A Strange Old Tool . . . . Do you know what it is?

Here is a hint: It is a Washington D.C. favorite!


Category: Humor

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

47 Responses to “Blowing Smoke”

  1. CTX says:

    dont tell me this is on your wish list too? along with rage against the machine

  2. the bohemian says:

    so . . . Barry- you going to list this on EBay or what? Craig’s List may be the better bet though- that way people can make sure it still works before forking over the cash.

  3. The Curmudgeon says:

    As the Senate confirmation hearings on Bernarke continue apace, perhaps this procedure should be renamed The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee operation.

  4. franklin411 says:

    Nice…I just changed the channel from Peter Schiff, who was trying to bull**** his way through Fast Money by saying the jobs report was horrid. They’re calling him out because he’s objectively wrong–ie he said green was black and yellow was red.

    Maybe young Schiffy should spend more time reading the actual jobs report before going on TV to diss it. And he ought to visit his dear old dad in the Federal slammer!

  5. Transor Z says:

    However they use it on us, you can bet it’s without the g-ddamned common courtesy of a reach-around.

  6. CTX says:

    sounds like franklin needs the smoker

  7. the bohemian says:


    why always bring up that Schiff”s father is a tax protester-

    what is your point- for instance- if your mother was a crack smokin’ ho- how does that reflect on you?

    and if she turned tricks to support her habit- doesn’t mean you wouldn’t turn out ok- right?

  8. Marcus Aurelius says:

    They still have a bunch of them at the Fed. Now, bend over and smile: Uncle Ben says everything’s fine.

  9. Stillaway says:

    I’ll take one!
    Along with a prescription for medical marijuana.

    I can visualize the infomercial now.

    Makes you wonder what contemporary medical procedure will seem strange in 100 years.

  10. franklin420d says:

    Hey little bro, remember that time I gave you the bong water enma, dude that was funny especially since you asked for the water to be chilled first.

    Yea ma really busted you a good one that time.

    And hey if you are color blind red is yellow

  11. sysin3 says:


    I think some smart folks agree with Schiff:


    Personally, I think the NFP was a total cook job.

  12. the bohemian says:


    lmao :D

  13. Wes Schott says:


    shouldn’t that be

    call me the bohemian?

  14. Bob the unemployed says:

    Another sighting.

  15. Wes Schott says:

    ok, so what -’s up

    friday night – no linkage, no music…

    try this… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4TbrgIdm0E …enjoy!

  16. Pat G. says:

    That had to be a shitty procedure…

  17. TakBak04 says:

    BR…I’m hoping this is your Friday Night “Open Thread”…with smoke blowing through asses….ugh.

    Something interesting from Barron’s (even though Dubai News is DEAD here in US) this was an interesting read.

    Hat Tip to “Karen” from “Andy T’s Trader place” for this…it’s worth a read …to carry forward:


    Dubai Debt Woes May Mark End of Risk Trade

    Liquidity-driven gains are vulnerable as rising risk awareness forces reversal of positions.

    THE IMPACT OF THE UPHEAVALS in Dubai extends far beyond the middle eastern emirate. Indeed, it may be the beginning of the end of the global risk trade, if it isn’t over already.

    While U.S. markets were closed Thursday for Thanksgiving, bourses abroad plunged after the government of Dubai asked to extend payments on the massive debt taken on by Dubai World, the government’s flagship corporate entity.

    More importantly, the currency markets have shown unmistakable symptoms of a flight from risk. While the dollar edged higher against most currencies, the yen soared.

    In addition, the ongoing rally in Treasury securities pulled yields down still further, with the key two-year note quoted at a new low of just 0.66% in Asia Friday morning as investors sought shelter from the latest credit storm.


  18. TakBak04 says:

    @willid3 Says:
    December 4th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Vampires are Us?

    interesting proposal maybe?


    Interesting…and LOL’s (Good One) with the Vampires.. :D

    Your second linked article has some interesting stuff..maybe we need to think about? Maybe since it’s “Friday Night Reflection” some others here will read it…….

  19. quiddity says:

    Can we schedule a session with that for Bernanke?

  20. RW says:

    Pretty funny, to say nothing of how weird things can get when people remain willing buyers even when empirical evidence is deeply discounted, but the notion that this fad had anything to do with the expression “blowing smoke up one’s ass” is probably false: Slang rarely follows a linear trajectory or reflects simple cause and effect; that’s not the human way.

  21. markd says:

    @transor z @5:23 +10,000

  22. holulu says:

    Barry, my man; go and get a life.

    Where the hell did you find about this ? :)

  23. beaufou says:

    What the hell BR?
    I hope this is not on your christmas list ( I know you’re jewish, anyway…)

    Try this instead:

    Mrs Beaufou is warming up to the idea.

  24. Simon says:

    “Primarily the resuscitation of drowning victims” good one BR!

    Glad to see you stamping your mark on these pages again.

  25. investorinpa says:

    Barry & others..here’s a fascinating and interesting look at Neel Kashkari, who was the bailout czar appointed by Hank Paulson and what he is doing these days. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think much of Kashkari before this and it opened up a human, non-Goldman Sachs conspiracy side to the whole mess last year. Read it with an open mind first…I’ll admit it has changed my thinking a little bit.


  26. some_guy_in_a_cube says:

    No doubt, the administering physicians were WAY overpaid… same as now.

  27. bman says:

    I gave up tobacco several years ago. At that time I thought I had done tobacco in every conceivable or possible way known to man…, Thank you for correcting me! Still I don’t think I should take it up again, something about that whole apparatus is rather unappealing. Nonetheless, when I quit, I decided not to judge smokers badly, So whatever turns you on!

  28. Adult Franklin411 says:

    @Investor: Interesting and worthwhile article. Thanks for that.

  29. bsneath says:

    Wow! Talk about blowing smoke up your ass!

    Times Online
    December 5, 2009
    Met Office to re-examine 160 years of climate data
    Ben Webster, Environment Editor

    “The new analysis of the data will take three years, meaning that the Met Office will not be able to state with absolute confidence the extent of the warming trend until the end of 2012.”


  30. bsneath says:

    George Will nails it.

    The climate-change travesty
    By George F. Will
    Sunday, December 6, 2009


  31. ToNYC says:

    Thanks for reminder the adaptation of Algonquin Nation’s use of tobacco as offering to Great Spirit to nicotine stimulation nerve cells of unconscious victim. As a bonus, while using this device, y’orifice will be occupied when the FED and Banks come a’calling for the daily rape session.

  32. VennData says:

    Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for U.S. Attorney, Aide Says


    Here’s some smoke blown by a smitten Senator who nominated his lady friend for a US AG position …the lady friend he blew is wife off for.

    I feel my inner Elin Nordegren.

  33. VennData says:

    …not to mention that it looks like what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay there…


  34. torrie-amos says:


    good link, guy did his best, yet, in the end what’s coming out is no one had a clue, which is astonishing, allowing 40-1 leverage, the growth in derivatives………….i’m sure the conversation or thought process was, well if we do this we must become communists for awhile and the pain will be about 4-5 but brief, if we don’t it could go too 9, you get the sense they knew what they were doing was wrong, yet, they did fear the day after…………..and i’m sure the bottom line was, what do we have too lose if we try, it won’t be worse…………in certain ways the more I learn the more neive I feel I am about government

  35. Wes Schott says:


    What about a trillion?’ ‘No way,’ Hank shook his head. I said, ‘Okay, what about 700 billion?’ We didn’t know if it would work. We had to project confidence, hold up the world. We couldn’t admit how scared we were, or how uncertain.”

    …con men…confidence game…bankers…

  36. jdjed says:

    ATTENTION >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    To all readers with a new found love for Neel Kaskari: Please scroll to the top of the page and look again at the Strange Old Tool. It was a nice PR piece to burnish Kaskari’s shabby image before he re-enters the work force.


    “That’s the thing,” Kashkari blurts across the table. “I started praying when I came to Treasury. At Goldman, I didn’t pray. Not once. ‘Cause I just didn’t care. At Treasury, there were so many times.” That’s right, nobody at GS cares about anything but their offshore bank accounts.

    The shed? Looks like a “doomstead” to me, LOL.

  37. RW says:

    George Will is not credible on the subject of global climate change or science generally if it comes to that. This from the WaPo Ombudsman (http://tinyurl.com/yju5juq) on the subject of Will’s misrepresentation of research and failure to acknowledge facts contrary to his opinion in a previous global-climate-change-is-bunk column:

    “[Contrary to Will's citation, the Artic Research Climate Center web site actually] …said that while global sea ice areas are “near or slightly lower than those observed in late 1979,” sea ice area in the Northern Hemisphere is “almost one million sq. km below” the levels of late 1979. That’s roughly the size of Texas and California combined. In my mind, it should have triggered a call for clarification to the center.

    But according to Bill Chapman, a climate scientist with the center, there was no call from Will or Post editors before the column appeared. He added that it wasn’t until last Tuesday — nine days after The Post began receiving demands for a correction — that he heard from an editor at the newspaper. It was Brewington who finally e-mailed, offering Chapman the opportunity to write something that might help clear the air.

    Readers would have been better served if Post editors, and the new ombudsman, had more quickly addressed the claims of falsehoods.

    Editors also missed opportunities to move the debate to washingtonpost.com. Will’s column attracted hundreds of comments online, and the three-day cutoff period for comments could have been extended to allow more. Experts could have been quickly engaged to debate Will’s assertions. Clarifications from the Arctic Climate Research Center could have been posted.”

    RW: Reality checks require primary sources; citing the chattering class as authority is only another way to get more smoke blown up your ass (there, I brought it back to the topic of the thread).

  38. Greg0658 says:

    investorinpa posted link at 11:16 pm
    to Neel Kashkari’s “get away from it all” spread …. LOL
    jdjed “The shed” inside the coyote shield fence is “the shed”
    love the Northern Exposure cafe .. the Hanes socks .. thanks .. the 20 pictures were a hoot
    dude “Wheres my Bailout” … oh ya BoA has 12B earmarked for me .. I just need a SuperMart* idea

  39. bsneath says:

    RW, you can attempt to discredit Mr. Will all you wish by citing a dispute in a fact from a February 2009 article in which the WaPo Ombudsman truncates the truth.

    This is verbatim what the Artic Climate Research Site stated:

    “Observed global sea ice area, defined here as a sum of N. Hemisphere and S. Hemisphere sea ice areas, is near or slightly lower than those observed in late 1979…. However, observed N. Hemisphere sea ice area is almost one million sq. km below values seen in late 1979 and S. Hemisphere sea ice area is about 0.5 million sq. km above that seen in late 1979….”

    Why didn’t the Ombudman address the S. Hemisphere increase?

    George Will nails it.

    The climate-change travesty
    By George F. Will
    Sunday, December 6, 2009


  40. drey says:

    “Read it with an open mind first…I’ll admit it has changed my thinking a little bit.”


    Changed your thinking about what, investor? How ill-conceived the bailout was? How ill-equipped our leaders are to cope with an economic crisis? Please…

    Interesting read but it gave me a sick feeling in the gut, confirming about this country’s leadership what should be apparent to anyone who is paying attention. The worst part is, it hasn’t gotten any better under Obama.

  41. Greg0658 says:

    if we were not chase’g dollars for a living – this would ALL be a moot point
    directors would just tell the laborers to go build that something for an experiment
    then we’d have the problem of the laborers saying to the directors
    “your just making busy work for us – WTF get a shovel yourself – if you want it” :-(

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  43. jdjed says:

    @ Greg0658: The shed = Kashkari’s cache of weapons, ammo and canned foods. Something a doomer would build in the wilderness.

  44. Greg0658 says:

    metaphorically .. how I see this TBTFight phenomenon:

    “Illinois makes last stand against Asian carp”
    Dec. 5: Infamous for their acrobatic antics, the voracious invaders are knocking on the door of the Great Lakes, prompting unprecedented government action. NBCs Peter Alexander reports.

    or I guess symbiotic will have to work:

    Watch how tiger groupers and cleaner gobies work together.