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  1. Profile photo of Kenneth Inactive

    Pat, I am so tired of your constant carping about stimulus.

    Just think of it anecdotally, like Democrats always do:

    Babe Reporter:

    “And here in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, Gladys Peppermill is grateful that her job as a turtle inspector for the Department of Parks and Recreation has been restored…”

    Gladys:

    “When they called me back to my job, I was like, oh, thank you, Mr. President! My children were down to their last box of Cocoa Puffs and I was just about to cancel my cable…”

    Frankly, Sajak, if that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you’re a monster.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 1:21 am
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    Pat Sajak Post author

    Kenneth, $2 million buys a whole lot of Cocoa Puffs plus premium cable.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 1:25 am
  3. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    Or “extremely disappointed.” Other alternatives: “it’s tragic,” or “it’s so disappointing I’m considering suicide,” or its even “more disappointing than when Han Solo and Princess Leia were just about to arrive in Alderon and it had been blown up.”

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    • September 20, 2010 at 1:27 am
  4. Profile photo of Kenneth Inactive
    Pat Sajak: Kenneth, $2 million buys a whole lot of Cocoa Puffs plus premium cable. · Sep 19 at 1:25pm

    You’re an elitist, Sajak. Ask your Norwegian maid how much a box of Cocoa Puffs costs.

    And that funny-looking doohickey printed on the box? It’s a UPC code. It’s used with something called a “scanner”.

    As for premium cable, Mr. Fancy Pants, that might get you the BBC, but working folks have to cough up more cash for the Monster Truck Channel.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 1:35 am
  5. Profile photo of Ragnarok Inactive

    I am only guessing here but I bet that the mildly disappointed lady is a Democrat.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 1:47 am
  6. Profile photo of Kenneth Inactive
    Ragnarok: I am only guessing here but I bet that the mildly disappointed lady is a Democrat. · Sep 19 at 1:47pm

    Everybody in Los Angeles is a Democrat, except for Sajak and Rob Long.

    Every second Sunday, like the “last Jew” of Hitler’s fantasy, Pat and Rob are driven around the streets in the back of a flat-bed truck, while virtuous citizens hurl epithets and over-ripe produce.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 1:55 am
  7. Profile photo of Waynester Inactive

    I know this is off topic but I was just watching Airplane II: The Sequel on AMC and who was it did I see but our own (very young) Pat Sajak (as a newscaster.) You looked about 22, Pat.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:06 am
  8. Profile photo of Kenneth Inactive
    Waynester: I know this is off topic but I was just watching Airplane II: The Sequel on AMC and who was it did I see but our own (very young) Pat Sajak (as a newscaster.) You looked about 22, Pat. · Sep 19 at 2:06pm

    Edited on Sep 19 at 02:07 pm

    What a coincidence! I was just watching Debbie Does Dallas IV: Super Bowl Edition.

    Pat had a walk-on role in the steamy locker-room scene.

    Never made it to DVD, which makes my VHS tape a very valuable commodity for anyone who might wish it to, um, disappear….

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:11 am
  9. Profile photo of Waynester Inactive
    Kenneth:

    Everybody in Los Angeles is a Democrat, except for Sajak and Rob Long.

    Oh, I wouldn’t go quite that far. Maybe a trip to BigHollywood would change your perspective?

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:12 am
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    Pat Sajak Post author
    Waynester: I know this is off topic but I was just watching Airplane II: The Sequel on AMC and who was it did I see but our own (very young) Pat Sajak (as a newscaster.) You looked about 22, Pat. · Sep 19 at 2:06pm

    Edited on Sep 19 at 02:07 pm

    Actually I was 36 and not too discriminating about project choices. (At least the original Airplane! was funny.)

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:15 am
  11. Profile photo of Ragnarok Inactive
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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:20 am
  12. Profile photo of Ragnarok Inactive
    Kenneth

    Everybody in Los Angeles is a Democrat, except for Sajak and Rob Long.

    Well, that explains how you retain 55 jobs out of a $111 million hand-out, eh?

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:21 am
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    Pat Sajak
    Waynester: I know this is off topic but I was just watching Airplane II: The Sequel on AMC and who was it did I see but our own (very young) Pat Sajak (as a newscaster.) You looked about 22, Pat. · Sep 19 at 2:06pm

    Edited on Sep 19 at 02:07 pm

    Actually I was 36 and not too discriminating about project choices. (At least the original Airplane! was funny.) · Sep 19 at 2:15pm

    Edited on Sep 19 at 02:16 pm

    Hey, a person has to make a living, right? Did you have more than the one scene? (I couldn’t stay with it because, as you imply, it wasn’t that funny)

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:21 am
  14. Profile photo of Craig McLaughlin Inactive

    Did she at least say it like Kevin Kline in “A Fish Called Wanda”? Because that might be good enough. For a City Employee. Whose a Democrat.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:23 am
  15. Profile photo of Dave Carter Contributor

    Kenneth, back away from the caffeine.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:27 am
  16. Profile photo of mesquito Inactive

    “Captain Smith, it pains me to report that so many water-tight compartments have been breached that this vessel must surely founder.”

    “Well, that’s certainly a disappointment.”

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:27 am
  17. Profile photo of Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor

    You know, Pat, I just generally feel a sense of regret about the way the government is spending that money. It’s unfortunate. Perhaps we should call it an “unfortunate incident.” “A bit of misjudgment.” No, that’s a bit strong. It sounds judgmental. Perhaps we need a government commission to study the whole business, with a lot of bureaucrats concerned. They can produce a long report about it, with subheadings like “Best Practices.” They might discreetly leave the episode you describe off the list. What do you think?

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:28 am
  18. Profile photo of Palaeologus Member

    I was thinking about it and you know, govenrment isn’t really that inefficient. Try this alternate scenario out:

    Lender: Ok, I’ll give you 1 million bucks and you don’t have to pay it back.

    Small Businessman: What’s the catch?

    L: You have to hire someone.

    SB: Alright, but only half-time.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:29 am
  19. Profile photo of Paul D Lawyer Inactive

    Whys is Pat disappointed? I mean, come on now, this is Los Angeles! It is in California! Creating or saving 55 jobs on only 111 million dollars sounds like they are getting it, that they are finally beginning to get more frugal with the taxpayers money. I can remember when 111 million dollars only got you a feasibility study bidding process. This is much better. I am glad that they think they actually created or saved more than a dozen jobs on a mere 111 million dollars.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:40 am
  20. Profile photo of Matthew Gilley Member

    Can I ask a question? It will appear rude, but I’m genuinely interested.

    I see a lot of you on here are Californians. What, exactly, keeps you there? Is it just the weather? The restaurants? I gotta be honest, I would have decamped for Arizona, Nevada, Utah or just about anywhere else years ago if given half a chance.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:48 am
  21. Profile photo of Steve MacDonald Inactive

    I think you are coming at this from the wrong direction. States are supposed to be “laboratories of experimentation.” We quite often learn more from mistakes than from successes. California is providing us with a veritable cornucopia of valuable lessons learned, this being one of them – a $500million school in a bankrupt & failing school district is another. Water management in the Central Valley….the list is endless.

    We should be commending California for their brave risk taking instead of castigating them.

    Rob, I was living in NZ when the Greenpeace Warrior bombing occurred and remember well the absolute outrage felt there. It does not appear that Californians can stir themselves up to anything close to outrage. Maybe when the California dream collapses.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 2:50 am
  22. Profile photo of G.A. Dean Member
    Pat Sajak: The city’s Controller, Wendy Greuel, says she’s “disappointed.” Shouldn’t she be at least very disappointed? ·

    I suspect that Wendy is “disappointed” that L.A. didn’t get $222 million to create 110 jobs. Imagine a federal government only willing to pay for 55 new jobs… it’s shameful.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 3:04 am
  23. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member

    “…Pat and Rob are driven around the streets in the back of a flat-bed truck…”

    I thought Californians would rather be Republicans than drive a flat-bed truck.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 4:00 am
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    Pat, there’s something more shocking than the disappointing outcome: the expected outcome.

    From the article:

    “…the Los Angeles Department of Public Works generated only 45.46 jobs (the fraction of a job created or retained correlates to the number of actual hours of work) after receiving $70.65 million, while the target was 238 jobs.

    Similarly, the city’s department of transportation, armed with a $40.8 million fund, created only 9 jobs in place of an expected 26 jobs.”

    So even if they met their own goals, they were aiming to pay $296,849 per public works job, and $1,569,231 per transportation job!

    I don’t know what is worse: a government expecting to spend $300k to create one job… or being so grossly inefficient that it wound up costing 5x the projected amount per job.

    Good enough for government work, indeed.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 4:19 am
  25. Profile photo of Rob Long Editor
    Matthew Gilley: I see a lot of you on here are Californians. What, exactly, keeps you there?

    Honestly, Matthew, I’m here for the work. It’s where my industry is, so it’s where I have to be. But also: I love it here. I love the weather and the natural beauty and the drive from Santa Barbara to Carmel. It’s a messed up place — at least, fiscally — but if you’ve ever landed at LAX on a February night, rolled down the taxi window as you head home, smelled the Pacific and the night-blooming jasmine, well, it’s hard to hate the place.

    When the times comes to pack it up, though, I’ll probably head to South Carolina. Beaufort, as I’ve mentioned before. But I’ll miss it.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 6:20 am
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    Pat Sajak Post author
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.: You know, Pat, I just generally feel a sense of regret about the way the government is spending that money. It’s unfortunate. Perhaps we should call it an “unfortunate incident.” “A bit of misjudgment.” No, that’s a bit strong. It sounds judgmental. Perhaps we need a government commission to study the whole business, with a lot of bureaucrats concerned. They can produce a long report about it, with subheadings like “Best Practices.” They might discreetly leave the episode you describe off the list. What do you think? · Sep 19 at 2:28pm

    Claire, I think negative prefixes should be banned from any such report. They’re so…you know…negative.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 6:20 am
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    Pat Sajak Post author
    Waynester

    Pat Sajak

    Waynester: I know this is off topic but I was just watching Airplane II: The Sequel on AMC and who was it did I see but our own (very young) Pat Sajak (as a newscaster.) You looked about 22, Pat. · Sep 19 at 2:06pm

    Edited on Sep 19 at 02:07 pm

    Actually I was 36 and not too discriminating about project choices. (At least the original Airplane! was funny.) · Sep 19 at 2:15pm

    Edited on Sep 19 at 02:16 pm

    Hey, a person has to make a living, right? Did you have more than the one scene? (I couldn’t stay with it because, as you imply, it wasn’t that funny) · Sep 19 at 2:21pm

    Edited on Sep 19 at 02:22 pm

    I return later to scream as the plane is going down. A great cinematic moment.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 6:30 am
  28. Profile photo of Rob Long Editor

    Years ago, when the French government was accused of orchestrating the bombing of a Greenpeace vessel (of which, of course, they were guilty), someone from the international press asked then-President Mitterand point blank if his government was behind it.

    He rolled his eyes and waved his hands and said, “It was an absurd crime.”

    Which isn’t a denial. And isn’t an admission. But is a very Gallic way of ignoring the question.

    Mr. President, did your ARAR act bankrupt the country?

    It is was an absurd stimulus.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 6:31 am
  29. Profile photo of Kenneth Inactive
    Matthew Gilley: Can I ask a question? It will appear rude, but I’m genuinely interested.

    I see a lot of you on here are Californians. What, exactly, keeps you there? Is it just the weather? The restaurants? I gotta be honest, I would have decamped for Arizona, Nevada, Utah or just about anywhere else years ago if given half a chance. · Sep 19 at 2:48pm

    If you spent a week in the Bay Area, in a convertible, you wouldn’t ask that question.

    I lived in New York City during the years when it was on the verge of bankruptcy. There, the evidence of political mismanagement was everywhere to be seen: crime, filthy streets, cavernous potholes, graffiti, neglected parks, mentally-ill homeless turned out of institutions. Think Taxi Driver.

    In California (or at least in Northern California – I haven’t been South in decades) – there is no visible manifestation. All is clean, well-ordered, bathed in Mediterranean sunshine, under cerulean skies.

    Perhaps our days of potholes and filth are yet to come, but for now, despite their best efforts, politicians and unions have yet to destroy what God hath wrought.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 6:36 am
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    Pat Sajak

    I return later to scream as the plane is going down. A great cinematic moment. · Sep 19 at 6:30pm

    I remember it well, Pat.

    And when Louis Gossett, Jr. snatched the Best Supporting Actor award that by all rights should have been yours, I shrieked in fury at the injustice of the thing.

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    • September 20, 2010 at 6:40 am
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