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Don’t Let The Plural Mislead You, Barbara

Posted on | August 9, 2011 | 9 Comments

by Smitty

Barbara Espinosa is an excellent friend of this blog. She’s lovely, fun, busts Stacy McCain’s chops at a pleasant frequency, and supports any American running against a RINO with admirable aplomb.

Yet, at times, we all can use a bit of help with the modern nuance. See, when the President says “My Singular Focus” Is on Jobs.., that is best understood to read “My focus is on a singular job*”. Modern word processors can so make a mess of the order of words, with deadlines, copy/paste errors, software versions, markup bugaboos and such.

By having all attention drawn, for the gazillionth time, to jobs, the President is freed up from publicly announcing the pesky new regulations that decorate the citizens like a necklace, or a noose, depending on your viewpoint.

President Obama was supposed to travel to a trucking comany in Springfield, Virginia Tuesday to announce new fuel-efficiency standards for heavy trucks, buses, and other heavy-to-midsize vehicles, but the public event was scrapped without explanation two hours before it was supposed to begin.

My take is that the POTUS figures each page of regulation is worth about $10, and he’s just going to regulate us to solvency.

The poor President. Workin’ hard, tryin’ to fix stuff, and getting thrown under the bus by his owner. Is that a twinge of sympathy I feel in my left foot, or did a blister give way?



9 Responses to “Don’t Let The Plural Mislead You, Barbara”

  1. The PJ Tatler » Quote of the Day
    August 9th, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    […] Is on Jobs.., that is best understood to read “My focus is on a singular job*”.’ — Stacy McCain Posted at 3:16 pm on August 9th, 2011 by […]

  2. Anonymous
    August 9th, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    Obama couldn’t give a crap about jobs. He’s a narcissist who ONLY cares about himself. 

  3. Anonymous
    August 10th, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    It’s time we did more than dress badly.

    Resistance is not futile.

  4. Thus Spake Russ » Quote of the Day
    August 9th, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    […] Smitty at The Other McCain […]

  5. GAHCindy
    August 10th, 2011 @ 1:22 am

    Gosh, you mean he figured out that “improved” fuel efficiency standards might not go over so well with the people who have to pay for it and slunk away before they got a chance to tell him what they think of him? Color me surprised. I’d gotten the impression he was incapable of learning.

  6. Anonymous
    August 10th, 2011 @ 2:37 am

    Those great new fuel efficiency standards that will save 50 Billion dollars in fuel will only cost 150 billion dollars to implement. Those truckers will no doubt be very pleased when their 200 thousand dollar rigs now cost 300 thousand dollars.

  7. Adjoran
    August 10th, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    The regulations are economic poison.  It’s hard to argue that the Obama Regime isn’t just determined to do as much damage to America as they can before they are run out of town.


    The linked rumor about a nearly $1 billion bet on the downgrade is laughable.  Which bookmakers would accept a bet of that amount on such an esoteric question clearly subject to inside knowledge?  They couldn’t lay it off, either.  These people make their money betting, they aren’t stupid.  If the market on downgrade betting is a total of $30 million balanced betting and suddenly $850 million comes in on the long shot side, do you really think they would take it?  Not a chance.

    How would you even place such a bet?  Expect the house to trust you to pay up if you lose – no matter who you are?  Or do they demand cash on the money?

    Soros is an ass and probably a crook, but this story is for the most credulous souls only.

  8. Paul Joslin
    August 10th, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    Read the article. 

    The latest bet was made on July 21 on
    trades of 5,370 ten-year Treasury futures and 3,100 Treasury bond
    futures, reported ETF Daily News.

    No bookmaker takes that bet.  The large exchanges make a market in futures.

    Gains and losses in futures trading are the result
    of price changes. If you have sold a futures contract, your trade will
    show a profit if prices fall. If you have bought, higher prices will produce
    a profit. To make a profit on a futures trade you can first buy low and
    then sell high, or reverse the order and sell high, then buy low.
    It is important to understand losses may be highly leveraged.
    This means that if the price moves in the direction you anticipated you
    could realize large profits in relation to your initial investment. Conversely,
    if prices move in the opposite direction of what you anticipated, you
    could realize large losses in relation to your initial investment.

  9. Anonymous
    August 10th, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    Is White Diesel, a division of GM, still in business? Older heavy trucks are nearly unusable in California – when the trucks currently on the road can no longer be used, what will truckers have to do? Buy lots of new trucks – and sell off the old ones for what they can get, probably to Mexico and other third world countries. Look at the crisis this has caused for trucking companies in California, all due to fraudulent work by Heen Tran and CARB.

    Oh and singular means “exceptional.” Single means one. So singular is not the same as single. Pet peeve of mine, sorry.