Quotes of the day

posted at 9:30 pm on July 18, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

“Sarah Palin is the subject of a new film that opens Friday. John Wilson, the founder of the Golden Raspberry Awards, which annually recognize the worst movies of the year, seemingly can’t wait for “The Undefeated.”

“She’s the political equivalent of what the Razzies are all about and she’s hysterically funny if you don’t stop and think, ‘Oh, my God, she could’ve been vice president!’ ” John Wilson told Tom O’Neil at the Awards Tracker blog.

“Past winners of Razzies for “worst actress” include such luminaries as Pia Zadora, Bo Derek and the Spice Girls.”

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“Herman Cain says voters across the country should have the right to prevent Muslims from building mosques in their communities.

“Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state,” he said. “Islam combines church and state. They’re using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it.”

“Asked by host Chris Wallace if any community could ban a mosque if it wanted to, Cain said: “They have a right to do that.”

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“I think that nothing could disenfranchise an eligible voter more than finding out that ineligible voters are voting,”

Tre Hargett, Tennessee secretary of state

“And Republicans appear to be winning over public opinion. Polls shows that an overwhelming majority of voters back ID requirements.”

“In Tennessee, the Republican secretary of state, Tre Hargett, is preparing plans and public service announcements to make sure voters in his state adjust smoothly to the new rules. They’ll be required to show photo ID at the polls and to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote.”

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Oh, no! The guy who’s hosted 35 fundraisers and raised $86 million in the first six months of the year can’t get out to do more of them!

By the way, over at the lefty site, FireDogLake:

Jim Messina tried to claim in his video announcing the Q2 numbers that 98% of all donations were $250 or less, and the average contribution was $69 from around 550,000 contributors. That gives the impression of a grassroots-fueled army. Messina didn’t say that these numbers excluded the DNC contributions, mostly maxed-out $30,000 donations. And now, the fact of these bundlers complicates Messina’s narrative even more. It’s possible – in fact, given the numbers, it’s likely – that a portion of the under-$250 contributions were collected by bundlers. I think we can say with confidence that bundlers aren’t going to “ordinary Americans” for those collections. They are rich elites who go to their rich elite friends.

In fact, Obama for America only cited less than half of their total contributions – $21.4 million – as “unitemized,” meaning they were smaller than $200 donations that don’t need to be teamed with identification. You can pretty safely bet that almost no DNC Victory Fund donations were under $200. That would mean that 3/4 of all money collected by Obama for America and the DNC Victory Fund were through donations over $200. That syncs with the bundler data.

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“I’ve been working 14 hours a day on trying to stand this … agency up, really for more than a year now,” she said. “When I go home, I’ll do more thinking then. But I need to do that thinking not from Washington.”

Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard law professor tapped by President Obama to set up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), said Monday she would think about running for Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) seat in 2012.

In response to a question, Warren told MSNBC that she needed to go home and think about whether to run against Brown.

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Most bloggers on the right side of the blogosphere haven’t increased their traffic significantly in years. Moreover, the right side of the blogosphere as a whole is definitely shrinking in numbers as bloggers that have had trouble getting traction are quitting and fewer and fewer bloggers are starting up new blogs.

Why is this? There are several reasons for it.

1) The Right is structured differently than the Left. We have a large, effective talk radio presence and Tea Parties for new conservatives to sink their energy into. So conservatives have more viable ways to get involved in the movement outside of blogging than the Left did when George W. Bush came into office.

2) The rise of social networking has peeled a lot of people off, too. A lot of people who’d have been haunting blogger comment sections five years ago are spending their days on Twitter and Facebook now.

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OT: as i said last night, i wish the lsm held the doj and holder as accountable on fast on furious as they have been on the uk hacking scandal which is on the other bloody side of the pond…if fox news was not a part of this, it would be crickets chirping….

cripe they are so totally focused on this and yet, issa is about to hold the doj on contempt charges if documents do not arrive and nothing from the lsm….absolutely nothing…

SHAMEFUL

cmsinaz on July 19, 2011 at 7:17 AM

It’s O/T morning? Here ya go: Obama announced former Ohio AG Richard Cordray as the head of the CFPB, replacing Elizabeth Warren. Spread the wealth, baby!

kingsjester on July 19, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Of course they matter to me, but why don’t you take a look at the long list of people who have suffered from migraines throughout history, Thomas Jefferson being one and from things I’ve read in the past Lincoln also suffered from migraines.

That’s an impressive list of folks who suffered migraines.

I guess these folks should have all folded their tents and gone home too, right?

Knucklehead on July 19, 2011 at 12:19 AM

I’m not going to wade into this regarding Bachmann, but you can’t place all migraine sufferers in the same category.

Many people who claim migraines don’t actually suffer from migraines but have severe headaches which could be caused by a variety of conditions.

Many people who do have migraines can relieve them with something as simple as a few painkillers or a few minutes in a quiet dark room.

Some people who have migraines have truly debilitating episodes that aren’t just limited to headaches. They can suffer from vomiting and other gastrointestinal conditions. Their sight can be affected during an episode. Their speech can be affected during an episode.

Simply stated, migraine sufferers can’t be painted with a broad brush.

NoNails on July 19, 2011 at 7:39 AM

kingsjester on July 19, 2011 at 7:19 AM

meet the new boss, same as the old boss….

cmsinaz on July 19, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Geochelone on July 19, 2011 at 5:20 AM

From all accounts Newton came very close to relativity but was under the concept of ‘credit goes to first to publish’. He knew that the system of celestial mechanics he proposed had a flaw: the orbit of Mercury.

The man had all the right tools to solve the problem. He was the creator of the calculus (amongst others, again first to publish), he did work on optics, and he applied the calculus to observed orbits. With that and simple observation which was always available, it would have only taken the idea of a ‘reference frame’ for an object to start on the path of relativity.

It is to Einstein’s great credit that he examined the idea that ‘falling’ is a frame-dependent situation and that if you remove the reference then falling disappears and your frame then becomes the necessary starting point of determining what you see. That requires that space and time not be separate entities but rolled together… it is understanding that relative system that gets you to combined space-time.

Of course Einstein didn’t much care for quantum mechanics and how observation then creates states from indeterminate events. That brings up whole other areas of questions about space-time going far beyond Heisenberg and relating back to Planck. My guess is that Newton wouldn’t have understood quantum mechanics as radioactivity wasn’t understood back then…

What this points out is that science doesn’t ‘progress’ but it builds on good work that is descriptive and jettisons work that isn’t. Does Vesta, Ceres and the like have a minute but non-zero sum effect on the orbits of other bodies in the solar system? Of course they do. They are a bit on the minor side, but even minor effects will lead to large observational changes given sufficient time. Still the mechanics of asteroids and the very small amount of change due to these minor bodies was not enough to mix up the orbits of the asteroids, themselves, and find the parent rock of the dinosaur killer. It’s exact position couldn’t be known but its general orbit could given impact size and the amount of mass involved. An extremely chaotic system wouldn’t allow for that, and as we see how other star systems work we begin to see that we are a fluke in having such a stable system as we do.

ajacksonian on July 19, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Cain didn’t say he wanted to prevent Muslims from worshiping. he said a community has the right to prevent them from building a mosque in their town.

We have a right to worship, but we can do that anywhere.

csdeven on July 19, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Slacker…I’ve got hats, handbags, keychains, t-shirts AND a campaign song to ensure Dire’s Buddy finishes…Or, is that finished?…

Gohawgs on July 19, 2011 at 3:34 AM

Did you steal my alligator? That’s a family pet!

katy the mean old lady on July 19, 2011 at 9:33 AM

It appears that the author does not like regular people very much.

Aitch748 on July 19, 2011 at 6:38 AM

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

—Winston Churchill

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 19, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Funny how Jazz Shaw had to go Allahpundit by selecting that Palin story – surely he wasn’t looking for a Palin hit piece? Nothing like giving a bs bit of non news some legs…notice how with AP and JZ it’s always about the Palin caricature rather than her record or policy positions…..circular firing squad?

callingallcomets on July 19, 2011 at 10:04 AM

The rise of social networking has peeled a lot of people off, too. A lot of people who’d have been haunting blogger comment sections five years ago are spending their days on Twitter and Facebook now.

Sarah Palin… ahead of her time, again! :)

dominigan on July 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

It appears that the author does not like regular people very much. I suspect that if Sarah Palin does become our next President, this author will be calling for the right to vote to be curtailed.

Aitch748 on July 19, 2011 at 6:38 AM

The MSM thinks the same way about all of uis. they no longer respect we the people. they think they are better than us therefore they think they know better therefore they think they can ram down crap and tell us things like what lightbulb to use what toliet to fluxh etc…

unseen on July 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM

“Herman Cain says voters across the country should have the right to prevent Muslims from building mosques in their communities.

“Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state,” he said. “Islam combines church and state. They’re using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it.”

“Asked by host Chris Wallace if any community could ban a mosque if it wanted to, Cain said: “They have a right to do that.”

Cain has crossed the line from merely being wrong to being despicable. There is no other word for a candidate who so corrupts the will of our founders.

How would people feel if instead of mosque he had said “Catholic Church,” claiming that the Pope is political and trying to infuse his morals in to our society? What if he had said Mormons, Witches or Scientologists instead?

MJBrutus on July 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM

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