Today’s epic read

In 1998 Bill Clinton admitted he had had a sexual relationship with Flowers.

Another item, headlined “Women,” referred to Elizabeth Ward and Lencola Sullivan, also rumored to have had relationships with Bill.

“Elizabeth Ward … determine attitude & check out background; Any Reep connections? When does Playboy come out?”

One of the documents in the Blair archive is an unsigned note from Bill Clinton, handwritten on the personal letterhead he used in the mid-1970s. The addressee is unknown. A cover page reads: “Tomorrow is Thursday.”

The undated letter is written on the same personal letterhead that Clinton was using in 1976, prior to becoming attorney general of Arkansas. Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton began dating in 1971 and were married on Oct. 11, 1975.

“Yesterday the recurring shakes came over me again and to rid myself of them I decided to go and buy something for you as much to be doing it as to actually wind up with things,” Clinton wrote.

He said he recently had bought books, including One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Bread and Wine by Italian anti-Communist Ignazio Silone.

“By the time I could call last night it was too late and I was too spent,” the future founding chairman of the Clinton Global Initiative went on.

“Today is Thursday. I will be at the little place downstairs in the union at 11:30. If you aren’t there, I’ll understand. And if you are, I will.”

The fast-food lover and amateur sax player closed by confessing that he had fallen asleep the night before while reading an erotic love poem from the seventeenth century.

“At 3:30 this morning I fell asleep over Andrew Marvell’s To His Coy Mistress,” wrote Clinton. “It has been a while since I could feel something so sharply across three hundred years.”

Attached to the letter is a photo of a young Bill Clinton holding a saxophone, with the note, “I thought you might get a kick out of this—I was once even younger.”

So even before Oprah said it was cool, Clinton was reading:
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Bread and Wine by Italian anti-Communist Ignazio Silone.

I recommend you read all five million pages of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It will explain much about Bill Clinton ;-)

Hillary Clinton is very smart

“HC says press has big egos and no brains,” wrote Blair on May 19, 1993

And quite astute. How in the hell did a romantic like Bill Clinton end up with one of the most ruthless women in the known world. Hillary would not hesitate to nuke any state in the United States that blocked her ambition. Bill just wants to bed every woman in every state.



I’m sure you saw THIS idiocy earlier in the week

Sheila Jackson Lee: Writing executive orders for Obama to sign ‘our number one agenda’

And this?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Congressional Budget Office report that shows Obamacare will make the labor force lose 2.3 million full-time workers by 2021 is positive because it lets Americans be “free agents.”

“We have the CBO report, which rightfully says, that people shouldn’t have job lock. If they — we live in a country where there should be free agency. People can do what they want,” Reid told reporters outside of a close policy luncheon. “And what they’re saying here is — and the fact checkers have already done this — the Republicans talk about losing millions of jobs simply isn’t true. It allows people to get out of a job they’re locked into, because of — they have healthcare in their job.”

“So my caucus is right on track to understand this. The CBO report is far better for us than it’s not. Republicans should get away from repeal and start talking about some constructive ways to handle the issues that they’re concerned about,” he added.

So I won’t torture you any further.

People have completely lost their minds.

That is all.



stockdrop I did manage to get a lot of work done today, but I found myself riveted by the stock market. It’s been falling all day and fell quite a bit last week.

After weeks of focusing on economic and political troubles in emerging markets, investors shifted their attention to a series of reports suggesting the U.S. economy entered 2014 on a weaker footing than previously thought.

The result, traders said, was stepped-up selling from long-term investors who had largely sat tight during January’s declines.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 326 points, or 2.1%, to 15373, the seventh triple-digit drop of 2014. The Dow is down 7.3% this year.

The S&P 500 shed 41 points, or 2.3%, to 1742, and is now off 5.8% for the year. The Nasdaq Composite Index skidded 107 points, or 2.6%, to 3997, its first close below 4000 since December.

Hit the hardest Monday were shares of smaller companies, which are often seen as more closely tied to the U.S. economy than stocks of large companies ~ Stocks End Sharply Lower Poor Manufacturing Report Stirs Growth Worries By Dan Strumpf

This? Is not a good trend.

Are you still checking Bloomberg? Why?

“The fact we can print a quarter in which GDP growth was more than 3 percent even though government spending contracted as much as it did, is unquestionably a positive,” Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at BTIG LLC in New York, said by phone. “The concerns over emerging markets are the dominant topic. To the extent this remains contained, the selloff is likely to be limited.”

Wow. Wrong. Really wrong.

Try again.

Small investors are … well. Buy stock in Xanax.



First up. A huge thanks to Pat for the Welcome Back and to Adrienne for the kind comment. We need to get the rest of the gang back on the ball and online. I’m looking at you Pundette and others.

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Just as I have never like Chris Christie, Mark Levin has never like Karl Rove. But unlike Christie, Rove has had good days and bad. The Tea Party sent him off the deep end, though. For a man who makes his living using stats to read the tea leaves, I don’t understand how he could have misread these so badly. But it’s costing him. And I’ve already raked him over the coals so I’ll just set this down and walk away, drinking my coffee.

Is everyone sick? Cynthia Yockey posted one last plea and dropped off the planet. She has apparently eschewed regular doctors and sought the help of a tree surgeon (Had to look up “arborist” even though I knew what it was I thought it was a mistake.) Last time we had our trees done it was $1500. I have no idea what they would have charged for a human.

I need more coffee. Back in a little bit.

Ok … cup # 3, after doing my 21 year old sons’ taxes and breaking it to him that he OWES $750 to Obama, contrary to what he expected. I told him if he and 2 friends will agree to go see H.I.M with me in Las Olas in March I would pay his taxes. My husband objected, but I pointed out he took the kid hunting and spent far more for Christmas. Guys go hunting. Mom goes to see Death Metal with 21 year old trust worthy guys as security. I love that group. I can’t explain it. I also love Apocalyptica, but they never come to South Florida for some reason. It’s just the perfect music for writing the weird kind of romance novels that I write. What can I say?

(Yes. I am actually published by a brick and mortar publisher. No. They had no idea I was a conservative. I did not seek further contracts because I DO have a day job and a family illness interfered. I self publish now for fun, but have another contract pending. So. Shhhh. ;-) The arts and conservatism do NOT mix. And, yes. I hate that I sit here and wonder if I should just drop the manuscript request because a double life is … suboptimal. My life. It’s weird.)

Where was I?

The Dividist has answered the Obama call to action

“2014 will be a year of action for the American people — and President Obama is ready to use every executive action available to him to make sure of it… Tell the President you’re IN for 2014…”

But noted:

The Dividist filled out the form and told the President he is IN, but he really isn’t. The Dividist is actually much more IN with checks, balance and separation of powers between the executive and legislative branch as intended by the founders and codified in our Constitution.

Break … brb

Back …

Ok. Don’t feed the damned bears. This should be a no-brainer.

Yeah. No. I still can’t stand Dowd.

For all of us who are addicted to Coffee? Bless you, Columbia Coffee farmers. A huge-assed f-you to the cartels for being assholes. There’s a coffee roaster waiting in hell for all of you.

But the violence was particularly hard on the coffee industry. From 1997 to 2008, 24 percent of all coffee farmers abandoned their crops. That figure was 7 percent higher in areas most hit by violence, according to a report by the Center for Economic Studies at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. Also during that time, the area of coffee planted fell by 32 percent, with a 6-percent increase in the most violent regions, the study found.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/01/3907749/as-victims-of-violence-in-colombia.html#storylink=cpy

Yes. I still read the Miami Herald. And I drink Sello Dorado with the same reverence as an alcoholic cradles and treasures that last airplane stash bottle from the back of the closet after an intervention by relatives to remove the temptation.

Lol. Ok not really funny, but remember when Oprah starved villages in South America after she discovered their version of Ireland’s potato crops? Acai? Stand by Ethiopia. You are apparently going to have to go back to starvation. Victoria and Gwyneth found the food that makes you so amazingly slender.

From kale chips to wheatgrass shots, the list of celebrity food crazes is a long one. Now there’s a new source of sustenance to add to the list – an Ethiopian cereal named teff.

Loved by Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham, the grain, which is a staple food in its home country Ethiopia, is packed with protein, calcium and iron.

I’ve never actually understood the praise heaped on the Cuban Health System by … well, anyone. Gateway Pundit has pictures. Here’s what you need to understand, people. Doctors in Cuba are owned by the government and they go where ever they are ordered to go. That is Cuba’s PR and it works well for them. But you really need to go to Cuba and get hurt and not have any American dollars to spend. Live there for a few years, in fact. Try to grocery shop? Rent a house. It can be done, of course. People live and work there, they make do. But you have no idea what you are talking about unless you’ve really been there and lived under that regime. Do that. Then we will talk. Even Castro left the country for health care when he was sick. Just say’n.

Anyway. That’s enough for the day. I need to grocery shop and stuff. ;-)



…but first, a question.

What the hell has happened to the conservative blog-o-sphere? I took a few months off. I admit it. Sometimes a blogger needs to take a break, get some perspective, reassess the situation and come back refreshed. But what I see now are dead bogs littering the web, blogs like Pundit & Pundette gone completely off the rails and an air of fear, almost, hovering over them. Did people get audited by the IRS? Freaked out over the NSA big data machines? What other buzz-search word can I invoke to end up in hell? Did I get them all?

Weird.

Moving on …

I am having fun analyzing this article

“While claiming to be outraged at the Nazi reference, the critics seem more incensed that Mr. Perkins dared to question the politics of economic class warfare. The boys at Bloomberg View—we read them since no one else does—devoted an entire editorial to inequality and Mr. Perkins’s “unhinged Nazi rant.” Others denounced him for defending his former wife Danielle Steel, and even for owning too many Rolex watches. “

I admit I haven’t read his letter to the WSJ yet. I was just amused at this part “The boys at Bloomberg View—we read them since no one else does” and intrigued at the info that he is one of Danielle Steel’s ex’s. Now wondering what he was defending her from …

I dug further.

“We have, for example, libelous and cruel attacks in the Chronicle on our number-one celebrity, the author Danielle Steel, alleging that she is a “snob” despite the millions she has spent on our city’s homeless and mentally ill over the past decades.” ~ The letter

Let’s ignore the Romance Novelist part and dive into the 1%-er fear. I read the comments and was immediately reminded of this scene from the Movie (1986) “Club Paradise:”

Peter O’Toole as “Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes” of the fictional Caribbean island of St. Nicholas, to resort guests alarmed at rumors of a native uprising:

“Well, it happened in Kenya, didn’t it? They dragged those fat burghers from their beds in the dead of night, forced them to drink blood through a severed sheep’s p^&*s and then hacked them to pieces with machetes.”

When several of the vacationers start to look queasy, he adds:

“It isn’t bad as all that.”

…and resumes sipping his cocktail at the bar.

Credit whbqt.info

But Danielle Steele .. God love her Ex for defending her, but she is a rather odd person as one of my liberal friends pointed out with the Hedge-gate article.

It all began when The Chronicle’s architecture critic, John King, did a short piece for his “Cityscape” series that mentioned Steel’s Pacific Heights abode — better known as the Spreckels Mansion — was partially hidden by a hedge that is so large it is “comically off-putting.”

To which we say, forget the security types, we want to talk to the gardener. Photos show a hedge so robust and uniform that it resembles a huge, green sponge cake. Honestly, it is epic. Our only concern is that it might be the result of the use of PEFs — performance enhancing fertilizer. Which is fine, although it could hurt any chance of getting voted into the Hall of Fame.

Anyhow, that’s where things stood — hedge blocking mansion, architectural critic tut-tutting — until The Chronicle’s Catherine Bigelow got in touch with Steel this week. The pot-boiler author discussed a recent literary award from the French government, the publication date of her newest book (March), her appreciation of “Downton Abbey.”

Then Bigelow asked a comically off-putting question about the hedge.

Lol. Too funny. The rich are different. Paranoid as hell. And different. Can’t fix that.

In other news … I approve the following trend

Unable to Contain Himself, Congressman Says He’d Jump Off A Skyscraper For Hillary (Tag: Well that escalated quickly) and on face book the suggested related link is Van Halen’s song “Jump”

OMFGWTHBBQ!!! LAMO.jump

Credit to the Conservative Daily. Like them on Facebook.

The Daily Rash is also hilarious.

Ditto Michelle Obama’s Mirror

It aint all bad, people. There’s humor to be found, even on the darkest days at the end.



Did he? I am reading the transcript and I think that he did …

Obama

Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades. An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add to the more than 8 million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years. (Applause.) An autoworker fine-tuned some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help America wean itself off foreign oil.

Ronald Reagan’s campaign ad 1984-ish

It’s morning again in America. Today more men and women will go to work than ever before in our country’s history. With interest rates at about half the record highs of 1980, nearly 2,000 families today will buy new homes, more than at any time in the past four years. This afternoon 6,500 young men and women will be married, and with inflation at less than half of what it was just four years ago, they can look forward with confidence to the future. It’s morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Reagan, our country is prouder and stronger and better. Why would we ever want to return to where we were less than four short years ago?

Ugh …

Edited to add a Thanks for the link back to Pat at ASIGIS. I started reading the text of the speech and found myself thinking, “Gee I’ve heard this pitch before somewhere …” And then I remembered. I compared the placement of bullet points:

- What time is it? (“Today …”, “It’s morning in America….”)
- What are people doing? (“a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it”,”more men and women will go to work than ever before in our country’s history.”)

And so on. Obama lingered more on people doing noble work as time filler. Ads have to be more to the point and succinct. But it’s the same structure, the same pitch to the working man’s heart. He just needed the music and images rolling behind him to make it entertaining in that “Chicken Soup For the Soul” style writing. Must have been that Oprah vacay influence.



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I feel IQ points draining out of my head every time the President speaks and I just don’t think I can bring myself to watch another one. There have been posts saying this speech will be historic in that the President is finally going to spell out his Marxist agenda and rip the Constitution up right there in front of Congress. But he’s already done that, right? Someone explain why I should watch? ‘

TheoSpark has the video

I see your cat disdain and ante up my own Adrienne.

Does anyone know WTH happened to Pundit & Pundette? I take a break for a few months and the whole conservative web-o-sphere goes awol.

Zilla is just gearing back up I see.

The Robot rests as of July 29, 2013

Wyblog is not inspiring me to want to watch. Wyblog has a doppelganger

OMG … Political Clown Parade … you are diabolically awesome.

Thank God for Ironic Surrealism. A SoTU Drinking game. Excellent. If my husband insists on watching, I’ll be pouring the shots.

I’d like to suggest a few. Every time he says; ‘me’, ‘my’ or ‘I’, drink. Every time he whines, drink. Every time he says ‘income inequality’, drink. Lastly, if Obama throws down the race card, drink. If he plays a personal race card, drink a double shot.

Heh. We are going to be SOooooooo wasted. ;-) Are we related? We should be.

(…)what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.” ~ AP

*head desk* I just can’t …