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Open Thread FRIDAY!

How can it not be a great Friday morning when you find out “24″ might be coming back….

Posted by Dave at 7:51 am
Filed under: General | Comments (664)

664 Responses to “Open Thread FRIDAY!”

  1. JulStol says:

    1

  2. Bitterlaw says:

    I saw that Bunu showed up for his late night link dump. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  3. Brandon says:

    This comment was the giveaway that it was Michael:

    Mark Cali says:
    May 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm
    @219 really? Your going to go there? You and Bitterlaw are in your own bromance sir. And Castor should have been picked for the GOP Governor nomination. Corbett is a train wreck.

    Michael always uses the “@” when replying to someone. And the verbage is clearly Michael.

  4. Bitterlaw says:

    Interesting. Fake Add. Fake Mark Cali. I did think the Castor reference was a bit too local. MD bought it, too.

  5. Walt, HHR Senator, formerly known as Delegate says:

    WI Looking at $500 MM budget Surplus

    MADISON (AP) – Wisconsin’s budget surplus grew by $500 million Thursday, leading to a bipartisan call by state lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker to put some of the money toward public schools two years after funding was cut by more than $1 billion.

    Republicans said they were committed to cutting taxes, putting money in reserves, and reducing the amount of bonding used for roads projects. Democrats called for investing more in worker training, but didn’t endorse deeper tax cuts.

    The numbers put Walker and the Legislature in unfamiliar territory. When the governor took office two years ago, the state was facing a $3.6 billion shortfall.

  6. Bitterlaw says:

    Damn it, Walt! What about the children? Children learn better when their teachers get a raise and contribute nothing towards health insurance.

  7. AuthorLMendez says:

    Good Morning.

    Watching a great Ben Stein documentary during work. I thought lisab was on there but realized it was just Eugenie Scott. Watching this it’s no wonder her thinking leads her to her bigoted comments.

    Apparently I missed the party here last night. I keep hoping azguy will come and give us that lesson he kept talking about.

  8. Tim says:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/08/california-revenue-idUSL2N0DP25Q20130508

    Damn it, Bitterlaw! What about the rich people? Corporations are people too, my friend!

    Besides, everyone knows that the only way to balance budgets is to get this overpaid working rabble into line.

  9. W. PA Observer says:

    8- First time they haven’t had to borrow in a month in 6 years—in April.

    “Additionally, federal income-tax changes that went into effect in January may have spurred many California taxpayers to sell investments last year. The rising stock market may also be propelling capital gains revenue for the state.

    Personal income taxes are California’s most important source of revenue. The state has historically relied on its wealthy taxpayers to provide much of those taxes.”

    - California’s going to have the same problems after this year absent structural reform.

  10. Karl Marx says:

    I LOVE this Tim Guy

  11. Tim says:

    Well, if you’re all gonna ignore me, then I’m just gonna have to go to work for MD. He said I’d love the place, because it’s full of Liberals.

  12. Karl Marx says:

    Bro, work for me

  13. Bitterlaw says:

    Tim – You do realize that “Corporations” don’t pay taxes, right? Their customers pay the taxes.

    Nobody who wears a tie works, right? I wasted my life being a lawyer. I could have been a gym teacher in my home town and be paid $125,000 a year. Oops. $125,000 for 180 days a year.

  14. AuthorLMendez says:

    CA has a higher UE rate then the national AVG and has been ranked DEAD LAST by CEOs in States to grow business in

  15. jason says:

    I had a nightmare last night. It even had a title.

    THE RETURN OF THE DEADENDERS

  16. Bitterlaw says:

    Tim would hate my life. I often go to hearings to settle cases. What do I get? My regualr pay. The other attorney gets 20% of the settlement. I either do the same work or more than the other lawyer but he or she gets $10k to $40k more. I don’t know any people who get hurt so I am stuck on my side of the law. I also am not sympathetic to Claimants.

  17. NUMERO UNO says:

    Besides, everyone knows that the only way to balance budgets is to get this overpaid working rabble into line.

    Comment by Tim

    Nullum est tam caecus, qui nolunt videre

  18. jason says:

    Tim thinks corporations are these monstrous entities created out of thin air to oppress the proletariat.

    The concept that corporations are owned by actual people, often retirees and pension funds, and the taxes they pay are paid by consumers is beyond his comprehension.

  19. Tim says:

    #9:
    No, they won’t, I think. I put that link there to illustrate something. I could find you a story like that about practically every state in this Country, with their economy getting better. That is because the Country’s economy has gotten much better, since the Great Recession ended. Walker is no more a miracle worker than Brown is. And, if you think Walker deserves some credit, then Brown also does. Is that not reasonable?

    Three or four years ago, most of the states in this Country were going broke. That includes my own state. My own Red State, that’s been Red for a decade. This Red State’s economy has improved more slowly than the Country’s economy, using austerity measures. Whose fault is that? I don’t think that austerity works anywhere near as well as a balanced approach. And, I think history bears that out.
    The National economy is getting better, and so are the various state economies, as revenues increase. California had a much deeper hole to climb out of, because they are the World’s 9th largest economy. Brown did it in a differenet way, than Walker. But, there is no denying it has worked.
    Still, the main driving force is the improvement, in the whole Country.

  20. Tim says:

    You people are gonna miss me next week, when I’m gone on vacation. Maybe I should take a laptop, so you all won’t be lost. LOL

  21. Tim says:

    Now that I’ve successfully gotten this thread to rolling, you folks are good for 300 posts.

    I expect no less………

  22. NUMERO UNO says:

    Walker lowered taxes, cut regs, stood up to the unions.
    Brown raises taxes, increased regs and is robbing peter to pay paul. It is kalifornicates last dying gasp, as the producers are leaving the state asap.

    The perfect storm is being set for a severe correction In the economy.
    You cannot tax yourself into prosperity.

  23. NUMERO UNO says:

    But, there is no denying it has worked.
    Still, the main driving force is the improvement, in the whole Country.~~~tim

    Nullum est tam caecus, qui nolunt videre

  24. W. PA Observer says:

    19- Brown’s “different” approach did nothing to address the public employee stranglehold on California’s finances, its appalling schools (among the worst in the nation), or the rash of municipal bankruptcies including cities with populations of hundreds of thousands. Because his approach is more reliant on tax revenue, the one-time spike this year that MAY (big MAY) roughly balance its budget will be problematic to maintain. Also, what happens when the business cycle ends and the next recession hits? – if you look at the unemployment reports/jobless claims in late 2007- the recession appeared as if out of nowhere- there isn’t as much warning as we’d like.

    What Walker did, not only closed his state’s budget hole without raising taxes (and without California’s weather advantage/ cool factor)it helped rein in finances at a structural level, gave aid and flexibility to towns and school districts so that THEY don’t have to raise property taxes either, and this program does not hinge upon continued economic growth. All this in the face of the unions losing their sh$t. Walker is far more impressive.

  25. jason says:

    Nothing to see here folks….move right along…

    “When it became clear last fall that the CIA’s now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the intelligence community, but White House documents reviewed by Congress suggest a different story.

    ABC News has obtained 12 different versions of the talking points that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack.

    White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from the State Department. The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.

    That would appear to directly contradict what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said about the talking points in November.

    “Those talking points originated from the intelligence community. They reflect the IC’s best assessments of what they thought had happened,” Carney told reporters at the White House press briefing on November 28, 2012. “The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate.”

  26. jason says:

    ” But, there is no denying it has worked.”

    Walker worked.

    Brown is a joke.

  27. NUMERO UNO says:

    When socialism fails, the purveyors thereof always claim “we didn’t go far enough”.

  28. jason says:

    ” don’t think that austerity works anywhere near as well as a balanced approach.”

    Balanced approach = higher taxes

    8)

  29. NUMERO UNO says:

    “But, there is no denying it has worked”

    The gulags “work”~~~ if you have enough guards.

  30. Michael says:

    Brandon that is ubsurd. Many thers if you pay close attention use the @ sign as well.

    However, I will own up and say yes Mark Cali was me. I wanted to spice up HHR for a day, nothing that I said was my opinion. The thing that I thought would have given it away was my reference to myself numerous times.

  31. Michael says:

    Thers= other

  32. W. PA Observer says:

    28- True that. And that’s saying something- California can get away with a lot of its bulls$it because of its coastal climate- right white people WILL pay extra to live their and sample the Napa Valley vineyard’s finest and watch humpback whales surface in the Pacific. Meanwhile the people in the interior have decaying public services, terrible schools, and few employment prospects.

  33. Bitterlaw says:

    Handle-stealing and devious plans? We have created a monster. I don’t know if I should be proud or horrified.

  34. NUMERO UNO says:

    The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money

    Margaret Thatcher

  35. jason says:

    I knew last night it was not Mark the deadender.

    “Some deadenders are so screwed up they don’t know if they are real or a parody.

    Comment by jason — May 9, 2013 @ 10:05 pm”

  36. Michael says:

    Handle-stealing? That loser hasn’t been here for over a year. Devious plans? I just wanted to have more comments on what was a somewhat quiet night. This is the SENIOR SKIP DAY!

  37. jason says:

    “ubsurd”

    Wow.

  38. Benito says:

    “But, there is no denying it has worked”

    Under fascism, the trains ran on time.

  39. Tim's Logic says:

    CA: ranked dead last by CEOs, UE rate above the National AVG

    Brown did an awesome job!

    WI: ranked #17 by CEOs, UE rate below National AVG

    Walker? overrrated

  40. Michael says:

    Absurd

  41. NUMERO UNO says:

    Brown did an awesome job!

    By that criteria, hitler was a mastermind.

  42. HHR Ombudsman says:

    “And, if you think Walker deserves some credit, then Brown also does. Is that not reasonable?”

    Huh, is this a trick question?

    One guy lowers taxes and takes free market, free enterprise approach. Successfully.

    The other guy uses demagoguery, raises taxes and demonizes business. Unsuccessfully.

  43. jason says:

    40. Oh, ok. NOW I get it.

    Thanks.

  44. Michael says:

    Anytime Jason.

  45. Kim Jongs says:

    Our system works.

    I challenge you to find someone here who says it doesn’t.

  46. Michael says:

    http://www.pagop.org/

    New PA GOP website!

  47. jason says:

    Stop picking on Tim.

    He was right about one thing.

    You post something dumb enough and it will get 300 comments.

  48. Scott says:

    DW
    “24″ was a wonderful show in its first few years. It seemed that as Bush43′s approval numbers went down the series became more politically correct until it “jumped the shark” in a season ending episode when the Keifer Southerland character apologized to an Iman for this country’s harsh treatment of Muslims.
    I hope that,if the series returns, it goes back to its original way of doing things!

  49. jason says:

    NBC hack off the reservation?

    Lisa Myers

    “There is something called Benghazi going on,” said Myers. “And I think the Democrats now are starting to worry about it. I started–I got calls from a number of Democrats yesterday trying to undermine Greg Hicks’s testimony, saying he wasn’t demoted, etc. So I think they feel that some damage was done by those three witnesses on Wednesday.”

  50. Michael says:

    Jason the PA Deleagtion must stay together, we can’t allow a fracture!

  51. jason says:

    I took a quick look at the PAGOP site.

    This stood out:

    “ERIE SENATE DEMOCRAT CALLS LIQUOR SALES A “CORE SERVICE” OF GOVERNMENT”

  52. Bitterlaw says:

    Spending Senior Skip Day here? That is so sad.

  53. AuthorLMendez says:

    Senior skip day? I never got one of those

  54. Bitterlaw says:

    I never missed a day of high school. That is why I am the bitter lawyer I am today.

  55. W. PA Observer says:

    53- I actually went to school on mine…

  56. Michael says:

    I already am utilizing the day, I took a morning run. 1 mile. Later today I am going to go down to Boalsburg and play basketball with my friends and then I might go and see Star Trek!

  57. AuthorLMendez says:

    I probably had more absentee days in my Senior Year then any other year but that included 2 weeks of having Pneumonia

  58. Brandon says:

    Another parody unmasked. I should make this my profession.

  59. Math Students says:

    “I should make this my profession.”

    nope. you’re our bitch cracker!

  60. Timmy says:

    Skools are people two…

  61. Michael says:

    Brandon why not try to have fun on HHR?

    Also 270towin has the 2014 senate map up and running!

  62. Michael says:

    Brandon what math classes do you teach?

  63. Bitterlaw says:

    Was Michael the fake addison, too?

  64. SoHope says:

    You are flagged for post #56.

    Star Trek doesn’t come out until May 17th.

  65. Michael says:

    Bitter, no I am not the fake add. It would be too complicated for me to continuously change my handle and personality if I were to do that. I was only Mark Cali for last night.

  66. AuthorLMendez says:

    Mike, Star Trek comes out May 17th

  67. Michael says:

    What?! My friends told me it came out on the 10th! Darn it! I guess I will have to see Iron Man 3 then.

  68. SoHope says:

    Can’t wait to see it…and that is with part of me thinking it will suck and another part wondering what they are thinking redoing TWOK on the reboot when TWOK was already perfect.

  69. Bunu/Emerica/Tulipomania says:

    It would be too complicated for me to continuously change my handle

    Do you need lessons?

  70. Michael says:

    Thanks Author,
    However, I can’t wait to see the movie, it will be so exciting. In the all the Star Trek series the only time Earth has a full blown attack on it was when the Breen attacked Earth in Star Trek Deep Space Nine.

  71. Bitterlaw says:

    TWOK? I guess I’m not as big a nerd as I thought I was. What is that?

  72. Michael says:

    The Wrath of Khan

  73. DW says:

    Bitterlaw, after we talked about the death penalty yesterday for that scum in Cleveland, now today, the news is reporting that they are going to pursue it just like we described, the murders of the unborn children he committed by beating the women in the belly until their babies died.

    That should be quite interesting cross-examination, as we discussed yesterday.

  74. Brandon says:

    HSPA Math(which is our standardized test graduation requriement in NJ) and Algebra 1 this year.

  75. Brandon says:

    No, Michael was not addison.

  76. Michael says:

    Lisa Murkowski tapped to lead effort for outreach in Native American community.

    This is important for the 2014 AK Senate Race, the Native American population in Alaska is 14% of the entire population.

    http://atr.rollcall.com/republicans-push-native-american-outreach-with-murkowski/

  77. AuthorLMendez says:

    Algebra 2 was the only subject I ever failed in school. Of course most of the class in that 1st try failed. The teacher seem like a good guy but wasn’t the teaching type.

  78. Michael says:

    @75 I miss those days of easier math, now I am stuck with derivatives and natural logs. I am in Calculus. A boring class.

  79. AuthorLMendez says:

    THANK GOD I took Zoology over Chemistry though

  80. Waingro says:

    This is huge news. And I would note than most of the polling came prior to the news about Cleveland psycho’s forced abortions.

    “Gallup Poll: 58% of Americans Oppose All or Most Abortions”

    http://www.lifenews.com/2013/05/10/gallup-poll-58-of-americans-oppose-all-or-most-abortions/

  81. Michael says:

    I have passed all my math courses with an A or a B
    Algebra 1- A+
    Advanced Geometry- A
    Advanced Algebra 2- A (took same year as Geometry)
    Precalculus- B
    Calculus 1-B+

  82. AuthorLMendez says:

    my Geometry teacher was awesome, He was openly Republican and the day Bush was re-elected he had fun poking at all the Kerry supporters

  83. Bitterlaw says:

    DW – Based only on what has been reported (as opposed to the Add-standard of determining guilt on the first day), I think the cross-examination will be ugly. The prosecutor has one advantage – the jury will hate Castro. However, if they are looking for “reasonable doubt,” a good lawyer will create it.

    I can see the prosecutor calling a medical expert to explain why Castro caused the miscarriages/deaths. You want reasonable doubt? Here are the questions:

    Are you saying that all beatings cause miscarriages?

    Isn’t it true that there are thousands of miscarriages every year by healthy women under the care of their doctors?

    I hope he gets the needle but it will be a difficult case.

  84. NUMERO UNO says:

    the Native American population in Alaska is 14%

    99% of whom qualify or are taking foodstamps etc.

  85. NYCmike says:

    Numero Uno to be called a racist and/or a deadender in 3…2…1….

  86. W. PA Observer says:

    84- This is where I think the case in terms of the jury would be the hinge- similar to even pre-Castle Doctrine PA if you shot an intruder in your home, no jury would convict you for it regardless of “fear of bodily harm” etc. Probably a reverse here- a jury of his peers will be looking for ANY reason to give him the death penalty. Now he’d have a heck of an appeals case – that’s what I view as the main stumbling block to his date with the gurney- a judge or court holding that as you can’t “PROVE” the miscarriages, you can’t claim it capital murder.

  87. Bitterlaw says:

    WPA – Exactly. A conviction would be appealed for years and probably lead to a new trial/more appeals. Of course, if any of his jail friends want to earn a few years off their sentence…….

  88. DW says:

    84 – how will they pick a jury for this one?

    1) People who have been parents of little girls – OUT, cannot be impartial.

    2) People who suffer from claustrophobia or any fear of being trapped or bound – OUT, cannot be impartial.

    3) People who don’t like the thought of being repeatedly beaten for 10 years – OUT, cannot be impartial.

    4) Women who don’t like the thought of have having someone rape them over and over for 10 years – OUT, cannot be impartial.

    5) Decent men whose natural instinct is to protect women in danger – OUT, cannot be impartial.

    Who is left? They would have to import space aliens!

  89. Scott says:

    http://www.zerohedge.com is reporting that the IRS has “apologized” for targeting conservative groups during the 2012 campaign.
    Very Nixonian and criminal charges should be brought!

  90. Bitterlaw says:

    89 – Mets fans? They have no souls and they are too stupid to support the team that wins in New York (Yankees). They are probably perfect jurors.

  91. DW says:

    Furthermore Bitter…having been on a jury where the accused “just” committed armed bank robbery, pointing a gun at two teenage girl tellers…I can tell you that once they got on the stand to testify, they were INSTANTLY sympathetic. What if that was my daughter? How much MORE for this case?

    I know this scum is on suicide watch, but maybe it would be better for everyone if they just didn’t watch to carefully and the guy offed himself. It would spare these women having to face him in court and relive all this.

    But if he doesn’t and it goes to trial, I think a death penalty would be very hard to avoid. I know there are good defense attorneys out there, but how could any reasonable jury member conclude that ALL five miscarriages *COULD* have ended up happening on their own whether or not the defendent scum beat her belly to a pulp and starved her.

  92. NYCmike says:

    “Brandon that is ubsurd. Many thers if you pay close attention use the @ sign as well.

    However, I will own up and say yes Mark Cali was me. ”

    -So, first he calls the detective ubsurd, then he admits that the detective is correct. He is a stool pigeon, who carries around his own stool.
    Got it.

  93. NYCmike says:

    “The thing that I thought would have given it away was my reference to myself numerous times.”

    -I think most were agreeing with “Mark Cali” on those points, so they missed it.

  94. Casey Anthony says:

    Juries are pretty smart in my opinion. Anybody want to buy my book?

  95. OJ says:

    Preach it, Casey. Juries are awesome.

  96. MichaeltheParody says:

    NYcMike shut up you, are a loon and bunu lover!

  97. NYCmike says:

    With that Cleveland case, wasn’t it three guys? Are they all up on charges?

  98. Bitterlaw says:

    C!

  99. DW says:

    95 – Bitter, I know juries can be and are very often dumb. But most juries are involved in cases where there is considerable doubt as to guilt. Smaller profile cases that are cut and dried often don’t go to trial…am I right? In this case, there won’t even be that question in any of the minds of the jurors. It will only be a question of what to do with this scum. The prosecutors are going to have incredible images and testimony.

  100. DW says:

    98 – apparently the brothers didn’t live at that address and apparently didn’t know anything about it.

  101. GF says:

    98- Bronxie, no, just the main captor is being charged at this time.

  102. DW says:

    lol – wasn’t even trying for the C. That was totally random.

  103. AuthorLMendez says:

    GF is losing his touch

  104. GF says:

    The best ones always are, DW; one cannot plan moments like that.

    OK, off to work; see you all in a bit.

  105. NYCmike says:

    Ok, I don’t actively follow these cases. Thanks for straightening that out.

  106. Angel Fernandez says:

    DW,

    You did not get credit for the C. We did not see it when we looked at the replay.

  107. Bitterlaw says:

    DW – I am not saying you are wrong. However, there are ways to attack the charges. I would not want to be the one to do it but I see how it could be done.

    Add to claim that I support beating women until they miscarry in 3…2…1…

  108. NYCmike says:

    Have all the Benghazi inquiries been put under one special prosecutor yet, or are they still in many different committees?

  109. Rachel Maddow says:

    What is Benghazi?

  110. NYCmike says:

    “Add to claim that I support beating women until they miscarry in 3…2…1…”

    -Why would you say that? The case for murder is a very tough one. You have raised appropriate caution flags.

  111. McConnell, Boehner, & Cantor says:

    “What is Benghazi?”

    Don’t ask us, we didn’t even make sure Hillary was sworn in before her testimony.

  112. Bitterlaw says:

    Does Bunu have another handle?

  113. NYCmike says:

    When I was out with my friends the other night, the 2 who were big Obama supporters in 2008 both mentioned they did not vote in 2012. And they both ridiculed Romney. They are like Madcow, no idea of what Benghazi is, or no desire to find out. Much easier getting through the day when you never question your beliefs.

  114. NYCmike says:

    Bitterlaw,

    I am sorry you don’t get percentages on your court cases. That must be nice to get big checks like that. I wonder if they are the same size as when you win a sweepstakes.

  115. DW says:

    113 – I agree its tough from a legal standpoint, but from a jury-emotional standpoint, maybe not so tough.

  116. DW says:

    that guy will not have one sympathetic thing about him. Not ONE member of the jury will sit there and say, oh the poor man. Now, its true there may be some on the jury who recoil at the thought of sentencing a man to death. But this guy is more animal than man. Nobody has a problem putting down a wild rabid dog.

  117. DW says:

    and if this guy is spared the death penalty, and makes it to prison, even prisoners have standards, and this guy will be low-down scum even to them, and he would likely be killed by another prisoner. Just ask Jeff Dahmer.

  118. Bitterlaw says:

    NYC – If the other side loses, they get nothing. However, workers compensation cases are set up to go against the employer.

  119. Michael says:

    Rep. Tom Price opts to run for house seat rather than the senate seat.

    http://atr.rollcall.com/tom-price-declines-georgia-senate-bid/#more-21936

    Watch for ex-SOS Karen Handel to jump into the race.

    Two wackos, a conservative, and a moderate. Who will win?

  120. Michael says:

    We Ask America

    Wisconsin
    Governor Walker Approval Ratings

    44/54

    WAA was wrong a lot last year.

  121. AuthorLMendez says:

    actually Mike, WAA gave Walker too big a margin in their final WI recall poll. It could be an outlier as other polling has shown Walker to be fine. That or something has happened lately there that the other polls haven’t caught.

  122. Michael says:

    Author, watch this. McAwful has another big gaffe!

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/j803aoV6FBI

  123. MD says:

    Michael – handle stealing is not acceptable. I should have caught it. I guess the stress in my personal and professional lives is catching up to me. I wanted the battle to let off steam.

  124. Jeff G. says:

    For any of you who might doubt that the Obamam administration has been participating in active intimidation of organizations that dissent from the appropriate political opinions:

    IRS Apologizes to Tea Party Groups for Inappropriate Scrutiny of Tax-Exempt Status
    The head of Exempt Organizations at the Internal Revenue Service publicly apologized to tea party groups May 10 for the treatment they received from the agency when they were applying for tax exemption as advocacy groups.
    Groups applying for exemption with the name “tea party” and “patriot” were pulled from a specialized IRS list and sent to a centralized unit for extra review, Lois Lerner told the American Bar Association Tax Section May Meeting in Washington.
    Lerner called the IRS’s actions “absolutely wrong and inappropriate.”
    She also said the questions the organizations were asked were too broad, including questions about their contributors that were not customary, and said many of the cases sat around for too long.

    This is a real story.

  125. MD says:

    Imagine if Bush was POTUS and this was done to lefty groups? It would be the lead story for weeks on the network news channels. I bet this gets zero airtime except for Fox.

  126. Phil says:

    Absolute straight forward abuse of power banana republic style.

    Oh, but it’s ok. They apologized.

    What a corrupt administration. This is what you get when the press refuses to do its job. Very dangerous situation and invites all kinds of abuses – which the Obama administration has happily given us.

    Makes you want to puke.

  127. NYCmike says:

    I am surprised the news actually came out. Someone must have threatened to blow the whistle.

  128. NYCmike says:

    “Two wackos, a conservative, and a moderate. Who will win?”

    -Says the handle stealer.

  129. Phil says:

    Friday dump.

  130. NYCmike says:

    If anyone comes to NYC and wants a bar with the best jukebox, WXOU on Hudson St., near Charles. Afterwards, or before, depending on time, make sure to go to Magnolia Bakery for some cupcakes. Run a mile or 2 in the morning so you don’t feel guilty.

  131. Jeff G. says:

    I am somewhat confident, as well, that I will not hear one word about the IRS story from any news outlet other than the evil right-wingers at Fox.

  132. Phil says:

    NBC to name Brit Deborah Turnes as new head of NBC news.

    What, NBC didn’t think the news division was left enough?

    Guess we ought to be grateful Piers Morgan wasn’t chosen.

  133. Bitterlaw says:

    I think a 3 day suspension for pretending to be Mark Cali is in order.

  134. JulStol says:

    Shame Price didn’t run. He’d have been the cream of the crop in GA.

    Broun needs to lose the primary. Simply cannot have him as the face of the GOP.

    I do hope Karen H runs. Good Conservative without being a cook or a crook.

  135. Michael says:

    3 day suspension my butt you can’t stop me! Besides, I sensed a bit of a compliment from MD.

  136. Michael says:

    Michael – Handle stealing is really easy. Do you really want to play that game? Remember all the things I don’t say? I could say them as Michael.

  137. Bitterlaw says:

    That is the only time I ever posted as anybody else in 8+ years. Learn the lesson, Michael.

  138. Michael says:

    the Michaels are coming un-done…

  139. The School Board Voters says:

    Where is Michaels’ campaign? I haven’t heard from him. Might be time to vote Green Party…

  140. Bitterlaw says:

    But I was Michael and Michael was Michael. Who are youdfgdfg ddghfghfghfg

  141. Michael says:

    Bitter, I couldn’t really care if you became me, because I know you would never want to be me!

  142. Michael says:

    New York Baby!

  143. Spartacus says:

    No, I am Michael!

  144. Michael says:

    I am your Father!

  145. Michael says:

    My campaign? Who cares? I wanna hang here!

  146. Michael says:

    Karma’s a bitch!

  147. Michael says:

    Honey Boo Boo!!!!

  148. Michael says:

    Bitter, I never really learned a lesson. Seeing more posts of me just makes me feel special!

  149. Michael says:

    Bobcats suck

  150. AuthorLMendez says:

    at this rate I’m expecting Michael Scott to come by

  151. JulStol says:

    Michael’s a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude.

  152. NYCmike says:

    Michael’s a douche playing a douche disguised as another douche.

  153. NYCmike says:

    “at this rate I’m expecting Michael Scott to come by”

    -I’d be thrilled if Angela took Michael’s place.

  154. Chekote says:

    “Michael’s a douche playing a douche disguised as another douche.”

    No, that’s me

  155. AuthorLMendez says:

    Angela? Too cold and rigid. Dwight would spice things up

  156. NYCmike says:

    I am not really NYCmike. He makes too much sense for me to ever parody him. He is much smarter than jason.
    LOL.

  157. NYCmike says:

    Ok, I was joking about not being me. The other parts stand.
    LOL.

  158. Scott says:

    So what have we learned today:
    (1) The IRS denied non-profit status to conservative non-profit groups during 2012. The motive is easy– without non-profit status, the groups could not fund raise.
    (2) The Investigator General of the Department of Defense has accused the political appointees at the DoD of obstructing his investigation into contract fraud in Afghanistan. This Administration has had numerous run-ins with IGs.
    (3) Three(3) liberal journalists–Jon Karl(ABC),Lisa Meyers(NBC) and Ron Fournier(AP) have expanded on the Benghazi shenanigans. Fournier went as far to conclude that The State Dept. politicized Benghazi immediately after the incident.

    So in one day,we have seen how the Administration corrupted the State Dept., the Treasury Dept(IRS)and the DoD. Who’s next? My bet is on Homeland Security.

    Will Dim Tim,jack or any other of the HHR trolls admit that this Administration is sleaze on steroids?!

  159. Michael says:

    Karen Handel expected to make a Senate run now, according to CQpolitics.

  160. Waingro says:

    Anyone want to watch Jay Carney going down in flames go here now: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1155606216001/

    I’d say we are on Code 3 now in Benghazi…raplidly approaching Code 4.

  161. Michael says:

    May 10 Politics1com: CA CD-31: Attorney Eloise Reyes (D) becomes the 3rd Dem to enter the race vs Cong Gary Miller (R) in this very blue district.

    The more democrats the better, that is how Miller won before. The democrats split the vote and Miller faced a republican.

  162. NYCmike says:

    Is Handel moderate enough for you, handle stealer?

  163. Michael says:

    Handel is perfect for me, however I will accept either her or Kingston as the GOP nominees. Both cold do great things in the Senate and both have statewide appeal.

  164. david says:

    the recent MSM non-coverage of Benghazi is a prime example that the MSM will do anything to protect President Obama and their 2016 Presidential choice at any cost.

  165. Waingro says:

    MATT DRUDGE ?@DRUDGE 54s

    Thought Carney @PressSec looked strange today. Nervous, hiding things. What’s going on in there? 2nd term jinx. Scandal scandal scandal…

  166. NYCmike says:

    Waingro,

    I listened for 5 minutes. He said, “we said everything there was to say, even when we didn’t say anything”, or some such gobbledygook. My head feels like it is about to explode.

  167. Waingro says:

    #170, it was painful to watch. But most of the press questions and followups were weak. Still he and Barry came off pretty badly here.

  168. JulStol says:

    “or some such gobbledygook”

    Racisssssttttt!!!!!

  169. NYCmike says:

    I wonder if it would matter if the Republicans in Congress coordinated their actions so that they all knew what the other side was doing. Or is that too much to ask for?

  170. Scott says:

    #162
    I guessed incorrectly. It looks as if Sebelius at the Dept. of Health and Human Services may have violated the law by asking for funds from companies she regulates.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/10/budget-request-denied-sebelius-turns-to-health-executives-to-finance-obamacare/

  171. JulStol says:

    Michael,

    Please tell me you’re going door to door.

    Between you and your opponent, you’re the better choice for R primary voters.

  172. AuthorLMendez says:

    This could be a big weekend *crosses fingers*

  173. AuthorLMendez says:

    Jul are you saying you’re endorsing Mike?

  174. AuthorLMendez says:

    when will politicians learn that covering things up never works?

  175. JulStol says:

    Author,

    I encourage all young people who wish to run for public office to do so, regardless of political affiliation.

    I’ll be very interested in how he votes if he’s elected.

    If he doesn’t win the D nomination, he won’t get elected.

  176. Bitterlaw says:

    Author – Go for it. When you find “the one” do not waste time. You will not regret it.*

    *Unless you are wrong and she is really not “the one” and you end up miserable and broken living in a box under a bridge.

  177. Michael says:

    Jul how do you know about my opponents?

  178. Walt, HHR Senator, formerly known as Delegate says:

    Survived day in the wilds.
    WE saw lots of plants, flowers and things.

    No deaths or injuries.

    Huge thunderstorm rolled in right after we got back to the lodge.

    Now for some drinking, then dinner, then PAR-TEH!!!

  179. JulStol says:

    I think I deserve a “Most Political Answer ever” award for post 180.

    Michael,

    I have the ability to google.

  180. Michael says:

    I am quoted on Page 9 near the bottom.

    http://www.aauwstatecollege.org/about/2013newsletters/May2013.pdf

    The first three are democrats, the last two democrats are nice guys though so I wouldn’t mind working with them.

    Figures that they split my quote and that they put the two registered republicans (and challengers) on the back.

  181. Michael says:

    Jul the county party is informing voters to vote for the republicans. We seem to be favored to take the GOP nomination. However, no one knows if myself or my republican counterpart will get the democratic nomination. We have left it for the voters to decide.

  182. Michael says:

    I am also the only school board candidate with signs.

  183. Michael says:

    Todd Kincannon, the guy that flapped and made the problem for jul is now supporting the stolz report.

  184. JulStol says:

    I have no issue with Todd whatsoever. He just recommended people follow me. That’s all.

    If you’re not careful, I’ll get him to endorse you, Mr. Straw ;)

  185. Michael says:

    Jul you will do no such thing, I am a very quiet person.

  186. Michael says:

    The bill that they are talking about with Rep. Roby sounds like a neat kind of bill.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/05/10/gop_rebranding_pushes_female-friendly_issues_candidates__118356.html

  187. JulStol says:

    Would be most unfortunate if a screen capture of your extra curricular activities on the dance floor was tweeted with only a week to go in the campaign…most unfortunate indeed.

  188. JulStol says:

    And no, Michael. I wouldn’t really do that.

    Just be careful when you post here. As I found out, someone will eventually find it.

  189. JulStol says:

    “Todd Kincannon, the guy that flapped and made the problem for jul”

    Todd Kincannon didn’t make a problem for me, I made a problem for me. It’s my responsibility to use common sense when I post, not Todd’s.

  190. NYCmike says:

    “Jul you will do no such thing, I am a very quiet person.”

    -PROVE IT!

  191. NYCmike says:

    Jul,

    Don’t mention the prom where the lily white Republican candidate took a young girl who happened to be a minority, but then ditched her for a person with more of the same hue before the night was through.

  192. Fred the Magic Penguin says:

    You know, whenever I drop by HHR to see what’s going on and run across a series of posts from Tim the Dim, all I can think of is….”Good Lord!It’s over my boots and I’m on the second floor!”

  193. NYCmike says:

    “Now for some drinking, then dinner, then PAR-TEH!!!”

    -Make sure there’s no monkey business going on.

  194. Scarlett O'Hara says:

    ” Survived day in the wilds.
    WE saw lots of plants, flowers and things.”

    Sorry, Walt, but these things do happen in life.

    It’s not a bowl of cherries.

    Some days are better than others.

    Tomorrow is another day.

  195. JulStol says:

    NYC,

    His date ditched him, not the other way round according to his own admission.

    I don’t begrudge the young fella getting it on at prom but while running for office, he probably ought not post about it.

  196. Michael says:

    We kinda ditched each other though. Oh well, I don’t know how her night turned out. Mine was awesome though!!!

    I will not be talking about prom anymore.

  197. NYCmike says:

    “His date ditched him, not the other way round according to his own admission.”

    -Ok, I’ll have to check my sources on HHR I guess (ahem, Gov). I am glad you enjoyed yourself, Michael. You don’t have to speak about it, just post some of the pictures.

  198. Tim says:

    Michael:
    You know that Price is out in the Senate race, here?

    Now, we watch and see what Handel does….

  199. Tim says:

    Wow……NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams: “Benghazi continues to blow up” around the Obama administration. Then Chuck Todd uses the term “Nixonian” in describing the IRS activity against the Tea Party.

  200. Tim says:

    #177:
    Well, I wish you much happiness……

  201. Tim says:

    #204:
    Get yourself another name.

  202. Tim says:

    #162:
    I’m not a troll. I’ve been posting here for 7 years, this month. And, I lurked as far back as ’04.

    You’d know that if you was a regular.

    Which, by the way, you ain’t.

    So, f##k off……

  203. NYCmike says:

    Tim,

    I don’t think Scott was calling you a troll. He was just saying that you usually make as much sense as a troll.

    Cheers.

  204. NYCmike says:

    LOL.

  205. Tim says:

    “Will Dim Tim, jack or any other of the HHR trolls……”

    Game, set, and match?

    But, I do think I was telling him to “f##k off”. LOL

  206. Tim says:

    Aw, I’m playing. Scott is a fun guy, in a small nutsack sort of way……

  207. Michael says:

    Tim, I support Karen Handel or Kingston. I would like Handel to win though. Gingrey and Broun are nut jobs.

  208. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    Uh Jul, do you find it somewhat ironic that you are lecturing a young, aspiring politician on the dangers of posting inappropriately on blogs?

  209. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    The abuse of power by this admin is beyond the pale. Remember when Gonzales LEGALLY fired lawyers in Justice? It was like they had kidnapped multiple Lindbergh babies.

  210. JulStol says:

    MD,

    No teacher like experience.

  211. Michael says:

    MD, don’t worry the GOP will show them there is a price to pay if they continue to do such things.

    WV, SD, NC, MT, AR, LA, IA, MI, and CO will be where we will see the results of the administrations ineptness and abuse of power.

    VA in 2013 will be the opening act. The KY governor race will be the prelude to the finale. The 2016 presidential race.

  212. Scott says:

    #211- Dim Tim
    Nice try with misdirection. Answer the charges you hypocrite!

  213. Scott says:

    #217- Dim Tim
    You may also want to answer MD’s charge in #214.

  214. Michael says:

    @Politics1com: IOWA: State Sen Jack Hatch (D) filed state paperwork to launch his campaign vs Gov Terry Branstad (R).

  215. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    219 – which one is your statement?

  216. Michael says:

    Page 7

  217. Bitterlaw says:

    Michael’s statement was printed after an ad fora garage sale but before the Bengazhi summary.

  218. Bitterlaw says:

    Good luck. Michael but do not stress out about your quotes and statements. The only people who read them are the candidates, their families (who really don’t read them but say they do) and 8 old cranky guys who wear black socks with shorts.

  219. NYCmike says:

    Michael,

    I saw words under your name, but they sounded like something a politician would say. They meant nothing.
    Unique perspective, pfffttt!

    I just ate a Snickers Egg, WOW! Fantastic! I think it may be better than the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Egg, and that is saying something!

  220. Bitterlaw says:

    Apparently, shoving a player to the ground is a foul that gets you ejected. Corey to start ranting in 3…2…1…

  221. Michael says:

    224 would you include yourself in that statement?

    Don’t worry guys, I might have my shot to take the democratic nomination.

    There is a forum that I must go to that is being held in the borough. It is being hosted by the Democrats of Centre county. They are doing this for the borough council candidates and school board candidates. The democrats are going to be asking myself and my republican counterpart the toughest questions so they can see which one of us they will be more comfortable voting for.

  222. Bitterlaw says:

    I don’t wear black socks with shorts. I stand by the rest of that statement. My wife didn’t even read my op-ed pieces. Why would she? She is a normal person.

  223. JulStol says:

    Mike,

    Your statement was good, boiler-plate, young-person-running-for-school-board copy.

    It’ll get you some votes, it’ll lose you a few votes.

    The novelty of your age would play better if Sam Settle didn’t run just 2 years ago in the same district.

  224. Op-EdZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ says:

    I believe in the 2nd Amendment, low taxes, and the rest of the Constitution. If a law or a tax doesn’t affect me, I will not say anything to try to get rid of it. Vote for me.

  225. Square One says:

    “It’ll get you some votes, it’ll lose you a few votes.”

    -Welcome to my world!

  226. Michael says:

    Yes, but there is a difference. Settle wasn’t a member of the community, was basically searching for office for his résumé rather than wanting to help the community. Finally he didn’t appeal to the community. He was going to receive the drubbing in the general because he was the only candidate that was negative. I will state though that the county democrats also overstepped their bounds on a few occasions.

  227. JulStol says:

    Sam was counting on the PSU students turning out to vote for him.

    A pipe dream, of course but I give him points for trying.

  228. Bitterlaw says:

    was basically searching for office for his résumé rather than wanting to help the community.

    Damn. I wondered what happened to Settle. Now I know that he really moved to Emmaus and became….JulStol. Dun Dunnn Dunnnnnn

  229. so hope's remorse says:

    Julstol,

    are you still being stalked?

  230. JulStol says:

    Bitter,

    One term on school board is resume padding. 2 is stockholm syndrome.

  231. jason says:

    Corey must be happy the Bulls are hanging in there.

    Frankly, against a much better team.

  232. JulStol says:

    235,

    I don’t know. Probably. Well armed enough that I frankly don’t care. I have more important things to worry about.

  233. Walt, HHR Senator, formerly known as Delegate says:

    187.I am also the only school board candidate with signs.
    ********************
    Are they gang signs?

  234. Mr.Vito says:

    “I don’t wear black socks with shorts.”

    racist.

  235. JulStol says:

    I imagine Corey’s biggest concern right now is keeping Joe Walsh from becoming State Party chairman.

  236. Bitterlaw says:

    Well armed enough that I frankly don’t care.

    Guns ae really no protection if you never look beyond you. That was a great photo of your back on the Stalker Report.

  237. JulStol says:

    Bitter,

    I’m not so deluded as to believe I’m important enough to warrent assasination.

    Still, going out Enjolras style would be pretty cool.

  238. Bitterlaw says:

    Real men list getting “it” as their most important concern on Friday night. I doubt Joe Wlsh makes Corey’s top 5.

  239. JulStol says:

    Ahem… *warrant

  240. Bitterlaw says:

    Going out in any style is not cool, especially since you would be DEAD.

  241. jason says:

    I can imagine the media frenzy if the Benghazi thing had happened under a Republican administration.

    The double standard is astounding.

    The liberal stranglehold on the media needs to be broken.

  242. NYCmike says:

    “I imagine Corey’s biggest concern right now is keeping Joe Walsh from becoming State Party chairman.”

    -I just saw him in concert with Bob Seger. This guy is really multi-faceted.

  243. JulStol says:

    Bitter,

    We all die sometime. Better to die in a way that means something, no?

  244. NYCmike says:

    jason,

    The IRS thing would be more astounding. The IRS is known by everybody, while Ben Ghazi could be another gay basketball player.

  245. NYCmike says:

    Bitterlaw opposes death. He will not lose sleep over it.

  246. Mr.Vito says:

    “Real men list getting “it” as their most important concern on Friday night.”

    Stephen King’s psycho clown? I got it on DVD… you can watch it while I go for a roll in the laundry sack.

  247. JulStol says:

    252

    LOL oh, thanks. I haven’t laughed like that since I was a little girl.

  248. NYCmike says:

    “…..since I was a little girl.”

    I don’t think this demographic is that big in your town, is it?

  249. JulStol says:

    NYCMike,

    Never saw Austin Powers, eh?

  250. Mr.Vito says:

    O_O

  251. Michael says:

    NYCmike, Jul’s town is full of strange people (not just including him) and occurrences.

  252. JulStol says:

    Michael,

    Emmaus is a “Town united for Progress” dontcha know?

  253. Bitterlaw says:

    Death meaning something? Maybe in combat or saving people in a fire. Getting zipped in the back of the head selling tea at the mall? I don’t put much value on that.

  254. Mr.Vito says:

    Actually, I always look like #256… someday I’ll get those googly-eyes though…

  255. NYCmike says:

    I don’t remember Austin Powers too much. I’ll have to watch it again, maybe my wife will shag me afterwards!

  256. Bitterlaw says:

    I thought the “little girl” line was by Dieter/Mike Myers.

    As for Emmaus….um…no comment.

  257. JulStol says:

    Bitter,

    If I was, as you say, “zapped” because of my ideology, that’s not meaningless.

    I sincerely hope my opponents are not that emotionally disturbed.

  258. NYCmike says:

    http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/star-wars-kid-speaks-recalls-dark-side-youtube-184218751.html

    -Here is Michael preparing for his school board election. * (Just Kidding)

    *I had never heard of this kid, but I don’t get why people were telling him he is worthless. I thought the video was pretty funny.

  259. Bitterlaw says:

    Jul – It would absolutely be meaningless. Who would cry more – the Democrats ypu voted for or the Republicans you voted against?

  260. Grim Reaper says:

    Zipped is different than zapped! Watch out, kid!

  261. NYCmike says:

    Gentlemen, Ladies,

    I bid you adieu. Have a great weekend, stay safe, and fight the good fight!

    And GFY!

  262. Michael says:

    @265 Alderaan is crying!

  263. Michael says:

    NYCmike seems to be coming it of that delusional period he was having of liking Paulbots.

  264. Mr.Vito says:

    “@265 Alderaan is crying!”

    If only Dantooine hadn’t been too remote to make an effective demonstration…

  265. Michael says:

    @270 it surprised me that in episodes 2 and 4 there were no major space conflicts (excluding the Death Star). I mean cruiser to cruiser combat.

  266. Bitterlaw says:

    Alderan was filled with p*ssies. Try that crap with Tatooine.

  267. Mr.Vito says:

    Their only contribution to the galaxy was the “cinnabon” hairdo…

  268. Bitterlaw says:

    Mr. Vito – i don’t want to harp on it but those were the droids you were looking for.

  269. Mr.Vito says:

    Droids? Aww…crap… George Zimmerman told me we were looking for… we’ll it’s all over now.

  270. Michael says:

    Filled with pissies? Sure, what about Mon Calamari? They could have taken the, away altogether. No Mon Calamari means no Mon Calamari cruisers.

  271. Michael says:

    Watch out Mr. Vito! IT’S A TRAP!

  272. Mr.Vito says:

    I like Mon Calamari sauteed with parsley and garlic…

  273. Mr.Vito says:

    A lint trap! Yeearrrrgh!

  274. Michael says:

    278 I like the use of French in that one.

  275. Michael says:

    Intensify the forward firepower you don’t want a lint fire to occur!

  276. LeBron James says:

    Hey, Corey! Ilove the Bulls, too!

  277. Toast says:

    Hey Mr. Vito. Long time, no see.

  278. Michael says:

    Good night everyone. (When I mean everyone I mean Walt and Mr. Vito).

  279. Mr.Vito says:

    TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAST!!!!!!

    GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!

  280. Mr.Vito says:

    Michael, good night.

    Don’t let the womp rats bite.

  281. Bitterlaw says:

    The Bulls are a good team. The Heat are better. I hate them both so I am not biased.

  282. Mr.Vito says:

    The Bulls still have a shot… but I thought the Bucks had a shot…

    I guess if they made it through the BucksShot, they’ll be able to wade through the BullsShot.

  283. jason says:

    ” Elections are about independents and moderates,” Paul told reporters. “I think a lot of the views that I have that are more inclusive of people who haven’t been voting Republican”

    NYC to call Rand Paul a RINO in 3,2, 1…

    Oh wait….

  284. jason says:

    Yesterday Rand Paul was supposedly better at explaining “Republican positions”.

  285. jason says:

    Corey, if its any consolation, the Bulls played a good game, they just ran out of gas in the 4th quarter.

  286. Mr.Vito says:

    “Republican positions”

    I think missionary is the only one that is allowed, right?

  287. Bitterlaw says:

    I wonder where the real Add is. Not with his ex-wife. Zing!

  288. AuthorLMendez says:

    Pretty good day in sports today, Rays win and the Heat make it 6 down and 10 to go

  289. AuthorLMendez says:

    I guess watching the Bulls is becoming less fun for Corey. I’m all for physical play but sometimes the Bulls players are playing right down “dirty”.

  290. AuthorLMendez says:

    The Warriors style of play is real fun to watch. I feel like i’m watching a video game in real time

  291. Tulipomania says:

    Gun Owners of America: PPP campaign of lies
    Mark Sanford Publicly Opposes Toomey background checks and easily wins House Seat

    “Sanford’s victory also demolishes the credibility of the Far Left polling firm, Public Policy Polling,” Pratt said. PPP’s numbers, as recently as April 22, had Sanford trailing Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch by nine points.
    Even on the eve of the election, with Sanford obviously surging, PPP still had Sanford and Busch within one point of each other.
    “In fact, PPP missed it by at least eight points — 18 points if you look at the April 22 poll,” Pratt said. With nearly all of the results in, Sanford led Busch by 54.3% to 45.2%.
    “PPP and Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns have led a fraud campaign attempting to convince Republican Senators that their political careers have collapsed as a result of their opposition to gun control,” Pratt said.

  292. Mr.Vito says:

    “I think missionary is the only one that is allowed, right?”

    Oh… no, it’s the fetal position… that’s right.

  293. jason says:

    Ok, the law of averages says one day it had to happen.

    Bunu and I agree on something.

    PPP sucks.

    Fortunately I don’t think this unfortunate situation will occur again in 2013.

  294. AuthorLMendez says:

    Bunu? ok i’m out

  295. Mr.Vito says:

    “Mark Sanford Publicly Opposes Toomey background checks and easily wins House Seat”

    Vito reads a post by Bunu and is immediately stricken with nausea.

  296. Bitterlaw says:

    Selective crap from Bunu. You could just ad easily say, “scumbag screwsvover wife and state of South Carolina and easily wins reelection.

  297. Bitterlaw says:

    Election not reelection

  298. Bitterlaw says:

    Now I know Gun Owners of America is just a bunch of Paulbots.

  299. jason says:

    GOA has always been Paulbots.

  300. Bitterlaw says:

    Another rainout. Damn. At least my team is undefeated in canceled games.

  301. Michael says:

    Good Morning

  302. Bitterlaw says:

    The sun is out but my game is canceled because the. Field is muddy. WTF. That is why the girls own cleats. I played on fields worse than this growing up.

  303. jason says:

    Bitter doesn’t know what to with himself.

    How about a drive into the countryside to smell the fertilizer?

  304. jason says:

    I would invite you to a barn raising but the last barn was finished hours ago.

  305. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    jason,

    Tell Amos he owes me $500 for the, uh, entertainment I sent to his barn last week.

  306. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    David Wissing – please tell me what was the offending word in my most recent post not to make it through HAL?

  307. jason says:

    Time to get back on the reservation.

    “In the White House’s latest efforts at transparency, the administration announced to reporters that it would brief reporters on the latest shocking developments about the Benghazi situation … behind closed doors. Politico reports that the meeting started at approximately 12:45 PM ET, and that it moved the normal press briefing to 1:45 PM ET. Jay Carney, White House press secretary, did not comment on whether the meeting took place.”

    Note that the closed door meeting is a effort at “transparency”.

    8)

  308. jason says:

    ” Jay Carney, White House press secretary, did not comment on whether the meeting took place.”

    Another obvious attempt at transparency.

  309. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    He was being transparent in his non-transparency. How could you not understand this? The admin is beyond reproach.

  310. jason says:

    312. No problem. But you know Amos has no money, so you will have to decide how you want payment.

    He has slab bacon, smoked bacon, rashers, sides of bacon, sliced bacon, lard, scrapple and shoo-fly pies. Or for the $500 you can have 500 gallons of cider.

  311. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    scrapple please. Half sliced thick and half thin. $500 worth will last me 2 years.

  312. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    So, I was told by some idiot that I am a disgrace because I “only” have $73K in college savings for my 7th grader. This lady thinks everything should be sacrificed to send the kids to schools that will cost 250K over 4 years. What do you guys think?

  313. jason says:

    Deal. Amos is throwing in a couple pies and some cider. He liked the “entertainment”.

  314. jason says:

    Well by the time the 7th grader is ready to go you might have $100k in today’s money and enough for 2 years. Add a merit scholarship, you probably make too much for any need based scholarship, and maybe she can work part time and pay for the rest.

    So it seems to me you have a good start with the $73 k.

  315. jason says:

    I think Bunu thinks Paulbots/GOA have discovered what everyone already knew.

    PPP is a partisan, agenda driven pollster.

    Brilliant detective work, Bunu.

  316. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    jason – by the time she goes to college, we will make much less. I had a lawyer in NYC, a Harvard grad (a Republican who hates Obama believe it or not) tell me that any family with less than $180K in total income can qualify for aid from Harvard. Not that my kids (I also have a 4th grader) will be going to Harvard.

  317. Michael says:

    Here is the voter guide for State College Area School Board.

    http://www.centredaily.com/2013/05/11/3612636/voters-guide-state-college-area.html

  318. Michael says:

    May 11 Politics1com: 2014 election calendar now online: all 50 states. See: http://t.co/K6GzVUa5ft If you know any of the missing TBA filing dates, let us know!

    May 11 Politics1com: ARKANSAS: Little Rock School District President Dianne Curry (D) to run vs Lt Gov Mark Darr (R).

    Hey bitter, when you run for congress again the dates for qualifying should be on the calander.

  319. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    What you consider a good start, I consider to be – “I am almost done”. Nothing wrong with community college for 2 years and then a transfer to Penn State or another affordable school. They could get 4 year degrees and have zero debt. We met a young woman who was a waitress at a restaurant. We started to chat and she told us that she graduated 2 years ago from some school I never heard of with a degree in Arts. Has 75K in debt and cannot get a job with any career path. Said her balance never seems to go down which indicates to me that she had at least some private loans. A degree in Arts. Her academic adviser did her a world of good.

  320. Michael says:

    MD maybe have her go to one of the PSU satellite campuses and then she could to University Park.

  321. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    Exactly Michael. Today, the total cost for that, over 4 years with books and board for the final 2 would be $83K. Still way too much for a public school but it can be done. I have great universities like Villanova right here that I cannot consider because it will be between 250 and 300K (not counting books and other expenses) by the time they go. Just not going to happen.

  322. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    Time to ban all Pick Axe’s. The Pick Axe lobby is out in force now.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20130511_ap_mankillsmilanpasserbywithpickaxe4wounded.html

  323. Bitterlaw says:

    I want to be very clear that although MD and I ech have a daughter in 4th grade, we do not have the same daughter. Of course, his daughter does look a bit like mine. MD and I were invited on Maury Povitch for a Father’s Day show but I don’t know why.

    As for college, I leave that to my wife to set up savings. My son is in 9th grade and my 85 year old dad loves cigarettes and beer. It is all falling into place.

  324. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    How rich is your 85 year old Dad? My father will spend every dime. He has never been good with money. My Mom, who has always been good with $, will now spend every dime supporting my brother. So, what I have is what I have and that is the way it should be in the end.

  325. Bitterlaw says:

    I prefer the elitist path. I will find a way to send them to private 4 year schools if that is what they want. It was the best time of my life and when I die, I can at least remember good times rather than all those fun years I could have lived at home while driving to community college.

  326. 333 says:

    CCCXXXIII

  327. Bitterlaw says:

    My Dad bought his house in 1973 for $65,000. I don’t think anything in his town goes for less than $1.1 million now. I keep telling hm to sell it because it is too much to take care of. Throw in some stocks, divide by 3 and at least one child will get the full ride. My daughter better spend less time playing MineCraft and more time at becoming a scholarship level left-handed catcher.

  328. Michael says:

    I take t no me read my little write up in the main newspaper of the region.

  329. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    Well, you are “lucky” I guess. I will not have that situation. Then again, since I plan to be doing my own thing soon, I can arrange things so that aid is a possibility at least.

  330. Bitterlaw says:

    I’m not that lucky. When my dad goes, I also inherit an aunt with altzheimers and a sister with a brain injury from birth. I also get a mix of alcoholics and substance abusers to worry about.

  331. Bitterlaw says:

    My dad was always pissed about “financial aid” when I was in college. We didn’t qualify but every year the school raised tuition and part of the increase was to fund additional financial aid (I’m not kidding). My dad is also an alumni and he me met the President at a Homecoming event. He actually asked him to explain that logic and he could not.

  332. MD says:

    I am also fortunate to have save some $ over the years. I have seen first hand what can happen when you don’t. I am amazed that I survived being employed after last Wednesday. If I can make it to mid Aug, I would earn an additional 100k in bonus money. It should be even more but with the new system (that is “good” for me according to mgmt), I am probably losing 75 to 100k in bonus money that would have been due me under the old system. After August, the most I could make is 25k for the rest of the year and, as I just found out, they could screw me on that.

  333. Scott says:

    First the Administration came for the conservatives, now they come for the Jews.
    A Nixonian Enemies’ List!

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/348013/irs-inquisition-update

  334. jason says:

    There is a lot of merit scholarship money available. If their grades and scores are good, $100k will go a long way in paying for even the more expensive schools.

  335. Bitterlaw says:

    It’s too bad I have no idea what MD does. It sounds lucrative and pays better than law. Oh well. At least I am taller.

  336. Bitterlaw says:

    Maybe Amos Stoltzfuss could teach my son to be a carpenter. My daughter could learn to bake pies.

  337. Bitterlaw says:

    I could just finish that damn novel I have been writing for 2 years to raise money. Jennifer Lawrence is too young to play the main character. Jen na Fisher would be perfect.

  338. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    Bitter – I sell financial products to institutional clients. It isn’t that complicated really. My clients now are mostly insurance firms, family offices, other asset management firms, offshore pension plans and the local admin firms for defined contribution plans in Bermuda and Cayman. I irony is that I really love it. If my insane boss would just let me sell things would be fine. Instead, he has all these “measurements”, most subjective that have nothing to do with my role. Nothing. They set an unrealistic asset goal for me this year, but, much to their surprise, I am actually on pace to hit it. So, they now devised a system to punish me for “other” things. This all goes back to my former boss (now my boss’ boss) being embarrassed a couple of years ago when they tried to screw me. So, my current, an insane nut job, is friends with my old boss. They go on vaca together. I have been yelled at, more than once, in a public setting, by my current boss. There are a million different things but you get the picture.

  339. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    Not really Bitter. That is before taxes. Still, it is a lot of $ and I don’t want to sacrifice that.

  340. W. PA Observer says:

    347- That’s astonishingly unprofessional of him. The screaming at in public- sounds like a real martinet.

  341. Scott says:

    #347- MD
    Oy Vey!!!

  342. Bitterlaw says:

    When I worked as a Staff Attorney for an insurance company, they had no idea what to do with lawyers. We functioned like a law firm in handling cases but there was no profit to be had from us (even though we cost less per file than outside firms). A VP visited our office and told us that we were “debits and not assets.”

    Evaluations were based on criteria that had nothing to with results. Win a case but report on it 48 hours later instead of 24 – fail. Submit “litigation plan” exactly like 327 prior plans (a rear end hit is a rear end hit) 1 day late? Fail. The “Number 1 Trial Attorney” had not tried a case in 3 years but was always available to attend training seminars (and golf outings in New York).

  343. Bitterlaw says:

    I had a boss who liked to tell people what he thought of them during the Christmas party. Little bastard. I used to have nightmares about him. Now, I just laugh.

  344. Michael says:

    @Politics1com: ARKANSAS: State Election Commission Chair Susan Inman (D) launches run vs Sec of State Mark Martin (R).

    I also take it no one read the link posted about my bio in the paper for the election.

  345. jason says:

    So much hot air at the WH press room that it went up in smoke.

  346. Barrie O. says:

    Mr. Bitter, after I get my cut you can send your kids to Phoenix. Online of course.

    All they will need is a computer, a desk and a bedroom at home. And phone. And credit cards.

  347. Michael says:

    Got my Powerball for tonight.

  348. jason says:

    You are going to have to split it with me, there is no way my numbers will not come up.

  349. jason says:

    If I win the Powerball I will buy the a newspaper in PA.

    Everyone except Bunu will be invited to contribute to the editorial page.

    Yes, even the deadenders. And Tim.

  350. Michael says:

    What are your numbers Jason? And don’t worry I got my Big 4 as well so I feel good that at least $.01 of my $1 will benefit older Pennsylvanians everyday!

  351. Michael says:

    If I won, 2/4 would be kept for myself. 1/2 of one of the 1/4′s would go to the school district and the other 1/2 would go the RNC.

    The other 1/4 would go into a campaign account for State Rep.

  352. jason says:

    ” What are your numbers Jason?”

    Right, Michael, I am going to post the winning PB numbers for tonight online?

    However, for $1000 I will email them to you.

  353. Michael says:

    None of my numbers were called on Wednesday. If feel like I might get more than just one number.

  354. Michael says:

    You could have lied.

  355. IRS Commissioner and Kory the Kommie says:

    ” If I won, 2/4 would be kept for myself.”

    That’s 1/2 for those not as good in math as us.

  356. IRS Commissioner and Kory the Kommie says:

    ” You could have lied.”

    First send me the $1000.

  357. jason says:

    Hmm.

    Forget them.

    Send it to me.

  358. Michael says:

    No, I refuse to send the IRS anything until I get my first paycheck.

  359. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    349 – wain – exactly. And yes, it is what you are thinking.

  360. Bitterlaw says:

    If I happened to win (I am in my office pool), the RNC, RNCC, RNSC and every other local, state and Federal political organization can suck it.

  361. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    What is the powerball up to now and when is the next drawing? I guess my questions give a clear indication of how often I play.

  362. Michael says:

    Tonight is the drawing, the amount is in the $200 mill.

  363. Michael says:

    $270 mill MD.

  364. Bitterlaw says:

    MD – I only play when my office manager sends around an e-mail when it goes over $200 million. 10 of us play and I think fter taxes (we opt for the single payment) it would be around $10 million. I might actually keep my job just to tell my boss “I’l get to that when I feel like it.”

  365. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    Bitter – had a discussion with a co-worker yesterday regarding the Phils. He is just like you. Always positive even if the evidence proves otherwise. Tried to tell me that Dom Brown is having a great year. 6 HR’s with a BA of 244 and a OBP of 299 and he is a clear liability in the field. That is “great” now.

  366. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    OK, I will drop $5 on it today.

    I would stay and follow none of the insane or procedures. I would openly mock him in every meeting. Basically, I would treat him the exact way he has been treating me. God, it would be great.

  367. Michael says:

    I hope the Phillies win tonight. They seem to play better on the road.

  368. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    Right now, Kyle Kendrick is our ace.

  369. Bitterlaw says:

    MD – Even when I know the Phillies suck, I want to believe they don’t. I predicted 90 wins and I will stay with it but I am pretty sure it won’t happen now. They had a good run and if it ends after this year, they can suck again. It’s what I’m used to anyway.

  370. Bitterlaw says:

    The computer in my “home office” (a/k/a the bedroom we don’t use) was driving me crazy. I ran virus scans, reset settings that I have no idea what they do and tried every troubleshooter I could find. Today, I went to bestbuy’s site and started researching All-in-one touch screen computers. I think the computer got scared. It has worked fine without any issues for the last 5 hours.

  371. Michael says:

    Alert!

    May 14 a Special Election in California will occur for State Senate District 32.

    A democrat vs. a Republican.

    If the GOP wins they take away the democratic supermajority.

  372. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    They had a great run Bitter. A world series and 2 pennants, with 5 playoff appearances over a 5 year period. Ask Cub fans about that. They rolled the dice hoping to extend a few more years but were very unlucky with injuries. Utley and Howard missing for the first half last year crushed them. Plus, Doc was injured. Now, Doc seems to be done and the lineup just doesn’t produce enough runs anymore.

    Some tough decisions after this year – Utley, Doc and Ruiz. My suspicion is that none of them will be on the team next year. The Phil’s can’t completely go into rebuilding mode since they will have almost $70m going to 3 players – Hamels, Howard and Lee. They have to try and keep the park mostly filled. I think their TV deal is up after 14 so they will gain a lot more revenue after that.

    I think they are going to have to commit to the farm again and see if they can produce some quality players over the next few years. Then, maybe by 16 or 17, they can be a true contender again with mixing in a few good signings as well. It is very clear that Sandberg will be the manager next year. He will probably get a 3 year deal.

  373. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    Oh and our pre 8th inning relief pitchers are a complete train wreck. They have cost us 4 games this year.

  374. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    I think I recall taking the under on your 90 but I was thinking 87. In all likelihood, that won’t happen either.

  375. W. PA Observer says:

    380- Tough lift- that’s part Inland Empire part LA County, and 60% Hispanic. Were this Texas that would be winnable- but in California the Hispanic vote is very lopsided.

  376. jason says:

    $5?

    Huh, MD, the tickets are $3 each with the Powerplay.

  377. Michael says:

    WPA, we must work with what we get. What about Senate District 16 it will be having one as well.

    NY state rep district 86 will be held soon.

  378. Michael says:

    385 he could by one with power play and one without.

  379. jason says:

    MD, go ahead and invest $15 for five tickets.

    While you won’t get the big prize, I already have that ticket, there are other fat prizes.

  380. jason says:

    ” he could by one with power play and one without.”

    He could. But why would you want to look like a nutcase, don’t you care what the 7/11 cashier thinks?

  381. Michael says:

    Jason, no I don’t care, they get payed to take my money and give me tickets.

  382. Bitterlaw says:

    390.Jason, no I don’t care, they get payed to take my money and give me tickets.

    Typical elitist d-bag. he probably looks for 7-11′s in poor areas just so he can make fun of the cashiers.

  383. Bitterlaw says:

    As for the Phillies, they need a farm system. Howard, Rollins, Utley and Hamels came from it. Pretty ironic that Ed Wade (reviled by most) built the foundation of the 2008 and 2009 World Series teams. As Mike Missanelli (radio host) says, “Why are the Phillies the only team that can’t bring up a 22 year old pitcher that throws heat? Every other team that plays the Phillies seems to have one.”

  384. Michael says:

    391 what? Don’t need a lottery ticket to do that! Just kidding.

  385. Michael says:

    Dave what was wrong with my previous post?

  386. MD (IP - Akin and Mourdock Will Win!) says:

    OK $6 then. I really don’t like to play considering the impossible odds. I once red a study that said your chances are just as good with one ticket as they are if you buy a hundred or that the difference was so small that you might as well just buy one.

  387. MD says:

    OK, time to let IP out of jail. I will remember though.

  388. Michael says:

    IP? You must have lost your mind!

  389. MD says:

    Scott – take a look at Cisco (CSCO). The PE ratio is extremely low. I know that there troubles center around that fact that technology seems to be moving away from routers which are their bread and butter. However, with a 3.3% div yield, a 12 PE TTM and $46B in cash, I have to wonder if there is really a downside.

    BTW – I invested in Apple (one of the few stocks I am allowed to own – I could buy Cisco btw) 2 Wednesdays ago at 402.89 – 24 shares.

    Give me your thoughts on Cisco.

  390. Michael says:

    CCCC

  391. SusyQue says:

    Incredible update on Boston Bombing
    Posted by Joe Wurzelbacher

    http://joeforamerica.com/2013/05/incredible-update-on-boston-bombing/

  392. MD says:

    OK, let parse that link from Joe the Plumber. While I agree with him on many issues, he is off on some basics here.

    1. There is usually a ton of intel on these things and multiple things are said. If we took action on everything, we simply would have no marathons, ball games or anything else where crowds congregate.

    2. They did NOT know when the bombs would go off. People finish the marathon over a span of several years. It is absurd to say they knew that.

    3. The event was not locked down. In the future that could very well changed. However, this is the type of thing where they could very well have secured the area only to have these terrorist fuc@s come along 2 minutes later. Again, unless we do not allow for free movement or have no spectators at all, I am not sure what they could have done.

    4. Yes, the FBI interviewed the scumbag. However, we don’t arrest people for things we think they might do in the future. Again, unless the FBI had a crystal ball, I am not certain what they could have done. Now, I do question letting these types of people into our country in the first place. That is a topic worthy of exploration.

    Joe sounds like an idiot.

  393. MD says:

    several years should be several hours. I was actually pissed off after reading his blog.

  394. Michael says:

    MD I have a question. When can we raid a blog again? That was so fun!

  395. MD says:

    It will be a while Michael. Patience grasshopper.

  396. MD says:

    Funny,

    Brandon acts towards Michael like JT acted towards Brandon.

    The circle of life indeed.

  397. Bitterlaw says:

    SusyQue would link anything as long as it makes no sense.

  398. Bitterlaw says:

    Raid? Didn’t “Mark Cali” raid us the other night? I still think a suspension is appropriare.

  399. MD says:

    Be nice to see MFG back. He is good on raids. Lisa as well for her unpredictability.

  400. MD says:

    Bitter – don’t take that personal. You are fantastic on raids. The problem for Bitter and I is that our infamy has spread far and wide. We are banned quickly.

  401. Walt, HHR Senator, formerly known as Delegate says:

    WE have survived day 2 of the flower and bird pilgrimage.

    This one was a doosey. Lots of downed, upended trees we had to maneuver through and around. Lots of mud. Plus it rained. Walked one suspension bridge over the major river, but had to ford one stream. After several hours of trekking, we came to another stream and everyone balked about fording this raging creek.

    We did see some painted trilliums and lady slippers.
    No sightings of any lady nightgowns.

  402. Bitterlaw says:

    MD- It’s like seeing acViking long boat offshore when we show up. When I visited Emmaus Patch under my own name, I don’t think they knew it was me.

  403. MD says:

    Other sites are as frightened as the English Monks were in the 9th century when they saw the Viking ships coming.

  404. Bitterlaw says:

    I wonder if Jake misses us. We drove the only traffic to his site.

  405. MD says:

    Bought a new TV yesterday – a 50″ Toshiba LED for $449 ($476 after tax). The picture is unreal. Anyway, looks like I finally have to go back to Comcast cable. I can get a deal that will cost me about the same per month but give me all the movie channels, DVR service on 4 sets (which I will now need because we are going to hook up the basement for the girls) and a $500 pre-paid visa card. That alone makes the change worth it.

  406. MD says:

    Tiger is all over the place at that start today.

  407. Bitterlaw says:

    There are girls in your basement? WTF?! Didn’t you learn anything this week?

  408. MD says:

    Having a sun shower right now.

  409. MD says:

    Can actually see the evaporation happening. Bitter – look outside.

  410. Bitterlaw says:

    Bitter – look outside.

    Hey. There’s MD…and Jul….sdfsdfssssaaaawawawaada

  411. Michael says:

    I have created an alliance with a republican servos or candidate in my township. He puts my sign in his yard, and his sign in mine.

  412. Michael says:

    Servos or= supervisor

  413. jason says:

    I feel so bad being home and watching golf while poor Walt is being tortured to death.

  414. jason says:

    “He puts my sign in his yard, and his sign in mine.”

    Are you guys going to play doctor next?

  415. Joe B. says:

    ” Jason, no I don’t care, they get payed to take my money and give me tickets.”

    You must talk good Indian to make yourself understood.

  416. jason says:

    I wish these idiots would ignore a few lightning bolts and get back on the course.

    Odds are a spectator will be hit, not a player.

    And there are thousands of those.

  417. Bitterlaw says:

    On ESPN2′ Notre Dame heads to the bottom of the 7th in a 0-0 tie against Soth Florida in softball. Great pitching duel.

  418. jason says:

    Baseball?

    I would rather watch Papua New Guinea play Burkina Faso in soccer.

  419. Scott says:

    Breaking News Story
    ——————-

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/irs-apologizes-targeting-tea-party-groups

    Liars,liars, panties on fire!!!

  420. Mikael Korleone says:

    Could we please just deport this un-Western m-fer NOW?

  421. jason says:

    Golf about to re-start.

    I think golf on MC’s approved Western civilization sport list, since it was invented by Scots.

    I would hate to watch something that is not quite cricket.

  422. Scott says:

    #399-MD
    IMHO, all DOW companies are overvalued except for CISCO and Caterpillar(and maybe BAC),which are “reasonably” priced. Even Buffet this week did not call equities cheap,but “at a reasonable level”.

    You bought Apple at a very good price. Congrats!

  423. Michael says:

    Jason whatever my ticket is the winner!

  424. Bitterlaw says:

    South Florida works out of a jam. Extra innings.

  425. Michael says:

    I suggest people buy Disney.

  426. W. PA Observer says:

    429- When it comes, it pours.

  427. Bitterlaw says:

    That sounded dirty but probably isn’t.

  428. MD says:

    I like INTC as well. I know I seem like I am favoring tech. That really isn’t the case. They are the ones making it through my screen which amounts to at least a 20% discount to the overall market on a TTM basis with a yield at least 10% higher than the S&P 500 with lots of cash. If they make that screen then I look at the other variables – do they have a sustainable competitive advantage, decent mgmt, a strong brand and so on. For instance I love everything about QCOM, including mgmt and competitive advantage, but they don’t make my PE screen.

    A company doesn’t have to be perfect but I need the numbers to work 100% and on the other stuff, I have to be relatively sure. The numbers for AAPL were just unreal and I didn’t buy into the story that they were finished because of having to go down market due to competitive pressures. I still do not buy that. Plus, they announced the largest buy back ever of stock. When I bought it, AAPl was at 9.5 PE TTM which is almost hard to believe. It felt like I was stealing money at 402. If the PE had been higher than 15 though, I wouldn’t have bought it.

  429. W. PA Observer says:

    437- If that’s the case, you should probably get that checked out.

  430. MD says:

    Michael

    A good firm indeed but it doesn’t pass my PE or Div Yield screen. I actually think Apple should put some of their offshore cash to work and buy them. The I TV that is supposedly coming means nothing without loads of content. Also, imagine the synergies with AAPL and the Disney theme parks. Getting ABC and the studio would give AAPL all the content they need and they could literally reshape the entire marketplace. The market cap for DIS is 120B. AAPL could get controlling interest and still have billions left over. The trick is that somehow they would have to use some of the $100B of cash they have offshore without bringing it to the U.S. That could prove tricky.

  431. Michael says:

    MD, I don’t know. I think Apple is looking to stay in the markets it’s in now and instead will either buy Verizon or AT&T.

  432. jason says:

    ” I can actually see the evaporation happening. Bitter – look outside.”

    Yeah, the steam is rising off the backs of the cows.

  433. MD says:

    So Scott, here is a quandary I am in. I have a position in VFH that I have held for 6 years. I lost more than half my investment but it has come back and I am now 10% up. Yea, I bought near the all time high. Now, I look at financials and it is a tale of 2 cities. I love insurance firms and regional banks but think the big boys (with the exception of JPM) are way overvalued. Overall, the PE is still low enough to justify keeping it but the div yield has fallen big time. Not really sure what to do. I hate it when the sell signals diverge.

  434. jason says:

    I don’t know if I should take investment advice from MD or Michael.

    Tough one.

  435. MD says:

    444 – thanks a lot. Really. Now, I might just make Michael Corleone my scrapple expert as retaliation.

  436. M Corleone says:

    Scrapple is the gutter meat of the lower class.

  437. MD says:

    446 – it came from the dutch though and they are safely “western”.

  438. M Corleone says:

    The Dutch are drugged out sodomites.

  439. MD says:

    Ford (F) also makes my screen from a numbers perspective but the UAW makes me gun shy. Then again, they didn’t need to go hat in hand to the gov to save them and I think they make a very smart move in closing the Mercury division.

  440. W. PA Observer says:

    449- The F-150 and Focus market share combination they have (plus their habit of planning beyond the short-term, probably a factor of the Ford family maintaining a presence) makes me think that Ford is a hell of a lot more stable than the rest of the “Big Three”.

  441. jason says:

    445. Good straight man impersonation…

  442. Michael says:

    MD, I am a person who focuses on a stocks PEG more.

  443. Michael says:

    Another stock that I have that has been somewhat risky but in the end has had big playoffs is DUKE ENERGY.

  444. Michael says:

    Payoffs

  445. MD says:

    WPA – absolutely no question about that. I actually think it is because the Ford Family now stays in the background. Mulally has proven to be the best CEO of the major auto firms. He came with a strategy and stuck to it even when the bottom fell out in 08. Now, having the Ford Family trust still being a huge owner IS what saved them from a bailout. Having Mulally though, has proven to be a huge plus.

  446. Michael says:

    Lottery time!!!

  447. Scott says:

    #443- MD
    In a case like Vanguard, I would recommend that my client be Solomondic. Sell half and keep half!

  448. Mikael Korleone says:

    That does remind me, we should close most ethnic restaurants.

    They corrode and bastardize western civilization cooking standards.

    All kinds of eastern spices have invaded our shores and wreaked havoc upon our traditional food.

    You can hardly find a good boiled dinner anymore.

  449. Mikael Korleone says:

    Powerball is at 11 PM.

  450. Michael says:

    My Big 4 was a loser. Didn’t flip the channel in time to see the Powerball what were the numbers?

  451. Michael says:

    @460 scratch that.

    The PA lottery tickets are a 7.

  452. W. PA Observer says:

    But I agree with you on UAW- having the best pick-up on the market and arguably the best sedan covers so much of the US demand market, and their good CEO/Ford family backing means they’re more flexible that GM or Chrysler. Still, Toyota can make their excellent cars and trucks in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Indiana, and sell them to the US market as more American made than anything out of GM.

  453. MD says:

    Michael – at one time I loved Duke Energy. However, what has happened to the stock price is what has happened to most of the firms like Duke. In the chase for yield, these firms have now been bid up to a valuation level where they are more risky than many tech firms (see AAPL, INTC and CSCO). At 21 PE, this is now a somewhat speculative play. It is not easy money. A stock like this (with a solid firm which Duke is BTW) should carry a 12 to 15 PE with a div yield around 5%. It is NOT an awful buy at this level but Duke does not represent easy money either. Basically, Bernancke is responsible for the rise of those types of stocks. When and if rates normalize, a stock like Duke will correct by 20% very quickly. In other words, you better be sure that the gravy train of QE will continue.

  454. MD says:

    WPA – yea, that got me to thinking. It is a shame that Subaru is privately owned. They make a ton of cars in IN and do very well from what I understand.

  455. Michael says:

    MD, how about that explosive growth for Tesla?

  456. Michael says:

    @Politics1com: CALIFORNIA: State Sen Alex Padilla (D) is latest to enter open race of Secretary of State.

    @Politics1com: CALIFORNIA: Term-limited State Treasurer & ex-Attorney General Bill Lockyer (D) launches run for open State Controller post.

    The Secretary of State position might be bad luck for the democrats. With more running for SOS, the more likely the Green Party. Which averages 5-15% in statewide races sometimes, could steal the nomination. And the republican would be around 20-40% so they would be a lock for the nomination.

  457. jason says:

    I didn’t win the Powerball at the 7 PM drawing.

    I hope I have better luck at 11 PM.

  458. MD says:

    Michael – that kind of stock is out of my wheelhouse to be honest. It is a speculative play that can provide huge returns as evidenced recently. If I were a chartist (and I am not), I probably wouldn’t like this stock right now. For the record, it makes pretty much none of my screens. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a great investment. I am just not very good at that type of speculation. I look for 1′s and 2′s on the difficulty scale. Finding Tesla type of stocks is more like 8′s and 9′s. I am not smart enough for that difficulty level.

  459. Michael says:

    MD, I don’t blame you. Keep away from PFE.

    Time Warner has done wonders for me.

  460. Michael says:

    @Politics1com: CA CD-15: State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D) to challenge freshman Cong Eric Swalwell (D) in 2014.

    Republicans better watch this race!!!!

  461. W. PA Observer says:

    470 — Any insight on the blue on blue fight here?

  462. Michael says:

    471 I say we hope for 1 more democrat to run for this seat. Then the GOP funds the most moderate democrat and pay enough to make them become a republican!

  463. W. PA Observer says:

    Unrelated- Was reading something on Red Racing Horses and they were talking Arlen Specter for some reason. Someone linked this story from 2009…HAH

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/21869.html

    “Hatch: Toomey has no shot in Pa” – 4/26/2009

  464. MD says:

    Yea, that is pretty funny WPA. I did predict that Sestak would win that primary months before. Dems and R’s don’t agree on much but they agreed on Specter. He started as a D, became an R and ended as a D. Not many make that round trip.

  465. Corey says:

    Republicans have no hope of winning or even advancing to a general election in CA 15.

    Swalwell is the guy who upset longtime incumbent and longtime scumbag Pete Stark, and now Democrats in that district who had been patient waiting for Stark to retire are going to take their shot.

  466. W. PA Observer says:

    474- What’s truly bats*it insane is that Arlen WON Philadelphia County outright in his first Senate election in 1980 against Pete Flaraghty, who was then the Mayor of Pittsburgh.

  467. Bitterlaw says:

    MD – I went to a new restaurant in Villanova with my wife. It is called Avenue and just opened. It was very good and not expensive. I recommend it.

  468. W. PA Observer says:

    I mean, look at the Map

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Pennsylvania,_1980

    How do you win Philadelphia County and lose Northampton County and Somerset County as a Republican?

  469. Corey says:

    What did you eat there, Bitter?

  470. Mikael Korleone says:

    Avenue sounds Western….

  471. MD says:

    WPA – that is when the east/west split in PA meant a lot more than the R/D. Yes, Philly was a D stronghold even then (really had been since the 50′s) but Specter was VERY well known in Philly and was a very popular DA in the city so his victory there against Flaraghy (or whatever – I actually remember the race) was no surprise at the time. If it happened today, I would probably die of shock.

  472. Bitterlaw says:

    Meat loaf.

    In Philadelphia, 3 of 17 council seats are reserved for the minority party (GOP). There is a slight chance to win a statehouse race in South Philadelphia and NE Philadelphia. That’s it.

  473. W. PA Observer says:

    481- Hell, if we took 25-30% in Philadelphia we’d probably be a red-leaning state.

  474. MD says:

    I had bubba burgers tonight in my quest to gain 5 pounds. Due to a minor injury, I have not worked out in 10 days and have been eating a ton. So far? 1 pound gained. I have read that my metabolism has probably changed quite a bit and that it would take a while of truly bad living to revert.

  475. MD says:

    WPA – the real problem are the Philly burbs. If they were as red as just 25 years ago, Bush would have won in 00 and 04, Obama would have won narrowly in 08 and Romney probably would have prevailed in 12.

  476. jason says:

    I recommend the Lititz Family Cupboard restaurant.

    They have unlimited pig stomach for lunch AND dinner.

    Best of all, everything is light…

    “On the Breakfast Buffet you will find all you care to eat eggs, homefries, assorted breakfast meats, corned beef hash, corn meal mush, scrapple, gravies, baked oatmeal, fresh cut fruits, yogurt, fresh pastries, and more.”

    On the Lunch/Dinner Buffets you’ll find plenty of unlimited choices such as rotisserie chicken, tender beef tips, ham, pig stomach, and on weekends, seafood and BBQ ribs.”

  477. jason says:

    You know you are in PA Dutch country when “gravies” is listed as a separate menu item.

  478. W. PA Observer says:

    485- Right, as my third of the state has re-aligned heavily Republican since 1994 or so. Even Allegheny County, still a Dem stronghold- has shifted from about D + 10-12 to D+ 5. While all the counties around it have flipped Republican. Westmorland is a good example, Reagan never won it- Romney took 60 percent there, Toomey 61, Corbett 67%. It’s roughly as large as Berks County

  479. MD says:

    That trend has definitely gained momentum. Rendell stalled it for a bit but he also had very weak R’s in his general elections.

  480. MD says:

    My new TV is freakin incredible. My first LED set. It really does make a difference. Only paid $476 after taxes for it. Apparently no one wants Toshiba’s.

  481. Michael says:

    http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/

    PA election returns for Superior Court. The Republican candidate is unopposed, the democrats are locked in a right battle to be the candidate to get smacked down on the general election.

  482. jason says:

    South Central PA is trending R also. Obama did considerably worse in 2012 than 2008 in every county. Even in larger counties like York, Lancaster and Cumberland, he could not hit 40%.

    In York McCain won by 14, Romney by 21. Lancaster McCain won by 12, Romney by 19.

  483. Michael says:

    Dauphin county is also reliable in off year elections and in presidential elections (when Obama is not on the ballot).

  484. MD says:

    492

    If only more people lived there.

  485. Bitterlaw says:

    A lot of the change in the suburbs is people from Philadelphia fleeing the Democrat-ruled fiefdom and still voting for Democrats in their new homes.

  486. MD says:

    Scott – if you are around, I know this stock had a bad 1st q but give me your opinion on AGNC. Another real estate collapse and it would tank. I don’t see that happening however (I think we move along in a sluggish way for the next decade). I also have a lot of faith in the CEO who is a proven commodity.

  487. Michael says:

    MD. have you ever helped a political campaign??? If you did you could make it easier to win your swing county that you live in! If the swing county that you live in pumped out a 52% for Romney it might have helped. You could have helped get 35 to vote!
    Did my part, I helped register over 40 people, most republicans.

  488. Bitterlaw says:

    My wife and I have a new favorite show – Scorned: Love kills. Every week, a real life love triangle leads to murder. 2 weeks ago, it was a murder from around here. The “recreations” are awesome because it’s just hot women climbing all over the guy or guys. They never look like the real people. Investigation Discovery channel t 9:00 tonight.

  489. Bitterlaw says:

    Michael – The problem is that there are no people in the red counties in Pennsylvania. Romney could have won Lancaster County and Chester County with 100% of the vote and not equaled Obama’s total in Center City, North Philadelphia and West Philadelphia.

  490. Michael says:

    D

  491. Bitterlaw says:

    D

  492. Michael says:

    Bitterlaw, a higher percentage in Chester, Berks, a win in Bucks, and a win in Dauphin would have made it a much more interesting race.

  493. Michael says:

    Lol a little late Bitter.

  494. jason says:

    Dauphin is another story since it includes the city of Harrisburg.

  495. Michael says:

    Yes, but the GOP has won Dauphin before. By larger margins than Erie, Chester, or Berks counties sometimes.

  496. Bitterlaw says:

    Harrisburg is a slum. It also has a small population.

  497. MD says:

    Better performance in Luzerne and Lackawanna would have helped as well. We did a little better in Luzerne than in 08 but made no progress at all in Lackawanna which was extremely disappointing. Those idiots continue to vote against their own interests.

  498. MD says:

    506

    But it is, by far, the largest city in Dauphin. It is a dump. Harrisburg City Island back in the day was a lot of fun though. Went to a Quiet Riot/Lover Boy concert there in 83, drank a bottle of Cold Duck, got outrageously sick in the woods and lost my shoes. True story. I had to walk back across the bridge hung over, muddy and bare foot. Good times. And, oh yea, I drove. No problem though for 2 reasons. I was sober by then and I was in the best shape out of anyone in my group that night. Yea, quite a party.

  499. jason says:

    ” Michael – The problem is that there are no people in the red counties in Pennsylvania”

    Not quite. Chester, Lancaster, and York add up to about same number of votes as Phila. County.

    The problem is you don’t get the same majorities.

    Chester is not that Republican. But York, Lancaster and Cumberland produced over a 100k vote margin for Romney, nothing to sneer at.

  500. jason says:

    Harrisburg only has like 50k but its about as Democratic as Philadelphia, so it skews the Dauphin Co. vote.

  501. MD says:

    jason – you just described the problem. Take Chester County and add in Cumberland and that is a lot less votes. Chesco is basically almost a 50/50 split at this point. Berks is also going the wrong way. Next up will be York and Lancaster County. Let’s hope not anyway.

    It is all about the numbers. I just couldn’t see anyway for Romney to overcome just a few large counties where the D’s crush us.

  502. Michael says:

    Chester needs to go republican by a majority 52% preferable if a republican wants any shot at taking PA. Because if Chester is at 52%, Bucks shouldn’t be too far behind with a possible 50-51% lead for the candidate.

    The state party should concentrate on Luzerne, Lackawanna, and Pike counties now. Those counties, if margins were closer, could seriously help.

  503. MD says:

    I had friends in Hershey. We used to go to the movies at the Harrisburg East Theatre. Paid admission to one movie and would hop from movie to movie. See 3 or 4. Also, we snuck into Hershey Park all the time. There was a creek that could be accessed on the road that led right into the park. A few years ago, I brought my family there. When I saw the price of admission, I was tempted to see if it was still viable.

  504. MD says:

    512 – that, and about 8 other things need to happen.

  505. jason says:

    ” I helped register over 40 people, most republicans.”

    Most?

  506. Michael says:

    Here is the list then:
    Secure all conservative counties

    Lock down on Centre, Berks, Washington, and Lancastor counties.

    Rally for support in Dauphin

    Drum out support in Blair, Cambria. and Indiana counties.

    Try and push Erie county loss to with 6-point margin.

    Hope for low turnout in Philidephia county.

    Pray Allegheny County gives 44% of the vote at least.

    Win Chester, Bucks, and if possible MontCo.

    That is what it takes for a republican to win close in PA. We had better get to work.

  507. Michael says:

    @515 a couple registered as independents.

  508. MD says:

    516

    We will not win Montco. Not going to happen. Period. The other things are just the basic wish list.

  509. jason says:

    The GOP needs another swing like the one we saw from 2008 to 2012 in PA.

    The Dem’s win was cut from roughly 600k to 300k.

    The problem is the deep red counties are pretty much maxed out. Romney got 70% in a lot of them.

    We need an improvement in Chester, Montco, Delco, Bucks, Berks….at least the same improvement we saw from 2008 to 2012 again.

  510. MD says:

    As long as we have morons like Santorum and Akin killing us with the women vote, it won’t happen.

  511. jason says:

    Elk Co. was interesting.

    Went for Obama by 4 in 2008. Went to Romney by 16 in 2012.

    Fracking?

  512. Michael says:

    Well then MD, would you like to start an HHR reserve fund with some stocks then we use the money to take out lunatics in our party?

    Also check this guy out?! Puts Jul and I to shame.

    Brendan Madigan

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-03-27/news/bal-md.briefs273mar27_1_comptroller-race-gop-resurgence-run

  513. jason says:

    516. That’s it??? That’s all???

    Darn, and I thought it would be difficult….

  514. Michael says:

    Elk county and well look to Forest. Population nearly doubled in the decade and pumped out a strong Romney vote.

  515. MD says:

    Probably Jason but it is such a small county that a small shift in the number can lead to big changes percentage wise. That is also a religious belt – the gay thing may have really pissed some off.

  516. Michael says:

    523 if I had to give a list to Dave for Maryland he wouldn’t read all 50 things on the list.

  517. jason says:

    ” Hope for low turnout in Philidephia county.

    Pray Allegheny County gives 44% of the vote at least.”

    Can we have a strategy better than hope and pray?

    Thanks.

  518. MD says:

    Hope Cliff Lee continues to pitch a shut out. The Phils are at their quota of 1 run. They probably won’t get anymore.

  519. Michael says:

    State Senator Toni Boucher seems poised to make a run for state pride office in Connecticut.

    She is the 2nd highest ranking GOP member for the State Senate.

    http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/any-gop-women-interested-in-running-in-2014/

    Jason, some things we cannot control.

  520. phoenixrisen says:

    Nasty double whammy heading into 2014 Congressional Elections:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/11/breaking-senior-irs-officials-knew-of-targeting-conservative-groups-in-2011/

    This is bad for the Dems. It flies in the face of Congressional testimony given by IRS higher-ups that they only found out about this when it became known. Combine this with the Benghazi hearings which the media and Dems are really getting worried about and you have some awfully nervous and increasingly shrill congressmen leading up to November 2014. I’m looking forward to seeing Jay Carney’s next press conference. Richard Nixon is Obama’s role model. We were all fooled into thinking it was Alinsky ;)

  521. Michael says:

    Okay I just want this cleared up, I am not that guy^^^^^^

  522. Michael says:

    Phoneix is back because he probably heard that his friend Mark Cali made a brief showing.

  523. MD says:

    I know Phoenix. Did you see how all the networks led with the IRS story? Then, I looked out my window and saw pigs fly, Rosie O’Donnell turn down a piece chocolate cake, Ryan Howard show patience at the plate and Bitter complete a 10K.

  524. MD says:

    Phoenix is an old-timer here and a very good guy. I think he is from Oklahoma. Works in the mortgage industry.

  525. Bitterlaw says:

    I don’t need to run 10k. I have a car. I can drive.

  526. phoenixrisen says:

    Mark Cali? I wasn’t aware he had been around. I took a much needed break for a while after the election.

  527. phoenixrisen says:

    Good to see you again MD. How do you think things will shake out in PA next year based on what you’re seeing?

  528. Bitterlaw says:

    It wasn’t the real Mark Cali. It was a bored teen.

  529. MD says:

    Phoenix – Corbett is extremely vulnerable. If the Dems run someone from outside the Philly area that can keep the western side of the state from turning out max support for Corbett, then the D’s will win. If they nominate Schwartz, Corbett will hold. On a House level, I don’t see much movement at all to be honest. Unless things change radically, the D’s could pick up a seat at most. My guess right now is no change either way. The R’s are maxed out and the D’s can only be competitive in a few CD’s. Now, if a couple of our guys get caught up in scandals, then that could change things. Marino worries me in that regard but his CD is much more favorable with the current map.

  530. Tulipomania says:

    The Rubio-Schumer amnesty gets worse and worse
    Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform

    Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.
    Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.

  531. Scott says:

    #496- MD
    At least while the Fed continues with its QE, AGNC seems to be a good equity to have if the dividend stays at about $5 /share.
    Insiders are both buying and selling in the $30/ share range, the stock moves in a relatively narrow range and is presently at the low end of its 52 week range, most analysts have it as a Buy or Strong Buy and the company never skipped a dividend payment during the last recession.
    If you purchase shares, keep your Sell finger right over the button!

  532. MD says:

    Scott – I was thinking of the more conservative option NLY as well. AGNC had a very bad quarter but the CEO said it was an anomaly.

  533. MD says:

    Scott – what site do you use to track insider buys and sells?

  534. phoenixrisen says:

    #539 MD, in regards to your thinking, any talk about Dems trying to get Jason Altmire to run? He wouldn’t be a bad candidate would he?

  535. W. PA Observer says:

    521- Catholicism. Elk county is a Catholic enclave in that part of PA – traditionally Catholic Dems of the old style ( die-hard-Kennedy loyalists). Went for Breckenridge in 1860 over Lincoln. They go for Biden or Casey-like Dems, so it broke for O in 2008- discovered his policies, then swung massively against him. Same dynamic with Cambria County (Johnstown area).

    Also- Jason- in 2004 GW Bush took 66% in Lancaster (won it by 70,000) and 63.75% in York- won it by 50,000. Those are the types of numbers we need out of those counties to cancel out Delco and Montco- let the rest of the state outweigh Philly. Take Bucks and Chester- take the Lehigh Valley, keep it within 10 in Allegheny so that it’s R-trending suburb counties can take care of its total easily. Then let the small counties add up to take out Philly net 10,000, 20,000, and 30,000 votes at a time.

  536. Tulipomania says:

    Another lame movie about Terrorists attacking the Whitehouse to be released

    Jamie “Lord and Savior” Foxx stars as the President in this predictive programming propaganda film.

    From Wikipedia:
    When a paramilitary group led by Stenz (Jason Clarke) take over the White House, US Capitol Police officer John Cale (Channing Tatum), a rejected applicant to the Secret Service, must rescue the President of the United States James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) while trying to keep his daughter Emily (Joey King) out of danger.[1]

  537. W. PA Observer says:

    545- Altmire is working for a healthcare company in Florida now. Moved down there- so it seems he’s out. Critz might think about running again as he took a job as a lobbyist for an energy company-coal and natural gas, some wind. I was called by a DCCC poll on a Critz-Rothfus rematch.

  538. MD says:

    545 – You know, I hadn’t thought of that. I have not heard his name mentioned but it wouldn’t surprise me now that you mentioned that if Altmire’s name is dropped soon.

  539. MD says:

    548 – well, that pretty much answers the Altmire question. I had no idea that he had left the state.

  540. jason says:

    Hey Bunu, where do you think the plane that crashed in PA on 9/11 was going?

  541. Scott says:

    #543- MD
    The two equities look comparable with NLY being around(stability) longer and AGNC having a higher yield. Why not go half and half.

    #544-MD
    For these two equities I went to nasdaq.com, last item(Insiders) in the left-side column.

  542. MD says:

    Thanks Scott. I might just do that. I have been thinking of selling half of VFH anyway. I am also going to add 5K to my IRA soon. I like to shield my div’s in that account. I really like CSCO btw.

  543. W. PA Observer says:

    550- I get the gist (just my opinion) that Altmire is very disillusioned with the left in his party- as Critz took him down in the primary from the left because Altmire voted against a number of Obama initiatives- which considering the lean of the district, is the only thing that saved him in 2010.

    Here’s his commentary (fairly frank) on the healthcare bill for his company- Florida Blue (branch of Blue Cross Blue Shield)

    http://blog.floridablue.com/health-care-reform-jason-altmire/

    Rather critical of it.

  544. MD says:

    Ironically WPA, that would have made him the perfect candidate to run against Corbett.

  545. W. PA Observer says:

    555- He couldn’t win a statewide Dem primary- too pro-life, pro-gun, anti-O-care, anti- carbon tax, etc, etc. He’d be devoured in the east. It’d be more likely for him to switch parties. Frankly, his best bet would have been to do that after 2010.

  546. Walt, HHR Senator, formerly known as Delegate says:

    “437.That sounded dirty but probably isn’t.”
    ***********************
    Each year, one of the plant and flower pilgrimages here goes on a tour of mosses. We have never been on the tour lead by this woman expert. But when all the tours report, this woman who gives the report to the assembled body of about 200 total pilgrims about what all they saw on the moss tour speaks excitedly in an almost orgasmic manner about the male and female mosses and the size of their reproductive organs, etc., etc.

    After she presented the highlights from her tour tonight, the MC got up and said that every year after she presents, he always wants to light up a cigarette.

  547. Michael says:

    Someone please tell me the lottery numbers when they come in!

  548. Michael says:

    How about any of the rep. That lost in 2010. Will any of them run for governor?

  549. W. PA Observer says:

    559- Why would they? They lost- most of them badly.

  550. Walt, HHR Senator, formerly known as Delegate says:

    Michael,

    Here are the lottery numbers for tonight’s drawing:

    And the first number is…NOT YOURS!

    And the second number is…NOT YOURS!

    and the third number is …

    Just kidding. hope you win the $230 MM and remember all your friends…

  551. Michael says:

    560 the state dems mug get desperate.

  552. Michael says:

    mug=might

  553. Michael says:

    Lottery ticket number???!

  554. MD says:

    I actually bought 3 tickets.

  555. W. PA Observer says:

    562- They have a bench- the auditor general, a couple philly congressmen- Allyson Schwartz is already planning a run, possibly Sestak, though he might want to wait for a rematch with Toomey. Who knows?

  556. MD says:

    Schwartz would be the worst case scenario for the D’s. An ultra leftist in a mid-term who will not draw out huge AA voters from Philly. The lady is every bit as left as Pelosi.

  557. Bitterlaw says:

    Please let it be Allyson Schwartz. Pllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeease.

  558. Michael says:

    MD I agree, I also got one of the numbers on my ticket. Too bad I didn’t get the powerball.

  559. Michael says:

    And with that, good night everyone!

  560. MD says:

    Purchased 3 sets of numbers – 0 matches.

  561. MD says:

    How many times did Howard K tonight? Forget I asked. I don’t care anymore.

  562. W. PA Observer says:

    568- Right- though Corbett needs to get his numbers up- say in 6 months if he’s still very deep underwater he may need to think about not running again. Who could hold it– maybe one of the Congressmen, Meehan, Gerlach, or Perry (after a few terms), have statewide potential. Meehan and Gerlach’s seats would require a fight/ half-decent candidate to hold as they’re both R + 2. Better than they were, but not slam dunks either. I know Gerlach has held ambitions for governor, and Meehan has state-wide electable written all over him.

  563. MD says:

    Gerlach is now my Congressman while Meehan was before the new map. Meehan would seem to be the better choice. I don’t see Corbett stepping out. We will see. My instincts tell me we could be in trouble on this one unless we can draw Schwartz.

  564. MD says:

    Meehan would seem like a logical choice but he was part of the investigation against Street during Street’s re-election. They would play the race card in Philly. Not sure it would make a huge difference but you never know.

    Oh goodie. Will the Phils blow this game also?

  565. Bitterlaw says:

    Meehan would do well. I met him. He actually cares about he local level. He called me personally to ask that I run for Township Commissioner. He can play that humble-roots Irish Catholic card in Scranton and other areas.

  566. Bitterlaw says:

    Phillies wins look great in HD.

  567. Bitterlaw says:

    I think Corbett needs to get GOPTo ram home privatizing liquor stores. He also needs to keep pissing off Jul.

  568. W. PA Observer says:

    577- I could also see him running for Senate if Bob Casey ever tires of sleepwalking through his terms. Say Corbett is reelected in 2014- the next “8 year turnover” is the same year Casey’s term is up, and Bob Jr. might want to finish things up in the job he’s clearly always wanted.

  569. W. PA Observer says:

    579- Problem is the Philly burb Senate R’s won’t allow it. It may take the West fully realigning in the legislature (ie there are a few Dem State senators in very red districts out here) and producing a ridiculous R Senate majority to do it properly.

  570. Bitterlaw says:

    WPA – i heard some of the GOP senators are bought off by ownrs of beer distributorshs who now have a monopoly on beer sales. They would lose it under privatization.

  571. jason says:

    05/11/13
    Winning Numbers: 06 13 19 23 43
    Powerball: 16

  572. jason says:

    I had the best numbers.

    Can’t believe they didn’t win.

  573. W. PA Observer says:

    582- Right, that’s the hang up. “Wine and Spirits” can be portrayed as an outdated gov’t monopoly (which it is). The beer distributors in a lot of small towns are independent mom-and-pop businesses that have been there for 30 years, have a good selection, and people don’t want to possibly screw over. Hell, in college the lady who ran “Deb’s High Street Blues” knew us by name and would give us free glasses, t-shirts, or drink coolers with some of our purchases. That sure as hell didn’t happen at the “State Store”.

  574. W. PA Observer says:

    *High Street Brews

  575. Michael says:

    Bitter, why didn’t you run for township commissioner?!

  576. Bitterlaw says:

    I ran and I lost.

  577. Michael says:

    Bitter what county and township?

    And year?

    I am sorry you lost.

  578. Bitterlaw says:

    It was one of 7 Wards in Radnor Township in 2011. Don’t be sorry. I’m not.

  579. Michael says:

    Bitter, that is a large vote disparity. Are you sure you are okay???

    Maybe you should run for District Attorney? You did say you always wanted to hold that office right?

  580. Michael says:

    Bitter, I just saw the video of you from a couple years ago on your glorious run for office. Flash forward two years later, “my eyes, my eyes, they burn!”

  581. Brandon says:

    Shut up Michael.

  582. Michael says:

    No

  583. Bitterlaw says:

    District Justice.. I lost to a guy who has lived his entire life here. He owns his own company. The only chance I had was to get the lazy Villanova students to come out and vote. Here is a news flash – unless you are a Democrat in a Presidential year, college students are worthless.

    He is not running again in 2015 but I did my duty for the party. They can find somebody else.

  584. Bitterlaw says:

    True story – I was asked to run for DA in Philadelphia by the GOP. I told them no because I had never handled a criminal case and It would have made the party look desperate (which it was). The party chairman actually put out a story which appeared as a small note in the Daily News or Inquirer that I was the nominee. I think they eventually settled on Jack McMahon – the lawyer currently defending Kermit Gosnell.

  585. Michael says:

    Bitterlaw, why not run. If it is the office you have always wanted to hold then why not try and seize the sea one last time? Maybe the political environment will be good enough in 2015 for you to change your mind.

  586. Michael says:

    Well I ran on my own accord for the race I am in now, but just a few weeks ago a township supervisor approached me and said that if I were to lose I should run for his supervisor position because he said he would be retiring in a few years.

  587. W. PA Observer says:

    596- Well considering you said you’d spend 250 dollars for gas in your CD run and took 20,000 or so votes, that’s not a bad voters per dollar spread.

  588. Bitterlaw says:

    Michael – I am curious about what motivates you. I respect anybody who runs for office. However, why do you want these positions so badly so early? Are you a mini-Jul running to eventually get a paying job in government while claiming you hate government? Are you motivated by a need to serve the public (most of whom are never happy no matter who wins)?

    I am only asking you because I want you to understand that when your youth is gone, it is gone forever. I’m not telling you do meth or get a tattoo but there is plenty of time for politics.

  589. Michael says:

    Bitter, I will tell you in a few when I get home.

  590. Michael says:

    I am not like Jul, I am not wanting to seek office after office. We have serious problems in the school district and I feel like it needs a fresh new perspective.

    We have a high school that is falling apart that needs to be constructed.

    Elementary schools that need repair.

    A football field in shambles.

    A increasing budget due to retirement programs.

    I feel like I owe it to the community to help Bitter. After being in the school system.

  591. Michael says:

    Got my Daily Number today.

  592. Walt, HHR Senator, formerly known as Delegate says:

    Dave W.’s filter Hal ate my post.

    Home safely.

    No political discussions for me for last 3 days. About 80-90 percent of the pilgrims were liberals, so I would have felt like Custer.

    The Falls were spectacular and more water running over them than I have ever seen before.

  593. jason in doghouse says:

    Word of advice:

    If your wife asks you “where’s my Mother’s Day gift” the correct response is NOT:

    “You are not my mother”.

    Who knew?

  594. Walt, HHR Senator, formerly known as Delegate says:

    Got a blast email from Claire McCaskill.

    Just like the other emails I get from Obamer and Obamer sycophant organizations, it is to MY email account (which includes my male first name) but addressed to my wife (uses her female first name).

  595. Walt, HHR Senator, formerly known as Delegate says:

    #606. I learned that lesson when our oldest son was one or two years old.

    Thirty five years ago, but I never forgot that lesson.

  596. Michael says:

    Colorado becomes third state in the nation for all-mail balloting.
    Oregon and Washngton State are the other two states.

    http://www.timescall.com/news/coloradonews/ci_23220265/hickenlooper-signs-mail-ballot-and-voter-registration-bills

  597. Bitterlaw says:

    Another lesson for our future fathers:

    Never say you had to babysit your own children.

  598. Michael says:

    Bitter did you read what I said in 603?

  599. Bitterlaw says:

    Yes. I did not feel it required a response. I hope you win. I also hope that if you do not win that you realize that losing is not the end of the world.

  600. Walt, HHR Senator, formerly known as Delegate says:

    Bitter,

    If your girls team ends up with the worst record, will you get to make the #1 draft pick next year?

  601. Michael says:

    Thank you bitter, I do realize that. I want to run for office in another area instead of PA. If I win here I probably will have to make a political career here.

    So part of me wants to win and help the community while part of me wants to lose.

  602. Bitterlaw says:

    Walt – The problem is that the top prospects will probably quit the league if I draft them.

  603. MD says:

    608 – yep, I made that same mistake early on.

  604. Bitterlaw says:

    MD – Did you let those girls out of the basement yet?

  605. MD says:

    Business dinner tonight. The client is here to visit our offices tomorrow (I won’t be here – headed to Bermuda for a jam packed schedule until Wednesday). The client is a great person but Captain insane as+hole is going to be there as well. He has to “grade me” on how I handle dinner. That is not a joke. It continues to drive them nuts that I hit all sales goals. So, they just change the rules.

    This is insanity.

  606. Bitterlaw says:

    “grade me” on how I handle dinner.

    I think that you serve from the left and remove the dishes from the right.

  607. Michael says:

    MD, don’t forget the difference between a dinner spoon and a soup spoon!

  608. Tulipomania says:

    “Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.”
    -George Carlin

    Biometric National ID hidden in Rubio-Schumer amnesty bill

    “It starts to change the relationship between the citizen and state, you do have to get permission to do things,” said Chris Calabrese, a congressional lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union. “More fundamentally, it could be the start of keeping a record of all things.”

    David Bier, an analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, agrees with the ACLU’s fears.
    “The most worrying aspect is that this creates a principle of permission basically to do certain activities and it can be used to restrict activities,” he said. “It’s like a national ID system without the card.”
    Good thing the terrorists aren’t winning or anything.

  609. MD says:

    He is now quoting the ACLU.

    Any more questions on my contention that Paul Bots are nothing more than an stranger version of liberalism?

  610. Tulipomania says:

    Whitewashing

    n 1977, Carl Bernstein, famed for his Watergate reporting, disclosed that more than 400 journalists and executives of mostly liberal US media organisations had worked for the CIA in the past 25 years. They included journalists from the New York Times, Time and the big TV broadcasters.

    Gawker: Newly Declassified Memo Shows CIA Shaped Zero Dark Thirty’s Narrative

  611. Bitterlaw says:

    MD – Paulbots only want to smoke pot and pretend they are intellectuals. they will ally themselves with any grou that helps them reach that goal.

  612. Michael says:

    Bitterlaw, if we gave them their pot would they vote loyally for our party? Probably not…

  613. Bitterlaw says:

    No. Paulbots have no loyalty to anything but their deity – Ron Paul.

  614. Bitterlaw says:

    Typical Paulbot liberalism. Blame the entity issuing the loans but not the students who take them out or the schools that jack up tuition.

  615. Tulipomania says:

    If the Osama bin Laden revenge-porn flick was whitewashed, makes you wonder about Argo as well.

  616. Tulipomania says:

    #648
    I didn’t assess blame. Just pointing out what they are.

  617. Bitterlaw says:

    I wish there was video of Bin Laden getting killed (maybe there is). I would pay to see it.

  618. Bitterlaw says:

    I never heard of Glenn Greenwald. Just another Paulbot, I guess.

  619. Michael says:

    Bitter did you read the voter guide? If not I will email it to you.

  620. Bitterlaw says:

    Oh no. I actually found myself more in agreement with Bill Maher than the Paulbot. What are the signs of a mini-stroke?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  621. Bitterlaw says:

    Michael – I didn’t even read the Voter Guides when I submitted things to Voter Guides.

  622. SusyQue says:

    Will Obama suffer the ‘second-term curse’?
    By Karen Tumulty and Philip Rucker,

    Recent events suggest that the 44th president may not be immune to the phenomenon that historians call the “second-term curse.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/will-obama-suffer-the-second-term-curse/2013/05/11/3d6b3cde-ba61-11e2-aa9e-a02b765ff0ea_print.html

  623. Bitterlaw says:

    SusyQue still has not posted an original thought in at least 6 months.

  624. Tulipomania says:

    Obama is going to lose big in 2014. That shouldn’t be a surprise.

  625. NUMERO UNO says:

    Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist?
    O’Brien: Of course he exists.
    Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me?
    O’Brien: You do not exist. ”

  626. NUMERO UNO says:

    The answer to 1984 is 1776

  627. Tulipomania says:

    Rubio= Big Brother Republican

  628. NUMERO UNO says:

    conservatives for immigration reform ~~~is like whores for celibacy

  629. NUMERO UNO says:

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
    George Orwell

  630. Bitterlaw says:

    NUMERO UNO is IP. Are they still discussing whether quail eggs or chicken eggs are better for surviving in your bunker on the Island, IP?

  631. Michael says:

    Oh IP…

  632. Bitterlaw says:

    2013 May 12 1:12 pm
    [21]

    IP

    The answer to 1984 is 1776”

  633. Bitterlaw says:

    IP kills another thread.

  634. Tiger Woods says:

    Poor jason must be so distraught right now.

  635. Tim Tebow says:

    I wish jason hated me. I might still have a career.

  636. Tulipomania says:

    Paul supporter is brining it to the S.C. neocon GOP chairman

    Here is the story: With a little more than a week to go until the SCGOP state convention, things are beginning to get a little personal. S.C. Republican Party chairman Chad Connelly sent out an e-mail rant against upstate member
    READ MORE: http://schotline.us/scgop/

    Chad Connelly is the same person that stripped Chris Lawton from being a National Ron Paul Delegate in Tampa August of 2012.

  637. Tulipomania says:

    Ron Paul Supporter Is Suing SC Gop Chair, Chad Connelly For Defamation.

    Here is video of him admitting to sending to emails

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79-f9U0HBFs&feature=youtu.be

  638. Tulipomania says:

    Rasmussen: Nullification goes mainstream as majority of people believe states have the right to nullify federal laws compared to those who don’t

    “On the general question of ‘nullification,’ 44 percent believe states should have the right to block any federal laws they disagree with on legal grounds. Thirty-six percent disagree and 20 are undecided.”

  639. Michael says:

    May 12 Politics1com: CA CD-31: San Bernardino School Board Member Danny Tillman (D) is the 4th Dem to enter the race vs Cong Gary Miller (R).

    May 12 Politics1com: FLORIDA CD-13: Attorney & ’12 nominee Jessica Ehrlich (D) announces she will seek a rematch next year vs Cong Bill Young (R).

    4 democrats are now running in the race against Miller. Now we just need another Republican and we could have them cruise like they did in 2012.

  640. Bitterlaw says:

    2 New Threads.

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