The annotation on this map reads: “Used for laying out route for New York to Paris flight, San Diego, California, 1927 C.A.L.” Charles Lindbergh (1902–74) was the American aviator who made the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 21–22, 1927. While Ryan Airlines of San Diego, California, was constructing his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh was busy obtaining charts and plotting his course. In his book The Spirit of St. Louis (1953), Lindbergh described purchasing a number of charts of the North Atlantic at a store in San Pedro, including this time-zone chart of the world: “The salesman pulls out two oblong sheets. They’re Mercator’s projections and—yes, I’m in luck—they extend inland far enough to include New York and Paris. Then, like stumbling over a nugget of gold, I see a gnomonic projection covering them both. . . . Rummaging around still farther, I locate a time-zone chart of the world, a chart of magnetic variation, and others showing prevailing winds over the Atlantic for April, May, and June. I buy them all.” Lindbergh planned his route on this time-zone chart in 500 mile-long segments that follow the great-circle route from New York to Paris. He did not indicate the number of charts he bought in San Pedro, but it appears that he purchased the two Mercator projection charts, upon which he plotted his intended course in 100-mile segments and which were actually taken on the flight.
My love of the map/chart and the historic solo crossing of the Atlantic by airplane is with the acknowledgement that Lindbergh was in many ways a morally repugnant individual. While typical of the highly romanticized biographical movies of the era The Spirit of St Louis (1957), about the cross Atlantic journey, is a wonderful film.
Conservatives who do not like Romney and Romney’s rivals can spin Super Tuesday anyway they like, he seems on his way to wining the nomination. Unless someone convinces Newt or Santorum to drop out, there will be some bumpy patches ahead, but nothing the massive Mittens money machine cannot handle – A Predictable Super Tuesday
Not all of the delegates have been counted yet, but once they are, Mr. Romney should come extremely close to the tally that we projected for him beforehand of about 224 delegates — just slightly more than half of the number that were at stake. The only state where there was a significant deviation was in Tennessee, where a late surge in the polls did not manifest itself, and Mr. Romney might finish several delegates below the projection of 19. In every other state, he should be within about three delegates of the forecast.
[ ]…It should not really be surprising that Mr. Romney lost Tennessee — not when more than 70 percent of the turnout consisted of evangelical voters…
Matt nails the general zeitgeist that has settled in over conservative voters, “Republican voters have gotten a good, long look at Mr. Romney; they find him likeable enough and not much more than that. ” It might have been someone on Twitter that said Santorum did a great job of winning votes in states that have more animals than people. Newt is just in fizzle mode. While he definitely has a few die-hard supporters – including Sarah Palin – Newt has no road to recovery. As of this writing Romney has 415 delegates, Santorum 176 and Gingrich with 105. 1,144 delegates are needed to win. Even if Romney just keeps getting 40% of the primary votes he wins. The one possible – and way outside chance for a Santorum catch-up is if Gingrich drops out – his delegates switch to Santorum ( which may not be possible in some instances) and wins big in the rest of the primaries.Someone crunched the numbers and in a best case scenario Santorum ends with 1075 delegates.
One assumes that since she voted for Gingrich that Palin is hoping for a brokered convention in which Newt either wins the nomination or has enough delegates to bargain his way into the VP spot. Santorum winning the nomination will be a political miracle. Newt having that kind of pull would be proof that unicorns exist. NO, SARAH, SOME THINGS CAN’T HAPPEN
Sarah Palin revealed late on Super Tuesday that she voted for Newt Gingrich in the Alaska caucuses.
After declining to reveal to a CNN reporter which 2012 candidate she voted for, Palin said in a later interview with a Fox News host that she had cast her ballot for “the cheerful one.”
… “Who can best bust through that radical left’s kind of dispensation and desire to mistreat those who are defenseless, mistreat those who perhaps have some disadvantages by making them more beholden to government? Who best can contrast themselves from that?” she [said]. “I thought who best could do that [and] my own personal opinion is, the cheerful one, is Newt Gingrich. I have appreciated what he has stood for, stood boldly for.”
They’re called polls, Sarah — read a few. You wasted your vote. Any idiot who’s actually following the race could have told you that.
That was from a Fox Business Channel interview. Earlier, on CNN, Palin confirmed that she still hasn’t grasped Mitt Romney’s inevitability:
In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did not shoot down the idea of accepting a proposal to run for president should the Republican presidential race lead to an open convention in August.
“Anything is possible. I don’t close any doors that perhaps would be open out there, so, no, I wouldn’t close that door,” Palin said after casting her vote in Alaska’s Republican caucuses. “My plan is to be at that convention.” (emphasis mine)
What that bag of sliced and diced words means in regards the “left” ( there are maybe a few hundred actual leftists in the U.S. but let’s assume since she is so far right, she means anyone to the left of Eva Braun) and the mistreatment of the disadvantaged requires leaps in interpretation. That America should do away with medicare and Medicaid because they are a plot to kill people ( she invented the death panel smear and myth). And make those who survive the death panels dependent on those programs so they do not get off their wheel chairs and respirators to do for themselves. If the elderly and infirm, if people with cancer or limbs missing do to complications from diabetes would just get off the government tit, serve a half term as governor, foist some ghost written books on the public, get signed on to the wing-nut welfare circuit they could be making well-earned millions just like Palin. The only thing really holding these people back – according to the penetrating minds of conservatism – is the sense of helplessness that liberals drill into the the heads of the disabled when they are asleep at night. Back in the 60s people used to take LSD to be that delusional. Palin does it without drugs. If Palin ever emerges from her natural state of delusions, it is way past time for her to apologize to the American people for the disinformation, the crazy conspiracies and the generally anti-American philosophy she espouses.
Iraq war veterans Miranda Norman, Kayla Williams and Robin Eckstein, and Katherine Scheirman, the former chief of medical operations for the U.S. Air Force, all with the organization VoteVets, released a statement calling for Limbaugh’s show to be removed from taxpayer-funded American Forces Network, which is heard by troops serving overseas. (Like all who syndicate Rush’s program, AFN pays for the privilege.) They wrote:
Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform. Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other – women and men. There simply can be no place on military airwaves for sentiments that would undermine that respect. When many of our female troops use birth control, for Limbaugh to say they are “sluts” and “prostitutes” is beyond the pale. It isn’t just disrespectful to our women serving our country, but it’s language that goes against everything that makes our military work. Again, we swore to uphold our Constitution, including the freedom of speech, and would not take that away from anyone – even Limbaugh. But that does not mean AFN should broadcast him. In fact, it shouldn’t.
The Pentagon, though, doesn’t seem interested in dropping Limbaugh yet. A spokesman told the AP it would continue to air a variety of programming.
The general discourse has been moved so far to the anti-American conservative extreme that a college dropout draft dodging drug addict racist misogynist is considered a ‘variety” of programming. With that kind of reasoning NBC radio should have run Tokyo Rose’s show during WW II, you know so we could hear every side. If radio syndicates in the free market want to run Limbaugh – and they should so the morally confused can have someone to listen to and have their weirdo world view echoed back to them, by all means continue. There is no reason for tax payers to pick up the bill.
We know that conservatives have learned absolutely nothing from the financial crisis. I still find it bizarre that they have actually surpassed not learning and graduated to the unlearning stage, The banks’ anti-regulation fantasy
The March 5 Wall Street Journal reported that as the Federal Reserve prepares to release the results of the latest round of stress tests, evaluating how banks would respond in the event of another severe financial crisis, “Bankers are pressing the Fed to limit its release of information — expected as early as next week — to what was published after the first test of big banks in 2009.”
“Three years ago, as the financial crisis was abating, the Fed published potential loan losses and how much capital each institution would need to raise to absorb them. This time around, the Fed has pledged to release a wider array of information, including annual revenue and net income under a so-called stress scenario in which the economy would contract and unemployment would rise sharply.”
The banks cite competitive concerns, but regulators “view full disclosure as critical to assuaging investor concerns about banks’ capacity to withstand a market shock or economic setback.” Add to the mix the banks’ fear of further government interference – when it’s of the nonbailout variety, that is – and continued resistance to the new rules imposed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Before the Wall Street crisis we had 12 too big to fail banks. Now we have seven. Those seven have no plan whatsoever to deal with another meltdown.
Meanwhile, Simon Johnson, the savvy MIT and former International Monetary Fund economist, warns that if the Republican Party takes over both the House and Senate, they may attempt to force the heretofore nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which evaluates the impact of the federal legislature’s fiscal proposals, to switch to a scoring system “that would attach magical growth implications to tax cutting.”
At the Baseline Scenario website, Johnson writes:
“If you cut taxes, revenues will fall and deficits will increase. If you change the CBO’s scoring process to hide this fact — as is under consideration by leading Republicans on the House Budget Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee — you are engaging in exactly the same sort of deception that brought down Greece.”
The banks do not want the feds in their business unless the feds have check from tax payers in their hands. Conservatives plan to institutionalize this into banking culture. Conservatives are always trying to score rhetorical points by comparing anything and everything to Europe. Yet conservatives plan to make the U.S. financial system more like Greece.
There are so many conservative economic myths that they provide the service of making conservative cultural myths seem a less alarming. According to one of the big myths even though taxes are the lowest they’ve been since 1958 taxes are the cause of unemployment. Businesses just will not expand. Even if taxes were lower, myth number two, there is all that red tape. If conservatives worked as hard at progress for the America they claim to love as they do at lying we could tackle our economic problems overnight, We Want Our Money Back – Good governance groups are fighting back against companies that take state subsidies and then head out of town
One can understand why North Carolinians hold a grudge against Dell Computers. In 2009, the company shuttered its Winston-Salem plant, laid off 900 people, and made off with $6 million in state subsidies and incentives.
Most states and cities will do almost anything to induce companies to set up shop within their borders—or to keep them there. It seems no tax incentive is too plush, no subsidy too bountiful. Businesses, in turn, will make grand claims about the jobs and other benefits they bring to a community.
But what happens if they renege on the deal and pack up or simply don’t live up to their promises? Too often, the answer has been “nothing.” States and municipalities are left scrambling to explain why they spent the taxpayers’ money and got nothing in return.
Fortunately, this is starting to change. Good-governance groups are putting forth a simple message for businesses that do not deliver on their promises: We want our money back. Nonplussed by lax subsidy standards, advocates—from public-interest watchdogs to labor unions to elected officials—are introducing stronger “clawback” language into subsidy agreements and are using public pressure and the courts to compel delinquent companies to return taxpayer subsidies that they have received. “Clawback” provisions in contracts require that companies repay cities and states if they fail to deliver the economic gains they’ve promised.
In the south you can close your eyes and throw a pebble and you’ll hit a city that has given away and promised everything to corporations in exchange for sometimes a couple hundred jobs. In many circumstances the residents end up picking up the tab for the new company because they have to pay for the new roads or road improvements and otherwise have to take up the slack in lost revenue. If the company leaves, they’re responsible for any environmental clean-up, but getting them to pay can take years, if ever.