October 11, 2011

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101111)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:04 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.


At NewsBusters: “Diane Sawyer Claims Wall Street Protests Have ‘Spread to More Than a Thousand Countries’” — Uh, the world has fewer than 200 countries.

In an Investor’s Business Daily editorial (“Fannie, Freddie Threaten Taxpayers Again”): “Now, looking at a federal debt growing by nearly $1.5 trillion a year, many of the same foreign investors who fueled our housing boom are wondering if they’ll ever get their money back.”

Priorities (“Defense-cut projections seen as risk to recruitment”): “… analysts warn that projected defense cuts of $1 trillion over 10 years would force the Pentagon to curtail such inducements, which would weaken its ability to attract sufficient high-quality personnel for the 2.2-million-strong active and reserve force.” Let’s not forget that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell acquiesced to this.

Joe the Plumber is running for Congress against Marcy “$3.5 Billion-Dollar Green Slush Fund” Kaptur.

At RedState: “Occupy Boston, the Boston branch of the Occupy Party, hosted a rally yesterday supporting accused terrorist Terak Mehanna.”

At Powerline (HT Hot Air, which asks a question which doesn’t seen to need a question mark — “Political party paying Occupy Wall Street protesters?”) — “… the Working Families Party (is) looking to hire protesters for Wall Street and offering $350-650 a week, depending on responsibility and length of time on staff.”

26 Coptic Christians killed; AP writesplease don’t read past this headline” headline” — “Christians under siege in post-revolution Egypt” — and waits until Paragraph 3 to note that killings have occurred.



  1. Dandy Article on Balance of trade and how we should fund the Federal Government. Another reason we should vote for Ron Paul.
    Do you realize that for every $4 worth of goods from China we import we only export $1 worth of goods?

    Corker: Lie And Sell Out Our Nation

    Comment by G — October 11, 2011 @ 9:12 am

  2. State Department Report: Not a Single Christian Church Left In Afghanistan…….

    ……This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime……


    Comment by G — October 11, 2011 @ 9:25 am

  3. Tom – We are being set up to be fed a Cain / Romney, or Romney / Cain Ticket by the Republican establishment and it makes me want to Puke. – Greg

    Reminder: Herman Cain Endorsed Romney Over McCain in 2008


    Comment by G — October 11, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

  4. Herman Cain.

    Cain will likely drop once people pay attention to his policies. Everyone is excited because he has a great resume, but few could be excited about what he stands for.

    Will Herman Cain…….
    Bring the troops home? No ( more wars will be coming )
    Audit or end the FED? No ( more printing money for the bankers and less for you and I )
    Restore lost civil liberties under Bush and Obama? No ( expansion of tyranny continues )
    Support the constitution? No ( he doesn’t even make it a point )
    Restore disparity between 1% and 99%? No ( he says he doesn’t even understand the OWS protests)

    Is Cain our economic savior?
    Cain has repeatedly said our economy is strong just before the economy takes another dip downward.

    Is Cain consistent?
    Can he be trusted to even support his own policies? No
    The list of flip flops on policy already:

    Federal Reserve Audit:

    Debt Ceiling:

    Killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki:

    Muslims to Serve in Government:

    Israel/Palestinian States:

    Iraq Withdrawal:

    Supporting TARP:

    Only Ron Paul can answer yes to today’s most important issues.
    Only Ron Paul predicted our economic problems many years in advance. Cain never saw it coming.

    Only Ron Paul is consistent and can be trusted to even do what he says.

    Comment by G — October 11, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  5. The Fading Sense of Citizenship.


    Comment by G — October 11, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  6. Diane Sawyer’s “Thousands of countries”, are they the countries that will bail out the rest of us? They must have gazillions of dollars!!!

    Comment by Ryan — October 11, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

  7. As only the Onion can predict: http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/10/things-arent-going-obamas-way-and-hes-having-trouble-dealing-with-it/

    This is almost as good as the money pit. http://www.theonion.com/video/in-the-know-should-the-government-stop-dumping-mon,14289/

    Comment by dscott — October 11, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

  8. talk about your optics, here is a video with Obama brazenly telling his bureaucrats to spend money without Congressional authorization. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/10/11/obama_tells_advisers_to_find_how_to_approve_stimulus_projects_without_additional_congressional_authorization.html

    With no approved budget ala Harry Reid refusing to allow a vote, Obama at this point gets to spend with impunity. At what point does Congress put their foot down and say “if you do so, you will be impeached? Who other than Congress has the standing in the eyes of the court to grant a restraining order against the Executive Branch for exceeding their authority? What we see here is broken government, correction, the anarchy of usurpation.

    Here’s a hint Congress, if you don’t stop him now, then clearly there is NO NEED FOR A CONGRESS since Obama is spending on his own authority. If the power of the purse no longer resides with Congress, then it is an archane meaningless governmental arm of blithering idiots who wield no power. The next step being historically inevitable, dissolution of said lame appendage. Once you dispose of Congress, you don’t need voters either.

    Comment by dscott — October 12, 2011 @ 12:39 am

  9. QE3/4 now imminent?


    Massive shortselling of Mortgage backed securities fund, just like before QE2…

    Comment by dscott — October 12, 2011 @ 12:53 am

  10. Saw that RCP item early this evening, and it’s comment fodder for Wed. AM.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 12, 2011 @ 2:01 am

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