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Republicans actually increased the number of seats in the NY state legislature - so yeah, not exactly a blue wave.
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2020 on The Center Holds! at JustOneMinute
GUS - MicroCenter or Fry's if you're close to one -- it's still fun to go into a store and actually *see* the stuff you're about to buy, and those two stores often have special deals for customers who come to the store in person to buy that aren't available to online customers. Other than those two choices, yeah, pretty much newegg.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2016 on McJobs Gone? No Loss at JustOneMinute
While I'm many threads behind, I'm the person who introduced himself to sbw yesterday.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2016 on Minority Report at JustOneMinute
Iggy: Funny you mention the Redskins...Ray Halbritter, the current head of the Oneida Indian Nation (their name for it) joined the anti-Redskins parade last fall, but as best I can tell has never said boo about the Whitesboro village emblem.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2015 on Why Ask Why? at JustOneMinute
I have not yet received notification from OPM about my data having been taken, but based on the reports I'm certain I'm affected by at least one of them (having been active duty in the past and working for a government contractor now). I guess they're going to offer us lifetime identity theft protection..not that that will help our family members who get kidnapped by a foreign government in order to put pressure on us to turn spy.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2015 on Why Ask Why? at JustOneMinute
Skoot: I'm personally offended by the concept of public employee unions, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day. AFGE filed a lawsuit against OPM last month And the NTEU filed suit two days ago So at least someone thinks that heads should roll. Sadly, we the taxpayers are footing every penny of the bill for both sides of these suits...
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2015 on Why Ask Why? at JustOneMinute
Iggy: I've clearly missed something - as someone who lives in Whitesboro, NY, I'm forced to wonder why you're using our village seal, which depicts a friendly wrestling match between Hugh White and an Oneida - as your avatar? I take it ignorant, easily fake-offended people have discovered it again?
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2015 on Why Ask Why? at JustOneMinute
sbw - those wimps in Utica cancelled school, and the really hard-core people in Whitesboro didn't even delay. This created an interesting situation in which our Notre Dame-attending son didn't have school and our Wboro-attending daughter did for the second time this week. :) (I suspect it's because basically all kids are bused in Wboro, while a meaningful percentage walk in Utica.) Back on-topic... The ONLY description of him in the USA Today column is that he a "Radical Muslim cleric and a lecturer in sharia." You'd think that description would be enough! But that would assume that people understand what those terms actually mean...
Maybe everyone's just sick of hearing about it - there's no news in the 'torture' report. No big revelations, no smoking guns or bombshells. Just the same recycled crap from ten years ago. Not sure whose mind Feinstein thought would change as a result of this non-revelation revelation.
Probably mostly off-topic, but apparently the State of NY has made Lerner-style e-mail destruction official policy... Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration — which the governor pledged would be the most transparent in state history — has quietly adopted policies that allow it to purge the emails of tens of thousands of state employees, cutting off a key avenue for understanding and investigating state government. Last year, the state started deleting any emails more than 90 days old that users hadn't specifically saved — a much more aggressive stance than many other states. The policy shift was first reported last year by the Times Union.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2014 on I'll Tell You What 'Horseshit' Is at JustOneMinute
JiB: We've been hearing for years from the 'academics' that we need to build a new distribution network for the modern 'renewable' energy world. Of course, who would be left paying for that infrastructure is always left out of the discussion. A few years ago, up here in Central NY, a group called New York Regional Interconnect was pushing to build a HVDC line from Marcy, NY to Port Jervis, NY. Among the reasons for building it - a surplus of generating capacity upstate, and a shortage downstate. While part of this was due to 'renewables' (for example, the large Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lowville, NY is frequently unable to generate power because there's no demand for it Upstate), it's mostly because of the declining Upstate economy and the Downstate jihad against power plants. (They're busily trying to close Indian Point, for example, and they blocked the startup of the $1B Shoreham plant back in the early 90's.) It was eventually killed by a court ruling that said that the $2B cost of building it couldn't be passed along to Upstate ratepayers (who had no need for it, and would in no way benefit from it). Why do I bring this up? NYRI, essentially, represented a 'down payment' on the new electrical grid we're all told we need...and it was fought, tooth and nail, by us hicks up here. Most of the arguments against it were based on eminent domain, safety and aesthetic concerns. (When I spoke at the public hearing I brought up my own personal lack of desire to compete with my Downstate 'betters' for the electricity we generate up here.) Anyone who wants to make 'renewables' a major portion of US power generation will almost certainly face the same problem NYRI did - no one wants HVDC lines run through their backyard! This will inevitably increase the cost/risk associated with 'renewable' energy rollouts in the short-medium term. Eventually, the Feds will just decide that we don't have standing to sue to block these things, but in the meantime...
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2014 on Two Papers In One at JustOneMinute
JiB: The kids in Belgium ride their bikes home for lunch Today, parents have been so thoroughly scared by the nationalizing of bad news (a child molester on every corner!) that they would never DREAM of letting their kids ride a bike to school, let alone allowing their precious flowers to escape from the asylum to come home to eat!
Toggle Commented May 29, 2014 on Michelle Versus Science And Reality at JustOneMinute
rick b: I believe you have to make a distinction between the walking dead (GovMo, GovEl and the TBTFs in particular) and businesses which aren't steady clients of the DC Whorehouse when evaluating the general 'conservatism' of business. There is also a definite recognition by most that we're living in a Zombie Economy at the moment with a concurrent reluctance to deal with the uncertainty of probable conditions when the OPM famine has run its course. This is part of it. I also think that more and more businesses - especially large ones - have gotten into the habit of using government to beat down their competitors through regulatory capture and the like. Look at Apple hiring former EPA head Lisa Jackson - Apple was already ahead of the pack in terms of actually reducing the negative environmental impacts of their manufacturing. Jackson is all about getting the govt to force their competitors to do the same.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on More On The VA at JustOneMinute
Regarding HHS no longer releasing Obamacare sign-up statistics, I've found another source for the information -- a pro-Obamacare blog! The comments on the article are quite entertaining: "This is just appalling and tone-deaf. Sometimes it seems this administration glories in casting a shadow over its own achievements -- and I absolutely believe that the ACA is a huge achievement -- by creating side stories like this one." including one from the site's host, Charles Gaba: "Oh goody. On top of everything else, this development has me mentioned in the same sentence as Darrell Issa. Thanks a lot, HHS Dept..." Megan McArdle of Bloomberg also noticed Gaba's posting: but it still seems very underreported. Gaba's blog seems to be the source of the news a couple of days ago, and his source is an unnamed HHS employee.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on More On The VA at JustOneMinute
In other, sort-of related news, Reason magazine is reporting that the most transparent administration ever will stop reporting Obamacare enrollment numbers: Thus far I have been unable to corroborate this story, however, it does fit the standard Obama administration pattern of releasing things they want ignored late on Friday before a long weekend...
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on More On The VA at JustOneMinute
From Earlier: A bigger question is why a guy who is 85 years old and a Congressman for 50 years can't just retire gracefully. My guess is that he'd face prosecution if he ever leaves office.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on More On The VA at JustOneMinute
Miss Marple: Yeah, the President came to Cooperstown today. His helicopter parade went right over my house both times, since AF1 landed at the former Griffiss Air Force Base (known best for being an alternate Space Shuttle landing site and the first Air Force base to get the Air Launched Cruise Missile in the 80's). His speech was scheduled to be 45 minutes, so I reckon he spent twice that on the chopper between Griffiss and Cooperstown, and another four times that flying from National to Griffiss. And how we're supposed to make tourism into a working concern when people can't take vacations because they're unemployed is utterly beyond me.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2014 on Nobody's Home at JustOneMinute
So what happens if Obama wins the election but loses the popular vote? It's a shame we won't get the chance to put "re-defeat Obama" bumper stickers on our cars...
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2012 on The Big Night Is Upon Us at JustOneMinute
On a side note, has anyone seen former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm's speech from the DNC? The headlines have called it a barn-burner and exciting. I can only imagine what they'd have called it if she were a Republican. The word I'd use for it is "embarrassing," but that's just me.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2012 on Follow The Yellow Brick Road at JustOneMinute
Watching Mia Love's speech on teh interwebz now - thrilled to hear her call President Obama out on "pitting us against each other based on our income level, gender and social status".
The folks on PBS are complimenting Gov. Christie's speech, which is a good sign and a bad sign. A good sign, in that it was a good speech and I'm glad to see them acknowledge it, but a bad sign in that they will certainly spint it as overwhelming anything that Mr. Romney will say.
Come on, Governor - bring up the Rule of Law!
Sorry, I meant both of those as compliments! I'm pretty sure Gov. Christie doesn't need the teleprompter, based on other speeches and interviews and press conferences I've seen. The guy's bold and articulate.
Ann's speech felt pretty natural and conversational, and she managed to avoid the painfully strident "Hillary Clinton tone" for most of the speech. On a side note, is Chris Christie actually using the teleprompters?
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