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    1. U.S. Gov’t Software Creates ‘Fake People’ to Spread Message via Social Networking

      Finally, an explanation for Tony.

    2. U.S. Gov’t Software Creates ‘Fake People’ to Spread Message via Social Networking

      This is the kind of thing that starts with a sky and ends with a net.

    3. I’ve partnered with lol catz to spread the official message. Also, foul bachelor frog. When in doubt, blast it with piss. LOL

      Jess
      http://www.anon-4-lulz.com

      1. what is this bot and why does it know so much about my hobbies?

        1. What is Skynet, Alex?

      2. Anon bot is in rare form the last few weeks

    4. Things are seldom what they seem. Skim milk masquerades as cream.

    5. Judging by the brain dead posts I’ve read in places like the Huffington Post, I figured the government was already using robots to promote its agenda.

      1. Judging by the brain dead posts I’ve read in places like the Huffington Post, I figured the government was already using robots to promote its agenda.

        And Usenet.

        This poster named Topaz once claimed that the Nazis were the true socialists because they did good for people .

    1. Isn’t Althouse a lawyer? I’ve heard they know how to make a stink about pretty much anything.

      1. Fuckers stoop to destroy private property for the union cause.

    1. Posted because Despair.com got howls of outrage about that one, and non the Tourette’s joke shirt.

  1. “Right to Work” laws are anti-libertarian. If an employer wants to run a closed shoppped, that is his business.

    1. Indeed. I keep hearing about this “right” to collectively bargain that Hitler Mussolini Giant Space Worm from Planet 64 Walker is trying to deprive the goons.

      I do no think that word means what you think it means.

      1. Indeed. I keep hearing about this “right” to collectively bargain that Hitler Mussolini Giant Space Worm from Planet 64 Walker is trying to deprive the goons.

        Would not the First Amendment protect the right to bargain collectively?

    2. huh, explain?

      1. Why should an employer be prevented from settling on whatever collectively bargained terms he wants? If he doesn’t want the workplace to require union dues for non-unionized members, he should take that up during bargaining. Or hell, drop the union altogether.

        The point is, a collective bargaining decision is reached through free will by the employer. Which means the terms are nobody’s business. He can negotiate however he wants, and concede whatever he wants. It’s his business.

        1. not if ur a knee-jerk anti-union drone.

          1. But knee-jerk pro-union drones who destroy private property are okay by you, Orrin?

              1. Yeah, sure.

          2. This is how subnormals retort – with non sequiturs:

            Rhayader: “He can negotiate however he wants, and concede whatever he wants. It’s his business.”

            OhioOrrin’s retort: “not if ur a knee-jerk anti-union drone.”

            Please, OO, stop trying to help leftists here – you’re making a fool of yourself and them.

            1. not a retort – a rejoinder. comprehende?

              1. Re: OhioOrrin,

                not a retort – a rejoinder. comprehende?

                Don’t flatter yourself – it wasn’t particularly witty… or smart… or sensical… or rational.

                1. so ill mark u down on the “dont like” side of the toilet paper. happy?

                  1. What the fuck is wrong with you?

                  2. Re: OhioOrrin,

                    so ill mark u down on the “dont like” side of the toilet paper. happy?

                    Man, you’re like an STD, you know, the “gift” that keeps on giving…

          3. Not even sure what that means. Being anti- or pro-union has absolutely nothing to do with the idea that a private business can interact with a union however it chooses.

          4. You continue to intentionally ignore the correct premise. No one here has an objection to freely associating and collectively bargaining. They have an objection to government mandating that employers MUST bargain with said group.

            1. They have an objection to government mandating that employers MUST bargain with said group.

              Since when was that?

        2. “The point is, a collective bargaining decision is reached through free will by the employer. ”

          Ummm…. in libertopia, maybe. In reality, the unions play very dirty in order to get the privilege of taxing workers. While they probably cross the line of legality, they kick back enough to the Democrats that they can get away with it.

          1. They’re like lawyers — they’re supposed to play dirty. In cases where employers are legally hamstrung and are robbed of their ability to negotiate freely, yes there is a problem. In cases where both parties play hardball and push each other around? Eh, that’s how it’s supposed to work.

            Employers should have the freedom to handle it however they want, but they aren’t entitled to an easy or simple process.

            1. Exactly. If the employer wants to fire the union organizers for union organizing, he should be free to do that also.

              1. And when they aren’t?

                1. Then the law should be changed. Adding an additional unlibertarian law doesnt increase freedom, it decreases it.

                2. And when they aren’t?
                  reply to this

                  Where has that happened?

    1. Doesn’t this site have a spam filter?

      1. A random one. This is a morning links thread. I posted links. Don’t make me break out the Golden Girls.

        1. It’s cool; just jokin’

          1. daaaaamn, threat of violence…not very libertoid JL

            1. *Clich? goes here* again…

              You’re fuckin’ useless.

              1. perhaps my clich? is invisible…which would be clich?d.

        2. Those old bitches turned me gay!!!

    2. The daunting tower of national, state and local debt in the United States will reach a level this year unmatched just after World War II

      Editors do what?

      1. Not much, I would say.

      2. Fucking editing, how that work?

  2. >>”If Obama back him, I’m a back him,” says Leatrice Jarvis

    “…Cuz den he bes awmost the right color n’shit.”

    1. yo mofo sux a 9

  3. A major quake hits New Zealand.

    Hope you’re okay, kiwiDave & dbcooper.

    1. We’ve already contacted a friend of my wife who lives in Christchurch. His apartment was destroyed. Nature sure seems to be shitting on that part of the world lately.

    2. Thanks dude. Fortunately the only person I know in that part of the country is a friend’s brother and he’s OK.

    3. Thanks. I actually live in the US currently.

      Horrible, horrible quake though.

  4. SCOTUS Hears Interesting 10th Amendment Case Today

    Carol Bond, a trained microbiologist, set out to poison Myrlinda Haynes over several months with a rare and potentially lethal blend of toxic chemicals. But Haynes, who received only a minor injury, was unable to persuade local law enforcement officials to act on her suspicions. So she called in the feds.

    The U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia went after Bond with a “sledgehammer,” according to her lawyer, former Bush administration solicitor general Paul D. Clement: Prosecutors sent Bond to prison under the anti-terrorist statutes meant to enforce an international chemical-weapons treaty.

    Bond says the federal government had no right to indict her, and she bases her claim on the 10th Amendment, the tea party favorite that specifies the limits of federal power. The justices will consider whether an individual has the right to sue on the claim that the federal government has trespassed in areas reserved for the states

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/…..id=topnews

    1. Re: MNG,

      Bond says the federal government had no right to indict her, and she bases her claim on the 10th Amendment, the tea party favorite that specifies the limits of federal power.

      Me love that spin!!!

      “10 Amendment, fave of Tea Partiers and homicidal maniacs!”

    2. I heard Nina Totenberg talking about this case on my morning drive.

      Seems to me a valid beef – the things that nutty lady did traditionally are covered under the state’s police power, and should be considered along the lines of an assault and battery, or attemped maiming or whatever.

      But not a federal offense. It certainly appears the prosecutor is misusing the statute in this case.

    1. A google image serch of “jeggings” provides some pleasant pictures.

  5. The Scent of a (Fertile) Woman

    Previous research had shown that a woman at the fertile stage of her menstrual cycle seems more attractive, and that same effect was observed here ? but only when this woman was rated by a man who wasn’t already involved with someone else.

    The other guys, the ones in romantic relationships, rated her as significantly less attractive when she was at the peak stage of fertility, presumably because at some level they sensed she then posed the greatest threat to their long-term relationships. To avoid being enticed to stray, they apparently told themselves she wasn’t all that hot anyway.

    This experiment was part of a new trend in evolutionary psychology to study “relationship maintenance.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02…..l?_r=1&hp;

    1. “I can smell your cunt.”

      1. Do I smell?

        1. Let me get in close and check.

          1. Me next.

          2. Stay away from me!

        2. You do now.

    2. Since when is a threat to a long-term relationship a turn-off for guys? Tough for me to believe we’ve got a subconscious instinct “to avoid being enticed to stray”. That’s an intellectual construct.

      1. depends if you are a sexy “peacock” male or if you have more drab feathers. The peacock can always find a mate while the alternative has every incentive to “maintain”.

        I don’t know though, I find it hard to quantify male attractiveness. Girls are pretty, men not so much.

        1. I mean, I’m personally sexy as hell, so yeah maybe that’s the problem I’m having with the hypothesis.

          1. I’m too sexy…
            …too sexy for this study.

      2. Since when is a threat to a long-term relationship a turn-off for guys? Tough for me to believe we’ve got a subconscious instinct “to avoid being enticed to stray”. That’s an intellectual construct.

        Indeed.

        For both sexes, evolutionary biology places a lot of pressure on finding a faithful mate, while no pressure on staying faithful to one’s mate.

    3. This experiment was part of a new trend in evolutionary psychology to study “relationship maintenance.”

      And next time, “relationship workorders” and “relationship planning.”

      1. realtionship trouble tickets?

        realtionship engineering designs?

        relationship call outs? truck rolls?

      2. Rerlationship trouble tickets?
        Relationship call outs? Truck rolls?
        Relationship provisioning?
        Relationship auditing?

      3. Relationship trouble tickets?
        Relationship call outs? Truck rolls?
        Relationship provisioning?
        Relationship auditing?

        ENDLESS MATERIAL

      4. Relationship trouble tickets?Relationship call outs? Truck rolls?Relationship provisioning? Relationship auditing?

        ENDLESS MATERIAL

      5. I have already received “relationship workorders”.

        1. In the South, these are traditionally called “honey do’s”.

    4. some fat ass cubicle worker on the rag is…some fat ass cubicle worker on the rag.

      1. hahaha smartest thing you’ve said, ever.

        1. That’s the closest he’ll ever come to “A is A.”

  6. Chicago has an election.

    The suspense is killing me.

  7. …a rather different bill restricting private-sector unions moves forward in Indiana.

    “The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be fee men or slaves.”
    George Washington.

    1. The time is very near at hand when some union thugs are going to beat the shit out of some supporter of these bills.

      1. teachers? union thugs? hahahahahaha

        1. Re: OhioOrrin,

          teachers? union thugs? hahahahahaha
          OhioOrrin, writing in actual sentences, in English? Ha ha ha ha ha! Good one!

        2. Who said anything about teachers? Learn to read… and write.

      2. To quote the great Mills Lane, “Let’s get it on!”

  8. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that new Florida gov. Rick Scott is actually rolling back the drug war, however slightly, citing costs and privacy concerns.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes to repeal the Florida drug trafficking law and monitoring system before it begins.

    1. Things like this make me really appreciate living in Florida. But then you have dumbass AG Pam Bondi calling for a moratorium on selling bath salts because kids are snorting the stuff.

      It’s like one step away from the Police Department, 2 steps towards the Asylum with these people.

      1. Scott and Bondi are actually at odds over the drug database.

        IIRC, he announced his intention to end it a day or two after she announced she was going to fully implement and expand it.

      2. Jesus. I thought Bondi would be better than the Dems in the race, because they were all about going after the “pill mills,” while her ads talked about violent criminals.

        Fucking worthless bitch. And I’m more and more impressed with Scott, who I did not hold out much hope for.

        1. I admit I voted for Bondi mostly because she was willing to continue to push the unconstitutionality lawsuit about Obamacare. I would’ve thought a bit longer about the AG race if I knew that she would push for a harsher WoD.

  9. The Philosophy Of Liberty: Property.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..r_embedded

  10. Chicago has an election.

    What luck. Fascism you can vote for.

    1. Fascists have always revelled in the cheers of the mob.

    2. The putative dictators are salivating over the Kingdom of Daley.

  11. GOP Old Fart Wants To Keep The Old New Deal Subsidies For Old Farms.

    Hayley Barbour may talk a big game about the free market, but wants government intervention in the farm industry.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/02…..-entirely/

    1. Haley Barbour is a worthless shit.

      1. Haley Barbour is a worthless shit.

        And what makes him think he has a shot at being a serious contender for POTUS? I know there is a precedent for a fat, smooth talking Southern governor with an unimpressive record and an inside to the levers of power in DC to be elected POTUS, but lightning will not strike twice in this case.

      2. Maybe we can subsidize farms with shit? Then he won’t be worthless.

        1. Unless he’s a vegetarian/vegan, can’t use human shit as fertilizer. Too many toxins from processed foods and meat products. So he’s still most likely worthless.

  12. Somali pirates just killed the four Americans taken hostage while sailing their yacht through the Indian Ocean. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/…..ws-africa/

    1. Hang all of these motherfuckers at sea and dump their ass into Davey Jones’ locker for the fish to chow down on.

      1. The pirates, or the Americans?

      2. Why do that. If you’re going to hang them you make them hood ornaments on your ship. Serves as a warning to others. If they want old school pirating, give them old school punishment.

        1. That’s just how we roll…..

    2. >>The officials added that two pirates were killed and 13 others captured after a brief gun battle.

      And therein lies the problem.

      1. And therein lies the problem.

        Whose idea was it to capture them?

        Just fit them with concrete shoes and scuba gear and drop them into the ocean.

    3. Open season on Somali pirates, then. Blast the fuckers out of the water.

    4. If you’re rich enough to have a yacht, what possible reason would you have to chart a course near Somalia?

      1. You already know this Abdul, but for those not familiar with a map, to get to the Suez Canal, you kinda’ have to go by Somalia at some point.

        Moot, as their boat was hijacked 190 miles off Oman. How much of the Indian Ocean were they supposed to avoid?

        From the previously linked MSNBC article:
        “They are thought to have used a so-called mother ship to reach the Quest which was about 190 miles off the Oman coast.”

        This isn’t a case of someone sailing 20 miles away from Somalia, getting popped, and crying, “Woe is me.” That sort of thing is hard to stop, see Indonesia. These pirates are using larger boats as bases in international waters to interdict shipping. Accordingly, I still can’t figure why the U.S./Britain/anyone else with an interest in free passage on the seas hasn’t started patrolling the area with aircraft and ROE to board and, if necessary, sink ships involved in this sort of shit. That’s why we have a fucking Navy, right? To ensure that whole freedom of navigation and trade thing, that pirates have a great way of screwing up? Why the naval patrol force is playing with kid gloves probably has to do with the estimated ~500 or so hostages in Somali custody. Which is also probably why these captured pirates will not face a date with the needle or yardarm.

      2. If you’re rich enough to have a yacht, what possible reason would you have to chart a course near Somalia?

        BTW, the term “yacht” denotes only a vessel used for pleasure – as compared to a work boat. It’s derived from an old Dutch word, and it’s only within very recent history that people have come to assume it means a large, fancy, expensive luxury boat.

        A cheapt 17-foot plastic daysailer is a “yacht”, because it’s a pleasure boat, not a working boat.

    5. Thomas Jefferson knew how to deal with the Barbary Pirates.

      1. and his slave babes! george n weezie be moving on up!

    6. You can’t really deal with pirates until you take out their land bases.

      I have no doubt that we know where these bases are. I assume we can spare a few destroyers from the Fifth Fleet. That would be more than enough to level their bases with shellfire.

      And, yes, I know there are lots of civilians around (also known as “accessories”, in the case of pirates). I’m not inhumane, so I have no objection to popping off a few smoke rounds to give people time to clear out before we level their hovels.

      Rinse and repeat until the locals start running off pirates on their own, before the destroyers show up.

      1. What’s the problem with establishing a blockade to cut them off from those land bases? Does our Navy have something better to do?

  13. Sour Grapes: After the unions die, replace them with universal public services.

    http://www.salon.com/news/the_….._wisconsin

    Just one big fucking game of whach-a-mole with progressives.

    1. This is why you play whack-a-mole with this.

      Oh god the violent rhetoric towards varmint is unbearable!

    2. it is not clear that liberals are obliged to support efforts by workers in particular industries or particular professions to obtain above-market wages, possibly at the expense of innovation or consumers.

      So, liberals are on the fence about whether above-market wages causing people to lose their jobs is an unintended consequence to be avoided?

  14. Stupid SF Drug Warriors Raid the Wrong Guy…the Really, Really Wrong Guy.

    http://www.sfweekly.com/2011-0…..shman-sue/

    1. Awesome.

      1. Comment from the article:

        Guest [Moderator] 6 hours ago
        that freshman guy is a little bitch who needs to stop whining. and pots illegal for a reason you dumbass stoners

      2. “I’ve been on the fence for years about the legalization of drugs … and now I’m a victim of this crazy war on drugs,” says Freshman, who pledged to sue until “I see [the agents’] houses sold at auction and their kids’ college tuitions taken away from them. There will not be a better litigated case this century.”

        …now ya done fucked up, DEA.

      3. “I’ve been on the fence for years about the legalization of drugs … and now I’m a victim of this crazy war on drugs,” says Freshman, who pledged to sue until “I see [the agents’] houses sold at auction and their kids’ college tuitions taken away from them. There will not be a better litigated case this century.”

        …now ya done fucked up, DEA.

        1. D’oh. Sorry.

          1. that was definitely worth repeating.

    2. “I’ve been on the fence for years about the legalization of drugs … and now I’m a victim of this crazy war on drugs,” says Freshman, who pledged to sue until “I see [the agents’] houses sold at auction and their kids’ college tuitions taken away from them. There will not be a better litigated case this century.”

      Yeah, he’s an asshole. But he’s my asshole this time. Get ’em!

      1. Curse your speedy fingers, waffles.

    3. “‘I’ve been on the fence for years about the legalization of drugs … and now I’m a victim of this crazy war on drugs,’ says Freshman, who pledged to sue until ‘I see [the agents’] houses sold at auction and their kids’ college tuitions taken away from them. There will not be a better litigated case this century.'”

      I think a couple of those suits successfully litigated would do wonders for LEOs respect for the 4th Amendment.

    4. “I’ve been on the fence for years about the legalization of drugs … and now I’m a victim of this crazy war on drugs,” says Freshman, who pledged to sue until “I see [the agents’] houses sold at auction and their kids’ college tuitions taken away from them. There will not be a better litigated case this century.”

      For once, I’m really happy to hear about a lawsuit. Go get ’em, Freshman.

      1. Hello hivemind! Nice to see you’re doing well this morning.

        1. CREEEPY. It’s like we all read the same websites or something. Sorry for the double post.

          1. Ha ha! I hadn’t even noticed waffles & Brett L’s posts when I originally posted.

    5. Yeah Radley had that on his links a few days ago. The SF Weekly piece has a few choice quotes.

      They said that Freshman guy is a consultant for the show “Lie to Me”. Not a bad show as far as crime procedurals go. Tim Roth is always fun to watch.

    1. One aspect of their travels, according to the site, “is friendship evangelism — that is, finding homes for thousands of Bibles, which have been donated through grants and gifts, as we travel from place to place.” They also say their mission is to “allow the power of the Word to transform lives.”

      But, Stolnitz said, vigorous evangelism wasn’t a major emphasis for the couple. “They use the Bible as an ice breaker,” he said

      Why the emphasis on the religion of the slain boaters and not the Somali pirates, who are almost exclusively Sunni Muslim?

    1. How could there not be? This is easily the most transparently phony “bull market” in Wall Street’s history.

  15. YAF editor writes scathing piece on (what else???) Ron Paul and his supporters, compares them to Islamist Takfiri-Salafists.

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/02…..fenders/2/

    Ron Paul’s poor policy and poorer defenders by Phillip Smyth (managing editor of the Young Americans for Freedom’s New Guard Magazine.

    Reminiscent of the Islamist Takfiri-Salafists who spend their time declaring fellow Muslims apostates (they often murder those they don’t find Islamic enough), Ron Paul’s supporters, who claim to be the only “real” followers of the Constitution, continually label our effort against America’s Islamist enemies in Afghanistan as “illegal.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Congress and Senate voted on and approved of a law (Public Law 107-40) to authorize military force against the perpetrators of 9/11. When Thomas Jefferson fought against the pirates of the Barbary Coast, he approached Congress in a similar way.

    Actually, Jefferson asked Congress for a declaration of war. In the case of 9/11, there was no declaration of war from the Senate and Congress.

    1. —“who claim to be the only “real” followers of the Constitution, continually label our effort against America’s Islamist enemies in Afghanistan as “illegal.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Congress and Senate voted on and approved of a law (Public Law 107-40) to authorize military force against the perpetrators of 9/11.”—

      The perpetrators of 9/11 are whoever we say they are at the moment. Even if they had no part in the attack.

  16. Mr. President, we cannot afford a daylight gap!

    1. dude! It’s like summer but like double! Double Summer!

      Do want.

  17. Chris Dodd finds a lower rung on the scumbag scale than senator. He is going to run the MPAA

  18. Do public servants really have freedom of association?

    In an email sent by Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police Board of Directors Chairman Clay Ballenger to FOP members Monday, Ballenger said Tulsa police Capt. Paul Fields was temporarily transferred to the Mingo Valley Division on Monday afternoon.

    The email states that internal affairs officers are investigating Fields’ refusal “to attend and/or order officers to attend the ‘Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’ at the Mosque of the Islamic Society of Tulsa. ”

    It states that Fields’ refusal “was based on the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Departmental Policy, and past practices of the Tulsa Police Department.

    1. I’m pretty sure when your boss says “show up for work here”, your choices are go or face discipline.

      1. shorter and sweeter than my post.

    2. Paul Fields has the right to associate or not associate with anyone that he chooses.

      A Tulsa Police Captain has a responsibility to peform whatever PR functions his bosses demand that he perform. He could resign if he doesn’t like his professional responsibilities.

  19. Before you get into an argument with someone, walk a mile in his shoes. This way you’re a mile away from him and you have his shoes.

  20. Arvada Police arrest 11-year-old over ‘inappropriate’ stick figure drawing

    http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-…..9823.story

    1. Another example where the family didn’t follow rule #1: DON’T TALK TO COPS.

      However, this is complete bullshit on the part of the Police Department. And now the kid’s fingerprints are on record, he is on probation which is the only way to clear the charges, and the family has had to spend thousands of dollars.

      What happened to common sense?

      1. And if they had known that their son’s cooperation would be used as evidence against him, they would have hired a lawyer at the beginning and exercised his right to remain silent.

        …anything you say can be used against you in a court of law…

        It’s funny that people who respect these jackbooted baby burners think that they say this because it’s some kind of formality, and not because they fucking mean it.

        Hey populace, a little message from yer buddy cap’ l:

        Your cooperation with the police will be used against you. The police are psychopaths with guns and power; they will use your weakness and respect for them against you…Say nothing…

        NAME RANK SERIAL NUMBER

        COMMANDEROUT@

    2. At first school officials did not want to press charges, but changed their mind when police called them later that night

      Damn, I would love to have a recording of that conversation.

    3. Those police certainly deserve their pensions.

    4. Those police officers certainly deserve their pensions.

    5. Those police offic ers certainly deserve their pen sions.

      1. And sorry for the middle spaces but the goddamned spam filter took my post for spam… and it wasn’t even as tasty.

    6. He’s charged with a third degree misdemeanor, interfering with staff and students at an educational facility.

      Sure, stick figures of teachers is how it starts, but pretty soon it’ll be videotaping of police officers.

      1. it is even better than that:

        He’s charged with a third degree misdemeanor, interfering with staff and students at an educational facility. The system says it’s doing what’s in the best interest of the child

        First, he was in the act of throwing away a piece of paper that nobody would have seen at all if the teacher didn’t intercept it. So exactly how they could claim that he was “interfering” with anything other than the empty state of a trash can is highly suspect. And “highly suspect” is a euphemism for “bald faced lie”.

        But the kicker is that they seem to really believe that trumping up a bullshit charge and making sure that he has a criminal record and legal expenses is somehow in the best interest of the child. Anyone who thinks like that should immediately be disqualified from any sort of government work, or any work involving children.

        1. It’s in his best interest because now he knows not to ‘interfere’ (be in the vicinity of) with public employees or he’s in for a world of hurt.

    7. I don’t have kids, but considering the way I protect my friends and family if you were coming for my kid over bullshit like this you better bring SWAT and an army of lawyers.

  21. Countdown to shutdown: Congress on vacation all week long as only ten days remain until continuing spending resolution expires on March 4.

  22. If an employer wants to run a closed shoppped, that is his business.

    Okay; and if he wants to pay home-based subcontractors piecework wages, that should also be *his* business.

    Try that, and let us know what happens.

  23. Congress on vacation all week long as only ten days remain until continuing spending resolution expires on March 4.

    Why are the lazy congress critters taking time off when there are pressing fiscal matters, namely the debt ceiling, or are they hoping voters have forgotten about that? Moreover, why is a partial government shutdown bad? Essential government functions will still be in effect, and continuing resolutions, for the most part, make it easier to track government expenditures.

    1. The fact that they’re not coming back for a week tells me that a shutdown is nearly 100% certain to happen at this point. Obama and the democrats perversely WANT it to happen because they have convinced themselves it will be a replay of Clinton vs. Gingrich, and they’re gambling on it.

      1. “they’re gambling on it.”

        Based on the luck Obama and Company are having lately, my advice for them would be to pick up their dice and go home.

      2. The fact that they’re not coming back for a week tells me that a shutdown is nearly 100% certain to happen at this point. Obama and the democrats perversely WANT it to happen because they have convinced themselves it will be a replay of Clinton vs. Gingrich, and they’re gambling on it.

        And they are counting on the network media to spin a government shutdown as a bad thing.

  24. Middle East/North Africa watch: Libya, Iran, Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen, Algeria, Djibouti, Morocco

    Expand it to the whole dark continent and add Rhodesia.

    1. Busch Gardens Tampa used to be called “the dark continent”, then “the adventure country”, now “Africa”. I think I prefer dark continent as I enjoyed reading Joseph Conrad.

  25. I’ve got Bloomberg News on in the background. Al Hunt is on, and he just said a bunch of Green Bay Packers players have decided to show solidarity with their oppressed union brothers, and Walker had better just throw in the towel right now.

    Overpaid leeches might not actually be your best allies; but what do I know?

    And- aren’t the Packers “publicly owned”? Aren’t the millionaire leeches about to strike against the very people they are now pretending to care about?

    1. The NFL collective bargaining agreement ended at midnight. They’ve got nothing better to do.

    2. The Green Bay Packers can suck a diseased cock with Tony. Just another example of athletes/celebrities trying to join a fight for something they know nothing about.

    3. Yeah, if you’re trying to make the argument that it isn’t just about money, that the union workers aren’t much better off than other people, and that if Walker gets his way, bureaucrats will be eating dogfood on the streets, bringing a bunch of unionized multimillionaires seems counterproductive. But, people are probably more swayed by the celebrity factor than by logic.

  26. Essential government functions will still be in effect

    You poor, deluded boy. You went to public school, didn’t you?

    (I couldn’t resist)

  27. From Big Government:

    Essential Services and Personnel

    A 1980 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum defines “essential” government services and “essential” employees as those:

    1. providing for the national security, including the conduct of foreign relations essential to the national security or the safety of life and property;
    2. providing for benefit payments and the performance of contract obligations under no-year or multi-year or other funds remaining available for those purposes;
    3. conducting essential activities to the extent that they protect life and property, including:

    * medical care of inpatients and emergency outpatient care;
    * activities essential to ensure continued public health and safety, including safe use of food, drugs, and hazardous materials;
    * continuance of air traffic control and other transportation safety functions and the protection of transport property;
    * border and coastal protection and surveillance;
    * protection of federal lands, buildings, waterways, equipment and other property owned by the United States;
    * care of prisoners and other persons in the custody of the United States;
    * law enforcement and criminal investigations;
    * emergency and disaster assistance;
    * activities that ensure production of power and maintenance of the power distribution system;
    * activities essential to the preservation of the essential elements of the money and banking system of the United States, including borrowing and tax collection activities of the Treasury; and
    * activities necessary to maintain protection of research property.

    The only reason I pointed this out is to counteract the myth of a “government shutdown”. Now, what is listed as “essential” and what I think is “essential” (read: government does way too much) is certainly open for debate.

    1. I’d be happy if Congress adjourned for a couple years and only the above stuff got done — and the “non-essential” government workers all got fired and had to look for a real job.

    2. That provides a handy list of who shouldn’t be fired immediately, doesn’t it?

      By implication, of course . . . .

  28. I’d be happy if Congress adjourned for a couple years and only the above stuff got done — and the “non-essential” government workers all got fired and had to look for a real job.

    What actually happens is that all the employes who stayed home while the government was shutdown get to come back and get paid for all the days they were off as soon as the new funds are voted.

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