Win tickets to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two winners will each receive four tickets!
Shot by Dan Sunday at the intersection of Grandin Road and Brandon Avenue.
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
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OK, Kids. We’re off for a quick trip to Zimbabwe to see what’s up with our projects and take care of a few paperwork matters. Back early next week.
Just checking in now that I’m moved and back online. The Gonzo Gathering is this coming Sunday. I’ve emailed the regulars but if anyone else wants to come along meet folks face to face, please shoot me an email at email@example.com. Oh, and Dan, your email box was full so my message to you bounced. Clean out that mail box!
below is a powerful response to Richard Mourdock & his supporters like Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, Gov. McDonnell, Ann Coulter and others.
Another victory for the deregulation bunch.
John Sununu just can’t help himself. His stupidity just keeps getting in his way.
One more week of these incessant ads and robo-calls. That will be good… until the next election cycle starts in a couple of months.
Thanks for the inbox heds up. It should be working now. Donna and I are looking forward to the gathering.
Gosh SuzieQ, I hope you’re taking your G6 to Zimbabwe because most commercial airtraffic around these parts is shut down. Long swim.
What do these men have in common? Willard Romney, Charles and David Koch, William Koch, Harold Hamm, Jack Gerard, James Connaughton, Jeffrey Holmstead, David Wilkins, Steven Webster, Joseph W. Craft III, and Clayton Williams, Jr – besides contributing millions to the Romney campaign? DIRTY ENERGY.
Not so long ago, Mitt Romney used to blast deadly coal-fired power plants and talk up emission caps to curb the “dramatic warming of our planet.” But as the GOP nominee for president, Romney has become dirty energy’s biggest cheerleader. As his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, slams federal investment in wind and solar energy as “green pork” Romney is loudly championing Big Oil, Big Coal, fracking and the disastrous Keystone XL pipeline that will bring climate-killing Canadian crude to the global export market.
What accounts for Mitt’s extreme energy makeover? Millions of dollars in campaign spending from fossil-fuel titans and advice from the drill-baby-drill crowd might have something to do with it. Here’s a look at Romney’s Dirty Dozen – the lobbyists, CEOs and advisers who are driving his radical dirty-energy agenda. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/mitt-romneys-dirty-dozen-20121022#ixzz2Ah6O1i1m
Oh, Yes,shrillary….obamas campaign is being financed strictly by his personal $$$$.Can you say `George Soros` ? Can you spell S-O-L-Y-N-D-R-A and Slush-fund kickbacks ?obama has run the sleaziest, trashiest, most nasty campaign in modern history…financed by the VERY WEALTHY left-wing idiots.
I have a good friend who lives in Staten Island, NY. I just checked out their newspaper online and saw pics of flooded streets. I also read a story on there from yesterday, about people who live in a low lying area close to the beach refusing to evacuate. Because Hurricane Irene didn’t turn out to be as bad as expected, they’re hoping for the same this time. IDIOTS!
Let’s get real about abortions
By David Frum, CNN Contributor
updated 9:12 AM EDT, Mon October 29, 2012
o David Frum: People often neglect the economic reasons behind the choice to have an abortion
o He says those trying to reduce abortion need an answer to how to help women in need
o Frum: Abortion rates fell in 1990s economic boom
o Germany, which has generous maternity maternity benefits, has much lower abortion rate, he says.
OK, Kids. We’re off for a quick trip to Zimbabwe to see what’s up with our projects and take care of a few paperwork matters. Back early next week.”
Does anyone give a crap?
Here’s WAPO’s analyasis of Romneys claim that his proposals will create 12 million jobs. Four pinnochios.
Jeff Doto – I’m sure the reason you want to revert to questioning the President’s donations – a pretty obvious tactic of diverting attention – which BTW won’t work – is to deflect from the multimillionaires and big corporate plutocrats funding Romney. However, I will ignore your weak attempt and provide you with a few facts?
According to the Federal Election Commission in September,
the Obama campaign raised more than $114 million, – contributed by 1.1 million Americans donating an average of $58 this more than 317,000 first time donors in August.
According to the Obama campaign, they have a donor base of 3.1 million Americans contributing to his bid for a second term – this surpasses the total from four years ago.
“Two million supporters have given $25 or less in aggregate, the campaign reports. More than 1.4 million have given more than once this election cycle.”
This is in sharp contrast to the big money donors paying for Romney’s election. Karl Rove superpacs, Adelson superpac, the Oil Industries millions in contributions….well, you know, the usual suspects – fat cats in corrupting government – who are trying to buy government access.
An interesting web site reporting contributions from “individuals” to both campaigns. It is interesting to note that by my calculation 34% of Obama’s donations came from “small” contributors whereas 18% of Romney’s were “small” contributors.
Let us pray for the poor children of Zimbabwe who have to interact with most ill-informed…maybe she will bring them some extra twigs and roots…and bibles!! Oh yes, the whole reason to “help” – conversion and prayer.
No airline needed – just reaches into the broom closet…
Hope you took the time to vote for Kaine & Obama before leaving on your trip.
Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to get a visit from YAJ!
Obama’s zinger was wrong!
Actually, military strategy is like Battleship.
BY JOHN ARQUILLA | OCTOBER 29, 2012
In the final candidates’ debate last week, President Obama delivered a telling, somewhat snarky zinger in response to Governor Romney’s call for naval expansion: “This isn’t ‘Battleship.’” He then went on to school Romney about how having some aircraft carriers and submarines means we don’t need more ships. The governor had no adequate reply.
But the fact of the matter is that the old “Battleship” board game — not the more recent movie flop that was somehow based on it — offers exactly the right metaphor to describe strategic affairs in the information age. “Battleship” does so by capturing the distilled essence of naval operations today: the hider/finder dynamic.
No longer do fleets move against each other en masse, engaging in well-defined, line-against-line slugfests, such as dominated naval affairs from Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars to Jutland a century later. Instead, sea wars have become far more cat-and-mouse matters, whose outcomes have become critically dependent on the need to see the enemy first, so as to be able to strike before being struck. Just like in “Battleship.”
But then Romney’s numbers were wrong. [He claimed that the size of the Navy’s fleet is the smallest it has been since 1917. The number of ships is actually up a bit since 2007 under President George W. Bush. See: http://tinyurl.com/8mmoc6n ]
So, is it a wash?
Nah. Coming into a debate with phony numbers and raising a point based on them is well below any impromptu metaphorical zinger referencing a board game. And Willard’s “full steam ahead” radio ad that repeats his misleading debate claim is downright delusional or is “big lie” propagandize manipulation of the brownshirt faithful.
Sorry but I can’t make the get together. Maybe one of these days. If Sandy wasn’t disrupting things right now I’d have my son ship Dan some oysters for the event. Again, maybe next time. Have a great time.
Shrillary, I found a video of Screwzie doing some quality control checks at her husband’s business.
Contra, I give a crap. I’m looking forward to the break from her inane, insane drivel. After all, she apparently can’t figure out how to use the inter-webby thing when she’s not home.
#20 “Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to get a visit from YAJ!”
Why, Kristen, that would be just delightful. But I don’t think that suzie has figured out how to connect to the interwebs when she’s not home.
A rather sad cartoon but accurate depiction of what a GOP Helpline might look like.
“most commercial airtraffic around these parts is shut down.”
Off to Zimbabwe!
Prediction: Tuesday’s presidential election-related column will mention Granny Clampett, Golden Corral, and the poll tax.
Moreover, BobH also WILL NOT declare it “not metro.”
Worst commercial on TV
Bill Clinton lies: I created 23 million jobs.
Wrong: The Internet created 23 million jobs.
Contrasuzie – that’s a riot. If we could get Elly Mae Clampett’s picture photoshopped on the “broom” traveller – now that would be perfect…
And yet another win for the deregulation crowd…
“… noted that the hazards of farm work had changed drastically and that while teenage farmworkers accounted for only 4 percent of the country’s working youths, they suffered more than 40 percent of overall workplace deaths.”
I have no idea how these farms – who no doubt sign up gladly for farm subsidies – have managed to get themselves exempted from basic workplace safety regulation. And the Obama administration’s reaction here is inexcusable.
Romney is a shameless liar. He’s claiming that Jeep is shutting down American production lines to send jobs to China. Chrysler came out and said Romney was wrong. Romney’s response was to make an ad out of the debunked claim, all in an attempt to muddy the water in Ohio about the successful rescue of the American auto industry and Romney’s opposition to it.
The good news is that Obama is airing his ad, refuting Romney’s bogus claim. The bad news is he has to. If the media was doing its job in this campaign, every person in the nation would know that Romney was peddling a straight-up, no-holds-barred lie in his latest attack ad.
You’re right Dan R, and the sad news is that the people who support Romney will still believe his ad and say that Obama’s ad is false. And they have the nerve to say that liberals drink the kool-aid.
Anyone here read Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate — Greg Lukianoff?
Everyone be safe tonight.
Shrill, re: 11:32
Know it is hard to argue with someone that gets their news from “rollingstone”; but I do question your integrity since you continue to use this “dirty energy” to post your tripe here.
You also complain in a latter post about donors paying for “government access”; maybe you could contrast this “access” with obama’s donors being given “taxpayer dollars” (particularly in the “green energy” field).
Back in a bit… I am flying to thru the hurricane to morocco for a quick business trip… lol
Back from the quick jaunt to morocco…lol
Kristen, re: 3:24,
A tragedy, I agree.
However, am I incorrect in my recollection that you posted a response regarding the Libya murders, something along the lines of “people die every day”?
“Regulations”, on their own, have not and will not stop tragedies. Some wish to believe that more “feel good” regulations/legislation will stop this type of thing. However, sadly, such is not the case. The more rules, the more “exemptions” etc…
Would you agree that it is not a matter of “more rules” but a matter of “better enforcement”?
““Regulations”, on their own, have not and will not stop tragedies. Some wish to believe that more “feel good” regulations/legislation will stop this type of thing. However, sadly, such is not the case. The more rules, the more “exemptions” etc… “
mike O, there’s a good chance that if the Romney administration had shut down NECC in 2004, 24 people would be alive today and 328 wouldn’t be ill.
So yeah, you’re right. Regulations alone won’t necessarily prevent deaths. But enforcing regulations that are already on the books can.
Dan R, re: 3:56
Wow you might be correct…
Instead of china they may be going to Italy…
That certainly makes a “BIG” difference…
Thanks for the support.
I have not studied the NECC tragedy. However, I assume from your response you have all the facts.
Could you enlighten us as to how many people were assisted by them since 2004, before this tragedy happened? Or did they do nothing in the last 8 years except “kill” 24 people?
Further, I am not an expert in the field but, I imagine there are many federal regulations on these types of businesses. Could you also enlighten us as to what the obama administration has done in the last 4 years to shut them down, thereby assuring this did not happen?
Thank you in advance for your assistance…
October 29, 2012, 2:30 PM
On Sandy Monday, FBI Provides a Ray of Light
By Ashby Jones
Let us, if we may, interrupt your Sandy-watching with a bit of good news from the FBI.
The agency on Monday released its 2011 statistics on violent crime. The heartening news: violent crime continues to drop. The estimated number of violent crimes in 2011 declined for the fifth consecutive year, while property crimes declined for the ninth consecutive year.
According to the release:
The 2011 statistics show that the estimated volumes of violent and property crimes declined 3.8 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively, when compared with the 2010 estimates. The violent crime rate for the year was 386.3 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants (a 4.5 percent decrease from the 2010 rate), and the property crime rate was 2,908.7 offenses per 100,000 persons (a 1.3 percent decrease from the 2010 figure).
“Further, I am not an expert in the field but, I imagine there are many federal regulations on these types of businesses. Could you also enlighten us as to what the obama administration has done in the last 4 years to shut them down, thereby assuring this did not happen?
Thank you in advance for your assistance…”
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to clear up the cloud of misimpression you’re living under.
NECC is a compounding pharmacy. By federal law, those are not regulated by the FDA or other federal agencies. They are regulated by the states. The Obama administration could do nothing to shut them down.
The Romney administration most certainly could have. It chose not to. And now 24 people are dead and 328 are very sick.
“Let us, if we may, interrupt your Sandy-watching with a bit of good news from the FBI.
The agency on Monday released its 2011 statistics on violent crime. The heartening news: violent crime continues to drop. The estimated number of violent crimes in 2011 declined for the fifth consecutive year, while property crimes declined for the ninth consecutive year.”
IT’S OBAMA’S FAULT!!!!!!!!
I’m sure this is a dilemma for the Republicans right now. They just can’t decide what direction to go.
Comment by Dan Casey — October 29, 2012 @ 6:10 pm
You know, I’m sure, that those numbers have been manipulated in anticipation of the election coming up.
My son is getting married this Saturday, and I have been looking for something to use at the rehearsal dinner. The above quote is the perfect ice breaker. Thanks.
“Back in a bit… I am flying to thru the hurricane to morocco for a quick business trip… lol”
Comment by mike O — October 29, 2012 @ 5:13 pm
Any hope you will stay there? Stop wasting my time with your juvenile posts…
@Mike #39: I guess you missed the part in your link talking about how Chrysler was going strong, and was counterbalancing Fiat’s weak performance in Italy. So what’s your thesis here? Fiat’s going to mess with the one good thing they have going and shift Jeep production to Italy.
@mike: “Know it is hard to argue with someone that gets their news from “rollingstone”; but I do question your integrity since you continue to use this “dirty energy” to post your tripe here.”
Actually, Rolling Stone has some of the best journalism out there today. They reported on the extent, for instance, of the federal bailout Romney used to save Bain & Co. when he went back to them in the ’90s to “rescue” the company. No one else had gotten the full story, including how Romney used the huge bonuses due upper level execs there (including Romney, maybe?) despite the company’s awful performance, to threaten to wipe out the companies remaining cash reserves if the federal government didn’t go along with an incredibly generous bailout of the company’s enormous debt.
Oh, and oil, gas and coal are “dirty energy.” Those who deny it are the ones whose integrity ought to be questioned.
Dan…and Dan’s minions…I just had to share this hysterical ad from Obama followers…Goodby and Silverstein.
I will include the lyrics below.
Imagine an America
Where strip mines are fun and free
Where gays can be fixed
And sick people just die
And oil fills the sea
We don’t have to pay for freeways!
Our schools are good enough
Give us endless wars
On foreign shores
And lots of Chinese stuff
We’re the children of the future
American through and through
But something happened to our country
And we’re kinda blaming you
We haven’t killed all the polar bears
But it’s not for lack of trying
The Earth is cracked
Big Bird is sacked
And the atmosphere is frying
Congress went home early
They did their best we know
You can’t cut spending
With elections pending
Unless it’s welfare dough
Find a park that is still open
And take a breath of poison air
They foreclosed your place
To build a weapon in space
But you can write off your au pair
It’s a little awkward to tell you
But you left us holding the bag
When we look around
The place is all dumbed down
And the long term’s kind of a drag
You did your best
You failed the test
Mom and Dad
We’re blaming you!
Are these people serious?
Wow. I hope they play this one A LOT in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Minnesota.
Saw an interesting sign today. It read…
If Obama came out in favor of oxygen the Republicans would suffocate themselves.
Maybe we should urge the President to …
Dan, re 6:10
Just to make sure I understand. You are stating that “federal law” mandates no federal regulations or oversight for compounding pharmacies?
I had no desire to investigate this but it would be the first business that I know about that has no obligations under “federal laws”.
Please save me some time…
I think what you’re saying (or perhaps the right word is hoping, so long it can be used to hurt Obama politically) is that Chrysler will be fleeing the over-regulated U.S.A. for the far more laissez-faire regulatory environment of Europe — specifically Italy.
Do you have any idea how ridiculous that sounds?
But beyond that, I would like to hear your thoughts on whether the federal government should be allowed to tell the owner of a business that they may not move it to wherever they want.
And I want to go on the record as saying, I don’t believe the government should be able to tell business owners that they cannot move if they want to.
Not sure what Romney’s position on that one is, but we CAN be sure of this: It will soon change 180 degrees.
I’m saying the FDA may only regulate what Congress allows them to regulate. It is outlined in federal law. And Congress has chosen not to allow the FDA to regulate compounding pharmacies. Those are regulated by state laws.
Alas, in some cases, such as with the Gov. Mitt Romney administration in Mass., the law may require regulation but the state may drop the ball, or worse. That’s what happened under Romney, with NECC.
Re: violent crime:
Apparently Chicago missed the good news:
CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — The Windy City marked its 435th homicide of the year over the weekend, matching last year’s total with more than two months left to go in 2012
Reread with a sober mind, try reading comprehension 101. I am not suggesting anything the article does not state.
You are really going to make me study an entire industry to prove that there are federal regulations that apply to them, when every other industry in the country (and most outside) have federal regulations that pertain?
And if I do so will you admit you are wrong?
Please save me some time and admit that the fed’s have some manner of regulation on this industry…
(hint: think “broad” powers of CDC, FDA, DOC, DHHS, etc…)
45.The agency on Monday released its 2011 statistics on violent crime. The heartening news: violent crime continues to drop. The estimated number of violent crimes in 2011 declined for the fifth consecutive year, while property crimes declined for the ninth consecutive year.”
Agreed. In 2008 when first (un)elected Obama was deemed to be the firearm
salesman of the Year! Statistics prove that the more guns available and in the hands of law abiding citizens the lower the violent crime rate. So, indirectly, he is to blame.
I have not seen any statistics on non-violent crime. . .ie. . .fraud and corruption. This is a perplexing question as one must weigh Solnydra, Delphi, the Stimulus funds, the significant rise in disability claims, the
significant increase in food stamps provided, the myriad of Green energy companies going bust(all with massive federal loan guarantees) and the facts reported that the IRS released over $5.0 billion in fraudulent refund claims last year against previous such crime such as Madoff’s Ponzi
scheme, etc. IMO, the new(used) Federal prison in IL may well be filled shortly after this administration leaves office. . .considering that the
country is now $16 Trillion in debt and everyone is wondering where all the money went!
Comment by Dan Casey — October 29, 2012 @ 7:39 pm
Based on my review of the matter the State Board of Pharmacy did take action; there was initially one death in 2002 which prompted an investigation and letter of reprimand in 2006. What other actions, inspections, and compliance requirements and verifications the Board of Pharmacy required of NECC as a result of the process I have been unable to
Pharmacy, like most professional occupations, including attorneys, accountants, medical doctors, insurance agents, and engineers have Boards
appointed by the respective states to provide guidance, disciplinary action when needed and licensure procedures all of which are geared to protecting the general public. The only occupation which, to my knowledge does not have such oversight and that directly impacts the general public is journalists. However, Journalism has long since abandoned any claim as a professional occupation having accepted the concept that bias can and should be included as part of the product or service offered. Dan’s stretch to blame Romney for the NECC matter involving the present 24 deaths reported and occuring years after Romney was governor as well as the matter being the proper jurisdiction and responsibilty of the State Board of Pharmacy is a prime example of why journalism is no longer a profession, if it ever was. Yellow journalism
taken to a shade of baby s*** brown.
Governor McDonnell hopes you’re not thirsty.
This is where my son first got started in the oyster business.
Ron, I thought of you and your son when I read this. We eat a lot, a lot of oysters here…I hope one day to buy some of your son’s. Cheers!
As I said to Miriam earlier today, when my son is not distracted by other matters, I’ll have him ship some of his oysters to Dan to be shared amongst the gonzo bloggers on Dan’s blog.
The October Surprise on Mitt Romney and taxes:
Bloomberg News: Mitt Romney “rented” the Mormon Church’s tax exemption to avoid paying income taxes.
Looks like Harry Reid may have been right!
Expect to read a lot more about this in the coming week.
#57 Medications made at compounding pharmacies are NOT subject to pre-market review by the FDA. Compared to big mass market pharmaceutical companies, compounding pharmacies are subject to a minimum of patchwork federal regs.
Good read from the VT Collegiate Times
How Obama, Romney see the issue of student debt
Monday, October, 29, 2012; 10:22 PM
by Mallory Noe-Payne, news editor
The first question asked during the second presidential debate was from a college student, expressing fear at the prospect of what his future might hold after he graduates.
“What can you say to reassure me… that I will be able to sufficiently support myself after I graduate?” asked Jeremy Epstein, a 20-year-old student at Adelphi University in New York.
The Collegiate Times breaks down the most important information for students about each candidate’s proposals regarding student loans, student debt and reforming the higher-education system.
Power now out three hours garst mill rd. Area. 4th straight storm with power gone.
#64…Bloomburg news ???? I fully expect to read alot about this and many other MADE-UP stories….You see, obama is behind and the liberal media is beyond desperate….The liberal bloggers, straight from thier mommies basements, will create any LIES imaginable, just wait and see. Please don`t laugh at them…they just can`t help themselves.
#16….Oohhhhh, Shillary…you stated“according to the obama campaign“….And you actually believe what they tell you ? These `people` are the most vile, crooked LIARS that have ever occupied the White House. Its people like you who have fallen on their sword for them…the mindless, brainwashed sheep of the democrat party.
@mike: “Reread with a sober mind, try reading comprehension 101. I am not suggesting anything the article does not state.”
Perhaps you need to make clear what it is you’re suggesting. It looked like you were suggesting Chrysler’s American jobs might be going to Italy. I certainly do not see where the article states that.
Jeff Doto @#69 – seems you have your campaigns mixed up.
1.”OK, Kids. We’re off for a quick trip to Zimbabwe to see what’s up with our projects and take care of a few paperwork matters. Back early next weeek.”
OMG http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAA1xgTTw9w. Are you going to take a quick photo op with a black baby to share for brownie points too. Oh boy!
+1 to Wilburn for the link!
What a caring, compassionate way to refer to starving people.
gdad, your comment regarding “pre-market” review is completely different than Dan’s suggestion that FDA has “NO” authority. As I understand it, “pre-market” review would be almost impossible for most compounding companies as the drugs they make are “specific” to individual needs.
Even so, the FDA has regulatory authority, albeit somewhat murky in specifics, given various court actions. In fact the FDA had investigated the NECC and had given them warning (why would they investigate if they have “NO” authority?
Conclusion: Dan was incorrect in positing that FDA has no authority and it is “all romney’s fault”…
I am sure Dan will be posting the “I was incorrect” post shortly…
I do believe business should be able to move, however I believe tariff’s etc… should be in place to keep trade fair. ;
Dan R, I was not “suggesting” only commenting on the quote: “To counter the severe slump in European sales, Marchionne is considering building Chrysler models in Italy, including Jeeps, for export to North America.”
It seems logical that “any” of the same cars being built by Americans which would be built overseas would affect workers here; particularly if they are shipped to North America.
mike O, the primary regulatory board was the Massachusetts pharmacy board, appointed by the governor, and you know that. If they had done their job when Romney was governor that company, which had already caused at least one fatal case of meningitis from tainted back-pain steroids, would have been shut down.
That’s what the company said, in begging the Romney administration not to shut them down.
Now, of course, they are shut down — after at least 24 deaths and 328 serious illnesses. It’s sad that it took that for them to stop their dangerous practices.
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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!
He welcomes your rants, raves and considered opinions, so long as the language is civil (i.e. no four-letter words). He'll read all your posts and may or may not respond.