Saturday, November 10, 2007

Saturday Again

OK so I feel lazy today, but the interview with DK was one of eye opening and reality check.

The old phrase is: You do not know how far down you are until you start to go back up.

The frog in the frypan thing really works!

Sizzle, sizzle!



DEN said...

Carol, in case you came here first, I went through the copy/paste with your URL and it worked. I posted the test on yesterdays comments.

David B. Benson said...

Er, Den, its the frog in the pot!

Which is the whole world just now...

•¿•arol said...

Den, the BuzzFlash URL was too long so I went out and had it snipped. I used both URLs in my link and neither worked.

Here it goes....again.

Testing the BuzzFlash link

Nope. It won't work for me. That happens on Hypocrite of the Week and any You Tube. Funny, eh?

Alan said...


I right-clicked your link and chose "copy shortcut", then pasted it to an empty email. It didn't work for me either in a brower, but I erased most of it and went to their home page. From there, clicked on the newest HOTW and the only difference in that address and yours, is yours has a "/"(go to slash) on the end. Theirs didn't. Here it is without the slash.

Alan said...

I forgot to say, I right-clicked and copied the address from their page and pasted it below yours in that empty email, for comparison purporses. That's how I seen the added slash on yours Carol.

David B. Benson said...

Speak softly, forget about the big stick:

Oil Price Rise Causes Global Shift in Wealth

micki said...

What do you get when you have a FROG plus a FRYING PAN?

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Thanks. I guess I'm just old fashioned.

Anyway, hre is a useful compendium of articles from The Guardian:

Climate Change

micki said...

From the WaPo article Dr. B linked:

While British drivers are feeling the pinch, the government is gaining revenue, Skrebowski said, because about 80 percent of the cost of gas is tax.

Too bad here in the U.S. most of the added cost at the pump goes to the oilionnairs and not to the treasury.

Great American way!

micki said...

First we spoke with national scientific authorities. According to Dr. George R. Zug, curator of reptiles and amphibians, the National Museum of Natural History, "Well that's, may I say, bullshit. If a frog had a means of getting out, it certainly would get out. And I cannot imagine that anything dropped in boiling water would not be scalded and die from the injuries."

This is a fun read...IMO. Not being argumentative...

micki said...

Dr. B -- that's a great run-down of articles, which I intend to peruse. Thnx!

micki said...


NYT editorial today: As recently as this week, Mr. Giuliani made the remarkable statement that any mistakes Mr. Kerik made were outweighed by his success in fighting crime — presumably not including the crimes Mr. Kerik himself was committing.

David B. Benson said...

But Micki, we don't have any way of getting out...

David B. Benson said...

Canada's oil: black gold with a black heart

Oil is bad, coal is worse.

micki said...

But Micki, we don't have any way of getting out...

Stick a fork in us. We're done.

Carey said...

That Washington Post article on wealth shifts from the oil prices, David, was really an eye opener. That's where the smart economists are taking their thinking.

I just finished watching Bill Moyers Journal. Man, that is an hour of television to look forward to each and every week. Bishop Tutu was a feature.

I cried, of course, remembering apartheid. Moyers extended the discussion and with historian, Thomas Cahill, connected, and here's the big kicker:

American racism and a fundamental human cruelty.

It is a cruelty within us all. It's what we always deal with internally, but don't actually verbalize or even realize it's there. It's difficult to write about. Apart from all the other factors in racism, it is a truth that exists apart. We humans have a cruely streak of which there is no denying. Each one of us. That is so weird to comprehend.

Humans, all, have this. I don't like that. All that time of studying philosophy in college, it's the one human problem unresolved with a solution.

It is overcome through love and respect.

At any rate, a top notch show once again. He really satiates. My, he stirs up your thoughts. I love his energy and deep thinking. He always leaves me a touch sad about the human condition but ever much more exhilarated by human genius and emotion.

We've really enjoyed having our sister here. It's our Christmas visit. Wonderful feelings. Oh, and my big sister, Joan, is proud of me. Isn't that nice?

I had a chance to totally pig out on Mexican food. I didn't do it. Even with my sisters chowing down. You know, Micki, Carol and Jeanne how particularly hard that is to resist. When your girlfriends/sisters are doing it!

I'm better than they are. I'm better than they are.

I'm their little sister. They pick on me. All my siblings are older. I sure love seeing them.

micki said...

That black crude article, Dr. B, makes me weep.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Then don't use any gasolene!

Nor kerosene (jet fuel).

Nor diesel (ship fuel).

Got it?

micki said...

Aw, heck, I'm just going to post the entire column:

The New York Times
November 10, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
Rudy and Bernie: B.F.F.’s

The past seven years have given us some helpful hints on what we want to avoid in the next president. I’m starting to make a list.

Quality to avoid No. 1: Loyalty.

Whenever you read that a candidate “values loyalty above all else” — run for the hills. Loyalty is a terribly important consideration if you’re choosing a pet, but not a cabinet member.

How about if this time we try for a president who would recruit gifted people who can accomplish great things, as opposed to a room full of dopes who will never write tell-all memoirs?

Loyalty is on our mind today because of the indictment of Bernard Kerik, the really, really loyal former New York City police commissioner. Rudy Giuliani, who was entirely responsible for Kerik’s meteoric rise from mayoral chauffeur, has not seemed to draw any great lessons from his protégé’s spectacular fall. Giuliani did say that he made a “mistake in not clearing him effectively enough,” which sounds as if he is kicking himself for not sending a second squad of detectives out to interview Kerik’s neighbors. In fact, the lapse in the “clearing” procedure involved Giuliani ignoring the city investigations commissioner when he arrived with the news that Kerik was involved with a company suspected of having ties to organized crime.

Giuliani claims not to remember this moment in the vetting process, which seems sort of strange for a guy who made his career prosecuting the mafia and those-who-had-ties. The former mayor does, however, have a bad memory. We know this because he obtained an annulment of his 14-year-long first marriage on the grounds that he had forgotten that his wife was his second cousin.

On the terrible day of Sept. 11, 2001, Kerik was with the mayor as Giuliani left the disaster at ground zero, searching for a telephone to contact the outside world. Also loyally at the mayor’s side were three deputy mayors, the fire commissioner and the head of the Office of Emergency Management. They all walked north, in a little command-clump, intent on the central mission of protecting their main man. You would have thought, really, that the protecting job could have been done by youthful aides while the alleged leaders tended to the fire, emergency and police problems downtown.

But if anybody had stayed behind, focusing on the wider city rather than the man who had plucked them all out of obscurity and given them everything they had, how would he know they were loyal? The ties forged in that clump of commanders catapulted them into extremely well-paying jobs in the firm of Giuliani Partners and convinced the mayor to propose Bernard Kerik as the next chief of the Department of Homeland Security, a position for which he was approximately as well qualified as I am to be quarterback for the New England Patriots.

Giuliani had a great police commissioner, Bill Bratton, during his first term when all the critical crime-fighting apparatus for which the administration became so famous was put into place. But Bratton was not particularly loyal, in the sense that he did his job well, then enjoyed taking credit for it himself. And so he was gone.

There is an entire chapter in Rudy Giuliani’s famous book “Leadership” that is titled “Loyalty, the Vital Virtue.” In it, he pats himself on the back for making a man named Robert Harding the city’s budget director even though he knew the ever-feckless news media would point out that Harding’s father, Ray, was the chairman of the city’s Liberal Party, whose endorsement had done a great deal to get Giuliani elected mayor. “I wasn’t going to choose a lesser candidate simply to quiet the critics,” he said.

For some mysterious reason, the book skips over a much better loyalty lesson involving the very same family. Giuliani demonstrated his loyalty to Ray Harding, giver of the Liberal Party endorsement, not only by giving his qualified son a good job, but also by turning over the New York City Housing Development Corporation to another son, Russell, who wound up embezzling more than $400,000 for vacations, gifts and parties. We will not even go into the pornography part, except to point out in his defense that of the 15,000 sexually explicit images found on his computer, only a few were of children.

The Giuliani version of loyalty, which bears a terrifying resemblance to the George W. Bush brand of loyalty, is entirely about self-protection. An administration safe beneath the loyalty cone does not have to worry much about leaks to the press, or even whistle-blowing.

People can screw up, or fail to achieve their missions, knowing the guy at the top will protect them as long as they put his well-being ahead of anything else. When disaster strikes, the whole world may be falling apart, but they will all be clumped together, walking north.

micki said...

Micki --- Then don't use any gasolene!

Nor kerosene (jet fuel).

Nor diesel (ship fuel).

Got it?

Well, I get it...but I don't think I could take a pledge to not use any of those fuels -- unless alternatives were AVAILABLE now! Even if I never drove again, or never rode on an airliner
again, or took a cruise (well, I'll NEVER take a cruise -- I HATE the whole concept of cruise-crapola), I'd still be "using" those fuels because I need a certain number of calories to maintain my life, and *some* of my food is shipped using those fuels. (I do buy local as much as possible, and attempt to buy foods grown/produced within 150 miles of my home.)

I can make personal changes and encourage change by various means, but I cannot say I'd never use gasoline. I'd be a liar.

If I didn't use gasoline, I'd never see my kids again -- unless I had a magic carpet.

I'm one person. I used to think I could make a difference. I don't think so any more. What makes me weep about the black crude story is not so much the crude, itself, as the fact that once those folks had the opportunity to make more MONEY than they had ever dreamed of, they took the opportunity and then, in essence, said, "To hell with the environment! To hell with my neighbors. To hell with everything except what I want -- screw you, Jack, I've got mine."

Carey said...

Interesting Micki.

From yesterday, you asked about Air America here. Completely taken off the air. We're forced into satellite. Mucho expensive.

That Times article on Rudy is so nicely written. Nice writer, like her quick, clear style.

Oh yes, Giuliani's faults number in the thousands. And that of his "friends." He's probably the nominee too.

One thing I've forgotten to mention. Twice in one week I heard both our (now jobless) local Air America man, Stacy Taylor, and Mike Malloy say. positively, they feel threatened by the possible cancellation of the 2008 election. Kind of turned my head for a moment.

I suspect, after the bombing of Iran goes all wrong, and given all else, like the possibility of martial law here, that's not so far off base anymore.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Yes, that was and is still the frontier mentality.

Happens on the oil frontier, the logging frontier and even the coal frontier.

David B. Benson said...

Lieberman Ready for Straightjacket

©¿rol said...

Phony Dem Debate Over Social Security

As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spar over Social Security, their argument has shed little light on America's most successful domestic program but has instead revealed unattractive aspects of both candidates. Mrs. Clinton has proved herself again to be excessively elusive in explaining exactly what she believes and why; Mr. Obama has exhibited once more his own strange combination of naïveté and opportunism.

David B. Benson said...

I have fairly well decided not to vote for either of them. The first is a DINO and the second doesn't seem to have his act together.

Will vote Green instead.

micki said...

If Holy Joe is in a straightjacket, would it still be possible for him to bend over, kiss bush's ass, salute the Likud, and stab the Democrats in the back?

David B. Benson said...

Bend over: yes.

Kiss: yes.

Salute: not with hands. Eyebrows only.

Stab: No. Only kick.

David B. Benson said...

I forgot.

Scream: yes.

Gerald said...

Parents Beware

This is a must read aricle!!!

Gerald said...

The final and perhaps saddest part of the whole George Bush case is that he seems to have to pay people to spend time with him. Not that he is a very open person who can just stand in line at a McDonalds and talk to complete strangers but he has a tendency to acquire the friendships of people who just want to be bought. Maybe it would have helped George to go to schools that were not so exclusive. Had he been with kids a little more like him, with not so much going on inside and without any kind of real desire to do anything in life, he might have done better as a president.

We truly have a spoiled little kid as president. Hitler Bush is a totally disgusting low life psycho.

Carey said...

Not being argumentative...

Oh yah?

Will vote Green instead.

I'm assuming you mean in the Washington State primary, David. Correct?

Not the general. That would be way too important, that is if we have elections.

Gerald said...

Tolerance, compassion, sanity, hope?

G.K. Chesterton said, "It's not that Christianity has been tried and failed. It's that it has never been tried."

Bushianity is Nazi America's religion. There are eight pillars that comprise bushianity. These pillars are hatred, mass murders, war crimes, torture, corruption, decadence, greed, and lies.

David B. Benson said...

No, in the primary I will probly vote for Edwards.

But he is unlikely to be nominated.

So in the general, rather than vote for DINO Rodman I'll vote Green. It won't matter becuase whomever the Demorats have running will carry this state without much difficulty...

David B. Benson said...

Well, when I preview, I should proofread it.


Gerald said...

2007 is the deadliest year for Americans in Afghanistan

Hitler Bush One said that we should not get on his spoiled son's case, just yesterday. Whose case should we be on? The Pope's case? Cindy Sheehan's case? Code Pink's case? Jim Hightower's case? The late Molly Ivins case? Hitler Bush One, whose case should we be on, please tell us?

David B. Benson said...

Here is an interesting take on macroeconomics:

Externalities, Taxation and Subsidies

cum grano salis

David B. Benson said...

Here is an externality:

Greenup of Planet Is Not Black-and-White

micki said...

Washington State Presidential Election Results, 2004

ô,ôarol said...

I love stats and the CNN election results was fun.

Darn, but they didn't put a map of Michigan like they did for Washington. :(

Wolf Blitzer said...


DEN said...

Nu post finally!