1 Let's not be hasty. Crossbows are also a perfectly valid alternative.

Posted by: joncelli, beating a dead meme at November 26, 2012 03:58 PM (RD7QR)

2 AK-47s are just what the Comrade ordered.

Posted by: Lemmenkainen at November 26, 2012 03:59 PM (ZWvOb)

3 Trebuchets and plague riddled bodies would be nice too.

Posted by: Mr. Dave at November 26, 2012 04:01 PM (isPOH)

4 Well we barely made the airport for the last plane out
As we taxied down the runway I could hear the people shout
They said "Don't come back here Yankee"
But if I ever do-
I'll bring more money
'Cause all she wants to do is dance

Posted by: Cobalt Shiva at November 26, 2012 04:01 PM (OY/SZ)

5 May the odds be evah in your favor!

Posted by: Effie Trinket at November 26, 2012 04:01 PM (e0xKF)

6 1

Agreed. Crossbows are valid.

Posted by: rickb223 Let It Burn at November 26, 2012 04:01 PM (GFM2b)

7 AK-47s are just what the Comrade ordered.>>

the irony is it will be the cheap commie weapons that finally defeat the commies

Posted by: Buzzsaw at November 26, 2012 04:02 PM (tf9Ne)

8 Yes, we have advanced to the new American era of 1950s USSR. And area where the all powerful commissars control everything.

Posted by: Vic at November 26, 2012 04:02 PM (YdQQY)

9 The Hunger Games people all looked well fed, at least according to a review I read here.

Posted by: Sophistahick at November 26, 2012 04:02 PM (UhXzR)

10 And of course it's not just the lobbyists and PR people,it's also the ever growing legion of high payed bureacrats.

Posted by: steevy at November 26, 2012 04:03 PM (9XBK2)

11 I'm still trying to decide whether Jennifer Lawrence is hot or not.

Posted by: Waterhouse at November 26, 2012 04:03 PM (4Lo/K)

12 Boy, it would be disastrous for the Statist dick-suckers if the average voter found this disparity insane...

Good thing no one would dare mock the hell out that situation.

Good. Thing.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at November 26, 2012 04:04 PM (ON54M)

13 And now we know we can build AK's out of shovels, so that's handy.

Posted by: wizardpc at November 26, 2012 04:04 PM (sFXh8)

14 People in DC are also more attractive.

Posted by: Serious Cat at November 26, 2012 04:04 PM (UypUQ)

15 So DC = District 1?

And yeah....may the odds be ever in your favor.

Posted by: EC at November 26, 2012 04:04 PM (GQ8sn)

16 @ 9 Some of the "districts" in the hunger games were better off than others. You know all animals created equal kinda thing.

Posted by: SouthDakotaGirl at November 26, 2012 04:05 PM (dumz9)

17 I'm still trying to decide whether Jennifer Lawrence is hot or not.

Hawt.

Posted by: EC at November 26, 2012 04:05 PM (GQ8sn)

18 Some people where talking about taxing the rich in the other thread. It's easy to want to tax Hollywood and other rich people for voting for Obama and basically being hypocrites. But doesn't supporting tax increases on the rich by conservatives just make free-market supporting people hypocrites as well?

We'll never have economic justice either way. Hollywood types will always find a way to get out of paying their taxes because of loopholes and of course making friends with the right people.

Posted by: Mo the Girl at November 26, 2012 04:05 PM (ReyBo)

19
Today I filed papers to again run for NJ Governor. Neither Springsteen or my lord and savior at the WH have called to encourage me. So depressed I'll finish the Thanksgiving leftovers myself.

Posted by: Chris Christie : Swimming in Gravy at November 26, 2012 04:05 PM (wIgpo)

20 11
I'm still trying to decide whether Jennifer Lawrence is hot or not.


Posted by: Waterhouse at November 26, 2012 04:03 PM (4Lo/K)

Don't know but she can act surprisingly well -- see Winter's Bone for an example.

Posted by: joncelli at November 26, 2012 04:05 PM (RD7QR)

21 How about a thread on something that doesn't make me want to blow my brains out, Ace?


Here's something nice and O/T: Warp Drive -- its coming to a spaceship near you. (Or maybe a mosque, if NASA has anything to do with it.)

http://tinyurl.com/cm99zwn

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at November 26, 2012 04:05 PM (QKKT0)

22 This is a great great title. I remember reading on CNBC that DC was the top area for growing businesses.

Not Palo Alto, not silicon valley. Not any other area of the country known for innovation.

DC, land of the parasites... Great.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:06 PM (tVTLU)

23 Trebuchets

A technology which was abandoned prematurely, imho. I mean, if you could simply tow a trebuchet behind an SUV to Washington, DC, and express your displeasure at the government by lobbing a 25# pumpkin half a mile at the White House, I'd venture you could gridlock the city.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at November 26, 2012 04:06 PM (feFL6)

24 If we were living in The Hunger Games, we would need... longbows.


Oh no you didn't....

Posted by: Daybrother at November 26, 2012 04:06 PM (+paCV)

25 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at November 26, 2012 04:06 PM (5DR1j)

26 19 You fucking kidding?You know they were gone by Friday at the latest.

Posted by: steevy at November 26, 2012 04:06 PM (9XBK2)

27 20 Winters Bone?Is that about a frozen erection??

Posted by: steevy at November 26, 2012 04:07 PM (9XBK2)

28 Some people where talking about taxing the rich in the other thread.
It's easy to want to tax Hollywood and other rich people for voting for
Obama and basically being hypocrites.


This.

Trying to hurt Hollywood with a specific tax targeting them IS hypocritical. It's like them trying to windfall tax oil companies, but they actually produce something useful and wanted.

I get that we want to punish the libs in Hollywood. I disagree with a Hollywood tax. I would rather starve them by not watching their shit......or torrenting the shit out of it.

Posted by: EC at November 26, 2012 04:08 PM (GQ8sn)

29 tysons corner mall?

hmmm....

not quite rodeo drive, yo.

but the poor half of tysons corner mall is an obama dream land of people on the dole and students spending student loans on apple products.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:08 PM (QxSug)

30 the king's court always does well in times of want

Posted by: thunderb at November 26, 2012 04:08 PM (Dnbau)

31 My Obama-bot father loved the "Hunger Games" movie. He thought it represented the struggle of the little guy against the Republican 1-percenters. Really, he said that.

Posted by: Pyrocles at November 26, 2012 04:08 PM (cv5Iw)

32 but there are a lot of audi R8's around here...and I see a ton of bentleys in the city.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:08 PM (QxSug)

33 "14 People in DC are also more attractive."

Like Maxine Waters and Debbie Wasserman Fufu.

Posted by: Mo the Girl at November 26, 2012 04:08 PM (ReyBo)

34 More comedy;

>Liberal Groups Dig In Against Benefit Cuts<


http://tinyurl.com/bmn5u2w

Posted by: marcus at November 26, 2012 04:09 PM (GGCsk)

35 AllenG:

I responded in the last post.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:09 PM (tVTLU)

36 I'd like to think our forefathers would have burned the District of Corruption to the ground and gone Old Testament on those unlucky enough to be judged as responsible for all this mess.

Posted by: Jaws at November 26, 2012 04:09 PM (4I3Uo)

37 People in DC are also more attractive.


Yo.

http://tinyurl.com/9bgodv

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at November 26, 2012 04:10 PM (QKKT0)

38 So DC = District 9?

Yes

Posted by: fluffy at November 26, 2012 04:10 PM (3SvjA)

39 that's the thing about lefty dystopia fiction. They fuck it up. They think they're writing about capitalism and all that when they've described fuedalism or something closer to their own dream state.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:10 PM (QxSug)

40 So DC = District 1?

No, the Capitol wasn't a District. It was the Capitol.

District 1 (and 2) just happened to be favored Districts, while more outlying Districts like 10, 11, 12 were less favored.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at November 26, 2012 04:10 PM (5DR1j)

41 tysons corner mall? hmmm.... not quite rodeo drive, yo. but the poor half of tysons corner mall is an obama dream land of people on the dole and students spending student loans on apple products. Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:08 PM (QxSug)

I think he meant Tyson's Galleria....which is still pretty nice, still on a par with Rodeo Drive.

Tysons I? Not so much.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at November 26, 2012 04:10 PM (sbV1u)

42 Test-
Boy, if I could get my home IP released from pixy limbo I could post some insightful yet witty commentary...to whom do I prostrate myself?

(not prostate you morons!)

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon posting from the office at November 26, 2012 04:10 PM (lHb9q)

43

The roof the roof the roof is on fire
The roof the roof the roof is on fire
The roof the roof the roof is on fire
We don't need no water let the motherfucker burn
Burn motherfucker burn

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 26, 2012 04:11 PM (QupBk)

44 37:

Seriously, hot chicks only!!! Waxman looks like a squirrel...

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:11 PM (tVTLU)

45 plague riddled bodies
Posted by: Mr. Dave at November 26, 2012 04:01 PM (isPOH)


In Washington?!?!? We don't even know if it would effect them.

Nuke. Orbit.

We've all know the rest.....

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at November 26, 2012 04:11 PM (aC99V)

46 DC is surrounded by 9 of the 13 richest counties in the US. What a coinkidink, no? A swarm of locusts starts out as some ordinary grasshoppers going about their business, until they reach a certain population concentration. Then they actually change color and behavior, clustering into a ravening horde able to eat anything in their path.

Africa gets locusts, we get DC. We lose.

Posted by: GnuBreed at November 26, 2012 04:11 PM (ccXZP)

47 Wait til you see the coronation...I mean,inauguration.

Posted by: steevy at November 26, 2012 04:11 PM (9XBK2)

48 People in DC are also more attractive.

You clearly do not live here.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at November 26, 2012 04:11 PM (sbV1u)

49

I'm cheap easy to to make and organic.

Posted by: Pointed Sticks at November 26, 2012 04:12 PM (Pczp2)

50 Didnt Caesar rob the provences to build magnificent buildings in Rome?

The proles loved his shit.

Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 04:12 PM (OQpzc)

51
"My Obama-bot father loved the "Hunger Games" movie. He thought it represented the struggle of the little guy against the Republican 1-percenters. Really, he said that."

I feel ya'. I spent all weekend having my head Bizarro-fucked by my socialist parents. How do so many otherwise-normal people interpret the obvious so bass-ackwardly? I will never, ever get it.

Posted by: Jaws at November 26, 2012 04:12 PM (4I3Uo)

52 The granaries are empty, the fields are choked with weeds, but the nobles have sharp swords, fancy clothes, and lavish feasts. This is taking the lead in robbery, and it is far from the way.

-Tao te Ching.

Posted by: Cato at November 26, 2012 04:13 PM (gbppU)

53 I used to work in D.C. across the street from the IBD (Inter-American Development Bank), saw lots of beautiful Latin-American ladies going in and out of that building.

Posted by: Serious Cat at November 26, 2012 04:13 PM (UypUQ)

54 Put Elliot Engel and Waxman on a podium.

It's like American Idol from hell.

Posted by: marcus at November 26, 2012 04:13 PM (GGCsk)

55 http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/19-11-2012/122849-obama_soviet_mistake-0/

Posted by: those who don't know history... at November 26, 2012 04:13 PM (Kflw4)

56 When I worked in DC back in the 'oughts I lived in Northern Virginia mostly (really the same place). At one point I worked out of an office in Loudoun County near Dulles. I passed the ferrari and Maserati dealerships every morning. A guy I worked with from an embassy bought a tiny studio townhouse for just under $400,000 nearby. That was considered a good deal.

The cash flows freely in the District.

Posted by: Daybrother at November 26, 2012 04:13 PM (+paCV)

57 Wait- don't you live in DC now Ace?
BURN THE WITCH!

Posted by: Wait at November 26, 2012 04:13 PM (JpC1K)

58 nuke it. we'd be rich the next day. rich.

Posted by: PR at November 26, 2012 04:13 PM (KHo8t)

59 Where there are dead bodies (spritually, that is), there do vultures flock.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at November 26, 2012 04:13 PM (lOmbq)

60 Galleria is ok, some nice dress stores (Betsey Johnson for example) for the ladies but nothing special. and a neiman marcus.

not that this is a point worth really getting into, sorry.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:14 PM (QxSug)

61 the corruption, graft, fraud and out right thieving to line their own pockets in the second admin is going to be unheard of. If any body ever reported it.

We need some of our own hackers. Our own "anonymous". Get those EPA emails, the Benghazi traffic, the outrageous self-dealing.

Posted by: thunderb at November 26, 2012 04:14 PM (Dnbau)

62

The rusted chains of prison moons
Are shattered by the sun.
I walk a road, horizons change
The tournament's begun.
The purple piper plays his tune,
The choir softly sing;
Three lullabies in an ancient tongue,
For the court of the crimson king.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 26, 2012 04:14 PM (QupBk)

63 EC - 28:
Philosophically I agree with you but in practice I disagree.

People need to understand what it means to support these crazy ideas. We need to make those people who are always calling for tax hikes feel the brunt of it, and hard.
Own it assholes, here is what you're voting for. And this is not without precedent. This was done after WWII!!!

As a compromise I would be willing to exempt the first $250k of gross revenues from the movie industry.

OTHERWISE, OWN IT!!!! Seriously, only by experiencing the pain of their own idiocy are we going to change minds and beliefs here. Make them pay, it's what they wanted and voted for.

In the meantime, we need to reduce burden on job creators as much as possible as well as investors.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:15 PM (tVTLU)

64 The Moron Academy kids will have a leg up in the games. For starters, they'll be so used to surviving on free-range hobo that food won't be an issue.

Posted by: Andy at November 26, 2012 04:15 PM (C/NnJ)

65

Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.

Posted by: Old King Log at November 26, 2012 04:15 PM (Pczp2)

66 Hey when are all you guys planning on going Galt?

Soon, right?

Posted by: Olaf at November 26, 2012 04:15 PM (t1NLo)

67

The keeper of the city keys
Put shutters on the dreams.
I wait outside the pilgrim's door
With insufficient schemes.
The black queen chants
the funeral march,
The cracked brass bells will ring;
To summon back the fire witch
To the court of the crimson king.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 26, 2012 04:15 PM (QupBk)

68 I used to work in D.C. across the street from the IBD (Inter-American Development Bank), saw lots of beautiful Latin-American ladies going in and out of that building. Posted by: Serious Cat at November 26, 2012 04:13 PM (UypUQ)

That's the thing about DC. No one is from here. Everyone is from somwhere else.
Needless to say, all the attractive people are from somewhere else.


Posted by: Sean Bannion at November 26, 2012 04:15 PM (sbV1u)

69
Helen Thomas lives in the DC area. She's hawt. A perrineal favorite for AoShq MILF.

Posted by: Walkers! at November 26, 2012 04:16 PM (TYO2p)

70 Hey when are all you guys planning on going Galt? Soon, right? Posted by: Olaf at November 26, 2012 04:15 PM (t1NLo)

When it happens, you'll never know about it.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at November 26, 2012 04:16 PM (sbV1u)

71 I think you're missing the source of the problem: lawyers.

Specifically, people who are educated, trained and exist for no other purpose than to lobby government.

And for some bizarre reason, we are impressed with their half-assed graduate schools and regard them as the most able to rule over us.

In a true republic, you need Cincinnati, people who live real lives in the real world who serve. Instead we have an entrenched multi-generational ruling class and a ridiculously low intellectual bar for entry.

Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2012 04:16 PM (T0NGe)

72 Hey when are all you guys planning on going Galt?

I can only assume that the dunce has an actual secret island lair where he will ride out the storm.

Otherwise, enjoy your bark soup.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 26, 2012 04:16 PM (QupBk)

73 54 Put Elliot Engel and Waxman on a podium.

It's like American Idol from hell.
Posted by: marcus at November 26, 2012 04:13 PM (GGCsk)


Elimination by flamethrower..

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at November 26, 2012 04:17 PM (aC99V)

74
28...I get that we want to punish the libs in Hollywood. I disagree with a Hollywood tax. I would rather starve them by not watching their shit......or torrenting the shit out of it.

Posted by: EC at November 26, 2012 04:08 PM (GQ8sn)

-------------

Just wait till Hollywood gets a bailout.

England has a 'TV tax'....so I'm sure that Hollywood would love to see that happen here.

And I think that they will probablybe going after 'torrenting' now, bigtime.
With prosecutions and crucifixions, to make examples out of people.

Posted by: wheatie at November 26, 2012 04:17 PM (ICEh3)

75

The gardener plants an evergreen
Whilst trampling on a flower.
I chase the wind of a prism ship
To taste the sweet and sour.
The pattern juggler lifts his hand;
The orchestra begin.
As slowly turns the grinding wheel
In the court of the crimson king.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 26, 2012 04:17 PM (QupBk)

76 "My Obama-bot father loved the "Hunger Games" movie. He thought it represented the struggle of the little guy against the Republican 1-percenters. Really, he said that."

It's a shame that the lefty pathology renders them incapable of responding to anything other than their own prejudices. "Capitalism=bad and this character class is bad, ergo they are capitalists, even though they don't produce anything, use force to extract goods and services, and have basically impoverished their society."

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:17 PM (QxSug)

77 >> Boy, if I could get my home IP released from pixy limbo

Email me your IP. Andy at AoSHQ dot com.

Posted by: Andy at November 26, 2012 04:17 PM (C/NnJ)

78 All of those buildings have a lot of wood and other combustibles inside them


things that burn, when ignited.

Posted by: Larry from Laramie at November 26, 2012 04:17 PM (Dll6b)

79 C'mon the list of beautiful DC people goes on...

McConnell? looks like a turkey.

Boehner? Like a transvestite Betty Boop.

Helen Thomas? Ugh.

Harry Reid? A crack-addict Slim Pickens...with Alzheimer's.

Nancy Pelosi? Carol Channings uglier sister who put her lipstick on in the dark.

Posted by: marcus at November 26, 2012 04:17 PM (GGCsk)

80 23 A technology which was abandoned prematurely, imho. I mean, if you could simply tow a trebuchet behind an SUV to Washington, DC, and express your displeasure at the government by lobbing a 25# pumpkin Mini Cooperhalf a mile at the White House, I'd venture you could gridlock the city.

--------

Fixt

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda remembers when Scientific American was good at November 26, 2012 04:18 PM (FzhYM)

81 Hobo flank stew again?

Posted by: Bodkins of Doom at November 26, 2012 04:18 PM (NIZHJ)

82 Didn't Milton Friedman discuss something about the 4 ways you spend money .
DC is "Spending other people's money on yourself." Plain and Simple.

I was just in DC and frankly I hated it. Everybody there is trying to be the next somebody (or claim they knew the next somebody.) And everyone there is living large on an expense account.
Give me the good 'ole midwest any day of the week over that swamp.

Posted by: tsrblke (work) at November 26, 2012 04:18 PM (cdwHs)

83 I also once passed John Ashcroft on the street (as the ex-AJ). Actually, surprisingly handsome in person.

Posted by: Serious Cat at November 26, 2012 04:18 PM (UypUQ)

84

On soft grey mornings widows cry,
The wise men share a joke;
I run to grasp divining signs
To satisfy the hoax.
The yellow jester does not play
But gently pulls the strings
And smiles as the puppets dance
In the court of the crimson king.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 26, 2012 04:18 PM (QupBk)

85 He thought it represented the struggle of the little guy against the Republican 1-percenters. Really, he said that.

That's the irony of it all. The 1%ers are all Democrats. There are no Republicans on Wall Street. Bain itself is run by a Democrat now.

Beware the man who says he's "fighting for you".

I'd really like to sell these Obama voters a bridge. Or, equivalently, stock in a green energy company.

Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2012 04:19 PM (T0NGe)

86 It's not just lobbying either. Supporting (and staffing) the bureaucracy "creates" a lot of dough.

Posted by: Jerry at November 26, 2012 04:19 PM (8noFI)

87 38 So DC = District 9?Yes

----------

So.... I should be stocking up on cat food?

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at November 26, 2012 04:19 PM (FzhYM)

88 when are all you guys planning on going Galt?



Soon, right?

Posted by: Olaf at November 26, 2012 04:15 PM (t1NLo)


'going Galt' is your code term for cornholing you with a fire hose while your Mom watches?

tomorrow, maybe..

Posted by: Larry from Laramie at November 26, 2012 04:20 PM (Dll6b)

89 Hey when are all you guys planning on going Galt?



Soon, right?


Workin' on it...

Posted by: Catalonia at November 26, 2012 04:20 PM (5iuEW)

90 Ha. Jawa:

http://tinyurl.com/cs44pnt

Posted by: Redd Foxx at November 26, 2012 04:20 PM (n/ubI)

91 It's a shame that the lefty pathology renders them incapable of responding to anything other than their own prejudices. Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:17 PM (QxSug)

I actually want them to get everything they want.

Conservatives generally understand a sense that there is such a thing as human nature.

Liberals do not.

So in situations where human nature comes to the fore, liberals are always caught short-handed. Hilarity ensues.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at November 26, 2012 04:20 PM (sbV1u)

92 For the court of the crimson king.
Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 26, 2012 04:14 PM (QupBk)

Isn't that a violatio of the no poetry edict? If we are gonna post poetry, I'm gonna put up Kipling's Recessional.

Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 04:21 PM (OQpzc)

93 The Black Lenin says he is fighting for you and dullards fall for it everytime. Enjoy those new taxes to pay for the free healthcare sobama voters. Entitlements will have to be cut eventually than the wailing and gnashing really begans.

Posted by: a saucerful of sucrets at November 26, 2012 04:21 PM (Kflw4)

94 OT: for you Apple Geeks:

Thinking of buying an iPad for the folks. Would love to get an iPad 4, but my budget won't stretch that far. So, I am looking at an iPad 2, which would be just fine for their usage, but I am concerned about how quickly it will become obsolete or looking into a refurbed iPad 3rd Gen, which Apple is currently out of stock with.

Should I go for the iPad 2 or hold out to see if I can get my hands on an iPad 3rd Gen?

Posted by: Tickled Pink at November 26, 2012 04:21 PM (E1Vkf)

95 Wheatie:

Really, what is the TV tax based on? And what does it go to support?

Amishdude:
Absolutely!! Scum of the earth and a huge, huge problem and drain on society.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:21 PM (tVTLU)

96 >>>Beware the man who says he's "fighting for you".

Posted by: AmishDude

What about Saul?

Posted by: Walkers! at November 26, 2012 04:21 PM (TYO2p)

97 anyone lived in a pretty how town...



Posted by: e e cummings at November 26, 2012 04:22 PM (Dll6b)

98 I have a job where I interact with gov't contractors. It pains me to see SBA rules for the 'little guy' so blatantly mis-used and abused. The idea of 'small business' getting a cut of the federal pie is a corrupt game...and everyone knows it.

The worst offender are the Alaska Native Corporations, which no matter how large they grow, can compete as a 'small business' forever. The other thing that bugs me, small businesses claim they are established in one area of a state to claim "HUBZone" status...but everybody know you just open a small office with maybe 2 people in it, in that particular area to claim the status, and then have your 'real' office as close to D.C. as possible where you can make the deals.

The whole system is incredibly corrupt, weighted in the favor of certain minority statuses, and then allows for all kinds of joint ventures and partnerships to get around the small business rules. Sickening.

Posted by: KJB at November 26, 2012 04:22 PM (ZhB0u)

99 "I get that we want to punish the libs in Hollywood. I disagree with a Hollywood tax. I would rather starve them by not watching their shit......or torrenting the shit out of it."

I have pretty much stopped going to the movies. I cannot bear to see most of the Hollywood liberals on film. I know that Hollywood has always been pretty liberal, but at least they used to show some class. Now all we have are people like Obama-worshipping Foxx, Cher, Matt Damon(who is cute but a shithead Democrat), and Sean Penn. I don't have a problem with boycotting or refusing to see their movies. Punishment through the markets is better than punishment through the government---who will probably find a way to reward the idiots in Hollywood somehow.

Posted by: Mo the Girl at November 26, 2012 04:22 PM (ReyBo)

100 This Obama personality cult stuff and the explosive growth and centralization of federal power are creeping me the hell out. So does the primetime airing of an Oliver Stone Showtime special rehabilitating Joseph Stalin, of all people. So doesthe active collusion of press and government that hides real unemployment figures, inflation rates, and literally bloody scandals.

Call me paranoid and conspiratorial, but I get the palpable sense this is all leading somewhere--where, I don't exactly know. Nowhere good.

Posted by: troyriser at November 26, 2012 04:23 PM (vtiE6)

101 Posted by: Tickled Pink at November 26, 2012 04:21 PM (E1Vkf)

At least one of the iPads no longer gets iOS updates. Dunno what that's going to mean for Apps going foward.
Ipad Mini? (what do those things even cost?)

Posted by: tsrblke (work) at November 26, 2012 04:23 PM (cdwHs)

102 I would say burn the city to the ground but the rats would just flee elsewhere. And Jennifer Lawrence is pretty hot, compared to the rest of Hollywood she's a perfect ten, her curves she's been growing out lately yowzah!

Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at November 26, 2012 04:23 PM (NzBQO)

103 @toby928 Love that scene in Children Of Men with court of the crimson king playing in the background and the bureaucrat lives in the powerplant from the cover of Pink Floyd Animals. Epic.

Posted by: cinema for 500 Alex at November 26, 2012 04:24 PM (Kflw4)

104 yes, it is incredibly corrupt. your point? Oh, that 14th amendment? Just a few more decades until we correct past injustices.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:24 PM (QxSug)

105 71
I think you're missing the source of the problem: lawyers


AD: I knew it was you just by reading that opening. I'm not saying you're wrong, mind you.

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2012 04:24 PM (6TB1Z)

106 91:

Yep, me too. Give it to them good. Even some dems voted Romney because they know that Zero has fucked up the economy something good over the last 4 years.

But still a lot of people blamed bush. That excuse won't be around next time. Make them fucking own it...

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:24 PM (tVTLU)

107 That Bill Whittle speech at Hotair...

It moved.

Posted by: hannitys_hybrid at November 26, 2012 04:25 PM (zpqa2)

108 @101

I did think of the iPad mini, but with my parents' poor eyesight, I figured the bigger the screen, the better.

Posted by: Tickled Pink at November 26, 2012 04:25 PM (E1Vkf)

109
95Wheatie:


Really, what is the TV tax based on? And what does it go to support?


It's a tax that the people in England pay...and it goes to support the BBC.

Posted by: wheatie at November 26, 2012 04:25 PM (ICEh3)

110 Now all we have are people like Obama-worshipping Foxx, Cher, Matt Damon(who is cute but a shithead Democrat), and Sean Penn.

MATT DAMON!!!!!1!

Posted by: MATT DAMON!!!!!1! at November 26, 2012 04:26 PM (5iuEW)

111 >Christie Files Paperwork to Seek Re-election<

Also gets four Big Macs, two large fries and large chocolate shake to go while on his way to the President's Tupperware Party.

Douche.

http://tinyurl.com/chjg9f5

Posted by: marcus at November 26, 2012 04:26 PM (GGCsk)

112 Red Dawn was on last night and the explanation on how the invasion began and more specifically somewhat successfulreally didn't seem as unbelievableas it did to me years ago. Usually its happens the other way around.

Posted by: polynikes at November 26, 2012 04:26 PM (m2CN7)

113 Also, while in DC I once spotted a recognizable journalist (Margaret Carlson, I think), arrive at an appointment via her own driver. Granted, it wasn't a limo or anything, but she had her own driver in a black Lincoln who opened her door as she hurried into some office building.

Posted by: Serious Cat at November 26, 2012 04:26 PM (UypUQ)

114 52 The granaries are empty,the fields are choked with weeds, but the nobles have sharp swords, fancy clothes, and lavish feasts. This is taking the lead in robbery, and it is far from the way.

-Tao te Ching.

Sounds more like France, circa 1789. And that didn't end well.

Posted by: rickb223 Let It Burn at November 26, 2012 04:27 PM (GFM2b)

115 punish hollywood? they make so much money, they don't care. The studios screw over the talent. They're just being used as propaganda. But they're serious when they say they could survive the tax hit.

They literally print money. Us dolts are paying $10+ for will ferrel comedies.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:27 PM (QxSug)

116 AD: I knew it was you just by reading that opening. I'm not saying you're wrong, mind you.

I know, I know, but we create men without skills and expect of them knowledge and wisdom.

Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2012 04:27 PM (T0NGe)

117 Red Dawn was on last night and the explanation on how the invasion began
and more specifically somewhat successfulreally didn't seem as
unbelievableas it did to me years ago.


It's not nearly as unbelievable as the Norks.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at November 26, 2012 04:27 PM (5DR1j)

118 Storm the Bastille for free condoms and birth control?

Posted by: marcus at November 26, 2012 04:27 PM (GGCsk)

119 Hey when are you guys planning to go Galt?

Soon, right?

*******************************************

1/1/2013 -- I've already informed my staff to start looking for other employment. I didn't have the heart to shut it down during the holidays.

Happy New Year parasite!


Posted by: angienc at November 26, 2012 04:28 PM (w3JGl)

120 Really, what is the TV tax based on? And what does it go to support?



Amishdude:

Absolutely!! Scum of the earth and a huge, huge problem and drain on society.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:21 PM (tVTLU)

Supports BBC in England, and they have ways of finding out if you are cheating and not paying your bills. They have people going around and checking to make sure your not "stealing" the signal.

Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at November 26, 2012 04:28 PM (NzBQO)

121 @112 for Red Dawn ver. 2.0 the powerhouse North Korea invaded in search of food.

Posted by: Wolverines! at November 26, 2012 04:28 PM (Kflw4)

122 I was in Katherine Harris's office once and ran into her. She's a pretty older lady.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:28 PM (QxSug)

123 Us dolts are paying $10+ for will ferrel comedies.

Who's this "Us?"

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at November 26, 2012 04:28 PM (5DR1j)

124 Eeyore was an optimist

Posted by: Cricket at November 26, 2012 04:29 PM (DrC22)

125 Why yes, I am having trouble finding things to post.






Your subscription to HotAir Prime expire?

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at November 26, 2012 04:29 PM (TIIx5)

126 I've gone Galt. You pantywaist takers won't feel the effect immediately but its coming. Choke on it.

Posted by: polynikes at November 26, 2012 04:29 PM (m2CN7)

127 I know, I know, but we create men without skills and expect of them knowledge and wisdom. Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2012 04:27 PM (T0NGe)

“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” ~ C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

AD....you're the next C.S. Lewis!

Posted by: Sean Bannion at November 26, 2012 04:29 PM (sbV1u)

128 Absolutely!! Scum of the earth and a huge, huge problem and drain on society.

I didn't say "scum of the earth".

Look, there are good, honest, decent intelligent lawyers in this country.

And I think all seven of them would agree with me that their profession has too much power and influence and is exactly the wrong profession to have such outsized power and influence.

Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2012 04:29 PM (T0NGe)

129 @122 Helen Mirren in Excalibur 1981. She wasn't technically a milf back then.

Posted by: Percival at November 26, 2012 04:29 PM (Kflw4)

130 Wheatie:

Really, what is the TV tax based on? And what does it go to support?

Amishdude:
Absolutely!! Scum of the earth and a huge, huge problem and drain on society.Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:21 PM (tVTLU)De-lurking for a moment...when I was stationed over in the United Kingdom during the 1990s, anyone who watched tv had to pay it. There is one for color television and one for black and white television (which is about 100 pounds cheaper). Anyway, the tv tax is used to pay for the BBC. There is also the Road Tax and MOT. They taxed for everything!

Posted by: I Be That Chick at November 26, 2012 04:29 PM (X20+7)

131 With all the allusions to France, it's easy to forget that the American and Russian revolutions were actually fought over roughly the same things, if not in so stark terms.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at November 26, 2012 04:30 PM (5DR1j)

132 AD....you're the next C.S. Lewis!

Well, I was intentionally paraphrasing the great man.

Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2012 04:30 PM (T0NGe)

133 I demand an AtC/AmishDude smack-down!

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at November 26, 2012 04:31 PM (5DR1j)

134 I can't go Galt on account I have no valuable property nor marketable skills.

Posted by: Serious Cat at November 26, 2012 04:31 PM (UypUQ)

135 "But still a lot of people blamed bush. That excuse won't be around next time."

Yes, it will. We are going to blame him until the end of the Republic. Which may be about four years from now. Well, unless the Mayans were right.

/MTG

Posted by: Maddie All-So-Bright at November 26, 2012 04:31 PM (ReyBo)

136 I blame Grover Cleveland.

Posted by: Broadsword Calling Danny Boy...come in Danny Boy at November 26, 2012 04:32 PM (Kflw4)

137 Just changed the Roku connection to an HDMI cable.

Fuck! It is clearly better.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sdildo at November 26, 2012 04:32 PM (GsoHv)

138 94 Should I go for the iPad 2 or hold out to see if I can get my hands on an iPad 3rd Gen?

-------

Mrs. Chronda loves her retina display.

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda has a hand-me-down iPad 1 at November 26, 2012 04:32 PM (FzhYM)

139
I watch Homeland on TV. Carrie bangs everybody she works with, including her bosses. Obviously, still the way to get ahead in DC.

Posted by: Walkers! at November 26, 2012 04:33 PM (TYO2p)

140 I would go Galt but I haven't produced anything in years. I think I will sit this out.

Posted by: Bodkins of Doom at November 26, 2012 04:33 PM (NIZHJ)

141 Wheatie:

Is it based on a number of TVs owned, or just having service in the first place?

The BBC is the worst. I'd rather fund 100 big birds!! BBC refused to put a statue of George Orwell out front because they said he was too liberal!!
Now that is some brilliantnewspeak for you from the biggest leftist/statist outlet out there.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:33 PM (tVTLU)

142
"tysons corner mall?

hmmm....

not quite rodeo drive, yo"
Want to know how I know you haven't been in those parts of LA (or likely NYC) lately?
FWIW, I travel a great deal - and there is no city in NA w/the growth development of the greater DC area. None.
The transformation of America is complete - folks here just haven't realized it yet...

Posted by: Jess1 at November 26, 2012 04:33 PM (LwGY+)

143 they'll blame bush forever.

You know why? Because the GOP establishment is scared shitless of Bush.

I sorta liked Romney's answer to "don't be bush" but in hindsight, it was the perfect opportunity to bash the fuck out of obama. So many different levels to attack from, including the "what got us here" policy understanding from the guy who sued citibank to give loans to poor people.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:33 PM (QxSug)

144 @122 Helen Mirren in Excalibur 1981. She wasn't technically a milf back then.
Posted by: Percival at November 26, 2012 04:29 PM (Kflw4)

Helen Mirren in 'The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover'. She is amazing at any age.

Posted by: troyriser at November 26, 2012 04:33 PM (vtiE6)

145 I can't go Galt on account I have no valuable property nor marketable skills. Posted by: Serious Cat at November 26, 2012 04:31 PM (UypUQ)

Compared to what's out there in the workforce now, reaching the age of puberty, making change for a dollar, and being able to receite the alphabet without stuttering now make you a valuable worker.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at November 26, 2012 04:34 PM (sbV1u)

146 Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2012 04:29 PM (T0NGe)

An old and dear friend is one of the seven.

And yet he is curiously detached when we discuss obvious flaws in the system. Even the best of them have become inured to the inequity of the law.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sdildo at November 26, 2012 04:34 PM (GsoHv)

147 "But still a lot of people blamed bush. That excuse won't be around next time."

The real issue is the destruction of the GOP brand. We will continue to lose if we insist on running candidates within that turd.

Posted by: hannitys_hybrid at November 26, 2012 04:34 PM (zpqa2)

148 135 "But still a lotof people blamed bush. That excuse won't be around next time."

Yes, it will. We are going to blame him until the end of the Republic. Which may be about four years from now. Well,unless the Mayans were right.

/MTG


Well, if the Mayans were right, teh JEF doesn't get a second term. Then again, I don't put too much stock in a civilization that can predict the end of the world, but can't even predict their OWN end.

Posted by: rickb223 Let It Burn at November 26, 2012 04:34 PM (GFM2b)

149 Since this is an open thread I can relate this.I caught the end of a Jim Brown blaxploitation flick called "Slaughter" the other night.Car chase ends with the bad guy (Rip Torn)injured and trapped in his upside down car.Slaughter asks him if he was the guy that killed his(Slaughters) parents."Yeah,I killed them,I'm good at it.Now get me out of this car you dumb n*gger."Needless to say,he didn't help him.

Posted by: steevy at November 26, 2012 04:35 PM (9XBK2)

150 I've never been to LA but I watch Entourage.

I've been to flyover country and it's a ghost town, I've seen that. I've also seen the construction bubble filling up the great outdoors with mcmansions and grocery stores the size of football stadiums.

What fucking lunacy.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:35 PM (QxSug)

151
I remember when strippers in the Tidal Basin were an every day occurrence.

Posted by: Walkers! at November 26, 2012 04:35 PM (TYO2p)

152 Frank J's satirical masterpiece was simply prescient.

US was debating nuking the moon in the 50's. Story in nick.

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 45% more DOOM! at November 26, 2012 04:35 PM (xAtAj)

153 post-scient?

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 45% more DOOM! at November 26, 2012 04:36 PM (xAtAj)

154 I keep coming on these threads to try some way to put my heartbreak for this country into words. All I feel, though, is anger. Is there no one in DC that gives a shit beyond their own gain anymore? I'm even starting to lose faith in the so-called conservatives there. Not that they don't believe in conservatism, but that their voices are being completely silenced.

One voice, one rule.

Posted by: Soona at November 26, 2012 04:36 PM (0byV7)

155 Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:28 PM (QxSug)

Did she put out?

Posted by: typical piggish moron at November 26, 2012 04:36 PM (GsoHv)

156 I'm just hoping post-Galt society we need computer scientists....


gonna go brush up on my longbow skills.

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 45% more DOOM! at November 26, 2012 04:37 PM (xAtAj)

157 the GOP brand? remember how we made liberal a bad word? Those were the days. Yet, for some reason, romney chose not to call obama a tax and spend liberal who ran up the deficit to pay for gay marriage abortions (see, cause obama also paid to have the gheys get pregnant in the first place, just to abort them).

Romney's too classy or too scared to do that. Rick Perry, if he learned to speak, I betcha woulda put that on his campaign website, bumpersticker, debate prep, everywhere.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:37 PM (QxSug)

158 Dooom or be doomed!

Posted by: doom sludge metal at November 26, 2012 04:37 PM (Kflw4)

159 Avg movie ticket in 2012: $7.94
Avg movie ticket in 2002: $5.81
Spider-Man released in both years, Superhero movies and teen book flicks are saving the movies right now, if you add in kid movies I think they account for around 33% of revenue.

Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at November 26, 2012 04:38 PM (NzBQO)

160 Bannion:
What a GREAT CS Lewis quote. I actually started reading again last night, first in the Game of Thrones series.

I haven't read for pleasure in forever since my job requires so much reading. And I quit smoking, I think this time for good!! Did anyone else feel the nicotine leave their body, it's kind of like my eyeballs are tingling or something crazy.
AD:

Yeah I know, but your comment re all seven made me laugh out loud!! hilarious.

AngieNC:

Really? Very sorry to hear that.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:38 PM (tVTLU)

161
141Wheatie:

Is it based on a number of TVs owned, or just having service in the first place?


I really don't know the details.
I just know that it has been in place for decades...to fund the govt-run BBC, which is now very liberal.

The BBC used to be rather conservative, though...and outlawed Rock and Roll, in it's early days.
But now the conservative thought-police has been taken over by the liberal thought-police.


Posted by: wheatie at November 26, 2012 04:38 PM (ICEh3)

162 Helen Mirren in 'The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover'.

I watched this due to previous AoSHQ comments playing up the promise of juicy bits. I was not expecting a movie so incredibly odd.

Posted by: Waterhouse at November 26, 2012 04:39 PM (4Lo/K)

163 131 With all the allusions to France, it's easy to forget that the American and Russian revolutions were actually fought over roughly the same things, if not in so stark terms.


I disagree.

The Russian Revolution was about the Bolsheviks filling a power vaccum to handle problems caused by a major war and a badly run attempt at modernization. The catalyst was the Tsar's abdication after bread riots in Petrograd. The major players were communist radicals and old Tsarists.

The American Revolution was about historically autonomous colonies resisting a king's attempt to assert control over them. There was a power structure in place at the state level to handle local affairs which very readily created a Congress. The catalyst was severity by the Crown in Boston.

The French and Russian revolutions are very similar to each other - both were in corrupt regimes which were attempting reform under mild but autocratic despots. Both were ignited by bread riots. Both turned into Terrors.

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at November 26, 2012 04:39 PM (hrAg/)

164 The real issue is the destruction of the GOP brand. We will continue to lose if we insist on running candidates within that turd.
Posted by: hannitys_hybrid at November 26, 2012 04:34 PM (zpqa2)

GOP ruined their own brand. Fiscal conservtives? It is to laugh. The Bushes made that shit a bad joke.

Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 04:39 PM (OQpzc)

165 @145

Wrong! Being able to recite the alphabet and make change would actually make you OVERqualified to work in today's workforce.

The more airheaded, braindead, and desperate for work a person is, the more likely their shot at getting a job.

Posted by: Tickled Pink at November 26, 2012 04:40 PM (E1Vkf)

166 The fact remains that even our well-educated citizens are not sufficiently aware of the problems we face.

Ask a typical professional and you will discover a shallow and incomplete understanding of even the concept of debt.

Ask a college student and you will find a vacuousness that boggles the mind.

My nephew, a 20-year-old at an excellent school, and no dummy, looked blank when asked about Benghazi.

We are well and truly fucked.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at November 26, 2012 04:41 PM (GsoHv)

167 Some days I awaken hoping that al Qaeda has done us all a favour.

Posted by: Walter Bigelow Wriston at November 26, 2012 04:41 PM (e8kgV)

168 GOP ruined their own brand. Fiscal conservtives? It is to laugh. The Bushes made that shit a bad joke.

Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 04:39 PM (OQpzc)

Exactly. Conservatives tried the "rebuild from within" idea and as expected, it amounted to turd-polishing. Are we really going to keep trying?

Posted by: hannitys_hybrid at November 26, 2012 04:42 PM (zpqa2)

169 I demand an AtC/AmishDude smack-down!

Oh, I'm not a professional rhetoritician, I'm just a little mathematician who proves his little theorems, I couldn't possibly compete with a professional.

Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2012 04:42 PM (T0NGe)

170 With all the allusions to France, it's easy to forget that the American
and Russian revolutions were actually fought over roughly the same
things, if not in so stark terms.


How so?

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2012 04:42 PM (6TB1Z)

171 toby928© for TB at November 26, 2012 04:15 PM (QupBk)

I usb'd a flash drive with about a 1,000 mp3's for the wife's new car. Gave her song #1 and #2, but #3 song in the playlist was THAT. I don't even know what the hell the song is about, but I don't care.

I don't know any music that sounds so good at 130 decibels as King Crimson. The wife only recently figured out why the picture frames she likes to put on top of my speakers crash to the ground and shatter. If I don't see smoke coming out of my speaker boxes, I crank it up a little louder.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at November 26, 2012 04:42 PM (feFL6)

172 You can tell from the skyline whether a city is booming or busting. A booming city has a skyline full of construction cranes. The minute those cranes leave, you are in trouble. Washington has plenty of cranes.

Posted by: Tantor at November 26, 2012 04:42 PM (659DL)

173 betcha woulda put that on his campaign website, bumpersticker, debate prep, everywhere.
Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:37 PM (QxSug)

I really wanted Romney to win, to buy me time for the end, but that third debate sucked balls. He might as well have greased his own ass and bent over the table. It was cringe worthy, and pathetic.

I had to convice myself he was lying to the fence sitters, and not me.

Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 04:43 PM (OQpzc)

174 Minorities Disproportionately Worse Off Under Obama

"It is puzzling that so many minorities voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney considering how disproportionately they have suffered economically during Obama’s presidency. Black unemployment under Obama increased at a higher pace than whites, from 12.7% to 14.1%, ending at almost twice the unemployment rate of whites. Now, one out of every seven blacks is unemployed. White unemployment barely increased under Obama, from 7.1% to 7.4%.

Blacks’ median income has fallen 11.1% under Obama, more than twice as much as whites. The disparity in wealth between whites and blacks nearly doubled during Obama’s tenure. According to CNN, the median net worth of the average white person is now 22 times as much as the the average black person’s wealth, $110,729 to $4,995. The disparity between white and Hispanic wealth increased to a 15 to 1 ratio."


....

Where is your God now?!?! Bwhahahahahha!

Oh, and fuck you Philadelphia. You too Detroit.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at November 26, 2012 04:43 PM (sbV1u)

175 Steyn guest hosted El Rushbo and was on fire as usual. News blurbs about China building the tallest skyscraper in 90 days and Japan having a 300mph hover bullet train. I bet our competitors practice incompetence is skill and touchy feely social programs too.

Posted by: they didn't build that at November 26, 2012 04:44 PM (Kflw4)

176 I blame James Polk for pushing California into the Union. Damn him.

Posted by: Zac at November 26, 2012 04:44 PM (F6KtL)

177 174 It don't matter because Uncle Sugar will pick up the slack.The poor worshipped FDR too.

Posted by: steevy at November 26, 2012 04:44 PM (9XBK2)

178 166:

I do fear for that shit. And the sad fact is that they all act as if they are soooo intelligent...

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:45 PM (tVTLU)

179 The GOP must be destroyed. And the cool thing is, it will destroy itself. I just want to help, so it happens *faster*...

Posted by: hannitys_hybrid at November 26, 2012 04:46 PM (zpqa2)

180 China has all sorts of construction going on,not necessarily a sign of economic well being.Building empty cities and such.Not to mention enormous amounts of corruption that result in shoddy construction.

Posted by: steevy at November 26, 2012 04:47 PM (9XBK2)

181 That InstaColumn annoys me in a way that's kind of hard to explain. So, here comes a poorly formed rant.

One reason I was initially drawn, as a yoot, to writing and commentary by conservatives, though I never was and never will be a con at heart, was because they analogized present events and conditions to smart-guy historical, literary, and philosophical stuff, about which they seemed knowledgeable. They quoted Juvenal and Maimonides while the other guys quoted Neil Young and TV commercials and Cheech & Chong. Cons were intellectuals (the real kind) and their lefty counterparts were loopy celebrity-culture dipshits (and still are). So I could take cons seriously, but not libs. And that stuck with me.

Do any of you who existed in the '70s and '80s remember when/if it was like that? That's what I *think* I remember, but I may be wrong.

Anyway, Glenn's column makes a fine point that I frequently make myself--or at least I think it does. But I don't know what The Hunger Games is. I'm not a teenage girl. "It's a thing for teenage girls" is *everything* I know about it. And his *reliance* on the reference, and on the reader's familiarity with it, makes me think he's a loopy celebrity-culture dipshit.

This isn't his fault alone; like he says, its an analogy that's already appeared conservative commentary. You guys are trying to make it A Thing, I guess. But--what thing? WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!

And really, up on the meta, now that the popular media is a wall-to-wall other-partisan circlejerk, maybe it's the *worst possible time* for you opposition guys to be talking like you're totally down with it--and your readers have to be down with it, too, to know what you're talking about.

I mean, that book has only sold a few hundred thousand copies, and the movie only sold a few million tickets. *More people* would get an analogy to the Roman conquest of England (or a quote from a Dead Kennedys song) than will get a reference to The Hunger Games. So why be all dipshitty?

...It's probably just a personal peeve, but I've noticed this sort of thing happening more often lately than it used to, and it always seems so dissonant and dorky and dumb. Appealing to "LIVs" and *being dumb* are uncorrelated. Idiots loved Reagan, and he was a Shakespeare-droppin' motherfucker. They *liked* when he did that.

Posted by: oblig. at November 26, 2012 04:47 PM (cePv8)

182 "You're likely to get a much better return from an investment of $1
million on lobbying than on a similar investment in, say, a new factory
or better worker training."


Throw in another $1
million for campaign contributions and then tell me again which party is for the middle class!


BTW, the answer is "Neither party".

Posted by: Hrothgar - L.I.B or SMOD (for the Children) at November 26, 2012 04:47 PM (Cnqmv)

183 >
Steyn guest hosted El Rushbo and was on fire as usual.


he remarked he was doing the show from New Hampshire, and invited people to drop by for a visit as they flee the country

Posted by: Jones in CO at November 26, 2012 04:48 PM (8sCoq)

184 I watched this due to previous AoSHQ comments playing up the promise of juicy bits. I was not expecting a movie so incredibly odd.
Posted by: Waterhouse at November 26, 2012 04:39 PM (4Lo/K)

What's not to like? Helen Mirren, sex, gangsters, cannibalism...? Imagine the pitch meeting for that flick.

Posted by: troyriser at November 26, 2012 04:48 PM (vtiE6)

185 @173 Yup. Romney was advised to coast.

there was so much to do in that debate. Obama's foreign policy was insane.

He took the peace prize and later on attacked everyone, abandoned isreal, pissed off allies, and kissed up to enemies...meddling in democratic elections in South America.

He shoulda pulled an Obama and fought Obama from his left and his right by going after Patriot Act, going peacenik, and readopting the Bush pre-911 policy of "hey chill, no military adverturism here, dudes" (remember those days?).

You may laugh BUT Romney was milked of about 1,000,000 votes by the circus monkey libertarian candidate.

If Romney's values were better explained, then who knows.

And look, our alleged evil racism and 1% status is baked in the pie. You have to fight through that, not pander through it, eh?

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:48 PM (QxSug)

186 Rick Perry, if he learned to speak, I betcha woulda put that on his campaign website, bumpersticker, debate prep, everywhere.


If.

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2012 04:49 PM (6TB1Z)

187 Maybe that fault in VA that rocked DC with a 5.8 earthquake in August of 2011 could dial it up a full point on the Richter scale while all the crooks and rent seekers are in town

That or a nice SMOD, the Potomac flooding, a bad ice storm, or an F-5 tornado

Posted by: kbdabear at November 26, 2012 04:49 PM (wwsoB)

188 Ask a typical professional and you will discover a shallow and incomplete understanding of even the concept of debt. Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at November 26, 2012 04:41 PM (GsoHv)

I had this conversation with a co-worker. She went to Cornell (BA) and MIT (MA).

Me: So you took econ, right?
Her: Of course.
M: So you read Keynes, Marx, some Krugman.
H: Yup
M: Ever read von Mises or Hayek?
H: Who?

BTW, a rather broad understanding of economics is at the heart of what my office does.

Yes, we are well and truly fucked.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at November 26, 2012 04:50 PM (sbV1u)

189
I have a job where I interact with gov't contractors. It pains me to see
SBA rules for the 'little guy' so blatantly mis-used and abused. The
idea of 'small business' getting a cut of the federal pie is a corrupt
game...and everyone knows it.


The worst offender are the Alaska Native Corporations, which no
matter how large they grow, can compete as a 'small business' forever.
The other thing that bugs me, small businesses claim they are
established in one area of a state to claim "HUBZone" status...but
everybody know you just open a small office with maybe 2 people in it,
in that particular area to claim the status, and then have your 'real'
office as close to D.C. as possible where you can make the deals.



The whole system is incredibly corrupt, weighted in the favor of
certain minority statuses, and then allows for all kinds of joint
ventures and partnerships to get around the small business rules.
Sickening.


Posted by: KJB at November 26, 2012 04:22 PM (ZhB0u)
THIS!I've worked for over a dozen years as a defense contractor for various large and small consulting firms. The usual MO for the Alaskan Native Corporations (one of which bought out my old employer) is to start a consulting business (or buy a struggling one), grow it with set aside contracts until is exceeds SBA revenue and employee limits, then start the process all over again.

Posted by: rabidsquirrel at November 26, 2012 04:50 PM (YQ4mh)

190 Why blame Polk? California was solid red until, after prop 183 (IIRC) was struck down, Uncle Bill shipped over 1,000,000 new citizens along with, what, 3 million illegals into california.

Remember, in 2000, Cali had a GOP governor who thought he could fight the union thugs honestly.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:50 PM (QxSug)

191 Comrade dear leader the messiah will smote the earthquake with his magic staff.

Posted by: weird tales at November 26, 2012 04:50 PM (Kflw4)

192 News blurbs about China building the tallest skyscraper in 90 days and Japan having a 300mph hover bullet train.

And I wouldn't trade places with either of those countries. It isn't just the US that's in a jam, and I fancy our chances a lot more than China's or Japan's.

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2012 04:51 PM (6TB1Z)

193 Posted by: oblig. at November 26, 2012 04:47 PM (cePv


The re-education camp commandant will be sending you a personalized invitation shortly as your indoctrination in current culture is insufficient.


If you want to read a classicist's viewpoint, look for Victor Davis Hansen work.

Posted by: Hrothgar - L.I.B or SMOD (for the Children) at November 26, 2012 04:51 PM (Cnqmv)

194 hannity's hybrid:

I would tend to agree, if the GOP cannot come up with a candidate that came from regular, middle class America that can speak to what the American dream really is, then we are truly and totally fucked and a third party might be called for.

But limited federal government conservative principles should unite us all, including the Ron Paul folks. Hell, if I was a pub candidate I would pledge to make Ron Paul the secretary of Treasury and Rand Paul the attorney fucking general.

That's why Reagan was so great, he was true and true a conservative. Even herbert walker bush knew that as he told Gorby.

The country club types that run the establishment are there at our fucking whims. They need to remember that shit. we don't really care about the higher taxes on the rich crap as much as we hate the class warfare garbage.

If these idiots really had a plan to balance the budget and pay off the debt most conservatives would be ok with a little more taxes.

It's just ALL A LIE. We need real conservatives with real backgrounds to run in 2016.
Marco Rubio-Tom Cotton 2016!!!!!!!!!!!

Just my two cents.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:51 PM (tVTLU)

195 If.
Posted by: pep at November 26, 2012 04:49 PM (6TB1Z)

I'm happy to have him as governor. He really is a decent human.

Republic of Texas to do worse. Like some shit heel that Rove likes.

Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 04:51 PM (OQpzc)

196 Helen Mirren in Savage Messiah
Helen Mirren in Age of Consent


google it people

Posted by: Jones in CO at November 26, 2012 04:52 PM (8sCoq)

197 yeah, think of how perry went after Romney in debates. Do you think Perry would have let Candy Crowly cover Obama's ass (here's a line that's 3+ weeks too late "wow, candy, the secret service is going to give you the medal of honor for taking that bullet for the president.") when she lied about Libya?

We were all disappointed in Perry for his speaking problems but maybe we need a Texas governor to fight for us.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:52 PM (QxSug)

198 >Helen Mirren in Savage Messiah



carpet matches the drapes

Posted by: Jones in CO at November 26, 2012 04:53 PM (8sCoq)

199 Again with the hind-sight ,blame Romney crap. Almost everyone except his harshest criticsthought Romney had run a very good campaign evidenced by the rallys, polls and yes , the debates.The election results were a surprise to everyone on both sides.

Posted by: polynikes at November 26, 2012 04:53 PM (m2CN7)

200 I'm happy to have him as governor.

Great. Because that's as far as he's going to go. There is a limit to just how poor a public speaker you can be and still win national office. Well, on our side, anyway.

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2012 04:53 PM (6TB1Z)

201 Sobama voters have never heard of Benghazi or the economy. The glow from their messiah's halo and chanting in the cult circle jerk is all they need.

Posted by: electric frost at November 26, 2012 04:53 PM (Kflw4)

202 >>>With all the allusions to France, it's easy to forget that the American
and Russian revolutions were actually fought over roughly the same
things, if not in so stark terms.

I'd say no unless you're talking about the 1905 revolution. The driving force behind the American revolution was the crown's abuse of the colonies as compared to the rights enjoyed by the English citizens in England. The 1917 Bolshevik revolution was driven by widespread poverty and want, a fuel for unrest eventually harvested by the Bolsheviks, who, then never solved the problem, and simply spread it around.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose is Shrugging at November 26, 2012 04:54 PM (0q2P7)

203 Republic of Texas to do worse. Like some shit heel that Rove likes.
Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 04:51 PM (OQpzc)

You do know it was Rove that convinced Perry to change from Democrat to Republican right?

Posted by: polynikes at November 26, 2012 04:54 PM (m2CN7)

204 Mises, Hayek, and Friedman should be REQUIRED READING in high school advanced/college econ. classes.

Period.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:54 PM (tVTLU)

205 That Steyn guy should start his own blog.

Posted by: Butters at November 26, 2012 04:55 PM (NIZHJ)

206 196
Helen Mirren in Savage Messiah
Helen Mirren in Age of Consent


google it people


Let's face it, the woman just likes gittin' nekkid' in public. NTTAWWT.

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2012 04:55 PM (6TB1Z)

207 oh, I know it's hindsight. We're still devastated after that loss, looking for answers.

Obviously, two dumbfucks couldn't answer basic questions about basic abortion policy without sounding like, well, you know what the left did with those sound bites. We had values thrust upon Romney's economy only electioneering and we thought it would fly.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:55 PM (QxSug)

208 Really? Very sorry to hear that.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:38 PM

***********************************************

Why would you be sorry to hear that? When you take into account the stress I'm under to bust my ass to make enough money to pay my overhead (payroll, taxes, etc) who needs it when my *personal* take home pay will only be a couple of thou less a year this way.

When I say LIB, I mean it. I'm going to be fine because I understand the difference between "want" and "need."

Plus, I'm already outstanding at archery and I can field dress a deer PDQ.

Heck, all in all, my quality of life might just go up.

Posted by: angienc at November 26, 2012 04:55 PM (w3JGl)

209 What is that movie where the Latin dude lusts for Helen Mirren and she says but I'm old and he proceeds to roger her with great vigor and relish?

Posted by: Atlas Farted at November 26, 2012 04:55 PM (Kflw4)

210 @ 183 - Heh, Ice Station EIB. I really do wish Steyn would get his own national show. He really is a treat.

Posted by: ErikW at November 26, 2012 04:56 PM (4dbkV)

211 Just my two cents.
Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:51 PM (tVTLU)

Marco Rubio will disappoint you. He is the same kind of smarmy asshole as McCain.

Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 04:56 PM (OQpzc)

212 Uh-oh. Just unwrapped my last office Twinkie. How long until the Chinese rescue us from our barren Twinkie-less wasteland?

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at November 26, 2012 04:56 PM (xGZ+b)

213 and T-paw quit too early. He was able to use words properly

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:56 PM (QxSug)

214 Basically, the UK licence fee is annual and it's 150 pounds if you own a color device and 50 if black and white.

But it's per household not per device.

It's totally Orwellian because they come to your house if you don't have one.

And it's becoming a joke because you can get around it as long as you don't get "live TV". People aren't taking advantage of it so much yet but, technically, if you watch delayed TV such as through the BBC iPlayer service (like iTunes but free) then you don't have to pay.

The funny thing is that it's an antiquated system that was revised last in the 70s (when radios were not sufficient for license fees) but it really serves as a general household tax except that enforcement is a huge part of the budget.


Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2012 04:57 PM (T0NGe)

215
This thread has a sort of politcal theme, so let me throw some of my recent conclusions, looking at election data for the states, vs 2008. Here are some curious facts:

(1) There were 7.5% fewer votes in 2012 vs. 2008. 75% of that drop occurred in BLUE states, 18% occurred in RED states, and only 7% of that drop was from swing states.

(2) Turnout was only down 1.7% in swing states, and half of that was due to MI, which probably should be called a BLUE state. It was down 15% in BLUE states, and 4% in RED states.

(3) 40% of the drop in turnout was from CA alone. CA had a 29% drop. Obama lost 32% there, while the Republican side lost 27%. 15% of the drop was NY, which was down 19% (R and D both dropped 20%, 3rd party was up 14%).

(4) 3rd party voting was up 17% (30% in RED states, 11% in RED, 13% in swing).

(5) Obama did worse in all but 4 states. He gained 8% in AK, since Palin wasn't running this time. He also gained 1.5% or less in NJ (due to the storm), and LA and MS (where there was apparently Katrina-based storm sympathy).

(6) Obama lost 18% of his votes in BLUE states, 10% in REDs, and 6% in swing states. Republicans lost 12% of their votes in BLUE states, but only 0.4% in RED (because there was a lower turnout in AK and AZ, Palin's and McCain's states). Republicans GAINED 2.7% more votes in the swing states.

(7) In swing states, Republican votes went up 12% in NV and WI, and Obama lost 13% in MI, 11% in PA, and 8% in OH.

( Aside from MI (which followed the trend of the BLUE states), OH and PA were the only swing states thatlost over 1% in turnout (both lost over 5%), and these were the only two swing states where the Republican lost votes (3.0% and 1.4%, respectively).

Posted by: Optimizer at November 26, 2012 04:58 PM (Mxt9o)

216 You do know it was Rove that convinced Perry to change from Democrat to Republican right?
Posted by: polynikes at November 26, 2012 04:54 PM (m2CN7)

An Perry remained pure anyway. Must have made Rove sad.

Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 04:58 PM (OQpzc)

217 Let's hope we don't go the way of The Hunger Games. It may have ended well for a handful of the characters, but most of them wound up dead and a bunch of the districts were firebombed into oblivion.

Posted by: Adam_ME at November 26, 2012 04:58 PM (0MqC8)

218 171 I don't know any music that sounds so good at 130 decibels...

You're looking for Slayer...specifically _Reign In Blood_. From the first note to the last, there has never been a more definitive work in the history of bone-breaking, tooth-chipping, devastating metal.

If 28 minute orgasms existed in my world, that's pretty much what they'd sound like.

Posted by: Rob McNeece at November 26, 2012 04:59 PM (hNXHo)

219 "Washington is rich not because it makes valuable things, but because it is powerful."

Unfortunately, bureaucrats think that writing regulations that make lawyers rich is making valuable things... and they'll fight to keep it that way. Telling the farmer how much wheat he can plant of how many cows he can milk is more valuable than the wheat or milk.

So if it keeps going this way, I suggest you learn to develop a taste for paper.

Posted by: mallfly at November 26, 2012 04:59 PM (bJm7W)

220 @217 A glorious chocolate fountains and rainbow utopia will commence with the next five year plan.

Posted by: the hills have eyes at November 26, 2012 05:00 PM (Kflw4)

221 I don't know any music that sounds so good at 130 decibels...

try Richard Strauss' "Zarathustra".

Posted by: mallfly at November 26, 2012 05:00 PM (bJm7W)

222 Again with the hind-sight ,blame Romney crap. Almost
everyone except his harshest critics thought Romney had run a very good
campaign evidenced by the rallys, polls and yes , the debates.The
election results were a surprise to everyone on both sides.



Posted by: polynikes at November 26, 2012 04:53 PM (m2CN7)

I think most of us thought Romney ran a campaign that was "good enough for government work" not that he ran a "very good campaign". He missed so many obvious points that could have been meaningfully critiqued and exposed to the dumocracy voters via the debates, but instead chose to look like he wasn't interested in pointing out areas of substantive policy difference between him and the Obamaster.
No presidential campaign rests upon a single issue like "jobs" and a "growing economy".

Posted by: Hrothgar - L.I.B or SMOD (for the Children) at November 26, 2012 05:00 PM (Cnqmv)

223 An Perry remained pure anyway. Must have made Rove sad.
Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 04:58 PM (OQpzc)

If by pure you mean, opportunistic, yes Perry is as pure as the driven snow.

Posted by: polynikes at November 26, 2012 05:01 PM (m2CN7)

224 "We were all disappointed in Perry for his speaking problems but maybe we need a Texas governor to fight for us."

I don't think America will elect another Texas governor president for at least fifty years. The memories of LBJ and Bush II are too deeply ingrained.

Posted by: Jordan at November 26, 2012 05:02 PM (jRfn3)

225 re 214: I remember reading about an immigrant who claimed the tv was only so his relatives could watch video tapes in their native language, and he still had to pay up.

Posted by: mallfly at November 26, 2012 05:02 PM (bJm7W)

226 Optimizer, good points. However, we're waiting for votes to dribble in and all that to get a true idea of the numbers.

Big points though. We lost a lot of Senate seats. Obama did not win states with voter ID laws.

Those senate seats are killer. We should have had the senate now to force a goddamn budget on TFG.

I think DNC voter fraud was insane this election cycle. They targeted it too to get Lizzy Warren in and so on.

but good points. Obama must have been VERY popular in 2008 and he deflated a lot.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 05:02 PM (QxSug)

227 It's just ALL A LIE. We need real conservatives with real backgrounds to run in 2016.

Marco Rubio-Tom Cotton 2016!!!!!!!!!!!



Just my two cents.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 04:51 PM

You'll get Jeb Bush-Chris Christie and you'll LIKE it!

Anyone else is unelectable. I'll see to that

Posted by: Karl Rove at November 26, 2012 05:03 PM (wwsoB)

228 Rove and various other consultants have all those winning campaigns as a feather in their cap. Those winners like Bob Dole and John McCain and now Romney. You know those same consultants who now tell republicans to be liberals lite.

Posted by: insert a name here at November 26, 2012 05:03 PM (Kflw4)

229 If 28 minute orgasms existed in my world, that's pretty much what they'd sound like.
Posted by: Rob McNeece at November 26, 2012 04:59 PM (hNXHo)

The music of apocalypse will be metal.

Here's one I like:

ARCH ENEMY - My Apocalypse (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZM-d2qD15E

Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 05:04 PM (OQpzc)

230 try Richard Strauss' "Zarathustra".


Posted by: mallfly at November 26, 2012 05:00 PM (bJm7W)

I'm partial to Wagner's "Der Fliegende Hollander"!

Posted by: Hrothgar - L.I.B or SMOD (for the Children) at November 26, 2012 05:04 PM (Cnqmv)

231 Oblivion?

Posted by: Dovakhiin at November 26, 2012 05:04 PM (NIZHJ)

232 Electric Wizard is the soundtrack of the end. Dooom!

Posted by: Merlin at November 26, 2012 05:05 PM (Kflw4)

233 As long as the Republican candidate agrees to the Dem rules of what can and cannot be discussed, the only hope is that they're all in one place when it catches fire

Posted by: kbdabear at November 26, 2012 05:05 PM (wwsoB)

234 Siegfried's Funeral March always cheers me up.

Posted by: Gonad the Barbarian at November 26, 2012 05:06 PM (Kflw4)

235 AngieNC:
Field dress a deer, fantastic!! Well best of luck regardless, just didn't want to see your business be negatively affected by this bs.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 26, 2012 05:06 PM (tVTLU)

236 we need a seance to get advice from lee atwater

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 05:07 PM (QxSug)

237 236 Easier to send Rove there.

Posted by: Butters at November 26, 2012 05:07 PM (NIZHJ)

238 Unfortunately, bureaucrats think that writing regulations that make lawyers rich is making valuable things.

Let me boil down my problem with lawyers.

Tedious, unnecessary paperwork is considered a drain on productivity in the real world.

To lawyers, it's just more billable hours.

Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2012 05:09 PM (T0NGe)

239
223...If by pure you mean, opportunistic, yes Perry is as pure as the driven snow.

Posted by: polynikes at November 26, 2012 05:01 PM (m2CN7)

-----------

So you think that Romney isn't "opportunistic"?
One of the basic things of being good at business...is being 'opportunistic'.

I don't understand you, polynikes.
You live in Texas, right?
Texas has flourished under Rick Perry...so I simply do not understand your hatred towards him.

Posted by: wheatie at November 26, 2012 05:10 PM (ICEh3)

240 If by pure you mean, opportunistic, yes Perry is as pure as the driven snow.
Posted by: polynikes at November 26, 2012 05:01 PM (m2CN7)

I fully support Rick Perry. You must not have delved into all the prep he's done. Or you are a fucktard.

One of those.

Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 05:11 PM (OQpzc)

241 I'd have to stick with the "1812."

One of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes strips is when they're listening to it and Calvin wonders what the loud explosions are. Hobbes mentions that they're cannons to which Calvin replies (I think), "And they play this in crowded concert halls? COOL!"

Posted by: ErikW at November 26, 2012 05:12 PM (4dbkV)

242 115
punish hollywood? they make so much money, they don't care. The
studios screw over the talent. They're just being used as propaganda.
But they're serious when they say they could survive the tax hit.



They literally print money. Us dolts are paying $10+ for will ferrel comedies.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 04:27 PM

Because of Twilight and Skyfall, Hollywood had a huge weekend. Nobody complained that the people who work in the cineplexes had to be away from their families and get only minimum wage.

Movie theaters are very big energy users, and the taxes on junk foods will make the night at the AMC 20's even more expensive

Hollywood lefties might end up pricing themselves out of business

Posted by: kbdabear at November 26, 2012 05:12 PM (wwsoB)

243 As long as the Republican candidate agrees to the
Dem rules of what can and cannot be discussed, the only hope is that
they're all in one place when it catches fire



Posted by: kbdabear at November 26, 2012 05:05 PM (wwsoB)

And as long as the repubs accept the bastardization of the language by the dems and refuse to correct them, we are screwed. Prime example is the term "Bush Tax Cuts" which should always be corrected by a repub as "Oh, you mean the current Obama tax rates that need to be increased!"

"It is racist to call Susan Rice incompetent!", followed by "Would you say that Condoleeza Rice was a competent Sec State?"

Other Examples abound.

Posted by: Hrothgar - L.I.B or SMOD (for the Children) at November 26, 2012 05:12 PM (Cnqmv)

244 James Madison was a genius - Virginia will never go hungry with the federal behemoth right next door.

Posted by: Mike Jonze at November 26, 2012 05:13 PM (XpAxm)

245 Electric Wizard is the soundtrack of the end. Dooom!

No way. Jim Morrison, while still at room temperature, singing, "This is the end" is MY soundtrack of the end.

'Apocalypse Now' may have sucked on major levels, especially when Marlon Brando entered, but the first couple of minutes, with slow-mo copters, napalm dropping, and Morrison whining, was true fucking art.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at November 26, 2012 05:13 PM (feFL6)

246 I would be a hell of a lot madder about this, if I hadn't just received the assessment for my 1947 Arlington, VA tract house.... $800,000? Yee-haw!

Down with the rabble who live in fly-over country! We're doing well here at the Court of Obama!

Posted by: Kasper Hauser at November 26, 2012 05:13 PM (HqpV0)

247 Incompetence!!

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch is Eddie Willers at November 26, 2012 05:14 PM (RFeQD)

248 I don't understand you, polynikes. You live in Texas, right? Texas has flourished under Rick Perry...so I simply do not understand your hatred towards him.
Posted by: wheatie at November 26, 2012 05:10 PM (ICEh3)

I don't hate Perry. Texas has flourished in spite of Perry. Right now Texas is on the downswing. Ask AllenG why he voted for Medina in the primary. There are a number of things I disagree on with Perry policy wise. And one thing I never said during the primary because it would hurt him if it became a meme, is that he is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Unfortunately he proved that himself. And no it wasn't the pain pills. I've seen Perry stumble and bumble way before the presidential primary. That said I voted for him everytime because he ran in Texas as hewas unfortunately the best of the lot that could defeat the Democrat challenger.

Posted by: polynikes at November 26, 2012 05:16 PM (m2CN7)

249
236we need a seance to get advice from lee atwater

Harvey Leroy Atwater...was a political genius.
Heused to get in fights with the old Republican guard, of his day.

Lee Atwater knew that you had to fight 'dirty fordirty'...and not be squeamish about fighting the leftusing their own tactics.

I think if Lee Atwater were still alive today, he would've been screaming atRomney to take off the white kid gloves and hit'em between the eyes.

Posted by: wheatie at November 26, 2012 05:18 PM (ICEh3)

250
I watch Homeland on TV. Carrie bangs everybody she
works with, including her bosses. Obviously, still the way to get ahead
in DC.

Posted by: Walkers! at November 26, 2012 04:33 PM (TYO2p)





And Danes still won't follow Morena Baccarin's lead and show her boobies. What a bitch.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at November 26, 2012 05:19 PM (TIIx5)

251 And Danes still won't follow Morena Baccarin's lead and show her boobies. What a bitch.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at November 26, 2012 05:19 PM (TIIx5)

Baccarin 2012. She couldn't do any worse and she is ethereally beautiful.

Posted by: Invictus at November 26, 2012 05:23 PM (OQpzc)

252 Prepping for the Mayans in La-La Land

It'll come in handy for the Big One or the financial collapse

Los Angeles survival groups brace for Dec. 21, 2012 and beyond

http://tinyurl.com/cvjlj5z

Posted by: kbdabear at November 26, 2012 05:24 PM (wwsoB)

253
Basically, 15% of the BLUE state voters didn't show, and 2% of the ones that did switched over to Republican. In the Red states, 10% of the people voting Democrat didn't show, and that resulted in Red state turnout being down 4%.

In the swing states, Romney made the biggest gains in the states where he was the furthest behind, which was kind of ass-backwards.

Posted by: Optimizer at November 26, 2012 05:26 PM (Mxt9o)

254 "238
Let me boil down my problem with lawyers.
Tedious, unnecessary paperwork is considered a drain on productivity in the real world.
To lawyers, it's just more billable hours."

Sign me up for the "no lawyers in 2016" party. This election featured a Harvard lawyer married to another Harvard lawyer running against a Harvard lawyer. No more damned lawyers next cycle, especially ones from Harvard.

Posted by: Jordan at November 26, 2012 05:30 PM (jRfn3)

255 Optimizer, I like that analysis. It just wasnt' enough or there was too much voter fraud.

Posted by: joeindc44 says choom on fuckers at November 26, 2012 05:35 PM (QxSug)

256 Post this. I live in graft city. http://pointsandfigures.com/2012/11/25/the-keynesian-way-to-rebuild-america/

Rahm wants us to do it his way

Posted by: pointsnfigures at November 26, 2012 05:38 PM (EBPRt)

257 I am Galt.

Engine engineer.

Left the CommieStates of America 4 years ago.

Will it fall before I have to renounce?

Posted by: ExPat Patriot at November 26, 2012 05:47 PM (Bwy9Q)

258 Long guns > longbows.

Just sayin.

Posted by: jukin at November 26, 2012 06:16 PM (WGm5T)

259 Bring me my longbow! Bring me my chariot of fire!

(Of course, I'll settle for a rocket launcher in the absence of the above weapons.)

Posted by: Minnie Rodent (I took down my FB account too) at November 26, 2012 06:20 PM (S3rrR)

260 "It is puzzling that so many minorities voted for Barack Obama over
Mitt Romney considering how disproportionately they have suffered
economically during Obama’s presidency.


No. It's not.

Posted by: Washington Nearsider at November 26, 2012 06:49 PM (kZw/o)

261 I saw Winter's Bone this weekend on Netflix. Weird movie, I didn't even realize that the chick from Hunger Games was the same one, since I only read the book.

Posted by: jaimo at November 26, 2012 06:59 PM (ulzt7)

262 Ace,

Does this mean we can discuss longbows again, because I thought that got banned a long time ago?

Posted by: Vercingetorix at November 26, 2012 07:02 PM (h+iQ9)

263 Example: Chicago, IL

It's not a capital, but it is a bloodsucker for IL.

Posted by: skinnydipinacid at November 26, 2012 07:07 PM (WuCLB)

264 How ironic - I visited the DC area this weekend and noticed the same. The region is positively booming. They have absolutely no ideathat the rest of the country is just barely hanging on.

Posted by: Ben Ghazi at November 26, 2012 07:28 PM (psSlR)

265 261 I saw Winter's Bone this weekend on Netflix. Weird movie, I didn't even realize that the chick from Hunger Games was the same one, since I only read the book.
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Good movie. It seemed to have been made because somebody had a story they wanted to tell rather than a leftist rhetorical point they wanted to make.

(Though of course Hollywood's unflattering portraits of Whites, rural people and rural Whites never end.)

Also, Jennifer Lawrence seems to be a reliable positive for any movie.

Posted by: The Lightworker at November 26, 2012 09:02 PM (+U/JV)

266 When govt stops being austere, the people stop being free.

Posted by: Winston Smith (Islam edition) at November 26, 2012 10:33 PM (hPavS)

267 My wife (a former eastern european diplomat) returned to DC in 2010 after having been gone for 6 years. She was shocked at how clueless the people there were to the suffering and financial pain that she encountered daily (in a fairly affluent part of the SF bay area!) All the DCites could talk about was their latest scam - how they were getting this funding, or that funding, or getting in on some govt grant.

I started calling DC "Rome" on that day. After reading Victor Davis Hanson's descriptions of the central valley, I was more convinced. We have made our own barbarians, and our own imperial senate (i.e., Rome, not Star Wars). It won't be long until the zombies - the chronically unemployed barbarian horde - burst out...

Posted by: deadite at November 26, 2012 11:16 PM (8YVZT)

268 @267. The impending fall of our Republic and the end of the Roman Republic have a lot in common. Theodore Roosevelt once pegged the cause of it quite well. Rome fell because the people forgot what made them great, and became lazy creatures that sold their votes for government benefits, handouts, and shallow spectacles. The laws were the same, but the people didn't value them, thus they were worthless in the end.

I don't think we have an Imperial age ready to follow after our Republic collapses. My money is on skipping straight to the next dark age.

Posted by: Cato at November 27, 2012 01:17 AM (gbppU)

269 74 Just wait till Hollywood gets a bailout.
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Hollywood gets a perpetual bail-out.

Repeal the Hollywood tax cuts!

End the "perpetual free money" intellectual property laws.

And make Hollywood live within legal accounting.

Posted by: The Lightworker at November 27, 2012 02:23 AM (8uLNg)

270 "..riding the Amtrak between New York and D.C. exposes stark contrasts
between the "haves" of the capital and the have-nots outside the Beltway."
That's because the people living between NY and DC are a bunch of freaking idiots. Work for a living and this, too, could be yours
http://www.riverranchdev.com
Keep in mind this is being built even under a presidentialy administered "oil embargo"

Posted by: hurricane567 at November 27, 2012 04:53 AM (J3ObQ)

271 This guy doesn't know what he's talking about. I live in Northern Virginia and every week I either meet another person who's just lost their blue collar job or noticed another long time business closing. Tysons Corner is not an ordinary mall. It's where our rich folks shop and most of the customers are very rich Arabs. When we visit we wear our better clothes because if you don't look like you belong security will follow you. Using Tysons as an example is like going to the queen's house and saying all Londoners have a crown in their closet.

Posted by: daisy at November 27, 2012 01:14 PM (+JrTK)






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