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James Rosar, owner of CycloWard on Jefferson Street downtown, heading up Mill Mountain on Monday. | Shot by Dan
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What a beautiful picture, Dan…
Is that on Camilla?
Kristen, it’s Sylvan, just off Walnut, before Camilla.
It is beautiful. My sinuses hate this time of year, but my eyes love it. The blooming trees and flowers are beautiful.
What is there to love about Magic City?
Besides the pinks..the whites..baby greens
..a smooth ride around the corner to endless
blue to forever..a flicker through a coolish
shade…then all over again.
Other than that its pretty average.
GOP superdelegates: It’s over, Romney is nominee
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press – 5 hours ago
The Associated Press has polled 114 of the 120 superdelegates, party members who can support any candidate for president they choose at the national convention in August, regardless of what happens in primaries or caucuses.
In the latest survey, conducted Tuesday to Friday, Romney has 35 endorsements, far more than anyone else but a modest figure for the apparent nominee. Gingrich has four endorsements, Santorum has two and Texas Rep. Ron Paul got one.
RNC members have been slowly embracing Romney. He picked up 11 new endorsements since the last AP survey a month ago, after the Super Tuesday contests. Over the course of the campaign, however, Romney methodically has added endorsements from every region of the country. In the U.S. territories, where voters help decide the nominee but can’t vote in the general election, Romney has dominated.
I wonder if these developments have anything to do the trolls current absence from the blog? Can’t face her losses?
More on the “conservative”:
Rick Santorum’s Senate Record Comes Under More Scrutiny
By Humberto Sanchez
Roll Call Staff
April 7, 2012, 10:15 a.m
Former Sen. Rick Santorum’s (Pa.) support for a troubled Clinton administration judicial nominee is drawing fresh scrutiny from conservatives as the GOP presidential candidate struggles to regain his footing against presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.
Some Republicans see Santorum’s 1998 backing of Frederica Massiah-Jackson to be a district court judge in Philadelphia as conflicting with the staunch conservative persona he has put forward.
And a little closer to home:
Eric Cantor donation roils House GOP
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor went into damage control mode Friday following the revelation that he contributed $25,000 to a super PAC devoted to defeating incumbent House members — including numerous Republicans.
The news of Cantor’s contribution to the Campaign for Primary Accountability, first reported by Roll Call Friday afternoon and confirmed by a spokesman for the super PAC, was said to have taken party leaders by surprise. House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, knowledgeable aides said, had not received advance word that the contribution had been made.
I know conservatives might disagree, but the article below explains some of the realities about what Mitt Romney has done to get the nomination.
The article linked below is rather lengthy. Please take the time to read it. It tells us a story about how each of us can help turn our economy around one purchase at a time. Today I was in the grocery store and was looking to buy some cantelope, pineapple, and other fruit. Every piece of fruit I picked up was from outside the U.S. Look at the labels on the clothing you buy. I think it’s time we begin to tell the stores in which we shop our preference to buy products made in the good old U.S.A. It will not be easy, but if we really want to turn our economy around we have to do it. One purchase at a time.
Today, Zach and I headed out on the bikes and who did we run into but Steve C! He joined us on two climbs on the old road, during which we viewed the scene above twice.
When we got to the deck beneath the star, Zach begged a dollar from me. “Dad, I want to play a great practical joke,” he said.
“What’s that?” I asked.
“I want to go underneath the deck, stick the dollar bill up through the cracks, and then pull it down when someone tries to pick it up,” he said. So I forked over the dollar.
Steve C and I stood there and laughed as kids and adults tried to pick up Zach’s dollar, and he’d yank it underneath the deck. It was pretty damn funny.
Has Eric Cantor finally done something stupid enough to cost him his leadership position. Let’s hope.
“I wonder if these developments have anything to do the trolls current absence from the blog? Can’t face her losses?”
She’s playing an Easter game. She’ll be back Sunday, claiming she’s been resurrected or something, and trying to post comments calling other posters retarded, which is exactly the game she tried to play with Randy Mays. That’s what she said in two very short comments I trashed on the Post of the Day by him.
And what a wonderful ride it was, Dan. Zach is a pleasure to be around; smart and quite the athlete. You and your wife should be very proud.
Thanks for letting me tag along!
“She’s playing an Easter game. She’ll be back Sunday, claiming she’s been resurrected or something.”
HAHAHAHA!!! Too funny. I had the same thought… you know, gone three days and rises again!
As for the Randy Mays thing, I’d like to have known what she thought about the subject whether she agreed with him or not. Also, Sandi is not right. I did NOT say Randy was uneducated. He happened to agree with a term that is favored by the uneducated and antis. Sandi has responded at least twice to that and didn’t understand it either time. I purposefully try not to pick on anyone’s education and have never called anyone retarded.
Dan, I’m afraid Zack may be showing some Republican tendencies with his practical joke. I trust you’ll work on that.
One big difference between you and me JohnW is that I truly and profoundly couldn’t give a rats ass what “she” thinks about anything. Because she doesnt. Think. She says nothing not 100% generated to elicit reaction, and that you havent figured that out yet is interesting.
Sorry ’bout that!
Sounds like the ankle injury healed pretty quickly!
I tore a muscle in my calf, and I’m still limping when I walk. But it’s had little impact on riding a bike, except that it’s quite painful to get off the saddle and push hard on a climb.
#10 Ron, I will read the article but can I suggest buying fruit in season? I wonder if even cantaloupe can be grown in California this time of year. Further, the only American grown Pineapple will come from Hawaii, some 6,500 miles away. Buying local is one way to assure the item is American and that the the carbon footprint is sustainable.
Great picture and very funny story about the dollar bill. Happy Easter / Passover / Lovely Weekend to everyone. I’m off for a few days to do the college tour thing with my daughter. My how the years have flown by.
#17 Absolutely true, Kristen. I can’t understand why people on here continue to talk about someone that the majority want to block anyway. She should be a forgotten footnote in the blog’s history.
R.I.P. Mike Wallace
RIP Mike Wallace.
Would love to have been a fly on the wall at the Pearly Gates when St. Peter had to utter those infamous words to the Lord, “Sir? Mike Wallace from “60 Minutes” is here…”
Thanks for the laugh, Saintbridge.
“She says nothing not 100% generated to elicit reaction, and that you havent figured that out yet is interesting.”
Not true. I did give her/it the benefit of the doubt a little while, but then gave up on the idea of her being anything but a troll. I know everything she SAYS is to solicit a reaction, but I do wonder sometimes what she really THINKS.
Classic line! Really funny, Saintbridge. Thanks.
#27 As in, you’re trying to understand a sociopath?
Wow, great link Richard that was very interesting.
Saintbridge, that was priceless!
FWIW, my last deleted post mentioned unspecified “unintelligent people” getting their own post of the day. Nothing implying retardness was in that particular post.
Thank you all, thank you! I’ll be here all week!
JW, you’re more likely to get a thoughtful opinion from a Magic 8 Ball. R
The resurrection has begun!
And on the third day, the troll rises…
Welcome back. In your absence, everyone else’s civility has devolved to pick up the slack.
Every now and again I enjoy a nice surprise. Take for example Saturday when I grabbed the weekend WSJ to catch up on current right wing fantasy. The WSJ was always conservative but at least they used to have decent financial reporting once you got past the screeds on the editorial page. Thanks to Rupert Murdock even that’s changed now; the entire newspaper’s been infected with right-tard hog wash, even down to the auto reviews they have on the weekends where the writer displays how truly emasculated he is whenever he’s forced to drive an auto with less than 500 HP; dude is a poster child for over compensating with the big truck/big gun/big dog syndrome. Probably drives a Hummer H2…Last week they even did a fashion shoot where they dressed Josh Brolin up like a sheriff. Just pathetic, I tell you. I truly hope to God and baby Jesus that none of their readers take this asshattery seriously.
Anywho, I was absolutely startled when I flipped to page A6 and found an article sourced from the Cook Political Report titled “Pivot points; The swing states that will tell the tale of 2012” (sorry I can’t provide a link; thanks again Rupert for paid content). Of the swing states listed, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, every single one except for Iowa is projected to go for President Obama’s reelection.
Every single swing state but Iowa.
To my right leaning friends that have a fundamental understanding of the electoral collage and simple math, I offer you my sincere condolences. To the majority of uneducated hicks that constitute the republican and tea bagger parties, all this gobbledygook is meaningless because you’re all still emotionally invested in the fairy tale that the right was actually going to be able to field a competitive candidate in the first place. Seriously, the fact that Santorum and Gingrich were even competitive with Romney at some point just illustrates how weak the right’s bench is. But you guys are still neck puking about the blowout that will happen this November. Ain’t happening, kids. Trust me on this; If the WSJ is already dropping hints to lessen the blows in November, you better start paying attention now so your heads don’t explode from the stress. You can all pray real hard for another 9/11, the collapse of Chrysler and GM or a report that the Kenyan in Chief abused a cub scout when he was in grad school but barring these unlikely events its shaping up to be a disappointing fall for the right.
As painful as this reality is for you clowns, I assure you that President Obama’s reelection won’t be fatal for you; if I made it through 8 years of W without suffering a brain aneurism, you too will be just fine. If it ends up just being too painful to bear you can always cop a flight to France or Canada and do your part to help raise the collective national I.Q. here at home.
The WSJ also had a really interesting article on snake handling Pentecostals on page C3 which contained this gem; “Andrew handed me a big old cane brake rattler. It was an amazing feeling. I felt anointed”. Good stuff all the way around and responsible journalism from a source I least expected it from.
Happy Easter to you, too. I have to wonder, given the overheated know-nothingness we see from certain conserves here, whether, after Obama is re-elected, they will leave the country for a paradise like Chile, or whether they will foment revolution, or whether they will merely pound sand like they have for the past three years.
There’s always the unregulated free market paradise that is Somalia that would be just perfect for our freedom loving tea bagging friends.
Given their choices I’m guessing pounding sand will be a popular option on November 7th.
The resurrection has begun!
No, we’re just setting the record straight for all to see. The post was not a violation; barely even an insult, and not expressly directed at anyone.
It’s worth nothing. Nothing at all.
First, there was this:
Here’s how it will work. If a post of mine is deleted that is clearly not a violation of the rules in my eyes, and Dan announces to the room that he deleted it, so that I know it’s not a technical goof-up by the system, then I am the hell gone. Just like I was gone last time until the posts were magically restored. That way everyone will know what happened and why.
Posted on March 28th, 2012″
Next, there was this:
“It appears two of my posts on this thread have been deleted. The second one for sure was not a violation. Were they deleted or was this some kind of error?
Comment by Suzie — April 4, 2012 @ 5:28 pm”
Followed by Dan’s reply:
“Suzie, indeed I deleted two of your posts on this thread.
Comment by Dan Casey — April 4, 2012 @ 7:56 pm”
The aforementioned 3 posts made this post unnecessary:
‘The resurrection has begun!’
No, we’re just setting the record straight for all to see. The post was not a violation; barely even an insult, and not expressly directed at anyone.
Posted on April 8th, 2012″
It reminds me of the commercial where the teenage girl calls her teenage boyfriend to tell him she’s giving him the silent treatment.
No worries, none of us expected you to keep your word. Just redefine your parameters for the umpteenth time and go on spewing your bile, we are biding our time.
As this appears to be the latest OPEN thread I as here:
What do folk make of this dissension?
Trayvon Martin death won’t go to Florida grand jury
12:01 p.m. EDT, April 9, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) —
Corey says her decision to skip the grand jury shouldn’t be considered a factor in determining whether charges will be filed against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has admitted to fatally shooting the unarmed Martin.
That means the decision now rests solely with Corey
FWIIW, I think it is a good idea — no matter which way Special prosecutor Angela Corey decides to proceed. IMHO finding an impartial grand jury would be highly questionable given all questionable coverage/publicity from both sides and all the emotion and assumption surrounding this case. I for one applause Special prosecutor Corey for not playing the the role of Pontius Pilate washes her hands and and tossing Zimmerman to the will of the crowd.
What do others think?
Like I said she can’t stay away.
********* TYPO / PROOFO ALERT ********
The first line of by last should have been:
“As this appears to be the latest OPEN thread, I ask here:”
#44…we can always pretend she’s gone.
I’m not sure which category this belongs in. The, It takes all kinds category, or the Damn, there are some weirdo’s out there. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/dc-bronies-feel-the-love-and-friendship-of-my-little-pony/2012/04/06/gIQAajwc0S_story.html
The article linked below provides graphic proof of what has happened to the middle class over the last 40 to 50 years.
I wonder what kind of brownie pammala has.
Great charts in Ron’s link.
Dan @ 8:20p.m.,
Could it be an Alice B. Toklas brownie??
Good link, Ron.
To add to Ron’s point – American companies continue not to pay anything, let alone their fair share:
The Center for Tax Justice has a report detailing how much the Fortune 500 corporations did or did not pay in Federal
☻24 companies avoided paying taxes in 2011.
list here: htp://ctj.org/ctjreports/2012/04/big_no-tax_corps_just_keep_on_dodging.php ]
☻In fact, all but four of these 30 companies remained in the no-federal-income-tax category over the 2008-11 period.
☻Over the four years: 26 of the 30 companies continued to enjoy negative federal income tax rates. That means they still made MORE money AFTER tax than BEFORE tax over the four years.
☻In total, 2008-11 federal income taxes for the 30 companies remained negative, despite $205 billion in pretax U.S. profits. Overall, they enjoyed an average effective federal income tax rate of (–3.1) percent over four years
☻That would be $78.3 billion, that’s how much they received in tax subsidies by avoiding the 35 percent tax rate they’re supposed to be paying. “Wells Fargo alone garnered $21.6 billion in tax subsidies over the four years, followed by General Electric ($10.6 billion), Verizon ($7.7 billion), and Boeing ($6.0 billion).”
☻In 2011 alone, 24 of the 30 companies paid effective tax rates of less than 4 percent, including 15 that paid zero or less in federal income taxes in that year.
☻For all companies, the average 2011 effective federal income tax rate was a paltry 7.1% — only a fifth of the statutory 35 percent federal corporate tax rate.
Looks to me like Suzie hasn’t made any political comments at all, just came in to correct the apparent lie about her deleted posts.
There was no lie about Suzie’s deleted posts. In both of them, she suggested Randy Mays is retarded, in one more strongly than another. And that was the entire content of each of the deleted posts. Sorry you missed them (not really).
49. Ron – great link! The graphs say it all.
Well Dan, Suzie said in her last deleted post she wrote “unintelligent people” and said or implied nothing about anyone being retarded. I have never known Suzie to lie. Could you show us the post and clear this matter up?
“Well Dan, Suzie said in her last deleted post she wrote “unintelligent people” and said or implied nothing about anyone being retarded. I have never known Suzie to lie. Could you show us the post and clear this matter up?”
Well, YAJ, Suzie did not use the term “unintelligent people” in either of her two deleted posts.
I’m not going to show you the posts. That’s why I deleted them, duh.
If you have never know Suzie to lie, you have never known Suzie.
” I have never known Suzie to lie.” LOL LOL LOL
That honestly did make me laugh out loud.
Of course Suzie, hiding in anonymity feels free to use defamation of character against anyone she pleases.
Folks, yaj IS suzie. Nobody else but suzie would say suzie never lies.
Yes gdad, it is.
Wow. Dan won’t supply the post. Surprise. Surprise. He can’t, because to do so would prove he lied.
Wow. No Sunday or Monday open threads. Traffic is really down. Wonder why. LOL.
#66 Of course he won’t “supply” a post that violated his rules. And IF it didn’t violate rules, he obviously did it to get rid of your butt.
Deleted means they’re gone. Is there some part of that that’s not understood?
de·lete /dɪˈlit/ Show Spelled[dih-leet] Show IPA
verb (used with object), de·let·ed, de·let·ing.
to strike out or remove (something written or printed); cancel; erase; expunge.
“Wow. No Sunday or Monday open threads. Traffic is really down. Wonder why. LOL.”
Look out Dan! Your faithful will begin dropping you like Rush’s advertisers dropped him. Everyone knows that people come here to read Suzie’s stuff and tolerate an occasional post from others.
Suzie, even if Dan lied, which I doubt seriously, that simply makes two of you. SO?
John Wilburn, if Dan’s only success is to have mud wallows, he is not much of a success. Is that why you come here?
Sandi, I’m pretty sure that John Wilburn was being sarcastic.
“John Wilburn, if Dan’s only success is to have mud wallows, he is not much of a success. Is that why you come here?”
“Sandi, I’m pretty sure that John Wilburn was being sarcastic.”
Debbie, Sandi was so excited to see something to bash me with, that she missed the obvious. That’s why SHE comes here…. to argue.
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Metro Columnist Dan Casey knows a little bit about a lot of things but not a heck of a lot about most things. That doesn't keep him from writing about them, however. So keep him honest!
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